INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

NCC/AREA

Richmond 45 Logansport 19…Jakia Lotz 19 pts, 13 rebounds, Jayci Allen 11 boards. Richmond improved to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the NCC.

Anderson 77 Connersville 37

McCutcheon 61 Lafayette Jeff 43

Hagerstown 48 Randolph Southern 34

Knightstown 44 Centerville 35

Shenandoah 65 Lincoln 28

Tri 44 Henryville 41

Union City 60 S. Adams 46…The Lady Indians were victorious over the South Adams Starfires 60-43. They were led in scoring by Emily Livingston with 21 and Mariah Claywell with 10. Lutz led the rebounding efforts with 7 and Claywell and Carpenter each had 4 assists. The Indians move to 4-2 on the season and will be off next week and back in action on December 4th against Monroe central at home

Winchester 72 Jay County 51

 

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL FINALS

Friday, Nov. 29, 2019

Class A State Championship | 12 pm ET / 11 am CT

Lafayette Central Catholic (11-3) vs. Indianapolis Lutheran (13-0)

 

Class 3A State Championship | 3:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm CT

Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (13-1) vs. Heritage Hills (14-0)

 

Class 5A State Championship | 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT

Valparaiso (13-0) vs. New Palestine (13-0)

 

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019

Class 2A State Championship | 12 pm ET / 11 am CT

Eastbrook (12-2) vs. Western Boone (13-1)

 

Class 4A State Championship | 3:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm CT

East Noble (14-0) vs. Evansville Memorial (12-1)

 

Class 6A State Championship | 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT

Carmel (10-3) vs. Center Grove (8-5)

 

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING

Northeastern Wrestling finishes 2nd place at Bronco Duals

The wrestling team had a strong showing at the Bronco Duals at Daleville this weekend. The Knights beat Wapahani, Blackford and Benton Central while suffering defeats to Union City and Daleville. Clayton Gray (152), Cullen Browning (220) and Josh Berger (285) were all weight class champions while the entire team had strong performances.
The Knights return to action at home next Saturday with a double dual against Milan and Greensburg (preciously scheduled to be at Lawrenceburg). Wrestling will begin at 10 am.

 

Week 12 Games

Sunday November 24, 2019

Tampa Bay @ Atlanta 1:00pm

Giants @ Chicago 1:00pm

Miami @ Cleveland 1:00pm

Detroit @ Washington 1:00pm

Denver @ Buffalo 1:00pm

Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 1:00pm

Carolina @ New Orleans 1:00pm

Oakland @ Jets 1:00pm

Seattle @ Philadelphia 1:00pm

Jacksonville @ Tennessee 4:05pm

Dallas @ New England 4:25pm

Green Bay @ San Francisco 8:20pm

 

Monday November 25, 2019

Baltimore @ Rams8:15pm

All game times Eastern

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

#5 Alabama 66 Western Carolina 3

#15 Auburn 52 Samford 0

#17 Iowa 19 Illinois 10

#22 Iowa State 41 Kansas 31

#10 Minnesota 38 Northwestern 22

#2 Ohio State 28 #8 Penn State 17

#21 Oklahoma State 20 West Virginia 13

#24 Appalachian State 35 Texas State 13

#16 Notre Dame 40 Boston College 7

#14 Baylor 24 Texas 10

#4 Georgia 19 Texas A&M 13

#13 Michigan 39 Indiana 14

Navy 35 #25 SMU 28

#23 USC 52 UCLA 35

#18 Memphis 49 S. Florida 10

#12 Wisconsin 45 Purdue 24

#19 Cincinnati 15 Temple 13

#1 LSU 56 Arkansas 20

Arizona State 31 #6 Oregon 28

#9 Oklahoma 28 TCU 24

#7 Utah 35 Arizona seven

#20 Boise State 56 Utah State 21

ELSEWHERE

East Carolina 34 Connecticut 24

Kent State 41 Ball State 38

BYU 56 Massachusetts 24

Michigan State 27 Rutgers 0

Virginia 55 Liberty 27

Georgia State 28 S. Alabama 15

Air Force 44 New Mexico 22

Arkansas State 38 Georgia Southern 33

Charlotte 24 Marshall 13

Nebraska 54 Maryland 7

Kentucky 50 Tennessee Martin 7

North Carolina 56 Mercer 7

Western Kentucky 28 Southern Mississippi 10

Alabama Birmingham 20 Louisiana Tech 14

Vanderbilt 38 Eastern Tennessee 0

Virginia Tech 28 Pittsburgh 0

Louisville 56 Syracuse 34

New Mexico State 44 UTEP 35

UNLV 38 San Jose State 35

California 24 Stanford 20

Middle Tennessee 38 Old Dominion 17

Louisiana 53 Troy 3

Florida Atlantic 40 Texas San Antonio 26

Louisiana Monroe 45 Coastal Carolina 42

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#7 Virginia 58 Massachusetts 46

#13 Seton Hall 87 Florida A&M 51

#16 Memphis 87 Ole Miss 86

#21 VCU 78 Florida Gulf Coast 48

George Washington 78 Evansville 70

Milwaukee 62 Morgan State 57

DePaul 72 Boston College 67

Southern Utah 80 Charleston Southern 45

Syracuse 97 Bucknell 46

North Carolina Wilmington 66 Florida International 63

North Carolina State 74 Little Rock 58

Central Florida 72 Charleston 71

Bethune Cookman 66 Eastern Illinois 63

Eastern Tennessee 98 Delaware State 66

Central Michigan 106 Trinity Christian 60

Florida State 80 St. Francis PA 65

James Madison 78 New Hampshire 71

Marquette 66 Robert Morris 62

Eastern Washington 90 High Point 74

Toledo 100 Northwest Ohio 41

Youngstown State 66 USC Upstate 61

Canisius 61 St. Bonaventure 57

Arizona State 80 St. John’s 67

Oregon State 80 Grambling 58

Fordham 70 Grand Canyon 58

Samford 72 Troy 60

Wichita State 68 Oral Roberts 59

Stony Brook 87 Wagner 84 OT

Cleveland State 65 Eastern Kentucky 51

Northern Illinois 68 Southern Illinois at Edwardsville 64

Ball State 100 Howard 69

Manhattan 69 Elon 64

Penn State 58 Yale 56

Portland 72 UC Davis 62

Penn 81 Providence 75

Binghamton 88 Army 73

Albany 72 Sacred Heart 65

Mercer 72 Illinois Chicago 68

Liberty 71 Rice 59

St. Louis 60 Belmont 55

Western Kentucky 83 Illinois State 69

UC Riverside 73 Denver 49

Rider 87 Columbia 63

Iona 75 Kennesaw State 52

Utah Valley 68 North Dakota State 62

Coppin State 68 Cornell 66 OT

Quinnipiac 73 Presbyterian 64

Citadel 79 Marist 75

Vermont 81 Central Connecticut State 49

 

Sunday, Nov. 24

Tulane vs. Utah (Conway, SC) | 10:30 a.m. | ESPNU

North Carolina A&T vs. Eastern Michigan (Montego Bay, Jamaica) | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Arizona State vs. No. 7 Virginia (Uncasville, CT) | 1 p.m. | ESPN

Mississippi State at Coastal Carolina | 1 p.m. | ESPNN

Miami vs. UConn (Charleston, SC) | 1 p.m. | ESPN2

Southern Utah at East Tennessee State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Long Island at No. 12 Texas Tech | 2 p.m.

Arkansas Tech at UT Arlington | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

North Florida vs. Creighton | 2 p.m. | FS1

Western Carolina at Stetson | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Merrimack at Hartford | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

LSU vs. Rhode Island (Montego Bay, Jamaica) | 2:30 p.m. | CBSSN

VMI at UNC Greensboro | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Sacred Heart at Quinnipiac | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Missouri State vs. Buffalo (Charleston, SC) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

UMass vs. St. John’s (Uncasville, CT) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 17 Villanova vs. No. 24 Baylor (Conway, SC) | 5 p.m. | ESPN

Cal Poly at Iowa | 5 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Akron at No. 2 Louisville | 6 p.m. | ACC Network

Lamar at No. 9 Kentucky | 6 p.m. | SEC Network

Saint Joseph’s vs. Towson (Charleston, SC) | 6 p.m. | ESPNU

Columbia vs. Central Connecticut State (Uncasville, CT) | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 15 Utah State vs. North Texas (Montego Bay, Jamaica) | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Middle Tennessee vs. Ohio (Conway, SC) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNN

No. 23 Colorado vs. Wyoming (Las Vegas) | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Long Beach State at No. 14 Arizona | 8:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Florida vs. No. 18 Xavier (Charleston, SC) | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN

Rider vs. Vermont (Uncasville, CT) | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN3

UMBC vs. Nicholls (Montego Bay, Jamaica) | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

San Diego at No. 25 Washington | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

TCU vs. Clemson (Las Vegas) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#12 Florida State 86 Illinois Chicago 42

#19 DePaul 89 #16 Miami Florida 83

Notre Dame 76 #21 Michigan 72

#6 Texas A&M 74 USC 64

Ball State 74 Butler 70

Wright State 86 Xavier 74

Ohio 78 UIW 41

Cleveland State 65 St. Bonaventure 62

Bradley 79 Miami Ohio 68

East Carolina 57 Maryland Eastern Shore 42

Akron 81 Detroit 60

Southern Illinois 85 Eastern Michigan 54

Marist 74 Lipscomb 63

Columbia 71 Army 62

Binghamton 60 Fairleigh Dickinson 48

Kennesaw State 58 North Carolina Wilmington 56

North Carolina A&T 55 Arkansas State 50

Lafayette 54 Albany 47

Texas A&M CC 61 Texas Pan-American 50

North Florida 80 Rider 70

Bethune Cookman 75 Georgia Southern 57

Green Bay 102 Chicago state 46

Minnesota 71 Montana State 60

Houston 85 Oklahoma 69

Ole Miss 76 Louisiana Tech 53

Oklahoma State 69 Rice 38

Houston Baptist 74 Oral Roberts 73

Portland State 80 Nevada 75

Portland 72 Air Force 56

California Baptist 85 UC Santa Barbara 81 OT

Washington 78 Seattle 46

San Jose State 88 San Diego 82

North Carolina Asheville 72 Eastern Tennessee 54

Cornell 77 Delaware State 51

Loyola Marymount 70 Long Beach 57

South Dakota State 67 Wyoming 40

Holy Cross 68 Merrimack 42

Wofford 60 Winthrop 59

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Phoenix 100 Minnesota 98

Indiana 111 Orlando 106

Chicago 116 Charlotte 115

Toronto 119 Atlanta 116

San Antonio 111 New York 104

Philadelphia 113 Miami 86

Cleveland 110 Portland 104

LA Lakers 109 Memphis 108

Milwaukee 104 Detroit 90

Utah 128 New Orleans 120

 

NBA TV SCHEDULE

Today

Dallas @ Houston                            3:30 pm               SportsNet SW

Brooklyn @ New York                    6:00 pm               YES

Sacramento @ Washington         6:00 pm               NBCS-CA

Phoenix @ Denver                          8:00 pm               ALT

New Orleans @ LA Clippers          9:00 pm               FS-NO

 

Mon Nov 25, 2019

Brooklyn @ Cleveland                    7:00 pm               FS-OH

Orlando @ Detroit                           7:00 pm               FS-DET

Memphis @ Indiana                        7:00 pm               FS-IN

Minnesota @ Atlanta                     7:30 pm               FS-SE

Sacramento @ Boston                   7:30 pm               NBCS-CA

Charlotte @ Miami                          7:30 pm               SUN

Philadelphia @ Toronto                 7:30 pm               Sportsnet

Portland @ Chicago                         8:00 pm               NBCS-CHI

Utah @ Milwaukee                         8:00 pm               NBA TV

LA Lakers @ San Antonio              8:30 pm               SportsNet LA

Oklahoma City @ Golden State  10:30 pm             NBA TV

 

Tue Nov 26, 2019

LA Clippers @ Dallas                        8:30 pm               NBA TV

Washington @ Denver                  9:00 pm                 ALT

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Vancouver 2 Washington 1

Calgary 3 Philadelphia 2

Arizona 3 Los Angeles 2

Boston 5 Minnesota 4

NY Rangers 6 Montréal 5

Tampa Bay 6 Anaheim 2

New Jersey 5 Detroit 1

Carolina 4 Florida 2

Winnipeg 4 Columbus 3

Toronto 5 Colorado 3

Nashville 4 St. Louis 2

Dallas 2 Chicago 1

Edmonton 4 Vegas 2

San Jose 2 NY Islanders 1

 

NHL TV SCHEDULE

Today’s Games

Edmonton (44%) @ Arizona (56%)8:00PM

Carolina (58%) @ Detroit (42%)7:00PM

Buffalo (43%) @ Florida (57%)5:00PM

 

November 25, 2019

NY Islanders (54%) @ Anaheim (46%)10:00PM

Ottawa (47%) @ Columbus (53%)7:00PM

Vegas (42%) @ Dallas (58%)8:30PM

San Jose (47%) @ Los Angeles (53%)10:30PM

St. Louis (47%) @ Nashville (53%)8:00PM

Minnesota (43%) @ NY Rangers (57%)7:00PM

Vancouver (46%) @ Philadelphia (54%)7:00PM

Calgary (36%) @ Pittsburgh (64%)7:00PM

Buffalo (41%) @ Tampa Bay (59%)7:00PM

* Estimated win probability in parentheses.

All game times Eastern

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Illinois State 3 Evansville 0

Bradley 3 Indiana State 1

Purdue 3 Michigan 0

 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER – NCAA TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND

SUNDAY MATCHUPS

Kentucky at #5 Indiana

Pittsburgh at #3 Georgetown

Wright State at #13 Michigan

Campbell at #1 Virginia

West Virginia at #11 Marshall

UC Santa Barbara at #12 St. Mary’s CA

Louisville at #14 UC Davis

New Hampshire at #10 Virginia Tech

Providence at #15 Penn State

Syracuse at #16 St. John’s

Charlotte at #2 Clemson

Maryland at #4 Wake Forest

Missouri State at #9 Central Florida

Coastal Carolina at #8 SMU

Seattle at #7 Stanford

Boston College at #6 Washington

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER – NCAA TOURNAMENT – THIRD ROUND

#2 BYU 3 North Carolina State 0

SUNDAY MATCHUPS

#1 North Carolina – Michigan

#1 Florida State – South Florida

#2 South Carolina – #3 Kansas

#4 Penn State – #1 Stanford

Santa Clara – #2 USC

West Virginia – Washington State

#3 Wisconsin – #2 UCLA

 

 

TOP HEADLINES

Patterson leads No. 12 Michigan past Indiana 39-14

Shea Patterson threw five touchdown passes and Nico Collins scored a career-high three times to lead No. 12 Michigan to a 39-14 blowout at Indiana on Saturday.

The Wolverines (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 13 CFP) have won four straight overall and 24 straight in the series since 1987.

Peyton Ramsey and Stevie Scott III each scored on 1-yard runs for the Hoosiers, but the offense stalled as Patterson started heating up and Indiana (7-4, 4-4) never had a chance. The Hoosiers have lost two in a row since clinching its first winning season in 12 years.

Patterson was the primary reason.

“They’ve got size and a lot of speed to go along with that,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said. “We’ve got to win some of those one-on-one matchups and they were just better than us today.”

He finished 20 of 32 with 366 yards and one interception, tied a single-game career high with his scoring passes and now has nine TD passes over the past two weeks. He also topped the 5,000-yard mark in his Michigan career during the game.

And, with some help from his receivers, Patterson made it look easy.

After Scott opened the game with his 1-yard scoring run, Patterson hooked up with Ronnie Bell for a 6-yard TD pass to tie the score. Ramsey answered with a 1-yard TD plunge but Donovan Peoples-Jones made a spectacular, spinning 11-yard TD catch to tie it at 14.

“It means a lot to them to progressively improve each and every week,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Patterson gave Michigan its first lead with a perfect 24-yard scoring strike to Nico Collins with 5:33 left in the first half, Quinn Nordin’s 24-yard field goal made it 24-14 and the Wolverines sealed the victory with a 76-yard TD pass from Patterson to Collins and Dylan McCaffrey’s conversion run midway through the third.

Collins tacked on the final score on a 19-yard catch with 1:39 left in the third to make it 39-14. He had six receptions for a career high 165 yards.

 

Taylor runs for 222 in No. 14 Badgers’ 45-24 win over Purdue

Jonathan Taylor ran for 222 yards – the 12th time he has at least 200 in his career – and a touchdown and No. 14 Wisconsin beat Purdue 45-24 on Saturday in the Badgers’ final home game of the season.

After the victory, the junior All-America running back walked around Camp Randall Stadium and thanked the home fans for their support.

“It was something special, especially because you don’t know. You don’t know if you’re going to be here again,” Taylor said. “So I think that’s the biggest thing is just being appreciative of that opportunity.”

Wisconsin (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 12 CFP) has won 14 in a row over the Boilermakers.

Taylor, now with 5,856 career yards, the most by any player in FBS history through their junior season, will have to decide following the season if he’ll declare for 2020 NFL draft. But in meantime, Taylor said all he’s thinking about is defeating Minnesota next week and winning the Big Ten West.

“Next week, we wouldn’t want to have it any other way,” he said. “Big Ten West on the line, rivalry game, axe, I mean, this is why you come to Wisconsin, for these kind of moments. I’m pretty sure we’re going to have a great week of preparation in order to bring our A game.

Jack Coan completed 15 of 19 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns against one interception for the Badgers.

The Boilermakers (4-7, 3-5) dropped their seventh straight at Camp Randall Stadium and failed to qualify for a bowl game.

Purdue’s Aidan O’Connell finished with a career-high 289 yards passing with two scores.

 

Book throws 3 TD passes, No. 15 Notre Dame beats BC 40-7

Ian Book was coy after throwing three touchdown passes in No. 15 Notre Dame’s 40-7 victory over Boston College Saturday whether it would be his final game at Notre Dame Stadium.

“We’ll see – you never know what can happen,” Book said after being introduced to fans before leading the Irish to a fourth straight victory.

Notre Dame (9-2, No. 15 CFP) completed a second straight unbeaten season (7-0) in Notre Dame Stadium, where the Irish have now won 18 straight.

