GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Greenfield 47, Central 33

Harrison 101, Lighthouse 72

McCutcheon 91, Tech 49

Mt. Vernon 58, Richmond 22

Tipton 51, Kokomo 35

West Lafayette 52, Lafayette Jeff 34

Hagerstown 52, Northeastern 47…. The Lady Knights were slow to start coming out of the gate on Senior Night, but Northeastern settled in offensively to gain momentum going into the second quarter. Northeastern fell into a lull offensively in the second and fourth quarter in which Hagerstown took advantage of quick scoring opportunities. Leading the way for the Tigers was Junior guard Hallie Rogers with 18. Camryn Bradway added 13 and Senior Kassidy Oliger scored 10. Scoring for the Lady Knights were Emma Wright with 15 points, Taylor Farris with 11 points, Jenna McFarland with 9 points, Kenzie Chasteen with 8 points, and Kelli Drake and Alizah Rankin with 2 points each. The Lady Knights are now 17-3 and return to action Saturday, January 25th in a Varsity Boy/Girl double header at Blue River. Varsity girls will tip-off at 6pm. Hagerstown improved to 16-5 overall and 6-1 in the TEC. The Tigers host Muncie Burris Saturday.

HAGERSTOWN COACH CHRIS OLIGER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ5X71qICgg

HAGERSTOWN GUARD: HALLIE ROGERS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6OJ1zIfiWc

HAGERSTOWN CENTER KASSIDY OLIGER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPKTM708fnE

NORTHEASTERN CENTER EMMA WRIGHT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_C5UepaCNk

NORTHEASTERN GUARD KELLI DRAKE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MHjg3ZPKNI

 Knightstown 31, Lincoln 17

Union City 66, Ansonia (Ohio) 27…. (UC RELEASE) The Lady Indians were victorious over the Ansonia Tigers 66-27. They were led by Lutz with 18. Emily Livingston racked up another double-double with 18 rebounds and 15 points. The Indians honored the seniors as they played their last regular season home game at Union City. Every senior contributed to the scoring column; Corona had 7, Green 5 and Cox and Smith each had 2. Green also had 5 assists while Corona, Smith and Cox had 6, 5 and 4 rebounds each.  The Indians move to 14-6 on the season and will be back in action on Saturday at Wapahani. It’s always a bittersweet moment when the seniors play their last home game. You love to watch them enjoy what they love but you know it is coming to an end for them. We are fortunate to host the sectional this year so they will get another opportunity to play here but it won’t be like this and they won’t be honored before the game for their commitment and dedication through their high school years. I am so thankful and blessed to be able to coach these ladies and watch them grow not only as basketball players but as individuals!  The Junior Varsity defeated the Tigers 36-23. They were led in scoring by Emma Davis with 13 and Andrea Sanders with 10. They were lead in rebounds by Andrea Sanders, Mackenzie Charles and Grace Shoemaker with 4 each. Andrea Sanders and Mackenzie Charles led the team in steals with 3 a piece. They are 7-8 on the season and are back in action on Saturday. 

 Indian Creek 57, Eastern Hancock 40

Madison-Grant 45, Daleville 39

Shenandoah 61, Cowan 30

Southern Wells 47, Wes-Del 35

East Central 55, Lawrenceburg 37

Greensburg 69, Hauser 42

South Ripley 49, South Dearborn 20

 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Marion 75, Anderson 62

McCutcheon 53, Crawfordsville 50

Ansonia (Ohio) 51, Union City 35

Rushville 61, Union County 54

Greenfield 41, Connersville 39

 

INDIANA BOYS AP BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

  1. Lawrence North (14-0)
  2. Bloomington South (15-0)
  3. Lawrence Central (14-2)
  4. Brownsburg (12-1)
  5. South Bend Adams (13-1)
  6. Lafayette Jeff (14-2)
  7. Pike (11-3)
  8. Fishers (13-3)
  9. Westfield (9-2)
  10. Indianapolis Attucks (9-3)

 

3A

CLASS 3A

  1. Silver Creek (13-1)
  2. Danville (13-2)
  3. Heritage Hills (10-3)
  4. Norwell (12-1)
  5. Mishawaka Marian (8-3)
  6. Greensburg (12-2)
  7. South Bend St. Joseph (9-3)
  8. Hammond (11-2)
  9. Delta (9-2)
  10. Indian Creek (10-2)

 

2A

JAN. 21

  1. Shenandoah (11-1)
  2. Fort Wayne Blackhawk (12-2)
  3. South Decatur (13-0)
  4. Linton-Stockton (13-2)
  5. Evansville Mater Dei (10-3)
  6. Prairie Heights (12-3)
  7. Tipton (11-2)
  8. South Spencer (10-2)
  9. University (12-3)
  10. Central Noble (12-2)

 

1A

JAN. 21

  1. Greenwood Christian (14-0)
  2. Gary 21st Century (12-2)
  3. Kouts (11-0)
  4. Barr-Reeve (12-1)
  5. Lafayette Central Catholic (9-2)
  6. Loogootee (11-3)
  7. Bloomfield (9-3)
  8. West Washington (10-1)
  9. North Daviess (8-5)
  10. Covington (8-4)

 

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING

Richmond 42 Cowan 36

RICHMOND’S BLAINE PIERCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HPMxSyA4lw

RICHMOND’S SEKAYE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQHaZ7a3QBc

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#3 Kansas 81 Kansas State 60

#4 San Diego State 72 Wyoming 55

#8 Duke 89 Miami Florida 59

#9 Villanova 76 #13 Butler 61

#15 Kentucky 89 Georgia 79

#17 Maryland 77 Northwestern 66

TCU 65#18 Texas Tech 54

#21 Illinois 79 Purdue 62

Bowling Green 62 Eastern Michigan 59

Buffalo 90 Western Michigan 79

Northern Illinois 76 Kent State 69

LSU 84 Florida 82

Akron 81 Miami Ohio 60

Toledo 83 Ohio 74

Wichita State 56 S. Florida 43

Clemson 71 Wake Forest 68

Iowa State 89 Oklahoma State 82

Marquette 82 St. John 68

Texas A&M 66 Missouri 64

VCU 73 St. Joseph’s 60

Tennessee 73 Ole Miss 48

New Mexico 86 San Jose State 59

Wisconsin 82 Nebraska 68

Utah State 72 Air Force 47

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Gardner – Webb 65 North Carolina Asheville 59

Radford 57 South Carolina Upstate 41

Winthrop 74 Longwood 63

Campbell 61 Charleston Southern 36

High Point 60 Presbyterian 55

Memphis 57 SMU 52

Tulsa 58 E. Carolina 56

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

LA Clippers 110 Dallas 107…. The Dallas Mavericks brought back one big man but lost another Tuesday night, and in the end, they couldn’t rein in the reigning Finals MVP. Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, Landry Shamet hit two clutch 3-pointers late and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win. Dallas ended a four-game winning streak, and more importantly, lost a key piece in center Dwight Powell just as they welcomed back Kristaps Porzingis.

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 3 Vegas 2…. Down a goal entering the third period with a long layoff ahead, the Boston Bruins rallied their way to a win before the All-Star break. Jake DeBrusk tied it early in the third period and David Krejci got the go-ahead goal with 7:42 remaining, and the Bruins held on for a 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night.

NY Islanders 4 NY Rangers 2…. Following a stretch of seven games in 11 days, the New York Islanders don’t play again until Feb. 1 The extended time off around the All-Star break will feel much better after a needed win against one of their biggest rivals. Josh Bailey had a goal and two assists, Thomas Greiss stopped 40 shots, and the Islanders held on to beat the New York Rangers 4-2 Tuesday night.

Carolina 4 Winnipeg 1….Justin Williams couldn’t have scripted a better return to the NHL. Williams scored two goals in his second game since signing to return for his 19th season, helping the Carolina Hurricanes win 4-1 over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. In his first game of the season two days earlier, Williams scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift the Hurricanes to a victory over the New York Islanders. Williams had taken an extended offseason and signed with the club Jan. 8.

Philadelphia 3 Pittsburgh 0…. Brian Elliott and the Flyers defense stymied Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Elliott made 19 saves, Jakub Voracek and James van Riemsdyk scored, and Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh 3-0 Tuesday night. It was Elliott’s first shutout of the season and 39th of his career. The 34-year-old is filling in for injured Carter Hart.

Florida 4 Chicago 3…. Joel Quenneville barking out instructions from behind the bench. A young team with a couple budding stars showing signs of improvement. It was a familiar scene, with quite a twist. The Florida Panthers got Quenneville a win in his return to Chicago, using a hat trick by Frank Vatrano to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

 

Jeter 1 vote shy of unanimous, Walker also elected to Hall

Known for two decades as No. 2, Derek Jeter is now linked to the number 1 – as in, who was the lone Hall of Fame voter who didn’t put a check mark next to his name?

Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick, falling just shy of the standard set when longtime New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous selection last year. Larry Walker also earned baseball’s highest honor Tuesday in his last chance on the ballot.

For now, the identity and motivation of the non-conformist remains a mystery.

“Well, I look at all the votes that I got,” Jeter said. “Trying to get that many people to agree on something is pretty difficult to do. So that’s not something that’s on mind.”

Longtime shortstop and captain of the Yankees, Jeter appeared on 396 of 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. His 99.7% moved above Ken Griffey Jr. (99.3%) for the second-highest share.

Jeter was listed on all 219 ballots made public by Ryan Thibodaux’s vote tracker before the announcement. The BBWAA will release additional ballots on Feb. 4 of writers who chose a public listing.

“Everyone told me it was a foregone conclusion. I didn’t buy it. So it was not a relaxing day. There was a lot of anxiety,” Jeter said. “I was nervous, sitting around waiting for a phone call is something that is completely out of your control.”

Walker got 304 votes, six above the 75% needed and up from 54.6% last year. He was making his 10th and final appearance on the BBWAA ballot and tweeted earlier in the day “I believe I’m going to come up a little short today” after checking the vote tracker and projecting he would finish at 73.3%.

As the announcement time approached, Walker had just about given up.

“I had it when they’re going to call, a roundabout time, and that time had come and gone,” he said. “And there was two minutes after that when the call actually came.”

When Walker’s phone rang, he uttered a profanity and then: “Oh my God!” He answered, and BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell was on the line.

 

Ugly brawl breaks out at end of Kansas State-Kansas game

Third-ranked Kansas and Kansas State ended their bitter showdown Tuesday night with a wild melee in the disabled seating behind the Wildcats’ basket that included punches, shoving and at least one player threatening to swing a stool.

