BOYS HS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

New Castle 73 Richmond 48

Indianapolis Tech 67 Harrison 53

Lafayette Central Catholic 66 McCutcheon 46

Logansport 72 Kokomo 63

Muncie Central 81 Lafayette Jeff 74

Union County 54 Franklin County 28

Hagerstown 63 Centerville 42

Greensburg 74 Connersville 65

 

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Marion 54 Richmond 30

Harrison 90 Indianapolis Tech 3

Lafayette Jeff 73 Muncie Central 40

Logansport 44 Kokomo 27

Anderson 68 Lapel 53

Northeastern 60 Lincoln 41

Union City 53 Randolph Southern 39

Winchester 60 Monroe Central 48

Blue River 47 Tri 31

Shenandoah 67 Knightstown 27

Columbus East 58 Connersville 43

Seton 48 Providence Cristo Rey 35

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Utah 117 Cleveland 91

Boston 114 Dallas 93

Indiana 119 Chicago 116 OT

Miami 115 Washington 109

Minnesota 120 Orlando 103

Brooklyn 109 Memphis 100

Milwaukee 144 Atlanta 112

LA Clippers 121 Phoenix 111

New York 119 LA Lakers 112

Oklahoma City 111 Portland 109

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#20 Buffalo 74 Eastern Michigan 58

Ball State 79 Toledo 64

IUPUI 66 Illinois Chicago 64

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#5 Oregon 84 Washington 71

#6 Stanford 72 USC 64

#11 Oregon State 76 Washington State 69

UCLA 84 #18 California 79 OT

#20 Marquette 96 #24 DePaul 63

#22 Arizona State 65 Utah 63

Butler 62 Seton Hall 59

Southern Illinois 67 Evansville 47

St. John 76 Xavier 57

Missouri State 71 Indiana State 58

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Pittsburgh 4 Winnipeg 0

Detroit 4 Nashville 3

Carolina 4 Columbus 2

Dallas 2 Washington 1

Colorado 6 NY Rangers 1

New Jersey 3 Arizona 2

Vegas 3 Anaheim 2

 

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AP All-Pro team has Kansas City accent: Mahomes, 3 teammates

From a breakthrough quarterback to a unanimous choice. From two brothers to four rookies for the first time – two from the same club, no less. The Associated Press 2018 All-Pro Team has something for everyone.

Patrick Mahomes and three other Kansas City Chiefs players made the squad Friday. They were joined by the first rookie teammates since 1965 – Colts guard left Quenton Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard. The last time that occurred it was two future Hall of Famers, the Bears’ Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was the only unanimous choice in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.

“That’s surreal,” Donald said. “It’s a blessing. Wow! You see the hard work pay off.

“A lot of credit to my teammates and my coaches for pushing me and helping me.”

Mahomes, Kansas City’s second-year sensation, drew 45 votes at quarterback and was joined by teammates Travis Kelce at tight end, Tyreek Hill as the flex player and Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle.

Kelce’s brother, Eagles center Jason, also made the team.

“For me and my brother to both get it, it’s that much more special because I still remember us in the backyard fighting with each other, playing football growing up and we envisioned each other competing at the highest level, competing against the best players,” Jason said. “And for both of us to be recognized as one of those guys is pretty special.”

Joining Nelson and Leonard as rookies on the team were Seahawks punter Michael Dickson and Chargers safety Derwin James.

“These are the kind of guys who have the DNA, the makeup of everything that we are looking for,” Colts coach Frank Reich said of Nelson and Leonard. “All the intangibles, all the character qualities, everything about them. It’s a really hard filter to get through to get marked that way and both Quenton and Darius had that on their card. So that says something about their maturity and how fast we think they will develop.”

And already have developed.

Chicago also had four All-Pros: edge rusher Khalil Mack, cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson and punt returner Tarik Cohen.

Two players made All-Pro for the fifth time: Houston edge rusher J.J. Watt and Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly.

“It means a lot to get back to the top level of the game,” said Watt, who missed most of the 2016 and `17 seasons with major injuries. “Obviously, it’s an extreme honor to be a first-team All-Pro, especially after what I’ve been through the last two years and hearing the things that people were saying and questioning myself at times.

“To be able to get back to the top level of the game and know that I still have things to improve on and things that I want to get even better at, it’s exciting.”

The All-Pro team was split: 14 AFC and 14 NFC members. There were 16 newcomers: Mahomes; Schwartz; Fuller; Jackson; Cohen; Saints receiver Michael Thomas; Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari; Eagles interior defensive lineman Fletcher Cox; Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore; Chargers defensive back Desmond King and special teamer Adrian Phillips; Jets kick returner Andre Roberts; and the four rookies.

Players with previous All-Pro honors who made the 2018 team included Donald and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, each for the fourth time; Mack, Dallas right guard Zack Martin and Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, each for the third time; Hill; Rams running back Todd Gurley; and Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

“I think I really took a lot of pride in leadership,” said Wagner, who drew 49 votes. “I knew that was going to be big if we were going to be successful. I knew I was going to have to up my role in that, up my mindfulness in that. I was really conscious of that and just making sure I was, when it came to getting back to the defense I looked at it from a different lens.”

