BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Richmond 56 Muncie Central 53…Cleevas Craig 14pts 9reb, Andrew Kroft 12
Harrison 58 Kokomo 37
Indianapolis Tech 84 Marion 61
Logansport 56 McCutcheon 45
Lafayette Jeff 100 Anderson 78
Knightstown 44 Centerville 20
Lincoln 74 Tri 69…. Cameron Gwin went 4-4 shooting 3’s for 12 points. Michael Dalrymple 25 points also for Lincoln.
Shenandoah 82 Union County 30
Winchester 66 Hagerstown 52
Monroe Central 56 Union City 34
Eastern Hancock 70, Waldron 34
Wapahani 53, Cowan 40
Morristown 54, Rushville 52
Liberty Christian at Seton Catholic PPD
Union Modoc at Trinity Christian PPD
Saturday, Jan. 18
Anderson at Hamilton SE, 7:30 pm
Harrison at West Lafayette, 7:30 pm
Crispus Attucks at Marion, 7:30 pm
Logansport at Cass, 7:30 pm
Central at Connersville, 7:30 pm
Northmont (Ohio) at Richmond, 7:30 pm
Westfield at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 pm
Zionsville at McCutcheon, 7 pm
Irvington Prep at Lincoln, 2:30 pm
Northeastern at Knightstown , 7:30 pm
Winchester at Blackford, 7:30 pm
Blue River at Randolph Southern , 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly at Union (Modoc), 7 pm
Wapahani vs. Delta, 8 pm, @Delta
Franklin County at East Central , 1:30 pm
Muncie Central at Connersville, 7:30 pm
New Castle at Rushville, 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm
South Dearborn at Greensburg , 7:30 pm
Alexandria 71, Elwood 28
Argos 60, Oregon-Davis 39
Avon 74, Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 52
Bedford N. Lawrence 56, Mitchell 55
Bethesda Christian 53, Indiana Math and Science Academy 44
Bloomington North 72, Martinsville 28
Bloomington South 67, Columbus East 53
Boone Grove 52, S. Central (Union Mills) 46
Borden 64, Austin 41
Brownsburg 61, Fishers 45
Calumet 66, Lake Station 64
Cambridge City 74, Tri 69
Cascade 68, Cloverdale 52
Cass 44, Pioneer 40
Chesterton 67, LaPorte 44
Christian Academy 68, Lanesville 60
Clarksville 65, Corydon 58
Clinton Christian 65, Granger Christian 33
Clinton Prairie 35, Carroll (Flora) 26
Columbia City 66, Huntington North 60
Covenant Christian 79, Guerin Catholic 71
Crawford Co. 45, Orleans 43
Danville 69, N. Montgomery 41
Delphi 46, Eastern (Greentown) 44
Dubois 52, Paoli 49
East Noble 61, DeKalb 50
Eastern (Greene) 67, Clay City 49
Eastern Hancock 70, Waldron 34
Edgewood 49, Owen Valley 44
Elkhart Central 63, Bremen 50
Elkhart Memorial 59, Wawasee 51
Frankton 61, Madison-Grant 45
Ft. Wayne Canterbury 67, Lakewood Park 53
Ft. Wayne Concordia 58, Ft. Wayne South 44, OT
Ft. Wayne Dwenger 62, Ft. Wayne Wayne 50
Ft. Wayne Luers 61, Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 50
Ft. Wayne Northrop 89, Ft. Wayne North 52
Ft. Wayne Snider 53, Homestead 52
Hamilton Hts. 69, Lapel 48
Hamilton Southeastern 65, Westfield 47
Hammond 100, Hammond Morton 60
Hammond Noll 51, River Forest 29
Hanover Central 70, Griffith 53
Hauser 78, Columbus Christian 49
Hebron 57, Westville 56
Heritage Hills 77, Pike Central 48
Irvington 64, Traders Point Christian 40
Metro 62, Manual 50
Tech 84, Marion 61
Washington 57, Shortridge 50
Jasper 44, Washington 43
Jeffersonville 49, Floyd Central 46
Jennings Co. 82, Crothersville 47
Knightstown 44, Centerville 20
Kouts 71, Washington Twp. 56
LaVille 61, Knox 46
Harrison 58, Kokomo 37
Lafayette-Jeff 100, Anderson 78
Lake Central 69, Portage 52
Lebanon 58, Tri-West 49
Linton 75, Bloomfield 62
Logansport 56, McCutcheon 45
Loogootee 53, Barr-Reeve 48
Maconaquah 68, Peru 66, 2OT
Merrillville 54, Crown Point 48
Michigan City 64, Valparaiso 57
Milan 75, Rising Sun 53
Mishawaka Marian 58, S. Bend Riley 41
Mississinewa 84, Blackford 62
Monroe Central 56, Union City 34
Mooresville 53, Columbus North 46
Morgan Twp. 63, LaCrosse 51
Morristown 54, Rushville 52
North Daviess 45, Shakamak 33
North Harrison 62, Eastern (Pekin) 30
North Posey 78, Tecumseh 47
North Putnam 53, Greencastle 50
North White 74, Frontier 51
New Albany 57, Madison 53
New Castle 56, Greenfield 51
New Haven 63, Leo 50
New Palestine 76, Pendleton Hts. 61
New Washington 51, Henryville 43
Northfield 71, N. Miami 65
Northridge 70, NorthWood 56
Northview 63, S. Putnam 40
Northwestern 64, Tipton 59
Norwell 61, Bellmont 54
Oak Hill 69, Eastbrook 24
Palestine-Hutsonville, Ill. 55, Vincennes Rivet 50
Parke Heritage 68, Covington 62
Plainfield 66, Monrovia 63
Plymouth 52, Concord 44
Princeton 60, Gibson Southern 49
Providence 51, Rock Creek Academy 46
Providence Cristo Rey 55, Triton Central 52
Richmond 56, Muncie Central 53
Riverton Parke 59, Attica 38
Rossville 71, Tri-Central 53
South Central (Elizabeth) 60, Cannelton 34
South Decatur 78, North Decatur 75
South Spencer 61, Forest Park 58, OT
Scottsburg 47, Salem 42
Shenandoah 82, Union Co. 30
Shoals 60, N. Knox 42
Silver Creek 81, Brownstown 57
Southwestern (Hanover) 77, Switzerland Co. 45
Southwestern (Shelby) 49, Brown Co. 35
Southwood 63, Whitko 60
Sullivan 50, W. Vigo 37
Taylor 80, Clinton Central 73
Terre Haute North 67, Terre Haute South 55
Tippecanoe Valley 60, Rochester 54
Trinity Lutheran 70, Madison Shawe 55
Triton 65, Culver 28
Twin Lakes 70, Kankakee Valley 67
University 67, Muncie Burris 30
Victory Christian Academy 90, Hammond Clark 52
Vincennes 46, Mt. Vernon (Posey) 45
West Central 65, Tri-County 28
West Washington 40, Springs Valley 37
Wabash 46, Manchester 40
Warsaw 49, Goshen 39
Western Boone 65, Frankfort 62
Winamac 53, N. Judson 50
Winchester 66, Hagerstown 52
Wood Memorial 61, Washington Catholic 22
Zionsville 60, Noblesville 49
Allen County Conference Tournament
Adams Central 49, Southern Wells 42
Woodlan 59, S. Adams 54
Indiana Deaf 68, New York School for the Deaf, N.Y. 46
Delaware County Tournament
Delta 67, Yorktown 39
Wapahani 53, Cowan 40
Johnson County Tournament
Center Grove 55, Indian Creek 44
Greenwood Christian 35, Greenwood 32
Marion County Tournament
Lawrence Central 70, Pike 55
Lawrence North 73, Ben Davis 60
Northeast Corner Conference Tournament
Central Noble 63, Churubusco 57
Prairie Hts. 47, Westview 46, OT
Southern Indiana Conference Tournament
Castle 62, Evansville North 52
Evansville Memorial 63, Evansville Central 59
Evansville Bosse 93, Evansville Reitz 73
Evansville Harrison 72, Evansville Mater Dei 68
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
Benton Central vs. Lafayette Catholic, ppd.
Bethany Christian vs. Ft. Wayne Smith Academy, ppd. to Jan 25th.
Bloomington Lighthouse vs. Medora, ppd.
Eminence vs. North Vermillion, ppd.
Faith Christian vs. South Newton, ppd.
Fountain Central vs. North Newton, ppd. to Jan 27th.
Martinsville, Ill. vs. North Central (Farmersburg), ppd.
Seeger vs. Southmont, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Seton Catholic vs. Liberty Christian, ppd.
Trinity Christian vs. Union (Modoc), ppd.
West Lafayette vs. Rensselaer, ppd.
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Guerin Catholic 53, Lafayette Jeff 42
Columbus North 42, Lawrenceburg 26
East Central 61, Batesville 40
Franklin County 43, Connersville 36
Saturday, Jan. 18
Anderson at Lafayette Jeff , noon
Kokomo at Tech, 7:30 pm
Marion at Logansport , 1:30 pm
McCutcheon at Central, 1:30 pm
Richmond at Harrison, 2:30 pm
Franklin County at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Knightstown, 6 pm
Union County at Union City, 7:30 pm
Blue River at Randolph Southern , 6 pm
Purdue Poly at Union, 5:30 pm
Waldron at Eastern Hancock, noon
Yorktown vs. Wapahani, 6 pm, Delta
Batesville at South Dearborn , 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Rising Sun, 7:30 pm
Pendleton Heights at Rushville, 1:30 pm
STATE GIRLS SCOREBOARD
Alexandria 62, Elwood 50
Attica 50, Riverton Parke 37
Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 64, Ft. Wayne Luers 56
Cascade 57, Cloverdale 42
Charlestown 41, Providence 36
Chesterton 46, LaPorte 45
Clinton Central 48, Taylor 45
Clinton Prairie 54, Carroll (Flora) 34
Columbus North 42, Lawrenceburg 26
Danville 72, N. Montgomery 24
East Central 61, Batesville 40
Eastern (Greentown) 59, Delphi 37
Edgewood 55, Owen Valley 48
Elkhart Christian 58, Bremen 39
Fishers 52, Brownsburg 43
Franklin Central 47, Avon 40
Franklin Co. 43, Connersville 36
Dwenger 60, Ft. Wayne Wayne 42
Northrop 70, Ft. Wayne North 18
South 48, Ft. Wayne Concordia 45
Greenfield 50, New Castle 32
Greenwood Christian 35, Greenwood 32
Guerin Catholic 53, Lafayette Jeff 42
Hamilton Southeastern 42, Westfield 35
Homestead 78, Ft. Wayne Snider 15
Manual 37, Christel House Academy 22
Jac-Cen-Del 51, Southwestern (Shelby) 42
Jennings Co. 75, Crothersville 40
Knox 60, LaVille 17
Lowell 52, Hobart 46
Maconaquah 56, Peru 44
Merrillville 57, Mishawaka 10
Mississinewa 45, Blackford 34
Morgan Twp. 53, LaCrosse 32
North Miami 46, Northfield 45
North Putnam 50, Greencastle 35
New Palestine 55, Pendleton Hts. 53, OT
Noblesville 58, Zionsville 48
Penn 62, Glenn 27
South Bend St. Joseph’s 73, South Bend Clay 29
South Bend Washington 60, South Bend Adams 38
South Putnam 66, Northview 46
Sullivan 52, West Vigo 37
Tri-Central 41, Rossville 34
Tri-West 58, Lebanon 48
Trinity Lutheran 54, Brown Co. 47
Triton 34, Culver 31
Valparaiso 58, Michigan City 47
Western Boone 49, Frankfort 25
Allen County Conference Tournament
Adams Central 69, Southern Wells 24
Woodlan 50, Bluffton 24
Indiana Deaf 68, Austin TSD, Texas 46
Northeast Corner Conference Tournament
Angola 47, Central Noble 45
Fairfield 35, Fremont 22
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
Bloomington Lighthouse vs. Medora, ppd.
Fountain Central vs. N. Newton, ppd. to Jan 27th.
Martinsville, Ill. vs. N. Central (Farmersburg), ppd.
Seeger vs. Southmont, ppd. to Jan 29th.
West Lafayette vs. Rensselaer, ppd.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#13 Dayton 78 St. Louis 76 OT
#15 Michigan State 67 Wisconsin 55
Iowa 90 #19 Michigan 83
Iona 64 Fairfield 57
Canisius 73 Siena 63
Niagara 70 Rider 68
Wofford 66 Furman 52
Yale 70 Brown 56
California Baptist 96 Bethesda 62
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE
Saturday, Jan. 18
UMBC at New Hampshire | 11:30 a.m. | ESPN+
No. 2 Baylor at Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 21 Ohio State at Penn State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
UConn at No. 14 Villanova | 12 p.m. | FS1
UIC at IUPUI | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
North Carolina at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ESPN
No. 18 Seton Hall at St. John’s | 12 p.m. | FOX
Syracuse at Virginia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
La Salle at Rhode Island | 12:30 p.m. | NBCSN
No. 5 Butler at DePaul | 1 p.m.
No. 9 Florida State at Miami | 1 p.m. | ACC Network
South Carolina at Texas A&M | 1 p.m. | SEC Network
Miami (Ohio) at Ball State | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
The Citadel at VMI | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Detroit Mercy at Green Bay | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 4 Auburn at Florida | 1:30 p.m. | CBS
No. 6 Kansas at Texas | 2 p.m. | ESPN
Purdue at No. 17 Maryland | 2 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 12 West Virginia at Kansas State | 2 p.m. | ESPNU
Buffalo at Central Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Missouri State at Evansville | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Toledo at Akron | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Dartmouth at Harvard | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Saint Joseph’s at Penn | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Longwood at Campbell | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Charleston Southern at High Point | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Hampton at UNC Asheville | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Hartford at Vermont | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
St. Bonaventure at VCU | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
TCU at Oklahoma | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Marquette at Georgetown | 2 p.m. | FS1
Tulsa at Tulane | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Clemson at N.C. State | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
No. 20 Colorado at Arizona | 2:30 p.m.
