MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Clemson 79 #3 Duke 72

#6 Kansas 66 Oklahoma 52

#7 San Diego State 64 Fresno State 55

#11 Louisville 73 Pittsburgh 68 OT

#West Virginia 81 TCU 49…- Desmond Bane chipped in 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
– Bane moved past Kurt Thomas into seventh place on TCU’s all-time scoring list with 1,523 career points.
– Bane was 2-of-5 from 3-point range. His first make of the night was 3-pointer number 200 for his career. He is currently fifth all-time on the TCU 3-point field goal leaderboard.

#13 Dayton 79 VCU 65

#14 Villanova 79 DePaul 75 OT

Wisconsin 56 #17 Maryland 54

#21 Ohio State 80 Nebraska 68

#23 Texas Tech 77 Kansas State 63

Buffalo 76 Ohio 73

Richmond 70 Davidson 64

Ball State 69 Eastern Michigan 52

Florida 71 Ole Miss 55

Miami Ohio 77 Kent State 74

Central Michigan 74 Toledo 67

LSU 89 Texas A&M 85 OT

Bowling Green 85 Western Michigan 82

Akron 72 Northern Illinois 49

Iowa 75 Northwestern 62

Central Florida 74 Tulane 55

Mississippi State 72 Missouri 45

Virginia Tech 80 Wake Forest 70

Nevada 68 Wyoming 67

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Saint Francis (PA) at Fairleigh Dickinson | 5 p.m. | ESPNU

No. 18 Seton Hall at No. 5 Butler | 6:30 p.m. | FS1

No. 10 Kentucky at South Carolina | 6:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Boston College at Syracuse | 6:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Virginia at No. 9 Florida State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 25 Creighton at Georgetown | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Tennessee at Georgia | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Fordham at Duquesne | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

George Mason at George Washington | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Vermont at Binghamton | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

UMass Lowell at Maine | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Albany at New Hampshire | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Miami at N.C. State | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Stony Brook at Hartford | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

VMI at Mercer | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Tulsa at East Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

UMass at St. Bonaventure | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Saint Peter’s at Fairfield | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Indiana at Rutgers | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network

UNC Greensboro at The Citadel | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Samford at East Tennessee State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

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

Evansville at Indiana State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Wofford at Chattanooga | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Rhode Island at Saint Joseph’s | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Iowa State at No. 2 Baylor | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Bradley at Missouri State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Valparaiso at Northern Iowa | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

North Dakota at South Dakota State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

South Dakota at North Dakota State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Sam Houston State at Lamar | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas at Oklahoma State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Vanderbilt at Arkansas | 8:30 p.m. | SEC Network

St. John’s at Providence | 8:30 p.m. | FS1

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

No. 4 Auburn at Alabama | 9 p.m. | ESPN2

Penn State at Minnesota | 9 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 16 Wichita State at Temple | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

SMU at Houston | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

New Mexico at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | ESPN3

UTSA at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Stanford at UCLA | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

UC Irvine at CSU Fullerton | 10 p.m. | ESPN3

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#4 Connecticut 68 Memphis 56

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Atlanta 123 Phoenix 110…Kevin Huerter says he has no idea when Trae Young is about to go on one of his hot streaks. The latest scoring spree for the Atlanta point guard was especially well-timed. Young scored 21 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and the Hawks pulled away late to beat the Phoenix Suns 123-110 on Tuesday night.

Utah 118 Brooklyn 107….Rudy Gobert is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, as good a stopper as there is in the league. Even he wouldn’t want to mess with the Utah Jazz right now. “I wouldn’t like to guard ourselves,” he said. The Brooklyn Nets didn’t enjoy it, either. Joe Ingles matched his career high with 27 points, Gobert had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and the Jazz ran their winning streak to 10 games by beating the Nets 118-107 on Tuesday night.

Milwaukee 128 New York 102…Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t looking at the scoreboard. Even though the Milwaukee Bucks led by 25 points at halftime Tuesday night, the reigning MVP maintained his focus in the third quarter and put the finishing touches on a 128-102 victory over the New York Knicks. Antetokounmpo had 17 points in just more than six minutes as Milwaukee scored 43 in the period and romped past the Knicks, sweeping the three-game season series and improving to a league-best 36-6.

Memphis 121 Houston 110….Early this season, the young Memphis Grizzlies were still learning how to close out games – a shortfall the team has overcome during its longest winning streak in more than three years. The Grizzlies outscored the Houston Rockets 36-27 in the fourth quarter Tuesday night as Memphis pulled away for a 121-110 victory, stretching the Grizzlies’ winning streak to six games – their longest since December 2016. Rookie guard Ja Morant had 26 points and eight assists, and Dillon Brooks scored 24 to lead Memphis.

Dallas 124 Golden State 97….Dwight Powell and the Dallas Mavericks had little time to relish another impressive win against the Warriors on the road. It’s off to the next stop on a back-to-back in Northern California – a meeting with the Kings in Sacramento on Wednesday. Powell scored 21 points and was perfect from the floor in his return to the Bay Area after starring at Stanford, and the Mavericks beat the Golden State Warriors 124-97 on Tuesday night. “The win is great but it’s a quick, jam-packed road trip so we’re on the bus ready to go for another one tomorrow,” Powell said. Luka Doncic added 20 points and eight rebounds as the Mavericks won their fourth straight against the Warriors – three in a row on their home floor. Powell shot 9 for 9 and grabbed six rebounds. Jordan Poole came off the bench to score 17 points for Golden State

LA Clippers 128 Cleveland 103…Kawhi Leonard more than did his part to make sure the Los Angeles Clippers made quick work of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The All-Star forward scored a season-high 43 points in 28 minutes Tuesday night as the Clippers cruised to a 128-103 rout. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the third NBA player in the shot-clock era to score at least 43 points in under 29 minutes – and the first in franchise history to have at least 40 points in less than 30 minutes.

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Buffalo 4 Vegas 2….Jack Eichel shrugged off a sloppy, turnover-filled second period to deliver a breathtaking goal in showing continued signs of how much he’s maturing into the Sabres leader in his fifth NHL season. Rather than displaying tell-tale signs of frustration as he’s done in the past, Buffalo’s captain responded by scoring the go-ahead goal on an end-to-end rush 7:57 into the third period in a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night.

Toronto 7 New Jersey 4….Rasmus Sandin joked early in the day that Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe asked him to score 10 goals in his return to the NHL. Auston Matthews took care of the scoring with a hat trick, and Sandin, a 19-year-old defenseman who starred for Sweden at the recent world junior hockey championship, did just fine in plugging a hole on Toronto’s injury-hit blue line, assisting on two goals in a 7-4 victory Tuesday night over the New Jersey Devils.

Tampa Bay 4 Los Angeles 3….With a blistering shot that glanced off the goalie’s shoulder and into the net, Nikita Kucherov saved the night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The reigning NHL MVP and scoring champion scored with a little over a minute left in regulation and Steven Stamkos delivered the game-deciding goal in a shootout to complete a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

NY Islanders 8 Detroit 2….The Islanders vowed to play with purpose following a rough road loss to the crosstown Rangers. They did exactly that against the lowly Detroit Red Wings. Brock Nelson scored twice and six other Islanders connected as New York routed the hapless Red Wings 8-2. New York scored three times in the first eight minutes, a rousing response after a 6-2 loss to the Rangers a night earlier.

Pittsburgh 7 Minnesota 3….Sidney Crosby stressed he wouldn’t try to get “too fancy” in his return from a two-month layoff following abdominal surgery. It happened anyway. The fact most of the flash cam e from Crosby’s teammates during Pittsburgh’s 7-3 domination of Minnesota on Tuesday night is symbolic of just how far the Penguins have come during their captain’s extended absence.

Columbus 3 Boston 0….Elvis the King, make way for Elvis the Wall. Elvis Merzlikins recorded his second consecutive shutout and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins 3-0 Tuesday night for their fourth win in five games. Alexander Wennberg, Kevin Stenlund and Riley Nash scored for Columbus. Merzlikins won for the sixth time in his eight starts and turned aside all 34 shots he faced. His five wins since Dec. 31 tie him for the NHL lead with Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Chicago 3 Ottawa 2….The Chicago Blackhawks overcame a sluggish start to keep the Ottawa Senators winless in their last eight games. Jonathan Toews scored 42 seconds into overtime and assisted on Chicago’s two other goals, as the Blackhawks rallied to beat Ottawa 3-2 on Tuesday night. A pair of goals by Dominik Kubalik tied the score at 2-all early in the third after the Blackhawks trailed 2-0 early. Kubalik has seven goals this season.

Winnipeg 4 Vancouver 0…. Connor Hellebuyck was happy to get his fourth shutout of the season, but he wished his scoring attempt would have been successful. Hellebuyck made 41 saves as the Winnipeg Jets ended a six-game losing streak at home with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. He made some highlight-reel saves, particularly in the third period, but when he tried to shoot the puck down the ice into an empty net at the end Vancouver forward Bo Horvat hit it down with his stick.

Dallas 3 Colorado 2….Jamie Benn provided the pep by throwing some punches. It ignited the Dallas Stars’ comeback. Esa Lindell scored 1:54 into overtime after Jason Dickinson tied the game late in regulation and the Stars put the finishing touches on a season series sweep of Colorado by beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night. Lindell found himself all alone in the middle of the ice and sent a wrist shot past Philipp Grubauer as the Stars completed their rally from an early two-goal deficit.

Edmonton 4 Nashville 2….Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Tuesday night. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Josh Archibald also scored, and Connor McDavid picked up three assists for the Oilers, who are 5-1-1 in their last seven. Filip Forsberg and Colin Blackwell scored for Nashville, which had its two-game winning streak halted.

Arizona 6 San Jose 3….Arizona’s two high-profile additions came up big and helped the Coyotes reclaim first place in the tight Pacific Division. Phil Kessel, formerly of the Pittsburgh Penguins who was acquired in a trade last June, and Taylor Hall, a three-time All-Star picked up via trade with New Jersey last month, each scored twice, carrying the Coyotes to a 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. Lawson Crouse and Conor Garland also scored, and Garland and Derek Stepan had three points each. Arizona scored a pair of empty-net goals and ended a three-game skid with its fourth win in five home games. Adin Hill stopped 25 of 28 shots.

 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

NCC

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Fishers 63, Tech 48

Lafayette Jeff 86, Kankakee Valley 61

 

Friday, Jan. 17

Kokomo at Harrison , 7:30 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Anderson, 8 pm

Marion at Tech, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Logansport , 7:30 pm

Central at Richmond , 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

Anderson at Hamilton SE, 7:30 pm

Harrison at West Lafayette, 7:30 pm

Crispus Attucks at Marion, 7:30 pm

Logansport at Cass, 7:30 pm

Central at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Northmont (Ohio) at Richmond, 7:30 pm

Westfield at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 pm

Zionsville at McCutcheon, 7 pm

 

TEC

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Talawanda (Ohio) 69, Union County 32

 

Friday, Jan. 17

Lincoln at Tri, 7:30 pm

Centerville at Knightstown, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Winchester, 6 pm

Monroe Central at Union City, 7:30 pm

Union County at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

Irvington Prep at Lincoln, 2:30 pm

Northeastern at Knightstown , 7:30 pm

Winchester at Blackford, 7:30 pm

 

MEC

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Blue River 78, Union (Modoc) 23

 

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Cowan vs. Wes-Del, 6 pm, Delta

Yorktown vs. Daleville, 8 pm, Delta

 

Friday, Jan. 17

Monroe Central at Union City, 7:30 pm

Union (Modoc) at Trinity Christian, 5:30 pm

Union County at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

Waldron at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

Winner Game 1 vs. Wapahani, 6 pm, Delta

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

Blue River at Randolph Southern , 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Shenandoah , 7:30 pm

Purdue Poly at Union (Modoc), 7 pm

 

EASTERN INDIANA

Tuesday, Jan. 14

East Central 73, Boone County (Ky.) 52

 

Thursday, Jan. 16

Batesville at Greensburg , 7:30 pm

Bellevue (Ky.) at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm

 

Friday, Jan. 17

Morristown at Rushville, 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

Franklin County at East Central , 1:30 pm

Central at Connersville, 7:30 pm

New Castle at Rushville, 7:30 pm

North Decatur at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm

South Dearborn at Greensburg , 7:30 pm

 

PIONEER

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Central Christian 63, Shortridge 50

