NFL PLAYOFFS

LA Chargers 23 Baltimore 17

Philadelphia 16 Chicago 15

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 Michigan 74 #21 Indiana 63

#16 Marquette 70 Xavier 52

#19 Houston 90 Memphis 77

#22 Wisconsin 71 Penn State 52

#25 Iowa 93 #24 Nebraska 84

Dayton 72 Richmond 48

DePaul 75 Seton Hall 74

Northwestern 68 Illinois 66

St. Louis 60 Rhode Island 53

Temple 85 Wichita State 81 OT

South Dakota State 79 South Dakota 61

Louisville 90 Miami Florida 73

USC 77 Stanford 66

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Connecticut 81 Houston 61

#2 Notre Dame 76 Georgia Tech 55

#3 Louisville 73 Duke 51

#5 Oregon 98 Washington State 58

#6 Stanford 86 UCLA 80

#7 Mississippi State 86 #16 Kentucky 71

#8 Baylor 73 Texas Tech 56

#9 North Carolina State 85 Boston College 69

Missouri 66 #10 Tennessee 64

#11 Oregon State 78 Washington 67

Illinois 66 #12 Minnesota 62

#13 Texas 70 West Virginia 58

#14 Syracuse 75 Virginia Tech 73 OT

Indiana 68 #15 Michigan State 64

#18 California 66 USC 59

LSU 63 #21 Texas A&M 52

#22 Arizona State 76 Colorado 70

#23 South Carolina 62 Alabama 59

Cincinnati 69 SMU 57

Rutgers 74 Penn State 61

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Brooklyn 117 Chicago 100

LA Clippers 106 Orlando 96

Minnesota 108 LA Lakers 86

Atlanta 106 Miami 82

Washington 116 Oklahoma City 98

Toronto 121 Indiana 105

Charlotte 119 Phoenix 113

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Carolina 5 Ottawa 4

Vegas 3 New Jersey 2

Arizona 5 NY Rangers 0

Winnipeg 5 Dallas 1

Washington 3 Detroit 2

Edmonton 4 Anaheim 0

Chicago 5 Pittsburgh 3

 

TOP HEADLINES

Chargers hold off Jackson, Ravens 23-17 in playoff opener

The Los Angeles Chargers kept Lamar Jackson grounded, and by the time the rookie got the passing game going it was too late for the Baltimore Ravens.

Michael Badgley kicked five field goals, and Los Angeles harassed and hounded Jackson during a 23-17 victory Sunday in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.

The Chargers (13-4) will next face the second-seeded New England Patriots (11-5) on the road Sunday. The Chargers last won two games during a single postseason in 2007, when the franchise was in San Diego.

Of course, going deep in the playoffs are old hat for the Patriots.

“Yeah, I mean, gosh, we know the run they’ve had,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. “It seems like forever. They’re always in these games and games beyond.”

Rivers went 22 for 32 for 160 yards for Los Angeles, providing just enough offense to help the Chargers get even for a 22-10 loss to Baltimore (10-7) just two weeks ago.

Badgley set a franchise record for field goals in a playoff game. He connected from 21, 53, 40, 34 and 47 yards.

The Chargers built a 23-3 lead in the fourth quarter before Jackson threw two touchdown passes to make it close. Given one final chance to complete the comeback, the 21-year-old looked every bit like the youngest quarterback to start an NFL playoff game when he lost the ball on his third fumble of the game.

Jackson finished 14 for 29 for 194 yards with an interception. He was sacked seven times.

“I wasn’t playing my game today. I’m ticked off about that, definitely,” Jackson said.

The AFC North champion Ravens were making their first playoff appearance since 2014 after Jackson led the team on a 6-1 season-ending run following an injury to long-time starter Joe Flacco.

 

Foles leads Eagles to 16-15 upset of Bears

The Philadelphia Eagles needed help to get into the playoffs, and Chicago provided it.

Look how the defending Super Bowl champions repaid the Bears.

Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL’s stingiest defense, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles past the Chicago Bears 16-15 on Sunday in the final wild-card game.

Former Eagles kicker Cody Parkey hit the left upright and then the crossbar with a field-goal attempt from 43 yards with 10 seconds remaining, silencing the raucous crowd.

The key, of course, was how the Eagles, even when they are messing up, never give up. On Parkey’s kick, several Eagles said defensive tackle Treyvon Hester touched it.

“I think the big thing is, we saw some adversity tonight in the first half (and) I had a couple of turnovers,” Foles said. “I think the big thing is that no one loses faith, no one stops believing, everyone just keeps talking, keeps believing in one another, and we just rallied. Our defense really kept us in this game.”

