MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#6 Nevada 98 Colorado State 82

#14 Villanova 66 Creighton 59 OT

#19 Wisconsin 56 Minnesota 51

#21 LSU 92 Mississippi State 88 OT

#24 Maryland 60 Nebraska 45

Hanover 63 Earlham 45

Miami Florida 62 Notre Dame 47

Clemson 65 Georgia Tech 42

Temple 81 Connecticut 63

Wichita State 65 E. Carolina 49

Indiana State 85 Evansville 62

Ole Miss 75 Texas A&M 71

Richmond 81 George Mason 67

St. Bonaventure 51 Duquesne 49

Georgetown 76 Providence 67

Bradley 79 Northern Iowa 71

Missouri State 65 Southern Illinois 59

Texas 84 Baylor 72

Alabama 89 Georgia 74

Air Force 81 Wyoming 76

Colorado 84 UCLA 73

TCU 70 Oklahoma State 68

Oregon 73 California 62

UNLV 83 Boise State 72

Utah 77 USC 70

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#5 Connecticut 118 E. Carolina 55

Hanover 63 Earlham 45

Minnesota 65 Indiana 61

Ohio State 78 Penn State 73

Western Illinois 90 Purdue Fort Wayne 61

Kansas State 72 Kansas 62

Kent State 55 Western Michigan 51

Miami Ohio 63 Eastern Michigan 58

Ohio 92 Akron 70

Northern Illinois 88 Bowling Green 47

LaSalle 77 Rhode Island 71

San Diego State 61 New Mexico 59

Buffalo 73 Toledo 63

Central Michigan 81 Ball State 63

Dayton 71 Richmond 50

Fordham 54 St. Louis 51

George Mason 61 George Washington 46

Wichita State 57 Memphis 48

TCU 70 Texas Tech 63

Tulsa 49 SMU 35

South Florida 50 Tulane 45

South Dakota 78 Omaha 33

Wyoming 80 Air Force 60

Boise State 64 UNLV 57

Fresno State 64 Utah State 53

Oklahoma State 84 Oklahoma 74

Nevada 68 Colorado State 57

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Brooklyn 135 Denver 130

New Orleans 125 Chicago 120

Milwaukee 148 Washington 129

Dallas 99 Charlotte 93

Utah 116 Phoenix 88

Houston 127 Sacramento 101

Golden State 141 San Antonio 102

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Toronto 5 Ottawa 4

NY Rangers 4 Boston 3

 

INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

1 Warren Central

2 Carmel

3 Lawrence Central

4 Floyd Central

5 Penn

6 Munster

7 Cathedral

8 Zionsville

9 Bloomington South

10 South Bend Riley

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Indianapolis Pike, Homestead, Logansport, Brownsburg, Elkhart Memorial, Lawrence North, Plainfield

 

3A

1 Delta

2 Greensburg

3 Culver Academy

4 Heritage Hills

5 Northwestern

6 Silver Creek

7 Mishawaka Marian

8 Marion

9 Brownstown Central

10 Brebeuf

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Crispus Attucks, Griffith, Greencastle, Edgewood, Heritage, New Castle, Princeton, Evansville Bosse, Danville

 

2A

1 Southwestern Hanover

2 Shenandoah

3 Westview

4 Tipton

5 Heritage Christian

6 Frankton

7 LaVille

8 Indianapolis Howe

9 Linton Stockton

10 Rossville

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Evansville Mater Dei, Paoli, Winamac, Andrean, Park Tudor, Covington, Tell City, Wabash, South Knox

 

1A

1 Fort Wayne Blackhawk

2 Barr Reeve

3 Lafayette Central Catholic

4 Kouts

5 University

6 Covenant Christian

7 Morristown

8 Gary 21st Century

9 Oldenburg Academy

10 Washington Township

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Argos, Springs Valley, Bloomfield, Greenwood Christian, Morgan Township, Christian Academy, Indianapolis Metro

 

INDIANA MBB: Indiana Hosts #20/20 Iowa on Thursday

OPENING TIP

Indiana University is in its 119th season of competition in men’s basketball. The Hoosiers are coming off a 79-75 overtime win at #6 Michigan State on Saturday which snapped a seven game losing streak.  Iowa snapped a two-game losing streak by beating #5 Michigan, 74-59, last Friday in Iowa City.

Indiana (13-9, 4-7 Big Ten) vs #20/20 Iowa (17-5, 6-5 Big Ten)

Date      Feb. 7, 2019 • 9:00 p.m.

Site        Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222)

Series History    Indiana leads, 103-76

TV          ESPN (Dan Shulman, Dan Dakich) Watch Online

Radio    IU Radio Network; SIRIUS 84, XM 4, INTERNET 84

(Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith)

Listen Online      Listen via TuneIn | Mandarin Radio

Live Stats            MSUSpartans.com

THE COACHES

Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his 2nd season of guiding the Cream and Crimson. He has a 29-24 record since taking over the Hoosiers. He is 168-88 in 7-plus years as a head coach, which includes 6 years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014. Fran McCaffery is in his 8th year with the Hawkeyes.

NEWS & NOTES

IU is rated 44th in the NET. IU just closed a stretch where it had played 6-of-8 on the road from Jan. 6 to Feb. 2, and 7 of its first 11 league games on the road.  IU finishes the season with 6 of 9 at home beginning with the Iowa game.  Michigan State and Penn State have each played 12 Quadrant 1 games this season, while IU and Purdue have played 11.

Senior forward Juwan Morgan and freshman guard Romeo Langford were selected to the 10-member Preseason All-Big Ten team. Morgan also is up for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award.

Langford is the top freshman scorer in the conference averaging 17.4 ppg.  He averaged 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds last week against Rutgers and Michigan State. He has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week 4 times. Morgan earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors and USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week accolades after his record-setting 35-point effort against Butler.  He has scored 1,179 career points (39th all-time at IU) and is 4th in the B1G in double-doubles with 8. Prior to leaving the Michigan State game with a shoulder injury, Morgan averaged 16.3 points and 10.0 rebounds in his 3 previous games.

After ranking as high as 2nd in the nation in field goal shooting a few weeks ago, the Hoosiers have shot just 36.5% in their last 5 games.  Langford, Morgan, and sophomore Justin Smith have started all 22 games for the Hoosiers.  Smith is coming off his best all-around game with the Hoosiers with 13 points and 10 rebounds, his third career double-double, and 3 key blocked shots, including a game-saving tip of Cassius Winston’s potential game-tying layup with 3.4 seconds left in overtime.

The Hoosiers also were bolstered by the return of junior’s Devonte Green (suspension) and De’Ron Davis (ankle).  Green came off the bench against MSU and had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and made 3 of 4 3FG.  Davis, who had only played 31 minutes in 6 games since December 19, played a season-high 25 minutes and posted more season-highs in points (12), rebounds (6) and assists (4) against the Spartans.

Sophomore Al Durham had 14 points against the Spartans and has averaged 12.5 points in his last 2 games.

POST GAME NOTES

AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE

  • With the win, IU improved to 2-21 in the Breslin Center. The Hoosiers previous win came in a 72-68 victory over the Spartans in 2013.
  • It was the Hoosiers first road win over a top 10 team since the 2013 Big Ten Champions won at michigan, 72-71, on the last day of the regular season.
  • The Hoosiers tied their season-high with 10 three-pointers. They also made 10 against UC Davis. For the first time in 9 games, IU had more than 20 assists. They finished with 21. IU tied its season high with 7 blocked shots (Jacksonville). IU also won the battle of the boards, 48-40.
  • IU’s bench outscored the Spartans, 28-16.
  • Freshman Romeo Langford led the Hoosiers with 19 points. He also had 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • Sophomore Al Durham finished with 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. His 3 3FGM also tied his season-high.
  • Junior Justin Smith had his third career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He had 3 blocked shots including one on Cassius Winston with 4 seconds left that would have tied the game. • Junior DeRon Davis had a season-high 12 points and added 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His three free throws in the final 11.8 seconds won the game for the Hoosiers. He also played a season-high 25 minutes. He had seen minimal play since injuring his ankle on January 3 vs. Illinois.
  • Junior Devonte Green returned from a three-game suspension and had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He also drained 3 3FG. He played 34 minutes.
  • Senior Evan Fitzner played 8 minutes and contributed a three-pointer.
  • Freshman Jake Forrester had his first Big Ten basket and had 4 rebounds and a blocked shot.
  • Senior Juwan Morgan had 5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists before leaving the game with an injured left shoulder in the first half.

