BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL–NCC/AREA

Logansport 77 Richmond 71

Westfield 66 Lafayette Jeff 63

Marion 76 Greenwood 52

Seton Catholic 66 Greenwood Christian 60

Centerville 60 Waldron 51

Connersville 50 New Palestine 49

Edinburg 79 Lincoln 44

Franklin County 51 Switzerland County 45

Indianapolis Home School 83 Indianapolis Tech 80

Lapel 84 Hagerstown 51

North Decatur 68 Knightstown 60

Shenandoah 61 Randolph Southern 43

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-REGIONALS

CLASS 4A

LaPorte

Penn                     47                          Plymouth                            28

Crown Point       65                          Kankakee Valley               49

Crown Point       54                          Penn                                    47 OT

Kokomo

Hamilton Southeastern   59           Carroll (Fort Wayne)        34

Homestead                        66           Zionsville                            65 2OT

Hamilton Southeastern   57           Homestead                        47

Decatur Central

Lawrence North                42           Mooresville                        22

Ben Davis                           52           Mount Vernon                  32

Lawrence North                60           Ben Davis                           46

Bedford

Bedford North Lawrence 51         Center Grove                    33

Castle                                  56           Bloomington South         45

Castle                                  54           Bedford North Lawrence 48

 

CLASS 3A

Rensselaer

Mishawaka Marian          53           Knox                                    36

Northwestern                    67           Gary West                          34

Northwestern                    47           Mishawaka Marian          29

Columbia City

Angola                                68           New Castle                        54

Marion                                52           West Noble                       46

Marion                                55           Angola                                52 OT

Danville

Benton Central                 59           Indianapolis Chatard       58

Danville                               40           Northview                          30

Benton Central                 51           Danville                               47

Charlestown

Salem                                  59           Greensburg                        45

Gibson Southern               67           Vincennes Lincoln            47

Salem                                  71           Gibson Southern               50

 

CLASS 2A

Winamac

North Judson                     51           Bluffton                              44

Central Noble                    64           Hammond Noll                 51

Central Noble                    43           North Judson                     37

Eastern

Tipton                                 66           Monroe Central                63 OT

Oak Hill                               37           Lafayette Central Catholic 26

Oak Hill                               56           Tipton                                 36

Speedway

Western Boone                66           Covenant Christian          51

Winchester                        52           Triton Central                    51

Winchester                        65           Western Boone                41

Paoli

Evansville Mater Dei       39           South Ripley                      23

Eastern (Pekin)                  46           South Knox                        41

Evansville Mater Dei       37           Eastern (Pekin)                  32

 

CLASS 1A

Caston

Marquette Catholic         51           South Central (Union Mills) 28

Fremont                              52           Pioneer                               39

Marquette Catholic         57           Fremont                              25

Tipton

Blue River                           57           North Vermillion               42

Northfield                          62           Cowan                                35

Northfield                          55           Blue River                           41

Southwestern

Greenwood Christian      80           North Central (Farmersburg) 62

University                           56           Jac-Cen-Del                       40

University                           55           Greenwood Christian      29

Springs Valley

Vincennes Rivet                70           Lanesville                           33

Tecumseh                           60           West Washington            39

Vincennes Rivet                52           Tecumseh                           41

 

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SEMI-STATE

@ NEW CASTLE

1 Roncalli                                          104.0

2 Cathedral                                       97.5

3 Warren Central                            73.0

4 Perry Meridian                             70.0

5 N. Montgomery                            45.0

6 Carmel                                            42.0

7 Shenandoah                                  40.0

8 Elwood                                           36.0

9 N. Central                                      32.0

10 Hamilton Southeastern            30.0

11 Greenfield Central                    22.0

11 Zionsville                                      22.0

13 Mount Vernon                           20.0

14 Westfield                                     18.0

15 Hagerstown                                16.0

16 Tipton                                           12.0

17 Lawrence Central                      11.0

18 Fishers                                          9.0

18 New Palestine                            9.0

20 Lincoln                                         8.0

21 Pendleton Heights                    7.0

22 Centerville                                   6.0

22 E. Central                                     6.0

22 Frankfort                                     6.0

22 Northeastern                              6.0

TEAM’s FAILING TO SCORE: Alexandria Monroe, Anderson, Clinton Central, Clinton Prairie, Connersville, Crawfordsville, Eastern Hancock, Franklin Central, Franklin County, Frankton, Greensburg, Guerin Catholic, Hamilton Heights, Indiana Deaf, Indianapolis Tech, Indianapolis Chatard, Indianapolis Lutheran, Indianapolis Scecina, Knightstown, Lapel, Lawrence North, Lawrenceburg, Lebanon, Milan, New Castle, Noblesville, North Vermillion, Richmond, Shelbyville, South Dearborn, South Vermillion, Southmont, Southport, Tri, Triton Central, Union County, Rushville.

