NFL SCOREBOARD

Tennessee 31 Indianapolis 17

Baltimore 20 San Francisco 17

Washington 29 Carolina 21

Cincinnati 22 NY Jets 6

Tampa Bay 28 Jacksonville 11

Miami 37 Philadelphia 31

Green Bay 31 NY Giants 13

Pittsburgh 20 Cleveland 13

LA Rams 34 Arizona 7

Denver 23 LA Chargers 20

Kansas City 40 Oakland 9

Houston 28 New England 22

 

Week 14 Games

Thursday December 5, 2019

Dallas @ Chicago 8:20pm

 

Sunday December 8, 2019

Indianapolis @ Tampa Bay 1:00pm

Carolina @ Atlanta 1:00pm

Denver @ Houston 1:00pm

Detroit @ Minnesota 1:00pm

Baltimore @ Buffalo 1:00pm

Cincinnati @ Cleveland 1:00pm

Washington @ Green Bay 1:00pm

San Francisco @ New Orleans 1:00pm

Miami @ Jets 1:00pm

Chargers @ Jacksonville 4:05pm

Tennessee @ Oakland 4:25pm

Pittsburgh @ Arizona 4:25pm

Kansas City @ New England 4:25pm

Seattle @ Rams 8:20pm

 

Monday December 9, 2019

Giants @ Philadelphia 8:15pm

All game times Eastern

 

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Top 25 Games

Sat Dec 7th

(11) Baylor @ (7) Oklahoma 12:00 PM

Louisiana @ (22) Appalachian State 12:00 PM

(18) Cincinnati @ (17) Memphis 3:00 PM

(4) Georgia @ (1) Louisiana State 4:00 PM

Hawaii @ (20) Boise State 4:00 PM

Virginia @ (3) Clemson 7:00 PM

(2) Ohio State @ (13) Wisconsin 8:00 PM

All game times Eastern

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE

WEEK 15

Friday, Dec. 6

Utah vs. Oregon (Pac-12 Championship Game in Santa Clara, CA) | 8 p.m. | ABC

 

Saturday, Dec. 7

Oklahoma vs. Baylor (Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, TX) | 12 p.m. | ABC

Appalachian State vs. Louisiana (Sun Belt Championship Game) | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Miami (Ohio) vs. Central Michigan (MAC Championship Game in Detroit) | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Monmouth at James Madison (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 1 p.m.

Florida Atlantic vs. UAB (Conference USA Championship Game) | 1:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Northern Iowa at South Dakota State (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 2 p.m.

Illinois State at Central Arkansas (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 3 p.m.

Kennesaw State at Weber State (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 3 p.m.

SE Louisiana at Montana (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 3 p.m.

Albany at Montana State (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 3 p.m.

Memphis vs. Cincinnati (America Athletic Conference Championship Game) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Nicholls at North Dakota State (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 3:30 p.m.

LSU vs. Georgia (SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, GA) | 4 p.m. | CBS

Boise State vs. Hawai’i (Mountain West Championship Game) | 4 p.m. | ESPN

Clemson vs. Virginia (ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, NC) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin (Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis, IN) | 8 p.m. | FOX

Austin Peay at Sacramento State (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, Dec. 14

Army vs. Navy (Philadelphia, PA) | 3 p.m. | CBS

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Miami 109 Brooklyn 106

Memphis 115 Minnesota 107

Boston 113 New York 104

Dallas 114 LA Lakers 100

Oklahoma City 107 New Orleans 104

Detroit 132 San Antonio 98

Orlando 100 Golden State 96

Toronto 130 Utah 110

LA Clippers 150 Washington 125

 

NBA TV SCHEDULE

Today

Phoenix @ Charlotte                      7:00 pm               FS-AZ

Utah @ Philadelphia                       7:00 pm               NBA TV

Golden State @ Atlanta                 7:30 pm               NBCS-BA

Indiana @ Memphis                       8:00 pm               FS-IN

New York @ Milwaukee                 8:00 pm               FS-WI

Chicago @ Sacramento                 10:00 pm             NBCS-CHI+

 

Tue Dec 3, 2019

Detroit @ Cleveland                       7:00 pm               FS-OH

Orlando @ Washington                 7:00 pm               NBCS-DC

Dallas @ New Orleans                    7:30 pm               TNT

Miami @ Toronto                            7:30 pm               SUN

Houston @ San Antonio                 8:30 pm               FS-SW

LA Lakers @ Denver                        9:00 pm               ALT

Portland @ LA Clippers                  10:00 pm             TNT

 

Wed Dec 4, 2019

Golden State @ Charlotte             7:00 pm               NBCS-BA

Milwaukee @ Detroit                     7:00 pm               FS-WI

Phoenix @ Orlando                         7:00 pm               FS-FL

Brooklyn @ Atlanta                         7:30 pm               YES

Miami @ Boston                              7:30 pm               SUN

Memphis @ Chicago                       8:00 pm               NBCS-CHI

Indiana @ Oklahoma City              8:00 pm               FS-OK

Minnesota @ Dallas                        8:30 pm               FS-N

LA Lakers @ Utah                             9:00 pm               NBA TV

Sacramento @ Portland                 10:00 pm             NBCS-C

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#5 Maryland 84 Marquette 63

#14 Arizona 73 Wake Forest 66

#22 Villanova 83 LaSalle 72

Fairfield 67 Texas A&M 62

Campbell 58 North Dakota 56

Connecticut 64 Maine 40

Canisius 76 Mercer 66

Massachusetts Lowell 73 Central Connecticut State 71

Penn 95 Long Beach State 79

Fordham 66 Maryland Eastern Shore 45

Tulane 82 Southern 65

South Carolina 74 George Washington 65

West Virginia 86 Rhode Island 81

Sacred Heart 101 Pine Manor 57

New Mexico 72 Montana 63

Hofstra 91 Holy Cross 69

Air Force 76 Jackson State 52

Yale 65 Vermont 52

Central Florida 77 Charleston 56

Temple 66 Davidson 53

Loyola Marymount 61 Southern Utah 51

St. Louis 69 Southern Illinois 60

Stanford 72 North Carolina Willington 54

Colorado State 92 Utah Valley 61

Georgia Southern 72 Florida Gulf Coast 57

Florida Atlantic 71 Illinois Chicago 70

Loyola Maryland 77 Binghamton 65

Georgia Tech 68 Bethune-Cookman 65

Oregon State 81 Portland State 76

Providence 80 Pepperdine 77

USC 77 Harvard 62

Portland 65 IUW 56

UCLA 93 San Jose State 64

St. Bonaventure 70 San Diego 61

 

MEN’S COLLEGE TV SCHEDULE

Monday, Dec. 2

Miami at Illinois | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Furman at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Manhattan at Stony Brook | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Luther at Northern Iowa | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Reinhardt at Tennessee Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

North Carolina Central at Wofford | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

High Point at North Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Arlington Baptist at Stephen F. Austin | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Florida A&M at Kansas State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

North Texas at UT Arlington | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Clemson at Minnesota | 9 p.m. | ESPN2

South Dakota at Washington | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

 

Tuesday, Dec. 3

North Dakota State at Indiana State | 5:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Eastern Kentucky at South Carolina Upstate | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Saint Peter’s at St. John’s | 6:30 p.m. | FS1

Bethune-Cookman at Stetson | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Kentucky at Miami (Ohio) | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Coppin State at East Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Jacksonville State at George Mason | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Kentucky at Wright State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Chattanooga at Western Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

