BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TONIGHT-NC/AREA

Connersville at Muncie Central, 7:30 pm

Culver Academy at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 pm

Blackhawk at Marion, 7:30 pm

Hamilton SE at Anderson, 7:30 pm

Tech at Zionsville, 7:30 pm

Richmond at Northmont (Ohio), 7:30 pm

West Lafayette at Harrison, 7:30 pm

Centerville at Union City , 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Southwestern at Knightstown, 7:30 pm

Tri at Seton Catholic, 7:30 pm

Blue River at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

Cowan at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Blackford, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Yorktown, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Mississinawa Valley (Ohio), 7:30 pm

Union (Modoc) at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

Delta at Rushville, 7:30 pm

East Central at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm

Franklin County at North Decatur, 7:30 pm

Greensburg at Seymour, 7:30 pm

South Dearborn at Villa Madonna (Ky.), 7:30 pm

Delta at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Greenfield Central at Roncalli, 7:30 pm

Lawrence Central at Mount Vernon, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Yorktown, 7:30 pm

Pendleton Heights at New Castle, 7:30 pm

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#4 Virginia 69 #8 North Carolina 61

#14 Kansas 82 TCU 77 OT

Baylor 59 Oklahoma 53

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#4 Connecticut 97 #11 South Carolina 79

#17 Kentucky 68 Alabama 53

#24 Michigan State 77 Indiana 61

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Cleveland 107 New York 104

Detroit 121 Washington 112

Indiana 99 Charlotte 90

Toronto 127 Brooklyn 125

Milwaukee 112 Chicago 99

Houston 120 Dallas 104

Minnesota 130 LA Clippers 120

Oklahoma City 120 Portland 111

Denver 103 Miami 87

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Pittsburgh 4 Philadelphia 1

Washington 6 Los Angeles 4

San Jose 7 Vancouver 2

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL

1 Tennessee

2 Duke

3 Gonzaga

4 Virginia

5 Kentucky

6 Michigan

7 Nevada

8 North Carolina

9 Houston

10 Marquette

11 Michigan State

12 Purdue

13 Villanova

14 Kansas

15 Texas Tech

16 Louisville

17 Florida State

18 Kansas State

19 LSU

20 Wisconsin

21 Iowa

22 Virginia Tech

23 Iowa State

24 Maryland

25 Buffalo

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

1 Baylor

2 Louisville

3 Oregon

4 Connecticut

5 Mississippi State

6 Notre Dame

7 Maryland

8 Marquette

9 Oregon State

10 Stanford

11 South Carolina

12 North Carolina State

13 Gonzaga

14 Iowa

15 Texas

16 Syracuse

17 Kentucky

18 Iowa State

19 Arizona State

20 Miami Florida

21 Florida State

22 Texas A&M

23 Rutgers

24 Michigan State

25 South Dakota

 

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL THIS WEEK

Big Ten action kicks off with a trio of games on Tuesday as Maryland hosts Purdue at 6:30 p.m., on BTN; Michigan State travels to Wisconsin for a 7 p.m., tip on ESPN2 and Michigan heads to Penn State for an 8:30 p.m., game on BTN. • Of the 89 conference games played, 56.2 percent (50 games) have been decided by 10 points or fewer with 12 games separated by one possession. Home teams are winning 62 percent of Big Ten conference games, with a record of 54-33. • Big Ten programs are playing a 20-game conference schedule for the first time this season. Each team will play seven opponents both home and away and six teams once. The 2019 Big Ten Tournament will be held from March 13-17 at the United Center in Chicago for the 10th time in conference history, equaling the number of events also held in Indianapolis. • Big Ten school compiled a 121-30 overall record in non-conference games for a 79.1 win percentage. The Big Ten totaled 33 wins against power conference opponents. • Six different Big Ten programs are ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll this week: Michigan (No. 6 AP/No. 7 USAT), Michigan State (No. 11/12), Purdue (No. 12/11), Wisconsin (No. 20/23), Iowa (No. 21/17) and Maryland (No. 24/25). During the 2018-19 season, nine different Big Ten programs have been ranked in the Top 25. • For a seven-week span from Nov. 19-Dec. 31, at least six Big Ten programs were ranked in each poll. A season-best eight Big Ten teams were ranked in the Dec. 3 USA Today/Coaches Poll. Seven teams were ranked in the AP Poll in four different weeks (most recently Dec. 31), the most for the Big Ten since the 1998-99 season. • Michigan (22-2, 11-2) began the year with its best start in program history (17-0), surpassing 16-0 starts in 2012-13 and 1985-86. It was the best start to a season for a Big Ten program since Ohio State started 2010-11 at 24-0. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten and rank second in the nation in scoring defense (57.1 ppg) and stand first in fewest turnovers per game (9.2). Michigan is 15-0 at home this season, including a 7-0 home mark in conference action. • Purdue (17-6, 10-2) has won eight games in a row to move into second place in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have won 15 consecutive home games and are 40-4 vs. Big Ten opponents at home since the start of the 2014-15 season. Overall, Purdue is 61-4 since the start of the 2015-16 season at Mackey Arena. Junior guard Carsen Edwards is seventh in the nation in scoring, with a Big Ten-best 24.6 ppg. • Michigan State (19-5, 10-3) ranks in the Top 5 nationally in several categories: assists per game (20.2/first), field goal percentage defense (37.1/third), blocks per game (5.7/fourth), rebound margin (+9.2/fifth), and rebounds per game (42.1/ fifth). Junior guard Cassius Winston is second nationally with a Big Ten-best 7.7 assists per game. • Wisconsin (17-7, 9-4) is led by senior Ethan Happ, who is the only player in the nation with multiple triple-doubles this season. Happ is averaging 18.3 ppg (fifth in Big Ten), 10.5 rpg (third) and 4.9 apg (third). Happ is the only individual in the Big Ten to rank among the Top 5 in those stats. No college player has posted season averages of 17.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 5.0 apg dating back to at least the 1996-97 season. Happ (1,126) is third in career rebounds in the Big Ten. • Maryland (18-6, 9-4) is 5-0 in home Big Ten games this season. Sophomore Bruno Fernando is sixth in the nation in field goal percentage (66.2%) and has 15 double-doubles, with one in each of the last six games. • Iowa (19-5, 8-5) has won eight of its last 10 games following Sunday’s last-second win on a Jordan Bohannon 3-pointer. Iowa posted an 11-0 mark in non-conference play including winning the championship of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden. • Minnesota (16-8, 6-7) senior Jordan Murphy is second in career rebounds in the Big Ten (1,195) behind Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas (1,411) and is the second-leading active rebounder in the nation. Murphy is fourth nationally in rebounds per game with a Big Ten-best 11.9 rpg. He is second in the NCAA with 16 double-doubles and holds the Minnesota program record with 60. • Illinois (9-15, 5-8) swept the Big Ten weekly honors with a pair of freshmen – the first time such an occurrence in Big Ten history – as Giorgi Bezhanishvili (25.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Ayo Dosunmu (18.0 ppg, 4.0 apg) claimed player and freshman, respectively.

 

THIS WEEK

Tue., Feb. 12

*#12/11 Purdue at #24/25 Maryland………………. 6:30 p.m. BTN

*#11/12 Michigan State at #20/23 Wisconsin ……7 p.m. ESPN2

*#6/7 Michigan at Penn State……………………….. 8:30 p.m. BTN

Wed., Feb. 13

*Rutgers at Northwestern …………………………………. 7 p.m. BTN

*Minnesota at Nebraska …………………………………… 9 p.m. BTN

Thu., Feb. 14

*Illinois at Ohio State …………………………………….7 p.m. ESPN2

Sat., Feb. 16

*#24/25 Maryland at #6/7 Michigan………………………Noon FOX

*Indiana at Minnesota……………………………………2 p.m. ESPN2

*Penn State at #12/11 Purdue…………………………… 4 p.m. BTN

*#21/17 Iowa at Rutgers…………………………………….6 p.m. FS1

*Northwestern at Nebraska ………………………….. 8:30 p.m. BTN

Sun., Feb. 17

*Ohio State at #11/12 Michigan State…………………. 1 p.m. CBS

 

Illinois Sweeps Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Player of the Week

Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Illinois
F – Fr. – 6-9 – Rustavi, Georgia – The Patrick School (N.J.) – Division of General Studies

  • Averaged 25.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 69.0 percent from the floor in helping the Illini to a 2-0 week, defeating No. 9 Michigan State and Rutgers
  • Broke Illinois’ 29-year old freshman scoring record (previously held by Deon Thomas with 34 on Dec. 3, 1990) with a career-high 35 points in the Illini’s overtime victory against Rutgers
  • His 35 points were the most by an Illinois player in a single game since Malcom Hill scored 40 points on Nov. 13, 2016
  • Connected on 14-of-18 from the floor against the Scarlet Knights for the most made field goals in a game by an Illini player since Thomas made 16 field goals in a game in 1991
  • Scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half and overtime, including a stretch of 13 consecutive points late in the second half against Rutgers
  • In Illinois’ victory over No. 9 Michigan State, posted 16 points and a team-high five rebounds
  • Earns the first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Malcolm Hill (Nov. 14, 2016)

Freshman of the Week

Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois

G – 6-5 – Chicago, Ill. – Morgan Park High School – Division of General Studies

  • Averaged 18.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in a pair of Illinois victories
  • Erupted for a game-high 24 points in lifting the Illini to a win over No. 9 Michigan State
  • Connected on 8-of-14 from the floor including 4-of-8 from 3-point range in the victory over the Spartans
  • His back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minutes gave Illinois the lead for good and secured the victory, which was the Illini’s first over a Top 10 team since 2013
  • Contributed 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals in Illinois’ victory over Rutgers
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Trent Frazier (Feb. 12, 2018)
  • Illinois swept Big Ten men’s basketball weekly honors for the first time in school history
  • For the first time in Big Ten men’s basketball history, a school claimed both awards with two different freshmen

 

