Reggie Bush gets some 'great news'

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Reggie Bush gets some 'great news'

From Comcast SportsNetDAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Reggie Bush sent out a tweet saying he had good news, and privately told teammates he expects to be fine.Even on the day after a loss, there was some relief for the Miami Dolphins.Tests performed on Bush's left knee showed no serious injury Monday, meaning the Dolphins (1-2) may have their top offensive player available this weekend when they travel to face unbeaten Arizona (3-0). His last carry came just before halftime of Miami's 23-20 overtime loss against the New York Jets on Sunday, when he limped off the field and clearly was in pain."He's healthy and he'll be able to contribute," offensive lineman Richie Incognito said.Bush, who has 302 yards already this season, was getting rehabilitation and not in the locker room for the portion of Monday open to reporters. Hs lone public comment came on Twitter, where Bush wrote, "Received some great news today! Praise the Lord!"Bush got hurt on a first-down carry from the Miami 20 with about a half-minute left until halftime, a situation where some teams would consider kneeling to run out the clock.So it wasn't just Bush's knee that was evaluated on Monday. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said he would also evaluate the thinking behind calling a run play there, especially when the percentages of Miami adding to what was then a 10-3 lead before the half expired would seem, at best, minute."Right, wrong or indifferent, you certainly could argue we made some mistakes -- or I made some mistakes, I should clarify that," Philbin said. "You know, every situation's unique. You have to argue as a coach, do you have faith in your players to execute a base play in your offense and run the ball, or do you want to take a knee? I sometimes struggle with that."We'll have to examine it," Philbin added. "We'll take a look at it, we'll discuss it, but I don't know if there's any hard, fast (rule)."Philbin said a number of variables -- score, time-out situations and momentum among them -- goes into the decision into whether or not the time is right for a team to kneel on the football and run out time in the half."Every situation is unique," Philbin said. "That's the great thing, the fun thing about game management."There were indications on Sunday that Bush's knee injury was not going to be that serious.Bush wanted to return to the game after halftime, even spending some time on a stationary bike on the Miami sideline in an effort to keep the knee loose.If Bush cannot play this weekend, or is limited, the Dolphins would likely use Daniel Thomas and rookie Lamar Miller more than usual. Thomas finished with 69 yards on 19 carries against the Jets, and Miller had 48 yards on nine carries after halftime, including a 22-yard burst.Miller said he asked Bush how he was doing Monday, and was told that he would "be back soon.""I think he'll be good by Sunday," Miller said. "I'm not sure. I know he's doing a lot of rehab to try to get back and help the team out."Bush finished with 61 yards on 10 carries against the Jets, and his 6.0-yards-per-carry pace would be, by far, the best of his career. He entered the season averaging just under 4.3 yards per carry.He's also tied for third on the Dolphins with 10 receptions."I like what he's done, every single game," Philbin said. "He's been productive in every game, he's played hard in every game, he's been sound. So he's done a very, very good job. All that being said, I don't think it really changed the game a whole lot (when he left)."Dolphins linebacker Kevin Burnett, who said he has been through six knee surgeries, said it was "amazing" to learn that Bush was not dealing with a serious, structural problem with his knee."It's a blessing," Burnett said. "You look at what the guy provides. He provides, he gives you the big play from first down to fourth down. Anytime this guy gets the ball in his hands, he's liable to go score a touchdown. It helps us. He's one of the top five playmakers in the National Football League."

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Morning tip: Bradley Beal laments Wizarrds losing so many games in crunch time

Morning tip: Bradley Beal laments Wizarrds losing so many games in crunch time

It's easy to point to the disparity in foul shots or foul calls after a loss, but the Wizards did everything possible to win at the San Antonio Spurs for the first time in 17 years. 

They just didn't. They had plenty of blunders at the end of quarters to keep the Spurs in the picture. 

"We didn't even play a great game," said Bradley Beal, who had a team-high 23 points on 11 shots in limited minutes of a 107-105 loss. "We get tired of saying we played hard, we did enough to win the game. We didn’t win the game."

The Wizards (6-12) had an 11-point lead and had a 43-37 rebounding edge. But they took 15 fewer foul shots (18) than the Spurs, who benefitted from getting nine more fouls called (26) in their favor.

Beal shot six free throws, but his backcourt mate John Wall didn't attempt any despite 37 minutes of attacking the basket rather than settling for jumpers. 

The NBA office determined in its last two-minue report, made public when games are within five points or less in the final two minutes and overtime, there weren't any incorrect or missed calls in the game. 

Beal didn't get to take the last shot. It was called for him, but instead the broken play on the inbounds ended up in the hands of Otto Porter as he had a good look at the rim in the lane that could've forced overtime. 

After just 18 games, Beal sounds a lot like he did towards the end of a 41-41 season in 2015-16. They had Wednesday's game at the Oklahoma City Thunder won, but allowed that to go into overtime in what became a loss for the Wizards, too. 

"We know what to do. We’re just not doing it," he said. "Until we do, we’re going to keep losing."

College Football Playoff projections: Let's not overthink this

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College Football Playoff projections: Let's not overthink this

Did Penn State play their way into the playoff? Michigan has to be in, right? Did Ohio State fall out of top four? Will Washington hang on?

Following all the action on Saturday, there was plenty of debate over who the top four teams should be. Most of the questions surround what to do with the three Big Ten teams contenders.

Ohio State and Michigan are clearly two of the best teams in the country, but neither of them won their division. That honor went to Penn State who also won the conference championship on Saturday, the same Penn State team who beat Ohio State but who also lost twice this season.

For the first time since the College Football Playoff started, there is a real, genuine debate over who the top four will be.

But not really.

SEE THE FINAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PROJECTION HERE

If you're just asking who the committee will put into the playoff, the committee actually tipped its hand last week with its rankings:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington
  5. Michigan
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Penn State

For everyone saying Michigan should be in the top four, well, they weren't in the top four last week, they didn't play this week, none of the four teams ahead of them did anything to hurt their respective resumes, so what makes anyone out there think the Wolverines are suddenly going to vault into the top four? It's not going to happen.

If Penn State were to make the playoff, it wouldn't be over Washington or Clemson who were already ranked ahead of the Nittany Lions and also won their respective conferences on Saturday. Neither team did anything to hurt themselves, so Penn State won't vault over them. Could they jump Ohio State who they beat head-to-head? That seems doubtful considering the committee declared the Buckeyes the second-best team in the country on Tuesday. That tells me the committee sees them as "unequivocally" one the top teams.

So debate away. When it comes to college football, that's what makes it so fun. But really, there's not that much to debate about. The committee showed last week who they thought the four best teams were and there's no reason to think that will change based on what we saw Saturday.

Find out who will make this year's playoff here with the final College Football Playoff projections.