INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

DUGGER UNION44OBLONG-PALESTINE-HUTSONVILLE (ILL.)35 
LAVILLE42BREMEN37 
NORTHEASTERN57CENTERVILLE42 
PHALEN ACADEMY70INDIANA DEAF46 
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD82IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY31 
SOUTH DEARBORN67PENDLETON COUNTY (KY.)32 
TRITON CENTRAL63WALDRON48 

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FRIDAY

Austin (0-2) at Providence (0-1)

Avon (1-1) at Hamilton Southeastern (0-0)

Bedford North Lawrence (0-1) at Bloomington South (1-1)

Beech Grove (1-1) at Speedway (0-1)

Bethany Christian (0-2) at Clinton Christian

Bethesda Christian (1-0) at Danville (1-0)

Blue River (1-1) at Tri (1-0)

Bluffton (0-0) at South Adams (1-2)

Boonville (1-0) at Evansville Bosse (0-1)

Calumet Christian at Lake Station (1-1)

Cannelton (0-1) at Crothersville (0-2)

Center Grove (3-0) at Bloomington North (1-0)

Central Noble (1-0) at Angola (0-1)

Charlestown (1-1) at Scottsburg (2-0)

Chesterton (1-0) at Hammond Morton (0-1)

Christel House Manual (0-2) at Victory College Prep (0-1)

Clay City (2-1) at Linton-Stockton (1-0)

Clinton Central (0-1) at Fountain Central (1-0)

Clinton Prairie (1-0) at Sheridan (1-1)

Columbus North (1-2) at Silver Creek (2-0)

Concord (1-1) at Jimtown (0-1)

Connersville (1-1) at Rushville (0-1)

Covington (3-1) at Covenant Christian (1-1)

Crawford County (0-2) at Mitchell (0-2)

Crown Point (1-0) at Highland (0-1)

Culver (1-1) at Lakeland Christian (1-0)

Culver Academy (2-0) at Northridge (2-0)

Daleville (0-1) at Monroe Central (0-2)

Decatur Central (1-1) at Franklin (1-1)

DeKalb (0-2) at Fort Wayne North (0-2)

Delphi (1-0) at Faith Christian (0-1)

Delta (2-0) at Wabash (1-1)

Eastern (Greentown) (1-1) at Eastbrook (0-1)

Eastern (Pekin) (1-1) at West Washington (1-0)

Eastern Greene (1-1) at Brown County (0-2)

Eastern Hancock (1-0) at New Palestine (1-0)

Edgewood (0-2) at Cloverdale (0-2)

Edinburgh (2-0) at Oldenburg Academy (2-0)

Elkhart (0-3) at John Glenn (0-2)

Elkhart Christian (1-0) at Hamilton (0-1)

Evansville Day (2-1) at Tecumseh (0-1)

Evansville North (1-0) at Jeffersonville (1-1)

Evansville Reitz (0-0) at Vincennes Lincoln (0-1)

Fishers (2-1) at Noblesville (1-0)

Forest Park (1-0) at Pike Central (1-0)

Fort Wayne Canterbury (0-2) at Columbia City (1-1)

Frankfort (0-1) at Tipton (1-0)

Franklin Central (0-2) at Brownsburg (2-0)

Frontier (0-1) at Carroll (Flora) (2-0)

Garrett (0-3) at Lakewood Park (1-2)

Gary 21st Century (2-0) at Bowman Academy (0-1)

Gary West (2-0) at Michigan City (2-0)

Gibson Southern (0-0) at Evansville Memorial (0-0)

Greencastle (1-1) at West Vigo (1-1)

Greensburg (0-0) at Batesville (1-0)

Greenwood (1-1) at Martinsville (1-1)

Hamilton Heights (1-1) at New Castle (1-1)

Hancock County (Ky.) at Perry Central (1-1)

Hebron (1-1) at North Newton (1-1)

Henryville (0-1) at Paoli (0-0)

Heritage (2-0) at Leo (1-2)

Illiana Christian (1-1) at Munster (2-0)

Indian Creek (0-2) at Owen Valley (1-2)

Indianapolis Cathedral (2-0) at Brebeuf Jesuit (1-0)

Indianapolis International (1-0) at Cambridge City Lincoln (2-1)

Indianapolis Tech (1-1) at North Central (Indianapolis) (1-1)

Indianapolis Washington (1-1) at Irvington Prep Academy (0-1)

Jay County (0-1) at Woodlan (3-0)

Jennings County (2-0) at Madison (0-1)

Kokomo (0-1) at Peru (1-0)

Kouts (1-1) at DeMotte Christian (0-1)

Lakeland (1-1) at Fremont (1-0)

Lanesville (0-0) at Borden (1-1)

LaPorte (1-1) at Plymouth (2-0)

Lawrence Central (2-0) at Carmel (1-1)

Lebanon (2-0) at Crawfordsville (1-1)

Loogootee (1-2) at Wood Memorial (0-1)

Maconaquah (0-1) at North Miami (1-1)

Madison-Grant (1-1) at Wes-Del (1-2)

Memphis East (Tenn.) vs. Indianapolis Attucks (0-1)

Monrovia (0-1) at Cascade (0-1)

Muncie Burris (0-1) at Yorktown (1-0)

New Albany (2-0) at Evansville Harrison (0-1)

New Haven (1-1) at Fort Wayne Blackhawk (1-0)

North Central (Farmersburg) (1-1) at Eminence (0-0)

North Harrison (1-1) at Corydon Central (1-0)

North Knox (0-2) at South Knox (2-0)

North Montgomery (0-1) at Southmont (1-1)

North Posey (0-2) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (1-0)

Northfield (2-1) at Taylor (3-0)

Northview (0-1) at Sullivan (1-1)

Orleans (1-0) at Springs Valley (1-0)

Owensboro (Ky.) at Evansville Christian (4-0)

Park Tudor (2-0) at Indianapolis Scecina (3-1)

Pendleton Heights (0-3) at Lapel (0-2)

Penn (0-0) at South Bend Clay (2-0)

Perry Meridian (0-1) at Mooresville (1-1)

Pike (0-0) at Ben Davis (3-0)

Plainfield (2-0) at Whiteland (1-1)

Prairie Heights (2-0) at Fairfield (1-1)

River Forest (2-1) at North Judson (0-0)

Rochester (1-0) at Winamac (0-2)

Seymour (0-2) at Brownstown Central (2-0)

Shakamak (1-0) at Bloomfield (2-0)

Shawe Memorial (1-1) at Southwestern (Hanover) (1-0)

South Bend Riley (1-1) at Mishawaka Marian (1-0)

South Bend St. Joseph (0-1) at South Bend Adams (0-0)

South Bend Washington (2-0) at New Prairie (0-0)

South Dearborn (1-1) at Jac-Cen-Del (1-1)

South Decatur (1-0) at North Decatur (0-0)

South Newton (0-1) at Seeger (1-1)

South Putnam (0-1) at North Putnam (1-0)

Southridge (0-0) at Washington (2-0)

Switzerland County (1-0) at Clarksville (0-1)

Tell City (0-1) at Princeton (1-1)

Terre Haute North (0-2) at Evansville Central (0-0)

Tippecanoe Valley (2-1) at Knox (1-0)

Traders Point Christian (2-0) at Columbus Christian

Tri-Central (0-1) at Cowan (1-1)

Tri-County (0-2) at Rossville (0-2)

Trinity Greenlawn (0-1) at South Central (Union Mills) (1-1)

Trinity Lutheran (0-1) at Columbus East (0-3)

Triton (1-1) at NorthWood (2-0)

Union City (0-2) at Randolph Southern (2-1)

Union County (0-2) at Knightstown (1-1)

University (1-0) at Shenandoah (1-1)

Wapahani (1-1) at Winchester (2-1)

Warsaw (1-0) at Homestead (1-0)

Washington Catholic (0-1) at Northeast Dubois (0-1)

Washington Twp. (1-0) at Boone Grove (0-2)

Wawasee (1-1) at Manchester (1-1)

West Central (0-3) at Argos (1-1)

Western (1-0) at Northwestern (1-1)

Western Boone (1-0) at Tri-West (1-1)

Westfield (2-0) at Zionsville (0-2)

Westview (1-1) at Churubusco (0-0)

Westville (2-0) at Tri-Twp. (0-1)

Whiting (1-0) at Hanover Central (0-1)

Whitko (0-2) at Bellmont (1-2)

BANKS OF WABASH TOURNAMENT

Riverton Parke (1-1) vs. South Vermillion (0-1)

Parke Heritage (1-1) at North Vermillion (0-2)

CASS COUNTY INVITATIONAL

Caston (0-2) vs. Pioneer (0-1)

Lewis Cass (2-1) at Logansport (1-1)

LAFAYETTE TOURNAMENT

Twin Lakes (1-2) at McCutcheon (0-1)

Lafayette Central Catholic (1-1) vs. Lafayette Jeff (1-1)

Rensselaer Central (3-0) vs. Benton Central (3-0)

West Lafayette (1-0) at Harrison (West Lafayette) (2-0)

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

BARR-REEVE44PIKE CENTRAL18 
BEECH GROVE48INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE37 
BETHANY CHRISTIAN62PRAIRIE HEIGHTS39 
BLACKFORD85NEW CASTLE45 
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH40TERRE HAUTE NORTH28 
BREMEN76JIMTOWN60 
CARROLL (FLORA)51WESTERN47 
CASCADE80PARKE HERITAGE41 
CASTLE45JASPER35 
CENTER GROVE49INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL32 
CLAY CITY50RIVERTON PARKE31 
COVENANT CHRISTIAN45INDIANAPOLIS RITTER14 
COVINGTON39NORTH MONTGOMERY35 
CRAWFORD COUNTY57PERRY CENTRAL44 
DELPHI64FRANKFORT24 
DONOVAN (ILL.)54SOUTH NEWTON41 
EAST CENTRAL50MADISON45 
EASTERN (PEKIN)44PROVIDENCE29 
EASTERN HANCOCK58TIPTON51 
ELKHART40JOHN GLENN35 
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK48WAYNE TRACE (OHIO)33 
FORT WAYNE LUERS55LAKEWOOD PARK19 
HAGERSTOWN36COWAN34 
HERITAGE HILLS44TECUMSEH42 
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI64HERITAGE CHRISTIAN61OT
INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON32PHALEN ACADEMY23 
JEFFERSONVILLE65FLOYD CENTRAL46 
LAKE STATION55GRIFFITH14 
LAPEL38GREENFIELD-CENTRAL36 
LEWIS CASS49MANCHESTER38 
LINTON-STOCKTON57EASTERN GREENE28 
MILAN41INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE33 
MISHAWAKA MARIAN65SOUTH BEND RILEY14 
MORGAN TWP.55WHEELER20 
MUNSTER66HOBART61 
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)72SHAKAMAK35 
NORTH DECATUR49OLDENBURG ACADEMY31 
NORTH HARRISON50NEW ALBANY37 
NORTH POSEY69EVANSVILLE HARRISON38 
NORTHEAST DUBOIS47SPRINGS VALLEY19 
OREGON-DAVIS53WEST CENTRAL43 
RENSSELAER CENTRAL58WINAMAC40 
ROSSVILLE58NORTH WHITE40 
SCOTTSBURG57CORYDON CENTRAL43 
SEEGER55FRONTIER41 
SEYMOUR46BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL33 
SOUTH BEND ADAMS43SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH27 
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)52KOUTS43 
SOUTH SPENCER66HANCOCK COUNTY (KY.)56 
SOUTHMONT52ATTICA22 
SOUTHRIDGE44TELL CITY11 
SWITZERLAND COUNTY59CROTHERSVILLE24 
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH50SOUTH VERMILLION13 
TIPPECANOE VALLEY62PLYMOUTH36 
TRI57BLUE RIVER23 
TRINITY LUTHERAN71EDINBURGH21 
UNIVERSITY74ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY18 
VINCENNES RIVET41BLOOMFIELD38 
WAPAHANI62CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN24 
WAWASEE44ELKHART CHRISTIAN16 
WEST LAFAYETTE64CARMEL59 
WESTVIEW55WEST NOBLE29 
YORKTOWN52GUERIN CATHOLIC40 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FRIDAY

Alexandria (6-1) at Frankton (7-1)

Bedford North Lawrence (6-1) vs. Gibson Southern (4-1)

Ben Davis (5-2) at Warsaw (5-2)

Bloomington Lighthouse (0-5) at Medora (0-3)

Bloomington North (5-2) at Southport (4-4)

Calumet (0-3) at Hammond Noll (2-3)

Cannelton (0-2) at Crothersville (0-5)

Carmel (0-7) at Warren Central (6-2)

Centerville (4-4) at Northeastern (3-4)

Central Noble (9-0) at Angola (4-5)

Clinton Prairie (4-4) at Sheridan (3-4)

Culver (3-6) at Lakeland Christian (3-1)

Decatur Central (5-2) at Franklin (5-3)

Eastbrook (4-2) at Mississinewa (2-5)

Edgewood (1-7) at Cloverdale (0-7)

Faith Christian (7-1) at Delphi (5-4)

Fort Wayne Concordia (4-4) at Fort Wayne Wayne (5-3)

Fort Wayne Northrop (5-0) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (5-4)

Fort Wayne Snider (5-3) at Fort Wayne South (1-4)

Franklin Central (2-5) at Brownsburg (4-5)

Gary 21st Century (1-3) at South Bend Career (2-5)

Greencastle (6-1) at West Vigo (3-4)

Greenwood (4-4) at Martinsville (0-7)

Hammond Morton (4-5) at Thornton Fractional South (Ill.)

Hammond Morton (4-5) at Hammond Science & Tech (1-5)

Hanover Central (3-4) at Whiting (3-3)

Hebron (3-3) at North Newton (0-7)

Homestead (6-2) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (6-1)

Indian Creek (7-0) at Owen Valley (4-3)

Indianapolis Herron (2-3) at Christel House Manual (0-7)

Indianapolis Riverside (1-7) at Indiana Deaf (3-2)

Kankakee Valley (6-2) at Lowell (6-2)

Lake Central (5-1) at Merrillville (1-6)

LaPorte (0-7) at Valparaiso (7-0)

LaPorte LaLumiere vs. Evansville Memorial (5-0)

Lawrenceburg (3-2) at Richmond (3-4)

Lebanon (1-4) at Crawfordsville (2-7)

Michigan City (1-6) at Chesterton (5-3)

North Central (Indianapolis) (2-5) at Pike (2-5)

Northview (4-1) at Sullivan (5-4)

NorthWood (2-3) at Concord (2-6)

Norwell (7-1) at Huntington North (4-1)

Oak Hill (3-4) at Elwood (1-6)

Park Tudor (5-2) at Indianapolis Scecina (3-2)

Perry Meridian (0-7) at Mooresville (5-4)

Plainfield (3-5) at Whiteland (3-6)

Portage (4-3) at Crown Point (5-4)

Purdue Poly Englewood (6-1) at Danville (6-2)

Shawe Memorial (4-4) at Southwestern (Hanover) (2-3)

South Putnam (4-4) at North Putnam (7-2)

South Ripley (4-4) at Rising Sun (5-1)

Tell City (3-5) at South Central (Elizabeth) (0-5)

Traders Point Christian (3-3) at Columbus Christian

Triton Central (3-3) at Waldron (2-4)

Union (Modoc) (1-5) at Cambridge City Lincoln (1-4)

Vincennes Lincoln (4-4) at Salem (1-5)

Washington Twp. (3-2) at Boone Grove (0-8)

Western Boone (6-2) at Tri-West (2-6)

Westville (2-2) at Tri-Twp. (3-3)

Wheeler (0-8) at River Forest (1-5)

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCOREBOARD

HUNTINGTON NORTH 43 N. MIAMI 42

NEW CASTLE 64 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 18

HOBART 61 HAMMOND MORTON 11

WARSAW 39 GOSHEN 31

DALEVILLE 30 SOUTHERN WELLS 28

OAK HILL 40 NEW HAVEN 27

DELTA 66 S. ADAMS 12

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 61 EDGEWOOD 13

FRANKLIN COUNTY 42 E. CENTRAL 33

****NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE****

WEEK 14

FRIDAY, DEC. 2

AKRON AT BUFFALO | 1 P.M. | CBSSN

UTSA VS. NORTH TEXAS — CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP (LAS VEGAS, NEVADA) | 8 P.M. | FOX

SATURDAY, DEC. 3

TCU VS. KANSAS STATE — BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 12 P.M. | ABC

OHIO VS. TOLEDO — MAC CHAMPIONSHIP (DETROIT, MICHIGAN) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

HOLY CROSS VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE (FCS SECOND ROUND) | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

WILLIAM & MARY VS. GARDNER-WEBB (FCS SECOND ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

UIW VS. FURMAN (FCS SECOND ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE VS. DELAWARE (FCS SECOND ROUND) | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

MONTANA STATE VS. WEBER STATE (FCS SECOND ROUND) | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

SAMFORD VS. SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (FCS SECOND ROUND) | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

TROY VS. COASTAL CAROLINA — SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP (TROY, ALABAMA) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

NORTH DAKOTA STATE VS. MONTANA (FCS SECOND ROUND) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA VS. LSU — SEC CHAMPIONSHIP (ATLANTA) | 4 P.M. | CBS

TULANE VS. UCF — AAC CHAMPIONSHIP (NEW ORLEANS) | 4 P.M. | ABC

BOISE STATE VS. FRESNO STATE — MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP (BOISE, IDAHO) | 4 P.M. | FOX

JACKSON STATE VS. SOUTHERN — SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI) | 4 P.M. | ESPN2

SACRAMENTO STATE VS. RICHMOND (FCS SECOND ROUND) | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

CLEMSON VS. NORTH CAROLINA — ACC CHAMPIONSHIP (CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA) | 8 P.M. | ABC

MICHIGAN VS. PURDUE — BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP (INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA) | 8 P.M. | FOX

BIG 10 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME INFORMATION: https://bigten.org/sports/2022/7/11/2022_FCG.aspx

****NFL****

WEEK 13

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2022

BUFFALO 24 NEW ENGLAND 10

BOX SCORE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/FB/BOXSCORE.ASP?GAMECODE=20221201017&HOME=17&VIS=2&FINAL=TRUE

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2022

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

DENVER BRONCOS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

TENNESSEE TITANS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2022

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

WEEK 14 FLEX SCHEDULING – DECEMBER 11 DOLPHINS-CHARGERS GAME MOVES TO NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2022

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS                                   8:15 PM               PRIME VIDEO


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2022

NEW YORK JETS AT BUFFALO BILLS                                                     1:00 PM               CBS

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS                              1:00 PM               CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT DALLAS COWBOYS                                         1:00 PM               FOX

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DETROIT LIONS                                          1:00 PM               FOX

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK GIANTS                                 1:00 PM               FOX

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS                              1:00 PM               CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT TENNESSEE TITANS                              1:00 PM               CBS

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT DENVER BRONCOS                                      4:05 PM               CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS                    4:25 PM               FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS                                4:25 PM               FOX

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS                              8:20 PM               NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2022


NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS                      8:15 PM               ESPN

2022 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 13

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (9-2) (VS. N.Y. JETS (7-4), SUNDAY, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

MINNESOTA CLINCHES NFC NORTH DIVISION TITLE WITH:

1) MIN WIN + DET LOSS OR TIE OR

2) MIN TIE + DET LOSS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-1) (VS. TENNESSEE (7-4), SUNDAY, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

PHILADELPHIA CLINCHES PLAYOFF BERTH WITH:

1) PHI WIN + WAS LOSS + SF LOSS OR TIE + SEA LOSS OR TIE

(AS LONG AS BOTH SF AND SEA EACH DON’T TIE) OR

2) PHI WIN + WAS TIE + SF LOSS + SEA LOSS

****TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****

#2 TEXAS 72 #7 CREIGHTON 67

UTAH 81 #4 ARIZONA 66

#8 UCONN 74 OKLAHOMA STATE 64

#9 KANSAS 91 SETON HALL 65

#21 UCLA 80 STANFORD 66

ELSEWHERE:

DETROIT 75 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 66

BELMONT 76 VALPARAISO 64

ROBERT MORRIS 80 WRIGHT STATE 59

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 77 YOUNGSTOWN STATE 73 2 OT

MURRAY STATE 70 ILLINOIS STATE 67 OT

MILWAUKEE 81 GREEN BAY 67

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/CBK/SCOREBOARD.ASP?CONF=-1&DAY=20221201

****TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****

#5 INDIANA 87 #6 NORTH CAROLINA 63

#20 MARYLAND 74 #7 NOTRE DAME 72

#9 VIRGINIA TECH 85 NEBRASKA 54

#12 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 94 #10 IOWA 81

#16 UTAH 109 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY 42

#17 MICHIGAN 76 MIAMI FLORIDA 64

#23 GONZAGA 71 STEPHEN F AUSTIN 59

ELSEWHERE:

DUKE 66 NORTHWESTERN 50

VIRGINIA TECH 85 NEBRASKA 54

FLORIDA STATE 92 WISCONSIN 87

GEORGIA TECH 66 MICHIGAN STATE 63

MILWAUKEE 59 GREEN BAY 52

CINCINNATI 78 NORTH CAROLINA A&T 73

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 115 CHICAGO STATE 57

ILLINOIS CHICAGO 45 LOYOLA CHICAGO 36

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/WCBK/SCOREBOARD.ASP?CONF=-1&DAY=20221201

****NBA SCOREBOARD****

DETROIT 131 DALLAS 125 OT

BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NBA/BOXSCORE.ASP?GAMECODE=2022120108&HOME=8&VIS=6&FINAL=TRUE

****NHL SCOREBOARD****

COLORADO 6 BUFFALO 4

NASHVILLE 4 NEW JERSEY 3

TAMPA BAY 4 PHILADELPHIA 1

PITTSBURGH 4 VEGAS 3

CAROLINA 6 ST. LOUIS 4

MINNESOTA 5 EDMONTON 3

DALLAS 5 ANAHEIM 0

MONTRÉAL 2 CALGARY 1

FLORIDA 5 VANCOUVER 1

SEATTLE 3 WASHINGTON 2

LOS ANGELES 5 ARIZONA 3

BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NHL/SCOREBOARD.ASP

****TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES****

JOSH ALLEN THROWS FOR 2 TDS, BILLS BEAT PATRIOTS 24-10

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Buffalo Bills had done everything this season, except earn a victory in their division.

