#2 Baylor 68 Iowa State 55

Alabama 83 #4 Auburn 64

#18 Seton Hall 78 #5 Butler 70

#9 Florida State 54 Virginia 50

South Carolina 81 #10 Kentucky 78

Temple 65 #16 Wichita State 53

Georgetown 83 #25 Creighton 80

Rutgers 59 Indiana 50

Notre Dame 78 Georgia Tech 74

Lafayette 71 Colgate 67

St. Francis PA 100 Fairleigh Dickenson 85

Syracuse 76 Boston College 50

American 61 Bucknell 60

North Carolina Greensboro 79 Citadel 69

Eastern Tennessee 88 Samford 63

Duquesne 58 Fordham 56 OT

Tulsa 65 E. Carolina 49

Furman 83 Western Carolina 79

George Washington 73 George Mason 67

Fairfield 61 St. Peter’s 51

Georgia 80 Tennessee 63

Indiana State 65 Evansville 42

Navy 88 Lehigh 83

Mercer 73 VMI 62

Maine 104 UMass – Lowell 98 OT

North Carolina State 80 Miami Florida 63

St. Bonaventure 74 Massachusetts 61

Chattanooga 72 Wofford 59

Long Island 69 St. Francis NY 66

Merrimack 71 Bryant 67

Vermont 72 Binghamton 53

McNeese State 72 UIW 56

Rhode Island 71 St. Joseph’s 61

New Orleans 106 Houston Baptist 98

Sam Houston 80 Lamar 75 OT

Northwestern State 73 Nicholls 72

Marquette 85 Xavier 65

Texas 76 Oklahoma State 64

Northern Iowa 88 Valparaiso 78

Southeast Louisiana 62 Texas A&M-CC 56

Bradley 91 Missouri State 78

Stephen F Austin 77 Central Arkansas 76

North Dakota State 72 South Dakota 70

Arkansas 75 Vanderbilt 55

South Dakota State 87 North Dakota 66

Providence 63 St. John’s 58

Colorado state 105 New Mexico 72

Air Force 85 Boise State 78

Houston 71 SMU 62

Minnesota 75 Penn State 69

UC Irvine 74 Cal State Fullerton 61

UTEP 80 Texas San Antonio 77 OT

Stanford 74 UCLA 59

UNLV 98 San Jose State 87



Thursday, Jan. 16

Lipscomb at NJIT | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

High Point at UNC Asheville | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Radford at South Carolina Upstate | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Cincinnati at No. 22 Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN

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

Quinnipiac at Manhattan | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Little Rock at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Charlotte at Marshall | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

UAB at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Charleston Southern at Campbell | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

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

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

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

Georgia Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Youngstown State at Northern Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

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

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

Marist at Monmouth | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

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

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

Old Dominion at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

North Texas at Southern Miss | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Southern Illinois at Loyola Chicago | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Detroit Mercy at Milwaukee | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Oakland at Green Bay | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas State at UL Monroe | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Illinois State at Drake | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

UT Arlington at Louisiana | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgia State at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Austin Peay at SE Missouri State | 8:15 p.m. | ESPN+

Utah at Arizona | 8:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Jacksonville State at Eastern Illinois | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Murray State at UT Martin | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Morehead State at Tennessee State | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Tennessee Tech at SIU-Edwardsville | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 8 Oregon at Washington State | 9 p.m.

No. 20 Colorado at Arizona State | 9 p.m. | ESPN2

Eastern Kentucky at Belmont | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

New Mexico State at Utah Valley | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

UC Davis at Long Beach State | 10 p.m. | ESPN3

California at Southern California | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Santa Clara at No. 1 Gonzaga | 11 p.m. | ESPN2



#2 Baylor 90 Kansas 47

Oklahoma 73 #17 West Virginia 49

Colgate 73 Lafayette 52

Army 61 Holy Cross 48

UMass – Lowell 66 Maine 57

Bucknell 68 American 43

Boston University 44 Loyola Maryland 42

Stony Brook 66 Hartford 55

Vermont 65 Binghamton 62

Central Michigan 66 Ball State 39

Buffalo 65 Bowling Green 59

Dayton 54 Duquesne 41

Eastern Michigan 80 Miami Ohio 53

Massachusetts 76 LaSalle 62

Davidson 76 George Mason 69

Lehigh 60 Navy 53

Kent State 79 Northern Illinois 71

Villanova 70 Penn 58

Toledo 65 Akron 61

Western Michigan 73 Ohio 72

Coastal Carolina 68 Little Rock 48

New Hampshire 48 Albany 47

TCU 77 Iowa State 74

Oklahoma State 70 Kansas State 63

Northwestern State 58 Nicholls 54

Sam Houston 68 Lamar 47

Wichita State 57 Tulsa 46

Stephen F Austin 102 Central Arkansas 41

UIW 73 McNeese State 56

St. Louis 72 St. Bonaventure 51

Tulane 67 SMU 66

Texas 92 Texas Tech 66

Wyoming 83 Nevada 59

New Mexico 73 Colorado State 62

Boise State 70 Air Force 61

San Jose State 62 UNLV 60

Fresno State 65 San Diego State 60



Detroit 116 Boston 103….The Pistons have been playing most of the past month without three starters. They didn’t let it stop them from finding a way to get the best of one of the East’s top teams. Rookie Sekou Doumbouya scored a season-high 24 points and Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak with a 116-103 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Philadelphia 117 Brooklyn 106….At the start of the season, the Philadelphia 76ers said that they would bank their NBA title hopes on a “BullyBall” formula of physical defense and inside presence. In a tight game in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night, that mixture worked to perfection. Tobias Harris scored 34 points, including two big baskets in the final two minutes that proved to be the difference, as the 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 117-106.

Miami 106 San Antonio 100…. Kendrick Nunn was the last Miami player off the court at halftime, required to hang out for an extra minute or two in order to pick up his second Eastern Conference rookie of the month trophy. “Hopefully, I get some more,” Nunn said.

He’s well on his way. Nunn scored 33 points on 13-for-18 shooting, Goran Dragic added 17 points and the Heat held on to beat the San Antonio Spurs 106-100 Wednesday night and move back into the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago 115 Washington 106…Zach LaVine wants to play in the All-Star Game next month in Chicago. He is making quite the case. Especially lately. LaVine had 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and the banged-up Bulls beat Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards 115-106 on Wednesday night.

Indiana 104 Minnesota 99….The bags of ice on his legs after the game were a reminder that Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis has been playing through left knee soreness as the season nears the midway point. Watching his performance Wednesday night against Minnesota, it might have been easy to forget that Sabonis is ailing at all. Sabonis matched a season high with 29 points and added 13 rebounds and six assists to lead Indiana over the Timberwolves 104-99 on Wednesday night.

Toronto 130 Oklahoma City 121….Norman Powell doesn’t need to work his way back into form. The Toronto guard missed 11 games with a left shoulder injury before returning to action this week. In his second game back, he scored 23 points, and the Raptors held off a furious rally to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-121 on Wednesday night.

Denver 100 Charlotte 86….After being told to get ready for his Denver debut, P.J. Dozier was quickly asked how many plays he remembered. “I’m like, ‘Oh, shoot,’” he said. So that’s exactly what he did – and made quite a splash. Rookie reserve Michael Porter Jr. scored 19 points, Dozier had a big second half filling in for injured point guard Jamal Murray and the Nuggets beat the Charlotte Hornets 100-86 on Wednesday night.

Portland 117 Houston 107….After getting off to a disappointing start this season, the Portland Trail Blazers are focused on playing much better going forward. On Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets they did that, limiting James Harden to his fewest points of the season in a 117-107 win.

Dallas 127 Sacramento 123….On a night when Luka Doncic set a career high for assists, one of his early passes wound up in the stands. All he could do was watch it and chuckle as he ran back down the court. “It was a bad pass,” Doncic said of his cross-court throw. “I was laughing. He was open. I should have hit him. That was a very bad pass.” Doncic had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists for his NBA-leading 12th triple-double, and the Mavericks held off a late run to beat the Sacramento Kings 127-123 on Wednesday.

Orlando 119 LA Lakers 118….Markelle Fultz faked LeBron James off his hip, weaved through traffic in the waning seconds and scored the final bucket of his phenomenal triple-double performance. Fultz then dropped to the court with a cramp. The Orlando Magic rushed to their valuable teammate’s aid, with Nikola Vucevic swiftly stretching out Fultz’s foot to make sure he could finish. “It was the biggest play of the game!” Vucevic said with a laugh. Fultz had several bigger ones, and so did a half-dozen contributors to what was likely the Magic’s best win of the season. Fultz hit two big layups in the final minute while scoring 21 points during his second career triple-double, and Orlando snapped the Los Angeles Lakers’ nine-game winning streak with a 119-118 victory Wednesday night.



Chicago 4 Montréal 1….Corey Crawford doesn’t know why he plays well against his hometown team. The veteran goalie stopped 32 shots to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Wednesday night. Crawford, from suburban Chateauguay, Quebec, improved to 11-2-2 against the Canadiens.

Philadelphia 4 St. Louis 3…The Philadelphia Flyers have shown the ability to play up to their competition. Jakub Voracek scored in overtime and the Flyers beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night. The win capped a four-game stretch in which the Flyers played three teams who at the time were tied for the NHL points lead (Washington, Boston and St. Louis) and one against Tampa Bay, the reigning President’s Trophy winner. Philadelphia went 3-1 during the stretch.



Cowan 59, Wes-Del 46

Yorktown 58, Daleville 37



Carmel 72, Anderson 46

Rochester 57, Logansport 54

Lapel 66, Knightstown 23

Northeastern 49, Tri 41

Shenandoah 67, Centerville 9

New Castle 61, Randolph Southern 48

Union County 47, Eastern Hancock 41

Talawanda (Ohio) 37, Franklin County 32

Union City 66 Blackford 44…The Lady Indians defeated the Blackford Bruins 64-44.  They were led in scoring by Green and Livingston with 16 each. Cox added 10 and Claywell 9. Claywell also had 8 assists and Lutz led rebounding efforts with 11 while Cox and Livingston had 8 each. Green grabbed 4 steals. The Indians moved to 12-6 and will be back in action at home against conference matchup Union County on Saturday.

A slow start for the Indians didn’t prove to be insurmountable as they came out and outscored the bruins 20 to 6 in the 2nd quarter. From there the Indians continued to press on and build the lead in each quarter. Cox stepped up big giving us 10 points, our bigs scored 32 of our 64 tonight which is something we have been talking about, getting more out of our posts and they responded.

The Junior Varsity fell to the Bruins 38-47. They were led in scoring by Katie Elliott with 12 and Emma Davis with 10. They were lead in rebounds by Mackenzie Charles with 9. They are 6-7 on the season and are back in action at home on Saturday against Union County. Tip off is at 6 pm.



Union City 54 Northeastern 30



INDIANA MBB: Hoosiers Fall on the Road Against Scarlet Knights, 59-50


PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Indiana didn’t concede. Coach Archie Miller found a small silver lining in that.

His Hoosiers went to Rutgers Wednesday night and got rocked, but not broken. They scored their fewest points of the season, and still gave themselves a late-game chance.

Wednesday night’s 59-50 defeat offered reasons for optimism, the coach told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer in his post-game radio show, as well as opportunities for coaching points.

“We played all the way through the finish line and competed,” Miller said. “It was a tough night from outside. We didn’t make any shots. On the road, you have to make some shots.”

