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Northeastern 77 Union County 46…Northeastern moved to 5-0 in conference, 15-4 overall with a 77-46 victory over Union County on Tuesday. Northeastern led 16-10 after the opening quarter and then put Union County away in the second quarter by outscoring the Patriots 27-14 in the second. The Knights were led by Carter Lumpkin with 28 points and Kolden Vanlandingham with 27 points.

Greenfield 74, Knightstown 44

Hagerstown 54, Lincoln 47

Liberty Christian 70, Tri 64

Winchester 70, Centerville 48

Fishers 94, Anderson 58

Logansport 64, Winamac 48

Central 75, Pendleton Heights 59

Westfield 67, Harrison 57

Eastern Hancock 66, Triton Central 59

Frankton 70, Daleville 54

Wapahani 67, Cowan 49

Greensburg 89, Indian Creek 65

 

GIRLS REGIONAL PAIRINGS

CLASS 4A

LAPORTE

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

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

MARION

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

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

DECATUR CENTRAL

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

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

COLUMBUS NORTH

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

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

 

CLASS 3A

JIMTOWN

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

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

BELLMONT

Norwell [21-4] vs. Winchester [23-3]

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

GREENCASTLE

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

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

CHARLESTOWN

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

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

 

CLASS 2A

WINAMAC

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

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

FRANKTON

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

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

SOUTHMONT

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

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

PAOLI

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

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

 

CLASS 1A

CASTON

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

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

TRI-CENTRAL

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

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

SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)

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

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

WEST WASHINGTON

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

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

 

WRESTLING: NEW CASTLE SEMI-STATE OPENING ROUND PAIRINGS

106

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

113

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

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

126

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

132

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

138

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

145

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

152

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

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

160

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

170

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

195

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

220

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

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

285

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

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

 

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

13 Penn St.         42           46           88

Purdue                 30           46           76

 

12 Kentucky       27           51           78

Vanderbilt          36           28           64

 

Rhode Island     35           32           67

6 Dayton              49           32           81

 

Nebraska             25           45           70

9 Maryland         38           34           72

 

Michigan St.       37           33           70

22 Illinois            20           49           69

 

Missouri              43           35           78

25 LSU                  37           45           82

 

New Mexico      33           26           59

4 SDSU                 35           47           82

 

MAC

Bowling Green    29           30           59

Akron                    35           39           74

 

NIU                        22           37           59

Ball St.                  29           34           63

 

WestMI                26           35           61

Ohio                      31           42           73

 

EastMi                  28           45           73

CentMi                 35           35           70

 

Miami (OH)         32           25           57

Toledo                  28           37           65

 

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

LA Clippers         22           32           23           26           103

Philadelphia      30           24           27           29           110

 

Chicago              26           36           20           32           114

Washington       36           33           31           26           126

 

Portland              36           29           21           31           117

New Orleans      27           36           41           34           138

 

San Antonio       25           24           30           35           114

Oklahoma City  14           27           36           29           106

 

Boston                  19           30           22           34           105

Houston               23           24           31           38           116

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Detroit                 1              1              0              2

Buffalo                 1              1              1              3

 

Arizona                 1              1              0              0              2

Toronto                1              0              1              1              3 OT

 

Florida                  2              3              0              5

New Jersey         1              2              0              3

 

Philadelphia      0              2              1              3

NY Islanders      3              0              2              5

 

Tampa Bay          0              1              0              1              2

Pittsburgh           1              0              0              0              1 OT

 

Vegas                    0              0              0              0

Minnesota          2              2              0              4

 

NY Rangers         1              1              2              4

Winnipeg            0              0              1              1

 

Carolina               1              0              0              1

Dallas                    1              2              1              4

 

Ottawa                 0              0              0              0

Colorado              1              0              2              3

 

Chicago                 2              1              0              3

Edmonton            2              2              1              5

 

Bouwmeester alert following collapse, Ducks-Blues postponed

St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was conscious and alert after suffering a cardiac episode and collapsing on the bench during the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.

The 36-year-old Bouwmeester crumpled over after a long shift and during a break in play. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Bouwmeester was awake, alert and moving his arms and legs as he was transported to a hospital. He remained in the hospital overnight and was undergoing further tests.

The Blues were supposed to fly to Las Vegas, where they are scheduled to play Thursday, but remained in Southern California. The team is expected to provide an update on Bouwmeester’s condition Wednesday.

“Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay,” Armstrong said.

St. Louis’ radio announcer Chris Kerber said during an interview with the team’s flagship station that a defibrillator was used.

Teammates Vince Dunn and Alex Pietrangelo immediately called for help after Bouwmeester slumped over with 7:50 left in the first period. After a couple of minutes, Bouwmeester was taken out on a stretcher through a tunnel next to the Blues bench and transported to a hospital.

Bouwmeester appeared to be grabbing a drink of water when he began to slowly fall. Emergency medical personnel rushed to the Blues bench.

Bouwmeester’s father was at the game as part of the team’s annual Dads Trip. He went with his son to the hospital while teammates and their fathers remained at the arena awaiting updates.

Ducks and Blues players gathered to see what was wrong before Bouwmeester was taken away. Both teams then went to their dressing rooms, and the game was called off a few minutes later tied at 1.

Players from both teams met for hugs and well-wishes after changing out of their gear. The game will be made up at a later date.

Bouwmeester is in his 17th NHL season and has for that time been known for his strong skating and conditioning. He helped the Blues win the Stanley Cup last season and won an Olympic gold medal with Canada in 2014.

 

Gourde lifts Lightning over Pens 2-1 in OT for 8th straight

The puck ended up on Yanni Gourde’s stick and for a split second, the only thing the Tampa Bay Lightning forward felt was a sense of panic.

It passed. It always does these days for the NHL’s hottest team.

Gourde collected Brayden Point’s cross-ice feed and ripped a shot to the short side over the right arm of Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray to give the Lightning a 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday night. The win was Tampa Bay’s eighth straight and 20th in its last 23 games and came at the end of a draining back-to-back that started with an emotional overtime triumph in Columbus on Monday.

Barely 24 hours later, the Lightning found a way yet again despite playing the third period and the extra session without leading scorer Nikita Kucherov, who left late in the second with a lower-body injury. Still, Tampa Bay kept right on rolling when Gourde found the back on the net 2:45 into OT for his seventh of the season and first since Nov. 23.

Gourde admitted he thought about going over Murray’s glove but sensed an opening up high. Tampa Bay’s 38th and last shot ended with the goal lamp blinking red as Gourde’s teammates poured over the boards in celebration.

“It was a huge team effort and it really felt great to score that goal at the end there, finally,” Gourde said.

Mikhail Sergachev scored his ninth goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots for Tampa Bay, which drew within one point of Atlantic Division leader Boston for the best record in the NHL.

“That was definitely a mash unit tonight,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “It’s a tough league to win in, especially against a team as talented as that. But that was one of the guttier ones I’ve seen.”

Evgeni Malkin got his 18th goal for Pittsburgh and Murray finished with 36 saves but didn’t get his right arm high enough fast enough to get a piece of Gourde’s winner. Jason Zucker played 15:26 in his debut with Pittsburgh after being acquired in a trade with Minnesota on Monday.

 

Oilers’ Connor McDavid out 2 to 3 weeks with quad injury

Edmonton captain Connor McDavid will be out two to three weeks with a quad injury.

“That’s a normal timeline for this injury. We’re hoping less,” general manager Ken Holland said Tuesday.

The injury was initially said to be a bruised knee from Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators. McDavid later called it a charley horse/quad injury.

