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Ohio State vs. Michigan line, prediction: Buckeyes defend home court

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Ohio State vs. Michigan line, prediction: Buckeyes defend home court

Though Michigan and Ohio State are known more for their rivalry on the gridiron than the hardwood, Sunday afternoon’s clash in Columbus figures to be an instant classic between two teams that are looking to establish themselves as Gonzaga’s and Baylor’s biggest competition for a national title.

Both teams rank in the top 15 among Division I teams in points scored on a per-possession basis but are doing so in different ways, with Michigan ranking 15th in 2-point shooting percentage and Ohio State leading the country in free throws made on a per-possession basis for coach Chris Holtmann.

No. 3 Michigan has the advantage on the glass, ranking eighth in the nation in rebound rate, but Ohio State has been better at taking care of the ball, ranking 11th in possessions that end in a turnover while Michigan is 104th in that category.

Michigan ranks second in the nation in opponents’ 2-point shooting percentage, but that won’t affect Ohio State as much as it would most teams, as the Buckeyes rank 300th in percentage of their points that come from made 2-point shots. The Wolverines also generate the 12th-fewest turnovers per possession on defense.

No. 4 Ohio State is allowing 17.8 points per 100 possessions fewer on defense at home as compared to on the road, and having scored at least 73 points in 10 of their past 11 games, the Buckeyes should be able to defend their home court in this battle of top-five teams.

The play: Ohio State, -1.5.

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Why Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau aren’t paired together at the U.S. Open

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Why Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau aren't grouped together at the U.S. Open

The USGA decided not to grant the golf world its wish. During the 2021 U.S. Open, rivals Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau will not be playing together — at least not for the first two rounds.

Instead, DeChambeau will be paired with Hideki Matsuyama and Tyler Strafaci while Koepka will be playing with Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas. And apparently, there is a reason for that.

According to Brad Faxon, the USGA did consider pairing DeChambeau and Koepka but their efforts to do so were rebuffed by DeChambeau.

“I found out last night that the USGA did call Bryson DeChambeau and his agent to ask them if they’d be OK with that, and Bryson declined,” Faxon said.

MORE: Full pairings, tee times for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open

This about lines up with what Rick Reilly said in a deleted tweet. Reilly claimed that the USGA wanted the past three winners of the event — Koepka, DeChambeau and Gary Woodland — to play together. But Woodland said that DeChambeau would “never do it.”

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It’s unclear exactly why DeChambeau would be reportedly refusing to play with Koepka. Obviously, the two have been embroiled in a long-running feud that dates back to 2019, but Koepka has conveyed that he would be fine playing with DeChambeau.

During a media session on Tuesday, DeChambeau denied that he had been approached by the USGA about the pairing, saying that he would “have been OK with it,” but that “there was never really anything that went through me.” Koepka also said on Tuesday during his interviews that he had not been asked by the USGA about the trio with DeChambeau and Woodland, either. 

Still, this feels like a missed opportunity for the USGA, even if it’s through no fault of its own. The Koepka-DeChambeau rivalry has intensified in recent weeks and has drawn the interest of sports fans everywhere. An on-camera moment showed Koepka getting frustrated with DeChambeau yelling during an interview and rekindled the feud, while supporters of Koepka were thrown out of the Memorial Tournament for heckling DeChambeau.

MORE: Full betting guide to the 2021 U.S. Open

Certainly, this feud has been “good for the game,” as Koepka has intimated, and had the two stars played alongside one another, it would’ve been some rare must-watch early-round golf.

Instead, golf fans will have to settle for DeChambeau playing with 2021 Masters champion Matsuyama while Koepka plays with the 2017 PGA Champion Thomas and 2020 PGA Championship winner Morikawa.

But deep down, they’ll be hoping that DeChambeau and Koepka make the cut and get paired on one of the weekend days.

