BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Friday, Jan. 17
Kokomo at Harrison , 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Anderson , 8 pm
Marion at Tech, 7:30 pm
McCutcheon at Logansport , 7:30 pm
Central at Richmond , 7:30 pm…RADIOTROY.COM
Saturday, Jan. 18
Anderson at Hamilton SE, 7:30 pm
Harrison at West Lafayette, 7:30 pm
Crispus Attucks at Marion, 7:30 pm
Logansport at Cass, 7:30 pm
Central at Connersville, 7:30 pm
Northmont (Ohio) at Richmond, 7:30 pm…RADIOTROY.COM
Westfield at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 pm
Zionsville at McCutcheon, 7 pm
Friday, Jan. 17
Lincoln at Tri © , 7:30 pm
Centerville at Knightstown , 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Winchester , 6 pm
Monroe Central at Union City, 7:30 pm
Union County at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 18
Irvington Prep at Lincoln, 2:30 pm
Northeastern at Knightstown, 7:30 pm
Winchester at Blackford, 7:30 pm
Friday, Jan. 17
Monroe Central at Union City, 7:30 pm
Union (Modoc) at Trinity Christian, 5:30 pm
Union County at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm
Waldron at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm
Cowan vs. Wapahani, 6 pm, Delta
Saturday, Jan. 18
Blue River at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly at Union (Modoc), 7 pm
Friday, Jan. 17
Morristown at Rushville, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 18
Franklin County at East Central , 1:30 pm
Central at Connersville, 7:30 pm
New Castle at Rushville, 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm
South Dearborn at Greensburg , 7:30 pm
Friday, Jan. 17
IMSA at Bethesda Christian, 7:30 pm
Liberty Christian at Seton Catholic, 7:30 pm POSTPONED
Burris at University, 7:30 pm
Greenwood vs. Greenwood Christian, 6 pm, Franklin
Saturday, Jan. 18
Cardinal Ritter at University, 7:30 pm
Burris at Liberty Christian , 7:30 pm
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL – NCC/AREA
Monroe Central 64 Muncie Central 30
Muncie Burris 56 Liberty Christian 53
Northwestern 73 Harrison 28
Shenandoah 58 Lapel
Tri 50 Anderson Prep 44
Winchester 89 Centerville 23
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Friday, Jan. 17
Guerin Catholic at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 18
Anderson at Lafayette Jeff , noon
Kokomo at Tech, 7:30 pm
Marion at Logansport, 1:30 pm
McCutcheon at Central, 1:30 pm
Richmond at Harrison, 2:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 18
Franklin County at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Knightstown , 6 pm
Union County at Union City , 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 18
Blue River at Randolph Southern, 6 pm
Purdue Poly at Union, 5:30 pm
Waldron at Eastern Hancock, noon
Friday, Jan. 17
Columbus North at Lawrenceburg, 8 pm
Connersville at Franklin County , 7:30 pm
East Central at Batesville , 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 18
Batesville at South Dearborn , 7:30 pm
Franklin County at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Rising Sun, 7:30 pm
Pendleton Heights at Rushville, 1:30 pm
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 Gonzaga 104 Santa Clara 54
Washington State 72 #8 Oregon 61
#20 Colorado 68 Arizona State 61
#22 Memphis 60 Cincinnati 49
New Jersey Institute Tech Lipscomb 57
Radford 63 USC Upstate 59
High Point 68 UNC Asheville 66
Appalachian 83 Arkansas State 80 OT
Charleston Southern 77 Campbell 62
Little Rock 71 Coastal Carolina 55
Northeastern 79 Charleston 76
Drexel 63 Elon 41
William & Mary 77 Delaware 68
Florida International 93 Alabama Birmingham 68
Florida Atlantic 97 Middle Tennessee 94 OT
North Florida 75 Jacksonville 68
Manhattan 69 Quinnipiac 57
Charlotte 77 Marshall 75
Monmouth 74 Marist 66
Hofstra 63 North Carolina Wilmington 61
Wright State 75 Cleveland State 62
Georgia Southern 82 Troy 66
Winthrop 116 Hampton 95
Presbyterian 74 Longwood 67
Florida Gulf Coast 73 Kennesaw State 51
Stetson 54 N. Alabama 49
Louisiana Tech 72 Rice 56
Northern Kentucky 88 Youngstown State 63
Drake 84 Illinois State 74
Loyola Chicago 64 Southern Illinois 48
Texas State 64 Louisiana Monroe 63
Bakersfield 74 Kansas City 64 OT
Georgia State 72 S. Alabama 63
North Texas 72 Southern Miss 52
Oral Roberts 87 Western Illinois 70
UT Arlington 81 Louisiana 65
Western Kentucky 71 Old Dominion 69
Green Bay 73 Oakland 69
Grand Canyon 76 Chicago State 64
Detroit 90 Milwaukee 84
Austin Peay 84 Southeast Missouri State 59
Arizona 93 Utah 77
Eastern Illinois 70 Jackson State 69
Murray State 84 Tennessee Martin 62
Belmont 87 Eastern Kentucky 56
BYU 93 San Diego 70
Weber State 76 Idaho State 68 OT
Pepperdine 75 Loyola Marymount 67
Northern Colorado 71 Sacramento 52
Northern Arizona 75 Southern Utah 72
Tennessee State 64 Morehead State 48
New Mexico State 70 Utah Valley 56
Tennessee Tech 72 Southern Illinois Edwardsville 69
UC Davis 85 Long Beach 82
Seattle 91 Texas Rio Grande 74
Pacific 65 Portland 55
USC 88 California 56
Cal State Northridge 80 UC Riverside 68
Eastern Washington 78 Idaho 75
Hawaii 65 Cal Poly 61
Washington 64 Oregon State 56
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE
Friday, Jan. 17
Wisconsin at No. 15 Michigan State | 7 p.m. | FS1
No. 13 Dayton at Saint Louis | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Siena at Canisius | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Fairfield at Iona | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Rider at Niagara | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Furman at Wofford | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
Brown at Yale | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 19 Michigan at Iowa | 9 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Jan. 18
UMBC at New Hampshire | 11:30 a.m. | ESPN+
No. 2 Baylor at Oklahoma State | 12 p.m.
No. 21 Ohio State at Penn State | 12 p.m.
UConn at No. 14 Villanova | 12 p.m. | FS1
UIC at IUPUI | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 18 Seton Hall at St. John’s | 12 p.m. | FOX
Syracuse at Virginia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
No. 5 Butler at DePaul | 1 p.m.
No. 9 Florida State at Miami | 1 p.m. | ACC Network
South Carolina at Texas A&M | 1 p.m. | SEC Network
Miami (Ohio) at Ball State | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
The Citadel at VMI | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Detroit Mercy at Green Bay | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 4 Auburn at Florida | 1:30 p.m. | CBS
No. 6 Kansas at Texas | 2 p.m.
Purdue at No. 17 Maryland | 2 p.m.
No. 12 West Virginia at Kansas State | 2 p.m. | ESPNU
Buffalo at Central Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Missouri State at Evansville | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Toledo at Akron | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Dartmouth at Harvard | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Saint Joseph’s at Penn | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Longwood at Campbell | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Charleston Southern at High Point | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Hampton at UNC Asheville | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Hartford at Vermont | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
St. Bonaventure at VCU | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
TCU at Oklahoma | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Marquette at Georgetown | 2 p.m. | FS1
Tulsa at Tulane | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Clemson at N.C. State | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
No. 20 Colorado at Arizona | 2:30 p.m.
Georgia State at Troy | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
UT Arlington at UL Monroe | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
North Dakota at North Dakota State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Mercer at Samford | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Rice at Southern Miss | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Missouri at Alabama | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 8 Oregon at Washington | 3:45 p.m. | CBS
No. 10 Kentucky at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | ESPN
Iowa State at No. 23 Texas Tech | 4 p.m.
Houston at No. 16 Wichita State | 4 p.m.
Oregon State at Washington State | 4 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Radford at Presbyterian | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Kent State at Western Michigan | 4 p.m. | ESPN3
Northern Illinois at Bowling Green | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Kennesaw State at NJIT | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia Southern at South Alabama | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
UTEP at UTSA | 4 p.m. | ESPN3
UAB at Florida Atlantic | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Saint Mary’s at Pepperdine | 4 p.m. | CBSSN
Central Arkansas at Nicholls | 4 p.m. | ESPN3
Tennessee Tech at Eastern Illinois | 4:15 p.m. | ESPN+
Jacksonville State at SIU-Edwardsville | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Little Rock at Appalachian State | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Saint Peter’s at Quinnipiac | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Florida Gulf Coast at North Alabama | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
South Carolina Upstate at Gardner-Webb | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Providence at No. 25 Creighton | 4:30 p.m. | FS1
Morehead State at Belmont | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Northwestern at No. 24 Illinois | 5 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Austin Peay at UT Martin | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
North Texas at Louisiana Tech | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Charlotte at Western Kentucky | 5 p.m. | ESPN3
Murray State at SE Missouri State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Incarnate Word at Stephen F. Austin | 5:30 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 11 Louisville at No. 3 Duke | 6 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico at UNLV | 6 p.m. | CBSSN
UC Davis at CSU Northridge | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Northern Iowa at Bradley | 6 p.m. | ESPN2
Tennessee at Vanderbilt | 6 p.m. | SEC Network
Stetson at Jacksonville | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
South Florida at UCF | 6 p.m. | ESPNU
Stanford at Southern California | 6:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Youngstown State at Wright State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Old Dominion at Marshall | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Chattanooga at UNC Greensboro | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Oakland at Milwaukee | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Middle Tennessee at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
East Tennessee State at Western Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Lipscomb at Liberty | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Indiana at Nebraska | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Cornell at Columbia | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Cleveland State at Northern Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Manhattan | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Albany at Stony Brook | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at No. 7 San Diego State | 8 p.m. | CBSSN
Virginia at Georgia Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
SE Louisiana at Abilene Christian | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
LSU at Ole Miss | 8 p.m. | ESPN2
Temple at SMU | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
Indiana State at Valparaiso | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Texas State at Louisiana | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia at Mississippi State | 8:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Utah at Arizona State | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
BYU at No. 1 Gonzaga | 10 p.m. | ESPN2
Utah State at Boise State | 10 p.m. | ESPNU
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 South Carolina 78 Missouri 45
#6 Oregon 87 #3 Stanford 5
#4 Connecticut 59 Central Florida 52
#5 Louisville 81 Boston College 70
#9 North Carolina State 68#13 Florida State 51
#10 Mississippi State 64 LSU 60
#11 Kentucky 76#12 Texas A&M 54
Northwestern 71#15 Indiana 69 OT
#16 Gonzaga 67 Santa Clara 52
#20 Maryland 87 Nebraska 69
#22 Iowa 76 Minnesota 75
#24 Tennessee 78 Florida 50
#25 South Dakota 80 North Dakota State 36
Purdue 81 Illinois 67
Duke 50 Notre Dame 47
Belmont 68 Eastern Kentucky 48
South Alabama 81 Georgia State 64
Northern Colorado 73 Sacramento 63
UT Arlington 79 Louisiana 52
Michigan State 68 Ohio State 65
North Carolina 78 Miami Florida 58
Troy 79 Georgia Southern 69
Southeast Missouri 81 Austin Peay 43
Old Dominion 76 Western Kentucky 65
UT Martin 98 Murray State 56
Morehead State 84 Tennessee State 47
Alabama Birmingham 71 Florida International 58
Tennessee Tech 65 Southern Illinois Edwardsville 50
Clemson 75 Pittsburgh 67 OT
Detroit 70 Cleveland State 59
Furman 81 Eastern Tennessee 62
Fairfield 72 Canisius 70
Niagara 63 Iona 57
Rider 76 Marist 72 OT
Youngstown State 79 Oakland 74
Charlotte 52 Marshall 46
Chattanooga 80 Wofford 76
Rutgers 62 Penn State 57
Temple 69 S. Florida 66
Wake Forest 62 Virginia 56
Oral Roberts 79 Fort Wayne 73
Middle Tennessee 81 Florida Atlantic 66
Georgia Tech 82 Syracuse 64
Arkansas State 76 Appalachian 58
Grand Canyon 69 Chicago State 49
Southern Miss 65 N. Texas 57
Utah Valley 58 New Mexico State 54
Rice 60 Louisiana Tech 47
Louisiana Monroe 58 Texas State 55
Michigan 68 Wisconsin 56
Texas Pan-American 85 Seattle 81 OT
Idaho 69 Eastern Washington 60
UC Davis 57 Long Beach 55
Southern Utah 76 Northern Arizona 84
Idaho State 65 Weber State 54
BYU 76 Pacific 66
Portland 73 San Francisco 66
Hawaii 80 UC Riverside 57
Bakersfield 70 Kansas City 60
HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING
Centerville 66 Union County 7
RHS GYMNASTICS RELEASE
|Richmond High School||1st||104.875|
|Lincoln High School||2nd||35.7|
Sophomore Lizzy Ruger wins the meet with a personal record high of 37.25. She took first on vault (9.45), bars (9.025), beam (9.425), and floor (9.35).