 

NOTRE DAME MBB LOSE AT MIAMI

(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Notre Dame struggled to find a rhythm on the offensive end of the floor on Wednesday evening, falling to Miami by a final score of 62-47.

Two Irish players finished in double figures in scoring, as D.J. Harvey led the team with 14 points. John Mooney added 11 points in the loss to the Hurricanes.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish got off to a great start on the road on Wednesday evening, jumping out to a 13-4 lead in the early stages of the contest. Despite the strong start the offense went cold for the remainder of the first frame, as Miami took a 28-23 lead into the halftime break.

The hosts scored the first six points of the second half to go on top 34-23 and never looked back, as the Irish were never able to string together a run. The Hurricanes went on to win by a final score of 62-47.

NOTRE DAME PLAYER OF THE GAME

Harvey scored a team-high 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting. The sophomore also got to the free-throw line four times and knocked down all four attempts.

NOTES OF THE GAME

For the 26th time in his career and 18th time this season, Mooney finished in double figures with 11 points.

Harvey turned in his 13th double-digit scoring performance of the season, finishing with 14 points against the Hurricanes.

Nikola Djogo grabbed a season-high seven rebounds on the evening.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame returns home to Purcell Pavilion for a 6 p.m. game on Sunday, Feb. 10 against Georgia Tech. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU

 

INDIANA WOMEN LOSE TO MINNESOTA

(IU RELEASE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Indiana pushed until the final buzzer but came up short against Minnesota on Wednesday night, 65-61, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

KEY MOMENTS

Redshirt junior forward Brenna Wise had IU’s first four points but an 11-0 run for Minnesota (16-7, 5-7 B1G) gave them a double-digit advantage with just under three minutes to play. The Hoosiers shot just 23.5 percent in the first and trailed 16-8 at the end of the quarter.

Indiana (17-7, 6-6 B1G) chipped away at the lead in the second, cutting it to as few as one with a 3-pointer from redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg and one at the line to make it 21-20 with 5:14 remaining before the break.

But the Golden Gophers closed the quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 27-20 lead at halftime. They would open up the third on another 6-0 run to get their largest lead of the night with 8:45 to play, 33-20.

The Hoosiers would cut the deficit down to six in the third, 42-36, on consecutive buckets from sophomore guard Grace Berger, sophomore guard Bendu Yeaney and sophomore guard Jaelynn Penn. Despite losing Patberg to injury with six minutes to go in the third, they would keep the game within reach to close out the frame, trailing 48-40.  They put up their best shooting percentage in the third, going 46.2 percent from the floor on 6-for-13 shooting.

In the fourth, IU would outscore the Gophers, 21-17, as it would go on a 10-0 run in the final four minutes and hold Minnesota without a field goal in the final 4:15.

A Penn 3-pointer would spark the run with 4:02 to go. Wise would come up with another big three at the top of the key with just under a minute and a half left in the game, making it 61-57.

A steal on the Gopher inbound led to a transition bucket from sophomore guard Keyanna Warthen to come within two, but they wouldn’t come any closer as a good look by Penn for a 3-pointer missed and Minnesota made free throws down the stretch.

NOTABLE

Penn led the Hoosiers with 18 points. It marked her 12th consecutive game scoring in double-figures and 18thoverall game of the season reaching double digits in scoring.

Yeaney scored in double-figures for the 31st time in her career with 12 points. She also added four assists and four steals.

Wise scored nine points and added a team-high nine rebounds.

Indiana outscored Minnesota 34-20 in points in the paint and 17-6 in fast break points.

Minnesota was led by three double figure scorers in Kenisha Bell (22 points, 10 rebounds), Destiny Pitts (17 points) and Irene Garrido Perez (11 points).

QUOTABLE

“It was a tough night. I thought our start was not as planned. We talked about getting off to a much better start, and taking care of the ball. I thought we did a poor job, although we only turned it over 6 times in the second half. It was the start. It is always the beginning that will get you if you are not ready. We started making some plays that got us back in the game. I think we got within one. Either we had a breakdown defensively or we fouled and put them at the free throw line and so that was kind of frustrating. We just could never get over the hump tonight and that’s what was disappointing. I have no update on Ali (Patberg). Robert (Black) is taking her right now. She is going to get some X-Rays. It was difficult to play for the first time without our point guard and I thought Bendu, Jaelynn, Grace, and Keyanna did a good job of being able to play without our normal point guard in there. I am really proud in a difficult situation how they handled themselves. Right now, we just have to keep our fingers crossed and pray that whatever we find out with Ali is short term.”

UP NEXT

Two road games are up next for the Hoosiers who travel to No. 23/21 Michigan State on Monday, Feb. 11 and Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 14.

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL

EARLHAM RELEASE

Baseball picked fourth in HCAC preseason poll

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College baseball team was picked to finish fourth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2019, according to preseason voting among the conference’s head coaches released on Wednesday.

The Quakers received 62 points in the voting.

Franklin College finished atop the poll with 96 points including seven first-place votes. Anderson received 83 points and two first-place votes, while Rose-Hulman was third with 82 points and one first-place vote.

Manchester rounded out the top five with 53 points, ahead of sixth-place Transylvania with 52 points.

Earlham posted a 23-14 overall record in 2018, marking the program’s fifth-straight season with 20-or-more wins. The Quakers were 7-10 in the HCAC last season and finished sixth in the conference standings.

The Quakers open the 2019 season on Saturday, Feb. 23, when they host Wittenberg University in a doubleheader at Sadler Stadium.

 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference

2019 Baseball Preseason Poll

  1. Franklin – 96 (7)
  2. Anderson – 83 (2)
  3. Rose-Hulman – 82 (1)
  4. Earlham – 62
  5. Manchester – 53
  6. Transylvania – 52
  7. Bluffton – 43
  8. Mount St. Joseph – 32
  9. Hanover – 25
  10. Defiance – 22

 

EC WOMEN LOSE TO HANOVER

EARLHAM RELEASE

Score: Hanover 59, Earlham 48

Location: Richmond, Ind. (Schuckman Court at the Druley Performance Gym)

Records: Earlham 8-14, 6-9 HCAC / Hanover 15-7, 11-4 HCAC

The short story: Junior forward Zoe Curtis recorded Earlham’s first double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds, but even that wasn’t enough to overcome the Quakers’ 4-of-27 shooting effort from the floor over the second and third quarters.

OPENING TIP

Curtis shot 8-of-12 from the floor and was 3-of-4 at the line on her way to 19 points. The effort put her over the 600-point mark for her career with 613 career points, and the double-double was the second of her career.

Curtis was one of three Earlham players to score in double figures. Junior guard Camryn White netted 11 points, while junior guard Kyndall Spears came off the bench to score 10 points. The double-digit scoring performances were the 16th and ninth of the season respectively for White and Spears.

Junior guard Kayla Bowling dished out four assists.

THE DIFFERENCE

Hanover and Earlham were still battling in a one-possession game as late as the 5:15 mark of the second quarter, with the Panthers clinging to a 24-22 lead following a three-pointer by Bowling. The Panthers closed out the frame with an 8-2 run, and held a 32-24 advantage heading into the locker room at halftime.

An 8-1 scoring run by the Panthers at the tail-end of the third quarter extended Hanover’s lead to 47-32 through 30 minutes.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Hanover’s bench outscored the Earlham reserves, 24-11.

The Panthers entered Wednesday night’s game with one of the HCAC’s more prolific offenses, ranked second in the conference with 72.5 points per game. Earlham held Hanover to just 59 points, only the third time this season the Panthers have scored fewer than 60 points in a contest.

NEXT UP

Earlham women’s basketball closes out its 2018-19 home slate against Rose-Hulman on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2:00 p.m. The Quakers will recognize their graduating seniors – Ashlea Meadows and Makayla McFarland – in pre-game ceremonies.