Richmond at George Mason | 2:30 p.m. | NBCSN
Georgia State at Troy | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
UT Arlington at UL Monroe | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
North Dakota at North Dakota State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Mercer at Samford | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Rice at Southern Miss | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Missouri at Alabama | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 8 Oregon at Washington | 3:45 p.m. | CBS
No. 10 Kentucky at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | ESPN
Iowa State at No. 23 Texas Tech | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Houston at No. 16 Wichita State | 4 p.m. | ESPN2
Oregon State at Washington State | 4 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Radford at Presbyterian | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Kent State at Western Michigan | 4 p.m. | ESPN3
Northern Illinois at Bowling Green | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Kennesaw State at NJIT | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia Southern at South Alabama | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
UTEP at UTSA | 4 p.m. | ESPN3
UAB at Florida Atlantic | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Saint Mary’s at Pepperdine | 4 p.m. | CBSSN
Central Arkansas at Nicholls | 4 p.m. | ESPN3
Tennessee Tech at Eastern Illinois | 4:15 p.m. | ESPN+
Jacksonville State at SIU-Edwardsville | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Little Rock at Appalachian State | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Saint Peter’s at Quinnipiac | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Florida Gulf Coast at North Alabama | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
South Carolina Upstate at Gardner-Webb | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Providence at No. 25 Creighton | 4:30 p.m. | FS1
George Washington at UMass | 4:30 p.m. | NBCSN
Morehead State at Belmont | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Northwestern at No. 24 Illinois | 5 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Austin Peay at UT Martin | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
North Texas at Louisiana Tech | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Charlotte at Western Kentucky | 5 p.m. | ESPN3
Murray State at SE Missouri State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Incarnate Word at Stephen F. Austin | 5:30 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 11 Louisville at No. 3 Duke | 6 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico at UNLV | 6 p.m. | CBSSN
UC Davis at CSU Northridge | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Northern Iowa at Bradley | 6 p.m. | ESPN2
Tennessee at Vanderbilt | 6 p.m. | SEC Network
Stetson at Jacksonville | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
South Florida at UCF | 6 p.m. | ESPNU
Stanford at Southern California | 6:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Youngstown State at Wright State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Old Dominion at Marshall | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Chattanooga at UNC Greensboro | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Oakland at Milwaukee | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Middle Tennessee at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
East Tennessee State at Western Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Lipscomb at Liberty | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Indiana at Nebraska | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Cornell at Columbia | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Cleveland State at Northern Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Manhattan | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Albany at Stony Brook | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at No. 7 San Diego State | 8 p.m. | CBSSN
Virginia at Georgia Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
SE Louisiana at Abilene Christian | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
LSU at Ole Miss | 8 p.m. | ESPN2
Temple at SMU | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
Indiana State at Valparaiso | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Texas State at Louisiana | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia at Mississippi State | 8:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Utah at Arizona State | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
BYU at No. 1 Gonzaga | 10 p.m. | ESPN2
Utah State at Boise State | 10 p.m. | ESPNU
Sunday, Jan. 19
Davidson at Fordham | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Minnesota at Rutgers | 1 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Siena at Niagara | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Binghamton at Maine | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Iona at Marist | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Rider at Canisius | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Drake at Southern Illinois | 4 p.m. | ESPN3
Loyola Chicago at Illinois State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
South Dakota State at South Dakota | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
East Carolina at Cincinnati | 6 p.m. | ESPNU
Boston College at Wake Forest | 6 p.m. | ACC Network
California at UCLA | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
USC 70 #7 UCLA 68 2OT
#8 Oregon 81 California 44
#14 Depaul 91 Xavier 68
#18 Arizona State 67 Washington 50
Southern Illinois 70 #19 Missouri State 68
#21 Arizona 74 Washington State 67
Seton Hall 82 Creighton 70
St. John 64 Providence 58
Milwaukee 71 Illinois Chicago 55
William & Mary 66 Hofstra 53
Bradley 60 Loyola Chicago 47
Yale 79 Brown 72
VCU 53 Richmond 50
Northern Iowa 76 Evansville 60
Butler 61 Marquette 55
Towson 79 Charleston 62
James Madison 66 North Carolina Wilmington 58
Drake 105 Indiana State 65
Northeastern 68 Elon 65 OT
Illinois State 72 Valparaiso 60
Wright State 63 Northern Kentucky 55
IUPUI 54 Green Bay 42
Utah 84 Colorado 69
Indiana 116 Minnesota 114…. Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon just wanted one more chance to make things right. When the opportunity came, Brogdon delivered. He drove toward the basket, flicked the ball on the run and made a tiebreaking 16-footer with 18 seconds left to give the Pacers a 116-114 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Philadelphia 100 Chicago 89…Furkan Korkmaz asked the Philadelphia 76ers 14 months ago to trade him somewhere he could play amid frequent shuttles back and forth to the club’s G-League team in Delaware. On Friday night, he was a lifeline for a team that may have found an answer to its desperate need for outside shooting. Korkmaz had six 3-pointers and a career-high 24 points, and the 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 100-89 Friday night.
Toronto 140 Washington 111…Feeling fresh after a lengthy injury layoff, Marc Gasol helped the Toronto Raptors pile up the points Friday night. Gasol scored a season-high 20 and matched his career high with six 3-pointers, Norman Powell added 28 and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 140-111, matching the franchise record for points in a game. The Raptors also scored 140 points in a double-overtime win at Washington on Jan. 13, 2019. This was the most points they’ve ever scored in regulation. Gasol shot 6 for 7 from 3-point range as the Raptors set a franchise record by making 22 treys. It was the third time Gasol has made six 3-pointers in a game. Powell added four from long range.
Miami 115 Oklahoma City 108….Kendrick Nunn continues to make good things happen for the Miami Heat. The rookie guard scored 22 points to help the Heat top the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-108 on Friday night. Nunn, the two-time Eastern Conference rookie of the month, was coming off a 33-point effort Wednesday in a win over San Antonio. Against the Thunder, he made 9 of 17 shots, including 3 of 5 3-pointers.
Memphis 113 Cleveland 109….The Memphis Grizzlies kept the NBA’s longest winning streak alive with a fourth-quarter burst and defensive stops in the final seconds. Dillon Brooks scored 26 points, Ja Morant added 16 points and eight assists and the Grizzlies survived a late rally by Cleveland to defeat the Cavaliers 113-109 on Friday night for their seventh straight win.
Atlanta 121 San Antonio 120….Vince Carter knows how difficult it is to win in San Antonio because he has experienced it for 22 seasons. Competing against the championship pedigree of the franchise, trying to tune out the frenzy of the sellout crowds at the AT&T Center and struggling to overcome the defensive pressure created by San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. It’s a good thing for Carter that his young teammates on the Atlanta Hawks weren’t thinking about that pressure. Trae Young scored 31 points and Atlanta rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final quarter to stun the Spurs 121-120 on Friday night and snap a 21-game losing streak in San Antonio.
Dallas 120 Portland 112….Luka Doncic’s pursuit of Jason Kidd’s triple-double record in Dallas will have to wait. This night was about the 20-year-old sensation’s 3-point shooting. Doncic drained a career-best eight 3s on his way to 35 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 29 and the Mavericks beat Portland 120-112 on Friday night to avoid getting swept at home by the Trail Blazers. Doncic had eight rebounds and seven assists in the young Slovenian’s first chance to tie Kidd’s Dallas career record of 21 triple-doubles. As long as the next one comes before Feb. 28, Doncic will have at least three times as many triple-doubles before age 21 as the next person on the list – Magic Johnson with seven.
NBA TV SCHEDULE
LA Clippers @ New Orleans 3:30 pm ABC
Milwaukee @ Brooklyn 6:00 pm NBA TV
Phoenix @ Boston 7:00 pm NBCS-BOS
Detroit @ Atlanta 7:30 pm FS-SE
Philadelphia @ New York 7:30 pm MSG
Cleveland @ Chicago 8:00 pm FS-OH
Toronto @ Minnesota 8:00 pm FS-N+
Orlando @ Golden State 8:30 pm NBCS-BA
LA Lakers @ Houston 8:30 pm ABC
Portland @ Oklahoma City 9:00 pm NBCS-NW
Sacramento @ Utah 9:00 pm NBCS-CA
Sun Jan 19, 2020
Miami @ San Antonio 3:00 pm SUN
Indiana @ Denver 8:00 pm ALT
Pittsburgh 2 Detroit 1….Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin needed only 21 seconds to take advantage of an overtime penalty. Crosby scored a power-play goal 1:33 into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 Friday night. Crosby scored by redirecting a slap pass from Malkin past goalie Jimmy Howard. Pittsburgh was on the power play after Detroit’s Luke Glendening took Jared McCann down away from the play and was called for interference.
Anaheim 2 Carolina 1…. The Anaheim Ducks don’t have another game for nine days. After a 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night, Ducks coach Dallas Eakins would like to change the schedule. “I wish we were playing the day after tomorrow,” Eakins said. “I don’t quite understand this break but it’s (throughout) the league and we’ll try the best we can to just keep rolling with this when we do come out of it.” Sam Steel scored on a breakaway 1:36 into overtime, Erik Gudbranson also had a goal and Ryan Miller stopped 25 shots for Anaheim, which is off until Jan. 27.
Tampa Bay 7 Winnipeg 1….Anthony Cirelli had shaving cream on his ear, hair and T-shirt. He didn’t mind a bit. The foam was part of the celebration his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates gave him Friday night after he scored his first career hat trick in a 7-1 rout over the Winnipeg Jets. “Yeah they were pretty excited,” Cirelli said. “I can’t really hear right now because it’s still in my ear, but I like to have some fun with it and it feels good.” Nikita Kucherov also scored twice, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves for his 10th straight victory, matching the longest winning streak of his career. He had 10 consecutive wins from Feb. 9 to March 5, 2019.
New Jersey (37%) @ Columbus (63%) 7:00PM
St. Louis (44%) @ Colorado (56%) 3:00PM
Florida (66%) @ Detroit (34%) 7:00PM
Arizona (48%) @ Edmonton (52%) 3:00PM
Dallas (50%) @ Minnesota (50%) 9:00PM
Vegas (46%) @ Montreal (54%) 7:00PM
Buffalo (45%) @ Nashville (55%) 8:00PM
Washington (49%) @ NY Islanders (51%)1:00PM
Calgary (51%) @ Ottawa (49%) 4:00PM
Los Angeles (38%) @ Philadelphia (62%)7:00PM
Chicago (41%) @ Toronto (59%) 7:00PM
San Jose (37%) @ Vancouver (63%) 10:00PM
January 19, 2020
NY Islanders (44%) @ Carolina (56%) 5:00PM
Winnipeg (47%) @ Chicago (53%) 7:00PM
Columbus (45%) @ NY Rangers (55%) 7:00PM
Boston (46%) @ Pittsburgh (54%) 12:30PM
* Estimated win probability in parentheses.
All game times Eastern
PURDUE // Purdue Faces No. 17 Maryland in Another Big Road Challenge
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue (10-7, 3-3) looks for a significant road win Saturday as the Boilermakers visit No. 17-ranked Maryland (13-4, 3-3) in College Park. Jason Benetti and Dan Dakich will handle the broadcast on ESPN2, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. On the radio, Rob Blackman and Larry Clisby will have the call courtside on the Purdue Radio Network and TuneIn.com, beginning with the Purdue Basketball Pregame Show at 1 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available on PurdueSports.com.
- Purdue owns a 5-3 series lead in a rivalry that dates all the way back to 2015. The two teams never met before the Terrapins joined the Big Ten before the 2014-15 season.
- Purdue is looking for its first Big Ten road win of the season, having already fallen to Nebraska, Illinois and Michigan.
- Maryland enters the contest unbeaten at the XFinity Center with a 10-0 record. In fact, Purdue’s next two road games come against teams with a combined home record of 22-0 (Rutgers on Jan. 28).
- Purdue’s sophomore class has started to emerge as offensive leaders. The class is averaging 42.3 points per game over the last four games, accounting for 62.8 percent of Purdue’s scoring during that span.
- Purdue has now scored 70-plus points in four of the last five games. In the season’s first 12 games, it reached 70 points just three times.
- Purdue has held five opponents to 49 or fewer points this year, the third-highest total in the country (Liberty, Virginia – 9).
- Purdue is 8-0 this year when holding foes to 59 or fewer points. The Boilermakers are 2-6 when allowing 60-plus.
- Purdue is 9-0 this year and 29-1 since the start of last year when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent. The lone loss came to Virginia in last year’s Elite Eight.
INSIDE THE SERIES • One of the more-competitive series in the Big Ten Conference, Purdue leads the all-time series by a 5-3 margin. Saturday’s game marks the only meeting between the two teams this year. • Purdue leads the series by a 5-3 margin, but has been outscored all-time by the Terrapins by a combined 14 points. • Six of the eight all-time meetings have been decided by single-digits, including all five of Purdue’s victories in the series. • Before Maryland joined the Big Ten, Purdue and Maryland had never faced each other.
A BOILERMAKER WIN OVER MARYLAND WOULD… … improve Purdue to 11-7 on the season. … improve Purdue to 4-3 in Big Ten Conference play this season. … be Purdue’s first road win over a ranked team since Feb. 2017. … improve Purdue to 4-2 against a nationally-ranked teams. … be Purdue’s first road win this year against a Big Ten opponent.
WINS ON THE ROAD • Purdue is looking for its first win against a ranked opponent on the road since a 73-72 win over No. 17 Maryland on Feb. 4, 2017.
