GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Carmel 88 Anderson 55

New Castle 42 Randolph Southern 29

Union County 44 Eastern Hancock 39

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#4 Virginia 83 Boston College 56

#7 Kansas 77 #25 TCU 68

#9 Virginia Tech 52 Georgia Tech 49

#10 Nevada 92 San Jose State 53

Ole Miss 82 #11 Auburn 67

#13 Florida State 68 Miami Florida 62

Rutgers 64 #16 Ohio State 61

Temple 73 #17 Houston 69

#21 Marquette 106 Creighton 104 OT

Seton Hall 76 Butler 75

Xavier 81 Georgetown 75

Georgia 82 Vanderbilt 63

Dayton 72 George Washington 66

Kansas State 71 West Virginia 69

Rhode Island 78 Richmond 67

South Florida 66 Tulane 48

St. Bonaventure 73 St. Joseph’s 47

VCU 69 LaSalle 63

Duquesne 66 Fordham 61

Pittsburgh 89 Louisville 86 OT

Syracuse 61 Clemson 53

Florida 57 Arkansas 51

Arizona State 80 California 66

Iowa 73 Northwestern 63

St. Louis 65 Massachusetts 62

Fresno State 78 Utah State 77

Arizona 75 Stanford 70

Hawaii 79 Cal State Fullerton 68

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#3 Connecticut 82 Cincinnati 38

#4 Baylor 65 Kansas State 50

#11 Texas 73 Oklahoma 63

#23 Michigan State 86 #18 Minnesota 68

#20 Iowa State 92 TCU 54

Ball State 77 Bowling Green 70

Oral Roberts 72 Purdue Fort Wayne 61

Miami Ohio 65 Toledo 64

Central Michigan 88 Ohio 70

Dayton 75 Massachusetts 47

Buffalo 91 Eastern Michigan 84 OT

Kent State 87 Northern Illinois 78

Akron 72 Western Michigan 59

Rutgers 71 Illinois 60

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Boston 135 Indiana 100

Washington 123 Philadelphia 106

Brooklyn 116 Atlanta 100

New Orleans 140 Cleveland 124

Milwaukee 116 Houston 109

Memphis 96 San Antonio 86

Dallas 104 Phoenix 94

Utah 106 Orlando 93

Portland 124 Chicago 112

LA Lakers 113 Detroit 100

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Nashville 4 Chicago 3

Calgary 5 Colorado 3

Ottawa 2 Anaheim 1

 

TOP HEADLINES:

AP sources: Alabama QB Jalen Hurts in transfer portal

Two people familiar with the situation say Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has entered his name into the NCAA transfer database portal.

The people spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the NCAA list is not publicly accessible.

Putting his name on the list allows other schools to contact Hurts, who has already graduated and is eligible to play his final season as a graduate transfer. It’s not a binding decision to transfer.

Hurts will likely be a hot commodity. He was a two-year starter who led Alabama to a pair of national championship games and was Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year as a freshman.

 

Suspended Clemson DT Lawrence among 3 Tigers off to NFL

Suspended Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is headed to the NFL.

Lawrence is the 350-pound, 6-foot-4 lineman who missed the Tigers’ College Football Playoff games after he and two teammates tested positive for the banned substance ostarine. Lawrence attended both games and celebrated with teammates Monday night after a 44-16 victory over Alabama in the national championship game.

Lawrence announced his decision on Twitter Wednesday.

He was a three-year starter and is considered a first-round NFL pick in next spring’s draft.

He is the third Clemson starter on defense to give up his eligibility to go pro. Earlier, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and linebacker Tre Lamar said they would enter the NFL draft. Mullen was the defensive MVP of the championship game.

Things did not end the way Lawrence wanted as he sat out wins over Notre Dame and the Crimson Tide after his drug test results. Lawrence and reserve offensive lineman Zach Giella and tight end Braden Galloway were each suspended the final two games.

All asked Clemson to appeal the NCAA suspension and could’ve faced a yearlong ban if turned down. Lawrence was likely turning pro even without the issues. Now, he’ll face the questions of future NFL employers.

Lawrence said before the Cotton Bowl he did not knowingly take the banned substance.

“I honestly don’t know what happened or how it got in,” he said before the Cotton Bowl. “It’s just there.”

Lawrence said in his announcement Wednesday that he was grateful for the “adversities and storms I went through here at Clemson. It has helped make me who I am today.”

He finished with 7.5 tackles for loss this season and tied for team high with seven quarterback hurries. Lawrence was also part of Clemson’s “Fridge Package” on offense with All-American defensive tackle Christian Wilkins in short-yardage situations.

Lawrence had a TD run in a 77-16 blowout of Louisville this season.

 

Oklahoma State gives 1-year contract extension to Mike Gundy

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy’s contract has been extended by a year through 2023.

Gundy is set to make $5.125 million this year. He agreed to a long-term deal in 2017 that provides annual rollovers plus an annual $125,000 escalator.

“Coach Gundy has built the Oklahoma State football program into a regular contender in the Big 12 and he has done it the right way,” Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder said Wednesday. “He’s instilled a set of core values and a culture of which we can be very proud.”

The Cowboys went 7-6 this season and defeated Missouri 38-33 in the Liberty Bowl. Oklahoma State beat four ranked teams – Boise State, Texas, West Virginia and Missouri- but also lost to unranked Texas Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Baylor and TCU.

Since 2010, Oklahoma State has six seasons with at least 10 wins, with an outright Big 12 title in 2011 and a share of the Big 12 South title in 2010.

 

Tennessee hires Georgia’s Chaney as offensive coordinator

Jim Chaney is returning to Tennessee for a second stint as the Volunteers’ offensive coordinator after spending the last three seasons at Georgia.

Chaney replaces Tyson Helton, who left shortly after the regular season to become Western Kentucky’s head coach. Chaney received a three-year contract worth a total of $4.8 million.

“Jim couldn’t be a better fit for our program at the University of Tennessee,” Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday in a release announcing the hire.

The hire was first reported by 247Sports.

Chaney was Tennessee’s offensive coordinator from 2009-12 on the staffs of Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley. Tennessee’s 2012 team averaged 475.9 yards – its second-highest total in program history.

Chaney also served as interim head coach for a 37-17 victory over Kentucky in the 2012 season finale after Dooley was fired.

He now must try to rejuvenate a Tennessee offense that has ranked last in the Southeastern Conference in yards per game each of the last two seasons. Chaney becomes Tennessee’s fourth offensive coordinator in as many seasons.

Chaney was Georgia’s offensive coordinator from 2016-18 and made $950,000 this season. He coached quarterbacks from 2016-17 and instructed tight ends this season.

Georgia averaged 238.8 yards rushing per game and 5.9 yards per carry this year to lead the SEC in both categories for a second straight season. Tennessee ranked last in the SEC in both categories this year, averaging 129.1 yards rushing per game and 3.7 yards per carry.

 

AP source: Jets hire former Dolphins coach Adam Gase

The New York Jets hired former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase as their head coach Wednesday night, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Gase was 23-26 in three seasons with Miami, including a playoff game in 2016, before being fired last week.

It turns out he’ll remain in the AFC East, and face the Dolphins twice every regular season as a rival head coach.

The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the hiring.

Gase replaces Todd Bowles, who was fired after he went 24-40 in four seasons and no playoff appearances. He’s the Jets’ first hire with previous NFL head coaching experience since Bill Parcells’ three-year tenure from 1997-99.

The 40-year-old Gase is also the first offensive-focused coach since Rich Kotite in 1996.

He worked as an assistant with Detroit, San Francisco and Denver before being promoted to offensive coordinator by the Broncos in 2013 and drawing rave reviews from Peyton Manning.

Gase followed coach John Fox to Chicago in 2015 to be the Bears’ offensive coordinator. He was hired by the Dolphins as their head coach the following season.

Regarded as one of the league’s top young offensive minds, he’ll be tasked with furthering the development of quarterback Sam Darnold and helping New York snap an eight-year postseason drought.

Gase will work closely with general manager Mike Maccagnan, who was retained by team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson, to put together a competitive roster around Darnold. The Jets are expected to have around $100 million in salary cap space this offseason, and will be very active in free agency.

Those factors combined, Johnson insisted leading into the team’s search, made the Jets an attractive spot for a head coach to land.

 

AP source: Broncos pick Vic Fangio as new head coach

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has decided on Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as his new head coach, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the hiring.

Fangio is a first-time head coach at age 60.

He replaces Vance Joseph, who posted the franchise’s first back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72 and was fired on New Year’s Eve with an 11-21 record.

Fangio has been an NFL assistant for 32 years and for 34 years overall, including two years in the old USFL.

Elway also interviewed former Colts coach Chuck Pagano, Steelers O-line coach Mike Munchak, Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores and Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor while searching for his fourth head coach in six seasons.

Elway said he also plans to take a self-assessment this month to review the moves he’s made that have led to Denver’s three-year playoff drought since Peyton Manning retired a month after the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 title.

The Broncos have had four starting quarterbacks over that span, including free agent Case Keenum, who was underwhelming in his first year in Denver in 2018.

Elway concurred with star cornerback Chris Harris Jr.’s assessment last week that the Broncos need to modernize their offensive and defensive schemes to keep up with teams such as the Rams and Chiefs, who have fully embraced the run-pass option craze and other college concepts.

Elway didn’t believe that innovation required a young up-and-comer, however. So, instead of going with a fresh-faced offensive-minded coach in the mold of the Rams’ Sean McVay, he zeroed in on the grizzled teacher who’s more like his first head coaching hire, John Fox, or the Chiefs’ Andy Reid.

 

AP source: Browns pick coordinator Kitchens as next coach

The Browns didn’t have to go far to find their new coach.

