MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

St. Mary’s 60 #1 Gonzaga 47

Miami Florida 79 Wake Forest 71

Notre Dame 78 Georgia Tech 71

Pittsburgh 80 Boston College 70

Northern Kentucky 77 Wright State 66

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BYU 82 #12 Gonzaga 68

DePaul 74 #13 Marquette 73

Wright State 55 Green Bay 52

Boise State 89 Fresno State 77

Wyoming 75 San Diego State 70 OT

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Indiana 103 New York 98

Philadelphia 106 Cleveland 99

Milwaukee 130 New Orleans 113

LA Lakers 123 Chicago 107

San Antonio 112 Dallas 105

Denver 133 Minnesota 107

Portland 125 LA Clippers 104

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Dallas 2 Buffalo 0

Pittsburgh 5 Washington 3

Columbus 7 Boston 4

Montréal 3 Detroit 1

Arizona 3 St. Louis 1

San Jose 5 Winnipeg 4

Calgary 9 New Jersey 4

Anaheim 3 Nashville 2

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – SPRING TRAINING

Cincinnati 12 Chicago Cubs 3

San Francisco four Milwaukee 2

Detroit 4 Boston 3

Atlanta 5 St. Louis 0

Minnesota 10 Pittsburgh 4

Miami 8 NY Mets 1

Tampa Bay 2 Toronto 1

NY Yankees 8 Baltimore 7

Washington 5 Houston 3

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

Earlham 5 Kenyon 4

Milwaukee 6 Purdue 1

Wright State 8 Cincinnati 3

Louisville 4 Mississippi 3

Memphis 8 Mississippi Valley 1

North Alabama 8 Butler 5

Milwaukee 6 Purdue 1

Penn State 7 Pittsburgh 3

Tennessee Tech 12 Valparaiso 8

Wofford 8 Ohio State 6

 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCORES

Butler 6 Army 3

Florida Gulf Coast 3 Indiana 1

Indiana 2 Florida Gulf Coast 0

Notre Dame 6 Florida Atlantic 1

Kentucky 9 Miami Ohio 1

Louisville 8 Morehead State 0

Louisville 21 Morehead State 1

Ohio State 8 Portland State 4

Ohio State 7 Portland State 0

Tennessee Tech 7 Evansville 0

 

COLLEGE TENNIS

Earlham 9 Carroll 0

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE LACROSSE

Earlham 17 Hollins 3

 

MEN’S COLLEGE LACROSSE

Piedmont 20 Earlham 3

 

INDIANA BASEBALL COACHES PRE-SEASON POLLS

4A

1)PENN H.S 0-0 (120)

2)FISHERS H.S. 0-0 (80)

2)HAMILTON S.E. H.S. 0-0 (80)

4)LAKE CENTRAL H.S. 0-0 (68)

5)NOBLESVILLE H.S. 0-0 (62)

6)CROWN POINT H.S. 0-0 (50)

7)EVANS. NORTH H.S. 0-0 (46)

8)CASTLE H.S. 0-0 (40)

9)CARMEL H.S. 0-0 (34)

10)MISHAWAKA H.S. 0-0 (32)

Receiving Votes:

COLUMBUS EAST H.S., COLUMBUS NORTH H.S., ELKHART CENTRAL H.S., F.W. NORTHROP H.S., HOBART H.S, INDPLS CATHEDRAL H.S., JASPER H.S., JEFFERSONVILLE H.S., NEW ALBANY H.S., NEW PALESTINE H.S., RONCALLI H.S., SOUTHPORT H.S., TERRE HAUTE NORTH H.S., TERRE HAUTE SOUTH H.S., WESTFIELD H.S., ZIONSVILLE H.S.

 

3A

1)ANDREAN H.S. 0-0 (160)

2)WESTERN H.S. 0-0 (106)

3)EVANS. MEMORIAL H.S. 0-0 (100)

4)SOUTH BEND ST.JOE H.S. 0-0 (98)

5)SILVER CREEK H.S. 0-0 (90)

6)CRAWFORDSVILLE H.S. 0-0 (66)

7)WEST VIGO H.S. 0-0 (58)

8)NORTHWOOD H.S. 0-0 (44)

9)GRIFFITH H.S. 0-0 (34)

10)BATESVILLE H.S. 0-0 (28)

Receiving Votes:

BREBEUF H.S., EDGEWOOD H.S., INDIAN CREEK H.S., PERU H.S., PROVIDENCE H.S., SULLIVAN H.S., WASHINGTON H.S., YORKTOWN H.S.

 

2A

1)SOUTHRIDGE H.S. 0-0 (126)

2)LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC H.S. 0-0 (122)

3)BOONE GROVE H.S. 0-0 (116)

4)SOUTH ADAMS H.S. 0-0 (114)

5)CASS H.S. (LEWIS – CASS) 0-0 (94)

6)NORTH POSEY H.S. 0-0 (70)

7)WAPAHANI H.S. 0-0 (68)

8)ALEXANDRIA H.S. 0-0 (56)

9)LINTON-STOCKTON H.S. 0-0 (40)

10)LAVILLE H.S. 0-0 (16)

Receiving Votes:

DELPHI H.S., FOREST PARK H.S., FRANKTON H.S., HAMMOND BISHOP NOLL H.S., HERITAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, INDPLS SCECINA H.S., SOUTH SPENCER H.S., SOUTH VERMILLION H.S., WESTERN BOONE H.S.

 

1A

1)DALEVILLE H.S. 0-0 (124)

2)TECUMSEH H.S. 0-0 (114)

3)BARR-REEVE H.S. 0-0 (82)

4)ROSSVILLE H.S. 0-0 (76)

5)COVINGTON H.S. 0-0 (62)

6)WASHINGTON TWP. H.S. 0-0 (54)

7)RIVERTON PARKE H.S. 0-0 (48)

8)HAUSER H.S. 0-0 (46)

9)PIONEER H.S. 0-0 (44)

10)UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL 0-0 (36)

Receiving Votes:

CANNELTON H.S., FREMONT H.S., INDPLS Lutheran H.S., NORTH DAVIESS H.S., NORTH WHITE H.S., NORTHEAST DUBOIS H.S., NORTHFIELD H.S., ORLEANS H.S., RISING SUN H.S., SHAKAMAK H.S., SHOALS H.S., SOUTH CENTRAL H.S., SOUTH CENTRAL H.S. (UNION MILLS), UNION CITY H.S.

 

INDIANA PRE-SEASON SOFTBALL POLLS

4A

1 Decatur Central High School                 

2 Lake Central High School                        

3 Center Grove High School                      

4 Castle High School                                    

5 Noblesville High School                          

6 Penn High School                                      

7 Avon High School                                     

8 Crown Point High School                        

9 Indianapolis Cathedral High School    

10 Leo High School                                      

11 Roncalli High School                              

12 Chesterton High School                        

13 Harrison (West Lafayette)                   

14 Martinsville High School                      

15 Floyd Central High School                    

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Bedford North Lawrence, Mooresville, Shelbyville, Terre Haute South, Pendleton Heights, Kokomo, Gibson Southern, Homestead, Terre Haute North, Franklin, Brownsburg, Hamilton Southeastern, Concord, Kankakee Valley, Fishers.

 

3A

1 New Palestine              

2 South Bend St. Joseph

3 Bellmont

4 Knox

5 Yorktown

6 Jasper

7 Tri-West

8 Lebanon

9 Edgewood

10 Mishawaka Marian

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Boonville, Danville, Fairfield, Corydon Central, Franklin County.

 

2A

1 Speedway

2 Bremen

3 Tipton

4 Tecumseh

5 Whitko

6 Milan

7 Boone Grove

8 Knightstown

9 Andrean

10 Frankton

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Linton – Stockton, South Adams, Henryville, Evansville Mater Dei, Western Boone, Centerville, Adam Central, Wapahani, Eastern Hancock, Lapel, Madison Grant, Oak Hill, Taylor, Woodlan, Alexandria Monroe, Shenandoah, South Vermillion, Elwood, Union County, Manchester, Lewis Cass.

 

1A

1 Pioneer

2 North Central

3 Lincoln

4 Tri

5 Morgan Township

6 Fremont

7 Frontier

8 Hauser

9 South Central – Union Mills

10 Washington Township

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Indianapolis Lutheran, Lanesville, North Daviess, Clinton Prairie, Wes-Del, North Vermillion, Edinburgh, Jac-Cen-Del.

 

INDIANA BOYS AND GIRLS PRE-SEASON TRACK POLLS

(BOYS)

1             North Central (Indianapolis)

2             Bloomington North

3             Warren Central

4             Fishers

5             Merrillville

6             Ben Davis

7             Pike

8             Brownsburg

9             Bloomington South

10           Homestead

11           Carmel

12           Carroll (Ft. Wayne)

13           Indianapolis Cathedral

14           New Albany

15           Portage

16           Hamilton Southeastern

17           Lawrence North

18           Zionsville

19           Franklin Central

20           Lawrence Central

 

(GIRLS)

1 Warren Central

2 Fort Wayne Northrop

3 Zionsville

4 Hamilton Southeastern

5 North Central (Indpls.)

6 Brebeuf Jesuit

7 Carmel

8 Bishop Dwenger (FW)

9 Fishers

10 Brownsburg

11 Noblesville

12 Carroll (FW)

13 Ben Davis

14 Homestead

15 Lawrence Central

16 Pike

17 Bloomington North

18 Bloomington South

19 West Lafayette

20 Penn

 

PRE-SEASON ALL-NCC BASEBALL WATCH LIST

(2018 season stats)

Tucker Platt, Logansport                              .500BA, .714SLG%, 23RBI, 2HR, 13SB

Tyras Brown, Marion                                     .452BA, .677SLG%

Josiah Sizemore, Richmond                         .397BA, .488SLG%

Phillip Hobbs, Richmond                              .394BA, .585SLG%, 2HR, 19RBI…Pitching: 4-2 27K’s

Mason Brewer, Richmond                           .389BA, .486SLG, 19RBI

Dylan Gonzales, Muncie Central                .372BA, .488SLG%, 9SB

Trey Cochran, Harrison                                 .369BA, .583SLG%, 17RBI

Cameron McGlothlin, Anderson                 .361BA, .474SLG%, 27RBI, .986FLD%

Peyton Williams, McCutcheon                    .353BA, .558SLG%, 2HR, 23RBI

Cameron Pratt, Anderson                            .352BA, .462SLG%, 20RBI, 9SB

Gabe Crowe, Richmond                                .351BA, .438SLG%, 22RBI…Pitching: 2.80ERA