They’re hoping their first will be the one that helps put them back on the path to winning it again.

Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes and the Bills beat the New England Patriots 24-10 on Thursday night for their first AFC East win of the season.

Devin Singletary had a 1-yard touchdown run to help the Bills (9-3) win their third straight and take a half-game lead in the division over Miami. Buffalo had been 0-2 against division foes.

“We know these games that are coming up, they matter,” Allen said. “The ones in December and January, they matter. We’ve got to find ways to go win some football games.”

Allen became the first player in NFL history with three seasons of 25 passing TDs and five rushing scores.

Including the playoffs last season, the Bills have won their last three meetings with New England (6-6).

Allen went 22 of 33 for 223 yards, consistently buying time in the pocket and finding soft spots in the Patriots’ zone. The Bills have struggled at times in the red zone, but went 3 for 3 on Thursday.

Despite playing without top pass rusher Von Miller, who suffered a knee injury in a Thanksgiving win over Detroit, Buffalo’s defense held the Patriots to three points over the final three quarters.

New England has lost two straight since posting a season-best, three-game win streak.

“There’s a lot of things we need to do better,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

A week after putting together his most complete effort of the season, New England’s Mac Jones was flustered and unsure for most of the night. He finished 22 of 36 for 195 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots were 3 of 12 on third down and 0 for 1 in the red zone.

“We want to win. And we’re not doing that,” Patriots center David Andrews said. “We’ve got to find ways to win. Whatever that is.”

Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds said the plan was to make Mac Jones beat them with his arm.

“We just knew we had to make them one dimensional, whatever that was,” said Edmunds, who had six tackles. “Our focus is ahead, not looking back.”

The Bills started slowly on offense, settling for a field goal on their first possession.

Trailing 7-3, Allen went to work during Buffalo’s next two opportunities.

He led his team 82 yards in nine plays, ending the drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs on the first play of the second quarter.

Following a Patriots punt, Allen capped a 14-play, 56-drive by eluding the Patriots’ pass rush and tiptoeing along the sideline before throwing across his body for an 8-yard TD pass to Gabe Davis.

The Patriots came in banged up on their offensive line and got creative to get their first points of the night.

After going three-and-out on their opening drive, New England inserted speedy cornerback and return man Marcus Jones for his first offensive snap of the season.

He made the most of it, catching a quick screen from Jones, finding a seam and sprinting through Buffalo’s secondary for a 48-yard touchdown.

That was about the only highlight for the Patriots.

They punted on three straight possessions, then failed to get anything out of Allen’s fumble after Nick Folk hit the crossbar on a 48-yard field goal attempt with 10 seconds left in the half.

SHORT-HANDED

Both teams played with key contributors unavailable.

Miller was placed on injured reserve Thursday and will miss at least four games. Starting left tackle Dion Dawkins (ankle) also sat and was replaced by David Quessenberry, who gave up a sack on Buffalo’s opening drive and appeared to aggravate his troublesome knee.

Just before halftime, Quessenberry was also responsible for letting Josh Uche get to Allen for a strip-sack that was recovered by Matt Judon.

Patriots center David Andrews returned after his one-game absence due to a thigh injury, but New England was missing starting running back Damien Harris (thigh) along with tackles Isaiah Wynn (foot) and Yodny Cajuste (calf/back).

Recent practice squad addition Conor McDermott stepped in to start at right tackle. Trent Brown started at left tackle but was dealing with an illness.

INJURIES

Bills: DT Jordan Phillips left with a shoulder issue. … Quessenberry left late in the third quarter with an ankle injury. TE Dawson Knox walked to the sideline with a toe injury but later returned. … CB Tre’Davious White left briefly in the second quarter with a stinger but was cleared to return.

MILESTONE

Diggs finished with seven catches for 92 yards, and his second-quarter TD catch was his 10th receiving score of the season, tying the career high he set last season.

He is the first player in team history to record multiple seasons with 10-plus receiving TDs.

STREAK ENDS

Buffalo went 23 straight drives over more than two games without punting against the Patriots before the streak ended with Sam Martin’s punt with 3:04 left in the second quarter.

DISQUALIFIED

Bills safety Damar Hamlin was ejected with 2:54 left in the game after being called for unnecessary roughness for his hit on defenseless Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers in the end zone.

UP NEXT

Bills: Host the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Patriots: At Arizona on Monday, Dec. 12.

WATSON DODGES NON-FOOTBALL QUESTIONS AFTER NFL SUSPENSION

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson refused to address non-football questions on Thursday in his first comments since returning from an 11-game NFL suspension over sexual misconduct allegations.

Speaking to the media for the first time since Aug. 18, Watson declined to discuss his suspension or the reasons behind it. He has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual harassment and assault during massage therapy sessions.

The 27-year-old will play his first game for the Browns on Sunday in Houston, where he starred for four seasons with the Texans and where the alleged misconduct took place.

Watson opened with a statement, saying he was advised by his legal and clinical teams to only address “football questions.”

“I’m focusing on football,” he said. “My main focus is locked in on the game plan and trying to execute and make sure that I’m keeping the standard up for the Cleveland Browns so we can try to win.”

Watson agreed to the lengthy suspension, a $5 million fine and to undergo professional counseling and therapy after an independent arbitrator ruled that he violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

He wouldn’t say what he learned during his time away or if the counseling helped him.

“I respect your question,” Watson said inside Cleveland’s indoor field house. “I understand. But that’s more in that phase of clinical and legal stuff and I’ve been advised to stay away from that and keep that personal.”

Watson’s return to the field will be his first game in 700 days. In addition to facing former teammates and fans who cheered for him, some of the women who sued him over the allegations are expected to attend the game, according to their attorney.

“I’m excited,” Watson said. “I’m excited to just play football in general in front of Cleveland Browns fans, but also in front of some of the Houston Texans fans. I respect the whole organization of the Houston Texans. I respect the McNair family. I respect everyone that was there that drafted me in 2017. There’s been great memories, fun memories.”

“I have so much love for the city of Houston and H Town.”

Watson’s suspension started Aug. 30. He was banned from the team’s facility and returned Oct. 10, when he was allowed to attend meetings and work out. The three-time Pro Bowler returned to practice on Nov. 16.

Watson settled with 23 of the women who sued him over the allegations. Two lawsuits remaining pending.

He has always maintained he didn’t harass or force himself on any women. Two grand juries in Texas declined to indict him over the allegations.

ANTONIO BROWN FACES ARREST WARRANT FOR DOMESTIC INCIDENT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown is wanted on a battery charge stemming from a domestic incident, Tampa police said Thursday.

Investigators said Brown, 34, and a woman were involved in a verbal altercation Monday afternoon at a home in Tampa. Brown threw a shoe at the victim, attempted to evict her from the home and locked her out, the report said.

There is a court-issued warrant for Brown’s arrest. No additional details about Monday’s incident were immediately available.

Brown’s contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was terminated a few days after he tossed his equipment into the stands and left in the middle of a Jan. 2 game. Brown had said he was pressured to play injured, but then-Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said Brown was upset about not getting the ball enough.

Brown has a long history of troubled behavior on and off the field, including being accused by two women of sexual assault, one of whom said Brown raped her. In the 2021 season, he served a three-game suspension for misrepresenting his COVID-19 vaccination status. He was also suspended for eight games in 2020 for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Brown also had played for the Steelers, Raiders and Patriots.

NFL CAPSULES

NFL PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-7) @ ATLANTA FALCONS (5-7)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Steelers lead all-time series, 14-2-1

STREAKS Steelers have won past 3

LAST GAME 10/7/18: Falcons 17 at Steelers 41

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/14/14: Steelers 27, Falcons 20 (Georgia Dome)

STEELERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 24-17 at Indianapolis (Mon.)

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 3-0

PTS. FOR 17.6

OFFENSE 313.2

PASSING Kenny Pickett (R): 175-265-1,600-3-8-73.5

RUSHING Najee Harris: 158-585-3.7-4

RECEIVING Pat Freiermuth (TE): 47-521-11.1-1

PTS. AGAINST 23.7

DEFENSE 367.7

SACKS Alex Highsmith: 10

INTs Minkah Fitzpatrick, Levi Wallace: 3

TAKE/GIVE +2 (16/14)

PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin: 44.5 (41.3)

KICKING Matthew Wright (2022): 47 (14/14 PAT; 11/14 FG)

QB KENNY PICKETT completed 20 of 28 atts. (71.4 pct.) for 174 yards last week, his 3rd game this season with 70+ comp. pct, tied 2nd-most ever by Pit. rookie QB. Aims for his 4th start in row with 0 INTs. Needs 400 pass yards to join Ben Roethlisberger (2,621 in 2004) as only Pit. rookies ever with 2,000+ pass yards. • RB NAJEE HARRIS aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 90+ rush yards in 2 of past 3. • RB BENNY SNELL rushed for season-high 62 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 12. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with 5 catches last week. Aims for his 15th in row on road with 5+ catches & has 5+ catches in each road game since beginning of 2021 season. Leads team with 56 catches in 2022 & is 1st player in franchise history with 50+ catches in each of 1st 4 career seasons. • WR GEORGE PICKENS (rookie) led team with 57 rec. yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 55+ rec. yards. Has TD in 2 of past 3. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 510 rec. yards & 4th with 36 catches. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Ranks 3rd among AFC TEs in catches (47) & rec. yards (521). • LB T.J. WATT had 23rd-career FF last week, most in NFL since 2017. Had 3 sacks & FF in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC South. Needs 1.5 sacks to tie J.J. Watt as 2nd-fastest player (82 games) to reach 75 career sacks since 1982. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had 6 tackles, sack & 4th FF of season last week, tied-most FF in NFL this season. Aims for 4th in row with half sack & has FF in 2 of past 3. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had 7 tackles last week. Has PD in 3 of past 4. • CB JAMES PIERRE had 1st INT of season last week.

FALCONS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 19-13 at Washington

COACH VS. OPP. Arthur Smith: 0-0

PTS. FOR 22.7

OFFENSE 315.3

PASSING Marcus Mariota: 171-276-2,052-14-8-89.5

RUSHING Tyler Allgeier (R): 121-552-4.6-1

RECEIVING Drake London (R): 41-438-10.7-4

PTS. AGAINST 24.4

DEFENSE 383.1

SACKS Grady Jarrett: 5.5

INTs Richie Grant, Jaylinn Hawkins, Mykal Walker: 2

TAKE/GIVE -1 (15/16)

PUNTING (NET) Bradley Pinion: 46.4 (40.8)

KICKING Younghoe Koo: 86 (26/28 PAT; 20/25 FG)

QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 306 yards with 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in only career game vs. Pit. (11/16/17 w/ Ten.). Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 0 INTs. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home & has 4 rush TDs in his past 4 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards. • RB TYLER ALLGEIER ranks 3rd among rookies in rushing yards (552) & 4th in scrimmage yards (639). Has 154 scrimmage yards (77 per game) & rush TD in 2 games vs. AFC North this season. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards. • WR DRAKE LONDON (rookie) has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. • WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS led team with season-high 91 rec. yards in Week 12. • DL GRADY JARRETT has 6 TFL in his past 6 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with TFL. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of his past 3. • LB RASHAAN EVANS tied career-high with 13 tackles last week. Has 10+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 & aims for his 5th in row with 10+ tackles. Has 32 tackles, 2 TFL, FF & PD in his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 5+ tackles. • LB MYKAL WALKER had 9 tackles, 2 PD & INT in Week 12. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 6th in row with 8+ tackles & 3rd in row with 2+ PD. • LB TROY ANDERSEN (rookie) aims for his 3rd in row with 5 tackles & TFL. • LB LORENZO CARTER has 5 tackles & TFL in 2 of past 3. Had 7 tackles in his last game vs. Pit. (9/14/20 w/ NYG). • S JAYLINN HAWKINS has INT in 2 of his past 3 at home. • S RICHIE GRANT aims for his 7th in row at home & 6th in row overall with 5+ tackles

NFL PREVIEW: DENVER BRONCOS (3-8) @ BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Ravens lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS Ravens have won past 2

LAST GAME 10/3/21: Ravens 23 at Broncos 7

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/23/18: Ravens 27, Broncos 14

BRONCOS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 23-10 at Carolina

COACH VS. OPP. Nathaniel Hackett: 0-0

PTS. FOR 14.3

OFFENSE 319.1

PASSING Russell Wilson: 198-336-2,369-8-5-82.3

RUSHING Latavius Murray: 76-301-4.0-3

RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 52-688-13.2-1

PTS. AGAINST 17.6

DEFENSE 306.4

SACKS Dre’Mont Jones: 5.5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -1 (11/12)

PUNTING (NET) Corliss Waitman: 46.6 (41.3)

KICKING Brandon McManus: 71 (11/13 PAT; 20/26 FG)

QB RUSSELL WILSON aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs in 6 road starts this season. Passed for 292 yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 139.6 rating in only career start at Bal. (12/13/15 w/ Sea.). Has 23 TDs (22 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT with 121.8 rating in 8 career starts vs. AFC North. Has 300 career TD passes & joined HOFer Peyton Manning (333) as only QBs ever with 300+ TD passes in 1st 11 seasons. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY rushed for season-high 92 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 113 yards & TD in his last game vs. Bal. (10/22/17 w/ Min.). Has 85+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Bal. Had 501 rush yards & 6 rush TDs in 2021 with Bal. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON led team with 6 catches for 75 yards in Week 12. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 75+ rec. yards. Leads team with 52 catches, his 3rd-career season with 50+ catches. • WR JERRY JEUDY has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6. • WR KENDALL HINTON tied career high with 5 catches last week. Has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • WR BRANDON JOHNSON (rookie) had 1st-career TD catch in Week 12. • LB JOSEY JEWELL had 8 tackles, TFL & 2nd FF of season last week. Aims for 5th in row with 8+ tackles & 3rd in row with TFL. Has 41 tackles (10.3 per game) in 4 road games this season. Had 6 tackles, TFL & PD in last road meeting. • LB ALEX SINGLETON aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS led team with 9 tackles in Week 12. Has 5+ tackles in each of 4 road games this season. Has PD in 2 of past 3 on road. Had 2 PD in last meeting.

RAVENS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 28-27 at Jacksonville

COACH VS. OPP. John Harbaugh: 5-3

PTS. FOR 25.0

OFFENSE 356.1

PASSING Lamar Jackson: 200-322-2,231-17-7-91.3

RUSHING Lamar Jackson (QB): 111-755-6.8-3

RECEIVING Mark Andrews (TE): 52-601-11.6-5

PTS. AGAINST 20.6

DEFENSE 335.8

SACKS Justin Houston: 9

INTs Marlon Humphrey: 3

TAKE/GIVE +8 (20/12)

PUNTING (NET) Jordan Stout (R): 46.5 (40.0)

KICKING Justin Tucker: 99 (27/28 PAT; 24/27 FG)

QB LAMAR JACKSON totaled 343 yards (254 pass, 89 rush) & had TD pass last week. Has 80+ rush yards in 2 of past 3. Has 0 INTs in 4 of past 5. Passed for 316 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 96.2 rating in last meeting. Ranks 2nd among QBs with 755 rush yards in 2022, his 4th-consecutive season with 750+ rush yards. • RB GUS EDWARDS rushed for 52 yards & TD in Week 12. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of 3 games this season & has rush TD in 2 of 3 games. • RB KENYAN DRAKE has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Has 214 scrimmage yards (112 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games vs. Den. • TE MARK ANDREWS aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 67 yards in last meeting & has 55+ rec. yards in each of 2 career games vs. Den. Ranks 2nd among TEs in 2022 with 601 rec. yards & tied-2nd with 52 catches & 5 rec. TDs. • TE JOSH OLIVER set career highs in catches (4) & rec. yards (76) & had 2nd TD catch of season last week. • WR DESEAN JACKSON had season-high 74 rec. yards in Week 12. • LB ROQUAN SMITH had 8 tackles last week & has 5+ tackles in each of 11 games this season. Had 13 tackles in only career game vs. Den. (9/15/19 w/ Chi.). • LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 0.5+ sacks in each of 3 home games this season. Has 16.5 sacks in 14 career games vs. Den. & aims for his 9th in row vs. Den. with sack. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & 2nd sack of season last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Had PD in last meeting. • CB MARCUS PETERS had 8 tackles, TFL & 2nd FR of season in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Has 8 PD in 6 career games vs. Den.

NFL PREVIEW: GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-8) @ CHICAGO BEARS (3-9)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Packers lead all-time series, 103-94-6

STREAKS Packers have won past 7

LAST GAME 9/18/22: Bears 10 at Packers 27

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/17/21: Packers 24, Bears 14

PACKERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 40-33 at Philadelphia

COACH VS. OPP. Matt LaFleur: 7-0

PTS. FOR 19.6

OFFENSE 344.7

PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 254-392-2,682-21-9-92.9

RUSHING Aaron Jones: 155-821-5.3-2

RECEIVING Allen Lazard: 40-553-13.8-5

PTS. AGAINST 23.6

DEFENSE 342.6

SACKS Preston Smith: 5.5

INTs Jaire Alexander: 3

TAKE/GIVE -5 (12/17)

PUNTING (NET) Pat O’Donnell: 45.0 (39.9)

KICKING Mason Crosby: 63 (24/26 PAT; 13/16 FG)

QB AARON RODGERS had 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 95.8 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 road starts. Has 65 TDs (63 pass, 2 rush) vs. 10 INTs for 109.9 rating in 28 career starts vs. Chi. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 131.1 rating in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Chi. with 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 125+ rating. • QB JORDAN LOVE passed for 113 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 146.8 rating last week. • RB AARON JONES had 99 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 43 rush) & 4th rec. TD of season last week, most rec. TDs among NFC RBs in 2022. Had 170 scrimmage yards (132 rush, 38 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Chi. with TD. • RB AJ DILLON had 88 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 24 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season in Week 12. • WR CHRISTIAN WATSON led team with career-high 110 rec. yards & had 6th TD catch of season last week, most among rookies. Aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. • WR ALLEN LAZARD had rec. TD in Week 2 meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with TD catch. • WR RANDALL COBB had 1st TD catch of season in Week 12. • LB QUAY WALKER (rookie) led team with 11 tackles & had 1st-career FR last week. Leads all rookies with 91 tackles & is 1 of 2 in NFL (Rashaan Evans) with 12 games of 5+ tackles in 2022. Can become 1st GB rookie with 100+ tackles since A.J. Hawk (119 tackles in 2006). • LB PRESTON SMITH has TFL in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had 2 sacks in Week 2 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 2+ sacks. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had INT in Week 2 meeting & FF in last road meeting. Has PD in 4 of his past 5 vs. Chi. Has 4th-career season with 10+ PD (11) in 2022.

