NFL PLAYOFFS

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP

Kansas City 35 Tennessee 24

 

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP

San Francisco 37 Green Bay 20

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

San Antonio 107 Miami 102….. Patty Mills celebrated his heritage Sunday with a performance that typified his career. Mills provided a late spark, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Miami Heat 107-102 Sunday.

Indiana 115 Denver 107….Despite playing from behind for most of their game against the Denver Nuggets, Domantas Sabonis never felt the Indiana Pacers were out of it. Sabonis had 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double, Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Pacers rallied late to beat the Nuggets 115-107 on Sunday night.

 

NBA TV SCHEDULE-MONDAY

Today

Detroit @ Washington                   2:00 pm               NBCS-DC

Toronto @ Atlanta                           2:30 pm               NBA TV

Philadelphia @ Brooklyn               3:00 pm               YES

Orlando @ Charlotte                      5:00 pm               FS-SE

New York @ Cleveland                  5:00 pm               FS-OH

Oklahoma City @ Houston           5:00 pm               FS-OK

New Orleans @ Memphis             5:00 pm               TNT

Sacramento @ Miami                     5:00 pm               NBCS-CA

Chicago @ Milwaukee                   5:00 pm               NBCS-CHI

LA Lakers @ Boston                        7:30 pm               SportsNet LA

Denver @ Minnesota                     8:00 pm               ALT

San Antonio @ Phoenix                 9:00 pm               FS-AZ

Indiana @ Utah                                 9:00 pm               SportsNet RM

Golden State @ Portland              10:00 pm             TNT

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Pittsburgh 4 Boston 3…..Jack Johnson’s goal into his own net was one of the low points of a forgettable first period for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Johnson’s short-handed slap shot later in the game helped the Penguins complete another memorable comeback. Johnson and Bryan Rust scored third-period goals as Pittsbugh rallied to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Sunday. Pittsburgh came back from a three-goal deficit for the third time this season. It’s the second time in franchise history – 2008-09 was the first – that the Penguins have had three three-goal comebacks in a season.

Carolina 2 NY Islanders 1….On a losing streak and missing their All-Star defenseman, the Carolina Hurricanes needed a boost Sunday. They got one from Justin Williams, who returned to the lineup and scored in the eighth round of a shootout to lift Carolina over the New York Islanders 2-1. Williams played for the first time since helping Carolina reach the Eastern Conference final last year. He took an extended offseason, signed with the club Jan. 8 and helped it end a three-game skid in his first game back.

Columbus 2 NY Rangers 1.The surging Columbus Blue Jackets received a dose of stellar play from a rookie goaltender and a two-goal boost from returning Oliver Bjorkstrand to forge another close victory. Bjorkstrand scored twice, including with 26.5 seconds left, to lift the Blue Jackets over the New York Rangers 2-1 Sunday night for their fifth straight win.

Chicago 5 Winnipeg 2….Patrick Kane’s 1,000th career point created one big party for the Chicago Blackhawks. Everyone was invited. Kane reached 1,000 when he picked up an assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal, and the Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 for their season-high fifth straight win.

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25

#3 Stanford 61 #8 Oregon State 58

#4 Connecticut 92 Tulsa 34

#5 Louisville 74 North Carolina 67

#6 Oregon 105 California 55

#9 North Carolina State 59 Wake Forest 45

LSU 65 #11 Kentucky 59

#12 Texas A&M 69 Florida 42

#14 DePaul 80 Butler 65

#18 Arizona State 65 Washington State 56

#21 Arizona 66 Washington 58

#22 Iowa 85 Wisconsin 78

#23 Arkansas 100 Vanderbilt 66

#25 South Dakota 83 South Dakota State 48

ELSEWHERE

Minnesota 72 Purdue 59

Bradley 75 Valparaiso 61

St. John 63 Creighton 58

Marquette 80 Xavier 60

Green Bay 73 Illinois Chicago 36

Clemson 62 Duke 58

Syracuse 69 Pittsburgh 51

Texas 71 Kansas State 63

Notre Dame 76 Miami Florida 53

Seton Hall 97 Providence 55

Rhode Island 69 Massachusetts 66

Dayton 48 St. Louis 47

Georgia 61 Auburn 50

Boston College 55 Georgia Tech 48

Loyola Chicago 69 Illinois State 64

Ohio State 77 Illinois 47

Houston 72 E. Carolina 63

Northern Iowa 73 Indiana State 43

Missouri 71 Ole Miss 57

Iowa State 64 Oklahoma State 63

Northwestern 85 Penn State 59

Central Florida 64 S. Florida 57

Virginia Tech 69 Virginia 61

Wichita State 72 Temple 70

TCU 82 Oklahoma 63

Fordham 66 George Mason 54

North Dakota State 92 North Dakota 82

Nebraska 74 Michigan 71

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Davidson 74 Fordham 62

Niagara 72 Siena 71

Bakersfield 72 Chicago State 54

Rutgers 64 Minnesota 56

Canisius 95 Rider 86

Maine 86 Binghamton 63

North Dakota State 83 North Dakota 74

Marist 83 Iona 73

Southern Illinois 66 Drake 49

Loyola Chicago 62 Illinois State 50

South Dakota 99 South Dakota State 84

Grand Canyon 69 Kansas City 66

Wake Forest 80 Boston College 62

Cincinnati 82 E. Carolina 57

UCLA 50 California 40

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE

Monday, Jan. 20

Charlotte at Old Dominion | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Sacred Heart at Robert Morris | 5 p.m. | CBSSN

High Point at South Carolina Upstate | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas at West Virginia | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

N.C. State at Virginia | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Winthrop at Radford | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Bucknell at Colgate | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Campbell at Presbyterian | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

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

UNC Asheville at Longwood | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Rice at North Texas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Oklahoma at Baylor | 9 p.m. | ESPN

 

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Butler at Villanova | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Kansas State at Kansas | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Georgia at Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Wichita State at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPNN

Maryland at Northwestern | 7 p.m. | FS1

Illinois at Purdue | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Northern Illinois at Kent State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Toledo at Ohio | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Florida at LSU | 7 p.m. | SEC Network

Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

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

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

Texas Tech at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Wake Forest at Clemson | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Oklahoma State at Iowa State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Miami at Duke | 9 p.m. | ESPN

Nebraska at Wisconsin | 9 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Texas A&M at Missouri | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

St. John’s at Marquette | 9 p.m. | FS1

VCU at Saint Joseph’s | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

Ole Miss at Tennessee | 9 p.m. | SEC Network

Wyoming at San Diego State | 11 p.m. | CBSSN

Air Force at Utah State | 11 p.m. | ESPNU

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL RPI RANKINGS

1 Kansas 14 – 3

2 West Virginia 14 – 3

3 Florida State 16 – 2

4 Auburn 15 – 2

5 Louisville 15 – 3

6 Villanova 14 – 3

7 Baylor 15 – 1

8 Duke 15 – 3

9 Maryland 14 – 4

10 Dayton 16 – 2

11 Oregon 15 – 4

12 Seton Hall 14 – 4

13 San Diego State 19 – 0

14 Arkansas 14 – 3

15 Butler 15 – 3

16 Colorado 14 – 4

17 Rutgers 13 – 4

18 Northern Iowa 16 – 2

19 LSU 13 – 4

20 Michigan State 14 – 4

21 USC 15 – 3

22 Arizona 13 – 5

23 Wisconsin 11 – 7

24 Florida 12 – 5

25 Wichita State 15 – 3

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – NET RANKINGS

1 Baylor 15 – 1

2 Kansas 14 – 3

3 San Diego State 19 – 0

4 Gonzaga 20 – 1

5 Dayton 16 – 2

6 Duke 15 – 3

7 Butler 15 – 3

8 West Virginia 14 – 3

9 Stanford 15 – 3

10 Michigan State 14 – 4

11 Seton Hall 14 – 4

12 Auburn 15 – 2

13 Florida State 16 – 2

14 Louisville 15 – 3

15 Arizona 13 – 5

16 Wichita State 15 – 3

17 Maryland 14 – 4

18 Ohio State 12 – 6

19 Colorado 14 – 4

20 Villanova 14 – 3

21 Oregon 15 – 4

22 Rutgers 13 – 4

23 Arkansas 14 – 3

24 Liberty 19 – 1

25 Memphis 14 – 3

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL RPI RANKINGS

1 Louisville 17 – 1

2 South Carolina 17 – 1

3 Connecticut 15 – 1

4 Missouri State 14 – 3

5 Oregon State 16 – 1

6 Iowa 14 – 3

7 Oregon 14 – 2

8 UCLA 16 – 1

9 Stanford 15 – 2

10 Gonzaga 18 – 1

11 Indiana 14 – 4

12 Baylor 15 – 1

13 Northwestern 15 – 2

14 DePaul 16 – 2

15 Mississippi State 16 – 2

16 North Carolina State 16 – 1

17 Texas A&M 14 – 3

18 Kentucky 15 – 2

19 Florida State 15 – 3

20 Maryland 13 – 4

21 Princeton 13 – 1

22 Creighton 12 – 5

23 Oklahoma 10 – 6

24 Purdue 12 – 6

25 Rutgers 15 – 2

 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL THIS WEEK-NCC/AREA

NCC

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Anderson at Marion, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Crawfordsville, 7:30 pm

Manual at Tech, 7:30 pm, Tech

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Richmond at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 24

Anderson at Harrison, 8 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Marion, 8 pm

Central at Kokomo, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Central Catholic at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 pm

Noblesville at Logansport, 7:30 pm

North Central at Central, 5:30 pm

 

TEC

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Ansonia (Ohio) at Union City, 6 pm

Union County at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 24

Blue River at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Centerville at South Decatur, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Tri at Union County , 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Edinburgh at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Delta, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at Blue River, 7:30 pm

 

MEC

Friday, Jan. 24

Blue River at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Cowan at Burris, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Southern Wells, 7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at Monroe Central © , 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Wapahani © , 7:30 pm

Union (Modoc) at Colonial Christian, 7 pm

Wes-Del at Shenandoah © , 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Christel House at Union (Modoc), noon

Northeastern at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Eastern Hancock © , 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm

Yorktown at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

 

EASTERN INDIANA

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Greenfield at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Union County at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 22

East Central at South Dearborn © , 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 24

Batesville at Franklin County © , 7:30 pm

Conner (Ky.) at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Connersville at Batesville © , 7:30 pm

East Central at Harrison (Ohio), 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Jac-Cen-Del, 7:30 pm

North Decatur at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

South Dearborn at Jennings County, 7:30 pm

South Decatur at Greensburg, 7:30 pm

 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK-NCC/AREA

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Greenfield at Central, 7:30 pm

Tech at McCutcheon , 7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at West Lafayette, 7:30 pm

Lighthouse at Harrison, 7:30 pm

Richmond at Mt. Vernon, 7:30 pm

Tipton at Kokomo, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Tech at Tindley, 7:30 pm

Marion at Northrop, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 23

Harrison at Seeger, 7:30 pm

Central at Lapel, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 24

Kokomo at Richmond , 7:30 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Marion , 6:30 pm

Logansport at Tech, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Anderson, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Anderson at Logansport , 1:30 pm

