BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Richmond 75 Northmont 73 OT

Culver Academy 69 Lafayette Jeff 40

West Lafayette 50 Harrison 47

Zionsville 76 Indianapolis Tech 57

Fort Wayne Blackhawk at Marion postponed to February 14

Hamilton Southeastern 94 Anderson 60

Muncie Central 54 Connersville 49

Northeastern 50 Hagerstown 48 OT

New Castle 63 Pendleton Heights 40

Centerville 58 Union City 49

Delta 55 Rushville 49

Cowan 52 Anderson Prep 40

East Central 42 Lawrenceburg 35

Eastern Hancock 56 Blue River 53

Knightstown 71 Southwestern 60

Lawrence Central 64 Mount Vernon 52

Monroe Central 60 Yorktown 58 OT

North Decatur 59 Franklin County 38

Randolph Southern 56 Mississinawa Valley 43

Seton Catholic 68 Tri 57

Shenandoah 81 Union Modoc 16

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 Duke 71 #16 Louisville 69

#19 LSU 73 #5 Kentucky 71

Penn State 75 #6 Michigan 69

#10 Marquette 92 DePaul 73

#11 Michigan State 67 #20 Wisconsin 59

#24 Maryland 70 #12 Purdue 56

#18 Kansas State 71 Texas 64

#25 Buffalo 76 Akron 70

St. John 77 Butler 73

Bowling Green 79 Central Michigan 72

Western Michigan 76 Northern Illinois 74

Eastern Michigan 66 Ohio 57

Boston College 66 Pittsburgh 57

Texas A&M 73 Georgia 56

Mississippi State 81 Alabama 62

Missouri 79 Arkansas 78

UNLV 77 Air Force 72

San Diego State 71 Colorado State 60

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#15 Texas 61 Oklahoma State 55

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Atlanta 117 LA Lakers 113

Orlando 118 New Orleans 88

Boston 112 Philadelphia 109

San Antonio 108 Memphis 107

Golden State 115 Utah 108

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 6 Chicago 3

Buffalo 3 NY Islanders 1

Dallas 3 Florida 1

Columbus 3 Washington 0

Carolina 4 Ottawa 1

Tampa Bay 6 Calgary 3

St. Louis 8 New Jersey 3

Detroit 3 Nashville 2

Philadelphia 5 Minnesota 4

Winnipeg 4 NY Rangers 3

Toronto 5 Colorado 2

Arizona 5 Vegas 2

 

IU EAST RELEASE

IU EAST BASKETBALL ROUNDUP FOR FEB. 12

MEN

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Indiana University East men’s basketball team won 87-67 at

Point Park University on Feb. 12 in the Red Wolves’ final road game of the regular

season.

IU East improved to 22-7 overall and is tied for first place in the River States

Conference East Division with a 14-2 league record. Point Park is 9-16 overall and

5-11 in the league.

Bishop Smith scored 17 of his game-high 26 points in the second half for IU East.

Aaron Thomas tallied 10 points and 15 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the

season. Thomas also dished out a career-high six assists.

Tramell Perry (11 points) was the only player to reach double figures in scoring for

Point Park.

IU East concludes the regular season with a home game against Carlow University on

Feb. 16. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. in the second game of a women’s-men’s River States

Conference doubleheader on Lingle Court. Fans are encouraged to stay after the game

for Senior Day ceremonies recognizing IU East’s Kendall Rollins, Aaron Thomas, Ray

Ramsey and Nate Niehoff.

 

WOMEN

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team fell 77-76 at

Point Park University on Feb. 12 in a back-and-forth River State Conference game at

CCAC-Allegheny Physical Education Building.

IU East is 12-16 overall and 10-6 in the River States Conference. Point Park is

13-14 overall and 9-7 in the league.

IU East can still clinch a home game in the first round of the River States

Conference tournament with a win against Carlow in the Red Wolves’ regular season

finale on Feb. 16.

Addie Brown scored a team-high 20 points for IU East for her 10th consecutive game

in double figures. Bailey Dreiman contributed 18 points and eight rebounds in just

23 minutes. Niomi Dube hit all four of her field goal attempts and scored 10 points

off of the bench. Amanda Worland recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth

double-double of the season.

Sam Weir led Point Park with 20 points, five rebounds and a season-high 18 rebounds.

IU East concludes the regular season with a home game against Carlow University on

Feb. 16. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. in the first game of a women’s-men’s River States

Conference doubleheader on Lingle Court. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for

Senior Day ceremonies recognizing IU East’s Amanda Nicholson, Bailey Dreiman and

Libby Springmier.

 

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL THIS WEEK

With three weeks to go in the 2018-19 Big Ten regular season, the conference race remains tight, with

the top three schools separated by 1.5 games and places 4-11 also separated by 1.5 games. This week’s

Big Ten schedule includes seven games on linear television (six on BTN, one on ESPN2) and seven more

on BTN Plus, highlighted by four linear TV games on Sunday afternoon — a BTN tripleheader, as well

as an ESPN2 matchup between the current top two schools in the conference standings as No. 7/8

Maryland visits No. 14/13 Iowa. All BTN games can be seen on both the FOX Sports app and BTN’s

digital extension, BTN2Go, while BTN Plus games are also available on BTN2Go. Games on the ESPN

family of networks are also shown on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

  • As of Tuesday, the Big Ten ranked No. 4 in the NCAA RPI (Ratings Percentage Index). In addition, seven

Big Ten schools are among the top 60 in the NCAA team RPI rankings, including four in the top 20. Iowa

leads the group at No. 11, followed by No. 17 Maryland, No. 19 Rutgers and No. 20 Michigan State.

Indiana is next at No. 40, with Purdue at No. 52 and Michigan at No. 57 rounding out the group.

  • Five Big Ten schools are appearing in one or both of the major national polls, with four ranked in the

Top 25 of both this week’s Associated Press poll and last week’s WBCA/USA Today balloting, led by No.

7/8 Maryland. Iowa is next at No. 14/13, joined by No. 23/24 Rutgers and No. 24/22 Michigan State.

In addition, Minnesota is receiving votes in the AP poll this week.