BEARS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 31-10 at N.Y. Jets

COACH VS. OPP. Matt Eberflus: 0-0

PTS. FOR 20.9

OFFENSE 323.2

PASSING Justin Fields: 136-228-1,642-13-8-86.2

RUSHING Justin Fields (QB): 122-834-6.8-7

RECEIVING Cole Kmet (TE): 29-336-11.6-5

PTS. AGAINST 25.4

DEFENSE 350.0

SACKS Eddie Jackson: 4

INTs Jaquan Brisker (R): 3

TAKE/GIVE 0 (15/15)

PUNTING (NET) Trenton Gill (R): 47.1 (40.0)

KICKING Cairo Santos: 69 (21/24 PAT; 16/17 FG)

QB JUSTIN FIELDS can become 1st player in SB era with both pass TD & rush TD in 6 straight games. Can become 1st QB in SB era with rush TD in 6 straight games. Can become 1st QB in SB era with 75+ rush yards in 4 straight games within single season. Had rush TD in Week 2 meeting. • QB TREVOR SIEMIAN passed for 179 yards & TD vs. INT in 1st start of season in Week 12. Aims for his 6th start overall in row with TD pass. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 113 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 34 rec.) in Week 12 & aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 136 scrimmage yards (122 rush, 14 rec.) in Week 2 meeting & has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. GB. Aims for his 5th in row vs. GB with 80+ scrimmage yards. • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL led team with 51 rec. yards in Week 12. • TE COLE KMET ranks tied 2nd among TEs with career-high 5 rec. TDs in 2022. • LB JACK SANBORN (rookie) led team with career-high 14 tackles last week. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 5th in row with 7+ tackles. • LB NICHOLAS MORROW has TFL in each of his past 5, tied-longest active streak in NFL. Has career highs in tackles (78) & TFL (9) in 2022. Had 11 tackles in Week 2 meeting. Has 6+ tackles in 4 of his 5 home games this season. • DB DEANDRE HOUSTON-CARSON had 9 tackles & TFL last week. • DB JAQUAN BRISKER (rookie) had 10 tackles in Week 2 meeting & has 5+ tackles in 9 of his past 10 games. • DB JAYLON JOHNSON had season-high 7 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home.

NFL PREVIEW: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (4-7) @ DETROIT LIONS (4-7)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Lions lead all-time series, 4-3

STREAKS Lions have won past 3

LAST GAME 10/18/20: Lions 34 at Jaguars 16

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/20/16: Lions 26, Jaguars 19

JAGS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 28-27 vs. Baltimore

COACH VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 0-2

PTS. FOR 22.2

OFFENSE 359.5

PASSING Trevor Lawrence: 256-385-2,655-16-6-93.6

RUSHING Travis Etienne: 133-728-5.5-4

RECEIVING Christian Kirk: 56-725-12.9-7

PTS. AGAINST 21.1

DEFENSE 362.9

SACKS Dawuane Smoot: 5

INTs Andre Cisco: 3

TAKE/GIVE +2 (16/14)

PUNTING (NET) Logan Cooke: 51.2 (44.3)

KICKING Riley Patterson: 70 (22/23 PAT; 16/20 FG)

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 29 of 37 atts. (78.4 pct.) for season-high 321 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with career-high 129.8 rating last week. Has 76.9 comp. pct. with 815 pass yards (271.7 per game) & 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.1 rating in his past 3. Has 0 INTs in 5 of his past 6 starts. Has 105+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on road. Needs 345 pass yards to become 1st QB in Jax. history with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 4 of 5 career road games. • RB JAMYCAL HASTY had career-high 95 scrimmage yards (career-high 67 rec., 28 rush) & 1st-career TD catch last week. • WR ZAY JONES set career highs in catches (11) & rec. yards (145) in Week 12 & caught GW 2-point conversion with 14 seconds remaining. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 65+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in all 4 road games this season. • WR MARVIN JONES had 2nd TD catch of season last week to set up GW 2-point conversion. Has 7 catches & 85+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. Totaled 289 catches, 4,296 rec. yards & 36 rec. TDs in 5 seasons with Det. (2016-20). • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK has 75+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. Had 94 rec. yards & TD in his last game vs. Det. (12/19/21 w/ Az.). • WR JAMAL AGNEW had 3rd TD catch of season in Week 12. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had career-high 18 tackles with 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 10th in row with 7+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Had 14 tackles, TFL & INT in his last game vs. Det. (12/26/21 w/ Atl.). • DT DAVON HAMILTON had sack & 1st-career FR & FF in Week 12. Has TFL in 2 of past 3.

LIONS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 28-25 vs. Buffalo (Thanksgiving)

COACH VS. OPP. Dan Campbell: 0-0

PTS. FOR 25.0

OFFENSE 362.9

PASSING Jared Goff: 232-364-2,682-17-7-93.5

RUSHING Jamaal Williams: 177-734-4.1-13

RECEIVING Amon-Ra St. Brown: 65-716-11.0-4

PTS. AGAINST 28.2

DEFENSE 414.5

SACKS Aidan Hutchinson (R): 5.5

INTs Kerby Joseph (R): 3

TAKE/GIVE 0 (14/14)

PUNTING (NET) Jack Fox: 48.8 (40.8)

KICKING Michael Badgley: 35 (14/14 PAT; 7/8 FG)

QB JARED GOFF passed for 240 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 98.9 rating last week. Has 15 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 102.6 rating in 6 home starts in 2022. Has 2+ TD passes in 9 of his past 10 home starts. • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS has career-high 13 rush TDs in 2022, most rush TD by Lions RB since HOFer Barry Sanders (franchise-record 16 rush TDs in 1991). Aims for his 4th in row with rush TD. Needs 27 scrimmage yards for new career high (818 in 2017). • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN led team with 9 catches for 122 yards & had 4th rec. TD of season last week, his 5th career game with 100+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 3 NFC WRs (Justin Jefferson & Cooper Kupp) with 3+ games (3) with 9+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2022. Aims for his 4th in row with 7+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. • WR D.J. CHARK had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Had 147 receptions for 2,042 yards & 15 TDs in 43 games (2018-21) with Jax. • DE AIDAN HUTCHINSON leads all rookies with 5.5 sacks. • LB MALCOLM RODRIGUEZ ranks 2nd among rookies with 6 TFL. Has 6+ tackles in 5 of his 6 home games in 2022. • LB ALEX ANZALONE led team with 9 tackles & had 3rd-career INT last week. Has career-high 86 tackles in 2022 & is 1 of 7 NFC LBs with 11+ games (11) of 5+ tackles this season. • S KERBY JOSEPH (rookie) has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ tackles. • S DESHON ELLIOTT has 7+ tackles in 6 of his past 7

NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-7) @ HOUSTON TEXANS (1-9-1)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Texans lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS Browns have won past 2

LAST GAME 9/19/21: Texans 21 at Browns 31

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/2/18: Texans 29, Browns 13

BROWNS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 23-17 vs. Tampa Bay (OT)

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 2-0

PTS. FOR 23.9

OFFENSE 376.9

PASSING Jacoby Brissett: 236-368-2,608-12-6-89.1

RUSHING Nick Chubb: 200-1,039-5.2-12

RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 57-792-13.9-7

PTS. AGAINST 26.0

DEFENSE 347.6

SACKS Myles Garrett: 10

INTs A.J. Green, Grant Delpit, Dezel Ward: 1

TAKE/GIVE -7 (8/15)

PUNTING (NET) Corey Bojorquez: 48.0 (38.8)

KICKING Cade York (R): 75 (24/26 PAT; 17/23 FG)

QB DESHAUN WATSON expected to make Cle. debut. Selected by Hou. in 2017 NFL Draft (No. 12 overall) & ranks 2nd in franchise history with 14,539 pass yards & 104 TD passes. Ranks 2nd in NFL history with 104.5 career passer rating (min. 1,500 atts.). • RB NICK CHUBB led team with 132 scrimmage yards (116 rush, 16 rec.) & had GW rush TD in OT last week. Has rush TD in 4 of past 5. Has 525 scrimmage yards (105 per game) in 5 road games this season. Rushed for 95 yards & TD in last meeting & has rush TD in each of 3 career games vs. Hou. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC South with 95+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 12 rush TDs & 3rd with 1,039 rush yards this season, his 4th-straight season with 1,000+ rush yards. • RB KAREEM HUNT has 301 scrimmage yards (100.3 per game) in 3 career games vs. Hou. • WR AMARI COOPER aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in only career game vs. Hou. (11/21/16 w/ Oak.). • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES has 60+ rec. yards in each of 5 road games in 2022. • TE DAVID NJOKU had 5 catches, incl. game-tying rec. TD with 32 seconds remaining, last week. Has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • DE MYLES GARRETT aims for 3rd in row with sack & has sack in 5 of past 6. Has 0.5+ sacks in 3 of 4 career games vs. Hou. Ranks tied-5th in NFL with 10 sacks this season & is 7th player since 1982 with 10+ sacks in 5 of 1st 6 seasons. • DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 0.5 sacks last week & aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Selected No. 1 overall by Hou. in 2014 NFL Draft & ranks 4th in franchise history with 29 sacks over 5 seasons with team (2014-18). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with TFL. • CB MARTIN EMERSON had 4 PD last week, most by rookie in single game since 2020.

TEXANS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 30-15 at Miami

COACH VS. OPP. Lovie Smith: 1-2

PTS. FOR 15.8

OFFENSE 279.0

PASSING Kyle Allen: 26-39-215-1-2-67.8

RUSHING Dameon Pierce (R): 180-788-4.4-3

RECEIVING Brandin Cooks: 44-520-11.8-1

PTS. AGAINST 23.6

DEFENSE 385.0

SACKS Jerry Hughes: 8

INTs Jalen PItre (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE -4 (12/16)

PUNTING (NET) Cameron Johnston: 48.8 (43.6)

KICKING Ka’imi Fairbairn: 72 (15/15 PAT; 19/21 FG)

QB KYLE ALLEN made 1st start of season last week & completed 26 of 39 ats. (66.7 pct.) for 215 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs. Is 3-1 in career as starter vs. AFC. • QB DAVIS MILLS has 20 TDs (19 pass, 1 rush) vs. 8 INTs in 11 career home starts. • RB DAMEON PIERCE (rookie) has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Leads all rookies with 788 rush yards & 931 scrimmage yards. Can become 3rd rookie in franchise history (Steve Slaton & Domanick Williams) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. • RB DARE OGUNBOWALE rushed for 1st TD of season last week. • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 5 catches for 59 yards in Week 12. Aims for 5th in row at home & 3rd in row overall with 55+ rec. yards. Had 9 catches for 78 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with 6+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Is 1 of 4 in NFL (Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins & Travis Kelce) with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 9 seasons. • WR NICO COLLINS aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. • TE JORDAN AKINS had season-high 5 catches for 61 yards & 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • DL MALIEK COLLINS had career-high 3 TFL & 2 sacks in Week 12, his 3rd-career multi-sack game. Has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had TFL in last meeting. • DL JERRY HUGHES has 4 TFL & 3 sacks in his past 3 at home. • DL MARIO ADDISON had 1st sack of season in Week 12. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 7 tackles, sack & PD last week. Aims for 5th in row with 7+ tackles & 3rd in row with TFL. Had 6 tackles, TFL & FR in last meeting.

NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK JETS (7-4) @ MINNESOTA VIKINGS (9-2)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Jets lead all-time series, 8-3

STREAKS Vikings have won past 2

LAST GAME 10/21/18: Vikings 37 at Jets 17

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/7/14: Vikings 30, Jets 24 (OT) (TCF Bank Stadium)

JETS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 31-10 vs. Chicago

COACH VS. OPP. Robert Saleh: 0-0

PTS. FOR 20.9

OFFENSE 325.8

PASSING Mike White: 22-28-315-3-0-149.3

RUSHING Michael Carter: 99-370-3.7-3

RECEIVING Garrett Wilson (R): 49-628-12.8-4

PTS. AGAINST 17.8

DEFENSE 308.8

SACKS Quinnen Williams: 8

INTs Lamarcus Joyner: 3

TAKE/GIVE +2 (15/13)

PUNTING (NET) Braden Mann: 47.7 (41.5)

KICKING Greg Zuerlein: 78 (24/25 PAT; 18/22 FG)

QB MIKE WHITE made 1st start of season last week & completed 22 of 28 atts. (78.6 pct.) for 315 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with career-high 149.3 rating. Joined HOFer Kurt Warner as only QBs in NFL history with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 75+ comp. pct. in 2 of 1st 4 career sarts. • RB MICHAEL CARTER is 1st NYJ RB with 500+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 2 seasons since Shonn Greene (2009-10). • RB JAMES ROBINSON had 108 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 30 rec.) & rush TD in only career game vs. Min. (12/6/20 w/ Jax.). • RB ZONOVAN KNIGHT (rookie) led team with 103 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 34 rec.) last week, most-ever by NYJ player in NFL debut. • RB TY JOHNSON rushed for season-high 62 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 12. • WR GARRETT WILSON had 5 catches for 95 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 2nd game this season with 2 rec. TDs, tied-most among rookies. Has 5+ catches & 90+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Ranks 2nd among rookies in receptions (49) & rec. yards (628). • WR ELIJAH MOORE had season-high 64 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season in Week 12. Has 60+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • TE TYLER CONKLIN had 50 rec. yards last week. Had 93 catches, 922 rec. yards & 4 rec. TDs in 4 seasons with Min. (2018-21). • DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS has sack in 3 of his past 4. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 10 tackles & had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 9+ tackles. Has PD in 3 of past 4. • CB SAUCE GARDNER (rookie) leads NFL with 14 PD in 2022.

VIKINGS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 33-26 vs. New England (Thanksgiving)

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin O’Connell: 0-0

PTS. FOR 23.8

OFFENSE 340.3

PASSING Kirk Cousins: 269-414-2,760-17-9-88.6

RUSHING Dalvin Cook: 178-841-4.7-6

RECEIVING Justin Jefferson: 81-1,232-15.2-5

PTS. AGAINST 23.4

DEFENSE 390.7

SACKS Za’Darius Smith: 9.5

INTs Harrison Smith: 4

TAKE/GIVE +6 (18/12)

PUNTING (NET) Ryan Wright (R): 47.1 (43.7)

KICKING Greg Joseph: 72 (24/29 PAT; 16/21 FG)

QB KIRK COUSINS completed 30 of 37 atts. (season-high 81.1 pct.) for 299 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 116.1 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 7 of his past 8 home starts. Passed for 241 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 95.9 rating in last meeting. • RB DALVIN COOK has 1,001 scrimmage yards in 2022, his 4th-straight 1,000-yard season. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 16 of his past 17 at home. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 9 catches for 139 yards & rec. TD last week, his 21stcareer game with 100+ rec. yards, most by player in 1st 3 seasons all-time. Has 4,248 rec. yards & surpassed HOFer Randy Moss (4,163) for most rec. yards by player in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. Is 1 of 3 (Odell Beckham Jr. & Moss) with 1,200+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons all-time. • WR ADAM THIELEN had season-high 9 receptions for 61 yards & 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Had 9 catches for 110 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 1st rec. TD with Min. last week, his 16th-career TD catch. Aims for his 5th in row with Min. with 5+ receptions. • LB DANIELLE HUNTER had 7th sack of season last week. Had sack in last meeting. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH ranks 2nd in NFL with 15 TFL in 2022. • LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 9 tackles & had 3rd sack of season last week. Needs 7 tackles for 4th-straight 100-tackle season. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS has 7+ tackles in 9 of his past 10. Needs 5 tackles for 8thstraight 90+ tackle season since entering NFL in 2015. • S HARRISON SMITH has 6+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. Had INT in last meeting & sack in last home meeting. Is only active player with 30+ INTs (33) & 15+ sacks (16.5).

NFL PREVIEW: WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (7-5) @ NEW YORK GIANTS (7-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER New York leads all-time series, 104-70-4

STREAKS Washington has won past 2

LAST GAME 1/9/22: Washington 22, N.Y. Giants 7

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22

COMMANDERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 19-13 vs. Atlanta

COACH VS. OPP. Ron Rivera: 5-3

PTS. FOR 19.4

OFFENSE 324.9

PASSING Taylor Heinicke: 104-171-1,169-7-5-82.7

RUSHING Antonio Gibson: 130-476-3.7-3

RECEIVING Terry McLaurin: 54-840-15.6-2

PTS. AGAINST 19.7

DEFENSE 310.0

SACKS Montez Sweat: 7

INTs Darrick Forrest: 3

TAKE/GIVE 0 (14/14)

PUNTING (NET) Tress Way: 47.3 (43.7)

KICKING Joey Slye: 71 (17/19 PAT; 18/20 FG)

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE had 2 TDs vs. INT for 88.7 rating last week. Has won 6 of his past 7 starts & is 3-0 as starter on road in 2022. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 overall & in 15 of his past 16 on road. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 road games. Rushed for 146 yards & TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NYG with 50+ scrimmage yards. • RB BRIAN ROBINSON (rookie) set career highs in scrimmage yards (125), rush yards (105) & rec. yards (20) & had his 1st-career rec. TD last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his 4 career road games. Aims for his 4th in row overall with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN has 50+ scrimmage yards in 11 of his 12 games this season. Leads team with 54 catches, his 4th-straight season with 50+ receptions. Had 93 rec. yards in last meeting & has 70+ rec. yards in each of his 5 career game vs. NYG. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL had TD catch in his only career game vs. NYG (10/7/18 w/ Car.). • DT JONATHAN ALLEN has 5 sacks & 9 TFL in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with 0.5+ sacks. Ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 14 TFL in 2022. • DT DARON PAYNE had 2 TFL last week. Ranks tied-4th in NFL with career-high 13 TFL in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 vs. NYG. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT had 7th sack of season & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. Allen, Payne & Sweat (11 TFL) are only trio of teammates each with 10+ TFL in 2022. • CB KENDALL FULLER aims for his 3rd in row with INT & 5th in row with PD. Has PD in 5 of his past 6 vs. NYG. Has 10+ PD (11 in 2022) in 5 of his past 6 seasons. • S DARRICK FORREST led team with career-high 11 tackles last week.

GIANTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 28-20 at Dallas (Thanksgiving)

COACH VS. OPP. Brian Daboll: 0-0

PTS. FOR 20.5

OFFENSE 331.4

PASSING Daniel Jones: 204-316-2,165-10-4-89.7

RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 224-992-4.4-7

RECEIVING Darius Slayton: 27-476-17.6-2

PTS. AGAINST 21.1

DEFENSE 355.2

SACKS Dexter Lawrence: 5

INTs Julian Love: 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (14/11)

PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 47.8 (40.5)

KICKING Graham Gano: 79 (19/21 PAT; 20/22 FG)

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 228 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 88.8 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 4 home starts. Has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 100.4 rating in 5 career starts vs. Was. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 7th rush TD of season last week. Has 1,215 scrimmage yards, his 3rd-career season with 1,200+ scrimmage yards (2018-19). Has 85+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his 6 home games this season. Has 705 scrimmage yards (141 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career games vs. Was. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 3 catches for team-high 63 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall vs. Was. with TD catch. • WR RICHIE JAMES led team with 5 catches & had 5th-career rec. TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • S JULIAN LOVE had 10 tackles & 5th-career INT last week, his 4th-career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL & PD & 8th in row with 5+ tackles. • LB JAYLON SMITH had season-high 10 tackles last week & aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Has 5 PD in his past 5 vs. Was. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 2 TFL last week. Has 6+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. Was. & aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Was. with sack. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Was. • LB MICAH MCFADDEN (rookie) had career-high 2 TFL last week. • CB RODARIUS WILLIAMS had 2 PD & 1st-career INT last week.

