BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Kokomo 41 Richmond 36

Lafayette Jeff 82 Indianapolis Tech 69

Marion 64 McCutcheon 44

Anderson 71 Logansport 65

Harrison 55 Muncie Central 52

Centerville 62 Blue River 60

North Decatur 52 Union County 47

Northeastern 91 Tri 42

Winchester 80 Lincoln 57

Daleville 80 Union City 65

Delta 61 New Castle 55

Greenfield Central 58 Franklin County 38

Wapahani 49 Monroe Central 46 OT

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL REGIONALS-SATURDAY

CLASS 4A

LAPORTE

Penn [24-0] vs. Plymouth [20-5]

Kankakee Valley [20-4] vs. Crown Point [26-0]

KOKOMO

Hamilton Southeastern [23-1] vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne) [14-10]

Zionsville [18-8] vs. Homestead [24-3]

DECATUR CENTRAL

Lawrence North [19-6] vs. Mooresville [17-9]

Mount Vernon (Fortville) [20-5] vs. Ben Davis [16-8]

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE

Center Grove [22-3] vs. Bedford North Lawrence [22-5]

Castle [21-4] vs. Bloomington South [21-3]

 

CLASS 3A

RENSSELEAR CENTRAL

Mishawaka Marian [21-3] vs. Knox [21-4]

Northwestern [23-3] vs. Gary West [20-7]

COLUMBIA CITY

New Castle [16-9] vs. Angola [20-6]

West Noble [18-5] vs. Marion [21-4]

DANVILLE

Benton Central [23-4] vs. Indianapolis Chatard [16-9]

Danville [20-5] vs. Northview [16-9]

CHARLESTOWN

Salem [22-3] vs. Greensburg [20-4]

Vincennes Lincoln [23-3] vs. Gibson Southern [23-3]

 

CLASS 2A

WINAMAC

Bluffton [13-11] vs. North Judson [21-3]

Hammond Noll [21-6] vs. Central Noble [25-0]

EASTERN (GREENTOWN)

Monroe Central [19-5] vs. Tipton [20-5]

Oak Hill [21-3] vs. Lafayette Central Catholic [20-6]

SPEEDWAY

Covenant Christian [18-8] vs. Western Boone [16-9]

Triton Central [23-1] vs. Winchester [23-3]

PAOLI

Evansville Mater Dei [15-10] vs. South Ripley [18-7]

Eastern (Pekin) [20-6] vs. South Knox [16-11]

 

CLASS 1A

CASTON

South Central (Union Mills) [19-6] vs. Marquette Catholic [23-2]

Fremont [16-8] vs. Pioneer [16-6]

TIPTON

North Vermillion [24-2] vs. Blue River [19-6]

Northfield [23-2] vs. Cowan [10-15]

SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)

North Central (Farmersburg) [16-8] vs. Greenwood Christian [16-10]

Jac-Cen-Del [21-5] vs. University [22-2]

SPRINGS VALLEY

Lanesville [18-6] vs. Vincennes Rivet [26-0]

West Washington [17-9] vs. Tecumseh [18-5]

 

SEMI-STATE WRESTLING-SATURDAY
1. East Chicago Central | 9 am CT
2. New Haven (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum) | 8:30 am ET
3. New Castle | 9 am ET
4. Evansville Reitz (Ford Center) | 9 am CT

@NEW CASTLE-1ST ROUND (AREA WRESTLERS)
106
Jake Necessary, Richmond, 32-6, vs. Sam Crousore, Hamilton Southeastern, 24-7
113
Zeke Seltzer, Indianapolis Cathedral, 35-1, vs. Jackson Ramsey, Northeastern, 28-14
Evan Seal, Franklin County, 30-14, vs. Antonio Jefferson, Lawrence Central, 19-6
120
Carson Johnson, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), 30-11, vs. Garrett Condo, Franklin County, 31-8
126
Sam Slivka, Roncalli, 30-4, vs. Alex Fuller, Union County., 22-18
Devin Frazier, Centerville, 31-5, vs. Jeivan Ross, Warren Central, 31-6
132
Hunter Brown, Lincoln, 26-3, vs. Max Naselroad, Alexandria Monroe, 30-8
Logan Bailey, Indianapolis Cathedral, 33-5, vs. Tyler Vredeveld, Centerville, 29-6
138
Kyle Holman, Carmel, 23-9, vs. Adam Crouch, Franklin County, 32-9
Gabe Phillips, Centerville, 35-0 vs. Chase Poynter, Zionsville, 13-6
145
Antwaun Graves, Warren Central, 30-4, vs. Josh Miles, Lincoln, 17-9
152
Grant Suding, Franklin County, 33-10, vs. Brice Coleman, Warren Central, 36-2
160
Jake Lowe, North Montgomery, 34-2, vs. Blake Bushey, Connersville, 32-10
170
Drake Kendrex, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), 31-4, vs. Alfredo Calderon, Centerville, 32-4
Tucker Coffman, Union County., 34-2, vs. Joe Rice, Indianapolis Arsenal Tech, 28-11
Cody Klettheimer, Frankton, 34-0, vs. Colton Massey, Connersville, 31-6
195
Evan Shafer, Connersville, 22-10, vs. KJ Roudebush, Tipton, 24-2
Phoenix Mills, Lapel, 23-9, vs. Blaine Pierce, Richmond, 34-4
220
Robby Pandoli, Tri, 22-5, vs. Andrew Irick, Hamilton Southeastern, 30-1
Cullen Browning, Northeastern, 36-2, vs. Dakota Arvin, Westfield, 22-14
285
Zack McQueen, Connersville, 34-3, vs. Zach Evans, Chatard, 20-4
Sam Wertz, Noblesville, 21-13, vs. Josh Berger, Northeastern, 34-9
Ben Ahrens, Lincoln, 30-4, vs. Justin Stephens, Pendleton Heights, 21-15

@NEW HAVEN
160
Jacob Duncan, Winchester 30-7, vs. Jadon Crisp, Central Noble, 35-2
285
Logan Shaffer
Winchester Community, 30-6, vs. Chase Leeper, Eastside, 34-5

 

IU EAST TRACK

(IU EAST RELEASE)

TIFFIN, Ohio – Indiana University East came away with two major awards and six

champions as the Red Wolves competed in the River States Conference Indoor Track and

Field Championships at Tiffin University on Feb. 8.

Seth Reynolds was named the RSC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, while Will

Mundy was selected as the Men’s Newcomer of the Year.

The Red Wolves were second in the men’s team standings. The women finished fourth.

Point Park University won both team titles.

KEY MOMENTS

* Reynolds won the 60-meter hurdles for the second straight year in 8.25 seconds,

which was a meet record. He was also second in the 400 (50.52) and was the leadoff

runner on the winning 1,600-meter relay team.

* Mundy took the titles in the 400 (49.91) with a meet record and 200 (22.38) with a

school mark in the 200. He anchored the 1,600-meter relay squad.

CHAMPIONS

* Justin Lowe in the men’s 600 (1:24.96), second year in a row.

* Kaniyah Rush in the women’s 200 (26.33), meet and school record.

* Men’s 1,600-meter relay team of Reynolds, Jordan Maxwell, Jamal Stephens, Mundy in

3:27.84, meet record.

ALL-CONFERENCE (TOP 3)

* Women’s 3,200-meter relay (Edmalie Cruz-Sanchez, Mackenzie Neher, Brooke Perreira,

Sarah Hornak), second in 10:41.66, school record.

* Rush in women’s 60 meters, second in 7.98, tied school record.

