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#16 Virginia Tech 71 Miami Florida 56

Sacramento 72 Northern Arizona 60

North Carolina State 59 Clemson 58

Boise State 66 Colorado State 57

George Washington 68 Massachusetts 64 OT

Southern Utah 94 Idaho State 80

Richmond 52 Fordham 50

USC 78 Arizona 65

Montana State 75 items 71

New Mexico 78 Wyoming 68

Colorado 56 California 51

Lamar 81 Houston Baptist 79

Nebraska 68 Rutgers 61

Norfolk State 68 South Carolina State 73

Air Force 87 San Jose State 57

Louisiana Tech 57 Florida Atlantic 56

Missouri 71 Georgia 61

Louisville 75 Notre Dame 53

Providence 80 Butler 57

TCU 73 Oklahoma State 70

Colgate 94 Bucknell 80

Central Arkansas 73 Texas A&M CC 53

UCLA 79 Stanford 72

Illinois 74 Northwestern 69 OT

Syracuse 73 Pittsburgh 59

Alabama Birmingham 70 Middle Tennessee 61

West Virginia 72 Oklahoma 71

Texas A&M 69 Vanderbilt 52

St. John’s 82 DePaul 74

Marshall 82 Rice 65

Oregon 84 Washington State 51

North Texas 71 Florida International 57

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Central Michigan 88 Eastern Michigan 80 OT

Buffalo 85 Kent State 52

Ohio 72 Northern Illinois 56

Miami Ohio 72 Toledo 54

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Oklahoma City 108 Brooklyn 96

Washington 100 Orlando 90

Atlanta 132 Memphis 111

Miami 108 Detroit 74

Golden State 106 Houston 104

Utah 114 Phoenix 97

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Chicago 5 Toronto 4

New Jersey 6 Edmonton 3

Vancouver 4 NY Rangers 1

 

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASEBALL

#7 Louisville 10 #9 Ole Miss 8

#14 Arkansas 11 Western Illinois 1 (8)

#20 North Carolina State 18 George Mason 3

#23 Tennessee 7 North Carolina Asheville 2

#8 Georgia 6 Georgia State 3

#6 Mississippi State 18 Grambling 1

#15 North Carolina 11 North Carolina Wilmington 4

#24 Clemson 8#16 coastal Carolina 5

#13 LSU 16 Texas Southern 5

#25 Arizona State 7 New Mexico State 3

ELSEWHERE

Immaculata 4 Earlham 1

Dayton 15 Ohio 5

Western Carolina 16 Notre Dame 9

Savior 7 Grand Canyon 3

Butler 6 Alabama A&M 1

Cincinnati 7 Indiana 5

Indiana State 4 Purdue 3

Wright State 10 Toledo 5

Miami Ohio 16 Northern Kentucky 1

Ball State 11 Purdue Fort Wayne 6

 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Eastern Kentucky 4 Dayton 1

Notre Dame 8 Florida International 0

IUPUI 6 Indiana State 3

Indiana State 9 IUPUI 2

North Dakota State 3 Butler 2

Purdue 8 St. Joseph’s 4

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – SPRING TRAINING

Cleveland 9 Milwaukee 3

Kansas City 17 Cleveland 7

Oakland 12 Chicago Cubs 11

Colorado 5 Arizona 3

San Diego 9 LA Angels 3

Seattle 8 San Francisco 4

Chicago White Sox 10 LA Dodgers 7

Baltimore 6 Toronto 4

Minnesota 9 Boston 5

Washington 8 Atlanta 4

Miami 4 St. Louis 1

NY Mets 2 Houston 1

Philadelphia 5 NY Yankees 5

 

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Earlham 17 Ferrum 6

 

Providence Defeats Butler MBB in First Round of BIG EAST Tournament

(Butler release)

Behind 56-percent shooting, Providence pulled away for an 80-57 win over Butler in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Maliek White (19 points) and Alpha Diallo (18) led the Friars, who improve to 18-14 on the season and advance to play top-seeded Villanova in Thursday’s BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals.

Butler took an early 17-7 lead before Providence began to heat up. Providence made their final eight attempts from the field in the first half to take a 38-27 halftime advantage.

Butler trimmed the margin to just six early in the second half, but once again the Friars would answer.

A 23-4 Providence run extended the lead to 66-41, which was the Friars’ largest of the game, as PC hit 12 of their first 18 attempts of the second half.

Jordan Tucker led the Bulldogs with 14 points. He hit four three-pointers. Aaron Thompson went 5-for-5 from the field, netting 12 points and six assists.

Providence’s 56-percent shooting from the field included an 11-of-23 clip from three-point range. The Friars also had a 31-23 advantage in rebounding.

Butler shot 43 percent and attempted only seven free throws.

Butler is now 16-16.

 

NOTRE DAME MBB: Season Ends In ACC Second Round

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (14-18) saw its 2018-19 season come to a close with a 75-53 loss to Louisville (20-12) in the second round of the 2019 ACC Championship at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

With just seven scholarship players available due to a handful of injuries, the Irish shot just 27 percent from the field while the rested Cardinals hit nine three pointers and out-rebounded Notre Dame by 12.

T.J. Gibbs led the Irish with 21 points, while Juwan Durham added 12 points and nine rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED

After trading baskets early, Louisville took control via a 14-2 run to build a 21-12 lead with 11:19 remaining in the first half. The Cardinal lead built to as many as 16 points, but the Irish kept battling to stay within reach at halftime.

Notre Dame’s switch to man-to-man kept Louisville scoreless over the final 4:02 of the first half and the Irish trailed by just nine, 35-25, at the break even though they shot just 21 percent from the field.

Notre Dame was able to cut the lead to seven early in the second half, but Louisville pushed it back to 13 points at 16:02 with three offensive rebound put-backs. The Louisville lead would push to as many as 22 in the second half as the undermanned Irish just ran out of gas.

NOTRE DAME PLAYER OF THE GAME

T.J. Gibbs led the team with 21 points, shooting six-of-15 from the field.

NOTRE DAME STATS OF THE GAME

T.J. Gibbs had 21 points for the Irish, the 22nd time this season he has reached double figures and 56th time in his career. It was his third 20-point game of the season.

Notre Dame is now 9-5 in the ACC Championship since joining the league in 2013-14.

John Mooney finished with a game-high 12 rebounds, grabbing double-digit rebounds for the 24th time in 2018-19.

 

PURDUE // No. 2 Seed Boilermakers Ready for Big Ten Tournament

(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 11-ranked Purdue men’s basketball team travels to Northwestern for the regular-season finale and in search of the Big Ten Championship.