The Jayhawks were dribbling out the time on their 81-60 victory when Silvio De Sousa was stripped by DaJuan Gordon near mid-court. Gordon tried to go for a layup and De Sousa recovered to block his shot and send the freshman sprawling, then stood over Gordon and barked at him – triggering both benches to empty into what amounted to a rugby scrum.

At one point, De Sousa picked up a stool and held it over his head before Kansas assistant Jerrance Howard grabbed it from him from behind. The Jayhawks’ Marcus Garrett and David McCormick were also in the thick of the scrum along with the Wildcats’ James Love and David Sloan, who was the first player to come to Gordon’s defense.

It took both coaching staffs, the officials and Allen Fieldhouse security to separate the teams.

“Without knowing exactly everything that went down, it was obvious to me that we played a role in what transpired and there will be penalties for that,” said Jayhawks coach Bill Self, who was already shaking hands with Kansas State counterpart Bruce Weber when the chaos erupted. “I need to see the film to comment or have any definitive thoughts on exactly why or how it got started, because to be honest with you I don’t have any idea about that.”

The fight came three days after St. Francis and Sacred Heart were involved in a wild fracas following their game in Pennsylvania. But while that incident in the Northeast Conference went largely unnoticed, the pedigree of Kansas and the fact that both schools play in the Big 12 instantly turned their brawl into a national event.

“Obviously it’s an embarrassment,” Self said. “It’s not something to be proud of. What happened showed zero signs of toughness. It’s a sign of immaturity and selfishness more so than toughness. If I was a fan watching, depending on your perspective, there would be nothing about that intriguing me to watch more.”

Then, adding to the bizarre finish, five players from each team were summoned back from the locker rooms by officials and one-tenth of a second was put on the clock. Kansas State shot technical free throws to booing from a few thousand fans, and the one make necessitated a change to the final box score.

The reason only those players returned? The rest of the players from each team – including those dressed in street clothes – were ejected because they had left the bench while the game was in progress.

“It should have been avoided,” Weber said. “It’s my guys, it’s my fault. They came here wanting to have a game, compete, and we didn’t compete the way we needed to, and probably a little frustration, especially the young guys.”

Weber had instructed his players to back off in the closing seconds and let the game run out. And while Self said he didn’t agree with the steal and layup attempt, he did acknowledge that Kansas State was merely playing to the final whistle.

“Silvio knew he was being defended,” Self said. “He took his ball, and certainly the way Silvio reacted to getting his ball taken, going and blocking his shot, that’s fair game. What transpired after that is what set everything off.”

While he won’t be alone, De Sousa is likely to receive the stiffest punishment from the incident – the latest chapter in a career that has brought far more embarrassment and frustration to Kansas than pride and success.

It was De Sousa whose name surfaced in the FBI probe into college basketball in October 2018, and that in part led to an NCAA investigation of Kansas. The school received a notice of allegations last September that outlined major violations in men’s basketball, levied a head coach responsibility charge against Self and alleged a lack of institutional control. Those violations are being appealed and a decision is not expected until well after the season.

De Sousa was suspended last season for his role in the case, and he was supposed to sit out this season as well. But the school successfully appealed the decision, allowing the junior forward to return to the court.

Asked what his message was in the locker room after the game, Self replied: “There was no discussion on what happened from their vantage point. We talked to them and relayed to them how selfish it was. We relayed how disappointed we are. We should be in here talking about Christian Braun and selfishness created a situation where that’s not going to be the story line whatsoever. There was no communication back and forth. It was one way.”

Indeed, Braun was the story of the game until the final seconds after hitting six 3-pointers and scoring a career-high 20 points in his first Sunflower Showdown. The freshman guard grew up in nearby Burlington, Kansas.

Devon Dotson added 18 points and Udoka Azubuike finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds for Kansas (15-3, 5-1 Big 12), which beat the Wildcats for the 14th straight time at Allen Fieldhouse. Xavier Sneed had 16 points and David Sloan had 14 for the Wildcats (8-10, 1-5), who played a part in ending the Jayhawks’ conference title run last season.

“Credit to them. They kicked our butt,” said Weber, whose chin was reddened by what he called a stress-induced reaction. “I’m just happy nothing major happened to either team where there was an escalated fight. It was a bad play at the end. It’s disappointing. Life lessons for our young guys and hopefully next time they’ll be a little smarter.”

 

IU EAST BASKETBALL ROUNDUP FOR JAN. 21

MEN

KOKOMO, Ind. – Jehu Lafeuillee scored a season-high 24 points as the Indiana University East men’s basketball team rode its best 3-point shooting night of the season to an 83-79 win at NAIA Division II No. 12 Indiana University Kokomo on Jan. 21.

IU East improved 12-9 overall and now owns the top league record in the River States Conference with a 7-1 league mark. IU Kokomo is 17-4 overall and 6-1 in the conference.

IU East made its first seven 3-point attempts – six of them from the right side – and also made all eight of its free throws in the first 20 minutes to seize a 51-42 halftime lead.

IU East returns home Jan. 28 to face Indiana University Southeast. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. on Lingle Court in the first game of a women’s-men’s River States Conference doubleheader.

The IU East road game listed for Jan. 25 on the original Red Wolf schedule has been forfeited to IU East.

WOMEN

KOKOMO, Ind. – Reagan Hune scored a season-high 27 points, and the Indiana University East women’s basketball team continued its January resurgence with a 79-77 River States Conference win at Indiana University Kokomo on Jan. 21.

IU East evened its conference record at 4-4 and is 6-16 overall. IU Kokomo is 10-9 overall and 2-5 in the league.

IU Kokomo got within one possession on two occasions midway through the fourth quarter, and Hune had the answer both times. She sank a key 3-pointer with 5:42 remaining to extend the IU East lead after the Cougars had closed within one point. She made another timely basket with three minutes remaining to push the Red Wolf advantage to two possessions.

IU East returns home Jan. 28 to face Indiana University Southeast. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. on Lingle Court in the first game of a women’s-men’s River States Conference doubleheader.

The IU East road game listed for Jan. 25 on the original Red Wolf schedule has been forfeited to IU East.

 

PURDUE MBB: Illinois Stops Purdue’s Conference Home Win Streak

(PURDUE RELEASE)

#BoilerNotes

Purdue fell to Illinois 79-62 at Mackey Arena on Tuesday night, in front of 14,804 fans – Purdue’s 18th straight sellout dating to last season … the loss snapped a seven-game win streak at Mackey Arena over Illinois.

The loss also snapped a 15-game homecourt winning streak against Big Ten opponents, which was the second-longest streak in school history and fourth-longest streak in the country.

Purdue has lost two games at Mackey Arena for the first time since the 2016-17 season (15-2) … Purdue went 16-1 in 2017-18 and 15-0 a year ago.

Illinois becomes just the fifth team since 2014-15 to shoot at least 50.0 percent against Purdue at Mackey Arena, joining Texas, Penn State, Michigan and Gardner-Webb.

The loss snapped a six-game win streak at Mackey Arena against nationally-ranked teams.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue held a one-point halftime lead, but Illinois came out firing in the second half to hand the Boilermakers a 79-62 setback at sold-out Mackey Arena.

Purdue led 30-29 at halftime, but saw Illinois make 11 of its first 12 shots in the second half while shooting 55.1 percent from the field for the game to end Purdue’s 15-game home winning streak against Big Ten opposition.

Illinois also controlled the glass by a 37-19 advantage. The Illini had 11 offensive rebounds to just nine defensive rebounds for the Boilermakers. In two games against Illinois, Purdue was outrebounded by 31 boards.

Nojel Eastern had his third solid game in a row with 14 points, five rebounds and two assists. Trevion Williams added 12 points, while Matt Haarms added 10 points and six rebounds. Purdue shot 41.1 percent from the field and went just 3 of 8 from long distance, its fewest long-distance attempts since Jan. 7, 2015, vs. Wisconsin (5).

Purdue will host Wisconsin on Friday night in Mackey Arena.

 

BUTLER MBB: No. 9 Villanova Tops Butler 76-61, in Philadelphia

No. 9 Villanova came away with a 76-61 win over visiting Butler Tuesday night at the Finneran Pavilion just outside Philadelphia.

The Wildcats put five players in double figures as they hit 21 of 23 from the free throw line. Butler attempted only eight free throws on the night.

For the 13th-ranked Bulldogs, the loss moves to the team to 15-4 overall and 3-3 in BIG EAST play. Villanova improves to 15-3 (5-1 BIG EAST).

Kamar Baldwin led Butler with 21 points. Bryce Nze and Bryce Golden each scored 11 points, with Nze adding 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

The free throw truly was the difference as Butler out-shot Villanova from the field, holding the Wildcats to 38-percent shooting. Nine of Villanova’s 23 makes came from behind the arc. Jermaine Samuels led Villanova with 20 points, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line.

Saddiq Bey hit back-to-back three-pointers with a free throw included to open the second half and extend a 36-26 Villanova halftime lead to 43-26 less than a minute into the second half. Butler would respond with a run of its own.

Baldwin spurred an 8-0 run that pulled the Bulldogs back within four at 49-45 with 11:15 remaining in the game. That was part of a larger stretch that saw Butler make nine of 10 attempts. Villanova scored the next seven points to build the lead back to double figures at 56-45. From that point on, the lead would only get to single digits one more time.

Both Nze and Aaron Thompson had five assists, as Butler shot 41 percent from the field, but only 5-of-20 from behind the arc. Villanova held a narrow 43-37 rebounding edge.

The Bulldogs return home for a Friday night match-up at Hinkle Fieldhouse with Marquette. A limited number of tickets remain available for the 9 p.m. tip.

 

BANE SCORES 27: TCU Tops No. 18 Texas Tech, 65-54

(TCU RELEASE)

FORT WORTH – Desmond Bane’s 27 points and a dominating second half helped TCU complete its largest comeback win of the season, defeating No. 18 Texas Tech, 65-54, on Tuesday in front of a capacity crowd of 6,966 at Schollmaier Arena.

The Frogs (13-5, 4-2 Big 12) caught fire to begin the contest, taking a quick 8-2 lead before Texas Tech (12-6, 3-3 Big 12) found its rhythm. The Raiders expanded their lead to as much as eight before TCU came back and cut the lead to four, 31-27, at halftime.

TCU started the second half on a 18-5 run. Bane continued to lead the Frogs as he finished 10-of-15 from the field and 6-of-8 from 3-point range. His jumper with 7:42 to play, put TCU up 55-40, its largest lead of the game.

Kevin Samuel came alive in the second half with seven of his 11 points and six of his 11 rebounds in the second period. It was the ninth double-double of the season for the sophomore.  

Up Next

TCU will play at Arkansas (14-3) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on ESPN2. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since the last year they were members of the Southwest Conference in 1991.  

