Batesville 72 Milan 37
Centerville 60 Hagerstown 50
East Chicago Central 82 Michigan City 71
Hammond Morton 70 Highland 33
Hanover Central 71 Whiting 34
Indianapolis Metropolitan 87 KIPP Indy Legacy 37
North Decatur 79 Cambridge City Lincoln 49
Shelbyville 53 New Castle 47


Attica vs. Villa Grove (Ill.) 6:00 pm
Attica vs. Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville (Ill.) 9:00 pm
Adams Central at Woodlan 7:30 pm
Alexandria at Eastbrook 6:30 pm
Angola at Westview 7:30 pm
Avon at Brownsburg 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve at Eastern Greene 7:30 pm
Beech Grove at Franklin 7:30 pm
Bellmont at New Haven 7:30 pm
Ben Davis at Warren Central 7:30 pm
Bloomington North at Southport 7:30 pm
Bluffton at Southern Wells 7:30 pm
Bremen at Penn 7:45 pm
Brown County at Cloverdale 7:30 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Rossville 7:30 pm
Cascade at Triton Central 7:30 pm
Castle at Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm
Caston at Knox 8:00 pm
Central Noble at West Noble 7:30 pm
Chicago Washington (Ill.) at Whiting 7:30 pm
Churubusco at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Clinton Christian at Trinity Greenlawn 7:30 pm
Columbia City at East Noble 7:30 pm
Columbus North at Columbus East 7:30 pm
Concord at Mishawaka 7:45 pm
Connersville at South Dearborn 7:30 pm
Corydon Central at Scottsburg 7:30 pm
Covenant Christian at Indianapolis Chatard 7:30 pm
Daleville at Blue River 7:30 pm
Decatur Central at Mooresville 7:30 pm
DeKalb at Norwell 7:45 pm
Delta at Jay County 7:30 pm
Demotte Christian at Hammond Science & Tech 8:00 pm
Eastside at Lakeland 7:30 pm
Edgewood at Indian Creek 7:30 pm
Elwood at Blackford 8:00 pm
Eminence at Victory College Prep 7:30 pm
Evansville Bosse at Washington 8:00 pm
Evansville Christian at Boonville 8:00 pm
Evansville Day at Mount Carmel (Ill.) 8:00 pm
Faith Christian at Seeger 7:30 pm
Fishers at Hamilton Southeastern 7:30 pm
Floyd Central at Providence 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Canterbury at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Dwenger at Fort Wayne Concordia 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at Homestead 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Fort Wayne North 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Northrop 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:45 pm
Frankfort at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm
Franklin Central at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Frontier at Clinton Prairie 7:30 pm
Gary 21st Century at Hammond Central 8:00 pm
Greencastle at Sullivan 7:30 pm
Greenwood at Speedway 7:30 pm
Hamilton Heights at Western 7:30 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at McCutcheon 7:30 pm
Hauser at Edinburgh 7:30 pm
Hebron at Morgan Twp. 8:00 pm
Henryville at Lanesville 7:30 pm
Heritage at South Adams 7:30 pm
Heritage Christian at Guerin Catholic 7:30 pm
Heritage Hills at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Hobart at Lowell 8:00 pm
Horizon Christian at Indianapolis Herron 7:00 pm
Huntington North at Leo 7:30 pm
Indiana Math & Science at Indianapolis Tindley 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tech at Indianapolis Washington 7:30 pm
Jac-Cen-Del at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
Jasper at Southridge 7:30 pm
Jimtown at New Prairie 7:30 pm
John Glenn at South Bend Washington 7:30 pm
Kankakee Valley at Andrean 8:00 pm
Knightstown at Eastern Hancock 7:30 pm
Kokomo at Marion 7:30 pm
Kouts at Westville 8:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic at Covington 7:30 pm
Lake Central at Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
Lapel at Monroe Central 7:30 pm
LaPorte at Griffith 8:00 pm
LaVille at Pioneer 8:00 pm
Lawrence Central at Pike 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Rushville 7:30 pm
Lebanon at Danville 7:30 pm
Lewis Cass at Whitko 7:45 pm
Liberty Christian at Anderson Prep 7:30 pm
Logansport at Lafayette Jeff 7:30 pm
Maconaquah at Northwestern 7:30 pm
Manchester at Southwood 8:00 pm
Marquette Catholic at Oregon-Davis 7:30 pm
Medora at Shoals 7:30 pm
Mississinewa at Madison-Grant 7:30 pm
Morristown at South Decatur 7:30 pm
Munster at Crown Point 8:00 pm
New Albany at Orleans 7:30 pm
New Palestine at New Castle 7:30 pm
North Central (Indianapolis) at Carmel 7:30 pm
North Daviess at Vincennes Rivet 7:30 pm
North Harrison at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
North Knox at Mitchell 7:30 pm
North Montgomery at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
North Posey at Evansville Mater Dei 8:00 pm
North Putnam at Northview 7:30 pm
North White at Tri-County 7:30 pm
Northfield at Wabash 7:45 pm
Oak Hill at Frankton 7:30 pm
Paoli at Austin 7:30 pm
Park Tudor at Culver Academy 7:30 pm
Perry Central at Springs Valley 8:00 pm
Perry Meridian at Plainfield 7:30 pm
Phalen Academy at Richmond 7:30 pm
Plymouth at NorthWood 7:30 pm
Princeton at Vincennes Lincoln 8:00 pm
Rising Sun at New Washington 7:30 pm
River Forest at Illiana Christian 8:00 pm
Riverton Parke at Dugger Union 7:30 pm
Rochester at North Miami 7:45 pm
Seven Oaks at Cannelton 8:00 pm
Shakamak at Parke Heritage 7:30 pm
Shawe Memorial at Crothersville 7:30 pm
Shelbyville at Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Northeastern 7:30 pm
Sheridan at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Silver Creek at Jeffersonville 7:30 pm
South Bend Adams at South Bend Clay 7:30 pm
South Bend Career at Argos 7:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph at South Bend Riley 7:30 pm
South Central (Elizabeth) at Christian Academy 7:30 pm
South Newton at Rensselaer Central 8:00 pm
South Spencer at Gibson Southern 8:00 pm
South Vermillion at Terre Haute South 7:30 pm
Southmont at Western Boone 7:30 pm
Taylor at Delphi 7:30 pm
Tell City at Tecumseh 8:00 pm
Terre Haute North at Bloomington South 7:30 pm
Tippecanoe Valley at Peru 7:45 pm
Tri at Cowan 7:30 pm
Tri-Central at Clinton Central 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran at Clarksville 7:30 pm
Triton at Winamac 7:30 pm
Tri-Township at Boone Grove 8:00 pm
Union County at Winchester 7:30 pm
University at Brebeuf Jesuit 7:30 pm
Waldron at Milan 7:30 pm
Wapahani at Wes-Del 7:30 pm
Washington Catholic at South Knox 7:00 pm
Washington Twp. at West Central 8:00 pm
Wawasee at Warsaw 7:45 pm
West Lafayette at Benton Central 7:30 pm
West Vigo at South Putnam 7:30 pm
Westfield at Noblesville ppd.
White River Valley at Lighthouse Christian 7:30 pm
Whiteland at Center Grove 7:30 pm
Yorktown at Greenfield-Central 7:30 pm
Washington County Invitational
Eastern (Pekin) vs. Salem 6:00 pm R1
West Washington at Borden 7:30 pm R1
Wayne City (Ill.) Tournament
Linton-Stockton vs. Lovejoy (Ill.) 6:30 pm SF


Austin 78 Clarksville 56
Bedford North Lawrence 31 Silver Creek 28
Benton Central 56 Tri-West 46
Bloomington North 56 Bloomington South 38
Boonville 62 Evansville Bosse 28
Castle 52 Henderson County (Ky.) 33
Cincinnati McAuley (Ohio) 34 East Central 21
Clinton Central 57 Frankfort 17
Columbus East 43 Columbus North 38 OT
Demotte Christian 59 North Newton 22
Eastern Greene 44 White River Valley 40
Eminence 46 Indianapolis Attucks 35
Evansville Mater Dei 33 North Posey 32
Evansville North 64 Evansville Harrison 36
Floyd Central 50 Seymour 38
Fort Wayne Concordia 76 Garrett 43
Fremont 57 Westview 49
Gibson Southern 65 Pike Central 5
Hammond Central 56 Griffith 22
Henryville 49 Shawe Memorial 37
Indiana Deaf 50 Indianapolis Scecina 42
Indianapolis Cathedral 45 New Palestine 26
Indianapolis Chatard 52 University 45
Indianapolis Ritter 54 Indianapolis Herron 35
Indianapolis Shortridge 62 Indianapolis Washington 28
Irvington Prep 24 GEO Next Generation 15
Jac-Cen-Del 67 Edinburgh 26
Jasper 40 Northeast Dubois 23
Jay County 63 New Castle 24
Jennings County 64 Madison 23
Kankakee Valley 41 Morgan Twp. 36
Lakeland Christian 43 Granger Christian 15
Lakewood Park 66 Hamilton 10
Lanesville 52 Crawford County 39
Lapel 46 Monroe Central 35
Linton-Stockton 39 Shakamak 26
Loogootee 34 Barr-Reeve 30
Maconaquah 62 Peru 30
Madison-Grant 49 Anderson Prep 48
Meade County (Ky.) 58 Corydon Central 51
Medora 59 Seven Oaks 35
New Prairie 57 Jimtown 38
North Judson 46 Culver 19
North Knox 54 Wood Memorial 48
Northwestern 61 Eastern (Greentown) 27
Orleans 55 Perry Central 30
Parke Heritage 58 Riverton Parke 17
Penn 56 Bremen 29
Providence 71 New Albany 44
Randolph Southern 60 Muncie Burris 25
Rising Sun 42 Milan 36
Rochester 38 North Miami 28
Rock Creek Academy 72 Southwestern (Hanover) 60
Salem 32 North Harrison 24
Scottsburg 68 Mitchell 26
Seeger 37 Covington 24
Shenandoah 50 Daleville 23
Sheridan 43 Bethesda Christian 40
South Bend Adams 36 South Bend Clay 32
South Bend Washington 66 John Glenn 14
South Central (Union Mills) 57 Oregon-Davis 38
South Knox 66 Princeton 62
Springs Valley 53 Bloomfield 25
Switzerland County 55 Hauser 32
Tell City 55 Tecumseh 50
Thornton Fractional South (Ill.) 43 Highland 29
Tippecanoe Valley 44 Winamac 30
Tri-County 46 West Central 42
Triton Central 41 Speedway 29
Wapahani 45 Cowan 12
Washington 59 Forest Park 23
West Lafayette 63 Hamilton Heights 44
West Washington 94 Crothersville 18
Whiteland 46 Beech Grove 21
Woodlan 65 Southern Wells 41
Zionsville 52 Ben Davis 31


Alexandria at Eastbrook 8:00 pm
Anderson at Muncie Central 7:30 pm
Attica at Fountain Central 7:30 pm
Avon at Brownsburg 6:00 pm
Bloomington South at Greenwood 7:30 pm
Brebeuf Jesuit at Indianapolis Roncalli 7:30 pm
Brown County at Cloverdale 6:00 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Union City 7:30 pm
Carmel at North Central (Indianapolis) 7:30 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Rossville 6:00 pm
Caston at Knox 5:30 pm
Centerville at Hagerstown 7:30 pm
Central Christian at Purdue Poly Englewood 6:00 pm
Central Noble at West Noble 6:00 pm
Chesterton at Valparaiso 8:00 pm
Christel House at Union (Modoc) 6:00 pm
Churubusco at Prairie Heights 6:00 pm
Clinton Christian at Trinity Greenlawn 6:00 pm
Connersville at South Dearborn 6:00 pm
Covenant Christian at Indianapolis Chatard 6:00 pm
Crown Point at Lake Central 8:00 pm
Culver at South Bend Career 6:00 pm
Decatur Central at Mooresville 6:00 pm
Edgewood at Indian Creek 6:00 pm
Elkhart at Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
Elkhart Christian at Fairfield 7:30 pm
Elwood at Blackford 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Dwenger at Fort Wayne Concordia 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at Homestead 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Fort Wayne North 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Northrop 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 6:00 pm
Goshen at Northridge 7:45 pm
Greencastle at Sullivan 6:00 pm
Greensburg at Batesville 7:30 pm
Hammond Noll at Lake Station 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at McCutcheon 6:00 pm
Indiana Math & Science at Indianapolis Tindley 6:30 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Horizon Christian 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran at Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tech at Richmond 6:00 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Indianapolis Riverside 6:00 pm
Knightstown at Eastern Hancock 6:00 pm
Kokomo at Marion 6:00 pm
LaVille at Pioneer 6:30 pm
Lawrence Central at Pike 7:30 pm
Lebanon at Danville 6:00 pm
Logansport at Lafayette Jeff 6:00 pm
Manchester at Southwood 6:15 pm
Michigan City at Merrillville 8:30 pm
North Montgomery at Crawfordsville 6:00 pm
North Putnam at Northview 6:00 pm
Oldenburg Academy at Franklin County 7:30 pm
Plainfield at Martinsville 7:30 pm
Portage at LaPorte 8:00 pm
Seven Oaks at Cannelton 1:00 pm
Sheridan at Eastern (Greentown) 6:00 pm
South Bend St. Joseph at South Bend Riley 6:00 pm
South Central (Elizabeth) at Christian Academy 6:00 pm
South Newton at Rensselaer Central 6:30 pm
Southmont at Western Boone 6:00 pm
Taylor at Delphi 6:00 pm
Tri at Cowan 6:00 pm
Tri-Central at Clinton Central 6:00 pm
Tri-Township at Boone Grove 6:30 pm
Waldron at North Decatur 7:30 pm
Warren Central at Lawrence North 7:30 pm
West Vigo at South Putnam 6:00 pm
Wheeler at Hanover Central 8:00 pm


Washington 54 Forest Park 30

South Adams 60 Coldwater OH 9

Martinsville 60 Mooresville 24

Northfield 12 Blackford 6

Carmel 68 Kokomo 9

Winamac 56 N. Newton 18

Western 51 N. Miami 25

Marion 75 Northwestern 0

Fort Wayne Snider 37 New Haven 34

Goshen 38 Northridge 30

Moncanaquah 50 Southwood 21

Eastside 61 Woodlan 12

Huntington North 53 Fort Wayne Northrup 21

Adams Central 63 Columbia City 18

Benton Central 72 Lafayette Central Catholic 6

Southern Wells 63 Mississinewa 18


Saturday, Dec. 16

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Georgia Southern vs. Ohio

Conway, South Carolina

11 a.m. | ESPN

Celebration Bowl

Florida A&M vs. Howard

Atlanta, Georgia

12 p.m. | ABC

New Orleans Bowl

Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

2:15 p.m. | ESPN

Cure Bowl

Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State

Orlando, Florida

3:30 p.m. | ABC

New Mexico Bowl

Fresno State vs. New Mexico State

Albuquerque, New Mexico

5:45 p.m. | ESPN

LA Bowl

UCLA vs. Boise State

Inglewood, California

7:30 p.m. | ABC

Independence Bowl

Texas Tech vs. Cal

Shreveport, Louisiana

9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Dec. 18

Bahamas Bowl (Temporarily renamed the Famous Toastery Bowl)

Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion

Nassau, Bahamas (Temporarily relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina)

2:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Frisco Bowl

Marshall vs. UTSA

Frisco, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 21

Boca Raton Bowl

USF vs. Syracuse

Boca Raton, Florida

8 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 22

Gasparilla Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. UCF

Tampa, Florida

6:30 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl

Troy vs. Duke

Birmingham, Alabama

12 p.m. | ABC

Camellia Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois

Montgomery, Alabama

12 p.m. | ESPN

Armed Forces Bowl

Air Force vs. James Madison

Fort Worth, Texas

3:30 p.m. | ABC

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Georgia State vs. Utah State

Boise, Idaho

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

68 Ventures Bowl

Eastern Michigan vs. South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

7 p.m. | ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl

Northwestern vs. Utah

Las Vegas, Nevada

7:30 p.m. | ABC

Hawai’i Bowl

San Jose State vs. Coastal Carolina

Honolulu, Hawai’i

10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

Bowling Green vs. Minnesota

Detroit, Michigan

2 p.m. | ESPN

First Responder Bowl

Texas State vs. Rice

Dallas, Texas

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Kansas vs. UNLV

Phoenix, Arizona

9 p.m. | ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Military Bowl

Tulane vs. Virginia Tech

Annapolis, Maryland

2 p.m. | ESPN

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

North Carolina vs. West Virginia

Charlotte, North Carolina

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Holiday Bowl

No. 15 Louisville vs. Southern Cal

San Diego, California

8 p.m. ET | FOX

Texas Bowl

No. 20 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Houston, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 28

Fenway Bowl

No. 24 SMU vs. Boston College

Boston, Massachusetts

11 a.m. | ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers vs. Miami (Fla.)

The Bronx, New York

2:15 p.m. | ESPN

Pop-Tarts Bowl

No. 18 NC State vs. No. 25 Kansas State

Orlando, Florida

5:45 p.m. | ESPN

Alamo Bowl

No. 12 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Arizona

San Antonio, Texas

9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 29

Gator Bowl

No. 22 Clemson vs. Kentucky

Jacksonville, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

No. 16 Notre Dame vs. No. 19 Oregon State

El Paso, Texas

2 p.m. | CBS

Liberty Bowl

Memphis vs. Iowa State

Memphis, Tennessee

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Cotton Bowl

No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Missouri

Dallas, Texas

8 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 30

Peach Bowl

No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 11 Ole Miss

Atlanta, Georgia

12 p.m. | ESPN

Music City Bowl

Auburn vs. Maryland

Nashville, Tennessee

2 p.m. | ABC

Orange Bowl

No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 6 Georgia

Miami Gardens, Florida

4 p.m. | ESPN

Arizona Bowl

Wyoming vs. Toledo

Tucson, Arizona

4:30 p.m. | CW Network/Barstool

Monday, Jan. 1, 2024

ReliaQuest Bowl

No. 13 LSU vs. Wisconsin

Tampa, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN2

Citrus Bowl

No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 21 Tennessee

Orlando, Florida

1 p.m. | ABC

Fiesta Bowl

No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 23 Liberty

Glendale, Arizona

1 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl

No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama

Pasadena, California

5 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas

New Orleans, Louisiana

8:45 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Game

Houston, Texas

7:30 p.m. | ESPN


Las Vegas 63 LA Chargers 21


Saturday football games schedule, Dec. 16

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 11 A.M., NFL Network (stream with free trial from FUBO)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 2:30 P.M., NFL Network (stream with free trial from FUBO)

DENVER BRONCOS AT DETROIT LIONS, 6:15 P.M., NFL Network (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Sunday early football games schedule, Dec. 17

ATLANTA FALCONS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

CHICAGO BEARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS, 11 A.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

NEW YORK JETS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS, 11 A.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

HOUSTON TEXANS AT TENNESSEE TITANS, 11 A.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Sunday late football games schedule, Dec. 17

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS, 2:05 P.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS, 2:05 P.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

DALLAS COWBOYS AT BUFFALO BILLS, 2:25 P.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Sunday Night Football schedule, Dec. 17

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, 6:20 P.M., NBC, Universo (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Monday Night Football schedule, Dec. 18



#7 Marquette 84 St. Thomas 79

#23 Wisconsin 75 Jacksonville State 60


#10 Baylor 99 Delaware State 37


Boston 116 Cleveland 107

Chicago 124 Miami 116

Minnesota 119 Dallas 101

Denver 124 Brooklyn 101

Utah 122 Portland 114

Sacramento 128 Oklahoma City 123

LA Clippers 121 Golden State 113


Columbus 6 Toronto 5 OT

Philadelphia 4 Washington 3

Carolina 2 Detroit 1

Minnesota 3 Calgary 2

St. Louis 4 Ottawa 2

Tampa Bay 7 Edmonton 4

Vancouver 4 Florida 0

Seattle 7 Chicago 1




Aidan O’Connell threw for four touchdowns in the first half Thursday night and the Las Vegas Raiders set a franchise record for most points in a game in a 63-21 evisceration of the Los Angeles Chargers in Las Vegas.

O’Connell completed 20 of 34 passes for 248 yards as Las Vegas improved to 6-8, keeping its slim AFC wild-card hopes alive. Los Angeles fell to 5-9 with its fifth loss in six games, clinching a losing season in a year when some picked it to win the Super Bowl.

It was a complete 180-degree turn for the Raiders, who were shut out on Sunday in a dreary 3-0 loss at home to Minnesota. But they roared out to a 42-0 halftime lead Thursday and never looked back, dropping their AFC West rivals to last place in the division.

Zamir White initiated scoring at the 8:10 mark of the first quarter with a 1-yard run, then O’Connell went to work. He found Tre Tucker for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 4:41 left, then made it 21-0 with a 22-yard connection to Jakobi Meyers. Both came right after Chargers turnovers.

Los Angeles put the game away in the second quarter. O’Connell cashed in a fumbled punt two plays later, hitting Michael Mayer for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 9:15 remaining.

Brandon Bolden ran 26 yards for a score at the 3:50 mark, and O’Connell hooked up with Tucker for a 20-yard touchdown 31 seconds before the half ended.

The Raiders made it 49-0 on their first possession of the second half as Meyers flipped a 3-yard scoring strike to Davante Adams. Their defense got into the act for their last two touchdowns as John Jenkins returned a fumble 44 yards and Jack Jones lugged an interception 16 yards.

Chargers quarterback Easton Stick, who made his first start in place of Justin Herbert (finger), hit on 23 of 32 attempts for 257 yards with three second-half touchdowns, including a 79-yard strike to Joshua Palmer.


The Miami Dolphins signed outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who played in 17 games for the team last season, to the practice squad on Thursday.

In a corresponding move, the Dolphins released rookie offensive lineman Alama Uluave, 24, from the practice squad.

Ingram, 34, started three games for Miami and had 22 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and six sacks. He also forced one fumble and recovered two.

