Stanford’s Bryce Love is having a season for the ages, and it only got better with his performance in the Alamo Bowl Thursday.

The junior running back ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinal’s 39-37 loss to TCU, but he did so much more. Love eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark in the first half and broke Christian McCaffrey’s single-season rushing record (2,019) for Stanford as well.

In addition, by eclipsing the century mark yet again, he tied Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary for the most 100-yard rushing games on the year with 12. Also, with his 69-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, Love tallied his 12th touchdown of 50 yards or more on the season. Only Arizona’s team had more.

The 20-year-old is viewed as one of the top running backs in the draft and is a likely first-round pick, but he does have some injury concerns with the ankle injury which forced him to miss a game earlier this season and a hand injury which forced him to miss the end of Thursday’s game.

Alabama and Georgia will meet at the epicenter of SEC football in Atlanta to battle it out for the national championship trophy. Here’s what to expect.

That’s how it’s gone when Saban has faced a former assistant: He’s 11-0 against five guys who used to coach for him.

Saban began the drive to a national championship this season with a 24-7 victory over one former assistant, Jimbo Fisher of Florida State, and he will end it by facing another. Saban said about what you would expect him to say about Smart, who worked for him at LSU and the Miami Dolphins before joining him at Alabama in 2007.

He’s a good football coach, a very bright guy, Saban said of Smart. And he took over a program that has been successful … and he’s done a great job of taking it to the next level.

Smart not only knows how Saban thinks, but as Saban’s top recruiter during his tenure in Tuscaloosa, Smart had a hand in signing just about every player in an Alabama uniform.

It’s going to be strange seeing him in a Georgia Bulldog shirt, free safety Ronnie Harrison said. It’s still all love, though.

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They don’t seem to be the sharpest people around

Draymond Green might not be back in Cleveland this season, not if his Warriors go back home for Monday’s Game 5 and finish off these NBA Finals.

But Green was at the center of the storm here for Cleveland’s remarkable, 137-116 Game 4 win at Quicken Loans Arena, and it would almost be a shame if he didn’t get to take the floor again here. At a handful of instances on Friday night, the locals here showered Green with chants of Dray-mond sucks! especially when he received a technical foul in the first quarter.

What the results showed was the more physical style of play from the Bulls was difficult for the Warriors to match. Going in, the question was which team would have to adjust, and it looks like that fell on the Warriors. While Golden State was more athletic and versatile, Chicago was effective with their defensive intensity and size advantage down low.

Statistically, Chicago generally had the advantage in rebounds, points in the paint and bench points thanks to Toni Kukoc and, ironically, Steve Kerr. The Warriors were better from 3-point range as expected, but it wasn’t enough to compensate for the efficiency and second-chance points from the Bulls

Bryan Wiedey posts sports gaming news and analysis daily at Pastapadre.com, is co-founder of the sports gaming site HitThePass.com, hosts the Press Row Podcast and can be reached on Twitter @Pastapadre.

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She was a hard-throwing right-hander for the Peoria Red Wings in 1948

We’ll get to that in a moment. First, let’s look at the recent absurdity of this archaic statistic. Up in Toronto on Thursday, Chris Sale pitched eight brilliant shutout innings against the Blue Jays.

Boston’s newest lefty ace struck out 13 and allowed only four hits. Of his 102 pitches, 80 were strikes. That’s all kinds of ridiculous. According to this bit of research on Baseball-Reference’s Play Index, he’s the first pitcher in the history of baseball to throw at least 80 strikes in 102 or fewer pitches while striking out 13 hitters.

Yeah, maybe that’s a bit of an obscure stat. But it’s just a way to quantify what Sale did in his third start with the Red Sox. He was exceptionally exceptional, in a historical sense.

Megan Cavanaugh, who played Hooch, the switch-hitting second baseman, said she had a feeling that A League of Their Own would endure as a classic when she started seeing it make the rounds on the airwaves every spring.

Then people were asking us to come to places and make appearances,” she said. That’s when we were like, ‘This is going to go on and on and on.”’

Maybelle Blair, the 90-year-old pitcher, said the movie is a surprisingly accurate depiction of what life was like for the female ballplayers of the 1940s.

Blair wasn’t a Peach. She was a hard-throwing right-hander for the Peoria Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys Red Wings in 1948. (Nolan Ryan had nothing on me,” she said. Absolutely nothing.)

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Blair said the movie captures the essence her playing days, right down to the uniforms.