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LOOK: Football coach who shielded students during shooting honored in touching sketch

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Aaron Feis was the assistant football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but he carries a much more prominent title after his death: Hero.

Feis was one of 17 fatalities identified from a mass shooting at the Parkland, Fla. high school on Wednesday, but Feis reportedly prevented that number from being much higher.

Also having duties as one of the school’s security personnel, Feis died as a result of wounds from using his body as a shield for students during the attack. The school’s head coach, Willis May, was the one who confirmed his death in comments to the The Sun-Sentinel’s David Furones.

On Saturday, May shared this moving sketch as his thoughts remain with Feis. The image also resonated with former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.

This absolutely broke my heart when I seen it, but I know my buddy will make everybody in heaven love him too! We miss you.. but we will make you proud. #MSDStrong #Ourhero pic.twitter.com/41Y8cUXDYe — Coach May (@WillisPeanutmay) February 17, 2018 Woke up real early and started thinking about Coach Feis… what a sacrifice. Reminded how short our days are/can be. Let’s Don’t waste another day as we are on our way to the table with King, which is the real thing! https://t.co/jQT6df6W5g pic.twitter.com/sYqAch5hir — Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) February 17, 2018

By many accounts, Feis saved countless lives by taking bullets for other students being targeted by the gunman. The attacker was identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who has since been arrested and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

May told The Sun-Sentinel that he “heard directly from a student that Feis jumped between her and the shooter, to push her out through a door and out of the line of fire.”

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South Carolina offers 4-star 2019 QB from Connecticut

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On Saturday morning, 4-star 2019 quarterback Taisun Phommachanh announced that he picked up an offer from South Carolina.

Though unconfirmed, he’s believed to be the first 2019 quarterback to land an offer from the Gamecocks since Dan Werner took over as the position coach.

Phommachanh is ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2019. He’s top among prospects from the state of Connecticut.

As a junior at Avon Old Farms High School (Bridgeport), he passed for 2,253 yards with 25 touchdowns and 1 interception. He also rushed for 633 yards and 17 scores.

Florida State, Kentucky, Michigan, Penn State and TCU have also offered.

 

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Arkansas basketball vs. Texas A&M: Preview, how to watch (February 17, 2018)

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The final five games of the Arkansas basketball season will determine whether the Razorbacks make the NCAA Tournament. Quite literally, let the games begin.

Arkansas finds itself on the proverbial bubble. Every viable bracket projection out there has the Razorbacks “in” the NCAA Tournament if the season ended right now. Those final five games, though, all come against opponents currently projected as higher seeds at the Dance. In other words, Arkansas isn’t expected to win all five. It’s hard to say just how many the Hogs are expected to win even.

Take Saturday afternoon’s game, for example. Texas A&amp;M visits Bud Walton Arena with an inferior record to Arkansas, but a higher projected slotting for the postseason. The Aggies won the teams’ first game at College Station by 14 points. It wasn’t even that close. On paper, Texas A&amp;M is the better team with the better resume, but worse record.

Arkansas, on the other hand, is 5-1 this year at home in conference play. In fact, the SEC-opening win over Tennessee is arguably the biggest and most impressive on the Razorbacks’ schedule. It might even be the thing keeping Arkansas on the right side of the bubble.

As such, another such win over a team projected to make the NCAA Tournament can go a long way in helping. A victory over Texas A&amp;M won’t clinch anything, but Arkansas fans across the state will feel a lot better with a win than a loss.

Arkansas-Texas A&amp;M basketball: Game info, details
  • Time: Tip-off is at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 17
  • Location: Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville
How can I watch the game?

The game can be seen on ESPN

How can I listen to the game?

The game will air on the Razorbacks Sports Network. Check local listings.

How can I get live stats for the game?

Live stats for the game can be found here.

What’s next?