The defending league champion Eagles (10-7) squeezed into the playoffs by beating Washington and having the Bears (12-5) help them by knocking off Minnesota in the season finale. Philadelphia thanked its benefactor with a 12-play, 60-yard drive on which Foles, the Super Bowl MVP last February, hit six passes.

Tate made a reaching grab in the right side of the end zone near the goal line.

“We found a way,” Tate said. “That’s playoff football right there for you. That’s why we play this game for times like now once you get to January and February.”

Philly plays at New Orleans (13-3) next Sunday. Chicago’s sensational turnaround season from last place to the NFC North title is over.

“We wanted to write our story and start it off,” Bears second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. “But it does not always go the way you want it to, and that’s life, that’s football.”

No team has repeated as Super Bowl champion since New England in 2004, and the Eagles are a sixth seed. The last sixth seed to win the NFL title was Green Bay in the 2010 season; the Packers won the NFC championship at Soldier Field that season.

These Eagles, led by Foles once again replacing an injured Carson Wentz, and a defense down to backups at several positions, seem to have that magical touch like last season.

It was a sizzling ending to a game marked by superior defense and several critical mistakes by the Eagles. They had to survive after Tarik Cohen, an All-Pro punt returner, took back the kickoff following Philly’s go-ahead score 35 yards. Mitchell Trubisky completed two passes to get the Bears close enough for Parkey. But his kick took a double deflection and fell harmlessly into the end zone.

He was 11 of 12 in the fourth-quarter on field goals before missing the biggest kick of his career.

“Obviously, we’re just hoping for a miss,” Foles said. “This was a hard-fought game. That’s an amazing team we just played against and it came down to the wire.”

The Bears are 1-15 all-time in playoffs when trailing after three quarters. They fell behind when Foles connected with rookie Dallas Goedert for a 10-yard touchdown in the third period that was set up by a 33-yard pass interference call on cornerback Prince Amukamara.

Although the Eagles outplayed the Bears in the first half, errors left them behind 6-3. A 15-yard personal penalty on Michael Bennett aided Chicago’s drive to a 36-yard field goal by Parkey, and a dropped potential interception in the end zone by Tre Sullivan allowed Parkey to make a 29-yarder as the half concluded.

Philadelphia also had an interception by Avonte Maddox deep in Chicago territory overturned by video replay.

Philly did score on its opening series of the game, a 50-yard drive to Jake Elliott’s 43-yard field goal. And again on its first possession in the third quarter as Goedert got wide open on a short post pattern behind Adrian Amos, who had an end-zone interception of Foles’ ill-advised throw in the second quarter.

Parkey also made 34-yarder early in the manic final quarter.

“We had a lot of fun and I love our guys to death,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said.

 

Buffalo QB Jackson declares himself eligible for NFL draft

University at Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson is forgoing his senior season by declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft.

Jackson calls it a “once in a lifetime opportunity” in a posting Sunday on Instagram . He has been contemplating his future since placing his name into the NCAA transfer portal shortly after completing his season with a 42-32 loss to Troy in the Dollar General Bowl.

Jackson is a redshirt junior who already has graduated. He says he reached his decision by consulting with his family, and adds he’s “really excited about the journey ahead, and I am going to attack it head on.”

Jackson had a career-high 3,131 yards passing for 28 touchdowns, one short of matching the school’s single-season record, and 12 interceptions this season. He also scored seven touchdowns rushing.

He helped the Mid-American Conference Bulls (10-4) set a single-season record for victories and earn the fourth bowl berth in school history.

Overall, Jackson has completed 56 percent of his passes for 6,999 yards with 49 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 32 career games.

“Though we are disappointed he will not return for his fifth season in our program, we are proud of Tyree for earning his degree and happy and excited for him and his family as he enters this next chapter,” coach Lance Leipold said in a statement. “He will always be a Bull.”

Buffalo also stands losing its top two receivers. Anthony Johnson is graduating, and K.J. Osborn is exploring the possibility of transferring.

 

No. 2 Michigan stays unbeaten, beats No. 21 Indiana 74-63

Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half to help No. 2 Michigan build a double-digit lead and the Wolverines held on for a 74-63 victory over No. 21 Indiana on Sunday to remain unbeaten.

Jordan Poole also finished with 18 points for the Wolverines (15-0, 4-0 Big Ten), who are a win away from matching the school’s best start. They joined No. 8 Michigan State as the two teams without a Big Ten loss four games into the 20-game conference schedule.

The Hoosiers (12-3, 3-1) had won seven straight since losing at Duke.

Michigan’s Zavier Simpson scored 12 points and freshman Brandon Johns had eight points and eight rebounds.

Indiana’s Juwan Morgan scored 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting. Romero Langford added 17 points.

