Carlson’s 6 field goals lift Auburn past No. 18 LSU

AUBURN, Ala. – Daniel Carlson kicked six field goals and Auburn beat No. 18 LSU 18-13 on Saturday night after officials ruled Danny Etling’s apparent last-gasp scoring pass came after time expired.

Etling rolled to his right and found D.J. Chark on a 15-yard pass, setting off a celebration by LSU players. Officials ruled time expired before Etling took the snap.

The celebration shifted to the Auburn sideline when officials announced the decisive ruling.

It was an important win for Auburn (2-2, 1-1 SEC) and coach Gus Malzahn, who faced increased criticism following losses to Top 25 opponents Clemson and Texas A&M.

An illegal shift penalty against LSU (2-2, 1-1 SEC) left the Tigers with a fourth-down play from the 15 with 5 seconds remaining, setting up the final-play drama.

Carlson kicked a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give Auburn a 15-13 lead. He added to the lead with a 29-yarder with less than 3 minutes remaining before LSU began its desperate, final drive.

Carlson is 12 for 12 on field goals this season.

LSU star running back Leonard Fournette had 16 carries for 101 yards.

Auburn linebacker Tre Williams was ejected for targeting in the second quarter.

There was no flag after Williams’ helmet-to-helmet hit knocked Etling out of the game for a play. The hit sent Etling’s helmet to the ground and left him with a bloody nose.

A review by the officials determined Williams led with the crown of his helmet on the hit.

THE TAKEAWAY

LSU: The LSU offense must improve if the Tigers are to realize their preseason expectations. LSU was held to 338 yards, including 118 yards passing by Etling.

Auburn: Defense continues to be Auburn’s strength, but struggles by the offense drew sporadic boos …read more

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Report: Arizona’s Solomon, Wilson out vs. Washington

Arizona will be without two of its best playmakers Saturday against Washington, as ESPN’s Brian McMurphy is reporting quarterback Anu Solomon and running back Nick Wilson will both miss the game due to injury.

This marks the third straight game that Solomon has missed due to a knee injury, while Wilson will miss his first full game after injuring his ankle last week against Hawaii.

Brandon Dawkins will continue to start for Solomon while J.J. Taylor should see the bulk of the carries for Rich Rodriguez’s fast-tempo offense.

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Canada dominates Russia to advance to best-of-3 World Cup final

Canada has advanced to the World Cup of Hockey final with a 5-3 win over Russia at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday.

And, save for a somewhat tense second intermission, the result was never really in doubt.

The Russians looked good out of the gate and were awarded a power play opportunity early in the opening frame, but after failing to score on a fairly disorganized man advantage – a trend that has run through the entire tournament – Sidney Crosby scored on a tremendous individual effort, stealing the puck from the Russian defense and beating Sergei Bobrovsky with a backhand.

Russia floundered through another first-period power play and then killed three penalties of their own, but ultimately the 1-0 lead for Canada after 20 minutes wasn’t all that unexpected, considering the host nation had outscored the opposition 9-1 while Russia had failed to hit the back of the net in the first period at the World Cup heading into the semifinals.

Held without a shot on goal for almost 11 minutes of play, Russia tied the game midway through the second period as Nikita Kucherov wired a wrist shot past Carey Price after deciding to keep it on an odd-man rush. The pace picked up from that point, and Russia – despite being out shot by a wide margin – took a 2-1 lead at the 16:24 mark of the second period, thanks to Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Less than a minute later, however, Crosby set up a Brad Marchand goal to ensure the game sat level heading into the second intermission.

Canada kicked off the third period with a quick strike, with Marchand sniping the puck past Bobrovsky off another feed from Crosby. Less than five minutes later, Corey Perry …read more

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