BOYS HS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA FRIDAY’S GAMES

Anderson at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 pm

Harrison at Kokomo, 7:30 pm

Tech at Marion, 7:30 pm

Logansport at McCutcheon, 7:30 pm

Richmond at Central, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at Burris, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Union County, 8 pm

Tri at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Union City at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Hagerstown , 7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at Waldron, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Union County, 8 pm

Union (Modoc) at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm

Union City at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Cowan at Delta, 6 pm, @Delta

Daleville vs. Wes-Del, 8 pm, @Delta

Seton Catholic at Liberty Christian, 7:30 pm

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Northwestern 69 Harrison 33

Tri 50 Anderson Prep Academy 35

Winchester 73 Centerville 28

Muncie Burris 47 Seton Catholic 38

 

FRIDAY’S GAMES

Lafayette Jeff at Guerin Catholic, 7:30 pm

Franklin County at Connersville © , 7:30 pm

 

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING

Centerville 68 Union County 9

 

HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS

Richmond 91.825

Lincoln 64.975

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 Michigan 79 Illinois 69

Cincinnati 70 Tulsa 65 OT

Purdue Fort Wayne 94 Oral Roberts 69

IUPUI 90 Cleveland State 74

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Notre Dame 82 #2 Louisville 68

#7 Mississippi State 80 Georgia 71

#8 North Carolina State 63 Pittsburgh 34

#16 Kentucky 73 #13 Tennessee 71

Purdue 62 #17 Iowa 57

#21 South Carolina 71 Florida 40

Ohio State 55 #25 Indiana 50

Clemson 76 Miami Florida 67

Georgia Tech 70 Duke 64

Virginia 62 Virginia Tech 58

Boston College 65 Wake Forest 64

Auburn 66 Alabama 56

LSU 55 Ole Miss 41

Missouri 71 Arkansas 53

Texas A&M 50 Vanderbilt 43

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Miami 115 Boston 99

Denver 121 LA Clippers 100

San Antonio 154 Oklahoma City 147 2OT

Sacramento 112 Detroit 102

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Washington 4 Boston 2

Toronto 4 New Jersey 2

NY Islanders 4 NY Rangers 3

Philadelphia 2 Dallas 1

Columbus 4 Nashville 3

Tampa Bay 3 Carolina 1

St. Louis 4 Montréal 1

Minnesota 3 Winnipeg 2

Edmonton 4 Florida 3

Arizona 4 Vancouver 3

San Jose 3 Vegas 2

Ottawa 4 Los Angeles 1

 

TOP HEADLINES:

No. 2 Michigan beats Illinois 79-69 to improve to 16-0

Zavier Simpson scored 16 points, Ignas Brazdeikis had 15 and No. 2 Michigan beat Illinois 79-69 on Thursday night to improve to 16-0.

Michigan (4-0 Big Ten) and Virginia are the only unbeaten teams in the country. The Wolverines jumped to a 7-0 lead and easily held off the overmatched Illinois (4-12, 0-5).

“I’m feeling very fortunate,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “I know we got the win, but this is a good league and Illinois is going to be a very good team.”

Charles Matthews added 14 points for the Wolverines, and Jon Teske had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Ayo Dosunmu scored 23 points for Illinois. Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 15, and Trent Frazier had 13.

“I thought we played well defensively,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. “That’s usually good enough to win, but we had some inconsistencies on offense.”

Michigan led 39-34 at the half. Illinois pulled within five points at 49-44 with 13:30 left on Aaron Jordan’s 3- pointer, but it was the closest the Illini could come, thanks to Michigan’s offense and smothering defense.

Underwood drew a technical foul late in the first half when he became angry protesting a possession call and threw his suit jacket into the crowd. Illinois responded with two 3-pointers by Dosunmu to close the half.

 

Ogunbowale helps Irish beat Cardinals in 1-2 showdown

As far as Arike Ogunbowale and coach Muffet McGraw were concerned, No. 1 Notre Dame’s 82-68 victory over No. 2 Louisville on Thursday night was just another Atlantic Coast Conference game in January.

“Any game in the ACC is a big win; there’s a lot of great teams and a lot of upsets going on,” Ogunbowale said after scoring 26 of her game-high 30 points in the second half to help the Fighting Irish overcome 18 turnovers to beat the Cardinals in the 59th No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in women’s college basketball history and the second involving Notre Dame this season.

“That was just a great basketball game,” McGraw said after her Fighting Irish (15-1, 3-0) won their eighth straight and first game since regaining the top spot from Connecticut, which beat then-No. 1 Notre Dame 89-71 on Dec. 2 in the last meeting of the top two teams. “For 1 vs. 2, it was everything you wanted to see. It was a great win in terms of the conference, but it’s still early and we’ve got a lot of games to play.”

