INDIANA HS FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Class A State Championship

Final | Lafayette Central Catholic 29, Indianapolis Lutheran 28

■ LCC coverts 2 pt conversion with 0:10 left in game to win 8th state title

■ Knights’ Kyle Onken named Ress Mental Attitude Award recipient

■ Final Records: Lafayette Central Catholic (12-3), Indianapolis Lutheran (13-1)

 

Class 3A State Championship

Final | Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 34, Heritage Hills 3

■ Chatard wins record-extending 14th football crown

■ Heritage Hills’ Cole Sigler receives Ress Mental Attitude Award 

■ Final Records: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (14-1), Heritage Hills (14-1)

 

Class 5A State Championship

Final | New Palestine 27, Valparaiso 20

■ New Pal repeats as 5A state champ, wins third football crown overall (2014 4A)

■ Valpo’s Josh Fedorchak earns Eskew Mental Attitude Award

■ Final Records: New Palestine (14-0), Valparaiso (13-1)

 

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019

Class 2A State Championship

12 pm ET / 11 am CT | Eastbrook (12-2) vs. Western Boone (13-1)

■ Rematch of last year’s 2A final

■ Defending champ Western Boone chasing third football crown

 

Class 4A State Championship

3:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm CT | East Noble (14-0) vs. Evansville Memorial (12-1)

■ East Noble attempting to complete school’s first perfect season

■ Evansville Memorial competing in third consecutive title game, aiming for second title (2017)

 

Class 6A State Championship

7 pm ET / 6 pm CT | Carmel (10-3) vs. Center Grove (8-5)

■ Carmel making fifth title game appearance in seven years

■ Center Grove in third championship game in five seasons

 

BOYS HS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Lapel                                                     63           Anderson                            47          

Greenwood                                       46           New Castle                         34

 

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL

Brownstown Central                      50           Scottsburg                          44          

Chicago Marshall (Ill.)                   81           Gary West                          38          

Columbia City                                    46           Fort Wayne Luers            38          

Crown Point                                       76           LaPorte                                 49          

Fort Wayne Blackhawk                  71           Fort Wayne North           45          

Fort Wayne Northrop                    38           DeKalb                                 33          

Fremont                                              42           West Noble                        34          

Gibson Southern                              56           Danville                               41          

Hamilton Southeastern                 52           Carmel                                 36          

Jac-Cen-Del                                        52           Batesville                            48          

Lawrenceburg                                   62           South Dearborn                31          

Pendleton Heights                          69           Shelbyville                         35          

Prairie Heights                                  52           Westview                           45          

South Adams                                     44           Bluffton                               41          

Wabash                                               52           Madison-Grant                 29          

Westville                                            80           River Forest                       31          

Woodlan                                             55           Jay County                          51          

               

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Virginia 39 #24 Virginia Tech 30

#17 Iowa 27 Nebraska 24

#20 Boise State 31 Colorado State 24

#18 Memphis 34 #19 Cincinnati 24

#25 Appalachian State 48 Troy 13

Buffalo 49 Bowling Green 7

Ball State 41 Miami Ohio 27

Central Michigan 49 Toledo 7

Kent State 34 Eastern Michigan 26

Texas 49 Texas Tech 24

Missouri 24 Arkansas 14

Washington 31 Washington State 13

West Virginia 20 TCU 17

South Alabama 34 Arkansas State 30

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Duke 83 Winthrop 70

#2 Louisville 71 Western Kentucky 54

#5 Maryland 80 Harvard 73

#6 North Carolina 78 #11 Oregon 74

Michigan 82 #8 Gonzaga 64

#9 Kentucky 69 Alabama Birmingham 58

#10 Ohio State 90 Morgan State 57

Creighton 83 #12 Texas Tech 76 OT

#13 Seton Hall 84 Iowa State 76

#14 Arizona 92 Penn 82

St. Mary’s 81 #15 Utah State 73

Florida State 60 #17 Tennessee 57

Purdue 59 #20 VCU 56

#24 Florida 73 Marshall 67

BIG 10

Rutgers 82 Massachusetts 57

DePaul 73 Minnesota 68

Penn State 85 Syracuse 64

San Diego State 83 Iowa 73

MAC

Akron 64 Merrimack 47

 

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Oregon 91 Texas Arlington 54

#2 Baylor 77 #17 Indiana 62

#3 Stanford 77 #18 Syracuse 59

#5 South Carolina 68 Washington State 53

#7 Oregon State 75 #19 Miami Florida 53

#8 Louisville 69 Oklahoma State 48

#9 Maryland 63 Clemson 44

#10 Mississippi State 83 Green Bay 58

#12 North Carolina State 84 Texas 73

LSU 58 #15 Michigan State 56

Florida Gulf Coast 81 #21 S. Florida 77

#22 Gonzaga 76 Dayton 65

#23 West Virginia 73 New Mexico 60

#24 Arizona 70 UC Riverside 27

#25 Arkansas 71 Fordham 59

BIG 10

South Dakota 68 Ohio State 53

Wisconsin 67 Ball State 56

Long Beach 64 Penn State 56

Purdue 67 Drake 47

Nebraska 67 USC 54

ELSEWHERE

South Dakota State 65 Notre Dame 59

Kansas 74 Wright State 63

Northern Kentucky 66 Jacksonville State 63

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Brooklyn 112 Boston 107

Charlotte 110 Detroit 107

Toronto 90 Orlando 83

Milwaukee 119 Cleveland 110

Philadelphia 101 New York 95

Indiana 105 Atlanta 104 OT

Miami 122 Golden State 105

Oklahoma City 109 New Orleans 104

Utah 103 Memphis 94

San Antonio 107 LA Clippers 97

Dallas 120 Phoenix 113

Portland 107 Chicago 103

LA Lakers 125 Washington 103

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 3 and way Rangers 2

Buffalo 6 Toronto 4

Philadelphia 6 Detroit 1

Colorado 5 Chicago 2

Minnesota 7 Ottawa 2

Winnipeg 3 Anaheim 0

San Jose 4 Los Angeles 1

Washington 4 Tampa Bay 3

Vegas 2 Arizona 1

Columbus 5 Pittsburgh 2

Nashville 3 Carolina 0

St. Louis 3 Dallas 1

 

TOP HEADLINES

Purdue Grinds Out 59-56 Win Over No. 20 VCU

#BoilerNotes

Purdue improved to 4-2 overall with a 59-56 win over VCU in the Emerald Coast Classic semifinals … the win was Purdue’s third in a row after a 1-2 start.

The victory was the 350th of Matt Painter’s career, coming in his 16th season … he is now 350-166 for his career, and 325-161 in 15 years at Purdue.

Purdue is now 19-4 during in-season tournaments since the 2014-15 season … the Boilermakers will be playing against an ACC foe for an in-season tournament title for the second straight season (2018 – Charleston Classic vs. Virginia Tech; Loss, 89-83) … Purdue is looking for its first tournament title since 2016 (Cancun Challenge).

Saturday’s game will be a rematch of last year’s ACC / Big Ten Challenge game in Tallahassee, won by Florida State 73-72.

The win was Purdue’s 45th against a nationally-ranked team under Matt Painter.

Purdue has held three straight opponents under 60 points for the first time since doing it in five straight games on Nov. 28 to Dec. 9, 2015 (Lehigh, Pittsburgh, New Mexico, IUPUI, Howard).

Purdue is now 119-12 under Painter when winning both the rebounding and turnover battles in the same game (+8 on glass; -3 on turnovers vs. VCU).

Purdue is 147-5 under Painter when holding foes to 59 or fewer points, having won 12 straight games.

Purdue is 104-9 since the start of the 2014-15 season when attempting more free throws than its opponent.

Purdue’s bench outscored VCU 26-9 … Purdue’s bench went 9 of 16 from the field, while its starters went 9 of 28.

With 12 points, Jahaad Proctor has scored in double-figures in 22 straight games dating to last year.

Trevion Williams recorded his first double-figure scoring game of the year with 10 points and 7 rebounds … he went 5 of 5 from the field and is now shooting 18 of 24 (.750) from the field this year.

NICEVILLE, Florida — With both teams struggling from the free throw line, Purdue’s Eric Hunter Jr. and Jahaad Proctor made foul shots when it counted and VCU didn’t.

Hunter and Proctor also each scored 12 points to lead the Boilermakers to a 59-56 upset of the No. 20 Rams on Friday night in the Emerald Coast Classic.

The win put Purdue (4-2) in the championship game Saturday against Florida State and handed VCU (6-1) its first loss. The teams traded the lead 13 times and were tied 14 times in a ragged contest. It was not decided until a potential game-tying 3-point shot by VCU’s De’Riante Jenkins went wide with 4 seconds left. Hunter grabbed the rebound and it was all over.

Hunter also had given the Boilermakers the lead for good 56-55 with 1:37 left by sinking two free throws. Proctor then made three out of four free throws down the stretch.

Marcus Santos-Silva led the Rams with 19 points but missed three of four free throws in the final 1:16. No other VCU players scored in double figures.

Purdue coach Matt Painter was happy with the win but not how the Boilermakers got it.

“It lets you know you have work to do in some areas,” Painter said. “I’m proud of our guys being able to grind it out.”

Besides shooting only 65.5 percent from the foul line, Purdue also committed 18 turnovers. VCU’s free throw percentage was only slightly better at 68.2 percent but the Rams turned the ball over even more.

“We saw some things today that we have to get better on,” said VCU coach Mike Rhoades. “There is no reason we should be turning the ball over 21 times.”

The only other Boilermaker in double figures was Trevion Williams with 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting, but he fouled out with nearly five minutes left to play.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: Upsetting a ranked opponent is a relief for the rebuilding Boilermakers as their only other victories have come against Wisconsin-Green Bay, Chicago State and Jacksonville State, none with winning records. Purdue has an opportunity to gain additional momentum before facing defending national champion Virginia on Dec. 4 in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge by winning the tournament championship game against Florida State. The Seminoles knocked off No. 17 Tennessee on Friday. It will be a rematch for the Boilermakers, who lost to Florida State last season in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge. Then it’s on to Virginia, which eliminated Purdue from the NCAA Tournament last season with an 80-75 overtime victory in an Elite 8 game.

VCU: The upset loss to Purdue snapped VCU’s season-opening six-game winning streak and could threaten the Rams’ national ranking. It was the first time in school history that the Rams had been 6-0. That run included a signature victory over then-No. 23 LSU on Nov. 13. They’ll have an opportunity to get back on track, though, in the tournament consolation game against another nationally ranked team in Tennessee. It’ll be the Rams only remaining game against a Power 5 conference team during the regular season.

BENCH POINTS

Purdue, like Florida State, has a strong bench. The Boilermaker reserves, led by Williams, outscored VCU’s 26-9.