 

106

Jake Necessary, Richmond…1-1

113

Jackson Ramsey, Northeastern…0-1

Evan Seal, Franklin County…0-1

120

Garrett Condo, Franklin County…1-1

126

Alex Fuller, Union County…0-1

Devin Frazier, Centerville…0-1

132

Hunter Brown, Lincoln..2-1, 4th Place

Tyler Vredeveld, Centerville…0-1

138

Nick Walsh, Knightstown…1-1

Adam Crouch, Franklin County…0-1

Gabe Phillips, Centerville…2-1, 4th Place

145

Josh Miles, Lincoln…0-1

152

Grant Sunding, Franklin County…0-1

160

Blake Bushey, Connersville…0-1

170

Alfredo Calderon, Centerville…0-1

Tucker Coffman, Union County…1-1

182

Jay Combs, Hagerstown…3-1, 2nd Place

195

Evan Shafer, Connersville…0-1

Blaine Pierce, Richmond…1-1

220

Robbie Pandoll, Tri…0-1

Colin Browning, Northeastern…2-1 4th Place

285

Zach McQueen, Connersville…1-1

Josh Berger, Northeastern…0-1

Ben Aherns, Lincoln…0-1

 

@NEW HAVEN

160

Jacob Duncan, Winchester…0-1

285

Logan Shaffer, Winchester…1-1

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Tennessee 73 Florida 61

#2 Duke 81 #3 Virginia 71

#5 Kentucky 71 Mississippi State 67

#6 Nevada 91 New Mexico 62

#7 Michigan 61 #19 Wisconsin 52

#8 North Carolina 88 Miami Florida 85 OT

#9 Michigan State 79 Minnesota 55

#10 Marquette 66 #14 Villanova 65

Clemson 59 #11 Virginia Tech 51

#13 Kansas 84 Oklahoma State 72

#15 Purdue 81 Nebraska 62

#22 Florida State 80 #16 Louisville 75 OT

TCU 92 #17 Iowa State 83

#18 Texas Tech 66 Oklahoma 54

#21 LSU 83 Auburn 78

#23 Buffalo 90 Central Michigan 76

Rose-Hulman 74 Earlham 64

IU East 81 Ohio Christian 68

Illinois 99 Rutgers 94 OT

Illinois Chicago 76 IUPUI 75

Wright State 83 Detroit 60

Youngstown State 96 Green Bay 77

Cleveland State 78 Milwaukee 68

Northern Kentucky 79 Oakland 64

Ball State 79 Western Michigan 59

Miami Ohio 79 Ohio 59

Toledo 78 Bowling Green 71

Eastern Michigan 57 Northern Illinois 49

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Baylor 89 TCU 71

#5 Connecticut 109 Temple 74

#13 Gonzaga 93 Portland 62

#14 Texas 91 Kansas 73

#22 Iowa State 77 West Virginia 61

#20 Arizona State at Washington canceled

Rose-Hulman 53 Earlham 42

IU East 86 Ohio Christian 77

Green Bay 56 Wright State 37

Milwaukee 59 Northern Kentucky 38

Oakland 76 Detroit 65

Buffalo 75 Kent State 66

Ohio 78 Central Michigan 75

Toledo 63 Eastern Michigan 43

Miami Ohio 82 Bowling Green 75

Northern Illinois 93 Ball State 83

Akron 69 Western Michigan 62

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Utah 125 San Antonio 105

Indiana 105 Cleveland 90

Charlotte 129 Atlanta 120

Toronto 104 New York 99

LA Clippers 123 Boston 112

Washington 134 Chicago 125

Memphis 99 New Orleans 90

Oklahoma City 117 Houston 112

Orlando 103 Milwaukee 83

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 5 Los Angeles 4

Buffalo 3 Detroit 1

Minnesota 4 New Jersey 2

NY Islanders 4 Colorado 3

Philadelphia 6 Anaheim 2

St. Louis 3 Nashville 2

Ottawa 5 Winnipeg 2

Arizona 3 Dallas 2

San Jose 5 Edmonton 2

Toronto 4 Montréal 3

Tampa Bay 5 Pittsburgh 4

Florida 5 Washington 4

 

EARLHAM BASKETBALL ROUND-UP

EC RELEASE

WOMEN

Score: 53-42

Location: Richmond, Indiana (Druley Performance Gym)

Records: Earlham 8-15, 6-10 HCAC / Rose-Hulman 17-6, 14-2 HCAC

The Short Story: Earlham and Rose-Hulman played a game of defense leading to a low-scoring game. Eventually the second half adjustments by the Fightin’ Engineers led them to pull ahead to secure a win, keeping them in the number two spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

OPENING TIP

In the second quarter Earlham held Rose-Hulman to four points and forced five turnovers.

The Quakers battled back from a nine-point deficit to go into halftime leading Rose-Hulman, 22-19.

THE DIFFERENCE

Rose-Hulman found its rhythm in the second half driving to the basket, especially at the baseline. The Fightin’ Engineers had a 24-6 advantage in points in the paint, including a 14-2 difference in the second half alone.

In the third quarter alone Rose-Hulman was 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from the field-goal range.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Rose-Hulman turned the ball over 18 times to Earlham’s 11.

The Quakers’ bench outscored the Fightin’ Engineers’ bench, 28-16

Sophomore guard Kayla Bowling led Earlham’s offense with 13 points, while sophomore guard Acacia Tenette grabbed a team-leading six rebounds.

With Saturday afternoon’s loss, Earlham women’s basketball slipped into a tie with Bluffton for sixth place in the HCAC standings.

NEXT UP

Women’s basketball will be on the road for the next two games starting with Defiance on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Tipoff will be at 7:30 p.m.

 

MEN

Score: 74-64

Location: Richmond, Indiana (Druley Performance Gym)

Records: Earlham 6-17, 5-11 HCAC / Rose-Hulman 16-7, 12-4 HCAC

The Short Story: Rose-Hulman’s success at the free-throw line and from beyond the three-point arc gave it the edge it needed overcome to Earlham men’s basketball in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash.