Broc Allgood, Marion                                    .351BA

Jacob Kyle, Harrison                                      .350BA, .475SLG

Zach Garrett, Muncie Central                     .345BA, .448SLG

Anthony Reynolds, Marion                          .324BA

Mike Stewart, Anderson                               4HR, .445SLG%, 22RBI

Brayden Waymire, Anderson                      24SB

Jacob Kaley, Logansport                               2.54ERA, 24K

Ethan Dixon, Marion                                     2.75ERA, 24K

Tristen Brown, Anderson                             2.86ERA, 37K

Cameron Pratt, Anderson                            5-3, 2.88ERA, 61K

Jacob Cox, Logansport                                  3.00ERA

Brice Brown, Richmond                                3.53ERA, 38K, 2-3

Zach Garrett, Muncie Central                     35K, 3WINS

Caleb Richardson, Anderson                        3-2 RECORD

 

2019 PRE-SEASON ALL-TEC BASEBALL WATCH LIST
(2018 STATS)

Cody Swimm, Hagerstown .500BA, 2HR, .717SLG%, 27RBI…Pitching 47K, 2.06ERA, 4-1

Zander Kottka, Union County .486BA, 743SLG%, 2HR, 38RBI….Pitching 0.98ERA, 2-0

Cameron Gwin, Lincoln .415BA, ,430SLG%, 20RBI….Pitching 3.03ERA, 24K

Justin Bane, Northeastern .413BA, 608SLG%

Mason Hicks, Hagerstown .400BA, 5HR, .706SLG%, 27RBI

Jose Olivo, Knightstown .395BA, 558SLG%, 16RBI, 16SB…Pitching 3-2 39K

Nate Webb, Union County .386BA, .506SLG%, 16RBI, 18SB

Jacob Stansberry, Union County .379BA, 2HR, .655SLG%

Clay Cochran, Hagerstown .371BA, .467SLG%

Ross Culy, Winchester .368, .456SLG%

Cameron Luster, Union City .346BA, .423SLG%, 21RBI….Pitching 2.45ERA, 21k

Ben Newby, Knightstown .346BA, .403SLG%, 12RBI

Spencer Benner, Northeastern .341BA, .463SLG%

Chris Pritchett, Centerville .328BA, 2HR, .524SLG%, 23RBI, 9SB

Glenallen Anderson, Winchester .324BA, 13RBI…Pitching 37K, 4-3

Dalton Stevens, Centerville .321BA, .433SLG%, 8SB….Pitching, 2-0 16K

Cade Bray, Northeastern .360BA, .440SLG%

Quantrell Gammon, Northeastern .319BA, .468SLG%

Nic Wells, Union City .313BA, 12SB…..Pitching, 3-1

Blake Fields, Union County .311BA, .466SLG%

Jared Rasner, Centerville .303BA

Jack Fort, Knightstown .431SLG%

Tanner Wilson, Northeastern .395SLG%

Brennen Kean, Centerville 20RBI

Kyle Falck, Tri 17RBI

Derek Davis, Hagerstown 2.57ERA, 31K, 5-1

Colton Alexander, Northeastern 3.53ERA, 67K, 3-4

Brady McMillen, Hagerstown 41K, 8-0

Dustin Freeman, Union County 3-1

 

2019 PRE-SEASON ALL-NCC SOFTBALL WATCH LIST

(2018 STATS)

Emma Kelly, Anderson                 .542BA, 1.000SLG%, 34 RBI

Taylor Simmons, Kokomo           .521, 6 HR, .895SLG%, 36 RBI, 11 SB

Ellie Trine, Kokomo                       .500, .679SLG%, 14 RBI, 13 SB

Emilee Cox, Kokomo                     .500, 5 HR, .829SLG%, 25 RBI

Anna Henderson, Harrison          .481, 5 HR, .844SLG%, 30 RBI

Lexi Zartman, Logansport            .481

Kiley Goff, Harrison                        .469, .704SLG%, 22 RBI

Claira Laughlin, Richmond           .455

Heather Johnson, Harrison          .444

Olivia Stansbury, Harrison           .435, 5 HR, .752SLG%, 30 RBI

Eva Bosell, Richmond                    .415

Jocey Gault, Harrison                    .410, 5 HR, .819SLG%, 26 RBI

Lauryn Hicks, Kokomo                  .409, 5 HR, .715SLG%, 26 RBI, 13 SB….Pitching 1.59 ERA, 272K, 20 – 7

Abby Brewer, Richmond              .415, .595SLG%, 20 RBI

Azira Fisher, Marion                      .393

Kerrigan Huffman, Anderson      .385

Kelsey Mullins, Richmond           .340

Claire Kitchell, Logansport           .382

Maddie McCoy, Lafayette Jeff    .343

Shylah Gibson, Richmond            .595SLG%

Kaylie Adams, Lafayette Jeff       29 RBI….Pitching 8 wins, 67K

Jillian Mathis, Harrison                 0.78 ERA, 118 K, 12 – 1

Shelby Wright, Anderson             2.76 ERA, 116 K, 10 – 7

 

2019 PRE—SEASON ALL – TEC SOFTBALL WATCH LIST

Tara Williams, Union County      .551BA, .858SLG%, 23 RBI

Emmie Pugh, Lincoln                     .517, .810SLG%, 23 RBI

Bri Shepard, Northeastern           .550, .900SLG%

Katie Reichard, Union City           .500, .807SLG%, 15 RBI

Jess Butler, Knightstown              .484, .769SLG%, 39 RBI

Kenzie Lanman, Centerville         .482, .767SLG%, 19 RBI…Pitching 2.79 ERA, 63K

Kaley Harrison, Tri                         .481, .784SLG%, 33 RBI

Kaleigh Lamb, Lincoln                   .457, .585SLG%, 22 RBI…Pitching 2.16 ERA, 45K, 4 Wins

Jodi Carpenter, Union City          .429

Lena Smith, Northeastern            .419, 25 RBI…Pitching 31K

Kylee Smith, Lincoln                      .404

Tori Russell, Union County          .402, 19 RBI

Rikki Phenis, Winchester              .400, .683SLG%

Chloe Gentry, Tri                            .397, .666SLG%, 32 RBI

Jaela Patton, Lincoln                     .394, 34 RBI

Fayth Hill, Union County              .380, 17 RBI…Pitching .237 ERA, 59K, 5 Wins

Kristin Klein, Union County         .378, 26 RBI

Alyssa Messer, Lincoln                 .377, 22 RBI

Becca Haney, Knightstown          .375, 15 RBI

Trindie Newby, Knightstown      .368, 15 RBI, 11 SB

Kassidy Stewart, Tri                       .344

Sydney Vise, Knightstown           .655SLG%, 31 RBI, Pitching…3.45 ERA, 81K, 13 Wins

Haylee Richards, Union County 20 RBI

Rainey Shepler, Union County   18 RBI

Abi Busby, Tri                                  17 RBI

Shelby Koch, Centerville               15 RBI

Heather Eales, Hagerstown         15 RBI

Kaitlyn Jackson, Knightstown     18 SB

Rhamey Fetters, Winchester       17 SB

Lexi Goodpaster, Knightstown   13 SB

Grace Delay, Centerville               2.47 ERA, 72K

Emma Hicks, Hagerstown            53K

Roya Walton, Union County       45K

Madison Kinder, Northeastern   42K

 

INDIANA MBB: NOTES: Hoosiers Take On Buckeyes At Big Ten Tournament

(IU RELEASE)

OPENING TIP

Indiana University is in its 119th season of competition in men’s basketball. IU has won its last four games including an 89-73 win over Rutgers on Senior Day, last Sunday.  Ohio State is in the midst of a three-game slide, falling 73-67 in overtime at home against Wisconsin.  The Buckeyes won the first meeting between the two teams, 55-52, on February 20 in Bloomington.  OSU has a three-game winning streak in the series dating back to last year.  The winner will play #1 seed Michigan State at 12:30 p.m., Friday.

IU VS. OSU IN THE EVENT

This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams in the Big Ten Tournament.

2006    Indianapolis    #1 Ohio State 52, #5 Indiana 51

2004    Indianapolis    #8 Indiana 83, #9 Ohio State 69

1998    Chicago          #6 Indiana 78, #11 Ohio State 71

THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

IU is 12-21 in this event and will be a #9 seed for the first time.  IU lost to Rutgers, 76-69, a year ago in its only game in Madison Square Garden.  No current IU player has ever played in the event in Chicago.  On their last visit to the United Center in the Big Ten Tournament, IU beat Northwestern before falling to Maryland in 2015.

THE COACHES

Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his 2nd season of guiding the Cream and Crimson. He has a 33-29 record since taking over the Hoosiers. He is 172-92 in 7-plus years as a head coach, which includes 6 years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014. Chris Holtmann is in his 2nd year at Ohio State.

NEWS & NOTES

Indiana has six Quadrant 1 wins and no losses in Quadrant 3 or 4.  Indiana is rated 51st in the latest NET.  IU has played the 11th toughest schedule in the country according to KenPom.com.

Senior forward Juwan Morgan  was named Big Ten Co-Player of the  Week.  It was the third time he has won the award.  Morgan a 6-8 forward from Waynesville, Missouri, averaged 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds and shot 74.1% against Illinois and Rutgers. Against Illinois, he had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead IU to a 92-74 win on the road.  Facing the Scarlet Knights on an emotional Senior Day, he made his first 10 field goal attempts and finished with 25 points and seven rebounds.  This year, Morgan ranks ninth the in the Big Ten in scoring (15.1), fifth in rebounds (8.4), sixth in field goal percentage (55.3), seventh in blocked shots (1.5) and 11th in steals (1.2).  He was named third team All-Big Ten by the media and honorable mention by the coaches.  He converted a game-winning and-1 with 1:46 to go against MSU and is averaging 10.0  boards and in the last 8 games.

Senior Zach McRoberts earned the Big Ten’s Sportsmanship Award.  The walk-on came to IU after playing his first season at Vermont.