Book completed 26 of 40 passes for 239 yards and led the Irish with 66 yards on 12 carries. His three touchdown passes give him 29 for the season, 14 in the last four games.

“We haven’t sat down and talked about it,” Kelly said about the future of Book, who has another season remaining because of a redshirt season in 2016.

What Kelly did want to talk about was his defense’s play in corralling star running back AJ Dillon of the Eagles (5-6). Dillon was held to 56 yards on 14 carries and Boston College managed just 128 yards on 41 runs.

“It’s (about) controlling the line of scrimmage,” Kelly said. “It’s not one guy. Our guys have bought into our scheme. They’re very disciplined. We were a little uneven early on. To go undefeated at home two years in a row says everything about what these seniors mean to this program.”

A total of 29 players, some with eligibility remaining, were introduced before the final home game. The group is 31-6 in three seasons since a 4-8 freshman year in 2016.

But for the second straight week, Notre Dame Stadium was not filled after a streak of 273 sellouts since 1973. The announced crowd of 71,827 was 5,795 short of capacity.

 

Kent State Hits Field Goal in Final Minute to Pull Out 41-38 Win Over Ball State

KENT, Ohio – For the third straight game, the Ball State football team was involved in a final-minute thriller. And for the third time in a row, the Cardinals came up on the short end of the stick.

Kent State’s Matthew Trickett connected on a 22-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining to lift the host Golden Flashes to a 41-38 victory over the Cardinals.

Kent State (5-6, 4-3 MAC) keeps its bowl hopes alive with the win. Ball State (4-7, 3-4) has now lost three consecutive league games by a total of eight points.

The setback put a damper on a career day for junior running back Caleb Huntley. The Atlanta, Georgia, native piled up a personal-best 192 rushing yards. Huntley’s final carry was a 42-yard scamper to the end zone on a 4th-and-1 play to tie the score at 38 with 4:14 left.

The Cardinals defense twice had chances to stop Kent State on the ensuing drive. The Golden Flashes converted a 3rd-and-11 when quarterback Dustin Crum heaved a jump ball deep down the near sideline that was caught by wide receiver Mike Carrigan for 38 yards to the Ball State 35-yard line. Three plays later, Crum found Isaiah McKoy on a quick slant on 3rd-and-4 for eight yards to the 21-yard line.

From that point, Kent State ran the ball four straight plays before calling on Trickett for the winning kick. He also hit a last second game-winner a week ago in the 30-27 victory over Buffalo.

Huntley scored twice for Ball State as did fellow running back Walter Fletcher. Fletcher found the end zone on a six-yard rush and 33-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter. He finished a team-high 74 yards receiving.

Crum threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns for Kent State. His two main targets were Carrigan (eight receptions, 178 yards) and McKoy (six catches, 159 yards, three scores).

The two teams combined for 1,173 yards of offense.

This was the first meeting between the two teams at Kent since 2012. The Cardinals have not won at Kent State since 2003.

Ball State will wrap up its 2019 season this coming Friday, Nov. 29 at home against Miami (Ohio) at noon. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network and covered on radio via WLBC 104.1 FM.

 

No. 2 Ohio State tested but tops No. 9 Penn State 28-17

After cruising through the first 10 games against teams that didn’t put up much a fight, No. 2 Ohio State found itself in a slugfest with No. 9 Penn State.

The Buckeyes responded, winning with defense.

Justin Hillard intercepted Penn State backup Will Levis’ pass and the Buckeyes stopped the Nittany Lions on fourth down on two late drives to seal a 28-17 victory and lock up the Big Ten East title.

J.K. Dobbins rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns, and Justin Fields threw for 188 yards and two scores for Ohio State (10-0, 8-0).

Ohio State held on after Penn State (9-2, 7-2) took advantage of two second-half turnovers to climb back in the game after trailing 21-0. This was a far different scenario for Ohio State, which hadn’t yet had to play hard into the second half.

“We talked about going into a big heavyweight match, and you have to take shots,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “One of the things about playing in a game like this is you have to be willing to take punches and you have to not flinch when it happens. That was a great example. That was the first time we really were taking shots there.”

The Buckeyes were clinging to a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter when Fields threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Chris Olave to create some breathing room.

Ohio State, with Chase Young back from a two-game suspension, then got the interception from Hillard before shutting down two late Penn State drives on fourth down, aided by deafening crowd noise. The last drive included back-to-back sacks of backup quarterback Will Levis by Young and linebacker Baron Browning.

 

Jones, No. 5 Alabama rout Western Carolina, 66-3 without Tua

Tua Tagovailoa watched from a cart as his Alabama teammates treated him to a dominant performance against a badly outclassed opponent.

Mac Jones passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns in little more than a half and No. 5 Alabama began life without Tagovailoa with a 66-3 romp Saturday over Western Carolina of the Football Championship Subdivision.

With Tagovailoa watching much of the game from behind the bench, the Crimson Tide (10-1) put on a one-sided show against the Catamounts (3-9). The star quarterback, who had hip surgery on Monday, was cheered as he was driven toward the sideline before the game. He didn’t have to give much of a pep talk.

“Just his presence,” Tide wide receiver Jaylen Waddle said. “Just knowing what he meant to the team. That was enough. He didn’t have to say much.”

Alabama is fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings and hoping to somehow make the field despite failing to win the SEC West – and losing its biggest star.

But this one was about taking care of business after an emotional week, not impressing the selection committee.

“It’s not easy to overcome something like that, losing a great leader,” said Jones, who completed 10 of 12 passes in his second career start. “But I think we’re built for that. We train every day for the whole year mentally and physically. It’s really mental toughness and learning how to rebound and respond to adversity.”

Alabama forced five turnovers, including Xavier McKinney’s 81-yard interception return for a touchdown, and got big plays from Jones and wide receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle.

 

Defense shines, No. 4 Georgia prevails 19-13 vs Texas A&M

No. 4 Georgia is still on course to make a run at the College Football Playoff.

No thanks to the offense.

The No. 4 Bulldogs managed only one touchdown Saturday, but Rodrigo Blankenship booted four field goals and the defense stymied 24th-ranked Texas A&M for a lackluster 19-13 victory.

Georgia (10-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 4 CFP) wrapped up the league schedule with its fifth straight victory, but it was a struggle all the way.

On a wet day between the hedges, the Bulldogs managed only 260 total yards and didn’t really seal the victory until D’Andre Swift broke off an 11-yard run on third-and-1 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

“No bones about it, we’ve got to improve,” coach Kirby Smart said. “There were things tonight that we missed that were there. That’s the frustrating part.”

While the Bulldogs struggled offensively, the defense turned in another dominating performance until the closing minutes, when fatigue set in and the unit had to get by without top cornerback Eric Stokes, who left with an undisclosed injury.

His backup, freshman Tyrique Stevenson, knocked away a pass that forced the Aggies to punt with 4:21 remaining.

They never got it back.

“Those guys are relentless,” said Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, who had another tough game. “I’m really thankful they’re on our team.”

Texas A&M (7-4, 4-3) was held to just minus-1 yards rushing and 274 yards overall, one week after piling up 319 yards on the ground in a rout of South Carolina.

 

No. 13 Baylor in Big 12 title game with 24-10 win over Texas

What a different feeling for No. 13 Baylor a week later, and how about the progress the Bears have made in two years.

A week after a disappointing home loss to Oklahoma ended their bid for an undefeated season, and two years after an 11-loss season, Charlie Brewer and the Bears won their home finale 24-10 over Texas on Saturday to clinch a spot in their first Big 12 championship game.

“I’m just really proud of the process of our players,” coach Matt Rhule said. “That’s what my whole message to our players is. … This didn’t happen tonight. It happened every morning over the last two years, 6 a.m. wakeup calls, 5 a.m. wakeup calls.”

The sixth 10-win season for the Bears (10-1, 7-1 Big 12, No. 14 CFP) is their fifth since 2011. This one comes after the school’s only 11-loss season in 2017, Rhule’s debut when he took over in the aftermath of a sprawling sexual assault scandal that led to two-time Big 12 champion coach Art Briles getting fired 3 1/2 years ago.

“Seeing that picture on the scoreboard saying championship bound, you can’t explain that feeling,” said junior defensive end James Lynch, who also set Baylor’s career sacks record.

Brewer, the junior quarterback from Austin whose dad and grandfather played for Texas, completed 16 of 25 passes for 221 yards with a touchdown, and ran 18 times for 75 yards and another score. But he left the game for good with 11 1/2 minutes remaining after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit when being tackled at the end of a 5-yard run.

While Rhule said there was “not much of a feel for where he’s at,” the coach noted that there was no reason for Brewer to return and that he was in the locker room celebrating with the team.

Texas (6-5, 4-4) lost for the third time in four games, ending its long-shot bid to get back to the Big 12 title game for the second year in a row.

 

No. 1 LSU down Arkansas 56-20, books SEC title game berth

LSU coaches called one last play for running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in hopes of getting him his fourth-straight 100-yard game.

Perhaps it was only fitting that Edwards-Helaire, who needed just a yard, would break loose for a career-long 89-yard touchdown run. The top-ranked Tigers’ new spread offense has been producing explosive plays all season – a big reason why they’ve booked a trip to the Southeastern Conference title game for the first time since 2011.

Joe Burrow passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns, Edwards-Helaire rushed for a career-high 188 yards and three TDs and No. 1 LSU remained unbeaten with a 56-20 victory over reeling Arkansas on Saturday night.

“What a showing on offense – and we’re not done yet,” Orgeron said, referring as much to all 11 games this season as to the Tigers’ 612 total yards against Arkansas.

LSU (11-0, 7-0) can finish no worse than in a tie for first with Alabama (10-1, 6-1) in the SEC West and owns the tiebreaker with its 46-41 triumph in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 9.

“We expected this coming into the year. If we were not 11-0 right now, we would be disappointed,” Burrow said. “That’s a testament to our hard work, but we’ve got more ahead of us.”

Each time Edwards-Helaire broke loose for a score – his other TDs went for 27 and 26 yards – he left at least one defensive back grasping at air. On his 89-yarder, he was about to be caught from behind but used a high-step to slip the tackle before resuming his gallop to the goal line as the Tiger Stadium crowd roared for a Baton Rouge native having a career night.

“I went in and it was like, `Get the yard, get out of bounds, shut it down for the rest of the game,'” said Edwards-Helaire, who has 15 TDs rushing this season. “But that hole parted like the Red Sea.'”

Burrow’s first touchdown was a 37-yarder to Ja’Marr Chase on the game’s first possession. They connected on a 50-yarder in the third quarter on which Burrow eclipsed 4,000 yards for the season and Chase increased in single-season LSU record for TD catches to 15.

Burrow’s other touchdown toss was a 10-yarder on a crossing route to Justin Jefferson.

 

Jayden Daniels, Arizona State upset No. 6 Oregon 31-28

Freshman Jayden Daniels completed 22 of 32 passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns and Arizona State intercepted two of Justin Herbert’s passes in the fourth quarter, helping the Sun Devils upset No. 6 Oregon 31-28 on Saturday night.

Arizona State (6-5, 3-5 Pac-12) ended Oregon’s College Football Playoff hopes and its nine-game winning streak. The Sun Devils snapped a four-game losing streak with their first victory over a top-five team since Oct. 14, 2017, against then No. 5 Washington.

Oregon (9-2, 7-1) has clinched the Pac-12 North title and a place in the conference championship game.

“A tough night, a physical battle,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “They made a lot of big plays, we came back and started rolling a little bit there the latter half of the football game. But certainly too late to get going.”

The Sun Devils held on after Oregon scored three touchdowns in a 6:38 span in the wild fourth quarter.

The Ducks, down 24-7 with 8:42 to play, scored twice on three-play drives. It took them 59 seconds to make it 24-14 on Cyrus Habibi-Likio’s touchdown run, then 43 seconds to get Herbert’s scoring pass to Johnny Johnson III.

Then, with Arizona State facing third-and-16, Daniels hit Brandon Aiyuk in stride for an 81-yard touchdown strike with 3:54 to play.

Herbert and Johnson connected again for a touchdown with 2:04 left, but Arizona State was able to run out the clock.

Daniels found holes in the secondary all night, hitting Frank Darby for touchdown passes of 57 and 26 yards. Daniels had eight completions of 17 yards or more as Arizona State scored 21 straight points after trailing 7-0 in the first quarter.

Daniels completed his first 12 passes of the game.

 

Slovis throws for record 515 yards, USC holds off UCLA 52-35

Kedon Slovis didn’t grow up in the Los Angeles area, and Southern California’s rivalry with UCLA doesn’t yet loom as large for him it does for his fellow Trojans and Bruins playing against lifelong friends for yearlong bragging rights.

When USC’s freshman quarterback got his first taste of the famed crosstown showdown Saturday, he still took one enormous bite.

Slovis passed for a school-record 515 yards and threw four touchdown passes in USC’s 52-35 victory over UCLA in the schools’ 89th meeting.

Slovis and four 100-yard receivers carried the Trojans (8-4, 7-2 Pac-12) to the Victory Bell with another landmark performance in the 18-year-old passer’s shockingly impressive debut season. During his fourth 400-yard performance in the last five games, Slovis surpassed Matt Barkley’s single-game USC records against UCLA and against any opponent in the fourth quarter while coordinator Graham Harrell’s offense racked up 643 yards.

“It’s obviously an honor to be up on that list, (but) it’s just a testament to the players around me,” said Slovis, who also surpassed the school’s single-season freshman yards passing record. “Any of you (reporters) in here could probably throw for 100 yards with these receivers.”

Michael Pittman Jr. caught two touchdown passes and Vavae Malepeai rushed for two scores as the Trojans wrapped up their regular season with their 16th win in the last 21 meetings with UCLA. Drake London and Tyler Vaughns also caught TD passes while USC survived a tumultuous second half at the Coliseum and eliminated the rival Bruins (4-7, 4-4) from bowl contention.

A year after UCLA’s Joshua Kelley broke the crosstown showdown’s rushing yardage record, Slovis broke its passing record while leading USC to its 10th win in the Bruins’ last 11 visits to the Coliseum. Slovis also had his third consecutive 400-yard passing game – another first in USC’s lengthy history.

 

Steelers QB Rudolph fined $50,000 for brawl with Browns

Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph didn’t escape the brawl with the Browns unpunished.

Rudolph was fined $50,000 on Saturday by the NFL for his involvement in the melee that began when Browns defensive end Myles Garrett pulled off his helmet and hit him over the head with it.

Rudolph avoided suspension for his actions – he tried to pull off Garrett’s helmet and charged him – but was one of 33 players fined by the league for their involvement. The league penalized 29 players $3,507 apiece for “entering the fight area.”

In all, the league handed out more than $700,000 for discipline stemming from the ugly final seconds of Cleveland’s 21-7 win over Pittsburgh last week. There was another $77,206 assessed for personal fouls earlier in the game.

Garrett was indefinitely suspended by the league for tearing off Rudolph’s helmet and using it “as a weapon.” His appeal was denied this week when he told appeals officer James Thrash that Rudolph used a racial slur against him.

Rudolph wrestled with Garrett and unsuccessfully tried to yank off the Pro Bowler’s helmet before running after him and then being struck on the top of the head.

Earlier this week, Rudolph said there was “no acceptable excuse,” for his behavior. He has denied using the racial slur, and the league has found no evidence such a slur was used.

The league also fined the Steelers and Browns $250,000 apiece. The AFC North rivals play again Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh.

Garrett was also fined $45,623 for his shocking attack, which will cost him the rest of the regular season and playoffs – if Cleveland qualifies without him. Garrett will also lose $1.14 million in game checks.

The league said Garrett must meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office before he can be reinstated.

 

Sabonis, Holiday help Pacers edge Magic 111-106

Domantas Sabonis scored 25 points, Aaron Holiday hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Orlando Magic 111-106 on Saturday night.

Holiday, who finished with 13 points, had missed three other attempts from beyond the arc before breaking a 106-all tie. After his big shot, brother Justin Holiday stole the inbounds pass, was fouled and hit both free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining.

The Pacers have won six of seven at home and 11 of their past 13 against the Magic, who are winless in six road games.

Evan Fournier scored 26 points and Jonathan Isaac had 25 for the Magic.

The Pacers had six players score in double figures, including Jeremy Lamb with 14 points.

Indiana’s reserves sparked a 12-2 run spanning the first and second quarters to take a 10-point lead. The Magic erased that with a 40-28 edge in the third quarter that included eight 3-pointers. It was the most points the Pacers have allowed in a quarter this season.

TIP-INS

Magic: The visitors didn’t look like the NBA’s worst 3-point shooting team, making 13 of 31 (41.9%) from beyond the arc. The last time these teams met, a 109-102 Pacers win on Nov. 10, the Magic hit a season-high 15 3-pointers. … Orlando is averaging 13.1 turnovers per game, the second-best average in the league.

Pacers: All-Star guard Victor Oladipo scrimmaged on Thursday, another positive step in his lengthy rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn ACL that ended last season. No timetable has been announced for his return, but he’s also worked out twice recently with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G League. … Point guard Malcolm Brogdon, sidelined for a third consecutive game with a sore back, joined the pregame shoot-around.

 

LaVine scores 49, hits late 3 as Bulls beat Hornets 116-115

One night after questioning his relationship with coach Jim Boylen, the Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine came through with a big game.

LaVine had a career-high 49 points, including the winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to give the Bulls a 116-115 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.

He shot 17 for 28 from the field, including 13 for 17 on 3s to tie an NBA record. Only Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had previously made 13 from beyond the arc in an NBA game.

The night before, LaVine was pulled from the game early in the first quarter after Miami had taken a 13-0 lead. After that 116-108 home loss, LaVine said he sensed a lack of trust from Boylen.

All was forgotten after Saturday’s spectacular individual performance and dramatic comeback.

“Like I’ve been saying, we’ve been playing good in stretches,” LaVine said. “We just executed to perfection down the stretch. Obviously, you know, we got blessed a little bit with some luck. We can take this energy and go on to the next game.

“Hopefully this is that turning point for us. Every team has it. This could be a big step for us in the right direction.”

Rookie Coby White, who starred at the University of North Carolina and playing in front of hundreds of family and friends from his hometown of Goldsboro, N.C., added 28 points for Chicago.