St. Andrews at Appalachian State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Northwestern at Boston College | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Coker at Gardner-Webb | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Lafayette at Saint Joseph’s | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Houston Baptist at Dayton | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Richmond at Hampton | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Bucknell at Rider | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Dartmouth at Georgia State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Detroit Mercy at Kent State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Oakland at Western Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Loyola Chicago at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Valparaiso at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Iowa at Syracuse | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Butler at Ole Miss | 7 p.m. | SEC Network

Vermont at Cincinnati | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Michigan at Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Maryland-Eastern Shore at Baylor | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Lipscomb at Belmont | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Auburn Montgomery at Samford | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Omaha at Arkansas State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

SE Lousiana at Louisiana | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Murray State at Missouri State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Milwaukee at Drake | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

UAB at Texas | 8 p.m. | Longhorn Network

Austin Peay at Arkansas | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+

Charleston Southern at Missouri | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+

Buffalo at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+

Northwestern State at SMU | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Bradley at Memphis | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

Mount St. Mary’s at Grand Canyon | 9 p.m. | ESPN3

New Orleans at LSU | 9 p.m. | SEC Network

Rutgers at Pitt | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

Florida State at Indiana | 9 p.m. | ESPN2

Duke at Michigan State | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN

UC Santa Barbara at CSU Bakersfield | 10 p.m. | ESPN3

Arizona State at San Francisco | 11 p.m. | CBSSN

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#12 Florida State 80 #6 Texas A&M 58

#11 UCLA 73 Virginia 62

#12 North Carolina State 76 N. Texas 65

#14 Kentucky 81 Austin Peay 52

#16 DePaul 70 Northwestern 68

#20 Tennessee 81 Air Force 54

#22 Gonzaga 63 Purdue 50

Dayton 78 Maine 49

Binghamton 78 Eastern Michigan 67

Buffalo 73 American 55

Robert Morris 71 Xavier 57

Michigan 80 Morgan State 48

IUPUI 59 Elon 53

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Minnesota 3 Dallas 2

Boston 3 Montréal 1

Edmonton 3 Vancouver 2

 

NHL SCHEDULE

Today’s Games

Los Angeles (42%) @ Anaheim (58%)10:00PM

New Jersey (40%) @ Buffalo (60%)7:00PM

St. Louis (49%) @ Chicago (51%)8:30PM

NY Islanders (63%) @ Detroit (37%)7:30PM

Vegas (45%) @ NY Rangers (55%)7:00PM

December 3, 2019

Carolina (40%) @ Boston (60%)7:00PM

Arizona (51%) @ Columbus (49%)7:00PM

Minnesota (42%) @ Florida (58%)7:00PM

NY Islanders (51%) @ Montreal (49%)7:00PM

Vegas (51%) @ New Jersey (49%)7:00PM

Tampa Bay (49%) @ Nashville (51%)8:00PM

Toronto (45%) @ Philadelphia (55%)7:00PM

Washington (54%) @ San Jose (46%)10:30PM

Ottawa (40%) @ Vancouver (60%)10:00PM

Dallas (48%) @ Winnipeg (52%)8:00PM

December 4, 2019

Ottawa (40%) @ Edmonton (60%)9:30PM

Washington (57%) @ Los Angeles (43%)10:00PM

St. Louis (44%) @ Pittsburgh (56%)8:00PM

Colorado (51%) @ Toronto (49%)7:00PM

* Estimated win probability in parentheses.

All game times Eastern

 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

NCC THIS WEEK

Monday, Dec. 2

Benton Central at Lafayette Jeff, 6 pm, Lafayette Jeff

Harrison vs. Twin Lakes, 7:30 pm, Lafayette Jeff

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Fishers at Central, 7:30 pm

Tindley at Tech, 7:30 pm

Pioneer at Logansport, 8 pm, Logansport

Central Catholic vs. McCutcheon, 6 pm, Lafayette Jeff

Friday, Dec. 6

Hagerstown at Richmond, 7:30 pm

Marion at Lawrence North, 7:30 pm

Peru at Kokomo, 7:45 pm

Saturday, Dec. 7

Anderson at New Castle, 7:30 pm

East Central at Richmond, 7:30 pm

Marion at Homestead, 7:30 pm

North Central at Tech, 7:30 pm

 

TEC THIS WEEK

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Union City at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm

Union County at Seton Catholic, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Delta, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 6

Lincoln at Union (Modoc), 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Richmond, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Union County, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at Centerville , 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Union City, 7:30 pm

Tri at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 7

Franklin County at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) at Union City, 7:45 pm

 

MEC THIS WEEK

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Anderson Prep at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Tipton, 7:30 pm

Union City at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 6

Lincoln at Union (Modoc), 7:30 pm

Cowan at Tri-Central, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Daleville , 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Union City, 7:30 pm

Tri at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Madison-Grant, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 7

Blackford at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at Wes-Del , 7:30 pm

Elwood at Daleville, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Alexandria, 7:30 pm

Union (Modoc) at Purdue Poly, 7 pm

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL THIS WEEK

NCC THIS WEEK

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Marion at Anderson , 7:30 pm

Rushville at Richmond, 7:30 pm

TBA at Logansport, TBA, Logansport

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Clinton Prairie at McCutcheon, 7:30 pm

Tech at Lawrence Central, 7:30 pm

Central Catholic at Harrison, 7:30 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Kokomo , 7:30 pm

Thursday, Dec. 5

Central at Tech, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 6

Richmond at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 7

Brebeuf at Tech, 1:30 pm

Harrison at Anderson, 2:30 pm

Kokomo at Peru, 1:30 pm

McCutcheon at Marion, 2:30 pm

 

TEC THIS WEEK

Monday, Dec. 2

Anderson Prep at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Lincoln at Tri, 7:30 pm

Jay County at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Irvington Prep, 6 pm

Morristown at Hagerstown, 6 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Connersville at Union County, 7:30 pm

Delta at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Union City, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Dec. 5

Lincoln at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Cowan, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

Liberty Christian at Tri, 6:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 6

Lincoln at Union, 6 pm

Centerville at Northeastern, 6 pm

Saturday, Dec. 7

Eastern Hancock at Hagerstown, 1:30 pm

Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) at Union City, 6 pm

Talawanda (Ohio) at Union County, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

 

MEC THIS WEEK

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Blue River at Wapahani , 7:30 pm

Cowan at Union , 6 pm

Southwestern at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Monroe Central at Union City, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Daleville, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Dec. 5

Lincoln at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Cowan, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Blackford, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 6

Lincoln at Union, 6 pm

Saturday, Dec. 7

Blue River at Wes-Del, 2:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at Hagerstown, 1:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Ritter, 1:30 pm

Union at Purdue Poly, 6 pm

Winchester at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

 

AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

1 LSU

2 Ohio State

3 Clemson

4 Georgia

5 Utah

6 Oklahoma

7 Florida

8 Baylor

9 Alabama

10 Wisconsin

11 Auburn

12 Penn State

13 Oregon

14 Notre Dame

15 Minnesota

16 Memphis

17 Michigan

18 Iowa

19 Boise State

20 Appalachian State

21 Cincinnati

22 Virginia

23 Navy

24 USC

25 Air Force

 

 

TOP HEADLINES

Blocked field goal helps Titans topple Colts 31-17

Dane Cruikshank and Tye Smith teamed up to make a game-changing play Sunday.

It could turn out to be a season-turning one for Tennessee, too.

Cruikshank raced through an inside gap to block a potential tiebreaking field goal late in the fourth quarter and Smith returned it 63 yards for the go-ahead touchdown to send the Titans past Indianapolis 31-17.

“It’s huge,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said after improving to 5-1 since replacing Marcus Mariota as the starter. “A division game on the road, it was a huge game for us.”

The ramifications go far deeper than just another win, though.