Another game at Bud Walton Arena. Kentucky visits for a Tuesday night contest. Like Texas A&amp;M is to the Razorbacks, Kentucky actually carries a worse record than Arkansas. The Wildcats, too, though, are projected higher than Arkansas and have won four straight in the series.

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Auburn-South Carolina basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (February 17, 2018)

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Auburn basketball will travel to South Carolina on February 17, 2018. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online below. 

Auburn has put together the SEC’s best road record since conference play started and the Tigers are looking to continue those efforts this weekend in South Carolina.

Frank Martin’s team, coming off of a Final Four appearance in 2017, isn’t going to hand a win over to Auburn.

“They’re terrific defensively,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “(Chris) Silva is a dominating player on the inside. They play as a reflection of their coach, Frank Martin. They’re not out of it in any shape or form, and the reason why you can say that is, again, just look at the league. They go to Tennessee and lose by 3 on Tuesday  night. At one point, they were 4-4 in the league with some great wins over Kentucky and they went down to Florida and beat Florida. They’ve got some pretty good resume wins. We’ve got to continue to regroup, find a way to score. That’s the hardest thing against South Carolina is finding a way to score …”

Fortunately against Kentucky, Auburn managed to come back from an ice-cold (1 for 16) start. To score the basketball against the Gamecocks, Auburn will have to play conscientiously and keep from getting frazzled on the road.

“Taking care of the basketball is going to be vital against South Carolina,” Pearl said. “Jared [Harper] has done a really good job of that, obviously. It’s going to be important because they turn you over. They force the second-most turnovers [in the SEC] as far as how they defend. And they do a great job in their transition offense as well. So, we’ve got to take care of the ball and handle their pressure.”

Auburn-South Carolina basketball game time, details
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
  • Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Location: Colonial Life Arena (Columbia, S.C.)
  • Records: Auburn (23-3 overall, 11-2 SEC), South Carolina (13-13, 4-9 SEC)
What TV channel is Auburn-South Carolina on? 

You can watch Auburn vs. South Carolina on SEC Network. Kevin Fitzgerald and Sean Harrington will be on the call.

How can I watch Auburn-South Carolina  online?

Stream Auburn-South Carolina on  the WatchESPN app.

How can I listen to Auburn-South Carolina  on the radio? 

You can listen to the  Auburn Sports Network call of the Auburn and South Carolina game with Rod Bramblett and Sonny Smith. The Auburn Sports Network also offers a stream on AuburnTigers.com and the TuneIn app.

Auburn-South Carolina preview
  • Auburn has the edge in the series and holds a 23-17 advantage. Auburn leads in Auburn (10-8) and Columbia (11-7), and the two teams are tied in neutral site games.
  • Auburn has lost two straight games (and three of four) against South Carolina. The last Tigers win over South Carolina came in January 2015 on The Plains. Seven of the last 11 meetings between the two teams have been decided by double digits.
  • Guards Bryce Brown (16.6), Mustapha Heron (16.1) and Harper (13.5) are all averaging over 13 points per game this season. The Tigers boast the only three-guard lineup in the Southeastern Conference to achieve the feat. 

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Missouri basketball-LSU: Game time, TV Channel, how to watch online, live updates

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The Missouri basketball team will look to continue its winning streak on Saturday when the Tigers visit LSU on Saturday, Feb.  17. Below find  TV channel, game time and online information.

Missouri picked a win on Tuesday when it held off No. 21 Texas A&amp;M at home for a 60-58 victory. Missouri has won 5 games in a row, while LSU is coming off of a loss to Alabama.

What time is the Missouri basketball game against LSU?

The Missouri basketball game will start at 2 PM ET on Saturday. The game will be played in Baton Rouge, La. This will be the only time LSU and Missouri meet in the regular season.

What TV channel is the Missouri basketball game against LSU on?

The Missouri basketball game against LSU will air on ESPN2. It will follow the Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech game, which tips off at noon.

Can I watch the Missouri basketball game online?