“I just banged it,” he said Monday, saying the leg was “sore and swollen.”

The Oilers captain said the injury was not related to the knee problem sustained in last year’s season finale against Calgary. McDavid suffered a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament, a torn meniscus and cracked fibia.

The 23-year-old McDavid was second in the league in points with 81 going into Tuesday’s games. He has 30 goals and 51 assists.

 

Red Sox make Roenicke interim manager; ‘permanency’ on hold

It took Ron Roenicke almost five years to get another chance as a major league manager.

He’ll need to wait at least until next week for “permanency.”

The Red Sox made Roenicke their interim manager Tuesday, promoting the former Brewers skipper to replace Alex Cora on the day Boston’s pitchers and catchers reported for the start of spring training.

Although there is no expiration date on Roenicke’s tenure, the interim tag will stay until Major League Baseball completes its investigation into whether the Red Sox engaged in illegal sign-stealing during their 2018 World Series championship season. If the probe clears Roenicke, who has denied being part of any rules violations, he is expected to stay.

“We felt that naming Ron our interim manager was the best way to respect the investigation that’s ongoing into our 2018 club. But we feel very strongly about Ron’s ability to lead this group and how well-suited he is for this task,” Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said in a news conference on the eve of the team’s first formal workout.

“We have no reason to think that there is anything that would cause an adverse result for Ron in this investigation,” Bloom said. “We’re going to respect the ongoing investigation and we’ll address permanency once it’s complete.”

Just one year after winning the World Series in his first season in Boston, Cora was let go when Commissioner Rob Manfred named him as a ringleader behind the Astros’ 2017 illegal sign-stealing. The Red Sox have maintained that there was no similar scheme after Cora took over in Boston the next year.

Manfred said last week that he hoped to have the Red Sox investigation completed before the start of spring training. But a person with knowledge of the probe said Tuesday the investigation will continue at least into next week. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because there was no formal announcement.

Red Sox pitchers and catchers reported Tuesday and have their first workout Wednesday. Rather than open spring training without a manager, the team gave the job to Roenicke – for now.

General manager Brian O’Halloran said the team heard from people inside and outside the organization who spoke highly of Roenicke.

“I know you did a lot of background check on me,” Roenicke said. “I’m glad it turned out well.”

 

Harden, Westbrook help Rockets beat Celtics 116-105

After James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for 78 points Tuesday night, Harden was asked just how dangerous this combination can be when it gets rolling.

“It’s pretty scary,” Harden said.

Harden scored 42 points, Westbrook had 36 and Houston snapped Boston’s seven-game win streak with a 116-105 victory over the Celtics in a game that showcased the Rockets’ dynamic small-ball lineup.

Harden had eight rebounds and seven assists and Westbrook finished with 10 rebounds and five assists as the Rockets used a starting lineup without a true center after trading Clint Capela last week.

“It’s helping both of them,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It should. It opens up the floor for them. Both of them are great drivers and great finishers … and it should trickle down to everybody else, too.”

Houston broke it open with a 15-2 run that made it 116-98 with about two minutes left. Harden scored six points during the decisive stretch, and Danuel House had five.

Boston had two turnovers and missed numerous shots to allow the Rockets to turn the close game into one where D’Antoni cleared the bench for the last minute with the game well in hand.

“Harden was great … and Westbrook was great,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “Those guys are two of the best in the world and they showed it again tonight.”

The Rockets enjoyed a big advantage at the line, going 37 for 42 compared to 20 for 25 for the Celtics. Harden made 17 of 18 foul shots.

Gordon Hayward had 20 points in Boston’s first loss since Jan. 26. Jaylen Brown scored 19, and Jayson Tatum had 15 on 5-for-15 shooting.

 

Williamson’s 31 points pushes Pelicans past Blazers, 138-117

 Zion Williamson has recorded his first 30-point performance just nine games into his NBA career.

Williamson scored 31 points in barely 28 minutes on the court, and the New Orleans Pelicans used a dominant second half to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 138-117 on Tuesday night.

“I expect to make an impact but I don’t expect to do nothing like this,” Williamson said in his usual, grinning, affable manner. “I just kind of look to come in, just kind of fit in, just not try to mess up, but my teammates and coaches are always pushing me.”

“I do hold myself to high expectations, but I think it’s just finding the line between reality and dreams,” Williamson added. “If my teammates find me, they find me. If not, just got to make another play, get the rebound and just play defense.”

Williamson used his 6-foot-6, 285-pound frame, quick feet and explosive vertical to have his way with every defender Portland tried against him. Williamson was either too strong, too fast, or both. He mixed spinning dribbles and sudden baseline drives into his usual arsenal of soaring transition dunks and tenacious putbacks. Six of his nine rebounds came on the offensive end.

“I don’t really think he’s comparable to anyone that I have seen,” Portland forward Carmelo Anthony said of Williamson. “Someone who is as powerful as that, who jumps like that … you can tell he’s getting better and getting a feel for the game.”

JJ Redick scored 20 for New Orleans, which trailed by as many as 16 in the first quarter before taking command en route to a third straight victory. Josh Hart’s 17 points included an alley-oop dunk set up by Williamson’s lob in transition.

“It’s kind of scary to see how good he is this early,” Hart said.

Jrue Holiday contributed 16 points and 10 assists for New Orleans, while Lonzo Ball added 10 points and 10 assists.

 

Richardson, Simmons lead 76ers past Clippers 110-103

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid kept the Philadelphia 76ers close until Josh Richardson took over.

Richardson scored 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Sixers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-103 on Tuesday night.

Simmons had 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for Philadelphia, which has the NBA’s best home record at 25-2. Embiid also scored 26 points, and Tobias Harris added 17 points and 12 boards.

“In the fourth quarter, I started attacking more,” Richardson said. “I was reading the defense. Coach put the ball in my hands and gave me the freedom to read it and attack. It’s great. I itch for moments like that. In close games, we all want to be part of that positive effort and I had a part of it.”

Sixers coach Brett Brown credited Richardson’s ability to run the pick-and-roll and spell Simmons at point guard for helping the team pull away from Los Angeles.

“Him being a leader and coming to life has a lot to do with some of those other things,” Brown said.

Kawhi Leonard led Los Angeles with 30 points, and reserve Landry Shamet scored 19 against his former team.

“I thought we lost the game because we didn’t play with any continuity offensively,” coach Doc Rivers said.

Richardson nailed his third 3-pointer of the quarter to give Philadelphia a 102-94 lead with 4:44 left. Then he scored on a driving left-handed layup and made the free throw to complete the 3-point play, extending the lead to 11. His free throw made it 110-100 with 1:15 remaining after the Clippers cut the deficit to single digits.

 

Mitchell, No. 4 SDSU beat New Mexico 82-59, win MWC title

The San Diego State Aztecs won the Mountain West Conference championship, were showered with confetti, cut down a net at Viejas Arena, doused coach Brian Dutcher with Gatorade and then reset their goals.

Just keep winning.

Junior forward Matt Mitchell had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his first career double-double and scored his 1,000th point for No. 4 San Diego State, which beat New Mexico 82-59 Tuesday night to win the MWC title and remain the nation’s only undefeated team at 25-0.

“The hardest thing in basketball, obviously other than winning a Final Four, is winning a regular-season conference title, because you have to do it over the whole season,” Dutcher said. “To have the title outright already with four games to play is an incredible accomplishment.

