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Luck has 2 TDs to lead Colts over Texans 21-7 in wild card
A year ago at this time Andrew Luck was at home struggling with an injured shoulder that cost him the entire season.
On Saturday he wrote a happy ending to the latest chapter of his comeback season, throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns and the Indianapolis Colts raced out to a big lead and cruised to a 21-7 win over the Houston Texans in the wild-card game.
Luck put on a show in his hometown in a stadium where he’d attended games throughout childhood and played in them since high school, throwing for 191 yards and two touchdowns before halftime to help the Colts (11-6) build a 21-0 lead.
He denied feeling “at home” at NRG Stadium, but admitted to having warm feelings for the city he grew up in and where his grandparents and many friends still reside.
“But it’s still an away stadium,” he said. “It was very loud, very energetic, but fun to win, certainly.”
Running back Marlon Mack had 148 yards and a touchdown for Indianapolis, which advances to face the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round next weekend.
“We know we have an elite quarterback and we can throw it for 400 and win when we have to,” Indianapolis coach Frank Reich said.
“But the margin for error in playoff football when you try to do it that way is very thin. When you can win like this – running the football and stopping it – that’s just everything.”
Houston (11-6), which overcame a 0-3 start to win the AFC South, gave up too many big plays and couldn’t get anything going on offense in the first half to fall into the huge hole.
Deshaun Watson, who was sacked an NFL-leading 62 times in the regular season, was sacked three times and hit eight more times in a disappointing playoff debut. He finished with 235 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception.
“Just a lack of execution on our part,” Watson said. “We didn’t make plays. I didn’t make plays. Communication was a little off. You just got to give the Colts the credit.”
The Colts, who opened the season 1-5, continued an impressive run by winning their fifth straight and for the 10th time in 11 games. Saturday was their first playoff appearance since the AFC championship game loss at New England in the “Deflategate” game in the 2014 season.
It was another good game in a splendid season for Luck. He threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns in the regular season after missing all of 2017 with a shoulder injury.
The Texans didn’t score until rookie Keke Coutee grabbed a 6-yard touchdown pass to cap a 16-play, 89-yard drive that included a fourth-down conversion that cut it to 21-7 with about 11 minutes left.
They led the NFL with nine comeback wins this season, but their attempt at a rally ended on their next possession when Watson’s pass on fourth-and-10 from the Indianapolis 24 fell short with about four minutes left.
Luck threw for 863 yards with six touchdowns as the teams split two meetings in the regular season. He picked up right where he left off in this one, when he found Eric Ebron on a 6-yard TD pass on their first drive. That play was set up by a 38-yard catch by T.Y. Hilton, who had 63 yards receiving on that drive.
“We didn’t have a lot of guys that made the playoffs so the guys that made the playoffs wanted to go out there and set the tone early, try to get the crowd out of the game,” Hilton said. “That’s what we did.”
Hilton didn’t have any catches on the next drive, but the Colts still drove down the field easily and made it 14-0 on a 2-yard run by Mack later in the first.
Houston went for it on fourth-and-4 from the Indianapolis 45 on its second possession and Watson was intercepted by Kenny Moore II. It was his first interception since he threw two against the Redskins on Nov. 18.
The Colts got to the 17 after that before J.J. Watt deflected Luck’s pass and he was intercepted by Brandon Dunn. But the Texans couldn’t move the ball and had to punt.
Indianapolis pushed the lead to 21-0 when Luck connected with Dontrelle Inman on an 18-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
“It’s very frustrating when they’re able to execute and get their job done,” Watt said. “We had a couple of big penalties early in the game as well. But you have to overcome it and you have to find a way to win.”
The Texans had a fourth-and-1 from the 9 late in the second quarter and went for it again instead of settling for a field goal. The gamble didn’t pay off when Watson’s pass to DeAndre Hopkins was low and bounced in front of him in the end zone.
Prescott, Cowboys push past Seahawks for 24-22 wild-card win
Dak Prescott saw an opening up the middle, then three defenders between him and the first down.
The Dallas quarterback found a way to get there, and get his first playoff victory two years after a sensational rookie season ended in disappointment.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 137 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, Prescott scored on a sneak after his dazzling head-over-heels run and the Cowboys hung on for a 24-22 wild-card win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night.
The win for the Cowboys (11-6) was the first for Elliott and Prescott after losing a divisional game in their playoff debut as first-year stars two years ago. Dallas will play at either New Orleans or the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round next weekend.
“It’s really just a chance to keep going on, simple as that,” Prescott said. “Me and this whole team, we want to win it all. You can’t do that without taking care of the first one. A lot of excitement, but my goal is bigger than just one playoff win.”
The loss ended a run of nine straight victories in playoff openers for the Seahawks (10-7). The Elias Sports Bureau says it was the longest streak in NFL history.