It was Ogunbowale’s 37th straight double-digit scoring game – she had just five points in Notre Dame’s 100-67 loss at Louisville on Jan. 11, 2018.

Brianna Turner, who missed Notre Dame’s two losses last season to Louisville while recovering from ACL surgery, added 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Jackie Young had 14 points and five assists for the Irish, who got 15 rebounds from Jessica Shepard to win the battle of the boards, 48-32.

“We were trying to get the ball to Bri a lot and with good reason,” McGraw said of the height advantage the 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-4 Shepard gave Notre Dame over Louisville.

Asia Durr scored 29 points and Bionca Dunham had 10 for the Cardinals (14-1, 2-1).

 

Purdue women knock off No. 17 Iowa 62-57

Karissa McLaughlin and Dominique Oden scored 16 points apiece, Purdue went on a 16-3 run in the fourth quarter and held on to upset No. 17 Iowa 62-57 on Thursday night.

The Boilermakers (12-5, 3-1 Big Ten) were down by eight less than three minutes into the fourth quarter when they went on their run to lead by five with less than two minutes to go. Hannah Stewart’s layup with 36 seconds remaining pulled Iowa (11-4, 2-2) within 58-57.

McLaughlin was fouled with 11 seconds left and made the second of two free throws. On the inbound, Iowa turned the ball over and fouled and McLaughlin made two free throws for a 61-57 lead. After a Hawkeyes miss, Tamara Farquhar finished it off with a late free throw.

Megan Gustafson, the nation’s leading scorer at 26.8, had 19 points and 13 rebounds for her 14th double-double before fouling out with 1:43 to play. Stewart had 17 points.

There were 14 ties and seven lead changes and Iowa’s late lead was the largest of the game.

 

Grande, Buckeye women close strong, top No. 25 Indiana 55-50

Carmen Grande scored 19 points, including four free throws in the last 20 seconds, and Ohio State outscored No. 25 Indiana 25-14 in the fourth quarter to pull off a 55-50 upset on Thursday night.

The Buckeyes (5-8, 1-3 Big Ten) took a 51-45 lead when Janai Crooms completed a 3-point play with 1:26 to play to cap a 7-0 run. The Hoosiers (14-2, 3-1) responded with five straight, closing within 51-50 on Brenna Wise’s 3-point play with 33.5 seconds left.

Grande then hit two free throws at 20.5 remaining and after Indiana missed 3-pointer, Grande rebounded and clinched it with two free throws at 6.4 to go.

Ohio State snapped a five-game losing streak and Indiana’s four-game winning streak with its 13th straight win in the series. The Hoosiers had entered the Top 25 for just the fifth time in school history on Monday.

A 12-0 run in the first period gave Indiana the biggest lead of the game at 14-2. Jensen Caretti scored the final basket of the third quarter to start a 10-0 run that gave Ohio State its first lead of the game, 38-36 less than two minutes into the fourth quarter.

Both teams struggled to find their shot, combining to go 3 of 26 on 3-pointers with 34 turnovers.

Jaelynn Penn led Indiana with 12 points.

 

No. 16 Kentucky women hang on to beat No. 13 Lady Vols 73-71

Maci Morris scored 27 points before fouling out as No. 16 Kentucky withstood an injury to Taylor Murray and hung on for a 73-71 victory over No. 13 Tennessee on Thursday night.

The Lady Volunteers (12-3, 1-2 SEC) have lost consecutive home games for the first time since December 1996. Tennessee fell 66-64 to Missouri on Sunday.

Murray was fouled by Tennessee’s Zaay Green under the basket on a fastbreak attempt late in the first half. Murray sat on the bench throughout the second half with an ice pack around her left knee.

“We’re really hopeful that it’s good news,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said in regard to Murray’s situation after the game. “I’ll put it this way. Sometimes you know (it’s bad news) already, and we don’t know what’s going on. So we’re hopeful about that.”

After trailing by 16 late in the third quarter, Tennessee cut the margin to 66-64 before Kentucky’s Jaida Roper sank a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left to help secure the victory.

Evina Westbrook scored 20, Rennia Davis had 12 and Mimi Collins added 11 for Tennessee. Ogechi Anyagaligbo scored 13 and Roper had 10 for Kentucky (15-2, 2-1).

Kentucky won on a night when Rhyne Howard had just six points and five rebounds in 14 minutes before fouling out. Howard entered the night averaging 17.4 points and 7 rebounds to lead Kentucky in both categories.

