HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Marion 48, Pendleton Heights 36
Northwestern 70, Lafayette Jeff 15
Pike 57, Anderson 35
Richmond 53, New Castle 26
GIRLS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Tech at Attucks, 6:30 pm
Richmond at Union City, 7:30 pm
Thursday, Nov. 7
Central at Delta, 7:30 pm
West Lafayette at Logansport, 7:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 8
Lebanon at Kokomo, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 9
Harrison at Marion , 2:30 pm
Lawrence North at Anderson, 1:30 pm
Perry Meridian vs. Lafayette Jeff, noon, South Dearborn MS
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Richmond at Union City, 7:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 8
Milan at Union County, 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 9
Bluffton at Winchester, 7:30 pm
Randolph Southern at Centerville, 7:30 pm
Southern Wells at Union City, 7:30 pm
Tri at Waldron, 7:30 pm
Thursday, Nov. 7
Cowan at Alexandria, 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Elwood, 7:30 pm
Wes-Del at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 8
Blackford at Daleville, 7:30 pm
Burris at Union, 6 pm
Northeastern at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Waldron at Blue River, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 9
Daleville at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm
Frankton at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm
IMSA at Union, 2 pm
Randolph Southern at Centerville, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 6
South Dearborn at East Central , 7:30 pm
Thursday, Nov. 7
Connersville at New Palestine, 7:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 8
Batesville at Hauser, 7:30 pm
Greensburg at Jac-Cen-Del, 7:30 pm
New Castle at Rushville, 7:30 pm
Rising Sun at Franklin County, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 9
East Central at Heritage Christian, 2:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Batesville , 7:30 pm
New Washington at South Dearborn, noon, South Dearborn
Decatur Central vs. Connersville, 11:30 am, Southport
Ritter vs. Connersville, 4:30 pm, Southport
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#2 Kentucky 69 #1 Michigan State 62
#4 Duke 68 #3 Kansas 66
#5 Louisville 87 Miami Florida 74
#6 Florida 74 N. Florida 59
#7 Maryland 95 Holy Cross 71
#8 Gonzaga 95 Alabama State 64
#10 Villanova 97 Army 54
#12 Seton Hall 105 Wagner 71
#13 Texas Tech 85 Eastern Illinois 60
#14 Memphis 97 South Carolina State 64
#15 Oregon 71 Fresno State 57
#16 Baylor 105 Central Arkansas 61
#17 Utah State 81 Montana State 73
#19 Xavier 76 Jacksonville 57
#20 St. Mary’s 65 Wisconsin 63 OT
#24 Auburn 83 Georgia Southern 74
#25 VCU 72 St. Francis Pennsylvania 58
Indiana 98 Western Illinois 65
Michigan 79 Appalachian State q
Penn State 84 Maryland – Eastern Shore 46
Illinois 78 Nicholls 70 OT
Minnesota 85 Cleveland State 50
UC Riverside 66 Nebraska 47
Wright State 96 Central State 77
Ball State 87 Defiance 43
Akron 81 Malone 64
Bowling Green 94 Tiffin 73
Central Michigan 102 Michigan – Dearborn 62
Valparaiso 79 Toledo 77
Ohio 65 St. Bonaventure 53
UNLV 86 Fort Wayne 71
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Wake Forest at Boston College | 6 p.m. | ESPNU
Notre Dame at No. 9 North Carolina | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
Green Bay at No. 23 Purdue | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network
North Alabama at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | SEC Network+
Incarnate Word at Missouri | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Northwestern State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
SE Missouri State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Florida State at Pitt | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
Oral Roberts at Oklahoma State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Cincinnati at No. 18 Ohio State | 8:30 p.m. | FS1
No. 11 Virginia at Syracuse | 9 p.m. | ACC Network
Northern Arizona at No. 21 Arizona | 9 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Bryant at Rutgers | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Presbyterian at Clemson | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
Friday, Nov. 8
No. 24 Auburn vs. Davidson (Annapolis, MD) | 6 p.m. | CBSSN
Eastern Kentucky at No. 2 Kentucky | 7 p.m. | SEC Network
Colorado State at No. 4 Duke | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
No. 9 North Carolina at UNC Wilmington | 7 p.m.
UIC at No. 14 Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
Siena at No. 19 Xavier | 7 p.m.
North Texas at No. 25 VCU | 7 p.m.
Florida Atlantic at Miami | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Arkansas State at Ole Miss | 7 p.m. | SEC Network+
Coppin State at Virginia Tech | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Bowling Green at No. 22 LSU | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Sam Houston State at Mississippi State | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Northern Kentucky at Missouri | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
East Carolina at Navy | 8:30 p.m. | CBSSN
UNC Greensboro at No. 3 Kansas | 9 p.m. | ESPNU
Weber State at No. 17 Utah State | 9 p.m.
SIU-Edwardsville at Iowa | 9 p.m. | Big Ten Network
No. 16 Baylor vs. Washington (Anchorage, AK) | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN
Arizona State vs. Colorado (Shanghai, China) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Saturday, Nov. 9
Robert Morris at Notre Dame | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Nicholls at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Stony Brook at No. 12 Seton Hall | 2:30 p.m.
Kansas City at Oklahoma State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Texas at No. 23 Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Bethune-Cookman at No. 13 Texas Tech | 8 p.m.
Oklahoma vs. Minnesota (Sioux Falls, SD) | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rhode Island at No. 7 Maryland | 9 p.m. | FS1
Boise State at No. 15 Oregon | 11 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at No. 8 Gonzaga
Sunday, Nov. 10
Boston College at South Florida | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Wyoming at South Carolina | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Florida State at No. 6 Florida | 1 p.m. | ESPN
Youngstown State at No. 5 Louisville | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Columbia at Wake Forest | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Colgate at Clemson | 3 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
UMass Lowell at No. 18 Ohio State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Detroit Mercy at N.C. State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
James Madison at No. 11 Virginia | 6 p.m. | ESPNU
Binghamton at No. 1 Michigan State | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Illinois at No. 21 Arizona | 9 p.m.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#2 Baylor 97 New Hampshire 29
#3 Stanford 92 Eastern Washington 27
#4 Maryland 119 Wagner 59
#6 Texas A&M 78 Little Rock 35
#8 South Carolina 103 Alabama State 43
#9 Louisville 75 Western Kentucky 56
#11 UCLA 85 Weber State 45
#12 Florida State 88 Charleston Southern 36
#13 Kentucky 67 Mount St. Mary 44
#16 Notre Dame 64 and 55
#17 Michigan State 85 Eastern Michigan 50
#20 Arizona State 87 Air Force 56
#21 Syracuse 66 Ohio 54
Missouri State 77 #23 Minnesota 69
Illinois 96 Chicago State 66
Penn State 73 Towson 67
Wisconsin 75 N. Florida 62
Rutgers 77 S. Alabama 56
IUPUI 65 Ball State 48
Harvard 59 Northern Illinois 53
Toledo 74 Georgia State 48
Buffalo 61 Central Connecticut 56
Kent State 77 Duquesne 75
Fort Wayne 73 Purdue Calumet 50
Charlotte 122 Indiana 120 OT
Boston 119 Cleveland 113
Atlanta 108 San Antonio 100
LA Lakers 118 Chicago 112
Oklahoma City 102 Orlando 94
Denver 109 Miami 89
NBA TV SCHEDULE
Wed Nov 6, 2019
New York @ Detroit 7:00 pm FS-DET
Washington @ Indiana 7:00 pm FS-IN
Chicago @ Atlanta 7:30 pm NBCS-CHI
Golden State @ Houston 7:30 pm ESPN
Sacramento @ Toronto 7:30 pm NBCS-CA
Minnesota @ Memphis 8:00 pm FS-N
Orlando @ Dallas 8:30 pm FS-FL
Philadelphia @ Utah 9:00 pm SportsNet RM
Milwaukee @ LA Clippers 10:00 pm ESPN
Thu Nov 7, 2019
Boston @ Charlotte 8:00 pm TNT
Oklahoma City @ San Antonio 8:30 pm FS-OK
Miami @ Phoenix 9:00 pm SUN
Portland @ LA Clippers 10:30 pm TNT
Philadelphia 4 Carolina 1
Vegas 2 Columbus 1
NY Islanders 4 Ottawa 1
Montréal 5 Boston 4
Toronto 3 Los Angeles 1
New Jersey 2 Winnipeg 1
Dallas 4 Colorado 1
Calgary 4 Arizona 3
St. Louis 2 Vancouver 1
Minnesota 4 Anaheim 2
San Jose 4 Chicago 2
November 6, 2019
St. Louis (45%) @ Edmonton (55%)8:30PM
Detroit (37%) @ NY Rangers (63%)8:00PM
November 7, 2019
Columbus (36%) @ Arizona (64%)9:00PM
NY Rangers (44%) @ Carolina (56%)7:00PM
New Jersey (43%) @ Calgary (57%)9:00PM
Vancouver (53%) @ Chicago (47%)8:30PM
Nashville (44%) @ Colorado (56%)9:00PM
Washington (50%) @ Florida (50%)7:00PM
Pittsburgh (46%) @ NY Islanders (54%)7:00PM
Los Angeles (42%) @ Ottawa (58%)7:30PM
Montreal (48%) @ Philadelphia (52%)7:00PM
Minnesota (45%) @ San Jose (55%)10:30PM
Vegas (46%) @ Toronto (54%)7:00PM
* Estimated win probability in parentheses.