Team Notes

– TCU moved to 52-83 all-time against Texas Tech and ended a four-game losing streak to the Red Raiders.

– The Frogs downed a ranked team for the first time since beating No. 19 Iowa State Feb. 23, 2019, 75-72. It’s the highest ranked team TCU has beaten since Feb. 9, 2019, a 92-83 win at No. 17 Iowa State.

– The 11-point margin of victory was the most over a ranked team since Feb. 14, 2015 when TCU defeated No. 21 Oklahoma State, 70-55.

– The Frogs are 3-0 at home and 4-2 overall to start Big 12 play.

– TCU has won 14 of its last 19 Big 12 home games and is 18-12 in Big 12 home games overall under Dixon.

– TCU overcame an eight-point deficit, its largest comeback win this season and its largest since it was down 11 to CSU Bakersfield and won 66-61 on Nov. 7 2018.

– The Frogs outshot Texas Tech 47 percent to 43 percent, improving to 11-1 when outshooting the opponent.

– TCU outrebounded TTU 34-27. The Frogs are 11-1 this season, 70-19 under Dixon and 79-19 since the 2015-16 season when outrebounding their opponent.

– TCU started with the lineup of Edric Dennis, Desmond Bane, RJ Nembhard, Jaire Grayer and Kevin Samuel for the 12th consecutive game (8-4).

Individual Notes

– Desmond Bane started his 100th career game as a Horned Frog. He became the seventh TCU player to hit the century mark and first since JD Miller did it in last season’s finale against Texas. He is now tied for sixth at TCU in games started with Miller.

– Bane recorded a game-high 27 points. He also tied a career-best 75 percent 3-point shooting (minimum five attempts), going 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. It was the ninth time in his career that Bane has made five or more 3-pointers in a game.

– Bane added three steals, tying a season-high last done against Clemson.

– Kevin Samuel scored 11 points and added 11 rebounds, giving him his ninth double-double of the season and 13th of his career. TCU improved to 9-4 when Samuel records a double-double.

– Of his 11 rebounds, Samuel hauled in a career-high seven offensive rebounds.

– Samuel also tied his career high with three assists and made a season-high three free throws.

– On the defensive end, Samuel recorded two steals and two blocks, his ninth career game with multiple steals and blocks.

– Freshman Diante Smith finished with a season-high four field goals on six attempts.

 

No. 4 SDSU beats Wyoming 72-55 to match Leonard’s 20-0 start

With transfers Malachi Flynn and Yanni Wetzell once again leading the way, No. 4 San Diego State improved to 20-0 to match Kawhi Leonard’s 2010-11 team for the best start in school history.

Like that team, though, this squad wants a whole lot more.

Flynn scored 18 points and Wetzell dominated inside with 14 points for San Diego State, which opened with a suffocating defense to beat Wyoming 72-55 Tuesday night.

The Aztecs (20-0, 9-0 Mountain West) remained the nation’s only unbeaten team. They equaled the 20-0 start by the 2010-11 team, which reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history before finishing 34-3.

“It’s good to realize we’re up there with arguably probably the best team here,” said Flynn, a junior guard who transferred from Washington State. “But like we’ve said previously, they didn’t stop there. They went on to a Sweet 16. We’ve got a lot more work to do to even be in the conversation with that team still.”

Matt Mitchell agreed, saying the comparison with Leonard’s team is “great notabilty to be up there, but we don’t get a banner for 20-0. We’ve got to keep pushing.”

SDSU also matched the longest winning streak in school history, set with that opening run in 2010-11 and matched by the 2013-14 team, which also reached the Sweet 16.

Mitchell scored 15 and Jordan Schakel 11 for SDSU.

Jake Hendricks scored 20 for Wyoming (5-16, 0-9), which lost its seventh straight game.

 

Evansville coach McCarty fired amid misconduct allegations

Walter McCarty has been fired as Evansville’s coach after an investigation revealed additional allegations of off-court misconduct, the university announced Tuesday.

Former Butler coach Todd Lickliter was hired late Tuesday to replace McCarty, the university announced. Lickliter signed a multi-year contract and will take over immediately. The Purple Aces play Drake Wednesday night and Lickliter will be on the sideline, the university said.

McCarty was placed on administrative leave on Dec. 26 so university officials could investigate allegations of sexual misconduct and violations of the school’s Title IX policy.

In a statement announcing the decision, the school said it had received new reports of misconduct with members of the “campus community” during McCarty’s tenure of less than two seasons. It also noted that McCarty had previously participated in a training program about unacceptable behavior.

“While the investigation of potential Title IX violations will continue under university policies, UE has decided that, based on the facts uncovered thus far, it is necessary to terminate Mr. McCarty’s employment immediately,” the school said. “There is no place at UE for any behavior by any university employee or student that jeopardizes the safety and security of others.”

The Purple Aces stunned the college basketball world earlier this season when McCarty, a former star at Kentucky, led the team to a victory over the top-ranked Wildcats on their home floor.

McCarty finishes his career at Evansville with a record of 20-25. He played in the NBA with the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers.

Following his playing career, McCarty served as an assistant coach with the Celtics, Pacers and at the University of Louisville before taking the Evansville job.

Lickliter was an assistant to McCarty last season. He went 131-61 in six seasons at Butler, including 29-7 in his final season, 2006-07, when the Bulldogs reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in his tenure and lost to eventual national champion Florida. He was named National Coach of the Year.

 

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL THIS WEEK

The majority of Big Ten women’s basketball programs will reach the midpoint of the conference season this coming weekend, in what has been a highly-competitive and balanced 2019-20 campaign to date. This week’s conference schedule features six more nationally-televised games on BTN and the FOX Sports app, with doubleheaders on Thursday and Sunday, as well as single games on Saturday and Monday. All other conference games this week will be streamed live on BTN+, with more information on how to subscribe to the service available online at btnplus.com.

No fewer than 11 of the Big Ten’s 14 women’s basketball programs are currently ranked among the top 75 (including four of the top 20 and seven of the top 35) of the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), according to the latest report released Tuesday. Iowa leads the way at No. 6, followed by No. 11 Indiana, No. 16 Maryland and No. 17 Northwestern. Ohio State is next at No. 30, with No. 32 Purdue, No. 34 Rutgers, No. 47 Nebraska, No. 53 Michigan, No. 55 Minnesota and No. 75 Michigan State rounding out the Big Ten contingent.

Five Big Ten schools are ranked or received votes, according to the latest Associated Press and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today polls. In the AP balloting, Indiana is the top-ranked Big Ten school at No. 17, joined by No. 19 Iowa, No. 20 Maryland and No. 22 Northwestern (making its season debut in the AP Top 25), with Rutgers also receiving votes. In the latest WBCA/USA Today poll, Maryland is ranked No. 17, followed by Iowa at No. 21, Indiana at No. 24 and Northwestern at No. 25 (the Wildcats’ debut in the coaches’ Top 25 this season). In addition, Rutgers is receiving votes in this week’s WBCA poll.

Northwestern is ranked No. 22 in this week’s Associated Press poll, the Wildcats’ first appearance in the Top 25 of the media survey since Jan. 4, 2016, when they were ranked No. 16. Northwestern also was voted No. 25 in Tuesday’s WBCA/USA Today poll, returning to the coaches’ Top 25 for the first time since Jan. 28, 2016, when it was ranked No. 20. With this week’s rankings, NU becomes the seventh different Big Ten school to earn its way into the top 25 of one or both major national polls this season.

For the first time in three decades, Northwestern is off to a 16-2 start, following the Wildcats’ 85-59 win over Penn State on Sunday. Northwestern last opened at 16-2 in 1989-90, a season that culminated with a share of the program’s first (and to date, only) Big Ten title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Northwestern senior forward Abi Scheid, who was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, tied a Big Ten record in Sunday’s win over Penn State, going 6-for-6 from the three-point line. She is the sixth Big Ten student to be perfect in six tries from distance (a feat last achieved by Nebraska’s Taylor Kissinger against USC Upstate on Nov. 11, 2018), and the fourth to do so in a conference game (first since Maryland’s Shatori Walker-Kimbrough against Wisconsin on Jan. 20, 2016).

Purdue senior forward Ae’Rianna Harris became the school’s rebounding leader with five caroms on Sunday against Minnesota. Harris now has 970 caroms, surpassing Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton’s record of 968 rebounds from 2005-09. Harris needs 30 rebounds to become the 24th conference student to record 1,000 career rebounds since the incorporation of Big Ten women’s athletics in 1982. Harris also had seven blocks against Minnesota, giving her 346 for her career, three shy of the combined Purdue men’s and women’s career blocked shot record held by Joe Barry Carroll (349 from 1976-80).

Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder earned her 199th career Big Ten win on Sunday with the Hawkeyes’ 85-78 victory at Wisconsin. On Thursday against visiting Ohio State, Bluder will have her first opportunity to become only the second Big Ten women’s basketball coach to record 200 career conference wins, joining Rutgers’ Hall of Fame coach (and former Iowa skipper) C. Vivian Stringer, who has 217 career Big Ten victories.

Indiana senior forward Brenna Wise and Maryland senior guard/forward Kaila Charles are among 30 candidates for this year’s Senior CLASS Award, which has been presented annually since 2001-02 to the women’s college basketball senior student who has notable achievements in the award’s four key areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The list of 30 candidates will be trimmed to 10 finalists next month, with the recipient announced in early April at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in New Orleans. Three students from current Big Ten schools have earned the Senior CLASS Award, most recently last season when Iowa’s Megan Gustafson took the honor (the other Big Ten award recipients have been Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin in 2009-10 and Iowa’s Samantha Logic in 2014-15).

A total of 10 Big Ten women’s basketball programs rank among the top 30 nationally in average attendance (seven in the top 25), as of Tuesday. Purdue ranks 10th in the nation with 6,118 fans per game, followed by No. 11 Iowa (5,940), No. 14 Maryland (5,151), No. 15 Ohio State (5,106), No. 19 Michigan State (4,495), No. 20 Nebraska (4,303) and No. 22 Indiana (4,033). Minnesota is next at No. 28 (3,718), with No. 29 Wisconsin (3,631) and No. 30 Michigan (3,630) also in the top 30.

Big Ten schools posted a .788 non-conference winning percentage (123-33) this year, the best in the conference’s 39 seasons of women’s basketball, and the second-highest in NCAA Division I behind only the Pac-12 (.835, 111-22). That mark includes five non-conference wins against Top 25 opponents, highlighted by Indiana’s victory over No. 5/6 South Carolina on Nov. 28 and Ohio State’s win over No. 2/2 Louisville on Dec. 5, the first time since 2004-05 the Big Ten has two non-conference top-five victories in the same season.