By snapping a three-game losing streak against the Colts, Tennessee (7-5) moved one game in front of its AFC South rival, evened the season series and has the same number of division losses as Indy. All of those could factor into tiebreaking scenarios.

By beating a foe that had won 14 of the previous 16 in the series and eliminated the Titans from playoff contention in Nashville last year, the Titans should get a major confidence boost, too.

And the way they won might be the most encouraging sign of all.

“It’s almost looking like a weapon for us,” coach Mike Vrabel said when about his field-goal blocking unit. “We blocked two and forced another miss (today). They’re excited. They know if everyone does their job, we have a chance to get one. Every week we look for ways to go affect the kick, and it really comes down to effort.”

The Titans have now blocked three kicks in three weeks and forced three more turnovers Sunday to help them score the final 24 points.

Derrick Henry had 26 carries for 149 yards and scored on a 13-yard TD run on fourth down to cut the deficit to 17-14 in the third quarter.

Tannehill wound up 17 of 22 with 182 yards and two TDs – sealing the victory with a 40-yard TD strike to Kalif Raymond with 3:02 to go, exactly two minutes after Smith’s score.

Indy (6-6), meanwhile, continues to struggle.

The Colts have lost four of five, falling from first in the division to third and they hit the road for three of their final four games and with their injury-depleted offense finding points increasingly scarce.

 

Dalton returns and leads Bengals to 1st win, 22-6 over Jets

Back from a three-week exile, Andy Dalton had more of a swagger in practice, as though he was out to prove something.

“He had a chip on his shoulder all week,” running back Joe Mixon said.

Dalton returned from one of the lowest points of his nine-year career and got a long-awaited victory Sunday for the coach who benched him, throwing a touchdown pass during a 22-6 victory over the New York Jets.

The Bengals (1-11) ended the longest losing streak in their history and finally shed their distinction as the NFL’s lone winless team. He got coach Zac Taylor his first win and set two franchise career passing records along the way.

The only thing he wouldn’t do is gloat.

“This one’s very satisfying, with everything I’ve gone through this year,” Dalton said. “To be the record-breaker today, being the first one after not playing the last three weeks, this one means a lot.”

Taylor benched Dalton after the eighth loss, deciding it was time to look toward next year and see if Ryan Finley fit in their plans. With the rookie struggling and the season careening toward 0-16, Taylor reversed course and went back to Dalton, who made the difference in front of the smallest crowd in Paul Brown Stadium’s 20-year history.

“He did a great job pumping everybody up,” said Tyler Boyd, who caught the touchdown pass. “He won the game for us.”

Carlos Dunlap and Sam Hubbard dunked Taylor with ice water in the final seconds on a cold, gray, December day when he got the inaugural win, courtesy of the quarterback he’d benched. Dalton got a game ball as a thank you.

“For him to come back and lead us and get this win, it says a lot about his character,” Taylor said.

Dalton also set a couple of franchise passing marks in front of 39,804 fans, the smallest home crowd since the final game of the 1995 season at Cinergy Field.

 

Watson throws 3 TDs, catches another; Texans top Pats 28-22

Deshaun Watson threw three touchdown passes and had the first TD reception of his career, and the Houston Texans frustrated Tom Brady in a 28-22 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

Texans coach and former Patriots assistant Bill O’Brien got his first win in six tries against New England coach Bill Belichick. It was Houston’s second win over the Patriots and first since Jan. 3, 2010.

Watson had 234 yards passing and threw touchdown passes of 14, 13, and 35 yards as Houston (8-4) built a 21-3 lead against New England’s vaunted defense.

Brady completed two of his three TD passes in the final 4 minutes to pull within six. A Patriots (10-2) player got a hand on Jake Bailey’s onside kick attempt with 50 seconds remaining, but the ball bounced out of bounds.

James White had a 12-yard reception for New England’s first touchdown late in the third quarter, but Watson grabbed the first reception of his career on a flip from DeAndre Hopkins on a trick play with about 10 minutes left to make it 28-9. Watson took the snap and handed off to Duke Johnson, and he gave the ball to Hopkins on a reverse to the right. Hopkins tossed to Watson on an option near the sideline, and Watson dived into the end zone for a 6-yard score.

The Patriots entered needing a win to be the first AFC team to clinch a playoff spot after Oakland’s loss to Kansas City earlier in the day. Instead, they struggled to sustain drives, and Brady often looked upset on a night he was 24 of 47. He threw an interception and was sacked three times, hit on 12 other occasions and was seen yelling at his receivers on the sideline after a drive with several incompletions in the first half. He finished with 326 yards.

New England dealt with a flu bug this week that swept through the locker room and left two players inactive Sunday.

 

Jackson, Ravens beat 49ers 20-17 to extend win streak to 8

Neither rain, wind nor the San Francisco 49ers’ top-ranked defense could prevent Lamar Jackson from guiding the Baltimore Ravens to their franchise-record eighth straight win.

Jackson weathered miserable conditions to run for 101 yards and Justin Tucker kicked a tiebreaking 49-yard field goal as time expired to give the Ravens a 20-17 victory Sunday in a possible Super Bowl preview.

The combination of driving rain, a stiff wind and San Francisco’s rugged defense was difficult for Jackson to handle. He completed only 14 of 23 passes for 105 yards and lost a fumble.

Asked afterward to describe the weather, Jackson bowed his head, lifted it slowly and peeked over the podium to declare, “Horrible.”

Certainly, not the kind of weather that benefited the passing game.

“Oh, man. I was throwing passes behind my receivers. It was ticking me off,” Jackson said. “A lot of passes getting away from me. The weather, it messed with me a lot.”

But the double-threat quarterback was solid when it counted. Not only did Jackson fuel the NFL’s top-ranked rushing attack, but he directed a clutch drive that lasted nearly 6½ minutes before Tucker ended it with a kick that tore through the raindrops and between the uprights.

Jackson knew that after he had done his job, Tucker would do his part.

“That golden leg. I got all the faith in him,” Jackson said. “I’m on the sideline praying, but at the same time I know Tucker can do it.”

Tucker, the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history, now has 15 game-winners over an eight-year career.

“That’s the guy you want in that situation,” coach John Harbaugh said.

 

Chiefs rout Raiders 40-9 to seize AFC West control

Patrick Mahomes looked up at the scoreboard late in the third quarter and was stunned to see the Kansas City Chiefs had taken a 31-0 lead over the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders.

“I felt like we’d only scored a couple of times,” he said.

That’s because the Chiefs’ high-powered offense didn’t need to do a whole lot Sunday.

Their defense and the inept Raiders took care of the rest.

Mahomes did throw for a touchdown and run for a touchdown, but it was Juan Thornhill’s pick-6 and a long list of blunders by Derek Carr and Co. that really made the difference.

They allowed Kansas City to cruise to a 40-9 victory and into a two-game lead over the Raiders in the division race.

“That’s what we expected all season long, and you’ve seen it week by week the defense getting better,” Mahomes said, “and the offense just played in the flow of the game. We’ve been in every type of game so far and we’ve been finding ways to win them.”

LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson also had TD runs for the Chiefs (8-4), who can clinch a fourth straight division title with a win over New England and an Oakland loss to Tennessee next weekend.

Oakland (6-6) sure didn’t play like a team fighting for a piece of the division lead.

Carr dropped to 0-6 at Arrowhead Stadium with another miserable outing, throwing for 222 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Raiders failed to score twice in the red zone, were penalized 12 times for 99 yards, and watched Kansas City put together a 9 1/2-minute drive almost entirely on the ground that soaked up most of the fourth quarter.

When the Raiders finally scored a touchdown in the last minute, the Chiefs blocked the extra point and returned it for two points – one more insult to Oakland in a game full of them.

