SUPER BOWL

New England 13 Los Angeles Rams 3

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#17 Purdue 73 Minnesota 63

#14 Villanova 77 Georgetown 65

Clemson 64 Wake Forest 37

Creighton 76 Xavier 54

Wright State 79 IUPUI 74

Connecticut 76 E. Carolina 52

Omaha 90 North Dakota 70

South Dakota State 92 Denver 82

Stanford 84 California 81

Illinois Chicago 69 Northern Kentucky 67

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#4 Oregon 102 Colorado 43

#5 Notre Dame 90 Georgia Tech 50

#6 Mississippi State 65 Alabama 49

North Carolina 64 #7 North Carolina State 51

#9 Oregon State 71 #14 Utah 63

#10 Marquette 93 DePaul 87

#13 Iowa 81 Penn State 61

#16 South Carolina 87 Arkansas 79

Minnesota 60 #17 Rutgers 46

#19 Kentucky 62 Florida 51

#20 Texas A&M 72 Ole Miss 60

#22 Michigan State 74 Purdue 66

#24 Florida State 85 Wake Forest 61

Indiana 82 Nebraska 78

Seton Hall 83 Butler 62

Illinois State 70 Valparaiso 67

Richmond 62 Massachusetts 58

Fordham 57 Duquesne 46

Virginia Tech 95 Boston College 86

Central Florida 66 S. Florida 63

Miami Florida 72 Virginia 59

Charleston 70 Hofstra 62

Dayton 74 Rhode Island 62

St. Bonaventure 64 George Mason 55

Duke 74 Pittsburgh 55

Delaware 74 Elon 63

Georgetown 61 Providence 56

Bradley 69 Loyola Chicago 56

St. John 70 Xavier 41

VCU 65 St. Joseph’s 47

St. Louis 60 George Washington 44

Villanova 67 Creighton 62 2OT

Western Illinois 82 North Dakota State 70

Auburn 59 Georgia 58 OT

Drake 94 Southern Illinois 66

Missouri State 63 Northern Iowa 58

TCU 69 Oklahoma State 55

Tennessee 82 Vanderbilt 65

USC 81 Washington State 73

Michigan 76 Wisconsin 70

West Virginia 71 Kansas 50

UCLA 76 Washington 60

North Dakota 69 Omaha 68

Northwestern 76 Ohio State 59

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Memphis 96 New York 84

Boston 134 Oklahoma City 129

Toronto 121 LA Clippers 103

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 1 Washington 0

Montréal 4 Edmonton 3

Calgary 4 Carolina 3

 

 

TOP HEADLINES

Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest scoring Super Bowl ever

That super shootout everyone expected turned into a defensive standoff. The New England Patriots showed they can win that type of championship game, too.

So after Tom Brady led one classic drive to win the Patriots their record-tying sixth Super Bowl, he perfectly summed up the 13-3 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Rams.

“Finally got a touchdown and the defense played the best game of the year,” Brady said.

In a season in which all sorts of offensive records were set, this Super Bowl rewrote the defensive record book.

“How about our defense? How about our defense?” he said. “They played unbelievable.”

So well that their leader linebacker Dont’a Hightower, joked they had extra incentive.

“I’m tired of hearing about Brady,” he said with a laugh. “I won one today – we all got one. It feels good for us to get it all. Shout out to him getting his, but this is a team game and it feels good to win.”

But the defense still needed vintage Brady for one drive . He threw two perfect passes to Rob Gronkowski to set up rookie Sony Michel’s 2-yard score – the only touchdown in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. That put New England up 10-3. A late field goal clinched it 13-3.

No Super Bowl had gone into the fourth quarter without a touchdown. This one did, tied 3-3 – even though these teams had combined to average over 60 points a game.

When the Patriots needed a score, Brady, the oldest winning quarterback in a Super Bowl at 41, completed four straight passes, including a pair covering 47 yards to Gronkowski. The second , on which the star tight end beat two defenders, ended at the Los Angeles 2, the only time either team was inside the 20-yard line. Michel ran off left tackle for his sixth postseason touchdown.

 

Edwards scores 17 to lead No. 17 Purdue over Minnesota 73-63

Carsen Edwards found his shot just in time.

The Purdue guard scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to lead the No. 17 Boilermakers to a 73-63 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.

“Carsen needed the ball to go in, he needed to feel better about himself,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “He’s a guy that can score in a variety of ways, but still when you struggle, you still need something to get you going. His ability to get aggressive, make a pullup, get to the rim, get fouled, make some plays at the rim, make a layup, really gave him confidence. And I think it gave our team confidence, too.”

Trevion Williams added 16 points and Matt Haarms had 15 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots for the Boilermakers (16-6, 9-2 Big Ten), who moved into a three-way tie with Michigan and Michigan State for the Big Ten lead.

“We knew it was going to be a dogfight,” Haarms said. “We didn’t want to be the team that got punched, we wanted to be the team that was dishing out the hits. You could really see that out on the court. We were the team that was playing with intensity.”

Amir Coffey scored 22 points, Daniel Oturu had 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench, and Jordan Murphy contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Gophers (16-6, 6-5).

#BoilerNotes

Purdue improved to 16-6 overall and moved into a first-place tie in the Big Ten race at 9-2 with a 73-63 win over Minnesota at Mackey Arena on Sunday.

Purdue is now 40-7 all-time at Mackey Arena against Minnesota and is 10-1 under Painter at home against the Gophers.

Purdue has won seven straight Big Ten games, five of them coming by double-digits … Purdue trailed 47-34 with 14:05 to play, but outscored the Gophers 39-16 during the remainder of the game to rally for the win … the 13-point, second-half comeback is Purdue’s first second-half double-digit comeback since beating Notre Dame on Dec. 17, 2016.

Purdue’s seven straight league wins is tied for the fourth-longest streak during the Painter era … Purdue is now 11-0 at home, having won 13 straight games dating to last year … the Boilermakers are now 38-4 against Big Ten opponents in Mackey Arena since the start of the 2014-15 season … Purdue is 59-4 at Mackey Arena since the start of the 2015-16 season.

Matt Painter moved into 13th place on the Big Ten’s regular-season wins list for league games only with 151 victories.

Purdue trailed for 11 minutes, 12 seconds against Minnesota, just the second time during the seven-game win streak that an opponent led for more than 10 minutes (Ohio State – 11:22).

Purdue has won 29 of its last 30 games when committing fewer turnovers and outrebounding its opponent.

Purdue’s senior class has now won 99 games, needing one more to become the fifth class in school history with 100 victories … the school record is 107 (Class of 2011).