OPENING TIP

After trailing by 11 points, 24-13, at the 8:27 mark of the first half, Liam Wilkerson’s three-point shot kicked off an eight-point run that tied the game at 24-24, with 5:13 to play in the frame. The Quakers’ Blake Bonin accounted for four points in the run, all on foul shots.

Rose-Hulman squeezed out a two-possession lead late in the half, and a late three-pointer by John Czarnecki gave the Engineers a 37-30 lead at the half.

Earlham briefly cut the margin to single digits on a handful of occasions in the second half. The closest the Quaker came to overtaking the Fightin’ Engineers was on a Hutchison jumper with 6:17 remaining in the game, cutting the margin to six points, 60-54, in Rose-Hulman’s favor. The Engineers answered with the next five points to end the rally.

THE DIFFERENCE

Kenneth Stalling Jr. had a season-best performance scoring 20 points. He was 9-of-11 from the field with two three-pointers.

Rose-Hulman’s success from the three-point distance is what allowed them to come out on top in this matchup; the Engineers were 7-16 (43 percent) from beyond the arc. Rose-Hulman was also 15-of-21 from the free-throw line on 19 Earlham fouls.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Rose-Hulman scored 24 points in the paint to Earlham’s 14.

The Earlham bench charted 22 points to Rose-Hulman’s nine.

NEXT UP

Men’s basketball’s next game will be Senior Day for Earlham men’s basketball on Wednesday, Feb. 13, against Defiance College. Tipoff will be at 7:30 p.m.

 

IU EAST BASKETBALL ROUND-UP

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – After trailing at halftime, the Indiana University East men’s

basketball team was able bounce back to win 81-68 over Ohio Christian University on

Feb. 9.

The Red Wolves trailed 34-33 at the intermission of the River States Conference

contest before rallying for a 48-34 edge in the second half.

No. 13 IU East is 21-7 overall and 13-2 in the conference, while Ohio Christian is

6-21, 2-13.

Garrett Silcott topped IU East with 19 points as he finished with 17 in the second

half.

Aaron Thomas recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 10 points and 16

rebounds.

Bishop Smith tossed in 14 points as he continued his streak of double-digit scoring

at 31 straight games.

The Red Wolves have won 12 of their last 13 games with just two conference games

remaining in the regular season.

Silcott made a season-high 7-of-7 from the free throw line with all of them coming

in the second period. He is 49-of-58 this year for 84.5 percent, which leads the Red

Wolves.

Thomas now has 300 rebounds this season, which gives him three years in a row that

he’s reached that plateau. He is at the top of IU East career rebounding list with

1,091 rebounds.

Steve Miller finished with a season-high 11 points for the third time this season.

The Red Wolves visit Point Park University for the last road game of the regular

season on Feb. 12. The conference affair gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

 

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team was able to

pull away from Ohio Christian University in the final period as the Red Wolves

posted an 86-77 victory on Feb. 9.

The River States Conference game was tied at 61-61 with 7:51 remaining before IU

East went on a 10-3 run that ended with a basket by Addie Brown at the 5:42 mark to

make it 71-64 and the Red Wolves never trailed again.

IU East is 12-15 overall, 10-5 in the conference and remains in second place in the

East Division. The Trailblazers fall to 1-24, 0-15.

Bailey Dreiman scored with 7:20 left and made it 63-61 to put the Red Wolves on top

for good.

Libby Springmier led the Red Wolves with a season-high 19 points and three steals.

Amanda Worland tossed in 12 points to go with a career-high 15 rebounds.

The Red Wolves have won three of their last four with two RSC games left in the

regular season.

Brown had 15 points to reach double figures for the ninth straight game.

Springmier has scored in double digits in three of the last four contests.

Worland recorded her second double-double of the season against the Trailblazers and

third overall.

Elizabeth Philpot finished with 11 points and she now has 202 for IU East this

season with 542 in her career.

IU East travels to Point Park University for a conference game on Feb. 12. The

contest starts at 5:30 p.m. It is the final regular season road affair of the

regular season for IU East.

 

No. 15 Purdue beats ‘Huskers 81-62 for 8th straight win

Carsen Edwards scored 27 points and Grady Eifert added a season-high 16 as No. 15 Purdue rebounded from a lackluster first half Saturday night to pull away for an 81-62 victory over Nebraska.

The Boilermakers (17-6, 10-2 Big Ten) have won eight straight overall and 14 in a row at home.

Thomas Allen made five 3-pointers and matched his season-best with 18 points to lead the Cornhuskers (13-11, 3-10). James Palmer Jr. finished with 17 points for Nebraska, which has lost seven straight including all four since losing Isaac Copeland on Jan. 26 with a torn ACL in his left knee.

All Purdue needed to take control was one quick flurry early in the second half.

Ryan Cline started it with a 3-pointer. Eifert’s steal which led to Nojel Eastern’s layup and Eifert and Cline capped the 11-3 run with 3s that gave Purdue a 50-38 lead with 13:41 left.

Nebraska only got as close as eight the rest of the way.

But the game sure didn’t follow the expected script.

After going nearly a full week between games, the Boilermakers looked sluggish early and the Cornhuskers took advantage. When Palmer knocked down a 3-pointer with 7 minutes left in the first half, Nebraska led 25-21 with 7 minutes to go.

That’s when Purdue cranked up the defensive intensity.