During non-conference play, Big Ten programs were tough away from campus, registering a 43-21 (.672) combined record at road/neutral sites. Conference teams also performed well in close games with non-conference foes, going 12-3 in one-possession/overtime contests, including a 6-0 mark in OT (extending the Big Ten’s non-conference overtime record to 11-3 during the past two seasons).

Big Ten women’s basketball programs produced 68 students that earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018-19, the 12th consecutive season at least 45 women’s basketball students received the award.

For the sixth consecutive year, every Big Ten women’s basketball conference game, including 126 regular-season and all 13 Big Ten Tournament games, will be televised on BTN, BTN+ or an ESPN network. All told, Big Ten women’s basketball programs will be featured on national television at least 71 times during the 2019-20 season. BTN will televise at least 62 games and ESPN networks will carry nine contests.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

  • WISCONSIN at MINNESOTA (BTN+) …………..8 p.m.
  • PURDUE at NEBRASKA (BTN+)………………….8 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 23

  • #17/24 INDIANA at PENN STATE (BTN)………6 p.m.
  • #22/25 NORTHWESTERN at MICHIGAN STATE (BTN+)….6:30 p.m.
  • #20/17 MARYLAND at ILLINOIS (BTN+) ……..8 p.m.
  • OHIO STATE at #19/21 IOWA (BTN) …………..8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 24

No games scheduled

Saturday, Jan. 25

  • NEBRASKA at WISCONSIN (BTN)………………..Noon

Sunday, Jan. 26

  • #22/25 NORTHWESTERN at #20/17 MARYLAND (BTN+)… 1 p.m.
  • #RV/RV RUTGERS at MICHIGAN (BTN+)……..2 p.m.
  • PENN STATE at PURDUE (BTN)………………….2 p.m.
  • MICHIGAN STATE at #19/21 IOWA (BTN)……4 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 27

  • MINNESOTA at #17/24 INDIANA (BTN)………6 p.m.

Tuesday-Wednesday, Jan. 28-29

No games scheduled

Thursday, Jan. 30

  • #20/17 MARYLAND at OHIO STATE (BTN).. 6:30 p.m.
  • WISCONSIN at #17/24 INDIANA (BTN+) …….7 p.m.
  • PURDUE at MICHIGAN STATE (BTN+)…………7 p.m.
  • #19/21 IOWA at PENN STATE (BTN+)…………7 p.m.
  • ILLINOIS at #RV/RV RUTGERS (BTN+)…………7 p.m.
  • MICHIGAN at #22/25 NORTHWESTERN (BTN+).. 8 p.m.
  • NEBRASKA at MINNESOTA (BTN+)…………….8 p.m.
  • – Big Ten Conference game

 

Leonard scores 36 to lead Clippers past Mavericks 110-107

The Dallas Mavericks brought back one big man but lost another Tuesday night, and in the end, they couldn’t rein in the reigning Finals MVP.

Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, Landry Shamet hit two clutch 3-pointers late and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

Dallas ended a four-game winning streak, and more importantly, lost a key piece in center Dwight Powell just as they welcomed back Kristaps Porzingis.

Powell went down to a non-contact, right Achilles tendon injury in the first quarter, and though he will have an MRI on Wednesday, the team is fearing a worst-case scenario.

“Guys like him define the culture we want here,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “It doesn’t get much tougher than this, if it ends up being what we fear it might.”

Luka Doncic had 36 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Dallas. He scored 24 points in the second half to help rally the Mavericks after they trailed by double digits from late in the second quarter through most of the third.

Shamet helped the Clippers seize the game late in the fourth quarter. His 3 from the left wing to give Los Angeles a 100-98 lead with 2:48 to play. Montrezl Harrell added two free throws, then Shamet sank another 3 from straight-on to put the Clippers up by seven. He finished with 18 points.

“We just kind of found a way to win,” Shamet said. “We’d loved to keep that lead the whole game, but that’s not how it’s going to be. It’s a long season. We got to find different ways how to win like we did tonight.”

Leonard added 11 in the fourth quarter, including his only 3 of the game with 1:15 left, which put the Clippers up 108-100.

But Dallas rallied, as Doncic hit a 3 and Maxi Kleber a dunk. After a Clippers turnover, Tim Hardaway Jr.’s potential tying 3 spun around and out. JaMychal Green missed two free throws for LA, but then Doncic missed two – the second intentionally – and Leonard sealed it with two free throws.

 

Could Anthony Davis sign a 1-and-1 deal with Lakers after season?

Anthony Davis is set to be a free agent after the season once he turns down his player option for the 2020-2021 season. He is expected to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, especially considering how well his first season with his new team has gone.

But on what kind of deal would Davis return?

Davis could sign a long-term contract with the Lakers (or another team if he chooses). In a story posted on Tuesday, the New York Post’s Marc Berman threw out the possibility of Davis signing a 1-and-1 deal. The 1-and-1 to which Berman is referring would be a two-year contract where the second year is a player option.

Berman says there has been some talk around the league, and among agents, that Davis could consider that possibility. A short-term deal would give him maximum flexibility, similar to the way LeBron James has operated. The two also have the same agent in Rich Paul.

On the other hand, Davis may enjoy LA and want to lock in a long-term deal when he has the chance. Davis would be able to sign a five-year deal worth $202 million after this season.

The Lakers are 34-9 this season. Davis is averaging 26.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.6 blocks per game this season.

 

Free agent OF Ozuna, Braves reach $18 million, 1-year deal

The Atlanta Braves found their new cleanup hitter when then reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna on an $18 million, one-year deal Tuesday.

Ozuna joins the team he helped beat in the playoffs last October. He hit .429 with two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in their five-game win over the Braves in the NL Division Series.

“We just focused on the player we thought was the best fit here,” Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “We were looking for a middle of the order bat.”

The 29-year-old Ozuna hit .241 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs last season. His low batting average was something on an oddity because he ranked among the major league leaders in the highest percentage of hard-hit balls, according to Statcast.

Ozuna will be the probable choice to fill the fourth spot in the Braves lineup that was left vacant when third baseman Josh Donaldson signed a $92 million, four-year deal with Minnesota.

“The projection is he will bat cleanup for us, but our focus was just on getting good players,” Anthopoulos said.

The addition of Ozuna creates a logjam in the Atlanta outfield. Ronald Acuna Jr, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis were expected to be the starters. Markakis could have been targeted to share the left field job with Adam Duvall.

Anthopoulos said Acuna and Ozuna are “projected as everybody players.” He said the full field with Inciarte, Markakis and Duvall “will be worked out over the course of the spring.”

Anthopoulos said he believes Ozuna can return to the form he showed while with Miami in 2017, when he hit .312 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs – all career highs.

“We liked our outfield but we really feel strongly about Ozuna’s bat and we think there’s a lot more upside than what he showed last year,” Anthopoulos said. “We just thought it would be a really good fit for us and the deal made sense for both sides.”

The Ozuna signing also means Johan Camargo and Austin Riley will compete for the starting job at third base unless the Braves make another move.

 

Red Sox’s Pedroia has setback during knee rehabilitation

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had what the team called a “significant setback” while rehabbing his left knee, the latest blow to the four-time All-Star’s attempt to return to the field.

Boston spokesman Kevin Gregg confirmed the development Tuesday, which was first reported by The Boston Globe. It has left Pedroia’s status for spring training uncertain. The Globe reported that he was meeting with his family, team and agents to decide his future.

The 2008 American League MVP, the 36-year-old has been struggling since Baltimore’s Manny Machado slid into the surgically repaired knee at second base on April 21, 2017. Pedroia had surgery that Oct. 25, followed by a procedure to remove scar tissue the following July 20. He had another operation last Aug. 6 to remove bone spurs and preserve the knee joint.

A four-time All-Star, Pedroia has been limited to nine games over the past two seasons, three in May 2018 and six last April.

Pedroia’s contract includes salaries of $13 million this season and $12 million in 2021, and he counts $13,281,250 toward Boston’s luxury tax payroll.

Even before this latest setback the team had already been planning for the likelihood that Pedroia wouldn’t be ready in time for the the start this season.

Boston signed infielder José Peraza to a $2.85 million, one-year contract in December. Peraza spent the last four years in Cincinnati, batting .273 with 28 homers and 154 RBIs.

 

LA City Council says Dodgers should be awarded Series titles

With Los Angeles fans reeling from news that two of the Dodgers’ recent World Series opponents were linked to a cheating scandal that tipped off batters to what pitch was about to be thrown, the City Council voted Tuesday to ask Major League Baseball to strip the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox of their World Series titles.

The resolution was introduced after MLB revealed in a report Jan. 13 how the Astros used electronics as part of a sign-stealing system instituted by then-coach Alex Cora during the 2017 season, when Houston beat Los Angeles in the World Series. The Red Sox are under investigation for possibly stealing signs in Cora’s first season as manager in 2018, when Boston beat the Dodgers.

Council members acknowledged that the vote was purely symbolic. The goal was to send a message that cheating shouldn’t be tolerated, said Councilman Gil Cedillo, who introduced the motion along with Councilman Paul Koretz.

“It’s important for us to raise our voice and to say that this is not the new normal, that this is not acceptable and that the Houston Astros were not the champions nor the best team that year,” Cedillo said.

The resolution requests “that in addition to the penalties already imposed, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball remove the 2017 and 2018 World Series titles from the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox.”

It requested the commissioner to recall the World Series trophies and award them to the Dodgers.

MLB fined Houston $5 million and suspended manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, who were later fired by the team. Days later, the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora, who was an Astros coach in 2017 and was cited in the MLB report for his role in Houston’s cheating.

 

Trevor Bauer thinks meltdown on mound may have played role in Indians trade

Trevor Bauer was the subject of trade rumors leading up to the deadline last year long before he threw a fit over being removed from a game, but the star pitcher thinks that incident may have helped solidify the Cleveland Indians’ decision to move on from him.

Bauer was a guest on the “Pardon My Take” podcast this week, and he was asked if he believes angrily heaving a ball over the center field wall two days before he was traded factored into the way the Indians viewed his future with the team.

“Honestly, yeah, it might have,” Bauer said, as transcribed by WKYC’s Ben Axelrod. “Obviously any information you have going into the deadline plays a part in decisions that are being made and emotions that are had.”

In that infamous game, Bauer had allowed nine hits and seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals when Indians manager Terry Francona came out to the mound to pull the right-hander. Bauer, who was frustrated with himself, turned toward the outfield and heaved the ball over the wall. He joked with the “Pardon My Take” crew that he could have thrown it further.

Francona admitted after the trade that he “had concerns” about how Bauer’s meltdown might impact Cleveland’s team chemistry. However, all indications were the Indians had decided well before the incident that they did not want to pay Bauer. Bauer’s relationship with the team also may have been strained during the arbitration process.