 

EC MEN LOSE AT HANOVER

Score: Hanover 63, Earlham 45

Location: Hanover, Ind. (Collier Arena)

Records: Earlham 6-16, 5-10 HCAC / Hanover 17-5, 12-3 HCAC

The short story: Junior forward Qawi Rucker paced Earlham with 15 points and eight rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to stop a Hanover team that shot 42.4 percent (14-of-33) from the field over the first 20 minutes and held a 37-18 lead at halftime.

OPENING TIP

Rucker’s 15-point effort was his third-straight game in double figures and his 10th this season. He was 7-of-12 from the field and 1-of-3 at the free-throw line, and was the only Earlham player to score in double figures.

Earlham shot 30.4 percent (17-of-56) from the field, the Quakers lowest field goal percentage and fewest field goals made in a game this season.

THE DIFFERENCE

A 12-0 run by Hanover early in the first half allowed the Panthers to take a 14-point lead, 19-5, at the 12:54 mark of the opening frame.

In the second half, Earlham worked the margin down to nine points, 46-37, with 10:06 remaining following a 6-0 run by the Quakers. Conner Hubbard had a pair of buckets during the run, part of his six points on the night. Hanover responded with a 13-0 run lasting four-and-a-half minutes, ending with a 59-37 lead for the Panthers with 5:32 remaining in the game.

Defensively, the Panthers forced Earlham into committing 18 turnovers leading directly to 19 Hanover points.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Earlham’s bench tallied 11 points: six points by Hubbard, and five from first year guard Liam Wilkerson.

Earlham falls into a tie for eighth place in the HCAC standings with three games left on the schedule, including two games on Schuckman Court.

The Quakers held Hanover to nearly 10 points below its season scoring average (73.3 PPG) and nearly eight percent off its season field goal percentage (.467 FG%).

NEXT UP

Earlham men’s basketball returns home to face Rose-Hulman on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4:00 p.m.

  

DESMOND BANE SURPASSES 1,000 POINTS IN TCU’S WIN

(TCU RELEASE)

FORT WORTH, Texas – JD Miller hit a game-winning shot to give TCU its eighth-straight Big 12 home win with a 70-68 victory over Oklahoma State Wednesday.

Miller’s 10-footer capped off a memorable night as Alex Robinson became the school’s all-time assist leader and Desmond Bane surpassed 1,000 points.

TCU (16-6, 4-5) led the entire first half with the help of nine 3-pointers, the most in a single half all season. Bane supplied the damage from beyond-the-arc going 5-for-6 from three to lead the Frogs into the locker room with a 39-28 lead.

The Frogs led by as much as 13 early in the second half but Oklahoma State (9-13, 2-7) went on a 17-2 run to take a 57-50 with 5:28 remaining. The Frogs countered with a 9-3 run to make it a one-point game, 60-59, with 3:40 to play.

With 1:20 left in the game, Miller made 1-of-2 from the free throw line. TCU got the rebound from the Miller miss and Bane made a layup to give TCU the lead, 66-65. With the Frogs leading by three, OSU’s Thomas Dziagwa then hit an acrobatic three in the corner to tie the game with 5.6 seconds left setting the stage for Miller’s game-winning shot.

Miller finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Bane tied his season high with 26 points. Kouat Noi finished with 12 points with all of his points coming from 3-point range (4-of-10). Robinson also recorded his seventh double-double of the season scoring 10 points and tallying 11 assists.

Up Next

TCU will head to Ames for a matchup with No. 17 Iowa State at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.

Team Notes

– The Horned Frogs improved to 11-1 at home this season. It was TCU’s eighth-straight win at home.

– TCU improved to 40-10 overall and 14-8 in Big 12 games at Schollmaier Arena under Jamie Dixon.

– TCU earned its third consecutive victory over Oklahoma State.

– The Frogs improved to 11-3 this season when winning the opening tip and 37-9 in the Jamie Dixon era.

– TCU set a season high in 3-pointers in a half with nine. Its previous high was seven, which happened three times, most recently vs. West Virginia.

– TCU outrebounded Oklahoma State 34-31 and improved to 13-3 this season, 55-15 under Dixon, 63-16 over the last three seasons when outrebounding its opponent.

Individual Notes

– With 11 assists, Alex Robinson passed Corey Santee (575) to become the all-time leader in assists at TCU with 583.

– Robinson also scored 10 points in the game, giving him his seventh double-double of the season and 10th of his career, and moving him to 34th on the all-time TCU scoring list with 1,017 career points.

– Robinson also added three steals, and has recorded a steal in 16 of 19 games this season.

– Desmond Bane scored a team-high 26 points, becoming the 37th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 with 1,019. Bane scored his 1,000th point on the 575th assist of Robinson’s career, the assist that matched Santee’s school record.  His 26 points also tied a season high, which last occured Jan. 15 against West Virginia.

– TCU improved to 8-0 when Bane leads the team in scoring.

– Bane finished with double-digit points for the 16th time this season. TCU improves to 42-12 all-time in games where Bane scores at least 10 points.

– Bane made each of his first five attempts from 3-point range and finished 6-of-9.

– JD Miller added 11 points, giving him 988 for his career, 12 away from becoming the 38th Horned Frog with 1,000.

– Miller played in the 125th game of his career, tying him for fifth all-time on the TCU games played list with Femi Ibikunle (2004-07).

– Kouat Noi sunk a 3-pointer for the 21st consecutive game. He entered the game one of nine major conference players with at least one made three in 20-straight games.

– After scoring 12 points, Noi has scored in double figures in 16 of the 18 games he has played this season. The Frogs improved to 12-4 in those games.

– Kevin Samuel recorded four blocks, giving him multiple blocks in six of his last eight games.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECRUITING

Georgia seizes the day, wins second straight recruiting title

RIVALS REPORT

1 GEORGIA

College football success tends to breed further success, and on signing day nobody has to squint to see why. Successful seasons tend to open doors on the recruiting trail, so the factors that led to Georgia capturing its second consecutive recruiting championship on Wednesday are cyclical. The Bulldogs have played in the SEC title game in back-to-back seasons and now have a brand new batch of spoils to show for their on-field efforts.

“Kirby Smart has done it again, beating his mentor Nick Saban and pushing ahead of Alabama to win the recruiting title,” said Rivals.com recruiting director Mike Farrell, who has been covering recruiting for more than two decades. “The job they have done in stepping it up since (previous head coach) Mark Richt left has been nothing less than amazing. They have turned into a recruiting juggernaut and can now recruit any player in any state in the country.”

On top of assembling the nation’s top class, the Bulldogs were responsible for one of National Signing Day’s biggest stories when they flipped five-star wide receiver Georgia Pickens from Auburn early in the afternoon. And while Smart and company did most of their work during the early period, it was today’s surprise flip that ultimately captured the crown.

The Bulldogs highest-ranked 2019 recruits are Pickens, five-star linebacker Nolan Smith and five-star offensive lineman Clay Webb. Georgia’s day was especially important on a macro level, as Smart and company continue to swing with the SEC heavyweights. UGA’s momentum doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, which isn’t particularly good news for the rest of the SEC East.

 

  1. ALABAMA

The winners of five of the last nine on-field national championships, Alabama remains one of the most desirable landing places for elite college prospects. And while some sense of concern managed to creep in when the Tide finished seventh in the recruiting rankings last year, most of that doubt was erased on Wednesday afternoon. Saban’s second-ranked 2019 class is led by five-star prospects Antonio Alfano (DT), Evan Neal (OL) and Trey Sanders (RB), but the depth is just as impressive, as 24 of the program’s 27 signees are ranked as four-stars or higher. On Wednesday, the Tide added Rivals100 defensive linemen Byron Young and Ishmael Sopsher to finish things off.

  1. LSU

Ed Orgeron has a reputation as an ace recruiter for good reason, and the LSU head coach has once again backed it up by signing a class that includes a whopping four five-star prospects. The crown jewel of the Tigers’ class is, of course, No. 1 overall player Derek Stingley Jr, who will likely contribute in the secondary immediately. Fellow five-stars Kardell Thomas (OL), Marcel Brooks (LB) and Trey Palmer (ATH) all have college-ready builds and will compete for playing time this fall. Seven of the Tigers’ top 10 recruits are from the state of Louisiana, which is key for a program that relies heavily on securing its borders.