Leading 17-14, Prescott faced third-and-14 from the Seattle 17 with the 2-minute warning approaching. He took off up the middle on a QB draw, barged through a trio of defenders 6 yards short of the first and went down at the 1 when he was flipped head-first by Tedric Thompson.
Prescott, who also had an 11-yard scoring pass to Michael Gallup in the first half, scored on the next play in the eighth win in nine games for the Cowboys.
“He’s just a rare guy,” coach Jason Garrett said. “His leadership, his toughness, just his way, his spirit. It’s like none other. Somehow, some way, he’s going to figure this thing out for us.”
Dallas’ defense, ranked in the top 10 most of the season, stifled the NFL’s No. 1 rushing offense and mostly kept quarterback Russell Wilson under control and handed him his first loss in four wild-card games.
The Seahawks had finished the regular season with six wins in seven games to secure Wilson’s sixth playoff trip in seven years despite a roster overhaul and 0-2 start.
“This has been a special, special year,” Wilson said. “Just the growth of our team, the men in the locker room, just the way that we’ve played together, just eliminating the doubters and the things that people thought that we could only do.”
Prescott, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 when the Cowboys lost to Green Bay at home as the top seed in the NFC, threw for 226 yards, and his sneak for what appeared to be a clinching score because Dallas burned more than five minutes while taking 24-14 lead.
But Tyler Lockett’s 53-yard catch set up a quick Seattle touchdown – Wilson’s 7-yard scoring pass to J.D. McKissic. The Seahawks got within two on their second 2-point conversion following an injury to Sebastian Janikowski.
The missing kicker left the Seahawks no good options on an onside kick with 1:18 remaining. Punter Michael Dickson’s drop kick was caught by Cole Beasley at the Dallas 31, sealing the first playoff win for the Cowboys since beating Detroit in the wild-card round in the 2014 season.
After Wilson ran for 4 yards for a touchdown and Mike Davis’ 2-point conversion run put Seattle up 14-10 late in the third quarter, Prescott led a 67-yard drive to put the Cowboys back in front for good.
A 34-yard pass to Amari Cooper , who had seven catches for 106 yards, led to Elliott’s 1-yard plunge after an apparent touchdown by the quarterback was overturned on replay.
Prescott then had a chance to give the Cowboys a 10-point lead, but K.J. Wright made a juggling interception in the end zone.
Dallas’ defense came through again, though, forcing a punt and giving Elliott a highlight play before Prescott added his. The NFL rushing leader stiff-armed Shaquill Griffin on a 17-yard run to get inside the 20.
Seattle got a double dose of bad news at halftime when Janikowski missed a 57-yard field goal on the final play and injured his left hamstring. He yelled as he grabbed the back of his leg and limped to the locker room, unable to return.
Still, the Seahawks took their first lead basically because the 40-year-old’s injury forced them to try.
Facing fourth-and-5 in Janikowski’s range from the Dallas 39, Doug Baldwin made a toe-dragging catch on the sideline for 22 yards. After Wilson’s TD run, the Seahawks pushed their lead to 14-10 on Mike Davis’ run.
But the Cowboys never did lose control of the Seattle running game after allowing Chris Carson’s first career 100-yard game in a Week 3 Seattle win that turned the season for the Seahawks, who finished the regular season with six wins in seven games.
Carson had just 20 yards on 13 carries. Wilson was 18 of 27 for 233 yards, with Lockett getting four catches for 120 yards. The Seahawks had 73 yards rushing after averaging 160 during the season. Dallas came in with the No. 5 rushing defense.
“Once we go up, we do a pretty good job of getting ourselves back down, knowing that we’ve got to start over next week and we’ve got to be able to do it again,” linebacker Leighton Vander Esch said. “It’s a full attack mode.”
Iowa State drubs No. 5 Kansas 77-60
Iowa State served notice that it’s a Big 12 contender again after an ugly rebuild last season.
Marial Shayok scored 24 points, and the streaking Cyclones routed No. 5 Kansas 77-60 on Saturday for their most lopsided victory over the Jayhawks in 46 years.
Freshman Tyrese Haliburton made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for Iowa State (12-2, 2-0), which opened Big 12 play with back-to-back wins for the first time since 2015. It was the Cyclones’ fifth consecutive victory overall.
Kansas (12-2, 1-1) committed a season-high 24 turnovers in its worst loss to Iowa State since an 89-65 blowout in Lawrence in 1973.
“They’re the standard in our league and the team we’re all trying to catch,” Cyclones coach Steve Prohm said. “It’s a great win. I loved the way they competed.”
Despite getting outrebounded 41-26, Iowa State – now one shy of matching its win total from a dismal 13-18 campaign a year ago – made surprisingly easy work of Kansas in part by shooting 9 of 13 on 3s in the second half.