The Hoosiers (13-4 overall, 3-3 in the Big Ten) got a double-double from forward Joey Brunk (10 points, 10 rebounds) and a strong game from forward Justin Smith (15 points, seven rebounds), but 16 turnovers were too much to overcome.

“They got 18 points off of 16 turnovers,” Miller told Fischer, “so that’s tough to deal with, especially in somebody else’s building.”

IU fell into a 12-0 hole to open the game, roared back for a 22-21 lead then faced this road reality:

Only the toughest, most focused and disciplined of teams can win in such hostile environments.

You’d better believe Rutgers Athletic Center was hostile with its sell-out crowd and raucous energy that has produced a program-record 12-0 start.

“They hit us pretty good early,” Miller told Fischer. “I give our guys credit. We really stuck with it. We hung in there and took the lead.

“The last three to five minutes of the first half, we had some tough turnovers.

“Rutgers played extremely hard. They showed they’re one of the best teams in this league. The environment we were in carried into it.”

Settling for perimeter jumpers wasn’t the answer. Not when the Hoosiers were the Big Ten’s most prolific free-throw shooting team.

They took just 12 free throws — 15 fewer than their conference-leading average – and made 10.

They took 18 three-pointers and made two.

That was a big problem.

“We pride ourselves in getting to the line,” Miller told Fischer. “We’re one of the top teams in the country in getting to the line. I guess there wasn’t a lot of contact in the game or around the basket so we could draw fouls.

“Not being able to get to the free throw line hurt. Rutgers had a lot to do with it.”

As for the three-point shooting struggles, Miller told Fischer that, “(Rutgers) made it difficult for us. It wasn’t as if our guys were wide open.

“Everything was rushed. Our guys felt uneasy because of the way Rutgers brough toughness and energy to the floor.”

Guard play was critical, and IU’s Devonte Green, Rob Phinisee and Al Durham struggled. They combined for three assists and eight turnovers. Durham and Phinisee combined for 19 points. Green didn’t score.

Overall, Indiana had six assists and those 14 turnovers.

“It was an ugly one, a tough, hard-fought game,” Miller told Fischer. “Every game in our league seems to be like this. You have to find a way to not turn it over and give yourself more possessions.”

Rutgers (13-4, 4-2) hit Indiana with a 20-4 run spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second en route to a 17-point lead. That wasn’t surprising given it had earlier beaten Seton Hall, Wisconsin and Penn State at home.

The Hoosiers never recovered.

“In the second half, we didn’t convert,” Miller told Fischer. “We had some easy ones, some transition opportunities, and we didn’t convert. That made it hard on us.

“I got a technical foul that I didn’t want. that contributed to it, so the run got a little bit bigger.”

IU’s first two minutes of the game produced two turnovers, no baskets or free throws and seven Rutgers points. The next 30 seconds saw five more Scarlet Knights’ points.

A Smith basket ended the 12-0 run, and started a 7-0 Indiana responding run.

Rutgers surged to a 17-7 lead. IU got a three-point play from Smith to close within five.

The Hoosiers ramped the defense, made the Scarlet Knights’ offense disappear, and took that 22-21 lead before a 10-2 Rutgers run gave it a 31-24 halftime lead.

IU had just two assists and nine turnovers, plus took — and made — just four free throws.

That was no way to win.

Could they turn it around in the second half?

IU opened 0-for-6 from the field with a turnover to fall behind 38-24. One Rutgers point came when Miller was called for a technical for arguing with officials.

Brunk muscled up for a basket (overcoming two blocks in the process) to score for the Hoosiers’ first second-half points. It came five minutes into the half.

Still, the deficit swelled to 17 points before Smith powered in a couple of baskets to help spark a rally.

Durham hit Indiana’s first three-pointer — coming after 14 straight Hoosier misses – and it got them within seven points at 47-40 with 3:51 left.

They didn’t get any closer to fall to 0-3 on the road.

Next up is a Saturday night game at Nebraska.


BUTLER MBB: Seton Hall Tops Butler MBB, 78-70, in Top 25 Match-up at Hinkle Fieldhouse


No. 18 Seton Hall made a series of key plays down the stretch to post a 78-70, come-from-behind win over fifth-ranked Butler Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Myles Powell led the Pirates with 29 points. With the win, Seton Hall remains perfect in BIG EAST play at 5-0 and wins their seventh straight game to move to 13-4 overall.

Butler suffers just its second of the season, falling to 15-2 and 3-1 in conference action.

“That was a high-level basketball game with two teams who competed well,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “They had guys step up and make big plays down the stretch. I thought we were solid for most of the game, but we had some lapses where we need to be smarter. When we made a mistake, they made us pay. That’s what good teams do.”

A Powell jumper with 8:16 remaining in the contest gave the Pirates a 58-57 advantage, its first lead in exactly 20 minutes. That lead would grow to six at 65-59 with 5:36 to play before a Sean McDermott three-point play capped a 7-0 spurt and gave the Bulldogs what would amount to the team’s final lead of the game at 67-66 with 3:48 remaining. Powell responded 20 seconds later with his fifth three-pointer of the game.

The key play down the stretch was a Jared Rhoden three-pointer with 42 seconds remaining as he got loose on an in-bounds play with just two seconds on the shot clock. That stretched the Seton Hall lead to 73-68.

Butler held its largest lead of the game at 40-30 as time expired in the first half. The team was energized by Jordan Tucker as 12 of his 14 points came in the first half. He recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 19 points and six assists.

Romaro Gill had 17 points for the Pirates before fouling out on the McDermott and-1 that gave the Bulldogs the lead with 3:48 to play. Rhoden had 13 and Quincy McKnight had 11 points and 13 assists. Seton Hall shot 41 percent for the game.

Butler shot only 30 percent in the second half (including 1-of-11 from three-point range) to finish at 42 percent for the game.

The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday afternoon, traveling to DePaul for a 1 p.m. (Eastern, Noon Central) tip. It’s the first game of a stretch that has Butler on the road for three of its next four games. Saturday’s game with DePaul will air on FOX Sports Network regional affiliates.




TLANTA – Prentiss Hubb scored 25 points to help lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 78-74 on the road Wednesday.

Hubb added three assists and two steals to his 25-point game to lead the Fighting Irish. John Mooney helped out with a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds and T.J. Gibbs chipped in with 17 points while Dane Goodwin added 15.

Mooney has now recorded a double-double in 11 straight games, tying the program record for most consecutive double-doubles with Luke Harangody.


After falling behind 11-8, Notre Dame went on a 6-0 run with 12:33 left in the first half to take a 14-11 lead. The Fighting Irish then lost some of that lead, but still entered halftime with a 29-27 advantage. Notre Dame relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down four shots to account for 12 of its 29 points.

Georgia Tech proceeded to take a 49-44 lead before Notre Dame went on a 6-0 run, finished off by Hubb’s jumper, to seize a 50-49 lead with 8:26 to go in the contest. The Fighting Irish hit enough free throws in the final minute to keep the Yellow Jackets at arm’s length on the way to the 78-74 win.


Hubb carried the Irish offense in the second half, scoring 20 of his team-high 25 points in the final 20 minutes of play. The sophomore finished 8-of-16 from the field and 6-of-8, while adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Hubb leads the team in 20-point games this season with five.


The Irish backcourt trio of Hubb, Gibbs and Goodwin combined to score 57 of Notre Dame’s 78 points in the victory. The three players combined to shoot 19-of-38 from the field. Thirty-nine of the points came in the second half.


With the win, the Irish level the all-time series with the Yellow Jackets at 11-11. Notre Dame holds an 8-5 lead over Georgia Tech in ACC matchups.

For the eighth time this season the Irish finished with less than 10 turnovers in a game, recording just eight in the win at Georgia Tech.

Mooney recorded his 14th double-double in just 16 games that he has played in this season. The senior has now recorded a double-double in 11 straight games, tying the program record for most consecutive double-doubles with Luke Harangody.

Goodwin finished in double figures in the scoring column for the 11th time this season and 19th time in his career.

Hubb scored 10 or more points for the ninth time this season and 20th time in his career.

Gibbs notched his 14th double-digit scoring performance of the season and 70th of his career.


The Fighting Irish return to Purcell Pavilion to host Syracuse at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The game will air on either ESPN2 or ESPNU and will also be available to stream via the WatchESPN app (subscription required).





RICHMOND, Indiana – A torrid 3-point shooting from the Quakers helped lift Earlham College men’s basketball to a 74-67 win over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Bluffton University, Wednesday night at the Druley Performance Gym.


Final Score:  Earlham 74, Bluffton 67

Location: Richmond, Indiana – Druley Performance Gym

Records: Earlham 6-8, 2-5 HCAC / Bluffton 7-7, 3-4 HCAC


Earlham splashed 12 of its 22 3-point attempts on the night, led by Jamel Barnes Jr. with a 4-of-7 mark from beyond the arc on his way to a team-high 16 points. Barnes added to his point total with a 4-for-4 effort at the free-throw line, with six rebounds and four assists.

The Quakers went 7-of-10 from long range in the second half, which helped the Maroon and White take the lead in a game that had been tied 36-36 at the intermission.

Blake Bonin’s 3-pointer with 12:28 showing on the second half clock put the Quakers in front, 52-49, and Earlham held the lead the rest of the way. Bluffton cut the margin to two points, 66-64, as late as the 3:11 mark, but Thomas Sanborn answered with a 3-pointer for Earlham to give the Quakers a two-possession advantage.


Kenneth Stalling Jr. was the only other Earlham player in double figures with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field. Sanborn finished with nine points off the bench, while Bonin chipped in with eight points to go with a game-high eight assists.

Earlham shot 50.9 percent (27-of-53) from the field, but was still outshot by a Bluffton squad that connected at a 57.8 percent (26-of-45) clip. Bluffton also outworked Earlham on the board, 33-16.

The Quakers forced the Beavers into committing 23 turnovers, resulting in 24 Earlham points, while the Maroon and White had just 12 giveaways on the night.


Earlham men’s basketball is on the road this Saturday, Jan. 18, when the Quakers travel to Hanover College for an HCAC doubleheader. The men’s game will tip-off at 2:00 p.m., followed by the women’s game at 4:00 p.m.


BLUFFTON, Ohio – Earlham College women’s basketball was unable to stifle Bluffton University’s comeback bid in a 70-65 loss to the Beavers, Wednesday evening at the Sommer Center.


Final Score: Bluffton 70, Earlham 65

Location: Bluffton, Ohio – Sommer Center

Records: Earlham 4-10, 3-4 HCAC / Bluffton 9-5, 3-4 HCAC


Earlham led Bluffton, 51-44, heading into the fourth quarter, but the Beavers scored seven-straight points to open the final frame and knotted the game at 51-51 with 7:29 remaining on a Brianna Gillig foul shot.

Following a layup from Earlham first-year Trinity McClendon and two more free throws from Gillig, the Quakers regained a 55-53 lead on a pair of foul shots from senior Amy Weisner. However, Bluffton answered with a 3-pointer by TJ Mills, giving the Beavers a lead.

The Quakers tied things two more times, the final time coming at the 3:11 mark on a senior Camryn White layup before the Beavers took the lead for good on foul shots. Bluffton went 9-for-10 at the charity stripe over the final three minutes of play, while Earlham went 2-of-7 from the floor over the same span in its bid to catch the Beavers.