* Stephens in men’s 60 meters, second in 7.03.

* Abby Bittner in women’s 600 meters, second in 1:44.58.

* Hornak in women’s 800 meters, second in 2:28.18.

* Women’s DMR relay (Neher, Bittner, Sosa Perez, Cruz Sanchez), second in 10:41.66,

school record.

* Nick Gilmore in the men’s shot put, second with 13.76 meters.

* Cordaijah McBride in women’s 60 meters, third in 8.06.

* Maxwell in men’s 60 meters, third in 7.06.

* Neher in women’s mile, third in 5:28.52, school record.

* Sarai Sosa Perez in women’s 400 meters, third in 1:01.21, school record.

* Gabe Carter in the men’s 1,000, third in 2:43.81.

* Maxwell in men’s 200 meters, third in 22.70.

SCHOOL RECORDS

* Savannah Hart in women’s 5,000, fourth in 19:38.46.

* Sheila Naku in the women’s shot put, sixth with 10.98 meters.

SCORERS (TOP 8)

* Cruz Sanchez in women’s 800 meters, fourth.

* Dustin Reynolds in men’s 800 meters, fourth.

* Stephens in men’s 200 meters, fourth.

* Ashley Toschlog in women’s 5,000, fifth.

* Shannon Milnickel in men’s mile, fifth.

* Bittner in women’s 400 meters, fifth.

* Trent Herbert in men’s 400 meters, fifth.

* Alex Ferguson in men’s 600 meters, fifth.

* Chance Klipstine in men’s 800 meters, fifth.

* Sosa Perez in the women’s 200 meters, fifth.

* Seth Reynolds in men’s 200 meters, fifth.

* Milnickel in men’s 3,000, fifth.

* Sarah Mallory in the long jump, fifth.

* Hart in women’s mile, sixth.

* McBride in the women’s 200 meters, sixth.

* Johnny Fike in men’s 3,000, sixth.

* Cole Dudley in men’s 5,000, seventh.

* Zach Barkdull in men’s 3,000, seventh.

* Herbert in men’s 60 meters, eighth.

* Salvador Campos in men’s mile, eighth.

RSC CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER

Bittner was recognized for the women’s squad and Dustin Reynolds was honored for the

men.

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#11 Stanford 61 #7 Oregon State 44

#8 Marquette 59 Georgetown 52

USC 84 #17 Utah 80

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Detroit 120 New York 103

Philadelphia 117 Denver 110

Washington 119 Cleveland 106

Chicago 125 Brooklyn 106

Milwaukee 122 Dallas 107

Golden State 117 Phoenix 107

New Orleans 122 Minnesota 117

Sacramento 102 Miami 96

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Carolina 3 NY Rangers 0

 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCORES

Dayton 14 UMES 0

Dayton 4 South Dakota 3 (9)

East Carolina 9 Miami OH 1

Ft. Wayne 3 Evansville 1

Green Bay 1 Ft. Wayne 1

Western Illinois 4 IUPUI 2 (8)

Indiana 2 Bethune-Cookman 1

Ball State 7 LIU-Brooklyn 4

Ohio State 7 George Mason 0

Purdue 13 Pittsburgh 9 (8)

SFA 6 Valpo 2

Middle Tennessee 4 Valpo 1 (8)

UAB 12 Wright State 4

Western Illinois 7 Butler 1

 

Indians star Lindor may miss season start with calf strain

The Cleveland Indians may start the season without their best player.

All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor will miss spring training camp – and maybe the start of the season – with a strained right calf. It’s an injury that is concerning to the AL Central champions, who have had an interesting offseason.

One of baseball’s top all-around players, Lindor recently got hurt while working out in Orlando, Florida. He was checked Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic and team physician Mark Shickendantz confirmed a moderate sprain.

The Indians, who have overhauled their roster this winter, anticipate him missing up to nine weeks, which would place his return sometime in early April. Cleveland opens the regular season on March 28 in Minnesota.

The loss of Lindor for any period is a major blow to the three-time defending division champions. The 25-year-old is an offensive force, elite defensive player and will be counted on to provide more leadership this season following the departures of outfielder Michael Brantley and catcher Yan Gomes.

A three-time All-Star, Lindor batted .277 last season with 38 homers, 92 RBIs and tied for the league lead with 129 runs.

Lindor’s talent and charisma have endeared him to Indians fans, whose loyalty may be challenged this season with the club’s roster makeover.

 

Giants met with Bryce Harper after sides had mutual interest

Bryce Harper and the Giants met in the free agent slugger’s hometown of Las Vegas this week, and new San Francisco baseball operations chief Farhan Zaidi said the sides had mutual interest.

Zaidi, the club’s new president of baseball operations, would not say whether an offer was extended to the star outfielder. The Giants still hope to add two outfielders.

A fan posted that he had spotted Giants CEO Larry Baer in the Bellagio on Monday night.

“It’s kind of hard to deny when your CEO gets made in the casino,” Zaidi said with a chuckle Friday. “There’s obviously mutual interest on both sides, so we thought it made sense to get together. We had a good conversation over a few hours and he’s obviously got a lot of suitors and a lot of interest. He’s going to have some decisions to make, but again I think it’s fair to say that was an expression of our interest level to make the trip out there and meet with him.”

Zaidi said background discussions led to the meeting: “We didn’t just show up at his doorstep.”

“Having kind of a face-to-face meeting gives you kind of a different level of being able to engage,” Zaidi said. “Can’t exactly deny that the meeting happened. But beyond that, not really going to have comment on the substance of the meeting beyond that obviously we have interest. You don’t make a trip out there to meet with a player just for show.”

While cautioning that he is not familiar with negotiations, Commissioner Rob Manfred is eager to see some of the game’s big names with teams for spring training.

“We want players signed, particularly star players,” Manfred said. “I wish they were signed and ready to go. We got another week before they have to report. I’m really hopeful that it’s going to get resolved during that period of time. But obviously we want our star players signed and ready to go when we start playing.”

 

Manfred: No DH or draft changes likely for 2019

Don’t look for a National League designated hitter this year or for new anti-tanking rules in June’s amateur draft.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that management is focused on pace-of-game changes for 2019 and bolder ideas proposed by the players’ association are too complex to be put in place for this season.

Speaking Friday after an owners’ meeting, Manfred felt encouraged the union responded to management’s proposal for a pitch clock and a three-batter minimum for a relief pitcher unless an inning ends.

“Some of these items need to be part of broader discussions that certainly will continue after opening day, and I hope we can focus on some of the issues that need to get resolved quickly in the interim,” Manfred said.

Baseball is in its third year of a five-year labor deal, one in which the free-agent market has slowed considerably – even with premier players available such as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Management would discuss larger changes as part of a deal for a new collective bargaining agreement extending beyond December 2021.

“I hope and I really do believe that there is a common interest between the players’ association, the players, the owners and the commissioner’s office in changes, whether they’re midterm or otherwise, that make our entertainment product the best it could possibly be,” Manfred said.

After the 2016 and 2017 seasons, players rebuffed management’s proposal for a pitch clock designed to speed the pace of play. Management has the right to implement a clock, but Manfred has been reluctant to make on-field changes without players’ agreement.

Management presented its latest proposal Jan. 14, one that included a requirement that pitchers face at least three batters or finish an inning. Players responded Feb. 1 with a broader plan, renewing their push for the DH in all games, an earlier trade deadline aimed at discouraging teams with losing records from trading stars, increasing service time for top young stars called up early in the season and rewarding and penalizing teams in the draft based on their records.

