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Allen and Holloway help Liberty run over VMI 33-14

Allen and Holloway help Liberty run over VMI 33-14

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) Aldreakis Allen and Sirchauncey Holloway combined for four touchdowns - including two in the fourth quarter - and Liberty defeated Virginia Military Institute on Saturday in the season finale for both teams.

VMI (2-9, 1-5 Big South Conference) took a 7-0 lead behind a 32-yard touchdown pass from Eric Kordenbrock with seven seconds left in the first quarter. But Liberty scored twice in the second quarter - including a 3-yarder from Holloway - to take a 14-7 advantage into halftime.

Kordenbrock threw his second touchdown pass of the day, this time a 6-yarder, to pull VMI within five, 19-14, to begin the fourth quarter.

Liberty (6-5, 4-1) used the ground game to control the final stanza, as Allen scored from 9 yards out to put the Flames ahead 26-14 and Holloway scored from the 1-yard line to create the final margin.

Kordenbrock finished with 220 passing yards for VMI.

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BREAKING: Dwight Howard out for Wizards' season opener vs. Miami

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BREAKING: Dwight Howard out for Wizards' season opener vs. Miami

Dwight Howard will not play in the Washington Wizards' season opener against the Miami Heat, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller has confirmed. The news was first reported by Chris Haynes.

Ian Mahinmi will start in his place. 

The eight-time All-Star has been dealing with a butt-injury for the entire preseason, causing him to miss all of the team's preseason matchups. He only has practiced with the team for a couple of days this week. 

Earlier on Thursday morning, Howard was listed as questionable for this matchup.

This story is developing and will updated as more information becomes available. 

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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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