BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Richmond 85 Indianapolis Herron 56…Stephen Douglas 22 7 asst, Dorian Hill 15, Phoenix Michaels 12, Ty Harris 11 8asst
Westfield 65 Kokomo 30
Lafayette Jeff 88 West Lafayette 20
Anderson 67 New Castle 41
Franklin County 51 Centerville 33
Blackford 87 Blue River 43
Muncie Burris 83 Lincoln 78
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Kokomo 44 Peru 24
Pioneer 48 Logansport 29
Eastern Hancock 47 Hagerstown 39
Greensburg 59 Connersville 32
Winchester 83 Monroe Central 16
Blue River 77 Wes-Del 25
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TOP 25
#5 Texas A&M 31 Auburn 20
Rice 20 #21 Marshall 0
#4 Ohio State 52 Michigan State 12
#17 North Carolina 49 Western Carolina 9
TCU 29 #15 Oklahoma State 22
#2 Notre Dame 45 Syracuse 21
#19 Iowa 35 Illinois 21
#9 Iowa State 42 West Virginia 6
#24 Tulsa 19 Navy 6
#6 Florida 31 Tennessee 19
#12 Indiana 14 #16 Wisconsin 6
Stanford 31 #22 Washington 26
#18 Coastal Carolina 22 #13 BYU 17
California 21 #23 Oregon 17
#3 Clemson 45 Virginia Tech 10
#10 Miami Florida 48 Duke 0
#1 Alabama 55 LSU 17
#11 Oklahoma 27 Baylor 14
Texas 69 Kansas State 31
Missouri 50 Arkansas 48
Nebraska 37 Purdue 27
Toledo 41 Northern Illinois 24
Penn State 23 Rutgers 7
Texas Tech 16 Kansas 13
Tulane 35 Memphis 21
Akron 31 Bowling Green 3
Ball State 45 Central Michigan 20
Eastern Michigan 53 Western Michigan 42
Arkansas State 48 Louisiana Monroe 15
Virginia 43 Boston College 32
North Carolina State 23 Georgia Tech 13
Georgia Southern 20 Florida Atlantic 3
San Jose State 35 Hawaii 24
San Diego State 29 Colorado State 17
Colorado 24 Arizona 13
Kentucky 41 South Carolina 18
Nevada 37 Fresno State 26
New Mexico 17 Wyoming 16
UCLA 25 Arizona State 18
Utah 30 Oregon State 24
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#7 Kansas 65 North Dakota State 61
#10 Houston 77 South Carolina 67
Ball State 68 Illinois Chicago 66
SMU 66 Dayton 64
Loyola Chicago 76 Lewis College 48
Eastern Illinois 93 Green Bay 91 2OT
Wright State 71 Miami Ohio 47
Northwestern 111 Chicago State 66
Murray State 76 Illinois State 65
Pittsburgh 89 Northern Illinois 59
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 10
#2 Stanford 101 UNLV 54
South Florida 67 #6 Mississippi State 63 OT
Indiana State 84 Murray State 80
Florida 81 Cincinnati 58
Evansville 70 Fort Wayne 60
Toledo 75 Detroit 65
Iowa 85 Wisconsin 78
Ball State 58 Western Kentucky 54
Northern Illinois 79 Western Illinois 67
Providence 73 Butler 52
Western Michigan 80 Illinois Chicago 76
MADISON, Wisc. – The No. 12 Indiana Hoosiers (6-1, 6-1 Big Ten) defeated the No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers (2-2, 2-2 Big Ten) on Saturday evening by a score of 14-6 at Camp Randall Stadium.
IU has secured three victories against top-25 teams this season, tying the program record (1945) after winning home games against No. 8/7 Penn State (36-35 OT) and No. 23/25 Michigan (38-21).
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jack Tuttle completed 13-of-21 passes for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Hoosiers.
Adrian Martinez got the job done with both his arm and his feet Saturday.
Martinez, who was benched as starter earlier in the season, started and ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to help Nebraska to a 37-27 victory over Purdue.
Martinez completed 23 of 30 passes for 242 yards and rushed for another 45 yards.
“It’s always nice to win especially on the road,” Martinez said. “I think this team proving we are capable of winning in a style like that is huge for us. This is something we can continue to build on.”
Nebraska coach Scott Frost said the plan was to play Luke McCaffrey at quarterback, too, but the offense had momentum with Martinez at the controls.
McCaffrey did come in briefly in the second half when Frost said Martinez was “nicked up.” McCaffrey completed his only pass for 11 yards.
Both teams are 2-4 in the Big Ten-only schedule.
