NFL  Week 12 Games

Thursday November 21, 2019

Indianapolis @ Houston 8:20pm

 

Sunday November 24, 2019

Detroit @ Washington 1:00pm

Tampa Bay @ Atlanta 1:00pm

Giants @ Chicago 1:00pm

Miami @ Cleveland 1:00pm

Carolina @ New Orleans 1:00pm

Oakland @ Jets 1:00pm

Seattle @ Philadelphia 1:00pm

Denver @ Buffalo 1:00pm

Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 1:00pm

Jacksonville @ Tennessee 4:05pm

Dallas @ New England 4:25pm

Green Bay @ San Francisco 8:20pm

 

Monday November 25, 2019

Baltimore @ Rams 8:15pm

All game times Eastern

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 Louisville 76 South Carolina Upstate 50

#5 North Carolina 75 Elon 61

#16 Memphis 68 Little Rock 58

#20 Tennessee 76 Alabama State 41

Indiana 79 Princeton 54

Northern Kentucky 59 Ball State 57

Loyola Chicago 85 IUPUI 62

Miami Ohio 80 Central State 45

Wright State 88 Urbana 51

Boston College 72 Eastern Washington 68

Florida State 89 Chattanooga 53

Georgia 82 Georgia Tech 78

Rutgers 69 Stephen F Austin 57

St. John’s 82 Columbia 63

Virginia Tech 100 Delaware State 64

Syracuse 72 Cornell 53

Missouri 70 Morehead State 52

Texas A&M 56 Troy 52

Sacramento 61 UC Davis 51

Arkansas State 80 Colorado State 78

Northern Illinois 86 Western Illinois 81

Illinois 85 Citadel 57

Boise State 72 BYU 68 OT

Oregon State 78 Cal Santa Barbara 67

Texas State 64 UNLV 57

San Jose State 83 Grambling 76

St. Mary 68 Fresno State 58

San Diego State 66 San Diego 49

Portland 82 Portland State 75

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE

Thursday, Nov. 21

Emerson College at Hartford | 11 a.m. | ESPN3

No. 17 Villanova vs. Middle Tennessee (Conway, SC) | 11:30 a.m. | ESPN2

Missouri State vs. Miami (Charleston, SC) | 11:30 a.m. | ESPNU

Florida vs. Saint Joseph’s (Charleston, SC) | 2 p.m. | ESPN2

Mississippi State vs. Tulane (Conway, SC) | ESPNU

No. 24 Baylor vs. Ohio (Conway, SC) | 4:30 p.m.

Concord College at Kent State | 5 p.m. | ESPN3

St. Andrews at UNC Asheville | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 18 Xavier vs. Towson (Charleston, SC) | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

No. 22 Texas vs. Georgetown (New York, NY) | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Youngstown State at Akron | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Carolina at Jacksonville | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Regent University at Hampton | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

North Florida at Iowa | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Wofford at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Utah at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPNN

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Pitt | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Alabama A&M at Clemson | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

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

Omaha at Washington State | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Tennessee State at No. 12 Texas Tech | 8 p.m.

Robert Morris at UIC | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Howard at Marshall | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Lehigh at Drake | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Toledo at Notre Dame | 8:30 p.m. | ACC Network

No. 1 Duke vs. California (New York, NY) | 9 p.m. | ESPN3

South Dakota State at No. 14 Arizona | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Green Bay at Wisconsin | 9 p.m. | Big Ten NetworK

Buffalo at UConn | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

Hofstra at UCLA | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

 

Friday, Nov. 22

North Carolina A&T vs. Nicholls (Montego Bay, Jamaica) | 11:30 a.m. | CBSSN

Eastern Michigan vs. UMBC (Montego Bay, Jamaica) | 2 p.m. | CBSSN

Rhode Island vs. North Texas (Montego Bay, Jamaica) | 4:30 p.m. | CBSSN

George Mason at No. 6 Maryland | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Mount St. Mary’s at No. 9 Kentucky | 7 p.m. | SEC Network

Fort Wayne at No. 10 Ohio State | 7 p.m.

LSU vs. No. 15 Utah State (Montego Bay, Jamaica) | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

McNeese at Richmond | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Gardner-Webb at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | SEC Network+

Radford at Bradley | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Morehead State at Butler | 7 p.m. | FS1

Columbia International at Furman | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Wake Forest vs. Davidson (Charlotte, NC) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Albany at Quinnipiac | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Missouri Science & Technology at SE Missouri State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+

South Carolina State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+

Western Michigan at Oklahoma State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Monmouth vs. Kennesaw State (Orlando, FL) | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Houston at No. 11 Oregon | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

South Dakota at Arkansas | 9 p.m. | SEC Network

Montana at No. 25 Washington | 11 p.m.

 

Saturday, Nov. 23

No. 7 Virginia vs. UMass (Uncasville, CT) | 12 p.m. | ESPNN

Florida A&M at No. 13 Seton Hall | 12 p.m. | FS2

DePaul at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Bucknell at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Ole Miss at No. 16 Memphis | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Little Rock at N.C. State | 1 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Youngstown State at South Carolina Upstate | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Eastern Washington at High Point | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

St. Francis (PA) at Florida State | 2 p.m. | ACC Network

Delaware State at East Tennessee State | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Northwestern Ohio at Toledo | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Charleston at UCF | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Robert Morris at Marquette | 2 p.m. | FS2

Arizona State vs. St. John’s (Uncasville, CT) | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Grambling at Oregon State | 2:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Northern Illinois at SIU-Edwardsville | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Oral Roberts at Wichita State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Troy at Samford | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Howard at Ball State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Army at Binghamton | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Penn at Providence | 4 p.m. | FS2

NJIT at Brown | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Mercer at UIC | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Belmont at Saint Louis | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Rider vs. Columbia (Uncasville, CT) | 5 p.m. | ESPN3

Iona vs. Kennesaw State (Orlando, FL) | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Utah Valley at North Dakota State | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Presbyterian at Quinnipiac | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Florida Gulf Coast at No. 21 VCU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

The Citadel at Marist | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas Southern at Northern Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Vermont vs. Central Connecticut State (Uncasville, CT) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

CSU Bakersfield at No. 8 Gonzaga | 8 p.m.

SE Louisiana at Austin Peay | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Jacksonville State at Purdue | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Stetson vs. Monmouth (Orlando, FL) | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN3

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#9 Maryland 88 George Washington 54

#20 Arkansas 91 Belmont 60

Notre Dame 54 Toledo 51

Butler 64 IUPUI 61

Ball State 70 Xavier 49

Miami Ohio 75 Eastern Kentucky 57

North Dakota 69 Georgia Southern 56

Old Dominion 68 Winthrop 44

VCU 53 E. Carolina 40

Oklahoma 75 Stephen F Austin 62

Texas 85 Texas Pan-American 69

Memphis 70 Southern Illinois 66

Arizona 83 Prairie View A&M 48

Temple 72 Bucknell 61

Cal Poly 62 Sacramento 43

Richmond 76 William & Mary 73

Akron 91 Youngstown State 62

Bradley 84 Western Illinois 49

Washington state 80 Boise State 68

Georgia Tech 69 Georgia State 28

Fordham 74 Northeastern 58

Lafayette 65 Long Island 60

Penn 55 St. Joseph’s 45

Western Michigan 82 Detroit 67

Boston University 60 Albany 58

Iowa 77 Princeton 75 OT

Wichita State 88 Louisiana Tech 80

Illinois State 69 Northern Illinois 66

Nebraska 73 Southern 39

TCU 57 SMU 56

North Texas 68 Xavier LA 31

Idaho 90 Seattle 84 2OT

St. Louis 68 Southern Illinois Edwardsville 35

Cal State Fullerton 83 Utah State 62

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Philadelphia 109 New York 104

Washington 138  San Antonio 132

Milwaukee 135 Atlanta 127

Dallas 142 Golden State 94

Miami 124 Cleveland 100

Brooklyn 101 Charlotte 91

Toronto 113 Orlando 97

Chicago 109 Detroit 89

Utah 103 Minnesota 95

Denver 105 Houston 95

LA Clippers 107 Boston 104 OT

 

Thu Nov 21, 2019

Portland @ Milwaukee                 8:00 pm               TNT

New Orleans @ Phoenix              10:30 pm             TNT

 

Fri Nov 22, 2019

Atlanta @ Detroit                            7:00 pm               FS-DET

Charlotte @ Washington             7:00 pm               NBCS-DC

Sacramento @ Brooklyn               7:30 pm               NBCS-CA

Miami @ Chicago                            8:00 pm               SUN

LA Lakers @ Oklahoma City        8:00 pm               SportsNet LA

San Antonio @ Philadelphia       8:00 pm               ESPN

Cleveland @ Dallas                         8:30 pm               FS-OH

Boston @ Denver                            9:00 pm               ALT

Golden State @ Utah                     9:00 pm               NBCS-BA

Houston @ LA Clippers                 10:30 pm             ESPN

 

Sat Nov 23, 2019

Phoenix @ Minnesota                   5:00 pm               FS-N+

Chicago @ Charlotte                      7:00 pm               NBCS-CHI+

Orlando @ Indiana                          7:00 pm               FS-IN

Toronto @ Atlanta                          7:30 pm               FS-SE

San Antonio @ New York             7:30 pm               MSG

Miami @ Philadelphia                  7:30 pm               SUN

Portland @ Cleveland                   8:00 pm               FS-OH

LA Lakers @ Memphis                   8:00 pm               FS-SE

Detroit @ Milwaukee                    8:30 pm               FS-WI

New Orleans @ Utah                     9:00 pm               NBA TV

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Ottawa 2 Montréal 1

NY Rangers 4 Washington 1

 

November 21, 2019

Toronto (40%) @ Arizona (60%) 9:00PM

Buffalo (39%) @ Boston (61%) 7:00PM

Philadelphia (44%) @ Carolina (56%) 7:00PM

Detroit (38%) @ Columbus (62%) 7:00PM

Tampa Bay (47%) @ Chicago (53%) 8:30PM

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

Anaheim (42%) @ Florida (58%) 7:00PM

Edmonton (55%) @ Los Angeles (45%) 10:30PM

Colorado (54%) @ Minnesota (46%) 8:00PM

Vancouver (46%) @ Nashville (54%) 8:00PM

Pittsburgh (45%) @ NY Islanders (55%) 7:00PM

Calgary (42%) @ St. Louis (58%) 8:00PM

San Jose (40%) @ Vegas (60%) 10:00PM

 

November 22, 2019

NY Rangers (47%) @ Ottawa (53%) 7:30PM

New Jersey (35%) @ Pittsburgh (65%) 7:00PM

* Estimated win probability in parentheses.