  • During Big Ten regular-season play this year, more than one-third of all conference games (34.8

percent; 31 of 89) have been decided by two possessions (six points) or fewer — with 37 games still to

go this season. By comparison, during last year’s Big Ten regular-season action, 26 of the 112 games

(23.2 percent) were decided by two possessions or fewer. A tip of the hat to Nebraska’s Jeff Griesch for

the research on this note.

  • Illinois picked up its 10th win of the season on Sunday with a 78-68 victory over Wisconsin. This marks

the most wins in a season for the Fighting Illini since 2014-15, when they went 15-16. In addition, all

14 Big Ten schools have now posted double-digit win totals this year, the first time that has happened

for the conference since the 2012-13 season, two years before the Big Ten expanded to its current

membership.

  • Iowa’s Megan Gustafson tied a Big Ten record with her 77th career double-double on Sunday,

collecting 29 points and 16 rebounds in the Hawkeyes’ win at Ohio State. Gustafson, a 2019 Senior

CLASS Award finalist, matched the conference record held by OSU’s Jantel Lavender, who compiled 77

double-doubles from 2008-11. Gustafson went on to be named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the

11th time this year and 21st time in her career on Monday, extending both of her conference records

in those categories, and she was also chosen as the espnW National Player of the Week, the second

Big Ten student to receive that honor this season (Michigan State’s Jenna Allen was the recipient on

Dec. 10 after leading the Spartans to a win over Oregon, which currently remains the Ducks’ only loss

this season).

  • Michigan’s Hallie Thome is poised to become the fourth Big Ten student this season to score 2,000

points, currently standing at 1,985 points for her Wolverine career. Penn State’s Teniya Page and

Minnesota’s Kenisha Bell reached the 2,000 career point milestone last week, while Iowa’s Megan

Gustafson attained the mark earlier this season (she now stands eighth in Big Ten history with 2,458

points, as well as second all-time with 1,286 rebounds).

  • On Tuesday, Penn State’s Teniya Page was selected as one of 10 finalists for the Ann Meyers Drysdale

Award, presented annually to the nation’s top shooting guard by the Naismith Memorial Basketball

Hall of Fame and the WBCA.

 

THIS WEEK

Thursday, Feb. 14

  • #RV MINNESOTA at PURDUE (BTN) …………… 6 p.m.
  • INDIANA at MICHIGAN (BTN Plus)…………….. 7 p.m.
  • OHIO STATE at #23/24 RUTGERS (BTN Plus) .. 7 p.m.
  • ILLINOIS at #14/13 IOWA (BTN Plus) …………. 8 p.m.
  • NEBRASKA at #7/8 MARYLAND (BTN)………… 8 p.m.
  • PENN STATE at NORTHWESTERN (BTN Plus).. 8 p.m.
  • #24/22 MICHIGAN STATE at WISCONSIN (BTN Plus)..8 p.m.

Friday – Saturday, Feb. 15-16

No games scheduled

Sunday, Feb. 17

  • #7/8 MARYLAND at #14/13 IOWA (ESPN2) … 1 p.m.
  • PENN STATE at #RV MINNESOTA (BTN)………. 2 p.m.
  • WISCONSIN at OHIO STATE (BTN Plus)……….. 2 p.m.
  • MICHIGAN at ILLINOIS (BTN Plus)……………… 3 p.m.
  • #24/22 MICHIGAN STATE at NEBRASKA (BTN)..4 p.m.
  • NORTHWESTERN at PURDUE (BTN)…………… 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18

  • #23/24 RUTGERS at INDIANA (BTN) ………….. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

No games scheduled

Wednesday, Feb. 20

  • ILLINOIS at WISCONSIN (BTN Plus)……………. 8 p.m.
  • – Big Ten Conference game

 

BIG 10 HOCKEY THIS WEEK:

  • All seven teams take the ice this week in a trio of conference series, as well as a mid-week contest between Michigan and No. 15/- Notre Dame. Five games will be carried on linear networks, while the two remaining games will be streamed on BTN Plus. • Ohio State holds an 11-point advantage over second-place Michigan in the race for the Big Ten Championship and the accompanying first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes own a 12-3-3-2 record in conference play, compiling 41 points through 18 Big Ten games. The Wolverines enter the weekend in second place with 30 points on an 8-7-4-2 record in 19 games. • Minnesota is in third place with 27 points, though only five points separate third place from seventh. Penn State claims fourth place and the final home ice spot for the first-round, best-of-three series in the Big Ten Tournament with 26 points, one more than fifth-place Notre Dame. Sixth-place Michigan State follows with 24 points, while Wisconsin sits in seventh with 22 points. • With its series sweep of Wisconsin last weekend, Ohio State is 11-1-3 in its last 15 games. This includes a current seven-game winning streak, the third-longest active unbeaten streak in the nation, which has seen the Buckeyes outscore their opponents 26-11. • Eight of the top 16 scorers in the nation this season skate for Big Ten squads. Michigan State’s Taro Hirose leads the country with 47 points and also paces all Division I skaters with 32 assists. Hirose is joined atop the national points list by Penn State’s Evan Barratt (37 points; 3rd) and Alex Limonges (36 points; 6th), Minnesota’s Rem Pitlick (35 points; 7th) and Tyler Sheehy (34 points; 9th), Ohio State’s Mason Jobst (33 points; 12th), and Michigan State’s Patrick Khodorenko (33 points; 12th) and Mitchell Lewandowski (33 points; 12th). • Ohio State goaltender Tommy Nappier leads the NCAA this season in winning percentage (11-1-2, .857) and is second in goals-against average (1.60) and save percentage (.946). In Big Ten games, he leads the conference in goals-against average (1.55), save percentage (.949) and winning percentage (7-1-1, .833). For his career, the sophomore has a 15-1-2 record, 1.54 goals-against average and .949 save percentage. • Ohio State’s Sasha Larocque and Penn State’s Chase Berger were named finalists for the 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior students in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors. The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of candidates announced in the fall. • The finalists for the 2019 Hockey Humanitarian Award include a pair of Big Ten representatives in Ohio State’s Tommy Parran and Wisconsin’s Jake Bunz. Also among the finalists for the honor, presented annually to college hockey’s “finest citizen” for leadership in community service, is Wisconsin women’s hockey standout Annie Pankowski. The 24th recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award will be announced Friday, April 12th as part of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y. Additionally, the Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation will make a donation to the charity most important to each of the five finalists. • The Big Ten Conference will follow a new overtime protocol and points system for the 2018-19 season, including the addition of a 3-on-3 overtime period. Any regular season conference game that remains tied after regulation will play the NCAA-mandated five-minute, 5-on-5 sudden-death overtime period. If the game remains tied, the two teams will then play a five-minute, 3-on-3 sudden-death overtime period. If the game is still tied following both overtime periods, then the game will move to a sudden-death shootout.