He can help as an edge rusher for the Miami defense, which lost outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips when he tore his Achilles on Nov. 24 against the New York Jets. The Dolphins are starting Andrew Van Ginkel and signed veteran defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the active roster after Phillips’ season-ending injury.

Ingram went to the Pro Bowl in 2017-19 while with the Chargers, who had selected him 18th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft out of South Carolina.

He has played for the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2012-20), Pittsburgh Steelers (2021) Kansas City Chiefs (2021) and Dolphins (2022). In 145 career games (106 starts), Ingram has 407 tackles, 81 TFL, 57 sacks, three interceptions, 16 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries — returning two for touchdowns.


The Denver Broncos have ruled out outside linebacker Nik Bonitto and tight end Greg Dulcich for their game Saturday night at the Detroit Lions.

Bonitto has not practiced this week after suffering a knee injury against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Bonitto, 24, has played in all 13 games (three starts) and has 27 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

Dulcich (hamstring and foot issues) was a full participant Wednesday but didn’t practice Thursday and remains on injured reserve. Dulcich, 23, has played in only two games (one start) this season and has three receptions for 25 yards.

Safety P.J. Locke (neck) returned to practice as a limited participant on Thursday after not practicing Wednesday and is listed as questionable. Locke, 26, has played in eight games, starting four, and has 30 tackles, three sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles.

The Broncos (7-6) also waived rookie outside linebacker Ronnie Perkins on Thursday.

The Lions (9-4) listed quarterback Hendon Hooker (knee), a full participant in practice, as out for the game. Offensive tackle Taylor Decker (back), defensive tackle Benito Jones (neck), center Frank Ragnow (knee, back, toe) and wide receiver Josh Reynolds (back) all were listed as questionable for the game.


The AFC is up for grabs with four weeks remaining in the regular season.

Three of the conference’s four division leaders lost in Week 14, tightening the playoff picture and keeping the race for the No. 1 seed wide open.

Only the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens (10-3) earned a win and barely. They escaped with an overtime victory over the Rams on a walk-off punt return.

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have the inside track to secure a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. But they have a difficult schedule down the stretch, starting with a trip to Jacksonville to face the AFC South-leading Jaguars (8-5) this Sunday night.

The Ravens then visit NFC-leading San Francisco (10-3) on Christmas night and host AFC East-leading Miami (9-4) and Pittsburgh (7-6) to close out the season.

If they falter, the Cleveland Browns (8-5) are closing in. With veteran Joe Flacco stepping up and providing stability at quarterback, the Browns still have a chance to win the division.

If they win out and the Ravens go 2-2 with one loss to the Steelers or both losses to the 49ers and Jaguars, the Browns will win their first division title since 1989.

Miami’s collapse on Monday night against the Titans opened the door for Buffalo to have a chance at winning its fourth straight AFC East title.

The division will come down to Week 18 when the Bills (7-6) visit the Dolphins if Buffalo closes the gap to one game over the next three weeks. The Bills host Dallas (10-3), visit the Chargers (5-8) and host the Patriots (3-10). The Dolphins host the Jets (5-8) and Cowboys before visiting Baltimore. The Bills won the first meeting so they’d have a chance to sweep the season series and take first place.

The Jaguars have dropped two in a row to allow Houston (7-6) and Indianapolis (7-6) to stay close, but they still have a strong chance to repeat in the South. Those odds will shrink if they don’t upset Baltimore this week.

Jacksonville’s final three games are a bit easier. The Jaguars visit Tampa Bay (6-7), host Carolina (1-12) and finish at Tennessee (5-8).

The biggest surprise in the AFC is Kansas City’s grip on the West is loosening. The Chiefs (8-5) have lost two in a row while the Broncos (7-6) have won six of seven to make things interesting.

If Denver wins out and the Chiefs lose to either the Raiders or Chargers, the Broncos would end Kansas City’s seven-year run of division dominance.

As for the wild-card race, six AFC teams are tied at 7-6 battling for the last two of three spots.


The road back to the Super Bowl for the Eagles has suddenly hit a detour. Consecutive lopsided losses to the 49ers and Cowboys have exposed Philadelphia’s flaws. A once-dynamic offense is struggling and the defense can’t stop anybody.

But help is on the way. The schedule gets easier.

The Eagles (10-3) face four losing teams to close out the season and would overtake Dallas to win the NFC East if they win out.

First up is a trip to Seattle (6-7) next Monday night. Then, it’s Tommy DeVito and the Giants (5-8) twice in three weeks sandwiched around a road game against the Cardinals (3-10).

Jalen Hurts is 26-5 since the start of the 2022 season, but fickle fans are back to questioning his ability to be a franchise QB. Critics have already turned on coach Nick Sirianni, who led the team to 10-1 starts two straight seasons.

Before losing 42-19 to San Francisco and 33-13 to Dallas, the Eagles rallied to beat the Chiefs on the road and the Bills in overtime in a six-day span.

Then they lost to the two best teams in the NFL right now. The Eagles must improve on both sides of the ball to compete for the Super Bowl, but they can’t be counted out after two terrible games.


DeVito has become an overnight sensation in New York after leading the Giants (5-8) to three straight wins and giving them an opportunity to stay in the playoff race at one game behind several 6-7 teams.

His agent, Sean Stellato, went viral Monday night for wearing a black pinstripe suit with a black hat on the sideline before DeVito led the Giants to a comeback win over Green Bay.

Flacco, a Super Bowl MVP a decade ago, came off his couch to help the Browns stay competitive and become Cleveland’s fourth starting QB this season.

Jake Browning has stepped in for Joe Burrow and lifted the Bengals back in to the playoff race with impressive performances in wins over Jacksonville and Indianapolis.

Even Zach Wilson returned from another benching to have perhaps the best game of his career in the Jets’ convincing win over Houston.

In a year where seven starting QBs have sustained significant season-ending injuries, several teams are counting on backups to keep them in playoff contention.


Easton Stick will be the latest backup to make his first start in a season filled with injuries to high-profile quarterbacks.

Justin Herbert joined a growing list of signal-callers who’ve suffered season-ending injuries, paving the way for Stick to make his first career start Thursday night when the Los Angeles Chargers (5-8) visit the Las Vegas Raiders (5-8).

Stick came off the bench after Herbert went down in a loss to Denver last week and completed 13 of 24 passes for 179 yards.

The Raiders have lost three in a row after interim coach Antonio Pierce won his first two games. Aidan O’Connell and the offense couldn’t do anything in a 3-0 loss to Minnesota and Pierce wouldn’t say Wednesday if veteran Jimmy Garoppolo would start against Los Angeles.

The Raiders are 3-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Pro Picks looks to continue its winning ways on Thursday nights and will take the road team.



Line: Falcons minus 3

The Desmond Ridder-Drake London connection is heating up for the Falcons (6-7). Atlanta can’t look past the woeful Panthers (1-12) with first place very much in play.



Line: Bengals minus 3 1/2

The Vikings (7-6) are turning to their fourth starting quarterback, going from Joshua Dobbs to Nick Mullens. Jake Browning has saved the season for the Bengals (7-6) after Joe Burrow went down. Cincinnati has scored 34 points in consecutive wins.

BENGALS, 27-20


Line: Colts minus 2 1/2

Mitch Trubisky will make his second straight start filling in for injured QB Kenny Pickett and the Steelers (7-6) aim to rebound from consecutive losses to teams that entered with two wins. They might be without star edge rusher T.J. Watt. The Colts (7-6) had their four-game winning streak snapped last week, but they’re right in the middle of the AFC wild-card race.

COLTS, 24-17


Line: Lions minus 4

The Broncos (7-6) have won six of seven to climb within one game of AFC West-leading Kansas City. Russell Wilson could have a big day against a defense that’s allowed an average of 29.8 points over the past five weeks. The Lions (9-4) have a comfortable lead in the NFC North, but their shaky defense is a major concern.

LIONS, 27-26


Line: Packers minus 3 1/2

Baker Mayfield’s last-minute touchdown pass against Atlanta put the Buccaneers (6-7) on top of the weak NFC South. Now, they’ve got to find a way to win another road game against a team fighting for a wild-card spot. The Packers (6-7) are on a short week after they were on the wrong end of Tommy DeVito leading the Giants to a comeback win Monday night.

PACKERS, 20-17


Line: Browns minus 3 1/2

With Joe Flacco providing a steady hand at quarterback as well as the team’s stingy defense, the Browns (8-5) have a chance to put some heat on the AFC North-leading Ravens. They can’t afford a slip-up against the improved Bears (5-8). Justin Fields has led Chicago to consecutive wins.

BROWNS, 23-19


Line: Dolphins minus 8 1/2

After a major collapse in the final minutes Monday night against Tennessee, the Dolphins (9-4) can’t let up against another inferior opponent. Zach Wilson is coming off his best game for the Jets (5-8) and they still are clinging to slight playoff hopes.



Line: Saints minus 6

DeVito has turned into a folk hero after leading the Giants (5-8) to three straight wins to put them one game behind a bunch of teams in the NFC wild-card race. Derek Carr and the Saints (6-7) catch New York on a short week. New Orleans has covered the spread just twice in the past eight games.

SAINTS, 23-16


Line: Titans minus 2 1/2

Fresh off an improbable comeback win in Miami on Monday night, Will Levis and the Titans (5-8) look to spoil Houston’s playoff hopes. The Texans (7-6) have lost two of three and QB C.J. Stroud is in concussion protocol. If he doesn’t play, Tennessee has the upper hand.

TITANS, 22-17


Line: Chiefs minus 9 1/2

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs (8-5) are frustrated following two straight losses. Bill Belichick’s Patriots (3-10) had an extra few days to prepare after a Thursday night win.

CHIEFS, 27-13


Line: 49ers minus 13 1/2

The 49ers (10-3) have taken over as the NFC’s No. 1 seed, but can’t afford to look ahead to a prime-time matchup against the Ravens on Christmas. San Francisco has been favored by at least 13 points twice in the past four games and didn’t cover the spread either time. The Cardinals (3-10) are 1-2-2 against the spread as a double-digit underdog in the past 10 games.

49ERS, 30-17


Line: Rams minus 6 1/2

The surprising Rams (6-7) have moved into the NFC wild-card race by winning three in a row before an overtime loss at Baltimore. The Commanders (4-9) have lost four in a row and coach Ron Rivera’s seat is getting hotter.

RAMS, 26-20


Line: Bills minus 1 1/2

Josh Allen saved Buffalo’s season with an impressive performance in a win at Kansas City. Now the Bills (7-6) even have a shot at the AFC East, but Dak Prescott and the Cowboys (10-3) have been scorching hot during a five-game winning streak.

BILLS, 31-28


Line: Ravens minus 3

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens (10-3) can strengthen their grip on the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a road win. Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars (8-5) are reeling after two straight losses.

RAVENS, 27-23


Line: Eagles minus 3 1/2

The Eagles (10-3) are on the ropes after two straight lopsided losses. They’ve lost seven in a row to the Seahawks (6-7) and haven’t won in Seattle since 2008. Geno Smith is banged up for the Seahawks, who’ve lost four in a row.


Below are teams, players and coaches that can set historic marks or reach career milestones in Week 15 of the 2023 NFL season, including:

  • Cincinnati (Jake Browning & Ja’Marr Chase)
  • N.Y. Giants (Tommy DeVito)
  • Indianapolis (Michael Pittman Jr.)
  • Denver (Courtland Sutton)
  • Minnesota (Justin Jefferson)
  • Detroit (Amon-Ra St. Brown)
  • San Francisco (Brock Purdy, Deebo Samuel & Christian McCaffrey)
  • Miami (Tyreek Hill & Raheem Mostert)
  • Tennessee (Derrick Henry)
  • Historic coaching matchup (Bill Belichick & Andy Reid)


Since becoming Cincinnati’s starting quarterback in Week 12, quarterback JAKE BROWNING has completed 69 of 87 attempts (79.3 percent) with a 113.4 passer rating, the highest completion percentage by a quarterback in his first three career starts since 1950. Browning also joined CHAD PENNINGTON as the only quarterbacks since 1950 with a completion percentage of 70-or-higher and a passer rating of 95-or-higher in each of his first three career starts.

Browning will make his fourth start against Minnesota on Saturday (1 p.m. ET, NFLN) and he has an opportunity to register one of the highest completion percentages and passer ratings by a quarterback in his first four career starts since 1950.

The players with the highest completion percentages in their first four career starts at quarterback since 1950:

Chad PenningtonNew York Jets200276.9
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis Rams199972.6
Taysom HillNew Orleans202071.9
Jake BrowningCincinnati202379.3*
*in first three starts   

The players with the highest passer ratings in their first four career starts at quarterback since 1950:

Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis Rams1999136.0
Patrick MahomesKansas City2017-18125.8
Frank ReichBuffalo1989114.9
Jake BrowningCincinnati2023113.4*
*in first three starts   

New York Giants rookie quarterback TOMMY DEVITO, signed by the team as an undrafted free agent,has won three consecutive games, with a passer rating of 100-or-higher and no interceptions in each win.

​With a win at New Orleans on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX), DeVito would become the first undrafted rookie quarterback in the common-draft era to win four overall games as a starter. He can also become the first undrafted rookie in the common-draft era to record a passer rating of 100-or-higher in four games.

DeVito can become the third rookie in NFL history with no interceptions and a passer rating of 100-or-higher in four-or-more consecutive games, joining DAK PRESCOTT (2016) and RUSSELL WILSON (2012).

The rookie quarterbacks with no interceptions and a passer rating of 100-or-higher in the most consecutive games in NFL history:

Dak PrescottDallas20165 (Weeks 9-13)
Dak PrescottDallas20164 (Weeks 2-5)
Russell WilsonSeattle20124 (Weeks 9-13)
Tommy DeVitoNew York Giants20233* (Weeks 11-14)
*active streak   


Indianapolis wide receiver MICHAEL PITTMAN JR. ranks fourth in the league with 95 receptions and can become the first Colts player to record at least 100 receptions in a season since REGGIE WAYNE in 2012 (106 receptions). Pittman has totaled at least eight receptions in each of his past six games.

With eight catches against Pittsburgh on Saturday (4:30 p.m. ET, NFLN), Pittman will become the sixth player ever to record at least eight receptions in seven consecutive games, joining ANTONIO BROWN (eight consecutive games in 2014), AMON-RA ST. BROWN (eight from 2021-22), MICHAEL THOMAS (eight in 2019), ANQUAN BOLDIN (seven in 2005) and TRAVIS KELCE (seven in 2020).

The players with at least eight receptions in the most consecutive games in history:

Antonio BrownPittsburgh20148
Amon-Ra St. BrownDetroit2021-228
Michael ThomasNew Orleans20198
Anquan BoldinArizona20057
Travis KelceKansas City20207
Michael Pittman Jr.Indianapolis20236*
*active streak

Denver wide receiver COURTLAND SUTTON ranks tied for second in the league with a career-high 10 touchdown receptions and is the first Broncos player with at least 10 touchdown receptions in a season since JULIUS THOMAS (12 touchdown receptions) and DEMARYIUS THOMAS (11) in 2014. Sutton has caught a touchdown in each of Denver’s six road games this season.

With a touchdown reception at Detroit on Saturday night (8:15 p.m. ET, NFLN), Sutton will become the fifth player in NFL history with a touchdown reception in each of his team’s first seven road games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers RANDY MOSS (first eight road games in 2007) and LANCE ALWORTH (seven in 1965) as well as DAVANTE ADAMS (seven in 2017) and DONTE’ STALLWORTH (seven in 2002).

The players with a touchdown reception in the most consecutive road games to begin a season in NFL history:

Randy MossHOFNew England20078
Lance AlworthHOFSan Diego Chargers19657
Davante AdamsGreen Bay20177
Donte’ StallworthNew Orleans20027
Courtland SuttonDenver20236*
*active streak

Since entering the league in 2020, Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON ranks second among all players with 5,423 receiving yards. With 90 receiving yards at Cincinnati on Saturday (1 p.m. ET, NFLN), Jefferson will surpass MICHAEL THOMAS (5,512 receiving yards) for the most by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history.

Cincinnati wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE has totaled 3,593 receiving yards and 29 touchdown receptions since entering the league in 2021. With a touchdown reception against Minnesota on Saturday, Chase will become the fourth player ever with 3,500 receiving yards and 30 touchdown receptions in his first three seasons, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR. and Pro Football Hall of Famers RANDY MOSS and JERRY RICE.

Detroit wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN is one of six players this season with at least 85 receptions (87) and 1,000 receiving yards (1,063). With three receptions against Denver on Saturday night (8:15 p.m. ET, NFLN), St. Brown will become the third player ever to record 90 receptions and 900 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR. and MICHAEL THOMAS.


San Francisco second-year quarterback BROCK PURDY leads all qualified passers in completion percentage (70.2) and passer rating (116.9) this season.

Purdy has seven consecutive games with a completion percentage of 70-or-higher and at Arizona on Sunday (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS), can become the second quarterback in NFL history with a completion percentage of 70-or-higher in eight consecutive games within a season in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (eight consecutive games in 1989).

The players with the most consecutive games with a completion percentage of 70-or-higher within a season in NFL history:

Joe MontanaHOFSan Francisco19898
Drew BreesNew Orleans20167
Sam BradfordMinnesota20167
Brock PurdySan Francisco20237*
*active streak

Since entering the NFL in 2022, Purdy has 12 career games with a passer rating of 110-or-higher and, with his next such performance, can tie JUSTIN HERBERT (13 games) for the second-most such games by a player in his first two seasons in NFL history. Only RUSSELL WILSON (14) has more.

The players with the most games with a passer rating of 110-or-higher in their first two seasons in NFL history:

Russell WilsonSeattle14
Justin HerbertLos Angeles Chargers13
Dan MarinoHOFMiami12
Brock PurdySan Francisco12*
*in second season

Over the past two weeks, wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL became the second player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards, one touchdown reception and one rushing touchdown in consecutive games, joining TIMMY BROWN (Weeks 12-13, 1960 with Philadelphia).

In Week 15, Samuel can become the second player in NFL history to record both a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown in three consecutive games, joining PETE JOHNSON (Weeks 11-13, 1981 with Cincinnati).

Running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY leads the league with 1,614 scrimmage yards (1,177 rushing, 437 receiving). With 63 receiving yards on Sunday, McCaffrey would become the fourth player in NFL history to record at least 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in four-or-more career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARSHALL FAULK (five seasons) and THURMAN THOMAS (four) as well as TIKI BARBER (four). McCaffrey reached the marks in 2018, 2019 and 2022.

The players with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the most career seasons in NFL history:

Marshall FaulkHOFSt. Louis Rams5
Tiki BarberNew York Giants4
Thurman ThomasHOFBuffalo4
Christian McCaffreyCarolina, San Francisco3*
*has 1,177 rushing yards and 437 receiving yards in 2023

Since entering the league in 2017, McCaffrey has totaled 5,903 rushing yards and 4,193 receiving yards. With 97 rushing yards, he will become the third player ever with at least 6,000 rushing yards and 4,000 receiving yards in his first seven seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK and ROGER CRAIG.


Miami wide receiver TYREEK HILL leads the league with 1,542 receiving yards and 12 touchdown receptions this season, including eight games with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown.

On Sunday against the New York Jets (1 p.m. ET, CBS), Hill needs 58 receiving yards to become the fourth player in the Super Bowl era and sixth player ever with at least 1,600 receiving yards in their team’s first 14 games of a season.

The players with the most receiving yards in their team’s first 14 games of a season in history:

Charlie HenniganHouston Oilers19611,746
Calvin JohnsonHOFDetroit20121,667
Cooper KuppLos Angeles Rams20211,625
Justin JeffersonMinnesota20221,623
Lance AlworthHOFSan Diego Chargers19651,602
Tyreek HillMiami20231,542*
*in first 13 games

With 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in another game this season, Hill will become the fifth player ever with nine such games in a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers ELROY “CRAZY LEGS” HIRSCH (1951), MICHAEL IRVIN (1995) and RANDY MOSS (2007) as well as COOPER KUPP (2021).

The players with the most games with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in a season in NFL history:

Elroy HirschHOFLos Angeles Rams19519
Michael IrvinHOFDallas19959
Cooper KuppLos Angeles Rams20219
Randy MossHOFNew England20079
Tyreek HillMiami20238*
*entering Week 15

Running back RAHEEM MOSTERT leads the NFL with a career-high 18 scrimmage touchdowns and career-high 16 rushing touchdowns. With his next rushing touchdown, he would surpass ARIAN FOSTER (16 rushing touchdowns in 2010) for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns by an undrafted player in a season since 1967. Only PRIEST HOLMES (27 rushing touchdowns in 2003 and 21 in 2002) and LEGARRETTE BLOUNT (18 in 2016) have more.

The undrafted players with the most rushing touchdowns in a season since 1967:

Priest HolmesKansas City200327
Priest HolmesKansas City200221
LeGarrette BlountNew England201618
Arian FosterHouston201016
Raheem MostertMiami202316*
*entering Week 15

With two scrimmage touchdowns, Mostert will also become the third undrafted player since 1967 to record at least 20 touchdowns in a season, joining AUSTIN EKELER (20 touchdowns in 2021) and PRIEST HOLMES (27 touchdowns in 2003 and 24 in 2002).


Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY ranks tied for fourth in the NFL with 10 rushing touchdowns, becoming the third player ever to record at least 10 rushing touchdowns in six consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (nine consecutive seasons) and ADRIAN PETERSON (seven).

If Henry totals 12 rushing touchdowns this season, he will become the fifth player ever with at least 12 rushing touchdowns in five-or-more of his first eight seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (six seasons) and EMMITT SMITH (five) as well as SHAUN ALEXANDER (five) and ADRIAN PETERSON (five).

Henry has recorded two rushing touchdowns in each of his past three games. With two rushing touchdowns against Houston on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS), he will become the fourth player since 2000 to record at least two rushing touchdowns in four consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (eight consecutive games in 2006), PRIEST HOLMES (six from 2003-04) and RICKY WILLIAMS (four in 2002).