Purdue made a season-low five 3-pointers and shot a season-low 20.8 percent from deep (5-of-24).

Purdue is 24-5 in Big Ten play since the start of last year.

Purdue scored a season-best 48 points in the paint.

Purdue has had five players in double-figures in each of the last two games after not doing so in the season’s first 20 games.

Purdue’s seven turnovers were its lowest in Big Ten play.

Purdue’s two post players, Trevion Williams and Matt Haarms, combined for 31 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks on 15-20 FGs … Williams tied a career-high with 16 points (8-11 FGs) with four rebounds, while Haarms had 15 points, eight rebounds and career-high five blocked shots (7-9 FGs).

Ryan Cline became the eighth player in Purdue history to connect on 200 career 3-pointers … he tallied 11 points with three assists and is now 36-of-71 (.507) from 3-point range in Big Ten play.

Carsen Edwards tallied 17 points with five rebounds, five assists and two steals … he moved into seventh on the single-season 3-pointers made list at Purdue (85) … he passed Brian Cardinal for 19th on the school’s career scoring list, now with 1,585 points.

Nojel Eastern scored 11 points with, six rebounds, four assists and two steals … he is now 29-of-35 (.829) from the free throw line in the last seven games after going 5-of-6 today … he saw a streak of 18 straight made free throws end with 21 seconds left.

 

Gillespie’s career game carries No. 14 Villanova past Hoyas

Villanova had reminders everywhere of how just successful it’s been in recent seasons: two national championship trophies were displayed for photo ops and former great Jalen Brunson was honored in a pregame ceremony.

Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels gave the Wildcats a glimpse of just how great the future could be for the program.

Gillespie hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 30 points, Samuels had 16 rebounds and Eric Paschall had 24 points to keep No. 14 Villanova unbeaten in the Big East with a 77-65 victory over Georgetown on Sunday.

The Wildcats (18-4) have won 10 straight games and are 9-0 in the conference for the first time since 2009-10.

“I want to see how far we can take this ride,” coach Jay Wright said.

The Wildcats got rolling late at their off-campus home, the Wells Fargo Center, where they are 32-3 since 2012-13 – and their win percentage boosted by six straight wins over the Hoyas in Philadelphia.

Phil Booth – who missed 10 of his first 12 shots – scored on a driving layup, then buried a 3 to snap a tie and give Villanova a 58-53 lead with 5:41 left. Villanova, which was called for four fouls on one possession late in the game, got a Gillespie bucket to stretch the lead and hold off the Hoyas.

The Wildcats were again a two-scorer show. Booth, who was leading Villanova this season with 18.7 points, mostly sat this one out until crunch time. He missed his first six 3-pointers while Paschall had some surprising help from Gillespie.

After Paschal converted a three-point play to give the Wildcats a 46-43 lead, he had combined with Gillespie to score 39 of their points. Gillespie, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard, had flashes of scoring bursts this season. He scored a career-high 21 in a loss to Penn and 19 in a loss to Furman. But in a Big East battle, Gillespie was clutch in a win.

 

WBB: Mabrey’s 3-pointers, big runs lead No. 5 Irish over Ga Tech

Muffet McGraw likes the way No. 5 Notre Dame distributes the ball. Lately, the coach has asked her team to get it more to sharp-shooting Marina Mabrey.

“We’ve been talking how we need to look for Marina more in transition and we’ve done a really good job of that,” McGraw said after her senior point guard scored 20 points Sunday in a 90-50 win over Georgia Tech.

“Her spot is pretty much past half court,” McGraw joked after Mabrey hit 7 of 10 shots, including 6 of 7 on 3-pointers.

Mabrey is now 27 of 46 from long distance in her last seven games.

“I’m getting pretty good passes from my teammates,” Mabrey said. “They’ve been allowing me to get there and plant my feet, and that’s a credit to them.”

Mabrey is doing her share of passing, too, and had a team-high five assists.

Jackie Young scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and also had a team-best eight rebounds with four assists for the Fighting Irish (21-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Jessica Shepard scored 13 points with four steals and Arike Ogunbowale added 12 points and four assists.

The Irish had runs of 8-0, 10-0 and 24-0 over two quarters to take a 54-13 halftime lead. They had a 9-0 burst on three of Mabrey’s 3-pointers in a space of 1:11 of the third quarter to make it 74-30 heading into the fourth quarter.

 

WBB: Cooks, Colley net 20, No. 22 Michigan State women top Purdue

Sidney Cooks and Shay Colley scored 20 points apiece and No. 22 Michigan State scored the last eight points to defeat Purdue 74-66 on Sunday after blowing a 15-point, second-half lead.

After Tamara Farquhar’s putback with 57.3 seconds left tied the game at 66, Colley drove down the lane for a difficult layup. The Boilermakers missed three shots and had a critical five-second turnover after that. Cook and Colley both made a pair of free throws.

Jenna Allen became the fifth player in double figures with two late free throws for the Spartans (16-5, 6-5 Big Ten Conference), who have won three straight and are 12-0 at home.

Ae’Rianna Harris had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Purdue (15-9, 6-5), which lost its fourth straight. Karissa McLaughlin added 16 points.

MSU led 39-26 at the half but after scoring the first hoop of the second half, the Spartans went cold. Purdue cut the deficit to nine before a Cooks jumper and then reeled off six more points to make it 43-38. Purdue trailed 54-51 entering the fourth quarter and caught the Spartans at 62 with three minutes left and again on Farquhar’s basket.

The Spartans were 9 of 24 in the second half and went 5:33 without a basket. Purdue had 19 offensive rebounds, leading to 15 second-chance points.

 

WBB: Indiana Picks Up Road Win At Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb.  – Indiana snapped a two-game skid as it picked up the 82-78 road win

over Nebraska on Sunday afternoon in Pinnacle Bank Arena.

KEY MOMENTS

  *   Indiana (17-6, 6-5 B1G) would trail by as many as seven in the opening quarter

as it would get just four free throws in the final 5:11 of the frame to trail

17-12.

  *   But IU turned it on in the second quarter, shooting 73 percent by going

11-for-15 from the floor. Eight points by senior forward Kym Royster would help IU

outscore the Cornhuskers (10-12, 5-6 B1G), 24-15, and take a 36-32 lead at

halftime.

  *   Patberg would light things up after halftime, scoring 14 of her 22 points in

the second half. She would help Indiana to a 52.6 field goal percentage in the

third as IU hit three of its six triples. Freshman forward Aleksa Gulbe connected

from beyond-the-arc with 6:12 remaining as part of a 7-0 run to go up 45-38.

  *   They would extend its lead to as many as 12 in the third on two occasions

including an assist from sophomore guard Bendu Yeaney to an open Royster with just

over three minutes to go.