 

Smith scores 16 as No. 24 Maryland beats No. 12 Purdue 70-56

Halfway there in its bid for a ninth straight victory, No. 12 Purdue suddenly became incapable of making a layup, popping a short jumper or sinking a shot from beyond the arc.

It was a shortcoming that could be attributed in no small degree to a relentless defensive effort by 24th-ranked Maryland.

Jalen Smith scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, and the Terrapins frustrated the Boilermakers and sharpshooter Carsen Edwards in a 70-56 victory Tuesday night.

Down by eight at halftime, Maryland (19-6, 10-4 Big Ten) took the lead for the first time with 10 minutes left before pulling away. The comeback was fueled by Smith, Eric Alaya and fellow freshman Aaron Wiggins.

Maryland outscored Purdue 40-18 in the second half, limiting the Boilermakers to 17-percent shooting – including 1 for 16 from 3-point range.

“In the second half, they were just making it harder on us,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “We had some open looks that didn’t go down. We had some (forced shots) that we’d like to have back. But there were still a lot of possessions in-between that Maryland’s defense was just better than our offense.”

Ayala scored 15, Anthony Cowan Jr. added 12 and Fernando Bruno had 12 points and 12 rebounds, his seventh straight double-double and 16th of the season. Wiggins scored 11 on 4-of-6 shooting.

“We get better every possession,” coach Mark Turgeon said of his band of youths. “We’re really coming. Defensively, we’re really getting at a high level and our half-court offense was really good in the second half.”

Edwards scored 24 for Purdue (17-7, 10-3), but was limited to seven points after halftime on 2-for-13 shooting. The Boilermakers finished with four turnovers and grabbed 17 offensive rebounds, but they couldn’t get the ball in the basket over the final 20 minutes.

 

Heron scores 28 to lead St. John’s past Butler 77-73 in OT

Mustapha Heron had a season-high 28 points as St. John’s beat Butler 77-73 in overtime on Tuesday night.

Heron hit 10 of 12 foul shots.

Marvin Clark II had 18 points for St. John’s (18-7, 6-6 Big East Conference). Shamorie Ponds added 14 points and seven rebounds. Justin Simon had seven rebounds for the hosts.

Kamar Baldwin had 16 points for the Bulldogs (14-11, 5-7). Paul Jorgensen added 15 points and nine rebounds. Henry Baddley had eight rebounds.

The Red Storm leveled the season series against the Bulldogs with the win. Butler defeated St. John’s 80-71 on Jan. 19. St. John’s faces Villanova at home on Sunday. Butler plays DePaul at home on Saturday.

 

No. 2 Duke rallies from 23 down, beats No. 16 Louisville

Looking tired and beaten while trailing Louisville by 23 points, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told his players they would win the game.

Whether he believed it or not didn’t matter. The Blue Devils bought in and found their energy in the final 10 minutes to mount one of their biggest comebacks ever.

Cam Reddish made a tying 3-pointer with 1:28 left and the go-ahead free throws with 14 seconds remaining, helping the No. 2 Blue Devils overcome a second-half deficit to beat the No. 16 Cardinals 71-69 on Tuesday night.

“I think our mentality changed,” Reddish said. “We didn’t want to go home with a loss. We had to fight for Duke, just give it our all for the name on our chest.”

After making 2 of 17 shots to open the second half, Duke (22-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got hot to make 9 of 13 and shut down the Cardinals over the final 9:54. Zion Williamson (27 points, 12 rebounds) ignored foul trouble and instead drew whistles in his favor, making 8 of 9 from the line before Reddish added a couple of 3s in between free throws – the last two of which followed an official review of a play under Duke’s basket.

Christen Cunningham tried to tie it for Louisville (17-8, 8-4), but his jumper in the lane bounced off the rim and into Williamson’s hands as the final seconds ticked off. The Blue Devils celebrated loudly as they left the court after completing the second-biggest second-half comeback in program history.

“It just took us playing hard,” Williamson told ESPN after the game. “They were playing harder than us. Louisville’s a very great team, but we just had to play harder than them.”

Not even Coach K could grasp that rally.

 

Stevens’ double-double leads Penn State over No. 6 Michigan

Lamar Stevens pumped his arms, pointed with two fingers to the Bryce Jordan Center hardwood and screamed toward Penn State’s student section. This is his court.

Penn State’s rangy forward owned it Tuesday night, then shared it with hundreds of fans who rushed Stevens and his teammates after Penn State upset No. 6 Michigan 75-69.

Stevens scored 15 of his 26 points in the first half and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the Nittany Lions (9-15, 2-11 Big Ten) who led for all but 3:15. His physical play on the defensive end helped hold the conference-leading Wolverines (22-3, 11-3) to just 27 points in the first half.

“I don’t think our record is a reflection of how hard this team has worked,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “How they’ve competed and really put themselves out there.”

Penn State pulled away over the first 20 minutes as its star heated up and Michigan played the second half without its coach.

Michigan coach John Beilein received back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected for arguing with officials as the teams entered the locker rooms after the first half.

By that point, Stevens had potted 10 points during an 18-9 run that made it 40-27 at halftime. The rangy forward came up big on the other end of the floor as well. He blocked Poole’s layup try then came up with a rebound on another Michigan miss seconds later to foil the Wolverines’ final first-half possession.

Myles Dread chipped in 17 points, hitting five 3-pointers, for the Nittany Lions. The win snapped Penn State’s eight-game skid against Michigan.

 

Tip-in at buzzer lifts No. 19 LSU past No. 5 Kentucky

Kavell Bigby-Williams’s tip-in at the buzzer lifted No. 19 LSU to a 73-71 win over fifth-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday night.

With the game tied after Keldon Johnson made two free throws with 6 seconds left, Skylar Mays drove the length of the court. His shot missed but Bigby-Williams got the offensive rebound and scored to give the Tigers their first win over the Wildcats since 2009. It was just the sixth time ever that LSU (20-4, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) has beaten Kentucky (20-4, 10-2).