“I told them in the locker room, now we have to get greedy,” said Dutcher, who has won a Final Four, as Steve Fisher’s assistant at Michigan in 1989. “We’ve got to try to win them all. It won’t be easy. … Four really hard games to go, but now that we have the title, we have to have another goal, and that goal has to be to have a perfect season. That will be the next step, to try to finish with a perfect season.”

Yanni Wetzell added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Aztecs (25-0, 14-0 MWC), who clinched at least a share of the title in the first half when Utah State beat Colorado State, then won it outright with a suffocating defense that held New Mexico (17-9 6-7) to 26 points in the second half.

Malachi Flynn had 15 points and Jordan Schakel scored 11 for SDSU.

 

Toppin’s 22 points lead No. 6 Dayton over Rhode Island 81-67

Obi Toppin saw his younger brother, Jacob, going up for a shot. Dayton’s fabulous forward stretch out his long arm and swatted it away.

“I wasn’t going to let little brother score on me,” Toppin said. “I can’t let that happen.”

He and the Flyers had things well in hand in a match-up of the Atlantic 10’s top teams.

Toppin scored 22 points and led an opening 17-point spurt Tuesday night as No. 6 Dayton surged to an 81-67 victory over Rhode Island, dominating a reunion of the Toppin brothers.

Both teams brought double-digit winning streaks into a chippy game that included seven technical fouls. Dayton (22-2, 11-0) got the better of it in every way, winning its 13th in a row.

“We knew they were No. 2 in the conference and we had to put a stamp on what we have going on,” Toppin said.

Toppin had a double-double with 10 rebounds. Jalen Crutcher scored 21 points, and Trey Landers matched his career high with 14 rebounds.

Fatts Russell had 19 points for Rhode Island (18-6, 10-2), which had a 10-game winning streak snapped.

The Toppin family reunion matched Obi and Jacob – a freshman reserve at Rhode Island – on a college court for the first time. Their mother, Roni, sat in the stands wearing a combo jersey, half of it Rams blue and the other half Flyers red.

“She was cheering for both of us, but I think she knew who was going to win,” Obi said.

The brothers embraced at midcourt after the anthem, a moment the two of them had eagerly awaited since the schedule came out.

Then everyone settled in to watch Obi and the Flyers take over, dominating from the start.

Toppin hit two jumpers and a breakaway, right-hand dunk during the opening 17-0 run. Crutcher made a pair of 3s during the spurt, emerging from his two-game shooting slump. Crutcher had made only 2 of his last 11 attempts from beyond the arc.

 

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Penn State’s Hot Shooting Too Much for Boilermakers

(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 13-ranked Penn State shot 51.9 percent from the field and made 14 of 26 3-point attempts to defeat Purdue 88-76 at Mackey Arena.

Mike Watkins scored 19 points off the bench, while freshman Seth Lundy made six 3-pointers en route to 18 points to lead five Nittany Lions in double figures.

Trevion Williams scored 17 points with 10 rebounds for Purdue.

The Nittany Lions led 33-28 with just over two minutes to play in the first half, but ended on a 9-2 run to take a 42-30 halftime lead. Penn State stretched the lead to 62-39, before a fierce Purdue rally cut the lead to 81-74 with just over a minute to play. The Boilermakers would get no closer in falling to 14-11 on the season.

Purdue travels to Ohio State for a noon tipoff on Saturday.

Boiler Notes

Purdue fell to 14-11 overall and 7-7 in the Big Ten with an 88-76 loss to No. 13-ranked Penn State … the loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Boilermakers.

The Penn State win was the Nittany Lions’ first in Mackey Arena since Feb. 18, 2006.

Since 2014-15, Penn State became just the sixth team to shoot over 50.0 percent from the field at Mackey Arena … it also became just the seventh team to score over 80 points in that timeframe.

In its last 13 games as an unranked team facing a ranked team at Mackey Arena, Purdue is now 11-2 (losses to Illinois and Penn State).

The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak during the month of February.

Purdue has now lost three home games this year … from the 2015-16 to 2018-19 seasons, Purdue lost a total of four home games.

Trevion Williams recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Eric Hunter Jr., recorded his fourth straight double-figure scoring game with 14 points.

Isaiah Thompson’s 15 points were two shy of his career high set against Chicago State (17).

 

NOTRE DAME MBB: IRISH SUFFER OT LOSS AT VIRGINIA, 50-49

(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish dropped a hard-fought 50-49 overtime decision to the Virginia Cavaliers on the road Tuesday in a back-and-forth game that neither team led by more than five points.

Notre Dame’s overall record fell to 15-9 and conference record dropped to 6-7 following the defeat.

The Fighting Irish had three players score in double figures, led by Prentiss Hubb, who had 12 points, four assists and three steals. John Mooney added a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds and Nate Laszewski helped out with 11 points off of the bench.

HOW IT HAPPENED

After falling behind 10-7, Notre Dame went on a 5-0 run with 9:47 left in the first half, culminating in a three from Dane Goodwin, to take a 12-10 lead. The Fighting Irish then added two points to that lead by the end of the period and entered halftime with a 26-22 advantage. Notre Dame relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down five shots to account for 15 of its 26 points.

Virginia proceeded to take a 45-40 lead before Notre Dame went on a 7-0 run, finished off by T.J. Gibbs’ three, to seize a 47-45 lead with 2:41 to go in the contest. The Cavaliers then fought back to even things up at 47-47 and send the game to overtime. Notre Dame took care of business in the paint, recording 16 of its 21 points in the lane.

Virginia then edged ahead in overtime, leaving Notre Dame behind 50-49 at the final buzzer.

NOTES

Mooney recorded his 20th double-double of the season in just 23 games played. The senior has 41 career double-doubles, with 40 coming in the last two seasons.

Mooney grabbed 14 rebounds to push his career total to 829, ranking fourth in the Mike Brey era for career rebounds.

Hubb notched his 11th double-digit scoring performance of the season and 22nd of his career.

Laszewski finished with 11 points, marking the ninth time this season and 18th time in his career he has scored at least 10 points.

UP NEXT

The Fighting Irish complete their three-game road swing with a tough test at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 15, as Notre Dame takes on No. 7/7 Duke. The game will air on ESPN.

 

GAME 25: #19/20 BUTLER (18-6, 6-5 BIG EAST) VS. XAVIER (16-8, 5-6)

Wednesday, Feb. 12; 6:30PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: CBS Sports Network – Carter Blackburn, Pete Gillen & Jamie Erdahl

RADIO: 93.1FM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

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The Bulldogs match up with rival Xavier for the first time this season when the Musketeers visit Hinkle Fieldhouse Wednesday night.

Butler is 18-6 overall and 6-5 in BIG EAST play. The Bulldogs are ranked 19th and 20th, respectively, in this week’s national polls. Xavier has won three consecutive games, which has pushed its record to 16-8 (5-6 BIG EAST).

Butler and Xavier have spent the past seven seasons together in the BIG EAST, which is actually the third time the two programs have been conference rivals. Both competed in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2012-13 and also spent 16 seasons together in the former Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) before Xavier left for the A-10 prior to the 1995-96 season.

This will be the 63rd meeting in the series between the two programs.