“We were awful. But they were good,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “They manhandled us.”
The Cyclones opened their first double-digit lead when Haliburton made a corner 3-pointer with 9:59 to go. Lagerald Vick answered with a hasty 3-point try that bounced off the bottom of the backboard, and Lindell Wigginton connected from long range to make it 60-47 and force Self to burn his third timeout in 11 minutes.
Shayok’s 3 with just under seven minutes to go made it 65-49, and the rout was on.
“We came out playing careless,” said Kansas star Dedric Lawson, who had 13 points and 12 rebounds, but committed six turnovers. “I played terrible. … I didn’t get guys open shots. A lot of this falls back on me.”
Quentin Grimes scored 19 points for Kansas, including 14 straight for the Jayhawks in one stretch.
Kansas played without big man Udoka Azubuike, who was hit on the right wrist during Friday’s practice. Self said about an hour before tip-off that X-rays on Azubuike’s wrist were negative, but he was in too much pain to play.
Azubuike, who is averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds a game, is scheduled for an MRI on Sunday. Azubuike needed surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left wrist in 2017.
“It could be a one-game deal or it could be a season-ending deal. But there’s no indication that it’ll be the latter,” Self said.
No. 6 Nevada struggles in 85-58 loss to New Mexico
New Mexico coach Paul Weir did his best to get the Lobos to focus on playing their game against undefeated and sixth-ranked Nevada.
“I actually gave them a quote (Friday) and a quote (Saturday) in the locker room from Gregg Popovich after the Spurs beat the Raptors,” Weir said of the San Antonio head coach. “It’s not about who we’re playing. It’s not about anything, it’s just about us executing and competing. And that’s all we talked about for two days.”
The message sunk as the Lobos shut down Nevada on Saturday, getting 27 points from Anthony Mathis and handing the Wolf Pack their first loss of the season, 85-58.
“We had so many people rebound the ball. And play unselfish,” Mathis said. “A team that plays unselfish is so hard to beat, as you see. We played super unselfish and we got a big win.”
New Mexico (8-6, 2-0 Mountain West) knocked the Wolf Pack (14-1, 1-1) from the ranks of the undefeated and sent fans streaming onto the court.
Vance Jackson came off the bench for a double-double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and added seven assists and three steals for the Lobos. Makuach Maluach had 14 points.
Jordan Caroline scored 17 for Nevada, which looked out of sorts throughout. Brothers Caleb and Cody Martin combined for 4-for-21 shooting from the field and 17 points.
New Mexico took control early in the first half with a 20-6 run for a 22-9 lead. The spurt featured 3-pointers by Jackson and Dane Kuiper, as well as a resounding windmill dunk by Carlton Bragg that energized the crowd and the team.
“It just got us going,” Mathis said. “You see your opponent dunking on people like that, it just gets you going. You just want a piece of it. You want to get in there. You want to contribute. You want to do your thing and that’s what we did.”
New Mexico maintained a double-figure lead despite the Wolf Pack scoring three straight points off of technical foul shots. The lead grew to 22 points at 67-45 after 3-pointers by Maluach and Mathis with seven minutes left.
“The one thing we’ve prided ourselves on was really competing until the end,” Nevada coach Eric Musselman said. “We didn’t play hard tonight. We splintered and we came apart. We have to regroup and try to play better next game.
“We just had a bad night all around. We had a bad night sharing the ball. We had a bad night defensively. Usually they’re zoned in on the scoring report, but we let guys who are shooters take open shots and we didn’t play who we are. Just a terrible game for all of us.”
Curry scores 42 points, Warriors hold off Kings 127-123
The Warriors still aren’t playing championship-level defense and they’re committing too many turnovers for coach Steve Kerr’s liking.
That might be nitpicking, especially on a night when Golden State and Sacramento set an NBA record for combined 3-pointers, but it’s a concern for the two-time defending champs nevertheless.
Not that it bothered Stephen Curry much.
Curry scored 20 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter and had 10 3-pointers, and the Warriors held on to beat the Kings 127-123 on Saturday night.
“At the end of the day we know in order to win a championship we have to get stops, and we did that in the fourth quarter,” Curry said. “The 3s that they were getting were mostly in transition and on breakdowns, just not communicating, and obviously they made us pay by making them.”
Kevin Durant added 29 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 20 points to help the Warriors take a 3-0 lead in the season series. The three games have been decided by a total of 10 points.
“Just an incredible offensive display by both teams,” Kerr said. “The problem for us was the (13) turnovers. Every time we turned the ball over it was a 3 or a dunk. That’s what kept them in the game.”
Coming off a 135-134 overtime loss to Houston on Thursday night when they let a 20-point lead slip away, the Warriors blew another big lead in the third quarter before storming past the Kings over the final 12 minutes.