The contest will be televised on BTN with Kevin Kugler, Jon Crispin and Andy Katz calling the action courtside beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. On the radio waves, the contest will be available on the Purdue Radio Network and TuneIn.com with Larry Clisby and Rob Blackman on the call, beginning with the Purdue Basketball pregame show at 1:30 p.m. Wes Scott will produce the radio broadcast.

Live stats will be provided on PurdueSports.com, and Twitter updates will be available on Purdue’s official account (@BoilerBall).

THE TALKING POINTS

1) Purdue knows what needs to happen. A win gives the Boilermakers a share of their league-best 24th Big Ten title and gives Purdue the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. A loss drops Purdue to the No. 3 seed and denies the Boilermakers the league title.

2) A victory over Northwestern would be Purdue’s 16th quadrant-1 or quadrant-2 victory, which would be the second most in the country behind Michigan, which enters Saturday’s game with Michigan State with 17.

3) A win over Northwestern will give Purdue 16 Big Ten victories for just the second time in school history (1987-88 season). Purdue just became the fifth group in Big Ten history to win 15 league games in consecutive seasons and the first in 23 years since Purdue did it in 1995-96.

4) Over the last five games, Purdue has held foes to 59.6 points per game, 35.4 percent shooting and 24.5 percent from long range.

5) Purdue wrapped up its third unbeaten home season in 51 seasons of play at Mackey Arena with an 86-51 win over Ohio State last Saturday. Purdue enters next year with a 17-game home winning streak and owned the Big Ten’s only unbeaten league campaign in 2018-19.

6) Purdue’s seniors (Ryan Cline and Grady Eifert) now own a 105-32 (.766) career record, the second-most wins for a class in school history. The .766 winning percentage is third-best percentage in school history (1996 – .778; 1988 – .774).

7) Over the last three games, Purdue has shot 41.8 percent (28-of-67) from long distance. Purdue needs two 3-pointers for 300 this season.

8) Purdue has outrebounded four straight opponents by a combined 41 rebounds (10.3 per game).

9) In Big Ten road games, Purdue is being outscored by 2.7 points per game and Purdue is shooting just 69.0 percent from the free throw line.

10) Carsen Edwards is on pace to become the third Boilermaker in the last nine years to lead the Big Ten in scoring. JaJuan Johnson in 2011 (20.7) and Caleb Swanigan in 2017 (18.9) are the others. No other team has had more than one player lead the league in scoring in that span.

11) Matt Haarms is on track to become the first player to lead the Big Ten in field goal percentage and blocks since Ohio State’s Greg Oden in 2007.

  • Purdue is looking for its second Big Ten Tournament title in school history, serving as the No. 2 seed this week. This marks the fourth time that Purdue has been the No. 2 seed (2019, 2011, 2010 and 2008). Purdue is just 1-3 in the previous three tournaments as a No. 2 seed. • Purdue hasn’t had a ton of luck in Chicago, reaching the tournament title game in 1998, but since posting a 3-8 record in eight other trips. Purdue did make the semifinals in its last trip to Chicago, falling to eventual champ Wisconsin in the 2015 semifinals. • Purdue’s four title-game appearances are the fifth most in the Big Ten (Ohio State – 8; Wisconsin – 7; Michigan State, Illinois – 6). • The No. 2 seed has won the tournament seven times in 21 seasons, most recently in 2016, when No. 2 seed Michigan State defeated No. 4 seed Purdue.

 

WBB: No. 3 RedHawks Advance to MAC Semifinals

The Miami University women’s basketball team advances to the MAC Semifinals with today’s 72-54 win over No. 6 Toledo. Miami will play No. 2 Ohio on Friday, March 15 at Quicken Loans Arena. Tip-off is estimated for 1:30 p.m.

MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by Visit Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — Quarterfinals

Game 5: No. 9 Eastern Michigan vs. No. 1 Central Michigan, 12:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

Game 6: No. 5 Kent State vs. No. 4 Buffalo, TBA* (ESPN+)

Game 7: No. 7 Northern Illinois vs. No. 2 Ohio, TBA* (ESPN+)

Game 8: No. 6 Toledo vs. No. 3 Miami, TBA* (ESPN+)

Friday, March 15, 2019 — Semifinals

Game 9: No. 1 Central Michigan vs. No. 4 Buffalo, 11:00 am ET (ESPN+)

Game 10: No. 2 Ohio vs. No. 3 Miami, TBA* (ESPN+)

Saturday, March 16, 2019 — MAC Championship

Game 11: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 11:00 a.m. EST (CBS Sports Network)

*Game will start 30 minutes following the conclusion of the prior game.

 

RICHMOND’S IKE KHAMIS QUALIFIES FOR NCAA’S

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou men’s swimming program qualified 12 Tigers to the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the NCAA announced on Wednesday (March 13). The 12 qualifiers shattered the previous Missouri high of eight set in 2015 and is tied for fourth nationally.

In the diving well, senior Kyle Goodwin (Aurora, Colo.) and freshman Ike Khamis (Richmond, Ind.) both punched NCAA tickets at this week’s NCAA Zone D Diving Championships, putting Mizzou’s NCAA contingent at the maximum 18 individuals.

 

EARLHAM BASEBALL: Earlham baseball falls to Immaculata, 4-1

SCORE: Immaculata 4, Earlham 1

LOCATION: Fort Pierce, Fla. (Gladwin Complex)

RECORDS: Earlham 6-4, Immaculata 4-3

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College squandered its scoring opportunities in the late innings and

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Immaculata put two runs across in the second inning on Corey Pezak’s one-out double to left-center, plating a pair of Mighty Mac runners who reached on singles. The Mighty Macs extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the third when starter Nate Hemmerich issued a bases loaded walk to Cameron Delisle, forcing in another Immaculata run.

Earlham got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Isaiah Shake got aboard on a single to left-center, went to third on a throwing error by the pitcher, and scored on Cameron McCabe’s RBI single through the left side.

The Mighty Macs extended their lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning, after Tyler Kmiec reached on a leadoff double down the right-field line. He advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Tom Prato’s sacrifice fly to left field.

The Quakers had the bases loaded with one out in both the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to plate any additional runs. Earlham finished the day with 11 runners left on base.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Starter Nate Hemmerich took the loss after allowing three runs, all earned, on five hits and a walk over his two-and-a-third innings of work. Spencer Owen came on in the third inning and lasted through the end of Immaculata seventh; he scattered two hits, allowed one run, and fanned seven Mighty Mac batters. Colin Greve finished out the game with a two-inning relief appearance.

Danny Dopp went 2-for-5 against Immaculata, including his third double of the season, for his first multi-hit game since the season-opener against Wittenberg. Six other players had one hit apiece for the Quakers, including Brian Pincura whose six-game hitting streak was snapped on Tuesday against Kenyon.

For Kenyon, Tyler Kmiec and Corey Pezak each had a pair of hits, with Pezak also recording a pair of RBIs.