Cornhuskers receiver Wan’Dale Robinson caught nine passes for 114 yards.
Ian Book threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores in his final home game at Notre Dame, leading the second-ranked Fighting Irish to a 45-21 victory against Syracuse on Saturday.
The fifth-year senior led the Irish to a victory as a starter for the 30th time, the most ever for a Notre Dame quarterback. The Irish (10-0, 9-0 ACC, CFP No. 2) ran their winning streak to 16 games, best on the country, and their home winning streak to 24.
“It’s hard doing any 24 things consecutively – I have trouble doing two in a row.,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly joked after his team provided him with his 102nd victory in South Bend, three behind all-time Irish leader Knute Rockne. “It was about finishing for our seniors with a win at home and getting Ian into the record books as the winningest quarterback at Notre Dame.”
Next up for the Irish, who are playing this season in a pandemic as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, is the Dec. 19 league championship game in Charlotte, North Carolina. It will be a rematch against No. 4 Clemson if the Tigers beat Virginia Tech later Saturday.
Book was 24 for 37 for 285 yards, with touchdown passes of 21, 28 and 26 to Javon McKinley, who had seven receptions for 111 yards.
Justin Fields threw for two touchdowns and Haskell Garrett scored on an interception to lift No. 3 Ohio State to an easy 52-12 victory over Michigan State on Saturday.
The Buckeyes (5-0, 5-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) were able to take the field after a coronavirus-related cancellation the previous weekend. They were without coach Ryan Day and a few other members of the staff. Ohio State also had a list of 23 unavailable players, but none of that seemed to faze the Buckeyes.
Fields also ran for two touchdowns, and the Buckeyes led 28-0 at halftime. Now the big question is whether Ohio State’s regular-season finale against Michigan next weekend will be played. The Wolverines did not play this weekend for virus-related reasons.
The concern for the Buckeyes is that they could fall short of the six-game threshold to be eligible for the Big Ten title game.
Michigan State (2-4, 2-4) was coming off a win over another undefeated team – Northwestern – but the Spartans were overmatched Saturday. Rocky Lombardi was shaken up and left the game after being sacked in the second quarter, and by that time, the rout was already on.
It was 21-0 when Michigan State was backed up near its own goal line. Lombardi’s pass was tipped and intercepted in the end zone by Garrett. The Ohio State defensive lineman has been able to play this season after being shot in the face while trying to break up an argument on a street near campus in August.
Drew Plitt threw for 366 yards and accounted for five touchdowns and Ball State overwhelmed Central Michigan 45-20 on Saturday.
The win moved the Cardinals (4-1, 4-1 Mid-American Conference) into a first-place tie in the MAC’s West Division with Western Michigan and ended the Chippewas’ (3-2, 3-2) hopes of defending last year’s division title.
Plitt threw a 20-yard score to Yo’Heinz Tyler near the end of the first quarter to give Ball State a 10-0 lead. Central Michigan countered when Ty Brock threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Kalil Pimpleton seven seconds into the second quarter.
After each team punted twice, Ball State took control of the game when Plitt ran it in from 12 yards out. The Cardinals’ defense forced a three-and-out, and their offense followed with a 54-yard scoring drive that ended when Plitt found Dylan Koch from five yards out with 13 seconds before halftime for a 24-7 lead.
Ball State amassed 519 yards of offense and went 12 for 20 on third-down conversions.
Brock threw for 188 yards and a pair of scores but was intercepted twice.
Rice was offended when Marshall’s offense stayed on the field on fourth down inside the Owls’ 30-yard line on the first series of the game.
The Rice defense held – and took its frustrations out on the Thundering Herd the rest of the game.
Safety Naeem Smith returned one of five Marshall interceptions for a touchdown and Rice shocked the 15th-ranked Thundering Herd 20-0 on Saturday for their first loss.
The three-touchdown underdog Owls (2-2, 2-2 Conference USA) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 1997 despite being without their two top offensive weapons and getting outgained 245 yards to 213.
“I think this is a huge statement about what Rice could be,” said Owls linebacker Blaze Alldredge, who also had an interception. “We’re all underdogs here. We all have chips on our shoulders. But we all believe we can play with anybody.”
Alldredge said the Rice sideline did not like Marshall’s decision to go for it on fourth down right off the bat.
“You have them come out and disrespect us and take the ball and then go for it on fourth down and kind of act like they’re better than us?” Alldredge said. “We showed them today they’re not.”
Marshall (7-1, 4-1, No. 21 CFP) saw the end of its bid to keep a perfect season going.
