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Devils Win

The New Jersey Devils won again tonight. They defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning at home by a score of 4-2. It was a 2-1 game until late in the third period when the Devils scored two power play goals to clinch the victory. Andy Greene and Patrik Elias scored 14 second apart to put the Devils up 4-1.

Ilya Kovalchuk put the Devils in front 2-1 with a shorthanded goal late in the second period. It was his third goal of the season. Adam Henrique opened the scoring with his third goal of the season early in the second period.

Nate Thompson and Matt Carle had the Lightning goals. The Devils outshot the Lightning 27-19. The Devils improved to 6-1-3 while the Lightning fell to 6-4. The team will play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon at the Rock.
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Lance Armstrong

The big news the past couple days has been Lance Armstrong admitting that he did do performance enhancing drugs all these years after he denied it. This guy is something else. Why would he think the American public is going to forgive him? Are any of our athletes pure anymore?

Lance Armstrong
Stephane Mantey/Presse Sports/US Presswire
Armstrong was a hero because he overcame cancer to win multiple races and he did it all clean. He would angrily battle any foe who spoke out against him. He made us believe that everyone was out to get him and it was all lies.

I donít understand why he would come out now and admit to it but then again athletes always seem to puzzle us. He gave the interview to Oprah Winfrey of all people in a segment that will air on Thursday. Itís not really must see TV to me but Iím sure a lot of people will check it out.
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Rutgers Scarlet Knights: What We Learned Against Virginia Tech

Rutgers, Logan Ryan
Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
Rutgers junior Logan Ryan has announced his intention to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Ryan is the fifth Scarlet Knight to leave school early joining Ray Rice, Kenny Britt, Anthony Davis and Mohamed Sanu. Ryan is projected to be drafted in the second round as of now.

Ryan finished his last season with 17 passes defended, four interceptions and 94 tackles. He became an All-Big East First Team selection after the season. He was a second team member last season after finishing with 67 tackles and three interceptions.

Ryanís departure adds another loss to a Rutgers defense that finished fifth in the country in points allowed. The team is already losing starters like Scott Vallone, Khaseem Greene, Duron Harmon, Steve Beauharnais and Brandon Jones. Marvin Booker and KaíLial Glaud are also graduating.

Ryan entered Rutgers as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. They also ranked him as the ninth best player in the state of New Jersey and the 32nd cornerback in the nation in 2009. Ryan played his high school ball at Voorhees Eastern.
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Russell Athletic Bowl

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will look to ease the pain of their final regular season game when they meet the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Russell Athletic Bowl later today. Rutgers missed out on winning the Big East when they fell to Louisville back on November 29th. Rutgers finished their regular season with a record of 9-3 and 5-2 in the Big East.

They meet an old foe in Virginia Tech who was previously in the Big East before moving to the ACC in 2004. Virginia Tech has dominated the series as theyíve won 11 of the 14 all-time meetings. Rutgers hasnít defeated Virginia Tech since 1992


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Rutgers does it Again

It took a few days before I could write about Rutgers 20-17 loss to Louisville on Thursday night. It has now been two straight seasons where Rutgers folded at the end of their season. This year has hurt the most as the team could have won the Big East outright and went to a BCS Bowl.

Rutgers
Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
The Scarlet Knights lost three out of their last five games to finish at 9-3 and 5-2 in the Big East. They failed to show up against Pittsburgh last week and blew an eleven point second half lead against the Cardinals. They will learn their bowl fate on Sunday night


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Rutgers Must Win Thursday

Rutgers will once again try to capture their first ever Big East Championship on Thursday night when they host the Louisville Cardinals at High Point Solutions Stadium. The Scarlet Knights missed their chance when they lost to Pittsburgh last weekend by a score of 27-6. They were helped by the fact that Louisville was beaten by Connecticut in overtime. Both teams are 9-2 on the season with Rutgers leading the Big East with a conference record of 5-1.

Louisvilleís sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater broke his left wrist during the Connecticut game but came back in the second half to lead the Cardinals comeback. He is expected to play Thursday night. Bridgewater is second in the Big East Conference in passing yards where he averages 289.9 yards a game. He has thrown for 3189 yards with 23 touchdowns this season while leading the Big East in passing efficiency. He has completed 68.8% of his passes


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Rutgers loses in Pittsburgh

Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers yesterday by a score of 27-6. Despite the loss, Rutgers earned a share of the Big East Championship as Louisville lost to Connecticut in overtime. Rutgers and Louisville will play each other for a BCS Bowl on Thursday night at High Point Solutions Stadium.

