BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL – NCC/AREA

Lafayette Jeff 62 W. Lafayette 45

 

GIRLS REGIONAL PAIRINGS

CLASS 4A

LAPORTE

Crown Point [26-0] vs. Penn [25-2]

Munster [22-5] vs. LaPorte [18-7]

MARION

Fishers [23-1] vs. Northwestern [26-0]

Homestead [25-1] vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne) [17-6]

DECATUR CENTRAL

Ben Davis [13-11] vs. Lawrence North [22-4]

New Palestine [18-7] vs. Brownsburg [20-8]

COLUMBUS NORTH

Franklin Central [15-11] vs. East Central [22-5]

Bedford North Lawrence [19-5] vs. Evansville North [20-5]

 

CLASS 3A

JIMTOWN

Mishawaka Marian [22-5] vs. NorthWood [24-3]

Knox [24-1] vs. Lighthouse CPA [16-7]

BELLMONT

Norwell [21-4] vs. Winchester [23-3]

Benton Central [24-3] vs. Garrett [16-8]

GREENCASTLE

Indianapolis Ritter [16-9] vs. Brownstown Central [24-3]

Heritage Christian [18-7] vs. Danville [20-5]

CHARLESTOWN

Evansville Memorial [22-3] vs. Greensburg [23-3]

Washington [21-3] vs. Salem [22-3]

 

CLASS 2A

WINAMAC

Andrean [15-12] vs. Bremen [18-7]

South Central (Union Mills) [19-7] vs. Adams Central [19-7]

FRANKTON

Eastbrook [12-13] vs. Frankton [18-7]

Lafayette Central Catholic [19-7] vs. Rochester [18-7]

SOUTHMONT

Shenandoah [23-2] vs. South Putnam [18-6]

Triton Central [24-0] vs. Covenant Christian [17-8]

PAOLI

Evansville Mater Dei [10-14] vs. Linton-Stockton [21-5]

Eastern (Pekin) [18-8] vs. North Decatur [14-11]

 

CLASS 1A

CASTON

Fort Wayne Blackhawk [18-7] vs. Morgan Twp. [22-3]

Oregon-Davis [19-4] vs. Pioneer [22-2]

TRI-CENTRAL

North Vermillion [20-6] vs. Blue River [14-9]

Daleville [11-13] vs. Northfield [19-6]

SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)

North Central (Farmersburg) [18-7] vs. Bethesda Christian [18-6]

Greenwood Christian [21-5] vs. Jac-Cen-Del [21-4]

WEST WASHINGTON

Lanesville [23-3] vs. Trinity Lutheran [24-3]

Tecumseh [18-5] vs. Loogootee [23-2]

 

BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE-NCC/AREA

Thursday, Feb. 13

North Decatur at Knightstown, 7:30 pm

Yorktown at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm

Connersville at East Central, 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Madison, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Batesville, 7:30 pm

Liberty Christian at Seton, 7:30 (RADIOTROY.COM)

 

Friday, Feb. 14

Harrison at Central , 8 pm

Tech at Lafayette Jeff , 7:30 pm

Kokomo at Richmond , 7:30 pm(RADIOTROY.COM)

Logansport at Anderson , 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Marion , 7:30 pm

Centerville at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Union City, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at Tri , 7:30 pm

Union County at North Decatur, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Lincoln , 7:30 pm

Cowan at Randolph Southern , 7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at Morristown, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Lapel, 7:30 pm

Wapahani at Monroe Central , 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Eastbrook, 7:30 pm

Franklin County at Greenfield, 7:30 pm

Madison at Greensburg, 7:30 pm

South Dearborn at South Ripley, 7:30 pm

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

1 Bloomington South

2 Lawrence North

3 Lawrence Central

4 Chesterton

5 Crispus Attacks

6 Lafayette Jeff

7 Munster

8 Carmel

9 Brownsburg

10 Culver Academy

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Cathedral, South Bend Adams, Northridge, Fort Wayne Snider, Hamilton Southeastern, Jeffersonville, Columbus North.

 

3A

1 Silver Creek

2 Danville

3 Heritage Hills

4 Norwell

5 Greensburg

6 Hammond

7 Mishawaka Marian

8 South Bend St. Joe

9 Sullivan

10 Evansville Bosse

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Mississinewa, NorthWood, Delta, Fort Wayne Luers, Brebeuf, Northwestern, Indian Greek

 

2A

1 Linton Stockton

2 Shenandoah

3 Fort Wayne Blackhawk

4 S. Decatur

5 Westview

6 University

7 Prairie Heights

8 Evansville Mater Dei

9 Parke Heritage

10 Paoli

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Tipton, South Spencer, Central Noble, Indianapolis Howe.

 

1A

1 Greenwood Christian

2 Gary 21st Century

3 Barr Reeve

4 Loogootee

5 Kouts

6 Lafayette Central Catholic

7 Providence Cristo Rey

8 North Daviess

9 Covington

10 Morristown

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Bloomfield, West Washington, Christian Academy, Dubois, Tri-Central

 

 

WRESTLING: NEW CASTLE SEMI-STATE OPENING ROUND PAIRINGS

106

Bryce Lowery Roncalli, 32-0 vs. Bryson Hale Centerville, 22-2

113

Dylan Driver Westfield, 28-9,  vs. Jake Necessary Richmond, 33-7

Brac Hooper Carmel, 24-3 vs. Jackson Marker Centerville, 34-9

126

Luke Gonzalez Indianapolis Cathedral, 27-9 vs. Sekaye Maitland Richmond, 26-10

132

Devin Frazier Centerville, 41-1 vs. Luke Goodwin Southport, 35-4

138

Logan Bailey Indianapolis Cathedral, 33-1 vs. Josh Miles Cambridge City Lincoln, 27-4

145

Brady McKivitz Perry Meridian, 29-9 vs. Gabe Phillips Centerville, 21-1

152

Shane Bates Zionsville, 35-1 vs. Orlan Foster Connersville, 22-13

Eli Fox Lebanon, 21-14 vs. Tyler Vredeveld Centerville, 41-1

160

Luke Davis Zionsville, 30-5 vs. Javin Payne Hagerstown, 29-11

170

Leo Calderon Centerville, 36-6 vs. Bradley Harrington North Central (Indianapolis), 41-2

195

Jacob Huffman Indianapolis Cathedral, 26-10 vs. Guy Shaffer Hagerstown, 25-9

220

Evan Shafer Connersville, 27-4 vs. Dakota Arvin Westfield, 28-11

Blaine Pierce Richmond, 33-3 vs. Matt Schilling Clinton Prairie, 31-7

285

Josh Berger Northeastern, 43-2 vs. Kolt Keller Clinton Central, 15-7

Andrew Irick Hamilton Southeastern, 30-1 vs. Robby Pandoli Tri, 25-10

 

 

2019-20 GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING STATE TOURNAMENT

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, 6 pm ET (Swimming prelims, public gates open at 4:30 pm ET).
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, 9 am ET (Diving prelims and semis, public gates open at 7:30 am ET), 1 pm ET (Consolations and finals for all events).

Site: Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis

Admission: Unreserved tickets are $8 per session or $15 both days. A limited number of $18 reserved season tickets may be purchased online exclusively via the IHSAA e-commerce site at IHSAA.org beginning Thursday, Feb. 6, 2019 at 9 am ET / 8 am CT. Reserved seating for a single session will not be available. Reserved tickets will not be sold over the phone or in person at the IHSAA Office.

Webstream: All competition will be streamed live at IHSAAtv.org. Friday’s preliminaries begin at 6 pm ET / 5 CT, Saturday’s diving competition starts at 9 am ET / 8 CT and championship and consolation finals at 1 pm ET / 12 CT.

Advancement
The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday’s prelims will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats. All diving will take place on Saturday with the top 20 of 32 competitors advancing from the prelims to the semis after five dives each. After three dives each in the semis, the top 16 will advance to the final round for another three dives each.

HEAT SHEET: https://ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20swimming/2019-20/meet%20program-relay%20names-no%20diving.pdf?ver=2020-02-09-152801-917

PSYCH SHEET: https://ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20swimming/2019-20/psychsheet-no%20relay-no%20diving.pdf?ver=2020-02-09-152802-890

DIVING ORDER: https://ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20swimming/2019-20/2019-20%20Diving%20Order.pdf?ver=2020-02-12-035950-343

PREVIEW: https://ihsaa.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=6t7WMvc9-RE%3d&portalid=0

 

 

MEN’S  COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#3 Kansas 58 #14 West Virginia 49

Georgia Tech 64 #5 Louisville 58

#23 Creighton 87 #10 Seton Hall 82

#11 Auburn 95 Alabama 91 OT

#15 Villanova 72 #18 Marquette 71

#19 Butler 66 Xavier 61

#20 Houston 62 S. Florida 58

Ohio State 72 Rutgers 66

Michigan 79 Northwestern 54

Loyola Chicago 73 Evansville 60

Bradley 72 Indiana State 61

Valparaiso 55  So Southern Illinois 48

South Carolina 75 Georgia 59

Florida 78 Texas A&M 61

 

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE THURSDAY

Thursday, Feb. 13

Bryant at Sacred Heart | 5 p.m. | CBSSN

Longwood at UNC Asheville | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

North Alabama at Stetson | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Robert Morris at Mount St. Mary’s | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

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

Cleveland State at Oakland | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Eastern Kentucky at Morehead State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Wichita State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Memphis at Cincinnati | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Florida Gulf Coast at Kennesaw State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Jacksonville at North Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

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

College of Charleston at Hofstra | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Jacksonville State at Tennessee Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

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

UL Monroe at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Winthrop at Gardner-Webb | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

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

FIU at Louisiana Tech | 7 :30 p.m. | ESPN+

High Point at Charleston Southern | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+

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

Iowa at Indiana | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Tennessee State at Belmont | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Arkansas State at UT Arlington | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Little Rock at Texas State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Old Dominion at Rice | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisiana at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Charlotte at North Texas | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

UT Martin at SE Missouri State | 8:15 p.m. | ESPN+

SIU-Edwardsville at Eastern Illinois | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Colorado at Oregon | 9 p.m. | ESPN

Utah at Oregon State | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Kansas City at Grand Canyon | 9 p.m. | ESPN3

Marshall at UTSA | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

Washington at USC | 9 p.m. | ESPN2

Murray State at Austin Peay | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

Chicago State at CSU Bakersfield | 10 p.m. | ESPN+

Cal Poly at CSU Northridge | 10 p.m. | ESPN3

Arizona at California | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

Arizona State at Stanford | 11 p.m. | ESPN2

Washington State at UCLA | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

BYU at Loyola Marymount | 11 p.m. | ESPNU

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 Baylor 81 TCU 62

Cincinnati 78 Tulsa 53

Central Florida 67 Houston 49

Memphis 69 Wichita State 60

Dayton 52 Massachusetts 51

Rhode Island 72 St. Louis 63

LaSalle 61 George Washington 54

Richmond 67 Duquesne 64

Kent State 60 Akron 55

Eastern Michigan 70 Bowling Green 58

Ball State 60 Toledo 58

Northern Illinois 86 Miami Ohio 80 OT

Western Michigan 74 Buffalo 62

 

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Cleveland 127 Atlanta 105

Orlando 116 Detroit 112 OT

Indiana 118 Milwaukee 111

Brooklyn 101 Toronto 91

Washington 114 New York 96

Charlotte 115 Minnesota 108

Memphis 111 Portland 104

Dallas 130 Sacramento 111

Phoenix 112 Golden State 106

Utah 116 Miami 101

LA Lakers 120 Denver 116 OT

NBA WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/wire.asp

 

NBA TV SCHEDULE

Thu Feb 13, 2020

LA Clippers @ Boston                     8:00 pm               TNT

Oklahoma City @ New Orleans  8:00 pm               FS-OK

 

Thu Feb 20, 2020

Milwaukee @ Detroit                     7:00 pm               FS-DET

Miami @ Atlanta                              7:30 pm               SUN

Charlotte @ Chicago                       8:00 pm               NBCS-CHI

Brooklyn @ Philadelphia               8:00 pm               TNT

Memphis @ Sacramento              10:00 pm             NBCS-CA

Houston @ Golden State              10:30 pm             TNT

 

Fri Feb 21, 2020

Dallas @ Orlando                             7:00 pm               FS-FL

Cleveland @ Washington              7:00 pm               FS-OH

Indiana @ New York                       7:30 pm               MSG

Phoenix @ Toronto                         7:30 pm               TSN

Boston @ Minnesota                     8:00 pm               FS-N

Denver @ Oklahoma City              8:00 pm               ALT

San Antonio @ Utah                       9:00 pm               SportsNet RM

Memphis @ LA Lakers                    10:30 pm             SportsNet LA

New Orleans @ Portland               10:30 pm             NBCS-NW

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 4 Montréal 1

Los Angeles 5 Calgary 3

Vancouver 3 Chicago 0

 

NHL SCHEDULE

February 13, 2020

Calgary (48%) @ Anaheim (52%)                10:00PM

Columbus (50%) @ Buffalo (50%)              7:00PM

Washington (44%) @ Colorado (56%)      9:30PM

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

NY Rangers (47%) @ Minnesota (53%)    8:00PM

Detroit (32%) @ New Jersey (68%)           7:00PM

NY Islanders (50%) @ Nashville (50%)      8:00PM

Arizona (53%) @ Ottawa (47%)                  7:30PM

Edmonton (38%) @ Tampa Bay (62%)     7:00PM

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

St. Louis (48%) @ Vegas (52%)                    10:00PM

 

February 14, 2020

New Jersey (35%) @ Carolina (65%)         7:30PM

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

Montreal (40%) @ Pittsburgh (60%)         7:00PM

San Jose (38%) @ Winnipeg (62%)            7:00PM

* Estimated win probability in parentheses.