Sophomore Kinsey Bosell shared the podium with teammate Lizzy taking a 2nd place overall finish (33.925). She also placed 2nd on beam (9.1), vault (9.825), and floor (9.325).
Junior Jensen Jones came in 3rd place for the evening with a 32.675 AA. Jensen placed 2nd on bars (7.75), 3rd on beam (8.7), 6th on vault (8.05), and tied for fourth on floor (8.175).
Other placements for the evening:
Kayla Zaleski- 5th vault tie (8.1), 4th on bars (6.325), 4th on beam (8.05) 4th floor (8.175)
4th AA (30.65)
Katelyn Evans- 5th vault tie (8.1), 5th bars (6.225), 3rd floor (8.425), 5th AA (29.125)
Aubrey Uhte- 3rd on vault (8.825), 5th on beam (7.425)
Breighlyn Chambers- 5th tie vault (8.1)
Deserae Rivas- 6th on beam (6.575)
Our next competition will be away @ Connersville Tuesday 21st.
Phoenix 121 New York 98
New Orleans 138 Utah 132 OT
Milwaukee 128 Boston 123
Denver 134 Golden State 131 OT
LA Clippers 122 Orlando 95
Boston 4 Pittsburgh 1
Calgary 2 Toronto 1
Florida 4 Los Angeles 3
NY Rangers 3 NY Islanders 2
Montréal 4 Philadelphia 1
Washington 5 New Jersey 2
Columbus 3 Carolina 2
Vegas 4 Ottawa 2
Anaheim 4 Nashville 2
Minnesota 3 Tampa Bay 2
Buffalo 4 Dallas 1
Colorado 4 San Jose 0
Vancouver 3 Arizona 1
Carlos Beltran out as New York Mets manager in wake of MLB sign-stealing probe: report
Carlos Beltran will step down as New York Mets manager in the wake of Major League Baseball’s ruling in the Houston Astros sign-stealing case, according to multiple reports.
Beltran, who played for the Astros during the 2017 season, was the only player on the World Series-winning team to be implicated in MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s findings. He was said to have played a key role in orchestrating the elaborate system that helped the Astros steal signs from opposing teams.
Beltran told the Mets it was best that he stepped down from his role as manager, according to Yahoo Sports. ESPN reported that he was out. He was hired to replace Mickey Callaway in the offseason. He did not manage a game for New York.
The former MLB outfielder’s departure comes days after MLB suspended A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow for one year for failing to do more to step the sign-stealing. The Astros then made the decision to fire Hinch and Luhnow and started their process of replacing them with less than a month before pitchers and catchers report.
Alex Cora, then the bench coach for the Astros, stepped down as Boston Red Sox manager a day after the findings. MLB didn’t announce a punishment for him because they were still investigating his 2018 Red Sox team for a separate video-replay scandal.
According to a report from The Athletic in November, Beltran and Cora played a “key role in devising the sign-stealing system” during their 2017 World Series-winning season. Manfred determined that Beltran and a group of unnamed players devised a plan to “improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter.”
Manfred said it was Cora who arranged for a camera to be placed in center field while one player would bang on a trash can to communicate the pitch type to the batter.
However, Manfred determined in his ruling that no Astros players on the 2017 team would be suspended because “assessing discipline of players for this type of conduct is both difficult and impractical. It is difficult because virtually all of the Astros’ players had some involvement or knowledge of the scheme, and I am not in a position based on the investigative record to determine with any degree of certainty every player who should be held accountable, or their relative degree of culpability.”
Beltran told the New York Post in November that he was unaware of the camera in center field.
“I’m not aware of that camera,” Beltran said. “We were studying the opposite team every day. We took a lot of pride studying pitchers [on] the computer. That is the only technology that I use and understand. … It was fun seeing guys get to the ballpark to look for little details.”
He added: “[In] the game of baseball, guys for years have given location and if the catchers get lazy and the pitcher doesn’t cover the signs from second base, of course players are going to take advantage. I don’t call that cheating. I call that using the small details to take advantage. I think baseball is doing a great job adding new technology to make sure the game is even for both teams.”
MLB Owners Are Not Allowed To Criticize The Astros Punishment For Cheating
Sometimes it is important to maintain a unified appearance when one doesn’t exist. For Major League Baseball, that time seems to be this week, because commissioner Rob Manfred has reportedly told the franchise owners that if they publicly criticize his punishment of the Houston Astros, they too, would face his wrath.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, multiple owners were upset when informed by Rob Manfred of what would happen to the Houston Astros as a result of their sign stealing during their 2017 World Series Championship season. Passan also reported, “The impression,” one person familiar with the call said, “was that the penalty for complaining would be more than Houston got.”
The tenor of the phone conversation between Manfred and his employers (team owners) was that giving up two first-round and two second-round draft picks, $5 Million and sacrificing your manager and general manager were not enough of a punishment for a team that won a World Series and reaped all the rewards that come with it.
The biggest sign that Manfred issued a gag order on MLB teams was a statement issued by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who the Houston Astros defeated in the 2017 World Series. On their Twitter page, the Dodgers posted that all MLB teams were told not to comment on the punishment handed down against the Astros and that their franchise was asked not to comment on any wrongdoing during the 2017 World Series. It is worth noting that the 2018 Red Sox, who also defeated the Dodgers in the World Series, are currently under investigation for stealing signs, with their now former manager Alex Cora a direct link between both teams. Cora who was named by Manfred in his decision Monday, was the Astros bench coach in 2017 before become Red Sox manager in 2018.
Jim Crane, the owner of the Houston Astros, was allowed to state publicly his belief that his team’s first and only World Series title was not tainted in any way by the sign stealing scandal. Yet, after that joke was told, the other MLB owners were forced by the commission to remain silent on be punished; implying to me that Manfred was worried that harsher penalties might result in legal issues for Major League Baseball. It also looks like Rob Manfred talked tough during his investigation, but when it came to delivering what the other owners wanted, he fell short; leaving 29 people who employ him unhappy and him needing to shut them up with a threat of retaliation if they spoke out. Not a good way for your bosses to feel about you at the start of the new year.
Short of doing what Twitter wanted and naming the Los Angeles Dodgers the 2017 World Series Championship, it looks like it was going to be impossible to make the other owners happy in this case. Perhaps if Manfred had not raised the bar so high with his tough talk, expectations would have been lower, and he would have been able to clear the bar. Now many fans and owners are unhappy, and Manfred still has another team to investigate, but now with a legal precedent on the books. Manfred should have taken a step over the line and forced the Houston Astros to sue him for retain their World Series title, rather than have the commissioner saying the integrity of the game was damaged while Jim Crane laughs all the way to the bank with another contending team in 2020 ready to take the field. Sadly, Rob Manfred probably knew this on Monday, which is why he placed a gag order on the owners, because that was the only way, it appears, that he was able to flex his muscle this week.
CC Sabathia feels ‘cheated’ out of World Series titles by Astros, Red Sox
Two of the last three World Series champions have been linked to a major sign stealing scandal that has erupted within Major League Baseball, and CC Sabathia can’t help but feel personally impacted by the acts.
Sabathia’s New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros in the 2017 ALCS and the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS the following year. We already know the Astros are guilty of using electronic equipment in an elaborate sign stealing scheme back in 2017, and MLB is investigating the Red Sox for similar violations during their 2018 championship season. In an appearance on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” Tuesday night, Sabathia said he feels “cheated” now that the allegations have been confirmed.
“As everything’s been coming out and the more facts that we get, it’s getting frustrating, man, to sit here and know that late in my career I could’ve had a title, maybe ’17 or maybe ’18,” Sabathia said, as transcribed by ESPN. “But we got cheated out of a team kind of doing something that’s not within the rules of the game.”
The Yankees lost to the Astros in seven games, and Sabathia started Game 7. All four of the losses in the series came at Minute Maid Park, which is where Houston had set up a video monitor outside its dugout to help steal signals from opponents via a center field camera feed. Sabathia said the fact that the series was so close makes the cheating harder for him to swallow.
“When I first heard it, I was upset, and then as investigations went on … I was like, well, we can’t go back and play the games,” he said. “But as more information started to come out, I’m like, we played a seven-game series in 2017, ALCS, and we lost really on kind of like one pitch.”
Like many others, Sabathia feels even the $5 million fine, loss of draft picks, and season-long suspensions of former Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were not enough. He wants Houston to vacate its 2017 World Series title. Considering who MLB painted as the mastermind behind the cheating with the Astros, Sabathia may soon feel the same way about the Red Sox.
Astros avoid arbitration with Springer amid scandal
George Springer, the World Series MVP of the tainted 2017 Houston Astros, and the team settled on a $21 million, one-year contract Thursday.
Springer had asked for $22.5 million in salary arbitration last week and the Astros offered $17.5 million, making the settlement $1 million over the midpoint. He made $12.15 million last year.
The 30-year-old outfielder set career highs last season, hitting 39 home runs with 96 RBIs while batting .292. He was an All-Star for the third straight season.
Springer led Houston to its first World Series title in 2017, hitting five homers in the seven-game win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He connected in the final four games of the matchup.
This week, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released a report that detailed a cheating scheme by the Astros in the 2017 regular season and postseason to steal catchers’ signals using video feeds and relay them to their hitters Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended by MLB and then fired by the team.
Alex Cora, the bench coach for Houston in 2017, was let go this week as Boston’s manager. Carlos Beltran was the only player named in the MLB report – hired last November to manage the New York Mets, he was let go Thursday.
Springer and the Astros lost last year’s World Series to Washington in seven games. In 14 World Series games, he has hit .339 with seven home runs.
Springer can earn additional bonus money this year, including $200,000 for regular-season MVP, $175,000 for second, $150,000 for third, $125,000 and fourth and $100,000 for fifth. He would get $100,000 for World Series MVP and $75,000 each for an All-Star selection, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and League Championship Series MVP.
Giants make Alyssa Nakken first female major league coach
Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler.
Major League Baseball confirmed Nakken is the first woman coach in the majors. Nakken is a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State who joined the club in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations. She and Mark Hallberg, who was also named as an assistant Thursday, will work to promote high performance along with a close-knit team atmosphere.
Kapler, who expressed during the winter meetings that he would hire some coaches for nontraditional roles, said in a text message Nakken (nack-in) will be in uniform.
The team said Nakken has been responsible for “developing, producing and directing a number of the organization’s health and wellness initiatives and events.”
The NBA has several female assistant coaches. The NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, playing in this Sunday’s NFC championship game, have Katie Sowers as an offensive assistant.
At Sacramento State from 2009-2012, Nakken was a three-time all-conference player and four-time Academic All American. She went on to earn a master’s degree in sport management from the University of San Francisco in 2015.
“Alyssa and Mark are highly respected members of the organization and I’m delighted that they will now focus their talents on helping to build a winning culture in the clubhouse,” Kapler said. “In every organization, environment affects performance, and baseball clubhouses are no different. That’s why in addition to assisting the rest of the coaching staff on the field, Mark and Alyssa will focus on fostering a clubhouse culture that promotes high performance through, among other attributes, a deep sense of collaboration and team.”
San Francisco also signed left-hander Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. Smyly went a combined 4-7 with a 6.24 ERA over 25 appearances with 21 starts and 114 innings between Texas and Philadelphia last season.
Warrant issued for Odell Beckham after video shows butt swat
A misdemeanor simple battery warrant has been issued for Cleveland Browns wide receiver and former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr., police in New Orleans said Thursday.
