MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#16 Louisville 72 #11 Virginia Tech 64

#17 Iowa State 75 Oklahoma 74

#18 Texas Tech 81 West Virginia 50

Penn State 59 Northwestern 52

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Baylor 74 #14 Texas 68

#10 Maryland 80 Illinois 66

LSU 61 Missouri 51

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Detroit 129 Denver 103

Atlanta 137 Washington 129

Milwaukee 113 Brooklyn 94

Indiana 109 New Orleans 107

Houston 118 Phoenix 110

Sacramento 127 San Antonio 112

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Toronto 6 Anaheim 1

Los Angeles 4 NY Rangers 3

Philadelphia 2 Vancouver 1

Dallas 5 Arizona 4

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-SECTIONALS– MONDAY

New Castle 39 Hamilton Heights 31

Blue River 46 Tri 21

Crown Point 58 Highland 31

Kankakee Valley 61 Michigan City 59

Penn 55 LaPorte 33

Plymouth 54 Elkhart Central 53

Fort Wayne Carroll 61 Fort Wayne Northrup 48

Lawrence North 55 Heritage Christian 50

Bedford North Lawrence 56 Jennings County 34

Gary West 46 Griffith 37

Knox 50 Hanover Central 13

Mishawaka Marian 34 John Glenn 33

Northwestern 80 Maconaquah 23

West Noble 41 Tippecanoe Valley 39

Angola 58 Fort Wayne Concordia 43

Marion 46 Bellmont 44

Benton Central 50 Lebanon 15

Greensburg 55 Lawrenceburg 53

Bowman Academy 65 River Forest 42

Hammond Noll 63 Andrean 48

North Judson 56 Winamac 29

Central Noble 55 Bremen 30

Bluffton 49 Adam Central 41

Oak Hill 48 Manchester 16

Lafayette Central Catholic 45 Seeger 26

Tipton 61 Eastbrook 45

Eastern Pekin 36 Crawford County 29

Marquette Catholic 55 Morgan Township 33

Pioneer 44 North White 37

South Central 84 Career Academy 8

Oregon Davis 51 LaCrosse 48

Fremont 51 Elkhart Christian 17

Bethany Christian 35 Lakewood Park 25

Cowan 44 Daleville 42

University 60 Indiana Deaf 39

Jac-Cen-Del 67 Waldron 61 5OT

 

HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS

Richmond- 101.325
Jay County- 99.4
Muncie Central- 89.35

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

1 Tennessee

2 Duke

3 Virginia

4 Gonzaga

5 Kentucky

6 Nevada

7 Michigan

8 North Carolina

9 Michigan State

10 Marquette

11 Virginia Tech

12 Houston

13 Kansas

14 Villanova

15 Purdue

16 Louisville

17 Iowa State

18 Texas Tech

19 Wisconsin

20 Iowa

21 LSU

22 Florida State

23 Buffalo

24 Maryland

25 Cincinnati

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

1 Baylor

2 Louisville

3 Oregon

4 Notre Dame

5 Connecticut

6 Mississippi State

7 Oregon State

8 Marquette

9 North Carolina State

10 Maryland

11 Stanford

12 South Carolina

13 Gonzaga

14 Texas

15 Syracuse

16 Iowa

17 Utah

18 Texas A&M

19 Kentucky

20 Rutgers

21 Arizona State

22 Iowa State

23 Michigan State

24 Florida State

25 Miami Florida

 

PURDUE’S EDWARDS NAMED TO COUSY FINALIST LIST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue guard Carsen Edwards has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award given to the nation’s top point guard, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today. Purdue, which is tied atop the Big Ten standings at 9-2 and boasts a 16-6 overall record, has won seven straight games and has moved back in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. Edwards, a junior from Atascocita, Texas, and the 2018 Jerry West Award winner (nation’s top shooting guard), ranks sixth nationally in scoring at 24.5 points per game while also averaging 3.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. He is also sixth nationally in 3-pointers made with 85, already the seventh most in a season in Purdue history. Edwards has scored in double-figures in 42 straight games while and has moved in the Purdue career top 20 in points with 1,585 points. He is one of four players in school history to have at least 1,500 points by the end of his respective junior season (Glenn Robinson, Rick Mount, Russell Cross). Edwards is on pace to become just the second Big Ten player in the last 27 years to average 24.0 points and 3.0 assists per game (Michigan State’s Shawn Respert in 1994-95). Edwards is seventh nationally among juniors in career points (1,585 points) and third among major-college players. His seven career 30-point games are the sixth most in Purdue history. Edwards and the Boilermakers will host Nebraska on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET. The game is sold out and will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

 

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

  • Big Ten action this week gets underway on Monday with Penn State traveling to Northwestern for an 8 p.m., tip on FS1.
  • Of the 76 conference games played, 54 percent (41 games) have been decided by 10 points or fewer including 10 games separated by one possession. Home teams are winning 64 percent of Big Ten conference games, with a record of 47-27.
  • Big Ten programs are playing a 20-game conference schedule for the first time this season. Each team will play seven opponents both home and away and six teams once. The 2019 Big Ten Tournament will be held from March 13-17 at the United Center in Chicago for the 10th time in conference history, equaling the number of events also held in Indianapolis.
  • Non-conference play is wrapped up for Big Ten schools as the conference’s 14 programs compiled a 121-30 overall record in non-conference games for a 79.1 win percentage. The Big Ten totaled 33 wins against power conference opponents.
  • Six different Big Ten programs are ranked in either the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll this week: Michigan (No. 7 AP/No. 7 USAT), Michigan State (No. 9/11), Purdue (No. 15/15), Wisconsin (No. 19/19), Iowa (No. 20/20) and Maryland (No. 24/RV). During the 2018-19 season, nine different Big Ten programs have been ranked in the Top 25.
  • For a seven-week span from Nov. 19-Dec. 31, at least six Big Ten programs were ranked in each poll. A season-best eight Big Ten teams were ranked in the Dec. 3 USA Today/Coaches Poll. Seven teams were ranked in the AP Poll in four different weeks (most recently Dec. 31), the most for the Big Ten since the 1998-99 season.
  • Michigan (20-2, 9-2) began the year with its best start in program history (17-0), surpassing 16-0 starts in 2012-13 and 1985- 86. It was the best start to a season for a Big Ten program since Ohio State started 2010-11 at 24-0. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten and rank second in the nation in scoring defense (57.0 ppg) and stand second in fewest turnovers per game (9.5).
  • Michigan State (18-4, 9-2) ranks in the Top 5 nationally in several categories: assists per game (20.1/first), field goal percentage defense (36.8/third), blocks per game (6.1/third), rebounds per game (42.8/fourth) and rebound margin (+9.5/ fifth). Junior guard Cassius Winston is fifth nationally with a Big Ten-best 7.6 assists per game.
  • Purdue (16-6, 9-2) has won seven games in a row to move into a tie for first place in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have won 13 consecutive home games and are 38-4 vs. Big Ten opponents at home since the start of the 2014-15 season. Overall, Purdue is 59-4 since the start of the 2015-16 season at Mackey Arena – the second-best winning percentage in America (Kentucky; 60-4). Junior guard Carsen Edwards earned his fifth career Big Ten Player of Week honor on Monday after averaging 27.5 ppg in a pair of Boilermaker wins last week. He is fifth in the nation in scoring, with a Big Ten-best 24.5 ppg. • Wisconsin (16-6, 8-3) is led by senior Ethan Happ, who is the only player in the nation with multiple triple-doubles this season. Happ is averaging 18.5 ppg (fifth in Big Ten), 10.3 rpg (second) and 5.1 apg (third). Happ is the only individual in the Big Ten to rank among the Top 5 in those stats. No college player has posted season averages of 17.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists dating back to at least the 1996-97 season. With 1,102 career rebounds, Happ stands fifth in Big Ten history.
  • Maryland (17-6, 8-4) is 5-0 in home Big Ten games this season. Sophomore forward Bruno Fernando is seventh in the nation in field goal percentage (66.5%) and has 14 double-doubles, tied for the fifth-most in the nation. .
  • Iowa (17-5, 6-5) beat a Top 5 opponent (No. 5 Michigan) for the first time since Jan. 2016, last Friday. Freshman Joe Wieskamp was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday for the second time this season after tallying 16 points, seven rebounds and five steals in the win. Iowa posted an 11-0 mark in non-conference play including winning the championship of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.
  • Minnesota (16-6, 6-5) senior Jordan Murphy is second in career rebounds in the Big Ten (1,170) behind Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas (1,411) and is the second-leading active rebounder in the nation. Murphy is fourth nationally in rebounds per game with a Big Ten-best 11.8 rpg. He is second in the NCAA with 15 double-doubles and holds the Minnesota program record with 59.