  *   Nebraska would trim their deficit down to just five as part of a 7-2 run that

closed out the third with an IU lead, 60-55.

  *   Continuing to chip away, the Huskers would tie the game twice in the fourth

quarter. With the score knotted at 68-all, Patberg drained her second 3-pointer

with 4:04 to play. Back down to a one-point lead, Penn’s drive drew a foul as she

made two at the line and came up big with a 3-pointer with 2:09 to play to make it

a 76-70 lead.

  *   The Cornhuskers would keep the game within reach until the end, coming within

one as part of a pair at the line in the bonus, 79-78, with 27 seconds remaining.

Patberg drew contact on the ensuing inbound as she hit two more at the line.

Nebraska would have a handful of opportunities to tie the game with a 3-pointer

but would come up empty.

  *   An Indiana foul would send Husker junior guard Hannah Whitish to the line with

eight seconds on the clock but her attempts came up empty and Royster would grab a

rebound while getting one more at the line to help seal the win.

NOTABLE

  *   Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg led the way with her 22 points on 8-for-12

shooting. It was the seventh 20-point scoring game of her career.

  *   Senior forward Kym Royster notched her seventh career double-double with 19

points and 14 rebounds. It marks her second double-double of the season.

  *   Royster’s 14 rebounds were also a season-high and the 10th double figure

rebounding game of her career.

Sophomore guard Jaelynn Penn added her eighth career 20-point game with 20 points on

7-for-15 shooting while going a perfect 5-for-5 from the line. She also added five

rebounds.

  *   The Hoosiers shot 46 percent on the day, putting up 73.3 percent and 52.6

percent clips in the second and third quarters, respectively.

  *   At the line, Indiana went 18-for-21 (85.7 percent) on the afternoon.

  *   IU assisted on 15 of 29 made shots including six each from Patberg and

sophomore guard Bendu Yeaney.

UP NEXT

Indiana returns to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Wednesday when it hosts Minnesota.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.

 

WBB: Minnesota knocks off Big 10 leader No. 17 Rutgers

Kenisha Bell and Destiny Pitts both scored nine fourth-quarter points and Minnesota held off No. 17 Rutgers, the Big Ten leader, 60-46 on Sunday.

Bell finished with 19 points, nine at the free-throw line, Pitts had 14, Brunson 13 and Taiye Bello had 11 points with a career-high 21 rebounds for her ninth double-double this season for the Gophers (15-7, 4-7).

The Scarlet Knights (17-5, 9-2) saw their conference lead cut to a half-game over No. 11 Maryland (8-2), which plays last-place Illinois Monday.

Rutgers led 23-17 at halftime before the Gophers overtook the Scarlet Knights by ending the final 3:21 of the third quarter on a 13-2 run to go up 39-33 with Brunson scoring nine points in the period.

Rutgers got back within five after Ciani Cryor’s 3-pointer with 5:48 remaining. But the Scarlet Knights made only three of their final nine shots and turned the ball over twice with the Gophers taking advantage as Bell scored nine points and Pitts six to finish the game.

Tied after a quarter, Rutgers scored the first nine points of the second period when the Gophers managed just one field goal on 13 attempts. Though Minnesota shot only 17 percent in the half, the deficit was only six.

Stasha Carey was the only Rutgers player to score in double figures with 16 points.

 

WBB: Buckeyes Drop Road Contest at Northwestern 76-59

EVANSTON, Ill. – Three Buckeyes scored in double figures but it was Northwestern’s

day as the Wildcats ran away for a 76-59 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Northwestern was able to take advantage of the Buckeye miscues and broke open a

single-digit game early in the second half with a big run.

Dorka Juhasz led the Buckeyes with 14 points and seven rebounds. She also grabbed a

season-high four steals.

Janai Crooms and Carly Santoro each chipped-in with 10 points while Adreana Miller

had seven points and Aaliyah Patty added six points and six rebounds.

The Buckeyes were plagued by turnovers in the opening half. They committed 10

turnovers and made just eight buckets. That allowed Northwestern to build a 12-point

lead. Ohio State finished the half on a mini 5-0 run, capped by a jumper from Miller

in the final seconds and the Buckeyes trailed 34-27 at the break.

The Wildcats came out of the locker room and outscored Ohio State 23-15 to give

themselves a little breathing room and then a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter removed

all doubt. Northwestern took its biggest lead of the game at 76-46 with just under

five minutes to play and the Buckeyes would finish the game on a 13-0 run to provide

the final score.

The story of the day was 20 Buckeye turnovers which led to 25 Northwestern points.

The Wildcats, who were coming off a tough home loss to Minnesota last Thursday,

committed just four turnovers through the majority of the game before giving up a

five more in the waning moments.

Up next

The Buckeyes return home this week for a pair of games starting with Penn State on

Wednesday evening. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The two teams played a great game in

State College on Jan. 17 as the Buckeyes erased an 18-point deficit with just over

six minutes to play and won the game 76-71 in overtime.

 

Irving, Celtics outlast Thunder in 134-129 thriller

Eight days after letting a win slip away against the Golden State Warriors, the Celtics were able to finish the job against another tough Western Conference opponent.

Kyrie Irving had 30 points and 11 assists as Boston overcame big games from Oklahoma City stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook to snap the Thunder’s seven-game win streak in a 134-129 thriller on Sunday.

Boston has won four straight since a 115-111 home loss to the Warriors on Jan. 26 and has won nine of its last 10 games overall.

“We battled against Golden State, but (this is) a good win,” said Al Horford, who had 17 points and nine assists. “This team has been playing really well and it’s just good to get this win here at home.”

Marcus Morris had 19 points, Marcus Smart added 18 and seven assists and Daniel Theis had 14 off the Celtics bench.

George scored 37 points and Russell Westbrook notched his sixth straight triple-double and 19th of the season with 22 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds.

“We just played a good team,” George said. “I thought they made some big plays, big shots. Gotta live with it.”

Steven Adams and Dennis Schroeder each had 16 points for Oklahoma City, and Jerami Grant scored 15.

Oklahoma City suffered its first loss since a 138-128 overtime setback against the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 17.

Westbrook made two free throws to pull Oklahoma City within 127-125 with 45.9 seconds remaining after Boston had led by six with 1:27 to go.

Irving’s driving finger-roll with 23.3 seconds left put Boston up by four, but Grant answered with a 3-pointer to bring the Thunder within 129-128.

 

Leonard scores 18 points, Raptors rout Clippers 121-103

The rested Toronto Raptors made quick work of the weary Los Angeles Clippers.

Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Clippers 121-103 on Sunday for their 10th victory in their last 11 home games.

Before the game, Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers bemoaned the lack of rest his team got following a 5 p.m. start Saturday in Detroit, in which the Clippers erased a 25-point deficit to beat the Pistons 111-101.

“This is a ridiculous back-to-back,” Rivers said.

After watching his team trail by double digits throughout the second half, Rivers said he decided not to push his players and risk injuries.

“I felt like this was probably going to be a second-half game for us, you know, if we could keep within string distance and maybe steal it in the second half, but we just didn’t have anything,” he said. “That’s why I took guys out.

“We had dead legs. I thought you could see it defensively, we weren’t moving our feet. It was one of those schedule losses, really. I thought it was going to be a tough night and it was.”

Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said fatigue was “definitely” a factor in the outcome.

“It’s hard to play a whole other 48 minutes in less than 24 hours,” the rookie said.

Gilgeous-Alexander, born in nearby Hamilton, had 19 points to lead Los Angeles.

“He came in and played great,” Rivers said. “He was the bright spot.”

Lou Williams had 18 points as the Clippers lost for the third time in four games.

 

Conley, Gasol help Grizzlies top Knicks to end road skid

Marc Gasol was conducting his postgame interviews when his cellphone began buzzing with a call from his agent.

Gasol declined to answer. If it was trade news, it could wait until after he was done talking basketball.

“I’m not in the mood right now,” Gasol said, smiling. “I still want to enjoy this.”

Especially because his team had just looked like the Memphis Grizzlies of old.

Mike Conley scored 25 points, Gasol had 24 and Memphis snapped a nine-game road losing streak with a 96-84 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Memphis had lost three in a row and 17 of its last 19 overall but didn’t allow more than 22 points in a quarter Sunday in a performance that used to be the norm when the Grizzlies were a perennial playoff team, not one that could be preparing for a rebuild.

“This showed that we still have that, have that core grit-grind kind of mentality regardless of how we’ve been playing,” Conley said.

Conley added eight rebounds and seven assists in a strong return to the lineup after missing a game with left knee soreness. Gasol chipped in nine rebounds in what could have been the longtime teammates’ final road game with the Grizzlies.

The team has fallen from playoff contention after a strong start and told the players it will listen to offers for both ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. Conley and Gasol both acknowledged it’s been hard not to think about their futures in recent days.

 

Dustin Johnson hangs on for victory at Saudi International

Joint overnight leader Dustin Johnson shot a final-round 3-under 67 to win the Saudi International tournament by two strokes on Sunday.

The American’s overall total of 19-under 261 was enough to hold off Li Haotong of China who came into the final round with a share of the lead after a third round that included four eagles.

The Chinese golfer shot a 1-under 69 Sunday, finishing a shot ahead of England’s Tom Lewis whose spirited last-round challenge was good enough to secure third another stroke back after a 5-under 65.

World No. 3 Johnson recorded five birdies in his final round, including the last two holes.

“Any time you can win a professional golf tournament, no matter where it is in the world, it’s a big win. I’m honored to be the champion,” said Johnson. “Haotong was one ahead on the back nine but I knew I was playing well enough to make up some strokes and I didn’t let it bother me. I just played my game and kept on trying to make birdies.”

American Bryson Dechambeau, who won in Dubai last week, was joint sixth, eight shots behind Johnson after a 5-under 65.

A birdie on the final hole helped Li seal second place.

Li had gone into the final 18 holes on a high after firing a record-breaking three eagle-twos in his third-round 62.

But he fell away over the second half on Sunday, with three bogeys hampering his hopes of an impressive win.

Lewis finished three shots off the lead after a blazing start to his final round, recording five consecutive birdies over the first five holes. On his second-ever professional start, Australia’s Min Woo Lee finished a stroke further back after a second consecutive 7-under 63.

 

Fowler overcomes strange triple bogey to win Phoenix Open

Rickie Fowler birdied two of his final four holes and overcame a bizarre triple bogey on the 11th hole at TPC Scottsdale to win the Phoenix Open on Sunday.

Leading by five, Fowler took a 7 on the par-4 11th after a chip shot skipped across the green and into the water and a second ball rolled into the water on its own.

Branden Grace took the lead with consecutive birdies, but hit his tee shot into the water on the drivable par-4 17th for a bogey.

Fowler had two-putt birdies on Nos. 15 and 17, then got up-and-down on the 18th for par.

He shot 3-over 74 to finish at 17-under 267 for his fifth PGA Tour victory and second in seven tries with a 54-hole lead. Grace closed with a 69 to finish two shots back.

 

Bruins shut out Capitals to end 14-game skid vs. Washington

 Boston Bruins players could feel themselves making progress in recent games against the Washington Capitals even as the losses piled up.

All it took was finishing one play, a commitment to team defense and a handful of timely saves by Tuukka Rask for the Bruins to end their 14-game skid against the defending Stanley Cup champions with a 1-0 victory Sunday. Boston beat Washington for the first time since March 29, 2014, and its 14 consecutive victories against Arizona are now the longest active winning streak against one opponent in the NHL.

“We’ve had some tight games,” said Rask, who made 24 saves for just his second career victory in 19 appearances against Washington. “It’s one of those things that just happens in sports where you get into these streaks of either winning or losing and at some point they’re going to snap.”

Thanks to David Krejci’s goal, the Bruins snapped their three-game skid and handed the Capitals their eighth loss in nine games.

Outscored 45-21 during their 14-game run of futility, the Bruins dominated the Capitals in almost all facets of the game and would have blown them out if not for the play of goaltender Braden Holtby, who made 37 saves. Holtby was helpless to stop Krejci’s shot on a one-timer after a tic-tac-toe puck movement and a cross-ice pass from Torey Krug midway through the second.

Rask earned “TUUK!” chants rom Bruins fans in attendance, no louder than when he flashed the glove to snare a shot from Travis Boyd in the slot in the third period. The Finnish goalie picked up his 253rd career victory to take over first place on the Bruins’ all-time list.

“He was in control all night,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We were pretty clean in front of him there till the end, and when we weren’t, he was there for us. Happy for him, I think the guys in the room are as well and hopefully he keeps building on it.”

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE GOLF

ORLANDO, Fla. – The 25th-ranked Purdue women’s golf team opened its spring schedule

Sunday, shooting two-under par 286 in the first round of the 2019 UCF Challenge,

hosted by the Knights at Eagle Creek Golf Club. Junior Micaela Farah turned in the

low score of the day, shooting three-under 69 and sitting in a tie for eighth place

in the individual standings.

