BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
|Harrison 46, Rossville 37|
|Lafayette Jeff 96, Metropolitan 58|
|Mississinewa 80, Marion 78|
|Warren Central 81, Tech 67|
|West Lafayette 43, McCutcheon 29|
|Lincoln 56, Union City 45 ©|
|Centerville 56, Eastern Hancock 54|
|Connersville 42, Union County 24|
|Knightstown 56, Tri 34 ©|
|Northeastern 71, Seton Catholic 56|
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
|Tri 37, Knightstown 15 ©|
|Winchester 45, Hagerstown 26 ©|
STATE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FINALS
Class A State Championship | 12 pm ET / 11 am CT
Lafayette Central Catholic (11-3) vs. Indianapolis Lutheran (13-0)
Class 3A State Championship | 3:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm CT
Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (13-1) vs. Heritage Hills (14-0)
Class 5A State Championship | 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT
Valparaiso (13-0) vs. New Palestine (13-0)
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019
Class 2A State Championship | 12 pm ET / 11 am CT
Eastbrook (12-2) vs. Western Boone (13-1)
Class 4A State Championship | 3:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm CT
East Noble (14-0) vs. Evansville Memorial (12-1)
Class 6A State Championship | 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT
Carmel (10-3) vs. Center Grove (8-5)
MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
|Men’s College Basketball|
WOMEN’S TOP 25
Davis’ 41 points lead Lakers past Pelicans, 114-110
Anthony Davis capped a 41-point performance in his return to New Orleans by intercepting Jrue Holiday’s inbound pass with 5 seconds left and making a pair of game-sealing free throws, and the Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to nine games with a 114-110 victory over the Pelicans on Wednesday night.
A packed-in and energetic crowd booed Davis during introductions and virtually every time he handled the ball, only to see him and new teammate LeBron James take over the fourth quarter.
James had 29 points and 11 assists, scoring 15 points in the final period, when Kyle Kuzma also added nine of his 16 points to help the Lakers erase a 10-point deficit.
Kuzma gave the Lakers the lead for good when he hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:07 to go, making it 111-109.
New Orleans trimmed it to 111-110 when Josh Hart hit one of two free throws, and after turnover by James as he was swarmed in the paint, JJ Redick had an open look from 3-point range for the lead that rimmed out. The Pelicans were forced to foul Davis, who missed one of two free throws, giving the Pelicans 5 seconds to run a play for the tie or lead. But that’s when Davis sealed it, stepping in front of Brandon Ingram for his third steal.
Holiday had 29 points and 12 assists, and Ingram had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who dropped their third straight game.
Bucks beat Hawks 111-102 in Middleton’s return
Without Khris Middleton’s productive return, the Milwaukee Bucks might not have outlasted the Atlanta Hawks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 10 rebounds, Middleton scored 16 points in his return from injury and the Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-102 for their ninth consecutive victory.
Middleton, who had been out since Nov. 10 with a thigh contusion, didn’t start and played 20 minutes. He helped the Bucks rally after they trailed through three quarters.
“I think guys were trying to pull it together and trying to fight through a little bit of fatigue or (being) banged up,” the All-Star forward said. “We’re still figuring out ways to win ballgames, which is the most important thing.”
Antetokounmpo followed his season-high 50 points on Monday by notching his 18th consecutive double-double. The reigning MVP’s streak of double-doubles is the longest to begin a season since Bill Walton opened with 34 straight in 1976-77.
Antetokounmpo was 5 for 13 from the free throw line for the Eastern Conference leaders, on their longest winning streak since winning 10 straight in 1985-86.
Former Bucks forward Jabari Parker scored a season-high 33 points for the Hawks and added 14 rebounds, also a season high. Trae Young scored 29 points as Atlanta (4-14) dropped its eighth straight.
“It’s always going to be about putting that complete game together and understanding from a strategic standpoint, from a game-plan standpoint, from an effort standpoint, how to do that,” said Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce. “The makes and misses aren’t the issue.”
Parker, who played for Milwaukee from 2014-18, scored the Hawks’ first eight points on their way to a 17-15 lead. Then Milwaukee scored 18 straight, getting seven from Middleton, to jump to a 33-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Hawks battled back in the second period, behind Parker’s 15 points and Young’s 14. By the time Young drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer going into halftime, they had shaved the Bucks’ lead to 60-59.