 

Barrett, 3s lead No. 2 Duke past No. 3 Virginia, 81-71

RJ Barrett got it started, Zion Williamson filled in some gaps and Cam Reddish added a late flurry.

In No. 2 Duke’s latest installment of Freshmen Gone Wild, all three – and point guard Tre Jones – had starring roles Saturday night as the Blue Devils used an early barrage of 3-pointers to stun No. 3 Virginia, and then held off the Cavaliers, 81-71, to sweep the season series.

“That really sets the tone for us and we played defense today as well,” Barrett said of the fast start that saw him make five 3-pointers before the game was 12 minutes old, helping Duke quiet a sold-out John Paul Jones Arena with the host Cavaliers already trailing 29-15.

“We were just in our zone and it’s great to see when our team is like that,” Barrett said.

He finished with 26 points, Williamson had 18 and Reddish had 17, including three 3-pointers early in the second half.

“It’s any given night for all of us,” Reddish said after finishing 5 of 8 from beyond the arc, with three coming in a span of less than three minutes. “We all can do a mixture of everything and it just depends on who gets found, who’s open and it’s a simple as that.”

Duke finished 13 for 21 from 3-point range after making just 2 of 14 in a 72-70 victory against Virginia on Jan. 19.

“It’s a little bit deflating when they’re banging 3s and you’re trying to keep them out of the lane,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.

 

No. 7 Michigan outlasts No. 19 Wisconsin 61-52

Michigan avenged its loss to Wisconsin last month – and coach John Beilein wants no part of a rubber match against the Badgers.

“Ethan Happ said to me after the game: `I hope to see you again this season,'” Beilein said. “No Ethan. I don’t want to see you again the rest of my life.”

Happ had 18 points and 11 rebounds for No. 19 Wisconsin, but Michigan’s Jon Teske more than held his own inside, and Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to lift the No. 7 Wolverines to a 61-52 victory Saturday. Teske had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

The Big Ten-leading Wolverines (22-2, 11-2) won despite going 0 for 10 from 3-point range in the second half. Michigan led 51-50 in a tight defensive struggle before pulling away with eight straight points.

The Badgers (17-7, 9-4) had their six-game winning streak snapped. That run began with a 64-54 win over then-undefeated Michigan last month.

“A little bit of a flip of the script, in terms of them making plays in the last two minutes,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said.

Happ had 26 points and 10 rebounds in the January meeting, and it looked like he was headed to a similar output. He dominated early and had 14 points by halftime, but the 7-foot-1 Teske began containing him, and Happ picked up a crucial third foul early in the second half.

 

Howard has 38, No. 10 Marquette edges No. 14 Villanova 66-65

Markus Howard provided the offense and this time around, Marquette’s defense put on just enough pressure at the end.

Howard scored 38 points and the 10th-ranked Golden Eagles hung on at the buzzer, edging No. 14 Villanova 66-65 Saturday and handing the Wildcats their first Big East Conference loss.

Marquette (20-4, 9-2) was coming off a one-point loss to St. John’s in which it failed to get a final stop.

The Golden Eagles, who led by 15 early in the second half, took a 66-63 edge on two free throws by Howard with 53 seconds left. Phil Booth answered with a floater in the lane that made it a one-point game.

Jermaine Samuels then stripped Howard on the ensuing possession with 14 seconds left. After a timeout, Booth drove on Sacar Anim but was cut off underneath by reserve forward Ed Morrow.

Booth passed the ball back to Samuels, who missed an off-balance jumper from the left side as time ran out.

“We just wanted to make it tough for him, obviously bring him to a crowd,” Anim said. “We really wanted to force him to drive where I knew I was going to have some help. We were able to get him down there and Ed made a big time play.”

Villanova coach Jay Wright said the last play didn’t develop the way he hoped.

 

No. 1 Tennessee beats Florida 73-61 for 18th straight win

Tennessee’s players resisted the temptation of staging a repeat performance of a postgame “Gator chomp” after their latest victory over Florida.

The sellout crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena did it instead.

Grant Williams scored 16 points as the top-ranked Volunteers defeated Florida 73-61 on Saturday to extend their school-record winning streak to 18 games.

Tennessee (22-1, 10-0 SEC) owns the longest active winning streak of any Division I team. This also marks the biggest winning streak of Rick Barnes’ 32-year head coaching career, surpassing the 17-game string that started Texas’ 2009-10 season.

“I appreciate how hard they’ve competed,” Barnes said. “I appreciate the fact they do want to get better, and we can get better. I think they believe, like our coaching staff, that our best basketball’s ahead of us. It’s not going to be easy, but they’re competitive. Where we are, they deserve the credit.”

Tennessee’s winning streak includes a 78-67 victory at Florida on Jan. 12. Immediately after that game ended, all five Tennessee players on the floor performed a “Gator chomp ” in a mock version of the cheer favored by Florida fans. Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield said at the time the Vols were responding to “disrespectful” and “inhumane” comments Florida fans had made during the game.

This time, Tennessee’s players had a more muted celebration but fans started doing the Gator chomp in the final minute and continued it as the final horn sounded.

 

No. 8 Tar Heels hold off Hurricanes 88-85 in overtime

North Carolina hit every big shot it needed in an unexpectedly dire situation at home against struggling Miami. That allowed the eighth-ranked Tar Heels to hang on for their best Atlantic Coast Conference start under Roy Williams.

