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Jan 22, 2022; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 22, 2022; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami football program enters the 2022 season with a lot of expectations after hiring Mario Cristobal as head coach in December. Led by quarterback Tyler Van Dyke and the additional of 11 transfers, Cristobal has a good foundation set for the 2022 season. Games at Clemson and Texas A&M will be a barometer for Miami in 2022.

Sam Marsdale of 247 Sports examined “ACC football: Best-, worst-case scenario for every team in 2022.” The success of the Miami football program in the first year under Cristobal will be judged largely by the games versus Clemson and Texas A&M, how they finish in the ACC Coastal Division and the 2023 recruiting class.

With Cristobal recruiting without a full staff he improved the Miami 2022 class from ranked in the 70s when he was hired in December to finishing 16th. The Miami football team will likely be the co-favorite to win what could be the last season of the ACC Coastal Division. Cristobal is one of four new coaches in the Coastal.

Duke, Virginia and Virginia Tech have greater rebuilding projects with their programs than Cristobal has at Miami. The success Cristobal had at Oregon and his prowess as a recruiter have created high expectations for the future at Miami. Marsdale outlined the best and worst-case scenarios for Miami.

MIAMI HURRICANES (7-5 IN 2021)

Best-case scenario: 10-2, ACC Coastal Champions in Cristobal’s first season.

The Hurricanes have two easy ones against Bethune-Cookman and Southern Miss. before a massive road test at Texas A&M. Miami also has to go to Clemson in Week 11. Plenty of hype surrounds the Hurricanes with Tyler Van Dyke at quarterback and Cristobal’s arrival from Oregon.

Assuming losses in both games, Miami would need to beat UNC and Pittsburgh at home and also sweep Virginia and Virginia Tech on the road. Other ACC home games include Duke, Florida State and Georgia Tech.

Worst-case scenario: 6-6, Van Dyke regresses.

Assuming no injury, Van Dyke would have to experience a sophomore slump for this to happen. This scenario would pit Texas A&M as the only out of conference loss and only winning three ACC games.”

Going 7-1 in the ACC with the only conference loss at Clemson creates high expectations. Miami has not finished a regular season with 10 wins and one ACC loss since winning its only outright Coastal Division title in 2017. The Hurricanes did not play Clemson until the ACC Championship Game in 2017.

Clemson seems vulnerable after finishing 10-3 in 2021 and losing both of their coordinators. Loyalty and stability have been a major part of the success of Clemson over the last eight years. Texas A&M is projected to start Max Johnson at QB after he transferred from LSU. Johnson is the nephew of former Miami head coach Mark Richt.

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Ryback says WWE has reached out about a settlement and to stop him from speaking about Vince McMahon

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Ryback stated on Twitter that WWE’s legal department reached out to him a few months ago about a proposed settlement in regards to the Ryback trademark.

His tweet states, “Over 5 months ago @wwe legal reached out to propose a settlement, as they’re going to lose the RYBACK TM. They want past rights and for me to sign a NDA. They’ve repeatedly tried telling me to stop talking about @VinceMcMahon and the truth with @wwe. You must right all wrongs.”

He added, “The one thing people need to understand is they threatened my job in 2012 with a multi million dollar malpractice suit I had for my ankle injury. They told me if I dropped it they would take care of me and all would be forgotten from the past. I trusted them and they lied.”

Ryback has been very vocal about WWE and among other things, has claimed that the company has had a hand in having his Twitter account reach restricted. Ryback also said some very unpleasant things about Vince McMahon’s late mother.

We should note that the tweets listed below are Ryback’s statements and the talks about the settlement have not been confirmed by WWE.

Over 5 months ago @wwe legal reached out to propose a settlement, as they’re going to lose the RYBACK TM. They want past rights and for me to sign a NDA. They’ve repeatedly tried telling me to stop talking about @VinceMcMahon and the truth with @wwe. You must right all wrongs.

— The Big Guy Ryback (@Ryback) May 22, 2022

The one thing people need to understand is they threatened my job in 2012 with a multi million dollar malpractice suit I had for my ankle injury. They told me if I dropped it they would take care of me and all would be forgotten from the past. I trusted them and they lied.

— The Big Guy Ryback (@Ryback) May 22, 2022

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There’s only one team that can keep the Celtics from raising another banner

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Forsberg: There’s only one team that can stop the Celtics originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

BOSTON — There appears to be only one team remaining in the NBA playoffs that can stop the Boston Celtics.