LaVine’s late bucket ended a flurry for the Bulls, who trailed by five with less than 10 seconds left before Tomas Satoronsky hit a 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds remaining. On the last play, LaVine scooped up the loose ball after White forced a turnover by Devonte Graham.

“Once I saw the ball on the ground I was going for it,” said LaVine, who scooped up the basketball, stepped behind the 3-point line and fired in the game-winner.

 

AP source: NBA, teams, union discuss shortening season

The NBA may be closer to a shorter season, a new postseason format and the in-season tournament Commissioner Adam Silver has long wanted as well.

A person familiar with the negotiations said Saturday the NBA is working with the players’ union and its teams on a plan to shorten the regular season, possibly to 78 games. They also are considering a change to the playoff seeding and the addition of a midyear tournament for all 30 clubs in time for the 2021-22 season.

The tournament would likely be a way for teams to mitigate the loss of revenue from the shorter regular season and fewer home dates.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no update on the plan has been publicly given by the league. ESPN first reported the progression of the plan on Saturday.

The proposal could be sent to the league’s board of governors in April for discussion and possibly ratification. NBA broadcast partners ESPN and Turner Sports also are involved in the talks.

ESPN also reported the proposal includes a plan to reseed the playoffs after early rounds, potentially creating an NBA Finals between teams from the same conference.

The notion of adding a midseason tournament has been something Silver has batted around since at least 2016, drawing the parallel to how such events are customary in European soccer.

“It would need to be negotiated with the Players Association,” Silver said this year. “I’ve had very general discussions with (union executive director) Michele Roberts about the notion that these are the kinds of things we’re looking at. I think she, of course, is supportive of looking at any ideas we have to build the business over time.”

The same applies to having a play-in playoff round, which Silver has said he supports. That idea has even reached the proposal stage, reviewed by the league’s competition committee and others. The possibility of changing the playoff seeding has been talked about for some time as well.

 

Wilder stops Ortiz in heavyweight title rematch

One rematch down, one to go for Deontay Wilder

Wilder landed a vicious right hand to stop Luis Ortiz in the seventh round Saturday night to retain his heavyweight title and set up a lucrative rematch with Tyson Fury in February.

Wilder’s punch came out of nowhere in a fight he had done little in up until that time. It landed flush on the face of Ortiz, who crumpled to the canvas and was unable to get up at the count of 10.

The sudden ending came after a lackluster first six rounds in which Wilder did little. But the devastating power that has gotten him knockouts in all but two of his fights came through again.

“I finally found my measurement and I took the shot,'” Wilder said. “`I had to play around with him. I had to calculate certain moves.'”

The fight was a rematch of a bout last year when Wilder stopped Ortiz on the 10th round. It set up a Feb. 23 fight against Fury that has already been signed.

Wilder fought cautiously for the first six rounds, finding himself in the hole on the cards of the three ringside judges. Two gave him just one of the six, while a third gave him two rounds. The Associated Press had Ortiz pitching a shutout.

Wilder began to pick up the pace in the seventh round, then caught Ortiz with the right hand that brought the fight to an end at 2:51 of the round.

“My intellect is very high in the ring and no one gives me credit,” Wilder said. “I think I buzzed him with a left hook earlier in the round and I took it from there.”

Ortiz (31-2) didn’t protest the ending, but said he thought he beat the count.

“I was clear headed when I hit the canvas” he said. “When I heard the referee say seven I was trying to get up but I guess the count went a little quicker than I thought.”

Wilder (42-0-1, 41 knockouts) displayed the massive power that has made him a force in the heavyweight division, but won no style points in winning the fight. He did little until the big punch that ended the fight, wary of the power that Ortiz showed when he hurt him in their first fight in March 2018.

Wilder made at least $3 million for the fight, but figures to make much more when he and Fury meet in a rematch of their fight a year ago that ended in a disputed draw. His win helped clarify the top of the heavyweight division, though, which will be sorted out further when Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. meet Dec. 7 in their title rematch in Saudi Arabia.

“Next we have Tyson Fury in the rematch,” Wilder said. “Then I want unification. I want one champion, one face and one heavyweight champion – Deontay Wilder.”

 

NFL PREVIEWS

NFL PREVIEW: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7) at Atlanta Falcons (3-7)

WEEK 12 // SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 27-24

STREAKS: Falcons have won past 5

LAST GAME: 12/30/18: Falcons 34 at Buccaneers 32

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/14/18: Falcons 34, Buccaneers 29

BUCS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 313 yards last week. Has 300+ pass yards in 5 consecutive games, longest active streak & longest in franchise history. Had 345 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 121.7 rating in last meeting. Has 1,581 pass yards (316.2 per game) & 18 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 120.6 rating in his past 5 vs. Atl. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Atl. with 3+ TD passes & 110+ rating. • RB RONALD JONES has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. RB PEYTON BARBER had 2nd career TD catch last week. Had 106 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 24 rec.) in last road meeting. • WR MIKE EVANS had 6 catches for 106 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Has 8 TD catches in his past 9 vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 10+ catches, 180+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR CHRIS GODWIN had TD catch last week. Had 114 rec. yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. & 3rd in row on road vs. NFC South with rec. TD. TE CAMERON BRATE had career-high 10 receptions in Week 11. Had rec. TD in last road meeting. • LB DEVIN WHITE (rookie) led team with career-high 13 tackles last week. Is only rookie in 2019 with 2 games of 12+ tackles. LB LAVONTE DAVID had 10 tackles in last meeting. Has 11 TFL in his past 7 vs. Atl. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT has 5.5 sacks & 2 FFs in 5 road games in 2019. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 11.5 sacks this season. DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with sack.

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN passed for 311 yards with TD vs. 0 INTs for 111.1 rating last week. Has 49,383 career pass yards & surpassed HOFer WARREN MOON (49,325) for 10th-most pass yards in NFL history. Became 2nd player (DREW BREES) in NFL history with 60+ games (60) of 300+ pass yards in 1st 12 seasons. Has 300+ pass yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. TB. Has 1,403 pass yards (350.8 per game) & 8 TDs vs. INT for 115.7 rating in his past 4 at home vs. TB. • RB KENJON BARNER had 78-yard PR-TD last week, 2ndlongest PR-TD in franchise history (HOFer DEION SANDERS – 79-yard PR-TD on 10/28/90). • WR JULIO JONES had 91 rec. yards last week. Had 9 catches for 138 yards & TD in last meeting. Had career-high 253 rec. yards vs. TB on 11/26/17. In 14 career games vs. TB, has 102 receptions for 1,695 rec. yards & 11 TDs, all most vs. any opponent. WR CALVIN RIDLEY tied his career high with 8 catches & had 143 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Has 8 TDs in 8 career games vs. NFC South. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team with 11 tackles & had 2nd career INT last week. Has 38 tackles (9.5 per game) in 4 home games in 2019. DE ADRIAN CLAYBORN had 2 sacks last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DE TAKKARIST MCKINLEY had sack last week. Has 3 sacks & FF in 4 career games vs. TB. CB DESMOND TRUFANT had 6th career INT last week. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC South with PD.

What you need to know: Another week, another atrocious, turnover-filled performance for Jameis Winston. In Week 11, the Bucs’ quarterback threw four more interceptions against New Orleans. Playing with a gimpy ankle, he was harassed all game. Winston’s turnover-prone nature makes Tampa Bay’s strategy curious; the Bucs ran the ball eight times, a franchise low. Two of those runs were scrambles by Winston. Atlanta has suddenly come alive after a 1-7 start, burying the NFC South’s two top teams by a combined 55-12. In Week 11, a defense that couldn’t get a pass rush going or stop anyone racked up five sacks of Carolina’s Kyle Allen a week after taking down Drew Brees six times. Atlanta also picked off Allen four times and managed to keep RB Christian McCaffrey out of the end zone despite his 191 yards from scrimmage.

On the spot: Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin. After accumulating 662 yards receiving and six touchdowns in his first six games, Godwin has cooled, with just 225 yards and one touchdown since.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan: Tampa Bay’s run defense is tops in the NFL, so if Atlanta is going to stretch its winning streak to three, it will have to pass well.

The pick: Falcons 31 Buccaneers 20

 

NFL PREVIEW: Denver Broncos (3-7) at Buffalo Bills (7-3)

WEEK 12 // SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // NEW ERA FIELD // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 20-16-1

STREAKS: Bills have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 9/24/17: Broncos 16 at Bills 26

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/24/17

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB BRANDON ALLEN passed for 240 yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for 18 yards last week. Has 3 TDs vs. INT for 83.5 rating in 2 career starts. • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had 67 rush yards in Week 11. Has 428 scrimmage yards (107 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 4 on road. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 5th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. Lindsay (819) & RB ROYCE FREEMAN (600) are only RB tandem each with 600+ scrimmage yards. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had team-high 5 catches for 113 rec. yards & completed 38-yard pass in Week 11. Ranks 3nd in AFC with 805 rec. yards in 2019. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. Rookie TE NOAH FANT had 60 rec. yards last week. Leads all rookie TEs with 360 rec. yards in 2019. WR TIM PATRICK had 77 rec. yards last week. • LB VON MILLER had sack in Week 11. Is only player with 100+ sacks (103) since 2011. Had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 3rd in row vs. Buf. with sack. NT SHELBY HARRIS had career-high 3 sacks & FF last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has 4 TFL in his past 4 on road. LB TODD DAVIS led team with 13 tackles in Week 11. Had 10 tackles, 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. DB KAREEM JACKSON had 3 PD, TFL & INT in his past game vs. Buf. (10/14/18 with Hou.). Is 1 of 2 players (JASON MCCOURTY) with 600+ tackles (600) & 90+ PD (93) since 2010.

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 256 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 117.7 rating & had 56 rush yards & rush TD in Week 11. Became 2nd player (CAM NEWTON) with 10+ pass TDs & 7+ rush TDs in consecutive seasons in NFL history. Has 15 rush TDs since 2018, most among QBs. Has 110+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 4th in row with rush TD. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY (rookie) had 75 rush yards last week. Ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 384 rush yards in 2019. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD. RB FRANK GORE (15,224) needs 46 rush yards to surpass HOFer BARRY SANDERS (15,269) for 3rd-most rush yards in NFL history. • WR JOHN BROWN led team with 9 catches for 137 rec. yards & 2 TD catches last week, his 2nd-career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Ranks 2nd in AFC with 817 rec. yards in 2019. Had 86 rec. yards in his last game vs. Den. (9/23/18 with Bal.). WR COLE BEASLEY aims for his 4th in row at home with TD catch. Rookie TE DAWSON KNOX had rec. TD in Week 11. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS had team-high 12 tackles, 0.5 sacks & PD last week. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 8+ tackles. LB MATT MILANO had 7 tackles, 2 PD & 0.5 sacks in Week 11. Has 5 TFL in his past 4. CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 6 tackles & TFL last week. Has 4 INTs in his past 6 at home. Had 7 tackles, 4 PD & INT in last meeting. DT JORDAN PHILLIPS had sack last week & has sack in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack.

What you need to know: In Week 11, things were going swimmingly for QB Brandon Allen and Denver … until they weren’t. The Broncos jumped to a 20-0 halftime lead on Minnesota, before the Vikings outscored them 27-3 the rest of the way to secure a stunning comeback win. Denver became the first team since the 2014 Falcons to lose a game after holding a 20-point lead at the half. Allen had a chance to win the game at the end, but missed on three straight passes into the end zone. In Week 11, QB Josh Allen extended his streak of starts without an interception to five, and threw three touchdowns in a rout over the Dolphins. If Allen avoid turnovers, the Bills go from a team most figured wasn’t as good as its record suggested to one that has an interesting mix of strong defense and a dynamic, if somewhat unconventional, quarterback.

On the spot: Broncos CB Duke Dawson Jr. He gave up a touchdown in coverage against Minnesota, and his performance has gotten steadily worse as the season has progressed. Dawson’s 122.7 passer rating when targeted is worst of all Denver corners.

Bills WR John Brown: Is Brown (56 catches for 817 yards) breaking out? If he is, he would give Buffalo a dimension it has sorely lacked. His chemistry with Allen is apparent, and if they can produce against better competition, the Bills could be dangerous.

The pick: Bills 23 Broncos 14

 

NFL PREVIEW: New York Giants (2-8) at Chicago Bears (4-6)

WEEK 12 // SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 28-21-2

STREAKS: Giants have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Bears 27 at Giants 30 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/10/13: Bears 27, Giants 21

QB DANIEL JONES (rookie) had 308 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.7 rating in Week 10. Is 1st rookie QB in NFL history with 2 games of 300+ pass yards & 4+ TDs. Has 13 TDs (11 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 101.9 rating in 4 career road starts. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 289 scrmimage yards (144.5 per game) & rec. TD in 2 career games vs. NFC North. Since 2018, ranks 3rd in NFL with 2,688 scrimmage yards. Has 16 games with 100+ scrimmage yards since 2018, tied-2nd most in NFL. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON (rookie) had career-highs in receptions (10) & rec. yards (121) & had 2 rec. TDs in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ TD catches. Is only rookie in 2019 with 2 games of 2+ rec. TDs. WR GOLDEN TATE had 95 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in Week 10, his 7th career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Has 7+ receptions & 80+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. NFC North. TE EVAN ENGRAM has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games vs. NFC North. • LB MARKUS GOLDEN had sack in Week 10. Has 4 sacks & FR-TD in his past 4 on road. LB ALEC OGLETREE is 1 of 3 LBs (JAMIE COLLINS & LAVONTE DAVID) with 10+ FFs (12) & 10+ INTs (11) since 2013. CB JANORIS JENKINS had 3 PD in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Chi. with PD. Since 2012, ties for NFL lead with 102 PD. DT DALVIN TOMLINSON had career-high 9 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. S ANTOINE BETHEA ranks 2nd among DBs in tackles (360) since 2016.

BEARS NOTES:

QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY has 2+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 starts at home. QB CHASE DANIEL had 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 89.7 rating in only start in 2019 (Week 5 vs. Oak.). Passed for career-hgh 285 yards & TD in last meeting. • RB TARIK COHEN had 74 scrimmage yards (39 rush, 35 rec.) & TD catch last week, his 9th career rec. TD. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 167 receptions since 2017, 4th-most among RBs. RB DAVID MONTGOMERY ranks 2nd among rookies in rush yards (497) & rush TDs (5) & ranks 3rd in scrimmage yards (649). • WR ALLEN ROBINSON aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ receptions & 60+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 79 yards in last meeting. WR TAYLOR GABRIEL tied his career-high with 7 receptions & led team with 57 rec. yards last week. WR ANTHONY MILLER had career-high 6 receptions & had 54 rec. yards in Week 11. • LB KHALIL MACK had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with sack. Has 11 sacks & 6 FFs in 12 career home games with Chi. LB ROQUAN SMITH had 11 tackles & 2nd career INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles. LB LEONARD FLOYD had sack in last meeting. S EDDIE JACKSON had career-high 2 TFL & 4th career FF last week. S HA HA CLINTON-DIX had 4th career FR in Week 11. CB KYLE FULLER had 3 PD & INT in last meeting. Has 51 PD since 2017, most in NFL.

What you need to know: The Giants have lost six in a row after a 2-2 start. The offense has failed to top 300 yards in five of the six losses, and the defense has allowed at least 27 points in each game. New York is so bad the idea has been floated to sit RB Saquon Barkley, preserving his health during a lost season. A positive? QB Daniel Jones hasn’t packed it in. He tossed four touchdown passes and no interceptions in Week 10’s otherwise humiliating loss to the Jets. Chicago is reeling after another poor performance by QB Mitchell Trubisky, one that included his curious benching late in the Week 11 loss to the Rams. Head coach Matt Nagy insisted that Trubisky was pulled because of a worsening hip pointer and not ineffectiveness, and reiterated that he is the Bears’ starter. Hmmm. A loss would cripple Chicago’s playoff chances.

On the spot: Giants C Spencer Pulley. He will start his second consecutive game if normal starter Jon Halapio can’t go; both are bad; per Pro Football Focus.

Bears QB Chase Daniel: How much time, if any, Trubisky will miss is up in the air; if he’s out, it will be up to Daniel to save the Chicago’s season. Perhaps it should have been his job for several weeks now.

The pick: Bears 14 Giants 13

 

NFL PREVIEW: Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-10)

WEEK 12 // SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 63-35

STREAKS: Steelers have won past 8

LAST GAME: 9/30/19: Bengals 3 at Steelers 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/14/18: Steelers 28, Bengals 21

STEELERS  NOTES:

QB MASON RUDOLPH completed 24 of 28 passes (85.7 pct.) for 229 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.6 rating in Week 4 meeting. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • RB JAMES CONNER had career-high 8 catches for 83 rec. yards in Week 4 meeting. Had 111 rush yards & 2 rush TDs in last meeting at Cin. Has 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 5. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cin. with 90+ scrimmage yards. RB JAYLEN SAMUELS had TD catch in Week 11. Had 83 scrimmage yards (57 rec., 26 rush) & rush TD in Week 4 meeting. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 7 catches & 111 rec. yards in last meeting at Cin. Has 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road vs. division. Rookie WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had career-high 6 catches for 77 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 4 meeting. TE VANCE MCDONALD had 7 catches for 68 rec. yards in last meeting at Cin. • LB T.J. WATT had 4 tackles, sack & PD last week. Has 10.5 sacks, 3rd-most through 10 games in franchise history. Had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with sack & 5th in row overall with sack. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 2.5 sacks & FF in Week 4 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 2+ sacks. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK has 4 INTs in his past 4. LB DEVIN BUSH leads all rookies with 74 tackles. Had 9 tackles, 3 TFL, sack & PD in Week 4 meeting. LB BUD DUPREE had 2 TFL in Week 11. Had sack & FF in Week 4 matchup. Aims for his 5th in row on road with TFL.