UNFAMILIAR BUT MEMORABLE FOES

The game was only the second time Purdue and VCU have played each other. Their first meeting is part of VCU lore. The 11th-seeded Rams upset the third-seeded Boilermakers 94-76 in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on their way to their only Final Four appearance. They then lost to Butler, which was defeated by Connecticut in the title game.

 

 

Cardinals Close 2019 in Style with Comeback Win over MAC East Champ Miami

BSU shuts out RedHawks in second half to win Redbird Rivalry Trophy

MUNCIE, Ind. — Head coach Mike Neu had to fight back emotions.

From an outside perspective, there really wasn’t all that much for his Ball State football team to play for in Friday’s season finale against Miami. Despite marked, visible strides this season, there was no MAC championship game appearance on the line, no bowl eligibility.

From the inside, though, there were plenty of reasons to lay it all out there. The chance to beat the rival RedHawks, to eclipse last season’s win total and, the one that really got Neu choked up, to send his 16 seniors out in memorable fashion.

Ball State did just that with a 41-27 victory at Scheumann Stadium and made it even more memorable by coming from 17 points down and outscoring the MAC East Division champion RedHawks 27-0 in the second half.

“It’s special,” Neu said. “You always remember your last one, no matter what … We believed in each other. (At halftime) we knew we had 30 minutes left together with this group. It’s a really special group. These 16 guys have done a lot, so we wanted to get a win for them. They set the standard to be honest with you. You talk about building a program and trying to do things the right way. They set the standard.”

The stats in this one really weren’t close. The Cardinals (5-7, 4-4 MAC) out-gained Miami 578-275 and limited the RedHawks to just 79 yards and one first down after halftime. The majority of that damage came on a 45-yard pass midway through the fourth quarter after BSU had already taken the lead.

Drew Plitt threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns — two of them to Yo’Heinz Tyler — and Caleb Huntley ran for 134 yards and three scores.

If not for blocked punts by Miami (7-5, 6-2 MAC) on back-to-back BSU possessions in the second quarter, this one might have been a runaway. Lonnie Phelps blocked the first one to set up a Miami touchdown and scooped up the next one for a score of his own to stake the RedHawks to a 24-7 lead early in the second quarter.

But the rout was not on for Miami. Instead, the script completely flipped. Ball State outscored the RedHawks 34-3 the rest of the way.

“I’m proud of the guys for staying together on the sideline,” Neu said. “Nobody got flustered, nobody got down. We just came back out in the second half and fought. It’s great to have a moment like this. We’ve had so many gut-wrenching losses, and we just wanted to go out the right way.”

Plitt found Tyler deep for a 40-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter, and Huntley’s second score of the day, which came on a 4th-and-2 play, pulled the Cardinals even on the first play of the fourth.

Meanwhile, the Ball State defense was shutting Miami down. Amechi Uzodinma II picked off passes on back-to-back RedHawk possessions. The second set up another 40-yard connection between Plitt and Tyler as BSU grabbed its first lead.

The Cardinals got the ball right back and needed just one play for Huntley to scamper 30 yards for an insurance touchdown. And that was it. A game that looked completely in Miami’s control early ended with Ball State in the victory formation.

The Cardinals swarmed the field and sung the fight song with the crowd one last time. The 2019 season didn’t always unfold how they had hoped, especially down the stretch. A few plays here and there over the past few weeks, and there may have been more on the line Friday.

But you couldn’t tell this BSU team there was nothing to play for.

“For this year, this is as good a moment as I can have,” Neu said. “I’ll never forget the celebration with this group of 16 guys.”

 

 

No. 2 Baylor Hands No. 17 Indiana First Loss At Paradise Jam

ST. THOMAS, USVI – No. 17 Indiana trailed by four with just four minutes to play, but couldn’t pull it out as No. 2 Baylor took game two of the Paradise Jam, 77-62, on Friday night. Three Hoosiers scored in double figures behind 18 points from sophomore guard Grace Berger at UVI Sports and Fitness Center.

KEY MOMENTS

  • The two teams traded buckets to open the game as Indiana (5-1) found momentum early on, extending its lead to as many as five, 9-4, at the 6:49 markwith a floater in the lane from redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg.
  • After the media break, freshman forward Mackenzie Holmes made it a two-point advantage and kept her team within one on a nifty tip-in with 2:50 to play in the quarter. But three straight field goals for BU gave them a three-point lead after one, 19-16.
  • One of senior forward Brenna Wise’s 3-pointers would go down less than two minutes in to the second quarter to bring IU within one, 20-19. But the Bears (7-0) stretched its lead to eight midway through the period on a 6-0 run. It was en route to a 37-29 lead for Baylor at the break.
  • Momentum shifted IU’s way in the third as they went 7-for-14 from the floor in the frame and pulled within two on a sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe jumper at the elbow. Patberg kept her team within striking distance with a pair at the line. In a game of runs, Baylor used a 7-2 run in the third to stretch its lead to 54-46.
  • Indiana faced a 10-point deficit in the early minute of the fourth quarter but 3-pointers from Berger and Penn sparked the offense. Holmes hit two crucial buckets on assists by Penn and freshman forward Jorie Allen to make it a 65-61 deficit with four and a half minutes to play.
  • Indiana had chances, but couldn’t capitalize on them down the stretch with three missed opportunities led to back-to-back buckets for Baylor who went up by eight with 2:29 to go.
  • Forced to foul, the Hoosiers put BU at the line in the final 1:11 of the game where it hit five crucial free throws.

NOTABLE

  • Indiana was led on the night from 18 points by sophomore guard Grace Berger. She went 8-for-13 from the floor in the win and hit two 3-pointers.
  • Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg (16 points) and freshman forward Mackenzie Holmes (11 points, 7 rebounds) also scored in double figures.
  • The Hoosiers shot a season-low 41 percent from the floor and just 29.4 percent from 3-point range.
  • IU was narrowly outrebounded, 38-36. Baylor coming in to Friday’s game was leading the nation in rebounding margin (+21.0).
  • Junior guard Jaelynn Penn led the way with eight rebounds as five players ended with at least six rebounds. Senior forward Brenna Wise, sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe and Patberg all had sib boards.
  • This matchup with No. 2 Baylor is the first time the IU program has face back-to-back top 5 opponents in school history. The Bears improve to 3-0 in the all-time series.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“I felt like we got great looks and I think we were happy in the first half to only be down eight because of the looks. As well as Brenna Wise shot last night, she was short today, we still have to get JJ (Jaelynn Penn) on track. I thought Grace Berger had two really good performances back-to-back, but it’s just not enough against a Baylor team that has so many weapons. Like a lot of teams, when you see that ball go through the hoop it does something for your defense as well, so I thought it effected our lack of being able to make shots. I thought fatigue was a factor. A lot of the kids played a lot of minutes last night, so we need to get them some rest tonight.”

UP NEXT

Indiana wraps up the 2019 Paradise Jam Reef division on Saturday against Washington State. Tipoff is set for 5:45 p.m. ET.

 

 

Purdue Ignites From Distance in 67-47 Win Over Drake

ESTERO, Fla. – Behind a barrage of nine 3-pointers, the Purdue women’s basketball team rolled to a 67-47 win over Drake in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Friday night. The Boilermakers shot 41% from the field to improve to 5-0 on the season.

The 3-point salvo matched the season high for the Boilermakers. Karissa McLaughlin and Cassidy Hardin each connected on a trio from long range. Purdue finished the night with a 47.4% clip (9-for-19) from downtown.

The Boilermakers took control of the game early with seven 3-pointers over the opening 20 minutes. Down 8-4 late in the first quarter, Kayana Traylor and Hardin hit from behind the arc to spur a 13-point swing, capped off by a McLaughlin 3-pointer early in the second quarter.

The streaky shooting continued into the second, as the Boilermakers outscored the Bulldogs (4-2) 29-14 over the frame, including five makes from behind the arc. Purdue took a 41-22 advantage into the break and never allowed Drake to pull closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Defensively, the Boilermakers kept Drake’s offense out of sync all night, holding the 20th-ranked offense well below its 82.2 points per game average. The Boilermakers forced 19 turnovers that turned into 25 points, while recording 11 steals. While Purdue stayed hot behind the arc, the Bulldogs managed just one 3-pointer on 19 attempts for the night.

McLaughlin led the way with 13 points, while Traylor (12), Dominique Oden (11) and Ae’Rianna Harris (11) also finished in double figures. Oden finished with a game-high six assists, one short of her career high. McLaughlin also chipped in five helpers.

Harris posted her second double-double of the season with 11 rebounds. Tamara Farquhar notched eight boards, including fur on the offensive end.

ON THE EDGE OF HISTORY

Ae’Rianna Harris continued to be a menace on the defensive end. The senior tallied four blocks to take her season tally to 15. Already the program’s all-time blocks leader, Harris now stands at 299 career blocks, one away from being the fifth player in Big Ten history to join the elite 300-blocks club.

NOTES

  • The matchup on Friday night was the first meeting between the two clubs. Purdue is 146-55 in first-time meetings.
  • Purdue is 5-0 for the 10th in program history.
  • In two games after returning from injury, Cassidy Hardin has connected on five 3-pointers.
  • The 29 points in the second quarter set the program history for most points in that frame.
  • The Boilermakers assisted on 69.6% (16-of-23) of its made baskets on the night.
  • For the second time this season, Purdue was on the wrong end of the rebounding battle 34-30.
  • The Bulldogs were the first team Purdue faced this season that received votes in either of the national polls.
  • Jenelle Grant scored her first points as a Boilermaker, finishing the night with six.
  • Oden has scored in double figures in all five games this season.
  • Harris took over third in program history with 620 defensive rebounds in a career, passing Donna Gill’s mark of 616.

UP NEXT

Purdue will face Arizona State tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. with a spot in the championship game on the line. The Sun Devils topped Maine 57-31 in their matchup on Friday.

 

 

Buckeyes Drop South Point Shootout Opener to South Dakota
Rebeka Mikulasikova led the Buckeyes with a season-high 19 points 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Freshman forward Rebeka Mikulasikova scored a season-high 19 points but South Dakota shot its way to a 68-53 victory over Ohio State Friday afternoon on day one of the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas.

Mikulasikova didn’t shoot it bad herself, going 5-of-9 from the floor, 2-of-3 from deep and 7-of-8 from the line. She also had four rebounds and a steal.

South Dakota used a big second quarter to take control of the game and never gave it up. The Coyotes seemed to hit the big shot when they needed it all game, including a number of makes at the end of the shot clock.

Freshman Kierstan Bell and Jacy Sheldon also scored in double figures for the Buckeyes. Bell finished with 12 points, a team-high tying five rebounds, three steals and the team’s lone block. Sheldon made a pair of threes and finished with 10 points.

South Dakota, who was led by Ciara Duffy with 22 points, outscored the Buckeyes 21-12 in the second quarter by shooting over 53 percent while limiting the Buckeyes to just 22 percent (4-of-18). That gave the Coyotes a 36-28 lead at the break.

