MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Gonzaga 100 Pepperdine 74

#20 Wofford 70 North Carolina Greensboro 58

Ball State 61 Eastern Michigan 43

Central Michigan 81 Western Michigan 67

Wright State 66 Green Bay 54

Akron 80 Miami Ohio 51

Northern Illinois 80 Ohio 61

Northern Kentucky 64 Oakland 63

Omaha 61 Purdue Fort Wayne 60

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Baylor 67 #13 Iowa State 49

#2 Connecticut 66 Central Florida 45

#12 Gonzaga 78 St. Mary’s 77 2OT

#13 Marquette 75 Georgetown 62

Wright State 60 IUPUI 51

Boise State 72 Nevada 67

Green Bay 55 Youngstown State 53

Eastern Michigan 61 Akron 59

DePaul 80 Creighton 69

Northern Illinois 70 Western Michigan 69

Kent State 86 Bowling Green 62

Toledo 67 Ball State 63

Southern Utah 64 Montana 56

San Diego State 70 New Mexico 61 OT

Eastern Washington 81 Weber State 74

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Cleveland 126 Toronto 101

Washington 121 Sacramento 115

Brooklyn 103 Detroit 75

Houston 118 Charlotte 106

Oklahoma City 98 Utah 89

LA Clippers 140 Boston 115

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Tampa Bay 6 Toronto 2

NY Islanders 2 Columbus 0

Philadelphia 3 Ottawa 2

San Jose 3 Minnesota 0

Chicago 7 Arizona 1

Carolina 3 Colorado 0

Edmonton 3 NY Rangers 2

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – SPRING TRAINING

Cincinnati 5 Cleveland 5

Milwaukee 8 Chicago White Sox 5

San Francisco 4 LA Dodgers 1

LA Angels 12 Texas 11

Colorado 6 Oakland 3

Kansas City 4 Seattle 1

Texas 6 Kansas City 2

Detroit 3 Minnesota 0

Atlanta 6 Pittsburgh 2

Houston 6 NY Mets 3

Tampa Bay 4 Philadelphia 2

St. Louis 3 Washington 2

 

 PURDUE // Painter Named Naismith Coach of the Year Semifinalist

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced that Purdue head coach Matt Painter is one of 11 semifinalists for the Werner Ladder Naismith National Coach of the Year award, the organization announced today.

The four finalists for the award will be announced March 20. From there, fans will be able to support their coach by visiting naismithtrophy.com/vote between March 22 and April 3, to cast their ballot. The award will be presented on April 7, in Minneapolis.

Painter is joined on the list by Rick Barnes (Tennessee), Chris Beard (Texas Tech), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Nate Oats (Buffalo), Matt Painter (Purdue), Kelvin Sampson (Houston), Mike Young (Wofford), Tony Bennett (Virginia), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Mark Few (Gonzaga).

It marks the second straight year that Painter has been named to the late-season candidate list. He led Purdue to its league-best 24th Big Ten Championship and second in the last three years with a 16-4 Big Ten record and a 23-8 overall mark.
The Boilermakers entered the year with just one returning starter and opened the season with a 6-5 record following a loss to Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic. Since that loss, the Boilermakers have won 17 of their last 20 games, including victories over four ranked teams during that span. Purdue is second nationally in combined quadrant-1 and 2 victories with 16.
Painter owns a 318-157 record in 14 years at Purdue and has moved into the all-time Big Ten top 10 wins list. His 10 NCAA Tournament appearances at Purdue are the sixth most in league history entering this season.
Purdue has been the Big Ten’s best program over the last three years, posting a 45-11 league mark during that span. Purdue’s 45 wins over the last three years are the third most in Big Ten history in a three-year span.
Purdue earned the No. 2 seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament and will face either 10th-seeded Penn State or 7th-seeded Minnesota in Friday’s quarterfinals, tipping at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT, in Chicago.

 

BIG 10 MEN’S ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS ANNOUNCED

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference unveiled the men’s basketball All-Conference teams and individual award winners on Monday night on BTN Live. A total of 16 students were selected to either of the All-Big Ten teams selected by the coaches and media, while another 14 students were awarded honorable mention status.

The Big Ten also recognized 14 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The awards are voted on by conference coaches and a select media panel. The complete list of All-Conference honorees and individual award winners is below.

As selected by Big Ten coaches

FIRST TEAM

Bruno Fernando, Maryland

CASSIUS WINSTON, Michigan State

Lamar Stevens, Penn State

CARSEN EDWARDS, Purdue

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

SECOND TEAM

Romeo Langford, Indiana

Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland

Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan

Zavier Simpson, Michigan

Jordan Murphy, Minnesota

THIRD TEAM

Jordan Bohannon, Iowa

Tyler Cook, Iowa

Nick Ward, Michigan State

Amir Coffey, Minnesota

James Palmer Jr., Nebraska

HONORABLE MENTION

Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois

Juwan Morgan, Indiana

Jordan Poole, Michigan

Jon Teske, Michigan

Kenny Goins, Michigan State

Matt McQuaid, Michigan State

Dererk Pardon, Northwestern

Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State

Ryan Cline, Purdue

Geo Baker, Rutgers

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois

Romeo Langford, Indiana

Joe Wieskamp, Iowa

Jalen Smith, Maryland

Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Bruno Fernando, Maryland

Zavier Simpson, Michigan

Matt McQuaid, Michigan State

Josh Reaves, Penn State

Nojel Eastern, Purdue

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Cassius Winston, Michigan State

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

OF THE YEAR:

Josh Reaves, Penn State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:

Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan

SIXTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Xavier Tillman, Michigan State

COACH OF THE YEAR:

Matt Painter, Purdue

 

No. 6 Michigan St expects Ward to play in Big Ten Tournament

No. 6 Michigan State expects forward Nick Ward to play in the Big Ten Tournament.

Coach Tom Izzo says he isn’t sure how much the 6-foot-9 junior will be able to play nearly a month after having surgery on his left hand. The top-seeded Spartans will face the winner of the Ohio State-Indiana game Friday in the conference quarterfinals.

Ward is Michigan State’s second-leading scorer at 15.1 points a game and third-leading rebounder at 6.7 per game.

The Spartans (25-6, 16-4 Big Ten) won a second straight conference championship with Ward out for the last five games and third-leading scorer Joshua Langford missing the last 18 games with an injured left foot that needed season-ending surgery.

 

Indiana, Maryland and Minnesota Earn Final Weekly Big Ten Men’s Basketball Honors

Co-Players of the Week

Juwan Morgan, Indiana

F – Sr. – 6-8 – Waynesville, Mo. – Waynesville High School – Major: Sport Communication

  • Led Indiana to a pair of victories over Illinois and Rutgers averaging 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 71.4 percent from the floor
  • Tallied 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds while connecting on 11-of-13 from the floor in an 89-73 victory over Rutgers on Senior Day
  • Posted 20 points and nine rebounds in a 92-74 victory at Illinois as he shot 9-of-14 in the game
  • Earns the third Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career and second this season
  • Last Indiana Player of the Week: Juwan Morgan (Dec. 17, 2018)

Amir Coffey, Minnesota

G – Jr. – 6-8 – Hopkins, Minn. – Hopkins High School – Major: Youth Studies

  • Averaged 27.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in a pair of games for the Gophers
  • Scored a career-high tying 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds in leading Minnesota to a 73-69 victory over No. 11/9 Purdue
  • Became the first Gopher to score 30-plus points in back-to-back games since Vincent Grier in 2005
  • Tied his career highs with three steals and three made 3-pointers against Purdue
  • Recorded 23 points, six assists, three rebounds a steal at No. 24/24 Maryland
  • Earns the second Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career in as many weeks
  • Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Amir Coffey (Feb. 25, 2019)

Freshman of the Week

Jalen Smith, Maryland

F – 6-10 – Baltimore, Md. – Mount St. Joseph High School – Major: Information Science

  • Posted a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 69-60 victory over Minnesota
  • Connected on a career-high three 3-pointers and also had three blocked shots and two steals in the victory
  • Earns his third Freshman of the Week honor of the season
  • Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Jalen Smith (Dec. 17, 2018)

 

 

Butler MBB and Providence Meet for Third Time in 16 Days to Open BIG EAST Tournament

GAME 32: BUTLER (16-15, #9 SEED) VS. PROVIDENCE (17-14, #8 SEED)
BIG EAST Tournament – First Round
Wednesday, March 13; 7PM
Madison Square Garden; New York, N.Y.
TV: FS1 – Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery & @LisaByington
RADIO: 107.5FM & 1070AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
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• Butler and Providence will meet for the third time over a 16-day period.

  • Kamar Baldwin earned All-BIG EAST second team honors; he is averaging 18.9 points per game in conference games, a mark that is fifth in the BIG EAST.
  • Paul Jorgensen was selected as the BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year, while Nate Fowler was chosen as the BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award recipient.
  • Baldwin has scored 27 and 25 points, respectively, in two of his six career match-ups with Providence.
  • Baldwin hit double figures in all 18 BIG EAST games this season; Jorgensen has scored 10+ points in nine of the team’s last 10 games.
  • Butler’s bench has outscored its op­ponent’s bench in 16 of the team’s 18 BIG EAST games (by a total margin of 429-206)
  • Butler has 10 single-digit turnover games this season; Butler’s 10.9 turn­overs per game are the 27th-fewest nationally.
  • Butler has swiped 20 total steals over the team’s most recent two games.
  • Fowler’s career-high of 19 points came on the road at Providence, Feb. 11, 2017.
  • Jorgensen, Sean McDermott and Jordan Tucker have each hit at least six three-pointers this season in a single game.
  • Butler is 12-2 this season when holding its opponent under 70 points.
  • Butler is 8-2 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.
  • Baldwin’s free throw percentage of .856 is third in the BIG EAST.
  • McDermott had a career-high 27 points Feb. 20 at Marquette.
  • Butler is shooting 74 percent at the free throw line. That is second in the BIG EAST.
  • Including a 12-of-28 performance against DePaul in the Feb. 16 win, Butler has made 10 or more three-pointers in 11 games; Butler is 9-2 in those games.
  • Butler is one of just eight programs to win at least one game in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments.