Since entering the league in 2016, Henry has multiple rushing touchdowns in 23 games, more than any other player. With another such performance this season, he will tie PRIEST HOLMES (24 games) for the fourth-most games with at least two rushing touchdowns by a player in his first eight seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least two rushing touchdowns in their first eight seasons in NFL history:

LaDainian TomlinsonHOFSan Diego Chargers32
Emmitt SmithHOFDallas28
Shaun AlexanderSeattle25
Priest HolmesKansas City, Baltimore24
Jim BrownHOFCleveland23
Derrick HenryTennessee23*
*in eighth season


Baltimore defensive tackle JUSTIN MADUBUIKE has a career-high 11 sacks in 2023, the most in a season by a Ravens player since TERRELL SUGGS (11 sacks) in 2017.  He has recorded at least a half sack in each of his past 10 games.

With a half sack at Jacksonville on Sunday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC), Madubuike will become the sixth player to record at least half a sack in 11 consecutive games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, joining JEVON KEARSE (12 consecutive games from 1999-2000), JARED ALLEN (11 from 2010-11), SHAUN ELLIS (11 from 2002-03), TREY HENDRICKSON (11 in 2021) and CHRIS JONES (11 in 2018). Madubuike would join Hendrickson and Jones as the only three to have the streak within a single season.

The players with at least half a sack in the most consecutive games since 1982:

Jevon KearseTennessee1999-200012
Jared AllenMinnesota2010-1111
Shaun EllisNew York Jets2002-0311
Trey HendricksonCincinnati202111
Chris JonesKansas City201811
Justin MadubuikeBaltimore202310*
*active streak

Dallas linebacker MICAH PARSONS ranks eighth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks this season. Since entering the league in 2021, his 39 sacks are the fourth-most among all players.

With a half sack at Buffalo on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX), Parsons – who had 13 sacks as a rookie in 2021 and 13.5 sacks in 2022 – will join Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE as the only players to record at least 13 sacks in each of their first three NFL seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

With a full sack on Sunday, Parsons will become the fifth player since 1982 with at least 40 sacks in his first three seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (52 sacks) and DERRICK THOMAS (43.5) as well as ALDON SMITH (42).

The players with at least 40 sacks in their first three NFL seasons since 1982:

Reggie WhiteHOFPhiladelphia52
Derrick ThomasHOFKansas City43.5
Aldon SmithSan Francisco42
Micah ParsonsDallas39*
*in third season


New England head coach BILL BELICHICK ranks third in NFL history with 301 career regular-season wins, while Kansas City head coach ANDY REID ranks fourth with 255.

When the Patriots host the Chiefs on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX), it will mark the first game in NFL history featuring two opposing head coaches each with at least 250 career regular-season wins.

Their 556 combined wins will be the most-ever combined regular-season wins by two opposing head coaches in a single game, surpassing the 496 combined wins by Pro Football Hall of Famers DON SHULA and TOM LANDRY when the Dolphins and Cowboys met on Nov. 22, 1987.


CHICAGO (5-8) at CLEVELAND (8-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, Fox

BETTING LINE: Browns by 3 1/2 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Bears 6-5-2; Browns 7-5-1.

SERIES RECORD: Browns lead 10-7.

LAST MEETING: Browns beat Bears 26-6 on Sept. 26, 2021, in Cleveland.

LAST WEEK: Bears beat Lions 28-13; Browns beat Jaguars 31-27.





TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Bears minus-1; Browns minus-7.

BEARS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Justin Fields. With an uncertain future in Chicago, Fields has been showing progress as a passer after a slow start. He has a 104.5 rating in his past six games while throwing for 1,284 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Against Detroit, his third game back from a dislocated right thumb, he threw for a TD and ran for another. Fields returns to the site of his first NFL start. As a rookie in 2021, the former Ohio State star got sacked nine times while completing 6 of 20 passes for 68 yards.

BROWNS PLAYER TO WATCH: DE Myles Garrett. He set a franchise record with 4 1/2 sacks the previous time he faced Fields and the Bears. The All-Pro has been stuck on 13 sacks for three weeks, and after being blanked last week Garrett was highly critical of the officiating as he felt the Jaguars got away with holding — and more. Garrett’s been dealing with a shoulder injury.

KEY MATCHUP: Bears WR DJ Moore vs. Cleveland’s secondary. Moore is Chicago’s top playmaker (76 catches, seven TDs) and will require extra attention from the Browns, who are expected to have top cornerback Denzel Ward after he missed three games with a shoulder injury.

KEY INJURIES: Bears DE Yannick Ngakoue broke an ankle late in last week’s game and will miss the remainder of the season. … Moore (ankle) missed practice on Wednesday. … The Browns had another rough week on the injury front, losing starting offensive tackles Jedrick Wills Jr. (knee) and Dawand Jones (knee), S Grant Delpit (groin) , DT Maurice Hurst (pectoral) and DE Ogbo Okoronkwo (pectoral) with season-ending injuries. … RBs Jerome Ford (wrist) and Kareem Hunt (groin) were both limited in practice. … Browns DT Jordan Elliott (concussion) could hurt last week.

SERIES NOTES: Two of the league’s most storied franchises first met in 1951. But despite their rich histories and proximity, Chicago and Cleveland are meeting for just the 18th time. … Browns are 8-2 at home against the Bears.

STATS AND STUFF: Chicago has won three of four and earned back-to-back victories for the first time since 2021. The Bears will try to match their best run since a three-game streak late in 2020. … Chicago had an extra point blocked and a 2-point conversion pass fail last week. … The Bears have 11 sacks in the past five games, giving them 21 this season. … DE Montez Sweat has given the pass rush a big boost with 3 1/2 sacks in five games since a trade from Washington. He got his career-high 10th sack last week. … CB Jaylon Johnson had an interception in his second straight game last week. That gave him four on the season — all in this past seven games, after getting one in his first 43. … Entering Week 15, Moore ranks seventh in yards receiving (1,071) and is tied for sixth in touchdown catches (seven). … S Jaquan Brisker had a career-high 17 tackles last week. … Bears coach Matt Eberflus was an assistant with the Browns in 2009-10. … Despite the inordinate number of key injures, the Browns enter as the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs. Cleveland is trying to make the postseason for just the second time since 2002. … The Browns are 6-1 at home, outscoring opponents 141-60 in the six wins. … The Browns are 22-10 at home under coach Kevin Stefanski since 2020. … Cleveland is just the seventh team in the Super Bowl era to have four different quarterbacks start and win games in the same season. … In his home debut, QB Joe Flacco passed for 311 yards last week. Flacco, who played 11 seasons in Baltimore and signed with the Browns on Nov. 20, is 10-2 as a starter in Cleveland. … TE David Njoku had his first two-TD game last week. He’s already reached his career high in receptions (59). and needs 40 yards to set high in yards (639). … P Corey Bojorquez is averaging 51.5 yards per kick. He switched the field in a key moment last week with a 72-yarder. … K Dustin Hopkins is 8 of 8 on FGs beyond 50 yards. His 31 makes overall are a club single-season record.

FANTASY TIP: With Garrett bearing down on him, Fields will want to get rid of the ball quickly and that could mean big things for TE Cole Kmet, who has 61 catches and five TDs. Cleveland’s linebackers have had issues with tight ends. Jacksonville’s Evan Engram had 11 catches for 95 yards and two TDs last week.


TAMPA BAY (6-7) at GREEN BAY (6-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, CBS

OPENING LINE: Packers by 3½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Buccaneers 8-5; Packers 7-6

SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 34-23-1

LAST MEETING: Packers beat Buccaneers 14-12 at Tampa on Sept. 25, 2022.

LAST WEEK: Buccaneers won 29-25 at Atlanta on Sunday; Packers lost 24-22 on the road against the New York Giants on Monday night





TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Buccaneers plus-6; Packers even

BUCCANEERS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Baker Mayfield is making the most of an opportunity to jump-start his career with Tampa Bay, the fourth team he’s played with in the past two years. He’s tied for eighth in the NFL with 42 completions of 20-plus yards and has thrown 20 touchdown passes with eight interceptions. He also has six road games with two-plus TD passes, most in the NFL. Mayfield lost at Lambeau Field the past two years, as a member of the Cleveland Browns in 2021 and Los Angeles Rams in 2022.

PACKERS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Jordan Love’s performance has been a pretty accurate barometer of the Packers’ success. He has thrown 13 touchdown passes and one interception in Green Bay’s six wins. He has 10 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in the Packers’ seven losses.

KEY MATCHUP: Buccaneers RB Rachaad White vs. Packers run defense: White has rushed for at least 100 yards in two of his past three games. He ran for 102 yards and scored on a 31-yard reception in the Bucs’ victory over the Falcons. Green Bay has allowed at least 140 yards rushing in its past five games. The Packers have given up at least 200 yards on the ground in four games this season.

KEY INJURIES: Buccaneers LB Devin White (foot), CB Jamel Dean (ankle/foot), NT Vita Vea (toe) didn’t play against the Falcons. Bucs S Ryan Neal (hip/back) left in the first half and didn’t return. Their status for Sunday may not be determined until late in the week. … Packers CB Jaire Alexander (shoulder) has sat out five straight games, RB Aaron Jones (knee) has missed three consecutive games, and LB Quay Walker (shoulder) and WR Christian Watson (hamstring) didn’t play in the loss to the Giants. … Packers WR Dontayvion Wicks left the Giants game with an ankle injury.

SERIES NOTES: The Packers have won 14 of their past 15 regular-season home matchups with the Buccaneers, though the Bucs’ most recent Super Bowl run included a 31-26 NFC championship game victory at Lambeau Field on Jan. 24, 2021. Bucs LB Shaquil Barrett had three sacks and two tackles for loss that day, while WR Chris Godwin had five catches for 122 yards. … The Packers have won four of the past five regular-season matchups overall. … Romeo Doubs had eight catches for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ victory at Tampa Bay last season. The Packers clinched that victory by stopping a potential tying 2-point conversion attempt with 14 seconds remaining.

STATS AND STUFF: Since entering the league as a second-round draft pick in 2020, Bucs S Antoine Winfield Jr. ranks first among defensive backs in sacks (13) and forced fumbles (nine). He had his fourth sack and fourth forced fumble of the season in the victory at Atlanta. … White ranks fourth among NFL running backs in yards from scrimmage (1,164) behind San Francisco’s Christian McCaffrey (1,614), Jacksonville’s Travis Etienne (1,189) and Buffalo’s James Cook (1,180). … Bucs WR Mike Evans has 62 receptions for 1,020 yards and 10 TDs. It’s his fifth season with 1,000-plus yards and 10 or more touchdown catches. … The Packers had won 16 straight December games before losing to the Giants on Monday night. They haven’t lost a December game at home since falling 31-0 to the Detroit Lions on Dec. 30, 2018. … Love has thrown six touchdown passes and no interceptions over his past three home games. … Packers CB/KR Keisean Nixon is the NFL’s leading kickoff returner with an average of 27 yards per attempt. Nixon did fumble a punt that led to a touchdown in the loss to the Giants. … Packers WR Jayden Reed has five touchdown catches and two touchdown runs. McCaffrey is the only other NFL player with five-plus touchdown catches and multiple touchdown runs this season.

FANTASY TIP: White’s recent surge makes him a must-start player if you have him on your roster as he prepares to face the Packers’ vulnerable run defense.



Sunday, 8:20 p.m. EST, NBC

OPENING LINE: Ravens by 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Baltimore 8-5; Jacksonville 8-5.

SERIES RECORD: Jaguars lead 13-10.

LAST MEETING: Jaguars beat Ravens 28-27 on Nov. 27, 2022, in Jacksonville.

LAST WEEK: Ravens beat Rams 37-31 in OT; Jaguars lost at Browns 31-27.





TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Ravens plus-4; Jaguars plus-2.

RAVENS PLAYER TO WATCH: DT Justin Madubuike has at least a half-sack in 10 consecutive games, one shy of the NFL record held by Jared Allen, Chris Jones, Trey Hendrickson and Shaun Ellis. Madubuike has 11 sacks on the season, and Baltimore has a league-high 49.

JAGUARS PLAYER TO WATCH: TE Evan Engram has 20 receptions for 177 yards and three touchdowns in Jacksonville’s past two games. He’s clearly become Trevor Lawrence’s go-to guy amid the absence of WR Christian Kirk, who had surgery to repair a core muscle injury last week. Engram most recently scored in three consecutive games as rookie with the New York Giants in 2017.

KEY MATCHUP: Ravens WR Zay Flowers versus Jaguars CB Darious Williams. Flowers has scored three times in Baltimore’s past two games and surely will be a focus for a defense that has given up six lengthy scoring plays in its past three losses. Williams, who ranks second in the NFL with 19 pass defenses this season, will end up covering Flowers early and often.

KEY INJURIES: Ravens S Kyle Hamilton (knee) was hurt against the Rams and was limited in practice this week. WR Devin Duvernay (back) also went down in that game, but Tylan Wallace replaced him on punt returns and ran one back 76 yards for a score in overtime. TE Mark Andrews (ankle) went on injured reserve last month. … The Jaguars could be without two secondary starters. CB Tyson Campbell (quadriceps) and S Andre Cisco (shoulder/groin) missed practice Wednesday. LT Walker Little (knee) and WR/PR Jamal Agnew (shoulder) are expected back this week.

SERIES NOTES: The teams have alternated wins and losses since 2003, a 10-game back-and-forth that, if the trend continues, would mean the Ravens are due to win this matchup. … Jacksonville won the first eight meetings between 1996 and ’99 while both were members of the AFC Central. … The Jaguars rallied from a 19-10 deficit in the fourth quarter to win last season’s game in Jacksonville.

STATS AND STUFF: Baltimore will know before the game whether it can clinch a playoff spot with a victory. The Ravens have nine scenarios that would get them in. … This is the first of three straight games for the Ravens against current division leaders. They face San Francisco and Miami after the Jaguars. … Baltimore has a sack in 34 straight games and at least two sacks in 11 in a row. Those are the longest active streaks in the league. … The Ravens have 22 rushing TDs, two shy of their franchise record. … Baltimore has rushed for at least 100 yards in 29 consecutive games, the NFL’s longest active streak. … The Ravens have allowed a league-low 19 TDs. … Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson is 14-4 as a starter in prime time. … Jackson has 252 completions this season and 2,934 yards passing. His career highs are 265 and 3,127, set during his MVP campaign of 2019. … Jacksonville has to win to keep alive hope of being the AFC’s No. 1 seed in the postseason. … The Jaguars are trying to avoid a three-game skid against the AFC North, having already dropped games to Cincinnati and Cleveland. … Lawrence has accounted for seven TDs — four passing, three rushing — and no interceptions in his past two home games. He also accounted for seven TDs — also four passing, three rushing — and no INTs in five prime-time starts. … RB Travis Etienne need a rushing TD to become the fourth player in franchise history with 10 or more in a season. … Engram tied his career high with 11 catches last week and had the second two-score game of his NFL career. … LB Josh Allen is tied for third in the NFL with 13 1/2 sacks.

FANTASY TIP: Ravens TE Isaiah Likely should start considering the Jaguars allowed Cleveland TE David Njoku to score twice last week.



Saturday, 1 p.m. EST, NFL Network.

OPENING LINE: Bengals by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Vikings 7-4-2; Bengals 6-6-1.


LAST MEETING: Bengals beat Vikings 27-24 in overtime on Sept. 12, 2021, in Cincinnati.

LAST WEEK: Vikings beat Raiders 3-0; Bengals beat Colts 34-14.





TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Vikings minus-5; Bengals plus-10.

VIKINGS PLAYER TO WATCH: LB Ivan Pace Jr. The undrafted rookie, who played in college at Cincinnati, has taken over command of the defensive huddle with veteran Jordan Hicks sidelined by a shin injury. Pace had a sack in each of the past two games and had a career-high 13 tackles with a game-sealing interception last week at Las Vegas and was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

BENGALS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Jake Browning’s past two games have been outstanding. Stepping in for injured franchise QB Joe Burrow, Browning threw for 354 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score in a win over the Jaguars. Then last week he threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another to beat the Colts to keep Cincinnati in the AFC playoff mix.

KEY MATCHUP: Browning against the Vikings defense. The Bengals scored 34 points in each of the past two games, tying a season high. The Minnesota D has allowed 12 touchdowns in its past 10 games, the fewest in the NFL over that span.

KEY INJURIES: Vikings: WR Justin Jefferson (chest), RB Alexander Mattison (ankle) and RT Brian O’Neill (ankle) left the game against the Raiders. RG Ed Ingram (hip) didn’t play. With QB Kirk Cousins out for the season, that left them without five offensive starters. Jefferson has been practicing on a limited basis and said Wednesday he plans to play. The outlook for Mattison, O’Neill and Ingram is less certain. Neither Mattison nor O’Neill practiced Tuesday or Wednesday. Bengals: WRs Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd, and CB DJ Turner II were limited in practice, all with ankle issues.

SERIES NOTES: The longest win streak in the series was just two, then the Vikings prevailed in 1989 and ’92. … The teams have alternated wins in the past seven games from 1995 to 2021. … The Vikings are 1-7 all time in Cincinnati, with four straight losses since their lone road win in 1992. … They’ve never lost to the Bengals in six games in Minnesota.

STATS AND STUFF: The 3-0 win by the Vikings last week was the first 3-0 game in the NFL since since Pittsburgh beat Miami on Nov. 26, 2007. … The Vikings are 7-1 in their past eight Saturday regular-season games, going back 29 years. Their lone loss in that stretch was at Green Bay on Dec. 24, 2016. … The Vikings will start Nick Mullens at QB, their fourth different starter this season after Cousins, Jaren Hall and Joshua Dobbs. Mullens replaced Dobbs in the fourth quarter against the Raiders and led the drive for the decisive field goal. … Since the Super Bowl era began in 1966, six teams in a non-strike regular season have won games with four different starting quarterbacks, including the Browns this season. The Vikings with a win behind Mullens would join the Texans (2015), the Panthers (2007), the Saints (1998) and the Patriots (1989, 1988). … Despite missing seven games with a hamstring injury and more than half of the game last week with the chest injury, Jefferson is 90 receiving yards away from setting the all-time record for most receiving yards in a player’s first four seasons. … The Vikings’ T.J. Hockenson leads all TEs with 85 receptions, the most in Vikings history by a TE. Hockenson is second among TEs in the NFL this season with 839 receiving yards. … Josh Metellus, who has played all over the defense for the Vikings in largely a safety-linebacker hybrid role while playing more than 93% of the snaps, is tied for third in the NFL with four forced fumbles. … Browning spent his first two NFL seasons on the Vikings’ practice squad (2019-20) … Browning has passed for 629 yards and three touchdowns in the past two games. … Browning beat out the more experienced Trevor Siemian for the backup role in the preseason. Siemian is currently on the practice squad for the Jets. … Browning has completed 69 of 84 passes (79.3 percent) in his first three starts — the highest completion rate by any NFL QB in his first three career starts since 1950. … Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase has 1,092 receiving yards. He has over 1,000 yards in each of his three NFL seasons. … Defensively, the Bengals held Jacksonville to 71 rushing yards and the Colts to just 46 last week. … DE Trey Hendrickson had two sacks last week, giving him 13 1/2 for the season. That’s a half sack behind the Steelers T.J Watt and 1 1/2 behind the Chargers’ Khalil Mack for the league lead. … Rookie Chase Brown has given the Bengals another solid option at running back to complement veteran Joe Mixon. … They have combined for over 100 rushing yards in the past two games. They also combined for 126 receiving yards in last week’s rout of the Colts. … The Bengals have scored 62 points in the first quarter since Week 5, the third most in the NFL in that span. Their eight first-quarter TDs during that span are tied for second. … The Bengals plus-10 turnover differential is second best in the league.

FANTASY TIP: Brown, the Bengals rookie RB, is getting more carries and is producing after being slowed by a hamstring injury earlier in the season. His teammates are still talking about his 54-yard catch-and-run TD against the Colts.


DALLAS (10-3) at BUFFALO (7-6)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EST, Fox

OPENING LINE: Bills by 2 1/2 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Cowboys 9-4; Buffalo 5-8.

SERIES RECORD: Cowboys lead 8-5.

LAST MEETING: Bills beat Cowboys 26-15 at Dallas on Nov. 28, 2019.

LAST WEEK: Cowboys beat Eagles 33-13; Bills beat Chiefs 20-17.





TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Cowboys plus-10; Bills plus-2.

COWBOYS PLAYER TO WATCH: K Brandon Aubrey takes his NFL record of 30 consecutive field goals made to start a career back into the elements after keeping the streak alive with kicks of 60 and 59 yards indoors against the Eagles last weekend. While the forecast is mild for December in Buffalo, wind is usually a factor. The 28-year-old rookie and former Major League Soccer prospect will kick outdoors in three of the final four games of the regular season.

BILLS PLAYER TO WATCH: RB James Cook’s production has picked up in the past three games under interim coordinator Joe Brady, and especially in a receiving role by providing Josh Allen an easy outlet to counter opposing pass rushers. Cook had a career-best 83 yards receiving last week and has topped 100 yards from scrimmage in four straight outings. The second-year player is carving out a safety valve role that could prove valuable against a stout Cowboys defense that ranks fourth in the NFL in sacks per play.

KEY INJURIES: Cowboys DT Johnathan Hankins figures to miss time after spraining an ankle against the Eagles. He’s been a key to an improved run defense that was previously regarded to being the club’s biggest weakness. … Bills DE A.J. Epenesa (rib) and starting S Micah Hyde (stinger) are not expected to play after getting hurt last week.

SERIES NOTES: Two of the Cowboys’ wins over the Bills came in consecutive Super Bowl meetings to close the 1992 and ’93 seasons. Buffalo’s 30-13 loss to Dallas on Jan. 30, 1994, was the most recent Super Bowl appearance and ended the Bills’ run of losing four straight appearances. … Buffalo’s win in the teams’ most recent meeting on Thanksgiving Day in 2019 was regarded a breakout outing on a national stage for Josh Allen in his second season. Allen went 19 of 24 for 231 yards with a touchdown, and added a TD rushing. He also memorably recovered his own fumble in converting a fourth-and-1 to extend Buffalo’s go-ahead scoring drive late in the first half.