#TRENDING • Matt Painter will coach his 500th game at Purdue on Jan. 24, 2020, vs. Wisconsin. • Purdue is 154-16 under Matt Painter when shooting 48.0 percent or better from the field. • Purdue is 33-5 since the start of the 2017-18 season when making 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. • Purdue is 29-1 since the start of last year when shooting a higher percentage from the field than its opponent. The lone loss was to Virginia in the 2019 Elite Eight. • Purdue is 26-4 when Matt Haarms scores in double figures. • Purdue is 109-10 since the start of the 2014-15 season when attempting more free throws than its opponent, including 24-3 since the start last season. • Purdue is 121-12 under Painter when scoring at least 80 points, including 35-2 since the start of 2017-18. • Purdue is 152-5 when holding foes to 59 or fewer points during the Matt Painter era.
BIG TEN STREAKING • With the win over Michigan State, Purdue has now won 15 straight Big Ten home games, the second-longest streak in Mackey Arena history. Purdue has as many 25-point wins (3) as games decided by single-digits (3) during the current streak.
INDIANA MBB: IU Heads to Nebraska on Saturday
Indiana University is in its 120th season of competition in men’s basketball and will conclude a two-game road trip Saturday at Nebraska. The Hoosiers are coming off a 59-50 loss at Rutgers, while the Huskers fell 80-68 at Ohio State. IU won the first matchup with Nebraska in Bloomington, 96-90 in overtime on December 13. According to ESPN’s BPI, the Hoosiers are projected to have the 2nd toughest strength of schedule in the country for the remainder of the season.
Saturday, Jan. 18 • 7 p.m. ET
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,500) • Lincoln, Neb.
TV: BTN (Drew Carter and Stephen Bardo) | Watch Online
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn
Series History: Indiana leads, 13-7
Last Meeting: at IU 96, NEB 90 (OT) – 12/13/19
Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his third season of guiding the Cream and Crimson. He is 187-98 in eight-plus years as a head coach, which includes six years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014. He is 48-35 at IU. Fred Hoiberg is in his first year at Nebraska after coaching the Chicago Bulls. In five seasons as the head coach at Iowa State, he was 115-56.
NEWS & NOTES
Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging a team-best 14.0 points and 7.9 rebounds. Among freshmen nationally, he is 2nd in field goal percentage (62.2%) and blocked shots (35), 4th in free throws made (70), 5th in free throws attempted (100) and 8th in rebounds (134). He is 9th in the Big Ten in rebounding, 4th in field goal percentage and 5th in blocked shots. He has scored 20 points or more 5 times this season, including a 25-point-15 board effort earlier this season against Nebraska.
Junior Justin Smith led the Hoosiers with 15 points against Rutgers and added 7 boards. He is averaging 12.0 points and is 3rd in the B1G in steals (1.4). He was named IU’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Month in January. He is in the Kelley School of Business studying Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation. He had 16 against the Huskers in the earlier meeting. Redshirt junior forward Joey Brunk is averaging 10.1 rebounds in his last 6 games. He had his first IU double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, the 5th time in 6 games he has hauled in double digit rebounds.
Sophomore Rob Phinisee made his first start of the season and responded with 13 points and 4 steals versus the Buckeyes. He hit 3 3FG in the first half. He had 16 points and 4 assists against Nebraska. Junior Aljami Durham is averaging 10.7 points and leads the team with 45 assists. He had 14 against the Huskers earlier this year. Senior Devonte Green led the Hoosiers with 19 points and 5 rebounds against OSU and is averaging 11.6 points.
ODDS AND TRENDS
IU leads the nation in free throws attempted at 26.4 per game and is second in free throws made per game at (18.1). IU has had 10 players score in double figures at least once in a game this season. IU outrebounded Nebraska, 54-31 in the first matchup. IU is 9th in the country in rebound margin at +8.6.
Butler MBB Returns to the Road for Saturday Contest at DePaul
Saturday, Jan. 18; 1PM ET
Wintrust Arena; Chicago, Ill.
TV: FSN regional networks – @WayneRandazzo & Dickey Simpkins (@ds8bballn)
RADIO: 93.5/107.5/1070 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
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The Bulldogs look to rebound from their first loss in over a month when they travel to Chicago Saturday afternoon for a match-up with DePaul.
Butler, ranked No. 5 in both of this week’s national polls and No. 2 in the NCAA NET rankings, is 15-2 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play following a Wednesday loss to No. 18 Seton Hall. DePaul is 12-5 (0-4 BIG EAST).
THE SERIES: Butler Leads, 12-6
Streak: Butler, W11
In Chicago: Butler Leads, 7-3
First Meeting: Butler, 39-29; 1939 (Chicago)
Last Meeting: Butler, 91-78; 2/16/19 (Indianapolis)
- Butler has out-rebounded 14 of its 17 opponents this season after out-rebounding only 10 of 33 in 2018-19.
- Through Wednesday’s games, Butler and West Virginia are the only teams nationally with nine NET Quad 1 and Quad 2 victories.
- Despite surrendering a season-high 78 points to Seton Hall Wednesday, Butler remains fourth nationally, allowing opponents only an average of 55.8 points per game.
- Jordan Tucker recorded his first career double-double (14 points and 10 rebounds) in Wednesday’s game with Seton Hall.
- Wednesday’s loss to No. 18 Seton Hall broke Butler’s six-game winning streak that dated to a Dec. 10 loss at (then) No. 11 Baylor.
- Kamar Baldwin is averaging 18.8 points per game in BIG EAST play, which trails only Myles Powell and Marcus Howard.
- Butler’s No. 5 ranking is the highest AP poll ranking and the highest in-season coaches poll ranking in program history.
- Starting with Saturday’s game at DePaul, three of Butler’s next four games are away from Hinkle Fieldhouse.
- Butler has limited its four BIG EAST opponents to 23-percent three-point shooting; on the season, Butler’s 3FG percentage defense is sixth nationally (.264).
- Butler is committing only 11.4 turnovers per game, which is 27th nationally.
- Butler’s opponents have hit only 37.1 percent of their shots, the 12th-best defensive effort in the nation.
- Butler is 11-1 vs. DePaul since joining the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season; that includes 11 straight wins.
- Baldwin is averaging 18.0 points per game and shooting 50.0 percent from 3FG in road and neutral games.
- Butler is averaging a +11.7 rebounding margin in its four BIG EAST games.
- Seton Hall became only the fifth of Butler’s 17 opponents to reach 60 points.
- Tucker (59 percent) leads the BIG EAST in three-point percentage during conference play.
LAST TIME OUT: No. 18 Seton Hall made a series of key plays down the stretch to post a 78-70, come-from-behind win over fifth-ranked Butler Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Myles Powell led the Pirates with 29 points. With the win, Seton Hall remains perfect in BIG EAST play at 5-0.
A Powell jumper with 8:16 remaining in the contest gave the Pirates a 58-57 advantage, its first lead in exactly 20 minutes. Seton Hall closed the game by scoring 12 of the final 15 points.
The key play down the stretch was a Jared Rhoden three-pointer with 42 seconds remaining as he got loose on an in-bounds play with just two seconds on the shot clock. That stretched the Seton Hall lead to 73-68.
Butler shot only 30 percent in the second half (including 1-of-11 from three-point range) to finish at 42 percent for the game.
LOCKING DOWN: Butler utilized its trademark suffocating defense to post a 70-58 road win at Providence Jan. 10. The Bulldogs forced misses on the Friars’ first 13 attempts from the field and held Providence to 32-percent shooting. Butler never trailed in the game.
Kamar Baldwin and Jordan Tucker led the Bulldogs with 17 points apiece. Butler had a 44-26 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs only missed 20 shots (shooting 56 percent – 25-45), and grabbed offensive rebounds on 10 of those misses.
ONE YEAR AGO: Butler swept the season series with DePaul a year ago. The match-up at Wintrust Arena was an 87-69 win Jan. 16, 2019. Kamar Baldwin went 8-of-11 from the field and posted the first double-double of his career with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Jordan Tucker and Sean McDermott combined for nine three-pointers. Butler shot 58 percent in the contest.
ON THE DEFENSIVE:
- Only five Butler opponents have scored 60 or more points; Butler has also limited four opponents to 50 or fewer points.
- Only five of Butler’s opponents have registered more assists than turnovers (Stanford, Ole Miss, Florida, St. John’s, Seton Hall).
- Only two of Butler’s opponents have shot better than 44 percent from the field (Missouri, Stanford).
BALL STATE MBB: Cardinals Carrying MAC’s Most Efficient Defense into Saturday Matchup with Miami
Ball State (10-7, 3-1 MAC) vs. Miami (8-9, 1-3 MAC)
Saturday, Jan. 18 (1 p.m. ET)
Muncie, Ind. (Worthen Arena)
Watch: ESPN+ | Listen: 96.7/104.9
Advanced statistics are playing an ever-important role in how college basketball teams are evaluated. James Whitford pays close attention to the numbers, and the number crunching is saying this is the best defensive team Whitford has had in his seven years in Muncie.
The Cardinals (10-7, 3-1 MAC) are having their best defensive season across the board since Whitford has been at the helm. Ball State is allowing 61.6 points per game, 10 fewer points per game than last year and the lowest mark of Whitford’s BSU tenure. But that doesn’t tell the entire story, as the Cardinals are improved across all defensive efficiency numbers.
According to notable basketball website KenPom.com, this year’s squad is 57th in the country (first among MAC teams) in defensive efficiency, which measures defensive performance per 100 possessions. That strong ranking, simply, means Ball State is hard to score against. The Cardinals limit their opponents’ efficiency while also keeping the number of attempts to a minimum.
“That’s the ultimate rating. It encompasses everything all together,” Whitford said of the defensive efficiency rating. “The other thing we’re pretty good at is we don’t give up a lot of 3-point attempts. Our 2-point defense is good, but if you hold a team to 32 percent on 3’s and most of their shots are from there, that’s a problem. We don’t give up a ton of 3-point attempts, and metrics tell you the thing you have the greatest control over is how many 3-pointers your opponent takes.”
For reference, Ball State has attempted 469 shots from beyond the arc this season. The Cardinals’ opponents? Only 312.
Whitford points to his veteran leaders as to why the Cardinals are playing the type of defense that has helped the team win four of their last five games.
“We have older guys who are really bought in,” the head coach said. “Every one of our older guys is really committed on the defensive end. Our guys take pride in their defense, and it carries over from the top down to the younger guys. We don’t take possessions off on that end of the floor.”
Last year, K.J. Walton gave the Cardinals a lockdown defender against opposing point guards. The athletic senior from Indianapolis has missed a significant portion of the year due to injury, but at full strength, he’ll be able to take the Cardinals to an even higher level defensively.
“K.J.’s our best on-ball defender,” senior Kyle Mallers said. “Having him do what he did last year – guarding the other team’s best player – we can get even better defensively than we were earlier in the year.”
“We have some gifted defenders,” Whitford said. “Tahjai and K.J. are exceptional defenders, and Tahjai could be defensive player of the year in our conference. Kyle is a good defender physically, he’s tough as nails, and he takes pride in it.”
Mallers, who could be characterized as a wing and ‘stretch 4′ who guards multiple positions and makes his mark on the perimeter, says that versatility is a key factor in the Cardinals’ success.
“We’re pretty quick and everyone can guard different positions,” Mallers said. “Our bigs can guard smaller guys, and our guards have done a good job defending ball screens. I just think we have versatility on defense.”
Of course, guarding your man is just the first part. An important part of defense is finishing the possession with a stop. And the Cardinals have been rebounding the ball with the grit and toughness Cardinals fans love to see.
“Defensive rebounding is a huge part of defense. We’re rebounding better defensively this year,” Whitford said. “It’s a collective mindset from our older players. We may make some mistakes, but it’s never from a lack of effort.”
OHIO STATE HITS THE ROAD TO FACE PENN STATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Opponent: Penn State (12-5, 2-4 B1G)
Site: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)
Time: Noon ET
Television: ESPNU | WatchESPN
Talent: Mike Couzens (Play-By-Play)
Sean Farnham (Expert Analysis)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (67 stations)
Listen Free: Ohio State Buckeyes App | OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1 AM-1460
Satellite Radio: Sirius (84) / XM (84)
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play) Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)
- The Buckeyes are 1,158-417 all-time when playing in the state of Ohio (.735) … against Ohio teams, Ohio State is 237-79 (.749) all-time, regardless of location. The Buckeyes faced a pair of intrastate foes this season. Ohio State defeated Cincinnati Nov. 6 at Value City Arena (64-56) and then Kent State Nov. 25 at St. John Arena (W, 72-51). Ohio State is 179-30 vs. Ohio teams in Columbus (.856). In the state of Pennsylvania, Ohio State owns a record of 25-22 (.532). The Buckeyes last won in Pennsylvania Feb. 28, 2017, a 71-70 victory over Penn State.
- Three current Buckeyes were named Mr. Basketball in their respective states. Junior Kaleb Wesson was named Ohio Mr. Basketball as a senior at Westerville South High School … freshman D.J. Carton was named Mr. Basketball in Iowa in 2019 as a senior at Bettendorf High School and freshman E.J. Liddell was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in both 2018 and 2019 after leading Belleville High School to back-to-back state titles.
- Andre and Kaleb Wesson are one of 16 sets of brothers playing in NCAA Division I this season and one of two sets in the Big Ten (Iowa, McCaffery) also have siblings on the roster.
- Ohio State has 59 players all-time with 1,000 or more career points, the ninth-most nationally and the most of any Big Ten school (research credit: Duke). Kaleb Wesson is the most recent Buckeye to reach the milestone with 1,051 career points over his career. He became the 37th Ohio State player all-time to reach 500 rebounds with nine vs. West Virginia Dec. 29. His 22 points vs. Wisconsin Jan. 3 put him over the 1,000-point mark.
- Ohio State will play before at least five sold out crowds at Value City Arena in 2020. The Wisconsin (19,049), Indiana (Feb. 1), Purdue (Feb. 15), Maryland (Feb. 23) and Michigan (March 1) games are sellouts. There is limited availability for Minnesota (Jan. 23), Rutgers (Feb. 12) and Illinois (March 5).