Freddie Kitchens was already in the building.

The 44-year-old Kitchens, who had a dazzling eight-week run as the team’s interim offensive coordinator, is finalizing a contract to become Cleveland’s ninth coach since the franchise’s 1999 rebirth, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the imminent hire.

ESPN was first to announce the decision.

Also, Gregg Williams, who went 5-3 as Cleveland’s interim coach and defensive coordinator this season, is no longer with the team, the person said. Williams was the first candidate to interview for the coaching vacancy.

Kitchens has no previous head coaching experience, but his work with Cleveland’s offense – most notably quarterback Baker Mayfield – in the season’s second half vaulted him ahead of the other six candidates interviewed by the Browns, who were looking for the right coach to lead them following a stunning turnaround season.

Kitchens will get the chance.

Under his leadership, Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, threw 19 of his NFL rookie record 27 touchdown passes while erasing any doubt that he could be the coveted franchise quarterback that has eluded the Browns for decades.

Kitchens and Mayfield formed a strong relationship during their time together, and Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam along with general manager John Dorsey are counting on the pair taking Cleveland to new heights.

It’s a spectacular rise for Kitchens, who began the season as the team’s running backs coach. He took over the Browns offense when coordinator Todd Haley was fired an hour after coach Hue Jackson’s dismissal on Oct. 29 and Kitchens quickly showed he had coaching chops.

 

Vikings keep Kevin Stefanski as offensive coordinator

The Minnesota Vikings have appointed Kevin Stefanski as offensive coordinator, after his interim stint over the last three games of the season.

The 36-year-old Stefanski was promoted Dec. 11 to replace John DeFilippo, who was fired in his first season on the job with the Vikings struggling badly to move the ball. Stefanski’s contract expired Tuesday.

The Vikings announced his hiring Wednesday. He’s the fourth offensive coordinator under coach Mike Zimmer, who just finished his fifth year.

Stefanski was a head coach candidate for the Cleveland Browns, who instead picked their interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens .

Stefanski, who joined the Vikings in 2006 as an assistant to coach Brad Childress, is the longest-tenured member of Minnesota’s coaching staff . He has coached tight ends, running backs and quarterbacks for the Vikings.

 

NFL and NFLPA: Reid drug tested ‘normal’ amount of times

The NFL and the NFL Players Association say outspoken Eric Reid was not singled out with excessive drug tests.

The joint statement released Wednesday said an independent administrator found Reid received the “normal” number of drug tests this season. The statement said, “there is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing.”

Reid has said he believes he was repeatedly tested because of his pending lawsuit against the league.

The Carolina Panthers safety said in December he had been tested seven times by the NFL. Reid said the league was targeting him because of the ongoing collusion case against the NFL in which he alleged team owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his decision to kneel alongside former 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustice.

However, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Reid was not tested as many times as Reid said he was. The person did not say the exact number of times Reid was tested. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of confidentiality of the case.

“We take any claim questioning the integrity of our collectively bargained performance enhancing drug policy seriously,” the joint statement from the NFL and the Players Association read.

The statement said an independent administrator was asked to review the policy and produce a report on Reid’s claims of targeting. A copy of this report, which contains personal and confidential testing information, was recently provided to Reid.

 

MLB: Game times for 2019 regular season set

Major League Baseball today announced the game times for its master 2019 regular season schedule, which will begin with the 2019 Japan Opening Series, featuring the Oakland Athletics hosting the Seattle Mariners at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on March 20th-21st. ESPN will broadcast both games of the Opening Series at 5:35 a.m. (ET)/2:35 a.m. (PT). Traditional Opening Day, featuring all 30 Major League Clubs, will take place on Thursday, March 28th, when all 30 Clubs are scheduled to play.

For the second consecutive year, all 30 Major League Clubs are scheduled to play on Opening Day. The 2018 campaign had been scheduled to be the first season since 1968 that every team across the Majors opened on the same date, before two weather-related postponements allowed for just 13 of the 15 scheduled games to be played. The 1968 campaign began on Wednesday, April 10th with each of the 20 Major League Clubs in action. Additionally, the 2019 season will mark the second straight season, and the 13th campaign in history, to open on a Thursday. Other seasons to do so include 1901-04, 1907, 1912, 1959, 1973-74, 1976 and 2011.

ESPN will provide extensive Opening Day coverage that begins with the Baltimore Orioles visiting the New York Yankees (1:05 p.m. ET), followed by the defending National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks (4:10 p.m. ET/1:10 p.m. PT), and culminating with the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox visiting the Mariners (7:10 p.m. ET/4:10 p.m. PT). In addition to the Japan Opening Series, ESPN will broadcast 10 games during the first week of the season following traditional Opening Day.

FOX will begin its 2019 national coverage on Saturday, March 30th when the Philadelphia Phillies host the defending NL East Champion Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park at 4:05 p.m. ET on FS1, followed by the Oakland Athletics hosting the Los Angeles Angels at 9:07 p.m. (ET)/6:07 p.m. (PT). MLB on TBS live game coverage will return Sunday, July 7th, and continue each Sunday through the end of the regular season.

MLB Network will have extensive live coverage of Opening Day on Thursday, March 28th, followed on Friday, March 29th by the return of its regular season programming lineup of MLB Central, High Heat with Christopher Russo, The Rundown, MLB Now, Intentional Talk, MLB Tonight and Quick Pitch with live look-ins at games in progress, interviews, previews, highlights and analysis.

The final day of the 2019 regular season, which features 12 divisional match-ups, is scheduled for Sunday, September 29th. For the fifth consecutive year, all games played on the final scheduled day of the regular season will begin at 3:00 p.m. (ET), with potential Postseason ramifications at stake.

Among the other highlights of the 2019 regular season:

  • In a rematch of the 2018 World Series, the Red Sox will host the Dodgers at Fenway Park following the All-Star break for a three-game set beginning on Friday, July 12th at 7:10 p.m. (ET)/4:10 p.m. (PT). It marks the third-ever regular season trip to Boston by the Dodgers, and the first since June 2010.
  • After a thrilling seven-game National League Championship Series, the Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will meet again for a three-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning on Friday, April 12th at 10:10 p.m. (ET)/7:10 p.m. (PT), and will square off a week later for a four-game set at Miller Park beginning on Thursday, April 18th at 8:10 p.m. (ET)/7:10 p.m. (CT).
  • The Red Sox and Houston Astros, who met in the 2018 American League Championship Series, will play a three-game series at Fenway Park beginning on Friday, May 17th at 7:10 p.m. (ET), and will meet again the following week for a three-game set at Minute Maid Park beginning on Friday, May 24th at 8:10 p.m. (ET)/7:10 p.m. (CT).
  • 2019 Opening Day includes an Interleague match-up between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs at Globe Life Park in Arlington (4:05 p.m. ET/3:05 p.m. CT).
  • The Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium at 10:10 p.m. (ET)/7:10 p.m. (PT) on Monday, April 15th, which is Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball.
  • Mitel & MLB Present London 2019, an historic two-game set at London Stadium, will take place on June 29th-30th between the host Red Sox and Yankees in the first-ever Major League games played in Europe. FOX Sports will provide coverage of the game on Saturday, June 29th at 1:10 p.m. ET, while ESPN will broadcast the game on Sunday, June 30th at 10:10 a.m. ET.
  • In special international events at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, the Reds will host the St. Louis Cardinals on April 13th-14th, while the Los Angeles Angels will host the Astros on May 4th-5th.
  • “MLB in Omaha” will take place on Thursday, June 13th at 8:05 p.m. (ET)/7:05 p.m. (CT) on ESPN, two days prior to the start of the 2019 NCAA Men’s College World Series. The first Major League game ever played in Nebraska, part of the new GEICO Summer Series, will feature the host Kansas City Royals against the Detroit Tigers.
  • On Sunday, August 18th (7:10 p.m. ET on ESPN), the Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Cubs in Williamsport, Pennsylvania during the third “MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO” at Historic Bowman Field.
  • Interleague play throughout the season will feature the AL East vs. NL West, AL Central vs. NL East and AL West vs. NL Central. In addition to Red Sox-Dodgers, notable series feature renewals of two other World Series matchups over the past 10 years, including Royals-New York Mets (August 16th-18th at Kauffman Stadium) and Cardinals- Rangers (May 17th-19th at Globe Life Park in Arlington).
  • The 2019 All-Star Game, to be hosted by the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 9th on FOX.
  • The final regular season game at Globe Life Park in Arlington will be played on Sunday, September 29th as the Rangers host the Yankees at 3:05 p.m. (ET)/2:05 p.m. (CT).

 

Morris, Tatum help Celtics rout weary Pacers 135-108

There’s no secret to the Boston Celtics recent roll.

The Celtics continued to share the offensive load, and the results showed again in a 135-113 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

“It’s not too often that we’re going to put up 135 points, but I feel like consistently over the last few games, we’ve done a great job of making shots,” said Kyrie Irving, who had 12 points in 24 minutes before getting to rest the entire fourth quarter.

“We’re making shots. We’re continuing to make each other better and make those plays that we weren’t making at the beginning of the season.”

The Celtics had 32 assists – their fifth straight game with 30 or more – and put together their highest scoring game this season. Boston (25-15) also ended a three-game skid against the Pacers, who entered the night third in the Eastern Conference having won seven of eight.

“It just looked like we were gassed tonight,” Indiana coach Nate McMillan said. “We knew they could come out fast and they did. They came out very aggressive, attacking us and just we weren’t able to establish anything defensively against this group.”

Marcus Morris had 22 points and eight rebounds, Jaylen Brown also scored 22 points and Jayson Tatum had 20 for the Celtics, who have won five of six.