Tremont Waters, who finished with 15 points to lead the Tigers, hit two free throws with 20 seconds left to give LSU a two-point lead before Johnson’s free throws tied it.

Naz Reid and Emmitt Williams scored 12 each and Mays had 11 for the Tigers.

PJ Washington scored 20 points to lead the Wildcats, who had an 10-game winning streak snapped.

 

Krzyzewski: ‘No knowledge’ of alleged assault by ex-player

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says he has “no knowledge” of a woman’s allegation that she was sexually assaulted by a former Blue Devils basketball player and said he believes the school should and will investigate.

Lawyer Nancy Erika Smith has said that her client, Meredith Watson, was raped by a basketball player while she was a student at Duke. The New York Times and other publications have identified the player as Corey Maggette, who has denied the allegation. The reports cited a friend of Watson, R. Stanton Jones, who said she told him about the alleged assault at the time.

Watson has also said that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her while they were students at Duke in 2000. Smith said Watson told a high-ranking administrator about the assault by a basketball player but was dissuaded from filing a complaint or notifying police. Maggette played at Duke in the 1998-99 season and then left for the NBA.

Krzyzewski was asked about the allegation after Duke’s 71-69 victory over Louisville on Tuesday night. He said he wasn’t aware of the details.

“At that level for that serious an accusation, it’s always university level. Our university, they’ll handle everything and that’s what should happen,” Krzyzewski said.

 

Hayward scores 26, Celtics beat 76ers again 112-109

The Boston Celtics still own the Philadelphia 76ers no matter who is on the court.

Gordon Hayward scored 26 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining, and Boston beat Philadelphia 112-109 on Tuesday night. Al Horford had 23 and Jayson Tatum scored 20 and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Celtics continued their dominance over the Sixers.

Playing without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who sprained his right knee Saturday night, the Celtics beat the Sixers for the third straight meeting this season after defeating them in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.

“Against a very quality opponent was big, especially on the road without Kyrie, it was huge,” Hayward said.

Joel Embiid had 23 points and 14 rebounds and Jimmy Butler scored 22 for Philadelphia.

Hayward’s 3 from the corner put Boston up 105-103 and Marcus Smart added a free throw. The Sixers had a chance to tie when Jimmy Butler went to the line for three free throws but he missed two. After a turnover, Embiid lost the ball with under a minute left. Smart then blew past Ben Simmons for a dunk to extend the lead to 108-104 with 24 seconds left. Butler made a driving layup and a free throw to cut it to 108-107.

After Horford sank two free throws, Tobias Harris missed a 3 and Embiid put it back in with only 2.4 seconds left. Butler couldn’t get a desperation 3 off in time before the buzzer sounded as the Sixers dropped their first game in three since acquiring Harris in a flurry of moves last week.

“This is a new team,” Simmons said. “There are things we’re going to work on, things we need to get better at, but it’s a good test for us to see where we’re at with this new team. But I’m excited with everyone we have and to see how far we can go.”

 

Disgruntled AD has just 3 points, Pelicans routed by Magic

Anthony Davis doesn’t want to play for New Orleans anymore. In a blowout loss Tuesday night, he noticed his teammates may have felt the same way.

“We sucked,” Davis said. “Nobody was interested in playing, is what it looked like.”

Davis scored just three points on 1-of-9 shooting and was thoroughly outplayed by Orlando center Nikola Vucevic as the Magic beat the listless Pelicans 118-88.

“Obviously I missed a lot of shots, a lot of easy shots – layups and stuff that I normally make- early in the game,” Davis added. “But they came out more desperate. They played like they were playing for something, and they showed it.”

Davis played 24 minutes in his third game since his agent told New Orleans the six-time All-Star wanted to be traded to a championship-contending team and won’t sign an extension with the Pelicans.

It was also his third game since returning from an injured left index finger. In his first game back, he had 32 points in a win over Minnesota, but he has averaged 8.5 points over the two games since.

Davis’ scoring output Tuesday was the lowest of his career in any game where he played at least 21 minutes.

The reeling Pelicans (25-33), who’ve lost six of seven, sit in 13th place in the West, six games behind Sacramento for that conference’s final playoff spot with 24 games left.

While the Magic (26-32) remain below .500, they’ve won four straight – including three straight on the road by 16 or more – to pull within a two games of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot as the All-Star break approaches.

 

Trae Young leads Hawks past LeBron James, Lakers 117-113

Trae Young knew he’d have to carry a heavy load, and that was OK with him.

The rookie was pumped to face LeBron James.

Young had 22 points and 14 assists, John Collins also scored 22 points despite foul trouble, and the Atlanta Hawks defeated James and the Los Angeles Lakers 117-113 on Tuesday night.

The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak despite a triple-double from James, who had 28 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds.

“I try to live in big moments,” Young said. “I feel like I belong here. He’s one of the best players of all time. But when I’m out on the court, I’m trying to compete and get a win.”

Young matched his season high by playing 38 minutes, taking on a greater burden after the Hawks bought out the contract of his veteran backup, Jeremy Lin. With Jaylen Adams sidelined by a sprained right ankle, Young was the only true point guard on the roster.

“It was definitely different,” Young said. Asked if he was tired, he said with a smile, “A little bit.”

Despite chants of “Kobe’s better” from the sellout crowd of 16,824, James was cheered loudly by a hefty contingent of Lakers fans. He turned in a dazzling effort, equaling his season high by playing 43 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the subpar group around him.

The Lakers dropped 2 1/2 games behind Sacramento for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“We either make it or we don’t make it,” James said. “Don’t worry about it.”

 

Curry heats up late, Warriors roll past Jazz 115-108

Golden State wasn’t as crisp offensively as it usually is, and the two-time defending NBA champs certainly know they’ll need to get better coming out of the All-Star break.

Some heady defense early and late, along with some timely perimeter scoring from Stephen Curry helped make up for it.

Curry made a pair of pivotal 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant had 28 points and seven assists, and the Warriors beat the Jazz 115-108 on Tuesday night.

“We have spurts where we look unstoppable and then we have some spurts where it just gets a little congested and bogs down a little bit,” Curry said. “We’re getting better. Everybody’s attention is on those details to try to get better. We have 26 games left to figure it out.”