Bell knocked-down a three and had a lay-in on the first two possessions of the second half to pull the Buckeyes within three at 36-33. But USD answered with an 11-2 run to shove the lead out to 10. Ohio State wouldn’t get any closer than seven the rest of the way.

The Buckeyes will conclude the showcase on Saturday against Northern Iowa. Tip-off is set for 8:45 p.m. ET. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

 

 

INDIANA VS. PURDUE FOOTBALL PREVIEW

(INDIANA SPORTS INFORMATION)

Kickoff: Noon EST Date: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 Location: Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236; Prescription Athletic Turf/Bermuda Grass) – West Lafayette, Ind. TV: ESPN2: Anish Shroff (p-b-p), John Congemi (analyst) & Kris Budden (sideline) Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 113, XM 210, Internet 968: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith.

 

INDIANA STAT LEADERS

Passing

Peyton Ramsey: 161-227, 1890 Yds, 10 TD, 4 INT

Rushing

Stevie Scott III: 178-845, 10 TD, 4.7 Avg

Receiving

Whop Philyor: 61-863, 3 TD, 14.1 Avg

Defense

LB Micah McFadden: 52 T, 1.5 S, 8.5 TFL, 1 INT

S Khalil Bryant: 51 T, 1 TFL, 1 FR

LB Reakwon Jones: 45 T, 1 S, 1.5 TFL, 1 FR, 2 QBH

 

PURDUE STAT LEADERS

Passing

Aidan O’Connell: 75-115, 693 Yds, 5 TD, 3 INT

Rushing

King Doerue: 125-429, 5 TD, 3.4 Avg

Receiving

David Bell: 77-899, 6 TD, 11.7 Avg

Defense

LB Ben Holt: 104 T, 1 S, 6 TFL, 2 PBU

DE Derrick Barnes: 53 T, 5 S, 7.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR

DE George Karlaftis: 49 T, 6 S, 15.5 TFL, 2 FR, 1 INT

 

SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (7-4, 4-4 B1G East) closes out the 2019 regular season at Purdue (4-7, 3-5 B1G West) on Saturday, Nov. 30. Kickoff is set for noon EST at Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236; Prescription Athletic Turf/Bermuda Grass) on ESPN2. • The longtime rivals battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual game. • Saturday’s meeting marks the 95th Bucket game and the 122nd overall meeting. (more on page 3) • IU received two votes in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll. • On Nov. 10, the Hoosiers entered the AP Poll (No. 24) for the first time since Sept. 20, 1994, and the Coaches Poll (No. 25) for the first time since Oct. 17, 1994. THE COACHES • One of 22 semifinalists for the 2019 George Munger College Coach of the Year Award, Tom Allen was named Indiana’s head coach on Dec. 1, 2016, and made his debut at the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl against Utah. The New Castle, Ind., native joined IU as associate head coach/defense on Jan. 15, 2016. In Allen’s first two seasons as head coach, 21 Hoosiers earned All-Big Ten honors and 15 were drafted or invited to NFL camps. (full bio on page 18) • Jeff Brohm is 17-20 (.460) in his third season as Purdue head coach. Brohm guided Western Kentucky (2014-16) to a 30-10 mark (.750) and carries an overall record of 47-30 (.610). NEWS & NOTES • Indiana associate head coach/offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer is one of 41 nominees for the Broyles Award. • Fifth-year senior kicker Logan Justus is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award for the second-straight season. • IU has clinched its first winning season since 2007 (7-6) and has won seven games for just the 13th time in school history. • The Hoosiers own five eight-win (1993, 1988, 1987, 1979, 1905) and two nine-win (1967, 1945) campaigns. • Indiana is bowl eligible for the third time in five seasons. • IU has two 30-plus point Big Ten wins this season – Rutgers (35-0) and Northwestern (34-3) – for the first time since 2001 – at Wisconsin (63-32) and Northwestern (56-21). • The Hoosiers are first in the Big Ten in pass offense (306.1, 14th nationally), second in time of possession (33:43, 9th), completion percentage (69.5, 8th), first downs (23.6, 21st), completions (278, 10th) and pass attempts (400, 25th), tied for second in sacks allowed (1.64, T-38th), third in total offense (436.5, 42nd) and pass yards per attempt (8.4, T-23rd), tied for third in fumbles lost (6, T-39th), and fourth in pass efficiency (153.5, 24th) and third-down conversions (46.9, 20th). • Indiana’s eight 30-point games are tied for the second-most (1988, 2007, 2013) in a program single season behind 2015 (9). • IU (5) and Washington State (7) are the only FBS teams with five pass-catchers with 20-plus receptions and 350-plus yards. • Peyton Hendershot is third in receptions, yardage and scores (tied) on the school’s single season list for tight ends. • The Hoosiers are tied for 22nd nationally in opponent third-down conversions (33.3, 4th Big Ten), tied for 23rd in fumbles recovered (9, T-4th), 25th in pass defense (193.8, 6th), tied for 25th in defensive touchdowns (2, T-4th), 30th in total defense (328.7, 8th), tied for 32nd in opponent first downs (18.3, 8th) and 39th in scoring defense (23.0, 7th). • Indiana has held four opponents: Eastern Illinois (52-0), Connecticut (38-3), Rutgers (35-0) and Northwestern (34-3), to three points or less this season, which marks the most since holding five opponents to three points or less in the 1945 season. • With its interception against No. 13 Michigan, IU has recorded at least one takeaway in 27 of the last 29 games. • Safety Khalil Bryant has three double-digit tackle games over the last four weekends.

 

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PURDUE-INDIANA SERIES DATA Purdue leads 71-41-6 all-time. Current Streak: Purdue has won the last two meetings. In West Lafayette: Purdue leads 38-22-4 First Meeting: Oct. 4, 1891 – Purdue won 60-0 at home. Last Meeting: Nov. 24, 2018 – Purdue won 28-21 on the road. Noteworthy: On this date in 1963, Purdue defeated Indiana 21-15, eight days after U.S. president John Kennedy was assassinated. That game originally was scheduled to be played a week earlier but was postponed following the tragedy. The Boilermakers appeared headed for their second straight loss to the Hoosiers, trailing 15-14 with less than three minutes to go. But after Indiana scored the go-ahead touchdown. Gordon Teter rambled 68 yards on the ensuing kickoff before being stopped at the Indiana 25-yard line. Then, on the first play from scrimmage, Ron DiGravio connected with Randy Minniear for a touchdown that produced a victory and a winning season (5-4 record). CENTURY MARK Including seven times this season, at least one Purdue player has gone over 100 yards receiving in a game 20 times in the tenure of head coach Jeff Brohm (there have been five games with multiple players eclipsing the mark). In total, the 24 times that at a player has hauled in 100 or more yards receiving has been done in 37 games under Brohm’s leadership at Purdue. As perspective, one would need to go back to the Northwestern game on Oct. 3, 2009, for Purdue receivers to equal that mark prior to Brohm’s arrival (94 games).

OLD OAKEN BUCKET Since 1925, Purdue and Indiana have played annually for the Old Oaken Bucket. The Boilermakers lead the Bucket portion of the all-time series 60-31-3, including 15 wins in the last 22 showdowns. The Chicago alumni groups of both schools came up with the idea for a traveling trophy, and Russell Gray of Purdue and Clarence Jones of Indiana were given the task of finding an appropriate object. They recommended that “an old oaken bucket would be a most typical trophy from this state and should be taken from a well somewhere in Indiana.” Purdue’s Fritz Ernst and Whiley J. Huddle of Indiana found the fabled bucket, in a bad state of repair and covered with moss and mold, on the Bruner farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana. The Bruner farm was settled in the 1840s, and family lore suggests the bucket might have been used by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his soldiers during their incursion into Indiana in 1863 during the Civil War. George Ade, distinguished humorist from Purdue, and Harry Kurrie, president of the Monon Railroad, representing Indiana, formally introduced the Old Oaken Bucket in 1925. The Boilermakers and Hoosiers subsequently battled to a 0-0 tie Nov. 21 at Ross-Ade Stadium, resulting in an “I-P” link being attached to the bucket. Throughout its history, the bucket has been kidnapped by partisans from both schools – a couple of times missing so long that it was given up as lost, only to turn up mysteriously just before or after the annual game.

 

 

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN FOOTBALL GAME NOTES

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2 OHIO STATE (11-0, 8-0) VS. 10 MICHIGAN (9-2, 6-2) NOON | ANN ARBOR, MICH. | MICHIGAN STADIUM (107,601)

OHIO STATE AND MICHIGAN MEET IN ANN ARBOR FOR “THE GAME” For the 116th time, “The Game” is here. Ohio State and Michigan meet again on Saturday, this time at Michigan Stadium and in front of a national audience on FOX beginning at noon. The Buckeyes, winners of 17 consecutive games, enter with an 11-0 record while Michigan is 9-2 and riding a four-game winning streak. The Buckeyes lead the nation in both scoring off ense (49.4 points/game) and scoring defense (10.5 points/game) while Michigan is No. 10 in scoring defense, No. 4 in total defense and is scoring 41.0 points per game in its win streak. While Michigan owns a 58-50-6 lead in all games played, the series shifts to Ohio State’s favor in the Big Ten era (since 1918) with a 50-46-4 record. Since 2000, the Buckeyes are 15-3 against the Wolverines with seven consecutive wins.

NOTABLE NUMBERS:

6 Ohio State has 47.0 sacks on the season and

needs just six more sacks to establish a new

single-season team record. The 2000 Buckeyes

had 52.0 sacks.

3 The Buckeyes have wins over three College

Football Playoff Top 25 teams: No. 8 Penn State,

No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 17 Cincinnati.

61 Ohio State’s 61 rushing attempts last Saturday vs.

Penn State was its highest single-game total

since also totaling 61 vs. Oregon in the College

Football Playoff National Championship Game.

33 Justin Fields’ 33 touchdown passes ranks fourth

in single season school history. He’s one shy of

tying J.T. Barrett (2014) for third place.

100 The Buckeyes’ first win over the Wolverines in

Ann Arbor came 100 years ago, a 13-3 victory in

  1. Ohio State is 23-31-4 all-time in games

played at Michigan.

15-5 Ohio State is 15-5 against AP top 10 ranked

teams in the last eight seasons with seven

consecutive wins.

40 The Ohio State/Michigan game has been decided

by one score 40 times. Each team owns 20 wins

in those games.

 

QUICK HITTERS  J.K. Dobbins has 16 career 100-yard games and the Buckeyes are 16-0 in those contests.  Ohio State’s defense has prevented opponents from scoring on 86 percent of their drives, tied with Clemson for the best in the country (courtesy of Sports Source Analytics).  Chris Olave has 10 touchdown receptions this season, tied for the most in the Big Ten and the 12th most in Ohio State single season history.  The Buckeyes have won 29 of their last 31 games played in the month of November.