“Those are significant economic issues. They are different in kind than the type of playing-rule changes that that we have out there,” Manfred said. “I think that there are pieces of their response on the on-field proposal that were very encouraging. I think what needs to be sorted out is how closely the two agendas are tied, in other words, the on-field stuff and the economic stuff.”

 

Justin Fields gets waiver to play immediately for Ohio State

Quarterback Justin Fields has been granted a waiver that will allow him to play immediately for Ohio State after transferring from Georgia.

The former five-star recruit transferred to the Buckeyes after he got stuck behind Jake Fromm on Georgia’s depth chart.

Ohio State announced Friday that the NCAA has approved Fields’ request for a waiver of the rule requiring transfers to sit out a year. Fields is expected to compete for the starting quarterback spot after Dwayne Haskins Jr. left early to enter the NFL draft.

Fields was the target of a racial slur from a Georgia baseball player during a football game in September, and there was speculation the incident would become part of his appeal for a waiver. The NCAA can grant immediate eligibility to a transferring player who has “documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete’s control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete.”

In a statement issued by Ohio State on Friday, Fields said speculation about his transfer “took on a life of its own.”

“I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program,” Fields said. “My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

He said he would not make any further comments about his transfer and looks forward to preparing for the season.

“I am happy for Justin and his family,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “I also want to express my appreciation to the NCAA for its assistance in getting this matter resolved efficiently and with such a positive outcome for Justin.”

 

Miami’s Dwyane Wade clears concussion protocol after fall

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade cleared the concussion protocol and avoided a serious injury after crashing hard to the floor at the end of the first quarter against Sacramento on Friday night.

Wade landed awkwardly while going for a rebound with 15 seconds left in the first quarter. Wade’s head bounced off the floor and he immediately grabbed the back of his head, and then rolled onto his stomach, where he lay while being checked by a team trainer.

Wade was eventually helped to his feet and walked off the court. He was examined by a team trainer and was checked for a possible concussion before returning with 4:35 remaining in the first half.

This is Wade’s 16th and final NBA season, and Commissioner Adam Silver made him a special addition to the roster for next Sunday’s All-Star Game in Atlanta, which would be Wade’s 13th All-Star appearance. He has announced he plans to retire at the end of the year, and received a standing ovation from the Golden1 Center crowd when he checked into the game.

 

Untraded Davis scores 32, Pelicans beat Wolves, 122-117

Anthony Davis didn’t need long to win back the crowd after being booed during his pregame introduction and the first few chances he had to handle the ball.

But the Pelicans sought to close out a tight game without Davis on the court anyway – and narrowly pulled it off.

Playing for first time since asking to be traded, Davis had 32 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-117 on Friday night.

Davis said hearing boos surprised him a bit and was “definitely awkward,” but added, “That’s life, man. Some people aren’t going to like it. I worry about playing basketball.”

“I just love the game, love playing,” Davis continued. And as he glanced around the locker room, he added, “Me and all these guys in here have a special relationship. And so obviously I want to be on the floor with them. They wanted me on the floor. And it was as simple as that.

“The other stuff, the outside noise, Twitter rants, it’s all good,” Davis said. “It doesn’t bother me. I want to play and being able to go out there and to be able to play the game I love for 25 minutes, it was fun.”

Jrue Holiday had 27 points and nine assists and Kenrich Williams had 19 points – and they led the Pelicans’ offense in the fourth quarter, when Davis was kept on the bench despite the teams being separated by as little as one basket several times in the waning minutes.

 

Redick scores 34 points, 76ers beat Nuggets 117-110

The new-look Philadelphia 76ers made a strong first impression with little time practicing together.

JJ Redick scored a season-high 34 points, Jimmy Butler had 22 and the Sixers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-110 on Friday night with four players making their debut.

Tobias Harris had 14 points and eight rebounds in his first game for Philadelphia and Joel Embiid scored 15 and grabbed 12 boards despite playing with a stomach flu.

The Sixers made a flurry of moves before Thursday’s trade deadline, acquiring Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott from the Clippers, James Ennis from Houston and Jonathon Simmons from Orlando.

“You couldn’t ask for any better,” Harris said. “To play like that, get that reaction from fans, it meant a lot to me. It was awesome. Feels good to be appreciated.”

Nikola Jokic led Denver with 27 points and Jamal Murray had 23. The Nuggets, who have the second-best record (37-18) in the Western Conference behind Golden State, were missing two of their top five scorers: Gary Harris and Paul Millsap.

“You look at that starting lineup, aside from Redick, they have size, length and athleticism,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “They’re tough to handle.”

Harris hit a jumper to give the Sixers a 105-103 lead with under four minutes left and then grabbed a rebound to set up Embiid’s layup. Butler stole the ball, got fouled and hit a pair of three throws to extend the lead to 109-103. Ben Simmons’ driving, left-handed dunk over Mason Plumlee thrilled the crowd and deflated the Nuggets. Sixers legend Allen Iverson jumped from his courtside seat and smacked hands with fans after Simmons’ thunderous slam.

 

Antetokounmpo, Bucks win 6th straight, 122-107 over Mavs

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 17 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to their sixth straight victory, beating the retooling Dallas Mavericks 122-107 on Friday night.

Antetokounmpo was 13 of 19 from the field and got the upper hand again in his second meeting with fellow Euro star Luka Doncic, the Dallas rookie sensation who scored 20 points. He’s the only original starter remaining because of two trades that were more about the future than the present.

Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Bucks, who have surged to the best record in the NBA (41-13) with a pair of six-win runs on either side of a loss. One of those victories was over the Mavericks at home, when Antetokounmpo scored 31 points to Doncic’s 18 in a 10-point win.

Milwaukee didn’t have Nikola Mirotic a day after acquiring him from New Orleans before the trading deadline. It didn’t matter as the Bucks shot 54 percent despite going 10 of 36 (28 percent) from 3-point range.

Antetokounmpo repeatedly powered his way to the basket for dunks and layups, starting with the first two baskets of the game. Lopez found some favorable matchups as well, make six of eight from inside the arc while going 2 of 6 from long range.

Even guard Malcolm Brogdon backed down the Mavericks for easy buckets, finishing with 18 points along with backcourt mate Eric Bledsoe.

Trey Burke, one of four players to join Dallas from New York in a deal that also brought Kristaps Porzingis and sent three Dallas starters to the Knicks, scored 18 points. Tim Hardaway Jr., another guard from that trade, had 12.

 

Hurricanes spoil Rangers’ Cup celebration with 3-0 victory

Petr Mrazek made 27 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes spoiled a celebration at Madison Square Garden that honored the last Rangers team to win the Stanley Cup, blanking New York 3-0 Friday night.

Warren Foegele scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period as the Hurricanes ended a 16-game losing streak at the Garden. He took a pass from Saku Maenalanen in the slot and wristed a shot past Henrik Lundqvist at 6:43. Rookie Andrei Svechnikov and Brock McGinn added empty-net goals as Carolina won its third in a row.

In a 45-minute pregame ceremony, Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and the players and coaches from the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup team were introduced. They were seated at center ice as a sellout crowd cheered the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of that championship.

To honor that club, Lundqvist wore a goaltender’s mask similar to Mike Richter’s with the Statue of Liberty prominently displayed on the front. Lundqvist’s mask also has “1994” painted on the right side with a picture of Richter, his name and number.

“Unbelievable. It’s a humbling thing. What a great statement by him,” Richter said before the game.