All game times Eastern

 

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Top 25 Games

Sat Nov 23rd

(11) Minnesota @ Northwestern 12:00 PM

(22) Oklahoma State @ West Virginia 12:00 PM

(9) Penn State @ (2) Ohio State 12:00 PM

Samford @ (16) Auburn 12:00 PM

Illinois @ (19) Iowa 12:00 PM

Western Carolina @ (5) Alabama 12:00 PM

Texas State @ (23) Appalachian State 2:00 PM

Boston College @ (15) Notre Dame 2:00 PM

(24) Texas A&M @ (4) Georgia 3:00 PM

Pittsburgh @ (25) Virginia Tech 3:00 PM

(21) Southern Methodist @ Navy 3:00 PM

Texas @ (13) Baylor 3:00 PM

(12) Michigan @ Indiana 3:00 PM

(18) Memphis @ South Florida 4:00 PM

Purdue @ (14) Wisconsin 4:00 PM

Arkansas @ (1) Louisiana State 7:00 PM

Temple @ (17) Cincinnati 7:00 PM

(6) Oregon @ Arizona State 7:00 PM

Texas Christian @ (8) Oklahoma 8:00 PM

(7) Utah @ Arizona 10:00 PM

(20) Boise State @ Utah State 10:00 PM

All game times Eastern

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE

WEEK 13

Buffalo 49 Toledo 30

Miami Ohio 20 Akron 17

 

Thursday, Nov. 21

N.C. State at Georgia Tech | 8 p.m. | ESPN

 

Friday, Nov. 22

Colorado State at Wyoming | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN2

 

Saturday, Nov. 23

Penn State at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX

Kansas at Iowa State | 12 p.m. | FSN

Ball State at Kent State | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Liberty at Virginia | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Western Carolina at Alabama | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Samford at Auburn | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Minnesota at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | ABC

East Carolina at UConn | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Michigan State at Rutgers | 12 p.m. | FS1

Oklahoma State at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

UCF at Tulane | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Illinois at Iowa | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

BYU at UMass | 12 p.m. | FloSports

Air Force at New Mexico | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

South Alabama at Georgia State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Boston College at Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC

Texas State at Appalachian State | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgia Southern at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas A&M at Georgia | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

UCLA at Southern California | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Nebraska at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

SMU at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

North Texas at Rice | 3:30 p.m. | NFL Network

Western Kentucky at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Marshall at Charlotte | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Mercer at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network Alternate

Louisiana Tech at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UT Martin at Kentucky | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Michigan at Indiana | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Pitt at Virginia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Texas at Baylor | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Purdue at Wisconsin | 4 p.m. | FOX

San Jose State at UNLV | 4 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet

Syracuse at Louisville | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Memphis at South Florida | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

California at Stanford | 4 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

UTEP at New Mexico State | 4 p.m. | FloSports

Old Dominion at Middle Tennessee | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Troy at Louisiana | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Coastal Carolina at UL Monroe | 5 p.m. | ESPN3

Florida Atlantic at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Arkansas at LSU | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Kansas State at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | FS1

Temple at Cincinnati | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Miami at Florida International | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Tennessee at Missouri | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Duke at Wake Forest | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Abilene Christian at Mississippi State | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network Alternate

Oregon at Arizona State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Houston at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

TCU at Oklahoma | 8 p.m. | FOX

Oregon State at Washington State | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks

Utah at Arizona | 10 p.m. | FS1

Washington at Colorado | 10 p.m. | ESPN

Nevada at Fresno State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Boise State at Utah State | 10:30p.m. | CBSSN

San Diego State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | Spectrum Sports

  

INDIANA FOOTBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

CLASS 6A

Merrillville [11-1] at Carmel [9-3]

Ben Davis [8-4] at Center Grove [7-5]

 

CLASS 5A

Fort Wayne Dwenger [11-1] at Valparaiso [12-0]

Bloomington South [8-4] at New Palestine [12-0]

 

CLASS 4A

Hobart [11-2] at East Noble [13-0]

Mount Vernon (Fortville) [11-2] at Evansville Memorial [11-1]

 

CLASS 3A

Indianapolis Chatard [12-1] at Mishawaka Marian [12-1]

Heritage Hills [13-0] at Danville [8-5]

 

CLASS 2A

Andrean [10-3] at Eastbrook [11-2]

Western Boone [12-1] at Triton Central [10-3]

 

CLASS 1A

Adams Central [12-1] at Lafayette Central Catholic [10-3]

West Washington [12-1] at Indianapolis Lutheran [12-0]

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL

NCC

Cathedral 86 Indianapolis Tech 28

Cass 38 Kokomo 29

 

Friday, Nov. 22

Columbia City at Marion, 7:30 pm

Kokomo at Manual, 6 pm

New Castle at Central, 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, Nov. 23

Connersville at Anderson, 7:30 pm

Logansport at Richmond , 7:30 pm

 

TEC

Muncie Burris 43 Centerville 26

 

Friday, Nov. 22

Centerville at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at Union City , 7:30 pm

Union County at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Tri , 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, Nov. 23

Centerville at Knightstown, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm

Jay County at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Tri at Henryville, 6:30 pm

Union City at South Adams, 7:30 pm

 

MEC

Thursday, Nov. 21

Cowan at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

 

Friday, Nov. 22

Delta at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Burris, 6 pm

 

Saturday, Nov. 23

Cowan at Alexandria, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

 

EASTERN INDIANA

Thursday, Nov. 21

Columbus East at East Central, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Mt. Vernon, 7:30 pm

 

Friday, Nov. 22

Batesville at Seymour, 7:30 pm

Centerville at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Greensburg at South Decatur, 7:30 pm

South Ripley at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm

Union County at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, Nov. 23

Batesville at South Ripley, 7:30 pm

Beech Grove at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Connersville at Anderson, 7:30 pm

Franklin County at Switzerland County, 7:30 pm

Southwestern at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm

 

TOP HEADLINES

Hoosiers See Best Start Since 2013-14 with a 79-54 Victory over Princeton

(INDIANA SPORTS INFORMATION)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Joey Brunk as full-time starter.

He had to come to Indiana to earn that distinction.

Boy, has this Butler graduate transfer taken advantage.

The 6-11, 245-pound Brunk was a Simon Skojdt Assembly Hall inside wrecking crew during Wednesday night’s 79-54 victory over Princeton in the Indiana Challenge. He spent most of the second half flirting with a double-double before finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Brunk capped his big night with an alley-oop dunk courtesy of an Al Durham feed that left the backboard shaking.

“It kind of happened,” he said. “I’ve been wanting to be aggressive. I’ve been working on it, being ready, being prepared.”

Brunk has had better performances in his career. He had a 20-point, 10-rebound showing against Seton Hall last season for Butler.

But as a Hoosier, it was a career night, and perhaps not the last.

“He was ready to play,” coach Archie Miller said. “He stepped up to the challenge. He’s a good offensive player. He hasn’t been as aggressive or assertive. We need him to be selfish down there.

“Around the basket he was good. We found him.”

Guard Devonte Green did much of the finding.

“He’s a problem down low,” Green said of Brunk. “He has a such a presence. It opens up the floor.”

Brunk has started every game this season (he’d started only 13 times in 60 games at Butler) averaging 9.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in the process. That’s well above his career averages of 5.1 and 2.8.

Brunk will not dictate through three-point shooting. He’s only taken five three-pointers in 65 career college games, none this season.

He battles in the paint, and just beyond, and what he lacks in Trayce Jackson-Davis talent he makes up for in experience, hustle, strength … and defense.

Brunk was a big reason why Princeton center Richmond Aririguzoh (Tigers coach Mitch Henderson calls him “one of the best centers in the country”) was held to four points and seven rebounds. The 6-9, 230-pound senior came in averaging 17.7 points and 7.3 rebounds.

“Joey did a great job defensively,” Miller said. “I’m more proud of Joe working defensively.”

Added Green: “He was a huge help. They had a good big man and we needed somebody to answer the call. He was big on both sides of the ball.”

Green was just as big. He had 16 points, four assists and one turnover in 26 minutes.

“You love it love having somebody looking for you, who wants to reward you,” Brunk said of Green. “You know he will get you the ball in the right spots.”

Forward Justin Smith added 14 points for IU. Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis had 11 points.

IU (5-0) continued its November blitz — and best start since 2013. It’s average margin of victory is 26.6 points. Ten players played at least eight minutes. Ten scored.

“There’s a lot of sacrificing going on,” Miller said. “Guys realize the best we can do is push each other every day, and take advantage of the opportunity to play. If you do, the opportunities will be more.

“That’s the gift this team has. A lot of guys are not that different in terms of impact.”

Full backcourt strength arrived with the return from Illness of guard Rob Phinisee, who had two points, three rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 11 minutes.

“It gives us more depth in the backcourt for the first time all year,” Miller said.

Combined with Green’s recent return from a hamstring injury, the Hoosiers had everything in place – except crisp first-half execution.

A halftime discussion solved that, which has been typical of the season.

“We have an inexperienced team,” Miller said. “In the second half we calm down, make a few adjustments and we’ll be fine.

“As the year goes on, because of our inexperience, we’ll be a better second-half team.”

The second half produced offensive and defensive ferocity Princeton (0-4) couldn’t match.

“When did our schedule, Princeton garners a lot of respect,” Miller said. “They have all-conference players. They’ll be a contender in the Ivy League.

“It was not an easy run-out game. We had to execute. The first half we felt our way through. In the second half, we were much better. We were better defensively. The overall depth of our team had something to do with wearing them down.”

IU bolted to a 12-5 lead. It didn’t last. After 13 minutes, the score was tied at 21-21. One big reason – Princeton was 4-for-10 from three-point range to the Hoosiers’ 0-for-3.

The Tigers inched ahead 25-24. Indiana scored five straight. Princeton tied it at 31-31.

Indiana scored the final four points of the half, capped by a Jackson-Davis fade-away jumper, for a 35-31 lead.

Eight Hoosiers scored in the first half, led by Jackson-Davis’ seven points.

IU built its first double-digit lead on forward Race Thompson’s put-back with 13:42 left, at 48-37. By that point, the Hoosiers had decisive edges in points off turnovers (15-6) and points in the paint (28-16). Princeton had twice as many turnovers (10) as assists (five).

The Hoosiers didn’t let up, pounding inside with Brunk, Jackson-Davis, Smith and Thompson, with plenty of Green mixed in. The lead reached 14 , then 18, then 23.

Princeton was finished.

Miller pointed to IU’s solid edge in rebounding (34 to 25) and strong ball security (nine turnovers, only three in the second half).

“For us, it comes down to rebounding and turnovers. If we do that, we’ll be all right. If we don’t rebound or if we turn it over, we’re done.”

 

1-game suspension for Browns’ Ogunjobi’s upheld

The one-game NFL suspension for Cleveland Browns starting defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi for his role in the brawl with the Pittsburgh Steelers was upheld by an appeals officer.

Ogunjobi shoved Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph seconds after Cleveland teammate Myles Garrett swung a helmet and struck the Steelers QB in the head. Garrett was suspended indefinitely by the league for his alarming assault. His appeal was heard in New York on Wednesday.