Hopkins got the most votes on offense with 46.

“This is validation,” Hopkins said. “I feel like these people are the people who actually know football, who study football, who have been around football for years. So to be on this list and to be first team is a great feeling. But it makes me want to work harder and continue to be on that list.”

 

NFL regular-season TV ratings show 5 percent increase

All of the NFL television partners have reason to be happy at the end of the regular season – all five packages showed increases following years of declines.

The league showed a 5 percent increase this season as an average of 15.8 million viewers tuned into non-London games. It was a year largely devoid of off-field controversy after ratings decreased 9.7 percent last season and 8 percent in 2016.

Neal Pilson, the former president of CBS Sports who now runs his own sports television consulting company, said the increases are due to a number of factors which include better prime-time matchups and most of the big-market teams doing well.

The biggest improvement belonged to ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” which was up 8 percent over last season. The most-watched game was the Nov. 17 matchup between Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams, which attracted 16.7 million viewers. The game was originally scheduled for Mexico City, but it was moved to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions at Azteca Stadium. The Rams won 54-51 in the highest-scoring game in the series’ 49-season history.

“The league is finally giving ESPN a strong package of games. For many years I thought it wasn’t good, but at the beginning of the season I thought their ratings would improve because of the schedule they had,” Pilson said.

The CBS Sunday afternoon package and NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” both experienced 6 percent gains. CBS averaged 16.5 million viewers, and had three of the five most-watched games. The Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Day game between Chicago and Detroit averaged 26.6 million, which was second across the league. Two games featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers – Dec. 16 vs. New England (24.6 million) and Dec. 23 at New Orleans (24 million) – also placed in the top five.

CBS has the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 and is expected to have an update on ad sales next week when it holds a briefing with reporters about the network’s plans for this year’s game.

 

Steelers part ways with linebackers coach Joey Porter

The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with outside linebackers coach Joey Porter.

The team announced Friday that Porter’s contract would not be renewed. The move is the first of what could be several coaching adjustments by the Steelers after Pittsburgh failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

The 41-year-old Porter, who spent 13 seasons in the NFL before going into coaching, joined the Steelers as a defensive assistant in 2014 and was promoted to outside linebackers coach in 2015. His tenure with the team was marred by an incident in January 2017 when he was arrested following an altercation with a bouncer at a bar. Most of the charges against Porter were later dropped.

Coach Mike Tomlin called the decision to fire Porter “difficult.”

Play by Pittsburgh’s outside linebackers was uneven during Porter’s tenure. Though T.J. Watt finished with a career-best and team-high 13 sacks, the development of 2015 first-round pick Bud Dupree has been slow. Longtime Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison also became problematic in his final season with Pittsburgh in 2017, eventually getting released due in part to insubordination.

 

Patriots assistant Flores interviews for Dolphins’ head job

The Miami Dolphins have begun their search for a coach who’s ready to lose this year.

New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, the first candidate to interview for the Dolphins’ job, met with them Friday. Owner Stephen Ross is seeking a replacement for Adam Gase, and wants to rebuild after a 7-9 season.

The Dolphins are also expected to interview their special teams coach, Darren Rizzi; Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio; Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy; Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richards; and former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, now the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line coach.

Gase, fired Monday after three seasons, led the Dolphins to the playoffs in his first year. That isn’t likely to happen with the new coach.

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, his win-now approach will change.

“I would hope I don’t have to go 3-13,” Ross said this week. “But whatever it’s going to take, we’re going to build the organization with the right players.”

The roster revamp is expected to include the departure of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has been with the team since 2012.

Miami’s search is being led by general manager Chris Grier, who has been with the team for 19 years and took charge of football operations in this week’s organizational shake-up. Grier said he embraces Ross’ desire to take a long view in building the team.

“It’s not about winning one year and then falling back,” Grier said. “We want to build this thing the right way, where it’s long sustained success where the fans are happy, Steve is happy and we’re winning for long periods of time.”

 

Elway meets with fellow Hall of Famer Munchak

John Elway met with Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak about the Denver Broncos’ vacant head coaching position Friday, one Hall of Famer to another.

Munchak met with Elway at Broncos headquarters just as former Colts coach Chuck Pagano did Wednesday before Elway flew to Los Angeles to interview Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor on Thursday.

Elway is scheduled to meet with Patriots de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores on Saturday and Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on Monday.

Denver’s is one of eight NFL head coaching vacancies and certainly not as glamorous as those in Green Bay or Cleveland, which feature franchise quarterbacks already in place.

If Elway is sold on one of those five candidates, he’s expected to move quickly and name his fourth head coach in six seasons next week.

 

Jets interview former Dolphins coach Adam Gase

The Jets have interviewed former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase for their head coaching vacancy.

Gase is the second known meeting New York has had as it looks for a replacement for Todd Bowles , who was fired last Sunday night after he went 24-40 in four seasons.

The Jets spoke with Gase on Friday after interviewing Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy in Kansas City on Wednesday.

Gase was 23-26 in three seasons with Miami , including a playoff game in 2016, before being fired Monday. The 40-year-old coach worked as an assistant with Detroit, San Francisco and Denver before being promoted to offensive coordinator by the Broncos in 2013 and drawing rave reviews from Peyton Manning.

