INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Northeastern 91 Seton Catholic 45
Wes-Del 81 Lincoln 64
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Winchester 55 Hagerstown 26
Lawrenceburg 57 Franklin County 28
Tri 75 Daleville 21
Union City at Newcastle postponed
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#4 Virginia 89 Towson 54
#23 Ohio State 94 Illinois State 67
#8 Illinois 122 North Carolina A&T 60
#17 Houston 89 Lamar 45
#25 Michigan 96 Bowling Green 82
#5 Iowa 97 North Carolina Central 67
#10 Kentucky 81 Morehead State 45
#16 North Carolina 79 Charleston 60
#14 Texas Tech 101 Northwestern State 58
#13 Michigan State 83 Eastern Michigan 67
#24 Rutgers 86 Sacred Heart 63
#18 Arizona State 94 Rhode Island 88
#19 Texas 91 Texas Rio Grande 55
#15 West Virginia 79 South Dakota State 71
#3 Villanova 76 Boston College 67
#7 Wisconsin 77 Eastern Illinois 67
San Diego State 73 #22 UCLA 58
Indiana 89 Tennessee Tech 59
Purdue 77 Liberty 64
Northern Kentucky 74 Ball State 73
Butler 66 Western Michigan 62
Xavier 101 Oakland 49
Miami Ohio 81 North Dakota 67
Maryland 85 Old Dominion 67
Louisville 79 Evansville 44
Minnesota 99 Green Bay 69
Purdue Fort Wayne 67 SE. Louisiana 63 OT
UPDATED NFL SCHEDULE
|Thursday, Thanksgiving, November 26|
|Houston Texans at Detroit Lions||12:30 PM||CBS|
|Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys||4:30 PM||FOX|
|Sunday, November 29|
|Las Vegas Raiders at Atlanta Falcons||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills||1:00 PM||CBS|
|New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Miami Dolphins at New York Jets||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers||1:15 PM||NBC|
|New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos||4:05 PM||FOX|
|San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams||4:05 PM||FOX|
|Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4:25 PM||CBS|
|Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers||8:20 PM||NBC|
|Monday, November 30|
|Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles||8:15 PM||ESPN|
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Thursday, Nov. 26
New Mexico at Utah State | 7 p.m. | FS1
Colorado State at Air Force — POSTPONED
Friday, Nov. 27
No. 13 Iowa State at No. 17 Texas | 12 p.m. | ABC
UMass at Liberty | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Nebraska at No. 24 Iowa | 1 p.m. | FOX
No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 19 North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
UCF at South Florida | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan | 4 p.m. | CBSSN
Wyoming at UNLV | 4 p.m. | FS1
Stanford at Cal | 4 p.m. | FOX
No. 15 Oregon at Oregon State | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Washington at Washington State — CANCELED
San Diego State at Fresno State — CANCELED
Southern Miss at UAB — CANCELED
Saturday, Nov. 28
Kentucky at No. 6 Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Vanderbilt at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Texas Tech at No. 23 Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | FOX
No. 4 Ohio State at Illinois | 12 p.m. | FS1
Maryland at No. 12 Indiana | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Penn State at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ABC
NC State at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
SMU at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia Southern at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Ohio | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Kent State at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Ball State at Toledo | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Miami (Ohio) at Akron | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
UTEP at Rice | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 20 Coastal Carolina at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana at UL Monroe | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
North Texas at UTSA | 3 p.m. | Stadium
South Alabama at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Pittsburgh at No. 3 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
No. 8 Northwestern at Michigan State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Colorado at No. 18 USC | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Mississippi State at Ole Miss | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
San Jose State at Boise State | 4 p.m. | FOX
Rutgers at Purdue | 4 p.m. | FS1
Louisville at Boston College | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
LSU at No. 5 Texas A&M | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Kansas State at Baylor | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Duke at Georgia Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Memphis at Navy | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah at Washington | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 9 Georgia at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
TCU at Kansas | 8 p.m. | FS1
Arizona at UCLA | 8 p.m. | FOX
Troy at Appalachian State | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
Virginia at Florida State | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
Nevada at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | PPV
No. 7 Cincinnati at Temple — CANCELED
No. 11 Oklahoma at West Virginia — POSTPONED
Minnesota at No. 18 Wisconsin — CANCELED
No. 24 Tulsa at Houston — POSTPONED
Louisiana Tech at FIU — CANCELED
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Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Indiana scored 20 consecutive first-half points to pull away for good in the Hoosiers’ 89-59 win over Tennessee Tech on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams.