Former NFL player James Thrash let Ogunjobi’s suspension stand but did rescind a $10,527 fine. Ogunjobi will miss Sunday’s game against Miami.

After Garrett smashed Rudolph with the helmet, Ogunjobi ran up behind and pushed the helmet-less quarterback to the ground.

Thrash also heard Garrett’s appeal while Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks listened Tuesday to an appeal by Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was suspended three games for punching and kicking Garrett.

The league said those decisions will come later this week.

 

NCAA clears Memphis freshman Wiseman to return on Jan. 12

The James Wiseman saga finally has a resolution.

After months of back-and-forth between Memphis and the NCAA, the sports’ governing body has cleared the heralded freshman to return to the basketball court on Jan. 12.

Wiseman will sit out a total of 12 games under a decision announced by the NCAA.

The sports governing body also announced Wednesday that Wiseman must donate $11,500 – the amount of impermissible benefits the NCAA ruled he received – to a charity of his choice to regain his eligibility.

The University of Memphis issued a statement that the NCAA informed school officials that Wiseman must sit out nine games for the infraction and three more for the games the freshman already has played this season.

“Based on case precedent, the circumstances of this case and other mitigating factors, the University will immediately appeal this decision,” Memphis said. “We expect a more fair and equitable resolution, and we will exhaust all avenues on James’ behalf.”

Coach Penny Hardaway made clear after Wednesday night’s 68-58 win over Arkansas-Little Rock that he wasn’t happy with the punishment even as Memphis now knows how many games Wiseman will miss.

“I’ve stated from the beginning I didn’t think it was fair,” Hardaway said. “There’s nothing I can do about it. Obviously, James should be on the floor. That’s just how I feel.”

Wiseman had filed a lawsuit to continue playing after the NCAA ruled him “likely ineligible” for receiving the impermissible benefits from Hardaway – who was not the Memphis coach at the time.

 

Report: NCAA to target Memphis with ‘major infractions case’ for playing James Wiseman

The Memphis Tigers took a risk and defied the NCAA by playing James Wiseman even after he had been ruled ineligible, and may pay the price for it.

According to Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated, sources familiar with NCAA enforcement procedures said that Memphis is likely to face a “major infractions case” for playing Wiseman despite repeated warnings from the NCAA about eligibility issues.

This stems from the Tigers openly flouted NCAA rulings relating to Wiseman. The NCAA had notified Memphis before their season opener that Wiseman could have an eligibility problem, but played him anyway. Wiseman was then ruled ineligible on Nov. 8 because his family received money from coach Penny Hardaway to move, but Memphis went to court and obtained a temporary restraining order against that NCAA ruling. Wiseman proceeded to play two more games before ultimately dropping the lawsuit and sitting out.

Wiseman was ultimately suspended until January, but that won’t clear the Tigers of potential wrongdoing. Memphis knew the risks of playing Wiseman, a potential No. 1 draft pick, despite those warnings. If the NCAA’s enforcement process isn’t respected, they’re a significantly weaker organization, so this is something they will not take lightly.

 

Clippers edge Celtics 107-104 in OT with Leonard and George

With Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams on the court, the Boston Celtics had to pick someone to leave unguarded.

They chose Patrick Beverley and he made them pay.

Beverley shined on both ends, playing his usual ornery defense while scoring 14 points and grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers win 107-104 in overtime with Leonard and George playing together for the first time Wednesday night.

“If I was a coach, I’d leave me open all the time,” Beverley said.

Williams scored 27 points, George added 25 and Leonard had 17 for the Clippers, who improved to 9-1 at home after rallying from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

In their first season with Los Angeles, injury and rehab had prevented Leonard and George from playing alongside each other for the first 14 games.

“It’s still tough,” said Leonard, who missed the previous three games with a sore knee. “We’re both on kind of minute restrictions so it’s hard to get a flow.”

George said he and Leonard are trying to get in sync with their other teammates.

“We’re going to have growing pains,” he said. “The great thing about myself and Kawhi is it doesn’t matter, we’re going to play basketball. Try to make the right plays and play off each other and just keep the game flowing. I thought in that aspect we were good.”

It was a wild and sloppy game for both teams. The Clippers committed 23 turnovers (Williams had seven while Leonard and George had five each) to 17 for the Celtics.

“That was an ugly win, but it was beautiful,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

 

Doncic has 33 first-half points, Mavs hammer Warriors 142-94

The front of their jerseys said “San Francisco” and the names on the back weren’t the same Golden State Warriors that reached the past five NBA Finals.

The Dallas Mavericks took full advantage.

Luka Doncic scored 33 of his 35 points in the first half and had yet another triple-double to help Dallas hammer short-handed Warriors 142-94 on Wednesday night.

Doncic fell a point short of matching Dirk Nowitzki’s team record for points in a half, set Nov. 3, 2009, against Utah. Doncic was 10 for 11 from the floor, making 6 of 7 3-pointers, and hit 7 of 8 free throws.

The second-year star from Slovenia was coming off a 40-point triple-double Monday. With his team up big on this night, Doncic played only 25 minutes total, but still managed 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He has an NBA-best seven triple-doubles in 14 games.

“If he had kept playing today, he probably would have had 50 (points),” teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. said. “He’s doing a great job playing with the utmost confidence.”

Doncic had 22 points, five assists and five rebounds in the first quarter alone.

“I see (the stats), but I don’t know what to say,” Doncic said. “It’s great to read about. I just enjoy the basketball.”

The Mavericks tied a franchise record with 22 3-pointers while sending Golden State to its worst loss since a 1973 playoff game.

“Flush it down the toilet,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said when asked what his team can take away from the game. “Literally, you just move on. You don’t take anything from a game like this.”

Rookie Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 22 points.

 

Spurs drop 7th in row, longest skid since Pop’s 1st season

Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, their longest skid since he took over as the team’s coach more than 20 years ago.

With little resistance at the defensive end from San Antonio on Wednesday night, Washington’s Bradley Beal shot 9 for 9 in a 21-point third quarter en route to scoring 33 in all, and the lowly Wizards beat the Spurs 138-132.

“All in all, if you score 132 points, you should probably have a pretty good chance to win a game. The bad news is, if you give up 138, you are not going to win,” Popovich said during a brief-as-can-be postgame session. “I’m a really smart guy. I’m figuring that’s logical. I could be wrong. … There’s not much else to say.”

It is the Spurs’ worst stretch since they had a pair of droughts that lasted seven and eight games in 1996-97, when David Robinson got injured and Popovich moved from the front office to the sideline about a quarter of the way through the season.

In the ensuing draft, the Spurs took Tim Duncan, who starred for the team and now is an assistant to Popovich. San Antonio has made the playoffs in each of the past 22 seasons, claiming five NBA championships in that time.

Put simply, the Spurs are not used to this sort of lose night-after-night thing.

“The streak that we’re on, every single game we’ve lost feels worse than the last game,” said DeMar DeRozan, who led San Antonio with 31 points but missed a pair of free throws with 9.9 seconds left and Washington up 136-132.

The Spurs fell to 5-10, despite being ahead 69-63 at halftime and having eight players score in double figures.

That included Patty Mills, who made his first start of the season and began the night 6 for 6 from the field but missed his next four shots and finished with 16 points.

 

Jokic, Nuggets bottle up Harden and Rockets in 105-95 win

Rule No. 1 in defending James Harden: Throw different looks at him.

Rule No. 2: See above.

At least, that was Denver’s highly effective blueprint.

Nikola Jokic had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Denver played smothering defense on Harden and the Nuggets beat Houston 105-95 on Wednesday night to snap the Rockets’ eight-game winning streak.

“You have to have rules against James Harden,” Denver coach Michael Malone explained. “You can’t play him with your standard defense. Great player defense is required for great players.”

So, the Nuggets tried a little bit of everything to contain Harden, even rolling the 7-foot Jokic out high along with another defender.

The variety of schemes did the trick – as much as it can against Harden. Houston’s star playmaker finished with 27 points, snapping his string of eight consecutive games with 36 or more. He was 8 of 16 from the floor as the Rockets were held under 100 points for the first time this season. They were averaging an NBA-best 119.5 per game.

“We were locked in,” said Jokic, whose team is 7-0 this season when keeping an opponent below 100 points.

Still, Jokic found it funny that his team was being lauded for “stopping” Harden.

“That’s crazy when a guy scores 27 and it’s bad,” Jokic said. “We know he’s going to score. He’s going to be aggressive. Just make it harder and try to be there. … Just to give them different looks.”

It worked – this time.

“They just double-teamed every possession,” Harden said. “They got lucky. They got away with one. We didn’t execute how we needed to.”

 

College football Week 13: 15 players to watch

Last week was a wild one in college football. One of the biggest stars in the sport, Tua Tagovailoa, suffered a serious hip injury that ended his season and put Alabama in a tough spot as it tries to capture a playoff berth. The Baylor Bears nearly showed us they were for real until they wilted in the second half against Oklahoma. Minnesota suffered its first loss, while a pair of Pac-12 contenders keep winning and heading for a clash in the conference championship game.

We are nearing the end of the regular season, and there are still 10 schools that feel they have a legitimate shot at winning a national championship. Rivalry games are on tap with guys finishing off big years and big careers. With so much on the line, here are 15 players to keep an eye on this week. 

 Ian Book, Notre Dame

Have you ever stopped to think that Book could be having one of the best Irish seasons for a QB in quite some time? He won’t win a championship this year, but he’s had a great season. He’s thrown for nearly 2,300 yards and 26 touchdowns while also rushing for 421 yards and four touchdowns and has had some huge games (and that stinker against Michigan). Last week against a good Navy team, he threw for 284 yards and five touchdowns in the 52-20 win …marking his third five-TD game this year. The Irish host old rival Boston College this weekend, and you never know what can happen when those two hook up.

 Journey Brown, Penn State

Brown has seen his carries increase over the last three weeks, as Noah Cain has been banged up and James Franklin’s trust in him has been rewarded. Two weeks ago against Minnesota, he rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the loss and last week gained 100 yards and a TD in the win over Indiana. He now leads the Nittany Lions in rushing and has tied Cain in rushing touchdowns. If Penn State is to topple Ohio State in Columbus this Saturday, Brown will need to continue to be a workhorse: The more Penn State is churning out yards and first downs, the less Justin Fields and the Buckeyes offense is on the field.

Ja’Marr Chase, LSU

Chase, a sophomore receiver from Harvey, Louisiana, has been on a roll of late. He has caught at least 100 yards worth of passes in four of his last five games and has caught 12 touchdowns over the last seven games. Last week against Ole Miss, he caught eight passes for 227 yards and three TDs, as the Tigers won 58-37. This Saturday LSU hosts rival Arkansas, who have yet to win an SEC game this season.