Gordon Hayward had 14 points, Daniel Theis added 12 points and six rebounds off the bench, and Terry Rozier had 12 points and five assists.

Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers (27-14), who had won seven of eight. Thaddeus Young had 10 points and eight rebounds, and Victor Oladipo scored 17 points.

 

Wolves’ Andrew Wiggins tries to clarify postgame comments

Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins attempted to clarify comments Wednesday that he used the word gay to describe Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder’s behavior during their game.

Thunder center Nerlens Noel was taken off the court on a stretcher in the third quarter after Wiggins collided with Noel on a dunk attempt Tuesday night. Schroder, unhappy about the play and other incidents in what was a testy game, eventually was given a technical foul for an altercation with Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague.

Wiggins thought Schroder’s actions were unwarranted.

“He was just gay,” Wiggins said afterward. “He was acting crazy for no reason.”

A few hours later, Wiggins tried on social media to clarify his comments .

“I’d like to clarify what I said tonight during my post game media session. I said: “I don’t know what’s wrong with him he was just getting… acting crazy for no reason,” he said on Twitter.

In his next post , Wiggins did not use the word apology, but said: “I have the utmost love and respect for the LGBTQIA community and I would never use any term to disrespect them in anyway.”

The public comments were made after a competitive game, during which Noel was injured.

On the dunk attempt, Noel took an elbow in the face as Wiggins went up, and Noel’s head hit the ground hard . A foul was called on Noel. The play was reviewed, and no additional fouls were called. Noel was down for several minutes before being taken from the court. Players from both teams jawed at each other while Noel was on the ground.

 

Purdue Headlines 2019 Emerald Coast Classic over Thanksgiving Weekend

NICEVILLE, Fla. – The Purdue men’s basketball team will head to the Sunshine State

for the sixth annual Emerald Coast Classic held next season over the Thanksgiving

weekend, tournament organizers announced today.

The Boilermakers will be joined by national powers Tennessee, Florida State and VCU,

easily making the sixth version of the event the best in tournament history.

The eight-team tournament will be played Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 29-30 at The

Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. The remainder of the field

will be disclosed in the near future.

“This will be the best field we’ve ever assembled for the Emerald Coast Classic and

it shapes up as one of the strongest preseason college basketball tournaments next

season,” said tournament director Maury Hanks, chief executive officer of Global

Sports. “We continue to strive in bringing the best college basketball teams

possible to the Emerald Coast of Florida.”

Tennessee, which stands 13-1 following an 87-63 victory at Missouri Tuesday, is

ranked No. 3 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll, while riding a

nine-game winning streak.

The Volunteers, led by fourth-year coach Rick Barnes, are the reigning Southeastern

Conference regular season co-champs and advanced to the round of 32 in the 2018 NCAA

Tournament.

Florida State, which stands 12-2, is ranked No. 12 entering a Wednesday (Jan. 9)

home game with Miami. Head coach Leonard Hamilton has guided the Seminoles to six

trips to the NCAA Tournament during his tenure at the school.

 

Butler MBB to be Featured in FS1 All-Access Game Feb. 2

NEW YORK – FOX Sports and the BIG EAST Conference once again join forces to bring

viewers the ultimate college basketball television experience with two

commercial-free, all-access telecasts next month.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, at 12:00 PM ET, Seton Hall visits Butler in FOX Sports’ second

ever men’s basketball all-access game. Pirates coach Kevin Willard and Bulldogs

coach LaVall Jordan will wear live microphones, giving viewers the chance to hear

directly from the sidelines and locker rooms from tipoff through the final whistle.

The game is presented commercial-free on FS1, allowing FOX Sports cameras and

microphones to capture moments not normally available to a television audience,

including live access to every team huddle and inside both locker rooms during

halftime and postgame. Play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher and analyst Len Elmore

have the call live from Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Less than a week later, on Friday, Feb. 8, at 8:00 PM ET, Marquette hosts Georgetown

in FOX Sports’ third women’s basketball all-access game. Golden Eagles coach Carolyn

Kieger and Hoyas coach James Howard wear live microphones from tipoff through both

teams’ postgame speeches. Play-by-play announcer Lisa Byington and analyst Monica

McNutt are live from The Al McGuire Center with the call on FS1.

“We’re looking forward to having another opportunity to bring viewers as close to

the game as possible,” said FOX Sports President, Production & Executive Producer

John Entz. “We’d like to thank the BIG EAST, in particular these four coaches, for

allowing us to continue to push the envelope in television innovation and to

showcase their programs in this unique and special way.”

The all-access telecasts are the latest in FOX Sports’ ongoing technical innovation

effort, a leading part of the FOX Sports Lab initiative, a collaborative approach to

developing technical partnerships that offer fresh perspectives to viewers.

“Viewers can’t get any closer access than this,” Elmore said during last season’s

Providence-DePaul telecast. “We’re talking about first-hand exposure to strategy,

tactics, even motivation by the coaches … This is the best thing next to wearing a

uni.”

 

Butler drops conference game at Seton Hall

Seton Hall escaped with a 76-75 win Wednesday night in Newark, N.J., as Butler

couldn’t overcome a sluggish first half with a frantic second-half comeback.

With the win, Seton Hall improves to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play. Butler

is now 10-6 (1-2 in conference).

Joey Brunk posted the first double-double of his career with 20 points and 10

rebounds. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 23 points, but needed 26 shots to get

there.

Butler would never take the lead in the second-half, constantly trading scores with

the home team.

With six minutes to play, Seton Hall had rebuilt its lead to 63-53 before Butler

pulled within two (69-67) on a pair of Brunk free throws with 1:22 to play.

After Seton Hall extended the lead back to five on free throws, Henry Baddley hit a

three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining to trim the lead to 72-70. After the teams

traded scores in the paint, Myles Powell was fouled and converted two free throws

with 3.0 seconds remaining for a 76-72 advantage. Baldwin’s three-pointer at the

buzzer determined the final score.

Powell led the Pirates with 31 points, including 13-of-15 from the free throw line.

Quincy McKnight was the only other Seton Hall player in double figures with 10.

Seton Hall shot 51 percent for the game. The Pirates went to the free throw line 37

times compared to just 22 for Butler. However, Seton Hall made only 23 of those to

keep the game within reach for the Bulldogs.

Butler committed only eight turnovers, but shot only 39 percent. Each team made only

five three-pointers.

Seton Hall took a 34-25 halftime lead as the Bulldogs shot only 31 percent from the

field in the opening half, including 0-for-7 from three-point range. Seton Hall shot

48 percent in the first half, heating up after committing six turnovers in the first

five minutes of the contest.

The Bulldogs continue a three-game stretch away from Hinkle Fieldhouse, next

traveling to Xavier for a Sunday noon tip, which will air on CBS Sports Network.

 

INDIANA WBB: No. 25 Indiana Begins Road Swing At Ohio State On Thursday

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 25 Indiana begins a two-game road swing on Thursday night when it travels to Ohio State. Tipoff inside Value City Arena is set for 6 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

#25/RV INDIANA (14-1, 3-0 B1G) AT OHIO STATE (4-8, 0-3 B1G)

Thursday, January 10, 2019 • 6 p.m. ET

Value City Arena • Columbus, Ohio

ABOUT THE BUCKEYES

Still searching for their first Big Ten win of the season, the Buckeyes played a tight one with the No. 4 Maryland but fell, 75-69, on Saturday. They are led by freshman forward Dorka Juhasz leads the way averaging 12.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Ohio State is averaging 59.3 points per game as a team while shooting 37.7 percent from the floor and just 29 percent from the 3-point line.

SERIES HISTORY

Ohio State lead series, 57-21

LAST MEETING

1/13/18 – L, 62-77 (Bloomington, IN)

NOTES

Indiana improved to 3-0 in the Big Ten for the first time in a decade with a 68-64 win over No. 15/17 Michigan State. It marked the first Top 15 win for the program since it defeated No. 4/6 Ohio State on January 31, 2010. They are one of five ranked teams in the Big Ten this week.

The win helped IU crack into the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday, coming in at No. 25 in the Week 10 poll. It marks just the fifth week in school history the Hoosiers have been in the Associated Press poll and third time under fifth-year head coach Teri Moren. Indiana is also receiving votes in the WBCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, coming in at No. 27 in the other national poll.

Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll for the third time this season. The Columbus, Ind. native averaged 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two wins last week.

The Hoosiers continue to be one of the league’s best free throw shooting teams, shooting 75.7 percent from the charity stripe this season. That’s the second-best mark in the Big Ten with redshirt junior forward Brenna Wise leading the way, shooting 91.2 percent at the line.

Freshmen Aleksa Gulbe and Grace Berger have stepped up for IU in a big way since entering conference play. While both coming off the bench, Gulbe has added 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest as she added 9 points in the win over Michigan State. Berger chipped in 10 points last week in the win over Penn State and is averaging 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds through the first three Big Ten matchups.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers continue their road swing at Wisconsin on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. ET.

 

EARLHAM MEN’S BB: Men’s hoops upended at home by Hanover

EARLHAM RELEASE

RICHMOND, IND. – Hanover College pulled away from Earlham College men’s basketball in the second half to defeat the Quakers, 83-57, on Wednesday evening at the Druley Performance Gym.

Junior forward Darrell Hutchison Jr. and sophomore guard Jamel Barnes led the charge for the Quakers. Hutchison scored 16 points on the day to go with two rebounds and recorded his 10th double-digit scoring performance of the season. Barnes ended the game with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, recording the Quakers’ second double-double of the season.