 

INDIANA MBB: Langford Receives Honors from USBWA and Associated Press

(IU RELEASE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University freshman Romeo Langford received two more postseason honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association and the Associated Press.

The 6-6 guard from New Albany, Indiana was named to the USBWA All-District team as well as Second Team All-Big Ten by the Associated Press.

Langford was selected second team All-Big Ten and All-Freshman by the coaches and third team All-Big Ten by the media. Langford was the top freshman scorer in the conference averaging 16.7 ppg. He had been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week 4 times.

Langford’s scoring average is the third-highest for a freshman at IU. Eric Gordon averaged 20.9 in 2007-08 and Mike Woodson averaged 18,5 in 1976-77.

Langford leads all B1G frosh in scoring (16.7), minutes (1055), FTM/FTA (140/190), is 4th in blocked shots (26), rebounds (5.4) and assists (2.3) and 6th in steals (0.8).  He is the fifth player for IU since the 1996-97 season to lead all Big Ten frosh in scoring in conference games only.  Langford is the only one of the five to not earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year from the media or coaches.

USBWA District V (OH, IN, IL, MI, MN, WI)

Player of the Year: Cassius Winston, Michigan State

Coach of the Year: Matt Painter, Purdue

All-District Team

Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan

Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati

Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy

Carsen Edwards, Purdue

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

Markus Howard, Marquette

Romeo Langford, Indiana

Jordan Murphy, Minnesota

Zavier Simpson, Michigan

Cassius Winston, Michigan State

 

The 2019 AP All-Big Ten team, with players listed with school, class, height, weight and hometown :

FIRST TEAM

u-Cassius Winston, Michigan State, Jr., 6-1, 185, Detroit.

u-Carsen Edwards, Purdue, Jr., 6-1, 200, Atascocita, Texas.

Zavier Simpson, Michigan, Jr., 6-0, 190, Lima, Ohio.

u-Ethan Happ, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-10, 237, Milan, Illinois.

Bruno Fernando, Maryland, So., 6-10, 240, Luanda, Angola.

SECOND TEAM

Romeo Langford, Indiana, Fr., 6-6, 215, New Albany, Indiana.

Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland, Jr., 6-0, 170, Bowie, Maryland.

Lamar Stevens, Penn State, Jr., 6-8, 230, New Wales, Pennsylvania.

Jordan Murphy, Minnesota, Sr., 6-7, 250, San Antonio.

Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan, Fr., 6-7, 215, Oakville, Ontario.

Coach of the year _ Matt Painter, Purdue.

Player of the year _ Cassius Winston, Michigan State, Jr., 6-1, 185, Detroit.

Newcomer of the year _ Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan, Fr., 6-7, 215, Oakville, Ontario.

 

USBWA NAMES 2018-19 MEN’S ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has released its 2018-19 Men’s All-District Teams, based on voting from its national membership of 900-plus. The USBWA has selected All-District Teams since the 1956-57 season, its founding year.

For each of the nine geographic districts, ten players are selected (11 in the case of ties in the voting) as well as a player and coach of the year. Five schools – Vermont (Anthony Lamb and coach John Becker), Hoftstra (Justin Wright-Foreman and coach Joe Mihalich), Tennessee (Grant Williams and coach Rick Barnes), Texas Tech(Jarrett Culver and coach Chris Beard) and Gonzaga (Rui Hachimura and coach Mark Few) – earned both the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors. Nevada’s Caleb Martin is a repeat District Player of the Year selection while Barnes, Beard and Few are all repeat District Coach of the Year selections.

The Big 12 Conference featured the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year winners in both District VI (Dedric Lawson of Kansas and Bruce Weber of Kansas State) and District VII (Culver and Beard, both of Texas Tech). The Big Ten Conference swept both honors in District V with Player of the Year Cassius Winston of Michigan State and Coach of the Year Matt Painter of Purdue. The Mountain West Conference earned both honors in District VIII in Player of the Year Caleb Martin of Nevada and Coach of the Year Craig Smith of Utah State.

The USBWA will release its 2018-19 Men’s All-America team on Mon., March 18, aliong with the finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy (National Player of the Year), Wayman Tisdale Award (National Freshman Player of the Year) and the Henry Iba Award (National Coach of the Year).

 

DISTRICT 5

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Cassius Winston, Michigan State

COACH OF THE YEAR

***Matt Painter, Purdue

ALL-DISTRICT TEAM (10)

Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan

Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati

Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy

***Carsen Edwards, Purdue

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

Markus Howard, Marquette

***Romeo Langford, Indiana

Jordan Murphy, Minnesota

Zavier Simpson, Michigan

Cassius Winston, Michigan State

 

DISTRICT 7

***Desmond Bane, TCU
Ty Cockfield, Arkansas State
Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
Corey Davis, Houston
Daniel Gafford, Arkansas
JaKeenan Gant, Louisiana
Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA
Isaiah Joe, Arkansas
Daishon Smith, ULM
Tremont Waters, LSU

 

Purdue’s Harris Named Defensive POTY Finalist

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s basketball junior Ae’Rianna Harris was revealed as a finalist for the 2019 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award on Tuesday and is one-of-four players nationally still eligible for the annual honor. Harris leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the nation with 104 blocked shots this season, marking her second straight season with at least 100 rejections, and was named the 2019 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

With three blocks in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals against Rutgers, Harris laid claim to Purdue’s career blocked shots record with her 284th denial. The total is already eighth in Big Ten Conference history, surpassing Purdue assistant coach and 2007 Honorable Mention All-America Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton on the list. Harris also ranks 25th in the NCAA in rebounding with 320 boards, including 222 on the defensive end, and added 37 steals on the year.

With 446 points, 320 rebounds and 104 blocked shots this season, Harris is one-of-two players in the nation this season, and one-of-five in Big Ten Conference history, to post at least 300 points, 300 rebounds and 100 blocked shots in a season. She joins Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. as one-of two players in conference history to accomplish the feat more than once, and with one season left in West Lafayette could be the only player to ever do it three times.

Harris is one-of-four players in conference history to ever earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons and has also garnered Big Ten All-Defensive Team and Second-Team All-Big Ten recognition in each of the last two seasons. She leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA with 3.06 blocks per game this season and is fifth in the Big Ten with 9.4 rebounds per game.

Joining Harris on the finalist ballot for the national defensive player of the year award is Cal’s Kristine Anigwe, Baylor’s Lauren Cox and Mississippi State’s Teaira McCowan. All four players were named the defensive player of the year in their respective conferences and McCowan was last season’s inaugural winner of the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award.

 

Butler MBB, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Stanford Set to Participate in the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 12, 2019) – Butler, along with Oklahoma, Stanford and Missouri, are set to face off next season in Kansas City, Mo., in the championship rounds of the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker, Nov. 25-26 at Sprint Center. The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the field Tuesday, March 12.

The Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker will be the culminating event of college basketball’s Hall of Fame Weekend, which also includes the 14th annual induction ceremony for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.  That event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 24 in Kansas City.

The semifinal rounds will be held on Monday, Nov. 25. The finals will take place the following day, Tuesday, Nov. 26, beginning with the consolation game, followed by the championship game.  All four contests will be aired on an ESPN network.

“Our program is excited to be part of the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “It’s a great event that always includes high-caliber competition.  As every team is looking to post signature wins and prepare for conference play at that point in the season, it will be special to have that opportunity in Kansas City, just down the street from the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.”

 

NCAA tournament selection on CBS to show bracket 1st again

The NCAA Tournament selection show is returning to CBS and its traditional bracket-first format for revealing the field for March Madness.

The plan for Sunday is to drop the alphabetical reveal and get right to the bracket. The show will be one hour, hosted as usual by Greg Gumbel.

“We’re going back to basics,” Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, said Tuesday. “We’re going to release the brackets as fast as we can.”

Last year, the Selection Sunday show aired on TBS for the first time since CBS and Turner became broadcast partners for the men’s basketball tournament in 2011. The presentation of the 68-team field was tweaked, first showing the teams that had earned automatic bids in alphabetical order, and then revealing the 36 at-large selections in alphabetical order. After the teams were announced, the matchups were revealed region-by-region and the bracket was filled in.

CBS Sports and Turners Sports held their annual media breakfast in midtown Manhattan, with McManus and Jeff Zucker, president of Warner Media News and Sports.

 

Mooney, Irish defeat Georgia Tech 78-71 to break 7-game skid

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey has been waiting all season for his team to figure out how to make a big plays in clutch situations.

He finally got it Tuesday – on the biggest stage of the season.

John Mooney made a key 15-footer in the final minute as the shot clock was winding down to make it a two-possession game as Notre Dame held on to beat Georgia Tech 78-71 in the first round of the ACC Tournament to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Mooney finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Dane Goodwin added 15 points for the Irish, who nearly squandered a 20-point halftime lead.

“We have been in search of that big play,” Brey said. “We have played people close in this league but we have not been able to get over the hump with a big offensive possession.”

Brey praised Mooney for his effort this season saying he’s not sure how the 6-foot-9, 243-pound power forward has any energy left at all.

“We have rode him so hard and he just goes double-double against unbelievably athletic front lines night after night,” Brey said.

It was Mooney’s 20th double-double of the season, coming days after he was named third-team All-Conference, which he called an honor.

 

Northern Kentucky tops Wright State 77-66 to earn NCAA bid

Northern Kentucky earned an NCAA Tournament bid for the second time in three years.

And this time, the Norse will not be satisfied with just appearing in college basketball’s showcase.

Dantez Walton had 15 points and 14 rebounds for his first double-double, leading second-seeded Northern Kentucky to a 77-66 win Tuesday night over top-seeded Wright State in the Horizon League Tournament final to put the program back in the 68-team field next week.

The Norse had a solid showing two years ago, losing to second-seeded Kentucky 79-70 , and yet they don’t plan to simply show up and play in the NCAA Tournament.

“We’re going in to win that game just as much as the other team,” Horizon League Tournament MVP Drew McDonald said after scoring 13 points, grabbing eight rebounds and making five assists. “We’re going to enjoy it, but we’re going to go right back to work soon because we’re not done yet.

“We have more to accomplish.”

The Norse (26-8) had control of the entire league tournament final with four starters and a reserve scoring in double figures, less than 24 hours after McDonald made a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Oakland. Jalen Tate scored 17 points, Zaynah Robinson had 15 points off the bench and Tyler Sharpe, a former Louisville walk-on, added 11 points and two steals.