 

Rodgers throws 4 TDs, Packers beat skidding Giants 31-13

The Green Bay Packers had everything they needed to bounce back from a dismal West Coach performance: Lambeau Field weather on the road, a struggling young opponent and, of course, Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in the snow and the Packers (9-3) rebounded from an embarrassing 29-point loss to San Francisco and beat the New York Giants 31-13 Sunday.

“I loved the conditions,” said Rodgers, who was 21 of 33 for 243 yards and no interceptions on a slippery, snowy day at MetLife Stadium. “I admit I was a little worried that it might be more rain than snow. When those big flakes were falling down, I felt pretty good about our chances.”

Rodgers hit Davante Adams on touchdown passes of 8 and 17 yards, found a wide-open Allen Lazard for 37 yards and capped the performance with a 1-yarder to Marcedes Lewis. The Packers also intercepted rookie Daniel Jones three times, with the picks setting up 10 points.

The loss sent the Giants (2-10) to their eighth straight loss, their worst skid since 2004.

“It’s tough to lose and no one likes to lose,” said Jones, who was 20 of 37 for 240 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard. “Through it we have been able to stick together and keep working each week. We have to maintain that focus.”

Aldrick Rosas added field goals of 27 and 45 yards for New York, which has a 7-21 mark since Pat Shurmur took over last season.

A light snow started falling before game time and it quickly covered the field, forcing work crews to shovel the yardage lines during breaks. It also made it look like Wisconsin, and the Packers had no problem in beating New York for the third straight time.

 

Duck’s Dynasty? Backup Hodges leads Steelers by Browns 20-13

No fighting. No helmet swinging. Barely any trash talking. Just football.

And one very loud statement from the banged-up Pittsburgh Steelers written not on a T-shirt but all over the Heinz Field turf: The faces may change when Cleveland visits Pittsburgh. The result does not.

Undrafted rookie free agent Devlin “Duck” Hodges threw for 212 yards with a touchdown and an interception, fellow rookie Benny Snell ran for 63 yards and a score and the largely anonymous Steelers (7-5) surged past the Browns 20-13 on Sunday. The hosts exacted a measure of revenge for its ugly, brawl-marred defeat in Cleveland two weeks ago by keeping the Browns (5-7) winless in Pittsburgh for 16 years and counting.

“It’s been a weird year,” Steelers guard David DeCastro said.

Yet the Steelers remain in the middle of the playoff chase after rallying from 10 points down thanks in large part to Hodges, a champion duck caller in his down time now 2-0 as starter. Bumped to the top of the depth chart last week in place of struggling Mason Rudolph, Hodges completed 14 of 21 passes and hardly played like a guy cut at the end of training camp.

“I’ve always believed in myself,” Hodges said. “I know I have people in my corner who believed in me. Even the guys on the team, when I was let go, I had a bunch of them text me and say, `Hey, this isn’t over for you.'”

It might be for the Browns (5-7), who saw their three-game winning streak come to a crashing halt. They were outplayed over the final three quarters by a Steelers team riddled with injury and inexperience at the offensive skill positions. Cleveland likely now needs to win out and get some help to reach the playoffs.

“No one is coming to save us,” Cleveland defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said. “It’s too late in the season for that. We’re all we got.”

The Browns had their chances. Cleveland took an early 10-0 lead but sputtered the rest of the way. Baker Mayfield completed 18 of 32 passes for 196 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and played the second half with his right (throwing) hand in a protective glove after smacking it against the face mask of Pittsburgh linebacker Bud Dupree.

 

Bag of tricks helps Dolphins rally past Eagles 37-31

DeVante Parker made two acrobatic touchdown receptions, and kicker Jason Sanders’ scoring catch was circus-like, too.

The unlikely duo helped the Miami Dolphins overcome a 14-point deficit in the second half to beat the slumping Philadelphia Eagles 37-31 Sunday.

Miami (3-9) rallied with three touchdowns in less than 13 minutes, a remarkable achievement for one of the NFL’s least formidable offenses.

“This team knows how to deal with adversity,” said rookie coach Brian Flores, whose Dolphins have showed a lot more life since starting the season 0-7. “We’re just going to keep swinging.”

Miami won for the third time in their past five games, a surprising and perhaps costly turnaround for a team that will be shopping for a franchise quarterback in the 2020 draft. The win likely took the Dolphins out of the running for the No. 1 pick.

The result definitely was costly to the Eagles (5-7), who lost their third game in a row and missed a chance to pull into a tie with Dallas atop the NFC East.

Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson acknowledged that his team is now a long shot for a playoff berth, and that he’ll need to combat doubt in the locker room.

“There will be a little bit of that,” he said. “We have to guard against that. We’re still a good team.”

Trickery helped the Dolphins, who twice opted not to kick on fourth down and instead threw for a touchdown. The second such gamble by Flores paid off when Miami shifted out of field goal formation before holder Matt Haack threw an underhand 1-yard pass to Sanders.

The 6-foot-3 Parker did much of the rest. He finished with seven receptions for a career-high 159 yards and two scores, both on leaping grabs.

 

NFL NEWS: SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 13

Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 20-17 victory over San Francisco. Jackson has four games with at least 100 rushing yards in 2019, surpassing MICHAEL VICK (three games in both 2004 and 2006) and RUSSELL WILSON (three in 2014) for the most by a quarterback in a single season in NFL history.

The BALTIMORE RAVENS have rushed for 2,494 yards this season, the third-most rushing yards by a team in its first 12 games of a season since 1970. Only the 1972 MIAMI DOLPHINS (2,586 rushing yards) and the 1975 BUFFALO BILLS (2,505) had more.

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 125.4 passer rating in the Packers’ 31-13 win at the New York Giants.

Rodgers has 23 career games with at least four touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (23 games) for the fourth-most such games in NFL history. Only PEYTON MANNING (35 games), DREW BREES (34) and TOM BRADY (29, entering Sunday night) have more.

Giants running back SAQUON BARKLEY, who appeared in his 25th career game, registered 115 scrimmage yards (83 rushing, 32 receiving) on Sunday. It marked his 17th career game with at least 100 scrimmage yards, tied with BILLY SIMS (17 games) for the fourth-most such games by a player in his first 25 career games. Only EDGERRIN JAMES (21 games), Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (19) and EZEKIEL ELLIOTT (18) had more.

Pittsburgh rookie quarterback DEVLIN HODGES, making his second career start, threw a touchdown pass and recorded a 95.7 passer rating in the Steelers’ 20-13 win against Cleveland.

Hodges, who won his first career start in Week 6, joins ED RUBBERT (1987) as the only undrafted rookie quarterbacks to win each of their first two career starts since 1970.

Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ 31-17 win at Indianapolis.

Henry, who rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 and had 159 rushing yards with two rushing touchdowns in Week 12, is the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 145 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1958), ERIC DICKERSON (1984) and O.J. SIMPSON (1976), as well as ADRIAN PETERSON (2012).

Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY registered seven receptions and 102 scrimmage yards (58 receiving, 44 rushing) in the Panthers’ Week 13 loss against Washington. He has 75 receptions through 12 games in the 2019 season.

McCaffrey has recorded at least 75 catches in each of his first three NFL seasons and is the fifth running back in NFL history with at least three career seasons of at least 75 receptions, joining LE’VEON BELL (three seasons), LARRY CENTERS (five), ROGER CRAIG (three) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (five).

McCaffrey has 2,162 career receiving yards and surpassed ROGER CRAIG (2,118 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards by a running back in his first three seasons since 1966.

Three rookies – Los Angeles Rams safety TAYLOR RAPP (31-yard interception return), Kansas City safety JUAN THORNHILL (46-yard interception return) and Tampa Bay linebacker DEVIN WHITE (14-yard fumble recovery) – each recorded a defensive touchdown on Sunday.

