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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Sport Saturday

Saturday Sport

In the USA:  NCAA Football Bowl season kicks off today with a slew of Bowl games from throughout the US.

The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.  This is a great start to bowl season, with two relatively little know teams who have had great seasons: North Carolina Central (9-2) vs. Grambling State (11-1) This is a clash of the MEAC and SWAC champs pitting versatile QBs Malcolm Bell and DeVante Kincade against each other. These FCS teams' only losses this season came against FBS opponents. The winner will be the 2016 black college national champion.

Elsewhere, the New Mexico Bowl pits Texas (San Antonio) against New Mexico.   The Las Vegas Bowl pits Houston against San Diego State.  The Camellia Bowl features Appalachian State vs. Toledo in Montgomery, Alabama.  The New Orleans Bowl features an exciting battle between Southern Mississippi and Louisiana (Lafayette). 

In NCAA Basketball, Georgetown travels to Syracuse, Ohio State to UCLA, and Kentucky to North Carolina. 

UK:  Premier League Soccer features bouts between Middlesbrough vs. Swansea, Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea, Stoke City vs. Leicester, and West Brom vs. Manchester United.


Italy:  Serie A Soccer this evening features an epic battle between Roma and Iuventus at Iuventus Stadium.  Perennial winners Juventus are under pressure against the best Roma team in recent memory.  This has been dubbed the match of the season. Iuve, although winning, has been accused of playing poorly all season, and Roma is on the rise.  Only four points separate the two teams in the standings.  It seems to many that only Roma can challenge Iuventus for the season title.  Tonight will determine a lot. A win against the Champions of Italy would not only confirm American owned Roma's rising status but it would send a clear signal of intent that they can win the title.


This weekend is the fourth round of the European Rugby Champions Cup. Toulouse vs. Zebre Rugby is only one of the exciting games which will be contested. 

In Cricket rankings, India, England and Australia lead the Test rankings. ODI rankings place Australia, then South Africa and India.  The top three in Twenty20 are New Zealand, India, and South Africa. 








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