The warrant comes as video posted on social media appears to show Beckham swatting a security officer’s buttocks during LSU’s locker room victory celebration after Monday night’s college national championship game in the Superdome.
“We are aware of the incident and have been in touch with Odell and his representatives on the matter,”the Browns said in a statement. “They are cooperating with authorities to appropriately address the situation.”
LSU players were seen smoking cigars – forbidden in the Superdome – in pictures from the Monday night celebration. Authorities reportedly warned them they could face arrest.
In a 27-second video available on Twitter, a security officer is seen standing over an LSU player sitting on a locker room bench. The officer appears to be searching around the bench and pointing to the floor. He can be heard talking about a “burn mark” just before Beckham approaches him from behind and appears to swat his backside.
The arrest warrant follows another post-game controversy involving Beckham.
LSU has acknowledged contacting officials from the NCAA and Southeastern Conference about Beckham apparently handing out cash to Tigers players on the field after the national championship game.
LSU athletics spokesman Michael Bonnette said initial information suggested that Beckham handed out “novelty bills” to players after LSU defeated Clemson on Monday night. However, further investigation showed that Beckham may have given away real money, Bonnette said earlier this week.
“We were in contact with the NCAA and the SEC immediately upon learning of this situation in which some of our student-athletes may have been placed in a compromising position,” Bonnette said.
Beckham, who is from New Orleans, had an interesting first season with the Browns, who acquired him in March from the New York Giants in a blockbuster trade.
The 27-year-old three-time Pro Bowler skipped most of the team’s preseason training camp and his absence may have contributed to him seeming to be out of sync with quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Beckham played most of the season with a sports hernia injury that may require surgery. Despite not being completely healthy, he still played in all 16 games and finished with 74 catches for 1,035 yards. However, he had just four touchdowns, his fewest in a full season.
The flashy wide receiver was fined by the NFL for wearing an expensive watch during a game and was asked by officials to change his helmet visor as well as cleats that did not conform to league rules.
Late in the season, as the Browns were falling from playoff contention, Beckham dismissed reports he was telling opposing players to “come get me” during games. Beckham said he had no intention of leaving the Browns and was committed to helping them win while playing alongside Jarvis Landry, his best friend and former college teammate.
Joe Burrow says he took money from Odell Beckham Jr
Odell Beckham Jr caused some issues for the LSU football team when he handed out money to players on the field after the national championship game on Monday night, but school officials originally said there was nothing to worry about because the money was fake. Joe Burrow is not exactly corroborating that claim.
In an appearance on the “Pardon My Take” podcast that aired Wednesday morning, Burrow was asked about Beckham handing out wads of cash to players. While the Heisman Trophy winner was not one of the players shown on video, Burrow says he did get some money from Beckham. And it was real.
“Umm, yeah. I’m not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yeah,” Burrow said when asked if OBJ gave him cash, per Brian Fonseca of NJ.com.
Podcast host Big Cat then said he thought it would have been awesome if Beckham printed fake money to hand out “just as a flex.” Burrow said he was unsure of how much money Beckham gave out.
Players are not permitted to accept monetary gifts, so that would be a violation of NCAA rules. However, Burrow is declaring for the NFL Draft and the two players Beckham was shown handing money to may do the same. Burrow has also graduated and has two degrees, so there’s no reason he should have turned down the money.
LSU associate athletic director Robert Munson initially said on Tuesday that Beckham was handing out fake money as a “joke,” but he later added that the school is investigating to see if players took money.
Whether the money was real or fake, LSU has to be irritated with Beckham for creating an awkward situation.
Sunday’s conference championship games are rematches of regular-season games. In Week 10, the Titans beat the Chiefs, 35-32, in Nashville, but they face a huge challenge in the AFC Championship Game. In the divisional round, the Chiefs outscored Houston, 51-7, after spotting the Texans a 24-0 lead. Kansas City’s offense seems unstoppable. In the NFC, the Packers get another crack against the 49ers, who humiliated Green Bay in a Monday night game, 37-8, in Week 12.
Tennessee (11-7) at Kansas City (13-4), Sun., 3:05 ET
TV: CBS LINE: Kansas City -7.5
What you need to know: RB Derrick Henry, the first player in NFL history to run for at least 180 yards in three straight games, is the Titans’ driving force. The Chiefs couldn’t slow him (23 carries, 188 yards) during a regular-season loss. Henry averages 4.7 yards gained after contact per attempt this postseason, per Pro Football Focus. The Chiefs have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL (4.9 yards per carry, 29th in league). Tennessee should be able to take away Kansas City’s running attack; the Titans were seventh in the NFL in yards per carry allowed, and the Chiefs were just 20th in the league in yards per carry. With Henry running wild in the playoffs, Titans QB Ryan Tannehill hasn’t had to throw much (160 yards, 29 attempts, 3 TDs) in two games. Tannehill’s battle against a stingy Chiefs secondary should be fun to watch.
Patrick Mahomes’ arm is the most dangerous weapon Kansas City has, but his legs are an important variable. In the divisional round against Houston, Mahomes ran for 53 yards on seven carries, his third game this season with 50-plus yards on the ground. CB Adoree’ Jackson will likely draw the assignment against Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill (58 catches, 860 yards). Good luck. Jackson has been strong all season, but Hill is a unique weapon. Tight end Travis Kelce (10 receptions, 134 yards, 3 TDs) is coming off the best game of his career, and if Tennessee is without linebacker Jayon Brown (shoulder) again, he will be primed for another outburst. Safety Kevin Byard is one of the NFL’s most underrated players, and figures to have multiple different coverage assignments versus Kansas City. Punter Brett Kern is an All-Pro and a major weapon for Tennessee, but the Titans, incredibly, have just eight made field goals all season. Conversely, the Chiefs’ Harrison Butker led the league with 34 made field goals, and his 89.5 percent conversion rate was sixth in the NFL.
On the spot: Titans QB Ryan Tannehill. In the divisional-round upset of Baltimore, his quick-change touchdown to Kalif Raymond was a turning point. If the Chiefs take an early lead, he must prove that his stellar regular season (70.3 % completion percentage, 22 TDs) was no fluke.
Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu: Defenses have used eight defenders in the box and still failed to stop Henry, who emasculated Baltimore safety Earl Thomas on a highlight-reel run in the divisional round. Whether or not Mathieu can tackle effectively and make plays near the line of scrimmage could be a determining factor.
Betting nuggets: Tennessee is 6-3 ATS on the road this season; Kansas City is 5-3 ATS at home this season.
The pick: Titans 30 Chiefs 28
Green Bay (14-3) at San Francisco (14-3), Sun., 6:40 ET
TV: FOX LINE: San Francisco -7.5
What you need to know: Aaron Rodgers gets a chance to avenge one of the worst performances (20-for-33, 114 yards) of his career and return to the Super Bowl for the first time since his 2011 (2010 season) triumph over the Steelers. Green Bay ranked 18th in yards allowed and yards gained; the Packers’ major strength is its ability to protect the football and take it away. Green Bay was second in the league with just 13 turnovers, and its 25 takeaways ranked seventh. San Francisco was even better at taking the ball away (27 turnvers), but it was sloppier with it, turning it over 23 times. QB Jimmy Garoppolo was responsible for 18 of those (13 interceptions, five lost fumbles). His play remains a question; Garoppolo attempted a only 19 passes in the divisional-round win over the Vikings, managing just a 74.7 passer rating, well below the NFL average.
Garoppolo’s ability to attack a ball-hawking Green Bay secondary is the most important variable for the 49ers’ offense. His task will be easier if San Francisco can run the ball effectively against a defense that ranked just 24th in the league in yards per carry allowed. The game’s pivotal matchup will happen when the Packers have the ball. San Francisco CB Richard Sherman has had a marvelous season, arguably the best of any corner in the NFC, and perhaps third only to New England’s Stephon Gilmore and Buffalo’s Tre’Davious White in the league. Sherman will be matched up against Davante Adams; if he can neutralize the wide receiver, Green Bay’s offense could grind to a halt. RB Aaron Jones (1,084 rushing yards, 16 TDs) must give the Pack some semblance of offensive balance; the Niners can be had against the run, as they were 23rd in the league in yards per carry allowed. San Francisco’s offensive game plan will no doubt involve a heavy dose of rushing, as the Packers were way below average defending the ground game (24th in yards per carry allowed). Green Bay’s Mason Crosby was the fifth-most accurate kicker in the NFL this season.
On the spot: Packers TE Jimmy Graham. Adams will attract most of San Francisco’s attention, so Graham -– whose four targets against Seattle in the divisional round were second most on the team behind Adams’ 11 –- must exploit favorable matchups, particularly if Green Bay is in the red zone.
49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo: He was sharp (14-for-20, 253 yards) when the Niners pasted Green Bay in Week 12; but he has zero experience in this high-pressure environment. San Francisco is unlikely to rout the Packers again, so can Garoppolo outplay Rodgers when it matters most?
Betting nuggets: Green Bay is 5-2 ATS on the road this season; San Francisco is 5-3-1 ATS at home this season.
The pick: Packers 28 49ers 27
AP source: Browns interviewing Pats scouting boss for GM job
The Browns passed on a chance to hire one of the Patriots’ coaches. Now, they’ll consider someone who helped build New England into an NFL dynasty.
With Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski on board as their new coach, the Browns have accelerated the search for a general manager. They will interview Patriots director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Ossenfort, who has been with New England for 15 seasons, will talk with the Browns on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not disclosing its plans before interviews take place.
Cleveland will also meet Friday with Eagles vice president of football operations Andrew Berry, the person said. The Browns also intend to interview Vikings vice president of player personnel/assistant general manager George Paton at some point.
Berry previously worked in Cleveland’s front office from 2016-18, and has long been considered one of the league’s young, rising executives. He was well liked during his time with the Browns, who went 1-31 in his first two seasons before winning seven games in 2018.
Berry is also a minority candidate. There is currently only one black GM in the NFL, Miami’s Chris Grier.
Before hiring Stefanski, the Browns spoke to several candidates, including Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, an Ohio native who was the presumed favorite and preferred choice by many Cleveland fans.
Stefanski is helping the team choose its new GM, and his familiarity with Paton could make for a natural fit. The Browns split with GM John Dorsey after this season when he declined a different role. Dorsey had rebuilt Cleveland’s roster in his two years in charge of personnel decisions.
Ossenfort has been New England’s college scouting director for six years. A former college quarterback, he worked his way up from personnel assistant to area scout, national scout and assistant director of college scouting. He’s been with the Patriots since 2003 and in that span the team has won five Super Bowls.
Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta said Wednesday the team will interview as many as five candidates. DePodesta is on the interview committee along with owner Jimmy Haslam, Stefanski, executive vice president JW Johnson and vice president of football administration Chris Cooper.
On Tuesday, Haslam said the team would be as deliberate in finding a new GM as it was before hiring Stefanski, one of eight candidates the Browns interviewed.
“We will work through it just like we did the coach process,” he said. “The only difference is, Kevin (Stefanski) will be involved. The search committee will go from four members to five and I do not want to say how long it will take. The important thing is to get it right, so we will focus on that.”
It’s still not clear about the future of assistant GM Eliot Wolf or vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith. Both were brought to Cleveland by Dorsey after working with him in Green Bay.
Highsmith could potentially return to the University of Miami, where was a star running back and national champion.
“I think the GM will certainly have some say in his entire football operations staff, but I will tell you that Eliot and Zo, they were very helpful in the head coach search over the last couple of weeks,” DePodesta said. “They are right now grinding away on the draft and even helping out with the assistant coach work. They have been terrific.”
Stefanski is also assembling his coaching staff. He’s spent the past two days meeting with coaches who were with Cleveland last season.
PFF MOCK DRAFT 1.0
- CINCINNATI BENGALS — QB JOE BURROW, LSU
The Bengals are the lucky owners of the Burrow lottery ticket. ‘Tank for Tua’ gave way to ‘Bomb for Burrow’ well before Tagovailoa was injured. Burrow is in a stratosphere of his own as a prospect after finishing off the highest-graded quarterback season we’ve ever seen. He added five more big-time throws in the National Championship to bring his total to an FBS-leading 42 on the season.
