BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Hamilton SE 81, Anderson 59
Harrison 56, West Lafayette 52, 2OT
Crispus Attucks 81, Marion 76
Cass 43, Logansport 32
Central 53, Connersville 49, OT
Richmond 79, Northmont (Ohio) 44….Andrew Kroft 19pts 16reb 7steals, Tytan Newton 17pts 5 assists, Ty Harris 13, Jordan Stolle 11, Cleevas Craig 11, Koream Jett 6 assists. Richmond shot 48% overall (31-79) and 48% from 3 (10-21). The Red Devils finished with 13 steals, 19 assists, 36 rebounds (11 offensive). Richmond is now 8-7 and travels to Pendleton Wednesday.
Westfield 75, Lafayette Jeff 68
Zionsville 52, McCutcheon 30
Irvington Prep 62, Lincoln 57, OT
Northeastern 68, Knightstown 34…. Northeastern jumped out to a commanding lead of 19-2 after 1 quarter and went for win by a score of 68-34 over conference foe Knightstown. With the victory the Knights move to 2-0 in the TEC. They were led by Kolden Vanlandingham with 23 points and 6 rebounds, Carter Lumpkin with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Raedhyn Foust had 7 points and 9 rebounds, Payton Lumpkin had 8 rebounds. Garrett Tudor contributed 8 points. Ben Deitsch had 6 assists.
The Knights return to action at home on Friday 1-24-20 againist Rushville.
Winchester 98, Blackford 95, OT
Blue River 58, Randolph Southern 35
Purdue Poly 92, Union (Modoc) 56
Shenandoah 71, Monroe Central 34
Delta 59, Wapahani 38
East Central 70, Franklin County 45
Greensburg 74, South Dearborn 49
North Decatur 63, Lawrenceburg 61
Rushville 68, New Castle 64
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Anderson 66, Lafayette Jeff 42
Harrison 61, Richmond 31
Kokomo 55, Tech 50
Marion 77, Logansport 59
McCutcheon 57, Central 55, OT
Hagerstown 37, Franklin County 34
Northeastern 76, Knightstown 23…The Lady Knights started out slow in physical road game. The turned up the heat in the third quarter allowing some of our reserve players to gain great varsity minutes down an important stretch of season. Scoring for the Lady Knights were Jenna McFarland leading all scorers with 21 points, Emma Wright with 11 points, Taylor Farris with 10 points, Willow Runyon with 8 points, Sidney Dill with 7 points, Alizah Rankin with 5 points, Kelli Drake and Kelsey Cottongim with 4 points, and Kenzie Chasteen, Madi Austerman, and Jill Berger with 2 points each. The 17-2 Lady Knights face off against Hagerstown for Senior Night Tuesday, January 21st.
Union City 52, Union County 48….The Lady Indians defeated the Union County Patriots 52-48 in a conference match-up. They were led by Lutz’s double double putting up 13 points and 10 rebounds. Livingston added 12 and 7 boards. Carpenter had 10 while Claywell and Lutz had 4 assists each. The Indians are now 13-6 and 4-3 in conference play. They will be back in action on Tuesday at home for senior night. JV at 530 and varsity at 745. The Indians got off to another sluggish start trailing after the 1st quarter by 9 and the 1st half by 4. However, in the 2nd half the lady Indians fought back winning both the 3rd and 4th quarters to come out on top. A big basket by Livingston late and a steal and score by Lutz put the Indians ahead. The Junior Varsity fell to the Patriots 13-37. They were led in scoring by Emma Davis with 5. They were lead in rebounds by Mackenzie Charles and Andrea Sanders with 8. They are 6-8 on the season and are back in action at home on Tuesday against Ansonia. Tip-off is at 5:30 pm.
Blue River 51, Randolph Southern 23
Eastern Hancock 55, Waldron 44
Union 36, Purdue Poly 35
Yorktown 52, Wapahani 37
Batesville 58, South Dearborn 46
Hagerstown 37, Franklin County 34
Lawrenceburg 66, Rising Sun 29
Rushville 60, Pendleton Heights 56
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 Gonzaga 92 BYU 69
#2 Baylor 75 Oklahoma State 68
#11 Louisville 79 #3 Duke 73
Florida 69 #4 Auburn 47
DePaul 79 #5 Butler 66
#6 Kansas 66 Texas 57
#7 San Diego State 68 Nevada 55
#8 Oregon 64 Washington 61 OT
#9 Florida State 83 Miami Florida 79 OT
#10 Kentucky 73 Arkansas 66
Kansas State 84 #12 West Virginia 68
#14 Villanova 61 Connecticut 55
Houston 65 #16 Wichita State 54
#17 Maryland 57 Purdue 50
#18 Seton Hall 82 St. John 79
Arizona 75 #20 Colorado 54
Penn State 90 #21 Ohio State 76
#23 Texas Tech 72 Iowa State 52
#24 Illinois 75 Northwestern 71
#25 Creighton 78 Providence 74
Indiana 82 Nebraska 74
Earlham 70, Hanover 65
Illinois Chicago 75 IUPUI 66
Milwaukee 73 Oakland 68
Wright State 79 Youngstown State 72
Northern Kentucky 75 Cleveland State 49
Ball State 71 Miami Ohio 62
Toledo 99 Akron 89
Ohio 60 Eastern Michigan 58
Buffalo 86 Central Michigan 67
Bowling Green 66 Northern Illinois 64
Western Michigan 67 Kent State 63
Missouri State 68 Evansville 58
Valparaiso 86 Indiana State 77
Northern Iowa 86 Bradley 71
Oral Roberts 92 Fort Wayne 68
Rhode Island 66 LaSalle 63
St. Joseph’s 87 and 81
Richmond 97 George Mason 87
VCU 91 St. Bonaventure 63
George Washington 75 Massachusetts 51
Pittsburgh 66 North Carolina 52
Syracuse 71 Virginia Tech 69
North Carolina State 60 Clemson 54
Virginia 63 Georgia Tech 58
Oklahoma 83 TCU 63
Marquette 84 Georgetown 80
South Carolina 81 Texas A&M 67
Tennessee 66 Vanderbilt 45
LSU 80 Ole Miss 76
Mississippi State 91 Georgia 59
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SUNDAY TV SCHEDULE
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
#2 Baylor 91 #17 West Virginia 51
#16 Gonzaga 69 San Francisco 46
South Dakota State at #25 South Dakota postponed
Hanover 69, Earlham 50
Buffalo 66 Eastern Michigan 63
Ohio 79 Ball State 71
Kent State 78 Miami Ohio 75
Toledo 79 Bowling Green 72 OT
Northern Illinois 70 Akron 65
Central Michigan 80 Western Michigan 70
Youngstown State 62 Detroit 47
State 79 Oakland 58
MEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL
Santa Barbara 3 Ball State 0
MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY
North Dakota 5 Miami OH 3
LA Clippers 133 New Orleans 130… As disappointed as Clippers coach Doc Rivers was to see his team give up 80 first-half points, he now has evidence that his team can do that and still find a way to win – on the road. Kawhi Leonard scored 39 points and the Clippers rallied to beat the recently resurgent New Orleans Pelicans 133-130 on Saturday.
Milwaukee 117 Brooklyn 97…. Their lead was only nine with a minute left in the first half and it looked like the Milwaukee Bucks might be on their way to a close game. Then Khris Middleton hit two 3-pointers, and another rout was on for a team that just keeps racking them up. “I think they are playing as good as anybody I’ve seen in a while in this league,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Middleton scored 20 points, and the Bucks beat Brooklyn 117-97 on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory.
Phoenix 123 Boston 119…. Devin Booker sure loves playing in TD Garden. His near triple-double effort was just barely enough for the Phoenix Suns to overcome Boston guard Marcus Smart’s performance. Booker had 39 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and the Suns withstood a franchise-record 11 3-pointers by Smart and beat the Celtics 123-119 on Saturday. “You know, Book is – Book’s Book,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. “It’s something I don’t take for granted to have a guy that can get buckets like that.” Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Mikal Bridges added a career-best 26 points for the Suns, who have won four of their last five games.
Detroit 136 Atlanta 103….Derrick Rose has been rolling lately, and in a good way. The 11th-year point guard, in his first season with the Detroit Pistons, is easily handling the minutes load and producing at a high clip. Rose has battled injuries through much of his career, but the Pistons’ decision to hold him back earlier in the season is paying off. “I feel like they were being cautious,” Rose said. “I keep showing them. I’m coming in, doing what I’m supposed to do, taking care of my body. I’ve been prepping for this all summer, so it’s finally just coming full circle.” Rose had 27 points and nine assists, Svi Mykhailiuk added 25 points in a reserve role, and Detroit won its second straight game with an easy 136-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
Philadelphia 90 New York 87…. The 76ers haven’t won as much on the road as they’d like. They relied on defense to get it done at Madison Square Garden. Tobias Harris hit a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, Ben Simmons had 21 points and Philadelphia beat the New York Knicks 90-87 on Saturday night for its third straight victory. “I thought our defense really fueled us throughout the game,” Harris said. “We did a good job defensively of getting our stops, getting out in transition.” Josh Richardson added 18 points and reserve Furkan Korkmaz scored 17 for the 76ers, who snapped a six-game road losing streak. Their last win away from home was Dec. 23 at Detroit. Philadelphia is 28-16 overall but just 8-14 on the road.