Frankton 95, Anderson Prep 46

Howe 52, Seton Catholic 51…Sam Casper 20 points, 8 rebounds…Jake Moynihan 13 points, 8 rebounds, 9 blocks….Jonah Falcone 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists

Greenwood Christian 62, Franklin 44

Park Tudor 48, Lutheran 36

 

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Park Tudor at Pike, 6:30 pm, Winner Game 8

 

Thursday, Jan. 16

International at Tindley, 7:30 pm

 

Friday, Jan. 17

IMSA at Bethesda Christian, 7:30 pm

Shortridge at Washington, 7:30 pm

Liberty Christian at Seton Catholic , 7:30 pm

Burris at University , 7:30 pm

Greenwood vs. Greenwood Christian, 6 pm, Franklin

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

Cardinal Ritter at University, 7:30 pm

Burris at Liberty Christian , 7:30 pm

 

INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

NCC

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Lebanon 34, Kokomo 31

Marion 63, Mississinewa 29

Richmond 48, Connersville 45

Zionsville 51, McCutcheon 20

Cathedral 69, Tech 39

 

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Anderson at Carmel, 7:30 pm

Rochester at Logansport, 7:30 pm

 

Thursday, Jan. 16

Monroe Central at Central, 7:30 pm

Northwestern at Harrison, 7:30 pm

 

Friday, Jan. 17

Guerin Catholic at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

Anderson at Lafayette Jeff , noon

Kokomo at Tech , 7:30 pm

Marion at Logansport, 1:30 pm

McCutcheon at Central , 1:30 pm

Richmond at Harrison , 2:30 pm

 

TEC

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Lapel 66, Knightstown 23

Northeastern 49, Tri 41….The Varsity Lady Knights were able to come out on top in their game against Tri Tuesday. Throughout a physical game, Northeastern stayed composed and found their offensive and defensive groove in the second quarter. Scoring for the Lady Knights were Taylor Farris with 16, Jenna McFarland with 13 and moving up into the second All-Time Leading Scorer spot. Willow Runyon and Alizah Rankin with 5 points each, Kenzie Chasteen with 4 points, and Kelli Drake, Sidney Dill, and Emma Wright all scoring 2 points each. The Lady Knights move to 16-2 on the season and play Saturday, January 18th at 6pm at Knightstown for the JV/Varsity Boy and Girl double header.

Shenandoah 67, Centerville 9

 

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Union City at Blackford, 7:30 pm

Union County at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

 

Thursday, Jan. 16

Hagerstown at Lincoln , 7:30 pm

Tri at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Centerville , 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

Franklin County at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at Knightstown , 6 pm

Union County at Union City , 7:30 pm

 

MEC

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Alexandria 63, Wes-Del 44

Blue River 79, Union 20

Shenandoah 67, Centerville 9

Wapahani 49, Cowan 35

 

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Monroe Central at Union , 6 pm

Randolph Southern at New Castle, 7:30 pm

Union County at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

 

Thursday, Jan. 16

Monroe Central at Central, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Lapel, 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Yorktown, 6 pm, Yorktown

Daleville vs. Wapahani, 8 pm, Yorktown

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

Blue River at Randolph Southern , 6 pm

Purdue Poly at Union, 5:30 pm

Waldron at Eastern Hancock, noon

 

EASTERN INDIANA

Tuesday, Jan. 14

East Central 43, Cincinnati Home School (Ohio) 27

Lawrenceburg 70, Jac-Cen-Del 45

Richmond 48, Connersville 45

Rushville 55, Shelbyville 34

 

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Franklin County at Talawanda (Ohio), 7:30 pm

 

Thursday, Jan. 16

Greensburg at Columbus East, 7:30 pm

South Dearborn at Oldenburg, 6 pm

 

Friday, Jan. 17

Columbus North at Lawrenceburg, 8 pm

Connersville at Franklin County , 7:30 pm

East Central at Batesville, 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

Batesville at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm

Franklin County at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Rising Sun, 7:30 pm

Pendleton Heights at Rushville, 1:30 pm

 

INDIANA BOYS AP HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL POLLS

Class 4A 

  1. Lawrence North (11)               10-0  256  1
  2. Bloomington South (2)           13-0  230  2
  3. Lawrence Central                   11-1  194  3
  4. Lafayette Jeff                           12-1  170  6
  5. Brownsburg                             11-1  150  7
  6. Fishers                                      12-2  96   4
  7. S. Bend Adams                        12-1  71   NR

(tie) Warren Central                          8-2   71   5

  1. Columbus North                    11-2  67   10
  2. Pike                                           9-2   54   NR

Others receiving votes: Floyd Central 48. Carroll (Allen) 34. Westfield 30. Crispus Attucks 23. Chesterton 20. Carmel 18. Lake Central 16. Cathedral 6. Ev. Reitz 6.

 

Class 3A                

  1. Silver Creek (12)                  11-1  258  1
  2. S. Bend St. Joseph’s (1)       8-1   197  4
  3. Heritage Hills                       8-3   188  3
  4. Danville                                11-2  168  2
  5. Norwell                                10-1  140  6
  6. Greensburg                         10-2  127  7
  7. Indian Creek                        9-1   117  T10
  8. Mishawaka Marian            6-2   86   T10
  9. Delta                                      7-2   56   5
  10. Hammond                            7-2   49   NR

Others receiving votes: Washington 39. Brebeuf Jesuit 25. Mississinewa 22. Ft. Wayne Luers 21. Connersville 20. Sullivan 16. Ev. Bosse 13. Beech Grove 12. NorthWood 6.

 

Class 2A

  1. Ft. Wayne Blackhawk (13)       10-1  260  1
  2. Shenandoah                                9-1   230  2
  3. Ev. Mater Dei                               9-1   175  5
  4. Linton-Stockton                         12-2  164  4
  5. S. Decatur                                   10-0  163  6
  6. Tipton                                          11-1  143  7
  7. Prairie Hts.                                 10-1  124  3
  8. Blackford                                     8-2   90   8
  9. Paoli                                             10-2  59   10
  10. Forest Park                                  9-2   40   9

Others receiving votes: S. Spencer 36. University 22. Wapahani 21. Howe 10. Lapel 9. Westview 8. Covenant Christian 6.

 

Class A                                  

  1. Barr-Reeve (12)                        12-0  258  1
  2. Greenwood Christian             10-0  213  2
  3. Gary 21st Century (1)             11-2  210  3
  4. Kouts                                          9-0   194  4
  5. Lafayette Catholic                   8-2   143  7
  6. Bloomfield                                8-2   131  6
  7. Covington                                  8-3   113  5
  8. Loogootee                                10-3  110  8
  9. Providence Cristo Rey           10-2  69   9
  10. W. Washington                        6-1   34   NR

Others receiving votes: N. Daviess 33. Dubois 21. Christian Academy 18. Southwestern (Shelby) 7. New Washington 6.

 

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING

Daleville 48 Richmond 34

 

TOP HEADLINES

Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign-stealing scandal

Alex Cora has already been identified as a ringleader in an illegal system of sign stealing when he was with the Houston Astros.

The Red Sox didn’t wait to see what punishment Major League Baseball might give him for possibly bringing a similar scheme with him to Boston.

Cora was fired by the team he led to the 2018 World Series title on Tuesday night, one day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was “an active participant” in the Astros’ cheating when he was a bench coach in Houston.

Manfred mentioned Cora by name 11 times in a nine-page report, saying he “originated and executed” the scheme in which Houston used a center field camera to decode catchers’ signals to pitchers, then banged on a trash can to relay the signs to batters so they would know what type of pitch was coming.

The Astros fired manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, making that announcement an hour after Manfred suspended them for the 2020 season for their roles in the cheating scheme. Cora met Tuesday with Boston management and they issued a release saying they had “mutually agreed to part ways.”

“Given the findings and the commissioner’s ruling, we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward,” the team said in a statement attributed to owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, CEO Sam Kennedy and Cora.

The team called a news conference for Wednesday afternoon to address the scandal, which leaves it without a manager less than a month before pitchers and catchers are due to report to spring training.

Bench coach Ron Roenicke, who spent five years managing the Milwaukee Brewers, is the most experienced member of the current coaching staff; former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has also been mentioned as a possible replacement.

In suspending Luhnow and Hinch, Manfred said he was withholding Cora’s punishment until completing a separate investigation of accusations the Red Sox stole signs in 2018. That investigation will continue; Cora and the Red Sox could both face additional penalties.

“We agreed today that parting ways was the best thing for the organization,” Cora said in a statement released by the team. “I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward.”

New Mets manager and former Astros player Carlos Beltran also was implicated by Manfred in his report Monday – the only player mentioned. Manfred decided that no players would be disciplined for breaking rules prohibiting the use of electronics to steal catchers’ signs in 2017 after levying penalties against Boston and the New York Yankees.

The Mets declined comment on Beltran’s status.

 

Ex-Dodger James Loney sends very interesting tweet about Alex Cora

A former Los Angeles Dodgers player sent a very interesting tweet about Alex Cora on Tuesday.

James Loney, who was drafted by the Dodgers in 2002 and played in the Majors with them from 2006-2012, said Cora treated him “wonderful” when he was with the Dodgers. What’s notable is that Loney said that while Cora has a reputation for being a great guy in baseball, Cora “always tried to gain an edge in anyway (sic) possible.”

It sounds like Loney was not a fan of the Astros cheating.

Loney, now 35, last played in MLB in 2016. Cora was named by MLB as the mastermind behind the Astros’ sign-stealing strategy. The manager was fired by the Red Sox on Tuesday and awaits punishment from MLB, which is pending the league’s investigation of the 2018 Red Sox.

 

Report: MLB teams felt Astros got off too easy for cheating

The sports world has had a day to digest the punishments handed down to the Houston Astros for cheating. Apparently it didn’t take very long for the baseball world to decide how they felt about things.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan published a story about the matter on Tuesday and says that many MLB owners felt dissatisfied by the penalties the Astros received.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were the only team to address the situation. They did so with a passive-aggressive statement in which they said they were told not to comment on the situation.

The Dodgers lost the 2017 World Series to the Astros and fell in the 2018 World Series to the Red Sox, who are currently under investigation by MLB for alleged cheating. They are arguably the most aggrieved team by the cheating.

Houston’s penalties included:

– Record $5 million fine (the max allowed)

– Loss of two first-round picks and two second-round draft picks

– Season-long suspensions for GM Jeff Luhnow and Manager AJ Hinch (both were later fired)

The idea behind the punishments was to send a harsh enough message where teams would be scared to cheat. Instead, some teams came away asking themselves whether they would trade the draft picks, suspensions and fine for a World Series. In the end, many felt Astros owner Jim Crane got off easy. He got his World Series, and with the exception of losing the picks and manager/GM, gets to move on with a strong team next season and beyond. Plus, Crane got to look like the good guy by firing Luhnow and Hinch, though we shared why you shouldn’t be fooled by his actions.

Looking at the entire picture, I think it would be hard to say I wouldn’t trade all that for the World Series.

 

AP source: Twins, 3B Donaldson agree to $92M, 4-year deal

The Minnesota Twins and 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson have agreed to a $92 million, four-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal had not been announced. The contract includes a club option for a fifth season that would bring the total value to $100 million.

The 34-year-old third baseman returned after an injury-spoiled 2018 split between Toronto and Cleveland to bat .259 with 37 homers, 94 RBIs and a .900 OPS for Atlanta last year. He earned $23 million on a one-year deal with the Braves, his lone season in the NL in a decade-long major league career.

Donaldson, a three-time All-Star who broke in with Oakland as a catcher in 2010, averaged 37 home runs and 100 RBIs over his three full seasons with the Blue Jays from 2015-17. They traded him to the Indians for a minor league player in a rental deal at the deadline on Aug. 31, 2018.

So after striking out on the top-tier starting pitchers on the market, settling for bargain-rate deals with Homer Bailey and Rich Hill, the AL Central champion Twins decided instead to double down on their offense.

The Twins set a major league record with 307 home runs last season on the way to the division title and were second in baseball with 939 runs behind the New York Yankees, who swept them in the AL Division Series.

Donaldson will give the Twins a sixth 30-home run hitter from last season, one of two with designated hitter Nelson Cruz who’ve topped the 40-homer mark at some point in their career. Cruz went deep 41 times last season, his fourth such time meeting that milestone.