- WASHINGTON REDSKINS — EDGE CHASE YOUNG, OHIO STATE
While Burrow broke our passing record, Young broke our pass-rushing record. He’s as complete an edge-defender prospect as we’ve ever seen in our six years of grading college football. No need to overthink this one.
- DETROIT LIONS — CB JEFFREY OKUDAH, OHIO STATE
These top three picks are set in stone for any future GM mock until we start incorporating trades. Okudah passed his final collegiate test with flying colors against Clemson’s pair of NFL wide receivers. He was targeted 10 times in the playoff semifinals and allowed only five catches for 47 yards while breaking up two passes. Put him across from Darius Slay, and watch your pass defense transform overnight.
- NEW YORK GIANTS — WR CEEDEE LAMB, OKLAHOMA
The Giants’ offense is currently chock full of complementary wideouts, but no there’s no true number one. While it’s a loaded wide receiver class, chances are you won’t find that No. 1 receiver on the wrap in the second round. Insert CeeDee Lamb, the do-it-all receiver who broke 26 tackles on 62 receptions this season. It’s not like the Sooners were only pumping him screens, either. Lamb’s average depth of target was 13.2 yards downfield this year.
- MIAMI DOLPHINS — QB TUA TAGOVAILOA, ALABAMA
Tua will have an asterisk next to his name all offseason, but with his injury timeline, we should know by draft day whether further complications have arisen that could put his career in jeopardy. Assuming full health, Tagovailoa did nothing to dissuade us from our preseason opinion that he’s a franchise quarterback prospect with a 90.3 passing grade.
- LOS ANGELES CHARGERS — LB ISAIAH SIMMONS, CLEMSON
Simmons seemed like the only Clemson defender who showed up in the National Championship game, as he broke up two passes and allowed only 21 yards on five targets. While the Chargers have offensive line needs, pairing Simmons with Derwin James is too dynamic a duo for us to pass up. Their versatility can revolutionize what an NFL defense should look like.
- CAROLINA PANTHERS — OT ANDREW THOMAS, GEORGIA
While it’s not a sexy pick, Thomas will go a long way to ensuring Cam Newton stays healthy should he be the starter next season. Greg Little showed some promise as a rookie, but they can’t let the line dip to the lows we saw from it last season. Thomas has allowed only 37 pressures in three years as a starter.
- ARIZONA CARDINALS — OT JEDRICK WILLS JR., ALABAMA
No offensive tackle shot up draft boards more this season than Wills. He allowed only four pressures in his last six games against some stiff SEC competition. He’s also without a doubt the most athletic tackle in the class and would be perfect in Arizona’s screen game.
- JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — CB KRISTIAN FULTON, LSU
The National Championship was by no means a banner performance from Fulton, but you heard his name called a lot because Clemson picked on him a lot. He still allowed only 5-of-11 targets to be caught for 66 yards and two first downs. His NFL comparison in the upcoming PFF Draft Guide is actually A.J. Bouye, and I’m sure Jaguars fans would love to have him cloned.
- CLEVELAND BROWNS — OT TRISTAN WIRFS, IOWA
Wirfs quietly dominated unlike any other offensive lineman in the country down the stretch this past season. He allowed one lone pressure in his final seven games. He also earned one of the top run-blocking grades in the country (89.2).
- NEW YORK JETS — WR JERRY JEUDY, ALABAMA
Sam Darnold gets his go-to guy. There’s no need to overthink Jeudy too much. He moves differently than any other wideout in this class and has absurdly polished route-running ability. Drops popped up a little more this year than they have in the past, but he still dropped only seven of 84 catchable targets this season.
- OAKLAND RAIDERS — CB TREVON DIGGS, ALABAMA
Diggs bounced back from an injury-shortened 2018 campaign in a big way. Outside of the LSU game where he lost at the catch point a number of times, Diggs allowed only 13 catches for 176 yards on the season. Those are lockdown cornerback numbers.
- INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — EDGE A.J. EPENESA, IOWA
Epenesa lost a bit of steam after his dominant sophomore campaign, but he switched to a different role that asked him to play the run far more than he had before. What we love is his versatility — he lined up inside the tackles on 98 snaps this season.
- TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — DI DERRICK BROWN, AUBURN
Brown feels like a pretty safe projection with how much he dominated week in and week out in the SEC. He had only one start this season (LSU) where he earned a below-average grade. That will pair nicely next to Vita Vea on Tampa Bay’s interior.
- DENVER BRONCOS — DI JAVON KINLAW, SOUTH CAROLINA
With a two-year sample on Kinlaw, we feel pretty safe about him being a difference-maker as a pass-rusher in the NFL. Kinlaw earned an 88.7 pass-rushing grade last season — the highest of any returning interior defender in college football. He followed that up with a 90.7 grade this year on 352 pass-rushing snaps.
- ATLANTA FALCONS — EDGE CURTIS WEAVER, BOISE STATE
One of the most prolific pass-rushers in the country, Weaver has had 20-plus combined sacks and hits in each of the past two seasons. He doesn’t fit the athletic profile that the Falcons have gone for at edge in the past, but with the results they’ve gotten from their recent first-rounders, maybe that’s a good thing.
- DALLAS COWBOYS — S GRANT DELPIT, LSU
We’ve talked a lot about his missed tackle problem, but when it mattered most, Delpit wrapped up admirably. In the conference championship and through the playoffs, Delpit made 10 tackles and didn’t miss a single one.
- MIAMI DOLPHINS (VIA PITTSBURGH STEELERS) — OT JOSH JONES, HOUSTON
Jones earned the highest overall grade we’ve ever given to a non-Power 5 offensive tackle (93.2). And unlike many Group-of-5 tackles, Jones has all the length and athleticism to stick there in the NFL.
- OAKLAND RAIDERS (VIA CHICAGO BEARS) — WR LAVISKA SHENAULT, COLORADO
Shenault battled through a number of different injuries this season and still caught 56 balls for 764 yards while breaking 15 tackles. It wasn’t quite the dominance we saw in 2018, but his role also changed significantly, moving from the slot to outside. Colorado simply couldn’t get the ball to him accurately down the field this year.
- JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (VIA LOS ANGELES RAMS) — WR TEE HIGGINS, CLEMSON
Higgins didn’t produce at a terribly high level against a pair of NFL corners he faced in the playoffs, but not all of that was his fault. Trevor Lawrence left some plays on the field for his top wideout, and Higgins is every bit still a first-round type of prospect.
- PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — WR HENRY RUGGS, ALABAMA
When DeSean Jackson went down, the Eagles receiving corps immediately became one of, if not the, slowest in the NFL. Ruggs’ possibly sub-4.3 speed changes that overnight. Of his 98 career receptions at Alabama, 24 resulted in scores.
- BUFFALO BILLS — CB JAYLON JOHNSON, UTAH
Johnson has been a riser up PFF’s board all year and has instincts for the position on par with any corner in this class. He’s talked before about how tape study led to his pick-six against Washington, and that would fit in nicely in Sean McDermott’s defense.
- NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — QB JUSTIN HERBERT, OREGON
We simply can’t see a team wasting a high pick on Herbert with all the bad play he’s put on tape this season and years prior. In his supposed ‘big wins’ against Utah and Wisconsin, Herbert had passing grades of 58.3 and 64.4, respectively. You can’t teach his arm talent, though, and a redshirt year (or years) in New England could be exactly what he needs.
- NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — WR JALEN REAGOR, TCU
The Saints love playmakers, and Reagor qualifies as exactly that. He may not have the biggest catch radius or the most inspiring production, but he separates at an elite level down the football field. That’s something the Saints haven’t had in quite some time.
- MINNESOTA VIKINGS — DI JORDAN ELLIOTT, MISSOURI
Minnesota treated its 3-tech position as an afterthought this season, and it eventually burned them as they were gashed by the 49ers’ ground attack in the playoffs. Elliott is an easy fit there, as he earned 90-plus grades in run defense and as a pass-rusher en route to the highest grade of any interior defender in college football.
- MIAMI DOLPHINS (VIA HOUSTON TEXANS) — CB C.J. HENDERSON, FLORIDA
Henderson won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but he should taste just right for man-heavy defenses like the Dolphins’. Even with a relative down year this season, Henderson allowed only 20 catches all season long. He lost more downfield than he did in 2018, but he was often still at the catch point.
- SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — CB BRYCE HALL, VIRGINIA
Get used to seeing long, rangy corners mocked to Seattle after seeing Tre Flowers get torched by Davante Adams last weekend. The Seahawks simply cannot expect to seriously compete for a Super Bowl in the loaded NFC with the corners they have at the moment.
- BALTIMORE RAVENS — S ASHTYN DAVIS, CALIFORNIA
The Ravens love positionless coverage defenders, and Davis fits that bill. He can lay the boom as a blitzer or rob the seams from the middle of the field. He’s the kind of player that makes the Ravens defensive scheme work.
- TENNESSEE TITANS — EDGE JULIAN OKWARA, NOTRE DAME
Even though he has a couple years left on his deal, 37-year-old Cameron Wake had his season end on Injured Reserve and might not be the most reliable option across from Harold Landry moving forward. The elder pass-rusher, though, could tutor a similarly freakish athlete on the edge in Okwara, who had an elite 90-plus pass-rushing grade this past season.
- GREEN BAY PACKERS — WR JAUAN JENNINGS, TENNESSEE
This might be a bit of a surprise, but when you flip on the tape, you’ll see a rare skillset that is unmatched in this class. There are not many 6-foot-3, 210-pound wideouts who are as shifty after the catch as Jennings is. He broke 30 tackles on 59 catches this past season.
- KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — CB CAMERON DANTZLER, MISSISSIPPI STATE
On 568 coverage snaps over the past two seasons, Dantzler allowed all of 36 catches for 459 yards. Those are silly numbers for a sophomore/junior in the SEC. Dantzler also holds the title of the only cornerback not torched by LSU this season, as he allowed 2-of-4 targets to be caught for 13 yards in that game.
- SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — S XAVIER MCKINNEY, ALABAMA
There’s no guarantee Jimmie Ward will be back in San Francisco, making safety/slot an area of need. McKinney’s Swiss Army knife skillset is a fit for any defense — even if Ward does return. He’s earned grades over 79.0 in run defense, as a pass-rusher and in coverage each of the past two seasons.
TooAthletic Take: Bill Cowher Should Not Be A Hall Of Famer
Everyone loves a feel good story, which is what this weekend’s football coverage gave us when two former NFL head coaches found out they were part of the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class. And while adding the bust of Jimmy Johnson was long overdue, finding out that former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher was also going into Canton was a surprise to me, simply because I don’t think many have done less with more than he did during his career.
The Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XL as a Wild-Card team after the 2005 season, the next to last season for Bill Cowher as head coach. Before that season, the team had gone 8-9 in the postseason beginning in 1992, Cowher’s first season, had missed the playoffs in four of those seasons, and lost four times in the AFC Championship Game and another time in the Super Bowl during Cowher’s tenure. All in all, not what I would call a great coaching resume; unless, like his broadcasting career, you think that underachieving is a good thing.
Yes, Bill Cowher lovers, I do know he won over 60% of his games as a head coach; but I am sorry, those fans who wave the Terrible Towels could not have been happy with him only winning one Super Bowl after so many drive-byes over his career. He was a coach that, for a long time, couldn’t win the big game, even when they were played on his home field, giving the impression that his one championship was a fluke, and not because of anything he did.
I was worried that because the Pro Football Hall of Fame increased the number of those being inducted this year to twenty because of the NFL’s 100th Anniversary celebration that this year’s class would be watered down with undeserving candidates. So far, there is one known inductee that is undeserving in Cowher, and one that is in former Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Jimmy Johnson. Just the fact that both of these coaches will be on the stage at the same time is all you need to know about why one (Cowher) doesn’t deserve to be there this summer and the other (Johnson) does.
Consider yourself warned NFL fans, because the bar for how Hall of Fame coaches are measured has been lowered; let’s hope the bar for players isn’t down on the same level, otherwise they will need to give out a lot of gold jackets to people unworthy over the league’s next 100 years of play.
Moore staying with Cowboys, set to call plays for McCarthy
Kellen Moore is staying as offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, and new coach Mike McCarthy says the plan is for Moore to continue calling plays.