NEXT UP:

Earlham will have the early start as it faces Washington College (Md.) out of the Centennial Conference on Thursday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m.

 

INDIANA BASEBALL: Cincinnati Rallies to Defeat IU, 7-5

(IU RELEASE)

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Indiana baseball (7-8) led by as many as three runs, but fell to the Cincinnati Bearcats by a score of 7-5 on Wednesday night. A two-run home run for UC in the bottom of the eighth was the difference.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Junior Matt Gorski led off the game with a double, stole third, and scored on a wild pitch to give the Hoosiers a run in the bottom of the first. Later in the inning, freshman Grant Richardson drove in freshman Tyler Van Pelt on an RBI groundout to give IU a 2-0 lead.
  • In the top of the second inning, junior Jeremy Houston walked, advanced to second on a failed pickoff and then moved to third on a base-hit from Gorski. Standing on first, Gorski created distraction and forced a balk to plate Houston to make it a 3-0 game.
  • In the bottom of the third, Cincinnati got its scoring started with a two-out error on a ground ball to cut the lead to two runs.
  • The Hoosiers got the run back in the top of the fourth as Lloyd drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to increase the lead to 4-1.
  • The Bearcats retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth. An RBI single by AJ Bumpass was followed by a two-out bases clearing double by Dondrae Bremner gave UC a 5-4 edge.
  • Houston tied the game up with two outs in the top of the eight by singling up the middle to score Richardson, who led off with a double.

NOTES

  • Freshman Gabe Bierman allowed just three hits and one run (unearned) in five innings with four strikeouts and a walk in his second career start.
  • Gorski strung together a season-high three hits, his 11th career game with three-or-more hits, and his 43rd career multi-hit game. The junior extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
  • With a double in the first inning, sophomore Cole Barr extended his hitting streak to seven games.
  • In his first career start, Van Pelt tallied the first two hits of his career and reached base a total of three times.
  • Richardson made his collegiate debut, and his first career hit came on a double in the eighth inning, while the RBI was the first of his career.
  • Houston tallied his fourth multi-hit game of the season and the 21st of his career, as he went 2-for-3 with walk, RBI and run scored.
  • Sophomore Drew Ashley was 2-for-5, marking his third multi-hit game of the season and the 11th of his career.
  • The Hoosiers recorded a season-high 13 hits.
  • Sophomore Connor Manous tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the seventh inning.

UP NEXT

Indiana hosts Canisius this weekend for a four-game series. The first game is slated for a 4 p.m. start on Friday.

 

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: Irish Storm Back But Fall to Western Carolina

(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)

CULLOWHEE, N.C. –  The University of Notre Dame baseball team erased a nine-run deficit against Western Carolina but ultimately fell to the Catamounts, 16-9 Wednesday afternoon at Hennon Stadium.

Western Carolina raced out to an early lead, scoring in each of the first three innings. The Irish began to fight back in the middle innings and came all the way back in the eighth. After scoring two runs and forcing the bases loaded, Niko Kavadas hit a blast to right field for his first career grand slam and tied the game.

The Catamounts did not waver, as they regained the lead in bottom of the eighth and closed the door in the ninth to claim the win.

How It Happened

Western Carolina jumped all over the Irish in the bottom of the first. After a couple of extra-base hits, the Catamounts had a 5-0 lead at the end of the inning.

The Catamounts continued their strong day at the plate, scoring two runs in the second and third inning to increase their lead.

The Irish began to scrap their way back into the game in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, Brooks Coetzee dropped a single into left to score Eric Gilgenbach for the first run of the afternoon. The Irish added another run in the inning after a fielder’s choice from Jared Miller.

Notre Dame added another run in the sixth after a fielder’s choice from Spencer Myers that scored David LaManna. With the bases loaded and just one out, the Irish were unable to tack on any more runs in the inning.

The Irish threatened once again in eighth. The Irish scored two runs in the inning from a wild pitch and then a sacrifice fly to make it a four-run game. Gilgenbach worked a walk and Kavadas stepped to the plate as the tying run. Kavadas got a hold of the 0-1 pitch and sent it deep over the fence in right to tie the game. It was Kavadas’ fifth home run of the season, tying his total from last year.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Catamounts regained the lead they would not relinquish.

Game Notes

Sophomore Niko Kavadas hit his first career grand slam in the eighth inning and set a career high with four RBI on the afternoon.

It was his fifth home run of the season, tying his total from last season.

Freshman Henry Gladson made his first career appearance in the third inning.

Brooks Coetzee tallied his second RBI in as many games with a RBI-single to left in the fourth inning.

Shane Combs tied a career high with 1.2 innings of relief and two strikeouts.

Ethan Copeland recorded a career high with two hits against the Catamounts.

Up Next

Notre Dame will close out its spring break trip with a three-game series at Clemson. The Irish and Tigers will begin the series Friday night at 6 p.m. ET and all three game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

 

Warriors, minus Durant, end Rockets’ 9-game streak, 106-104

In his first season with the Golden State Warriors, DeMarcus Cousins hasn’t quite adjusted to the level of scrutiny and interest that comes with playing for the defending back-to-back NBA champions.

And after his best game of the season on Wednesday night in a win over the Houston Rockets, Cousins likened the media frenzy surrounding the team to a soap opera his grandmother watched every day when he was a child.

“I’m sure y’all have heard of it – “As the World Turns.” She called it her stories. I used to watch it with her and every episode it was something,” he said. “That’s what this has turned into – “As the World Turns.””

So does Cousins, who scored a season-high 27 points to help end Houston’s nine-game winning streak with a 106-104 win, want to star in the basketball version of the show?

“No I don’t,” he said. “I play basketball. I don’t look for the drama or stories or anything like that. I just want to go play basketball.”

Some have wondered if Cousins is a good fit with this fast-paced team and there have been some growing pains as he’s been worked into the team after missing the first 47 games this season recovering from an Achilles’ tendon injury.

But on Wednesday, with Kevin Durant out with an ankle injury, Cousins shined. He added eight rebounds and a season-best seven assists as Houston searched, without success, for ways to stop him. There were times the Rockets switched on defense and left much smaller players attempting to guard the 6-foot-11, 270-pound player. But big or small, Cousins didn’t care who’s was on him.

 

Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Nets

Once Russell Westbrook figured out which of his many skills to focus on, everything changed.

Oklahoma City’s point guard had 10 of his 11 assists in the second half and posted a triple-double to help the Thunder beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-96 on Wednesday night.

Westbrook scored 31 points in his 26th triple-double of the season, but it was the passing that made the difference for the league’s assist leader.

“I just tried to stay in attack mode and find ways to continue to get my teammates – I thought in the first half, I did a bad job in the first half of finding my guys,” he said. “In the second half, I made an adjustment.”