And that team is the Boston Celtics.

Take nothing away from the Miami Heat, who Al Horford succinctly described as a, “wounded animal,” given the desperate way they pounced on Boston in the opening quarter of Saturday’s Game 3. Embarrassed on their home turf two nights earlier, the Heat jumped Boston from the opening tip, building a 26-point first-half lead then withstanding the Celtics’ furious late charge in a 109-103 triumph at TD Garden.

The Heat have won only two quarters in this series but that has been enough to stake the team to a 2-1 advantage.

Game 3 Takeaways: Huge Celtics comeback falls short in wild Game 3

The maddening part for the Celtics is that Boston’s two woeful frames — getting outscored by 21 in the first quarter Saturday, and by 25 in the third quarter of Game 1 — could have been avoided. Or, at the very least, mitigated.

If the Celtics are just kinda bad in those quarters then they might be up 3-0 in this series. Instead, Boston has been impossibly bad in those two quarters and now this team’s back is against the wall yet again.

The Celtics must win three of the next four games to prolong their season. There is little margin for error for a team that has been prone to lapses in intensity.

And that’s why Saturday’s loss was particularly infuriating. The Celtics dug themselves a 26-point hole and still had multiple opportunities to rally ahead, including rallying within a point with 2:40 to go.

Alas, the Celtics couldn’t stop shooting themselves in the foot.

Boston turned the ball over on 25.5 percent of its 94 possessions on Saturday night. Think about that. Once every four times down the court, the Celtics essentially handed the ball to Miami. The Heat didn’t even fully capitalize on those giveaways, though a 33-9 edge in points off turnovers is still a jarring difference.

The Heat were extremely active on Saturday night, recording an absurd 29 deflections. They certainly aided Boston’s turnover woes but the Celtics made too many lazy passes and were far too loose handling the ball. Too many times the Celtics left their feet without a plan, too often they tried to thread a pass to a cutter inside and the Heat would smother it. Boston’s decision-making was woeful and too often they let errors snowball, particularly in that first quarter.

Combine that with a game in which Jayson Tatum goes 0-for-4 with three turnovers in the second half and it’s almost improbable that Boston even had a chance to pull ahead in the fourth quarter.

There’s a case to be made that Boston is the most talented team remaining in the playoffs. But, boy, do they hate playing like it sometimes. And there is plenty of blame to go around for Saturday’s head-shaker.

Tatum played nearly seven minutes in the disastrous first quarter and barely dented the box score beyond two missed shots and a turnover. He was minus-17 in the frame. Hounded again by PJ Tucker, Tatum finished 3-of-14 shooting overall with six turnovers in nearly 41 minutes.

In nearly eight minutes of matchup time, Tatum did not score against Tucker. He missed the only two shots when defended by him and turned the ball over once, per NBA tracking. More criminal was going 1-of-5 shooting when defended by Max Strus. Tatum looked gassed much of the night and could never quite give the Celtics the jolt, even after igniting TD Garden while returning from a shoulder stinger in the fourth quarter as Boston rallied close.

Every time you think Tatum has put the “Is he a top 5 player?” conversation to bed, he turns in a clunker that leaves you wondering how he can be so dominant one night and then blend into the scenery on another.

Ime Udoka, who has routinely pushed the right buttons since early January, made a curious decision to start Daniel Theis in place of ailing Robert Williams. After feasting on Theis in the 2020 bubble, Bam Adebayo’s eyes went wide seeing the German big man across the court in the first half. And no matter if it was Theis or Al Horford defending, Adebayo was far more aggressive than he’d been in the first two games of the series. He went 6-for-9 shooting while finishing plus-23 over 9:15 in the first quarter. NBA tracking had Adebayo scoring 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting against the normally stout Horford.

As his starters struggled with ball security, Udoka was hesitant to lean on his backup point guards. Derrick White and Payton Pritchard played a mere 27 combined minutes (they did not commit any of Boston’s 23 turnovers). Boston’s star tandem of Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 13 giveaways with Brown (7) nearly matching Miami’s team total (8).

Brown finished with 40 points on 14-of-20 shooting and his aggressiveness attacking the basket was a primary reason Boston surged close in the fourth quarter. Alas, the number that pops loudest on his stat line is those seven turnovers. Too many times he fumbled the ball away without Miami really forcing the issue. He acknowledged as much after the game when he noted, “I did a s— job taking care of the ball today. I’ve got to do better.”