Yes, you can watch the Missouri basketball game on WatchESPN, provided that you have a subscription.

Missouri basketball-LSU preview

The Missouri basketball team enters as one of the hottest teams in conference, boasting a 5-game winning streak. Missouri enters the game with an 18-8 record on the season and is 8-5 in SEC games, leaving them in a tie for third. LSU meanwhile hasn’t had as much success under first-year coach Will Wade. LSU enters the game with a 5-8 SEC record and is 14-11 on the season.

During Missouri’s 5-game winning streak, the Tigers have excelled at the end of games. Each one of the games has been decided by single digits and two of those wins have come on the road. For reference, Missouri did not win an SEC road game in the three years that Kim Anderson was coach.

Missouri coach Counzo Martin has already said that star freshman Michael Porter Jr. will not play in this game or the Tigers next game against Ole Miss. There was a report that Porter Jr. had a check up this week and Porter Jr. reiterated last week that he very much wants to return and play for the Tigers this season.

After Missouri visits LSU, the Tigers return home to take on Ole Miss on Tuesday night. Then the Tigers visit Kentucky next Saturday. Missouri is largely considered a lock to make the NCAA Tournament, but it can’t afford to lose either of the next two games given that Ole Miss and LSU are at the bottom of the SEC standings. After the Tigers beat Texas A&amp;M, Martin declared that the Tigers were no longer a bubble team.

“You look at our resume, I think we’re past that,” Martin said following Tuesday night’s win over Texas A&amp;M.

Missouri basketball: Live updates for game against LSU

 

 

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Tennessee basketball vs. Georgia: Time, TV channel, how to watch online (February 17, 2018)

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Tennessee survived a scare against South Carolina on Tuesday.

RELATED: 3 things from Tennessee’s 70-67 victory against South Carolina

The Vols have been a pretty good team on the road this season with a 6-3 record as they travel to Georgia. The effort on the road has been inconsistent at times, though. This probably needs to be fixed with only four games left after Georgia until the SEC Tournament.

Tennessee-Georgia basketball: Game info, details
  • Time: Tip-off is at 6 p.m. ET on Feb. 17, 2018
  • Location: Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga.
  • Records: Tennessee 19-6 overall, 9-4 SEC; Georgia 14-11, 5-8
  • Series: Vols lead, 93-60
  • Last meeting: Georgia won 59-57 in Nashville, Tenn., on March 9, 2017
How can I watch the game?

The game can be watched on SEC Network.

How can I live stream the game?

The game can be seen on the WatchESPN app. (Cable or satellite subscription required.)

How can I listen to the game?

The game will air on the  Vol Sports Network. Check local listings.

Projected Vols starting lineup
  • Point guard: Sophomore Jordan Bone
  • Shooting guard: Sophomore Jordan Bowden
  • Small forward: Junior Admiral Schofield
  • Power forward: Sophomore Grant Williams
  • Power forward: Junior Kyle Alexander
What’s next for Tennessee?

The Vols face Florida on Wednesday at Thompson-Boling in Knoxville, Tenn.

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Kentucky-Alabama basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (February 17, 2018)

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Kentucky basketball will play Alabama on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online below.

John Calipari had never lost three straight games at Kentucky and now he’s lost four in a row. He hadn’t done that since 2004-05 at Memphis. And if he loses Saturday against a dangerous Alabama team, it’ll be five consecutive defeats, matching a career high set twice at Massachusetts more than 20 years ago.

Calipari knows that six Elite Eights, four Final Fours, two title games and a national championship in his first eight seasons at UK don’t mean much right now to a fickle faction of his fan base. He’s trying not to worry about that growing rumble of discontent.

“I would hope we have established enough of a relationship — I have, this program has — with the vast majority of the fans that they trust the program is in good hands,” he said Friday. “This is one of those things that obviously I haven’t gone through in a long time and this program hadn’t gone through in a long time. But guess what? You go through it, and other programs are. Looking around the country, everybody is getting beat.