Iowa and Michigan Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards

Player of the Week

Megan Gustafson, Iowa

F/C – Sr. – Port Wing, Wis. – South Shore – Majors: Marketing & Finance

  • Also named the espnW National Player of the Week on Monday
  • Averaged 35.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game with a .721 field goal percentage and two double-doubles last week, helping No. 16/16 Iowa to a pair of Big Ten victories
  • Scored 41 points (her second 40-point game this season) while adding 14 rebounds and four blocks on Feb. 7 in a win over No. 23/21 Michigan State
  • Tied a Big Ten record with her 77thcareer double-double (a mark set by Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender from 2008-11) on Sunday at OSU, registering game highs of 29 points and 16 rebounds in the Hawkeyes’ victory
  • Received Academic All-Big Ten recognition in 2017-18
  • Earns her 21stcareer Big Ten Player of the Week award and 11th this season, extending her conference single-season and career records in both categories
  • Last Iowa Player of the Week: Megan Gustafson (Feb. 4, 2019)

 

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll

Naz Hillmon, Fr., F, MICH: See below

Kenisha Bell, Sr., G, MINN: Averaged 23.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game in two Minnesota wins last week, including 24 points and a season-high 11 rebounds in Sunday’s victory over Northwestern

Leigha Brown, Fr., G, NEB: Averaged 18.0 points per game with a .556 three-point percentage in the Huskers’ two wins last week, highlighted by a career-best 30 points on Sunday in a victory over Purdue

 

Freshman of the Week

Naz Hillmon, Michigan

F – Cleveland, Ohio – Gilmour Academy – Major: Undeclared

  • Came off the bench to average 18.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game with a .632 field goal percentage and two double-doubles as the Wolverines earned two conference wins
  • Posted a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds in Sunday’s victory at Penn State, including six consecutive points late in the fourth quarter to help Michigan erase a four-point deficit
  • Added 18 points and 11 rebounds (including a career-high 10 defensive rebounds) in a win over Nebraska on Feb. 7
  • Collects her fifth Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Naz Hillmon (Feb. 4, 2019)

 

MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

BALL STATE RELEASE

MUNCIE, Ind. — After leading the Ball State men’s basketball team to wins over Northern Illinois and Western Michigan, senior point guard Tayler Persons was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week.

Persons averaged 22 points and four assists while shooting better than 57 percent from the floor and nearly 54 percent from 3-point range for the week.

The Kokomo, Indiana, native matched his season high with 29 points in Tuesday’s 72-71 victory at Northern Illinois. He tied his career best with six 3-pointers, hitting six of the first seven he attempted, and made five critical free throws in the final minute, including the game-winner with 1.9 seconds left. The win snapped the Cardinals’ four-game losing streak.

Four days later, Persons scored 15 points and handed out five assists in Ball State’s 79-59 victory over Western Michigan. He scored 11 of his points in the second half, as the Cardinals pulled away in what was a one-point game at the break.

Persons leads Ball State with 17.0 points and 4.5 assists per game. This is the second time this season he has been named the West Division Player of the Week. Teammate Tahjai Teague has also earned the honor twice.

Ball State (13-11, 4-7 MAC) is off until Saturday when the Cardinals host Akron for a 2 p.m. tipoff at Worthen Arena on ESPN3.

 

IU EAST’S REYNOLDS EARNS RSC MEN’S INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR / WEEK

TIFFIN, Ohio — Seth Reynolds from IU East scored 24.5 points at the River States

Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship last Friday and thus was named RSC

Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. As the top performer in the conference for

the week, he was also chosen as the RSC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for

Feb. 4-10.

A senior from Eaton, Ohio, Reynolds, won the 60-meter hurdles for the second year in

a row. He also scored individual points in second place for the 400 meters and in

fifth place for the 200 meters. Finally, he was a part of the Red Wolves first-place

4×400 relay team.

Next up for IU East is the University of Michigan Silverston Invitational Feb. 16.

 

PURDUE MBB: No. 12 Purdue Travels to No. 24 Maryland for Big Road Clash

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 12-ranked Purdue men’s basketball team faces one of its stiffest road tests of the season Tuesday when it visits No. 24-ranked Maryland.

The contest will be televised on BTN with Dave Revsine and Jon Crispin calling the action courtside beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. On the radio waves, the contest will be available on the Purdue Radio Network and TuneIn.com with Larry Clisby and Rob Blackman on the call, beginning with the Purdue Basketball pregame show at 5:30 p.m. Wes Scott will produce the radio broadcast.

Live stats will be provided on PurdueSports.com, and Twitter updates will be available on Purdue’s official account (@BoilerBall).

THE TALKING POINTS

1) Purdue owns a 10-2 Big Ten mark through 12 games, the fifth-best 12-game, Big Ten start in school history. Matt Painter owns three of the 10-2 (or better) starts. This is the second time in school history that Purdue has started 10-2 (or better) in back-to-back seasons (2018 & 19; 1987 & 88).

2) Purdue’s eight-game winning streak is now the 10th-longest streak in the country, while the 14-game home streak ranks 12th. Purdue has won three straight Big Ten road games by a combined 25 points, but two of the wins have come in overtime.

3) Matt Painter now owns 312 wins at Purdue, ranking 11th on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list and needing four wins to move into the top 10.

4) Purdue is back in the national rankings for the third straight week after falling out for eight weeks. Purdue’s No. 12 ranking is the highest of the season and marks the 14th week in the top 15 in the last 28 Associated Press top-25 polls.

5) During Purdue’s eight-game winning streak, the Boilermakers are shooting 85 of 200 (.425) from 3-point range. Purdue is averaging 10.5 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 four 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 fourth nationally in offensive efficiency. Purdue, Duke and Villanova are the only teams to rank in the top 10 in offensive efficiency the last two seasons. The Boilermakers have scored 1.38, 1.12 and 1.35 points / possession in the last three games.

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 seventh nationally in scoring (24.6 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 35 of 65 (.538) of his 3-pointers over the last nine games.

THE SERIES

  • One of the most-competitive series in the Big Ten, Purdue leads the series with the Terrapins by a 5-2 margin, winning five straight games by a combined 20 points.
  • The series is actually so even that the two teams have each scored 494 points in the seven previous meetings.
  • This will mark the fourth meeting of the eight where both teams will enter the contest nationally-ranked.

 

BUTLER MBB: St. John’s Set for Tuesday Night Tip at Carnesecca Arena

Game 25: Butler (14-10, 5-6 BIG EAST) at St. John’s (17-7, 5-6 BIG EAST)

Tuesday, Feb. 12; 8:30PM

Carnesecca Arena; Queens, N.Y.

TV: CBS Sports Network – Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas

RADIO: 107.5FM, 1070AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

TuneIn Radio App, XM 385, SiriusXM Internet 976

The Bulldogs continue a quick two-game road swing with a Tuesday night tip against St. John’s at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y.

The Butler duo of Mark Minner and Nick Gardner will have the radio call on 107.5FM, 1070AM and the TuneIn Radio app. The game will air nationally on CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas).

Butler enters the game with a 14-10 record, coming off a 73-69 win over Georgetown Saturday in the nation’s capital.

St. John’s is 17-7 overall after a loss against Providence over the weekend.

HOW THEY STACK UP: More than halfway through the conference schedule, the BIG EAST standings look more like the wild card race in the National League in any given year. Butler and St. John’s are among five teams tied for third place in the conference standings. Teams 3-10 are separated only by 2.0 games as all teams have played 11 of their 18 BIG EAST games at this point in the season.

In an indication of how much teams have been beating up on each other in the BIG EAST so far this conference season, Butler and DePaul each bring two-game winning streaks into their respective Tuesday games. No one else in the BIG EAST is on a current winning streak of longer than one game.

THE SERIES: This will be the 13th meeting between the two programs, with all but one of those match-ups coming since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. Butler holds a 7-5 lead in the all-time series, but St. John’s has won three of the five contests played in New York as BIG EAST foes. The first meeting between the two teams came in the 1958 NIT. Butler won the initial contest between the two teams this season, 80-71, Jan. 19 in Indianapolis.

FIRST TIME AROUND: Kamar Baldwin and Jordan Tucker combined for 54 points as Butler posted an 80-71 win over St. John’s Jan. 19 at a sold-out Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.

Baldwin’s season-high 30 points included 20 in the second half. Tucker’s career-high 24 points included six three-pointers.

Butler used a key second-half run to take control. It was a 17-2 spurt that gave the Bulldogs a 58-36 lead with 14:09 to play. St. John’s would cut the lead to as little as four in the closing minutes before Butler made seven of its final eight free throw attempts over the final 42 seconds to secure the victory.

Butler shot 46 percent from the field, and made 11-of-25 from behind the arc. The Bulldogs also had a 37-4 advantage in bench points. Shamorie Ponds and Mustapha Heron led St. John’s with 20 points apiece. St. John’s shot 38 percent for the game, and only 29 percent (7-24) from three-point range.

Sean McDermott matched his career-high with 12 rebounds in that contest with St. John’s. Butler took a 40-36 edge in the rebounding margin.

CAPITAL W in D.C.: Led by 18 points from Kamar Baldwin, the Bulldogs defeated Georgetown, 73-69 Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

The first half was highlighted by a 9-of-14 start from the field for the Bulldogs that contributed to a 41-35 halftime advantage. Baldwin was the driving force for the Bulldogs in the second half, scoring 13 of his 18 points in the final 20 minutes.

Butler took its largest lead of the game at 62-51 with 11 minutes to play. Georgetown answered with a 12-2 run of its own to come within three (64-61) with seven minutes to play.

Baldwin hit a clutch runner to push the Bulldogs’ lead to 69-64 with 2:27 to play. After three made free throws on Georgetown’s end, Baldwin would go on to hit his final four free throws to seal the victory for Butler, 73-69.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Butler’s defense limited Georgetown to 69 points on 37.7-percent shooting in Saturday’s win. Georgetown entered the game leading the BIG EAST in scoring in conference games at 81.7 points per game. The 69 points and 37.7-percent shooting were both the second-worst outputs for Georgetown in its 11 conference games to date. For Butler, the 37.7-percent shooting was the lowest percentage Butler had held an opponent so far this season in league play.