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

The Jets are also expected to have interest in meeting with former Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, former Detroit and Indianapolis coach Jim Caldwell, Dallas defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard, Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Todd Monken, and USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

 

Dolphins interview Flores, Bieniemy for head coaching job

The Miami Dolphins have begun their search for a coach who’s ready to lose this year.

New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, the first candidates to interview for the Dolphins’ job, met with them Friday. Owner Stephen Ross is seeking a replacement for Adam Gase , and wants to rebuild after a 7-9 season.

The Dolphins are also expected to interview their special teams coach, Darren Rizzi; Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio; Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard; and former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, now the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line coach.

Gase, fired Monday after three seasons, led the Dolphins to the playoffs in his first year. That isn’t likely to happen with the new coach.

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, his win-now approach will change.

“I would hope I don’t have to go 3-13,” Ross said this week. “But whatever it’s going to take, we’re going to build the organization with the right players.”

The roster revamp is expected to include the departure of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has been with the team since 2012.

 

Ohio State center Michael Jordan will enter NFL draft

Ohio State will lose experience and leadership on the offensive line with center Michael Jordan’s decision to leave early for the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-7, 312-pound lineman announced he would forgo his senior season in a tweet on Friday, saying that “in my heart, I know I am ready for the NFL, largely because I have been coached by the very best.”

After starting as a true freshman and playing two years at left guard, Jordan moved to center last season to replace All-American Billy Price.

Jordan’s announcement comes after linebacker Malik Harrison and safety Jordan Fuller, both draft-eligible NFL prospects, said they were staying at Ohio State.

Running back Mike Webster and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones have announced their early departures.

 

QB Fields confirms transfer to Ohio State from Georgia

Quarterback Justin Fields confirmed Friday night he is transferring to Ohio State following one season as Georgia’s backup.

Fields’ much-anticipated announcement gives new Ohio State coach Ryan Day a sublimely talented dual-threat passer to run his offense if Dwayne Haskins Jr. makes an expected jump to the NFL.

Fields decided to transfer from Georgia after he was unable to beat out starter Jake Fromm. Fields announced the transfer after he was expected to visit the Ohio State campus earlier Friday.

Fields issued a statement on his Twitter account in which he said his one season at Georgia “has given me the opportunity to refine my skills under great coaches and to play with incredibly talented teammates who’ve become like brothers to me.”

Fields’ arrival at Ohio State is huge for Day, who took over as coach Wednesday after Urban Meyer’s retirement. Fields was the overall No. 2 national prospect in the 2018 recruiting class and was highly sought after he announced his intention to transfer last month.

Fields helped give Georgia coach Kirby Smart the nation’s top-rated signing class last year.

The Kennesaw, Georgia-native deepens Ohio State at quarterback and sets up an intriguing competition with Tate Martell.

NCAA rules would require Fields to sit out next season if he transfers, though he could request a waiver to become immediately eligible.

Fields was the target of a racial slur from a Georgia baseball player during a football game in September.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Field was relegated to backup for the sixth-ranked Bulldogs behind star sophomore Fromm this season. Fields played in all 12 games, completing 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards with four touchdowns, and running for 266 yards and four touchdowns. His most significant playing time, though, came in lopsided victories against nonconference opponents.

 

Georgia WR Riley Ridley, TE Isaac Nauta to enter NFL draft

Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley and tight end Isaac Nauta are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft, taking away two of the Bulldogs’ top three receivers.

Ridley and Nauta announced the decisions on Friday on their Twitter accounts.

“I could not imagine any other program preparing me for the next stay the way this one has,” Ridley said, adding thanks for coach Kirby Smart and the coaching staff.

Ridley, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons rookie Calvin Ridley, led Georgia with 44 catches for 570 yards and nine touchdowns. He finished strong with five-catch games against Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game and against Texas in the Sugar Bowl.

Nauta was third on the team with 30 catches for 430 yards and three touchdowns this season. His top game of the season came against Florida, when he had five catches for 73 yards.

Nauta said he made the decision to pursue his “life-long dream” of playing in the NFL after consulting with his family and coaches.

Also Friday, freshman tight end Luke Ford, from Carterville, Illinois, announced on Twitter he is transferring to Illinois “due to my grandparents’ deteriorating health and my family’s inability to afford to see me play in person each week.”

Ford had one catch for four yards in nine games this season.

Georgia could have other underclassmen enter the draft. The school is awaiting decisions from others, including tailback Elijah Holyfield, wide receiver Mecole Hardman and defensive back J.R. Reed.

 

AP sources: West Virginia, Troy’s Neal Brown close to deal

West Virginia and Troy’s Neal Brown are completing a deal to make him the next coach of the Mountaineers, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.

The people spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the contract was not yet final. Brown would replace Dana Holgorsen, who this week left West Virginia to become Houston’s coach.

Yahoo! Sports first reported West Virginia and Brown were close to a deal.

The 38-year-old Brown has coached Troy since 2015 and is 35-16 at the Sun Belt Conference school. His teams have produced impressive performances against Power Five competition, winning at Nebraska this season and at LSU in 2017. The Trojans also lost 30-24 at Clemson in 2016, the season the Tigers won the national title.