Trey Galloway added 13 points and Rob Phinisee scored 12 for Indiana.
Jerome Hunter hit a 3-pointer to give Indiana the lead for good with 13:14 left in the first half. The Hoosiers scored the first 20 points in a 28-2 run to finish the first half. Jackson-Davis scored 10 points during that span and then opened the second half with a three-point play to make it 51-19.
Tennessee Tech made just 1 of 14 from 3-point range in the first half had two stretches of at least seven minutes without a made field goal.
Keishawn Davidson scored 17 points and White Jr. added 13 for the Golden Eagles.
Indiana thrived when it pushed the tempo and got into the open floor – and into the paint. The Hoosiers shot 57% from the field, scored 31 points off 20 Tennessee Tech turnovers, and outscored the Golden Eagles 58-28 in the point. Indiana made 37 field goals, including 20 layups and three dunks.
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Zach Edey scored 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting in his collegiate debut and Purdue fended off Liberty 77-64 in the opener of the Space Coast Challenge on Wednesday night.
Edey, a 7-foot4 freshman, led four Boilermakers into double-figure scoring with Jaden Ivey adding 12 and Aaron Wheeler and Brandon Newman 10 each.
Purdue shot nearly 60% from the floor (31-of-53), owned the boards 30-24 and outscored the Flames 36-14 in the paint. Edey was a big part of the close-in scoring with five of Purdue’s seven dunks. Wheeler and Trevion Williams had the others.
Darius McGhee led Liberty with 21 points and Micaiah Abii scored 19 on 7-for-7 shooting in his collegiate debut. Abii made all three 3-point attempts and trails only Seth Curry (23 points, 2008) for most points in a game by a Liberty freshman.
Purdue improved to 15-1 in season openers under coach Matt Painter. The win against a feisty Liberty squad that had defeated four Power 5 opponents in the last three seasons was perhaps a way for the Boilermakers to register a complaint at not being ranked in the AP preseason top 25 poll for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
The Space Coast Challenge concludes on Thanksgiving with Purdue facing the winner of Clemson-Mississippi State in the championship game, Liberty facing the loser in the consolation game.
Purdue Postgame Notes
- Purdue opened the season with a 77-64 win over Liberty in the Space Coast Challenge … the Boilermakers have now won eight straight season openers and are now 15-1 under Matt Painter in season openers.
- Purdue improved to 9-2 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
- Purdue improved to 20-5 in regular-season tournament since the 2014 Maui Invitational … Purdue is looking for its first tournament title since the 2016 Cancun Challenge.
- Purdue improved to 25-1 all-time under Matt Painter against teams with zero victories, having won 15 straight games against winless teams.
- Head coach Matt Painter won his 338thgame in the Big Ten, moving past Thad Matta for eighth on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list (Matta has 337).
- Purdue’s 58.5 (31-of-53) field goal percentage was the second highest in a season opener under Matt Painter (.590 vs. SIU Edwardsville; Nov. 10, 2017).
- Purdue shot 50.0 (9-of-18) from long distance in a season opener for the second time under Painter (.500 vs. Northern Illinois; Nov. 11, 2011).
- Purdue’s freshmen scored 44 of Purdue’s 77 points in the win over Liberty (Edey – 19; Ivey – 12; Newman – 10; Gillis – 3) … the 44 points are the most scored by a freshman class in a game since the freshman class scored 46 against Western Illinois on March 20, 2013.
- Zach Edey scored 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting with five rebounds in just 15 minutes of action … a year ago, there were four games nationally where a player had at least 19 points and five rebounds in 15 minutes or less.
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Justice Sueing scored 19 points and No. 23 Ohio State scored the first 22 points en route to a 94-67 win over Illinois State on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the game was played before about 100 school officials and media inside 19,100-seat Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes created their own energy as Sueing, making his Ohio State debut after transferring and sitting out a year, had seven points in the team’s opening surge. He was 8 of 9 from the floor in his first game since leaving California, where he averaged 14 points and six rebounds as a sophomore in 2018-19.
”It’s great to be out here with my guys,” said Sueing, who also missed practice time last winter with a foot injury. ”It was a long time sitting out. As soon as I got out there, I was able to play off my teammates and jell with them. I’m just excited to see what we can do this year.”