McClendon shot the proverbial lights out to lead Earlham with a career-high 21 points, with a 7-of-10 mark from the field – including a 3-of-3 effort from 3-point range – with a 4-for-4 ledger at the free-throw line.

Junior Kayla Bowling was the only other Quaker in double figures with 10 points and completed her stat line with four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Three players – White, Weisner, and senior Zoe Curtis – each tallied six points.

Junior Acacia Tenette paced the Quakers on the glass with nine rebounds to go with her three assists.

Earlham and Bluffton shot an identical 38.5 percent from the floor. The Beavers leveraged 30 Quaker fouls into a 26-for-40 mark at the free-throw line; Earlham shot a perfect 10-for-10 at the charity stripe on 15 Bluffton fouls.


Earlham women’s basketball returns to the court on Saturday, Jan. 18, when the Quakers head to Hanover College for the first game of an HCAC doubleheader. Tip-off for the women’s game is slated for approximately 4:00 p.m., after the conclusion of the men’s game between the Quakers and the Panthers.



Griffin: Pelicans project Zion Williamson debut for Jan. 22

 Zion Williamson, the top choice in last summer’s NBA draft, is scheduled to make his regular season debut for the Pelicans on Jan. 22 when New Orleans hosts the the San Antonio Spurs, Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin said Wednesday.

“Everything’s moving in the right direction,” Griffin said. “I really believe very strongly he is a radically improved physical version of himself in way that frankly we took the extra time to ensure.”

The former Duke star has missed New Orleans’ first 41 games this season while rehabilitating from arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee. The timeline set for his return calls for him to miss three more games, starting with Thursday night’s home game against Utah.

New Orleans also hosts the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday and visit Memphis on Monday.

Griffin also indicated that Williamson’s minutes will be closely monitored and likely limited for the time being.

“From a sustaining health standpoint, we’re certainly going to treat him differently,” Griffin said.

The Pelicans have gone 15-26 without Williamson, but have won nine of their last 13 to pull within four games of the final Western Conference playoff spot with half the season left.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Williamson is relatively heavy for an NBA player, never mind one who moves well and often soars above the rim for the kind of dunks that have made him an internet sensation since high school in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The purpose of his mid-October surgery was to repair cartilage that serves as natural padding in the knee joint. So the club has taken a cautious approach to his rehabilitation in hopes of minimizing the possibility of a setback.

Williamson returned to practice on Jan. 2 and more recently has been seen dunking during Pelicans pre-game warm-up sessions.

Williamson played in four preseason games before his injury, averaging 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. He had surgery in mid-October.

He averaged 22.6 points per game at Duke during the 2018-19 season and also was voted to the ACC’s All-Defensive Team after averaging 8.9 rebounds, 2.12 steals and 1.8 blocked shots per game.


Doncic gets another triple-double as Mavs edge Kings 127-123

On a night when Luka Doncic set a career high for assists, one of his early passes wound up in the stands.

All he could do was watch it and chuckle as he ran back down the court.

“It was a bad pass,” Doncic said of his cross-court throw. “I was laughing. He was open. I should have hit him. That was a very bad pass.”

Doncic had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists for his NBA-leading 12th triple-double, and the Mavericks held off a late run to beat the Sacramento Kings 127-123 on Wednesday.

Seth Curry scored 21 points off the bench as Dallas won its third straight despite the absence of Kristaps Porzingis, who missed his ninth consecutive game. Dwight Powell added 17 points and nine rebounds, and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.

“This has been a hard team for us to play, difficult matchups,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “Our starters, our bench, everybody contributed in a big way.”

Playing the second half of a back-to-back following a 27-point win over Golden State, the Mavericks scored 71 points in the first half and handed the Kings their third straight loss.

Doncic sparked Dallas with a big third quarter when he had 11 points and six rebounds. He also made a cross-court pass similar to the one he airmailed earlier in the game.

That helped the Mavs stretch a four-point lead to 108-93. Doncic finished with his 20th career triple-double despite going 0 for 5 from beyond the arc.

“Obviously, not as good as I can play. I have to practice those 3s,” Doncic said. “They were doubling me every time, and I like it. Basketball is five players so somebody’s going to be open if they double me.”

Doncic joined Jason Kidd as the only Dallas players to have at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists in one game.


Lewis, Alabama hand No. 4 Auburn its first loss, 83-64

Nate Oats and Alabama had two achievements to celebrate: a huge win and knocking rival Auburn from the dwindling ranks of the unbeaten.

Kira Lewis Jr. scored 25 points and the Crimson Tide easily handled the fourth-ranked Tigers with an 83-64 rout on Wednesday night.

“We’ve been needing this signature win,” said Oats, the Tide’s first-year coach. “We were close a few times. If we’re going to make a run and try to play in the NCAA Tournament, you’ve got to get these signature wins.

“It’s good to get that monkey off our back.”

All the better when it comes against your much-hyped in-state rival.

The Crimson Tide (9-7, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) led wire-to-wire. The Tigers (15-1, 3-1) had a miserable shooting night and left No. 7 San Diego State (18-0) as the nation’s last unbeaten team.

“To be able to beat a good team in Alabama on their floor you’ve got to be very good, and we didn’t even come close,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said.

It was the Tide’s first win over a Top 5 team since a 79-57 home defeat of then-No. 5 Texas A&M on Dec. 30, 2017. This one was largely one-sided, too.

Lewis scored 17 points in the second half for Alabama. He was 8 of 14 from the field and made 8 of 9 free throws.

Herbert Jones had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Alex Reese scored 13 points and James Bolden had 11 for the Tide.

Auburn, which had won 27 of 28 games dating back to last season’s Final Four run, gave up a season high in points while scoring its season low.

Isaac Okoro led the Tigers with 13 points. Austin Wiley had 10 points and 13 rebounds and Jamal Johnson also scored 10.

Auburn closed within 50-47 on back-to-back 3-pointers from Johnson midway through the second half, but the comeback attempt fizzled from there.


Mets stay silent on new manager Carlos Beltrán’s future

While the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox took decisive action in jettisoning their managers after Major League Baseball concluded they were involved in nefarious sign stealing, the New York Mets have stayed silent on Carlos Beltran’s future.

Houston fired AJ Hinch one hour after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released his findings Monday. Boston’s management took 29 1/2 hours to announce Alex Cora’s departure on Tuesday.

Beltran remains in limbo, with the Mets refusing to say whether their new manager stays or goes. In Manfred’s nine-page statement, Beltran was the only player identified as a participant in the cheating scheme.

“They have to fire Carlos Beltran,” a former New York Yankees teammate, Mark Teixeira, said Wednesday on ESPN, where he works as an analyst. “There’s no way that Carlos Beltran, especially in the pressure cooker of New York, there’s no way he can be the manager of the Mets. … You cannot have that guy lead your team. The New York papers, the Daily News and the Post and all of the tabloids will eat up Carlos Beltran every single day until he’s fired.”

Cora was Houston’s bench coach in 2017 and the instigator of the Astros’ use of a camera in center field and monitor near the dugout to steal catchers’ signals.

“Approximately two months into the 2017 season, a group of players, including Carlos Beltran, discussed that the team could improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter,” Manfred wrote.

Hinch and Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow received one-season suspensions before owner Jim Crane fired them. Manfred decided not to discipline players – 2017 was Beltran’s final season.

Mets management must ponder whether Beltran can be an effective leader given his behavior. Would young players view him as a cheater pushing them to break the rules? Would Beltran turn timid, afraid of attracting scrutiny from MLB investigators?

What would be the benefit of sticking with Beltran, who has no previous managerial experience?

Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, CEO Sam Kennedy and chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom concluded Cora could not remain in Boston under similar circumstances.


LSU probing Beckham’s apparent on-field payments to players

LSU has contacted officials from the NCAA and Southeastern Conference about Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s apparent cash payments to Tigers players on the field after the national championship game, a university spokesman said.

LSU athletics spokesman Michael Bonnette said initial information suggested that Beckham handed out “novelty bills” to players after the top-ranked Tigers defeated Clemson on Monday night. However, further investigation showed that Beckham may have given away real money, Bonnette said.

“Information and footage reviewed since shows apparent cash may have also been given to LSU student-athletes,” Bonnette said in a statement. “We were in contact with the NCAA and the SEC immediately upon learning of this situation in which some of our student-athletes may have been placed in a compromising position. We are working with our student-athletes, the NCAA and the SEC in order to rectify the situation.”

Beckham starred for LSU from 2011 to 2013 and was a first-round draft pick by the New York Giants. He was traded to Cleveland before last season.

Videos posted on social media showed Beckham placing money in the hand of LSU receiver Justin Jefferson and celebrating with players in LSU’s locker room in the Superdome.

Jefferson, who just completed his junior season, is eligible to turn pro and enter this spring’s NFL draft.

LSU graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow, who has exhausted his college eligibility and is expected to be a top NFL draft choice this year, said on a Barstool Sports podcast that it appeared to him Beckham was handing out actual cash.

The NCAA does not allow players to receive cash benefits while playing college football. Those rules are designed to prevent institutions from luring talent through the promise of direct or indirect payments.


Tagliabue, NFL Films’ Sabol headed to Hall of Fame

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his fifth attempt.

Tagliabue and former New York Giants general manager George Young made it to the hall in Canton, Ohio, as contributors. Ex-Dallas Cowboys safety Cliff Harris and former Cleveland receiver Mac Speedie completed the centennial class announced Wednesday. The class of 10 senior candidates, three contributors and two coaches are part of the hall’s celebration of the NFL’s 100th season.

Tagliabue replaced Pete Rozelle as league commissioner in 1989 and served 17 years, during which there was labor peace, expansion to 32 teams and widespread upgrades in stadiums. The NFL’s television revenues under Tagliabue skyrocketed, and he helped establish a pension system for former players.

The issue that seemed to keep him from earlier selection to the hall was how the NFL dealt with concussions and head trauma. But, as with all commissioners, Tagliabue was doing the bidding of his bosses, the team owners. He made some unwise comments about the connection between concussions and football for which he later apologized.

“Deep appreciation to the Hall of Fame and just as much to all the people who worked with me for almost 50 years in the NFL,” Tagliabue said. “Football is the ultimate team sport, we were not playing the game on the field … the team was people who worked for me at the NFL and the teams and our partners.”

Current Commissioner Roger Goodell noted that Tagliabue is “a guy who made such a difference to the game. I think when you look back at his career, he brought it into the modern era and not only from a business standpoint. He understood how a community and the NFL have to operate together ultimately.”

Young, who also worked under Tagliabue in the league office, was a front-office executive for the Colts and Dolphins before joining – and turning around – a moribund Giants franchise. New York won two Super Bowls under his guidance.

“George is certainly very deserving of being in the Hall of Fame,” Giants co-owner John Mara said. “My only regret is that he’s not around to enjoy this. He took our organization from being in last place and not having a lot of respect around the league, to being a Super Bowl champion. He made every football department in our organization more professional. He changed the reputation and level of respect that our team had for the better.”

Harris was one of the hardest-hitting defensive backs in the NFL, a major part of the Dallas defenses of the 1970s who made three All-Pro teams and six Pro Bowls. He played in seven conference title games and five Super Bowls, winning two.