 

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL: Irish Head To Charlotte For ACC Tournament

Game 32: 2019 ACC Tournament – No. 15 Notre Dame (13-18, 3-15) vs. No. 10 Georgia Tech (14-17, 6-12)

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | Approximately 2:30 p.m. ET

Location: Spectrum Center | Charlotte, NC

IRISH HEAD TO CHARLOTTE FOR ACC TOURNAMENT

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (13-18, 3-15 ACC) begins post season competition on Tuesday, March 12, facing No. 10 seed Georgia Tech (14-17, 6-12) on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET (game time will most likely tip around 2:30 p.m. ET). The Irish will be looking for their ninth ACC Championship victory in six tournament appearances.

BY THE NUMBERS – IRISH IN CHARLOTTE

2

Only two players in the nation have scored 430+ points, grabbed 330+ rebounds, connected on 30+ three-point field goals and have 40+ assists – junior John Mooney and South Dakota State’s Mike Daum.

6

With 348 rebounds this season – John Mooney is now sixth on the single-season rebound total list during the Mike Brey era (since 2000-01). He is just three rebounds behind Luke Harangody (351) and six behind Jack Cooley (354) to move into fourth place (see page 8 side bar for the top 10).

7.3

Increase in rebounds per game for John Mooney this season (from 3.9 in 2017-18). He has also increased his scoring 8.5 points (5.6 to 14.1) and has 18 more double-doubles than last season (1).

8

Notre Dame is 8-4 all-time in the ACC tournament, failing to win a tournament game just once (the team’s first season as a part of the league in 2013-14). The Irish won the 2015 ACC Championship and advanced to the 2017 ACC Championship game.

9.4

John Mooney pulled down 9.4 defensive rebounds in ACC play this season – since 1996-97 only Tim Duncan (10.6 in 1996-97) has eclipsed that mark and it is a full rebound 9.4 vs. 8.4 for the next highest (Luke Maye this season, Alvin Jones from GT in 2000-01 and Sean May from UNC in 2004-05).

12.6

John Mooney averaged 12.6 rebounds in conference play this season – a mark that led all major conference players – and was fourth in the country for all conference players.

13

John Mooney finished with 13 double-doubles in ACC play this season – a mark surpassed by only Tim Duncan’s 15 double-doubles in league play during the 1996-97 season (see page 5 for more).

13.9

Notre Dame is third in the country in fouls committed per game at 13.9 – just behind national leaders Loyola Chicago and Dayton at 13.8. The Irish are sixth in the country in turnovers per game with a 9.5 average.

23

Freshman Nate Laszewski scored a career-high 23 points in the regular-season finale at Pittsburgh on Saturday, recording the first 20-point game of his career. Laszewski was six-for-nine from three point range and scored 12 consecutive points to help cut an eight-point Pitt lead with 6:56 remaining to one point with 1:14 left.

55

The Irish have been struck by the injury bug this season – losing 55 games from either full-time projected starters (senior Rex Pflueger 21 games, sophomore D.J. Harvey 2 games, junior T.J. Gibbs 1 game) or players who started multiple games this season (freshman Robby Carmody 22 games, junior Nikola Djogo 4 games, junior Juwan Durham 5 games). Save for Gibbs (who missed one game with the flu), all of the players listed above will not be available for the ACC tournament.

97

Due to a series of injuries, the Irish back court of junior T.J. Gibbs and freshman Prentiss Hubb have combined to play 97% of of a possible 560 minutes over the past seven games for the Irish. Gibbs (272) and Hubb (271) have combined for 543 minutes in the past seven games – while dishing out 56 assists. Hubb, as of March 10, is second in the nation for total minutes played by a major conference true freshman with 1,032.

110

Four freshman – Prentiss Hubb (39), Dane Goodwin (36), Nate Laszewski (35) and Chris Doherty (4) combined for 114 minutes played against Pittsburgh on Saturday. That is the most for three true freshman in a game during the Mike Brey era.

IRISH HAVE SHORT BUT STRONG HISTORY IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT

Notre Dame is finishing its sixth season as a member of the ACC and has already compiled a distinguished resume at the league tournament. The Irish are 8-4 all-time in the championship competition, including the 2015 title (defeating both Duke and North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina) while also advancing to the 2017 championship game against Duke.

Notre Dame vs. GEORGIA TECH SERIES HISTORY

The Irish and Yellow Jackets will be meeting for the 21st time on Tuesday afternoon with Georgia Tech leading the all-time series 11-9.

Georgia Tech and Boston College make up Notre Dame’s ACC home-and-home annual series. The Irish lead the ACC series 7-5 against Georgia Tech.

Home court advantage means more in this series than possibly any other ACC opponent for the Irish, Notre Dame is 8-2 against Georgia Tech in Purcell Pavilion but just 1-8 in McCamish Pavilion (including losses in the four most recent visits to Atlanta).

Both teams have held serve on their home court in the ACC series, as Notre Dame is 6-0 at home against Georgia Tech, while the Yellow Jackets are 5-1 against the Irish in McCamish Pavilion. The lone visiting team victory occurred by eventual ACC Champion Notre Dame at Georgia Tech on Jan. 14, 2015, 62-59.

Notre Dame and Georgia Tech will be meeting for the first time in the ACC tournament on Tuesday.

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS  COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL

1 Gonzaga

2 Virginia

3 North Carolina

4 Kentucky

5 Duke

6 Michigan State

7 Texas Tech

8 Tennessee

9 LSU

10 Michigan

11 Houston

12 Florida State

13 Purdue

14 Nevada

15 Kansas State

16 Virginia Tech

17 Kansas

18 Buffalo

19 Wisconsin

20 Wofford

21 Maryland

22 Auburn

23 Marquette

24 Cincinnati

25 Villanova

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

1 Baylor

2 Connecticut

3 Notre Dame

4 Mississippi State

5 Louisville

6 Stanford

7 Oregon

8 Iowa

9 Maryland

10 North Carolina State

11 Oregon State

12 Gonzaga

13 Iowa State

13 Marquette

15 Syracuse

16 South Carolina

17 Texas A&M

18 Kentucky

19 Miami Florida

20 UCLA

21 Drake

22 Texas

23 Arizona State

24 Rice

25 Florida State

 

Illinois, Indiana, Maryland and Nebraska Earn Baseball Weekly Honors

Player of the Week
Jack Yalowitz, Illinois

OF – Sr. – Chicago, Ill. – Loyola Academy – Sports Management

  • Helped the Fighting Illini hand Grand Canyon its first Friday night loss of the year en route to a weekend sweep
  • Tallied six RBI on seven hits and a career-high four runs while batting .583 on the week
  • Hit a pair of home runs and a double as he registered a .583 on-base percentage and 1.167 slugging percentage
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Illinois Big Ten Player of the Week: Bren Spillane (April 2, 2018)

 

Co-Pitchers of the Week
Pauly Milto, Indiana

P – Sr. – Greenwood, Ind. – Roncalli – Exercise Science

  • Pitched 8.0 no-hit innings against Washington at T-Mobile Park in Seattle on Friday, allowing just one hit in the Hoosiers’ 1-0 victory
  • Finished with six strikeouts for his 11th career game in which he went at least six innings while allowing zero earned runs, and his 19th career quality start in 29 starts
  • Improved to 3-1 on the season with a 1.86 ERA, allowing 17 hits in 29 innings with 29 strikeouts and just three walks
  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree records his second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor and first since Feb. 26, 2018
  • Last Indiana Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Jonathan Stiever (March 19, 2018)

 

Nate Fisher, Nebraska

P – Sr. – Yutan, Neb. – Yutan – Finance

  • Threw eight scoreless innings at No. 21 Baylor on Saturday, allowing just one hit in the Huskers’ 2-0 victory
  • Pitched a career-high 8.0 innings and finished with six strikeouts, just one shy of his career high
  • Improved to 2-1 on the season, with 18 strikeouts in 20.0 innings pitched
  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree records his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Nebraska Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Luis Alvarado (March 12, 2018)

 

Freshman of the Week
Maxwell Costes, Maryland

1B/DH – Baltimore, Md. – The Gilman School – Letters & Sciences

  • Helped the Terrapins to a 3-1 record on the weekend, posting a pair of victories over Stetson and a win over Delaware
  • Hit the first two home runs of his career and notched a career-high five RBIs in the Saturday game against Stetson, including a three-run double to give the Terps the lead
  • Finished the week with seven RBI and now leads the conference with 15 RBI and ranks third with 28 total bases
  • Wins his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Maryland Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Maxwell Costes (Feb. 25, 2019)

 

 

NOTRE DAME WBB: Ogunbowale & Shepard Make Wooden Award National Ballot

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 9, 2019) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced its 2019 Women’s National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s on Saturday as Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale and Jessica Shepard were among the 15 student-athletes selected. The Irish duo are now candidates for the Wooden Award All American Team and Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding college basketball player in the country.

Ogunbowale has now made the Wooden Award National Ballot for the second straight year while Jessica Shepard makes the list for the first time of her career. In addition, Notre Dame and UConn (Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson) are the only two schools with multiple selections.

Voting will take place from March 19th to March 26th, and voters take into consideration a player’s entire season of play, as well as the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players and the finalists for the Wooden Award will be announced following the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament and will be the focus of a 30-minute show on April 3rd on ESPNU at 6:30pm ET.

The 43rd annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award to the men’s and women’s most outstanding college basketball player will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s on ESPN2 on Friday, April 12, 2019.