Chicago 118 Cleveland 116…. The Chicago Bulls overcame a poor performance in the first three quarters with a strong finish. Zach LaVine scored 21 of his 42 points in the fourth and the Bulls rallied from 15 points down in the final period for a 118-116 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Chicago, which trailed by as many as 19 points, held the Cavaliers to 14 points in the fourth and forced 10 turnovers. Lauri Markkanen scored 17 points for the Bulls, who have won two of three. LaVine has scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games.
Toronto 122 Minnesota 112…. Fred VanVleet knew he was on a minutes restriction as he made his return from a hamstring injury after missing five games. The Raptors guard tried not to think much about it while on the court. Instead, he made the most of the minutes he did play. VanVleet led Toronto with 29 points as the Raptors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-112 on Saturday night. Kyle Lowry added 28 points and seven assists while Norman Powell scored 20 points off the bench for the Raptors, who have won three straight games.
Golden State 109 Orlando 95…. With wins so hard to come by for the injury-plagued Warriors, every one means a little more now to coach Steve Kerr. The Golden State of old just expected to pile up victories – and now things are completely the opposite with Kevin Durant having departed for Brooklyn and Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson sidelined. D’Angelo Russell scored 26 points and dished out a season-high 12 assists, and the Warriors snapped their longest losing streak in nearly 18 years at 10 games by beating the Orlando Magic 109-95 on Saturday night.
LA Lakers 124 Houston 115…. The Los Angeles Lakers were determined to start the second half of their season on a high note following a loss that snapped a nine-game winning streak.
They were able to do that by riding a big third quarter to a 124-115 win over the Houston Rockets. LeBron James had 31 points and 12 assists for the Lakers, who lost to Orlando on Wednesday night.
Oklahoma City 119 Portland 106…. Chris Paul had become annoyed with Oklahoma City’s recent slow starts, so he did something about it. He scored 21 of his 30 points in the first half, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers 119-106 on Saturday night.
Utah 123 Sacramento 101…. Rudy Gobert is known for his defense. Against Sacramento, he went to the rim time and again on offense. “Rudy was like a monster, so great on offense and, as usual, defensively protecting all us,” Bojan Bogdanovic said. Gobert had a season-high 28 points and 15 rebounds and the Utah Jazz raced to a 16-point lead in the first quarter and routed the Sacramento Kings 123-101 on Saturday night. Gobert got most of his points on dunks, while Bogdanovic had six 3-pointers on his way to 30 points. Donovan Mitchell contributed 22 for Utah.
Washington 6 NY Islanders 4….Alex Ovechkin has made a career out of scoring big goals in big moments. His latest milestone was no different. Ovechkin had a hat trick for the second consecutive game to tie Steve Yzerman for ninth on the career goals list Saturday, and the Washington Capitals rallied with five goals in the third period for a 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders.
Colorado 5 St. Louis 3…. Cale Makar refused to make too big of deal out of his milestone moment. Sure, he’s “honored and stuff” after breaking the Colorado franchise record for most goals by a rookie defenseman. “But it’s not something that I’m going to go home and celebrate,” Makar said. This win, now that’s celebration-worthy. Makar and Andre Burakovsky scored 22 seconds apart in the second period to chase All-Star goaltender Jordan Binnington from the game and the Avalanche held on to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-3 on Saturday.
Edmonton 7 Arizona 3…. There’s nothing like a victory before a long break. Riley Sheahan had a goal and three assists and Connor McDavid scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers rode a strong start to a 7-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.
Ottawa 5 Calgary 2…. Marcus Hogberg isn’t sure he belongs in the NHL. He might be the only one with that thought. Hogberg was at his finest Saturday, making 40 saves to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames. The Senators (17-23-8) were outshot 42-21 and, if not for Hogberg’s performance, the result could very well have been different for a team that was winless in nine games. It marked the 25-year-old’s second NHL win in 13 career starts.
Chicago 6 Toronto 2…. While Patrick Kane is on the doorstep of 1,000 career points, Jonathan Toews is closing in on a milestone of his own. Toews had two goals and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Montréal 5 Vegas 4…Carey Price went from dejection to jubilation in a matter of minutes. Price and the Montreal Canadiens squandered a two-goal lead late in the third period, but Tomas Tatar scored in the fourth round of a shootout for a 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night.
Florida 4 Detroit 1…. The Florida Panthers were thrilled to have banged-up goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky back on the ice. He was pretty happy about it, too. Bobrovsky made 27 saves, helping Florida beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday night to win four straight for the first time this season.
Philadelphia 4 Los Angeles 1…. After a lackluster home effort the last time out, Flyers coach Alain Vigneault shifted his top line and it paid huge dividends. Travis Konecny scored a pair of goals and James van Riemsdyk added a goal and two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Columbus 5 New Jersey 1…. Elvis Merzlikins felt he was pretty lucky, especially near the end. The Columbus Blue Jackets feel pretty fortunate every time he steps on the ice. Merzlikins made a career-high 41 saves in his third shutout in his last four starts, and the Blue Jackets beat the New Jersey Devils 5-0 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.
Nashville 2 Buffalo 1…. Special teams have been a struggle for the Nashville Predators all season. But on Saturday night, that unit won them a hockey game. Craig Smith’s power-play goal with 6:29 remaining in the third period propelled Nashville to a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
Minnesota 7 Dallas 0…. Coach Bruce Boudreau altered Minnesota’s practice plans with a snowstorm hitting the state, having his team come in early for a Friday practice and canceling Saturday’s morning skate before the evening game against the Dallas Stars. The lack of a warmup on Saturday worried the coach. It didn’t take long for the Wild to put their coach at ease. Jason Zucker had a goal and two assists and Alex Stalock posted his second shutout of the season, leading Minnesota to a 7-0 win.
Vancouver 4 San Jose 1…Tanner Pearson scored on the power play and had an assist as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Saturday night. Loui Eriksson, J.T. Miller and Quinn Hughes also scored for the Canucks, who won for the 11th time in 14 games and extended their home winning streak to eight games. The victory also moved the Canucks into first place in the tight Pacific Division with 58 points, one more than Edmonton, Calgary, Vegas and Arizona.
Indiana builds big second-half lead, beats Nebraska 82-74
It took a second-half spurt to build a 19-point lead and then tough defense during an eight-minute scoring drought for Indiana to collect a rarity on Saturday night, an 82-74 Big Ten Conference road win over Nebraska.
Trayce Jackson-Davis had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead Indiana (14-4, 4-3). Joey Brunk had 16 points and Justin Smith finished with 15.
Going into Saturday, there had been only six Big Ten conference road wins, which, Indiana coach Archie Miller said, made the win at Nebraska important.
“It’s very, very hard to win in this league on the road. … To be able to come out with one tonight is really, really important for us moving forward. … The Big Ten’s going to be one of the more jumbled leagues I’m sure until somebody can start to get a few of these. And hold serve at home,” Miller said.
Cam Mack scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half for Nebraska (7-11, 2-5).
Up 46-41 at half, Indiana opened the second period with a 16-2 run, scoring six straight to take a 52-41 lead on Brunk’s jumper with 17:53 remaining, and stretched the lead to 62-43 on Smith’s 3-pointer with 15:02 left.
Nebraska came storming back with a 13-2 run of its own, cutting the Hoosier lead to 70-62 on Mack’s free throws with 8:03 remaining. Both teams then struggled to score with Indiana missing shots and Nebraska turning the ball over.
Brunk scored three straight, including the Hoosiers’ first basket in 8:07, that stretched the lead to 73-62 with 4:45 left. Nebraska cut the deficit to six twice in the final minute, both on Thorir Thorbjarnarson layups. But a pair of Jackson-Davis free throws with 27 seconds left sealed the Indiana win.
Thorbjarnarson finished with 13 points for the Cornhuskers. Dachon Burke added 12 points and Haanif Cheatam had 10.
“They got up on us early,” Jackson-Davis said. We kind of weathered the storm. Then we punched them in the mouth a little bit and they came right back, but I’m glad we found a way at the end to get the job done.”
The Cornhuskers used an 11-0 run to take a nine-point lead midway through the first half. Indiana countered with a 22-6 spurt to go up eight on Jackson-Davis’s layup with 2:25 left in the half and led by five at intermission.
Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said his young, inexperienced team hasn’t yet learned how to battle through the tough stretches in which they fall too far behind to make up the difference and win games.
“We just aren’t deep enough, talented enough right now to fight through those stretches,” Hoiberg said. “We certainly showed that we’re capable, but the overall consistency needs to get better.”
Smith scores 18 and No. 17 Maryland holds off Purdue 57-50
Following two straight losses – one lopsided, another agonizingly close – No. 17 Maryland was under intense pressure to maintain its unbeaten record at home.
Getting 18 points and 10 rebounds from Jalen Smith, the Terrapins defeated Purdue 57-50 on Saturday to avoid their longest skid of the season.
“We needed a win. Obviously, it’s an understatement,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “We did a lot of things great. Probably what we did the best is, coming off a tough loss on the road – a game we probably could have won – our guys responded. Showed you a little bit about our guys, the way we came out.”
After falling to Wisconsin 56-54 on Tuesday, the Terrapins (14-4, 4-3 Big Ten) showed their resilience by scoring the game’s first nine points and quickly moving in front 28-10. Purdue battled back, finally closing to 53-50 with 3:52 left before the rally fizzled.