 

LeBron cleared for more activity, still not ready to play

The Lakers say LeBron James likely will miss at least three more games after being cleared to increase his on-court activity in his comeback from a groin injury.

James was evaluated by the Lakers’ medical staff Thursday.

The Lakers say James’ healing is “progressing,” and he will participate in more functional basketball activities.

The team says it will provide another update on Jan. 16, which likely means he will miss the Lakers’ three upcoming games against Utah, Cleveland and Chicago.

James will miss 11 consecutive games before his next update. James never missed more than 13 games in any of his first 15 NBA seasons.

The four-time NBA MVP was injured during the Lakers’ win at Golden State on Christmas.

 

Lawyer: Vegas police seek Ronaldo DNA in rape investigation

 Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer says U.S. investigators are seeking DNA from Cristiano Ronaldo in their investigation of a Nevada woman’s allegation that the international soccer star raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009.

Attorney Peter S. Christiansen in Las Vegas provided no additional detail on Thursday. He did not immediately confirm a Wall Street Journal report citing an unnamed source saying that a warrant was sent to Italy to compel Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample.

Las Vegas police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer declined comment about the police investigation.

It was closed in 2009 but reopened days before the woman filed a civil lawsuit in Nevada in September claiming that Ronaldo raped her.

Ronaldo through his lawyers have denied the rape allegation.

 

Arbitrator rules for Braves in Carter Stewart grievance

An arbitrator has denied a grievance filed by the Major League Baseball Players Association on behalf of Carter Stewart, who failed to sign with the Atlanta Braves last summer and will be eligible for this year’s amateur draft.

Stewart, a right-handed pitcher from Eau Gallie High School in Florida, was selected by the Braves with the eighth overall pick in last year’s draft, and negotiations were complicated by a wrist injury. Because he didn’t sign, the Braves get an extra selection in the first round this June, the ninth pick overall.

The eighth pick had a slot value of $4,980,700 for its signing bonus, and the union claimed the Braves failed to make Stewart an offer of at least 40 percent of the slot value. Major league rules specify that if a club fails to make such an offer to a drafted player who is not part of Major League Baseball’s pre-draft MRI program and who later fails a club-administered physical, the player would become a free agent and the team would not get the extra draft pick.

Arbitrator Mark Irvings held the Braves made a 40 percent offer to Stewart, which meant he did not have to rule on any of the other issues presented by the case. The union declined to comment.

Stewart is enrolled at Eastern Florida State College.

 

AP source: 2B Dozier, Nationals agree to $9M, 1-year deal

Brian Dozier found his latest team – and the Washington Nationals found a temporary solution at second base.

The free agent infielder and the Nationals agreed to a $9 million, one-year contract, subject to the successful completion of a physical exam, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The person confirmed the deal on condition of anonymity because neither the club nor player had made an announcement.

Dozier, who played for the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers last season, would fill Washington’s need for a new starting second baseman and could help add some power to the lineup, particularly important if slugging outfielder Bryce Harper ends up leaving the Nationals as a free agent.

By only committing to Dozier for one season, the Nationals leave open the possibility of turning to leading infield prospect Carter Kieboom at second base in 2020.

The 31-year-old Dozier’s agreement with Washington was first reported by ESPN.

Dozier batted a career-low .215 with 21 homers and 72 RBIs last year. He averaged 35 homers over the preceding three seasons, with a career best of 42 for Minnesota in 2016. He was an AL All-Star in 2015.

In 2017, Dozier led AL second baseman in fielding percentage and won a Gold Glove.

Bringing him aboard would be the latest in a flurry of offseason moves by Washington, which finished second in the NL East behind the Atlanta Braves and missed the playoffs last year.

While still waiting to find out what will happen with Harper, the Nationals’ additions have included lefty starter Patrick Corbin, catchers Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki, relievers Kyle Barraclough and Trevor Rosenthal, and backup first baseman Matt Adams.

 

AP source: Jed Lowrie, Mets agree to $20M, 2-year contract

Free agent infielder Jed Lowie and the New York Mets have agreed to a $20 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement is subject to a successful physical.

Lowrie is a switch-hitter who turns 35 in April and is coming off his first All-Star season. Like new Mets second baseman Robinson Cano, he used to be represented by Brodie Van Wagenen, co-head of CAA Baseball before he became New York’s general manager in October. Like Van Wagenen, Lowrie played baseball at Stanford.

While Lowrie played mostly second base for the Oakland Athletics during the past three seasons, he figures to see time at third and first with the Mets, who acquired Cano from Seattle last month.