If nothing else, the meltdown probably made it easier for the Indians to trade Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds.

 

AP source: Jaguars close to landing Jay Gruden as next OC

A person familiar with the search says former Washington coach Jay Gruden is close to finalizing a deal to become Jacksonville’s offensive coordinator.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the sides have not agreed to terms. The person said work remains, but a deal is expected Wednesday.

The Redskins fired Gruden in early October following an 0-5 start. Gruden, who previously served as Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator (2011-13), was 35-49-1 in five-plus seasons in Washington and reached the playoffs once.

Gruden was one of four former head coaches who interviewed with Jaguars coach Doug Marrone, following former New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo, former Detroit coach Scott Linehan and former Arizona and Tennessee coach Ken Whisenhunt.

It was clear Marrone was looking for an experienced play-caller to pair with second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew and one of the league’s youngest offenses.

It could be a nice landing spot for Gruden, who would have a chance at becoming Jacksonville’s interim coach if Marrone doesn’t get the team turned around early next season. The Jaguars have lost 20 of their last 28 games.

Owner Shad Khan opted to keep Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell despite a public outcry for change. Marrone and Caldwell have two years remaining on their contracts, and Khan has made it clear that expectations will be high going into 2020.

It could mean a win-or-else situation for Marrone and his staff. Gruden will replace fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who lasted just one year in Jacksonville.

 

Report: Antonio Brown being investigated for possible battery

The extensive police presence at Antonio Brown’s Hollywood, Fla. home is the result of a possible battery incident, according to a report.

Cameron Wolfe of ESPN reported Tuesday that Brown is being investigated for possible battery, and the scene at his home remains active as police determine whether charges are warranted.

The original report by TMZ stated that it appeared someone had been injured at Brown’s home.

The former Steelers and Patriots wide receiver’s legal troubles would continue to mount if charges are filed. He’s already had one police incident at his home this month, and his agent cut ties with him three days later.

Brown was already highly unlikely to return to the NFL any time soon as the league investigates multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him. A battery charge would only further doom his career prospects.

 

Aaron Hernandez documentary reportedly ‘blindsided’ Odin Lloyd’s family

The Aaron Hernandez documentary that premiered on Netflix last week has brought the shocking story back into the spotlight, and the family of the man Hernandez was convicted of murdering wishes the three-part series had never been created.

Hernandez killed himself in prison back in 2017 when he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. According to a report from TMZ, members of Lloyd’s family felt blindsided when “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” was announced. The family says they have worked hard to move on from the tragic loss, but the documentary re-opened old wounds.

Lloyd’s family members did not sign off on the production of the documentary, and they reportedly feel that the old footage used in it makes it seem like they were active participants. They are also upset that personal photos of Odin were used without the Lloyd family’s permission, though they have no interest in pursuing another legal battle.

Perhaps the worst residual effect of the documentary is that the Lloyd family has received messages from Hernandez supporters who have insulted Odin, sources told TMZ.

While it’s unfortunate that the Lloyd family has been negatively impacted by the documentary, most people who have seen it feel it provides a riveting look inside the mind of a former star athlete who lived a double life. There were countless fascinating aspects of the Hernandez story, and the documentary covered those in addition to several new ones.

 

Quenneville coaches Panthers to 4-3 win over Blackhawks

 Joel Quenneville barking out instructions from behind the bench. A young team with a couple budding stars showing signs of improvement.

It was a familiar scene, with quite a twist.

The Florida Panthers got Quenneville a win in his return to Chicago, using a hat trick by Frank Vatrano to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

“Made it a little interesting at the end of the game, but that was certainly a memorable event that I’m thankful for,” Quenneville said.

The 61-year-old Quenneville coached Chicago to three Stanley Cup championships and nine playoff appearances in 10-plus years before he was fired when the team got off to a lackluster start last season. He was hired by Florida in April, and the former NHL defenseman was showered with love in his first game back at the United Center.

The crowd of 21,559 roared and bellowed “Q!” during a sustained standing ovation after the Blackhawks aired a tribute video during the first period. One fan held up a sign that read “ThanQ.”

“I think that ovation was incredible,” Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. “I think all of us that played for him were all smiles.”

Quenneville grinned while he watched the video on the scoreboard, and then waved and mouthed “Thank you” while the crowd cheered.

“It was special. It was kind of like saying thank you to me, and I was thanking them,” Quenneville said, “and it was all good. It felt great.”

Evgenii Dadonov also scored for Florida for the fourth consecutive game. Mike Hoffman had two assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves.

The Panthers (28-16-5) won for the seventh time in eight games overall, including a dramatic 5-4 victory at Minnesota on Monday night. They head into the All-Star break in prime position for their first playoff appearance since 2016.

 

Coco Gauff sets up Osaka showdown in Australia; Serena wins

Plenty was going badly for Coco Gauff in the second round of the Australian Open.

The double-faults kept coming Wednesday, nine in all. The deficits, too: First, she dropped the opening set against 74th-ranked Sorana Cirstea. Then, after forcing a third, Gauff fell behind by a break, ceding 14 of 16 points with a series of mistakes. Later, after getting even at 3-all, Gauff was a mere two points from a loss.

None of that mattered. As she keeps showing, over and over, Gauff is not a typical 15-year-old. Not a typical tennis player, either. And by getting past Cirstea 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a little more than two hours thanks to a more aggressive approach in the late going, she now has set up yet another Grand Slam showdown against Naomi Osaka.

“I kind of felt the momentum changing,” Gauff said about turning things around against Cirstea. “I knew I had to keep pressing.”

Less than five months after their memorable meeting at the U.S. Open — Osaka won that one in straight sets, then consoled a crying Gauff on court and encouraged her to address the spectators — the two will face each other again. Like that time, Osaka is the major’s reigning champion and Gauff is making her debut at the tournament.

“I think I’ll be less nervous this time,” said Gauff, who eliminated seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in the first round Monday. “I think I’m more confident this time around.”

As for what sticks with her about the post-match comforting Osaka offered in New York, Gauff said: “If I had a child or something, that’s something I would want my child to see. It just shows what being a competitor really is. You might hate the person on the court, but off the court you love them – not really, like, ‘hate,’ but you want to win. Sometimes when we’re on the court, we say things we don’t mean because we have that mentality. When it’s all said and done, we still look at each other with respect.”

Other winners included Serena Williams – 6-2, 6-3 against Tamara Zidansek in a match that finished with the Rod Laver Arena retractable roof closed because of rain – No. 1 Ash Barty, 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and two-time major champion Petra Kvitova, the runner-up to Osaka in Australia a year ago.

Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic required all of 95 minutes to breeze past Japanese wild-card entry Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, while Roger Federer was scheduled to be in action at night.

 

Indiana Earns Wrestler of the Week Honor

Hoosiers’ Rooks earns Wrestler of the Week plaudit after recording pair of upset victories last weekend

Wrestler of the Week

Graham Rooks, Indiana

149 pounds – Fr. – Bloomington, Ind. – Columbus East – Intelligent Systems Engineering

Picked up a pair of ranked victories in Indiana’s duals against Northwestern and Purdue last weekend

  • Outscored No. 6 Griffin Parriott of Purdue 8-0 in the final period to earn the eventual 9-3 decision
  • Defeated No. 13 Yahya Thomas of Northwestern by a 5-4 decision for the second time this season, the first victory coming at the Midlands Championships
  • Earns the second Wrestler of the Week award of his career
  • Last Indiana Wrestler of the Week: Graham Rooks (Dec. 17, 2019)

 

 

NFL MOCK DRAFT 2.0

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

2019 has been the year of Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy and national championship and is the overwhelming favorite to be Cincinnati’s choice for the No. 1 overall pick. He’s shown drastic improvement in his senior season at LSU, completing nearly 76 percent of his passes and also showing above-average scrambling ability. The only major knock on Burrow is that he’s old for a first-round prospect, set to turn 24 in December. That said, 2019 fourth-round pick Ryan Finley hasn’t shown anything that should make the Bengals bypass this opportunity.

 

  1. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

Young is the best defensive lineman prospect of his generation, which is saying a lot given rookie Nick Bosa’s success in San Francisco this season. Incredibly, Young recorded 16.5 sacks through his first 12 games this season and has a chance to make a huge impact on a Washington defensive line that already has a lot of talent.

 

  1. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Cornerback is already one of Detroit’s strengths, but the addition of Okudah could potentially allow the Lions to shop star Darius Slay after the cornerback seemed disgruntled earlier this season. Okudah is the consensus top cornerback in the 2020 class. He is a shutdown corner with three picks in 13 games this season.

 

  1. New York Giants: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

The Giants need a playmaker at wideout after trading Odell Beckham Jr. last offseason. Jeudy had 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and ranks right alongside Julio Jones and Amari Cooper as among the most talented wideouts to come out of Alabama in recent memory.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Tagovailoa was the consensus No. 1 overall draft choice entering the year, but ankle and hip injuries have given him the “injury-prone” label. Before his season-ending injury earlier this season, Tagovailoa completed more than 71 percent of his passes with 33 touchdowns in nine games, albeit with elite receiving weapons in Alabama. He would be entering an optimal situation in Miami with the ability to play when he’s ready and learn from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

 

  1. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Philip Rivers’ future with the Chargers is still murky, and the team could take his eventual replacement in the draft regardless. Herbert has optimal NFL size and completed nearly 67 percent of his passes this season.

 

  1. Carolina Panthers: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Carolina has questions at quarterback this offseason, but protecting either Cam Newton or a new signal-caller will be just as important in 2020. Thomas is the best offensive lineman on the board, standing at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, as an immediate solution at left tackle.

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Arizona went heavy at wideout in this year’s draft, but the opportunity to add Lamb, a former teammate of Kyler Murray at Oklahoma, could be too attractive to pass up. Lamb has been nothing but productive in college and just finished his best season, with 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns in 13 games.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown, DE, Auburn

Jacksonville has invested heavily in the defensive line in recent seasons, but Calais Campbell’s age (34 in 2020) and Yannick Ngakoue’s pending free agency puts the spotlight on the line again. Brown has moved into top 10 draft consideration with a great year, recording 54 tackles and four sacks during the regular season.

 

  1. Cleveland Browns: Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

For all the issues Cleveland had on offense in 2019, the defense still has major needs, particularly at safety. Simmons is an extremely versatile defender who has potential at either linebacker or safety. The 6-foot-4 senior had 104 tackles and eight sacks in 15 games.

 

  1. New York Jets: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

The Jets traded Leonard Williams in 2019 and have a major need for pass rush help. Epenesa was highly productive again this year, with 49 tackles and 11.5 sacks through 13 games in his junior season.