Tech at Harrison, 7:30 pm

Central at Harrison , 1:30 pm

Richmond at Lafayette Jeff, noon

 

TEC

Monday, Jan. 20

Shenandoah at Tri, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Ansonia (Ohio) at Union City, 7:45 pm

Hagerstown at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 23

Lincoln at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Centerville at Tri, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Union County, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Burris at Hagerstown, noon

Union City at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

 

MEC

Monday, Jan. 20

Shenandoah at Tri, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Eastern Hancock at Indian Creek, 7:30 pm

Madison-Grant at Daleville, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Cowan , 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Southern Wells, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Wapahani at Monroe Central , 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 23

Lincoln at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 24

Union at Colonial Christian, 5:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Monroe Central at Cowan , 6:30 pm

Pendleton Heights at Shenandoah, 1:30 pm

Union City at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

 

EASTERN INDIANA

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Hauser at Greensburg, 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at East Central , 7:30 pm

South Dearborn at South Ripley, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 23

Connersville at Pendleton Heights, 6 pm

Franklin County at East Central, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Batesville, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 24

Hauser at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Batesville at Greensburg, 1:30 pm

Rushville at Connersville, 7:30 pm

 

INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

1 Northwestern

2 Crown Point

3 Homestead

4 Fishers

5 Lawrence North

6 Hamilton Southeastern

7 Penn

8 Mount Vernon

9 Carmel

10 North Central

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Harrison, Martinsville, Columbus East, Bedford North Lawrence, Portage,  Brownsburg, Chesterton

 

3A

1 Benton Central

2 Salem

3 NorthWood

4 Norwell

5 Evansville Memorial

6 Gibson Southern

7 Silver Creek

8 Winchester

9 Knox

10 Angola

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Greensburg, Heritage Christian, Washington, Woodlan, Brownsburg Central, Danville, Vincennes Lincoln

 

2A

1 Triton – Central

2 University

3 Linton – Stockton

4 Shenandoah

5 North Judson

6 Vincennes Rivet

7 South Knox

8 Monroe Central

9 Eastern Pekin

10 Clinton Prairie

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Crawford County, South Adams, Northeastern, Lafayette Central Catholic, Westville, Covenant Christian, Lapel, Rensselaer Central, Seeger, Forest Park

 

1A

1 Loogootee

2 Trinity Lutheran

3 Morgan Township

4 Lanesville

5 Oregon – Davis

6 Jac-Cen-Del

7 Pioneer

8 Tecumseh

9 Greenwood Christian

10 Kouts

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Springs Valley, Bethesda Christian, Orleans, Northfield, Union City, Tri

 

 

Mahomes’ feet, arm, lift Chiefs to Super Bowl over Titans

(KC RELEASE)

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans, 35-24, at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoon to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years.

Kansas City fought back from an early deficit to tally 28 unanswered points, establishing a commanding lead while preventing Tennessee from ever getting back into the game.

Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 23-of-35 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns in the game, finding wide receiver Tyreek Hill for a pair of scores in the first half to help Kansas City climb out of the early hole.

After falling behind by 10 points midway through the first quarter, Mahomes tossed the ball to Hill, who was sweeping to his left, on a quick “pop pass” before the speedy Hill turned the corner and dashed ahead for an 8-yard score.

The Titans then answered the Chiefs’ score with a touchdown of their own, but Hill was back in the end zone a possession later when Mahomes fired a laser up the seam and into Hill’s outstretched arms 20 yards downfield to narrow the deficit.

Kansas City proceeded to force a three-and-out on the Titans’ next series, setting up a third-consecutive scoring drive by the Chiefs that ended in a 27-yard, go-ahead scoring scramble by Mahomes in the final seconds of the first half.

That score held throughout the entirety of the third quarter before tailback Damien Williams plunged ahead for a 4-yard touchdown to extend the Chiefs’ advantage early in the fourth quarter.

Mahomes then found wide receiver Sammy Watkins for a 60-yard touchdown a drive later, putting Kansas City up by three scores. Tennessee chipped away at the deficit late, as Titans’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill found tight end Anthony Firkser for a 22-yard touchdown with just over four minutes remaining,

Mahomes finished the game with 56 yards on the ground while Hill and Watkins each had productive days through the air. Watkins, in particular, hauled in seven catches for a team-leading 114 yards.

Defensively, defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon tallied a pair of sacks as the Chiefs held Tennessee scoreless from midway through the second quarter until Firkser’s score late in the fourth quarter. Kansas City held Titans’ tailback Derrick Henry, who had at least 180 rushing yards in each of Tennessee’s previous two postseason games, to just 69 yards on the ground.

It all helped Kansas City defeat Tennessee and hoist the Lamar Hunt Trophy for the first time in franchise history.

 

Mostert lifts 49ers to Super Bowl with 37-20 win vs Packers

(49ERS RELEASE)

The San Francisco 49ers are on their way to Miami to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. San Francisco defeated the Green Bay Packers, 37-20, during Sunday’s NFC Championship to earn their first trip to the Super Bowl since the 2013 season. Meanwhile, the Chiefs will make their first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years.

The 49ers saw a repeat of their Week 12 matchup against Green Bay, holding the Packers scoreless in the first half. Undrafted running back Raheem Mostert was the highlight of the night, putting up a career-high 220 yards on 19 carries to go along with four (yes, four) touchdowns. Mostert became the only player in NFL history with 150-plus rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a single half of a playoff game. Mostert is the first player with three-plus rushing touchdowns in a playoff game since LeGarrette Blount did so for the New England Patriots in the 2013 Divisional Round against the Indianapolis Colts. Mostert is also the first player in NFL history to score four rushing touchdowns in a Conference Championship game.

Meanwhile in the AFC, the Chiefs witnessed “Mahomes Magic” as quarterback Patrick Mahomes ripped off a 27-yard scramble up the edge of the sideline for a touchdown. The quarterback completed 23-of-35 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns to go along with his rushing score.

Super Bowl LIV is set for Sunday, Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium as San Francisco continues its “Quest for Six.”

10 Takeaways as 49ers Defeat Packers en route to Super Bowl LIV

The West was truly not enough as the San Francisco 49ers were named NFC Champions and earned a trip Super Bowl LIV following a 37-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The 49ers are making their first trip to the Super Bowl since the 2013 season. San Francisco’s win started off reminiscent of the Week 12 matchup against the Packers, with the 49ers putting up a dominant performance on all sides of the ball to leave Green Bay scoreless in the first half. Here are 10 takeaways as the 49ers prepare to take their talents to South Beach.

1….San Francisco struck first on a series that began at their own 11-yard line. The drive was highlighted by two big receptions by Deebo Samuel to pick up 16 and 30 yards to move the 49ers into Packers territory. On 3rd-and-8, Raheem Mostert took the handoff and shot through Green Bay’s defense en route to a 36-yard touchdown. Mostert hit a top speed of 21.87 mph during his touchdown run marking him as the fastest ball carrier in the NFL this postseason.

2….Green Bay couldn’t get anything going on their ensuing drive, compliments of Nick Bosa. The rookie had a run stop against Packers running back Aaron Jones that brought up a third down. On the following play, Bosa got his arm around Aaron Rodgers for his first sack of the game and forced a Green Bay punt.

3…. K’Waun Williams recorded the most forced fumbles of any NFL cornerback this season with four. He added another one on Sunday as the corner stripped the ball from Rodgers’ arms on a third down blitz. A short punt by JK Scott started the 49ers drive at the Packers 37-yard line. The 49ers ran six-straight running plays that culminated in a Mostert 9-yard carry into the end zone to put the 49ers up 17-0. Samuel got a block on safety Darnell Savage that opened up the lane for the touchdown.

Tevin Coleman was injured on the drive with a shoulder injury and was downgraded to OUT for the game.

4…. The Packers first trip into 49ers territory didn’t come until midway through the second quarter. On San Francisco’s 25, DeForest Buckner recovered a fumbled snap to give the 49ers back the ball. Buckner’s recovery marked his fifth of the year. The turnover led to a Robbie Gould field goal to extend San Francisco’s lead, 20-0.

5…. Packers running back Tyler Ervin muffed a punt and was tackled by Ahkello Witherspoon to pin Green Bay inside their own 10. On 2nd-and-15, Emmanuel Moseley intercepted a pass intended for Green Bay wide receiver Geronimo Allison. The cornerback made his first start of the postseason in place of Witherspoon and notched his second-career interception. The 49ers capitalized off the turnover with an 18-yard touchdown carry by Mostert. His third of the game, a career-high.

6… Green Bay responded with an 11-play, 75-yard drive capped off with a 9-yard touchdown reception by Jones. San Francisco responded with a 7-play, 79-yard drive that featured all carries by Mostert and Samuel. Mostert registered his fourth score of the day with a 22-yard touchdown.

7….San Francisco had 42 runs to just eight passes on the day. The 49ers registered the most rushing yards in an NFL playoff game since 1940 with 285 net rushing yards. (Chicago Bears had 381 in a 73-0 win over Washington on Dec. 8, 1940). Mostert passed quarterback Colin Kaepernick (2012) for the most rush yards in a postseason game in 49ers history. He became the only player in NFL history with 150-plus rushing yards and three-plus rushing touchdowns in a single half of a playoff game. Mostert’s four rushing touchdowns in a playoff game are the most since LeGarrette Blount did so for the New England Patriots in the 2013 Divisional Round against the Indianapolis Colts. Mostert is the first player to score four rushing touchdowns in a Conference Championship game.

8…. Richard Sherman sealed San Francisco’s victory with an interception near the goal line on a deep pass from Rodgers with two minutes left in the game. Sherman now has five interceptions on the year and 36 for his career. Arik Armstead also registered a sack against Rodgers in the fourth quarter on the same drive.

9…. Aside from Coleman, Dre Greenlaw and Jaquiski Tartt (ribs) left the game and did not return. K’Waun Williams also left the game with a hip injury, however shortly returned. Coleman will have an MRI on Monday.

10…. San Francisco will face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium in Super Bowl LIV. From 4-12 to NFC Champions, the 49ers look to continue their “Quest for Six” against Patrick Mahomes and Co. in two weeks. Congrats, San Francisco.

 

Biggest disappointments of NFL Championship weekend

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will meet at Super Bowl LIV in two weeks, an intriguing clash between an elite offense and a phenomenal defense. That outcome means the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers are both going home one game shy of their ultimate destination, which will leave some of their players with serious regrets.

Here are some of the weekend’s biggest disappointments as the Super Bowl matchup was decided.

Derrick Henry, RB, Titans

The Chiefs beat the Titans essentially because they kept Derrick Henry in check. Yes, the running back still had a decent day, running for 69 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. That, however, is a down week for Henry, and his modest 3.6 yards per carry meant that Ryan Tannehill had to throw the ball 31 times. That suited Kansas City just fine, and it meant that their high-powered offense could score while limiting the Tennessee offense’s time on the field. The Titans needed much more from Henry to win this game. Not getting the stellar performance they needed sealed their fate.

