Frazier & Kubiak go from teammates to opponents

Frazier & Kubiak go from teammates to opponents

HOUSTON (AP) Corey Frazier and Klein Kubiak are teammates at Rice and friends off the field.

But on Sunday they'll be pulled in different directions. Their fathers - Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak - will be on opposite sidelines.

``The first thing he said to me when I saw him on Sunday was that me and him were enemies from here on out this week,'' Corey said. ``That just started it off, and there's been a lot of little jawing back and forth, a lot of little remarks.''

Corey and Klein both plan to be on the sidelines with their fathers for Sunday's game, where the Texans need a win to secure a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Vikings are trying to keep their postseason hopes alive with Adrian Peterson entering the game just 294 yards shy of breaking the NFL single-season rushing record - a fact that Corey has mentioned often.

``He's got a pretty big card in (Peterson), so he's been building that one up,'' Klein said, laughing. ``We've gone back and forth.''

Corey got to Rice first, and Klein didn't realize his father also coached in the NFL until Gary mentioned it to him. They've since become close after bonding over the shared experiences of growing up with fathers who were NFL coaches.

``We just had so much common ground,'' Corey said. ``Our parents both have similar qualities, similar rules as to how they want us to live our lives, and since we are under so much scrutiny that made me and Klein pretty close.''

The pair find it odd that they ended up at the same school because their fathers, who both played in the NFL before moving to coaching, have known each other for decades.

``That is pretty interesting,'' Gary said. ``I've got a lot of respect for Leslie and the job he does. His son does a (heck) of a job at Rice, too. It's been pretty cool ... you kind of take that for granted.''

Leslie said their sons playing together has given himself and Gary a unique opportunity to interact away from the high-pressure world of NFL coaching.

``We get a chance to sit in the stands and mingle at the spring game and so on,'' Leslie said. ``It's a good relationship and I'm just happy for what he's done.''

Klein, a junior receiver, and Corey, a senior safety redshirting after an injury, will return to being friends after Sunday's game as Rice prepares for its first bowl appearance since 2008 when it faces Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29.

The Owls lost five of their first six games this season before bouncing back to win five of their last six to become bowl eligible.

``We haven't had anybody on our team go to a bowl game,'' Klein said. ``So it's new to all of us, but it's also really, really exciting.''

Corey received a redshirt after injuring his knee in the first game this season. But he's looking forward to taking part in the bowl experience with his team.

``I'm definitely proud and glad that I'm getting to enjoy the ride with them,'' Corey said. ``I'll be on the sideline cheering them on when they play Air Force.''

Old Dominion at Syracuse Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Old Dominion at Syracuse Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Following a thrilling 72-71 win over rival Georgetown, Syracuse (7-2) returns to the floor on Dec. 15 and welcomes Old Dominion (7-3) to town. The Orange will play four more non-conference games before starting ACC play on Jan. 5 at Notre Dame.

Old Dominion has won five-straight games entering their game against Syracuse. In the Monarchs' last game, B.J. Stith led the way with 28 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. 

Tip-off is scheduled for noon ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Old Dominion at Syracuse How to Watch

What: Old Dominion Monarchs at Syracuse Orange
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
When: Noon ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

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Conference: ACC (Syracuse), C-USA (Old Dominion)
Record: 7-2 (Syracuse), 7-3 (Old Dominion)
Last Game: 72-71 win vs. Georgetown, 12/8 (Syracuse), 79-69 win vs. Fairfield, 12/9 (Old Dominion)
Leading Scorers: Tyus Battle, 18.0 ppg (Syracuse), Ahmad Caver, 18.5 ppg (Old Dominion)

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Drew Gooden describes playing with LeBron James: It was 'like a traveling rock band'

Drew Gooden describes playing with LeBron James: It was 'like a traveling rock band'

LeBron James and the media circus that comes along with him is coming to Washington, D.C., as the Lakers will face off with the Wizards at Capital One Arena.

Drew Gooden played with James for the better part of four seasons in Cleveland from 2004-08, and so he knows exactly what it's like when one of the NBA's greatest players comes to town. 

"It's only real until you actually see it," Gooden said during Thursday's edition of the Wizards Talk podcast. "We used to joke and call ourselves not the Beatles, but the 'Cleatles,' because it was almost like a traveling rock band. And everybody played their part."

Gooden recounted one particular incident during a day off in Detroit in 2006, when he, James and a couple of their teammates went to a shopping mall to buy some watches.

"When we walked into the shopping mall in Detroit, it was like Michael Jackson had entered the shopping mall," Gooden explained. "Kids were running up, grownups were running up, everybody ran into the store we were in. They had to shut it down with mall security, and wouldn't let anybody in."

"The only thing I was thinking of is like, 'How are we gonna get out of here?' Because we came on our own with no security, so we were just thinking of how we were gonna get out of the mall now. And when I saw that star power of LeBron James back in 2006, this was before he won a championship, I couldn't imagine how it is now, and what he's become in today's game."

James' star power has only grown since then, and many have already declared him the greatest basketball player of all-time.

This label in reference to James is nothing new to Drew Gooden: he heard it when they were both teenagers playing AAU baskeball. 

"Calvin Andrews, who was a sports agent of Carmelo Anthony, Calvin Andrews told me when LeBron was 15 years of age, he said, 'You see that guy right there?'" Gooden recalled. "I said, 'Yeah, what about him?'"

"'He's gonna be the best basketball player ever.'"

"So it's no surprise to me, and this is not new to me, it's just I'm more amazed that it actually happened," Gooden concluded. "A lot of people say, 'Oh, he's gonna be the best ever or he has an opportunity of being the best ever.' But I literally heard a man tell me that in Calvin Andrews, and that guy actually becoming one of the best ever, or the best ever." 

For more on LeBron James and the Lakers' upcoming visit to D.C. to take on the Wizards, listen to the full Wizards Talk podcast below.