 

  1. Las Vegas Raiders: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

The Raiders used two picks in the first four rounds last year on cornerbacks but still have a need for a topflight corner. Fulton has been a shutdown corner lately at LSU.

 

  1. Indianapolis Colts: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Left tackle Anthony Castonzo is considering retirement this offseason. That would obviously create a major void, and Wirfs can step in immediately to replace him.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Tampa Bay’s secondary has been a problem for several years. Delpit is clearly one of the elite safeties on the board, with 65 tackles and two picks in 14 games this season.

 

  1. Denver Broncos: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

After trading Emmanuel Sanders, the Broncos are in the market for a wideout to pair with young star Courtland Sutton. They don’t have to look far for Shenault. He is excellent with the ball in his hands, though his production has fallen off from last season. He had 764 receiving yards and six total touchdowns in 11 games this year.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

Atlanta’s defense improved in the second half of the season but will likely need help rushing the quarterback with Vic Beasley’s future up in the air. Gross-Matos has excellent size and speed and has been productive for the Nittany Lions over the last two seasons, recording eight sacks in 2018 and nine sacks through 11 games this year.

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Dallas can use some help on the defensive interior, and Kinlaw has the skill set to be a multi-dimensional disruptor. Kinlaw has increased his stock, with 35 tackles and six sacks through 12 games this season.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins (via Steelers): Austin Jackson, OT, USC

Tackle has been a need for Miami since it traded Laremy Tunsil prior to Week 1. Jackson could fill in as a starter immediately, as the team protects what’s likely to be a young quarterback next year.

 

  1. Las Vegas Raiders (via Bears): Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

The Raiders were lacking weapons for Derek Carr this year, with the unfortunate Antonio Brown situation a big culprit. The 6-foot-4 Higgins averaged nearly 20 yards per reception for the second time in three years, and he had 26 touchdowns in his last two years.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

The brother of Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs, Trevon remains a solid first-round prospect. Jacksonville has a need at cornerback after trading star Jalen Ramsey during the season.

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

Philly ran out of healthy wideouts in 2019, and rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was a major disappointment.  Ruggs hasn’t been as productive as teammate Jerry Jeudy, but he still has superstar potential. He had 746 yards and seven scores in 12 games and could play the speed role that the Eagles expected from DeSean Jackson.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Buffalo added John Brown and Cole Beasley last offseason but could still use another big-play threat to help Josh Allen. Jefferson has earned first-round consideration with his great year, putting up 111 catches for 1,540 yards and 18 scores.

 

  1. New England Patriots: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

New England has one of the oldest secondaries in the league and needs to start thinking about the future soon. McKinney had 95 tackles and three picks this season as a true playmaker for the Crimson Tide.

 

  1. New Orleans Saints: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

Middle linebacker could be a need for New Orleans in 2020, particularly after another knee injury for Kiko Alonso. Murray is a tackling machine with 155 tackles last year and 102 in 14 games this year.

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Minnesota’s cornerbacks took a rapid plunge in 2020, creating a sudden need at the position. Henderson hasn’t been challenged much in the Florida secondary this year, but he had 33 tackles and 11 passes defensed in nine games.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins (via Texans): Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State

Miami should be in a position to take the best player available late in the first round. Weaver has put together a tremendous career at Boise State, capped off with 13.5 sacks in 14 games this year.

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks: K’Lavon Chaisson, DE, LSU

Seattle spent a first-round pick on TCU’s L.J. Collier in 2019, but his rookie campaign was a disappointment. Chaisson recorded 60 tackles and 6.5 sacks this season and gives the Seahawks another edge-rushing option to pair with Jadeveon Clowney.

 

  1. Baltimore Ravens: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

Mark Ingram had an excellent 2019 season but is now age 30. While backups Gus Edwards and Justice Hill are capable, a game-changing back with Swift’s potential would be a perfect fit in Baltimore’s run-heavy offense. He had more than 1,300 yards from scrimmage in consecutive seasons, shows great receiving ability and has seen a relatively limited workload in college with 513 career touches.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans: Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama

Jurrell Casey is a star up the middle for Tennessee, but he’s getting older, now 30. The Titans found a nice value in Jeffery Simmons in 2019 and could make the defensive line a huge strength by adding one more top talent. Davis had 8.5 sacks in 2017, and while he’s struggled to repeat that production, the 6-foot-7 lineman can plug up the middle and be a major factor in the pass rush.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

It continues to be clear that Aaron Rodgers needs more weapons. Jimmy Graham has been a disappointment since he was added last year, and Kmet is an interesting possible replacement. He had a breakout junior season with 43 receptions for 515 yards and six touchdowns in 2019.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

Left tackle Joe Staley’s future could be up in the air after this season at age 35 and missing more than half of the year to injury. Wills has plenty of size (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) and has seen his stock increase in 2019.

 

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin

K.C.’s running game has struggled this season, and issues on the interior of the offensive line are a big reason. Biadasz can step in there immediately, either at guard or center.

 

2020 SENIOR BOWL TIME/ROSTERS

  • Date:Saturday, Jan. 25
  • Time:2:30 p.m. ET

This year’s game, the 71st edition, will be played Saturday, Jan. 25, with kickoff time set for 2:30 p.m. ET.

North Team roster

Position Player College
Quarterbacks Anthony Gordon Washington State
Shea Patterson Michigan
Jordan Love Utah State
Running backs Darius Anderson TCU
Jamycal Hasty Baylor
Joshua Kelley UCLA
Wide receivers Michael Pittman Jr. USC
Chase Claypool Notre Dame
Antonio Gandy-Golden Liberty
Denzel Mims Baylor
K.J. Hill Ohio State
Quartney Davis Texas A&M
James Proche SMU
Tight ends Sean McKeon Michigan
Brycen Hopkins Purdue
Adam Trautman Dayton
Charlie Taumoepeau Portland State
Offensive tackles Trey Adams Washington
Colton McKivitz West Virginia
Josh Jones Houston
Justin Herron Wake Forest
Charlie Heck North Carolina
Matt Peart Connecticut
Guards/centers Jonah Jackson Ohio State
Ben Bredeson Michigan
Nick Harris Washington
Matt Hennessy Temple
Long snapper Steve Wirtel Iowa State
Defensive tackles Neville Gallimore Oklahoma
DaVon Hamilton Ohio State
Darrion Daniels Nebraska
Leki Fotu Utah
Larrell Murchison N.C. State
Defensive end Carter Coughlin Minnesota
Edge-rushers Kenny Willekes Michigan State
Alton Robinson Syracuse
Joshua Uche Michigan
Jason Strowbridge North Carolina
Trevon Hill Miami
Bradlee Anae Utah
Outside linebacker Zack Baun Wisconsin
Inside linebackers Malik Harrison Ohio State
Evan Weaver Cal
Francis Bernard Utah
Logan Wilson Wyoming
Cornerbacks Troy Pride Jr. Notre Dame
Lamar Jackson Nebraska
Essang Bassey Wake Forest
Michael Ojemudia Iowa
Terrell Burgess Utah
Safeties Khaleke Hudson Michigan
Jalen Elliott Notre Dame
Josh Metellus Michigan
Ashtyn Davis Cal
Jeremy Chinn Southern Illinois
Alohi Gilman Notre Dame
Kicker Tyler Bass Georgia Southern
Punter Braden Mann Texas A&M

South Team roster

Position Player College
Quarterbacks Justin Herbert Oregon
Jalen Hurts Oklahoma
Steven Montez Colorado
Running backs Eno Benjamin Arizona State
Antonio Gibson Memphis
Lamical Perine Florida
Ke’Shawn Vaughn Vanderbilt
Wide receivers Bryan Edwards South Carolina
Collin Johnson Texas
Jauan Jennings Tennessee
Brandon Aiyuk Arizona State
Van Jefferson Florida
Devin Duvernay Texas
Kalija Lipscomb Vanderbilt
Tight ends Stephen Sullivan LSU
Jared Pinkney Vanderbilt
Harrison Bryant Florida Atlantic
Josiah Degaura Cincinnati
Offensive tackles Tyre Phillips Mississippi State
Terence Steele Texas Tech
Alex Tayor South Carolina State
Prince Tega Wanogho Auburn
Guards/centers John Simpson Clemson
Ben Bartch Saint John’s
Logan Stenberg Kentucky
Tremayne Anchrum Clemson
Damien Lewis LSU
Keith Ismael San Diego State
Lloyd Cushenberry III LSU
Long snappers Blake Ferguson LSU
Defensive tackles Javon Kinlaw South Carolina
Raekwon Davis Alabama
Benito Jones Ole Miss
Josiah Coatney Ole Miss
Defensive ends Marlon Davison Auburn
Jabari Zuniga Florida
Trevis Gibson Tulsa
Edge-rushers Darrell Taylor Jr. Tennessee
D.J. Wonnum South Carolina
Jonathan Greenard Florida
Terrell Lewis Alabama
Outside linebackers Davion Taylor Colorado
Akeem Davis-Gaither Appalachian State
Cameron Brown Penn State
Inside linebackers Anfernee Jennings Alabama
T.J. Brunson South Carolina
Lamar Jackson Nebraska
Cornerbacks Kristian Fulton LSU
A.J. Green Oklahoma State
Darnay Holmes UCLA
Kindle Vildor Georgia Southern
Dane Jackson Pittsburgh
Reggie Robinson II Tulsa
Safeties K’Von Wallace Clemson
Jared Mayden Alabama
Kyle Dugger Lenoir-Rhyne
Brian Cole II Mississippi State
Antoine Brooks Jr. Maryland
Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship Georgia
Punter Joseph Charlton South Carolina

 

 

MLB SPRING TRAINING DATES

Grapefruit League in Florida 

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

 

Cactus League in Arizona

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

 

Spring training locations for all 30 teams

Grapefruit League in Florida

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

 

Cactus League in Arizona

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

 

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1973

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Under Caribbean skies that had never witnessed anything remotely like it, big George Foreman smashed Joe Frazier to the floor six times tonight and won the heavyweight championship of the world in 4 minutes 35 seconds. Arthur Mercante, the referee from New York, stopped the uneven match with Frazier on his feet but hardly in the contest.

A crowd of 36,000 saw one of the most startling upsets in two and a half centuries of heavyweight title matches. Frazier, in his 10th defense of the title New York State conferred on him in 1968 and his third since he whipped the former champion, Muhammad Ali, in 1971, had been favored at 1 to 3 in the betting shops here. Foreman, unbeaten in 37 fights and author of 34 knockouts since he won the Olympic heavyweight title in 1968, had been recognized as Joe’s most formidable opponent since Ali but most boxing men doubted that he could stand up under the ceaseless pressure of a characteristic Frazier attack.