Georgetown’s last field goal of the game came with 4:25 remaining. Butler held Jessie Govan to 12 points on 2-of-8 shooting; he entered the contest averaging 18.3 ppg. The Bulldogs limited James Akinjo to two points, almost 12 points shy of his 13.9 ppg scoring average.

PUTTING THE D IN DAWGS: Butler improved to 11-2 this season (and 4-0 in BIG EAST games) when holding its opponent under 70 points with Saturday’s win over Georgetown. On the season, the Bulldogs are allowing opponents only an average of 68.6 points per game, which is second in the BIG EAST.

THREE’S COMPANY: For the tenth time this season, Butler his 10 or more three-pointers in a game as the Bulldogs went 10-of-26 from behind the arc at Georgetown. That came one game after a 12-for-25 performance from three-point range in the win over Seton Hall. Butler is 8-2 on the season when making 10 or more three-pointers. The Bulldogs have also shot 40 percent or better from behind the arc nine times this season.

Tucker (two), McDermott (three) and Jorgensen (three) have combined for eight games this season hitting five or more three-pointers. In fact, each of the three has hit six three-pointers in a single game this season.

HOT START: Fourteen of Jordan Tucker’s 15 points came in the first half of Butler’s win over Georgetown Saturday. He made two three-pointers in the first 2:26 of the game and added a third later in the first half. Tucker has started the last four games for the Bulldogs, and his 15 points were the most since he joined the starting line-up. His career-high of 24 points came in the first meeting with St. John’s Jan. 19. Tucker has registered double figures in seven of his 15 games since becoming eligible as a midyear transfer.

TIGHT GRIP: The Bulldogs have committed only 10.8 turnovers per game, a mark that is just outside the Top 20 nationally. The Seton Hall game Feb. 2 marked the seventh time this season that Butler has committed single-digit turnovers. In two separate games this season, Butler has posted a season-low seven miscues.

RESPECTING YOUR ELDERS: Butler’s two seniors led the charge in the 70-68 win over Seton Hall Feb. 2. Paul Jorgensen had a team-best 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting (4-of-6 from three-point range). Nate Fowler set a season-high with 15 points, making five of his seven shots from the field. For Jorgensen, the 18 points were his highest output in BIG EAST play this season.

Jorgensen has led the Bulldogs in scoring six times this season.

BENCH MOB: Butler has had the advantage in bench scoring in 10 of the team’s 11 BIG EAST contests. In Butler’s last eight games, that combined advantage has been 212-58 advantage (an average of +19 per game over that seven-game stretch). Jorgensen and Fowler combined for 33 points in the win over Seton Hall Feb. 2 as Butler had a 36-9 edge in bench points in that contest.

BIG IN THE BIG EAST: Kamar Baldwin has registered four 20-point games in BIG EAST play. Baldwin is averaging 19.2 points per game in conference games, a mark that is sixth in the BIG EAST. Baldwin is also fifth in the conference with an .833 mark from the free throw line in BIG EAST games.

 

NOTRE DAME WBB: All Five Starters Land on Naismith Trophy Midseason Watch List

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the 30 women’s basketball players included on the midseason watch list for the 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy Women’s Player of the Year award on Monday. A record five Notre Dame players made the list with Marina Mabrey, Arike Ogunbowale, Jessica Shepard, Brianna Turner and Jackie Young.

Notre Dame looks to claim its first Citizen Naismith Trophy for Women’s Player of the Year since Ruth Riley in 2001. One Irish in particular, junior guard Jackie Young, has a little history with the Naismith Trophy – winning the high school version of the award in 2016.

On March 4, the competition will narrow as the midseason team of 30 becomes 10 national semifinalists. The four finalists will be announced on March 22, and the 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy for Women’s Player of the Year will be announced on April 6.

All five starters average over 12.5 points per game, accounting for 90 percent of the team’s scoring, for an offense that ranks third in the country. The Irish have posted a 22-3 overall record against the nation’s No. 1 strength of schedule, earning the No. 1 ranked RPI.

The Irish also rank in the top 10 nationally in assists, blocks, field goal percentage, free throw attempts and makes, total rebounds and scoring margin.

All five are certainly leaving their mark as well. Ogunobwale is on pace to break the all-time scoring record. Mabrey is on pace for most career three-pointers. Turner is challenging for the all-time blocks record. In addition, Shepard has already achieved over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for her career.

 

Minnesota and Northwestern Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Co-Player of the Week

Hope Brandner, Minnesota

1B – So. – Vacaville, Calif. – Vanden – Major: Undeclared

  • Batted .556 with two home runs and seven RBI, as well as a .636 on-base percentage and a 1.556 slugging percentage last week, helping No. 21/23 Minnesota open with two wins in three games at the Friends of Jaclyn Tournament in Orlando
  • Had a home run, a double and five RBI in her Golden Gopher debut on Feb. 8, a win over North Florida
  • Also doubled twice and drove in a run at UCF on Feb. 8 and added a solo home run the following day against Ole Miss
  • Earns her first career Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Maddie Houlihan (May 7, 2018)

 

Co-Player of the Week

Jordyn Rudd, Northwestern

C – Fr. – Greenwood, Ind. – Center Grove – Major: Undeclared

  • Posted a .467 batting average with two home runs, 10 RBI, a .529 on-base percentage and a 1.067 slugging percentage last week to pace the Wildcats to a 4-1 record at the Titan Classic in Fullerton, Calif.
  • Hit two home runs and drove in five in a win over Pacific on Feb. 8
  • Also had two doubles and three RBI against Utah State on Feb. 8, as well as two hits against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 9 and two RBI against Idaho State on Feb. 10
  • Earns her first career Player of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Marissa Panko (April 16, 2018)

 

Pitcher/Freshman of the Week

Danielle Williams, Northwestern

LHP – Fr. – Pleasanton, Calif. – Amador Valley – Major: Undeclared

  • Went 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA, while registering 22 strikeouts and two walks in 17.2 innings in the circle last week, tossing two complete-game shutouts as Northwestern won four of its five games at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Classic
  • Nearly threw a no-hitter in her collegiate debut on Feb. 8 against Pacific, giving up her only hit with two outs in the seventh inning before settling for a one-hit complete game shutout
  • Tossed a two-hit shutout against Louisville on Feb. 9, striking out 13 without walking a batter
  • Got the win in relief on Feb. 10 against Idaho State, allowing just one run and driving in the tying and winning runs with her first collegiate hit, a two-run single in the top of the seventh
  • Earns her first career Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Pitcher of the Week: Kristen Wood (April 6, 2015)
  • Earns her first career Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Rachel Lewis (April 2, 2017)

 

WOMEN’S GOLF

The Boilermakers remain near the top of field after 36 holes

RIO GRANDE, P.R. – The Purdue women’s golf team overcame a rocky start and kept pace

with the leaders in the second round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Monday,

shooting eight-over 296 at the Rio Mar Country Club River Course. Junior Micaela

Farah led the way with her second straight round of even-par 72 and is one-of-nine

individuals at or under par after 36 holes.

Farah is one-of-six players tied for fourth place at even par, one shot back from

third place and four shots off the lead, which is shared by Kent State’s Karoline

Stormo and East Carolina’s Dorthea Forbrigd. The Boilermaker junior traded two

birdies for two bogeys Monday and dropped 14 pars to complete her round. The two

mishaps came near the beginning and end of her day, making bogey on No. 2 and No.

17, but got those strokes back with birdies on No. 5 and No. 7.

Senior Covadonga SanJuan and sophomore Inez Wanamarta tied for the Boilermakers’ No.

2 score at two-over 74. SanJuan recovered from a tough first round to make a couple

birdies and turn in a team score for Purdue, gaining ground on No. 8 and No. 13,

while Wanamarta went back-and-forth Monday, hitting two birdies on each side.

Senior Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri used a strong finish to post the final Purdue

team score, making birdie on two of her last five holes to finish at four-over 76.

She took advantage of the par 5 on No. 15 and made the second birdie on No. 18 to

recover from a rough start to the back nine.

After a brilliant start Sunday freshman Danielle du Toit struggled Monday with a

seven-over 79. She remains tied for 24th individually, just one stroke out of a spot

in the top-20.

Kent State took over the top spot on the leaderboard, shooting even-par 288 to move

past the Boilermakers and Arkansas. The Golden Flashes are four-over par after 36

holes, while the Razorbacks are second at nine-over par. The Boilermakers are tied

at 12 over with East Carolina, holding a one-stroke lead on Virginia Tech in fifth.

The Boilermakers open the final round of play Tuesday at 7 a.m. ET, partnered with

Kent State and Arkansas. The groups tee off on the first three holes in a shotgun

start.

 

Hoosiers In 12th Place Heading To Final Round in Puerto Rico

Tournament: Lady Puerto Rico Classic

Location: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Course:  Rio Mar Country Club

Indiana team standing: 12th/14 teams – 603 (300-303; +17)

Top Indiana individual: Erin Harper (T11th) – 146 (71-75; +2)

In a 14-team field that features nine teams ranked inside the Top 50 in the country,

the Indiana women’s golf team sits in 12th place entering Tuesday’s final round

after a team score of 303 in round two. The top round of the day for Indiana came

from Mary Parsons, who carded a 1-over par 73.

CHIP-INS

  • Senior Erin Harper birdied her third hole of the day to get to 1-under par, but

she went on to play her next five holes in 6-over par before posting a pair of

birdies in her final seven holes. She finished with a score of 75 and is tied for

11th at 2-over par for the tournament.

  • Sophomore Mary Parsons had the round of the day for Indiana, recording four

birdies and five bogeys en route to a 1-over par 73. She moved up 12 spots on the

individual leaderboard and is now tied for 26th at 5-over par for the tournament.

  • Sophomore Priscilla Schmid played her first 10 holes in 7-over par but played the

final eight in 1-under par to post a score of 78 in round two. She is tied for 56th

at 10-over par.