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL POLL

1 Vanderbilt

2 UCLA

3 Oregon State

4 Stanford

5 Florida

6 Mississippi State

7 Louisville

8 Georgia

9 Ole Miss

10 Florida State

11 Texas Tech

12 Texas

13 LSU

14 Arkansas

15 North Carolina

16 Coastal Carolina

17 East Carolina

18 Auburn

19 Texas A&M

20 North Carolina State

21 TCU

22 South Carolina

23 Tennessee

24 Clemson

25 Arizona State

 

Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Player of the Week

Kayla Konwent, Wisconsin

1B – Jr. – Salem, Wis. – Central – Major: Business Administration

  • Batted .625 with a .667 on-base percentage and 1.313 slugging percentage last week, hitting three home runs with 10 hits and nine RBI as the nationally-ranked Badgers won four of five games at the USF-Clearwater Parks and Recreation Showcase in Clearwater, Florida
  • Went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in the tournament opener against UMass on March 8
  • Added three hits each in wins over Central Michigan and Villanova, with a home run against CMU and three RBI against VU
  • Earns her first career Player of the Week honor
  • Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Caroline Hedgcock (March 4, 2019)

 

Pitcher of the Week

Allison Doocy, Iowa

RHP – Jr. – Ankeny, Iowa – Ankeny – Major: Psychology

  • Posted a 3-0 record in the circle last week, tossing two complete games with a 0.78 ERA and 19 strikeouts (two walks) in 18.0 innings as the Hawkeyes went 3-1 at the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Illinois
  • Went the distance in wins over UIC on March 8 and Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, allowing just a single run in each game while striking out a combined 15 batters (seven vs. UIC, eight vs. Miami)
  • Also picked up a win in relief against Green Bay on Sunday, throwing three hitless innings with two strikeouts
  • Named an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2017-18
  • Earns her third career Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Iowa Pitcher of the Week: Allison Doocy (April 9, 2018)

 

Freshman of the Week

Natalie DenHartog, Minnesota

OF – Fr. – Hopkins, Minn. – Hopkins – Major: Undeclared

  • Recorded a .353 batting average, .421 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage with three home runs and nine RBI last weekend as the nationally-ranked Golden Gophers won four of five games, including two of three on the road at No. 9 Texas
  • Hit two home runs and had four RBI in on March 8 against Texas Southern
  • Added five RBI in three games at Texas, including a three-run home run on March 9 and a first-inning RBI double on Sunday
  • Earns her first career Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Kendyl Lindaman (May 9, 2017)

 

 

THIS WEEK IN THE BIG 10

(BIG 10 RELEASE)

[ONE // nittany lions roar to wrestling crown]

Penn State won the 2019 Big Ten Wrestling Championships titleon Sunday with a team score of 157.5. The Nittany Lions earned their sixth Big Ten Championship and first since 2016. Penn State claimed five individual titles from Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174), Bo Nickal (197) and Anthony Cassar (285).  Ohio State finished in second place with 122.5 points, followed by third-place Iowa with 107.5. Minnesota finished in fourth place with 101.5 points and Nebraska rounded out the top five with 96.5 team points.  Penn State’s Bo Nickal and Jason Nolf were named the Big Ten Co-Wrestlers of the Year, while Iowa’s Alex Marinelli and Nolf earned Outstanding Co-Wrestlers of the Championships honors. Penn State’s Cael Sanderson was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and Minnesota’s Gable Steveson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

[TWO // hawkeyes take down terps for women’s basketball tourney title]

Megan Gustafson scored 26 points in the first half and finished with 45 on Sunday to lead No. 10 Iowa past No. 8 Maryland 90-76 for its first Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament titlesince 2001.  It’s the longest gap between conference crowns since the tourney became an annual event in 1995. The Hawkeyes (26-6) also claimed the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid with a victory over the Big Ten’s regular-season champion.  Gustafson’s point total was the second-most in tourney history, trailing only her 48-point performance in a quarterfinal loss to Minnesota last year.Kaila Charles scored a career-high 36 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Terrapins, who lost for just the second time in 14 games, both of which came against Iowa.

[THREE // handing out the hoops hardware]

The Big Ten announced its 2018-19 women’s basketball all-conference teams and individual award recipients on Monday during BTN’s Women’s Sports Report.  Iowa’s Megan Gustafson was chosen as Big Ten Player of the Year by both the conference coaches and a select panel of Big Ten media members, receiving the honor from the media for the second year in a row. Maryland’s Taylor Mikesell was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Michigan’s Naz Hillmon was chosen for the honor by the Big Ten media. Hillmon was also voted the Big Ten’s Sixth Player of the Year by the coaches, while Maryland’s Brenda Frese took home Coach of the Year accolades from her colleagues as well as the media. In addition, the Big Ten coaches selected Purdue’s Ae’Rianna Harris as Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row.  In other awards, 10 students were named first-team All-Big Ten honorees, while another 10 were second-team selections and honorable mention choices.  The Big Ten also recognized 14 Sportsmanship Award recipients.

[FOUR // big ten hockey tournament semis set]

The semifinals are setfor the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament with No. 3 Minnesota traveling to No. 2 Notre Dame on Saturday, while No. 4 Penn State visits top-seed Ohio State on Sunday for single-elimination play.  In quarterfinal action, Notre Dame swept Michigan State in a best-of-three series, as did the Golden Gophers over Michigan.  Despite Wisconsin getting the best of Penn State in an overtime thriller on Friday, the Nittany Lions responded with the final two wins to advance to the semifinals.

[FIVE // michigan state, purdue share big ten men’s basketball crown]

Michigan State clinched a share of the 2018-19 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Championship after defeating Michigan, 75-63, at the Breslin Center on Saturday. The Spartans finished 16-4 in Big Ten play and share the title with Purdue (16-4), which claimed a share with a win at Northwestern earlier on Saturday.  The Spartans have won consecutive titles and now have 15 in program history. Michigan State last won consecutive titles in 2009 and 2010.Purdue has now won a conference record 24 Big Ten men’s basketball championships and its second in three years, claiming the title in 2017.

[SIX // big ten men’s hoops tourney bracket released]

Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan and Wisconsin are the top four seeds in the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the conference office announced on Sunday evening. The 22nd annual event will be played from March 13 — March 17 at the United Center in Chicago.  The tournament begins on Wednesday with two opening-round games of No. 13 Nebraska vs. No. 12 Rutgers at 5:30 p.m. CT followed by No. 11 Illinois vs. No. 14 Northwestern. BTN will broadcast games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with CBS set to televise the semifinals on Saturday and championship game on Sunday.

[SEVEN // time to talk tickets]

This past Friday, single-session tickets for the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament went on sale to the general public. The tournament will be held at the United Center in Chicago from March 13-17, including general admission seating for Wednesday’s first-round games.  Single-session ticket prices range from $25 to $100 depending on the session and seat location. Tickets will be available at the United Center box office, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Orders are limited to eight tickets per session.

[EIGHT // big ten students earn six ncaa indoor track and field titles]

Big Ten students earned six individual titles at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships that concluded Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, the Ohio State women and Wisconsin men led all Big Ten programs in the final team standings, with each squad winding up in fourth place. The Ohio State finish was the best for a Big Ten women’s program since 2008, when Michigan took third place. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin finish was the best for a Big Ten men’s program since 2013, when the Badgers placed third.  Wisconsin’s Morgan McDonald was a two-time national champion during the weekend, claiming NCAA titles in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, adding to his win at the NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championships in November. McDonald is the first Big Ten men’s competitor to win two NCAA indoor titles in the same year since 2005, when Indiana’s Aarik Wilson won both the long jump and triple jump events.  Another Badger, Alicia Monson, was the NCAA champion in the women’s 5,000 meters, leading a group of four Big Ten women who earned titles at this weekend’s NCAA Championships. Ohio State’s Sade Olatoye took top honors in the weight throw, while teammate Julia Rizk did likewise in the mile. Penn State also produced its first NCAA indoor individual champion as Danae Rivers won the 800-meter crown.

[NINE // diamond notes]

A winner of three straight games, the Illinois baseball team pushed its league-best record to 10-3 overall following a three-game sweep at Grand Canyon.  Penn State (9-3), Michigan (9-4) and Maryland (9-5) follow closely behind and will seek their 10th win of the season in the upcoming week. In softball, Indiana and Wisconsin have already eclipsed the 20-win plateau on the season as the Hoosiers are 21-3 while the Badgers are 20-3.   Iowa and Penn State have each won their last six contests.

[TEN // concluding his contract of service]

Finally this week, the Big Ten announced that James E. Delany will officially conclude his term as Big Ten Commissioner at the end of his current contract which expires on June 30, 2020.

 

PURDUE COLLEGE BASEBALL: Boilermakers Set for Their Earliest Home Opener Ever

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Milwaukee (6-6) at Purdue (3-10)

Tuesday, March 12 at 4 p.m. ET / BTN Plus on BTN2Go

Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana

All-Time Series: First Meeting

Purdue at Indiana State (12-1)

Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. ET / ESPN+

Bob Warn Field / Terre Haute, Indiana

All-Time Series: ISU leads 41-30-2 / All-Time in Terre Haute: ISU leads 20-15-1

2018 in Terre Haute: Purdue 3, Indiana State 1 in 10 Innings (April 17)

2018 in West Lafayette: Indiana State 2, Purdue 1 (April 18)

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Tuesday: Kyle Wade (Fr, RHP) vs. MKE’s Nick Winter (R-So, LHP)

Wednesday: TBA for Purdue vs. ISU’s Geremy Guerrero (Jr, LHP)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball rides a 13-game home win streak into its earliest home opener in program history, as the Boilermakers open midweek play with games against Milwaukee on Tuesday at Alexander Field and Indiana State on Wednesday in Terre Haute.

First pitch is set for 4 p.m. ET on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The $2 midweek specials are back for another season at Alexander Field. At all Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday home games, general admission tickets, hot dogs, nachos and domestic draft beers are specially priced at $2. New this season is a $4 walking taco available at all Taco Tuesday home games.

The Boilermakers won their final 13 home games of the 2018 season. That matched the 1987 NCAA Regional team for the longest home win streak in program history. Coincidentally, Indiana State was the last visiting team to win at Alexander (April 18). The Sycamores return to town on April 3 of this season.

Entering the week, only Arizona State (14) has a longer active home win streak nationally. Purdue and Oklahoma have both won 13 in a row dating back to last year. They both play at home Tuesday. ASU’s next home game is Wednesday.

