BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Liberty Christian 77 Seton Catholic 66….Jake Moynihan 31 points, 12 reb, 5 blocks…Sam Casper 27 points, 7 rebounds, Casper ties school record with 9 three’s

Connersville 59  East Central 39

Delta 62 New Castle 57  OT

 

Friday

Harrison at Central , 8 pm

Tech at Lafayette Jeff , 7:30 pm

Kokomo at Richmond , 7:30 pm(RADIOTROY.COM)

Logansport at Anderson , 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Marion , 7:30 pm

Centerville at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Union City, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at Tri , 7:30 pm

Union County at North Decatur, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Lincoln , 7:30 pm

Cowan at Randolph Southern , 7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at Morristown, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Lapel, 7:30 pm

Wapahani at Monroe Central , 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Eastbrook, 7:30 pm

Franklin County at Greenfield, 7:30 pm

Madison at Greensburg, 7:30 pm

South Dearborn at South Ripley, 7:30 pm

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: KOKOMO WILDKATS 7-12/2-5 NCC

Coach: Robert Wonnell, 30-38 in 3rd year at school, 185-125 in 13th year overall

SAGARIN RATINGS: Richmond, 77.21, 77th overall, 49th in 4A. Kokomo, 67.93, 159th overall, 80th in 4A.

LAST OUTING: Kokomo defeated Tipton, 66-61. Richmond defeated Anderson, 66-47.

vs. COMMON FOES: Kokomo 1-5; Richmond 3-3.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Kokomo 210-136. Richmond 159-171.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Kokomo, 17-8.

LAST MEETING: Kokomo, 41-36, Feb. 8, 2019.

 

RESULTS

Western               W            55           50

Westfield             L              50           68

Peru                      W            47           44

At McCutcheon W            49           48

At Lebanon         L              34           56

At Marion            L              69           95

N Warsaw           L              38           57

Eastern                 W            65           58

SB Adams            L              40           57

SB Washington  L              56           57

At Zionsville        L              46           58

Logansport         W            64           55

At FW Northrop L             61           66

At Harrison         L              37           58

Muncie Central L              50           85

Lafayette Jeff     L              57           97

At Lewis Cass     W            75           48

Indy Tech             L              53           74

Tipton                   W            66           61…Bobby Wonnell 20pts, Savion Barrett 16pts, RJ Ogelsby 10

KOKOMO TRIBUNE STORY

Kats shock Blue Devils with 25-0 run

Fifteen seconds into the fourth quarter, Kokomo’s boys basketball team looked in danger of being run off its own floor in a showcase game.

The Wildkats answered in a big way.

After Tipton guard Mylan Swan hit a 3-pointer to give the Class 2A No. 9-ranked Blue Devils a 59-41 lead, the Kats roared back with a 25-0 run to surge into the lead and they went on for a 66-61 win in the Basketball Day Indiana opener Saturday morning at Memorial Gym. Fox Sports Indiana televised the game.

“We have heart — unlimited heart,” said guard Bobby Wonnell, who scored a team-high 20 points and dished four assists. “To be down 15 going into the fourth, not too many teams could come back and win. It shows how tight we are and how family connected we are. I love playing with them.”

The Kats (7-12) made 8 of 13 shots from the field in the fourth quarter — including 4 of 6 from 3-land. They also did not commit a turnover.

“I thought [Saturday] was a good opportunity for us on a big stage to show everybody not only what we can be with some young, good players, but what we are right now when we play collectively and we play for each other,” Kokomo coach Bob Wonnell said. “We maybe only seized eight minutes of it, but what an eight minutes to seize.

“This is my 13th year as a head coach. I can’t remember something like that [comeback]. I’ve been a part of some big turnarounds, including some on the other side. Last year when we played Tipton, we were up 16 at halftime and lost in overtime.”

Tipton (13-4) controlled most of the first three quarters. The Blue Devils led 15-8 after the first quarter and 28-13 midway through the second quarter before the Kats went on a 12-0 run to draw within three. Tipton’s Ben Humrichous hit a nice fadeaway baseline jumper in the closing seconds to make it 30-25 at halftime.

Humrichous took over in the third quarter. The 6-foot-8 wing showed all of his offensive skills as he had two dunks, a long 3-pointer, midrange jumpers and a put back basket. He scored 16 points in the quarter as the Blue Devils surged to a 56-41 lead.

Savion Barrett scored to ignite the Kats’ 25-0 run and Shayne Spear followed with with a 3-pointer. Jackson Richards hit a triple midway through the quarter to bring the Kats within 59-55. At that point, the Kats already had five players score in the quarter.

“We have options,” Bobby Wonnell said. “When we move the ball, it’s dangerous if you’re on the other team. We just started clicking and I’m glad we did.”

Bobby Wonnell brought the Kats within 59-58 with a corner 3-pointer at 2:05. After Tipton committed a turnover, Richards hit another 3 for a 61-59 lead.

Richards was 1 of 9 from the field through the first three quarters, but was money when the Kats needed it.

“I started out rough, but that was a big shot. I just let it go and it was good,” Richards said.

After Tipton missed a shot, Spear made it 63-59 by making both ends of a one-and-bonus at :42. Ta’Shy Stewart split two free throws at :20 and Barrett made both ends at :12 to cap the Kats’ 25-0 run.

Barrett finished with 16 points and six rebounds. R.J. Ogleslby had 10 points and five rebounds. Richards had eight points and seven assists. Spear also had eight points and three assists.

Humrichous led the Devils with 25 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots and two assists. But the Kats held him scoreless in the fourth quarter. He was held without a shot until the final minute as the Devils’ offense sputtered.

“He’s so big and so good and so skilled,” Bob Wonnell said. “We kind of switched some guys around on him, put three or four different guys throughout the course of the game. He played 32 minutes and they need him to do just about everything. I think maybe toward the end of the game, he was wearing down a little bit and we started to pick up our pressure a little bit and sped them up.”

Swan, Noah Wolfe and Dalton Money had 10 points apiece for the Devils. Wolfe also had 10 rebounds and three assists and Money also had three assists.

“This [series], coming into [Saturday], three of three last six went to overtime. Tipton is a fantastic program and they’re not scared of Kokomo. We knew it was going to be a dogfight,” Bob Wonnell said.

 

TEAM STATS

Points Per Game                              53.3

Def Rebounds Per Game               18.7

Off Rebounds Per Game                 8.4

Rebounds Per Game                       27.1

Assists Per Game                              11.2

Steals Per Game                               6.0

Blocks Per Game                              2.6

Turnovers Per Game                       14.4

Fouls Per Game                                 14.0

Points                                                   1012

FG Per Game                                     381

FG Attemps                                        885

FG %                                                      43

Points Per Shot                                 1.1

Adjusted FG Percentage                48

Offensive Rebounds                       159

Defensive Rebounds                      355

Rebounds                                           514

Assists                                                  213

Steals                                                    114

Blocks                                                   50

Turnovers                                           274

Fouls                                                     266

3pt Made                                            92

3pt Attempts                                     296

3pt FG Percentage                          31

FT Made                                              158

FT Attempts                                       247

FT Per Game                                      64

2pt Made                                            289

2pt Attempts                                     589

2pt FG Percentage                          49

Assists Per Turnover                       0.78

Steals Per Turnover                         0.42

Steals Per Foul                                   0.43

Blocks Per Foul                                  0.19

Charges Taken                                   2

Deflections                                         0

Technical Fouls                                  2

Double Double                                  1

Points Per 32                                      10.7

Assists Per 32                                     2.2

Rebounds Per 32                              5.4

Steals Per 32                                       1.2

Blocks Per 32                                      0.5

Turnovers Per 32                              2.9

Fouls Per 32                                        2.8

 

NCC SCHEDULE

Friday, Feb. 14

Harrison at Central , 8 pm

Tech at Lafayette Jeff , 7:30 pm

Kokomo at Richmond , 7:30 pm

Logansport at Anderson, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Marion , 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, Feb. 15

Metropolitan at Tech, 7:30 pm

Richmond at Logansport, 7:30 pm

 

NCC STANDINGS

Lafayette Jeff 7 – 0, 19 – 3

Harrison 5 – 2, 14 – 5

Marion 5 – 2, 9 – 8

Richmond 4 – 2, 12 – 7 W7

Tech 4 – 3, 7 – 9

Muncie Central 4 – 3, 8 – 11

McCutcheon 2 – 5, 9 – 9

Kokomo 2 – 5, 7 – 12

Logansport 1 – 5, 6 – 12

Anderson 0 – 7, 1 – 19 L10

 

GIRLS REGIONAL PAIRINGS

CLASS 4A

LAPORTE

Crown Point [26-0] vs. Penn [25-2]

Munster [22-5] vs. LaPorte [18-7]

MARION

Fishers [23-1] vs. Northwestern [26-0]

Homestead [25-1] vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne) [17-6]

DECATUR CENTRAL

Ben Davis [13-11] vs. Lawrence North [22-4]

New Palestine [18-7] vs. Brownsburg [20-8]

COLUMBUS NORTH

Franklin Central [15-11] vs. East Central [22-5]

Bedford North Lawrence [19-5] vs. Evansville North [20-5]

 

CLASS 3A

JIMTOWN

Mishawaka Marian [22-5] vs. NorthWood [24-3]

Knox [24-1] vs. Lighthouse CPA [16-7]

BELLMONT

Norwell [21-4] vs. Winchester [23-3]

Benton Central [24-3] vs. Garrett [16-8]

GREENCASTLE

Indianapolis Ritter [16-9] vs. Brownstown Central [24-3]

Heritage Christian [18-7] vs. Danville [20-5]

CHARLESTOWN

Evansville Memorial [22-3] vs. Greensburg [23-3]

Washington [21-3] vs. Salem [22-3]

 

CLASS 2A

WINAMAC

Andrean [15-12] vs. Bremen [18-7]

South Central (Union Mills) [19-7] vs. Adams Central [19-7]

FRANKTON

Eastbrook [12-13] vs. Frankton [18-7]

Lafayette Central Catholic [19-7] vs. Rochester [18-7]

SOUTHMONT

Shenandoah [23-2] vs. South Putnam [18-6]

Triton Central [24-0] vs. Covenant Christian [17-8]

PAOLI

Evansville Mater Dei [10-14] vs. Linton-Stockton [21-5]

Eastern (Pekin) [18-8] vs. North Decatur [14-11]

 

CLASS 1A

CASTON

Fort Wayne Blackhawk [18-7] vs. Morgan Twp. [22-3]

Oregon-Davis [19-4] vs. Pioneer [22-2]

TRI-CENTRAL

North Vermillion [20-6] vs. Blue River [14-9]

Daleville [11-13] vs. Northfield [19-6]

SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)

North Central (Farmersburg) [18-7] vs. Bethesda Christian [18-6]

Greenwood Christian [21-5] vs. Jac-Cen-Del [21-4]

WEST WASHINGTON

Lanesville [23-3] vs. Trinity Lutheran [24-3]

Tecumseh [18-5] vs. Loogootee [23-2]

 

WRESTLING: NEW CASTLE SEMI-STATE OPENING ROUND PAIRINGS

106

Bryce Lowery Roncalli, 32-0 vs. Bryson Hale Centerville, 22-2

113

Dylan Driver Westfield, 28-9,  vs. Jake Necessary Richmond, 33-7

Brac Hooper Carmel, 24-3 vs. Jackson Marker Centerville, 34-9

126

Luke Gonzalez Indianapolis Cathedral, 27-9 vs. Sekaye Maitland Richmond, 26-10

132

Devin Frazier Centerville, 41-1 vs. Luke Goodwin Southport, 35-4

138

Logan Bailey Indianapolis Cathedral, 33-1 vs. Josh Miles Cambridge City Lincoln, 27-4

145

Brady McKivitz Perry Meridian, 29-9 vs. Gabe Phillips Centerville, 21-1

152

Shane Bates Zionsville, 35-1 vs. Orlan Foster Connersville, 22-13

Eli Fox Lebanon, 21-14 vs. Tyler Vredeveld Centerville, 41-1

160

Luke Davis Zionsville, 30-5 vs. Javin Payne Hagerstown, 29-11

170

Leo Calderon Centerville, 36-6 vs. Bradley Harrington North Central (Indianapolis), 41-2

195

Jacob Huffman Indianapolis Cathedral, 26-10 vs. Guy Shaffer Hagerstown, 25-9

220

Evan Shafer Connersville, 27-4 vs. Dakota Arvin Westfield, 28-11

Blaine Pierce Richmond, 33-3 vs. Matt Schilling Clinton Prairie, 31-7

285

Josh Berger Northeastern, 43-2 vs. Kolt Keller Clinton Central, 15-7

Andrew Irick Hamilton Southeastern, 30-1 vs. Robby Pandoli Tri, 25-10

 

 

2019-20 GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING STATE TOURNAMENT

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, 6 pm ET (Swimming prelims, public gates open at 4:30 pm ET).
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, 9 am ET (Diving prelims and semis, public gates open at 7:30 am ET), 1 pm ET (Consolations and finals for all events).

Site: Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis

Admission: Unreserved tickets are $8 per session or $15 both days. A limited number of $18 reserved season tickets may be purchased online exclusively via the IHSAA e-commerce site at IHSAA.org beginning Thursday, Feb. 6, 2019 at 9 am ET / 8 am CT. Reserved seating for a single session will not be available. Reserved tickets will not be sold over the phone or in person at the IHSAA Office.