All game times Eastern

 

DAYTONA 500 SCHEDULE

Thursday, Feb. 13

7 p.m. ET              Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 1 FS1         MRN

8:45 p.m. ET       Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 2 FS1         MRN

 

Friday, Feb. 14

5:05 p.m. ET       Daytona 500 practice                      FS1         MRN

 

Saturday, Feb. 15

12:30 p.m. ET     Daytona 500 final practice            FS1         MRN

 

Sunday, Feb. 16

2:30 p.m. ET       Daytona 500                                       Fox         MRN

 

MLB spring training report dates

Grapefruit League in Florida 

Team First pitchers and catchers workout First full-squad workout
Atlanta Braves Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Detroit Tigers Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Houston Astros Thursday, Feb. 13 Monday, Feb. 17
Miami Marlins Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Minnesota Twins Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
New York Mets Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
New York Yankees Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, Feb. 13 Monday, Feb. 17
Washington Nationals Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18

Cactus League in Arizona

Team First pitchers and catchers workout First full-squad workout
Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Chicago White Sox Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Feb. 15 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Cleveland Indians Thursday, Feb. 13 Monday, Feb. 17
Colorado Rockies Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Feb. 14 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Oakland Athletics Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
San Diego Padres Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18
San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17
Seattle Mariners Thursday, Feb. 13 Tuesday, Feb. 18
Texas Rangers Wednesday, Feb. 12 Monday, Feb. 17

Spring training locations for all 30 teams

Grapefruit League in Florida

Team Location Venue
Atlanta Braves North Port CoolToday Park
Baltimore Orioles Sarasota Ed Smith Stadium
Boston Red Sox Fort Myers JetBlue Park at Fenway South
Detroit Tigers Lakeland Joker Marchant Stadium
Florida Marlins Jupiter Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium
Houston Astros West Palm Beach FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
Minnesota Twins Fort Myers Hammond Stadium
New York Mets Port St. Lucie First Data Field
New York Yankees Tampa George M. Steinbrenner Field
Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater Spectrum Field
Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton LECOM Park
St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter Roger Dean Stadium
Tampa Bay Rays Port Charlotte Charlotte Sports Park
Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin Dunedin Stadium
Washington Nationals West Palm Beach The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Cactus League in Arizona

Team Location Venue
Arizona Diamondbacks Scottsdale Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Chicago Cubs Mesa Sloan Park
Chicago White Sox Glendale Camelback Ranch
Cincinnati Reds Goodyear Goodyear Ballpark
Cleveland Indians Goodyear Goodyear Ballpark
Colorado Rockies Scottsdale Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Kansas City Royals Surprise Surprise Stadium
Los Angeles Angels Tempe Tempe Diablo Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers Glendale Camelback Ranch
Milwaukee Brewers Phoenix Maryvale Baseball Park
Oakland Athletics Mesa HoHoKam Stadium
San Diego Padres Peoria Peoria Sports Complex
San Francisco Giants Scottsdale Scottsdale Stadium
Seattle Mariners Peoria Peoria Sports Complex
Texas Rangers Surprise Surprise Stadium

 

 

Mel Tucker Named Michigan State University Head Football Coach

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Mel Tucker, a 23-year coaching veteran with championship experience, has been named Michigan State University’s 25th head football coach.

The hire is pending approval by the MSU Board of Trustees this afternoon. Tucker is scheduled to be introduced at a press conference at 6:30 p.m. today at the Gilbert Pavilion in the Breslin Center.

“Mel Tucker has a strong reputation as an intense and dynamic coach and we’re excited to have him bring that energy to MSU,” said Michigan State President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D. “Leading our football program on the field and in their development as student athletes is no small task and we are confident he is the right person for the job. We look forward to having Coach Tucker join our Spartan family.”

“It brings me great pleasure to welcome Mel Tucker to the Spartan family as the 25th head coach in Michigan State football history,” Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman said. “Mel brings a championship pedigree, NFL experience, connections to our region, success on the recruiting trail and head coaching experience to our program. Beyond his impressive list of credentials is an even more impactful leader of men with an energetic personality that will pay dividends on the recruiting trail. Perhaps more importantly, he’ll connect with our student-athletes to help them develop beyond just their skills on the football field. His attention to detail will leave no stone unturned in his drive for championships.

“It’s fitting that Mel returns to the place where his coaching career began as a graduate assistant. While he returns to Michigan State with a loftier title, his passion is every bit as fierce. Head football coach might be his title, but he will be an amazing ambassador for our department, our university and more than 550,000 living alums.”

 

2 Ohio State football players accused of rape, kidnapping

Two Ohio State University football players were booked into jail early Wednesday on charges of rape and kidnapping, police said.

Police charged defensive players Amir I. Riep and Jahsen L. Wint, both 21, late Tuesday, The Columbus Dispatch reported. They are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning. There was no word on whether the men had attorneys to speak for them.

The woman told police she was hanging out with Riep at an apartment he shares with Wint on Feb. 4 when they began to engage in consensual sex, according to an affidvait. The woman stopped and told Riep she didn’t want to continue. Wint then entered the room and asked if he could join.

Wint then allegedly grabbed the woman by her neck and raped her, she said in the affidavit. Reip held the woman down with his body while Wint forced oral sex. The woman pushed Wint away, according to the affidavit, but he again forced her to have oral sex.

After several minutes, they stopped and Riep told the woman that she needed to say what happened was “consensual on a video recording while laughing at her,” according to the affidavit. Riep then told the woman she needed to shower before driving her back to her home.

“We are aware that two of our students have been arrested and criminally charged,” Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson said in a statement to the Associated Press. “They have been suspended from all activities involving the football program. We will share more information when available.”

Riep is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback entering his senior season for Ohio State’s top-5 football program, while Wint is a 6-foot, 198-pound redshirt senior safety, according to court documents and the university’s athletics website.

Statement from Ohio State Football Coach Ryan Day:

I have dismissed Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint from our football program. I am not making any statement on the criminal charges, but it is clear they did not live up to our standards and my expectations. The athletics department will make sure they both continue to have access to the health and well-being resources available to students and student-athletes. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, I will not be commenting further.

 

Browns’ Garrett reinstated by NFL from indefinite suspension

Myles Garrett is allowed to play and chase quarterbacks again after the NFL reinstated the Browns’ star defensive end from his indefinite suspension for a vicious attack on Pittsburgh QB Mason Rudolph last season.

The league lifted its ban Wednesday on Garrett, who ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and smashed him over the head with it during a Nov. 14 game on national television. Garrett missed Cleveland’s final six games and his loss was a major blow to the Browns, who went 2-4 without him, finished 6-10, fired coach Freddie Kitchens and saw general manager John Dorsey resign.

On Monday, Garrett met with Commissioner Roger Goodell and other league officials in the final step before he was cleared to return. He can participate in all of the Browns’ offseason activities and that’s a big relief as the team is undergoing another new start under coach Kevin Stefanski.

Garrett is cleared to return to all activities with the Browns.

“We welcome Myles back to our organization with open arms,” Browns vice president of football operations and GM Andrew Berry said. “We know he is grateful to be reinstated, eager to put the past behind him and continue to evolve and grow as a leader. We look forward to having his strong positive presence back as a teammate, player and person in our community.”

Garrett did not release a statement, but he posted a meme on his Twitter account of a scene from the film “John Wick” with the subtitle: “But now yeah, I’M THINKING I’M BACK!!!”

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield offered his support, tweeting: “welcome back big fella!!!”

As the Browns were wrapping up a rare win over the Steelers in a Thursday night matchup, Garrett, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2017, pulled down Rudoplph after a pass attempt and the two wrestled on the ground. Rudolph tried to pull off Garrett’s helmet but couldn’t. Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and swung and struck him with it, triggering a brawl between the teams.

Garrett paid dearly for his misstep. He was fined $45,623 and lost $1.14 million in game checks. His reputation also took a shot and he’ll have to watch his behavior going forward as another violent incident could result in even harsher discipline by the league.

 

Report: Tony Romo bidding surpasses $15 million

Tony Romo’s first contract to broadcast NFL games for CBS paid him $3 million a year. He’ll be making a lot more than that going forward.

According to Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage, bidding for Romo between ESPN and CBS has already surpassed $15 million per year and may approach $20 million before negotiations conclude. This figure would make Romo the highest-paid sports announcer in American history.

Both networks are trying to send a message by signing Romo. ESPN wants to retain its “Monday Night Football” package with better games and get into the Super Bowl rotation. CBS wants to keep Romo, show that they’re committed to the NFL, and does not want to be tasked with finding a new commentator to work next year’s Super Bowl.

CBS has the right to match any offer made to Romo.

We had previously heard that Romo could get between $10 million and $14 million. If this reporting is correct, he has already surpassed that and may well come close to doubling the initial low-end estimate, which is what he originally sought.

The only question is how high the two networks are willing to go before one concedes defeat.

 

Report: Cowboys looking to make ‘big splash’ in draft, could trade up

The Dallas Cowboys have the 17th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but that may not be good enough for owner Jerry Jones.

The Cowboys have several players who are scheduled to become free agents next month, and they may have to replace some of that talent in the draft. A source close to the team told Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network that Jones “wants to make a big splash” on draft day, which could mean Dallas is going to explore moving up the board.

According to Pauline, the Cowboys have done a lot of scouting work on Ohio State prospects. The biggest Buckeyes prospect is obviously pass-rusher Chase Young, but he is expected to go as high as No. 2 to the Washington Redskins. It would take a massive haul to move up from No. 17 to No. 2, so that seems unlikely for the Cowboys. However, they could target star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who is considered the best defensive back in the draft. Landing him would certainly qualify as a “big splash” for Dallas.

We all know Jones gets excited around draft time. Sometimes Cowboys executives even have to stop him from getting carried away, which was supposedly the case when Jones was giddy about the potential of drafting Johnny Manziel.

While it would not be a surprise if the Cowboys moved up in the draft, the biggest splashes they could make are with their impending free agents. Dak Prescott is still looking for a long-term deal from the team, and Amari Cooper could end up with another team if Dallas is unwilling to shell out big money.

 

Bengals willing to work with Andy Dalton to find suitable trade

The Cincinnati Bengals have every intention of moving on from Andy Dalton this offseason, but that does not mean they are going to kick him to the curb with no regard for his future in the NFL.

The Bengals are willing to work with Dalton to facilitate a trade to a team he wants to play for, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The organization has great respect for Dalton and does not want him to end up in a “bad spot.”

Another way the Bengals would be able to assure that Dalton gets to choose his next team would be by releasing him, but they could probably get something of value in return for the 32-year-old. If there are multiple teams willing to offer a mid-round draft pick or something along those lines, it makes sense that Cincinnati is willing to let Dalton have some input in where he winds up.

Dalton is entering the final year of his contract and will make $17.5 million in 2020, which is a very reasonable salary for a starting quarterback. There were reports during the season of at least one team being interested in acquiring him, so Dalton has a good shot at earning a starting job somewhere.

 

Media seek open hearing on NFL team’s emails with church

New Orleans news outlets were set to argue Thursday for an open hearing on the confidentiality of emails between Roman Catholic officials and the city’s NFL franchise concerning clergy sex-abuse scandals.

As The Associated Press reported last month, victims’ lawyers allege that hundreds of Saints emails show team executives did behind-the-scenes public relations damage control amid the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ clergy abuse crisis. The team has gone to court to keep the emails from being made public, saying court rules would ordinarily keep them under seal and that the plaintiffs’ lawyers want them released “for publicity purposes.”

A state court hearing is scheduled in New Orleans next week before a court-appointed special master to determine whether they may be released.

The AP has been allowed to intervene in the effort to get the emails released and lawyers for the news cooperative are being allowed to participate in arguments for release of the emails. However, the Feb. 20 hearing before the special master was to be closed to the public.

The owners of The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, WVUE-TV, WWL-TV and WDSU-TV have filed a motion for access to the hearing.

Judge Ellen Hazeur was set to hear arguments at Civil District Court in New Orleans.

The Saints, whose devoutly Catholic owner Gayle Benson is close friends with the local archbishop, have disputed as “outrageous” any suggestion that the team helped cover up crimes. They have accused plaintiffs’ attorneys of mischaracterizing what is in the emails.