LONGEST ACTIVE HOME WIN STREAKS NATIONALLY

*Streak dates back to 2018

1.) Arizona State – 14

T-2.) Purdue – 13*

T-2.) Oklahoma – 13*

T-4.) Auburn – 11

T-4.) Wagner – 11*

PURDUE’S LONGEST HOME WIN STREAKS

  • 13 Straight Wins – 2018 (April 24-May 19)
  • 13 Straight Wins – 1987 (April 2-23)
  • 11 Straight Wins – 1982 (April 18-May 10)
  • 10 Straight Wins – 1983 (April 16-23)

THANK YOU SPORTS TURF STAFF

  • The Purdue sports turf staff has worked tirelessly to help get Alexander Field ready for the earliest home opener in program history, besting the previous benchmark (March 13, 1996) by one day. Alexander Field is one of only four fields remaining in the Big Ten to feature natural grass. Nebraska, Michigan State and Penn State also still play on grass. Brian Bornino, Steve Vonderheide, Nick Lievense, Ryder Haulk, Doug Jones, Jan Osting and Chris Tull comprise the full-time sports turf staff within Purdue Athletics. Vonderheide is the leader of the Alexander Field grounds crew.
  • Home openers the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day were commonplace for the Boilermakers throughout the mid-1990s. Since Alexander Field opened in 2013, a March 18 win vs. Valparaiso during the 2015 season has been the program’s earliest home opener. That same season Purdue was scheduled to host Northern Illinois the weekend of March 13 to 15, but the series was relocated to the artificial turf fields of Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.
  • Milwaukee is the second first-time opponent on the schedule this season. The Boilermakers have not played a team from the state of Wisconsin since UW Madison discontinued its program following the 1991 season.

EARLIEST HOME OPENERS IN PURDUE HISTORY

^Home-Opening Doubleheader

  • 2019: March 12 vs. Milwaukee
  • 1996: March 13 vs. Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) – L, 7-0
  • 1992: March 16 vs. Ball State^ – W, 9-0
  • 1991: March 16 Saint Joseph’s (Ind.)^ – L, 2-1
  • 1994: March 17 vs. Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) – W, 3-0
  • 1990: March 17 vs. Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) – L, 5-3
  • 2015: March 18 vs. Valparaiso – W, 2-0
  • 1998: March 18 vs. Valparaiso – W, 5-4
  • 1993: March 18 vs. Saint Joseph’s – W, 8-0

GRAB SOME BENCH

  • The Boilermakers racked up 37 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched while winning two of three vs. NJIT this past weekend at Big League Camp in Marion, North Carolina. It was an extremely competitive series, with the victorious team scoring what proved to be the game-winning run in its final at-bat of all three contests. The 37 Ks, including three from Trent Johnson in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 3-2 win, were a program high in a three-game series this decade. Purdue had not even struck out 30 batters in a three-game weekend since 2011.

MOST STRIKEOUTS IN A THREE-GAME SERIES THIS DECADE

  • 37 vs. NJIT, March 2019
  • 35 – Penn State, April 2010
  • 34 at Ohio, March 2010
  • 32 – Iowa, May 2011
  • 32 – Michigan, April 2011
  • 29 at Western Carolina, February 2015

FRESHMAN TO MAKE FIRST START IN HOME OPENER

  • Kyle Wade is in line to make his first collegiate start at Tuesday’s home opener. Shane Bryant (2015) was the last Boilermaker to make his first start for Purdue in a home opener. However, Bryant was a junior in 2015, joining the program as a transfer from Indiana Wesleyan. Since 2005, the other freshmen to start a home opener for the Boilermakers – Connor Podkul in 2012, Adam Dressler in 2014 and Jack Dellinger in 2017 – had allstarted at least one game previously.

PURDUE’S FIVE-GAME WEEKS THIS SEASON

  • March 11 to 17 – vs. Milwaukee, at Indiana State, at Jacksonville State (3)
  • March 18 to 24 – at Ball State, vs. Bowling Green, at Northwestern (3)
  • April 22 to 28 – vs. Chicago State, Purdue Fort Wayne, Southeast Missouri (3)

HOT START FOR THE SYCAMORES

  • Indiana State is receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s weekly top 30 poll thanks to a strong 12-1 start. The Sycamores only loss so far is a Feb. 27 midweek game at Western Carolina. They already have wins vs. seven different teams, highlighted by three-game series sweeps at Jacksonville and Mercer. They also won UNC Wilmington’s tournament the second weekend of the season.
  • The visiting team has won seven of the last eight meetings in the Purdue-Indiana State series dating back to 2015. The Boilermakers have won in Terre Haute three of the last four years – 2015, 2017 and 2018. At the time, last season’s 10-inning win at Bob Warn Field was Purdue’s first extra-innings victory in a true road game since April 2014. But they would win in 11 innings later that same week at Maryland.

HOW TO WATCH THE BOILERMAKERS THIS WEEK

  • Pay-per-view video streams will available for all five games this week.
  • All of Purdue’s home games and Big Ten road games not televised by the Big Ten Network are available via BTN Plus on BTN2Go. The cost to subscribe is as low as $10 a month. The full BTN and FS1 television schedules will be announced by the Big Ten office soon.
  • The Indiana State game plus all three games at Jacksonville State this weekend will be available on ESPN+. The cost to subscribe is $5 a month.

 

NFL FREE AGENT TRACKER

Tyler Kroft (TE) agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, per Ian Rapoport.

Adam Humphries (WR) agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, per Mike Garafolo.

Nick Foles (QB) agreed to a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, per Mike Garafolo.

Jamison Crowder (WR) agreed to a three-year, $28.5 million deal with the New York Jets, per Mike Garafolo.

Frank Gore (RB) agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, per Adam Schefter.

Kenny Vaccaro (S) agreed to a four-year, $26 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, per Ian Rapoport.

Bobby Hart (OT) agreed to three-year, $21 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, per Ian Rapoport.

C.J. Uzomah (TE) agreed to three-year, $18 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, per Ian Rapoport.

Landon Collins (S) agreed to six-year, $84 million deal with the Washington Redskins, per Ian Rapoport.

Justin Coleman (CB) agreed to four-year, $36 million deal with the Detroit Lions, per Ian Rapoport.

Kwon Alexander (LB) agreed to a four-year, $54 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers, per Ian Rapoport.

Trent Brown (OT) agreed to a four-year, $66 million deal with the Oakland Raiders, per Ian Rapoport.

Malik Jackson (DT) agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, per Ian Rapoport.

Danny Amendola (WR) agreed to a one-year, $5.75 million deal with the Detroit Lions, per Ian Rapoport.

Carlos Hyde (RB) agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, per Ian Rapoport.

Dwayne Allen (TE) agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the Miami Dolphins, per Ian Rapoport.

Eric Weddle (S) agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million deal (can earn up to $12.5 million) with the Los Angeles Rams, per Ian Rapoport.

 

AP source: Foles to sign 4-year, $88M deal with Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new quarterback, maybe even the franchise passer the team has been missing for nearly two decades.

A person with direct knowledge of the decision says quarterback Nick Foles has agreed to sign a four-year, $88 million contract with the Jaguars.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal cannot become official until free agency opens Wednesday. The person says the deal includes $50.125 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $102 million with incentives.

NFL Network first reported the deal, which is the richest in franchise history.

Foles replaces flawed starter Blake Bortles, who threw 103 touchdown passes in five seasons but was known more for inaccuracy and inconsistency that led to Jacksonville’s offensive instability.

The 30-year-old Foles went 4-1 in the postseason and 6-2 in the regular season in place of Carson Wentz the last two years. He earned 2018 Super Bowl MVP honors, making himself the league’s premier quarterback commodity.

Philadelphia opted not to use the franchise tag on Foles, allowing him to hit the open market.

A third-round pick in by Philadelphia 2012, Foles started six games as a rookie and 18 more before signing with St. Louis in 2015. After one season as the Rams’ starter, he moved to Kansas City, where he rejoined former Eagles coach Andy Reid to serve as the backup to Alex Smith. In 2016, Foles returned to Philadelphia to mentor Wentz and wound up becoming a fan favorite and a Super Bowl champion.

 

AP Source: Redskins to sign Collins to $84M, 6-year deal

Landon Collins wore No. 21 in honor of Sean Taylor. Now he’ll don the same burgundy and gold as his idol.

Collins on Monday agreed to sign a six-year, $84 million deal with the Washington Redskins that includes $45 million guaranteed. After the New York Giants let Collins walk rather than pay him $11.2 million with the franchise tag, he’ll make an average of $14 million per season as one of the highest-paid safeties in football.

A person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because it can’t become official until free agency opens Wednesday. It’s the latest big move by the Redskins after they agreed last week to acquire quarterback Case Keenum from the Denver Broncos.

Swapping 2020 sixth- and seventh-round picks with Denver to get Keenum is a low-risk trade to fill the void left by Alex Smith’s career-threatening injury. Signing Collins is another expensive splash for an organization that has a reputation for spending big in free agency .

Before New York selected him 33rd overall in the 2015 draft, Collins said he always wanted to play for the Redskins because of Taylor, the hard-hitting safety who died after being shot at his home in Florida in 2007.

The 25-year-old Collins led the Giants with 96 tackles last season, and his 437 since entering the NFL in 2015 are the most among safeties in that time. In 59 career games, Collins had eight interceptions but none last season.

“He is a complete safety,” retired safety Will Blackmon said on Twitter. “He is a leader, he’s smart, he can cover man or zone, he has great ball skills, he has really good instincts and most importantly he can tackle extremely well.”

 

AP Sources: Suggs not returning to Ravens in 2019

People with direct knowledge of discussions tell The Associated Press that seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs is leaving the Baltimore Ravens.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because his departure won’t be official until the NFL’s new year begins Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Suggs has played all 16 of his seasons in Baltimore. An unrestricted free agent, Suggs said at the end of the 2018 season that he wanted to spend his entire career with the Ravens.

That won’t happen.

Several reports indicate Suggs will sign a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Suggs played at Arizona State before being drafted by the Ravens in the first round in 2003.

Suggs was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. He is the Ravens’ career leader with 132+ sacks, tied with Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neal for 13th most in NFL history.

 

AP Source: Raiders to sign tackle Trent Brown to $66M deal

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to sign free agent offensive tackle Trent Brown to a four-year deal worth a record $66 million.

A person familiar with the contract said Monday that Brown will receive $36.75 million guaranteed in the richest contract ever for an offensive lineman. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be finalized until the new league year starts Wednesday.

Brown went from a seventh-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2015 to a record-setting contract this offseason after starring in the playoffs for New England last season on the way to a Super Bowl title.

 

49ers agree to $54M deal with LB Kwon Alexander

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to sign linebacker Kwon Alexander to a four-year contract worth $54 million.