Webstream: All competition will be streamed live at IHSAAtv.org. Friday’s preliminaries begin at 6 pm ET / 5 CT, Saturday’s diving competition starts at 9 am ET / 8 CT and championship and consolation finals at 1 pm ET / 12 CT.

Advancement
The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday’s prelims will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats. All diving will take place on Saturday with the top 20 of 32 competitors advancing from the prelims to the semis after five dives each. After three dives each in the semis, the top 16 will advance to the final round for another three dives each.

 

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

16 Colorado        60           Final

17 Oregon           68

 

21 Iowa                 77           Final

Indiana                 89

 

College basketball TV schedule, game times

Friday, Feb. 14

Buffalo at Toledo | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Monmouth at Canisius | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Fairfield at Marist | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Manhattan at Iona | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Quinnipiac at Saint Peter’s | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Brown at Penn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Columbia at Dartmouth | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Cornell at Harvard | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Yale at Princeton | 7 p.m. | ESPNN

Davidson at St. Bonaventure | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

IUPUI at Northern Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Akron at Central Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Purdue Fort Wayne at North Dakota State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

UIC at Wright State | 9 p.m. | ESPN2

Rider at Siena | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

 

Saturday, Feb. 15

Oklahoma at No. 3 Kansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Syracuse at No. 8 Florida State | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Northwestern at No. 13 Penn State | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Purdue at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX

Tulsa at South Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Saint Joseph’s at Rhode Island | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 6 Dayton at UMass | 12:30 p.m. | NBCSN

No. 24 Texas Tech at Oklahoma State | 1 p.m. | CBS

Mississippi State at Arkansas | 1 p.m. | SEC Network

New Hampshire at UMBC | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Cleveland State at Detroit Mercy | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Ohio at Kent State | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Samford at The Citadel | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

East Tennessee State at VMI | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Bowling Green at Ball State | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Ole Miss at No. 12 Kentucky | 2 p.m. | ESPN

Old Dominion at North Texas | 2 p.m. | ESPNU

Coastal Carolina at Georgia State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Bradley at Southern Illinois | 2 p.m. | CBSSN

UMass Lowell at Hartford | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas at Iowa State | 2 p.m. | ESPN2

Wake Forest at Miami | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Binghamton at Vermont | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Wisconsin at Nebraska | 2:15 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Georgetown at No. 19 Butler | 2:30 p.m. | FOX

La Salle at Saint Louis | 2:30 p.m. | NBCSN

Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Florida Atlantic at Louisiana Tech | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Arkansas State at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Little Rock at UT Arlington | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Youngstown State at Oakland | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Charlotte at Rice | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

FIU at Southern Miss | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

UAB at Middle Tennessee | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Houston Baptist at Lamar | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Northern Illinois at Miami (Ohio) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Georgia at Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 14 West Virginia at No. 1 Baylor | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 5 Louisville at Clemson | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Notre Dame at No. 7 Duke | 4 p.m. | ESPN

No. 25 LSU at Alabama | 4 p.m. | ESPN2

Chattanooga at Furman | 4 p.m. | ESPN3

Marshall at UTEP | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Appalachian State at Georgia Southern | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

UL Monroe at South Alabama | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Wagner at Merrimack | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

VCU at Richmond | 4 p.m. | CBSSN

Kennesaw State at Stetson | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

SE Louisiana at Nicholls | 4 p.m. | ESPN3

Winthrop at Presbyterian | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 22 Illinois at Rutgers | 4:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Radford at Campbell | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Charleston Southern at UNC Asheville | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Eastern Kentucky at Austin Peay | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+

George Washington at George Mason | 4:30 p.m. | NBCSN

UNC Greensboro at Mercer | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Central Arkansas at Sam Houston State | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN3

SIU-Edwardsville at SE Missouri State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Morehead State at Murray State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Kansas State at TCU | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Florida Gulf Coast at Lipscomb | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

North Alabama at North Florida | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Eastern Illinois at UT Martin | 5 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 9 Maryland at Michigan State | 6 p.m. | ESPN

No. 11 Auburn at Missouri | 6 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 20 Houston at SMU | 6 p.m. | ESPNU

UNLV at New Mexico | 6 p.m. | CBSSN

Brown at Princeton | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Yale at Penn | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Tennessee at South Carolina | 6 p.m. | SEC Network

Pitt at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ACC Network

Jacksonville State at Belmont | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Hampton at Longwood | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Columbia at Harvard | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisiana at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

NJIT at Liberty | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Carolina at Wofford | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Cornell at Dartmouth | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

South Carolina Upstate at High Point | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Valparaiso at Illinois State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Green Bay at Milwaukee | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

DePaul at No. 23 Creighton | 7:30 p.m. | FS1

No. 10 Seton Hall at Providence | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

Vanderbilt at Florida | 8 p.m. | SEC Network

Washington State at USC |  8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

UNI at Illinois Chicago | 8 p.m. | ESPN2

South Dakota at Oral Roberts | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Chicago State at Grand Canyon | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

North Dakota at Western Illinois | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Virginia at North Carolina | 8 p.m. | ESPN

Tennessee Tech at Tennessee State | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Cal Poly at CSU Fullerton | 9 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 2 Gonzaga at Pepperdine | 10 p.m. | ESPN

No. 16 Colorado at Oregon State | 10 p.m. | FS1

Washington at UCLA | 10 p.m. | ESPN2

Utah State at Fresno State | 10 p.m. | ESPNU

BYU at San Diego | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Kansas City at CSU Bakersfield | 10 p.m. | ESPN3

Arizona at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

UC Irvine at Hawai’i | 11:59 p.m. | ESPN2

 

TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Auburn                                 53           Final

1 South Carolina                79

 

9 Louisville                          66           Final

4 NCSt                                  59

 

17 Iowa                                 59           Final

10 Maryland                        93

 

San Francisco                     38           Final

15 Gonzaga                         56

 

Vanderbilt                           53           Final

16 Texas A&M                    74

 

19 Northwestern             66           Final

Michigan                           60

 

20 Indiana                           59           Final

Illinois                                  54

 

WestIl                                   51           Final

21 South Dakota                88

 

25 Tennessee                    65           Final

LSU                                      75

 

ELSEWHERE

Big 10

Purdue                                 62

Wisconsin                            59

 

Nebraska                             75

Penn State                          58

 

Ohio State                           99

Minnesota                          76

 

Michigan State                  57

Rutgers                               53

 

ELSEWHERE

IUPUI                                   62

Wright State                      58

 

Drake                                   66

Evansville                            51

 

Indiana State                     65

Northern Iowa                  63

 

NBA SCOREBORD

LA Clippers          133         Final 2OT

Boston                 141

 

Oklahoma City   123         Final

New Orleans      118

 

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Columbus            3              Final-OT

Buffalo                 4

 

Dallas                    3              Final

Toronto                2

 

Edmonton           1              Final

Tampa Bay          3

 

Philadelphia       6              Final

Florida                 2

 

Detroit                 1              Final

New Jersey         4

 

Arizona                 2              Final

Ottawa                  3

 

NY Islanders       0              Final

Nashville             5

 

NY Rangers        4              F-SO

Minnesota          3

 

Washington        3              Final

Colorado             2

 

St. Louis              5              Final-OT

Vegas                   6

 

Calgary                 6              Final

Anaheim              0

 

 

DAYTONA 500 SCHEDULE

Friday, Feb. 14

5:05 p.m. ET       Daytona 500 practice                      FS1         MRN

 

Saturday, Feb. 15

12:30 p.m. ET     Daytona 500 final practice            FS1         MRN

 

Sunday, Feb. 16

2:30 p.m. ET       Daytona 500                                       Fox         MRN

 

 

MLB spring training report dates

Grapefruit League in Florida 

Team First pitchers and catchers workout First full-squad workout
Atlanta Braves Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Detroit Tigers Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Houston Astros Thursday, Feb. 13 Monday, Feb. 17
Miami Marlins Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Minnesota Twins Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
New York Mets Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
New York Yankees Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, Feb. 13 Monday, Feb. 17
Washington Nationals Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18

Cactus League in Arizona

Team First pitchers and catchers workout First full-squad workout
Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Chicago White Sox Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Feb. 15 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Cleveland Indians Thursday, Feb. 13 Monday, Feb. 17
Colorado Rockies Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Feb. 14 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Oakland Athletics Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
San Diego Padres Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18
San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Seattle Mariners Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Texas Rangers Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17

Spring training locations for all 30 teams

Grapefruit League in Florida

Team Location Venue
Atlanta Braves North Port CoolToday Park
Baltimore Orioles Sarasota Ed Smith Stadium
Boston Red Sox Fort Myers JetBlue Park at Fenway South
Detroit Tigers Lakeland Joker Marchant Stadium
Florida Marlins Jupiter Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium
Houston Astros West Palm Beach FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
Minnesota Twins Fort Myers Hammond Stadium
New York Mets Port St. Lucie First Data Field
New York Yankees Tampa George M. Steinbrenner Field
Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater Spectrum Field
Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton LECOM Park
St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter Roger Dean Stadium
Tampa Bay Rays Port Charlotte Charlotte Sports Park
Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin Dunedin Stadium
Washington Nationals West Palm Beach The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Cactus League in Arizona

Team Location Venue
Arizona Diamondbacks Scottsdale Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Chicago Cubs Mesa Sloan Park
Chicago White Sox Glendale Camelback Ranch
Cincinnati Reds Goodyear Goodyear Ballpark
Cleveland Indians Goodyear Goodyear Ballpark
Colorado Rockies Scottsdale Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Kansas City Royals Surprise Surprise Stadium
Los Angeles Angels Tempe Tempe Diablo Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers Glendale Camelback Ranch
Milwaukee Brewers Phoenix Maryvale Baseball Park
Oakland Athletics Mesa HoHoKam Stadium
San Diego Padres Peoria Peoria Sports Complex
San Francisco Giants Scottsdale Scottsdale Stadium
Seattle Mariners Peoria Peoria Sports Complex
Texas Rangers Surprise Surprise Stadium

 

Indiana uses 3-point flurry to beat No. 21 Iowa, end skid

BLOOMINGTON — Devonte Green started fast Thursday night.

After making his first four 3-pointers, Green’s teammates cranked up the pace, too. And it worked, for a change.

Green knocked down a season-high seven 3s, finished with 27 points and helped the Hoosiers break out of their offensive funk with an 89-77 victory over No. 21 Iowa.

“It’s just a good feeling,” said Green, who has come off the bench the last nine games. “When you see one and two and three and four go in, you’re like, ‘I’m going to shoot it. I’m going to shoot it till I miss it. And then I’m going to shoot it again.’ ”

He didn’t disappoint in a game the Hoosiers desperately needed to switch gears following four straight losses.

The timing was perfect, too. Green’s older brother, Danny, came to town to watch since his Los Angeles Lakers were off. Several of Green’s former college teammates — OG Anunoby, James Blackmon Jr. and Juwan Morgan — also were in the building.

And Green and Trayce Jackson-Davis, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds, put on a show.

The Hoosiers (16-8, 6-7 Big Ten) made a season-high 11 3s — more than double their league-low average of 5.3 per game.

“When he hits one and two, you have to find a way to get him flares, just any of those ways,” Jackson-Davis said of Green. “You’ve just got to get him the ball because he’s hot. He can touch it. It can go in anytime he touches it.”

Green wasn’t the only one with a hot hand.

Luka Garza scored 38 points for Iowa, falling two short of matching the Assembly Hall single-game scoring record by an opponent. Joe Wieskamp added 16 for the Hawkeyes (17-8, 8-6), who have lost three of five following a five-game winning streak.

But Green started the decisive 12-0 first-half spurt by knocking down his third and fourth 3s before making free throws after drawing a foul on his next long-distance attempt. When the flurry ended, Indiana led 31-16 and Iowa spent the rest of the night futilely playing catch-up.

“He made seven,” coach Fran McCaffery said. “You can’t let a guy get seven but once you get him going, who knows?”

Aljami Durham’s 3 closed out the first half and gave the Hoosiers a 49-34 lead, and Indiana scored the first five points of the second half to take a 19-point lead.

Iowa didn’t get closer than 10 again.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: Defense has been the Hawkeyes’ biggest flaw all season, and it bit them hard again Thursday night. But Iowa had plenty of other woes in this one — committing 19 turnovers, making only 4 of 14 from 3-point range and not giving Garza much help. The good news is they’ve completed their trips to Indiana and Purdue, both losses. The bad news: They must return to the Hoosier State next month for the Big Ten Tournament.

Indiana: Scoring has been a struggle lately for the Hoosiers, but on Thursday, they found a solution by playing at a faster pace, moving the ball and taking advantage of their athleticism. The next challenge is demonstrating they can keep playing this way, build confidence and start stacking wins.

STAT PACK

Iowa: In two trips to the state of Indiana this season, the Hawkeyes allowed 110 total points in the first halves. … Garza had 21 of the Hawkeyes 34 points in the first half; nobody else had more than six. … Bakari Evelyn finished with nine points. … Iowa has lost three straight road games.

Indiana: Green made five 3s and had 18 points in the first half. … Rob Phinisee wound up with 12 points, five assists and three steals while Race Thompson added a career high 10 points and four steals. … The 49 first-half points were the most scored by Indiana in any half since a 52-point first half against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 25. … The Hoosiers had a 39-28 rebounding advantage.

SCARY SCENE

Iowa guard CJ Fredrick left the game with 5:24 to go in the first half when he crashed to the floor. He stayed down for several minutes before two trainers helped him hop off the floor, unable to put any weight his right leg.