  1. TEXAS

The momentum the Longhorns built last season is apparent on the recruiting trail, as their Big 12 championship game appearance has now given way to the nation’s No. 4 recruiting class. The “Texas is back” mantra certainly applies here, as the 2019 class is the program’s best since 2012, when the Horns landed the second-best haul in America. This year, Tom Herman’s staff landed six Rivals100 prospects, including versatile athletes Bru McCoy, Jordan Whittington and Jake Smith. Texas was also responsible for one of this classes’ most interesting storylines, as McCoy signed a letter of intent with USC in the Early Signing Period before deciding to transfer to Texas roughly a month later. This is Texas’ second consecutive top 5 class, which suggests the Longhorns may not be going anywhere when it comes to challenging Oklahoma for Big 12 supremacy.

  1. OKLAHOMA

Most of Oklahoma’s work was done in the Early Signing Period, but that matters not to the strength of its impressive class. OU’s collection of talent is highlighted by a trio of truly elite wide receivers in Jadon Haselwood, Theo Wease and Trejan Bridges. The pass-happy Sooners also managed to land the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country in five-star Spencer Rattler. Seventeen of OU’s 24 signees are ranked as four- or five-star prospects, and there may not be a better collection of offensive weapons in the country.

 

 BALL STATE SOFTBALL

BALL STATE RELEASE

Softball Picked as MAC Regular Season and Tournament Favorite

CLEVELAND, Ohio – – The Ball State softball program has been selected as the favorite to win both the 2019 Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament championships as voted on by the league’s head coaches in the annual preseason poll.

With the MAC eliminating the divisional format for the 2019 softball season, the Cardinals garnered 105 points and six of the 10 first-place votes to win the regular season title. Kent State was second with 93 points and two first-place votes, followed by defending regular season and tournament champion Ohio at 80 points and one first-place vote.

The Cardinals also picked up seven of the 10 first-place votes to win the MAC Tournament, with Kent State, Ohio and Bowling Green each receiving one.

Led by fourth-year head coach Megan Ciolli Bartlett, the Ball State softball program returns nearly all its key components from last season’s team which finished the year with a 37-19 overall record and won the MAC West Division Championship with a 16-7 league mark.

Highlighting Ball State’s key returners are 2018 First Team All-MAC selections Aeshia Miles and Haley Dominique. Miles enters the season’s as the league’s top returning starting pitcher with her 20 wins, 2.00 ERA and 189.0 innings of work last season. Dominique is one of the MAC’s top returning hitters, finishing last season ranked sixth in the league with a .378 batting average and fourth in both runs scored (43) and on base percentage (.474).

The Ball State softball program opens its 45th season of play Friday, when it battles LIU Brooklyn (10 a.m.) and Penn State (2:30 p.m.) at the FGCU Kickoff Classic. The Cardinals will play the Nittany Lions for a second time Saturday (4:45 p.m.), while battling tournament host FGCU in a Saturday nightcap (7 p.m.) and a Sunday matinee (1:30 p.m.).

2019 MAC Softball Preseason Poll (First Place Votes)

  1. Ball State – 105 (6)
  2. Kent State – 93 (2)
  3. Ohio – 80 (1)
  4. Western Michigan – 69
  5. Northern Illinois – 66
  6. Miami – 65
  7. Central Michigan – 62
  8. Bowling Green – 43 (1)
  9. Toledo – 42
  10. Akron – 18
  11. Buffalo – 17

2019 MAC Tournament Champion: Ball State (7)

Also receiving votes: Kent State (1), Ohio (1), Bowling Green (1)

(First Place Votes)

 

3-batter minimum, early trade deadline, DH changes proposed

 Major League Baseball and its players are discussing bold changes to spark the sport that include a three-batter minimum before a pitching change except at the start of an inning, a single trade deadline set before the All-Star break and expanded rosters.

The union renewed its push to extend the designated hitter to the National League, suggested amateur draft incentives for winning records and penalties for losing records and proposed a change in service-time rules that would lead to faster free agency for top rookies held in the minor leagues early in the season. Management proposed expanding minimum time on the disabled list and optional assignments to the minor leagues to 15 days.

The talks are an expansion of the ones last offseason in which management threatened to implement a pitch clock, then backed off but did institute limits on mound visits without pitching changes. Management made its proposal on Jan. 14, the union responded last Friday and discussions are ongoing.

Details were disclosed to The Associated Press by people familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized. Aspects of the proposals were first reported by The Athletic.

Management is concerned about a drop in offense that saw strikeouts exceed hits for the first time last year and the big league batting average drop to its lowest level since 1972. In a season that included an unusually cold and wet April, average attendance dropped for the third straight season and fell below 30,000 for the first time since 2003.

Some of the most interesting changes appear likely to be put off until 2020 at the earliest.

RELIEF PITCHERS

Management proposed that a team not be allowed to bring in a reliever until the previous pitcher has faced three batters or an inning ends. There were 1,145 one-batter outings last season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, up from 1,119 the previous year but down from 1,182 in 2016. The change would have an impact on the use of “openers” for a few batters, a move pioneered by Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash and emulated by Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series, when he removed left-handed starter Wade Miley after one batter and replaced him with right-hander Brandon Woodruff.

Players countered the change should start in the minor leagues this year and reach the majors in 2020.

DESIGNATED HITTER

The DH has been used in the AL since 1973, but the NL has never adopted the rule and Commissioner Rob Manfred has said he supports the status quo. The union proposed the DH start being used in the NL this year, but management in the past has considered the DH an economic issue, and Manfred has said that economic changes must wait for negotiations for a new labor contract that would start ahead of the 2022 season.

PITCH CLOCKS

Management again has proposed a pitch clock, and the union countered with limitations on its use.

MOUND VISITS WITHOUT PITCHING CHANGES

A limit of six began last season, and management wants to lower that to four this season and three in 2020. The union countered with five this year and, if the average time of a nine-inning game is longer this year than last, then four in 2020.

TRADE DEADLINE

Players proposed a single trade deadline be instituted before the All-Star break to keep teams from dealing veterans when the clubs conclude their chances of a playoff berth have dwindled. The deadline for trades without waivers was June 15 from 1923 through 1985 and has been July 31 since. Players who clear waivers can be dealt after the deadline, but they must be in an organization by Aug. 31 to be eligible for the postseason.

ROSTER SIZE

Many have criticized the roster rules, which generally allow a team 25 active players through Aug. 31 and then 40 until the end of the season. Management proposed allowing a 26-man roster, including a 12-pitcher maximum, through Aug. 31, and then up to 28 for the rest of the season. The union countered that each team should be required to have 28 active from Sept. 1 on and that there be a supplemental roster of four players after the Triple-A postseason ends. No starting pitchers would be allowed on the supplemental roster, and at least two of the four would have to be position players.

ANTI-TANKING

Concerned that teams with small or no playoff chances put less of an emphasis on winning to get higher selections in the amateur draft, the union proposed that a team with 90 or more losses in consecutive years have its highest selection in the next amateur draft dropped 15 slots and lose $2 million in international signing bonus pool allocation. A team with 90 or more losses in three straight years would drop 20 slots and lose $3 million in allocation.

Clubs that reach the postseason would be awarded additional draft picks in the competitive balance rounds.

SERVICE TIME

A player in his debut season or with less than 30 days of major league service in the previous season would be credited with a full year of major league service if he finishes among the top three in voting for Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award, MVP or Rivera/Hoffman reliever award; he wins World Series or League Championship Series MVP; or he is among the top three in Wins Above Replacement, or WAR, defined by the average of the Fangraphs and Baseball Reference calculations. Currently, 172 days during the 186-day season are needed to be credited for a year of major league service. The Chicago Cubs called up Kris Bryant in 2015 to leave him with exactly 171 days, sparking a grievance that remains unresolved.

DISABLED LIST/OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENTS

Management proposed that the shortest disabled list increase from 10 days to 15, its minimum before 2017, and the minimum time before an optioned player can be recalled from the minors also increase from 10 to 15 – keeping the exception that the limit does not apply when replacing a player who is placed on the DL. Concerned about service time, the union is not yet conformable with that plan.