THE SERIES: Xavier Leads, 41-21

Streak: Butler, W1

In Indianapolis: Butler Leads, 16-14

First Meeting: Xavier, 28-26; 1/16/37 (Cincinnati)

Last Meeting: Butler, 71-66; 3/5/19 (Indianapolis)

  • Xavier is the final BIG EAST team to hit Butler’s schedule. The Bulldogs have played the other eight BIG EAST teams at least once (and two teams twice).
  • Kamar Baldwin has led the Bulldogs in scoring in nine of the last 11 games.
  • Baldwin is averaging 19.1 points per game in BIG EAST play, which is third in the conference.
  • Aaron Thompson had seven assists Sunday at Marquette, his high so far this season in a BIG EAST game.
  • Sean McDermott tied his career-high with four steals Sunday at Marquette.
  • Bryce Nze had 14 points Sunday vs. Marquette, his season-high in a BIG EAST game.
  • McDermott led Butler with 21 points in the Feb. 5 win over No. 10 Villanova; it was his seventh career 20-point game.
  • Butler shot .577 in the win over Villano­va, the team’s second-highest percentage of the season.
  • Bryce Golden posted a career-best 18 points (9-12 FG) against Villanova.
  • Butler leads the BIG EAST in rebound­ing margin in conference games (+4.3).
  • Butler has out-rebounded 18 of its 24 opponents this season after out-rebounding only 10 of 33 in 2018-19.
  • Through Monday’s games, Butler’s 12 NET Quad 1 and Quad 2 wins are fourth nationally (behind Kansas, Baylor and Seton Hall).
  • Baldwin has been selected as one of the Top 10 candidates for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.
  • The Bulldogs are 15th in the nation, al­lowing only 61.2 points per game.
  • Butler’s field goal percentage defense (.384) is 18th nationally.
  • Butler overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Georgetown on the road Jan. 28; Butler limited Georgetown to 21 points (7-of-33 shooting) in the second half.
  • Baldwin is sixth on Butler’s career scor­ing list with 1,844 points.
  • Aaron Thompson (seventh) and Baldwin (ninth) hold two of the Top 10 spots on Butler’s career assists list.
  • McDermott’s 185 career three-pointers are eighth in Butler program history.

LAST TIME OUT: Marquette pulled away in the second half to post 76-57 win over visiting Butler Sunday afternoon at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

The Golden Eagles hit 11 three-pointers and used a 28-8 advantage in free throw attempts to take the win.

Three consecutive three-pointers gave Marquette a 62-45 advantage with 6:09 to play after the Bulldogs had cut the lead to eight for the first time in the second half. That stretch proved to be the difference.

Markus Howard led the Golden Eagles with 17 points, while Brendan Bailey and Koby McEwen each scored 16. Bailey and McEwen combined to shoot 8-of-11 from behind the arc, and had all three of the triples during that key 9-0 run.

Kamar Baldwin, after scoring 31 in the overtime win over Marquette Jan. 24 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, led the Bulldogs with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Bryce Nze, playing near his hometown of Hartland, Wis., for the first time as a Bulldog, had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Aaron Thompson had seven assists. 

BALLGAME: Kamar Baldwin’s step-back three-pointer as time expired gave Butler a 79-76 win over No. 10 Villanova Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Butler’s closing stretch included the Bulldogs making nine of their final 11 attempts from the field. Villanova made five of its final six shots (all three-pointers) over the final 4:30 of the game. It was Saddiq Bey’s three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining that tied the game. Butler held the lead since breaking a 56-56 tie with 9:15 on the clock.

A Baldwin three-pointer matched Butler’s largest lead at 68-58 (5:44 remaining). But the teams would trade difficult makes down the stretch with most of Villanova’s coming from behind the line to slowly chip away at the lead before Baldwin’s heroics.

Butler shot 58 percent from the field, including 6-of-13 from three-point range. Villanova countered by shooting 47 percent, keyed by 9-of-17 shooting from behind the arc.

Sean McDermott led the Bulldogs with 21 points and eight rebounds. He went 7-of-8 from the field, and made all three of his three-point attempts. His offensive rebound and two free throws gave Butler its 76-73 lead with 32 seconds remaining so Bey’s shot could only tie the game.

Bryce Golden scored a career-best 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Baldwin finished with 17 points and eight boards. Aaron Thompson, who missed the last three games with a wrist injury suffered in the Jan. 21 loss at Villanova, returned to action Wednesday night. He scored nine points in helping the Bulldogs to its most efficient offensive performance of the season.

Bey (29) and Collin Gillespie (28) combined for 57 of Villanova’s 76 points. The Wildcats committed only three turnovers, compared to just six by the Bulldogs. 

Golden’s performance helped the Bulldogs to a 42-28 advantage in points in the paint. 

COMING UP CLUTCH: Kamar Baldwin scored 16 second-half points at Marquette Sunday afternoon. It was the 12th time (out of 18) he scored double figures in the second half against a power conference opponent this season. In those 18 games, he is averaging 12.8 points per game after halftime.

All 20 of his points in the Jan. 4 win over Creighton came in the second half. His second-half performances include 18 vs. Minnesota, 17 vs. Stanford, 19 at Ole Miss, and 16 at Villanova, in addition to the 19 points in the second half vs. Marquette (followed by an additional 10 in overtime). 

With 5:42 remaining in regulation vs. Marquette Jan. 24, Baldwin stepped to the line with eight points and Butler trailing by five. He scored 23 points over the next 10:42 of play. His defense also helped to hold Marquette’s Markus Howard scoreless over the final 7:30 of play. 

HANDLE WITH CARE: Butler committed only six turnovers in Wednesday’s win over Villanova. The team has 11 games this season with 10 or fewer turnovers. The Bulldogs committed a season-low five turnovers at Villanova Jan. 21. 

ON THE BOARDS: What was one of Butler’s most glaring weaknesses a season ago has become a strength in 2019-20. The Bulldogs have out-rebounded 18 of its 24 opponents this season after out-rebounding only 10 of 33 in 2018-19. Butler has taken that up a level in BIG EAST play, out-rebounding opponents by an average margin of +4.3. Butler held a 46-24 rebounding advantage at St. John’s in the BIG EAST opener on New Year’s Eve, its largest margin since 63-28 vs. The Citadel Nov. 14, 2015. The Bulldogs also out-rebounded Providence, 44-26, in the Jan. 10 win in Rhode Island. 

HOME SWEET HINKLE: Butler is 11-2 this season at home. The Bulldogs are averaging 73.1 points per game and shooting 48 percent from the field in those contests. 

FINE LINE: In Butler’s 18 wins, the Bulldogs have attempted 33 more free throws than its opponents (311-278). In the team’s six losses, opponents have attempted 45 more free throws than Butler (140-95). On Sunday, Marquette had a 28-8 advantage in free throw attempts. 

In BIG EAST play, opponents are +47 in getting to the line (238-191). In non-conference play (featuring seven power conference opponents), Butler was +35 in free throw attempts.

 

Ali Patberg Named To 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy Midseason Team

 ATLANTA – Indiana redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg has named one of 30 players to the 2020 Citizens Naismith Trophy Midseason team, announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Tuesday.

Patberg has played and started in all 25 games this season and leads the way in scoring with 13.6 points per game, 5.3 assists per contest and a +2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Columbus, Ind. native is also averaging 4.7 rebounds per game and shooting 48.2 percent from the floor. She has scored in double figures 19 times this season, two times with 20 or more points and has one double-double. Patberg is also shooting 77.5 percent at the free throw line and averages 1.2 steals per game.

On Monday, Patberg was also announced as one of 10 finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award and other preseason honors included a preseason All-Big Ten selection, Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, Ann Meyers Drysdale watch list and Naismith Trophy watch list.

The 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy will be announced on Marc 3, and the finalist revealed on March 20. The winner of the 2020 Citizens Naismith Trophy for Women’s Player of the Year will be announced on April 4.