 

THIS WEEK

Tue., Feb. 5

*#9/11 Michigan State at Illinois………………………7 p.m. ESPN2

*#7/7 Michigan at Rutgers ………………………………… 8 p.m. BTN

Wed., Feb. 6

*#24/RV Maryland at Nebraska…………………………. 7 p.m. BTN

*#19/19 Wisconsin at Minnesota ……………………….. 9 p.m. BTN

Thu., Feb. 7

*Penn State at Ohio State ………………………………7 p.m. ESPN

*#20/20 Iowa at Indiana…………………………………9 p.m. ESPN2

Sat., Feb. 9

*#19/19 Wisconsin at #7/7 Michigan …………………….Noon FOX

*Minnesota at #9/11 Michigan State………………….2 p.m. ESPN

*Rutgers at Illinois……………………………………………. 4 p.m. BTN

*Nebraska at #15/15 Purdue ………………………… 8:30 p.m. BTN

Sun., Feb. 10

*Ohio State at Indiana ……………………………………… 1 p.m. CBS

*Northwestern at #20/20 Iowa ………………………. 6:30 p.m. BTN

 

THIS WEEK IN THE BIG 10

[ONE // plot thickens at halfway point of men’s basketball slate]

Another week of Big Ten men’s basketball is in the books and the plot has thickenedas the conference slate as reached the halfway point.  Following Michigan’s 65-49 home win over Ohio State on Tuesday, Iowa knocked off the Wolverines 74-59 in Iowa City on Friday, dropping them to 9-2 in Big Ten action. Michigan shares first place with Michigan State, which fell at home in overtime to Indiana, 79-75, in the Spartans’ lone game of the week.  A 73-63 victory at home over Minnesota gave Purdue its seventh straight win and 10thin its last 11 contests overall.  The Boilermakers now share first place with Michigan and Michigan State at 9-2.  Wisconsin follows in the standings at 9-3, having defeated both Maryland and Nebraska on the week. 

[TWO // gophers golden over league-leader rutgers]

A stingy Minnesota defense led the way as the Golden Gophers knocked off first-place No. 17/19 Rutgers, 60-46, Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena in women’s basketball action.  The loss dropped the Scarlet Knights to 9-2 in league action, leaving them in front of Maryland, which captured its fourth-straight win in a 75-57 win over Wisconsin.  The Terrapins are 8-2 in league play, just ahead of Iowa (8-3), which was stunned by Michigan, 90-81, on Friday.  The game was originally scheduled for Thursday night but was postponed due to frigid weather that closed the university for two days.  The Hawkeyes responded with an 81-61 win at Penn State, where Teniya Page scored her 2,000th career point on Sunday. 

[THREE // maryland named unanimous favorite in big ten women’s lacrosse preseason poll]

Maryland was the unanimous choice by the conference coaches as the preseason favorite to claim their fifth consecutive Big Ten championship in 2019. The Terrapins were followed in the preseason poll by Northwestern in second and Penn State in third. Johns Hopkins followed at fourth and Michigan was tabbed at No. 5. Ohio State was picked sixth and Rutgers rounded out the poll at No. 7. All seven head coaches voted in the preseason poll and selected three players from their own teams to a preseason honors list.  Maryland advanced to the national semifinals in 2018 for the 10th straight season and earned its fourth Big Ten title. The Terrapins defeated Penn State for their third consecutive Big Ten Tournament title a season ago.  The Preseason to Watch List features 21 standouts from all seven schools, including the 2018 Big Ten Defender of the Year, Maryland’s Julia Braig and the 2018 Goaltender of the Year, Maryland’s Megan Taylor. Eight 2018 All-Big honorees were selected to the Preseason list. 

[FOUR // trio of women’s lacrosse teams ranked nationally]

Three Big Ten women’s lacrosse teams are ranked in the Inside Lacrosse preseason media poll.   Maryland leads the Big Ten at No. 2, followed by No. 7 Northwestern and No. 10 Penn State.  

[FIVE // johns hopkins voted preseason favorite in men’s lacrosse]

For the first time since 2016, Johns Hopkins was selected as the preseason favorite to claim the men’s lacrosse Big Ten Championship in the preseason coaches’ poll. All six conference head coaches also selected three students from their own teams as preseason honorees. The Blue Jays were followed in the preseason poll by Maryland in second, Penn State in third, Ohio State and Rutgers in fourth and Michigan in sixth.  The Preseason to Watch List features 18 standouts from all six schools, including the 2018 Big Ten Specialist of the Year, Penn State’s Gerard Arceri. Three 2018 first-team All-Big honorees, Maryland’s Jared Bernhardt, Ohio State’s Ryan Terefenko and Penn State’s Arceri, were selected to the Preseason list, as well as five 2018 second-team All-Big Ten selections. 

[SIX // six big ten men’s lacrosse teams ranked in national preseason polls]

Six Big Ten men’s lacrosse teams are ranked among the top 20 of the Inside Lacrosse and United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) preseason polls.  The Inside Lacrosse media polls lists Maryland at No. 3, followed by Johns Hopkins at No. 7 and Penn State at No. 9. Rutgers is ranked No. 12 in the preseason poll, Ohio State is No. 16 and Michigan rounds out the list at No. 20. The USILA poll ranks the Terps at No. 3, the Blue Jays at No. 7 and the Nittany Lions at No. 9. The Scarlet Knights grabbed the 12th spot and the Buckeyes earned No. 15. Michigan is receiving votes.   

[SEVEN // let the lacrosse begin]

With Big Ten preseason favorite Johns Hopkins in exhibition action at Marquette over the weekend, four other league teams officially opened their 2019 seasons, including Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.  The Terrapins notched an 11-6 home victory over Bucknell, while the Buckeyes edged Cleveland State, 12-9.  Penn State bested Villanova 17-7 and Rutgers stopped Lafayette, 14-8. 

[EIGHT // six softball teams ranked in preseason]

Six Big Ten schools are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason polls released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and USA Softball on Tuesday.  Reigning Big Ten Champion Michigan leads the Big Ten contingent in the preseason rankings, standing No. 14 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and No. 19 in the USA Today/NFCA poll. Three-time defending Big Ten Tournament champion Minnesota is also appearing in the top 25 of both rankings, ranking 21st in the USA Today/NFCA poll and appearing at No. 23 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.  Ohio State earned a No. 24 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and is receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA poll.  Northwestern is receiving votes in both preseason polls, while Nebraska and Wisconsin earned votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball balloting. 

[NINE // registration open for btn big 10k]

Registration is now open for the BTN Big 10K, the summer race that turns Chicago into a Big Ten tailgate party. The eighth annual BTN Big 10K and 5K takes place on Sunday, Aug. 11, with a course navigating city streets and a start and finish in Grant Park along Chicago’s picturesque lakefront.  Registration begins at $55 for adults for the 10K and $40 for the 5K. For children 12 and under, registration is $25 for the 5K. For all additional information on the BTN Big 10K, visit www.BTNBig10K.com or Facebook. Those who register will also receive a school-specific technical race shirt, available in each of the 14 Big Ten school colors, as well as a general BTN Big 10K option. 