There were many different reasons why Rutgers lost this game and weíll touch on three of them. The first is coaching. Far too many times this season the offense has come out and played way too conservatively. They had great field position the entire first quarter and did nothing with it. How many times can you run it up the middle for no gain and start at second and third downs with long distances to go? This team supposedly has great offensive weapons, why not use them? Theyíve only scored 23 points in the first quarter this season


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Rutgers vs Pittsburgh

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights can clinch a share of their first ever Big East Championship today when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers at 12:00 pm ET. Rutgers is currently ranked 18th in the latest BCS standings. The team is 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big East. Pittsburgh enters the matchup 4-6 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

Todayís game will be the last between the two teams as members of the Big East Conference. Pittsburgh is heading to the ACC next year while Rutgers will be leaving for the Big Ten potentially in 2014. The teams have been playing each other since 1981. The Scarlet Knights have won five of the last seven meetings


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Rutgers Officially Leaving

The Scarlet Knights will officially move into the Big Ten Conference today as they have scheduled a 2:00 pm ET press conference at the Hale Center as reported by nj.com. As of now, Rutgers will begin play in the Big Ten in 2014. The Big East calls for a $10 million departure fee and a 27-month delay in moving but other schools have left sooner like West Virginia.

Rutgers, Big Ten, Kyle Flood
Frank Victores, US Presswire
The move has been rumored since Saturday when Maryland was initially thinking of leaving the ACC for the Big Ten. Maryland officially joined yesterday paving the way for Rutgers to leave today. Rutgers and Maryland will meet in the Leaders Division of the Big Ten. They will be in same division with Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Indiana


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Rutgers to the Big Ten

Rutgers is rumored to be joining the Big Ten Conference tomorrow after Maryland joined today. Iím not sure if theyíre going to re-name the conference as they will have 14 members. As a Rutgers fan, Iím pumped about this as the Big East has essentially been turned to nothing.

I feel bad for the schools that will be joining next year but Rutgers had to do what is best for them. They will get more exposure and more money coming into the University. The Big Ten also has a very good reputation for academics so Rutgers will fit in nicely


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Rutgers Tops Cincinnati

Rutgers, Scarlet Knights
Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
Rutgers remained undefeated in the Big East as they beat Cincinnati on the road 10-3 today. The defense was phenomenal as they held the highest scoring team in the Big East to a lone field goal with eleven seconds left in the game. The Bearcats were held to 90 rushing yards on the day.

Savon Huggins was the star on offense today. He made the start in place of Jawan Jamison. Huggins carried the ball 41 times for 179 yards. Jamison was limited to four carries for 37 yards. The Rutgers offense left man points on the field today. Gary Nova threw two interceptions in the red zone and the team had a short field goal blocked


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Rutgers vs Cincinnati

The 22nd ranked Scarlet Knights (8-1, 4-0 Big East) visit Nippert Stadium on Saturday to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats (7-2, 3-1 Big East) at 12:00 pm ET. Rutgers currently sits at the top of the Big East while Cincinnati is in the third spot. The Bearcats have won their last two games over Syracuse and Temple.

Rutgers, Scarlet Knights
Jim O'Connor - US PRESSWIRE
Rutgers is the underdog going into the game as they havenít won in Cincinnati since 1987. The Bearcats had won five games in a row until Rutgers beat them at home last season by a 20-3 score. If Rutgers hopes to remain undefeated in conference they have to stop the best running team in the Big East. Cincinnati averages 226.8 rushing yards a game which is way ahead of second place Syracuse who average 167.9


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Rutgers leads the Big East

The Scarlet Knights improved to 8-1 on the season with their 28-7 victory over Army yesterday. This was a 7-7 game until 8:49 left in the fourth quarter when Brandon Coleman caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Gary Nova. Louisville lost to Syracuse yesterday so Rutgers is not at the top of the Big East Conference with three games to go.