The acquisition of Donaldson will allow the Twins to move third baseman Miguel Sano across the diamond to the opposite corner. Sano has a powerful arm and is agile for his size, but the 26-year-old slugger who’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 272 pounds ought to be better suited for the long term at first base.

Sano was at Target Field on Tuesday to finalize a three-year, $30 million contract and told reporters he was more than willing to switch spots, noting he’s worked out at both positions during the offseason. The Twins created a vacancy at first base by not tendering a contract to C.J. Cron, who hit 25 homers in 125 games in 2019 but was hampered by a thumb injury that required offseason surgery. Cron signed with division rival Detroit.

 

Report: Nolan Arenado trade talks between Rockies, Cardinals heating up

The Colorado Rockies may be slowly moving toward a blockbuster trade involving Nolan Arenado.

The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the teams that has been discussing an Arenado trade with Colorado, and Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported on Tuesday that the two sides have moved beyond preliminary talks and begun discussing other players that could be included in a potential deal. To this point, the Rockies have insisted on getting a combination of MLB-ready talent and at least one prospect if they move Arenado.

Morosi believes the Cardinals have the right pieces to make a trade with the Rockies, and St. Louis also has the financial resources to absorb the $234 million remaining on the massive extension Arenado signed with Colorado prior to the 2019 season. Arenado has a full no-trade clause, but he is said to have “deep respect” for the Cardinals organization and is also close friends with St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from when the two won a gold medal together on Team USA at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

The Cardinals may want assurances that Arenado won’t opt out of his contract after the 2021 season, but they would have to add more value to his contract (per MLB bargaining agreement rules) if they want him to waive the opt out clause.

One player St. Louis could include in a trade with the Rockies is Matt Carpenter, who can play at both corner spots in the infield. The 34-year-old is owed $39 million through 2021, which includes the buyout on a club option for 2022. Morosi said it is unclear if the Cardinals will insist on Carpenter being included.

At least one other team is believed to be pursuing an Arenado trade, so the Rockies may have options. While it is rare for a player to be traded only a year after signing a massive contract, Colorado finished 71-91 last season and may be regretting the deal.

 

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Indiana Visits Rutgers on Wednesday Night

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OPENING TIP

Indiana University is in its 120th season of competition in men’s basketball and will begin a two-game road trip Wednesday at Rutgers.  The Hoosiers will play at Nebraska on Saturday. The Hoosiers are coming off a 66-54 win at home over #11 Ohio State, while Rutgers fell at Illinois, 54-51.  The Scarlet Knights are 11-0 at home. According to ESPN’s BPI, the Hoosiers are projected to have the 2nd toughest strength of schedule in the country for the remainder of the season.   The Hoosiers are 33rd in KenPom and 39th in the NET.

GAME INFORMATION

Wednesday, Jan. 15 •  7 p.m.

Rutgers Athletic Center (8,000) • Piscataway, N.J.

TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler and Brian Butch) | Watch Online

Radio: IU Radio Network  (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr,  Joe Smith) | TuneIn

Series History: Indiana leads, 7-2

Last Meeting: at IU 89, RU 73 – 3/10/19

THE COACHES

Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his third season of guiding the Cream and Crimson.  He is 187-97 in eight-plus years as a head coach, which includes six years at the University of Dayton.  His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014.  He is 48-34 at IU.  Steve Pikiell is 53-57 in his 4th year at Rutgers.

NEWS & NOTES

Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging a team-best 14.6 points and 8.03 rebounds.  Among freshmen nationally, he is 2nd in field goal percentage (63.6%), 3rd in blocked shots (33), 4th in free throws made (70), 5th in free throws attempted (100) and 10th in rebounds (128).  He is 10th in the Big Ten in scoring and 9th in rebounding, 3rd in field goal percentage and 6th in blocked shots.  He is 4th in free throws made and in free throws attempted.  He has scored 20 points or more 5 times this season.

Senior Devonte Green led the Hoosiers with 19 points and 5 rebounds against OSU.  He is 7th in the Big Ten in three-point field goals made (2.1).  He is averaging 12.5 points per game and 15.4 points off the bench in the 7 games he has not started. Sophomore Rob Phinisee made his first start of the season and responded with 13 points and 4 steals versus the Buckeyes.  He hit 3 3FG in the first half.

Redshirt junior forward Joey Brunk is averaging 10.1 rebounds in his last 5 games.  He finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds on Saturday and held OSU’s Kaleb Wesson to just one field goal in the paint on defense.  Junior Justin Smith is averaging 11.8 points and is 3rd in the B1G in steals (1.4).  He was named IU’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Month in January.  He is in the Kelley School of Business studying Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation. Junior Aljami Durham is averaging 10.8 points and leads the team with 43 assists.

ODDS AND TRENDS

IU leads the nation in free throws attempted at 27.3 per game and in free throws made per game at (18.6).  IU has had 10 players score in double figures at least once in a game this season.   IU shot a season-high 50% from long distance (6/12) in the OSU game. The Hoosiers tied it’s season-high with 11 steals (Troy and UConn) against OSU.  IU has come back from halftime deficits in each of the last 2 games.  In the second half, Ohio State shot just 21.4% from the floor and 14.3% from long distance.

 

BUTLER MBB: GAME 17:  #5/5 Butler (15-1, 3-0 BIG EAST) vs. #18/18 Seton Hall (12-4, 4-0) 

Wednesday, Jan. 15;  6:30PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

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There are only two remaining BIG EAST teams with perfect conference records, and they meet Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Butler, ranked No. 5 in both of this week’s national polls and No. 2 in the NCAA NET rankings, is 15-1. Seton Hall, ranked No. 18 in both national polls, is 4-0 in BIG EAST play. Both teams carry six-game winning streaks into the contest.

THE SERIES: Butler Leads, 9-5

Streak: Butler, W1

In Indianapolis: Butler Leads, 4-2

First Meeting: Butler, 64-57, 1/29/14 (Newark)

Last Meeting: Butler, 70-68, 2/2/19 (Indianapolis)

  • Through Sunday’s games, Butler is the only team nationally with nine NET Quad 1 and Quad 2 victories.
  • This is Butler’s fourth 15-1 start in program history (all since 2002-03).
  • Butler shot 56 percent from the field at Providence Friday night, the team’s fifth game this season shooting 50% or better.
  • Butler’s No. 5 ranking is the highest AP poll ranking and the highest in-season coaches poll ranking in program history.
  • Butler is fourth nationally, allowing opponents only an average of 54.4 points per game.
  • Butler has out-rebounded 13 of its 16 opponents this season after out-rebounding only 10 of 33 in 2018-19.
  • Jordan Tucker had season-highs of 17 points and six rebounds at Providence.
  • Bryce Golden narrowly missed his first double-double with 14 points and a career-high nine rebounds at Providence.
  • Butler has limited its three BIG EAST opponents to 20.3-percent three-point shooting; on the season, Butler’s 3FG percentage defense is fifth nationally (.262).
  • Following Wednesday’s game with Seton Hall, three of Butler’s next four games are away from Hinkle Fieldhouse.
  • Butler is committing only 11.4 turnovers per game, which is 27th nationally.
  • Butler’s opponents have hit only 36.8 percent of their shots, the tenth-best defensive effort in the nation.
  • Kamar Baldwin had 20 points – all in the second half – in the Jan. 4 win over Creighton.
  • Sean McDermott is shooting 50 percent from three-point range (23-46) in games at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.
  • Baldwin’s career-high of 32 points came against Seton Hall in the 2018 BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals.
  • This is Butler’s first 3-0 BIG EAST start in its seven seasons as a member of the conference.
  • Butler is averaging a +15.0 rebounding margin in its three BIG EAST games.
  • Only four of Butler’s 16 opponents have reached 60 points.
  • Butler’s last six opponents have combined to score 109 points in the first halves of those games (average of 18.2).

LAST TIME OUT: Butler utilized its trademark suffocating defense to post a 70-58 road win at Providence Friday night. The Bulldogs forced misses on the Friars’ first 13 attempts from the field and held Providence to 32-percent shooting. Butler never trailed in the game.

Kamar Baldwin and Jordan Tucker led the Bulldogs with 17 points apiece. Butler had a 44-26 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs only missed 20 shots (shooting 56 percent – 25-45), and grabbed offensive rebounds on 10 of those misses.

NEW YEAR. SAME OLD HINKLE: Butler posted a 71-57 win over Creighton Jan. 4 at Hinkle Fieldhouse to improve to 9-0 at home on the season. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 20 points, all coming in the second half.

Creighton, which entered the game shooting 38 percent from behind the three-point line while making 9.5 triples per game, was limited to 4-of-22 shooting from long range by the Bulldogs’ defense.

NEW YEAR’S EVE: The ball dropped…and dropping the ball.: Once up by 23 points only to find themselves down five with three minutes to play, Butler escaped St. John’s and New York City on New Year’s Eve with a 60-58 win in its BIG EAST opener. Butler had lost its last three games at Carnesecca Arena.

Christian David’s three-pointer from the corner off an offensive rebound with 43 seconds to play proved to be the game-winner for Butler. It was his only basket of the game.

Butler, which led 42-19 with 18:08 remaining, was forced into 24 turnovers as St. John’s used a 29-4 run to take its first lead at 48-46 with 6:49 to play. Butler won the game in the final three minutes by scoring the final seven points.

ON THE DEFENSIVE:

  • Only four Butler opponents have scored 60 or more points; Butler has also limited four opponents to 50 or fewer points.
  • Only four of Butler’s opponents have registered more assists than turnovers (Stanford, Ole Miss, Florida, at St. John’s).
  • Only two of Butler’s opponents have shot better than 44 percent from the field (Missouri, Stanford).

ONE YEAR AGO: Butler and Seton Hall split a pair of match-ups last season with each team winning on its home court.

 

NOTRE DAME MBB: RISH BACK ON THE ROAD AT GEORGIA TECH

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NOTRE DAME AT GEORGIA TECH

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (10-6, 1-4) will be looking for its second victory on the road in Atlantic Coast Conference play and third consecutive win over Georgia Tech (8-8, 3-3) when the two teams meet at McCamish Pavilion late Wednesday night (8:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network).

  • The Irish and Yellow Jackets will be meeting for the 22nd time, with Georgia Tech holding an 11-10 advantage in the series. Notre Dame is 7-5 against Georgia Tech in ACC competition.
  • The series has been dominated by the home team. Georgia Tech is 10-1 against Notre Dame in McCamish Pavilion (the lone victory by Irish 2015 ACC Championship team by three points), while Purcell Pavilion and The Fieldhouse have been just as effective for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame is 8-2 all-time at home against Georgia Tech.
  • Notre Dame and Georgia Tech met three times last season, with each team earning a home court victory and the Irish eliminating the Yellow Jackets in the first round of the ACC tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Mike Brey is 8-6 against Georgia Tech. Those six losses have come by a combined 18 points (3.0 ppg).
  • Notre Dame Associate Head Coach Rod Balanis is a 1994 graduate of Georgia Tech and played for legendary Yellow Jacket head coach Bobby Cremins. Balanis was a part of teams that made four trips to the NCAA Championship tournament while earning two Sweet 16 berths and a trip to the 1990 Final Four in Denver, Colorado.

 

IRISH TRADITIONALLY AMONG BEST IN THE COUNTRY AT TAKING CARE OF THE BALL

Notre Dame finished third in the NCAA last season in turnovers per game – posting the fifth consecutive season of ranking in the nation’s top-10 for least amount of turnovers in a game. The Irish are also perennially one of the top teams in the country in assist to turnover ratio.

The Irish have not averaged over 10.0 turnovers per game since a 10.3 mark in 2013-14 (which was still good enough for 26th nationally).

A DECADE OF ‘NO FOUL’ CONTINUES

One of the mantras of Notre Dame basketball under Mike Brey has been to keep the amount of opponent foul shots down. Defend without fouling is a way of life for Irish basketball and the statistics bear out that trend.

In the last 10 years, Notre Dame has failed to finish among the top 10 in least amount of personal fouls committed just twice. They have also led the country in least amount of personal fouls three times. So far, in 2019-20, the Irish are ahead of Virginia Tech (12.3) for the NCAA lead in least amount of fouls per game (11.9).

