BOYS HS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Muncie Central 50 Richmond 40
Kokomo 51 Harrison 47
Lafayette Jeff 77 Anderson 70 OT
Logansport 56 McCutcheon 41
Marion 73 Indianapolis Tech 52
Seton Catholic 69 liberty Christian 51
Lincoln 68 Tri 51
Northeastern 64 Muncie Burris 44
Hagerstown 64 Winchester 37
Knightstown 53 Centerville 47
Shenandoah 68 Union County 51
Anderson Prep Academy 72 Union Modoc 40
Monroe Central 54 Union City 33
New Castle 63 Greenfield Central 53
National Trail 53 Covington 33
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL – NCC/AREA
Lafayette Jeff 61 Guerin Catholic 38
Connersville 42 Franklin County 32
New Castle 67 Greenfield Central 43
National Trail 61 Mississinawa Valley 41
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Maryland 78 #22 Indiana 75
Purdue 84 Wisconsin 80 OT
Northern Kentucky 68 Wright State 64
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#6 Stanford 72 #19 Arizona State 65
#15 Marquette 91 Villanova 55
Arizona 60 #24 California 55
#5 Oregon 93 USC 53
#10 Oregon State 83 UCLA 73
IUPUI 82 Detroit 47
Bradley 75 Evansville 68
Butler 63 Xavier 41
Northern Iowa 71 Valparaiso 52
Illinois Chicago 69 Oakland 65 OT
Indiana State 59 Illinois State 44
Providence 67 St. John 66 OT
Seton Hall 82 Creighton 75
DePaul 69 Georgetown 64
Atlanta 123 Philadelphia 121
Washington 113 Milwaukee 106
Indiana 121 New York 106
Toronto 122 Brooklyn 105
Houston 141 Cleveland 113
Dallas 119 Minnesota 115
Portland 127 Charlotte 96
Utah 113 LA Lakers 95
Golden State 146 Chicago 109
Carolina 4 Buffalo 3
Winnipeg 4 Detroit 2
Calgary 4 Florida 3
Pittsburgh 7 Anaheim 4
Fernando, Cowan rally Maryland past No. 22 Indiana 78-75
Maryland gave up the game’s first nine points, trailed by 14 with 13 minutes elapsed and faced a double-digit deficit early in the second half.
Strangely enough, with this team that’s just about a sure-fire formula for victory.
Bruno Fernando had a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds, Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 24 and the Terrapins rallied past No. 22 Indiana 78-75 Friday night.
It was the fifth straight victory for Maryland (14-3, 5-1 Big Ten), which used a 16-0 run in the second half to take control.
“Just an incredible win, because we were not very good at the start,” coach Mark Turgeon said.
Three times during their winning streak, the Terrapins rebounded from a halftime deficit. It also happened on Jan. 2 against then-No. 24 Nebraska and at Minnesota on Tuesday.
The Terps are 5-1 this season when trailing at the break. Not bad, but it’s been tough on their coach.
“Hopefully we can become a better first-half team,” Turgeon said.
Freshman guard Romeo Langford scored 28 points, Devonte Green had 15 and Juwan Morgan added 14 for Indiana (12-4, 3-2). The Hoosiers shot 12 for 28 in the second half and were outscored 51-40.
Indiana went 16 for 16 at the foul line and committed only seven turnovers, but that was offset by Maryland’s 18 offensive rebounds.
“We just couldn’t get it done on the glass tonight,” coach Archie Miler said. “We just gave them 18 second shots and that was the difference in the game.”
Fernando led the charge with five offensive rebounds, some of which he turned into put-backs. He went 11 for 12 from the field to surpass his previous career best of 21 points.
“He was as good as it gets in terms of what he was being asked to do: finishing around the rim, offensive rebounding,” Miller said. “He’s a load.”
After Morgan made the first basket after halftime to make it 37-27, the Terps used their 16-point surge to take the lead for the first time.
Cowan and Darryl Morsell each contributed five points to the surge, and Maryland applied a tight zone defense to force Indiana into nine successive missed shots.
“We really keyed in on defense. We were able to get some easy ones in transition,” Cowan said.
The Terrapins never lost the lead, in part because their only turnover of the second half came with 11 seconds left. And that is how you make up for a lousy first half.