Freshman Donta Scott scored a career-high 13 points, Aaron Wiggins added 12 and Anthony Cowan had seven assists for Maryland, now 11-0 at home and 0-4 in away games. So it goes in the Big Ten, where winning on the road is never easy.
“It’s hard to win at home, too,” Turgeon said.
The Terps seemed on their way to a lopsided victory before being outplayed by Purdue (10-8, 3-4) in the second half. Maryland led by 10 points before Trevion Williams hit a jumper and Isaiah Thompson connected from beyond the arc to make it 52-47.
“We came out slow in the second half. We just let it slip,” Smith said. “But we recovered and tried to hold them off as best as we could.”
It was 53-50 before Smith followed a Purdue miss with a resounding dunk with 2:06 remaining. A series of missed shots and turnovers followed before Cowan made two free throws with 12.5 seconds to go.
The Boilermakers went scoreless over the final 3:52.
Nojel Eastern scored 14 points for Purdue. Looking for an encore to their 71-42 rout of Big Ten leader Michigan State last Sunday, the Boilermakers instead fell to 1-5 on the road – their lone win was at Ohio last month.
“Maryland just lost two games. From a human behavior standpoint, you think they’re not going to be ready to play?” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “You think they’re not more comfortable in their own arena? You’ve just got to find a way.”
The Boilermakers were 8-0 this season when holding the opposition to 59 points or fewer.
Maryland shot 28% in the second half, including 0 for 9 from 3-point range. It was quite a contrast from the first half, when the Terps went 14 for 26 – 7 for 15 from beyond the arc.
Asked if the discrepancy in the numbers could be attributed to Purdue’s defense, Painter replied, “You can probably give them more credit than they deserve in the first half, and give us more credit than we deserve in the second half.”
The Terrapins held Purdue scoreless over the opening 4 1/2 minutes and took a 20-4 lead while getting assists on each of their first seven baskets. Five of those field goals were 3-pointers, including two apiece by Smith and Wiggins.
Minutes later, Scott hit a jumper and a pair of 3-pointers to make it 28-10. At that point, the Terps were 7 for 10 from beyond the arc.
On the other end, the Boilermakers shot 29% during the first 13 minutes and misfired on all four 3-point attempts.
No. 5 Butler Falls at DePaul
Behind 10-of-17 shooting from behind the arc and 32 free throw attempts, DePaul was able to knock off fifth-ranked Butler, 79-66, Saturday afternoon at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.
Paul Reed and Jalen Coleman-Lands combined for 43 points for the Blue Demons, who improve to 13-5 overall and pick up their first BIG EAST win.
For Butler, the team’s second consecutive loss moves its record to 15-3 (3-2 BIG EAST). The Bulldogs travel to Villanova for a Tuesday night contest.
DePaul’s tenth three-pointer of the game came with 7:11 remaining and gave the Blue Demons their largest lead of the game at 70-49. DePaul kept Butler at arm’s length throughout the second half, thanks in large part to a strong effort at the free throw line.
DePaul went to the line 32 times and made 25 of those attempts.
DePaul took a 44-34 advantage into the halftime locker room after leading by as much as 16 in the first half. A 10-2 run by the Bulldogs had cut the lead to four points (35-31) with 2:14 to play before a strong closing stretch by the host Blue Demons. Reed had 18 in the first half, including 13 of DePaul’s first 22 as they built an early 22-6 edge.
Reed went 8-of-9 from the field and added a game-high nine rebounds to his 23 points. Coleman-Lands had 20 points on just seven attempts from the field.
Kamar Baldwin led Butler with 16 points, while Jordan Tucker scored 13. Sean McDermott added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Nine of Butler’s 17 turnovers came in the first half as DePaul mounted their initial lead. The Bulldogs shot only 42 percent from the field, including 7-of-21 from three-point range.
The Bulldogs continue their two-game road swing with a Tuesday night tip at Villanova in what will be a match-up of Top 25 programs. The 7 p.m. start will be broadcast nationally on FS1. The next home game for Butler is Friday when Marquette visits Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Stevens Collects B1G Milestone in Nittany Lions 90-76 Win Over No. 21 Ohio State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State men’s basketball team (13-5, 3-4) picked up its third win over a ranked opponent this season with a 90-76 win over the No. 21 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-6, 2-5) on Saturday, Jan. 18. Senior forward Lamar Stevens scored his 1,000th point in Big Ten Conference competition as he led all scorers with 24 points in front of 14,785 fans in the Bryce Jordan Center.
Four Nittany Lions scored in double figures with sophomore guards Myreon Jones and Myles Dread contributing 20 and 12, respectively. Freshman forward Seth Lundy put up 12 points, his second straight double-figure game, coming in his two-straight starts.
“I was really proud of them (Penn State) because they didn’t look back, and everybody wanted to look back, everybody wanted to repeat history and I wouldn’t let them do it,” Penn State men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers, now with 17 wins against ranked in the Associated Press top 25 poll, most in program history. “I said it to the press earlier this week that I wasn’t going to do it. We’re going to stay present and we’re going to get better and we went out yesterday and practiced for an hour and fifteen minutes as hard as we could, and I think that’s exactly what you saw today. We competed, we were tough, we were physical, we got on the floor, we attempted charges, they’re all the winning plays that you need. We call them attitude plays. I think really, that was the difference for us in the way we approach the game and the way we play the game.”
The Nittany Lions shot 53.7 percent from the field for the game and scored at least 80 points for the ninth time this year. The 90 points vs. No. 21 Ohio State were the most ever scored in a regulation game against a ranked opponent in program history and the most allowed by Ohio State so far in 2019-20.
The victory in the Bryce Jordan Center, before a near sell-out crowd of 14,785, ended Penn State’s three-game losing streak.
Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field in the second half with the Buckeyes at 60 percent in the final 7:32. Ohio State had attempted only eight shots (4-8), but went to the foul line 18 times in the second period, finishing with 21 points off 29 total free throw attempts. The Nittany Lions converted 23 of 28 attempts, going 19-21 in the final 20 minutes.
Stevens scored his 14 second-half points in only eight minutes, going 3-4 from the field with a perfect 8-8 mark from the free throw line. The senior played smart even though he was in foul trouble, picking up two early in the first half and playing with four in the second. Penn State used calculated substitution patterns as three players had three fouls at the break and five had three or more at the game’s end.
Penn State led by as many as 20 points in the second half and held a double-digit lead with 3:14 left before the half. PSU had a 42-27 lead at the half.
Ohio State led for 26 seconds in the first 2:30 of the game, but Penn State took a two-point lead, 6-4, on Stevens’ 3-pointer 20 seconds later and never trailed again. The trey gave Stevens his 1,000th career point and half of his 10 first-half points.
Early on, senior forward Mike Watkins had seven of Penn State’s nine bench points. He went 4-5 from the field for the game for nine points, had a game-best three steals, five rebounds for a share of the game-high total, and registered two blocks.
Penn State connected on 16 field goals off 30 attempts for a 53.3 shooting percentage en route to a 42-27 lead at the half. The Buckeyes shot only 34.5 percent from the field in the first half.
Duanae Washington Jr. led the Buckeyes with 20 points, making three three-pointers. Kaleb and Andre Wesson combined for 31 points on 11-20 shooting.
The Nittany Lions have two more games remaining in the month of January, an away game at Michigan on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and a home contest vs. Indiana on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
For more information about single-game tickets or the mobile flex plan for men’s basketball, visit the online ticket information page or call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bench Effort Pushes Ball State Past Miami for 4-1 MAC Start
MUNCIE, Ind. — Four Ball State starters scored in double figures and the bench chipped in with 19 points as the Cardinals men’s basketball team picked up a 71-62 victory over Miami (Ohio) Saturday afternoon in Worthen Arena.
The win moved Ball State (11-7 overall) to 4-1 in Mid-American Conference play for the first time since 2012. It also marked the 100th career win for head coach James Whitford who joined Jim Hinga and Ray McCallum as the only BSU men’s basketball coaches to reach that mark.
Senior Tahjai Teague led a balanced Ball State attack with 14 points. Freshman Luke Bumbalough and junior Ishmael El-Amin each tallied 13 points, while senior Kyle Mallers added 10.
The Cardinals only utilized three bench players, but the trio of senior Josh Thompson (7), junior Brachen Hazen (7) and freshman Kani Acree (5) combined for 19 points on 50 percent (7-of-14) shooting from the floor. Hazen led the squad with six rebounds. BSU became just the second team all season to outscore Miami in bench points (19-16).
But it was on the other end of the floor where that group really changed the flow of the game after Miami got off to a red-hot start.
“I thought the bench made a big difference,” Whitford said. “I thought the defensive intensity that our bench brought became contagious. It lifted everybody. If you are going to be a good team, you have to find lots of different ways to win. This was a good win for us.”
Miami (8-10, 1-4 MAC) kept the home crowd quiet early as the RedHawks hit five of their first six 3-point attempts and built an 11-point lead midway through the first half at 21-10. The Cardinals got right back in the game thanks to three long-range shots from Bumbalough in less than two minutes. Ball State eventually took a 33-30 lead into intermission following a Hazen 3-pointer that banked in from the top of the arc as the first-half buzzer sounded.