BENGALS NOTES:

QB RYAN FINLEY (rookie) had 115 pass yards & 47 rush yards in Week 11. • RB JOE MIXON had 103 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 17 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has TD in 3 of his past 4. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Pit. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. division with 150+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER BOYD has 31 catches & 362 rec. yards (90.5 per game) in 4 home games in 2019. Had 7 catches for 62 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in last home meeting vs. Pit. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 at home vs. division. Aims for his 5th in row at home vs. division with 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. WR AUDEN TATE had 50 rec. yards in Week 4 meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5. • DT GENO ATKINS had 5 tackles & 1.5 sacks in Week 11, his 14th career game with 1.5+ sacks. Is 1 of 4 DL (CALAIS CAMPBELL, CAMERON JORDAN & J.J. WATT) with 90+ TFL (99) & 75+ sacks (75.5) since 2010. DE CARL LAWSON had sack last week & has sack in 2 of his past 3. LB NICK VIGIL had team-high 12 tackles & FR last week. Had 11 tackles, 2 TFL & FF in Week 4 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 11+ tackles & TFL. S JESSIE BATES had 7 tackles & INT in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row with INT, 4th in row with PD & 6th in row with 7+ tackles. CB DARQUEZE DENNARD had 9 tackles last week. Had 7 tackles, 2 PD & FF in his last game vs. Pit. (12/30/18)

What you need to know: The ugly late-game brawl with Cleveland cost the Steelers; center Maurkice Pouncey, who came to QB Mason Rudolph’s aid, was suspended three games. His absence is significant, but it won’t matter much if Rudolph plays poorly again. He regressed against Cleveland, throwing four interceptions and looking incapable of bringing the Steelers back. RB James Conner and WRs JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson could miss the game with injuries. In Week 11, Cincinnati didn’t quit on Zac Taylor, playing the Raiders tight down to the final minutes in the loss. Rookie QB Ryan Finley struggled mightily, completing just 13 of 31 passes for 115 yards, and though RB Joe Mixon was able to give Cincy a consistent running threat, the Bengals could do little offensively. Cincinnati’s normally putrid defense turned in a valiant effort, forcing two turnovers, but it still gave up nearly 400 yards.

On the spot: Steelers WR James Washington. With injuries ravaging their backfield and receiving corps, they need Washington (23 catches for 369 yards) to perform like a star.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon: The combination of a ball-hawking Steelers defense and a rookie quarterback could get ugly in a hurry, so Mixon must keep the Bengals in favorable down- and-distance situations for their offense to have a chance.

The pick: Steelers 16 Bengals 10

 

NFL PREVIEW: Miami Dolphins (2-8) at Cleveland Browns (4-6)

WEEK 12 // SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 9-8

STREAKS: Dolphins have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/25/16: Browns 24 at Dolphins 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/8/13: Dolphins 23, Browns 10

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB RYAN FITZPATRICK had 323 pass yards & 91.3 rating last week, his 18th career game with 300+ pass yards. Has 90+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 95.6 rating in 3 career starts at Cle. • RB KALEN BALLAGE had career-high 5 catches & rush TD in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row with 4+ catches. Rookie RB PATRICK LAIRD had career-high 6 catches for 51 rec. yards in Week 11. • WR DEVANTE PARKER led team with 7 catches for career high 135 rec. yards last week. Had 51 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. WR JAKEEM GRANT had rush TD & 101-yard KR-TD last week. Became 4th player in NFL history with multiple 100+ yard KR-TDs & 70+ yard PR-TDs in his 1st 4 seasons. WR ALLEN HURNS had 4 catches & 53 rec. yards last week. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 on road vs. AFC North. • LB JEROME BAKER had team-high 11 tackles in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ tackles & his 3rd in row on road vs. AFC North with 2+ TFL. S RESHAD JONES had 10 tackles, 3 TFL, 0.5 sacks & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with 6+ tackles. Rookie CB NIK NEEDAM had 6 tackles, 2 PD & FF last week. Leads all AFC rookies with 6 PD in 2019. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ tackles & 2+ PD. CB JOMAL WILTZ had career-high 10 tackles last week. Has 4 PD in his past 2 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD.

BROWNS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 193 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 92.3 rating last week. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs in his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row with 90+ rating. • RB NICK CHUBB had 92 rush yards last week. Became 1st Brown since HOF RB JIM BROWN (1,163 in 1965) with 1,000+ rush yards (1,011) in 1st 10 games. Aims for his 11th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB KAREEM HUNT had team-high 6 catches for 46 rec. yards in Week 11. Had 106 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 15 rec.) & rush TD in only career game vs. Mia. (12/24/17 with KC). Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ catches. • WR JARVIS LANDRY had 4 catches for 43 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has 530 receptions & surpassed DEANDRE HOPKINS (528) for most catches through 1st 6 seasons in NFL history. Had 400 catches, 4,038 rec. yards & 22 rec. TDs in 4 seasons (2014-17) with Mia. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 166 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in only career game vs. Mia. (12/14/15 with NYG). Has 689 rec. yards (114.8 per game) & 5 TD catches in his past 6 vs. AFC East. • LB JOE SCHOBERT had team-high 10 tackles, career-high 2 INTs, 4 PD & sack in Week 11. Is 1st player with 2+ INTs, 4+ PD & sack in single game since CHARLES WOODSON (11/26/09). Is 1 of 4 players with 300+ tackles (337) & 15+ PD (15) since 2017. CB DENZEL WARD aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 2+ PD & 5th in row overall with PD. S JUSTON BURRIS had sack, FF & INT in Week 11.

What you need to know: Back to the drawing board for head coach Brian Flores and his Dolphins. Miami’s two-week flirtation with competence hit the skids against Buffalo in Week 11. The Dolphins were done in by the same porous defense that has plagued them most of the season. Miami surrendered three touchdown passes to Josh Allen, who also ran for a score. Cleveland must find a way to pick up the pieces … after a victory. That’s how ugly Myles Garrett’s helmet-wielding attack on Pittsburgh’s Mason Rudolph was in Week 11. The incident obscured an impressive win in which QB Baker Mayfield played a mistake-free, if not particularly efficient, game. The win also featured another solid mix of RBs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, who combined for 41 touches for 150 yards. The Browns finally have momentum, but they must find a way to weather the loss of their best defensive player, Garrett, who is suspended for the rest of the season.

On the spot: Dolphins DE Taco Charlton. Miami was unable to get much pressure on Allen, only hitting him once. Charlton must lead a pass rush that makes Mayfield uncomfortable.

Browns DE Olivier Vernon: With Garrett out, Cleveland needs someone to pick up the pass rushing slack. Vernon is best suited to fill the void, but his biggest problem is availability; he’s questionable with knee injury.

The pick: Browns 27 Dolphins 20

 

NFL PREVIEW: Carolina Panthers (5-5) at New Orleans Saints (8-2)

WEEK 12 // SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 25-23

STREAKS: Saints have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 12/30/18: Panthers 33 at Saints 14

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/30/18

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB KYLE ALLEN had career-high 325 pass yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 111.3 rating in last meeting. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 191 scrimmage yards (121 rec., 70 rush) & 11 receptions last week. Has 7 career games with 10+ catches, most by RB in NFL history. Is 1st player with 1,000+ rush yards (1,059) & 500+ rec. yards (517) in his team’s 1st 10 games of season. Aims for his 5th in row with 140+ scrimmage yards & 6th in row on road with rush TD. • WR D.J. MOORE had 8 receptions for 95 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 7+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 2 NFC WRs (MICHAEL THOMAS) with 7+ receptions in 6+ games (6) in 2019. WR CURTIS SAMUEL has 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush) in his past 5. Had rec. TD in last meeting. TE GREG OLSEN has 37 catches for 462 yards (92.4 per game) & 3 TDs in his past 5 vs. NO. • LB LUKE KUECHLY has 8+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 vs. NO. Needs 10 tackles for 8th consecutive season with 100+ tackles. LB/DE MARIO ADDISON had sack & FF last week. Has 5 sacks, FF & FR in his past 5 vs. NO. Aims for his 3rd in row at NO with sack. DT GERALD MCCOY had sack last week. DT VERNON BUTLER has 4 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 4 on road. Rookie LB/DE BRIAN BURNS has sack in 2 of past 3 vs. NFC South. CB DONTE JACKSON has 6 PD & 3 INTs in his past 5.

SAINTS NOTES:

QB DREW BREES passed for 228 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122.4 rating last week. In his past 7 at home vs. Car., has 2,349 pass yards (335.6 per game) & 22 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 109.6 rating. Has 100+ rating in 9 of his past 10 at home. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 122 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 47 rec.) & 10 catches last week. Had 103 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 36 rec.) & rush TD in his last game vs. Car. (12/17/18). Aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with rush TD. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4. • MICHAEL THOMAS had 8 catches for 114 yards & rec. TD last week. Leads NFL with 94 receptions, most by player in 1st 10 games of season in NFL history. Is 1st player in NFL history with 90+ receptions in each of 1st 4 seasons. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. Car. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 10+ receptions & 100+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK had rec. TD last week. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 1.5 sacks in Week 11. Has 7.5 sacks in his past 6. Has 34.5 sacks since 2017, 3rd-most in NFL. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had career-high 4 PD & 2nd career INT last week. S VONN BELL had 1st INT of season in Week 11. Is only player in 2019 with 4+ FRs (4) & 2+ FFs (2). Is 1 of 2 DBs (JAMAL ADAMS) with 5+ sacks (6) & 5+ FFs (5) since 2017. S MARCUS WILLIAMS had 55-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st career TD. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ PD & INT. Ties for NFC lead with 4 INTs in 2019.

What you need to know: In Week 11, Carolina delivered a flat effort against the Falcons, and QB Kyle Allen was terrible, throwing four interceptions. Allen was genesis of optimism for Panthers fans after Cam Newton went down with an injury, but he’s thrown three touchdowns and nine interceptions in his past four games, after starting his season without an interception in his first four contests. 10-6 looks like a requirement to make the playoffs in the NFC, so unless Allen turns things around immediately, the Panthers are in trouble. In Week 11, New Orleans got back on track against Tampa Bay, intercepting Jameis Winston four times, its first game with four takeaways all season. Drew Brees was razor-sharp against the Bucs, throwing for 228 yards and three touchdowns.

On the spot: Panthers QB Kyle Allen. Against a Saints team that has held four of 10 opponents under 200 yards passing, he could struggle.

Saints RB Latavius Murray: Alvin Kamara should get most of the touches, but the Saints could use a strong game from Murray (398 yards rushing) against the physical Panthers.

The pick: Saints 28 Panthers 20

 

NFL PREVIEW: Oakland Raiders (6-4) at New York Jets (3-7)

WEEK 12 // SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 23-17-2

STREAKS: Raiders have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/17/17: Jets 20, at Raiders 45

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/7/14: Jets 19, Raiders 14

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR threw for 292 yards with TD vs. INT for a 105.7 rating & posted 2nd-career rush TD last week. Has 9 TD passes vs. 2 INTs for 113.5 rating in 4 road games this year. Has 9 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs & 121.6 rating in 3 career games vs. NYJ. Aims for 9th in row with 95+ rating. • RB JOSH JACOBS (rookie) had 124 scrimmage yards (112 rush, 12 rec.) last week. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Leads all rookies in scrimmage yards (1,067), rush yards (923) & rush TDs (7). RB JALEN RICHARD had 109 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 51 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. • TE DARREN WALLER had 78 rec. yards last week. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 4 on road. Is tied for 2nd among TEs in catches (56) & leads TEs in rec. yards (666). Aims for 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. WR TYRELL WILLIAMS had 82 rec. yards in Week 11. Aims for 4th in row on road with TD catch. TE FOSTER MOREAU leads rookie TEs with 4 rec. TDs. Caught TD last week. Has TD in 2 of past 3. Jacobs (7), Moreau (4) & WR HUNTER RENFROW (2) are only trio of rookie teammates each with 2+ TDs in ‘19. • DE MAXX CROSBY last week became 1st rookie since BRIAN ORAKPO (2009) with 4 sacks in game. Rookie CB TRAYVON MULLEN had 1st career INT last week. Has 4 PD in last 4. DE DION JORDAN had sack in Oak. debut last week. Rookie DE CLELIN FERRELL has PD in 3 of past 4. S ERIK HARRIS aims for 5th in row with PD. Has 6 PD & 2 INTs in past 4.

JETS NOTES:

QB SAM DARNOLD had 293 pass yards & career-high 4 TD passes last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 95+ rating. Had 3 TD passes vs. INT & 98.1 rating in only career game vs. AFC West. Had 25 rush yards & 2 TD (1 pass, 1 rush) in last home game. • RB LE’VEON BELL had 92 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 33 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 633 scrimmage yards (158.3 per game) & 2 rush TDs in past 4 vs. AFC West. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ rush yards vs. AFC West. Had rush TD in only career game vs. Oak. (10/27/13 with Pit.) • WR JAMISON CROWDER had 76 rec. yards & rec. TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with rec. TD. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had rec. TD last week. Has 16 catches for 281 yards (93.7 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 at home vs. AFC West. TE RYAN GRIFFIN had career-high 109 rec. yards & rec. TD in Week 11. TE DANIEL BROWN had 2nd-career TD catch last week. • S JAMAL ADAMS had 3 sacks in Week 11. Is 3rd DB with 2+ sacks in consec. weeks since 1982 (AARON BEASLEY in 2000, CARNELL LAKE in 1997). Has 5 sacks in past 2, tied most by DB in 2-week span (Lake). Aims for 4th in row with sack. Is 1 of 2 (JAMIE COLLINS) with 6+ sacks (6), 1+ INT (1), 2+ FFs (2) & INT-TD in 2019. LB NEVILLE HEWITT had team leading 2nd INT last week. DL NATHAN SHEPHERD aims for 3rd in row with sack.

What you need to know: In Week 11, Oakland grinded out a win over the lowly Bengals. QB Derek Carr threw an interception and Josh Jacobs lost a fumble, but both had plenty of positive moments in the 17-10 win. Jacobs (923 yards on 191 carries) gives the Raiders a dimension they’ve rarely had in recent years: a legit running game. (They rank ninth in the NFL.) The last time Oakland was in the top-10 in rushing yards was its shocking 2016 season, when it finished 12-4. In Week 11, Sam Darnold tossed four touchdowns for the Jets in their rout of Washington; that qualifies as cause for optimism despite the poor quality of competition. New York isn’t going anywhere, but it will have a chance to play spoiler against the Raiders — and possibly against the Ravens, Steelers and Bills.

On the spot: Raiders TE Darren Waller. He hasn’t had a game with more than five catches since October 20th, and doesn’t have a touchdown since October 27. The Raiders have managed to win three of their past four, but they could use more from their breakout tight end (56 catches for 666 yards).

Jets S Jamal Adams: He has piled up six sacks in his past three games, a team record for a defensive back. He’s two off the NFL record for sacks for a defensive back (8), set by Arizona’s Adrian Wilson in 2005. The Jets need him to get after Derek Carr to have a good chance at the upset.

The pick: Raiders 30 Jets 17

 

NFL PREVIEW: Seattle Seahawks (8-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)

WEEK 12 // SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD // REFEREE: WALT ANDERSON

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 9-7

STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 4

LAST GAME: 12/3/17: Eagles 10 at Seahawks 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/7/14: Seahawks 24, Eagles 14

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON had TD vs. INT for 86.9 rating & 53 rush yards in Week 10. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.6 rating in last meeting. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 99.3 rating in only career game at Phi. In his past 9 starts on road, has 19 TDs vs. INT for 123.5 rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 101 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 12 rec.) & rush TD in Week 10. Aims for his 4th in row on road with rush TD & 5th in row on road with 90+ scrimmage yards. Is 1 of 4 RBs with 2,000+ rush yards (2,004) since 2018. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had TD catch in last meeting. Has 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Rookie WR DK METCALF had 6 catches for 70 yards in Week 10. Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3. Leads all rookies with 595 rec. yards, ties for 1st in rec. TDs (5) & ties for 2nd in receptions (35). TE JACOB HOLLISTER had aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY sack, FF & 10-yard FR-TD in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & FF. Had 9 tackles, sack, PD, FF & FR in his only career game vs. Phi. (12/23/18 with Hou.). LB BOBBY WAGNER aims for his 3rd in row overall with 10+ tackles & his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 12+ tackles & 2+ TFL. Needs 3 tackles for his 8th consecutive season with 100+ tackles. DT JARRAN REED had 1.5 sacks & 2nd career FF in Week 10. Has 3.5 sacks in his past 3 on road. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN has 7 PD in his past 3 on road. Has 12 PD in 2019, tied-most in NFC. Had 2 PD in last meeting.

EAGLES NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 214 yards with TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Had 348 pass yards in last meeting. Is 2-0 with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 107.9 rating in 2 career home starts vs. NFC West. Has 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs in 5 home games in 2019. • RB MILES SANDERS (rookie) has 60+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Is only rookie in 2019 with 300+ rush yards (374) & 300+ rec. yards (314). RB JORDAN HOWARD aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. • TE ZACH ERTZ had 9 catches for 94 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 9+ receptions. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Sea. Aims for his 5th in row at home vs. NFC West with TD catch. WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 61 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE DALLAS GOEDERT had rec. TD last week & has TD catch in 3 of his past 4. • DT FLETCHER COX had career-high 11 tackles & TFL in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. NFC West with sack. DE BRANDON GRAHAM has sack in 2 of his past 3. Had 1.5 sacks & 2 TFL in last meeting. LB NATHAN GERRY led team with 10 tackles & had sack last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3. LB KAMU GRUGIER-HILL had career-high 3 TFL last week. CB RONALD DARBY had 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with PD. CB JALEN MILLS has 4 PD & INT-TD in 2 career home games vs. NFC West.

What you need to know: Seattle has QB Russell Wilson to thank for its 8-2 record and status as possible NFC West favorites. The Seahawks defense, despite playing a strong game against San Francisco in Week 10, is mediocre, particularly against the pass. But Wilson’s individual brilliance has masked several areas of weakness. Seattle ranks 22nd in the league in yards per carry allowed, and the Eagles are one of the league’s more committed running teams, despite their struggles against New England in Week 11. Philadelphia did a mostly excellent job against New England, holding Tom Brady to a 67.3 passer rating, his second lowest of the season, and keeping the Patriots running game mostly in check. Philly struggled to get going offensively, but it should find the going easier against Seattle. The game might come down to a quarterback battle, and unfortunately for the Eagles, that would clearly favor the Seahawks, even with the game in Philadelphia.