“Obviously, we had another slow start,” said Cowan, who finished with a game-high seven assists. “We’ve got to figure that out. But we really keyed in on the game plan and started playing.”
Maryland star freshman Jalen Smith went 0 for 7 during a scoreless first half and finished with 2 points on 0-for-9 shooting, but he contributed 10 rebounds.
Edwards scores 36 to lead Purdue over Wisconsin
Carsen Edwards wasn’t flawless Friday. But Purdue coach Matt Painter says he found his rhythm.
Coming off a poor shooting performance in a loss to Michigan State on Tuesday, Edwards scored 36 points as Purdue outlasted Wisconsin 84-80 in overtime.
Edwards was 3 of 16 from the field as Purdue (10-6, 3-2 Big Ten) lost to the Spartans on the road, including 2 of 13 from 3. But he hit his first 3-point attempts Friday. He finished 6 of 14 from the arc and overall was 10 of 26 (38.5 percent).
“I thought he regrouped individually and had a really good game,” Painter said.
Edwards made some questionable decisions, including a long 3-point attempt that he airballed with 3.2 seconds left in regulation that gave the Badgers (11-5, 3-2) a desperation drive that D’Mitrik Trice couldn’t convert.
But Edwards also put constant pressure on the Wisconsin defense, which proved key in the final seconds. As he drove with the game tied at 79, Carsen drew two defenders, leaving Grady Eifert open under the basket. Eifert missed the short attempt, but was fouled and converted both free throws with 38.3 seconds left to give Purdue a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
The Boilermakers finished the game 17 of 30 from the line, which included 8 for 12 in overtime to seal the win.
Wisconsin, meanwhile, came in averaging 9.1 turnovers a game, second best in the NCAA. But the Badgers committed a season high 17 for the game, including two in a key overtime stretch as they only managed a Trice free throw over their final five possessions.
Wisconsin made it to overtime thanks to some late heroics by Trice in the final 30 seconds of regulation. Just 2 of 10 before the final stretch, he hit back-to-back 3 pointers – banking the first one – to tie the game at 74 before Edwards’ missed 3. Trice said he was trying to draw contact as he raced down the court and missed the wild attempt.
Coach Greg Gard said it was unacceptable that the Badgers were so sloppy with the ball and that they couldn’t keep Purdue off the offensive glass.
The Boilermakers outrebounded Wisconsin 39-32. That included 17 offensive rebounds, though Purdue only turned them into 12 second-chance points. Wisconsin turned its eight offensive rebounds into 15 points.
Ethan Happ led Wisconsin with 31 points and 13 rebounds. He also had six assists, but accounted for eight of the Badgers’ turnovers.
Sabonis sharp again at MSG, Pacers beat Knicks 121-106
Beaten badly in Boston, the Indiana Pacers shifted their energy to finishing their road trip with a winning record.
It helped that it ended in a building where Domantas Sabonis barely misses.
Sabonis had 22 points and 15 rebounds to cap his sizzling season at Madison Square Garden, and Indiana bounced back from its worst performance of 2018-19 by beating the New York Knicks 121-106 on Friday night.
Victor Oladipo added 19 points for the Pacers, who finished 3-2 on their longest trip of the season. They yielded season highs of 135 points and 56.8 percent shooting in their 27-point loss in Boston, and spent two days talking about finishing strong.
“Even though we were 2-2 we felt like we hadn’t played our best basketball,” Oladipo said, “and I think we came out today with a chip on our shoulder and we did a great job of using that intensity and that edge and going out there and playing with that chip.”
And with energy and anger. Oladipo threw down a dunk over Mario Hezonja, and Sabonis and Bojan Bogdanovic both had powerful slams in the first half.
Sabonis shot 9 for 14 from the field to finish 21 of 26 this season in two games in New York. Playing as a reserve, he made all 12 shots and tied his career high with 30 points when the Pacers won here on Halloween.
Starting this time with Myles Turner out of the lineup, he led six players in double figures as Indiana shot 52 percent. He couldn’t explain why he is so good in New York.
“I treat every game the same way,” he said. “Come out, my teammates do a great job of finding me and I just try to do my job.”
Bogdanovic had 15 points.