Following the game, McCaffery said the initial diagnosis was a sprained ankle.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” McCaffery said when asked about Fredrick’s status for the Hawkeyes’ next game. “It wasn’t a good one.”

HE SAID IT

Indiana coach Archie Miller on Green: “I was just talking to his brother, Danny, in the locker room, to see if he could skip the regular season for the Lakers and see if he could hang around here a little bit. He said he couldn’t. Maybe we can Facetime him every day, I don’t know.“

UP NEXT

Iowa: Makes its next stop at Minnesota on Saturday.

Indiana: Begins two-game road trip at Michigan on Sunday.

 

No. 17 Oregon rallies to overtake No 16 Colorado 68-60

EUGENE — Coming from behind to win is nothing new for Oregon.

The 17th-ranked Ducks had already rallied from double-figure deficits to win four games this season. They did it a fifth time Thursday night to overtake No. 16 Colorado 68-60 and move into a tie for the Pac-12 lead at 8-4. Both teams are also 19-6 overall.

Will Richardson scored 21 points, including 17 in the second half, as the Ducks came back from a 14-point deficit in the first half and 12 points in the second. They used a 12-0 run in the waning minutes to overtake and put away the Buffaloes.

The Buffaloes struggled when the Ducks increased their pressure in the second half to spark their rally. The Ducks not only had 12 steals but four times Colorado had shot-clock violations when it was stymied.

“Stuff like that just gets you going as a player and as a team,” Richardson said. “The crowd loves when you hustle. The crowd was amazing, one of the best of the year. Definitely got to thank the crowd.”

Colorado coach Tad Boyle felt “we got on our heels offensively. In the first half we attacked their pressure. In the second half, we didn’t attack their pressure.

“We beat (the Ducks) in Boulder because we took care of the ball. You can’t turn the ball over 18 times in this building and win.”

Richardson also had nine rebounds. Payton Pritchard added 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Ducks.

Evan Battey and D’Shawn Schwartz each had 14 points for Colorado.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” Boyle said of the loss. “This was for first place and now we’re back in the muck of it and we didn’t separate. We had an opportunity to do that.”

The Buffaloes went on a 20-0 run to build a 30-16 lead while the Ducks missed 11 consecutive field goal attempts and were called for a pair of charges.

“It didn’t look good there for a while,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “But the guys continued to grind it out and find a way.”

Colorado led 35-26 at halftime, shooting 48% from the field (14 for 29) after a cold start while the Ducks shot 32% in the opening half (10 for 31). Both teams finished at 39%

“We ran into that stretch there in the first half, we couldn’t get the press set, couldn’t get anything going,” Altman said. “Missed a lot of shots inside … just didn’t finish. Got some steals and couldn’t finish.

“The second half, we really got it turned around.”

Oregon’s deficit was at 12 points before the Ducks rallied within 43-40 with 13 minutes left but Colorado answered with 3-pointers from Schwartz and Lucas Siewert to push the lead back to nine points.

The Ducks drew within two points at 51-49 and 55-53 and had possession but couldn’t convert until finally Richardson’s two free throws with 4:18 left knotted the game at 58-58.

Richardson then hit a 3-pointers for Oregon’s first lead since the opening minutes.

“We feel that we gave that game away,” Battey said. “It sucks but there’s nothing we can do about it now.”

 

Cincinnati rallies, beats Memphis 92-86 in overtime

CINCINNATI  — Tre Scott had 25 points and 19 rebounds, Jarron Cumberland scored eight of his 15 in overtime and Cincinnati rallied to beat Memphis 92-86 on Thursday night.

After a Memphis free throw to start overtime, the Bearcats went on an 8-0 run, including a three-point play on Cumberland’s only field goal, which came on the fifth foul for Precious Achiuwa. The Tigers didn’t get closer than five thereafter with Cumberland making five free throws in the final 35 seconds.

Memphis had a 10-point lead with six minutes left in regulation but the Bearcats rallied to tie the game twice in the last minute, the final time with 10.5 seconds left after Cumberland grabbed an offensive rebound and Scott was fouled, making both free throws. Memphis’ Alex Lomax had his layup blocked from behind by Mika Adams-Woods to send the game into overtime.

Scott tied his career high in points and set a personal best with his 19 boards. Cumberland finished 1 of 7 from the field but made 13 of 15 free throws and had nine assists. Adams-Woods scored 14 points, Keith Williams 11 and Jaevin Cumberland, Jarron’s cousin, added 10 for the Bearcats (16-8, 9-3 American Athletic Conference), who have won six of their last seven games and stayed on the heels of first-place Houston (10-2).

Achiuwa scored 20 of his 22 points after halftime and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds. Boogie Ellis added 19 points, Lester Quinones 18 and Tyler Harris 11 for the Tigers, who beat Cincinnati 60-49 on Jan. 16.

 

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 20 Hoosiers Squeak Out Win Over Illinois

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Junior guard Jaelynn Penn hit big free throws down the stretch as No. 20 Indiana held on for a 59-54 win at Illinois on Thursday night.

KEY MOMENTS

  • The Hoosiers would open up the game on a 6-0 run before Illinois matched it with 5:21 to go. Patberg’s 3-pointer kept it tied at 9-9 with her first 3-pointer of the night. But UI would respond from one of Ali Andrew’s seven points in the first quarter as it took a 12-10 lead at the end of the first.
  • Another run for IU including back-to-back buckets from junior guard Jaelynn Penn cut the deficit down to one, trailing 17-16. Responding again, UI pushed its lead up to as many as nine with 4:40 to go.
  • Indiana would go on to score the final five points of the half and trail by two, 27-25, at the break. Their scoring run continued through the third quarter as it quickly built its largest lead of the game at seven behind five points from Patberg, a Gulbe bucket and two at the line from senior forward Brenna Wise.
  • But once again the Hoosiers’ offense went stagnant, allowing the Fighting Illini to regain the lead with 2:59 remaining in the third. Gulbe and Wise combined to push the lead back to three but a 3-pointer on the opposite end tied the game back up. Junior guard Keyanna Warthen’s bucket under the rim made the difference in the third, giving IU the 45-43 lead.
  • Scoreless for the first two minutes of the fourth, Illinois took control of the lead once again with just under six minutes on the clock.
  • After Patberg hit a pair at the line to tie the game at 49-all, Indiana would get help from a flagrant 1 foul called against Illinois as Penn stepped up and connected at the line with 3:31 remaining. On the ensuing possession, Patberg found Gulbe open underneath and then again found Berger on the baseline to make it a six-point edge, 55-49.
  • Illinois had chances and made it a three-point game with 25 seconds to go but Penn stepped up again at the line in the bonus, knocking down two at the stripe to send IU home with a win.

NOTABLE

  • With the win, Indiana notches win number 20, the fastest the program has ever reached that mark in program history. It’s the fifth-straight season the Hoosiers have reached 20 or more wins and the 10thtime in program history.
  • Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg led with a team-high 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds.
  • Sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe also had double figures with 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds and three blocks.
  • Junior guard Jaelynn Penn went 6-for-6 at the line and notched 10 points and six rebounds.
  • The Hoosiers also won the margin on the glass, 45-29.
  • Indiana improves to 43-30 all-time in the series and pushes its win streak over the Illini to 10.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well we are happy to be leaving Illinois with a win tonight. We found away tonight to get out of her with a win. As I told the kids, I am very happy for them, but there are still so many things that we have to go back and clean up. On a night that we didn’t shoot the ball very well, we have to figure out what is going on there with how poorly we shot it at Nebraska and then again tonight at Illinois. We have to find our rhythm and our confidence back in our shot. Happy for the guys, we made just enough plays once again just like we did the other day at Nebraska. We did a tremendous job on the boards. Part of our issue is just the turnovers which really hurt us in the first quarter. We got out to a fast start but then started giving it to the team in white which was frustrating. Overall, we still have a lot of work to do, but sometimes all the wins aren’t pretty. Tonight, we are leaving here with an ugly win, so we’re happy.”

UP NEXT

Indiana returns home on Sunday when it hosts Ohio State to celebrate National Girls and Women In Sports Day and Alumni Day. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. ET.

 

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Oden’s Triple Lifts Purdue to Road Win at Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wisc. – When the ball left her hands, Dominique Oden called game. With 11.8 seconds remaining, the senior drained a 3-pointer to lift the Purdue women’s basketball team to a 62-59 road win at Wisconsin. The last-second win lifted the Boilermakers to 16-10 on the year and 7-7 in Big Ten Conference play.

Oden and fellow Senior Ae’Rianna Harris powered the Boilermakers (16-10, 7-7) with 36 combined points. Coming off the bench for just the second time this season, Harris went off to the tune of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Oden dropped 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including her lone triple of the night in the final seconds.

Purdue connected on 41.7% of its field goals and just a quartet of triples, with two of them in the fourth quarter. Fatou Diagne made the most of her season-high 27 minutes with eight points and nine rebounds.

After the Boilermakers opened a six-point lead heading into the fourth on an alley-oop from Cassidy Hardin to Oden, Wisconsin (11-14, 3-11) rallied to take the lead with four minutes to play. Hardin put the visitors up with a triple at the 3:58 mark, but Wisconsin tied it up on the ensuing possession.

Both clubs traded a pair of free throws, but Purdue’s defense did not allow the Badgers to score in open play the rest of the game. Following Oden’s go-ahead 3-pointer, the Boilermakers played vicious defense on the final possession, forcing Wisconsin into a desperate heave that was well off the mark.

ANOTHER RI-CORD

Harris etched her name into Purdue’s record book yet again on Thursday night. The senior took sole possession of the Boilermakers’ double-doubles title with the 28th of her career. Harris now owns the program career records for blocks, rebounds, and defensive rebounds, as well as the Purdue record for blocks in a career

QUOTABLES

Head coach Sharon Versyp after the game…

I’m incredibly proud of this team. We constant stood up to any run they made and found a way to win. Without Karissa tonight, we needed several players to step up, and we got just that out of Kayana, Cass and Fatou. As big as Nique’s shot was, I was even more thrilled by the defense on that last possession.

On the play of the seniors…

I can’t say enough about those two. Dominique and Ae’Rianna have been huge for us throughout their career. We needed a special performance from them to get the win on the road. They’re finding another level as their final regular season comes to a close.

Dominique Oden on when the ball left her hands…

I knew it was good the second I released it. It felt good. It felt really good. I was excited to win this one on the road.

NOTES

  • Purdue leads the all-time series against Wisconsin 53-20.
  • The Boilermakers have won five of the last six against the Badgers
  • The Boilermakers opened with a lineup of Diagne, Kayana Traylor, Cassidy Hardin, Jenelle Grant and Oden for the first time this season. It was the seventh different starting lineup this season.
  • Hardin connected on a pair of triples and hauled down five rebounds.
  • Purdue’s last “last-second winner” was a triple from Karissa McLaughlin against Northwestern on Feb. 17, 2019.
  • Harris is averaging 24 points and 10.5 rebounds off the bench this season.
  • The Boilermakers matched their season-low with 10 turnovers.
  • The game featured eight lead changes and 12 ties, both season highs.
  • The Boilermakers were without Karissa McLaughlin for the first time this season due to injury.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will head to Illinois on Sunday afternoon for a 3 p.m. tip on BTN+.

 

Tatum scores 39, Celtics hold off Clippers 141-133 in 2OT

Jayson Tatum didn’t want to smile. But sometimes the moment calls for it.

The Celtics were trailing 124-123 in the final minute of overtime in their back-and-forth slugfest with the Clippers and Tatum found himself defended by Landry Shamet and Montrezl Harrell. Tatum hesitated, sidestepped Shamet, then spun around Harrell for a layup. As the crowd cheered around him, Tatum led out a loud yell, flexing his arms.

The play didn’t win the game and gave Tatum just two of the 39 points he scored in Boston’s thrilling 141-133 double-overtime win on Thursday night. But it’s the latest sign that the first-time All-Star is getting more comfortable as a go-to player.

“I did get a little excited,” Tatum said. “I try to be as calm as I can and try to keep a poker face and move on to the next play. But basketball is a game of emotions and the crowd was into it.”

Marcus Smart added 31 points and Gordon Hayward finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kemba Walker had 19 points and nine rebounds. Tatum and Smart combined for 16 of Boston’s 27 points in the overtime periods.

The Celtics have won seven straight at home and eight of their last nine overall.

The Clippers played most of the game without Paul George, who left in the second quarter with a left hamstring strain. Lou Williams led Los Angeles with 35 points. Kawhi Leonard had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Harrell finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds.

George played 15 minutes, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting before heading to the locker room.

The first meeting between the teams on Nov. 20 was also decided in overtime. The Clippers held on for a 107-104 win.

The Celtics took a 134-130 lead in the second OT on a driving layup by Smart and another by Tatum.

“He’s more assertive,” Leonard said of Tatum. “They are trusting him and he is trusting himself.”

Harrell got a dunk on the Clippers’ next trip up the floor. But Hayward responded with a 3 to increase Boston’s lead to 137-132.

 

Gallinari, Paul push Thunder past Zion, Pelicans 123-118

The veteran savvy of Danilo Gallinari and Chris Paul helped Oklahoma City withstand the latest stirring performance by Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson.

Gallinari scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Paul had 14 points and 12 assists, and the Thunder beat New Orleans 123-118 on Thursday night.

“Down the stretch, that’s when we feel like we’re at our best,” Paul said. “It was Gallo tonight. He was killer.”