STATS AND STUFF: Dallas has won five straight and can clinch its third straight playoff berth with a win or a tie. … Since 2021, the Cowboys have the NFL’s highest point differential at plus-485, followed by Buffalo at plus-467. … Dallas is 7-0 at home, where it has scored 279 points, but 3-3 on the road, and scored 142 … The Cowboys are one 30-point game away from tying the franchise record of 10 games of at least 30 points in a season set in 2014. But the Cowboys have been held to single digits in three of their past four visits to Buffalo going back to 1984. The exception was 2007, when Dallas won 25-24 despite Tony Romo’s five interceptions. … Dallas is 9-4 against the AFC over the past three seasons, second to Philadelphia (11-4) in interconference wins by NFC teams in that span. … The Cowboys are the fourth team in the Super Bowl era to win at least eight games by at least 20 points in a season, joining Green Bay (1996), the St. Louis Rams (1999) and New England (2007). … The Cowboys lead the NFL in scoring at 32.4 points per game and are tied for the fewest giveaways with 11. … Mike McCarthy is 40-23 as coach of the Cowboys. He can become the Cowboys first coach with 41 victories in his first four seasons. … QB Dak Prescott can set a franchise record with an eighth consecutive game of at least two touchdown passes. … WR CeeDee Lamb has a career-best streak of five games with at least one TD catch. He can become the first Dallas receiver to reach six in a row since Terrell Owens in 2007. … LB Micah Parsons needs one sack for 40 in his career. Pro Football Hall of Famers Reggie White (52) and Derrick Thomas (43 1/2), along with Aldon Smith (42) and Dwight Freeney (40), are the others with at least 40 in their first three seasons. Parsons has 12 1/2 sacks this season. … CB DaRon Bland’s four-game interception streak ended against the Eagles. He still leads the NFL with eight picks. … The Bills haven’t won consecutive outings since a three-game streak spanning Weeks 2-4. … At 69-41, Sean McDermott moved into second among Bills coaches in career wins, one ahead of Lou Saban, and trailing only Hall of Famer Marv Levy (112). … Allen is 19-6 against NFC opponents, and had a five-game winning streak snapped in a 37-34 OT loss to Philadelphia on Nov. 26. … Allen’s 14 interceptions this season are one short of a matching a career high, and he’s been picked off in nine straight outings. He has a career record of 35-26 in games with a turnover, and 5-6 this season. … Buffalo’s six losses this season have been decided by a combined 26 points. The Bills’ past 11 losses have been decided by six points or fewer going back to being routed 41-15 by Indianapolis on Nov. 21, 2021. … The Bills have allowed 18 sacks, an NFL low this season, and are third in the league with 42 sacks. … Buffalo has generated nine turnovers (five forced fumbles, four interceptions) in its past five outings after a four-game stretch in which the defense managed one forced fumble.

FANTASY TIP: Cowboys TE Jake Ferguson, who has combined for 11 catches for 149 yards and a TD in his past two outings, is a worthy start. The Bills have been burned by tight ends this season and feature a banged-up secondary that will likely be without Hyde.


NEW YORK JETS (5-8) at MIAMI (9-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, CBS

OPENING LINE: Dolphins by 8 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Jets 5-7-1; Dolphins 8-5.

SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 58-56-1.

LAST MEETING: Dolphins beat Jets 34-13 in Week 12 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

LAST WEEK: Jets beat Texans 30-6; Dolphins lost to Titans 28-27.





TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Jets minus-5; Dolphins minus-2.

JETS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Zach Wilson. The third-year quarterback had perhaps the best game of his career, going 27 of 35 for 301 yards while setting career highs with a 75% completion rate and a 117.9 passer rating. Wilson was selected the AFC’s offensive player of the week for his performance. But now all eyes will be on him as he tries to build on an impressive showing. While his future with the Jets is uncertain beyond this season, Wilson has an opportunity to end the year on a promising note.

DOLPHINS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Tua Tagovailoa. The NFL’s leading passer (3,697 yards) had one of his more pedestrian games of the season, with 240 yards passing. His streak of 21 straight games with a passing touchdown also ended. Breakdowns in pass protection caused Tagovailoa to be sacked five times as Miami played the majority of the game without four starters on its offensive line. Tagovailoa hasn’t had many bad games this season, and certainly not in consecutive matchups. He’s still ranked among the NFL’s top five quarterbacks in passer rating (third, 104.8), passing touchdowns (fourth, 24) and yards per attempt (second, 8.5).

KEY MATCHUP: Dolphins receivers vs. Jets secondary. With the status of star receiver Tyreek Hill (ankle) in question, a lot will be asked of the rest of Miami’s receivers against the NFL’s No. 2 pass defense. Jaylen Waddle led Miami in receiving last week with six catches for 79 yards, and Cedrick Wilson Jr. also made a couple of big plays for 30 yards. Coach Mike McDaniel said the Dolphins are the strongest when defenses have to worry about everyone, not just Hill. The Jets haven’t allowed a 100-yard receiver since both Waddle and Hill surpassed 100 yards against them in Week 12.

KEY INJURIES: Jets RT Max Mitchell left last Sunday’s game with a stinger and was limited early in the week. … OL Carter Warren sat out last week with a hip injury and could miss a second straight game. … QB Aaron Rodgers remains on IR as he continues to rehabilitate his torn left Achilles tendon. … The Dolphins placed C Connor Williams on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday with an ACL tear. … Tyreek Hill is dealing with an ankle injury sustained in the first quarter last week against the Titans. … S Jevon Holland has missed the past two games with knee injuries. … S DeShon Elliott is in the concussion protocol. … LT Terron Armstead (knee/ankle) missed last week. … RG Rob Hunt could miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury.

SERIES NOTES: In Week 12, Jevon Holland intercepted Jets quarterback Tim Boyle on a Hail Mary attempt on the last play of the first half and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown. … The only time the teams faced each other in the playoffs was Jan. 23, 1983, when Miami won 14-0 in the AFC championship game before losing to Washington in the Super Bowl. On a muddy field at the Orange Bowl, A.J. Duhe intercepted Richard Todd three times and returned one for a score. Todd finished with five INTs. … In 1986, the Jets won 51-45 in overtime on Ken O’Brien’s 43-yard TD pass to Wesley Walker. … In 1994, Dan Marino led the Dolphins to 22 unanswered points capped by his fake spike with 22 seconds left when he threw a 5-yard TD pass to Mark Ingram for a 28-24 victory. … The Jets had a big comeback of their own in 2000 with the “Monday Night Miracle.” New York erased a 30-7 fourth-quarter deficit as Vinny Testaverde threw four TD passes in the period, including a catch by offensive lineman Jumbo Elliott for the tying score. John Hall’s 40-yard field goal in OT gave the Jets a 40-37 victory.

STATS AND STUFF: The Jets’ win last Sunday over Houston snapped a five-game losing streak, their longest skid since dropping six straight to end last season. … Wilson returned to the starting role after being the Jets’ No. 3 QB while Tim Boyle started two games and had the third 300-yard passing game of his career. … Wilson went 18 of 21 for 209 yards and two touchdowns in the second half against the Texans, his most yards passing in any half in his three-year NFL career. … The Jets had three touchdowns on offense, ending a skid of two or fewer in eight straight games. … WR Garrett Wilson has 159 catches and 1,956 yards receiving, the most in both categories by a Jets player through his first two seasons. … RB Breece Hall had seven catches last week, giving him at least five in each of the past four games. The only Jets RBs with longer such streaks are Richie Anderson (seven, 2000-01) and Freeman McNeil (five, 1986). … Despite going 6 of 15 on third down and 3 for 3 in the red zone against Houston, New York still ranks last in the NFL in both categories. Their third down conversion efficiency is 25% and red zone conversion rate is 34.5%. … New York has used 10 starting offensive line combinations in 13 games, including a different front five in each of the past nine games. … The defense has not allowed 300 yards passing in 31 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak behind New Orleans (39). … DL Bryce Huff has a career-high seven sacks and leads the NFL D-linemen with a 23.5% pressure rate. … K Greg Zuerlein kicked field goals of 51 and 55 yards last week, giving him four from 50 or more yards this season and 10 in the past two years — the most made by a Jets kicker in consecutive seasons. … The Dolphins were leading by 14 points with under three minutes left before allowing the Titans to score twice to pull off the upset. The previous team to lose in regulation after leading by that many points with under three minutes remaining was Indianapolis to Houston in 2016. Before that, teams were 0-767. … Miami’s No. 1-ranked red zone offense went 2 of 5 in that area Monday. … The Dolphins still lead the NFL in yards per rush (5.3), total passing yards per game (279.2), and plays of at least 10 yards (203). … Tyreek Hill was limited to just 34 snaps Monday because of an ankle injury. His 61 yards gave him 1,542 for the season, which still puts him on pace for the first 2,000-yard receiving season. … Miami has used 10 different offensive linemen and started nine different combinations in 13 games this season. … The Dolphins are second in the NFL in rushing, averaging 144.5 yards per game. … Raheem Mostert has an NFL-leading and career-high 16 rushing touchdowns (18 total) this season. His 16 rushing touchdowns are tied with RB Ricky Williams for the most in a season in Dolphins history. … The defense has allowed nine offensive touchdowns in six home games this season. … Miami’s defense has a pick-6 in each of the past three games, and four overall.

FANTASY TIP: If the Jets No. 5 defense has a weakness to exploit, it’s against the run, where they are allowing 131.8 yards per game. Miami’s No. 2 rushing offense is averaging 144.5 yards per game. Mostert, the NFL’s second leading rusher at 924 yards, ran for 96 yards last week. Rookie De’Von Achane averaged 6.7 yards on seven carries as the Dolphins rushed for 158 yards as a team.


Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel says concern about star receiver Tyreek Hill’s injury status goes beyond Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Hill, who leads the NFL with 1,542 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches, sustained a left ankle injury in Monday night’s loss to the Tennessee Titans.

The Dolphins did not practice on Wednesday, but McDaniel estimated that Hill would not have participated if it had been a normal session.

“He’s such an important part of our team that we’re going to make sure that when he’s on the field, he’s not at risk of further injury to himself,” McDaniel said Thursday, per the Miami Herald.

The Dolphins (9-4) are one game behind the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the AFC’s No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Miami could consider keeping Hill on the sidelines against the visiting Jets (5-8), even if it means harming his quest to become the NFL’s first 2,000-yard receiver. Having a healthy Hill for the stretch run and the postseason would almost assuredly outweigh the record chase.

The Dolphins have a grueling schedule after the Jets, hosting the Dallas Cowboys (10-3) in Week 16, visiting the Ravens (10-3) in Week 17 and hosting the Buffalo Bills (7-6) in the Jan. 7 regular season finale.

Hill, 29, is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time All-Pro with 695 catches for 9,882 yards and 75 touchdowns in 121 games (103 starts) with the Kansas City Chiefs (2016-21) and Dolphins.


The eight finalists for the 2023 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, given annually to an NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, were announced Thursday by the league.

The finalists are defensive end Maxx Crosby (Las Vegas), linebacker Khalil Mack (Los Angeles Chargers), linebacker C.J. Mosley (New York Jets) and guard Kevin Zeitler (Baltimore) in the AFC, and safety Budda Baker (Arizona), fullback Kyle Juszczyk (San Francisco), quarterback Dak Prescott (Dallas) and linebacker Bobby Wagner (Seattle) in the NFC.

A four-member panel from the NFL Legends Community whittled the list of 32 NFL team nominees to eight.

Voting for the winner will be done on the Pro Bowl ballot.

The award was created in 2014 and named for Art Rooney Sr., the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Each nominee has displayed the character of Mr. Rooney’s legacy,” said former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a member of the panel. “The award represents teamwork, competitiveness, hard work and integrity while on the field.”



It should not come as much of a surprise, but Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe officially announced that he will forego the 2024 NFL Draft and be returning to the Crimson Tide next season. Milroe finished sixth overall in this year’s Heisman Trophy voting and will likely be the odds-on betting favorite heading into next year.

His growth and resiliency in 2023 has been a blast to watch in real time as he went from being benched in Week 3 against USF to leading the Tide to ten straight wins, an SEC Championship and a College Football Playoff berth. Milroe and the Alabama team are totally dialed in on the work they have this upcoming month, but this question still needed to be asked. During an appearance on the Next Round this morning Milroe was asked if he would be back to which he laughed and definitively said yes.

After beating Georgia and sneaking into the Playoffs Alabama fans should be soaking up every second of this season, but man it’s hard not to look forward to 2024. With Milroe returning now and a 12-team Playoff, it’s pretty hard to imagine that the Tide won’t be in the thick of it next year as well.



De’Aaron Fox poured in 41 points, Malik Monk and Keon Ellis combined for 35 off the bench and the host Sacramento Kings overcame a 43-point performance by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for a 128-123 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.

In the opener of a six-game homestand, Domantas Sabonis recorded an 18-point, 16-rebound double-double against his former team, helping the Kings beat the Thunder for the second straight time this season.

Josh Giddey chipped in with 18 points for the Thunder. He hit consecutive hoops at the end of a 6-0 burst that got the Thunder to within 119-117 with 3:00 remaining, capping a rally from 14 down.

Gilgeous-Alexander tied his season high in points with a layup with 6.1 seconds to go, making it a one-possession game again at 124-121, before Murray clinched the Kings’ third victory in their last four games with four late free throws.

Jazz 122, Trail Blazers 114

Collin Sexton scored a season-best 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting and Simone Fontecchio also posted a season high with 24 points on 7-of-8 shooting as Utah beat host Portland.

Talen Horton-Tucker added 23 points and Ochai Agbaji tallied 16 for Utah, which won back-to-back games for just the third time all season. Walker Kessler had 10 points and 10 rebounds and matched his career best of seven blocked shots for the Jazz, who led by 32 points in the third quarter.

Rookie Scoot Henderson had season bests of 23 points and 10 assists and Toumani Camara added 18 points for the Trail Blazers, who lost their fifth consecutive game. Duop Reath scored 15 points for the Trail Blazers and Jabari Walker added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Celtics 116, Cavaliers 107

Jayson Tatum had 27 points and 11 rebounds to help Boston beat Cleveland and remain unbeaten at home.

The Celtics improved their home record to 12-0, keeping them as the only NBA team that hasn’t lost on its home court this season. All five Boston starters scored in double figures. Jaylen Brown finished with 22, Kristaps Porzingis had 18, Jrue Holiday tossed in 15 and Derrick White scored 14. Horford had 10 rebounds.

Cleveland received a game-high 31 points from Donovan Mitchell, 26 from Caris LeVert and 19 from Darius Garland. Mitchell also had eight rebounds and six assists. Jarrett Allen led Cleveland with 10 rebounds.

Timberwolves 119, Mavericks 101

Naz Reid sank a career-high seven 3-pointers to highlight his season-best 27-point performance, lifting visiting Minnesota over Dallas.

Reid made 8 of 14 shots from the floor for the Timberwolves, who overcame Luka Doncic’s 39-point, 13-assist performance and posted their seventh win in their last eight games.

Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 21 points and 17 rebounds, Mike Conley added 14 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 13. Anthony Edwards made just 3 of 19 shots from the floor to finish with nine points — albeit with 11 assists — in his return from a one-game absence due to a right hip pointer.

Clippers 121, Warriors 113

James Harden recorded season highs of 28 points and 15 assists and Kawhi Leonard added 27 points as Los Angeles extended its winning streak to a season-high six games with a victory over visiting Golden State.

Norman Powell scored 21 points and Amir Cofffey added a season-high 18 for the Clippers, while Harden became the 24th player in NBA history to reach the 25,000-point plateau on a driving layup with 4:33 remaining in the third quarter. Los Angeles won without star Paul George, who missed his first game of the season (left hip soreness).

Klay Thompson scored a season-high 30 points with eight 3-pointers and Stephen Curry added 17 for the Warriors.

Jonathan Kuminga scored 15 points and Chris Paul added 12 for Golden State, who dropped to 4-12 since Nov. 8 and lost their seventh consecutive game on the road.

Nuggets 124, Nets 101

Nikola Jokic had 26 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, Peyton Watson scored a career-high 18 points, and host Denver beat Brooklyn.

Jamal Murray had 16 points, Aaron Gordon added 13 points, Reggie Jackson scored 12 points and Christian Braun contributed 10 for Denver, which played without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (concussion protocol).

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 17 points, Cam Thomas had 13 points and Cameron Johnson and Nic Claxton added 10 each for the Nets.

Bulls 124, Heat 116

Coby White notched game highs of 26 points and 11 assists as Chicago earned a wire-to-wire win over host Miami.

Chicago’s Nikola Vucevic added 24 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double in his past seven games. Vucevic added seven assists and three steals. The Bulls, who have won five of their past seven games, also got a season-high 24 points from reserve Ayo Dosunmu, who made 10 of 12 shots. DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, making 10 of 11 free throws.

Reserve Jaime Jaquez Jr. led Miami with 22 points. It was his 12th straight double-figure game, the first Heat rookie to do that since Kendrick Nunn in 2019-2020. Jimmy Butler added 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Heat.



Oso Ighodaro scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the No. 7 Marquette Golden Eagles escape with an 84-79 win over the St. Thomas Tommies on Thursday night in Milwaukee.

Kam Jones added 13 points for Marquette (9-2) while Tyler Kolek added a game-high 10 assists. Chase Ross finished with 11 points, including a key 3-pointer in the late stages.

St. Thomas (6-5) was led by Drake Dobbs with 14 points and four assists. Kendall Blue chipped in with 13 points in the loss.

Marquette was able to gain a lead in the first half, going into the break up 45-33 after leading for much of the half. The Golden Eagles shot 63 percent from the floor.

The 12-point deficit would not faze the Tommies, who fought back in the second half to make it competitive.

St. Thomas outscored Marquette in the second half 46-39, shooting 57 percent from the field and holding Marquette to just 37 percent.

In the final minutes, Marquette still had trouble putting away the Tommies. With just over a minute to go, Drake Dobbs knocked down a floater to make it a two-point game.

However, St. Thomas was then forced to intentionally foul, and Kolek capitalized for Marquette at the line. Kolek scored the final six Marquette points, all from the free-throw line.

Down by six, Brooks Allen knocked down a deep 3-pointer to keep the Tommies’ hopes alive. Kolek answered with the fifth and sixth free throws of that stretch to seal the victory.

The win wraps up nonconference play for Marquette with a 9-2 record. They’ll begin Big East play on Tuesday when they travel to Providence.


Steven Crowl had 19 points and Tyler Wahl added 16 to lead No. 23 Wisconsin to a 75-60 nonconference victory over visiting Jacksonville State on Thursday night in Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin (8-3) bounced back from a 98-73 loss at top-ranked Arizona on Saturday, which snapped the Badgers’ six-game winning streak.

AJ Storr added 13 points for the Badgers. Crowl had nine rebounds and Wahl seven to pace Wisconsin to a 33-27 edge on the boards.

Wisconsin was 18 of 26 from the free-throw line, while the Gamecocks were 6 of 8. The Badgers also had a 40-20 edge on points in the paint.

KyKy Tandy had 16 points and Marcellus Brigham Jr. added 10 for Jacksonville State (4-7), which lost its third straight.

The Gamecocks got within 52-43 on two free throws by Caleb Johnson with 10:12 remaining. The Badgerrs pushed the lead to 61-43 before the Gamecocks’ Travis Roberts hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to snap a scoring drought of more than four minutes.

Jacksonville State, which trailed by 13 midway through the first half, pulled within 38-30 at the break on Ivan Reynolds’ uncontested 3-pointer from just inside halfcourt at the buzzer.

The Gamecocks scored the first four points of the second half to get within 38-34. The Badgers extended the lead to 44-34 before Tandy hit a 3-pointer to end another four-minute scoreless stretch.

Crowl scored on a layin to put Wisconsin up 27-14 with 7:14 left in the first half. Jacksonville State responded with a 10-2 run, pulling within 29-24 on two free throws by Tandy.

Brigham hit a 3-pointer to bring the Gamecocks within 30-27 with 3:30 left in the first half, but Wisconsin pushed the lead to 38-27.

The Gamecocks were hampered early inside when Juwan Perdue, the team’s leading rebounder, picked up his second foul less than two minutes in, and he did not return for 10 1/2 minutes. He finished with four points and two boards in 13 minutes.


NHL Roundup: Steven Stamkos Nets 4, Lightning Halt Oilers’ Win Streak

Steven Stamkos scored four goals and Andrei Vasilevskiy made a season-high 53 saves as the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning snapped Edmonton’s eight-game winning streak with a 7-4 victory on Thursday night.

It was the first four-goal game of Stamkos’ career and included his 200th career power-play goal. Nikita Kucherov had a goal and two assists, Conor Sheary added two assists and Tyler Motte and Anthony Cirelli also scored for Tampa Bay.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and two assists, Darnell Nurse scored a short-handed goal and Connor McDavid and Zach Hyman each scored power-play goals for Edmonton. Stuart Skinner finished with 17 saves.

Canucks 4, Panthers 0

Dakota Joshua scored twice and goaltender Thatcher Demko posted his third shutout of the season as host Vancouver beat Florida.

Brock Boeser and Andrei Kuzmenko also scored for the Canucks, who extended their winning streak to four games. Boeser, who is second in the league in goals with 22, has netted nine goals and 14 points in a nine-game streak. Demko made 36 saves — 15 of them in the third period — for his sixth career shutout on the night former star goalie Roberto Luongo was added to the Canucks’ Ring of Honour.

Panthers starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 13 of 17 shots before being pulled after the second period in his team’s second consecutive shutout loss, both by the same score.

Blues 4, Senators 2

Robert Thomas scored twice and earned an assist as St. Louis won Drew Bannister’s coaching debut against visiting Ottawa.