Freshman Coby White matched his season high with 33 points and Luke Maye and Kenny Williams each hit critical 3-pointers to help the Tar Heels edge the Hurricanes 88-85 in overtime Saturday. The victory pushed the Tar Heels (19-4) to 9-1 in the ACC for the first time in their 16 seasons under their Hall of Fame coach.

“I feel very fortunate to say the least,” Roy Williams said. “I questioned our kids’ toughness throughout the whole game, and was still doing it at the end. But I think they answered it pretty well down the stretch. They made plays, made shots.”

They sure did. Big ones, too.

First there was White, who scored 23 points with six 3-pointers in the second half alone. That included one with 41.0 seconds left in regulation to bring UNC to within 75-74.

Next was Maye, who hit the overtime-forcing 3 with 10.2 seconds left.

Finally there was Kenny Williams, the senior defensive stopper who had been quiet offensively before hitting the go-ahead 3 with 2:08 to go in overtime.

The Tar Heels struggled all day to slow 5-foot-7 Chris Lykes and the Hurricanes (10-13, 2-9). Lykes finished with 19 of his 27 points after halftime, including a 3 over 6-6 defender Nassir Little with 1:31 left that gave Miami a 72-71 lead.

 

TCU rides big first-half run to upset at No. 17 Iowa State

Just when the Big 12 title chase was threatening to make some sense, TCU traveled to Ames and pulled off one of the weirdest upsets of the season.

Kendric Davis scored a season-high 22 points, and the Horned Frogs stunned No. 17 Iowa State 92-83 on Saturday for their first road win over a Top 25 team in 21 years.

Kouat Noi, Desmond Bane and Alex Robinson each had 17 for TCU (17-6, 5-5 Big 12). The Horned Frogs used a staggering 27-4 first-half run to blow past the beleaguered Cyclones and greatly boost their postseason resume.

“We know we need to go on a run to improve our seeding in the Big 12 and the NCAA Tournament,” Robinson said. “This is just another milestone for our program.”

TCU, a 9-point underdog that had lost its previous two road games by an average of 22.5 points, capped a stretch of seven straight makes to open the second half with a layup by Noi to jump ahead 54-36 with 15:32 left.

The Horned Frogs opened the second half shooting 13 of 17 from the floor, and Davis’ scoop layup made it 69-50 with 8:14 to go. Bane’s steal and lay-in a few minutes later pushed TCU’s lead to 75-56.

 

Bogdanovic leads Pacers past Cavaliers for 5th straight win

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points and the Indiana Pacers extended their winning streak to five games with a 105-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

Darren Collison added 18 points, Myles Turner had 14 points and eight rebounds and Domantas Sabonis came off the bench to score 13 points and grab 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who led by as many as 21 points.

Jordan Clarkson led the Cavaliers with 18 points, Larry Nance Jr. scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Collin Sexton added 16 points for Cleveland.

Bogdanovic and Turner shared the scoring load for Indiana to start the game, combining for 26 of the Pacers’ 54 first-half points. Turner started off the game scoring eight of the Pacers’ first 12 points, forcing Cleveland into an early timeout with back-to-back 3-pointers.

The Pacers scored 30 points in the first quarter and led by 12 points at the half and never looked back.

Indiana outscored Cleveland 54-32 in points in the paint. The Pacers used transition basketball to gain an advantage, outscoring the Cavs 16-9 in fastbreak points.

 

Clippers rally from 28 down, beat Celtics 123-112

Montrezl Harrell forced two turnovers in the final two minutes and Patrick Beverley hit a pair of 3-pointers in front of the Boston bench Saturday night to help the retooled Los Angeles Clippers overcome a 28-point, first-half deficit and beat the Celtics 123-112.

One game after the Lakers rallied from 18 points down to win in Boston on Rajon Rondo’s buzzer-beater – and six days after the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl – the Clippers turned the “Beat L.A.! chants” to boos. The Celtics collapse corresponded to the loss of Kyrie Irving, who left with a sprained knee in the second quarter, when the game seemed comfortably in hand.

Harrell scored 21 points, Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and 10 rebounds and trade deadline acquisition Landry Shamet scored 17 points.

Gordon Hayward scored 19 points and Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier had 16 apiece for Boston. The Celtics followed their highest-scoring half of the season with their lowest-scoring quarter and lost at home to a team from Los Angeles for the second straight time.

Boston scored 15 straight points and finished the first quarter with a 23-point lead, then extended it to 68-40 in the second. The Celtics led 74-53 at halftime, but the Clippers outscored them 28-12 in the third.

Los Angeles finally tied it 100-all, bringing boos from the crowd that expected an easy victory against a team that traded away leading scorer Tobias Harris at the deadline and added five new players. Gallinari followed with a jumper to give the Clippers their first lead.

 

Johnson has go-ahead goal, Lightning beat Penguins 5-4

Tyler Johnson had a key goal and a tussle with Sidney Crosby, too.

Johnson and J.T. Miller scored third-period goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning stopped a rare two-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

After Johnson got his first goal in 15 games just under five minutes into the period, Miller gave Tampa Bay a 5-3 lead with 5:57 remaining.

“I knew it was just a matter of time,” Johnson said of his 19th goal.

Tanner Pearson pulled the Penguins within 5-4 shortly after Miller’s goal off a steal and pass from behind the net by Crosby.

Crosby played in his 916th game, moving past Mario Lemieux for the most in Penguins history.