A 10-0 Ball State run eight minutes into the second half gave the Cardinals the lead for good. Mallers and Thompson each hit a 3-pointer in that stretch, and Teague capped the spurt with two free throws with 11:58 remaining to make the score 45-38.
Miami never got closer than three points the rest of the way. Ball State’s defense held the RedHawks scoreless the final 2:34. Teague put the game away with a thunderous dunk with 35.7 seconds left to give the Cardinals a three-possession cushion at 70-62.
The RedHawks kept the game close by having their best 3-point shooting game of the season at 57.9 percent (11-of-19) against a BSU squad that entered the game allowing just 32.1 percent from deep. Miami’s Nike Sibande recorded his fourth double-double of the season as he registered game highs in points (16) and rebounds (10).
Ball State also made 11 trifectas, its highest mark against a league opponent this year. Bumbalough led all players by making four 3-pointers.
The Cardinals now have a week off to prepare for their next game, a road trip to Central Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 25. Game time on ESPN3 is set for 4:30 p.m. With the Chippewas’ loss Saturday to Buffalo, BSU now has a one-game lead in the early going of the MAC West Division race.
Johnson, No. 11 Louisville earn win at No. 3 Duke 79-73
Louisville’s big lead was all but gone, leaving the 11th-ranked Cardinals clinging to a slim margin while the fans packed into Duke’s famously hostile home arena were roaring at ear-ringing levels.
Chris Mack’s squad proved they were tough enough to punch back in those critical moments to secure a huge win against a fellow Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweight.
Freshman David Johnson had a season-high 19 points and the Cardinals hung on down the stretch to beat No. 3 Duke 79-73 on Saturday night, winning a key matchup in the league’s regular-season title chase.
“We never got rattled,” said Malik Williams, who had 12 points and a couple of big late-game plays. “Things got tough for us, they tied the game, we kept playing, kept fighting.”
“Fighting” is probably a good word for it, too. It was a physical game with plenty of players bumping each other to the floor and powering into the paint through contact, one that left Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski calling it “the most physical game we’ve been involved with in years, really.”
“The term of freedom of movement was not alive and well tonight,” Krzyzewski said, adding: “They played great, I don’t want it to take away from them.”
The Cardinals – who improbably blew a 23-point lead in the final 10 minutes of a home loss to Duke last year – hung on despite finding themselves in a tight finish after leading by 15 in the first half and 10 at halftime.
Leading 71-70, Louisville (15-3, 6-1 ACC) got two free throws from Dwayne Sutton with 3:11 remaining and then got five consecutive defensive stops during the critical game-clinching sequence. That included a missed drive and an airballed 3-pointer from Duke freshman Cassius Stanley, who was otherwise was the best player on the floor for either team on the way to season highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Wetzell, No. 7 SDSU beat Nevada 68-55 to remain undefeated
San Diego State home basketball games are starting to feel like they did back in the Kawhi Leonard era, when a packed Viejas Arena rocked and the Aztecs reached the Sweet 16 for the first time.
This time, it’s a trio of transfers leading the No. 7 Aztecs back into national prominence. New Zealander Yanni Wetzell stepped up with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds Saturday night for SDSU, which got hot in the second half and beat Nevada 68-55 to remain the nation’s only undefeated team.
The Aztecs pulled within one of the best opening streak in school history, a 20-0 run led by Leonard in 2010-11. That team finished a school-best 34-3.
With fellow big man Nathan Mensah missing his sixth straight game with a respiratory ailment, Wetzell had his best game with SDSU.
“I was just that much more extra aggressive,” said Wetzell, a graduate transfer from Vanderbilt. “We were down a couple at half and I knew that as a fifth-year senior I had to step up and try to lead these guys a little. I was just trying to be as aggressive as I can on the boards.”
Wetzell’s only mistake, it seemed, was an inadvertent tip-in that gave Nevada its only points during a 17-2 Aztecs run in the second half.
“Technically he had 19 points; just two for the other team,” SDSU coach Brian Dutcher cracked.
Malachi Flynn scored 14 points for San Diego State (19-0, 8-0 Mountain West), and Jordan Schakel had 12. Matt Mitchell added 11 points.
Trailing 35-33 at halftime, SDSU changed up its ball-screen defense and staggered Nevada to send a charge through Viejas Arena.
Payne’s career game helps Florida beat No. 4 Auburn 69-47
Omar Payne was an afterthought in Florida’s highly touted recruiting class, which featured high school All-Americans Scottie Lewis and Tre Mann.
No one expected Payne to start, let along star, in any games this season. So his performance against Auburn was a bigger shock than the final score.
Payne had the best game of his college career, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds, as the Gators routed the fourth-ranked Tigers 69-47 on Saturday.
“Elite,” teammate and fellow big man Kerry Blackshear Jr. said. “Great on both ends of the floor. His energy was great. We fed off his energy. He was a big reason why we were able to get this win.”
It was Florida’s first victory against a top-five team since beating then-No. 2 Michigan State in 2009. It was the 14th time this season that an unranked team knocked off a top-five opponent.
It surely will bolster Florida’s NCAA Tournament resume considering coach Mike White’s team hadn’t beaten a top-40 team in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings.
Auburn (15-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference), meanwhile, has lost two straight following a torrid start. This one ended with the program’s fourth-fewest points under sixth-year head coach Bruce Pearl.
“Obviously, there’s a pretty big price on our head,” Pearl said. “We’re ranked fourth in the country. Obviously, that’s not going to last much longer. I think we’ve got to respond to the step up that we saw this week from both Alabama and Florida.”
Pearl gave Payne, Blackshear and point guard Andrew Nembhard credit for continually breaking down his team’s defense. He also placed some blame on his starting backcourt of Samir Doughty and J’Von McCormick, who combined for 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and three turnovers. The duo was 2 for 10 from 3-point range.
Danjel Purifoy led the Tigers with 10 points.
Pearl conceded that his team’s lack of size outside center Austin Wiley will continue to be a weakness.
Florida exploited it, with Blackshear pulling Wiley outside and allowing Payne to crash the boards on both ends. Payne made all nine shots, scoring mostly on putbacks and tip-ins. He finished with seven offensive rebounds. It was a huge day for a guy who entered the game averaging 4.3 points and 4.1 rebounds.
EARLHAM BASKETBALL ROUND-UP
MEN: Men’s basketball upends Hanover for first time since 2012
HANOVER, Indiana – Earlham College men’s basketball turned in one of its best shooting performances of the season and had four players score in double digits, and posted a 70-65 win over Hanover College.
The win was the Quakers’ first victory over Hanover since February 4, 2012, when Earlham posted a 57-53 road win over the Panthers.
Final Score: Earlham 70, Hanover 65
Location: Hanover, Indiana – Collier Arena
Records: Earlham 6-8, 2-5 HCAC / Hanover 11-3, 5-2 HCAC
HOW IT HAPPENED
A 16-4 run early in the first half vaulted Earlham into 20-8 lead at the 12:39 mark, following back-to-back 3-pointers from Chainey Zolman and Blake Bonin. The Quakers twice extended their lead to as much as 18 points, before settling in with a 40-26 advantage at the intermission.
After buckets from Bonin and Sakaleros to open the second half for Earlham, Hanover responded with a 10-0 run to narrow the gap. The Panthers cut the difference to five points, 53-48, on a Mark Alberts layup with 11:09 to play, and it remained a two-possession affair for the next four minutes. A layup from Kenneth Stalling Jr. eventually got Earlham back in front by seven, 59-52, and extended its lead to 11 points as the clock showed 4:30 to play.
A 6-0 run from Hanover brought the Panthers back to within five of the Quakers, and the margin was further reduced to three, 68-65, with two seconds showing on the clock after a Logan Ratts free throw. Stalling connected on a pair of foul shots in the waning seconds to preserve the conference road victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Four Earlham players finished in double figures, led by Jamel Barnes Jr. who finished with 19 points on a 6-of-11 effort from the floor with three 3-pointers, and dished out six assists to aid the Earlham cause.
Chainey Zolman tallied 15 points with a team-high seven rebounds, while Blake Bonin and Kenneth Stalling Jr. logged 13 and 12 points respectively. Bonin also handed out six assists for the Quakers.
Kevin Williams paced Hanover with 12 points, with Logan Ratts and Connor Washburn each charting 10 points.
Earlham shot 55.6 percent (25-of-45) from the floor, its second-best shooting performance this season and best versus an HCAC opponent, and outperforming a Hanover squad that fired at a 47.3 percent clip. The Quakers connected on seven of its 17 3-point attempts, while the Panthers were held to two 3-pointers. Earlham also charted a 13-of-16 (.813) ledger at the free-throw line.
Earlham men’s basketball returns home on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to host Defiance College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
WOMEN: Women’s basketball stopped at Hanover
HANOVER, Indiana – Hanover College’s height advantage and shooting prowess got the better of the visiting Earlham College women’s basketball team, as the Quakers dropped a 69-50 decision to the Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Collier Arena.
Final Score: Hanover 69, Earlham 50
Location: Hanover, Indiana – Collier Arena
Records: Earlham 4-11, 3-5 HCAC / Hanover 8-6, 7-1 HCAC
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Quakers gave the host Panthers a good fight through the first quarter, matching Hanover through the first five minutes and trailing by just six points, 19-13, through the first 10 minutes.