All game times Eastern
NFL Week 10 Games
Thursday November 7, 2019
Chargers @ Oakland8:20pm
Sunday November 10, 2019
Detroit @ Chicago1:00pm
Buffalo @ Cleveland1:00pm
Atlanta @ New Orleans1:00pm
Kansas City @ Tennessee1:00pm
Arizona @ Tampa Bay1:00pm
Baltimore @ Cincinnati1:00pm
Giants @ Jets1:00pm
Miami @ Indianapolis4:05pm
Carolina @ Green Bay4:25pm
Rams @ Pittsburgh4:25pm
Minnesota @ Dallas8:20pm
Monday November 11, 2019
Seattle @ San Francisco8:15pm
All game times Eastern
Week 11 Games
Thursday November 14, 2019
Pittsburgh @ Cleveland8:20pm
Sunday November 17, 2019
Jets @ Washington1:00pm
Atlanta @ Carolina1:00pm
Jacksonville @ Indianapolis1:00pm
Buffalo @ Miami1:00pm
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay1:00pm
Dallas @ Detroit1:00pm
Denver @ Minnesota1:00pm
Houston @ Baltimore1:00pm
Arizona @ San Francisco4:05pm
New England @ Philadelphia4:25pm
Cincinnati @ Oakland4:25pm
Chicago @ Rams8:20pm
Monday November 18, 2019
Kansas City @ Chargers8:15pm
All game times Eastern
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TUESDAY
Western Michigan 35 Ball State 31
Toledo 35 Kent State 33
TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
Sat Nov 9th
(19) Iowa @ (18) Wisconsin 12:00 PM
(22) Kansas State @ Texas 12:00 PM
Maryland @ (3) Ohio State 12:00 PM
Vanderbilt @ (6) Florida 12:00 PM
(5) Penn State @ (13) Minnesota 12:00 PM
(12) Baylor @ Texas Christian 12:00 PM
East Carolina @ (15) Southern Methodist12:00 PM
(23) Wake Forest @ Virginia Tech 3:00 PM
Connecticut @ (17) Cincinnati 3:00 PM
(1) Louisiana State @ (2) Alabama 3:00 PM
(20) Appalachian State @ South Carolina7:00 PM
Missouri @ (8) Georgia 7:00 PM
(16) Notre Dame @ Duke 7:00 PM
(4) Clemson @ North Carolina State 7:00 PM
Iowa State @ (10) Oklahoma 8:00 PM
Wyoming @ (21) Boise State 10:00 PM
Nevada @ (25) San Diego State 10:00 PM
All game times Eastern
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE: WEEK 11
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Miami (OH) at Ohio | 8 p.m. | ESPN2
Thursday, Nov. 7
Louisiana at Coastal Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Temple at South Florida | 8 p.m. | ESPN
Friday, Nov. 8
UCF at Tulsa | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Washington at Oregon State | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Nov. 9
Penn State at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ABC
Vanderbilt at Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Florida State at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Maryland at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX
Texas Tech at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Purdue at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
UMass at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
East Carolina at SMU | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Western Kentucky at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Baylor at TCU | 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Kansas State at Texas | 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Georgia Tech at Virginia | 12:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Air Force at New Mexico | 2 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet
UTSA at Old Dominion | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Stanford at Colorado | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks
Charlotte at UTEP | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
South Alabama at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
LSU at Alabama | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Illinois at Michigan State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Southern California at Arizona State | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
UAB at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m. | NFL Network
Louisville at Miami | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Wake Forest at Virginia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Georgia Southern at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
UConn at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
New Mexico State at Ole Miss | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Iowa at Wisconsin | 4 p.m. | FOX
North Texas at Louisiana Tech | 4 p.m. | Stadium on Facebook
Georgia State at UL Monroe | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Florida International at Florida Atlantic | 6 p.m. | Stadium
Missouri at Georgia | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Washington State at California | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks
Appalachian State at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Utah State at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Clemson at N.C. State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Notre Dame at Duke | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Liberty at BYU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Tennessee at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Iowa State at Oklahoma | 8 p.m. | FOX
Wyoming at Boise State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN
Nevada at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN+
San Jose State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | Spectrum Sports
TOP SPORTS HEADLINES
Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, Penn State top 1st CFP rankings
Two from the Big Ten. Two from the Southeastern Conference. And the undefeated defending national champions on the outside looking in – for now.
Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State were the top four teams Tuesday night in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s first rankings of the season.
Next up was Clemson, winner of two of the last three playoffs, followed by Georgia and Oregon. The 13-member committee will produce four more weekly top 25s before the only ones that really count come out on selection Sunday, Dec. 8.
The semifinals will be held this season at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, and the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 28. The national championship game is Jan. 13 in New Orleans.
The top four in the selection committee’s initial rankings have never all reached the semifinals in the playoff’s five-year history. Eleven of the 20 teams that started in the top four of the CFP rankings have reached the playoff, but, oddly, never the team ranked third.
Utah was eighth and Oklahoma, the highest-ranked team from the Big 12, was ninth. Florida gave the SEC four of the top 10 teams.
Another SEC team, Auburn, was 11th, followed by Baylor, one of the country’s surprising unbeaten teams.
The highest-ranked team among Group of Five conference schools was Cincinnati out of the American Athletic Conference at No. 20. The top team from outside the Power Five conferences gets a New Year’s Six bowl bid.
It was hard to call anything a surprise – or all that important – in the first rankings, but Clemson being out of the top four was notable.
“When you look at Penn State’s resume, with wins over (No. 15) Michigan and (No. 18) Iowa, those are marquee wins,” said committee chairman Rob Mullens, who is also Oregon’s athletic director. “Now, Clemson’s coming on and playing its best football, but after Week 10, the committee thought (the Nittany Lions) were a notch above (Clemson).”
The good news for the Tigers is the teams in front of them have to play one another. LSU is at Alabama on Saturday. The teams are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the AP Top 25 but are second and third in the CFP rankings.
Ohio State and Penn State face off on Nov. 23. The Nittany Lions also face a challenge this week when they visit unbeaten Minnesota, which was ranked 17th by the committee.
As long as Clemson keeps winning, the Tigers should be OK.
What could really turn the race inside out are upsets. With four weeks left before championship weekend when the playoff and bowl game berths are set, unranked teams have opportunities to provide potential twists and turns:
Iowa State at No. 9 Oklahoma. The Cyclones came into the season ranked and were considered maybe the third-best team in the Big 12. They have lost three times, but by a combined 10 points. If the Sooners were to take a second loss, suddenly Baylor becomes not just the best playoff hope for the Big 12, but maybe the only one.
UCLA at No. 8 Utah. The Bruins have won three straight games after a terrible start and are still in control of their Pac-12 South championship hopes. The Utes have been dominant, but coach Chip Kelly could turn this into his first signature win at UCLA and ruin the Pac-12’s hope of a Utah-Oregon title game matching 11-1 teams.
Penn State at Indiana. The Hoosiers are on their way to their best season in 15 years and they will face the Nittany Lions after Minnesota and before Ohio State.
Texas A&M at Georgia. The Aggies have already faced Alabama and Clemson. The Bulldogs might be more at their level. Another loss would all but eliminate the Bulldogs and could complicate the SEC’s hopes of landing two teams in the final four.
Texas A&M at LSU. If LSU is No. 1, this would be the third top-ranked team the Aggies have faced this season. Another chance to derail the SEC’s master plan.
Clemson at South Carolina. Clemson has won five straight in the rivalry and most have not been close. It’s hard to find even a hint of upset potential on the Tigers’ schedule, but a rivalry game on the road. Maybe? And one loss could be one too many for Clemson considering what the committee seems to think of the state of the rest of the ACC.
Hoosiers rout Leathernecks 98-65 in opening night hit
Indiana guard Al Durham delivered the perfect opening night performance. Justin Smith played the virtually flawless co-star.
Together, they shined.
Smith matched his career high with 24 points, Durham added 21 without missing a shot and they helped the Hoosiers pull away from Western Illinois 98-65.
“Oh, we were 7 for 7 today,” Durham said when he finally took a peek at his stat line. “My team trusted me to knock down shots today and that’s what I did.”
But that was only part of the plot line for Durham.
On a night the short-handed Hoosiers won their 99th season opener, the junior guard finished with a 100% shooting night – 7 of 7 from the field, 3 of 3 on 3-pointers, 4 of 4 from the free-throw line. Plus, he had four rebounds and three assists, fell one point short of his career best and the only blemish was one turnover.
Smith was nearly as proficient. He went 11 of 17 from the field, grabbed seven rebounds, had three steals and two blocks.
And the overwhelmed Leathernecks simply had no answers for the Hoosiers’ dynamic duo.
“Those are top players,” Kobe Webster said after scoring 18 points for Western Illinois. “They’re long, real athletic, they obviously, I think keyed in on me. They were able to get some runouts. I think they’re length and athleticism kind of bothered us.”
Zion Young added 12 points, but the Leathernecks had no chance after Indiana broke open the game by scoring 18 straight points midway through the first half.
The run began with a short jump hook from freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis. Durham followed with a layup to give the Hoosiers a 16-15 lead and when the 22-3 spurt finally ended, the Hoosiers led 34-18.
Western Illinois never recovered.
Webster banked in a buzzer-beating heave from just beyond midcourt to close out the half, but Indiana started the second half on a 9-2 run and extended the lead to as much as 37.
“Al’s an important part to what we do. He’s an older player, he’s played a lot of minutes and he’s a leader on our team,” Indiana coach Archie Miller said. “He ran our team, played with great tempo, was smart and tonight was able to make some shots.”
Maxey leads No. 2 Kentucky past No. 1 Michigan State 69-62
Kentucky’s latest freshman star is a guard from Texas who likes to smile wide and take big shots.
Tyrese Maxey scored 26 points, including a clutch 3 that beat the shot clock with a minute left, and the second-ranked Wildcats opened the season with a 69-62 victory over No. 1 Michigan State on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic.
A day after his 19th birthday, Maxey came off the bench at Madison Square Garden and had one of the best debuts for a freshman in coach John Calipari’s 11-years at Kentucky, which has been filled with one-and-done guards like John Wall and Devin Booker.
“I wanted him to come in firing,” Calipari said.
The Nos. 1 and 2 teams opened their seasons against each other for the first time since 1975, and the Wildcats made their case to be top-ranked next week.
Michigan State entered the season as the No. 1 team in the country for the first time, but aside from All-American Cassius Winston, the Spartans struggled to score. Winston had 21 points.
This Kentucky team is built around returning contributors instead of freshmen, but Maxey asserted himself in his first game.
After Winston cut the lead to three on a three-point play with 1:27 left, Maxey hit a 3 from way behind the line to make it 65-60 with 59 seconds left.
“Honestly, I just trust my training,” Maxey said. “I shot that shot a thousand times.”
The Champions Classic brought the top-four teams in the nation to the same building for the first time in college basketball. No. 4 Duke beat No. 3 Kansas 68-66 in the opener of the doubleheader. The nightcap marked the fourth No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in college basketball in the last 10 years, and the third involving Michigan State in the Champions Classic.
Neither game was particularly well-played, and each coach said they would have liked to have had a couple of games under their belts before stepping onto the big stage.
“There were four good teams today,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “None of them were ready for February or March. It is a very difficult thing to play that kind of competition this early.”
The passionate fanbases sold out the Garden. Kentucky supporters and Michigan State traded “Go Big Blue!” and “Go Green! Go White!” chants when things got close. It was a marquee, event but a choppy game. Neither team shot 40% from the field. They combined to take 50 free throws.