 Sam Ehlinger, Texas

This season has certainly not gone the way that Longhorn fans had hoped. Sure, the losses to LSU and Oklahoma were competitive and excusable, but losses to TCU and Iowa State over the last three weeks have been season killers. Ehlinger has been great this year and other than a four-interception game against TCU, he has kept the ‘Horns afloat when things weren’t going good. Texas has another tough game on tap as it heads to Baylor to take on a Bears team that blew a 28-3 lead to Oklahoma and a shot at a national championship. Last year Ehlinger was knocked out of the Baylor game, so he’s been looking forward to this rematch for quite some time.

 Anthony Gordon, Washington State

The Cougars haven’t been as good as they were the last few seasons, but it isn’t because Gordon hasn’t been fantastic this season. He leads the nation with 4,314 passing yards, 39 touchdowns and a ridiculous 515 pass attempts (124 more than the next highest total). You’d be correct in thinking that of course if he is throwing so much then he’d have more opportunities to pile up yards. But he’s also in the top 10 nationally in completion percentage (71.3 percent, which is nearly identical to Tua Tagovailoa). Watching the Cougars has been fun this season, especially when you’re up late at night and just want to see some offense. This week, they’ll be up against Oregon State.

 Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State

Hubbard has led the nation in rushing virtually all season long. Last week he ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Kansas, marking his eighth straight game over the century mark and continuing his streak of scoring a touchdown in every game this season. Hubbard lit up West Virginia, the Cowboys’ opponent this weekend, in their matchup last season. He ran for 134 yards in the win last year and has been tearing up the Big 12 this season.

Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

Let’s take a moment to appreciate Jalen Hurts’ season. He’s seventh in the nation in passing yards and passing touchdowns and 23rd in the nation (third among QBs) in rushing yards and sixth in rushing touchdowns. He’s had a Heisman-worthy season, and the Sooners’ comeback win over Baylor has them back in the national championship hunt. And, sad to say, with Tua Tagovailoa’s season-ending injury, there has to be some “what ifs” from Alabama fans. Hurts’ performance in the second half against Baylor was lights-out and puts the Sooners back atop the Big 12. Oklahoma hosts TCU this Saturday and a win puts the Sooners back in the Big 12 title game.

Mac Jones, Alabama

Will there be another player in America who will be looked at more closely than Mac Jones? Not only will he be replacing one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the history of college football, but he’s also doing so while trying to get his team into the College Football Playoff as it’s a bit behind the eight-ball. Jones did play extremely well in his lone start this season, a 48-7 win over lowly Arkansas, and he should do just fine against Western Carolina this Saturday. But how will he handle being the guy for the rest of the season? Surely Nick Saban will lean on his running backs to shoulder more of the offensive load, but Jones will have to make plays. The Western Carolina game is a dress rehearsal for the Iron Bowl showdown with Auburn. Tide fans don’t want the CFP committee to be able to point at the quarterback situation as a reason for keeping them out of the Playoff.

 Jordan Love, Utah State

There is a huge game happening late Saturday night in the Mountain West. Boise State, which leads the Mountain Division, travels south to face the Utah State Aggies who are lurking right behind them. How Aggies quarterback Jordan Love plays will be the key to this game. Love’s season hasn’t been as glorious as last year’s when he threw 32 TDs to just six interceptions. He’s tossed 14 interceptions already this season — which is one more than his 13 touchdowns thrown. Last year against Boise State, he threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns in a loss. If he can get that kind production this time around, the Aggies could pull off the upset.

 Tanner Morgan, Minnesota

The Golden Gophers’ loss to Iowa put a damper on what has been one of the best seasons in program history. While the loss ends Minnesota’s undefeated season, the Golden Gophers are still in the lead in the Big Ten West standings and have an outside shot at getting to the College Football Playoff. They visit defending division champ Northwestern this week before hosting Wisconsin in the finale. Quarterback Tanner Morgan has been fantastic this year, passing for nearly 2,500 yards and 22 touchdowns to just four interceptions and showed how good he can be in the win over Penn State a few weeks back. Morgan is rarely asked to single-handedly win games with his arm, but he’s come up huge in some big moments all year. Look for him to continue his great season against the Wildcats.

 Chris Olave, Ohio State

Ohio State hosts Penn State is what is easily the Buckeyes’ biggest game of the season (sorry, Wolverine fans), and we all know that the big names like Justin Fields, J.K. Dobbins and that defense will need huge games for Ohio State to keep its undefeated mark intact. Keep your eye on receiver Chris Olave. He’s had a great stretch of four games where he’s caught 21 passes for 335 yards and five touchdowns, including a 139-yard game last week against Rutgers. Two weeks ago the Nittany Lions gave up 203 receiving yards to Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman and last week gave up 131 yards to Indiana’s Ty Fryfogle, so this could set up for a big day for Olave.

 Shea Patterson, Michigan

What if the Shea Patterson we saw against Michigan State was around all season? Patterson was brilliant against Michigan State, tossing 384 yards and four touchdowns against one of the better defenses in the Big Ten. If anything, he’s taken care of the ball all year (just four picks), and he’s coming off his best game of the season. The Wolverines head to Bloomington to face an Indiana team that has been one of the more pleasant surprises in the country. With Ohio State looming, Patterson needs to focus and continue his hot play.

Michael Pittman Jr., USC

Pittman is coming off two outstanding games. Last week he caught 11 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown in a win over California, which was after he caught 13 passes for 146 yards against Arizona State. He’s had some huge games this season and leads the Pac-12 in receptions and receiving yardage. The Trojans have a chance at getting to the conference title game, as they take on rival UCLA. Last year Pittman had over 100 yards against the Bruins, so you should expect another big game.

 Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Last week Taylor did what Taylor does: run up 200-plus yards on Nebraska. He did it for the third straight season and has put up 674 rushing yards in his career against the Cornhuskers. That was his 11th game where he’s rushed for at least 200 yards, tying him with Marcus Allen, Ricky Williams and Ron Dayne for most in FBS history. This week the Badgers face struggling Purdue, and Taylor could break that tie while keeping Wisconsin’s Big Ten title hopes alive.

 Zac Thomas, Appalachian State

Thomas threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns in the 29-point win over Georgia State last week. He also ran for 52 yards and another touchdown in the game, his sixth rushing score this season. Taylor is back on track after a low-yardage game against South Carolina and a loss to Georgia Southern. App State goes up against lowly Texas State this weekend, which Taylor lit up last season and allowed six touchdown passes to Troy last week. 

 

NFL PREVIEW

Indianapolis Colts (6-4) at Houston Texans (6-4)

Week 12 of the NFL’s 100th season kicks off on Thursday, November 21 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime) as the Indianapolis Colts travel to Houston to take on the Texans with the AFC South division lead on the line. Thursday’s game marks the 36th regular-season meeting between the two clubs, with the Colts holding the all-time series advantage, 27-8. Indianapolis has won the past two matchups, including a 30-23 win over Houston in Week 7. The Colts enter Thursday night coming off a home victory in Week 11, while the Texans have won their past two at home.

Indianapolis rushed for a season-high 264 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 33-13 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday, giving the Colts a 3-0 record against the AFC South in 2019. In Week 7, quarterback JACOBY BRISSETT passed for 326 yards and four touchdowns for a career-high 126.7 passer rating in a win over the Texans. In four career starts against Houston, Brissett is 4-0 with eight touchdowns (seven passing, one rushing) and zero interceptions for a 107.2 passer rating. Wide receiver T.Y. HILTON has 933 receiving yards (133.3 per game) and seven touchdown receptions in seven career games at Houston and aims for his third consecutive game at NRG Stadium with at least 175 receiving yards. Defensive end JUSTIN HOUSTON had a sack in Week 11, his eighth sack of the season, tied for the fourth-most in the AFC. Houston now has a sack in six consecutive games – the longest active streak in the NFL.

Entering Thursday, Houston quarterback DESHAUN WATSON has 705 passing yards (352.5 per game) with eight touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 143.6 passer rating in his past two home starts. In six career primetime starts, the third-year quarterback has 16 touchdown passes and two interceptions for a 121.0 passer rating. Last week, wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS had a team-high seven catches, including his 600th career reception. At 27 years and 164 days old, Hopkins became the second-youngest player (LARRY FITZGERALD) to reach 600 career receptions in NFL history. In his past four matchups against Indianapolis, Hopkins has 397 receiving yards (99.3 per game) and four touchdown receptions. Houston tight end DARREN FELLS has a career-high six receiving touchdowns in 2019 – tied for the league lead among tight ends – and will look for his third consecutive game with two receiving touchdowns at NRG Stadium.

Adding to television availability, several streaming options will be available to fans. FOX Thursday Night Football games will be available to stream on Amazon via Prime Video and Twitch in addition to NFL, FOX and FOX Deportes digital properties across devices.* During the season, fans can learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF.

REGULAR SEASON HISTORY

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 27-8

STREAKS: Colts have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/20/19: Texans 23 at Colts 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/9/18: Colts 24, Texans 21

COLTS NOTES:

QB JACOBY BRISSETT passed for 326 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 126.7 rating in Week 7 meeting. Has 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Is 4-0 with 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 107.2 rating in 4 starts vs. Hou. • RB JONATHAN WILLIAMS had career-high 147 scrimmage yards (116 rush, 31 rec.), his 1st career game with 100+ rush yards last week. • WR T.Y. HILTON had 74 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 7 meeting. Has 933 rec. yards (133.3 per game) & 7 TD catches in 7 career games at Hou. Aims for his 3rd in row at Hou. with 175+ rec. yards. WR ZACH PASCAL had 106 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in Week 7 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Hou. with TD catch. TE ERIC EBRON had 70 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Hou with TD catch (incl. postseason). WR MARCUS JOHNSON had rec. TD last week, his 2nd career TD. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 10 tackles & INT in Week 7 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Hou. with 10+ tackles. DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack in Week 11. Aims for his 7th in row with sack. CB KENNY MOORE had team-high 9 tackles, sack & PD last week. Had sack, 2 PD & INT vs. Hou. in AFC-WC on 1/5/19. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with sack (incl. postseason). Rookie CB ROCK YA-SIN had 6 tackles, TFL & 1st-career INT last week. Rookie CB MARVELL TELL had career highs in tackles (5) & PD (3) in Week 11. Aims for his 4th in row with PD.

TEXANS NOTES:

QB DESHAUN WATSON has 19 TDs (16 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 121 rating in 6 career primetime games. Has 95+ rating in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ind. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. • RB CARLOS HYDE had 65 rush yards & rush TD last week. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. RB DUKE JOHNSON had 56 scrimmage yards (34 rush, 22 rec.) in Week 7 meeting. Since 2015, is 1 of 2 RBs (JAMES WHITE) with 250+ catches (259) & 10+ rec. TDs (10) • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 7 catches for 80 rec. yards last week. Became 2nd-youngest player to reach 600 catches in NFL history. Had 9 catches for 106 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 7 meeting. Has 397 rec. yards (99.3 per game) & 4 TD catches in his past 4 vs. Ind. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Ind. with TD catch. WR KENNY STILLS had 105 rec. yards in Week 7 meeting. TE DARREN FELLS ties for league lead among TEs with 6 TD catches in 2019. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ rec TDs. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had team-high 10 tackles last week, his 9th career game with 10+ tackles. LB BENARDRICK MCKINNEY had 8 tackles & TFL in Week 11. Had 2 TFL in Week 7 meeting. LB BRENNAN SCARLETT had 7 tackles & sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. S JUSTIN REID has 8+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 at home. NT BRANDON DUNN had INT vs. Ind. in AFC-WC on 1/5/19.