After the two teams traded buckets early in the second stanza, things quickly got away from the Quakers. A 6-0 Hanover run put the Panthers in front by double digits, 27-15, with 7:12 remaining in the frame. The Panthers got on a roll toward the end of the quarter by increased their lead to 18 points, 39-21, with under a minute remaining, before a 3-pointer and a layup by junior Kayla Bowling in the final 22 seconds cut the halftime margin to 39-26.
Hanover outscored Earlham 19-11 in the third quarter, including a 10-0 run over the final three minutes of the frame, to extend its lead to 58-37 through 30 minutes. The Quakers managed to close the deficit slightly in the fourth quarter, but never threatened the Hanover lead.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Bowling led Earlham with nine points, while seniors Zoe Curtis and Maddy Krodel each registered eight points for the Quakers. Senior Amy Weisner and first-year Cambie Poole tallied six points each.
Ten Earlham players got involved in the scoring, including 31 points off the bench for the Quakers. Hanover was able to keep first-year Trinity McClendon, who charted 21 points in Earlham’s last outing against Bluffton, scoreless in 15 minutes on the court.
Junior Acacia Tenette dished out five assists in the win, with McClendon getting credit for four assists. Poole and Krodel led the Quakers with four rebounds each.
Earlham shot 36.5 percent (19-of-52) from the field, but could not match Hanover’s 26-of-49 (.531) shooting performance. The Quakers did force the Panthers into committing 20 turnovers, just the third 20+ turnover outing for Hanover this season, which translated into a 19 Earlham points.
Earlham women’s basketball concludes its run of three-straight road games on Wednesday, Jan. 22, when it travels to Defiance, Ohio, to face the Defiance Yellow Jackets. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
IU EAST BASKETBALL ROUNDUP
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team won its third straight home game with a 75-58 victory over Carlow University on Lingle Court on Jan. 18.
Kamiylah Bomar led IU East with 23 points as the Red Wolves had three players in double figures.
IU East is 4-16 overall and 3-4 in the conference, while Carlow falls to 7-12 and 2-5.
IU East is back in action at Indiana University Kokomo on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The RSC contest gets underway at 5:30 p.m.
RICHMOND, Ind. – A fast start gave the Indiana University East men’s basketball team a wide margin as the Red Wolves went on to defeat Carlow University on Jan. 18.
Final score on Junior Red Wolves Day at Lingle Court: 116-61.
The Red Wolves jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first two minutes of the River States Conference contest on their way to a 58-23 advantage by halftime.
Brady Smith sank six 3-pointers and led the Red Wolves with a season-high 22 points.
IU East is 12-9 overall, 6-1 in the conference, and tied with WVU Tech at the top of the RSC East Division. Carlow is 1-19 and 0-7.
The Red Wolves return to the court at NAIA Division II No. 12 Indiana University Kokomo on Jan. 21. The matchup of RSC division leaders is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
Bucks win easily again, beat Nets 117-97 for 6th straight
Their lead was only nine with a minute left in the first half and it looked like the Milwaukee Bucks might be on their way to a close game.
Then Khris Middleton hit two 3-pointers, and another rout was on for a team that just keeps racking them up.
“I think they are playing as good as anybody I’ve seen in a while in this league,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Middleton scored 20 points, and the Bucks beat Brooklyn 117-97 on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory.
The Bucks ran the NBA’s best record to 38-6. They came in beating opponents by 12.4 points per game, which would be a league record if it holds up all season, and their lead was never below that after Middleton hit consecutive 3s in the final minute of the second quarter when Brooklyn trailed just 51-42.
“I think we’re playing great basketball right now, but we know the later the season goes, the deeper we go into the playoffs, that we’ve got to continue to raise our level of play,” Middleton said.
Milwaukee coasted through the second half and fell just short of a fifth consecutive game with 120 points, which would have tied a franchise record set last season. The Bucks shot 50% from the field, made 17 3-pointers and held the short-handed Nets to 33% shooting.
That wasn’t enough to satisfy Antetokounmpo, the league MVP when the Bucks had the league’s best record last year before they couldn’t even reach the NBA Finals.
“We were good last year, but obviously we didn’t win the championship,” he said. “We want to (be) a team that can be (there) at the end of the year to compete for the championship. We’ve got to get better. There’s not another option.”
James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 124-115
The Los Angeles Lakers were determined to start the second half of their season on a high note following a loss that snapped a nine-game winning streak.
They were able to do that by riding a big third quarter to a 124-115 win over the Houston Rockets.
LeBron James had 31 points and 12 assists for the Lakers, who lost to Orlando on Wednesday night.
“We hated the loss that we had the other night against Orlando,” James said. “So we had a couple of days to kind of just reshape, refocus and start the second half of the season the right way, and we did that tonight.”
The loss was the third straight for the Rockets, which tied a season high, and they have dropped four of five.
“We’re just not playing well right now,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We haven’t played well for a couple of weeks. And the only way you can get out of it is play hard, keep your head down and just go forward.”
Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points, and Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each had 20 for the Lakers.
Russell Westbrook scored 35 points for his fourth straight 30-point game and James Harden had 34 for the Rockets, who also lost three in a row in late November.
Harden is confident the Rockets can break out of their funk.
“Everybody throughout the course of your career has been through some tough times and the only way you can get through them is continue to work and continue to go hard and mentally lock in and just try to be as solid as possible,” Harden said.
James was impressed with the work Kuzma did against Westbrook in the second half when he was held to 13 points.
“Kuz just kept his body in front of him and made him take tough shots,” James said. “He made a couple but Kuz made it tough on him, so that helped changed the game for us.”
Los Angeles didn’t lead in the first half but used a 32-point third quarter to take a nine-point lead into the fourth.
Trail Blazers trade Kent Bazemore to Kings as part of five-player deal
The Kings and Trail Blazers have agreed to a trade that will send Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver to Sacramento in exchange for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel, and Caleb Swanigan, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Shams Charania of The Athletic first reported that the Blazers are trading Bazemore to Sacramento.
The Kings will also receive Portland’s second-round picks in 2024 and 2025 as part of the deal, a source tells Sam Amick of The Athletic. ESPN’s Bobby Marks notes that the swap can’t be officially completed until Tuesday, when Gabriel’s trade restriction lifts.
For Portland, the deal represents a cost-cutting move that shouldn’t impact the team’s on-court performance too drastically, if at all. Both Ariza and Bazemore have had down years so far, but Bazemore’s drop-off has been more precipitous. He has posted a career-worst .347 FG percentage to go along with a .327 3PT percentage. Ariza is at least still knocking down his threes (35.2 percent) at his career rate, even as his role was reduced in Sacramento.
Tolliver had been a rotation player for the Blazers, with 16.8 minutes per game in 33 contests, but hasn’t been at his best either. His 36.8 percent field goal shooting is his worst mark since he was a rookie in 2008-09.
Bazemore and Tolliver are earning a combined $20.89M, compared to a total of $15.68M for Ariza, Swanigan, and Gabriel. Besides trimming more than $5M off the Blazers’ team salary, the deal will also reduce the organization’s projected tax bill by $12.6M, according to Marks.
Additionally, Portland will create a pair of traded player exceptions, including one worth just over $5M, and will have the opportunity to keep Ariza for the 2020-21 season if he finishes the year strong. His $12.8M salary for ’20-21 is partially guaranteed for $1.8M, per Basketball Insiders.
It’s not clear if Swanigan and Gabriel fit into Portland’s plans, though it’s worth noting Swanigan was originally drafted by the Blazers before being traded to the Kings a year ago. Both players are on expiring contracts. Portland won’t need to cut anyone to make room to accommodate the three incoming players since the club already had an open roster spot.
As for the Kings’ side of the deal, Amick observes that it opens up a roster spot immediately and also creates slightly more flexibility moving forward since Bazemore and Tolliver are on expiring contracts. The Ariza signing hadn’t worked out as the franchise had hoped, so Sacramento will hope that Bazemore can bounce back and that Tolliver looks more he did when he was a member of the Kings in 2016-17 and shot .442/.391/.744.
There are no plans to buy out Bazemore, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, who tweets that the veteran swingman has a “great relationship” with head coach Luke Walton and the Kings’ front office.
Even if the Kings’ new additions keep slumping, the team will come away with a pair of future assets in the trade by picking up the Blazers’ 2024 and 2025 second-round picks. Sacramento had already acquired multiple extra second-rounders for 2020 and 2021, so the team is building up quite a stash of draft picks, which could be useful in future deals.
MLB found no evidence of wearable devices during Astros investigation
It took all of 72 hours for another Astros-centric controversy to bubble up on social media, as allegations that Houston players wore electronic “buzzers” inside their shirts during the 2019 season surfaced Thursday. However, Major League Baseball issued a statement to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez indicating that the just-completed investigation of the Houston organization included a probe into the potential of utilization of wearable devices during the 2019 season but found “no evidence” that could substantiate any such claim.
The origin point of the latest controversy includes an anonymous Twitter account that previously claimed to be Carlos Beltran’s niece, although the Beltran family has denied the legitimacy of that user’s identity (and there’s little reason to think that Beltran, a 2019 Yankees employee, would have knowledge of a new Astros scheme anyhow). The Twitter account has since been deactivated.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer threw some fuel on the flame when he tweeted that he’s heard similar permutations of the rumor “from multiple parties.”