Off the Bench
- Ohio State is 61-19 all-time when games are sold out at Value City Arena. Ohio State is 53-16 in sold out games against the Big Ten, including a 20-11 record against ranked conference opponents. The last sellout at VCA was vs. Wisconsin Jan. 3, 2020 (L, 61-57).
- Ohio State is 1,700-1,098 all-time after a 12-5 start this season.
- In the first NCAA NET rankings of the year, released Dec. 16, Ohio State was rated the No. 1 team nationally after its 9-1 start. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 1 in the first NET rankings a year ago as well. This year (as of 1/15), Ohio State is 2-5 in Quad 1 games with a total of 12 Quad 1 (8) and Quad 2 (4) games remaining on the schedule.
- When the then-No. 5 Buckeyes tipped vs. the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats Dec. 21 in Las Vegas, the Wesson family reached 300 games played as Buckeyes. Keith Wesson, who lettered for Ohio State from 1983-87, played in 115 games. Senior Andre Wesson has appeared in 113 games while junior Kaleb Wesson has taken the court as a Buckeye 82 times. In 310 games played, the Wessons have scored 2,003 points for an average of 6.5 a game.
- In three seasons as Ohio State head coach, Chris Holtmann teams have made 10 or more 3s 21 times (15-6 rcd.). Ohio State made 10+ from distance five times in 2017-18 and posted a 4-1 record in those games. The Buckeyes were 5-5 in 2018-19 and are 6-0 this year when make 10+ 3-pointers.
- The Buckeyes have made 30 or more field goals seven times this year (7-0) after doing so three times a season ago (3-0). Chris Holtmann Ohio State teams have scored 30 or more FGs in 22 games during his tenure (21-1) after doing so 12 times in his first year (12-1). Ohio State has won its last nine games when reaching at least 30 FGs made.
Kaleb Wesson Welcomed to Exclusive Club
Ohio State junior Kaleb Wesson has entered both the 1,000 career point and 500 career rebound club with 1,051 points and 547 boards. Wesson became the 29th Buckeye all-time with both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.
The Ohio State vs. Penn State Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Nittany Lions 36-17. Ohio State owns a 19-5 record in Columbus and is 13-9 in State College. The teams have played on a neutral court seven times with the Buckeyes winning four. Andre Wesson has faced the Nittany Lions five times over his career, most of any Buckeye. He averages 8.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in the series. Younger brother Kaleb Wesson averages 11.2 points and 4.6 boards. Luther Muhammad contributes 17 points and 3.5 rebounds. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 19-7 vs. the Nittany Lions.
Scouting Penn State
The Nittany Lions enter the game with the Buckeyes with a 12-5 record and a 2-4 slate in Big Ten Conference play. League wins have come at home vs. Maryland and vs. Iowa on a neutral court at the Palestra in Philadelphia. Minnesota, Ohio State and Rutgers won home games vs. the Nittany Lions and Wisconsin won in State College. Penn State is led by senior Lamar Stevens with 16.1 points per game. He is followed by sophomore Myreon Jones (13.9 ppg.), junior Izaiah Brockington (10.5 ppg.) and senior Mike Watkins (10.2 ppg.). Watkins is the team leader on the boards with 8.3 a game.
Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 828-734 against current league members. Chris Holtmann faced six league opponents during his six years as a head coach prior to taking over for the Buckeyes in 2017-18. He entered his first year of Big Ten competition with a 4-5 record vs. conference foes. He is 30-28 vs. conference opponents in nine years as a head coach.
Indiana WBB: Brenna Wise Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
VERLAND PARK, Kan. – Indiana Women’s Basketball senior forward Brenna Wise has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, announced on Friday afternoon.
An 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.
The Pittsburgh, Pa. native is a two-year team captain and has started every game for Indiana in that time span as she is averaging 9.6 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game this season. In her career, Wise has scored over 1,300 career points and 750 rebounds and was a 2018-19 All-Big Ten second team selection. A double major in marketing and professional sales in IU’s Kelley School of Business, Wise excels in the classroom with a 3.89 GPA and has been named an Academic All-Big Ten selection and a 2019 CoSIDA Academic All District.
In her community, Wise was award the 2019 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and is a member of the executive board for Indiana’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She volunteered her time with countless organizations including Hoosiers Helping Hoosiers, Emerging Leaders, Hoosier HEROES, Hoosier Readers, IU Best Buddies, Camp Riley, Hoosier Outrun Cancer, Candy Stripe Crew event for disabled and handicapped adult and children, Slam Dunk for Literacy, Habitat for Humanity.
Sixty NCAA® men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates today for the 2019-20 Senior CLASS Award®. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
The men’s and women’s candidates will be narrowed to two fields of 10 finalists in February, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four C’s of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and NCAA Women’s Final Four® this spring. For more information on each of the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CANDIDATES:
|Laura Bagwell-Katalinich||Cornell University||Hannah Hedstrom||Lehigh University|
|Chelsea Brackmann||Bradley||Taylor Herd||Quinnipiac University|
|Camryn Buhr||Lehigh University||Sabrina Ionescu||Oregon|
|Kelly Campbell||DePaul||Stella Johnson||Rider University|
|Kaila Charles||University of Maryland||Stephanie Karcz||Loyola University Maryland|
|Rachael Childress||UAB||Ayana Mitchell||LSU|
|Lauren Cox||Baylor||Beatrice Mompremier||University of Miami|
|Crystal Dangerfield||UConn||Erica Ogwumike||Rice|
|Ciara Duffy||University of South Dakota||Mikayla Pivec||Oregon State|
|Nneka Ezeigbo||Robert Morris University||Shadeen Samuels||Seton Hall University|
|Alana Gilmer||Marist College||Jayla Scaife||Dayton|
|Bailey Greenberg||Drexel University||Chante Stonewall||DePaul|
|Rebekah Hand||Marist College||Sug Sutton||University of Texas|
|Ellie Harmeyer||Belmont||Peyton Williams||Kansas State|
|Ruthy Hebard||Oregon||Brenna Wise||Indiana University|
AP source: Giants hiring Garrett as offensive coordinator
Jason Garrett is headed to the other side of the Giants-Cowboys rivalry.
A person with direct knowledge of the decision says New York is hiring the former Dallas coach to be the Giants offensive coordinator.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because the team did not immediately announce the move.
ESPN first reported the hiring of Garrett by the Giants to join new coach Joe Judge’s staff.
Garrett was told Jan. 5 he was not being brought back by the Cowboys after coaching the team for the previous 9 1/2 seasons. He took over in Dallas as the interim coach when Wade Phillips was fired halfway through the 2010 season and went 87-70, including the playoffs.
The 53-year-old Garrett had the club’s second-longest tenure behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Tom Landry.
Dallas finished 8-8 for the fourth time under Garrett this season. The Cowboys opened 3-0 before dropping eight of 12 and losing control of their playoff fate. Dallas missed the playoffs six times in Garrett’s nine full seasons.
His contract was expiring with the Cowboys, who instead turned to Mike McCarthy as coach.
Garrett wasn’t out of a job for long as Judge made his highest-profile hiring since joining the Giants on Jan. 8. Garrett gives Judge, a first-time NFL head coach, a veteran assistant on his staff.
The Cowboys had the league’s top-ranked offense this season, averaging 431.5 yards per game with quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott leading the way.
With the Giants, Garrett will be tasked with helping develop quarterback Daniel Jones, who showed lots of promise in his rookie season after taking over from Eli Manning as the starter. Jones threw for 3,027 yards and a franchise rookie record 24 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in 13 games, including 12 starts.
Garrett also inherits running back Saquon Barkley, who dealt with a high ankle sprain early in the season but came on strong at the end and finished with 1,003 yards rushing – reaching the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight year to begin his career – and six touchdowns. He also had 52 receptions for 438 yards and two TDs.
Two-time ACC player of the year Etienne returning to Clemson
Two-time Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Travis Etienne is returning to Clemson for his senior season.
Etienne, the 5-foot-10, 210-pound junior running back from Jennings, Louisiana, announced his decision on social media Friday.
Etienne’s teammate, cornerback A.J. Terrell, said he was giving up his final year in college to enter the NFL draft.
Etienne became Clemson’s all-time rushing leader Monday night when he surpassed the old mark after gaining 78 yards in his team’s 42-25 loss to LSU for the national championship.
Etienne said his coaches, teammates and fans have helped him become a stronger man and football player these past three years. While he’s dreamed of playing in the NFL, “I’m not done dreaming here at Clemson either” before saying he would be back.
Etienne was projected as a second-round selection if he chosen to turn pro.
He gained 1,614 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. He holds the ACC career mark with 56 rushing TDs this year.
Etienne followed the path of his former teammates in defensive line All-Americans Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins who came back for their senior years after losing in the College Football Playoff semifinals following the 2017 season.
The two became first-round NFL picks after helping Clemson win the national championship last season.
Terrell is a 6-1, 190-pound cornerback from Atlanta who had 34 tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups this season. He has been projected as a late first-round or second-round NFL draft pick.
Berry back to interview with Browns about GM opening
Andrew Berry may still have his parking spot with the Browns.
After spending three seasons in Cleveland’s front office, Berry, who is currently the Eagles’ vice president of football operations, interviewed Friday to be the Browns’ new general manager. Berry was with the team from 2016-18, when the Browns won just eight games and had an 0-16 season.
But Berry was well-liked and admired by Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, who are looking for another top football executive to help oversee their franchise after John Dorsey’s exit last month.
In addition to meeting with Berry, the Browns have a scheduled an interview with Monti Ossenfort, New England’s director of college scouting They are also expected to speak with Vikings assistant GM George Paton.
Ossenfort has been in New England since 2003, winning five Super Bowls with the Patriots. Paton worked in Minnesota with new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, who is highly involved in the Browns’ search as the Haslams are trying to minimize any conflicts by having their coach and GM aligned from the outset.
Berry joined the Browns in 2016 after spending seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He started in the NFL as a scouting assistant, but worked his way up the ladder and was Indy’s pro scouting director before being hired as Cleveland’s vice president of player personnel.
During his stint in Cleveland, Berry worked alongside Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta, who appears to wield more influence than ever in the organization.
Stefanski is in the process of filling out his staff The first-time coach said it’s imperative for the Browns to be united as they try to pick up the pieces from a underachieving season.
“We know this, if we are plowing in the same direction, we got a chance,” he said. “As we sit down and start bringing in some candidates and interviewing general manager candidates – it sounds simple, but let’s all be on the same page. Let’s all know that this thing is about a shared vision. It is not about what Kevin Stefanski wants for the Cleveland Browns.
“We have a vision of what this is going to look like moving forward and it is a collective vision.”
Georgia’s Smart hires Todd Monken as offensive coordinator
Todd Monken, the former offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is Kirby Smart’s choice to lead Georgia’s offense.
Monken, 53, was named on Friday to replace James Coley as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator. Coley will remain on staff as assistant head coach.
The change came after a talented offense, led by quarterback Jake Fromm, running back D’Andre Swift and a deep offensive line, finished only fifth in the Southeastern Conference with 30.79 points per game. Georgia ranked only 72nd in the nation in passing.
Georgia (12-2) missed the college football playoff after it was overwhelmed by eventual national champion LSU 37-10 in the SEC championship game. The Bulldogs finished with a 26-14 win over Baylor in the Sugar Bowl.
Monken was Cleveland’s offensive coordinator in 2019, though former coach Freddie Kitchens called the plays. Kitchens was fired after one season and Monken was not retained by new coach Kevin Stefanski.
“We are excited to add Todd to our staff,” Smart said in a statement released by Georgia. “He has a history of establishing explosive offenses at each and every stop in his impressive career in both the National Football League and at major college football programs.”
Monken compiled a 13-25 record from 2013-15 as the Southern Miss coach before returning to the NFL for three seasons with Tampa Bay. He also has worked as an offensive assistant at Oklahoma State, LSU and Louisiana Tech, among other schools and was wide receivers coach with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
Monken faces a rebuilding job at Georgia. Fromm, Swift and three offensive linemen are leaving early to enter the NFL draft. Another lineman, Cade Mays, is transferring to Tennessee.
The competition to replace Fromm will include Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman.
Monken is the second addition to Smart’s staff. Former Mississippi coach Matt Luke is the new offensive line coach, replacing new Arkansas coach Sam Pittman.
Brogdon’s tiebreaking basket sends Pacers past Timberwolves
Malcolm Brogdon made a tiebreaking 16-footer with 18 seconds left and T.J. Warren scored 28 points night to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-114.
Indiana has won four straight including two in the past three days against the Timberwolves, earning their first season sweep in the series since 2015-16.
Two-time All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points in 28 minutes after missing the previous 15 games with a sprained left knee. Andrew Wiggins added 22 points but missed two chances in the final minute to give Minnesota the lead. Shabazz Napier also came up short on a 3-pointer with 8 seconds to go as the Timberwolves lost their fourth in a row.
But the Timberwolves sure made Indiana sweat it out.
After Napier tied the score at 88 with a long 2-pointer with 4:37 left in the third quarter, the Pacers closed the period on an 11-5 run and outscored Minnesota 8-3 early in the fourth to take a 107-96 lead with 8:12 left.
Again, Minnesota fought back, finally tying the score at 114 on two free throws from Towns with 1:48 to go. But the Wolves never scored again.
The referees ruled Towns stepped out of bounds as his potential go-ahead 3 went through the net with 1:16 left. Wiggins then missed a layup on a fast break and later turned the ball over when he was ruled out of bounds with 31 seconds to go.
That gave Brogdon a chance to break the tie.
And Napier hit nothing but air on another 3 on Minnesota’s final shot of the game.