[TEN // former wolverine makes history in super bowl]

Finally this week, former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady continued his Super Bowl dominance, winning an NFL record sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday as he led the New England Patriots to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  Brady’s sixth Super Bowl title in nine appearances breaks a tie with Charles Haley for the most championships won in a career; Haley won two as a member of the San Francisco 49ers and three with the Dallas Cowboys.  Brady now owns Super Bowl records in appearances (9), titles won (6), MVP awards (4), passes attempted (392), passes completed (256), passing yards (2,838) and touchdown passes.  In addition to Brady, 10 other standouts from Big Ten programs played key roles in the Patriots’ victory Sunday.

 

Tennessee remains at No. 1, top 4 unchanged in AP Top 25

Tennessee had a couple of shaky moments after earning its first No. 1 ranking in 11 years. The Volunteers are sure rolling now.

Coming off decisive wins over South Carolina and Texas A&M, Tennessee remained atop The Associated Press men’s basketball poll for the third straight week.

The Vols received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday . No. 2 Duke had 12 first-place votes and No. 3 Virginia four. Gonzaga and Kentucky rounded out the top 5.

“These guys have worked hard,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said after the Texas A&M game. “They’ve really become a team. If you could’ve been in the huddle the last seven minutes, I didn’t have to say a word. “

Tennessee (20-1, 8-0 SEC) struggled against Vanderbilt in its first game at No. 1 and got off to a slow start against West Virginia . The Vols stomped on the Gamecocks and Aggies by a combined 39 points to break a century-old school record with their 16th straight win.

Tennessee plays Missouri and Florida this week.

“We have a long way to go,” junior forward guard Grant Williams said. “We have a long season ahead of us. It’s nice to set that record but we want more. We can’t ever settle because if we settle or we start thinking that’s all we want, we’re going to drop to teams left and right.”

While the top four remained the same, the top 10 became jumbled after Michigan and Michigan State lost.

The Wolverines, still undefeated two weeks ago, dropped two spots to No. 7 after losing to Iowa . The Spartans fell three spots to No. 9 following a loss to Indiana , which had lost its previous seven games. Michigan State learned last week that guard Joshua Langford would not return this season because of a knee injury.

No. 5 Kentucky, No. 6 Nevada and No. 8 North Carolina all moved up because of the losses.

WOLFPACK BOUNCED

A pair of losses and an epically bad shooting night bounced North Carolina State from No. 23 to out of the poll without receiving a single vote.

The Wolfpack opened the week with an overtime loss to Virginia, then fell flat in a loss to No. 10 Virginia Tech.

One of the ACC’s top offenses, N.C. State was held to 24 total points, the worst output by an ACC team since the shot clock began in the 1985-86 season.

The Wolfpack made nine shots while shooting 16.7 percent, lowest in the history of a league founded in 1953.

Mississippi State was the only other team to drop from the poll, falling out from No. 22 after losing to Alabama.

BEARCATS RISE

Cincinnati has been on a roll lately, stretching its winning streak to seven games with a 73-68 victory over SMU on Saturday.

The Bearcats were rewarded with a spot in Monday’s poll at No. 25. It is Cincinnati’s first ranking since ending the 2017-18 season at No. 6.

Mick Cronin’s crew has road games against Memphis and Houston this week.

Iowa was the only other team to move into the poll, re-entering at No. 20 after its win over Michigan.

RISING/FALLING

Wisconsin had the week’s biggest climb, jumping five spots to No. 19 after beating Maryland and Nebraska. No. 17 Iowa State and No. 22 Florida State each moved up three spots.

The biggest drop outside of N.C. State was Buffalo, which dropped five spots.

 

Patriots to celebrate 6th Super Bowl win with Boston parade

The New England Patriots are being feted in Boston after defeating the Los Angeles Rams to claim their sixth Super Bowl title.

The parade kicks off Tuesday morning at the Hynes Convention Center. It will rumble roughly 2 miles (3 kilometers) past the Boston Common and other landmarks before ending at City Hall.

As is tradition, the team will ride on World War II-era amphibious vehicles. But there won’t be a post-parade rally where Tom Brady and other players speak as in previous years.

Officials still anticipate more than a million attendees. Weather is expected to be unseasonably warm with temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).

Mayor Marty Walsh warns fans not to throw anything at the team. Errant beer cans marred the Red Sox championship parade last year.

 

With wait over, Bengals hire Zac Taylor as coach

The Bengals have hired Zac Taylor as their coach, heading in different direction after failing to get a playoff win during Marvin Lewis’ 16 seasons.

They targeted the Rams quarterbacks coach as Lewis’ replacement, but weren’t able to close a deal until LA’s season ended with a 13-3 loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday night.

After three straight losing seasons and 28 years without a playoff victory, Cincinnati has decided to join the wave – turning to a young, offensive-minded coach.

They and the Dolphins were the last two teams waiting to hire new coaches. Miami was expected to hire the Patriots’ Brian Flores on Monday.

 

Dolphins expected to introduce Brian Flores of Pats as coach

 Hours after his team won the Super Bowl, New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores was expected in South Florida to seal a deal and become the Miami Dolphins’ head coach.

The Dolphins called a news conference for Monday for the anticipated introduction of the man who helped the Patriots shut down the high-scoring Los Angeles Rams with a 13-3 victory in the title game .

Flores was the first person the Dolphins interviewed after they fired coach Adam Gase on Dec. 31. They decided on Jan. 11 to offer the job to Flores, the Patriots’ defensive play-caller, but had to wait until New England’s season ended to complete an agreement.

While preparing for the Super Bowl, Flores also began to hire a Miami staff. The group is expected to include former Colts and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell as assistant head coach, Patriots receivers coach Chad O’Shea as offensive coordinator and Packers assistant Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator.

The 37-year-old Flores, the son of Honduran immigrants, grew up in Brooklyn and has spent his entire coaching career with the Patriots. He joined them in 2004 and became their de facto defensive coordinator a year ago after Matt Patricia left to join the Lions as their head coach.

Flores, a former Boston College linebacker, also coached offense and special teams with New England. He has a long relationship with Miami general manager Chris Grier, who took charge of football operations in the recent organizational shake-up.

Both started as scouts for the Patriots, the Dolphins’ longtime nemeses in the AFC East. Flores will report to Grier under the team’s new, more streamlined leadership structure.

Flores becomes Miami’s 10th head coach since 2004, including three interim coaches. He’s leaving a team that won its sixth Super Bowl since 2002 to join a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game since 2000 and plans to rebuild after another dismal season.

The Dolphins went 7-9 in 2018 to miss the playoffs for the 15th time in 17 years. They allowed 6,257 yards, the most in franchise history, and the offense was also among the league’s worst, finishing ranked 31st.

 

McMahon shoots No. 16 Cardinals past No. 11 Hokies, 72-64

 Ryan McMahon knows No. 16 Louisville’s offense is likely to change, and quickly, when he makes a 3-pointer.

How quickly?

“The next possession,” he said Monday night after scoring 12 points in a span of 83 seconds in the second half as the Cardinals used a 14-3 run to pull away and beat No. 11 Virginia Tech 72-64 on Monday night. “(Christen Cunningham) and (Dwayne Sutton), they do a great job just when I hit one they keep going back to me until the well is dry.”

McMahon had scored just three points when he made three free throws with 11:53 to play. He then added three 3-pointers, the last with 10:30 left after a 3 by Ty Outlaw for the Hokies, to bolster the Cardinals (17-6, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). It is Louisville’s 15th consecutive victory in the series.

“He does it in practice all the time, so it’s not really a surprise when he makes one or two. You know the next one is going to go in and the next one,” said Jordan Nwora, who along with Sutton added 15 points.

McMahon finished with 17 points, his second-highest total of the season.

