BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL– NCC/AREA

Marion 69 Fort Wayne Luers 67

Monroe Central 41 Randolph Southern 40

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL – NCC/AREA

Marion 65 Southwood 34

Noblesville 73 Kokomo 21

Anderson 70 Pendleton Heights 52

Yorktown 44 Muncie Central 32

Union County 64 Seton Catholic 30

Winchester 100 Union Modoc 9

 

HIGH SCHOOL WRESLTING

Richmond 48 Connersville 27

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Miami 117 Cleveland 92

Washington 114 Atlanta 98

Dallas 122 Charlotte 84

Brooklyn 126 New Orleans 121

Boston 115 Minnesota 102

Orlando 112 Chicago 84

Detroit 101 Memphis 94

Philadelphia 132 Phoenix 127

Oklahoma City 107 LA Lakers 100

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#5 Kansas 70 #23 Oklahoma 63

#6 Nevada 72 Utah State 49

#8 Michigan State 81 Northwestern 55

#11 Texas Tech 62 West Virginia 59

#15 North Carolina 77 Harvard 57

#19 Houston 74 Tulsa 56

Transylvania 76 Earlham 75

IU East 78 Asbury 67

Maryland 74 #24 Nebraska 72

Cincinnati 93 Tulane 61

Seton Hall 80 Xavier 70

Georgetown 84 Butler 76

Evansville 82 Drake 77 2OT

Valparaiso 58 Illinois State 56

Loyola Chicago 79 Indiana State 44

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#13 Texas 60 Oklahoma State 51

#25 Iowa State 96 Kansas State 58

Transylvania 69 Earlham 58

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Vancouver 4 Ottawa 3

Calgary 5 Detroit 3

Pittsburgh 7 NY Rangers 2

Dallas 5 New Jersey 4

San Jose 5 Colorado

Edmonton 3 Arizona 1

 

IU EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL

WILMORE, Ky. – The Indiana University East men’s basketball team had three players

in double figures as the Red Wolves defeated Asbury University 78-67 on Jan. 2.

Leading 66-63 in the Rivers States Conference affair, IU East outscored the Eagles

12-4 over the final 4:37 to put the game away.

NAIA Div. II No. 16 IU East is 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the conference, while Asbury

is 8-7, 2-3.

Bishop Smith led the Red Wolves with 25 points including six in the final moments.

Keating Rombach and Jaylen McKay added 12 points each.

Aaron Thomas pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds as he tossed in eight points.

Garrett Silcott finished with nine points and four assists.

Trenton Thompson led the Eagles with 18 points giving him 2,070 in his career.

Including last season, Smith now has 20 straight games in double figures.

McKay led the Red Wolves with seven assists to raise his team-leading average to 4.0

per game.

Rombach tied his season-high with 12 points for the second game in a row.

IU East travels to Alice Lloyd College for a conference contest on Jan. 5. The game

gets underway at 3 p.m.

 

EARLHAM MEN’S BASKETBALL

LEXINGTON, Ky. – One point separated the Quakers and the Pioneers in first matchup of the new year.

Earlham came out hot going on a 5-0 run sparked by Darrell Hutchison Jr. For the remainder of the first half Earlham led the charge in attacking the rim, but Transylvania kept themselves in the game with their success from three. Going into the half Earlham was on top 38-37.

Jamel Barnes and Darrell Hutchison Jr. both kept Transylvania’s defense on their toes. Barnes was a force from the perimeter, going 4-4 from the three point distance. He contributed a team-leading 19 points to Earlham’s 74 total points. Hutchison took the opposite approach and attacked the rim, also contributing 19 points to Earlham’s efforts.

From Transylvania’s bench, Gabe Schmitt was the difference maker. The Pioneers’ bench outscored Earlham’s 17-33, with 21 of those points contributed by Schmitt. Thomas Sanborn was Earlham’s top bench scorer with six points.

With eight seconds left Transylvania’s Michael Jefferson made a clutch layup to put the Pioneers up by one point. Earlham could not reciprocate and the game ended 76-75. This loss makes the Quakers 2-3 in conference.

Men’s basketball returns to the court on Saturday, January 5 at Rose-Hulman at 4:00 pm

 

EARLHAM WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

RICHMOND, Ind. – Three players in double figures and a 41 percent shooting performance from the field were not enough to lift Earlham College women’s basketball past visiting Transylvania University, as the Quakers dropped a 69-58 decision to the Pioneers on Wednesday afternoon at the Druley Performance Gym.

Junior guard Camryn White paced Earlham (4-8, 2-3 HCAC) with 16 points against their Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival, and dished out a season-high seven assists to go with four rebounds, two steals, and a block.

Sophomore guard Kayla Bowling was the only other starter in double digits with 10 points, while junior guard Kendall Spears came off the bench for 11 points.

Earlham trailed Transylvania (10-2, 4-1 HCAC) the entire way after giving up a 3-pointer to the Pioneers’ Celia Kline on the opening possession, with the Transy lead reaching double figures, 24-14, on Shelby Boyle’s layup to open the second half. The first half margin was at its widest at 14 points, 33-19, at the 5:06 mark, with a White layup in the final minute of the second stanza cutting the difference to less than 10 points, 37-28, at the half.

The Quakers made their best run at the Pioneers in the fourth quarter, when a 9-0 Earlham run lasting nearly three-and-a-half minutes brought the Quakers to within five, 63-58, with 2:14 remaining. Bowling scored five of Earlham’s points in the surge, with a jumper at the 2:50 mark to cut the margin to eight points, followed by a jumper with an “and-one” to trim the deficit to five.