Walker scores 39, Celtics beat Nets 121-110
Kemba Walker scored 39 points in his first game back after leaving the court on a stretcher, with his neck in a brace.
It was almost enough to make the Boston fans forget about the guy he replaced.
But not quite.
On a night the fans seemed more interested in taunting former Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, Walker returned from a neck injury to score a season high and lead Boston to a 121-110 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
“I’ve been over it. I could have played last game, honestly,” Walker said. “If I’m on the court, I’m on the court. I wasn’t thinking about anything (but) wanting to win.”
Walker left Boston’s game against Denver on Friday after a head-to-torso collision with Semi Ojeleye and missed Monday’s game against Sacramento. He played 31 minutes on Wednesday, adding six rebounds and four assists. He scored 13 in the third quarter, when the Celtics scored nine in a row to turn a one-point deficit into a 91-83 lead they never relinquished.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said sometimes head-first collisions can be serious even though they don’t look all that bad, and sometimes the ones that look bad turn out to be minor.
“For him to be playing, and even feeling fresh, five days later is very fortunate,” Stevens said. “It’s good to see.”
Jaylen Brown added 22 points and 10 rebounds and Jayson Tatum had 16 points and nine boards for the Celtics, who improved to 7-0 at home.
Garrett Temple scored 22 points and Joe Harris had 21 for Brooklyn, which made a season-high 21 of the 56 3-point shots it attempted. Jarrett Allen had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Spencer Dinwiddie had 16 points and 11 assists.
But the biggest name for the Nets – at least as far as the Boston fans were concerned – was Irving, who has missed the last seven games with a sore shoulder. The crowd came to heckle him, even in his absence.
No. 11 Oregon tops No. 13 Seton Hall 71-69 at Atlantis
Myles Powell and Seton Hall came roaring out of halftime with a torrid outside shooting display that left Oregon wobbled and facing a massive hole.
“Our guys were staggered, no doubt,” Ducks coach Dana Altman said.
And yet, in a matchup of highly ranked teams to end the Battle 4 Atlantis’ first day, the Ducks hung around long enough to slow Powell’s one-man show, climb back in it and ultimately steal a wild win.
Shakur Juiston scored on a putback with 14.4 seconds left and No. 11 Oregon rallied from 19 points down in the second half to beat No. 13 Seton Hall 71-69 in Wednesday night’s opening round.
Quite a change for a team that Altman described as “confused” and “walking around in a daze” after watching a 34-30 halftime deficit balloon to 49-30 in a span of 3 1/2 minutes.
“To their credit, they did a tremendous job of fighting back,” Altman said. “Once we got it under 10, I thought we had a shot.”
Powell, a preseason Associated Press All-American, came in averaging better than 22 points per game. He was nothing short of brilliant for much of the night, finishing with 32 points for the No. 2 scoring total in the nine-year history of the event.
Oregon tied the game at 69 on two free throws from Payton Pritchard with 1:09 left, then got the ball back with a chance for the lead. Pritchard airballed a 3-pointer – only to have the ball end up with Juiston underneath for the putback and Oregon’s first lead since the game’s opening minutes.
“I guess I was at the right place at the right time,” Juiston said. “I had seen Payton shoot it. I never doubted his shot, but I wanted to go box out and it just happened to fall short. My hand was just pretty much right there. I didn’t think about dribbling, I just thought about going up and trying to finish the play.”
No. 4 Kansas beats Dayton 90-84 in overtime for Maui title
Devon Dotson seemed to be running on fumes as the game wore on, but he still made big shots and continually found ways to get to the rim.
Big man Udoka Azubuike bulled his way through Dayton’s defense all day, particularly in overtime, and even hit his free throws.
The duo is one of the best Bill Self has had in 16 seasons at Kansas.
They’re certainly a big reason the Jayhawks won their third Maui Invitational title and will be among the favorites to cut down the nets in April.
Dotson scored 31 points, Azubuike had seven of his 29 in overtime and No. 4 Kansas outlasted Dayton 90-84 in the Maui Invitational championship game on Wednesday.
“When he has it going and the attention is on him, that opens up for other players,” Dotson said. “So it’s just kind of a 1-2 punch. We read the defense, take what’s given to us.”