IRISH BOAST SOLID RECORD FOR ANNUAL HOME-AND-HOME ACC SERIES

Notre Dame faced its traditional ACC rivals – Boston College and Georgia Tech – five times last season. The Irish swept the Eagles, split a home-and-home with Tech and then defeated the Yellow Jackets in the ACC tournament. Notre Dame lost its first game in this four-game series to Boston College in December, but still boasts a 19-6 record against these two opponents in league play since joining the ACC in 2013-14. That mark is the best in the conference against a team’s dedicated home-and-home opponents.

Each season since 2013-14, ACC teams have faced their designated home-and-home opponents each year, two other league opponents on a rotating home-and-home basis, five opponents on the road only and five opponents at home only.

MOONEY LEADS THE COUNTRY IN REBOUNDING

Senior forward John Mooney leads the nation in rebounds per game with a 13.9 average. Mooney is the only Division I player in the country averaging 15-plus points and 13-plus rebounds per game (as of January 9, 2020).

MOONEY CLIMBING THE CAREER REBOUND CHART

Passing 700 career rebounds against Syracuse, John Mooney became the seventh Mike Brey-era (2000-01- current) player to collect 700 or more rebounds. The Notre Dame career rebounding chart is on the sidebar (Mooney is currently the 17th overall career rebounder in Notre Dame history).

MOONEY GRABS 200 REBOUNDS IN JUST 15 GAMES

John Mooney reached the 200 rebound plateau in just his 15th game played against Louisville on Jan. 11. That matches Blake Griffin (2008-09) for the fastest to 200 rebounds in a season since Tim Duncan did it in 14 games during the 1996-97 season.

MOONEY CLOSING IN ON CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-DOUBLES MARK

Now with 10 consecutive double-doubles and 13 in 15 games played this season, senior John Mooney is threatening the school record for consecutive games with a double-double. Luke Harangody set the mark with 11 straight in 2008-09.

MOONEY POSTING DOUBLE-DOUBLES IN 60 PERCENT OF HIS CAREER STARTS

Up to 34 career double-doubles (ninth all-time at Notre Dame), John Mooney has posted nearly all of his career double-doubles in the past two seasons. He has earned a double-double in 34 of 55 starts – a .618 percentage that has not been seen since game starts became an official stat in the 1978-79 season. Expand to just games played against some of the top double-double performers in school history and the .611 percentage remains among the best.

MOONEY ONE OF JUST SIX  MAJOR CONFERENCE PLAYERS TO AVERAGE A DOUBLE-DOUBLE

Senior forward John Mooney is the only player in the country averaging over 15 points and 13 rebounds per game and one of only six major conference players to average a double-double this season.

MOONEY EYES ACC REBOUNDING MARK

John Mooney finished the 2018-19 ACC schedule averaging 12.6 rebounds per game in ACC play, which was the second-highest since Tim Duncan led the league with a 14.9 average in 1996-97.

So far in 2019-20, Mooney has pulled down 73 rebounds in five conference games for a 14.6 average.

HUBB REACHES 200 CAREER ASSISTS… QUICKLY

Sophomore Prentiss Hubb led the Irish with nine assists in the victory at Syracuse on January 4, 2020, reaching 203 career assists in his 47th game in an Irish uniform. Since 1996-97, that is the fifth-quickest for any player at Notre Dame.

PFLUEGER APPROACHING NOTEWORTHY CAREER MILESTONE COMBINATION

Graduate student Rex Pflueger is approaching a combination of career statistical totals that would make him one of just four Irish players to ever reach those statistical marks in combination.

Pflueger is approaching 700 points, 400 rebounds, 300 assists and 150 steals in his Notre Dame career – only Chris Thomas (2002-05), David Graves (1999-02) and Tory Jackson (2007-10) have reached those statistical marks.

Entering the Georgia Tech game, Pflueger is at 670 points, 382 rebounds, 296 assists and 128 steals.

DURHAM POSTS TWO NOTEWORTHY DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Senior Juwan Durham responded to the loss of John Mooney (illness) on the front line against Presbyterian with 11 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots to record his second career double-double. He followed up with 12 points, 11 rebounds and four more blocks against Fairleigh Dickinson. It was just the seventh and eighth time a Mike Brey era player has recorded 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 4+ blocks – and the first time since John Mooney did it at North Carolina last season.

Others who have accomplished such a double-double include current Irish assistant coach Ryan Humphrey (2001), Torin Francis twice (2003, 2004), Luke Harangody (2008) and Bonzie Colson (2017).

DURHAM ALREADY AMONG TOP SHOT BLOCKERS IN NOTRE DAME HISTORY

Blocked shots are one of the youngest official NCAA official statistics, only becoming a part of the game boxscore for the 1985-86 season. With that in mind, it is still noteworthy that senior Juwan Durham (who still retains a year of eligibility after 2019-20) has already established himself as one of the top shot blockers in Notre Dame history.

In his first full season at Notre Dame in 2018-19, Durham swatted 63 shots which ranks fifth on the Notre Dame single-season blocked shots list.

Durham’s 106 total blocks at Notre Dame currently rank him ninth all-time (see sidebar). Jordan Cornette is the Notre Dame blocked shots record holder with 201 from 2001-05.

GIBBS CLOSING IN ON NOTRE DAME CAREER ACC SCORING MARK

Senior T.J. Gibbs has appeared in 58 ACC regular-season games and is closing in on the career scoring mark, held by Steve Vasturia (72 games, 739 points).

GIBBS JOINS 1,000-300-200-100 CLUB

Senior T.J. Gibbs, who reached the 1,000-point career mark last season, has joined another exclusive club. With 325 assists, Gibbs has now recorded 1,000 points, 300 assists, 200 rebounds and 100 steals in his time at Notre Dame.

Only Chris Thomas, Jerian Grant, Chris Quinn, Eric Atkins, Steve Vasturia, Tory Jackson and Demetrius Jackson all reached those milestones under Mike Brey at Notre Dame.

PFLUEGER JOINS 300-200-100 CLUB

Graduate student Rex Pflueger is one of just 10 players since 1996-97 (the year Notre Dame joined a conference) to compile 300 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals in a career.

The list of players who have reached the 300-200-100 plateau: Chris Thomas, Tory Jackson, David Graves, Jerian Grant, Chris Quinn, Eric Atkins, Steve Vasturia, Matt Carroll, Demetrius Jackson, T.J. Gibbs and Pflueger.

A NOTEWORTHY VICTORY

Notre Dame’s 110-71 victory over Detroit Mercy on Tuesday, December 10, saw the Irish post several program-bests and individual career highs.

KELLY TRIPUCKA TO ENTER THE PURCELL PAVILION RING OF HONOR

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball program has announced that Kelly Tripucka (1977-81) will be inducted into the Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor on February 1, 2020. A three-time All-American and 12th-leading scorer in school history, Tripucka will be the ninth men’s basketball addition to the Ring of Honor, which is the highest honor the program can bestow on a former student-athlete or coach.

Tripucka was an energizing force during one of the most successful periods of men’s basketball at the University of Notre Dame. A Notre Dame legacy, Tripucka’s father, Frank, was a standout quarterback for the Fighting Irish football team and an NFL first-round draft pick in 1949. After a remarkable prep career at Bloomfield High School, Tripucka helped the Irish compile a 92-26 four-year record with each of Tripucka’s teams appearing in the NCAA tournament.

A versatile and athletic player who could drive by slower defenders, post up smaller defenders and shoot over any player, Tripucka saved his more noteworthy performances for Notre Dame’s top-ranked opponents. As a rookie he secured his spot in a talented starting lineup with a 15-point second half against defending national champion and top-ranked Marquette (Feb. 26, 1978) as the Irish erased a 14-point lead for a 65-59 victory.

Later that year Tripucka was named the Most Valuable Player of the Midwest Regional that propelled Notre Dame to the 1978 Final Four by scoring 20 points against Utah in the Sweet 16, then putting up 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Elite Eight victory over rival DePaul.

He also led Notre Dame by scoring 28 points in the legendary double overtime victory over top-ranked and undefeated DePaul (25-0) on February 27, 1980 – a contest considered to this day as one of the most thrilling in the history of Purcell Pavilion.

Upon the completion of his four years at Notre Dame, Tripucka was fourth on the all-time scoring list (1,719), fifth in field goal percentage (.548), third in free throw percentage (.798) and third in free throws made (461). He owns the Notre Dame single-game record for free throws attempted and made, connecting on 23 of 26 attempts against Dayton on February 3, 1979. Tripucka’s teams at Notre Dame claimed 11 wins over top-10 teams including three victories over a top-ranked team (Marquette, DePaul and Virginia).

Tripucka was selected 12th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 1981 NBA Draft. He earned an all-star berth in his rookie season and spent five successful seasons in Detroit before being traded to the Utah Jazz for Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor inductee and former teammate Adrian Dantley. After two seasons with the Jazz, Tripucka helped launch the expansion Charlotte Hornets franchise, leading the team with 22.6 points per game during the franchise’s inaugural season.

Over his 10 seasons in the NBA, Tripucka scored 12,142 points (17.2 per game) with 2,703 rebounds and 2,090 assists while earning two All-Star game selections.

 

OHIO STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: NO. 21 OHIO STATE TOPS NEBRASKA, 80-68

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State men’s basketball team picked up an 80-68 victory over Nebraska Tuesday night at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 12-5 on the year, 2-4 in the Big Ten, while the Cornhuskers drop to 7-10, also 2-4 in conference play.

The Buckeyes travel to Penn State at noon Saturday.

C.J. Walker led a season-high six Buckeyes in double figures with 18 points to go along with five boards and four assists while Kaleb Wesson posted his seventh double-double of the year with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. D.J. Carton went for 13 points and five assists while Andre Wesson scored 11 and Kyle Young and E.J. Liddell chipped in the 10 apiece. Thorir Thorbjarnarson led Nebraska with 15 points and six boards while Cam Mack, Yvan Ouedraogo and Jervay Green each scored 10.

After Nebraska scored the first four points of the game, Ohio State responded with a 9-0 run on three 3-pointers by Andre Wesson, to take a 9-4 advantage with 15:51 to play in the half. The Buckeyes held a 9-7 lead after Nebraska’s Mack made a layup at the 14:18 mark but Ohio State scored the next eight to push its advantage to 17-7 with 11:13 remaining. Ohio State extended its lead to 16 when a Justin Ahrens 3-pointer made it 36-20 with under two minutes left in the half before taking a 38-25 lead into the break.

Andre Wesson paced the Buckeyes with nine points while Young added six in the opening 20 minutes. Mack and Dachon Burke led Nebraska with six apiece.

Ohio State pushed the lead to 46-28 on a 3-pointer from Carton with 18:17 left to play but the Huskers were able to come back, trimming the Buckeye advantage to 56-43 on a Thorbjarnarson 3-pointer with 11:54 remaining. However, the Buckeyes connected on four of their next six shots from the field, including a pair of Walker 3-pointers, to use a 12-0 spurt take a commanding 68-43 lead to put the contest out of reach with 8:25 left to play.

For the game, Ohio State shot 54.3 percent (30-for-55) from the field and 45.5 percent (10-for-22) from long distance while limiting the Huskers to 42.4 (28-for-66) shooting.

 

BALL STATE MEN’S BB: Cardinals Move to 3-1 in MAC with 69-52 Win at Eastern Michigan

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YPSILANTI, Mich. — Tahjai Teague made his final nine shots from the floor Tuesday, scoring 23 points to go with a career-high 17 rebounds as Ball State earned a 69-52 road win at Eastern Michigan.

Some dunks. Some acrobatic moves. The fifth-year senior finished at the rim all night when his teammates found him through Eastern Michigan’s challenging 2-3 zone.

The Cardinals (10-7, 3-1 MAC) dominated the final 10 minutes of both halves to run away from the Eagles (10-7, 0-4 MAC) at the EMU Convocation Center. BSU came out on top in a matchup of the top two scoring defenses in the league, holding Eastern Michigan to 32 percent shooting.

Jarron Coleman’s eight assists and Ishmael El-Amin’s seven were both career highs as the BSU guards carved through the zone. Coleman’s drive and behind-the-back pass to Teague midway through the second half beat the shot clock and changed the flow of the game.

Eastern Michigan had whittled an 18-point BSU lead to 40-36 before that play. Kyle Mallers followed with a 3-pointer. Then a Coleman steal and dunk, a Teague fastbreak lay-in and another layup from Coleman. All of a sudden, the Cardinals were back up by 15.