On the spot: Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett. He appears healthy enough to go, which would be a major boost for Seattle. The Eagles are good at pressuring the quarterback, but Lockett and Wilson are excellent in the scramble drill. Wilson has a 136.5 passer rating — that’s really good — when targeting Lockett.

Eagles CB Rasul Douglas: He has been targeted more than any other Eagles defender, with good reason. He’s allowing a 123.6 passer rating when targeted, and has given up five touchdowns. Count on Wilson picking on him.

The pick: Seahawks 26 Eagles 23

 

NFL PREVIEW: Detroit Lions (3-6-1) at Washington Redskins (1-9)

WEEK 12 // SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Redskins lead all-time series, 27-14

STREAKS: Lions have won past 4

LAST GAME: 10/23/16: Redskins 17 at Lions 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Lions 27, Redskins 20

LIONS NOTES:

QB JEFF DRISKEL had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.3 rating & rushed for career-high 51 yards & 3rd career TD in Week 11. Has TD pass in 6 of his 7 career starts. • RB BO SCARBROUGH had 55 rush yards & 1st career rush TD in NFL debut last week. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 53 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 13 rush) in Week 11 & aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY ties for NFL lead with 8 rec. TDs in 2019. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. WR MARVIN JONES had 2 rec. TDs in Week 11, his 7th career game with 2+ TD catches. Had 94 rec. yards in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. NFC East & ties for NFL lead with 8 rec. TDs in 2019. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had career highs in receptions (15) & rec. yards (160) vs. Was. (9/16/12 with Rams). • CB DARIUS SLAY had 3 PD in Week 11, his 13th career game with 3+ PD. Had PD in last meeting. Has 8 PD & FR in his past 4 vs. NFC East. Since 2013, leads NFL with 97 PD. LB JARRAD DAVIS had 5th career FF & 3rd career FR last week, his 1st career game with both FF & FR. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC East with FF. LB DEVON KENNARD had sack in Week 11 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in his last game vs. Was. (12/31/17 with NYG) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with sack. DE TREY FLOWERS has 3 sacks & FF in 3 career games vs. NFC East. Has 4 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 4.

REDSKINS NOTES:

QB DWAYNE HASKINS (rookie) passed for 214 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 79.9 rating in 1st home start last week. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON has 1,756 scrimmage yards (125.4 per game) & 12 TDs (11 rush, 1 rec.) in 14 career games vs. Det. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Det. with 110+ scrimmage yards. Has 16,113 career scrimmage yards & needs 53 scrimmage yards to surpass HOFer TERRELL OWENS (16,185) for 13thmost in NFL history. RB DERRIUS GUICE had 69 scrimmage yards (45 rec., 24 rush) & 1st career TD catch in Week 11. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN (rookie) led team with 69 rec. yards last week. Among rookies in 2019, ties for 1st in rec. TDs (5), ranks 2nd in rec. yards (566) & ties for 2nd in receptions (35). Rookie WR KELVIN HARMON had career-highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (53) in Week 11. TE JEREMY SPRINKLE had 3rd career rec. TD last week. • LB RYAN KERRIGAN had 2 sacks & FF in Week 11, his 17th career game with 2+ sacks. Had sack in last meeting. Has 11 sacks in his past 10 at home. Since 2011, is 1 of 2 players (VON MILLER) with 85+ sacks (88.5) & 25+ FFs (26). LB JON BOSTIC led team with 7 tackles last week & had 2nd career INT. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with 6+ tackles. LB COLE HOLCOMB leads NFC rookies with 61 tackles in 2019. CB JOSH NORMAN has 5 PD & 3 INTs in his past 5 vs. NFC North. Since 2014, is 1 of 3 players (JAMIE COLLINS & MALCOLM JENKINS) with 10+ INTs (13) & 10+ FFs (12).

What you need to know: In Week 11, Detroit battled Dallas valiantly despite not having QB Matthew Stafford (back), but it fell short. Backup QB Jeff Driskel gives the Lions an extra element in the running game, and Detroit managed to pile up 121 yards on the ground. Detroit held RB Ezekiel Elliott under three yards per carry. The Lions’ major issue is pass defense: Dallas’ Dak Prescott threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns. In Week 11, Redskins rookie QB Dwayne Haskins showed signs of life for Washington, though they all came after the Jets had built a 34-3 lead. Still, beggars can’t be choosers, and at least Haskins was able to get his first two career touchdown passes. Can Haskins build chemistry with his former Ohio State teammate, rookie WR Terry McLaurin? They hooked up for a 41-yard connection, an impressive throw on the run by Haskins.

On the spot: Lions WR Kenny Golladay. He had just one catch – albeit for 34 yards – despite five targets against the Cowboys. With Driskel under center again, he’ll need his most explosive receiver to make more plays.

Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins: His development is paramount, and the next step in his evolution is to make more plays when the defense hasn’t slackened.

The pick: Lions 20 Redskins 9

 

NFL PREVIEW: Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6) at Tennessee Titans (5-5)

WEEK 12 // SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2019 // 4:05 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 28-21

STREAKS: Titans have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 9/19/19: Titans 7 at Jaguars 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/18: Titans 30, Jaguars 9

JAGS NOTES:

QB NICK FOLES passed for 296 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 92.2 rating last week. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 275+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 92 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 26 rec.) in Week 3 meeting. Has 100+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,183 scrimmage yards & is 1 of 3 players (DALVIN COOK & CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 750+ rush yards (854) & 250+ rec. yards (329) in 2019. • WR DJ CHARK had team-high 8 catches for 104 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in Week 11, his 2nd career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Ties for NFL lead & leads AFC with 8 TD catches in 2019. Had 76 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. division with 7+ catches & rec. TD. WR CHRIS CONLEY had 6 catches for 58 rec. yards last week. • DL CALAIS CAMPBELL had 6 tackles, 4 TFL & 3 sacks in last meeting. Has 10 TFL & 5 sacks in his past 4 vs. Ten. DE/ LB JOSH ALLEN had sack last week & leads all rookies with 8 sacks in 2019. Had 2 sacks & FF in Week 3 meeting. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack & FF in Week 11. Has 3 sacks, 2 FF & INT-TD in his past 3 on road. LB MYLES JACK had teamhigh 9 tackles last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road vs. division with 7+ tackles. DL TAVEN BRYAN had 2 TFL last week. Had sack in last meeting. S RONNIE HARRISON had INT in his last game at Ten. Had 10 tackles & PD in Week 3 meeting.

TITANS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for 181 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.9 rating & had 37 rush yards in Week 10. Has 100+ rating in 3 home games with Ten. & aims for his 4th in row at home with 2+ pass TDs & 100+ rating. • RB DERRICK HENRY had season-high 188 rush yards & 2 rush TDs in Week 10. Is 1 of 2 players (TODD GURLEY) with 2,500+ rush yards (2,635) & 25+ rush TDs (25) since 2017. Had career-high 238 rush yards & 4 rush TDs, incl. 99-yard rush TD, in last home meeting. Has 13 rush TDs in his past 10 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with rush TD. • WR ADAM HUMPHRIES had TD catch in Week 10. Had 6 catches for team-high 93 rec. yards in Week 3 meeting. TE JONNU SMITH has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. TE ANTHONY FIRKSER had 36 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 10, his 2nd career TD catch. • CB LOGAN RYANhad team-high 13 tackles, 3 PD & TFL in Week 10. Had 2 PD in Week 3 meeting. Is only player with 3+ sacks (3.5), 3+ INTs (3) & 3+ FF (3) in 2019. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 8+ tackles & 2+ PD. S KEVIN BYARD had 7 tackles & TFL in Week 3 meeting. Since 2017, leads NFL with 15 INTs. LB HAROLD LANDRY has sack in 6 of his past 7 home games & aims for his 4th in row with sack. LB RASHAAN EVANS had 7 tackles, 2 TFL, sack & 53-yard FR-TD in Week 10. Aims for his 8th in row with 7+ tackles & 6th in row at home with TFL. CB JOSHUA KALU blocked FG att. as time expired in Week 10.

What you need to know: The Jaguars quickly must figure a way to stop the run. In his return from injury, QB Nick Foles made nice plays with WR D.J. Chark, but the few offensive positives for Jacksonville in Week 11 were negated by the 264 yards rushing it gave up against Indianapolis. A win against the Titans will keep Jacksonville in the playoff race; a loss could end any hope. Tennessee only managed 91 yards rushing against Jacksonville in the teams’ first meeting, a 20-7 Jaguars win. But that was a Thursday night game, and the Titans were the road team. They also still had mediocre QB Marcus Mariota as starter. Ryan Tannehill hasn’t been the second coming of John Elway, but he’s much better than Mariota. A heavy dose of RB Derrick Henry (832 yards rushing) will doubtless be in Tennessee’s game plan, and there’s no reason to think Jacksonville will stop him. The Titans have run for 346 yards over their past two games.

On the spot: Jaguars LB Najee Goode. Goode earned a 28.7 run defense grade last week from Pro Football Focus, lowest on the team. If he (and Myles Jack) don’t perform much better, the Titans will run all over Jacksonville.

Titans RB Derrick Henry: Henry’s first 1,000-yard season would not have been possible without his virtuoso performance against the Jaguars on Dec. 6, 2018. He had 238 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries. If he does that again, the Jaguars might be out of the race in the AFC South.

The pick: Titans 20 Jaguars 19

 

NFL PREVIEW: Dallas Cowboys (6-4) at New England Patriots (9-1)

WEEK 12 // SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 5

LAST GAME: 10/11/15: Patriots 30 at Cowboys 6

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/16/11: Patriots 20, Cowboys 16

COWBOYS NOTES:

QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 444 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.6 rating last week. Has 4 games with 375+ pass yards & 2+ TDs, tied 2nd-most in single season in NFL history. Aims for his 4th in row with 3+ pass TDs & 5th in row with 100+ rating. Is 4th QB with 3,000+ pass yards & 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 4 seasons in NFL history. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 5th career game with both rush & rec. TD. Has rush TD in 4 of his past 5 on road. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC with 100+ scrimmage yards. Leads league in rush yards (4,881) since entering NFL in 2016. Rookie RB TONY POLLARD had 1st career rec. TD last week. • WR AMARI COOPER had rec. TD in only career game vs. NE (11/19/17 with Oak.). Has 80+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. WR MICHAEL GALLUP had career-high 9 receptions for 148 yards last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. WR RANDALL COBB had 115 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 4th in row on road vs. AFC East with 5+ receptions. • DE ROBERT QUINN had sack & 2 TFL last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in his last game vs. NE (12/9/18 with Mia.). DE MICHAEL BENNETT had 2 sacks in Week 11, his 7th career game with 2+ sacks. Had 2.5 sacks in 6 games with NE in 2019. CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE had 2 PD last week & aims for his 5th in row on road with PD.

PATS NOTES:

QB TOM BRADY is 4-0 vs. Dal. with 9 TD vs. 2 INTs & 101.9 rating. Is 16-3 vs. NFC East with 303.4 pass yards per game & 38 TD passes. Aims for 4th in row vs. Dal. with 2+ TD passes. Has 1,490 pass yards (298 per game), incl. 11 TDs vs. INT, & 108.7 rating in past 5 at home. • RB SONY MICHEL has 280 scrimmage yards (93.3 per game) & rush TD in 3 career games vs. NFC East. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 70+ rush yards. RB JAMES WHITE has 45+ rec. yards in 6 of past 7. Aims for 5th in row at home with 4+ catches. Since 2015, leads RBs in catches (291), rec. yards (2,561) & rec. TDs (20). • WR JULIAN EDELMAN threw 15-yard game-winning TD pass last week. Including postseason, has completed 5 of 6 passes for 141 yards & 2 TDs. Had 4 catches for 120 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Has 504 rec. yards (84 per game) & 3 TDs in past 6 vs. NFC East. WR PHILLIP DORSETT caught TD pass last week. Has 4 rec. TDs in past 4 at home. • DL DANNY SHELTON had season-high 7 tackles, FF & sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. LB KYLE VAN NOY had sack in Week 11. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row at home & vs. NFC East with sack. LB DONT’A HIGHTOWER had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. DL ADAM BUTLER had sack & PD in Week 11. Has 3 sacks & 2 PD in past 3. LB JAMIE COLLINS is only player in ‘19 with 6+ sacks (6) & 3+ INTs (3). Has 3.5 sacks in past 2 at home.

What you need to know: In Week 11, Dak Prescott delivered the Cowboys a big win over the Lions without much help on the ground from Ezekiel Elliott (45 yards). Prescott will find the going much tougher against the Patriots, whose secondary put the clamps on the Eagles’ Carson Wentz in a Week 11 road win. Challenging any of the Patriots’ corners is a fool’s errand, so the Cowboys should get Elliott going early against a much more vulnerable New England rush defense. New England mostly regained its defensive form against Philadelphia; its win on the road in tough weather conditions is a major positive, but Tom Brady’s play left much to be desired. Since opening the season with seven touchdowns and no interceptions in the first three weeks, Brady has tossed just seven scores against five interceptions in the seven games since. Three of those touchdowns came against the hapless Redskins.

On the spot: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott. He had never been held below 50 yards rushing in consecutive games until his past two. He has only managed 92 yards on 36 carries in those games.

Patriots QB Tom Brady: Brady has lamented the state of New England’s offense, but he’s still what makes them go. If he’s unhappy with the Patriots’ production, he should look in the mirror. He has three games without a touchdown pass this season. The last time that happened was 2009.

The pick: Patriots 27 Cowboys 17

 

NFL PREVIEW: Green Bay Packers (8-2) at San Francisco 49ers (9-1)

WEEK 12 // SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2019 // 8:20 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 32-27-1

STREAKS: Packers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/15/18: 49ers 30 at Packers 33

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/4/15: Packers 17, 49ers 3

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS had 425 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 100.4 rating in last meeting. Has 1,927 pass yards (321.2 per game) & 13 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 105.1 rating in 6 career starts vs. SF. Has 18 TDs vs. INT for 109.1 rating in his past 7 on Sunday night. • RB AARON JONES rushed for 93 yards & 3 TDs in Week 10 & became 1st GB player since HOFer JIM TAYLOR (1962) with 2+ games of 3+ rush TDs in single season. In 2019, ties for 1st in rush TDs (11) & scrimmage TDs (14). Has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 3 vs. NFC West. Has 180+ scrimmage yards & 2+ TDs in 2 of his past 3 on road. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS has 5 TDs (4 rec., 1 rush) in his past 5 & aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 7 catches for 118 yards in Week 10, his 14th career game with 100+ rec. yards. Had 10 receptions for 132 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC West with 125+ rec. yards. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 104 rec. yards in last meeting. Had rec. TD in his last game at SF (11/26/17 with Sea.). • LB PRESTON SMITH had 2 sacks in Week 10 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH has 11.5 sacks in his past 9 on road. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ had 12 tackles in last meeting. Is only player with 100+ tackles in each of past 3 seasons. CB KEVIN KING had career-high 3 PD in Week 10. Had INT & FR in last meeting.

49ERS NOTES:

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for career-high 424 yards & 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 115.4 rating last week. Is 1 of 5 QBs with 2 games of 4+ TD passes in 2019. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts at home. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 home games in 2019 & aims for his 5th in row at home with 60+ scrimmage yards. FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had career-high 7 receptions last week. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL (rookie) led team with 8 receptions for career-high 134 rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Leads all rookies with 38 receptions in 2019. TE GEORGE KITTLE aims for his 5th in row at home with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. TE ROSS DWELLEY had 1st 2 career rec. TDs in Week 11. WR KENDRICK BOURNE had TD catch last week & aims for his 4th in row with rec. TD. • DL DEFOREST BUCKNER had sack last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has 5.5 sacks & FR in his past 4 vs. NFC North & aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC North with sack. Rookie DL NICK BOSA ranks 2nd in NFL with 13 TFL in 2019. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had sack last week. Has 4.5 sacks & FF in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. DL DEE FORD had sack last week. LB FRED WARNER led team with 12 tackles last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. CB RICHARD SHERMAN aims for his 5th in row with PD. Has 31 INTs since 2012, most in NFL.

What you need to know: The Packers have a chance to wrest control of the NFC’s top seed from the 49ers, whom they will play at the perfect time. The Niners have looked off the past two weeks; if Arizona was more aggressive about using QB Kyler Murray to finish them off in Week 11, San Francisco would be 8-2. RBs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams will be pivotal against San Francisco; if they can force the 49ers to bring their safeties closer to the line of scrimmage, QB Aaron Rodgers should have the opportunity for huge shots downfield. In Week 11, San Francisco got a big game out of Jimmy Garoppolo (424 yards passing), but it needs more from WR Tevin Coleman. Green Bay’s rush defense leaves much to be desired, surrendering 4.8 yards per carry, sixth worst in the NFL.

On the spot: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. San Francisco’s only loss came when the opposing quarterback (Seattle’s Russell Wilson) thoroughly outplayed Garoppolo. There’s no reason Rodgers can’t do the same thing.

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo: He was good against the Cardinals, but what remains to be seen is whether or not he can win a big showdown against a high-profile quarterback on a very good team. His win against the Rams is his only one against a team with a winning record this season.

The pick: Packers 30 49ers 20

 

NFL PREVIEW: Baltimore Ravens (8-2) at Los Angeles Rams (6-4)

WEEK 12 // MONDAY, NOV. 25, 2019 // 8:15 PM ET // LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 4-2

STREAKS: Ravens have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/22/15: Rams 13 at Ravens 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: First meeting in Los Angeles

RAVENS NOTES:

RAVENS (2,038) lead NFL in rush yards & are 1st since 1978 Patriots with 2,000+ rush yards in 1st 10 games of season. • QB LAMAR JACKSON had 86 rush yards last week, his 7th consec. game with 60+ rush yards, longest streak ever by NFL QB. Has 1,483 career rush yards & surpassed CAM NEWTON (1,447) for most by QB in 1st 2 seasons in NFL history. Aims for 4th in row with 70+ comp. pct. & 105+ rating. Has rush TD in 4 of past 5. Has 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 151.5 rating in his past 2. • RB MARK INGRAM had career-high 2 rec. TD & added 75 scrimmage yards (48 rush, 37 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Has 7 rush TDs in 5 road games in 2019. RB GUS EDWARDS had 63-yard TD run & season-high 112 rush yards last week, 4th career game of 100+ rush yards. • WR MARQUISE BROWN (rookie) has rec. TD in 3 of 4 road games in 2019. WR SETH ROBERTS had first Bal. rec. TD last week. TE MARK ANDREWS had 75 rec. yards & rec. TD in Week 11. Is only AFC TE with 40+ rec. (48) & 5+ rec. TD (6). • LB JOSH BYNES had 2nd INT of 2019 last week. LB MATTHEW JUDON had season-high 2 sacks last week, his 5th career game with 2+ sacks. LB TYUS BOWSER had career-best 2 sacks in Week 11. Rookie LB JAYLON FERGUSON recorded 1st career sack & FR last week. S EARL THOMAS had INT & FF in last game at LAR (10/8/17 with Sea.). CB MARCUS PETERS aims for 3rd in row on road with INT-TD. Had 12 PD & 5 INTs, incl. 2 INT-TDs, in 22 games (2018-19) with LAR.