“(He) didn’t have to do it. It’s very classy. I was shocked. … Coming from him, look at the career the man has put together. He’s been nothing but consistent from the day he arrived. He’s had just a remarkable career, so it means a lot coming from him.”

Carolina, which is 13-4-1 in its past 18 games, climbed within a point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference. These Rangers are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

After a tightly played opening period, both teams had better scoring chances in the second.

 

PURDUE // No. 15-Ranked Purdue Looks to Maintain Momentum Saturday vs. Nebraska

PURDUE RELEASE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s basketball team puts its seven-game win

streak on the line as Nebraska visits Mackey Arena for a Saturday night showdown.

The contest will be televised on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Jon Crispin calling the

action courtside beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. On the radio waves, the contest will be

available on the Purdue Radio Network and TuneIn.com with Larry Clisby, Rob Blackman

and Ralph Taylor on the call, beginning with the Purdue Basketball pregame show at

7:30 p.m. Wes Scott will produce the radio broadcast.

THE TALKING POINTS

1) Purdue owns a 9-2 Big Ten mark through 11 games, the sixth-best 11-game, Big Ten

record in school history. Matt Painter<https://purduesports.com/coaches.aspx?rc=377>

owns three of the 9-2 (or better) starts. This is the second time in school history

that Purdue has started 9-2 (or better) in back-to-back seasons (2018 & 19; 1987 &

88).

2) Purdue has won 13 straight home games dating to last year, ranking as the

13th-longest streak in America and second longest in the Big Ten. Over the last 35

home games, Purdue owns a 34-1 record (loss to Ohio State on Feb. 7, 2018). Purdue’s

seven-game streak overall ranks 12th nationally.

3) Matt Painter now owns 311 wins at Purdue, ranking 11th on the Big Ten’s

all-time wins list and needing five wins to move into the top 10.

4) Purdue is back in the national rankings for the second straight week after

falling out for eight weeks. Purdue’s No. 15 ranking is the highest of the season

and marks the 13th week in the top 15 in the last 27 Associated Press top-25 polls.

5) During Purdue’s seven-game winning streak, the Boilermakers are shooting 77 of

180 (.428) from 3-point range. Purdue is averaging 10.6 made 3-pointers per game

this year to lead the Big Ten. Michigan State is second at 8.5 per game.

6) Purdue has had five players score in double figures in two of the last three

games. In the first 19 games, it had zero games with five double-figure players.

7) Purdue continues to excel on the offensive end, ranking third nationally in

offensive efficiency. Purdue, Duke and Villanova are the only teams to rank in the

top 10 in offensive efficiency in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Purdue finished second a year

ago behind National Champion Villanova.

8) Under Matt Painter, Purdue has been one of the best offensive teams in America.

The Boilermakers have ranked in the nation’s top 25 in offensive efficiency in six of the

last nine seasons (lone years not in top 25: 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13).

9) Carsen Edwards ranks sixth nationally in scoring (24.5 PPG). Since the 1992-93 season,

just two other Big Ten players (Purdue’s Glenn Robinson 2x, Michigan State’s Shawn Respert 2x)

have averaged at least 24.0 points per game in a season.

10) Ryan Cline has sparked Purdue’s recent surge, making 33 of 60 (.550) of his

3-pointers over the last eight games.

 

THE SERIES HISTORY

* Saturday’s meeting marks the 20th all-time episode between the Boilermakers and

Cornhuskers with Purdue holding a 14-5 advantage.

* Purdue has won eight of 11 games against the Huskers since Nebraska joined the Big

Ten prior to the 2011-12 season.

* The Boilermakers are 6-0 all-time against Nebraska at Mackey Arena, winning by an

average of 14.1 points per game.

* Nebraska has reached 70 points just three times against Purdue as a member of the

Big Ten Conference. On the flipside, Purdue has scored 70 or more points seven

times, including in four straight games.

 

BALL STATE MBB: Cardinals Looking to Continue Divisional Success against Western Michigan

BALL STATE RELEASE

Game 24

Ball State (12-11, 3-7 MAC) vs. Western Michigan (6-16, 0-9 MAC)

Saturday, Feb. 9 (2 p.m.)

Muncie, Ind. (Worthen Arena)

Watch: ESPN+ | Listen: 96.7/104.9 |

BSUDM Day: For every student in attendance, Ball State Athletics and Pepsi will donate $1 to Ball State Dance Marathon for Riley Children’s Hospital.

Setting the Stage

  • Ball State will play four of its next five games at home, starting with Saturday’s matchup against MAC West Division rival Western Michigan. BSU is looking for its first home victory in conference play. The Cardinals are coming off a 72-71 win at Northern Illinois for their third win in four tries against the West Division this season. It snapped a four-game losing streak.
  • Western Michigan is coming off an 85-72 loss to East Division leader Bowling Green and visits Muncie still in search of its first league win. The Broncos returned three starters but did lose All-MAC first teamer Thomas Wilder from last year’s team that won both meetings with the Cardinals. Saturday’s game is the first part of a men’s and women’s doubleheader at Worthen Arena.

About the Matchup

  • Ball State faces a Western Michigan team that comes in riding a nine-game losing streak since the start of conference play. Michael Flowers leads the team in scoring at 16.5 points per game, while big man Seth Dugan averages 15.7 and ranks second in the league with nine double-doubles. The Broncos have been the most turnover-prone team in the conference, giving the ball away 15.3 times per game. While they have struggled to find wins, they did play a top-5 Michigan team within eight points on the road back in December.
  • Saturday’s meeting marks Ball State’s 131st all-time with Western Michigan. When the teams get together again next month in Kalamazoo, WMU will match Indiana State atop the list of teams the Cardinals have played most often in their history with 132 meetings.
  • The all-time series has been incredibly even. In fact, the teams were tied at 64 wins apiece until Western Michigan took both meetings last season.
  • After playing six of its first nine league contests against the MAC East Division, Ball State returned to West Division competition with Tuesday’s win at Northern Illinois. The Cardinals are now 24-10 against the West over the past four seasons and will play six of their final eight regular season games against the division.
  • Ball State climbed back into the top 100 in the NCAA’s NET rankings at No. 97 after Tuesday’s win at Northern Illinois. The Cardinals reached a high of No. 49 in the NET earlier this year. BSU has not finished a season inside the top 100 since 2004-05 (96 in Ken Pomeroy).

What’s Trending

  • After suffering five losses in the final minute (by an average of 3.2 points) through its first seven MAC games, BSU got a close game to go its way Tuesday at Northern Illinois. The Cardinals won a game decided by five or fewer points for the first time this season (though they did defeat Appalachian State in overtime by a final margin of eight).
  • The trio of Tayler Persons (29 points), Trey Moses (22) and Tahjai Teague (14) combined to score 65 of Ball State’s 72 points in Tuesday’s win at Northern Illinois. Moses and Teague both recorded double-doubles for the first time since the second game of MAC play (Moses had double-figure assists in that game).
  • Ball State answered the bell in defending the MAC’s top two scorers in back-to-back games. K.J. Walton drew the main defensive assignment on Jaylin Walker of Kent State and Eugene German of Northern Illinois, both of whom average better than 22 points per game. They scored 18 and 17, respectively, but shot a combined 27.2 percent from the floor — Walker (5-for-26) and German (7-for-18).
  • Despite playing just three seasons at Ball State, senior point guard Tayler Persons has cracked the top 10 in school history for points (10th, 1,399) and the top 5 for assists (5th, 408). He reached both marks in Tuesday’s win over Northern Illinois.
  • Senior center Trey Moses continues to move up Ball State’s career rebounding chart. With seven more boards, he will pass former teammate Franko House (843) for sixth on the all-time list. He needs 46 more to pass Theron Smith (882) and crack the top 5.