Earlham was unable to continue the run and make it a one-possession game, and Transy was 6-of-8 at the free-throw line over the final minute to preserve the win.

Kline led Transylvania with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor with five 3-pointers, to go with a game-high seven rebounds. The Pioneers shot 47.3 percent (26-of-55) from the floor versus the Quakers, who turned in their second-best shooting performance of the season at 41.1 percent (23-of-56). Earlham’s seven 3-pointers against Transy was also the second-most this season, led by White and Makayla McFarland with two treys apiece.

Earlham continues HCAC play on Saturday, Jan. 5, when it travels to Terre Haute, Ind., to face Rose-Hulman. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

 

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

Georgetown took an 84-76 victory over Butler Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in

the BIG EAST opener for both teams. The Hoyas shot 53 percent for the game,

including 12-for-22 from three-point range.

Georgetown is now 11-3 on the season; Butler falls to 9-5.

“We certainly had better fight than we did the other day at Florida,” said Butler

coach LaVall Jordan. “Their initial punch was a big hole to fight out of, but we

did. After that we just had too many lapses defensively, and that cost us. We have a

ton of belief in this group. We need to get into the film room, learn from it, and

improve.”

Greg Malinowski paced Georgetown with 26 points, making 10 of his 12 attempts from

the field, including a 6-of-7 mark from behind the arc. Jessie Govan had 17 points.

Georgetown came out hot early, making seven of their first eight attempts from the

field, ultimately taking a 10-point lead eight minutes into the game (22-12). The

Bulldogs came roaring back with a 15-2 run to take a 27-24 advantage as Henry

Baddley scored 10 points during that stretch. Georgetown took a 40-38 halftime lead.

 

TOP HEADLINES

Houston hires coach Dana Holgorsen away from West Virginia

Houston hired West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen as its coach Wednesday, ending his eight-year run with the Mountaineers.

Holgorsen was 61-41 and 33-30 in the Big 12 as he helped guide West Virginia through the transition from the Big East. Houston competes in the American Athletic Conference, which was formed from the remnants of Big East football after it was torn apart by realignment earlier this decade.

Holgorsen spent two seasons as Houston’s offensive coordinator in 2008-09, when it was in Conference USA, before serving a season in the same position under Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State in 2010.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dana back to Houston as the next leader of our football program. His offensive acumen with an emphasis on student-athlete development, on and off the field, is a perfect fit for our program, university and city,” athletic director Chris Pezman said.

Houston fired coach Major Applewhite on Sunday after two underwhelming seasons. Applewhite, who took a school-friendly deal in 2016 to replace Tom Herman, went 15-11.

Holgorsen is making a unique move, leaving a Power Five school for one outside the high revenue conferences. No coach has willingly made that move since the College Football Playoff was established in 2014.

But Holgorsen was in a tricky spot at West Virginia. He had probably has most talented team in Morgantown, West Virginia, this season. Led by quarterback Will Grier, the Mountaineers were in contention for a Big 12 title and playoff spot entering November.

They fell short of a spot in the Big 12 title game, losing to Oklahoma at home in the regular-season finale to finish 8-3. With Grier and star offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste sitting out, the Mountaineers lost the Camping World Bowl to Syracuse last week. West Virginia is facing a significant rebuild next season with Grier, Cajuste, star receiver David Sills V and linebacker David Long all headed to the NFL.

 

Brown out? Tomlin frustrated with star receiver’s antics

Mike Tomlin doesn’t want to say Antonio Brown bailed on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The longtime head coach is not ruling it out either.

The star wide receiver went radio silent in the days before the team’s regular-season finale against Cincinnati last Sunday, in essence abandoning the club in what Tomlin described as its “darkest hour.”

Though Brown did make a cameo appearance on the sideline – rocking a fur coat – as the Steelers edged the Bengals , he vanished before the final gun and did not show up on Monday for exit interviews and to clear out his locker.

Tomlin said Brown arrived at practice last Wednesday reporting discomfort in his lower body. The team gave Brown the day off, did so again on Thursday. On Friday, Tomlin sent Brown home to rest and suggested he get an MRI on the banged up knee.

Tomlin did not hear from Brown on Saturday to get an update. When Drew Rosenhaus, Brown’s agent, reached out on Sunday morning to tell Tomlin that Brown was available to play, Tomlin “drew a line in the sand” and said Brown could best serve the Steelers by cheering on the sideline.

While Tomlin demurred when asked during his season-ending news conference on Wednesday if Brown “quit,” the longtime head coach offered little in defense of the perennial Pro Bowler, whose historic production has become increasingly at odds with his erratic off-the-field behavior.

“The bottom line is we were playing a significant game and he didn’t do a good enough job of communicating of being available in the hours leading up to that performance,” Tomlin said.

“So we needed to make decisions pertinent to getting to play in that performance. So, I’ve been real clear at outlining what transpired, the level of communication, things of that nature. Obviously there are some things within that that you can infer, certainly.”

 

Former Broncos coach Joseph set to interview for Bengals job

Former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph will interview for Cincinnati’s job this week as the Bengals begin their search for Marvin Lewis’ replacement.

Joseph will be in Cincinnati on Thursday and Friday to talk to owner Mike Brown and members of the front office. The Bengals’ familiarity with Joseph works in his favor. Joseph was the defensive backs coach under Lewis in 2014-15.