E.J. Liddell had 16 points while Duane Washington and freshman Zed Key each scored 12 for the Buckeyes. Key also had five rebounds. C.J. Walker chipped in 10 points and six assists.
Antonio Reeves led Illinois State with 17 points and Howard Fleming Jr. added 15 points.
”I’m not real surprised, to be honest,” Illinois State coach Dan Muller said. ”We’re not ready to be a good team yet. Part of it is missing two weeks of practice (due to COVID-19), but part of it is our guys don’t believe the coaches when we say how hard you have to play. I do think we’ll grow a lot from this.”
The Buckeyes led by as many as 24 points in the first half before settling for a 42-25 halftime lead. The lead went as high as 37 points with just over six minutes left.
Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann was concerned about his team’s defense coming into the season. But the Buckeyes forced the Redbirds to miss their first nine shots in building their early lead.
”This was a good first start for our guys,” Holtmann said. ”(Illinois State) came out and missed some shots they would normally make. But I’m proud of our guys’ effort overall. They had really good energy. They were anxious and ready to play.”
Liddell moved into a starting spot at power forward for Ohio State after serving as a backup last year. He opened the game with a jam and then completed a three-point play, scoring both off passes from his teammates. Liddell fed Sueing for back-to-back jams midway through the second half as the Buckeyes pulled away.
”We were sharing the ball very well,” Liddell said. ”We went out there and blitzed them and played together.”
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Aaron Thompson had a career-high 21 points as Butler defeated Western Michigan 66-62 on Wednesday night in a season opener.
Thompson was 6 of 9 from the field and 8 of 11 from the free-throw line. Jair Bolden added 15 points and nine rebounds.
The lead changed hands six times in the second half with Butler going ahead for good on a Bolden 3-pointer that began a 10-2 run to go up 62-55 with just over 3 1/2 minutes remaining. WMU cut the lead to three with 48 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Rafael Cruz Jr. but didn’t score again.
B.Artis White had 17 points and six rebounds for the Broncos. Cruz added 14 points and Patrick Emilien had 11 points and eight rebounds.
A total of 1,500 fans were allowed inside 9,100-seat Hinkle Fieldhouse for the game.
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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – K.J. Walton looked like he hadn’t missed a beat. After a long lay-off, the senior guard scored a career-high 28 points but Northern Kentucky was one step ahead as the Cardinals fell 74-73 in the season opener Wednesday night.
Walton, a starter in 2018-19, was limited by injuries to 10 games last season. Then, a late start to this season meant he hadn’t played in nearly 11 months. It didn’t look like it as Walton shot 11-for-21 and grabbed 11 rebounds while playing his usual stifling defense.
TURNING POINT: The game was close throughout, with neither team leading by more than seven points at any point. Northern Kentucky, last year’s Horizon League champion, led 44-41 at the half and Ball State seemed to take control when it led 68-62 on a Walton lay-up with 5:44 left. The game hinged on a pair of 3-pointers by NKU in the final 100 seconds. Adham Eleeda hit a 3-pointer on a second chance with 1:40 left that erased a 70-67 lead for BSU. The Cardinals led 73-71 in the final minute when Bryson Langdon hit a 3-pointer – again on a second-chance possession – with 22 seconds left. Ball State would have a couple looks from the perimeter but couldn’t convert.
FROM THE COACH: “It was a great game and it was great to be playing,” head coach James Whitford said. “We were thankful for then chance to be out on the court. I thought we did a lot of good things, but obviously we didn’t finish it. We ran out of gas physically. What really cost us was on the glass, especially on free throws. No shame in the effort. Our guys competed and played hard. it’s a step in the right direction. In time, we’re going to be very good.”
NEWCOMERS’ FIRST ACTION: Two new Cardinals saw their first action in uniform, with Jalen Windham scoring five points in 10 minutes. Teemu Suokas played three minutes, becoming the first European-born player to ever see the court for Ball State.
Ishmael El-Amin scored 15 points and Miryne Thomas – making his first career start at Ball State – scored nine. Blake Huggins, a 6-10 center, played his best game as a Cardinal, totaling eight rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes. He played 12 minutes all of last season. Kani Acree had career highs in minutes (28) and assists (5) and Zach Gunn, who also battled injury last year, hit two 3-pointers off the bench. Ten different players saw at least six minutes of action for Ball State.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior guard Grace Berger recorded the program’s first triple double and sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes went a new school record 13-for-13 from the field as the No. 16/15 Hoosiers toppled Eastern Kentucky, 100-51.