 

Pusica leads Northeastern to CAA title with 82-74 victory

When Northeastern saw its large lead fading in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament finals again, the Huskies flashed back to their failure from a year ago and all the hard work they had put in since.

“We learned from that situation,” Huskies guard Shawn Occeus said. “And now we’re sitting here today.”

Northeastern is sitting once more as CAA Tournament champions after Vasa Pusica had 21 points off seven 3-pointers and helped his team regroup after blowing a double-digit lead to defeat top-seeded Hofstra 82-74 on Tuesday night.

The situation was so eerily similar to the 2018 finals. Northeastern led College of Charleston by 17 in the second half, then watched the Cougars cut down the nets after an 83-76 loss.

“Without that loss maybe we wouldn’t be in this position right now,” said Pusica, named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

The second-seeded Huskies (23-10) won the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth for the second time in five seasons and ninth time in school history.

“Are we off the one line?” Northeastern coach Bill Coen joked when asked about possible seeding.

“We’re so excited to be included and so excited to play wherever they send us,” he said.

 

Shahid leads NDSU past Omaha 73-63 in Summit League final

Vinnie Shahid scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, and North Dakota State beat Omaha 73-63 on Tuesday night in the Summit League Tournament title game to earn its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2015.

The No. 4-seeded Bison (17-15) also got 15 points and seven rebounds from Tyson Ward.

North Dakota State saw a 14-point second-half lead evaporate before securing the win with a late run. Omaha (21-10) tied it at 51 with 8:37 to play and had a chance at the lead, but Matt Pile missed a free throw on a potential three-point play. From there, the Bison went on a 9-0 run and were never threatened again, sealing the win with free throws down the stretch.

Mitch Hahn scored 16 points and Zach Jackson had 15 for Omaha. Pile finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds while KJ Robinson scored 11 points.

Ward got back on track after scoring a season-low three points in North Dakota State’s semifinal win over Western Illinois. He had 25 points in a quarterfinal win over Oral Roberts.

Ward had 11 against Omaha at halftime, and then Shahid took over. Shahid’s 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 2:10 remaining lifted the lead back to 10.

 

Duke’s Williamson, UVa’s Bennett headline AP All-ACC team

Duke freshman Zion Williamson is both The Associated press player and newcomer of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Virginia’s Tony Bennett is the coach of the year for the second straight year.

Williamson and teammate RJ Barrett were the only unanimous selections to the AP All-ACC team also announced Tuesday. Williamson earned nine votes for the top overall individual honor and 13 votes for the award for newcomers following a vote of 15 journalists who cover the ACC throughout the league’s nine states.

Williamson and Barrett are the only ACC players averaging more than 20 points, with Barrett scoring 23.3 per game and Williamson at 21.6.

Williamson – a top national player of the year candidate – missed the last five games after spraining his right knee early against North Carolina on Feb. 20, but coach Mike Krzyzewski hopes he will be back for the ACC Tournament this week in Charlotte.

He’s the second straight Duke player to sweep the two individual player awards. Marvin Bagley III also did it last year.

Those two were joined on the first team by Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome, North Carolina’s Cam Johnson and Boston College’s Ky Bowman.

Virginia’s Kyle Guy and North Carolina’s Coby White lead a second team that also includes Luke Maye of the Tar Heels along with Clemson’s Marcquise Reed and Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear Jr.

Bennett received eight votes for the coaching award after leading the Cavaliers (28-2) to a share of first place with North Carolina in the final standings and their second straight No. 1 seed in the league tournament.

 

Tennessee’s Grant Williams named AP SEC player of year

ennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press’ Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi’s Kermit Davis is coach of the year.

Williams earned unanimous first-team all-SEC honors for a second straight season. The 14-member media panel also voted Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford, Kentucky’s PJ Washington, LSU’s Tremont Waters and Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon to the first team, which was announced Tuesday.

The second team includes Tennessee teammates Jordan Bone and Admiral Schofield, Auburn’s Jared Harper, South Carolina’s Chris Silva and Ole Miss’ Breein Tyree. Harper also earned second-team all-SEC honors last year.

Kentucky freshman Tyler Herro was voted SEC newcomer of the year.

SEC coaches also released their own all-SEC team on Tuesday, and they named Williams player of the year and Davis coach of the year as well.

This is the first year since 2007 that no freshman was an AP all-SEC first-team or second-team selection. At least one freshman made the first team every season from 2010-18.

Williams leads the SEC in scoring (19.3) and ranks fifth in the conference in rebounds (7.7) and 11th in assists (3.3). The 6-foot-7 junior has improved across the board from his sophomore year, when SEC coaches selected him as the league’s player of the year while the AP voting panel chose Georgia’s Yante Maten instead.

Last season, Williams averaged 15.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

 

Texas Tech’s Culver AP Big 12 top player, Beard top coach

Texas Tech sophomore guard Jarrett Culver is The Associated Press Big 12 player of the year after helping lead his hometown Red Raiders to a share of the regular season conference title.

Chris Beard was named coach of the year after his third season with the Red Raiders, who are 26-5 after going to their first NCAA Elite Eight last year. Seventh-ranked Texas Tech won its first Big 12 regular-season title, sharing the crown with No. 15 Kansas State.

Culver is averaging 18.3 points and 6.2 rebounds a game, and is one of three unanimous picks for the AP All-Big 12 first team released Tuesday.

Kansas junior forward Dedric Lawson, the league’s top scorer and rebounder (19.1 ppg, 10.6 rpg), and Kansas State senior guard Barry Brown Jr. (15.1 ppg, league-leading 2.0 steals a game) were the other players listed on all 18 ballots from a panel of journalists who regularly cover the Big 12 in the league’s five states.

Iowa State senior guard Marial Shayok and Kansas State senior forward Dean Wade were the other first-team picks.

Culver got 14 votes for AP player of the year. The remaining four votes went to Lawson, the former transfer from Memphis who got 12 of 18 votes to be named Big 12 newcomer of the year.

Beard was picked as coach of the year on 15 ballots.

Makai Mason, the first graduate transfer ever to play for Baylor, led the AP second-team picks. The other second-teamers were Texas freshman forward Jaxson Hayes, Texas Tech sophomore guard Davide Moretti and TCU teammates Desmond Bane and Alex Robinson.

 

NBA fines Westbrook $25,000 for language; Jazz ban fan

The NBA has fined Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook $25,000 for the language he directed toward a fan in Utah.

Meanwhile, the Jazz have banned the fan from all events at their arena permanently and effective immediately.

Westbrook says the fan made racial comments toward him during the Jazz-Thunder game on Monday night. The NBA and the Jazz both investigated the matter and released decisions Tuesday afternoon. Westbrook was fined for using both profanity and threatening language, which he did from the sideline.

The Jazz say that the fan was banned for “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse” during the game.

 

AP Sources: Browns to acquire star receiver Beckham from NY

Odell Beckham Jr. is about to run a deep route out of New Jersey – straight to Cleveland.

The superstar wide receiver is bound for the Browns to be a target for quarterback Baker Mayfield as the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

The Browns are sending first- and third-round picks this year along with safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants for Beckham, one of the NFL’s top players, said the people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because league rules prohibit teams from announcing trades until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The deal is conditional on both players passing physicals.

With the Browns, Beckham will be reunited with receiver Jarvis Landry, a close friend and teammate at LSU. He’ll also give Mayfield an elite weapon, and his arrival could vault the Browns, who went 7-8-1 last season after not winning a game in 2017, into legitimate championship contenders.

Rumors of a possible deal have swirled for weeks, with several Browns players teasing a major move by Cleveland general manager John Dorsey on social media. Dorsey pulled it off, bringing a major talent to accelerate his attempt to rebuild the Browns into consistent winners. Cleveland hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2002.

 

AP source: Jets agree to sign RB Le’Veon Bell

Le’Veon Bell sat out a full season while considering where he’d make his next playmaking moves.

Well-rested, motivated and armed with a new contract, the star running back is joining Sam Darnold and the New York Jets.

Bell agreed to a deal early Wednesday morning, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The decision ended months of speculation about where he’d resume his playing career after six years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because teams can’t officially announce signings until the start of the new league year Wednesday afternoon.

ESPN first reported the signing, and said the deal is for four years and $52.5 million – including $35 million guaranteed.

Bell, a former Michigan State star, also announced his decision on Twitter , saying: “I’m back in the green baby, let’s get it.”

Several teams were mentioned throughout the past few days as having interest in signing Bell, with the Jets consistently among them. Many football fans and reporters took to their computers to download the new album released at midnight by the running back – who goes by the stage name “Juice” – to glean any potential clues in his lyrics he might have included about his next football destination.

 

C.J. Mosley to Jets; Ravens can’t match offer

Four-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker C.J. Mosley is headed out of Baltimore after the Ravens abandoned hope of matching an offer made by the New York Jets.

The Ravens hoped to keep Mosley, an unrestricted free agent who led the team in tackles twice since being selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. But first-year general manager Eric DeCosta couldn’t come up with enough money to keep the five-year veteran, who was an AP second-team All-Pro in 2014 and 2015-18. Mosley has had at least 100 tackles in every season but 2016, when he missed two games with an injury and finished with 92.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, DeCosta said, “We stretched our budget, and we thought we made a compelling offer to him.”

It wasn’t good enough after the Jets reportedly offered $85 million over five years.

DeCosta said, “The Jets just made such a powerful offer that as an organization it just didn’t make sense for us. That’s no reflection on how we feel about C.J. as a person and as a player in this community.”

The deal does not become official until Wednesday, when the NFL formally begins a new year.

 

Broncos plug holes in secondary, offensive line

The Denver Broncos are bolstering their secondary after releasing safety Darian Stewart. The Broncos are expected to sign free agent defensive back Kareem Jackson to a three-year, $33 million deal when free agency official begins Wednesday.

The Broncos also are expected to make former Miami Dolphins right tackle Ju’Wuan James the highest paid right tackle in the league. James is expected to sign a four-year, $51 million contract that includes $32 million in guarantees.

Jackson is a hard-hitter who played both cornerback and safety for the Houston Texans the last nine seasons. The 30-year-old DB is coming off his best season as a pro. He posted 87 tackles, broke up 17 passes and forced two fumbles last season, all of which were career bests.