  • Freshman Alexis Miestowski is tied for 66th through two rounds with a total score

of 156 after posting a 79 in round two.

  • Junior Emma Fisher joins Miestowski in a tie for 66th with a score of 156 after

her second round 77.

  • Junior Elisa Pierre logged her second straight round of 81 on Monday and is tied

for 79th with a score of 162.

 

40-Second Play Clock, Postseason Instant Replay Among Football Changes

NFHS RELEASE

In an effort to establish a more consistent time period between downs in high school football, the play clock will start at 40 seconds instead of 25 seconds in many cases beginning with the 2019 season.

This change was one of seven rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis, which were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The play clock will continue to start at 25 seconds (a) prior to a try following a score, (b) to start a period or overtime series, (c) following administration of an inadvertent whistle, (d) following a charged time-out, (e) following an official’s time-out, with a few exceptions, and (f) following the stoppage of the play clock by the referee for any other reason. In all other cases, 40 seconds will be placed on the play clock and start when the ball is declared dead by a game official.

Previously, the ball was marked ready-for-play when, after it had been placed for a down, the referee gave the ready-for-play signal and the 25-second count began. Beginning next season, in addition to the above situations when the 25-second count is used, the ball will also be ready for play when, starting immediately after the ball has been ruled dead by a game official after a down, the ball has been placed on the ground by the game official and the game official has stepped away to position.

“The entire committee needs to be commended for its thorough discussion regarding the move to a 40-second play clock, except in specific situations that will still have a 25-second play clock to show play is ready to begin,” said Todd Tharp, assistant director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association and chair of the NFHS Football Rules Committee. “This is one of the most substantial game administration rules changes to be approved in the past 10 years, and without detailed experimentation from several state associations over the past three years, along with cooperation of the NFHS Football Game Officials Manual Committee, all the elements needed to approve this proposal would not have been in place.

Another significant change approved by the committee was the addition of a note to Rule 1-3-7 to permit state associations to create instant-replay procedures for state postseason contests only. This revision would allow game or replay officials to use a replay monitor during state postseason contests to review decisions by the on-field game officials. Use of a replay monitor would be on a state-by-state adoption basis, and the methodology for reviewing calls would be determined by the applicable state association.

“The ultimate goal of each game official and each officiating crew is to get the call correct,” Tharp said. “Each state association, by individual adoption, can now use replay or video monitoring during its respective postseason contests to review decisions by the on-field game officials.  Each state association, if it adopts this rules revision, will also create the parameters and scope of the replay.”

With regard to uniforms, the NFHS Football Rules Committee clarified the size requirements for numbers on jerseys through the 2023 season and added a new requirement effective with the 2024 season. Clarifications to Rule 1-5-1c (in bold) that are in effect through the 2023 state that the numbers, inclusive of any border, shall be centered horizontally at least 8 inches and 10 inches high on front and back, respectively. In addition, the entire body of the number (the continuous horizontal bars and vertical strokes) exclusive of any border(s) shall be approximately 1½-inches wide. Finally, through the 2023 season, the body of the number (the continuous horizontal bars and vertical strokes) shall be either: (a) a continuous color(s) contrasting with the jersey color; or (b) the same color(s) as the jersey with a minimum of one border that is at least ¼-inch in width of a single solid contrasting color.

Effective with the 2024 season, the entire body of the number (the continuous horizontal bars and vertical strokes) of the number shall be a single solid color that clearly contrasts with the body color of the jersey.

“The purpose of numbers on jerseys is to provide clear identification of players,” said Bob Colgate, NFHS director of sports and sports medicine and staff liaison to the NFHS Football Rules Committee. “In order to enhance the ability to easily identify players, the committee has clarified the size requirements for jersey numbers through the 2023 season and added a new requirement for the 2024 season.”

Two changes were approved by the committee in an effort to reduce the risk of injury in high school football. First, tripping the runner is now prohibited. Beginning next season, it will be a foul to intentionally use the lower leg or foot to obstruct a runner below the knees. Previously, a runner was not included in the definition of tripping. Second, in Rule 9-4-3k, the “horse-collar” foul was expanded to include the name-plate area, which is directly below the back collar. Colgate said grabbing the name-plate area of the runner’s jersey, directly below the back collar, and pulling the runner to the ground is now an illegal personal contact foul.

A change in the definition of a legal scrimmage formation was approved. A legal scrimmage formation now requires at least five offensive players on their line of scrimmage (instead of seven) with no more than four backs. The committee noted that this change will make it easier to identify legal and illegal offensive formations.

The final change approved by the NFHS Football Rules Committee for the 2019 season was a reduction in the penalty for illegally kicking or batting the ball from 15 yards to 10 yards.

 

Browns sign troubled former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt

The Cleveland Browns’ signing of Kareem Hunt once again shines a spotlight somewhere other than the team’s on-field performance.

Hunt, who was released 2+ months ago by Kansas City after a video surfaced showing the star running back pushing and kicking a woman, signed with Cleveland on Monday.

Hunt was placed on the NFL’s commissioner’s exempt list hours before the Chiefs released him, a move that drew public support after he was seen in a physical altercation with the woman last February during an argument in the lobby of a downtown hotel where he stayed.

He was in his second season with Kansas City and was one of the team’s best players. He led the NFL in rushing as a rookie in 2017.

The Browns are now giving the 23-year-old, who is from Cleveland, a chance to restart his career, though he still could be suspended by the league under its personal conduct policy for the incident and two others that surfaced after he was released by the Chiefs. Hunt has not been charged with a crime. An NFL investigation is ongoing.

And the Browns, coming off a tumultuous 7-8-1 season that followed an 0-16 record in 2017 – with a new coach after Hue Jackson was fired midseason in 2018 – are creating headlines by giving a player a second chance even as the NFL has not yet decided Hunt’s status.

Browns general manager John Dorsey drafted Hunt while working for Kansas City and said their relationship was an “important part of this decision-making process.”

“But we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him,” said Dorsey, who was Kansas City’s GM from 2013-16. “There were two important factors: One is that Kareem took full responsibility for his egregious actions and showed true remorse and secondly, just as importantly, he is undergoing and is committed to necessary professional treatment and a plan that has been clearly laid out.”

 

Kyler Murray chooses NFL over baseball and A’s

When Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma last season, the Oakland Athletics knew there was a chance he might chose football over baseball.

That is exactly what happened.

On the day the A’s started spring training workouts, Murray said he will pursue a career in the NFL.

“I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” Murray tweeted . “Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft.”

Murray passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns last season as the Sooners landed a second straight College Football Playoff berth. He ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, posting the second-best passer efficiency rating in Bowl Subdivision history.

He declared himself eligible for April’s NFL draft last month. He is not a prototypical NFL quarterback at just 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, but his skills make him an intriguing option.

The A’s thought so, too.

Murray was the ninth overall pick in last June’s baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66 million signing bonus. The deal called for him to receive $1.5 million after approval last summer by Major League Baseball and $3.16 million on March 1. Murray must return six-sevenths of the money he received, or $1,285,714. While there is a provision for a team to get an extra draft pick in the following draft if it fails to sign a player selected prior to the fourth round, there is no such provision for a player who signed and then decided not to play.

 

Matthews makes big 1st impression in Pacers win over Hornets

The Indiana Pacers signed Wesley Matthews to make a difference.

They didn’t necessarily expect it show up in his debut.

Just two days after clearing waivers, the veteran guard scored eight points, had five rebounds and three assists and beat the shot-clock buzzer with the biggest basket of the game – a 28-footer to help put away the Charlotte Hornets 99-90. The Pacers have won six straight – all without two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo.

“We thought he (Matthews) was great,” coach Nate McMillan said. “Part of the agreement was that he would start when he came and we were OK with that because we thought bringing that type of talent to this roster and having a guy like that going down the stretch and in the playoffs with that type of experience, we were going to need it.”

It has been a whirlwind week for the veteran guard, who was traded Thursday from Dallas to New York and was subsequently released. After clearing waivers Saturday, the Pacers announced Sunday they had signed Matthews.

By Monday night, he wasn’t just wearing the blue-and-gold; he was starting.

Initially, Matthews looked understandably out of sync. But as Matthews played on, he emerged as the difference-maker McMillan expected.

While the stat line wasn’t spectacular – eight points, five rebounds and three assists – his impact was huge. The long shot he made with 3:57 to play extended Indiana’s lead to 92-82. And his second 3, with 2:15 left, gave Indiana a game-sealing 97-85 cushion.

 

Harden runs 30-point streak to 30, Rockets beat Mavs 120-104

There was only a little over a minute left in Houston’s game and it looked as if James Harden’s streak of 30-point games would be ending.

Harden brought the ball down the court and was enveloped by two defenders near the 3-point line, so he passed to Chris Paul, who drew the defense away. After a couple of dribbles Paul turned and got it back to Harden, who stepped back and sunk a 3-pointer over Dorian Finney-Smith to keep the streak alive.

Harden scored 31 points for his 30th straight 30-point game despite dealing with a shoulder injury, leading the Rockets to a 120-104 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

Paul was asked if he was determined to help Harden extend the streak.

“For sure. He had what 28, so yeah, why not? We was up,” Paul said.

Harden, who had eight rebounds and seven assists, seemed to be a bit slowed early by the strained left shoulder that he injured on Saturday against Oklahoma City, making just one of his first seven shots. But he warmed up after that and finished 9 of 23, capped by his sixth 3-pointer with 52.9 seconds remaining. Fans chanted “MVP! MVP!” after he sunk the shot.

Harden denied that he was concerned about getting 30 points, but he did say it was a “credit to” Paul that he got the ball back to him.

“I was worried about winning,” Harden said. “They were making their shots. They were coming back, cut the lead to I think 10 or nine points … so I just wanted to get the proper shots … I was just trying to make the right play.”

He’s now just one game from tying Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak of 30-point games in NBA history. Chamberlain also holds the top 30-point game streak with 65 in a row.

 

Cavs send Knicks to franchise-record 17th straight loss

The New York Knicks’ franchise-record 17th straight loss might have been the toughest one to take.