“We just talked about making them take hard shots over the course of 40 minutes,” Ball State head coach James Whitford said. “I thought in the stretch where they rallied … I thought they hit tough shots. They hit the kind of shots we were trying to get them to take. That’s part of the game. And then after that seven-minute stretch, they didn’t.

“We had to clean up the rebounding and handle their pressure a little better. I thought we did that and really played a full 40-minute game.”

It wasn’t much different from the first half when Ball State seized control with a 19-0 run that turned a 11-10 deficit into a 29-11 lead. The Cardinals went on to take a 32-14 advantage into halftime.

El-Amin scored 16 points, hitting 4-of-8 from 3-point range, and Mallers added 10. Noah Morgan led Eastern Michigan with 14.

Ball State returns to Worthen Arena to hosts Miami for a 1 p.m. tipoff Saturday in the team’s final home game in the month of January.

 

MIAMI MEN’S BB: RedHawks Upend First Place Flashes, 77-74

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The Miami University men’s basketball team turned in a stellar first half defensive effort and clutch shooting down the stretch to pick up a crucial 77-74 Mid-American Conference win over Kent State on Tuesday evening at Millett Hall. Miami improves to 8-9 overall and 1-3 in MAC play while Kent State falls to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

Miami led by as many as 17 points early in the second half, but had to outscore the Flashes 6-2 in the final 1:20 to pick up its first conference win of the season. With the score tied at 71 apiece, Nike Sibande got free for a layup and the RedHawks made four free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

Sibande led all scorers with 25 points and added 10 rebounds. The 25 points for Sibande were his most since posting 28 versus Evansville on Dec. 7. Sibande was joined by Bam Bowman (11), Dae Dae Grant (11) and Isaiah Coleman-Lands (11) in double figures. Myja White chipped in with eight points.

The RedHawks were 23-of-46 from the field and 8-of-18 from behind the arc.

Miami opened the game with a 9-3 run, forcing an early Kent State timeout at the 15:58 mark. While four different RedHawks scored in the first four minutes of the contest, the Red and White’s defense was the difference early, holding the high-powered Golden Flash offense to just one field goal in the first 6:30 of the game.

Miami’s stellar defense continued as the RedHawks stretched its lead to 22-12 with 6:31 left in the half. As Miami’s defense shut down the Golden Flashes, Grant continued his hot first-half shooting, including a pull up three-pointer to ignite the crowd.

The RedHawks maintained their 10-point margin as Sibande hit a jumper at the buzzer to send the two teams to the locker room with MU leading 31-21.

Defense continued to lead the way to start the second half as the RedHawks forced back-to-back turnovers in the first minute of the half, helping to extend their lead to 38-21.

Miami maintained a 16-point advantage, 49-33, before Kent State hit three-straight triples in less than 90 seconds, cutting the RedHawks’ lead to 49-42 with 11:53 to play.

The Golden Flashes’ run continued following the media timeout, shrinking Miami’s lead to just 54-53 with 7:58 to play, but a triple from Coleman-Lands and a pair of free throws from Sibande pushed Miami’s lead to 59-53 with 6:27 to play.

Kent State would not go away and eventually took its first lead of the game at 62-61 with 4:21 remaining.

With the game tied at 68, Sibande drained a deep three pointer, but the Flashes added a triple of their own just seconds later to knot the score at 71-71 with 1:20 to go.

Sibande got free for a layup with 59 seconds remaining and following a defensive stop, Bowman was fouled and made a free throw to extend MU’s lead to 74-71 with 41 seconds left.

Following a Kent State missed triple, Sibande made 1-of-2 free throws and the Golden Flashes converted on a three-point play, giving Miami a 75-74 advantage with 12.5 seconds to play.

On the ensuing possession Miami threw the ball away, but an offensive foul on KSU gave Miami the ball back with 8.6 seconds remaining. Mekhi Lairy drained a pair of free throws and KSU’s buzzer beater was off the mark to give Miami the victory.

Miami returns to action on Saturday at Ball State. Opening tip is slated for 1 p.m.

 

DAYTON MEN’S BB: Men’s Basketball Uses Big Second Half Run To Beat VCU 79-65

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DAYTON – The No. 13/11 University of Dayton men’s basketball team secured a 79-65 victory over VCU, the Atlantic 10 Conference defending champions. This was Anthony Grant’s 50th win as Dayton’s head coach.

Dayton improved to 4-0 in conference and 15-2 overall while remaining undefeated at UD Arena. VCU fell to 2-2 in conference and 12-5 overall.

The Flyers were led by Obi Toppin with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, nine rebounds and three assists. Three additional Flyers scored in double-digits — Jalen Crutcher (20 points), Trey Landers (16) and Ibi Watson (13).

GAME BREAKDOWN

1st Half: Dayton 38, VCU 33

  • VCU started the game by taking an early four-point lead.
  • The Flyers were able to fight back and took their go-ahead for the first time in the game at the 16:10 mark when Jalen Crutcher hit a three-pointer to move the score to 7-6.
  • The game remained close with both teams exchanging the lead up until the 5:12 mark; VCU took a five-point lead.
  • With 1:18 left in the half, Obi Toppin made a second-chance jumper giving Dayton a one-point lead; Dayton did not trail again and went on a 4-0 run to finish the half.
  • Crutcher led the Flyers with 14 points on four-of-five shooting during the half.
  • Trey Landers and Toppin both pulled in five rebounds during the half.
  • Dayton finished the half shooting 12-of-24 (50%) from the field while holding VCU to 14-of-31 (45%).
  • The Flyers led for 7:53 of the half, with the game being tied for 1:54.

2nd Half: Dayton 79, VCU 65

  • VCU went on a 6-0 run to start the half, before the Flyers tied it up at 41-41.
  • Dayton went on a 22-0 run from 17:35 to 10:51 left in the game; It was highlighted by a Toppin slam that forced a VCU timeout after the Flyers took a 63-41 lead.
  • VCU went on a 14-5 run to cut Dayton’s lead to 13 points with 3:58 left to play.
  • The Flyers were led by Landers during the half with 14 points; Toppin scored 13 in the half.
  • Dayton assisted 13-of-14 made field goals in the second half.
  • The Flyers held VCU from scoring beyond the arc; VCU went 0-10.
  • Dayton outrebounded VCU 20-14 during the half.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Dayton shot an overall 50% from the field during the game while holding VCU to 43%.
  • The Flyers outrebounded VCU 37-31 largely due to Toppin and Landers bringing in nine rebounds each.
  • Six different Flyers scored throughout the game; Four scored in double-digits.
  • VCU’s pressure defense allowed UD to have just three assists in the first half. Dayton assisted on its first five buckets of the second half.
  • Dayton held VCU to 3-of-20 (15%) from beyond the arc.
  • The Flyers held the lead for 27:06 of the game with the game being tied for only 2:23.
  • Dayton shot 20-of-25 (80%) from the free-throw line.
  • Crutcher moved into 56th on UD’s career scoring list with 930 points, moving ahead of three UD Hall of Famers — George Janky, Dan Sadlier and Tom Hatton. Just ahead is another Hall of Famer, Bucky Bockhorn who scored 941 career points.

UP NEXT

  • Dayton will travel to St. Louis to take on the Billikens Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m. ET
  • Flyers will return home to play St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. ET.

 

Consolation prize: Clemson knocks off No. 3 Duke in hoops

What a wild ride the past four days have been for Clemson fans.

The Tigers beat No. 3 Duke 79-72 on Tuesday night to sandwich wins over the Atlantic Coast Conference’s basketball blue bloods around Monday’s loss in the College Football Playoff title game.

Tuesday night’s win over the Blue Devils was the highest-profile upset for the Tigers (9-7, 3-3 ACC) since they beat No. 1 North Carolina on their home court in February 2001. And just like that day, students rushed the court at Littlejohn Coliseum.

On Saturday, Clemson beat North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the first time in program history, ending a 59-game losing streak on the Tar Heels’ home court and setting off a locker room celebration that looked like the aftermath of an NCAA Tournament win. The Tigers have won three in a row since falling below .500 in a Dec. 31 loss to Miami.

“2020 is starting to feel like our year,” said Aamir Simms, who led Clemson with a career-high 25 points.

The Blue Devils (15-2, 5-1 ) came into the game as 10 1/2-point favorites and were leading the nation with an average margin of victory of 21.5 points. Duke had not lost since a stunning home defeat to Stephen F. Austin in November.

Clemson fans, stung by the football Tigers’ first loss in 30 games – a 42-25 defeat against LSU Monday night at the Superdome in New Orleans – stopped moping less than 24 hours later. Duke never had a bigger lead than 4-0 and Clemson led for more than 28 minutes.

Simms and Tevin Mack, who scored 22 points, kept dragging Duke’s big men around the perimeter.

“We tried to move their guys around a lot. They have a lot of size,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said.

That opened up the lane for Clemson’s offense. Seventeen of the Tigers’ 30 baskets were layups or dunks – including one by John Newman III that was so nasty it got a shout-out on Twitter from Magic Johnson.

“Simms was spectacular tonight in how he controlled the game,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Clemson led 40-33 at halftime and stretched the lead to nine points before Duke rallied. The Blue Devils led 62-59 with 6:40 remaining.

 

Flynn, Wetzell lead No. 7 San Diego State past Fresno State

San Diego State won’t make any scoring highlight reels with games like their one against Fresno State, yet the Aztecs might make it deep into the NCAA Tournament.

In a contest in which they had no 3-point game, the No. 7 the Aztecs relied on a suffocating defense to shut down Fresno State 64-55 on Tuesday night.

San Diego State (18-0, 7-0 Mountain West Conference) remains one of two unbeaten teams in Division 1, along with Auburn. The Aztecs extended two nation-leading streaks: 18 consecutive victories, and nine straight road or neutral-site wins.

“I was leaving the hotel (earlier) and saw Clemson beat Duke on the road,” Aztecs coach Brian Dutcher said. “I told these guys, ‘Everyone knows you’re ranked and they bring their best effort. Enjoy every one of them. What you’re doing is not easy. Winning on the road is the hardest thing in basketball. Your perfect record on the road is unheard of.”

San Diego State hasn’t been 18-0 since the 2013-14 team advanced to the Sweet 16. The Aztecs experienced just their fifth victory by single digits, due in part to an offense that missed 15 of 18 3-point attempts and had no offensive rebounds in the first 30 minutes.

 

IU EAST BASKETBALL ROUNDUP FOR JAN. 14

WOMEN

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A scoring drought of more than six minutes led to an 85-59 River States Conference setback for the Indiana University East women’s basketball team Jan. 14 against Point Park University on the Pioneers’ home floor at CCAC-Allegheny.

IU East is 4-16 overall and 2-4 in the River States Conference. Point Park is 11-7 overall and 2-3 in the league.

IU East freshman Reagan Hune (12 points) scored in double digits for the fourth consecutive game.

IU East returns home to face Carlow University on Jan. 18. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. in the first game of a women’s-men’s River States Conference doubleheader on Lingle Court.

 

MEN

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Indiana University East men’s basketball team couldn’t break through against Point Park University’s home-court stronghold.

The Red Wolves fell 85-77 against the Pioneers on Jan. 14 in a River States Conference contest on Point Park’s home floor at CCAC-Allegheny.

IU East fell to 11-9 overall and 5-1 in the conference. The Red Wolves dropped into a tie with WVU Tech atop the RSC East Division.

Point Park, which is 7-0 at home this season, improved to 10-8 overall and 3-2 in the league.

IU East’s Garrett Silcott (20 points) scored in double digits for the 12th consecutive game.

IU East returns home to face Carlow University on Jan. 18. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. in the second game of a women’s-men’s River States Conference doubleheader on Lingle Court.

 

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: GAME 18 PREVIEW: DUKE

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s basketball team will look to get back on track on Thursday, Jan. 16, in a venue in which they’ve found success. The Fighting Irish (6-11, 1-4) travel to Cameron Indoor for an 8 p.m. ET tip against Duke (8-8, 2-3). The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network.

The Irish are 17-1 all-time against the Blue Devils with a 4-1 record in Durham.

PEOPLES BUILDING ACC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR RESUME

Well, Peoples is certainly building the resume. She leads all ACC freshmen in rebounds (8.1), shooting percentage (.457) and steals (1.9), and ranks second in points (12.6). In fact, Notre Dame boasts the top-two scoring spots among freshmen with Brunelle taking the top spot with 12.9 ppg.