Emmanuel Mudiay scored 21 points for the Knicks, back from a lengthy, six-game road trip and playing their first game at Madison Square Garden since Christmas. They lost their seventh straight at home.
Harden has triple-double to lead Rockets over Cavs 141-113
James Harden had 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in three quarters to lead the Houston Rockets to a 141-113 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
After the Cavaliers got a 117-108 win in the first meeting with Houston this season, the Rockets were determined to take care of business this time around. They did that, racing out to a 28-point lead after scoring a season-high 77 points in the first half behind 24 points from Harden.
It’s Harden’s 15th straight game with at least 30 points, his franchise-record 13th game with 40 points this season and the seventh in the last nine games as he has carried the team with Chris Paul and Eric Gordon out with injuries.
Ante Zizic came off the bench to score 18 for the Cavaliers, whose season-long skid extended to 12 games.
Harden needed less than 2 1/2 quarters to reach 30 points on Friday night, hitting a 3 with 7:41 left in the third to give him 32 points and push Houston’s lead 91-58. He joins Kobe Bryant (16 games in 2003) as the only players to score 30 points in at least 15 games in a row since the 1972-73 season.
About three minutes later, he pushed his total to 40 after he was left wide open to drive into the lane for an easy layup to make it 99-68. Harden grabbed his 10th rebound with about 90 seconds left in the third quarter to give him his sixth triple-double this season and the 41st of his career. He made eight 3-pointers to extend his NBA-record to 12 games in a row with at least five.
Clint Capela added 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting after making just four of 16 field goals in a loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Harden and fellow starters Capela and Tucker also sat out the fourth quarter with Houston up 113-81 entering the fourth. Even with the trio watching the final quarter from the bench the Rockets maintained a huge lead and their 141 points were a season-high and the most Cleveland has allowed this season.
Bears hire Pagano as defensive coordinator to replace Fangio
The Chicago Bears rode a dominant defense to the NFC North championship in a breakout season. They hope to keep it going with a new coordinator.
The Bears hired former Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano to replace Vic Fangio on Friday, hoping he can help them build on what they accomplished this season.
Pagano inherits one of the NFL’s stingiest defenses after Fangio left to take the Denver Broncos’ head coaching job. He will get to work with one of the league’s best pass rushers in Khalil Mack as well as two other All-Pros in cornerback Kyle Fuller and safety Eddie Jackson.
Pagano led Indianapolis to a 53-43 record and two AFC South championships from 2012 to 2017. He was forced to take a leave of absence early in his first season to get treated for leukemia. With offensive coordinator Bruce Arians serving as interim head coach, the Colts went 9-3 in his absence after a 1-2 start.
They won 11 games and made the playoffs in each of Pagano’s first three seasons before injuries to quarterback Andrew Luck took a toll. Before taking the Indianapolis job, he spent four seasons under John Harbaugh in Baltimore – as secondary coach from 2008 to 2010 and defensive coordinator in 2011, when the Ravens went 12-4 and ranked third in total defense.
Pagano was a consultant for the NFL last season.
“He is a great teacher with an aggressive mentality that fits our style of football,” coach Matt Nagy said. “He is a man of high character and has a passion for the game that will no doubt add to the culture we have already started building at Halas Hall.”
The Bears went 12-4 in their first season under Nagy after four straight last-place finishes and made the playoffs for the first time in eight years. They finished with their best record since the 2006 team went 13-3 and reached the Super Bowl.
Pats’ assistant Flores is finalist in Miami coaching search
The Miami Dolphins are turning to their AFC East nemesis for help.
New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is a finalist in the Dolphins’ coaching search, a person familiar with the decision said Friday, and they’re expected to offer him the job when his team’s postseason ends.
The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins weren’t commenting publicly about the status of the search.
If they fail to reach a deal with Flores, they haven’t ruled out Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard.
Flores has been a Patriots assistant for 11 seasons and took over defensive play-calling a year ago after the departure of defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. In Miami he would replace Adam Gase, who was fired after three seasons and hired Wednesday as coach of the New York Jets.
New England plays the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC playoffs Sunday. The Dolphins have been also-rans to the first-place Patriots in the AFC East 15 of the past 16 years.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and general manager Chris Grier zeroed in on Flores after interviewing two Dolphins assistants Friday: special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. Both were considered long shots.