Jackson’s deal is expected to include $23 million in guaranteed money.

 

NFL FREE AGENT TRACKER

Breshad Perriman (WR) agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Cleveland Browns, per Ian Rapoport.

Lamarcus Joyner (S) agreed to a four-year, $42 million deal with the Oakland Raiders, per Adam Schefter.

Matt Paradis (C) agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Carolina Panthers, per Adam Schefter.

Cole Beasley (WR) agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, per Albert Breer.

Rodger Saffold (OL) agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, per Adam Schefter.

Bradley Roby (CB) agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the Houston Texans, per James Palmer.

Thomas Davis (LB) agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Chargers, per Tom Pelissero.

John Brown (WR) agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, per Ian Rapoport.

Za’Darius Smith (LB) agreed to a four-year, $66 million deal with the Green Bay Packers, per Ian Rapoport.

Latavius Murray (RB) agreed to a four-year, $14.4 million deal with the New Orleans Saints, per Ian Rapoport.

Jordan Hicks (LB) agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals, per Ian Rapoport.

Jesse James (TE) agreed to a four-year, $25 million deal with the Detroit Lions, per Ian Rapoport.

Billy Turner (OL) agreed to a four-year, $29.5 million deal with the Green Bay Packers, per Ian Rapoport.

Adrian Amos (S) agreed to a four-year, $37 million deal with the Green Bay Packers, per Ian Rapoport.

Preston Smith (LB) agreed to four-year, $52 million deal with the Green Bay Packers, per Ian Rapoport.

Tashaun Gipson (S) agreed to three-year, $22 million deal with the Houston Texans, per Albert Breer.

Sheldon Richardson (DT) agreed to a three-year, $36 million deal with the Cleveland Browns, per Ian Rapoport.

JaWuan James (OT) agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with the Denver Broncos, per Adam Schefter.

Terrell Suggs (LB) agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals, per Adam Schefter.

C.J. Mosley (LB) agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal with the New York Jets, per Ian Rapoport.

Mitch Morse (C) agreed to a four-year, $44.5 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, per Tom Pelissero.

Kareem Jackson (CB) agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with the Denver Broncos, per Ian Rapoport.

Devin Funchess (WR) agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts, per Chris Mortensen.

Tyrann Mathieu (FS) agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, per Ian Rapoport.

Mike Davis (RB) agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with the Chicago Bears, per Ian Rapoport.

Buster Skrine (CB) agreed to a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Chicago Bears, per Ian Rapoport.

Tyler Kroft (TE) agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, per Ian Rapoport.

Adam Humphries (WR) agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, per Mike Garafolo.

Nick Foles (QB) agreed to a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, per Mike Garafolo.

Jamison Crowder (WR) agreed to a three-year, $28.5 million deal with the New York Jets, per Mike Garafolo.

Frank Gore (RB) agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, per Adam Schefter.

Kenny Vaccaro (S) agreed to a four-year, $26 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, per Ian Rapoport.

Bobby Hart (OT) agreed to three-year, $21 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, per Ian Rapoport.

C.J. Uzomah (TE) agreed to three-year, $18 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, per Ian Rapoport.

Landon Collins (S) agreed to six-year, $84 million deal with the Washington Redskins, per Ian Rapoport.

Justin Coleman (CB) agreed to four-year, $36 million deal with the Detroit Lions, per Ian Rapoport.

Kwon Alexander (LB) agreed to a four-year, $54 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers, per Ian Rapoport.

Trent Brown (OT) agreed to a four-year, $66 million deal with the Oakland Raiders, per Ian Rapoport.

Malik Jackson (DT) agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, per Ian Rapoport.

Danny Amendola (WR) agreed to a one-year, $5.75 million deal with the Detroit Lions, per Ian Rapoport.

Carlos Hyde (RB) agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, per Ian Rapoport.

Dwayne Allen (TE) agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the Miami Dolphins, per Ian Rapoport.

Eric Weddle (S) agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million deal (can earn up to $12.5 million) with the Los Angeles Rams, per Ian Rapoport.

 

Tim Tebow reassigned to minor league camp by Mets

Tim Tebow has been reassigned to minor league camp by the New York Mets after hitting .267 with one RBI in eight spring training games.

The 31-year-old outfielder attended big league camp for the second straight year and is expected to start the season at Triple-A Syracuse. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner for 4 for 15 with no extra-base hits in 18 plate appearances during spring training.

Tebow batted .273 with six home runs, 14 doubles and 36 RBIs in 84 games for Double-A Binghamton last year.

New York also optioned right-handers Paul Sewald and Jacob Rhame to Syracuse on Tuesday and re-assigned right-hander Arquimedes Caminero, infielder Andres Gimenez, infielder Dilson Herrera, outfielder Rymer Liriano and catcher Ali Sanchez to minor league camp.

 

Woods no long feeling pain in the neck at Players

Tiger Woods says a sore neck that kept him out of Bay Hill last week is no longer painful.

That doesn’t mean the end of neck pain down the road. Woods says with a fused lower back, the stress from a golf swing has to go somewhere. He says it started to bother him a little at Riviera, and then more the following week in Mexico City.

Woods says his job is to make sure to stay fit and flexible. He used the word “pliable” three times during his news conference at The Players Championship.

Woods is the only player in the 144-man field at the TPC Sawgrass who has won The Players in March and in May. The tournament returns to March for the first time since 2006.

 

Price becomes winningest goaltender in Canadiens history

With a portrait of Jacques Plante hanging just a few feet away, Carey Price passed around the credit for his latest accomplishment.

Price made 20 saves Tuesday night and became the winningest goaltender in the storied history of the Montreal Canadiens, who held off the Detroit Red Wings for a 3-1 victory.

It was win No. 315 for Price, snapping a tie with Plante atop the team leaderboard. Plante spent parts of 11 seasons with Montreal during his Hall of Fame career, winning five consecutive Stanley Cups from 1956-60.

“I’m very proud obviously, first and foremost, to be standing here today with this puck in my hand,” said Price, who earned his 29th win of the season. “I’m definitely thankful for all the help I’ve gotten along the way. There’s been ups and downs throughout this whole process, and I’ve played with a lot of great guys and have played on some excellent teams.

“I’ll definitely have some time to reflect on it but I don’t think that time is quite yet.”

Price, who was selected fifth overall by Montreal in the 2005 entry draft, improved to 315-221-67 in 12 seasons with the Canadiens.

 

Malkin picks up 1,000th point, Pens rally by Caps 5-3

Evgeni Malkin isn’t one for nerves. And yet they came anyway as the weeks crept by and the Pittsburgh Penguins star inched closer to 1,000 career points.

A pep talk from coach Mike Sullivan helped. So did the return to form of one of the NHL’s most formidable power plays, one that pushed Malkin to the lofty milestone and lifted the Penguins past the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Malkin collected a pair of secondary assists with the man advantage – the first one on a Sidney Crosby one-timer that capped a frantic flurry in the second period, the second on Phil Kessel’s second goal in six weeks – to become the 88th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points and help Pittsburgh snap Washington’s seven-game winning streak.

“It’s like a little bit slow but it’s finally over, 1,000,” Malkin said. “I breathe normally. Thanking my teammates. Special day for my family, my friends. Like I play hockey all my life you know, it’s amazing to be here and win here against Washington. A special day for sure.”

Malkin’s teammates mobbed him in the corner as the 32-year-old forward who has played 1B to Crosby’s 1A for much of his career tried to drink in the moment as the sellout crowd, including owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, rose in unison.

 

WOMEN’S COLLEEG GOLF

Boilers Finish 9th at Wildcat Invitational

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Purdue women’s golf team wrapped up the 2019 Arizona Wildcat Invitational on Tuesday, finishing ninth at Sewailo Golf Course with a score of 46-over 910, including a final-round score of 12-over 300. Sophomore Inez Wanamarta closed out a fantastic individual effort, shooting one-over 73 in the final round to place 10th at six-over par, 222.

Wanamarta posted another consistent round Tuesday, making par on 16-of-18 holes and adding a birdie. She started strong with a birdie on No. 14, but was pulled back with a double bogey on No. 16. Wanamarta went on to sink nine straight pars to finish the round and secure her second straight top-10 individual performance.

Junior Micaela Farah rallied Tuesday for her best score of the tournament, dropping an eagle on No. 8 to finish one-over 73. She made three bogeys on the back nine, but bounced back with a birdie on No. 1 and her second eagle of the season on No. 8 to finish the day. Senior Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri and freshman RuQing Guan offered up the final two team scores of the round, shooting matching scores of five-over 77.

Arizona State surged on the final day to take the team title, shooting two-under 286 on Tuesday and finishing 22-over 886 for the tournament. San Diego State’s Gioia Carpinelli was the only player in the field to shoot under par for the tournament, finishing one-under 215 for medalist honors.

Purdue jumps back to the east coast this weekend for a second spring break tournament, set to play Saturday and Sunday at the Valspar Augusta Invitational at Forest Hills Country Club.

 

EARLHAM BASEBALL

Baseball opens Fla. trip with win over Kenyon

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SCORE: Kalamazoo 7, Earlham 5

LOCATION: Fort Pierce, Fla. (Gladwin Complex)

RECORDS: Earlham 6-3, Kenyon 8-4

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham’s Isaiah Shake drew a bases loaded, two-out walk to plate the game-winning run as the Quakers upended Kenyon College in a walk-off, 5-4, to open their four-game Florida spring trip on Tuesday in Fort Pierce, Fla.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Earlham plated four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Danny Dopp stroked a one-out single to right-center and was immediately plated on Austin Hatfield’s double to center. Brian Pincura got aboard after being hit-by-pitch, and Cameron McCabe singled to advance Pincura to third and drive in Hatfield. A double-steal with two outs scored Pincura, and Cameron Wissel doubled down the line to left field plating McCabe.

With the Quakers just three outs away from the easy win, Kenyon put up four runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game. The Lords scored their four runs on four hits and a pair of Earlham errors.