The Knicks erased a 17-point deficit in the second half and had several chances to take the lead or tie the game in the final minute before falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-104 on Monday night.

“It’s incredibly hard,” said guard Dennis Smith Jr. “No one wants to lose, especially 17 in a row. Tonight would’ve been major for us if we’d have pulled it out.”

Collin Sexton, who led Cleveland with 20 points, hit two free throws with 17 seconds remaining to put the Cavaliers up by three.

John Jenkins missed a 3-pointer from the right corner, but Smith grabbed the rebound and dribbled to the left corner. He also missed a 3-pointer and Larry Nance Jr. tapped the rebound to midcourt as time ran out.

Luke Kornet, who hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch, missed a wide-open 3 with 21 seconds remaining that would have put the Knicks ahead.

“When you’ve got a chance at the end, if you don’t win, it hurts,” coach David Fizdale said. “We had a shot – actually two – and we got the look we wanted. It just didn’t go down. And before that, we got a real good look from one of our best shooters in Kornet.”

Nance had 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson scored 15 points. Kevin Love had 14 points and nine rebounds in his second game since returning from foot surgery. The All-Star forward played 16 minutes, all in the first half. Love was 4 of 10 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and had nine rebounds.

Love played Friday against Washington after missing 50 games. He scored four points in six first-quarter minutes.

 

NBA opening investigation of Simmons-Johnson meeting request

The NBA is going to investigate whether league rules were broken when Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons inquired about meeting with Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson for playing tips.

League spokesman Mike Bass said Monday that the NBA will look at the matter. Johnson revealed over the weekend that Simmons expressed a desire to meet, through an intermediary, and indicated that he would be willing to partake in such a session with the 76ers’ starting point guard if all parties involved granted permission.

76ers general manager Elton Brand, however, told Philadelphia radio station WPEN that when the request was made about a month ago, he declined. Brand said it was presented by members of Simmons’ inner circle as a way last season’s rookie of the year could raise his game by learning from various greats, and Johnson’s name was on their list.

Brand also told the radio station that Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka asked if such a meeting could take place.

“Rob Pelinka called me and said `Hey, we’re hearing Ben wants to talk to Hall of Famers, championship-level players, and Magic’s on the list. We need authorization for him to meet up,'” Brand told the radio station. “And I said `No.’ This is over a month ago, so I said no. … We didn’t sign off on whatever they’re talking about.”

The Lakers responded Monday by saying the notion of Simmons meeting with Johnson was first raised in November in an email. The Lakers also confirmed that Pelinka reached out to Brand.

“That was the end of the matter,” the Lakers said in a statement.

Johnson said Sunday that when Simmons reached out in an indirect way about getting together, he responded by saying that the NBA, the 76ers and the Lakers would all have to sign off on such a meeting before one could be scheduled.

“If everybody doesn’t sign off, then we can’t get together,” Johnson said.

 

Tennessee remains at No. 1 in AP poll, ahead of Duke

The NCAA Division I Basketball Committee slated Duke as the No. 1 overall seed in its initial tournament rankings over the weekend. Voters in the AP Top 25 stuck with Tennessee as their top team.

The Vols received 40 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday, remaining ahead of Duke for fourth straight week. The No. 2 Blue Devils had 24 first-place votes.

No. 3 Gonzaga and No. 4 Virginia, the other top seeds in the NCAA’s initial rankings on Saturday, rounded out the top five with Kentucky.

Tennessee (22-1, 10-0 SEC) moved to the No. 1 spot in the AP poll after Duke (21-2, 9-1 ACC) lost to Syracuse on Jan. 14.

The Vols continued winning, stretching their school-record streak to 18 games with wins over Missouri and Florida last week.

Committee chair Bernard Muir said the decision for the top overall seed was close, but Blue Devils edged the Vols based on strength of schedule.

Tennessee was No. 1 in the South Region.

“I want these guys to enjoy what they’re doing and I’m probably not the easiest guy to let that happen because I’m always thinking of ways we can get better, and I want to do it right now,” Vols coach Rick Barnes said. “I appreciate how hard they’re competed and the fact that they want to get better.”

Duke won both of its games last week, rolling over Boston College by 25 before winning a rematch with Virginia 81-71 on Saturday. The Blue Devils beat the Cavaliers by two points the first meeting and shot them out of the gym in the second, making 13 of 21 from the 3-point arc.

“We were just in our zone and it’s great to see when our team is like that,” said Duke’s R.J. Barrett, who had 26 points and was 6 for 10 on 3s.

Virginia dropped one spot from No. 3 after losing to the Blue Devils.

BIG 12 RACE

Kansas State moved back into the poll this week at No. 18.

Perhaps more importantly, the Wildcats are in control of the Big 12 race after knocking off rival Kansas and Baylor last week.

The Wildcats (18-5) are 8-2 in the Big 12, putting them 1 1/2 games ahead of the 14th-ranked Jayhawks, No. 15 Texas Tech and No. 23 Iowa State. Kansas State plays Texas and Iowa State this week.

Kansas will need to make a late-season run for the second straight year if it is going to stretch its record run of conference titles to 15. The Jayhawks play TCU and West Virginia.

ZIGGING ZAGS

Gonzaga moved up a spot in the AP poll this week, was selected as the top overall seed in the West by the NCAA’s selection committee and crushed WCC rival Saint Mary’s 94-46 on Saturday.

It wasn’t all good news for the Zags last week.

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie did not play against the Gaels and is out indefinitely after suffering a torn ligament in his right foot against San Francisco on Thursday. He missed the first two months of the season due to a foot injury and has played just nine games.

MOVING UP

No. 17 Florida State had the biggest jump in this week’s poll, climbing five spots after beating Syracuse and Louisville, which remained at No. 16 despite the loss.

No. 9 Houston and No. 12 Purdue each moved up three spots.

MOVING DOWN

No. 22 Virginia Tech had a precipitous drop this week, falling 11 spots after losses to Louisville and Clemson.

DROPPING OUT

A week after moving into the poll at No. 25, Cincinnati dropped out beating Memphis and losing to Houston last week.

 

No. 2 prospect Edwards stays in state, commits to Georgia

Georgia landed a rare top national recruit when shooting guard Anthony Edwards decided to stay close to home.

Edwards made the announcement at Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta on Monday, noting first-year coach Tom Crean coached his favorite players – Dwyane Wade at Marquette and Victor Oladipo at Indiana.

“He’s a great coach for player development,” Edwards said. “They came in not the greatest and they came out really great players. Dwyane Wade has had a really good career, so it weighed on me.”

The No. 2 prospect by the 247 Sports composite ranking also considered Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina. He’ll attempt to help Crean turn around a program that’s been mired in losing seasons.

The regular signing period begins on April 17. Coaches aren’t allowed to comment on commitments before they sign. Without discussing Edwards, Crean said Georgia has much to offer recruits.

“There’s no reason if you’re in the state of Georgia that you need to go anywhere else,” Crean said Monday. “Everything is here and it starts not only with the beauty of this campus but the unreal quality of the education here.”

Crean referred to his history with such players as Wade and Oladipo when he said top recruits are interested in attending a school where they can improve their NBA outlook.

The 6-foot-5 Edwards, who averages 27 points and 9 rebounds, says having family so close was “a big factor.” The Georgia campus in Athens is near his home in Atlanta.

Edwards announced his decision by taking his young nephew into his arms and revealing the boy’s red Georgia T-shirt. Edwards then put on a red Georgia cap.

 

West Virginia dismisses Ahmad, Harris for rule violations

West Virginia starters Esa Ahmad and Wes Harris have been dismissed from the team for undisclosed violations of athletic department policies.

The Mountaineers announced the dismissals Monday night without elaboration.

Ahmad was the team’s third-leading scorer this season at 12 points per game and the third-leading rebounder at 5.8. Harris averaged 7.9 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Ahmad is a senior and four-year starter. Harris is a junior in his second year as a starter.

The dismissals come during a tumultuous season for the Mountaineers (10-14, 2-9 Big 12), who are in last place in the league and have lost 10 of their last 12 games.

West Virginia is coming off a 75-53 home loss to Texas and plays at No. 14 Kansas (18-6, 7-4) on Saturday.

 

Roger Goodell responds to Louisiana governor’s letter about NFC title game

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has answered Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ letter that was sent after the Saints’ NFC championship loss to the Rams.

The letter penned to Goodell expressed disappointment with the outcome of the game, including the no-call that could have resulted in the Saints winning the game.

“I fully understand your personal disappointment, and the disappointment and frustration of Saints fans throughout the country,” Goodell wrote. “As you know, immediately following the game, our head of officiating told Coach Payton that a penalty should have been called on the play in question. I have expressed the same view to both (Saints owner) Mrs. Benson and Coach Payton, as well as during my press conference on Jan. 30.”

Goodell added that league rules prevented him from overturning the result of the game, and that he believed it would have been wrong for him to do so.

Edwards released Goodell’s letter Monday, along with a statement:

“Though it is cold comfort to New Orleans Saints fans, I applaud the commissioner’s willingness to review the officiating error closely to determine if similar errors can be prevented in the future through rule or procedure changes. I appreciate his response to my letter.

“New Orleans is a place unlike any other, as evidenced by the Saints fans who celebrated their team and their city in lieu of watching the Super Bowl and raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity in the process. It’s the Louisiana way to be hospitable to guests, as I know we will be when the Super Bowl next returns to New Orleans in 2024.”

 

Panthers Reid: New contract more proof NFL owners colluded

Eric Reid has signed a three-year contract worth more than $22 million with the Carolina Panthers, a deal the safety believes is additional proof that NFL owners conspired to keep him out of the league last season.

Reid said Monday he believes he got “fair market value” after making just $1.69 million last season from the Panthers.

“If anything, it proves my point from last year,” Reid said. “I didn’t sign until the (fourth) week and did for almost the league minimum. And this year I signed a more substantial contract. And nothing has changed. I’m still the same player.”