Johnson checked Crosby into the boards midway through the second period, and the Penguins star dropped his gloves during a scrum between the two. Both were given roughing penalties at 13:14.

The game also had two fighting majors and a pair of 10-minute misconducts.

“I just think it’s two quality teams,” Johnson said. “Very competitive. Both teams hate to lose, and both teams give it their all. Those things are going to happen.”

The Lightning have lost two in a row just twice this season.

 

Labanc’s hat trick leads Sharks past Oilers, 5-2

The San Jose Sharks have been getting contributions from just about everyone during their five-game winning streak.

On Saturday night, it was Kevin Labanc’s turn. The 23-year-old recorded his first career hat trick as the Sharks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2.

“I have to show that I’m doing everything I can to be here and to make myself better and make this team better as well,” Labanc said. “We’re trying to improve ourselves in the standings. We have a great team here and we have to keep this rolling.

“Besides the hat trick, we got the two points and that was huge for us.”

Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl also scored for San Jose, and Aaron Dell stopped 21 shots.

“When mentally we want to engage, and do it the right way, we’ve eliminated a lot of odd-man rushes and on top of it our goalie has been playing really solid,” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian scored for the Oilers, who have lost seven of eight. Edmonton has also lost five straight at home and is 2-11-0 in its last 13 games at Rogers Place.

“We can’t play this way and actually expect to win hockey games, not at this time of year. Quite frankly, not ever. Maybe in an exhibition game,” Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said. “This, for players, has to be really unacceptable. To play that way, with so much at stake, to be able to move with two or three points of eighth place and play this way, it can’t be acceptable.

“At this time of year the coaches can’t want it more than the players.”

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-

GRENOBLE, France-Peggy Fleming’s victory in the Olympic figure skating tonight was not only a personal triumph, it was also a victory of the ballet over the Ice Follies approach to figure skating. For traditional aficionados, her victory had all the ingredients of a Good Guy whipping the Bad Guys in an Italianmade Western in which the film is no good unless the Good Guy guns down at least a posse of black-hatted hombres in the first reel. Tonight, the Colorado State college girl with a weakness for chocolate cake and whipped cream took on no fewer than 32 competitors and knocked them all dead.

Until Miss Fleming came along, the women’s figure skating threatened to be dominated by skaters who are not unpretty to look at, but who resemble overgrown chorus girls with the legs of a Green Bay linebacker. The “Ice Follies” analogy was coined by Miss Fleming herself. “I primarily represent the ballet approach,” she said. “That is, where the movements are more graceful and everything blends smoothly as you flow across the ice.” Being polite, she describes the “Ice Follies” school as being merely more “athletic.”

“Peggy,” says Gebrielle Seyfert of East Germany, “has no weaknesses. I know I am the more athletic type and I’m trying to overcome it. Peggy lands softly and everything she does is connected. It’s pure ballerina.” At 5 feet 4 inches and currently weighing only 108 pounds, Peggy has occasionally gotten up to 112-with her penchant for desserts. But such rare lapses account for her breaks in discipline in a sport with incredible physical and psychological demands.

While at times exuding a sorority girl’s impishness, on the ice she’s all poise, a very worldly black-haired and dark-eyed beauty. At last year’s world championships in Vienna, the Austrian press tried to pin down Miss Fleming’s appeal both as a skater and as a young woman. Some described her as “classic.” Others compared her to a Grecian beauty. The Express finally tabbed her as “America’s Shy Bambi.” Few would quibble with any of these descriptions. But Miss Fleming is refreshingly unconcerned about imagemaking. Before the finals here, she had her usual double-decker sandwich. After she had won and was finished with the interviews and the congratulations, she had her chocolate cake. And at last, with tonight’s triumph, a few pounds more or less wouldn’t matter.

 

1900 – Peter Ostlund skates world record 500 metre (45.2 seconds).

1908 – Tommy Burns knocks out Jack Palmer in four rounds for heavyweight boxing title.

1912 – Jack Hobbs and Wilfred Rhodes make 323 cricket opening stand versus Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

1920 – US Major League Baseball outlaws all pitches involving tampering with the ball.

1924 – Bucky Harris, 27, becomes youngest baseball manager (Washington Senators).

1925 – American League decides to alternate leagues for game one of World Series each year.

1937 – Ragnhild Hveger swims world free-style record 400 metre (5:14.2).

1940 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer.

1940 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner.

1953 – Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Jean Westwood and Lawrence Demmy of Great Britain.

1953 – Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Jennifer and John Nicks of Great Britain.

1953 – Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Tenley Albright (USA).

1953 – Men’s Figure Skating Champion in Davos won by Hayes Alan Jenkins (USA).

1954 – Ice Dance Championship at Oslo won by Jean Westwood/Lawrence Demmy (Great Britain).

1954 – Ice Pairs Championship at Oslo won by Frances Dafoe/Norris Bowden (Canada).

1954 – Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Gundi Busch (Germany).

1954 – Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Hayes Alan Jenkins (USA).

1957 – Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open.

1961 – AFL’s Los Angeles Chargers move to San Diego.

1962 – Jim Beatty sets American indoor mile record (3:58.9) in Los Angeles, California.

1963 – Mickey Wright wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Women’s Golf Open.

1963 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Lorraine Hanlon.

1963 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Thomas Litz.

1969 – LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94.

1973 – Second time New York Rangers shut-out New York Islanders 6-0.