With three defensive touchdowns, Week 13 marks the third week since 1990 in which three rookies each recorded a defensive touchdown, joining Week 17 of the 2004 season (ROBERT GEATHERS, DEANGELO HALL and JONATHAN VILMA) and Week 6 of the 1999 season (Pro Football Hall of Famer CHAMP BAILEY, ANDY KATZENMOYER and DONALD MITCHELL).

Dolphins kicker JASON SANDERS caught a one-yard touchdown pass from punter MATT HAACK in the Dolphins’ 37-31 win over Philadelphia.

Sanders, with his first career touchdown catch, is the first kicker with a receiving touchdown since JIM TURNER (October 16, 1977).

Eagles tight end ZACH ERTZ registered three receptions on Sunday. He has 70 receptions in 2019, his fifth career season with at least 70 catches, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (five) for the fourth-most such seasons by a tight end in NFL history.

Other notable performances from Sunday include:

Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF passed for 424 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 118.0 passer rating in the team’s 34-7 win at Arizona.

Goff, in his fourth NFL season, has passed for at least 400 yards and two touchdowns in four career games, tied with DAK PRESCOTT (four) for the second-most such games in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (seven) had more.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES threw his 70th career touchdown pass in the Chiefs’ 40-9 win over Oakland.

Mahomes reached 70 career touchdown passes in his 27th career game, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (29 games) as the fastest player to reach 70 career touchdown passes in NFL history.

 

Ole Miss fires coach Matt Luke after 3 seasons, 15-21 record

Mississippi fired football coach Matt Luke on Sunday, three days after his third non-winning season ended with an excruciating rivalry game loss.

Athletic director Keith Carter said in a statement the decision to change coaches was made after evaluating the trajectory of the program and not seeing see enough “momentum on the field.”

“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program,” Carter said.

Luke, a former Ole Miss offensive lineman and assistant coach, was elevated to interim head coach about two weeks before preseason practice started in 2017 when Mississippi fired Hugh Freeze.

Luke guided the Rebels, who were already banned from the postseason by the NCAA, to a 6-6 record that helped him land a four-year deal through 2021. With the program facing another bowl ban in 2018 and other NCAA sanctions, Luke and the Rebels went 5-7.

Ole Miss finished this season 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the Southeastern Conference, including a 21-20 loss on Thanksgiving night to Mississippi State. Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore scored a potential tying touchdown with seconds left in the Egg Bowl, but was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after he pretended to urinate in the end zone like a dog.

The Rebels’ kicker then missed an extra point that was 15 yards longer than the usual distance because of the penalty.

The 43-year-old Luke is the third SEC to be fired this season, joining Arkansas’ Chad Morris and Missouri’s Barry Odom, and the fourth head coach around the country to lose his job Sunday.

Also, let go were Steve Addazio at Boston College, Charlie Strong at South Florida and Frank Wilson at UTSA.

 

Boston College fires coach Steve Addazio

Boston College fired coach Steve Addazio after seven seasons in which the Eagles never surpassed seven wins.

Wide receivers coach Rich Gunnell will serve as interim coach, athletic director Martin Jarmond said in a statement on Sunday afternoon, a day after BC beat Pittsburgh to achieve bowl eligibility for the sixth time in seven years under Addazio.

“He inherited a program that had a down stretch and led us to six bowl games while recruiting high-character student-athletes that represented BC the right way,” Jarmond said. “Our student-athletes have been pillars of the community and in the classroom and that’s a credit to Steve and his staff.”

Addazio was 44-44 since taking over in 2013, earning a bowl-qualifying sixth win with the 26-19 victory over Pittsburgh. The 60-year-old coach spent much of his postgame news conference talking about the program’s future, insisting, “It’s not about me.”

“All I cared about was getting this team to six wins and getting another month with them. And then watching what I watched,” he said after celebrating with his players in the locker room. “That was the greatest gift that I got. You want to talk about me? That was a great gift.”

Addazio lamented the loss of quarterback Anthony Brown and linebackers John Lamont and Isaiah McDuffie, and spoke – in a familiar theme for him over the years – about the program’s youth. The Eagles have 62 players who are redshirt sophomores or younger.

“You know what I’m excited about? I’ve got a really good football team,” he said. “We’ve got most everybody coming back. This is going to be one hell of a football team moving forward. And we’ve got another month to tweak it and turn it and coach it and develop it. That is so exciting. I think this can be something special.”

Asked if he thought he was safe for another season, Addazio said, “It’s not about me. I’m fine.”

“I care about being with our guys. That’s the most important thing there is,” he said. “It’s not about me. It’s about them.”

 

Luka gets 27, Mavs snap Lakers’ 10-game win streak 114-100

Luka Doncic dribbled up to LeBron James, stepped back and coolly drained a 3-pointer from well behind the line. The Dallas Mavericks’ driving force then threw a telling stare toward Dirk Nowitzki at courtside before he headed off to wrap up a major win.

When the Mavs visited Staples Center a year ago, Doncic was nervous before he faced his boyhood idol, and he sought an autographed jersey afterward.

Although the Slovenian youngster still admires the veteran star, Doncic is showing he belongs in the same galaxy.

Doncic scored 21 of his 27 points in a dynamic second half, and the Mavericks snapped the Los Angeles Lakers’ 10-game winning streak with a 114-100 victory Sunday.

Doncic also had 10 assists and nine rebounds in Dallas’ seventh victory in eight games. The Mavs erased a halftime deficit with a 28-5 run in an excellent third quarter led by Doncic, who had 16 points and five assists in the third after going 2 for 9 in a self-described “awful” first half.

“It’s a great win that means a lot to us,” Doncic said. “It shows that we can play against big teams, too. We just need to keep it rolling.”

The Mavs comfortably maintained their big lead in the fourth, and Doncic provided some late showmanship by hitting that fourth 3-pointer over James and staring toward Nowitzki, who had center court seats.

“He hit a couple of hellacious shots,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “There’s just a small handful of guys in the whole world that can hit them. LeBron James is one of them. He’s one of them. Those step-back 30-footers, it’s hard to describe how difficult the shot is, and how easy he makes it look.”

Delon Wright had 17 points and nine assists, and Kristaps Porzingis added 15 points as Dallas underlined its status as a likely title contender with an inspired second half on the road against the NBA-leading Lakers, who had lost only once in 18 games since their season opener.

 

IU East WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team finished its time in the “The Show” as the Red Wolves fell 80-64 to Reinhardt University on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Addie Brown led the Red Wolves with 14 points in the affair at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center.

Catherine Shope topped the Georgia school with a game-high 25 points. She also had nine rebounds.

UPDATING THE RECORDS

IU East is 1-9 and Reinhardt remains unbeaten at 9-0.

KEY MOMENTS

* The Red Wolves had four players in double figures for the first time this season.

* Megan Harlow was just behind Brown with 13 points, while MaKayla Blount tossed in 12 and Reagan Hune added 11.

* Zikaya Wright had a game-high 12 rebounds.

TRENDING

* This was the first time the two teams have played in women’s basketball.

* Wright’s rebounding total was her second highest of the season. She had 13 against Lincoln College.

* Brown has reached double digits in 10 of 11 games for the Red Wolves this season.

UP NEXT

The Red Wolves return home to open their River States Conference slate with the West Virginia Institute of Technology on Saturday, Dec. 7. The contest on Lingle Court starts at 1 p.m. It will be the only home game for IU East during December.