SOME SERIES NOTES: Michigan holds a 58-50-6 edge in the all-time series, which began in 1897.  Since 1951, Woody Hayes’ first season as Ohio State’s head coach, the Buckeyes lead the series 38-27-2.  Michigan won 13 of the first 15 games in this series with two ties, but since Ohio State’s first win in 1919 the series tilts in Ohio State’s favor by a 50-45-4 margin  These two teams have played in the regular season finale every year since 1935 except one: in 1942 Ohio State defeated Iowa Pre-Flight to cap a 9-1 season that featured the school’s first Associated Press national title.  Michigan has a Big Ten-best 42 conference titles; Ohio State is second with 37.  The Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry was named the greatest rivalry of the 20th century by ESPN.com in 1999. Ali vs. Frazier was No. 2.  Ohio State began awarding gold pants for wins over Michigan in 1934.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN: Michigan enters Saturday’s contest with a 9-2 overall record with wins in its last four contests since a 28-21 loss at Penn State on Oct. 19.  The Wolverines are averaging 41 points per game during their four-game winning streak.  Shea Patterson has thrown 21 touchdown passes against just five interceptions and has 2,523 yards on the season.  Michigan features three wide receivers with 30 or more catches thus far: Ronnie Bell (team-high 38 receptions for 627 yards), Nico Collins (31 receptions, 649 yards, seven TDs) and Donavon PeoplesJones (30 receptions, 335 yards, five TDs).  True freshman running back Zach Charbonnet has a team-high 11 touchdowns to go along with 635 yards rushing. Hassan Haskins has chipped in with 483 yards on 91 carries.  The Wolverines have the nation’s No. 10-ranked total defense, led by linebacker Khaleke Hudson (89 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks and three pass breakups).  Josh Uche leads the team in sacks with 8.5 (for minus 65 yards) while Kwity Paye has 6.5.

 

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Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Mich. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 • 12:05 p.m. EST Series History: Michigan leads 58-51-6 Series Streak: Ohio State won 7 Last Meeting: 2018 (L, 39-62) Last Michigan Win: 2011 (40-34) Television: FOX Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network Live Stats: MGoBlue.com

‘The Game’ • Selected as the greatest rivalry in all of sport by ESPN.com in 1999, Michigan and Ohio State will meet for the 102nd consecutive year on the gridiron this Saturday in Columbus • The two programs have played every year since 1918, a streak that ranks eighth in Division I-A for the longest uninterrupted series • The overall series dates back to 1897, when the Wolverines claimed a 34-0 victory over the Buckeyes in Ann Arbor • For more information on “The Game,” see pages 28-29 in the games notes Michigan vs. Ohio State • This will be the 116th meeting between Michigan and Ohio State • The Buckeyes are the most common opponent for the Wolverines, trailed closely by Michigan State (112 games) • The Wolverines hold a 58-51-6 advantage in the all-time series but the Buckeyes have won 14 of the last 15 match-ups • This will be the fifth game against OSU for head coach Jim Harbaugh.

U-M vs. OSU at Michigan Stadium • This will be the 48th meeting between the two archrivals at Michigan Stadium and the 59th alltime meeting in Ann Arbor • The Wolverines have compiled a 23-21-3 record against the Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium and are 31-23-4 in Ann Arbor • U-M has claimed victories in eight of the past 15 games at the Big House dating back to 1989 • Michigan defeated Ohio State by a 35-21 score in the 100th renewal of college football’s greatest rivalry on Nov. 22, 2003 • Ohio State won the last meeting in Ann Arbor, a 31-20 game during the 2017 season.

Michigan When Ranked vs. Ohio State • U-M has been ranked in the AP poll for 59 match-ups with Ohio State • Michigan is 29-26-4 all-time against Ohio State when listed in the top 25 of the polls • The Wolverines have compiled a 21-22-4 record against the Buckeyes when both teams enter the game ranked in the AP poll U-M Ranked in Top 11 of National Polls • The Michigan football team enters the matchup with No. 2 Ohio State ranked in the top 15 of the polls for the ninth week this season; lists No. 10 in the Associated Press rankings and No. 11 in the Amway Coaches Poll • The Wolverines have been ranked in the national polls for 26 straight games dating back to the start of the 2018 season • Michigan has faced four ranked opponents this season — No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 14 Iowa, No. 7 Penn State and No. 8 Notre Dame — with No. 2 Ohio State on the schedule this week • The Wolverines have a 2-2 record against ranked teams in 2019 • U-M has been ranked for all but eight contests during Coach Harbaugh’s tenure (64 games); first four games in 2015 and four games during the 2017 season • Michigan finished last season ranked 14th in both national polls, the same position that it began the 2018 season.

2019 Michigan Wolverines • Michigan has scored 38 points or more in four straight games and in five of the last six contests • Seniors Ben Bredeson, Khaleke Hudson and Carlo Kemp were voted 2019 captains by their teammates; Shea Patterson and Josh Metellus were selected as alternate captains • Michigan led all Big Ten schools with 12 players listed on a watch lists for major national awards • The Wolverines returned 13 starters on offense (eight) and defense (five) • The Wolverines have six returning specialist starters – LS Camaron Cheeseman, P Will Hart, K Jake Moody, K Quinn Nordin, PR Donovan Peoples-Jones and KR Ambry Thomas • 92 players have seen action in 2019 • 13 true freshmen saw their first collegiate action in 2019: TE Erick All, OL Karsen Barnhart, RB Zach Charbonnet, DB Daxton Hill, DL Chris Hinton, WR Giles Jackson, WR Cornelius Johnson, DB Caden Kolesar, WR Mike Sainristil, LB Anthony Solomon, LB Charles Thomas, DB DJ Turner and LB Joey Velazquez • In addition to the freshmen, 11 other Wolverines made their career debuts this season: RB Nick Capatina, DB Sammy Faustin, DB Gemon Green, DB German Green, OL Ryan Hayes, OL Dan Jokisch, OL Griffin Korican, TE Mustapha Muhammad, PK Alan Selzer, DL Taylor Upshaw and DL Luiji Vilain • U-M has players from 30 different states and three different countries this season, including 48 players from the state of Michigan, 16 student-athletes from the neighboring state of Ohio, 11 from Florida, eight from Georgia and six each from California and Connecticut • The three international players are all defensive linemen: David Ojabo (Aberdeen, Scotland), Luiji Vilain (Ottawa, Canada) and Julius Welschof (Miesbach, Germany); defensive line coach Shaun Nua was also born outside the country in American Samoa (Pago Pago).

  • Michigan welcomed eight early enrollees to campus in January 2019: TE Erick All, RB Zach Charbonnet, QB Cade McNamara, DL Gabe Newburg, DL David Ojabo, DB Jalen Perry, WR Mike Sainristil and DL Mazi Smith • Heading into the 2019 season, a total of 23 players had started at least one game in their career: 13 on offense and 10 on defense • Senior left guard Ben Bredeson leads the team with 44 starting assignments during his career • Senior safety Josh Metellus leads the defense with 36 career starts.

THE OFFENSE Balanced Scoring Effort • The offense has produced 47 touchdowns this season, balancing the effort with 24 rushing touchdowns and 23 passing scores • U-M tossed two (2) or more passing touchdowns in seven games; posted a season-high five passing scores at Indiana and had four TDs against Michigan State • The offense had three passing touchdown efforts in home games against Middle Tennessee State and Notre Dame and on the road at Illinois • Michigan has tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in a game on seven occasions, including a season-best five rushing scores vs. Rutgers • The Wolverines had three rushing TDs vs. Army and during a four game stretch against Illinois, Penn State, Notre Dame and Maryland • The Wolverines did not throw touchdowns against Army, Iowa and at Penn State • In the run game, U-M has scored at least one rushing touchdown in all but two games, road contests at Wisconsin and Indiana • 13 players have accounted for 31 rushing TDs in 2019, led by Zach Charbonnet (11), Shea Patterson (5) and Hassan Haskins (3) • Nine different players have accounted for 23 receiving touchdowns this season, led by Nico Collins (7) and Donovan Peoples-Jones (5); tight ends Nick Eubanks (3) and Sean McKeon (2) are third and fourth, respectively, in receiving TDs • Nine Wolverines have reached the end zone on the ground, combining to score 39 touchdowns during their careers: Zach Charbonnet (11), Ben Mason (9), Shea Patterson (7), Hassan Haskins (3), Tru Wilson (2), Dylan McCaffrey (2), Joe Milton (2), Christian Turner (1) and Ben VanSumeren (1) • 11 players have scored receiving touchdowns during their careers: Donovan Peoples-Jones (13), Nico Collins (13), Sean McKeon (6), Nick Eubanks (4), Ronnie Bell (3), Tarik Black (2), and one each for Luke Schoonmaker, Jake McCurry, Mike Sainristil, Giles Jackson and Cornelius Johnson.

THE DEFENSE Multi-Game Trends • The defense has allowed just 94 points in the last 33 quarters (2.85 points per quarter), including a 10-quarter stretch with no TDs allowed; does not include Maryland’s kickoff return TD • Michigan has yielded only 13 touchdowns in the last eight games while forcing 14 turnovers • The opposition is averaging 238.3 yards of total offense over the last seven games (1,906 yards) • Since the Wisconsin game, the defense has allowed 539 rushing yards on 275 carries (1.96 avg.) with only five rushing scores; held five teams under 65 yards with Maryland gaining the most yards at 129 on 46 carries • Opponents have completed 126-of-231 passes (54.5%) for 1,367 yards over the last eight games (170.8 avg.) • The defense has forced 60 punts over the last eight games (average of 7.5 per game) • U-M has forced 40 three-and-outs on 95 drives (42% of possessions) over the last eight games; does not include end of half or kneel downs • Over the last four games, U-M has forced 29 three-and-outs or four-and-outs (turnover on downs) on 59 possessions; 49% of opp. drives • After allowing 28 points off turnovers in the first two games, the defense has allowed only 15 points off turnovers in the last nine games • The Wolverines have yielded two scores off 11 turnovers in Big Ten play (TDs at Illinois and Penn State).

 

 

Cardinals’ Josh Shaw suspended for betting on NFL games

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw has been suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions this season, the first time in more than 35 years a player has been banned for gambling.

The league announced the suspension on Friday. Shaw was banned for at least the rest of this season and the entire 2020 season. He can petition for reinstatement on Feb. 15, 2021.

According to the NFL, a league investigation found no information that Shaw used inside information or compromised any games. Shaw has not played this season.

The league also said it found no evidence that teammates, coaches or other players were aware of Shaw betting on games.

“The continued success of the NFL depends directly on each of us doing everything necessary to safeguard the integrity of the game and the reputations of all who participate in the league. At the core of this responsibility is the longstanding principle that betting on NFL games, or on any element of a game, puts at risk the integrity of the game, damages public confidence in the NFL, and is forbidden under all circumstances,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “If you work in the NFL in any capacity, you may not bet on NFL football.”

Suspensions of NFL players for betting are rare. The highest-profile case was in 1963 when Paul Hornung of the Green Bay Packers and Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions were banned for the entire season. Both were reinstated the following season and Hornung went on to make the Hall of Fame.