Packers’ run defense

Running backs shouldn’t be able to run for 36-yard touchdowns untouched. That was how Raheem Mostert got the scoring started, and it never really stopped after that. Green Bay’s defense was pushed around by the San Francisco offensive line, giving Mostert giant holes to run through all day on the way to a 220-yard performance. The Packer defense didn’t even really give the offense a chance to get going, and the game was functionally over by halftime. The Packers felt they had improved their defense this year, but it failed them at the worst possible time.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

On the surface, Rodgers’ stats look fine — 31-of-39 for 326 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Much of that, however, came when he was desperately throwing long with the Packers trying to come back from 27 points down. In the first half, he was held to 65 yards while throwing an interception and losing a fumble as the Packers were shut out. Yes, he was up against the league’s best defenses, but elite quarterbacks are expected to overcome those defenses, or at least take better care of the ball. By the time Rodgers started racking up yards, it was far too late.

The pass interference rule

Once again, pass interference raised its ugly head at the worst time. The Titans were hit with a controversial defensive pass interference call that cost them 41 yards at a key point in the game, while the Packers also took a late third down pass interference call in the fourth. Neither call likely cost either team the game, but pass interference being a spot foul is still needlessly harsh, and the decisions did little to clarify what pass interference is or whether either should have been flagged. Plus, the fact that neither was challenged suggests the review system is still broken going into 2020.

 

Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books

Even the bookies are having a problem figuring out a favorite in the Super Bowl.

Odds opened at pick ’em Sunday at many Las Vegas sports books, though the Kansas City Chiefs quickly moved to 1-point favorites over the San Francisco 49ers. Early bettors favored the Chiefs in a game that will almost surely set new legal betting records.

The combination of an attractive matchup, close odds and the spread of legalized sports betting means hundreds of millions of dollars will exchange hands over the next two weeks.

Bettors at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook got an early start after they were offered the pick ’em odds at halftime of the NFC championship game. Oddsmaker Jay Kornegay said about 80 percent of the early money was on the Chiefs and the line moved to Chiefs minus-1.

The over/under total started at 51 1/2 and was at 53 after a bettor put $110,000 on the over.

Odds and point spreads can fluctuate up until the kickoff Feb. 2 in Miami, largely because of heavy bets on one side or the other.

At the new Circa sports books, the game was pick ’em with a 52 total to open. Sports book director Matthew Metcalf tweeted that bettors could bet up to $100,000 a side on Sunday with limits of $500,000 a side beginning Tuesday morning.

Most books limit bets early to see if the point spread moves while being tested by so-called sharps.

Legal betting in Nevada’s 200 sports books was down last year at $145.9 million after setting a record the year before with $158.6 million in bets. A big percentage of Super Bowl betting is in so-called prop bets, which have become increasingly popular as they multiplied in recent years.

Books will begin releasing hundreds of different prop bets during the week, from who will win the opening coin flip to how many penalties each team will have.

Kornegay said he expects a new record to be set in Nevada on the game, largely driven by a good economy. Bets are now legal in 13 other states, too, though not in the home states of either team or in Florida.

 

Bengals reportedly have no intention of trading No. 1 overall pick

The Cincinnati Bengals are likely going to receive interest from several teams that want to trade up to the first overall pick in the NFL Draft for Joe Burrow, but any inquiries that are made will apparently be ignored.

The Bengals have no intention of trading the No. 1 pick no matter what teams are willing to offer, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. There has been talk that the Panthers could look to make a deal with the Bengals after Carolina hired former LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, but Cincinnati may not even pick up the phone.

Cincinnati benched Andy Dalton last season before putting him back into the starting lineup late in the year, and it appears likely that they will move on from the 32-year-old. Dalton is owed $17.5 million in the final year of his contract next season.

Burrow’s father said this week that his son would have no problem playing for the Bengals, and Burrow seemingly confirmed that when he said he will play for “whoever wants to pay me money.”

For what it’s worth, Burrow already got some money from an unexpected source immediately after leading LSU to a win over Clemson in the national championship game. He’ll get much more from whichever NFL team drafts him, and it would be a shock at this point if it were any team other than the Bengals.

 

Jay Gruden to interview for Jaguars offensive coordinator job

The Jacksonville Jaguars are searching for a new offensive coordinator after they somewhat surprisingly parted ways with John DeFilippo, and Jay Gruden is on the team’s list of potential candidates.

Gruden is scheduled to interview with the Jaguars, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Gruden was fired in his sixth season as the head coach of the Washington Redskins after the team got out to a 0-5 start this season. He was the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals prior to landing that job, so he has plenty of experience calling plays.

As Garafolo noted, Gruden said recently that he was hoping to land another head coaching job in 2020, but he was never really considered for any. He will probably have to spend another year or two as an offensive coordinator before his name gets thrown back into the head coaching mix.

The Jaguars have interviewed at least one other former head coach, and Gruden probably has as good of a chance as anyone at landing the job. Jacksonville ranked 26th in the NFL in scoring last year, and they are likely trying to find someone who can do a better job with Nick Foles than DeFilippo did.

 

Sabonis’ triple-double leads Pacers past Nuggets 115-107

Despite playing from behind for most of their game against the Denver Nuggets, Domantas Sabonis never felt the Indiana Pacers were out of it.

Sabonis had 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double, Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Pacers rallied late to beat the Nuggets 115-107 on Sunday night.

“I just felt like we were always right there, down 5-6 points all game,” Sabonis said. “I felt like this was the game we needed to get to start the road trip right and just believed in my teammates that we could make that next step. And in the fourth quarter everybody stepped up and made big-time plays.”

In one sequence with just under three minutes remaining, Sabonis helped protect the Pacers’ late lead by fighting through traffic in the low post to grab three offensive rebounds before finishing with a tip-in.

“McDermott killed us. Sabonis killed us,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “The fourth quarter, they had six offensive rebounds. The very few times they did miss, they just pushed us around, much more physical than us. Disappointing loss.”

Malcom Brogdon and T.J. Warren added 22 points each for the Pacers, who snapped a 10-game skid at Pepsi Center. They overcame a 30-point performance from the Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic to win their fifth straight.

“We just played really well together out there in the fourth quarter,” McDermott said. “We had a lot of shots fall and I thought we did a good job on defense and rebounding.”

Jerami Grant and Will Barton added 16 points apiece for the Nuggets, who were again without injured starters Paul Millsap, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray.

Denver had the lead for most of the game but was outscored 41-26 in the fourth quarter. The Nuggets missed 10 of 32 free throws and were 3 of 23 from 3-point range while the Pacers connected on 13 of 29 from beyond the arc, including six 3-pointers by McDermott.

“I think we got real relaxed and we didn’t play with a sense of urgency, especially in the second half,” said Michael Porter Jr., who scored 10 points for Denver. “I think we kind of gave that one away.”

 

Aldridge, DeRozan help Spurs escape to beat Heat 107-102

Patty Mills celebrated his heritage Sunday with a performance that typified his career.

Mills provided a late spark, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Miami Heat 107-102 Sunday.

The win came as San Antonio became the first NBA team to hold Indigenous People Night – a meaningful cause to Mills, who is an Australian of aboriginal descent.

“It’s an important night and it’s really important to Patty,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “For the indigenous people here in Texas it’s important to all of us, but it’s sort of double for him because of his history and his background.

“He didn’t play like he did because of that; he does that every night. His energy has been there his whole career. It’s who he is.”

Mills had 18 points and DeMar DeRozan added 20 as San Antonio snapped a two-game skid.

Mills requested the Spurs honor his ancestry as well as those of Native Americans, and the franchise obliged on the eve of Martin Luther King Day.

“Besides basketball, it was a win for us to be able to use basketball as a platform to be able to share culture and traditions and you saw it tonight,” Mills said.

Miami’s Duncan Robinson missed a 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left and the Heat trailing 105-102. Miami fouled Marco Belinelli, who made both free throws to cap the scoring.

“It’s a big moment,” Robinson said. “I want to make that shot for this team. I didn’t do it. I’m disappointed in myself, but it’s nice to know these guys have my back no matter what.”

Bam Adebayo had 21 points, 16 rebounds and six assists for Miami, which had won its previous two games. Goran Dragic added 19 points and Kendrick Nunn had 18.

 

INDIANA WOMEN’S BB: Road Swing Begins Monday For No. 15 Indiana At No. 20 Maryland

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 15 Indiana begins a week-long road swing as it faces No. 20 Maryland on Monday night in College Park. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

15/16 INDIANA (14-4, 4-2 B1G) VS. NO 20/20 MARYLAND (13-4, 4-2 B1G)

Monday, January 20, 2020 • 8 p.m. ET

Xfinity Center • College Park, Md.

Broadcast: BTN (Lisa Byington, Christy Winters Scott)

ABOUT THE TERRAPINS

Maryland has posted back-to-back double figure wins at Michigan and Nebraska to improve to 4-2 in Big Ten play. They are led by the league’s preseason Player of the Year Kaila Charles who averages 14.4 points along four other players who put up double figure averages. The Terps are averaging a league-high 81.9 points per game while limiting their opponents to just 56.0 points per game. They are also one of the top teams in the nation in steals, posting 13.8 per game which is 3rd in the NCAA this season.

SERIES HISTORY

Maryland leads 7-0

LAST MEETING

1/27/19 – L, 56-76 (Bloomington, Ind.)

NOTES

The Hoosiers will look to regroup after a pair of overtime losses last week. They fell in a double overtime heartbreaker at Iowa on Sunday, 91-85, and fell at home to Northwestern on Thursday in overtime, 71-69.

Freshman forward Mackenzie Holmes is coming off a game against Northwestern where she tied a season-high 22 points and going 9-for-14 from the floor. The Gorham, Maine is shooting 67.6 percent from the floor this season, which ranks fourth in the nation. It was her 12th game in double figures this season.

Four players are averaging double figures for Indiana this season behind sophomore guard Grace Berger (13.0 ppg.) and redshirt junior Ali Patberg (12.9 ppg.). Holmes also adds 12.1 points per game while junior guard Jaelynn Penn is also in double figures with 10.2 points per game.

Sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe has been a spark for the Hoosiers in Big Ten play. The Riga, Latvia native is averaging 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and has scored in double figures in four of six conference games. She posted a new career-high 18 points at Iowa.

Senior forward Brenna Wise is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. The acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

UP NEXT

Indiana will continue on its road stretch when it visits Penn State on Thursday night. Tipoff at Bryce Jordan Center is set for 7 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

 

PURDUE WBB: Boilermakers Done In by Second Half Run

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In a back-and-forth tilt that featured four three ties and four lead changes, the Purdue women’s basketball team could not stop a late surge in a 72-59 loss to Minnesota on Sunday afternoon at Mackey Arena.

The Boilermakers (12-7, 3-4) had to overcome a slow start out of the gate, as the Golden Gophers (12-6, 2-5) built up a 16-4 lead. Purdue rallied to close the first quarter on an 11-point run with seven from Dominique Oden.

Both clubs traded blows in the second quarter, with Minnesota taking a four-point edge into the halftime break. Ae’Rianna Harris and Karissa McLaughlin teamed up nine points on a 10-2 run midway through the third that saw the Boilermakers tie it up at 43-43, only for the Golden Gophers to take control.