 

Jets’ Bell rips NFL for ‘random’ 5th HGH test

New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell says he has been unfairly targeted by the NFL after taking a fifth test this season for performance enhancers and criticizes the league’s policy.

In a Twitter post Wednesday, Bell questions the NFL’s practice of randomly selecting players to be subjected to the testing. He adds that he won’t take another test this season after he completes the latest.

Bell says the NFL should find players who are actually violating the rule and stop subjecting him to the tests.

The random drug testing is part of a collectively bargained policy between the NFL and NFL Players Association. An independent administrator determines via a computer program which players are tested each week.

Bell was suspended by the NFL for two games in 2014 while he was with Pittsburgh after he was charged with marijuana possession and DUI. He was also suspended four games in 2016 for missing a test.

 

Steelers’ Rudolph: ‘No acceptable excuse’ for role in brawl

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph wanted to get away from Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.

The way Rudolph went about it – a process that contributed to a brawl that culminated with Rudolph getting smacked in the head with his own helmet and led to Garrett getting suspended by the NFL indefinitely – is one the first-year starter regrets.

Saying “there is no acceptable excuse,” Rudolph said his behavior in the final moments of last Thursday’s 21-7 loss to the Browns fell short of the standard set by the league and the Steelers.

“The bottom line is I should have done a better job keeping my composure in that situation,” Rudolph said Wednesday while reading from a prepared statement before briefly taking questions from reporters.

Garrett and Rudolph became entangled on the next-to-last Steelers snap of Cleveland’s lopsided 21-7 victory. Rudolph flipped a short pass to running back Jaylen Samuels just before getting hit by Garrett, who twisted Rudolph to the ground as play continued downfield.

Rudolph took exception to Garrett wrapping him up, calling it “late.” Rudolph said he was trying to separate himself from Garrett – who was not flagged on the play – when he briefly grabbed the back of the 6-foot-4, 272-pound Garrett’s helmet.

“It was the last play of the game and I was just trying to get him from off on top of me,” Rudolph said.

Garrett responded by tugging at Rudolph’s facemask, eventually ripping it off and holding it high while Steelers guard David DeCastro attempted to separate them. Rudolph scrambled to his feet and gave chase in an apparent attempt to retrieve his helmet. Garrett then swung the helmet at Rudolph, connecting on the right side of Rudolph’s head. The chaos that followed included Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey punching and kicking Garrett and Rudolph getting knocked to the ground in a blind-side hit from Cleveland defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi.

In addition to handing out a record suspension to Garrett, the NFL banned Pouncey for three games and ordered Ogunjobi to sit out on Sunday when the Browns host Miami. All three players are appealing. Rudolph said he has not been notified of any fine for his actions but will accept whatever punishment the league metes out.

“I have no ill will toward Myles Garrett, great respect for his ability as a player,” Rudolph said. “And I know if Myles could go back he would handle the situation differently.”

Rudolph said he “definitely didn’t say anything” to escalate the situation with Garrett, calling the ordeal “an unfortunate situation for both teams involved.” Rudolph lamented that his actions led directly to Pouncey’s retaliation against Garrett that resulted in Pittsburgh (5-5) potentially losing the seven-time Pro Bowler during a critical stretch that will go a long way to determining whether they stay in the playoff picture.

 

Paul Brown, Halas, Lambeau among all-time coaching finalists

Such architects of the NFL as Paul Brown, George Halas and Curly Lambeau are among the 20 coaching finalists for the league’s All-Time Team.

The NFL announced the finalists Wedneday, and 10 of them will make the team. A 26-member voting panel is making the choices.

Brown recently was selected as professional football’s greatest game changer. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967, the former Cleveland and Cincinnati coach – he also owned the Bengals – is credited with bringing many now-common elements to the sport like game plans and playbooks; the use of game film in scouting; coaches or coordinators calling plays; a radio transmitter inside the quarterback’s helmet for play-calling; and the helmet facemask.

Halas was a founding member of the NFL and long-time coach and owner of the Chicago Bears. Lambeau, whose name is on the iconic stadium in Green Bay where the Packers play, was a championship coach for the franchise.

The finalists, in alphabetical order:

Bill Belichick

Paul Brown

Guy Chamberlin

Tony Dungy

Weeb Ewbank

Joe Gibbs

Sid Gillman

Bud Grant

George Halas

Curly Lambeau

Tom Landry

Marv Levy

Vince Lombardi

John Madden

Chuck Noll

Steve Owen

Bill Parcells

Fritz Pollard

Don Shula

Bill Walsh

 

What Will The Impact Of MLB’s New Rules Be In 2020?

New rules are something that some people enjoy as much as a trip to the dentist; and for Major League Baseball, new rules often mean putting the game through more growing pains than having a root canal done.  This season, the league is looking to speed up the game (where have we heard this one before?) by making some more rules changes.  There are also some rules being updated to prevent a parade of relief pitchers coming out of the bullpen during almost every game in September.  So which rules should baseball fans watch out for; and while ones will have the biggest impact on the 2020 season?  Here are my thoughts on both those questions.

Major League Baseball adopted the 10-day Injured List last season, a change from the 15-day list from year’s past.  For 2020, however, both will be in use, with the 10-day being only for position players, and the 15-day list for pitchers; thereby preventing teams from have starters “hurt,” miss just one turn in the rotation while the “heal” and come right back after not actually missing a spot because of days off in the schedule.  I like this rule and it does make sense because it will serve the goal it is trying to achieve.

The active roster is now 26 instead of 25 players through August 31st, with only 28 players on the active roster from September first to the end of the season.  The second half of this rule is a no-brainer and has been requested for years to make the end of the season play more like the first five months.  Until this year, teams would have too many extra arms in the bullpen to use when facing teams contending for playoff spots, distorting how the game was played.  Now, the rosters won’t get out of hand in September, with teams only adding two players, likely only one pitcher and one hitter, or maybe just a starter/reliever swing man and a third catcher.  All round, this is another good idea that was long overdue.  As for the new 26-man roster, another good idea because the league will likely impose a 13-pitcher limit on each team, meaning there will be one more player on the bench during games for pitch hitting or for extra inning relief of a catcher.

The last rule change is the one that has been the most discussed and debated; the rule calls for every pitcher to face at least three batters during an outing, or get the last out of an inning.  This rule only comes into play when someone called into the game doesn’t get the outs they were set up by the manager to get, leaving them to face batters they may not match up well again.  The change itself was to eliminate the number of mid-inning pitching changes, but could also lead to a few big innings when one pitcher comes in, gives up a home run, but still needs to face one or two more batters before being replaced.  I don’t mind this rule, but it was forced upon the game by managers that needed to over manage in the fifth and sixth innings, just to see their bullpens empty and the game go into extras.  This won’t destroy baseball; however, it does prevent some managers from rolling the dice early in games to stop a big inning from getting ugly quickly.

 

Jimmie Johnson, seven-time NASCAR champion, to retire after 2020 season

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Jimmie Johnson, one of the most decorated champions in stock-car racing, announced the endpoint of his full-time driving career Wednesday, indicating 2020 will mark his final season in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Johnson has spent his entire career with the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet operation, which he has called home since his premier series debut in 2001. He announced the news with a heartfelt video on Twitter and is expected to address the media Thursday afternoon.

“I’m so thankful for 18 incredible years of racing in NASCAR,” Johnson says. “The sport has been good to me. It has allowed me to do something I truly love. I showed up chasing a dream and achieved more than I ever thought possible. I’m looking forward to next season and celebrating what will be my last year as a full-time NASCAR Cup driver. I know what this team is capable of, and I hope 2020 is one of the best yet.”

Johnson has won seven titles in NASCAR’s top division, tied for the all-time most with Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty — both members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s inaugural class. The 44-year-old driver ranks in a tie for sixth on NASCAR’s all-time win list, his 83 victories equaling the total of Cale Yarborough.

Johnson is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500, prevailing in The Great American Race in 2006 and 2013. He also won four times each in the Coca-Cola 600 and Brickyard 400, adding two Southern 500 crowns along the way, but his most distinctive achievement came in the form of an unprecedented streak.

Johnson won his first five championships consecutively from 2006-2010, adding titles in 2013 and ’16. That stretch of success surpassed the previous mark held by Yarborough, who won three straight titles from 1976-78.

The California native last won in June 2017, prevailing on friendly turf at Dover International Speedway, and the drought prompted two high-profile crew chief changes within the span of a year.

 

Koepka withdraws from Presidents Cup, replaced by Fowler

Brooks Koepka’s knee injury is bad enough that he withdrew from the Presidents Cup three weeks before it begins.

Koepka, the No. 1 player in the world who led all qualifiers for the American team, said Wednesday the injury he suffered Oct. 18 at the CJ Cup in South Korea is not recovering well enough for him to complete Dec. 12-15 at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

U.S. captain Tiger Woods replaced him with Rickie Fowler.

“I consider it to be a high honor to be part of the 2019 team and I regret not being able to compete,” Koepka said in a statement. “Since my injury in Korea, I have been in constant contact with Tiger and assured him that I was making every effort to be 100% in time for the Presidents Cup in Australia. However, I need more time to heal.”

Koepka was coming off a season in which he won three times, including a second straight PGA Championship, and had runner-up finishes in the Masters and U.S. Open. When he started the new season in October at Las Vegas, he revealed he had stem cell treatment on his left patella the day after the Tour Championship because his knee had been bothering him over the last five months of the season.

Two weeks later, he was walking down a slope off the tee at the par-5 third hole in the second round of the CJ Cup when his right foot hit a wet piece of concrete and he landed hard on his left knee for support. He shot 75 and withdrew after the round, returning to Florida for treatment.

Koepka has not spoken publicly about the nature of the injury. He was in touch with Woods, who had been contemplating alternative plans.

“Brooks and I talked, and he’s disappointed that he won’t be able to compete,” Woods said. “I told him to get well soon, and that we’re sorry he won’t be with us in Australia. He would clearly be an asset both on the course and in the team room.”

Woods, who used one of his four captain’s picks on himself after winning in Japan, originally left Fowler off the team and said it was the hardest phone call he made when telling prospective players he was not taking them.

Fowler, who got married in the offseason, has not played since the Tour Championship on Aug. 25 and withdrew from the Mayakoba Golf Classic last week because of a stomach bug he picked up during his honeymoon.

He is in the field for the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas the week before the Presidents Cup.