TWO-SPORT ATHLETES

Worried baseball may lose athletes such as Oakland outfielder Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, players proposed two-sport athletes be able to sign major league contracts. Since 2012, all amateur free agents must sign minor league contracts.

STARTING EXTRA INNINGS WITH A RUNNER ON SECOND BASE

Players are generally amenable to management’s proposal to start the 10th and subsequent innings of spring training games and the All-Star Game with a runner on second, although in the All-Star Game they want a player who already has left the game to be eligible to be one of those runners.

STUDY ON LOWERING PITCHER’S MOUND

The pitcher’s mound was dropped from 15 inches to 10 for the 1969 season, and management wants to establish a committee to study whether it should be lowered again. The union wants the committee to include active players.

INNING BREAKS

Players are willing discuss whether inning breaks can be shortened. Among the ideas suggested include using split screens that include commercials on broadcasts at the start of half-innings.

EXPANDED PLAYOFFS AND REALIGNMENT

Players are willing to discuss.

MICROPHONES

Players propose better fan engagement by allowing additional broadcast microphones on players, possibly including two-way microphones.

 

 NBA TRADE HEADLINES

Two people familiar with the negotiations say the remodeling of the Dallas Mavericks is continuing, with the team agreeing in principle Wednesday night to send Harrison Barnes to the Sacramento Kings for Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade still needs NBA approval.

Barnes was taken out of the Dallas-Charlotte game late in the third quarter and remained on the Mavs’ bench for the remainder of the contest, even as reports swirled of his pending move to the Kings. The deal comes just days after Dallas landed Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. from the New York Knicks.

The Kings are hoping to keep Barnes next season, adding him to a young and promising core. Barnes has a player option for $25.1 million.

 

A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Bulls have acquired Otto Porter Jr. from the Washington Wizards for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis.

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced. The Athletic first reported the deal.

The move signals Washington’s intent to change things up in the aftermath of news that All-Star point guard John Wall needs surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Wall is expected to miss much – if not all – of next season. He already was sidelined for the rest of this season because of an operation on his left heel.

It also ends a failed experiment for Chicago after Parker signed with his hometown team.

 

Two people with knowledge of the deal say Houston, Sacramento and Cleveland are finishing a trade that will most notably send Iman Shumpert from the Kings to the Rockets.

Houston is sending Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Cavaliers. Alec Burks – now traded for the second time this season, after starting the year in Utah – will go from the Cavaliers to the Kings.

In a separate transaction, the Cavs will send Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin, both acquired from Portland earlier in the week in the deal that sent Rodney Hood to the Trail Blazers, to Houston. It remains unclear how they figure into the Rockets’ plans.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA trade call has not yet been completed.

Shumpert is a career 39 percent 3-point shooter, which will be valued by the Rockets. Houston is on pace to break the record for most 3-pointers attempted in a season, something it did in each of the last two seasons as well.

 

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Miami’s deal with Phoenix also includes Wayne Ellington and Ryan Anderson.

Ellington would be going to the Suns, and Anderson to the Heat. Tyler Johnson was previously known to be part of the Heat-Suns deal.

The move helps free up a roster logjam that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has been dealing with. It also lowers Miami’s expected luxury tax bill considerably, though does not completely eliminate what the Heat may end up owing at season’s end.

 

A person familiar with the situation says the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to trade center Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons for forward Stanley Johnson.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been publicly announced. Johnson and Maker are both recent lottery picks who have struggled to make a consistent impact. Now, they’ll both have a change of scenery.

The Pistons took Johnson with the No. 8 pick in the 2015 draft. He’s averaged 7.5 points a game this season, playing mostly in a backup role, but he’s just a 29-percent shooter from 3-point range for his career.

The 7-foot-1 Maker was the 10th pick in 2016. He started 34 games as a rookie in 2016-17 but has mostly come off the bench since then.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons for rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk.

Bullock is a sixth-year pro who began his career across town with the Clippers. He is averaging 12.1 points per game and hitting 38.8 percent of his 3-point attempts this season for the Pistons.

His outside shooting will fill a major need for the struggling Lakers, who are the NBA’s second-worst 3-point shooting team at 33.4 percent.

Bullock also is a close friend of Lakers swingman Brandon Ingram. They are both from tiny Kinston, North Carolina.

Mykhailiuk was a second-round pick by the Lakers out of Kansas. The Ukrainian shooter averaged 3.2 points in 39 games.

 

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to acquire Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris as the centerpiece of a six-player, four-draft pick trade they hope can put them over the top in the East.

A person familiar with the trade says the Sixers also acquired center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott as part of the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been announced.

The Clippers restocked the roster with pieces for the future. The Sixers sent rookie guard Landry Shamet and four draft picks to the Clippers. The Sixers also traded forwards Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala to the Clippers.

The 26-year-old Harris is having a breakout season with the Clippers. He averages 20.9 points and shoots 42 percent from 3-point range and will start with All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick to form one of the top starting fives in the Eastern Conference.

Sixers general manager Elton Brand traded for Butler, a four-time All-Star, earlier this season, and showed again he’s not afraid to make a bold move for the win-now franchise. Harris and Butler will both be free agents this summer.

The Sixers’ four picks sent to the Clippers are: their lottery-protected 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-rounder, a 2021 second-round pick and a 2023 second-round pick.

The Sixers are 34-20 and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Clippers are 30-25 and eighth in the West and have shed the salary needed to make them players for big free agents in the summer.

 

Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe pace Bucks past Wizards

Giannis Antetokounmpo called it “a crazy game.”

A little too crazy for the All-Star.

Antetokounmpo scored 43 points, Eric Bledsoe had 22 points and 11 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 148-129 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.

“I think we were just trading baskets at one point,” Antetokounmpo said. “We’re a good team but we’re trying to be a great team.

“Even though we scored a lot, we were sloppy. Defensively we have to pick it up a little bit because that’s not the face we want to show.”

The Bucks shot 60 percent (56 for 93) from the field and placed six players in double figures while becoming the first NBA team with 40 victories. Malcolm Brogdon had 18 points and Khris Middleton finished with 16.

Washington trailed by as many as 25 in the first half, but closed to 120-113 on Chasson Randle’s layup with 10:22 left.

Bledsoe helped finish off the Wizards with 10 points in a quick scoring flurry, including a dunk off a missed free throw by Antetokounmpo. He made a 3-pointer with 7:07 remaining to make it 138-118.

Bledsoe’s electrifying dunk brought a huge reaction from the Fiserv Forum crowd.

“I just saw Brad (Bradley Beal) talking to the ref,” Bledsoe said. “That was my chance to sneak in and try to get a rebound. I didn’t know I was going to dunk it.

“I just tried to make a play.”

 

Durant lets loose after Warriors beat Spurs 141-102

Kevin Durant wants everyone to forget the free agency chatter and speculation about where he might play next season, calling it “unnecessary.” That’s still months away and he is trying to win another championship with the Golden State Warriors.

The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP wants no part of any association with the New York Knicks, either, though that has been a destination some consider a possibility for him.

KD says enough.

“I don’t think about that type of stuff,” Durant said. “I have nothing to do with the Knicks. I don’t know who traded (Kristaps) Porzingis. They got nothing to do with me, I’m trying to play basketball.”

Durant had 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 26 points and the Warriors ran away in the second and third quarters to rout the San Antonio Spurs 141-102 on Wednesday night.

The two-time defending champions scored 49 points on 16 assists in the third quarter alone, making 5 of 7 3-pointers. They made 24 of 25 field goals in one blistering stretch spanning halftime – including 14 straight shots at one point.

Durant was right in the middle of the impressive display, and then took a few more shots after the game was over.

“Every time I say something it’s getting twisted up and thrown out in so many different publications, try to tear me down with my words that I say,” Durant said, speaking to the media for the first time in more than a week before cutting short his postgame remarks. “So when I don’t say nothing, it’s a problem. I just want to play ball. I want to go to the gym and go home, that’s all. Is that a problem?”

 

Caroline scores 40 as No. 6 Nevada beats CSU 98-82

Jordan Caroline kept Nevada rolling ahead of a showdown with New Mexico in three days.

Caroline scored 30 of his season-high 40 points in the first half and No. 6 Nevada beat Colorado State 98-82 on Wednesday night for its eighth straight win.