Lowrie is the fifth All-Star added by the Mets this offseason, following Cano, closer Edwin Diaz, catcher Wilson Ramos and reliever Jeurys Familia, traded to Oakland last summer and then re-signed by New York as a free agent.

A veteran of 11 major league seasons, Lowrie set career highs with 23 homers and 99 RBIs last year and hit .267. He also has played for Boston and Houston, and he has a .262 career big league average with 104 homers and 509 RBIs.

He struck out a career-worst 128 times last year, up from 100 in 2017 and 65 in 2016, when he was limited to 87 games because of a bruised right shin and a bunion on his left foot that needed surgery.

Lowrie completed a contract that paid $28 million over four seasons.

 

Thomas Davis says he’s done with Panthers after 14 seasons

Thomas Davis says he’s been informed by the Panthers he won’t be back with them for a 15th NFL season.

The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker is the Panthers’ all-time leading tackler. He overcame a torn ACL in his same knee three times to record 1,094 tackles, 28 sacks and 13 interceptions. Davis was an All-Pro in 2015, the year he went to his only Super Bowl.

However, Davis posted on Twitter late Wednesday night that the Panthers informed him they were moving in a different direction at linebacker. The 35-year-old Davis thanked the organization for “14 special years,” but said that he’s not retiring. He becomes a free agent in March.

Davis says “I feel like I have way too much football left in me to walk away from the game right now.”

 

Clemson All-American DE Ferrell headed for NFL draft

Clemson’s national championship front four is off to the NFL.

All-American defensive end Clelin Ferrell made it a clean sweep of top-round prospects, joining All-American tackle Christian Wilkins, tackle Dexter Lawrence and end Austin Bryant in heading to the draft.

Ferrell, Wilkins and Bryant all passed on the pros last season for a final year in college. And the group made it count with a 15-0 season and a 44-16 beatdown of Alabama in the national title game Monday night.

Wilkins and Bryant were seniors this year while the suspended Lawrence, who missed Clemson’s two College Football Playoff games after testing positive for a banned substance, declared his intention to leave Wednesday.

The quartet was on a preseason cover of Sports Illustrated under the headlines, “Clemson’s D-line: The Best Ever.” And they lived up to the lofty billing, helping the Tigers lead the country with 54 sacks this season. Ferrell, the stunningly quick junior, led the team with 11.5 sacks. He had four tackles and 1 1/2 tackles for loss against the Crimson Tide. He led the Tigers this season with 11 1/2 sacks.

Ferrell is a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defender who is generally considered a top-10 NFL prospect and the first Tiger expected to be taken next spring.

Ferrell said Monday night when asked about his future how difficult it would be to leave Clemson, where he has helped the team win two national crowns in the past three seasons.

“Understand how hard it is for write a letter like this,” Ferrell said in announcing his choice. “Because it means the coming to an end of a truly life-changing experience.”

Clemson will have to replace at least seven starters on defense next season. Along with its four linemen, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and linebacker Tre Lamar gave up their final college season to turn pro.

 

Jokic notches triple-double as Nuggets rout Clippers 121-100

Nikola Jokic had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his 21st career triple-double to help the Denver Nuggets extend their home winning streak to 11 by cruising past the Los Angeles Clippers 121-100 on Thursday night.

Jamal Murray scored 23 points and Mason Plumlee added a season-high 17 points to go with 12 rebounds for the Western Conference-leading Nuggets. They’re 17-3 at home.

Lou Williams led the Clippers with 19 points, and Danilo Gallinari chipped in 18 against his former team.

Jokic did a little bit of everything. The big man turned in the pass of the night when he threw a full-length strike over a defender to Murray for a dunk in the third quarter. Jokic later had a layup when he bounced the ball off the backboard to himself.

Jokic was coming off a game in Miami on Tuesday in which he had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

After the final buzzer, he signed a jersey for Broncos pass rusher Von Miller, who happened to be sitting courtside. Miller also gave Jokic a Broncos jersey.

Denver built the lead to 102-81 with 9:03 remaining on a jumper by Monte Morris. The Clippers made a little run, but Morris silenced it with a 3-pointer.

Gallinari received applause from the crowd when he was announced. He joined the Clippers last season after a bulk of his career in Denver. He was limited to 21 games with Los Angeles in 2017-18 due to injuries and didn’t suit up when the Clippers played in the Mile High City.

“I root for him. I root for guys that were here and helped me as a young head coach get this thing off and running,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Gallo was nothing but great in the time I was able to coach him.”