The Blues fired coach Craig Berube after their 6-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Bannister, who was coaching the Blues’ AHL affiliate in Springfield, was promoted to his role in St. Louis on an interim basis. Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and assist and Brandon Saad also scored for the Blues, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Justin Faulk had two assists for St. Louis and Jordan Binnington made 32 saves.

Dominik Kubalik and Mathieu Joseph scored and Joonas Korpisalo had 26 saves for the Senators, who lost for the sixth time in nine games.

Blue Jackets 6, Maple Leafs 5 (OT)

Kent Johnson scored his second goal of the game 3:26 into overtime and visiting Columbus recovered from a third-period meltdown to defeat Toronto.

The Maple Leafs scored five goals in the third period to tie the score. Auston Matthews scored twice within 30 seconds in the final two minutes of the third to force overtime. The tying goal came at 19:15.

Johnson won it with his third goal of the season. He also had an assist.

Hurricanes 2, Red Wings 1

Pyotr Kochetkov made 25 saves in goal to lead Carolina to the victory over host Detroit.

Jack Drury and Jordan Staal each scored goals for the Hurricanes, who have won two straight after a four-game losing streak. Staal’s goal with 8:11 left in the second period was the decisive tally.

Michael Rasmussen scored the lone goal of the game for the Red Wings, who have lost four of five. Ville Husso made 37 saves for Detroit.

Wild 3, Flames 2 (SO)

Matt Boldy scored a goal in regulation and netted the decisive goal in the shootout round to lift Minnesota over visiting Calgary in Saint Paul, Minn.

Mats Zuccarello also scored during the shootout for Minnesota, which won for the sixth time in eight games since John Hynes took over as coach. Marco Rossi joined Boldy with the Wild’s other goal in regulation.

Filip Gustavsson turned aside a final shot by Nazem Kadri in the shootout round. Yegor Sharangovich and Blake Coleman scored in regulation for the Flames, who collected one point.

Kraken 7, Blackhawks 1

Kailer Yamamoto scored twice as Seattle defeated visiting Chicago.

Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and two assists, Tye Kartye, Eeli Tolvanen, Jared McCann and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also tallied and Will Borgen and rookie Ryker Evans added two assists apiece as the Kraken won their second in a row following an eight-game skid (0-6-2). Goaltender Joey Daccord made 21 saves.

Taylor Raddysh scored for the Blackhawks, who suffered their third consecutive defeat. Goalie Arvid Soderblom stopped 17 of 24 shots before being replaced by Petr Mrazek at 3:28 of the third.

Flyers 4, Capitals 3 (SO)

Sean Couturier and Bobby Brink each scored in a shootout and host Philadelphia rallied to defeat Washington.

Brink, Joel Farabee and Owen Tippett each scored one goal in regulation for the Flyers. Morgan Frost contributed two assists. Flyers goaltender Sam Ersson received the start since Carter Hart was out with an illness. Ersson made 27 saves.

Dylan Strome and Tom Wilson each had one goal and one assist for the Capitals. Connor McMichael also scored and Aliaksei Protas had two assists. T.J. Oshie was only one of three players to score for Washington in the shootout.



The New York Mets signed right-handed reliever Jorge Lopez to a one-year contract on Thursday.

The team did not announce financial terms. ESPN previously reported the deal was for $2 million.

Lopez, 30, pitched for the Minnesota Twins, Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles in 2023, posting a combined 6-2 record with three saves and a 5.95 ERA in 61 appearances.

He was named to the American League All-Star team in 2022, a season he finished at 4-7 with a 2.54 ERA and 23 saves for the Twins and Orioles.

In 230 career games (58 starts), Lopez has a 22-40 record with a 5.51 ERA, 418 strikeouts and 27 saves for five teams since making his major league debut in 2015 with the Milwaukee Brewers.


The Detroit Tigers agreed to a one-year, $14 million deal with right-hander Jack Flaherty, according to multiple reports Thursday.

According to ESPN, the deal can be worth up to $15 million if Flaherty reaches all of his start bonuses.

Flaherty, 28, made 20 starts with the St. Louis Cardinals last season before being dealt to the Baltimore Orioles, who moved him into the bullpen for the playoffs. He finished the regular season 8-9 with a 4.99 ERA in 29 games (27 starts), striking out 148 in 144 1/3 innings.

A first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2014, he spent the first six-plus seasons of his career with St. Louis, compiling a 41-31 mark with a 3.58 ERA in 122 games (118 starts).

Flaherty enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2019, going 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA in 33 starts and finishing fourth in National League Cy Young Award voting. But he has been unable to recapture that form, going 23-15 with a 4.42 ERA in the last four seasons combined.

Flaherty is 42-34 with a 3.75 ERA in 131 career games (125 starts), striking out 748 in 667 2/3 innings.

The Tigers, who signed right-hander Kenta Maeda this offseason, are hoping the seven-year veteran can help the organization have a winning season for the first time since 2016.





Saturday, 4:30 p.m. EST, NFL Network.

OPENING LINE: Colts by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Steelers 7-6, Colts 8-5.

SERIES RECORD: Steelers lead 26-6.

LAST MEETING: Steelers beat Colts 24-17 on Nov. 28, 2022 in Indianapolis.

LAST WEEK: Steelers lost to Patriots 21-18, Colts lost to Bengals 34-14.





TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Steelers plus-10; Colts plus-1.

STEELERS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Mitch Trubisky. His first start in place of the injured Kenny Pickett didn’t go as smoothly as planned. He threw an early interception on an ill-advised pass that sailed into triple coverage, setting up a New England touchdown. He also made a questionable decision to throw deep to WR Diontae Johnson on fourth-and-2 at midfield with two minutes left when a first down could have positioned the Steelers for a tying field goal. Coach Mike Tomlin remains committed to Trubisky, but another shaky start could jeopardize Tomlin’s support.

COLTS PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Zack Moss. With Jonathan Taylor still recovering from thumb surgery and his status unclear, the Colts need to provide more offensive balance. He played a key role in Indy’s strong early season ground game when Taylor also was out. But Indy has failed to top the 80-yard mark in four of their past six games and it needs a better performance this week.

KEY MATCHUP: Steelers screen passes vs. Colts pass rush. Indy is tied for third in the league with 42 sacks and is needs five to break the franchise’s single-season record. But last week, Bengals QB Jake Browning took advantage of the Colts’ aggressiveness with three game-changing screen passes. It’s a copy-cat league and Pittsburgh’s low-scoring offense would be wise to challenge the Colts, too.

KEY INJURIES: Steelers OLBs T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith began the week in concussion protocol but were limited participants in practice Tuesday. Watt returned to full action Wednesday and the Steelers said he’s cleared the protocol. Highsmith was still limited Wednesday and might play. QB Kenny Pickett (ankle) will miss his second straight game. … Taylor has missed the past two games and Indy chose not to put him on injured reserve in hopes he’d return in about three weeks. He’s now in that window. Three other Colts starters sat out last week — CB JuJu Brents (quad) RT Braden Smith (knee), LB E.J. Speed (knee). Brents and Speed were both full participants in practice the first two days this week. Taylor and Smith did not practice either day.

SERIES NOTES: Pittsburgh has won eight straight and nine of the past 10 in this series. The Steelers won a franchise-best nine straight over Indy from 1985-2002. … Pittsburgh has won all five playoff games, the first two when the Colts were in Baltimore, and the Steelers have won three AFC titles after postseason wins over the Colts. The most memorable matchups came in the AFC championship game following the 1995 season and in January 2006, the year coach Bill Cowher won his Super Bowl title. … The Colts, Steelers and Browns were the three teams that moved from the NFL to the AFC as part of the 1970 merger. Pittsburgh and Cleveland split their two games this season while the Colts lost to the Browns.

STATS AND STUFF: The Steelers are smarting after back-to-back home losses to Arizona and New England. Pittsburgh became the first NFL team with a winning record to lose consecutive home games against foes who were at least eight games under .500. … The most recent time Pittsburgh lost three in a row came during a four-game skid early in the 2022 season. … Colts QB Gardner Minshew is the fifth backup quarterback the Steelers have faced in seven weeks. They beat Tennessee (Will Levis) and Cincinnati (Browning) while losing to New England (Bailey Zappe) and Cleveland (Dorian Thompson-Robinson). … Pittsburgh is 36-28 all time on Saturdays, 11-19 on the road. … The Steelers’ red-hot running game cooled off significantly against the Patriots. Trubisky was Pittsburgh’s top runner 30 yards. … Special teams ace Miles Killebrew’s three blocked punts since the start of 2022 are the most among active players. He deflected a punt against the Pats last week that didn’t go down as a block because the kick traveled 11 yards. … Watt, Pittsburgh’s career sacks leader, had his third game without a sack this season last week. … The Steelers won their first six one-score decisions this season but are 1-2 in their past three. Those nine one-score decisions are a league high. Indy is tied for third with a 5-2 mark in one-score games. … WR George Pickens had three 100-yard performances in Pittsburgh’s first five games and three TDs in the first six, but he hasn’t topped 100 yards since Oct. 22 and hasn’t scored since Oct. 29. … The Steelers and Colts entered Week 15 sitting in the AFC’s final two playoff spots. Saturday’s winner will stay in the playoff hunt while the loser may struggle to stay close. … Indy is 2-4 on its home turf this season and has lost all four games played at Lucas Oil Stadium in this series. … The Colts are one of only six NFL teams to score 20 or more points in 11 games and are second in non-offensive TDs (five) this season. … WR Michael Pittman Jr. needs five catches for the first 100-catch season of his career, 16 yards for his second 1,000-yard season and eight receptions to break Marvin Harrison’s franchise record for consecutive games with eight or more catches (six). … Minshew has been sacked eight times in the past three weeks and is 2-4 when he throws an interception. … Moss already has established single-season career bests for yards rushing (751) and TD runs (five). … LB Zaire Franklin has retook the league lead in tackles (144). … Indy’s defense ranks first in the NFL in strip-sacks (10), second in fumbles forced (16) and third in tackles for loss (74). It also has forced a turnover in 18 consecutive games, the NFL’s longest active streak. Miami is second at seven. … The Colts have only yielded three points in the final two minutes of the first or second halves this season.

FANTASY TIP: It’s a tough call this week. Typically, in low-scoring contests, fantasy players may be tempted to take a defense. But both have had struggles, and the Steelers would look quite different if Watt or Highsmith — or both — don’t play. The safter choice this week would be the most consistent offensive player on either team, Pittman, who fell 5 yards short of his third straight 100-yard game last week.


Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor will be out for a third straight game due to a thumb injury.

Head coach Shane Steichen said Thursday that Taylor won’t play Saturday when the Colts (7-6) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) in a game crucial to both teams’ wild-card chances in the AFC playoff race.

Steichen also ruled out starting right tackle Braden Smith for the second straight game due to a knee injury.

Taylor was injured during a Nov. 26 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and underwent surgery three days later.

After missing the first four games of the season due to a contract standoff and an ankle injury, Taylor has amassed 414 rushing yards and four touchdowns in seven games (five starts) this season. He also has 16 catches for 137 yards and one score.

In his career, Taylor has 5,194 yards from scrimmage and scored 41 touchdowns in 50 games (46 starts). Taylor, 24, was the NFL rushing champion with 1,811 yards in his second season in the league.

Smith, 27, has started eight games this season and 78 of his 80 games since the Colts drafted him in the second round in 2018.


Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Colts today signed wide receiver D.J. Montgomery to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and waived guard Arlington Hambright.

Montgomery, 6-1, 201 pounds, has spent time on the team’s active roster and practice squad this season. He has appeared in three games with Indianapolis. Montgomery participated in training camp with the Colts after originally signing with the team as a free agent on August 18, 2023. Prior to Indianapolis, he spent time with the Michigan Panthers of the USFL. Montgomery spent time on the Houston Texans’ practice squad last season after spending time with the Colts during 2022 training camp. He spent time on the New York Jets’ active roster and practice squad in 2021. Montgomery played in three games and caught three passes for 36 yards (12.0 avg.). In 2020, he spent time on the Jets’ practice squad. As a rookie in 2019, Montgomery spent the entire season on the Cleveland Browns’ Injured Reserve list. He was originally signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2019.

Hambright, 6-5, 300 pounds, has spent time on the team’s active roster and practice squad this season. He saw action in two games with Indianapolis. Hambright spent time on Indianapolis’ practice squad in 2022. He was originally signed to the team’s practice squad on September 1, 2022. Hambright participated in the New England Patriots’ 2022 offseason program and training camp before being waived on August 30. In 2021, he spent time on the Chicago Bears’ active roster and practice squad but did not see game action. As a rookie in 2020, Hambright played in nine regular season games (one start) and one postseason contest with the Bears. He was originally selected by Chicago in the seventh round (226th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft.



After a tough midweek loss to a Central Division rival, the Indiana Pacers have an opportunity to bounce back in the nation’s capital.

In a rematch of the Oct. 25 season opener, the Pacers (13-9) will take on the Washington Wizards (3-20) on Friday at Capital One Arena.

While Indiana’s stock is on the rise, Washington has struggled to find success during its 2023-2024 campaign.

The Wizards currently have the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference, trailing just the Detroit Pistons (2-22), while the Pacers have won four of their last five games and are sixth in the East.

On Wednesday night, the Wizards ranked last in the NBA in opponents points per game (126.3) and rebounds per game (39.0).

Alternatively, no team in the NBA has a higher scoring average (128.4 per game), is shooting at a higher clip as a team (50.7 percent), or is dishing out more assists per game (30.3) than the Pacers.

The Pacers and Wizards currently play at the two fastest paces in the NBA, but the Pacers are also leading the league in points in the paint per game at 59.9 per contest.

Indiana has relied on the ascending superstardom of Tyrese Haliburton and its depth to achieve wins this season. Eight players are averaging more than 10 points per game, seven are shooting over 50 percent, and the squad is 11-2 when six or more players score in double figures.

The Pacers enter their next matchup coming off a 140-126 loss on Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

 Against the Bucks (17-7), the Pacers trailed by seven points going into the fourth quarter before giving up 39 points in the final 12 minutes of play. Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded a new franchise record for points in a game by netting 64 against the Blue & Gold – a new record for points by a Pacers opponent.

In the loss, Haliburton and Myles Turner each recorded 22 points.

Washington also dropped their Wednesday night matchup, losing to the New Orleans Pelicans 142-122.

Six players scored in double digits for the Wizards in the loss, led by 27 from Kyle Kuzma. Brandon Ingram accounted for 40 points for the Pelicans, which dominated the Wizards 54-38 in points in the paint and 46-33 in rebounding.

After taking on the Wizards, the Pacers will conclude their four-game road trip at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Bruce Brown, F – Buddy Hield, F – Obi Toppin, C – Myles Turner

Wizards: G – Tyus Jones, G – Jordan Poole, F – Deni Avdija, F – Kyle Kuzma, C – Daniel Gafford

Injury Report

Pacers: Andrew Nembhard – out (right knee bone bruise), Jalen Smith – out (left knee bone bruise/left heel contusion)

Wizards: TBA

Last Meeting

Oct. 25, 2023: The Pacers set a new franchise record for points scored in a season opener by posting a 143-120 blowout win over the Wizards at Gainbridge Arena.

The 143 points not only were the most for the Pacers in a season opener but the most by any team in the league in the first game of a season since 1990. As a team, the Pacers made 20 3-pointers.

Eight players logged double-digit points for the Pacers, led by 24 points by Bruce Brown, who drilled six 3-pointers. In addition, Haliburton put up 20 points and 11 assists, and Andrew Nembhard collected 12 points and 10 assists for a double-double off the bench.

After leading by five points at halftime, the Pacers outscored the Wizards 37-28 in the third frame to gain some separation. In the final 12 minutes, the Blue & Gold never gave up the lead.

Kuzma topped the Wizards’ box score with 25 points, Jordan Poole added 18, and Tyus Jones and Danilo Gallinari each scored 16.

Indiana outrebounded Washington 51-45 and won the turnover margin 12-14. Overall, the Wizards shot 45 percent from the field, and the Pacers shot 52.8 percent.


The Pacers haven’t won a season series against the Wizards since the 2019-2020 campaign. The teams will play one last time this season in Indianapolis on Jan. 10.

When he takes the floor, Myles Turner will pass Bob Netolicky on Friday for the 15th most games played for the Pacers. It will be Turner’s 516th game with the Blue & Gold.

On Wednesday, Washington Wizards ownership announced it had reached a nonbinding agreement to move the team, along with the NHL’s Washington Capitals, from downtown Washington D.C. to Northern Virginia as soon as 2028.

Pacers backup center Jalen Smith (knee bone bruise, heel contusion) hasn’t played since Nov. 21, and reserve point guard Andrew Nembhard (knee bone bruise) has missed the last three games.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)


The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 PM ET.




6:00 P.M.: Doors open

7:00 P.M: Puck drop


What better way to celebrate Wintertainment than supporting a bear-y good cause! Join the Fuel for their annual Teddy Bear Toss Night benefiting WRTV’s Toy Drive.

Bring a new stuffed animal and be ready to toss it on the ice after the Fuel’s first goal of the game! Stick around after the game for postgame autographs with select players in the lobby!

PARKING: Parking at Indiana State Fairgrounds is $10. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to park due to anticipated large crowds at the Fairgrounds. Infield parking is not available at this time.

TICKETS: Tickets for today’s game can be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office or online HERE. Kids two and under do not need a ticket as long as they sit on the lap of a ticketed patron.

BAG POLICY: The Indy Fuel now follow the same bag policy as all Indiana State Fairgrounds events. All bags are subject to search upon entering the arena. All bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” (backpacks, suitcases, duffel bags, etc.) are prohibited. Please plan accordingly to help facilitate a quick and efficient entry process. Please report suspicious bags to an Indiana Farmers Coliseum team member.

You can view the entire Game Day Guide with everything you’ll need to know by clicking HERE.


INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel will face off with the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday night as they host their ninth annual Teddy Bear Toss game and hope to eclipse 40,000 total bears at the Coliseum.


The last time these two teams met was Sunday, November 26 where the Fuel defeated the K-Wings 4-2 with two assists by Bryan Lemos and a goal by both Jon and Jordan Martin. Zach Driscoll made 25 saves on 27 shots in goal for this game.


The Fuel have a history of making good things happen on Teddy Bear Toss night. Indy has won the last two Teddy Bear Toss night’s they have hosted and even broke a handful of franchise records during the game in 2021. With an average of about 4,600 bears through the last eight years, the Fuel are set to break 40,000 collective bears donated, win the game and maybe break a few record on Saturday night.


Forward Colin Bilek was named the collective favorite of the team to score the Teddy Bear Toss goal and he has pretty good odds with six points in nine games, including four goals.



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — George McGinnis, a Hall of Fame forward who was a two-time ABA champion and three-time All-Star in the NBA and ABA, died Thursday. He was 73.

The Indiana Pacers said he died early Thursday morning following complications from a cardiac arrest suffered last week at his home. McGinnis also struggled to walk in recent years after undergoing multiple back surgeries because of a hereditary condition.

His uniquely deep, deliberate voice, warm personality and passion for the sport helped him create a tight bond with the fans around his basketball-rich home state, Indiana. Here, they watched McGinnis’ development from Indianapolis prep star into an unstoppable force in his one and only college season at Indiana University before eventually taking the Indiana Pacers to those two titles.

“From his all-state high school days to his time as an IU All-American and, of course, to his legendary ABA championship runs with the Pacers, George McGinnis shaped so many of the fondest basketball memories for generations of Hoosiers,” said a statement from the Simon Family and Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “He was the very definition of an Indiana basketball legend, a champion, and Hall of Fame athlete.”

McGinnis put together a sterling resume few could match — even today.

It all started with McGinnis taking advantage of Spencer Haywood’s Supreme Court victory in 1971 that allowed underclassmen to turn pro based on a hardship case.

McGinnis wound up signing with his hometown team, two years after his father had been killed when he fell off a scaffold while working as a carpenter. His trademark one-handed jump shot helped him become an instant cornerstone in Indiana’s two title runs as well as the Philadelphia 76ers turnaround in the mid-1970s.

The result: He earned multiple all-ABA and all-NBA honors and was named the 1973 ABA playoff MVP in just his second pro season. And after making the ABA’s all-rookie team in 1971-72, he took home all-NBA honors in his first season (1975-76) in the more established league, too.

McGinnis’ best season came in 1974-75 when he won the ABA scoring title (29.8 points per game), finished second in steals (2.6), third in assists (6.3) and fifth in rebounds (14.3). He shared the league’s MVP Award with Hall of Famer Julius Erving, his future teammate in Philly.

For McGinnis, it was just the warmup to a historic playoff performance that included a 51-point, 17-rebound, 10-assist triple-double, two series in which he topped 200 points, 100 rebounds and 50 assists, and although he didn’t win a third title, he was the playoff leader in scoring (581 points), rebounding (286) and assists (148).

Those numbers helped fuel McGinnis’ next trailblazing effort — switching leagues on his terms.

With the ABA struggling financially and the 76ers still holding his contractual rights two years after drafting him in 1973, McGinnis was advised to pursue more money in the NBA. McGinnis wanted to negotiate with a team of his choosing and initially signed a six-year, $2.4 million contract with the New York Knicks.

When NBA Commissioner Larry O’Brien voided the deal and punished the Knicks, McGinnis accepted a six-year, $3.2 million contract with the 76ers that included no‐cut, no‐trade and no-option clauses.

He spent the next three seasons with the 76ers, helping them end a four-year playoff drought as home attendance increased by more than 5,000 per game in his first season. The next season, with Erving, the 76ers reached the NBA Finals before losing to Portland in six games.

McGinnis was traded to Denver in 1978 but was dealt back to the Pacers midway through the 1979-80 season. He finished his 11-year career with 2 1/2 more seasons back home in Indiana.

McGinnis had 17,009 points, 9,233 rebounds and 3,089 assists and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

At Indiana, he became the first sophomore to lead the Big Ten in scoring (29.9 points) and rebounding (14.7), earning third team All-American honors after sitting out his freshman season because NCAA rules prohibited freshman from competing.