A person familiar with the contract said the sides came to an agreement Monday, soon after teams were allowed to contact pending unrestricted free agents. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be finalized until the new league year starts Wednesday.

Alexander entered the league as a fourth-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2015 and made the Pro Bowl his third season. But he tore the ACL in his left knee last October and played just six games. That didn’t stop San Francisco from rewarding him with the richest deal ever for an inside linebacker.

 

Buccaneers Trade Desean Jackson to Eagles

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trading three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Desean Jackson to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jackson, 32, began his career in Philadelphia after being selected 49th overall by the Eagles in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. All of Jackson’s best seasons came as a member of the Eagles, reaching the Pro Bowl three times (2009, 2010, and 2013). At the time of his departure, Jackson left the Eagles with the franchise’s 4th most receiving yards (6,117), 8th most receptions (356), 9th most receiving touchdowns (32), and tied for the 3rd most 100+ receiving-yard games (20).

He spent a trio of seasons in Washington after signing a three-year, $24 million contract with the Redskins in 2014. After his time in D.C., he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017 on another three-year contract worth $33.5 million.

 

Lions sign WR Danny Amendola to fill Golden Tate’s old role

Taking advantage of their connection to New England, the Detroit Lions signed two-time Super Bowl winning wide receiver Danny Amendola to a $5.75 million, one-year contract.

The Lions are led by general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia, both of whom worked for the Patriots, and that clearly made Amendola comfortable joining the franchise.

“I was around (Patricia) all the time and I just love the enthusiasm he brings to work,” Amendola said Monday.

Amendola said he knew Quinn as well from their time together in New England.

“Very thankful for the opportunity he has given me here to come earn my way on this team,” Amendola said.

Shortly after adding Amendola, the Lions released cornerback Nevin Lawson. Detroit drafted Lawson in the fourth round in 2014 out of Utah State and he started 54 of 62 games without having an interception.

Amendola potentially fills the void Detroit has had at slot receiver since it traded Golden Tate last season to the Philadelphia Eagles.

He had 59 receptions for 575 yards and one touchdown last season with the Miami Dolphins after playing for New England from 2013-17, when he helped the franchise win two Super Bowls. He was cut by the Dolphins last week, creating $6 million in salary cap space for the team.

 

New York Giants re-sign restricted free agent OL Pulley

The New York Giants have re-signed center Spencer Pulley to a three-year, $9.6 million contract.

The Giants announced the signing of the restricted free agent on Monday, just days after re-signing fellow center Jon Halapio.

The 25-year-old Pulley played in 13 games last season, starting nine at center. He was the Giants’ third center. Halapio sustained a major leg injury early in the season and was replaced by John Greco. Pulley took over in Week 7.

An undrafted free agent, Pulley made the San Diego Chargers roster and played in all 16 games at center, left guard and right guard. He started all 16 games at center in 2017, the year the Chargers moved to Los Angeles.

 

AP Source: Titans to sign WR Adam Humphries to 4-year deal

A person with knowledge of the deal says the Tennessee Titans have agreed with Tampa Bay wide receiver Adam Humphries to a four-year contract worth approximately $36 million.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal cannot become official until free agency opens Wednesday. NFL Network first reported the four-year deal with $19 million guaranteed .

Humphries’ reception and yardage totals increased in each of his first four seasons, and he is coming off his best year yet with 76 receptions for 816 yards and five TD catches. His receptions and TD catches would have led the Titans in each category last season.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson worked for Tampa Bay when the Bucs signed Humphries as an undrafted free agent out of Clemson in 2015.

Humphries brings some much-needed experience to a wide receiving corps led by Corey Davis, the fifth overall pick in 2017, and Taywan Taylor. Tajae Sharpe had been the most experienced receiver in the group as a fifth-round pick in 2016, but he missed the 2017 with injuries.

 

Titans sign safety Vaccaro to new deal, will release Cyprien

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with safety Kenny Vaccaro on a multi-year contract while telling safety Johnathan Cyprien he will be released.

The Titans announced the deal Monday but no terms were released.

NFL Network reports Vaccaro agreed to a four-year deal worth $26 million with $11.5 million in guarantees. Vaccaro signed a one-year deal with Tennessee during training camp last August after Cyprien tore his left ACL. Cyprien played just 10 games with the Titans after signing his own four-year deal in 2017.

Vaccaro was a first-round draft pick by new Orleans in 2013. He played 13 games for Tennessee last season with 70 tackles, two sacks, an interception and five passes defensed.

The Titans also agreed to a one-year deal with running back David Fluellen who has played 23 games for Tennessee.

 

New York Giants re-sign restricted free agent OL Pulley

The New York Giants have re-signed center Spencer Pulley to a three-year, $9.6 million contract.

The Giants announced the signing of the restricted free agent on Monday, just days after re-signing fellow center Jon Halapio.

The 25-year-old Pulley played in 13 games last season, starting nine at center. He was the Giants’ third center. Halapio sustained a major leg injury early in the season and was replaced by John Greco. Pulley took over in Week 7.

An undrafted free agent, Pulley made the San Diego Chargers roster and played in all 16 games at center, left guard and right guard. He started all 16 games at center in 2017, the year the Chargers moved to Los Angeles.

 

Gonzaga, Virginia, UNC remain 1-2-3 atop new AP Top 25 poll

Gonzaga and Virginia have become the clear choices for AP Top 25 voters.

The Zags and Cavaliers were ranked 1-2 atop Monday’s latest poll, marking their third straight week in those spots. But it was the first time in those weeks that the two teams claimed all the first-place votes.

The Zags (29-2) earned 41 of the 64 first-place votes while the Cavaliers (28-2) earned the remaining 23. They had all but five of those first-place votes when they first rose to their current perches two weeks ago, then all but one in last week’s poll.

For Monday’s poll, voter Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal moved his vote from Duke to Gonzaga after the Blue Devils’ second loss to third-ranked rival North Carolina. Two other voters – Donna Ditota of the Syracuse Post-Standard and Zach Osterman of The Indianapolis Star – switched from Gonzaga to Virginia.

Both teams look like favorites for No. 1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament as they enter their league tournaments. Gonzaga’s only losses have come to UNC and No. 8 Tennessee , while Virginia’s two losses came against Duke – which had freshman star Zion Williamson healthy both times.

Gonzaga didn’t play last week after wrapping up its regular-season schedule on March 2. The Zags return to the court against Pepperdine on Monday night to start play in the West Coast Conference Tournament.

Virginia beat Louisville at home Saturday to finish tied with UNC atop the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season standings, though the Cavaliers will have the No. 1 seed for the ACC Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina, by virtue of winning last month’s matchup with the Tar Heels.

 

BALL STATE MBB: Huge Second Half Propels Cardinals Past Eagles, into MAC Quarterfinals

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YPSILANTI, Mich. — What a difference a week makes.

The Ball State men’s basketball team rode its defense to a 61-43 victory Monday at Eastern Michigan and date with Bowling Green in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals in Cleveland.

The No. 11 seed Cardinals held the No. 6 seed Eagles to 14 points in the second half, including just two over the first 11 minutes. During that period, BSU outscored EMU 19-2 to turn a nine-point deficit into an eight-point lead.

Ball State never trailed again, winning on the same floor at the Convocation Center where it lost just six days earlier in its final regular season road game.

“We changed very little from the last game,” Ball State head coach James Whitford said. “No matter who you are, it’s very rarely what you do; it’s usually how well you do it. And today we did it a lot better than we did in the last game.”

Tahjai Teague scored 13 of his game-high 15 points in the second half to rally the Cardinals. Ishmael El-Amin finished with 12 points, doing the majority of his work early, and Tayler Persons also scored 12, getting most of his late.

But the story on this night was defense. Despite going 2-5 down the stretch, Ball State (16-16) held its final seven regular season opponents to fewer than 70 points. But Eastern Michigan’s 43-point output Monday was the fewest of the season for any BSU opponent … by 13 points.

The Eagles (15-17) finished at a paltry 29.4 percent from the floor and hit just 4-of-27 (14.8 percent) after halftime. Six days after going for 20 points and 23 rebounds against Ball State, Eastern Michigan big man James Thompson IV managed just four and nine.

“It reminded me of how we’ve been playing a lot of the year,” Whitford said. “I thought they started to get tight.

“We struggled in that role of being a team that feels like we’re expected to win. If there’s one thing that was good for us today, it’s no one expected us to win. It actually felt good for us to be the underdog and kind of feel like it was us against the world.”

Eastern Michigan actually started the game hot. The Eagles raced out to an 11-2 lead and held a 29-20 advantage as the first-half clock ticked under one minute to play. El-Amin hit his second 3 to trim the lead to six at the break, and then the second half was all Cardinals.

Teague scored the first four points after the break. Then KJ. Walton’s bucket tied it and Kyle Mallers’ 3 put the Cardinals on top. Pretty soon it was an eight-point lead, and the Cardinals controlled it from there.

Persons scored 11 of his 12 points in the final five minutes, as BSU pulled away.

Paul Jackson led Eastern Michigan with 12 points but finished just 4-of-19 from the floor. Kevin McAdoo added 11 for the Eagles.

Ball State is now on to Cleveland for the fourth straight season. The Cardinals will square off with No. 3 seed Bowling Green in the final game of Thursday’s quarterfinal round at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff time is approximately 9 p.m. on ESPN+.

 

BALL STATE WBB: WBB Ends Season With First-Round MAC Tourney Loss At Toledo

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TOLEDO, Ohio — The No. 11 seed Ball State women’s basketball team (8-23) ended its season by falling 67-63 to No. 6 seed Toledo (20-10) Monday night in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Sophomore guard Maliah Howard-Bass led the Cardinals for the third game in a row with a 12-point performance. Sophomore forward Oshlynn Brown had 11 points, while senior guard Jasmin Samz ended the night with 10.

The Cardinals trailed by 14 at one point in the first half but came back in the second half with a purpose. Ball State kept up its defense and made some key baskets to stay within reach of the Rockets, trimming the lead to 57-53 with 4:20 left in the game.

Brown cut it to two with 1:14 to play, but Toledo quickly went back up by five. It was a one possession game again after senior guard Nakeya Penny hit a 3-pointer with 24.7 seconds on the clock. But Toledo answered again, and Ball State was forced to foul. The Rockets made both free throws to secure their way to the quarterfinals in Cleveland.