Hue Jackson also is among those under consideration for the job and got Lewis’ endorsement as his successor.

The Bengals are conducting their first head coaching search since the end of the 2002 season, when Dick LeBeau was fired. Lewis got the job, the first outsider brought in by Brown. He elevated the franchise from forlorn to playoff contender, but he couldn’t win a postseason game in 16 seasons.

A third straight losing season and a third straight year of falling attendance prompted Brown to finally part ways with Lewis, who is 0-7 in the playoffs. The overriding question is whether Brown, who is averse to major change, will choose someone familiar or go outside the organization for his next head coach.

The Bengals plan to interview a wide range of candidates over several weeks before choosing one.

Joseph was fired by Denver on Monday after a 6-10 finish and an 11-21 mark in his two seasons, the worst two-year stretch for the Broncos since the 1960s. Brown has shown a willingness to overlook won-lost records – he kept giving Lewis extensions – if he feels a philosophical connection to a coach.

Jackson is the other candidate with head coaching experience and close ties to the Brown family. He spent eight years on Lewis’ staff in a variety of roles, including receivers coach, defensive backs coach, running backs coach, offensive coordinator and special assistant on defense.

The Bengals quickly rehired Jackson when the Browns fired him in October after only three wins in two-plus years. He became Lewis’ special assistant on defense, a loosely defined role that included preparing the game plan each week and talking to players on the sideline during games.

 

Gettleman has no-holds barred talk with Manning

General manager Dave Gettleman and two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning had a no-holds barred conversion about the long-time quarterback’s future with the New York Giants after the team missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.

Gettleman would not say Wednesday whether Manning, who will turn 38 on Thursday, would be back for a 16th season.

Gettleman will do what is in the best interests of the Giants (5-11) and would not say whether Manning’s $23 million salary cap hit will play a role in the decision, noting those decisions are not made in a vacuum.

“He came in and he wanted to talk,” Gettleman said of the conversation. “I have a crazy idea that if a guy asks me questions I’m going to be honest with him. He wasn’t called to the principal’s office.”

In a more than 30-minute news conference, Gettleman said he liked the direction the Giants are headed. The dissention-ridden locker room from last season (3-13) was cleaned out, leaving only 13 players on the final roster.

He said the offense overcame early season woes to lead the NFC East in scoring, but the defensive play needed to improve.

Gettleman said he wanted to look over the film, including of Manning, before making decisions about next year. He said the Giants didn’t re-sign receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to trade him. The cancer survivor was certain he made the right choice drafting running back Saquon Barkley with the second pick overall instead of taking a young quarterback.

The veteran general manager also was happy with Pat Shurmur’s first season as coach, particularly after a 1-7 start.

“We’re trying to build sustained success,” said Gettleman, who replaced the fired Jerry Reese last December. “That takes brutal honesty and that takes tough decisions.”

 

Broncos kick off coaching search with Chuck Pagano

John Elway’s search for his fourth coach in six seasons began with former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, a native of Boulder, Colorado, on Wednesday.

Elway fired Vance Joseph after he went 11-21 in two seasons. Joseph is interviewing for the Cincinnati Bengals’ opening Thursday and Friday. Joseph was a former assistant to longtime Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who was also among the eight head coaching casualties of the 2018 season.

Pagano was head coach in Indianapolis from 2012-17. He posted a record of 53-43 in the regular season and 3-3 in the playoffs. After posting 11-5 records in each of Andrew Luck’s first three seasons and leading the Colts to the AFC championship game in 2014, Pagano won eight, eight and four games (with Luck injured) in his final three seasons.

Pagano has worked with Broncos special teams coordinator Tom McMahon, who declined to comment last week on Pagano’s coaching credentials given his possible return to the NFL after a year’s absence. But he did vouch for Pagano’s character.

“I’ll tell you this, Coach, as a human being, is one of the greatest men I’ve ever been around in my life,” McMahon said. “As a man, nothing like him.”

The Broncos also plan to interview former Titans head coach and current Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio (on Monday), Rams QBs coach Zac Taylor and Patriots de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores.

Unlike the last two hires, Gary Kubiak in 2015 and Joseph in 2017, Elway doesn’t appear to have a preferred candidate going into his latest head coaching search.

Elway agreed with star cornerback Chris Harris’ damning assessment that the Broncos need to modernize their offense and their defense to catch up to the NFL’s run-pass option trend that teams such as the playoff-bound Chiefs, Ravens, Rams and Eagles have already integrated into their playbooks.

 

Paul George gets 37 amid boos in OKC’s 107-100 win at Lakers

Paul George got booed last season in Indianapolis because he left. He got booed by Lakers fans on Wednesday night because he never arrived.

The Oklahoma City star learned from the first experience and translated it into a performance that quieted Staples Center.

George scored 37 points while getting jeered whenever he touched the ball by Lakers fans still angry he didn’t choose their team in free agency, leading the Thunder to a 107-100 victory over Los Angeles.

Russell Westbrook had 14 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists despite 3-for-20 shooting, but his fellow Southern California native was the center of attention in the Thunder’s only visit to the Lakers this season.

“I was prepared for it,” George said. “I’m the bad guy, and that’s fine.”

The boos started in pregame introductions for George, whose perceived crime is his decision to re-sign quickly with Oklahoma City when he became a free agent last summer despite years of mutual interest between the scoring sensation and the Lakers.

George grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant while rooting for both the Lakers and Clippers in Palmdale, California, on the far-flung edge of Los Angeles suburbia. Yet he didn’t even deign to meet with the Lakers about a return to his home state after years of hopeful speculation by Lakers fans and Magic Johnson, who wanted to team LeBron James with George.

“I’m not the only guy from SoCal, the LA area, that didn’t decide to play here,” George said. “You can go down the whole list of guys from this beautiful city. It is what it is. The decision has been made. No ill will.”

 

Nets build big lead, hold off Davis, Pelicans 126-121

The Nets piled on the points in the first half like never before in Brooklyn, and it turned out they needed almost all of them.

Anthony Davis was that tough to stop in a monstrous return to the lineup.

D’Angelo Russell had 22 points and 13 assists, and the Nets built up a big enough lead with a 73-point first half to hold off Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans, 126-121 on Wednesday night.

Davis finished with 34 points and a career-high 26 rebounds after a one-game absence, but there weren’t enough rebounds to get in the first half, when the Nets opened a 24-point lead during their highest-scoring first half at home in 17 years.

“Man, when you got a guy like Anthony Davis down there, it’s tough for us on the defensive end, it’s tough for us on the offensive end,” Russell said. “You’ve just got to keep playing next play at a time mentality and just being aggressive on all cylinders.”

Joe Harris added 21 points for the Nets, who had 105 points through three quarters, then got consecutive baskets by Harris when New Orleans trimmed the lead down to seven with under 5 minutes remaining.

The Nets made nine of their first 15 3-point attempts during their highest-scoring first half at home since getting 75 against Golden State on Feb. 19, 2002, back in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Davis said the Pelicans’ first-half defense was lazy.

“The whole first half they did whatever they wanted,” he said. “They didn’t feel us on the defensive end.”

Despite playing without injured Caris LeVert, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Allen Crabbe, the Nets won for the seventh time in their last eight home games. They finished with seven players in double figures, with DeMarre Carroll (19) and Spencer Dinwiddie (18) leading a bench effort that had a whopping 55-5 advantage over the New Orleans reserves.

 

Embiid scores 42 points, 76ers hold off Suns 132-127

The Philadelphia 76ers were ready to go home from their trip west a little too early, and it almost cost them.

Joel Embiid, playing despite a sore left knee, matched his season high with 42 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 18 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers blew most of a 30-point lead before holding on to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-127 on Wednesday night.

Ben Simmons added 29 points and J.J. Redick 27 for the 76ers, They were without Jimmy Butler and Wilson Chandler, both due to an upper respiratory infection.

Devin Booker scored 37 points for the Suns. Deandre Ayton added 18 points and 11 boards, and Josh Jackson scored 16 points.

“I think we left Dec. 24 and now we’re ready to go home,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “It didn’t really end as authoritative as we’d hoped.”

Philadelphia led by 23 at halftime and as many as 30 in the third quarter. The Suns cut it to three points before Redick finally sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds to play.

“We love to make the game interesting,” Embiid said. “We’ve done it a lot, but give credit to Phoenix. They hit a lot of 3s in the third quarter and they got back in the game. It was a fun game but we have to make sure next time we need to finish and push the lead even further.”

The 76ers shot out to a 13-3 lead and consecutive 3-points by Redick made it 21-8. The 76ers led 44-32 after one, matching the most point allowed by the Suns in any quarter this season.

Embiid scored 10 points as Philadelphia opened the second quarter with a 13-2 run to lead 58-36 and the margin barely changed the rest of the one-sided half and the 76ers led 72-49 at the break.

 

Hayward (35 pts) leads Celtics past Timberwolves 115-102

Gordon Hayward was off target on all six of his shots in Boston’s previous game and then started with a pair of long misses on Wednesday night against Minnesota.

Then it quickly turned around.

A 3-pointer from the right side. Another from the left. A basket from the lane and then a dunk, followed by three straight free throws. In all, he was 4 for 4 in the second quarter and 7 of 8 in the third.

“He was disappointed in how he shot the ball, obviously, in San Antonio and got back in the gym this morning. And you could tell he was going to play pretty well,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Hayward came off the bench to score a season-high 35 points and lead Boston to a 115-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

“I mean, 14 for 18 is an unbelievable night, and you’re not always going to shoot it like that,” Stevens said. “But you could tell he was pretty locked in.”

Terry Rozier scored 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter while making his third start of the season because Kyrie Irving scratched both of his eyes in Monday’s game against San Antonio. Hayward took over from there in his highest scoring game with the Celtics.

“Gordon’s a good player, and we gave him basically whatever he wanted,” said Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who saw Hayward score 30 a month ago when the teams met in Minneapolis. “When you do that in this league, they’re going to make you pay.”

Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 of his 28 points – and grabbed five of his 12 rebounds – in the third quarter, when Minnesota trimmed a 22-point deficit to six points. It was an 11-point game with 4:53 left before the Celtics went on an 8-0 run to clinch their fifth straight win over the Wolves.

 

AP source: Tulowitzki agrees to 1-year deal with Yankees

The New York Yankees have obtained a low-cost infield replacement, agreeing to a one-year contract with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for the major league minimum $555,000, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement, first reported by ESPN, is subject to a successful physical.

Tulowitzki idolized retired Yankees captain Derek Jeter and has worn No. 2 in his honor. A five-time All-Star who turned 34 in October, Tulowitzki has not played in the major leagues since July 2017 and was released by the Toronto Blue Jays last month. He was limited to 66 games in 2017 because of a hamstring and right ankle injury. The ankle required surgery last spring and he missed the entire season.