At Indianapolis Washington High School, McGinnis won the state’s coveted Mr. Basketball Award and Mr. Basketball USA in 1969 while leading his school to the 1968-69 state championship. Washington was just the third undefeated state titlist in Indiana history.

McGinnis also is a member of the Indiana’s athletic Hall of Fame and is one of four former Pacers players to have his jersey number retired.



Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball with a Saturday afternoon showdown against No. 2/2 Kansas. Tip is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 16 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall with a nationally televised broadcast on CBS.

• Kansas (9-1) enters the game on a five-game winning streak and holds wins over Kentucky (89-84), Tennessee (69-60), UConn (69-65), and Missouri (73-64) this season.

• Senior center Hunter Dickinson, a Michigan transfer, leads the Jayhawks in scoring (19.4 points per game), rebounding (12.6), and total blocks (13). Fifth-year senior guard Kevin McCullar Jr. has produced a pair of triple-doubles this season and is averaging 19.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists a night.

• Indiana (5 national titles) and Kansas (4) are two of the seven men’s college basketball programs with at least four NCAA Championships.

Game Information

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023 • 12:30 PM ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: CBS (Rich Waltz, Jim Spanarkel)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Indiana leads, 8-7

Last Meeting: KU 84, IU 62 on Dec. 17, 2022 in Lawrence

Series History

• Indiana and Kansas have played 15 times in men’s basketball with the Hoosiers earning victories on eight occasions. The Hoosiers are 3-0 all time in Bloomington against the Jayhawks.

Games in Bloomington

Indiana 59, Kansas 56 (Dec. 6, 1971)

Indiana 72, Kansas 59 (Dec. 5, 1973)

Indiana 80, Kansas 61 (Dec. 17, 1994)

• The Hoosiers toppled No. 3 Kansas by 19 points to extend its 47-game home winning streak behind monster offensive outputs from Brian Evans (29 points) and Alan Henderson (22).  The program-best win streak would hit 50 before ending on Jan. 24, 1995.

• IU took down KU to claim both the 1940 and 1953 NCAA Championship crowns. The Hoosiers won the program’s first title in ’40 by a score of 60-42 behind double-figure scoring efforts from Marv Huffman (12), Jay McCreary (12), and Paul Armstrong (10). The ’53 title came in a 69-68 win on the strength of a 30-point, 10-rebound outing from Don Schlundt. Charley Kraak added a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double, while Bob ‘Slick’ Leonard tallied 12 points.

• IU will look to avenge an 82-64 KU victory at Phog Allen Fieldhouse a season ago. Forward Trayce Jackson-Davis swatted a career-high nine shots in the game, the most ever by a Jayhawk opponent.

Last Time Out

• Despite a hot start from behind the 3-point line, Indiana fell against Auburn, 104-76, in the Holiday Hoopsgiving event on Dec. 9 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau posted 15 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while freshman guard Gabe Cupps contributed a career-high 11 points and five rebounds.

• Indiana hit a trio of 3-pointers to open the game and finished with a season-high six made 3-point field goals.

Hoosier Stripe Out

• For the first time in a decade, IU Athletics is coordinating a ‘Stripe Out’ against Kansas.

• Fans are encouraged to visit to determine what color (red or white) should be worn.

IU Mourns the Loss George McGinnis

The Indiana men’s basketball program is saddened by the loss of Indiana University Athletics Hall of Famer George McGinnis (1950-2023). He was 73 years old.

“I loved George McGinnis,” Indiana men’s basketball head coach Mike Woodson said. “He meant so much not only to IU and the state of Indiana, but to the entire basketball world.

“I looked up to George growing up in Indianapolis. He meant so much to me as a player and more importantly as a man. George was a Hall of Famer on and off the court, and I am going to miss him so much. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McGinnis family, his friends, and his teammates. Rest easy Big Mac.”

In his one year of varsity basketball at Indiana, McGinnis led the Big Ten in both scoring (29.9 points per game) and rebounds (14.7) to become the first sophomore in league history to lead the Big Ten in both categories. He was named to the Associated Press All-America Third Team and added to the All-Big Ten First Team before bypassing his final two seasons of eligibility as a hardship case. He was inducted to the IU Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 22, 2023.

Sophomore Jump for Reneau

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau has posted double digits in the scoring column in all nine games this season, including seven efforts of at least 14 points. He notched a career-high 18 points against No. 5/4 UConn (Nov. 19).

• The Miami, Fla., native scored in double figures in seven games during his freshman campaign, while hitting 14 points or more just twice.

• Reneau is averaging 14.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 28 minutes per game.



Ohio quarterback Kurtis Rourke announced his intention to transfer to Indiana Thursday. Rourke is a four-star top-100 transfer according to 247Sports and brings a wealth of experience to Indiana. In five seasons with the Bobcats, Rourke tallied 7,666 yards, 50 touchdowns and just 16 interceptions.




[3] Purdue (9-1) vs. [1] Arizona (8-0)

4:30 p.m. ET | Indianapolis, Indiana

Gainbridge Fieldhouse | 18,345

TELEVISION / STREAM: Peacock TV (Noah Eagle, Robbie Hummel, Caroline Pineda)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)


• College basketball’s biggest non-conference game to date takes center stage this weekend as No. 3-ranked Purdue battles No. 1-ranked Arizona in Saturday’s Indy Classic at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. It marks the first time since November 2021 that two non-conference opponents ranked in the top three will square off in the regular season (Gonzaga vs. UCLA). It’s only the seventh time since 2010-11 it has happened.

• Arizona enters the game ranked No. 1 in both the NCAA Net Rankings and AP Top 25 poll. It is Purdue’s first game against the AP No. 1 ranked team since 2013, and the Boilermakers’ last win against No. 1 came in Nov. 2000, against No. 1-ranked Arizona in Indianapolis (72-69).

• Purdue’s schedule has been one of the toughest in the country according to, already having faced Marquette (#5), Tennessee (#9), Gonzaga (#12) and Alabama (#13). Arizona marks the fifth top-15 team the Boilermakers will have played.

• Including Saturday’s game with No. 1 Arizona, there will have been nine games involving top-11 ranked teams so far this year. Purdue will have been involved in four of them (Arizona, Marquette, Tennessee, Gonzaga). Purdue and Arizona will face off in Las Vegas next season.

• Through games played Dec. 14, Purdue owns the most quad-1 wins (4), most quad-1 and 2 wins (6) and most quad-1, 2 and 3 wins (8). Colorado State is the only other team with at least seven quad-1, 2 and 3 wins combined. Purdue owns four of the Big Ten’s nine non-con, quad-1 wins.

• The Boilermakers are finishing a nine-game stretch in which it played Xavier (4 seed in 2023 NCAAs), Gonzaga (ranked No. 11), Tennessee (ranked No. 7), Marquette (ranked No. 4), Texas Southern (2023 NCAA Tournament), Northwestern (2nd rd. in 2023 NCAA Tournament), Iowa (2023 NCAA Tournament), Alabama (1 seed in NCAA Tournament) and Arizona (currently ranked No. 1). Purdue is 7-1 in those games so far.

• Purdue has won 32 straight non-conference, regular-season games, the longest streak for any program in the country over the last eight  years (31 by Villanova from 2015-18). It has been over three calendar years (Dec. 8, 2020 vs. Miami) since Purdue has lost in the non-con.

• Purdue and Arizona have been among the most successful teams nationally over the last three years. The two squads own the longest active non-conference, regular-season win streaks (Purdue – 32; Arizona – 19) and rank third (Arizona – 69) and fourth (Purdue – 67) among all teams in victories since the start of the 2021-22 season.

• Matt Painter (422 wins) needs one victory to tie Lou Henson (423) for fourth place on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list. Painter has moved into sixth place on the Big Ten’s list for conference wins with 210, tying Indiana’s Branch McCracken (210) on the chart

• Zach Edey needs three rebounds to tie Terry Dischinger (958) for second on the career rebounding list. He also needs one block to tie Russell Cross (175) for fifth on the career blocks list. Edey joins former No. 1 NBA Draft pick Joe Barry Carroll and JaJuan Johnson in the Purdue’s top 10 of career points, rebounds and blocked shots.

• Zach Edey was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the eighth time on Monday. He now ranks behind only Evan Turner on the list (10).

• Zach Edey and Braden Smith combined for 62 points against Alabama, the third-highest total for a Purdue duo since the 1979-80 season.

• Purdue was voted No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll on Nov. 27, the third straight year that the Boilermakers have been ranked No. 1. Prior to the 2021-22 season, Purdue had never been ranked No. 1. Purdue is the first Big Ten program to be ranked No. 1 in three straight seasons.

• Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Purdue has spent nine weeks ranked at No. 1, tied for the most in the country with Gonzaga.

• With its No. 3 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 22 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 11 weeks (Kansas – 11). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 16 of those 22 weeks.

• Purdue is in search for its 26th Big Ten Championship, already owning the most Big Ten titles in league history. Should Purdue win the Big Ten title in 2024, it will mark its fourth title in the last eight seasons and back-to-back titles for the first time since 1994-95-96.



University of Notre Dame juniors Joe Alt and Xavier Watts were named to the 2023 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America First  Team on Thursday, December 14, securing Unanimous All-America honors for the two Fighting Irish standouts.

The AFCA is one of the five All-America teams that are utilized to determine both Consensus and Unanimous All-America honors. Alt and Watts earned first-team honors from Walter Camp, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), the Associated Press, The Sporting News  and the AFCA to earn the designation as Unanimous All-Americans.

Alt and Watts are the 109th and 110th Consensus All-Americans in Notre Dame football history and the 35th and 36th unanimous selections. The 2023 season marks the first since 1990 that the Irish have seen two student-athletes earn unanimous honors in the same year. College Football Hall of Fame inductees Raghib Ismail, Michael Stonebreaker and Chris Zorich were all unanimous selections in 1990.

Notre Dame has seen at least one player earn Consensus All-America honors in four consecutive seasons (Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in 2020, Kyle Hamilton in 2021, Michael Mayer and Isaiah Foskey in 2022, followed by Alt and Watts this season). That four-year run of consensus honors the best for the program since the eight-year stretch from 1987 through 1994.

Joe Alt

FWAA All-American – First Team

Walter Camp All-American – First Team

Associated Press All-American – First Team

The Sporting News – First Team

American Football Coaches Association – First Team

Alt, who was a finalist for the 2023 Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy, served as the bedrock of Notre Dame’s offensive line from the left tackle position. The North Oaks, Minnesota, native helped the Irish offense finish the regular season ranked ninth in the FBS for scoring offense (39.1 points per game), 12th in team passing efficiency (161.49) and 16th in passing yards per completion (14.02).

Notre Dame’s 39.1 points per game this season is the best average for the program since 1912, and would rank second all-time in the school record book. The Irish were in goal-line situations of five yards or less 18 times this season and converted each time, including 12 rushing touchdowns, four passing touchdowns and two field goals (one of which was forced by the end of a half).

Notre Dame held seven of 12 opponents to their lowest sack totals of the year, including sixth-ranked Ohio State and 10th-ranked Southern Cal. The Irish offensive line helped their side of the ball rank eighth in the nation in tackles for loss allowed (3.75/game) and 13th in sacks allowed (1.17).

According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Alt allowed just five pressures and a single sack in 368 pass block sets this season. PFF ranks Alt as the second overall offensive tackle in the nation and is the only offensive tackle rated by the service in the top-eight in run blocking and pass blocking. He started all 13 games for the Irish in 2023 and since assuming the starting left tackle position during the 2021 season has made 33 consecutive starts.

Xavier Watts

FWAA All-American – First Team

Walter Camp All-American – First Team

Associated Press All-American – First Team

The Sporting News – First Team

American Football Coaches Association – First Team

The 2023 Bronko Nagurski Awardwinner as the nation’s best defensive player, Watts led the nation in interceptions this year with seven and established himself as one of the best playmaking safeties in the country. He is the first Notre Dame player to post back-to-back games with multiple interceptions and just the fifth FBS player to do so in the last five seasons. Watts also became the first Notre Dame player to intercept a pass in three consecutive games this year.

A two-time national defensive player of the week in 2023, Watts earned his first award after dominating the game against No. 6 Southern Cal on October 14. He piled up seven tackles, intercepted reigning Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Caleb Williams two times, forced a fumble and also recovered a different fumble and returned it for a touchdown.

He followed up the Southern Cal performance with two more interceptions in the victory over Pittsburgh. All seven of Watts’ interceptions this season have led directly to Notre Dame points including five touchdowns.

Watts finished the season fifth on the Notre Dame team with 47 tackles, which included 2.5 TFL, four passes broken up, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. His 137 interception return yards are the second-most at Notre Dame since 1996 (Julian Love, 2017, 153).



INDIANAPOLIS – The women’s basketball team will welcome the Eastern Michigan Eagles to the Jungle on Friday, December 15th for a 7:00 PM tipoff.

The IUPUI women’s basketball team went wire-to-wire, defeating Evansville, 81-75, for their third straight victory over the Purple Aces on Wednesday, December 6. Katie Davidson led all scorers with 26 points, going 8-for-15 from the floor. Faith Stinson recorded her first double-double in a Jaguar uniform, pulling down 12 boards and shooting 8-of-14 for 17 points while also adding five assists—all season highs.

Davidson made her IUPUI debut in a loud way and continues to lead the Jags. The junior transfer from Miami (Ohio) sat out last season for personal reasons but made her presence known with career-high 32 points and seven rebounds in the season opener against Eastern Illinois. Davidson has been a consistent starter for the Jags and leads the team in scoring with 17.7 points per game, ranking her at third in the Horizon League.

Since Jazmyn Turner’s injury, Abby Wolterman entered the starting five and has stepped up for the Jags. The sophomore recorded a career-high 16 points in the Jaguar’s loss at Ohio and leads the team in rebounds per game with an average of 4.9.

IUPUI has continued to fight injury to start the 2023-24 season with at least six different players sitting out at least two games for injury or other reasons. The Jags have been without #HLWBB Preseason All-League First Team Selection Turner for the past seven games as she suffered an injury in the first quarter of the Ohio State game. Turner recorded a double-double in the opening game of the season with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Tahlia Walton, a grad transfer from Kentucky Wesleyan, senior Jaci Jones, and freshman Azyah Newson-Cole, Kaylin Moorehead and Brooklyn Stubblefield have also found themselves on the bench for at least two games.

Coach Bruce’s squad is looking to hunt their way through the Horizon League standings this season as they were picked to finish ninth of 11 teams in the conference, according to the league’s coaches. IUPUI finished third in the regular season standings during the 2022-23 season with a 13-7 record and entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed. They

were shocked in the quarterfinal round by the No. 6 seed Purdue Fort Wayne. The Jags have fallen to 0-2 in #HLWBB play to start the 2023-24 season.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles enter Friday’s game with a 1-7 overall record. The Eagles made a coaching change this week as the team parted ways with Head Coach Fred Castro, Assistant Coach Ke’Sha Blanton will take over on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.  Junior Lachelle Austin leads the Eagles as she recorded a career-high 27 points in Eastern Michigan’s loss at Lindenwood.

Eastern Michigan leads the all-time series at 2-1, taking the last matchup, 71-49, on November 23, 2022.

The matchup will be available on ESPN+. Tipoff is set for 7:00 PM.



MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State University’s 2024 non-conference football schedule was solidified this week with Vanderbilt University completing a four-game slate that complements the Cardinals’ annual eight-game schedule in the Mid-American Conference.

The Vanderbilt date in Nashville was brokered late in the traditional scheduling timeline as a result of a vacancy created when Army – originally slotted as the Cardinals’ home opener on Aug. 31 – dropped Ball State from its 2024 schedule due to contractual obligations while joining the American Athletic Conference as a full-time member next fall.

That departure left Ball State with only five home games and an 11-game schedule. Vandy, though, faced a similar vacancy on Oct. 19, and the two schools partnered on a patchwork solution. 

“I am pleased that we negotiated a great opportunity to play Vanderbilt in October,” said Director of Athletics Jeff Mitchell. “Football scheduling is a complex endeavor especially when previously scheduled opponents have a shift in conference affiliation. As we weighed all options in scheduling a fourth non-conference game, playing Vanderbilt is in the best interest of our program.” 

On Sept. 7, Ball State will open its season at Scheumann Stadium against FCS opponent Missouri State, which plays in the same conference as recent Cardinal foes Indiana State and Murray State. The Cardinals visit South Florida a week later, battling the Miami Hurricanes on Sept. 14 in what is Ball State’s first meeting against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since traveling to NC State in 2019.

The Cardinals open their MAC schedule on Sept. 21, battling a conference rival as part of the league’s new single-division format, minus its East and West distinctions. (The MAC schedule will be released this spring.)

The non-conference slate continues with a road game on Sept. 28 at Sun Belt Conference power James Madison. Two more weeks of MAC play will lead into the mid-October bout at Vanderbilt. Ball State will visit a Southeastern Conference opponent for the third straight year while meeting the Commodores for the first time in school history.

October 26 marks a return to the league schedule, with #MAC-tion play scheduled during November and the MAC Championship Game scheduled for Dec. 6.

2024 Ball State Non-Conference Football Schedule

Sept. 7 vs. Missouri State

Sept. 14 at Miami (Fla.)

Sept. 28 at James Madison

Oct. 19 at Vanderbilt



INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball sets to Indianapolis on Saturday, December 16 as the Sycamores battle the Ball State Cardinals at 1:45pm on Peacock. The game will also be aired on 105.5 The Legend.

Series History

This matchup between the Sycamores and Cardinals marks the 138th time the two squads have squared off versus each other. ISU was victorious in the last contest, 83-71.

About Ball State

BSU is in their 2nd season with Michael Lewis at the helm. BSU finished last season 20-12 and 11-7 in the MAC. BSU ended their season in the first round of the MAC tournament, falling to Ohio 90-70. Four Cardinals are averaging more than 10.0 PPG this season: Basheer Jihad (19.3), Jalin Anderson (15.1), Mickey Pearson, Jr. (12.5), and Davion Bailey (10.3).

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State men’s basketball returned to Hulman Center with a dominant 98-54 win over Southern Indiana. ISU has opened the season 9-1 with the win, matching last year’s record through 10 games of also 9-1.

Julian Larry was the spearhead of the Sycamore offense, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists, knocking down three triples for the second-straight game. Robbie Avila was the leading scorer of the game with 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting (58.3%). Ryan Conwell and Jaden Daughtry also scored 15 points apiece. Conwell made three three-pointers in the game, marking the fifth game in which Conwell made three-plus triples. Daughtry came off the bench in the second half and exploded for 15 points and 11 rebounds in only 13.5 minutes of play for the freshman’s first double-double. Five of his 11 rebounds came on the offensive glass.

Eli Shetlar buried three three-pointers for 13 points, the first time he’s scored in double figures this season. Jayson Kent kept his personal scoring streak alive with 10 points, finishing each game this season (10 games) in double figures. Xavier Bledson grabbed his season-high in rebounds with seven, also scoring seven points, dishing out four assists, and tallied two steals. Derek Vorst recorded seven rebounds and five assists off the bench for Indiana State.

Last Time Out – Ball State

The Ball State men’s basketball team concluded its home nonconference slate undefeated with an 83-71 win over SIUE at Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals beat the Cougars largely thanks to the duo of Jalin Anderson and Basheer Jihad, who combined for 50 points.

Ball State led for the entirety of the contest after a Mason Jonnes 3-pointer 39 seconds into the game, but SIUE stayed within striking distance for the balance of the afternoon to force the Cardinals to earn win No. 7 at home this season.

Jihad posted another double-double, his fourth in the last five games, and established a new career-high in scoring with 27 points and 10 rebounds while adding two assists and two blocks. Anderson went for 23 points, five assists, and four rebounds, going 5-for-9 from 3-point range to set a season-best and tie a career-high in 3-pointers made.



Valparaiso University football sixth-year senior punter Evan Matthes (Reston, Va. / South Lakes [West Virginia]) was selected to participate in the FCS Bowl X Trillion, which was held on Sunday, Dec. 10 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Matthes punted for the American (White) team in a 14-12 loss to the National (Blue) team. He put together a strong showing, averaging 50.8 yards per punt on four attempts including a long of 69.

Matthes joins a list of recent Beacons who have been invited to the event, including Aaron Dawson and Aaron Byrd in 2022 and punter Ben Niesner, who was the Special Teams MVP in 2021.

A member of the All-PFL First Team and Academic All-PFL First Team, Matthes was recently named a semifinalist for the FCS Punter of the Year Award.

The FCS National Bowl is an annual postseason college football all-star game consisting of the top players from college football FCS schools. The inaugural FCS National Bowl was played in December 2014 at FIU Stadium and moved to Daytona Beach Stadium in Daytona Beach, Fla., which is home to FCS Bethune-Cookman football, in 2016. The National Bowl and FCS Bowl all-star weekend for Non-FBS schools has been the only game of its kind to attract numerous NFL & CFL scouts.



Chicago State (4-9, Independent)

at Valparaiso (4-6, 0-2 MVC)

Game No. 11 – Saturday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m. CT

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: After six days without a game due to final exams, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will be back in action on Saturday as Chicago State visits the Athletics-Recreation Center for a mid-afternoon clash. The Beacons are back home – where they are 4-2 this season – for the first time since Nov. 29 after a stretch that featured road games at Belmont, Central Michigan and Virginia Tech. This will mark the first of a set of back-to-back home games to close out the pre-Christmas portion of the schedule as Valpo hosts Samford on Tuesday, Dec. 19 in the final game before the holiday.