Austin Jones rushed for a pair of first-half touchdowns, Davis Mills threw a 3-yard scoring pass to Scooter Harrington early in the second half, and Stanford held off No. 23 Washington’s second-half comeback in a 31-26 victory Saturday.
A crazy week for Stanford that saw the Cardinal forced away from campus in California to continue their season ended with their first victory over the Huskies in Seattle since 2014. Stanford relocated its entire program from the Bay Area to Seattle this week, used a high school for practice and even had its Friday walkthrough in a public park in the suburb of Bellevue, just across Lake Washington from Husky Stadium.
The Cardinal (2-2 Pac-12) will remain on the road before next week’s game against Oregon State.
Mills was solid and had a pair of huge third-down conversion throws on Stanford’s final drive, hitting Semi Fehoko on both to convert third-and-10 and third-and-11. The Cardinal ran the final 7:54 off the clock with a 14-play drive that was capped by Jones’ 3-yard run on fourth-and-1.
Stanford was 10 of 13 on third downs and 2-for-2 on fourth down.
Mills was 20 of 30 passing for 252 yards. Jones finished with 138 yards on 31 carries.
Washington (3-1) will still likely have a chance at the Pac-12 North title if it can win at Oregon next week. But for the second straight week, the Huskies had a terrible first half and unlike last week’s comeback victory over Utah, Washington fell short trying to rally again from a 21-point halftime deficit.
Trevor Lawrence had two touchdown runs and threw a scoring pass and No. 4 Clemson beat Virginia Tech 45-10 on Saturday to set up a rematch against No. 2 Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
The Tigers (9-1, 8-1) ended their regular-season schedule with a chance for a sixth consecutive conference title and revenge against Notre Dame after a 47-40 loss in South Bend on Nov. 7 when Lawrence was sidelined by COVID-19.
Against the Hokies (4-6, 4-5), Lawrence completed 12 of 22 for 195 yards with an interception. He ran for 41 yards.
Clemson took a 17-10 lead in the second quarter on Lyn-J Dixon’s 19-yard touchdown run, and added 28 more in the second half, with Lawrence scoring on a 7-yard run and throwing a 65-yard touchdown pass to Cornell Powell.
Derion Kendrick returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown, and the Tigers scored off another turnover.
Virginia Tech played three quarterbacks because of injuries, turned the ball over three times and rushed for a season-low 131 yards.
Clemson: The Tigers committed to running the ball, and it paid off. They entered ranked 11th in the ACC in rushing offense, but their 238 yards were their second-most in a game this season. A rushing attack, a great quarterback, and a stout defense are a nice combination heading into postseason play.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies have played in 27 consecutive bowl games, which represents the nation’s longest active streak, but they may see that come to an end. They’ve lost four straight games and five of six, and they’ve allowed 39 points per game in their losses. Even with the NCAA waiving the six-win requirement for bowl eligibility, Virginia Tech probably hasn’t warranted being selected.
The Tigers should remain at No. 4 in The Associated Press poll and should stay in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings.
Clemson: Vs. Notre Dame in the ACC championship came on Dec. 19 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Virginia Tech: Hosts Virginia next Saturday in the regular-season finale.
Shane Beamer, the son of legendary Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, is expected to become the head coach at South Carolina, sources told Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.
Beamer has been at Oklahoma since 2018, coaching tight ends and running backs while serving as the assistant head coach for offense to Lincoln Riley.
The 43-year-old worked at South Carolina from 2007-10, coaching cornerbacks, linebackers, and special teams over that time. He’s worked with offensive and defensive position groups over his career and was a special teams coordinator at Georgia in addition to South Carolina.
The Gamecocks began searching for a new head coach after firing Will Muschamp on Nov. 15. They played to a 28-30 record over four-plus seasons with Muschamp in charge.
Louisville’s Scott Satterfield and Louisiana’s Billy Napier were among the other candidates for the South Carolina job, but both announced Saturday they are staying at their respective schools.
South Carolina hasn’t reached double digits in wins since 2013 when Steve Spurrier was at the helm.