NFL PREVIEW: TENNESSEE TITANS (7-4) @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-1)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Eagles lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS Titans have won 5 of last 6

LAST GAME 9/30/18: Eagles 23 at Titans 26 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/23/14: Eagles 43, Titans 24

TITANS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 20-16 vs. Cincinnati

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Vrabel: 1-0

PTS. FOR 19.0

OFFENSE 298.8

PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 158-243-1,976-10-4-97.0

RUSHING Derrick Henry: 247-1,048-4.2-10

RECEIVING Robert Woods: 32-351-11.0-1

PTS. AGAINST 18.6

DEFENSE 351.3

SACKS Denico Autry: 7

INTs David Long: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (13/11)

PUNTING (NET) Ryan Stonehouse (R): 53.1 (44.7)

KICKING Caleb Shudak (R): 10 (1/1 PAT; 3/4 FG)

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 22 of 34 atts. (64.7 pct.) for 291 yards & 91.7 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 250+ pass yards & 90+ rating. Has 0 INTs in 5 of his past 6 starts. Has 125+ rating in 2 of his past 3 on road. Passed for 217 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 94.3 rating in only career start vs. Phi. (11/15/15 w/ Mia.). Has 90+ rating in 5 of 6 career starts vs. NFC East. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 117 scrimmage yards (career-high 79 rec., 38 rush) last week. Has 115+ scrimmage yards in 8 of past 9. Has 779 scrimmage yards (129.8 per game) & 9 rush TDs in 6 road games this season & has rush TD in all 6 games. Has 6 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. NFC East. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,326 scrimmage yards in 2022 & aims for 3rd-career season with 1,500+ scrimmage yards. • WR TREYLON BURKS (rookie) aims for 3rd in row with 70+ rec. yards. • WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • WR ROBERT WOODS has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Phi. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. NFC East. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had 6 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 on road. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC with sack & has 3.5 sacks in 2 career games vs. NFC East. • DT DEMARCUS WALKER had 2 TFL & sack last week. Has sack in 4 of past 5. • LB DAVID LONG had 6 tackles & PD in Week 12. Aims for 10th in row with 6+ tackles. Has 5 TFL in his past 3 on road. • S KEVIN BYARD aims for 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. • S AMANI HOOKER led team with 8 tackles last week & has 8+ tackles in 2 of past 3.

EAGLES NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 40-33 vs. Green Bay

COACH VS. OPP. Nick Sirianni: 0-0

PTS. FOR 27.5

OFFENSE 382.4

PASSING Jalen Hurts: 214-318-2,560-17-3-105.6

RUSHING Miles Sanders: 177-900-5.1-8

RECEIVING A.J. Brown: 53-831-15.7-7

PTS. AGAINST 19.6

DEFENSE 304.4

SACKS Haason Reddick: 8

INTs C.J. Gardner-Johnson: 6

TAKE/GIVE +13 (23/10)

PUNTING (NET) Arryn Siposs: 46.0 (41.4)

KICKING Jake Elliott: 59 (32/34 PAT; 9/11 FG)

PHILADELPHIA rushed for 363 yards in Week 12, highest single-game total in 2022 & most by any team since Week 17, 2020 (Baltimore – 404 rush yards). • QB JALEN HURTS had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 96.3 rating & rushed for career-high 157 yards in Week 12, 4th-most rush yards by QB in single reg. season game all-time. Is 1 of 2 QBs (Tua Tagovailoa) with 15+ TD passes (17) & 3-or-fewer INTs (3) in 2022. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 105.6 rating. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. • RB MILES SANDERS had 160 scrimmage yards (career-high 143 rush, 17 rec.) & 4thcareer game with 2 rush TDs last week. Has career-high 8 rush TDs in 2022. Needs 40 scrimmage yards for 3rd-career 1,000-yard season (2019-20). • WR AJ BROWN had 7th rec. TD of season last week & has 5 rec. TDs in his past 4 at home. Had 185 receptions for 2,995 yards & 24 TDs in 43 games (2019-21) with Ten. • DT FLETCHER COX had 4th sack of season last week. Had sack in last home meeting. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM aims for his 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. • LB HAASON REDDICK has 8 sacks in 2022 & aims for his 4th in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. Had sack in his only career game vs. Ten. (12/10/17 w/ Az.). • LB T.J. EDWARDS ranks 3rd in NFC with 102 tackles this season, his 2nd-straight 100+ tackle season & is only player with 100+ tackles, 5+ TFL (7) & 5+ PD (5) in 2022. • CB JAMES BRADBERRY ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 12 PD & is only player in NFL with 10+ PD in each of past 7 seasons. • CB DARIUS SLAY aims for his 5th in row at home with PD. • S REED BLANKENSHIP (rookie) had 1st-career INT in Week 12.

NFL PREVIEW: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-5) @ LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-8)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Seahawks lead all-time series, 25-22

STREAKS Rams have won past 2

LAST GAME 12/21/21: Seahawks 10 at Rams 20

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/21/21

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 40-34 vs. Las Vegas (OT)

COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 11-15

PTS. FOR 26.5

OFFENSE 353.9

PASSING Geno Smith: 257-353-2,802-19-5-107.8

RUSHING Kenneth Walker (R): 135-613-4.5-9

RECEIVING Tyler Lockett: 57-708-12.4-6

PTS. AGAINST 25.5

DEFENSE 388.7

SACKS Uchenna Nwosu: 7

INTs Tariq Woolen (R): 5

TAKE/GIVE +4 (19/15)

PUNTING (NET) Michael Dickson: 49.3 (45.2)

KICKING Jason Myers: 93 (30/31 PAT; 21/22 FG)

QB GENO SMITH completed 27 of 37 atts. (73 pct.) for 328 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 106.6 rating last week. Leads NFL in games with 70+ comp. pct. (7) & 100+ rating (8) & ranks tied-1st in games with 2+ TD passes (9). Aims for his 5th in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 107.9 rating in 2022. • RB KENNETH WALKER (rookie) had 3rd-career game with 2 rush TDs last week. Leads all rookies & ranks tied-4th in NFL with 9 rush TDs. • WR DK METCALF had 11 receptions for 90 yards last week, his 3rd-career game with 10+ catches. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ catches. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. LAR. Ranks tied-6th in NFL with 33 rec. TD since 2019. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 6th rec. TD of season last week & is 1 of 2 (Stefon Diggs) with 6+ rec. TDs in each of past 5 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 5th in row overall with TD catch. Has 5+ catches in 7 of his past 8 road games. • LB JORDYN BROOKS led team with 16 tackles last week & leads NFL with 122 tackles in 2022. Has 18 games with 10+ tackles since 2021, tied-most in NFL. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 11+ tackles & 4th in row vs. LAR with TFL. Can become 1st player since 2013 (Paul Worrilow) with 15+ tackles in 3 straight games. • LB CODY BARTON tied his season high with 12 tackles last week & has career-high 81 tackles in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. • CB TARIQ WOOLEN (rookie) ranks 2nd in NFL with 5 INTs. • CB COBY BRYANT (rookie) ranks tied-1st in NFL with 4 FFs. • S QUANDRE DIGGS had 1st 2 INTs of season last week, his 2nd-career game with 2 INTs. Has 6 INTs in his past 6 vs. LAR & aims for his 4th in row vs. LAR with INT.

RAMS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 26-10 at Kansas City

COACH VS. OPP. Sean McVay: 8-3

PTS. FOR 16.2

OFFENSE 278.8

PASSING Matthew Stafford: 206-303-2,087-10.8-87.4

RUSHING Cam Akers: 84-274-3.3-1

RECEIVING Tyler Higbee (TE): 48-430-9.0-0

PTS. AGAINST 23.0

DEFENSE 323.4

SACKS Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd: 5

INTs NIck Scott: 2

TAKE/GIVE -7 (10/17)

PUNTING (NET) Riley Dixon: 49.1 (41.3)

KICKING Matt Gay: 64 (19/19 PAT; 15/16 FG)

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 3,609 pass yards (277.6 per game) & 29 TDs (28 pass, 1 rush) vs. 13 INTs for 99.6 rating in 13 career home starts with LAR. Has 95+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts vs. Sea. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with 95+ rating. • QB BRYCE PERKINS passed for 100 yards & TD & led team with 44 rush yards in his 1st-career start last week. • RB KYREN WILLIAMS (rookie) had career-high 60 scrimmage yards (35 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 12. • WR VAN JEFFERSON had TD catch in Week 12 & has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. • TE TYLER HIGBEE had TD in his last game vs. Sea. (10/7/21). Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home vs. Sea. & aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Sea. with 60+ rec. yards. Ranks 4th among TEs with 48 receptions & needs 2 catches for 3rd-career 50-catch season (2019 & 2021). • DL AARON DONALD leads NFL in sacks (103) & TFL (160) since 2014. Has 15 sacks & 24 TFL in 16 career games vs. Sea. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with sack. • LB BOBBY WAGNER has 90 tackles & needs 10 tackles for 11th-straight 100-tackle season. Had 1,377 tackles, 68 TFL, 60 PD, 23.5 sacks & 11 INTs in 10 seasons (2012- 21) with Sea. • LB ERNEST JONES had 11 tackles in Week 12. Has 5+ tackles in 10 of his 11 games in 2022 & has career-high 80 tackles this season. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. • DB JALEN RAMSEY aims for his 6th in row with 6+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with PD. • S TAYLOR RAPP led team & tied his career high with 12 tackles last week.

NFL PREVIEW: MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-3) @ SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Dolphins lead all-time series, 8-5

STREAKS Dolphins have won past 2

LAST GAME 10/11/20: Dolphins 43 at 49ers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/11/20

DOLPHINS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 30-15 vs. Houston

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McDaniel: 0-0

PTS. FOR 25.6

OFFENSE 386.7

PASSING Tua Tagovailoa: 198-284-2,564-19-3-115.7

RUSHING Raheem Mostert: 118-543-4.6-3

RECEIVING Tyreek Hill: 87-1,233-14.2-4

PTS. AGAINST 23.3

DEFENSE 343.4

SACKS Bradley Chubb (2022): 7

INTs Jevon Holland: 2

TAKE/GIVE 0 (11/11)

PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 46.3 (39.4)

KICKING Jason Sanders: 78 (30/33 PAT; 16/20 FG)

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA passed for 299 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 96.9 rating last week. Has 1,529 pass yards (305.8 per game) & 11 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.7 rating in his past 5 starts. Has 3+ TD passes & 120+ rating in 3 of 4 road starts this season. Is 7-1 with 17 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 114.4 rating in 8 career starts vs. NFC. Leads NFL with 115.7 passer rating & ranks 2nd with 69.7 comp. pct. • RB JEFF WILSON aims for 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. Totaled 2,387 scrimmage yards & 22 TDs over 48 games with SF (2018-22). • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Totaled 1,971 scrimmage yards & 14 TDs over 46 games with SF (2016-21). • WR TYREEK HILL had 6 catches for 85 yards last week. Aims for 9th in row with 5 catches, tied-longest active streak in NFL. Has 85+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Has 728 rec. yards (145.6 per game) in 5 road games this season & has 140+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 road games. Had 9 catches for 105 yards in SB LIV vs. SF (2/2/20, w/ KC). Leads NFL with 87 catches & 1,233 rec. yards. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE has 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Aims for his 8th in row vs. NFC with 80+ rec. yards. • TE DURHAM SMYTHE had 1st TD catch of season in Week 12. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had PD & 16-yard FR-TD last week, 1st TD of season. Aims for 3rd in row with FR. Had 2 PD & INT in last meeting. • LB JAELAN PHILLIPS had 7 tackles & sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. • LB ELANDON ROBERTS led team with 8 tackles & had sack in Week 12. • LB JEROME BAKER had sack & 1st FF of season last week. Had sack in last meeting.

49ERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 13-0 vs. New Orleans

COACH VS. OPP. Kyle Shanahan: 0-1

PTS. FOR 22.6

OFFENSE 358.5

PASSING Jimmy Garoppolo: 205-304-2,381-16-4-103.0

RUSHING Christian McCaffrey (2022): 143-634-4.4-4

RECEIVING Brandon Aiyuk: 51-652-12.8-6

PTS. AGAINST 15.7

DEFENSE 281.7

SACKS Nick Bosa: 11.5

INTs Talanoa Hufanga: 4

TAKE/GIVE +1 (14/13)

PUNTING (NET) Mitch Wishnowsky: 44.2 (39.8)

KICKING Robbie Gould: 74 (26/27 PAT; 16/19 FG)

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 222 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.7 rating in Week 12. Has 8 games with 90+ rating in 2022, tied-2nd most in NFL & aims for his 6th in row with 90+ rating. Has 7 TDs (5 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 97.6 rating in 5 home games this season. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY ranks 2nd among RBs in catches (58) & rec. yards (479) in 2022 & 6th in scrimmage yards (1,113), his 4th-career 1,000-yard season. Has 415 receptions since 2017, 3rd-most by RB in 1st 6 seasons all-time. Leads all active players with 111.8 scrimmage yards per game. • TE GEORGE KITTLE has 450 rec. yards in 2022 & can become 5th TE in NFL history with 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 6 seasons. Has 4,939 rec. yards & can become 6th TE ever with 5,000+ rec. yards in 1st 6 career seasons. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL is only player in 2022 with 500+ rec. yards (511) & 200+ rush yards (202). Needs 6 catches for 3rd-career 50-catch season (2019 & 2021). • WR BRANDON AIYUK has 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6. Is 1 of 3 from 2020 Draft (Justin Jefferson & CeeDee Lamb) with 50+ catches & 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • DL NICK BOSA became 5th player since 2000 with sack in 9 of his 1st 10 games of season & ranks 3rd in NFL with 11.5 sacks in 2022. Has sack in 8 of his past 9 at home & aims for his 6th in row at home with sack. • LB FRED WARNER had 2 PD & 1st FF of season last week. Is only player in 2022 with 80+ tackles (82) & 8+ PD (8). Aims for his 10th in row with 6+ tackles. • S TALANOA HUFANGA had 9 tackles & 1st-career FF last week. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 at home & is only player with 4+ INTs (4) & 5+ TFL (5) in 2022.

NFL PREVIEW: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (9-2) @ CINCINNATI BENGALS (7-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Bengals lead all-time series, 16-14

STREAKS Bengals have won 5 of last 6

LAST GAME 1/2/22: Chiefs 31 at Bengals 34

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/2/22

CHIEFS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 26-10 vs. L.A. Rams

COACH VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 2-5-1

PTS. FOR 29.6

OFFENSE 430.0

PASSING Patrick Mahomes: 292-442-3,585-29-8-105.3

RUSHING Isiah Pacheco (R): 97-455-4.7-2

RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 73-912-12.5-12

PTS. AGAINST 22.1

DEFENSE 335.5

SACKS Chris Jones: 10

INTs Nick Bolton: 2

TAKE/GIVE -3 (12/15)

PUNTING (NET) Tommy Townsend: 50.7 (46.5)

KICKING Harrison Butker: 56 (20/22 PAT; 12/15 FG)

QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 320 yards with TD vs. INT last week, his 38thcareer game with 300+ pass yards, surpassing HOFer Dan Marino for most-ever by player in 1st 7 seasons. Aims for 7th in row with 300+ pass yards & can reach feat for 2nd time in career (2018); Andrew Luck (2014) only other QB to do so within single season in NFL history. Has 3+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 4 of 5 road games this season. Passed for 275 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs with 91.3 rating in 2021 AFC-C vs. Cin. (1/30/22) & has 2+ TD passes in each of 3 career starts vs. Cin., incl. postseason. Leads NFL with 3,585 pass yards & 29 TD passes this season. • RB ISIAH PACHECO (rookie) had 86 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 17 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. • TE TRAVIS KELCE aims for 7th in row with 55+ rec. yards & 4th in row with TD catch. Has 6 rec. TDs in 5 road games this season & aims for his 4th in row on road with 90+ rec. yards. Had 10 catches for 95 yards & TD in 2021 AFC-C vs. Cin. (1/30/22) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with rec. TD, incl. postseason. Leads NFL with careerhigh 12 rec. TDs this season & can become 7th different TE with 13+ in single season. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER has 5+ catches in each of 4 road games this season. • DT CHRIS JONES aims for 4th in row with sack & 7th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Has 2 sacks in each of past 2 road games. Aims for his 3rd in row in reg. season vs. Cin. with sack. • DE GEORGE KARLAFTIS (rookie) had 1st full sack of career last week. • LB NICK BOLTON aims for 3rd in row with 11+ tackles & INT. Has TFL in 4 of 5 road games this season. Is 1 of 8 in NFL with 100+ tackles in each of past 2 seasons. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 12.

BENGALS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 20-16 at Tennessee

COACH VS. OPP. Zac Taylor: 2-0

PTS. FOR 25.9

OFFENSE 367.1

PASSING Joe Burrow: 279-409-3,160-23-8-101.7

RUSHING Joe Mixon: 158-605-3.8-31-6

RECEIVING Tee Higgins: 57-826-14.5-4

PTS. AGAINST 21.0

DEFENSE 328.3

SACKS Trey Hendrickson: 6

INTs Vonn Bell: 4

TAKE/GIVE +1 (13/12)

PUNTING (NET) Drue Chrisman: 52.6 (45.4)

KICKING Evan McPherson: 77 (29/31 PAT; 16/20 FG)

QB JOE BURROW passed for 270 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 91 rating last week. Aims for 7th in row with 90+ rating. Has 8 TDs (6 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 124.8 rating in his past 3 at home. Completed 30 of 39 atts. (76.9 pct.) for 446 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 148 rating in last reg. season meeting. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 23 TD passes & 3rd with 3,160 pass yards in 2022. • RB JOE MIXON has 521 scrimmage yards (130.3 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 4 home games this season. Had 115 scrimmage yards (88 rush, 27 rec.) in 2021 AFC-C vs. KC (1/30/22) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with 85+ scrimmage yards, incl. postseason. Needs 81 scrimmage yards for 4th-career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. • WR JA’MARR CHASE has 340 rec. yards (113.3 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 home games this season. Set career highs in catches (11), rec. yards (266) & rec. TDs (3) in last reg. season meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with rec. TD, incl. postseason. • WR TEE HIGGINS led team with 7 catches for 114 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ catches & 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 103 yards in 2021 AFC-C vs. KC (1/30/22). • DE TREY HENDRICKSON has PD in 2 of past 3. Had 1.5 sacks in 2021 AFC-C vs. KC (1/30/22). Has 3.5 sacks in 3 career games vs. KC, incl. postseason. • DE SAM HUBBARD had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had 8 tackles, 2 sacks & FF in 2021 AFC-C vs. KC (1/30/22). • LB LOGAN WILSON led team with 9 tackles & had TFL & PD in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row overall & 3rd in row vs. KC with 8+ tackles, incl postseason. • CB CAM TAYLOR-BRITT (rookie) had 8 tackles & 1st-career FF last week.

NFL PREVIEW: LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (6-5) @ LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (4-7)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 66-57-2

STREAKS Chargers have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME 9/11/22: Raiders 19 at Chargers 24

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22: Raiders 35, Chargers 32 (OT)

CHARGERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 25-24 at Arizona

COACH VS. OPP. Brandon Staley: 2-1

PTS. FOR 22.9

OFFENSE 348.0

PASSING Justin Herbert: 312-463-3,004-19-7-92.7

RUSHING Austin Ekeler: 128-554-4.3-7

RECEIVING Joshua Palmer: 50-552-11.0-3

PTS. AGAINST 25.6

DEFENSE 368.7

SACKS Khalil Mack: 7

INTs Bryce Callahan: 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (15/12)

PUNTING (NET) JK Scott: 43.2 (41.5)

KICKING Cameron Dicker (R): 32 (8/8 PAT; 8/8 FG)

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 35 of 47 atts. (74.5 pct.) for 274 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 109.7 rating last week, his 16th-career game with 3+ TD passes, surpassing Patrick Mahomes for 2nd-most by player ever in 1st 3 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating. Has 14 TDs (13 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT with 104.5 rating in 5 career starts vs. LV & has 2+ TD passes in each start. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 80 scrimmage yards (60 rec., 20 rush) & 11 catches, incl. rec. TD, last week. Has 7 career games with 10+ catches, 2nd-most ever by RB. Aims for 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Has 7+ catches in 5 of past 6. Has TD in 4 of past 5 on road. Has 2 TDs in 2 of his past 3 vs. LV. Ranks 4th in NFL with 80 catches. Is only player in NFL with 5+ rush TDs (7) & 5+ rec. TDs (5) this season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 1st TD catch of season in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with 50+ rec. yards. • WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 9 catches for 119 yards & TD in last road meeting. Can become 1st player since HOFer Calvin Johnson (2012) with 100+ rec. yards in 6 straight road games. • WR DEANDRE CARTER had 7 catches for 73 yards & 3rd TD of season last week. Aims for 4th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards & 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. • WR JOSHUA PALMER has 5+ catches & 55+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. • LB KHALIL MACK aims for 3rd in row on road with TFL. Had 3 sacks & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Raiders with sack. • S DERWIN JAMES had 8 tackles & 1st INT & FF of season in Week 12. Has FF in 2 of past 3. Had sack in last meeting. Leads all DBs with 100 tackles in 2022.

RAIDERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 40-34 at Seattle (OT)

COACH VS. OPP. Josh McDaniels: 1-3

PTS. FOR 24.1

OFFENSE 363.5

PASSING Derek Carr: 242-384-2,730-18-7-92.3

RUSHING Josh Jacobs: 216-1,159-5.4-9

RECEIVING Davante Adams: 71-999-14.1-10

PTS. AGAINST 25.1

DEFENSE 70.6

SACKS Maxx Crosby: 10.5

INTs Duron Harmon: 2

TAKE/GIVE -1 (8/9)

PUNTING (NET) AJ Cole: 50.6 (44.7)

KICKING Daniel Carlson: 91 (22/23 PAT; 23/25 FG)

QB DEREK CARR completed 25 of 36 atts. (69.4 pct.) for 295 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs with 98.7 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Has 0 INTs in 3 of past 4. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 97.2 rating in 4 home starts this season. Needs 270 pass yards to become 3rd QB ever with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 9 seasons, joining HOFer Peyton Manning & Russell Wilson. • RB JOSH JACOBS had career-high 303 scrimmage yards (229 rush, 74 rec. – both career highs) with 2 rush TDs last week, incl. GW 84-yard TD in OT, 2nd-longest OT rush TD since 1974. Became 6th player ever with 300+ scrimmage yards & multiple TDs in single game. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with 150+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Leads NFL with career-best 1,484 scrimmage yards (1,159 rush, 325 rec.) in 2022. • RB AMEER ABDULLAH caught 1st TD of season last week. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS aims for 5th in row with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 10 catches for 141 yards & TD in Week 1 meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in each of 4 division games this season. • WR MACK HOLLINS had 63 rec. yards & 3rd TD catch of season in Week 12. • DE MAXX CROSBY aims for 4th in row with sack & 3rd in row with 1.5+ sacks. Has 2 sacks in each of past 3 division games. Has sack in 3 of 4 home games this season. Had 3 TFL, 3 PD & 2 sacks in last home meeting. • DE CHANDLER JONES had 1st FR of season last week. Had TFL in Week 1 meeting. • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN led team with 9 tackles & 2 TFL & had 1st INT of season in Week 12. Aims for 7th in row with 6+ tackles & 3rd in row with 2+ TFL.

NFL PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-7-1) @ DALLAS COWBOYS (8-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 10-6

STREAKS Cowboys have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME 12/16/18: Cowboys 0 at Colts 23

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/21/14: Cowboys 42, Colts 7

COLTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 24-17 vs. Pittsburgh (Mon.)

COACH VS. OPP. Jeff Saturday: 0-0

PTS. FOR 15.8

OFFENSE 18.8

PASSING Matt Ryan: 269-391-2,642-11-10-86.3

RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 171-779-4.6-4

RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 74-739-10.0-2

PTS. AGAINST 20.3

DEFENSE 308.9

SACKS Yannick Ngakoue: 8.5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -10 (11/21)

PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 45.1 (40.4)

KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 72 (12/12 PAT; 20/25 FG)

QB MATT RYAN completed 22 of 34 atts. (64.7 pct.) for 199 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 90+ rating in 5 of his past 6 starts vs. Dal. Has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts on SNF. Needs 358 pass yards for 13th-straight season with 3,000+ pass yards. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 98 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 12 rec.) & 4th rush TD of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 486 scrimmage yards (121.5 per game) in 4 road games this season. Has 855 scrimmage yards (142.5 per game) & 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 in primetime. Needs 122 scrimmage yards to join HOFer Marshall Faulk as only players in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 7 catches for 61 yards & 2nd TD of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 4 of 5 road games this season. • WR PARRIS CAMPBELL has 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Has 70+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. • TE JELANI WOODS set career highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (98) last week, most catches & rec. yards by rookie TE in single game this season. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had season-high 2 sacks in Week 12, his 14th-career game with 2+ sacks, 4th-most in NFL since 2017. Aims for his 7th in row with 0.5+ sacks & 3rd in row with 1.5 sacks. Had sack in his last game vs. Dal. (11/25/21 w/ LV) & has 3 sacks in 3 career games vs. Dal. Has 8.5 sacks this season & is 5th player since 1982 with 8+ sacks in each of 1st 7 seasons. • LB ZAIRE FRANKLIN aims for 4th in row with 10+ tackles & 4th in row on road with TFL.

COWBOYS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 28-20 vs. N.Y. Giants (Thanksgiving)

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 1-2

PTS. FOR 25.4

OFFENSE 353.3

PASSING Dak Prescott: 124-182-1,393-10-6-95.3

RUSHING Tony Pollard: 136-761-5.6-6

RECEIVING CeeDee Lamb: 64-857-13.4-5

PTS. AGAINST 17.0

DEFENSE 309.6

SACKS Micah Parsons: 12

INTs Trevon Diggs: 3

TAKE/GIVE +5 (16/11)

PUNTING (NET) Bryan Anger: 48.7 (42.9)

KICKING Brett Maher: 87 (30/31 PAT; 19/22 FG)

QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 261 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 91.1 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts. Aims for his 5th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 home SNF starts. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 92 yards & TD last week, his 7th rush TD of season. Aims for his 5th in row with rush TD. Had 7 catches & 128 scrimmage yards (87 rush, 41 rec.) in last meeting. • RB TONY POLLARD has 1,005 scrimmage yards in 2022, his 2nd-straight 1,000-yard season. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. • WR CEEDEE LAMB had 6 catches for 106 yards last week, his 7th career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 9 of his past 10 & aims for his 5th in row with 5+ receptions. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ had 3rd-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. • LB MICAH PARSONS had 9th-career 2+ sack game last week, tied with Aldon Smith (9) for most 2-sack games by player in 1st 2 seasons since 1982. Is 3rd player (Smith & HOFer Reggie White) since 1982 with 12+ sacks in each of 1st 2 seasons. Can became 5th player since 1982 with 7 games of 2+ sacks in single season. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has sack in 3 of his past 4. Has TFL in 8 of his past 9 on SNF & aims for his 5th in row on SNF with TFL. • DE DORANCE ARMSTRONG has career highs in sacks (8) & TFL (7) in 2022 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. • CB TREVON DIGGS has 9 PD in 6 home games in 2022. Has 18 PD & 7 INTs in 11 career primetime games. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 home primetime games & aims for his 5th in row at home in primetime with PD.

NFL PREVIEW: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-8) @ TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-6)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Saints lead all-time series, 39-22

STREAKS Saints have won 7 of last 8

LAST GAME 9/18/22: Buccaneers 20 at Saints 10

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/19/21: Saints 9, Buccaneers 0

SAINTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 13-0 at San Francisco

COACH VS. OPP. Dennis Allen: 0-2

PTS. FOR 20.8

OFFENSE 347.3

PASSING Andy Dalton: 180-271-2,023-14-7-95.0

RUSHING Alvin Kamara: 131-524-4.0-1

RECEIVING Chris Olave (R): 56-822-14.7-3

PTS. AGAINST 23.3

DEFENSE 326.4

SACKS Demario Davis: 6.5

INTs Tyrann Mathieu: 2

TAKE/GIVE -14 (7/21)

PUNTING (NET) Blake Gillikin: 47.9 (42.4)

KICKING Wil Lutz: 75 (24/24 PAT; 17/23 FG)

QB ANDY DALTON passed for 204 yards last week. Passed for 280 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107.5 rating in his last start vs. TB (10/28/18 w/ Cin.). Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in his only career start at TB (11/30/14 w/ Cin.). • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 946 scrimmage yards & needs 54 scrimmage yards for 6th-straight 1,000-yard season. Needs 1 reception for 5th-career season with 50+ catches & has 422 catches since entering NFL in 2017, 2nd-most by RB in 1st 6 seasons in NFL history (Roger Craig – 434). Has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 vs. TB. • WR CHRIS OLAVE leads all rookies in receptions (56) & rec. yards (822) & ranks tied5th with 3 TD catches. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6. • WR JARVIS LANDRY has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games vs. TB. • TE JUWAN JOHNSON ranks tied 2nd among TEs with career-high 5 rec. TDs in 2022. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has 9 TFL in 2022 & aims for his 8th-straight season with 10+ TFL. Has 5.5 sacks this season & can become 6th player since 1982 with 7+ sacks in 11 straight seasons. Has 17 sacks & 18 TFL in 23 career games vs. TB. Had 2 sacks & FF in last road meeting. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 9 TFL in 2022 & aims for his 6th-straight season with 10+ TFL. Aims for his 5th in row with 7+ tackles. Had FR in Week 2 meeting. Has 5+ tackles in each of his 11 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 6th in row at TB with PD. • LB KADEN ELLISS had career-high 14 tackles last week. Has 3.5 sacks in his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row with 11+ tackles. • CB PAULSON ADEBO had 2 PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles.

BUCS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 23-17 at Cleveland (OT)

COACH VS. OPP. Todd Bowles: 1-1

PTS. FOR 18.2

OFFENSE 339.1

PASSING Tom Brady: 311-470-3,051-14-2-92.5

RUSHING Leonard Fournette: 135-462-3.4-3

RECEIVING Mike Evans: 51-702-13.8-3

PTS. AGAINST 18.5

DEFENSE 315.2

SACKS Vita Vea: 6.5

INTs Jamel Dean, Mike Edwards: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (11/9)

PUNTING (NET) Jake Camarda (R):48.7 (42.6)

KICKING Ryan Succop: 84 (15/15 PAT; 23/26 FG)

QB TOM BRADY passed for 246 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 97.6 rating in Week 12. Leads NFC with 3,051 pass yards in 2022 & has 20 career seasons with 3,000+ pass yards, most in NFL history. Has 9 TDs vs. INT for 96.4 rating in 6 home starts in 2022 & has 270+ pass yards in 5 of his 6 home starts this season. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE has 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 5 home games. • RB RACHAAD WHITE (rookie) had career highs in receptions (9) & scrimmage yards (109) last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR MIKE EVANS became 6th player in NFL history with 10,000+ rec. yards (10,003) & 75+ rec. TDs (78) in 1st 9 seasons. Has 51 catches in 2022 & is 6th player all-time with 50+ receptions in each of 1st 9 career seasons. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5. • WR CHRIS GODWIN led team with 12 receptions for 110 yards & rec. TD last week, his 5th-career game with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch & 9th in row with 6+ catches. • WR JULIO JONES has 75+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. NO. • LB LAVONTE DAVID has TFL in 2 of his past 3. Has 5+ tackles in 10 of his 11 games in 2022 & in each of his 21 career games vs. NO. • LB DEVIN WHITE led team with 13 tackles & had 0.5 sacks last week. Has TFL in 8 of his past 9 home games & aims for his 6th home game in a row with TFL. Has 10+ tackles in 5 of his 6 career games vs. NO. Had sack & FF in Week 2 meeting. • DT VITA VEA has TFL in 4 of his past 5. Has career-high 6.5 sacks in 2022. • CB CARLTON DAVIS had 2 PD last week. Had FR in Week 2 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with PD.

AP SOURCE: MICHIGAN RB CORUM (KNEE) EXPECTED TO HAVE SURGERY

(AP) — Michigan star running back Blake Corum is expected to have surgery on his injured left knee that would cause him to miss the postseason, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Michigan was not publicly disclosing Corum’s condition.

No. 2 Michigan (12-0) plays Purdue in the Big Ten championship game Saturday night in Indianapolis and is likely heading toward its second straight College Football Playoff appearance.

Corum was injured late in the first half of the Illinois game two weeks ago on a low tackle. He tried to play last week against rival Ohio State, but after appearing on Michigan’s first possession he was done for the day.

The junior was a Heisman Trophy contender before his injury. Corum ranks 10th in the nation in rushing at 122 yards per game and is tied for third with 19 touchdowns.

Without Corum, Michigan turned to Donovan Edwards against Ohio State. The second-year running back ran for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries against the Buckeyes and will play with an injured and heavily wrapped hand.

Behind Edwards is freshman CJ Stokes, who has run for 273 yards on 55 carries.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF EXPANDS TO 12 TEAMS IN 2024 SEASON

(AP) — Over the past 25 years, college football’s postseason format for crowning a national champion has grown from two teams to four and now, starting in 2024, to 12.

For a sport that started in 1869 and spent most of the 20th century using bowls and polls to determine who was No. 1, evolution has hit warp speed, racing from Bowl Championship Series to College Football Playoff 2.0.

“The times change, things change,” CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock said. “Things have moved pretty quickly relative to the last 153 years.”

The CFP announced Thursday it will expand to a 12-team event in two years, completing an 18-month process that was fraught with delays and disagreements. It is a momentous step that will bring in billions of dollars in television revenue and change the very fabric of the postseason.

The announcement came a day after the Rose Bowl agreed to amend its contract for the 2024 and 2025 seasons, the last hurdle CFP officials needed cleared to triple the size of what is now a four-team format.

“I never gave up,” Hancock said.

Expansion is expected to produce about $450 million in additional gross revenue for the conferences and schools that participate. The CFP’s current 12-year contract with ESPN runs through the 2025-26 season. CFP officials have said they would like to explore having multiple broadcast partners in the next cycle.

The idea of major college football holding a playoff dates back decades and the Championship Subdivision has had one since 1978. The late Penn State coach Joe Paterno pined for one in the 1970s. Former Big Eight Commissioner Chuck Nienas proposed one in the late 1980s.

The creation of the BCS in the late 1990s was the first step toward a real playoff, Hancock said.

“The BCS for the first time gave an opportunity to decide a national champion on the field every year, not just at the whims of the bowl pairings,” Hancock said.

The BCS used polls and computer rankings to ensure a 1 vs. 2 bowl game from 1998-2013, but at times produced questionable matchups that left fans unsatisfied.

“We had congressmen and senators getting involved in the selection process. There was a general unhappiness with the fact that somebody was always third on the outside looking in,” former Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said.

Former Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany was a playoff opponent – or at least skeptic – for years, but even he grew weary of defending the BCS.

“Everybody threw confetti when (the BCS) happened, but within three years it was getting killed,” Delany said.

Delany and the late former Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive, a playoff advocate, were instrumental in creating the current four-team format. The CFP debuted in 2014 with a 12-year contract, but less than halfway through it became apparent that fear of missing out had grown exponentially from the BCS days.

Bowlsby recalled Delany lamenting about how much more difficult it was to stomach being fifth in the selection committee’s CFP rankings than it was being third in the BCS standings.

“It’s hard being the one left out and you’re drawing conclusions based on very thin evidence a lot of the time,” Bowlsby said.

Delany compared the latest expansion of the playoff to NCAA men’s basketball tournament expansion from 1975-85, when the field doubled from 32 to 64 teams. Much like the CFP now, that expansion wasn’t so much about making sure a potential champion wasn’t left out.

It was about increasing participation.

“It made it a truly national event,” Delany said.

The latest plan to expand the playoff was unveiled in June 2021, but conference commissioners could not come to the unanimous consensus needed to push it forward. Expansion for the 2024 season was pronounced dead back in February.

“Getting from four to 12 didn’t have to be this difficult,” said Bowlsby, who was part of the four-person working group that spent more than two years developing the 12-team plan.

University presidents and chancellors who oversee the CFP stepped in and revived the process over the summer. They approved the original plan for use by 2026, and directed the commissioners to try to expand by 2024.

No longer haggling over the format, the commissioners needed to work through when and where the games will be played and whether bowl partners and championship game host cities could accommodate a change in schedule for 2024 and 2025.

The Rose Bowl issue was the last to be settled, as organizers for the 120-year-old bowl game were hoping to get some assurances from the CFP that they would keep their valuable New Year’s Day time when new contracts go into effect in 2026.

CFP officials balked. Facing the possibility of being painted as an obstructionist and potentially being shut out of the expanded playoff in the long term, the Rose Bowl agreed to move forward in good faith.

“It’s our intent to keep the Rose Bowl game on Jan. 1,” said Laura Farber, chairwoman of the Rose Bowl Management Committee. “But we’ll remain flexible in scheduling as needed.”

That’s important with how quickly things are moving in college football.

Delany speculated it was unlikely the next CFP contract would be as long as the last. He also noted that when the playoff becomes it a four-week event, it would be fairly easy to add four more teams.

Asked when to expect expansion to 16 teams, Hancock laughed.

“Next question,” he said.

QB CADE MCNAMARA LEAVING MICHIGAN, TRANSFERRING TO IOWA

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Cade McNamara, the backup quarterback at Michigan this season, has announced he’ll transfer to Iowa.

McNamara tweeted “New Beginning” with a picture of him in an Iowa uniform Thursday night. He presumably will go into next season as the front-runner for the starting job and have two seasons of eligibility.

McNamara started every game for the Wolverines in 2021 but lost the job to J.J. McCarthy after the opener. McNamara appeared in the second and third games, taking a total of 16 snaps, and didn’t play again.

The Hawkeyes (7-5) finished the regular season 130th out of 131 Bowl Subdivision teams in total offense and averaged just 17.4 points per game.

Spencer Petras struggled most of the season as Iowa’s starter and missed most of last week’s game against Nebraska with an upper body injury. He has one year of eligibility, if he decides to use the waiver granted because of the COVID-19 season in 2020.

Alex Padilla, who backed up Petras, is in the transfer portal. Joe Labas also is on the roster.

HAYES LEADS PISTONS TO OVERTIME VICTORY OVER MAVERICKS

DETROIT (AP) Killian Hayes scored eight of 22 points in overtime as the Detroit Pistons recovered from blowing a late lead to beat the Dallas Mavericks 131-125 on Thursday night.

Christian Wood’s dunk tied the game at 125 with 1:35 left in overtime, but Hayes answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Pistons ahead by six with 41.6 left and seal the win.

“They were switching me into a one-on-one matchup, so I knew I could get a shot off,” he said. “The first one felt good and the second one felt even better.”

Hayes has struggled in the first 2 1/2 years of his career, shooting 36.8%, including 27.6% on 3-pointers, but coach Dwane Casey has always stressed his value doesn’t come from his shot.

“We need a point guard who can play quarterback on the floor,” Casey said. “We don’t have a lot of one-on-one players, so we need that quarterback to organize the offense and make sure everyone is getting touches.

“He’s our best playmaker, he’s our best point guard and he’s our best defender against point guards. That’s what we need from him.”

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 30 points while Marvin Bagley III added 19 points and 13 rebounds.

“Bogey had his European basketball pride at stake tonight, playing against Luka (Doncic), and he did what he does,” Casey said. “I’m sure Luka grew up watching Bogey, so they both wanted to have big games tonight.”

Doncic had 35 points and 10 assists for Dallas. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 26 points.

“I’m disappointed with the effort we gave on the defensive end,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “That’s something we will talk about tomorrow.”

Hayes’ jumper gave the Pistons a 111-104 lead with 4:14 to play in regulation and Doncic missed a 3-pointer at the other end. Another Hayes jumper moved Detroit’s run to 10-0 and the lead to 113-104.

After a Christian Wood dunk, Hayes hit his third straight jumper to keep Detroit up by nine.

“He got into a rhythm and the resistance from our defense was not high,” Kidd said. “It was more like a shootaround, but you still have to give Hayes credit.”

The lead was still eight with two minutes left and five when Doncic missed a pair of free throws with 1:00 left – giving the Mavericks 15 misses on the game – but the Pistons didn’t take the chance to ice the game.

Hardaway Jr. got the rebound and fed Doncic for a 3-pointer to make it 117-115. Alec Burks missed at the other end and ex-Piston Reggie Bullock’s layup tied the game with 22.6 seconds left. Isaiah Stewart missed a 3-pointer and the clock ran out during the scramble for the layup.

“We had that lead and let them come back and tie it, but we didn’t fold,” Hayes said. “We stayed strong, we played defense and we hit shots. We deserved this one.”

Doncic had 20 points in the first half, and the Mavericks got to 60 points despite missing eight of 17 free-throw attempts in the half.

HITTING THE BOARDS

After the Pistons struggled to rebound the ball on both ends of the floor in Tuesday’s 30-point loss to the New York Knicks, Casey challenged Bagley and Stewart to step up their games.

“I told them there was no reason to keep starting two bigs if they weren’t going to dominate the glass – I could put Corey Joseph in the lineup,” Casey said. “Tonight they came through and did a really, really great job on the boards.”

FREE THROW STRUGGLES

The Mavericks shot 53.5% from the floor, but only 48.3% from the free-throw line, missing 15 shots from the line in an overtime loss. Dallas had only shot under .500 on at least 20 attempts once in franchise history, going 10-21 in a loss to the New Jersey Nets on March 14, 1998.