 

Report: Cowboys want to avoid franchise tag with Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott appears to be destined for the franchise tag with a long-term extension still not in place for the star quarterback, but the Dallas Cowboys remain hopeful that the situation will not get to that point.

Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones said again recently that the team is working hard to sign Prescott to a new deal, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Tuesday that Dallas still wants to reach an agreement before the March 10 deadline to use the franchise tag.

As Rapoport notes, the franchise tag deadline isn’t really a deadline, as players who are tagged still have until July 15 to work out a long-term agreement with their teams. Although, the Cowboys could use the franchise tag on another player — perhaps Amari Cooper — if they agree to a long-term contract with Prescott prior to March 10.

We have heard some wild rumors in recent days about the Cowboys possibly replacing Prescott, but there’s almost no chance of that happening. The two sides have been negotiating since before the start of last season, and the Cowboys consider Prescott their quarterback of the future.

While most players would rather not play under the franchise tag, the Cowboys know they have more than a year to work out a long-term deal with Prescott. Obviously, they would prefer to get something done well before that.

 

Mel Tucker hired as new Michigan State head coach

Michigan State has found its new head football coach.

The Spartans have hired Mel Tucker as the new man to lead the program, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported on Tuesday night.

The news comes a week after Mark Dantonio surprisingly stepped down as Michigan State’s head coach a day after he was accused of NCAA violations.

Tucker, who was 5-7 last season as Colorado’s head coach, was one of the people Michigan State courted, but he declined their initial interest. The Spartans focused on Luke Fickell for the search, but he turned them down on Monday.

According to Feldman, Michigan State power brokers came back to Tucker with a much improved offer — one the coach could not ignore.

Feldman says Michigan State will more than double the $2.7 million Tucker was making at Colorado and double the salary pool for Tucker’s assistant coaches, which was $3.15 million in 2019.

Tucker, 48, is from Cleveland and played college ball at Wisconsin. His first coaching job was as a graduate assistant on Nick Saban’s staff at Michigan State in 1997-98.

Tucker has served as a defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, and Georgia Bulldogs during his coaching career. He’ll have his hands full coaching in the same division with Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan.

 

González ‘remorseful’ for role in Astros’ sign stealing

Marwin Gonzalez became the first batter from the 2017 Houston Astros team that won the World Series to publicly apologize for his role in the sign-stealing scandal, expressing regret Tuesday after reporting to spring training with the Minnesota Twins.

“I’m remorseful for everything that happened in 2017, for everything that we did as a group, and for the players that were affected directly by us by doing this and some other things,” Gonzalez said. He later added: “I wish that we could take it back, but there’s nothing we can do now.”

Major League Baseball’s investigation into the allegation first made publicly by former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers resulted in one-season suspensions for manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, a $5 million fine and the loss of Houston’s first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021. Hinch and Luhnow were fired by the Astros, and Boston manager Alex Cora and New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran also lost their jobs for their involvement in the sign-sealing system for the Astros, Cora was bench coach and Beltran was a player on the 2017 team.

Former Astros pitcher Charlie Morton, now with the Tampa Bay Rays, said Saturday he regretted not making an effort to stop the sign-stealing at the time. The current Astros have mostly avoided commenting since the results were released from MLB’s probe into the elaborate method they used to try to tip off teammates as to what type of pitch was coming.

Gonzalez, a multi-positional player starting his second season of a $21 million, two-year contract with the Twins, had a career year in 2017 with the Astros. He hit .303 with 23 home runs and 90 RBIs in 134 games, with an OPS (.907) that was 148 points better than any other season of his eight-year career.

 

OP/ED

Introducing the LBS Plan: A solution to fix MLB’s playoffs and regular season

LARRY BROWN SPORTS: Major League Baseball is considering some radical changes to its existing playoff format in order to help increase interest in the sport, but we have a proposal that is much better than the one they are considering.

THE PROBLEM

One of the biggest issues plaguing baseball the last few seasons has been the lack of teams actively trying to build championship rosters. Too many teams saw the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees etc. as being too far ahead of them and decided there was no point to signing free agents and making trades to try improving when such a gap between the very best teams and everyone else seemingly existed. Making matters worse, the teams that had given up and were looking to trade away top players as part of a rebuilding effort only found those same teams to be the buyers in the market, which resulted in the talent gap further widening. That’s how you end up with nine 100-win teams the last three seasons compared to just two in the three prior seasons.

The sport is at its best when all teams are trying to win and believe they have a chance to win. Decreased fan interest is a terrible consequence to the super teams problem.

MLB’S PROPOSAL

MLB’s proposal as reported by the New York Post’s Joel Sherman (hours after a pitcher sued the Astros – coincidence on the timing?) is to:

– increase the playoff field to seven teams per league

– give the top team in each league a bye into the division round

– allow higher seeded teams to pick their playoff opponent on a TV show

– make the first round of the playoffs a 3-game series with higher seed hosting all three games

FLAWS IN MLB’S PROPOSAL

MLB believes its proposal to expand the playoff field to seven teams per league will encourage more teams to try winning, but as we found out with the second wild card, that’s not always the case. Teams that were in competition for the wild card spots realized that it’s not worth trying to win that spot when all it does is earn you a 1-game playoff just to make the divisional series. The amount of playoff spots and the format of the playoff series needs to work hand-in-hand for teams to feel it’s worth making a run at winning.

MLB’s proposal to have a three-game series with the higher seed hosting all three games is severely flawed.

First off, baseball is a long, series-based sport, and MLB teams are supposed to be fairly even. The shorter the length of a series, the greater the chance of a fluke result. The longer the series, the more likely you are to see the better team prevail. A 3-game series for the playoffs is just too short. Plus, having only one team host all the games is unfair. Further, such a setup robs one team of one of the big benefits to making the postseason — the ability to host a playoff game, which is great for the home fans and generates more revenue/income for the team.

THE LARRY BROWN SPORTS PLAN

The LBS Plan is based on the belief that the current 162-game regular season is too long and full of too many meaningless games. It’s also based on the belief that the most meaningful regular season games are: Opening Day and the final weeks of playoff races. The LBS Plan seeks to replicate that feeling and create more meaningful games.

How do we do that? It’s simple: Two half-seasons.

MLB needs to cut down the regular season — 150 games would be great, but 154 could also work. They key is to make the season two halves of equal length, with the All-Star break in between.

7-team Playoff Format

– Top two teams per league in each half make the playoffs

– All division winners (based on cumulative record) make the playoffs

– Any spots where there is overlap (e.g. winner of the half also is winner of a division), next team with best cumulative record makes playoffs

– Team with best cumulative record in league gets bye into division series round of playoffs

– Wild Card and Division Series are both best-of-5 in 2-2-1 format

– LCS and World Series rounds are both best-of-7 in 2-3-2 format (I’d rather do 2-2-1-1-1, but considering baseball is outdoors unlike basketball or hockey, all the extra travel in October could push things into bad weather)

Also, I do like giving higher seeded playoff teams a choice of opponents for the intrigue and trash-talking possibilities it could create.

WHY THE PLAN WORKS

Fans love Opening Day because it’s great to welcome baseball back each year, and more importantly, because of the possibilities it represents. Each team begins 0-0 and there is hope that anything can happen. That freshness and excitement can last about a week or month, depending on how your team is doing. But once injuries hit and/or a team starts playing poorly, much of that hope is lost for a team and its fan base.

That’s why having two halves is great.