At 41-15, the Warriors have the second-best record in the NBA behind Milwaukee. The Warriors have won four straight and 16 of 17 but have been slowing down heading into the break.

The win over Utah was the third straight in which coach Steve Kerr’s team has had to rally from behind.

“They were rolling offensively,” Kerr said of the Jazz. “We turned up the volume defensively down the stretch. Steph got hot and we were able to push (ahead).”

Curry had 24 points on 8 of 19 shooting. The two-time MVP missed his first five shots beyond the arc and finished 5 of 14 on 3s.

Klay Thompson scored 22 and DeMarcus Cousins added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State.

“We need to play better,” Durant said. “I believe my coaches and teammates think the same thing. I just don’t want to get complacent.”

Donovan Mitchell had 25 points and seven rebounds for Utah. Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 16 rebounds. Gobert’s double-double is his 46th of the season.

 

NBA says no rules broken in Simmons-Johnson meeting request

The NBA says Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson did not break any league tampering rules when he spoke about Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons earlier this week.

The NBA’s relatively quick-moving investigation was initiated after it was revealed that Simmons wanted to meet with Johnson to talk about the art of being an elite point guard. Johnson complimented Simmons publicly on Sunday.

“I love his game. I love his vision,” Johnson said.

But since that was in response to a media inquiry, the NBA says Johnson was permitted to make such comments.

“We have concluded that Magic Johnson’s statements regarding Ben Simmons do not constitute a tampering violation,” the league said. “The Philadelphia 76ers initiated the contact with the Los Angeles Lakers by requesting a meeting between Johnson and Simmons. Both organizations ultimately concluded that such a meeting did not make sense at this time but in that context, Johnson’s response to a media inquiry regarding Simmons does not run afoul of league rules.”

The Lakers have been fined for tampering violations twice since 2017, with those violations costing the team a combined $550,000.

Before a game Tuesday night in Atlanta, Lakers coach Luke Walton shrugged off a question about the NBA’s ruling.

“We’re worried about trying to play ball here,” he said. “That’s it.”

 

AP Source: Antonio Brown asks Steelers for trade

The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven’t decided whether there’s a path for wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown to return in 2019.

Not that it matters to Brown. He’s already made up his mind.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the perennial Pro Bowler has formally asked the Steelers for a trade, the latest move in a game of brinksmanship by the 30-year-old designed to force Pittsburgh to move him by the start of training camp this summer.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to publicly discuss personnel matters.

Brown appeared to make his decision official in a social media post released on Instagram on Tuesday. The video includes highlights from Brown’s career with the Steelers while lyrics from “Do What I Want” by rapper Lil Uzi Vert plays in the background.

“SteelerNation thank you for nine big years!!!” Brown wrote. “Time to move on and move forward.”

The post came shortly after Brown was found guilty in absence on a charge of reckless driving in a suburban Pittsburgh court on Tuesday morning. Brown was charged in November for driving his black sports car over 100 mph in a 45 mph zone. He paid a $426.77 fine. Brown did not attend Tuesday’s hearing.

Brown still has three years remaining on the $72 million contract he signed in the spring of 2017, and remains one of the most dynamic performers in the league. He is the only player in NFL history with six consecutive 100-catch seasons and he hauled in 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a franchise-record 15 touchdowns in 2018.

 

Texans release injured WR Demaryius Thomas

The Houston Texans have released veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, whose 2018 season ended prematurely when he tore his left Achilles tendon.

Thomas played seven games for Houston last season, making 23 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns. He was acquired in October from Denver for a fourth-round draft pick to fill in after Will Fuller tore a knee ligament. The Texans and Broncos also switched seventh-round selections for this year’s draft.

Thomas talked about his future the day after Houston’s season ended with a loss to the Colts in the wild-card game last month and said he hopes to play again after he recovers from his injury.

“I still can play, man,” he said. “I’m not even thinking about retirement.”

Thomas knows that the rehabilitation from this injury is difficult after he tore his right Achilles tendon several years ago.

“I tore my right one so I’ve been through this before,” he said. “My right one was six months, but I was 23 then, so we’ll see this time.”

The injury occurred in Houston’s next-to-last game. He would have made $14 million in the upcoming season, the last of his contract signed with the Broncos.

For his nine pro seasons, Thomas has 688 catches for 9,330 yards with 62 touchdowns. He has made four Pro Bowls and won the 2015 NFL title with the Broncos. The 31-year-old was a first-round pick by the Broncos in 2010 and spent his entire career there before last year’s trade. He’s the second-leading receiver in Broncos history with 9,055 yards and 60 touchdown receptions.

 

NFL defensive line prospect Jeffery Simmons tears ACL

Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons tore the ACL in his left knee while working out in Florida last weekend.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Simmons, a potential first-round pick in April’s NFL draft, released a statement on Twitter on Tuesday. He said he was going through position drills while training in Boca Raton, Florida when the injury occurred.

He said he will have surgery early next week.

Simmons recently earned third-team AP All-America honors after finishing his junior season with 63 tackles, including 17 for a loss. He also had seven quarterback hurries.

Simmons was arrested before he came to Mississippi State in 2016 following a fight in which he was caught on video standing over a woman and punching her. He eventually was found guilty of malicious mischief and pleaded no contest to a simple assault charge.

 

Ole Miss vacates 33 wins as part of NCAA punishment

Mississippi’s football program will vacate 33 wins over six separate seasons as part of its punishment in a recently resolved NCAA infractions case against the school.

The school vacated wins in 2010 (four wins), 2011, (two wins), 2012 (seven wins), 2013 (seven wins), 2014 (eight wins) and 2016 (five wins) according to documents on the school’s website. The 2010 and 2011 wins were under coach Houston Nutt. All the other vacated wins were under coach Hugh Freeze.

The vacated wins include the 2013 Compass Bowl win over Pitt and one of the most iconic wins in school history when the Rebels upset Alabama at home 23-17 in 2014. Fans tore down the goalposts and carried them through Oxford in the aftermath of the victory.

The vacated wins were on top of several other punishments in the case, including a two-year postseason ban, probation and scholarship restrictions.

 

Angels hope Ohtani ready to DH by May

The Los Angeles Angels hope Shohei Ohtani recovers from Tommy John surgery in time to join their batting order by May.