The Flyers and Jayhawks spent much of the afternoon trading leads and highlight-reel plays in a bleacher-shaking atmosphere inside the bandbox Lahaina Civic Center.
Kansas (6-1) looked as if it would run away with a late 11-0 run in regulation.
The Flyers refused to back down, tying it when Jalen Crutcher buried a 3-pointer from about 5 feet behind the new, deeper arc with 2.1 seconds left.
“When he had the ball in his hands I went straight to the rim and I told him, `Just let it go,'” said Ryan Mikesell, who led Dayton with 19 points. “He’s a competent shooter and fortunate enough it went in.”
The Jayhawks absorbed the blow and delivered a few in overtime with their 7-foot, 270-pound center.
Harrell tips in Williams’ miss, Clippers edge Grizzlies
When Lou Williams missed a floater in the closing seconds, Montrezl Harrell cleaned it up with a dunk to extend the Los Angeles Clippers’ winning streak.
Harrell’s rebound basket with 2.3 seconds left gave the Clippers their seventh straight victory, 121-119 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
“I expected to make the shot, but I’m so happy … that he was there for me,” said Williams, who had 24 points and 13 assists.
Memphis had one more chance to tie or take the lead, but Jaren Jackson Jr.’s 3-point attempt from the right corner was blocked by Maurice Harkless.
Harrell and Williams contributed to another strong bench performance from the Clippers, who lead the league with 51.7 points a game from their reserves. Harrell matched Williams with 24 while also grabbing 10 rebounds. Paul George added 22 points.
“It’s just fantastic,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said about having Harrell and Williams off his bench. “It’s like you have the ultimate relief pitchers coming in the game”
“It’s come down to the point where, I think we kind of know each other and know kind of what each other wants to do. Each other’s tendencies,” Harrell said of the reserves play, later adding: “We’ve got so many different lineups we can throw out there that we can succeed in.”
Playing the second night of a back-to-back on the road, Los Angeles forward Kawhi Leonard took the night off to with “injury management” on his left knee.
Jonas Valanciunas had 30 points and 16 rebounds for Memphis, both season highs for the center. Jae Crowder and Ja Morant finished with 20 points each, Morant also had 11 assists as the Grizzlies lost their fifth straight.
Memphis, which trailed 92-88 entering the fourth, opened the final period on a 13-2 run. That gave Memphis its biggest lead of the game at that point and led to Rivers calling a timeout after Crowder converted his second 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Gene Smith blames Ohio State ranking for decision to quit CFP committee
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith admitted there was a bit more to his departure from the College Football Playoff committee than his initial explanation offered.
Smith stated at the time of his February departure that he wanted to focus on helping Ryan Day transition to a full-time head coaching role. In an interview with Ohio State’s student newspaper The Lantern, however, he admitted that the committee’s decision to rank two-loss Georgia ahead of one-loss Ohio State in its final 2018 rankings was a factor in his exit.
“I stepped down to be here for more of Ryan Day, to support him, but I was also concerned about how the committee was applying the criteria,” Smith said, via Griffin Strom of The Lantern. “And so I felt uncomfortable when I came back into the room after I had been recused, and Georgia was ranked ahead of us. They were a two-loss team, not a champion.”
Neither team made the playoff, but Georgia came in fifth after losing the SEC title game to Alabama. Previously, they had lost to LSU in regular season action. Ohio State’s lone regular season loss came at Purdue before they beat ranked foes Michigan and Northwestern in their final two games.
There’s nothing anyone can do about these arbitrary decisions. In fact, Ohio State was the beneficiary of such a decision in the most recent playoff rankings. Smith may just be using the opportunity to try to make a point about his school and his conference.
Report: Yankees complained of flashing lights at Minute Maid Park during 2019 ALCS
The New York Yankees reportedly alerted Major League Baseball to another instance of potential cheating on the part of the Houston Astros.
According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Yankees complained to MLB about blinking lights in center field early in Game 6 of the 2019 ALCS. The lights stopped early in the game, which the Astros won to advance to the World Series.
The Yankees also suspected that the Astros were alternating whistling and hand signs to tip off their hitters, and the type of whistling was different depending on the pitch.