Toledo closed out the first quarter with a 17-4 run to take a 21-8 lead heading into the second frame. The Rockets remained in control, but six points form Blake Smith helped Ball State draw within nine with 4:32 left before halftime. The Rockets eventually took a 33-23 lead into the break.

 

WRIGHT STATE WBB: TAYLOR LEADS RAIDERS TO LEAGUE FINALS

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In the Horizon League semifinals in Detroit, Michigan, the Wright State women’s basketball team defeated IUPUI by a score of 60-51. This is the second year in a row that the Raiders will play in the Horizon League finals. The Raiders will advance to the conference finals where they will face No. 2 Green Bay on Tuesday at noon in the Little Caesars Arena on ESPNU.  WSU and Green Bay split the regular season game with each team winning at home.

The win against the Jaguars ties the women’s basketball program all-time record of 26 wins in a season which was set in 2014.

Mackenzie Taylor led all players with 15 points, 10 of which came in the second half. Angel Baker added 14 points and came up with five rebounds. Emily Vogelpohl scored eight of her ten points in the second half while also adding six rebounds. Symone Simmons led all players with eight rebounds and Tyler Frierson tallied seven rebounds.

The Jaguars committed 11 turnovers in the first half and 13 total in the game.

1st Quarter

In the first possession of the game, the Raiders’ stout defense forced the Jags into a shot clock violation. Both teams were marred by turnovers early in the game with the Raiders getting on the boards first at the 7:22 mark with a Michal Miller floater. Two possessions later, Emily Vogelpohl would feed the ball through traffic to Tyler Frierson for two points under the basket. The Jags would finally get on the boards with one foul shot at the 5:32 mark. Quick in transition, Angel Baker would put in a high floater to make the sore 6-1 in favor of the Raiders. Backing down her defender, Imani Partlow would add two points high off the glass. After an 0/10 start, IUPUI would sink their first shot from the field with a three-pointer from Sydney Roule. Roule would sink a second three-pointer on the next possession for the Jags. Taking the ball from end to end with only seconds remaining in the quarter, Angel Baker would sink her second floater as time expired to make the score 12-7.

2nd Quarter

The time line, Teneshia Dixon would open up scoring in the quarter with two points to double up the score against the Jaguars. Macee Williams would finally get on the boards for the Jags at the 8:09 mark. Moving quickly in transition, Mackenzie Taylor would get a three-pointer to drop to make the score 17-9. With a brilliant crossover against her defender, Angel Baker would tally her third score of the day. One possession later, Dasia Evans would hit a deep three to make the score 22-13 in favor of the Raiders.  Mackenzie Taylor would break a short scoring drought with a jumper in the lane with 3:29 remaining in the quarter. Taylor would start the next scoring play for the Raiders with a steal and assist to Angel Baker who would finish with a layup alone at the other end. Angel Baker would also put in the next points of the game after putting her defender on skates for the stepback jumper. Sydney Hall would get another three-pointer with under 30 seconds in the half, Hall’s three would also break a scoring drought that lasted more than six minutes against a tough Raider defense.

3rd Quarter

The Jaguars were the first ones to score in the second half with Macee Williams converting two shots from the foul line. A three-pointer from IUPUI would pull the Jaguars back within seven points of the Raiders. Michal Miller would be the first Raider to score after sidestepping her defender and laying the ball off the glass. Converting two shots from the line, Mackenzie Taylor would get the Raiders on the scoreboard for the first time in the second half. IUPUI would answer with a three-pointer from Holly Hoopingarner. On the other end, Angel Baker would tally her twelfth point with a midrange jumper. On the next possession, Angel Baker would whip the ball to a cutting Symone Simmons for two points. Dasia Evans would give the Raiders their double-digit lead back after converting two shots from the foul line. With 3:43 remaining in the game, IUPUI’s Sydney Hall would get a three to make the score 38-30. Two possessions later, the Jags would make it a five point game after Sydney Hall would sink another three-pointer. With 31 seconds in the quarter, the Jags would make it a one possession game after Katelyn O’Reilly took the ball from end to end to make the score 38-37 heading into the fourth.

4th Quarter

Looking at their lead disappear, Symone Simmons would open up scoring in the quarter with a drive through the paint for the layup. Emily Vogelpohl would provide the next spark for the Raiders with a jumper and then one possession later a three-point to make the score 45-39. Mackenzie Taylor would answer an IUPUI score with a short floater in the paint. The next Raiders score would come from Angel Baker after receiving the feed from Emily Vogelpohl. After two points from the Jags, Emily Vogelpohl would get two points from the line after being fouled. Mackenzie Taylor would give the Raiders back their double-digit lead, but it would be short lived due to five points from the Jags. IUPUI’s Sydney Hall would sink her fourth three-point to make the score 55-51 with 3:07 remaining. Imani Partlow would answer for the Raiders with a layup in the paint. With under two minutes remaining, the Raiders were unable to capitalize on a Mackenzie Taylor steal and IUPUI would call a timeout after regaining possession. With 48 seconds on the clock and the score at 57-51, IUPUI would dial up a three-pointer but would not get the shot to drop. With under 30 seconds remaining and down by six points, the Jaguars would start to send Raiders to the line. Mackenzie Taylor would convert both of her shots to give the Raiders an eight-point lead. Emily Vogelpohl would add one point from the line and secure the victory for the Raiders.

Reigning Horizon League Player of the Year Macee Williams started the game shooting 0-7 in the first quarter and was held to eight points throughout

The Raiders out-rebounded the Jaguars 45-37

Wright State held IUPUI to their third lowest point total of the season

The Jaguars shot 29.0% from the field against the Raiders’ 37.9%

Wright State shot 10/22 in the second half for a 45.5% average

The Raiders converted 13/14 shots from the foul line

Wright State’s bench outscored IUPUI’s 25-6

 

WRIGHT STATE MBB: MBB Advance to Finals with Win over Green Bay

The Wright State men’s basketball team advanced to the Horizon League finals after defeating Green Bay 66-54 Monday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.  WSU will play Northern Kentucky Tuesday night at 7 pm on ESPN for the title.  Raider fans can also listen to Chris Collins and Jim Brown on Big 106.5 FM/iHeart app.

The Raiders will play in the League championship game for the second straight season in hopes of becoming the first team to repeat since 2011 when Butler did it and the first tournament number one seed to win it since Valparaiso in 2015.

A game of evenly spread scoring by the Raiders Monday night, Bill Wampler had 18 points while Loudon Love ended with 10 points and 12 rebounds.  Freshman Malachi Smith had nine points and six boards with Cole Gentry also pitching in nine points.  Alan Vest finished with eight rebounds.  WSU shot 36% from the field and outrebounded the Phoenix 40-34, forcing 16 GB turnovers.  The Raiders led by 20 points early in the second half and held the advantage for more than 37 minutes of the game.

 

Houston extends streak to 9 games with win over Hornets

James Harden scored 28 points and Eric Gordon added 22 as the Houston Rockets cruised to their season-high ninth straight win, 118-106 over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

A night after Gordon ended a streak of 43 straight games where Harden led the team in scoring, the Beard was Houston’s top scorer again. But Gordon had another strong outing, making five 3-pointers for the third straight game and the fourth in five games.

The Rockets won despite a big performance by Kemba Walker, who finished with 40 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Hornets lost their second in a row.

Houston led by as many as 28 in the third quarter but a big run by the Hornets cut the lead to 13 to start the fourth.

A three-point play by Walker cut the lead to 10 with about 3 1/2 minutes left. But a 7-2 spurt by Houston, highlighted by a dunk from Kenneth Faried, made it 116-101 with about 90 seconds left and Houston’s starters went to the bench.

Houston got 19 points and 15 rebounds from Clint Capela. Chris Paul had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Harden had 10 assists and six rebounds.

A night after squeaking past the Mavericks 94-93, the Rockets led this one for all but the first few minutes. The Hornets scored the first five points with a hook shot from Willy Hernangomez and a 3 from Jeremy Lamb before the Rockets scored the next eight points to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Houston led by 19 after one and was up 71-44 at halftime.

 

Sexton, Cavs beat Raptors 126-101; 2 ejected for fight

Even with Kawhi Leonard back in the lineup, the best fight Toronto put up in Cleveland was when Serge Ibaka threw a punch at Marquese Chriss.

Ibaka and Chriss were ejected for fighting during the Cavaliers’ 126-101 victory over the Raptors on Monday night.

Leonard scored 25 points after sitting out Sunday’s game, but the team with the league’s second-best record trailed most of the way.

Collin Sexton scored 28 points and Kevin Love had 16 points and 18 rebounds for Cleveland, which dominated the second half and seemed to gain momentum after the fight with a second left in the third quarter.

Ibaka went to the floor after he and Chriss were battling for position under Cleveland’s basket as the Raptors attempted a full-court pass that sailed out of bounds.

Ibaka shoved Chriss from behind and grabbed near his neck before throwing a punch. Chriss responded with a punch before players from both teams separated the two. Ibaka immediately headed for the locker room and both players were kicked out after the officials conferred.

“I saw it out of the corner of my eye,” Love said. “It happened so fast. Everybody almost wants to run out there and check what’s going on. It was broken up quick. That’s usually how it goes.”

Neither player was available for comment following the game. A Raptors spokesman said Ibaka was reacting to something Chriss said to him after the Toronto player was knocked to the floor.

Cleveland held a 91-77 lead when the fight occurred and poured it on in the fourth quarter. Toronto coach Nick Nurse pulled his starters as the Cavaliers pulled away and the lead reached 27 points with just under a minute to play.

 

Kerr acknowledges cursing out of frustration with Green

Steve Kerr acknowledged using an expletive to air his frustrations with Draymond Green when speaking to assistant coach Mike Brown during Sunday’s 115-111 loss to the lowly Suns. The moment was caught on video and, while it wasn’t audible, viewers could read Kerr’s lips.

Kerr wouldn’t go into details regarding any discussion he had with Green on Monday, saying “that’s private.”

The two-time defending champions didn’t hold a formal practice and Kevin Durant was listed as day-to-day with a bruised right ankle he injured midway through the fourth quarter of the embarrassing defeat, which snapped an 18-game winning streak against Phoenix – longest in the NBA against a single opponent. The Warriors play again Wednesday at Houston to begin a tough four-game road trip.