The Spartans couldn’t find the range from 3, going 5 for 26 and certainly looked like they could have used the scoring of senior guard Joshua Langford, who is expected to be out until January with a right foot injury.
Michigan State had whittled a 10-point halftime deficit down to four when Kentucky went on a 9-0 run behind 3s from Kahlil Whiney and Nate Sestina, pushing the lead to 54-41 with 9:57 left in the second half.
Kentucky’s veteran backcourt of Ashton Hagans (11 points) and Immanuel Quickley (10 points), both sophomores, but were outshined by Maxey.
“He put on a show,” Izzo said. “He’s got great intangibles. He’s happy-go-lucky but plays hard.”
The 6-foot-3 guard attacked the basket and made big 3s.
“It was an amazing birthday celebration,” Maxey said. “I’m very happy, happy for me and my guys. It was a lot of fun out there.”
No. 4 Duke edges third-ranked Kansas 68-66
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was pleased with his young team’s poise in the season opener, especially that of sophomore Tre Jones.
Jones scored 15 points and Cassius Stanley added 11 of his 13 points in the second half to help No. 4 Duke beat third-ranked Kansas 68-66 in the opener of the Champions Classic on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
“The difference maker was Tre. Lot of young guys, lot of new guys,” Krzyzewski said. “We really tried to play good defense in our first 30 practices. We played really good defense (tonight). It starts with that kid. Really happy with my team. Terrific win for us.”
While Duke doesn’t have the star-studded freshmen class of last season of Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and RJ Barrett, Krzyzewski may have a more balanced team, capable of making plays down the stretch when needed.
“One of the main things I have to learn how to do is sub,” the Hall of Fame coach joked. “Last couple years might bring in one guy. All of a sudden there are three guys. Not sure I did a good job, but it worked.”
Trailing 61-59 with 2:29 left, Stanley drove to the basket and made the layup and was fouled. The freshman guard converted the free throw to give the Blue Devils a one-point lead.
Devon Dotson missed a layup on the other end and Jones then hit a jumper that bounced off the rim twice before dropping in with 1:33 left.
Marcus Garrett got the Jayhawks back within one. After a miss by the Blue Devils, Kansas turned the ball over with 37 seconds left. It was the Jayhawks’ 28th turnover of the game. Jones then converted two free throws with 26.2 seconds left.
Kansas had chances, but couldn’t convert until Dotson banked in a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer. He finished with 17 points.
“We’re disappointed in the outcome. That was a game that either team could have won multiple times. We had ourselves in good position in the second half and the game got away from us,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “It’s a learning experience. Not sure a game win or lose on Nov. 5 will count much in March. There’s a lot of things we can learn.”
Self wasn’t happy with the turnovers, but knows that it was the first game of the season.
“Duke’s defense is better than the exhibition game. I think we played uncharacteristic,” Self said. “I think we made easy plays difficult many times. A lot of that was the nerves, the environment. Guys wanted to do well so bad.”
Tuesday’s game marked the return of Kansas senior Udoka Azubuike, who played only nine games last year after tearing ligaments in his right hand. He had eight points. It also was the first game for Silvio De Sousa since the 2017-18 season. He was suspended for two seasons because of NCAA violations and sat out last year as Kansas was implicated in the FBI probe of college basketball. Kansas won an appeal that allowed De Sousa to play this year. He got a nice ovation from the fans when he checked in nearly 3:30 into the game. He finished with three points.
Duke led 33-30 at the half as neither team really got into much of an offensive rhythm in the opening 20 minutes. There was a lot of sloppy play with Kansas committing 18 turnovers. Despite all the miscues, the Jayhawks were able to stay in the game by hitting 10 of their 19 shots from the field.
Second-ranked Kentucky knocked off No. 1 Michigan State 69-62 in the second game of the doubleheader. This is the first time in the nine-year history of the event that the four teams occupy the top four spots in the poll.
Mallers scores 12 to lead Ball State past Defiance 87-43
Kyle Mallers had 12 points and seven rebounds as Ball St. easily beat Defiance 87-43 on Tuesday night.
K.J. Walton had 11 points and six rebounds for Ball State. Tahjai Teague added 11 points. Jarron Coleman had 10 points and seven rebounds for the hosts.
Ball St. takes on Evansville on the road on Saturday.
PURDUE BASKETBALL GAME NOTES VS. GREEN BAY
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 23-ranked Purdue men’s basketball team tips off its 2019-20 season Wednesday as Green Bay visits Mackey Arena in the season opener for both teams. Tip will be at 7:01 p.m. ET, from Mackey Arena and will be streamed online on BTNPlus.com and on the FOX Sports App, with Lisa Byington and Ben Brust on the call courtside. On the radio dial, the game will be broadcast on the Purdue Radio Network and online at TuneIn.com, with Larry Clisby, Rob Blackman and Ralph Taylor handling the duties, beginning with the Purdue Basketball Pregame Show at 7 p.m. ET. Live stats will be provided on PurdueStats.com, and Twitter updates available at @BoilerBall.
THE MAIN TALKING POINTS
1) Purdue starts the season in search of its 25th Big Ten title in school history. The Boilermakers have won two of the last three Big Ten championships.
2) The Boilermakers return two starters (Matt Haarms and Nojel Eastern) from last year’s team that posted a 26-10 record and reached the Elite Eight for the first time since 2000.
3) Green Bay head coach Linc Darner was a teammate of Purdue head coach Matt Painter at Purdue. Darner helped Purdue to the 1994 Elite Eight.
4) Purdue returns just 84 made 3-pointers from last year, losing the only two players in Purdue history (Carsen Edwards, Ryan Cline) to make more than 100 3-pointers in a season.
5) In five previous seasons that Purdue has returned fewer than 75 starts from the previous year under head coach Matt Painter, the Boilermakers have advanced to four NCAA Tournaments, reaching March Madness in 2007, 2008, 2015 and 2019. The lone year Purdue missed the tournament came in 2013.
6) With its No. 23 preseason national ranking, Purdue has been ranked in five straight AP preseason Top 25 polls, the longest streak in school history.
7) Purdue will enter Wednesday’s game with a 17-game homecourt winning streak, the sixth-longest streak in America. The Boilermakers own a nation’s-best 63-4 (.940) home record over the last four years and over the last two years are a combined 31-1 (.969) at Mackey Arena (loss to Ohio State).
8) Purdue’s 19-game non-conference home court winning streak is the fourth longest in school history. Purdue’s last loss to a non-conference foe came against defending National Champion and No. 3-ranked Villanova on Nov. 13, 2016 (79-76).
- Purdue opens its 122nd season of play Wednesday night as Green Bay visits Mackey Arena for the first time in almost 20 years.
- The Boilermakers are 100-21 all-time in season openers, including a 13-1 mark under head coach Matt Painter.
- Purdue has won six openers in a row with the average margin of victory of 31.7 points per game.
- Purdue owns a 2-1 record all-time against Green Bay, but hasn’t faced the Phoenix since the 1995 NCAA Tournament.
- Purdue is 29-2 all-time against the Horizon League, having won 15 straight games against current members of the league. Painter is 7-0 against the Horizon League.
- Wednesday’s tip ties the earliest starting date in school history, also set last year vs. Fairfield (Nov. 6, 2018).
LAST TIME OUT • Purdue tuned up for the 2019-20 season with a dominating performance against Southern Indiana in the Boilermakers’ lone exhibition game last Friday. • Purdue opened up a 54-21 halftime lead after shooting 78.3 percent (18 of 23) in the opening 20 minutes. • Aaron Wheeler led four players in double figures with 17 points, while Matt Haarms had 16. Jahaad Proctor and Trevion Williams contributed 10 points each. The quartet combined to shoot 19 of 23 (.826) from the field.
THE SERIES • Purdue opens its 122nd season of play Wednesday night as Green Bay visits Mackey Arena for the first time in almost 20 years. • The Boilermakers are 100-21 all-time in season openers, including a 13-1 mark under head coach Matt Painter. • Purdue has won six openers in a row with the average margin of victory of 31.7 points per game. • Purdue owns a 2-1 record all-time against Green Bay, but hasn’t faced the Phoenix since the 1995 NCAA Tournament.
- Purdue is 29-2 all-time against the Horizon League, having won 15 straight games against current members of the league. Painter is 7-0 against the Horizon League. • Wednesday’s tip ties the earliest starting date in school history, also set last year vs. Fairfield (Nov. 6, 2018).
Game Notes: Butler MBB Hosts IUPUI Wednesday Night to Tip Off 2019-20 Season
GAME 1: BUTLER (0-0) VS. IUPUI (0-0)
Wednesday, Nov. 6; 6:30PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
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Butler Leads, 5-0
Streak: Butler, W5
First Meeting: Butler, 83-44, 12/10/97 (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
Last Meeting: Butler, 92-54, 12/28/15 (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
- The Bulldogs return four of their top six scorers from 2018-19.
- Butler posted a 12-4 record at Hinkle Fieldhouse in 2018-19.
- Butler has won 50 consecutive non-conference home games (second-longest active streak nationally behind Duke)
- The Bulldogs have won their home opener in 20 consecutive seasons. That dates back to 1998 when Southwest Missouri State (now referred to as Missouri State) won a 72-57 decision at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
- Twenty-five of Butler’s 31 regular season games in 2019-20 are scheduled against power conference opponents.
- Butler has made the postseason in 13 of the last 14 seasons.
- 2019 was Butler’s ninth NIT appearance, having most recently participated in 2006.
- Nine of the BIG EAST’s 10 teams earned bids to the 2019 NCAA Tournament or 2019 NIT.
- Kamar Baldwin enters his senior season at No. 16 on Butler’s all-time scoring list with 1,453 career points.
- Aaron Thompson’s 142 assists (2018-19) are 10th on Butler’s single-season list.
- Thompson posted a career-high 12 assists in the NIT game at Nebraska as part of his first career double-double; his 4.3 assists per game were fourth in the BIG EAST.
- Butler’s bench outscored its opponent’s bench in 16 of the team’s 18 BIG EAST games (by a total margin of 429-206).
- Butler had 11 single-digit turnover games in 2018-19; Butler’s 10.8 turnovers per game were the 29th-fewest nationally.
- Butler was 12-2 when holding its opponent under 70 points in 2018-19.
- Butler was 8-2 when out-rebounding its opponent a season ago.
- Butler shot 74 percent at the free throw line, good for second in the BIG EAST.