1973 – Mushtaq Mohammad follows up 201 to take 5-49 versus New Zealand Dunedin.

1974 – Gail Denenber wins LPGA Sears Women’s Golf Classic.

1974 – Judy Ikenberry wins first US women’s marathon (2:55:17).

1975 – William “Judy” Johnson selected to American baseball Hall of Fame.

1979 – Border is named 12th man for Australia, only Test Cricket he missed.

1980 – Jane Blalock wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.

1981 – 33rd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 4-1 at Los Angeles, California.

1981 – Dennis Lillee becomes Australian Cricket’s top wicket-taker with 249.

1985 – 35th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 140-129 at Indiana.

1985 – Andrea Schöne skates ladies world record 5 km (7:32.82).

1985 – Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic.

1989 – Boston Celtics’ KC Jones and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall of Fame.

1989 – Minor League Football System opens organizational meeting, Saint Louis, Missouri.

1989 – Test Cricket debut of Aaqib Javed, Pakistan versus New Zealand age 16 years 189 days.

1990 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary.

1991 – 41st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 116-114 at Charlotte, North Carolina.

1991 – Beth Daniel wins LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary Golf Tournament.

1991 – Johann Koss skates world record 10 km (13:43.54).

1992 – Bonnie Blair wins 1992 Olympics first gold medal for the USA.

1993 – Jani Sievinen swims world record 200 metre backstroke (1:55.59).

1995 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Nicole Bobek.

2002 – In the 52nd NBA All Star Game the West defeats the East in Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center.

2005 – Roy Oswalt and the Houston Astros agree to a two-year, US$16.9 million deal.

2006 – (to February 26) The XX Olympic Winter Games take place in Turin, Italy.

2006 – Alfonso Soriano sets a record for the highest salary ever awarded in baseball arbitration: he will receive US$10 million to play outfield for the Washington Nationals.

2008 – In Honolulu, Hawaii, the NFL Pro Bowl game is held. NFC beats AFC 42 to 30. Most Valuable Player award goes to Adrian Peterson.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1910      Ground is broken in Chicago for a modern concrete-and-steel stadium to replace the obsolete South Side Park. The Pale Hose will play their first game at Comiskey Park, originally known as White Sox Park, on July 1, losing to the Browns in their new home, 2-0.

1916      The Giants ask for waivers on Chief Meyers, but Brooklyn and Boston both refuse the team’s request. When the Robins owner Charles Ebbets and Braves owners Percy D. Haughton disagree on the status of the veteran catcher, a coin toss determines the 35 year-old will play for Brooklyn, where he will hit .235 in limited action over the next two season.

1920      The American and National League Joint Rules Committee outlaw the spitball, shineball, and emeryball. Seventeen pitchers, including Burleigh Grimes, who will be the last player to throw a doctored pitch legally, are allowed to keep throwing the banned pitches until they retired.

1971      The Yankees announce Bill White will join Phil Rizzuto and Frank Messer on the WPIX broadcast team, becoming the first black to do play-by-play regularly for a major-league baseball team. The former All-Star first baseman will stay in the booth for 18 seasons, leaving in 1989 to serve as president of the National League.

1982      The Mets agree to a $10 million, five-year deal with George Foster, completing the trade with the Reds which sent Jim Kern, Greg Harris, and Alex Trevino to Cincinnati. During his four-and-half-year tenure with the team, the perennial All-Star outfielder proves to be a major offensive disappointment and will be released outright during the 1986 season after he accuses the club of racism for benching him in favor of Kevin Mitchell, a fellow African-American.

1984      After five months of discussion, the Mets and Keith Hernandez, who was eligible for free-agency at the end of the season, come to terms on an $8 million, five-year contract. The deal makes the first baseman the second-highest paid player in franchise history, earning slightly less than George Foster’s $10 million, five-year pact signed precisely two years ago.

2000      After receiving a ‘hometown’ discount, the Reds trade pitchers Brett Tomko and Jake Meyer, center fielder Mike Cameron, and infielder Antonio Perez to the Mariners in exchange for the services of Ken Griffey, Jr. Cincinnati signs the 30 year-old superstar outfielder to the richest package in baseball history, but the nine-year deal worth $116.5 million is considered quite a bargain in the current market.

2005      Curt Schilling donates the blood-stained sock he wore in Game 2 of the World Series to the Hall of Fame. Presently, the sock is part of a Red Sox memorabilia tour, along with Derek Lowe’s Game 4 jersey, Manny Ramirez’s bat, and the ball used to make the last of the Fall Classic on loan from former first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who kept the historical horsehide as a personal keepsake.

2005      In his first public appearance since his involvement with PEDs became public, Bronx Bombers first baseman Jason Giambi apologizes to his teammates, Yankee fans, and baseball fans everywhere for letting them down last season. The All-Star slugger never uses the word steroids when he accepts full responsibility for the controversy.

2005      Avoiding arbitration, Roy Oswalt (20-10, 3.49) and the Astros agree to a two-year, $16.9 million deal. The 27 year-old right-hander has posted an incredible 63-27 (.700) record during his four seasons with Houston.

2006      Although recently acquired Alfonso Soriano (.268, 36, 104) of the Nationals loses his salary arbitration case, the former Texas Rangers infielder sets a record for the highest salary ever awarded by the process. The All-Star second baseman, who is being asked to play the outfield in Washington, will receive $10 million (he asked for $12 million), surpassing the $8.2 million awarded to Andruw Jones in his successful 2001 arbitration hearing with the Braves.