Speedie was part of the unstoppable Cleveland Browns offense in the AAFC and then in the NFL. As one of two primary targets for quarterback Otto Graham, along with Dante Lavelli – both already are in the hall – Speedie averaged 16.1 yards on 349 receptions and scored 32 touchdowns. Twice he gamed more than 1,000 yards receiving.

Another member of the Steel Curtain, safety Donnie Shell, made it as did fellow safety Bobby Dillon and defensive tackle Alex Karras. Shell is the 10th man from the Pittsburgh dynasty of the 1970s to be elected, and the fifth from the defense that dominated the NFL.

Also, Duke Slater, one of the NFL’s first black players, defensive standout Ed Sprinkle and NFL Films pioneer Steve Sabol were announced. So were wide receiver Harold Carmichael and offensive tackles Winston Hill and Jim Covert.

Over the weekend, the election of coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson as part of the special class celebrating the NFL’s 100th season was revealed. Four more 2020 members are upcoming.

Shell had to be special to keep up with the likes of Joe Greene, Mel Blount, Jack Ham and Jack Lambert on the Steel Curtain. A punishing hitter with terrific ball skills, Shell played 14 seasons, had 51 interceptions, made three All-Pro teams and five Pro Bowls. He also won four Super Bowls.

“Don’t give up on your dreams and aspirations,” said Shell, who was an undrafted rookie in 1974 when he made the Steelers – and won a championship. “Some people have to work harder to make those gifts come out and I was one of those people.”

Dillon was a superb player on a bad team. He was with the Packers from 1952-59, retiring after Vince Lombardi’s first year as coach in Green Bay. Despite a childhood accident in which he lost an eye, Dillon was an NFL star. He made nine interceptions in a season three times and seven picks twice. Dillon picked off four passes in one game against Detroit on Thanksgiving Day 1953 and led the NFL in interception return yardage (244) in 1956.

Karras, who became well known off the field as an actor and also was suspended for one year by commissioner Rozelle for gambling, was an unmovable defensive tackle for the Lions. A three-time All-Pro in 12 seasons, Karras unofficially had 97 1-2 sacks – it was not an NFL statistic in the 1950s and `60s – and was considered by Lombardi the one Detroit player who could single-handedly disrupt the Packers.

Slater played 10 seasons in the early NFL, from 1922-31, mostly for the Chicago Cardinals, making four all-NFL squads at tackle when players went two ways. He was the longest-tenured African-American player during that era and was the main blocker for Ernie Nevers when Nevers scored 40 points in one game.

Sprinkle was called “the greatest pass rusher” that George Halas ever saw. In his 12 pro seasons as a linebacker, defensive end and end on offense – yes, another two-way star who once was dubbed “the meanest man in football” – he made four Pro Bowls and the 1940s All-Decade Team.

Sabol, whose father, Ed, was enshrined in 2011, was the creative force at NFL Films, which has become an institution in the football world. NFL Films won more than 100 Emmy Awards under his stewardship, telling stories about players and teams in ways previously untried in sports. Steve and Ed Sabol are the third father/son combination in the hall, joining Tim and Wellington Mara, owners of the New York Giants, and Art and Dan Rooney, owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

At 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, Carmichael was something new to pro football. He used his height, long arms and strong hands to dominate smaller defenders – which meant just about everyone – from 1971-84. He made 590 catches for 8,985 yards, a 15.2 average, and had 79 TD receptions in a mostly run-oriented league.

Hill was the powerhouse blocker for the New York Jets who stunned Baltimore in the third Super Bowl, considered the biggest upset in league history. Behind Hill, who played 15 seasons, the Jets used their running game to keep the Colts off-balance. Joe Namath has called Hill “one of the biggest reasons we won that game.”

Covert spent eight seasons in Chicago and was the top offensive lineman on the great 1985 Bears team that won the championship. Against pass rushers already in the Canton, Ohio, shrine such as Lee Roy Selmon and Lawrence Taylor, Covert allowed a mere 4 1-2 sacks. He was voted a Bears captain in his second season.


Cardinals star WR Fitzgerald returning for 2020 season

Larry Fitzgerald didn’t keep the Arizona Cardinals waiting for long. One of the most productive wide receivers in NFL history isn’t done yet, returning for his 17th season with the franchise that drafted him in 2004.

After some speculation that the popular 36-year-old Fitzgerald might finally retire, the team announced Wednesday he has signed a one-year contract that will keep him in the desert through 2020.

“This season was among the most fun of my career,” Fitzgerald said in a tweet. “The future is so bright for this team & I relish the opportunity to build with this talented young nucleus.”

“Arizona is where I started and where I will finish. 2020! Let’s get to work!”

Fitzgerald was a key part of the Cardinals’ offense in his 16th NFL season, leading the team with 75 catches for 804 yards and four touchdowns. He repeatedly said how much he enjoyed playing with rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, who was the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft and quickly developed into a quality starter. He also was quick to praise first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Now they’ll get a second shot to make the playoffs together. The Cardinals had a 5-10-1 record last year, which was last in the NFC West. But the franchise showed growth as the season progressed, including a road win over playoff-bound Seattle on Dec. 22.

Fitzgerald’s future was a little uncertain after the Cardinals lost to the Rams on Dec. 29 in the regular-season finale. Though his on-field performance showed he was still a high-quality NFL receiver, he often talks about how he’s got other interests and would take a few weeks to make his decision.

Kingsbury said he’d make his pitch for Fitzgerald to return. Teammates wanted him back, too, though nobody seemed totally certain what his final decision would be.

Now the speculation is over. He’ll be 37 before the start of next season, but there’s little sign he’s slowing down.


Edwards-Helaire among 7 LSU players entering NFL draft

Dynamic running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit are among seven players from LSU’s national championship team who’ve stated their intention to enter the NFL draft.

Offensive linemen Saahdiq Charles and Lloyd Cushnberry, and linebackers Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips also announced their intention to turn pro Wednesday.

Edwards-Helaire rushed for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns this season to go with 453 yards and one TD receiving. The Baton Rouge native concluded his career with 110 yards rushing and 54 yards receiving in No. 1 LSU’s 42-25 triumph over Clemson in Monday night’s national title game in New Orleans.

Jefferson led LSU in catches with 111 and ranked second on the team with 1,540 yards receiving, finishing with nine catches for 106 yards against Clemson.

Delpit was a first-team All-American in 2018 whose production also picked up in the closing weeks of the season. He had five solo tackles, a sack and forced fumble in the national title game. He also intercepted two passes this season.

Cushenberry and Charles started up front for the most prolific offense in the 126-year history of LSU’s football program, helping the Tigers total 6,024 yards through the air and 3,806 on the ground.

Phillips was LSU’s leader in total tackles with 113. He had 7 1/2 tackles for loss including one sack and a forced fumble.

Queen was LSU’s third-leading tackler. His 85 total tackles included 12 for losses and three sacks. He also had an interception and fumble recovery this season. He made six tackles in the national title game, including 2 1/2 tackles for loss and a half-sack.



AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW: Tennessee Titans (AFC South – 11-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West – 13-4)


SERIES HISTORY: LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 29-24 STREAKS: Titans have won past 3 LAST GAME: 11/10/19: Chiefs 32 at Titans 35 LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/6/18: Titans 22, Chiefs 21

PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY: LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 2-1 STREAKS: Chiefs have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 1/6/18: Titans 22 at Chiefs 21 LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/6/18


TITANS appears in 1st Conference Championship since 2002. Aims for 1st Super Bowl appearance since 1999 (Super Bowl XXXIV). • MIKE VRABEL is 1st Ten. head coach to win 1st 2 career postseason games since JEFF FISHER (1999). • TENNESSEE had 2 players named to 2020 Pro Bowl: RB DERRICK HENRY & P BRETT KERN. • TITANS ranked 4th in AFC with 25.1 points per game, team’s 2nd-highest mark in franchise history (27.2 points per game in 2003). • TENNESSEE averaged 138.9 rush yards per game, 3rd-most in NFL & most by Ten. in single season since 2009 (162 rush yards per game). • QB RYAN TANNEHILL had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 109.5 rating last week & improved to 2-0 in postseason career as starter. Passed for 2,742 yards with 22 TDs vs. 6 INTs in 12 regular-season games in 2019 & set career highs in comp. pct. (70.3) & league-high rating (117.5), 4th-highest rating in single season among qualified passers in NFL history. Passed for 181 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.9 rating in Week 10 meeting. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 195 yards & passed for TD last week, becoming 1st player since 1950 with 180+ rush yards in 3 consec. games. Has 561 rush yards in 4 career postseason games, most in SB era by player in 1st 4 postseason games. Led NFL with career-high 1,540 rush yards in 2019 & tied for league lead with career-high 16 rush TDs. Rushed for 188 yards & 2 TDs in Week 10 meeting. Has 402 rush yards (134 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. KC, incl. playoffs. • WR A.J. BROWN led all rookies with 1,051 rec. yards & tied for lead with 8 TD catches in 2019. WR COREY DAVIS had TD catch last week & has 3 rec. TDs in 4 career postseason games. WR KALIF RAYMOND & TE JONNU SMITH each had 1st-career postseason rec. TDs last week. • CB LOGAN RYAN led team with 13 tackles & had PD last week. S KEVIN BYARD had 11 tackles & INT in Divisional round. S KENNY VACCARO had 1st-career postseason INT last week. DT JURRELL CASEY had 2 sacks & FF in Divisional round.


CHIEFS won AFC West for 4th consecutive season, longest streak in franchise history. Appears in consecutive Conference Championships for 1st time in franchise history. Aims for 1st Super Bowl appearance since 1969 (Super Bowl IV). • ANDY REID has led KC to 77 wins since becoming HC in 2013, 2nd-most over past 7 seasons (New England – 86). Aims for 2nd Super Bowl appearance as head coach (2004 with Phi.). • KANSAS CITY had 6 players named to 2020 Pro Bowl: DE FRANK CLARK, RS MECOLE HARDMAN, WR TYREEK HILL, DT CHRIS JONES, TE TRAVIS KELCE & QB PATRICK MAHOMES. • CHIEFS ranked 2nd in AFC in yards per game (379.2) & pts. per game (28.2) in 2019.

QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 321 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 134.6 rating & rushed for 53 yards last week, becoming 1st player in NFL history with 300+ pass yards, 5+ TD passes & 50+ rush yards in single postseason game. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 113.2 rating in 3 career postseason games, highest career postseason rating since 1950 (min. 100 attempts.). Passed for 446 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.2 rating in Week 10 meeting. • RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had 68 scrim. yards (47 rush, 21 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) last week, 4th player since 1950 with 2+ career postseason games with 3+ TDs. Has 8 career postseason TDs (4 rush, 4 rec.) & 7 with KC, most in fran. history. Aims for 4th in row in postseason with rush TD. Had 109 scrim. yards (77 rush, 32 rec.) in Week 10 meeting. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 10 catches for 134 yards & career-high 3 TDs last week, becoming 3rd TE in SB era with 3 rec. TDs in single postseason game. Aims for 3rd in row in postseason with TD catch. Had rec. TD in Week 10 meeting. WR TYREEK HILL had season-high 11 catches for 157 yards & TD in Week 10 meeting. TE BLAKE BELL had 1st-career TD catch last week. • DE FRANK CLARK had career-high 3 sacks last week, becoming 1st KC player with 3 sacks in postseason game since 1982. DT CHRIS JONES had 2 sacks & FF in Week 10 meeting. S TYRANN MATHIEU had 2 PD in Divisional round.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (3:05 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter), Jay Feely (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Tony Boselli, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 82 (Ten), 83 (KC) | XM: 226 (Ten), 225 (KC)


NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW: Green Bay Packers (NFC North – 14-3) at San Francisco 49ers (NFC West 14-3)


SERIES HISTORY: LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 36-31-1 STREAKS: Packers have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 11/24/19: Packers 8 at 49ers 37 LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/24/19

PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY: LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 4-3 STREAKS: 49ers have won past 2 LAST GAME: 1/5/14: 49ers 23 at Packers 20 LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/12/13: 49ers 45, Packers 31


PACKERS advanced to 1st NFC Championship Game since 2016. Aims for 1st Super Bowl appearance since 2010 (Super Bowl XLV). Won NFC North for 1st time since 2016 & won 13 games, most in single season since 2011 (15 wins). • MATT LAFLEUR is 1st rookie head coach to reach Conference Championship since JIM HARBAUGH (2011). Tied for 3rdmost wins (14), incl. postseason, by rookie head coach in league annals. • QB AARON RODGERS led Packers to SB XLV in 2010. • GREEN BAY had 2 players selected to 2020 Pro Bowl: T DAVID BAKHTIARI & QB AARON RODGERS. • PACKERS won 6 road games in 2019, most since 2011 (7).

  • QB AARON RODGERS passed for 243 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 113.7 rating last week. Ranks 4th in postseason history in rating (100 – min. 10 games) & 5th in TD passes (38). Aims for his 7th in row in playoffs with 2+ TD passes. Has 3 TDs vs. INT for 94 rating in 2 career postseason games vs. SF. • RB AARON JONES had 2 rush TDs in postseason debut last week vs. Sea. Has 21 scrimmage TDs (18 rush, 3 rec.), incl. postseason, 2nd-most in single season in franchise history. Was 1 of 3 RBs (DERRICK HENRY & CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 6 games of 2+ TDs in 2019. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 8 catches for 160 yards & 2 TDs last week vs. Sea. Has 6 rec. TDs in 7 career postseason games & aims for his 3rd playoff game in row with TD catch. Leads NFL with 40 rec. TDs since 2016. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 103 rec. yards & 2 TDs in only career postseason game at SF (1/14/12 NFC Divisional round w/ NO). • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had 2 sacks vs. Seattle in NFC-D. Had career-high 13.5 sacks in 2019, most by GB player since CLAY MATTHEWS (13.5 in 2010). LB PRESTON SMITH had 2 sacks last week. Has 3 sacks in 2 career postseason games & aims for his 3rd playoff game in row with sack. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ had team-high 10 tackles vs. Seattle in NFC-D, his 9th game with 10+ tackles in 2019, incl. postseason, tied most in NFL. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 9 tackles & PD in postseason debut last week.


SAN FRANCISCO advanced to 1st NFC Conference Championship since 2013. Aims for 1st Super Bowl appearance since 2012 (Super Bowl XLVII). Won NFC West for 1st time since 2012 & won 13+ games for 1st time since 2011. • KYLE SHANAHAN could join GEORGE SEIFERT & HOFer BILL WALSH as only head coaches to reach Super Bowl in 1st postseason appearance in franchise history. • 49ERS had 6 team sacks vs. Min in NFC Divisional round, tied 2nd-most in postseason game in franchise history. • SAN FRANCISCO had 4 players selected to 2020 Pro Bowl: DL NICK BOSA, FB KYLE JUSZCZYK, TE GEORGE KITTLE & CB RICHARD SHERMAN.

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 253 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 145.8 rating in Week 12 meeting. Had 3,978 pass yards in 2019, most by SF QB since JEFF GARCIA (4,278 in 2000). Joined HOFers JOE MONTANA & STEVE YOUNG as only SF QBs with 100+ rating in single season since 1950. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN had 105 rush yards & 2 rush TDs last week & aims for his 3rd postseaon game in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in his only postseason game vs. GB (1/22/17 with Atl.). RB RAHEEM MOSTERT had rush TD in Week 12 meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home, incl. postseason. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for 129 yards & TD in Week 12 matchup. Has 2,945 career rec. yards & surpassed HOFer MIKE DITKA (2,774) for most rec. yards by TE in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. WR DEEBO SAMUEL ranked 4th among rookies in catches (57) & rec. yards (802). Had 3 games with 100+ rec. yards, most by rookie in SF history. Had TD catch in last meeting. • DL NICK BOSA (rookie) had 6 tackles, 2 sacks & PD in postseason debut last week. Had sack & FR in Week 12 meeting. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had sack vs. Min. in NFC-D. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. DL DEFOREST BUCKNER had sack last week. LB FRED WARNER had team-high 11 tackles, sack & FF in last meeting. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 3rdcareer postseason INT last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (6:40 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Chris Myers (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner, Ross Tucker (field reporter) SIRIUS: 82 (GB), 83 (SF) | XM: 226 (GB), 225 (SF)



No. 2 Green Bay (14-3) at No. 1 San Francisco (14-3), Sun., 6:40 p.m. ET (FOX)

Most intriguing matchup: San Francisco’s defensive line hounded Aaron Rodgers in Week 12, sacking him five times and holding him to a career-worst 3.15 yards per attempt. Rookie Nick Bosa (1 sack) and the once-underwhelming Arik Armstead  (2 sacks) ignited the 49ers’ 37-8 rout. Dee Ford (7.5 sacks in an injury-prone season) did not play that night; he will Sunday. Green Bay’s offensive line rated 10th in pass protection, per Football Outsiders, and has veteran tackles in David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. The latter missed most of the Packers’ loss to the 49ers, and Armstead and Bosa dominated backup Alex Light. Even with Bulaga, who will presumably be back from an illness that sidelined him against the Seahawks, the Packers are up against a special defense -– one that will have high-priced linebacker Kwon Alexander back as well.

QB intelligence report: Rodgers has delivered playoff excellence since 2009, but this will be a tough assignment. Although he faced the 2010 Steelers and 2014 Seahawks, Rodgers will encounter perhaps the most tenacious pass defense of his playoff career. The 49ers boast a minus-26.3% pass-defense DVOA figure; that is considerably better than the ’10 Steelers’ or ’14 Seahawks’ Super Bowl-qualifying groups’ work. The 49ers allowed seven Vikings first downs and limited Dalvin Cook to 18 rushing yards in their playoff win Saturday. Rodgers pushed the 2015 Cardinals to the brink in the playoffs without Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb, but his current Davante Adams -and-role players group is in trouble. In Week 12, Jimmy Garoppolo went 6-for-6 on passes of at least 10 yards against the Packers, and his Nos. 2-3 aerial weapons (Emmanuel Sanders and Deebo Samuel) are far better than Rodgers’. Despite the Packers’ offseason changes to alleviate some of Rodgers’ burden, the 36-year-old icon faces a menacing task.

Rebuild soars into historic territory: In the NFL’s 50-year post-merger period, the 49ers’ ascent has almost no parallel. Only one other team has gone to a conference championship game after at least four consecutive 10-plus-loss seasons. The Jaguars reeled off six straight double-digit defeat slates before their 2017 AFC championship trip. The 49ers’ Jim Tomsula, Chip Kelly and first two Kyle Shanahan seasons produced a 17-47 record. No disrespect to a fluky Jaguars team, but Shanahan’s third 49ers squad is far superior. The Coach of the Year candidate’s presence, and the Browns passing on bringing defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and other staffers to Cleveland, gives San Francisco’s rapid revival staying power. And even with the 49ers’ recent struggles, they will still finish their 2010s seasons tied with the Packers in NFC championship cameos (four).

And the winner is … San Francisco

Green Bay’s advantages at quarterback and No. 1 wide receiver will not be enough to oust a balanced, well-coached San Francisco squad. Although 49ers center Weston Richburg is out after a December injury, stalwart left tackle Joe Staley will face the Packers’ edge-rushing Smiths after missing the November meeting. Za’Darius and Preston combined for four sacks and eight hits on Russell Wilson in Sunday’s divisional round win, continuing their ignition of the Packers’ pass rush. But the Packers rank 23rd in run-defense DVOA and will see a consistent 49ers rushing attack that gashed the Vikings for 186 yards. Garoppolo does not possess Rodgers’ gifts, but he’s working with a team that will allow him to be less than dominant and still hold that bizarrely hideous conference championship trophy.


No. 6 Tennessee (11-7) at No. 2 Kansas City (13-4), Sun., 3:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

Most intriguing matchup: In a John Riggins- or John Wick-level zone going into the Titans’ first AFC championship game in 17 years, Derrick Henry encounters a Chiefs team yet to stop him. For all their improvements, the Chiefs’ defense is not on the level of the Titans’ playoff opponents, the Patriots or Ravens. After finishing last in run-defense DVOA in 2017 and ’18, the Chiefs ranked 29th this season. Henry has delivered ruthless consistency against the Chiefs, gaining 191 scrimmage yards on 25 touches in each of his past two opportunities –- in November 2019 and in the Titans’ 2017 wild-card-round upset win. Henry scored twice in a 2016 upset win in Kansas City and has five touchdowns against the Chiefs. Tennessee’s Taylor Lewan- and Rodger Saffold-led offensive line has helped Henry to four of the NFL’s top six rushing performances this season. The Titans’ only victory path is not a secret.

QB intelligence report: Becoming the ninth player to throw five touchdown passes in a playoff game, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes now has eight TD tosses, 894 yards and no interceptions in three postseason contests. Only Mahomes and the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger have quarterbacked teams to AFC championship games in their first two seasons as starters. Mahomes piloted an NFL-playoff-record seven straight touchdown drives Sunday, with the Texans becoming the first team since 1940 to lose a playoff game in which it held a 17-plus-point first-quarter lead. Kansas City’s comeback-turned-blowout showed the margin for error Mahomes creates. This is the optimal modern quarterback. Tennessee QB Ryan Tannehill, whose yards per passing attempt (9.6) total was the fourth most since 1960, faces the NFL’s eighth-ranked pass defense. It slammed the door on a Houston rally. Tannehill, however, did orchestrate a four-play, 61-yard, game-winning drive to beat the Chiefs in November and just navigated two superior defenses to reach this round.

New blueprints coming soon: These franchises’ respective roster constructions raise the stakes. The Chiefs are 2-for-2 in AFC championship game appearances behind Mahomes, but he’s now extension-eligible and will command a market-reshaping contract this offseason. The Chiefs also will have Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones on either a franchise tag or near-Aaron Donald-level extension next season. The forthcoming calculus change will require new Chiefs road maps to championship-caliber rosters. The Titans are ready to pay up to see if Tannehill’s late bloom is legitimate. They also have one of the more unusual extensions to negotiate with Henry -– an old-school back whose skill set differs from the position’s top wage earners –- and also have right tackle Jack Conklin as an impending free agent. These costs amplify the importance of maximizing opportunity when the math is easier.

And the winner is… Kansas City

The Chiefs are 0-3 against the Titans during Henry’s career, and this is the most consistent version of the bludgeoning back. Kansas City is 2-7 in home playoff games since 1995, and  Andy Reid teams are not known for big-stage reliability. But the Mahomes advantage will be too much. The Chiefs’ Legion of Zoom receiving corps, coupled with potential Hall of Fame tight end Travis Kelce, represents a significantly more difficult matchup for the Titans’ No. 20-ranked DVOA pass defense than the Patriots or Ravens did. More victory avenues exist for the favorite, Henry’s brutal brilliance notwithstanding. The Chiefs will survive another Henry onslaught and book their first Super Bowl berth in 50 years.