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Charles Barkley rips Bucks after ’embarrassing’ Game 5 loss vs. Nets: ‘That was awful basketball’

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Charles Barkley rips Bucks after 'embarrassing' Game 5 loss vs. Nets: 'That was awful basketball'

You could feel it coming once the final buzzer sounded to signal the end of Tuesday’s Game 5 between the Bucks and Nets. You knew there would be a strong Charles Barkley rant on the “NBA on TNT” postgame show after Milwaukee collapsed down the stretch and watched Brooklyn take a 3-2 series lead with a 114-108 win at the Barclays Center.

Well, Chuck delivered. The Hall of Famer didn’t hold back on a Bucks team that led by 16 points at halftime, only to be outscored 71-49 over the final two periods. Barkley was critical of Milwaukee’s inability to make adjustments and create easy buckets on the offensive end. 

MORE: NBA players react to Durant’s historic playoff performance

“That was embarrassing for basketball,” Barkley said. “To lose that game, to have that — like, you could tell they were gonna lose the game at halftime. . . . When you do dumb stuff and it works, you keep doing dumb stuff. You sit there — when they were doing dumb stuff in Game 1 and Game 2, you’re like, ‘Well, that’s how they play, Chuck.’ Like, so? They’re killing them in the paint, but they’re gonna keep jacking up threes just because that’s how they play.”

Barkley and the other members of the “NBA on TNT” crew gave credit to Kevin Durant, who led Brooklyn to victory with 49 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and two blocks in 48 minutes. The Nets’ role players also stepped up, most notably Jeff Green (27 points on 8-of-11 shooting) and Blake Griffin (17 points on 7-of-11 shooting).

But “The Round Mound of Rebound” just couldn’t fathom how the Bucks had blown such a golden opportunity, especially considering the Nets leaned on an injured James Harden for 46 minutes and didn’t have Kyrie Irving at all.

“Like Herm Edwards said, ‘You play to win the game.’ And that was one of the dumbest games,” Barkley said. “Man, I am so mad right now because they got a bunch of really good guys, and they play dumb. And they deserved to lose that game. Shout out to Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, but man, the other team had something to do with it. That was awful basketball.”

The Bucks will head back to Milwaukee for Game 6 on Thursday looking to avoid elimination. One key to that contest: Doing less “dumb stuff.”

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When does the English Premier League season start in 2021? Complete EPL Matchday 1 schedule, matchups

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When does the English Premier League season start in 2021? Complete EPL Matchday 1 schedule, matchups

The English Premier League schedule for the 2021-22 season is out and it’s back to the traditional calendar after the interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

The 2021-2022 EPL season will open on August 14, a month earlier compared to the last campaign which kicked off on Sept. 12 due to the pandemic-related scheduling challenges. That season still ended on May 23, leading to fixture congestion throughout the campaign.

The 380-match English Premier League 2021-2022 season will stretch nine months, coming to a close on May 22, 2022.

The full slate for Matchday 1 of the new season follows below. Detailed TV info is expected at a later date.

When does the English Premier League season start in 2021?

Date: Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021

Time: 10 a.m. ET

Matchday 1 Schedule (home team listed first):

  • Brentford vs. Arsenal
  • Burnley vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace
  • Everton vs. Southampton
  • Leicester City vs. Wolves
  • Manchester United vs. Leeds United
  • Newcastle United vs. West Ham United
  • Norwich City vs. Liverpool
  • Tottenham vs. Manchester City
  • Watford vs. Aston Villa

Opening weekend will feature two marquee matchups involving both Manchester clubs.

Defending champions Manchester City will open their title defense with a trip to London to face Tottenham Hotspur. With all the speculation regarding Harry Kane’s future and whether he could end up at Man City, this could set up a compelling storyline to start the season. It will also mark the EPL debut of Tottenham’s new manager, expected to be Paulo Fonseca.

Manchester United will be the team playing in Manchester on opening day when they host Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United. This same fixture produced a 6-2 result in favor of the Red Devils last December.

There’s curiosity to see whether Leeds can take another step forward under the Argentina manager after finishing in 9th place in the previous EPL campaign. Manchester United will be eager to start on the right foot in its quest to make a run for the title after most recently finishing 12 points behind champs Manchester City.

The three promoted sides — Brentford, Norwich City and Watford — all open at home against top sides in Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa and all three opponents are expected to be stronger in 2021-22.

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