 

Backstrom helps Caps win 14th straight over Bruins, 4-2

Nicklas Backstrom is a believer in puck luck, something the Capitals have had plenty of against the Bruins in recent years.

Backstrom and his teammates had luck on their side again Thursday night as he scored the third-period winner to help Washington win its 14th straight over the Boston Bruins with a 4-2 victory.

“Sometimes hockey isn’t fair,” Backstrom said after the Capitals won despite being outshot 41-22. “Even if they win the shots, we got the win. It’s weird sometimes.”

Backstrom, who sat out Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia with an illness, glided in to the Bruins’ zone and ripped a left-circle wrister past Jaroslav Halak for the go-ahead goal with 14:14 remaining.

Alexander Ovechkin netted his NHL-leading 31st and 32nd goals of the season, and also had the highlight hit of the game when he sent Zdeno Chara – the NHL’s tallest player ever at 6-foot-9 – flipping head over heels into the Capitals’ bench on a shove late in the first period.

The TD Garden crowd gasped, but play continued and there was no immediate on-ice retaliation. The Bruins captain tumbled back onto the ice quickly and rejoined the play.

Ovechkin declined to speak with reporters after the game about the hit.

Jakub Vrana also had a goal for the Capitals, whose streak against the Bruins dates to March 29, 2014.

“Didn’t happen again against this team. Have to get over that hurdle,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “A lot of nights that would be good enough for points, if not two points, but not tonight.”

Ryan Donato and David Krejci each had goals for Boston. The Bruins suffered a season-opening 7-0 blowout loss at Washington on Oct. 3 when the Capitals celebrated last season’s Stanley Cup title.

 

Tearful Murray: Australian Open could be his last tournament

Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. For now, he’s only committing to the Australian Open.

In an emotional news conference Friday, when a tearful Murray had to leave the room shortly after his first attempt to get it started, and needed to pause several times to compose himself once it had resumed, he confirmed he’d play his first-round match at the Australian Open next week but wasn’t sure how much longer he could continue beyond that.

The 31-year-old Murray said he trained in the off-season with the main goal of making one last run at Wimbledon, where he ended the 77-year drought for British men with his title in 2013, but now wasn’t sure he’d make it that far after doing everything he could to deal with the pain over the last 20 months.

“I can still play to a level – not a level I’m happy playing at,” he said. “But also, it’s not just that. The pain is too much really.

“I don’t want to continue playing that way. I tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right – that hasn’t worked.”

The three-time Grand Slam champion is scheduled to open against No. 22-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut at Melbourne Park, where the season-opening major begins Monday.

He has reached the final five times at the Australian Open but never won the title. Getting through the first round will be a major achievement in 2019 for the former No. 1-ranked Murray, who has slumped to No. 230 after playing just 12 matches last year following surgery on his right hip in January.

He opened this season last week at the Brisbane International, where he won his opening match to James Duckworth but lost in the second round to Daniil Medvedev, showing visible signs of limping between points and struggling to move freely around court. He had an incomplete practice match against long-time friend and top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Thursday at Melbourne Park, but only won two games.

 

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

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-JANUARY 11, 1973

CHICAGO, Ill. – The owners of the 24 major-league baseball teams took a radical step today to put more punch into the game. They voted to allow the American League to use a “designated pinch-hitter,” who may bat for the pitcher without forcing him from the game. The plan will be tried experimentally for the next three seasons by the American League, which has been hurt financially in recent years and has been searching for ways to energize baseball. But it will not be used in the National League, which has resisted the change.

The action was voted at a joint meeting of the major leagues in Chicago today, with Commissioner Bowie Kuhn breaking an impasse between the leagues. As a result, for the first time since the American League was organized in 1901, the two big leagues will play under differing rules.

The historic action of the seven-hour meeting of the owners concerned the “designated pinch-hitter,” who would become the 10th man in the team’s line-up, but whose only function would be to bat for the pitcher. By approving the experiment, which was tried in the high minor leagues three years ago, the club executives made the most basic change in the rules since 1903. That was when foul balls were ruled strikes. Since then, the spitball was banned in 1920, the “lively” ball was introduced in 1930, the strike zone was enlarged in 1962 and reduced again in 1969 and the pitcher’s mound was lowered the same year. But none of those changes revolutionized the rules that were essentially followed since the days of the old New York Knickerbockers baseball club a century and a quarter ago. “I hope it works,” Commissioner Kuhn said after casting the vote that broke the stalemate between the two leagues. “I would have preferred that both leagues did it. But if it’s successful in one, then I hope the National follows suit.”