RAMS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF has 1,800 pass yards (360 per game) & 13 TDs vs. INT for 121.1 rating in his past 5 at home vs. AFC. Aims for his 6th in row at home vs. AFC with 300+ pass yards & 100+ rating. • RB TODD GURLEY had 133 scrimmage yards (97 rush, 36 rec.) & rush TD in Week 11. Has 64 career TDs, 2nd-most by player under age 26 in NFL history. Had rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. AFC North with rush TD. Leads all RBs in scrimmage yards (7,072) & scrimmage TDs (64) since 2015. RB MALCOLM BROWN had rush TD last week. • WR COOPER KUPP has 321 rec. yards & 3 TDs in past 3 vs. AFC North. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 7 vs. AFC & aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. AFC with TD catch. Has 845 rec. yards & needs 25 rec. yards to surpass career-high 869 rec. yards (2017). WR JOSH REYNOLDS aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. AFC with 70+ rec. yards & TD catch. • DT AARON DONALD had 2 sacks last week. Has 12 games with 2+ sacks since 2016, most in NFL. Aims for his 6th in row with sack. Had sack & 2 TFL in last meeting. Has 6 sacks & 14 TFL in 7 career games vs. AFC North. Leads NFL with 16 TFL in 2019. LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 3 sacks in 2 career games vs. Bal. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with sack. LB CORY LITTLETON is 1 of 2 players (ERIC KENDRICKS) with 80+ tackles (82) & 8+ PD (8) in 2019. S ERIC WEDDLE had 24 PD, 10 INTs & 3 sacks in 48 games (2016-18) with Bal.

What you need to know: The Ravens’ top-ranked running game gets another test. In Week 11, L.A. held the Bears to 74 yards rushing on 24 carries, a 3.1 yards-per-carry average. Only the Jets have allowed fewer yards per carry on average than the Rams this season, so QB Lamar Jackson and the Ravens must figure a way to solve what Los Angeles does well. Advice: Keep DT Aaron Donald out of the backfield. The Ravens’ defense continues to be a quiet, developing story. In Week 11, it held Houston to 232 yards and a garbage-time touchdown. Against Chicago, Los Angeles got surprisingly good play from Bobby Evans and David Edwards, a pair of rookie offensive linemen. Evans held Khalil Mack without a sack, and both were part of an effort that helped RB Todd Gurley get 97 yards on the ground. The Rams can’t afford to trade touchdowns with Baltimore, so they will lean on coordinator Wade Phillips’ keen defensive mind to slow the Ravens. QB Jared Goff playing like 2018 Jared Goff wouldn’t hurt, either.

On the spot: Ravens G Marshal Yanda. He is as steady as ever this season, but he has a tough task against Donald. If Yanda can’t keep Donald out of Baltimore’s backfield, the Rams could steal a victory.

Rams RB Todd Gurley: Baltimore is only 20th in the league in yards per carry allowed, at 4.4. Can Gurley make it two big games in a row?

The pick: Ravens 24 Rams 13

 

10 most surprising developments of the NFL season so far

Every NFL season is filled with surprises. That’s why the league has captured the hearts of so many sports fans.

This season hasn’t been any different. If anything, it’s been more shocking than usual. From All-Pro players leaving the league to unexpected MVP candidates, the first two-and-a-half months of the 2019 season have seen a little bit of everything.

Here are the 10 most surprising developments of the year through the first 11 weeks:

Andrew Luck’s retirement

The 2019 season started with a bang on the surprise front, as one of the league’s best quarterbacks and a four-time Pro Bowler retired at 29. Luck dealt with a ton of injuries from 2015-17, missing 26 games, but in 2018 he threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns, which was second to only MVP Patrick Mahomes.

Behind those numbers, Luck won the 2018 Comeback Player of the Year Award.

If Luck were still in the league, there’s a chance he would be sidelined again this season. All summer, he didn’t participate because of a right-leg injury. That, combined with all of his other ailments over the years, led to the NFL losing one of its brightest stars before the season even began.

 

Lamar Jackson in MVP conversation

A year-and-a-half ago, there was seemingly a legitimate conversation about whether Jackson would even play quarterback. Well-respected scouts and general managers argued his style of play wouldn’t work behind center in the NFL.

Those takes couldn’t have been more wrong, as Jackson is doing unprecedented things right now. The Baltimore Ravens completely revamped their offense after selecting him, and Jackson has taken off with the opportunity.

He has 25 total touchdowns and just five interceptions this season. Jackson has been extremely efficient with an 8.1 yards per attempt average, and he’s put to rest accuracy issues with a 66.3 completion percentage. He is also 10th in the NFL with 781 rushing yards.

Jackson’s posted a 14-3 record in two years as a starter.

 

Antonio Brown out of the league

He was on his way to entering Jerry Rice territory. Instead, Brown is the next Terrell Owens — he’ll get into the Hall of Fame but won’t be celebrated as just a great player because of all the offseason headaches.

Brown earned his release in Oakland, played a game in New England and then received sexual assault and rape allegations all in the span of about two weeks. On Thursday, Brown filed a countersuit against his reported victim, Britney Taylor.

With these lawsuits unsettled, Brown has been blacklisted but remains hopeful that the cases could be resolved so he can return to the league before the end of the season.

Don’t bet on it. He seems to have used up all his chances.

 

San Francisco 49ers last to fall from ranks of the unbeaten

There’s a badge of honor awarded to the last undefeated team in the league. This year that badge went to one of the most unlikely teams in the 49ers.

Even with the expectation that the organization should eventually compete with Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo, an 8-0 start was a big surprise. San Francisco is fifth in yards per game, second in rushing yards per contest and second in points scored per week.

Even more surprisingly, the 49ers have gone from 13th in total defense to second. They possess the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL.

 

Atlanta Falcons’ 1-7 start

After three coordinator changes and a bolstered offensive line, the Falcons appeared ready to compete with the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South or at least for a wild-card spot. Those hopes quickly vanished with a 1-7 start.

The Falcons have won two straight since then, but in the first half of the season their defense was historically bad, giving up 31 points per game, allowing opponents to convert 53 percent of their third downs and permitting the opposition to score touchdowns on 69 percent of its red-zone possessions.

Even if the Falcons run the table, which they suddenly seem capable of, a 9-7 record will more than likely not be good enough for a playoff spot in the difficult NFC.

 

Teddy Bridgewater posts 5-0 record

In a year where backup quarterbacks and young signal-callers have received ample playing time, the veteran Bridgewater has performed better than them all. The Saints playmakers, defense and special teams did plenty to help, but Bridgewater going undefeated keeps alive New Orleans’ hopes of a first-round bye or even home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Bridgewater completed 67.7 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and only two interceptions while averaging 7.0 yards per attempt this season.

 

Oakland Raiders have a winning record

The Raiders have one winning season and playoff appearance since losing Super Bowl XXXVII almost 17 years ago. During that stretch, Oakland has lost at least 10 games an incredible 12 times.

With a 6-4 start, the Raiders can avoid losing 10 games with one more win. If the playoffs started today, Oakland would be the AFC’s sixth seed, and the Raiders appear to be Kansas City’s biggest threat in the AFC West.

 

Kirk Cousins earns top five QB status

On one hand, this isn’t a surprise. Cousins set a record and new precedent with a three-year, $84 million contract fully guaranteed before last season. Minnesota wouldn’t have inked him to that deal if the organization didn’t believe Cousins could be an elite quarterback.

Cousins has been good but not great until this year. This season he’s arguably a top five quarterback because of his new downfield efficiency and elimination of mistakes. He’s averaging a career-best 8.6 yards per pass and has 21 touchdowns vs. three interceptions. Cousins is on pace for a career-high 31 touchdowns and career-low five interceptions.

He still needs to do it against elite competition, but Cousins beating the Cowboys on the road in prime time is a step in the right direction for that issue that’s plagued him.

 

Kansas City Chiefs lose three at home

Heading into this season, the Chiefs owned a 36-12 home record under coach Andy Reid. From 2017-18, Kansas City went 13-3 at Arrowhead Stadium during the regular season.

Yet the Chiefs have already lost three times — to the Colts, Texans and Packers — at home this year. If they don’t win their last three home games, against the Raiders, Broncos and Chargers, they will post their first non-winning record at Arrowhead Stadium since going 2-14 overall in 2012.

 

Myles Garrett’s helmet swing, indefinite suspension

Anyone who stayed up to watch the bitter end of “Thursday Night Football” last week was met with the shocking fight that ended with Garrett swinging Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s own helmet at his head. That was enough to make our list, but the week that’s followed belongs here too.

The public outcry for Garrett’s helmet swing made the suspension initially unsurprising. For once, it seemed like the NFL acted quickly and swiftly, handing out punishment that fit the crime.

Actually, given the league’s history, the NFL’s quick action was surprising.

But after a week to cool off, the suspension seems unreasonably harsh. An indefinite suspension is unprecedented and while it seems like the NFL will probably reinstate him before next season, Garrett’s camp is rightfully concerned about the possibility that the league won’t deem him allowed to return in 2020.

With Garrett claiming Thursday that Rudolph called him a racial slur prior to the helmet swing, the situation is now even more cloudy. Regardless, a simple six-game suspension will suffice.

 

Todd takes lead at RSM Classic, goes for 3rd straight win

A few years removed from battling the full yips, Brendon Todd has a chance to be mentioned alongside Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson as he goes for a third straight PGA Tour victory.

Todd felt like he couldn’t miss Saturday at Sea Island and he rarely did. With six birdies on the front side of the Seaside Course, he shot an 8-under 62 to tie the 54-hole tournament record and build a two-shot lead in the RSM Classic.

Not since Dustin Johnson in 2017 has anyone won three straight starts on the PGA Tour.

Not since Tiger Woods in 2006 has anyone won three straight tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule.

Todd has a chance to join both Sunday even as he tries to keep it in perspective. For Todd, it’s not about going for three in a row. It’s about posting a good score in the final round.

He figures his battle with the yips should help.

“I think I’ve had to be so disciplined over the last year mentally about just focusing in on ever shot that I’m aiming to kind of use that experience to my advantage now,” he said.

Todd was at 18-under 194, who shots ahead of Webb Simpson (63) and Sebastian Munoz (66), who already has won this season at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Tyler Duncan, who started with a two-shot lead, made 18 pars for a 70 and was four shots behind.

Simpson and Todd played junior golf together in North Carolina, and he says Todd often got the best of him being a grade ahead. They have remained close, and Simpson said Todd confided in him while struggling with his game.

“I think it’s remarkable,” Simpson said about Todd’s turnaround. “He’s a good friend of mine and to show the resilience of not playing well, to come back and stay in it and get one win and then two in a row, and now he’s playing great again. I’m really happy for him.”

Todd opened with birdie putts from 20 feet and 12 feet, added a few short ones in the middle of the front nine, holed a birdie putt from just inside 30 feet on No. 8 and closed out the front nine with a 12-foot birdie.

He hit every fairway. He missed only one green.

 

NOTES: INDIANA Continues Indiana Challenge by Hosting Louisiana Tech

OPENING TIP

Indiana University is in its 120th season of competition in men’s basketball and will host Louisiana Tech on Monday in the third game of the Indiana Challenge. The Hoosiers are coming off a 79-54 win over Princeton in the second game of the challenge. IU earlier defeated Troy in the event, 100-64. A victory on Monday would give IU a 6-0 start for the first time since the 2012-13 season when they started the year 9-0.  IU is 2-0 all-time against Louisiana Tech having defeated the Bulldogs, 84-63 in 1995 and 73-44 in 1996. Both games were in Assembly Hall.

GAME INFORMATION

Monday, Nov. 25 • 8:30 p.m.

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222)

TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler and Shon Morris) | Watch Online

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn

Series History: IU leads, 2-0

Last Meeting: at IU 73, LTU 44; 12/13/96

THE COACHES

Indiana Coach Archie Miller begins his third season of guiding the Cream and Crimson.  Last year, the Hoosiers finished 19-16 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT. He is 179-94 in eight-plus  years as a head coach, which includes six years at the University of Dayton.  His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014.   He is 40-31 at IU.   Eric Konkol is in his 5th year of leading Princeton and is 87-56  leading them to 3-20-win seasons in the last 4 years.  Louisiana Tech defeated N. Alabama, 82-61 at home, Friday.

NEWS & NOTES

Junior Justin Smith is averaging a team-high 16.3 points and adds 5.0 rebounds and leads the team in steals with 10.  He is averaging 18.0 points in the last 2 games and is shooting 77.8% from the field making 14 of 18 field goal attempts in that time.  Junior Al Durham is second on the team averaging 14.6 points and is one of 20 players in the country to not miss a free throw yet (14/14).  He is shooting 61.0% from the field and 50.0% from three-point range.  Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging 13.8 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds.  He leads the team shooting 76.7% from the floor.  He has made 11 of 12 shots in the last two games and was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week on November 18.

ODDS AND TRENDS

The Hoosiers leading returning scorer, senior Devonte Green, made his season debut against Troy and contributed 6 points and 4 assists in 20 minutes.  He followed that up with 16 points off the bench against Princeton and had 4 assists.  He had been out for a month with a hamstring injury. IU’s defense has been dominant in the second half of games limiting opponents to 34.1% shooting from the field and 22.9% accuracy from three-point range in the final 20 minutes.  Nine of the 11 scholarship players for the Hoosiers have scored in double figures in at least one game this season.

The Hoosiers rank 5th in the country in field goal percentage shooting a Big Ten-best 54.0%.  IU also is 5th in the nation in free throws made (129), 6th in scoring offense (90.0) and free throw attempts (147), 10th in scoring margin (27.0) and 18th in rebound margin (+11.8).  The Hoosiers also are 2nd in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (11.0).

 

PURDUE // Purdue Blitzes Jacksonville State 81-49

#BoilerNotes

Purdue improved to 3-2 overall with an 81-49 victory over Jacksonville State, as part of the Emerald Coast Classic.

Purdue improved to 23-0 all-time against the Ohio Valley Conference, including 10-0 under Matt Painter at Purdue … during the 10-game streak, eight of the wins have been by 22 points or more … the win was the 349th of Painter’s career and 324th at Purdue.

Purdue has now won 25 games (out of 112 wins) by 30 or more points since the 2015-16 season, the second-highest total in America.

Purdue shot a season-high 55.4 percent from the field and had 23 assists against six turnovers … over the last two games, Purdue has 47 assists against 14 turnovers.

Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Purdue is 66-5 at home, including 58-3 over the last 61 games with The Paint Crew in attendance.

Purdue has held five straight opponents to 70 or fewer points to start the season … the last time Purdue held five straight foes to 70 or fewer points to start the season came in 2010-11 (19 straight).

Over the last two games, foes are shooting just 34 of 108 (.315) from the field.

Purdue had three players with five or more assists in a game for first time since Dec. 28, 2016, vs. Iowa (C. Edwards, V. Edwards, P.J. Thompson) … Eric Hunter Jr., Jahaad Proctor and Isaiah Thompson all had five assists.

Matt Haarms recorded his second career double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks … his five blocked shots move him into fifth place on the school’s career blocked shots list (170) … it marked his eighth career game of five or more blocked shots.

Jahaad Proctor tallied 14 points and five assists, his 21st straight game of scoring in double figures, dating to last year

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue basketball team had a week of practice to get some kinks out before Saturday night’s game.

“From an offensive standpoint, just trying to establish an inside presence and getting the ball inside,” Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said. “That’s something we harped on. We go too long periods of time where we don’t throw the ball inside.”

The result was a much-improved performance as 7-foot-3 Matt Haarms scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to power Purdue to an 81-49 rout of Jacksonville State on Saturday night.

Haarms hit 6 of 10 shots and all five free throws. Overall, Purdue outscored the Gamecocks 34-14 in the paint.

“Guys were really looking for us on the plays we ran early where we specifically try to get it inside.” Haarms said. “What I really noticed was they were looking for us for longer. It’s going to take just being aggressive every time. I can’t just like sag off and do what I used to do and be content with that. I’ve got to be willing to step up and willing to ask for the ball longer.”

Jahaad Proctor, a transfer from High Point, scored in double figures for his fifth straight game with 14 points on 6 of 9 shots for the Boilermakers balanced attack.

“We’re trying to get him to be aggressive and take shots that come his way,” Painter said.

Evan Boudreaux and Trevion Williams each scored nine points for Purdue (3-2).

De’Torrion Ware was high for the Gamecocks (1-3) with 13 points.

Purdue shot 55% while holding Jacksonville State to 27%

The Boilermakers scored the first 10 points of the second half to take a commanding 55-20 lead. The Boilermakers’ largest lead was 39 points with 2:07 remaining.

Purdue shot 69% in the opening half to take 45-20 halftime lead. Jacksonville State shot a paltry 25% in contrast.

Leading 25-13, the Boilermakers pulled away with a 15-0 spurt to take a 40-13 lead with 3:17 left.

The Boilermakers have now won two in a row after losses to Texas and Marquette.

“This is a new team and we have to get to know each other,” junior Nojel Eastern said. “Obviously losing is not the way to do that. We didn’t want those two losses but we allowed that to give us confidence, allowed us to come into practice with more energy.”

This was the first meeting between the two teams. The Boilermakers are now 23-0 against current teams in the Ohio Valley Conference.