Video of Jose Altuve imploring his teammates not to tear his shirt off before jumping onto home plate following his ALCS Game 6 walk-off home run only further drove speculation. That escalating level of speculation prompted Altuve’s agent, Scott Boras, to issue the following statement on behalf of his client to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman:
When this came up today, Jose Altuve immediately contacted me and this is his statement: ‘I have never worn an electronic device in my performance as a major league player.’ … [Altuve] has never been involved in any information with the use of an electronic device that is triggered during the course of the game. Fans need to keep in mind that there are a lot of players who are in the spider web, but they are not the black widow just because they are a member of the team or the league.
The latest wave of claims comes without the benefit of the quality reporting that brought the initial scandal to light. The Athletic’s Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal broke the initial story open back in November with a report that included on-record confirmation from former Astros right-hander Mike Fiers. This latest controversy is more speculation-driven, although Bauer’s comments at least create some intrigue. Certainly, one would imagine that the emergence of new evidence could lead to further exploration from the league, but at this juncture there’s no indication this situation has even approached that point.
Alex Bregman: Accusations of wearing buzzer ‘just stupid’
The Houston Astros held their offseason fanfest Saturday at a somewhat awkward time, but it meant we got our first comments from a key player about the fallout from the team’s 2017 sign stealing scandal.
Third baseman Alex Bregman declined to say much when he met the press. He denied that he and Jose Altuve had worn any electronic devices to aid them in stealing signs and refused to comment on the league investigation or the aftermath of it.
The awkward reality is that the Astros still have a lot of talent and have every chance of being a playoff team again in 2020, even without stealing signs. They would probably love to respond by doing what the Patriots did after Deflategate and using it as motivation to beat everyone. That’ll be harder to do in MLB than the NFL, but this is a group of players whose talents and accomplishments are being questioned as illegitimate. Even if that’s a reasonable response, they won’t like it, and Bregman’s quote seems to illustrate that.
Blue Jays’ Randal Grichuk wants Astros stripped of 2017 title
There seems to be a growing consensus among some MLB players that the Houston Astros weren’t punished harshly enough for their 2017 electronic sign stealing operation.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk wasn’t even on a team that was hurt by the Astros cheating, as he played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017. Still, on Saturday, he publicly called for the Astros to be stripped of their 2017 title and for players on the team to lose their rings over their involvement in the scandal.
Short of suspending individual players, this is probably the harshest penalty MLB could have imposed on the Astros that it didn’t actually do. There’s a debate over whether it would actually matter — no amount of punishment is going to give the Dodgers a championship — but it’s pretty clear that many in the game would have liked to see Rob Manfred do more.
The biggest complaint is that the system that was player-driven did not see any players get punished, and that isn’t sitting well with a lot of people. From that perspective, Grichuk’s disappointment is easy to understand.
Cheater? Mike Trout Has Been Accused
By Rafael Thomas
Just when you thought the week couldn’t get any more horrifying for MLB commissioner, the league’s perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout has been accused by another player of using Human Growth Hormones, that both the league and the players know about it, and no one really cares one way or the other.
Trevor Bauer now pitches for the Cincinnati Reds after stints in Arizona and Cleveland. In speaking with Daniel Roberts late this week, Bauer claims that Mike Trout is not only using Human Growth Hormones (HGH) but that Major League Baseball knows about it and he has the league’s blessing since the Los Angeles Angels’ center fielder is using a loophole in the rules in order to do so.
According to Roberts, Mike Trout has a medial reason for using HGH, namely a thyroid issue, that allows him to use the well-known performance-enhancing drug (PED) with the knowledge and consent of those at Major League Baseball headquarters. Bauer added that most players in the league actually don’t care, noting that MLB has a complex protocol that players need to go through in order to get a medical exemption to use HGH, which Mike Trout received.
OK, time to put on the aluminum foil hat and play the conspiracy game — With Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens right below the 75% of the votes needed for induction into the Hall of Fame just days before the Class of 2020 is announced, it is possible that it is better for Mike Trout to deal with this 800-pound gorilla now, get it over with, and then let his career speak for itself? Is it all that implausible to think that this new came out now, during his career, even though the optics are bad short-term; in order to clear up this issue heading into this season, and hopefully never to be dealt with again during his playing days?
While I would concede that the center fielder might have lost out on being an unanimous Hall of Fame selection with this revelation, the remedy for dealing with this issue is simple: Have a medical professional explain how the HGH therapy Trout uses for his thyroid does, or does not help his performance on the team. This is something that he, his team as well as Major League Baseball better do RIGHT NOW, or this will potentially hang over the 2020 season longer and louder than what is happening with Houston and Boston’s sign stealing scandal. It will also be interesting to see how voters for next year’s Most Valuable Player award treat Trout and look at him in a different light because of this news.
It is hard to believe that the career of Mike Trout will be looked at differently when his playing days are over. It is also hard to think that his greatness will not be remembered; the question is, will it be considered tainted greatness?
For me, I need to hear from medical professionals that what he is doing for his thyroid he not helping him between the lines. Otherwise, I worry that Mike Trout will be labeled a dirty player die for the rest of his career.
Ovechkin ties Yzerman for career goals; Caps top Isles 6-4
Alex Ovechkin has made a career out of scoring big goals in big moments. His latest milestone was no different.
Ovechkin had a hat trick for the second consecutive game to tie Steve Yzerman for ninth on the career goals list Saturday, and the Washington Capitals rallied with five goals in the third period for a 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders.
“To be honest with you, it’s something special. It’s history. Great names,” said Ovechkin, who is now two goals short of Mark Messier for eighth all-time.
Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal with 2:30 left after the Islanders turned over the puck in their own zone. The league-best Capitals extended their wining streak to four games while the Islanders lost for the fourth time in their last five.
Ovechkin also passed Mario Lemieux for 10th place on the career list. His 692nd goal came late in the third period on an empty net to seal the victory.
“Those are players I used to look up to,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. “It was an honor to play against them. To now see Ovi passing them – with many games in front of him – it’s special and fitting for the way he did it tonight.”
Washington’s Ilya Samsonov made seven saves in relief of Braden Holtby, who allowed four goals on 22 shots.
Semyon Varlamov gave up four third-period goals and finished with 24 saves. Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Jordan Eberle and Devon Toews had put the Islanders ahead 4-1 entering the third period.
Ovechkin’s 690th goal came at 10:22 of the first period to put Washington up 1-0. His 691st goal came at 5:18 of the third to cut the deficit to 4-3 after Carl Hagelin scored earlier in the third for Washington.
Tom Wilson tied the game at 14:32 of the third, his 14th goal of the year, before Vrana delivered his 22nd goal of the season. Ovechkin’s empty-netter was his 34th goal of the year.
“We have a really strong group here,” Vrana said. “We believe in each other and as you guys know, even if we are down three goals, we kept pushing and lots of people maybe think the game was over, but … we stick with our game and it’s nice to get the win.”
Conor McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return
Conor McGregor came back with a big bang.
McGregor stopped Donald Cerrone with a head kick and punches 40 seconds into the first round at UFC 246 on Saturday night, announcing his return to mixed martial arts with his first victory since 2016.
The Irish former two-division champion came out of a three-year stretch of relative inactivity and outside-the-cage troubles with a performance that echoed his greatest fights during his unparalleled rise.
After bloodying Cerrone’s nose with his first punch, McGregor (22-4) then floored Cerrone (36-14) only 20 seconds into the bout with a perfectly placed left kick to the head. He mercilessly finished on the ground to the delight of a sellout crowd of 19,040 at T-Mobile Arena.
“I feel really good, and I came out of here unscathed,” McGregor said. “I’m in shape. We’ve got work to do to get back to where I was.”
McGregor’s hand hadn’t been raised in victory since November 2016, when he stopped lightweight Eddie Alvarez to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two championship belts simultaneously. With his fame and fortune multiplying, McGregor fought only his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather in 2017, and he lost a one-sided UFC bout to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in late 2018.
After a year spent out of competition and in repeated trouble with the law, McGregor got back into training and vowed to return to elite form. This dramatic victory over Cerrone indicated he’s well on his way, and McGregor has vowed to fight multiple times in 2020.
Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and veteran brawler Jorge Masvidal watched UFC 246 from cageside. Either man could be McGregor’s next opponent.
“Any one of these mouthy fools can get it,” McGregor yelled into the microphone. “Every single one of them can get it. It does not matter. I’m back and I’m ready.”
Cerrone is the winningest fighter in UFC history with 23 victories, a mark that reflects both his durability and commitment to an uncommonly busy schedule. Cerrone, who also holds the UFC record with 16 stoppage wins, had fought a whopping 11 times since McGregor’s win over Alvarez, and he was in the cage for the 15th time since he lost his only UFC title shot in December 2015.
Joe Burrow declines Senior Bowl invite
With Joe Burrow becoming one of college football’s all-time rising stocks, NFL evaluators will not see the LSU star in pads again before the draft. Burrow will pass on the Senior Bowl, according to the game’s director, Jim Nagy.
Burrow’s record-setting 60-touchdown-pass season rocketed him from later-round NFL prospect to near-surefire No. 1 overall pick. The Bengals have praised the Ohio native’s abilities and are likely to bring him aboard as their next quarterback.
