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  • MOBILE, Ala. Jon Lester Jersey . -- Dee Ford prefers to keep things simple: Play hard and fast, and let others worry about his NFL draft stock. That approach certainly worked at the Senior Bowl. The Auburn defensive end had two first-half sacks, and Derek Carr and David Fales each threw a touchdown pass in the Souths 20-10 victory over the North on Saturday. Ford, who earned positive reviews from observers during the week, quickly dismissed a reporters suggestion that he made some money in the draft with his performance. "I dont do this for cash," said Ford, selected the games MVP. "I do this for pride. I do this because I really, really want to be great. The money will come. Im just all about perfecting what I do. "Ive still got a lot of work. Ive got the combine and pro day. My life doesnt stop here. Ive got to be consistent." The showcase game for top senior NFL prospects was mostly dominated by the defences. The South racked up five sacks of Virginia Techs Logan Thomas and intercepted three North passes. Princetons Caraun Reid also had two sacks. "Just talking to the linemen, they said these guys are kind of quick coming off the ball," Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd of the North said. "Youve got to go out there and try to help those guys out." Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Fales of San Jose State and received the Souths Most Outstanding Player honours. Wisconsins James White scored on a 1-yard run with 6:04 left for the Norths only touchdown. He was selected the Norths MOP after rushing for 62 yards on 11 carries and making five catches for 15 yards. "I wanted to come out here and prove that I could do it all as a running back: Pass protect, catch the ball out of the backfield, run inside and run outside," White said. "I think I did it pretty well this week." Ford, meanwhile, couldnt quite do it all: He batted down a pass in the backfield deep in North territory that would have been a sure touchdown if hed held onto it. "I could have had a TD," said Ford, who still celebrated the play with a little dance. "I couldnt find the ball. Thats stuff I need to work on." Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews briefly interrupted an interview to hand Ford a football. "Game ball, baby," Matthews told him. "I got that for you." Offensively, it looked just like what it was: an all-star game with players trying to get in sync with only a few days of practice. The quarterbacks who made the fewest mistakes won the day as the South built a 20-3 lead. Fresno States Carr started fast with three straight completions on the Souths opening drive. He capped the march with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore and finished 7 of 12 for 45 yards. "He was so open, I just wanted to get the ball in his hands and let him go," Carr said. Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolos first two drives ended with field goals of 50 and 39 yards by Auburns Cody Parkey. Garoppolo, MVP of the East-West Shrine Game out of Tony Romos alma mater, was a late addition to the roster after Alabamas AJ McCarron declined an invitation. Garoppolo was 6-of-11 passing for 32 yards. Miamis Stephen Morris was 10 of 18 for a game-high 89 yards but also was intercepted twice. Boyd was 7 of 16 for 31 yards with an interception. Thomas only got five passes off, completing four for 17 yards. "I dont think I had much time to do anything with it," he said. Ford, who also had two sacks in the BCS championship, Parkey and Chris Davis all made a big impact a few weeks after their Auburn team lost to Florida State in the title game. Davis had an interception. They left this one in a better mood. "It was a great week for Auburn," Davis said. "Any time you get to come to an event like this, you want to showcase your talent. I think for the Auburn team, we did that." Ron Santo Jersey . - Because they didnt go into Beast Mode, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in Spin Mode. Brad Brach Cubs Jersey . - The Carolina Panthers believe Steve Smith lost "top-end" speed, a big reason the franchise parted ways with its all-time leading receiver.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Ottawa Senators will try to post consecutive wins for the first time under Dave Cameron when they visit the still surging Buffalo Sabres in Mondays Atlantic Division clash at First Niagara Center. The Senators lost their first game with Cameron behind the bench, dropping a 5-3 decision to the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. Ottawa was able to get its new head coach his first NHL victory on Saturday, however, as the Sens kicked off a three-game road trip with a shootout win in Boston. Cameron took over the reins for the fired Paul MacLean last week after Ottawa began the season with a mediocre 11-11-5 record. Saturdays 3-2 win was the clubs second victory in three games after going through an 0-4-1 drought from Nov. 28-Dec. 6. Bobby Ryan scored the shootout winner Saturday, while Mika Zibanejad and David Legwand provided the regulation scores for the Senators. Legwand knotted the score at 2-2 with a power-play tally at the 4:17 mark of the third period. Robin Lehner made 29 saves through regulation and overtime for the Sens and stopped two of three attempts in the shootout. In the third round of the shootout with the teams tied at one goal each, Lehner made a sprawling save to deny Patrice Bergerons bid, and Ryan beat Rask by going to his forehand for the game-winner. You know, youre in the business of winning, Cameron said. Its a case where youre preaching a certain style of play and [until you] get that win, theres probably always a bit of doubt or maybe a little bit of gray area whether it works or doesnt work. So it was great to get the win for sure. Ottawa halted a four-game road skid and improved to 6-8-2 as the guest this season. The Sens will cap their current swing Wednesday in New Jersey. Lehner will get the call in net again tonight. He is 0-1-1 with a 2.45 GAA in his career against Buffalo. The Sabres continued their recent hot play with an overtime win Saturday against the Florida Panthers and they hope to cap a four-game homestand with a perfect record tonight. Kosuke Fukudome Jersey. Buffalo, which began the season with a 3-13-2 record, has been firing on all cylinders lately, going 9-3-0 over its past 12 games. The Sabres secured their third three-game winning streak of that stretch with Saturdays 4-3 victory. Nikita Zadorov played the OT hero against the Panthers, scoring his first goal of the season just 29 seconds into the extra session to improve Buffalos home record to 8-7-2. Zadorov took a feed from Tyler Ennis before wristing the puck past Al Montoya to end the game. Brian Giontas third-period goal tied the game for the Sabres and ended a run of three straight Panthers goals. Buffalo grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period before allowing Florida to rally and eventually take a one-goal advantage. Buffalo also got goals from Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno, while Jhonas Enroth made 25 saves in the win. Hodgson, who led the Sabres with 44 points last season, was back in the lineup after being made a healthy scratch for Thursdays game against Calgary. Its nice to get on the board offensively, but more important to be part of the team and be on the ice, Hodgson said. The Sabres won Saturday despite finishing the game with just four defenseman after blueliners Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros left with injuries in the second period. Both players are expected to miss tonights game. Ted Nolan could roll with Enroth in net tonight. He is 6-1-0 over his last seven starts and owns a 3-2-1 record and 2.60 GAA in six career games against Ottawa. However, backup Michal Neuvirth could get the call in either tonights test or tomorrows tilt in Winnipeg. Neuvirth is 4-1-1 with a 1.85 GAA against the Senators. Tonights game marks the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Sens this season. Ottawa has won two straight, three of four and nine of the past 12 encounters overall, but Buffalo has claimed two of three in Western New York. ' ' '
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