“For Ryan to do what he did there in the middle of the second half just took some wind out of their sails,” coach Chris Mack said

Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored 21 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker 17 for the Hokies (18-4, 7-3), who lost for the first time in 12 home games. Virginia Tech has not beaten its old Metro Conference rival since Feb. 13, 1991.

The Hokies were coming off a record-setting game in which they allowed just nine field goals and 24 points in a 47-24 victory against then-No. 23 North Carolina State, but McMahon accounted for half that total with his blistering second-half display.

 

WBB: Women’s basketball fall to HCAC rival Manchester

(EC RELEASE)

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Earlham College women’s basketball suffered a road lost to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Manchester University, 68-56, in a rare Monday night rescheduled game at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena

Senior Makayla McFarland set the tone for the night, striking first for the Quakers by knocking down a three and stepping into the role of offensive leader which she would maintain throughout this contest. For the rest of the first quarter both teams shot well, especially Earlham who went 50 percent from behind the three-point arc.

Earlham fell behind in the second quarter after being held to 28.6 percent (4-of-14) shooting, while Manchester connected at a 33.3 percent (6-of-18) clip including two three-pointers. Earlham ended the half down, 34-25.

In the third quarter, the Quakers regained their shooting touch, but Manchester had an answer for every Earlham point allowing the Spartans to hold their lead.

The Quakers tried to fight back within striking distance in the fourth quarter, but they were unable to overcome the 14-point deficit heading into the final 10 minutes.

McFarland led the charge offensively for the Quakers scoring 17 points, with six rebounds and three steals. Junior guard Camryn White was not far behind with 13 points, four rebounds and one assist.

Sophomore guard Acacia Tenette once again anchored the defense with a team-leading nine rebounds, four assists, and five steals.

Women’s basketball will be looking to capitalize on their home court advantage in their next matchup with Hanover College on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Tipoff will be at 7:30 p.m.

 

Collison lifts Pacers over Pelicans, 109-107

Darren Collison came through with the kind of late-game heroics fans in New Orleans hoped to see when they welcomed him to the Big Easy as a 2009 first-round draft choice.

All the more reason for the Indiana Pacers to be glad Collison plays for them now.

Collison scored 22 points, highlighted by his 3-pointer and 20-foot jumper over 6-foot-11 center Jahlil Okafor during the final two minutes, and the Pacers held off the depleted Pelicans 109-107 on Monday night.

“It’s always good memories of when I first got drafted,” Collison said. “And coming back here, you always want to have a good game against the team that drafted you.”

Pacers coach Nate McMillan said his team might need Collison to play that way all the time, now that leading scorer Victor Oladipo is out for the remainder of the season following recent knee surgery.

Collison “is capable of doing that,” McMillan said. “He made some big shots tonight and he is the guy we’ve gone to as far as late in games, putting the ball in his hands.”

Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Myles Turner added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who won their second straight.

The Pelicans had the ball, down 109-106, in the final seconds after Indiana guard Aaron Holiday was called for an offensive foul. But just before Jrue Holiday started to pull up for a 3-pointer, Pacers guard Corey Joseph astutely committed a reach-in foul, putting the Pelicans’ guard on the foul line for just two free throws with two seconds left.

Holiday made the first and purposely missed the second, but the Pelicans were unable to get the rebound they needed in order to attempt a tying shot.

 

Giannis, NBA-best Bucks beat cold-shooting Nets 113-94

They already had the NBA’s best record, so Giannis Antetokounmpo knew the Bucks were a good team.

A powerful finish to a five-game road trip showed him they might be even better than that.

“To finish our road trip with four wins in a row says a lot about this team and how great it can be,” Antetokounmpo said.

Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and Milwaukee beat the cold-shooting Brooklyn Nets 113-94 on Monday night.

The injury-depleted Nets missed 19 of their first 20 3-point attempts, making it another easy night for the team with the league’s top record. Brooklyn finished 5 for 42 (11.9 percent) behind the arc and had its nine-game home winning streak snapped.

Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and Eric Bledsoe had 15 for the Bucks, who won their fourth straight – all by double digits – after dropping the first game of the trip in Oklahoma City.

The teams entered with the two best records in the East since Dec. 7, with the Bucks coming in 22-6 and Brooklyn 20-8. But the Nets were minus a lot of the firepower that produced that strong stretch.

“Brooklyn’s really banged up so it’s almost not fair, but for us at the end of a road trip it’s a good win,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points for the Nets, who have been forced to go deep down their roster because of injuries and lost their third in a row.

 

Harden scores 44 points, Rockets beat Suns 118-110

Another 40-point game for James Harden. That makes 20 of them this season.

The reigning MVP scored 44 points and the Houston Rockets beat Phoenix 118-110 on Monday night to hand the Suns their season-worst 11th straight loss.

Harden joined Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Rick Barry as the only players with 20 games of at least 40 points in the first 50 of a season.

Harden, who also had eight rebounds and six assists, extended his streak of games with at least 30 points to 27, third-longest in NBA history. The only longer streaks are 65 and 31 games, both by Chamberlain.

“I’m just trying to keep going. Nothing can slow me down,” Harden said. “Nothing can stop me. I’m trying to give that same motivation to my teammates and it’s not about scoring, it’s about attacking the game, being aggressive with the game of basketball – defensively, offensively. That’s all I can give to them.”

Chris Paul scored 18 and Kenneth Faried had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who were without two starters.

Josh Jackson scored 25 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. 23 and Devin Booker 19 for the Suns. Deandre Ayton added 15 points and 11 boards. Booker left in the fourth quarter with a tight hamstring.

The Suns never led but stayed close through the first half before falling behind by 20 in the third quarter.

 

Pistons pour it on this time, rout Nuggets 129-103

For the second straight game, the Detroit Pistons had a big third-quarter lead at home.

This time, they kept pouring it on.

Andre Drummond scored 14 of his season-high 27 points in the third and the Pistons snapped Denver’s six-game winning streak, beating the Nuggets 129-103 on Monday night.

Detroit blew a 25-point lead in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, but the Pistons never allowed Denver to make much of a run in the second half. Blake Griffin added 17 points for Detroit, and Reggie Jackson scored 14.

“Played with the same energy we had in that Clippers game, but sustained it for the full game,” Drummond said. “That last game really hurt.”

Trey Lyles had 20 points for the Nuggets, who dropped out of a tie with Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference.

Denver was without forward Paul Millsap, sidelined by right ankle soreness, and the Nuggets were also missing Gary Harris (right adductor strain) and Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain). Denver looked sharp early, scoring 36 points in the first quarter, but the Nuggets managed only 19 in the second and trailed 68-55 at halftime.

“Regardless of how many bodies we had, we didn’t defend at all,” coach Michael Malone said. “Andre Drummond completely dominated us all game. He’s an outstanding player, but 14 points and eight rebounds is a really good game for most players, and he had that in the third quarter.”

Drummond’s work was done after three quarters. None of the Pistons’ starters played in the fourth, and the backups extended the lead.

Detroit’s collapse against the Clippers began toward the end of the third, but that didn’t happen this time. The Pistons were up 97-83 after three. Stanley Johnson then opened the fourth with a three-point play and a 3-pointer, and Luke Kennard added a 3 of his own to push the lead to 23.

 

Rebuilding Cavaliers trade F Rodney Hood to Trail Blazers

Rodney Hood made minimal impact on the Cavaliers’ postseason run last season. He’ll get a chance to do more with Portland.

Hood was traded Monday by the Cavaliers, who acquired guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin – and their expiring contracts – along with second-round picks in 2021 and 2023 from the Trail Blazers.

Before the trade could be completed, the Cavaliers needed Hood to agree to the deal because he signed a one-year $3.4 million qualifying offer this summer. The 26-year-old waived his no-trade clause to join the Blazers, who are 32-20 and have the fourth best record in the Western Conference.