The former Ohio State talent debuted as LSU’s starter in 2018 but threw for only 2,894 yards and 16 touchdown passes as a junior. Working with new Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady this past season, Burrow got to 5,671 yards and more than tripled his TD output. It seems unlikely his stock will climb higher by working out in Mobile next week.
The next opportunity teams will have to see Burrow in action will be at the combine. However, his absence in Mobile, Alabama, will open the door to Justin Herbert commanding the spotlight at college football’s top all-star game. The Oregon product bypassed the draft last year to play his senior season and will suit up at the Senior Bowl. So will Utah State’s Jordan Love. Michigan’s Shea Patterson, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, Washington State’s Anthony Gordon and Colorado’s Steven Montez will join them.
With Tua Tagovailoa out, Herbert has a chance to potentially snare the position of second quarterback drafted. While the Dolphins have been linked to Tagovailoa at No. 5, they also did extensive work on Herbert when he was a possible top-10 pick in the 2019 draft. The Redskins, Lions and Giants (Nos. 2-4) are almost certain to be out of the quarterback market and could double as trade-down candidates for teams looking to invest in either Herbert or Tagovailoa.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s arrest warrant has been rescinded
The arrest warrant Odell Beckham Jr. drew in New Orleans this week has since been rescinded, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Video emerged of the Browns wide receiver slapping a New Orleans police officer’s buttocks after Monday night’s national championship game, prompting the warrant, but NOPD confirmed that is no longer an issue for the 27-year-old standout. While this incident drew a fair amount of attention, it will not lead to an arrest.
In the video, a Superdome security guard is seen exchanging words with an LSU player. Beckham intervened and appears to smack the officer’s rear end. Initially, authorities originally sought a warrant for a misdemeanor sexual battery charge, but it was declined by a judge. A simple battery charge was then sought.
Now, Beckham appears to be in the clear after the officer signed an affidavit indicating he did not want to press charges, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes.
Although Beckham still has much to prove after a disappointing season, he will almost certainly not face an NFL suspension. The 2019 Browns trade acquisition caught 74 passes for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns — career-low figures (by far) in a season in which Beckham played 16 games — and showed little chemistry with Baker Mayfield. Beckham’s 12-game 2018 season produced better numbers. Trade rumors already began to follow the ex-Giants superstar, but Beckham is expected to be one of the key players for Kevin Stefanski‘s first Browns team.
Chiefs DE Frank Clark trash talks Derrick Henry: ‘He’s not hard to hit’
Frank Clark is living dangerously prior to Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.
In an interview with James Palmer of NFL Network this week, the Kansas City Chiefs defensive end had smack talk for Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry.
“He’s not hard to hit,” said Clark. “He’s just a big guy. 240, 245, 250, honestly he should be running harder at his weight and at his size. I don’t see no difficult in tackling him.
“He’s just easy to me up front because I don’t look at any running back like they can’t be tackled,” the 2019 Pro Bowl defender went on. “He’s not one of the best guys at breaking tackles to me honestly.”
Considering Henry’s postseason thus far (377 rushing yards on 5.9 yards per carry through just two games), Clark sure must like playing with fire. The last defender who had something to say about Henry wound up eating crow too, so Clark’s trash talk could easily backfire if Sunday doesn’t go well for the Chiefs.
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.
IU EAST TRACK
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana University East track and field teams had three individuals and a pair of relay squads win events at the Indianapolis Collegiate Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Seth Reynolds, Justin Lowe and Tamaree Haygood each won events for the Red Wolves inside the Athletic Recreational Center (ARC) on the campus of the University of Indianapolis.
IU East was also first in the men’s and women’s 1,600-meter relays to finish the meet.
* Reynolds won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.17 seconds, while Haygood was second at 8.39.
* Lowe took the 400 meters in 50.24 seconds, while Matthew Paterson finished fourth in 52.03.
* Haygood won the long jump with a leap of 6.71 meters, which was just under his school record of 6.78 set back in December.
* Seth Reynolds, Paterson, Joe Brown and Lowe finished first in the men’s 1,600-meter relay in 3:24.37.
* The women’s 1,600-meter relay squad of Kevaray Gillette, Kaniyah Rush, Sarai Sosa Perez and Sheliece Watkins also won with a time of 4:12.71.
* Haygood finished third in the high jump as he established a new standard for the Red Wolves clearing 1.95 meters.
* Brown, third in 60 meters (7.10).
* Trent Herbert, third in 200 meters (22.50).
* Sincere Beam, third in triple jump (12.66 meters).
* Paterson, fourth in 400 meters (52.03).
* Gillette, fourth in 60-meter hurdles (9.27).
* Edmalie Cruz Sanchez, fourth in 3,000 meters (11:36.90).
* Paterson, fifth in 200 meters (22.60).
* Seth Reynolds, sixth in 200 meters (22.65).
* Dustin Reynolds, sixth in 800 meters (2:02.57).
* Brown, seventh in 200 meters (22.70).
The Red Wolves return to action at the SPIRE 2020 Midwest Track and Field Open in Geneva, Ohio, on Jan. 24-25.
OHIO STATE TRACK
Ohio State Claims Second at Simmons-Harvey Invite
The women’s track and field program scored 120 team points
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field program traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich. to compete in the Simmons-Harvey Invite hosted by the University of Michigan. The Simmons-Harvey Invite was a tri-meet between Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. The Wolverines won the meet with 120 points, Ohio State placed second with 93 points and Michigan State placed third with 90 points.
Freshman Jayden Woods had a standout performance in the women’s 400-meter dash. The sprints specialist was able to claim the title with a final burst of speed during the last 60-meters, crossing the finish line at 55.69. Her championship 400-meter dash time puts her in the No. 3 spot in the Big Ten.
Quoting Coach Dennis
“I’m encouraged and proud of this team. I think we have some work to do but at the same time we have a lot of really fine athletes that will show up during the latter part of the season for us.”
Top Three Finishes
- Junior Morgan Lewis started the day off strong for the Buckeyes with a first place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.35). Senior Alexus Plyes (8.46) placed second and freshman Emma Nworfor (8.57) claimed third.
• Sophomore Devine Parker won the 60-meter dash title with a time of 7.39. Junior Anavia Battle was close behind with a time of 7.44 to take second.
• Throws specialist Adelaide Aquilla won the women’s shot put with a winning distance of 16.34-meters.
• Freshman Jayden Woods won the women’s 400-meter dash with an impressive finish of 55.69. Her championship time puts her No. 3 in the event within the Big Ten.
• Gia Napoleon, a freshman, placed third in the women’s 800-meter run with a career-best time of 2:13.33.
• Freshman Nya Bussey claimed the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 24.66.
• Senior Alexus Pyles earned a third place showing in the women’s high jump.
- The women’s 4×400-meter relay ended the Simmons-Harvey Invite with a time of 3:41.95. The team include Tamani Wilson, Aziza Ayoub, Alyssa Marsh and Jayden Wood.
The Buckeyes will compete in the Columbia Challenge hosted by Columbia University in New York, NY.
Ohio State Claims Second at Simmons-Harvey Invite
The men’s track and field program scored 113 team points
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field program traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich. to compete in the Simmons-Harvey Invite hosted by the University of Michigan. The Simmons-Harvey Invite was a tri-meet between Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. The Wolverines won the meet with 126 points, Ohio State placed second with 113 points and Michigan State was third with 53 points.
Freshman Clarence Foote-Talley was a standout for the Buckeyes again for the second consecutive week. The jumps specialist won the long jump title with a career-best distance of 7.13-meters and the triple jump title (14.36-meters)
Quoting Coach Dennis
“I’m encouraged and proud of this team. I think we have some work to do but at the same time we have a lot of really fine athletes that will show up during the latter part of the season for us.”
Top Three Finishes
- Junior Tavonte Mott placed third in the men’s section of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.09. Mott also went on to win the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 21.75.
• Eric Harrison Jr., a junior, won the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.74. Sophomore Kainnan Ramsey placed third with a time of 6.89.
- Clarence Foote-Talley won long jump (7.13-meters) and triple jump (14.36).
- Sophomore Garrett Doyle continues to show progress as he threw a career-best distance in weight throw of 20.16-meters to take second.
- Sophomore Donnie James was right behind him with a time of 47.76 to take second.
- RJ Russell, a junior, won his first indoor 600-meter race with a time of 1:20.03.
- Freshman Shaun Miller Jr. won the men’s high jump for the second time this year. He was able to clear a maximum height of 2.08-meters.
- Pole vault specialist Robby Oswald claimed the men’s pole vault competition with a height of 4.90-meters.
- The men’s 4×400-meter relay rounded out the scoring efforts for the Buckeyes with a second place showing. Donnie James, Terry Johnson, RJ Russell and Andre Jeff finished with a combined time of 3:17.30.
The Buckeyes will compete in the Columbia Challenge hosted by Columbia University in New York, NY.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 1974
SOUTH BEND, Ind. [Saturday]- U.C.L.A.is record 88-game basketball winning streak came to an end today on the same court where the Bruins had last lost three years ago. In a surprising and thrilling finish, unbeaten Notre Dame turned an 11-point deficit and apparent defeat in the last 3 minutes 32 seconds into a 71‚70 victory.