NFL PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (7-4) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (4-7)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 6, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 27-9
STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 11/21/19: Colts 17 at Texans 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/21/19
QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 295 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs last week. Aims for 4th in row w/ 275+ pass yards & 3rd in row w/ 2+ TD passes. Passed for 318 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.5 rating in his last game vs. Hou. (9/22/19 w/ LAC). Has 16 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 121.4 rating in 5 career games vs. Hou. Aims for 3rd in row on road w/ 0 INTs & 105+ rating. QB JACOBY BRISSETT rushed for 2 TDs last week. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR ranks 5th among rookies with 745 scrimmage yards (518 rush, 227 rec.) this season. RB NYHEIM HINES led team with 95 scrimmage yards (career-high 66 rec., 29 rush) & 8 catches last week. Has 95+ scrimmage yards & 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Rushed for 51 yards in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 2+ TDs. • WR T.Y. HILTON had 4 catches for season-high 81 yards & 1st TD catch of season last week. Has 5+ catches & 175+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at Hou. Has 408 rec. yards this season & is 1 of 3 in NFL (JULIO JONES & EMMANUEL SANDERS) with 400+ rec. yards in each of past 9 seasons. WR ZACH PASCAL has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. Hou. TE TREY BURTON aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. • LB DARIUS LEONARD led team with 14 tackles & had sack & PD last week. Aims for 6th in row with 6+ tackles & 3rd in row with PD. Had FF in last meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Hou. DE JUSTIN HOUSTON has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. Hou. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had sack in only career game vs. Hou. (12/10/17 with SF). DT TYQUAN LEWIS had 5 tackles, TFL & PD in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 2+ TFL.
QB DESHAUN WATSON completed 17 of 25 passes (68 pct.) for 318 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 150.4 rating last week. Aims for 7th in row with TD pass, 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Passed for 298 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 104.6 rating in last meeting. Has 10 TDs (9 pass 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 114.1 rating in past 4 at home. Has 118.4 rating since Week 3, highest in NFL. • RB DUKE JOHNSON had season-high 80 scrimmage yards (43 rec., 37 rush) & TD catch last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ind. Has 2,752 rec. yards since 2015, 2nd-most among RBs. RB C.J. PROSISE had 1st TD catch of season last week. • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 5 catches for 85 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 81 yards in only career game vs. Ind. (10/25/15 with NO). Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC South with TD catch. WR KEKE COUTEE has 14 catches for 134 yards (67 per game) in 2 career games vs. Ind. • DE J.J. WATT had 19-yard INT-TD last week, his 6th-career TD (3 defense, 3 offense). Has 4 PD in past 2. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ind. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with sack. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had sack & PD in Week 12. LB TYRELL ADAMS had career highs in tackles (17) & FFs (2) & had PD last week, most tackles by player in single game this season. Aims for 8th in row with 6+ tackles. LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM aims for 4th in row with 9+ tackles. Has 11 games with 7+ tackles in 2020, most in NFL. LB NATE HALL had career-high 2 sacks & 1st-career FF last week. S JUSTIN REID aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles & sack.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Sherree Burruss (field reporter) SIRIUS: 106 (Ind), 132 (Hou) | XM: 386 (Ind), 231 (Hou)
NFL PREVIEW: CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-8-1) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-4)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 6, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 16-7
STREAKS: Bengals have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/22/19: Bengals 35 at Dolphins 38 (OT)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/19
QB BRANDON ALLEN completed 17 of 29 passes (58.6 pct.) for 136 yards & TD vs. INT in 1st start of season last week. • RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 49 scrimmage yards (32 rush, 17 rec.) last week. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 career games at Mia. Has 484 scrimmage yards this season (261 rec., 223 rush) & is 1 of 2 RBs (FRANK GORE) with 400+ scrimmage yards in each of last 8 seasons. • WR TYLER BOYD has 5+ catches in 5 of past 6. Had 9 catches for 128 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 6+ catches. Ranks 4th in AFC with 72 catches & is 1 of 5 WRs with 70+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. WR A.J. GREEN aims for his 4th in row vs. Mia. with 6+ catches & 110+ rec. yards. Has 36 catches for 478 yards (119.5 per game) & 2 TDs in 4 career games vs. Mia. Has 301 rec. yards (150.5 per game) in his past 2 vs. AFC East. Rookie WR TEE HIGGINS led team with 5 catches for 44 yards & TD last week. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Has 5+ catches in 5 of past 6. Has 115+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 on road. Ranks 2nd among rookies in rec. yards (673), & 3rd in catches (48) & rec. TDs. (5). • S JESSIE BATES had 7 tackles last week & has 7+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 6th in row on road with PD. Has INT in 2 of past 3 on road. Had FF & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with PD. S VONN BELL had 10 tackles, TFL, FF & FR in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles & TFL. Aims for 4th in row with PD. LB JOSH BYNES had 7 tackles, TFL & season high 2 PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles.