Caroline finished five points shy of his career high set Jan. 7, 2017, at New Mexico, the only team to beat the Wolf Pack this season. He added 12 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season, and his 41 career double-doubles are the most in Mountain West Conference history, breaking a tie with Kawhi Leonard and Andrew Bogut.

“That’s pretty good company,” Wolf Pack coach Eric Musselman said. “Once he got rolling, there was no stopping him.”

Caleb Martin added 25 points for Nevada (22-1, 9-1), including a dunk off a lob from his twin, Cody, that capped a 10-2 run to end the game.

The Wolf Pack turns its focus to New Mexico, which beat them 85-58 on Jan. 5.

“It’s a tough team, it’s a rivalry game and they got us by 30 (the first time), so we feel like we’ve got something to avenge,” Caroline said.

Nico Carvacho led the Rams (9-14, 4-6) with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Colorado State lost by 40 in Reno two weeks ago but gave the Wolf Pack a fight at home.

 

No. 14 Villanova tops Creighton in OT for 10-0 Big East mark

After losing four top players to the NBA, this was supposed to be something close to a rebuilding season for Villanova.

There’s no such thing for coach Jay Wright and the Wildcats.

Freshman forward Saddiq Bey scored a career-high 17 points, senior guard Phil Booth hit key baskets down the stretch and No. 14 Villanova remained perfect in Big East play by beating Creighton 66-59 in overtime Wednesday night.

Booth finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while Eric Paschall scored 15 and Collin Gillespie had 13 for the Wildcats (19-4, 10-0), who have won their first 10 Big East games for the first time in program history. Their previous best start in league play came in 2009-10 when they opened 9-0.

“On nights when you’re not at your best and you can still find a way,” Wright said, “that’s a good team.”

The defending national champions also became the first Big East team to start 10-0 in conference games since UConn won its first 11 on the way to the 1999 national title.

“You don’t start 10-0 in this league unless you’re special,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said.

Davion Mintz led Creighton (13-10, 4-6) with 19 points and Martin Krampelj had 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Bluejays were missing two starters after top scorer Ty-Shon Alexander was injured in practice Tuesday. He joined Marcus Zegarowski (broken hand) in street clothes on the bench.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY- FEBRUARY 7, 2000

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.-The streak is alive, and so is the magic of Tiger Woods. In a comeback of epic proportions, on one of the worldís great golf courses, Woods overcame a seven-stroke deficit with seven holes to play today to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro- Am by two strokes over Matt Gogel and Vijay Singh. By winning his sixth consecutive start on the PGA Tour, Woods tied Ben Hogan, who won six consecutive starts in 1948, for the second-longest streak in professional golf history.

Byron Nelson holds the longest winning streak with 11 consecutive victories in 1945, a record that has long been considered untouchable. But the genius of Woods, who has already won 17 tournaments in three and a half years as a professional, has allowed him to achieve remarkable feats, such as todayís comeback, when he seemed hopelessly behind on Pebble Beach’s picturesque back nine only to storm back for the victory.

It was a dramatic achievement, and fantastic even by Woodsís high standards. Shooting a final-round eight-under-par 64, the best final round ever for a champion at Pebble Beach, Woods changed the momentum of the tournament with one brilliant shot-holing a wedge shot from 97 yards for an eagle at No. 15. When the ball landed about four feet right of the cup, then spun into the hole for eagle, Woods gave his signature fist pump, and it was almost like a knockout punch to everyone else on the leader board.

While Woods made three birdies and an eagle on the back nine, Gogel, a 28-yearold tour rookie looking for his first victory, collapsed with four bogeys on his final nine holes, squandering a commanding lead and becoming another of Woodsís many victims. Woods finished at 15 under par for the tournament (273-68‚73‚68‚64), two strokes ahead of Gogel, who shot a final-round 71, and Singh, who shot a 70. By succeeding the late Payne Stewart as the champion at Pebble Beach, and by winning on a course that he first played at age 12, Woods continued a streak of superb golf that has lasted almost six months. Since last August, Woods has won eight of his last nine starts on tour, including the P.G.A. Championship.

The more Woods continues to win, the more confident he seems to become. Though Woods was beaten in November in Taiwan, and at the Williams World Challenge in January, he has not lost an official PGA Tour event since the Sprint International last August. And today, when almost any chance to win seemed lost, Woods never lost faith. “I have the confidence to know I have done it before in the past, coming from behind, or edging someone out,” said Woods, who won $720,000 to push his career earnings above $12.5 million, only about $31,000 behind Davis Love 3rd, the career Tour money leader. “Iíve had a pretty good run throughout my career of comebacks.”

 

  • 1849 – American heavyweight boxing championship event is held at Roach’s Point, Maryland. Tom Hyer defeats James Ambrose AKA Yankee Sullivan in 17 minutes, 18 seconds.
  • 1882 – Last bare knuckle champion John L Sullivan knocks out Paddy Ryan in Mississippi, USA.
  • 1884 – Canadian Rugby Football Union forms.
  • 1908 – Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to Saint Louis Browns for $5,000.
  • 1912 – Second Dutch 11-city skate (Coen de Koenig wins with time of 11:40).
  • 1942 – First indoor 15-foot pole vault (Cornelius Warmerdam, 15 feet 3/8 inch).
  • 1949 – Joe DiMaggio becomes first US$100,000 per year baseball player (New York Yankees).
  • 1958 – Brooklyn Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc.
  • 1959 – Dorothy Rigney sells Chicago White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported US$27 million.
  • 1970 – LSU’s “Pistol” Pete Marovich scores 69 points in losing cause.
  • 1970 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn.
  • 1970 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood.
  • 1973 – First time New York Rangers shut-out New York Islanders 6-0.
  • 1975 – NBA New Orleans Jazz end a 28-game road losing streak.
  • 1976 – Darryl Sittler, Toronto Maple Leafs, sets NHL record with ten points in a game.
  • 1979 – Faoud Bacchus scores 250 for West Indies versus India at Kanpur.
  • 1979 – Toronto Maple Leafs’ Darryl Sittler scores NHL record ten points (6 goals).
  • 1982 – Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.
  • 1985 – New Jersey Devils’ Don Lever becomes 57th NHL player to score 300 goals.
  • 1986 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas.
  • 1987 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano.
  • 1987 – For only the second time, a Major League Baseball player is forced to take a pay cut due to salary arbitration. Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Orel Hershiser signs for US$800,000 which is a twenty percent reduction.
  • 1988 – 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1988 – NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-6.
  • 1988 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic.
  • 1989 – 40th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-5 at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • 1991 – Bob Knight, Larry O’Brien, Tiny Archibald, Dave Cowens, Harry Gallatin, and Larry Fleisher elected to NBA Hall of Fame.
  • 1993 – NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-20.
  • 1993 – Tammie Green wins LPGA Healthsouth Palm Beach Golf Classic.
  • 1995 – Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting.
  • 1998 – (to February 22) The XVIII Olympic Winter Games are held in Nagano, Japan.
  • 1998 – NHL’s Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten’s #7.
  • 2005 – The Detroit Tigers sign right-fielder Magglio Ordonez for five-years for US$75 million.
  • 2006 – Venezuela’s Caracas Lions wins its first Caribbean Series championship since 1989, defeating the Dominican Republic’s Licey Tigers.
  • 2010 – The New Orleans Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in the NFL Super Bowl at Dolphin Stadium in New Orleans, to claim their first NFL title.
  • 2010 – The NFL Super Bowl is watched by more than 106 million people in the U.S., surpassing the 1983 finale of M*A*S*H to become the most-watched program in U.S. television history, according to the Neilsen Company.
  • 2014 – (to February 23) The XXII Olympic Winter Games are held in Sochi, Russia.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1898      Chris Von der Ahe is taken into custody to face charges in Pittsburgh after being kidnapped by detective Nicholas Bendel in a St. Louis hotel. The owner of the St. Louis Brown Stockings (AA) will face jail time in Pennsylvania if he doesn’t pay the $2,500 damages awarded to right-hander Mark E. Baldwin, who brought suit against the baseball magnate for malicious prosecution after being acquitted in a dispute between the National League and the American Association.