Brooks has 26 points as Grizzlies defeat Cavaliers 113-109
The Memphis Grizzlies kept the NBA’s longest winning streak alive with a fourth-quarter burst and defensive stops in the final seconds.
Dillon Brooks scored 26 points, Ja Morant added 16 points and eight assists and the Grizzlies survived a late rally by Cleveland to defeat the Cavaliers 113-109 on Friday night for their seventh straight win.
The Grizzlies failed to score in the final two minutes, allowing Cleveland to chop away at a 12-point lead. But after a trio of free throws by Kevin Love cut Memphis’ advantage to 113-109 with 52.3 seconds left, the Cavaliers could get no closer as Love missed a pair of 3-point attempts in the final 11 seconds.
“We got defensive stops and we rebounded,” Brooks said of overcoming the late scoring drought. “They kept looking for Kevin Love to get that 3, and we were being patient enough, switching and getting him to take tough shots.”
Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 28 points and six assists, while Love added 19 points, missing all six of his 3-point shots as the Cavaliers lost their third straight and eighth in their last 10.
“They got on us, and we really fought back,” Cleveland coach John Beilein said. “We really had chances. A couple of more baskets going down the stretch, and we could have won the game.”
Cleveland trailed by as many as 21 early in the fourth, but had a couple of runs that brought the Cavaliers within single digits. An 8-1 Memphis rally extended the Grizzlies lead to 111-99 with three minutes left.
Cleveland would close the game by outscoring the Grizzlies 10-2, but it wasn’t enough to overtake Memphis.
“I don’t think we played our best and they took advantage of it,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “These are situations we’ve faced a number of times during the season where you’ve got a lead and maybe a play here or there could have just flipped the game. But our guys stuck with it, despite having a mostly off night.”
NBA pushes back plans for April vote on schedule changes
The NBA no longer expects the league’s board of governors to vote in April on whether to make significant changes to the league’s schedule in time for the 75th anniversary season in 2021-22.
The changes remain a real possibility. The new twist, as detailed in a memo the NBA sent to teams Friday, is that much of the feedback the league received on the ideas for change suggested that more time is necessary to implement them correctly.
In the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, the league told its teams that it is “now working to develop a more comprehensive proposal and plan.” The board will be updated at the April meeting and more talks are expected then, but barring a major change no vote will occur.
The league sent a detailed plan to teams last month, suggesting changes such as a 78-game regular season, an in-season tournament for all teams and a reseeding of the playoffs when the field is cut to the final four clubs.
The reseeding after two rounds of the playoffs was already a hot-button issue around the league, since it raised the potential for daunting travel for teams and essentially would eliminate the tradition of conference finals.
But the in-season tournament also prompted scheduling concerns. The league’s proposal that was sent to teams last month mapped out a scenario where the tournament would begin with group stage games on Nov. 24, 2021. Group play would run through Dec. 11, with quarterfinals on Dec. 13 and 14, semifinals on Dec. 16 and a championship game on Dec. 18.
That comes close to Christmas, one of the biggest days on the NBA calendar. In the latest memo, the NBA hinted that feedback suggested that schedule wouldn’t be optimal – saying the tournament would need to be “carefully timed to ensure appropriate protection” for such events as Christmas Day games.
“These potential changes should be considered on a more comprehensive, multiseason basis, providing sufficient lead time for optimal planning and monetization,” the league said in Friday’s memo to teams.
The plan, until now, was for the board to vote on whether to make the changes for 2021-22, with an option of extending them into the 2022-23 season.
Commissioner Adam Silver has talked for years about an in-season tournament, something that is customary in European soccer. Silver brought it up publicly shortly after taking over as commissioner in 2014, saying then that the NBA was “looking at other opportunities in the league to create excitement.” He has discussed it often since.
The NBA also has commissioned studies of how fans feel about the potential changes. Among the findings were that 60% want a shorter regular season, 68% are interested in an in-season tournament and 75% are interested in a play-in tournament to decide the final spots in the 16-team playoff field.
Astros owner Crane expects to hire new manager by Feb. 3
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane expects to hire a new manager by Feb. 3.
The Astros need a new manager and general manager after AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday, hours after both were suspended by Major League Baseball for a year for the team’s sign-stealing scandal.
Crane said Friday that he’s interviewed a number of candidates this week and has some more to talk to in the coming days.
Crane refused to answer directly when asked if former Astros player and Hall of Famer Craig Biggio was a possibility for the job. But he did say that he had spoken to Biggio, fellow Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell and former Astros star Lance Berkman in the days since the firings.
“We’ve talked to all of our Killer B’s,” Crane said referring to the nickname the three shared while playing for the Astros. “They’ve contacted me and they’ve all expressed that they would like to help. Berkman, Bagwell, Biggio have all called and said: ‘hey, if there’s anything I can do, I’m here for you.'”
“So we’ll continue to visit with those guys and see if there’s something there.”
Crane says his list is still rather extensive and that he hopes to have it narrowed down by the end of next week. He added that he expects most of Hinch’s staff to stay in place regardless of who is hired.
Crane has enlisted the help of three or four employees to help him with the interview process, including some in Houston’s baseball operations department.
“We compare notes,” he said. “I’ve learned a long time ago that you learn a lot if four or five people talk to a key candidate and you get a lot more information. So that’s what we’re doing.”
Crane’ top priority is finding a manager with spring training less than a month away, but he said he would start focusing on the search for a general manager after he hires a manager. He expects to hire a GM before the end of spring training.
“We should have another good season with the team pretty much intact … so I don’t know why a manager wouldn’t want to come in and manage these guys,” he said. “They’re set to win again.”
Jack McDowell outs Tony La Russa, says White Sox had illegal system
Stealing signs has been a part of baseball culture basically since the sport was invented, but the Houston Astros have been eviscerated for it after they were caught using cameras and electronic devices to assist in decoding signals. As one former Cy Young Award winner reminds us, that is really nothing new, either.
Former MLB pitcher Jack McDowell, who won a Cy Young and made three All-Star appearances with the Chicago White Sox from 1987-1994, told WFNZ’s “The Mac Attack Show” this week that the White Sox used a system in the late-1980s that was not all that different from the one Major League Baseball determined the Astros had in place back in 2017. According to McDowell, former White Sox manager Tony La Russa implemented a system at the old Comiskey Park that involved a camera being fixated on the opposing catcher and a light on a sign in the outfield that could be turned on and off by a toggle switch in the manager’s office.
“We had a system in the old Comiskey Park in the late 1980s – the Gatorade sign out in center had a light, there was a toggle switch in the manager’s office and camera zoomed in on the catcher,” McDowell recalled. “I’m gonna whistle blow this now because I’m getting tired of this crap. There was that, Tony La Russa is the one who put it in.”
McDowell also pointed out that La Russa was the manager of the Oakland A’s when Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco were using steroids, but La Russa is still part of the league as an adviser to the Los Angeles Angels.
“No one is going to go after that,” McDowell said. “It’s just, this stuff is getting old where they target certain guys and let other people off the hook.”
La Russa managed in Chicago from 1979-1986, so he was gone by the time McDowell got there. However, the implication from McDowell is that La Russa implemented the system and it was still being used even after the Hall of Famer was gone.
No one is claiming sign-stealing is a new phenomenon. If you do a few minutes of research on it, you’ll learn that there have been allegations of teams using electronic methods to steal signs as far back as 1900(!). One incident that comes to mind that sounds similar to what McDowell described was when former White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle accused the Texas Rangers in 2005 of using a high-tech light system in center field to tip off their hitters.
Even if you look beyond stealing signs, La Russa once accused an opposing team of tinkering with their lights to distract hitters.
This is precisely why MLB wanted to keep all of this quiet, but a bombshell report from The Athletic that outed the Astros forced the league to conduct an investigation. The Astros may have used a video feed and potentially some other shocking strategies to steal signs, but they are not the first organization to do so. That doesn’t mean they should be let off the hook, though it does speak to a culture of cheating across baseball that is more prevalent than some want to acknowledge.
Former Walmart exec, Royals owner David Glass dies at 84
Former Walmart Inc. chief executive David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for nearly two decades before selling the franchise last fall, died last week of complications from pneumonia. He was 84.
The Glass family said the businessman died Jan. 9. He had been dealing with health issues for some time.
Glass began negotiations early last year to sell the Royals, who reached the World Series twice under his ownership and won the title in 2015. The deal valued at about $1 billion with a group led by Kansas City businessman John Sherman was completed Nov. 26 after Major League Baseball owners voted unanimously to approve it.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of David’s passing,” Sherman said in a statement. “His voice among other owners was so respected. He served on and led several Major League Baseball committees to better our game. His passion for baseball and love for Kansas City was the driving force in bringing success on the field for this franchise.
“Personally, I will be forever indebted to David for reaching out to offer the generational opportunity to be part of this proud and storied franchise,” Sherman added. “On behalf of the entire ownership group, I want to express deepest gratitude to the heart of a man who carefully placed a treasure in the hands of Kansas Citians. We pledge to carry it forward with his passionate commitment and selfless spirit.”
Glass was born in Mountain, View, Missouri, and joined the U.S. Army after he was graduated from high school. He earned a degree from Missouri State before beginning his business career at Crank Drug Company in 1960.
Glass left the company in 1968 and worked for two other companies until 1976, when Walmart founder Sam Walter recruited him to be his company’s chief financial officer. Glass continued to take on a bigger role with the company until 1988, when he was named president and CEO of the retail giant. Over the ensuing 12 years, he led the company through a period of dramatic growth and expansions internationally and into new retail formats.
‘”‘When we lost my dad, David provided a steady, visionary hand the company needed to lead it forward. He did so with a deep sense of humility while maintaining the values and principles dad founded the company on,” former Walmart chairman Rob Walton said. “More than anyone beyond Sam Walton, David Glass is responsible for making Walmart the company it is today. On behalf of the entire Walton family, I want to express our appreciation for David as a leader and as a friend. He will be deeply missed.”
NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW: Green Bay Packers (NFC North – 14-3) at San Francisco 49ers (NFC West 14-3)
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME // SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 2020 // 6:40 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE:JOHN HUSSEY
SERIES HISTORY: LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 36-31-1 STREAKS: Packers have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 11/24/19: Packers 8 at 49ers 37 LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/24/19
PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY: LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 4-3 STREAKS: 49ers have won past 2 LAST GAME: 1/5/14: 49ers 23 at Packers 20 LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/12/13: 49ers 45, Packers 31
GREEN BAY NOTES:
PACKERS advanced to 1st NFC Championship Game since 2016. Aims for 1st Super Bowl appearance since 2010 (Super Bowl XLV). Won NFC North for 1st time since 2016 & won 13 games, most in single season since 2011 (15 wins). • MATT LAFLEUR is 1st rookie head coach to reach Conference Championship since JIM HARBAUGH (2011). Tied for 3rdmost wins (14), incl. postseason, by rookie head coach in league annals. • QB AARON RODGERS led Packers to SB XLV in 2010. • GREEN BAY had 2 players selected to 2020 Pro Bowl: T DAVID BAKHTIARI & QB AARON RODGERS. • PACKERS won 6 road games in 2019, most since 2011 (7).
QB AARON RODGERS passed for 243 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 113.7 rating last week. Ranks 4th in postseason history in rating (100 – min. 10 games) & 5th in TD passes (38). Aims for his 7th in row in playoffs with 2+ TD passes. Has 3 TDs vs. INT for 94 rating in 2 career postseason games vs. SF. • RB AARON JONES had 2 rush TDs in postseason debut last week vs. Sea. Has 21 scrimmage TDs (18 rush, 3 rec.), incl. postseason, 2nd-most in single season in franchise history. Was 1 of 3 RBs (DERRICK HENRY & CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 6 games of 2+ TDs in 2019. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 8 catches for 160 yards & 2 TDs last week vs. Sea. Has 6 rec. TDs in 7 career postseason games & aims for his 3rd playoff game in row with TD catch. Leads NFL with 40 rec. TDs since 2016. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 103 rec. yards & 2 TDs in only career postseason game at SF (1/14/12 NFC Divisional round w/ NO). • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had 2 sacks vs. Seattle in NFC-D. Had career-high 13.5 sacks in 2019, most by GB player since CLAY MATTHEWS (13.5 in 2010). LB PRESTON SMITH had 2 sacks last week. Has 3 sacks in 2 career postseason games & aims for his 3rd playoff game in row with sack. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ had team-high 10 tackles vs. Seattle in NFC-D, his 9th game with 10+ tackles in 2019, incl. postseason, tied most in NFL. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 9 tackles & PD in postseason debut last week.
SAN FRANCISCO NOTES:
SAN FRANCISCO advanced to 1st NFC Conference Championship since 2013. Aims for 1st Super Bowl appearance since 2012 (Super Bowl XLVII). Won NFC West for 1st time since 2012 & won 13+ games for 1st time since 2011. • KYLE SHANAHAN could join GEORGE SEIFERT & HOFer BILL WALSH as only head coaches to reach Super Bowl in 1st postseason appearance in franchise history. • 49ERS had 6 team sacks vs. Min in NFC Divisional round, tied 2nd-most in postseason game in franchise history. • SAN FRANCISCO had 4 players selected to 2020 Pro Bowl: DL NICK BOSA, FB KYLE JUSZCZYK, TE GEORGE KITTLE & CB RICHARD SHERMAN.