 

NOTRE DAME MBB: Irish And Yellow Jackets Set For Sunday Evening Rematch

NOTRE DAME RELEASE

Game 24: Notre Dame (12-11, 2-8) vs. Georgia Tech (11-12, 3-7)

Date Sunday, February 10, 2019 | 6 p.m. ET

Location Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center | Notre Dame, IN

Series History     19th meeting, Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 11-8

TV ESPNU with Anish Shroff and Cory Alexander

Radio     Notre Dame Basketball Network with Jack Nolan and Zach Hillesland (Notre Dame ’09)

Also available on the Notre Dame app

IRISH FACE REMATCH WITH GEORGIA TECH

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (12-11, 2-8 ACC) returns home to take on Georgia Tech (11-2, 3-7) for the second time this season on Sunday evening (6 p.m. ET, ESPNU). The Irish fell by two points (63-61) in a battle at Georgia Tech on January 22 as the series tradition of holding serve on a home court continued. Notre Dame is 7-2 against Georgia Tech at Purcell Pavilion, but just 1-8 at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.

NOTRE DAME vs. GEORGIA TECH SERIES HISTORY

The Irish and Yellow Jackets will be meeting for the 19th time on Sunday evening, with Georgia Tech leading the all-time series 11-8.

Georgia Tech and Boston College make up Notre Dame’s ACC home-and-home annual series. The Irish lead the ACC series 6-5 against Georgia Tech.

Home court advantage means more in this series than possibly any other ACC opponent for the Irish, Notre Dame is 7-2 against Georgia Tech in Purcell Pavilion but just 1-8 in McCamish Pavilion (including losses in the four most recent visits to Atlanta).

You can count on a close game between Notre Dame and Georgia Tech – as niether team has posted a double-digit victory in the series since the Yellow Jackets defeated the Irish in McCamish Pavilion 90-80 on February 25, 1989.

The last 11 meetings between Notre Dame and Georgia Tech have been decided by an average of just 4.6 points.

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

MOONEY ONE OF SIX MAJOR CONFERENCE PLAYERS AVERAGING A DOUBLE-DOUBLE

Junior forward John Mooney (dubbed Mr. Mooney by Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network Analyst Zach Hillesland) has compiled 14  double-doubles this season that have pushed his season averages to 14.3 (ppg) and 10.7 (rpg) – the only ACC player averaging a double-double. He joins five other players across the country from a 1major college basketball conference to average 10+ points and 10+ rebounds per game.

MOONEY LEADS ACC IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Junior forward John Mooney has raised his level of play to an all-conference level in 2018-19 and currently leads the ACC in rebounding (10.7 per game) and double-doubles (14 in 23 games played).

One of six major conference players averaging a double-double this season (14.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg), Mooney entered the season with 4.5 ppg and 3.3 rpg averages.

HUBB MOVING UP THE ROOKIE ASSIST BOARD

Freshman Prentiss Hubb has been the main ball handler for the Irish throughout his rookie season and paces the team with 83 assists. He is the ninth true freshman since the class became eligible to play to post 80-or-more assists during their rookie season.

Should Hubb maintain his 3.6 assist-per-game average, he could become the fourth Mike Brey-era rookie to reach 100 assists in a season.

NOTRE DAME vs. GEORGIA TECH – BY THE NUMBERS

1

There is only one player in the country averaging 10-plus points, 10-plus rebounds and shooting better than .430 from three-point range – Notre Dame junior John Mooney (14.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg, .434 3FG%).

4.6

Average margin of victory in the Notre Dame – Georgia Tech series since the Irish joined the ACC for the 2013-14 season and the Yellow Jackets were designated as one of ND’s two home-and-home opponents each season. Neither team has earned a double-digit victory in the 11 games played since 2013-14.

5

Notre Dame is 5-0 in Purcell Pavilion against Georgia Tech as a member of the ACC, but the Yellow Jackets are just as proficient protecting their home court in McCamish Pavilion (5-1). The only visiting team victory in the ACC series between the two teams was a 62-59 win by eventual ACC Champion Notre Dame on 1/14/2015.

8.7

Scoring 5.6 points per game last season, John Mooney has increased his scoring per game 8.7 points per game this season – the second-best improvement in the ACC (Louisville’s Jordan Nwora is first at 12.1).

9

Freshman Prentiss Hubb has become one of nine true freshman since 1972-73 to reach 80 or more assists in their rookie season at Notre Dame. Hubb currently leads the team with 83 assists.

9.7

With a 9.7 average, Notre Dame is sixth in the country in turnovers committed per game.

10

Notre Dame is 10th in the country in blocked shots as of February 8, bolstered by junior Juwan Durham (2.94 per game, 50 total) and John Mooney (23 total, with 14 of them coming in ACC play).

11

A victory on Sunday evening would push Notre Dame’s home court record against its designated ACC annual home-and-home opponents, Boston College and Georgia Tech, to 12-0. Currently the Irish are 6-0 vs. Boston College and 5-0 against Georgia Tech.

12.5

John Mooney is averaging 12.5 rebounds per game in ACC competition – one of just six major-conference players to average 10 or more rebounds per game in league action.

13.3

Notre Dame is committing just 13.3 personal fouls per game – the lowest average total in the country as of February 8. The Irish are ahead of Dayton (13.7) and Loyola Chicago (13.8).

14

John Mooney leads the ACC (no other player has more than nine) and is tied for 10th in the country with 14 double-doubles (he is fifth in double-doubles among major conference players). He also paces the ACC in 10-rebound performances with 16 this season.

21

Junior Nikola Djogo made the most of his first start of the season at Boston College (2/2/19), leading the Irish with a career-high 21 points on seven-of-10 shooting with four three-point field goals. Djogo entered the game averaging 1.9 points-per-game in 2018-19.

1,820

Minutes played by the Notre Dame freshman class (Robby Carmody, Chris Doherty, Dane Goodwin, Prentiss Hubb, Nate Laszewski) – the most for any rookie class in the Mike Brey era. It is the sixth-most at Notre Dame since freshmen became eligible in 1972-73.

1997

The last ACC player to record eight consecutive double-doubles before John Mooney? Tim Duncan for Wake Forest during the 1996-97 season. Mooney’s eight-game streak ended at Miami on Feb. 6.

 

THREE INDIANA HOOSIERS HEADED TO NFL COMBINE

NFL RELEASE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana safety Jonathan Crawford, long snapper Dan Godsil and offensive tackle Brandon Knight will participate in the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium from Tuesday-Monday, Feb. 26-March 4. This is third time in four years (2018 – program record 5, 2016 – 4) at least three Hoosiers have received invitations to the NFL’s showcase event.

Crawford and Godsil became the first Hoosiers and the 12th and 13th Big Ten players to start 50 games (50).

A Largo, Fla., native, Crawford started every game since his arrival at Indiana in 2015. He shares eighth on the program’s career list with nine interceptions.

The three-time honorable mention All-Big Ten selection made 275 tackles, 182 solo, two sacks, eight for loss, 19 takeaways, one pick-6, seven fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, 19 pass breakups and two blocked kicks.

Godsil earned 2018 Phil Steele second team All-America honors. The Ottawa, Ohio, product was the team’s long and short snapper his final three campaigns after he served as the long snapper as a true freshman.