Moore was promoted to his current job in the final season under former coach Jason Garrett, whose contract wasn’t renewed after the Cowboys fell short of expectations in a make-or-break season for him.
While McCarthy doesn’t have his entire staff in place, he confirmed many of the hires in a meeting with reporters Thursday, a little more than a week after he was introduced as Garrett’s replacement.
The likelihood of Moore calling plays is significant because McCarthy filled that role for most of his 12-plus seasons as Green Bay’s coach. McCarthy said he was impressed with Moore’s work and his relationship with quarterback Dak Prescott.
The 30-year-old Moore just finished his second season as a coach after retiring as a player with the Cowboys. Moore was Prescott’s backup before becoming his position coach in 2018.
Mike Nolan will be Dallas’ new defensive coordinator after spending the past three seasons as linebackers coach in New Orleans. Rod Marinelli was the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys the past six seasons.
Nolan is one of two former San Francisco head coaches on McCarthy’s staff. The other is defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, who is taking the other title Marinelli held. Tomsula coached the defensive line the past three seasons in Washington.
Former Miami coach Joe Philbin, who was interim coach of the Packers after McCarthy was fired in 2018, is replacing Marc Colombo as offensive line coach.
Doug Nussmeier is replacing Jon Kitna as quarterbacks coach. Nussmeier, a former college offensive coordinator and QB coach at Florida, Alabama and Michigan, spent the past two seasons as Dallas’ tight ends coach.
Baylor hires LSU’s Aranda as head coach
Baylor hired LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as its new head coach Thursday, three days after the Tigers completed their undefeated national championship.
Aranda, a head coach for the first time, takes over a Big 12 program in much better shape than it was when Matt Rhule got there more than three years ago.
“I’m excited to get started as a Baylor Bear. From the outside looking in, I was so impressed watching Baylor play,” Aranda said in a statement that was included in Baylor’s announcement of his hire.
“Seeing the unity of the team and the togetherness of their play really illustrated a strong culture,” he said. “I’m ready to touch down in Waco and get to work.”
Rhule became head coach of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers on Jan. 7, six days after the Bears finished an 11-3 season with a loss to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Baylor was ranked 13th in the final AP Top 25 poll.
The 43-year-old Aranda, who was the highest-paid college assistant at $2.5 million a season, was a Power Five defensive coordinator the past seven seasons. He was at Wisconsin from 2013-15 before spending four years at LSU, capped by a win over Clemson on Monday night for a 15-0 record.
“Today is an exciting day for Baylor,” athletic director Mack Rhoades said. “Dave is a special person who loves football and his student-athletes, is highly intellectual, and is a great mission fit for both Baylor athletics and the university at large.”
On the same day Aranda became Baylor’s coach, LSU passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Brady was hired as offensive coordinator for the Panthers under Rhule.
Baylor’s 11 wins were a vast improvement from the 11 losses in Rhule’s debut two seasons earlier, after he arrived from Temple to a depleted roster and turmoil in the wake of the sprawling sexual assault scandal at the private Baptist school that led to the firing of two-time Big 12 champion coach Art Briles.
Aranda began his college coaching career in the Big 12 as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech from 1999-2001, and Briles was an assistant there two of those seasons. Aranda was linebackers coach at Houston from 2003-04 when Briles became head coach there.
Rhule was the Big 12 coach of the year this season, when the Bears played in the league’s championship game for the first time. The Big 12 wasn’t playing championship games when Baylor won the conference in 2013 and 2014.
After Briles was fired, Baylor started 6-0 under interim coach Jim Grobe in 2016 before losing 17 of its next 19 games. That included a six-game losing streak before a Cactus Bowl victory to end Grobe’s stint, and a 1-11 record in Rhule’s debut season.
Baylor improved to 7-6 with a bowl win in 2018, then started 9-0 this season before a 34-31 home loss to Oklahoma, which also beat the Bears in the Big 12 title game.
LeBron James, Luka Doncic still leading NBA All-Star voting
LeBron James still leads Luka Doncic in the race to become the leading Western Conference vote-getter and one of the two captains for next month’s All-Star Game, the NBA announced Thursday.
James had 4,747,887 votes in the latest returns of fan voting, currently making the Los Angeles Lakers’ star the top overall vote-getter. Doncic has 4,598,323, good enough for the Dallas Mavericks guard to lead the Western Conference backcourt voting but 149,564 ballots behind James.
The only other player with a reasonable chance of overtaking James or Doncic for the top West voting spot would be Lakers forward Anthony Davis, who has 4,412,619 votes. No other player in the West had topped the 3 million mark through the NBA’s most recent update.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks remains the Eastern Conference voting leader, with 4,474,107 votes — roughly 2 million more than Toronto’s Pascal Siakam.
Captaincy for the game is given to the starter with the most votes from each conference; James and Antetokounmpo had the jobs last year, while James and Golden State’s Stephen Curry were the captains in the inaugural usage of this All-Star format in 2018. The team drafted by James has won both All-Star games in this format.
Voting continues through Monday for the All-Star Game, held on Feb. 16 in Chicago. The All-Star starters and captains will be announced on Jan. 23. Reserves, which are picked by voting done by NBA head coaches, will be revealed on Jan. 30. The All-Star rosters, as drafted by the captains, will be announced Feb. 6.
James, Davis and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard are the leaders in the West frontcourt voting, with Doncic and Houston’s James Harden leading the West backcourt. In the East, the frontcourt leaders are Antetokounmpo, Siakam and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, while the guard leaders are Atlanta’s Trae Young and Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving.
Fan voting makes up 50% of the formula used to decide the All-Star starters. Media balloting counts for 25%, and player voting counts for the remaining 25%. Each player’s score is then calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan votes, the player votes and the media votes. In case of a tie, fan voting serves as the tiebreaker.
Wolves, Hawks swap guards Teague, Crabbe on expiring deals
The Minnesota Timberwolves traded 11th-year veteran point guard Jeff Teague to his original team Thursday in a three-player swap of backups with the Atlanta Hawks, who sent shooting guard Allen Crabbe in return.
The Timberwolves also dealt shooting guard Treveon Graham, creating a roster space for potential other transactions prior to the trade deadline Feb. 6. It was the first significant in-season move by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas.
The 31-year-old Teague, who’s making $19 million, and the 27-year-old Crabbe, who’s earning $18.5 million, are both playing on expiring contracts. Graham is only signed through this season, too.
Teague averaged 13.4 points and 7.1 assists in 146 games with the Timberwolves over 2 1/2 seasons, a well-respected leader in the locker room whose time with the team was hampered by knee and ankle injuries. He played in only 42 games last season and was moved into a reserve role two months ago, with Shabazz Napier and Jarrett Culver taking the turns at point guard.
Teague, who played his first seven NBA seasons with the Hawks after they made him the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, went to his only All-Star game in 2015 for Atlanta.
Crabbe is a better stylistic fit for the fast-paced, 3-point-favoring offense the Wolves have transitioned to under Rosas and first-year coach Ryan Saunders. He is a career 38.9% shooter from 3-point range who averaged 5.1 points in 28 games for the Hawks this season.
Graham averaged 5.2 points in 33 games this season for the Wolves, who acquired the 26-year-old in a summer trade with Golden State after he briefly landed there in a deal with Brooklyn.
Ingram scores 49, Pelicans end Jazz’s 10-game winning streak
The New Orleans Pelicans wildly celebrated Brandon Ingram’s off-balance jumper in the final seconds of regulation, believing it had won the game.
Turns out it didn’t.
Fans were angry with an unusual foul call that allowed Utah to force overtime with .2 seconds left, but the way the Pelicans responded sent them home happy.
Ingram scored five of his career-high 49 points in the extra period, and the Pelicans stopped the Jazz’s 10-game win streak with a 138-132 victory Thursday night.
“To come back after that, my teammates were still locked in and we wanted it more than the other team tonight,” said Ingram, who also had three assists in OT. “We stepped up in all areas and we were able to pull it out.”
Teammates playfully doused Ingram with water in the locker room after the latest of a slew of prolific performances this season.
“The first person that threw something, I told him he’s got to pay for my next hairdo,” a grinning Ingram said.
The 22-year-old Ingram has scored at least 30 points nine times this season – three times against Utah – and his 25.8 points per game leads the club that he joined this offseason when he was included in a trade that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers.
“He’s come into his own. It’s Brandon Ingram time now,” said guard Lonzo Ball, who also was part of the Davis trade. “Since I’ve known him, he’s been a confident person. But this whole year, he’s been on a whole other level. Obviously, he’s our go-to guy on this team and we trust him.”
Utah led 132-127 on Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3 with 2:28 remaining, but went scoreless the rest of the way. The Pelicans scored 11 straight on layups by Derrick Favors and E’Twaun Moore and seven free throws.
PURDUE WBB: Purdue Bounces Back with 81-67 Win Over Illinois
West Lafayette, Ind. – For the first time this season, the Purdue women’s basketball team featured five players in double featured five players in double figures, as the Boilermakers downed Illinois 81-67 at Mackey Arena.
Purdue (12-6, 3-3) improved to 8-1 at home this season behind a 47.7% shooting clip, including five 3-pointers. Karissa McLaughlin went 8-of-15 from the field with a pair of triples to lead the way with 23 points. Kayana Traylor joined in double figures with 15 points.
Ae’Rianna Harris, Dominique Oden and Jenelle Grant made significant contributions with 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Boilermakers jumped out in front early, outscoring the Illini (10-7, 1-5) 21-6 in the opening frame. Purdue shot 64.3% in the period with a trio of triples. Illinois managed to trim the gap down to three in the second quarter, before the Boilermakers closed the first half on an 8-0 run, capped off by an Grant to Harris alley-oop layup.
Purdue grew the lead to as many as 20 in the second half, but five second-half 3-pointers kept Illinois within striking distance. The visitors cut the gap to seven in the fourth quarter, but Purdue had an answer every time and closed the game out on a seven-point swing.
A trio of Boilermakers tallied five assists apiece. McLaughlin, Oden and Traylor contributed 15 of Purdue’s 20 helpers on the night.
HITTING THE BOARDS
Purdue won the rebounding battle 49-31. The Boilermakers converted 13 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points. Harris continued her stellar work on the glass with a game-high 10 rebounds, while Oden added nine from the guard position. Perhaps the most telling stat of the night was that ever Boilermaker who played Thursday night recorded at least one rebound.
Head coach Sharon Versyp after the game….
Our whole team had great energy tonight. We just had a lot more openings against Illinois than we’ve had over the last couple of games. I thought we finished better in the paint. We were able to do the inside-outside today.
Versyp on Dominique Oden’s defense…
It was very pivotal tonight. Someone has to step up in Tamara’s absence. Dominique has done a good job, and Roxane can come in at times. Nique has taken on that challenge. We’re trying to challenge everyone to make sure that other teams don’t get comfortable doing what they do well.
- Purdue owns a 60-17 lead over the Fighting Illini with a 30-5 mark at Mackey Arena.
- Harris is now four rebounds away from breaking Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton’s all-time rebounding mark of 968 boards.
- Harris also finished with four blocks to bring her within 11 rejections of taking over the Purdue blocks title.
- The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Boilermakers, their longest of the year.
- The 21-point first quarter was Purdue second-highest opening frame this season.
- Karissa McLaughlin joined the 300-assist club as its 16th member.
- The Boilermakers dominated inside with a season-high 46 points in the paint.
- Purdue pushed the pace with a season-high 20 points on the fast break.
- Jenelle Grant has started the last three games and finished double figures in two of them.
- The last time the Boilermakers put five players in double figures was on March 7, 2019 against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament.
- Primarily defended by Oden, Petra Holesinska scored just nine points. The Illinois guard ranked ninth in the Big Ten with 15.2 points per game entering Thursday night.
The Boilermakers will welcome Minnesota to Mackey Arena on Sunday for a 2 p.m. tipoff on BTN+.
INDIANA WBB: Hoosiers Fall To Northwestern In Overtime
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 15 Indiana Women’s Basketball let another overtime game slip away as it fell to Northwestern 71-69, on Thursday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
- After falling behind early, 11-2, the Hoosiers (14-2, 4-2 B1G) went on a 7-2 run that was capped off by a Holmes and-one at the 2:23 mark of the first quarter. That was the second straight possession Holmes scored for IU.