A team that had a poor first half now gets a chance to start over in the second half. A team with injuries in one half can still make the postseason if they are great in the other half. A team that’s hot in one half but cools off in the other can still make the playoffs. Rather than having half of MLB fan bases disengage after May or June, they all get to have renewed excitement midway through the season. There is also no excuse for teams not to try winning when they have an extra opportunity to qualify for the playoffs.

And just like you get two Opening Day feelings per year, there will be the excitement of a playoff race twice per season at the end of each half. Teams will be competing hard to get those spots.

ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM SKEPTICS

Skeptics may ask what happens with the teams that qualified for the playoffs by finishing at the top of the standings in the first half. What motivation would they have to try in the second half rather than just coast and manage workloads? The biggest motivation would be to go for the top overall spot in each league, which would yield a bye in the playoffs. Yes, the team would have a layoff for a week until their division round playoff series begins, but getting to avoid the first round of the playoffs would be a strong reward. The opportunity to have home field advantage would also be incentive to try hard in the second half. Plus, players have performance and award bonuses that would motivate them to keep playing well/hard in the second half.

Skeptics might wonder how would the trade deadline work? You probably only need one deadline, and it would come in the middle of the second half, once teams have a chance to see how they fare.

Skeptics might also ask: why would the owners and players agree to a shorter regular season if that would mean less money? The reason is that it wouldn’t necessarily mean less money. What is lost by eliminating 6 home games (in a 150-game regular season) or 4 home games (in a 154-game regular season) is more than gained by increased attendance and ratings at the end of the first half, start of the second half, and in the extra playoff games. Also, players should be in favor of this system because it would mean more teams trying to win, which would lead to more competition in the market place, and therefore higher salaries.

Owners and players would have to look at things from the bigger picture and recognize that is good for the overall health of the game. And when the game is healthy overall, there is more money for owners and players due to fan enjoyment.

This doesn’t fix all of MLB’s issues — we have other suggestions for defensive alignments, service time manipulation, length of games, and more — but this is a start.

What do you think of the LBS Plan?

 

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1988

The red and white warm-ups identify Fast Eddie Edwards as a member of Her Majesty’s Olympic team. He’s an unlikely looking athlete, though, at 5 feet 8 inches, peering through glasses with milk bottle lenses. Still, there are several countries that have an avid interest in the British ski jumper, a waif who has become Nordic skiing’s adopted son. Edwards, 24 years old, has been jumping for only two years, a mere beginner by Olympic standards. He is the only ski jumper in England, which means he spends most of the year away from home, training in places like Switzerland and Steamboat Springs, Colo. He became interested in the sport while on a skiing trip to Lake Placid, N.Y., when the cost of downhill equipment and lift tickets became too expensive. Edwards is a part-time plasterer from North Cheltenham, England, who has done such odd jobs as shoveling snow and babysitting in order to earn money so he can continue to jump.

At Lake Placid, he bought a used pair of skis for $60, was given a used helmet – fastened around his neck by a string – and borrowed boots that were so big he had to wear six pairs of socks. “I just went out to the ski jump at Lake Placid, introduced myself and said I wanted to jump,” Edwards said. “They said, ‘Fine.’ There was this old gentleman, a man who I think was in the 1932 Olympics, who came to watch me, to make sure nothing went wrong.” In just 18 months, Edwards progressed from novice to World Cup performer, not an Olympic medal contender by any means, but a success story in his own right. He was told it would take eight or nine years. In a sport in which style counts as much as distance – the best ski jumpers soar through the air posing like hood ornaments on an automobile – Fast Eddie has wobbled his way to a personal best of jumping 91 meters from the 90-meter jump. When he arrived in Calgary late Wednesday night, several Canadians greeted him at the airport, holding a banner that read “Welcome Eddie the Eagle Edwards.”

The perils of Eddie Edwards have made him a cult figure back home. Fast Eddie began skiing when he was 11 years old and went on a class trip to a ski resort in Italy. He skied on simulated trails in England, his goal to one day make the Olympic team. He did not anticipate that it would eventually be as a ski jumper, a pursuit that still causes him trepidation. “I used to get very scared at the top of the jump, thinking of a million reasons not to go down there,” he said. “You have to fight the fear that your next jump could be your last.”

It does not help that Edwards’s thick lenses tend to fog when he places his goggles over them just before taking off. He has made some jumps virtually blind. “Usually, though,” he said, “my glasses clear up enough for me to see where I’ll land and on which part of my body.” He has strained knee ligaments and broken his jaw, tying a scarf around the jaw and continuing to compete because he could not afford to pay for medical treatment. Now, Edwards is ready for his Olympic experience, modestly hoping to avoid finishing last. “That would be bigger news in Finland than a Finnish jumper winning the event,” he said. “My girlfriend gave me a lucky gold boot that I’ll hold just before the jump. And I’ll say to myself, ‘May I survive.'”

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1878       After designing the device last season to protect his team’s promising, but skittish, catcher James Tyng, Fredrick Thayer receives a patent for his innovative invention, the catcher’s mask. The Harvard captain, who will never play in a major league game, designed an oblong wireframe modeled after a fencing mask with eye holes that supports a series of strategically-placed pads made from animal skins.

1924       The National League announces it will join the AL in awarding a thousand dollars to the player selected by writers as the league’s Most Valuable Player. Dazzy Vance, who posts a 28-6 record along with an ERA of 2.16 for the Dodgers, easily outpoints Rogers Hornsby to become the Senior Circuit’s first MVP.

1930       After leading his A’s to a world championship, Connie Mack becomes the first Philadelphian sports figure to receive the prestigious Edward W. Bok Prize. The honor, now known as the Philadelphia Award, recognizes distinguished Philadelphians for their achievements in education, industry, law, politics, science, medicine, philosophy, and the creative arts.

1942       The White Sox and Cubs issue a 150-word joint statement that eliminates the possibility of the Northside team from renting Comiskey Park as a venue for National League night games next season. The Chicago rivals agree it is in the best interest of the city to retain the north-south boundary which demarcates the fans’ loyalty to the two Windy City clubs.

1942       Former Texarkana outfielder Gordon Houston is the first professional ballplayer to be killed in WW II. The minor league batting champion, who became a full-time fighter pilot following the attack on Pearl Harbor, dies at the age of 25 when his Republic P-43 Lancer crashes at Washington’s McChord Field, after leading a sortie along the West Coast, looking for Japanese submarines.

1944       Bob Coleman, who filled in for Casey Stengel last season when the Boston skipper suffered a broken leg when hit by a taxi cab trying to cross a street, is named to replace the ‘Old Perfessor’ as the manager of the Braves. The 54 year-old, considered one of the best managers in minor league history, can not work his magic, after finishing sixth followed by a slow start in 1945, the team fires former big-league catcher.

1980       The American League thwarts Marv Davis’ plan to buy the A’s from Charlie Finley when the circuit offers to buy out the Oakland Coliseum lease. The billionaire businessman, who will also make failed bids for the NFL’s Cowboys and Broncos, had hoped to move the franchise from the City by the Bay to Denver.

1981       Arbitrator Raymond Goetz officially declares Carlton Fisk a free agent, citing the Boston Red Sox had violated the CBA by not mailing the catcher’s contract by the December 20th deadline as specified in the agreement. Next month, the 33 year-old future Hall of Fame backstop will sign a $3.5 million deal to catch for the White Sox this upcoming season.

2002       For the first time in its history, Major League Baseball will own a team after acquiring the Expos from Jeffrey Loria. The former Montreal owner sells the Expos for $120 million, then buys the Florida Marlins for $158.5 million with a loan from major league baseball making up the difference.