The Quakers manufactured the game-winning run starting with McCabe’s one-out single up the middle. Pinch hitter Alec Bryan was hit by a pitch, moving pinch runner James Grace to second base, and Wissel drew a walk to load up the bases. The next Earlham batter struck out for the Quakers’ second out of the inning, but Shake drew the walk to force Grace across for the game-winning run.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Walter Talcott, who faced three batters in the top of the ninth in a relief stint, picked up the win to improve his record to 2-1. Starter Joey Gerbus fanned 10 Kenyon batters and scattered five hits while allowing just earned runs over eight-and-a-third innings in the no-decision appearance.

Cameron McCabe led the Quakers at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort with one run and one RBI. Three other players had one hit apiece. Overall, Kenyon tallied seven hits to Earlham’s six, and the Quakers left six baserunners stranded.

Kenyon’s Patrick O’Leary charted a 2-for-4 day hitting-wise, with four other Lords players recording a hit.

 

INDIANA BASEBALL

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Hoosiers Head to Cincinnati for Midweek Game

  • Indiana baseball returns to the Midwest this week beginning with a midweek contest at the Cincinnati Bearcats on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday will be the 31st ever meeting between IU and Cincinnati, as the two squads last met on February 26 this season, a 7-1 victory for the Hoosiers.
  • Indiana leads the all-time series between the two schools, 19-11.
  • Indiana Head Coach Jeff Mercer is in his first season with the Hoosiers and his 10th overall year in coaching collegiately. He has posted an 84-55 career record after leading Wright State to winning seasons in each of his two years with the Raiders, including a 2018 Horizon League title and NCAA Regional appearance.
  • Cincinnati head coach Scott Googins enters his second season at the helm of the Bearcat baseball program. He guided UC to its best finish since 2011 as the Bearcats finished at 28-28 overall and an even 12-12 in American Athletic Conference play.
  • The Hoosiers pitching staff begins this week second in the Big Ten in ERA (3.14, 36th nationally), tied for second in shutouts (2, T-16th nationally), and is third in hits allowed per nine innings (7.11, 34th) and WHIP (1.28).
  • Indiana’s offense enters this week first in the Big Ten with 17 home runs (T-17th nationally).
  • Senior starting pitcher Pauly Milto was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for his performance in the 1-0 victory over Washington. It was his second career weekly honor, as he threw a no-hitter for the first 7.2 innings, finishing with eight innings allowing just one hit.
  • The Greenwood, Ind.-native is tied for second in the Big Ten in wins (3, T-23rd nationally), is second in strkieouts (29) and is third in WHIP (0.69).
  • Junior outfielder Matt Gorski is tied for second in the Big Ten in home runs (4), is tied for third in RBI (12), fourth in slugging percentage (.689) and is tied for fifth in stolen bases (5). This includes missing the entire Tennessee series with an injury.
  • He currently holds a nine-game htting streak entering Wednesday’s game.
  • Sophomore third baseman Cole Barr paces the Hoosiers and the Big Ten with five home runs (T-23rd nationally) and is second in the league with a .689 slugging percentage.
  • The sophomore has reached base in his last 11 games, which includes a six-game hit streak.
  • Since the start of the 2008 season, Indiana leads the Big Ten in wins (391) and conference wins (161). The Hoosiers have made six NCAA Regionals over that span, the most out of any current Big Ten team.
  • For the fifth time in six years, Indiana was selected to the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament field. The No. 2-seeded Hoosiers played in the Austin Regional and reached the Regional final, eventually falling to Texas, 3-2.
  • Gorski, Lloyd and, sophomore Tanner Gordon were named Indiana’s Preseason Players to Watch by the Big Ten and the Hoosiers were picked to finish fourth in the league by the conference coaches.

 

PURDUE BASEBALL

(PURDUE RELEASE)

Milwaukee’s Middle-Innings Runs Spoil Home Opener

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue pitching dominated the early and late innings, but a trio of errors helped Milwaukee score six times over the middle innings and spoil the home opener at Alexander Field 6-1 Tuesday.

Four of MKE’s six runs were unearned, including all three in the fifth inning that gave the visitors control of the game.

Meanwhile, seven Milwaukee (7-6) pitchers teamed up to limit the Boilermakers (3-11) to one run on six singles. Purdue stranded eight men on base and also had a runner thrown out at third base in the seventh inning.

The Boilermakers’ 13-game home win streak, which dated back to April 24 of last season, came to an end in the earliest home opener in program history. Entering the day it was the second longest active home win streak in the nation.

Shortstop Evan Albrecht made the top defensive play of the day, a diving catch of a line drive near the second base bag. Not only did he take away a likely single up the middle, but Albrecht also doubled off the runner at first base. That play coupled catcher Zac Fascia cutting down a base stealer at second base to end the second inning helped starter Kyle Wade (0-1) face only nine batters through the first three innings.

Matt Moore, Hayden Wynja and Conner Tomasic teamed up to retire MKE’s final 12 batters of the game in order. In his regular-season debut at Alexander Field, Wynja went six-up, six-down against the three through eight portion of the Panthers’ lineup.

With two on and two out in the fifth inning, Wade induced a ground ball to third base. Owen Jansen fielded cleanly, but double clutched on the transfer and then pulled the first baseman off the bag with his throw. After a pitching change and a hit batter, MKE’s No. 3 hitter Trevor Schwecke delivered a two-run single up the middle. Schwecke also plated the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly an inning earlier.

Led by Wade’s 4 2/3 innings of five-hit ball, Purdue pitchers did not issue a walk in the game. But after racking up 37 strikeouts in 28 innings this past weekend in a series win vs. NJIT, the Boilermakers only recorded two strikeouts against a veteran Milwaukee lineup. The Panthers’ 6-7-8 hitters finished the day a combined 6-for-11 with three runs scored and a two-RBI single from Zach Nogalski in the sixth inning.

Skyler Hunter singled home Tyler Powers in the fifth inning for the Boilermakers’ lone run. He and Fascia both finished with a pair of hits. Hunter was robbed of a two-out RBI single in the second inning on a diving catch by left fielder Colin Kreiter.

Cole McKenzie extended his reached base safely streak to eight consecutive games, but Johnny Sage’s eight-game hit streak came to an end.

The Boilermakers continue their five-game week with a trip to Terre Haute on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. ET first pitch at Indiana State.

 

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)

Irish Continue Spring Break Trip at Western Carolina

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Coming of their ACC opening series win over Wake Forest, the Notre Dame baseball team (6-8, 2-1 ACC) continues its spring break trip with a midweek matchup at Western Carolina (8-5). The Irish and Catamounts will meet for the first time on the baseball diamond and first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday and will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Know the Opponent: Western Carolina Catamounts

  • In the middle of their spring break road trip, the Irish will make their first ever trip to Cullowhee, North Carolina to face off with Western Carolina.
  • The Catamounts will be just the fourth Southern Conference opponent the Irish have faced and the first since 2015.
  • Notre Dame defeated Mercer 8-2 on Feb. 28, 2015 en route to winning the Mercer Baseball Classic.
  • The Irish hit four home runs on the day with two from Cavan Biggio and one from Kyle Fialaand Robert Youngdahl.

Gilgenbach Fuels 9th Inning Rally to Clinch Series

  • With the series on the line in the second game of a doubleheader, the Irish used a late inning rally to clinch the series.
  • The Irish held a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning before the Demon Deacons ripped off five straight runs and took a three-run lead into the ninth.
  • John Arndorferkicked it off with a full-count walk and Spencer Myers followed it up with a single to bring the tying run to the plate.
  • Daniel Jungalso worked a walk and Carter Putz got a run to the plate after a fielder’s choice.
  • Niko Kavadaswas the third walk of the inning and Eric Gilgenbach stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and a two-run deficit.
  • Gilgenbach took a pitch the other way into right field for a single and scored Spencer Myersand Carter Putz to tie the game.
  • In the 10th, Myers hit a grounder to the shortstop and Brooks Coetzeebeat the throw home to regain the lead for the Irish.
  • Mitch Megiascame back out for his second inning of relief to clinch the series and secure his first career win.

Kavadas Powers Irish Past Demon Deacons

  • Similar to the final game of the series, in the opener the Irish needed a late rally to claim the opener against the Demon Deacons.
  • After the weather postponed the game on Friday, the series opener was pushed to Saturday afternoon.
  • On a cold and chilly afternoon, the ball still flew out of David F. Couch Ballpark with five home runs combined between the two teams.
  • Daniel Junggot the Irish started with a solo blast in the fourth inning but the Deacs responded with the next three homers to take a 4-2  lead into the later innings.
  • Facing a one-run deficit in the eighth, Jung and Carter Putzhit back-to-back singles and Niko Kavadas stepped to the place.
  • Kavadas turned on a pitch and sent it over the fence in right to regain the lead for the Irish.
  • Cole Kmetcame on for the final two innings and recorded his second save of the season.

 

 

OHIO STATE BASEBALL

(OHIO STATE RELEASE)

BASE: Ohio State Drops 8-6 Contest at Wofford Tuesday Night

SPARTANBURG, S.C.  – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 8-6, against Wofford at Russell C. King Field Tuesday night. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 5-1 lead after three innings, but the Terriers rallied with two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and sixth and three in the seventh to claim the comeback win. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno received the loss to drop to 0-2, while Rasesh Pandya earned the win to improve to 2-0. Ohio State drops to 7-9 overall and Wofford improves to 11-6 in 2019.

AT THE PLATE
Senior Brady Cherry went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI and freshman Zach Dezenzo had a three-hit game with a double. Redshirt junior Matt Carpenter and junior Dominic Canzone each had a pair of hits. Junior Conner Pohl drove in two runs tonight.

HOT START FOR THE BATS
The Buckeyes got an early lead vs. Terrier left-handed starting pitcher David Yourke with four runs on five hits after two innings at the dish. Cherry scored Carpenter on a RBI double to the gap in left center. After reaching base six straight times last night at Furman, Pohl connected for a RBI single in his first at-bat to make it 2-0 game.

BUCKEYE MIDDLE INNING RUNS

The Terriers scored a run in the bottom after a Buckeye throwing error. Ohio State tallied two more in the second on a RBI single by Ridge Winand and double play ball. Pohl extended the lead to 5-1 with a sac fly, scoring Canzone in the third. Cherry doubled for the second time in the fifth to push Carpenter around for a 6-3 advantage.

TERRIERS RALLY

However, solo homers by Wofford in the fifth and sixth innings trimmed the Buckeye lead to one. The Terriers were able to tie the game at 6-all in the bottom of the seventh on a sac fly. John Dempsey had the go-ahead hit with a two-run double off the wall in right to put Wofford on top, 8-6, after seven innings.