A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Godsil snapped for back-to-back all-league kickers (Logan Justus – 2018, Griffin Oakes – 2017) and made 11 tackles in his career.

Knight started 26 games and played in 41 overall at right tackle. The Noblesville, Ind., native started all 12 contests in 2018 and allowed just three sacks in 904 snaps en route to honorable mention All-Big Ten.

He twice earned IU player of the week honors and secured 2015 honorable mention BTN.com All-Freshman recognition as a true freshman.

 

Fire at Brazilian soccer academy kills 10, injures 3

Fire tore through the sleeping quarters of an academy for one of Brazil’s most popular professional soccer clubs Friday, killing 10 people and injuring three, most likely teenage players, authorities said.

Firefighters were called just after 5 a.m. local time to the sprawling Ninho de Urubu training grounds of the Flamengo soccer club in Rio de Janeiro’s western region. Overhead images captured by an Associated Press drone showed a smoky, charred area of the complex.

“We are distraught,” Flamengo President Rodolfo Landim said outside the complex, where friends, fans and neighbors gathered, some forming a circle to pray. “This is the worst tragedy to happen to the club in its 123 years.”

He did not take questions from reporters who also were outside the complex but added: “The most important thing right now is to minimize the suffering of these families.”

“Flamengo is in mourning” the team said on its Twitter account.

The cause of the fire was not known.

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella ordered three days of mourning, and President Jair Bolsonaro issued a statement lamenting the fire had taken “the young lives at the beginning of pursuing their professional dreams.”

Those killed were not immediately identified by the club but they were athletes, said Beatriz Busch, the public health secretary for the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Two of the injured youths were hospitalized in stable condition and one was in critical condition, she added. The ages of the injured were 14, 15 and 16, according to a fire official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of agency rules.

Several people who appeared to be relatives entered the complex without speaking to reporters. Some were crying.

“These boys suffer so much in pursuing their dreams” of becoming professional players, said Caros Eduardo Araujo, a fan who left a bouquet of flowers at the gate of the complex. “I’ve been shaking since I heard the news.”

Samuel Barbosa, 16-year-old who survived the fire, told Globo TV news that a lot of smoke filled the dorm.

“Most didn’t make it because there was so much fire,” Barbosa said.

Jefferson Rodrigues, who runs a small inn near the club, said he had reached a 15-year-old player he had befriended.

“I am very happy. I just spoke to Caix Suarez and he is alive,” said Rodrigues, adding that the youth told him he ran when he saw the flames. “He lost his phone, and all of his things, but the important thing is he is alive.”

 

Hoosiers Split Two Matches on Day One of Big Ten Match Play

Tournament: Big Ten Match Play Championship

Location: Palm Coast, Florida

Course: Hammock Beach Resort – Conservatory Course

Indiana team standing: 1-1 in Consolation Bracket

Top Indiana individual: Jake Brown (1-0-1) record on the day

The Indiana men’s golf team went 1-1 on the first day of the Big Ten Match Play

Championship at Hammock Beach Resort Conservatory Course in Palm Coast, Florida. The

Hoosiers lost a tight match to Michigan State, 3.5-2.5, to open the day but

rebounded to defeat Minnesota by a 3.5-2.5 margin in the afternoon.

IU will play Penn State at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and then Rutgers at 1:30 p.m. to

wrap-up the event in the consolation bracket.

MORNING MATCH (Michigan State – 3.5, Indiana 2.5)

Donnie Trosper (MSU) def. Ethan Shepherd (IU), 2-up

Brock Ochsenreiter (IU) def. James Piot (MSU), 4&3

Kaleb Johnson (MSU) def. Evan Yakubov (IU), 6&5

Jake Brown (IU) and Troy Taylor II (MSU), halved

Evan Gaesser (IU) def. Andrew Walker (MSU), 1-up

Zach Rosendale (MSU) def. Harry Reynolds (IU), 4&2

AFTERNOON MATCH – CONSOLATION BRACKET (Indiana – 3.5, Minnesota – 2.5)

Harry Reynolds (IU) def. Gus Minkin (MINN), 4&2

Evan Long (MINN) def. Evan Gaesser (IU), 3&1

Mitch Davis (IU) and Lincoln Johnson (MINN), halved

Jake Brown (IU) def. Noah Rasinski (MINN), 5&4

Ethan Shepherd (IU) def. Thomas Longbella (MINN), 4&2

Angus Flanagan (MINN) def. Brock Ochesenreiter (IU), 3&1

 

MGOLF: Buckeyes Move on to Semifinals of Big Ten Match Play

PALM COAST, Florida—Ohio State beat both Rutgers and Wisconsin to advance to the

semifinals of the Big Ten Match Play to face off against the number one seed,

Illinois. In the first round, the Buckeyes downed Rutgers, 3.5-2.5, then beat

Wisconsin 3-3 by tiebreaker to pick up two wins on the day.

Rutgers kept the first round close, as five of the six matches stayed within one

shot for nearly nine holes. Kevin Stone won his first hole and held the lead

throughout the match, never losing a hole, winning 3&1. Will Voetsch was down early,

before flipping the match and going as high as three-up, before closing it out at

2&1. Caleb Ramirez also won his match, finishing one-up, while Will Grimmer halved

his opponent. Justin Wick was down four, with six holes to play and clawed his way

back to all square before dropping the final hole. Daniel Wetterich also kept his

match competitive, staying within one shot for 12 holes before falling two-down to

his opponent.

The second round matchup versus Wisconsin was a tale of extremes as there were three

matches decided by the 13th hole of competition. Ramirez came out of the gate on

fire as he quickly dispatched of his opponent, winning by a dominant 7&6. Voetsch

followed up his first-round victory with another impressive performance, claiming a

5&3 victory over his opponent. The third victory for the Buckeyes came at the hands

of Stone who won another 2&1 nail biter to go 2-0 for the tournament. Wetterich lost

his match 5&4, with Grimmer and Mancinotti close behind at 3&1 and two-up

respectively. The match concluded, 3-3, but Ohio State claimed victory, winning the

tiebreaker which added up the margins of victory from each individual pairing.

Ohio State tees off against Illinois at 8:00AM Saturday morning off of the Ocean

Course.

 

SPORTS EXTRA:

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY – February 10, 1968

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

1946      While coaching a Hardy High School (AK) basketball team, Pirates hurler Preacher Roe suffers a fractured skull as a result of hitting the floor during an altercation with a referee during a scholastic game. The 29 year-old southpaw, who will report a month late to spring training suffering from headaches and dizzy spells, will post a 3-8 record, compiling a 5.14 ERA before calling quits for the season in August.

1971      Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League star selected to the Hall of Fame. The right-hander, the oldest player in the majors to make his big league debut, became a legend during his professional career, which lasted from the 1920s until 1965, playing in several different Negro Leagues and with the Indians, Browns, and A’s.

1976      The Hall of Fame Special Committee on the Negro Leagues selects Oscar Charleston, considered by baseball historian Bill James to be the fourth best ball player of all time. The outfielder made The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

1980      The Athletic Hall of Fame of Kent State University posthumously inducts Thurman Munson, the Yankee All-Star backstop who died in a plane crash last August. Hal Schoonover, the coach of the Golden Flashes baseball program, converted the young college outfielder into a catcher.

1981      At the age of thirty-seven, Joe Morgan inks a one-year deal with the Giants. The future Hall of Famer will play an additional season in San Francisco, winning the Silver Slugger award for being the best offensive second baseman in the National League.