Westbrook also had 12 rebounds for the 130th triple-double of his career.

Paul George had 25 points and nine rebounds and Jerami Grant added 15 points for the Thunder, who shot 49 percent in the second half. Oklahoma City has won three of four as it battles to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points and D’Angelo Russell added 14 points and seven assists for the Nets, who saw their four-game win streak snapped.

“I think against a team like this, you’ve got to be close to perfect to beat them on the road here,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We weren’t at that level.”

The Nets were up by 17 at one point in the first half and led 52-42 at halftime behind 11 points from Dinwiddie. Westbrook scored 17 points in the first half to keep the Thunder in the game, but Oklahoma City shot just 35.6 percent from the field before the break.

 

Auburn suspends hoops assistant amid bribery allegations

Auburn has suspended assistant men’s basketball coach Ira Bowman indefinitely amid allegations that he was involved in a bribery scheme during his time at the University of Pennsylvania.

The university sent a statement Wednesday announcing the suspension, saying “we continue to gather information regarding a situation that recently arose.” Auburn didn’t elaborate on reasons for the suspension, but ex-Penn coach Jerome Allen implicated Bowman during testimony last week at a federal trial of a former health care executive.

Allen testified that after he left Penn in 2015, Bowman was aware of the alleged scheme to have a son of Miami businessman Philip Esformes on the Penn basketball team, according to reports. Bowman was a Penn assistant for six seasons.

Allen’s testimony was during a Medicare fraud case involving Esformes, but unrelated to the college admissions bribery case that was announced Tuesday. Esformes is on trial in Miami for an alleged scheme that included falsely billing Medicare for $1 billion.

Now an assistant with the Boston Celtics, Allen pleaded guilty last year to accepting about $18,000 in bribes from Esformes while at Penn. He testified that he received about $300,000 in bribes.

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl hired Bowman to replace Chuck Person, who was fired before last season and charged in an unrelated federal corruption case.

Pearl said Tuesday that “we and our administration are gathering facts” on the situation. He declined to answer questions on the allegations against Bowman.

The Tigers open SEC Tournament play Thursday against the Missouri-Georgia winner before heading to the NCAA Tournament.

 

K-State’s Dean Wade unlikely to play in Big 12 tourney

All-Big 12 forward Dean Wade is expected to miss the entire Big 12 Tournament for No. 15 Kansas State because of a foot injury that has lingered for much of the season.

Wildcats coach Bruce Weber said after Wednesday’s practice at Sprint Center that the 6-foot-10 Wade would spend most of his time this week getting treatment. The hope is that Wade will be ready for next week’s NCAA Tournament, though Weber said he could not promise anything.

Wade is averaging 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Wildcats, who are the No. 1 seed in Kansas City after tying Texas Tech for the regular-season conference title.

The Wildcats did get some good news in that Cartier Diarra, who has missed several weeks after hand surgery, is expected to be available for their quarterfinal Thursday.

 

Ravens rebound to secure RB Ingram, FS Thomas as free agents

The Baltimore Ravens finally made their move during the NFL’s free agent frenzy, securing running back Mark Ingram and six-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas on Wednesday.

After losing receiver John Brown and linebackers C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za’darius Smith earlier in the week, Ravens first-year general manager Eric DeCosta bounced back to address two glaring needs.

Ingram agreed to terms on a three-year contract and Thomas accepted a four-year deal. Both contracts are pending the passing of physicals.

In addition, the Ravens formally announced the trade of quarterback Joe Flacco to Denver for a fourth-round draft pick.

The 29-year-old Ingram scored 50 touchdowns during eight years with the New Orleans Saints. Arriving in Baltimore with 106 games of experience, including 64 starts, Ingram provides stability to a backfield that last year counted heavily on rookie Gus Edwards.

Ingram has 204 receptions over the past five seasons and should fit well into a controlled offense directed by quarterback Lamar Jackson.

A two-time 1,000-yard rusher, Ingram’s 4.7 yards per carry average over the past five seasons tops all NFL running backs. His 39 rushing touchdowns over that span ranks second behind Todd Gurley (46).

Thomas, 29, arrives after a nine-year run with Seattle. He is expected to replace free safety Eric Weddle, who played three seasons in Baltimore before being released last week.

 

49ers get off to busy start in free agency

The San Francisco 49ers opened the new league year Wednesday by acquiring the defensive playmaker the team was sorely lacking in edge rusher Dee Ford.

The 49ers are sending a 2020 second-round pick to Kansas City for Ford and are giving him a five-year, $87.5 million contract, according to his agent.

San Francisco also agreed to a two-year deal with running back Tevin Coleman to add depth in the backfield, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced. ESPN reported that deal would be worth $10 million.

The 49ers also agreed to bring back defensive back Jimmie Ward on a one-year contract worth up to $5 million, a person familiar with the deal said on condition of anonymity because the signing hadn’t been announced.

San Francisco also announced a four-year deal the team had agreed to earlier in the week with linebacker Kwon Alexander worth $54 million.

The Chiefs had placed the franchise tag on Ford after he had a career-high 13 sacks last season and led the NFL with seven forced fumbles. But they had questions about how he’d fit in new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense and decided to trade him instead of paying him $15.4 million for this season.

 

Chiefs release erstwhile star Berry as free agency begins

The Kansas City Chiefs began free agency Wednesday by cutting one of their most popular players in strong safety Eric Berry, who was a dynamic presence when he was healthy but had missed significant time throughout his care

While other teams were touting new additions, the Chiefs announced Berry’s release shortly after the start of the new league year. He would have been guaranteed $7.5 million of salary on Friday.

“We continually evaluate every aspect of our football team and we came to the decision that it was in our best interest to release Eric,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said. “Knowing what Eric has meant to this organization and this city made this an incredibly difficult decision.”

A three-time All-Pro, Berry was the Chiefs’ first-round pick in the 2010 draft, and he quickly became a star, earning the first of five Pro Bowl invitations as a rookie. But he also missed most of the 2011 season with torn knee ligaments, most of the 2017 season with a torn Achilles’ tendon, and nearly all of last season, when a mysterious heel injury kept him off the field for all but two games.

Berry also missed 10 games during the 2014 season when he was diagnosed with cancer, but he became a motivation to many when he concluded treatment and was back on the field the following summer.

 

AP Source: Redskins re-sign Adrian Peterson to 2-year deal

A person with knowledge of the move says the Washington Redskins have agreed to re-sign running back Adrian Peterson to an $8 million, two-year deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team hadn’t announced the contract.

Peterson joined the Redskins on a one-year, veteran-minimum contract in August after rookie Derrius Guice tore the ACL in his left knee. Peterson rushed for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games at age 33 and now will combine with Guice and third-down back Chris Thompson in Washington’s backfield.