When Morgan and Langford were in foul trouble early in the first half, the Wolverines took advantage and gained control of the game for good.

Michigan led 44-29 at halftime and didn’t have much trouble keeping a comfortable cushion after halftime in part because Morgan picked up his third and fourth fouls.

BIG PICTURE

Indiana: The Hoosiers’ top two players, Langford and Morgan, have to learn how to avoid getting into foul trouble because of their value to the team. Both went to the bench with two fouls early in the game and Morgan was limited even more in the second half because he had two more fouls while trying to defend shots from the perimeter. Indiana will have more depth when center De’Ron Davis and guard Rob Phinisee return from injuries.

 

Howard helps No. 16 Marquette past Xavier 70-52

Sacar Anim made the most of Markus Howard’s presence for Marquette.

Anim scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, and the No. 16 Golden Eagles remained unbeaten at home with a 70-52 victory over Xavier on Sunday.

Anim was 9 for 14 from the field. Howard had 26 points and eight assists, and Joey Hauser added 18 points.

“Obviously, every team is going to game plan to stop Markus,” said Anim, who entered averaging 6.4 points. “Every time I know I have the opportunity to be aggressive, especially if they’re doubling home or they’re going to be extra aware of him, I just have to go out there and be aggressive and just attack.”

The Golden Eagles (12-3, 1-1) bounced back from an 89-69 loss at St. John’s in their Big East opener on New Year’s Day. They improved to 11-0 at the new Fiserv Forum.

“I’m proud of my team, especially on the defensive end,” coach Steve Wojciechowski said. “Obviously we can play a lot better offensively. But, winning with defense is OK.”

Naji Marshall had 21 points for Xavier (9-7, 1-2), and Paul Scruggs finished with 17.

The Musketeers were just 1 of 14 from 3-point range and managed just four assists.

 

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike to miss rest of season with hand injury

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike will not be returning to the court in 2018-19.

The junior tore a ligament in his right hand during practice last week, the school announced Sunday. The injury will require season-ending surgery.

Azubuike is expected to make a full recovery and will be able to resume “full basketball activities at some point this summer,” Kansas coach Bill Self said in a statement.

Azubuike was held out of Kansas’ 77-60 loss to Iowa State on Saturday because of the injury. He also missed four games earlier this season with a high ankle sprain.

 

Powell scores season-high 23, Raptors beat Pacers 121-105

Kyle Lowry returned from injury to help the Toronto Raptors extend a run of home dominance over the Indiana Pacers.

Norman Powell scored a season-high 23 points, Pascal Siakam had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and the Raptors beat Indiana 121-105 on Sunday night, snapping the Pacers’ six-game winning streak.

Serge Ibaka scored 18 points, while Lowry had 12 points and eight assists after missing the previous six games because of a sore lower back.

“He’s a big piece of what we’re tying to do here,” Powell said. “It seemed like he hasn’t missed a beat.”

Kawhi Leonard rested on the second night of a back-to-back, but Lowry played 32 minutes and shot 4 for 10, going 2 for 6 from 3-point range.

“Good to be out there with my guys,” Lowry said. “It felt good to be able to help them get a win.”

The Pacers lost their 11th consecutive game north of the border. Indiana’s most recent win Toronto was March 1, 2013.

Lowry also had three steals and three rebounds, and took a pair of charges.

“There’s about 32 other things out there that you’re not seeing that he’s doing that don’t get recorded on the stat sheet,” coach Nick Nurse said.

Danny Green scored 15 points and Fred VanVleet had 12 as the Raptors returned from a victory in Milwaukee on Saturday to win their fifth straight at home.

Powell made 10 of 12 shots and scored 11 points in the final quarter.

“He was really good tonight,” Nurse said.

Green matched his season high with five 3-pointers and Toronto hit 17 of 33 from long range, one shy of its season best.

“They were the aggressors all night long,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We never really established that we could stop them.”

It was the fifth time this season the Raptors have faced a team that had won at least five straight games. Toronto is now 3-2 in such encounters, also beating Miami on Dec. 26 and Milwaukee on Saturday.

“Hopefully this will be an eye-opener for us, and realize we’ve got a lot of work to do if we want to get to where we want to be,” Indiana’s Victor Oladipo said.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points, Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Oladipo scored 16 points for Indiana. The Pacers have lost five straight and 14 of the past 16 against the Raptors.

Thaddeus Young scored 14 points and Darren Collison had 11.

 

Wiggins, Towns lead Timberwolves past Lakers, 108-86

Andrew Wiggins scored 25 of his 28 points in the first half, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves take charge from the opening tipoff and breeze by the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers for a 108-86 victory on Sunday.