Hood will give Portland some more scoring punch and can take some pressure off guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. He is averaging 12.2 points and 2.5 rebounds this season.

The Cavaliers acquired Hood at the trade deadline from Utah last season, and they envisioned him being another scoring option to complement LeBron James and Kevin Love. However, the 6-foot-8 forward never fully fit in with the Cavs, and after starting Cleveland’s first playoff game, he was pulled from the rotation by then-coach Tyronn Lue.

The rebuilding Cavaliers are collecting draft assets following a four-year run to the Finals. It is possible they will deal Alec Burks or J.R. Smith before Thursday’s trade deadline. Stauskas and Baldwin have expiring contracts, which will allow the Cavaliers to clear more salary-cap space to pursue free agents.

Cleveland has added seven draft picks this season in deals for Hood, Kyle Korver, Sam Dekker and George Hill.

To make roster room for Stauskas and Baldwin, the Cavaliers released guard Kobi Simmons from his 10-day contract.

 

Porzingis won’t play for Mavs now; Cuban has long-term view

Kristaps Porzingis won’t play for the Mavericks this season while continuing his recovery from a knee injury after Dallas acquired the 2018 All-Star in a blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Monday he envisions Porzingis forming a Euro star pairing with 19-year-old rookie Luka Doncic for years to come even though the 7-foot-3 Latvian can become a restricted free agent after this season.

Porzingis said the plan all along was to sit out the season. He spoke two days shy of the one-year anniversary of tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a game. At the time, he was considered the cornerstone of the New York franchise.

The Knicks made the seven-player trade last week on the same day they said Porzingis asked to be traded.

Dallas also acquired guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee. New York added point guard Dennis Smith Jr., the ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft, along with guard Wesley Matthews and center DeAndre Jordan.

 

Heat say they’ll retire Chris Bosh’s jersey March 26

Chris Bosh, who had arguably the biggest rebound and assist in Miami Heat history, will have his No. 1 jersey retired by the franchise on March 26.

The Heat made the announcement Monday.

Bosh played parts of six seasons in Miami, before his career was cut short by recurring issues with blood clots. He last played for the Heat in 2016.

Bosh helped Miami reach the NBA Finals four times and win championships in 2012 and 2013. He grabbed a rebound and tossed the ball out to Ray Allen for a game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals against San Antonio, a game that the Heat would win in overtime to force Game 7.

Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal are the other Heat players to have jerseys retired. Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and LeBron James will likely receive the same tribute in the coming years.

 

AP Source: Raiders in talks with Giants over sharing stadium

The Oakland Raiders are in talks with the Giants about playing their home games next season at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Sunday night the two sides are in discussions, but no deal has been reached. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing has been finalized.

NBC Bay Area reported that an announcement of the Raiders’ plans to play in San Francisco will be made this week.

The Raiders are looking for a home for 2019 after the city of Oakland sued the team and the NFL over the planned move to Las Vegas in 2020. The Raiders has no lease for 2019 and owner Mark Davis dropped out of negotiations with Oakland after the suit was filed in December.

The Raiders were still considering Oakland, as well as the possibility of sharing Levi’s Stadium with the San Francisco 49ers. A final decision is needed soon so the NFL can start making its 2019 schedule.

“I think the hope of Mark is to continue to be in the Bay Area with the Raiders’ fans,” commissioner Roger Goodell said at a pre-Super Bowl news conference on Wednesday.

The Raiders are still planning to practice at their facility in Alameda, making staying in the Bay Area the most logical choice.

Davis has always been opposed to sharing the stadium with the 49ers and the legal wrangling with officials in Oakland have soured him on that option, leaving the Giants stadium in San Francisco as his possible preferred choice.

But it doesn’t come without hurdles as the 49ers hold territorial rights to the city and the Raiders would need NFL approval to move there. The stadium would also need some modifications to be able to host NFL games and there would be scheduling issues to work out with the Giants, who have home games scheduled on two of first four Sundays of the upcoming NFL season.

 

Hart dives, saves Flyers to get 8th straight victory

Carter Hart’s incredible stop saved the game and the Flyers’ winning streak.

Hart turned away 41 shots – including a stellar right arm save late in the third period – Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek scored, and Philadelphia beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Monday night for its eighth straight victory.

The Flyers pulled within five points of a playoff spot after having the NHL’s worst record on Jan. 9 – they were 14 points out of a postseason berth during the All-Star break just over a week ago. Philadelphia also became the first NHL expansion club to reach 2,000 victories

Hart, Philadelphia’s 20-year-old rookie, won his seventh straight start with another solid game. His best stop came with 5 1/2 minutes left when he dived with his right arm to block Nikolay Goldobin from a sharp angle on a power play, drawing “CAR-TER! CAR-TER!” chants from the crowd.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than that save,” Flyers interim coach Scott Gordon said. “It’s one of those plays that you’re watching it happen and feeling it’s going in the net. And the next thing you know, everyone on the bench was like, `Wow!'”

Vancouver’s Elias Petterson took a slap shot from the right circle that caromed off teammate Bo Horvat’s skate in front and to a wide-open Goldobin at the side of the net. Hart tracked the puck and lunged to his right with his whole body.

“I just kind of saw the play bounce out to that guy on the side, just dove across and hoped it would hit me and it did,” Hart said.

 

Fan struck in head by batted ball at Dodger game dies

A woman died as a result of being struck in the head by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium last August, according to a coroner’s report obtained by ESPN .

Linda Goldbloom was celebrating her 79th birthday and 59th wedding anniversary to her husband at a game Aug. 25 when a ball hit by a San Diego player traveled over an area protected by netting and struck Goldbloom in the head. She died four days later at L.A. County-USC Medical Center.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s report said trauma from the batted ball was the cause of death.

The Dodgers said in a statement to ESPN they are “deeply saddened” by Goldbloom’s death and the “matter has been resolved between the Dodgers and the Goldbloom family.”

For the first time last season, all 30 major league ballparks had expanded protective netting that reached to at least the far ends of each dugout. The push for expansion increased in 2017 after a series of spectator injuries.

 

COLLEGE TRACK

IU EAST’S MUNDY NAMED RSC MEN’S INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK AGAIN

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — IU East freshman Will Mundy for the second time this year is the

River States Conference Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week. He was selected for

his performance from Jan. 28-Feb. 3.

Mundy, from Portland, Ore., won first place and qualified for NAIA nationals in the

400 meters at the Indiana Wesleyan University Midwest Classic. His time of 49.76

seconds bested 33 other runners and hit the NAIA ‘B’ qualifying standard.

IU East’s next competition is at the RSC Indoor Track & Field Championships on

Friday, Feb. 8 at Tiffin University.

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE GOLF

The Boilermakers climbed three spots on the leaderboard Monday

(PURDUE RELEASE)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Behind standout rounds from senior Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri and junior Micaela Farah the 25th-ranked Purdue women’s golf jumped three spots on the leaderboard to fifth place after two days at the UCF Challenge, hosted by the

Knights at Eagle Creek Golf Club. The Boilermakers shot five-under 283 as a team, marking their second straight day under par, and are tied with No. 10 Kent State, sitting nine strokes off the lead going into the final round.

Both Putri and Farah shot three-under 69 in the second round as Putri made four birdies, including a stellar mark of three under on the front nine, while Farah sank five birdies, including two of her last three holes. Putri finished her first nine holes even par, making birdie on No. 13, but giving the stroke back on No. 15. She rallied as she returned to the front, sinking back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3

and coming in under par on her final hole to move to one under for the tournament and tie for 22nd in the individual standings.

Farah made bogey on her second hole (No. 8), but surged back with birdies on No. 10, No. 13 and No. 18. She dropped back to one under with a bogey on No. 2 but capitalized on No. 4 and No. 6 to finish the day at six-under par for the tournament and tied for fourth place, three strokes shy of the individual leader.