1942      Reds general manager Warren Giles announces the team has traded veteran catcher Ernie Lombardi to the Braves for two players to be named later. The 33 year-old future Hall of Famer will hit .330 during his one season with his new team, capturing the batting crown, a feat that will not be repeated by a catcher until 2006 when Twins backstop Joe Mauer leads the American League.

1949      Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio becomes the first American Leaguer to make $100,000 in one season. Hank Greenberg was the first player to make six figures when he accepted the Pirates offer in 1947 after being waived by the Tigers.

1979      Jesse Orosco becomes ‘the player to be named later’ in the Mets’ trade of Jerry Koosman to the Twins. The left-handed reliever will spend 24 seasons in the major leagues, setting the all-time record for appearances with 1,252.

1983      The Mariners select Reds minor leaguer Danny Tartabull as compensation for the loss of Floyd Bannister to the White Sox. The outfielder will hit .270 and receive consideration for the Rookie of the Year Award in 1986 but will be traded away in the off-season along with Rick Luecken to the Royals for Scott Bankhead, Mike Kingery, and Steve Shields.

1987      For only the second time since the implementation of the rule, a player is forced to take less due to salary arbitration when Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser signs for $800,000, a twenty-percent pay-cut. After winning the Cy Young Award and leading the team to a World Series championship next year, the right-hander will become the highest-paid player in the major leagues.

2005      The Tigers sign 31 year-old right fielder Magglio Ordonez (.292, 9, 37) for five years for a reported $75 million. The contract for the free agent slugger, recovering from knee surgery, includes options which could extend the All-Star’s stay in Detroit for an additional two years, making the deal nearly $100 million.

2006      Alex Gonzalez, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent yesterday, singles in the tying run and then scores the winning run as Henry Blanco’s pop fly bounces off the head off Erick Aybar, giving Venezuela its first Caribbean Series championship since 1989. The ball, which the Dominican Republic Licey’s Tigers’ shortstop lost in the lights, is ruled a double and caps a two-run bottom of the ninth rally, resulting in 5-4 comeback victory for the Caracas Lions.

2009      The Sports Illustrated website reports Alex Rodriguez is one of the 104 players who tested positive for steroids in 2003. The testing, which was intended only to determine the extent of steroid use by players at the time, revealed the Ranger shortstop was using Primobolan, an anabolic substance.

2012      Avoiding arbitration, Elvis Andrus and the Rangers come to terms on a three-year, $14.6 million contract. The agreement gives the 23 year-old infielder an early opportunity to sign a huge deal when he reaches free agency, which works with Texas’ plans to make Jurickson Profar, currently playing A ball, their starting shortstop in a couple of years.

2012      The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announces Rusty Staub will be one of the inductees at its June 23 ceremony in St. Marys, Ontario, along with former big-league pitcher Rheal Cormier, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, and the 2011 Pan Am Games gold-medal winning Team Canada senior squad. The former Expos outfielder, referred to as Le Grand Orange by the Montreal fans because of his red hair, was a fan favorite in the early days of the franchise due to his work ethic and for his active role in promoting the game north of the border. 

2014      A class action suit is brought to federal court by former minor league players, who allege the Major League Baseball and all 30 of its teams have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and other state wage laws by not paying the players performing in the minor leagues overtime and minimum wage. The case filed as Senne v. the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, which was initially scheduled to be heard in heard in February of 2017, will be postponed indefinitely until U.S. district court Joseph C. Spero decides the question of class certification.

2014      Alex Rodriguez, who has consistently denied the use of banned substances while wearing Yankee pinstripes, drops his two lawsuits against MLB, ending the likelihood of a long drawn-out legal battle over his season-long suspension handed down for the alleged use of performance-enhancing substances. The Bronx Bomber third baseman was one of 14 individuals suspended due to baseball’s investigation of a Florida anti-aging clinic, but was the only player to contest his penalty, which was the longest ever given for using PEDs.

 

 SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1902 – Birth of Ethelda Blebtrey in Waterford, New York, USA; 100 metre swimmer (Olympics-gold-1920).

1908 – Birth of Clarence Clarence Linden “Buster” Crabbe in Oakland, California, USA; swimmer (Olympics-gold-1932), actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon).

1909 – Birth of Joseph “Poeske” Scherens; Flemish cyclist (champion sprinter 1932-37).

1919 – Birth of Ilse Pausin in Austria; figure skating pairs (Olympics-silver-1936).

1921 – Birth of Athol Rowan; cricket player (brother of Eric, South African off-spinner).

1945 – Birth of Gerald Davies; British rugby player.

1949 – Birth of Sunil Wettimuny; cricket player (Sri Lanka open batsman 1975-79 World Cups).

1950 – Birth of Dan Quisenberry; baseball pitcher (Kansas City Royals).

1950 – Birth of Marilyn Cochran in Burlington, Vermont, USA; skier (Olympics-1972).

1951 – Birth of Manfred Schumann in the German Federal Republic; bobsled (Olympics-silver/bronze-1976).

1955 – Birth of Rolf Benirschke in Boston, Massachusetts, USA; NFL place kicker / Wheel of Fortune host.

1959 – Birth of Sammy Lee; British soccer player.

1962 – Birth of Alan Sippy; cricket player (dashing Bombay lefty batsman of 1980s).

1963 – Birth of Roland Lefebvre; cricket pace bowler (Glamorgan and Holland).

1964 – Birth of Cynthia “Sippy” Woodhead in Riverside, California, USA; swimmer (Olympics-silver-1984).

1965 – Birth of Kristal Parker-Gregory in Columbus, Ohio, USA; LPGA golfer (1995 Hawaiian-20th).

1965 – Birth of Reginald Thal; soccer player (MVV).

1966 – Birth of Kristin Otto; swimmer (first woman athlete to win six gold medals at the Olympic Games (1988)).

1967 – Birth of Joseph Tilford Leigh Greene in Dayton, Ohio, USA; long jumper (Olympics-bronze-1992, 1996).

1968 – Birth of Martin Sinner in Koblenz, Germany; tennis star (1990 Pretoria).

1968 – Birth of Peter Bondra in Lutsk, Ukraine; NHL right wing (Washington Capitals).

1969 – Birth of Bucky Richardson; US football quarterback (Houston Oilers).

1969 – Birth of Fiona Robinson in Collie, Western Australia; basketball player (Olympics-bronze-1996).

1970 – Birth of Chris Gardocki; NFL punter (Indianapolis Colts).

1970 – Birth of Denis Chasse in Montréal, Quebec, Canada; NHL right wing (Winnipeg Jets).

1970 – Birth of Stanley Roberts; NBA center (Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves).

1971 – Birth of Andrew Currey; Australian javelin thrower (Olympics-1996).

1971 – Birth of Marvin Graves; Canadian Football League quarterback (Montreal Alouettes).

1972 – Birth of Aftab Habib; cricket player (Leicestershire right-handed batsman 1996).

1972 – Birth of John Slaney in Saint John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; NHL defenseman (Los Angeles Kings).

1973 – Birth of Billy Baumhoff in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA; soccer midfielder/forward (Olympics-gold-1996).

1973 – Birth of Juwan Howard; NBA forward/center (Washington Bullets/Wizards).

1973 – Birth of Kristin Godridge in Traralgon, Australia; tennis star (1993 Futures-Singapore).

1973 – Birth of Leanne Schuster in Mesa, Arizona, USA; WPVA volleyball player (National-9th-1995).

1973 – Birth of Sonia Paquette in St-Janvier, Québec, Canada; hurdler (Olympics-1996).

1973 – Birth of Tim Bowens; NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins).

1974 – Birth of Ryan Phillips; linebacker (New York Giants).

1974 – Birth of Steve Nash; NBA guard (Phoenix Suns).

1975 – Birth of Alexandre Daigle in Montréal, Quebec, Canada; NHL center (Ottawa Senators).

1975 – Birth of Marika Lehtimaki; ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics-1998).

1976 – Birth of Terry Battle; running back (Detroit Lions).

1977 – Birth of Christine Scheels in New Berlin, Wisconsin; speed skater (Olympics-1994).

1977 – Birth of Hillary Wolf in Chicago, Illinois; extra lightweight judoka (Olympics-1996).

1990 – Birth of Steven Stamkos, Canadian ice hockey player.