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 253 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 145.8 rating in Week 12 meeting. Had 3,978 pass yards in 2019, most by SF QB since JEFF GARCIA (4,278 in 2000). Joined HOFers JOE MONTANA & STEVE YOUNG as only SF QBs with 100+ rating in single season since 1950. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN had 105 rush yards & 2 rush TDs last week & aims for his 3rd postseaon game in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in his only postseason game vs. GB (1/22/17 with Atl.). RB RAHEEM MOSTERT had rush TD in Week 12 meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home, incl. postseason. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for 129 yards & TD in Week 12 matchup. Has 2,945 career rec. yards & surpassed HOFer MIKE DITKA (2,774) for most rec. yards by TE in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. WR DEEBO SAMUEL ranked 4th among rookies in catches (57) & rec. yards (802). Had 3 games with 100+ rec. yards, most by rookie in SF history. Had TD catch in last meeting. • DL NICK BOSA (rookie) had 6 tackles, 2 sacks & PD in postseason debut last week. Had sack & FR in Week 12 meeting. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had sack vs. Min. in NFC-D. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. DL DEFOREST BUCKNER had sack last week. LB FRED WARNER had team-high 11 tackles, sack & FF in last meeting. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 3rdcareer postseason INT last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (6:40 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Chris Myers (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner, Ross Tucker (field reporter) SIRIUS: 82 (GB), 83 (SF) | XM: 226 (GB), 225 (SF)
- This will be the eighth postseason meeting between the Packers and 49ers, tied for second most between any two teams behind the Cowboys and Rams (nine). The most recent playoff meeting was the 2013 Wild Card, when Phil Dawson’s field goal as time expired gave San Francisco a 23-20 road win.
- Green Bay’s 28-23 win over Seattle last week was the Packers’ 35th postseason win, tying the Cowboys for third most all-time behind the Patriots (37) and Steelers (36). It was just the second time Green Bay has won a playoff game despite not recording a takeaway, along with the 1994 Wild Card vs. Detroit.
- The 49ers cruised past the Vikings last week, 27-10, allowing just 147 yards and seven first downs, both franchise playoff bests. San Francisco is looking to win two home games in a postseason for the fifth time — the other four were all Super Bowl-winning seasons for the Niners (1981, 1984, 1989, 1994).
- Aaron Rodgers completed just 16 passes last week against Seattle, his fewest in a postseason start, but he averaged 15.2 yards per completion, his career high for a postseason start. Rodgers is 0-2 in his playoff career against the 49ers — the only Packer QB to lose three postseason starts against a single opponent was Brett Favre, who lost to the Cowboys in three straight postseasons from 1993-95.
- Jimmy Garoppolo had a season-low 131 passing yards in the win over Minnesota, the fewest by a 49ers starting QB in a playoff win all-time. In Week 12, Garoppolo faced the Packers for the first time and had a 145.8 passer rating, his career high for any start.
- Davante Adams set a franchise playoff record with 160 receiving yards in last week’s win over Seattle. In two career games against the 49ers, Adams has 17 catches for 175 yards and three touchdowns, and he scored all eight points for Green Bay in the 37-8 loss to San Francisco in Week 12.
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW: Tennessee Titans (AFC South – 11-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West – 13-4)
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME // SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 2020 // 3:05 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
SERIES HISTORY: LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 29-24 STREAKS: Titans have won past 3 LAST GAME: 11/10/19: Chiefs 32 at Titans 35 LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/6/18: Titans 22, Chiefs 21
PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY: LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 2-1 STREAKS: Chiefs have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 1/6/18: Titans 22 at Chiefs 21 LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/6/18
TENNESSE GAME NOTES:
TITANS appears in 1st Conference Championship since 2002. Aims for 1st Super Bowl appearance since 1999 (Super Bowl XXXIV). • MIKE VRABEL is 1st Ten. head coach to win 1st 2 career postseason games since JEFF FISHER (1999). • TENNESSEE had 2 players named to 2020 Pro Bowl: RB DERRICK HENRY & P BRETT KERN. • TITANS ranked 4th in AFC with 25.1 points per game, team’s 2nd-highest mark in franchise history (27.2 points per game in 2003). • TENNESSEE averaged 138.9 rush yards per game, 3rd-most in NFL & most by Ten. in single season since 2009 (162 rush yards per game). • QB RYAN TANNEHILL had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 109.5 rating last week & improved to 2-0 in postseason career as starter. Passed for 2,742 yards with 22 TDs vs. 6 INTs in 12 regular-season games in 2019 & set career highs in comp. pct. (70.3) & league-high rating (117.5), 4th-highest rating in single season among qualified passers in NFL history. Passed for 181 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.9 rating in Week 10 meeting. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 195 yards & passed for TD last week, becoming 1st player since 1950 with 180+ rush yards in 3 consec. games. Has 561 rush yards in 4 career postseason games, most in SB era by player in 1st 4 postseason games. Led NFL with career-high 1,540 rush yards in 2019 & tied for league lead with career-high 16 rush TDs. Rushed for 188 yards & 2 TDs in Week 10 meeting. Has 402 rush yards (134 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. KC, incl. playoffs. • WR A.J. BROWN led all rookies with 1,051 rec. yards & tied for lead with 8 TD catches in 2019. WR COREY DAVIS had TD catch last week & has 3 rec. TDs in 4 career postseason games. WR KALIF RAYMOND & TE JONNU SMITH each had 1st-career postseason rec. TDs last week. • CB LOGAN RYAN led team with 13 tackles & had PD last week. S KEVIN BYARD had 11 tackles & INT in Divisional round. S KENNY VACCARO had 1st-career postseason INT last week. DT JURRELL CASEY had 2 sacks & FF in Divisional round.
KANSAS CITY GAME NOTES:
CHIEFS won AFC West for 4th consecutive season, longest streak in franchise history. Appears in consecutive Conference Championships for 1st time in franchise history. Aims for 1st Super Bowl appearance since 1969 (Super Bowl IV). • ANDY REID has led KC to 77 wins since becoming HC in 2013, 2nd-most over past 7 seasons (New England – 86). Aims for 2nd Super Bowl appearance as head coach (2004 with Phi.). • KANSAS CITY had 6 players named to 2020 Pro Bowl: DE FRANK CLARK, RS MECOLE HARDMAN, WR TYREEK HILL, DT CHRIS JONES, TE TRAVIS KELCE & QB PATRICK MAHOMES. • CHIEFS ranked 2nd in AFC in yards per game (379.2) & pts. per game (28.2) in 2019.
QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 321 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 134.6 rating & rushed for 53 yards last week, becoming 1st player in NFL history with 300+ pass yards, 5+ TD passes & 50+ rush yards in single postseason game. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 113.2 rating in 3 career postseason games, highest career postseason rating since 1950 (min. 100 attempts.). Passed for 446 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.2 rating in Week 10 meeting. • RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had 68 scrim. yards (47 rush, 21 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) last week, 4th player since 1950 with 2+ career postseason games with 3+ TDs. Has 8 career postseason TDs (4 rush, 4 rec.) & 7 with KC, most in fran. history. Aims for 4th in row in postseason with rush TD. Had 109 scrim. yards (77 rush, 32 rec.) in Week 10 meeting. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 10 catches for 134 yards & career-high 3 TDs last week, becoming 3rd TE in SB era with 3 rec. TDs in single postseason game. Aims for 3rd in row in postseason with TD catch. Had rec. TD in Week 10 meeting. WR TYREEK HILL had season-high 11 catches for 157 yards & TD in Week 10 meeting. TE BLAKE BELL had 1st-career TD catch last week. • DE FRANK CLARK had career-high 3 sacks last week, becoming 1st KC player with 3 sacks in postseason game since 1982. DT CHRIS JONES had 2 sacks & FF in Week 10 meeting. S TYRANN MATHIEU had 2 PD in Divisional round.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (3:05 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter), Jay Feely (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Tony Boselli, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 82 (Ten), 83 (KC) | XM: 226 (Ten), 225 (KC)
- Combining regular season and playoffs, the Titans have won the last four meetings between the teams, including a 2017 Wild Card Game at Kansas City and a 35-32 victory in Nashville in Week 10 of this season. In each of the last three meetings — those two plus a 2016 regular-season game — the Titans erased a fourth-quarter deficit.
- Tennessee has won at New England and at Baltimore this postseason, rushing for a combined 418 yards – 377 from Derrick Henry — while totaling only 154 net passing yards. The defense has produced five takeaways and five fourth-down stops.
- The Chiefs erased a 24-0 second-quarter deficit in the Divisional Playoffs versus Houston and established a franchise postseason scoring record in a 51-31 victory. The 24-point deficit is the largest the franchise has ever overcome to win a game, regular season or playoffs.
- Of Derrick Henry’s 377 rushing yards this postseason, he has 143 in the third quarter alone, bringing his season total to 812 yards (and nine touchdowns) in third-quarter play. The last player to rush for 800+ yards in any quarter in a single season (reg & post) was Terrell Davis in 1998 (824 yards, 1st quarter).
- After throwing only 11 red-zone touchdown passes in the 2019 regular season — no more than two in any game — Patrick Mahomes tossed a career-high five red-zone TD passes last Sunday. The first four came in a 9:11 span of the second quarter, as Mahomes became the second QB in postseason history with four TD passes in a single quarter (Doug Williams, 1987).
- The Chiefs are looking to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years entering the franchise’s 800th game (regular season & playoffs) since they won Super Bowl IV. The Titans will be playing in the AFC Championship for the first time in exactly 17 years — they lost on January 19, 2003 at Oakland in their last one.
Purdue Wrestling Set for Intrastate Rivalry at Indiana
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue wrestling team puts state pride on the line Monday, heading to Indiana for a Big Ten Conference Dual at Wilkinson Hall at 7 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers are 8-2 overall in dual competition and 1-1 in conference action, while Indiana sits at 0-3 and dropped their first two Big Ten duals.
PURDUE LINEUP & RANKINGS
The Boilermakers have now held a top-10 tournament ranking in consecutive weeks via FloWrestling, TheOpenMat, TrackWrestling and WIN Magazine, posting a high mark of No. 6 via WIN. Purdue has also shot up the dual rankings boards, tabbed No. 14 in the NCAA Coaches Poll, No. 11 on TheOpenMat and No. 12 on WIN. Four individuals continue to hold top-eight marks individually, headlined by Dylan Lydy, who is the nation’s consensus No. 4 wrestler at 174 pounds.
LAST TIME OUT
Purdue split it’s Big Ten opening weekend, earning a 21-13 victory at Northwestern before falling to top-ranked Iowa at home, 41-0. The Boilermakers took 6-of-10 matches over the Wildcats, including major decisions at 125, 133 and heavyweight. Devin Schroder provided the highlight of the weekend with an 11-2 major decision over top-10 freshman Michael DeAugustino of Northwestern.
- The Boilermakers are 40-62-3 all-time against Indiana in dual competition, but have won nine straight duals entering Monday, a streak that dates to 2011, and have won four in a row in Bloomington.
- Monday’s dual is also for a point in the annual Governor’s Cup all-sport competition between the Boilermakers and Hoosiers. Indiana currently leads the 2019-20 standings 3.5-2.0.
- With his championship victory at the Midlands Championships, Lydy earned his 100thcareer victory and became the 17thwrestler in program history to win 100 matches at Purdue.
- Lydy won 21 straight matches to open the 2019-20 season, marking the best start for a Boilermaker since Chris Fleeger opened the 2002-03 season 32-0 at 125 pounds.
- Lydy is 1-of-8 wrestlers in the last 10 years to win both the CKLV Invitational and the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships in the same season. He joins Sebastian Rivera (125, 2018), Ryan Deakin (157, 2018), Zahid Valencia (174, 2016 & 2017), Adam Coon (285, 2013), Robert Kokesh (174, 2012), Dustin Kilgore (197, 2012) and Chris Honeycutt (197, 2011).
- Lydy has only surrendered takedowns in two of his 22 matches this season, with nine of his 21 wins on the year coming over ranked opponents.
- Brunner is seven wins shy of becoming the 18thwrestler in program history to hit the century mark, and is already ninth all-time at Purdue with 216 career back points.
- Schroder leads the Boilermakers with 11 bonus point wins this year, including six by technical fall.
- His five tech falls over Division I opponents is tied for fifth in the nation and have come in a cumulative 15:18.
- Schroder’s 114 back points this season are already tied for 10thin program history.
- With 348 back points for his career, Schroder is already third all-time at Purdue.
- Coleman put together the best career start in program history, winning his first 15 matches of his freshman season and leads the Boilermakers with 21 wins and 68 takedowns this year.
- Seven of Coleman’s 21 wins are over currently ranked individuals, and he is 14-0 against unranked competition. His six losses have all come to individuals ranked in the top-five in the NCAA.
- Coleman placed fourth at both the CKLV Invitational and the Midlands Championship.
- Parriott is scheduled to return to the starting lineup Monday after missing last weekend’s Big Ten openers with an injury from Midlands.
- In his first season at 149 pounds (after dropping from 157 in 2017-18 and 2018-19, where he was an NCAA qualifier) Parriott is 13-4 with a fourth-place effort at CKLV and a trio of ranked wins.
- The Boilermakers will be without 165-pound freshman Emil Soehnlen for the rest of the year after suffering a leg injury in December which required season-ending surgery.
125: Liam Cronin (R-Jr.) – 6-10
133: Cayden Rooks (Fr.) – 15-7
or Jonathan Moran (So.) – 5-13
141: Eddie Bolivar (Fr.) – 4-6
149: Graham Rooks (So.) – 7-4
157: Fernie Silva (Sr.) – 7-11
or Joey Sanchez (So.) – 11-9
165: Davey Tunon (R-Jr.) – 5-12
or Dillon Hoey (Jr.) – 4-6
174: #24 Jacob Covaciu (R-Jr.) – 12-7
184: Jacob Hinz (R-Sr.) – 5-9
197: Nick WIllham (Fr.) – 15-10
or Spencer Irick (R-Jr.) – 5-9
285: Rudy Streck (So.) – 3-14
or Jake Kleimola (R-Jr.) – 9-9
Rankings listed FloWrestling
OP/ED: Should MLB Blackball Carlos Beltran, Alex Cora, And A.J. Hinch From Ever Getting An Executive Position Again?