Curry led the way with five 3s in the fourth, and had a pair of key three-point plays. Curry also closed out the quarter with a pair of free throws with 9.4 seconds left.
That ended a frenzied game in which the teams combined for 41 3-pointers. Golden State shot 21 of 47 beyond the arc while Sacramento was 20 of 36. The 20 3s were a franchise record for the Kings.
Leonard, Siakam each score 30 points, Raptors beat Bucks
Kawhi Leonard had a simple explanation after the Toronto Raptors’ latest victory.
“If you want to win, you got to play defense,” Leonard said. “That is every game in the NBA.”
Leonard and Pascal Siakam each scored 30 points, with Siakam setting a career high, and the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 123-116 on Saturday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the NBA standings.
Leonard also matched his season high with five steals.
Serge Ibaka added 25 points and nine rebounds, Fred VanVleet had a season-high tying 21 points and Danny Green 12 points and nine rebounds for Toronto which snapped a three-game losing streak to Milwaukee.
Toronto improved to 29-12, and Milwaukee dropped to 27-11.
Milwaukee led in the first quarter, but saw the margin shrink to one at the half as Toronto started making shots and playing defense.
“I thought that we kind of took some air out of them a little bit there,” VanVleet said. “That was a huge way to close the half. We closed it (the second) with a 7-0 run and came out in the third quarter with another run. I thought that we were in control for the rest of the way.”
The Bucks clung to a 57-56 lead at the half, but the Raptors had already turned the game in their favor.
“We kind of let up the second quarter going into the half,” the Bucks Eric Bledsoe said. “They cut it to one and we kind of let up then. We never could get our rhythm back.”
Toronto opened the third with a 26-12 run, capped by Siakam’s turnaround bank hook for a 63-57 lead at the 10:05 mark.
Jokic scores season-high 39, Nuggets beat Hornets 123-110
Nikola Jokic’s impressive numbers took a backseat to his coast-to-coast dunk.
Cheered by the sellout crowd for his jam, he was also teased by his teammates. To him, the slam was a thing of beauty.
“Poetry in motion,” the 7-footer said.
Jokic scored a season-high 39 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, reserve Paul Millsap added 18 points and the Western Conference-leading Nuggets knocked off the Charlotte Hornets 123-110 on Saturday for their 10th straight home victory.
That’s two straight games where Jokic’s now had a memorable dunk .
“If I’m not tired and 100 percent sure I’m going to dunk it, I’m going to dunk,” Jokic explained. “But two points is two points – however you score.”
His slam in the third quarter led to some good-natured ribbing from teammates such as Torrey Craig, who also had a high-flying dunk.
“He’s feeling pretty bouncy lately,” Craig playfully said.
Jokic took it all in stride.
“Just because (Craig) can jump high, doesn’t mean he can dunk better,” Jokic said.
Jokic turned in another impressive stat line, also adding six assists, three steals and one blocked shot. He was 16 of 29 from the floor and 4 of 5 from the line.
“You try to play him straight up, he’s going to do what he wants,” Hornets guard Malik Monk said. “We just tried to play him straight up and he just exploited us on that. He’s a great player. I can’t say anything bad about him.”
At 26-11, the Nuggets are off to their best NBA start in franchise history. This also marks the latest they’ve been in first place in the conference since March 16, 1977.
Cal defensive back Bryce Turner dies at age 19
California defensive back Bryce Turner has died after being hospitalized for a medical emergency during a non-team workout. He was 19.
California announced Turner’s death Saturday. There was no cause of death immediately given.
“We are so deeply saddened by Bryce’s passing,” coach Justin Wilcox said. “This is an extremely difficult day for everyone. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Bryce’s family, friends, teammates and so many others who have been a part of his life. No words can accurately describe the pain we feel in our hearts right now. We’ll always remember Bryce and how he impacted all of us with Cal football.”
Turner was hospitalized following a workout this week near his Southern California home. The school called it a “medical emergency” and has provided no other details.
Turner starred in high school at St. John Bosco Prep outside of Los Angeles. He spent the 2016 season at Long Beach City College before joining Cal. He redshirted his first year and played one game with one tackle this season.
“Our hearts are broken with this unimaginable tragedy,” athletic director Jim Knowlton said. “Bryce was a young man with a bright future and a valued member of our football team and the Cal family. His life was taken far too soon and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family, friends, teammates and coaches during this difficult time, and we will do all that we can to support each other, his family, our students and the entire Cal community through the grieving process.”
AP source: Britton, Yankees agree to $39M, 3-year contract
Zach Britton is staying with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $39 million, three-year contract, a deal that could be worth $53 million over four seasons, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday night because the agreement was subject to a successful physical.
Britton gets $13 million in each of the next three seasons. The Yankees have a $14 million option for 2022 and must decide on it after the 2020 season. If they decline the option, Britton can opt out of the deal following the 2020 season and become a free agent again.