The deciding point in the game came with 2:45 remaining in the third quarter, Minnesota opened a 19-0 run that held the Boilermakers off the board for 5:49. During the stretch, Purdue was 0-for-8 from the field.

Purdue battled back in the fourth. Oden scored 10 of her team-high 17 points in the final frame. The hosts attempted to rally with a 10-2 run, which cut the gap down to 12, but that was as close as the Boilermakers would get.

Harris and McLaughlin followed Oden in double figures with 15 and 10, respectively. McLaughlin added a season-high seven assists. Purdue connected on six 3-pointers, with McLaughlin, Oden and Cassidy Hardin each hitting a pair.

ANOTHER RECORD FOR RI

On Purdue’s first possession after the halftime break, Harris grabbed her fourth rebound of the afternoon. With that offensive board, Harris took over the top spot on Purdue’s all-time rebounding list. The senior surpassed Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton’s mark of 968 career rebounds, after taking over the defensive rebounds record a few weeks ago against Wisconsin. Harris now holds the career rebound, defensive rebound and blocks title at Purdue.

NOTES

  • Purdue leads the all-time series against Minnesota 46-22, with a 24-8 mark at Mackey Arena.
  • The Boilermakers have dropped the last three contests at Mackey Arena against the Golden Gophers.
  • Oden took over 13th place on Purdue’s career scoring list, passing Sharon Versyp’s career mark of 1,565.
  • Harris recorded seven blocks on the afternoon, tied for seventh in program history. The senior now has 446 in her career, four away from breaking Joe Barry Carroll’s all-time record of 349 career rejections.
  • Harris recorded at least five blocks in a game for the 17th time in her career.
  • The 19-point swing by the Golden Gophers was the largest Purdue has allowed this season.
  • Purdue topped Minnesota in points off turnovers 21-18.

UP NEXT

Purdue will travel to Nebraska for a short turnaround Wednesday night. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. (ET) on BTN+.

 

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BB: IRISH ROLL TO 76-53 WIN OVER MIAMI

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame women’s basketball fans witnessed the Fighting Irish (7-12, 2-5) display their most complete game of the season Sunday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion. The Irish utilized a strong second half performance to roll to a 76-53 victory over the visiting Miami Hurricanes (10-8, 2-5).

Freshman Sam Brunelle shot lights out in the second half, where she scored 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting, ultimately finishing with a game-high 25 points. Destinee Walker joined Brunelle in the 20+ point club by pouring in 21 of her own. Furthermore, the duo went a combined 7-of-10 from three-point range, tying the team high for made three-pointers this season.

Mikki Vaughn recorded 16 points and eight boards. Katlyn Gilbert tallied 10 of her 12 points in the second half to go along with her seven assists. Next, Marta Sniezek logged eight assists and a season-high tying seven boards.

“I was really pleased with the third quarter,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Muffet McGraw stated. “We talked about guarding Mykea Gray better in the second half, so we did a better job there. The biggest thing was that shots began to drop. When shots drop, our confidence grows and we play better defensively.

“I thought Sam looked like an All-American in the second half. Destinee made some huge shots. Katlyn ran the floor and made easy baskets. Marta was particularly efficient today with getting everyone in their spots.”

How It Happened

Notre Dame started the game 5-for-5 from the field, receiving contributions from four different starters, as the Irish jumped out to an 11-7 lead. On the defensive side, the Irish held Miami to without a field goal from 6:25-1:26 (0-for-8 during said stretch), claiming a 16-12 advantage after the opening period.

Vaughn and Walker contributed six points apiece in the first quarter, as Notre Dame boasted seven assists on seven made baskets.

Next, Brunelle and Walker converted with back-to-back treys in the early minutes of the second quarter, extending the home team’s lead to eight. However, the Irish were limited to one field goal for nearly a seven-minute stretch, allowing the Hurricanes to rally back and claim the lead. Yet, a Walker jumper in the final minute regained the lead for the Irish at the half, up 28-27.

Walker, who started the game 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, was in double figures at the midway point with 13 points.

Later tied at 32-all at 7:58, the Irish seized complete control of the game, ending the quarter on an impressive 20-2 scoring spree. Brunelle and Gilbert both caught fire during the run, tallying 10 and eight points, respectively.

Up 52-36 at the start of the fourth, the Irish didn’t let up. Brunelle knocked down two three’s and scored eight points over the final quarter to bring her game total to 25. In addition, Walker added her fourth three-pointer of the game. Furthermore, Vaughn tallied eight points in the fourth to surge to 16 points for the game.

All-in-all, the Irish recorded their most efficient game of the season with 23 assists on 30 made field goals. Notre Dame shot 50.0 percent (30-of-60) from the field and outrebounded Miami 42-33.

Notes

  • Today marked the 26th ever meeting between Miami and Notre Dame. With the win, the Irish move to 21-5 overall in the series.
  • The Irish boasted seven assists on seven made baskets in the first quarter and ultimately finished with 23 assists on 30 made field goals. The 23 assists were one shy of the team’s season high set against DePaul.
  • Sniezek took a charge in the second quarter, marking her 21st on the season.
  • Walker logged her team best fifth game with 20+ points and 15th in double figures. Walker poured in 21 points, which included a 4-for-5 day from three.
  • The Irish scored 20 straight points in the third quarter, marking their longest run of the season – previous was 17 straight at Fordham. The Irish held Miami scoreless from 7:58-0:03.
  • Brunelle and Gilbert combined for 18 of the 20 points in the third quarter run.
  • Brunelle recorded her second game with 20+ points this season with 25. Brunelle converted three treys, one shy of her season high. It also marked her 14th game in double figures.
  • Brunelle went off in the second half, scoring 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field.
  • Notre Dame tied its second-best shooting performance on the year, converting 50.0 percent of its shots.
  • Sniezek tied her season high in rebounds with seven, while also dishing out eight assists.
  • Vaughn notched her fourth game in double-figures since returning with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. All four games, Vaughn has scored at least 16 points.
  • Gilbert tallied her 16th game in double figures with 12 points, which marks a team best.

 

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Allen Rounds Out IU Coaching Staff

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head football coach Tom Allen announced on Sunday the additions of Jason Jones as safeties coach and Kevin Wright as tight ends coach. Kasey Teegardin, who coached safeties in 2018 and 2019, has been elevated to special teams coordinator and will oversee the husky position.

Jones brings 17 years of experience to Bloomington, including eight in the SEC and five in the Big 12. In 2019, he served as the cornerbacks coach at Florida Atlantic University.

“I have so much respect for Jason,” Allen said. “I was fortunate to work with him for two seasons at Ole Miss. He has worked in the SEC and the Big 12, and he was a part of one of the top defenses in the country last year. Jason’s a great football coach and is the kind of husband, father and man I want in this program.”

Jones has mentored four Jim Thorpe Award semifinalists and a Bronko Nagurksi Award finalist. He has been on the staff of five conference championship teams and coached in 14 bowl games, including two New Year’s Six games and a Fiesta Bowl championship.

“I am so thankful to Coach Allen for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great staff,” Jones. “IU impressed me so much last season, and I can’t wait to contribute to even more success. I am excited and ready to get to work.”

In his lone season at FAU, Meiko Dotson earned first-team all-conference honors and shared the national lead with nine interceptions. The Owls led the nation in takeaways (33) en route to Conference USA and Boca Raton Bowl championships.

During his time at Ole Miss, Jones served as co-defensive coordinator and coached in the secondary. He was on staff with Allen (2013-14), and IU defensive coordinator Kane Wommack’s father, Dave, was the Rebels defensive coordinator (2013-16).

Under his tutelage, current Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson was a consensus first-team All-American and a Nagurski finalist. Cornerbacks Mike Hilton and Senquez Golson were also Thorpe semifinalists.

The Rebels went 10-3 in 2015 and defeated Oklahoma State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and they posted a 9-4 mark and ranked No. 9 with a Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl appearance in 2014.

Jones oversaw cornerbacks at Oklahoma State University from 2008-12, where he led six different Cowboys to first-team All-Big 12 honors. Justin Gilbert was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, and Perris Cox (2009) and Brodrick Brown (2011) were Thorpe semifinalists.

OSU shared the Big 12 championship in 2010 and won the league outright in 2011. The 2011 team led the nation in takeaways and claimed a victory over Stanford in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Jones assisted Tulsa to a pair of Conference USA championships in 2005 and 2007. In between, he helped Rice University break a 45-year bowl drought. Jones oversaw corners all three seasons and added special teams coordinator to his resume in 2007.

He started his career as a graduate assistant in 2003-04 at the University of Alabama, where he was a two-year starter at defensive back, a member of three bowl teams and an SEC champion in 1999.

Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in financial planning in 2001, and his master’s degree in sport management in 2005. Jason is married to Kysha and they have four children: Andrew, Jace, Jarah and Jathan.

Wright is a 20-year head coaching veteran with 13 of those years in the state of Indiana and the last five at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

“I’ve known Kevin for many, many years” Allen said. “He’s been one of the most successful high school coaches in the country and has done a tremendous job working with some of the top talent in the country at IMG. Kevin allows us to expand our recruiting base and continue our success in the state of Florida. He’s a great fit for our program in so many ways, and we are excited to welcome Kevin and his family to IU.”

Wright owns an overall record of 229-65 (.779), eight Top-10 national rankings, four state championships and two state runner-up finishes as a head coach. He has mentored four national players of the year, 39 All-Americans and over 150 Division I student-athletes.

“It’s very exciting to be coming home to Indiana to join the IU football program,” Wright said. “Coach Allen and his staff have done a great  job building a culture based on players and staff who care about each other and play the game with tremendous passion. I think Hoosier fans across the country recognize that and are excited for the future.”

At IMG, Wright posted a 44-2 mark in five seasons (2015-19). The program posted three-straight undefeated seasons (2015-17) and five-consecutive Top-6 national rankings.

He guided Carmel (Ind.) High School (2010-14) to a 54-11 record and three state championship game appearances, with a title and No. 4 national ranking in 2011. Wright became the fifth coach in Indiana history to claim state titles at multiple schools.

From 2003-05, he led Indianapolis power Warren Central High School to three-consecutive state championships. The 2005 team finished the season ranked fifth in the nation and the Warriors were ranked nationally for four-consecutive years.

Wright began his head-coaching career at Noblesville (Ind.) High School (1992-98) and spent one season in charge at Louisville Trinity (2000) before moving to Warren Central (2000-05).

Prior to his stint at Carmel, he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Western Kentucky University (2007-08). The 2007 Hilltoppers finished seventh in the country in rushing offense and 28th in scoring offense.

Wright’s father, Bud, is the winningest coach in Indiana high school football history and one of the top 15 all-time winningest coaches nationally. A member of the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame, Bud is in his 53rd year at Sheridan High School.

Kevin and his wife, Elizabeth, have one daughter, Trinity (18), and one son, Will (14).

Teegardin earned his second promotion in three years. He was a defensive graduate assistant (20014-16) and director of on-campus recruiting (2017) before taking over the safeties room.

“Kasey is a bright, young coach who has earned this opportunity,” Allen said. “I look forward to him growing into this role and helping this team improve in an area where we’ve made strides, but we must continue to get better.”