The Boilermakers are seven shots of the team lead, held by College of Charleston

after the opening round at nine-under 279. Farah dropped four birdies on the day,

with her only mishap coming on No. 1. She recovered from the bogey and finished with

birdies on two of her final three holes.

Freshman Danielle du Toit joined Farah under par, shooting one-under 71. The

Boilermaker rookie picked up from her outstanding fall, making three birdies, but

suffering a double bogey on No. 18 to even out her card.

Senior Covadonga SanJuan and sophomore Inez Wanamarta tied for the final two team

scores at one-over 73. SanJuan had four birdies on the back nine, while Wanamarta

was steady throughout the round with 17 pars. Senior Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri was

just out of the team score at two-over 74.

Seven players are tied for the individual lead at four-under par with Farah one shot

back alongside eight others.

Purdue resumes play Monday at 8:45 a.m. ET, going off on holes 7-9 with Michigan

State and Penn State.

 

COLLEGE WRESTLING: Lydy Prevails is Sudden Victory, Brunner Wins Big

MINNEAPOLIS – Purdue’s upper weights strung together three wins in a 24-11 dual loss to No. 7 Minnesota (12-2, 5-1 B1G) on Sunday. Dylan Lydy, Max Lyon and Christian Brunner picked up impressive victories for the 19th-ranked Boilermakers (5-7, 2-4 B1G) at Maturi Pavilion.

The second meeting this season and the fourth over the past two seasons between Lydy and Devin Skatzka once again went to the Boilermaker. Lydy, ranked 14th at 174 pounds, prevailed 6-4 in sudden victory to knock out the 11th-ranked Gopher. Both wrestlers scored a takedown and a pair of escapes during regulation to be locked at 4-4.

The winning takedown came out of a flurry in front of the Purdue bench with 12 seconds remaining. Lydy lifted his redshirt junior mark to 18-6 with the win.

A pair of takedowns in the third period lifted Lyon past Minnesota’s Owen Webster 5-2 in the ensuing match at 184 pounds. Lyon (18-7) converted a deep shot on Webster with just two seconds remaining to lock up his sixth straight win and improve to 5-1 in Big Ten Conference duals.

Bonus points were awarded in the 197-pound match with Brunner rolling up Dylan Anderson with an 18-1 technical fall in 5:22. The 12th-ranked Boilermaker took Anderson down twice and closed out the opening frame with a four-point nearfall. Brunner (15-6) rode Anderson through the second period, building his lead with another four-point nearfall. A reversal and another four-point nearfall to start the third sealed the technical fall, the first of the season for Brunner, at the 5:22 mark.

In addition to the 174-pound match, the dual featured three additional weight classes with ranked wrestlers squaring off. The dual opened with Purdue’s No. 19 Devin Schroder’s five-match winning streak coming to a halt at the hands of No. 6 Sean Russell, suffering a 9-0 loss.

Eighth-ranked Ethan Lizak’s decision to take top in the third period was the difference for the Minnesota 133-pounder in a 5-3 win over No. 14 Ben Thornton. Thornton capitalized on his choice to start the second period from neutral by taking Lizak down to match the Gophers’ takedown in the opening frame. Lizak turned Thornton for a two-point nearfall in the third period and worked riding time in his favor to hold Thornton off.

Sudden victory was needed at 157 pounds between No. 13 Griffin Parriott of Purdue and No. 8 Steve Bliese of Minnesota. With 15 seconds remaining in the winner-take-all period, Bliese fought through a shot by Parriott and came out with the winning takedown to break a 3-3 tie and deal the Boilermaker a 5-3 setback.

Purdue returns to its home mat at Holloway Gymnasium with a double-dual weekend. The Boilermakers will play host to Stanford on Feb. 8 and Rutgers on Feb. 10.

 

COLLEGE WRESTLING: Buckeyes Topple Top-10 Wildcats in Evanston

EVANSTON, Ill. – The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team (9-1, 5-1 B1G) won

six of 10 bouts for the second time in as many conference duals this weekend,

posting a 27-15 win at No. 9 Northwestern 3-8, 1-5 B1G). The Buckeyes trailed 11-9

at intermission before emerging from the locker room with four consecutive wins to

seal the deal.

Five Buckeyes swept the weekend, triumphant at both Illinois (Friday, Feb. 1) and

Northwestern. Luke Pletcher (18-2), Micah Jordan (18-1), Ethan Smith (14-5), Kollin

Moore (13-0) and Myles Martin (13-0) all added two tallies to their season wins

column. Jordan and Moore garnered the most team points, each accumulating 11 with a

pin and tech fall.

Top-ranked Sebastian Rivera opened the dual by gaining four points for the Wildcats

at a 125 pounds, improving to 19-0 on the year.

Pletcher recouped three of those team points in the subsequent bout. He hit three

takedowns in the first period and was on the fast track to bonus points. However his

opponent Colin Valdivez had other ideas and not only rode out Pletcher for the

entire third period but also turned him for two near fall. Pletcher’s seven-point

cushion entering the third was too much to overcome though as the Buckeye redshirt

junior walked off the mat as a 9-4 victory.

Sandwiched between Northwestern wins at 141 and 157 pounds, Jordan posted a half

dozen team points by pinning the 25th opponent of his career. With wins in three of

five bouts, the Wildcats carried an 11-9 edge into intermission.

As mentioned above, Ohio State rolled to four straight following the break in

action. Te’Shan Campbell, making his first appearance at 165 pounds since the 2018

NCAA Championships, ignited the Buckeye hot streak. He blanked Tyler Morland, 6-0,

to lift Ohio State into the lead for good.

Smith notched his third top-20 win of the year, majoring No. 16 Johnny Sebastian.

Smith recorded four unanswered takedowns to conclude his bonus-worthy performance

which is certain to give a boost to his No. 18 slot in the FloWrestling national

rankings.

Unbeaten Buckeyes Myles Martin and Kollin Moore continued their dominance. Martin

made quick work Brendan Devine via a 42-second pin while Moore turned it on in the

third period to secure a 19-4 tech fall.

 

MEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Ball State University men’s volleyball team played three solid sets of volleyball and left little doubt about the outcome as it cruised to a 3-1 defeat of Sacred Heart on Saturday night.

The win marked the fourth straight for the Cardinals and improved their record to 6-4 for the year. Sacred Heart dropped to 1-5 on the season with the loss.

Ball State tallied 47 kills on the night to SHU’s 42 and outhit the Pioneers by a margin of .282 to .149. Service aces were even at five apiece while BSU had 10 more assists than Sacred Heart at a 46-36 mark. The Cardinals also compiled 42 digs to 35 for the Pioneers.