- Butler made 10 or more three-pointers in 12 games last season; Butler was 9-3 in those games.
Graham, Biyombo lift Hornets past Pacers 122-120 in OT
Bismack Biyombo spent the better part of three quarters stretching and waiting on the Charlotte Hornets bench.
The reserve center had a feeling his time was coming.
“I always say, `You gotta stay ready so you don’t have to get ready,'” Biyombo said. “You could tell by the momentum of the game that we were going to need some energy from somebody.”
Devonte Graham scored a career-high 35 points, Biyombo provided a huge spark off the bench late and the Hornets battled back from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 122-120 in overtime Tuesday night.
Graham sank 2 of 3 free-throw attempts with 1.7 seconds left in overtime after drawing a foul on JaKarr Sampson, helping the Hornets win their third straight game.
But it was Biyombo who changed the momentum when he entered to start the fourth quarter with the Hornets trailing 92-78.
He made an immediate impact, scoring down low to start the quarter before coming up with a block against T.J. McConnell that led to a three-point play by Terry Rozier on a fast break. Biyombo then stole the ball at midcourt and went in for a one-handed dunk. He added several put-backs along the way, giving Charlotte a presence it badly needed on the glass.
Biyombo finished with 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting, six rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes.
“I thought Biz turned the game, just his energy, his defense … he was all over the place,” Hornets coach James Borrego said.
Graham added to a spectacular start to his second NBA season.
When he wasn’t getting steady updates from teammates on the Duke-Kansas college basketball season opener, he was making plays all over the court. He shot 11 of 20 and had four more 3-pointers, along with six assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Graham struggled shooting from the outside on the team’s four-game road trip but fixed that Tuesday night.
“Let me tell you, I stayed in the gym last night,” Graham said. “I came in early this morning, I was in the gym. I worked out more than usual.”
Borrego called him a winner.
“To continue to play this way, to be poised and unfazed, he’s grown right before our eyes,” Borrego said. “I trust him, believe in him and I think that’s apparent. I think our guys do also. He’s a special player.”
Terry Rozier added 22 points and Miles Bridges had 18 for the Hornets (4-3).
T.J. Warren scored 33 points on 15-of-18 shooting and Malcolm Brogdon added 31 points for the Pacers (3-4). But it was enough, as Indiana had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Several Pacers mentioned the discrepancy in the foul count.
“They were the aggressors, they were marching to the free-throw line,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “They shot 42 free throws tonight and we only shot seven free throws. Offensively we had some opportunities and we didn’t make plays. It comes down to making plays and getting stops and they did tonight.”
Hayward ties career high with 39 as Celtics top Cavs 119-113
Gordon Hayward capped a perfect night from inside the arc with the biggest basket of the game.
Hayward tied a career high with 39 points, making all 16 of his 2-point attempts, and the Boston Celtics won their fifth straight game by holding off the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-113 on Tuesday.
Hayward hit 17 of 20 shots, including one 3-pointer. He put in Kemba Walker’s miss with 22 seconds left to give Boston a five-point lead. Walker stole the inbounds pass and sank a free throw to put the game away.
The only person in the building who wasn’t impressed with his perfection on 2-pointers was Hayward.
“It seems like a pointless stat to me,” he said. “Tonight just felt sweet because we got the win, but I wish we could have closed out better.”
Celtics coach Brad Stevens took a different point of view.
“Certainly, you always felt like he could get a bucket at any time,” Stevens said. “He was aggressive going to the basket. He did a good job when guarded by big guys. He did a good job when guarded by small guys.”
Walker had 25 points for Boston, which hasn’t lost since the season opener against Philadelphia.
“That’s pretty impressive,” he said of Hayward’s stat line. “He made all his 2s and only missed three 3s. That’s nuts.”
Hayward scored 16 points in the opening quarter and 22 in the first half, hitting all nine attempts from the field.
Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. had a simple assessment of the performance.
“He didn’t miss,” Nance said. “He’s crafty. He plays the game at a very cerebral level.”
Hayward suffered a horrific leg injury in Cleveland during the opening minutes of the 2017-18 season opener. He averaged 16.5 points in two games at Cleveland last season.
“I don’t think about it,” Hayward said. “I haven’t thought about it for a while. Hopefully, you guys won’t be asking about it again.”
Collin Sexton, who scored 21 points, hit a 3 with 1:33 to play that cut Boston’s lead to 116-113. The score remained that way until Hayward’s crucial basket after his offensive rebound.
“Probably a case, I don’t know what the film’s going to show, ball-watching,” Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said. “I’d gone for the rebound and he just crashed weak side.”
Boston was 48 of 85 from the field (56%). Jayson Tatum scored 18 points and Carson Edwards had 13.
Tristan Thompson had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland, which has lost three straight. Love scored 17 and Larry Nance Jr. 15.
LeBron 3rd straight triple-double, Lakers rally past Bulls
LeBron James and Anthony Davis watched and cheered as Kyle Kuzma powered a big fourth-quarter run for Los Angeles.
Sure, James was his usual brilliant self. But Kuzma’s performance was a big deal for the rolling Lakers.
James had 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his third consecutive triple-double, and Los Angeles rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 118-112 on Tuesday night for its sixth straight victory.
Kuzma scored 11 of his 15 points in the final period during his third game after missing the start of the season with a right ankle injury. The 24-year-old guard got hurt while playing for USA Basketball this past summer.
“I’m getting there,” Kuzma said. “It’s a process, I know. It’s all about being patient right now because I haven’t really had much basketball time since August.”
Kuzma averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season. The Lakers are hoping he can provide a viable third option alongside the leading duo of James and Davis.
“Kuz got into a rhythm, and that’s what he’s capable of,” James said.
Los Angeles trailed by 19 before outscoring Chicago 38-19 in the fourth during the finale of a three-game trip. Kuzma began the quarter with seven straight points, part of a 16-0 run that lifted the Lakers to a 96-93 lead with 8:12 left.
James was on the bench for most of the big spurt, and Davis watched the entire run from the sideline.
“A.D. was in foul trouble. Bron was exhausted,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Both of those guys needed to stay on the bench and other guys needed to step up, and they did.”
Chicago lost for the fifth time in six games. Zach LaVine scored 26 points, and Wendell Carter Jr. had 11 points and 11 rebounds in his third straight double-double. Coby White and Otto Porter Jr. each scored 18 points.
“This one hurts,” LaVine said. “We were beating them up until the fourth quarter. We’re showing we can play with these teams. We know we’re talented. We’ve had 10-, 12-, 16-point leads on a lot of teams, but we’re losing games. It’s frustrating.”
The Bulls used a 16-2 run to open a 60-42 lead with 2:49 left in the first half. Carter’s two foul shots made it 63-44 with 2:10 to go.
“We’ve got to learn to finish,” coach Jim Boylen said. “They finished and we didn’t.”
Kuzma got some help as the Lakers rallied in the fourth. Quinn Cook scored eight of his season-high 17 in the final period. Dwight Howard had a key block on White during the big run.
James helped close it out after he checked in with 8:37 remaining. He found Davis for an alley-oop jam that made it 114-101 with 2:04 left.
Davis finished with 15 points and seven rebounds in his first game in his native Chicago since he was acquired in a trade with New Orleans.
Hawks’ Collins suspended 25 games without pay for PEDs
Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said the team will support forward John Collins following his suspension for a positive drug test.
Pierce insisted his first concern is helping Collins “get through this, not as a player but as a person,” but the coach likewise acknowledged that Collins let the team down.
“Of course it’s disturbing, that this is something you hope you can prevent, and we hope we can educate him on that, but he made a decision, or someone made a decision and somehow we got to this point,” Pierce said. “It’s our job to get to the information, to keep all our guys from making this decision or being in this position again, but it hurts our team.”
Collins, Atlanta’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, was suspended for 25 games without pay on Tuesday for a violation of the NBA’s anti-drug program after testing positive for a growth hormone.
The NBA announced that the 22-year-old Collins tested positive for Peptide-2. Collins apologized in a statement, saying he was “incredibly frustrated and disappointed in myself for putting all of us in this position,” but that he planned to appeal the suspension.
“I have always been incredibly careful about what I put in my body, but I took a supplement which, unbeknownst to me, had been contaminated with an illegal component,” he said. “I plan to fight my suspension in arbitration so I can get back on the court as soon as possible and continue to contribute to our 2019-20 campaign.”
Pierce spoke with Collins and said it was an emotional conversation. Guard Trae Young, the Hawks’ leading scorer, also checked in with his teammate.
“For me, it’s tough,” Young said. “For the whole team, it’s tough. I just told him I was here for him. I’m here to support him. I feel for my brother. I’ve got his back.”
Collins is the third player to be handed a 25-game suspension for drug violations this season.
The NBA announced Oct. 24 that Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton was suspended after testing positive for a diuretic. On Aug. 29, the league suspended Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler for testing positive for Ipamorelin, a drug that increases the release of growth hormone.
The suspensions of Ayton and Chandler also are without pay.
Collins’ suspension began Tuesday against San Antonio. He is allowed to practice and travel with the team but must leave the arena at least 2 hours before tipoff, at home and on the road. No jersey hung in his locker before Tuesday’s game.
Pierce said he told the team about the suspension earlier in the day. He added that Collins has not yet addressed the team and might do so at Wednesday’s practice.
Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said the team was “disappointed to learn that John put himself in an unfortunate situation and violated the league’s anti-drug policy.”
Ball State Football Cardinals Suffer 35-31 Defeat in Final Minutes at Western Michigan
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Facing a 21-10 deficit at halftime, the Ball State football team stormed back to take the lead and held a three-point advantage with under four minutes to play in a pivotal conference game against Western Michigan. However, the Cardinals were unable to preserve that lead as the host Broncos scored on their final drive to secure the 35-31 win Tuesday night at Waldo Stadium.
Despite the setback, Ball State (4-5, 3-2 MAC) was able to establish a dominant run game in the second half, earning 203 of its 261 rushing yards in the final 30 minutes. Caleb Huntley led the way with 120 yards on the ground and a touchdown while Walter Fletcher chipped in 72 yards and a score of his own.
“The formula for us in the second half was doing a good job running the football,” said Ball State head coach Mike Neu. “We were very physical, and we were finishing drives. Unfortunately, at the end there in an obvious passing situation, we struggled in protection.”