Teegardin takes over as special teams coordinator for William Inge.

“I’m thankful to Coach Allen for the chance to be a coordinator in the Big Ten,” Teegardin said. “We have a talented group of specialists and I’m ready to get started. I’m also excited to continue to work with Coach Wommack and the defensive staff.”

 

OHIO STATE WBB: Buckeyes Blitz Illini in 2nd Half for 77-47 Victory

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the game tied 37-37 with five minutes left in the third quarter, Ohio State freshmen guards Jacy Sheldon and Kierstan Bell sparked a 19-0 run and the Buckeyes never looked back in a 77-47 victory over Illinois Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena.

Ohio State went on to outscore the Fighting Illini 40-10 over the final 15 minutes, limiting Illinois to just 4-of-22 shooting and forcing six turnovers during that stretch.

Bell scored the final nine points of the third quarter and had 12 of her career-high 19 points in the second half. She also grabbed a career-high eight rebounds and has now scored in double figures in four of the last six games.

Sheldon made a pair of three-pointers and finished with 10 points. She has now made her last five three-pointers.

Fellow freshman Rebeka Mikulasikova notched 12 points and made her lone three-point attempt to improve to 15-of-30 from long range on the season.

The Buckeye push in the fourth quarter was due in large part to freshman Kae Satterfield. She played the final 10 minutes and tied her career-high with nine points and grabbed a career-high five rebounds while going 4-of-4 from the floor. She also knocked down a three which was her first since the season-opener back on Nov. 10.

Madison Greene was a career-best 3-of-4 from long range and finished with 11 points and two assists. As a team, the Buckeyes were 11-of-22 from deep which matched a season-high.

The Ohio State freshmen combined to score 61 of the team’s 77 points in the game including 43 of 45 points in the second half.

The Illini hit three three-pointers in the first five minutes of the third quarter to pull even at 37-37. Sheldon then had a lay-in and a three from the wing which was followed by a lay-in and a three from the top of the key by Bell. That was enough to spark what was a 19-0 run that spanned the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth quarter. Illinois wasn’t able to do anything to slow the Buckeyes over the final 15 minutes.

While holding Illinois to just 4-of-22 shooting in the final stretch, the Buckeyes made 15 of their last 22 shots.

Ohio State heads back out on the road this week to take on Iowa on Thursday evening. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET and can be seen on BTN.

 

Report: Red Sox want to package Mookie Betts with David Price in trade

Whichever MLB team winds up trading for Mookie Betts may have to pay something of a tariff for him.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Sunday that the Boston Red Sox are seeking to package the former AL MVP with the contract of veteran pitcher David Price. The Red Sox are also said to be asking for a pair of frontline prospects.

Betts, 27, just agreed to a record one-year contract to remain in Boston but could still be on the move with the team looking to slash payroll. The 34-year-old Price, meanwhile, has three years and $96 million remaining on his deal.

While some heavy hitters are interested in Betts, he will be a free agent in a year’s time, meaning that the opportunity cost of taking on the Price anchor in addition to parting with multiple top prospects might just be too great.

 

Happy families: Osaka, Williams win openers in Australia

Naomi Osaka won the tournament’s opening match for her dad at the Australian Open. Serena Williams won hers for her daughter.

The first two matches on center court at the Australian Open were all about families for two champions.

For something new, Osaka’s father, Leonard Francois, was in the crowd watching as the defending champion reeled off the last four games after dropping serve for the only time to beat Marie Bouzkova 6-2, 6-4.

Next up, Williams started her bid for a first major title as a mom when she beat 18-year-old Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-3. Williams has won the title seven times in Australia, and is aiming for an all-time record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title. She hasn’t added to her career tally since victory at the 2017 Australian Open, and then becoming Olympia’s mom. She managed to end one drought last week when she won the title in Auckland, New Zealand – her first since the Australian title three years ago.

“I hadn’t been able to win as a mom, so it was nice to finally be able to win a tournament with a 2-year-old now,” Williams said of her Auckland win. “I’ve been pretty close, but it was special for me and for her. I hope for her.”

Williams has lost four Grand Slam finals since her last title, and is determined to end that streak.

She won seven straight games until Potapova held serve and changed the momentum – for a little while at least. The Russian got a service break, but broke Williams rallied quickly to get back on track.

Osaka thanked the crowd after her match, saying “You probably didn’t come for me, but thanks for filling up the stadium.”

There was one person in particular who was there only for Osaka.

“My dad watched my match from my box for the first time during a Grand Slam,” Osaka, who won back-to-back majors at the 2018 U.S. Open and last year’s Australian Open, tweeted. “I feel so happy.”

She later explained: “He’s just superstitious. Because, like, he literally — because, like, before when he used to sit in my box I would just look at him and complain a lot, but I have matured over the past, like, three or four years he hasn’t sat in my box.”

 

Federer, Kvitova advance at Australian Open

Roger Federer took another step toward a 21st Grand Slam singles title with a routine 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Steve Johnson at Rod Laver Arena.

Federer, playing his first tournament of the season, wasn’t troubled in his match with the American as he seeks his seventh Australian title. He won his first in Melbourne in 2004.

Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova is also through to the second round after beating Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 6-0.

Kvitova lost the final here last year to Naomi Osaka. Afternoon rain suspended play on outside courts but matches continued on the three stadiums with roofs.

 

Kane gets 1,000th point, Blackhawks beat Jets 5-2

Patrick Kane’s 1,000th career point created one big party for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Everyone was invited.

Kane reached 1,000 when he picked up an assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal, and the Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 for their season-high fifth straight win.

Kane became the 90th player in NHL history to reach the milestone with 5:46 left. The All-Star winger passed from behind the net to Ryan Carpenter in the right circle. Carpenter then fed a wide-open Saad at the left side of the net for an easy tap-in before goalie Connor Hellebuyck could slide across the crease.

The 31-year-old Kane got an extended ovation from the crowd of 21,487 and was mobbed by his teammates after extending his point streak to 10 games. Captain Jonathan Toews, who has 799 points himself, checked with the referees before the game to make sure it was all right for the team to take the ice to congratulate Kane after he hit 1,000.

“That was special,” Kane said. “What a moment. Obviously, everyone coming on the ice and sharing that moment with me. You see some faces in that pile that have been a big part of a lot of those points.

“The team’s rolling right now, too. There’s a lot of good things happening. We’re playing well. Nice to have it come in a win.”

In the midst of the celebration, Saad made sure to pick up the puck for Kane.

“Kinda felt bad for him,” Kane said. “All the guys on the ice came to me and he was in the corner even though he was the one that scored.”

Saad didn’t mind.

“What can you say? He’s a special player,” Saad said. “It’s been fun to play with him over the years, see his successes and be part of it. It’s pretty neat how the whole team came out and huddled him. It was just a great night.

 

Rust, Johnson help Pittsburgh rally past Bruins 4-3

Jack Johnson’s goal into his own net was one of the low points of a forgettable first period for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Johnson’s short-handed slap shot later in the game helped the Penguins complete another memorable comeback.

Johnson and Bryan Rust scored third-period goals as Pittsbugh rallied to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Sunday. Pittsburgh came back from a three-goal deficit for the third time this season. It’s the second time in franchise history – 2008-09 was the first – that the Penguins have had three three-goal comebacks in a season.

“Getting down 3-0 isn’t what we had in mind,” Johnson said. “We’ve been able to come back before, but that’s not a recipe for success.”

Dominik Simon and Teddy Blueger also scored for the Penguins, who have won six of their last seven games.

Sidney Crosby has points in four straight games since returning from core muscle surgery. Crosby, who had two assists on Sunday, has three goals and eight points after missing the previous 28 games.

Matt Murray rebounded from a shaky start to make 34 saves for Pittsburgh. Murray, who won his fifth straight game, made consecutive starts for the first time since November.

“We didn’t say a whole lot,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said of his team’s poor start. “I just didn’t feel it was necessary to state the obvious that we didn’t have the start that we wanted. I did say that we had a lot of hockey left and we had to respond the right way.”

David Pastrnak scored his 37th goal, and Patrice Bergeron scored his 21st and Anders Bjork his eighth for Boston. Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves for the Bruins, who are winless in their last six visits to Pittsburgh

Pastrnak has 11 goals and 24 points in his last 17 games. He’s the first Bruins player with 70 points in 50 or fewer games since Cam Neely and Adam Oates in 1993-94.

Pastrnak gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead at 15:07 of the first period, when he sent the puck to the front of the net, and it went in off Johnson’s stick.

 

INDIANA WRESTLING: Hoosiers Host No. 14 Purdue Monday

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– The Indiana wrestling team returns home to host No. 14 Purdue on Monday January 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Wilkinson Hall.

Monday January 20

Indiana vs. No. 14 Purdue

7:00 PM ET | Bloomington, Ind.

Wilkinson Hall (1151 E 17th Street)

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Indiana University Bicentennial

Monday will mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of Indiana University. Several events are planned throughout the day, including a keynote lecture by Viola Davis at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, located next to Wilkinson Hall. Please be aware, this event which is expected to draw several thousand people will conclude within a couple hours of the wrestling match and the parking lot may be very crowded.

The Series

Purdue leads the all-time series 53-40-3. The Boilermakers have won the last nine in the series. The last Indiana win was Feb. 14, 2010, in Indianapolis, 22-17. The last win in Bloomington for IU was February 6, 2009, 21-12. Last year Purdue won, in West Lafayette, 18-11.

Last Time Out

Last time out the Hoosiers came up just short, falling 21-15 at No. 15 Northwestern. The Hoosiers won four bouts in the dual. Both brothers, Graham and Cayden Rooks secured wins for the Hoosiers, as well as Jacob Covaciu with a pin and Jake Kleimola. Graham Rooks beat No. 14 Yahya Thomas for the second time this year, the first coming when Thomas was ranked No. 8 at the Midlands Championships.

The Lineups

Indiana

125: Liam Cronin (6-11)

133: Cayden Rooks (16-7)  or Jonathan Moran (5-13)

141: Eddie Bolivar (4-7)

149: Graham Rooks (8-4)

157: Fernie Silva (7-12) or Joey Sanchez (11-9)

165: Davey Tunon (5-13) or Dillon Hoey (4-6)

174: #25 Jacob Covaciu (13-7)

184: Jake Hinz (5-10)

197: Nick Willham (15-11) or Spencer Irick (5-9)

285: Rudy Streck (3-14) or Jake Kleimola (10-9)

Purdue

125: #5 Devin Schroder (18-3)

133: Travis Ford-Melton (12-6)

141: Parker Fillius (12-5)

149: Nate Limmex (8-6)

149: #13 Griffin Parriott (13-4)

157: #8 Kendall Coleman (21-6)

165: Tanner Webster (2-6)

174: #4 Dylan Lydy (21-1)

184: Max Lyon (13-8)

184: Jared Florell (3-2)

197: #2 Christian Brunner (20-4)

285: Thomas Penola (15-9)

Success at Midlands Championships

The Hoosiers had three wrestlers earn spots on the podium at the Midlands Championships. Brock Hudkins, despite an injury in the semifinal match finished in sixth-place at 125 pounds. Indiana had two on the podium at 174 with Jacob Covaciu finishing in fifth-place and freshman Donnell Washington finishing in sixth-place.

