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Bobby Ryan shoots to revive career with rebuilding Red Wings

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DETROIT (AP) — Bobby Ryan was looking for a fresh start and a place to revive his career after it was stunted in part by alcohol issues.

Ryan was sold on that happening with the Detroit Red Wings.

A long conversation with general manager Steve Yzerman sealed the deal even though it was the first discussion Ryan had with suitors during NHL free agency.

“It was a 45-minute call that left me with the feeling that it was the right fit without knowing else what else was out there,” Ryan said Friday after agreeing to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Red Wings.

Detroit had the NHL’s worst team last season, but Yzerman told Ryan the team would be better and he could be a big part of the turnaround by getting a lot of ice time to prove his once-promising career is not over.

The 33-year-old Ryan missed more than two months of last season after entering the NHL/NHLPA players assistance program in November, 2019. Upon his return to practice in February, he shared his story publicly in hopes of inspiring others facing similar challenges.

The Ottawa Senators placed him on waivers last month for the purpose of a buyout, making him available. He had five goals and eight points in 24 games for the Senators last season and won the Masterton Trophy, the NHL’s award for perseverance.

“What a whirlwind year,” Ryan said.

He had two years left on his contract at a $7.25 million cap. Ryan, drafted No. 2 overall by Anaheim in 2005, has 254 goals and 301 assists with the Ducks and Senators.

A decade ago, Ryan ranked among the league’s top scorers when he had 35 and 34 goals in consecutive years.

“I selfishly have dreams of getting back to the Bobby Ryan

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College football Week 6 bowl projections: Rebuilding the postseason picture

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Bowl projections in 2020 are more difficult than ever. 

The Football Oversight Committee already recommended waiving requirements for eligibility for postseason games this season. The Bahamas Bowl and Hawaii Bowl were canceled last week, and trying to put together realistic projections for all the bowls at this point is almost impossible. 

MORE: Updated AP, Coaches Polls

It’s still fun to try. Sporting News started with its College Football Playoff projections and worked from the top to the bottom in its Week 6 bowl projections. Four of the 10 conferences have not started their seasons, so this will change dramatically with each week. The CFP picks remain the same. We’re sticking with Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oregon for now. 

This season’s semifinals are Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Allstate Sugar Bowl. The CFP championship game will be Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.    

With that in mind, here are Sporting News’ picks for the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Day Six heading into Week 6: 

Week 6 bowl projections 

BOWL TEAMS
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl TCU vs. Kentucky
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Texas vs. Ole Miss
Gasparilla Bowl BYU vs. Baylor
Cactus Bowl Kansas State vs. Northwestern
Cheez-It Bowl West Virginia vs. Georgia Tech
Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl UCF vs. FAU
Duke’s Mayo Bowl Indiana vs. N.C. State
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo vs. San Diego State
FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl Western Kentucky vs. Miami, Ohio
Fenway Bowl Temple vs. Boston College
Los Angeles Bowl USC vs. Boise State
Camelia Bowl Central Michigan vs. Georgia Southern
Lockeheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl SMU vs. Marshall
Military Bowl Navy vs. Virginia
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl Utah vs. Texas A&M
Mobile Alabama Lending Tree Bowl UAB vs. Louisiana
Myrtle Beach Bowl Memphis vs.