Last Time Out: Freshman Kaspar Sepp continued a breakout week with 10 points and five rebounds, while Jaxon Edwards contributed 13 points and five boards, but Valpo fell 71-50 on Dec. 9 at Virginia Tech. Isaiah Stafford scored a team-high 14 points while also coming up with four steals and two blocks. The 3-point arc was a key factor in the game as Valpo went just 3-of-24 (12.5 percent) and was outscored by 21 on 3s in a game the Beacons lost by 21.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR,, TuneIn Radio App – Noah Godsell (play-by-play)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (4-6) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Series Notes: Valpo and Chicago State will get together for the 38th time with Valpo holding a 33-4 advantage in the all-time series. The Cougars snapped Valpo’s seven-game head-to-head winning streak by prevailing 87-74 last season on Chicago’s south side. The Beacons have never lost to Chicago State at home, entering Saturday with a 16-0 ARC mark against the Cougars. Valpo and Chicago State shared Mid-Continent Conference affiliation from 1994-2006. This marks the fourth and final former conference foe that Valpo has faced during the nonconference slate, joining IUPUI, Green Bay and Western Illinois.

Scouting the Cougars

Most recent game was a 75-73 upset win at No. 25 Northwestern on Wednesday. Chicago State was 0-38 vs. Top-25 teams since 1984.

Defeated Stetson 77-54 on Dec. 3 at the Jones Convocation Center and also own wins over Morgan State (84-83) and Southern Indiana (78-67).

This will mark their second game against Missouri Valley Conference competition after falling 71-55 at Southern Illinois on Nov. 16.

Went 11-20 last season with an 8-0 home mark and 3-20 road record. Valpo head coach Roger Powell Jr. beat the Cougars 104-65 on March 1 while at Gonzaga, making Chicago State the lone team that Powell faced last year while at Gonzaga and this year while at Valpo.

The Cougars are the nation’s only Division-I independent school as they currently do not have a conference. They will join the Northeast Conference (NEC) beginning next season.

Edwards Back in Double Figures

Jaxon Edwards returned to double figures on Dec. 9 at Virginia Tech with 13 points, his first double-figure performance since scoring 19 on Nov. 14 vs. Green Bay.

Edwards started the season with three straight double-figure outputs before six straight single-figure showings.

He has scored eight points or more in four straight games after a stretch of three straight where he scored five points or fewer including two where he played and did not score.

Edwards has grabbed five or more rebounds in each of the last two games and four of his last five.

Sepp’s Breakout Showing

Valpo freshman Kaspar Sepp burst onto the scene last week, averaging 8.0 points and 8.5 rebounds over two road games against Central Michigan and Virginia Tech.

He became just the third different Valpo player with a double-figure rebounding effort this season when he hauled in 12 boards in 22 minutes of action at Central Michigan.

Sepp entered the week with eight total points this season and none against Division-I opponents. He had six total rebounds this season before notching 17 over two games last week.

Sepp scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting on Wednesday at Central Michigan before following with his first double-figure scoring effort with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in a game at Virginia Tech.

Before this past week, Sepp had not scored in any of the team’s previous seven games, three where he played and did not score and four where he did not play (coach’s decision).

Stafford’s Steady Scoring

Isaiah Stafford has scored 14 points or more in five straight games and has tallied double figures in nine of his 10 contests this season.

The junior college transfer has led the team in scoring (outright or tied) in eight of the 10 games this season.

Stafford, who ranks fourth in the MVC in scoring at 18.3 points per game, had a season-high two blocks in the Dec. 9 game at Virginia Tech to go along with four steals, matching a personal best that was set in the Nov. 6 opener vs. Trinity Christian.

In the Dec. 9 game at Virginia Tech, Stafford became the first Valpo player with 14+ points, four or more steals and multiple blocks in a game since Ryan Broekhoff on Feb. 10, 2011 vs. Detroit Mercy.

Stafford has scored 17 points or more in four of his last five and 20+ points in three of his last four. He has five games with 20+ points this season.

Do-It-All Darius

Valpo starting point guard Darius DeAveiro has thrived in the assist department of late, giving out five or more helpers in each of the last six games, including seven on Dec. 6 at Central Michigan to tie a season best. He’s tallied five or more assists on eight occasions this season, including Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois, when he originally established his season watermark of seven.

The Valpo junior dished out his 50th assist of the season on Dec. 9 at Virginia Tech, already securing his third straight season with 50 or more assists.

DeAveiro has knocked down a 3-pointer in each of his last four games and has six total triples in that four-game span.

Entering the Nov. 21 game vs. Western Illinois, DeAveiro had played 58 career games and owned a career high of eight points, achieved twice (Jan. 15, 2022 vs. Missouri State and Nov. 13, 2022 vs. Western Michigan). After that, he scored at least eight points in three straight games including a personal-best 11 on Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois and Nov. 29 vs. Drake.

DeAveiro made three 3-pointers on Nov. 29 vs. Drake after having entered the game with no more than one 3-point make in any of his first 60 career games. For further comparison, he made three 3s all of last season in 25 games.

The junior entered this season with seven career made 3s over 54 games and has surpassed that with eight made 3s in the first 10 contests this year.

DeAveiro busted out of a shooting slump as he entered the Nov. 21 game against the Leathernecks having gone 0-for-10 from the field over his previous three games and 2-for-17 shooting for the season. He had scored seven total points over his first four games this season before scoring 30 points in a three-game span.

DeAveiro became just the third Valpo player in the last decade to shoot 80 percent or better from the field (minimum five attempts) while handing out at least seven assists in the game against the Leathernecks. He was the first to do it since Max Joseph on Jan. 10, 2018 vs. Drake. Before that, the most recent was Erik Buggs on March 2, 2013 against Green Bay.

The Rookie Report

Cooper Schwieger is averaging 10.8 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game this season. The last Valpo freshman to finish a season with over 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg was current Valpo Director of Recruiting & Player Development Lubos Barton in 1998-99 (13.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg).

Missouri Valley Conference freshmen to average above 10 ppg and 5 rpg since 2005 are as follows: Doug McDermott (Creighton, 2010-11), Cameron Krutwig (Loyola, 2017-18) and Marcus Domask (Southern Illinois, 2019-20).

Schwieger had scored 12 points or more in five consecutive games and in six of his eight games this season before Dec. 6 at Central Michigan, when he was tagged with foul trouble and had a season-low four points in a season-low 19 minutes, his first game this season with fewer than eight points. He was then held to two points on Dec. 9 at Virginia Tech.

The CMU game came right after the rookie achieved a season-best 18 points on Dec. 2 at Belmont.

Schwieger had made five or more field goals in five straight games before being held to one on Dec. 6 at Central Michigan.

Schwieger has blocked at least one shot in seven of his 10 games.

The Overland Park, Kan. native ranks second in the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring average among freshmen at 10.8 points per game. He is one of two rookies averaging double figures, joining Drake’s Kevin Overton (13.9 ppg).

Schwieger ranks second among MVC freshmen with 1.1 blocks per game and leads all MVC rookies with 5.1 rebounds per game.

The last Valpo freshman to average above 5.0 rebounds per game was Raitis Grafs in 1999-2000.

Team Trends

The Beacons had 15 or more free-throw attempts in each of their first seven games before having fewer than 15 in each of their last three games.

Valpo has won the turnover battle in seven of the team’s 10 games this season including each of the team’s four victories. The Beacons have lost the turnover battle just twice as they tied it against Central Michigan.

Valpo opponents have committed 14 turnovers or more in five of the last six games.

Valpo ranks fifth in the conference in fewest turnovers committed per game at 11.3, second in turnovers forced per game at 14.3 and third in turnover margin at +3.0 per game. The team ranks 56th nationally in turnover margin.

The Beacons rank third in the league and 76th nationally in blocks per game at 4.4.

Valpo ranks second in the MVC in offensive rebounds per game at 10.7.

Valpo has had the same starting lineup in all 10 games this year – Jerome Palm, Cooper Schwieger, Jaxon Edwards, Darius DeAveiro and Isaiah Stafford.

Notes Wrapping Up Dec. 9: Virginia Tech 71, Valpo 50

This game aired on nationally on The CW, Valpo’s first ever game on the network. Valpo hoops has aired on the following national TV networks: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN News, ESPN Classic, CBS, CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 1, Big Ten Network, PAC-12 Network, TNT and SEC Network. This was Valpo’s 72nd nationally televised game since 2010 and 118th TV game overall (regional and national) since 2010.

The 3-point arc was one of the major differences in the game as Valpo went just 3-of-24 (12.5 percent) while Virginia Tech was 10-of-27 (37 percent), outscoring the Beacons by 21 on 3-point shots in a game the Hokies won by 21.

Virginia Tech outrebounded Valpo 41-22 including a 13-5 edge on the offensive glass. Virginia Tech squeezed 11 offensive rebounds in the second half against just one for Valpo.

The Beacons swiped nine steals and held a 15-14 edge in the turnover battle.

Virginia Tech entered the game ranked 69th in the NET, making it a Quad 1 game for the Beacons.

Valpo played without point guard Jahari Williamson (illness), who was sidelined for a second straight contest.

Going Deep

With Cooper Schwieger limited by foul trouble, Jahari Williamson out due to an illness and Connor Barrett and Lual Manyang still sidelined by injuries, Valpo’s depth was tested on Dec. 6 at Central Michigan.

Former Valpo football player turned basketball walk-on Anthony Sciarroni logged seven minutes, his first action this season against Division-I competition outside of playing the final 1:24 at No. 23 Illinois. Sciarroni was a three-year defensive back on Valpo’s football team before joining the basketball team as a walk-on this year.

Freshman Sherman Weatherspoon IV had a season-high 13 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. He outdid his previous personal best of eight that had occurred on Nov. 25 vs. Southern.

Freshman Kaspar Sepp gobbled up a team-high 12 rebounds in the game against the Chippewas while also scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting. He entered the game with six total rebounds in his first four appearances this year before exploding for a dozen. He had just eight total points in four games and none against Division-I competition. Before the six on Dec. 6, Sepp hadn’t scored since eight in the Nov. 6 season opener vs. Trinity Christian. He became the third different Beacon with a double-figure rebounding effort this year, joining Jerome Palm (twice) and Jaxon Edwards.

Ola Ajiboye came off the bench to contribute five points and seven rebounds, his highest totals in both categories since scoring 21 points and gobbling up eight rebounds on Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois. The Dec. 6 game was a return to Ajiboye’s old stomping grounds as he played at Central Michigan last season.

A Tale of Two Halves

In the Dec. 6 game at Central Michigan, Valpo outscored the hosts 45-34 after halftime but trailed 37-22 at the break.

In the first half, Valpo was outrebounded 27-14 including a 12-2 differential on the offensive glass. In the second half, Valpo flipped that to a 22-17 rebounding edge including a 10-6 advantage on the offensive glass.

Valpo uncharacteristically committed 11 first-half turnovers before making only three after halftime.

Valpo did not attempt a free throw in the first half before going 10-of-12 at the line after the break.

Other Notes Wrapping Up Dec. 6: Central Michigan 71, Valpo 67

­Valpo outscored Central Michigan 24-9 over the final 8:15 of the game.

The Chippewas struggled to hit free throws, going 8-of-18 (47.1 percent).

Valpo cut what had been a 22-point lead to three in the final minute. If the Beacons had completed the rally, it would have been the team’s biggest comeback since Jan. 17, 2013 at Detroit Mercy, when Valpo rallied from down 22 to win.

Central Michigan got a game-high 24 points from Derrick Butler, who entered the game with 16 points in six games all season. He was 1-of-7 from 3 for the season before going 4-of-7 from long range against the Beacons.

Valpo fell to 0-5 all-time at Central Michigan.

Ola Ajiboye had a team-best +11 in the plus/minus category. Valpo was +9 when Sherman Weatherspoon IV was on the court as both reserves made a positive impact.

Welcome to The Valley

Valpo newcomers have achieved Missouri Valley Conference recognition in back-to-back weeks as Isaiah Stafford was tabbed MVC Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 20 before Cooper Schwieger earned MVC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 27.

Valpo has already won two MVC weekly awards in the first three weeks this season, one away from the team’s season total from last year and already only two away from the team’s highest total number of weekly awards in a season since joining The Valley.

Schwieger’s honor came after he averaged 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, going 4-of-6 from 3-point range in a pair of wins over Western Illinois and Southern.

Stafford averaged 24.0 points per game during the week of his award, tallying 18 in a home win over Green Bay before exploding for 30 at No. 23 Illinois.



INDIANAPOLIS – The Midwest Classic is nearly here, with the annual mega-tournament gathering 51 of the 67 total Division II teams on the campus of the University of Indianapolis this weekend. Just as in years before, the best of the best are coming to the Circle City, with 21 of the top 27 ranked squads set to battle it out. Seven out of the top 10 teams are in the field, with current-No. 1 Lander and reigning national champion Central Oklahoma both making the trip.

The two-day event will be held in the Ruth Lilly Center and Nicoson Hall Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16-17. Action is start at 10 a.m. ET both days.

In total, 70 ranked wrestlers are within this year’s bracket, with the No. 1-ranked guy at 133, 141, 149 and 165 all making appearances. The two of the toughest weight classes will be 125 and 133, with nine of the top 12 making the trip. 157 and 285 are scheduled to have eight ranked wrestlers each.

For the Hounds, Derek Blubaugh will lead the way as the No. 1-seed at 197. Owen Zablocki is second on the team in seeding, arriving at No. 5 at 165. Blake Mulkey, a newcomer to the squad, is right behind him at 141 with a six seed. Aidan Petersen, shortly after making his debut in the NWCA rankings, will be put to the test as the No. 8 seed in the 184 bracket. Rounding out the seeds for the Hounds is Trey Sizemore, No. 9 seeded at 174, and Jackson Hoover, 13 seed at 149.

The Greyhounds own GLVC conference will be well represented, with six of the seven programs making the trip, the only not being Quincy.

Last season’s Midwest Classic was a down year for the Greyhounds, dropping from their second-place finish in 2021 to 11th. The Hounds were led with places by Breyden Bailey, fifth at 133, and Jack Eiteljorge, sixth at 165. Blubaugh, who was at ranked No. 2 at 197, suffered from an illness and was forced to withdraw before the second day of competition.

The draws, live results and streaming information for this year’s Classic all will be run through TrackWrestling.



vs. Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cats (2-5, 0-2 PSAC)

Friday | December 15 | 6 p.m.

The UIndy men’s basketball team visits Pitt-Johnstown on Friday evening for a 6 p.m. tip. It is the first-ever meeting between the programs.


The Greyhounds upped their winning streak to four with a pair of victories last week, including a thrilling road region triumph at Grand Valley State. On Saturday, UIndy used a huge second half to complete the comeback against Lewis and improve to 3-0 in GLVC play.

Jesse Bingham was named GLVC Player of the Week for the first time, highlighted by his performance against Lewis.

























HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS:                                                                                                                                                                            




Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston185.78312-06-59-117-47-33 W
Philadelphia167.6962.09-37-44-212-56-44 W
New York1310.5655.07-36-72-311-65-51 L
Brooklyn1310.5655.08-55-51-311-87-31 W
Toronto1014.4178.57-63-80-76-134-61 W
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee177.70812-25-54-315-77-32 W
Indiana139.5913.07-56-46-211-86-41 L
Cleveland1312.5204.56-67-62-29-75-53 L
Chicago1016.3858.07-73-93-37-105-51 W
Detroit222.08315.01-121-101-62-140-1021 L
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando167.69611-25-53-111-48-22 W
Miami1411.5603.06-58-65-011-104-61 L
Atlanta914.3917.03-76-73-26-123-75 L
Charlotte715.3188.54-83-73-57-124-62 L
Washington320.13013.01-82-121-72-181-96 L
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota185.78310-18-44-013-38-21 W
Oklahoma City157.6822.58-47-32-29-67-32 W
Denver169.6403.09-17-82-112-76-42 W
Utah816.33310.57-51-112-57-134-61 W
Portland616.27311.52-64-101-32-123-74 L
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
LA Lakers1510.60010-25-84-212-76-41 W
Sacramento139.5910.57-36-64-411-95-51 L
LA Clippers1310.5651.09-34-73-212-87-35 W
Phoenix1311.5421.56-77-43-410-85-51 L
Golden State1013.4354.05-65-73-59-114-62 L
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas159.6257-58-45-210-76-41 L
Houston129.5711.511-11-84-211-86-44 W
New Orleans1411.5601.59-45-73-210-96-42 W
Memphis617.2618.51-105-72-55-143-73 L
San Antonio320.13011.51-112-91-43-140-1018 L


American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins940.6920.04112945-1-04-3-06-3-03-1-01 L
Buffalo Bills760.5382.03482445-2-02-4-04-5-02-2-01 W
New York Jets580.3854.02012573-5-02-3-03-6-01-3-01 W
New England Patriots3100.2316.01692721-6-02-4-03-5-02-2-01 W
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs850.6150.02922284-3-04-2-06-2-03-1-02 L
Denver Broncos760.5381.02873094-3-03-3-04-5-02-2-01 W
Las Vegas Raiders680.4292.52652805-3-01-5-04-5-02-2-01 W
Los Angeles Chargers590.3573.53033452-5-03-4-03-6-01-3-02 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens1030.7690.03612185-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-03 W
Cleveland Browns850.6152.02892726-1-02-4-06-3-03-2-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers760.5383.02102504-4-03-2-05-4-03-1-02 L
Cincinnati Bengals760.5383.02802874-3-03-3-03-6-00-4-02 W
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars850.6150.03122903-4-05-1-06-4-04-1-02 L
Indianapolis Colts760.5381.03143302-4-05-2-05-4-03-2-01 L
Houston Texans760.5381.02872795-2-02-4-04-4-01-2-01 L
Tennessee Titans580.3853.02412824-2-01-6-03-6-00-3-01 W
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys1030.7690.04212337-0-03-3-07-3-04-1-05 W
Philadelphia Eagles1030.7690.03423215-1-05-2-06-2-03-1-02 L
New York Giants580.3855.01833143-3-02-5-04-4-02-2-03 W
Washington Commanders490.3086.02613951-5-03-4-02-7-00-5-04 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
x-San Francisco 49ers1030.7690.03802055-1-05-2-08-1-04-0-05 W
Los Angeles Rams670.4624.02992903-3-03-4-04-4-04-1-01 L
Seattle Seahawks670.4624.02803184-2-02-5-05-5-01-4-04 L
Arizona Cardinals3100.2317.02303312-4-01-6-02-6-00-4-01 W
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions940.6920.03403144-2-05-2-06-3-02-2-01 L
Minnesota Vikings760.5382.02662422-4-05-2-06-3-02-1-01 W
Green Bay Packers670.4623.02802674-2-02-5-04-4-02-2-01 L
Chicago Bears580.3854.02703093-3-02-5-04-5-02-3-02 W
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers670.4620.02622703-3-03-4-05-4-03-1-02 W
Atlanta Falcons670.4620.02512694-3-02-4-04-5-03-1-01 L
New Orleans Saints670.4620.02852613-3-03-4-03-5-02-2-01 W
Carolina Panthers1120.0775.01973411-4-00-8-00-9-00-4-06 L


Eastern Conference
Boston Bruins2718544017886710-2-18-3-35-4-1
New York Rangers271971391889789-3-010-4-16-4-0
Florida Panthers281792361785739-4-08-5-25-4-1
Toronto Maple Leafs261565351194848-4-17-2-46-1-3
New York Islanders281477351387908-3-56-4-27-1-2
Philadelphia Flyers2815103331385766-6-19-4-25-3-2
Detroit Red Wings2815943415106928-4-37-5-16-3-1
Washington Capitals251483311264728-4-26-4-15-4-1
New Jersey Devils2715111311594966-6-19-5-07-3-0
10 Carolina Hurricanes2815121311492918-2-17-10-04-5-1
11 Tampa Bay Lightning30131253113961068-3-35-9-24-6-0
12 Pittsburgh Penguins2813123291283746-6-17-6-24-3-3
13 Montreal Canadiens2912134289791016-9-26-4-24-4-2
14 Buffalo Sabres30121532712851016-7-16-8-23-6-1
15 Columbus Blue Jackets309165239871067-8-22-8-34-5-1
16 Ottawa Senators2311120221079748-9-03-3-05-5-0
Western Conference
Vegas Golden Knights30205545161057311-2-29-3-36-1-3
Colorado Avalanche29189238171058811-4-07-5-25-3-2
Vancouver Canucks29199139191117411-3-18-6-06-4-0
Los Angeles Kings261664361694655-5-311-1-16-3-1
Winnipeg Jets281792361791748-5-19-4-16-4-0
Dallas Stars271683351495847-5-19-3-24-4-2
Nashville Predators29161303215908810-6-06-7-07-3-0
Arizona Coyotes2813132281190868-5-05-8-25-5-0
Edmonton Oilers2613121271292859-4-14-8-08-2-0
10 St. Louis Blues2813141271280947-5-06-9-13-7-0
11 Calgary Flames29111442611871046-6-15-8-34-5-1
12 Seattle Kraken309147258781015-8-24-6-52-6-2
13 Minnesota Wild261012424981885-4-25-8-25-4-1
14 San Jose Sharks299173219641176-6-23-11-16-2-2
15 Anaheim Ducks281018020974965-10-05-8-01-9-0
16 Chicago Blackhawks28918119966985-7-14-11-03-6-1


December 15, 1929 – Memphis, Tennessee – National Football League Champion Green Bay Packers who sported an unblemished record 12-0-1 in League play played an exhibition game against the Memphis Tigers. A story on the site explains that the Tigers were an independent team owned by the man who eventually started the Piggly Wiggly Grocery chain, Clarence Saunders. Austin Applewhite, Bucky Moore and Tiny Drouilhet all scored for the Sole Owner Memphis team to shock the World Champs with a 20-6 upset. As for the NFL title, remember that there were no games to determine the champs of the NFL back then, it was strictly the team with the best record that won the crown. With no game gate there was no revenue to pay the players for the accomplishment so the Green Bay Press-Gazette led a community fund drive to raise money for the players. In 1929, each player was given $220 plus a watch from the more than the $5,000 that was raised. I would bet this is yet another reason why after winning the title that the Pack would risk their reputation by going on a barnstorming tour to play an exhibition game. As far as reputation, they had everything to lose and nothing to gain. But in the individual pockets of the players, they were trying to scrape out a living.