“I just have to get this team right. And if I’m worried about fans or all the other clutter, I can’t do my job, which is: How do I get these guys to understand, first of all, how bad they need each other?”

Increasing danger of missing the NCAA Tournament should help with that sense of urgency.  The Wildcats’ opponent Saturday, however, won’t make for an easy get-well game. The Crimson Tide own five RPI top-50 wins — No. 4 Auburn, No. 6 Rhode Island, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 17 Texas A&amp;M and No. 23 Oklahoma — plus a victory at Florida two weeks ago.

Alabama also has three sub-100 losses, muddying the water a bit, but it is solidly in the NCAA field according to ESPN’s latest bracketology, which has the Tide a No. 6 seed and the Wildcats a No. 8. That rare five-game skid is a very real possibility for Calipari and Kentucky.

“I really believe if we can win one, this thing starts changing for us,” he said, “but you have to win one.”

Kentucky-Alabama game time, details
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky.
  • Records: Kentucky 17-9, 6-7 SEC; Alabama 17-9, 8-5 SEC
  • Favorite: Kentucky by 4 1/2
What TV channel is Kentucky-Alabama on? 

You can watch Kentucky vs. Alabama on CBS. Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas will be on the call.

How can I watch Kentucky-Alabama  online?

Stream Kentucky vs. Alabama online (if you are an eligible subscriber) via the  CBS Sports Network site.

How can I listen to Kentucky-Alabama  on the radio? 

Kentucky and Alabama will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 190 and Sirius channel 137.

Kentucky-Alabama preview
  • In addition to sophomore Dazon Ingram (10.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg) and junior Donta Hall (11.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg), the Tide have a pair or prized freshmen. Former UK recruit John Petty (10.8 ppg) averages nearly four made 3-pointers per game and hit  eight in a win over SEC-leading Auburn. McDonald’s All-American Collin Sexton (18.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg) has dropped 40 on Minnesota, 30 on Arizona and 20-plus 10 times this season. “He gets to the rim. He’s good in pick-and-rolls. He’ll run downhill but he could be a pass-first point guard,” Calipari said. “He’s good.”
  • Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt has played nine games since making his delayed debut because of a foot injury. “I don’t think people realize how tough it is” jumping into the mix 17 games into the season, Vanderbilt said, “but I’ve embraced it. I made the decision to come back, so I’m all-in, whatever happens this season.” After snagging 10 rebounds in 21 minutes at Auburn on Wednesday, he’s averaging 11.5 points, 18.2 boards, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per 40 minutes. He’s played 20-plus minutes each of the last two games and says his conditioning is steadily improving so that he can carve out a larger role.
  • Calipari said he failed these Cats after the Auburn loss. The players disagreed Friday and took responsibility for not listening to and trusting their coach. Freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander offered a strong pitch for why his teammates  should do as Calipari says down the stretch.
  • Despite less-than-ideal timing, the new weekly all-access UK basketball documentary on Facebook debuts Saturday. Calipari and his players say they’re ignoring the cameras, but can they? Especially as they’ve imploded in under the watchful eye of a film crew?

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Arkansas baseball vs. Bucknell Game 2: Preview, TV, how to watch (February 17, 2018)

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas baseball team continues its season-opening series against Bucknell on Saturday at Baum Stadium.

The Diamond Hogs won the opener 14-2 on a cold afternoon in south Fayetteville. Blaine Knight pitched five innings of no-hit ball. He’s followed Saturday by Isaiah Campbell, who pitched in one game last year before injury limited him to the lone outing.

Find everything you need about the series, including a full recap of Game 1, below.

Arkansas baseball vs. Bucknell series information

Game 1: Arkansas 14, Bucknell 2

Game 2: Saturday at 11:30 a.m. CT

Game 3: Sunday at noon CT

How can I watch?