“We didn’t do the job we were supposed to do on defense, so when you aren’t making free throws as a team, it doesn’t help,” said Hardaway Jr., who was 2-4 from the line.”

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Visit the New York Knicks on Saturday.

Pistons: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

NO. 2/2 MEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATS NO. 7/7 CREIGHTON, 72-67

AUSTIN, Texas — Graduate guard Marcus Carr posted a season-best 19 points to pace No. 2/2 Texas (6-0) to a 72-67 victory against No. 7/7 Creighton (6-2) on Thursday evening in front of another sellout crowd at Moody Center as part of the Big 12-BIG EAST Battle. The Longhorns posted their first home win in an AP Top 10 matchup since No. 2 Texas claimed a 79-68 victory over No. 9 Michigan State on Dec. 22, 2009.

This marked UT’s second win against an AP Top 10 opponent in its first six contests this season. The Longhorns earned a 93-74 home win against No. 2 Gonzaga on Nov. 16.

Texas held the Bluejays to a season-low 67 points on 40.9-percent field goal shooting (27-66), including a 4-of-27 (.148) mark from three-point range. Creighton entered the game averaging 83.9 points per contest while converting 51.2-percent from the floor, including a 38.2-percent mark from three-point range. The Longhorns also registered 15 assists against just three turnovers as a team.

Carr tied his season high in field goals made (7-20) and added a season-high five rebounds while posting five assists without a turnover in 34 minutes. Sophomore Tyrese Hunter tallied 15 points in 34 minutes, and super senior Timmy Allen registered 11 points (5-10 FG), seven boards and four assists in 26 minutes. Freshman Dillon Mitchell recorded 10 points (5-8 FG) and three rebounds in 20 minutes.

A back-and-forth first half featured 11 lead changes and six ties. After a pair of Trey Alexander free throws gave the Bluejays a 17-16 advantage with 11:46 remaining, the Longhorns used a 6-0 spurt to take a 22-17 lead following a Hunter layup at the 8:37 mark.

A Carr layup gave Texas a 24-19 cushion with 5:51 left. Creighton responded with a 6-0 run to grab a 25-24 advantage following an Arthur Kaluma layup at the 4:20 mark. The Longhorns closed the half with an 8-2 spurt to build a 32-27 halftime cushion.

UT limited the Bluejays to 27 points on 39.3-percent (11-28) field goal shooting, including a 1-of-12 (.083) mark from three-point range, in the opening half. The 27 points allowed marked the fewest points scored by Creighton in a half this season, as it previously totaled 30 in the first half against Arizona.

A Christian Bishop layup increased UT’s advantage to 37-30 at the 17:44 mark, but Creighton responded with six straight points to trim the deficit to 37-36 following a pair of Alexander free throws with 15:36 left. The Longhorns immediately answered with a 10-0 run to build a 47-36 cushion after an Allen layup at the 13:08 mark.

The margin stayed at above eight points until a Ryan Nembhard layup closed the gap to 60-54 with 4:57 remaining. The Bluejays trimmed the deficit to three points (62-59) following a Baylor Scheierman three-pointer at the 2:33 mark.

Texas used a Carr jumper and Hunter layup to increase its cushion to 66-59 with 45 seconds remaining. Another Scheierman three-pointer cut the lead to 68-65 with 11 seconds left, but Carr and Brock Cunningham both converted a pair of free throws in the final 10 seconds to seal the win.

Texas returns to the court on Tuesday, Dec. 6, when it travels to New York City to face No. 16/17 Illinois as part of the Jimmy V Classic. Tip is set for 6 p.m. Central (7 p.m. Eastern) at Madison Square Garden, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Texas Basketball Postgame Notes

#2/2 Texas 72, #7/7 Creighton 67

Big 12/BIG EAST Battle

December 1, 2022

Moody Center (Austin, Texas)

Attendance: 10,896 (sellout)

Team Notes

Texas recorded its first home win in an AP Top 10 matchup since No. 2 Texas posted a 79-68 win over No. 9 Michigan State on Dec. 22, 2009.

UT registered its second home win against an AP Top 10 opponent this season. The Longhorns previously defeated No. 2 Gonzaga (93-74) on Nov. 16. This marks the first time Texas has beaten a pair of AP Top 10 opponents at home in one year since the 2015-16 season when UT claimed a trio of home wins against AP Top 10 opponents (No. 3 North Carolina, 84-82; No. 10 West Virginia, 85-78; and No. 3 Oklahoma, 76-63).

This marked the fourth-consecutive sellout crowd in UT’s first four contests in Moody Center.

Tonight’s victory marked the first win in four opportunities in the Big 12-BIG EAST Battle. The Longhorns entered tonight’s contest with an 0-3 mark in previous Big 12-BIG EAST Battle games.

Texas held Creighton to 67 points on 40.9-percent (27-66) FG shooting, including a 14.8-percent mark (4-27) from three-point range, on the night. This marked the lowest point total by the Bluejays this season (previous low: 76 vs. Texas Tech on Nov. 21). Creighton entered the game averaging 83.9 points per contest while converting 51.2-percent FG, including a 38.2-percent mark from three-point range.

Texas posted 15 assists against just three turnovers as a team.

The Longhorns claimed a 20-5 advantage in fast-break points and a 13-0 margin in bench scoring. Texas has recorded a 114-17 advantage in fast-break points through its first six games this season.

The Longhorns limited the Bluejays to 27 points on 39.3-percent (11-28) FG shooting, including a 1-of-12 (.083) mark from three-point range, in the opening half while building a 32-27 halftime lead.

The 27 points allowed in the first half marked the fewest point scored by Creighton in a half this season (previous: 30 in first half vs. Arizona).

The first half featured 11 lead changes and six ties.

Timmy Allen

Reached double figures in scoring (11 points) for the second time this season (6 games) and 95th time in his collegiate career (125 games)

Marcus Carr

Set season highs in points (19) and rebounds (five) and tied his season high in FG made (7-20)

Reached double figures in scoring (19 points) for the sixth time this season (6 games) and 91st time in his collegiate career (132 games)

Also registered five assists without a turnover in 34 minutes played

Brock Cunningham

Converted a pair of free throws (in a one-and-one situation) with 4.0 seconds remaining to seal the victory

Registered a team-best plus-minus total of plus-9 in 17 minutes played

Tyrese Hunter

Reached double figures in scoring (15 points) for the sixth time this year (6 games) and the 26th time in his collegiate career (41 games)

Dillon Mitchell

Tied his career high in scoring (10 points)

Reached double figures in scoring for the third time in his career (6 games)

Sir’Jabari Rice

Tied his collegiate high in blocked shots (two), set six times previously.

RUNNIN’ UTES DOMINATE #4 ARIZONA 81-66

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men’s basketball team had their way with fourth-ranked Arizona at home Thursday night, dominating the Wildcats 81-66 inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center for its first victory over an AP ranked opponent since 2019 and first under the direction of second-year head coach Craig Smith.

The Runnin’ Utes didn’t shy away against the No. 4 team in the country, jumping out to an early 12-7 lead and held on to a single-digit lead (22-16) heading into the 7:29 mark. From there, a 6-0 run pushed the Utah lead to 28-16 and forced an Arizona timeout (6:06) but it was too little too late with the Utes (6-2, 1-0 Pac-12) taking advantage of its momentum to extend its lead.

Shortly thereafter, a baseline two-handed jam from Ben Carlson got the Ute faithful on their feet before Keba Keita sent Courtney Ramey’s attempt into the stands. Utah finished the final 5:13 minutes of action knocking down 6-of-9 from the field and took a 42-25 lead into the break.

Arizona (6-1, 0-1 Pac-12) did not back down whatsoever and came out of the locker room poised with an 18-7 run to cut it within 49-43 after a pair of free throws from Pelle Larson with 14:06 to go. However, the Runnin’ Utes were determined and answered right back like a heavyweight bout with a 21-7 spurt of its own to go up 70-50 with just 7:34 remaining.

An Oumar Ballo dunk and eight-consecutive points from Courtney Ramey made it interesting (73-64) with 4:15 to play but Rollie Worster was there to answer the call. The Helena, Mont., product scored four of Utah’s next eight points to extend the lead back to double-digits and send the Wildcats home with their first loss of the season.

Branden Carlson made it rain from three Thursday night, hitting a career-high 5-of-9 from deep for 22 points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks. Worster finished with a game-high 37 minutes and was just shy of a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for hist first-career double-double. Gabe Madsen and Ben Carlson each chipped in with 11 points as well. Keita had a fantastic game in his young career, posting seven points with 11 rebounds – five offensive – off the bench for Utah. Meanwhile, Marco Anthony added six points and nine rebounds on the night.

BY THE NUMBERS

The 42-25 lead was Utah’s largest against any top-5 AP ranked opponent at half on record since 1996-97 … Utes were previously 0-6 against ranked opponents under Smith … the win was also Smith’s highest against an AP ranked opponent since defeating #5 San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship game in 2020 … the win was Utah’s first against a top-5 opponent since defeating top-ranked Alabama at home 51-49 … Utah is now 2-4 all-time vs. #4 AP ranked opponents, the first came against Cincinnati on Jan. 1, 1964, 76-68 … it was also Utah’s first win vs. an AP ranked opponent at home since defeating #25 USC 86-64 on Jan. 12, 2017.

UP NEXT

The Utes close out their two early Pac-12 Conference games on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. (MT) on the Palouse against Washington State. Eric Rothman and former Gonzaga Bulldog Dan Dickau will have the call between the Runnin’ Utes and Cougars on ESPNU.

JORDAN MARTINOOK HAS HAT TRICK, HURRICANES BEAT BLUES 6-4

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jordan Martinook had a hat trick to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Thursday night.

After a turnover, Martinook scored the winning goal with 4:35 left, beating goalie Jordan Binnington on a wrist shot. Martinook also scored in the second period and completed the hat trick with nine seconds left for his second career hat trick.

“I’m not the guy who’s supposed to get them but I’ll take it,” said Martinook, who also had a hat trick came in 2018. “I guess I was due.”

Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour liked how Martinook shook off a bad play on the first St. Louis goal.

“What can you say? He was great. He knew the first goal was his guy,” Brind’Amour said. “I just love the fact he turned the page. You know, he had a tough shift there. The next you know, he said he was done and he went out and was the best player in the game. Give him a lot of credit.”

Brent Burns, Seth Jarvis and Jordan Staal also scored.

The Hurricanes scored three goals in 1:04 in the second period to take a 3-2 lead.

“We were shooting the puck. We kept putting pucks on net,” Staal said. “You feel eventually you’ll get a bounce. We got a few there. They started going behind the goalie which was good. We stayed with our style and created as much havoc as possible. “

Antti Raanta made 12 saves on 15 shots. Pyotr Kochetkov came in the game with four seconds left in the second period. He made 10 saves on 11 shots.

“It’s a tough spot for a goalie to get thrown in in the middle of a game,” Brind’Amour said about Kocketkov. “He played great for us. That was huge.”

Two games into a six-game trip, Carolina has won three in a row after dropping five straight.

Pavel Buchnevich, Noel Acciari, Torey Krug and Ryan O’Reilly scored for St. Louis. Binnington made 30 saves, missing a chance for his 100th victory.

“We’re a good team,” Krug said. “The record doesn’t exactly show that, but I think pretty soon, we’re going to overtake games and we’re going to put together 60 full minutes.”

The Blues have lost four of their last five and have been outscored 21-9 in the last four.

“It’s a tough month here. We’ve got to play good hockey here to stay in it for sure,” St. Louis coach Craig Berube said. “It’s a busy month. We’ve got three back-to-backs. We’ve got to clean it up. We did a lot of good things tonight, but obviously not good enough.”

ICE CHIPS

The Blues sent LW Alexey Toropchenko to the Springfield of the AHL on a conditioning assignment. … The Hurricanes acquired defenseman Zack Hayes from the Vegas Golden Knights. The 23-year-old was assigned to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.

INJURIES

Hurricanes: RW Ondrej Kase (concussion protocol) out, G Frederik Andersen (lower-body injury) out, RW Teuvo Teravainen (upper body injury) out, LW Max Pacioretty (torn Achilles tendon) out.

Blues: D Marco Scandella (hip) out, LW Logan Brown (upper-body injury) out, D Scott Perunovich (shoulder) out.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: At Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Blues: At Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

KAPRIZOV’S 3-POINT GAME LEADS WILD TO 5-3 WIN OVER OILERS

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Kirill Kaprizov had a goal and two assists to extend his career-best point streak to 10 games, and Joel Eriksson Ek added a goal and assist, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Kaprizov has a goal in four straight games after scoring his 14th of the season. He also has nine straight games with an assist, and eight goals and 11 assists in his last 13 games.

“When you start winning, when the team starts winning, your game comes easier, you play better, you score more,” Kaprizov said through an interpreter. “Everything starts working well when you do that. That’s kind of what’s happening right now.”

Frederick Gaudreau, Sam Steel and Mats Zuccarello also scored for Minnesota, which has won four of five. Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves.

“They’re still dangerous,” Fleury said of the Oilers playing a back-to-back. “They weren’t getting much shots in the first couple of periods and they still had two goals and some chances. You always have to be careful with these guys because they can always score. We defended well and played well for 60 minutes. The power play was good. The PK was good.”

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl extended goal streaks for Edmonton, which had won three in a row.

Draisaitl opened the scoring in the first period with his 16th goal, scoring for the fourth straight game. McDavid scored a goal for the third straight game.

“They were desperate tonight, more desperate than we were,” McDavid said. “I thought they played well, give them credit.”

Klim Koston scored with four seconds remaining and Jack Campbell stopped 25 shots for the Oilers.

“Our guys gave it everything they had, but we just made a few too many small errors that ended up in the back of our net,” Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft said. “It was too big of a hill to overcome.”

Minnesota took two early penalties, a difficult task against Edmonton’s sixth-ranked power-play unit.

The Wild killed off the first, but Draisaitl scored from a wide angle on the second power play, shooting before Fleury could get across the crease on the cross-ice pass.

Eriksson Ek scored with the man advantage just 1:51 into the second period, tying the game at 1. Kaprizov’s initial shot was wide and bounced off the end boards right to Eriksson Ek.

McDavid had the first even-strength goal of the game for an Oilers’ lead, but the Wild scored twice before the end of the period. Gaudreau’s go-ahead goal was his fourth of the season with 6:01 left in the second.

After the early penalties, Minnesota clamped down on Edmonton’s explosive offense. The Oilers had just 10 shots through two periods and were outshot 30-21 in the game.

“We were really committed to looking after our end and certainly early we did that,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “So, we did the right things. Obviously, we got off to a tough start with the PK, with giving them two right in a row. But we were fortunate to get out of it with just one.”

POWER ON DISPLAY

The power play was important for both teams. Three of the first four goals in the game were scored with the man advantage.

Edmonton finished 1 of 3 on the power play. Minnesota, which entered the game with the league’s 13th-ranked power play, was 2 of 3.

FLEURY TO FOURTH

With his ninth save of the game, Fleury moved past Tony Esposito for the fourth-most saves in NHL history. Fleury now has 24,778 saves in his career. Up next in third place is Patrick Roy with 25,800. Martin Brodeur (28,928) and Roberto Luongo (28,409) are first and second, respectively.

UP NEXT

Oilers: Return home against Montreal on Saturday.

Wild: Host Anaheim on Saturday.

GAYLORD PERRY, TWO-TIME CY YOUNG WINNER, DIES AT 84

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young Award winner Gaylord Perry, a master of the spitball and telling stories about the pitch, died Thursday. He was 84.

Perry died at his home in Gaffney at about 5 a.m. Thursday, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said. He did not provide additional details. A statement from the Perry family said he “passed away peacefully at his home after a short illness.”

The native of Williamston, North Carolina, made history as the first player to win the Cy Young in both leagues, with Cleveland in 1972 after a 24-16 season and with San Diego in 1978 – going 21-6 for his fifth and final 20-win season just after turning 40.

“Before I won my second Cy Young, I thought I was too old – I didn’t think the writers would vote for me,” Perry said in an article on the National Baseball Hall of Fame website. “But they voted on my performance, so I won it.”

“Gaylord Perry was a consistent workhorse and a memorable figure in his Hall of Fame career,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement, adding, “he will be remembered among the most accomplished San Francisco Giants ever … and remained a popular teammate and friend throughout his life.”

Perry was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and spent 10 seasons among legendary teammates like Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who said Thursday that Perry “was a good man, a good ballplayer and my good friend. So long old Pal.”

Juan Marichal remembered Perry as “smart, funny, and kind to everyone in the clubhouse. When he talked, you listened.”

“During our 10 seasons together in the San Francisco Giants rotation, we combined to record 369 complete games, more than any pair of teammates in the Major Leagues,” Marichal said. “I will always remember Gaylord for his love and devotion to the game of baseball, his family, and his farm.”

Perry, who pitched for eight major-league teams from 1962 until 1983, was a five-time All-Star who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991. He had a career record of 314-255, finished with 3,554 strikeouts and used a pitching style where he doctored baseballs or made batters believe he was doctoring them.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame said in a statement that Perry was “one of the greatest pitchers of his generation.” The Texas Rangers, whom Perry played for twice, said in a statement that the pitcher was “a fierce competitor every time he took the ball and more often than not gave the Rangers an opportunity to win the game.”

“The Rangers express their sincere condolences to Gaylord’s family at this difficult time,” the team’s statement said. “This baseball great will be missed.”

Perry’s 1974 autobiography was titled “Me and the Spitter,” and he wrote it in that when he started in 1962 he was the “11th man on an 11-man pitching staff” for the Giants. He needed an edge and learned the spitball from San Francisco teammate Bob Shaw.

Perry said he first threw it in May 1964 against the New York Mets, pitched 10 innings without giving up a run and soon after entered the Giants’ starting rotation.

He also wrote in the book that he chewed slippery elm bark to build up his saliva, and eventually stopped throwing the pitch in 1968 after MLB ruled pitchers could no longer touch their fingers to their mouths before touching the baseball.

According to his book, he looked for other substances, like petroleum jelly, to doctor the baseball. He used various motions and routines to touch different parts of his jersey and body to get hitters thinking he was applying a foreign substance.

Giants teammate Orlando Cepeda said Perry had “a great sense of humor … a great personality and was my baseball brother.”

“In all my years in baseball, I never saw a right-handed hurler have such a presence on the field and in the clubhouse,” Cepeda added.

Seattle Mariners Chairman John Stanton said in a release that he spoke with Perry during his last visit to Seattle, saying Perry was, “delightful and still passionate in his opinions on the game, and especially on pitching.

Perry was ejected from a game just once for doctoring a baseball – when he was with Seattle in August 1982. In his final season with Kansas City, Perry and teammate Leon Roberts tried to hide George Brett’s infamous pine-tar bat in the clubhouse but was stopped by a guard. Perry was ejected for his role in that game, too.

After his career, Perry founded the baseball program at Limestone College in Gaffney and was its coach for the first three years.

Perry is survived by wife Deborah, and three of his four children in Allison, Amy and Beth. Perry’s son Jack had previously died.

Deborah Perry said in a statement to The AP that Gaylord Perry was “an esteemed public figure who inspired millions of fans and was a devoted husband, father, friend and mentor who changed the lives of countless people with his grace, patience and spirit.”

The Hall of Fame’s statement noted that Perry often returned for induction weekend “to be with his friends and fans.”

“We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Deborah, and the entire Perry family,” Baseball Hall of Fame chairman Jane Forbes Clark said.

HURT ON GOAL, PULISIC HOPES TO FACE NETHERLANDS AT WORLD CUP

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Having scored the winning goal for the United States against Iran, Christian Pulisic watched the final minutes from a hospital on a mobile phone.

“They were checking my blood sugar and everything and it was flying through the roof,” the U.S. star recalled Thursday, “but it wasn’t because of anything. It was just me stressed watching the game. But once I got through that and the final whistle blew, I was obviously very happy.”

Pulisic hopes to play against the Netherlands in the round of 16 at the World Cup on Saturday after bruising his pelvic bone when he collided with goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand while scoring in the 38th minute of the Americans’ 1-0 win Tuesday.

“I will do everything in my power to work with this medical team and make sure that I can play,” he said during a news conference, sitting next to teammate Tim Weah.

Pulisic said he took a knee to the pelvic bone and not the genitals.

“It was very painful,” he recalled. “That bone is there for a reason, to protect you, I think, I hit it well. It was sore, but like I said, I’m getting better.”