The Heat were practically begging the Celtics to steal this game. They let their foot off the gas late in the first half, allowing Boston to erase 10 points from their deficit and enter halftime with some buzz in the building after Celtics fans booed their team at times in the first quarter.

Jimmy Butler sat out the second half due to knee soreness, the Celtics shot 16 more free throws than Miami, and had better overall shooting splits (well, beyond the seven missed free throws). But it wasn’t enough to allow Boston to overcome its turnovers.

It’s wild how fast the playoff pendulum swings. The Celtics departed Miami dripping with swagger after their Game 2 domination and fans could be forgiven if they started checking prices on flights to San Francisco in early June.

There’s only so many times you can shoot yourself in the foot before you run out of toes. The Celtics are playing with fire because of their lapses in consistency. And the gnawing feeling in the stomach that most Celtics fans feel on Sunday morning is the fear that Boston is spoiling a real opportunity to hang another banner.

With one disastrous 12-minute stretch, the Celtics now find themselves in what feels like a must-win situation entering Game 4.

Boston can take solace in the fact that these situations have typically delivered their best basketball, at least that’s what we saw throughout a second-round triumph over the defending champion Bucks.

But there’s only so many times you can shoot yourself in the foot before you run out of toes. The Celtics are playing with fire because of their lapses in consistency. And the gnawing feeling in the stomach that most Celtics fans feel on Sunday morning is the fear that Boston is spoiling a real opportunity to hang another banner.

Yet again, the Celtics have two choices. They can commit to locking in for a full 48 minutes, fight through the obvious playoff fatigue, value the basketball, and let their defense carry them.

Or they can keep tempting the Basketball Gods with their inconsistent ways and be left to wonder what might have been on this 2022 playoff run.

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Indy 500 qualifying 2022: Live updates in battle for pole position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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The pole position for the 2022 Indianapolis 500 will be determined Sunday, May 22, weather permitting. Positions 13-33 were set for the May 29 race on May 21. The top 12 drivers from Saturday’s session will compete for the pole position.

A complete Indy 500 qualifying attempt is four laps around the 2½-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Scott Dixon won the pole position in 2021, and he finished 17th. Race winner Helio Castroneves started 8th. The most recent pole winner to also win the race was Simon Pagenaud in 2019.

Gates open at 10 a.m. with top 12 practice from 12:30-2 p.m. Top 12 qualifying begins at 4 p.m. and top 6 qualifying is at 5:10 p.m.

We will be tracking every qualifying attempt, so please remember to refresh.

Setting up Indy 500 Pole Day

Rinus VeeKay, Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist, Alex Palou, Tony Kanaan, Jimmie Johnson, Ed Carpenter, Marcus Ericsson, Romain Grosjean, Scott Dixon, Will Power and Takuma Sato are competing for pole position.

These drivers get one attempt each, starting with 12th fastest from Saturday (Sato) through the fastest (VeeKay). The top 6 from those attempts get one more attempt each, starting with the 6th fastest and going through the fastest. The fastest in the group of 6 earns the pole position.

► VeeKay had a 4-lap average of 233.655 mph early in Saturday’s qualifying session.

► Sato had an eventful day. His first attempt was disallowed for interference against Marco Andretti, and on his second try, he brushed a wall in Turn 2 and kept on driving to complete the 12th-fastest attempt.

► All five Chip Ganassi Racing drivers — Palou, Kanaan, Johnson, Ericsson and Dixon — will compete for the pole. Two drivers each from Ed Carpenter Racing (VeeKay, Carpenter) and Arrow McLaren SP (O’Ward, Rosenqvist) are in the hunt. Other teams in the top 12 include Andretti Autosport (Grosjean), Team Penske (Power) and Dale Coyne Racing with RWR (Sato).

► Indy 500 rookies (but accomplished racers) Johnson and Grosjean are in the hunt.

► Previous Indy 500 pole winners include Kanaan (2005), Carpenter (’13, ’14, ’18) and Dixon (’08, ’15, ’17, ’21).

► Previous Indy 500 winners include Kanaan (2013), Dixon (’08), Power (’18) and Sato (’17, ’20).

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This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Live Indy 500 qualifying 2022 times: Updates from time trials at IMS

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