All three games are available on SEC Network+. Fans can watch via WatchESPN or the WatchESPN app.

Who is calling the Arkansas game?

Radio play-by-play is handled by Phil Elson, who will be joined by new color commentator this year, Bubba Carpenter, a three-time All-Southwest Conference player for the Diamond Hogs in the late 1980s and early 1990s. TV duties belong to Brett Dolan, who is in his first season of the job, too.

Next up

A final game in this set and then the big fish for the Diamond Hogs. Arkansas heads to San Diego for four games in southern California. First up is Arizona on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Game 1 recap

Preseason All-American Blaine Knight carried a no-hitter through five innings, every Razorbacks starter in the lineup reached base and the Diamond Hogs beat Bucknell 14-2 on a cold evening at Baum Stadium. The two teams are scheduled for two more games this weekend. The game Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. CT. Finale is Sunday at noon.

Friday was the perfect warm-up for what is expected to be a grand season. Arkansas is ranked in the top 6 in the nation in every legitimate poll in the United States. Bucknell should not have been much trouble, even with Patriot League preseason Pitcher of the Year Connor Van Hoose going, and the Bison were not. At all, really.

It took until the seventh for Bucknell to break up the no-hitter. Keifer Rawlings knocked a single through the right side off freshman Kole Ramage after he and Knight took the no-no 6 1/3 innings. By that point, it was 11-0, Arkansas. Most of the few fans who did show with the temperature around 40 degrees at the 3 p.m. first pitch began to head out long before that.

They watched Arkansas flat dominate. Jax Biggers’ bunt single was the first hit of the year for the Diamond Hogs. He was the first hitter. Heston Kjerstad’s RBI single plated Biggers for the first RBI and run of the year. Also in the first inning. The game was Kjerstad’s first of his college career. First at-bat, too. Van Hoose only made 1 1/3 innings. He walked 4, gave up 6 hits and was tagged for 7 earned runs.

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LSU basketball vs. Missouri: Game time, TV channel, how to stream online (Feb. 17, 2018)

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LSU basketball takes on the Missouri Tigers on Saturday in Baton Rouge. See below for information on how you can watch, listen to and stream this game.

With five games remaining in the regular season, LSU faces an uphill battle to get to .500 in SEC play. That battle starts Saturday versus a streaking Missouri team, winners of five straight. LSU is coming off a blowout road loss to Alabama on Tuesday but has won the last three times it played at home.

According to the KenPom efficiency standings, Missouri is the sixth-best team in the SEC and the No. 36 team nationally. Missouri plays an even game, ranking as the No. 41 offense and No. 43 defense in the country.

LSU basketball versus Missouri game time, details

Who: LSU (14-11, 5-8 SEC) versus Missouri (18-8, 8-5 SEC)

When: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, 1:00 p.m. CT

Where: The Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, La.

What TV channel will LSU basketball versus Missouri be on?

Saturday’s game will be broadcast nationally on the ESPN2 Network.

How can I listen to LSU basketball versus Missouri on the radio?

Baton Rouge residents can listen to the game on the radio by tuning to 98.1 FM Baton Rouge. Internet users can find a stream of the broadcast at  LSUSports.net/live.

How can I stream LSU basketball versus Missouri online?

Saturday’s game will be streamed through  WatchESPN.com. Mobile users can access the stream through the Watch ESPN App. Both the SEC Network Plus and WatchESPN require cable or satellite passwords to log in.

How can I follow along with the game live?

For live game updates, follow  @LSUBasketball on Twitter or visit  LSUstats.com. You can also follow SEC Country’s beat writers  @bigahickey and  @nicksuss for additional commentary and updates.

Projected starting lineup: LSU basketball

Point guard: Sophomore Skylar Mays

Point guard: Freshman Tremont Waters

Shooting guard: Junior Daryl Edwards

Power forward: Senior Aaron Epps

Power forward: Senior Duop Reath

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