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 40 13 .755 23-4 17-9 9-1 28-7 9-1 5 W
Toronto 39 16 .709 2.0 22-5 17-11 6-4 23-10 6-4 2 W
Boston 35 19 .648 5.5 22-6 13-13 9-3 25-10 9-1 5 W
Indiana 35 19 .648 5.5 19-7 16-12 7-2 25-10 6-4 3 W
Philadelphia 34 20 .630 6.5 21-6 13-14 5-7 20-14 6-4 2 L
Brooklyn 29 27 .518 12.5 17-12 12-15 7-5 20-15 6-4 1 W
Charlotte 26 28 .481 14.5 19-9 7-19 6-2 19-15 5-5 2 L
Miami 25 27 .481 14.5 11-16 14-11 3-8 14-19 4-6 1 W

Detroit 24 29 .453 16.0 15-13 9-16 4-5 15-18 5-5 2 W
10 Washington 22 32 .407 18.5 16-11 6-21 6-5 15-21 4-6 3 L
11 Orlando 22 32 .407 18.5 14-15 8-17 4-5 16-15 3-7 1 L
12 Atlanta 18 35 .340 22.0 8-13 10-22 6-5 12-23 5-5 2 W
13 Chicago 12 42 .222 28.5 5-21 7-21 3-8 9-23 2-8 2 L
14 Cleveland 11 43 .204 29.5 6-21 5-22 2-9 9-26 2-8 2 L
15 New York 10 43 .189 30.0 4-21 6-22 2-10 6-30 0-10 14 L
Western Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Golden State 38 15 .717 20-7 18-8 9-2 23-10 9-1 2 W
Denver 37 17 .685 1.5 23-4 14-13 7-1 23-10 7-3 2 L
Oklahoma City 34 19 .642 4.0 18-7 16-12 4-4 18-14 8-2 1 W
Portland 32 21 .604 6.0 22-8 10-13 4-7 18-17 6-4 1 L
Houston 32 22 .593 6.5 19-8 13-14 6-5 20-14 7-3 3 W
San Antonio 32 24 .571 7.5 22-7 10-17 7-5 23-17 6-4 2 L
Utah 31 24 .564 8.0 17-10 14-14 5-6 18-15 7-3 1 W
LA Clippers 30 25 .545 9.0 15-12 15-13 8-3 19-17 6-4 1 W

Sacramento 28 26 .519 10.5 17-11 11-15 2-9 15-20 5-5 1 L
10 LA Lakers 27 27 .500 11.5 16-12 11-15 7-4 19-18 4-6 2 L
11 Dallas 25 28 .472 13.0 19-7 6-21 3-5 13-19 5-5 2 W
12 Minnesota 25 28 .472 13.0 17-10 8-18 4-6 15-21 4-6 2 L
13 New Orleans 24 31 .436 15.0 15-10 9-21 7-6 14-20 3-7 1 W
14 Memphis 22 33 .400 17.0 13-14 9-19 4-6 14-19 3-7 2 W
15 Phoenix 11 45 .196 28.5 7-21 4-24 1-9 7-28 0-10 12 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Tampa Bay Lightning 53 39 11 3 81 35 207 149 20-5-1 19-6-2 6-3-1
New York Islanders 52 30 16 6 66 28 152 128 15-7-4 15-9-2 6-2-2
Toronto Maple Leafs 53 33 17 3 69 33 190 150 17-11-1 16-6-2 5-4-1
Boston Bruins 54 29 17 8 66 28 155 140 18-7-3 11-10-5 4-2-4
Washington Capitals 53 29 18 6 64 26 178 168 15-9-4 14-9-2 2-6-2
Pittsburgh Penguins 53 28 19 6 62 27 183 164 15-10-2 13-9-4 4-6-0
Montreal Canadiens 54 30 18 6 66 28 164 156 16-10-3 14-8-3 7-2-1
Columbus Blue Jackets 52 29 20 3 61 29 169 162 14-11-2 15-9-1 5-5-0

Buffalo Sabres 52 26 20 6 58 22 153 160 15-7-3 11-13-3 4-6-0
10 Carolina Hurricanes 53 26 21 6 58 25 152 155 14-9-4 12-12-2 6-3-1
11 Philadelphia Flyers 53 24 23 6 54 22 153 177 13-10-3 11-13-3 9-1-0
12 New York Rangers 53 23 22 8 54 17 152 178 14-8-6 9-14-2 6-3-1
13 Florida Panthers 51 21 22 8 50 19 158 178 11-8-5 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 52 20 25 7 47 19 153 178 13-8-4 7-17-3 4-6-0
16 Ottawa Senators 53 19 29 5 43 19 163 199 12-11-4 7-18-1 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 53 34 16 3 71 32 187 149 20-6-3 14-10-0 7-2-1
San Jose Sharks 54 31 16 7 69 31 193 171 18-4-4 13-12-3 7-3-0
Nashville Predators 55 32 19 4 68 31 171 141 17-10-0 15-9-4 5-4-1
Vegas Golden Knights 55 30 21 4 64 28 163 150 16-6-3 14-15-1 4-6-0
Dallas Stars 53 28 21 4 60 28 138 134 18-8-2 10-13-2 6-4-0
Minnesota Wild 53 26 22 5 57 25 150 154 13-9-4 13-13-1 4-4-2
Vancouver Canucks 54 24 24 6 54 23 155 167 12-10-3 12-14-3 4-4-2

St. Louis Blues 51 24 22 5 53 24 146 153 12-13-2 12-9-3 7-2-1
10 Colorado Avalanche 52 22 22 8 52 22 173 173 10-10-5 12-12-3 2-8-0
11 Arizona Coyotes 53 23 25 5 51 21 140 155 9-12-3 14-13-2 4-4-2
12 Edmonton Oilers 53 23 25 5 51 20 153 178 12-14-1 11-11-4 3-5-2
13 Chicago Blackhawks 54 21 24 9 51 20 173 198 10-10-6 11-14-3 5-3-2
14 Anaheim Ducks 54 21 24 9 51 18 125 172 10-8-8 11-16-1 2-7-1
15 Los Angeles Kings 53 22 27 4 48 21 125 158 12-13-1 10-14-3 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 10-2 .833 6-0 4-2 21-2 .913 14-0 5-2 2-0 4-0
15 Purdue 9-2 .818 6-0 3-2 16-6 .727 11-0 3-4 2-2 4-4
Michigan State 9-3 .750 4-1 5-2 18-5 .783 10-1 6-3 2-1 5-1
19 Wisconsin 9-3 .750 4-2 5-1 17-6 .739 9-2 6-3 2-1 3-2
24 Maryland 9-4 .692 5-0 4-3 18-6 .750 12-2 5-3 1-1 2-3
20 Iowa 6-5 .545 4-2 2-3 17-5 .773 12-2 2-3 3-0 4-3
Minnesota 6-6 .500 5-2 1-4 16-7 .696 11-2 1-5 4-0 3-4
Ohio State 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 4-8 .333 3-4 1-4 11-11 .500 9-5 2-6 0-0 1-3
Illinois 4-8 .333 3-3 0-5 8-15 .348 7-5 0-6 1-4 2-5
Northwestern 3-8 .273 2-3 1-5 12-10 .545 9-4 1-5 2-1 0-4
Nebraska 3-9 .250 2-4 1-5 13-10 .565 9-4 2-5 2-1 1-4
Penn State 1-10 .091 0-6 1-4 8-14 .364 5-6 2-6 1-2 1-6

 

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Big Ten
Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
10 Maryland 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
Purdue 6-5 .545 4-1 2-4 15-9 .625 11-2 3-5 1-2 3-5
Indiana 6-6 .500 3-3 3-3 17-7 .708 9-3 6-3 2-1 1-2
Ohio State 6-6 .500 4-2 2-4 10-11 .476 8-3 2-6 0-2 2-4
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
Minnesota 5-7 .417 2-4 3-3 16-7 .696 11-4 5-3 0-0 2-2
Penn State 3-8 .273 2-4 1-4 10-12 .455 8-7 2-5 0-0 0-5
Wisconsin 2-9 .182 2-4 0-5 11-12 .478 8-5 1-6 2-1 0-5
Illinois 1-10 .091 0-6 1-4 9-13 .409 7-7 2-5 0-1 1-3