This was the same series in which the Yankees complained about some suspicious whistling early in the series, which appears to have been picked up during game broadcasts. By 2019, MLB had standardized its camera angles, meaning that the infamous trash can approach Houston allegedly used would have been rendered less effective. Lights in center field would certainly be one way to get around that, though it’s not clear how they may have been used.
Pirates hire Twins bench coach Derek Shelton manager
The Pirates’ leadership overhaul is complete.
Pittsburgh hired longtime major league coach Derek Shelton as manager on Wednesday, the final piece of a new-look leadership following a last-place finish in the NL Central. Shelton replaces Clint Hurdle, who was fired on the final day of the regular season.
“We are confident Derek will help lead an elite playing and coaching environment at the major league level and be a true partner to all of baseball operations as we challenge each other to get better every day,” Pittsburgh general manager Ben Cherington said in a statement.
Shelton was the third high-profile hire by the Pirates since the end of a 69-93 season marred by issues both on and off the field. Travis Williams replaced Frank Coonelly as president in October. The team brought in Cherington this month after Neal Huntington was let go after 12 years on the job.
Shelton filled the eighth and final manager vacancy, joining Joe Maddon (Los Angeles Angels), Joe Girardi (Philadelphia), David Ross (Chicago Cubs), Jayce Tingler (San Diego), Mike Matheny (Kansas City), Carlos Beltrán (New York Mets) and Gabe Kapler (San Francisco). Beltrán was the only minority hired for a manager opening.
The 49-year-old Shelton spent the last two seasons as the bench coach for the Minnesota Twins. Shelton’s previous stops include a season as the quality control coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017 – his tenure overlapping Cherington’s stint as Toronto’s vice president of baseball operations – and seven years as a hitting coach with the Tampa Bay Rays. Shelton broke into the majors as hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians from 2005-09.
Shelton’s managerial experience is limited to minor league stints in the Yankees’ organization in the early 2000s.
“It is going to be an exciting change of culture in our clubhouse,” Shelton said in a statement. “It is going to be a fun environment in which we will all be held accountable to each other. It will be a player-centric culture built on strong communication and relationships with our players, our staff and the entire organization.”
Padres sign Pomeranz, get Davies, Grisham from Brewers
The rebuilding San Diego Padres rewarded free agent Drew Pomeranz for two strong months in Milwaukee’s bullpen and addressed two big needs by acquiring right-handed starter Zach Davies and lefty outfielder Trent Grisham from the Brewers on Wednesday.
They were the first big moves of the offseason for the Padres, who have lost more than 90 games for four straight seasons and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2006.
San Diego and Pomeranz – an All-Star during his brief stay with the Padres in 2016 – agreed to a $34 million, four-year contract.
The left-hander had a strong final two months of the season with the Brewers after being traded to Milwaukee from San Francisco. He was 0-1 with a 2.39 ERA in 25 games, including one start.
Pomeranz struck out 45 and walked only eight of the 100 batters he faced
“We’re banking that he’s found a role that really fits for him and it was a chance to get an impact performer,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said.
“He shortened up his repertoire to his fastball and curveball and both pitches became really effective pitches for him. He always had a good heater and out of pen his heater jumped up a tick or two. It became an extremely effective pitch. He always had a good curveball, and played it up.”
Preller Pomeranz pitching ahead of closer Kirby Yates is “going to be a tough combo at the back end of the game. … It’s hard to find lefties in general and lefties that have real out pitches, who can also fill a variety of different roles.”
Pomeranz will get an $8 million signing bonus and salaries of $4 million in 2020, $6 million 2021 and $8 million in 2022 and 2023.
Pomeranz spent the first half of 2016 with the Padres, going 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA and earning an All-Star berth. He was traded to Boston two days after San Diego hosted the All-Star Game.
Flames coach apologizes for language used with black player
Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters acknowledged in a letter of apology on Wednesday that he used offensive language in dealing with a Nigerian-born player 10 years ago in the minors.
General manager Brad Treliving confirmed receipt of the letter, which was first posted on Twitter by TSN, a Canadian sports cable network, during the third period of Calgary’s 3-2 overtime win at Buffalo. Treliving would only say the Flames are reviewing the letter as part of their continuing investigation into Peters, and that he could have an update as early as Thursday.
Without specifically revealing the words he used, Peters wrote his comments to Akim Aliu were the source of both anger and disappointment.