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Oct. 17 and is not expected to return until summer. New York also has been talking with Manny Machado, one of the top available free agents. Tulowitzki could slot in at shortstop, allowing Gleyber Torres to remain at second baseman and Miguel Andujar to stay at third.

Tulowitzki was taken by Colorado with the seventh overall pick in the 2005 amateur draft, became a star with the Rockies and agreed after the 2010 season to a $157.75 million, 10-year contract that added $132 million over seven seasons. Colorado dealt him in July 2015 to Toronto in a deal that brought shortstop Jose Reyes to the Rockies.

While Tulowitzki helped the Blue Jays reach that year’s AL Championship Series, he slumped the next year and then was derailed by injuries.

Tulowitzki is owed $20 million for next year, $14 million for 2020 and a $4 million buyout of a 2021 team option. Toronto would pay all but the big league minimum in the Yankees deal, which would be offset against his 2018 salary.

 

Ovechkin to skip NHL All-Star Game, be suspended 1 game

Alex Ovechkin will skip the All-Star Weekend in San Jose to get some extra rest and serve an automatic one-game suspension.

The Washington Capitals announced Ovechkin’s decision Wednesday. The team says the NHL’s leading goal-scorer wants to take advantage of the adjoining bye week to prepare for the second half of the season.

“My body needs a rest,” Ovechkin said after practice on Wednesday. The 33-year-old has played in all 33 games this season and leads the Capitals with 45 points.

Washington’s final game before the All-Star break is Jan. 23 at Toronto. The All-Star game is Jan. 26, and the Capitals don’t play again until Feb. 1 against Calgary.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Ovechkin must miss either the game before or after the All-Star break. The NHL recently instituted an automatic one-game suspension for players who chose not to participate in All-Star Weekend, except in cases of injury.

Fans voted Ovechkin, the reigning playoff MVP, as the captain of the Metropolitan Division All-Star team. It’s not clear who would take over the spot, though the NHL’s hockey operations department chooses the remaining All-Stars.

Full All-Star rosters will be released Wednesday night.

 

Murray helps Penguins beat Rangers 7-2 for 7th straight win

Matt Murray doesn’t think he’s made any big changes since coming back from an injury last month. He’s just focusing on details and helping the Pittsburgh Penguins pile up wins.

Murray stopped 28 shots to keep up his strong play since his return, and the Penguins beat the New York Rangers 7-2 Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.

“There’s nothing really game-changing you can do. It’s just about doing the little things harder and better,” said Murray, who improved to 6-0 with a 1.49 goals-against average in six games since Dec. 15.

“Battling through traffic, just competing,” he added. “The way the game’s played nowadays, there’s going to be a lot of tips and screens and weird bounces. You’ve just got to do your best and put yourself in the best position that you can to make the save.”

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel, Kris Letang and Dominik Simon each had a goal and an assist. Zach Aston-Reese and Tanner Pearson also scored to help the Penguins win for the ninth time in 10 games. Patric Hornqvist had two assists.

“I don’t think we were at our best,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “We were opportunistic on some of the chances we got and Matt was there to make timely saves for us.”

Pittsburgh has recovered nicely from a 10-10-5 start. The Penguins are 12-2-1 in their last 15 games.

“Early in the year we might have made mistakes to beat ourselves,” said Crosby, selected an All-Star for the eighth time earlier in the day. “We’re making teams earn their chances a little more. … We’re getting a lot of different guys contributing.”

 

Ex-USC coach Tony Bland pleads guilty in corruption case

Former University of Southern California assistant basketball coach Tony Bland pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit bribery, admitting to accepting $4,100 in cash to steer players at the school to certain financial advisers and business managers.

Bland’s plea in Manhattan federal court makes it likely he’ll spend little or no time in prison after he is sentenced April 2.

“On July 29, 2017, I met with others in Las Vegas, Nevada, to discuss my participation in the scheme and received a payment of $4,100,” he told U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos.

He was among four assistant coaches charged in the September 2017 crackdown on college basketball recruiting corruption. Three former coaches still face trial.

Prosecutors say the coaches teamed up with a top Adidas executive and others to trade hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents and even tailors.

Bland, 38, had been preparing for an April trial before working out his plea deal last month with prosecutors. In the deal, solidified in a six-page agreement, Bland agreed not to appeal any sentence that results in a prison sentence of six months or less.

Outside the courtroom, a relaxed and good-natured Bland declined to comment except to say: “Happy New Year” and shake the hand of a reporter.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman called it a “very tragic sad ending for somebody who’s given so much to so many people.”

“It’s a tragic, tragic day,” he said.

 

Pulisic to join Chelsea as most expensive American player

Christian Pulisic became the most expensive American soccer player in history after completing a transfer to English club Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Chelsea paid 64 million euros ($73 million) for the 20-year-old United States winger, who will be loaned back to Dortmund for the rest of this season. The German club won’t have to pay Chelsea for the loan.

The fee is easily the biggest paid for an American player, surpassing the reported 20 million euros ($22.5 million) spent by German team Wolfsburg for John Brooks in 2017.

“It was always Christian’s big dream to play in the Premier League,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. “That certainly has to do with his American origins, and so it wasn’t possible for us to extend his contract.”

The Hershey, Pennsylvania-native’s contract with Dortmund was due to expire at the end of next season.

“It is a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club,” Pulisic said of the London team that has won five Premier League titles since 2005. He thanked Dortmund for “finding a solution that was win-win for everyone.”