The National League’s opposition to the change was bluntly expressed by league president Charles S. Feeney: “We like the game the way it is.”

 

ALSO:

1893 – Jaap Eden skates world record 1500m (2:35).

1915 – Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast Huston purchase New York Yankees for US$460,000.

1938 – Donald Bradman scores a second inning 113 versus Queensland after a ton in the first.

1946 – Bert Bell becomes second NFL commissioner, moves Chicago, Illinois, headquarters to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1953 – J Edgar Hoover declines six-figure offer to become president of the International Boxing Club.

1959 – Hanif Mohammad completes 499 for Karachi, first class world record.

1959 – Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Mayfair Golf Open.

1959 – NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 28-21.

1960 – Lamar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts.

1970 – Super Bowl IV: Kansas City Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in New Orleans; Most Valuable Player: Len Dawson, Quarterback.

1971 – Detroit Tigers’ ace reliever John Hiller, 27, suffers a heart attack, and misses the 1971 season.

1973 – American League adopts designated hitter rule.

1973 – Famous victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground Pakistan chasing 158 all out 106.

1976 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill.

1976 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Terry Kubicka.

1977 – Chicago Cubs trade outfielder Rick Monday to Los Angeles Dodgers for Bill Buckner.

1977 – France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

1983 – Billy Martin named New York Yankees’ manager for third time.

1983 – Billy Martin becomes the New York Yankees’ manager for the third time, replacing Clyde King.

1984 – Denver Nuggets 163, San Antonio Spurs 155-highest-scoring NBA game.

1987 – Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL New York Giants Stadium (beat Washington Redskins 17-0).

1988 – Test debut of Phil Simmons, West Indies versus India, Madras.

1988 – USSR announces it will participate in the Seoul Summer Olympics.

1989 – Denver Nuggets’ rookie Jerome Lane misses seven free throws in a game against Milwaukee Bucks, one missed by two feet.

1990 – Bobby Knight becomes basketball’s Big 10 winningest coach (229).

1990 – Pat Lafontaine sets New York Islanders record of scoring goals in 11 straight.

1991 – Ben Johnson runs first race after being stripped of his 1988 Olympic Gold medal for steroid use; he finishes second.

1992 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Kristi Yamaguchi.

1994 – Hyderabad score 6 for 944 against Andhra Pradesh in Ranji Trophy.

1995 – Birmingham Barracudas granted Canadian Football League franchise.

1995 – NHL Players Association and team owners agree to end NHL strike.

1997 – Martina Hingis beats Jennifer Capriati at Sydney Tennis International.

1998 – AFC Championship: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21.

1998 – NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49ers 23-10.

1998 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan.

1998 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge.

2000 – Carlton Fisk and Tony Perez are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

2006 – The Tampa Bay Devil Rays make their first agreement with a Japanese player as relief pitcher Shinji Mori signs a US$1.4 million, two-year contract.

2010 – Retired US baseball star Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals admits to using steroids during his career, including when he broke the sport’s home run record in 1998.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1857 – Birth of Fred[erick J] Archer; English jockey (winner of five Derbys).

1896 – Birth of Paddy Driscoll; NFL quarterback/coach (Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears).

1912 – Birth of Thomas “Schoolboy” Rowe in Waco, Texas, USA; pitcher (Detroit Tigers).

1927 – Birth of John Hayes; cricket player (New Zealand fast bowler in 15 Tests 1951-58).

1939 – Birth of Anne Heggtveigt in Canada; slalom (Olympics-gold-1960).

1946 – Birth of Ludmila Poradnik in USSR; team handball (Olympics-gold-1976, 1980).

1948 – Birth of Madeline Manning-Jackson-Mimms; American 800m runner (Olympics-gold-1968).

1952 – Birth of Ben Daniel Crenshaw in Austin, Texas, USA; PGA golfer (1974 Rookie of Year, 1976 Bing Crosby).

1957 – Birth of Bryan Robson; English international soccer star.

1957 – Birth of Darryl Dawkins; NBA center (Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets).

1961 – Birth of Paul Skansi; NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks).

1962 – Birth of Donn Pall in Evergreen Park, Illinois, USA; pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins).

1963 – Birth of Petra Schneider; East German swimming star (world record 400m).

1963 – Birth of Tracy Caulkins in Winona, Minnesota, USA; swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1984).

1965 – Birth of Barbara Belding in San Diego, California, USA; WPVA volleyball player (US Open-17th-1994).

1965 – Birth of Karl Van Calcar in Torrance, California, USA; 3k steeplechase.

1965 – Birth of Steve Vancil in Oregon City, Oregon, USA; golfer (1989 City of Portland).