“I’m so … tired of Draymond!” Kerr said in the video.

Kerr joked that he didn’t say what he appeared to say.

“No, the lip-readers were wrong,” he said. “What I said was, `I beg to differ with Draymond’s approach tonight.’ Those were my exact words. I don’t know how somebody misconstrued that.”

Kerr has regularly praised Green’s production on both ends of the court this season, though Golden State as a whole has struggled to play the kind of smothering defense that defined its run to a repeat title last season. However, the Warriors were not playing well on that end of the floor late in the 2018 regular season before taking it to another level defensively come playoff time.

“If you look historically at any team trying to win multiple titles in a row, get to the finals year after year, there’s a different vibe,” Kerr said. “As you go, the journey gets harder and there’s more adversity. We saw it at the end of last year quite a bit. We were able to pull things together and win the title. We’re seeing plenty of adversity this year. I tell the players every year, there’s a reason you pour champagne on each other when it’s all said and done, because it is hard. It is a difficult thing that we’re trying to accomplish and it gets more difficult as you go just based on circumstances. We’ve got our work cut out for us but we’re still confident because of our track record, because of the banners that we’ve hung, we’re very confident that we can do this again. But it’s not easy.”

 

Braves: Foltynewicz will not be ready for opening day

Bothered by a sore elbow, Mike Foltynewicz will not be ready to pitch for the Atlanta Braves on opening day.

The All-Star right-hander has yet to make an appearance in a spring training game because of discomfort in his elbow that began about two weeks ago. While not believed to be a serious issue, Foltynewicz was forced to push back his throwing schedule.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Monday the team has been mapping out his routine for the next several weeks, but that won’t leave enough to time for him to be ready for the March 28 opener at NL East rival Philadelphia.

“We’re just trying to figure out at what point do we get him up to five innings?” Anthopoulos said. “He’s not that far removed from throwing (off the mound), but we still want to be careful how we build him up. If he was going to come back as a reliever, he’d be ready to go that first series. But right now, the way it’s trending, it’s going to take a little bit of time in the season to get him stretched out to start.”

Foltynewicz was expected to make his first opening-day start after emerging as Atlanta’s top starter last year, when he went 13-10 with a 2.85 ERA and was selected for his first All-Star Game. He recorded 202 strikeouts in 183 innings for the Braves, who won the NL East title and made their first playoff appearance since 2013..

With Foltynewicz out, the Braves could go with right-hander Julio Teheran (9-9, 3.94 ERA in 2018) on opening day for the sixth year in a row. Lefty Sean Newcomb (12-9, 3.90) is another possibility.

 

APNewsBreak: FIFA study backs 48-team World Cup in 2022

A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar’s neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to changing the format and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generated.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the 81-page report on Monday that assesses the political, logistical and legal issues surrounding adding 16 teams – a significant change to the format more than eight years after Qatar won the hosting rights. The report was prepared by the governing body so its FIFA Council can agree in principle on expanding the tournament at a meeting in Miami on Friday. A final decision would come in June.

The study identified stadiums in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman , Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that could be used but said Qatar would have to approve who it partnered with.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE severed economic, diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar in 2017, which prevents flights between the countries. The study says FIFA accepts that the ongoing political spat prevents their involvement in the tournament.

“As it currently stands, the nature of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s relations with Qatar is such that it would be challenging to organize a co-hosted tournament between Qatar and one or more of these countries,” the feasibility study states.

“Candidate co-hosts would need to be regarded as sufficiently cooperative,” the study adds. “Such co-hosts would not sanction or boycott economically or otherwise any other potential co-host country, including the main host, Qatar.”

With logistics already challenged by the existing plan to play 64 games in eight stadiums spread over a 30-mile radius in Qatar, FIFA said two to four additional venues are required in the region “with one or more” nation.

FIFA stipulates that any additional hosts would have to supply government assurances, including on its human rights requirements.

 

MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said.

According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for McGregor called the altercation “minor” and said the popular fighter would cooperate with authorities.

McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach shortly after 5 a.m. Monday when a 22-year-old man attempted to take a picture of McGregor, the police report said. Police said McGregor slapped the phone out of the man’s hand and then stomped on it several times. McGregor then grabbed the phone and left the area, the report said. Police later found McGregor at his local address.

McGregor was released Monday night after posting $12,500 bond.

“Last evening Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation involving a cellphone that resulted in a call to law enforcement,” Samuel J. Rabin Jr., a Miami-based attorney representing McGregor, said in a statement. “Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”

McGregor, who’s from Ireland, is the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion and one of the biggest draws in MMA. He returned to UFC last fall after a hiatus during which he made his boxing debut, a loss to Floyd Mayweather. He was suspended from UFC for six months and fined $50,000 for a brawl after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.

 

RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SCHEDULE

Tuesday, March 19 at Mooresville                           6:00

Tuesday, March 26 Hagerstown                               6:00

Wednesday, March 27 Connersville                         5:00

Friday, March 29 Rossville                                          6:00

Saturday, March 30 at Franklin County                   10:00/DH

Thursday, April 4 at Yorktown                                   6:00

Saturday, April 6 at Marion                                        11:00/DH

Tuesday, April 9 at Muncie Central                          5:30

Wednesday, April 10 Muncie Central                      5:30

Saturday, April 13 New Castle                                   11:00/DH

Tuesday, April 16 at Anderson                                   5:30

Wednesday, April 17 Anderson                                 6:00

Saturday, April 20 at Terre Haute North                 12:30/DH

Tuesday, April 23 Indianapolis Tech                         5:30

Wednesday, April 24 at Indianapolis Tech             5:30

Thursday, April 25 Lincoln                                          6:00

Monday, April 29 at Shenandoah                              5:30

Thursday, May 2 at Union County                            5:00

Saturday, May 4 at NCC tournament                       1:00

Wednesday May at Monroe Central                        6:00

Saturday, May 11 at NCC tournament                     9:00

Monday, May 13 at Pendleton Heights                   5:30

Saturday, May 18 Hausteter Classic                         TBA

Wednesday, May 22 at Sectional                             TBA

Saturday, May 25 at Sectional                                   TBA

Monday, May 27 at Sectional                                    5:00

 

2019 RICHMOND SOFTBALL SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 23 South Dearborn                       11:00

Tuesday, March 26 East Central                                5:30

Thursday, March 28 at Greenfield Central             5:30

Tuesday, April 2 at Indianapolis Tech                      5:30

Wednesday, April 3 at Lawrence North                  5:30

Thursday, April 4 Franklin County                             5:30

Saturday, April 6 at Milan                                           10:00

Wednesday, April 10 Marion                                     5:30

Thursday, April 11 at Connersville                            5:30

Saturday, April 13 Richmond Invitational               10:00

Tuesday, April 16 Wapahani                                      5:00

Wednesday, April 17 Winchester                              5:00

Thursday, April 18 at Lincoln                                     5:00

Monday, April 22 Northeastern                                5:00

Tuesday, April 23 Anderson                                        5:30

Wednesday, April 24 at Union County                    5:00

Tuesday, April 30 Muncie Central                             5:30

Saturday, May 4 at NCC Tournament                       TBA

Wednesday, May 8 Hamilton Southeastern           6:00

Saturday, May 11 at NCC Tournament                    TBA

Thursday, May 16 at Knightstown                            5:00

Friday, May 17 Jay County                                          5:30

Monday, May 20 Sectional                                         TBA

Tuesday, May 21 Sectional                                         TBA

Thursday, May 23 Sectional                                       TBA

 

SPORTS EXTRA:

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-MARCH 12, 1966

NEW YORK-His blond hair contrasting with his blood-red Blackhawks jersey, his thick, gloved hands curled around the stick, Bobby Hull is electrifying as he skates down the ice faster than any man in hockey. He shoots at 120 miles an hour-the hardest slapshot in the sport. There is little doubt among his opponents and fans that the 5-foot-10-inch 195- pounder Robert Marvin Hull is the most exciting player in the National Hockey League. With a goal tonight against the Rangers in Chicago, he surpassed Maurice (The Rocket) Richard and Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion as the greatest goal scorer in a single N.H.L. season.

Hull’s record goal came on a deliberate 40-foot, straight-on slap shot at 5:34 of the final period, tying the game at 2‚2. The Blackhawks, who went on to win by 4‚2, had just caught fire on the first of Chico Maki’s two goals and were on the prowl with a power play. Red Hay and Lou Angotti got assists on the historic score. Cesare Maniago, the lanky Ranger goalie, was partially screened by Eric Nesternko when Hull shot. His 51st goal broke the record he had shared with the former great stars of the Montreal Canadiens. Hull, however, did it against defenses rigged especially for him and against the game’s toughest players who were given only one job each time they faced the Chicago left wing: Stop Hull.

Hull is frank about his life’s ambition. He says in his biography, “Bobby Hull,” which will be published March 31, “I want to make a million dollars and retire to a ranch.” From the loneliness of a 14-yearold living 150 miles away from home to play junior hockey, Hull has traveled the long road to acclaim, wealth and stardom. His public image carefully nurtured, he speaks graciously to his fans and accommodates screaming teen-agers after each game with his autograph. He even speaks publicly as if he were a storybook hero, which to Chicagoans he is. He describes his house as “nine rooms, resting on top of a knoll overlooking a lagoon.” Hull, now 27, lives on an island in southeastern Ontario with his wife, Joanne, and their three children-Bobby Jr., 5; Blake, 4, and Brett, 20 months. The island is not far from his 600-acre ranch, which he reaches in an 18-foot runabout.

As a youngster, he had the same ambition as every other boy in Point Anne, Ont.-to play hockey. He was barely into his teens when he went away for a junior team. He would cry nights and look forward to the weekends when his parents would be able to visit him. Four years later Hull was on the Blackhawks. By the time he was 20 he led the league in scoring and two years later he scored 50 goals in a season. Now in his ninth N.H.L. campaign, Hull already holds the Hawks’ record for career goals. Many have zipped past opposing goaltenders because of his custom-made stick, which he uses much like a jai alai player uses a cesta. Hull curves the blade of the stick, and it gives him more whip (at one time he used to bend the blades under a door, but now he has convinced manufacturers to make them curved).