Williamson set his new single-game scoring mark with 32 points for New Orleans, his second straight game scoring more than 30, but Gallinari’s clutch shooting kept the Pelicans at bay.

New Orleans, which trailed by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, rallied behind Williamson’s dominant inside play to take several slim leads inside the final six minutes.

But after Lonzo Ball’s corner 3 gave the Pelicans a 111-110 lead, Gallinari hit a fall-away in the paint and followed up by rattling in a 3. He added free throws and a left-wing pull-up in the final minutes, the last making it 121-115 with 30 seconds left.

“They just have a way of hanging in games and closing them,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “They made plays down the stretch and we just didn’t.”

Dennis Schroder scored 22 points for the Thunder and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 17 points. Thunder center Steven Adams capped his 11-point, 11-rebound, three-block night with a clutch jumper in the paint that made it 119-114.

“We had a lot of guys step up in different moments,” Thunder coach Billy Donvan said. “We found a way to make enough plays there at the end.”

JJ Redick scored 24 points for the Pelicans, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped in a compelling, highlight-filled contest that saw 22 lead changes and 12 ties.

Both teams shot better than 48%, but New Orleans was done in by 17 turnovers that the Thunder converted into 24 points. Oklahoma City committed just nine turnovers.

 

Sticking to script: Bregman, Astros discuss sign stealing

Alex Bregman spoke for about 30 seconds and said he was sorry, but did not say why. He said he had learned, but did not say what.

On a patch of grass between the Houston Astros’ spring training building and fields, under a sun obscured by clouds, the star third baseman stepped to a microphone at a news conference, becoming the first player Thursday to apologize — without really discussing with any detail— for the sign-stealing scheme from the club’s 2017 World Series championship season.

“I am really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization and by me. I have learned from this and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans,” Bregman began, before thanking Astros fans and saying he and his teammates “are totally focused on moving forward to the 2020 season.”

And thus the script was set.

The most eyebrow-raising statement came soon thereafter, when Astros owner Jim Crane replied to a question from a reporter by saying: “Our opinion is that this didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series. And we’ll leave it at that.”

Moments later, Crane tried to backtrack, saying, “It’s hard to determine how it impacted the game, if it impacted the game.”

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred disciplined the Astros after he found the team broke rules by using electronics to steal signs during 2017 and 2018. The investigation found the Astros used the video feed from a center field camera to view and decode opposing catchers’ signs. Players banged on a trash can to signal to batters what was coming, believing it would improve chances of getting a hit.

Manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow were given one-year suspensions by Manfred; Crane then quickly fired both. MLB did not punish any players for the cheating and Crane said he stood by that.

“We’re not going to do anything to the players,” he said.

Crane and players denied that Astros hitters used buzzers to get information about pitches.

The owner repeatedly pointed to MLB’s report instead of directly answering questions and vowed: “This will never happen again on my watch.”

A day earlier, the Astros gathered at their facility, barring media from the grounds, and it was apparent that they mostly agreed on a unified message.

The talking points became clear Thursday before the first official workout of the spring as, one by one, the faces of the franchise spoke to the media in the clubhouse: Bregman, second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, outfielder Josh Reddick, pitchers Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers.

The Astros share a Florida complex with the team they lost to in last year’s World Series, the Washington Nationals, and this time, it was the runners-up that drew a lot more attention than the champs as both teams’ camps opened.

“In the long run, some of their actions will speak louder than words and being sorry that you got caught and being sorry for what you did are two different things. It’s not going to go away in one day. This is going to be an ongoing process, unfortunately,” Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle said. “This is something that all of baseball has to reckon with, and we’re all still trying to come to grips with it and process it. So it might take a bit.”

 

Steelers confident Roethlisberger can return to form in 2020

The Pittsburgh Steelers are confident quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired right elbow will be ready to go in time for the 2020 regular season, so confident there are no plans to look around for a proven veteran backup just in case.

General manager Kevin Colbert said Thursday that “all signs are good” regarding Roethlisberger’s rehab from an elbow injury that sidelined the two-time Super Bowl winner in the middle of Week 2 and forced him to miss the remainder of 2019. The Steelers finished 8-8 without him while jockeying between second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph and rookie undrafted free agent Devlin Hodges.

While Colbert described Pittsburgh’s eventful season as “below the standards we set,” he credited the defense for taking a significant step forward and believes Roethlisberger’s return should help push the Steelers back into contention in the AFC.

Roethlisberger, who turns 38 in March, will travel to Los Angeles to be evaluated on Feb. 21. There is no specific timetable for when he will be cleared to start throwing again but Colbert stressed “optimistically he’s on schedule to return and maybe return better a Ben Roethlisberger than he was before the injury.”

Pittsburgh hung tough in Roethlisberger’s absence thanks in large part to a defense buoyed by the arrival of safety Minkah Fitzpatrick in a mid-September trade. The Steelers finished fifth in yards and points allowed but didn’t get enough help down the stretch. Pittsburgh scored 20 points or fewer in seven of its final eight games and managed just 30 points combined during a three-game skid to end the season, a losing streak that dropped them out of the playoff race.

While Colbert praised Rudolph and Hodges for doing a “representable” job while filling in, Colbert thinks a little bit of Roethlisberger could go a long way in 2020.

“I think our defense was really good last year and they kept us in a lot of games,” Colbert said. “We always talk about when Ben was healthy and we held a team to 21 points, his record over the course of his career is 121-20.”

The Steelers went 7-3 when keeping opponents under that mark in 2019, but two of the losses came in Weeks 15 and 16 against Buffalo and the New York Jets as the charismatic Hodges became increasingly ineffective.

Colbert, however, was quick to spread blame all around. The offensive line struggled to create running room and third-year back James Conner couldn’t seem to stay on the field. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster also dealt with injuries as his numbers took a steep drop with Roethlisberger out.

 

Cole starts Yankees tenure with questions about Astros

On the day of his first formal workout with the New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole talked about what he did and did not know about the Houston Astros.

Houston was disciplined by Major League Baseball for breaking rules by using a video camera to steal signs during its run to the 2017 title and again during the 2018 season, the first after Cole was acquired from Pittsburgh.

New York lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series in both 2017 and against last year. Cole is ready to discuss the Astros if his new teammates inquire.

“I’ll just give them an honest answer, which is I had no idea of any of it going on and I didn’t see any of it,” Cole said. “So, I really don’t think I have much to apologize for.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone doesn’t think it’s necessary to talk with Cole about the lingering issue.

“He was there after a lot of the specific things that we know were going on, so no, I don’t view it as anything we’ve got to address with Gerrit,” Boone said.

Signed to a $324 million, nine-year contract, a record for a pitcher, Cole worked out Thursday on a back field with other members of New York’s staff. Wearing pinstripe pants and a dark batting practice shirt with No. 45 on the back, drills included fielding grounders on the mound and throwing in the outfield.

“I’ve been chomping at the bit quite a bit,” Cole said at a post workout news conference. “I’m just excited to get down here. Just thrilled for his new adventure. A lot of good vibes, a lot of excitement and having a good time.”

Cole is focusing on this year, when the Yankees hope to reach the World Series for the first time since winning the 2009 title. New York won 103 games and the AL East last year, swept Minnesota in the Division Series, then got knocked out by Cole’s Astros.

Cole hopes to win a title with the team he rooted for growing up, a club he spurned when he was first drafted in 2008 to attend UCLA.

“I love it,” Cole said. “From a player’s perspective, it really doesn’t get much more simple than that. It’s the dream to go out there every day and try to win every single time. There are a lot of moving parts and there’s a lot of people that pour a lot of time into just simplifying that one theme: We need to win a world championship.”

 

Joe Maddon is right: MLB is hurt by extreme use of analytics, technology

Joe Maddon is known as an outside-the-box thinker who has incorporated analytics into his managerial style. But Maddon, who is now the manager of the Los Angeles Angels, thinks baseball has gotten too extreme in its focus on analytics and technology, to the point that it’s hurt the game.

He’s right.

In a good feature with ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez that you should read if you haven’t yet, Maddon said technology and analytics “are responsible for subtracting the passion from what we do, not only in sports but in our regular lives.”

Maddon believes the extreme focus on analytics and technology has made the game less appealing to fans.

“I think somebody’s got to stand up for our game and the way it is and it should be played, and what should be tinkered with and what should not,” Maddon said. “My conclusion is analytics and technology are slightly responsible for putting the game in a position where it’s not as attractive to fans.”

I could not agree more. The Oakland A’s became successful by playing “Moneyball” and using non-traditional metrics to build their teams. Since their methods of success were publicized, every team has developed an analytics department and thinks similarly. They platoon players to death, make frequent numbers-driven pitching changes, use openers, don’t bunt, rarely steal, and shift like crazy. To be clear, these are all smart moves, but they don’t make for as fun of a product.

The executives are too sharp, and yes, that has made the game less fun. MLB has already enacted one rule change to curb this issue — enforcing a 3-batter minimum for pitchers. One area I really think they could also improve would be to limit shifts by enforcing starting positions for defensive players. For 100 years, if a lefty batter smoked a line drive or ground ball to right field, it usually went for a hit. Now, analytics departments are so good, they have defensive players set up almost exactly where players hit the ball, including in shallow right field or up the middle.

For the longest time we were demanding teams to be smarter. They’ve gotten to that point and surpassed it. Now it’s about recognizing the detriment that’s been caused to the product and curbing it.

 

Report: Mel Tucker cleaning house at Michigan State

Mel Tucker has taken over as the new head football coach at Michigan State, and he is apparently planning some big changes.

Tucker is not going to retain any of Mark Dantonio’s assistant coaches, the Detroit Free Press’ Chris Solari reported on Thursday night.

Tucker will have big bucks at his disposal when building his coaching staff. Not only did Michigan State double the salary Tucker was making at Colorado, but they also reportedly gave him double the money pool for his staff.

Tucker may want to use that extra money to try luring some of his previous assistants from Boulder. Colorado couldn’t afford to keep Tucker and probably would find similar difficulties if this situation arose.

Tucker went 5-7 last season, which was his first at Colorado. Michigan State is coming off consecutive 7-6 seasons under Dantonio, who resigned the day after being accused of NCAA violations.

 

Lightning win 9th straight, top Oilers 3-1

Yanni Gourde scored a short-handed goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 29 saves to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to their ninth straight victory, 3-1 over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Tampa Bay also won its 10th in a row at home.

Vasilevskiy improved to 18-0-2 in his past 20 starts. Pat Maroon and Cedric Paquette also scored for the Lightning, who won despite playing without top two scorers Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.

“Injuries are tough, but everybody has them,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “It’s part of the game, so you can’t cry foul or say why us – everybody gets hurt. It’s tough that we’ve had some pretty big names go down for us, but it doesn’t look like, hopefully, it won’t be long.”

Caleb Jones scored for Edmonton, which played its second consecutive game without Connor McDavid, who is out 2-to-3 weeks with a thigh injury. Mike Smith finished with 34 saves for the Oilers, who lost for the fourth time in regulation in the past 16 games. “We had lots of compete in our game,” Edmonton coach Dave Tippett said. “We had some chances there that were kind of around it, but didn’t capitalize on it. Mistakes end up being the dictator of the game and we came out on the short end.”

Gourde, who ended a 35-game drought on Tuesday, scored the winner on a short-handed breakaway at 13:01 of the second period, beating Smith with a backhander over the shoulder.

“I don’t think, I just go,” said Gourde, who scored his fourth career short-handed goal. “When I picked up the puck, I thought (Smith) had a good gap on me and the bottom of the ice was closed, so I was surprised the puck went that high.”

Maroon opened up the scoring at 4:39 of the second period with his seventh goal of the season. After a shot from the right point by Luke Schenn deflected off Cameron Gaunce to behind the goal line, Maroon quickly found the loose puck and stuffed it between the near post and Smith’s left pad. The assist for Gaunce was his first NHL point since March 24, 2017, when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Edmonton pulled even at 9:36 when Jones cut down the slot and after his initial shot was blocked, picked up the rebound and fired a shot to the top corner for his third goal of the season.

Paquette scored into an empty net with 55.1 seconds left.

 

Marchessault’s OT goal lifts Golden Knights past Blues 6-5

Zach Sanford had the best game of his young NHL career – even if his thoughts were understandably far from the ice.

Sanford scored four goals in St. Louis’ 6-5 overtime loss to Las Vegas, the Blues’ first game since teammate Jay Bouwmeester collapsed from a cardiac episode on the bench during a game earlier in the week.

Emotions ran deep for Sanford, St. Louis’ 25-year-old first-line wing whose father died of a heart attack in 2018 and was missing from the Blues’ annual father’s trip. His big scoring performance helped him – and his teammates – get their minds back on hockey a bit, even in defeat.

“I didn’t know how they would come in after going through something like that,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “That’s something that’s traumatic. It’s traumatic watching it as an outsider, I can’t imagine being there. I give them a lot of credit, I thought they came out and they were ready to play. They didn’t look distracted and they really played a good game considering the circumstances.”

Jonathan Marchessault’s power-play goal in overtime lifted the Golden Knights to the victory as Vegas tied a franchise record with four goals with the man-advantage – including two by Marchessault and one each by Max Pacioretty and Nate Schmidt. Pacioretty also had an even-strength goal, as did Alex Tuch. Malcolm Subban, making just his third start in 2020, made 19 saves for Vegas.