Sets one and two were a breeze for Ball State as they won by scores of 25- 17 and 25-21. The Cardinals appeared to be headed for a sweep, but Sacred Heart wouldn’t go down without a fight as it dominated the third set by winning 25-16.

Ball State quickly regrouped in game four and ensured the match wouldn’t go to a fifth set as it won 25-15. The Cardinals finished the set in style by scoring seven of the final nine points of the match.

Matt Szews led Ball State in kills on the night with 15 on a .333 hitting percentage. He was closely followed by Kaleb Jenness who had 13 kills as the other Cardinal in double figures. Jake Romano did a good job setting up his attackers all night as he tallied 38 assists to go with seven digs. Lemuel Turner continued his solid stretch of blocking by leading the team with five, and Jenness had a match-high 11 digs.

Ball State now returns back to Muncie where it will continue MIVA play. The Cardinals square off with conference foe McKendree on Thursday (Feb. 7) and then host George Mason on Sunday (Feb. 10). Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY – FEBRUARY 4, 1987

FREMANTLE, Australia – Dennis Conner avenged his 1983 loss of the America’s Cup today, sailing a brilliant final race to win back yachting’s most prestigious trophy for the United States. Conner’s Stars & Stripes led the way around the 24.3-nautical-mile racing course to defeat Kookaburra III, Australia’s defender, by 1 minute 59 seconds. That gave Stars & Stripes a 4-0 sweep in the four-of-seven series and touched off celebrations halfway round the world, particularly in San Diego, which will be the new home for the cherished yachting cup.

It took Conner nearly three years of dedication to reclaim the historic trophy after his bitter defeat in 1983. The Stars & Stripes team took command at the start today, allowing Iain Murray and his Kookaburra III team to chase him through the spectator fleet minutes before the start. More than 400 vessels filled with rooters waited eagerly for the race to begin. Overhead, 12 helicopters buzzed the Indian Ocean racecourse. Conner edged his blue-hulled 12-Meter up to the start line, heading for the preferred left side of the course. Kookaburra was in hot pursuit, holding course to windward of Stars & Stripes in an effort to force Conner over the line early.

In the style the 44-year-old Conner has perfected through a decade of match-racing experience, he nudged the bow of Stars & Stripes up to the line just as the starting gun went off. Stars & Stripes crossed five seconds ahead of Kookaburra. The Australian boat headed to the right side of the course on port tack. Conner tacked over to close in on Kookaburra from the left. When the two met, Conner was not able to cross in front of Kookaburra. He tacked short of the Australian boat, which at that point split off to sail back to the right.

Several minutes later, the two boats converged again, but this time Stars & Stripes, with her superior speed, was able to cross two boat lengths ahead of Kookaburra. A moderate sea breeze of 16 knots ushered the two boats through the first part of the race. By the first mark, the breeze was filling to 18 knots, the type of condition that the Stars & Stripes team likes best. At the first mark, Stars & Stripes was 26 seconds ahead. Murray sailed a faster downwind leg, gaining four seconds. But after the third leg sailed up wind Conner had stepped on the accelerator, rounding the third mark 42 seconds in front.

In the next two reaches, Stars & Stripes held a firm grip on the lead. At the fourth mark, the Kookaburra team flailed for nearly a minute as it tried to bring in the spinnaker that had broken free. At that mark, Stars & Stripes rounded with a 49-second advantage, its largest so far. In the fifth leg, Kookaburra managed to steal one second from Conner’s leading margin. But in the sixth leg Conner lengthened his lead to 1 minute 11 seconds. After rounding the seventh mark with a lead of 1:16, Conner sailed up the final leg to his second America’s Cup victory in the four times he has taken the helm of a 12-Meter in this international event.

Throughout their quest, Conner and his Stars & Stripes team agreed that they had nothing to fear by taking risks. From supercomputers to aerospace plastics, technology played a key role. The success of Conner’s Sail America syndicate was attributable to large measures of hard work, creativity, thoroughness and experience.

The formula began paying off when Stars & Stripes began the four-month series of trial races in October. “Every call we made, we came up smelling like a rose,” said Conner. Since then, it appears that little has changed.

 

1861 – Wearing ice skates, the champion Atlantics defeat the Charter Oak Club, 36-27 in a baseball game played on frozen Litchfield Pond in South Brooklyn, New York, USA.

1903 – Stanley Cup: Montréal AAA beat Winnipeg Victorias, two games to one and one tie.

1924 – First Olympic Winter Games close at Chamonix, France.

1929 – Archie Jackson scores 164 on Test Cricket debut versus England at Adelaide.

1931 – US Major League Baseball’s National League adopts a deader baseball.

1932 – (to February 15) The III Olympic Winter Games are held in Lake Placid, New York, USA.

1937 – Jim Margie, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, bowls 900 in three (unsanctioned) games.

1939 – Glenn Cunningham (top miler) says 4-minute mile beyond human effort.

1951 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Sonya Klopfer.

1951 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button.

1956 – American League plans to test automatic intentional walk during spring training.

1958 – Baseball Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for first time since 1950.

1960 – Baseball Writers Association of America voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member.

1960 – San Francisco Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park.

1962 – Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game.

1962 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Barbara Roles.

1962 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Monty Hoyt.

1968 – Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball.

1969 – 41,163, largest NBA crowd, watches doubleheader Cincinnati Royals versus Detroit Pistons, San Diego Rockets versus Boston Celtics.

1969 – John Madden is named head coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.

1973 – New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres play a penalty-free game.

1973 – Manfred Kokot runs world record 50 metre indoor (5.61 seconds).

1976 – (to February 15) The XII Olympic Winter Games are held in Innsbruck, Austria.

1976 – Judge Oliver upholds Seitz’s decision on Andy Messersmith free agency.

1977 – 30th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 at Vancouver, BC, Canada.

1979 – Joanne Carner win LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament.

1980 – Joanne Carner win LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek.

1983 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton.

1986 – 38th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 (overtime) at Hartford, Connecticut.

1987 – Dennis Conner and Stars and Stripes beat Australia’s Kookaburra 3, bringing America’s Cup yachting trophy back to USA.

1987 – Sacramento Kings score only four points first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954.

1989 – Dean Jones scores 216 versus West Indies at the Adelaide Oval.

1990 – Anders Holmertz swims world record 400 metre freestyle (3 minutes 40.81 seconds).

1990 – Danny Everett runs world record 400 metre indoor (45:04).

1990 – Lyudmila Narozhi-Lenko runs world record 60 metre hurdles indoor (7.69).

1990 – NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-21.

1990 – Pat Bradley win Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic.

1990 – Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar).

1990 – The Saint Petersburg Pelicans defeat the Palm Beach Tropics to win the first Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship, 12-4.