Peoples has recorded double-digit rebounds five times over the last eight games and three double-doubles over the last six games.  In fact, her three double-doubles ranks second among freshmen in the ACC, only behind Pitt’s Amber Brown (5).

Peoples’ 8.1 rpg ranks 11th in the ACC and 10th in the nation among true freshmen guards. Peoples also ranks 11th in the ACC in offensive rebounds (2.7) and 13th in defensive boards (5.4).

Peoples has been Notre Dame’s most efficient guard, shooting 45.7 percent on the year, which ranks 7th in the ACC.

If that wasn’t enough, Peoples is averaging 1.9 steals/game, which ranks 5th in the ACC.

ND FRESHMEN STACKING UP HISTORICALLY

Peoples, Brunelle and Gilbert (by eligibility) are on pace to etch their names in the Notre Dame freshmen record books. All three could end up in the top-10 scoring-average list. Gilbert leads the way with her 14.5 ppg, which would rank third. Brunelle averages 12.9, while Peoples averages 12.6.

AS A FRESHMAN

Player / Average / Season

  1. Beth Morgan / 17.9 / 1993-94
  2. Shari Matvey / 17.6 / 1979-80
  3. Alicia Ratay / 14.0 / 1999-00
  4. Skylar Diggins / 13.8 / 2009-10
  5. Brianna Turner / 13.78 / 2014-15
  6. Jacqueline Batteast / 13.77 / 2001-02
  7. Mary Beth Schueth / 13.0 / 1981-82
  8. Courtney LaVere / 12.8 / 2002-03
  9. Jewell Loyd / 12.5 / 2012-1310. Carrie Bates / 12.4 / 1981-82

In addition, Peoples’ rebounding effort this year (8.1 rpg) would place her third all-time on the freshmen list, ranking behind Shari Matvey (10.2) and Mary Beth Schueth (9.1).

PEOPLES’ RANK AMONG TRUE FRESHMEN

There are only six true freshmen in the country averaging over 12.5 ppg and 8 rpg: Anaya Peoples, Texas Tech’s Alexis Tucker, Evansville’s Abby Feit, UC Santa Barbara’s Ila Lane, South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston and Oregon State’s Taylor Jones. Of that group, Peoples does boast the most steals.

Furthermore, Peoples’ 12.6 ppg ranks 30th in the nation among true freshmen, while her 8.1 rpg ranks 12th.

TRENDING: DESTINEE WALKER

Since the turn of the new decade, Walker has posted the sixth highest scoring average in the ACC with her 18.3 ppg.

Count it up, it’s been six straight games in double figures for Walker, which includes three of 20+ points.  In fact, Walker leads the team with her four 20+ scoring games, which also ties her career best.

Ultimately, Walker is averaging 16.6 ppg in ACC play, which ranks 7th. Also, she’s converting 78.6 percent of her free throws in league play, which ranks 10th.

HEATING UP??

After suffering from a 1-of-15 stretch from three from Dec. 4-Jan. 2, Sam Brunelle is beginning to heat up from beyond the arc. Over the last three games, Brunelle has connected on 7-of-19 from deep, aka 36.8 percent.

WELCOME BACK VAUGHN

Vaughn suffered an ACL sprain in her right knee in the season opener and missed the next 11 games. The junior returned to the team for the start of ACC play, where she has provided a nice boost for the Irish.

Vaughn returned against Clemson on Dec. 29, but really settled in at Pitt (1/2) – tying her career high of 17 points, while almost earning a double-double with nine rebounds. Vaughn then carried momentum into Syracuse (1/5) with her first career double-double, recording 16 points and a career-high tying 11 boards.

She has been highly efficient from the field since returning, converting 58.5 percent from the floor. She has also been a beast on the offensive glass, reeling in at least five offensive rebounds in three of the last four games. In fact, her 3.2 offensive rebounds/game in ACC play ranks 5th.

Vaughn has garnered multiple blocks in four consecutive games. Her 2.0 blocks/game ranks 3rd in ACC play only.

In ACC play only: 15th in rebounds (6.4), 5th in offensive rebounds (3.2), 12th in steals (1.8) and 3rd in blocks (2.0).

FRESHMEN DUO SENSATION

Notre Dame women’s basketball has never seen the offensive output from two freshmen like this before – Peoples is averaging 12.6 ppg while Brunelle is at 12.9. There have only been only two other freshmen pairs in program history to finish the season with double-digit scoring averages:

— Arike Ogunbowale (11.4) and Marina Mabrey (10.7) in the 2015-16 season.

— Mary Beth Schueth (13.0) and Carrie Bates (12.4) were the first in the 1981-82 season.

Currently, Notre Dame, UTSA and Fresno State are the only three Division I programs with two true freshmen averaging over 13 points. UTSA is represented by Mikayla Woods (14.8) and Adryana Quezada (13.0), while Fresno State boasts the top pair with Hanna Cavinder (16.4) and Haley Cavinder (16.3).

IF ONLY THEY KEPT THE STAT

If charges taken was an official NCAA kept stat, Marta Sniezek could very well be atop the list in the nation.

The defensive catalyst of the team, Sniezek has taken 20 charges this season, which breaks the record set by Kristina Nelson during the 2017-18 championship season.

All-in-all, Sniezek has taken a charge in 10 straight contests.

Her most impressive week came on the Cancun trip. The Virginia native took a charge against FGCU, four against South Dakota State and then four again vs. USF in Cancun.

On a completely different defensive note – Sniezek is averaging 2.1 steals/game, which ranks 3rd in the ACC. The Virginia native captured a career high six steals at Syracuse on Jan. 5.

SNIEZEK DIMES

Sniezek is averaging 5.9 assists/game which ranks 10th in the nation and 2nd in the ACC –  only behind Virginia Tech’s Taja Cole (6.4). In addition, her 1.3 A/TO ratio ranks 13th in the league.

Sniezek boasts two double-digit assist performances, which ties UNC’s Shayla Bennett for the most in the league. Her 12-assist performance against No. 16 DePaul on Dec. 11, tied for the league high for an individual game.

In ACC play only, Sniezek is averaging 6.0 assists/game, which ranks 3rd.

 

Panthers LB Kuechly retiring after 8 seasons in NFL

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring from the NFL after eight seasons.

The 28-year-old Kuechly made the surprising announcement Tuesday night in a video posted on the team’s website. He said, “I think now is the right chance to move on.”

Kuechly was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro five times. However, he suffered three concussions during his career, which may have led to his decision.

On Nov. 17, 2016, Kuechly suffered a concussion after colliding with a Saints player. He left the game on a cart crying uncontrollably, a striking moment that shook the Panthers organization and players around the league and highlighted the NFL’s ongoing problem with brain injuries.

Kuechly fought back tears at times during his announcement. He did not specifically mention concussions but referenced the ongoing toll of the game on his body.

“It makes me sad because I love playing this game,” Kuechly said. “I’ve played it since I was a kid. It’s my favorite thing to do in the world. The memories I have from this place and this organization and being on the field with these guys, they will never go away. … There’s only one way to play this game since I was a little kid – play fast, play physical and play strong. At this point, I don’t know if I am able to do that anymore, and that’s the part that is the most difficult.

“I still want to play, but I don’t think it’s the right decision.”

Kuechly finishes his career with 1,092 tackles, which is the most by any player since coming into the league in 2012 as a first round pick out of Boston College.

Kuechly helped the Panthers win three NFC South titles and reach the Super Bowl after the 2015 season.

“While I wish we could have him for many more years, he has done everything the right way and we respect the decision he has made,” Panthers owner David Tepper said. “Luke is a once-in-a-generation player and someone we want every member of this organization to emulate.”

Kuechly said after the troubling 2016 injury that he wasn’t concerned about concussions affecting his future. He suffered a third concussion in 2017.

 

Antonio Gates announces retirement following 16-year career

Antonio Gates, who became one of the most prolific tight ends in the NFL without playing a down of college football, announced his retirement Tuesday.

Gates spent his entire 16-year career with the San Diego and Los Angeles Chargers. His 116 touchdown catches are the most by a tight end in league history.

“I never dreamed that I would play this game of football so long or how fortunate I would be to play it with just one organization,” he said in a statement. “I want to thank the Chargers organization, Dean Spanos and the Spanos family, and the National Football League for the opportunity to live out a dream and play the game I love.”

Gates, who did not play this season, will join the Chargers front office as a legends ambassador. He is the franchise leader in receptions (955), receiving yards (11,841) and touchdowns. His 220 regular-season games are second. He had eight seasons when he had eight or more touchdowns and 21 multi-TD games.

Among tight ends, Gates’ receptions and yards are third, and his games rank fourth. He was a three-time selection to the All-Pro team as well being picked for the Pro Bowl eight times. He will be eligible for consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame beginning with the Class of 2024.

“He no doubt is one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game. He is the master of a pivot three and a seven route. He ran all of the others pretty dang good also,” said Philip Rivers, whose 89 TD passes to Gates make them the most prolific QB-TE duo in league history. “He was so hard to cover that we had a `Gates Rule’ in the QB room. We would talk through the reads and the plays and they all had a `Gates Rule.’ It pretty much meant, if he is one on one, throw it there.”

Gates played football at Detroit Central High School. He originally went to Michigan State to play football and basketball but left when Nick Saban only wanted him to play football. He transferred to Eastern Michigan but would eventually end up at Kent State, where he led the school to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament in 2002.

His 6-foot-4 frame didn’t draw much interest from NBA scouts, but his hands and footwork did attract NFL scouts, who were aware of Gates’ high school career. He signed with the Chargers as an undrafted rookie in 2003 and made an immediate impact. The first of his 21 100-yard games came in a Week 9 win over Minnesota, the first by a Chargers rookie since Wayne Walker in 1989.

 

Seahawks face free agency questions beginning with Clowney

When the Seattle Seahawks head into free agency, it’s clear where their focus will need to be.

The line of scrimmage must be a priority for general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll with several significant players that are pending free agents for the Seahawks.

Seattle has 19 total unrestricted free agents going into the offseason and is expected to have close to $70 million in salary cap space heading into free agency. It’s a massive spending sum for the Seahawks compared to previous years and could end up being eaten up by several of their own free agents.

The free agent class is highlighted by a pair of defensive linemen in Jadeveon Clowney and Jarran Reed.

Clowney may not have posted eye-popping numbers but his acquisition from Houston right before the start of the regular season was viewed as a success in the Seattle locker room. Clowney had a handful of games when he was the best defensive player on the field for Seattle, and played half the season with a core muscle injury that will require surgery in the coming days.

Clowney said after the loss to Green Bay on Sunday his priority is to play for a team with a chance to win a Super Bowl. Whether that team is Seattle will be determined by whether Clowney wants to test free agency. He won over Seattle’s locker room, but where his price tag ends up will ultimately determine if the Seahawks even become a suitor.

His style doesn’t fit the profile of a traditional edge rusher and his sack numbers reflect that. But whether a team sees his value as an all-around disrupter may ultimately determine how much he earns. DeMarcus Lawrence was the highest-paid defensive end – by yearly average – at $21 million this season.

“I just want to win. I’m trying to get to a Super Bowl, by any means,” Clowney told reporters after Sunday’s loss to Green Bay. “That’s what I’m looking for. Who gonna get me there? I ain’t looking to get on no sorry team for no money. That ain’t gonna fly.”

In theory, Clowney fits with Seattle no matter what. But Carroll hinted to some potential schematic changes to Seattle’s defense going into next season, which could change some of Seattle’s needs.

Run stoppers will always be needed and why Reed likely is near the top of Seattle’s priority list. Reed had 10 ½ sacks last year, but this season was limited to two sacks after being suspended the first six games of the season.

Reed said he had no feel if he’d be back but wants to return to the only team he’s played for.

 

Tom Brady reportedly cleaned out Gillette Stadium suite, moved out of Massachusetts

Tom Brady is scheduled to become a free agent for the first time in his NFL career in just two short months, and the quarterback continues to make decisions in his personal life that have New England Patriots fans panicking.

WEEI’s Greg Hill, who conducted a weekly interview with Brady during the season, shared some interesting information on Tuesday morning about Brady seemingly distancing himself from the Patriots. According to Hill, the suite Brady’s family typically occupies at Gillette Stadium has been “cleaned out in a way that perhaps it has never been cleaned out before.” The 42-year-old has also reportedly already moved out of his home in Brookline, Mass.