Benson said in a news release Monday that the NFL team played no role in determining which priests would be named in the list of “credibly accused” clergy published by the archdiocese.

Attorneys for about two dozen men suing the church allege in court filings that the confidential emails show executives joined in the church’s “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.” The attorneys contend that included taking an active role in helping to shape the archdiocese’s list of 57 credibly accused clergy, a roster an AP analysis found was undercounted by at least 20 names.

 

NFL to stage additional combine for draft prospects in Miami

The NFL will stage an additional event beyond the upcoming scouting combine in Indianapolis.

The league’s combine series will have a regional invitational and historically black colleges and universities combine from March 27-29 at the Miami Dolphins’ Baptist Health Training Facility. Attendees will include draft-eligible athletes who were not invited to the national combine that begins later this month.

Vikings Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen and fullback C.J. Ham, along with Broncos kicker Brandon McManus, Rams four-time All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker, and Chiefs center Austin Reiter attended the regional combine during their draft year.

Nearly 10 percent of all players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame attended HBCUs. In 2019, there were 32 players from HBCU programs on NFL rosters.

Prospects for the NFL’s 2020 international pathway program will participate in the regional combine. Begun in 2017, the program provides elite international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and perhaps earn a spot on an NFL roster. Nine athletes from eight countries will compete for a spot in the 2020 pathway program.

 

Report: Paul Finebaum could leave ESPN by end of 2020

Paul Finebaum’s tenure with ESPN could be coming to an end.

The radio host and college football analyst could leave ESPN to start his own sitcom. According to Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum is pitching a show about his life and his call-in show to all four major networks, and there is interest. If that show were to come to pass, Finebaum would leave ESPN and the SEC Network, with his contract expiring next summer. There is some belief that Finebaum could leave the network at the end of the 2020 college football season.

In addition to a sitcom, Finebaum is looking at other opportunities. Those include Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, and DAZN. DAZN is run by John Skipper, who originally hired Finebaum at ESPN. Finebaum has also been spoken to about a startup akin to Bill Simmons’ “The Ringer,” which would put Finebaum at the top of a podcasting and editorial endeavor.

Finebaum has become highly influential, and his call-in show is a huge deal in SEC country. His takes have been noted and used as bulletin board material by various teams. Clearly, that high profile has given him options, and it certainly sounds possible that he may move on from ESPN quite soon.

 

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Hoosiers Play Host to No. 21/17 Iowa on Thursday

OPENING TIP

Indiana University is in its 120th season of competition in men’s basketball and completes a two-game homestand when it hosts #21/17 Iowa on Thursday. The Hoosiers are looking to snap a four-game losing streak after falling to Purdue, 74-62, on Saturday.  According to ESPN’s BPI, the Hoosiers are projected to have the 4th toughest strength of schedule in the country for the remainder of the season.

GAME INFORMATION

Thursday, Feb. 13 •  8 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: BTN (Dave Revsine and Shon Morris) | Watch Online

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 102-78

Last Meeting: at Iowa 76, IU 70 (ot) – 2/22/19

THE COACHES

Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his third season of guiding the Cream and Crimson.  He is 189-102 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 50-39 at IU.  Fran McCaffery is in his 10th season at Iowa and is 189-139 with the Hawkeyes.

NEWS & NOTES

Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the 4th time this season after he had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots against Purdue.  He is averaging a team-best 13.8 points and 7.9 rebounds.   He is just one of four freshman nationally (Vernon Carey, Jr. – Duke, Zeke Nnaji – Arizona and Isiah Stewart – Washington) to lead his team in scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage, free throws made and free throws attempted and blocked shots.  In the Big Ten, Jackson-Davis is the top freshman scorer overall and in conference games (12.7).  He also leads in overall and conference play in field goal percentage (59.6 and 53.5), blocked shots (1.9 and 1.8), free throws made (94 and 46) and attempts (132 and 63).  He is second overall and in league games in rebounding (7.9 and 7.2).  He is 8th in the Big Ten in rebounding, 3rd in field goal percentage and 7th in blocked shots.

Junior Justin Smith is averaging 11.3 points and leads the Hoosiers with 26 steals. He had 11 points against Purdue.  Redshirt freshman Jerome Hunter is making more of an impact as of late.  He is averaging 8.3 points in the last 5 games and is shooting 43.8% (7/16) from long distance.  He had 10 points against Purdue.  Redshirt junior forward Joey Brunk leads the conference in field goal percentage in B1G games only at 56.6%. Among players in the B1G who have come off the bench 10 or more times this season, senior Devonte Green leads the conference averaging 10.6 points in those games.  Sophomore Rob Phinisee is the team’s top 3-point shooter making 37.8% of his attempts.  He is second on the team with 56 assists. Junior Aljami Durham is tied for the team lead in assists with 54.

ODDS AND TRENDS

In its last 5 games, IU is shooting 38.7% from three-point range.  The 22 assists against Maryland were a season-high and the 6 turnovers in that game were a season low.  IU matched its season-high in 3FGM with 9 against the Terrapins. In league play,  IU has the best defensive rebounding pct. in the league hauling in 76.2 % of opponent misses. IU leads the Big Ten in free throw attempts at 54.1%.

Stunner in the ATL: Ga Tech upsets No. 5 Louisville 64-58

Right from the opening tip, Chris Mack fretted that his team just wasn’t ready to play.

His guys were lethargic. They didn’t seem to have any passion. There was no sense of urgency.

When the final horn sounded, the Louisville coach’s worst fears were realized.

Trailing all the way and downright awful offensively, the No. 5 Cardinals were dealt a stunning 64-58 loss by Georgia Tech on Wednesday night, snapping their 10-game winning streak.

“It was an ugly game, a muddy game,” Mack said. “We were not dirty enough to win.”

Louisville (21-4, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost for the first time since early January with a 40-minute display of airballs and clunkers that allowed the Yellow Jackets (12-13, 6-8) to hang on at the end.

The Cardinals hit just 19 of 56 shots (33.9%) from the field – including a 3-of-24 brickfest beyond the 3-point arc.

“The first four minutes, we looked like zombies,” Mack said. “We didn’t have the readiness or toughness or excitement to play. From that point on, we were battling uphill the whole game.”

It was an especially brutal night for Jordan Nwora, the ACC’s leading scorer at 19.5 points per game,. Unable to crack Georgia Tech’s man-to-man defense, he was held to a season-low 2 points.

Nwora missed all four of his 3-point attempts, capped off by a desperation heave that didn’t hit anything with the clock winding down.

Give credit to Jose Alvarado, who not only led Georgia Tech with 18 points but did a stellar defensive job on Nwora.

“I knew coming in that I was going to be guarding a big-time player,” Alvarado said. “I just gave it all I’ve got on defense.:”

 

BUTLER MBB: Bench Sparks No. 19 @ButlerMBB to 66-61 Win Over Xavier


No. 19 Butler earned a 66-61 win in a slugfest Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Butler got a spark from its bench, out-scoring their Musketeer counterparts, 23-6.
All nine of Henry Baddley’s nine points came in the first half, while Jordan Tucker put up all of his 10 after the intermission.
“That’s a really good effort and a heck of a team win,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “Xavier has been playing really well and we knew it was going to be a battle. Our guys were ready for that. Jordan Tucker was great defensively and our big guys battled. Henry (Baddley) gave us a spark. Our seniors really stepped up.”
With the win, Butler improves to 19-6 overall and 7-5 in BIG EAST play. Xavier falls to 16-9 (5-7).
Senior Sean McDermott led the Bulldogs with 14 points and six rebounds, while classmate Kamar Baldwin added 11 points and five assists. Baldwin also had two steals, which moved him into a tie for third on Butler’s career list (Alex Barlow, 187).
After taking a 32-23 halftime lead, the Bulldogs opened the second half by scoring 10 of the first 12 points, taking a 42-25 lead with 16:19 to play. That was Butler’s largest lead Butler point guard Aaron Thompson was injured on that play and did not return. Xavier responded with the next 11 points to trim the lead to six (42-36).
Tucker sparked the Bulldogs over the next stretch, as back-to-back three-pointers from the junior increased Butler’s lead to 57-43 with 5:50 remaining. With Xavier pressing full-court over the final six minutes, the visitors were able to trim the lead to six before Baldwin scored five consecutive points to give the Bulldogs some breathing room at 64-55 with 73 seconds to play.
Butler shot 47 percent from the field and was able to earn a draw on the glass against one of the BIG EAST’s best rebounding teams (29-29). Each team had 12 assists against nine turnovers.
Tyrique Jones posted a double-double for Xavier with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Naji Marshall led the Musketeers with 20 points, with 18 coming in the second half.
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday afternoon, hosting Georgetown at 2:30 p.m. The game is sold out. FOX will deliver the game to a national audience.

 

No. 3 Kansas scores final 9 points, beats No. 14 WVU 58-49

Kansas caught West Virginia in a rare late lapse at home.

Devon Dotson scored 11 of his 15 points after halftime, Isaiah Moss had seven of his 13 points during a second-half burst and the third-ranked Jayhawks finished the game with a 9-0 run to beat the 14th-ranked Mountaineers 58-49 on Wednesday night.

Kansas (21-3, 10-1 Big 12) won for the ninth straight time and remains a game behind first-place Baylor.

“This was not artistic at all,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “It was a grind-it-out, tough road win that you have sometimes when you’re going through your second round of conference (play). That was a really good road win for us.”

West Virginia (18-6, 6-5) fell flat in the end after leading by as many as nine points in each half and lost at home for the first time this season.

West Virginia has the Big 12’s best defense in terms of field-goal percentage, but it was Kansas that hunkered down on defense when it mattered. Kansas’ Marcus Garrett had four of his five steals over the final seven minutes.

“He just took guys with the game on the line and had three steals in a row on three consecutive possessions,” Self said. “He’s unbelievable defensively. I thought he controlled the game on that end.”

West Virginia is stumbling after rising as high as No. 12 in the AP Top 25 last month. It has lost two straight with another big test coming up Saturday at No. 1 Baylor.

Several turnovers and poor shot choices by West Virginia allowed Kansas to forge ahead for good. The Mountaineers scored just one point and failed to hit a field goal over the final six minutes.

In the key final minutes, Kansas “got the loose balls,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “Every ball that got tipped in the air on a rebound, they got. They beat us to the ball.”

The Jayhawks had lost in five of their previous seven trips to Morgantown. Moss said the Jayhawks knew this one was going to be another tough test.

“We just had to lock in,” Moss said.

 

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Earlham defense smothers Defiance in women’s hoops victory

RICHMOND, Indiana – A relentless defensive effort from Earlham College women’s basketball sparked the Quakers to a 64-58 win over visiting Defiance College, in Wednesday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest at the Druley Performance Gym.

The Quakers forced the Yellow Jackets into committing a season-high 31 turnovers, resulting in 26 Earlham points.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Earlham 64, Defiance 58

Location: Richmond, Indiana – Druley Performance Gym

Records: Earlham 6-16, 5-10 HCAC / Defiance 7-15, 6-9 HCAC

HOW IT HAPPENED

A steal and layup by junior Kayla Bowling followed quickly by a Bowling 3-pointer set the tone for the first quarter, as Earlham jumped out to a quick lead. Defiance eventually knotted the game at 5-5, but the Quakers closed out the frame with seven unanswered points and held a 12-5 lead after 10 minutes of play.

Earlham began pulling away in the second quarter on a 10-0 run. A pair of Neely Trenshaw 3-pointers and back-to-back buckets from senior Amy Weisner fueled the surge, which left the Quakers with a 24-9 lead with 7:12 showing on the clock. The Quakers’ lead in the frame peaked at 19 points, 37-18, on a Camryn White trey with 1:45 remaining, but the Yellow Jackets scored on a pair of buckets to trim the Earlham lead to 37-22 at the intermission.

Defiance began to make its move late in the third quarter, closing out the frame with a 7-0 run that cut the Earlham lead to 52-45 after 30 minutes. The Yellow Jackets got as close as four points, 57-53, following a Nysha Speed jumper in the paint with 5:06 remaining, and the margin was still at four on a Taylor Day layup with 1:38 to play.

A Zoe Curtis layup extended the Quakers’ lead to 61-55, and a pair of Bowling foul shots with 29 seconds on the clock provided some breathing room for the Maroon and White. Defiance’s Briana Townley drained a 3-pointer with 11 seconds to play, but the Yellow Jackets would get no closer.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Curtis led the Quakers with 16 points on a 6-of-9 effort from the floor, while Bowling finished with 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Weisner tallied 12 points off the bench.

Earlham shot a respectable 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field but was outperformed by a Defiance squad that connected at a 48.9 percent (23-of-47) clip. The Quakers drained five 3-pointers versus the Yellow Jackets, the most for the Maroon and White in their last four outings.

Taylor Day led Defiance with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Kayln Pickens added 11 points off the bench.