Brown was offensive coordinator at Kentucky for two years before being hired at Troy as one of the youngest head coaches in FBS. Before his two-year stint with the Wildcats he served at offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas Tech (2010-12) and Troy (2008-09). He is part of the Air Raid offense tree that stems from former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme and Washington State coach Mike Leach. Brown played receiver at Kentucky under Mumme from 1998-2000.

Brown took over a Troy program that had a history of success under longtime coach Larry Blakeney but had regressed in the early 2010s. The Trojans went 4-8 under Brown in 2015 but have won double-digit games each season since. Troy won the Sun Belt in 2017 and went 20-3 in the conference over the last three seasons.

Holgorsen went 61-41 in eight seasons at West Virginia.

 

Hall of Fame college football coach George Welsh dies

George Welsh, who coached football at Virginia for 19 years and retired as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s career victories leader, has died.

The school made the announcement in a release Friday, saying Welsh’s family says he died peacefully in Charlottesville on Wednesday. He was 85.

Welsh compiled a 134-86-3 record at Virginia from 1982-2000. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004, and the school named its indoor practice facility for him when it was completed in 2013.

“I am saddened to hear that Coach Welsh passed away this week,” Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said Friday on Twitter. “My condolences go out to his family. He was a true pioneer for UVA football and provided the model of success we are working hard to replicate. We will miss his frequent visits to the football offices.”

A former quarterback at Navy who finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a senior, Welsh took over a Cavaliers program that was sometimes derided as “Cadavaliers” because it had had just two winning seasons in 29 years. He guided Virginia to an 8-2-2 record in his third season, which ended with the school’s first appearance in a bowl game. The Cavaliers faced Purdue in the Peach Bowl, winning 27-24.

Welsh guided Virginia to bowl games 11 more times during his tenure and, in 1990, their only No. 1 ranking.

His quarterback when the Cavaliers rose to No. 1 was Shawn Moore, who recalled Welsh’s ability to get Virginia prospects to come be part of what the football program he was building.

 

Penn State’s Chambers suspended 1 game for shoving player

Penn State has suspended basketball coach Patrick Chambers for one game for shoving a player during a timeout Thursday night in a loss at No. 2 Michigan

Midway through the first half in the 68-55 loss, the ESPN broadcast showed footage of a fired-up Chambers in a huddle, reaching out with one arm and pushing freshman guard Myles Dread in the chest.

Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour announced the suspension Friday.

“Coach Chambers and I have spoken about what occurred during the Michigan game and he is very remorseful,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said in statement. “His actions were unacceptable, which he recognized, and he apologized to Myles Dread last night and his family today. His actions do not reflect the values of Penn State and the expectations we set for our programs and must not occur again.”

Chambers will miss Nittany Lions’ home game Sunday against Wisconsin.

“I apologized to Myles after the game and I have spoken with his family. My actions were inappropriate; that’s not what Penn State stands for or what I stand for,” Chambers said Friday in a statement. “I told Myles I was sorry that it happened. Sandy and I have spoken and agreed there are some things I need to address. I’ve assured her this won’t happen again and understand my actions last night come with consequences.”

Chambers addressed the incident in his postgame news conference, without being asked about it Thursday night.

“I absolutely love, love Myles Dread. He committed to us as a sophomore. So I’ve known him forever, him and his parents,” Chambers said. “Absolutely love him. I apologize to him. I was just trying to challenge him, just trying to get the best out of him, and hopefully I’ll do it differently next time. No, not hopefully. I will do it a different way next time.”

 

Victor Oladipo hits late 3, Pacers beat Bulls 119-116 in OT

Victor Oladipo calmly rose to the occasion again and helped the Indiana Pacers emerge from a frantic finish with another win.

Oladipo banked in a 3-pointer from just above the top of the arc with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give Indiana its sixth straight victory, 119-116 over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

Oladipo had 36 points and seven rebounds, including some big baskets in the third quarter that gave the Pacers their first lead after Chicago got off to a fast start.

On his game-winner, Indiana’s leading scorer stepped from the center court logo toward the arc and fired a shot over Kris Dunn than kissed the backboard and dropped through the net.

“It felt great coming out of my hands, and it banked in,” Oladipo said. “It felt like I didn’t bank it, it would have been a swish. I work on that shot all the time.”

Chicago’s Zach LaVine then hit a 3-pointer from the corner, but after time ran out in the extra period.

Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis added 23 points and 12 rebounds in the first game of a five-game trip. Thaddeus Young had 16 points, including several key baskets down the stretch in the fourth quarter, to help the Pacers overcome an early 12-point deficit.

“(Oladipo) is our star,” Young said. “Before overtime started, I pulled him aside and said, `It’s time to take us to the promised land.'”

The Bulls (10-29) young lineup gave the rising Pacers (26-12) all they could handle.

LaVine led Chicago with 31 points. He made two 3-pointers in the closing moments of regulation to tie it at 105 and send it to overtime. He hit the first 3 with 17.3 seconds left from outside the left side of the arc, then knotted it with 3.9 seconds remaining from almost the same spot.