Brady and his wife Gisele listed their Brookline home for sale back in October and have since purchased a home in Greenwich, Conn. Hill was told the Brady family has already moved into the new home. Brady urged people several months ago to not read too much into his real estate transactions, but nothing has transpired since then to convince fans in New England that he will be back with the Patriots next season.

In fact, there have been more signs that Brady is setting the stage to leave the Pats. In addition to selling his Massachusetts mansion, the six-time Super Bowl champion also recently stepped down as the regional ambassador of his favorite local charity.

Things can change in a hurry, and Brady could be making all of these moves for posturing. He could also be preparing for retirement, even if retirement is still a few years away. Brady has so much money at this point that he could take a private helicopter to Gillette Stadium for work every day, so the location of his primary residence doesn’t mean a whole lot.

While some think Brady is trying to finally get a market value contract from the Patriots, we believe there is a different reason he is playing hardball with the team. Does he really want to start fresh somewhere at this point in his career? It seems highly unlikely, but it’s a story we have seen in the NFL before.

 

AP Source: Panthers tab LSU’s Brady as offensive coordinator

A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms on a contract to make LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady their new offensive coordinator.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Panthers have not confirmed the move.

Brady worked closely with Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow, who led the Tigers to a win over Clemson in the national championship game.

Brady is the first significant hire for new Panthers coach Matt Rhule.

The 30-year-old Brady will become the youngest offensive coordinator in the NFL.

Under Brady, LSU led the nation in points scored and yards passing while going 15-0 this season.

Brady previously worked as an assistant for Carolina’s biggest NFC South rival, the New Orleans Saints.

 

Broncos hire ex-Giants coach Pat Shurmur as play-caller

Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio hired former New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur as his offensive coordinator on Tuesday.

Shurmur becomes the Broncos’ fifth offensive play-caller in five seasons and inherits an attack that features youngsters Drew Lock, Dalton Risner, Noah Fant, Courtland Sutton and Phillip Lindsay but also needs a major makeover to challenge Kansas City’s supremacy in the AFC West.

Shurmur replaces Rich Scangarello, who struggled in his first season as an NFL play-caller in 2019 although the Broncos (7-9) won games behind three different starting quarterbacks, including the rookie Lock, who went 4-1 down the stretch.

Shurmur drew interest from several teams, including the Chicago Bears, after his firing two weeks ago by the Giants following a 4-12 finish in his second year.

In a statement, Fangio called Shurmur “an established play-caller with significant experience leading an offense as both a coordinator and head coach.”

“Having coached against Pat for a number of years, he’s always impressed me. His track record of developing younger players is outstanding,” Fangio said. “Pat brings a collaborative approach to working with the staff as well as a flexibility to adjust the offense to our players and opponents. We’re excited to add someone of his caliber to our coaching staff.”

Shurmur is the second member of Fangio’s staff with NFL head coaching experience, joining offensive line coach Mike Munchak.

A 32-year coaching veteran, Shurmur has 21 seasons of NFL experience, including the last 11 years as a head coach or offensive coordinator. He was head coach in Cleveland from 2011-12 and New York from 2018-19, where he fast-tracked the development of rookie QB Daniel Jones last season. He also served as interim coach for the Eagles at the end of 2015.

Shurmur also served as offensive coordinator with the Vikings (2016-17), Eagles (2013-15) and Rams (2009-10).

Fangio originally said he didn’t plan to change any of his coordinators but changed his mind two weeks later after reviewing the Broncos’ offense that managed fewer than 18 points a game and regressed in most categories under Scangarello’s watch.

 

Top draft choices Murray, Bosa make All-Rookie Team

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray and San Francisco edge rusher Nick Bosa, the top two selections in last year’s NFL draft, have made the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.

Also on the PFWA squad announced Tuesday are first-round selections Oakland running back Josh Jacobs; Denver tight end Noah Fant; Houston tackle Tytus Howard; defensive linemen Josh Allen of Jacksonville, Dexter Lawrence of the New York Giants, and Ed Oliver of Buffalo; linebackers Devin Bush of Pittsburgh and Devin White of Tampa Bay; and safety Darnell Savage of Green Bay.

New Orleans led the PFWA balloting with three members of the team: center Erik McCoy, cornerback Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, and punt returner Deonte Harris. In all 18 teams are represented among the 27 players selected.

The roster:

QB – Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

RB – Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders; Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

WR – A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans; Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins

TE – Noah Fant, Denver Broncos

C – Erik McCoy, New Orleans Saints

G – Elgton Jenkins, Green Bay Packers; Dalton Risner, Denver Broncos

T – Tytus Howard, Houston Texans; Jawaan Taylor, Jacksonville Jaguars

Defense

DL – Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars; Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers; Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants; Ed Oliver, Buffalo Bills

LB – Devin Bush, Pittsburgh Steelers; Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco 49ers; Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

CB – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, New Orleans Saints; Sean Murphy-Bunting, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

S – Darnell Savage, Green Bay Packers; Juan Thornhill, Kansas City Chiefs

Special Teams

PK – Austin Seibert, Cleveland Browns

P – Jamie Gillan, Cleveland Browns

KR – Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs

PR – Deonte Harris, New Orleans Saints

ST – Drue Tranquill, Los Angeles Chargers

 

Former NFL star Chad Johnson to try out for XFL as kicker

Chad Johnson was one of the best wide receivers in the NFL for a decade with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he now has an opportunity to continue his playing career in a much different role.

On Tuesday morning, Johnson tweeted that he has been invited to an XFL tryout in Houston that will be held next week. Teams will be getting a look at him as a placekicker.

No, this is not a joke. ESPN’s Kevin Seifert confirmed that the tryout is legitimate. The 42-year-old Johnson seems to be going into it with real expectations, too, as he said he is excited just to have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot at a new position.

Johnson is a huge soccer fan, and he actually can kick. He shared a video on Instagram last month that appeared to show him converting a 60-yard field goal.

Johnson has been offering his services to NFL teams as a kicker for years, and this is the closest he has ever gotten to actually making it happen. The odds are minuscule that he will ever kick in the NFL even if he does earn a spot with an XFL team, but you have to commend him for doing enough to land a tryout.

 

Ex-player sues Penn State over football hazing allegations

A former Penn State football player claims in a lawsuit that Nittany Lions players hazed him and other younger teammates by imitating sexual acts in the shower and invoking Jerry Sandusky’s name.

Isaiah Humphries filed the lawsuit Monday in Pennsylvania federal court against the university, head coach James Franklin and one former teammate.

University police conducted an investigation and turned over their results to the local district attorney, who declined to prosecute, Penn State said in a statement. The university said it conducted extensive interviews but found nothing to substantiate claims against Franklin or to indicate that anyone had been hazed.

The allegations include that older players said to younger ones, “I am going to Sandusky you.”

Sandusky was the team’s retired longtime defensive coordinator when he was convicted in 2012 of sexual abuse of 10 boys, including physical attacks on university property. He is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.

Sandusky’s arrest prompted the firing of Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno, and the university subsequently paid more than $100 million to people who said they had been abused by Sandusky.

Humphries’ lawyer, Steven Marino, said it took courage for his client to come forward.

“And he wants to be vindicated – he didn’t leave Penn State because he wanted to,” Marino said late Tuesday. “He left Penn State because he was harassed, bullied, humiliated. He wasn’t protected, like he was entitled to be.”

The lawsuit claims some of the older players would physically restrain younger players, taunt them and engage in mock sex acts. It further claims that starting in January 2018, several players “collectively orchestrated, participated in, directed and or facilitated a campaign to harass and haze lower classmen members of the Penn State football team,” including Humphries.

The AP does not generally name people who say they are victims of sexual abuse or similar crimes unless they consent to being identified, but Marino gave consent on his client’s behalf.

 

Jazz run winning streak to 10 with 118-107 victory over Nets

Rudy Gobert is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, as good a stopper as there is in the league.

Even he wouldn’t want to mess with the Utah Jazz right now.

“I wouldn’t like to guard ourselves,” he said.

The Brooklyn Nets didn’t enjoy it, either.

Joe Ingles matched his career high with 27 points, Gobert had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and the Jazz ran their winning streak to 10 games by beating the Nets 118-107 on Tuesday night.

Donovan Mitchell returned from a one-game absence with an illness to score 25 points – 14 in the fourth quarter – and Bojan Bogdanovic had 18 for the Jazz, who opened a 20-point lead and impressively turned back every attempt by the Nets to make it close.

“We’re in a groove,” Mitchell said.

Kyrie Irving had 32 points and a season-high 11 assists in his second game back from a shoulder injury, but it mostly seemed he was trying to shoot the Nets back into a game the Jazz weren’t going to let go of in what became their 15th win in 16 games.

“You look at them on film and watch a few of their games and there’s a reason why they’re 15-1 in their last 16,” Irving said.

The Nets were coming off their best defensive performance of the season, allowing season lows in points and field goal percentage (33%) in a 108-86 rout of Atlanta. But they could never get comfortable against a Jazz team that had Gobert rolling inside and plenty of good shooters on the outside. Ingles was 6 of 8 behind the arc and finished 10 of 14 overall, capitalizing on the space created by defenders worrying about Gobert near the rim or Mitchell attacking it.

“The bigs were so far back tonight it was kind of just like practice shots,” Ingles said. “Rudy was hitting great screens and we were able to kind of walk into it and shoot open 3s.”

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 17 points for the Nets, who had won two in a row.

Both teams started quickly, the Jazz opening 8 of 12 from the field and the Nets 7 of 10. But eventually Utah’s defense began to assert itself.

 

Crosby collects 4 points in return, Penguins rip Wild 7-3

Sidney Crosby stressed he wouldn’t try to get “too fancy” in his return from a two-month layoff following abdominal surgery.

It happened anyway. The fact most of the flash cam e from Crosby’s teammates during Pittsburgh’s 7-3 domination of Minnesota on Tuesday night is symbolic of just how far the Penguins have come during their captain’s extended absence.

Sure, Crosby delivered a sublime goal and three assists in his first game since Nov. 9. Yet he was just part of a dynamic attack that picked apart the Wild with ease. Evgeni Malkin scored twice and delivered a pretty no-look drop pass to set up Bryan Rust’s 19th goal of the season. Jared McCann scored for the fourth time in five games on a tap-in goal late in the first period that came at the end of a highlight-reel sequence in which John Marino feathered a cross-ice pass to Dominik Simon, who redirected it to McCann on the doorstep.

“It’s fun to compete and with the way we work too, being out there on the bench seeing it shift after shift, it’s a great way to play,” Crosby said. “Everyone’s involved and I think that’s tough for teams to play against.”

Crosby needed less than eight minutes to pick up his first point since before Halloween when he assisted on Malkin’s first goal of the night 7:57 into the game. Crosby added his sixth goal of the season in the third period when he slipped a backhand past Devan Dubnyk as the Penguins rolled to their fourth straight victory.

“Every player is important here in locker room but Sid is captain,” Malkin said. “He is our leader. He’s a great player, great teammate. You see tonight with him, it creates four lines. Power play is better. We’re lucky he’s back.”

Crosby skated 17:53 after missing 28 games and looked just as dangerous as ever as the Penguins pulled within four points of first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division.

“He’s been working so hard to kind of get back in game shape and get that speed back, get that conditioning back,” Rust said. “He’s obviously done a phenomenal job and I’m not surprised.”

Zach Parise scored twice and Marcus Foligno added his ninth for the Wild but Minnesota never really got back in it after spotting the Penguins a four-goal lead. Dubnyk finished with 22 saves, but the Wild fell to 1-5-1 in their last seven games.