2009      The Rangers announce the signing of Andruw Jones, who is trying to restore his reputation after two horrendous seasons with the Dodgers, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The ten-time Gold Glove center fielder will try to join the crowded Texas outfield which includes David Murphy in left, Josh Hamilton in center, Nelson Cruz in right, along with Marlon Byrd, who is slotted to get substantial playing time in all three positions.

2011      Josh Hamilton, avoiding arbitration, agrees to a $24 million, two-year contract with the Rangers. The American League MVP hit a major league-best .359, along with 32 homers and 100 RBIs despite missing the last month of the regular season due to broken ribs,

2015

“There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training” – text from a joint statement released by the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez.

At a meeting initiated by Alex Rodriguez, the much-maligned Yankee slugger apologizes to the team’s front office for the turbulence which has swirled around the organization during the last few years, according to a joint statement released by the team and the player. The attendees for the ‘honest and frank discussion’ of the issues included managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, club president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman, assistant GM Jean Afterman, and Jim Sharp, A-Rod’s legal counsel.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1847 – Birth of A N Hornby; cricket player (pioneering England Test batsman).

1862 – Birth of W H “Gobo” Ashley; cricket player (seven wickets in one Test for South Africa 1889).

1884 – Birth of Herbert Hordern; cricket player (pioneering leggie for Australia and Philadelphia).

1893 – Birth of William [Bill] T Tilden II; tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 1929).

1906 – Birth of John “Cat” Thompson; basketball hall of famer (elected 1962).

1910 – Birth of Paul Whitelaw; cricket player (New Zealand opening batsman versus England 1933).

1929 – Birth of Hallgeir Brenden in Norway; 15km/18km cross country (Olympics-gold-1952, 1956).

1937 – Birth of Yuriy Poyarkov in the USSR; volleyball player (Olympics-2 gold/1 silver-1964-1972).

1940 – Birth of Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey in England; long jumper (Olympics-gold-1964).

1941 – Birth of John Hampshire; cricket player (of Yorkshire Century on debut for England 1969).

1950 – Birth of Mark Spitz in Modesto, California, USA; swimmer (Olympics – 9 gold/silver/bronze – 1968, 1972).

1955 – Birth of Greg[ory John] Norman in Queensland, Australia; PGA golfer “The White Shark” (1984 Kemper).

1955 – Birth of Lusia Mae Harris in Minter City, Mississippi, USA; basketball player (Olympics-silver-1976).

1957 – Birth of Debbie Brinkley in Tasmania, Australia; golfer (1990 T25 Victorian Open).

1957 – Birth of Pranab Roy; cricket player (son of Pankaj, Indian batsman 1982).

1961 – Birth of David Ward; cricket player (prolific Surrey batsman).

1962 – Birth of Jean-Marie Banos in Lavelanet, France; Canada sabre (Olympics-9/10-1988, 1992, 1996).

1963 – Birth of Bennie Thompson; NFL player (New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens).

1963 – Birth of Harris Huizingh; soccer player (FC Groningen).

1963 – Birth of Lenny Dykstra; centerfielder (New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies).

1964 – Birth of Roger Reijners; soccer player (MVV).

1964 – Birth of Sam Graddy in Gaffney, South Carolina, USA; 4×100 metre runner (Olympics-gold-1984).

1965 – Birth of Lenny Webster in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; catcher (Montreal Expos).

1966 – Birth of Daryl Johnston; NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys).

1967 – Birth of Bradley Hughes in Mordialloc, Victoria, Australia; Australasia golfer.

1967 – Birth of Dwayne “Road Grader” White; NFL player (New York Jets, Saint Louis).

1968 – Birth of Peter Popovic in Koping, Sweden; NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens).

1968 – Birth of Ryan Bowen, US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins).

1969 – Birth of Jayhawk Owens in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; catcher (Colorado Rockies).

1969 – Birth of Tim Clark; US baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins).

1970 – Birth of Alberto Castillo; Dominican/US baseball catcher (New York Mets).

1970 – Birth of Bobby Jones in Fresno, California, USA; pitcher (New York Mets).

1970 – Birth of Brendan Eppert in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA; speed skater (Olympics-1994).

1971 – Birth of Kevin Sefcik in Oaklawn, Illinois, USA; infielder (Philadelphia Phillies).

1971 – Birth of Marty Nothstein in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA; sprint cyclist Olympics-silver-1996).

1971 – Birth of Wayne Gandy; tackle (Saint Louis Rams).

1972 – Birth of Michael Kasprowicz; cricket player (Australian Test fast bowler versus West Indies 1996).

1972 – Birth of Nancy Christian; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; WPVA volleyball player (US Open-17th-1995).

1972 – Birth of Sara Simmons in Belmont, Massachusetts, USA; rower (Olympics-1996).

1972 – Birth of Torey Hunter; NFL cornerback (Houston Oilers).

1974 – Birth of Andrew English; Canadian Football League receiver (British Columbia Lions).

1974 – Birth of Lea Ghirardi-Rubbi in Colombes, France; tennis star (1994 Futures NC).

1974 – Birth of Ty Law; NFL cornerback (New England Patriots).

1975 – Birth of Tina Thompson; WNBA forward (Houston Comets).

1980 – Birth of César Izturis; Venezuelan Major League Baseball player.

1980 – Birth of Steve Tully; English football player.