Karl-Anthony Towns totaled 28 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks for the Timberwolves, who raised their home record to 14-6, including 8-2 against Western Conference foes. Jeff Teague scored all of his 15 points in the first half and finished with 11 assists for the Wolves.

Lance Stephenson had 14 points for the Lakers, who fell to 1-5 without James since he strained his groin during the Christmas Day win at Golden State. With backup point guard Rajon Rondo (right ring finger surgery) and power forward Kyle Kuzma (bruised lower back) missing again, too, the leftovers for the Lakers produced a mostly lethargic performance. This was their largest losing margin in 20 games since a 117-85 defeat at Denver on Nov. 27.

Lakers coach Luke Walton subbed the 7-foot-1 Ivica Zubac in the starting lineup for Kuzma next to 7-footer JaVale McGee, and the experiment led to a 15-1 deficit before Michael Beasley replaced Zubac. The Lakers (21-19) missed their first eight shots from the floor, until Beasley’s baseline reverse layup.

The Wolves built their first-half lead as large as 21 points, when a slick over-the-shoulder backward flip pass by Towns in the post on a give-and-go set up Wiggins for a soaring dunk and a 28-7 advantage. He went even higher in the second quarter to catch a textbook lob from Tyus Jones after sneaking behind Zubac with a backdoor cut for the slam and a 39-21 lead.

Wiggins, whose first season on his maximum-salary contract as a $25 million player has been hit and miss to match the so-far uneven trajectory of his career, has been exhibiting an abundance of confidence in his jumpers lately, and that trust clearly paid off for him and the Timberwolves in this matinee.

 

Russell leads Nets past Bulls 117-100 for 3rd win in a row

D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points, DeMarre Carroll had 20 points off the bench and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 117-100 on Sunday for their third straight victory.

Jarrett Allen added 19 and six rebounds as the Nets improved to 12-3 in their last 15 games, matching their best 15-game stretch since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.

Zach LaVine had 27 points for Chicago and Bobby Portis scored 17 in 20 minutes off the bench after missing seven games with a sprained right ankle. Kris Dunn added 16 points.

Brooklyn (20-21) didn’t win its 20th game last season until Feb. 26, also against Chicago. The Bulls (10-30) lost their fourth straight overall and fifth in a row to the Nets.

Russell topped 20 points for the fourth straight game and is averaging 26.5 points in the span.

Both teams started slowly with the Bulls hitting just one of their first eight shots and the Nets connecting on just three of 10. But with Carroll kicking in nine points, Brooklyn moved ahead 28-21 after the first quarter.

The Nets opened a 12-point lead when Russell hit a 3-pointer 58 seconds into the second quarter.

Led by energized play from LaVine and Porter, the Bulls roared back to briefly take a one-point lead before the half, then settle for a 55-all tie at halftime.

LaVine had 16 points and Portis had nine in the second quarter. LaVine made five straight baskets – four on driving layups, plus a 3-pointer – in a 3 1/2-minute stretch to put the Bulls back in the game.

 

Timberwolves fire coach, president Tom Thibodeau

The Minnesota Timberwolves had just posted their fourth-largest margin of victory of the season, and Tom Thibodeau looked and sounded satisfied Sunday as the demanding and intense coach used his postgame news conference to praise the attitude and energy with which his team had just played.

Minutes later, Thibodeau was fired.

Halfway into his third season with Minnesota that began in turmoil surrounding the eventual trade of All-Star Jimmy Butler, Thibodeau’s final game was a 108-86 victory over the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers .

Assistant coach Ryan Saunders, who is 32, was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Scott Layden will stay as the general manager, assuming oversight of the roster. Thibodeau was also the president of basketball operations, with full authority over personnel decisions.

“We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement released by the team. “These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward.”

Though the timing of the move after a big win was unusual, the 60-year-old Thibodeau’s status was tenuous after the rocky start created largely by the way Butler forced his way out after such a strong debut season in 2017-18 helped the Timberwolves return to the playoffs after a 13-year absence.

Taylor told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that he didn’t blame Thibodeau for Butler’s discontent, but the owner said he believed the team was underachieving.

“Let’s see if this change will make a difference,” Taylor said in his interview with the newspaper.

Saunders is the son of the late Flip Saunders, who’s by far the winningest coach in club history. Beginning with the firing of Saunders in 2005, the dismissal of Thibodeau was the 10th time the Wolves have changed head coaches in 14 years.

 

Soccer star Wayne Rooney charged with public intoxication

Soccer star Wayne Rooney was arrested last month on a public intoxication charge and taken to jail to sober up after he triggered a door alarm at a Washington-area airport, authorities said Sunday.