They’ll never know now whether they were right or wrong, for Joe never got a chance to apply pressure. Looking rather thick in the middle at 214 pounds, the champion tried to “come out smoking,” but Foreman used his greater size and longer reach to smother the fire. At 6 feet 3 inches, the challenger had three and a half inches in height and a five-inch advantage in reach. Reaching out with both hands, he fended off Frazier’s early rushes, turning the challenge aside. Then he sank a hook deep into Joe’s body, and the crowd had the first hint of what was in store. In a moment Foreman was moving forward, using both hands with authority. Even so, there was an instant of shocked silence when an uppercut sent Joe sprawling.

The champion got to his feet immediately and resumed his jigging style, both hands high, as soon as Mercante completed the mandatory eight-count. By now there was bedlam in National Stadium. Sure of his power, Foreman forced Frazier into the champion’s corner, brought up another uppercut to the chin, and Joe sank slowly to his knees. He rolled over, pushed himself up and took two or three staggering steps while Mercante continued the count. This time George was on him hungrily. The challenger pumped both hands to the head, and just as the bell ended the first round, a straight right put Frazier flat on his back.

The second round was barely under way when a short right sent Frazier on a little wobbly walk. He shuffled unsteadily to his right, hands down, and as he passed, Foreman nailed him on the left ear. Down went the champion for a fourth time. Again he beat the count. He wobbled into the ropes where Foreman slugged to the head again and again. When Joe crumbled for the fifth time, it was a left that dropped him. A moment earlier, Mercante had pushed Foreman off and warned him for shoving Frazier. “But I was determined to keep chasing him,” George said later, “no matter what.”

He chased him. He caught him. He nailed him with one last right, and Mercante had had enough at 1:35 of the round. Talking a trifle thickly because of a cut under his lower lip, Frazier blamed his pride. He said he hadn’t realized how strong Foreman was, should have tried to bob and move away but “my pride wouldn’t let me.” After the second knockdown, Joe said, the challenger simply overpowered him. He was beaten for the first time in 30 professional fights.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1913       The Giants agree to share the Polo Grounds with the Highlanders. The American League club, which will become known as the Yankees, had been playing their home games at Hilltop Park, located at 168th Street and Broadway, since 1903, when the franchise shifted from Baltimore to New York.

1953       Argyle R. Mackey warns alien players they will face deportation if found jumping U.S. professional contracts. The Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization cites the McCarran-Walter Act as the basis of his decision.

1965       “I’ve been asked the question many times over the years, all of us have, but I have to say right here and now: Willie was probably the best of us three…just look at the stats.” – MICKEY MANTLE, Hall of Fame Yankee outfielder. Willie Mays, Duke Snider, and Mickey Mantle make their last appearance together when they attend the BBWAA Dinner in New York. ‘The Mick’ answers the often-asked question about who was the best of the legendary Big Apple trio of outfielders, telling the audience, “Willie was probably the best of us three…just look at the stats.”

1969       After being traded by the Expos along with outfielder Jesus Alou to the Astros for first baseman/outfielder Rusty Staub, Donn Clendenon refuses to report to his new team. The former Montreal first baseman balks at going to Houston because of a personality conflict with the team’s newly-hired skipper, Harry Walker, who had managed him in Pittsburgh.

1976       Right-handers Robin Roberts (86.9%), best known for his work with the Phillies, and Bob Lemon (78.6%), who spent his entire career in an Indians uniform, are elected to the Hall of Fame. Roberts enjoyed six consecutive seasons with 20+ wins with Philadelphia, and Lemon compiled a 207-128 (.618) record along with an ERA of 3.23 during his 15 years with the Tribe.

1979       Lindsey Nelson, selected by the expansion Mets as the team’s lead announcer in 1962, reveals he will not be returning to the Mets broadcast booth this season, ending a 17-year partnership with Ralph Kiner and Bob Murphy. The colorfully-clad Hall of Fame announcer, who will eventually do play-by-play for the Giants, is replaced by Steve Albert, the younger brother of the well-known NBA Knicks and NHL Rangers’ broadcaster, Marv Albert.

1982       Free agent Reggie Jackson signs a four-year, nearly four-million dollar contract with the Angels, ending his five-year roller coaster ride with the Yankees. During his tenure in New York, the Bronx Bombers appeared in the postseason four times, winning back-to-back World Championships in 1977-78.

1988       Arbitrator T. Roberts declares seven presently contracted players no-risk free agents as a result of the collusion suit against Major League baseball. The players, who include Kirk Gibson, Carlton Fisk, and Joe Niekro, have until March 1 to make deals with other clubs.

2001       Pirates infielder Brian Giles repeats as the Roberto Clemente Award winner. The local award, presented by the Pittsburgh chapter of the BBWAA, is given to the Buc player who demonstrates a high level of performance on the field as exemplified by the late Pittsburgh outfielder.

2001       Fifty-eight year-old Tommie Agee, the 1966 American League Rookie of the Year, dies of cardiac arrest in Manhattan. The World Series standout made two memorable catches in center field at Shea Stadium (saving possibly five runs) and also homered in the 5-0 Game 3 Mets’ victory over the Orioles in the 1969 Fall Classic.

2003       Free-agent and former Ranger catcher Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez (.314, 19, 60) signs a one-year deal worth $10 million to play in his hometown with the Marlins. The Miami resident, who is a ten-time Gold Glove backstop replaces Charles Johnson, the team’s former backstop traded to the Rockies in the off-season.

2006       When the island’s best players meet for an exhibition game, 16 year-old Dayan Viciedo becomes the youngest player in Cuban baseball history selected to an All-Star squad. The Villa Clara prospect, who will ink a four-year, $10 million contract with the Chicago White Sox in 2008, has played shortstop and third base, as well as having pitched in international youth competitions for various national teams.

2008       The Mets and outfielder Endy Chavez come to terms on a $3.85 million, two-year deal. The 29 year-old Venezuelan, who missed most of last season with a hamstring pull, will always be remembered in Mets lore for ‘the catch’ in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS against the Cardinals.

2009       Jayson Werth, avoiding salary arbitration, agrees to a $10 million, two-year deal with the Phillies. With the departure of free agent Pat Burrell to Tampa Bay, the outfielder becomes the only returning right-handed slugger to the lefty-heavy lineup of the World Champions.

2010       A’s prospect Grant Desme is retiring from baseball to pursue his calling to be a Catholic priest. In 2009, The 23 year-old minor league outfielder, who was recently named the Arizona Fall League’s Most Valuable Player, hit .288 along with 31 home runs and 89 RBIs, playing single A ball with the Kane County Cougars (MWL) and the Stockton Ports (CAL).

2010       The Mets, in need of a center fielder until Carlos Beltran returns to the lineup in early May, deal 30 year-old right-handed reliever Brian Stokes (2-4, 3.97) to the Angels in exchange for the highly-paid, but under-achieving Gary Matthews Jr. (.250, 4, 50). Los Angeles agrees to pay a significant portion of the slumping outfielder’s $50 million five-year contract that ‘Little Sarge’ signed three seasons ago with the Halos.

2010       The Phillies and Shane Victorino (.292, 10, 62) come to terms on a $22 million, three-year deal. The ‘Flyin’ Hawaiian’ won his second consecutive Gold Glove roaming center field for the NL champions last season.

2014       Twenty-five year-old right-hander Masahiro Tanaka accepts the Yankees’ seven-year contract offer for $155 million, the fifth-largest deal ever given to a pitcher. In addition to paying the most substantial sum ever awarded to a Japanese player, New York will also pay an additional $20 million to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, his former team, as part of the new posting agreement between Major League Baseball and teams in Japanese leagues.

2016       The Brewers announces Joe Adcock, who was one vote shy of election last year, will be added to the Miller Park Walk of Fame. The former first baseman, who played 10 of his 17 major-league seasons in Milwaukee with the Braves, appeared in 1,207 games with the franchise, including the inaugural County Stadium contest in 1953, when he recorded the first base hit and scored the first run in the history of the ballpark.

2017       Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and 33 year-old former third baseman Andy Marte, who played for the Braves, Indians, and Diamondbacks, are killed in separate car crashes in the Dominican Republic. Kansas City will honor their 25 year-old right-hander, a Águilas Cabañas teammate of Marte, by wearing patches that read “ACE 30” on their uniforms during the upcoming the season.