“The crowd was awesome for us,” Marchessault said. “We wanted to get them on our side again. We owed them a couple of wins there. It’s good to get the first one.”

But on a night the Golden Knights notched a much-needed win after being shut out in Minnesota on Tuesday, improved to 5-3-2 under DeBoer and continued to fight for a playoff spot in the jam-packed Pacific Division, thoughts were heavy.

The Blues’ game Tuesday night against Anaheim was postponed after the 36-year-old Bouwmeester collapsed on the team’s bench in the first period. A defibrillator was used on the veteran defenseman before he was taken to a hospital, where he continues to undergo tests.

St. Louis, mired in a 2-6-2 slide, hit the ice for the first time since the incident and got off to a fast start with their teammate on their minds, but couldn’t hold off Vegas.

 

Caps rally for 3-2 win over Avs, Ovechkin still at 698 goals

T.J. Oshie’s tip with his stick produced the game-winner. It was Nicklas Backstrom’s oratory assist that really got the Capitals going.

Oshie deflected in the deciding goal with 2:04 remaining and Washington rallied for a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night as Alex Ovechkin remained stuck on 698 career goals.

“I can’t tell you how it went in or where it went in,” said Oshie, whose team ended a two-game slide. “But I’m happy it went in.”

Trailing 2-0 after the first, the Capitals needed a spark.

Backstrom’s stern words to the rescue.

The veteran forward delivered a strong message at intermission. It hit home as the Capitals picked up their game, especially on the power play. Backstrom certainly turned his words into action by scoring on the man advantage in the second period. Tom Wilson tied the game by redirecting a shot on the power play with 7:12 remaining.

“When Nick talks, everyone listens,” said goaltender Braden Holtby, who finished with 32 saves. “He doesn’t say much all the time. I think that’s part of why it means so much when he does. When he says something, it’s time to listen. That’s why he’s been our backbone forever. That’s why everyone follows him.”

Philipp Grubauer stopped 35 shots against his former team, including seven from Ovechkin as the 34-year-old tries to become the eighth NHL player to reach the 700-goal mark. Ovechkin has gone three games without a goal since his hat trick on Feb. 4.

Andre Burakovsky and Mikko Rantanen had goals for Colorado, while Nathan MacKinnon added two assists as the team’s five-game win streak was halted.

Colorado pulled Grubauer late in the contest, but couldn’t tie the game.

“Real good team in Washington,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “We didn’t win enough battles. We won some races, but we didn’t win enough battles.”

Backstrom had a power-play goal in the second period for the Capitals in part because of Ovechkin. The Avalanche were concentrating on No. 8 so intently that Backstrom got loose down low to redirect a pass past Grubauer.

 

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: Irish Travel to UAB for Season Opening Series

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — The University of Notre Dame baseball team has their sights set for the 2020 season as they hit the road for the first time this weekend under first year head coach Link Jarrett.

The Irish open the season in Birmingham for a three-game series against UAB. A number of familiar faces will take the field for the opener on Friday as the Irish lost just six players from the 2019 squad. On the offense alone, the Irish return 100% of their home runs, 98% of their RBI and 97% of their runs from last season.

Junior Niko Kavadas led the Irish in home runs (12) and RBI (43) while finishing second on the team in runs (33) and batting average (.274) last season. He continued his strong 2019 with a great summer on the Cape with the Harwich Mariners. He led the Cape Cod League in home runs with 10 and was selected to the All-Star Game. Prior to the season, Kavadas was named a third team Preseason All-American by Baseball America.

Graduate student Eric Gilgenbach returns this season after finishing last year second on the team in home runs (9) and RBI (40). Daniel Jung had a strong season in his junior year, setting career-best marks in runs (31), home runs (5), runs (31) and RBI (40). Lead-off man Spencer Myers had team-best marks in batting average (.294) and stolen bases (22). His 22 steals were the most in a single season since A.J. Pollock tallied 28 in 2008.

On the mound, the Irish return their Friday starter along with a number of key relievers that pitched big innings in 2019. Tommy Sheehan is back for his junior campaign and he was the workhorse for the staff last season. He led the Irish with 92.1 innings pitched and tossed two complete games, both in ACC play against No. 12 Clemson and Virginia. The 92.1 innings were the most since Adam Norton tossed 116.1 innings in 2013. Sheehan was the first Irish pitcher since Michael Hearne in 2016 to have multiple complete games in a single season.

In the bullpen, Tommy Vail, Andrew Belcik and Joe Boyle headline the returners after all playing key roles in 2019. Vail was a do-it-all lefty out of the pen for the Irish as he started a few games, picked up some saves and tossed middle to long relief throughout the season. He led the bullpen with 61 strikeouts in just 44 innings and led the team with a .157 opponent batting average. Vail was named to the National Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List.

Boyle routinely tossed triple digits and set career highs in strikeouts (39) and innings pitched (25.2). Both Boyle and Vail spent the summer in the Cape with Kavadas and the Harwich Mariners. Boyle was also tabbed a third team All-American by Baseball America. The Irish were just one of two ACC teams to have multiple players selected.

Belcik led the Irish in appearances (27) for the second straight season and held the best ERA among relievers that pitched at least 20 innings last season.

UP NEXT

Following the opening series against UAB, Notre Dame will head to San Antonio for the annual Alamo Irish Classic. The Irish will open the Classic with two games against Incarnate Word (Feb. 20-21) and finish with a doubleheader against Toledo and UTSA on Feb. 22. All four games will be played at Nelson Wolff Stadium in San Antonio.

 

OHIO STATE BASEBALL: No. 24 Ohio State Opens 137th Season at Snowbird Classic

Season-opener slated for 1 p.m. Friday against Saint Joseph’s

ADDITIONAL INFO

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 24 Ohio State baseball team opens its 2020 season this weekend at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Buckeyes take on Saint Joseph’s at 1 p.m. Friday before facing Pittsburgh at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Indiana State at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The Friday and Sunday contests will be played at North Charlotte Regional Park with the Saturday matchup against the Panthers at CoolToday Park the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves.

LEADING OFF

  • Big Ten Tournament champions and NCAA Nashville Regional participants a season ago, the Buckeyes return 20 letterwinners, including six starting position players and all three weekend starters, to go along with 15 newcomers.
  • The Buckeyes have been ranked 24th in the Baseball America preseason poll.
  • Ohio State is led by 10th-year head coach Greg Beals. He is 297-230-1 overall at Ohio State and holds a 540-432-1 career coaching record. Beals has guided the team to NCAA Regional appearances in three of the last four years.
  • The Scarlet and Gray will open the 2020season with 14-straight road games. The Buckeyes will play in the state of Florida twice and will also visit Georgia and Tennessee.
  • The Buckeyes are 17-5-1 during the opening weekend in the last six years.
  • The Buckeyes are 27-10 all-time at the Snowbird Classic and have played in Port Charlotte, Fla., for the last 10 years. Ohio State has gone undefeated at the Snowbird three times (2015, 2017 and 2019).
  • The Scarlet and Gray have won their season opener six-consecutive seasons.
  • Ohio State returns all three weekend starters from last season in Garrett Burhenn, Seth Lonsway and Griffan Smith. The trio combined for 280 innings pitched in 2019.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS

SAINT JOSEPH’S

2019 Record: 21-28

Top Returning Hitter: Brendan Hueth, .308, 7 2B, 1 HR, 42 R

Top Returning Pitcher: Jordan DiValerio, 5-5, 3.80 ERA, 12 GS, 73.1 IP, 67 K

PITTSBURGH

2019 Record: 21-34

Top Returning Hitter: Nico Popa, .353, 15 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 46 R, 39 RBI

Top Returning Pitcher: Billy Corcoran, 2-6, 3.80, 20 G, 11 GS, 68.2 IP, 54 K

INDIANA STATE

2019 Record: 43-18 (Nashville Regional)

Top Returning Hitter: Max Wright, .296, 8 2B, 4 HR, 36 RBI

Top Returning Pitcher: Collin Libertore, 10-2, 2.96 ERA, 16 GS, 103.1 IP, 80 K

CARPENTER, DINGLER NAMED CAPTAINS

Infielder Matt Carpenter and catcher Dillon Dingler were named captains of the 2020 Ohio State baseball team, head coach Greg Beals announced Jan. 9. The captains, as selected by their teammates, have combined to appear in 169 career games.

Carpenter, a fifth-year senior, has appeared in 67 games, including 41 starts as a redshirt junior a season ago. A native of Aurora, Ohio, Carpenter hit .257 with eight doubles, two triples 25 runs scored and 15 RBI as the Buckeyes won the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to an NCAA Regional in Nashville in 2019. Carpenter is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Dingler, selected a team captain as a sophomore last season, was named second team All-Big Ten and earned Big Ten All-Tournament team recognition in 2019 after being selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2018. The North Canton, Ohio, native has appeared in 102 career games, including 88 starts, totaling 17 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 62 runs scored and 36 RBI in two seasons. The backstop is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a 2019 Academic All-Big Ten selection.

TRIO OF BUCKEYES NAMED TO B1G PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST

Juniors Dillon Dingler and sophomores Garrett Burhenn and Seth Lonsway were named to the Big Ten Preseason to Watch List, the conference office announced Wednesday afternoon. The Buckeyes were picked to finish second in the Big Ten. Michigan was the league’s preseason favorite followed by the Buckeyes, Minnesota, Nebraska and Illinois.

Dingler, now a two-time team captain, was named second team All-Big Ten and earned Big Ten All-Tournament team recognition in 2019 after being selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2018. The North Canton, Ohio, native has appeared in 102 career games, including 88 starts, totaling 17 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 62 runs scored and 36 RBI in two seasons. The backstop is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a 2019 Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Burhenn went 6-4 with a 3.96 ERA on his way to Big Ten All-Freshman team honors. The Indianapolis native struck out 69 and walked 31 in 91.0 innings pitched as the Buckeyes Friday-night starter. Burhenn notched a quality start in 11 of 15 starts.

Lonsway, a Second Team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball, voted a First Team Freshman All-American by Perfect Game/Rawlings and a Second Team Freshman All-American by Baseball America and the NCBWA and a season ago. Lonsway, a Third Team All-Big Ten selection and member of the Big Ten All-Freshman and All-Tournament teams last year, went 8-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 92.1 innings pitched over 17 starts. The left-hander led all Division I freshmen with 126 strikeouts and struck out 71 batters in Big Ten play, the most of any conference pitcher.

UNDER BEALS

10th-year head coach Greg Beals is the 11th head coach in Ohio State history and the fourth in the last 60 years. In his 18th year as a collegiate head coach, he is 540-432-1 all-time and 297-230-1 at the helm of the Buckeyes.

THE COACHING AND SUPPORT STAFF

Greg Beals is assisted by assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Angle, pitching coach Dan DeLucia, volunteer assistant coach Kirby Pellant and director of pitching development Brad Goldberg. Angle is in his second season as assistant coach and sixth overall on the Buckeye staff while DeLucia is in his first season as pitching coach after six as volunteer assistant coach. Pellant is in his first season as volunteer assistant but has been with the program as a staff member since 2015 and Goldberg is in his first season as director of pitching development. Supporting the coaching staff is director of operations Blair Everhart, strength and conditioning coach Dean Hansen and athletic trainer Paul Dawson.

UP NEXT

Ohio State will travel to Atlanta to take on No. 21 Georgia Tech in a three-game set Feb. 21-23.

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL PREVIEW

(NCAA RELEASE)

First pitch for the 2020 college baseball season is Feb. 14. Reigning champion Vanderbilt takes on the national runners-up Michigan in a College World Series rematch on opening night.

There’s no question that we’re very excited to see that game start things off this season. There are several questions, however, that will need to be answered on the Road to Omaha and the 2020 CWS.

Now, there are obviously more than seven questions that need to be answered over the course of a 50-plus game season, but here are the ones we are most looking forward to see unfold.

  1. Can Vanderbilt repeat as national champions?

While the Commodores lost quite a bit of firepower to graduation and the MLB draft, the Vandy Boys return plenty to make a run back to Omaha. The last team to repeat as CWS champions was South Carolina in 2010-11, but the last team to play in back-to-back CWS finals?

Your Vanderbilt Commodores.

Vanderbilt was in the top 10 of college baseball in batting average (.310), home runs (100), runs (578), and scoring (8.1 per game) last season. Sure, they lost some of those weapons that piled up those numbers, but those that return — like preseason All-American Austin Martin — are more than capable of getting runs across.

The strength will be on the mound where Kumar Rocker, Mason Hickman — both D1baseball preseason All-Americans — anchor the rotation with Tyler Brown firing out of the bullpen. Throw in Jake Eder and you have four experienced pitchers who threw significant innings in the CWS last year. The SEC is a grind — nine teams made the D1baseball preseason top 25 — but that kind of experience on the mound is dangerous.

  1. Who will slow down New Mexico State’s offense?

Well, it certainly was no easy task in 2019. The Aggies led college baseball in hitting (.356) and scoring (an absurd 11.1 runs per game) with a DI-best 1.042 team OPS. They lost quite a bit from that lineup — most notably Joey Ortiz and Tristen Carranza — but two exciting hitters return that are amongst the best in the game.

Nick Gonzales is one of the elite bats in college baseball, first leading Division I with a .432 batting average last year and then lighting up the Cape Cod Summer League. Tristan Peterson also returns after hitting .400 with a team-high 20 home runs. While there are a lot of new faces — including new head coach Mike Kirby — there should be plenty of runs scored in Las Cruces.