ALSO:

  • 1889 – Start of South Africa’s first Test, versus England, at Port Elizabeth.
  • 1901 – Ground is broken for Boston’s first American League ballpark (Huntington Ave Grounds).
  • 1903 – The New York Highlanders (later New York Yankees) are approved as members of the American League.
  • 1908 – Stanley Cup hockey: Montréal Wanderers sweep Winnipeg Maple Leafs in two games.
  • 1910 – Stanley Cup: Montréal Wanderers beat Berlin (Kitchener), 7-3.
  • 1930 – Stella Walsh sets record for the 220-yard dash (26.1 seconds).
  • 1951 – Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler loses fight (9-7) to stay in office.
  • 1961 – Mickey Wright wins LPGA Miami Golf Open.
  • 1966 – Bobby Hull’s 51st goal of season, sets record.
  • 1966 – Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins).
  • 1967 – Austria’s Reinhold Bachler ski jumps 505 feet.
  • 1972 – Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Eve Golf Open.
  • 1972 – NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons.
  • 1978 – Eric Heiden skates world record 1000 metre (1:14.99).
  • 1978 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic.
  • 1980 – New York Islanders third scoreless tie, versus Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • 1982 – First-class debut of Courtney Walsh, Jamaica versus Leeward Islands.
  • 1983 – Don Ritchie runs world record 50 mile (4:01:09).
  • 1984 – British ice dancing team, Torvill and Dean, become first skaters to receive nine perfect 6.0 scores in world championships.
  • 1985 – Larry Bird scores Boston Celtics’ record 60 points.
  • 1986 – Susan Butcher wins 1,158 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
  • 1987 – David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game.
  • 1987 – World Ice Dance Championship in Cincinnati won by Bestemianova and Bukin (USSR).
  • 1987 – World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by E Gordeeva and Grinkov (USSR).
  • 1987 – World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Katarina Witt (German Democratic Republic).
  • 1987 – World Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (Canada).
  • 1990 – Los Angeles Raiders announce they are returning to Oakland.
  • 1995 – Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA PING/Welch’s Golf Championship.
  • 1995 – Lara scores 139 in ODI versus Australia at Port-of-Spain.
  • 1995 – Letitia Vriesde runs South America indoor record 800 metre (2:00.35).
  • 1995 – World Ice Dance Championship in Birmingham United Kingdom won by Oksana Gritshuk and Evgeny Platov (Russia).
  • 1995 – World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship in Birmingham United Kingdom won by Radka Kovarikova and Rene Novotny (Czechoslovakia).
  • 1995 – World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Birmingham United Kingdom won by Chen Lu (China).
  • 1995 – World Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Birmingham United Kingdom won by Elvis Stojko (Canada).
  • 1996 – Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy.
  • 2006 – Historic cricket match between Australia in South Africa, 5th ODI of the series.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY:

1903      The original American League team in Baltimore, which was purchased by Frank Farrell and Bill Devery after the club ceased operations in the Charm City, receives approval from 15 of 16 the major league owners to move the team to New York to play as the Highlanders. Giants owner John T. Brush cast the dissenting vote, believing the new club, who will become known as the Yankees in 1913, will compete for fans in the Big Apple.

1971      The Cubs’ catcher Randy Hundley suffers a badly sprained knee and will play only nine games this season. In 1968, the venerable backstop caught 160 games for Chicago, starting 156 of those contests, and played every inning in 146.

1980      National League outfielder Chuck Klein, who compiled a .320 batting average during his 17-year career, and former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey are both elected to the Hall of Fame. Yawkey is the first person to be selected who was not first a player, manager or general manager.

1982      Ballantine Books publishes the first of seven annual Bill James Abstracts, bringing the author into the national spotlight for his statistical insight into the game. The sabermetrician’s original self-published efforts, written while working the night shift as a security guard at the Stokely-Van Camp’s pork and beans cannery, introduces baseball fans to new ways of measuring a player’s ability, using stats such as such Runs Created.

1991      Jim Palmer’s attempted comeback at the age of 45 comes to an end when the newly elected Hall of Famer tears his hamstring warming up before an exhibition appearance against Boston. The Orioles right-hander, who hadn’t thrown a major league pitch in seven seasons, keeps his 268-152 and 2.86 ERA intact which he accomplished during a 19-year career on the mound.

2001      Richard Hidalgo signs the third-richest contract in Astro history with a four-year $32 million deal with the club. The outfielder’s pact is less than teammate’s Jeff Bagwell’s $85 million (5 years) and Craig Biggio’s $33 million (4 years).

2003      The second exhibition season bench-clearing brawl this week occurs when a raging Mike Piazza charges the mound after being hit by a pitch thrown by Guillermo Mota, who makes it to the dugout without being caught. The incident may be a follow-up to a similar event last spring when a shoving match between the two players resulted when the Mets’ All-Star catcher waited for Mota and grabbed the Dodger reliever by the jersey as he was coming off the field in the eighth inning of the game.

2006      Over 15,000 Twins fans attend a memorial service at the Metrodome to pay their final respects to Kirby Puckett, who died unexpectedly, at the age of 45, after suffering a stroke last week. During the emotional ceremony, former teammates and fellow Hall of Famer Cal Ripken lighten the mood by sharing humorous anecdotes about the beloved Minnesota outfielder with the crowd.

2008      The benches clear in a rare spring training brawl when Shelley Duncan slides into second base, with his spikes aimed at Rays infielder Akinori Iwamura after being thrown out by a wide margin. The incident was precipitated by Tampa Bay’s aggressive play four days ago which resulted in a home-plate collision which injured Yankee catcher Francisco Cervelli.

2010      In the opener of a scheduled three-game exhibition series in Taiwan, the Dodgers are defeated by an All-Star squad from the Chinese Professional League (CPBL) at Taipei’s Tienmu Baseball Stadium, 5-3. The road trip is the team’s second journey to the Chinese island, having finished with one win and two losses during a trio of spring training games in 1993.

2015      Will Ferrell, hoping to raise awareness of organizations trying to cure cancer, plays nine different positions while appearing for ten teams in five Cactus League exhibition games in Arizona. The comedian’s effort, detailed in an upcoming HBO documentary, is severely criticized by former NFL coach and broadcasting legend John Madden, who calls the stunt disrespectful and insulting to the game of baseball.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

  • 1904 – Birth of Ken James; cricket wicketkeeper (New Zealand’s first Test, later Northants).
  • 1910 – Birth of Tony “Two-Ton” Galento in Orange, New Jersey, USA; boxer/actor (On the Waterfront).
  • 1913 – Birth of Harold Butler; cricket player (England pace bowler late 1940s).
  • 1923 – Birth of Hjalmar Andersen in Norway; speed skater-1500/5000m/10,000m (Olympics-gold-1952).
  • 1925 – Birth of Louison Bobet; French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55).
  • 1929 – Birth of Bernard Costello; American double sculls (Olympics-silver-1956).
  • 1936 – Birth of Keith Slater; cricket player (one Test for Australia 1958-59 series).
  • 1938 – Birth of Johnny Rutherford; auto racer (26 championship races).
  • 1938 – Birth of Vijay Mehra; cricket player (Indian Test batsman from age 17).
  • 1942 – Birth of Bert Campaneris; baseball player (Kansas City Athletics).
  • 1956 – Birth of Dale Murphy in Portland, Oregon, USA; Atlanta Braves slugger (two time National League Most Valuable Player).
  • 1960 – Birth of Eldine Baptiste; cricket player (West Indies all-rounder early 1980s).
  • 1962 – Birth of Darryl Strawberry in Los Angeles, California, USA; right fielder (New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees).
  • 1962 – Birth of Gunde Svan; Swedish long jumper (Olympics-gold-1984, 1988).
  • 1963 – Birth of Candy Costie in Seattle, Washington, USA; synchronized swimmer (Olympics-gold-1984).
  • 1963 – Birth of Joaquim Carvalho Cruz in Brazil; 800 metre runner (Olympics-gold-1984).
  • 1965 – Birth of Fran Harris; WNBA guard (Houston Comets).
  • 1965 – Birth of Randy Dixon; NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts).
  • 1965 – Birth of Steve Finley in Union City, Tennessee, USA; outfielder (San Diego Padres).
  • 1966 – Birth of Alecia Stephenson in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; softball shortstop (Olympics-1996).
  • 1966 – Birth of Erich Fischer in Dinuba, California, USA; US Olympics water polo forward (Olympics-1992).
  • 1966 – Birth of Grant Long; NBA forward (Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks).
  • 1967 – Birth of Irvin Smith; Canadian Football League cornerback (Montreal Alouettes).
  • 1967 – Birth of Rowelle Blenman; WLAF cornerback/safety (London Monarchs).
  • 1968 – Birth of Merton Hanks; NFL safety (San Francisco 49ers).
  • 1969 – Birth of J P Izquierdo; Canadian Football League slot back (Calgary Stampeders).
  • 1969 – Birth of Karen Snelgrove in London, Ontario, Canada; softball pitcher (Olympics-1996).
  • 1969 – Birth of Muhammad Oliver; NFL cornerback/safety (Washington Redskins).
  • 1970 – Birth of Michael Bankston; NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals).
  • 1970 – Birth of Rex Walters; NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat).
  • 1970 – Birth of Rod Smith; NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers).
  • 1971 – Birth of Greg Hansell in Bellflower, California, USA; pitcher (Minnesota Twins).
  • 1971 – Birth of Isaiah Rider; NBA guard/forward (Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers).
  • 1971 – Birth of Raul Mondesi in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic; outfielder (Los Angeles Dodgers).
  • 1973 – Birth of Antonio Banks; cornerback (Minnesota Vikings).
  • 1973 – Birth of Gabriel Mendez; Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-1996).
  • 1973 – Birth of Keif Bryant; NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks).
  • 1973 – Birth of Louis Laros; Dutch soccer player (Willem II, Vitesse).
  • 1974 – Birth of Chris Carr; NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves).
  • 1978 – Birth of Cristina Teuscher in New Rochelle, New York; 4 x 200 metre freestyle (Olympics-gold-1996).
  • 1978 – Birth of Tara Mounse; ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics-1998).