1966 – Birth of Christian Pouget; hockey forward (Team France 1998).

1967 – Birth of Richmond Webb; NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins).

1967 – Birth of Ronnie Stern in St-Agathe, Quebec, Canada; NHL right wing (Calgary Flames).

1968 – Birth of Ben Rivera; Dominican/US baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies).

1969 – Birth of Darren Anderson; NFL cornerback (Kansas City Chiefs).

1969 – Birth of Dave Cruikshank in Northbrook, Illinois, USA; speed skater (Olympics-1994).

1969 – Birth of Frank Robinson; WLAF defensive back (Scottish Claymores).

1969 – Birth of Reemt Pyka; hockey forward (Team Germany 1998).

1971 – Birth of Alexander Delgado in Palmerejo, Venezuela; catcher (Boston Red Sox).

1971 – Birth of Karmeeleyah McGill; WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores).

1971 – Birth of Noah Cantor; Canadian Football League defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts).

1971 – Birth of Stephen Smith in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; high jumper.

1972 – Birth of Dexter Seigler; NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks).

1972 – Birth of Huub Loeffen; Dutch soccer player (Vitesse).

1972 – Birth of Rey Ordonez in Havana, Cuba; infielder (New York Mets).

1972 – Birth of Yang Wenyi; Chinese swim star (World Record/Olympic Record 50m freestyle).

1973 – Birth of Dave Dickenson; Canadian Football League quarterback (Calgary Stampeders).

1973 – Birth of Rahul Dravid; cricket batter (prolific Karnataka, Tests for India 96).

1974 – Birth of Goran Lozanovski; Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-1996).

1974 – Birth of Rod Jones; NFL guard (Cincinnati Bengals).

1974 – Birth of Toderick Malone; WLAF wide receiver (London Monarchs).

1974 – Birth of Warren Morris in Alexandria, Louisiana, USA; baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-1996).

1975 – Birth of Brad Badger; guard (Washington Redskins).

1975 – Birth of Jacky Verbeek; Dutch soccer player (RKC).

1975 – Birth of Rory Fitzpatrick Rochester; NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens).

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1915      Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast L. Huston buy the Yankees from Frank Farrell and Bill Devery for $460,000. Ruppert, who owns a brewery, is thinking of renaming the team the Knickerbockers to promote his product but is dissuaded by the press.

1949      Although the Milwaukee doesn’t have a major league franchise; the selection for the site for the city’s new County Stadium is the Story Stone Quarry, chosen over the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds because of its closer proximity to downtown. Construction will begin in October of next year in an attempt to attract a big league team, which will happen in 1954 when the Braves leave Boston to play in Brew Town.

1960      The Phillies send fan-favorite Richie Ashburn, the National League’s top hitter in 1958, to the Cubs in exchange for infielders Alvin Dark and Jim Woods along with right-hander John Buzhardt. ‘Whitey,’ a future Hall of Famer, will play center field and hit .291 batting leadoff for Chicago this season.

1968      Ewing Kauffman becomes the owner of the new American League franchise in Kansas City to be eventually known as the Royals. The pharmaceutical magnate, encouraged by his wife Muriel, becomes an instrumental force in bringing a quality major league baseball experience to the Heart of America, after Charlie Finley’s stormy departure to Oakland with the unpopular A’s team.

1971      Twenty-seven year-old Tiger pitcher John Hiller drives himself to the hospital after suffering a heart attack while relaxing at home. After missing the entire season this year, the Canadian native will make a great comeback with the team in 1973, establishing a new American League record with 38 saves en route to becoming Detroit’s all-time leader in saves with 125, before retiring at the end of the 1980 season.

1973      At the owners’ meeting in Chicago, Bowie Kuhn, in addition to introducing the designated hitter and pinch runner concepts, shares with the press his idea of interleague play as a means for the American League to bridge the gap with its more popular NL rivals. The commissioner’s limited plan, if accepted, would only affect cities with multiple teams within one geographic area.

1973      After the American League approves the new rule with a vote of 8-4, and the National League vetoes the idea, and all 24 owners approve the Junior Circuit’s three-year experiment to use a designated hitter. Although the DH was his idea, A’s owner Charlie Finley votes against the concept because of the lack of support for his other brainchild of implementing a designated runner.

1977      In a trade which benefits both teams, the Dodgers deal first baseman/outfielder Bill Buckner and shortstop Ivan DeJesus to the Cubs for Rick Monday. After many productive seasons in Chicago, DeJesus and Buckner are dealt in subsequent trades to the Phillies and Red Sox, respectively, for Ryne Sandberg (1982) and Dennis Eckersley (1984), both future Hall of Famers.