NOT SO FOUL: One notable improvement was Purdue sank 11 of 14 free throws for 78.6%. Purdue has struggled in first four games hitting a mere 57.9% from the foul line.

BIG PICTURE

Jacksonville State: Gamecocks coach Ray Hunter was denied in his second attempt for his 500th career victory. Hunter’s record is 499-166 in 21st season as coach head coach and fourth with Gamecocks.

Purdue: The game was Purdue’s second victory in Emerald Coast Classic. The next three games should tell Purdue how much progress they have made with at least one and possibly two ranked opponents in the Emerald Coast Classic, followed by a home game with No. 7 Virginia on Dec. 4. The Cavaliers advanced to the Final Four, beating Purdue 80-75 in overtime in March.

“We have four more practices before we play Friday and Saturday,” Painter said. “Obviously, we’ll be a lot lighter on Thursday than the other days. We got to get better here. It’s hard when you play a lot of games because then you have to try make your improvements through competition, which you still can. But in college when you get a chance to practice early in the season, you have to make some strides.”

 

No. 6 Indiana, No. 19 Kentucky to Meet in NCAA Second Round

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 8-ranked Indiana University men’s soccer team (14-2-4) will host a familiar foe in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament in the No. 19-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (13-4-3). First kick is slated for noon ET on Nov. 24 from Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

The game will stream on the BTN and live stats will be available at IUHoosiers.com.

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Indiana earned the No. 5 overall for the 2019 NCAA Tournament, marking the 15th time since the current seeding format began in 2003 that IU earned a top-16 seed. Indiana has earned a top-8 seed 10 times since 2003.
  • The berth for the Hoosiers marked the team’s 33rd-straight bid to the NCAA Tournament and the 44th overall in the program’s history, the most of any team in the 2019 NCAA Tournament field.
  • Indiana posted a mark of 5-2-4 against NCAA Tournament teams this season, including victories over No. 13 Michigan and No. 15 Penn State. Indiana secured wins over unseeded teams in Denver, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. Maryland nabbed an at-large bid out of the Big Ten Conference into the NCAA Tournament.
  • The three seeded teams produced by the Big Ten is the second most of any conference. The Atlantic Coast Conference placed four teams on the national seed line.

NEWS AND NOTES

  • Indiana claimed the outright Big Ten regular season championship for the second-straight season and the 16th time overall in program history after finishing the eight-game league slate with a record of 7-1-0.
  • The back-to-back regular season titles mark the first time Indiana has repeated as champions since winning the 2006 and 2007 crowns.
  • Indiana doubled down on the championship success after edging Michigan, 4-3, in a PK shootout to claim the 14th Big Ten Tournament championship in program history, and second in as many seasons.
  • The championship double is the 10th in program history, the most in the Big Ten Conference. Indiana pulled off the double for the second-straight season for the first time since the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS

  • The Kentucky Wildcats enter the 2019 NCAA Tournament second round matchup with an overall record of 13-4-3 (4-2-1 C-USA) and finished the regular season as the fourth seed in the C-USA tournament.
  • Kentucky earned seven Conference USA postseason plaudits this season, highlighted by redshirt junior Aimé Mabika. The Lexington, Ky., native was named C-USA Player of the Year, Co-Defensive MVP, and a first-team all-conference.
  • Junior Kalil ElMedkhar joined Mabika on the All-C-USA first team, while junior Enrique Facusse, sophomore Marcel Meinzer, and sophomore Daniel Evans were named to the all-conference second team.
  • ElMedkhar (six goals, seven assists) and Evans (seven goals, five assists) tied for the team-lead in total points scored this season with 19.
  • Facusse posted one shutout, a goals-against average of 0.76, and a save percentage of .729 in 20 starts in net.
  • Indiana and Kentucky played to a 0-0 draw on Oct. 9 in Bloomington.

SERIES HISTORY

  • The Hoosiers hold a 25-2-4 series advantage over the Wildcats in a series that dates back to the 1973 campaign. IU has outscored UK by a tally of 98-17 during the series.
  • Kentucky snapped a 20-game unbeaten streak for Indiana in the series with a 3-0 victory on Oct. 3, 2018. The Hoosiers were 17-0-3 during the streak.
  • IU is 14-1-2 at Armstrong Stadium against UK.

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

  • The berth for the Hoosiers is the team’s 33rd-straight bid to the NCAA Tournament and the 44th overall in the program’s history.
  • Indiana has an NCAA-best .725 (91-33-5) winning percentage in the tournament, while the 91 victories are also tops in the NCAA.
  • Stanford is second in the NCAA with a winning percentage of .667 (29-13-6), while UCLA’s 72 tournament victories ranks second.
  • IU has appeared in 20 College Cups, which leads all Division I teams, and won its eighth national title in 2012.

INDIANA UNDEFEATED IN LAST 37 HOME MATCHES

  • The Hoosiers are undefeated in the team’s last 37 matches at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium, posting a mark of 33-0-4.
  • IU’s last loss at home came to No. 20 Virginia Tech, 2-1 in overtime, on Nov. 27, 2016 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • The 37-match home-unbeaten streak is the second-longest streak in program history and ranks as the fifth-longest unblemished streak in NCAA history.

INDIANA DOES NOT CONCEDE IN B1G TOURNAMENT

  • The top-seeded Hoosiers ran through nearly 303 minutes and three games of the 2019 Big Ten Conference Tournament without yielding a goal from the opposition.
  • In the quarterfinal round, Indiana ended the season of the eighth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes with a 2-0 result. Freshman Joshua Penn and redshirt junior A.J. Palazzolo tallied the two Hoosier goals.
  • The Hoosiers exacted revenge on the fifth-seeded and tournament host Maryland Terrapins in the semifinals by a 1-0 victory. Sophomore Jack Maher secured the match-winning goal from the spot.
  • For the second-straight season, Indiana shutout Michigan in the conference title match. The Hoosiers outdueled the Wolverines by a count of 4-3 in penalty kicks following 110 minutes of scoreless soccer.

IMPRESSIVE RECORD VS. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS

  • In IU’s last 54 regular season matches against non-conference opponents dating back through the 2014 season, the Hoosiers have posted an impressive record of 41-5-8.

IUMS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • Indiana is ranked No. 6 in the country in the United Soccer Coaches poll. IU is ranked No. 6 in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer and No. 7 by College Soccer News.

 

Cardinals Drain School-Record 21 Treys, Hit Century Mark in Win over Howard

MUNCIE, Ind. — Kyle Mallers already had seven 3-pointers Saturday when he got a good look from beyond the arc on Ball State’s first possession of the second half.

He only needed one more to tie the school record. But his teammate Josh Thompson was down in the corner for a better look, so Mallers dished it to him. And Thompson canned it.

“If they would have closed out on me, I would have kicked it right back,” Thompson said.

That’s the kind of day it was for the Cardinals in a 100-69 victory over Howard. Sharing and burying against Howard’s 2-3 zone.

Thompson racked up plenty of assists himself. Ten of them to be exact, including nine in the first half, to go with zero turnovers. And Mallers eventually tied that school record with eight 3’s on his way to a game- and career-high 24 points.

Ball State (4-2) drained a school-record 21 treys, three more than the previous mark set in a 2016 rout of Eastern Michigan, and the Cardinals registered assists on 30 of their 36 made baskets against the Bison (0-7).

Freshman Luke Bumbalough racked up six of those 3’s for 18 points and had four of the assists. He had the distinction of hitting the record-breaking 3 with just under 5 minutes to play, shortly after fellow rookie Lucas Kroft had tied it.

“I thought our guys really played unselfish,” Ball State head coach James Whitford said. “I thought we really took good shots tonight against their zone. The ball was moving by the pass. It was going inside, outside. There were a lot of times a guy could have shot, and he waited and found a teammate for a better one.”

Mallers hit the first four 3’s he took and finished 8-of-10 from beyond the arc. He exited the blowout victory early, having matched the BSU single-game mark set by Dennis Trammell against Marshall in 2005. Ishmael El-Amin, who scored 15 points, hit three early ones from deep, as well. It was that duo that was hot from the get-go.

Ball State came in with really strange outside shooting numbers through five games. The Cardinals were hitting just 12 percent from beyond the arc in the first half, a number that would rank last in the country if projected over a full game. In the second half, though, their 49 percent mark would have ranked second nationally.

BSU had made only seven first-half 3’s this season coming in. Mallers made that many alone in the first half Saturday, and the Cardinals connected on 13-of-20 as a team. They finished the day 21-for-37 for 57 percent.

“We kind of just took what the defense gave us,” Mallers said. “They were in that kind of soft zone, so we got more open looks.”

When the Cardinals weren’t shooting 3’s, they were breaking down the zone and getting buckets at the rim. Tahjai Teague (11 points) and Brachen Hazen (10) did most of that damage, combining to go 9-for-9 from the floor.

If there was an area Whitford was not as ecstatic about, it was the defensive end. Howard shot 50 percent in the first half, and leading scorer Charles Williams reached his average with 18 points. The Bison were only the second BSU opponent to top 60 points this year.

Ball State will continue its five-game homestand Tuesday, hosting Western Illinois for its only game of the week. Tipoff is at 6 p.m., an hour earlier than typical, on ESPN3. The Leathernecks are coached by former BSU assistant Billy Wright.

 

PURDUE WBB: Boilermakers Face Northern Illinois on Sunday

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Riding a three-game winning stream to open the season, the Purdue women’s basketball team hosts Northern Illinois on Sunday at Mackey Arena. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. on BTN+.

Tim Newton will be courtside with the call on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION

Purdue (3-0) vs. Northern Illinois (2-2)

Date: Sunday, Nov. 24

Time: 2 p.m.

Stream: BTN+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: PurdueStats.com

The Boilermakers dominated the glass in a 66-59 win over Western Illinois last Sunday with a rebounding margin of plus-22. Ae’Rianna Harris (14 points, 17 rebounds) and Tamara Farquhar (13 points and 14 rebounds) notched the first and second double-doubles of the season. Harris sits second on the team with 14 points and nine rebounds per game. Farquhar has averaged a team-best 9.3 rebounds per game this season.

Offensively, Dominique Oden has led the way with three games in double figures. The senior owns a team-high 14.3 points per game, behind a 40.5% shooting percentage. Oden has also found her touch from behind the arc with a 54.5% clip, which ranks second in the Big Ten.

Sunday will be the Boilermakers’ final home game until Dec. 8 against Kent State. Purdue will hit the road next week for three games at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla., before heading to Virginia Tech on Dec. 5 for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

NOTES

  • Purdue holds a 5-0 all-time series lead against the Huskies.
  • The Boilermakers are 68-20 against team from the Mid-American Conference, the most wins against a conference outside of the Big Ten.
  • Despite three rejections in the win over Western Illinois to take her career total to 290, Harris fell to second in the NCAA active blocks list. She trails Denia Davis-Stewart from Merrimack by nine.
  • The Boilermakers have spread the wealth this season with 73.7% of their field goals coming off assists. Dominique Oden, Karissa McLaughlin and Kayana Traylor are tied for the team lead with 10 helpers apiece.
  • Purdue is averaging 14.6 points off turnovers and 11 fast-break points through three games.
  • The upperclassmen leadership has played a heavy role in the offense, as 82.5% (165-200) of the team’s points have come from a junior or senior.

 

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Championship Match Bound, Volleyball Upsets Top-Seeded Miami

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — This one was BIG.
Facing a team it had not beaten in the last four seasons, the fourth-seeded Ball State women’s volleyball program moved one step closer to winning a seventh Mid-American Conference Volleyball Championship title with a thrilling 3-1 (25-18, 28-30, 25-23, 25-20) semifinal-round victory over top-seeded Miami Saturday evening at the Stroh Center.

With the win, the Cardinals (19-11) advance to the championship match for the first time since the 2005 season and will be battling for its first automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship since winning its last tournament crown in 2002.

“Obviously we are excited,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said after the win. “Our program hasn’t played in a championship match in a quite some time. Right now, we are as confident as we’ve been all year. We are just going to reset and continue to do what we’ve done all year; prepare hard, take care of our bodies and just go out and be ourselves. We are not going to do anything different, just enjoy the moment, go out and play hard and see what happens.”

In running the league’s longest active winning streak to eight matches, the Cardinals used another all-out team effort to defeat the four-time defending MAC Regular Season Champion RedHawks (17-11).

On offense, senior middle Sydnee VanBeek was one of three Cardinals to reach double figures with a team-high 17 kills. She also led Ball State with a .433 (17-4-30) attack percentage. The others in double figures were junior outside Kia Holder with 11 and freshman opposite Natalie Mitchem with 10.

In the backcourt, senior libero Kate Avila led perhaps the program’s best defensive effort of the season with a match-high 30 digs. Five Cardinals finished the match with double-digit digs, while Ball State held a 105-to-93 advantage in team digs. MAC Freshman of the Year Natalie Risi was second on the squad with 16 digs, was a perfect 29-for-29 in serve receive and tallied seven kills.

At the net, freshman middle Marie Plitt led the charge with four total blocks, while adding nine kills and hitting .318 (9-2-22). Ball State used its blocking presence to help keep the Miami attack off balance, as the RedHawks hit just .189 (65-26-206) as a team.

From behind the service line, senior defensive specialist Anna Jensen served up two of the team’s five aces and helped keep the service pressure on the designated home team the entire night.

“Our service pressure was really strong tonight,” Phillips said. “That kept Miami just a little out of system which allowed our defense to make all kinds of hustle plays. Our defense was really, really good and came up with big play after big play.”

And finally, looking at Ball State’s setters, senior Amber Seaman collected her sixth double-double of the season with 25 assists and 15 digs. In addition, freshman Esther Grussing handed out 19 assists and collected 10 digs for her fourth double-double. The two combined to help the Cardinals hit .235 (63-19-187) against the league’s second-best defense which was holding opponents to a .179 attack percentage entering the contest.

Overall, 13 different Cardinals saw action in the match, with each coming up with several big plays to lead Ball State to its first win over Miami since Oct. 23, 2015.

Avarie Powell led the Miami attack with 18 kills, while Taylor Daignault collected a team-high 25 digs.

“We have a lot of belief and trust in one another, all 18 players,” Phillips said. “Right now, it’s clicking. We understand what our strengths are, and are just going out there and being ourselves.”

Up next, the championship match of the 2019 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Championship which will pit the Cardinals against the winner of Saturday’s second semifinal match between second-seeded Central Michigan and third-seeded Bowling Green. First serve is set for 4:30 p.m. at the Stroh Center.

 

COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY

Buckeyes Make School History at NCAA Championships
Women take 23rd in Terre Haute, Ind.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team competed in the 2019 NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. The women placed 23rd with 566 points, the highest finish in school history. Arkansas won the championship with 96 points.

Senior Abby Nichols led the Buckeyes to their 23rd finish by crossing the finish line at 20:50.2 to take 41st in a field of 254 runners. The next Buckeye to cross the finish line was senior Lainey Studebaker with a time of 21:47.2. Rounding out the scoring effort for the Buckeyes was Allie Guagenti (21:45.6), Julia Rizk (21:49.9) and Kalee Soehnlen (21:53.6).

The Buckeyes end their 2019 season with a historic performance as they entered the national championships ranked No. 17, their highest rank in program history. This was the only third time the women’s program has qualified for the elite competition and their highest place (23rd) to date.

Quoting Coach Khadevis Robinson

“The women did an absolutely amazing job today. Their performance was the best in school history and we are so proud of this group of ladies. They have set the bar really high for years to come. Our goal is to build on this performance and become a consistent Top 20 program. We are all very proud of what this team has accomplished.”

Top 5 Finishes
Abby Nichols – 20:50.2
Lainey Studebaker – 21:47.2
Allie Guagenti – 21:45.6
Julia Rizk – 21:49.9
Kalee Soehnlen – 21:53.622:09
Team Standings (Top 10)
1. Arkansas – 96 points
2. BYU – 102 points
3. Stanford – 123 points
4. New Mexico – 168 points
5. NC State – 190 points
6. Michigan State – 209 points
7. Wisconsin – 235 points
8. Air Force – 259 points
9. Furman – 290 points
10. Colorado – 294 points

 

Indiana Men’s Swimming Earns Runner-Up Finish at Tennessee Invitational

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 4 Indiana men’s swimming team took home runner-up honors with a three-day score of 942, while the No. 16 Indiana women’s swimming team finished fourth with a team score of 656 at the Tennessee Invitational. The three-day meet at the Jones Aquatic Center concluded on Saturday evening.

For the second-straight day, both diving teams competed at the 2019 House of Champions event hosted by IUPUI in Indianapolis. The women’s team dove off the 1-meter board, while the men handled the 3-meter board. Junior Mory Gould placed fifth with a score of 362.80, while sophomore Cole VanDevender claimed sixth with a final tally of 344.70.

TEAM SCORES

Men

No. 12 Georgia – 961 points

No. 4 Indiana – 942 points

No. 8 Tennessee – 839.5 Points

No. 10 Virginia – 524.5 points

Women

No. 2 Tennessee – 1,068.5 points

No. 8 Georgia – 948.5 points

No. 4 Virginia – 778 points

No. 16 Indiana – 656 points

HOOSIER WINNERS

MEN

Bruno Blaskovic – 100 freestyle (42.44), 400 freestyle relay (2:50.11)

Brendan Burns – 200 butterfly (1:41.45), 400 freestyle relay (2:50.11)

Mikey Calvillo – 1,650 freestyle (14:46.25)

Jack Franzman – 400 freestyle relay (2:50.11)

Mohamed Samy – 200 backstroke (1:41.03), 400 freestyle relay (2:50.11)

WOMEN

None.

NOTABLES

  • Freshman Cora Dupre broke the program record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.84. She eclipsed the previous record set by Kait Flederbach (48.54) on Feb. 22, 2014. Dupre also established the school record in the 50 free to open the Tennessee Invitational.
  • Sophomore Mikey Calvillo turned in the fastest time in the country in the 1,650 freestyle with a mark of 14:46.25. He lowered the previous NCAA-best time by nearly 10 full seconds.
  • Senior Mohamed Samy compiled his 14th individual event victory with an NCAA B Cut time of 1:41.03 in the 200 backstroke. His time currently ranks as the top time in the country.
  • Junior Bruno Blaskovic secured his first individual event victory of the season in the 100 freestyle with an NCAA B Cut time of 42.44.
  • Freshman Brendan Burns turned in an historic 200 butterfly victory. His time of 1:41.45 is the fourth-fastest time swam by a USA swimmer in the 17-18 age group ever.