“When I heard Brooks wasn’t going to be ready to play, I was bummed for him and the team,” Fowler said. “Then I got a call from both Brooks and Tiger. I was humbled and excited to be given the chance. To be picked by Tiger to compete with him and the rest of the team is very special. It is impossible to replace the world’s No. 1, but I can assure my teammates and American golf fans that I will be prepared and ready to do my part to bring home the Presidents Cup.”

Koepka had not entered the Hero World Challenge. It remained unclear whether he would be fit in time for the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Jan. 2-5 in Kapalua, or whether he would return to the Saudi International later in January.

Fowler has played on the last two Presidents Cup teams, going 2-0-1 in team play with Justin Thomas at Liberty National in 2017. Among other U.S. players on this team, Fowler previously has played with Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson.

 

Underperforming Maple Leafs fire coach Mike Babcock

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Mike Babcock and replaced him with Sheldon Keefe.

Babcock had a record of 9-10-4 in 2019-20 for the struggling Leafs, who are 0-5-1 in their last six games, including five straight losses in regulation.

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan flew to Arizona on Wednesday to break the news to Babcock along with general manager Kyle Dubas. Shanahan said that he felt he should be present as he hired Babcock in the spring of 2015.

“It wasn’t an easy conversation to have and it wasn’t pleasant, days like today are not,” Shanahan said in Scottsdale, Arizona. “But it was what we felt was important for the club. Once you realize there’s something you should do, and have to do, then it’s best to act on it.”

Toronto, two points out of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, fell 4-2 to the Golden Knights in Vegas on Tuesday night. Babcock’s last win for the Leafs, on Nov. 7 against Vegas, was the 700th of his NHL career. He has a career record of 700-418-19 with Toronto, Detroit and Anaheim.

Hired as part of a massive rebuild, the 56-year-old Babcock went 173-133-45 in his four-plus seasons with Toronto. He joined the Maple Leafs with an impressive resume, having won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008 and back-to-back Olympic gold medals with Canada in 2010 and 2014.

After signing the richest coaching contract in NHL history at US$50 million over eight years, Babcock got Toronto to the playoffs the last three seasons, but was unable to advance beyond the first round.

The 39-year-old Keefe, who has a long history with Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, was in his fifth season as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies. Keefe was 199-89-31 with the Marlies and helped secure the franchise’s first Calder Cup championship in 2018.

 

Ellsbury released by Yankees, who owe $26 million

The Yankees have given up on Jacoby Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder with more than $26 million left in his $153 million, seven-year contract.

Ellsbury, who has not played since 2017, was released Wednesday to clear a 40-man roster spot as New York added seven players to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 draft.

Ellsbury is owed $26,285,714 by the Yankees in one of their biggest free agent mistakes: $21,142,857 for next season plus a $5 million buyout of a $21 million team option for 2021.

New York also cut frequently injured first baseman Greg Bird and left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr., designating the pair for assignment.

Outfielder Estevan Florial was added to the major league roster along with right-handers Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yajure.

Now 36, Ellsbury hit .264 with 39 homers, 198 RBIs and 102 stolen bases in 520 games in six seasons with the Yankees. He spent his first seven seasons with Boston and was in All-Star in 2011, and arrived in New York with a .284 career average, 104 homers, 512 RBIs and 343 steals for Boston.

Ellsbury injured an oblique muscle in his right side early during spring training in 2018, developed a bad back and had surgery on Aug. 6 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. He experienced plantar fasciitis in his right foot during his rehab program before spring training this year.

Bird, who turned 27 on Nov. 9, arrived in New York with great promise in 2015, debuting Aug. 13 and hitting .261 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 46 games. He missed all of 2016 following surgery that Feb. 2 to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, an injury originally sustained that May with Double-A Trenton.

Bird returned to bat .451 with eight homers in spring training during 2017 but fouled a ball off his right ankle March 30, started the season 6 for 60 and went on the disabled list May 2. When the foot did not improve, Bird had surgery July 18 to remove a bone in the ankle. He returned in late August and hit three home runs in the playoffs, including a seventh-inning drive off Andrew Miller that lifted New York to a 1-0 win over Cleveland in Game 3 of the Division Series.

 

Report: MLB will take hard line on economic issues in labor negotiations

If you needed another suggestion that the upcoming labor negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA are going to be very difficult, commissioner Rob Manfred provided one Wednesday.

According to Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports, Manfred told the MLBPA in negotiations Wednesday that there is “not going to be a deal where we pay you in economics to get labor peace.” He also added that “maybe Marvin Miller’s financial system doesn’t work anymore.”

Those in the room came away with the belief that Manfred’s statement on Miller could mean that the owners will pursue a salary cap or significant changes to the free agency and arbitration systems that have been in place for nearly 50 years, though Manfred’s lack of clarity means his words are open to interpretation.

Essentially, get ready for a major labor fight. Players are unhappy at the state of free agency and the reluctance of numerous teams to spend money. One player even suggested that a strike may be the only way to fix the state of the game. If MLB is going to stick to its guns on economic issues, the odds of a work stoppage of some sort increase significantly.

 

Female reporter unloads on Charles Barkley over ‘joke’ that he wanted to hit her

Charles Barkley is known for pushing the envelope with his unapologetic style, and that is the main reason his time as a broadcast analyst has been arguably more successful than his playing career. It also gets him into trouble on occasion.

Alexi McCammond, a reporter for Axios, took to Twitter on Tuesday night to reveal that Barkley made what he called a “joke” to her about wanting to assault her. She said the remark came in response to her pointing out inconsistencies with Barkley’s political endorsements.

Barkley obviously had no intention of hitting McCammond, but the reporter wasn’t the only one who didn’t see the humor in his comment. Many people began unloading on the Hall of Famer and pointing out that he has made inappropriate quips about domestic violence in the past in addition to providing sexist commentary.

These are the reasons Barkley is a polarizing figure who drives ratings. On one side you have people who will laugh at what he said to McCammond, and on the other there are people who are outraged. Barkley has shown in the past with remarks like the ones he made about the women of San Antonio that he is unafraid of ruffling feathers. Although when he crosses the line, he does apologize like he did on Wednesday.

 

Cincinnati Bearcats take shot at Bengals to promote upcoming game

The Cincinnati Bengals are having one of their worst seasons in franchise history, and an institution of higher learning located nearby is trying to use the team’s struggles to its advantage.

Unlike the Bengals, the University of Cincinnati football team has won a game this year. In fact, the Bearcats have won nine and are currently 9-1 and ranked No. 19 in the nation. They’re playing Temple on Saturday night for a chance to win the AAC East championship, and the school is promoting the contest as “our city’s biggest game of the year.”

If there was any doubt that the Bearcats were taking a shot at the Bengals, the spelling of “Saturdey” seals it. That is an obvious play on the “Who Dey” chant Bengals fans do to support their team.

The Bengals are 0-10 heading into Week 12 and look like they have a great shot to land the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which is a good thing given the current state of their quarterback situation. They may not have expected an in-state school to kick them while they were down, but they certainly deserve the criticism.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

TODAY IN SPORTS-1900

NEW YORK-Ban Johnson, president of the new American League, announced his intention today to expand to Eastern cities and take on the established National League next season. He proclaimed his newly renamed and reconstituted eight-team circuit a major league and said it would stretch from Milwaukee in the West to such cities as Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington in the East.
The renamed league, which until last season was called the Western Association, is to begin play with eight teams: the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Pilgrims, Chicago White Stockings, Cleveland Spiders, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators.
Only three franchises that were part of the old Western Association will be included in the new American League. These are Chicago, situated in St. Paul through the end of last year; Detroit and Milwaukee. The other clubs that played in the old Western Association, namely Kansas City, Toledo, Minneapolis, Grand Rapids and Indianapolis, will be disbanded.
Johnson has persuaded Connie Mack, manager of Milwaukee last season, to take command of the new Philadelphia club, having promised him a one-quarter ownership in the franchise. When Orioles manager John McGraw said a team in Philadelphia would be “a white elephant,” meaning a money loser, Mack replied by making the white elephant the team’s symbol. Johnson intends to staff the Washington franchise with the manager and several players from the Kansas City club.
The American League proved stable. In fact, all eight franchises are alive today, despite moves and expansion contortions. Milwaukee became the St. Louis Browns in 1902, and the Browns became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954. The original Orioles became the New York Highlanders (later the Yankees) in 1903. And the Philadelphia A’s moved to Kansas City in 1955.
The following account about the origins of the league, by Arthur Daley, appeared in The Times in November 1960. The league at the time was considering the creation of expansion franchises in Los Angeles and Washington, the latter to replace the old Senators, who had moved to Minnesota for the 1961 season.

NEW YORK-Raw winds knifed in from Lake Michigan and blunted themselves against the ornate coping and windows of the Grand Palace Hotel in Chicago on Nov. 21, 1900. In a third- floor room sports history was being made. In a clear and flowing hand the secretary of the group wrote out baseball’s Declaration of Independence. He began it this way:
“We the undersigned, desiring to reorganize The American League of Professional Base Ball Clubs…”
Thus did the American League spring into being as a challenger to the National League. It was the culmination of nine years of thorough and careful planning by a reformed Cincinnati sports writer named Byron Bancroft Johnson. A dominating, domineering figure, Ban Johnson drove the Americans to a position of pre-eminence during his twenty-seven years as president.
Sixty years-less four days-later, the American League will gather in another momentous meeting tomorrow. Once again reorganization will be a topic, but if any raw winds knife against the conclave headquarters at the Savoy Hilton they’ll be from the lake in Central Park, not from Lake Michigan. And the preparatory work has not encompassed nine years but twenty- two days.

  

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1911       Hal Chase resigns as Highlanders manager after the team finishes in sixth place with a 76-76 won-loss record. The slick-fielding first baseman will remain with New York as a player until the team trades him to the White Sox during the 1913 season.

1913       The Phillies become the first major league team to play in Wilmington, NC when they beat the International League’s Baltimore Orioles, 5-1, in front of nearly 2,000 fans at the city’s Sunset Park. After the Wilmington Baseball Stock company is formed in November and successfully raises money to improve the playing conditions at the local park, Philadelphia selects the Port City to be its spring training home for the next two seasons, departing after finishing their 1915 exhibition schedule, citing logistical problems.

1934       The Yankees purchase Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League. The son of Italian immigrants will be one of the three brothers to play in the major leagues.

1952       Dodger hurler Joe Black (15-4, 2.15, 85), receiving 19 of 24 first-place votes, is selected as the National League’s Rookie of the Year. Hoyt Wilhelm, Dick Groat, and Eddie Mathews also garner first-place votes.

1970       Mets’ outfielder Tommy Agee becomes the first non-pitcher to win a Gold Glove in each league. The New York flycatcher also won the honor with the White Sox during his 1966 Rookie of the Year season.