Pulisic had long been linked with a move to a Premier League club, while Dortmund’s league rival Bayern Munich was also reportedly interested.

Despite the price tag, the signing could be somewhat of a coup for Chelsea if it helps the club establish a larger American fan base.

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 26 10 .722 0.5 17-3 9-7 8-1 18-5 8-2 4 W
Toronto 28 11 .718 15-4 13-7 4-3 17-7 6-4 2 W
Indiana 25 12 .676 2.0 14-5 11-7 5-2 19-5 8-2 5 W
Philadelphia 25 14 .641 3.0 16-3 9-11 4-6 17-11 6-4 2 W
Boston 22 15 .595 5.0 12-5 10-10 5-2 15-7 5-5 1 W
Miami 18 18 .500 8.5 8-11 10-7 2-7 9-13 7-3 1 W
Charlotte 18 19 .486 9.0 14-8 4-11 6-2 17-12 4-6 1 L
Detroit 17 19 .472 9.5 11-8 6-11 4-4 12-16 4-6 1 W

Brooklyn 18 21 .462 10.0 10-11 8-10 5-2 13-10 7-3 1 W
10 Orlando 17 20 .459 10.0 10-11 7-9 3-4 12-10 5-5 1 W
11 Washington 15 23 .395 12.5 11-7 4-16 5-3 9-14 4-6 2 W
12 Atlanta 11 26 .297 16.0 6-10 5-16 4-4 8-17 5-5 2 L
13 Chicago 10 28 .263 17.5 5-14 5-14 2-6 7-16 4-6 2 L
14 New York 9 29 .237 18.5 4-12 5-17 2-7 6-22 1-9 8 L
15 Cleveland 8 30 .211 19.5 5-14 3-16 1-7 7-21 1-9 7 L
Western Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Denver 24 11 .686 15-3 9-8 5-0 15-6 7-3 3 W
Golden State 25 13 .658 0.5 15-5 10-8 5-2 15-9 6-4 2 W
Oklahoma City 24 13 .649 1.0 13-4 11-9 2-3 14-11 7-3 2 W
Houston 21 15 .583 3.5 13-5 8-10 5-4 13-11 9-1 5 W
Portland 22 16 .579 3.5 14-6 8-10 2-4 13-13 7-3 2 W
LA Clippers 21 16 .568 4.0 12-6 9-10 6-1 16-11 4-6 2 L
San Antonio 21 17 .553 4.5 15-5 6-12 3-4 16-12 7-3 2 W
LA Lakers 21 17 .553 4.5 13-7 8-10 5-2 15-12 4-6 1 L

Sacramento 19 18 .514 6.0 10-8 9-10 2-6 12-15 4-6 2 L
10 Memphis 18 19 .486 7.0 10-8 8-11 3-2 12-12 2-8 3 L
11 Dallas 18 19 .486 7.0 15-3 3-16 3-4 10-16 3-7 1 W
12 Utah 18 20 .474 7.5 8-8 10-12 2-4 12-12 5-5 1 L
13 Minnesota 17 21 .447 8.5 12-6 5-15 3-3 8-15 4-6 2 L
14 New Orleans 17 22 .436 9.0 13-6 4-16 4-4 10-13 3-7 1 L
15 Phoenix 9 30 .231 17.0 5-15 4-15 0-7 5-18 4-6 4 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Tampa Bay Lightning 40 31 7 2 64 28 168 117 17-4-0 14-3-2 9-0-1
Washington Capitals 38 24 11 3 51 21 138 112 12-6-2 12-5-1 8-2-0
Toronto Maple Leafs 39 26 11 2 54 26 144 109 12-6-1 14-5-1 6-3-1
Pittsburgh Penguins 40 22 12 6 50 21 140 117 11-7-2 11-5-4 9-1-0
Columbus Blue Jackets 39 23 13 3 49 23 129 119 11-8-2 12-5-1 7-2-1
Boston Bruins 40 22 14 4 48 21 114 105 13-5-0 9-9-4 6-4-0
Buffalo Sabres 40 21 13 6 48 18 115 115 12-5-3 9-8-3 4-4-2
Montreal Canadiens 40 21 14 5 47 19 128 128 10-7-2 11-7-3 6-4-0

New York Islanders 38 21 13 4 46 19 114 102 9-5-3 12-8-1 7-2-1
10 New York Rangers 39 17 15 7 41 12 113 130 11-5-5 6-10-2 3-3-4
11 Florida Panthers 38 17 15 6 40 15 124 134 8-6-4 9-9-2 6-4-0
12 Carolina Hurricanes 38 16 17 5 37 15 94 109 10-7-4 6-10-1 3-6-1
13 New Jersey Devils 39 15 17 7 37 15 117 132 11-4-4 4-13-3 5-4-1
14 Detroit Red Wings 42 15 20 7 37 13 118 145 8-10-4 7-10-3 1-6-3
15 Philadelphia Flyers 39 15 19 5 35 13 111 140 7-8-2 8-11-3 3-6-1
16 Ottawa Senators 41 15 21 5 35 15 129 163 11-7-4 4-14-1 2-7-1
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Calgary Flames 41 25 12 4 54 25 146 115 12-4-4 13-8-0 6-2-2
Winnipeg Jets 39 25 12 2 52 24 134 111 13-6-2 12-6-0 7-3-0
Vegas Golden Knights 43 24 15 4 52 23 130 115 13-3-3 11-12-1 6-1-3
San Jose Sharks 42 22 13 7 51 22 145 133 12-4-4 10-9-3 6-2-2
Nashville Predators 41 24 15 2 50 23 124 104 15-7-0 9-8-2 4-5-1
Dallas Stars 41 21 16 4 46 21 113 110 13-5-2 8-11-2 5-4-1
Colorado Avalanche 41 19 14 8 46 19 138 128 8-6-5 11-8-3 2-5-3
Anaheim Ducks 41 19 15 7 45 16 102 120 10-4-7 9-11-0 4-4-2