While Peterson is back, plenty else is changing around him. The Redskins agreed to sign former New York Giants safety Landon Collins, formally acquired quarterback Case Keenum and released linebacker Zach Brown and defensive lineman Stacy McGee.

Cutting Brown and McGee saved just over $8 million in salary-cap space to use in free agency. And the Redskins are already at work on spending that money.

Washington agreed to an $84 million, six-year deal with Collins and announced the completion of the trade to acquire Keenum from the Denver Broncos. Adding Collins gives the Redskins another playmaker in the secondary if they keep cornerback Josh Norman for a fourth season.

 

Raiders to sign WR Tyrell Williams

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a deal with free-agent receiver Tyrell Williams.

A person familiar with the deal said on condition of anonymity that the Raiders will sign the former deep threat for the Los Angeles Chargers. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the signing hadn’t been announced. ESPN first reported the deal.

Williams is the second big-time addition at receiver already this offseason for Oakland. The team previously agreed to acquire Antonio Brown in a trade with Pittsburgh and give him a new three-year contract.

Williams had 41 catches for 643 yards and five touchdowns last season. He averages 16.3 yards per catch for his career, the fifth-highest mark among players with at least 100 catches since he entered as an undrafted free agent out of Western Oregon in 2015.

 

Bridgewater discusses possible hometown return with Dolphins

Free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater met Wednesday night with the Miami Dolphins to discuss playing for his hometown team, but his visit ended without a contract agreement.

Bridgewater, a Miami native, was the backup last season to New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. The Saints are hoping to re-sign him.

A deal with the Dolphins would give Bridgewater a chance to start as they rebuild under new coach Brian Flores. The Dolphins are expected to part with Ryan Tannehill, who has been with them since 2012.

Bridgewater was a first-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2014. He went 17-11 as a starter in his first two NFL seasons, but has started only one game since suffering a serious knee injury in August 2016.

Besides the meeting with Bridgewater on the first day of free agency, the Dolphins reached deals with defensive back Eric Rowe and tight end Clive Walford and released four-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton.

Rowe agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth up to $4.5 million. He appeared in four games with the Patriots last season before being placed on season-ending injured reserve with a groin injury.

The deal reunites Rowe with Flores, a former Patriots assistant.

Walford also agreed to a one-year contract. The Florida native, who played for the Miami Hurricanes, had 61 catches and six scores in his first two NFL seasons with Oakland in 2015-16. He played in only one game last year with the New York Jets. He joins four other tight ends on the Miami roster.

The release of the 32-year-old Sitton had been expected as part of the team’s youth movement. He joined Miami last season and suffered a season-ending torn rotator cuff in Week 1. His release created $5 million in additional salary cap space.

 

NFL FREE AGENCY TRACKER

Tyrell Williams (WR) agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract with the Oakland Raiders, per Adam Schefter.

Tevin Coleman (RB) agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers, per Adam Schefter.

Adrian Peterson (RB) agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Washington Redskins, per Ian Rapoport.

Pierre Desir (CB) agreed to a three-year, $25 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts, per Ian Rapoport.

A.J. Cann (OG) agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, per Ian Rapoport.

Mark Ingram (RB) agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens, per Adam Schefter.

Earl Thomas (S) agreed to a four-year, $55 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens, per Adam Schefter.

DeVante Parker (WR) signed a two-year, $11.18 million deal with the Miami Dolphins, per Ian Rapoport.

Le’Veon Bell (RB) agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with the New York Jets, per Ian Rapoport.

James Carpenter (G) agreed to a four-year, $21 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons, per Ian Rapoport.

Jamon Brown (G) agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons, per Ian Rapoport.

Breshad Perriman (WR) agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per Adam Schefter.

Brett Hundley (QB) agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals, per Ian Rapoport.

Cordarrelle Patterson (WR) agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with the Chicago Bears, per Adam Schefter.

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.

 

Murray doesn’t run, but shines as a passer at Pro Day

Kyler Murray didn’t run the 40-yard dash at Oklahoma’s pro day.

The people around him figure it’s common knowledge he has blazing speed, so the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback chose not to run Wednesday in front of NFL scouts.

“For him, it was just a matter of, it didn’t make sense to run and do all those things,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “He’s athletically so far beyond anything in this game and anything in that league either at that position. I mean, honestly, there’s no point to it.”

Murray said he would have expected to run something in the 4.3-second range.

“I’m pretty confident in my abilities as far as running,” he said. “I think the film kind of speaks for itself. I’d love to get out there and run, but it’s just not as necessary. I just don’t think it’s necessary for me. That’s just the decision we came up with.”

He threw well enough to add to the buzz that he might be worthy of going No. 1 overall in next month’s draft. He made 66 throws and was impressive enough to get a meeting with the New York Giants afterward. The Giants have the sixth pick. Arizona currently holds the top pick.

“It was a very, very strong performance,” Riley said. “No question about it. You go travel to any Pro Day anywhere you want to, you’re not going to see another throwing performance like that. It was really strong.”

NFL Network’s Charley Casserly, a former executive with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans, last month said Murray fared poorly during interviews at the NFL scouting combine. On Wednesday, Murray said he never heard the comments, but did hear from several teams that were impressed.

 

Indy Eleven Look To Nab First Win of Season

PREVIEW:
Indy Eleven Gameday & Match Preview
Indy Eleven at Charlotte Independence – #CLTvIND
Friday, March 15, 2019 – 7:00 P.M. EST
Sportsplex at Matthews Stadium – Matthews, NC

Week 2 | Shooting for the First Three Points

Indy Eleven aim to capture the first three points of the season against Charlotte Independence in the team’s second road game in as many weeks. The Boys in Blue look to improve their all-time record against Charlotte, which currently stands at 1W-1D-0L.