Rooney was arrested Dec. 16 by police at Dulles International Airport in Virginia after he caused the alarm to go off at an international arrivals gate, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Authorities said he didn’t breach airport security.

Rooney, who plays for a Washington soccer team, had been traveling abroad in the days prior to his arrest, according to his social media posts.

The airport authority said he was charged with misdemeanor public intoxication and taken to a county jail in the Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital “to be held until sober.” The statement didn’t include further details on his arrest.

The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said Rooney, 33, was later released on his own recognizance. A mugshot from his booking shows Rooney in what appeared to be an orange jail jumpsuit.

Court documents, which list Rooney as living in the capital suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, show he paid a $25 fine Friday.

Rooney appeared to have been traveling abroad in the days before the arrest. He posted a picture on his verified Instagram account on Dec. 14 in an airplane seat and said he was traveling to an auto race in Saudi Arabia.

Before coming to play in the U.S. this year, Rooney had starred for Manchester United in the English Premier League. His 208 career goals make him the league’s second all-time scorer. He was also the all-time leading scorer for England’s national team.

 

SPORTS EXTRA:

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-JANUARY 7, 1972

ATLANTA – The Los Angeles Lakers extended their record-shattering winning streak to 33 straight games tonight by routing the Atlanta Hawks, 134-90, in the National Basketball Association. Jim McMillian led the way early and Gail Goodrich late as the Lakers made the victory one of their easiest. They have not lost since Oct. 31.

By shooting 62.5 per cent in the first half and holding the Hawks to 35.8 per cent, Los Angeles turned the game into an early runaway. McMillian got 20 of his 26 points in the first half and Goodrich got 18 of his 23 in the second half. Wilt Chamberlain was the dominating factor under the boards.

Late in the third quarter, with the score 92-61, the Atlanta coach, Richie Guerin, benched his starters for a rookie-studded line-up. It was the Hawks’ worst defeat in five years. “They kill you, demoralize you and take advantage of every break,” Guerin said. “This is the sign of a great team.”

“When we put it all together, we’ve got to be perhaps the greatest club ever,” said Bill Sharman, the Laker coach who is in his first year at Los Angeles.

Wilt Chamberlain, employing his extraordinary rebounding and defensive talents to perfection, has made the Lakers a free-wheeling, offensive powerhouse. With the 7-foot-1-inch center controlling the defensive board, the rest of the Lakers have been able to employ the fast break to advantage. Pacing the scoring are Jerry West, one of the league’s all-time leaders in points and assists, and Goodrich, who in his seventh pro year has achieved the star stature predicted for him when he left the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jim McMillian, a second-year pro, and Happy Hairston, the forwards, have contributed at both ends of the court to round out the starting line-up. McMillian, an all- American selection at Columbia, received his chance to shine early this season when Elgin Baylor retired.

  • 1908 – England beats Australia by one wicket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • 1910 – Ottawa Senators sweep Galt in two games for the Stanley Cup.
  • 1927 – Harlem Globetrotters play first basketball game (Hinckley, Illinois).
  • 1932 – First game played at Orchard Lake Curling Club, Michigan, USA.
  • 1936 – Tennis champions Helen Moody and Howard Kinsley volley 2,001 times (1 hour 18 minutes).
  • 1947 – Australia versus England at Melbourne Cricket Ground drawn in six days, first cricket draw in Australia since 1882.
  • 1956 – Vinoo Mankad scores 231 versus New Zealand, 413 opening stand with Roy.
  • 1961 – First NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit Lions beats Cleveland Browns 17-16.
  • 1962 – AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 47-27.
  • 1968 – GE College Bowl quiz show premieres on NBC TV.
  • 1972 – Los Angeles Lakers chalk up 33rd consecutive win (NBA record).
  • 1973 – Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Burdine’s Golf Invitational.
  • 1973 – Johnny Watkins bowls six overs 0-21 versus Pakistan Never again.
  • 1980 – Minnesota North Stars end Philadelphia Flyers’ NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak.
  • 1982 – New York Islanders’ Bryan Trottier’s 10th career hat trick.
  • 1983 – Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win versus England.
  • 1985 – Lou Brock and Hoyt Wilhelm elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
  • 1987 – Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at age 28 the youngest.
  • 1989 – Cleveland Cavaliers block 21 New York Knicks’ shots tying NBA regulation game record.
  • 1990 – Lynn Jennings runs world record 5km indoor at 15:22.64.
  • 1992 – Last day of Test cricket for Imran Khan.
  • 1992 – Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers elected to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
  • 1994 – South Africa beats Australia in the Sydney Test by five runs.
  • 1994 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding.
  • 2005 – Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announces Major League Baseball and the Players Association will donate $1 million to help the victims of last month’s Indian Ocean tsunami.
  • 2006 – At the sixth Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Legacy ceremonies in Kansas City, Bob Watson, the first black general manager in baseball history, receives the Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 2007 – Randy Johnson agrees to a US$26 million, two-year Arizona Diamondbacks deal.
  • 2010 – Matt Holliday signs a US$120 million seven-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