He gets a $1 million assignment bonus the first time he is traded.
A 31-year-old left-hander, Britton was acquired by the Yankees from Baltimore on July 24 and had a 2.88 ERA and three saves in 25 appearances for New York,
He serves as setup man for closer Aroldis Chapman along with Dellin Betances, Chasen Shreve, Chad Green and Jonathan Holder. New York’s bullpen was weakened by the departure of right-hander David Robertson, who agreed to a $23 million, two-year contract with Philadelphia.
Britton began the season on the disabled list after tearing his right Achilles tendon in December. He made his season debut on June 12 and was 1-0 with a 3.45 ERA and four saves in 16 games with the Orioles.
His average fastball velocity with the Yankees was in the 95-96 mph range.
Britton was drafted by the Orioles in 2006 and worked his way up the team’s minor league system before landing in the big leagues in 2011. He is a two-time All-Star and led the AL with 47 saves in 2016.
Kane scores 2, Sharks win 5-2 to end Lightning point streak
Evander Kane scored two goals to reach 200 for his career as the San Jose Sharks beat Tampa Bay 5-2 on Saturday night, snapping the NHL-leading Lightning’s 16-game point streak.
Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored 34 seconds apart midway through the first period, setting the tone for San Jose, which never trailed as it won for the fourth time in five games. Lukas Radil also scored, Brent Burns had two assists and Erik Karlsson added two to extend his assists streak to 12 games. Martin Jones stopped 19 shots.
Victor Hedman and Mikhail Sergachev scored for the Lightning, who had won seven straight and were 15-0-1 since a 3-1 loss to Anaheim on Nov. 27. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 28 saves.
Couture scored his 16th goal at 9:27 of the first period and Pavelski punched in his team-leading 25th just past the midpoint of the period to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.
Hedman got his fifth with 3:47 left in the opening period to make it a 2-1 game.
Kane scored on a power play at 4:23 of the second period to give the Sharks a two-goal lead again. However, Sergachev got his first of the season in his 40th game just 30 seconds later to pull Tampa Bay within one.
Kane restored the Sharks’ two-goal lead with his 14th at 5:18 of the third, and Radil got his sixth with 7:40 left to cap the scoring.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-JANUARY 6, 1994
DETROIT [Thursday] – Nancy Kerrigan, the United States’ best female figure skater and one of the gold medal favorites for the 1994 Olympics, was attacked after practice today by an unidentified man who struck her on the right knee with a blunt object and escaped. The attack jeopardized Kerrigan’s chances of qualifying for the Winter Games next month in Lillehammer, Norway.
Kerrigan, who is 24 and lives in Plymouth, Mass., had just completed a practice at Cobo Hall in preparation for tomorrow’s competition at the United States championships. A witness said the attacker, described as a white man about 6 feet 2 inches and 200 pounds, hit Kerrigan with a club-like instrument resembling a tire iron, a crowbar or a nightstick. Kerrigan was taken to a local hospital for X-rays then released. No fracture was found, according to the doctor who treated her, who said she suffered a cut and a bruise and swelling but was able to walk with a limp. The doctor, Dr. Steven Plomaritis, said the attack appeared calculated.
“He was clearly trying to debilitate her,” Plomaritis said.
Kerrigan’s father, Dan, rushed to his sobbing daughter, lifted her and carried her into the locker room. “It hurts, it hurts so bad; I’m so scared,” Kerrigan told her father.
It was not immediately known whether Kerrigan would be able to skate tomorrow in the short program. The right leg is the one that Kerrigan uses to land jumps during her skating routines. Competing in the two-and-half-minute program would not make the injury worse, Plomaritis said. Essentially, it would be a matter of how much pain she could withstand, he said. The women’s competition concludes Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.
Jerry Solomon, her agent, said late tonight that Kerrigan’s knee continued to swell, forcing the cancellation of a planned practice. She will be examined again by doctors tomorrow morning. “She sustained quite a blow, physically and emotionally as well,” Solomon said. Kerrigan told ABC Sports tonight that she would attempt to skate tomorrow. “It’s not the most important thing, skating,” Kerrigan said. “If I can’t I’ll have to deal with it. I’m O.K. It could have been a lot worse.”
Today’s attack was the third threatening incident recently that involved a figure skater. Tonya Harding, the 1991 national champion and a 1992 Olympian, reported a death threat on Nov. 4, which caused her to withdraw from the northwest regional championships in Portland, Ore. Harding said she has been traveling with a bodyguard. Katarina Witt of Germany was threatened by a man who sent her obscene mail and who was later ordered to spend 37 months in a psychiatric hospital and ordered not to contact Witt.