WHAT’S NEXT

Earlham women’s basketball closes out its 2019-20 home slate on Saturday, Feb. 15, when it hosts Mount St. Joseph in an HCAC contest. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. Seniors Amy Weisner, Camryn White, Kyra Joseph, Zoe Curtis, and Maddy Krodel will be recognized in pre-game ceremonies.

 

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Men’s hoops rallies from down by 22, but falls short at Defiance

RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College men’s basketball erased most of a 22-point deficit in the second half, but fell to Defiance College, 75-74, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash on Wednesday at the Karl H. Weaner Center.

THE BASICS

Final Score:  Defiance 75, Earlham 74

Location: Defiance, Ohio – Weaner Center

Records: Earlham 7-14, 3-11 HCAC / Defiance 11-11, 6-9 HCAC

HOW IT HAPPENED

Earlham trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, following a Jack Kolar 3-pointer that left Defiance holding an 18-6 lead with 12:11 left in the frame.

The Quakers cut the lead to as few as four, 29-25, at the 3:14 mark on a pair of Chainey Zolman foul shots, but the Yellow Jackets outscored Earlham, 10-4, the rest of the way in the half. The teams went into the halftime intermission with Defiance holding a 39-29 lead.

Defiance controlled play through much of the early part of the second half, and an 11-0 run by the Yellow Jackets lasting nearly four minutes resulted in Earlham trailing, 61-39, at the 12:33 mark. The Defiance lead held at 22 points, 66-44, after a Kolar trey with 9:48 showing on the game clock.

At that point, Earlham began its rally starting with a Blake Bonin layup and a three from Zolman. The Quakers outscored the Yellow Jackets, 20-1, over a nearly eight-minute span, cutting the Defiance lead to three points, 67-64 with 1:58 to play. Three-pointers by the Jackets’ Kolar and Tyler Andrew helped extend the Defiance back to seven as the clock passed under a minute, and Earlham was unable to recover despite a conventional 3-point-play from Blake Bonin and a trey at the buzzer.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Jamel Barnes Jr. led Earlham with 23 points and nine rebounds and was one of three Quakers in double digits. Zolman finished with 22 points while Bonin chipped in with 17 points.

The Quakers were 17-for-17 at the free-throw line, marking the first time Earlham had been perfect at the charity stripe on 10-or-more attempts since February 6, 2016, against Anderson (24-for-24). Earlham was 27-of-61 (.443) from the floor but was held to just 3-of-13 (.231) from three-point range – matching the Quakers’ lowest production from long range this season.

Four Defiance players scored in double figures, led by Chase Glock with 19 points off the bench. Marell Jordan paced the starters with 17 points.

WHAT’S NEXT

Earlham men’s basketball returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 15, when it hosts Mount St. Joseph in an HCAC contest. Tip-off is slated for 3:00 p.m. Seniors Kenneth Stalling Jr., Chainey Zolman, Cristian Camarillo, Tarig Eldosougi, Thomas Sanborn, Blake Bonin, and John Sakaleros will be recognized in pre-game ceremonies.

 

Pacers pull away late to beat Bucks, snap 6-game skid

Malcolm Brogdon flipped the script Wednesday night.

Rather than watch another late lead slip away, the Indiana Pacers guard found his finishing touch.

Brogdon thwarted Milwaukee’s charge with a nearly perfect fourth-quarter performance, helping the Pacers hold on for a 118-111 victory while snapping a season-worst six-game losing streak.

“I think my teammates rely on me and I think the past five game games I haven’t been doing my job, calming the game down, finishing the game,” he said. “But tonight, I felt more like myself. My teammates trusted me with the rock.”

Brogdon made it pay off, too, with a rare victory over his former team which just happens to have the best record in the league. He finished with 17 points and matched his career high with 13 assists, but saved his best for the final quarter when he scored 10 points, recorded five assists and making all four of his free throws.

Numbers only told part of the tale.

As Milwaukee methodically cut a 25-point first half deficit to five early in the fourth, it seemed another game might get away from the Pacers. But Brogdon scored on back-to-back baskets and found Jeremy Lamb for a layup.

When the Bucks made it 90-86 with 8:18 to go, Brogdon found Lamb and T.J. Warren for back-to-back 3-pointers and closed out the 10-0 run by making two free throws and a 14-foot runner to give Indiana a 100-86 lead with 6:19 to go.

Game over.

“I remember saying in the huddle, at the end of the day, you know it’s a game of runs we’ve just to go finish the game,” two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo said.

T.J. Warren led the way with 35 points as the Pacers ended a five-game home losing streak and a four-game skid in the series against the Bucks.

 

Raptors’ 15-game win streak snapped with 101-91 loss to Nets

The Toronto Raptors were hoping to keep rolling right into the All-Star break.

Instead, they had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Still, the reigning NBA champions are 40-15 despite losing Kawhi Leonard last summer and battling injuries all season, so they could easily shrug off a poor performance Wednesday.

“In the big scheme of things, you look at the overall of where you’re sitting and have to be pleased with that,” coach Nick Nurse said.

The Raptors couldn’t find the form that helped them average 121.2 points and shoot 50% over the previous 15 games. This time, they hit only 37.8%, with Kyle Lowry’s triple-double coming on a night when the All-Star point guard was just 4 for 13.

“We didn’t play well. Simple as that,” Lowry said.

“They played well and give them credit, they played their butts off. They beat us. It’s only one game.”

Caris LeVert scored 20 points for the Nets, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Raptors. That included Saturday in Toronto, where LeVert scored a career-best 37 points but the Nets fell 119-118.

“I think we felt like we were right there in Toronto. We were really a last second tip-in from winning the game and we were confident going into it,” forward Joe Harris said. “Obviously any time you play home in front of your own fans, you definitely get a distinct advantage that way”.

Harris added 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 17 points and nine assists for the Nets, who head into the break 25-28 after having Kyrie Irving for just 20 games. He sat out again with a sprained right knee.

Serge Ibaka had 28 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors after returning from a one-game absence with flu-like symptoms. Fred VanVleet scored 22 points and Lowry had 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.

 

Doncic shines in return from injury, Mavs beat Kings 130-111

Before heading to the All-Star game to play with his basketball idol, Luka Doncic returned from injury to test a pairing that’s a lot more important to the Dallas Mavericks sensation.

The 20-year-old Slovenian and fellow Euro star Kristaps Porzingis will want to keep this up after the break.

Doncic had 33 points and 12 rebounds after missing seven games with a sprained right ankle while Porzingis chipped in 27 points with 13 boards, leading the Mavericks to a 130-111 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

An All-Star starter set to play for LeBron James’ team in his second season, Doncic added eight assists in the NBA triple-double leader’s final game before going to All-Star weekend in Chicago, where he also plans to play in the rising stars game.

Porzingis will be waiting when he gets back after thriving like rarely before in their first season together, and after the 7-foot-3 Latvian recorded a career-best three consecutive games with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds with Doncic out.

“It’s just getting better and better,” Doncic said of the pair playing together. “It’s good when we both have those nights.”

Buddy Hield scored 22 points and De’Aaron Fox added 16 for the Kings, who fell behind for good in the second quarter and were never closer than 11 points in the second half.

“For some reason, we didn’t feel the need to try to play much defense tonight,” coach Luke Walton said. “We couldn’t stop their top guys and when we did, it just didn’t feel like we had the passion and desire that it takes to win, especially on the road, in this league.”

Doncic didn’t need long to find a groove, scoring 17 points in the first half with eight rebounds and five assists, including a no-look pass in transition to Maxi Kleber for a dunk.

Porzingis, who had five assists and three blocks, was 11 of 16 from the field with an emphatic dunk in transition that pushed the Dallas lead past 20 for the first time at 89-68 late in the third quarter.

 

James’ triple double, Davis lead Lakers past Nuggets 120-116

LeBron James wasn’t about to coast into the All-Star break, and neither was Anthony Davis.

“I could tell they were locked in pregame. LeBron had his jersey with like 80 minutes to go before the game,” guard Alex Caruso said after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 120-116 overtime triumph in Denver on Wednesday night.

James posted his 12th triple-double of the season, tied with Luka Doncic for the NBA lead, and Davis scored seven of his 33 points in overtime as the Western Conference leaders took a 41-12 record and a four-game lead over second-place Denver into the All-Star break.

“I was trying to be laser sharp, laser focused as I could,” James said. “I know the break was coming, but I wasn’t going to take this opportunity for granted. I wanted to play extremely well tonight for our ballclub and I wanted us to play extremely well going into the break on a high note. And our team, we responded very well.”

The Nuggets were the hottest team in the league, having won six of seven, including short-handed stunners at Milwaukee and Utah.

So, James, who had 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds, saw this as playoff prep.

“Every opportunity we get to play in a close game against a tough opponent, it’s a learning experience for all of us,” he said. “It prepares us for a postseason game where it’s going to be back and forth, back and forth. I thought tonight was a playoff atmosphere for both teams, being No. 1 and No. 2 in the Western Conference, jockeying for position. We were just trying to make plays whatever it takes. And A.D. was there knocking down big 3s and getting a block and getting some stops, the jump ball, as well. It was big time.”

In addition to his 33 points, Davis tied up All-Star Nikola Jokic for a key jump ball late in regulation when the officials had to waive off the basket by Denver’s big man after he muscled the ball away from Davis and into the basket.

Jokic has 22 points and 11 rebounds for Denver, which saw its four-game winning streak snapped.

Dwight Howard added 14 points for the Lakers, who improved their NBA-best road record to 23-5.

 

Clarke leads Grizzlies to a 111-104 win over Trail Blazers

The Memphis Grizzlies cushioned their lead for the final playoff spot in the West on a night when Portland’s Damian Lillard injured his groin.

Brandon Clarke matched his career high with 27 points, Ja Morant had 20 points and nine assists as the Grizzlies went into the All-Star break with a 111-104 victory over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Clarke scored consistently at the rim on lobs off the pick-and-roll. He connected on 12 of 14 shots, part of Memphis outscoring Portland 76-34 in the paint – a category in which the Grizzlies lead the league.

“The guards just did a really good job at finding me. They made my job really easy,” said Clarke, who entered the game shooting 61.4%, tops among rookies and fourth in the league overall. “All I really had to do was run to the rim hard and jump up and catch a lob dunk. So, I’m really thankful for those guards.”

De’Anthony Melton and Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points each, with Valanciunas also grabbing 18 rebounds.

CJ McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 23 points, and Lillard added 20 on a tough shooting night as he went 7 of 19 from the field before leaving with 3:22 left. Lillard took a foul against Jaren Jackson Jr. and immediately walked off the floor and headed to Portland’s locker room.

Lillard said after the game he suffered a right groin strain and added the injury will prevent him from taking the court in the All-Star Game.

“I don’t think I’m playing in the game. I know I’m not playing,” Lillard said, later adding: “It made no sense to be out there for the last few minutes (against Memphis) and risk trying to play through it and make things worse.

“It almost happened with perfect timing (coming at the All-Star break), so we will see.”

The Trail Blazers lost their second straight and enter the break four games behind the Grizzlies for the final spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

 

Blues’ Bouwmeester remains hospitalized after bench collapse

Jay Bouwmeester remains in Southern California, but the veteran St. Louis Blues defenseman was alert and talking with teammates one day after collapsing on the bench during a game.

“He was in good spirits with us, typical Jay, so I think it certainly made us all feel a lot better knowing that we had the opportunity to talk to him. Typical Jay is a very good Jay,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said.

The 36-year old Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode during the first period of Tuesday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. General manager Doug Armstrong said during a news conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday that Bouwmeester was unresponsive after collapsing on the bench. A defibrillator was used and he regained consciousness immediately before being taken to an Anaheim hospital.

“He is doing very well and is currently undergoing a battery of tests. Things are looking very positive,” Armstrong said.

Pietrangelo – who was one of the first to call for help after Bouwmeester slumped over with 7:50 left in the first period – said he visited Bouwmeester in the hospital Tuesday night and the rest of team got to see him via FaceTime. The team stayed overnight in Southern California before taking a chartered flight to Las Vegas, where they will play the Golden Knights on Thursday.

Bouwmeester’s father was at the game as part of the team’s annual dads trip and accompanied his son to the hospital.

The team had a meeting at the hotel in Las Vegas before the media was allowed in. Several players remained for the news conference and appeared shaken and tired after a long night and morning.

“It’s hard to even explain, it happened so fast, it felt like it was an eternity for us,” Pietrangelo said. “It’s not easy to see anybody go through it, let alone your close friend and teammate that you spend every day with. Certainly, we’re lucky to have each other anytime you’re going through something like this.”

 

Pastrnak gets hat trick, Bruins beat Canadiens 4-1

David Pastrnak has been one of the Bruins’ most reliable scorers this season.

His latest big night came at the expense of one of Boston’s longtime rivals.

Pastrnak had his fourth hat trick of the season and the Bruins rolled to their third straight win over the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1 on Wednesday night.

“Obviously playing Montreal, it’s a big rival,” Pastrnak said. “These games are always fun.”