In the most recent case, Baltimore Colts quarterback Art Schlichter was suspended in 1983 for betting on NFL games and other sporting events. He, too, was reinstated the following year.

The 27-year-old Shaw was a fourth-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals out of USC in 2015. He spent three seasons with Cincinnati and was cut at the start of last season. He played four games last year for Kansas City and four games for Tampa Bay.

 

 

No. 17 Memphis tops No. 18 Cincinnati 34-24 to host AAC game

The Memphis Tigers marked off their first 11-win season along with the 500th victory in program history all in the same game.

Now those are almost afterthoughts with the Tigers’ sights set on much, much more.

Brady White threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns as No. 17 Memphis beat 18th-ranked Cincinnati 34-24 Friday for the Tigers’ third straight American Athletic Conference West title and the right to host the league championship – and the Bearcats again – next week.

This will be the first time that Memphis (11-1, 7-1, No. 18 CFP) will host a conference title game. And the Tigers will do it with a chance at playing in the Cotton Bowl still possible for a program that doesn’t have many trophies around.

“We do want to celebrate it,” Memphis coach Mike Norvell said of that third straight division title. “But we’re not done.”

Memphis set up the rematch by snapping the East Division champ’s nine-game winning streak. Cincinnati (10-2, 7-1, No. 19 CFP) hadn’t lost since being routed by Ohio State on Sept. 7, and having to return to the Liberty Bowl to play Memphis in consecutive weeks wasn’t something coach Luke Fickell thought about knowing that would mean a Bearcats’ loss.

“There’s things you got to be able to do differently, there’s things you got to be able to change,” Fickell said. “But just like them, we still got to be who we are.”

Joseph Dorceus and Bryce Huff had two sacks apiece, and Memphis finished with five. The Tigers came up with three turnovers, including an interception by Sanchez Blake Jr. with 1:35 left.

Memphis also forced Cincinnati three-and-out after Ahmad Gardner intercepted White with 7:49 left with the Tigers up only 27-24.

The Tigers led only 20-17 when they put together their longest drive, going 83 yards over nine plays capped by a flea flicker. Patrick Taylor took the handoff, handed to Kedarian Jones who flipped the ball to White, and he hit Damonte Coxie for a 46-yard TD with 13:22 left on a play that Memphis put in a couple weeks ago.

“I put it out there for my guy, he made a good play and really good to see us execute something we’ve been practicing for two weeks,” White said.

Antonio Gibson scored on a 29-yard TD run with 3:16 left for the final margin for Memphis. White also threw a 9-yard TD pass to Jones in the first quarter.

Cincinnati started redshirt freshman Ben Bryant for the first time, snapping a 24-game streak of starts for Desmond Ridder whose ailing shoulder limited him to 140 yards passing combined over his past two games. Bryant had nearly that by halftime and finished with 229 for Cincinnati’s fourth-highest passing game this season.

“He did a great job,” Fickell said of Bryant. “No one wants turnovers. Again, we had obviously a few too many of those. He had poise, he had confidence. He didn’t’ seem rattled at any time in the game.”

Bryant threw a 4-yard TD pass to Leonard Taylor helping Cincinnati put together back-to-back TD drives in the second quarter to tie it up at 17 just before halftime. Michael Warren II followed with a 3-yard TD run. Bryant also ran for a 12-yard TD with 10:27 left as Cincinnati pulled within 27-24.

 

 

Perkins, late FG lift Virginia past No. 23 Hokies, 39-30

Even with a nine-point lead and less than a minute on the clock, Bryce Perkins was not ready to celebrate Virginia finally breaking its Commonwealth Cup drought.

It was only a year ago, in his first experience with Virginia’s annual rivalry game against Virginia Tech, Perkins botched a handoff in overtime that allowed the Hokies to extend their dominance in the series after a wild finish.

“I needed to see zeroes because I remembered last year,” Perkins said Friday after Virginia ended a 15-game losing streak to the 23rd-ranked Hokies and earned its first trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, with a 39-30 victory.

Perkins was a huge part of why the Cavaliers (9-3, 6-2) won, putting up 475 yards of offense. Brian Delaney kicked a go-ahead 48-yard field with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter and Virginia sealed it with a defensive score, causing fans to spill onto the field in a wild celebration.

“I was the last play that ultimately ended up losing us the game. I had to sit with that all year and it hurt, so this game I really wanted to go out there and be aggressive and just give everything I could for the team and not to let them down again,” Perkins said.

Perkins ran for two long touchdowns and passed for another for the Cavaliers (9-3, 6-2), who became the seventh different winner in as many years to win the Coastal Division. Delaney also kicked a 25-yard field goal for Virginia, and his last kick made up for a missed extra point early.

“How fitting after a missed extra point early that I thought was going to haunt us,” Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said.

Hendon Hooker ran for one touchdown and threw for another for the Hokies (8-4, 5-3), who came in having won six of seven games to surge into championship contention. A rallying defense and Hooker’s steady play drove the surge, but both came up short against Virginia.

 

 

Michigan beats No. 8 Gonzaga 82-64 to win Atlantis title

Juwan Howard was standing at the center of his Michigan team posing for oncourt pictures when he finally grabbed the hefty Battle 4 Atlantis championship trophy from the table in front of him.

The first-year coach tipped it backward to peek at the front and the large seashell on its base, then used both hands to hoist it above his head with a celebratory scream.

“It’s gratifying to be able to hold up that trophy and say, you know what? All that sacrifice we put through, all the hard work we put in, it was well worth it,” Howard said.

There was no arguing with the results, either. His Wolverines again overwhelmed a highly ranked opponent with their flowing offense to beat No. 8 Gonzaga 82-64 in Friday’s title game. And that closed a three-game run that saw Michigan go from arriving in the Bahamas as an afterthought in an eight-team tournament featuring four AP Top 25 teams to commanding everyone’s attention.

“Well, I’m sure we’re on the map now,” Howard said with a big grin.

Jon Teske added 19 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks as the tournament’s most valuable player for the Wolverines (7-0).

Yet the story was more about the way Michigan won the title than any stats. The Wolverines handled Iowa State in Wednesday’s opener, then led No. 6 North Carolina by 24 at one point during Thursday’s win before beating the Zags (8-1). And that secured a pair of early marquee wins for Howard, the longtime NBA player and member of Michigan’s “Fab Five” a quarter-century ago.

This one had a similar feeling to the UNC win, too, with Michigan’s offense kicking into a hot-shooting gear midway through the second half to take control and build a huge lead.

“We’re having fun together,” Teske said. “We’re sharing the ball. We know where we’re going to be on the court at all times.

 

 

No. 6 North Carolina beats No. 11 Oregon 78-74 in Bahamas

Armando Bacot controlled the paint. Cole Anthony turned in big late-game plays. And along the way, No. 6 North Carolina offered plenty of the toughness that its Hall of Fame coach wanted to see following the team’s first loss.

Anthony hit a driving layup and four key free throws in the final 64 seconds to help the Tar Heels hold off No. 11 Oregon 78-74 in Friday’s third-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The Tar Heels (6-1) were coming off Thursday’s defeat to Michigan in which they trailed at one point by 24 points. This time, UNC looked sharp in building a double-digit lead, then Anthony helped them hang on when the Ducks (6-2) got within a point.

“It was probably a double good feeling because we had a 10-point lead and we got it there with our toughness and our attention to detail,” UNC coach Roy Williams said, adding: “Then all of a sudden it gets to be a one-possession game, and then I liked our toughness after that again.”

Anthony had a baseline drive past Will Richardson with the Tar Heels up 70-69. He then hit four straight free throws to protect the lead in a game that went down to the final seconds. The freshman point guard finished with 19 points despite sitting for a chunk of the second half after picking up his fourth foul.

“I want to win, so whatever that means I’ve got to do – whether I’ve got to get a rebound, got to get a steal, whatever was needed I was going to try to do that for the team.”

Senior Brandon Robinson followed with clinching free throws with 0.8 seconds left.

Bacot had 23 points, 12 rebounds and a season-high six blocks for UNC, strongly patrolling the paint after struggling against Michigan’s size a day earlier in a game that he said left him feeling “like I got my butt whipped.”

 

 

Howard scores 51, Marquette beats Southern Cal 101-79

Markus Howard scored 51 points and Marquette advanced to the Orlando Invitational championship game by beating Southern California 101-79 on Friday.

Howard set a tournament record for the second straight game after having a 40-point performance in a 73-63 victory over Davidson in the first round on Thursday. The previous mark was 38, set by Marquette’s Matt Carlino against Georgia Tech in 2014.

The senior guard, with one game remaining, also shattered the tourney overall point total of 77 established by Monmouth’s Justin Robertson in 2015.

Howard’s third career game of 50 or more points ended with 5:36 left when he made a free throw following a lay-up to complete a 3-point play.

Trailing 11-6 early on, Marquette (5-1) put together a nearly half-long surge behind Howard’s 26 points to go up 57-36 at the break.

Marquette also got 11 points from Greg Elliott.

Isaiah Mobley had 15 points and nine rebounds for USC (6-2). The Trojans had two player technical fouls during the second half.

 

 

Lamb, Warren lead Pacers past Young, Hawks in OT

When the Indiana Pacers finally asserted themselves after a sluggish half, the Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young continually made shots to remind nothing would be easy.

Young tied a career high with 49 points, but the host Pacers overcame an 11-point halftime deficit as well as being pushed an extra five minutes for a 105-104 overtime triumph over the Hawks on Friday night.

T.J. Warren hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:13 remaining for the Pacers, and Jeremy Lamb had 20 points and sparked a quick start in overtime with a 20-foot jumper and an assist on a Myles Turner 3-pointer.

“It was just a little adversity,” Turner said. “I feel like we faced it well.”

But back came the Hawks, trying to avoid a ninth consecutive loss, as Young scored eight of his team’s 10 points in overtime, including a pair of 3-pointers.

“I guess it was good individually,” Young said, “but people who know me know I don’t care at all. If we don’t win, none of that matters. I didn’t do enough.”

Young’s 49 points tied for the fourth-highest, single-game total in Bankers Life Fieldhouse history. He finished 16 of 28 from the floor, hitting 8 of 15 on 3-pointers.

“The head of the snake, Trae Young, he was great tonight,” Lamb said. “He was great, but we were able to get enough stops.”

Warren’s only 3-pointer broke a 99-all tie. He finished with 16 points.

“We just kept grinding and finally got the lead late,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “They found a way to get this game.”

After two quarters, McMillan was scratching his head with the Pacers trailing 54-43.

“I was thinking it was too much turkey,” he said. “We looked asleep in the first half.”

Turner, who along with Domantas Sabonis scored 17 points, sensed his team would respond based on how they’ve played recently.