1984      After vetoing a trade to Oakland, two-time All-Star Dusty Baker is waived by the Dodgers. The 35 year-old outfielder will sign as a free agent, hitting .294 in 100 games, with the Giants, before ending his career with the A’s, the team he had refused to play for when dealt last season.

1988      The A’s sign a one-year deal with free agent Don Baylor. The 39 year-old designated hitter will appear in 92 games, hitting .220 for the American League champs before retiring at the end of the season.

2001      After 13 months of negotiations, Derek Jeter and the Yankees finalize a $189 million,ten-year contract. The deal makes the All-Star shortstop second only to Alex Rodriguez ($252 million/10 years) as the highest paid player in the history of the sport.

2005      The Cubs trade reliever Kyle Farnsworth (4-5, 4.73) and a player to be named to the Tigers in exchange for pitcher Roberto Novoa (1-1, 5.09) and minor leaguers, Scott Moore, and Bo Flowers. Farnsworth’s inconsistency out of the bullpen last season made him very unpopular with the Wrigley Field fans.

2006      A jury, deliberating for a little more than four hours, rules the Angels did not breach a contract with the city of Anaheim when the ball club changed its name. Thirteen months ago the team known as the Anaheim Angels became the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, prompting the city where it plays to file a lawsuit, claiming the change in name amounted to at least $100 million in lost revenue.

2007      Bernie Williams, prior to performing in a benefit concert in Connecticut, shares with reporters that he plans to decline the Yankees’ invitation to attend spring training on a minor league contract. The guitar-playing outfielder added he has been working out but is doubtful about playing for the Bronx Bombers this season.

2008      After auditioning for about two-thirds of the teams in the major leagues last month and considering offers from four clubs, Keith Foulke comes out of retirement, signing a $700,000, one-year contract with the A’s. The 35 year-old reliever, best known for throwing the last pitch in the 2004 World Championship for the victorious Red Sox, retired prior to the 2007 season after signing a deal with the Indians.

2009      Alex Rodriguez, two days after the story breaks on SI.com, admits to and then apologizes for his use of performance-enhancing drugs when he played shortstop for the Rangers from 2001 to 2003. In an exclusive interview conducted on ESPN, the Yankees superstar acknowledges using PEDs, hoping to fulfill the expectations after signing a record ten-year, $252 million contract with Texas.

2010      Greg Gagne is selected to be the twenty-second member of the Twins Hall of Fame. During his ten-year tenure with the team, which included the World Championship seasons of 1987 and 1991, the light-hitting shortstop known for his defensive prowess once hit two inside-the-park home runs in the same game in 1986.

2012      Nelson Cruz and the AL champion Rangers come to terms on a $16 million, two-year deal to keep the ALCS MVP in Texas. The agreement avoids an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled to take place next week.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAYS

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.

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 41 13 .759 23-4 18-9 9-1 28-7 9-1 6 W
Toronto 40 16 .714 2.0 22-5 18-11 6-4 24-10 7-3 3 W
Indiana 36 19 .655 5.5 20-7 16-12 7-2 25-10 6-4 4 W
Boston 35 20 .636 6.5 22-7 13-13 9-3 25-10 8-2 1 L
Philadelphia 35 20 .636 6.5 22-6 13-14 5-7 20-14 6-4 1 W
Brooklyn 29 28 .509 13.5 17-13 12-15 7-5 20-16 5-5 1 L
Charlotte 26 28 .481 15.0 19-9 7-19 6-2 19-15 5-5 2 L
Miami 25 28 .472 15.5 11-16 14-12 3-8 14-19 4-6 1 L

Detroit 25 29 .463 16.0 16-13 9-16 4-5 16-18 5-5 3 W
10 Washington 23 32 .418 18.5 17-11 6-21 6-5 16-21 4-6 1 W
11 Orlando 23 32 .418 18.5 15-15 8-17 4-5 16-15 4-6 1 W
12 Atlanta 18 36 .333 23.0 8-14 10-22 6-5 12-24 4-6 1 L
13 Chicago 13 42 .236 28.5 5-21 8-21 3-8 10-23 3-7 1 W
14 Cleveland 11 44 .200 30.5 6-21 5-23 2-9 9-27 2-8 3 L
15 New York 10 44 .185 31.0 4-21 6-23 2-10 6-31 0-10 15 L
Western Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Golden State 39 15 .722 20-7 19-8 10-2 24-10 9-1 3 W
Denver 37 18 .673 2.5 23-4 14-14 7-1 23-10 6-4 3 L
Oklahoma City 35 19 .648 4.0 19-7 16-12 4-4 19-14 9-1 2 W
Portland 33 21 .611 6.0 23-8 10-13 4-7 19-17 7-3 1 W
Houston 32 22 .593 7.0 19-8 13-14 6-5 20-14 7-3 3 W
Utah 31 24 .564 8.5 17-10 14-14 5-6 18-15 7-3 1 W
San Antonio 32 25 .561 8.5 22-7 10-18 7-5 23-18 5-5 3 L
LA Clippers 30 26 .536 10.0 15-12 15-14 8-3 19-17 5-5 1 L

Sacramento 29 26 .527 10.5 18-11 11-15 2-9 15-20 6-4 1 W
10 LA Lakers 28 27 .509 11.5 16-12 12-15 7-4 19-18 4-6 1 W
11 Dallas 25 29 .463 14.0 19-8 6-21 3-5 13-19 5-5 1 L
12 Minnesota 25 30 .455 14.5 17-10 8-20 4-6 15-22 4-6 4 L
13 New Orleans 25 31 .446 15.0 16-10 9-21 7-6 15-20 4-6 2 W
14 Memphis 22 34 .393 18.0 13-14 9-20 4-6 14-20 3-7 1 L
15 Phoenix 11 46 .193 29.5 7-22 4-24 1-10 7-29 0-10 13 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Tampa Bay Lightning 54 39 11 4 82 35 207 150 20-5-2 19-6-2 5-3-2
New York Islanders 53 31 16 6 68 28 154 129 15-7-4 16-9-2 7-1-2
Toronto Maple Leafs 53 33 17 3 69 33 190 150 17-11-1 16-6-2 5-4-1
Montreal Canadiens 55 31 18 6 68 29 169 158 17-10-3 14-8-3 8-1-1
Washington Capitals 54 30 18 6 66 27 182 171 16-9-4 14-9-2 3-6-1
Columbus Blue Jackets 53 30 20 3 63 30 173 164 14-11-2 16-9-1 5-5-0
Boston Bruins 54 29 17 8 66 28 155 140 18-7-3 11-10-5 4-2-4
Pittsburgh Penguins 54 28 19 7 63 27 185 167 15-10-2 13-9-5 3-6-1

Carolina Hurricanes 55 28 21 6 62 27 161 160 14-9-4 14-12-2 6-3-1
10 Buffalo Sabres 53 26 20 7 59 22 158 166 15-7-4 11-13-3 3-6-1
11 Philadelphia Flyers 54 24 23 7 55 22 155 180 13-10-4 11-13-3 8-1-1
12 New York Rangers 54 23 23 8 54 17 152 181 14-9-6 9-14-2 5-4-1
13 Florida Panthers 52 22 22 8 52 20 161 180 12-8-5 10-14-3 5-5-0
14 Detroit Red Wings 54 21 26 7 49 19 153 178 11-13-4 10-13-3 5-5-0
15 New Jersey Devils 53 20 25 8 48 19 154 180 13-8-5 7-17-3 4-5-1
16 Ottawa Senators 54 20 29 5 45 20 167 199 13-11-4 7-18-1 4-6-0
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Calgary Flames 54 34 15 5 73 34 199 157 17-5-5 17-10-0 7-2-1
Winnipeg Jets 54 34 17 3 71 32 189 154 20-6-3 14-11-0 6-3-1
San Jose Sharks 55 32 16 7 71 32 198 173 18-4-4 14-12-3 7-3-0
Nashville Predators 56 33 19 4 70 32 174 143 18-10-0 15-9-4 6-4-0
Vegas Golden Knights 56 31 21 4 66 29 167 153 16-6-3 15-15-1 4-6-0
Dallas Stars 54 28 21 5 61 28 140 137 18-8-2 10-13-3 5-4-1
Minnesota Wild 54 26 23 5 57 25 151 158 13-10-4 13-13-1 4-4-2
St. Louis Blues 52 25 22 5 55 25 147 153 12-13-2 13-9-3 7-2-1