ON THE MOUND

Ohio State starting pitcher Jake Vance went 5.1 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a no decision. Magno went 2.2 innings on three runs, four hits and one strikeout in the loss.

GAME NOTES 

  • The game was the first meeting between Ohio State and Wofford College in baseball.
  • Hit streaks extended: Carpenter (6), Canzone (5) and Pohl (4).
  • Dezenzo had a season-high three hits tonight. Cherry had a season-high two doubles.
  • Reached base streaks extended: Canzone (12), Carpenter (6), Pohl (4), Romans (4) and Winand (4).
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (5), Cherry (5), Carpenter (3) and Dezenzo (2).
  • Multi-RBI games: Cherry (3) and Pohl (3).

HOME OPENER UP NEXT
Ohio State returns to Columbus to prep for its 2019 opening series at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium this weekend. The Buckeyes welcome Lipscomb Friday-Sunday. All three games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-MARCH 13, 2000

DAVIE, Fla.-As Dan Marino, the National Football League’s most prolific passer, gave his farewell speech today after 17 years with the Miami Dolphins, he tried not to make eye contact with his wife, Claire, who sat sobbing nearby. “I kept telling Claire that I can’t cry during this thing,” Marino said after announcing his retirement at the Dolphins training facility at Nova Southeastern University. “I felt many a time like crying, but I was able to hold back. Tried to make a few jokes and keep it loose.”

Marino, whose career records include most touchdown passes (420), most passing yards (61,361) and most completions (4,967), said he decided to end his playing career at age 38 mostly because of his health. He has had six knee operations, ruptured an Achilles tendon and, last season, sustained a neck injury that sidelined him for five games. “There are physical limitations I would have had to deal with,” he said. “It kept coming back to how my legs felt during last season, going through the neck injury and not knowing whether I was going to be able to throw the football.”

After the Dolphins indicated by their long, awkward silence that their interest in Marino had waned, he was temporarily invigorated by an offer from the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Dennis Green was so interested in Marino that he offered to let him fly home after every Sunday game and not return until Wednesday. Marino said he had gone through a number of emotional swings before deciding last week to pass on Minnesota’s offer. “There were times I told Claire we were going and two hours later I’d say, No, I don’t think I can go” he said. “It is the toughest thing I’ve had to deal with professionally in my life.”

A person close to Marino said that if the Dolphins had shown as much enthusiasm for his continuing to play as the Vikings had, he would most likely still be a Dolphin. “He probably would have gone to training camp, to see how he felt physically, and then take it from there,” the person said.

Marino came in a Dolphin, and he will leave one. That, by itself, is a remarkable achievement. When Marino is eligible for the Hall of Fame in five years, it may be the easiest decision voters ever had. Marino threw more passes for more completions for more yards and more touchdowns than anyone else. His 33,508 passing yards in the 1990’s are the most in a decade for any quarterback. “It is hard to imagine another quarterback duplicating the kind of success Dan had,” Don Shula, his former coach, said. “I know I won’t see it in my lifetime.”

 

ALSO

1878 – Oxford defeats Cambridge in their first golf match.

1894 – J L Johnstone of England invents horse racing starting gate.

1911 – Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Galt (Ontario), 7-4.

1912 – Stanley Cup: Québec Bulldogs sweep Moncton Victorias (New Brunswick) in two games.

1915 – Brooklyn Dodgers’ manager Wilbert Robinson tries to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane, but the pilot substituted a grapefruit.

1918 – First NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Arenas, outscoring them 10-7 in a two game set.

1922 – NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators outscore Toronto Saint Patricks, 5 to 4, in two games.

1925 – NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Arenas in two games.

1929 – Donald Bradman scores 123 Australia versus England at Melbourne Cricket Ground, his second Test Cricket ton.

1943 – Baseball approves official ball (with cork and balata).

1943 – Frank Dixon wins Knights of Columbus mile (4:09.6).

1948 – 10th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor 58-42.

1949 – US Ladies Figure Skating Championship won by Yvonne C Sherman.

1949 – US Men’s Figure Skating Championship won by Richard Button.

1954 – Milwaukee Braves’ Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron.

1955 – Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.

1956 – New Zealand bowls out West Indies for 77 at Eden Park to score their first Test Cricket win.

1960 – Fay Crocker wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.

1960 – NFL’s Chicago Cardinals move to Saint Louis.

1960 – Chicago White Sox unveil new road uniforms with players’ names above number.

1961 – Floyd Patterson knocks out Ingemar Johansson in six rounds to retain heavyweight boxing title.

1966 – Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lagunita Golf Invitational.

1974 – Glenn Turner scores twin tons for New Zealand’s first win against Australia.

1977 – Dennis Lillee takes 6-26, England all out 95 in Centenary Test.

1979 – New York Islanders’ Mike Bossy’s 5th career hat trick.

1980 – Eric Heiden skates world record 1000 metre (1:13.60).

1981 – NCAA Saint Joseph’s upsets top seed DePaul.

1982 – World Ice Dance Championship in Copenhagen won by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean (Great Britain).

1982 – World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship in Copenhagen won by Sabine Baess and Tassilo Thierbach (German Democratic Republic).

1982 – World Ladies Figure Skate Championship in Copenhagen won by Elaine Zayak (USA).

1982 – World Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Copenhagen won by Scott Hamilton (USA).

1983 – First USFL overtime game-Birmingham Stallions beat Oakland Invaders 20-14.

1984 – Western Australia beats Queensland by four wickets to win the Sheffield Shield.

1984 – Last day of first-class cricket for G Chappell, R Marsh, B Laird.

1985 – Football Association Cup match at Luton stadium between Millwall and Kenilworth Road; riot, 47 injured, 31 arrested.

1986 – Irish racemare Dawn Run wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup at Cheltenham, England, becoming the first racehorse to complete the Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham Gold Cup double.

1987 – Washington Capitals score five goals against Toronto Blue Jays in 3 minutes and 3 seconds.

1994 – Donna Andrews wins LPGA Ping Welch’s Golf Championship.

1996 – Sri Lanka beats India in World Cup semi-final as riots stop play.

2007 – (to April 28) The 2007 Cricket World Cup is held in the West Indies.

2010 – (to March 22) The 10th Winter Paralympic Games take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Over 500 athletes from 44 countries participate in five events.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1915      “Help me, Lads, I’m covered with my own blood!” – Wilbert Robinson’s reaction before quickly realizing the fluid dripping down from his chest is grapefruit juice. Dodger manager Wilbert Robinson, thinking he is going to catch a baseball dropped from a plane, is surprised and splattered when the sphere turns out to be a grapefruit. Although legend has it that Casey Stengel is behind the prank, the pilot, Ruth Law, a pioneer in American aviation, substituted part of her lunch when she realized she forgot to bring a baseball.

1944      It’s True, Cy Young’s middle name is not Tecumseh, as sometimes listed, but the initial T stands for True. The Hall of Fame right-hander’s middle name mixup may be the result of his teammates calling him ‘The Chief,’ the English word for Tecumseh.

1953      On the day that will become known as ‘Black Friday’ in Boston, Lou Perini announces he will seek permission from the National League to move his franchise to Milwaukee, home of the team’s top minor-league affiliate. The Braves owner cites poor attendance as the reason for asking to relocate the club, after spending 82 years in the New England city.

1954      During an exhibition game against the Yankees, recently acquired Brave Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle in three places, sidelining him until July 14. The ’51 National League playoff hero is replaced in the Braves’ lineup by a promising prospect named Hank Aaron.

1960      Much to the chagrin of other owners and most of his players, Bill Veeck’s White Sox become the first team to put the players’ names on the back of the jersey, unveiling the new look on their road uniforms in an exhibition game against Cincinnati in Tampa. After the rest of the league’s clubs protest the Chicago owner’s innovation, the commissioner’s office will rule that in addition to displaying traditional numbers, each team will have the option to use monikered uniforms.

1979      The Tigers and Mets swap relievers, with Detroit sending Ed Glynn to the Big Apple in exchange for Mardie Cornejo, who, after posting a 4-2 record as a rookie last season, will never play in another major league game. In contrast, the latest addition to the New York bullpen will make 84 appearances, compiling an ERA of 3.53 during the two years with his new club.

1986      Royals teammates Hal McRae, 39, and his 18 year-old son Brian appear together in a preseason game against the Phillies. Kansas City manager Dick Howser refers to the father-son event as a ‘Big Mac Attack.’

1997      In their first ever minor league spring training game, the Rays defeated Philadelphia, 6-0. John Kaufman, Tom Bergan, Matt Williams, and Jamie Ybarra combine to throw a no-hitter in the exhibition contest against the major league team.

2001      Throwing 22 strikes out of 29 pitches over two innings of shutout ball in his surprise start against the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium, Rick Ankiel makes his first appearance since the 2000 playoffs, in which he lost his control, throwing seven wild pitches in three postseason appearances.

2006      Three pitches into the top of the seventh inning, the stadium lights at Tradition Field partially fail. With fifty percent of the lighting not functioning, the exhibition game ends, after a 15-minute delay, with the Mets leading the Nationals, 10-4.

2008      Joining the ranks of Garth Brooks and Tom Selleck as celebrities who have appeared in a spring exhibition game, Billy Crystal strikes out in the first inning as the Yankees’ leadoff batter. The comedian, who signed a one-day contract with the Bronx Bombers, wears the number sixty in honor of his 60th birthday, which is tomorrow.

2008      The pitching-poor Cardinals bolster their rotation by agreeing to a preliminary one-year deal with Kyle Lohse (9-12, 4.62). The 29 year-old right-hander, who pitched for the Reds and Phillies last season, will make $4.25 million hurling for the Redbirds.

2009      Pat Burrell takes out ads in two of Philadelphia’s largest newspapers to thank Phillies fans for their support during his nine years with the team. The 32 year-old slugging outfielder signed a free-agent deal in the off-season with the Rays, the club the Phils beat in last season’s World Series.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1859 – Birth of Ivo Bligh; cricket player [Lord Darnley] England captain versus Australia 1882-83.

1886 – Birth of John “Home Run” Baker; hall of famer (hit two homeruns in 1911 World Series).