 

 

Duke G Stanley to miss at least 1 month with leg injury

Duke freshman Cassius Stanley is expected to miss at least a month after suffering what coach Mike Krzyzewski called a muscular injury in his left leg during a victory over Winthrop on Friday night.

Krzyzewski said Stanley will have an MRI on Saturday but “he’s going to be out for a while,” adding he hopes the guard can return in late December. He says team doctors have told him that “right now, it’s not the knee.”

Stanley was hurt a little over a minute into the second half while going up for an open layup in transition, crumpling to the floor as the ball went off the rim.

He remained down for a moment before attempting to play through the injury, only to pull up near midcourt while clutching his leg. He was helped off the court and into the locker room.

Stanley, whose average of 14.1 points ranks third on the team, reached double figures in six of his first seven games for the top-ranked Blue Devils, who were trying to bounce back from a stunning loss to Stephen F. Austin.

 

 

Lamb, Warren lead Pacers past Young, Hawks in OT

Jeremy Lamb scored 20 points, T.J. Warren hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and the Indiana Pacers outlasted Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks 105-104 in overtime Friday night.

Young matched his career high with 49 points in the Hawks’ ninth straight loss. He was 16 of 28 from the field, hitting 8 of 15 from 3-point range.

Lamb got the Pacers started in overtime with a 20-foot jumper and he fed Myles Turner for a 3-pointer. Warren made his only 3-pointer of the game with 1:12 remaining to push the Pacers to their fifth consecutive victory.

Turner and Domantas Sabonis each scored 17 points, and Warren and Malcomb Brogdon had 16 apiece.

DeAndre’ Bembry and Alex Len added 15 points each for Atlanta.

The Hawks rallied to tie and force overtime after Brogdon’s last-second bank shot was too long.

The Pacers erased an 11-point halftime deficit by holding the Hawks to just 11 points in the third quarter. The 29-11 edge gave the home team a 72-65 lead. Atlanta enjoyed a 31-21 second quarter to take a 54-43 halftime lead.

Hawks: Forward Jabari Parker is averaging 17.8 points on 51.8%t shooting, one of just four NBA players to average 17 points with 20 3-pointers on 50%tshooting. … Young became the franchise’s second-youngest player, at 21 years and 69 days, to reach 2,000 career points on Wednesday.

Pacers: Brogdon is shooting a league-leading 96% at the line. … The next five games are on the road, where Indiana is 3-4.

 

 

Antetokounmpo scores 33 points, Bucks win 10th straight

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-110 on Friday night for their 10th straight victory.

Cleveland trailed 74-52 early in the third quarter, but hit 10 3-pointers in the period and cut the lead into single figures. The Cavaliers continued to rally and Kevin Love’s layup made it 113-110 with 2:20 left – Cleveland’s final points of the game.

Khris Middleton’s jumper and two free throws by George Hill put the game away, but Antetokounmpo was once again the difference-maker. The reigning MVP scored in a variety of ways with the game on the line, including a 3-pointer, a floating jumper, a tip-in and a dunk off an offensive rebound.

Cleveland got back in it with Antetokounmpo taking a rest in the third quarter. The Cavaliers had 42 points, their highest scoring quarter of the season.

Antetokounmpo grabbed 12 rebounds and has had double-doubles in every game this season for Milwaukee, at 16-3 the top team in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks hadn’t won 10 in a row since the 1985-86 season.

Hill scored 18 points, and Middleton, playing for the second time since missing seven games with a bruised left thigh, had 12.

Cleveland has dropped nine of 10. Rookie Darius Garland scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and Cedi Osman had 20. Tristan Thompson had 11 points and 13 rebounds, including the 5,000th of his career in the first half.

Love, who is playing despite dealing with a sore back, had 16 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes.

 

 

Lakers romp to 10th straight victory, 125-103 over Wizards

Anthony Davis had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and LeBron James had 23 points and 11 assists before both superstars took the fourth quarter off in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 10th consecutive victory, 125-103 over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Quinn Cook scored 17 points and JaVale McGee had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the steamrolling Lakers, who have won 17 of 18 to soar to the top of the overall NBA standings. Los Angeles went 14-1 in November, posting the most victories in a month for this 16-time champion franchise since March 2000.

The up-tempo Wizards have been one of the NBA’s worst defensive teams this season, and the Lakers’ dynamic offense was far too much for them.

Los Angeles outscored Washington 84-36 during a 24-minute span extending from midway through the first quarter until James’ jumper midway through the third put the Lakers up 88-51. LA made runs of 17-0 and 18-0 during that one-sided stretch, showing off the remarkable chemistry already established in just the 19th game of the season for this newly minted superteam.

Bradley Beal had 18 points and nine assists for the Wizards, who have lost three of four. Washington got off to a solid start and had several good stretches against the Lakers, but committed 19 turnovers and lost for the second time in three stops on a four-game West Coast road trip.

Washington actually opened with a 15-4 lead before the Lakers woke up and put together 24 minutes of dominance.

Los Angeles jumped to a 21-point lead at halftime with 19 points from Davis, and the Lakers poured it on with an 18-0 run early in the third quarter, eventually taking a 90-51 lead with 7:15 left in the third quarter. The Lakers topped 100 points with 2:42 left in the third and cruised in from there.

 

 

 

Jerry Jones backs Garrett, begs Dallas defense to make play

While declaring he wouldn’t fire embattled coach Jason Garrett during the season, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones basically begged his underachieving team to create turnovers.

A defense that looks good in the rankings but can’t consistently generate difference-making plays is high on the list of problems for a team that still leads the NFC East at 6-6 but is falling far short of lofty expectations fueled by a 3-0 start.

The latest example was the 26-15 loss to Buffalo on Thanksgiving, when second-year quarterback Josh Allen had a career-best passer rating thanks in large part to former Dallas receiver Cole Beasley having the best game of his first season with the Bills.

The total yardage (356) was manageable and won’t affect the Cowboys’ top-10 ranking in that category much. But Dallas had a fourth straight game without creating a turnover, making the seven in just two games before that look flukier by the week.

“I think we can get some turnovers,” Jones said. “We’re going to have to do it now to win these next games. Do I think that’s possible to happen? Absolutely I do.

“Do I think it’s likely to happen the way we’ve been playing the last two games? I agree, I wouldn’t expect anybody to go out and bet the house on it. But I sure think that there’s enough there. I’ve made a lot riskier bets.”

The Cowboys are minus-5 in turnover margin with three losses in the current four-game stretch without forcing a turnover. Dallas won both of the games when combining for seven takeaways.

“The opponent’s defense forces turnovers, and we’re not,” defensive end Robert Quinn said. “It gets frustrating, but we just have to keep chipping away and make plays when they come our way.”

 

 

Should NASCAR get rid of the playoffs?

Matt Kenseth’s 2003 NASCAR Cup Series championship remains the final Cup Series championship won without playoffs in effect, and it likely will for the foreseeable future. The following year, NASCAR introduced the playoffs, leading to a Kurt Busch championship, one that wouldn’t have happened without them.

The 10-race playoff format has changed over the years, most recently ahead of the 2014 season with the introduction of the round-by-round elimination format that also includes the Championship 4, guaranteeing a four-driver shootout in the season finale where the highest finishing of the four drivers in the season’s 36th and final race is guaranteed to be the champion.

In 16 seasons of playoffs, the points champions have only matched the official champions on seven occasions. In fact, NASCAR’s all-time titles list would look a lot different had the playoffs not been implemented when they were.

Most notably, four-time champion Jeff Gordon would be one of three seven-time champions, and Jimmie Johnson, who is actually one of three seven-time champions, would only be a three-time champion.

There are several other interesting differences as well.

Every year, the question is asked again and again, and as long as Kenseth’s title remains the most recent championship won without playoffs in effect, it will continue to be asked.

 

 

SPORTS EXTRA

SPORTS HISTORY

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1941

WASHINGTON (AP)-The Green Bay Packers struck through the air for three touchdowns in the second half to trounce Washington, 22 to 17, today as Don Hutson, the old Alabama flash, shattered three National Football League scoring records. Trailing by 17 points at the half, the Packers swept the Redskins off their feet in the third and fourth periods as Cecil Isbell, the veteran from Purdue, filled the air with passes which Hutson snared time and again with almost uncanny skill.
A crowd of 35,594, largest of the year in the capital, saw the Packers achieve their tenth victory in eleven contests to clinch at least a tie for the Western Division championship. Hutson scored three touchdowns and place-kicked two conversions to account for 20 of his team’s 22 points. He ran his season’s total to 95 points, bettering the old record of 79 established several years back by Automatic Jack Manders of the Bears.
Hutson stretched his life-time mark to 395 points in seven seasons of pro football, cracking Manders’ record of 385. Don’s three touchdowns gave him twelve for the year, or one more than the mark Washington’s Andy Farkas set up in 1939. Another record went into the discard when Isbell completed fourteen passes, most of them to Hutson, for 167 yards, sending his 1941 aerial yardage to 1,488. Washington’s Sammy Baugh, who also played a great game today, set the old mark of 1,367 last year.
Green Bay’s ground game was smashed effectively when Washington forwards rushed throughout the first half and Isbell was hurried in getting his aerials off. When the Isbell-Hutson combination started to click in the third period, however, the complexion of the contest changed. Early in that period, the Packers took over on their 35. Isbell pitched to Hutson three times for 35 yards. The same pair teamed up 15 yards more on another aerial before Hutson snared an Isbell toss over his shoulder for Green Bay’s first counter. A few minutes later, big George Svendsen, Packer center, intercepted a Baugh pass and dashed 20 yards to the Washington 15. Clarke Hinkle, a superb back now in his ninth season with the pros, cracked center for 8 yards, then Isbell flipped to Hutson for the touchdown.
At the start of the final period, with the Packers still trailing by 4 points, Isbell fired three straight passes to move from his 35 to the Redskins’ 46. He faded back on the following play and rifled the ball to Hutson, who evaded two tacklers to score. Green Bay added two points immediately when Washington’s Ray Hare picked up the kick-off on his 3 and stepped back over the goal line for an automatic safety. He was not tackled, but menacing Packers were on hand to take charge had he elected to run.
Don Hutson’s remarkable game occurred at Griffith Stadium the week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Redskins were playing the Philadelphia Eagles there on Dec. 7 when news of the disaster began circulating in Washington. No public announcement was made at the stadium except that all military personnel should leave the park to report to their duty offices.

 

 

THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1948       “Sometimes the best trades are the ones you never make” – BILL VEECK, the Indian owner’s observation about a possible deal that wasn’t made. Lou Boudreau is selected as the American League Most Valuable Player, becoming the only manager to win a World Series and be named the circuit’s MVP in the same season. The popular Indian shortstop, who had almost been dealt to the Browns earlier in the year but for the protest of the Tribe fans, prompts owner Bill Veeck to rethink the transaction.

1952       On Youth Wants to Know, a local NBC New York television show, Jackie Robinson accuses the Yankee organization of being racist due to its failure to have a black player on the club. In 1955, Elston Howard will become the first black ballplayer in the Bronx, nine years after Robinson broke the color barrier with the Dodgers.