By Rafael Thomas
The sign stealing scandal involving the 2017 Houston Astros claimed another person Thursday when the New York Mets parted ways with manager Carlos Beltran before he filled out his first Spring Training lineup card. Beltran, a player and central figure named as part of the sign stealing scheme became the third manager to lose their job, following A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora. With each three having different accountability in the sign stealing saga, but each paying the same price, the next questions are: Will any of the three be able to get Major League Baseball jobs again, or will they be blackballed forever by the sport?
A.J. Hinch lost his job shortly after the Houston Astros were hit with penalties resulting from a scheme that used camera and garbage cans to steal pitch signals and relay them to hitters. The scheme, according to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, should have be hauled by Hinch, who was the manager and admitted he didn’t have control or knowledge of his players’ actions, and well as the Jeff Luhnow, the general manager, who claimed he didn’t know anything about the scheme at the time. Both were fired in Monday shortly after they were suspended for the 2020 season.
Even if you buy Hinch’s story that he didn’t know what was going on, his issue with trying to find a new job is going to be he should have known. The fact that a group of players and at least one coach could have done all they did without his knowledge doesn’t bode well for Hinch’s leadership ability. The result being that a general manager and/or owner will have a hard time trusting him to run a team again, at least for a while. A.J. Hinch might be a coach again one day, and perhaps fill in as an interim manager; but his managing days are over in every meaningful way.
The bench coach named by Manfred as part of the sign stealing scheme was Hinch’s bench coach Alex Cora, who after winning in 2017 in Houston, was hired by the Boston Red Sox, and led them to a World Series title the next season. Shortly before the Astros’ punishment was rendered, a second investigation involving the Red Sox was announced. That, along with Cora being name as one of the people involved in the Houston scheme, lead to his firing.
Alex Cora, first as a coach, and then as a manager, was in a position of authority. In both cases, he aided and encouraged his team to break rules in order to win, and was caught … the cost is probably his career as a Major League manager. It is doubtful that a two-time rule breaker will be hired to do a job with any level of authority or influence over others; which means Cora and MLB are two things that won’t reunion for a very long time, if ever.
The player that Cora most worked with in Houston was Carlos Beltran. As a well-known sign stealing and someone who could notice when a pitcher was tipping his next pitch, Beltran helped create the scheme that helped the 2017 Astros reach and win the World Series.
For whatever reason, Rob Manfred chose not to punish any players on Houston from that season, despite knowing how much Beltran was involved. Smartly, the New York Mets knew it would be impossible for their new manager to perform his new job as manager, and released him from his contract Thursday.
Just like the other two, Beltran will have a hard time convincing people he is trustworthy as a manager, if for no other reason, that he likely stole signs against every other team in the league, leaving a lot of bitter feelings over the years. Since players talk to each other, and share stories and pass in grudges, he is not hard to imagine that Beltran’s days as a manager ended before they started. And with people already asking if he helped the New York Yankees cheat during his one year as an advisor, is it easy to envision Carlos Beltran never setting foot in a big league clubhouse again. For these three people, the path they walked in 2017 was different, yet the finish line is the same, the end of their careers in Major League Baseball. A.J. Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran all were involved with and benefited from cheating; and as the saying goes, if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. For these three, it is likely their sentence is a lifetime out of baseball with little chance of parole or redemption. A fair sentence after hurting the integrity of a game they all claimed to love.
PURDUE TRACK: Boilermakers Post Five Wins, Break Two Meet Records
Iowa City, IOWA – The Purdue track & field team won five events and helped set two meet records on the opening day of the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Friday at the University of Iowa Recreation Building.
At the highly-competitive meet that featured eight top-25-ranked teams, the Boilermakers earned seven personal-best times and 13 top-five finishes in Iowa City, Iowa.
Purdue’s first victory of the day came in the women’s high jump, where senior Janae’ Moffitt set a meet record with a jump of 1.81 meters.
Another meet record fell courtesy of junior Jalil Brewer in the premier shot put event. In a final that featured several Olympians, Brewer placed sixth overall and second among collegiate competitors as his mark of 19.13 meters broke the meet record. In the open shot put competition, freshman Johnny Vanos placed first with a mark of 16.02.
The Boilermakers’ first win on the track came in the 600-meter run, as freshman Ella Robinson won the open event with a personal-best time of 1:33.07. Robinson was one of four Purdue runners to set personal-record times in the men’s and women’s open 600-meter event.
Purdue posted two wins in the 200-meter competition to close out the evening. Senior Samson Colebrooke won the men’s premier race in 21.28, ahead of senior teammate Waseem Williams, who was fifth in 21.62. If Colebrooke didn’t already own the fourth-fastest time in program history, his time tonight would be seventh-fastest in the Purdue record books.
Freshman Kerris Roberts also earned a 200-meter victory, in the women’s open race. She finished in 24.49 seconds to set a personal record.
Along with five Boilermaker wins, senior Jaden Mattox and sophomore John Pieper earned runner-up finishes. Mattox’s came in second in the finals of the long jump, with a mark of 5.94 meters, while Pieper was second in the 3,000-meter open, in 8:26.50.
The meet concludes tomorrow, with competition beginning with field events at 1 p.m. ET/noon CT, and running events at 2:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. CT. A complete schedule of events can be found on HawkeyeSports.com. Live stats will be available at HawkeyeSports.com/TrackLive, while fans can watch a live video feed at BTNplus.com, and a BTN+ subscription is required. Updates also can be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Along with host-Iowa, the Boilermakers are competing against Arizona, Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. All seven men’s opponents appear in the preseason rankings, with five in the top-20, and six women’s squads are ranked, three are in the top-25.
OHIO STATE MEN’S HOCKEY: No. 9 Buckeyes Rally to Tie No. 18 Irish
Ohio State scores four goals in the third period in 4-4 OT tie
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With four goals in less than seven minutes in the third period, the No. 9-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team rallied for a 4-4 OT tie vs. No. 18 Notre Dame Friday in a Big Ten Conference game in Value City Arena. The Fighting Irish picked up the extra point in the Big Ten standings with a shootout win.
The Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 entering the third. Ohio State scored at 11:59 and 13:40 of the third to make it a one-goal game (3-2) but the Irish regained the two-goal edge at 16:17. Ohio State then tied the game with two goals in a 32 second span at 18:23 and 18:55, scoring twice with the extra attacker (with the first also a power play goal). Neither team scored in five minutes of 5-on-5 overtime to end the game as a tie for NCAA purposes. Quinn Preston led the Buckeyes with three points, including two assists, while Tanner Laczynski had two helpers.
Ohio State is now 14-6-3 on the year and 7-4-2-0 in the Big Ten, with an 8-1-2 record at home. Notre Dame is 10-9-4 overall and 5-5-3-2 in league play.
The teams close the regular season series at 5 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. It is the First Responders Appreciation game. The team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss is that night and fans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal to throw on the ice to donate. They will be collected and delivered by the Buckeyes to Ronald McDonald House. Postgame, there will be a meet and greet with half of the Buckeye squad (Nos. 2-18). The day starts with the First Responder Face Off, a game between Columbus Police and Columbus Fire, which starts at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon at the northeast corner of the arena). A ticket to the Buckeye game also includes the FRFO. The First Responders game will be general admission seating.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
“First and foremost, I really like the heart I have on this team. These guys in the lockerroom have a never give up attitude. They easily could have given up in the third. I thought we played a decent game and sometimes the bounces might not go your way, but these guys never quit. I thought we showed a lot of heart there at the end.”
Ohio State 4, Notre Dame 4
In the First … Notre Dame scored the only goal at 15:58, with Alex Steeves tallying after a turnover in the OSU zone. Shots were 8-6 in favor of Ohio State.
In the Second … The Irish converted their only power play chance of the night at 10:11 for a 2-0 lead, with Steeves notching his second of the night. At 12:40 Colin Theisen made it a 3-0 Irish advantage. Ohio State again led in shots, 11-7, with Buckeye goalie Ryan Snowden making a save on a breakaway right before the end of the period. Ohio State had a goal overturned after video review late in the stanza.
In the Third … Gordi Myer opened the scoring at 11:59, one-timing a Quinn Preston pass, with Tanner Laczynski also assisting. At 13:40 Austin Pooley put in the rebound of a Matthew Jennings shot to cut the Irish lead to 3-2; Tate Singleton had the second assist on the tally. The Irish notched the next goal, with Graham Slaggert tipping a shot to put Notre Dame up 4-2 at 16:17. The Buckeyes went on the power play at 17:49 and pulled their goalie for the extra attacker and a 6-on-4 advantage. Preston scored from right in front at 18:23, set up by Carson Meyer and Matt Miller. Just 32 seconds later, the Buckeyes scored after a faceoff in the Irish zone, again with the net empty, tying the game at four. Gustaf Westlund scored off a pass from Laczynski, and Preston had the second helper. Ohio State had the shot advantage, 10-5, in the period.
In 5×5 Overtime … Ohio State had the only two shots on goal in the five-minute period.
In 3×3 Overtime … Neither team was able to score. Ohio State had three shots, with Notre Dame putting one on net.
In the Shootout … In the sudden-victory shootout, Notre Dame went first. After a scoreless opening round, the teams traded goals in the second, with Laczynski answering for Ohio State. Neither team scored in the next three rounds. Slaggert opened round six with a goal for the Irish and the Buckeyes were unable to respond, giving the Irish the extra Big Ten point.
Shots … Ohio State outshot the Irish, 31-18, in the game. Snowden played 63:54 for Ohio State and had 14 saves, while Notre Dame’s Cale Morris made 27 stops in 65 minutes. Ohio State blocked 11 shots, led by Preston and Grant Gabriele with three each.
Special Teams … The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play and Notre Dame scored on its one power play chance.
Report: ESPN considering replacing Jessica Mendoza on ‘Sunday Night Baseball’
ESPN is reportedly looking into making some changes in the “Sunday Night Baseball” booth.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the network has considered replacing commentator Jessica Mendoza, with ESPN wanting to build the booth around Alex Rodriguez.
To that end, ESPN has reportedly had discussions with YES Network analyst David Cone about a possible role with the network. There is some belief that the booth would be better with a pitcher in it, and they liked how things turned out when Rodriguez and Cone worked together on YES in a brief stint in 2019.
ESPN is still said to be high on Mendoza, and if she is moved off the broadcast, she is still expected to have a big role on the network. There remains a chance that the network could leave the booth as it is. There have been issues managing Mendoza’s dual role as a broadcaster and as a special assistant to Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, but executives tried to make it clear that Mendoza’s ill-advised social media posts about Mike Fiers have no impact on her future.
Mendoza’s front office role has caused some minor hindrances during her broadcasting career. Ultimately, though, this move seems to be about A-Rod, who ESPN clearly views as a star.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1976
MIAMI, Fla.-The Super Bowl justified its existence today. The most heavily promoted and lavishly staged sports extravaganza of all presented to the 80,187 fans in the Orange Bowl and the vast television audience a well-played and exciting football game that was unresolved until the last play. The Pittsburgh Steelers won, 21-17.
The Dallas Cowboys were only 38 yards from the potential winning touchdown when the last play began. That final play wound up with Glen Edwards, the Steelers’ safetyman, intercepting a pass by Roger Staubach, the Cowboy quarterback, in the Pittsburgh end zone, and it was typical of what had gone on in the 60 minutes of action. Super Bowl games have been characterized in the past by sluggishness and ennui, but not this one.
Tom Landry, the Dallas coach, said: “That Lynn Swann was really something. He made two big catches when he was covered.” The coach thus cited the Pittsburgh wide receiver, who caught four passes for 161 yards, scored one touchdown, was given the game ball, the traditional symbol of victory, and also was voted the game’s most outstanding player.
The first of Swann’s two big catches came in the opening period on a pass from Terry Bradshaw, the play covering 32 yards and moving Pittsburgh to the Dallas 16. Three plays later Bradshaw passed 7 yards to Randy Grossman, the tight end, for a touchdown that tied the score, 7-7. Swann’s second catch was the game’s gem. It was a 64-yard touchdown play, Bradshaw’s pass covering 59 yards in the air. That was the Steelers’ final score, giving them a 21-10 lead. Swann certainly was covered well on both plays. Mark Washington, the cornerback, was right with Swann, but the second-year receiver from Southern California, who is now an all-pro performer, made remarkable, leaping catches of perfectly thrown passes.
Bradshaw was knocked silly on the 64- yard touchdown pass play by a safety blitz and did not play again. Terry Hanratty was the quarterback for the team’s last offensive series, one in which the Steelers took a risk and got away with it. They had fourth down and 9 to go at the Dallas 41 with 88 seconds left. They chose not to punt and made 2 yards, turning the ball over to the Cowboys, who had just scored to trail by 21-17.
But Dallas had no more time-outs to stop the clock and the time did run out after five plays.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1887 Kansas City receives a franchise in the Western League. The minor league team, which will fold after the 1888 season, will be known as the Cowboys, the same name used by the defunct teams that represented the city in the National League and Union Association, and the franchise that will play in the American Association beginning in 1889.
1938 Grover Cleveland Alexander becomes the tenth and only player this year to be elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. ‘Old Pete’s 373 victories is the record for the most career wins in the National League, which he shares with Christy Mathewson.
1947 Due to a misunderstanding of Walter Briggs caused by the posting of a photo taken in 1943, the Tigers’ owner, who believed Hank Greenberg had posed in a Yankee jersey, sells the 1946 American League home run leader (44) to the Pirates, after ensuring that the other AL teams wouldn’t put in a waiver claim, for $35,000. The disgruntled Hammerin’ Hank is dissuaded by Pittsburgh not to retire, and he will join and mentor the National League’s young home run leader, Ralph Kiner (23) in the Steel City.
1950 “You can call this a very drastic pay cut. Feller thinks it’s drastic, too. But he himself made the suggestion. In fact, he offered to take more than the 25 percent maximum pay cut allowed.” – HANK GREENBERG, Tiger GM explaining the reduction in Bob Feller salary.