And even bigger for a Boston team that has won seven of its last eight and took three of four in the season series with its northern nemesis. The Bruins outscored the Canadiens 15-3 over the final three meetings. Montreal has lost two straight as it tries to stay in the hunt for the playoffs.

Patrice Bergeron added an empty-net goal and Tuukka Rask had 28 saves for the Bruins to improve to 13-0-6 at home this season.

Marco Scandella scored Montreal’s lone goal. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who had allowed two or fewer goals in seven of his previous 11 starts, had 34 saves.

Pastrnak now has eight career regular-season hat tricks and nine overall, all but one coming in the last two seasons. He is the first Bruins player with four hat tricks in a season since Phil Esposito during the 1974-75 season. The only player in Bruins history with more hat tricks in a single season was Esposito, who had seven in 1970-71. Pastrnak becomes the second player in the NHL this season with four hat tricks, joining Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.

With 41 goals on the season Pastrnak also takes over the NHL lead for goals scored. Ovechkin and Toronto’s Auston Matthews both have 40. The Maple Leafs and Capitals were idle on Wednesday.

 

Jeremy Roenick fired by NBC over comments about coworkers

NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick won’t be back with NBC after inappropriate comments he made late last year about colleagues Kathryn Tappen and Patrick Sharp.

Roenick made the announcement in a Twitter post Wednesday, stating he was “disappointed and angry” and calling the move a “joke” in his caption.

Roenick makes it pretty clear that this was a firing based on his reaction as opposed to a mutual parting of ways.

The analyst was initially suspended indefinitely by NBC over inappropriate sexual comments about both Tappen and Sharp. He was left that way for about a month and a half leading up to his announcement on Wednesday.

Roenick thrives on offering controversial opinions and unfiltered thoughts. It’s unclear if he’ll surface anywhere else, or what network or outlet would be willing to hire him after this incident.

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Rule changes announced for 2020 season

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Major League Baseball today announced the rule changes that will be in place for its 2020 Championship Season:

THREE-BATTER MINIMUM:

The Official Baseball Rules have been amended to require the starting or any relief pitcher to pitch to a minimum of three batters, including the batter then at bat (or any substitute batter), until such batters are put out or reach base, or until the offensive team is put out, unless the substitute pitcher sustains injury or illness which, in the umpire crew chief’s judgment, incapacitates him from further play as a pitcher. The three-batter minimum will become effective in 2020 Spring Training beginning on Thursday, March 12.

ACTIVE ROSTER LIMITS:

ROSTERS THROUGH AUG. 31 AND POSTSEASON — Active Roster limits from Opening Day through Aug. 31 and including Postseason games shall be increased from 25 to 26. In addition, clubs will be permitted to carry a maximum of 13 pitchers from Opening Day through Aug. 31 (plus Postseason games).

SEPTEMBER ROSTERS — From Sept. 1 through the end of the Championship Season (including any tiebreaker games), all clubs must carry 28 players on the Active Roster. In addition, Clubs will be permitted to carry a maximum of 14 pitchers during this period.

TWO-WAY PLAYER DESIGNATION — Players who qualify as “Two-Way Players” may appear as pitchers during a game without counting toward a club’s pitcher limitations. A player will qualify as a “Two-Way Player” only if he accrues both: (i) at least 20 Major League innings pitched; and (ii) at least 20 Major League games started (as a position player or designated hitter) with at least three plate appearances in each of those games, in either the current Championship Season or the prior Championship Season (for 2020 only, this will include 2019 as well as 2018). The Club must designate that player as a “Two-Way Player” in advance of that game. Once a Club designates a qualified “Two-Way Player” that designation will remain in effect, and cannot change, for the remainder of that Championship Season and Postseason.

POSITION PLAYERS PITCHING — Any player may appear as a pitcher following the 9th inning of an extra-inning game, or in any game in which his team is losing or winning by more than six runs when the player enters as a pitcher.

EXTRA PLAYER RULE — The previous “26th player rule” will be replaced with the “27th player rule” for all applicable Championship Season games prior to Sept. 1. The 27th player shall not count toward any pitcher roster limits described above. Thus, a Club may designate 14 pitchers in games under circumstances where the Major League Rules would permit a 27th Active player.

INJURED LIST REINSTATEMENTS AND OPTION PERIOD FOR PITCHERS:

Clubs may not reinstate pitchers or Two-Way Players from the Injured List until 15 days have elapsed from the date of the initial placement for such injury – an increase from 10 days. In addition, the option period for pitchers will be lengthened from 10 days to 15 days.

REDUCTION IN CHALLENGE TIME:

Managers will now have up to 20 seconds to challenge a play instead of 30.

 

AJ Hinch issues statement offering firm denial about electronic buzzers

AJ Hinch released a statement on Wednesday night after many took issue with the former Houston Astros manager’s response to a question about the team’s use of electronic buzzers while cheating.

Hinch spoke with Tom Verducci for an interview that aired on MLB Network on Friday. Hinch apologized in the interview for not doing more to stop the sign-stealing efforts by his team. When asked by Verducci to assure fans that Houston never used illegal electronic buzzers as part of their cheating, the manager pointed to MLB’s findings rather than outright saying the Astros were not using the devices.

Verducci reached out to Hinch about the matter and received this statement:

“After my interview with Tom Verducci last week, there has been a significant reaction to my answer to the ‘buzzer’ question. To be clear, I have never seen any such device used in baseball. I am not aware of any such device existing or being utilized with the Astros, the players, or any other team.

“I was first asked about such devices during the investigation by MLB. In my interview with Tom, I acknowledged the commissioner’s report as evidence due to the in-depth nature of the investigation, not as an intended non-answer or a way to elude the question.”

Now that is a much more firm denial.

Rumors have flown the last few months suggesting that some Astros players were using buzzers to be signaled what pitch was coming. Jose Altuve, who was featured in a video at the center of the rumors, issued a denial. MLB also said in a statement they investigated the rumor but could not find evidence to support the allegation.

 

Beltran ‘steamrolled’ Astros players who criticized sign-stealing scheme

Carlos Beltran has been painted as one of the masterminds behind the sign-stealing scheme the Houston Astros deployed during the 2017 season, and new details have emerged over just how much the system was down to him — and how much control he exerted over players who weren’t comfortable with it.

According to Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic, Beltran and then-bench coach Alex Cora were the two masterminds who saw what the Astros were doing with their “Codebreaker” program but found it too inefficient during games.

“What happened was Cora and Beltrán decided that this video room stuff (Astros executive Tom) Koch-Weser was doing was just not working, inefficient, too slow,” one person with direct knowledge of the investigation said. “They just had some lower-level guy put up this monitor and did it themselves.”

Beltran, then 40, was in the final year of a Hall of Fame-worthy career, and commanded immense respect in the Houston clubhouse. MLB clubhouse dynamics dictate that veterans are to receive deferential treatment from younger players, and when Beltran instituted the trash can system, any younger players who felt uncomfortable with it felt they did not have the right to speak up. Even A.J. Hinch, the team’s manager, felt that overruling Beltran would hurt his credibility with the clubhouse.

Two members of the 2017 team said that another veteran, Brian McCann, expressed misgivings about the system and at one point asked Beltran to stop. One 2017 Astro said that McCann, like the rest of the team, was simply overruled.

“He disregarded it and steamrolled everybody,” the team member said. “Where do you go if you’re a young, impressionable player with the Astros and this guy says, ‘We’re doing this’? What do you do?”

To be clear, many Astros did not appear to have any issue with the system, and another member of the team does not remember anyone appealing for it to stop. A few members of the team clearly did feel uncomfortable, though, but felt they could not overrule Beltran.

Beltran appeared proud of the scheme as well. He moved to the New York Yankees as a special advisor in 2018 after his retirement and apparently told some low-level employees about what the Astros had been up to. He also told various members of the organization that the Astros hadn’t done anything that others weren’t doing.

Beltran was hired as the manager of the New York Mets during the offseason, but stepped down before managing a single game after the details of his role in the scandal came out. Originally, Beltran claimed he and his teammates had done nothing illegal, but that defense did not hold up at all.

 

Sanchez, Boone not sure there was no sign stealing in 2019

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and manager Aaron Boone are not convinced the Houston Astros’ use of electronics did not continue into last year’s AL Championship Series.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred found the Astros broke rules against electronic sign stealing in 2017, including during the postseason, and during the 2018 regular season. The 2019 Astros were not implicated.

Jose Altuve sparked speculation of nefarious conduct when he hit a pennant-winning homer off the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman in Game 6 of the 2019 AL Championship Series, then told teammates not to rip off his jersey as he completed his home-run trot. Some suggested he may have been wearing a buzzer underneath the jersey that could have signaled anticipated pitches.

“It’s a good question. I’ll tell you that if I hit a homer and I get my team to the World Series, they can rip off my pants,” Sanchez said through a translator Thursday as Yankees pitchers and catchers reported for spring training. “They can rip everything off if I get the team to the World Series hitting a walkoff homer like that. They can rip anything off.”

Boone said he was not sure there was no rules breaking in last year’s playoff against the Astros.

“That’s certainly one of those great unknowns,” Boone said. “I’ve spent time, as I’m sure a lot of people have, wondering all the things that could have potentially been going on, and we’ll probably never know for sure, frankly.”

Boone still considers the three managers that lost their jobs due to to be friends: Houston’s AJ Hinch, Boston’s Alex Cora and the New York Mets’ Carlos Beltran. Boone says he has struggled “making sense of it all.”

“Wrestle with my emotions, in a way get some clarity,” Boone said. “I don’t think you ever totally get there, and that’s OK. I think as human beings we all fall down and we fall short, and none of us are perfect.”

Boone exchanged text message with Hinch shortly after the investigation began in November but has not spoken to him.

Houston also beat the Yankees in a seven-game ALCS in 2017. The Astros won all four home games against the Yankees in the playoffs, when the Houston players had the advantage of the sign-stealing system, and lost all three in the Bronx. The scores of the first two games were both 2-1.

 

Dodgers’ Alex Wood shuts down MLB talking point about proposed playoff changes

Major League Baseball’s proposal for playoff changes has not gone over well with players who have spoken out about it, and one player is taking aim at one of the goals of those changes.

MLB is reportedly floating a proposal to expand the playoffs by two teams in each league and add a reality-style angle where certain teams can select their opponents. One advantage of this proposal, MLB believes, is that more small-market teams will have a chance to overcome financial disparity and make the playoffs.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood doesn’t agree. He pointed out that even small-market clubs are worth a billion dollars or more, and the fact that they field teams with lower payrolls does not mean they’re struggling financially.

MLB profits are at an all-time high. Some teams obviously have much higher profits than others — the Yankees certainly make more money than the Royals, for instance — but revenue sharing is meant to decrease that disparity. The second wild card has not really changed how teams operate — if anything, spending has gone down, as some teams realize that they can still make the playoffs without going all-in payroll-wise. Wood probably has a point, and that’s just one of the reasons that MLB’s proposal has been met with very negative feedback so far.

 

Joe Maddon: Cubs’ desire to ‘change everything’ led to parting of ways

Joe Maddon has opened up about the ending of his tenure with the Chicago Cubs, and the new Los Angeles Angels manager revealed that philosophical differences between himself and the organization played a significant role in his departure.

Now with time to reflect on his Chicago departure, Maddon believes the organization’s planned reorganization and overhaul meant it was time for him to go.

“It was plenty. Philosophically, [President of Baseball Operations] Theo [Epstein] needed to do what he needed to do separately,” Maddon recently told Alden Gonzalez of ESPN. “At some point, I began to interfere with his train of thought a little bit. And it’s not that I’m hardheaded. I’m inclusive. But when I started there — ’15, ’16, ’17 — it was pretty much my methods. And then all of a sudden, after ’18 going into ’19, they wanted to change everything.”

The notion that the Cubs and Maddon would part ways was viewed as nearly a foregone conclusion throughout the 2019 season, barring perhaps a remarkable, unexpected run in the postseason. The Cubs faded down the stretch, though, and failed to earn a spot in the playoffs with a third-place finish in the NL Central.

Only three years after Maddon led the Cubs to a “curse”-breaking World Series championship, the skipper and Cubs mutually decided to part ways. Both parties announced on Sept. 29 ahead of the final game of the season that Maddon’s contract would not be renewed. It was then announced on Oct. 16 that Maddon would return to the Angeles organization to become manager.

Maddon is feeling rejuvenated heading into spring training thanks to the change of scenery. After spending 1975 through 2005 in the Angels organization in some capacity — Maddon served as coach at the MLB level from 1994 to 2005, including two stints as interim manager — the 66-year-old is eager to begin the next stage of his career.

“The good thing,” Maddon said, “is I’m seeing it with first-time eyes, I’m feeling it with first-time passion, which doesn’t occur normally when you get to this point in your career or your life.”