LSU Finished One of the Best Seasons in College Football History

Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers wrapped up one of the best seasons in college football history with their 42-25 win over Clemson. Clemson kept it close for over a quarter and a half until Burrow and LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady figured out how to attack Brent Venables’ defense.

Coming into the game, Clemson’s defense had held all but one opponent to negative average expected points added (EPA) and below a 32 percent EPA success rate. Ohio State managed to average 0.02 EPA (at the 55th percentile for all offensive performances this season) and a 31 percent EPA success rate. But after punting on their first three possessions, LSU would go on to score touchdowns on four of their remaining five possessions of the first half. LSU’s offense averaged 0.23 EPA per play against Clemson (at the 84th percentile) and a 39.5 percent EPA success rate, blowing past the standard Clemson’s defense had set throughout the year.

By halftime, LSU was up 28-17 following an 11-play, 95-yard touchdown drive. Clemson forced three-and-outs on LSU’s first two possessions of the second half and scored a touchdown on their first possession to close the gap to three points, but LSU wouldn’t look back from that point on, keeping Clemson off-kilter on offense and adding a few touchdowns of their own.

In many ways, LSU simply played the same style of game they have played all season long. Joe Burrow threw the ball nearly 50 times, averaging 0.29 EPA per pass attempt (72nd percentile). He connected on a few long passes, mostly to Ja’Marr Chase, with just three of those passes going for a total of 151 yards and adding almost 14 expected points on their own.

Despite a hamstring injury that limited his effectiveness in the semifinal, Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 16 carries for 110 yards and five catches for 54 yards (with a rushing EPA performance in the 78th percentile), reinforcing his argument as the best pass-catching running back in FBS this season. None of those stats are surprising; It was the offense’s fifth-lowest EPA output of the season, but not far off their median performance of 0.34 EPA.

While Ja’Marr Chase added 14 EPA on just three pivotal plays (which were all either touchdowns or set up touchdowns), it would be wrong to suggest that LSU was reliant on explosive plays. Burrow moved the ball steadily through the air, while Edwards-Helaire was exceedingly efficient on the ground. LSU’s EPA normalized success rate (in the 83.7 percentile) was higher than their normalized EPA explosiveness rate (in the 37th percentile; defined here as the top 10 percent of all EPA plays this season).

In addition to their mix of efficient rushing and passing with occasional bombs to Ja’Marr Chase, LSU beat Clemson in large part based on the play of their defense. After allowing Ole Miss to run all over the Tigers’ second string in garbage time, allowing Vanderbilt to score 38, and Alabama to keep pace with the Tigers, there were legitimate if overstated concerns about whether LSU was balanced enough to win a title despite their otherworldly offense. But Clemson averaged -0.09 EPA and just a 32 percent EPA success rate against the Tigers. While LSU started the game off by averaging -0.22 EPA in the first quarter, Clemson only had a single quarter with a positive average EPA on offense — the second quarter, averaging 0.09. Particularly in the second half, where Clemson averaged -0.21 and -0.39 EPA and punted on four straight drives following their opening touchdown, Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers just couldn’t mount a steady drive.

Lawrence completed under 50 percent of his passes with a slightly more shallow receiving corps, and aside from a 29-yard run, Travis Etienne had only 14 other carries for 49 yards. That was solidly efficient — the run game was in the 91st percentile in rushing EPA success rate — but their explosive plays weren’t as consequential. For example, LSU has 12 plays that were either runs of 12+ yards or passes of 20+ yards. Two of those plays went for touchdowns and three others were gains to within the red zone (and two of those were within the Clemson six-yard line). In contrast, only one of Clemson’s ten explosive plays went for a touchdown, and only two ended inside the red zone. Combine LSU’s edge in explosiveness with their edge in efficiency (39.5 percent EPA success rate to Clemson’s 32.3 percent), and you have everything necessary for a convincing win.


  • Joe Burrow ended the season with an average passing EPA of 0.21 and an average passing EPA success rate of 41.5 percent, good for third in both categories. Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa swap first and second in both stats (and Justin Fields is fourth and fifth, for context next season). Burrow never threw for fewer than 278 yards in a game (his first game of the season, against Georgia Southern) and never completed fewer than 71.1 percent of his passes except against Clemson, where he still completed 63.3 percent. Given the level of competition Burrow faced — Texas, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Clemson — it’s reasonable to argue that this was one of the best passing performances in college football history (despite the fact that Hurts and Tua had higher EPA success rates and mean EPA per play averages).
  • According to ESPN’s win probability chart, Clemson started as a slight favorite, and stayed that way until there was 6:03 in the second quarter — right before the Tigers scored to take the lead 21-17 over Clemson. That scoring drive typified LSU’s offense this season. After an incomplete pass on first-and-ten from the LSU 13, Joe Burrow would run for ten yards, then complete four straight passes to three different receivers, each gaining between 14 and 23 yards. While two of those were technically explosive (going by the 20 yard pass definition), none were the deep bombs that you might expect given LSU’s box scores. Instead, Joe Burrow was just methodical at picking apart defenses in the intermediate game, with a legitimate five different targets.


  • Ja’Marr Case, WR, LSU. The Biletnikoff Award winner finished with nine catches for 221 yards, including long catches of 56, 52, and 43 yards. Given the level of competition that was easily his best game of the season, but it was actually his third-highest total in terms of receiving yards, as he had 227 and 229 yards against Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.


  • It’s tough to pick a single defender here, as nearly all of LSU’s star defenders had a signature play. Patrick Queen led the way with 2.5 tackles for loss with half a sack and a team-leading eight total tackles. Grant Delpit had a sack on the opening drive, then forced the game-sealing fumble that Derek Stingley Jr. recovered with just under four minutes left in the game. It was a long shot for Clemson to come back at that point, but the turnover ensured that LSU fans wouldn’t have to sweat through the final minutes.


INDIANA WBB GAME PREVIEW: No. 15 Hoosiers Set For Thursday Night Matchup With Northwestern

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 15 Indiana will look to bounce back against a tough Northwestern squad on Thursday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.

  1. 15/16 INDIANA (14-3, 4-1 B1G) VS. RV/RV NORTHWESTERN (14-2, 4-1 B1G)

Thursday, January 16, 2020 • 7 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

Broadcast: BTN+

Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Greg Murray)


Northwestern also sits at the top of the Big Ten standings at 4-1 after a pair of wins over Minnesota and Purdue last week. Junior guard Lindsey Pulliam averages a team-high 18.5 points per game while senior centers Abbie Wolf and Abi Scheid are both in double figures with 11.4 points per game. The Wildcats are holding opponents to just 53.3 points per game – which ranks second in the Big Ten.


Indiana leads 40-38


2/26/19 – L, 49-69 (Evanston, Ill.)


The Hoosiers are looking to bounce back from its first Big Ten loss of the season at Iowa in double overtime on Sunday, 91-85. Junior guard Jaelynn Penn paced her squad with 24 points on 6-for-10 shooting.

IU ranked in the top 20 in six different statistical categories in the NCAA this season. Their 3-point field goal percentage defense is sixth in the country (24.2) while their field goal percentage ranks eighth (.483). In addition, their field goal percentage defense ranks 13th (.344) and are 19th in free throw attempts (345), free throws made (238) and scoring margin (+19.8).

Four players are averaging double figures for Indiana behind a team-high 13.0 points from redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg.

Sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe has taken her game to a new level in conference play, averaging 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in the last five games. The Riga, Latvia native is coming off a game where she scored a new career-high 18 points at Iowa.


Indiana will play two games on the road next week traveling to No. 20 Maryland on Monday and Penn State on Thursday. Both games will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.



RICHMOND, Ind. – Adam Nadler, a senior at Hagerstown (Ind.) High School, has signed a letter of intent to compete in cross country and track and field at Indiana University East starting with the 2020-21 school year.

Red Wolves cross country coach Adam Mengel announced the signing Jan. 9.

Nadler competed in an Indiana regional meet in the 4×800 meter relay this past spring. He also ran to a top-four finish in the individual 800 meter run in the sectional meet. He was part of Hagerstown’s cross country team that qualified for an Indiana regional meet this past fall.

Nadler reports personal bests of 4:57 in the mile and 18:18 in a 5K cross country race.

Adam Jr. is the son of Adam and Elisa Nadler. He plans to major in education.

“IU East is local, and I wanted to run,” Nadler wrote of his college choice.

Nadler is among the early wave of signees in the IU East 2020 cross country/track and field recruiting class.

IU East is an NAIA program. The Red Wolf cross country and track and field programs have been represented at the NAIA national meet nine times in 11 years of NAIA competition.



  • Six teams take the ice this week in a trio of conference series, highlighted by a top-20 matchup between No. 18/- Notre Dame and No. 9/9 Ohio State. Three games will be carried on linear networks, with a pair of national broadcasts on Friday night. The remaining contests will be streamed on BTN+.
  • Four Big Ten teams appear in the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Penn State leads the conference at No. 6 in both polls, followed by Ohio State at No. 9/9. Notre Dame and Michigan State appear in the poll at No. 18 and No. 20, respectively, while each is receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Michigan and Minnesota both received votes in the poll.
  • With a trio of assists against Robert Morris on Saturday, Penn State’s Nate Sucese passed David Goodwin and moved into first on the Penn State all-time scoring list with 129 career points (58 G, 71 A). The senior collected his sixth multi-point game this season and the 29th of his career. Sucese currently leads the conference and ranks eighth nationally with 27 points in 22 games.
  • Michigan’s Strauss Mann recorded his second shutout of the season on Friday, turning aside all 32 shots faced in the 3-0 victory at No. 14/14 Notre Dame. The win marked the Wolverines’ first-ever shutout at Compton Family Ice Arena since the building opened in 2011. The sophomore finished the series with 57 saves and a 0.50 goals-against average to go along with a conference-leading .983 save percentage.
  • Penn State owns an 8-4-0-0 Big Ten record, compiling 24 points to stand in first place through 12 games in the race for the Big Ten Championship and the accompanying first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan State and Ohio State enter the weekend tied for second place with 22 points on a 7-4-1-0 record in 12 games, with six possible points on the table in this weekend’s series.
  • Notre Dame is in fourth place and holds the final home ice spot for the first-round, best-of-three series in the Big Ten Tournament. The Irish have 18 points, two more than Minnesota (5th), five more than Michigan (6th) and seven more than Wisconsin (7th).
  • Four Big Ten goalies find themselves among the top 20 nationally in save percentage this season. Michigan State’s John Lethemon leads the conference and ranks fourth nationally with a .939 save percentage, followed by Michigan’s Strauss Mann (9th, .935), Ohio State’s Tommy Nappier (10th, .933) and Penn State’s Peyton Jones (16th, .926).
  • Notre Dame’s Cal Burke was named among the 13 nominees for the 2020 Hockey Humanitarian Award on Jan. 13. The award, which is celebrating its 25th year, is presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen — a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team but also to the community at large through leadership in volunteerism. Finalists for the 2020 Hockey Humanitarian Award will be announced in February.
  • Any regular-season conference game that remains tied after regulation will play the NCAA-mandated five-minute, 5-on-5 sudden-death overtime period. If the game remains tied, the two teams will then play a five-minute, 3-on-3 sudden-death overtime period. If the game is still tied following both overtime periods, then the game will move to a sudden-death shootout.
  • Teams will be awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation or the 5-on-5 overtime period. If the game is tied following the 5-on-5 overtime, both teams will receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout.
  • The 2019-20 Big Ten hockey regular season will feature the most extensive slate of television coverage in college hockey, with more than 70 total games. The lineup is highlighted by a package of 27 national broadcasts to be carried on BTN, seven broadcasts on NBCSN, three broadcasts on NHL Network, two on ESPNU, and a game on FS1.
  • Every televised game on BTN can be streamed on the FOX Sports app. All games broadcast by FOX Sports Regional Networks can also be streamed on the FOX Sports GO app for authenticated subscribers to the broadcasting regional network, or on BTN+. All games televised on an ESPN network will also be available to stream on the ESPN App.


Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin Earn Women’s Swimming and Diving Weekly Honors

Co – Swimmers of the Week

Noelle Peplowski, Indiana

So. – Germantown Hills, Ill. – Metamora

  • Collected two first-place finishes against Michigan last weekend
  • Recorded a first-place finish and an NCAA B-cut time in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:00.32
  • Earned an NCAA B-cut time and a first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke as she finished in 2:13.32
  • Garners her first career Swimmer of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Swimmer of the Week: Lilly King (Nov. 21, 2018)

Beata Nelson, Wisconsin

Sr. – Madison, Wis. – Verona – Psychology  

  • Collected three podium finishes in the win against Hawaii last weekend
  • Recorded a first-place finish and an NCAA B-cut time in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of  52.73
  • Earned an NCAA B-cut time and a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke as she finished in 53.16
  • Garners her fifth career Swimmer of the Week award and second of the season
  • Last Wisconsin Swimmer of the Week: Beata Nelson (Oct. 8, 2019)

Diver of the Week

Emily Bretscher, Purdue

Jr. – Knoxville, Tenn. – L&N Stem Academy – General Management/ Marketing

  • Recorded a pair of NCAA Zone qualifying scores in the win against Michigan State last week
  • Earned first place on the 1-meter with a score of 276.30
  • Secured first place on the 3-meter with a 314.75 total
  • Marks her third sweep on the springboard this season
  • Earns her fifth career Diver of the Week award and third of the season
  • Last Purdue Diver of the Week: Emily Bretscher (Nov. 27, 2019)

Freshman of the Week

Hannah Brunzell, Northwestern

Västerås, Sweden – Västerås Simsällskap – Business

  • Collected three podium finishes during two meets last week
  • Tallied first-place finishes and NCAA B-cut times in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.05) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:13.38) against Louisville
  • Finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.79) during the NASA Invite
  • Garners her fifth career Freshman of the Week  and second is an as many weeks
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Hannah Brunzell (Jan. 8, 2020)


Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern Earn Big Ten Weekly Men’s Swimming & Diving Awards

Swimmer of the Week

Tommy Cope, Michigan

Sr. – Dayton, Ohio – Butler – Major: Electrical Engineering

  • Won three individual titles (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 individual medley) and contributed to a winning 200 medley relay on Jan. 11 in a dual meet win over No. 5 Indiana
  • Recorded NCAA ‘B’ cut times in all three individual events
  • A two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection (2017-18 and 2018-19)
  • Earns his first career Swimmer of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Swimmer of the Week: Miles Smachlo (Nov. 6, 2019)

Diver of the Week

Mory Gould, Indiana

Jr. – Potomac, Md. – Winston Churchill – Major: Pre-Med

  • Earned titles on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards on Jan. 11 in dual meet loss at Michigan
  • Registered NCAA Zone qualifying scores and personal-best marks in both events (339.75 points on the 1-meter; 422.17 points on the 3-meter)
  • Chosen for Academic All-Big Ten honors last year
  • Collects his first career Diver of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Diver of the Week: James Connor (Feb. 6, 2019)

Freshman of the Week

Federico Burdisso, Northwestern

Fr. – Pavia, Italy – Mount Kelly – Major: Undeclared

  • Captured a total of five wins and helped two NU relays to podium finishes in two home meets last weekend, a Jan. 9 dual meet loss to Louisville and a first-place showing on Jan. 11 at the 14-team NASA Invite
  • Posted NCAA ‘B’ cut times in the 100 and 200 butterfly during the Louisville matchup
  • Garners his first career Freshman of the Week accolade
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Marcus Mok (Nov. 6, 2019)


Indiana and Michigan Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Indoor Track & Field Awards

Women’s Track Athlete of the Week

Meg Darmofal, Michigan

Gr. – Leslie, Mich. – Mason – Major: Management

  • Recorded nation’s fastest time in the 800 meters this season, clocking a personal-best 2:08.24 on Jan. 11 at the Wolverine Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Finished second in the race and first among collegians, trailing only professional Sonia Gaskin
  • Has twice received Academic All-Big Ten recognition (2016-17 and 2018-19)
  • Earns her first career Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week: Distance Medley Relay (Feb. 20, 2019)

Women’s Field Athlete of the Week

Khayla Dawson, Indiana

Sr. – Charlotte, N.C. – Olympic – Major: Informatics

  • Won the shot put and posted the nation’s top mark as well as a meet record (17.07m/56-0) on Jan. 11 at the Indiana vs. Tennessee Duals in Bloomington, Ind.
  • Earned her second victory in the event this season
  • Collects her second career Indoor Field Athlete of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week: Leah Moran (Dec. 18, 2019)


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

Men’s Track Athlete of the Week

Taj Burgess, Rutgers

Jr. – Jersey City, N.J. – Carteret – Major: Mechanical Engineering

  • Ran the second-fastest time in NCAA history in the 500 meters at the TCNJ Lions Invitational on Jan. 11 in Bronx, N.Y., winning in a school-record 1:00.80
  • Named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, the first RU student chosen for the award
  • Earns his first career Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honor
  • Last Rutgers Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week: Izaiah Brown (Jan. 13, 2016)

Men’s Field Athlete of the Week

Adam Coulon, Indiana

Sr. – Downs, Ill. – Tri-Valley – Major: Informatics

  • Won the pole vault and registered the nation’s top height this season (personal-best 5.55m/18-2.5) on Jan. 11 at the Indiana vs. Tennessee Duals in Bloomington, Ind.
  • A two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection (2017-18 and 2018-19)
  • 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)




NEW YORK – A suit charging baseball with violation of the antitrust laws was filed today in Federal Court here on behalf of Curt Flood, St. Louis Cardinal outfielder for the last 12 years. A hearing was set for Tuesday to consider the player’s request for immediate release from the “reserve clause” restrictions that tie a player to one team indefinitely.

Named as defendants were the commissioner of baseball, the presidents of the National and American Leagues and the 24 major-league clubs. The case also can have an important effect on all major professional team sports.

Flood charged he would suffer “irreparable damage” if not allowed to play for a team of his choice in 1970. He sought an injunction that would prevent baseball from invoking the reserve clause rules against him. Under standard baseball practice, Flood’s contract was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies last October by the Cardinals, who paid him $90,000 in salary for the 1969 season.

Flood was a regular with the Cardinals for 12 seasons with a cumulative batting average of .293. He was given the Golden Glove Award six times as the best outfielder in his league. Flood had resented being traded to the Phillies because he hated to leave “Cardinal-land,” as he calls St. Louis, but also because he felt he had put too much time into his profession to be shuttled around “like a slave.”

Out of this proud reaction, Flood is mounting one of the most serious challenges ever made on baseball’s control of its hired hands. Several features of the Flood case distinguish it from previous challenges to the reserve clause. Flood is the most prominent, most successful and most highly paid player ever to challenge it and he is in the full flower of his career at the age of 31. Other famous cases have involved minor league players, fringe major leaguers or retired players.

And for the first time, a reserve clause challenger has the full backing of an offi- cial players’ organization.

Curt Flood’s challenge of the reserve clause was rejected by a United States District Court judge in August 1970, though the judge merely cited baseball’s antitrust exemption and did not rule on the merits of the clause. The Supreme Court upheld the lower court by a 5-3 decision in 1972. Nevertheless, Flood had put the future of the reserve clause in question, and by 1976 a baseball arbitrator, working under the game’s rules, established free agency for players.



1878       The Providence Grays hire Benjamin Douglas as the team’s manager, and names Tom Carey as the team’s captain. The skipper of the new National League franchise in Rhode Island will be fired for insubordination before the season begins, being replaced by left fielder Tom York, who led the team to a third-place finish with a 33-27 (.550) record.

1886       The Washington Nationals, also to be known as the Statesmen, are admitted to the National League. The new franchise, which will play its home games at the Swampoodle Grounds, will win only 28 games of the 120 games played, finishing 60 games behind the first-place Chicago White Stockings in their first season of the team’s four-year existence in the nation’s capital.

1891       A new national agreement is signed by the National League, American Association, and the Western Association that creates a three-person panel to settle disputes among the leagues. Two days ago, the NL owners voted to allow the American Association to place a team in Boston, despite the fierce opposition from the owners of the Boston Beaneaters, the existing NL franchise in town.

1952       Stan Musial gets a salary raise to $85,000 despite a Korean War wage freeze. The U.S. Standardization Board gives its okay for teams to give individual players pay increases using a complex formula.

1960       The Cubs trade Alvin Dark, along with John Buzhardt and Jim Woods, to the Phillies in exchange for Richie Ashburn. After a slow start in Philadelphia, the ‘Swamp Fox’ is dealt to the Braves, where the veteran infielder will hit .298 for Milwaukee before retiring as a player at the end of the season to become the skipper for the Giants, the team which he served as the captain during their World Championship campaigns of 1951 and 1954.

1960       The NFL Steelers beat the Pirates, 22-20 in a benefit basketball game played at the Field House for the Children’s Hospital. The Bucs’ very competitive shortstop Dick Groat, a Duke University hoop standout, scores 14 points, but takes exception to the foul called on him by Bob Prince, the team’s broadcaster refereeing the game, that allows their football rivals to tie the score in the final few seconds of the contest and eventually win the scheduled 15-minute exhibition in overtime.

1964       The American League owners, by a 9-1 vote, nix Charlie Finley’s proposal to move the A’s to Louisville, and the maverick owner is given an ultimatum to sign a lease in Kansas City by February 1 or lose his franchise. Ten days ago, Finley had announced he had signed a two-year deal with Louisville and had plans to shift the franchise there to start playing for the upcoming season.

1973       Steve Carlton becomes the highest paid pitcher when he signs a contract with the Phillies for a reported $165,000. The 28 year-old southpaw, last season’s unanimous Cy Young Award winner, will lose a league-leading 20 games this season after posting a 27-10 record in the previous campaign for the last place team.

1974       The BBWAA elects former Yankees teammates southpaw Whitey Ford and slugger Mickey Mantle to the Hall of Fame. The left-hander, who retired leading the Bronx Bombers in wins (236), innings pitched (3,171), strikeouts (1,956), and shutouts (45), will be joined by his carousing buddy, the ‘Mick’, who becomes only the seventh player to make it in his first year of eligibility after a retirement of at least five years, accomplishing the feat along with Warren Spahn, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Bob Feller, and Stan Musial.