Pulisic was down on the field for about three minutes before he re-entered the game and finished the first half. He was replaced by Brenden Aaronson at the start of the second half and was taken to Hamad General Hospital, accompanied by athletic trainer Harris Patel.

“This team helps me so much to take the pressure off of me,” Pulisic said. “A couple of years ago, there were times where maybe I felt like I needed to do more. But with these guys I don’t feel that way at all, to be honest. I know they have my back.”

If the U.S. beats the Netherlands, they would reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 and face Argentina or Australia. Players realize each of their games has been viewed by 10 million to 20 million on U.S. television.

“I hope that they can see just the unity and the team spirit that we display. I hope that what’s helping us gain fans,” Pulisic said.

“You can see all the individual talent – we have guys playing at top clubs across the world, but without the brotherhood, without this family aspect, we wouldn’t be in this position,” he added.

Pulisic and Tim Weah were asked by a Dutch reporter how big the World Cup was for people in the U.S.

“It’s the biggest sport now,” said Weah, a son of former FIFA Player of the Year and current Liberia President George Weah. “We’re on a stage and it’s our job to make sure they know that this is sport we play, and I think everyone back home is realizing the team has talent.”

Pulisic downplayed comparisons between his goal against Iran and Landon Donovan’s iconic moment, an injury-time goal against Algeria in 2010 that advanced the Americans to the knockout stage.

“I’m hoping I haven’t had that moment yet, to be honest,” Pulisic said. “I’m hoping it’s in front of me.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Forward Josh Sargent has right ankle soreness after a challenge late in the second half against Iran.

OLD FRIENDS

A Dutch reporter reminded Pulisic that before he signed with Borussia Dortmund in 2015 at age 16, he trained at PSV Eindhoven with Cody Gakpo, a forward on the Netherlands national team who has scored three goals at the World Cup.

“Oh, wow. I never put that together,” Pulisic said.

****TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES****

BENNEDICT MATHURIN NAMED EASTERN CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE MONTH

INDIANAPOLIS – The NBA announced Thursday that Indiana Pacers guard Bennedict Mathurin was named KIA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October and November.

Mathurin, the sixth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona, leads all NBA rookies this season in points scored, 3-pointers made, free throws made and free throw attempts. In addition, he ranks seventh in rebounding average, fifth in assists, second in field goal percentage, second in 3-point percentage and fifth in steals.

Mathurin leads all NBA players in bench scoring with an average of 19.2 points per game. He has scored 20 or more points off the bench 11 times this season and the Pacers have posted a 7-4 record in those games.

Mathurin becomes the first Pacers player to earn Rookie of the Month honors since Myles Turner in Feb. 2016. He shares honors with Oklahoma City guard Jalen Williams, who was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month.

Indiana stands at 12-9 this season and has won 11 of their last 16 games after beginning the season 1-4. The Pacers will continue their seven-game road trip Friday night in Salt Lake City as they face the Utah Jazz at 9 p.m. (ET). Indiana will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse Friday, Dec. 9, as the Pacers tip off a four-game home stand against the Washington Wizards at 7 p.m.

INDY DEFEATS TULSA IN SERIES OPENER

TULSA – The Fuel continued their road trip in Tulsa Thursday night where they began a three game series against the Oilers in an attempt to stay in first place in the Central division. Despite not scoring first, they took the win 3-1 after two late game goals.

The Tulsa Oilers struck first in the game on goaltender Zach Driscoll, with a goal from Indiana native Jackson Leef to make it 1-0. Despite having a few power play opportunities, the Fuel tied the game up in the first period at even-strength with a powerful shot from defenseman Kirill Chaika.

Both teams took penalties toward the end of the period and ended up playing some 4-on-4 minutes but the period ended without another goal.

There was no score in the second period despite a few great chances on both ends. Both goaltenders put on a show in the middle frame to keep the score 1-1.

Alex Wideman finally broke the tie late in the third period with a power play goal assisted by Cam Hillis and Shane Kuzmeski to make it 2-1 with just six minutes to go in the third period. Things opened up for the Fuel as just 55 seconds later, Cooper Zech added another goal, this time assisted by Seamus Malone and Andrew Bellant, who are both looking at point streaks.

Time ticked down after that with a small rush by Tulsa after pulling their goaltender, but they were not able to come up with another goal after the first.

The Fuel play the Oilers again tomorrow night at 8:05 p.m. ET for the middle game of a three game set this weekend.

NO. 5 INDIANA OVERWHELMS NO. 6 NORTH CAROLINA IN ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Senior forward Mackenzie Holmes and junior forward Sydney Parrish combined for 49 points as No. 5 Indiana secured the ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory over No. 6 North Carolina, 87-63, on Thursday night.

KEY MOMENTS

After an early deficit, Indiana (8-0) used a 13-0 run to build a six-point advantage with 5:49 to play. North Carolina battled back at the lead, cutting it to as few as one before senior guard Sara Scalia and freshman guard Yarden Garzon hit 3-pointers to hold Indiana’s lead at six at the end of one, 27-21.

Indiana displayed another strong second quarter, outscoring the Tar Heels 22-12 as it shot 56.3 precent from the field. Junior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil paced the Hoosiers with eight of her 10 points before the break, as her triple pushed IU to a 41-28 lead at the media timeout. It would be a 16-point advantage, 49-33, at the break as Moore-McNeil completed the 3-point play with just 23 ticks on the clock.

Fourteen of Parrish’s 24 points came in the third quarter, as Indiana built its largest advantage of the game so far, 72-53, heading to the fourth. Garzon drained a long triple from the top of the key as time expired to move to the fourth.

Outscoring the Tar Heels for four-straight quarters, IU once again led the scoring margin in the fourth as its lead grew to as many as 24 on a Holmes bucket inside the paint. Indiana’s defense would hold North Carolina to without a field goal in the final 5:06 of regulation.

NOTABLE

The Hoosiers improved to 9-6 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. They pick up their first home win in the challenge since 2015 and first win since 2019.

They also notch their first win in the series with North Carolina in the two team’s first meeting since the 1980s.

Holmes led the way with 25 points, her 21st 20-point game of her career.

Indiana recorded 12 made threes, tying their season high set against Vermont.

Indiana held North Carolina to shooting 35 percent for the game while shooting 53 percent.

Garzon finished with nine point, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Parrish recorded a season-high 24 points against the Tar Heels, just two shy of her career-high.

Moore-McNeil tied her career high in assists as Indiana made 20 assists on 32 made shots.

Indiana won the battle on the boards, 38-34, with a season-high from Moore-McNeil and Garzon each adding seven rebounds.

Overall, Indiana went 12-for-22 from the arc, shooting a season-high 54.5 percent from long range.

They also posted their fifth game of the season shooting 50 percent or more from the floor, going 53.3 percent.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“We finished the business. Our men started it last night and we felt like we had to finish off the Tar Heels tonight. I am really proud of our group. We got help from everybody. Obviously, Mack (Mackenzie Holmes) was terrific, but Syd (Sydney Parrish) was so good in so many ways. I think in order to beat a great team like North Carolina it takes everybody. This goes to our entire basketball team in terms of how we won this game. It was clearly a collective effort by everybody. We knew that everybody needed to do a little bit extra, a little bit more without Grace (Berger) being out there. I thought that we answered the bell in a big kind of way tonight. I would like to address how great the crowd was. It was great last night, but 9:15 p.m. is a little too late for Coach Moren. I did get to see it on TV. I had hoped that we could get a crowd back here tonight for us. I know our kids are really grateful for our fans showing up in a big kind of way tonight. You could hear them, and they were just like last night. This is a hard place to play when you feel this place from the energy to the noise, so I’m really happy. I thought our staff did a great job at game planning, coach Box this is his scout. We told him if he could execute the game plan, we can win. Sure, enough that is what we did tonight, so really pleased.”

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers open Big Ten play on Sunday, Dec. 4 when it hosts Illinois. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. ET.

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 8 AT RUTGERS

Opening Tip

• Indiana University begins Big Ten Conference play in its 123rd season of competition in men’s basketball with a road trip to Rutgers. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 3 at Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway, N.J. The game will be broadcasted on BTN.

• The Scarlet Knights, led by second-year head coach Steve Pikiell, enter the game with a 5-2 record.

Game Information

Dec. 3, 2022 • 4 PM ET • Big Ten Conference Opener

Jersey Mike’s Arena (8,000) • Piscataway, N.J.

TV: BTN (Brandon Gaudin, Robbie Hummel, Andy Katz)

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

Series History: Series tied, 7-7

Last Meeting: RUT 66, IU 63 on March 2, 2022 in Bloomington

Series History

• Indiana and North Carolina have squared off 15 times on the hardwood. The Hoosiers have earned nine victories in the series of blue-blood programs, including a mark of 4-2 at home.

• Three of the 15 matchups have come in the NCAA Tournament with Indiana claiming two victories, including a 63-50 triumph in the 1981 NCAA Championship game.

• IU and UNC have combined to win 11 national championships and are among the five schools to claim at least five title trophies.

Last Time Out

• Indiana and Rutgers have split the previous 14 matchups on the hardwood; however, the Scarlet Knights have won the last five meetings between the two programs dating back to the 2019-20 season.

• IU last opened the Big Ten slate with a trip to Rutgers on Dec. 30, 2016, a year that ended with a Big Ten regular season title. The Hoosiers won the game by a score of 79-72.

Fireworks on Offense

• Indiana paces the Big Ten Conference (10th nationally) in scoring at 87.1 points per contest on a league-best (second nationally) 55.0% shooting from the floor.

• No other team in the conference finished the month of November shooting over 50.0% from the floor.

• The Hoosiers have tallied an effective field goal percentage of 61.2%, the third-highest mark in the NCAA.

• Indiana is second in the Big Ten and ninth in the NCAA with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.68.

Jumping Jordan Geronimo

• Junior forward Jordan Geronimo is fifth in the Big Ten in blocked shots (1.6) and 15th in steals (1.3) despite playing just over 14 minutes a night.

• He swatted a career-best five shots in back-to-back wins over Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 20 and Little Rock on Nov. 23. The tally marked the two-game most by a Hoosier off the bench since 1996-97.

Bench Mob

• True freshman forward Malik Reneau and junior forward Jordan Geronimo combine for 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest on 48-of-78 shooting (61.5%) from the floor. They have blocked 14 shots and added 14 steals.

• Sophomore guard Tamar Bates and sophomore guard Trey Galloway lead the second unit backcourt. The duo has combined for a 3.3-1 assist-turnover ratio and have as many steals (6) as turnovers.

• IU ranks 12th nationally in bench points per game (35.4). The Hoosiers are 21-4 under head coach Mike Woodson when the bench outscores the opponent’s second unit.

Defense Wins Championships

• The Hoosier defense is holding opponents to 60.1 points per content on 36.4% shooting from the floor and 29.2% shooting from the 3-point line.

• Indiana ranks 19th nationally in field goal percentage defense. IU averages 6.0 blocked shots per night, the 10th-best output in the NCAA.

• Indiana limited Morehead State to 53 points, the fewest allowed by an opponent in an Indiana season opener since Nov. 13, 2015, when Indiana beat Eastern Illinois, 88-49.

Twenty Piece (CAREER)

Trayce Jackson-Davis: 35; vs. North Carolina, 11/30/22

Xavier Johnson: 15; last vs. North Carolina, 11/30/22

Miller Kopp: 9; last as Syracuse, 11/30/21

Race Thompson: 2; vs. Little Rock, 11/23/22

Tamar Bates: 1; vs. Jackson State, 11/25/22

Other Notables

•  Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is the only Division I player in the last 25 years to have 20+ points, 10+ rebounds, 4+ assists, 4+ blocks, and no turnovers against an AP Top 25 opponent.

• In his career, Jackson-Davis averaged 23.0 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

• True freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino scored the first seven Hoosier points on his way to a career-high 14 points in the IU win over No. 18/15 UNC on Nov. 30.

• The Hoosiers are one of 16 remaining unbeaten teams across college basketball.

• Indiana scored at least 80 points in the first six games of the season, the longest such streak since 1969-70 (seven games).

• Jackson-Davis has swatted at least two shots in 24 of his last 41 games played.

• The Hoosier bench has outscored opponents 236-87.

• Head coach Mike Woodson holds a record of 15-1 in non-conference games at the helm of the Hoosiers.

• The Hoosiers have dropped five-straight games against Rutgers, the longest active losing streak against a Big Ten foe.

• Entering the Big Ten play, the conference holds a record of 78-23. Of the 14 teams, 11 have lost two or fewer games to open the 2022-23 campaign.

NO. 8 SEED PURDUE POISED FOR NCAA FIRST ROUND

LOUISVILLE, KY. – The No. 8 seeded Purdue volleyball squad is poised to take on the Tennessee Volunteers in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. The match will begin at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+ in L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.

A LOOK AT THE TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS

Series History: 8-1 (PUR Leads) | Last Meeting: 8/27/22 (W, 3-1 in Knoxville)

Tennessee is 7-3 over its last 10 matches and 0-6 this season vs. ranked opponents.

Two Volunteers earned SEC postseason awards: senior Morgahn Fingall was All-SEC and named the league’s scholar-athlete of the year while freshman Keondreya Granberry received all-freshman team.

As a team, Tennessee is hitting .263 on the season while holding opponents to a .231 attack %. Fingall owns a .300 attack % as the their leading offensive weapon (4.36 kills per set).

Erykah Lovett leads the back row with 300 digs while fellow DS Ashllyn King is averaging 3.19 per set.

On Monday, Fingall was picked as SEC Player & Offensive Player of the Week, following a 6.00 kills per set average, 1 ace per set, 2 digs per set and 7.57 points per set last week vs. Alabama. The right side hit .405 on the weekend with 42 kills over seven sets of action. In the sweep Friday, she posted 23 kills with just two errors on a .656 hitting %.

Tennessee has never lost in the first round under HC Eve Rackham Watt.

Nine Lady Vols have tournament experience with Tennessee, including Kylie Robinson, who Purdue faced when she played for Oregon in the 2020 season and guided the team with 22 assists, 8 digs in Purdue’s 3-1 win in the Sweet Sixteen.

LAST TIME OUT: VS. TENNESSEE

Purdue and Tennessee met already this season, on Day Two of the 2022 season in Knoxville. Purdue took down the Lady Vols, 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 29-19) to win the Tennessee Classic tournament.

The difference-maker came in Purdue’s efficiency, which the Boilers led, .327 vs. .256. As a team, Purdue committed only two errors in the first, second and third sets each.

Tennessee out-dug Purdue, 61-67, while taking the slight edge in kills, 59-60 and assists, 54-56. Meanwhile, the Vols were out-blocked, 7-6 and aced 5-4.

Four Boilermakers reached double-digit kills at Tennessee, including three who set or matched career-highs and a season-best .327 attack % and 61 digs.

Eva Hudson led Purdue with 17 kills, while adding six digs. Madeline Koch recorded 12 kills, a then-career-high.

UT’s Morgahn Fingall and Erykah Lovett sourced Tennessee’s offense, each tallying 20 kills. Paola Laborda led both teams with 19 digs.

At the tournament, Eva Hudson was named MVP, while Madeline Koch and Maddie Schermerhorn also earned All-tournament team honors.

PURDUE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: THE 24TH APPEARANCE

The Boilermakers have earned a bid for the past eight straight years.

Dave Shondell has led Purdue to the tournament 17 times in his 20 years of coaching and owns a 30-16 record in the Big Dance (65%).

Purdue is coming off back-to-back Regional Final berths.

Purdue NCAA Tournament Record: 34-23 (.596%)

Number of Second Round Appearances: 21

Number of Regional Semifinal Appearances: 15

Regional Semifinals record under Shondell: 4-6 (advanced in 2010, 2013, 2020 2021)

Number of Regional Finals Appearances: 5 (1982, 2010, 2013, 2020, 2021)

Only twice in Purdue history as Purdue not advanced to the second round (1990 and 1984).

BREAKING DOWN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT SEEDS 6-8

Among the 12 teams seeded 6-8 in the tournament this year, Purdue has by far the most matches vs. a top-15 team this season (8) – that is six more matchups than any other 8-seed and three more than any 6 or 7-seed.

When comparing seeding and RPI, not only is Purdue the only 8-seed with an RPI in the 20’s, but it also holds a better RPI than Iowa State (6-seed, 31 RPI), Florida State (7-seed, 30 RPI), Washington State (7-seed, 34 RPI), Miami (FL) (7-seed, 35 RPI).

Among the 6-8 seeded teams, Purdue ranks second in blocks per set and digs per set.

Decisive, 3-0 victories seem to be a difference for Purdue compared to the rest of the 6-8 seeds, having only swept opponents eight times this year (third-lowest in the group).

MEETING OLD FOES AT THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

Purdue is set to meet Tennessee in the first round after having faced the team in Week 1 of the season. This marks just the third time in the last 34 years and eighth overall time Purdue has met a regular-season foe in the first or second rounds that same year.

In 2010, Purdue met Louisville in the second round after playing the Cards earlier in the season. It also happened in 2009 in the first round.

DEFYING EXPECTATIONS

Purdue finished 6th in the Big Ten standings after being picked to finish 8th in the Big Ten after graduating all but one member of their 2021 starting lineup.

While no Boilermakers were recognized on the preseason All-Big Ten awards, three were selected: Big Ten Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten and unanimous All-Freshman Team Eva Hudson, Second Team All-Big Ten Raven Colvin and Second Team All-Big Ten Maddie Schermerhorn.

The Boilermakers started Big Ten play 5-0, the best start in 37 years (last: 1985, started 5-0).

Purdue finished in the top-6 of the Big Ten standings for the 12th time in the last 13 years.

For the seventh straight year, the Boilermakers entered Big Ten play with one non-conference loss or fewer (9-1 record). Moreover, the team’s nine wins were the most in non-conference play since 2018.

In four of the last seven years, Purdue has limited non-conference opponents to a .166 hitting % or lower.

MAKING HISTORY: RAVEN COLVIN SETS THE BIG TEN RALLY-SCORING ERA RECORD

Sophomore middle Raven Colvin had the performance of her career at Maryland, posting 16 total blocks (5-11) in the four-set win.

The mark sets a Big Ten and Purdue rally scoring era record.

Her 16 blocks also set the Purdue four-set match record while also tying the overall Purdue record, both of which was held by Donna Gill in 1991.

The last Big Ten player to crack the Big Ten record book for a single match in total blocks was also a Boilermaker – Stephanie Lynch (2007) when she notched 15 (4-11) vs. Utah.

While Colvin’s mark sets the rally-scoring era record for the Big Ten, it ties as the second-most all-time. She is one of seven Big Ten players to ever reach the mark. In fact, of those seven players, three are Boilermakers (Colvin, Amy Warner, Donna Gill) and four are Badgers (Tracy Tiffany, Arlisa Hagan, Connie Venzke, Heather Dodaro).

DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE

Purdue’s overall defensive showing last week was the best among all Power Five Teams.

Purdue ranked No. 2 in the Power 5 in both total blocks (33) and total digs (152). No other team ranked in the top-5 in both categories.

Defensive specialist Ali Hornung and libero Maddie Schermerhorn combined for 72 digs last week, averaging 8.0 digs per set.

As a team, Purdue averaged 16.89 digs per set.

With last week’s performance, Purdue jumped from 40th in the nation to 13th in total blocks (303).

IF THE SEASON WERE TO END TODAY

If the season were to end today, Maddie Schermerhorn would finish No. 3 in Purdue single-season history with 4.62 digs per set, surpassing Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Jena Otec (4.56 in 2020). In fact, she will have the highest digs/set in 15 years (Kelli Miller, #2 with 4.63 in 2007).

Raven Colvin would rank No. 3 in block assists with 147 this season. With her next block assist, she will tie for No. 2’s Debbie Leeman (1986). The record is 174 by Stephanie Lynch in 2008).

Hudson would rank No. 9 in total attempts with 1,332. She has more attempts in a single-season than any freshman in Purdue history.

Schermerhorn is on the cusp of cracking the top-10 in single-season digs, needing 18 more (currently at 471) to tie Kelli Miller’s 10th-place spot with 489 in 2006. Schermerhorn would be the first defensive specialist to make the top-10 in seven years (last: Amanda Neil, 2015).

Hudson’s 4.52 kills per set and 5.51 points per set are the most by a Boilermaker in non-con play for more than seven years. Annie Drews, who went on to win Olympic Gold in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, was the next closest with 4.91 points per set during her 2015 senior campaign.