- Berger and Holmes highlighted spectacular performances by four total players who scored in double figures including senior guard Ali Patberg, who dropped 18 points, and 14 points from redshirt junior guard Danielle Patterson in her IU debut.
- Indiana would go on to shoot 54.7 percent in their 2020-21 opener and hit 9 3-pointers en route to the victory.
- The Hoosiers (1-0) cruised from the opening possession, racking up an 8-0 lead just two minutes in to the contest. It was part of a 34-8 first quarter where IU shot 65 percent from the field including a 57.1 percent clip from 3-point range.
- In the second quarter, Patberg eclipsed her 1,000th career point at Indiana as she dropped eight points alone in the quarter and led IU to a 53-22 halftime margin.
- Indiana outscored the Colonels (0-1) 32-12 in the third quarter behind Holmes going 5-for-5 from the floor in the frame.
- Holmes would end the day with a school single game record 13-for-13 from the floor to go along with eight rebounds and tie a career-high seven blocks.
- Berger would also make her historic triple-double in the third quarter as she would exit the game with 25 minutes played and 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
- Patterson would help put the exclamation point on the season opener with eight points in the fourth quarter as IU won its eighth-straight season opener.
- The Hoosiers win their eighth straight home opener and have won all home openers under head coach Teri Moren.
- Grace Berger recorded the first triple-double in program history with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Combined men’s and women’s basketball it’s the first triple-double since Juwan Morgan in 2018. It is the third in men’s/women’s basketball history along with Steve Downing in 1970. All three happened in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Berger’s triple-double is the first for a Big Ten women’s basketball player since 1/23/18 by Alex Wittinger of Illinois.
- Mackenzie Holmes scored 26 points on 13-of-13 from the field. Her perfect shooting sets an Indiana program record for field goal percentage (minimum 10 attempts). The previous record was shared by Sue Hodges (12-13 in 1981) and Quacy Barnes (12-13 in 1998). Holmes added eight rebounds and seven blocks. Holmes 13-13 tie the Big Ten record, shared with Iowa’s Megan Gustafson at Western Kentucky on 11/13/18.
- Ali Patberg scored 18 points on 7-of-11 from the field for her 16th straight game scoring in double figures. Patberg became the 28th Hoosier to join the 1,000-point club and now has 1,007 for her career.
- Patberg, Holmes and Berger combined for 61 points and combined to shoot 26-of-34 from the field.
- The seven blocks from Holmes are tied for second for a single game in program history. Her 13 field goals are tied for fourth most for a single game in program history. IU’s 11 total blocks also ties for second-most in a single game.
- The Hoosiers started the game on an 8-0 scoring run and added a 14-0 run later in the first quarter to jump out to a 24-5 lead. Holmes scored 10 of the Hoosiers 14 points in the scoring run.
- Indiana made 13 of its first 20 shots and led 34-8 at the end of the first quarter. For the game the Hoosiers shot 41-of-75 (54.7 percent) and held EKU to 20-of-80 (25 percent).
- Indiana outscored Eastern Kentucky 60-12 in points in the paint.
- The Hoosiers reached the century mark in the 100-51 victory. The last time IU scored 100 was the second game of the 2019-20 season, a 111-47 win over Nicholls St.
- Indiana tallied 28 assists for the game.
- Freshman Chloe Moore-McNeil and redshirt freshman Arielle Wisne scored their first career points in the game.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Wednesday, per Brett McMurphy of The Athletic.
“This morning we received notification coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19. He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive,” Alabama said in a statement. “He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home.”
Saban will go into 10-day isolation and not be able to coach Saturday’s Iron Bowl against Auburn, according to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated.
The 69-year-old previously tested positive for the virus on Oct. 14 but was asymptomatic.
It was considered a false positive as Saban tested negatively for three straight days, allowing him to coach against Georgia on Nov. 3.
Saban said he’s the only person at Alabama to test positive and isn’t experiencing symptoms like fever or muscle aches, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.
The head coach also said he will be involved in team preparations via Zoom, and that offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will oversee in-building operations.
“You’ve got to be able to deal with disruptions this year,” added Saban.
Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul died Wednesday evening at the age of 54, the team announced.