1996       The Giants signed much-acclaimed amateur free-agent Osvaldo Fernandez. The Cuban National squad’s All-Star hurler, who defected when his club played Team USA in Tennessee, will post a disappointing 10-17 record during his two-year stay by the Bay.

2001       The BBWAA elect Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett to the Hall of Fame. The former Twins, both selected in their first year of eligibility, played together for Minnesota in 1993-94, become the seventh pair of teammates to be chosen by the writers in the same year.

2001       The Angels sign 36 year-old free agent Jose Canseco to be the team’s designated hitter. The incentive-laden contract, ranging from $200,000 to as much as $5 million, will be based on plate appearances as a DH.

2002       Pedro Astacio (8-14, 5.09) agrees to a one-year, $5 million incentives-laden free-agent deal with the Mets. The 32 year-old right-hander, after being traded to the Astros by the Rockies last season, developed shoulder problems.

2003       The owners establish the minimum age of 14 for bat boys. A near collision at home plate involving four year-old batboy Darren Baker, the son of Giant skipper who will be selected by the Nationals in the 27th round of the 2017 MLB draft, Dusty Baker, prompted the change from not having any age requirement during Game 5 of the World Series

2003       Gary Carter will become the first player, and most likely the only one, to wear an Expos hat on his Hall of Fame plaque. Although the former catcher had expressed his wish to be immortalized as a member of the Mets, the team which presently employs him and the franchise he helped win the 1986 World Series, Cooperstown decided the ‘Kid’ should enter the Hall with a Montreal logo.

2003       The owners, in an effort to restore the competitive edge to the All-Star Game, unanimously approve the World Series home-field advantage goes to the team representing the winning league of the Midsummer Classic. Approval is needed by the players to change the current rotation between the two leagues, a schedule used since the inception of the World Series in 1903.

2006       Dontrelle Willis (22-10, 2.63), signing a record-setting one-year deal with the Marlins, avoids arbitration by agreeing to a $4.35 million one-year deal which could be worth $4.55 million if he reaches certain performance-based incentives. The All-Star southpaw’s deal surpasses those for Roy Halladay and Andy Pettitte, who both inked $3.8 million contracts, for the highest amount ever given to a starting pitcher in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

2007       The Marlins, the team with the lowest payroll in the majors, spending only $15 million last season, agrees to a one-year deal with southpaw Dontrelle Willis (12-12, 3.87) for $6.45 million, a significant raise from the $4.35 million he received on this date last season. In his final season with the club before being traded to the Tigers in December, the 25 year-old Florida ace leads the league in games started (35) but also gives up the most earned runs (118) in the circuit, compiling a 10-15 record along with a hefty ERA of 5.17.

2008       A former 20-game winner with the team, Jon Lieber (3-6, 4.73) signs a $3.5 million, one-year deal with the Cubs. The right-handed veteran, who played with the Phillies for the past three years, missed most of last season due to surgery needed to repair a ruptured tendon in his foot.

2008       The Tigers, avoiding salary arbitration, sign Nate Roberts (9-13, 4.76) to a $21.25 million, three-year deal. The 30 year-old southpaw, who would have been eligible to become a free agent after the 2009 season, has made 30+ starts during each of his previous four seasons with Detroit.

2009       The Red Sox sign another infielder to a long-term contract when Kevin Youkilis agrees to a four-year deal reportedly worth $41 million. The 29 year-old Gold Glove first baseman will join Dustin Pedroia, who inked a six-year contract extension in December, on the right side of Boston’s infield for the foreseeable future.

2010       Scott Hairston returns to the Padres, the team that traded him last July, in a four-player deal with the A’s. The Friars send third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and prospect Eric Sogard to Oakland in exchange for their former outfielder and Aaron Cunningham.

2011       Joey Votto and the Reds agree to a three-year contract extension worth $38 million. The 27 year-old first baseman, who was voted the National League’s Most Valuable Player last season, had a career year, batting .324 along with hitting 37 home runs and driving in 113 runs.

2013       The Mariners acquire Michael Morse from the Nationals in a three-way trade that sends catcher John Jaso to the A’s, who deal minor league pitchers A.J. Cole and Blake Treinen, and a player to be named later to Washington. The 30 year-old outfielder/first baseman, obtained to provide additional punch to Seattle’s middle-of-the-order, spent the first four years of his big league career playing for the Northwest team.

2014       Expanded instant replay, a concept previously agreed to by the Players Association and World Umpires Association, is unanimously approved at the quarterly Owners Meetings. Each manager will begin a game with one challenge, and the crew chief will also be able to initiate a review from the Replay Command Center at MLB Advanced Media headquarters in New York beginning in the top of the seventh inning.

2017       The World Champion Cubs are welcomed at the White House by President Barack Obama, a noted White Sox patron who is offered a midnight pardon by Chicago GM Theo Epstein for his partisanship, and his wife Michelle, a fan of the Northside team. The Commander in Chief, in addition to receiving No. 44 jerseys from his fellow No. 44, Anthony Rizzo, is given a lifetime pass to any Cubs game, a gift the First Lady will probably appreciate more than her husband.



Eastern Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 36 6 .857 19-2 17-4 10-0 21-3 9-1 4 W
Miami 28 12 .700 7.0 18-1 10-11 5-2 19-6 6-4 1 W
Boston 27 12 .692 7.5 16-4 11-8 6-5 19-8 5-5 1 L
Toronto 26 14 .650 9.0 14-7 12-7 5-3 18-7 5-5 1 W
Indiana 26 15 .634 9.5 16-5 10-10 4-6 18-11 5-5 3 W
Philadelphia 26 16 .619 10.0 19-2 7-14 7-2 18-9 4-6 1 W
Orlando 20 21 .488 15.5 13-8 7-13 5-2 13-11 6-4 2 W
Brooklyn 18 22 .450 17.0 11-9 7-13 4-5 12-11 2-8 2 L
Chicago 15 27 .357 21.0 8-14 7-13 4-6 11-17 3-7 1 W
10 Detroit 15 27 .357 21.0 8-13 7-14 5-8 11-20 3-7 1 W
11 Charlotte 15 29 .341 22.0 7-13 8-16 1-3 10-16 2-8 6 L
12 Washington 13 27 .325 22.0 8-11 5-16 3-6 8-15 4-6 2 L
13 Cleveland 12 29 .293 23.5 6-14 6-15 3-6 7-22 3-7 2 L
14 New York 11 30 .268 24.5 6-13 5-17 1-8 6-19 4-6 1 L
15 Atlanta 9 32 .220 26.5 5-14 4-18 3-4 5-21 3-7 1 W
Western Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 33 8 .805 16-5 17-3 4-2 22-4 9-1 1 L
Denver 28 12 .700 4.5 17-5 11-7 5-0 16-6 7-3 2 W
Utah 28 12 .700 4.5 15-3 13-9 4-2 15-7 10-0 10 W
LA Clippers 28 13 .683 5.0 18-4 10-9 6-1 17-10 6-4 1 W
Houston 26 14 .650 6.5 14-5 12-9 4-4 15-10 5-5 2 L
Dallas 26 15 .634 7.0 12-10 14-5 7-0 15-8 5-5 3 W
Oklahoma City 23 18 .561 10.0 13-8 10-10 4-4 16-12 7-3 1 L
Memphis 19 22 .463 14.0 11-12 8-10 3-3 14-14 8-2 6 W
San Antonio 17 22 .436 15.0 11-9 6-13 2-5 9-13 5-5 1 L
10 Portland 18 24 .429 15.5 9-10 9-14 3-5 10-16 4-6 2 W
11 Phoenix 16 24 .400 16.5 9-14 7-10 4-6 9-19 5-5 1 L
12 Minnesota 15 25 .375 17.5 6-13 9-12 2-7 7-19 4-6 3 L
13 New Orleans 15 26 .366 18.0 7-12 8-14 1-5 10-16 7-3 1 W
14 Sacramento 15 26 .366 18.0 8-13 7-13 4-4 11-15 3-7 3 L
15 Golden State 9 33 .214 24.5 6-14 3-19 1-6 7-24 1-9 9 L



Eastern Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Washington Capitals 47 31 11 5 67 28 166 138 14-5-4 17-6-1 5-5-0
Boston Bruins 48 27 9 12 66 27 159 128 15-2-9 12-7-3 5-2-3
Pittsburgh Penguins 46 29 12 5 63 26 161 125 17-5-3 12-7-2 8-1-1
New York Islanders 45 28 13 4 60 25 132 119 15-5-3 13-8-1 5-4-1
Tampa Bay Lightning 46 28 14 4 60 26 166 133 15-7-2 13-7-2 9-1-0
Toronto Maple Leafs 47 25 16 6 56 24 173 157 12-5-6 13-11-0 6-2-2
Carolina Hurricanes 46 27 17 2 56 25 150 125 15-8-0 12-9-2 5-5-0
Philadelphia Flyers 47 25 16 6 56 20 150 145 15-3-4 10-13-2 4-5-1
Columbus Blue Jackets 47 23 16 8 54 23 124 124 13-9-2 10-7-6 6-2-2
10 Florida Panthers 45 24 16 5 53 21 166 152 15-8-2 9-8-3 6-4-0
11 Buffalo Sabres 47 21 19 7 49 20 140 149 14-6-3 7-13-4 4-6-0
12 New York Rangers 45 22 19 4 48 22 152 151 13-8-2 9-11-2 5-5-0
13 Montreal Canadiens 48 20 21 7 47 18 146 152 9-12-4 11-9-3 2-7-1
14 New Jersey Devils 46 17 22 7 41 15 124 163 7-9-7 10-13-0 5-3-2
15 Ottawa Senators 46 16 22 8 40 16 123 157 11-7-4 5-15-4 1-4-5
16 Detroit Red Wings 47 12 32 3 27 11 102 183 8-15-1 4-17-2 3-7-0
Western Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 48 30 10 8 68 30 155 129 17-4-4 13-6-4 6-2-2
Arizona Coyotes 49 26 18 5 57 21 142 128 12-10-2 14-8-3 5-4-1
Dallas Stars 46 27 15 4 58 25 124 109 15-6-2 12-9-2 7-3-0
Colorado Avalanche 46 25 15 6 56 25 164 137 11-7-4 14-8-2 3-4-3
Edmonton Oilers 48 25 18 5 55 23 148 150 11-8-3 14-10-2 6-3-1
Calgary Flames 48 25 18 5 55 21 131 141 13-7-3 12-11-2 6-4-0
Vancouver Canucks 47 25 18 4 54 22 155 147 14-5-3 11-13-1 7-3-0
Winnipeg Jets 47 25 18 4 54 22 145 140 11-10-2 14-8-2 4-4-2
Vegas Golden Knights 49 24 19 6 54 21 151 149 14-10-3 10-9-3 4-6-0
10 Chicago Blackhawks 48 22 20 6 50 20 141 153 11-11-3 11-9-3 7-3-0
11 Nashville Predators 45 21 17 7 49 20 152 149 10-8-4 11-9-3 4-5-1
12 Minnesota Wild 46 20 20 6 46 19 138 157 11-5-4 9-15-2 3-6-1
13 San Jose Sharks 48 21 23 4 46 19 129 159 13-11-1 8-12-3 5-3-2
14 Los Angeles Kings 48 18 25 5 41 18 121 150 11-10-1 7-15-4 3-6-1
15 Anaheim Ducks 46 17 24 5 39 13 116 147 11-9-3 6-15-2 2-7-1