BIRTHDAYS

  • 1875 – Birth of Thomas Hicks; English/US marathon runner (Olympics-gold-1904).
  • 1890 – Birth of Maurice E McLoughlin; tennis champion (US Open-1912).
  • 1910 – Birth of Jack Lovelock; New Zealand/US surgeon/runner (Olympics-gold-1936).
  • 1911 – Birth of Merv Waite; cricket player (South Australian all-rounder).
  • 1916 – Birth of Gerrit Schulte AKA De Bossche Reus in the Netherlands; Dutch six day bicyclist, ten-time national champion, twice European champion, World Champion.
  • 1918 – Birth of Colin Snedden; cricket player (Test New Zealand versus England 1947, 0-46, did not bat).
  • 1928 – Birth of Rajindranath; cricket player (4 stumpings in his only Test for India).
  • 1929 – Birth of Kenneth Henry; American 500m speed skater (Olympics-gold-1952).
  • 1934 – Birth of Charles Lamont Jenkins in New York City, New York, USA; 400m runner (Olympics-gold-1956).
  • 1942 – Birth of Vasili Alexeyev in USSR; weightlifter (Olympics-gold-1972, 1976).
  • 1943 – Birth of Jim Lefebvre in Hawthorne, California, USA; baseball manager (Seattle Mariners).
  • 1945 – Birth of Tony Conigliaro in Massachusetts, USA; baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox).
  • 1953 – Birth of Agha Zahid; cricket player (open batting for Pakistan vs West Indies 1975, scored 14 and 1).
  • 1954 – Birth of Alan Butcher; cricket player (one Test England versus India, scored 14 and 20).
  • 1956 – Birth of Robin Walton in Boise, Idaho, USA; LPGA golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-15th).
  • 1956 – Birth of Rosalyn Bryant in Chicago, Illinois, USA; 4x400m runner (Olympics-silver-1976).
  • 1962 – Birth of Jeff Montgomery in Wellston, Ohio, USA; pitcher (Kansas City Royals).
  • 1963 – Birth of Craig Shipley; Australian/US baseball infielder (San Diego Padres).
  • 1965 – Birth of Mark Rushmere; cricket player (South Africa opening bat in comeback Test 1992).
  • 1966 – Birth of Jennifer Luff; Australian rower (Olympics-1996).
  • 1966 – Birth of Randy Burridge in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada; NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres).
  • 1967 – Birth of Guy Hebert in Troy, New York, USA; NHL goalie (Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Team USA 1998).
  • 1967 – Birth of Scott Galbraith; NFL tight end (Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys).
  • 1968 – Birth of Michael Rosati; hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998).
  • 1968 – Birth of Nathaniel Bolton; WLAF running back (Frankfurt Galaxy).
  • 1969 – Birth of Chris Hatcher; US baseball outfielder (Houston Astros).
  • 1969 – Birth of Erric Pegram; NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers).
  • 1969 – Birth of Todd Kinchen; NFL wide receiver (Saint Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons).
  • 1970 – Birth of Darryl Williams; NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals).
  • 1970 – Birth of Frank “Cliff” Mannon in Amarillo, Texas, USA; team handball (Olympics-1996).
  • 1970 – Birth of Paul McCallum; Canadian Football League/WLAF kicker/punter (Scottish Claymores, Saskatchewan Roughriders).
  • 1970 – Birth of Todd Day; NBA guard/forward (Boston Celtics).
  • 1971 – Birth of Bobby Hamilton; NFL/WLAF defensive end (Amsterdam Admirals, New York Jets).
  • 1971 – Birth of Masato Itai; WLAF wide receiver (Amsterdam Admirals).
  • 1971 – Birth of Todd Yeaman; NFL defensive tackle (New York Giants).
  • 1972 – Birth of Aaron John Mcintosh in Auckland, New Zealand; sailboard yachter (Olympics-1996).
  • 1972 – Birth of Chuck Levy; kick returner/running back (San Francisco 49ers).
  • 1972 – Birth of Donald Brashear in Bedford, Indiana, USA; NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens).
  • 1973 – Birth of Bobby Engram; wide receiver (Chicago Bears).
  • 1973 – Birth of Brian Milne; fullback (Cincinnati Bengals).
  • 1973 – Birth of Ricky Wood in Van Nuys, California, USA; diver (Olympics-1996).
  • 1973 – Birth of Robert Dunn in Glenn Cove, New York, USA; team handball left wing (Olympics-1996).
  • 1975 – Birth of Robert Norman Waddell in Cambridge, New Zealand; single scull rower (Olympics-1996).