- Holmes hit a buzzard beater from just inside the arc to to send the Hoosiers into the second quarter trailing, 17-11.
- Indiana scored on back-to-back possessions with a 3-pointer from junior guard Jaelynn Penn and a jumper from senior forward Brenna Wise to tie the game up for the first time at 18 and force a Northwestern (15-2, 5-1 B1G) timeout at the 5:04 mark of the second quarter.
- IU took their first lead of the game two possessions after getting its first tie on a Holmes layup with 3:41 remaining in the first half.
- The Hoosiers went on a 6-0 run and a Berger steal and layup with 27 seconds remaining sent IU into the half with a 31-24 lead.
- Indiana took is first double-digit lead on a sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe jumper at the 2:52 mark of the third quarter, 45-35.
- A Gulbe layup just before the third quarter concluded gave the Hoosiers a 51-41 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
- Northwestern cut their deficit to two but Berger made a short jumper and 1-of-2 free throws on the next possession to give Indiana a little cushion with 1:13 remaining in the contest, 62-57.
- Wildcat guard Veronica Burton hit an and-one opportunity to tie the game up at 62 with 28 seconds remaining. Holmes’ last second jumper was no good for IU and the game went to overtime.
- IU took their first lead of the overtime period on two Holmes’ free throws with 3:29 remaining, 66-65. Holmes made it a two-possession game on an and-one attempt to give the Hoosiers the lead, 69-65, with 2:05 left.
- A 3-pointer by the Wildcats and two free throws by Burton gave Northwestern the lead, 70-69, with 32 seconds remaining. With the ball, Indiana had an opportunity with 24 seconds to go but turned the ball over as Northwestern ran out the clock.
- Holmes led the Hoosiers as she tied her career-high with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. For the season Holmes is shooting 92-of-136 (67.6 percent) from the field. Holmes added a career-high nine rebounds.
- The Hoosiers had three players score in double-figures as Berger had 16 and redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg 12. Berger added a career-high eight rebounds and Patberg had a game-high seven assists.
- Wise scored eight points and pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds.
- With Northwestern leading 18-11, Indiana used a 11-0 run to go up 22-18 at the 3:17 mark of the second quarter.
- Indiana held Northwestern scoreless for 7:12 seconds during the stretch.
- Indiana outscored Northwestern 20-7 in the second quarter and held the Wildcats to 2-of-13 shooting from the field in the period.
- The Hoosiers got 22 points off the bench for the game.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“Well, you can imagine how disappointed we all are in the outcome for so many reasons. Whether we start with our turnovers, we turned the ball over 21 times, which obviously gave them more possessions offensively. Their 22 points off of our turnovers and nine points in the fourth quarter off of our turnovers; we were undisciplined. They got to 50-50 balls for most of the night. Balls would go through our hands; they just pursued and were quicker to the ball than we were and that was disappointing, especially on our home floor. Careless turnovers, when I think about it, and careless decisions down the stretch. Jaelynn Penn doesn’t need to foul, worst case we are still up one and we get the ball. (Mac)Kenzie (Holmes) goes out and guards (Abi) Scheid, does a nice job until she turns it over goes down and guards her outside the arc then decides to walk back into the paint and leave their best 3-point shooter open outside the arc. We can say she is a freshman, but she should have known better than that. She shoots 46 percent from the 3-point line and we have prepared and talked about that for the last two days. So, this is on me, on our staff, on our players. The game should have never gone into overtime, just like the Iowa game. We’ve got to look at ourselves and accept this and hopefully learn from it. I thought we learned some lessons from the Iowa game, but we still have a lot of work to do in learning hard, hard, hard lessons. I am just really disappointed.”
Indiana will be on the road twice next week when they travel to Maryland at 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 and again to Penn State at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. Both games are live on Big Ten Network.
NOTRE DAME WBB: IRISH FALL IN FINAL SECONDS, 50-47, AT DUKE
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DURHAM, N.C. – It came down to the final seconds inside Cameron Indoor for the Notre Dame women’s basketball squad (6-12, 1-5) who led for 39 minutes in the contest at Duke (9-8, 3-3). However, three turnovers in the final minute of the game haunted the Fighting Irish, falling 50-47 to the Blue Devils.
Mikki Vaughn and Sam Brunelle combined for 34 points and 19 boards. Vaughn secured a career best 18 points to go with her career-high tying 11 boards for her second double-double. Brunelle poured in 16 points behind a career high four made three-pointers.
“I thought we lost that game entirely on our own – the turnovers were just so costly down the stretch. We couldn’t even get shots,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Muffet McGraw stated. “Really disappointing we couldn’t get into our plays. We got to work harder and be smarter in pressure situations.”
How It Happened
After a Duke opening basket, Notre Dame came firing out of the gate, recording a 14-2 run, which included two three-pointers from Brunelle. Up 14-4 coming out of a Duke timeout at 5:45, the Irish defense locked in to maintain said lead, holding the Blue Devils to 2-of-13 shooting in the quarter and scoreless over the final 6:37.
The opposition’s four points marked the fewest Notre Dame has given up since allowing four in the second quarter against Pitt on Jan. 4, 2019.
Vaughn spearheaded the Irish offense in the second, tallying eight points to bring her half total to 14 on 6-of-9 shooting with seven boards. The Irish converted seven field goals in the quarter from four different players (including a Danielle Cosgrove trey), claiming a 29-20 lead at the half.
Duke’s 20 points marked Notre Dame’s best defensive first half on the year and the Blue Devil’s second worst of the season. Furthermore, the Irish defense allowed both zero points off turnovers and second chance points for the half.
Brunelle’s third trey of the game kicked off the second half, handing the Irish a 32-20 advantage. However, over a 2:31 span midway through the quarter, Duke fired off a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 34-31. However, Brunelle, Walker and Vaughn got the Irish back on track, contributing baskets to push the lead to 40-33 heading into the fourth.
A Walker layup kicked off the final period giving the Irish a nine-point lead, yet Duke’s Haley Gorecki got hot and fired off a solo 8-0 run, cutting it to 42-41 with 6:58 remaining. At 6:34, Brunelle halted the run with her career-best fourth three of the night.
Up 46-45 with less than 40 seconds remaining, Duke forced back-to-back turnovers in which they converted into three points. Now trailing 48-46 with 23 seconds left, the Irish succumbed to yet another turnover, as the Blue Devils rallied for the 50-47 victory.
Today marked the 19th ever meeting between Duke and Notre Dame. With the loss, the Irish now lead 17-2, ending a 15-game win streak.
The Irish defense limited Duke to four points in the first quarter, marking their best defensive quarter on the year and it’s best since Pitt on Jan. 4, 2019 (allowed four in the second quarter).
The Irish defense also secured it’s best defensive first half on the year by limiting Duke to 20 points. It marked Duke’s second fewest first half points on the season.
Vaughn tallied 14 points in the first half to finish with a career high 18 points.
Vaughn tied her career high in rebounds with 11, marking her second double-double on the year.
In the first half, the Irish defense allowed zero points off turnovers and zero second chance points.
Brunelle logged her 13th game in double figures with 16 points.
Brunelle connected on a career high four three-pointers, going 4-for-11 on the night.
The Irish return home for a Sunday date with Miami. Tip on Jan. 19 is slated for 1 p.m. ET inside Purcell Pavilion. The game will broadcast live on the ACC Network.
OHIO STATE WBB: Buckeyes Fall in Final Seconds at Michigan State
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EAST LANSING, Mich. – In a game that featured nine ties and 10 lead changes, Michigan State had the final push and pulled out a 68-65 victory Thursday evening at the Breslin Center.
Four Buckeyes scored in double figures led by Aaliyah Patty with 12 points and nine rebounds. Jacy Sheldon had 11 points in the first half to give the Buckeyes a five-point edge at the break. Then in the second half, Rebeka Mikulasikova scored nine of her 11 points to help spur the Buckeye comeback. Madison Greene was the fourth Buckeye in double figures with 10 points.
Ohio State led 31-26 at the break but MSU came out of the locker room and outscored the Buckeyes 22-13 in the third quarter to take a 48-44 into the fourth. OSU kept clawing back and tied the game at 58-58 and took a pair of two point leads late in the quarter. But the Spartans scored the final five points and came away with the victory.
Nia Clouden led all scorers with 20 points and six assists.
Both teams are now 10-7 overall and 3-3 in the conference while the Spartans remain undefeated at home this season.
MSU shot 60 percent in the second half and was 5-of-8 from long range. The Spartans seemed to make the big shot when they needed to answer the Buckeyes’ surges.
Mikulasikova was 4-of-4 on the night and her lone three of the night came with 3:15 to play and pulled the Buckeyes even at 61-61.
The Buckeyes come home to host Illinois this Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. Ohio State has won five-straight against the Illinois and has scored 78 or more points in each of those five wins.
Coco vs. Venus, Part II, in 1st round of Australian Open
Get ready for Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams, Part II.
That headline-grabbing pair of tennis players – Gauff, 15, is the youngest woman in the Australian Open; Venus is the oldest – will meet again in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament after Thursday’s draw at Melbourne Park put them in a tough quarter that also includes Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.
Gauff had a breakout run at Wimbledon last year, when she became the youngest qualifier in tournament history, upset Venus Williams to start her main draw run and became the youngest player to reach the round of 16 there since Martina Hingis in 1996.
The winner of Coco vs. Venus – no last names required – could meet defending champion Osaka in the third round. The winner there potentially faces Venus’ younger sister, 23-time major winner Serena, in the quarterfinals.
Serena Williams is coming off a victory in the ASB Classic in Auckland, her first title since her victory at the 2017 Australian Open and her time off the tour to have her daughter. She is seeded eighth in Melbourne and will meet Anastasia Potapova in the first round. Osaka opens against Marie Bouzkova.
Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were drawn into the same half of the field at Melbourne Park, where play begins Monday, so they could meet in the semifinals.
The second-ranked Djokovic has won a record seven Australian Open trophies and is coming off his unbeaten run at the inaugural ATP Cup, where he guided Serbia to the title. Federer hasn’t added to his 20 Grand Slam titles since winning the Australian Open in 2018, his sixth title at Melbourne Park.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal could face a fourth-round match against Nick Kyrgios – their blockbuster at Wimbledon last year was memorable – and a projected quarterfinal against Dominic Thiem, the man he has beaten in the last two French Open finals.
The so-called Big Three of men’s tennis joined other stars, including Serena Williams, Osaka and Gauff, at the Rally for Relief on Wednesday night, an exhibition event that raised millions of dollars for relief efforts for the wildfires that have devastated parts of Australia, leaving at least 27 people and millions of animals dead. Smoke from the bush fires had the air quality in Melbourne ranked among the worst in the world earlier in the week.
On the court, Gauff looked comfortable and relaxed in the company of champions.
Osaka, speaking before the draw was revealed, said she didn’t like to look at who she was playing until the day before her match. She joked in a TV broadcast that she’d leave the studio if she was forced to watch the draw.
It will certainly have her interest.
Osaka won back-to-back majors, claiming her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 U.S. Open before winning in Australia last year. Her best run since then was to the fourth round at the U.S. Open, where she thinks she got some benefit from the experience.
“I had a try at being defending champion at the U.S. Open. I’m more prepared this time,” she said.
Top-ranked Ash Barty is in the same half of the field and is a potential semifinal opponent for Osaka.
Barty will open against Lesia Tsurenko. That quarter includes 10th-seeded Madison Keys, the U.S. Open runner-up in 2017, and seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion and the runner-up in Australia last year in her first major final since a violent home invasion in late 2016 left her with career-threatening hand injuries.
Serena Williams is aiming to equal the all-time record for most women’s majors, held by Australia’s Margaret Court.
After her drought-breaking run to a 73rd career singles title in Auckland, Williams will again be among the favorites at Melbourne Park, where she has won the title seven times dating back to 2003.
In other standout first-round matches, five-time major champion Maria Sharapova, playing as a wild card because of an injury-interrupted 2019, will meet 19th-seeded Donna Vekic, and two-time major champion Simona Halep, the runner-up here in 2018, will take on Jennifer Brady, who upset Barty at the Brisbane International last week.