Ross and Grier earlier interviewed New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
Miami has finished with six to eight wins in nine of the past 10 years, and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2000. As a result, the 78-year-old Ross said the Dolphins will abandon their win-now approach and build with the long term in mind.
A roster revamp is expected to include the departure of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has been with the team since 2012. The next coach, who will report to Grier, will be Miami’s 10th since 2004, including three interim coaches.
AP Source: Kubiak not returning to Broncos staff
Gary Kubiak won’t return to run the Denver Broncos offense after all for new head coach Vic Fangio, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Friday.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions, said it became apparent over the last 24 hours that Kubiak wasn’t the right fit because of philosophical differences over scheme and staff.
Kubiak had wanted to bring back some of the assistant coaches who have followed him throughout his coaching career along with dusting off schemes that were successful in another era but don’t fit with the Broncos’ quest to modernize their approach.
Kubiak remains under contract with the Broncos and will continue in his role as a senior personnel adviser to general manager John Elway.
After rejecting Kubiak’s return to the field, the Broncos set their sights on San Francisco QBs coach Rich Scangarello, but ESPN reported that the 49ers denied Denver’s request to interview him for their offensive coordinator job.
So, Fangio remains on the looking for someone who will resuscitate a Denver offense that has sputtered under four different starting quarterbacks and three coordinators in the post-Peyton Manning era.
And the surprising development with Kubiak curbs anticipation that the Broncos could go after Baltimore veteran quarterback Joe Flacco , who lost his starting job to rookie Lamar Jackson. Kubiak worked well with the former Super Bowl MVP in 2014 when he was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator.
Free agent quarterback Case Keenum was underwhelming in his first season in Denver and cutting him would cost $7 million but save $11 million.
Either way, the Broncos are expected to select a QB in the draft (they pick 10th) even after getting burned after moving up in the first round to select Paxton Lynch three years ago.
4 Alabama players announce they are declaring for NFL draft
Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.
Those projected first-rounders announced their intentions on Friday, along with versatile tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr.
Jonah Williams and Quinnen Williams are unanimous All-Americans rated as potential Top 10 picks. They helped lead the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference title before losing 44-16 to Clemson in the national championship game.
The exodus of underclassmen has become an annual rite for the talent-rich Tide.
“This is probably going to sound like a Grammy acceptance speech but I just have a lot of thank yous because this place really, it’s an incredible program that coach (Nick) Saban’s built but it runs because of all the people that work in the coaching and support staff roles,” said Jonah Williams, before naming staffers in a number of different departments.
Jonah Williams won the Southeastern Conference’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He started every game of his Tide career, the first at right tackle and the past two on the left side.
“These guys have always been exemplary in all the things they’ve done to help themselves, in terms of their work ethic, their character, the choices and decisions they’ve made, which is what has created the opportunity for them,” Saban said.
Alabama has other standout players who haven’t announced their plans yet. That group includes safety Deionte Thompson, a projected first-round pick, and linebacker Mack Wilson.
Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and cornerback Trevon Diggs have already announced they’re staying put.
AL MVP Betts agrees to $20 million, 1-year deal with Red Sox
AL MVP Mookie Betts and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox agreed to a $20 million, one-year contract, a raise of $9.5 million that was for a few hours the highest for an arbitration-eligible player.
Betts was surpassed later Friday by New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, who got a raise from $7.4 million to $17 million.
The Red Sox reached deals with all nine players eligible for arbitration ahead of Friday’s scheduled swap of salary figures. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts got a $12 million contract and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. got $8.55 million.
After beating the Red Sox in arbitration last offseason, the 26-year-old Betts led the major leagues in batting average (.346) and slugging percentage (.640) and was second in on-base average (.438). He also had 84 extra-base hits, including 32 home runs, and stole 30 bases. He also won his third straight Gold Glove.
Betts can also make more in award bonuses. He is eligible for free agency after the 2020 World Series.