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Toronto 30 12 .714 16-4 14-8 4-3 19-7 7-3 2 W
Milwaukee 27 11 .711 1.0 18-4 9-7 8-1 19-6 8-2 1 L
Indiana 26 13 .667 2.5 14-5 12-8 6-2 20-6 7-3 1 L
Philadelphia 26 14 .650 3.0 17-3 9-11 4-6 17-11 7-3 3 W
Boston 23 15 .605 5.0 13-5 10-10 5-2 15-7 5-5 2 W
Miami 19 19 .500 9.0 9-11 10-8 3-8 10-14 7-3 1 L
Brooklyn 20 21 .488 9.5 10-11 10-10 5-2 14-10 7-3 3 W
Charlotte 19 20 .487 9.5 14-8 5-12 6-2 17-12 5-5 1 W

Detroit 17 20 .459 10.5 11-9 6-11 4-4 12-16 3-7 1 L
10 Orlando 17 22 .436 11.5 10-11 7-11 3-4 12-10 3-7 2 L
11 Washington 16 24 .400 13.0 11-7 5-17 5-4 9-15 4-6 1 W
12 Atlanta 12 27 .308 16.5 7-10 5-17 5-4 9-18 6-4 1 W
13 New York 10 29 .256 18.5 4-12 6-17 2-7 6-22 2-8 1 W
14 Chicago 10 30 .250 19.0 5-16 5-14 2-7 7-18 3-7 4 L
15 Cleveland 8 32 .200 21.0 5-16 3-16 1-7 7-21 1-9 9 L
Western Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Denver 26 11 .703 16-3 10-8 5-0 16-6 8-2 5 W
Golden State 26 14 .650 1.5 15-6 11-8 6-2 16-10 6-4 1 W
Oklahoma City 25 14 .641 2.0 13-5 12-9 3-3 15-11 6-4 1 L
LA Clippers 23 16 .590 4.0 13-6 10-10 7-1 17-11 6-4 2 W
Houston 22 16 .579 4.5 13-5 9-11 5-4 14-12 8-2 1 L
San Antonio 23 17 .575 4.5 17-5 6-12 4-4 17-12 8-2 4 W
Portland 23 17 .575 4.5 15-7 8-10 2-5 14-14 6-4 1 W
LA Lakers 21 19 .525 6.5 13-8 8-11 5-2 15-13 3-7 3 L

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 Minnesota 19 21 .475 8.5 14-6 5-15 3-3 9-15 5-5 2 W
12 Memphis 18 21 .462 9.0 10-9 8-12 3-3 12-13 2-8 5 L
13 Dallas 18 21 .462 9.0 15-3 3-18 3-4 10-16 3-7 2 L
14 New Orleans 18 22 .450 9.5 13-6 5-16 4-4 10-13 3-7 1 W
15 Phoenix 9 32 .220 19.0 5-17 4-15 0-8 5-19 2-8 6 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Tampa Bay Lightning 42 32 8 2 66 29 176 124 17-4-0 15-4-2 8-1-1
Washington Capitals 41 25 12 4 54 22 144 121 12-6-2 13-6-2 6-3-1
Toronto Maple Leafs 41 27 12 2 56 27 152 113 13-7-1 14-5-1 6-3-1
Boston Bruins 42 24 14 4 52 23 122 110 15-5-0 9-9-4 7-3-0
Pittsburgh Penguins 42 23 13 6 52 22 147 122 12-8-2 11-5-4 8-2-0
Columbus Blue Jackets 41 24 14 3 51 24 135 126 11-8-2 13-6-1 7-2-1
New York Islanders 40 23 13 4 50 21 121 107 10-5-3 13-8-1 9-1-0
Buffalo Sabres 42 22 14 6 50 19 120 120 13-5-3 9-9-3 3-5-2