2002       Many personnel changes take place with the unanimous approval of the sale of the Florida Marlins to Jeffrey Loria, the former owner of the Montreal Expos, and the MLB’s acquisition of the Montreal franchise. The Expos name Frank Robinson as the manager, Tony Tavares as president, and Omar Minaya as GM, while south of the border, former Expo skipper Jeff Torborg will pilot the Marlins, with Larry Beinfest as the GM, and David Samson taking over the duties of team president.

2003       Federal Judge James Holderman gives the Cubs and the owners of rooftop bleachers which provide fans a view of Wrigley Field a year to settle their dispute. The team believes the seating provided above the field via rooftops directly competes with the club for ticket sales revenue, and the surrounding neighbors, in turn, have not been sympathetic to the team’s expansion plans.

2007       The Major League Baseball Players Association asks the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its 2-1 decision, allowing the names of more than 100 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs to be made available to authorities investigating the use of steroids in baseball. The 1993 urine samples were collected by MLB to gauge the prevalence of steroid use with players and owners agreeing the results would be confidential.

2007       An agreement is reached after a year of negotiations on the sale of the Braves from Time Warner to Liberty Media. Seventy percent of the owners must approve the deal, which includes the retention of general manager John Schuerholz and manager Bobby Cox.

2008       The Twins, to add experience to a young rotation, sign Livan Hernandez (11-11, 4.93) to a $5 million, one-year deal with an additional $2 million in performance bonuses. The 32 year-old right-hander from Cuba will also add innings to a staff depleted due to the departures of starters Johan Santana and Carlos Silva.

2009       “While Alex deserves credit for publicly confronting the issue, there is no valid excuse for using such substances, and those who use them have shamed the game.” – COMMISSIONER BUD SELIG, commenting Alex Rodriguez’s admission of using PEDs. Three days after Alex Rodriguez apologizes for using steroids, commissioner Bud Selig chastises the Yankee superstar, and all the other players, who used such substances, for bringing shame to the game. The third baseman’s apology followed a SI.com report that he was one of 104 players who tested positive in tests taken in 2003 to determine the extent of steroid use in the national pastime.

2009       Ervin Santana avoids arbitration, agreeing to a deal with the Angels, which could be worth $42 million over the next five years. The 26 year-old right-hander, who posted a 16-7 record with a 3.49 ERA for the AL West Champions last season, is the youngest active hurler with 50 career victories (51-37).

2009       Dan Uggla (.260, 32, 92), eligible for arbitration for the first time, is awarded $5.35 million by the process. The All-Star second baseman, who has averaged 30 home runs and 90 RBIs his first three seasons in the majors, rejected the Marlins’ offer of $4.4 million.

2009       Bluefish catcher John Nathans sues Jose Offerman, a former major league All-Star with the Red Sox and Dodgers, for the infielder’s 2007 bat-wielding attack at a minor league game played at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The backstop is seeking $4.8 million in damages against the Long Island Ducks player, claiming the 2007 incident left him with career-ending injuries, which include inner ear damage, vertigo, headaches, and post-concussion syndrome.

2010       Corey Hart (.260, 12, 48) is awarded a raise from $3.25 million to $4.8 million in the Brewers’ first salary arbitration hearing in a dozen years. In the first case to use the process this year, Milwaukee’s offer of $4.15 million to their 27 year-old right-fielder, an All-Star in 2008, was rejected by a panel of arbitrators.

2010       Tim Lincecum, two-time reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, reaches a preliminary agreement on a $23 million, two-year deal with the Giants before the start of a scheduled arbitration hearing. The 25 year-old right-hander has compiled a 40-17 record along with an ERA of 2.90 ERA during his first three big league seasons; all played for San Francisco.

2011       “Doris From Rego Park” makes its debut on Jonathan Schwartz’s weekend program on WNYC-FM. The song, written and performed by Don Rosler, is a tribute to Doris Bauer, the Mets fan who became a New York institution as a late-night caller to WFAN sports radio before she died in 2003.

2014       Derek Jeter, who will turn 40 in June, announces the 2014 season will be his final one, informing his fans via a lengthy Facebook post. The 13-time All-Star shortstop acknowledged that his numerous injuries had taken their toll, making the game more of a struggle and less enjoyable.

2016       Jenrry Mejia becomes the first player to receive a lifetime ban for three failed tests for performance-enhancing substances, after testing positive for boldenone, a steroid used in horse racing. The 26 year-old Mets former closer claims that he only failed one test, states the second sets of results to be inaccurate, and believes that MLB fabricated the latest violation to remove him from the sport.

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 46 7 .868 25-3 21-4 11-0 28-3 9-1 5 W
Toronto 40 14 .741 6.5 21-7 19-7 8-3 29-7 10-0 15 W
Boston 37 16 .698 9.0 22-5 15-11 7-5 25-9 8-2 1 L
Miami 35 18 .660 11.0 22-3 13-15 8-2 23-7 5-5 1 W
Philadelphia 34 21 .618 13.0 25-2 9-19 9-4 22-14 5-5 3 W
Indiana 31 23 .574 15.5 18-10 13-13 5-6 19-15 3-7 6 L
Brooklyn 24 28 .462 21.5 15-12 9-16 4-8 16-16 6-4 1 W
Orlando 23 31 .426 23.5 14-13 9-18 8-4 16-17 2-8 1 W

Washington 19 33 .365 26.5 13-13 6-20 4-8 13-19 5-5 1 W
10 Chicago 19 36 .345 28.0 11-16 8-20 6-8 13-24 3-7 6 L
11 Detroit 19 37 .339 28.5 11-19 8-18 5-9 12-27 2-8 3 L
12 Charlotte 17 36 .321 29.0 8-17 9-19 1-6 12-20 2-8 1 W
13 New York 17 37 .315 29.5 8-18 9-19 2-10 12-23 5-5 1 L
14 Atlanta 15 40 .273 32.0 9-17 6-23 4-5 8-27 4-6 1 L
15 Cleveland 13 40 .245 33.0 6-22 7-18 4-8 8-28 1-9 6 L
Western Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 40 12 .769 18-7 22-5 7-2 27-6 6-4 2 W
Denver 38 16 .704 3.0 21-6 17-10 9-0 25-8 8-2 4 W
LA Clippers 37 17 .685 4.0 22-5 15-12 6-2 21-12 6-4 1 L
Utah 35 18 .660 5.5 19-5 16-13 5-5 21-13 5-5 3 W
Houston 34 20 .630 7.0 19-8 15-12 6-4 21-16 6-4 1 W
Oklahoma City 32 22 .593 9.0 17-12 15-10 6-4 21-14 7-3 2 L
Dallas 32 22 .593 9.0 14-14 18-8 7-2 18-14 4-6 1 L
Memphis 27 26 .509 13.5 15-13 12-13 4-5 17-16 7-3 1 W