The Ball State defense surrendered a total of 382 yards on the ground and 506 total yards. The Cardinals put themselves in favorable positions all night to get stops but allowed the Broncos to convert 10-of-16 third downs and twice on fourth down to sustain drives throughout the game.
Both halves started picturesque for the Cardinals as Huntley punched in a five-yard score on Ball State’s first drive of the game. It was the first time BSU scored on its opening possession this season. In the second half, Malik Dunner returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to start the Cardinals’ run. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown for Ball State since 2017 when Dunner accomplished the feat against UAB.
The Cardinals scored on their next possession via a one-yard Drew Plitt quarterback sneak to take a 24-21 advantage. From there, the two teams traded leads the rest of the night with WMU (6-4, 4-2) capturing the final advantage with just 1:05 remaining on the clock. Ball State managed only five yards on its final possession and turned the ball over on downs which led to the Broncos running out the clock.
As a team, Ball State finished the night with 409 total yards. The offense went 3-of-3 in the red zone and took care of the ball with zero turnovers. The defense tallied five tackles for loss, including one sack. Dunner’s electric kick return wasn’t the only bright spot on special teams as Ryan Rimmler connected on a career-long, 44-yard field goal midway through the second quarter.
“We fought our tails off, but we’ve got to get back in here and learn from the tape,” Neu added. “We have a little extended time here before we play next week. Every week gets tougher in this league and our guys have got to continue to fight.”
That extended break comes in the form of 11 days before Ball State’s next game. The Cardinals will look to bounce back when Central Michigan visits Muncie Saturday, November 16. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET. The game can be viewed on CBS Sports Network and heard on 104.1 WLBC.
NOTRE DAME VS. DUKE FOOTBALL NOTES
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 Time: 7:30 p.m. ET Site: Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium • Capacity: 40,004 (Natural Grass) • Durham, N.C.
IRISH VS. BLUE DEVILS – BY THE NUMBERS
Brian Kelly is the first Irish coach to post three or more shutouts in his Notre
Dame career since Lou Holtz. The last Irish shutout took place in 2014 vs.
Michigan (31-0), and Kelly’s first shutout as the Notre Dame head coach came vs.
Wake Forest in 2012 (38-0).ˆ
Freshman DB Kyle Hamilton recorded his third-career interception against
Virginia Tech to solidify the Irish win. Hamilton’s three total interceptions on the
season leads the Notre Dame defense. Only two other true freshman in the FBS
have reached the three interception mark this season (LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. – 4,
Washington’s Cameron Williams – 3). TE Tommy Tremble recorded his third
touchdown reception of the season, Notre Dame’s second of the matchup, vs.
Virginia Tech. No Notre Dame tight end in their first year of playing experience
has caught more touchdown passes than Tommy Tremble
Brady Quinn, Tommy Rees, Jimmy Clausen, Ron Powlus and Ian Book are the only
quarterbacks in Notre Dame history to record four or more touchdown passes in
three games in their career. Book joined the group after recording five passing
touchdowns vs. Bowling Green.
QB Ian Book threw just four incomplete passes vs. Bowling Green, a total which
was one fewer than his passing touchdowns total. Phil Jurkovec completed five
of seven passes and added a touchdown, which put the Irish at equal amounts of
touchdowns thrown to incomplete passes.
QB Ian Book threw five touchdown passes in the first half vs. Bowling Green,
matching his career high in a game (vs. New Mexico, 2019) and marking the first
time in program history an Irish QB recorded five touchdown passes in a half.
In his last eight games, WR Chase Claypool has totaled nine first-down
receptions in close and late situations, ranking second-most among FBS skill
players. Claypool recorded eight receptions for 118 yards vs. Virginia Tech,
including a key 26-yard catch on fourth down in the final minutes of the game.
His reception kept the Irish drive alive, which culminated in the go-ahead
touchdown run by Ian Book.
Brian Kelly is in his 10th season as the head coach at the University of Notre
Dame. He is the fifth Irish coach to spend a decade or more at the school (Knute
Rockne, 13; Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz 11).
Notre Dame has won 16 consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium, including a
6-0 clean slate last season. It is the third-longest winning streak at home for the
Irish since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930.
Notre Dame has held 20 of 21 opponents during Clark Lea’s tenure as defensive
coordinator to 30 points or less. That includes ranked opponents LSU,
Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Clemson, Georgia and Virginia.
Notre Dame is 149-63-3 against ACC opponents all time after topping Virginia
Tech, 21-20. The Irish are set to play Duke and Boston College as part of the ACC
scheduling agreement. See page eight for a full agreement history.
354ˆ Games coached by Brian Kelly in his career, second among active coaches in the
NCAA to Mack Brown (North Carolina).
WR Chase Claypool has passed the 400-yard receiving mark for the third
consecutive season. He is among only four Notre Dame wideouts since 1996
to accomplish this feat (joining Michael Floyd, Rhema McKnight and Malcolm
Notre Dame’s streak of 1,273 carries by a running back without a fumble ended
Saturday vs. Virginia Tech. The streak, dating back to Nov. 21, 2015, was the
longest active streak in the FBS.
LAST TIME: DUKE • September 24, 2016 – The Irish fell to the Blue Devils at home, 38-35, on a field goal in the final minutes of the game. • QB DeShone Kizer tallied his second consecutive game surpassing 300 yards passing, totaling a then-career-high 381 yards, adding two touchdowns. His 441 yards of total offense were then the eighth-most by an Irish quarterback in program history. • WR Equanimeous St. Brown totaled six catches for 116 yards and a TD. • LB Nyles Morgan led the Notre Dame defense with 10 tackles (seven solo), including a sack, and DB Donte Vaughan nabbed his first career interception, this one in the end zone.
ENTERING GAME 9 TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS • In their return to Notre Dame Stadium, the Irish defeated Virginia Tech, 21-20. QB Ian Book rushed seven yards for a last-minute touchdown to give Notre Dame the score, with K/P Jonathan Doerer netting the go-ahead PAT. The winning drive took 18 plays and covered 87 yards in just 2 minutes and 53 seconds. The last time the Irish scored to win a game in the final minute came against Virginia in 2015. • Notre Dame forced three-and-outs on six of Virginia Tech’s nine drives in the first half, holding the Hokies to 85 yards, against Notre Dame’s 243 yards. • CB Troy Pride Jr. and DB Kyle Hamilton recorded key pass breakups to force Virginia Tech to a three-and-out at their own four-yard line after Virginia Tech intercepted a Book pass at the VT eight-yard line. The interception marked the first time this season the Irish have not scored on a trip to the red zone. Notre Dame was the last remaining team in the FBS hold a perfect red zone scoring percentage. • Prior to the break, Notre Dame defeated rival Southern Cal at home, 30-27, on an impressive effort from all three phases. RB Tony Jones rushed for a career-high 176 yards, while K/P Jonathan Doerer sent his name to the Irish record books as the first Notre Dame kicker to make three field goals of 40 yards or more in a single game. • For the first time in Notre Dame history, an Irish team recorded six touchdown passes in two games during the same season (vs. New Mexico and vs. Bowling Green). The six touchdown passes match the Irish team record for passing touchdowns in a game. • With 52 total points vs. Bowling Green, it marked the second time this season the Irish recorded at least 50 points. The last time Notre Dame reached that plateau in multiple games in a season was in 2011 when the Irish did it twice (vs. Air Force and vs. Navy). • Against Bowling Green, Notre Dame’s 35-0 halftime lead was the largest since opening a 35-0 halftime margin over Rutgers in 1996. • Notre Dame has been ranked in the top 25 for 39-consecutive weeks, the longest such streak for the Irish since the 1997 season. • The contest vs. Virginia marked the second-consecutive week Notre Dame appeared in the week’s highest-ranked matchup (lowest total of both squads’ rankings). From 2015-2018 among all FBS teams, it has only happened three times: Alabama (Weeks 7-8, 2016; Weeks 10-11, 2018) and Penn State (Weeks 8-9, 2017). As the current AP rankings stand, the only other team with back-to-back top-ranked matchups in 2019 was Florida in Weeks 6-7. No other team is currently scheduled to take on the same slate. • Notre Dame and Alabama are the only two teams that have not lost to an unranked team since the beginning of 2017.
NOTEWORTHY DEFENSIVE NOTABLES • In the first half vs. Virginia Tech, Notre Dame forced three-and-outs on six of the Hokies’ nine drives, holding them to 85 yards against Notre Dame’s 243 yards. • The Irish forced a shutout vs. Bowling Green for the first time since 2014 (vs. Michigan, 31- 0), scoring 35 points in the first half. Notre Dame’s 35-0 halftime lead was the largest since opening a 35-0 halftime margin over Rutgers in 1996. It is Notre Dame’s largest shutout margin since that game, when Lou Holtz’s Irish won, 62-0. • Notre Dame’s defense held Bowling Green to just four drives that ended in Notre Dame territory (out of 11 total), the farthest point reached by the Falcons being the ND 23-yard line. • In 2019, Notre Dame has outscored opponents 48-16 in the third quarter. • Only 16 FBS teams have gained more turnovers than the Irish, who have recorded 12 fumble recoveries and six interceptions on the season. FOLLOW HIS LEA-D • Notre Dame has held 20 of 21 opponents during Clark Lea’s tenure as defensive coordinator to 30 points or less. That includes ranked opponents LSU, Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Clemson, Georgia and Virginia.
BORN TO (STOP THE) RUN • The Irish defense held Virginia to just four total rushing yards, marking the fourth-lowest total by an opposing team of Notre Dame since 1996, and the fewest in the Brian Kelly era. Notre Dame produced tackles for loss on 44.8 percent of Virginia’s rushing attempts, a rate which led the FBS. The four yards was also the lowest total against a ranked team since Nov. 26, 1966 (Southern Cal, 51-0 win, -12 rushing yards). • In the first half, Notre Dame held Virginia to -2 rushing yards. In their previous four games, the Cavaliers had rushed for an average of 55.75 yards in the first half. • Notre Dame’s defense held Georgia to just 34 total yards of offense in the first quarter. The Bulldogs gained at least 150 yards in the first quarter during each of their first three games this season. NOTEWORTHY OFFENSIVE NOTABLES • Saturday vs. Virginia Tech marked the first time this season the Irish did not score on a trip to the red zone. Notre Dame was the last remaining team in the FBS hold a perfect red zone scoring percentage, converting on 24-of-24 visits inside the 20. Of the two dozen scores, 21 were touchdowns (11 rushing, 10 passing). • The Irish totaled 573 yards of total offense vs. Bowling Green, having a 100-yard receiver (Javon McKinley) and 100-yard rusher (Tony Jones Jr.) for the first time since 2018 at Virginia Tech (WR Miles Boykin and RB Dexter Williams). • In the first half vs. Bowling Green, Notre Dame recorded 339 yards of total offense, 255 in the air. The Irish averaged 10.6 yards per play and scored five touchdowns. The five touchdown passes in the first half are the most by an Irish team in a single half. • Notre Dame’s streak of 1,273 carries by a running back without a fumble ended Saturday vs. Virginia Tech. The streak, dating back to Nov. 21, 2015, was the longest active streak in the FBS, topping Northwestern’s 1,222-carry streak that ended earlier this season.