All-purpose player Brock Holt ($3,575,000), pitchers Matt Barnes ($1.6 million), Eduardo Rodriguez ($4.3 million) and Brandon Workman ($1,150,000) and catchers Sandy Leon ($2,475,000) and Blake Swihart ($910,000) also reached agreements. Pitcher Steven Wright got a deal for $1,375,000 on Thursday night.
AP source: LeMahieu, Yankees agree to $24M, 2-year deal
Gold Glove-winning free-agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the Yankees have agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, a deal that would appear to eliminate New York as a destination for Manny Machado.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because no agreement had been announced.
The 30-year-old LeMahieu spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average. He hit .276 last year with 15 homers and 62 RBIs, and he won his second straight Gold Glove and third overall.
New York was seeking infielders in the absence of shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected back until summer. The Yankees signed former Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki last week and said he will be their starting shortstop. LeMahieu likely will see time at second, third and possibly even first.
NOTES: OF Aaron Hicks agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration and more than doubled his salary from $2,825,000. The 29-year-old switch-hitter took over as the Yankees primary center fielder and set career highs with 137 games, 27 homers and 79 RBIs. The Yankees also reached one-year deals with shortstop Didi Gregorius ($11.75 million), reliever Dellin Betances ($7,250,000), newly acquired James Paxton ($8,575,000) and pitcher Sonny Gray ($7.5 million). Gregorius made $8.25 million last season. All-Star Luis Severino, who went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA, exchanged salary figures with the Yankees, asking for $5.25 million and being offered $4.4 million. The 24-year-old righty made $604,975 last season. … The Yankees have signed RHP Drew Hutchison and OF Matt Lipka to minor league deals and invited them to big league spring training. Hutchison, 28, was combined 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA as a starter and reliever for Philadelphia and Texas. Lipka, 26, hit .240 with 21 steals at Double-A in the San Francisco system.
Doncic leads Mavs past Timberwolves in Saunders’ home debut
Luka Doncic scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to lead the Dallas Mavericks over the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-115 on Friday night, spoiling rookie coach Ryan Saunders’ home debut.
Doncic nearly recorded a triple-double, finishing with 12 assists and eight rebounds. He scored seven of Dallas’ final nine points.
Taj Gibson gave the Timberwolves the lead at 115-114 with a tip-in of Jeff Teague’s miss with 35.7 seconds left. But with 22.9 to play, Doncic hit a pull-up 3 to put the Mavericks ahead for good.
Harrison Barnes scored 23 points and Dwight Powell made his first seven shots from the floor and finished with 15 points for the Mavericks. JJ Barea came off the bench to add 16 points.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were playing their first home game since Saunders was named interim coach.
Saunders, who received a loud ovation from the Target Center crowd before the game, took over as coach after Tom Thibodeau was relieved of his duties Sunday. he won his first game in charge Tuesday at Oklahoma City. Saunders is the son of the late Flip Saunders, the winningest coach in Timberwolves history. A banner hangs in the Target Center rafters in honor of Flip Saunders, who died in 2015.
Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points, while Josh Okogie scored 15 and hit a season-high four 3s for Minnesota.
Doncic had 15 of his 29 points in the first half to help the Mavericks take a 61-50 lead into halftime.
Dallas used a 17-4 run to open up a lead. Meanwhile, Minnesota shot just 36.4 percent from the floor in the first half.
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
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
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
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).
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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)
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-JANUARY 12, 1969
NEW YORK – People talk about Joe Namath. He excites comment. Today he is providing more than ever, because, after an all-America career at the University of Alabama and four years as the quarterback of the Jets, he sits supreme at the top of the hard nosed world of professional football.
Namath, the ultra-publicized individualistic quarterback from Beaver Falls, Pa., today led the Jets to an astounding 16‚7 victory over the Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl game at Miami. He intended to do it and, last week, in preparation for the game, said he would do it. Few believed him. The victory, which elevated the American League to an equal level with the older National League, marks the high point of Namath’s success-studded career.
“What we like about him is that he’s a winner, he doesn’t know about losing,” commented Weeb Ewbank, the coach of the Jets, a few season ago.
Sonny Werblin, the former owner of the Jets, who signed Namath for a bonus of $387,000 and a Lincoln convertible, found another quality in Namath that he thought valuable. He said, on signing the sleepily handsome 6-foot-2-inch black-haired star: “Namath has the presence of a star. You know how a real star lights up a room when he comes in? Joe has that quality.”