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA (rookie) aims for his 5th start in row with TD pass & 0 INTs. Has 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 2 of his past 3. QB RYAN FITZPATRICK completed 24 of 39 passes (61.5 pct.) for 257 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 97.9 rating last week. Aims for his 4th start in row with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Passed for 419 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 103 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 90+ rating in 2 of 3 home starts this season. • RB SALVON AHMED (rookie) aims for his 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. RB DEANDRE WASHINGTON had 60 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 11 rec.) last week. RB MATT BREIDA had 53 scrimmage yards (36 rush, 17 rec.) last week. Rushed for 121 yards in only career game vs. Cin. (9/15/19 with SF). Has 125+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC North. • WR DEVANTE PARKER led team with 8 catches for season-high 119 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 111 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. TEs MIKE GESICKI & ADAM SHAHEEN each had TD catch in Week 12. Gesicki had 82 rec. yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD aims for 4th in row with 2+ PD & INT. Has 4 PD & INT in his past 3 vs. AFC North. Leads NFL with 7 INTs & ranks tied-2nd with 15 PD. Rookie S BRANDON JONES had 1st-career sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. CB NIK NEEDHAM had 5 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 12. Aims for 4th in row with PD. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had 5 tackles last week. Aims for his 5th in row at home with sack.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Cin), 146 (Mia) | XM: 387 (Cin), 232 (Mia)
NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND BROWNS (8-3) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (8-3)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 6, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Browns lead all-time series, 35-31
STREAKS: Titans have won past 3
LAST GAME: 9/8/19: Browns 13 at Titans 43
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/16/16: Titans 28, Browns 26
QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 19 of 29 passes (65.5 pct.) for 258 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 0 INTs. Passed for 285 yards in last meeting. Has 2 TD passes in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on road. • RB NICK CHUBB had season-high 176 scrimmage yards (144 rush, 32 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 110+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Rushed for 75 yards in last meeting. Has 459 scrimmage yards (114.8 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. AFC South. RB KAREEM HUNT rushed for 62 yards last week. Has 60+ rush yards in 4 of past 5. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. AFC South. Chubb (719) & Hunt (706) only pair of teammates each with 700+ rush yards this season. • WR JARVIS LANDRY set season highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (143) & had 1st TD catch of season last week. Had 67 rec. yards in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 5+ catches. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 2nd TD catch of season in Week 12. Had 9 catches for career-high 130 yards in only career game vs. Ten. (9/29/19 with Atl.). Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 2 sacks in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with sack. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 9.5 sacks. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI had sack in last meeting. LB B.J. GOODSON had 6 tackles & PD last week. Had 9 tackles, TFL & PD in only career game vs. Ten. (12/16/18 with NYG). Aims for 3rd in row on road with 6+ tackles & PD. CB TERRANCE MITCHELL had 6 tackles & TFL last week.
QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for 221 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 108.3 rating & rushed for TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 215+ pass yards & 100+ rating. Passed for 319 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 93.9 rating in his last start vs. Cle. (9/25/16 with Mia.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Has 17 TDs (16 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 117.7 rating in 6 home games this season. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 178 yards & season-high 3 TDs last week, becoming 4th player in NFL history with 3 games with 175+ rush yards & 3+ rush TDs in 1st 5 seasons. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rush yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. Had 159 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 75 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC North with 75+ rush yards & rush TD. Leads NFL with 1,257 rush yards. • WR A.J. BROWN had 4 catches for 98 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Had 100 rec. yards in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row vs. AFC North with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 at home. WR COREY DAVIS aims for 3rd in row with 70+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 110+ rec. yards. • S KEVIN BYARD aims for 6th in row with 7+ tackles. Has 4 INTs in his past 2 vs. Cle. CB MALCOLM BUTLER had 38-yard INT-TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. CB BREON BORDERS had 1st-career INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. LB HAROLD LANDRY aims for 5th in row with TFL & 3rd in row with sack. DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had sack & PD in Week 12. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Cle), 137 (Ten) | XM: 383 (Cle), 228 (Ten)
NFL PREVIEW: DETROIT LIONS (4-7) AT CHICAGO BEARS (5-6)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 6, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 102-74-5
STREAKS: Bears have won past 5
LAST GAME: 9/13/20: Bears 27 at Lions 23
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/10/19: Bears 20, Lions 13
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 295 yards & TD vs. INT in Week 12. Passed for 297 yards & TD vs. INT in Week 1 meeting. Has 270+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 at Chi. Needs 124 pass yards & 2 TDs for 9th-career season with 3,000+ pass yards & 20+ TD passes. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 55 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 27 career games with 2+ rush TDs, tied with HOFer JIM BROWN (27) for 3rd-most in NFL history. Has 115 career rush TDs, 4th-most in NFL history. Has 1,888 scrimmage yards (118 per game) & 14 rush TDs in 16 career games vs. Chi. Aims for his 4th in row at Chi. with 100+ rush yards. Rookie RB D’ANDRE SWIFT has 3 rush TDs in his past 3 on road. Had rush TD in Week 1 meeting. RB KERRYON JOHNSON had season-high 98 scrimmage yards (52 rec., 46 rush) in Week 12. Had 89 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 38 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in only career game at Chi. (11/11/18). • TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 5 receptions for team-high 89 yards last week. Had 5 catches for 56 yards & TD in Week 1 meeting. Has 7 games with 50+ rec. yards this season, most among NFC TEs. WR MARVIN JONES led team with 6 receptions last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. Chi. WR MOHAMED SANU had 1st rec. TD of season last week. • LB JAMIE COLLINS had 5 tackles & FF last week. Since 2015, is 1 of 2 LBs (LAVONTE DAVID) with 15+ FFs (15) & 5+ INTs (9). DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 0.5 sacks in Week 12. Has PD in 3 of 4 games with Det. in 2020. CB DESMOND TRUFANT has 4 PD in his past 4 & aims for his 3rd in row with PD.
QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY passed for 242 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Passed for 242 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104. 2 rating in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Det. with 3+ TDs & 100+ rating. QB NICK FOLES has 270+ pass yards & 2+ TDs in 2 of his past 3 starts. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had season-high 143 scrimmage yards (103 rush, 40 rec.) & TD catch last week, his 3rd-career game with 100+ rush yards. Is 1 of 5 NFC RBs with 9+ games (9) of 50+ scrimmage yards this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON led team with 8 receptions for 74 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 8th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Has 5+ receptions & 70+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. Det. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 6+ receptions. Is 1 of 4 WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS, KEENAN ALLEN & TYLER LOCKETT) with 70+ receptions (71) & 5+ rec. TDs (5) this season. WR ANTHONY MILLER had 4 receptions for 76 yards & TD catch in Week 1 meeting. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had rec. TD in Week 1 meeting. • LB KHALIL MACK has 7 sacks in his past 8 at home. Since 2015, is 1 of 2 (CHANDLER JONES) with 60+ sacks (64) & 20+ FFs (21). Leads team with 6.5 sacks & is 1 of 3 (AARON DONALD & CAMERON JORDAN) with 6+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. DT AKIEM HICKS had sack in Week 1 meeting. LB ROQUAN SMITH has 4 sacks & 5 TFL in 5 career games vs. Det. Leads NFL with 15 TFL in 2020. Has 101 tackles, his 3rd-consecutive 100+ tackle season. CB BUSTER SKRINE lead team with 13 tackles last week. Had 2 PD in Week 1 meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 108 (Det), 136 (Chi) | XM: 385 (Det), 230 (Chi)
Free-agent linebacker Vontaze Burfict was arrested early Saturday morning in Nevada on a misdemeanor battery charge, according to Clark County court records obtained by ESPN.
Specifics regarding the incident that led to Burfict’s arrest weren’t immediately made available.
The 30-year-old was being held on $1,000 bond, and his hearing is scheduled for Monday.
Burfict hasn’t played since he was banned for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle in Week 4 of the 2019 season. It was the latest in a long line of illegal plays from the former Oakland Raiders defender.
The NFL reinstated the linebacker last winter, and Burfict claimed he was intent on changing his playing style in order to make a comeback.
Burfict’s 12-game ban constituted the longest punishment for an on-field act in league history.
Atlanta Falcons playmakers Julio Jones and Todd Gurley are expected to play in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints barring any pregame setbacks, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Jones has been dealing with a hamstring ailment and Gurley has a knee injury. Both were listed as questionable for Week 13.
Jones missed the Falcons’ Week 12 blowout win over the Las Vegas Raiders with left hamstring tightness. It’s the third game he’s missed this season.
Gurley also missed last week’s game.
The Falcons have won three of their last four games and are now 4-7 on the season.
There will be no bad blood between Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday night.
Bryant, now a member of the Baltimore Ravens, is prepared to battle his former team for the first time since the Cowboys released him in 2018 – but he harbors no ill will towards the organization.
“For the most part, it’s water under the bridge,” Bryant said, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “That’s two years. I had time to get myself together. You got to go forward with life because life isn’t going to wait on you. Time waits on no one. I had to get myself together and move forward.”
The veteran receiver spent the first eight years of his career in Dallas, recording three 1,000-yard seasons and three Pro Bowl nominations. Bryant also eclipsed double-digit figures in touchdowns on three occasions, including a league-leading 16 receiving touchdowns in 2014.