Paul experienced a medical emergency Tuesday morning at the team’s facility and was rushed to the hospital.
The cause of his death has yet to be determined.
“The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved and valued member of our family,” team owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “He was a pleasant and calming influence in our strength room and throughout The Star.”
Paul was hired as the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator prior to the season and promoted to coach earlier this year. He first joined the Cowboys in 2018 as an assistant strength coach.
Paul was a part of five Super Bowl-winning teams over his time as a coordinator with the New England Patriots from 2000 to 2004 and an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the New York Giants from 2007 to 2017.
The Cincinnati Bengals are planning to start Brandon Allen instead of Ryan Finley Sunday versus the New York Giants, sources told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Week 12 will mark Cincinnati’s first game of the year without Joe Burrow under center. The first overall pick tore his ACL and MCL during last week’s loss to the Washington Football Team.
Finley relieved Burrow following the injury but failed to lead a scoring drive, completing 3 of 10 passes for 30 yards and an interception. He also took four sacks against a tough Washington front.
Allen was on the practice squad and was added to the active roster on Monday. He has experience under Bengals head coach Zac Taylor as the two were on the Los Angeles Rams in 2018, when Taylor was the team’s quarterback’s coach.
The former sixth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars made his first three career starts in 2019 for the Denver Broncos in Drew Lock’s absence. He completed just 46% of his passes, tossing three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Burrow will be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign but Cincinnati expects him to be healthy for next year.
NFL PREVIEW: WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (3-7) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (3-7)
REGULAR SEASON HISTROY:
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 73-44-2
STREAKS: Cowboys have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 10/25/20: Cowboys 3 at Washington 25
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/29/19: Cowboys 47, Washington 16
QB ALEX SMITH passed for 166 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Passed for 263 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102.9 rating in only career game at Dal. (11/5/17 w/ KC). Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of 4 career starts vs. Dal. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON (rookie) had 104 scrimmage yards (94 rush, 10 rec.) & rush TD last week. Can become 1st rookie with rush TD in 5 consecutive games since NICK CHUBB (2018). Leads all rookies with 8 rush TDs. Rushed for 128 yards & TD in Week 7 meeting. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 69 scrimmage yards (43 rush, 26 rec.) in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 50+ scrimmage yards. Is 1 of 3 RBs (MIKE DAVIS & ALVIN KAMARA) with 40+ receptions (44) this season. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 5 receptions for 84 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 90 yards & TD in Week 7 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with rec. TD. Ranks 4th in NFL with 871 rec. yards. WR STEVEN SIMS had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 11. Had 5 catches for 81 yards & TD in last road meeting. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 60 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. • DE CHASE YOUNG (rookie) had 2nd career FF last week. Had 6 tackles & TFL in last meeting. DE RYAN KERRIGAN had sack last week. Has 13 sacks & 18 TFL in 18 career games vs. Dal. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with sack. DE MONTEZ SWEAT had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 2+ sacks & FF. DT TIM SETTLE had sack last week & had sack in Week 7 meeting. CB RONALD DARBY tied his career-high with 4 PD last week. Has 4 PD & INT in 5 career games vs. Dal.