Freshman Danielle du Toit shot a one-under 71 for the second straight day, hitting three birdies on the round to move to two-under par for the tournament and tie for 16th place, while senior Covadonga San Juan turned in the fourth and final team score at two-over 74.

No. 6 Vanderbilt took over the team lead with a second-round score of 11-under par, sitting at 16 under for the tournament and holding a one-stroke lead on Miami, which shot seven-under par Monday. Miami’s Anna Backman holds the individual lead at nine-under par, shooting seven-under 65 Monday and holding a one-stroke lead over

Vanderbilt’s Auston Kim, the younger sister of Boilermaker alumna August Kim.

The Boilermakers open the final round tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8:45 a.m. ET, starting on holes No. 3-6 with Michigan State and Kent State.

 

SPORTS EXTRA:

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY- FEBRUARY 5, 1943

Rugged Jacob La Motta, belting his foe through the ropes for a count of nine in the eighth round, handed Ray (Sugar) Robinson his first defeat in 130 fights by scoring a ten-round decision tonight before a record crowd of 18,930 spectators at Olympia Stadium. Both are New Yorkers. La Motta weighed 160 1/2 for a 16-pound advantage.

In a fistic upset unequaled in many years, La Motta, a 3-to-1 underdog just up from preliminary ranks, gained the unanimous decision of Referee Sam Hennessy and the two judges. Where other foes had been floored or driven back by Robinson’s punching power, La Motta kept wading in, scoring decisive body blows that softened the sugar boy for a tremendous assault in the late rounds. Late in the eighth round, La Motta hammered Robinson with a right to the body and followed with a left to the head that drove the previously undefeated pride of Harlem through the ropes onto the ring apron. The bell rang just as the knockdown timekeeper’s hammer was coming down for ten.

The overflow crowd, the largest indoor turnout in Michigan boxing history, paid $50,000. Of this Robinson drew some $15,000 for a measure of consolation. Referee Hennessy’s scorecard gave five rounds to La Motta, four to Robinson and called one even. Jolting Jacob won the last four by this accounting. Robinson’s first defeat came in his hometown, where he got his first training in the club that sent Joe Louis to the heavyweight title. But there was hardly an outcry against the decision.

At the start Robinson fought the battle according to well-laid plans. He kept dancing away from the rough La Motta who never has hit the deck, but his deadly left was in La Motta’s face repeatedly. La Motta won the second, but the sugar boy piled up points as the fight wore on.

In the seventh, while Robinson was missing the target, La Motta started his grand slam finish. He hammered away with body punches mostly until he connected with the knockdown blow in the eighth. Then Jacob, who never lacks for confidence, waded in to take the ninth. In the tenth he had Robinson backed in a corner and was hitting him with everything he had. The victory squared their personal series at one fight each, Robinson having won a decision last October in New York.

Sugar Ray Robinson won 91 consecutive bouts over eight years after this loss. He relinquished his welterweight title in 1951 to fight Jake La Motta again for the middleweight crown and won on a knockout in the 13th round. Robinson, whose career record was 174-19-6, won the middleweight title five separate times between 1951 and ’60.

 

1893 – Alfred Naess skates world record 500 metre (49.4 seconds).

1919 – National League president John Heydler dismisses charges that Hal Chase bet against his team and threw games in collusion with gamblers.

1921 – New York Yankees purchase 20 acres in the Bronx for Yankee Stadium.

1938 – Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500 metre (41.8 seconds).

1942 – Boston Braves get Tommy Holmes from New York Yankees for Buddy Hassett and Gene Moore.

1945 – Big Racket becomes fastest race horse at 69.6 kph (440 yards in 20.8 seconds).

1948 – Dick Button becomes first US figure skating Olympics champion.

1948 – Gretchen Fraser becomes first US woman Olympics slalom champion.

1949 – Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

1956 – VII Olympic Winter Games close at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

1956 – Louise Suggs win LPGA Havana Golf Open.

1956 – New York Mayor Robert Wagner and Brooklyn Boro President Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a Brooklyn Sports Center Authority, which will propose building a $30 million downtown sports center.

1958 – Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, West Indies versus Pakistan, Port-of-Spain.

1959 – Australia regains the Ashes with a 10-wicket victory at Adelaide.

1969 – Vince Lombardi becomes part owner, vice president, general manager and head coach of Washington Redskins.

1970 – First Test Cricket ton of Barry Richards, 126, 164 balls, 20 fours, 1 six.

1970 – Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa versus Australia, Durban.

1972 – Bob Douglas is elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

1974 – Mats Wermelin, of Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win.

1976 – Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies.

1976 – Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs and Ian Redpath.

1977 – Sugar Ray Leonard beats Luis Vega in six rounds in his first pro fight.

1977 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne.

1977 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner.

1978 – Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free-throws blindfolded.

1980 – 32nd NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-3 at Detroit.

1984 – New Zealand beats England (82 and 93) by an innings in three days.

1984 – Patty Sheehan win LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.

1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes first NBA player to score 38,000 points.

1990 – Notre Dame becomes first team to sell its game to a major network (NBC).

1991 – All American Bowl ends after 14 years.

1991 – Big East Football conference forms.

1991 – Los Angeles Kings’ Dave Taylor becomes 29th NHL player to score 1000 points.

1992 – Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Dilip Vengsarkar.

1992 – Mike Whitney career-best 7-27 at WACA in Test Cricket win versus India.

1995 – NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 41-13.

1995 – Sandra Völker swims female European record 50 metre backstroke (27.77).

1998 – Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record.

1998 – Figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped December 22nd).

2006 – The Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowl XL, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10.

2009 – Undefeated world super-middleweight and light-heavyweight boxing champion Joe Calzaghe of the United Kingdom announces his retirement, with a record of 46 wins from 46 fights.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1930 The Reds select Leo Durocher (.246, 0, 32) off waivers. The 24 year-old shortstop, an unpopular player in the Yankees clubhouse, falls out of favor in New York after a salary dispute with Ed Barrow, the club’s general manager.

1931 Hack Wilson, who set National League records last season when he drove in 191 runs and hit 56 home runs, a mark since surpassed in 1998 by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, signs for $35,000. The 31 year-old Cub outfielder’s 1930 RBI total remains one of the game’s most enduring records.

1934 A day before Babe Ruth’s 39th birthday, future all-time home run leader Hammerin’ Hank Aaron is born in Mobile, Alabama. The slugger, who will finish his career hitting 755 home runs playing for the Braves and Brewers, will surpass the ‘Bambino’s’ record of 714 home runs in 1974, after receiving much hate mail from people who did not want to see a black man break baseball’s hallowed mark.

1951 California governor Earl Warren denies the rumor that he is being considered to be baseball’s next commissioner. The former vice-presidential candidate, who was Thomas Dewey’s running mate on the Republican ticket in the last election, will be confirmed as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States in 1954.

1977 The Cubs deal southpaw Darold Knowles to the Rangers for a player to be named later and cash. The left-hander will post a 5-2 record for Texas, and outfielder Gene Clines, made part of the trade ten days later, will help his new club, batting a respectable .293 playing in 101 games for Chicago.

1983 The Royals trade minor league prospect Cecil Fielder to the Blue Jays for 32 year-old outfielder Leon Roberts, who will retire after having two mediocre seasons in Kansas City. ‘Big Daddy’ will go on to enjoy several MVP-caliber seasons during his 13-year tenure in the major leagues, having his best years playing for the Tigers.

1999 Major league baseball will honor each league’s best hitter with an award named after Hank Aaron. The all-time home run king learns about the honor on his 65th birthday at an event which includes President Bill Clinton, Ernie Banks, and Reggie Jackson.

2002 Luis Arroyo is inducted into the Latin American Baseball Hall of Fame Museum. The Puerto Rican reliever, who made the National League All-Star squad as a rookie with the Cardinals in 1955, had an eight-year career mark of 40-32, saving 36 games with a 3.93 ERA, is best remembered for his 1961 season with the Yankees (15-5, 29 saves).