Bryant did not play in 2018 and 2019 following his release before the Ravens added him to their practice squad earlier this campaign. The 32-year-old quickly was elevated before he signed a contract to remain on the active roster, playing in three games thus far.
The former first-round receiver is eager to show his former team what he’s got left during Tuesday’s matchup.
“It’s cool. I’m excited. I’m looking forward to it. A lot of those guys on that team, I know, I’m real good friends with. I think when we line up across from one another, it’s going to be fun. It’s going to be an exciting moment,” Bryant added.
Bryant has caught four passes for 28 yards this year in his first game action since the 2017 season.
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The most anticipated game of the college basketball season to date has been canceled.
No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Baylor agreed not to play Saturday after two individuals within the Bulldogs program tested positive for COVID-19.
“Following surveillance testing for COVID-19, one student-athlete and one non-student-athlete of the Gonzaga men’s basketball travel party tested positive. The student-athlete did not play in Wednesday’s game against West Virginia,” the schools said in a joint statement.
Gonzaga and Baylor intend to attempt rescheduling the game after mutually agreeing not to play.
“We’re disappointed to not be able to play one of the most anticipated games of the season, but we are following the advice of public health officials,” Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and Baylor bench boss Scott Drew said.
“When we decided to play during a pandemic, our priorities were protecting the health and safety of student-athletes and following public health guidelines, and we’re proud of how both programs have held true to those promises,” the head coaches added.
Gonzaga is coming off wins against No. 7 Kansas, Auburn, and No. 11 West Virginia to open its season. Baylor was also entering the contest with a perfect 3-0 record following victories over LA-Lafayette, Washington, and No. 5 Illinois.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A border battle of two top 15 teams will highlight action on Sunday when No. 13 Indiana travels to No. 11 Kentucky. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
#13/15 INDIANA (2-0) AT #11/12 KENTUCKY (3-0)
Sunday, December 6, 2020 • 4 p.m. ET
Memorial Coliseum • Lexington, Ky.
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Kentucky is 3-0 after winning its matchup in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at Kansas State on Thursday night. It marked the debut for national player of the year and All-American junior guard Rhyne Howard. Chasity Peterson leads the way with 17.0 points per game and a team-high 4.0 steals per game. Forward Dre’Una Edwards also adds double figures with 15.0 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds per game. The Wildcats, who were picked to finish second in the SEC this season, are shooting 40.5 percent from the field through three games and averaging 72.0 points per contest.
Indiana leads 13-12
11/12/06 – W, 54-51 (Lexington, Ky.)
Indiana is coming off a 71-26 win over Samford on Thursday night, marking the fewest point scored by an opponent in the Teri Moren era and fewest by an opponent since 2004. Four players scored in double figures behind 13 points each from junior guard Grace Berger and sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes.
Holmes leads the way through two games for IU on the offensive end, averaging 19.5 points per game. Guards Ali Patberg and Grace Berger also average double figures for the Hoosiers, each scoring 15.0 points per game.
Sunday’s matchup of border rivals is the first in 14 years, as the two teams last met in 2006 where Indiana defeated Kentucky 54-51 in Lexington. The two teams played regular series meetings in the 80’s and 90’s, as IU holds the slight edge, 13-12.
Indiana has two Kentucky natives on the roster as it heads to Lexington on Sunday, with Louisville natives Berger (Sacred Heart) and senior guard Jaelynn Penn (Butler) each playing their first collegiate game in their home state. The duo each played part in the legendary high school Indiana vs. Kentucky All-Star games as respective seniors in 2017 and 2018.
Indiana selected to win the Big Ten this season in a vote by the conference’s head coaches and media. It marks the first time in school history the Hoosiers have been picked to win the Big Ten. In addition, Patberg and Berger were each preseason All-Big Ten selections.
IU will play its next game on Sunday, December 13 against Butler at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
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Elisa Pinzan scored two of her team-high 14 points on late free throws in overtime, and South Florida beat No. 6 Mississippi State 67-63 on Saturday night.
Bethy Mununga hit two free throws with 28.9 seconds left in OT to give South Florida a 65-63 lead.
Mississippi State’s Aliyah Matharu missed a layup and failed to score after getting her own rebound before Pinzan pushed the lead to the final four-point margin, hitting two free throws with 5.4 seconds to go.
Eight players scored to help USF (2-1) beat its first top-10 ranked opponent.
Rickea Jackson scrored 18 points for Mississippi State (2-1). Matharu finished with 17 and Jessika Carter added 15.
South Florida, considered a frontrunner in the American Athletic Conference following the departure of UConn to the Big East, completed a short stretch of consecutive games against teams ranked among the top six. The Bulls were coming off a 67-62 loss to No. 4 Baylor on Tuesday.