 

BIG 10 HOCKEY: Michigan, Minnesota and Notre Dame Standouts Named Three Stars

First Star

Strauss Mann, Michigan

G – So. – Greenwich, Conn. – Business Administration

 

  • Led the Wolverines to a weekend sweep at No. 14/14 Notre Dame, highlighted by Michigan’s first-ever shutout at Compton Family Ice Arena
  • Recorded his second shutout of the season on Friday, turning aside all 32 shots faced in the 3-0 victory
  • Finished the series with 57 saves and a 0.50 goals-against average to go along with a conference-leading .983 save percentage
  • Earns his second career weekly award
  • Last Michigan honoree: Strauss Mann (Second Star) on Dec. 10, 2019
  • Last Michigan First Star honoree: Nolan Moyle (First Star) on Feb. 26, 2019

 

Second Star

Roman Ahcan, Wisconsin

F – So. – Savage, Minn. – Personal Finance

 

  • Led the conference with three points on a trio of goals in Wisconsin’s weekend split against No. 8/7 Ohio State
  • Netted the then-tying goal on Friday to give him a +1 rating on the night
  • Recorded the second two-goal game of his career on Saturday to guide the Badgers to a 5-2 victory
  • Earns his first career weekly honor
  • Last Wisconsin honoree: Alex Turcotte (Second Star) on Nov. 12, 2019

 

Third Star

Jared Moe, Minnesota

G – Fr. – New Prague, Minn. – Undeclared

 

  • Backstopped the Gophers for nearly 100 minutes last weekend, helping Minnesota pick up three points in a series split at No. 20/- Michigan State
  • Stopped all 28 shots faced to record his first collegiate shutout on Saturday night, including a third period breakaway and a 5-on-3 opportunity for the Spartans to close out the second period
  • Made 42 saves on the weekend, posting a .977 save percentage and a 0.60 goals-against average to record Minnesota’s first shutout since Nov. 17, 2018 (Eric Schierhorn vs. St. Lawrence) and the first road shutout in over two years
  • Earns his first career weekly award
  • Last Minnesota honoree: Jack LaFontaine (Second Star) on Jan. 7, 2020

 

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1967

LOS ANGELES – Bryan Bartlett (Bart) Starr, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, led his team to a 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs today in the first professional football game between the champions of the National and American Leagues.

Doubt about the outcome disappeared in the third quarter when Starr’s pretty passes made mere Indians out of the American League Chiefs and Green Bay scored twice. Those 14 points stretched Green Bay’s lead to 28-10 and during the final quarter many of the spectators in the crowd of 63,036 left Memorial Coliseum, which had been only two-thirds filled. The outcome served to settle the curiosity of the customers, who paid from $6 to $12 for tickets, and a television audience estimated at 60 million, regarding the worth of the Chiefs.

The final score was an honest one, meaning it correctly reflected what went on during the game. The great interest had led to naming the event the Super Bowl, but the contest was more ordinary than super.

Starr, methodical and unruffled as ever, completed 16 of 23 passes, six producing first downs on key third-down plays. Seven completions went to Max McGee, a 34-year-old substitute end who was in action only because Boyd Dowler, the regular, was hurt on the game’s sixth play. McGee scored two of Green Bay’s five touchdowns, the first one after an outstanding one-handed, hip-high catch of a pass thrown slightly behind him.

The Packers, who had been favored by two touchdowns, knew they were in a challenging game for at least half of the 2 1/2-hour contest. But in the second half the mighty Packer defense shut out the Chiefs, who were in the Green Bay half of the field only once-for one play. And they were only four yards into Packer territory. The Packers changed their defensive tactics for the second half. They had not blitzed their linebackers during the first two periods and the four rushing lineman were unable to get at Dawson. But the blitz came in the third period and Dawson found himself harassed.

The Super Bowl games will now go on year after year, but it may be some time before an American League team will be good enough to win one, especially if the National League champion comes from Green Bay.

The American Football League completed its merger with the N.F.L. in 1970, as the Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to join former A.F.L. teams in a 13-team American Football Conference. The remaining N.F.L. teams composed a 13- team N.F.C. Roman numeral designation of Super Bowls began in 1969, when the Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1936       Horace Stoneham becomes president of the New York Giants, succeeding his dad, Charles, who died nine days ago. The 32 year-old will hold the position for the next 40 years before selling the team to Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth in 1976.

1942       “I honestly feel it would be best for the country to keep baseball going.” – U.S. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, responding to Commissioner Landis inquiry about the sport’s future. In his famous ‘Green Light letter,’ President Franklin D. Roosevelt answers Commissioner Landis’s query about playing baseball in the wake of the Second World War. FDR responds he believes playing the sport would be good for Americans and encourages the owners to have more games at night to give war workers an opportunity to attend games.

1957       The Kratter Corporation grants Walter O’Malley an additional two years on the three-year lease on Ebbets Field agreed to last year. The new timeline means the ball club has a home in Brooklyn until 1961, but the Dodgers owner’s uncertainty about L.A’s ability to secure the land needed to build a stadium if the team moved to the West Coast may have prompted the extension.

1958       The Yankees announce an unprecedented 140 games will be televised this season on WPIX in a package reportedly worth significantly more than a million dollars. The decision to telecast such a large number of games, including 63 road contests, was prompted by the departure of the Dodgers and Giants to California.

1964       Willie Mays, the highest paid player in baseball, signs the $105,000 contract offered by the Giants. The perennial All-Star center fielder will have another outstanding season, batting .308, hitting 40 home runs, and driving in 123 runs for the Jints.

1964       Baseball’s executives select New York City as the site of the game’s inaugural free-agent draft, a controversial measure approved during the winter meetings that gives teams with the worst records the earlier picks to the talented amateur players. With the first pick in the history of the draft, the A’s will select ASU outfielder Rick Monday when the process begins on June 8 at the Hotel Commodore.

1967       Tom Brown becomes the first major leaguer to play in the Super Bowl. The Green Bay defensive back, an outfielder and first baseman for the Senators in 1963, is best remembered for his last-minute interception of Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith’s Hail Mary pass in the NFL Championship game, making Green Bay a participant in the first-ever Super Bowl.

1981       Cardinal right-hander Bob Gibson, receiving 337 votes of the 401 BBWAA ballots cast (84%) in his first year of eligibility, is the only player elected to the Hall of Fame this year. Players falling short of the votes needed include well-known Dodgers Don Drysdale and Gil Hodges, as well as Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew.

1990       Free agent Cecil Fielder, returning from a stint in Japan where he hit 38 homers for the Hanshin Tigers, signs a one-year deal worth $1,250,000 with Detroit. ‘Big Daddy,’ father of future major leaguer Prince, will hit 245 home runs and drive in 758 runs during his seven seasons in the Motor City.

1994       During their winter fan festival, the Brewers unveil a new logo and different team colors, with navy, green, and metallic gold replacing the current royal blue and yellow. The changes, the first since the start of the 1978 season, also include Germanic lettering in place of the standard block, and the addition of the first alternate uniform in the club’s history, a navy jersey with the club’s primary logo below the word Brewers across the chest.

2002       The Braves trade outfielder Brian Jordan (.295, 25, 97), pitcher Odalis Perez (7-8, 4.91), and a minor leaguer to the Dodgers to acquire All-Star outfielder Gary Sheffield (.311, 36, 100). The deal ends Sheffield’s stormy four-year tenure with L.A.

2008       At the Congressional hearing concerning the Mitchell Report, Representatives Henry Waxman and Tom Davis announce they have sent a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey to investigate if Miguel Tejada lied to House committee staff when questioned about Oriole teammate Rafael Palmeiro’s use of steroids. The former American League MVP, traded to the Astros in the offseason, could face jail time if found guilty because making false statements to Congress is a felony.

2009       Derek Lowe signs a four-year deal with the Braves reportedly worth $60 million. The 35 year-old right-hander will be the ace of Atlanta’s new-look rotation that includes the recently acquired Javier Vazquez, Jair Jurrjens, and Kenshin Kawakami, who pitched in Japan last season for the Chunichi Dragons.

2009       The Brewers, avoiding arbitration, agree to a $4 million, one-year deal with Dave Bush, who finished the season strong, posting a 7-3 record with a 3.23 ERA in his final 18 regular season starts. The 29 year-old right-hander was the only Milwaukee pitcher to win a postseason game when the team beat Philadelphia at Miller Park, 4-1, in Game 3 of the ALDS.

2009       The Padres sign 33 year-old veteran infielder David Eckstein to a one-year contract worth $850,000 with an additional $150,000 available in incentives. The 2006 World Series MVP, who split last season, playing mostly shortstop in 94 games, with the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks, agreed to the discounted deal with San Diego on the condition that he would play primarily second base for the Friars.

2009       The Dodgers, who had restructured Andruw Jones’s contract earlier in the month, put their expensive center fielder on waivers rather than pursuing a trade for the five-time All-Star. The highest-paid player in the franchise history, who signed a two-year, $36.2 million deal during the 2007 offseason, was a complete bust in his one season with the team, hitting a meager .158 with just three home runs and 14 RBIs in 209 at-bats.

2010       The Mets and John Maine (7-6, 4.43) come to terms on a one-year, $3.3 million deal just after the right-hander filed for arbitration. New York’s projected number three starter was limited to 15 games last season, due to the lingering weakness from a 2008 surgery that removed a bony growth from the socket of his right shoulder.

2010       Avoiding salary arbitration, Matt Kemp (.297, 26, 101) and the Dodgers agree to a rare multi-year offer that will pay the center fielder $10.95 million over the next two seasons. The 25 year-old Oklahoman, considered a core player in the team’s future, won the Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger awards playing for the National League West champs last season.

2013       After watching their bullpen implode in the NLDS last season, the Nationals sign Rafael Soriano to a two-year, $28 million deal to be the club’s closer. The 33 year-old right-handed reliever, who had a league-leading 45 saves for the Rays in 2011, filled in for the injured Mariano Rivera last season and saved 42 games for the Yankees.

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 36 6 .857 19-2 17-4 10-0 21-3 9-1 4 W
Boston 27 11 .711 7.0 16-3 11-8 6-5 19-7 6-4 2 W
Miami 27 12 .692 7.5 17-1 10-11 5-2 19-6 6-4 2 L
Toronto 25 14 .641 9.5 14-7 11-7 5-3 18-7 4-6 1 L
Indiana 25 15 .625 10.0 16-5 9-10 4-6 18-11 5-5 2 W
Philadelphia 25 16 .610 10.5 18-2 7-14 6-2 17-9 4-6 2 L
Orlando 19 21 .475 16.0 13-8 6-13 5-2 13-11 6-4 1 W
Brooklyn 18 21 .462 16.5 11-9 7-12 4-4 12-10 2-8 1 L
Charlotte 15 28 .349 21.5 7-13 8-15 1-3 10-16 2-8 5 L
10 Chicago 14 27 .341 21.5 7-14 7-13 4-6 10-17 2-8 1 L
11 Detroit 14 27 .341 21.5 8-13 6-14 5-8 10-20 3-7 3 L
12 Washington 13 26 .333 21.5 8-11 5-15 3-6 8-14 4-6 1 L
13 Cleveland 12 29 .293 23.5 6-14 6-15 3-6 7-22 3-7 2 L
14 New York 11 30 .268 24.5 6-13 5-17 1-8 6-19 4-6 1 L
15 Atlanta 9 32 .220 26.5 5-14 4-18 3-4 5-21 3-7 1 W
Western Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 33 7 .825 16-4 17-3 4-2 22-4 9-1 9 W
Utah 28 12 .700 5.0 15-3 13-9 4-2 15-7 10-0 10 W
Denver 27 12 .692 5.5 16-5 11-7 5-0 16-6 6-4 1 W
LA Clippers 28 13 .683 5.5 18-4 10-9 6-1 17-10 6-4 1 W
Houston 26 13 .667 6.5 14-4 12-9 4-4 15-9 6-4 1 L
Dallas 25 15 .625 8.0 12-10 13-5 7-0 14-8 5-5 2 W
Oklahoma City 23 17 .575 10.0 13-7 10-10 4-4 16-12 8-2 1 W
Memphis 19 22 .463 14.5 11-12 8-10 3-3 14-14 8-2 6 W
San Antonio 17 21 .447 15.0 11-9 6-12 2-5 9-13 6-4 1 W
10 Portland 17 24 .415 16.5 9-10 8-14 3-5 9-16 3-7 1 W
11 Phoenix 16 24 .400 17.0 9-14 7-10 4-6 9-19 5-5 1 L
12 Minnesota 15 24 .385 17.5 6-12 9-12 2-7 7-19 5-5 2 L
13 Sacramento 15 25 .375 18.0 8-12 7-13 4-4 11-14 3-7 2 L
14 New Orleans 15 26 .366 18.5 7-12 8-14 1-5 10-16 7-3 1 W
15 Golden State 9 33 .214 25.0 6-14 3-19 1-6 7-24 1-9 9 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

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