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 39 6 .867 21-2 18-4 11-0 24-3 9-1 7 W
Miami 30 13 .698 8.0 19-1 11-12 5-2 19-6 6-4 1 W
Toronto 29 14 .674 9.0 15-7 14-7 5-3 20-7 7-3 4 W
Boston 28 14 .667 9.5 17-5 11-9 6-5 19-9 4-6 1 W
Philadelphia 29 16 .644 10.0 20-2 9-14 9-2 21-9 6-4 4 W
Indiana 28 16 .636 10.5 17-5 11-11 4-6 18-11 6-4 1 L
Orlando 21 23 .477 17.5 13-8 8-15 6-2 14-11 6-4 1 W
Brooklyn 18 24 .429 19.5 11-11 7-13 4-6 12-13 2-8 4 L
Detroit 16 28 .364 22.5 8-13 8-15 5-8 12-21 4-6 1 L
10 Chicago 16 29 .356 23.0 9-14 7-15 5-7 12-19 3-7 1 L
11 Washington 14 28 .333 23.5 9-11 5-17 3-6 9-16 4-6 1 W
12 Charlotte 15 30 .333 24.0 7-14 8-16 1-4 10-17 2-8 7 L
13 New York 12 32 .273 26.5 6-15 6-17 1-9 7-20 2-8 1 W
14 Cleveland 12 32 .273 26.5 6-15 6-17 3-7 7-24 2-8 5 L
15 Atlanta 10 34 .227 28.5 5-16 5-18 3-4 5-23 3-7 2 L
Western Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 34 9 .791 16-5 18-4 4-2 23-4 8-2 1 L
LA Clippers 31 13 .705 3.5 19-4 12-9 6-1 19-10 8-2 4 W
Denver 30 13 .698 4.0 17-6 13-7 6-0 18-6 7-3 1 W
Utah 30 13 .698 4.0 17-3 13-10 4-2 16-8 9-1 2 W
Dallas 27 16 .628 7.0 13-11 14-5 7-0 16-9 6-4 1 L
Houston 26 16 .619 7.5 14-7 12-9 4-4 15-12 4-6 4 L
Oklahoma City 25 19 .568 9.5 14-9 11-10 5-4 18-12 6-4 2 W
Memphis 20 23 .465 14.0 12-13 8-10 3-4 14-15 8-2 1 L
San Antonio 19 23 .452 14.5 12-10 7-13 2-5 10-13 5-5 2 W
10 Portland 19 26 .422 16.0 10-10 9-16 3-6 11-18 5-5 1 W
11 Phoenix 18 25 .419 16.0 9-15 9-10 4-6 9-20 5-5 1 L
12 New Orleans 17 27 .386 17.5 8-13 9-14 2-5 12-17 6-4 1 W
13 Minnesota 15 28 .349 19.0 6-15 9-13 2-8 7-20 3-7 6 L
14 Sacramento 15 28 .349 19.0 8-13 7-15 4-4 11-16 3-7 5 L
15 Golden State 10 35 .222 25.0 7-15 3-20 1-6 7-26 1-9 1 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Washington Capitals 49 33 11 5 71 30 177 144 15-5-4 18-6-1 6-4-0
Boston Bruins 51 29 10 12 70 29 169 135 17-2-9 12-8-3 5-3-2
Pittsburgh Penguins 50 31 14 5 67 28 168 136 18-5-3 13-9-2 7-3-0
New York Islanders 49 29 15 5 63 26 143 132 15-7-3 14-8-2 4-4-2
Tampa Bay Lightning 48 29 15 4 62 27 175 137 15-7-2 14-8-2 8-2-0
Florida Panthers 49 28 16 5 61 25 183 163 16-8-2 12-8-3 8-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes 50 29 18 3 61 26 159 132 17-8-1 12-10-2 5-4-1
Columbus Blue Jackets 50 26 16 8 60 26 134 127 15-9-2 11-7-6 8-2-0
Philadelphia Flyers 50 27 17 6 60 22 158 150 17-4-4 10-13-2 5-4-1
10 Toronto Maple Leafs 49 25 17 7 57 24 176 165 12-6-7 13-11-0 4-3-3
11 Buffalo Sabres 49 22 20 7 51 21 145 152 14-6-3 8-14-4 5-5-0
12 Montreal Canadiens 50 22 21 7 51 19 155 157 10-12-4 12-9-3 4-5-1
13 New York Rangers 48 23 21 4 50 23 158 159 13-10-2 10-11-2 4-6-0
14 Ottawa Senators 48 17 23 8 42 17 130 163 12-8-4 5-15-4 1-5-4
15 New Jersey Devils 48 17 24 7 41 15 126 173 7-9-7 10-15-0 4-5-1
16 Detroit Red Wings 50 12 34 4 28 11 107 195 8-16-2 4-18-2 3-6-1
Western Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 49 30 11 8 68 30 158 134 17-4-4 13-7-4 5-3-2
Vancouver Canucks 49 27 18 4 58 24 162 149 16-5-3 11-13-1 7-3-0
Colorado Avalanche 49 28 15 6 62 28 179 143 14-7-4 14-8-2 5-3-2
Dallas Stars 48 27 17 4 58 25 125 120 15-7-2 12-10-2 7-3-0
Edmonton Oilers 49 26 18 5 57 24 155 153 12-8-3 14-10-2 6-3-1
Calgary Flames 50 26 19 5 57 21 135 147 13-7-3 13-12-2 6-4-0
Arizona Coyotes 51 26 20 5 57 21 146 138 12-10-2 14-10-3 5-4-1
Vegas Golden Knights 52 25 20 7 57 22 161 159 14-10-3 11-10-4 4-5-1
Winnipeg Jets 50 25 21 4 54 22 149 156 11-11-2 14-10-2 3-6-1
10 Chicago Blackhawks 51 24 21 6 54 22 155 161 12-12-3 12-9-3 6-4-0
11 Nashville Predators 47 22 18 7 51 21 156 154 11-9-4 11-9-3 4-5-1
12 Minnesota Wild 49 22 21 6 50 21 152 164 13-6-4 9-15-2 3-6-1
13 San Jose Sharks 50 21 25 4 46 19 130 167 13-11-1 8-14-3 4-5-1
14 Anaheim Ducks 48 19 24 5 43 15 122 150 11-9-3 8-15-2 3-6-1
15 Los Angeles Kings 50 18 27 5 41 18 125 158 11-10-1 7-17-4 2-7-1

 

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
11 Michigan State 6-1 .857 5-0 1-1 14-4 .778 9-1 2-1 3-2 2-2
21 Illinois 6-2 .750 4-0 2-2 14-5 .737 11-1 3-3 0-1 1-3
24 Rutgers 5-2 .714 4-0 1-2 14-4 .778 13-0 1-3 0-1 2-1
17 Maryland 5-3 .625 4-0 1-3 15-4 .789 11-0 1-4 3-0 1-0
Wisconsin 5-3 .625 3-1 2-2 12-7 .632 9-1 3-3 0-3 3-2
Indiana 4-3 .571 3-0 1-3 14-4 .778 11-1 1-3 2-0 2-1
19 Iowa 4-3 .571 3-0 1-2 13-5 .722 8-1 3-2 2-2 3-2
Minnesota 4-4 .500 4-0 0-4 10-8 .556 9-1 0-6 1-1 2-1
Penn State 3-4 .429 2-1 0-3 13-5 .722 10-1 1-3 2-1 3-1
Purdue 3-5 .375 3-1 0-4 10-9 .526 8-2 1-5 1-2 3-4
Michigan 2-4 .333 2-0 0-4 11-6 .647 8-1 0-5 3-0 2-3
Ohio State 2-5 .286 2-1 0-4 12-6 .667 10-1 1-4 1-1 3-2
Nebraska 2-6 .250 2-2 0-4 7-12 .368 5-5 0-6 2-1 0-1
Northwestern 1-7 .125 1-3 0-4 6-12 .333 4-6 1-5 1-1 0-3

 

MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
East
Akron 5-1 .833 2-1 3-0 15-4 .789 10-1 4-2 1-1 0-1
Bowling Green 5-1 .833 3-1 2-0 14-5 .737 9-1 3-1 2-3 0-1
Buffalo 4-2 .667 2-1 2-1 13-6 .684 7-3 3-2 3-1 0-0
Kent State 3-3 .500 2-1 1-2 13-6 .684 9-1 3-4 1-1 0-1
Ohio 2-4 .333 1-2 1-2 10-9 .526 6-4 3-3 1-2 0-2
Miami (OH) 1-5 .167 1-2 0-3 8-11 .421 6-4 1-5 1-2 0-1
West
Ball State 4-1 .800 3-0 1-1 11-7 .611 6-3 3-2 2-2 0-1
Central Michigan 3-2 .600 2-1 1-1 10-8 .556 9-1 1-7 0-0 0-0
Toledo 3-3 .500 1-1 2-2 11-8 .579 6-2 5-6 0-0 0-0
Northern Illinois 3-3 .500 1-1 2-2 10-9 .526 5-3 5-6 0-0 0-0
Western Michigan 2-4 .333 2-1 0-3 9-10 .474 7-2 2-6 0-2 0-1
Eastern Michigan 0-6 .000 0-3 0-3 10-9 .526 6-3 2-6 2-0 0-1

 

BIG EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
10 Seton Hall 6-0 1.000 2-0 4-0 14-4 .778 7-1 5-2 2-1 2-2
Villanova 5-1 .833 4-0 1-1 15-3 .833 10-0 2-2 3-1 2-2
Providence 4-2 .667 2-1 2-1 11-8 .579 8-2 2-3 1-3 0-2
Marquette 4-3 .571 3-1 1-2 14-5 .737 10-1 2-3 2-1 1-1
13 Butler 3-3 .500 1-1 2-2 15-4 .789 9-1 3-3 3-0 0-3
Creighton 3-3 .500 2-1 1-2 14-5 .737 11-1 2-3 1-1 1-2
Georgetown 2-4 .333 2-1 0-3 12-7 .632 9-3 2-3 1-1 2-2
DePaul 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 13-5 .722 9-3 4-2 0-0 1-1
Xavier 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 12-6 .667 9-2 1-3 2-1 0-1
St. John’s 1-6 .143 1-2 0-4 12-8 .600 10-3 0-4 2-1 1-2

 

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
22 Northwestern 6-1 .857 3-1 3-0 16-2 .889 9-2 5-0 2-0 2-1
19 Iowa 6-1 .857 3-0 3-1 15-3 .833 9-0 4-2 2-1 2-0
Rutgers 5-2 .714 1-2 4-0 15-3 .833 8-2 5-1 2-0 0-1
20 Maryland 5-2 .714 4-0 1-2 14-4 .778 9-1 3-3 2-0 3-2
Nebraska 4-3 .571 4-0 0-3 14-4 .778 11-1 1-3 2-0 1-1
17 Indiana 4-3 .571 3-1 1-2 14-5 .737 8-2 4-2 2-1 2-3
Michigan State 4-3 .571 3-0 1-3 11-7 .611 8-0 2-4 1-3 1-3
Ohio State 4-3 .571 3-1 1-2 11-7 .611 5-3 4-3 2-1 3-3
Michigan 3-4 .429 2-1 1-3 12-6 .667 8-2 3-3 1-1 0-3
Purdue 3-4 .429 2-2 1-2 12-7 .632 8-2 2-4 2-1 0-3
Minnesota 2-5 .286 0-3 2-2 12-6 .667 7-4 5-2 0-0 1-1
Illinois 1-6 .143 1-2 0-4 10-8 .556 9-3 1-5 0-0 0-1
Wisconsin 1-6 .143 1-3 0-3 9-9 .500 7-3 1-5 1-1 0-2
Penn State 1-6 .143 1-2 0-4 7-11 .389 5-5 1-5 1-1 0-0

 

MAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
East
Buffalo 3-2 .600 2-1 1-1 12-4 .750 7-1 3-3 2-0 0-1
Ohio 3-2 .600 2-1 1-1 10-6 .625 6-1 3-4 1-1 0-1
Kent State 3-2 .600 1-1 2-1 10-6 .625 4-2 4-2 2-2 0-1
Akron 1-4 .200 0-3 1-1 8-8 .500 3-5 3-3 2-0 0-1
Miami (OH) 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 8-9 .471 4-2 3-6 1-1 0-2
Bowling Green 0-5 .000 0-2 0-3 7-10 .412 4-2 2-6 1-2 0-0
West
Central Michigan 5-0 1.000 2-0 3-0 12-4 .750 6-1 6-3 0-0 0-1
Toledo 4-1 .800 3-0 1-1 9-7 .563 5-3 3-3 1-1 0-0
Ball State 3-2 .600 2-0 1-2 11-6 .647 5-1 3-4 3-1 0-0
Western Michigan 3-2 .600 2-1 1-1 10-6 .625 5-2 3-3 2-1 0-1
Eastern Michigan 3-2 .600 2-0 1-2 8-8 .500 5-2 3-6 0-0 0-1
Northern Illinois 1-4 .200 0-2 1-2 5-11 .313 1-5 3-5 1-1 0-0