Vancouver Canucks 43 20 19 4 44 19 128 136 9-9-1 11-10-3 6-3-1
10 Edmonton Oilers 40 19 18 3 41 18 114 127 10-9-1 9-9-2 3-6-1
11 Minnesota Wild 38 18 17 3 39 18 110 108 10-7-3 8-10-0 3-6-1
12 Arizona Coyotes 40 17 21 2 36 15 101 115 7-12-1 10-9-1 4-6-0
13 Chicago Blackhawks 42 15 21 6 36 15 121 153 8-9-4 7-12-2 6-3-1
14 Los Angeles Kings 41 16 22 3 35 15 92 121 9-11-1 7-11-2 5-3-2
15 St. Louis Blues 37 15 18 4 34 15 102 123 9-11-2 6-7-2 5-5-0

 

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Big Ten
Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
Michigan State 3-0 1.000 2-0 1-0 12-2 .857 8-0 2-1 2-1 2-1
Michigan 2-0 1.000 1-0 1-0 13-0 1.000 9-0 2-0 2-0 3-0
14 Ohio State 2-0 1.000 1-0 0-0 12-1 .923 8-1 2-0 2-0 0-0
21 Indiana 2-0 1.000 1-0 1-0 11-2 .846 9-0 1-2 1-0 1-1
22 Wisconsin 2-0 1.000 1-0 1-0 10-3 .769 6-0 2-2 2-1 1-1
Maryland 2-1 .667 2-0 0-1 11-3 .786 9-2 1-1 1-0 1-1
Minnesota 1-1 .500 1-0 0-1 11-2 .846 7-0 0-2 4-0 1-1
Purdue 1-1 .500 1-0 0-1 8-5 .615 6-0 0-3 2-2 1-3
24 Nebraska 1-2 .333 1-0 0-2 11-3 .786 8-0 1-2 2-1 0-0
25 Iowa 0-2 .000 0-1 0-1 11-2 .846 8-1 0-1 3-0 1-2
Rutgers 0-2 .000 0-1 0-1 7-5 .583 6-2 1-3 0-0 0-2
Penn State 0-2 .000 0-1 0-1 7-6 .538 5-1 1-3 1-2 1-1
Illinois 0-2 .000 0-0 0-1 4-9 .308 4-2 0-2 0-5 0-2
Northwestern 0-3 .000 0-1 0-2 9-5 .643 7-2 0-2 2-1 0-2

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-JANAURY 3, 1973

NEW YORK – The Columbia Broadcasting System said today that it was selling the New York Yankees to a 12-man syndicate headed by Michael Burke, now president of the team, and George M. Steinbrenner 3d of Cleveland.

The price is $10 million in cash, which is $3.2 million less than CBS. paid for the franchise in 1964, the last year the Yankees won the American League pennant. Mr. Burke, who has been running the club for CBS, will continue to direct it for the self-styled “absentee owners,” and the Yankees, he said, will remain in New York.

“We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned,” Steinbrenner said. “We’re not going to pretend we’re something we aren’t. I’ll stick to building ships.”

The only partners in the syndicate who appeared at Yankee Stadium for the announcement were Mr. Burke and Mr. Steinbrenner, 42-year-old chairman of the American Ship Building Company and part-owner of the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

No other partners were identified – except as “prominent business executives and sportsmen” – though the Yankees said they would be introduced in person here next week.

The sale itself was no surprise, since Mr. Burke acknowledged last July that CBS was listening to offers. But two aspects of the sale did raise some eyebrows: the price, which was considered a bargain in today’s professional sports market, and the fact that CBS sold so far below its original purchase price.

In its statement CBS said “the $10 million purchase price substantially recoups the original CBS investment of $13.2 million, taking into account consolidated financial results during the period of ownership. The purchase price is well in excess of the value carried on the CBS books.”

 