 

Rays trimming capacity at Tropicana Field by more than 5,000

The Tampa Bay Rays are trimming capacity of Tropicana Field by more than 5,000 seats as part of renovations and capital improvements to the domed stadium for the upcoming season.

The team announced Friday that the entire upper deck will be closed, trimming seating to an estimated 25,000-26,000. That’s down from 31,042, which already was the smallest capacity in the major leagues.

Tampa Bay finished next to last in attendance in 2018 at 14,258 per game. The Miami Marlins (10,013) were the only team in the majors that drew fewer fans.

The announcement comes about a month after the Rays announced they were abandoning plans to build a new ballpark in the Ybor City neighborhood in Tampa.

The team says it has invested more than $50 million in stadium renovations since 2005, including more than $15 million in the past two years.

In addition to creating a more intimate setting for fans, the latest project will include creation of a premium seating area that’ll be known as the Left Field Ledge, as well as installation of new artificial turf and energy-efficient LED lights throughout the stadium.

“These renovations mark our continued commitment to providing a first-rate fan experience at Tropicana Field,” Rays President Matt Silverman said. “Together, in concert with the reduction in seating capacity, these investments will help create a more intimate, entertaining and appealing experience for our fans.”

 

Penguins top Jets 4-0 to run winning streak to 8

The puck fluttered into the air and Matt Cullen turned away so he wouldn’t get smacked in the face.

Too bad. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward missed his fourth – and unlikeliest – goal of the season, one that helped propel Cullen’s surging team to a 4-0 victory over Winnipeg on Friday night that extended Pittsburgh’s winning streak to eight and pushed its early season funk further into the rearview mirror.

“Yeah it’s funny how that goes,” Cullen said after teammate Zach Aston-Reese’s pass caromed off Cullen’s left shoulder and past Connor Hellebuyck to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 first-period lead it would never come close to relinquishing. “When things are going not good, pucks are bouncing in your net and they’re not going in for you. Obviously this run here, things have gone our way.”

It’s not just luck. The Penguins bottled up the Central Division-leading Jets for long stretches, keeping them mostly to the outside and limiting the number of quality scoring chances goaltender Matt Murray faced. Murray responded by stopping all 33 shots for his third shutout of the season and ninth of his career.

A bit of a mess in October and November when he battled both injuries and his form, Murray is 7-0 with a 1.27 goals against average and a .961 save percentage since returning from a 13-game absence on Dec. 15.

“He always has a calm demeanor in goal, a quiet confidence when he’s at his best,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “From that standpoint I think he’s in a whole different place than he was mentally earlier in the year when it was a struggle not just for Matt but all of us.”

Olli Maatta picked up his first goal since late March when his shot from the point deflected off Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler and slipped past Hellebuyck 14:19 into the first. Cullen’s unlikely bank shot followed 33 seconds later and the Penguins were in firm control. Dominik Simon and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won 10 of 11 overall.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JANUARY 5, 1920

NEW YORK – Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox, baseball’s superslugger, was purchased by the Yankees today for the largest cash sum ever paid for a player. The New York club paid Harry Frazee of Boston $125,000 for the sensational batsman who last season caused such a furor in the national game by batting out twenty-nine home runs, a new record in long-distance clouting.

Colonel Ruppert, President of the Yanks, said that he had taken over Ruth’s Boston contract, which has two years more to run. This contract calls for a salary of $10,000 a year. Ruth recently announced that he would refuse to play for $10,000 next season, although the Boston Club has received no request for a raise in salary.

Manager Miller Huggins is now in Los Angeles negotiating with Ruth. It is believed that the Yankee manager will offer him a new contract which will be satisfactory to the Colossus of the bat. President Ruppert said yesterday Ruth would probably play right field for the Yankees. He played in left field for the Red Sox last season, and had the highest fielding average among the outfielders, making only two errors during the season. While he is on the Pacific Coast, Manager Huggins will also endeavor to sign Duffy Lewis, who will be one of Ruth’s companions in the outfield at the Polo Grounds next season.

Mr. Frazee said tonight that he had sold Ruth to the New York Americans because he thought it was an “injustice” to keep him with the Red Sox, who “were fast becoming a one-man team.” Mr. Frazee said he would use the money obtained from the New York Club for the purchase of other players and would try to develop the Red Sox into a winning team.

Ruth was told by The Associated Press in Los Angeles that Colonel Ruppert had announced the deal. “I am not surprised,” he said. “When I made my demand on the Red Sox for $20,000 a year, I had an idea they would choose to sell me rather than pay the increase, and I knew the Yankees were the most probable purchasers in that event.”

The acquisition of Ruth strengthens the Yankee club in its weakest department. With the added hitting power of Ruth, Bob Shawkey, one of the Yankee pitchers, said yesterday the New York club should be a pennant winner next season. For several seasons the Yankees have been experimenting with outfielders, but never have been able to land a consistent hitter. The short right field wall at the Polo Grounds should prove an easy target for Ruth next season and, playing seventy- seven games at home, it would not be surprising if Ruth surpassed his home-run record of twenty-nine circuit clouts next summer.

Ruth was such a sensation last season that he supplanted the great Ty Cobb as baseball’s greatest attraction, and in obtaining the services of Ruth for next season the New York club made a tenstrike which will be received with the greatest enthusiasm by Manhattan baseball fans.