Portland 25 30 .455 16.5 15-11 10-19 4-8 15-22 6-4 1 L
10 San Antonio 23 31 .426 18.0 14-12 9-19 3-5 13-19 3-7 1 W
11 New Orleans 23 31 .426 18.0 11-16 12-15 3-7 14-20 6-4 3 W
12 Sacramento 21 32 .396 19.5 11-15 10-17 5-5 15-18 6-4 1 L
13 Phoenix 21 33 .389 20.0 10-18 11-15 4-7 12-24 3-7 2 L
14 Minnesota 16 36 .308 24.0 7-19 9-17 2-9 8-25 1-9 1 L
15 Golden State 12 42 .222 29.0 7-19 5-23 1-7 7-28 2-8 3 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Boston Bruins 57 34 11 12 80 34 188 143 19-2-9 15-9-3 7-3-0
Washington Capitals 56 36 15 5 77 33 202 172 16-9-4 20-6-1 6-4-0
Tampa Bay Lightning 57 37 15 5 79 35 203 152 18-7-2 19-8-3 9-0-1
Pittsburgh Penguins 55 34 15 6 74 31 182 150 19-5-4 15-10-2 6-3-1
New York Islanders 55 33 16 6 72 30 166 151 18-7-4 15-9-2 5-3-2
Toronto Maple Leafs 57 30 19 8 68 29 203 189 15-7-7 15-12-1 5-3-2
Columbus Blue Jackets 57 30 17 10 70 30 148 139 18-10-3 12-7-7 7-1-2
Philadelphia Flyers 57 31 19 7 69 26 184 170 19-5-4 12-14-3 6-3-1

Carolina Hurricanes 56 32 21 3 67 27 181 157 18-9-1 14-12-2 5-4-1
10 Florida Panthers 56 30 20 6 66 27 198 188 16-10-2 14-10-4 5-4-1
11 Montreal Canadiens 58 27 24 7 61 23 179 176 13-15-4 14-9-3 7-3-0
12 New York Rangers 55 28 23 4 60 28 181 174 16-12-2 12-11-2 6-4-0
13 Buffalo Sabres 57 25 24 8 58 24 162 178 16-10-4 9-14-4 4-5-1
14 New Jersey Devils 55 20 25 10 50 17 152 195 8-10-10 12-15-0 3-4-3
15 Ottawa Senators 56 18 27 11 47 18 147 191 12-10-6 6-17-5 2-5-3
16 Detroit Red Wings 58 14 40 4 32 12 120 216 9-18-2 5-22-2 2-8-0
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 56 32 15 9 73 31 178 160 18-5-5 14-10-4 3-5-2
Vancouver Canucks 57 31 21 5 67 28 187 175 18-6-3 13-15-2 6-3-1
Colorado Avalanche 55 33 16 6 72 33 200 154 15-7-4 18-9-2 8-1-1
Dallas Stars 56 32 19 5 69 30 151 142 17-9-2 15-10-3 5-4-1
Edmonton Oilers 56 30 20 6 66 28 181 176 15-9-4 15-11-2 6-3-1
Calgary Flames 57 29 22 6 64 23 161 173 13-10-4 16-12-2 4-5-1
Vegas Golden Knights 58 28 22 8 64 25 182 178 14-10-4 14-12-4 4-4-2
Arizona Coyotes 59 28 23 8 64 23 165 162 13-11-4 15-12-4 2-5-3

Winnipeg Jets 58 29 24 5 63 26 174 176 14-13-3 15-11-2 4-5-1
10 Minnesota Wild 56 27 23 6 60 26 173 181 17-8-4 10-15-2 7-3-0
11 Nashville Predators 55 26 22 7 59 24 178 183 11-11-4 15-11-3 5-5-0
12 Chicago Blackhawks 56 25 23 8 58 22 166 178 12-12-4 13-11-4 5-3-2
13 Anaheim Ducks 56 23 26 7 53 18 146 173 12-10-3 11-16-4 6-2-2
14 San Jose Sharks 56 24 28 4 52 22 147 187 14-14-1 10-14-3 4-6-0
15 Los Angeles Kings 57 19 33 5 43 19 137 183 11-12-1 8-21-4 1-8-1

 

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
Maryland 10-3 .769 7-0 3-3 20-4 .833 14-0 3-4 3-0 3-0
13 Penn State 9-4 .692 4-1 4-3 19-5 .792 12-1 5-3 2-1 4-1
Michigan State 9-5 .643 6-1 3-4 17-8 .680 10-2 4-4 3-2 3-3
21 Iowa 8-5 .615 7-0 1-4 17-7 .708 12-1 3-4 2-2 5-3
Rutgers 8-5 .615 7-0 1-4 17-7 .708 16-0 1-5 0-2 2-3
22 Illinois 8-5 .615 5-2 3-3 16-8 .667 12-3 4-4 0-1 1-5
Wisconsin 7-6 .538 5-1 2-5 14-10 .583 11-1 3-6 0-3 4-3
Purdue 7-7 .500 5-2 2-5 14-11 .560 10-3 3-6 1-2 4-6
Minnesota 6-7 .462 5-1 1-6 12-11 .522 10-2 1-8 1-1 2-4
Ohio State 5-7 .417 3-2 2-5 15-8 .652 11-2 3-5 1-1 3-2
Indiana 5-7 .417 4-2 1-5 15-8 .652 12-3 1-5 2-0 3-3
Michigan 5-7 .417 3-3 1-4 14-9 .609 9-4 1-5 4-0 4-4
Nebraska 2-11 .154 2-4 0-7 7-17 .292 5-7 0-9 2-1 0-5
Northwestern 1-11 .083 1-5 0-6 6-16 .273 4-8 1-7 1-1 0-4

 

BIG EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL

Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
10 Seton Hall 10-1 .909 4-1 6-0 18-5 .783 9-2 7-2 2-1 3-2
23 Creighton 7-4 .636 4-1 3-3 18-6 .750 13-1 4-4 1-1 2-2
18 Marquette 7-4 .636 5-1 2-3 17-6 .739 12-1 3-4 2-1 2-2
15 Villanova 7-4 .636 4-2 3-2 17-6 .739 10-2 4-3 3-1 2-4
19 Butler 6-5 .545 3-2 3-3 18-6 .750 11-2 4-4 3-0 1-3
Providence 6-5 .545 3-2 3-3 13-11 .542 9-3 3-5 1-3 2-4
Xavier 5-6 .455 3-3 2-3 16-8 .667 11-3 3-4 2-1 1-1
Georgetown 4-7 .364 3-3 1-4 14-10 .583 10-5 3-4 1-1 2-4
St. John’s 2-9 .182 1-4 1-5 13-11 .542 10-5 1-5 2-1 1-4
DePaul 1-10 .091 1-5 0-5 13-11 .542 9-6 4-5 0-0 1-2

 

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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

 

MAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Conference Overall vs
W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt Top 25
East
Ohio 8-3 .727 5-1 3-2 15-7 .682 9-1 5-5 1-1 0-1
Kent State 5-5 .500 3-2 2-3 12-9 .571 6-3 4-4 2-2 0-1
Buffalo 4-6 .400 2-3 2-3 13-8 .619 7-3 4-5 2-0 0-1
Miami (OH) 4-7 .364 3-3 1-4 11-12 .478 6-3 4-8 1-1 0-2
Akron 3-7 .300 2-3 1-4 10-11 .476 5-5 3-6 2-0 0-1
Bowling Green 1-9 .100 1-4 0-5 8-14 .364 5-4 2-8 1-2 0-0
West
Central Michigan 11-0 1.000 5-0 6-0 18-4 .818 9-1 9-3 0-0 0-1
Ball State 7-3 .700 6-0 1-3 15-7 .682 9-1 3-5 3-1 0-0
Toledo 6-4 .600 4-1 2-3 11-10 .524 6-4 4-5 1-1 0-0
Eastern Michigan 6-5 .545 3-2 3-3 11-11 .500 6-4 5-7 0-0 0-1
Western Michigan 4-6 .400 3-2 1-4 11-10 .524 6-3 3-6 2-1 0-1
Northern Illinois 3-7 .300 1-3 2-4 7-14 .333 2-6 4-7 1-1 0-0