QB ANDY DALTON passed for 203 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 104 rating last week, his 25th career game with 3+ TD passes. Has 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107 rating in his past 4 starts on Thursday. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 114 scrimmage yards (103 rush, 11 rec.) & TD catch last week, his 1st 100+ rush yard game of season. Is 5th RB with 45+ rush TDs (45) & 10+ rec. TDs (10) in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Has 387 scrimmage yards (129 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career home games vs. Was. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. Was. with 120+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 400 scrimmage yards (133.3 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 3 career games on Thanksgiving. • WR AMARI COOPER led team with 6 receptions & 81 rec. yards last week. Had 8 catches for 180 yards & 2 TDs vs. Was. on Thanksgiving in 2018 (11/22/18). Aims for his 3rd in row on Thanksgiving with 8+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. Rookie WR CEEDEE LAMB had rec. TD last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Leads all rookies with 48 receptions & ranks tied-2nd in rec. yards (629). WR MICHAEL GALLUP had careerhigh 3 rec. TDs in last home meeting. TE DALTON SCHULTZ had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. • LB JAYLON SMITH had 7 tackles & 9th-career sack last week. Had 9 tackles, 3 PD & INT in last home meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Was. with 9+ tackles. LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH led team with 12 tackles last week. Had 12 tackles in Week 7 meeting. DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 0.5 sacks & FR last week. Had sack in Week 7 meeting. S DONOVAN WILSON had 0.5 sacks, 2 FFs & FR last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:30 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Derek Rackley SIRIUS: 82 (Was), 83 (Det) | XM: 226 (Was), 225 (Det), 88 (National)
NFL PREVIEW: HOUSTON TEXANS (3-7) AT DETROIT LIONS (4-6)
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 3-1
STREAKS: Texans have won past 3
LAST GAME: 10/30/16: Lions 13 at Texans 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/12: Texans 34, Lions 31 (OT)
QB DESHAUN WATSON completed 28 of 37 passes (75.7 pct.) for 344 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.9 rating & rushed for TD last week. Has 12 TDs (11 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 116.2 rating in his past 5. Has passed for 609 yards (304.5 per game) & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.6 rating in 2 career games vs. NFC North. Has 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.8 rating in his past 3 on road. • RB DUKE JOHNSON had 88 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 34 rec.) in only career game vs. Det. (11/12/17 with Cle.). Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. • WR WILL FULLER had 6 catches for 80 yards in Week 11. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4 road games. WR BRANDIN COOKS had 4 catches for 85 yards last week. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR RANDALL COBB had rec. TD in Week 11. Had 115 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. Det. (11/17/19 with Dal.). Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Det. WR KEKE COUTEE had 1st TD catch of season last week. TE JORDAN AKINS had 5 catches for season-high 83 yards in Week 11. • DE J.J. WATT had TFL & career-high 4 PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had 3 sacks & 2 PD in only career game vs. Det & only career game on Thanksgiving (11/22/12). Has sack in 2 of past 3 on road. LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had 9 tackles last week. Leads NFL with 100 tackles this season. Rookie LB JONATHAN GREENARD had 1st-career sack last week. S JUSTIN REID had 9 tackles, 3 TFL & 1st sack of season in Week 11. CB BRADLEY ROBY had 5 tackles, TFL & PD last week.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 2,705 passing yards in 9 career games on Thanksgiving, most in NFL history. Has 17 TD passes on Thanksgiving & needs 2 TDs to pass TONY ROMO (18) for most on holiday. Passed for 441 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs vs. Hou. on Thanksgiving in 2012 (11/22/12). Has 3+ TD passes in 6 of his past 7 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 3+ TD passes & 90+ rating. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT is 1 of 2 rookies (JAMES ROBINSON) with 4+ rush TDs (4) & 2+ rec. TDs (2) this season. Has TD in 3 of his 4 home games this season. RB ADRIAN PETERSON had 2 rush TDs in his last game vs. Hou. (11/18/18 w/ Was.). • WR KENNY GOLLADAY has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Had 4 catches for 158 yards & rec. TD on Thanksgiving in 2019 (11/28/19 vs. Chi.). Aims for his 3rd in row on Thanksgiving with 90+ rec. yards. WR MARVIN JONES has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row on Thanksgiving with rec. TD. TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 4 catches for team-high 68 rec. yards last week. Had 6 catches on Thanksgiving in 2019 (vs. Chi.). Is only NFC TE with 40+ receptions (40) & 400+ rec. yards (441) this season. • LB JAMIE COLLINS led team with 9 tackles & had PD last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 8+ tackles. DE ROMEO OKWARA has 4 sacks in his past 5. Aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. Rookie DL JOHN PENISINI had 1st-career sack last week. CB DESMOND TRUFANT had 2 PD & 1st INT of season last week, his 14th-career INT. Has 4 PD, 2 FR & FR-TD in 2 career games vs. Hou.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (12:30 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Ross Tucker SIRIUS: 82 (Hou), 83 (Det) | XM: 226 (Hou), 225 (Det), 88 (National)
NFL: WHAT TO LOOK FOR
ZEKE HUNGRY FOR YARDS: Last year on Thanksgiving, Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT led the Cowboys with 137 scrimmage yards (71 rushing, 66 receiving). In three career games on the holiday, Elliott has totaled 400 scrimmage yards (133.3 per game) and three rushing touchdowns, surpassing 100 scrimmage yards in each game.
With at least 100 scrimmage yards on Thursday against Houston (4:30 PM ET, FOX), Elliott will become the first player in NFL history to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in four consecutive Thanksgiving Day games.