A tight fourth quarter saw the teams trade one-point leads before the session ended tied at 60.
After the Bulldogs took a six-point advantage in the third, Maria Alvarez hit a pair of 3?s as USF went on an 11-0 run and took a 52-47 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Matharu had a three-point play as Mississippi State opened the second half with a 7-0 run to up 38-36.
Sydni Harvey and Pinzan had seven points each as South Florida took a 36-31 at the half. The Bulls outscored Mississippi State 25-12 in the second quarter and held the Bulldogs without a field goal for seven minutes.
Mississippi State went 12 of 20 from the line in the first half, while USF converted 5 of 6 attempts.
The NBA will be implementing some of the strictest penalties we’ve seen against teams that violate the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps reported on the memo that went out around the league regarding the protocols for the upcoming season. Most notable is the potential punishment for teams who violate the protocol, and whose violations lead to other teams being impacted or changes in the schedule. In addition to fines and suspensions, the league says that forfeiture of draft picks or even games could be on the table.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that teams are “extremely aware” of these possible punishments, and they are considered a “huge concern” to be avoided. The league has taken note of how the NFL has come down hard on protocol violations.
The NBA would have a tougher time juggling schedule adjustments, as any outbreak on a team could impact multiple games. With that in mind, it’s understandable why forfeiture would be on the table. It’s also easy to see why the NBA would come down so hard on anything that violates protocol and leads to such an outbreak.
Errol Spence Jr. retained the IBF and WBC welterweight titles after defeating Danny Garcia via unanimous decision on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas.
Spence dominated the 12-round bout as he stayed a step ahead of Garcia for the duration. He landed 187 punches compared to Garcia’s 117.
It was the unified welterweight champ’s first fight since a split-decision victory over Shawn Porter in September 2019; Spence had suffered injuries after crashing his car that October. The 30-year-old was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was later charged with driving while intoxicated, according to Ben Baby of ESPN.
Spence remains undefeated, improving his professional record to 28-0 with his triumphant return to the ring.
The fight was originally scheduled for last January, but was postponed due to the car crash and again because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While there’s no word yet on who Spence’s next opponent may be, he received some congratulations from another high-profile welterweight.
Marvin Vettori earned the biggest win of his career in his first UFC main event Saturday night.
Vettori defeated top middleweight contender Jack Hermansson via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-45) in a back-and-forth war at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.
“I’m going to tell you the truth: I don’t feel great,” Vettori said in his postfight interview. “I don’t think I did a very good job. I feel like I can do much better.”
Hermansson was game, but Vettori’s precision and power on his feet made the difference. The Italian fighter landed the harder shots and did more damage throughout the five-round contest.
Vettori’s biggest moment came in the first round. He knocked down Hermansson and went for a submission, but “The Joker” survived the early onslaught and eventually returned to his feet.
Hermansson was more active in the third round, landing solid strikes in the stand-up department, and it seemed like Vettori was slowing down. But Vettori’s gas tank ultimately held up and he came out firing in the fourth and fifth round.
Hermansson went for broke in the final round, swinging wildly and looking for a knockout. But Vettori maintained control of the pace until the end of the bout.
There were a combined 286 significant strikes in the fight, which is the most in a UFC middleweight bout and second most at 185 pounds or heavier, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
With the victory, Vettori extended his winning streak to four. He entered the fight ranked No. 13 in the 185-pound division but will likely find himself inside the top five next week.
Hermansson, who’s now 1-2 in his past three outings, came in as the fourth-ranked contender.
Emiliano Grillo maintained his position atop the Mayakoba Golf Classic leaderboard after shooting 68 in Round 3 but saw his lead dwindle to one shot with 18 holes remaining.
The Argentine entered Saturday’s round with a four-shot edge and carded five birdies. However, a number of chasers narrowed the gap with brilliant showings at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, including Viktor Hovland and Justin Thomas.
Hovland rebounded from an opening-hole bogey to fire an 8-under 63. He birdied four of his final six holes to secure his place in Sunday’s final group.
Thomas vaulted into contention with the lowest score of Round 3. His 63 put him into a tie for fifth and only four shots behind Grillo.
Tony Finau fell into a share of seventh despite a 2-under round. After he made a hole-in-one on No. 4 to get within three of the lead at 11-under, Finau failed to keep pace with the leaders by playing his remaining holes at even par.
Round 4 – the final day of golf on the PGA Tour for 2020 – is being pushed to the morning due to inclement weather expected Sunday afternoon. The round begins at 8:10 a.m. ET with the final group off at 10:00 a.m.