Ruth’s crowning batting accomplishment came at the Polo Grounds last fall when he hammered one of the longest hits ever seen in Harlem over the right field grandstand for his twenty-eighth home run, smashing the home-run record of twenty-seven, made by Ed Williamson way back in 1884.

Jacob Ruppert’s timing in the Babe Ruth deal was impeccable. Ruth went from 29 home runs in 1919 to 54 in 1920 and 59 in 1921 in the friendly Polo Grounds, dominating the game and making the 1919 Black Sox scandal all but a distant memory.

TODAY IN SPORTS

  • 1895 – Victor Trumper makes first-class cricket debut for New South Wales at age 17 years 64 days.
  • 1912 – First National Hockey Association game (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada).
  • 1925 – French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey, and Hugh Jennings.
  • 1927 – Judge Landis begins 3-day public hearing on charges that four games played between Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers in 1917 had been thrown to Chicago.
  • 1934 – Fenway Park catches fire for second time (May 8th 1926 also).
  • 1934 – National and American baseball leagues select a uniform ball.
  • 1937 – Fingleton and Donald Bradman make record stand of 346 for 6th wicket.
  • 1951 – Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Ponte Vedra Beach Women’s Golf Open.
  • 1957 – Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson retires rather than be traded to New York Giants.
  • 1960 – Continental League, a proposed third major baseball league, gets an assurance of congressional support from New York Senator Kenneth Keating.
  • 1963 – San Diego Chargers beat Boston Patriots 51-10 in AFL championship game.
  • 1964 – San Diego Chargers win AFL-championship.
  • 1971 – First one-day international, Australia versus England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • 1971 – Harlem Globetrotters lose 100-99 to New Jersey Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak.
  • 1971 – Sonny Liston, American World Champ heavyweight boxer (1962-64), found dead at age 36.
  • 1972 – Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cleveland Cavaliers versus Los Angeles Lakers-11,178).
  • 1976 – Greg Chappell scores 182* at Sydney Cricket Ground against West Indies.
  • 1984 – Greg Chappell scores 182 in his last Test innings.
  • 1984 – Adrian Dantly (Utah Jazz), ties NBA record of 28 free throws.
  • 1989 – Major League Baseball signs US$400 million with ESPN, to show 175 games in 1990.
  • 1990 – J Donald Crump appointed 8th Commissioner of Canadian Football League.
  • 1991 – Edwin Jongejans of Netherlands wins 1-metre springboard diving title.
  • 1991 – Kevin Bradshaw of US International scores NCAA Division 1 record 72 points.
  • 1992 – Ravi Shastri scores 206 at Sydney Cricket Ground before being Warne’s first cricket Test wicket.
  • 1993 – Brian Lara completes 277 versus Australia at cricket Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • 1993 – Reggie Jackson is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1994 – Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.82).
  • 1994 – Yat Weiju swims world record 100m butterfly stroke (58.71).
  • 1996 – Miami Dolphins’ coach Don Shula announces his retirement.
  • 1996 – Muralitharan no-balled for throwing in ODI versus West Indies at the Gabba.
  • 2009 – Canada beats Sweden 5-1 to win gold in the world junior hockey championships. This is Canada’s fifth straight championship, and its 15th gold, matching Russia/Soviet Union for the all-time lead.
  • 2009 – Free-agent outfielder Milton Bradley reaches terms on a three-year, US$30 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.
  • 2010 – At the World Junior Hockey final in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, team USA beats team Canada 6-5 in overtime.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAYS

  • 1905 – Birth of László Papp in Hungary; middleweight boxer (Olympics-gold-1948, 1952, 1956).
  • 1920 – Birth of Mohammad Aslam Khokhar; cricket player (Pakistani bat scored 16 and 18 in only test).
  • 1926 – Birth of Claude (Buddy) Young; NFL running back (New York Yankees, Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts).
  • 1928 – Birth of Imtiaz Ahmed; cricket player (Pakistan wicket-keeper in 41 Tests 1952-62).
  • 1931 – Birth of Walter Davis; American running high jumper (Olympics-gold-1952).
  • 1932 – Birth of Chuck Noll in Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers).
  • 1938 – Birth of Edwin Elliason in Washington, USA; archer (Olympics-1992).
  • 1938 – Birth of Jim Otto; NFL center (Oakland Raiders).
  • 1939 – Birth of Bridget Parker in England; equestrian three day event (Olympics-gold-1972).
  • 1941 – Birth of Bob Cunis; cricket player (New Zealand pace bowler of the late 1960s).
  • 1941 – Birth of Mansur Ali Khan; cricket player (Nawab of Pataudi, Indian batsman and captain).
  • 1942 – Birth of Eusebio de Silva Ferreira; Mozambique/Portugal soccer star (Europa Cup 1 1962).
  • 1945 – Birth of Sam Wyche; NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals).
  • 1948 – Birth of Parthasarathy Sharma; cricket player (Indian batsman of the mid-1970s).
  • 1961 – Birth of Curt Bader in Bloomfield, Iowa, USA; sprint kayak (Olympics-1996).
  • 1962 – Birth of Brendon Kuruppu; cricket player (Sri Lankan batsman, 201 debut versus New Zealand 1987).
  • 1962 – Birth of Danny Jackson; US baseball pitcher (Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, Saint Louis Cardinals).
  • 1962 – Birth of Donald John Cowie in Auckland, New Zealand; yachting Star class (Olympics-1996).
  • 1963 – Birth of Jeff Fassero in Springfield, Illinois, USA; pitcher (Montreal Expos).
  • 1964 – Birth of John Erickson in Woodland Hills, California, USA; golfer (1991 Windsor Charity).
  • 1964 – Birth of Tracy Ham; Canadian Football League quarterback (Montreal Alouettes).
  • 1965 – Birth of Rick Tuten; NFL punter (Seattle Seahawks).
  • 1966 – Birth of Renaldo Turnbull; NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers).
  • 1967 – Birth of Chris Nabholz; US baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox).
  • 1967 – Birth of J B Brown; NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers).
  • 1967 – Birth of Ray Crockett; NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl XXXII).
  • 1968 – Birth of Felton Spencer; NBA center (Utah Jazz).
  • 1968 – Birth of Jean Zedlitz in Stockton, California, USA; LPGA golfer (1994 Children’s Med-14th).
  • 1968 – Birth of Joe Juneau in Pont-Rouge, Québec, Canada; NHL center (Washington Capitals).
  • 1968 – Birth of Leila Meskhi in Tbilisi, Georgia; tennis star (1995 Hobart).
  • 1969 – Birth of David Dixon; NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings).
  • 1969 – Birth of Derrick Ned; NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints).
  • 1969 – Birth of Kurt Barber; NFL defensive end (New York Jets).
  • 1970 – Birth of James Patton; NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills).
  • 1971 – Birth of Eric Smith; NFL/WLAF wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Scotland Claymores).
  • 1971 – Birth of Hillary Butler; WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy).
  • 1971 – Birth of Jason Bates in Downey, California, USA; infielder (Colorado Rockies).
  • 1972 – Birth of Joseph Patton; NFL guard (Washington Redskins).
  • 1974 – Birth of Calvin Collins; center/guard (Atlanta Falcons).
  • 1974 – Birth of Michelle Scerri in Melbourne, Australia; golfer (1995 Tasmanian).
  • 1975 – Birth of Warrick Dunn; running back (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 27 10 .730 18-3 9-7 8-1 19-5 9-1 5 W
Toronto 28 12 .700 0.5 15-4 13-8 4-3 17-7 5-5 1 L
Indiana 26 12 .684 1.5 14-5 12-7 6-2 20-5 8-2 6 W
Philadelphia 25 14 .641 3.0 16-3 9-11 4-6 17-11 6-4 2 W
Boston 23 15 .605 4.5 13-5 10-10 5-2 15-7 5-5 2 W
Miami 19 18 .514 8.0 9-11 10-7 3-7 10-13 8-2 2 W
Charlotte 18 19 .486 9.0 14-8 4-11 6-2 17-12 4-6 1 L
Brooklyn 19 21 .475 9.5 10-11 9-10 5-2 13-10 7-3 2 W

Detroit 17 19 .472 9.5 11-8 6-11 4-4 12-16 4-6 1 W
10 Orlando 17 21 .447 10.5 10-11 7-10 3-4 12-10 4-6 1 L
11 Washington 15 24 .385 13.0 11-7 4-17 5-4 9-15 4-6 1 L
12 Atlanta 11 27 .289 16.5 6-10 5-17 4-4 8-18 5-5 3 L
13 Chicago 10 29 .256 18.0 5-15 5-14 2-7 7-17 4-6 3 L
14 New York 10 29 .256 18.0 4-12 6-17 2-7 6-22 2-8 1 W
15 Cleveland 8 31 .205 20.0 5-15 3-16 1-7 7-21 1-9 8 L
Western Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Denver 25 11 .694 15-3 10-8 5-0 16-6 8-2 4 W
Oklahoma City 25 13 .658 1.0 13-4 12-9 3-3 15-11 7-3 3 W
Golden State 25 14 .641 1.5 15-6 10-8 5-2 15-10 6-4 1 L
Houston 22 15 .595 3.5 13-5 9-10 5-4 14-11 9-1 6 W
LA Clippers 22 16 .579 4.0 12-6 10-10 7-1 17-11 5-5 1 W
San Antonio 22 17 .564 4.5 16-5 6-12 3-4 16-12 7-3 3 W
Portland 22 17 .564 4.5 14-7 8-10 2-5 13-14 6-4 1 L
LA Lakers 21 18 .538 5.5 13-8 8-10 5-2 15-12 3-7 2 L