The AL Rookie of the Year had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The first player to hit 20 homers and make 10 pitching appearances in the same season since Babe Ruth, Ohtani is not expected to pitch this year but the Angels would like to have his bat in the lineup.

“We’re thinking May, sometime in May, but that’s assuming everything goes well,” new manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday. “This is new territory. We’re dealing with a guy who DH’s on a regular basis and is a starting pitcher. It’s new territory in rehabbing a Tommy John surgery, and we want to protect him long-term being able to do both. If we have to push it back, we’ll push it back.”

Ohtani has been swinging without hitting a ball. He has yet to hit off a batting tee, Ausmus said.

“He’s going to want to get on the field quickly because he wants to compete,” Ausmus said.

 

Mets, deGrom set opening day deadline for contract talks

NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom wants to hear the New York Mets’ best pitch on a multiyear contract by opening day – and the team thinks that’s a good call, too.

New general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who was deGrom’s agent before switching sides at the bargaining table last fall, told reporters Tuesday at spring training there’s “no reason for a distraction to carry into the regular season.”

He said the club will continue discussions with deGrom this spring and see where they lead. That leaves about six weeks to get a deal done before the Mets’ season opener March 28 at Washington.

However, the 30-year-old deGrom cannot become a free agent until after the 2020 season, so the sides could always reopen negotiations next offseason.

Last month, the Mets and deGrom agreed to a $17 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration – a raise of $9.6 million over his 2018 salary.

Van Wagenen clarified Tuesday that he will indeed be involved in any talks with deGrom about a long-term deal. The rookie GM said he recused himself from the pitcher’s arbitration negotiations to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

Mets pitchers and catchers will hold their first formal workout Thursday. Van Wagenen and deGrom are both scheduled to be available to reporters that day.

“Jacob clearly is a guy that we value. He’s clearly a player that we hope will be with us for a long period of time and we have ongoing dialogue with him and his representatives on a variety of things, including his status with us going forward,” Van Wagenen said last month.

Last summer, when he was deGrom’s agent, Van Wagenen suggested the Mets should consider trading deGrom if they weren’t planning to commit to him long-term.

After leading the majors with a 1.70 ERA in 217 innings last year, deGrom was a runaway winner in NL Cy Young Award balloting. The two-time All-Star went just 10-9 with 269 strikeouts in 32 starts, receiving little support from a fourth-place team that finished 77-85.

 

Blues run winning streak to 7 games, beat Devils 8-3

Jaden Schwartz knew he would score again. He just didn’t expect it would take so long.

Schwartz got his first goal in 23 games – a span of 73 shots – on a night when no St. Louis player had trouble finding the net.

Alex Pietrangelo and Ivan Barbashev each scored twice as the Blues won their seventh straight game, blowing out the New Jersey Devils 8-3 on Tuesday night.

Ryan O’Reilly, Mackenzie MacEachern and Tyler Bozak also scored for the Blues, whose eight goals were a season high. St. Louis’ winning streak is its longest since Jan. 17-Feb. 5, 2015, when it also had seven consecutive victories.

“It was nice to see it go in,” Schwartz said. “Hopefully, more of those to come. You try to stay as confident as you can when you’re not scoring. You try to do anything to help the team.

“There’s a lot of guys in here playing good offensive hockey. Obviously when you’re winning, it makes things a lot easier. I try to take pride in the little things and help the team win any way I can.”

Schwartz’s goal was popular in the St. Louis locker room.

“He’s been getting a lot of chances,” coach Craig Berube said. “It was quite stretch for him but tonight it went in. He plays well. Even he’s not scoring, he does things well. Eventually they go in. He’s a hard-working hockey player.”

Rookie Jordan Binnington made 20 saves to win his sixth straight start, becoming the second goalie in Blues history with a winning streak of at least six games. Brent Johnson twice won seven in a row in 2000 and 2001. Binnington is 10-1-1 since he made his first career start on Jan. 7.

 

INDIANA SOFTBALL

IU RELEASE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After going 5-0 during opening weekend and capping the performance with a 6-4 defeat of No. 6 Georgia, Indiana Softball has been ranked at No. 24 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll.

The ranking marks the first time since May 7, 1996 that Indiana has been in the Top 25 of the Coaches Poll. The 2011 team received votes and earned a spot in the media rankings.

Indiana is off to its best start to a season since the 1990 campaign. In addition, Sunday’s win against the Bulldogs was the highest ranked victory since 2011.

The Hoosiers were also ranked in this week’s Fastpitch News (No.22) and Softball America (No. 16) polls.

IU returns to action this weekend as the Hoosiers travel to Durham, N.C. for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Indiana will play a pair of games against both Duke and Syracuse in the annual event.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-FEBRUARY 13, 1995

Hideo Nomo, a former five-time all-star in the Japanese leagues, signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on this date, becoming the first Japanese major leaguer since Masonori Murakami, who played for the Giants in 1964‚65. The following article by Ms. Smith appeared in The Times on May 24.

NEW YORK – Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers is known as the Tornado because of a unique pitching delivery in which he twists his body so much it looks like an un-sprung piece of licorice. The nickname, it turns out, could also apply to the breath of fresh air brought to baseball by Nomo, the major league’s first import from Japan in three decades.

True, Nomo has yet to earn a decision in five starts. And yes, he squandered a three-run lead against the Mets last night at Shea Stadium in his first start on the East Coast. Still, the 26-yearold contortionist from Osaka is causing a refreshing flutter of genuine interest in baseball. That is a welcome occurrence in a troubled sport too long preoccupied with depressing news about drugs, spousal abuse, strikes and lockouts.

What Nomo is creating is similar to the groundswell of curiosity that built up around another rookie Dodger pitcher, Fernando Valenzuela, 14 years ago. Valenzuela, whose instant stardom is still unequaled, came from another land (Mexico), too. And he applied a salve to a strike-torn game, something all of baseball has to hope Nomo can duplicate.

Nomo, who won 78 games in five years in the Japanese professional leagues, is turning heads not only on both coasts but across the Pacific, as the presence of more than 100 Japanese reporters at last night’s game shows. If Nomo is becoming quite the phenomenon here, he is all that and more in Japan. The NHK public television network, the BBC of Japan, broadcasts his games live. Therefore, last night’s game was to start at 11:40 this morning in Tokyo. Some games broadcast from the West Coast begin at 3 or 4 in the morning on Tokyo television. And people watch.