He would also tie Pro Football Hall of Famers MICHAEL IRVIN (four games) and BARRY SANDERS (four) for the second-most games with at least 100 scrimmage yards on the holiday in league history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH (eight games) has more.
The players with the most games with at least 100 scrimmage yards on Thanksgiving in NFL history:
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DESHAUN IS DEALING: Last week, Houston quarterback DESHAUN WATSON completed 28 of 37 passes (75.7 pct.) for 344 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 121.9 rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Texans’ victory. It marked his fifth consecutive game with at least 30 pass attempts and zero interceptions.
With at least 30 pass attempts and zero interceptions on Thanksgiving at Detroit (12:30 PM ET, CBS), Watson will become the third player with at least 30 passing attempts and zero interceptions in six consecutive games in a single season in NFL history, joining AARON BROOKS (2003) and DEREK CARR (2018).
The players with the most consecutive games with at least 30 pass attempts and zero interceptions in a single season in NFL history:
|Aaron Brooks||New Orleans||2003||6|
|Derek Carr||Oakland Raiders||2018||6|
In 48 career games, Watson has passed for 12,599 yards and 91 touchdowns. With a touchdown pass on Thursday, he will surpass PEYTON MANNING (91 touchdown passes) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (91) for the fourth-most touchdown passes by a player in his first 50 career games in NFL history.
The players with the most touchdown passes in their first 50 career games in NFL history:
|Patrick Mahomes||Kansas City||103#|
|Kurt WarnerHOF||St. Louis Rams||101|
|Johnny UnitasHOF||Baltimore Colts||91|
|*In 48 games|
|#In 41 games|
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3,000 IN ‘20: Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY enters Week 12 ranked fourth in the league with 2,955 passing yards. With 45 passing yards on Sunday against Kansas City (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Brady will have reached 3,000 passing yards in a season for the 18th time, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (18 seasons)for the most in NFL history.
Indianapolis quarterback PHILIP RIVERS ranks 11th in the league with 2,683 passing yards this season. With 317 passing yards on Sunday against Tennessee (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Rivers will become the fifth player in league history to reach 3,000 passing yards in 15 seasons.
The player with the most seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards in NFL history:
|Brett FavreHOF||Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota||18|
|Tom Brady||New England||17*|
|Drew Brees||San Diego Chargers, New Orleans||16*|
|Peyton Manning||Indianapolis, Denver||16|
|Eli Manning||New York Giants||14|
|Philip Rivers||San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers||14*|
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#10 FOR #10: Last week, Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT passed for a career-high 366 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 116.5 rating, marking his fifth game with at least three touchdown passes, the most by a rookie in NFL history. Through nine games, Herbert leads all qualified rookies with 2,699 passing yards, 22 touchdown passes and a 104.7 rating this season.
On Sunday at Buffalo (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Herbert can move into the top-three for passing yards and touchdown passes by a player in his first 10 career games in NFL history. PATRICK MAHOMES is the only other player in the top three of both categories after 10 games.
The players with the most passing yards in their first 10 career games in NFL history:
|Patrick Mahomes||Kansas City||3,185|
|Justin Herbert||Los Angeles Chargers||2,699*|
|*In nine games|
The players with the most touchdown passes in their first 10 career games in NFL history:
|Patrick Mahomes||Kansas City||29|
|Kurt WarnerHOF||St. Louis Rams||26|
|Justin Herbert||Los Angeles Chargers||22*|
|George Ratterman||Chicago Cardinals||21|
|*In nine games|
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HOME COOKING: Entering Week 12, Minnesota running back DALVIN COOK leads the league with 13 rushing touchdowns and ranks second with 1,069 rushing yards. Last week, he rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, his 10th consecutive home game with a rushing touchdown, a streak that goes back to Week 1 of the 2019 season.
With a rushing touchdown on Sunday against Carolina (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Cook will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (11 consecutive home games) for the fourth-most consecutive home games with a rushing touchdown with the same team in NFL history.
The players with the most consecutive home games with a rushing touchdown with the same team in NFL history:
|Curtis MartinHOF||New England||1995-96||13|
|LaDainian TomlinsonHOF||San Diego Chargers||2003-05||11|
|Bill Paschal||New York Giants||1943-45||10|
The NBA won’t hold the 2021 All-Star Weekend festivities in Indianapolis due to coronavirus concerns, the Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday.