Indiana’s Team fell in their first match of the 2019 USL Championship season 2-1 on the road against Saint Louis FC. Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie’s side featured several new faces during the matchup, some of which included defender Neveal Hackshaw and forward Josh Penn. Hackshaw excelled in his Boys in Blue debut as he completed nearly 90 percent of his passes, acted as a stiff presence in the back third, and scored Indy’s only goal of the match in the 61st minute. Youngster Penn also caused havoc down the flanks for Saint Louis, as the 18-year-old nearly scored a goal in the 19th minute and almost assisted forward Dane Kelly in the 48th minute. Despite his best effort, the USL Championship all-time leading goal scorer watched his header clang off the post. Even though Indy dominated possession and created seven chances, the side fell 2-1 on the road. The focus is now claiming points in Charlotte.
“For us, we’ve played a competitive game now and we’ve learned things from that game that we could improve on in practice,” said Rennie. “The start of the season is tricky for us. There’s a lot of away games that’ll be quite tricky, so we need to really dig in and truly get results to set us up for the rest of the season.”
Charlotte Independence begin their 2019 USL Championship season against Indy Eleven on Friday night after having a bye week in league’s opening weekend. The side will play its first competitive match after a preseason loss to 2018 Major League Soccer champs Atlanta United on March 2, finishing the preseason with a 3W-1D-1L record. Charlotte, now with first-year head coach Jim McGuiness leading the charge, will look to bounce back from a 2018 USL Championship season that saw the side finish 11th in the Eastern Conference standings. Charlotte’s defense could prove to a soft spot in the side after allowing 57 goals in the 2018 season, the fourth most goals conceded in the Eastern Conference. The Independence were able to move the efficiently in the midfield last season, completing 80 percent of passes played throughout the game.
Indy Eleven Player to Watch: MF Tyler Gibson 
Midfielder Tyler Gibson was one of four FC Cincinnati players signed in the offseason by Coach Rennie. Gibson’s presence in the midfield can be felt most with his quality of play. The 28-year-old navigates the ball with precise accuracy through passing channels, helping to facilitate counter attacks and control the pace of the game.
During the match against Saint Louis, Gibson completed 91 percent of the passes he played. He also completed 88 percent of the long balls he played through the midfield. Accurate passing isn’t a new concept to the midfielder, who averaged 84-percent passing accuracy last season.
Charlotte Independence Player to Watch: MF Jorge Herrera
The man that will martial the midfield of Charlotte Independence is veteran Jorge Herrera, something the midfielder has been doing since 2015. His 106 appearances for Charlotte have led to the Columbian finding the back of the net a total of 36 times.
The 38-year-old led Charlotte in goal scoring last season, scoring 13 goals in 30 appearances. He also moved the ball well through the midfield, averaging just under 80-percent passing accuracy and creating four assists for his teammates. The Boys in Blue midfield will need to keep a close mark on the midfielder in order to keep the first clean sheet of the season.
Matchup to Mark: Indy FW Dane Kelly vs Charlotte FW Dominic Oduro 
Friday night’s matchup will feature two prolific strikers in Indy Eleven’s Dane Kelly and Charlotte Independence’s Dominic Oduro. Both forwards have impressive resumes in regards to scoring goals, as Kelly is the USL Championship all-time leading goal scorer and Oduro spent 16 years in MLS.
Kelly looks to open his goal scoring account with Indy Eleven on Friday after nearly getting things going against Saint Louis. The forward, who signed with the Boys in Blue in mid-January, struck the post against Saint Louis after youngster Josh Penn played him a cross. Then a dozen minutes later, the Jamaican saw his well-placed penalty kick saved by Saints goalkeeper Jake Fenlason. With a mind for the back of the net, Kelly will be eager to capitalize on any goal scoring opportunity that comes his way.
Kelly’s opposite will be 16-year MLS veteran, forward Dominic Oduro. One of the paciest forwards ever to play in MLS, the 33-year-old has featured for sides like FC Dallas, Columbus Crew, New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire, Toronto FC and Montreal Impact. He’s used his searing speed to score 63 goals in 346 appearances. In addition to scoring the goals, the native of Ghana can create them as well. The Charlotte forward has assisted on 32 goals during his extensive career.
Each forward will look to put their mark on Friday’s fixture as the two players look to score their first goals for their clubs. Indy’s backline will need to work hard to keep tabs on the pacey Oduro, and Charlotte will need to mark the Kelly in the 18-yard box in order to keep a clean sheet against an Indy Eleven side they have yet to defeat.

 

COLLEGE HOCKEY: Big Ten Hockey Weekly 

  • The 2019 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament continues this weekend with a pair of single-elimination semifinals at campus sites. The highest-seeded team remaining after the semifinals will host a championship game scheduled for the weekend of March 23-24…
  • Saturday’s semifinal will feature second-seeded Notre Dame hosting third-seeded Minnesota at Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind. The Fighting Irish swept No. 7 seed Michigan State last weekend, while the Gophers claimed a 2-0 series win over No. 6 seed Michigan. Minnesota won the regular-season series between the two teams, 3-1-0-0…
  • As the top-seeded team, Big Ten Champion Ohio State earned a bye to the semifinals and will host No. 4 seed Penn State at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday on BTN. The Nittany Lions advanced to the semifinals by defeating No. 5 seed Wisconsin, 2-1, in last weekend’s series. Ohio State won the regular-season series against Penn State, 3-1-0-0…
  • Finalists were announced Tuesday for 2018-19 Big Ten hockey individual awards. The list of finalists can be found on Page 2. The winners, along with All-Big Ten teams, will be announced on March 19…
  • Following its series sweep of Michigan, Minnesota is now 7-1-0 in its last eight contests, including victories over nationally ranked Notre Dame, Ohio State and Arizona State. The Gophers are averaging 3.6 goals per game over that stretch and allowing just 2.0, including 1.4 goals against during their current five-game winning streak…
  • After tallying three straight three-point games against Wisconsin, Penn State’s Liam Folkes has claimed the record for most points in a single Big Ten Tournament. The previous record of eight points was shared by Michigan teammates JT Compher and Kyle Connor from 2016…
  • With 98 saves in the series win over Wisconsin, Penn State’s Peyton Jones now owns three of the top five marks for saves in a single Big Ten Tournament. Jones set the record with 118 saves en route to the 2017 tournament title and also holds the No. 3 spot with 111 saves last year. Wisconsin’s Daniel Lebedeff was one save shy of Jones’ record in this year’s series loss at Penn State, while Michigan’s Hayden Lavigne ranks fourth with 108 saves in 2018…
  • Over the last five years, Ohio State is the only school to have won at least one game in the Big Ten Tournament each season. The Buckeyes have won eight Big Ten Tournament games over the last five seasons, just one win behind Penn State with nine…
  • Eight of the top 25 scorers in the nation this season skate for Big Ten squads. Michigan State’s Taro Hirose leads the country with 50 points and also paces all Division I skaters with 35 assists. Hirose is joined atop the national points list by Penn State’s Alex Limonges (48 points; 2nd), Minnesota’s Rem Pitlick (45 points; 4th), Penn State’s Evan Barratt (42 points; 6th), Penn State’s Liam Folkes (41 points; 10th), Minnesota’s Tyler Sheehy (41 points; 10th), Penn State’s Brandon Biro (38 points; 22nd) and Michigan State’s Patrick Khodorenko (37 points; 25th)…
  • With 34 points in 24 conference games, Michigan State junior forward Taro Hirose earned the conference scoring title. Hirose paced all Big Ten players with 24 assists in conference play and added 10 goals. Hirose is the first Spartan to claim the Big Ten scoring title since the honor’s inception in 2015…

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

NOME, Alaska (AP)-Greeted by sirens, banners and shouts, Susan Butcher mushed into Nome in record time today to win her fourth Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in the past five years. Butcher was running about two hours ahead of Joe Runyan, the defending champion, in a reversal from the 1989 finish. Runyan won that race with a 65-minute cushion over Butcher.