1961       The Giants acquire right-hander Don Larsen and southpaw Billy Pierce from the White Sox in exchange for Bob Farley, Eddie Fisher, Dom Zanni, and Verle Tiefenthaler, who will be the player to be named later. Both pitchers contribute to the Giants’ National League championship next season, with Pierce winning 16 games for San Francisco.

1961       The BBWAA selects Billy Williams (.278, 25, 86) as the National League’s Rookie of the Year. The Cubs outfielder is named on ten of the 16 ballots cast by the writers with the runner-up, Braves catcher Joe Torre, receiving five votes from the writers.

1970       The Cubs trade veteran knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm to the Braves for minor league first baseman Hal Breeden, who will be used sparingly before being dealt at the start of 1972 season to Montreal. The future Hall of Fame relief pitcher, known as Old Sarge to his teammates, will be released in June by Atlanta, but will finish the season with the Dodgers.

1972       The Royals obtain Hal McRae, who elected into the team’s Hall of Fame in 1989, and Wayne Simpson from the Reds for outfielder Richie Scheinblum and right-hander Roger Nelson. McRae, during his 15-year tenure in Kansas City, will receive consideration for American League MVP five times.

1977       Dave Kingman, joining his fifth team this year, signs as a free agent with the Cubs. Sky King, put on waivers in September by the Padres after a midseason trade with the Mets, was selected by the Angels, who dealt the much-traveled slugger to the Yankees a week later.

2000       Mike Mussina inks an $88.5 million, six-year free-agent deal with the Yankees. The ten-year veteran right-hander, who compiled a 147-81 (.635) record with the Orioles, will finish his 18-year career in New York, adding another 123 victories in 195 decisions for the Bronx Bombers.

2001       The Expos, unsure of their major league status, signs a one-year lease to play next season’s home games at Olympic Stadium. The agreement gives Montreal the right to unilaterally cancel the contract due to the team’s possible elimination under the owners’ proposed plan for contraction.

2001       The major leagues’ plan to contract by two teams next season is put into jeopardy by Minnesota courts. The state’s Supreme Court refuses to grant the request for a speedy review of the appeal of the injunction, which forces the Twins to play in 2001, and the appellate court sets the hearing for December 27, a date many believe is too late to make the elimination of two teams a reality.

2005       The Red Sox petitioned a judge, asking to take possession the ball used to make the last out of the 2004 World Series. Former first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who kept the ball after closer Keith Foulke threw it, loaned the sensational sphere to the club, but continues to claim ownership of the historic horsehide which made the team World Champions for the first time in 86 years.

2007       The Rays sign reliever Troy Percival (3-0, 1.80) to an $8 million, two-year deal. The 38 year-old right-hander, who came out of retirement last season to make 34 appearances for the Cardinals, is a major upgrade to Tampa Bay’s beleaguered bullpen.

2007       Kenny Rogers, not allowing his agent Scott Boras to broker the best free-agent deal available, represents himself in negotiations, signing an $8 million, one-year contract to return to the Tigers for a third season. The 43 year-old southpaw posted a 3-4 record with a 4.43 ERA in an injury-shortened season, after leading Detroit to a World Series the previous year.

2007       The Mets trade highly-touted prospect Lastings Milledge to the Nationals in exchange for fly chaser Ryan Church and catcher Brian Schneider. Although the transaction helps New York fill its immediate needs behind the plate and in the outfield, the trade appears to favor Washington due to Milledge’s perceived potential.

2009       The Angels vote to give a full postseason share to the estate of Nick Adenhart, the rookie pitcher who died in a hit-and-run car accident in April, a few hours after pitching six shutout innings in his first start of the season. The Halos, who lost the ALCS to the Yankees, each earned an additional $138,039 due to their playoff appearance.

2009       Sports Illustrated names Derek Jeter as its Sportsman of the Year, making the ‘Captain’ the first Yankee honored by the magazine. The other baseball recipients to win the award, given annually since SI’s inception in 1954, include Johnny Podres (Dodgers – 1955), Stan Musial (Cardinals – 1957), Sandy Koufax (Dodgers – 1965), Tom Seaver (Mets – 1969), Pete Rose (Reds – 1975), Orel Hershiser (Dodgers – 1988), Cal Ripken Jr. (Orioles – 1995), Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa (Cardinals, Cubs – 1998), Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling (Diamondbacks – 2001), and the entire Red Sox team (2004).

2009       The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center names Mark Teahen as the 2009 Hutch Award recipient for best exemplifying the honor, courage, and dedication of former major leaguer and skipper Fred Hutchinson, who died from cancer in 1964. The 28 year-old infielder/outfielder, recently traded to the White Sox from the Royals, was a principal spokesman and fundraiser for the Kansas City YMCA Challenger Baseball program, a division of Little League that provides children with physical or mental challenges the opportunity to play ball on specially designed diamonds.

2009       TBS spokesman Jeff Pomeroy confirms Chip Caray, who just completed his third season as the lead play-by-play announcer, and the network have decided to part ways. The son of the beloved late Braves broadcaster Skip Caray and the grandson of the legendary play-by-play announcer Harry Caray, scrutinized for being too subjective doing the play-by-play in postseason games, has been criticized for miscalling plays and sharing misinformation.

2010       The Dodgers sign free agent Juan Uribe to a three-year, $21 million deal to play second base for the team. The enthusiastic and versatile 31 year-old Dominican infielder also gives new manager Don Mattingly more options at shortstop and third base.

2010       Troy Tulowitzki and the Rockies agree to a seven-year extension that guarantees the All-Star infielder $157.75 million until 2020. The 26 year-old Gold Glove shortstop’s contract is now the eighth richest in baseball history.

2012       Mets third baseman David Wright agrees to an eight-year, $138 million contract, the richest deal in franchise history. The 29 year-old six-time All-Star is the team’s all-time leader in hits, doubles, extra-base hits, walks, RBIs, and runs scored.

2012       The Hill family of Dearborn, Missouri, is presented with an oversized check for $293,750,000, their share of one of the two $192 million Powerball jackpots. Although widely reported that their six winning numbers were picked based on uniform numbers of Royals greats: George Brett (No. 5), Mark Gubicza (No. 23), Bo Jackson (No. 16), Dennis Leonard (No. 22), Dan Quisenberry (No. 29), and Willie Wilson (No. 6), Mark and Cindy Hill, who are big Kansas City fans, say they randomly selected the numbers.

 

 

WORLD SERIES HISTORY

1937 World Series

Once again, Joe McCarthy’s New York Yankees dominated the American League for the second consecutive season, winning the American League pennant by a thirteen-game margin with league-leading hitting by three of the games’ greatest. Second-year man Joe DiMaggio drove in one-hundred sixty-seven runs, veteran Lou Gehrig added one-hundred fifty-nine and Bill Dickey contributed one-hundred thirty-three for an amazing four-hundred fifty-nine runs batted in.

Gehrig, known as the “Iron Horse” had enjoyed a magnificent season that would sadly be his last before amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (later named Lou Gehrig’s disease) began to take its toll on his career and his life. He batted .351 and recorded thirty-seven homers, his protégé “Joe D”; hit .346 with forty-six homers and Dickey came in third with a .332 and twenty-nine. The three were without equals at the plate, although George Selkirk was on pace (eighteen homers in sixty-eight games) and may have made it four, if not missing half a season due to injuries. The Yankees also had the American League’s only twenty-game winners with Lefty Gomez (21-11) and Red Ruffing (20-7) as well as standout relief in Johnny Murphy, who recorded twelve saves and thirteen overall.

However, the Yankees weren’t the only repeaters in ’37 as the National League’s Giants returned for a classic rematch against their hated cross-town rivals. Unlike the Yankees, Bill Terry’s club did not possess the dominant hitting (Mel Ott was closest with thirty-one home runs and ninety-five runs batted in), but they did boast two, twenty-game winners with Carl Hubbell (22-8) and rookie Clift Melton (20-9).

Game 1 echoed the previous Series opener with the Giants on top 1-0 going into the sixth, but before the inning concluded, the Yankees struck for seven runs on their way to a six-hit, 8-1 victory for Gomez. Game 2 started the same as the Giants led 1-0 going into the bottom of the fifth. This time the American Leaguers struck for two in the fifth, two more in the sixth and headed for their second consecutive 8-1 comeback that featured a seven-hitter from Red Ruffing. Things didn’t get any better for the National Leaguers in Game 3 either as Monte Pearson, getting last-out relief help from Murphy in the ninth, won — despite the fact that the Giants had loaded the bases.

As the Yanks prepared to go for their fourth sweep in their last five World Series appearances, the Giants were still trying to get their first win in their last four Series games. Things seemed to finally turn in their favor for Game 4 as they managed six runs in the second inning. Center fielder Hank Leiber got things going with a base hit and then capped the rally with a two-run single. Hubbell went on to record a 7-3 victory while throwing a clutch six-hitter. In the ninth inning, the last he would pitch in a Series, he allowed a homerun to Lou Gehrig, the last he would hit in a Series. Once again, the Giants had comeback from the brink of elimination, and once again, the Yankees had an answer the following day. In Game 5, Myril Hoag whacked a second inning homer for the Yanks and DiMaggio connected in the top of the third. Ott returned fire with a two-run blast in the bottom of the inning, but Lazerri hit a leadoff triple in the fifth and scored on Gomez’s single due to second baseman Burgess Whitehead’s fielding error. Two outs later, Gehrig doubled home Gomez on the way to a 4-2 Series ending victory.

The back-to-back titleists had won their sixth World Series championship, (breaking the mark they had shared with the Philadelphia Athletics) and they were only getting started. Believe it or not, the four-games-to-one humiliation that the New York Giants were forced to endure was only the tip of the iceberg and the defending champion’s next two opponents would not find themselves as fortunate.

 

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BEST BOWL GAMES

  1. No. 2 USC 31, at No. 6 UCLA 22
    Nov. 19, 1988
    Measles-stricken QB Rodney Peete led USC to the win over the Bruins and QB Troy Aikman to earn the Rose Bowl bid. Aikman threw for 317 yards and two TDs, but Peete’s 189 passing yards and RB Aaron Emanuel’s 133 yards and two scores were enough for the Trojans.

 

  1. No. 3 Alabama 11, at Tennessee 10
    Oct. 15, 1966
    The Crimson Tide trailed 10-0 in the fourth quarter, but QB Kenny Stabler brought Bama back, running for a touchdown and throwing for a 2-point conversion. Steve Davis put Alabama ahead on a field goal with 3:23 left. The Vols missed a 19-yd FG from the right hash with 18 seconds left.

 

 

NFL’S GREATEST GAMES

1934 NFL Championship Game (The Sneaker Game)

Date: Dec. 9, 1934

Teams: Chicago Bears Vs. New York Giants

Lore: According to the official history of the NFL as provided by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, this game was played in ice cold weather at the Polo Grounds in New York.