The event was originally set to take place next year on Feb. 12-14. Instead, Indianapolis will host the weekend in 2024.
It’s possible that the upcoming season’s star-studded spectacle will still be held in some manner. The Pacers’ release indicates that “plans for a revised NBA All-Star 2021 will be announced at a later date.”
If Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak can work a little trade magic, Gordon Hayward’s departure from the Boston Celtics won’t leave his former employer empty-handed.
Rather than simply signing Hayward’s reported four-year, $120-million deal into cap space, the Hornets are exploring acquiring the 30-year-old former All-Star via sign-and-trade, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
However, the deal is contingent on Charlotte making a second move: Kupchak must now find a third team willing to take on Nicolas Batum’s expiring $27.1-million salary for 2020-21. Otherwise, the Hornets would need to stretch-and-waive the Frenchman, keeping him on the team’s books as a $9-million cap hit for the next three seasons.
Batum’s services likely won’t be in high demand. The 31-year-old made just 22 appearances in 2019-20 – the fourth season of his monster five-year, $120-million deal – and averaged 3.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and three assists per game. Charlotte will undoubtedly have to attach future draft assets to incentivize a team to take on Batum’s deal, regardless of whether the next team chooses to keep him, stretch his contract, or waive him outright.
The Celtics would create a substantial trade exception by moving Hayward via a sign-and-trade. General manager Danny Ainge would have increased flexibility on the market for the next calendar year, helping Boston avoid effectively losing the 2017 All-Star for nothing.
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F Brooks Barnhizer, Lafayette Jeff
G Andrew Kroft, Richmond
G Dayveon Turner, Anderson
G/F Rasheed Jones, Marion
G Bobby Wonnell, Kokomo
F Malachi Pearson, Logansport
G Joe Phinisee, McCutcheon
G Jackson Richards, Kokomo
G Noah Lange, Logansport
F RJ Ogelsby, Kokomo
C Jermaine Woods, Marion
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G Marcus Armstrong, Anderson
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C Jermaine Woods, Marion
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Argentine soccer icon Diego Maradona died Wednesday, the Argentine Football Association confirmed. He was 60 years old.
Maradona died after suffering a heart attack at his home near Buenos Aires, the former player’s lawyer told Reuters.
He was hospitalized earlier this month, and Maradona underwent emergency brain surgery to repair a subdural hematoma following the detection of a blood clot on the surface of his brain. He remained in Buenos Aires under the watch of his psychologist Diego Diaz and was treated for alcohol dependency.
One of the greatest players of all time, Maradona guided Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup, and he starred at the club level for Barcelona, Napoli, and Boca Juniors, among others.
Captain of the Albiceleste side that captured the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, Maradona is largely remembered for the “Hand of God” goal against England in the quarterfinals. The diminutive second striker was involved in 10 goals (five goals and five assists) while leading Argentina to its second World Cup conquest, a mark that hasn’t been matched since.
Maradona would go on to score 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina while appearing in four World Cups. The Buenos Aires-born footballing deity also led Argentina to the 1990 final before bowing out to West Germany, and he took part in the 1994 installment in the United States before being sent home after testing positive for ephedrine.
During a decorated club career that lasted over two decades, Maradona lifted three domestic trophies with Barcelona before guiding Napoli to the Scudetto in 1986-87 and 1989-90. He also won the UEFA Cup with Napoli in 1988-89, marking the Italian side’s most successful period in its history.
“We are in mourning,” Napoli spokesman Nicola Lombardo said, according to ESPN. “We feel like a boxer who has been knocked out. We are in shock.”
“Everyone is waiting for words from us. But what words could be possible for pain as strong as that we are currently experiencing? Now is the time for tears. Later, it will be words,” the club added.
Maradona returned to Boca Juniors for a second stint, and retired with his hometown side in 1997 on his 37th birthday.
After ending his vaunted playing career, the hallowed star battled a variety of health issues. He was admitted to hospital multiple times, including in 2004 when he dealt with heart and respiratory problems related to a longstanding – and well documented – battle with drug addiction. He also underwent multiple gastric bypass operations to manage his weight, while treatment for alcohol abuse was also required.
Argentina appointed Maradona as its national team manager in 2008, and he stepped down after losing to Germany in the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup.
Maradona then held coaching positions in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico, and he was managing Argentinian top-flight side Gimnasia y Esgrima at the time of his death.