Butcher had to drop three of her veteran dogs, including two leaders. She gave credit for the victory to her team, which she said had been “absolutely incredible.” “I’ve never had a team go as strong as this,” she added. “I don’t know what’s in that team that could do it, but it must be the combination working together. There’s been no strong dog to emerge from this group.”

Butcher and Rick Swenson are the only four-time winners of the Iditarod, a 1,158-mile race from Anchorage to Nome. Her official time was 11 days 1 hour 53 minutes 23 seconds, more than 10 minutes better than her 1987 mark of 11 days 2 hours 5 minutes, which was set on another route. The previous record for the northern route, set by Butcher in 1986, was 11 days 15 hours 6 minutes. She won $50,000 in first-place money plus $25,000 from Purina Pro Plan, one of her sponsors. The rest of the $200,000 purse will be split among the next 19 finishers.

The winning time came as something of a surprise this year. The 70 mushers who began the race March 3 in Anchorage had to contend with the deepest snow in a quarter-century, ash from a volcano, some unseasonably warm days, buffalo on the trail and marauding moose. Forced to forage in shoulder-deep snow, moose were especially aggressive this winter. At least two mushers had run-ins with the huge animals, who tangled their lines and stomped their dogs.

Swenson, who was leading out of McGrath near the halfway point, had to turn back and have his team checked by a veterinarian after one such encounter. That cost him the race. People emptied out of bars and stores as Butcher headed down Front Street to cross the finish line for her fourth victory. She has finished second three times and among the top 10 four other times.

The grueling Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has been held annually since 1973 but did not become widely recognized throughout the United States until it drew television coverage after Libby Riddles became the first woman to win it in 1985. Rick Swenson holds the record with five victories between 1977 and 1991.

ALSO

  • 1899 – Stanley Cup of hockey: Montréal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-2.
  • 1903 – Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver Seven sweep Rat Portage Thisles in two games.
  • 1908 – Stanley Cup hockey: Montréal Wanderers beat Toronto Trolley Leaguers, 6-4.
  • 1923 – Pete Parker on CKCK radio out of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, makes world’s first play-by-play radio broadcast of a professional hockey game, as Edmonton beat Regina 1-0.
  • 1939 – England draw with South Africa in cricket at Durban on the 10th day.
  • 1954 – Milwaukee Braves’ Henry Aaron homers in his first exhibition game.
  • 1954 – Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.
  • 1954 – NBA Baltimore Bullets end a 32-game road losing streak.
  • 1960 – Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) sets NBA playoff record of 53 points.
  • 1961 – George Weiss becomes president of New York Mets.
  • 1962 – Gordie Howe (Detroit Red Wings) is second NHL player to score 500 goals.
  • 1963 – San Francisco’s Guy Rodgers ties NBA record with 28 assists.
  • 1967 – First NFL-AFL common draft, Baltimore Colts pick Bubba Smith.
  • 1969 – Seymour Nurse scores 258 in his last Test Cricket innings, West Indies versus New Zealand.
  • 1972 – NBA’s Cincinnati Royals announce they are moving to Kansas City.
  • 1976 – Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 7,000th race.
  • 1978 – NFL permanently adds 7th official (side judge).
  • 1980 – World Ice Dance Championship in Dortmund, Federal Republic of Germany won by Krisztina Regoczy and Andras Sallay (Hungary).
  • 1980 – World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship in Dortmund won by Marina Cherkasova and Sergei Shakhrai (USSR).
  • 1980 – World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Dortmund won by Anett Potzsch.
  • 1980 – World Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Dortmund won by Jan Hoffmann (German Democratic Republic).
  • 1980 – In Poland, a plane crashes during an emergency landing near Warsaw, killing a 14-man American boxing team and 73 others.
  • 1982 – Sally Little wins LPGA Olympia Gold Golf Classic.
  • 1982 – Sidath Wettimuny scores Sri Lanka’s first Test Cricket century.
  • 1987 – New York Mets’ Darryl Strawberry charges Boston Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper during spring training exhibition game, causes bench clearing brawl.
  • 1987 – Providence, with Billy Donovan’s 25 points, beats Austin Peay 90-87.
  • 1987 – Skier Piotr Fijas jumps record 194 metres.
  • 1991 – World Ice Dance Championship in Munich won by Isabel and Phil Duchesnay (France).
  • 1991 – World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship in Munich won by N Mishkutenok and A Dmitriev (USSR).
  • 1991 – World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Munich won by Kristi Yamaguchi (USA).
  • 1991 – World Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Munich won by Kurt Browning (Canada).
  • 1993 – Johan Koss skates world record 5 km (6:06.57).
  • 1993 – Meg Mallon wins LPGA Ping/Welch’s Golf Championship.
  • 1993 – Cricketer Ricky Ponting, aged 18 years 84 days, hits twin tons for Tasmania.
  • 1995 – The US National Labor Relations Board announces it will charge Major League Baseball owners with two counts of unfair labor practices.
  • 1996 – Australia beat West Indies by five runs in amazing cricket World Cup semi-final.
  • 1997 – 68-year-old Gordie Howe signs AHL contract with Syracuse Crunch.
  • 1997 – Olympics gold medalist Michael Johnson wins 67th James E Sullivan Award.
  • 2003 – The Milwaukee Brewers’ TV/radio play-by-play announcer, Bob Uecker is chosen for induction into the broadcasters’ wing of the Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.
  • 2006 – Washington D.C. officials unveil the designs for a new 41,000-seat ballpark.
  • 2009 – Annamay Pierse of Canada sets a new world’s record in the women’s 200-metre breaststroke swimming event, recording 2:17.50 at the short-course swimming championships in Toronto, Ontario.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1953      Joseph Darst vows to fight losing the hometown Browns to Baltimore. The St. Louis mayor’s efforts will not be enough to prevent the franchise shifting cities when the team shareholders drop their suit against Bill Veeck and approve the move to the east coast after learning the club will be bankrupt if it stays put.

1954      Hank Aaron, filling in for Bobby Thomson, who broke his ankle yesterday, starts his first game wearing a Braves uniform. The 20 year-old from Mobile, Alabama makes such an impression when he collects three hits, including a home run, in the spring training game against Boston that the club offers him a major league contract.

1961      The Mets, who will play their inaugural season next year, lure former Yankee general manager George Weiss out of retirement to become the club’s first president. The expansion team is believed to have been offered the iron-fisted executive a five-year deal at $100,000 annually, more than he ever earned during his 14 seasons with the Bronx Bombers.