Namath, who sparkled on the football field for Beaver Falls High School and at Alabama, has become a legendary figure since moving to New York in 1965. His penthouse apartment at 76th and First Avenue, with its famous white llama rug, is often the scene of get-togethers and parties. (“A get-together is when the guys come over to eat steaks and play cards; a party is when there are girls,” he said.) Namath has pursued pleasure in the saloons and discotheques of the East Side, often in the company of beautiful young women. During one early-morning jaunt, he allegedly had a dispute with a sportswriter that is still awaiting legal adjudication.
Joseph William Namath, the fifth child of a Hungarian steelworker, was born in Beaver Falls on May 31, 1943, and started playing football with three older brothers when he was hardly able to hold the football. After a splendid career in high school, he was offered scholarships by 52 colleges and universities. He also was offered $50,000 to play baseball with the Chicago Cubs.
Under Paul (Bear) Bryant, Namath developed into one of the most sought-after passers in college football. Bryant called him “the greatest athlete I ever coached.”
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.
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 1953 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.
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Toronto||32||12||.727||—||18-4||14-8||5-3||21-7||7-3||4 W|
|2 Milwaukee||29||12||.707||1.5||19-4||10-8||8-1||19-7||7-3||1 L|
|3 Indiana||28||14||.667||3.0||14-5||14-9||7-2||22-7||8-2||1 W|
|4 Philadelphia||27||16||.628||4.5||18-4||9-12||4-6||18-13||6-4||2 L|
|5 Boston||25||16||.610||5.5||15-5||10-11||6-2||17-8||7-3||1 L|
|6 Miami||20||20||.500||10.0||10-12||10-8||3-8||11-14||6-4||1 W|
|7 Brooklyn||21||23||.477||11.0||11-11||10-12||5-4||15-12||6-4||1 L|
|8 Charlotte||19||22||.463||11.5||14-8||5-14||6-2||17-12||3-7||2 L|
|9 Detroit||17||23||.425||13.0||11-10||6-13||4-4||12-16||2-8||4 L|
|10 Washington||18||25||.419||13.5||13-7||5-18||5-4||11-16||5-5||2 W|
|11 Orlando||17||24||.415||13.5||10-11||7-13||3-4||12-10||3-7||4 L|
|12 Atlanta||13||29||.310||18.0||7-10||6-19||5-4||10-20||4-6||1 W|
|13 Chicago||10||32||.238||21.0||5-16||5-16||2-7||7-18||3-7||6 L|
|14 New York||10||32||.238||21.0||4-13||6-19||2-7||6-23||1-9||3 L|
|15 Cleveland||8||35||.186||23.5||5-17||3-18||1-8||7-22||0-10||12 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Denver||28||12||.700||—||17-3||11-9||5-0||17-7||7-3||2 W|
|2 Golden State||28||14||.667||1.0||17-6||11-8||6-2||16-10||7-3||3 W|
|3 Oklahoma City||25||16||.610||3.5||13-6||12-10||3-4||15-13||4-6||3 L|
|4 Portland||26||17||.605||3.5||18-7||8-10||2-5||14-14||7-3||4 W|
|5 LA Clippers||24||17||.585||4.5||14-6||10-11||7-1||17-12||6-4||1 L|
|6 Houston||24||17||.585||4.5||15-6||9-11||5-4||15-12||8-2||1 W|
|7 San Antonio||25||18||.581||4.5||18-5||7-13||4-5||18-13||7-3||1 W|
|8 LA Lakers||23||20||.535||6.5||14-8||9-12||5-2||16-14||4-6||1 L|
|9 Utah||22||21||.512||7.5||10-8||12-13||2-4||13-12||6-4||2 W|