1972       Carlton Fisk (.293, 22, 61) becomes the first unanimous choice for the American League’s Rookie of the Year award. The 24 year-old Red Sox All-Star backstop will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

1972       The BBWAA selects Jon Matlack (15-10, 2.32) as National League Rookie of the Year. The 22 year-old Mets southpaw becomes the second player in team history to win the award, joining teammate Tom Seaver, who copped the honor in 1967.

1973       Pete Rose (274 points, 12 first-place votes) edges Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell (250 points, ten first-place votes) to win the NL Most Valuable Player award. The Reds left fielder led the circuit in plate appearances (752) and hits (230), finishing the season with a league-leading .338 average to win his third, and last, batting title.

1983       Mets’ outfielder Darryl Strawberry breaks Los Angeles’ four-year stronghold on the Rookie of the Year Award when he becomes the first non-Dodger to win the honor since 1978. Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, Fernando Valenzuela, and Steve Sax had been the previous winners.

1989       The Yankees sign Pascual Perez to a three-year, $5.7 million contract. The free-agent deal will prove to be disastrous for New York when the right-handed starter spends 150 weeks on the disabled list, and MLB suspends him for the entire 1992 season after failing another drug test.

1990       Mike Boddicker, 17-8 with Boston this season, signs a three-year deal with the Royals as a free agent worth approximately $9 million. The 33 year-old right-hander is slated to be the #2 starter in John Wathan’s rotation, behind two-time Cy Young winner Bret Saberhagen.

1991       After raising his batting average over 80 points from last season, Terry Pendleton (.319, 22, 86) wins the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award. The Braves’ third baseman surprisingly out-distances runner-up Pirate outfielder Barry Bonds (.292, 25, 116).

2000       Citing statistics to a U.S. Senate panel, commissioner Bud Selig states it is time for ‘sweeping changes’ in the game’s economic makeup, raising the possibility of a work stoppage after the current contract expires October 31, 2001.

2002       To appeal more to women and families, Major League Baseball announces a partnership with five year-old Women’s Pro Softball League, recently renamed National Pro Fastpitch. MLB will provide sponsorship support along with giving the softball players a presence at big league events.

2002       In the earliest scheduled season opener in major league history, the A’s and Mariners will start the season in Tokyo, Japan on March 25. The two-game series will feature recent American League Rookies of the Year Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001).

2002       The Expos may play approximately twenty-five percent of their home games in (22 of 81) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Away ‘home games’ are not unprecedented as the Dodgers played seven games in Newark, N.J. in 1956 and 1957, and the White Sox, filling a void when the Braves left, played nine games in Milwaukee in 1968 and another 11 the following season.

2007       The Angels and Twins free-agent Torii Hunter agree to a five-year deal reportedly worth $90 million. The acquisition of the 32 year-old Gold Glove center fielder comes as a surprise because the Halos already have an outstanding outfield which includes Gary Matthews, Jr., Garret Anderson, and Vladimir Guerrero.

2008       The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune report a there is a tentative agreement between the White Sox and 19 year-old phenom Dayan Viciedo, pending the outcome of a physical. The Cuban infielder/outfielder hopes to get an opportunity to play third base with the Pale Hose, his preferred position.

2009       Responding to the fans’ ire that little was done to commemorate the team’s past at Citi Field, the Mets announce the entrances now will be named for the persons who have had their number retired by the franchise, Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver, and Casey Stengel as well as naming the outfield bridge in honor of William Shea. Additionally, the venue will feature a team Hall of Fame and Museum, a display of full-color banners of Mets players in front of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, and the light poles in the parking lots will feature team logos.

2010       Eleven years after resigning from his last managerial position, former Houston (1994-96) and Anaheim (1997-99) manager Terry Collins is selected to replace Jerry Manuel, the team’s former manager fired a day after the season ended. The 61 year-old new skipper, known in the past for alienating some of his players due to his old school approach, compiled a 444-434 won-loss record, finishing second five of his six years in the dugout.

2011       All-Star reliever Joe Nathan agrees to a reported two-year deal worth $14.5 million to save games for the Rangers. The signing will give Neftali Feliz, the team’s current closer, the opportunity to be shifted to the reigning American League champion’s starting rotation.

2011       According to Dutch police, Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death early this morning in Rotterdam. The 24 year-old Dutch player’s younger brother, Jason, is arrested for the killing but is released from custody, and eventually freed, because of a psychosis that had been induced in part by his use of marijuana was deemed responsible for the singular event with only a remote chance of any reoccurrence.

2011       Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40) is named the American League’s Most Valuable Player, becoming the first starting pitcher to receive the award since in 1986 when Roger Clemens accomplished the feat. The Tiger right-hander, who won the A.L. Cy Young Award unanimously last week, received 13 of 28 first-place votes and a total of 280 points, besting Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who was listed first on four writers’ ballots and had 242 points.

 

WORLD SERIES HISTORY

1931 World Series

St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs Philadelphia Athletics (3)

Baseball’s relentless dynasty, the Philadelphia Athletics, once again topped the American League on their way to a possible “three-peat” against their previous Series rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Once again, the A’s had dominated the standings with outstanding play by Al Simmons, who won his second consecutive American League batting title with a .390 average (nine points higher than in 1930) and added twenty-two home runs and one-hundred twenty-eight runs batted in.

His equal on the defensive side was Lefty Grove, who won sixteen consecutive decisions and was 79-15 over the last three seasons. Both players continued their pace in Game 1 with Grove throwing a twelve-hit, 6-2 opener that was complimented by a Simmons’ two-run blast in the seventh.

One standout on the Cardinals side was centerfielder Pepper Martin who had managed three hits off the A’s veteran lefthander. After playing seven minor-league seasons and making two small appearances in the majors, Martin had finally been given a shot at the big leagues and he responded with a .300 batting average. Both he and Series veteran “Wild” Bill Hallahan teamed up to even the score with Philadelphia on both sides of the plate. Martin got things rolling in the second, when he doubled, stole third and then scored on a long fly ball. In the seventh, he singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a squeeze bunt. Hallahan did his part too and held the A’s hitless for five innings for a three-hit, 2-0 victory.

St. Louis veteran Burleigh Grimes, a seventeen-game winner in the regular season, was given the start for Game 3. His specialty pitch “the spitball” had been outlawed by the league in 1920, but pitchers who were using the technique at the time, were allowed to continue for the remainder of their careers. Grimes, thankful for the league’s generosity, had used the wet ball as an advantage for eleven seasons and many younger batters resented the thirty-eight year-old as a result. The pitch served him well as he threw a two-hit, 5-2 masterpiece that put his team ahead two games to one. Down, but far from out, Connie Mack’s Athletics were determined to even the score in Game 4. The ’30 Series hero, George Earnshaw (a twenty game-winner) returned to the mound for a two-hit, 3-0 triumph that put his team back in the hunt. Hitting had definitely taken a backseat to pitching throughout the Series and both bullpens were filled with talent. It was anyone’s game and many fans felt that it would be a matter of who blinked first.

Philadelphia’s skipper knew that Game 5 called for something special. Mack turned to a thirty-two year-old veteran who he had signed on waivers from the Detroit Tigers in June. Waite Hoyt, who had pitched in six World Series for the New York Yankees and compiled a 6-3 record in the fall classic, was chosen to go up against “Wild” Bill Hallahan. In a shocking turn of events, it was Hoyt who blinked first in a 5-1 loss that featured more extraordinary play by Pepper Martin. Once again the centerfielder had dominated the scorecard with a run-scoring fly in the first, a bunt in the fourth, a two-run homer in the sixth and a run-scoring single in the eighth. After five games, Martin had obtained a .667 batting average (going twelve-for-eighteen at the plate), five runs scored, four doubles, one homer, five runs batted in and five stolen bases.

For the first time in three years, the Philadelphia Athletics had found themselves as the underdogs. Fortunately all was not lost as Lefty Grove came up clutch with five-hit, 8-1 victory over rookie Paul Derringer. The A’s had once again evened it up at three games apiece, but they were running out of chances. For the final outing, two unlikely heroes stepped up to the plate and made every at bat count. The Card’s third-baseman Andy High and right-fielder George Watkins had been having a miserable Series while going for a combined three-for-twenty two.

All that changed in Game 7 as they collected all of the Cardinals’ hits. After a wild pitch and an error helped St. Louis to two first inning runs, High singled in the third and Watkins followed with a home run that staked pitcher Burleigh Grimes to a 4-0 lead. The master of the “spitball” was strong through eight innings, but needed relief from Hallahan in the ninth. Surprisingly, the last out of the 4-2 triumph, came on a fly ball to Pepper Martin who had left his mark all over the Cardinals second World Series title. Although he had gone hitless in the final two outings, the “minor-league workhorse – turned major league thoroughbred” finished with a .500 batting average.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BEST GAMES

Penn State 14, Miami 10

Jan. 2, 1987; Tempe, Ariz., Fiesta Bowl

Penn State was playing in its fourth national title game in nine years, hoping to win its second championship. Miami was the new national power, also owning a title and hoping for a second. Both teams were undefeated, but the No. 1 Hurricanes entered the Jan. 2 showdown in Tempe as the decisive favorite over the No. 2 Nittany Lions. The 1-2 matchup in Tempe was arranged and moved back to prime time on Jan. 2 to give it a Super Bowl-like feel. It all succeeded — NBC drew record ratings — with a week of hype and story lines, including Miami players infamously showing up to Arizona dressed in battle fatigues and storming out of a game-week steak fry. Penn State looked overmatched at the start, as QB John Shaffer — whose only loss as a starter dating back to middle school was the ’85 national title game — was sacked for a loss of 15 on the first play, then sacked again. Miami out-gained Penn State 133-7 in the first quarter, and yet there was no score. Safety Ray Isom set the tone with a massive hit on Michael Irvin, and Penn State’s defense spent the night baffling Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde. Melvin Bratton put Miami ahead 7-0 after a PSU interception, but Penn State responded with a drive, and Shaffer scored from seven yards out to even the score at halftime.

After a mistake-filled third quarter, Miami took a 10-7 lead with 11:49 left. Penn State punted, but Shane Conlan intercepted Testaverde and returned it 39 yards to the five. D.J. Dozier soon punched it in for the go-ahead TD with 8:13 left. After a Miami fumble and a punt, it got one last chance from its own 23-yard line. Testaverde completed a big fourth-down pass to Brian Blades, and the Canes charged down the field. Against a gassed PSU defense, Testaverde completed four more passes to push the Canes inside the 10. Testaverde was sacked on second down. A pass was incomplete on third. That set up fourth-and-goal at the 13 with 18 seconds left and the title on the line. Penn State dropped eight into coverage, and Testaverde threw his fifth interception as Pete Giftopoulos sealed Penn State’s championship.