Reid still has a collusion case pending against NFL owners, alleging that he wasn’t signed last offseason as a direct result of his decision to kneel for the national anthem alongside former teammate Colin Kaepernick in protest of social and racial injustice.

Kaepernick is still out of the league and Reid believes that won’t change anytime soon.

“Knowing what I know my hope tank is on E (empty),” Reid said.

Reid also addressed the joint statement from the NFL and the NFL Players Association in January that he was not targeted by the league with too many drug tests in 2018.

“I believe otherwise,” Reid said.

After signing with the Panthers in October, Reid started all 13 games played and had 73 tackles, five pass breakups, one interception and a sack. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent, but said re-signing with Carolina now brings piece of mind to him and his family.

 

Gas leak near Columbus Blue Jackets arena cancels practice

Crews investigating a gas leak near the Columbus Blue Jackets downtown arena that caused the hockey team to cancel its practice say the area is safe.

Reports of people smelling gas in the area on Monday forced people in several buildings to evacuate, including Blue Jackets’ employees who were inside Nationwide Arena.

The entertainment district in Ohio’s capital city is home to several restaurants, taverns and other businesses.

Columbia Gas says it’s investigating what caused the smell and that high readings of gas in the area had dropped by mid-afternoon.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin told The Columbus Dispatch that some people walking near the arena’s loading dock reported smelling gas.

The Blue Jackets say there won’t be any impact on their game Tuesday night against Washington.

 

NASCAR: When are the Daytona Duels 2019?

Date: Thursday, Feb. 14

Start times: 7 p.m. ET, 8:45 p.m. ET

TV: FS1

Streaming: fuboTV, FOX Sports Go

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Format: Two 60-lap, 150-mile races

 

Daytona 500 qualifying: Duels starting lineups

Duel 1

 

Starting position

  1. William Byron                Hendrick Motorsports
  2. Jimmie Johnson             Hendrick Motorsports
  3. Daniel Hemric                Richard Childress Racing
  4. Martin Truex Jr.            Joe Gibbs Racing
  5. Brad Keselowski          Team Penske
  6. Paul Menard                Wood Brothers Racing
  7. Kyle Busch                    Joe Gibbs Racing
  8. Kevin Harvick                Stewart-Haas Racing
  9. Tyler Reddick                Richard Childress Racing
  10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.     Roush Fenway Racing
  11. Daniel Suarez                Stewart-Haas Racing
  12. Chris Buescher                JTG Daugherty Racing
  13. Ryan Newman                Roush Fenway Racing
  14. Ryan Truex                  Tommy Baldwin Racing
  15. Ryan Preece                JTG Daugherty Racing
  16. Matt DiBenedetto      Leavine Family Racing
  17. Bubba Wallace                Richard Petty Motorsports
  18. Matt Tifft                      Front Row Motorsports
  19. Parker Kligerman       Gaunt Brothers Racing
  20. Landon Cassill                StarCom Racing
  21. Cody Ware                   Rick Ware Racing

Duel 2

 

Starting position

  1. Alex Bowman                Hendrick Motorsports
  2. Chase Elliott                Hendrick Motorsports
  3. Joey Logano                Team Penske
  4. Clint Bowyer                Stewart-Haas Racing
  5. Austin Dillon                Richard Childress Racing
  6. Denny Hamlin                Joe Gibbs Racing
  7. Erik Jones                     Joe Gibbs Racing
  8. Ryan Blaney                Team Penske
  9. Aric Almirola                Stewart-Haas Racing
  10. Kurt Busch                Stewart-Haas Racing
  11. David Ragan                Front Row Motorsports
  12. Michael McDowell    Front Row Motorsports
  13. Casey Mears                Germain Racing
  14. Jamie McMurray       Spire Motorsports
  15. Brendan Gaughan     Beard Motorsports
  16. Kyle Larson                Chip Ganassi Racing
  17. Ty Dillon                        Germain Racing
  18. Ross Chastain                Premium Motorsports
  19. Corey LaJoie                GO FAS Racing
  20. BJ McLeod                    Petty Ware Racing
  21. Joey Gase                    Motorsports Business Management

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY- FEBRUARY 12, 1988

CALGARY, Alberta [Friday] – The red and white warm-ups identify Fast Eddie Edwards as a member of Her Majesty’s Olympic team. He’s an unlikely looking athlete, though, at 5 feet 8 inches, peering though glasses with milk bottle lenses. Still, there are several countries that have an avid interest in the British ski jumper, a waif who has become Nordic skiing’s adopted son. Edwards, 24 years old, has been jumping for only two years, a mere beginner by Olympic standards. He is the only ski jumper in England, which means he spends most of the year away from home, training in places like Switzerland and Steamboat Springs, Colo. He became interested in the sport while on a skiing trip to Lake Placid, N.Y., when the cost of downhill equipment and lift tickets became too expensive. Edwards is a part-time plasterer from North Cheltenham, England, who has done such odd jobs as shoveling snow and babysitting in order to earn money so he can continue to jump.

At Lake Placid, he bought a used pair of skis for $60, was given a used helmet – fastened around his neck by a string – and borrowed boots that were so big he had to wear six pairs of socks. “I just went out to the ski jump at Lake Placid, introduced myself and said I wanted to jump,” Edwards said. “They said, ‘Fine.’ There was this old gentleman, a man who I think was in the 1932 Olympics, who came to watch me, to make sure nothing went wrong.” In just 18 months, Edwards progressed from novice to World Cup performer, not an Olympic medal contender by any means, but a success story in his own right. He was told it would take eight or nine years. In a sport in which style counts as much as distance – the best ski jumpers soar through the air posing like hood ornaments on an automobile – Fast Eddie has wobbled his way to a personal best of jumping 91 meters from the 90-meter jump. When he arrived in Calgary late Wednesday night, several Canadians greeted him at the airport, holding a banner that read “Welcome Eddie the Eagle Edwards.”

The perils of Eddie Edwards have made him a cult figure back home. Fast Eddie began skiing when he was 11 years old and went on a class trip to a ski resort in Italy. He skied on simulated trails in England, his goal to one day make the Olympic team. He did not anticipate that it would eventually be as a ski jumper, a pursuit that still causes him trepidation. “I used to get very scared at the top of the jump, thinking of a million reasons not to go down there,” he said. “You have to fight the fear that your next jump could be your last.”

It does not help that Edwards’s thick lenses tend to fog when he places his goggles over them just before taking off. He has made some jumps virtually blind. “Usually, though,” he said, “my glasses clear up enough for me to see where I’ll land and on which part of my body.” He has strained knee ligaments and broken his jaw, tying a scarf around the jaw and continuing to compete because he could not afford to pay for medical treatment. Now, Edwards is ready for his Olympic experience, modestly hoping to avoid finishing last. “That would be bigger news in Finland than a Finnish jumper winning the event,” he said. “My girlfriend gave me a lucky gold boot that I’ll hold just before the jump. And I’ll say to myself, ‘May I survive.’

 

ALSO

1878 – Frederick Thayer patents the baseball catcher’s mask (patent number 200,358).

1880 – National Croquet League organizes (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

1899 – First two-man team six-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, New York City.

1908 – New York to Paris auto race (via Alaska and Siberia) begins in New York City, New York, USA.

1909 – Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6).

1920 – National League votes 6-2 for one commissioner American League votes 6-2 to keep group commission.

1929 – Karst Leemburg wins Dutch 11 cities skate (11:30).

1937 – Cleveland Rams granted an NFL franchise.

1949 – Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey.

1956 – Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open.

1958 – Boston Celtics’ Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse Nationals 119-101.

1961 – Boston Celtics’ player Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Philadelphia Warriors 136-125.

1961 – Mickey Wright wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Golf Open.

1961 – Mushtaq Mohammad scores first Test Cricket century at age 17 years 82 days.

1964 – End of Richie Benaud’s 63-Test cricket career.

1964 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming.

1964 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen.

1967 – Kees Verkerk becomes world champion all-round skater.

1971 – Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 and 0 Australia versus England.

1977 – Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0.

1978 – Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic.

1978 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne.

1978 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner.

1980 – New York Islanders second scoreless tie, versus Winnipeg Jets.

1980 – Richard Hadlee becomes New Zealand’s top wicket-taker with 117.

1981 – Arbitrator Goetz declares Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent.

1982 – Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, tying NHL record.

1984 – Cale Yarborough becomes first Daytona 500 qualifier above 200 MPH.

1984 – West Indies beat Australia 2-0-1 to win cricket World Series Cup.

1984 – Alice Miller wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic.

1985 – 37th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-4 at Calgary.

1985 – West Indies beats Australia 2-1 to win cricket World Series Cup.

1986 – First-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Island versus Guyana.

1989 – 39th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 143-134 at Houston, Texas.

1989 – 50th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Larry Mowry.

1989 – Wayne Gretzky sets two records, his 45th hat trick and 10th 40+ goal season.

1989 – Thursday’s Child sets sailing record, New York-Cape Horn-San Francisco, 80 days 20 hours.

1989 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman.

1991 – North and South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition.

1994 – (to February 27) XVII Olympic Winter Games are held in Lillehammer, Norway.

1995 – 45th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 139-112 at Phoenix, Arizona.

1995 – Jeff Rouse swims world record 50 metre backstroke (24.37 seconds).

1995 – Angela Kennedy swims woman’s world record 50 metre butterfly.

1995 – Dieter Baumann runs European record 3k indoor (7 minutes 37.51 seconds).

1995 – Moses Kiptanui runs world record 3k indoor (7 minutes 35.15 seconds).

1995 – Sun Cayun pole vaults indoor female world record (4.12 metres).

1995 – Susan Auch skates female world record 500 metre (38.94 seconds).

1995 – Bonnie Blair skates female world record 500 metre (38.69 seconds).

1998 – Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their fourth head coach.

2002 – For the first time in its history, Major League Baseball owns a team after acquiring the Expos from Jeffrey Loria for $120 million.