|10 Sacramento||21||21||.500||8.0||12-10||9-11||2-8||12-18||4-6||1 W|
|11 New Orleans||20||22||.476||9.0||15-6||5-16||5-4||11-13||5-5||3 W|
|12 Dallas||20||22||.476||9.0||16-4||4-18||3-4||12-17||5-5||2 W|
|13 Minnesota||20||22||.476||9.0||14-7||6-15||4-3||10-16||6-4||1 L|
|14 Memphis||19||22||.463||9.5||11-9||8-13||4-4||13-14||3-7||1 W|
|15 Phoenix||10||33||.233||19.5||6-17||4-16||1-8||6-20||2-8||1 L|
|1 Tampa Bay Lightning||44||34||8||2||70||31||183||125||19-4-0||15-4-2||9-1-0|
|2 Washington Capitals||43||27||12||4||58||24||153||126||13-6-2||14-6-2||7-2-1|
|3 Toronto Maple Leafs||43||28||13||2||58||28||156||119||13-8-1||15-5-1||7-3-0|
|4 Pittsburgh Penguins||44||25||13||6||56||24||159||127||13-8-2||12-5-4||9-1-0|
|5 Boston Bruins||44||25||15||4||54||24||128||114||16-6-0||9-9-4||7-3-0|
|6 Columbus Blue Jackets||43||25||15||3||53||25||139||133||12-8-2||13-7-1||7-3-0|
|7 New York Islanders||42||24||14||4||52||22||128||114||10-6-3||14-8-1||8-2-0|
|8 Buffalo Sabres||44||23||15||6||52||20||128||125||14-5-3||9-10-3||3-6-1|
|9 Montreal Canadiens||45||23||17||5||51||21||135||139||11-9-2||12-8-3||6-4-0|
|10 Carolina Hurricanes||44||21||18||5||47||20||117||127||12-7-4||9-11-1||7-3-0|
|11 Florida Panthers||43||17||18||8||42||15||137||155||8-6-5||9-12-3||4-4-2|
|12 New York Rangers||43||17||19||7||41||12||119||149||11-6-5||6-13-2||2-6-2|
|13 New Jersey Devils||43||16||20||7||39||15||125||146||11-5-4||5-15-3||5-5-0|
|14 Ottawa Senators||45||17||23||5||39||17||142||174||11-9-4||6-14-1||2-7-1|
|15 Detroit Red Wings||46||16||23||7||39||14||128||158||9-12-4||7-11-3||1-7-2|
|16 Philadelphia Flyers||44||16||22||6||38||14||121||157||8-10-3||8-12-3||2-6-2|
|1 Calgary Flames||46||29||13||4||62||29||166||132||14-4-4||15-9-0||7-2-1|
|2 Winnipeg Jets||44||28||14||2||58||27||152||125||16-6-2||12-8-0||6-4-0|
|3 San Jose Sharks||46||26||13||7||59||26||163||140||15-4-4||11-9-3||7-1-2|
|4 Nashville Predators||46||27||15||4||58||26||142||116||15-7-0||12-8-4||5-3-2|
|5 Vegas Golden Knights||47||27||16||4||58||26||142||124||15-4-3||12-12-1||7-1-2|
|6 Dallas Stars||45||23||18||4||50||23||120||119||14-5-2||9-13-2||6-3-1|
|7 Colorado Avalanche||44||20||16||8||48||20||151||141||9-6-5||11-10-3||2-6-2|
|8 Minnesota Wild||43||22||18||3||47||22||122||120||11-7-3||11-11-0||5-4-1|
|9 Anaheim Ducks||45||19||18||8||46||16||109||136||10-7-8||9-11-0||0-7-3|
|10 Edmonton Oilers||44||21||20||3||45||19||124||141||11-9-1||10-11-2||3-7-0|
|11 Vancouver Canucks||46||20||21||5||45||19||131||147||9-9-2||11-12-3||4-5-1|
|12 Arizona Coyotes||43||19||21||3||41||17||112||121||8-12-2||11-9-1||5-4-1|
|13 St. Louis Blues||42||18||20||4||40||18||118||133||11-13-2||7-7-2||5-5-0|
|14 Chicago Blackhawks||46||16||22||8||40||16||134||167||8-10-5||8-12-3||5-3-2|
|15 Los Angeles Kings||45||17||25||3||37||16||100||134||10-13-1||7-12-2||5-5-0|
BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL
|6 Michigan State||5-0||1.000||3-0||2-0||14-2||.875||9-0||3-1||2-1||3-1|
|16 Ohio State||2-2||.500||1-1||0-1||12-3||.800||8-2||2-1||2-0||0-1|