Only five points separated the two teams at the half, with Hanover holding a 33-28 advantage thanks to its advantage at the free-throw line. The Quakers connected on one of their two trips to the charity stripe in the first half, while Hanover had nine opportunities for free points and connected on six.

Earlham (3-11, 2-5 HCAC) opened the second half by pulling to within one point of Hanover, 33-32, at the 18:32 mark following layups by freshman center Conner Hubbard and Hutchison. The Quakers were still within five points of the Panthers, 53-48, following a Thomas Sanborn 3-pointer with 11:12 showing on the clock.

However, that would be as close as Earlham would get to catching the defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champions.

Hanover answered with a 26-4 run lasting nearly eight minutes, ending with the Panthers in front, 79-52, following a Zach Harp trey with 3:21 remaining.

The game opened with Earlham striking first, with Hanover responding with an 11-point run on four Quaker turnovers to take an early lead. Earlham’s effort from the 3-point distance (5-of-9) kept them within striking distance of Hanover (3-of-13), despite the Panthers shooting 42.9 percent (12-of-28) from the field to the Quakers’ 36.7 percent (11-of-30).

Hanover (10-4, 5-2 HCAC) found its shooting rhythm in the second half, and finished the game with a 54.5 percent (30-of-55) field goal percentage to Earlham’s 36.1 percent (22-of-61) shooting clip from the floor.

 

EARLHAM WOMENS BB: Women’s basketball unable to keep up with Hanover in HCAC loss

HANOVER, Ind. – Earlham College women’s basketball suffered a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference road loss at the hands of Hanover College, 62-51, on Wednesday evening at Collier Arena.

Junior guard Camryn White matched her season-high with 18 points, four of them from her perfect mark at the free throw line. Junior forward Zoe Curtis scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds for the Quakers.

Sophomore center Rosie Newhart came off the bench to add eight points for Earlham.

Earlham (4-10, 2-5 HCAC) and Hanover traded points back and forth to start the game, but Earlham continuously sent Hanover to the free-throw line giving the Panthers an edge. Earlham had five personal fouls in the first quarter, and Hanover made five of their six free throws.

Earlham scored four straight points to start the second quarter, taking a 15-14 lead on a Newhart layup with 8:39 left in the frame. The Quakers were still in front, 17-16, following a Kayla Bowling layup at the 6:41 mark in the quarter.

Hanover (10-4, 6-1 HCAC) answered with a nine-point run to take a 25-17 lead, before Acacia Tenette’s free-throw with 3:38 showing on the clock snapped the Panthers’ scoring streak. Hanover extended that lead and went into the halftime break up nine points, 31-22.

Hanover effective put the game out of reach in the third quarter, outscoring Earlham 16-9 over the 10-minute period. The Panthers went 5-of-12 from the floor in the third quarter and were a perfect 6-of-6 at the free-throw line, while Earlham was held to 3-of-9 shooting from the field.

In the final quarter, Earlham picked up its game and locked down on defense in an effort to make a comeback. White carried most of the offensive burden, scoring 10 of Earlham’s 20 fourth-quarter points.

Earlham was unable to find its shooting touch from three-point range and finished the game 0-of-9 from beyond the arc – the Quakers’ first game without a three-pointer in nearly three years. The Maroon and White won the turnover battle, giving up the ball only 15 times compared to Hanover’s 20, and resulting in 22 points-off-turnovers for the Quakers.

Earlham women’s basketball will have its second home matchup of the new year on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 1:00 p.m. against Franklin College at the Druley Performance Gym.

 

NOTRE DAME WBB: Game 16 Preview: Louisville

When:   Thursday, Jan. 10 | 7:00 pm ET

Where:  Notre Dame, Ind. | Purcell Pavilion (9,149)

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Another top-2 showdown at home awaits the University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team on Thursday, Jan. 10. The new No. 1 Fighting Irish (14-1, 2-0) will host No. 2 Louisville (14-0, 2-0) in a 7 p.m. ET primetime matchup on ESPN. Thursday’s contest will be a Green Out with rally towels going to the first 4,000 fans. Limited tickets remain, so to purchase please call 574-631-7356 or visit the Murnane Family Ticket Office at Gate 9 of Purcell Pavilion.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series against Louisville, 14-6, including a 5-2 mark at home. However the Cardinals did best the Irish twice last season, including their last encounter, a 74-72 defeat in the ACC Championship game in Greensboro. Both teams shared the ACC regular season championship last season.

RPI TOP-25 WINS

With wins over Gonzaga, Drake, Iowa and Marquette, the Irish boast four RPI top-25 victories. That number doubles the amount of RPI top-25 wins over the next highest Division I team.

No. 1 vs No. 2

Thursday’s primetime matchup with No. 2 Louisville will be Notre Dame’s second 1-vs-2 matchup of the season and eighth in program history. History has not sided well with the Irish, for their only win in a 1-vs-2 was back in 2001 when No. 2 Notre Dame defeated No. 1 UConn, 90-75, in the national semifinal.

In addition, this marks Notre Dame’s first 1-vs-2 matchup not involving UConn since the Irish played at Baylor back on Nov. 20, 2011.

YOUNG ONE OF NATION’S BEST SHOOTING GUARDS

Junior guard Jackie Young has been highly efficient from the field this season, raising her shooting percentage to 56.7 percent. That number ranks 10th in the ACC and 32nd nationally, but more impressively, second nationally among just guards. Young only trails Villanova’s guard Mary Gedaka, who is shooting 64.3 percent.

MOST EFFICIENT GAME IN PROGRAM HISTORY

Notre Dame made program history after leaving Georgia Tech with the 76-55 victory on Jan. 6. By halftime, the Irish were a perfect 17 assists on 17 made field goals and then finished the game with 30 assists on 34 made fields. That .882 assist/field-goals-made efficiency rating ranks as the best all-time in program history for a game in which the team tallied at least 30 field goals.

When only looking at games in which teams have made at least 30 field goals and 30 assists, Notre Dame’s .882 mark leads the country for a single game this season.

IRISH HOT SHOOTING STREAK

Count it up, the Irish have recorded six consecutive games shooting over 50 percent from the field. As a result, Notre Dame has raised its field goal percentage from .489 to .526, which ranks second in the country.

REASON FOR HOT SHOOTING STREAK

Look no further than the fact that the Irish have recorded six straight games in which they have dished out 24 or more assists, totaling 158 in that span. Notre Dame now averages 20.1 assists per game, which leads the ACC and ranks sixth in the nation. Individually, Jackie Young leads the way, averaging 4.7 assists/game, followed closely by Marina Mabrey with her 4.5.

Jessica Shepard has dished out 17 assists over the last three games. Ogunbowale just recorded a career high 12 assists at Georgia Tech (1/6), doubling her previous career best. Lastly, Mabrey is averaging 6.0 assists over the last six games.

SPREADING THE WEALTH

When you mix the high percentage shooting with the high assist total, you get our next stat. In Notre Dame’s last game (at Georgia Tech), all five starters reached double-digit points. It marked the second time the feat had been achieved over the last three games, and the fifth overall time this season. The other instances were Iowa, UConn and Binghamton.

MABREY HEATING UP

Since Dec. 16, Mabrey has been on quite the roll, getting into prime season form. Over the last six games, Mabrey has averaged 15.7 points on 59.0 percent – including 14-for-30 from three-point range aka 46.7 percent. She has also averaged 6.0 assists and 2.2 steals.

In addition, in three of said games, Mabrey has recorded all three of her 20-point scoring games, including her season high of 21 set vs Binghamton.

PROTECTING THE HOUSE

Purcell Pavilion continues to be one of the toughest venues to play in women’s hoops. Over the last 105 games at home, the Irish have only lost three times, with all three coming against UConn.

Notre Dame is 473-93 all-time inside Purcell Pavilion. The Irish have sold out Purcell Pavilion 54 times and boasts a 44-10 record in those instances.

Most notably, however, has been how dominant the Irish have been in league play at home. Notre Dame has won a school-record 51 consecutive home conference games, beginning with a 66-47 win over Providence on Feb. 14, 2012, in BIG EAST play.

 

NFL PLAYOFF PREVIEWS

NFL PREVIEW: Indianapolis Colts (AFC South – 11-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West – 12-4)

Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 4:35 PM ET | Arrowhead Stadium | Referee: John Hussey

SERIES HISTORY INCLUDING PLAYOFFS:

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 16-9

STREAKS: Colts have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 10/30/16: Chiefs 30 at Colts 14

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/13: Colts 23, Chiefs 7

PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 4-0

STREAKS: Colts have won past 4

LAST PLAYOFF: 1/4/14: Chiefs 44 at Colts 45

LAST PLAYOFF AT SITE: 1/11/04: Colts 38, Chiefs 31

COLTS NOTES:

PLAYOFF RECORD 23-23

LAST WEEK W 21-7 at Houston

VS. COMMON OPP. 2-3 (Cin 0-1; Jax 1-1; NE 0-1; Oak 1-0)

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 27.1/21.5

OFFENSE 386.2

PASSING Andrew Luck: 430-639-4593-39-15-98.7

RUSHING Marlon Mack: 195-908-4.7-9

RECEIVING T.Y. Hilton: 76-1270-16.7-6

DEFENSE 339.4

SACKS Denico Autry: 9

INTs Kenny Moore: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (26/24)

PR Chester Rogers: 9.3

KR Zach Pascal (R): 21.2

PUNTING (NET) Rigoberto Sanchez: 46.1 (42.7)

KICKING Adam Vinatieri: 113 (44/47 PAT; 23/27 FG)