New York coach Steve Owen, in response to the icy conditions, gave his team basketball shoes at halftime so they could get better traction. The Giants scored 27 points in 10 minutes in the fourth quarter and beat the undefeated Bears 30-13 for the championship.

The victory denied the Bears their third straight championship, and the first undefeated and untied season in NFL history.

 

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
New England Patriots 10 1 0 .909 0.0 300 117 5 – 0 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 6 – 1 – 0 4 – 0 – 0 2 W
Baltimore Ravens 9 2 0 .818 0.0 386 202 4 – 1 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 7 W
Houston Texans 7 4 0 .636 0.0 265 249 4 – 1 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 1 W
Kansas City Chiefs 7 4 0 .636 0.0 308 256 2 – 3 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 1 W
Buffalo Bills 9 3 0 .750 0.0 257 188 4 – 2 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 3 W
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 5 0 .545 0.0 216 212 4 – 2 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 2 – 2 – 0 1 W
Oakland Raiders 6 5 0 .545 0.0 228 284 5 – 1 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 4 – 3 – 0 2 – 1 – 0 1 L
Indianapolis Colts 6 5 0 .545 0.0 244 226 4 – 2 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 5 – 5 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 1 L
Tennessee Titans 6 5 0 .545 0.0 245 217 4 – 2 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 4 – 4 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 2 W
Cleveland Browns 5 6 0 .455 1.0 233 252 3 – 3 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 2 – 0 – 0 3 W
Jacksonville Jaguars 4 7 0 .364 2.0 209 264 2 – 3 – 0 2 – 4 – 0 4 – 5 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 3 L
Los Angeles Chargers 4 7 0 .364 2.0 224 218 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 2 – 6 – 0 0 – 3 – 0 2 L
New York Jets 4 7 0 .364 2.0 198 258 3 – 3 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 1 – 6 – 0 0 – 4 – 0 3 W
Denver Broncos 3 8 0 .273 3.0 175 217 2 – 3 – 0 1 – 5 – 0 3 – 5 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 2 L
Miami Dolphins 2 9 0 .182 4.0 163 346 1 – 5 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 2 – 7 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 2 L
Cincinnati Bengals 0 11 0 .000 6.0 157 292 0 – 5 – 0 0 – 6 – 0 0 – 7 – 0 0 – 4 – 0 11 L
National Football Conference
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
San Francisco 49ers 10 1 0 .909 0.0 332 163 5 – 1 – 0 5 – 0 – 0 7 – 1 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 2 W
xy-New Orleans Saints 10 2 0 .833 0.0 298 248 5 – 1 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 8 – 2 – 0 4 – 1 – 0 3 W
Green Bay Packers 8 3 0 .727 0.0 258 242 5 – 1 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 5 – 2 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 1 L
Dallas Cowboys 6 6 0 .500 0.0 310 236 3 – 3 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 4 – 0 – 0 2 L
Seattle Seahawks 9 2 0 .818 0.0 292 263 3 – 2 – 0 6 – 0 – 0 6 – 1 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 4 W
Minnesota Vikings 8 3 0 .727 0.0 289 205 5 – 0 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 2 W
Los Angeles Rams 6 5 0 .545 2.0 249 243 3 – 3 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 4 – 3 – 0 0 – 2 – 0 1 L
Chicago Bears 6 6 0 .500 2.5 212 208 3 – 3 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 5 – 4 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 2 W
Philadelphia Eagles 5 6 0 .455 3.0 243 247 3 – 3 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 5 – 0 1 – 1 – 0 2 L
Carolina Panthers 5 6 0 .455 3.0 259 291 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 2 – 6 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 3 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 7 0 .364 4.0 312 335 1 – 4 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 4 – 6 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 1 W
Arizona Cardinals 3 7 1 .318 4.5 248 317 1 – 3 – 1 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 6 – 1 0 – 3 – 0 4 L
Detroit Lions 3 8 1 .292 5.0 280 315 2 – 4 – 0 1 – 4 – 1 2 – 6 – 1 0 – 4 – 0 5 L
Atlanta Falcons 3 9 0 .250 5.5 260 323 1 – 5 – 0 2 – 4 – 0 3 – 6 – 0 2 – 2 – 0 2 L
New York Giants 2 9 0 .182 6.0 217 308 1 – 4 – 0 1 – 5 – 0 2 – 6 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 7 L
Washington Redskins 2 9 0 .182 6.0 144 269 1 – 5 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 1 – 6 – 0 0 – 3 – 0 1 W

 

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 16 3 .842 7-1 9-2 6-0 10-2 10-0 10 W
Toronto 14 4 .778 1.5 8-0 6-4 2-1 9-2 8-2 6 W
Miami 13 5 .722 2.5 8-0 5-5 3-0 8-1 7-3 1 W
Boston 13 5 .722 2.5 7-0 6-5 4-2 8-2 6-4 1 L
Philadelphia 13 6 .684 3.0 8-0 5-6 3-1 9-2 7-3 2 W
Indiana 12 6 .667 3.5 9-2 3-4 3-4 9-5 8-2 5 W
Brooklyn 10 9 .526 6.0 6-3 4-6 3-1 6-4 6-4 1 W
Charlotte 8 12 .400 8.5 4-5 4-7 0-2 6-7 4-6 2 W
Orlando 7 11 .389 8.5 6-4 1-7 1-1 5-8 5-5 1 L
10 Washington 6 11 .353 9.0 3-4 3-7 1-1 2-4 4-6 1 L
11 Detroit 6 13 .316 10.0 5-4 1-9 2-4 6-12 2-8 2 L
12 Chicago 6 14 .300 10.5 3-7 3-7 2-4 5-9 3-7 3 L
13 Cleveland 5 14 .263 11.0 3-7 2-7 2-3 4-12 1-9 3 L
14 Atlanta 4 15 .211 12.0 2-7 2-8 1-2 2-9 1-9 9 L
15 New York 4 15 .211 12.0 3-7 1-8 0-7 2-12 2-8 5 L
Western Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 17 2 .895 9-1 8-1 3-1 12-1 10-0 10 W
Denver 13 3 .813 2.5 8-2 5-1 2-0 7-2 9-1 6 W
LA Clippers 14 6 .700 3.5 11-1 3-5 2-1 10-5 7-3 1 L
Dallas 12 6 .667 4.5 6-4 6-2 4-0 7-3 7-3 1 W
Houston 12 6 .667 4.5 7-2 5-4 3-1 8-3 7-3 1 W
Utah 12 7 .632 5.0 8-1 4-6 2-1 9-5 6-4 1 W
Minnesota 10 8 .556 6.5 3-6 7-2 1-2 4-5 5-5 2 W
Phoenix 8 10 .444 8.5 5-7 3-3 3-2 5-7 3-7 3 L
Sacramento 7 10 .412 9.0 4-3 3-7 1-2 3-5 5-5 2 L
10 Portland 8 12 .400 9.5 3-4 5-8 2-1 5-7 4-6 3 W
11 Oklahoma City 7 11 .389 9.5 6-4 1-7 0-3 5-8 4-6 1 W
12 San Antonio 7 13 .350 10.5 5-6 2-7 0-2 4-8 2-8 1 W
13 New Orleans 6 13 .316 11.0 4-5 2-8 0-3 5-9 4-6 4 L
14 Memphis 5 13 .278 11.5 3-9 2-4 1-2 3-9 3-7 6 L
15 Golden State 4 16 .200 13.5 2-7 2-9 0-3 3-13 2-8 1 L

 

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Boston Bruins 26 18 3 5 41 18 96 64 10-0-4 8-3-1 7-0-3
Washington Capitals 27 18 4 5 41 15 99 81 8-2-4 10-2-1 6-2-2
New York Islanders 23 16 5 2 34 14 69 58 10-2-1 6-3-1 6-2-2
Philadelphia Flyers 26 14 7 5 33 11 81 75 8-1-4 6-6-1 5-2-3
Florida Panthers 25 12 8 5 29 9 91 93 6-3-2 6-5-3 5-5-0
Buffalo Sabres 26 12 10 4 28 11 77 80 7-3-3 5-7-1 3-5-2
Pittsburgh Penguins 26 14 8 4 32 13 91 73 10-3-2 4-5-2 5-2-3
Carolina Hurricanes 26 15 10 1 31 14 85 74 8-5-0 7-5-1 6-4-0
Toronto Maple Leafs 27 12 11 4 28 11 91 91 6-3-4 6-8-0 3-6-1
10 Tampa Bay Lightning 23 12 8 3 27 11 86 76 6-3-1 6-5-2 6-3-1
11 New York Rangers 24 12 9 3 27 12 79 83 8-4-2 4-5-1 5-3-2
12 Montreal Canadiens 25 11 9 5 27 9 85 89 6-6-2 5-3-3 3-4-3
13 Columbus Blue Jackets 25 11 10 4 26 11 66 78 8-6-1 3-4-3 6-3-1
14 Ottawa Senators 26 11 14 1 23 11 68 81 7-5-0 4-9-1 5-5-0
15 New Jersey Devils 24 9 11 4 22 8 65 86 4-5-4 5-6-0 5-5-0
16 Detroit Red Wings 28 7 18 3 17 7 60 110 4-8-1 3-10-2 2-6-2
Western Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 27 16 5 6 38 16 81 73 7-3-3 9-2-3 5-2-3
Edmonton Oilers 27 16 8 3 35 14 86 77 7-2-2 9-6-1 6-3-1
Arizona Coyotes 27 15 8 4 34 11 76 63 7-5-1 8-3-3 6-2-2
Winnipeg Jets 26 16 9 1 33 14 76 74 6-5-1 10-4-0 8-2-0
Colorado Avalanche 25 15 8 2 32 15 90 72 7-3-1 8-5-1 7-3-0
Vegas Golden Knights 28 13 11 4 30 10 83 81 7-5-3 6-6-1 4-5-1
Dallas Stars 27 15 10 2 32 14 73 65 9-4-1 6-6-1 7-2-1
San Jose Sharks 27 14 12 1 29 12 78 89 9-6-0 5-6-1 8-2-0
Nashville Predators 25 12 9 4 28 11 87 82 7-5-3 5-4-1 3-5-2
10 Vancouver Canucks 26 12 10 4 28 9 85 79 5-2-3 7-8-1 3-6-1
11 Calgary Flames 28 12 12 4 28 9 70 85 6-3-2 6-9-2 3-5-2
12 Minnesota Wild 26 11 11 4 26 11 76 84 6-1-2 5-10-2 6-1-3
13 Anaheim Ducks 27 11 12 4 26 11 71 82 7-5-2 4-7-2 2-5-3
14 Chicago Blackhawks 25 10 10 5 25 10 71 74 7-6-2 3-4-3 5-3-2
15 Los Angeles Kings 26 10 14 2 22 10 68 88 8-5-1 2-9-1 5-4-1