2010 – In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the XXI Olympic Winter Games open. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky lights the outdoor cauldron of the Olympic flame. 2600 athletes representing 82 nations are scheduled to participate in 86 events.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1878      After designing the device last season to protect his team’s promising, but skittish, catcher James Tyng, Fredrick Thayer receives a patent for his innovative invention, the catcher’s mask. The Harvard captain, who will never play in a major league game, designed an oblong wire frame modeled after a fencing mask with eyes holes that supports a series of strategically-placed pads made from animal skins.

1924      The National League announces it will join the AL in awarding a thousand dollars to the player selected by writers as the league’s Most Valuable Player. Dazzy Vance, who posts a 28-6 record along with an ERA of 2.16 for the Dodgers, easily outpoints Rogers Hornsby to become the Senior Circuit’s first MVP.

1930      After leading his A’s to a world championship, Connie Mack becomes the first Philadelphian sports figure to receive the prestigious Edward W. Bok Prize. The honor, now known as the Philadelphia Award, recognizes distinguished Philadelphians for their achievements in education, industry, law, politics, science, medicine, philosophy, and the creative arts.

1942      The White Sox and Cubs issue a 150-word joint statement that definitely eliminates the possibility of the Northside team from renting Comiskey Park as a venue for National League night games next season. The Chicago rivals agree it is in the best interest of the city to retain the north-south boundary which clearly demarcates the fans’ loyalty to the two Windy City clubs.

1942      Former Texarkana outfielder Gordon Houston is the first professional ballplayer to be killed in WW II. The minor league batting champion, who became a full-time fighter pilot following the attack on Pearl Harbor, dies at the age of 25 when his Republic P-43 Lancer crashes at Washington’s McChord Field, after leading a sortie along the West Coast, looking for Japanese submarines.

1944      Bob Coleman, who filled in for Casey Stengel last season when the Boston skipper suffered a broken leg when hit by a taxi cab trying to cross a street, is named to replace the ‘Old Perfessor’ as the manager of the Braves. Considered one of the most successful managers in minor league history, the 54 year-old Indiana native could not work his magic with the wartime club, and after finishing sixth followed by a slow start in 1945, the former big league catcher is fired, being replaced by one of his coaches, Del Bissonette.

1980      When the American League offers to buy out the Oakland Coliseum lease, Marv Davis’ plan to buy the A’s from Charlie Finley is thwarted. The billionaire businessman, who will also make failed bids for the NFL’s Cowboys and Broncos, had hoped to move the franchise from the City by the Bay to Denver.

1981      Arbitrator Raymond Goetz officially declares Carlton Fisk a free agent, citing the Boston Red Sox had violated the CBA by not mailing the catcher’s contract by the December 20th deadline as specified in the agreement. Next month, the 33 year-old future Hall of Fame backstop will sign a $3.5 million deal to catch for the White Sox this upcoming season.

2002      For the first time in its history, Major League Baseball will own a team after acquiring the Expos from Jeffrey Loria. The former Montreal owner sells the Expos for $120 million, then buys the Florida Marlins for $158.5 million with the difference being made up with a loan from major league baseball.

2002      With unanimous approval of the sale of the Florida Marlins to Jeffrey Loria, the former owner of the Montreal Expos, and the MLB’s acquisition of the Montreal franchise, many personnel changes are announced. The Expos name Frank Robinson as their manager, Tony Tavares as president, along with Omar Minaya as the general manager, while south of the border, former Expo skipper Jeff Torborg will pilot the Marlins, with Larry Beinfest as the GM, and David Samson taking over the duties of team president.

2003      Federal Judge James Holderman gives the Cubs and the owners of rooftop bleachers which provide fans a view of Wrigley Field a year to settle their dispute. The team believes the seating provided above the field via rooftops directly competes with the club for ticket sales revenue, and the surrounding neighbors, in turn, have not been sympathetic to the team’s expansion plans.

2007      The Major League Baseball Players Association asks the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its 2-1 decision which would allow the names and urine samples of more than 100 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs to be made available to authorities investigating the use of steroids in baseball. The 1993 samples were collected by MLB to gauge the prevalence of steroid use with players and owners agreeing the results would be confidential.

2007      An agreement is reached after a year of negotiations on the sale of the Braves from Time Warner to Liberty Media. Seventy percent of the owners must approve the deal which includes the retention of general manager John Schuerholz and manager Bobby Cox.

2008      The Twins, to add experience to a young rotation, sign Livan Hernandez (11-11, 4.93) to a $5 million, one-year deal with an additional $2 million in performance bonuses. The 32 year-old right-hander from Cuba will also add innings to a staff depleted due to the departures of starters Johan Santana and Carlos Silva.

2009      “While Alex deserves credit for publicly confronting the issue, there is no valid excuse for using such substances, and those who use them have shamed the game.” – COMMISSIONER BUD SELIG, commenting Alex Rodriguez’s admission of using PEDs.

Three days after Alex Rodriguez apologizes for using steroids, commissioner Bud Selig chastises the Yankee superstar, and all the other players, who used such substances, for bringing shame to the game. The third baseman’s apology followed a SI.com report that he was one of 104 players who tested positive in tests taken in 2003 to determine the extent of steroid use in the national pastime.

2009      Ervin Santana avoids arbitration, agreeing to a deal with the Angels which could be worth $42 million over the next five years. The 26 year-old right-hander, who posted a 16-7 record with a 3.49 ERA for the AL West Champions last season, is the youngest active hurler with 50 career victories (51-37).

2009      Dan Uggla (.260, 32, 92), eligible for arbitration for the first time, is awarded $5.35 million by the process. The All-Star second baseman, who has averaged 30 home runs and 90 RBIs his first three seasons in the majors, rejected the Marlins’ offer of $4.4 million.

2009      Bluefish catcher John Nathans sues Jose Offerman, a former major league All-Star with the Red Sox and Dodgers, for the infielder’s 2007 bat-wielding attack at a minor league game played at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The backstop is seeking $4.8 million in damages against the Long Island Ducks player, claiming the 2007 incident left him with career-ending injuries which include inner ear damage, vertigo, headaches, and post-concussion syndrome.

2010      Corey Hart (.260, 12, 48) is awarded a raise from $3.25 million to $4.8 million in the Brewers’ first salary arbitration hearing in a dozen years. In the first case to use the process this year, Milwaukee’s offer of $4.15 million to their 27 year-old right-fielder, an All-Star in 2008, was rejected by a panel of arbitrators.

2010      Tim Lincecum, two-time reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, reaches a preliminary agreement on a $23 million, two-year deal with the Giants before the start of a scheduled arbitration hearing. The 25 year-old right-hander has compiled a 40-17 record along with an ERA of 2.90 ERA during his first three big league seasons; all played for San Francisco.

2011      “Doris From Rego Park” makes its debut on Jonathan Schwartz’s weekend program on WNYC-FM. The song, written and performed by Don Rosler, is a tribute to Doris Bauer, the Mets fan who became a New York institution as a late-night caller to WFAN sports radio before she died in 2003.

2014      Derek Jeter, who will turn 40 during in June, announces the 2014 season will be his final one, informing his fans via a lengthy Facebook post. The 13-time All-Star shortstop acknowledged that his numerous injuries had taken their toll, making the game more of a struggle and less enjoyable.

2016      Jenrry Mejia becomes the first player to receive a lifetime ban for three failed tests for performance-enhancing substances, after testing positive for boldenone, a steroid used in horse racing. The 26 year-old Mets former closer claims that he only failed one test, states the second sets of results to be inaccurate, and believes that MLB fabricated the latest violation to remove him from the sport.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1831 – Birth of John Morrissey; boxer/developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track.

1857 – Birth of Bobby Peel; cricket player (great English lefty 1884-96).

1891 – Birth of Cecil Dixon; cricket off-spinner (one Test for South Africa, 3-118, pair).

1911 – Birth of Charles Mathiesen in Norway; 1500 metre speed skater (Olympics-gold-1936).

1918 – Birth of Dominic DiMaggio; baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox).

1926 – Birth of Joe Garagiola in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA; sportscaster/host (Today Show).

1934 – Birth of Bill Russell in Monroe, Louisiana, USA; NBA star (Boston Celtics, Olympics-gold-1956).

1937 – Birth of Charles Everett Dumas in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA; high jumper (Olympics-gold-1956).

1941 – Birth of Ross Morgan; cricket player (New Zealand batsman in 20 Tests 1965-72).

1949 – Birth of Gundappa Viswanath; cricket player (prolific Indian batsman of 70s).

1949 – Birth of Len Randle; baseball player (New York Mets).

1955 – Birth of Daniele Masala in Italy; pentathlete (Olympics-1976).

1958 – Birth of Ingrid Klich in Whittier, California, USA; rower (Olympics-1996).

1961 – Birth of Chris Heyne in Offenbach, Germany; WLAF General Manager (Frankfurt Galaxy).

1963 – Birth of Brent Jones; NFL tight end (San Francisco 49ers).

1964 – Birth of Maurice Douglass; NFL safety (New York Giants).

1964 – Birth of Michel Petit in Saint Malo, France; NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning).

1964 – Birth of Milton Small; cricket pace bowler (West Indies versus Australia 1984).

1965 – Birth of Ruben Amaro; US baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians).

1967 – Birth of Andrew Dunkley in Kent, England; golfer (1991-93 Co-Captain University of West Florida).

1968 – Birth of Todd Fanning in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; golfer (Manitoba Amateur-1984, 1990, 1991, 1992).

1969 – Birth of Colin Keely in Buffalo, New York, USA; water polo driver (Olympics-1996).

1970 – Birth of Bryan Roy; Surinam/Dutch soccer star (Ajax).

1970 – Birth of Dell Demps; NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs).

1970 – Birth of Lamar Thomas; NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins).

1971 – Birth of Lincoln Kennedy; tackle (Oakland Raiders).

1971 – Birth of Romeo Bandison; NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns).

1971 – Birth of Shane Tonkin; Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics-1996).

1971 – Birth of Shante Carver; NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys).