Tonya Harding pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan and was placed on three years’ probation and fined $160,000. Jeff Gillooly, Harding’s former husband, and three others, including her bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt, accused of having hatched the plot, spent time in prison. Harding was permanently barred from all amateur skating competition.
1681 – First recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle’s butler versus his butcher).
1896 – First US women’s six-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden, New York.
1925 – Paavo Nurmi sets indoor record, 4:13.6 mile and 14:44.6 5,000m.
1930 – Donald Bradman scores 452* in cricket for New South Wales against Queensland, 377 minutes, 49 fours.
1937 – Donald Bradman scores 270 Australia versus England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, including 110 singles.
1947 – Ray Lindwall smashes 100 versus England in Melbourne Cricket Ground Test.
1951 – Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record six overtimes.
1956 – US Federal court bars former Little League Commissioner Carl Stotz from forming a rival group.
1964 – Charlie Finlay announces he wants to move Kansas City Athletics to Louisville.
1965 – Geoff Boycott takes 3-47 against South Africa, his best Test bowling.
1972 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn.
1972 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Kenneth Shelley.
1976 – Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million.
1980 – Philadelphia Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat.
1981 – 50th hat trick in New York Islanders’ history – John Tonelli scores five goals.
1984 – Last day of Test cricket for Chappell, Marsh and Lillee.
1986 – Last day in Test cricket for Bob Holland.
1991 – Qian Hong swims female world record 50m butterfly (27.30 seconds).
1992 – New York Yankees sign free agent Danny Tartabul.
1992 – Sachin Tendulkar completes 148 versus Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
1992 – Shane Warne takes 1-150 in his first Test innings.
1994 – In Detroit, Michigan, ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband.
1994 – Yat Weiju swims world record 50m butterfly stroke (26.44).
1995 – Atlanta Hawks’ Lenny Wilkens becomes NBA’s winningest coach (939).
1998 – Barry Switzer resigns as Dallas Cowboys’ coach.
1998 – Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
2006 – 18-year-old shortstop Justin Upton signs a five-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks for US$6.1 million, the largest signing bonus in a minor-league contract for a drafted player who was not a free agent.
2006 – The Toronto Blue Jays trade Corey Koskie to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitching prospect Brian Wolfe.
- 1864 – Birth of Ban Johnson in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA; baseball founder (American League).
- 1891 – Birth of Ted McDonald; cricket player (great Australian quick of 1920s).
- 1920 – Birth of Early Wynn in Hartford, Alabama, USA; Baseball Hall of Famer (pitcher).
- 1921 – Birth of Cary Middlecoff; golfer (1956 Vardon Trophy, 1955 Byron Nelson Award).
- 1931 – Birth of Graeme Hole; cricket player (Australian batsman of the fifties).
- 1935 – Birth of Ian Meckiff; cricket player (Australia quick 57-63, “threw”? his career away).
- 1937 – Birth of Lou Holtz; American football coach (New Jersey Jets).
- 1943 – Birth of Terry Venables; British soccer player/manager.
- 1944 – Birth of Robert Landers in Tarrant County, Texas, USA; PGA golfer (Fort Worth-1976, 1978, 1980).
- 1945 – Birth of Barry John; Welsh international rugby player.
- 1946 – Birth of Harold Jackson in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA; NFL wide receiver (Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots).
- 1947 – Birth of Ian Millar in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; dressage rider (World Cup 1988, 1989, Olympics-1996).
- 1948 – Birth of Dayle Hadlee; cricket player (brother of Richard, New Zealand medium-pacer of 1970s).
- 1949 – Birth of Michael Boit in Nandi, Kenya; 800m runner (Olympics-bronze-1972).
- 1954 – Birth of Norbert Hahn in the German Democratic Republic; two-man luge (Olympics-gold-1976, 1980).
- 1957 – Birth of Nancy Lopez Knight in Torrance, California, USA; pro golfer (1988 Mazda, 1981 Dinah Shore).
- 1959 – Birth of Kapil Dev; cricket player (India’s finest all-rounder 1978-94, Cup-1982).
- 1960 – Birth of Paul William Azinger in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA; PGA golfer (1987 Phoenix Open).
- 1961 – Birth of Howie Long; NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow).
- 1962 – Birth of Philip Brown in Birmingham, England; 4x400m runner (Olympics-silver-1984).
- 1962 – Birth of Sean Landeta; NFL place kicker (New York Giants).
- 1963 – Birth of Norm Charlton in Fort Polk, Louisiana, USA; pitcher (Seattle Mariners).
- 1964 – Birth of Charles Haley; NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys).
- 1965 – Birth of Christine Wachtel; East German running star (world indoor record 800m).
- 1965 – Birth of Jose Dejesus; US baseball pitcher (Kansas City Royals).
- 1965 – Birth of Lindsay H Burns in Big Timber, Montana, USA; rower (Olympics-silver-1996).