NCAA CUTS

A: None.

B: Bruno Blaskovic (100 free, 42.44; 400 free relay, 2:50.11); Brendan Burns (200 fly, 1:41.45; 400 free relay, 2:50.11); Mikey Calvillo (1,650 free, 14:46.25); Alexis Doherty (400 free relay, 3:16.59); Cora Dupre (100 free, 47.97; 400 free relay, 3:16.59); Laurel Eiber (400 free relay, 3:16.59); Jack Franzman (100 free, 43.63; 400 free relay, 2:50.11); Will Gallant (1,650 free, 14:49.00); Josie Grote (200 back, 1:56.79; 1,650 free, 16:15.44); Matt Jerden (200 breast, 1:58.02); Cassy Jernberg (1,650 free, 16:14.45); Mackenzie Looze (200 fly, 1:58.28); Gary Kostbade (200 breast, 1:56.150); Ben McDade (1,650 free, 15:19.25); Noelle Peplowski (200 breast, 2:08.25); Mohamed Samy (100 free, 42.74; 200 back, 1:41.03, 400 free relay, 2:50.11); Jacob Steele (200 back, 1:41.82); Ashley Turak (400 free relay, 3:16.59); Maggie Wallace (1,650 free, 16:14.95); Emily Weiss (200 breast, 2:11.12)

NCAA Zones Qualifying Scores

3-meter: Mory Gould (362.80); Cole VanDevender (344.70)

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will wrap up action at the 2019 House of Champions Invitational on Nov. 24. The team will then be off for the remainder of the calendar year before jumping back into dual meet season with a clash at Michigan.

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1988

Sports ministers and other officials from more than 100 countries approved by acclamation today an anti-drug charter that establishes guidelines for governments to combat trafficking in and use of performance enhancing drugs. They also recommended that the International Olympic Committee create a panel of experts to test athletes in any country at any time on short notice.

The action, taken during a conference sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, was merely a statement of support for the I.O.C.’s efforts to fight drug use by athletes. The charter has no means of insuring enforcement. But the ministers’ approval indicated a willingness to lobby their respective governments for legislative action that would support the charter and make it easier for the drug-testing panel to carry out its objectives.

“This is a big day for the I.O.C.,” said Alain Coupat, a senior I.O.C. official. “It means that Unesco recognizes that the fight against doping must be constructed on a global basis, not by state, and that the I.O.C. is the best organization to direct the fight.”

The idea of an itinerant panel of drug testers was an extension of the charter’s recommendation that athletes from all countries be subject to testing during training. The panel would become a permanent adjunct to the I.O.C. Medical Commission. A team of experts would travel from country to country, testing athletes with little or no notice. Some countries test athletes during training and on short notice, but the United States and many others do not. American and Soviet athletes are now tested only during the Olympics and other major championships.

The shame of Ben Johnson of Canada being stripped of his 100-meter gold medal and world record at the 1988 Seoul Olympics after testing positive for steroids two months earlier (see Sept. 26) prompted approval of this anti-drug charter and led the I.O.C. to further toughen drug-testing procedures. It later was learned that swimmer Kristin Otto of East Germany, who won six gold medals at Seoul, had been taking steroids and testosterone under a state-operated program.

Dozens of Olympic athletes have been disqualified for drug usage since testing was initiated in 1968. The first athlete to have a world record nullified by the International Association of Athletic Federations because of a positive drug test was an American discus thrower, Ben Plucknett, in 1981. The I.A.A.F. said he had used an anabolic steroid banned partly because of its dangerous side effects.

 

WORLD SERIES HISTORY

1934 World Series

Once again, the St. Louis Cardinals returned to the big show after edging out the defending champion New York Giants (in the final 3 1/2 weeks of the season) and winning the National League pennant by two games. Solid pitching had enabled them to hustle their way into the post-season thanks in a big way to Dizzy Dean, who had won an amazing thirty games for the senior circuit champions. Dean was a dynamic and outspoken player who was quoted in the press as stating “it-ain’t-bragging-if-you-can-do-it”. Dean wasn’t the only standout as Manager Frankie Frisch had assembled a line-up of mutli-talented players that would come to be known as “The Gas House Gang”. Many felt that their “all-out” style of play was a decided advantage over the American League’s Detroit Tigers, who were 0-3 to date in World Series appearances.

Dizzy Dean took the mound in Game 1 and was backed up by a solid performance at the plate by Joe Medwick who collected four hits including a home run. Detroit made their own contributions as well by tallying five errors in the first three innings in an 8-3 opening loss to the Redbirds. The Tigers struck back the following day with an outstanding outing by Schoolboy Rowe, who held the Cards to a single hit in the twelve-inning, 3-2 victory. Rowe had won sixteen consecutive games from June to August and showed no signs of slowing down as he dominated the St. Louis line-up. Apparently, the Cards weren’t they only team with tenacity and resolve.

Game 3 tipped the scales again as Pepper Martin, the center fielder-turned-third baseman who had boasted a staggering .500 batting average during the ’31 Series, shined with a double, triple and two scored runs. Dizzy’s brother Paul (who had thrown a no-hitter against Brooklyn late in the season) shut out the Tigers for 8 2/3 innings for a 4-1 triumph and the Series lead. Detroit battled back with two crucial 10-4 and 3-1 victories that featured Billy Rogell and Hank Greenberg combining for seven runs batted in, with Eldon Auker and Tommy Bridges both going the distance.

Schoolboy Rowe returned for a repeat appearance (and possible clincher) in Game 6 against Paul Dean who was coming off of a great debut outing in Game 3. The St. Louis rookie prevailed over the second-year man on both sides of the plate as he held the Tigers to seven hits and, with the score 3-3 in the seventh inning, delivered a game-winning single. As both teams had battled back and forth throughout the contest, tensions ran high in “The Motor City”. The atmosphere around Game 7 was electric as Dizzy Dean went up against Eldon Auker for the grand finale.

St. Louis came out swinging with seven runs by the third inning and a 9-0 lead in the sixth. Detroit’s fans were visibly upset (with the score) and a play involving a hard slide by Joe Medwick that momentarily injured third baseman Marv Owen. They erupted after he apparently made eye contact with the left-field bleachers and retaliated by throwing empty bottles, fruit and other debris. In an effort to avoid a possible riot, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis stepped in and removed Medwick from the game (who was replaced by Chick Fullis). Understandably, the Cardinals argued the call, but the controversial decision had little impact on the outcome as St. Louis went on to an 11-0 victory and another World Series title.

The unpopular Medwick batted .379 against Detroit and drove in five runs, while Collins hit .367 and Martin finished at .355. Ernie Orsatti contributed a .318 mark, and Jack Rothrock led St. Louis with six RBIs. Charlie Gehringer led Detroit with a .379 average and Greenberg hit .321 with a Series leading seven runs batted in. Despite quality hitting on both sides, pitching was the deciding factor in the 1934 Series. Dizzy and Paul Dean were standouts after winning forty-nine games in the regular season and both had combined for all four St. Louis victories in the 1934 Series.

 

SUPER BOWL CLASSICS

1993: Super Bowl 28
Site
: Atlanta
Result: Dallas Cowboys 30 Buffalo Bills 13
MVP: Emmitt Smith (RB, Dallas)

Summary: Buffalo became the first team to win four straight conference championships and also became the first team to lose four straight Super Bowls. They acquitted themselves well in this one, where they led 13-6 at the half despite being a double-digit underdog. But this Cowboy team was too fast and too good. Smith ran for 132 yards and a defensive touchdown from James Washington tied the game in the third quarter. The real shock came soon after the game, when head coach Jimmy Johnson had a falling out with owner Jerry Jones and left the organization he had rebuilt.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
New England Patriots 9 1 0 .900 0.0 287 108 4 – 0 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 6 – 1 – 0 4 – 0 – 0 1 W
Baltimore Ravens 8 2 0 .800 0.0 341 196 4 – 1 – 0 4 – 1 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 6 W
Houston Texans 7 4 0 .636 0.0 265 249 4 – 1 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 1 W
Kansas City Chiefs 7 4 0 .636 0.0 308 256 2 – 3 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 1 W
Buffalo Bills 7 3 0 .700 0.0 211 170 3 – 2 – 0 4 – 1 – 0 5 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 1 W
Oakland Raiders 6 4 0 .600 0.0 225 250 5 – 1 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 4 – 2 – 0 2 – 1 – 0 3 W
Indianapolis Colts 6 5 0 .545 0.5 244 226 4 – 2 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 5 – 5 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 1 L
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 5 0 .500 1.0 200 202 4 – 2 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 4 – 3 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 1 L
Tennessee Titans 5 5 0 .500 1.0 203 197 3 – 2 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 4 – 0 0 – 2 – 0 1 W
Cleveland Browns 4 6 0 .400 2.0 192 228 2 – 3 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 4 – 3 – 0 2 – 0 – 0 2 W
Jacksonville Jaguars 4 6 0 .400 2.0 189 222 2 – 3 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 4 – 4 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 2 L
Los Angeles Chargers 4 7 0 .364 2.5 224 218 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 2 – 6 – 0 0 – 3 – 0 2 L
Denver Broncos 3 7 0 .300 3.0 172 197 2 – 3 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 3 – 4 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 1 L
New York Jets 3 7 0 .300 3.0 164 255 2 – 3 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 0 – 6 – 0 0 – 4 – 0 2 W
Miami Dolphins 2 8 0 .200 4.0 139 305 1 – 5 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 2 – 6 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 1 L
Cincinnati Bengals 0 10 0 .000 6.0 147 276 0 – 4 – 0 0 – 6 – 0 0 – 6 – 0 0 – 3 – 0 10 L
 
National Football Conference
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
San Francisco 49ers 9 1 0 .900 0.0 295 155 4 – 1 – 0 5 – 0 – 0 6 – 1 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 1 W
Green Bay Packers 8 2 0 .800 0.0 250 205 5 – 1 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 1 W
New Orleans Saints 8 2 0 .800 0.0 238 199 4 – 1 – 0 4 – 1 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 2 – 1 – 0 1 W
Dallas Cowboys 6 4 0 .600 0.0 286 197 3 – 2 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 4 – 0 – 0 1 W
Seattle Seahawks 8 2 0 .800 0.0 275 254 3 – 2 – 0 5 – 0 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 3 W
Minnesota Vikings 8 3 0 .727 0.0 289 205 5 – 0 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 2 W
Los Angeles Rams 6 4 0 .600 1.5 243 198 3 – 2 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 4 – 3 – 0 0 – 2 – 0 1 W
Philadelphia Eagles 5 5 0 .500 2.5 234 230 3 – 2 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 4 – 0 1 – 1 – 0 1 L
Carolina Panthers 5 5 0 .500 2.5 228 257 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 2 – 5 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 2 L
Chicago Bears 4 6 0 .400 3.5 169 174 2 – 3 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 4 – 0 2 – 1 – 0 1 L
Detroit Lions 3 6 1 .350 4.0 244 272 2 – 3 – 0 1 – 3 – 1 2 – 4 – 1 0 – 3 – 0 3 L
Arizona Cardinals 3 7 1 .318 4.5 248 317 1 – 3 – 1 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 6 – 1 0 – 3 – 0 4 L
Atlanta Falcons 3 7 0 .300 4.5 220 262 1 – 3 – 0 2 – 4 – 0 3 – 4 – 0 2 – 0 – 0 2 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 7 0 .300 4.5 277 313 1 – 4 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 6 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 1 L
New York Giants 2 8 0 .200 5.5 203 289 1 – 4 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 2 – 5 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 6 L
Washington Redskins 1 9 0 .100 6.5 125 253 0 – 5 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 0 – 6 – 0 0 – 3 – 0 4 L

 

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 13 3 .813 5-1 8-2 5-0 8-2 9-1 7 W
Boston 11 4 .733 1.5 5-0 6-4 3-1 7-1 7-3 2 L
Miami 11 4 .733 1.5 6-0 5-4 2-0 7-1 7-3 1 L
Toronto 11 4 .733 1.5 6-0 5-4 0-1 6-2 7-3 3 W
Philadelphia 11 5 .688 2.0 7-0 4-5 2-0 8-1 6-4 4 W
Indiana 9 6 .600 3.5 6-2 3-4 3-4 8-5 7-3 2 W
Brooklyn 7 8 .467 5.5 5-3 2-5 1-0 3-3 5-5 2 W
Orlando 6 9 .400 6.5 6-3 0-6 1-1 4-6 4-6 2 L
Washington 5 8 .385 6.5 3-3 2-5 1-1 2-4 4-6 2 W
10 Charlotte 6 11 .353 7.5 3-5 3-6 0-1 4-6 2-8 4 L
11 Chicago 6 11 .353 7.5 3-6 3-5 2-4 5-9 4-6 1 W
12 Cleveland 5 11 .313 8.0 3-4 2-7 2-2 4-9 3-7 1 W
13 Detroit 5 11 .313 8.0 4-3 1-8 2-4 5-10 3-7 1 L
14 Atlanta 4 12 .250 9.0 2-6 2-6 1-2 2-7 1-9 6 L
15 New York 4 12 .250 9.0 3-5 1-7 0-4 2-9 3-7 2 L
 
Western Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 14 2 .875 8-1 6-1 3-1 10-1 9-1 7 W
Denver 11 3 .786 2.0 6-2 5-1 2-0 6-2 8-2 4 W
Houston 11 5 .688 3.0 6-1 5-4 3-0 8-2 8-2 2 L
LA Clippers 11 5 .688 3.0 10-1 1-4 2-1 7-4 7-3 4 W
Utah 11 5 .688 3.0 8-1 3-4 2-1 8-5 7-3 3 W
Dallas 10 5 .667 3.5 6-3 4-2 3-0 5-2 7-3 4 W
Phoenix 8 7 .533 5.5 5-5 3-2 3-2 5-5 5-5 1 W
Minnesota 8 8 .500 6.0 3-6 5-2 1-2 3-5 4-6 2 L
Sacramento 6 8 .429 7.0 4-3 2-5 1-2 3-5 6-4 1 L
10 New Orleans 6 10 .375 8.0 4-4 2-6 0-3 5-6 5-5 1 L
11 San Antonio 6 11 .353 8.5 4-4 2-7 0-2 3-6 2-8 1 W
12 Memphis 5 10 .333 8.5 3-7 2-3 1-2 3-7 4-6 3 L
13 Oklahoma City 5 10 .333 8.5 5-4 0-6 0-2 3-7 4-6 3 L
14 Portland 5 12 .294 9.5 1-4 4-8 1-1 4-7 2-8 4 L
15 Golden State 3 14 .176 11.5 1-6 2-8 0-3 3-12 1-9 2 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Washington Capitals 25 16 4 5 37 13 91 75 6-2-4 10-2-1 6-2-2
Boston Bruins 23 15 3 5 35 15 83 60 9-0-4 6-3-1 5-2-3
New York Islanders 21 16 3 2 34 14 68 51 10-2-1 6-1-1 8-0-2
Carolina Hurricanes 23 14 8 1 29 13 81 68 8-4-0 6-4-1 5-5-0
Florida Panthers 23 12 6 5 29 9 86 84 6-2-2 6-4-3 6-3-1
Montreal Canadiens 23 11 7 5 27 9 80 75 6-4-2 5-3-3 4-3-3
Pittsburgh Penguins 23 12 7 4 28 11 78 60 8-3-2 4-4-2 4-2-4
Philadelphia Flyers 23 11 7 5 27 8 70 71 6-1-4 5-6-1 5-2-3
Toronto Maple Leafs 25 11 10 4 26 10 81 85 6-3-4 5-7-0 4-5-1
10 Tampa Bay Lightning 20 11 7 2 24 10 75 66 5-2-1 6-5-1 6-4-0
11 Buffalo Sabres 22 10 9 3 23 9 62 66 6-3-2 4-6-1 1-7-2
12 Ottawa Senators 23 11 11 1 23 11 65 71 7-4-0 4-7-1 7-3-0
13 New York Rangers 21 10 9 2 22 10 71 76 6-4-2 4-5-0 5-4-1
14 Columbus Blue Jackets 22 9 9 4 22 9 58 73 6-5-1 3-4-3 4-4-2
15 New Jersey Devils 22 8 10 4 20 7 57 79 4-4-4 4-6-0 5-5-0
16 Detroit Red Wings 25 7 15 3 17 7 59 96 4-6-1 3-9-2 3-5-2
 
Western Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 24 14 5 5 33 14 72 66 7-3-3 7-2-2 6-2-2
Edmonton Oilers 25 15 7 3 33 14 81 70 7-2-2 8-5-1 5-3-2
Dallas Stars 24 14 8 2 30 13 68 57 8-3-1 6-5-1 9-0-1
Arizona Coyotes 24 14 8 2 30 11 68 54 6-5-0 8-3-2 5-4-1
Winnipeg Jets 24 14 9 1 29 12 68 73 6-5-1 8-4-0 7-2-1
Vancouver Canucks 24 12 8 4 28 9 78 69 5-2-3 7-6-1 3-5-2
Colorado Avalanche 23 13 8 2 28 13 81 69 6-3-1 7-5-1 5-5-0
Vegas Golden Knights 25 11 10 4 26 9 75 73 6-5-3 5-5-1 3-5-2
San Jose Sharks 24 12 11 1 25 10 69 80 8-5-0 4-6-1 8-2-0
10 Calgary Flames 26 11 12 3 25 8 65 80 6-3-2 5-9-1 3-6-1
11 Nashville Predators 22 10 9 3 23 10 78 76 6-5-2 4-4-1 2-6-2
12 Chicago Blackhawks 23 9 9 5 23 9 66 69 6-5-2 3-4-3 5-3-2
13 Anaheim Ducks 24 10 11 3 23 10 65 75 6-4-2 4-7-1 2-5-3
14 Minnesota Wild 23 9 11 3 21 9 64 77 5-1-2 4-10-1 5-2-3
15 Los Angeles Kings 23 9 13 1 19 9 60 79 7-5-0 2-8-1 5-4-1