 

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 20 Hoosiers On The Road Thursday Night At Illinois

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 20 Indiana will go for win number 20 of the season when it travels to Illinois on Thursday night. Tipoff at State Farm Center is set for 8 p.m. ET on BTN+

  1. 20/23 INDIANA (19-6, 9-4 B1G) AT ILLINOIS (11-12, 2-10 B1G)

Thursday, February 13, 2020 • 8 p.m. ET

State Farm Center • Champaign, Ill.

ABOUT THE FIGHTING ILLINI

Illinois is coming off its second Big Ten win over the weekend when it defeated Penn State on the road. Redshirt junior guard Petra Holešínská is averaging 14.9 points per game while freshman forward Kennedy Myles is putting up 9.5 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game. The Illini are averaging 63.5 points per game this season and shooting 37.6 percent from the floor.

SERIES HISTORY

Indiana leads 42-30

LAST MEETING

1/6/20 – W, 83-42 (Bloomington, Ind.)

NOTES

The Hoosiers will look to make history on Thursday night as it does for win number 20 of the season. It would be the fastest to 20 wins in program history, notching 20 wins in 26 games. The previous best was 29 games in the 2008-09 and 2016-17 seasons.

Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg was named a top 10 finalist for the Nancy Lieberman award and one of 30 on the 2020 Citizen’s Naismith Trophy Midseason Team. She is the team’s leading scorer with 13.6 points per game and 5.3 assists per game this season while scoring in double figures a team-high 19 times.

IU is coming off a 57-53 win at Nebraska on Sunday. Building a 25-point lead in the first half, the Huskers would make a run late in the game but a reverse layup by sophomore guard Grace Berger and a pair at the line from junior guard Jaelynn Penn was the icing on the cake for Indiana.

Indiana and Illinois meet for the second time this season on Thursday night. The Hoosiers extend their win streak in the series to nine-games when it defeated the Fighting Illini, 83-42, on Jan. 6 in Bloomington.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers return home to host Ohio State on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is set for 2 p.m. ET as they celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

 

BIG 10 BASEBALL: Michigan Tabbed Big Ten Baseball Favorite

Big Ten coaches select 2019 CWS finalist Wolverines to claim conference title

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Michigan was voted the preseason favorite to claim the 2020 Big Ten Baseball Championship as selected by the conference coaches and announced on Wednesday. The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a Preseason Honors list.

The Wolverines were followed in the preseason poll by Ohio State in second place and No. 3 Minnesota, Nebraska, Indiana and Illinois.

Michigan came within one victory of winning the 2019 NCAA College World Series. One of the final at-large teams selected to the NCAA Tournament field, the Wolverines (50-22) advanced to their eighth College World Series and first since 1984. In the CWS finals, Michigan defeated Vanderbilt, 7-4, in the first game of the best two-of-three series, but the Commodores rallied to win the final two games.

The Wolverines are directed by Erik Bakich, who was named the 2019 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Coach of the Year. Starting pitcher Jeff Criswell and designated hitter Jordan Nwogu earned first-team All-Big Ten accolades last year and return for 2020. Criswell was 7-1 with a 2.72 ERA and 116 strikeouts last season, while Nwogu posted a .321 batting average and scored a team-high 58 runs. Returning shortstop Jack Blomgren earned second-team all-conference honors last year.

Ohio State won the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, beating Nebraska 3-1 in the championship game, to earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes won their 10th Big Ten Tournament and, as the No. 7 seed, became the lowest seed to win the event. Ohio State secured its 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and third in four years, finishing with a 36-27 overall record. Pitchers Seth Lonsway and Griffin Smith, who made the Big Ten All-Tournament Team, return this season. Also among the returnees is catcher Dillon Dingler, who earned second-team all-conference honors a year ago.

Minnesota was tied with Illinois and Nebraska for third place in the 2019 conference standings. The Golden Gophers finished the campaign with a 29-27 overall mark. Returning starting pitcher Max Meyer was a second-team All-Big Ten selection last year and earned first-team accolades in 2018. Meyer, who also plays in the outfield, led the Golden Gophers with 87 strikeouts last season. Infielder Jordan Kozicky led the team with 11 home runs and delivered 49 RBI and 14 doubles. Pitcher JP Massey had 31 strikeouts in 25 innings of work and also started three games.

Nebraska posted a 32-24 record last year and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the 16th time. The Cornhuskers were tied with Illinois and Minnesota for third place in the conference standings. Will Bolt returns to his alma mater as head coach this season. As a player or coach, Bolt has been a part of all three of Nebraska’s College World Series squads. Among the returnees for the Huskers are second-team All-Big Ten selections Aaron Palensky (OF) and Cam Chick (DH). Palensky led the Huskers in batting average (.320), hits (71), runs (43), HR (7) and total bases (107). Chick had 31 RBI and 33 runs scored last season, starting games at DH, second base, third base and the outfield.

Indiana won its seventh Big Ten Championship, and first since 2014, last season. The Hoosiers were selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year and ninth time overall. Led by Jeff Mercer, the 2019 Big Ten Coach of the Year, the Hoosiers finished with a 36-21 overall record. Returning third baseman Cole Barr garnered second-team All-Big Ten honors last year. A starter in all 60 games, he led the Hoosiers with 17 home runs and had 51 RBI with 46 runs scored.

The Fighting Illini earned a 36-21 mark last year and advanced to their 12th NCAA Tournament. Illinois finished in a tie for third in the conference standings with Minnesota and Nebraska. Among the returnees for the Illini is pitcher Garrett Acton, who earned first-team All-Big Ten plaudits. Acton set a Big Ten single-season record with 19 saves and had a 2.18 ERA. Pitcher Ty Weber was second on the team with 79.2 innings pitched, earning a 4-3 record and a 3.28 ERA.

2020 BIG TEN BASEBALL PRESEASON HONORS LIST

Garrett Acton, RHP, Sr., Illinois

Branden Comia, SS, So., Illinois

Ty Weber, RHP, Sr., Illinois

Cole Barr, 3B, Jr., Indiana

Elijah Dunham, OF, Jr, Indiana

Tommy Sommer, LHP, Jr., Indiana

Grant Judkins, RHP, Sr., Iowa

Grant Leonard, RHP, Sr., Iowa

Austin Martin, C, Sr., Iowa

Randy Bednar, OF, Jr., Maryland

Maxwell Costes, INF, So., Maryland

Sean Fisher, LHP, Jr., Maryland

Jeff Criswell, RHP, Jr., Michigan

Jesse Franklin, OF, Jr., Michigan

Jordan Nwogu, OF, Jr., Michigan

Mason Erla, RHP, Jr., Michigan State

Jarrett Olson, LHP, Sr., Michigan State

Zaid Walker, OF, So., Michigan State

Jordan Kozicky, IF, Sr., Minnesota

JP Massey, RHP, So., Minnesota

Max Meyer, RHP, Jr., Minnesota

Aaron Palensky, OF, Jr., Nebraska

Spencer Schwellenbach, IF, So., Nebraska

Gareth Stroh, LHP, Sr., Nebraska

Mike Doherty, RHP, So., Northwestern

Shawn Goosenberg, SS, So., Northwestern

Michael Trautwein, C, So., Northwestern

Garrett Burhenn, RHP, So., Ohio State

Dillon Dingler, C, Jr., Ohio State

Seth Lonsway, LHP, So., Ohio State

Bailey Dees, SP, Jr., Penn State

Conor Larkin, SP, Jr., Penn State

Justin Williams, 3B, So., Penn State

Zac Fascia, C, Sr., Purdue

Bo Hofstra, RHP, Jr., Purdue

Skyler Hunter, OF, Sr., Purdue

Danny DiGeorgio, SS, Jr., Rutgers

Tevin Murray, SP, Sr., Rutgers

Harry Rutkowski, SP, Jr., Rutgers

 

INDIANA BASEBALL: IU Opens Baseball Season at No. 11 LSU

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana isn’t backing off.

The Hoosiers, the defending Big Ten baseball champions, have plenty of aspirations.

Playing non-conference pushovers has no place in achieving them.

Case in point — they will open the season with a three-game series at No. 11 LSU, starting on Friday.

Is it big?

You bet.

Is it too big for a young team?

Not even close.

“We’re treating it like any other opponent,” sophomore pitcher Gabe Bierman says.

LSU rates among the nation’s baseball superpowers. Its six national titles are second all-time. Its 17 College World Series appearances rank seventh.

The Tigers were the 2017 national runner-ups.

Last year, they won 40 games and reached the Super Regional round.

IU coach Jeff Mercer wants a fully-tested team, which means facing big-time competition.

There’s no reason to wait.

“That’s the reason you do it,” he says. “Whether we open 6-0 or 0-6, they won’t give us a national championship, and they won’t cancel the season. We still have to play the rest of the games.

“Putting (IU) in big environments helps them, because that’s what you want them to do late in the season. You want to be the best team you can be in the last month. Being in big environments and playing pressure-packed baseball helps shape the character of your team.”

LSU is part of a non-conference scheduling juggernaut. It also includes No. 1 Louisville, No. 18 Mississippi, No. 19 East Carolina, Notre Dame, Kentucky and more.

It comes even as Indiana has to develop a new starting pitching rotation.

“As a coaching staff, you want to know where your weaknesses are,” Mercer says. “We’ve made great plans. We’ll think we’ve got it figured out, and then you get out there and realize you’re not as good as you thought you were. You have to improve there. You’re better in this area.

“You have to learn and grow.”

IU’s growth this weekend will come against a trio of LSU sophomore starting pitchers — Cole Henry on Friday, Landon Marceaux on Saturday and AJ Labas on Sunday.

Henry, a preseason All-America, was 4-2 last year with a 3.39 earned run average. He struck out 72 and walked 18.

Marceaux went 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA in his last five starts last season. Labas was 6-2 with 3.48 ERA as a freshman. Shoulder surgery sidelined him all of last season.

To say the Hoosiers will be pumped is an understatement.

“Any time it’s opening day,” Mercer says, “it’s an exciting day. Any time after being off for eight months, there’s an excitement.”

While IU will be led by key veterans such as Elijah Dunham (.310, eight home runs, 29 runs batted in last season), Cole Barr (.255, 17. 51), Grant Richardson (.264, 37 RBI), Drew Ashley (.284, 32 RBI) and Tyler Van Pelt (.320), freshmen will likely make significant impacts. Mercer and his staff won’t coach them like newcomers.

“The fall is hard for everybody,” Mercer says. “The transition (from high school) is difficult. We give them a free pass in the fall. When you get to the Christmas break, you’ve been here. You know the expectations. You’re not a freshman anymore. Now it’s time to follow the plan, execute the plan.

“After Christmas break, guys go one way or the other. They either learn and adjust, or they don’t, and continue to struggle.

“I’ve seen good growth from a lot of those guys.”

Veteran leadership has helped.

“Our upperclassmen understand the expectations,” Mercer says, “but they also understand what it’s like to be the new guy. It’s not a divided locker room where we don’t need those (freshmen). No, we do need them. They have to be productive. Our upperclassmen have done a good job of facilitating growth.”

Growth will come easier without major injuries.

How likely is that?

Mercer won’t count on it.

“They happen, so you’d better have contingency plans,” he says.

“Every team I’ve been on, the starting nine were almost never the nine who finished.

“Every day you come in and reevaluate and make the decision that gives us a chance to win today. When you go through your work, there’s an expectation that you continue to improve.”

Win or lose this weekend, the improvement will continue.

“Every year you think, where will we get this production,” Mercer says, and that’s where you feel the work you do every day comes in.

“You coach all your players, all the time, like they will be a starter. Someone will blossom before your eyes.

“You have to rely on your process.”

 

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: Jarrett Names Captains for 2020 Season

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — University of Notre Dame head baseball coach Link Jarrett has announced team captains for the start of the 2020 season this Friday. Cameron Brown, Joe Boyle, Niko Kavadas and Daniel Jung were voted on by their teammates to lead the team for Jarrett’s first season as Irish head coach.
“Being selected a team captain by your peers is a tremendous honor,” said Jarrett. “The guys in the locker room obviously appreciate and respect the way Danny, Joe, Niko, and Cam handle themselves in all phases of their roles as Notre Dame baseball players. Cam’s injury over the winter will keep him out, but the player’s recognize his impact. I am very proud of these guys and this honor will stay with them forever.”
Boyle, Kavadas and Jung all earned captains honors for the first time while Brown will hold the title for the second straight season.
Boyle and Kavadas were both named third team Preseason All-Americans by Baseball America. Kavadas led the Irish in homers (12) and RBI (43) last season while Boyle set career highs in innings pitched (25.2) and strikeouts (39. They were both summer teammates in the Cape Cod League for the Harwich Marines and both were selected as All-Stars.
Jung had a breakout season in 2019 for the Irish, setting career highs in home runs (5), RBI (40), runs (31) and hits (59).
Brown will miss the 2020 season with an arm injury but he led the staff with 89 strikeouts last season, the most since Will Hudgins had 90 in 2012.
UP NEXT
The Irish begin the 2020 season this weekend when they travel to Birmingham to take on UAB. The season opener is set for Friday at 5 p.m. ET at Regions Field, home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons. Saturday’s game will also be at Regions Field while the series final will be played at Young Memorial Field on UAB’s campus.