Kyle Flood, Rutgers
Photo: By Nelson Chenault, US Presswire
Rutgers needs to fix the slow starts by the offense. There is no excuse for this game to be as tight as it was for so long against a two win Army team. Rutgers has not scored a first quarter touchdown since the Syracuse game on October 13th. The team has only scored 23 points in the first quarter this season while their opponents have scored 37


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Rutgers faces Army

Rutgers, Army
Ed Mulholland - US Presswire
The 23rd ranked Scarlet Knights (7-1, 4-0 in the Big East) look to rebound from their first loss of the season as they host Army (2-7) today at High Point Solutions Stadium. The game will kickoff at 12:00 pm ET. Rutgers has not played since they lost to Kent State on October 27th.

The fourth ranked Rutgers run defense will be tested today as Army comes in with the triple-option offense. Army leads the nation in rushing offense as they average 375.4 yards a game. They have two players already with more than 900 rushing yards on the season. Senior quarterback Trent Steelman has 911 yards and 12 touchdowns. Junior running back Raymond Maples has 907 yards and two scores. Steelman and Maples both average more than five yards a carry


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Help a Rutgers Student

Iím going to get back to talking about sports eventually but I came across this story on a Rutgers football message board. Basically a 19-year old Rutgers student lost her parents in a freak accident during the Hurricane.

Rutgers
Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
I just want to post the page if anyone can make a donation as she know has to be the parent to her siblings


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Same Old Rutgers

Iím pretty upset and/or depressed tonight. Rutgers dropped their first game of the season to Kent State by a score of 35-23 at home on Homecoming. If youíve watched Rutgers football for an extended period of time youíve seen this script play out before.

Rutgers, Scarlet Knights
Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Year after year we think itís going to get better but it never does. You can change the coaches or players but we get the same result over and over. This team is never going to win the Big East and is probably never going to win a BCS game. It is unacceptable to lose to Kent State at Homecoming


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Rutgers knock off Temple

Rutgers, Scarlet Knights
Joe Camporeale/US Presswire
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights improved to 7-0 on the year with a 35-10 victory in Philadelphia over Temple. The Scarlet Knights could do nothing right in the first half as they went into halftime down 10-0. The only notable offensive drive they had stalled when Brandon Coleman dropped a pass on a fourth and one attempt.

The Owls were able to run the ball on Rutgers in the first half as they had over 70 yards in the first quarter alone. They would finish with 119 rushing yards on the day. The lead could have been bigger for the Owls but they turned the ball over on their own fourth down attempt and they also missed a field goal


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Rutgers defeats Syracuse

Rutgers
Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
The No. 20 Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeated Syracuse today by a score of 23-15 at High Point Solutions Stadium. This game was a lot closer than it should have been. Rutgers played an extremely conservative game on the offensive end but you also have to credit the Syracuse defense for shutting down the Rutgers running game. This was the last meeting between the teams in the Big East as Syracuse moves to the ACC next year.

The turning point of the game occurred with the first drive of the third quarter. The game was tied at seven when Syracuse lined up to kick a 32-yard field goal. Jamal Merrell came through the line to block the kick and Duron Harmon scooped it up and ran 75 yards for the touchdown putting Rutgers up 14-7


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Rutgers adds Maryland to schedule

Rutgers
Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have added a home-and-home series with Maryland starting in 2014. The Knights will play in Maryland first while Maryland will come to High Point Solutions Stadium in 2019. Rutgers is currently set to play Penn State, Howard, Tulane and Navy in 2014 already.

The teams have met nine times in their history with Maryland winning five of the games. Rutgers won the initial meeting in 1920 and also has wins in 1939, 1941 and the last meeting in 2009. The Terps hold victories in 1921, 1925, 1940, 1942 and 2007


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Rutgers wins again

The Scarlet Knights defeated UConn today to improve to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Big East. Rutgers pulled away in the second half to win the game by a 19-3 score. The Rutgers defense forced five turnovers which led to twelve points. Defensive back Wayne Warren returned an interception 25 yards to seal the victory.

Rutgers
Nelson Chenault/US Presswire
It was a pretty quiet day for the offense as Gary Nova had 157 yards passing with one touchdown pass to Mark Harrison. Jawan Jamison continued his streak of 100 yards games as he went for 110. Brandon Coleman was Gary Novaís favorite target catching six passes for 71 yards


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