1991 – Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose.

1991 – Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make 467 stand versus Sierra Leone, world record.

1994 – Merlene Ottey runs world record 50 metre indoor (6.00 seconds).

1994 – Russian team beats ladies world record 4×800 metre indoor (8:18.71).

1995 – Dean Jones completes 324 for Victoria versus South Australia.

1995 – Zimbabwe’s first Test Cricket victory, over Pakistan by an inning.

1996 – NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-13.

1997 – Mario LeMieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals.

1997 – Ipswich Town football player Adam Tanner, who recently failed a drugs test, is banned from football for three months at an FA hearing. Tanner received a relatively lenient punishment as he had admitted taking drugs at the first attempt and shown remorse for his behaviour.

2004 – The Saint Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols agree to a US$100 million, seven-year deal.

2005 – The Chicago Cubs sign Aramis Ramirez to a US$8.95 million, one-year contract.

2007 – The Indianapolis Colts defeat the Chicago Bears 29-17 in NFL’s Super Bowl XLI, played at Dolphin Stadium, Miami, Florida.

2008 – Texas Tech University basketball coach Bob Knight resigns. He had coached for 42 years, presiding over 902 winning games, a record among US men’s college basketball coaches.

2010 – The Detroit Tigers sign baseball pitcher Justin Verlander to a US$80-million five-year contract.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1886      Former professional baseball player Albert Spalding begins a sporting goods company with $800. The future Hall of Famer will become the manufacturer of the first official baseball as well as the tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, and football.

1938      The University of Illinois suspends Lou Boudreau for taking illegal payments from the Indians, but the 19 year-old hoopster will go on to have a 15-year Hall of Fame baseball career in the big leagues as a player-manager for Cleveland and the Red Sox. Also, as a broadcaster, he will be traded to the Cubs by radio station WGN to become the team’s skipper.

1942      At a meeting to determine new guidelines necessitated by the U.S. involvement in WWII, the major league owners vote to allow each club to play 14 night games, with the Senators allocated 21 due to the large number of government workers located in Washington, D.C. Metro area. The regulation includes a provision that no inning will start after 12:50 A.M. during the evening tilts.

1957      During the New York Baseball Writers Association meeting in New York, Walter O’Malley passes a note to Cubs owner Phil Wrigley, who controls the territorial rights to LA, offering Brooklyn’s Texas League team in Fort Worth in return for the Cubs’ Los Angeles PCL minor league franchise. The swap of farm teams will be announced on February 21, clearing the path for the Dodgers to move to the City of Angels.

1961      Charlie Finley douses an old school bus bearing the sign “the Kansas City-to-New York shuttle” with gasoline and sets it on fire in the left field parking lot of Municipal Stadium. As the vehicle becomes engulfed in flames, the new owner of the A’s tells reporters the stunt symbolizes the end of the team sending talented young players to the Yankees in exchange for major leaguers well past their prime, a practice deeply resented by the Kansas City fans.

1975      The special Veterans Committee selects second baseman Billy Herman (Cubs, Dodgers, Braves, and Pirates), skipper Bucky Harris (Senators, Tigers, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees) and outfielder Earl Averill (Indians, Tigers, and Braves) to the Hall of Fame. An outspoken Averill had informed his family to decline the honor if he was ever to be inducted posthumously; fortunately, he was enshrined in Cooperstown eight years before his passing.

1977      The Hall of Fame’s Special Committee on the Negro Leagues, selects Cuban natives John Henry Lloyd and Martin Dihigo, who will also be acknowledged in Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic for his outstanding accomplishments on the field that included playing all nine positions. Pop Lloyd ended his 27-year career with a batting average of .343 while building a reputation as the greatest shortstop in the history of the Negro Leagues

1978      Under the financial reorganization of the club, F.J. ‘Steve’ O’Neill, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, becomes the principal owner of the Indians. The trucking magnate was once a limited partner of the Tribe but sold his Indians interest in the team in 1973 to become part of George Steinbrenner’s syndicate that bought the Yankees.

1979      The Twins trade perennial All-Star and batting champ Rod Carew to the Angels for outfielders Ken Landreaux and Dave Engle and pitchers Paul Hartzell and Brad Havens. The future Hall of Famer will hit .314 during his seven seasons with the Halos.

1982      The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues suspends minor league catcher Angel Rodriguez for a year. The Alexandria backstop, who maintains his innocence, is being penalized for tipping off opposing Latin American batters in Spanish of the upcoming pitch about to be thrown in Carolina League contests.

1987      The Expos trade top reliever Jeff Reardon and backstop Tom Nieto to the Twins for pitcher Neal Heaton, catcher Jeff Reed, and two minor leaguers. Minnesota’s new closer will average nearly 35 saves each season during his three years with the club, including 42 during his All-Star campaign in 1988.

1989      Bill White is chosen to be the president of the National League, replacing Bart Giamatti, who is leaving the post to become the commissioner of baseball. The appointment makes the former major league first baseman and Yankee broadcaster the highest-ranking black executive in professional sports.

1993      Marge Schott is suspended for one year and fined $25,000 by a committee of her major league peers for bringing “disrepute and embarrassment” to the national pastime. The 64 year-old will also be required to attend and complete multi-cultural sensitivity training programs due to the numerous racial and ethnic remarks she is alleged to have made as the owner of the Reds.

Amazon Marge Schott Unleashed

1994      Jody Reed agrees to a minor-league contract for undisclosed terms with the Brewers, after rejecting a three-year, $7.8 million offer to stay with the Dodgers. In November, LA pulled their offer to the 31 year-old infielder, who will now go to spring training with Milwaukee as a non-roster player.

1998      The Yankees announce Brian Cashman will replace Bob Watson, who recently resigned as the team’s general manager. During Watson’s brief 2+ year tenure, the Bronx Bombers won their first World Series since 1978.

1999      The Mets tell a surprised Tim McCarver that he will not be returning to the team’s broadcast booth. The franchise’s pitching legend Tom Seaver, who was in the television booth for the Yankees from 1989 to 1993, will replace the highly regarded, but outspoken 57 year-old broadcaster, who spent 16 years with the team doing local telecasts.

2002      Yankee catcher Jorge Posada (.277, 22, 95) signs a five-year, $51 million contract with a club option for a sixth season. The 30 year-old Bronx Bomber backstop, with an average annual value of more than $10 million, is the second highest among major league catchers, trailing only the receiver Mike Piazza, who signed a seven-year, $91 million deal with the Mets in 1998 that averages $13 million annually.