1983      Billy Martin, taking over for Clyde King, will make his third appearance as the manager of the Yankees. The third time will prove not to be a charm when the fiery skipper is moved to the front office and is replaced in the dugout by Yogi Berra before the start of the 1985 season.

2000      The BBWAA elects former Red Sox and White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk and the ‘Big Red Machine’s first baseman Tony Perez to the Hall of Fame. ‘Pudge’ is selected in his second year of eligibility, and the Reds infielder from Ciego De Avila, Cuba makes it on his ninth try.

2001      David Cone agrees to a one-year contract with the Red Sox. The former Cy Young Award winner could make between $4 million and $5 million with Boston, compared to the $500,000 guaranteed-offer made by the Yankees, if he makes the roster and pitches regularly during the season.

2002      The Orioles, after a one-year experiment, plan to return Camden Yards to its original dimensions by moving in the fences. The team, which hit only 58 homers at home, 44 less than in the previous season, said the fences are returning to their initial distances because the new configuration “adversely affected the viewing angle of the batter’s eye.”

2005      The Diamondbacks trade recently acquired catcher Dioner Navarro and hurlers William Juarez, Danny Muegge, and Beltran Perez to the Dodgers for 32 year-old outfielder Shawn Green (.266, 28, 86). In an effort to rebound from last season’s 51-111 record, Arizona has also signed free-agent third baseman Troy Glaus and starting pitcher Russ Ortiz during the offseason.

2006      The Devil Rays make their first agreement with a Japanese player when 31 year-old right-handed relief pitcher Shinji Mori signs a $1.4 million, two-year contract to play in Tampa Bay. The former Seibu Lion reliever was 44-44 with 50 saves and a 3.39 ERA, playing in 431 games during his tenure in Japan’s Pacific League.

2008      Jacobs Field, the home of the Indians since 1994, will now be called Progressive Field. The Tribe signs a 16-year naming rights agreement with the Cleveland based insurance company calling for an average annual payment of $3.6 million until the year 2023.

2008      The Reds hire Walt Jocketty as a special adviser to the team’s chief executive Bob Castellini. The former Cardinals GM, who spent 13 seasons in the St. Louis front office, left after the Redbirds slumped to a third-place finish (78-84), one year removed from a World Championship.

2010      Mark McGwire, who broke Roger Maris’ single-season home run record in 1998, apologizes for his decade-long on-and-off use of performance-enhancing substances that started before the 1990 season. The former St. Louis and Oakland slugger, recently hired to be the Cardinals hitting coach, had been in a self-imposed exile since repeatedly telling a congressional committee in 2005, “I’m not here to talk about the past,” a remark which seriously hurt his popularity and irrevocably damaged his reputation.

2010      Former pitching great Greg Maddux, who started his major league career with the Cubs in 1986, is returning to the team as an assistant to general manager Jim Hendry. A sure first-ballot Hall of Famer, the 355-game winner’s duties will include assisting the major league and minor league coaching staffs at spring training, evaluating talent, and developing minor league players.

2010      Ryne Sandberg, with aspirations of being the Cubs manager someday, agrees to be the skipper of the team’s Triple-A Iowa farm club, replacing Bobby Dickerson who left for a position with Baltimore. The 50 year-old Hall of Fame infielder has been managing in the Chicago farm system for the past three seasons, two with the Single-A Peoria Chiefs and one year with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies.

2010      Reds general manager Walt Jocketty announces the struggling organization has signed starting pitcher Aroldis Chapman to a $30.25 million, six years contract. Cincinnati was the winning bidder for the services of the 21 year-old southpaw fireballer from Cuba, who defected from his country last July while playing in the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

2013      Wearing a Cubs jersey and a backward blue baseball cap, Clark, the Cubs’ new mascot makes his debut at Chicago’s Advocate Illinois Masonic’s Pediatric Developmental Center. Clark the Cub, named after the street located behind Wrigley Field’s home plate, is being touted as the great-grandson of franchise’s first mascot, Joa, a live bear used as a good luck charm in 1916, nine years after the franchise officially adopted Cubs as the team’s name.

2014      Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, upon hearing Alex Rodriguez’s doping suspension appeal, reduces baseball’s highest-paid player’s expulsion from 211 games to the 162 games scheduled in the 2014 regular season, and any resulting postseason contests. The ruling, which still keeps the suspension the longest in baseball history for using performance-enhancing substances, may mark the end of the 38 year-old Yankee third baseman’s career.