COLTS earned 1st postseason win since 1/11/15 (2014 AFC Divisional at Den.) last week. Have 13 playoff berths since 2002, 2nd-most among playoff teams (New England – 15). • INDIANAPOLIS ranked 5th in points per game (27.1) & allowed fewest sacks in NFL (18). • COLTS led league with 21 TD catches by TEs, most since 2011 (New England – 24). • INDIANAPOLIS had 2 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: TE ERIC EBRON & rookie G QUENTON NELSON. QB ANDREW LUCK passed for 222 yards & 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 88.3 rating last week. Had 443 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 98.7 rating in last postseason game vs. KC (1/4/14 – AFC-WC) & led 21-point comeback, 2nd-largest comeback win in playoff history. Ranked 2nd in NFL with 39 TD passes & 5th in passing yards (4,593). • RB MARLON MACK rushed for 148 yards & TD last week. Led team with career-high 908 rush yards & 9 rush TDs. Aims for his 6th in row (incl. postseason) with rush TD. • TE ERIC EBRON had TD catch last week. Led NFL TEs & tied for 2nd in NFL with 13 TD receptions. Aims for his 4th in row (incl. playoffs) on road with rec. TD. WR T.Y. HILTON had 13 catches for 224 yards & 2 TDs in 2013 AFC-WC meeting (1/4/14), 3rd-most rec. yards in single game in postseason history. Led team with 76 receptions for 1,270 yards & had 6 TD catches. Is 1 of 4 players with 50+ catches in each of past 7 seasons. • LB DARIUS LEONARD (rookie) led NFL with 163 tackles, most by rookie since LUKE KUECHLY (164 in 2012). Was only player in NFL with 7+ sacks (7), 4+ FFs (4) & 2+ INTs (2). Led team with 13 tackles last week. CB KENNY MOORE had 6 tackles, 2 PD, sack & INT last week & became 1st player in franchise history with sack & INT in same postseason game. • K ADAM VINATIERI is all-time postseason leading scorer (237) & ranks 2nd in playoff games played (31).

CHIEFS NOTES:

PLAYOFF RECORD 9-18

LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 17: W 35-3 vs. Oakland)

VS. COMMON OPP. 4-1 (Cin 1-0; Jax 1-0; NE 0-1; Oak 2-0)

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 35.3 (1L)/26.3

OFFENSE 425.6 (1L)

PASSING Patrick Mahomes: 383-580-5097-50 (1L)-12-113.8

RUSHING Patrick Mahomes (QB): 60-272-4.5-2

RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 103-1336-13.0-10

DEFENSE 405.5

SACKS Chris Jones: 15.5

INTs Steven Nelson: 4

TAKE/GIVE +9 (27/18)

PR Tyreek Hill: 10.7

KR Tremon Smith (R): 26.8

PUNTING (NET) Dustin Colquitt: 44.9 (40.5)

KICKING Harrison Butker: 137 (65/69 PAT; 24/27 FG)

CHIEFS won AFC West for 3rd consecutive season. • KANSAS CITY led NFL in total offense (425.6 yards per game) & scoring offense (35.3), the 3rd-highest points per game in NFL history. • ANDY REID has led KC to 65 wins since 2013, 2nd-most over past 6 seasons (New England – 74). • KANSAS CITY had 6 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: T ERIC FISHER, LB DEE FORD, WR TYREEK HILL, TE TRAVIS KELCE, QB PATRICK MAHOMES & FB ANTHONY SHERMAN. QB PATRICK MAHOMES led the NFL with 50 TD passes & joined PEYTON MANNING (55 TDs in 2013) & TOM BRADY (50 in 2007) as only QBs in NFL history with 50+ TD passes in single season. Ranked 2nd in pass yards (5,097) & passer rating (113.8). Had 7 games with 4+ TD passes, 2nd-most in single season in NFL history. Became 6th QB in league annals with 10+ games (10) with 300+ pass yards in single season. • RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had 352 scrimmage yards (88 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 4. Aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD. • WR TYREEK HILL had franchise-record 1,479 rec. yards & had career-highs in catches (87) & rec. TDs (12). Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 103 receptions & 1,336 rec. yards & became 1st TE in NFL history with 80+ catches & 1,000+ rec. yards in 3 consecutive seasons. His 1,336 rec. yards are 2ndmost in single season by TE in NFL history. Had 7 catches for 101 yards & TD in only career meeting (10/30/16). • DL CHRIS JONES had 1+ sack in 11 consecutive games (Weeks 5-16), longest streak since 1982. Became 5th Chief since 1982 with 15+ sacks (15.5) in single season. LB DEE FORD aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Had careerhigh 3.5 sacks in only career meeting (10/30/16). S ERIC BERRY has 6 PD, 2 INTs & FF in 5 career postseason games.

ON THE AIRWAVES

TV: NBC (4:35 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter)

WESTWOOD ONE: Ryan Radtke, Trent Green, Laura Okmin | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 82 (Ind), 83 (KC) | XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Ind), 225 (NE)

 

NFL PREVIEW: Dallas Cowboys (NFC East – 11-6) at Los Angeles Rams (NFC West – 13-3)

Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 8:15 PM ET | Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum | Referee: John Parry

SERIES HISTORY INCLUDING PLAYOFFS:

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 17-16

STREAKS: Cowboys have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 10/1/17: Rams 35 at Cowboys 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/21/14 (St. Louis): Cowboys 34, Rams 31

PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Series tied, 4-4

STREAKS: Rams have won past 2

LAST PLAYOFF: 1/4/86: Cowboys 0 at Rams 20

LAST PLAYOFF AT SITE: 1/4/86

COWBOYS NOTES:

PLAYOFF RECORD 35-27

LAST WEEK W 24-22 vs Seattle

VS. COMMON OPP. 5-1 (Det 1-0; NO 1-0; Phi 2-0; Sea 1-1)

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 21.2/20.3

OFFENSE 343.8

PASSING Dak Prescott: 356-526-3885-22-8-96.9

RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott: 304-1434 (1L)-4.7-6

RECEIVING Ezekiel Elliott (RB): 77-567-7.4-3

DEFENSE 329.3

SACKS Demarcus Lawrence: 10.5

INTs Leighton Vander Esch (R), Xavier Woods: 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (20/17)

PR Tavon Austin: 5.8

KR Darius Jackson (R): 22.5

PUNTING (NET) Chris Jones: 44.5 (39.6)

KICKING Brett Maher: 119 (32/33 PAT; 29/36 FG)

COWBOYS won NFC East, 2nd division title since 2016. • DALLAS was 1 of 2 teams in NFL (NEW ORLEANS) with multiple player with 6+ rush TDs (QB DAK PRESCOTT & RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, 6 each). • JASON GARRETT has led team to playoffs in 3 of past 5 seasons. • COWBOYS had 5 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, CB BYRON JONES, DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE, G ZACK MARTIN & T TYRON SMITH. • QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 226 yards with 1 TD vs. 1 INT for 83.6 rating & had rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd postseason game in row with 80+ rating. Was 1 of 2 NFL QBs with 3,500+ pass yards (3,885) & 5+ rush TDs (6) in 2018. Has 13 career regular-season games with 1+ pass TD & 1+ rush TD, 2nd-most in player’s 1st 3 seasons in NFL history (CAM NEWTON, 20). Had 252 pass yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 93.8 rating in last meeting (10/1/17). • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 169 scrimmage yards (137 rush, 32 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 292 scrimmage yards (146 per game) & rush TD in 2 career postseason games. Aims for his 3rd playoff game in row with 125+ rush yards. Led NFL with 1,434 rush yards & ranked 2nd with 2,001 scrimmage yards this season. Is 1 of 4 in franchise history with 2,000+ scrimmage yards in single season. • WR AMARI COOPER led team with 7 receptions for 106 yards last week. Had 1,005 rec. yards in 2018 & has 1,000+ yards in 3 of 4 career seasons. Rookie WR MICHAEL GALLUP had TD catch last week, his 1stcareer postseason TD. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had sack & FF in only career meeting (10/1/17). Has 2 sacks, 2 FRs & FF in 4 career playoff games. Rookie LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH led team with 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 5th in row (incl. postseason) with 8+ tackles. DT MALIEK COLLINS had 1st-career postseason sack last week.

 

RAMS NOTES:

PLAYOFF RECORD 19-25

LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 17: W 48-32 vs. San Francisco)

VS. COMMON OPP. 3-2 (Det 1-0; NO 0-1; Phi 0-1; Sea 2-0)

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 32.9/24.0

OFFENSE 421.1

PASSING Jared Goff: 364-561-4688-32-12-101.1

RUSHING Todd Gurley: 256-1251-4.9-17 (1L)

RECEIVING Robert Woods: 86-1219-14.2-6

DEFENSE 358.6

SACKS Aaron Donald: 20.5 (1L)

INTs John Johnson: 4

TAKE/GIVE +11 (30/19)

PR JoJo Natson: 10.8

KR Blake Countess: 24.6

PUNTING (NET) Johnny Hekker: 46.3 (43.0)

KICKING Greg Zuerlein: 116 (35/36 PAT; 27/31 FG)

RAMS won NFC West in consecutive seasons for first time since 1973-79. • LOS ANGELES led NFC in total yards per game (421.1) & points per game (32.9) & ranked 3rd in conference in turnover differential (+11). • SEAN MC VAY has guided Rams to playoffs in each of his 1st 2 seasons as head coach. • RAMS had 4 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: DT AARON DONALD, QB JARED GOFF, RB TODD GURLEY & ST CORY LITTLETON. • QB JARED GOFF ranked 4th in NFL in pass yards (4,688) & was 1 of 3 in NFL with 4,500+ yards & 100+ rating (101.1) in 2018. Had 259 pass yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs in only career postseason game (1/6/18). Passed for 255 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 98.7 rating in only career meeting (10/1/17). Aims for his 3rd in row with 115+ rating. • RB TODD GURLEY led NFL with 21 scrimmage TDs & ranked 4th with 1,831 scrimmage yards this season. Had 101 rush yards in only career playoff game (1/6/18). Had 7 receptions & 215 scrimmage yards (121 rush, 94 rec.) with TD catch in only career meeting. Has 3 games with 200+ scrimmage yards since 2017, tied with EZEKIEL ELLIOTT for most in NFL over span. • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 80 catches for 1,204 yards in 2018, his 4th-career season with 1,000+ rec. yards. WR ROBERT WOODS led team with career-highs in receptions (86) & rec. yards (1,219) this season. Had 9 receptions for 142 yards in only career postseason game (1/6/18). • DT AARON DONALD led NFL with 20.5 sacks this season & became 11th player since 1982 with 20+ sacks in single season. Ranked 1st in NFL with 25 TFL in 2018. Has 4 sacks in his past 2. Has 9.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 6 at home. LB CORY LITTELTON led team with career high 125 tackles this season.