 

SUPER BOWL HISTORY

1990: Super Bowl 25

Site: Tampa Bay

Result: New York Giants 20 Buffalo Bills 19

MVP: Ottis Anderson (RB, New York)

Summary: Buffalo’s Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal on the final play to end one of the great Super Bowls of all-time and certainly the best one played to this point. New York used a steady ground game, keyed by Anderson’s 102 yards on 21 carries, to keep a potent Buffalo offense off the field. The Giants held the ball for over 40 minutes, a Super Bowl record. Buffalo’s Thurman Thomas ran for 135 yards, scored a go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter and made quite a case for game MVP, even in defeat.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
New England Patriots 9 1 0 .900 0.0 287 108 4 – 0 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 6 – 1 – 0 4 – 0 – 0 1 W
Baltimore Ravens 8 2 0 .800 0.0 341 196 4 – 1 – 0 4 – 1 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 6 W
Kansas City Chiefs 7 4 0 .636 0.0 308 256 2 – 3 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 1 W
Indianapolis Colts 6 4 0 .600 0.0 227 206 4 – 2 – 0 2 – 2 – 0 5 – 4 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 1 W
Buffalo Bills 7 3 0 .700 0.0 211 170 3 – 2 – 0 4 – 1 – 0 5 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 1 W
Houston Texans 6 4 0 .600 0.0 245 232 3 – 1 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 5 – 2 – 0 2 – 1 – 0 1 L
Oakland Raiders 6 4 0 .600 0.0 225 250 5 – 1 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 4 – 2 – 0 2 – 1 – 0 3 W
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 5 0 .500 1.0 200 202 4 – 2 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 4 – 3 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 1 L
Tennessee Titans 5 5 0 .500 1.0 203 197 3 – 2 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 4 – 0 0 – 2 – 0 1 W
Cleveland Browns 4 6 0 .400 2.0 192 228 2 – 3 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 4 – 3 – 0 2 – 0 – 0 2 W
Jacksonville Jaguars 4 6 0 .400 2.0 189 222 2 – 3 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 4 – 4 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 2 L
Los Angeles Chargers 4 7 0 .364 2.5 224 218 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 2 – 6 – 0 0 – 3 – 0 2 L
Denver Broncos 3 7 0 .300 3.0 172 197 2 – 3 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 3 – 4 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 1 L
New York Jets 3 7 0 .300 3.0 164 255 2 – 3 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 0 – 6 – 0 0 – 4 – 0 2 W
Miami Dolphins 2 8 0 .200 4.0 139 305 1 – 5 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 2 – 6 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 1 L
Cincinnati Bengals 0 10 0 .000 6.0 147 276 0 – 4 – 0 0 – 6 – 0 0 – 6 – 0 0 – 3 – 0 10 L
 
National Football Conference
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
San Francisco 49ers 9 1 0 .900 0.0 295 155 4 – 1 – 0 5 – 0 – 0 6 – 1 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 1 W
Green Bay Packers 8 2 0 .800 0.0 250 205 5 – 1 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 1 W
New Orleans Saints 8 2 0 .800 0.0 238 199 4 – 1 – 0 4 – 1 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 2 – 1 – 0 1 W
Dallas Cowboys 6 4 0 .600 0.0 286 197 3 – 2 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 4 – 0 – 0 1 W
Seattle Seahawks 8 2 0 .800 0.0 275 254 3 – 2 – 0 5 – 0 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 3 W
Minnesota Vikings 8 3 0 .727 0.0 289 205 5 – 0 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 2 W
Los Angeles Rams 6 4 0 .600 1.5 243 198 3 – 2 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 4 – 3 – 0 0 – 2 – 0 1 W
Philadelphia Eagles 5 5 0 .500 2.5 234 230 3 – 2 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 4 – 0 1 – 1 – 0 1 L
Carolina Panthers 5 5 0 .500 2.5 228 257 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 2 – 5 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 2 L
Chicago Bears 4 6 0 .400 3.5 169 174 2 – 3 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 4 – 0 2 – 1 – 0 1 L
Detroit Lions 3 6 1 .350 4.0 244 272 2 – 3 – 0 1 – 3 – 1 2 – 4 – 1 0 – 3 – 0 3 L
Arizona Cardinals 3 7 1 .318 4.5 248 317 1 – 3 – 1 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 6 – 1 0 – 3 – 0 4 L
Atlanta Falcons 3 7 0 .300 4.5 220 262 1 – 3 – 0 2 – 4 – 0 3 – 4 – 0 2 – 0 – 0 2 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 7 0 .300 4.5 277 313 1 – 4 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 6 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 1 L
New York Giants 2 8 0 .200 5.5 203 289 1 – 4 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 2 – 5 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 6 L
Washington Redskins 1 9 0 .100 6.5 125 253 0 – 5 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 0 – 6 – 0 0 – 3 – 0 4 L

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Boston 11 3 .786 5-0 6-3 3-1 7-1 8-2 1 L
Milwaukee 11 3 .786 3-1 8-2 4-0 7-2 9-1 5 W
Miami 10 3 .769 0.5 6-0 4-3 2-0 6-0 8-2 4 W
Toronto 10 4 .714 1.0 6-0 4-4 0-1 5-2 7-3 2 W
Philadelphia 9 5 .643 2.0 5-0 4-5 2-0 7-1 5-5 2 W
Indiana 8 6 .571 3.0 5-2 3-4 3-4 7-5 7-3 1 W
Brooklyn 6 8 .429 5.0 4-3 2-5 1-0 3-3 5-5 1 W
Orlando 6 8 .429 5.0 6-3 0-5 1-1 4-5 4-6 1 L
Charlotte 6 9 .400 5.5 3-4 3-5 4-4 4-6 2 L
10 Chicago 5 10 .333 6.5 3-5 2-5 2-4 4-8 4-6 1 W
11 Washington 4 8 .333 6.0 2-3 2-5 0-1 1-4 3-7 1 W
12 Atlanta 4 10 .286 7.0 2-5 2-5 1-2 2-5 2-8 4 L
13 Cleveland 4 10 .286 7.0 2-4 2-6 2-2 4-9 2-8 5 L
14 Detroit 4 10 .286 7.0 3-3 1-7 2-3 4-9 2-8 5 L
15 New York 4 11 .267 7.5 3-4 1-7 0-4 2-9 3-7 1 L
 
Western Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 12 2 .857 8-1 4-1 3-1 8-1 9-1 5 W
Denver 10 3 .769 1.5 5-2 5-1 2-0 6-2 7-3 3 W
Houston 11 4 .733 1.5 6-1 5-3 3-0 8-1 8-2 1 L
LA Clippers 10 5 .667 2.5 9-1 1-4 2-1 6-4 7-3 3 W
Dallas 9 5 .643 3.0 5-3 4-2 3-0 5-2 6-4 3 W
Utah 9 5 .643 3.0 6-1 3-4 2-1 6-5 6-4 1 W
Phoenix 7 6 .538 4.5 5-4 2-2 3-2 4-4 5-5 2 L
Minnesota 8 7 .533 4.5 3-5 5-2 1-2 3-4 4-6 1 L
Sacramento 6 7 .462 5.5 4-3 2-4 1-2 3-5 6-4 2 W
10 Oklahoma City 5 9 .357 7.0 5-3 0-6 0-2 3-6 4-6 2 L
11 Memphis 5 9 .357 7.0 3-6 2-3 1-2 3-6 4-6 2 L
12 New Orleans 5 9 .357 7.0 4-4 1-5 0-3 4-5 5-5 2 W
13 Portland 5 10 .333 7.5 1-4 4-6 1-1 4-7 2-8 2 L
14 San Antonio 5 10 .333 7.5 4-4 1-6 0-2 3-6 1-9 7 L
15 Golden State 3 13 .188 10.0 1-6 2-7 0-3 3-11 2-8 1 L
 

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Washington Capitals 24 16 4 4 36 13 90 73 6-2-3 10-2-1 7-2-1
Boston Bruins 21 13 3 5 31 13 75 54 7-0-4 6-3-1 5-2-3
New York Islanders 19 15 3 1 31 13 63 46 9-2-1 6-1-0 9-0-1
Carolina Hurricanes 21 13 7 1 27 12 74 61 7-3-0 6-4-1 6-4-0
Florida Panthers 21 11 5 5 27 8 79 76 5-2-2 6-3-3 6-3-1
Montreal Canadiens 22 11 6 5 27 9 75 69 6-3-2 5-3-3 5-2-3
Pittsburgh Penguins 21 11 7 3 25 10 71 55 7-3-2 4-4-1 5-2-3
Philadelphia Flyers 21 10 7 4 24 7 63 65 6-1-3 4-6-1 5-2-3
Buffalo Sabres 21 10 8 3 23 9 60 63 6-3-2 4-5-1 2-6-2
10 Toronto Maple Leafs 23 9 10 4 22 8 73 81 6-3-4 3-7-0 3-5-2
11 Ottawa Senators 22 10 11 1 21 10 61 70 6-4-0 4-7-1 7-3-0
12 Tampa Bay Lightning 18 9 7 2 20 8 65 62 4-2-1 5-5-1 5-4-1
13 New York Rangers 19 9 8 2 20 9 64 67 6-4-2 3-4-0 6-3-1
14 Columbus Blue Jackets 20 8 8 4 20 8 50 65 5-5-1 3-3-3 3-5-2
15 New Jersey Devils 20 7 9 4 18 6 51 74 3-4-4 4-5-0 5-4-1
16 Detroit Red Wings 23 7 13 3 17 7 54 86 4-6-1 3-7-2 3-5-2
 
Western Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 22 13 4 5 31 13 65 62 6-2-3 7-2-2 7-1-2
Edmonton Oilers 23 14 6 3 31 13 76 63 7-2-2 7-4-1 6-2-2
Colorado Avalanche 21 13 6 2 28 13 76 61 6-2-1 7-4-1 5-4-1
Arizona Coyotes 22 13 7 2 28 10 64 49 6-4-0 7-3-2 6-3-1
Winnipeg Jets 22 13 8 1 27 11 61 65 5-5-1 8-3-0 7-2-1
Vegas Golden Knights 23 11 9 3 25 9 72 67 6-4-2 5-5-1 3-4-3
Dallas Stars 22 12 8 2 26 12 61 53 6-3-1 6-5-1 8-1-1
Vancouver Canucks 22 10 8 4 24 8 70 65 5-2-3 5-6-1 2-5-3
Calgary Flames 24 10 11 3 23 8 62 73 6-3-2 4-8-1 4-5-1
10 Chicago Blackhawks 21 9 8 4 22 9 63 63 6-4-2 3-4-2 6-2-2
11 Anaheim Ducks 22 10 10 2 22 10 59 64 6-4-2 4-6-0 3-5-2
12 Nashville Predators 20 9 8 3 21 9 71 68 6-4-2 3-4-1 3-5-2
13 San Jose Sharks 22 10 11 1 21 8 65 78 7-5-0 3-6-1 6-4-0
14 Minnesota Wild 21 8 11 2 18 8 57 70 4-1-2 4-10-0 4-4-2
15 Los Angeles Kings 21 8 12 1 17 8 53 75 6-4-0 2-8-1 4-5-1