Minnesota coach PJ Fleck gets contract extended through 2026
Minnesota made a major commitment toward keeping coach P.J. Fleck in place for the long term.
He sure hasn’t hidden how happy he is here.
Undefeated and 13th-ranked Minnesota agreed with Fleck on a contract extension through the 2026 season, including an annual raise of more than 25% from his current salary and an eight-figure buyout for the first year to cover the university if he were to leave.
Fleck signed his new deal on Tuesday afternoon, delaying his regular weekly news conference by a half-hour. The contract, which is pending final approval by the Board of Regents, will pay Fleck $4.6 million in 2020 with a $50,000 raise scheduled for each season thereafter.
“This is a very fun team. It’s a very fun culture, very different, but I love these young men. I love them as my own sons,” Fleck said. “A lot of times it’s easy for coaches to pick up and leave, go different places. These are very, very special people. I believe in what we can do here.”
Referencing Big Ten West Division foes Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin and the low turnover on their coaching staffs, Fleck spoke of establishing the same type of continuity with a program that has lacked it for decades. Senior linebacker Thomas Barber, whose father and two older brothers also played for the Gophers, noted that his family has been associated with seven head coaches.
“That contract extension is pretty awesome for me to see, just having stability in the program and seeing what he’s built up right now,” Barber said.
The Gophers (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) host sixth-ranked Penn State on Saturday, the first time they’ve been a part of a game with two top-15 teams in The Associated Press poll since 2004, when Michigan visited Minnesota.
The success Minnesota has had this season made a natural addition to the speculative lists of potential candidates for higher-profile programs filling vacancies at the end of the year. Fleck, after all, made the jump from Western Michigan just three seasons ago.
“I didn’t want to be a transitional program,” Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle said.
Fleck and his wife, Heather, who have four children, have done their best to put any concern to rest about him simply using the Gophers as a steppingstone to a place like, for example, Florida State where coach Willie Taggart was fired this week.
Panthers place QB Cam Newton on IR; out for regular season
The Panthers have placed quarterback Cam Newton on injured reserve, meaning he can’t play for the rest of the regular season.
Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement Tuesday that Newton is still experiencing pain in his foot and needs to continue to rehab from the injury.
“He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff, and that it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal,” Hurney said. “We have said all along that it is impossible to put a timetable on this injury. Nobody is more frustrated with that fact than Cam.”
Newton could possibly return this season – if the Panthers reach the playoffs.
According to NFL rules, Newton could hypothetically be designated to return from IR after eight weeks if the Panthers (5-3) were to qualify for the postseason, although that scenario would be a longshot since he would not have played since Week 2.
Newton has missed the last six games while trying to rehab from a mid-foot sprain he initially sustained during the preseason.
Hurney said Newton is one of the fiercest competitors he’s been around in his 20-plus years in the league.
“At this time, we have decided that the best decision to reach the goal of bringing the foot back to 100% is to place Cam on injured reserve,” Hurney said.
Newton was the league’s MVP in 2015, but has lost his last eight starts dating back to last season. He was 0-2 as a starter this year and was a non-factor in the running game, carrying five times for minus-2 yards.
The Panthers have rallied to win five of their past six games behind Kyle Allen, who was an undrafted rookie in 2018.
Newton was hoping for a bounce back season after struggling with shoulder problems last season.
The injury also puts his long term future with the team in doubt.
He has two years left on his contract, but the team could release him after this season and save $19 million under the NFL salary cap. In that scenario Newton would only cost the team $2 million next season in dead cap space.
Ali Patberg On Wooden Award Preseason Top 30
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg has been named a candidate to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 30.
Patberg returns as the program’s leader in assists last season with 4.8 per game while also returning as the team’s leading scorer from the 2018-19 season. She played and started in 31 games in her first season at IU, as she helped guide Indiana to a NCAA Tournament Second Round appearance in Eugene that featured a win over Texas. The All-Big Ten Second Team selection averaged 15.8 points per game as she scored in double figures 24 times.
The Columbus, Ind. native also averaged 5.0 rebounds per game as she also shot 80.4 percent from the free throw line. She set a career-high 13 assists against Missouri State last season and dished out multiple assists in 29 games. This preseason, Patberg has picked up honors as an All-Big Ten preseason honoree and one of 20 point guards on the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2020 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2020 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 10, 2020.
Indiana and Penn State Earn Weekly Men’s Soccer Honors
Offensive Player of the Week
Christian Sload, Penn State
F – Sr. – Reading, Pa. – Wilson – Energy Business and Finance
- Helped No. 16 Penn Stated claim two overtime wins last week against No. 17 Maryland and Rutgers
- Scored the game winning goal against the Terrapins to give Penn State their first win over Maryland since 2005
- Collected the golden goal versus Rutgers to end the Nittany Lions’ Big Ten season and secure the No. 2 seed in the league tournament
- Garners his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
- Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Aaron Molloy (Oct. 22, 2019)
Defensive Player of the Week
Jack Maher, Indiana
D – So. – Caseyville, Ill. – Althoff Catholic – Accounting
- Anchored the No. 10 Indiana defense to a 2-0 weekend against Ohio State and Michigan State to secure the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Championship for the second year in a row
- Only allowed Ohio State to get two shots on goal in the Hoosiers’ 5-1 victory
- Scored the lone goal of the match on a penalty kick to secure the Big Ten crown against Michigan State in the 1-0 win
- Earns his second Defensive Player of the Week award
- Last Indiana Defensive Player of the Week: Jack Maher (Sept. 4, 2019)
Irish Outlast Boston College In ACC Tournament Double OT Win
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame punched its ticket to the ACC quarterfinal round with a thrilling 2-1 win in double overtime over Boston College on Tuesday afternoon inside Alumni Stadium.
The game-winning goal came off the foot of a Boston College defender after junior Aiden McFadden whipped in a dangerous cross into the box. Notre Dame’s first goal of the day was scored by forward Ian Aschieris in the 62nd minute to level the match at 1-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish started on the front foot to start the match, generating four shots in the opening 10 minutes.
However, despite the early chances, the visitors were the first team to get on the scoreboard on Tuesday. Boston College’s Stefan Sigudarson’s shot from outside the box found the back of the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 advantage.
Notre Dame nearly leveled the match in the 35th minute, as Michael Pellegrino collected a punch from the Boston College keeper and saw his shot deflect just wide of the post to give the Irish a corner.
The Irish came out of the second half searching for the equalizer and found it in the 62nd minute to tie the score at 1-1. Jack Casey sent a dangerous cross into the box and Aschieris perfectly tucked his header inside the near post.
Notre Dame had a golden opportunity in the 81st minute as Felicien Dumas played Jack Lynn in on goal but his effort was saved by the Boston College keeper who came off his line to keep the score even at 1-1.
In the first overtime session the Irish had the best chance to claim the winner. Dumas had a free kick at the edge of the area with 10 seconds remaining in the period but Notre Dame was unable to convert, sending the match to a second overtime.
Less than two minutes into the second overtime, the Irish found the winner in unorthodox fashion. Dumas played Aiden McFadden into space along the left flank with a beautiful ball over the top. McFadden then got to the endline and cut a cross inot the box, which was turned into the net by a Boston College defender to send Notre Dame into the ACC quarterfinals.
NOTRE DAME STAT OF THE MATCH
The Irish improve to 7-1-0 in ACC Tournament matches played at Alumni Stadium in program history.
HEAD COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE
On the team’s performance…
“Overall it was a deserved victory. Give credit to BC, the made us really earn it. They knocked us back with a goal in transition in the first half but I loved our team’s response in the second half. Ian Aschieris did a great job on the equalizer and it was a good ball from Jack Casey.
“Then what I love was our response to some frustrating moments. We kept positive and kept pushing for the victory. It was a great play that led to the winning goal. It was great service from Aiden and unfortunately for the BC player it resulted in an own-goal. I am really proud of the way the group handled the game.”
On Ian Aschieris’ goal…
“It’s huge for him. He’s been very close to scoring and creating good chances but now to get one in the back of the net this is a great time to heat up.”
NOTRE DAME NOTES
- The Irish are now 10-4-1 against the Eagles in the all-time series and improve to 6-2-0 in the matchup when playing at home.
- Notre Dame has now reached at least the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament in all seven seasons as a league member.
- The Irish have outscored the opposition by an aggregate score of 17-4 when playing matches at Alumni Stadium in the ACC Tournament.
- Aschieris scored his first goal of the season and sixth of his career.
- The assist from Casey was the senior’s first of the season and 12th of his career.
The Irish travel to Clemson for a quarterfinal matchup against the top-seeded Tigers at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 10. The match will air live on ACCN and be available to stream on the WatchESPN app (subscription required).
Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State Standouts Honored as Three Stars
Peyton Jones, Penn State
G – Sr. – Langhorne, Pa. – Labor Employment Relations
- Stopped 63-of-66 shots against the second-highest scoring team in the nation entering the weekend as Penn State swept No. 7/8 Wisconsin
- Made a season-high 38 saves on Thursday night while only allowing a single goal, before stopping 25 pucks on Friday to complete the sweep
- Recorded the secondary assist on Friday’s game-winning goal, his seventh career assist
- Led the Big Ten with a weekend save percentage of .955 and a 1.50 goals-against average
- The Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his eighth career weekly award and first since Jan. 29, 2019 (Third Star)
- Last Penn State honoree: Cole Hults (Third Star) on Oct. 15, 2019
- Last Penn State First Star: Chase Berger on Feb. 12, 2019
Tommy Nappier, Ohio State
G – Jr. – St. Louis, Mo. – Sport Industry
- Backstopped the Buckeyes to a sweep of Michigan with a .938 save percentage and 1.50 goals-against average
- Did not allow a goal in the final 30:11 on Friday, as the Buckeyes came back from a 2-0 deficit
- Made 13 saves in the first period to keep Saturday’s game scoreless, four in the second and nine in the third, including a last-second save that would have tied the game
- Earns his sixth career weekly award and his first since Feb. 5, 2019 (Third Star)
- Last Ohio State honoree: Wyatt Ege (Third Star) on Oct. 29, 2019
Cam Morrison, Notre Dame
F – Sr. – Aurora, Ontario – Management Consulting
- Led the Irish to a 1-0-1 weekend at Minnesota with a four-point effort
- Recorded an assist in Friday’s 2-2 tie before registering a trio of assists in Saturday’s 5-3 win, including a helper on teammate Charlie Raith’s game winner
- His four points and +4 rating were both conference highs over the weekend
- Earns his second career weekly award and first since Dec. 4, 2018 (Third Star)
- Last Notre Dame honorees: Mike O’Leary (First Star) and Cal Burke (Second Star) on Oct. 29, 2019
Ohio State and Purdue Share Wrestler of the Week Honor
Co-Wrestlers of the Week
Luke Pletcher, Ohio State
141 pounds – Sr. – Latrobe, Pa. – Greater Latrobe – Sport Industry
- Opened his senior campaign with a 5-0 record, including a pair of ranked wins, and the 141-pound crown at the Michigan State Open
- Dethroned No. 1 Dom Demas of Oklahoma in the championship bout with an escape on his turn in the referee’s position before riding Demas for the complete 30 seconds and securing a 2-1 win
- Posted a 15-5 major decision over the 12th-ranked 133-pounder in the country, Dylan Duncan of Illinois, in the semifinals
- Garnered bonus points, including a pair of pins in 3:20 and 6:56, in his first three bouts
- The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns the first Wrestler of the Week Award of his career
- Last Ohio State Wrestler of the Week: Kollin Moore (Feb. 19, 2019)
Kendall Coleman, Purdue
157 pounds – Fr. – South Holland, Ill. – Mount Carmel – Undecided
- Made his collegiate debut at the Michigan State Open, earning 19 takedowns in five matches en route to the 157-pound title
- Earned the first two falls of his varsity career against Tiffin’s Hunter Langeloh (6:42) in the opening round and Ohio’s Zac Carson (6:16) in the semifinals
- Took out a pair of ranked opponents, defeating No. 15 Eric Barone of Illinois (13-7) and Penn’s No. 9 Anthony Artalona (10-7) in the finals to become one of three freshmen to earn titles in the open division
- Earns the first Wrestler of the Week Award of his career
- Last Purdue Wrestler of the Week: Danny Sabatello (Jan. 20, 2015)
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1950 Branch Rickey signs a five-year deal with the Pirates to be the club’s executive vice president and general manager. The ‘Mahatma’s’ magic doesn’t seem to work, as the Bucs will compile a 269-501 record (.349) during his tenure in Pittsburgh.
1969 Tiger Denny McLain (24-9, 2.80) and Oriole Mike Cuellar (23-11, 2.38) each receive ten votes from the BBWAA for being the best pitcher in the American League.
It is the first time the results for the Cy Young Award have ended in a tie.
1974 Mike Marshall becomes the first relief pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. The ‘Iron Man’ set major league records for relievers with innings pitched (206), game appearances (106), consecutive games (14), and games finished (83).
1976 After having a career year with the Twins, reliever Bill Campbell becomes one of the first players to cash in on the new free-agent system. The Michigan native signs with the Red Sox for big money, a four-year, one-million dollar contract.
1984 Willie Hernandez joins Rollie Fingers as the only other reliever to win the MVP award and the Cy Young Award in the same season. The Tiger closer had edged out fellow relief pitcher Dan Quisenberry for the top pitching prize a week ago.
1987 The Reds trade right-handed pitcher Ted Power and shortstop Kurt Stillwell to the Royals for shortstop Angel Salazar and left-hander Danny Jackson. The southpaw, 9-18 for KC this year, will be the runner-up for the National League’s Cy Young Award next season, compiling a 23-8 record along with a 2.73 ERA for Cincinnati.
1997 For a second time, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America names Dusty Baker as the National League’s Manager of the Year. The Giants skipper, who led his team to a surprising 90-72 record, was first honored in 1993 and will win the honor again in 2000.
2000 Mariner closer Kazuhiro Sasaki (2-5, 3.16, 37 saves) becomes the second-oldest major leaguer to win Rookie of the Year honors when the 32 year-old captures the American League honor. Boston Braves rookie Sam Jethroe was 33 days older than the Japanese reliever when he won the National League award in 1950.
2001 “We had hoped that we were in a new era, one that would see a much better relationship between players and owners. Today’s announcement is a severe blow to such hopes.” – DONALD FEHR, the Players Association executive director commenting on MLB’s plan to contract two teams.
Denying it’s a negotiating ploy, major league owners give commissioner Bud Selig the authority to “begin the process” of eliminating two ‘to be announced’ teams by a 28-2 vote. Donald Fehr, the Players Association executive director, calls the action of possibly eliminating the Expos, Twins, or Marlins most imprudent and unfortunate, and the worst manner in which to begin the process of negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.
2002 Citing Dusty Baker’s reluctance to stay with the organization, an unhappy general manager Brian Sabean announces the Giant skipper of the last ten years will not be back to manage in San Francisco next season. The National League pennant-winning skipper has supposedly expressed an interest in the Cubs and Mariners.
2002 Randy Johnson wins his fifth Cy Young Award, the fourth consecutive with the Diamondbacks. The 39 year-old southpaw, with 24 victories, 334 strikeouts, and a 2.32 ERA, becomes the first National League hurler since Dwight Gooden in 1985 to win the pitching equivalent of the triple crown.
2007 At their annual meeting, baseball’s general managers vote 25-5 in favor of using instant replays on a limited basis. The proposal, which owners, players, and umpires will need to approve of making the use of video a reality, would be utilized only in determining home run calls in doubt due to possible fan interference, balls clearing the fence, and balls near or over the foul pole.
2007 Curt Schilling agrees to terms to stay with the World Champion Red Sox. The $8 million, one-year deal includes an additional $5 million in bonuses, $3 million based on innings pitched, and another $2 million based on the right-hander’s weight.
2007 Greg Maddux, breaking a tie with former Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson and veteran hurler Jim Kaat for the most Gold Gloves in a career, wins his 17th, an honor bestowed by managers and coaches in each league for fielding excellence at the player’s given position. The 41 year-old future Hall of Famer, now with the Padres, has been selected every year as the top fielding pitcher in the National League since 1990, except for 2003, when Mike Hampton of the Braves won the honor.
2009 The Diamondbacks exercise their $8.5 million option on the 2006 Cy Young Award winner, Brandon Webb. The 30 year-old right-handed starter, who underwent shoulder surgery in August, was shut down after pitching just four innings on Opening Day and did not retake the mound for the duration of the season.
2014 The Dodgers announce their new general will be Zaidi Farhan, the former Director of Baseball Operations and assistant GM of the A’s. The MIT graduate, the first Muslim to hold the position for any American professional sports franchise, joins the team’s overhauled front office, which also includes the recent hired Andrew Friedman as the president of baseball operations and Josh Byrnes as the senior vice president of baseball operations.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY
1917 World Series
The Giants finally returned to the Fall Classic after a four year hiatus ready to make amends for the three consecutive championship losses that they had suffered earlier in the decade. It would be their fifth appearance and the second of their rivals, Chicago’s South Side White Sox. 1917 had been a year of many firsts including the first back-to-back no-hitters ever thrown in the American League. On May 5th, Ernie Koob tossed a shutout for St. Louis against Chicago and the very next day his teammate, Bob Groom did the same. Apparently, the second game had been determined by the umpires who changed a scored “hit” in the first inning to an error. An outraged Writers Association quickly passed a resolution disallowing such actions for all future games. Some league Umpires were beginning to become unpopular with the players and the no-hitter controversy didn’t help their situation. The following month, Babe Ruth started his June 23rd outing with four called balls. The Boston lefty was upset with each call and visited umpire Brick Owens at the plate each time. After the official issued a base on balls to Eddie Foster, Ruth charged the plate and punched him in the face, resulting in an ejection.
The Giants were probably upset too as they found themselves in familiar territory midway through the Series. After five relatively uneventful outings, New York was down three games to two. Their starter, Rube Benton and Chicago’s (Game 2 and 5 winner) Red Farber were locked in a 0-0 struggle going into the fourth inning when it all came crashing down. The White Sox’s Eddie Collins hit a routine grounder to Heinie Zimmerman who overthrew the base. Next, teammate Dave Robertson made another crucial error on a dropped fly-ball from Joe Jackson. In two at bats, Chicago had put runners on first and third due entirely to poor fielding. The Giants weren’t done yet and made another costly misplay on the very next at bat. Happy Felsch stepped up with runners in prime scoring position and grounded back to the mound. Benton saw Collins break from third and threw to Zimmerman in an attempt to get Collins hung up. The third baseman ran Collins toward home, but the White Sox star somehow evaded catcher Bill Rariden to make it a Zimmerman-Collins race to the plate. Collins won the dash with the other two runners advancing to second and third. Fundamental baseball had killed the Giants as Rariden, Benton and first baseman Walter Holke, had all left the plate unattended. New York cut the lead to one in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough as the White Sox walked away with a 4-2 victory and their second World Series Championship.
While Faber’s Series winning performance grabbed most of the headlines, the Giants’ Robertson was another standout. Despite his costly error in Game 6, he had salvaged some respect with his eleven-for-twenty-two performance at the plate. Collins was praised, too, as evidenced by his .409 average for the White Sox. One other notable event took place during the 1917 Series as Olympic athlete and football star Jim Thorpe made the only postseason “appearance” of his Major League career in Game 5. Unfortunately, he never made it onto the field. Listed as the Giants’ #6 man in the line-up, the right-handed Thorpe was strategically removed for the left-handed pinch-hitter, Robertson after Chicago lifted lefty Reb Russell in favor of righty Eddie Cicotte. Still the biggest story of the 1917 Fall Classic was the New York Giants and their everlasting potential for postseason disasters.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BEST GAMES
Notre Dame 10, Michigan State 10
Nov. 19, 1966; East Lansing, Mich.