ON THE AIRWAVES

TV: FOX (8:15 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers

WESTWOOD ONE: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner, Scott Kaplan | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 82 (Dal), 83 (LAR) | XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Dal), 225 (LAR)

 

 

NFL PREVIEW: Los Angeles Chargers (AFC West – 13-4) at New England Patriots (AFC East – 11-5)

Sunday, January 13, 2019 | 1:05 PM ET | Gillette Stadium | Referee: Ron Torbert

SERIES HISTORY INCLUDING PLAYOFFS:

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 24-15-2

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 4

LAST GAME: 10/29/17: Chargers 13 at Patriots 21

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/29/17

PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 2-1

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 2

LAST PLAYOFF: 1/20/08: Chargers 12 at Patriots 21

LAST PLAYOFF AT SITE: 1/20/08

CHARGERS NOTES:

PLAYOFF RECORD 12-17

LAST WEEK W 23-17 at Baltimore

VS. COMMON OPP. 4-1 (Buf 1-0; KC 1-1; Pit 1-0; Ten 1-0)

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 26.8/20.6

OFFENSE 372.6

PASSING Philip Rivers: 347-508-4308-32-12-105.5

RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 175-885-5.1-10

RECEIVING Keenan Allen: 97-1196-12.3-6

DEFENSE 333.7

SACKS Melvin Ingram: 7

INTs Derwin James (R), Desmond King: 3

TAKE/GIVE +1 (20/19)

PR Desmond King: 13.8

KR Desmond King: 23.7

PUNTING (NET) Donnie Jones: 42.3 (38.0)

KICKING Michael Badgley (R): 72 (27/28 PAT; 15/16 FG)

CHARGERS recorded 1st postseason win since 1/5/14 (2013 AFC Wild Card) last week. Had 12 wins, most since 2009 season (13). • LOS ANGELES ranked 3rd in yards per play (6.3) & tied for 6th in points per game (26.8). • LOS ANGELES had 7 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: WR KEENAN ALLEN, RB MELVIN GORDON, DE MELVIN INGRAM, rookie S DERWIN JAMES, ST ADRIAN PHILLIPS, C MIKE POUNCEY & QB PHILIP RIVERS. • QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 4,308 yards & is 1 of 4 QBs (TOM BRADY, DREW BREES & PEYTON MANNING) with 10 season of 4,000+ pass yards. Ranks 6th in NFL history in TD passes (374) & 8th in passing yards (54,656). Ranked 2nd in AFC with 105.5 passer rating in 2018. Aims for his 4th postseason start in row with 0 INTs. • RB MELVIN GORDON had rush TD last week. Had 1,375 scrimmage yards & joined HOFer LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (2001-08) as only Chargers with 3 straight 1,300+ scrimmage yard seasons in franchise history. Since 2016, is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 4,000+ scrimmage yards (4,372) & 35+ TDs (38). Has 12 TDs (9 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 9 on road (incl. postseason). • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 97 catches for 1,196 yards. Has 199 catches since 2017, most in 2-year span in franchise history. WR MIKE WILLIAMS led team with 10 rec. TDs. Has 3 TD catches in his past 4 on road (incl. postseason). • DE MELVIN INGRAM had 2 sacks, FF & FR last week. Led team with 7 sacks. DE JOEY BOSA had 1st-career playoff sack last week. Has 6.5 sacks in his past 7 (incl. postseason). Rookie S DERWIN JAMES led team with 105 tackles & is 1st rookie in franchise history with 100+ tackles. Was 1 of 2 in NFL with 100+ tackles, 3+ sacks (3.5) & 3+ INTs (3).

 

PATRIOTS NOTES:

PLAYOFF RECORD 34-20

LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 17: W 38-3 vs. New York Jets)

VS. COMMON OPP. 3-2 (Buf 2-0; KC 1-0; Pit 0-1; Ten 0-1)

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 27.3/20.3

OFFENSE 393.4

PASSING Tom Brady: 375-570-4355-29-11-97.7

RUSHING Sony Michel (R): 209-931-4.5-6

RECEIVING James White (RB): 87-751-8.6-7

DEFENSE 359.1

SACKS Trey Flowers: 7.5

INTs Duron Harmon: 4

TAKE/GIVE +10 (28/18)

PR Julian Edelman: 7.7

KR Cordarrelle Patterson: 28.8

PUNTING (NET) Ryan Allen: 45.1 (39.5)

KICKING Stephen Gostkowski: 130 (49/50 PAT; 27/32 FG)

PATRIOTS won AFC East for 10th consecutive season (2009-18), longest streak in NFL history. • NEW ENGLAND ranked 4th in scoring offense (27.3 ppg), 5th in total yards of offense (393.4 ypg) and tied for 6th in scoring defense (20.3 ppg allowed). • BILL BELICHICK has most playoff experience (39 games) & postseason wins (28) among HC in NFL history. Is 1 of 4 HC in NFL history with 5+ Super Bowl victories (5). • NEW ENGLAND had 2 players named for 2019 Pro Bowl: QB TOM BRADY & CB STEPHON GILMORE.

QB TOM BRADY is all-time postseason leader in game played (37), wins (27), completions (920), pass yards (10,226) & TD passes (71). Has 14 playoff games with 300+ pass yards, most in NFL history. Has 1,982 pass yards (396.4 per game) & 13 TDs vs. 1 INT for 108.4 rating in his past 5 postseason games. Aims for his 4th home playoff start in row with 2+ TDs, 0 INTs & 100+ rating. • RB SONY MICHEL had 564 scrimmage yards (94 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 6 home games in 2018. RB JAMES WHITE tied for 1st among RBs in TD catches (7), ranked 2nd in rec. yards (751) & 3rd in catches (87) in 2018. Has 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 4 postseason games. Aims for his 5th playoff game in row with rush TD. • TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 12 career playoff TD catches, tied with HOFer JOHN STALLWORTH (12) for 2nd-most in postseason history. WR JULIAN EDELMAN ranks 3rd in postseason history with 89 receptions. Aims for his 4th in row at home in postseason with 100+ rec. yards & 6th in row at home in playoffs with 8+ catches. WR CHRIS HOGAN has 3 TD catches in his past 3 at home in postseason. • DL TREY FLOWERS led team with 7.5 sacks. Has 3.5 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 4 in postseason. S DURON HARMON led team & tied career-high with 4 INTs. CB STEPHON GILMORE had career-high 20 PD, 2nd-most in NFL. Has 2+ PD in each of 1st 3 career playoff games.

ON THE AIRWAVES

TV: CBS (1:05 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely, Gene Steratore

WESTWOOD ONE: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli, Hub Arkush | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 82 (LAC), 83 (NE) | XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (LAC), 225 (NE)

 

 

NFL PREVIEW: Philadelphia Eagles (NFC East – 10-7) at New Orleans Saints (NFC South – 13-3)

Sunday, January 13, 2019 | 4:40 PM ET | Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Referee: Carl Cheffers

SERIES HISTORY INCLUDING PLAYOFFS

LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 17-14

STREAKS: Saints have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 11/18/18: Eagles 7 at Saints 48

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/18/18

PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 2-1

STREAKS: Saints have won past 2

LAST PLAYOFF: 1/4/14: Saints 26 at Eagles 24

LAST PLAYOFF AT SITE: 1/13/07: Saints 27, Eagles 24

EAGLES NOTES:

PLAYOFF RECORD 23-21

LAST WEEK W 16-15 at Chicago

VS. COMMON OPP. 6-5 (Atl 1-0; Car 0-1; Dal 0-2; LAR 1-0;

Min 0-1; NYG 2-0; TB 0-1; Was 2-0)

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 22.9/21.8

OFFENSE 365.3

PASSING Nick Foles: 141-195-1413-7-4-96.0

RUSHING Josh Adams (R): 120-511-4.3-3

RECEIVING Zach Ertz (TE): 116-1163-10.0-8

DEFENSE 366.2

SACKS Fletcher Cox: 10.5

INTs Rasul Douglas: 3

TAKE/GIVE -6 (17/23)

PR Darren Sproles: 8.3

KR Corey Clement: 25.6

PUNTING (NET) Cameron Johnston: 48.1 (42.7)

KICKING Jake Elliott: 111 (33/35 PAT; 26/31 FG)

EAGLES earned playoff berth for 2nd consecutive season. • PHILADELPHIA is seeking to become 1st back-toback SB champions since 2003-04 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (Super Bowls XXXVIII-XXXIX). • DOUG PEDERSON is 4-0 in playoff coaching career, including Super Bowl LII victory. • EAGLES had 3 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: G BRANDON BROOKS, DT FLETCHER COX & TE ZACH ERTZ. QB NICK FOLES passed for 266 yards with 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Is 4-1 with 1,432 pass yards (286.4 per game) with 10 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 105.2 rating in 5 career postseason starts. Is 10-2 as starter since 2017 (including postseason). Completed 23 of 33 (69.7 pct.) for 195 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 105 rating in only career playoff meeting (1/4/14). • RB JOSH ADAMS (rookie) led team with 511 rush yards this season, 1 of 8 rookie RBs with 500+ rush yards in 2018. RB DARREN SPROLES has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in his past 6 (incl. playoffs). In 11 career playoff games, has 750 scrimmage yards (68.2 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.). • WR ALSHON JEFFERY led team with 6 catches for 82 yards last week. In his past 3 postseason games, has 14 receptions for 240 yards (80 per game) & 3 TDs. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 playoff games. In 3 career meetings, has 18 catches for 329 yards (109.7 per game) & 2 TDs. WR GOLDEN TATE had go-ahead TD catch in 4th Q. last week. Rookie TE DALLAS GOEDERT had rec. TD last week, his 1st-career postseason TD. • DE MICHAEL BENNETT had sack last week. Aims for his 4th playoff game in row with sack. In only career playoff meeting (1/11/14 with Sea.), had 6 tackles, .5 sack, FF & FR. CB RASUL DOUGLAS led team with 8 tackles last week. DT FLETCHER COX has 8 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in his past 2 vs. NO.