Circle Feb. 25 on your calendars. New Mexico State travels to Tempe to take on Arizona State. This one could look more like a football score than a baseball game before it’s all over.

  1. Who wins the home run crown?

Last year’s home run king — Vanderbilt’s JJ Bleday — will head to his first spring training with the Miami Marlins in 2020. The runner up — Austin Peay’s Parker Phillips — was also drafted at the end of the 2020 season. That means we’ll have some new contenders for the long-ball crown.

Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson has to be the top contender in the early going. He crushed 23 home runs last season, but here’s what’s really remarkable. The All-American first baseman hit only two home runs in his first 17 games, slugging 21 in his final 40, including three different streaks with a home run in at least three-straight games.

There’s always a top 10 home run leader (or two… or three) from the Ohio Valley Conference, so this year, we’re picking Tennessee Tech’s Jason Hinchman to hit a lot of home runs. Hinchman played just 16 games as a freshman before breaking out with a 24 home run campaign in his 2019 sophomore follow-up. Expect more of the same in the launching pad that is the OVC.

Other hitters we have our eyes on are Alex Toral from Miami (FL) and Sonny DiChiara from Samford. Toral completely exploded in his first full season last year with 24 bombs and the Hurricanes should be even better in 2020. DiChiara had a big freshman campaign, slugging 21 home runs and finished strong. He belted six home runs in his final eight games of the season.

  1. Whose CWS droughts will come to an end in 2020?

If you make the assumption that the preseason top 25 are the top contenders to make it to Omaha — which is a very fair assumption — you’ll notice a few of those top teams have been absent from the College World Series for some time.

Earlier this preseason, we picked our eight for Omaha and while we agreed Louisville, Michigan, and Vanderbilt should make a return trip, there were a few teams that have a chance to make their first trip in quite a while.

Both Arizona State and Georgia are getting a lot of buzz this preseason. The last time the Sun Devils were in Omaha, they fell victim to the South Carolina steamroller in 2010. This is one of the most successful CWS teams of all time and it looks like they may be geared up to make their long-awaited return. Georgia has waited even longer, last reaching the CWS in 2008 when they were on the wrong side of one of the greatest surprise runs in Omaha, as Fresno State went from “underdogs to wonderdogs.”

Stanford was in that same College World Series with Georgia, and much like the Bulldogs, it was the Cardinal’s last appearance. The Cardinal have made 16 appearances and were winners of back-to-back titles in 1987-88. Our own CWS writer Anthony Chiusano thinks it’s that Stanford pitching staff that will help get the Cardinal back to Omaha.

How about the rest of the top 25? Both Georgia Tech and Oklahoma should have solid squads this season. Oklahoma is on a ten-year drought, while the Yellow Jackets look to get back to Omaha for the first time since 2006. But there are three teams looking to break some serious droughts: Wake Forest hasn’t been to the College World Series since 1955, while Duke — who has been close lately — hasn’t been to Omaha since 1961. East Carolina — who seems to be a perennial top -5 contender and Super Regional threat — has never made a College World Series.

 

PURDUE TRACK: Indoor Season Continues in Nashville and Ames

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue track & field team travels to the Music City Challenge in Nashville, while the distance runners compete at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, from Feb. 14-15.

Music City Challenge

Friday, Feb. 14 – Field Events: 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT, Running Events: 7:50 p.m. ET/6:50 p.m. CT

Saturday, Feb. 15 – Field Events: 11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. CT, Running Events: 12:20 p.m. ET/11:20 a.m. CT

Live Results | Event Schedule

Iowa State Classic

Friday, Feb. 14 – 1:25 p.m. ET/12:25 p.m. CT

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 1:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. CT

Live Results | Watch Live (FloTrack Subscription Required) | Event Schedule

Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Live results of the Music City Challenge at the Multipurpose Facility are available at CFPItiming.com, while a complete event schedule can be found at VUCommodores.com. Fans can follow live results of the Iowa State Classic at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center at PTTiming.com and view the event schedule at Cyclones.com. Additionally, FloTrack will stream the Iowa State Classic, and a subscription is required. Updates and behind-the-scenes news and notes on the Boilermakers throughout the weekend can be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Vanderbilt, which only fields a women’s team, will host the Music City Challenge, while Iowa State hosts the Iowa State Classic. Teams competing in Nashville include Big Ten foes Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin, while conference opponents Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio State will join the Boilermakers competing in distance events in Ames.

IN THE RANKINGS

The latest Track & Field National Rating Index features nine ranked Purdue student-athletes along with the team event rankings, where the Boilermakers are in the top-25 in eight events. The Purdue men are ranked No. 61 nationally, No. 2 in the Great Lakes Region and No. 5 in the Big Ten Conference, while the women check in at No. 60 in the nation, No. 7 in the region and No. 10 in the Big Ten.

A total of nine Boilermakers are ranked in the individual event rankings, with three based on marks earned through the first six meets of the 2019-20 campaign. Junior Tamar Greene is ranked No. 20 in the triple jump, while senior Samson Colebrooke checks in at No. 21 nationally in the 200-meter. Senior Rebecca Coan also is No. 35 nationally in the pentathlon.

In the team event rankings, the men and women are both ranked in 10 total events. The men lead the way with a No. 3 ranking in the 60-meter dash and are in the top-25 in the mile (No. 11), 3,000-meter run (No. 12), 200-meter dash (No. 14) and long jump (No. 19). The women are led by a No. 13-ranking in the high jump and also are in the top-25 in the 400-meters (No. 23) and 60-meters (No. 25).

A complete breakdown of Purdue’s appearance in the week two rankings can be found at PurdueSports.com.

LAST TIME OUT: MEYO INVITATIONAL

Last weekend, junior Brian Faust broke a pair of program records and two more top-10 marks in program history were set as Purdue competed at the Meyo Invite at Notre Dame (Feb. 7-8). Faust broke his own school record in both the 600-meter (1:17.20) and 400-meter (46.68), placing first and third in each event, respectively. Additionally, sophomore Jessica Bray recorded the fifth-best pole vault mark (4.11m) in school history and freshman Johnny Vanos notched the No. 6-ranked weight throw mark in Purdue history (20.26m). In total, the Boilermakers notched 14 personal-record times and 12 top-10 finishes.

A complete recap from Friday and Saturday’s action can be found at PurdueSports.com.

LOOKING BACK AT THE 2019 IOWA STATE CLASSIC

Jaret Carpenter broke his own school record in the 5,000-meter run to highlight the Purdue distance runner’s showing at the 2019 Iowa State Classic, from Feb. 8-9. Carpenter finished in 13:43.14 to beat his own record by more than six seconds. Additionally, Curt Eckstein (No. 4) and Jenna Halderman (No. 10) secured top-10 times in program history in the 5,000-meter event.

This is Purdue’s first visit to Vanderbilt for an indoor meet since at least the 2001-02 campaign.

UP NEXT: ALEX WILSON INVITATIONAL

The Boilermakers return to Notre Dame for the Alex Wilson Invite on Saturday, Feb. 22. Competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. at UND’s Loftus Sports Center.

 

INDIANA SOFTBALL: IU Softball To Play Duke and Syracuse in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

(INDIANA RELEASE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Softball (2-3) continues play early in the 2020 season this weekend as they travel to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina to compete in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Hoosiers will play a pair of games against host Duke (4-1), as well as two games versus Syracuse (2-1).

IU is coming off an opening weekend that saw them go 2-3 over their first five games. The Hoosiers picked up back-to-back wins over St. John’s and Clemson to close out the Black and Gold Tournament. This after dropping a pair of games to UCF and one game to Duke.

All four games will be streamed this weekend on ACC Network Extra. Live stats and a radio broadcast for all games will also be available on IUHoosiers.com with Sam Neidermann on the call.

CHECKING OUT THE COMPETITION

Duke: The Blue Devils also opened their season at UCF’s Black and Gold Tournament going 4-1 over the weekend earning wins over Clemson, Indiana, St. John’s and UCF. UCF took the first of their two meetings. Duke is batting .290 as a team led by a .538 average by Kristina Foreman, a .412 average from Rachel Crabtree and a .400 average from Jameson Kavel. They have also started hot in the circle with Shelby Walters (2-0) getting the bulk of the work this past weekend. She has a 1.54 ERA with 9 strikeouts over 13.2 innings pitched. The Hoosiers faced her and Peyton St. George (1-1) this past weekend. St. George has a 2.90 ERA with 10 K’s over 9.2 innings pitched. The Blue Devils are in their third season in program history and are led by head coach Marissa Young.

Syracuse: The Orange opened the 2020 season in Miami, Florida at FIU’s Felsberg Invitational going 2-1 over the weekend. After their first two games of the season against Cal and Michigan State were canceled, the Orange picked up wins over Penn State and Michigan State dropping one to FIU between them. Syracuse is batting .210 as a team coming into this weekend with Gabby Teran at the top of the stat sheet hitting .364. Alex Acevedo is also making solid contact for the Orange batting .300. In the circle Syracuse have Alexa Romero (2.33 ERA, 2-0, 12.0 IP) and Kaia Oliver (1.56 ERA, 0-1, 9.0) as the only pitchers to see action so far across their first three games. Syracuse is in their second season under the guidance of head coach Shannon Doepking.

BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE

  • This season marks the third straight year IU has appeared in the Challenge, which began in 2016. Last season, IU faced the same two teams in the same location going undefeated on the weekend with a pair of wins against Duke and Syracuse.

OPENING WEEKEND NOTES

  • In the circle Emily Goodin recorded her first two victories of the season (2-2). She is tied for 22nd in the nation in wins. Goodin went the distance on Saturday against Clemson earning her first complete game of the 2020 season.
  • Emily Goodin also recorded 22 strikeouts over 21.1 innings pitched in IU’s first five games. She is ranked 26th in the nation in total strikeouts.
  • Junior infielder Grayson Radcliffe leads the IU starters in batting average following opening weekend at .385. She reached base seven times over the first five games with five hits and two walks with one RBI.
  • Just behind Radcliffe are Hannah Davis and Annika Baez hitting .267 with four hits and three RBI’s through the first five games. Baez hit her first home run of the season in Friday’s game against Duke.
  • Junior Taylor Lambert leads the roster in batting average after week one at .500 with three hits on six at-bats.
  • The Hoosiers got to work on the base paths swiping six bags over the weekend. Freshman Columbia Holeman leads the roster with three, all coming as a pinch runner.
  • Taylor Lambert and sophomore Tete Hart each hit their first triple of the season. They are each tied for 16th in the nation with one a piece.
  • Freshman catcher Desiree Dufek hit her first career home run against St. John’s on Saturday. She followed it up with an RBI single to end the ball game in the fifth inning.
  • Josie Wood pitched 4.2 innings of work in relief to start the season recording five strikeouts.
  • Hannah Davis, Desiree Dufek, Caraline Woodall, Kate Rehberg and Tatum Hayes all made their first career starts for IU.

RECAPPING 2019

In her second campaign at the helm of the Hoosiers, Stanton built upon the success of her inaugural season as the Hoosiers opened the year with a 14-0 mark, the best start in IU program history. Thanks to the hot start, Indiana earned a spot in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll, the first ranking for the team since 1996. IU would spend six straight weeks ranked, picking up wins against two top-10 teams in No. 6 Georgia (Feb. 10) and at No. 10 LSU (March 1), the first time that has been done at Indiana. IU’s final record of 36-21 was the best for the Hoosiers since the 2011 season, while the team’s non-conference record (26-8) was the best since 1986. The team impressed on the base paths, setting the single-season IU steals record with 141, which is also good for the third-most by a Big Ten team in history.

For the second year in a row, pitcher Tara Trainer earned First Team NFCA All-Midwest Region honors as well as All-Big Ten accolades after leaving IU as one of the most decorated pitchers in Indiana history. This season, Trainer posted career-best numbers with a 1.82 ERA, 231 strikeouts and a 26-11 record. Trainer graduates second all-time in strikeouts (803), appearances (170) and games started (130). In addition, she is third in career wins (68) and innings pitched (742.0) and fourth in shutouts (19). Trainer became just the fourth Hoosier to be drafted in the National Pro Fastpitch league when she was selected 21st overall by the Aussie Peppers on April 15.

RETURNING IN 2020

The Hoosiers return six starters from last year’s roster:

– Outfielders Gabbi Jenkins (.295, 46 hits, 25 runs, 21 SB in 2019) and Taylor Lambert (.289, 52 hits, 36 runs, 22 SB in 2019)

– Infielders Katie Lacefield (.313, 47 hits, 33 RBI in 2019) and Grayson Radcliffe (.293, 43 hits, 39 runs, 9 HR in 2019)

– Pitcher Emily Goodin leads the way in the circle after coming off a pair of career seasons (2.41 ERA, 129 K, 107.1 IP in 2019).

– Catcher/Designated Players Bella Norton returns to her role behind the dish after her best career season (.269, 42 hits, 24 RBI in 2019)

  • IU brings back six of the top seven hitters from last season in terms of average, led by Lacefield, Jenkins and Radcliffe. Lacefield is the leading returner from last season in batting average at .313 followed closely by Jenkins (.295) and Radcliffe (.293)
  • Indiana recorded a program record 141 steals in 2019. The Hoosiers return three base runners with over 20 steals each last season including Tete Hart with 23, Taylor Lambert with 22 and Gabbi Jenkins with 21.