2008      Eli Manning leads the Giants to an upset victory over the previously undefeated Patriots, making it the second consecutive year a Manning has been the quarterback for the victorious NFL Super Bowl team. Eli and Peyton, who QBs for the Indianapolis Colts, join a select group brothers who have won world championship games in back-to-back years that include Livan (Marlins, 1997) and Orlando Hernandez (1998, Yankees), Irish (Giants, 1922) and Bob Meusel (Yankees, 1923), and Bubba (Colts, 1970) and Tody Smith (Cowboys, 1971).

2009      Oliver Perez agrees to a $36 million, three-year deal to stay with the Mets. The 29 year-old inconsistent southpaw, who has posted a 26-20 record with New York since being obtained from Pittsburgh during the 2006 season, will be part of the team’s starting rotation.

2009      Garrett Atkins (.286, 21, 99) avoids arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Rockies. The 29 year-old third baseman’s $7.05 million contract makes him the second-highest paid player on the team, trailing only Todd Helton.

2009      Justin Verlander (11-17, 4.84) agrees to a one-year contract worth $3,675,000 to stay with the Tigers, a dramatic increase from last season. The 2006 AL Rookie of the Year’s original five-year contract, which slated the right-hander for a $600,000 salary in 2009, could be terminated if he had enough service time to become eligible for arbitration.

2009      Rickie Weeks (.234, 14, 89) avoids arbitration with the Brewers, agreeing to a $2.45 million, one-year deal. The 26 year-old second baseman, who has been injury prone over his first five seasons with the Brew Crew, can earn more with performance bonuses based on plate appearances.

2010      Casey Kotchman and the Mariners, who recently acquired the first baseman in a trade with Boston for Bill Hall, come to terms on a one-year deal worth $3,517,500. The 26 year-old slick-fielding infielder has not made an error in his last 1,584 chances, covering a span of 185 games.

2011      In a lawsuit unsealed at a Manhattan federal bankruptcy court, Mets’ owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are named in a complaint brought by the trustee for the victims of Bernie Madoff that contends they used the profits from investing in the multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme to financially support their businesses, including their ownership of the major league club, in the face of repeated warnings that the investments might be fraudulent. The possible $1 billion settlement has created speculation in the sports and banking industries that the team will be sold to meet the financial obligation.

2011      In a SRO news conference at Yankee Stadium, Andy Pettitte becomes the first ‘Core of Four’ teammate, a group which includes shortstop Derek Jeter, catcher Jorge Posada, and closer Mariano Rivera, to announce his retirement. The 38 year-old southpaw, who compiled a 240-138 record during his sixteen years in the major leagues, tells the reporters, “my body would get to where it needs to be, but my heart’s not where it needs to be.”

2012      The Cubs and Matt Garza avoid arbitration when they agree to a one-year, $9.5 million deal. The 28 year-old right-hander posted a 10-10 record along with a 3.32 earned run average last year, his first season with the team.

2013      In front of a home crowd of 87 fans, the California Institute of Technology baseball team snaps a 228-game losing streak, beating Pacifica in a non-conference game, 9-7. The Beavers, whose last victory occurred on Feb. 15, 2003, haven’t won a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest since 1988, a span of 463 contests.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAYS

1884 – Birth of Rolland Beaumont; cricket player (South African batsman in five tests 1912-14).

1891 – Birth of Yuri Losmann in Estonia; marathon runner (Olympics-silver 1920).

1906 – Birth of Primo Carnera; Italian boxer (champion-1933).

1912 – Birth of Byron Nelson in Fort Worth, Texas, USA; PGA golfer (won 19 tournaments in 1945).

1913 – Birth of Woody Hayes [Wayne]; college football coach (Ohio, 1968 coach of year).

1935 – Birth of Wallis Mathias; cricket player (first non-Muslim to play for Pakistan).

1937 – Birth of John Devitt in Australia; 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-gold-1960).

1937 – Birth of Magnar Solberg in Norway; 20km biathalete (Olympics-gold-1968, 1972).

1946 – Birth of Mary Meyer; American 500-metre speed skater (Olympics-silver-1968).

1948 – Birth of Rakesh Shukla; cricket leg-spinner (one Test India versus Sri Lanka 1982).

1953 – Birth of Svetlana Ulmasova in the USSR, 3000m (world title 1978).

1959 – Birth of Lawrence Taylor; NFL’s greatest linebacker (New York Giants).

1961 – Birth of Denis Savard in Pointe Gatineau, California, USA; NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks).

1961 – Birth of Vern Fleming in Long Island City, New York, USA; basketball player (Olympics-gold-1984).

1962 – Birth of Dan Plesac in Gary, Indiana, USA; pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates).

1962 – Birth of Vern Fleming; NBA guard (New Jersey Nets).

1963 – Birth of Jane Leary in Sydney, Australia; golfer (1992 Australian Amateur Champion).

1963 – Birth of Pirmin Zurbriggen; Swiss alpine skier (Olympics-gold-1988).

1963 – Birth of Tracie Ruiz-Conforto in Hawaii, USA; synchronized swimmer (Olympics-2 gold/silver-1984, 1988).

1965 – Birth of John van Loen; Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord, San Frecce).

1966 – Birth of Barry Klein in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA; rower (Olympics-1996).

1967 – Birth of Sergei Grinkov; Soviet ice skater (Olympics-gold 1988, 1994).

1969 – Birth of Brad Cornett; US baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays).

1969 – Birth of Chris Crooms; WLAF safety (Barcelona Dragons).

1969 – Birth of Dallas Drake in Trail, British Columbia, Canada; NHL center (Winnipeg Jets).

1969 – Birth of Joe Sacco in Medford, Massachusetts, USA; NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks).

1970 – Birth of John Frascatore; US baseball pitcher (Saint Louis Cardinals).

1970 – Birth of Todd Peterson; NFL kicker (Seattle Seahawks).

1971 – Birth of Kevin Farkas; NFL tackle (Carolina Panthers).

1971 – Birth of Maarten Atmodikoro; soccer player (Dordrecht 1990, NAC).

1971 – Birth of Pete Pierson; NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

1971 – Birth of Sterling Palmer; NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins).

1972 – Birth of Kelvin Anderson; Canadian Football League running back (Calgary Stampeders).

1973 – Birth of Oscar De La Hoya in Los Angeles, California, USA; boxer (Olympics-gold-1992).

1974 – Birth of Brandon Convery in Kingston, Ontario, Canada; NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs).

1974 – Birth of Chris Ward; defensive end (Baltimore Ravens).

1982 – Birth of Tomas Vaitkus; Lithuanian professional road racing cyclist.

1982 – Birth of Mandisa Stevenson; American basketball player.