 

SAINTS NOTES:

PLAYOFF RECORD 8-10

LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 17: L 33-14 vs. Carolina)

VS. COMMON OPP. 8-3 (Atl 2-0; Car 1-1; Dal 0-1; LAR 1-0;

Min 1-0; NYG 1-0; TB 1-1; Was 1-0)

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 31.5/22.1

OFFENSE 379.2

PASSING Drew Brees: 364-489-3992-32-5-115.7 (1L)

RUSHING Alvin Kamara: 194-883-4.6-14

RECEIVING Michael Thomas: 125 (1L)-1405-11.2-9

DEFENSE 349.1

SACKS Cameron Jordan: 12

INTs Many tied: 2

TAKE/GIVE +8 (24/16)

PR Alvin Kamara: 6.8

KR Taysom Hill: 24.9

PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 46.4 (43.2)

KICKING Wil Lutz: 136 (52/53 PAT; 28/30 FG)

SAINTS won NFC South in consecutive seasons for 1st time in franchise history. • NEW ORLEANS were 1 of 3 teams in NFL to average 30+ points per game (31.5) in 2018. • SEAN PAYTON has a 7-5 postseason record as head coach, including a SB XLIV victory. • SAINTS had 5 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: T TERRON ARMSTEAD, QB DREW BREES, DE CAMERON JORDAN, WR MICHAEL THOMAS & C MAX UNGER.

QB DREW BREES had 74.4 completion pct. (364 of 489), highest single-season percentage in NFL history & led league with 115.7 rating in 2018. Ranks 1st in NFL history in career pass yards (74,437) & completions (6,586) & ranks 2nd in TD passes (520). In 13 career postseason games, has 4,209 pass yards (323.8 per game) with 29 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 100.7 rating. Aims for his 5th home playoff game in row with 2+ TDs & 100+ rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA ranked 2nd in NFL with 18 scrimmage TDs (14 rush, 4 rec.) & 7th with 1,592 scrimmage yards in 2018. Had 105 scrimmage yards (62 rec., 43 rush) & TD catch in last postseason game (1/14/18). Aims for his 3rd playoff game in row with TD. RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 97 yards & TD in only career postseason meeting (1/4/14). • WR MICHAEL THOMAS led NFL with 125 catches this season & had franchise single-season record 1,405 receiving yards (JOE HORN, 1,399 in 2004). In 2 career playoff games, has 15 receptions for 216 yards (108 per game) & 2 TDs. Aims for his 3rd postseason game in row with 7+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. WR TED GINN, JR. has 187 rec. yards (93.5 per game) & TD in his past 2 playoff games. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 12 sacks in 2018, his 4thcareer 10+ sack season. Has 3.5 sacks & 2 PD in his past 4 postseason games. LB DEMARIO DAVIS led team with 110 tackles, his 2nd consecutive season with 100+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES

TV: FOX (4:40 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver, Peter Schrager

WESTWOOD ONE: Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, Ross Tucker | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 82 (Phi), 83 (NO) | XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Phi), 225 (NO)

 

SPORTS EXTRA:

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-JANUARY 10, 1982

SAN FRANCISCO – Up on the scoreboard the clock showed only 58 seconds remaining in the National Conference Championship game today, but at the 49ers’ sideline during their timeout, Coach Bill Walsh was talking to his quarterback, Joe Montana, as calmly as if it were the first day of training camp. And in a sense it was the first day of training camp.

“That play was nothing special,” Bill Walsh would say later. “It’s a play we practice from Day 1 in camp.” Practice makes perfect. As the timeout was about to expire now, Joe Montana trotted out to the huddle. With a third-and-3 at the Dallas Cowboys’ 6-yard line and trailing, 27-21, the 49ers could not afford any more turnovers. At the snap, Joe Montana moved out toward the right sideline. Quickly, he looked for Freddie Solomon, but then he noticed his other wide receiver, Dwight Clark, alone in the back of the end zone.

“I was getting pressured,” Joe Montana said later, “but they weren’t on top of me. I had a little room.” But when Joe Montana threw the pass, he threw it “off the wrong foot,” as coaches say, meaning off balance. It did not matter. The ball spiraled high into Dwight Clark’s hands near the back line of the end zone. And when Ray Wersching added the extra point, the 49ers had a 28-27 victory that put them in Super Bowl XVI against the Cincinnati Bengals a week from Sunday at the Pontiac Silverdome.

“We’re not overwhelmed by it,” Joe Montana was saying now at his locker. “But we are excited about the honor of playing in the Super Bowl.”

Joe Montana never appears to be overwhelmed by anything. And perhaps that’s why he’s been so successful so quickly. In only his third season, he has passed the National Football League’s most frustrated franchise into an opportunity to “win it all” for the first time since the 49ers were founded in 1946 as a member of the All- America Conference.

Until today, the 49ers had never won more than a division title. And only three of those. But now they are the N.F.C. champions for the first time. And in two weeks they have a chance to win the N.F.L. title for the first time in Super Bowl XVI.

Nobody understood that any better today than two former 49ers – John Brodie, once their quarterback, and O.J. Simpson, who grew up here on Potrero Hill before emerging as a renowned running back with the Buffalo Bills and ending his career with the 49ers three seasons ago. Today they were sitting together when Joe Montana threw the pass for the winning touchdown. “John Brodie was crying,” O.J. Simpson said later. “And he was raving about Joe Montana, saying that there isn’t a quarterback in the league who can do what he can do, especially the way he throws off balance.”

These are the 49ers of Joe Montana and Dwight Clark and Freddie Solomon and Bill Walsh, who is considered to be the N.F.L.’s newest “offensive genius.” And week after week, Bill Walsh is justifying that description. “We drove 90 yards for a touchdown when we had to have it,” the 49er coach said. “And to me, that is the vital essence of the National Football League.”

 

ALSO:

1911 – Trumper scores double cricket ton versus South Africa, goes on to get 214.

1914 – Oscar Mathisen skates world record 500 minutes in 43.7 seconds in Oslo, Norway.

1920 – Montreal Canadiens (14) and Toronto Saint Patricks (7) score NHL record 21 goals.

1930 – Commencement of New Zealand’s first Test, versus England at Christchurch.

1930 – Maurice Allom takes cricket Test hat-trick England versus New Zealand at Christchurch.

1931 – Philadelphia Quakers defeat Montreal Canadiens, ends NHL-record 15-game losing streak.

1939 – Donald Bradman hits 186 South Africa versus Queensland before Christ catches him at short-leg.

1945 – Baseball writers again fail to elect a new Hall of Famer.

1953 – NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 27-7.

1957 – Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in the Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates.

1965 – NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 34-14.

1972 – Los Angeles Lakers’ 33 straight win streak snapped, losing to Milwaukee Bucks 120-104.

1977 – 20th hat trick in New York Islanders’ history – Bobby Nystrom.

1980 – Jim Stewart, Boston Bruins’ rookie goalie allows three goals in his first four minutes and a total of five in first period; he never again plays in the NHL.

1982 – Petra Schneider swims world record 1500 metre freestyle (15:43.31).

1982 – Cincinnati Bengals beat San Diego Chargers in -59 degrees F (-51 degrees C) to win AFC championship.

1983 – New York Supreme Court issues a preliminary injunction barring New York Yankees from playing season-opening series against Detroit Tigers in Denver, Colorado.

1984 – Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, and D Drysdale elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

1990 – NCAA approves random drug testing for college football players.

1996 – Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins.

2006 – Bruce Sutter becomes just the fourth relief pitcher to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

BIRTHDAY’S

1933 – Birth of Leonard John Coldwell; cricket bowler (England medium-fast in 7 Tests 1962-64).

1938 – Birth of Francis W “Frank” Mahovlich; NHL Hall of Famer (Montreal Canadiens).

1938 – Birth of Willie “Stretch” McCovey; first baseman (San Francisco Giants #44).

1939 – Birth of Bill Toomey in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; decathlon champion (Olympics-gold-1968).

1946 – Birth of Alexis Nihon Junior in the Bahamas; wrestler (Olympics-1968).

1949 – Birth of George Foreman in Marshall, Texas, USA; world heavyweight boxing champion (1973-74, 1995).

1953 – Birth of Bobby Rahal; Indy-car racer (over 15 wins).