Japanese players have traditionally been content to stay at home. Until now. Nomo has an agent, all but unheard of in Japan. And the agent made a great effort to get him to the Dodgers, thanks in part to a $2 million signing bonus. But the money alone didn’t make Nomo’s decision any easier. He was earning more than a million dollars a year in Japan and is now just another minimum wage rookie many, many miles away from home. Nevertheless, other Japanese players may well be on the way. If and when they come, maybe they, too, can help a game and its disgruntled fans remember what once made them think major league baseball here is special. Just the way Fernando Valenzuela reminded them a decade and a half ago.

Hideo Nomo became Rookie of the Year and the National League strikeout king in 1995. In 2001 he became the fourth pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in both leagues.

 

1912 – England regains cricket’s Ashes.

1920 – US National Negro Baseball League is organized.

1937 – Donald Bradman scores 123 South Africa versus Queensland, 165 minutes, 10-4 1-6 in cricket.

1937 – Maribel Vinson wins her 9th US figure skating championship.

1937 – NFL Boston Redskins move to Washington DC.

1937 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee.

1940 – Donald Bradman scores 209 in 161 minutes for South Australia at the WACA.

1948 – Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for West Indies in only Test Cricket innings.

1948 – Ice Pairs Championship at Davos, Switzerland, won by Lannoy and Baugniet of Belgium.

1948 – Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Davos, Switzerland, won by Richard Button of USA.

1952 – Rocky Marciano defeats Lee Savold for his 39th straight win.

1953 – Philadelphia Athletics change name of Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium.

1954 – Frank Selvey scores 100 points (basketball) for Furman beating Newberry 149-95.

1955 – Patty Berg wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Golf Open.

1965 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming.

1965 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Gary Visconti.

1970 – National League offices begin move from Cincinnati to San Francisco (completed February 23).

1971 – Golfing US Vice President Spiro Agnew hits two tee shots into the crowd, injuring two.

1972 – XI Olympic Winter Games close at Sapporo, Japan.

1974 – James “Cool Papa” Bell is named to baseball’s Hall of Fame.

1976 – Dorothy Hamill wins Olympics figure-skating gold, Innsbruck, Austria.

1977 – Eric Heiden is first American to win world speed skating championship.

1977 – Pam Higgins wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic.

1980 – New Zealand beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin.

1980 – (to February 24) The XIII Olympic Winter Games are held in Lake Placid, New York, USA.

1982 – New York Islanders’ Bryan Trottier scores five goals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

1983 – Donna White wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic.

1983 – World Boxing Council becomes first to cut boxing from 15 to 12 rounds.

1983 – 33rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-123 at Los Angeles, California.

1983 – Australia beats New Zealand 2-0 to win World Series Cup.

1987 – Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Jack Morris awarded US$1.85 million salary by arbitrator, the highest arbitration award to date.

1988 – (to February 28) The XV Olympic Winter Games are held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

1988 – Christine Wachtel runs world record 800 metre indoor (1 minute 56.40 seconds).

1988 – Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37 metres).

1988 – Ronald Weigel runs unofficial world record speed walking (18 minutes 11.41 seconds).

1989 – Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson is charged with selling cocaine; he is later sentenced to two years in prison.

1990 – Larry Bird (Boston Celtics) ends NBA free throw streak of 71 games.

1992 – West beats East 14 to 9 in Major Soccer League all star game.

1993 – Ljubow Kremljowa runs world record 1000 metre indoor (2:34.84).

1993 – Merlene Ottey runs world record 200 metre indoor (21.87 seconds).

1993 – Sergei Bubka pole vaults indoor record (6.14 metres).

1994 – 44th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 127-118 at Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1994 – Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.9m.

1994 – Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5000 metre 6 34,96.

1995 – West Indies beats New Zealand by innings and 332, Courtney Walsh 13-55.

2006 – Adam Dunn and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a US$18.5 million two-year deal.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1914      The Cubs exchange second basemen with the Braves, sending future Hall of Famer Johnny Evers to Boston for Bill Sweeney. Boston gets the better of the deal when their new middle infielder plays a pivotal role in the club’s World Championship this season, garnering the Chalmers Award as the Most Valuable Player of the league.

1920      A group of eight midwestern team owners meets at the Kansas City YMCA to organize the Negro National League, which will become one of the most successful ventures of its kind. Rube Foster, the owner, and manager of the American Giants will become president of the new circuit, leading to accusations of favoritism, which appear especially true when the schedule had Chicago play a disproportionate number of games at home.

1935      Former major league journeyman Gus Dugas, a French-Canadian obtained from by the Montreal Royals from Albany of the International League in November, signs his contract while visiting relatives in his native province of Quebec. The French language contract is a first in the history of professional baseball.

1953      In honor of their longtime owner and manager, the A’s rename their Philadelphia ballpark from Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium. During his 50-year tenure as Athletics skipper, the ‘Tall Tactician’ guided the team to nine American League pennants and appeared in eight World Series, winning five of the Fall Classics.

1964      At the age of twenty-two, Cubs’ second baseman Ken Hubbs dies when the red and white Cessna 172 plane he is piloting crashes a quarter mile south of Bird Island in Utah Lake during a winter storm. The 1962 National League Rookie of the Year took flying lessons for the past two off-seasons to overcome his fear of flying, obtaining his license last month.

1968      The Dodgers trade infielders Ron Hunt and Nate Oliver to the Giants in exchange for backstop Tom Haller. The 30 year-old All-Star catcher will compile a very respectable .276 batting average during his four years behind the plate for L.A.

1970      A day after his 27th birthday, Paul Edmondson and his girlfriend are killed in an automobile accident in San Barbara, California when his automobile skids on a rain-slicked U.S. Route 101 and crashes into oncoming traffic. The White Sox had hoped their sophomore right-hander would become the fourth starter in the team’s rotation, after compiling a misleading 1-6 record last season.

1986      Ron Hassey, whom the White Sox acquired two months ago from the Yankees, is traded back to the Bronx Bombers, along with three minor-leaguers for Neil Allen, Scott Bradley, and a minor leaguer. In December, the 32 year-old catcher was sent to the Windy City, along with Joe Cowley for Britt Burns and two minor leaguers.