December 15, 1935 – University of Detroit Stadium – The National Football League Championship game pitted the New York Football Giants against the Lions of Detroit. This was the third time that the League had a final game pitting the top two teams from each division to determine the title. The Lions jumped out to an early two touchdown lead and never looked back as their defense frustrated the G-men most of the game according to the American Football Database. Four different Detroit Lions ran the ball across the goal line as the Football Men of the Motor City beat New York Giants, 26-7 to win the Lions first championship title.

December 15, 1946 – Polo Grounds, New York City – National Football League Championship the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants, 24-14 in front of a record crowd of 58,346. In an interesting bit of news that came out just before kick off two players on the Giants were allegedly offered a bribe to throw the game by a person in the underworld. covers the story well. Giants All-Star halfback Frank Filchock and Merle Hapes were under investigation by NFL Commissioner Bert Bell. Filchock was allowed to play but Bell suspended Hapes when he didn’t report the bribe attempt to anyone.

December 15, 1982 – The New York Giants hired Bill Parcells as their new coach. Parcells was the 12th person in history to serve in that role for the franchise.

December 15, 1997 – The San Francisco 49ers franchise retired Joe Montana’s #16 jersey number from ever being worn by another player for the Niners.

December 15, 2002 – Southern Cal Quarterback Carson Palmer won the voting for the 68th Heisman Trophy Award. According to Palmer threw for 3,639 yards and 32 touchdowns as the Trojans finished 10-2 and earned a trip to the Orange Bowl. He really blossomed into an elite passer under the instruction of coordinator Norm Chow.

December 15, 2008 – The 74th Heisman Trophy went to Sam Bradford, the fantastic Quarterback from the Oklahoma Sooners. According to, Sam’s combined 53 touchdowns from the run and the pass are tied with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota for the most in Heisman history. Sam Bradford and his Sooners teammates were the highest-scoring offense ever in NCAA history.  Passing for 4,464 yards with 48 touchdowns and just six interceptions was a monumental feat as Braford again led the nation in passing and also added five rushing touchdowns as the Sooners went 12-1 and qualified the BCS national title game.

December 15, 2019 – Oakland, California – Raiders play their final NFL home game in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas.  The Jon Gruden-led Raiders gave up 17 unanswered second half points to fall at the hands of the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-16.

Hall of Fame Birthday for December 15

December 15, 1938 – Natchez, Mississippi – Billy Shaw the standout guard from Georgia Tech was born. Billy was an All-America selection in 1961 and was coveted by teams from both the NFL and the AFL in their respective drafts according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s bio on Billy Shaw. The Dallas Cowboys picked him but so did the AFL’s Buffalo Bills and Billy chose to go with the Bills so that he could concentrate on playing on the offensive line. Well his decision was a great one as he and the Bills won back to back AFL Championship Titles in 1964 & 1965. He was selected to the All-AFL team five times and played in 8 All-Star games. At the Enshrinement Ceremony of 1999 Billy Shaw was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

December 15, 1940 – Springfield, Massachusetts – The great linebacker from the University of Notre Dame, Nick Buoniconti was born. Nick was picked by the Patriots in the 13th round of the 1962 AFL Draft. His bio on the Pro Football Hall of Fame website tells how he made an immediate impact with the defense of the Patriots by in the 1963 season the Pats captured the Eastern Division of the AFL. The “undersized” linebacker that no NFL team dared to pick registered 5 interceptions in 1964, and in a game against the Bills in 1968 he picked off 3 passes alone to help him achieve a total of 24 in his 7 seasons with the Patriots. In 1969 he was traded to the Dolphins and helped that team eventually go undefeated and win the Super Bowl in 1972 and appear in 3 straight NFL Title games, The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Nick Buoniconti in 2001.


9 – 7 – 31 – 16 – 3 – 14

December 15, 1925 – 1st hockey game played at Madison Square Garden, NYC took place on this day between the Montreal Canadiens 3, NY Americans 1

December 15, 1959 –

December 15, 1959 – Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid forward Number 9,  Alfredo Di Stéfano won his second award for best football player in Europe ahead of teammate Number 7, Raymond Kopa and Juventus’ Welsh utility John Charles

December 15, 1973 – Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game

December 15, 1980 – New York Yankees Number 31, Dave Winfield became the highest-paid MLB player, on a  10 years $15 million contract

December 15, 1997 – SF 49ers retired Joe Montana’s Number 16 jersey

December 15, 2002 – 68th Heisman Trophy Award was won by USC Quarterback Number 3, Carson Palmer

December 15, 2008 – 74th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Oklahoma Quarterback Number 14,  Sam Bradford


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Saginaw Valley State at Butler7:00pmB1G+
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Northern Colorado at Colorado8:00pmFloSports
Cleveland State at Bradley8:00pmESPN+
New Mexico at NM State9:00pmACCNX
UConn vs. Gonzaga10:00pmESPN+
CSU Bakersfield at Fresno State10:00pmESPN+
Bundesliga: Borussia M’gladbach vs Werder Bremen2:30pmESPN+
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St. Francis (PA) vs NJIT6:00pmESPN+
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Eastern Kentucky vs Tennessee State6:30pmESPN+
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Chicago State vs UIC8:00pmESPN+
Mayville State vs North Dakota8:00pmSummit
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Portland vs Stanford10:00pmPAC12N


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Myrtle Beach Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Ohio11:00amESPN
Cricket Celebration Bowl: Howard vs. Florida A&M12:00pmABC
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana2:15pmESPN
Cure Bowl: Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State3:30pmABC
New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico State vs. Fresno State5:45pmESPN
LA Bowl: UCLA vs. Boise State7:30pmABC
Independence Bowl: California vs. Texas Tech9:15pmESPN
LSU vs. Texas12:00pmESPN2
La Salle at Miami (FL)12:00pmCW
Georgia Tech vs. Penn State12:00pmBTN
Lindenwood at IUPUI12:00pmESPN+
Kansas at Indiana12:30pmCBS
NJIT at Niagara1:00pmESPN+
St. Andrews at Liberty1:00pmESPN+
LIU at Rutgers1:00pmBTN+
Sacred Heart at Providence1:30pmFS1
Indiana State vs. Ball State1:45pmPeacock
Baylor vs. Michigan State2:00pmFOX
South Carolina State at Pitt2:00pmACCN
Santa Clara vs. Washington State2:00pmPA12N
Temple at VCU2:00pmMASN
Rider at Monmouth2:00pmESPN+
Dartmouth at Le Moyne2:00pmNEC Front Row
Southern at Tulane2:00pmESPN+
FGCU at Mercer2:00pmESPN+
Kennesaw State at Presbyterian2:00pmESPN+
Trinity Baptist at North Florida2:00pmESPN+
Kansas City at Bowling Green2:00pmESPN+
Western Michigan at UIC2:00pmESPN+
James Madison at Hampton2:00pmFloSports
UAlbany at Drexel2:00pmFloSports
Towson vs. Bryant2:00pmFloSports
Norfolk State at Hofstra2:00pmFloSports
Georgetown at Notre Dame2:15pmCW
Eastern Michigan at Michigan2:15pmBTN
Houston vs. Texas A&M2:30pmESPN2
Ohio State vs. UCLA3:00pmCBS
Austin Peay at WKU3:00pmESPN+
Missouri State at Tulsa3:00pmESPN+
Belmont at Samford3:00pmESPN+
UNCW at Georgia Southern3:00pmESPN+
Boyce at Tennessee State3:00pmESPN+
Rice at Northwestern State3:00pmESPN+
Lynchburg at Davidson3:00pmESPN+
Fordham vs. St. John’s3:30pmFS1
Radford at Bucknell3:30pmESPN+
Florida Atlantic vs. St. Bonaventure4:00pmESPNU
Vermont at Virginia Tech4:00pmACCN
Utah Valley at Utah4:00pmPAC12N
Evansville at Bellarmine4:00pmESPN+
North Alabama at Tennessee Tech4:00pmESPN+
Southeastern Louisiana at Murray State4:00pmESPN+
Chicago State at Valparaiso4:00pmESPN+
Loyola Chicago at South Florida4:00pmESPN+
Southern Utah at Northern Arizona4:00pmESPN+
Clemson at Memphis4:00pmESPN+
Florida A&M vs. Iowa4:30pmBTN
Arizona vs. Purdue4:30pmPeacock
Delaware vs. Rhode Island4:30pmFloSports
Loyola Marymount vs. UC Santa Barbara4:30pmESPN+
Western Carolina at USC Upstate4:30pmESPN+
Air Force vs. UTA5:00pmESPN+
UC Davis at Pacific5:00pmESPN+
Central Connecticut at UMass Lowell5:00pmESPN+
North Carolina vs. Kentucky5:30pmCBS
Northwestern at DePaul5:30pmFS1
High Point at Georgia5:30pmSECN
Northeastern at Virginia6:00pmACCN
Lipscomb vs. Arkansas6:00pmESPN+
Charleston Southern at South Carolina6:00pmESPN+
Loyola Maryland at George Mason6:00pmESPN+
Trinity (FL) at FIU6:00pmESPN+
West Virginia vs. UMass6:30pmESPNU
Charlotte at Richmond7:00pmMASN/2
Bethune-Cookman at Purdue Fort Wayne7:00pmESPN+
Southern Illinois at Wichita State7:00pmESPN+
UNLV vs. Saint Mary’s7:00pmESPN+
UNCG at Marshall7:00pmESPN+
Dayton vs. Cincinnati7:00pmESPN+
Saint Joseph’s vs. Iona7:00pmFloSports
Winthrop at Xavier7:30pmFS1
California vs. Ole Miss7:30pmSECN
Vanderbilt vs. Texas Tech7:30pmESPN+
Alabama at Creighton8:00pmFOX
SMU at Florida State8:00pmACCN
Louisiana Tech at Saint Louis8:00pmESPN+
California Baptist at UC Riverside8:00pmESPN+
Champion Christian at Houston Christian8:00pmESPN+
Chattanooga at Alabama A&M8:00pm
Georgia State at BYU9:00pmESPN+
North Dakota at Utah Tech9:00pmESPN+
SAGU American Indian at Montana State9:00pmESPN+
Green Bay at Oklahoma9:00pmESPN+
Weber State at Wyoming9:00pmMWN
Texas Southern vs. North Carolina A&T9:30pmESPN+
Portland vs. Grand Canyon9:30pmESPN+
NC State vs. Tennessee10:00pmESPN2
Arizona State vs. TCU10:00pmESPNU
South Dakota at UC Irvine10:00pmESPN+
Jackson State vs. Howard11:59pmESPNU
La Liga: Celta de Vigo vs Granada8:00amESPN+
Serie A: Lecce vs Frosinone9:00amParamount+
Bundesliga: Darmstadt 98 vs Wolfsburg9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Augsburg vs Borussia Dortmund9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Bochum vs Union Berlin9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Mainz 05 vs Heidenheim9:30amESPN+
EPL: Manchester City vs Crystal Palace10:00amUSA
EPL: AFC Bournemouth vs Luton Town10:00amPeacock
EPL: Chelsea vs Sheffield United10:00amPeacock
EPL: Newcastle United vs Fulham10:00amPeacock
La Liga: Athletic Club vs Atlético Madrid10:15amESPN+
Ligue 1: Le Havre vs Nice11:00ambeIN Sports
Serie A: Napoli vs Cagliari12:00pmParamount+
EPL: Burnley vs Everton12:30pmNBC
Bundesliga: RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Sevilla vs Getafe12:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Torino vs Empoli2:45pmParamount+
EPL: Newcastle United vs Manchester United3:00pmUSA
La Liga: Valencia vs Barcelona3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Lens vs Reims3:00pmbeIN Sports
PGA Tour: PNC Championship2:30pmNBC
Miami (Ohio) vs Michigan11:00amESPN+
Charleston vs Robert Morris12:00pmESPN+
Louisville vs UConn12:00pmFOX
UNLV vs Seton Hall1:00pmFloSports
Wofford vs Virginia1:00pmACCNX
Niagara vs Iona1:00pmESPN+
Youngstown State vs St. Bonaventure1:00pmESPN+
Presbyterian vs South Carolina1:00pmSECN+
Georgia Tech vs Georgia1:30pmSECN+
Samford vs Arkansas1:30pmSECN+
Hampton vs George Washington2:00pmESPN+
Hampton vs George Washington2:00pmMNMT
Canisius vs Siena2:00pmESPN+
Liberty vs Richmond2:00pmESPN+
Howard vs Florida Atlantic2:00pmESPN+
Marist vs Saint Peter’s2:00pmESPN+
South Dakota vs UT Martin2:00pmESPN+
Duquesne vs Vermont2:00pmESPN+
Le Moyne vs Buffalo2:00pmESPN+
Stonehill vs Albany2:00pmESPN+
Wichita State vs Missouri State2:00pmESPN+
Mount St. Mary’s vs Fairfield2:00pmESPN+
Tarleton vs McNeese2:00pmESPN+
Georgia State vs Clemson2:00pmACCNX
Rider vs Manhattan2:00pmESPN+
St. Edwards vs Incarnate Word3:00pmESPN+
Alcorn State vs Louisiana Tech3:00pmESPN+
UT Arlington vs Sam Houston3:00pmESPN+
Norfolk State vs Auburn3:00pmSECN+
Bryan vs Austin Peay3:00pmESPN+
UT-Arlington vs Sam Houston3:00pmESPN+
Prairie View A&M vs Rice3:00pmESPN+
Lindenwood vs Evansville3:00pmESPN+
Coastal Carolina vs Jacksonville State3:30pmESPN+
Idaho State vs BYU4:00pmESPN+
Saint Mary’s vs Washington4:00pmPAC12N
Pepperdine vs Cal State Bakersfield4:00pmESPN+
Utah Valley vs NM State4:00pmESPN+
Utah Valley vs New Mexico State4:00pmESPN+
Wisconsin-Stevens Point vs St. Thomas4:00pmESPN+
Bethesda vs Utah Tech4:00pmESPN+
Cal State Fullerton vs California Baptist4:00pmESPN+
San Francisco vs Portland State5:00pmESPN+
North Florida vs Kansas State5:00pmESPN+
Farmingdale State vs Hofstra5:00pmFloSports
Sacred Heart vs Providence5:00pmFloSports
Miami vs Baylor5:00pmESPN+
North Florida vs Kansas State5:00pmESPN+
Central Arkansas vs Kansas5:00pmESPN+
Villanova vs St. John’s6:00pm
NC State vs South Florida7:00pmESPN+
Utah vs Southern Utah7:00pmESPN+
Cleveland State vs Iowa7:00pmBTN
NC State vs USF7:00pmESPN+
Pacific vs Long Beach State8:00pmESPN+
Montana vs Cal Poly9:00pmESPN+
Colorado State vs UC Irvine10:00pmESPN+


Atlanta at Carolina1:00pmFOX
Chicago at Cleveland1:00pmFOX
Kansas City at New England1:00pmFOX
Tampa Bay at Green Bay1:00pmCBS
NY Jets at Miami1:00pmCBS
NY Giants at New Orleans1:00pmFOX
Houston at Tennessee1:00pmCBS
San Francisco at Arizona4:05pmCBS
Washington at LA Rams4:05pmCBS
Dallas at Buffalo4:25pmFOX
Baltimore at Jacksonville8:20pmNBC
Orlando at Boston3:00pmNBCS-BOS
Bally Sports
New Orleans at San Antonio3:30pmBally Sports
Houston at Milwaukee7:00pmSCHN
Bally Sports
Washington at Phoenix8:00pmMNMT
Golden State at Portland9:00pmNBCS-BAY
Root Sports
Vancouver at Chicago3:00pmNBCS-CHI
Washington at Carolina6:00pmBally Sports
Anaheim at New Jersey7:00pmBally Sports
San Jose at Colorado8:00pmNBCS-CA
Ottawa at Vegas8:00pmScripps
USC at Auburn1:00pmESPN
Colgate at Illinois1:00pmBTN
Oregon vs. Syracuse1:00pmCBSSN
Stony Brook at Army West Point1:00pmESPN+
Washington (MD) at Navy1:00pmESPN+
Pepperdine at Louisville2:00pmACCN
Cal State Fullerton at Boise State2:00pmESPN+
Hartford at Stonehill2:00pmNEC Front Row
Kentucky Christian at Wofford2:00pmESPN+
Saint Vincent at Robert Morris2:00pmESPN+
Wagner at Fairfield2:00pmESPN+
Alcorn State at UNI2:00pmESPN+
VMI at Longwood2:00pmESPN+
Stetson at Omaha2:00pmSummit
UTSA at Oregon State3:00pmPAC12N
Nebraska at Kansas State3:00pmESPN+
Blackburn at Eastern Illinois3:00pmESPN+
Montevallo at UAB3:00pmESPN+
UTEP at Abilene Christian4:00pmESPN+
North Dakota State at Illinois State4:00pmESPN+
Louisiana at McNeese4:00pmESPN+
Northern Kentucky at Eastern Kentucky4:00pmESPN+
Lindsey Wilson at Southeast Missouri4:00pmESPN+
Seton Hall vs. Missouri5:00pmESPN2
Idaho at Stanford5:00pmPAC12N
Oral Roberts at Oklahoma State5:00pmESPN+
Texas Southern vs. Howard6:00pmESPNU
Adams State at Colorado State6:00pmMWN
Florida A&M at Iowa State6:00pmESPN+
Washington at Seattle U8:00pmESPN+
Jackson State vs. North Carolina A&T8:30pmESPNU
CSU Pueblo at Colorado State9:00pmMWN
Nevada at Hawai’i10:00pmESPN+
Montana at San Jose State10:00pmMWN
Vermont vs Long Island University2:00pmESPN+
PGA Tour: PNC Championship1:30pmNBC
FIS: Freeski World Cup4:30pmNBC
Serie A: Milan vs Monza6:30amParamount+
Ligue 1: Nantes vs Brest7:00ambeIN Sports
La Liga: Almería vs Mallorca8:00amESPN+
EPL: Arsenal vs Brighton & Hove Albion9:00amPeacock
EPL: Brentford vs Aston Villa9:00amPeacock
EPL: West Ham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers9:00amPeacock
Serie A: Fiorentina vs Hellas Verona9:00amParamount+
Ligue 1: Toulouse vs Rennes9:00ambeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Lorient vs Strasbourg9:00ambeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Metz vs Montpellier9:00ambeIN Sports
Bundesliga: Freiburg vs Köln9:30amESPN+
La Liga: Real Sociedad vs Real Betis10:15amESPN+
Ligue 1: Olympique Marseille vs Clermont11:05ambeIN Sports
EPL: Liverpool vs Manchester United11:30amNBC
Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt11:30amESPN+
Serie A: Bologna vs Roma12:00pmParamount+
La Liga: Las Palmas vs Cádiz12:30pmESPN+
Bundesliga: Bayern München vs Stuttgart1:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Lazio vs Internazionale2:45pmParamount+
Ligue 1: Lille vs PSG2:45pmbeIN Sports
La Liga: Real Madrid vs Villarreal3:00pmESPN+
Ohio Dominican vs Dayton12:00pmESPN+
Purdue vs Notre Dame12:00pmACCN
Morgan State vs Stetson12:05pmESPN+
Troy vs Iowa State1:00pmESPN+
Marshall vs Elon1:00pmFloSports
Little Rock vs Arkansas State1:00pmESPN+
St. Francis (Pa.) vs Penn State1:00pmB1G+
Old Dominion vs VCU1:00pmESPN+
Temple vs La Salle1:00pmESPN+
UL Monroe vs Alabama1:00pmSECN+
Furman vs Kentucky1:00pmSECN+
James Madison vs Maine1:00pmESPN+
Longwood vs William & Mary1:00pmFloSports
Central Michigan vs Michigan State2:00pmB1G+
Merrimack vs Bucknell2:00pmESPN+
Florida State vs Drexel2:00pmFloSports
Purdue Fort Wayne vs Western Michigan2:00pmESPN+
Northeastern vs Holy Cross2:00pmESPN+
Lipscomb vs Vanderbilt2:00pmSECN+
Campbell vs East Tennessee State2:00pmESPN+
Wake Forest vs Georgetown2:00pmFloSports
Coppin State vs Binghamton2:00pmESPN+
Jacksonville vs Mercer2:00pmESPN+
Southern Illinois vs Oklahoma State2:00pmESPN+
Southern Illinois vs Oklahoma State2:00pmESPN+
Belmont vs Kennesaw State2:00pmESPN+
Queens (NC) vs Radford2:00pmESPN+
Campbell vs ETSU2:00pm
Women’s College Basketball2:00pmESPN+
Wyoming vs Montana State2:00pmESPN+
Creighton vs Drake3:00pmESPN+
Creighton vs Drake3:00pm
Mississippi State vs Memphis3:00pmESPN+
Northwestern State vs LSU3:00pmSECN+
Lamar vs TCU3:00pmESPN+
Southern vs Nebraska3:00pmB1G+
Florida vs Gardner-Webb3:00pmESPN+
Alabama State vs DePaul3:00pmFloSports
Stephen F. Austin vs MTSU3:00pmESPN+
Stephen F. Austin vs Middle Tennessee3:00pmESPN+
Appalachian State vs Marquette3:00pmFloSports
Cincinnati vs Southern Indiana3:00pmESPN+
Bradley vs Northwestern3:00pmB1G+
Missouri vs Illinois4:00pmBTN
North Texas vs Louisiana5:00pmESPN+
Houston vs Washington State5:00pmPAC12N
South Dakota State vs Gonzaga5:00pmESPN+
Virginia Tech vs Rutgers5:30pmB1G+
Grand Canyon vs Idaho5:30pmESPN+
Indiana State vs Ohio6:00pmESPN+
Eastern Kentucky vs Chattanooga6:00pmESPN+
Loyola Marymount vs UC Santa Barbara7:00pmESPN+
Arizona vs Arizona State7:00pmPAC12N
Toledo vs Oakland7:00pmESPN+