1993      The Reds announce the St. Bernard owned by Reds president Marge Schott is being prohibited access to the Riverfront Stadium field for the season. The edict to ban Schottzie 02 comes from the MLB’s Executive Council, who have received numerous complaints from the players about dogs running on the field.

1995      The players’ union makes it clear if the owners use replacement players during regular season games, and the results count, the strike will continue. The NLRB also announces it will be charging MLB owners with two counts of unfair labor practices.

2003      Able to maintain the organization’s “long-standing philosophy,” which lets Cablevision customers choose whether or not to receive paid programming, the cable giant agrees to a one-year interim deal to offer YES Network to New York Yankees fans for a fee, ending a bitter and costly yearlong feud. The arrangement makes YES a premium channel, instead of a basic cable channel, which the new network had previously mandated and would have made every subscriber pay for the channel regardless of the viewer’s choice.

2003      Vladimir Guerrero is suspended for three regular-season games and Marlin starter Brad Penny for five due to igniting an exhibition game bench-clearing brawl earlier in the week. After being hit in the chest by the Marlins’ starter’s first-inning pitch, the Expo All-Star outfielder, with his bat in his left hand, swung his right fist around Matt Treanor, the Florida catcher trying to restrain him, missing Penny, who retaliated with a punch which also missed its mark.

2003      ” ‘Must be in the front row! “- BOB UECKER, a quip from beer commercials which has a become a famous cry in ballparks around the country. Bob Uecker, the Brewers’ TV/radio play-by-play announcer, is chosen for induction into the broadcasters’ wing of the Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. The 68 year-old former backup catcher, a member of Milwaukee’s broadcast crew since 1971, is best known for the humor he has brought to the game through his starring role in the cult movie Major League and the Miller Lite beer commercials.

2003      Dependent on passing a physical, free agent Kenny Lofton agrees to a one-year pact to play with the Pirates this season. The 35 year-old leadoff man would most likely start in center, moving Brian Giles to left field with left fielder Reggie Sanders going to right.

2006      Avoiding a trial scheduled to begin on opening day, Major League Baseball settles a lawsuit with an Atlanta-based company that claimed it owned the trademark rights to the name Washington Nationals. Bygone Sports LLC was sued by MLB, who asked the court to declare that the trademark for the name Nationals does not belong to the company, because its sole purpose in filing the September 2002 trademark application was to capitalize on the renaming of the team that recently shifted from Montreal to Washington.

2006      Terry Francona agrees to a two-year contract extension keeping the skipper at the helm through 2008. The Red Sox manager replaced Grady Little in December 2003 and promptly brought Boston to its first World Championship in 86 years.

2006      Washington, D.C. officials unveil the designs for a new home for the Nationals, scheduled to be opened in 2008. The glass-and-steel 41,000-seat ballpark will feature pale stone, chosen to complement the familiar skyline of the nation’s capital.

2008      Randy Wolf, the Padres’ new left-hander starter, struggles in a 6-2 spring training loss to the Brewers in Peoria, Arizona. The pitcher’s brother, Jim, isn’t much help as the home plate umpire, an occurrence which isn’t allowed during a regular-season game and is the only time it has ever happened, as the San Diego hurler gives up three runs in four innings.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

  • 1914 – Birth of Fiorenzo Marini in Italy; épée (Olympics-gold-1960).
  • 1920 – Birth of Dorothy Tyler-Odam in Great Britain; high jumper (Olympics-silver-1936, 1948).
  • 1921 – Birth of Lis Hartel in Denmark; equestrian dressage (Olympics-silver-1952, 1956).
  • 1930 – Birth of Ray Flockton; cricket player (prolific New South Wales batsman of 1950s).
  • 1931 – Birth of Bob Goalby; golfer (British Open-1968, Canadian Open-1968, New Zealand-1970).
  • 1936 – Birth of Bob Charles in Carterton, New Zealand; PGA golfer (1963 Houston Open).
  • 1937 – Birth of Peter van der Merwe; cricket player (South African captain of mid-1960s).
  • 1938 – Birth of Johnny Gleeson; cricket player (mystery spinner for Australia 1966-72).
  • 1946 – Birth of Wes Unseld; NBA all-star (Baltimore Bullets, Most Valuable Player 1969).
  • 1953 – Birth of Tim McKee; American 400-metre medley swimmer (Olympics-silver-1972).
  • 1956 – Birth of Tessa Sanderson in Kingston, Jamaica; British javelin thrower (Olympics-gold-1984).
  • 1958 – Birth of Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre; Prince of Monaco/bobsledder (Olympics-1988).
  • 1960 – Birth of Kirby Puckett; centerfielder (Minnesota Twins) (dies 2006).
  • 1960 – Birth of George Horvath in Sweden; pentathlete (Olympics-1980).
  • 1960 – Birth of Helen Hopkins in Donneybrook, Australia; golfer (Australian International 1983).
  • 1961 – Birth of Grigoriy Kornev; Russian speed walker (world record 5 km).
  • 1963 – Birth of Bruce Reid; cricket player (brilliant left-arm Australia pace bowler 1985-92).
  • 1964 – Birth of Donald Evans; NFL defensive end/tackle (New York Jets).
  • 1965 – Birth of John Stephenson; cricket player (England opening bat in one Test versus Australia 1989).
  • 1965 – Birth of Kevin Brown in Mcintyre, Georgia, USA; pitcher (Florida Marlins).
  • 1966 – Birth of Darcy Wakaluk in Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada; NHL goalie (Dallas Stars).
  • 1966 – Birth of Tertius Bosch; cricket player (South African pace bowler 1992).
  • 1967 – Birth of Vijay Yadav; cricket player (Indian wicket-keeper between More and Mongia).
  • 1969 – Birth of Greg Biekert; NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders).
  • 1969 – Birth of Larry Johnson; NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks).
  • 1969 – Birth of Ty[rel] Bennion in Seattle, Washington, USA; rower (Olympics-1996).
  • 1970 – Birth of Thomas McLemore; NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts).
  • 1971 – Birth of Ernie Brown; Canadian Football League defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders).
  • 1972 – Birth of Antowain Smith; running back (Buffalo Bills).
  • 1972 – Birth of Aris Brimanis in Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers).
  • 1972 – Birth of Clover Maitland; Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympics-1996).
  • 1972 – Birth of Tom Barndt; NFL/WLAF guard (Kansas City Chiefs, Scottish Claymores).
  • 1973 – Birth of Chris Sullivan; defensive end (New England Patriots).
  • 1974 – Birth of Justine Joyce; Australian rower (Olympics-1996).
  • 1976 – Birth of Sarah Elizabeth Ulmer in Auckland, New Zealand; 3k independent pursuit cyclist (Olympics-1996).