 

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1956

America’s all-victorious basketball heroes, reaching Olympian heights with one of the finest team efforts ever displayed in the games, drew a citation from their coach, Gerald Tucker, today as “the best in the world.”
“This team is as good as any ever assembled,” said the former University of Oklahoma All-America player, after his stars swept past Russia, 89‚55, to gain a gold medal. Bill Russell, the 6-foot-10-inch player from San Francisco University, who paced the gold-medal effort, declared this “my proudest moment” and hastened to dispel any suggestions that he might now turn professional. “I have no plans at this time for a professional career,” said Russell. “All I can think about right now is that we won.”
The tall star, filled with emotion, was near tears as fellow Americans descended to congratulate him and his teammates. “You coached a mighty good team,” Russell said to Tucker, grasping his coach with both hands. Russell, who has been drafted by the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association, and who also has been scouted by the Harlem Globetrotters, said he was getting married in California on Dec. 9 and “I haven’t got time to go thinking about anything else.”
The repeat meeting of the finalists of the 1952 tournament was “no contest.” Paced by Russell, who scored 13 points for a total of 113 for the tournament, and his San Francisco teammate, K.C. Jones, who scored 15 points, the Americans completely dominated the play. Russell directed the ball-control strategy with his rebounds and brilliant all-around play. Tucker indicated he was a little disturbed over the tendency to demean the efforts of the Americans because they had not faced top-flight competition in the Olympics. “Everybody down there has tried to figure out that these kids are not as good as they really are,” he said. “But what more do they have to prove? They would be equal to any team in any league anywhere.”
The sluggish Soviet team was not even helped by Jan Kruminsh, their 7- foot-4-inch Goliath who was cut down by the American “Davids.” Despite his overwhelming height, he was outmaneuvered for rebounds and was consistently left at the far end of the court when the Americans employed their fast break. He scored only four free throws and got no field goals. Meanwhile Russell, with his whirling arms and his remarkable jumping ability, made it almost impossible for the Russians to drive in for close-range shots. As a result, the Soviet players were forced into a weaving pattern which sought to set up goals from outside. The Russian shooters were only fair, and although most of their goals were scored on outside shots they never hit often enough to harass the victors.
This was the fourth gold medal in four tries for the United States in basketball, which was added to the Olympics in 1936. Bill Russell and K.C. Jones, Hall of Fame teammates later on the Boston Celtics, led the United States to an average victory margin of 53 points throughout the Games.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1927       Heinie Manush, after just his fourth season in the big leagues, is traded by the Tigers, along with first baseman Lu Blue, to the Browns for hurler Elam Vangilder, infielder Chick Galloway, and outfielder Harry Rice. In 2,008 career games, Manush, a future Hall of Fame outfielder, collects 2,524 hits to finish his 17-year career with a .330 lifetime batting average.

1941       The Giants name skipper Bill Terry as the team’s new general manager. Mel Ott, a future Hall of Famer, will serve as New York’s player/manager for the next seven years, but the club will never finish above third place.

1944       Japan mourns the death of Yomiuri Giant hurler Eiji Sawamura, lost in action when the USS Sea Devil torpedoes his ship off the coast near Yakushima. The Japanese right-hander, as a 17 year-old high schooler, became a national hero when he struck out Charlie Gehringer, Babe Ruth Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx in succession in an exhibition game in 1934.

1948       Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial is named the National League Most Valuable Player. ‘Stan the Man’ led the NL in hitting with a .376 batting average and 131 RBIs, but barely misses the Triple Crown when his 39 home runs are one round-tripper less than the totals hit by Johnny Mize and Ralph Kiner, the league’s leaders.

1952       Commissioner Ford Frick plans to take action against Jackie Robinson. Two days ago, the Dodger infielder called the Yankees a racist organization for its failure to promote a black to the parent club.

1958       The Indians trade first baseman Vic Wertz and flycatcher Gary Geiger to the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Jimmy Piersall. The Tribe also trades the 1954 American League batting champ Bobby Avila to the Orioles for minor league hurler Russ Heman and $30,000.

1963       The Pacific Coast League expands to 12 teams when the Indianapolis and Little Rock franchises move from the International League to join the circuit. The IL will now operate with only one division consisting of eight clubs.

1963       The major league rules committee bans the use of oversized catcher gloves, starting with the 1965 season. The larger catcher mitt was devised in 1960 by Orioles manager Paul Richards to help his backstops catch Hoyt Wilhelm’s knuckleball.

1965       The Cubs trade pitcher Lindy McDaniel and outfielder Don Landrum to the Giants for catcher Randy Hundley and pitcher Bill Hands. Chicago’s new acquisitions will both play a major role in rebuilding the ‘lovable losers’ into contenders later in the decade.

1991       The Mets sign Pirates’ free-agent Bobby Bonilla to a $29 million, five-year deal. The 28 year-old highly touted outfielder will hit only .249 during the first year of his contract for an under-achieving New York club.

1993       Mets free-agent Eddie Murray (.285, 27, 100) leaves New York to sign with the Indians. The future Hall of Famer hit .274 and averaged 96.5 RBIs during his two seasons in the Big Apple.

2005       The Marlins continue to slash their payroll by dealing Gold Glove second baseman Luis Castillo to the Twins. In return for the switch-hitter, Florida gets a pair of right-handed pitching prospects, Travis Bowyer and Scott Tyler.

2008       Ted Rogers, owner of the Blue Jays since 2000, dies at home at the age of 75. After being treated for an existing heart condition in the fall, the media magnate had turned over his corporate duties to Alan Horn, Rogers Communications chairman and acting chief executive officer.

2008       Mets COO Jeff Wilpon says the team’s new ballpark’s name will remain Citi Field regardless of the suggestion made by two NYC council members who believe the venue should be called Citi/Taxpayer Field. Citigroup, a struggling financial institution that is benefiting from a bailout from the federal government, is paying the franchise $400 million over 20 years for naming rights to the stadium.

2008       In a ceremony at the home of the Consul General of Japan, the island nation honors former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda for his contributions to Japanese baseball. The Hall of Famer receives the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette medal on behalf of the emperor for his work with players and teams in this Asian nation since 1965.

2009       The Braves and left-hander Billy Wagner come to terms on a $7 million, one-year deal for the southpaw to become the club’s closer, replacing Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez. The six-time All-Star, who missed most of last season due to elbow surgery, was traded by the Mets to the Red Sox in late August after the reliever showed he still has a live fastball in his initial appearance off the disabled list in New York.

2009       The Dodgers announce 81 year-old broadcaster Vin Scully will continue to do play-by-play for the team in 2010. The Hall of Fame announcer started calling games for the club when ‘Dem Bums’ still played in Brooklyn sixty years ago.

2013       The Nationals obtain Tigers starter Doug Fister for southpaws Ian Krol and Robbie Ray and infielder Steve Lombardozzi. Washington’s acquisition of the 29 year-old right-hander improves the team’s already strong rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, and Gio Gonzalez.

 

WORLD SERIES HISTORY

1939 World Series

The Cincinnati Reds returned to the big show for the first time since 1919 when they were the beneficiaries of the famous “Black Sox Scandal” in which their opponents, the Chicago White Sox, intentionally threw the Series. After a lengthy investigation in 1920, the members of Chicago’s team were amazingly acquitted the following year despite their own confessions (which were recanted later). Many Reds fans later realized that their “championship title” had been tainted and were anxious to see their team win one on their own terms. Their sudden rise to the top of the National League was more than impressive (after finishing at the bottom of the National League in 1937) and their “Cinderella season” featured the two winningest pitchers in all of baseball. Bucky Walters led the major-leagues with twenty-seven wins and Paul Derringer backed him up with twenty-five of his own. For their opponents, the perennial championship Yankees, it was business as usual. New York finished the regular season with a 106-45 record and won their fourth consecutive pennant by seventeen games.