 

Buckeyes Set for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Ohio State will play NC State and Notre Dame 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team travels to Raleigh, N.C. to take part in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge this weekend. The Buckeyes will face North Carolina State and Notre Dame twice.

SCOUTING REPORT

NC State started its season at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, where it recorded a 2-3 record. The Wolfpack faced three Top 25 opponents and picked up a win over then-No. 21 Ole Miss. Ohio has a 4-2 lead in its all-time series with NC State. The two teams last met in 2018 during that year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge and split the two-game series.

Notre Dame also participated in the NFCA Leadoff Classic but did not play NC State. The Fighting Irish went 3-2 at the tournament, which also included a victory over Ole Miss. Notre Dame extended its lead in the all-time series to 7-3 after it handed the Buckeyes a 3-2 loss last season at the ESPN Elite Invitational.

BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE HISTORY

This weekend will be the fifth year the Big Ten and ACC have put on the tournament. Both conferences have won the Challenge twice, with the Big Ten taking the title in 2016 and 2019, earning last year’s crown by a 23-13 margin. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Rutgers and Wisconsin will represent the Big Ten this year.

LOOKING BACK

The Buckeyes started the 2020 campaign with a 3-1 record at the Carolina Classic. Ohio State claimed wins against North Dakota State, Southern Illinois and UNC Greensboro during the three-day tournament. RHP Payton Buresch recorded a 0.64 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 22 innings of work. As a team, the Buckeyes batted .344 with 45 hits, 23 RBI, six stolen bases and five home runs.

CLARK EARNS FIRST B1G HONOR

Rookie designated player Avery Clark received the first accolade of her Buckeye career on Feb. 10 as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. She came out swinging during her first weekend in Scarlet and Gray with a .545 batting average, .818 slugging clip and .615 on-base percentage through four games at the Carolina Classic. She also tallied six hits, drove in three runs and hit above .500 in three outings. The Prospect, Ohio, native had the first home run of her career, a two-run shot, against NDSU.

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes continue their travels with the Fresno State Invitational Feb. 21-23 in Fresno, Calif. Ohio State will play UCSB, Fresno State, Pacific and UIC.

 

Indiana and Wisconsin Earn Big Ten Weekly Men’s Indoor Track & Field Awards

Hoosiers’ Willie Morrison and Badgers’ Oliver Hoare are this week’s honorees

Men’s Track Athlete of the Week

Oliver Hoare, Wisconsin

Sr. – Sydney, Australia – Trinity Grammar School Summer Hill – Major: Economics

  • Won the silver medal in the prestigious Wannamaker Mile at the 113thMilrose Games on Feb. 8 in New York City
  • Ran a season-best 3:56.47 to place second, four spots higher than his 2019 Wannamaker Mile finish
  • Earns his fourth career Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honor and first this season
  • Last Wisconsin Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week: Morgan McDonald (Feb. 13, 2019)

Men’s Field Athlete of the Week

Willie Morrison, Indiana

Sr. – Leavenworth, Kan. – Leavenworth – Major: Apparel Merchandising

  • Placed second in the shot put (20.21m/66-3.75) on Feb. 7 at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational and was the top collegiate finisher in the event while recording the nation’s No. 6 distance this year
  • Set indoor school record and the Philippines national record in the shot put last weekend
  • Collects his first career Indoor Field Athlete of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week: Jyles Etienne (Dec. 18, 2019)

 

Iowa and Wisconsin Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Indoor Track & Field Awards

Hawkeyes’ Laulauga Tausaga and Badgers’ Alicia Monson are this week’s honorees

Women’s Track Athlete of the Week

Alicia Monson, Wisconsin

Sr. – Amery, Wis. – Amery – Major: Dietetics

  • Posted the nation’s fastest collegiate 3,000-meter time this year (8:53.69) on Feb. 8 at the prestigious 113thMillrose Games in New York City
  • Placed sixth overall in a competitive field, finishing ahead of New Mexico’s Weini Kelati, the 2019 NCAA women’s cross country champion
  • A two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection (2018 and 2019)
  • Earns her second career Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honor and first this season
  • Last Wisconsin Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week: Alicia Monson (Feb. 13, 2019)

Women’s Field Athlete of the Week

Laulauga Tausaga, Iowa

Sr. – Spring Valley, Calif. – Mount Miguel – Major: Communications

  • Won the shot put at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational on Feb. 7 with a personal-best toss of 17.96 meters (58-11.25), the second-best mark in the nation this year
  • Also delivered a personal best in the weight throw (22.00m/72-2.25), good for second place and No. 9 nationally
  • Collects her second career Indoor Field Athlete of the Week award and first this season
  • Last Iowa Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week: Laulauga Tausaga (Feb. 6, 2019)

 

TODAY IN SPORTS-1995

Hideo Nomo, a former five-time all-star in the Japanese leagues, signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on this date, becoming the first Japanese major leaguer since Masonori Murakami, who played for the Giants in 1964‚65. The following article by Ms. Smith appeared in The Times on May 24.

NEW YORK – Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers is known as the Tornado because of a unique pitching delivery in which he twists his body so much it looks like an un-sprung piece of licorice. The nickname, it turns out, could also apply to the breath of fresh air brought to baseball by Nomo, the major league’s first import from Japan in three decades.

True, Nomo has yet to earn a decision in five starts. And yes, he squandered a three-run lead against the Mets last night at Shea Stadium in his first start on the East Coast. Still, the 26-yearold contortionist from Osaka is causing a refreshing flutter of genuine interest in baseball. That is a welcome occurrence in a troubled sport too long preoccupied with depressing news about drugs, spousal abuse, strikes and lockouts.

What Nomo is creating is similar to the groundswell of curiosity that built up around another rookie Dodger pitcher, Fernando Valenzuela, 14 years ago. Valenzuela, whose instant stardom is still unequaled, came from another land (Mexico), too. And he applied a salve to a strike-torn game, something all of baseball has to hope Nomo can duplicate.

Nomo, who won 78 games in five years in the Japanese professional leagues, is turning heads not only on both coasts but across the Pacific, as the presence of more than 100 Japanese reporters at last night’s game shows. If Nomo is becoming quite the phenomenon here, he is all that and more in Japan. The NHK public television network, the BBC of Japan, broadcasts his games live. Therefore, last night’s game was to start at 11:40 this morning in Tokyo. Some games broadcast from the West Coast begin at 3 or 4 in the morning on Tokyo television. And people watch.

Japanese players have traditionally been content to stay at home. Until now. Nomo has an agent, all but unheard of in Japan. And the agent made a great effort to get him to the Dodgers, thanks in part to a $2 million signing bonus. But the money alone didn’t make Nomo’s decision any easier. He was earning more than a million dollars a year in Japan and is now just another minimum wage rookie many, many miles away from home. Nevertheless, other Japanese players may well be on the way. If and when they come, maybe they, too, can help a game and its disgruntled fans remember what once made them think major league baseball here is special. Just the way Fernando Valenzuela reminded them a decade and a half ago.

Hideo Nomo became Rookie of the Year and the National League strikeout king in 1995. In 2001 he became the fourth pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in both leagues.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1914       The Cubs exchange second basemen with the Braves, sending future Hall of Famer Johnny Evers to Boston for Bill Sweeney. Boston gets the better of the deal when their new middle infielder plays a pivotal role in the club’s World Championship this season, garnering the Chalmers Award as the Most Valuable Player of the league.

1920       A group of eight midwestern team owners meets at the Kansas City YMCA to organize the Negro National League, which will become one of the most successful ventures of its kind. Rube Foster, the owner/manager of the American Giants, will become president of the new circuit, leading to accusations of favoritism, which appear especially true when the schedule had Chicago play a disproportionate number of games at home.

1935       Former major league journeyman Gus Dugas, a French-Canadian obtained from by the Montreal Royals from Albany of the International League in November, signs his contract while visiting relatives in his native province of Quebec. The French language contract is a first in the history of professional baseball.

1953       In honor of their longtime owner and manager, the A’s rename their Philadelphia ballpark from Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium. During his 50-year tenure as Athletics skipper, the ‘Tall Tactician’ guided the team to nine American League pennants and appeared in eight World Series, winning five of the Fall Classics.

1964       At the age of twenty-two, Cubs’ second baseman Ken Hubbs dies when the red and white Cessna 172 plane he is piloting crashes quarter-mile south of Bird Island in Utah Lake during a winter storm. The 1962 National League Rookie of the Year took flying lessons for the past two off-seasons to overcome his fear of flying, obtaining his license last month.

1968       The Dodgers trade infielders Ron Hunt and Nate Oliver to the Giants in exchange for backstop Tom Haller. The 30 year-old All-Star catcher will compile a very respectable .276 batting average during his four years behind the plate for L.A.

1970       A day after his 27th birthday, Paul Edmondson and his girlfriend are killed in an automobile accident in San Barbara, California, when his automobile skids on a rain-slicked U.S. Route 101 and crashes into oncoming traffic. The White Sox had hoped their sophomore right-hander would become the fourth starter in the team’s rotation, after compiling a misleading 1-6 record last season.

1986       Ron Hassey, whom the White Sox acquired two months ago from the Yankees, is traded back to the Bronx Bombers, along with three minor-leaguers for Neil Allen, Scott Bradley, and a minor leaguer. In December, the Bronx Bombers sent the 32 year-old catcher to the Windy City, along with Joe Cowley for Britt Burns and two minor leaguers.

1987       Jack Morris is awarded the highest salary ever given to a pitcher by arbitration when the Tigers must pay the hurler $1.85 million for his services next season. The 31 year-old right-hander will not disappoint, posting an 18-11 record along with an ERA of 3.38 for the AL East Division champions.

1995       A loophole in the Japanese Uniform Players Contract to enable the Dodgers to sign 26 year old right-hander Hideo Nomo as a free agent, giving the five-time Japanese All-Star a $2 million signing bonus. In May, the ‘Tornado Boy’ will become the first Japanese-born Major Leaguer to appear in a major league game since Masanori Murakami pitched for the Giants in 1965.

2002       The Red Sox sign 43 year-old Rickey Henderson to a minor-league contract. Last season with the Padres, the future Hall of Famer got his 3000th career hit and broke the all-time records for walks and runs.

2003       The Mets sign 40 year-old David Cone to a minor league contract. The right-hander, who compiled an 80-48 record with the team from 1987-1992, is coming out of retirement hoping to win the fifth spot in the rotation.

2005       Avoiding an arbitration hearing, Ben Sheets (12-14, 2.70) and the Brewers agree to a one-year contract valued at $5.5 million. The All-Star right-hander, who made $2.5 million last season, established a team record last May, striking out 18 batters in a game.

2005       After 19 years at shortstop for the Reds, Barry Larkin announces his retirement as an active player to become a special assistant to Nationals’ general manager Jim Bowden, who had served as the team’s GM from 1992 to 2001. The 40 year-old former Gold Glove infielder spent his entire career in his hometown of Cincinnati.

2006       Avoiding an arbitration hearing, Adam Dunn (.247, 40, 101) and the Reds agree to an $18.5 million two-year deal, which gives the team a 2008 option for $13 million with a buyout for $500,000. The 26 year-old outfielder/first baseman, who led the big leagues for the second consecutive season in strikeouts, had asked for $8.95 million, with the club countering with $7.1 million.

2008       Takashi Saito (2-1, 1.40), who signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers two years ago after playing 14 seasons in the Japanese Central League with the Yokohama Bay Stars, agrees to a $2 million, one-year contract to stay with Los Angeles. The 37 year-old All-Star closer had 39 saves in 43 chances last season.

2008       In a much anticipated congressional hearing, Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, testify for four and a half hours concerning the allegations of the Rocket’s use of performance-enhancing drugs. Republicans appear to believe the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, while Democrats seem to favor his chief accuser’s account of events.

2009       Ryan Howard, to avoid arbitration for the remainder of his career, agrees to a three-year, $54 million deal with Philadelphia. The Phillies slugger, who led the major leagues in home runs (48) and RBI (146), was unable reach a contract settlement in less than friendly negotiations with the team and was awarded $10 million by arbitrators during the 2008 off-season, tying the highest sum ever given to a player in the process.