  • 1865 – Con Orem and Hugh O’Neill box 193 rounds before darkness ends match.
  • 1902 – Reg Duff scores 104 on cricket Test debut, versus England at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • 1920 – New York Yankees purchase Babe Ruth from Boston Red Sox for $125,000.
  • 1929 – Donald Bradman scores 112 versus England at Melbourne Cricket Ground – his first Test century.
  • 1931 – Nels Stewart of Montréal Maroons scores two goals in 4 seconds (record).
  • 1948 – Donald Bradman completes dual Test tons (132 and 127*) versus India Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • 1951 – Fred Wilt wins Amateur Athletic Union Sullivan Memorial Trophy (US athlete of 1950).
  • 1952 – Australia beats West Indies by one wicket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, last stand 38.
  • 1958 – Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick versus South Africa at Cape Town.
  • 1971 – Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders 27-17 in AFC championship game.
  • 1971 – Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 17-10 in NFC championship game.
  • 1973 – The Columbia Broadcasting System sells the New York Yankees to a 17-person syndicate headed by George Steinbrenner for US$10 million.
  • 1974 – New York Yankees sign Bill Virdon as manager.
  • 1977 – Lindy McDaniel retires with second most pitching appearances (987 games).
  • 1978 – Chandrasekar takes 6-52 and 6-52 at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Indian innings win.
  • 1981 – Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey #34, Austin Carr.
  • 1981 – Greg Chappell scores 204 versus India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • 1981 – Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 100 metre butterfly (58.91s).
  • 1981 – 55th Australian Womens Tennis: H Mandlikova beats W Turnbull (6-0, 7-5).
  • 1983 – Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yard rush, Dallas Cowboys versus Minnesota Vikings.
  • 1985 – Azharuddin scores 110 in first Test innings.
  • 1991 – Los Angeles Kings’ Wayne Gretzky scores his 700th goal, against New York Islanders.
  • 1992 – Boon completes 11 Test Cricket century, 129 versus India at Sydney.
  • 1994 – 35-foot-tall Chief Wahoo, trademark of Cleveland Indians on top of Stadium since 1962, is taken down, to be moved to Jacob’s Field.
  • 1997 – Eddo Brandes takes ODI hat-trick versus England at Harare.
  • 1997 – Zimbabwe clean-sweep ODI series versus England 3-0.
  • 2002 – The University of Miami defeats Nebraska 37-14 in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California to win college football’s national championship.
  • 2003 – The Ohio State University defeats the University of Miami in double-overtime in the Fiesta Bowl, 31-24, for the national Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title.
  • 2005 – The Angels of Anaheim baseball team in California announces the franchise will now be known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1861 William Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1881-6, 89), born in Leamington Spa, England (d. 1904)

1861 Ernest Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1888), born in Leamington, England (d. 1889)

1886 Arthur Mailey, cricketer (great Aussie leg-spinner & cartoonist)

1898 Johannes Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1920)

1910 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball player (d. 2000)

1923 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)

1928 Frank Ross Anderson, Canadian International Chess Master (1954)

1932 Jaswick Taylor, cricketer (WI pace bowler 50s, 10 wkts in 3 Tests)

1932 Coo Coo Marlin, American NASCAR race car driver, born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2005)

1936 David Vine, British sport commentator

1939 Bobby Hull, Canadian NHL forward (Chicago Blackhawk 1957-72), born in Pointe Anne, Ontario

1939 Nikos Alefantos, Greek football manager

1944 Christina von Saltza, American swimmer (Olympic-3 gold/silver-1960)

1948 Manfred Kokot, East German runner (world record 50 m indoor)

1953 Angelo Parisi, French heavyweight judo (Olympic gold 1980)

1954 Dean Hart, Canadian wrestler (d. 1990)

1956 Willy T. Ribbs, American race car driver, born in San Jose, California

1962 Darren Daulton, American baseball player (catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2017)

1962 Gavin Hastings, WLAF kicker (Scottish Claymores)

1962 Mark Gardner, American baseball player (Florida Marlins)

1963 Aamer Malik, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 13 Tests 1987-90)

1963 Ashley Chinner, golfer (1992 CGIA Canadian Tour), born in Cape Town, South Africa

1963 Jim Everett, NFL quarterback (LA Raiders, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers)

1964 Cheryl Miller, basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Riverside, California

1965 Daniel Stubbs, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins)

1965 Mark Dewey, pitcher (SF Giants), born in Grand Rapids Michigan

1966 Chetan Sharma, cricketer (Ind Test bowler, World Cup hat-trick 1987)

1966 John Kropke, CFL defensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)

1966 Luis Sojo, Venezuelan-born MLB infielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Petare, Edo Miranda

1966 Wendell Davis, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)

1967 Demetri Davis, WLAF tight end (Barcelona Dragons)

1967 Magnus Gustafsson, Swedish tennis star

1968 Kent Carlsson, Swedish tennis star

1968 Kerry Huffman, Peterborough, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa)

1968 Thomas Rayam, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)

1969 Matt LaBounty, defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)

1969 Steve Poapst, Cornwall, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)

1969 Michael Schumacher, German auto racer (7- time world F1 champion), born in Hürth, Germany

1970 James Brown, NFL tackle (NY Jets)

1970 Tony Farmer, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets)

1970 Trudi Jeffrey, Brisbane QLD, golfer (1990 Australian Jr Champion)

1970 Yogi Johl, 130 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

1971 Cory Cross, Lloydminster, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)

1971 Rene van Rijswijk, Dutch soccer player (RKC)

1972 Charles Johnson, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)

1972 Deborah Carter, WNBA forward (Utah Starzz)

1973 Tyrone Brown, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)

1974 Stefan Ustorf, Kaufbeuren Ger, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals)

1974 Todd Warriner, Blenheim, NHL left wing (Toronto Maple Leafs)

1974 Alessandro Petacchi, Italian cyclist

1976 Mendel Witzenhauser, soccer player (Ajax, VVV)

1976 Angelos Basinas, Greek footballer

1977 Beata Handra, dance skater (& Sinek-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd), born in San Francisco, California

1977 Lee Bowyer, English footballer

1977 A.J. Burnett, American baseball player

1978 Mike York, American ice hockey player

1980 Angela Ruggiero, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998)

1980 David Tyree, American football player

1981 Eli [Elisha] Manning, American football quarterback (NY Giants – MVP Super Bowls XLII, XLVI), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

1981 Chris Blais, California racecar driver

1985 John David Booty, American football player

1986 Jacob Timpano, Australian soccer player