WHAT’S AHEAD IN 2020

The Hoosiers have 53 games on tap in 2020, including 16 to be played at Andy Mohr Field. Indiana will face 14 opponents who ended the 2019 season inside the top 100 RPI.  They will also play five teams that made NCAA Regionals and two that advanced to the College World Series. The Hoosiers open the season with 25 of their first 26 games being away from Bloomington.

Following this weekend, Indiana will return to North Carolina where they will participate the Fairfield Crabtree Invitational hosted by NC State. Indiana is set to play a pair of games against Saint Joseph’s and Bucknell, while also clashing with host school NC State.

Indiana heads west to Tucson, Ariz. the weekend of March 6 for the Wildcat Invitational.  They will square off against SIUE, South Dakota and Boise State, who ended the season at No. 35 in the RPI, before taking on host Arizona who was a College World Series participant in 2019 and No. 4 in the final RPI of the season.

Rounding out tournament play, Indiana travels to Madeira Beach, Fla. on March 12 for the annual Spring Games. While in Madeira Beach, the Hoosiers will face Creighton, NCAA participant Toledo, Central Michigan, Brown, South Dakota State and Buffalo.

Play at Andy Mohr field starts on Mar. 10 as the Hoosiers play host to Miami (OH) at 4 p.m.

Wrapping up the non-conference schedule, Indiana will see three midweek games including NCAA Regional participants in Louisville and Notre Dame. The Cardinals will come to town on March 24 at 5 p.m. before the Hoosiers clash with the Fighting Irish on March 31 beginning at 4 p.m. Both teams were top 50 in RPI, Louisville was No. 38 in while Notre Dame checked in No. 39.  Rounding out the nonconference schedule, Indiana will take on Morehead State on April 22.

Indiana opens up Big Ten play against Penn State at home March 20-22. Other conference home weekends include NCAA participants Ohio State (Mar. 27-29) and Minnesota (Apr. 17-19), who advanced to the Women’s College World Series, before concluding the 2020 regular season at home vs. Iowa (May 1-3).

The Big Ten road slate commences on April 3-5 when the Hoosiers travel to College Park to take on Maryland. Other road games include Nebraska (Apr. 10-12) and Illinois (Apr. 24-26), who made NCAA Regionals last season, prior to the annual doubleheader vs. Purdue on April 29 in West Lafayette. This year’s Big Ten Tournament will be hosted by Illinois from May 7-9.

 

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 HOCKEY

  • Six teams will take the ice this week for a trio of conference series. No. 9/9 Penn State, the conference leader, will visit Wisconsin for the Nittany Lions’ final road series of the regular season. Also this week, Minnesota visits Notre Dame and Michigan travels to Michigan State on Friday, with the two teams squaring off Saturday in Detroit. No. 13/13 Ohio State is idle this week.
  • On Friday, the Michigan at Michigan State contest airs on BTN and the Minnesota at Notre Dame tilt airs on NBC Sports Network, with the remaining games televised or streamed on BTN+, NBC Sports Chicago, Fox Sports Detroit or Fox Sports Wisconsin.
  • A pair of Big Ten teams continue to be ranked in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Penn State leads conference teams in both polls at No. 9/9, followed by Ohio State at No. 13/13. Michigan State is first among teams receiving votes in the USCHO.com survey, while Minnesota, Notre Dame and Michigan also received votes in the USCHO.com poll.
  • Four teams are separated by just two points at the top of the Big Ten standings. Penn State earned four points last weekend at Ohio State and, with a 10-7-3-0 record and 33 points, leads in the race for the Big Ten Championship and the accompanying first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan State (10-7-1-0), Ohio State (9-8-3-1) and Minnesota (8-6-4-3) are tied for second with 31 points and would have home ice in the first-round, best-of-three series if the Big Ten Tournament began this week.
  • Notre Dame and Michigan are in hot pursuit of the top four, as the Fighting Irish have 28 points and the Wolverines have 27. Michigan is 6-2-1 in its last nine games, including a sweep at Wisconsin last weekend.
  • The 7th edition of the Big Ten Tournament begins March 6-8 with best-of-three series at campus sites. The top seed will earn a first-round bye and the No. 2-4 seeds will host the first-round series. The No. 1 seed and the other highest remaining seed will host single-game semifinals on March 14 and the highest remaining seed will host the championship contest on March 21.
  • The winner of the Big Ten Tournament receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, which culminates at the Frozen Four, April 9-11 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
  • Four Big Ten goalies continue to be among the top 15 nationally in save percentage this season. Michigan State’s John Lethemon leads the nation with a .942 save percentage, followed by Michigan’s Strauss Mann (5th, .932), Ohio State’s Tommy Nappier (10th, .927) and Penn State’s Peyton Jones (14th, .922). A trio of the above goalies also are among the top 15 nationally in goals-against average: Lethemon (7th, 1.93) Mann (9th, 2.07) and Nappier (15th, 2.13).
  • Nine standouts representing five Big Ten programs are among the 79 nominees for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given annually to the top NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey player in the nation. The list of nominees includes Michigan State’s Patrick Khodorenko, Notre Dame’s Cale Morris, Ohio State’s Tanner Laczynski and Tommy Nappier, Penn State’s Cole Hults and Peyton Jones, and Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield, Wyatt Kalynuk and Linus Weissbach. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award will be presented to the winner on April 10 during the NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit.
  • The 2019-20 Big Ten hockey regular season will feature the most extensive slate of television coverage in college hockey, with more than 70 total games. The lineup is highlighted by a package of 27 national broadcasts to be carried on BTN, seven broadcasts on NBCSN, three broadcasts on NHL Network, two on ESPNU, and a game on FS1.
  • Every televised game on BTN can be streamed on the FOX Sports app. All games broadcast by FOX Sports Regional Networks can also be streamed on the FOX Sports GO app for authenticated subscribers to the broadcasting regional network, or on BTN+. All games televised on an ESPN network will also be available to stream on the ESPN App.

 

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1988

The ice is smooth now, glazed by a Zamboni machine. But for more than an hour tonight, the white smear leading to the red base of the padded gray wall resembled the skid marks of an automobile accident. And in the years to come, spectators at the indoor Speed-Skating Oval will point to the ice on that first turn. “Over there,” they will say. “That’s where Dan Jansen fell.” That’s where Dan Jansen lost his balance. And that’s where he lost his chance for the gold medal he had dedicated to his 27- year-old sister, Jane Beres, the mother of three young daughters, whom he had lost to leukemia in the morning, only five hours after their last telephone conversation.

“She was still alive, she could understand me but she couldn’t talk back to me,” he recalled tonight. “She did understand what I said and I’m very happy about that, but I would like to keep the rest private.” His sister had been ill for about 13 months. When the square-jawed 22-year-old Olympian was asked two days ago about her condition, he said: “She’s not real good, they can’t seem to get her into remission. She’s having another round of chemotherapy. She’ll watch my race in the hospital.” But hours before the race, she died. “I had always planned on staying,” he said tonight, hinting that he knew her condition was more critical than he had acknowledged. “That’s what Jane would’ve wanted.”

And about 8 seconds after his race started, for Dan Jansen, it was over. Sprawling across the ice in his skin-tight red-and-turquoise USA racing suit, he crashed into Yasushi Kuroiwa, a Japanese skater who had started in the outside lane. “It felt like it slipped out from under me,” he would say. “The next thing I knew, I was in the pads.”

Dan is the youngest of the nine Jansen children, many of whom had traveled to Calgary in two vans from their West Allis, Wis., home. But the mother had remained with Jane, and the father, who is retired, had returned home yesterday when Jane’s condition worsened. Her widower, Richard, is a West Allis fireman with daughters ages 4, 3 and 1. “I talked to my family before the race,” Dan said later, “and they said to just go out there and do the best I could. Try to put as much out of my mind as I could. I tried to do that and I did it pretty well.”

While the other skaters raced, Jansen’s fiance, Natalie Greiner, a Canadian speedskater, consoled him. But now he must try to prepare for the 1,000- meter sprint in four days. His sister’s funeral has been delayed until after that race.

Four nights later in the 1,000 meters, Dan Jansen was on pace for a world record when he fell again at 600 meters and did not finish. Jansen did win gold and set a world record in the 1,500 at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics in Norway, taking a victory lap while carrying his 8- month-old daughter, Jane, who was named after his sister.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1887       For a record price of $10,000, the Cubs, then known as the White Stockings, sell current National League batting champ and future Hall of Famer Mike King Kelly to the Beaneaters. The popular box office draw, who will earn his nickname King while playing in Boston, will continue to be productive, hitting .311 for three years during his first tenure with the team.

1928       The American Legion baseball program, on the brink of bankruptcy, receives a pledge of $50,000 from Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis and the MLB Advisory Council to continue its development of a national championship program for teenagers. With the much-needed funding, Legion Baseball will continue in 1928, and the following season, teams from every state and the District of Columbia will participate in the youth tournament.

1934       Sam Rice, who spent the first 19 seasons with the Senators, ends his career after playing one year with the Indians. The 44 year-old future Hall of Famer collected 2,987 career hits during his two decades in the major leagues.

1945       Braves president Bob Quinn retires, with his son, John, becoming the team’s general manager of the team following his father’s departure. The former owner of the Red Sox and Braves, whose grandson will also become a major league GM, will serve as president of the Baseball Hall of Fame from 1948 to 1951, resigning from the position after suffering two strokes.

1957       “Anything that tends to break down the bulwarks of segregation must be forcibly met by this general assembly. We have a situation in Georgia which has come about because of a national situation. I am referring to the Negroes in organized baseball in this state. It is unfortunate that some few people would participate in the destruction of our institutions for a few dollars.” – GEORGIA STATE SENATOR LEON BUTTS, commenting on his bill that prohibits blacks from playing baseball with whites. Ten years after the integration of major league baseball, the Georgia Senate unanimously approves Leon Butts’ bill barring that prohibits blacks from playing baseball with whites except at religious gatherings. The Lumpkin legislator’s measures, which carry fines up to $1000 and imprisonment for 60 days to a year for committing the misdemeanor, will directly impact the minor league spring training centers of the Braves and Cardinals, whose farmhands workout, respectively, in Waycross and Albany.

1959       The Orioles, to find a backup for first baseman Bob Boyd, buy 32 year-old veteran infielder/outfielder Whitey Lockman from the Giants for an undisclosed sum. In June, Baltimore will trade their new acquisition to the Reds for Walt Dropo, who has played the position exclusively since winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1950.

1996       Kevin McClatchy and his group of investors purchase the Pirates from the Pittsburgh Associates. The deal includes the condition of having to build a baseball-only ballpark in Pittsburgh within five years.

2001       The Ford C. Frick Award, named in memory of the former baseball commissioner who was a broadcaster, will be given to the Marlins’ radio announcer Rafael Ramirez during Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this summer. ‘Felo,’ who began his 56-year career broadcasting games in Cuba, has been in the Miami broadcast booth since the team’s inaugural season in 1993.

2001       According to the Detroit Free Press, major league baseball is informing umpires to remove pitchers without issuing a warning who deliberately throw a beanball at a batter’s head from the game. The crackdown, according to officials, is a clarification and reinforcement of an existing rule.

2002       The Tigers sign Dmitri Young (.302, 21, 69) to a four-year contract with two team options. The Tigers traded outfielder Juan Encarnacion (.242, 12, 52) and minor league right-hander Luis Pineda in December to acquire the first baseman/outfielder from the Reds.

2003       After much speculation with the help of Major League Baseball, the Chunichi Dragons return Kevin Millar to the Marlins for an undisclosed amount of money for relinquishing their rights to the outfielder. After reconsidering an offer from the Red Sox, who blocked the waiver deal to obtain him, the 31 year-old California native had a change of heart and didn’t want to play for the Japanese Central League team.

2005       The Twins sign Johan Santana (20-6, 2.61), who was eligible for arbitration, to a four-year deal. Last season, the 25 year-old southpaw became the first Venezuelan to win the Cy Young Award.

2007       For the first time at Wrigley Field, the Cubs will allow ads on the green doors located in the ivy in the left- and right-field bleachers, according to Jay Blunk, director of marketing and sales. Although other companies have approached the team, Under Armour, whose company spokesman is newly acquired outfielder Alfonso Soriano, is the “right fit” for the 7-by-12 foot signage featuring the performance apparel’s signature logo.

2009       The Angels and Bobby Abreu (.296, 20, 100) agree to a $5 million, one-year deal. The 34 year-old free-agent outfielder, taking a significant pay cut after having a solid season with the Yankees last season, is expected to add some much-needed punch from the left side for the AL West champions.

2011       The Yankees come to terms with free-agent Andruw Jones on a $1.5 million, one-year contract, eliminating the likelihood of the team resigning Johnny Damon. The ‘Curacao Kid,’ best known for his outstanding outfield defense for the Braves at the start of his career, will spend two seasons in the Bronx before finishing his 17-year major league tenure with a lifetime .254 batting average.

2011       Avoiding arbitration, Carlos Marmol agrees to a three-year, $20 million deal with the Cubs. The 28 year-old closer saved 38 games in 43 opportunities last season along with compiling a 2-3 record and an ERA of 2.55.

2014       Avoiding arbitration, 24 year-old outfielder Jason Heyward and the Braves agree to a two-year, $13.3 million deal. After the season, Atlanta will trade their 2007 first-round pick (14th overall) along with right-handed reliever Jordan Walden to the Cardinals for right-handers Tyrell Jenkins and Shelby Miller.