2002 Baseball announces the withdrawal of its plan for contraction this upcoming season, but the sport is still determined to eliminate two teams in 2003. Attempts to contract the Twins and Expos this season could not be accomplished, due to a series of legal decisions and fierce opposition from the Players Association.

2002 Troy Percival’s seven-year tenure with Anaheim, which is the longest on the current roster, will increase when the All-Star reliever signs a two-year contract extension to stay with the club. The 32 year-old right-hander, who is the Angels’ all-time leader with 210 career saves, converted 39 of 42 save opportunities last season.

2002 The Astros file a motion in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, asking the court to determine whether the 30-year naming agreement with Enron signed in 1999 should continue. The team does not want to call its stadium Enron Field any longer, due to the financial burden placed on many Houston-area residents caused by the bankrupt energy company’s business practices.

2008 Alex Rios (.297, 24, 85) and the Blue Jays agree on a $4,835,000, one-year deal which includes a $3.5 million signing bonus with a base salary of $1,335,000. The 26 year-old All-Star outfielder will not become eligible for free agency until the end of the 2010 season.

2008 Freddie Sanchez signs an $11 million, two-year contract to continue to play second base for the Pirates. The 2006 National League batting champ could add another $8 million in 2010 if the Bucs exercise their option to retain his services.

2008 Scott Podsednik (.243, 2, 11) agrees to a minor league contract with the Rockies. Best known for his role in the 2005 White Sox World Championship, the speedy 31 year-old outfielder has been slowed down with injuries during the past two seasons.

2008 Dave Bush (12-10, 5.12), vying to stay in the starting rotation, signs a $2.55 million, one-year deal to pitch for the Brewers. The durable 28 year-old right-hander, who made at least 31 starts each of the previous two seasons, will make an additional $50,000 as part of the arbitration agreement if he pitches 210 innings.

2009 In an arrangement similar to last year, Odalis Perez and the Nationals agree to a non-guaranteed minor league deal which will reward the southpaw with an $850,000 major league contract if he makes the club this season during spring training. The left-hander made 30 starts for Washington a year ago, posting a 7-12 record with a 4.34 ERA for the last-place team.

2009 Joseph Reaves, Dodgers director of international relations, announces the May 16 regular-season game between the Mexico City Diablos Rojos and the Monterrey Sultanes will be played at Dodger Stadium. The contest between the two most storied franchises south of the border marks the first time a Mexican League game has played in the City of Angels.

2010 The Twins and former L.A. infielder Orlando Hudson (.283, 9, 62) agree to a $5 million, one-year contract. The 32 year-old free-agent second baseman, known as O-Dog, is expected to bat second in the Minnesota lineup, hitting between leadoff man Denard Span and AL MVP Joe Mauer.

2010 The ball Alex Rodriguez hit for his 500th home run is sold at an auction for $103,579 to an anonymous bidder. The historic horsehide, which left field cleared the wall at Yankee Stadium on August 4, 2007, was recovered by 6-foot-4-inch Walter Kowalczyk, a Rutgers University student who used his 250-pound frame to protect his prized possession from the scrum of souvenir seekers.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1889 – Birth of Elias Henry “Patsy” Hendren; cricket player (prolific England bat of 1920s).

1889 – Birth of Ernest Tyldesley; cricket player (first Lancastrian to score 100 100’s).

1891 – Birth of Elizabeth Ryan in Anaheim, California, USA; doubles tennis champion (six-time Wimbledon).

1903 – Birth of Joan Whitney Payson; owner of New York Mets and horse stables.

1934 – Birth of Don Cherry in Ontario, Canada; sports commentator (Hockey Night in Canada).

1934 – Birth of Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron Junior in Mobile, Alabama, USA; baseball player (record 755 home runs, 1957 National League Most Valuable Player).

1937 – Birth of Gaston Roelants in Belgium; world cross-country champion.

1939 – Birth of Brian Luckhurst; cricket player (England opener of 1960s and early 1970s).

1942 – Birth of Roger Staubach; NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys).

1943 – Birth of Craig Morton in Flint, Michigan, USA; NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos).

1957 – Birth of Craig Wilson in Beeville, Texas, USA; water polo goalie (Olympics-silver-1984, 1988).

1959 – Birth of Glenn Dubis in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; 3×40 rifle (Olympics-1984, 1988, 1996).

1960 – Birth of Jane Geddes in Huntington, New York, USA; LPGA golfer (1987 Women’s Kemper Open).

1965 – Birth of Ben Lee in Rangoon, Burma; US badminton player (Olympics-1992).

1965 – Birth of James David McGovern in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA; PGA golfer (1993 Shell Houston Open).

1968 – Birth of Roberto Alomar in Salinas, Puerto Rico; infielder (Baltimore Orioles).

1968 – Birth of Will Furrer; NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Saint Louis Rams).

1970 – Birth of Darren Lehmann; cricket player (South Africa and Victoria LHB Australian ODI 1996).

1970 – Birth of Forey Duckett; NFL/WLAF cornerback/safety (New Orleans Saints, Scottish Claymores).

1971 – Birth of Dennis Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; 125.5 pounds greco-roman wrestler (Olympics-silver-1992, 1996).

1971 – Birth of Dianne Norman in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada; basketball forward (Olympics-1996).

1971 – Birth of Peter “Chip” Cipollone in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA; rower (Olympics-1996).

1972 – Birth of Chris Bailey; ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics-1998).

1972 – Birth of Tony Johnson; tight end (New Orleans Saints).

1973 – Birth of Israel Raybon; defensive end (Carolina Panthers).

1973 – Birth of Laura Espinoza-Watson in Torrance, California, USA; infielder (Silver Bullets).

1973 – Birth of Richard Matvichuk in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada; NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars).

1974 – Birth of Adrienne Johnson; WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers).

1975 – Birth of Giovanni van Bronckhorst; Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord).

1975 – Birth of Jan l’Ami; Dutch soccer player (Willem II).

1976 – Birth of Nancy Feber in Antwerp, Belgium; tennis star (1995 Puerto Rico).

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 39 13 .750 22-4 17-9 9-1 27-7 9-1 4 W
Toronto 38 16 .704 2.0 22-5 16-11 5-4 22-10 6-4 1 W
Boston 34 19 .642 5.5 22-6 12-13 9-3 24-10 9-1 4 W
Indiana 34 19 .642 5.5 18-7 16-12 7-2 25-10 5-5 2 W
Philadelphia 34 19 .642 5.5 21-5 13-14 5-6 20-13 7-3 1 L
Brooklyn 28 27 .509 12.5 16-12 12-15 7-5 20-15 6-4 3 L
Charlotte 26 26 .500 13.0 19-8 7-18 6-2 19-15 7-3 2 W
Miami 24 27 .471 14.5 11-16 13-11 3-8 14-19 3-7 3 L

Detroit 23 29 .442 16.0 15-13 8-16 4-5 14-18 5-5 1 W
10 Washington 22 31 .415 17.5 16-11 6-20 6-5 15-20 4-6 2 L
11 Orlando 22 31 .415 17.5 14-15 8-16 4-5 16-15 3-7 2 W
12 Atlanta 18 35 .340 21.5 8-13 10-22 6-5 12-23 5-5 2 W
13 Chicago 12 41 .226 27.5 5-20 7-21 3-8 9-23 2-8 1 L
14 Cleveland 11 42 .208 28.5 6-20 5-22 2-9 9-25 3-7 1 L
15 New York 10 42 .192 29.0 4-20 6-22 2-10 6-29 0-10 13 L
Western Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Golden State 37 15 .712 19-7 18-8 9-2 22-10 9-1 1 W
Denver 37 16 .698 0.5 23-4 14-12 7-1 23-10 8-2 1 L
Oklahoma City 33 19 .635 4.0 17-7 16-12 4-4 18-14 7-3 1 L
Portland 32 20 .615 5.0 22-7 10-13 4-7 18-17 7-3 3 W
Houston 31 22 .585 6.5 19-8 12-14 6-5 19-14 6-4 2 W
San Antonio 32 23 .582 6.5 22-7 10-16 7-5 23-16 7-3 1 L
Utah 30 24 .556 8.0 16-10 14-14 5-6 17-15 7-3 1 L
LA Clippers 29 25 .537 9.0 15-12 14-13 8-3 19-17 5-5 1 L