Vancouver Canucks 55 24 24 7 55 23 158 171 12-10-3 12-14-4 4-3-3
10 Colorado Avalanche 53 22 22 9 53 22 176 177 10-10-5 12-12-4 2-7-1
11 Edmonton Oilers 54 24 25 5 53 21 157 179 12-14-1 12-11-4 3-5-2
12 Chicago Blackhawks 55 22 24 9 53 21 177 201 11-10-6 11-14-3 6-2-2
13 Arizona Coyotes 54 23 26 5 51 21 142 159 9-13-3 14-13-2 3-5-2
14 Anaheim Ducks 55 21 25 9 51 18 125 176 10-8-8 11-17-1 2-7-1
15 Los Angeles Kings 54 23 27 4 50 21 128 160 12-13-1 11-14-3 6-3-1

 

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Big Ten
Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
Michigan 10-2 .833 6-0 4-2 21-2 .913 14-0 5-2 2-0 4-0
15 Purdue 9-2 .818 6-0 3-2 16-6 .727 11-0 3-4 2-2 4-4
Michigan State 9-3 .750 4-1 5-2 18-5 .783 10-1 6-3 2-1 5-1
19 Wisconsin 9-3 .750 4-2 5-1 17-6 .739 9-2 6-3 2-1 3-2
24 Maryland 9-4 .692 5-0 4-3 18-6 .750 12-2 5-3 1-1 2-3
20 Iowa 7-5 .583 4-2 3-3 18-5 .783 12-2 3-3 3-0 4-3
Minnesota 6-6 .500 5-2 1-4 16-7 .696 11-2 1-5 4-0 3-4
Ohio State 5-6 .455 3-3 2-3 15-7 .682 10-4 4-3 1-0 0-3
Indiana 4-8 .333 2-3 2-5 13-10 .565 10-3 2-7 1-0 2-4
Rutgers 4-8 .333 3-4 1-4 11-11 .500 9-5 2-6 0-0 1-3
Illinois 4-8 .333 3-3 0-5 8-15 .348 7-5 0-6 1-4 2-5
Northwestern 3-8 .273 2-3 1-5 12-10 .545 9-4 1-5 2-1 0-4
Nebraska 3-9 .250 2-4 1-5 13-10 .565 9-4 2-5 2-1 1-4
Penn State 1-11 .083 0-6 1-5 8-15 .348 5-6 2-7 1-2 1-6

 

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Big Ten
Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
10 Maryland 10-2 .833 5-1 5-1 21-2 .913 11-1 8-1 2-0 1-1
20 Rutgers 9-2 .818 5-0 4-2 17-5 .773 11-0 5-3 1-2 2-1
16 Iowa 9-3 .750 6-0 3-3 18-5 .783 12-0 5-4 1-1 4-2
Purdue 7-5 .583 5-1 2-4 16-9 .640 12-2 3-5 1-2 3-5
Northwestern 7-5 .583 4-2 3-3 14-9 .609 8-4 5-4 1-1 3-3
23 Michigan State 6-5 .545 5-0 1-5 16-6 .727 12-0 3-5 1-1 4-3
Indiana 6-6 .500 3-3 3-3 17-7 .708 9-3 6-3 2-1 1-2
Michigan 6-6 .500 5-1 1-5 15-9 .625 10-1 3-7 2-1 3-6
Ohio State 6-6 .500 4-2 2-4 10-11 .476 8-3 2-6 0-2 2-4
Minnesota 5-7 .417 2-4 3-3 16-7 .696 11-4 5-3 0-0 2-2
Nebraska 5-7 .417 2-4 3-3 10-13 .435 6-5 3-8 1-0 1-4
Penn State 3-8 .273 2-4 1-4 10-12 .455 8-7 2-5 0-0 0-5
Wisconsin 2-9 .182 2-4 0-5 11-12 .478 8-5 1-6 2-1 0-5
Illinois 1-11 .083 0-6 1-5 9-14 .391 7-7 2-6 0-1 1-3

 

MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL

Mid-American
Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
East
Bowling Green 8-1 .889 4-0 4-1 16-6 .727 11-0 4-6 1-0 1-0
23 Buffalo 7-2 .778 4-0 3-2 19-3 .864 9-0 8-3 2-0 1-1
Kent State 6-4 .600 4-2 2-2 17-6 .739 11-3 6-3 0-0 0-1
Akron 6-4 .600 5-0 1-4 14-9 .609 11-1 1-6 2-2 0-2
Miami (OH) 4-6 .400 2-3 2-3 12-11 .522 8-3 3-6 1-2 0-1
Ohio 3-6 .333 2-3 1-3 11-10 .524 9-3 2-5 0-2 0-0
West
Toledo 7-3 .700 4-1 3-2 19-4 .826 11-1 5-3 3-0 0-1
Central Michigan 5-4 .556 3-2 2-2 16-6 .727 10-2 4-3 2-1 0-0
Northern Illinois 5-5 .500 3-3 2-2 12-11 .522 8-4 3-6 1-1 1-1
Eastern Michigan 3-6 .333 1-3 2-3 9-13 .409 7-5 2-8 0-0 0-4
Ball State 3-7 .300 0-4 3-3 12-11 .522 5-4 6-5 1-2 0-3
Western Michigan 0-9 .000 0-4 0-5 6-16 .273 3-6 2-9 1-1 0-2

 

MAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Mid-American
Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
East
Ohio 8-2 .800 4-2 4-0 19-2 .905 10-2 7-0 2-0 0-0
Miami (OH) 7-2 .778 4-1 3-1 16-4 .800 8-1 8-3 0-0 0-1
Buffalo 7-2 .778 4-1 3-1 15-5 .750 6-2 7-3 2-0 0-2
Kent State 5-4 .556 4-1 1-3 12-8 .600 8-2 4-6 0-0 0-1
Akron 3-6 .333 2-1 1-5 12-8 .600 6-2 2-6 4-0 0-0
Bowling Green 0-9 .000 0-4 0-5 7-13 .350 5-4 2-8 0-1 0-0
West
Central Michigan 7-2 .778 4-1 3-1 16-5 .762 7-3 8-1 1-1 1-1
Toledo 5-4 .556 3-1 2-3 13-7 .650 7-2 6-5 0-0 0-1
Northern Illinois 5-4 .556 3-2 2-2 13-8 .619 9-2 2-6 2-0 0-0
Eastern Michigan 3-6 .333 2-2 1-4 10-10 .500 7-2 3-5 0-3 0-0
Western Michigan 2-6 .250 0-4 2-2 8-11 .421 3-7 4-3 1-1 0-0
Ball State 2-7 .222 2-2 0-5 7-14 .333 6-4 1-7 0-3 0-0