Montreal Canadiens 42 22 15 5 49 20 131 132 11-8-2 11-7-3 6-4-0
10 Carolina Hurricanes 41 19 17 5 43 18 108 118 11-7-4 8-10-1 6-4-0
11 Florida Panthers 40 17 16 7 41 15 130 142 8-6-5 9-10-2 6-3-1
12 New York Rangers 41 17 17 7 41 12 114 141 11-5-5 6-12-2 3-4-3
13 New Jersey Devils 41 16 18 7 39 15 122 137 11-4-4 5-14-3 5-5-0
14 Detroit Red Wings 44 16 21 7 39 14 124 151 9-11-4 7-10-3 2-6-2
15 Philadelphia Flyers 41 15 20 6 36 13 116 148 7-9-3 8-11-3 3-5-2
16 Ottawa Senators 43 15 23 5 35 15 136 172 11-9-4 4-14-1 1-8-1
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Calgary Flames 43 26 13 4 56 26 153 123 12-4-4 14-9-0 5-3-2
Winnipeg Jets 41 26 13 2 54 25 139 116 14-6-2 12-7-0 6-4-0
Vegas Golden Knights 45 26 15 4 56 25 136 119 14-3-3 12-12-1 7-1-2
Nashville Predators 43 25 15 3 53 24 131 109 15-7-0 10-8-3 3-5-2
San Jose Sharks 43 23 13 7 53 23 150 135 13-4-4 10-9-3 6-2-2
Colorado Avalanche 42 20 14 8 48 20 144 129 9-6-5 11-8-3 3-5-2
Dallas Stars 43 22 17 4 48 22 116 116 14-5-2 8-12-2 6-3-1
Anaheim Ducks 43 19 17 7 45 16 104 127 10-6-7 9-11-0 2-6-2

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 42 20 19 3 43 19 118 131 10-9-1 10-10-2 3-7-0
12 Arizona Coyotes 42 18 21 3 39 16 108 118 8-12-2 10-9-1 4-5-1
13 Chicago Blackhawks 44 16 21 7 39 16 128 159 8-9-4 8-12-3 6-3-1
14 Los Angeles Kings 43 17 23 3 37 16 98 127 10-12-1 7-11-2 6-3-1
15 St. Louis Blues 39 16 19 4 36 16 110 129 10-12-2 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 4-0 1.000 3-0 1-0 15-0 1.000 11-0 2-0 2-0 4-0
Michigan State 4-0 1.000 2-0 2-0 13-2 .867 8-0 3-1 2-1 3-1
Maryland 3-1 .750 2-0 1-1 12-3 .800 9-2 2-1 1-0 1-1
21 Indiana 3-1 .750 2-0 1-1 12-3 .800 10-0 1-3 1-0 1-2
22 Wisconsin 3-1 .750 1-1 2-0 11-4 .733 6-1 3-2 2-1 1-1
14 Ohio State 2-1 .667 1-1 0-0 12-2 .857 8-2 2-0 2-0 0-1
Minnesota 2-1 .667 1-0 1-1 12-2 .857 7-0 1-2 4-0 2-1
Purdue 2-1 .667 2-0 0-1 9-5 .643 7-0 0-3 2-2 2-3
25 Iowa 1-3 .250 1-1 0-2 12-3 .800 9-1 0-2 3-0 2-2
24 Nebraska 1-3 .250 1-0 0-3 11-4 .733 8-0 1-3 2-1 0-1
Northwestern 1-3 .250 1-1 0-2 10-5 .667 8-2 0-2 2-1 0-2
Rutgers 0-3 .000 0-2 0-1 7-6 .538 6-3 1-3 0-0 0-2
Penn State 0-4 .000 0-2 0-2 7-8 .467 5-2 1-4 1-2 1-3
Illinois 0-4 .000 0-0 0-3 4-11 .267 4-2 0-4 0-5 0-3

 

MAC MEN’S STANDINGS

Mid-American
Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
East
20 Buffalo 1-0 1.000 0-0 1-0 13-1 .929 5-0 6-1 2-0 1-1
Bowling Green 1-0 1.000 0-0 1-0 9-5 .643 7-0 1-5 1-0 0-0
Akron 1-0 1.000 1-0 0-0 9-5 .643 7-1 0-2 2-2 0-2
Kent State 0-1 .000 0-1 0-0 11-3 .786 7-2 4-1 0-0 0-0
Ohio 0-1 .000 0-1 0-0 8-5 .615 7-1 1-2 0-2 0-0
Miami (OH) 0-1 .000 0-1 0-0 8-6 .571 6-1 1-3 1-2 0-0
West
Central Michigan 1-0 1.000 0-0 1-0 12-2 .857 7-0 3-1 2-1 0-0
Ball State 1-0 1.000 0-0 1-0 10-4 .714 5-0 4-2 1-2 0-2
Northern Illinois 1-0 1.000 0-0 1-0 8-6 .571 5-1 2-4 1-1 0-1
Toledo 0-1 .000 0-1 0-0 12-2 .857 7-1 2-1 3-0 0-0
Eastern Michigan 0-1 .000 0-1 0-0 6-8 .429 6-3 0-5 0-0 0-3
Western Michigan 0-1 .000 0-0 0-1 6-8 .429 3-2 2-5 1-1 0-1