Rooks Earns Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

Following his first-place performance at the UNI Open, Graham Rooks earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. Rooks has posted a record of 6-3 on the season.

The Hoosiers in the Rankings

This week two Hoosiers are ranked by FloWrestling. Brock Hudkins, who captured the MSU Open title at 125 earlier this season is ranked No. 6. Jacob Covaciu, who beat No. 9 Ben Harvey at the Journeyman Classic, is ranked No. 25.

Early Season Success for Indiana

Brock Hudkins (125) and Nick Willham (197) both won titles for the Hoosiers at MSU Open. The Hoosiers have five wrestlers finish in the top-three at the MSU Open. At the Journeyman Classic eight wrestlers finishined in the top-three, with Kyle Luigs, Joey Sanchez and Dillon Hoey each winning first-place in their respective weight classes.

Hoosiers Open Wilkinson Hall

Wilkinson Hall was dedicated on January 16, 2019. Wilkinson Hall is a multi-use training and performance center that is the new home venue for the Indiana Wrestling and Volleyball programs. The 3,000-seat venue is used as a competition facility for both Indiana Volleyball and Indiana Wrestling. Wilkinson Hall is named after IU alumnus Jay Wilkinson and his family, who have an incredible history of support for IU Athletics and its student-athletes. Last season, the Hoosiers first year in Wilkinson Hall, they ranked 21st in the country in attendance at 1,286 fans per match. This included a program record 1,962 fans when they hosted No. 1 Penn State.

Hoosiers Sign Elite Recruiting Class

IU head coach Angel Escobedo announced the Hoosiers 2020 class, which includes four wrestlers. Jacob Moran, Derek Gilcher, Nico Bolivar and Santos Cantu will be joining the Hoosiers in the 2020 class. Cantu chose Indiana over Ohio State and is a three-time OSAA 6A Champion at 195 lbs. Gilcher chose Indiana over Virginia, Maryland, Michigan State and Wisconsin and is ranked No. 6 nationally and part of a team that is ranked No. 5 nationally. Bolivar is the brother of current Hoosier Eddie Bolivar was the 2018 Illinois Freestyle Champion. Moran is the brother of current Hoosiers Jonathan Moran and was the 2018 Indiana State Champion and is ranked No. 6 on FloWrestling. Moran is spending this year training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

 

Ohio State Wrestling: Scores 28 Unanswered in Downing of Illinois

Eight Buckeyes earned victory

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State University wrestling team (7-1, 3-0 B1G) erased an early deficit and ultimately tore through Illinois (4-3, 1-2 B1G), 28-6. The Buckeyes won the final eight bouts of the afternoon, including five victories over nationally-ranked Fighting Illini.

BUCKEYES BITS

Luke Pletcher recorded the 100th win of his career

Pletcher improves to 10-0 vs. top-25 opponents with a +76 point differential

Kaleb Romero avenged an overtime loss to Joey Gunther last February

Romero moves to 7-0 in duals while Pletcher and Kollin Moore sit at 8-0

Pletcher and Moore both own 18-0 season marks

Moore registered the first Buckeye pin in Covelli Center history

The highest-ranked win came from the unranked (for now) Rocky Jordan in the 184-pound tilt. Jordan picked up his 22nd win of the season, an impressive one over No. 11 Zac Braunagel. Ethan Smith handed an ‘L’ to the Braunagel name as well, getting past Danny Braunagel in a tightly-contested 3-1 decision.

Additional top-25 triumphs for Ohio State came from Luke Pletcher (def. No. 12 Dylan Duncan), Elijah Cleary (def. No. 22 Eric Barone) and Kaleb Romero (def. No. 16 Joey Gunther).

Sammy Sasso and Kollin Moore were not pitted against top-25 guys, and it showed as both threw bonus points on to the scoreboard. Sasso majored Mousa Jodeh, 13-3, while Moore recorded the first Buckeye pin in Covelli Center history.

BOUT RESULTS

No. 4 Ohio State 28, Illinois 6

125 lbs | No. 24 Justin Cardani (ILL) def. Malik Heinselman (OSU) | SV-1, 8-6; Team Score:  0-3

133 lbs | No. 8 Travis Piotrowski (ILL) def. No. 20 Jordan Decatur (OSU) | D, 6-2; TS:  0-6

141 lbs | No. 1 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. No. 12 Dylan Duncan (ILL) | D, 12-5; TS:  3-6

149 lbs | No. 6 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Mousa Jodeh (ILL) | MD, 13-3; TS:  7-6

157 lbs | Elijah Cleary (OSU) def. No. 22 Eric Barone (ILL) | TB-1, 4-3; TS:  10-6

165 lbs | No. 12 Ethan Smith (OSU) def. No. 14 Danny Braunagel (ILL) | D, 3-1; TS:  13-6

174 lbs | No. 8 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. No. 16 Joey Gunther (ILL) | D, 6-3; TS:  16-6

184 lbs | Rocky Jordan (OSU) def. No. 11 Zac Braunagel (ILL) | D, 6-4; TS:  19-6

197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. Matt Wroblewski (ILL) | PIN, 4:35; TS:  25-6

285 lbs | Gary Traub (OSU) def. Luke Luffman (ILL) | D, 11-4; TS:  28-6

While the dual was happening at the Covelli Center, a dozen Buckeyes were competing in the Purple Raider Open. Four were crowned champions of their weight class:  Quinn Kinner (157 lbs), Jashon Hubbard (165 lbs), Carson Kharchla (174 lbs) and Gavin Hoffman (HWT).

Next up for the Scarlet & Gray is a clash with the top-ranked Hawkeyes of Iowa on Friday, Jan. 24.

 

Pete Rose Gives Outstanding Answer On MLB Cheating Scandals

There’s only one living person who is on the Major League Baseball banned list, and his name is Peter Edward Rose, and he has held that status for three decades now.  With all the discussions about the Houston Astros sign stealing during their 2017 World Series Championship season, someone found Rose in Las Vegas where he lives and asked him, which was worse, stealing signs or betting on baseball … his answer, as you might imagine, was self-serving; but it also might be right.

When found by the Associated Press signing autographs as he often does at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Pete Rose was asked which was worse: betting on baseball games or stealing signs while playing in them? “I don’t know … All I know is I’ve been suspended for 30 years now. I don’t know anybody that’s been suspended for 30 years.”

Rose then added another twist to the conversation when he said: “Which one is worse, stealing signs electronically, taking steroids or betting on baseball? All three are bad. But at least what I did never had anything to do with the outcome of the game.”

Two starting pitchers, Alex Wood of the Dodgers and Trevor Bauer of the Reds agree with Rose, with the latter saying on Twitter that if given the choice between throwing to a batter who is knows what’s coming or one who is on steroids, he would choose pitching to the second hitter “All day every day for the rest of time.”

Wood’s teammate in Los Angeles Cody Bellinger tweeted this about the Astros sign stealing scheme, “That completely ruins the integrity of the game!!!

Rose told the AP that he was guess hitter, and never wanted to have anyone tell him what they though was coming on the next pitch because they might be wrong.  MLB’s disgraced all-time hits leader also said that one kind of hitter benefits the most from knowing what pitch is coming.  “It’s a bigger thing for home run hitters,” he said. “I played with a lot of guys who were home run hitters and you tell them what’s coming and they would hit it out of Yellowstone Park.”

This last point is interesting for Rose to make in light of the Jose Altuve “buzzer” issue where he reportedly wore something on his body to help his teammates let him know what was coming next.  Many feeling like Altuve would have never been able to hit an inside slider from the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman without knowing it was coming in advance of his Game Six home run to end the 2019 ALCS.

Sadly, Major League Baseball as plunged head first into a debate over which kind of cheating is worse in advance of their upcoming season.  The debate, like many others of its kind, are up to who you are talking to as well as your own point of view.  Pete Rose committed the cardinal sin of sports by betting on games, and reported even bet on games he was playing or managing in during his career.  For baseball, his punishment will not likely end even posthumously.

How the players across the majors are reacting to this sign stealing issue, it appears to me at least, had this thought process: The Houston Astros did it, they were arrogant about it, they did it too long and they were finally turned in for punishment.  Now those involved are paying the price while others are gloating and realizing what they might have missed out on by others broke the rules to get ahead.

The result this season will be simple to see: Houston Astros batters may not want to dig in too far in the batter’s box; but they should expect some high and tight fastball thrown their way in 2020 as a thank you for all the did to damage the integrity of America’s Pastime.

 

College Coach Just Suspended This Player For The Worst Reason

A University of Minnesota women’s basketball player was suspended by her head coach after displaying bad body language, prompting two of her teammates to sit out a recent road trip the team took for a Big Ten Conference game.  The suspension also caused the team’s leading scorer to announce on social media late last week that she would transfer from the Minnesota program.

Destiny Pitts and her Minnesota teammates played Northwestern on January 9th; and before the team headed to Illinois for a weekend game, Pitts posted on social media: “Last Friday, was informed that I was suspended indefinitely for my ‘body language’ during the Northwestern game. As this was my first discipline situation of my career at Minnesota (or as a basketball player at any level), I was blindsided and shocked by the suspension.”

The suspension handed down by head coach Lindsay Whalen prompted two of Pitts’ teammates, sisters Taiye and Kehinde Bello to not make a road trip with the team the day after it was announced.  Whalen, a former WNBA player with the Minnesota Lynx only explained the suspension by saying that when the standards and expectations of the team “are not met, there are consequences.”

Lindsay Whalen had a remarkable career as a player, winning four titles in the WNBA and two Olympic Gold Medals.  For players as great as Whalen was, the transition to being a head coach can often be difficult since they forget that even the best players don’t always play their best.  They also forget that emotions are a part of every player’s make up, and understanding how to read them, rather than painting everyone with the same brush, is the mark of a good coach of people, not just of athletes and players.

Sounds like the University of Minnesota women’s basketball program is experiencing some growing pains this season, with the head coach at the center of them.  How Lindsay Whalen grows from the experiences of the last two weeks will go a long way to making her a better coach, or see her unable to change her ways, and soon be dismissed from the program she once led as a player.

As for Destiny Pitts, transferring may seem like the only option she has right now; but walking out on a program won’t help her grow as a person since there will often be times in her life where she will need to deal with people she may not want to have dinner with.  Learning the skill to work professionally with those kind of people is going to do more for her in the long-term than avoiding one of those people and missing out on a chance to become a better person away from the court.

Overall the situation at the University of Minnesota is bleak right now off the court; hopefully those still involved in the program find ways to learn from this period of time and those who are choosing to leave figure out that doing so may not have been the best choice.  Otherwise Destiny Pitts and players like her will always take the easy way out rather than learning how to deal with issues and work things out when they encounter people they don’t see eye to eye with.

 

RHS BOWLING TEAMS ADVANCE TO SEMI-STATE

Richmond’s boys & girls bowling teams swept the New Castle regional Saturday at Rose City Bowl.

The girls started the day by qualifying 2nd with a twelve game baker total of 1675.  The step ladder finals saw them defeat top seed Wapahani 336-262 to earn the title.