1972 – Birth of Dulip Samaraweera; cricket player (Sri Lankan Test opening batsman 1993-).

1973 – Birth of Brendon Mark Cameron in Pirongia, New Zealand; 4km pursuit cyclist (Olympics-1996).

1974 – Birth of Ian Mcintyre in Montréal, Quebec, Canada; NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks).

1975 – Birth of Chris Szarka; Canadian Football League full back (Saskatchewan Roughriders).

1975 – Birth of Matt Finkes; linebacker (New York Jets).

1975 – Birth of Scot Pollard; NBA center (Detroit Pistons).

1975 – Birth of Seth Payne; defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars).

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 42 14 .750 23-5 19-9 10-1 29-8 8-2 1 W
Toronto 42 16 .724 1.0 23-5 19-11 8-4 26-10 7-3 5 W
Indiana 38 19 .667 4.5 22-7 16-12 8-2 27-10 6-4 6 W
Philadelphia 36 20 .643 6.0 23-6 13-14 5-7 20-14 6-4 2 W
Boston 35 21 .625 7.0 22-8 13-13 9-3 25-10 7-3 2 L
Brooklyn 29 29 .500 14.0 17-13 12-16 7-6 20-17 4-6 2 L
Charlotte 27 29 .482 15.0 19-9 8-20 7-2 20-16 5-5 1 L
Detroit 26 29 .473 15.5 17-13 9-16 4-5 17-18 6-4 4 W

Miami 25 30 .455 16.5 11-16 14-14 3-8 14-19 3-7 3 L
10 Orlando 25 32 .439 17.5 15-15 10-17 5-5 18-15 5-5 3 W
11 Washington 24 33 .421 18.5 17-11 7-22 6-5 17-22 4-6 1 L
12 Atlanta 18 38 .321 24.0 8-16 10-22 6-7 12-26 4-6 3 L
13 Chicago 13 44 .228 29.5 5-23 8-21 3-9 10-25 2-8 2 L
14 Cleveland 12 45 .211 30.5 7-21 5-24 2-10 10-28 3-7 1 W
15 New York 10 46 .179 32.0 4-22 6-24 2-11 6-33 0-10 17 L
Western Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Golden State 40 15 .727 21-7 19-8 10-2 24-10 9-1 4 W
Denver 38 18 .679 2.5 24-4 14-14 7-1 23-10 7-3 1 W
Oklahoma City 37 19 .661 3.5 20-7 17-12 5-4 21-14 9-1 4 W
Portland 33 23 .589 7.5 23-8 10-15 4-8 19-19 6-4 2 L
Houston 33 23 .589 7.5 20-9 13-14 7-5 21-15 7-3 1 W
Utah 32 24 .571 8.5 18-10 14-14 5-6 19-15 7-3 2 W
San Antonio 32 26 .552 9.5 22-7 10-19 7-5 23-19 5-5 4 L
Sacramento 30 26 .536 10.5 19-11 11-15 3-9 16-20 6-4 2 W

LA Clippers 31 27 .534 10.5 15-12 16-15 8-3 19-18 5-5 1 L
10 LA Lakers 28 28 .500 12.5 16-12 12-16 7-4 19-18 3-7 1 L
11 Dallas 26 30 .464 14.5 20-8 6-22 3-6 14-20 6-4 1 L
12 Minnesota 26 30 .464 14.5 18-10 8-20 4-6 16-22 4-6 1 W
13 New Orleans 25 32 .439 16.0 16-10 9-22 7-7 15-21 3-7 1 L
14 Memphis 23 34 .404 18.0 14-14 9-20 5-6 15-20 4-6 1 W
15 Phoenix 11 47 .190 30.5 7-22 4-25 1-11 7-30 0-10 14 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Tampa Bay Lightning 56 41 11 4 86 37 217 156 21-5-2 20-6-2 6-2-2
New York Islanders 55 33 16 6 72 30 160 133 17-7-4 16-9-2 7-1-2
Toronto Maple Leafs 55 34 18 3 71 34 195 157 17-11-1 17-7-2 6-3-1
Boston Bruins 56 31 17 8 70 30 162 145 20-7-3 11-10-5 5-2-3
Washington Capitals 56 31 18 7 69 28 192 180 17-9-5 14-9-2 4-4-2
Columbus Blue Jackets 54 31 20 3 65 31 177 167 14-11-2 17-9-1 5-5-0
Montreal Canadiens 56 31 18 7 69 29 172 162 17-10-4 14-8-3 7-1-2
Pittsburgh Penguins 56 29 20 7 65 28 193 173 15-10-2 14-10-5 4-5-1

Carolina Hurricanes 56 28 22 6 62 27 163 163 14-9-4 14-13-2 6-3-1
10 Buffalo Sabres 55 27 21 7 61 23 162 170 16-8-4 11-13-3 4-5-1
11 Philadelphia Flyers 56 25 24 7 57 23 162 186 14-11-4 11-13-3 8-1-1
12 New York Rangers 55 24 23 8 56 18 156 182 15-9-6 9-14-2 6-3-1
13 Florida Panthers 54 23 23 8 54 21 168 189 12-9-5 11-14-3 6-4-0
14 New Jersey Devils 55 21 26 8 50 20 159 186 14-9-5 7-17-3 3-6-1
15 Detroit Red Wings 56 21 28 7 49 19 156 186 11-13-4 10-15-3 5-5-0
16 Ottawa Senators 55 21 29 5 47 21 172 201 14-11-4 7-18-1 4-6-0
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
San Jose Sharks 57 34 16 7 75 34 210 177 18-4-4 16-12-3 7-3-0
Winnipeg Jets 56 35 18 3 73 33 194 160 20-6-3 15-12-0 5-4-1
Calgary Flames 55 34 15 6 74 34 202 161 17-5-5 17-10-1 6-2-2
Nashville Predators 58 33 20 5 71 32 180 151 18-10-1 15-10-4 5-4-1
Vegas Golden Knights 57 31 22 4 66 29 170 157 16-7-3 15-15-1 4-6-0
Dallas Stars 55 28 22 5 61 28 142 140 18-8-2 10-14-3 5-4-1
St. Louis Blues 54 27 22 5 59 27 155 159 13-13-2 14-9-3 7-2-1
Minnesota Wild 56 27 24 5 59 26 156 162 13-10-4 14-14-1 4-4-2

Vancouver Canucks 57 25 25 7 57 23 164 181 13-11-3 12-14-4 4-4-2
10 Colorado Avalanche 55 22 22 11 55 22 180 183 10-10-5 12-12-6 2-5-3
11 Chicago Blackhawks 56 23 24 9 55 22 182 203 12-10-6 11-14-3 7-2-1
12 Arizona Coyotes 55 24 26 5 53 22 145 161 10-13-3 14-13-2 4-4-2
13 Edmonton Oilers 55 24 26 5 53 21 159 184 12-15-1 12-11-4 3-5-2
14 Los Angeles Kings 56 23 28 5 51 21 136 171 12-13-1 11-15-4 5-3-2
15 Anaheim Ducks 56 21 26 9 51 18 127 182 10-8-8 11-18-1 2-8-0

 

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Big Ten
Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
Michigan 11-2 .846 7-0 4-2 22-2 .917 15-0 5-2 2-0 5-0
12 Purdue 10-2 .833 7-0 3-2 17-6 .739 12-0 3-4 2-2 4-4
11 Michigan State 10-3 .769 5-1 5-2 19-5 .792 11-1 6-3 2-1 5-1
24 Maryland 9-4 .692 5-0 4-3 18-6 .750 12-2 5-3 1-1 2-3
20 Wisconsin 9-4 .692 4-2 5-2 17-7 .708 9-2 6-4 2-1 3-3
21 Iowa 8-5 .615 5-2 3-3 19-5 .792 13-2 3-3 3-0 4-3
Ohio State 6-6 .500 3-3 3-3 16-7 .696 10-4 5-3 1-0 0-3
Minnesota 6-7 .462 5-2 1-5 16-8 .667 11-2 1-6 4-0 3-5
Illinois 5-8 .385 4-3 0-5 9-15 .375 8-5 0-6 1-4 2-5
Indiana 4-9 .308 2-4 2-5 13-11 .542 10-4 2-7 1-0 2-4
Rutgers 4-9 .308 3-4 1-5 11-12 .478 9-5 2-7 0-0 1-3
Northwestern 3-9 .250 2-3 1-6 12-11 .522 9-4 1-6 2-1 0-5
Nebraska 3-10 .231 2-4 1-6 13-11 .542 9-4 2-6 2-1 1-5
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
Maryland 11-2 .846 5-1 6-1 22-2 .917 11-1 9-1 2-0 2-1
14 Iowa 10-3 .769 6-0 4-3 19-5 .792 12-0 6-4 1-1 4-2
23 Rutgers 9-3 .750 5-1 4-2 17-6 .739 11-1 5-3 1-2 2-2
24 Michigan State 7-5 .583 6-0 1-5 17-6 .739 13-0 3-5 1-1 4-3
Michigan 7-6 .538 5-1 2-5 16-9 .640 10-1 4-7 2-1 3-6
Purdue 7-6 .538 5-1 2-5 16-10 .615 12-2 3-6 1-2 3-5
Northwestern 7-6 .538 4-2 3-4 14-10 .583 8-4 5-5 1-1 3-3
Minnesota 6-7 .462 3-4 3-3 17-7 .708 12-4 5-3 0-0 2-2
Indiana 6-7 .462 3-3 3-4 17-8 .680 9-3 6-4 2-1 1-3
Nebraska 6-7 .462 3-4 3-3 11-13 .458 7-5 3-8 1-0 1-4
Ohio State 6-7 .462 4-3 2-4 10-12 .455 8-4 2-6 0-2 2-5
Penn State 3-9 .250 2-5 1-4 10-13 .435 8-8 2-5 0-0 0-5
Wisconsin 2-10 .167 2-4 0-6 11-13 .458 8-5 1-7 2-1 0-5
Illinois 2-11 .154 1-6 1-5 10-14 .417 8-7 2-6 0-1 1-3