Sacramento 28 25 .528 9.5 17-10 11-15 2-9 15-19 6-4 3 W
10 LA Lakers 27 26 .509 10.5 16-12 11-14 7-4 19-18 4-6 1 L
11 Minnesota 25 27 .481 12.0 17-10 8-17 4-6 15-20 5-5 1 L
12 Dallas 24 28 .462 13.0 18-7 6-21 3-5 13-19 4-6 1 W
13 New Orleans 23 31 .426 15.0 15-10 8-21 7-6 14-20 2-8 3 L
14 Memphis 21 33 .389 17.0 12-14 9-19 4-6 13-19 2-8 1 W
15 Phoenix 11 44 .200 27.5 7-21 4-23 1-9 7-27 0-10 11 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Tampa Bay Lightning 52 39 11 2 80 35 205 146 20-5-0 19-6-2 7-3-0
New York Islanders 51 30 15 6 66 28 151 125 15-7-4 15-8-2 7-1-2
Toronto Maple Leafs 52 32 17 3 67 32 185 146 16-11-1 16-6-2 5-4-1
Montreal Canadiens 53 29 18 6 64 27 160 155 15-10-3 14-8-3 7-2-1
Pittsburgh Penguins 52 28 18 6 62 27 183 160 15-9-2 13-9-4 5-5-0
Washington Capitals 52 28 18 6 62 25 175 166 14-9-4 14-9-2 2-6-2
Boston Bruins 52 28 17 7 63 27 149 135 17-7-3 11-10-4 4-3-3
Columbus Blue Jackets 51 28 20 3 59 28 163 159 14-11-2 14-9-1 4-6-0

Buffalo Sabres 51 25 20 6 56 22 148 156 14-7-3 11-13-3 3-7-0
10 Carolina Hurricanes 52 25 21 6 56 24 148 155 14-9-4 11-12-2 5-4-1
11 Philadelphia Flyers 53 24 23 6 54 22 153 177 13-10-3 11-13-3 9-1-0
12 New York Rangers 52 22 22 8 52 17 148 175 13-8-6 9-14-2 5-4-1
13 Florida Panthers 50 21 21 8 50 19 156 175 11-7-5 10-14-3 4-5-1
14 Detroit Red Wings 53 21 25 7 49 19 150 174 11-12-4 10-13-3 5-5-0
15 New Jersey Devils 51 20 24 7 47 19 152 173 13-7-4 7-17-3 4-6-0
16 Ottawa Senators 52 19 28 5 43 19 159 194 12-11-4 7-17-1 4-6-0
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Calgary Flames 53 34 14 5 73 34 197 152 17-4-5 17-10-0 8-1-1
Winnipeg Jets 52 34 16 2 70 32 185 146 20-6-2 14-10-0 7-3-0
San Jose Sharks 53 30 16 7 67 30 190 169 18-4-4 12-12-3 7-3-0
Nashville Predators 54 31 19 4 66 30 166 139 16-10-0 15-9-4 5-4-1
Vegas Golden Knights 54 29 21 4 62 28 160 148 16-6-3 13-15-1 4-6-0
Dallas Stars 53 28 21 4 60 28 138 134 18-8-2 10-13-2 6-4-0
Minnesota Wild 52 26 22 4 56 25 146 149 13-9-4 13-13-0 5-4-1
Vancouver Canucks 53 24 23 6 54 23 153 164 12-10-3 12-13-3 4-4-2

Colorado Avalanche 51 22 21 8 52 22 170 167 10-9-5 12-12-3 3-7-0
10 St. Louis Blues 50 23 22 5 51 23 143 151 12-13-2 11-9-3 6-3-1
11 Arizona Coyotes 52 23 24 5 51 21 138 150 9-12-3 14-12-2 5-3-2
12 Edmonton Oilers 52 23 24 5 51 20 151 172 12-13-1 11-11-4 3-5-2
13 Anaheim Ducks 53 21 23 9 51 18 124 168 10-8-8 11-15-1 2-6-2
14 Chicago Blackhawks 53 20 24 9 49 19 167 196 10-10-6 10-14-3 5-3-2
15 Los Angeles Kings 52 21 27 4 46 20 120 157 12-13-1 9-14-3 5-4-1

 

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Big Ten
Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
Michigan 9-2 .818 6-0 3-2 20-2 .909 14-0 4-2 2-0 4-0
Michigan State 9-2 .818 4-1 5-1 18-4 .818 10-1 6-2 2-1 5-1
15 Purdue 9-2 .818 6-0 3-2 16-6 .727 11-0 3-4 2-2 4-4
19 Wisconsin 8-3 .727 4-2 4-1 16-6 .727 9-2 5-3 2-1 3-2
24 Maryland 8-4 .667 5-0 3-3 17-6 .739 12-2 4-3 1-1 2-3
20 Iowa 6-5 .545 4-2 2-3 17-5 .773 12-2 2-3 3-0 4-3
Minnesota 6-5 .545 5-1 1-4 16-6 .727 11-1 1-5 4-0 3-3
Ohio State 4-6 .400 2-3 2-3 14-7 .667 9-4 4-3 1-0 0-3
Indiana 4-7 .364 2-2 2-5 13-9 .591 10-2 2-7 1-0 2-3
Rutgers 4-7 .364 3-3 1-4 11-10 .524 9-4 2-6 0-0 1-2
Nebraska 3-8 .273 2-3 1-5 13-9 .591 9-3 2-5 2-1 1-3
Northwestern 3-8 .273 2-3 1-5 12-10 .545 9-4 1-5 2-1 0-4
Illinois 3-8 .273 2-3 0-5 7-15 .318 6-5 0-6 1-4 1-5
Penn State 1-10 .091 0-6 1-4 8-14 .364 5-6 2-6 1-2 1-6

 

BIG 10 WOMEN

Big Ten
Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
10 Maryland 9-2 .818 4-1 5-1 20-2 .909 10-1 8-1 2-0 1-1
20 Rutgers 9-2 .818 5-0 4-2 17-5 .773 11-0 5-3 1-2 2-1
16 Iowa 8-3 .727 5-0 3-3 17-5 .773 11-0 5-4 1-1 3-2
Northwestern 7-4 .636 4-2 3-2 14-8 .636 8-4 5-3 1-1 3-2
23 Michigan State 6-4 .600 5-0 1-4 16-5 .762 12-0 3-4 1-1 4-2
Indiana 6-5 .545 3-2 3-3 17-6 .739 9-2 6-3 2-1 1-2
Purdue 6-5 .545 4-1 2-4 15-9 .625 11-2 3-5 1-2 3-5
Michigan 5-6 .455 4-1 1-5 14-9 .609 9-1 3-7 2-1 3-6
Nebraska 5-6 .455 2-4 3-2 10-12 .455 6-5 3-7 1-0 1-4
Ohio State 5-6 .455 3-2 2-4 9-11 .450 7-3 2-6 0-2 2-4
Minnesota 4-7 .364 2-4 2-3 15-7 .682 11-4 4-3 0-0 2-2
Penn State 3-7 .300 2-4 1-3 10-11 .476 8-7 2-4 0-0 0-5
Wisconsin 2-9 .182 2-4 0-5 11-12 .478 8-5 1-6 2-1 0-5
Illinois 1-10 .091 0-6 1-4 9-13 .409 7-7 2-5 0-1 1-3