- 1965 – Birth of Tim McDonald; NFL player (San Francisco 49ers).
- 1966 – Birth of Bob Kratch; NFL guard (New England Patriots).
- 1966 – Birth of Donnell Woolford; NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears).
- 1966 – Birth of Shahid Saeed; cricket player (Pakistani batsman in Test versus India 1989).
- 1967 – Birth of David Belcher; Australian rower (Olympics-1996).
- 1967 – Birth of Larry Donald in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; US boxer (Olympics-1992).
- 1968 – Birth of Jerry Crafts; NFL/WLAF tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Amsterdam Admirals).
- 1968 – Birth of Vlastimil Plavucha in Banska Bystrica, Czechoslovakia; hockey forward (Team Slovakia).
- 1969 – Birth of Alvin Morman in Rockingham, North Carolina, USA; pitcher (Houston Astros).
- 1969 – Birth of Florence Descampe in Brussels, Belgium; LPGA golfer (1992 McCall).
- 1969 – Birth of Jason Childs; NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers).
- 1969 – Birth of Nick A’Hern; Australian 20k walker (Olympics-22-1992, 1996).
- 1970 – Birth of Daniel Naulty in Los Angeles, California, USA; pitcher (Minnesota Twins).
- 1970 – Birth of Gabrielle Reece in Trinidad; volleyball star/model (Extremists).
- 1970 – Birth of Geert Brusselers; soccer player (NAC).
- 1970 – Birth of John Gerak; NFL tight end/guide (Minnesota Vikings, Saint Louis Rams).
- 1970 – Birth of Keenan McCardell; NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars).
- 1970 – Birth of Kerrin Petty in Townshend, Vermont, USA; cross country skier (Olympics-1994).
- 1970 – Birth of René Binken; soccer player (Volendam).
- 1971 – Birth of Jed DeVries; NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns).
- 1971 – Birth of Mike Wells; NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions).
- 1971 – Birth of Myron Baker; NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears).
- 1972 – Birth of Denis Montana; Canadian Football League receiver (Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts).
- 1972 – Birth of Willie Clark; NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles).
- 1973 – Birth of Sairaj Bahatule; cricket player (promising Bombay leg-spin all-rounder).
- 1974 – Birth of Juan Roque; tackle (Detroit Lions).
- 1974 – Birth of Marcus Crandell; Canadian Football League quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos).
- 1974 – Birth of Paul Grant; NBA center (Minnesota Timberwolves).
- 1975 – Birth of James Farrior; linebacker (New York Jets).
- 1975 – Birth of Laura Berg in Whittier, California; softball outfielder (Olympics-gold-1996).
- 1976 – Birth of Jeremy Linn; American 100m breaststroke (Olympics-silver/gold-1996).
- 1976 – Birth of Richard Zednik in Bystrica, Czechoslovakia; NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Washington Capitals).
- 1977 – Birth of Stacey Gartrell in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; swimmer (Olympics-1996).
- 1978 – Birth of Steve Hartsell in Ann Arbor, Michigan; pairs skater (with Danielle Hartsell).
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Milwaukee||27||11||.711||0.5||18-4||9-7||8-1||19-6||8-2||1 L|
|2 Toronto||29||12||.707||—||15-4||14-8||4-3||18-7||6-4||1 W|
|3 Indiana||26||12||.684||1.5||14-5||12-7||6-2||20-5||8-2||6 W|
|4 Philadelphia||26||14||.650||2.5||17-3||9-11||4-6||17-11||7-3||3 W|
|5 Boston||23||15||.605||4.5||13-5||10-10||5-2||15-7||5-5||2 W|
|6 Miami||19||18||.514||8.0||9-11||10-7||3-7||10-13||8-2||2 W|
|7 Brooklyn||19||21||.475||9.5||10-11||9-10||5-2||13-10||7-3||2 W|
|8 Charlotte||18||20||.474||9.5||14-8||4-12||6-2||17-12||4-6||2 L|