Bob Feller asks and gets his salary reduced to $45,000, a $20,000 cut because he believes his sub-par record of 15-14 doesn’t merit an increase. Right-handed ‘Rapid Robert’ rebounds, posting a 16-11 record along with an ERA of 3.43 for the Indians next season.
1952 The White Sox board of directors accept the resignation of Charlie A. Comiskey, Jr., the team’s vice president and secretary, after turning down his request for a promotion and more money. The 25 year-old’s dissatisfaction with the club came as a complete surprise to his mother, Grace Comiskey, the president of Chicago ball club.
1958 Willie O’Ree becomes the first black player in the National Hockey League when he plays left wing for the Bruins in their 3-0 victory over the Canadiens at the Montreal Forum. The 22 year-old’s NHL debut for Boston occurs 18 months before Pumpsie Green breaks the color line of the Red Sox, the last team to integrate in the major leagues.
1969 Ted Williams becomes the manager of the Senators, agreeing to a five-year deal for a reported salary of $75,000 per season. The team, which finished in last place in the previous campaign, will post an 86-76 record in Williams’ first year at the helm, accounting for the only .500 season during their 11-year tenure in Washington.
1969 Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall announces the District of Columbia Stadium will now be known as the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, which will become better known as RFK Stadium, to honor the memory of the former Attorney General and N.Y. Senator, who was assassinated last June while campaigning to be president. The renaming of the ballpark, that will continue to host the ‘new’ Washington Senators franchise that replaced the original team that left after the 1960 season to play in Minnesota, was a joint action taken by the Interior Department and the D.C. Armory Board, which operates the stadium under a contract with the National Park Service.
1973 Former Giant first baseman Orlando Cepeda comes to terms with the Red Sox, making him the first player to be specifically signed by a team to be its designated hitter. ‘Cha-Cha’ will miss an opportunity to make history on Opening Day at Fenway Park when the top first inning features three hits and three walks, giving the Yankees’ Ron Blomberg, who is batting sixth in the lineup, the distinction of being the first DH to bat in a major league game.
1989 Nearing the end of his second term, President Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for convictions connected with illegal contributions to the 1972 presidential campaign of Richard M. Nixon. The Yankee owner, who pleaded guilty in 1974 to charges of conspiring to violate federal election laws, was fined $15,000 but did not spend time in jail.
2002 The Mariners avoid arbitration with pitcher Freddy Garcia (18-6, 3.05) by signing him to a one-year, $3.8-million deal. The 25 year-old standout right-handed hurler led the American League in earned run average last season.
2002 Kerry Wood (12-6, 3.36) avoids arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Cubs believed to be worth between $3.5 and 4 million. The right-handed fireballer, who struck out 217 batters in 174.1 innings, is again eligible for arbitration after each of the next two seasons and can become a free agent following the 2004 season.
2002 Scott Rolen (.289, 25, 107) avoids arbitration signing the largest contract in team history, an $8.6 million, one-year deal with the Phillies. The Gold Glove third baseman resisted any attempts made by Philadelphia to enter into a multiyear contract.
2005 Eric Gagne and the Dodgers agree to a $19-million, two-year deal. The 2003 National League’s Cy Young Award winner, who set a major league record with 84 consecutive saves from August (2002) to July (2004), made $5 million last year, after arbitrators ruled in favor of the club’s offer over the $8 million requested by the L.A. closer.
2008 Mark Teixeira signs a one-year contract worth $12.5 million to play for the Braves. The slugging first baseman, who was acquired from the Rangers at the trading deadline last season, added a much-needed punch to the Atlanta lineup.
2008 Avoiding arbitration, Justin Morneau (.271, 31, 111), a potential free agent after the 2010 season, comes to terms with the Twins on a $7.4 million one-year deal. The 26 year-old Canadian first baseman was the American League MVP in 2006.
2008 The Tigers avoid arbitration with their new third baseman when Miguel Cabrera agrees to an $11.3 million, one-year deal. The All-Star infielder was acquired, along with southpaw Dontrelle Willis, from the Marlins in exchange for six highly touted prospects, who included Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller, in a blockbuster trade during the winter meetings last month.
2008 The A’s sign Joe Blanton (14-10, 3.95) to a $3.7 million, one-year deal, avoiding arbitration with the 27 year-old right-hander. The workhorse of the staff, throwing 230 innings, second most in American League, has been the subject of trade talks as Oakland continues to rebuild for the future.
2008 The Rockies, still hoping to come to terms on a longer-term deal with their All-Star outfielder, sign Matt Holliday for two more years for $23 million. The agreement is reached just a few hours before the arbitration deadline of exchanging salary figures between players and teams.
2008 The Rays avoid arbitration with two of their key players when the club reaches agreements with southpaw Scott Kazmir (13-9, 3.48) and infielder Carlos Pena (.282, 42, 99). The left-hand hurler, who led the AL in strikeouts last season, inks a $3,785,000, one-year pact while the club’s first baseman, the American League comeback player of the year, signs a $24+ million, three-year deal.
2008 At their quarterly meetings, thirty major league owners voted unanimously to extend Bud Selig’s contract by three years, retaining him as commissioner through 2012. In the post since 1992, the 73 year-old has championed change in baseball, supporting the wild card, interleague play, and the World Baseball Classic in a sport not known for innovation.
2009 Cole Hamels agrees to a three-year deal with the Phillies valued to be worth $20.5 million. The 25 year-old southpaw posted a 4-0 record with a 1.80 ERA in five postseason starts for the World Champions.
2010 Thinking two Hairstons must be better than one, the Padres obtain utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. (.251, 10, 39), the older brother of Scott, signed by the club three days ago. The siblings are sons of former major leaguer Jerry Hairston and the grandchildren of Sammy Hairston, who played in four games with the White Sox in 1951.
2010 After agreeing to spend more money on their payroll this season, the Marlins, continue to keep their word to the players’ association when they sign second baseman Dan Uggla to a $7.8 million, one-year contract. Recently, the tight-fisted Fish also agreed to a $39 million, four-year deal with right-hander Josh Johnson.
2011 Royals’ starter Gil Meche, who signed a controversial five-year, $55 million free-agent contract before the 2007 season, announces his retirement from baseball due to ongoing troubles caused by a shoulder injury. With this decision, the 32 year-old right-hander forfeits the remaining $12 million on his contract, but he believes Kansas City has been fair to him and does not want to take the club’s money when he is unable to pitch effectively.
2011 The Yankees sign Rays’ free-agent Rafael Soriano to a $35 million, three-year deal. The All-Star right-handed reliever, who led the AL in saves last year with 45, will be used by New York as a set-up man to the team’s iconic closer, 41 year-old Mariano Rivera.
2012 Just minutes before the signing deadline, the Rangers and right-hander Yu Darvish agree to a six-year, $60 million contract. The 25 year-old Japanese, who posted an 18-6 record along with an ERA of 1.44 superstar with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters last season, will cost Texas more than $111 million with the $51.7 million posting fee owed to his former team.
2014 St. Louis officials reveal details about the team’s new Hall of Fame that will be established this spring at the dedication of their new museum at the Cardinals Nation in the Ballpark Village. The team’s initiative will immortalize the greatest players and other key figures in franchise history, starting with the inaugural class of twenty-two individuals, selected due to their induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, or by having had their number retired by the team.
2014 The Dodgers confirm Clayton Kershaw’s record-breaking $215 million seven-year contract, the largest deal ever given to a pitcher. The two-time National League Cy Young Award, who will earn $30.7 million annually, requested and received an opt-out clause after five years, making the right-hander eligible to become a free agent at the of age 30.
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|2 Miami||29||12||.707||7.0||18-1||11-11||5-2||19-6||6-4||2 W|
|3 Boston||27||13||.675||8.5||16-4||11-9||6-5||19-9||5-5||2 L|
|4 Toronto||27||14||.659||9.0||15-7||12-7||5-3||19-7||6-4||2 W|
|5 Indiana||27||15||.643||9.5||17-5||10-10||4-6||18-11||6-4||4 W|
|6 Philadelphia||27||16||.628||10.0||20-2||7-14||7-2||19-9||4-6||2 W|
|7 Orlando||20||22||.476||16.5||13-8||7-14||5-2||13-11||6-4||1 L|
|8 Brooklyn||18||22||.450||17.5||11-9||7-13||4-5||12-11||2-8||2 L|
|9 Detroit||15||27||.357||21.5||8-13||7-14||5-8||11-20||3-7||1 W|
|10 Chicago||15||28||.349||22.0||8-14||7-14||4-6||11-18||2-8||1 L|
|11 Charlotte||15||29||.341||22.5||7-13||8-16||1-3||10-16||2-8||6 L|
|12 Washington||13||28||.317||23.0||8-11||5-17||3-6||8-16||4-6||3 L|
|13 Cleveland||12||30||.286||24.5||6-14||6-16||3-6||7-22||2-8||3 L|
|14 New York||11||31||.262||25.5||6-14||5-17||1-8||6-19||3-7||2 L|
|15 Atlanta||10||32||.238||26.5||5-14||5-18||3-4||5-21||4-6||2 W|
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|1 LA Lakers||33||8||.805||—||16-5||17-3||4-2||22-4||9-1||1 L|
|2 Denver||29||12||.707||4.0||17-5||12-7||5-0||17-6||7-3||3 W|
|3 LA Clippers||29||13||.690||4.5||19-4||10-9||6-1||17-10||7-3||2 W|
|4 Utah||28||13||.683||5.0||15-3||13-10||4-2||15-8||9-1||1 L|
|5 Houston||26||14||.650||6.5||14-5||12-9||4-4||15-10||5-5||2 L|
|6 Dallas||27||15||.643||6.5||13-10||14-5||7-0||16-8||6-4||4 W|
|7 Oklahoma City||23||19||.548||10.5||13-9||10-10||4-4||16-12||6-4||2 L|
|8 Memphis||20||22||.476||13.5||12-12||8-10||3-3||14-14||8-2||7 W|
|9 San Antonio||17||23||.425||15.5||11-10||6-13||2-5||9-13||5-5||2 L|
|10 Portland||18||25||.419||16.0||9-10||9-15||3-5||10-17||4-6||1 L|
|11 Phoenix||17||24||.415||16.0||9-14||8-10||4-6||9-19||6-4||1 W|
|12 New Orleans||16||26||.381||17.5||8-12||8-14||1-5||11-16||7-3||2 W|
|13 Minnesota||15||26||.366||18.0||6-13||9-13||2-7||7-19||4-6||4 L|
|14 Sacramento||15||26||.366||18.0||8-13||7-13||4-4||11-15||3-7||3 L|
|15 Golden State||9||34||.209||25.0||6-15||3-19||1-6||7-25||0-10||10 L|
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|4 Tampa Bay Lightning||48||29||15||4||62||27||175||137||15-7-2||14-8-2||8-2-0|
|5 New York Islanders||46||28||14||4||60||25||134||122||15-6-3||13-8-1||5-4-1|
|6 Toronto Maple Leafs||48||25||16||7||57||24||174||159||12-5-7||13-11-0||5-2-3|
|7 Carolina Hurricanes||48||27||18||3||57||25||153||130||15-8-1||12-10-2||5-4-1|
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|10 Florida Panthers||46||25||16||5||55||22||170||155||16-8-2||9-8-3||7-3-0|
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|12 New York Rangers||46||23||19||4||50||23||155||153||13-8-2||10-11-2||6-4-0|
|13 Montreal Canadiens||49||21||21||7||49||19||150||153||9-12-4||12-9-3||3-6-1|
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|15 Ottawa Senators||47||16||23||8||40||16||125||161||11-8-4||5-15-4||1-5-4|
|16 Detroit Red Wings||48||12||32||4||28||11||103||185||8-15-2||4-17-2||3-6-1|
|1 St. Louis Blues||48||30||10||8||68||30||155||129||17-4-4||13-6-4||6-2-2|
|2 Calgary Flames||49||26||18||5||57||21||133||142||13-7-3||13-11-2||7-3-0|
|3 Colorado Avalanche||47||26||15||6||58||26||168||137||12-7-4||14-8-2||3-4-3|
|4 Dallas Stars||47||27||16||4||58||25||125||113||15-7-2||12-9-2||7-3-0|
|5 Arizona Coyotes||50||26||19||5||57||21||143||131||12-10-2||14-9-3||5-4-1|
|6 Vancouver Canucks||48||26||18||4||56||23||158||148||15-5-3||11-13-1||7-3-0|
|7 Vegas Golden Knights||50||25||19||6||56||22||155||151||14-10-3||11-9-3||5-5-0|
|8 Edmonton Oilers||48||25||18||5||55||23||148||150||11-8-3||14-10-2||6-3-1|
|9 Winnipeg Jets||48||25||19||4||54||22||146||147||11-11-2||14-8-2||4-5-1|
|10 Chicago Blackhawks||48||22||20||6||50||20||141||153||11-11-3||11-9-3||7-3-0|
|11 Nashville Predators||46||21||18||7||49||20||154||153||10-9-4||11-9-3||3-6-1|
|12 Minnesota Wild||47||21||20||6||48||20||141||159||12-5-4||9-15-2||4-5-1|
|13 San Jose Sharks||49||21||24||4||46||19||129||163||13-11-1||8-13-3||5-4-1|
|14 Anaheim Ducks||48||19||24||5||43||15||122||150||11-9-3||8-15-2||3-6-1|
|15 Los Angeles Kings||49||18||26||5||41||18||124||154||11-10-1||7-16-4||3-6-1|
BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
|15 Michigan State||6-1||.857||5-0||1-1||14-4||.778||9-1||2-1||3-2||2-2|
|21 Ohio State||2-4||.333||2-1||0-3||12-5||.706||10-1||1-3||1-1||3-2|
BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
MAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
BIG EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
|18 Seton Hall||5-0||1.000||2-0||3-0||13-4||.765||7-1||4-2||2-1||2-2|