The boys team qualified 3rd (2080) for the right to take on 2nd seed & Mid Indiana sectional champ Connersville, (2127).  The devils prevailed 354-352 to move on to face top seed & Mid Indiana conference champion Centerville.  The first baker game saw the bulldogs jump out to a 200-172 win.  The 2nd game the devils started strong & never looked back by rolling five strikes in a row winning 221-156 to bring home the hardware.

In singles action, Richmond’s Jordin Rosser qualified 2nd (558) & Ashley Crane 3rd (529).  Crane defeated Taylor Radtke of New Castle 150-143 to take on her teammate.  Crane won the Richmond battle 154-137 before losing the championship match to Peighten Allen of Mississinewa 161-137.

All teams & individuals advance to the Kokomo Semi State Saturday at Heritage Lanes.  Opening ceremonies at 8:45 with singles starting at 9 with team competition begins at 1.

ALSO: Centerville team also advanced to semi state as well as 3 individuals  Dylan Mollo, Hunter Morgan and Patrick Hoch.

 

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1980

WASHINGTON-President Carter proposed today that the Moscow Olympics be moved to another country or postponed or canceled if the Soviet Union failed to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan within a month. Declaring that “it’s very important for the world to realize how serious a threat the Sovietsí invasion of Afghanistan is,” the President said that if the troops were not withdrawn in a month he would ask the United States Olympic Committee to urge the International Olympic Committee to transfer or cancel the Moscow games.

Failing that, the President said he would suggest to the U.S.O.C. that it formally withdraw American athletes from the games. Mr. Carter made his suggestion in a television interview and in a letter to Robert J. Kane, president of the U.S.O.C. Mr. Carter also endorsed the establishment of a permanent site for the quadrennial Games and mentioned Greece as an ideal location for the summer events.

Mr. Carter outlined his views on the Olympics in a letter to Mr. Kane that was released by the White House. He contended in the letter that the boycott was necessary to “make clear to the Soviet Union that it cannot trample upon an independent nation and at the same time do business as usual with the rest of the world.” Moving the Olympics from Moscow, Mr. Carter said, would “reverberate around the globe” and could “deter future aggression.” He said that if the International Olympic Committee rejected the suggestion to move the Games, athletes from the United States should boycott the Moscow competition and stage an alternative set of games elsewhere.

Although Mr. Carter lacks the authority to order a boycott, he told reporters after the broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he believed the United States Olympic Committee would support his proposal if the Soviet troops were not withdrawn.

Lord Killanin, the president of the International Olympic Committee, termed Mr. Carter’s decision hasty and said it would be “legally and technically impossible” to move the Games from Moscow. In Moscow, the newspaper Sovetsky Sport said that the Soviet Union would send its athletes to Lake Placid for the Winter Olympics next month no matter what the United States did about the summer Games in Moscow. The reaction of American athletes to Mr. Carter’s statement was mixed, although support seemed to be growing to stand behind any decision made by the Administration.

On April 12, after American hostages had been taken in Iran, an initially reluctant United States Olympic Committee voted to withdraw the United States team from the Moscow Games. Those Olympics, which opened in July, were not televised in the United States. Although the Soviet Unionís team participated in the February 1980 Winter Games at Lake Placid, N.Y., the U.S.S.R. got a measure of revenge by boycotting the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1871       The Boston Red Stockings are incorporated by Ivers Whitney Adams with $15,000, and the help of Harry Wright, who had founded and managed the Cincinnati Red Stockings, America’s first professional baseball team. The franchise will compile a 225-60 (.789) record and will win four pennants during its five-year existence in the National Association.

1882       Kentucky lawmakers revise the ruling which inadvertently banned playing baseball in the commonwealth. The poorly written legislation would have prevented the Louisville Eclipse from playing their inaugural season in the American Association.

1906       Henry Mathewson signs with the Giants, but the right-hander’s performance will not remind anyone of his more talented older brother, Christy, when the right-hander, in his only start, walks 14 batters to establish a National League record. The 19 year-old will appear in just three major league games over the next two seasons, compiling a 0-1 record along with two saves while posting an ERA of 4.91 during his 11 innings of work in the major leagues.

1931       After being released by the Indians, Joe Sewell, will end his career with the Yankees, hitting .282 during his three-year tenure with New York. The 33 year-old third baseman will be inducted into the Hall of Fame by Veteran’s Committee as Player in 1977.

1947       Negro League standout Josh Gibson, sometimes referred to as the ‘black Babe Ruth,’ suffers a stroke at a movie theater, dying a few hours later at his mother’s house at the age of 35. The future Hall of Fame catcher will be put to rest in an unmarked grave in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, not far from Gus Greenlee, the owner and founder of the Pittsburgh Crawfords.

1966       Ted Williams, who compiled a .344 career batting average playing with the Red Sox for 19 seasons, receives 282 votes of 302 ballots (93.4%) cast by the writers of the BBWAA for induction into the Hall of Fame. The ‘Splendid Splinter’ becomes the first American League position player to be selected in his first year of eligibility.

1984       Mets fans are shocked as the franchise loses future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver for the second time. The White Sox draft the unprotected ‘Tom Terrific,’ who rejoined the team last season after being traded away to Cincinnati in 1977, as compensation for losing Dennis Lamp, a Type A free agent, to the Blue Jays.

1997       Former outfielder Curt Flood, who played most notably with the Cardinals, dies of throat cancer at the age of 59. , After being traded to the Phillies in 1969, the baseball pioneer refused to play for Philadelphia and challenged the owners’ reserve clause, taking the matter as far as the U.S. Supreme Court, where he lost the case but laid the groundwork which would lead to free agency in professional sports.

2001       2001 George W. Bush is sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States. The former Texas Ranger owner, who had a scant 1.8 percent share of the team at the beginning of the venture, and his partners bought the Texas franchise from Eddie Chiles in 1989 for $86 million.

2006       With the encouragement of President George W. Bush, a former major league owner, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control approves baseball’s second application to allow Cuba to play in the World Baseball Classic games in the United States. With the issues of potential espionage by Cuban spies accompanying the team and money going to the Castro government resolved, the Olympic champs will be one of the 16 teams to compete in the WBC.

2006       At the introductory news conference, Bob Castellini, the new Reds’ owner, makes it clear on his first day on the job he plans to be a hands-on CEO. Promising the fans a championship, the Cincinnati produce proprietor plans to work out of the offices at Great American Ball Park on a daily basis until he has a firm understanding of how a baseball front office operates.

2006       “I think it’s the No. 1 accomplishment because you can only become an American citizen once, but you can be a World Series champion a few times.” – OZZIE GUILLEN, White Sox skipper comparing gaining United States citizenship with winning the Fall Classic.

Ozzie Guillen, the first foreign-born manager to win a World Series, spends his 42nd birthday becoming an American citizen. The White Sox skipper’s wife Ibis and their son 19 year old son, Oney, a student at Chicago’s North Park University are also sworn in as citizens of the United States.

2006       Danny Graves, the only major leaguer born in Vietnam, travels to Quang Tri province just south of the DMZ, to dedicate the country’s first baseball field. The removal of seventeen explosive devices between home base and the outfield, using money donated from Major League Baseball and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, helps transform the former soccer field into a diamond for the Le Loi High School.

2009       Jonathan Papelbon, avoiding arbitration, agrees to a one-year contract with the Red Sox. The 28 year-old All-Star closer has compiled a career 1.84 ERA, the second-best in big league history among pitchers with at least 200.0 innings, trailing only Meriden, Connecticut’s Ed Walsh mark of 1.82.

2009       The Dodgers, avoiding arbitration, sign Russell Martin to a one-year deal. The 25 year-old catcher, a two-time All-Star, will make $3.9 million this season after making $500,000 last season.

2009       Adam LaRoche signs a $7.05 million, one-year contract with the payroll-poor Pirates. The 25 year-old first baseman’s deal, which avoids the need for arbitration, will most likely be the second richest in Pittsburgh this season, being slightly less than shortstop Jack Wilson’s $7.25 million.

2009       Avoiding arbitration, Ryan Madson and the Phillies reach a preliminary agreement on a $12 million, three-year contract. The right-handed reliever, who posted a 3.05 ERA in 76 games out of the bullpen last year, finished the season as the setup man for closer Brad Lidge, who was perfect in 48 save opportunities.

2009       The Mariners obtain David Aardsma from the Red Sox in exchange for minor league southpaw Fabian Williamson. Seattle plans to use the 27 year-old right-hander, a first-round draft pick in 2003, out of the bullpen.

2012       The Nationals, avoiding salary arbitration, sign Mike Morse to a reported two-year contract extension. The 29 year-old outfielder/infielder, who had been asking for $5 million, led the team in batting (.303 average), home runs (31), and runs batted in (95) last season.

2014       The Tigers and Justin Upton come to terms on a reported six-year, $132.75 million deal. The addition of the 28 year-old three-time All-Star outfielder, along with the free-agent signing of right-hander Jordan Zimmermann in late November, makes Detroit only the second franchise ever to spend $100 million or more on two free agents in a single offseason.

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 38 6 .864 20-2 18-4 10-0 23-3 9-1 6 W
Miami 29 13 .690 8.0 18-1 11-12 5-2 19-6 5-5 1 L
Toronto 28 14 .667 9.0 15-7 13-7 5-3 19-7 6-4 3 W
Boston 27 14 .659 9.5 16-5 11-9 6-5 19-9 4-6 3 L
Indiana 28 15 .651 9.5 17-5 11-10 4-6 18-11 7-3 5 W
Philadelphia 28 16 .636 10.0 20-2 8-14 8-2 20-9 5-5 3 W
Orlando 20 23 .465 17.5 13-8 7-15 5-2 13-11 6-4 2 L
Brooklyn 18 23 .439 18.5 11-10 7-13 4-5 12-12 2-8 3 L
Detroit 16 27 .372 21.5 8-13 8-14 5-8 12-20 4-6 2 W
10 Chicago 16 28 .364 22.0 9-14 7-14 5-6 12-18 3-7 1 W
11 Charlotte 15 29 .341 23.0 7-13 8-16 1-3 10-16 2-8 6 L
12 Washington 13 28 .317 23.5 8-11 5-17 3-6 8-16 4-6 3 L
13 Cleveland 12 31 .279 25.5 6-14 6-17 3-7 7-23 2-8 4 L
14 New York 11 32 .256 26.5 6-15 5-17 1-9 6-20 2-8 3 L
15 Atlanta 10 33 .233 27.5 5-15 5-18 3-4 5-22 4-6 1 L
Western Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 34 8 .810 16-5 18-3 4-2 23-4 9-1 1 W
LA Clippers 30 13 .698 4.5 19-4 11-9 6-1 18-10 7-3 3 W
Denver 29 13 .690 5.0 17-6 12-7 5-0 17-6 6-4 1 L
Utah 29 13 .690 5.0 16-3 13-10 4-2 16-8 9-1 1 W
Dallas 27 15 .643 7.0 13-10 14-5 7-0 16-8 6-4 4 W
Houston 26 15 .634 7.5 14-6 12-9 4-4 15-11 5-5 3 L
Oklahoma City 24 19 .558 10.5 14-9 10-10 5-4 17-12 6-4 1 W
Memphis 20 22 .476 14.0 12-12 8-10 3-3 14-14 8-2 7 W
San Antonio 18 23 .439 15.5 12-10 6-13 2-5 9-13 5-5 1 W
10 Phoenix 18 24 .429 16.0 9-14 9-10 4-6 9-19 6-4 2 W
11 Portland 18 26 .409 17.0 9-10 9-16 3-6 10-18 4-6 2 L
12 New Orleans 16 27 .372 18.5 8-13 8-14 1-5 11-17 6-4 1 L
13 Minnesota 15 27 .357 19.0 6-14 9-13 2-7 7-19 3-7 5 L
14 Sacramento 15 27 .357 19.0 8-13 7-14 4-4 11-16 3-7 4 L
15 Golden State 10 34 .227 25.0 7-15 3-19 1-6 7-25 1-9 1 W