Sacramento 19 19 .500 7.0 10-9 9-10 2-6 12-16 4-6 3 L
10 Utah 19 20 .487 7.5 8-8 11-12 2-4 12-12 5-5 1 W
11 Memphis 18 20 .474 8.0 10-9 8-11 3-2 12-12 2-8 4 L
12 Dallas 18 20 .474 8.0 15-3 3-17 3-4 10-16 3-7 1 L
13 Minnesota 18 21 .462 8.5 13-6 5-15 3-3 8-15 5-5 1 W
14 New Orleans 17 22 .436 9.5 13-6 4-16 4-4 10-13 3-7 1 L
15 Phoenix 9 31 .225 18.0 5-16 4-15 0-8 5-19 3-7 5 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Tampa Bay Lightning 41 32 7 2 66 29 174 119 17-4-0 15-3-2 9-0-1
Washington Capitals 40 24 12 4 52 21 141 119 12-6-2 12-6-2 6-3-1
Toronto Maple Leafs 40 26 12 2 54 26 147 113 12-7-1 14-5-1 6-3-1
Pittsburgh Penguins 41 23 12 6 52 22 144 117 12-7-2 11-5-4 9-1-0
Boston Bruins 41 23 14 4 50 22 120 109 14-5-0 9-9-4 6-4-0
Columbus Blue Jackets 40 23 14 3 49 23 131 123 11-8-2 12-6-1 7-2-1
Buffalo Sabres 41 22 13 6 50 19 119 118 13-5-3 9-8-3 4-4-2
Montreal Canadiens 41 22 14 5 49 20 130 128 11-7-2 11-7-3 7-3-0

New York Islanders 39 22 13 4 48 20 117 104 10-5-3 12-8-1 8-2-0
10 Carolina Hurricanes 40 18 17 5 41 17 103 114 11-7-4 7-10-1 5-4-1
11 New York Rangers 40 17 16 7 41 12 114 136 11-5-5 6-11-2 3-3-4
12 Florida Panthers 39 17 16 6 40 15 127 138 8-6-4 9-10-2 6-4-0
13 New Jersey Devils 40 16 17 7 39 15 120 134 11-4-4 5-13-3 5-4-1
14 Detroit Red Wings 43 16 20 7 39 14 122 148 9-10-4 7-10-3 2-5-3
15 Philadelphia Flyers 40 15 20 5 35 13 114 145 7-9-2 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 42 25 13 4 54 25 150 121 12-4-4 13-9-0 5-3-2
Winnipeg Jets 40 25 13 2 52 24 134 115 13-6-2 12-7-0 6-4-0
Vegas Golden Knights 44 25 15 4 54 24 133 117 13-3-3 12-12-1 7-1-2
Nashville Predators 42 24 15 3 51 23 127 108 15-7-0 9-8-3 3-5-2
San Jose Sharks 42 22 13 7 51 22 145 133 12-4-4 10-9-3 6-2-2
Dallas Stars 42 22 16 4 48 22 115 111 14-5-2 8-11-2 6-3-1
Colorado Avalanche 42 20 14 8 48 20 144 129 9-6-5 11-8-3 3-5-2
Anaheim Ducks 42 19 16 7 45 16 104 123 10-5-7 9-11-0 3-5-2

Vancouver Canucks 44 20 20 4 44 19 128 138 9-9-1 11-11-3 6-4-0
10 Minnesota Wild 39 19 17 3 41 19 114 111 10-7-3 9-10-0 4-5-1
11 Edmonton Oilers 40 19 18 3 41 18 114 127 10-9-1 9-9-2 3-6-1
12 Arizona Coyotes 41 17 21 3 37 15 103 118 7-12-2 10-9-1 3-6-1
13 Chicago Blackhawks 43 15 21 7 37 15 123 156 8-9-4 7-12-3 5-3-2
14 St. Louis Blues 38 16 18 4 36 16 107 125 10-11-2 6-7-2 6-4-0
15 Los Angeles Kings 42 16 23 3 35 15 94 127 9-12-1 7-11-2 5-4-1

 

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Big Ten
Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
Michigan 3-0 1.000 2-0 1-0 14-0 1.000 10-0 2-0 2-0 3-0
Michigan State 3-0 1.000 2-0 1-0 12-2 .857 8-0 2-1 2-1 2-1
21 Indiana 3-0 1.000 2-0 1-0 12-2 .857 10-0 1-2 1-0 1-1
14 Ohio State 2-0 1.000 1-0 0-0 12-1 .923 8-1 2-0 2-0 0-0
Minnesota 2-1 .667 1-0 1-1 12-2 .857 7-0 1-2 4-0 2-1
Maryland 2-1 .667 2-0 0-1 11-3 .786 9-2 1-1 1-0 1-1
22 Wisconsin 2-1 .667 1-1 1-0 10-4 .714 6-1 2-2 2-1 1-1
Purdue 2-1 .667 2-0 0-1 9-5 .643 7-0 0-3 2-2 2-3
24 Nebraska 1-2 .333 1-0 0-2 11-3 .786 8-0 1-2 2-1 0-0
Rutgers 0-2 .000 0-1 0-1 7-5 .583 6-2 1-3 0-0 0-2
25 Iowa 0-3 .000 0-1 0-2 11-3 .786 8-1 0-2 3-0 1-2
Northwestern 0-3 .000 0-1 0-2 9-5 .643 7-2 0-2 2-1 0-2
Penn State 0-3 .000 0-1 0-2 7-7 .500 5-1 1-4 1-2 1-2
Illinois 0-3 .000 0-0 0-2 4-10 .286 4-2 0-3 0-5 0-3