Reds manager, Bill McKechnie, went with Derringer for Game 1 and Joe McCarthy selected Series regular, Red Ruffing. The Yankee veteran played true to form with an opening four-hit, 2-1 victory that featured a last-inning, tie-breaker on a Bill Dickey single. Cincinnati was down, but not out as they had shown that they could stand tall against the 3x defending champions. Unfortunately for Reds fans, nothing changed the following day as Monte Pearson beat out Walters with a two-hit, 4-0 masterpiece that put his team up two games-to-none. Babe Dahlgren (who had replaced Lou Gehrig for the Yankees) doubled and homered in support. The first-baseman had taken over May 2 when failing health and an accompanying decline in skills had forced the “Iron Horse” out of the New York lineup after 2,130 consecutive games. Not since 1923 had the Yankees engaged in postseason play without Gehrig and fans and players alike dearly missed his presence.

For Game 3, the Reds came out swinging and finally generated some offense against the Yankees pitching staff while out-hitting the Bronx Bombers by more than a 2-to-1 margin. However, as in most sports, “quality” mattered more than “quantity” as all ten of Cincinnati’s hits resulted in mere singles. New York, on the other hand, got two-run homers from rookie Charlie Keller in the first and fifth innings, a two-run blast from Joe DiMaggio (who batted a career-high .381 in the regular season) in the third and a bases-empty shot from Bill Dickey in the fifth. The final was a 7-3 romp that put the Yanks one game away from their fourth consecutive championship.

Game 4 was a tense 0-0 standoff until the seventh, when Charlie Keller and Bill Dickey both launched bases-empty homers off of the returning Derringer. The Reds quickly answered back in their half of the inning for three unearned runs off reliever Steve Sundra, who had replaced ailing starter Oral Hildebrand in the fifth. Johnny Murphy tacked on an “insurance” run in the eighth, but shortstop Billy Myers’ error on Dickey’s potential double-play ball in the ninth enabled the Yankees to move within one. Then, New York scored again when DiMaggio beat a throw to the plate on Joe Gordon’s grounder for the 4-4 tie. With runners on the corners and one out in the tenth, “Joe D” came up big again and singled to right for the game winner. That would have been trouble enough for Cincinnati, but rightfielder Ival Goodman misplayed the ball and another run headed home. That, too, would have been trouble enough for Cincinnati, but catcher Ernie Lombardi not only failed to hold Goodman’s throw to the plate, but he also was knocked down by the onrushing Keller and the ball rolled away.

As a result, DiMaggio was able to circle the bases untouched, as the Reds’ receiver lay stunned. “Schnozz’s snooze” the play was called, and it won a special place in baseball folklore despite its minimal impact overall. In the bottom of the tenth, Cincinnati managed to send the tying run to the plate three times, but were unable to finish the job as Johnny Murphy protected the Yankees’ 7-4 lead for their second consecutive sweep, and fourth consecutive World Series title. Keller, the Series star, led the contest in runs scored (eight), hits (seven), home runs (three), runs batted in (six) and batting average (.438). In the end, the Yankees had won thirteen of their last fourteen Series games and twenty-eight of their last thirty-one games in baseball’s premier event.

 

GREATEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES

  1. At Dartmouth 3, No. 2 Cornell 0
    Nov. 16, 1940
    No. 2 Cornell left Memorial Field with a 7-3 win … or so everyone thought. The Big Red scored what was the winning TD with under a minute left on a fifth down. The next day the referee sent a telegram to Dartmouth apologizing for the error. After confirming it on film, Cornell sent a telegram to Dartmouth forfeiting the game.

 

BEST ALL-TIME NFL GAMES

Date: Nov. 27, 1994

Teams: Miami Dolphins Vs. New York Jets

Lore: This was a Week 12 matchup between division rivals and would determine control of the AFC East. The Jets sprung out to an early 17-0 lead before Dan Marino found his rhythm and brought the Dolphins back.

The Dolphins forced three fumbles and intercepted Boomer Esiason three times in the second half, but were still down 24-21 with 22 seconds left in the game. With the ball on the Jets 8-yard line and out of timeouts, Marino yelled “Clock! Clock! Clock!” and motioned for the spike.

The Jets defense didn’t line up properly, Marino alertly noticed an opening, faked the spike and then threw the ball to Mark Ingram for the game-winning touchdown.

The win helped push the Dolphins to the division title, and the loss sent Jets coach Pete Carroll back to the college ranks after the season.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Baltimore Ravens 10 2 0 .833 0.0 406 219 5 – 1 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 8 W
New England Patriots 10 2 0 .833 0.0 322 145 5 – 0 – 0 5 – 2 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 4 – 0 – 0 1 L
Houston Texans 8 4 0 .667 0.0 293 271 5 – 1 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 7 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 2 W
Kansas City Chiefs 8 4 0 .667 0.0 348 265 3 – 3 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 6 – 3 – 0 4 – 0 – 0 2 W
Buffalo Bills 9 3 0 .750 0.0 257 188 4 – 2 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 3 W
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 5 0 .583 0.0 236 225 5 – 2 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 6 – 3 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 2 W
Tennessee Titans 7 5 0 .583 0.0 276 234 4 – 2 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 5 – 4 – 0 2 – 2 – 0 3 W
Oakland Raiders 6 6 0 .500 1.0 237 324 5 – 1 – 0 1 – 5 – 0 4 – 4 – 0 2 – 2 – 0 2 L
Indianapolis Colts 6 6 0 .500 1.0 261 257 4 – 3 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 5 – 6 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 2 L
Cleveland Browns 5 7 0 .417 2.0 246 272 3 – 3 – 0 2 – 4 – 0 5 – 4 – 0 2 – 1 – 0 1 L
Jacksonville Jaguars 4 8 0 .333 3.0 220 292 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 4 – 0 4 – 5 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 4 L
Denver Broncos 4 8 0 .333 3.0 198 237 3 – 3 – 0 1 – 5 – 0 4 – 5 – 0 2 – 2 – 0 1 W
Los Angeles Chargers 4 8 0 .333 3.0 244 241 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 7 – 0 0 – 4 – 0 3 L
New York Jets 4 8 0 .333 3.0 204 280 3 – 3 – 0 1 – 5 – 0 1 – 7 – 0 0 – 4 – 0 1 L
Miami Dolphins 3 9 0 .250 4.0 200 377 2 – 5 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 2 – 7 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 1 W
Cincinnati Bengals 1 11 0 .083 6.0 179 298 1 – 5 – 0 0 – 6 – 0 1 – 7 – 0 0 – 4 – 0 1 W
 