1897 – Birth of William Herald in Australia; swimmer (Olympics-1920).

1918 – Birth of George McAfee; NFL halfback (Chicago Bears).

1921 – Birth of Cyril Poole; cricket player (England batsman against India 1951-52).

1922 – Birth of Brun Smith; cricket player (New Zealand right-handed batsman of late 1940s).

1925 – Birth of Bertha Tickey in Dinuba, California, USA; softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1973).

1930 – Birth of Doug Harvey; hockey star (3 time James Norris winner).

1938 – Birth of Joseph Bellino; football player (1960 Heisman Trophy).

1950 – Birth of Bernard Julien; cricket player (West Indies left-arm pace all-rounder mid-1970s).

1950 – Birth of Joe Bugner; Hungarian/British/Australian boxer (European Champion 1971).

1953 – Birth of Andy Bean in Lafayette, Georgia, USA; PGA golfer (Western 1978, Kemper 1978).

1955 – Birth of Olga Rukavishnikova in the USSR; pentathlete (Olympics-silver-1980).

1959 – Birth of Dirk Wellham; cricket player (century on New South Wales debut and Australian debut).

1961 – Birth of Cor Lems; soccer player (ADO The Hague/Dordrecht 1990).

1962 – Birth of Liane Tooth in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; field hockey forward (Olympics-1996).

1963 – Birth of Mariano Duncan S P de Macoris in Dominican Republic; infielder (New York Yankees).

1963 – Birth of Vance Johnson; NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos).

1964 – Birth of Will Clark in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; infielder (Texas Rangers).

1966 – Birth of Akira Nogami; wrestler (NJPW).

1967 – Birth of Colleen Rosensteel in South Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA; heavyweight judoka (Olympics-1996).

1967 – Birth of Satu Huotari; ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics-1998).

1969 – Birth of Chris Zorich; NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears).

1969 – Birth of Kevin Kaminski in Churchbridge, Saskatchewan, Canada; NHL center (Washington Capitals).

1971 – Birth of Curtis Conway; NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Chicago Bears).

1971 – Birth of Li Chen in Changsha, China; tennis star (1995 Futures-Austin Texas).

1971 – Birth of Paul Henderson; Australian 100 metre/200 metre (Olympics-1996).

1971 – Birth of Ralf Kleinmann; WLAF kicker/punter (Frankfurt Galaxy).

1971 – Birth of Robert Samuels, cricket player (West Indies Test opening batsman versus New Zealand 1996).

1971 – Birth of Ryan Hayden in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; 400 metre hurdler.

1971 – Birth of Tony Vinson; NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons, London Monarchs, Baltimore Ravens).

1972 – Birth of Avrom Smith; WLAF running back (London Monarchs).

1972 – Birth of Brian Saxton; NFL tight end (New York Giants).

1972 – Birth of Rickey Brady; NFL tight end (New Orleans Saints).

1972 – Birth of Ryan McCoy; WLAF linebacker (London Monarchs).

1972 – Birth of Trent Dilfer; NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

1973 – Birth of Bobby Jackson; NBA guard (Denver Nuggets).

1973 – Birth of Dan Wilkinson; NFL defensive tackle (Cincinnati Bengals).

1973 – Birth of Edgar Davids; Dutch soccer player (Ajax, AC Milan).

1973 – Birth of Trezelle Jenkins; NFL tackle (Kansas City Chiefs).

1974 – Birth of André Batista Santos “Vampeta”; (Brazilian) soccer player (PSV).

1974 – Birth of Corinna Broiz in Garberville, Colorado; lightweight judoka (Olympics-1996).

1974 – Birth of Thomas Enqvist in Stockholm, Sweden; tennis star (1991 Wimbledon junior boys).

1975 – Birth of Landon Wilson in Saint Louis; NHL right wing (Colorado Avalanche).

1987 – Birth of Marco Andretti; IRL driver.

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
1 x-Milwaukee 51 17 .750 27-5 24-12 13-1 34-8 7-3 1 W
2 x-Toronto 48 20 .706 3.0 27-7 21-13 9-4 29-13 6-4 1 L
Philadelphia 43 25 .632 8.0 27-9 16-16 6-8 25-16 6-4 2 W
Indiana 43 25 .632 8.0 26-9 17-16 9-5 30-15 5-5 1 W
Boston 41 27 .603 10.0 24-10 17-17 10-4 28-13 4-6 1 L
Brooklyn 36 33 .522 15.5 21-16 15-17 7-6 25-20 6-4 4 W
Detroit 34 32 .515 16.0 21-13 13-19 8-5 24-20 8-2 1 L
Miami 31 35 .470 19.0 15-19 16-16 5-8 18-22 5-5 1 L

Orlando 31 37 .456 20.0 18-16 13-21 6-5 21-19 5-5 1 L
10 Charlotte 30 37 .448 20.5 21-14 9-23 9-4 23-20 3-7 2 L
11 Washington 28 39 .418 22.5 20-12 8-27 6-7 18-27 4-6 1 W
12 Atlanta 23 45 .338 28.0 12-21 11-24 6-8 13-31 4-6 1 W
13 Chicago 19 50 .275 32.5 8-27 11-23 3-13 14-30 4-6 3 L
14 Cleveland 17 51 .250 34.0 11-24 6-27 2-11 13-33 5-5 1 L
15 New York 13 55 .191 38.0 6-26 7-29 2-12 8-36 2-8 7 L
Western Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Golden State 45 21 .682 24-10 21-11 11-3 27-13 4-6 1 L
Denver 44 22 .667 1.0 28-6 16-16 9-2 29-14 6-4 1 W
Houston 42 25 .627 3.5 24-9 18-16 8-5 23-17 9-1 9 W
Oklahoma City 41 26 .612 4.5 22-9 19-17 8-6 25-20 4-6 1 W
Portland 41 26 .612 4.5 25-9 16-17 4-9 22-21 7-3 2 W
San Antonio 39 29 .574 7.0 26-7 13-22 9-5 27-19 7-3 6 W
LA Clippers 39 30 .565 7.5 20-13 19-17 11-3 25-21 7-3 1 L
Utah 37 29 .561 8.0 21-12 16-17 6-8 23-20 5-5 2 L

Sacramento 33 33 .500 12.0 20-14 13-19 3-11 17-24 3-7 1 L
10 Minnesota 32 36 .471 14.0 23-10 9-26 5-7 19-23 4-6 1 L
11 LA Lakers 31 36 .463 14.5 18-16 13-20 7-6 21-23 3-7 1 W
12 New Orleans 30 40 .429 17.0 18-15 12-25 7-7 20-23 4-6 4 L
13 Memphis 28 40 .412 18.0 18-17 10-23 6-7 19-23 5-5 3 W
14 Dallas 27 40 .403 18.5 21-13 6-27 3-9 14-26 1-9 6 L
15 Phoenix 16 52 .235 30.0 10-23 6-29 3-12 9-33 5-5 1 W

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
1 x-Tampa Bay Lightning 70 53 13 4 110 47 272 183 29-6-2 24-7-2 8-2-0
Washington Capitals 70 41 22 7 89 37 240 217 21-9-5 20-13-2 8-2-0
Boston Bruins 70 42 19 9 93 40 211 180 27-7-3 15-12-6 7-2-1
Toronto Maple Leafs 69 42 22 5 89 42 246 199 21-13-1 21-9-4 6-3-1
New York Islanders 69 40 22 7 87 36 200 168 21-11-4 19-11-3 5-4-1
Pittsburgh Penguins 70 38 23 9 85 37 242 213 21-12-2 17-11-7 6-2-2
Carolina Hurricanes 69 38 24 7 83 37 208 191 18-11-4 20-13-3 7-2-1
Columbus Blue Jackets 70 39 28 3 81 38 216 208 19-16-2 20-12-1 5-5-0

Montreal Canadiens 70 37 26 7 81 35 211 208 20-11-4 17-15-3 5-5-0
10 Philadelphia Flyers 69 34 27 8 76 32 212 228 18-13-4 16-14-4 6-3-1
11 Florida Panthers 69 30 27 12 72 27 224 234 18-12-6 12-15-6 4-2-4
12 Buffalo Sabres 69 30 30 9 69 26 194 221 19-11-4 11-19-5 2-6-2
13 New York Rangers 69 28 28 13 69 22 198 227 17-11-8 11-17-5 2-3-5
14 New Jersey Devils 70 25 36 9 59 24 195 241 17-12-6 8-24-3 2-7-1
15 Detroit Red Wings 70 24 36 10 58 21 189 241 13-17-5 11-19-5 1-7-2
16 Ottawa Senators 70 23 41 6 52 23 205 261 14-16-4 9-25-2 1-8-1
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
San Jose Sharks 70 43 19 8 94 43 254 214 23-5-5 20-14-3 8-2-0
Winnipeg Jets 69 40 25 4 84 38 237 207 22-9-4 18-16-0 4-6-0
Calgary Flames 70 43 20 7 93 43 250 203 22-7-5 21-13-2 6-4-0
Nashville Predators 71 39 27 5 83 35 212 192 22-13-1 17-14-4 5-5-0
Vegas Golden Knights 70 38 27 5 81 35 212 196 21-10-4 17-17-1 6-3-1
St. Louis Blues 69 36 26 7 79 35 199 191 17-15-2 19-11-5 4-4-2
Dallas Stars 69 36 28 5 77 36 174 172 21-11-2 15-17-3 7-3-0
Arizona Coyotes 70 35 30 5 75 31 187 196 17-15-3 18-15-2 8-2-0

Minnesota Wild 70 33 29 8 74 32 191 205 14-14-6 19-15-2 6-2-2
10 Colorado Avalanche 70 30 28 12 72 29 223 218 15-13-6 15-15-6 5-4-1
11 Edmonton Oilers 69 31 31 7 69 28 195 223 16-16-2 15-15-5 7-2-1
12 Chicago Blackhawks 69 30 30 9 69 28 234 256 16-13-6 14-17-3 6-4-0
13 Vancouver Canucks 69 28 32 9 65 25 187 217 15-13-4 13-19-5 2-6-2
14 Anaheim Ducks 71 28 34 9 65 25 164 216 15-13-8 13-21-1 4-6-0
15 Los Angeles Kings 69 25 36 8 58 23 164 220 13-17-3 12-19-5 2-6-2