|9 Detroit||17||20||.459||10.0||11-9||6-11||4-4||12-16||3-7||1 L|
|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||32||.200||20.5||5-16||3-16||1-7||7-21||1-9||9 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Denver||26||11||.703||—||16-3||10-8||5-0||16-6||8-2||5 W|
|2 Oklahoma City||25||13||.658||1.5||13-4||12-9||3-3||15-11||7-3||3 W|
|3 Golden State||26||14||.650||1.5||15-6||11-8||6-2||16-10||6-4||1 W|
|4 LA Clippers||22||16||.579||4.5||12-6||10-10||7-1||17-11||5-5||1 W|
|5 Houston||22||16||.579||4.5||13-5||9-11||5-4||14-12||8-2||1 L|
|6 San Antonio||23||17||.575||4.5||17-5||6-12||4-4||17-12||8-2||4 W|
|7 Portland||23||17||.575||4.5||15-7||8-10||2-5||14-14||6-4||1 W|
|8 LA Lakers||21||18||.538||6.0||13-8||8-10||5-2||15-12||3-7||2 L|
|9 Utah||20||20||.500||7.5||8-8||12-12||2-4||12-12||6-4||2 W|
|10 Sacramento||19||20||.487||8.0||10-10||9-10||2-7||12-17||3-7||4 L|
|11 Memphis||18||21||.462||9.0||10-9||8-12||3-3||12-13||2-8||5 L|
|12 Dallas||18||21||.462||9.0||15-3||3-18||3-4||10-16||3-7||2 L|
|13 Minnesota||18||21||.462||9.0||13-6||5-15||3-3||8-15||5-5||1 W|
|14 New Orleans||18||22||.450||9.5||13-6||5-16||4-4||10-13||3-7||1 W|
|15 Phoenix||9||31||.225||18.5||5-16||4-15||0-8||5-19||3-7||5 L|
|1 Tampa Bay Lightning||42||32||8||2||66||29||176||124||17-4-0||15-4-2||8-1-1|
|2 Washington Capitals||40||24||12||4||52||21||141||119||12-6-2||12-6-2||6-3-1|
|3 Toronto Maple Leafs||41||27||12||2||56||27||152||113||13-7-1||14-5-1||6-3-1|
|4 Pittsburgh Penguins||41||23||12||6||52||22||144||117||12-7-2||11-5-4||9-1-0|
|5 Boston Bruins||42||24||14||4||52||23||122||110||15-5-0||9-9-4||7-3-0|
|6 Columbus Blue Jackets||41||24||14||3||51||24||135||126||11-8-2||13-6-1||7-2-1|
|7 New York Islanders||40||23||13||4||50||21||121||107||10-5-3||13-8-1||9-1-0|
|8 Buffalo Sabres||42||22||14||6||50||19||120||120||13-5-3||9-9-3||3-5-2|
|9 Montreal Canadiens||42||22||15||5||49||20||131||132||11-8-2||11-7-3||6-4-0|
|10 Carolina Hurricanes||40||18||17||5||41||17||103||114||11-7-4||7-10-1||5-4-1|
|11 Florida Panthers||40||17||16||7||41||15||130||142||8-6-5||9-10-2||6-3-1|
|12 New York Rangers||40||17||16||7||41||12||114||136||11-5-5||6-11-2||3-3-4|
|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||41||15||20||6||36||13||116||148||7-9-3||8-11-3||3-5-2|
|16 Ottawa Senators||42||15||22||5||35||15||132||167||11-8-4||4-14-1||2-7-1|
|1 Calgary Flames||43||26||13||4||56||26||153||123||12-4-4||14-9-0||5-3-2|
|2 Nashville Predators||43||25||15||3||53||24||131||109||15-7-0||10-8-3||3-5-2|
|3 Vegas Golden Knights||44||25||15||4||54||24||133||117||13-3-3||12-12-1||7-1-2|
|4 San Jose Sharks||43||23||13||7||53||23||150||135||13-4-4||10-9-3||6-2-2|
|5 Winnipeg Jets||40||25||13||2||52||24||134||115||13-6-2||12-7-0||6-4-0|
|6 Dallas Stars||42||22||16||4||48||22||115||111||14-5-2||8-11-2||6-3-1|
|7 Colorado Avalanche||42||20||14||8||48||20||144||129||9-6-5||11-8-3||3-5-2|
|8 Anaheim Ducks||42||19||16||7||45||16||104||123||10-5-7||9-11-0||3-5-2|
|9 Vancouver Canucks||45||20||21||4||44||19||128||143||9-9-1||11-12-3||5-5-0|
|10 Minnesota Wild||40||20||17||3||43||20||118||114||10-7-3||10-10-0||4-5-1|
|11 Edmonton Oilers||41||19||19||3||41||18||114||131||10-9-1||9-10-2||2-7-1|
|12 Arizona Coyotes||41||17||21||3||37||15||103||118||7-12-2||10-9-1||3-6-1|
|13 Los Angeles Kings||43||17||23||3||37||16||98||127||10-12-1||7-11-2||6-3-1|
|14 Chicago Blackhawks||43||15||21||7||37||15||123||156||8-9-4||7-12-3||5-3-2|
|15 St. Louis Blues||39||16||19||4||36||16||110||129||10-12-2||6-7-2||5-5-0|
BIG 10 BASKETBALL
|8 Michigan State||4-0||1.000||2-0||2-0||13-2||.867||8-0||3-1||2-1||3-1|
|14 Ohio State||2-1||.667||1-1||0-0||12-2||.857||8-2||2-0||2-0||0-1|