On the men’s side, U.S. Open finalist Daniil Medvedev, seeded No. 4, will take on Frances Tiafoe, who made a breakthrough run to the quarterfinals in Australia last year.
The projected men’s quarterfinals are Nadal vs. Thiem, Medvedev against Alexander Zverev, Djokovic against Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Federer against Matteo Berrettni. The injury-enforced absence of Alex de Minaur lifted Milos Raonic, the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up finalist, into the 32nd and last spot among the men’s seeds.
Ovechkin hat trick helps Capitals beat Devils
When Alex Ovechkin took an errant stick to the face that made him bleed, his Washington Capitals teammates knew it wouldn’t be good for the New Jersey Devils.
A fired-up Ovechkin came back from the bloody mouth to record his 25th career hat trick and lead the Capitals past the Devils 5-2 on Thursday night. Ovechkin knew New Jersey’s Miles Wood didn’t mean to high-stick him and the referees didn’t see it, but that didn’t stop him from exacting some revenge with his second consecutive multigoal game.
“He always plays better when he’s a little (angry), so there you go,” Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said. “It was drawn up like that. He came back, got a little mad, scored two and then he was just waiting for the third.
“That’s just the story of Ovi.”
Ovechkin reached 31 goals this season and joined Mike Gartner as the only players to score 30 or more in each of his first 15 NHL seasons. He has five over his past two games to get to 689 total, one back of Mario Lemieux for 10th on the NHL’s all-time list.
“It never gets old, but without my team, without my teammates, I’d never reach that milestone, I’d never reach those numbers,” Ovechkin said. “(Lemieux was) one of my idols when I’m growing up. I get lucky I have a time to play against him, was on the ice with him a couple times. It’s huge.”
Carl Hagelin and Jakub Vrana also scored for Washington, which has won two in a row since a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the Devils five days earlier. The Capitals looked much more like a first-place team Thursday than they did in these teams’ most recent meeting.
“I think we talked about it a lot going into the Carolina game (Monday) and then followed that up with tonight in terms of playing against the same team that we didn’t like our effort against,” defenseman John Carlson said. “You want to feel good about yourself.”
Ovechkin scored twice on Louis Domingue before the Devils starter exited after the first period with a lower-body injury. The Capitals put up three more on Cory Schneider, who was making his second relief appearance in as many games and stopped 20 of 23 shots.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue track & field team faces eight top-25 teams this weekend at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, from Jan. 17-18.
The meet commences on Friday, Jan. 17, with field events at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT, and running events beginning at 6:27 p.m. ET/5:27 p.m. CT. Saturday’s competition begins at 1 p.m. ET/noon CT, with field events, and running events starting at 2:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. CT. A complete schedule of events can be found on HawkeyeSports.com.
Live stats will be available at HawkeyeSports.com/TrackLive, while fans can watch a live video feed at HawkeyeSports.com. Updates also can be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Along with host-Iowa, the Boilermakers will compete against Arizona, Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
In the Rankings
In the Preseason Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index, the Purdue men are ranked No. 38 and the women are No. 58 nationally. Individually, 10 Boilermakers earned national rankings, with seven in the top-18 and three in the top-10.
Senior Janae’ Moffitt is No. 6 in the country in the women’s high jump, while junior Jalil Brewer comes in at No. 8 in the men’s shot put. Also in the preseason top-18 national rankings are senior Jah Strange (No. 10) and junior Tamar Greene (No. 13) in the men’s triple jump, junior Waseem Williams (No. 11) and senior Samson Colebrooke (No. 18) in the 60-meter dash and senior Jaret Carpenter (No. 14) in the 5000-meter.
All seven men’s opponents appear in the preseason rankings, with five in the top-20. Wisconsin leads the way at No. 11, followed by No. 12 Iowa State, No. 15 Illinois, No. 16 Iowa, No. 20 Baylor, No. 29 Minnesota and No. 58 Arizona. For the women, six are ranked and three are in the top-25. Minnesota paces the field at No. 7, followed by No. 13 Iowa, No. 25 Wisconsin, No. 32 Baylor, No. 74 Iowa State and No. 96 Illinois.
Last Time Out: Gene Edmonds Memorial Invitational
At the two-day, 14-team Gene Edmonds Memorial Invitational at Lambert Fieldhouse from Jan. 10-11, Purdue combined to set or tie three top-10 marks in program history, win 17 events and notch a total of 26 personal records. It was Purdue’s first two-day meet of the season and the final home meet of the year.
Senior Rebecca Coan won the pentathlon with a personal-best total of 3,851 points, fifth-most in program history. Coan is the fifth Boilermaker to eclipse 3,800 points in the event in team history and the first since 2001.
Senior Samson Colebrooke and sophomore Noah McBride added their names to the record book in the 60-meter dash. In the semifinals, Colebrooke finished first overall with a time of 6.65, tying his personal record that is tied for the third-fastest time in team history. McBride was fifth overall, and his time of 6.79 is tied for the 10th-fastest in program history.
Looking Back at Last Season’s Larry Wieczorek Invitational
Last season at the Larry Wieczorek Invite, the Boilermaker women finished sixth and the men placed eighth in a highly-competitive field that featured four top-26 men’s teams and five top-50 women’s programs. Purdue broke three meet records on Jan. 18-19, 2019, and earned a total of 19 top-five finishes. Current Boilermakers Jah Strange (triple jump), and Brittney Campbell (600-meter run) each earned wins. Campbell’s victory came in a meet-record time of 1:32.79.
Up Next: Rod McCravy Memorial
Next weekend, Purdue heads east to Lexington, Kentucky, for the Rod McCravy Memorial. Kentucky hosts the two-day meet, on Jan. 24-25, with action on Friday beginning at noon ET, and Saturday’s competition commencing at 9:30 a.m.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL
Kevin Lynch Promoted to Ball State Football’s Offensive Coordinator
MUNCIE, Ind. – The baton has been passed from one Lynch to another. Ball State football head coach Mike Neu announced today that assistant coach Kevin Lynch has been promoted to offensive coordinator. He will also retain his duties as running backs coach.
Lynch is entering his fifth season on the Ball State coaching staff. He was the running backs coach for each of the last four years and recruiting coordinator since 2018. Lynch will be replacing his older brother, Joey Lynch, who recently accepted the offensive coordinator position at Colorado State.
This past fall, running back Caleb Huntley racked up 1,275 rushing yards which ranked fifth on the Ball State single-season chart. Huntley went on to earn second team all-league accolades. In 2016, Ball State’s offense averaged 220 rushing yards per game, its highest average since 1978.
Lynch began his coaching career at Indiana in 2009 as an offensive quality control coach. He then went on to work six years as the wide receivers coach at Division II University of Indianapolis. He was an integral part of one of the most successful eras in UIndy history, helping the Greyhounds to 39 wins, four conference championships and three NCAA Division II playoff appearances in a four-year stretch.
He played collegiate football at nearby Franklin College, where he was a three-year starter and all-conference wide receiver. Lynch earned his bachelor’s degree from Franklin College in 2009.
Ball State’s offense was arguably the best in the Mid-American Conference in 2019. The Cardinals led the league in both scoring (34.8 points per game) and total offense (463.0 yards per game). Ball State fielded a balanced offense as it ranked among the top four MAC teams in rushing (4th – 219.4 ypg) and passing (3rd – 243.6 ypg).
Ball State concluded the 2019 season 5-7 overall and 4-4 in the MAC. The Cardinals won the Bronze Stalk Trophy from Northern Illinois for the first time since 2008 and capped the year by knocking off league champion Miami for the Red Bird Rivalry Trophy, 41-27.
Ball State opens the 2020 season on Thursday, Sept. 3 with a home game against Maine.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1988
DENVER-A year later, the Browns fell nine feet short of creating their own heroics in the American Football Conference championship game. The Broncos again toppled them and once more will go to the Super Bowl. This one went even beyond the drama that was expected from these clubs as the Broncos won today by 38-33. The Broncos will suit up next on Jan. 31 for Super Bowl XXII in San Diego against the Washington Redskins.
For a while today, the Denver fans, bundled in their orange parkas, stopped rattling Mile High Stadium with their footstomping. The Browns recovered from a 21‚3 halftime deficit, producing four touchdowns in just over 15 minutes. The crowd was looking at a distant mirror of last year’s A.F.C. title game, with the images reversed. In that 1987 title game, the last time the clubs had met, John Elway led a much-remembered 98-yard drive in the last minutes of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime, and Denver won, 23-20.
It took another Elway-engineered late drive today to put up what proved to be the winning points. With the score tied at 31-31 and with 5:14 remaining, Elway led a 75-yard march that ended with a dumpoff screen pass to Sammy Winder, who drove 20 yards for a touchdown. On that drive, Elway connected with the rookie receiver Rick Nattiel for two receptions of 26 yards apiece. Nattiel was performing because Vance Johnson was hospitalized with a groin injury. “We got to win it here, in front of our fans,” Elway said later. “I’m really relieved. I think that once I sit down and take a deep breath, I’ll be even more relaxed.”
The Browns’ quarterback, Bernie Kosar, nearly repeated the same improbable act. He, too, started at his own 25, trying to launch a 75-yard scoring drive with 3:53 remaining. Cleveland got down to the 8, and visions of what Elway did last year surely cropped up in the minds of football fans. But today, the Browns’ mirror cracked.
The versatile Earnest Byner took the ball on a play that was designed to send the runner inside. Instead, the middle was blocked and he ran to the outside, on his left, then cut back to the inside. He barreled to the 3, but was hit by Jeremiah Castille, a defensive back used in passing situations. Byner actually passed Castille, but the ball didn’t. Castille stripped it, then pounced on Byner’s fumble at the 3. Sixty-five seconds remained. Ironically, Byner was on his way to becoming the rushing and receiving star of the game. His seven receptions led both clubs and his 67 rushing yards were second best. He scored twice.
Unable to keep a drive going once they took over, the Broncos took a safety with 8 seconds remaining when Mike Horan, their punter, ran out of the end zone. The Browns took his subsequent free kick on a fair catch at their 24, still with the 8 seconds remaining. But Kosar’s desperate pass at the gun sailed out of bounds in Denver territory.
“I just can’t nail it down,” said Art Modell, the Browns’ owner, whose team hasn’t been in a league championship game since 1969.
Despite their heroics in the A.F.C. championship game, the Broncos lost to Joe Gibbs’s Washington Redskins in the Super Bowl, 42-10. This put the Broncos’ Super Bowl record at 0-3. They won their first title against the Green Bay Packers in 1998.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1888 Kansas City is admitted to the American Association to replace the Mets, who folded operations after the season. The remains of the former AA New York team is purchased by the Brooklyn Dodgers, who are interested in obtaining the services of several of the unemployed Metropolitans players.
1915 According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the American League franchise will now be known as the Indians, replacing the nickname the Naps – a change necessitated due to the departure of player-manager Napolean Lajoie to the Philadelphia A’s. Team owner Charles W. Somers asked the city’s baseball writers for help, and with the feedback of their readers, the scribes selected the team’s new moniker to honor former Cleveland Spider player Louis Sockalexis, the first Native American to play in the major leagues.
1916 The Giants buy Benny Kauff, the Federal League’s best player, from the Brooklyn Tip-Tops for $35,000. The 26 year-old center fielder’s first three seasons with New York are solid, but the trash-talking fly chaser will never live up to his reputation of being the ‘Ty Cobb of the Feds.’
1922 In appellate court denies Benny Kauff’s appeal for reinstatement as a major league player. The former Giant outfielder believed his banishment from the game by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis is unjust, due to his acquittal of the auto theft charges brought against him.
1970 * 1970 Willie Mays is named as the Player of the Decade for the sixties by the Sporting News. During the ten years, the ‘Say Hey Kid’ averaged 100 RBIs and 35 home runs per season while batting .300 for Giants.
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1970 The Yankees draft Fred Lynn in the third round of the January phase of the free-agent draft, but the El Monte High School senior chooses to attend USC on a scholarship to play football. The 17 year-old Californian, who will join the Trojan’s baseball squad in his freshman year, becomes the first player in MLB history to win the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in the same season while playing for the 1975 Red Sox.
1979 After resigning as the general manager of the Rangers nine days ago, Danny O’Brien Sr. signs a contract to become the Mariners’ president and CEO, a position he will hold for five years. His son, Dan O’Brien Jr., will also become a major league general manager, replacing the Reds’ Jim Bowden in 2003.