2014       Freddie Freeman agrees to a franchise-record eight-year, $135 million contract, surpassing the six-year, $90 million deal the Braves gave Chipper Jones in 2000. The 24 year-old All-Star first baseman, who finished fifth in the MVP balloting this season, has hit .285 during his four years with the team, annually averaging 17 home runs and 70 RBIs.

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 46 8 .852 25-3 21-5 11-1 28-4 8-2 1 L
Toronto 40 15 .727 6.5 21-7 19-8 8-4 29-8 9-1 1 L
Boston 38 16 .704 8.0 23-5 15-11 7-5 25-9 8-2 1 W
Miami 35 19 .648 11.0 22-3 13-16 8-2 23-7 4-6 1 L
Philadelphia 34 21 .618 12.5 25-2 9-19 9-4 22-14 5-5 3 W
Indiana 32 23 .582 14.5 19-10 13-13 6-6 20-15 3-7 1 W
Brooklyn 25 28 .472 20.5 16-12 9-16 5-8 17-16 7-3 2 W
Orlando 24 31 .436 22.5 15-13 9-18 8-4 17-17 3-7 2 W
Washington 20 33 .377 25.5 13-13 7-20 4-8 14-19 6-4 2 W
10 Chicago 19 36 .345 27.5 11-16 8-20 6-8 13-24 3-7 6 L
11 Charlotte 18 36 .333 28.0 8-17 10-19 1-6 12-20 3-7 2 W
12 Detroit 19 38 .333 28.5 11-19 8-19 5-9 12-28 2-8 4 L
13 New York 17 38 .309 29.5 8-19 9-19 2-10 12-24 5-5 2 L
14 Atlanta 15 41 .268 32.0 9-17 6-24 4-5 8-28 4-6 2 L
15 Cleveland 14 40 .259 32.0 7-22 7-18 4-8 9-28 2-8 1 W
Western Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 41 12 .774 18-7 23-5 7-2 28-6 7-3 3 W
Denver 38 17 .691 4.0 21-7 17-10 9-0 25-9 7-3 1 L
LA Clippers 37 18 .673 5.0 22-5 15-13 6-2 21-12 6-4 2 L
Utah 36 18 .667 5.5 20-5 16-13 5-5 21-13 5-5 4 W
Houston 34 20 .630 7.5 19-8 15-12 6-4 21-16 6-4 1 W
Oklahoma City 33 22 .600 9.0 17-12 16-10 6-4 22-14 7-3 1 W
Dallas 33 22 .600 9.0 15-14 18-8 7-2 19-14 5-5 1 W
Memphis 28 26 .519 13.5 16-13 12-13 4-5 18-16 8-2 2 W
Portland 25 31 .446 17.5 15-11 10-20 4-8 15-23 6-4 2 L
10 San Antonio 23 31 .426 18.5 14-12 9-19 3-5 13-19 3-7 1 W
11 New Orleans 23 32 .418 19.0 11-17 12-15 3-7 14-21 6-4 1 L
12 Phoenix 22 33 .400 20.0 11-18 11-15 5-7 13-24 3-7 1 W
13 Sacramento 21 33 .389 20.5 11-15 10-18 5-5 15-19 6-4 2 L
14 Minnesota 16 37 .302 25.0 7-20 9-17 2-9 8-25 1-9 2 L
15 Golden State 12 43 .218 30.0 7-19 5-24 1-8 7-29 2-8 4 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Boston Bruins 58 35 11 12 82 35 192 144 20-2-9 15-9-3 8-2-0
Washington Capitals 57 37 15 5 79 34 205 174 16-9-4 21-6-1 6-4-0
Tampa Bay Lightning 58 38 15 5 81 36 206 153 19-7-2 19-8-3 9-0-1
Pittsburgh Penguins 55 34 15 6 74 31 182 150 19-5-4 15-10-2 6-3-1
New York Islanders 56 33 17 6 72 30 166 156 18-7-4 15-10-2 5-3-2
Toronto Maple Leafs 58 30 20 8 68 29 205 192 15-8-7 15-12-1 5-4-1
Columbus Blue Jackets 58 30 17 11 71 30 151 143 18-10-3 12-7-8 6-1-3
Philadelphia Flyers 58 32 19 7 71 27 190 172 19-5-4 13-14-3 7-2-1
Carolina Hurricanes 56 32 21 3 67 27 181 157 18-9-1 14-12-2 5-4-1
10 Florida Panthers 57 30 21 6 66 27 200 194 16-11-2 14-10-4 4-5-1
11 New York Rangers 56 29 23 4 62 28 185 177 16-12-2 13-11-2 6-4-0
12 Montreal Canadiens 59 27 25 7 61 23 180 180 13-15-4 14-10-3 6-4-0
13 Buffalo Sabres 58 26 24 8 60 25 166 181 17-10-4 9-14-4 4-5-1
14 New Jersey Devils 56 21 25 10 52 18 156 196 9-10-10 12-15-0 4-3-3
15 Ottawa Senators 57 19 27 11 49 19 150 193 13-10-6 6-17-5 3-4-3
16 Detroit Red Wings 59 14 41 4 32 12 121 220 9-18-2 5-23-2 2-8-0
Western Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 57 32 15 10 74 31 183 166 18-5-5 14-10-5 2-5-3
Vancouver Canucks 58 32 21 5 69 29 190 175 19-6-3 13-15-2 6-3-1
Colorado Avalanche 56 33 17 6 72 33 202 157 15-8-4 18-9-2 8-2-0
Dallas Stars 57 33 19 5 71 31 154 144 17-9-2 16-10-3 6-3-1
Edmonton Oilers 57 30 21 6 66 28 182 179 15-9-4 15-12-2 6-3-1
Vegas Golden Knights 59 29 22 8 66 26 188 183 15-10-4 14-12-4 5-3-2
Calgary Flames 59 30 23 6 66 24 170 178 13-10-4 17-13-2 4-5-1
Arizona Coyotes 60 28 24 8 64 23 167 165 13-11-4 15-13-4 2-5-3
Winnipeg Jets 58 29 24 5 63 26 174 176 14-13-3 15-11-2 4-5-1
10 Nashville Predators 56 27 22 7 61 25 183 183 12-11-4 15-11-3 6-4-0
11 Minnesota Wild 57 27 23 7 61 26 176 185 17-8-5 10-15-2 6-3-1
12 Chicago Blackhawks 57 25 24 8 58 22 166 181 12-12-4 13-12-4 4-4-2
13 Anaheim Ducks 57 23 27 7 53 18 146 179 12-11-3 11-16-4 5-3-2
14 San Jose Sharks 56 24 28 4 52 22 147 187 14-14-1 10-14-3 4-6-0
15 Los Angeles Kings 58 20 33 5 45 20 142 186 12-12-1 8-21-4 2-8-0

 

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
Maryland 10-3 .769 7-0 3-3 20-4 .833 14-0 3-4 3-0 3-0
13 Penn State 9-4 .692 4-1 4-3 19-5 .792 12-1 5-3 2-1 4-1
Michigan State 9-5 .643 6-1 3-4 17-8 .680 10-2 4-4 3-2 3-3
22 Illinois 8-5 .615 5-2 3-3 16-8 .667 12-3 4-4 0-1 1-5
21 Iowa 8-6 .571 7-0 1-5 17-8 .680 12-1 3-5 2-2 5-3
Rutgers 8-6 .571 7-0 1-5 17-8 .680 16-0 1-6 0-2 2-3
Wisconsin 7-6 .538 5-1 2-5 14-10 .583 11-1 3-6 0-3 4-3
Purdue 7-7 .500 5-2 2-5 14-11 .560 10-3 3-6 1-2 4-6
Ohio State 6-7 .462 4-2 2-5 16-8 .667 12-2 3-5 1-1 3-2
Indiana 6-7 .462 5-2 1-5 16-8 .667 13-3 1-5 2-0 4-3
Michigan 6-7 .462 3-3 2-4 15-9 .625 9-4 2-5 4-0 4-4
Minnesota 6-7 .462 5-1 1-6 12-11 .522 10-2 1-8 1-1 2-4
Nebraska 2-11 .154 2-4 0-7 7-17 .292 5-7 0-9 2-1 0-5
Northwestern 1-12 .077 1-6 0-6 6-17 .261 4-9 1-7 1-1 0-4

 

BIG EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
10 Seton Hall 10-2 .833 4-2 6-0 18-6 .750 9-3 7-2 2-1 3-3
23 Creighton 8-4 .667 4-1 4-3 19-6 .760 13-1 5-4 1-1 3-2
15 Villanova 8-4 .667 5-2 3-2 18-6 .750 11-2 4-3 3-1 3-4
19 Butler 7-5 .583 4-2 3-3 19-6 .760 12-2 4-4 3-0 1-3
18 Marquette 7-5 .583 5-1 2-4 17-7 .708 12-1 3-5 2-1 2-3
Providence 6-6 .500 3-2 3-4 13-12 .520 9-3 3-6 1-3 2-4
Xavier 5-7 .417 3-3 2-4 16-9 .640 11-3 3-5 2-1 1-2
Georgetown 4-7 .364 3-3 1-4 14-10 .583 10-5 3-4 1-1 2-4
St. John’s 3-9 .250 2-4 1-5 14-11 .560 11-5 1-5 2-1 1-4
DePaul 1-10 .091 1-5 0-5 13-11 .542 9-6 4-5 0-0 1-2

 

MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
East
Bowling Green 9-3 .750 5-1 4-2 18-7 .720 11-1 4-3 3-3 0-1
Akron 8-3 .727 4-2 4-1 18-6 .750 12-2 5-3 1-1 0-1
Kent State 6-5 .545 3-2 3-3 16-8 .667 10-2 5-5 1-1 0-1
Buffalo 6-5 .545 3-3 3-2 15-9 .625 8-5 4-3 3-1 0-0
Ohio 4-7 .364 3-3 1-4 12-12 .500 8-5 3-5 1-2 0-2
Miami (OH) 2-9 .182 2-3 0-6 9-15 .375 7-5 1-8 1-2 0-1
West
Northern Illinois 8-4 .667 5-1 3-3 15-10 .600 9-3 6-7 0-0 0-0
Ball State 7-4 .636 5-0 2-4 14-10 .583 8-3 4-5 2-2 0-1
Central Michigan 6-4 .600 4-2 2-2 13-10 .565 11-2 2-8 0-0 0-0
Western Michigan 4-7 .364 3-2 1-5 11-13 .458 8-3 3-8 0-2 0-1
Toledo 4-8 .333 2-4 2-4 12-13 .480 7-5 5-8 0-0 0-0
Eastern Michigan 3-8 .273 2-3 1-5 13-11 .542 8-3 3-8 2-0 0-1

 

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
10 Maryland 12-2 .857 8-0 4-2 21-4 .840 13-1 6-3 2-0 6-2
19 Northwestern 11-2 .846 5-1 6-1 21-3 .875 11-2 8-1 2-0 2-2
17 Iowa 11-3 .786 6-0 5-3 20-5 .800 12-0 6-4 2-1 2-1
20 Indiana 10-4 .714 5-2 5-2 20-6 .769 10-3 8-2 2-1 2-4
Ohio State 8-5 .615 5-2 3-3 15-9 .625 7-4 6-4 2-1 3-5
Rutgers 7-6 .538 3-2 4-4 17-7 .708 10-2 5-5 2-0 0-2
Michigan 7-6 .538 5-2 2-4 16-8 .667 11-3 4-4 1-1 1-5
Purdue 7-7 .500 3-4 4-3 16-10 .615 9-4 5-5 2-1 0-5
Nebraska 6-8 .429 5-3 1-5 16-9 .640 12-4 2-5 2-0 1-3
Michigan State 5-8 .385 4-2 1-6 12-12 .500 9-2 2-7 1-3 1-7
Minnesota 5-9 .357 2-5 3-4 15-10 .600 9-6 6-4 0-0 1-2
Wisconsin 3-11 .214 1-6 2-5 11-14 .440 7-6 3-7 1-1 0-3
Illinois 2-11 .154 1-6 1-5 11-13 .458 9-7 2-6 0-0 0-3
Penn State 1-13 .071 1-6 0-7 7-18 .280 5-9 1-8 1-1 0-3

 

MAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
East
Ohio 8-3 .727 5-1 3-2 15-7 .682 9-1 5-5 1-1 0-1
Kent State 6-5 .545 3-2 3-3 13-9 .591 6-3 5-4 2-2 0-1
Buffalo 4-7 .364 2-3 2-4 13-9 .591 7-3 4-6 2-0 0-1
Miami (OH) 4-8 .333 3-3 1-5 11-13 .458 6-3 4-9 1-1 0-2
Akron 3-8 .273 2-4 1-4 10-12 .455 5-6 3-6 2-0 0-1
Bowling Green 1-10 .091 1-5 0-5 8-15 .348 5-5 2-8 1-2 0-0
West
Central Michigan 11-0 1.000 5-0 6-0 18-4 .818 9-1 9-3 0-0 0-1
Ball State 8-3 .727 6-0 2-3 16-7 .696 9-1 4-5 3-1 0-0
Eastern Michigan 7-5 .583 3-2 4-3 12-11 .522 6-4 6-7 0-0 0-1
Toledo 6-5 .545 4-2 2-3 11-11 .500 6-5 4-5 1-1 0-0
Western Michigan 5-6 .455 4-2 1-4 12-10 .545 7-3 3-6 2-1 0-1
Northern Illinois 4-7 .364 2-3 2-4 8-14 .364 3-6 4-7 1-1 0-0