1957 – Birth of Robert Thompson in Houston, Texas, USA; Nike golfer (1990 Boise Open-second).

1959 – Birth of Chandra Cheesborough in Jacksonville, Florida, USA; 4X100 runner (Olympics-gold-1984).

1962 – Birth of Jim Lindeman; US baseball outfielder (New York Mets).

1963 – Birth of Frank Wijnhoven; Dutch soccer player (NEC, Treffers).

1965 – Birth of James Washington; NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins).

1968 – Birth of Malcolm Showell; WLAF defensive end (Amsterdam Admirals).

1969 – Birth of Juanita Clayton in Manitou, Manitoba, Canada; softball catcher (Olympics-1996).

1970 – Birth of Cameron MacKenzie; Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-1996).

1970 – Birth of Deon Figures; NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers).

1970 – Birth of James Wilson; WLAF defensive end (Rhein Fire).

1971 – Birth of Guylaine Cloutier in Levis, Québec, Canada; 100m breast stroke swimmer (Olympics-4-1992, 1996).

1972 – Birth of Thomas Lewis; NFL wide receiver (New York Giants).

1973 – Birth of Berry Radstraat; Dutch soccer player (NEC, SCH).

1973 – Birth of Glenn Robinson in Gary, Indiana, USA; NBA forward (Milwaukee, Olympics-gold-1996).

1973 – Birth of Travis Davis; NFL strong safety (New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars).

1974 – Birth of Andre Kirwan; Canadian Football League receiver (Toronto Argonauts).

1974 – Birth of Hollis Thomas; defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles).

1983 – Birth of Li Nina; Chinese aerial free-style skier.

1984 – Birth of Marouane Chamakh, Moroccan football player.

1987 – Birth of César Cielo; Brazilian swimmer.

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 29 11 .725 0.5 19-4 10-7 8-1 19-6 8-2 2 W
Toronto 31 12 .721 17-4 14-8 4-3 20-7 7-3 3 W
Indiana 27 14 .659 3.0 14-5 13-9 7-2 21-7 7-3 1 L
Philadelphia 27 15 .643 3.5 18-3 9-12 4-6 18-12 7-3 1 L
Boston 25 15 .625 4.5 15-5 10-10 6-2 17-7 7-3 4 W
Brooklyn 21 22 .488 10.0 11-11 10-11 5-3 15-11 6-4 1 W
Miami 19 20 .487 10.0 9-12 10-8 3-8 10-14 6-4 2 L
Charlotte 19 21 .475 10.5 14-8 5-13 6-2 17-12 4-6 1 L

Detroit 17 22 .436 12.0 11-10 6-12 4-4 12-16 2-8 3 L
10 Orlando 17 24 .415 13.0 10-11 7-13 3-4 12-10 3-7 4 L
11 Washington 17 25 .405 13.5 12-7 5-18 5-4 10-16 5-5 1 W
12 Atlanta 12 29 .293 18.0 7-10 5-19 5-4 9-20 4-6 2 L
13 Chicago 10 31 .244 20.0 5-16 5-15 2-7 7-18 3-7 5 L
14 New York 10 31 .244 20.0 4-12 6-19 2-7 6-22 1-9 2 L
15 Cleveland 8 34 .190 22.5 5-17 3-17 1-8 7-22 0-10 11 L
Western Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Denver 27 12 .692 16-3 11-9 5-0 16-7 7-3 1 W
Golden State 27 14 .659 1.0 16-6 11-8 6-2 16-10 6-4 2 W
Oklahoma City 25 15 .625 2.5 13-6 12-9 3-4 15-12 5-5 2 L
LA Clippers 24 16 .600 3.5 14-6 10-10 7-1 17-11 7-3 3 W
Portland 25 17 .595 3.5 17-7 8-10 2-5 14-14 7-3 3 W
Houston 23 17 .575 4.5 14-6 9-11 5-4 15-12 7-3 1 L
San Antonio 24 18 .571 4.5 17-5 7-13 4-5 17-13 7-3 1 L
LA Lakers 23 19 .548 5.5 14-8 9-11 5-2 16-13 4-6 2 W

Utah 21 21 .500 7.5 9-8 12-13 2-4 12-12 6-4 1 W
10 Sacramento 20 21 .488 8.0 11-10 9-11 2-8 12-18 4-6 1 L
11 Minnesota 20 21 .488 8.0 14-6 6-15 4-3 10-15 6-4 3 W
12 New Orleans 20 22 .476 8.5 15-6 5-16 5-4 11-13 5-5 3 W
13 Memphis 19 22 .463 9.0 11-9 8-13 4-4 13-14 3-7 1 W
14 Dallas 19 22 .463 9.0 16-4 3-18 3-4 11-17 4-6 1 W
15 Phoenix 10 33 .233 19.0 6-17 4-16 1-8 6-20 2-8 1 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Tampa Bay Lightning 43 33 8 2 68 30 180 124 18-4-0 15-4-2 8-1-1
Washington Capitals 42 26 12 4 56 23 149 124 13-6-2 13-6-2 6-3-1
Toronto Maple Leafs 42 27 13 2 56 27 152 117 13-8-1 14-5-1 6-3-1
Boston Bruins 43 25 14 4 54 24 126 110 16-5-0 9-9-4 8-2-0
Pittsburgh Penguins 43 24 13 6 54 23 152 123 13-8-2 11-5-4 9-1-0
Columbus Blue Jackets 42 24 15 3 51 24 135 130 11-8-2 13-7-1 7-3-0
Buffalo Sabres 43 23 14 6 52 20 125 121 14-5-3 9-9-3 4-5-1
Montreal Canadiens 44 23 16 5 51 21 134 135 11-9-2 12-7-3 6-4-0

New York Islanders 41 23 14 4 50 21 124 111 10-6-3 13-8-1 8-2-0
10 Carolina Hurricanes 42 20 17 5 45 19 112 121 11-7-4 9-10-1 6-4-0
11 Florida Panthers 41 17 17 7 41 15 131 147 8-6-5 9-11-2 5-4-1
12 New York Rangers 42 17 18 7 41 12 116 145 11-5-5 6-13-2 3-5-2
13 New Jersey Devils 42 16 19 7 39 15 123 142 11-4-4 5-15-3 5-5-0
14 Detroit Red Wings 45 16 22 7 39 14 126 154 9-12-4 7-10-3 2-6-2
15 Ottawa Senators 44 16 23 5 37 16 138 173 11-9-4 5-14-1 2-7-1
16 Philadelphia Flyers 43 15 22 6 36 13 119 156 7-10-3 8-12-3 1-7-2
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Calgary Flames 45 28 13 4 60 28 162 129 13-4-4 15-9-0 6-2-2
Nashville Predators 45 27 15 3 57 26 139 112 15-7-0 12-8-3 5-4-1
Vegas Golden Knights 46 27 15 4 58 26 140 121 15-3-3 12-12-1 8-0-2
San Jose Sharks 45 25 13 7 57 25 160 138 15-4-4 10-9-3 6-2-2
Winnipeg Jets 42 27 13 2 56 26 146 120 15-6-2 12-7-0 6-4-0
Dallas Stars 44 23 17 4 50 23 119 117 14-5-2 9-12-2 6-3-1
Colorado Avalanche 44 20 16 8 48 20 151 141 9-6-5 11-10-3 2-6-2
Anaheim Ducks 44 19 17 8 46 16 105 129 10-6-8 9-11-0 1-6-3

Minnesota Wild 42 21 18 3 45 21 119 118 10-7-3 11-11-0 4-5-1
10 Vancouver Canucks 45 20 21 4 44 19 128 143 9-9-1 11-12-3 5-5-0
11 Edmonton Oilers 43 20 20 3 43 19 120 138 10-9-1 10-11-2 2-8-0
12 Chicago Blackhawks 46 16 22 8 40 16 134 167 8-10-5 8-12-3 5-3-2
13 Arizona Coyotes 42 18 21 3 39 16 108 118 8-12-2 10-9-1 4-5-1
14 St. Louis Blues 41 17 20 4 38 17 114 132 10-13-2 7-7-2 5-5-0
15 Los Angeles Kings 44 17 24 3 37 16 99 130 10-12-1 7-12-2 6-4-0

 

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Big Ten
Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
Michigan State 5-0 1.000 3-0 2-0 14-2 .875 9-0 3-1 2-1 3-1
Michigan 4-0 1.000 3-0 1-0 15-0 1.000 11-0 2-0 2-0 4-0
Maryland 4-1 .800 2-0 2-1 13-3 .813 9-2 3-1 1-0 1-1
22 Indiana 3-1 .750 2-0 1-1 12-3 .800 10-0 1-3 1-0 1-2
Wisconsin 3-1 .750 1-1 2-0 11-4 .733 6-1 3-2 2-1 1-1
16 Ohio State 2-2 .500 1-1 0-1 12-3 .800 8-2 2-1 2-0 0-1
Minnesota 2-2 .500 1-1 1-1 12-3 .800 7-1 1-2 4-0 2-1
Purdue 2-2 .500 2-0 0-2 9-6 .600 7-0 0-4 2-2 2-4
Iowa 2-3 .400 1-1 1-2 13-3 .813 9-1 1-2 3-0 2-2
Nebraska 1-3 .250 1-0 0-3 11-4 .733 8-0 1-3 2-1 0-1
Rutgers 1-3 .250 1-2 0-1 8-6 .571 7-3 1-3 0-0 1-2
Northwestern 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 10-6 .625 8-3 0-2 2-1 0-2
Penn State 0-4 .000 0-2 0-2 7-8 .467 5-2 1-4 1-2 1-3
Illinois 0-4 .000 0-0 0-3 4-11 .267 4-2 0-4 0-5 0-3