Dwight Clay took a jump shot from the right corner and the ball went through for the winning points. With 29 seconds remaining, the Irish held on in a wild finale to beat the school that has been the National Collegiate champion for the last seven years and nine of the last 10. The crowd of 11,343 fans in Notre Dame’s Athletic and Convocation Center was almost stunned. It was a few seconds before belief registered, apparently, and then the fans swarmed on the court, smothering the Irish players and Coach Digger Phelps with wild undergraduate enthusiasm.
The Irish will obviously move up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the weekly polls, replacing U.C.L.A., which has been No. 1 since the semifinals of the 1968 National Collegiate Athletic Association championship tournament. The victory came 20 days after Notre Dame’s football team became the No. 1 team by beating Alabama in an equally exciting Sugar Bowl game. However, the basketball team will have to fight to retain its lofty spot because it meets U.C.L.A. in a return game a week from tonight at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.
What made the victory more impressive was that the Irish beat the “Walton Gang,” with Bill Walton playing the entire 40 minutes and playing very well. That U.C.L.A. could not get the ball to the big redhead at the end was a telling factor after Clay’s shot. Walton injured his back seriously in a fall during a game at Washington State last Monday, and had missed the last three U.C.L.A. victories. He played today with an elastic corset. He scored 24 points, had nine rebounds and intimidated Notre Dame throughout.
This was the first time that Walton or any of the other Bruins had tasted defeat as varsity players. Walton, Tommy Curtis and Keith Wilkes are the outstanding seniors who went a long time before losing. Phelps, in his third year as Notre Dame coach after leaving Fordham, said: “This was great for college basketball. I’m sure everyone was rooting for us the way they used to root against the New York Yankees. The win was special for Notre Dame, for the kids, for my staff, for my mother and father [who were present] and for us all.”
This was only the sixth defeat for U.C.L.A. in the last eight seasons, during which Coach John Wooden’s Bruins have won 218 games. Wooden said: “Once we got the game to break the record, it was relatively meaningless. We knew it would end sometime.”
One week later at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A. returned the favor, defeating Notre Dame by 94‚75 and regaining the No. 1 position in the polls. In the N.C.A.A. tournament, the Bruins lost to David Thompson and North Carolina State in a classic semifinal.
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Milwaukee||38||6||.864||—||20-2||18-4||10-0||23-3||9-1||6 W|
|2 Miami||29||12||.707||7.5||18-1||11-11||5-2||19-6||6-4||2 W|
|3 Toronto||28||14||.667||9.0||15-7||13-7||5-3||19-7||6-4||3 W|
|4 Boston||27||14||.659||9.5||16-5||11-9||6-5||19-9||4-6||3 L|
|5 Indiana||27||15||.643||10.0||17-5||10-10||4-6||18-11||6-4||4 W|
|6 Philadelphia||28||16||.636||10.0||20-2||8-14||8-2||20-9||5-5||3 W|
|7 Orlando||20||23||.465||17.5||13-8||7-15||5-2||13-11||6-4||2 L|
|8 Brooklyn||18||23||.439||18.5||11-10||7-13||4-5||12-12||2-8||3 L|
|9 Detroit||16||27||.372||21.5||8-13||8-14||5-8||12-20||4-6||2 W|
|10 Chicago||16||28||.364||22.0||9-14||7-14||5-6||12-18||3-7||1 W|
|11 Charlotte||15||29||.341||23.0||7-13||8-16||1-3||10-16||2-8||6 L|
|12 Washington||13||28||.317||23.5||8-11||5-17||3-6||8-16||4-6||3 L|
|13 Cleveland||12||31||.279||25.5||6-14||6-17||3-7||7-23||2-8||4 L|
|14 New York||11||32||.256||26.5||6-15||5-17||1-9||6-20||2-8||3 L|
|15 Atlanta||10||33||.233||27.5||5-15||5-18||3-4||5-22||4-6||1 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 LA Lakers||34||8||.810||—||16-5||18-3||4-2||23-4||9-1||1 W|
|2 Denver||29||12||.707||4.5||17-5||12-7||5-0||17-6||7-3||3 W|
|3 LA Clippers||30||13||.698||4.5||19-4||11-9||6-1||18-10||7-3||3 W|
|4 Utah||29||13||.690||5.0||16-3||13-10||4-2||16-8||9-1||1 W|
|5 Dallas||27||15||.643||7.0||13-10||14-5||7-0||16-8||6-4||4 W|
|6 Houston||26||15||.634||7.5||14-6||12-9||4-4||15-11||5-5||3 L|
|7 Oklahoma City||24||19||.558||10.5||14-9||10-10||5-4||17-12||6-4||1 W|
|8 Memphis||20||22||.476||14.0||12-12||8-10||3-3||14-14||8-2||7 W|
|9 Phoenix||18||24||.429||16.0||9-14||9-10||4-6||9-19||6-4||2 W|
|10 San Antonio||17||23||.425||16.0||11-10||6-13||2-5||9-13||5-5||2 L|
|11 Portland||18||26||.409||17.0||9-10||9-16||3-6||10-18||4-6||2 L|
|12 New Orleans||16||27||.372||18.5||8-13||8-14||1-5||11-17||6-4||1 L|
|13 Minnesota||15||27||.357||19.0||6-14||9-13||2-7||7-19||3-7||5 L|
|14 Sacramento||15||27||.357||19.0||8-13||7-14||4-4||11-16||3-7||4 L|
|15 Golden State||10||34||.227||25.0||7-15||3-19||1-6||7-25||1-9||1 W|
|1 Washington Capitals||49||33||11||5||71||30||177||144||15-5-4||18-6-1||6-4-0|
|2 Boston Bruins||49||28||9||12||68||28||163||129||16-2-9||12-7-3||5-2-3|
|3 Pittsburgh Penguins||48||30||13||5||65||27||164||130||17-5-3||13-8-2||7-2-1|
|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||47||28||15||4||60||25||138||128||15-7-3||13-8-1||4-5-1|
|6 Florida Panthers||47||26||16||5||57||23||174||156||16-8-2||10-8-3||7-3-0|
|7 Columbus Blue Jackets||49||25||16||8||58||25||132||126||15-9-2||10-7-6||8-2-0|
|8 Philadelphia Flyers||49||26||17||6||58||21||155||150||16-4-4||10-13-2||4-5-1|
|9 Carolina Hurricanes||48||27||18||3||57||25||153||130||15-8-1||12-10-2||5-4-1|
|10 Toronto Maple Leafs||49||25||17||7||57||24||176||165||12-6-7||13-11-0||4-3-3|
|11 Buffalo Sabres||49||22||20||7||51||21||145||152||14-6-3||8-14-4||5-5-0|
|12 Montreal Canadiens||50||22||21||7||51||19||155||157||10-12-4||12-9-3||4-5-1|
|13 New York Rangers||46||23||19||4||50||23||155||153||13-8-2||10-11-2||6-4-0|
|14 Ottawa Senators||48||17||23||8||42||17||130||163||12-8-4||5-15-4||1-5-4|
|15 New Jersey Devils||48||17||24||7||41||15||126||173||7-9-7||10-15-0||4-5-1|
|16 Detroit Red Wings||49||12||33||4||28||11||104||189||8-16-2||4-17-2||3-6-1|
|1 St. Louis Blues||49||30||11||8||68||30||158||134||17-4-4||13-7-4||5-3-2|
|2 Vancouver Canucks||49||27||18||4||58||24||162||149||16-5-3||11-13-1||7-3-0|
|3 Colorado Avalanche||48||27||15||6||60||27||173||140||13-7-4||14-8-2||4-3-3|
|4 Dallas Stars||48||27||17||4||58||25||125||120||15-7-2||12-10-2||7-3-0|
|5 Edmonton Oilers||49||26||18||5||57||24||155||153||12-8-3||14-10-2||6-3-1|
|6 Calgary Flames||50||26||19||5||57||21||135||147||13-7-3||13-12-2||6-4-0|
|7 Vegas Golden Knights||51||25||19||7||57||22||159||156||14-10-3||11-9-4||5-4-1|
|8 Arizona Coyotes||51||26||20||5||57||21||146||138||12-10-2||14-10-3||5-4-1|
|9 Winnipeg Jets||48||25||19||4||54||22||146||147||11-11-2||14-8-2||4-5-1|
|10 Chicago Blackhawks||49||23||20||6||52||21||147||155||11-11-3||12-9-3||7-3-0|
|11 Nashville Predators||47||22||18||7||51||21||156||154||11-9-4||11-9-3||4-5-1|
|12 Minnesota Wild||48||22||20||6||50||21||148||159||13-5-4||9-15-2||4-5-1|
|13 San Jose Sharks||50||21||25||4||46||19||130||167||13-11-1||8-14-3||4-5-1|
|14 Anaheim Ducks||48||19||24||5||43||15||122||150||11-9-3||8-15-2||3-6-1|
|15 Los Angeles Kings||50||18||27||5||41||18||125||158||11-10-1||7-17-4||2-7-1|
BIG 10 MEN’S 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||2-5||.286||2-1||0-4||12-6||.667||10-1||1-4||1-1||3-2|
MAC MEN’S STANDINGS
BIG EAST MEN’S STANDINGS
|18 Seton Hall||6-0||1.000||2-0||4-0||14-4||.778||7-1||5-2||2-1||2-2|
BIG 10 WOMEN’S STANDINGS
MAC WOMEN’S STANDINGS