The Notre Dame-Michigan State rivalry has not been played in November since 1966, when circumstances aligned for their showdown to become the latest Game of the Century. The previous year, No. 1 Michigan State beat No. 4 Notre Dame, 12-3, and claimed a share of the national title. In 1966, Notre Dame made the short trek to East Lansing ranked No. 1 with an 8-0 record. Michigan State was 9-0 and ranked No. 2. Notre Dame still had a game left against USC, but this felt like a national championship game anyway. Unfortunately, not everything played out as hoped, and the game left more questions than answers.
Notre Dame RB Nick Eddy injured his shoulder getting off the train on Friday. QB Terry Hanratty separated his shoulder in the first quarter of the game on a hit by All-American Bubba Smith. Neither team scored in the first, but Michigan State took a 10-0 lead with a Regis Cavender TD run and a field goal. A 34-yard Bob Gladieux TD catch from backup QB Coley O’Brien got Notre Dame on the board before halftime. With Michigan State’s offense stalled in the second half, Notre Dame tied the game with a field goal early in the fourth after a fumble was negated by an offside penalty. Notre Dame had a chance for the lead later after an interception, but its 41-yard field goal missed. After a Michigan State punt, Notre Dame had the ball at its own 30 in the final two minutes. Instead of making a push for the win, Notre Dame played it safe and ran out the clock, not wanting to throw away the game with a mistake. The game ended in a tie. Michigan State’s season was over. Notre Dame was already No. 1 and stayed No. 1 after beating USC 51-0. “Old Notre Dame will tie over all,” read the beginning of Dan Jenkins’ story in Sports Illustrated. “Sing it out, guys.”
SUPER BOWL HISTORY-14
MY SUPER BOWL: JOHN STALLWORTH
John Stallworth earned four Super Bowl rings with the Steelers. He caught three passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 31-19 Super Bowl XIV win over Los Angeles. He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
I came in ’74.My first year we went to the Super Bowl. And the next year we went to the Super Bowl. A couple of years then we went to the playoffs, but then weren’t successful. Then we went to a Super Bowl and won again. So I grew up in that. As a Steeler that was expected to happen.
As a team, I think that had some effect on the city. The attitude of the people in the city. Their attitude, their desire and their sort of claim to fame of being a good hard-nosed kind of city. A city that when a guy went to work, he was gonna give you eight hours of work for eight hours of pay. So we took our image a lot from the city and what was going on there. And I think our success bled over into the city and made it feel good about itself.
I think the challenge was there to do it again. That we were gonna have to find something else inside of us to do it again.
After winning (Super Bowl XIII), I think we enjoyed the fact that we had won and we had won the third one. When the season started, then it was ‘Can you do it again?’ … Going into that season, 1979, going into that Super Bowl, I don’t think we thought about what happened in ’78 and how we did in ’78, or how we did it in ’74 or how we did in ’75. We thought about what we had to do in that 1979 season, to do it that year.
Offensively, we were a big play ballclub.(Terry) Bradshaw has that perception of himself and that certainly his history says that. We had big play people in (Lynn) Swann and Franco (Harris) and myself. So we felt if we needed the big play, we’d come up with the big play in the time that we need to win football games.
We still had a very good defense. We could still stop people. We still intimidated people. And not because of what we used to do, but what we were doing at that time.
I felt good going in that we were where we needed to be and that the door was open for us to go in and win a fourth.
I think the we thought (the Rams) were a very good football team… I don’t think we took them lightly. I think their performance during the course of the game would indicate that us not taking them lightly was the correct approach.
We knew someone was going to come up with the big play (in the second half)… It was just in our minds. Just a matter of time.
(On the touchdown), my initial read on the ball and my initial thoughts, I said ‘Damn it, Bradshaw. You’ve overthrown me. ‘And I just started to run and try to get there.
The timing turned out to be great. I think the defensive back was looking over my left shoulder. He jumps to knock the ball away thinking that the ball is coming over that shoulder. The ball was over the other shoulder … I catch it and we go in for a TD.
It was in my mind, kind of unbelievable that we stand on top for the fourth time. Guys go through their career and some, most, never stand there. Some stand for one. If you’re very fortunate, you stand for two. But here we are and we stand on top for four years … I don’t know that I, at that point, thought about the history of the league and where we stood in relationship to others, but … Now in retrospect, I think it put us firmly as one of the greatest teams of all time.
STORY OF THE GAME
Terry Bradshaw completed 14 of 21 passes for 309 yards and set two passing records as the Steelers became the first team to win four Super Bowls.
Despite 3 interceptions by the Rams, Bradshaw kept his poise and brought the Steelers from behind twice in the second half. Trailing 13-10 at halftime, Pittsburgh went ahead 17-13 when Bradshaw hit Lynn Swann with a 47-yard touchdown pass after 2:48 of the third quarter.
On the Rams’ next possession, Vince Ferragamo, who completed 15 of 25 passes for 212 yards, responded with a 50-yard pass to Billy Waddy that moved Los Angeles from its own 26 to the Steelers’ 24. On the following play, Lawrence Mccutcheon connected with Ron Smith on a halfback option pass that gave the Rams a 19-17 lead.
On Pittsburgh’s initial possession of the final period, Bradshaw lofted a 73-yard scoring pass to John Stallworth to put the Steelers in front to stay, 24-19. Franco Harris scored on a 1-yard run later in the quarter to seal the verdict.
A 45-yard pass from Bradshaw to Stallworth was the key play in the drive to Harris’ score. Bradshaw, the game’s most valuable player for the second straight year, set career Super Bowl records for most touchdown passes (9) and most passing yards (932).
Larry Anderson gave the Steelers excellent field position throughout the game with 5 kickoff returns for a record 162 yards.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1991
JOHANNESBURG-South Africa will send a racially integrated team of athletes to the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, next July, ending an absence of 32 years, sports officials announced here tonight. But disputes remain over the flag, anthem and emblem to be used by the South African athletes. South Africa last competed in the Olympics in 1960 before being expelled for its apartheid policies, which included sending whites, but not blacks, to represent the country at sporting events abroad.
“This is the first time we can say that South Africa is taking part in the Olympic Games,” said Sam Ramsamy, the head of the new National Olympic Committee of South Africa, in announcing the decision to go tonight. “South Africa has never taken part in the Olympic Games before, although a section of South Africa had,” Ramsamy said, referring to the country’s white minority. “And we are very pleased that we can get a South African team representing South Africa which will have the support of all South Africa at Barcelona.”
On July 9, the International Olympic Committee decided at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, to readmit South Africa. But a formal invitation to the 1992 Games hinged on further progress toward the unification of South Africa’s racially disparate sports bodies. The process has not been completed, but Olympic officials accept that unification is well on its way. South Africa was expelled from Olympic competition by the I.O.C. in 1970 because of the country’s policies of racial discrimination. But its Olympic exile has lasted longer. South Africa last competed in the 1960 Summer Games in Rome with an all-white team, but stayed home in 1964 and 1968 because of threats of boycotts by African nations and countries in the Soviet bloc.
In 1977, the United Nations and the British Commonwealth imposed their own bans on sporting relationships with South Africa. As a result, South African athletes have been unwelcome in virtually all international competition, including the sports that are most popular with South Africans: soccer, rugby and cricket. Some South African athletes, however, were able to compete in the Olympics after gaining citizenship in other countries, including Zola Budd Pieterse (for Britain) and Sydney Maree (for the United States) in 1984.
At a news conference today, Ramsamy displayed a flag with cascading red, blue and green bands set against a mountain. It would replace South Africa’s orange, white and blue flag, which is identified with white minority rule. And he said the team’s anthem would be the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which is also the Olympic hymn.
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|6 Toronto Maple Leafs||16||8||5||3||19||7||56||53||5-2-3||3-3-0||5-3-2|
|7 Florida Panthers||14||7||3||4||18||6||51||51||3-1-1||4-2-3||6-1-3|
|8 Montreal Canadiens||15||8||5||2||18||7||56||49||4-3-0||4-2-2||6-4-0|
|9 Pittsburgh Penguins||15||8||6||1||17||8||51||39||5-3-1||3-3-0||5-4-1|
|10 Philadelphia Flyers||14||7||5||2||16||6||47||46||5-1-1||2-4-1||5-4-1|
|11 Tampa Bay Lightning||13||6||5||2||14||5||44||47||2-1-1||4-4-1||5-4-1|
|12 Columbus Blue Jackets||15||5||7||3||13||5||35||52||3-5-1||2-2-2||3-4-3|
|13 New Jersey Devils||13||4||5||4||12||3||38||51||2-2-4||2-3-0||4-3-3|
|14 New York Rangers||12||5||6||1||11||5||37||42||3-4-1||2-2-0||3-6-1|
|15 Ottawa Senators||14||4||9||1||9||4||38||48||3-4-0||1-5-1||3-6-1|
|16 Detroit Red Wings||16||4||11||1||9||4||34||63||2-5-1||2-6-0||1-8-1|
|1 St. Louis Blues||16||10||3||3||23||10||49||47||5-1-2||5-2-1||7-2-1|
|2 Edmonton Oilers||16||10||4||2||22||9||46||41||5-1-1||5-3-1||5-3-2|
|3 Vancouver Canucks||15||9||3||3||21||7||54||36||4-0-2||5-3-1||6-1-3|
|4 Nashville Predators||15||9||4||2||20||9||60||43||6-2-2||3-2-0||6-2-2|
|5 Arizona Coyotes||15||9||4||2||20||8||44||34||4-2-0||5-2-2||7-2-1|
|6 Colorado Avalanche||15||8||5||2||18||8||49||43||4-2-1||4-3-1||3-5-2|
|7 Vegas Golden Knights||16||9||5||2||20||7||51||46||4-3-2||5-2-0||5-3-2|
|8 Calgary Flames||18||9||7||2||20||7||52||53||5-1-1||4-6-1||5-4-1|
|9 Anaheim Ducks||17||9||7||1||19||9||45||43||6-2-1||3-5-0||4-5-1|
|10 Winnipeg Jets||16||8||7||1||17||6||44||51||3-4-1||5-3-0||4-5-1|
|11 Dallas Stars||17||8||8||1||17||8||41||42||5-3-1||3-5-0||7-3-0|
|12 Chicago Blackhawks||14||4||7||3||11||4||33||44||3-3-2||1-4-1||3-5-2|
|13 Minnesota Wild||15||5||9||1||11||5||37||51||3-1-1||2-8-0||4-5-1|
|14 San Jose Sharks||16||5||10||1||11||5||40||58||3-4-0||2-6-1||3-6-1|
|15 Los Angeles Kings||15||5||10||0||10||5||39||60||3-4-0||2-6-0||3-7-0|