 

NHL STANDINGS

 

Eastern Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Washington Capitals 49 33 11 5 71 30 177 144 15-5-4 18-6-1 6-4-0
Boston Bruins 50 28 10 12 68 28 166 133 16-2-9 12-8-3 4-3-3
Pittsburgh Penguins 49 31 13 5 67 28 168 133 18-5-3 13-8-2 7-2-1
Tampa Bay Lightning 48 29 15 4 62 27 175 137 15-7-2 14-8-2 8-2-0
New York Islanders 48 28 15 5 61 25 139 130 15-7-3 13-8-2 3-5-2
Florida Panthers 47 26 16 5 57 23 174 156 16-8-2 10-8-3 7-3-0
Columbus Blue Jackets 50 26 16 8 60 26 134 127 15-9-2 11-7-6 8-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes 49 28 18 3 59 25 155 131 16-8-1 12-10-2 5-4-1
Philadelphia Flyers 49 26 17 6 58 21 155 150 16-4-4 10-13-2 4-5-1
10 Toronto Maple Leafs 49 25 17 7 57 24 176 165 12-6-7 13-11-0 4-3-3
11 Buffalo Sabres 49 22 20 7 51 21 145 152 14-6-3 8-14-4 5-5-0
12 Montreal Canadiens 50 22 21 7 51 19 155 157 10-12-4 12-9-3 4-5-1
13 New York Rangers 47 23 20 4 50 23 156 155 13-9-2 10-11-2 5-5-0
14 Ottawa Senators 48 17 23 8 42 17 130 163 12-8-4 5-15-4 1-5-4
15 New Jersey Devils 48 17 24 7 41 15 126 173 7-9-7 10-15-0 4-5-1
16 Detroit Red Wings 49 12 33 4 28 11 104 189 8-16-2 4-17-2 3-6-1
Western Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 49 30 11 8 68 30 158 134 17-4-4 13-7-4 5-3-2
Vancouver Canucks 49 27 18 4 58 24 162 149 16-5-3 11-13-1 7-3-0
Colorado Avalanche 48 27 15 6 60 27 173 140 13-7-4 14-8-2 4-3-3
Dallas Stars 48 27 17 4 58 25 125 120 15-7-2 12-10-2 7-3-0
Edmonton Oilers 49 26 18 5 57 24 155 153 12-8-3 14-10-2 6-3-1
Calgary Flames 50 26 19 5 57 21 135 147 13-7-3 13-12-2 6-4-0
Vegas Golden Knights 51 25 19 7 57 22 159 156 14-10-3 11-9-4 5-4-1
Arizona Coyotes 51 26 20 5 57 21 146 138 12-10-2 14-10-3 5-4-1
Winnipeg Jets 49 25 20 4 54 22 148 152 11-11-2 14-9-2 4-5-1
10 Chicago Blackhawks 50 24 20 6 54 22 152 157 12-11-3 12-9-3 7-3-0
11 Nashville Predators 47 22 18 7 51 21 156 154 11-9-4 11-9-3 4-5-1
12 Minnesota Wild 48 22 20 6 50 21 148 159 13-5-4 9-15-2 4-5-1
13 San Jose Sharks 50 21 25 4 46 19 130 167 13-11-1 8-14-3 4-5-1
14 Anaheim Ducks 48 19 24 5 43 15 122 150 11-9-3 8-15-2 3-6-1
15 Los Angeles Kings 50 18 27 5 41 18 125 158 11-10-1 7-17-4 2-7-1

 

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
15 Michigan State 6-1 .857 5-0 1-1 14-4 .778 9-1 2-1 3-2 2-2
Rutgers 5-2 .714 4-0 1-2 14-4 .778 13-0 1-3 0-1 2-1
24 Illinois 5-2 .714 4-0 1-2 13-5 .722 11-1 2-3 0-1 1-3
Indiana 4-3 .571 3-0 1-3 14-4 .778 11-1 1-3 2-0 2-1
17 Maryland 4-3 .571 4-0 0-3 14-4 .778 11-0 0-4 3-0 1-0
Iowa 4-3 .571 3-0 1-2 13-5 .722 8-1 3-2 2-2 3-2
Wisconsin 4-3 .571 2-1 2-2 11-7 .611 8-1 3-3 0-3 3-2
Minnesota 4-4 .500 4-0 0-4 10-8 .556 9-1 0-6 1-1 2-1
Penn State 3-4 .429 2-1 0-3 13-5 .722 10-1 1-3 2-1 3-1
Purdue 3-4 .429 3-0 0-4 10-8 .556 8-1 1-5 1-2 3-3
19 Michigan 2-4 .333 2-0 0-4 11-6 .647 8-1 0-5 3-0 2-3
21 Ohio State 2-5 .286 2-1 0-4 12-6 .667 10-1 1-4 1-1 3-2
Nebraska 2-5 .286 2-2 0-3 7-11 .389 5-5 0-5 2-1 0-1
Northwestern 1-6 .143 1-2 0-4 6-11 .353 4-5 1-5 1-1 0-2

 

MAC MEN’S STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
East
Akron 4-1 .800 2-1 2-0 14-4 .778 10-1 3-2 1-1 0-1
Bowling Green 4-1 .800 2-1 2-0 13-5 .722 8-1 3-1 2-3 0-1
Kent State 3-2 .600 2-0 1-2 13-5 .722 9-0 3-4 1-1 0-1
Buffalo 3-2 .600 1-1 2-1 12-6 .667 6-3 3-2 3-1 0-0
Ohio 2-3 .400 1-1 1-2 10-8 .556 6-3 3-3 1-2 0-2
Miami (OH) 1-4 .200 1-1 0-3 8-10 .444 6-3 1-5 1-2 0-1
West
Ball State 4-1 .800 3-0 1-1 11-7 .611 6-3 3-2 2-2 0-1
Central Michigan 3-2 .600 2-1 1-1 10-8 .556 9-1 1-7 0-0 0-0
Toledo 2-3 .400 1-1 1-2 10-8 .556 6-2 4-6 0-0 0-0
Western Michigan 2-3 .400 2-1 0-2 9-9 .500 7-2 2-5 0-2 0-1
Northern Illinois 2-3 .400 1-1 1-2 9-9 .500 5-3 4-6 0-0 0-0
Eastern Michigan 0-5 .000 0-3 0-2 10-8 .556 6-3 2-5 2-0 0-1

 

BIG EAST MEN’S STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
18 Seton Hall 6-0 1.000 2-0 4-0 14-4 .778 7-1 5-2 2-1 2-2
14 Villanova 4-1 .800 3-0 1-1 14-3 .824 9-0 2-2 3-1 1-2
Providence 4-2 .667 2-1 2-1 11-8 .579 8-2 2-3 1-3 0-2
Butler 3-2 .600 1-1 2-1 15-3 .833 9-1 3-2 3-0 0-2
25 Creighton 3-3 .500 2-1 1-2 14-5 .737 11-1 2-3 1-1 1-2
Marquette 3-3 .500 2-1 1-2 13-5 .722 9-1 2-3 2-1 1-1
Georgetown 2-4 .333 2-1 0-3 12-7 .632 9-3 2-3 1-1 2-2
DePaul 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 13-5 .722 9-3 4-2 0-0 1-1
Xavier 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 12-6 .667 9-2 1-3 2-1 0-1
St. John’s 1-5 .167 1-2 0-3 12-7 .632 10-3 0-3 2-1 1-2

 

BIG 10 WOMEN’S STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
Northwestern 6-1 .857 3-1 3-0 16-2 .889 9-2 5-0 2-0 2-1
22 Iowa 6-1 .857 3-0 3-1 15-3 .833 9-0 4-2 2-1 2-0
Rutgers 5-1 .833 1-1 4-0 15-2 .882 8-1 5-1 2-0 0-1
15 Indiana 4-2 .667 3-1 1-1 14-4 .778 8-2 4-1 2-1 2-2
20 Maryland 4-2 .667 3-0 1-2 13-4 .765 8-1 3-3 2-0 2-2
Nebraska 4-3 .571 4-0 0-3 14-4 .778 11-1 1-3 2-0 1-1
Ohio State 4-3 .571 3-1 1-2 11-7 .611 5-3 4-3 2-1 3-3
Michigan State 3-3 .500 3-0 0-3 10-7 .588 8-0 1-4 1-3 1-3
Michigan 3-4 .429 2-1 1-3 12-6 .667 8-2 3-3 1-1 0-3
Purdue 3-4 .429 2-2 1-2 12-7 .632 8-2 2-4 2-1 0-3
Minnesota 2-5 .286 0-3 2-2 12-6 .667 7-4 5-2 0-0 1-1
Illinois 1-6 .143 1-2 0-4 10-8 .556 9-3 1-5 0-0 0-1
Wisconsin 1-6 .143 1-3 0-3 9-9 .500 7-3 1-5 1-1 0-2
Penn State 1-6 .143 1-2 0-4 7-11 .389 5-5 1-5 1-1 0-0

 

MAC WOMEN’S STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
East
Buffalo 3-2 .600 2-1 1-1 12-4 .750 7-1 3-3 2-0 0-1
Ohio 3-2 .600 2-1 1-1 10-6 .625 6-1 3-4 1-1 0-1
Kent State 3-2 .600 1-1 2-1 10-6 .625 4-2 4-2 2-2 0-1
Akron 1-4 .200 0-3 1-1 8-8 .500 3-5 3-3 2-0 0-1
Miami (OH) 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 8-9 .471 4-2 3-6 1-1 0-2
Bowling Green 0-5 .000 0-2 0-3 7-10 .412 4-2 2-6 1-2 0-0
West
Central Michigan 5-0 1.000 2-0 3-0 12-4 .750 6-1 6-3 0-0 0-1
Toledo 4-1 .800 3-0 1-1 9-7 .563 5-3 3-3 1-1 0-0
Ball State 3-2 .600 2-0 1-2 11-6 .647 5-1 3-4 3-1 0-0
Western Michigan 3-2 .600 2-1 1-1 10-6 .625 5-2 3-3 2-1 0-1
Eastern Michigan 3-2 .600 2-0 1-2 8-8 .500 5-2 3-6 0-0 0-1
Northern Illinois 1-4 .200 0-2 1-2 5-11 .313 1-5 3-5 1-1 0-0