1983 Bob Horner and the Braves come to terms on a $6 million, four-year deal, with an additional $400,000 in bonuses if he keeps his playing weight under control during the season. The agreement calls for the Atlanta third baseman to be weighed every Friday during home stands, and if the scale doesn’t exceed 215 pounds, he will receive a $7,692.31 incentive per weigh-in.
1986 The Mets obtain second baseman Tim Teufel along with minor league prospect Pat Crosby from the Twins in exchange for outfielder Billy Beane and southpaw hurlers Bill Latham and Joe Klink. The 27 year-old infielder, who will spend six seasons with New York, plays a pivotal role, platooning with Wally Backman in the team’s world championship this season.
1986 The Braves and Chief Noc-A-Homa, the team mascot who has become a huge fan favorite in Atlanta with his spirited dances when the home team hits a homer, agree to end their 17-year association. Levi Walker, the third person to play the role for the franchise, is reportedly dissatisfied with his pay of $60 a game, and club officials were unhappy with the Georgia native’s failure to attend seven scheduled appearances last year.
2002 Commissioner Bud Selig indicates the Washington, D.C. area is a ‘prime candidate’ to get a team if a franchise relocates in the near future. The nation’s capital has lost two major league teams; the original franchise shifted to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961, and was replaced by the expansion Senators, who moved to Texas a decade later, becoming the Rangers.
2002 Avoiding arbitration, Darin Erstad (.258, 9, 63) and the Angels agree to a one-year contract worth $6.25 million. The first baseman/outfielder, who can be a free agent after the season, turned down a long-term deal from Anaheim last spring estimated to be worth $50 million.
2002 Jermaine Dye agrees to a three-year extension worth $32 million to stay with the A’s. Oakland is counting on the injured outfielder, who shattered his left tibia fouling a ball off his leg just below the knee in Game 4 of the ALDS, to fill the void created by Jason Giambi’s departure to New York.
2003 Avoiding arbitration, the Reds give Danny Graves (7-3, 3.19, 32 saves) a three-year deal. The team plans to add their former closer to the starting rotation this year after the 29 year-old right-hander posted a 1-0 record with a 1.89 ERA in his four appearances as a starter at the end of last season.
2003 Tony Riviera, the chairman of the newly formed Canadian Baseball League, nominates Pete Rose, the former first baseman/outfielder who collected his 4,000th career hit with the 1984 Montreal Expos, for induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. ‘Charlie Hustle’ will fail to get elected when he falls short of garnering the necessary 75 percent vote from the selection committee.
2003 Torii Hunter (.289, 29, 94) agrees to a surprising four-year, $32 million deal to stay with the Twins. Although the 27 year-old Gold Glove outfielder played a pivotal role for the AL West division winners, he didn’t believe the small-market team would offer him a multiyear contract.
2005 With the Astros offering $13.5 million, Roger Clemens asks for $22 million in salary arbitration. The amount, which would make the ‘Rocket’ the richest paid hurler in big league history, surpasses the previous record amount submitted for arbitration of $18.5 million by Yankee Derek Jeter in 2001.
2005 Former major leaguer Raymond Lee Cunningham celebrates his 100th birthday. The oldest living player, who made his debut with the Cardinals in 1931, played in 14 games over a span of two seasons, hitting .154 in 26 plate appearances.
2006 At the 41st annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet, Gaylord Perry receives the 2006 “Nice Guy” Award. The 67 year-old Hall of Famer, infamous for throwing a spitball, joins Kirby Puckett, Lou Brock, and Brooks Robinson as a recipient of this award.
2006 After delaying his decision about playing in the World Baseball Classic, Alex Rodriguez announces he will be a member of the United States team. The Yankee All-Star third baseman had considered playing for the Dominican Republic, the homeland of his parents.
2008 The Blue Jays ink Scott Downs (4-2, 2.17) to a $10 million, three-year deal. The southpaw tied for the American League lead in relief appearances last season with 81, half of the games his team played.
2012 The Tigers announce that Victor Martinez (.330, 12, 103) will most likely miss next season due to the tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while he was working out last week. The anticipated absence of the 33 year-old DH, a four-time All-Star, will lead Detroit to sign free-agent Prince Fielder to a nine-year mega-deal worth $214 million.
2012 Southpaw starter Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79) and the Phillies come to terms on a $15 million, one-year contract. The deal is the richest ever offered by a team to avoid arbitration with a player.
2012 Calling them the “greatest comeback team in the history of baseball,” President Barack Obama welcomes the World Champion Cardinals to the White House. Noticeably absent from the East Room ceremony are Albert Pujols, now an Angel after signing an extremely lucrative free-agent deal last month, and manager Tony La Russa, who retired at the end of the season.
2012 Avoiding arbitration, the Red Sox and Jacoby Ellsbury come to terms on a one-year, $8.05 million non-guaranteed deal. The 28 year-old outfielder, the American League Comeback Player of the Year, finished second in AL Most Valuable Player balloting after hitting .321, belting 32 home runs, and driving in 105 runs for the last-place team.
2014 The Tigers come to terms with Max Scherzer on a one-year contract for $15,525,000, avoiding arbitration with the 29 year-old right-hander, who will be eligible for free agency after next season. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner posted a 21-3 record last season along with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts, before earning two victories in the ALDS against Oakland for the AL Central Division champs.
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Milwaukee||37||6||.860||—||20-2||17-4||10-0||22-3||9-1||5 W|
|2 Miami||28||12||.700||7.5||18-1||10-11||5-2||19-6||6-4||1 W|
|3 Boston||27||13||.675||8.5||16-4||11-9||6-5||19-9||5-5||2 L|
|4 Toronto||26||14||.650||9.5||14-7||12-7||5-3||18-7||5-5||1 W|
|5 Indiana||26||15||.634||10.0||16-5||10-10||4-6||18-11||5-5||3 W|
|6 Philadelphia||26||16||.619||10.5||19-2||7-14||7-2||18-9||4-6||1 W|
|7 Orlando||20||22||.476||16.5||13-8||7-14||5-2||13-11||6-4||1 L|
|8 Brooklyn||18||22||.450||17.5||11-9||7-13||4-5||12-11||2-8||2 L|
|9 Chicago||15||27||.357||21.5||8-14||7-13||4-6||11-17||3-7||1 W|
|10 Detroit||15||27||.357||21.5||8-13||7-14||5-8||11-20||3-7||1 W|
|11 Charlotte||15||29||.341||22.5||7-13||8-16||1-3||10-16||2-8||6 L|
|12 Washington||13||27||.325||22.5||8-11||5-16||3-6||8-15||4-6||2 L|
|13 Cleveland||12||29||.293||24.0||6-14||6-15||3-6||7-22||3-7||2 L|
|14 New York||11||31||.262||25.5||6-14||5-17||1-8||6-19||3-7||2 L|
|15 Atlanta||9||32||.220||27.0||5-14||4-18||3-4||5-21||3-7||1 W|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 LA Lakers||33||8||.805||—||16-5||17-3||4-2||22-4||9-1||1 L|
|2 Denver||29||12||.707||4.0||17-5||12-7||5-0||17-6||7-3||3 W|
|3 LA Clippers||29||13||.690||4.5||19-4||10-9||6-1||17-10||7-3||2 W|
|4 Utah||28||13||.683||5.0||15-3||13-10||4-2||15-8||9-1||1 L|
|5 Houston||26||14||.650||6.5||14-5||12-9||4-4||15-10||5-5||2 L|
|6 Dallas||26||15||.634||7.0||12-10||14-5||7-0||15-8||5-5||3 W|
|7 Oklahoma City||23||18||.561||10.0||13-8||10-10||4-4||16-12||7-3||1 L|
|8 Memphis||19||22||.463||14.0||11-12||8-10||3-3||14-14||8-2||6 W|
|9 San Antonio||17||22||.436||15.0||11-9||6-13||2-5||9-13||5-5||1 L|
|10 Portland||18||24||.429||15.5||9-10||9-14||3-5||10-16||4-6||2 W|
|11 Phoenix||17||24||.415||16.0||9-14||8-10||4-6||9-19||6-4||1 W|
|12 New Orleans||16||26||.381||17.5||8-12||8-14||1-5||11-16||7-3||2 W|
|13 Minnesota||15||25||.375||17.5||6-13||9-12||2-7||7-19||4-6||3 L|
|14 Sacramento||15||26||.366||18.0||8-13||7-13||4-4||11-15||3-7||3 L|
|15 Golden State||9||34||.209||25.0||6-15||3-19||1-6||7-25||0-10||10 L|
|1 Washington Capitals||48||32||11||5||69||29||171||140||15-5-4||17-6-1||6-4-0|
|2 Boston Bruins||49||28||9||12||68||28||163||129||16-2-9||12-7-3||5-2-3|
|3 Pittsburgh Penguins||47||29||13||5||63||26||162||129||17-5-3||12-8-2||7-2-1|
|4 New York Islanders||46||28||14||4||60||25||134||122||15-6-3||13-8-1||5-4-1|
|5 Tampa Bay Lightning||47||28||15||4||60||26||168||136||15-7-2||13-8-2||8-2-0|
|6 Toronto Maple Leafs||48||25||16||7||57||24||174||159||12-5-7||13-11-0||5-2-3|
|7 Carolina Hurricanes||47||27||18||2||56||25||152||128||15-8-0||12-10-2||5-5-0|
|8 Columbus Blue Jackets||48||24||16||8||56||24||127||126||14-9-2||10-7-6||7-2-1|
|9 Philadelphia Flyers||48||25||17||6||56||20||151||149||15-4-4||10-13-2||4-5-1|
|10 Florida Panthers||46||25||16||5||55||22||170||155||16-8-2||9-8-3||7-3-0|
|11 Buffalo Sabres||48||22||19||7||51||21||144||150||14-6-3||8-13-4||5-5-0|
|12 New York Rangers||46||23||19||4||50||23||155||153||13-8-2||10-11-2||6-4-0|
|13 Montreal Canadiens||49||21||21||7||49||19||150||153||9-12-4||12-9-3||3-6-1|
|14 New Jersey Devils||47||17||23||7||41||15||126||168||7-9-7||10-14-0||5-4-1|
|15 Ottawa Senators||47||16||23||8||40||16||125||161||11-8-4||5-15-4||1-5-4|
|16 Detroit Red Wings||47||12||32||3||27||11||102||183||8-15-1||4-17-2||3-7-0|
|1 St. Louis Blues||48||30||10||8||68||30||155||129||17-4-4||13-6-4||6-2-2|
|2 Calgary Flames||49||26||18||5||57||21||133||142||13-7-3||13-11-2||7-3-0|
|3 Colorado Avalanche||47||26||15||6||58||26||168||137||12-7-4||14-8-2||3-4-3|
|4 Dallas Stars||47||27||16||4||58||25||125||113||15-7-2||12-9-2||7-3-0|
|5 Arizona Coyotes||50||26||19||5||57||21||143||131||12-10-2||14-9-3||5-4-1|
|6 Vancouver Canucks||48||26||18||4||56||23||158||148||15-5-3||11-13-1||7-3-0|
|7 Vegas Golden Knights||50||25||19||6||56||22||155||151||14-10-3||11-9-3||5-5-0|
|8 Edmonton Oilers||48||25||18||5||55||23||148||150||11-8-3||14-10-2||6-3-1|
|9 Winnipeg Jets||47||25||18||4||54||22||145||140||11-10-2||14-8-2||4-4-2|
|10 Chicago Blackhawks||48||22||20||6||50||20||141||153||11-11-3||11-9-3||7-3-0|
|11 Nashville Predators||46||21||18||7||49||20||154||153||10-9-4||11-9-3||3-6-1|
|12 Minnesota Wild||47||21||20||6||48||20||141||159||12-5-4||9-15-2||4-5-1|
|13 San Jose Sharks||49||21||24||4||46||19||129||163||13-11-1||8-13-3||5-4-1|
|14 Anaheim Ducks||47||18||24||5||41||14||120||149||11-9-3||7-15-2||3-6-1|
|15 Los Angeles Kings||49||18||26||5||41||18||124||154||11-10-1||7-16-4||3-6-1|