“Although it was an isolated and immediately regrettable incident, I take responsibility for what I said,” Peters wrote, saying the comments were made in a “moment of frustration” and that his words didn’t mirror his “personal values.”
Those were Peters’ first comments in the three days since the NHL and the team began investigating allegations made by Aliu, who said Peters “dropped the N bomb several times” because he didn’t like the player’s choice of music. The alleged confrontation happened during the 2009-10 season while the two were with the Chicago Blackhawks minor league affiliate in Rockford, Illinois.
“I have regretted the incident since it happened and I now also apologize to anyone negatively affected by my words,” Peters wrote. “I meant no disrespect in what I said and it was not directed at anyone in particular. But that doesn’t matter. It was hurtful and demeaning. I am truly sorry.”
Treliving called it a “difficult three days for everyone.”
“This investigation we’re doing, I know everyone wants this done immediately and the world we live in is immediate,” Treliving said. “I hope you can appreciate we’re trying to do everything we possibly can to make sure we get it right and get all the information that needs to be gotten.”
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Undefeated No. 17 Indiana heads to the Virgin Islands to take part in the 2019 Paradise Jam. The three-day tournament begins on Thanksgiving night and runs through Saturday in St. Thomas.
- 17/23 INDIANA (4-0) AT PARADISE JAM
- No 5 South Carolina (6-0)
Thursday, November 28, 2019 • 8 p.m. ET
Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center • St. Thomas, USVI
Live Stats: Sidearm
No 2 Baylor (5-0)
Friday, November 29, 2019 • 5:45 p.m. ET
Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center • St. Thomas, USVI
Live Stats: Sidearm
Washington State (4-0)
Saturday, November 30, 2019 • 5:45 p.m. ET
Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center • St. Thomas, USVI
Broadcast: FloHoops (subscription required)
Live Stats: Sidearm
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS
South Carolina improved to 6-0 after a win at Clemson on Sunday. They have a Top 5 win over then No. 4/5 Maryland and are coming off of a 23-10 season in 2018-19 where they advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. The Gamecocks are led by freshman forward Aliyah Boston’s 13.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
The defending national champions are also undefeated at 5-0 and leading the nation in rebounding margin (+23.0) and third in scoring at 95.4 points per game. BU is led by sophomore forward Nalyssa Smith’s 17.6 ppg. and 8.8 rpg. Four others average double figures as the Bears shoot the nation’s best 56.7 percent from the field.
Washington State also brings an unblemished record down to USVI notable wins over BYU and Boise State. Redshirt senior Borislava Hristova averages 23.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Cougars who average 75.8 points per game on a 47.5 shooting percentage.
South Carolina: South Carolina leads 3-1
Baylor: Baylor leads 2-0
Washington State: Indiana leads 1-0
South Carolina: 11/20/00 – W, 69-59 (Columbia, S.C.)
Baylor: 11/19/05 – L, 62-74 (Bloomington, Ind.)
Washington State: 12/9/01 – W, 64-37 (Seattle Wash./Pac-10/B1G Challenge)
- The Hoosiers moved up one spot to No. 17 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25, up a spot from their No. 18 ranking a week ago. Their appearance in the polls continues to make history for the program, who has achieved its highest ever ranking in school history.
- IU will make its third ever appearance in the Paradise Jam and the first since 2007-08. It is 1-3 all-time in the event and also played in St. Thomas in the 2003-04 season.
- Sophomore guard Grace Berger was named the program’s first Big Ten Player of the Week in nearly three years on Monday. The Louisville, Ky. native’s 23-point performance at Florida on Friday earned her the honors as she went 10-for-15 from the floor and had a career-high five steals and three rebounds. She’s the first IU player of the week since Amanda Cahill on Dec. 26, 2016.
- Berger leads the program averaging 17.5 points per game and adding 5.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. She has scored in double figures in three of four games and
- Indiana is 4-0 for the second-consecutive year and third time under sixth year head coach Teri Moren. It has started the season with four straight wins 15 times in school history.
- In its first road test of the season, the Hoosiers were paced by Berger and senior forward Brenna Wise in a win at Florida. Wise added 16 points and six rebounds in the victory as IU shot 50 percent from the field.
The Hoosiers return stateside to face No. 19 Miami In the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in Coral Gables.