2012       In a deal confirmed by his agent, Yoenis Cespedes has reached a four-year, $36 million agreement with the A’s, pending the results of a physical. The Cuban defector, who is slotted to play center field, moving Coco Crisp to left, hit .458 with a double, three triples, two home runs, and five RBIs in the six games he played in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 46 8 .852 25-3 21-5 11-1 28-4 8-2 1 L
Toronto 40 15 .727 6.5 21-7 19-8 8-4 29-8 9-1 1 L
Boston 37 16 .698 8.5 22-5 15-11 7-5 25-9 8-2 1 L
Miami 35 19 .648 11.0 22-3 13-16 8-2 23-7 4-6 1 L
Philadelphia 34 21 .618 12.5 25-2 9-19 9-4 22-14 5-5 3 W
Indiana 32 23 .582 14.5 19-10 13-13 6-6 20-15 3-7 1 W
Brooklyn 25 28 .472 20.5 16-12 9-16 5-8 17-16 7-3 2 W
Orlando 24 31 .436 22.5 15-13 9-18 8-4 17-17 3-7 2 W
Washington 20 33 .377 25.5 13-13 7-20 4-8 14-19 6-4 2 W
10 Chicago 19 36 .345 27.5 11-16 8-20 6-8 13-24 3-7 6 L
11 Charlotte 18 36 .333 28.0 8-17 10-19 1-6 12-20 3-7 2 W
12 Detroit 19 38 .333 28.5 11-19 8-19 5-9 12-28 2-8 4 L
13 New York 17 38 .309 29.5 8-19 9-19 2-10 12-24 5-5 2 L
14 Atlanta 15 41 .268 32.0 9-17 6-24 4-5 8-28 4-6 2 L
15 Cleveland 14 40 .259 32.0 7-22 7-18 4-8 9-28 2-8 1 W
Western Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 41 12 .774 18-7 23-5 7-2 28-6 7-3 3 W
Denver 38 17 .691 4.0 21-7 17-10 9-0 25-9 7-3 1 L
LA Clippers 37 17 .685 4.5 22-5 15-12 6-2 21-12 6-4 1 L
Utah 36 18 .667 5.5 20-5 16-13 5-5 21-13 5-5 4 W
Houston 34 20 .630 7.5 19-8 15-12 6-4 21-16 6-4 1 W
Dallas 33 22 .600 9.0 15-14 18-8 7-2 19-14 5-5 1 W
Oklahoma City 32 22 .593 9.5 17-12 15-10 6-4 21-14 7-3 2 L
Memphis 28 26 .519 13.5 16-13 12-13 4-5 18-16 8-2 2 W
Portland 25 31 .446 17.5 15-11 10-20 4-8 15-23 6-4 2 L
10 San Antonio 23 31 .426 18.5 14-12 9-19 3-5 13-19 3-7 1 W
11 New Orleans 23 31 .426 18.5 11-16 12-15 3-7 14-20 6-4 3 W
12 Phoenix 22 33 .400 20.0 11-18 11-15 5-7 13-24 3-7 1 W
13 Sacramento 21 33 .389 20.5 11-15 10-18 5-5 15-19 6-4 2 L
14 Minnesota 16 37 .302 25.0 7-20 9-17 2-9 8-25 1-9 2 L
15 Golden State 12 43 .218 30.0 7-19 5-24 1-8 7-29 2-8 4 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Boston Bruins 58 35 11 12 82 35 192 144 20-2-9 15-9-3 8-2-0
Washington Capitals 56 36 15 5 77 33 202 172 16-9-4 20-6-1 6-4-0
Tampa Bay Lightning 57 37 15 5 79 35 203 152 18-7-2 19-8-3 9-0-1
Pittsburgh Penguins 55 34 15 6 74 31 182 150 19-5-4 15-10-2 6-3-1
New York Islanders 55 33 16 6 72 30 166 151 18-7-4 15-9-2 5-3-2
Toronto Maple Leafs 57 30 19 8 68 29 203 189 15-7-7 15-12-1 5-3-2
Columbus Blue Jackets 57 30 17 10 70 30 148 139 18-10-3 12-7-7 7-1-2
Philadelphia Flyers 57 31 19 7 69 26 184 170 19-5-4 12-14-3 6-3-1
Carolina Hurricanes 56 32 21 3 67 27 181 157 18-9-1 14-12-2 5-4-1
10 Florida Panthers 56 30 20 6 66 27 198 188 16-10-2 14-10-4 5-4-1
11 Montreal Canadiens 59 27 25 7 61 23 180 180 13-15-4 14-10-3 6-4-0
12 New York Rangers 55 28 23 4 60 28 181 174 16-12-2 12-11-2 6-4-0
13 Buffalo Sabres 57 25 24 8 58 24 162 178 16-10-4 9-14-4 4-5-1
14 New Jersey Devils 55 20 25 10 50 17 152 195 8-10-10 12-15-0 3-4-3
15 Ottawa Senators 56 18 27 11 47 18 147 191 12-10-6 6-17-5 2-5-3
16 Detroit Red Wings 58 14 40 4 32 12 120 216 9-18-2 5-22-2 2-8-0
Western Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 56 32 15 9 73 31 178 160 18-5-5 14-10-4 3-5-2
Vancouver Canucks 58 32 21 5 69 29 190 175 19-6-3 13-15-2 6-3-1
Colorado Avalanche 55 33 16 6 72 33 200 154 15-7-4 18-9-2 8-1-1
Dallas Stars 56 32 19 5 69 30 151 142 17-9-2 15-10-3 5-4-1
Edmonton Oilers 56 30 20 6 66 28 181 176 15-9-4 15-11-2 6-3-1
Vegas Golden Knights 58 28 22 8 64 25 182 178 14-10-4 14-12-4 4-4-2
Calgary Flames 58 29 23 6 64 23 164 178 13-10-4 16-13-2 4-5-1
Arizona Coyotes 59 28 23 8 64 23 165 162 13-11-4 15-12-4 2-5-3
Winnipeg Jets 58 29 24 5 63 26 174 176 14-13-3 15-11-2 4-5-1
10 Minnesota Wild 56 27 23 6 60 26 173 181 17-8-4 10-15-2 7-3-0
11 Nashville Predators 55 26 22 7 59 24 178 183 11-11-4 15-11-3 5-5-0
12 Chicago Blackhawks 57 25 24 8 58 22 166 181 12-12-4 13-12-4 4-4-2
13 Anaheim Ducks 56 23 26 7 53 18 146 173 12-10-3 11-16-4 6-2-2
14 San Jose Sharks 56 24 28 4 52 22 147 187 14-14-1 10-14-3 4-6-0
15 Los Angeles Kings 58 20 33 5 45 20 142 186 12-12-1 8-21-4 2-8-0

 

BIG 10 MEN

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
Maryland 10-3 .769 7-0 3-3 20-4 .833 14-0 3-4 3-0 3-0
13 Penn State 9-4 .692 4-1 4-3 19-5 .792 12-1 5-3 2-1 4-1
Michigan State 9-5 .643 6-1 3-4 17-8 .680 10-2 4-4 3-2 3-3
21 Iowa 8-5 .615 7-0 1-4 17-7 .708 12-1 3-4 2-2 5-3
22 Illinois 8-5 .615 5-2 3-3 16-8 .667 12-3 4-4 0-1 1-5
Rutgers 8-6 .571 7-0 1-5 17-8 .680 16-0 1-6 0-2 2-3
Wisconsin 7-6 .538 5-1 2-5 14-10 .583 11-1 3-6 0-3 4-3
Purdue 7-7 .500 5-2 2-5 14-11 .560 10-3 3-6 1-2 4-6
Ohio State 6-7 .462 4-2 2-5 16-8 .667 12-2 3-5 1-1 3-2
Michigan 6-7 .462 3-3 2-4 15-9 .625 9-4 2-5 4-0 4-4
Minnesota 6-7 .462 5-1 1-6 12-11 .522 10-2 1-8 1-1 2-4
Indiana 5-7 .417 4-2 1-5 15-8 .652 12-3 1-5 2-0 3-3
Nebraska 2-11 .154 2-4 0-7 7-17 .292 5-7 0-9 2-1 0-5
Northwestern 1-12 .077 1-6 0-6 6-17 .261 4-9 1-7 1-1 0-4

 

BIG EAST MEN

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
10 Seton Hall 10-2 .833 4-2 6-0 18-6 .750 9-3 7-2 2-1 3-3
23 Creighton 8-4 .667 4-1 4-3 19-6 .760 13-1 5-4 1-1 3-2
15 Villanova 8-4 .667 5-2 3-2 18-6 .750 11-2 4-3 3-1 3-4
19 Butler 7-5 .583 4-2 3-3 19-6 .760 12-2 4-4 3-0 1-3
18 Marquette 7-5 .583 5-1 2-4 17-7 .708 12-1 3-5 2-1 2-3
Providence 6-6 .500 3-2 3-4 13-12 .520 9-3 3-6 1-3 2-4
Xavier 5-7 .417 3-3 2-4 16-9 .640 11-3 3-5 2-1 1-2
Georgetown 4-7 .364 3-3 1-4 14-10 .583 10-5 3-4 1-1 2-4
St. John’s 3-9 .250 2-4 1-5 14-11 .560 11-5 1-5 2-1 1-4
DePaul 1-10 .091 1-5 0-5 13-11 .542 9-6 4-5 0-0 1-2

 

MAC MEN

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
East
Bowling Green 9-3 .750 5-1 4-2 18-7 .720 11-1 4-3 3-3 0-1
Akron 8-3 .727 4-2 4-1 18-6 .750 12-2 5-3 1-1 0-1
Kent State 6-5 .545 3-2 3-3 16-8 .667 10-2 5-5 1-1 0-1
Buffalo 6-5 .545 3-3 3-2 15-9 .625 8-5 4-3 3-1 0-0
Ohio 4-7 .364 3-3 1-4 12-12 .500 8-5 3-5 1-2 0-2
Miami (OH) 2-9 .182 2-3 0-6 9-15 .375 7-5 1-8 1-2 0-1
West
Northern Illinois 8-4 .667 5-1 3-3 15-10 .600 9-3 6-7 0-0 0-0
Ball State 7-4 .636 5-0 2-4 14-10 .583 8-3 4-5 2-2 0-1
Central Michigan 6-4 .600 4-2 2-2 13-10 .565 11-2 2-8 0-0 0-0
Western Michigan 4-7 .364 3-2 1-5 11-13 .458 8-3 3-8 0-2 0-1
Toledo 4-8 .333 2-4 2-4 12-13 .480 7-5 5-8 0-0 0-0
Eastern Michigan 3-8 .273 2-3 1-5 13-11 .542 8-3 3-8 2-0 0-1

 

BIG 10 WOMEN

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
17 Iowa 11-2 .846 6-0 5-2 20-4 .833 12-0 6-3 2-1 2-0
10 Maryland 11-2 .846 7-0 4-2 20-4 .833 12-1 6-3 2-0 5-2
19 Northwestern 10-2 .833 5-1 5-1 20-3 .870 11-2 7-1 2-0 2-2
20 Indiana 9-4 .692 5-2 4-2 19-6 .760 10-3 7-2 2-1 2-4
Rutgers 7-5 .583 3-2 4-3 17-6 .739 10-2 5-4 2-0 0-2
Michigan 7-5 .583 5-1 2-4 16-7 .696 11-2 4-4 1-1 1-4
Ohio State 7-5 .583 4-2 3-3 14-9 .609 6-4 6-4 2-1 3-5
Purdue 6-7 .462 3-4 3-3 15-10 .600 9-4 4-5 2-1 0-5
Nebraska 5-8 .385 4-3 1-5 15-9 .625 11-4 2-5 2-0 1-3
Minnesota 5-8 .385 2-5 3-3 15-9 .625 9-6 6-3 0-0 1-2
Michigan State 4-8 .333 3-2 1-6 11-12 .478 8-2 2-7 1-3 1-7
Wisconsin 3-10 .231 1-5 2-5 11-13 .458 7-5 3-7 1-1 0-3
Illinois 2-10 .167 1-5 1-5 11-12 .478 9-6 2-6 0-0 0-2
Penn State 1-12 .077 1-6 0-6 7-17 .292 5-9 1-7 1-1 0-3

 

MAC WOMEN

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
East
Ohio 8-3 .727 5-1 3-2 15-7 .682 9-1 5-5 1-1 0-1
Kent State 6-5 .545 3-2 3-3 13-9 .591 6-3 5-4 2-2 0-1
Buffalo 4-7 .364 2-3 2-4 13-9 .591 7-3 4-6 2-0 0-1
Miami (OH) 4-8 .333 3-3 1-5 11-13 .458 6-3 4-9 1-1 0-2
Akron 3-8 .273 2-4 1-4 10-12 .455 5-6 3-6 2-0 0-1
Bowling Green 1-10 .091 1-5 0-5 8-15 .348 5-5 2-8 1-2 0-0
West
Central Michigan 11-0 1.000 5-0 6-0 18-4 .818 9-1 9-3 0-0 0-1
Ball State 8-3 .727 6-0 2-3 16-7 .696 9-1 4-5 3-1 0-0
Eastern Michigan 7-5 .583 3-2 4-3 12-11 .522 6-4 6-7 0-0 0-1
Toledo 6-5 .545 4-2 2-3 11-11 .500 6-5 4-5 1-1 0-0
Western Michigan 5-6 .455 4-2 1-4 12-10 .545 7-3 3-6 2-1 0-1
Northern Illinois 4-7 .364 2-3 2-4 8-14 .364 3-6 4-7 1-1 0-0