National Football Conference
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
San Francisco 49ers 10 2 0 .833 0.0 349 183 5 – 1 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 7 – 1 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 1 L
xy-New Orleans Saints 10 2 0 .833 0.0 298 248 5 – 1 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 8 – 2 – 0 4 – 1 – 0 3 W
Green Bay Packers 9 3 0 .750 0.0 289 255 5 – 1 – 0 4 – 2 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 1 W
Dallas Cowboys 6 6 0 .500 0.0 310 236 3 – 3 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 4 – 0 – 0 2 L
Seattle Seahawks 9 2 0 .818 0.0 292 263 3 – 2 – 0 6 – 0 – 0 6 – 1 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 4 W
Minnesota Vikings 8 3 0 .727 0.0 289 205 5 – 0 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 2 W
Los Angeles Rams 7 5 0 .583 1.5 283 250 3 – 3 – 0 4 – 2 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 1 W
Chicago Bears 6 6 0 .500 2.5 212 208 3 – 3 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 5 – 4 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 2 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 7 0 .417 3.5 340 346 1 – 4 – 0 4 – 3 – 0 4 – 6 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 2 W
Philadelphia Eagles 5 7 0 .417 3.5 274 284 3 – 3 – 0 2 – 4 – 0 3 – 5 – 0 1 – 1 – 0 3 L
Carolina Panthers 5 7 0 .417 3.5 280 320 2 – 4 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 2 – 7 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 4 L
Detroit Lions 3 8 1 .292 5.0 280 315 2 – 4 – 0 1 – 4 – 1 2 – 6 – 1 0 – 4 – 0 5 L
Arizona Cardinals 3 8 1 .292 5.0 255 351 1 – 4 – 1 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 7 – 1 0 – 4 – 0 5 L
Atlanta Falcons 3 9 0 .250 5.5 260 323 1 – 5 – 0 2 – 4 – 0 3 – 6 – 0 2 – 2 – 0 2 L
Washington Redskins 3 9 0 .250 5.5 173 290 1 – 5 – 0 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 6 – 0 0 – 3 – 0 2 W
New York Giants 2 10 0 .167 6.5 230 339 1 – 5 – 0 1 – 5 – 0 2 – 7 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 8 L

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 17 3 .850 8-1 9-2 6-0 11-2 10-0 11 W
Toronto 15 4 .789 1.5 9-0 6-4 2-1 9-2 8-2 7 W
Miami 14 5 .737 2.5 8-0 6-5 3-0 9-1 8-2 2 W
Boston 14 5 .737 2.5 7-0 7-5 5-2 9-2 6-4 1 W
Philadelphia 14 6 .700 3.0 9-0 5-6 3-1 10-2 7-3 3 W
Indiana 12 7 .632 4.5 9-2 3-5 3-4 9-6 7-3 1 L
Brooklyn 10 10 .500 7.0 6-4 4-6 3-1 6-5 6-4 1 L
Orlando 8 11 .421 8.5 7-4 1-7 1-1 5-8 5-5 1 W
Charlotte 8 13 .381 9.5 4-5 4-8 0-2 6-8 4-6 1 L
10 Detroit 7 13 .350 10.0 6-4 1-9 2-4 6-12 3-7 1 W
11 Washington 6 12 .333 10.0 3-4 3-8 1-1 2-4 4-6 2 L
12 Chicago 6 14 .300 11.0 3-7 3-7 2-4 5-9 3-7 3 L
13 Cleveland 5 14 .263 11.5 3-7 2-7 2-3 4-12 1-9 3 L
14 Atlanta 4 16 .200 13.0 2-7 2-9 1-2 2-9 0-10 10 L
15 New York 4 16 .200 13.0 3-8 1-8 0-8 2-13 2-8 6 L
 
Western Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 17 3 .850 9-2 8-1 3-1 12-2 9-1 1 L
Denver 13 4 .765 2.5 8-2 5-2 2-0 7-3 8-2 1 L
LA Clippers 15 6 .714 2.5 12-1 3-5 2-1 10-5 8-2 1 W
Dallas 13 6 .684 3.5 6-4 7-2 4-0 8-3 7-3 2 W
Houston 13 6 .684 3.5 8-2 5-4 3-1 8-3 7-3 2 W
Utah 12 8 .600 5.0 8-1 4-7 2-1 9-5 5-5 1 L
Minnesota 10 9 .526 6.5 3-7 7-2 1-2 4-6 5-5 1 L
Phoenix 8 10 .444 8.0 5-7 3-3 3-2 5-7 3-7 3 L
Sacramento 8 10 .444 8.0 5-3 3-7 1-2 4-5 6-4 1 W
10 Oklahoma City 8 11 .421 8.5 6-4 2-7 0-3 6-8 4-6 2 W
11 Portland 8 12 .400 9.0 3-4 5-8 2-1 5-7 4-6 3 W
12 San Antonio 7 14 .333 10.5 5-6 2-8 0-2 4-8 2-8 1 L
13 Memphis 6 13 .316 10.5 3-9 3-4 1-2 4-9 4-6 1 W
14 New Orleans 6 14 .300 11.0 4-6 2-8 0-3 5-10 4-6 5 L
15 Golden State 4 17 .190 13.5 2-7 2-10 0-3 3-13 2-8 2 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Boston Bruins 27 19 3 5 43 19 99 65 11-0-4 8-3-1 8-0-2
Washington Capitals 28 19 4 5 43 16 104 83 8-2-4 11-2-1 6-2-2
New York Islanders 24 17 5 2 36 15 71 58 11-2-1 6-3-1 6-2-2
Philadelphia Flyers 27 15 7 5 35 12 85 78 8-1-4 7-6-1 5-2-3
Florida Panthers 26 13 8 5 31 10 94 93 7-3-2 6-5-3 6-4-0
Toronto Maple Leafs 28 13 11 4 30 12 93 92 7-3-4 6-8-0 4-6-0
Carolina Hurricanes 27 16 10 1 33 15 88 76 8-5-0 8-5-1 7-3-0
Pittsburgh Penguins 27 14 9 4 32 13 93 78 10-3-2 4-6-2 4-3-3
New York Rangers 25 13 9 3 29 13 83 83 8-4-2 5-5-1 6-3-1
10 Buffalo Sabres 27 12 10 5 29 11 78 82 7-3-3 5-7-2 3-4-3
11 Montreal Canadiens 27 11 10 6 28 9 89 96 6-6-3 5-4-3 2-5-3
12 Tampa Bay Lightning 24 12 9 3 27 11 88 79 6-4-1 6-5-2 5-4-1
13 Columbus Blue Jackets 26 11 11 4 26 11 66 80 8-6-1 3-5-3 5-4-1
14 Ottawa Senators 27 11 15 1 23 11 69 84 7-5-0 4-10-1 5-5-0
15 New Jersey Devils 25 9 12 4 22 8 65 90 4-6-4 5-6-0 5-5-0
16 Detroit Red Wings 29 7 19 3 17 7 62 115 4-9-1 3-10-2 1-7-2
 
Western Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 28 17 5 6 40 17 86 75 8-3-3 9-2-3 5-2-3
Edmonton Oilers 29 17 9 3 37 15 91 84 7-3-2 10-6-1 5-4-1
Colorado Avalanche 26 16 8 2 34 16 97 75 8-3-1 8-5-1 7-3-0
Arizona Coyotes 28 15 9 4 34 11 78 67 7-6-1 8-3-3 5-3-2
Winnipeg Jets 27 16 10 1 33 14 77 76 6-5-1 10-5-0 7-3-0
San Jose Sharks 28 15 12 1 31 13 82 91 9-6-0 6-6-1 8-2-0
Dallas Stars 28 15 10 3 33 14 75 68 9-4-1 6-6-2 7-2-1
Vancouver Canucks 28 13 11 4 30 10 92 84 5-3-3 8-8-1 4-5-1
Vegas Golden Knights 28 13 11 4 30 10 83 81 7-5-3 6-6-1 4-5-1
10 Calgary Flames 29 13 12 4 30 10 73 86 7-3-2 6-9-2 3-5-2
11 Nashville Predators 26 12 10 4 28 11 87 85 7-5-3 5-5-1 3-5-2
12 Minnesota Wild 27 12 11 4 28 11 79 86 7-1-2 5-10-2 6-1-3
13 Anaheim Ducks 27 11 12 4 26 11 71 82 7-5-2 4-7-2 2-5-3
14 Chicago Blackhawks 26 10 11 5 25 10 74 81 7-6-2 3-5-3 5-4-1
15 Los Angeles Kings 27 11 14 2 24 11 70 89 9-5-1 2-9-1 6-3-1