1987      Jack Morris is awarded the highest salary ever given to a pitcher by arbitration when the Tigers must pay the hurler $1.85 million for his services next season. The 31 year-old right-hander will not disappoint, posting an 18-11 record along with an ERA of 3.38 for the AL East Division champions.

1995      The Dodgers sign Hideo Nomo, giving the five-time Japanese All-Star pitcher a $2 million signing bonus, ‘Tornado Boy’ is the first player to move directly from the majors in Japan to the North American majors.

2002      The Red Sox sign 43 year-old Rickey Henderson to a minor-league contract. Last season with the Padres, the future Hall of Famer got his 3000th career hit and broke the all-time records for walks and runs.

2003      The Mets sign 40 year-old David Cone to a minor league contract. The right-hander, who compiled an 80-48 record with the team from 1987-1992, is coming out of retirement hoping to win the fifth spot in the rotation.

2005      Avoiding an arbitration hearing, Ben Sheets (12-14, 2.70) and the Brewers agree to a one-year contract valued at $5.5 million. The All-Star right-hander, who made $2.5 million last season, established a team record last May, striking out 18 batters in a game.

2005      After 19 years at shortstop for the Reds, Barry Larkin announces his retirement as an active player to become special assistant to Nationals’ general manager Jim Bowden, who had served as the team’s GM from 1992 to 2001. The 40 year-old former Gold Glove infielder spent his entire career in his hometown of Cincinnati.

2006      Avoiding an arbitration hearing, Adam Dunn (.247, 40, 101) and the Reds agree to an $18.5 million two-year deal which gives the team a 2008 option for $13 million with a buyout for $500,000. The 26 year-old outfielder/first baseman, who led the big leagues for the second consecutive season in strikeouts, had asked for $8.95 million, with the club countering with $7.1 million.

2008      Takashi Saito (2-1, 1.40), who signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers two years ago after playing 14 seasons in the Japanese Central League with the Yokohama Bay Stars, agrees to a $2 million, one-year contract to stay with Los Angeles. The 37 year-old All-Star closer had 39 saves in 43 chances last season.

2008      In a much anticipated congressional hearing, Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, testify for four and a half hours concerning the allegations of the Rocket’s use of performance-enhancing drugs. Although no definitive conclusions are reached, Republicans appear to believe the seven-time Cy Young Award winner while Democrats seem to favor his chief accuser’s account of events.

2009      Ryan Howard, to avoid arbitration for the remainder of his career, agrees to a three-year, $54 million deal with Philadelphia. The Phillies slugger, who led the major leagues in home runs (48) and RBI (146), was unable reach a contract settlement in less than friendly negotiations with the team and was awarded $10 million by arbitrators during the 2008 off-season, tying the highest sum ever given to a player in the process.

2012      In a deal confirmed by his agent, Yoenis Cespedes has reached a four-year, $36 million agreement with the A’s, pending the results of a physical. The Cuban defector, who is slotted to play center field, moving Coco Crisp to left, hit .458 with a double, three triples, two home runs, and five RBIs in the six games he played in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1908 – Birth of Sulo Nurmela in Finland; 4 X 100Km relay skier (Olympics-gold-1936).

1912 – Birth of Jose de Capriles; US fencer (Olympics-1936, 1948, 1952).

1918 – Birth of Helen Stephens in Fulton, Missouri, USA; 100 metre runner (Olympics-gold-1936).

1918 – Birth of Patty Berg in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; LPGA golfer (1938 US Amateur, 1943, 1955 Associated Press Sports Woman of the Year).

1919 – Birth of Eddie Robinson; winningest college football coach (Grambling).

1931 – Birth of Marjorie Jackson in Austria; 100 metre/200 metre dash (Olympics-gold-1952).

1936 – Birth of Leamon King in Tulare, California, USA; 4X100 metre relayer (Olympics-gold-1956).

1944 – Birth of Sal Bando; baseball player (Oakland Athletics).

1950 – Birth of Leonard Pascoe; cricket player (dynamic Aussie quick 1977-82).

1953 – Birth of Suleiman Nyambui; Tanzanian runner (world record 5km indoor).

1956 – Birth of Liam Brady; British soccer player.

1957 – Birth of Thelston Payne; cricket wicket-keeper (West Indies 1986).

1960 – Birth of Kelly McCormick in Anaheim, California, USA; diver (Olympics-silver-1984).

1961 – Birth of Kyi Hla Han in Yangon, Burma; Australasia golfer.

1962 – Birth of Jackie Silva in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; volleyball player (Pan Am-bronze).

1964 – Birth of Evi Strasser in Bavaria, Germany; equestrian (Olympics-1996).

1967 – Birth of Bas Roorda; soccer player (FC Groningen).

1967 – Birth of Eddie Pye; US baseball infielder (Los Angeles Dodgers).

1968 – Birth of Matt Mieske; US baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers).

1969 – Birth of Subroto Banerjee; cricket player (Indian quickie and Dennis Lillee protégé).

1970 – Birth of Kevin Stocker; US baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies).

1970 – Birth of Ruben Brown; NFL guard (Buffalo Bills).

1970 – Birth of Vernon Patao; 141 pounds (64kg) US weightlifter (alternate-Olympics-1996).

1971 – Birth of Jim Reid; NFL tackle (Houston Oilers).

1971 – Birth of Mats Sundin in Bromma, Sweden; NHL center (Team Sweden, Toronto Maple Leafs).

1971 – Birth of Shelly Hammonds; NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings).

1971 – Birth of Todd Williams; US baseball pitcher (Los Angeles Dodgers).

1972 – Birth of Charlie Garner; NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles).

1972 – Birth of Juha Ylonen in Helsinki, Finland; NHL forward (Olympics-bronze-1998, Phoenix Coyotes).

1973 – Birth of Willie Smith; NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions).

1974 – Birth of Anthony Mortas; hockey forward (Team France 1998).

1975 – Birth of Mark Gerald Keddell in Christchurch, New Zealand; 200 metre (Olympics-1996).

1978 – Birth of Niklas Bäckström, Finnish hockey player (Minnesota Wild).

1980 – Birth of Kristy Powell in Florida, USA; gymnast (Olympics-1996).