BOILERMAKERS READY TO TAKE ON CKLV INVITATIONAL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue wrestling team travels west this weekend to do battle with some of the nation’s best in the 40th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The vaunted tournament will take place on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3 in the Las Vegas Convention Center and will include 12 of the top-25 programs in the country with potentially 142 ranked individuals in the field.

SCHEDULE AND INFO

Friday

Round 1 – 12:00 p.m. ET – Championship Round of 32 + 16

Round 2 – 9:00 p.m. ET – Championship Quarterfinal, Consolation Rounds of 8

Saturday

Round 3 – 1:00 p.m. ET – Championship Semifinals, 5th to 8th Place Matches

Round 4 – 6:00 p.m. ET – Championship Finals, 3rd Place Matches

PURDUE PREVIEW

Head coach Tony Ersland and company will take 10 men to compete in Las Vegas, one for each weight class. Four Boilermakers earned pre-seeds highlighted by a No. 2 seed for Matt Ramos and a No. 5 seed for Kendall Coleman. Ben Vanadia and Parker Filius claimed the No. 11 and 12 seeds as well. It is a career best placement for Ramos in his second trip to the CKLV Invitational after coming in as the No. 6 at 133-pounds last year.

BOILERMAKERS’ CKLV HISTORY

• Purdue is making its 16th all-time appearance at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

• The Boilermakers have had eight top-10 team finishes at the tournament, including each of the last three trips.

• The program has 45 placewinners in their 16 trips, getting a program record seven on the podium in 2021. Devin Schroder became Purdue’s fifth three-time placewinner on his second runner-up performance.

• Four active wrestlers have earned medals in Las Vegas. Both Kendall Coleman and Parker Filius took sixth last year, Matt Ramos finished in eighth and Thomas Penola battled his way to third. Coleman will be looking to join Schroder as the sixth three-time placewinner in program history.

SCOUTING THE FIELD

There’s a reason the CKLV Invitational is seen as one of the best tournaments in collegiate wrestling. 12 of the top-25 teams according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association, including three of the top-five, will grace the mats of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Those programs have a collective 142 wrestlers ranked by tournament organizers FloWrestling, 43 of which are inside the top-10.

In the potential pool are 31 All-Americans, 13 that have earned that title on more than one occasion, three NCAA finalists and a former national champion in Virginia Tech’s Mekhi Lewis. There is at least one NCAA placewinner in every weight class and three divisions will likely have at least four.

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue wrestling’s last action came at the Boilermaker Duals on Nov. 20. The team came away with wins in all three of its matches, claiming 23 dual points in each to improve to 3-1 on the season. Victories over Cleveland State (23-13), Northern Illinois (23-11) and Chattanooga (23-16) came on the back of seven bonus point wins, including two pins.

The Boilermakers were anchored by sophomore Matt Ramos and redshirt-senior Kendall Coleman who both turned in perfect 3-0 days with five bonus point wins and a whopping 25 dual points between the two of them.

The 2022-23 squad has only competed in one tournament thus far on the season but it was a successful outing. At the 2022 Clarion Open Ersland’s unit came away with six champions, a first-place team finish, seven finalists and twelve placewinners.

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED

Head coach Tony Ersland has announced the 2023 Purdue wrestling signing class, inking six new Boilermakers to national letters of intent. He welcomes Joey Blaze, Greyson Clark, Orlando Cruz, Ashton Jackson, Delaney Ruhlman and Cole Solomey to the Boilermaker family to make up what will surely be Ersland’s sixth top-25 recruiting class.

Blaze and Clark highlight the class as the No. 17 and No. 33 ranked prospects respectively with five state titles between the two of them. Purdue is one of just nine schools to have at least two top-35 ranked signees.

More on the class.

NEWS & NOTES

• Head coach Tony Ersland is in his ninth season at Purdue and is 73-56 in dual competition.

• Sophomore Matt Ramos moved down to 125-pounds this season and has been dominant thus far. He is 9-0 with a team leading seven of those wins coming in bonus point fashion.

• Ramos has been stellar and leads the team in almost every statistical category including: wins, tech falls, points scored in a single match, times scoring first, first period points, third period points four-point nearfalls, back points, riding time advantage and total points scored among others. He shares the lead in eight more categories.

• Ramos got his hot streak started in the off-season by winning the 2022 U.S. Open 57kg division.

• If Ramos doesn’t hold the lead in a category for this Boilermaker squad, it is likely held by redshirt senior Kendall Coleman who has also been fantastic on his way to an 8-0 record.

• Coleman, who shares the lead in takedowns with Ramos at 34, has moved into sole possession of 17th on the career Purdue takedowns list with 248. He will likely climb more spots this weekend in Las Vegas as he is only six shy of 16th and 15 shy of 15th.

•The 157-pounder also holds a spot in the career winning percentage list for the Boilermakers (min. 50 matches). His career 0.744 winning mark would be good for 14th in program history.

• Purdue has outscored its opponents by 243 points so far in 2022-23 (848-605), accounting for an average margin of 6.5-4.7 per match.

• The Boilermakers have done a done a job starting quickly in matches thus far, scoring first 61% of the time and outscoring opponents by 139 points in the first period.

B1G CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREP: FOOTBALL FACES #2 MICHIGAN FOR CONFERENCE TITLE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Winning three games in a row to capture the first Big Ten West divisional title in program history, Purdue Football makes its debut in the Big Ten Championship. The Boilermakers face No. 2 Michigan, the undefeated winners of the East Division, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

Purdue won the Big Ten West outright following a 30-16 victory at Indiana, keeping the Old Oaken Bucket in West Lafayette.

The Boilermakers have beaten three Top 3 teams under Jeff Brohm (No. 2 Ohio State – 2018, No. 2 Iowa – 2021, No. 3 Michigan State – 2021).

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

• Purdue is seeking their first conference championship since 2000 when Drew Brees led the Boilermakers to the Rose Bowl.

• The Boilermakers have won eight Big Ten titles throughout history: 1918, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1943, 1952, 1967 and 2000.

• Purdue is making its first appearance in the championship game since the league went to the divisional format.

• Prior to this season, Purdue’s best finish in the division was runner-up twice, both under Jeff Brohm (2018, 2021).

HISTORY WITH MICHIGAN

• While the series history does not favor Purdue, the Boilermakers have been underdogs in the majority of the matchups against Michigan.

• Saturday’s contest marks the 37th time Purdue faces a ranked Michigan, including the 12th game against a Top-5 Michigan team.

• Throughout history, Purdue has beaten the Wolverines five times when they were ranked in the Top 10.

ALL-BIG TEN HONOREES

• The Boilermakers netted a solid haul of all-league selections ahead of the Big Ten Championship Game.

• Fourteen different Boilermakers were honored by the league’s coaches and media.

SPOILERMAKERS

• Purdue has become known as the Spoilermakers under Jeff Brohm, collecting seven wins over ranked teams during the head coach’s tenure following the 31-24 win at No. 21 Illinois.

• Five of the seven wins have been by double digits, the biggest being a 29-point victory over No. 2 Ohio State in 2018.

• Four of the victories have been on the road, including a pair this season at Minnesota and Illinois; both teams were ranked No. 21 heading into their game against Purdue.

• Three of those wins were against Top 3 teams, while Purdue handed five of those ranked teams their first loss of the season.

• Last season, Purdue knocked off previously unbeaten No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16) and No. 3 Michigan State (Nov. 6), giving the Boilermakers two wins over Top 5 teams for the first time since 1960.

• The Boilermakers beat three ranked teams during the 2018 campaign, Brohm’s second season, for the most victories over ranked teams in a single-season since 2003.

• Prior to Brohm’s arrival in West Lafayette in 2017, Purdue only won two out of 27 games against AP-ranked teams over the previous 10 seasons.

BIG WINS AWAY FROM HOME

• Playing on the road in Big Ten play hasn’t fazed Purdue lately. The Boilermakers have won seven of their past nine conference games away from home, including the four this season against No. 21 Minnesota (Oct. 1), Maryland (Oct. 8),  No. 21 Illinois (Nov. 12) and Indiana (Nov. 26).

• Three of those victories were over ranked teams. Purdue beat No. 2 Iowa 24-7 last season (Oct. 16, 2021), knocked off No. 21 Minnesota this October and took down No. 21 Illinois (Nov. 12).

• Last season, Purdue went 3-1 in B1G games away from home, which included a neutral site win over Northwestern at Wrigley Field. The Boilermakers ended the 2021 campaign with five victories away from Ross-Ade Stadium, their most since 1943.

CHASING RECORDS

• Charlie Jones is 108 yards away from setting a new Purdue single-season record for receiving yards; John Standeford’s 1,307 yards have stood for 20 years (2002).

• Devin Mockobee is 26 yards away from passing Markell Jones (875) for the most yards by a Boilermaker freshman in a single season; Jones’ 2015 campaign set a new Purdue standard.

• Payne Durham is two touchdowns away from tying Dave Young for the most touchdown receptions in a single season by a Boilermaker tight end. Young caught 10 touchdown passes in 1979.

• With 290 passing yards against Indiana, Aidan O’Connell  became the fifth quarterback in Purdue history to throw for more than 3,000 passing yards in multiple seasons, joining some elite company. Drew Brees produced three 3,000-yard seasons, while David Blough, Jim Everett and Curtis Painter did it twice over their careers.

MAINTAINING SUCCESS

• With three straight victories heading into the conference championship, the Boilermakers have won at least eight games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1997-98.

• The victories over Illinois and Northwestern also secured a winning conference record for Purdue, the first time that has happened in back-to-back seasons since 1997-98.

• Purdue has won at least seven games in three different seasons under Jeff Brohm (2017, 2021, 2022), out of a possible five years due to the 2020 season shortened to only six games.

RED ZONE, END ZONE

• The Boilermakers have been successful in the red zone this season, scoring 44 out of 47 times for a 93.6 percent rate and ranking sixth in the country.

• Thirty-three of those 44 red zone scores have been touchdowns (76%).

• In conference play, Purdue only trails Ohio State as the highest scoring team in the red area. The Boilermakers are 32-of-34 in conference action with 21 touchdowns and 11 field goals.

BOWLING ON THE HORIZON

• With the victory over No. 21 Illinois, Purdue became bowl eligible for the fourth time in six seasons under head coach Jeff Brohm.

• Taking the Boilermakers to another bowl game, Brohm joins Joe Tiller as the only coaches in Purdue history to make four bowl appearances in their first six years guiding the program.

• The last time Purdue went to four bowls over a six-year span, Tiller led the Boilermakers for four appearances in five years (2003-2007). In 12 seasons under Tiller, Purdue reached 10 bowls, including a Rose Bowl trip during the 2000 campaign.

BUTLERUWBB OPENS BIG EAST PLAY WITH HOME GAMES VS. ST. JOHN’S AND DEPAUL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs will enter BIG EAST play this weekend with a pair of home games lined up vs. St. John’s and DePaul. Johnny Soper and Garrett Butcher will call the action on Friday night when the Bulldogs host the Red Storm at 7 PM inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. Sunday afternoon, Brendan King and Mike Schmaltz will have the call for Butler vs. DePaul at 2 PM. Tickets are available for each game and those not able to attend can steam the games on FloSports.com.
 
GameDay vs. St. John’s
Date: Friday, Dec. 2
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse
Live Stats: Statbroadcast.com
Watch: FloSports.com
 
GameDay vs. DePaul
Date: Sunday, Dec. 4
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse
Live Stats: Statbroadcast.com
Watch: FloSports.com
 
Bulldog Bits
– The Bulldogs are on a three-game win streak for the first time since the 2019-20 season (Jan. 31-Feb. 9).
– Butler has won their last three games by an average of 23 points per game.
– Butler never trailed their opponent at the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament.
– This is the start of four-straight home games for the Bulldogs.
– The Bulldogs are 0-5 all-time in BIG EAST home openers. Their lone win to open the conference schedule came at Villanova in 2018-19.
– BU still has three non-conference opponents remaining on the schedule; Southern Indiana, Illinois, and Indiana.
– Butler leads the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal percentage (40.2%) and ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (23.8).
– Caroline Strande leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (6-7 / 87.5%).
– Rachel McLimore ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal percentage (6-9 / 47.4%).
– Five of Butler’s top six scorers are newcomers.
– Butler ranks second in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (48.3%).
– BU has shot over 44% from the field in every game this season.
– Jessica Carrothers made the first start of her BU career against Binghamton. She ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (61.3%).
– BU leads the league in rebounding margin (+11.7).
– Anna Mortag ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds (5.5).
– Mortag ranks second in the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (14-15 / 93.3%).
– Shay Frederick has over 500 assists in her career.
– Butler’s last win over a ranked opponent came against DePaul in 2021 (3/1).
 
BIG EAST Standings
Creighton 1-0, 6-0
St. John’s 0-0, 6-0
UConn 0-0, 5-0
Marquette 0-0, 6-1
Villanova 0-0, 6-1
Providence 0-0, 6-2
Butler 0-0, 4-2
Georgetown 0-0, 4-2
DePaul 0-0, 4-3
Seton Hall 0-0, 4-3
Xavier 0-1, 6-1
 
Scouting St. John’s                                                                                               
At 6-0, St. John’s is off to its best start since 2014-15 when it won its first 10 games of the year. Four of the Red Storm’s wins have been by double figures, including three by 22 points or more. SJU is coming off a 2-0 trip at the Las Vegas Invitational where it scored victories over Memphis and UTSA. Kadaja Bailey (15.2 ppg) has been solid for the Red Storm, while newcomer Kayla Everett has provided another consistent scoring threat, averaging 14.5 points per game. The Johnnies are an experienced group that start two graduate students and three redshirt-seniors.
 
All-Time Series vs. St. John’s                                                               
The Red Storm lead the all-time series over the Bulldogs 13-4. These two programs only played once last year due to COVID issues. St. John’s came to Indianapolis on Feb. 9 and recorded a 73-61 win. With the victory, St. John’s secured their fifth-straight win against the Bulldogs. Butler’s last win over STJ came during the 2018-19 season. They swept the Johnnies that season with a 66-45 win at home and an overtime 73-68 victory in Queens.
 
Last Meeting vs. St. John’s                                                                                 
Butler and St. John’s were separated by just one point at the half last year, but the Red Storm would outscore the Bulldogs 19-11 in the third quarter to help pull out a 73-61 victory. Rayven Peeples ended the contest with 16 points and 10 rebounds for St. John’s. Trinity White had 10 points for the Bulldogs and Sydney Jaynes chipped in with nine by going 3-for-3 from 3-point range. Each team shot over 40 percent from the field. The Bulldogs outrebounded STJ and had 30 bench points compared to just 13 from the Johnnies.
 
Scouting DePaul                                                                                                   
The Blue Demons recently went 2-1 in the Elevance Health Fort Myers Tip-Off Tournament by recording wins against No. 14 Maryland (76-67) and Pittsburgh (74-59) followed by a 64-56 setback to Towson. DePaul sits at 4-3 on the season as we head into the month of December. They rolled American 96-45 in the season opener, but lost back-to-back games right after vs. Northern Illinois and Cleveland State. 2021-22 Second Team All-American Aneesah Morrow returns to campus for her sophomore campaign. She is averaging 26.7 points and 12.1 rebounds per game over the first seven contests of the year. Darrione Rogers is another scoring threat for head coach Doug Bruno. She is the top 3-point shooter on the roster and averages 18.1 points per game.
 
All-Time Series vs. DePaul                                                                                 
DePaul is 22-1 against Butler in the all-time series. These two teams started playing each other in 1984-85 and Butler’s lone win would come in the 2021 season finale at Chicago. The Bulldogs shocked the Blue Demons that day to win 86-81 at Wintrust Arena.
 
Last Meeting vs. DePaul                                                                                     
Aneesah Morrow scored 33 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to help the Blue Demons defeat the Bulldogs 103-69 last year at Hinkle Fieldhouse. DePaul had five players score in double figures and would take complete control of the outcome by outscoring Butler 34-14 in the third quarter. DePaul’s full-court press caused 22 Butler turnovers, resulting in 31 points. Each team also shot the ball well from 3-point range. The Bulldogs hit 10 triples in the setback and DePaul ended the game with 12 makes from behind the arc.
 
Around the BIG EAST                                                                            
Four BIG EAST women’s basketball teams were listed in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday: No. 3 Connecticut, No. 13 Creighton, No. 24 Marquette and No. 25 Villanova. The BIG EAST last had four teams in the AP Top 25 in the final poll of the 2012-13 season, prior to conference realignment. The Conference is off to an impressive start, posting a combined 56-14 (.800) non-conference record, including 8-2 against Top-25 opponents.
 
Boca Raton Recap                                                                                                
Butler went 2-0 in the 2022 Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament by posting wins over Sacred Heart (64-39) and Binghamton (78-51). The Bulldogs shot 45 percent from the field in the two games and 46 percent from 3-point range (18-39) to average 71 points per game. BU outscored their opponents 42-17 in the fourth quarter while in Boca Raton and had four student-athletes average 10 points or more per game. Caroline Strande went 4-for-4 from 3-point range over this two game stretch and Anna Mortag averaged a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
 
National Rankings                                                                                                
The Bulldogs are ranked 10th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (40.2) and 20th in field goal percentage (48.3). In addition, BU is ranked 11th in the NCAA in defensive rebounds per game (31.8) and 19th in rebound margin (+11.7).
 
Floor General                                                                                         
Shay Frederick has 504 assists in her collegiate career, the 12th-highest total of any Division I player. Two other BIG EAST players appear in the top-ten. Lauren Park-Lane of Seton Hall ranks fifth with 531 assists and Mimi Reid of St. John’s ranks 10th with 508 assists.
 
Milestone Markers                                                                                              
Shay Frederick is just two 3-pointers shy of 200 for her career while Rachel McLimore is just five 3-pointers away from 100 in her career. McLimore is also just two rebounds shy of 300.
 
Bulldog Bench Points                                                                            
The Butler bench has scored at least 25 points in every contest this year. BU reserves recently scored 37 of BU’s 64 points vs. Sacred Heart and 26 of the 78 points in the win over Binghamton. Over the first seven games of the season, the bench is averaging 31 points per game.
 
Up Next                                                                                                                  
The Bulldogs will play two home games next week against non-conference opponents. Butler will host Southern Indiana Wednesday night at 7 PM. Over the weekend, BU will host Illinois at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday at 2 PM.

WBB WELCOMES WKU TO WORTHEN ARENA FRIDAY; HOSTS SAINT LOUIS MONDAY

Game 7 | Ball State (4-2) vs. Western Kentucky (1-4)

Dec. 2 | Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena | 6:30 pm ET

Game 8 | Ball State (4-2) vs. Saint Louis (2-8)

Dec. 5 | Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena | 6:30 pm ET

Opening Tip:

– Ball State looks to improve to 6-2 in non-conference action for the first time since the 2017-18 season when it welcomes Western Kentucky and Saint Louis to Worthen Arena Friday, Dec. 2 and Monday, Dec. 5, respectively. Both games are set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

– The Cardinals returned home from Thanksgiving break with two road wins under their belt after earning victories at Utah State (80-55) and at BYU (61-56).

– Friday’s meeting with the Lady Toppers is the 11th-all-time. The Cardinals lead the all-time series, 6-4. Ball State won the last meeting by a score of 58-54 in E.A. Diddle Arena on Dec. 5, 2020.

– Monday’s meeting against Billikens is the 11-all-time. The Cardinals lead the all-time series, 5-3. The last time these two teams met in the regular season was in 2015 which resulted in a 79-70 win for Ball State in Worthen Arena on Dec. 28. That same season, the Cardinals advanced to the second round of the postseason WNIT Tourrnament where they faced Saint Louis again but this time on their turf, resulting in a 55-59 loss for Ball State, March 21, 2016.

– Ball State is off to a 4-2 start on the season, with Anna Clephane leading the team in scoring with 12.2 points per game. The redshirt senior has scored in double figures in five of the six games thus far for the Cardinals. Sophomore Madelyn Bischoff is also averaging double-digit scoring with 10.7 points per contest.

– So far, the Cardinals are undefeated at home this season (2-0) after earning victories over IU East (105-51) and in-state rival Butler (84-68). Ball State 11th-year head coach Brady Sallee currently holds a 95-50 (.658) record in Worthen Arena.

Second Half Cardinals:

Although the Cardinals lost in their season opener the stats proved that they could be a second half team this season. Ball State outscored Tennessee Tech 39-29 in the second half of Monday’s games. The Cardinals best quarter was the fourth period when Ball State outpaced Tennessee Tech, 16-9. The Cardinals also won the rebounding category over the Golden Eagles, 48-28. Same scenario and different game against Butler Nov. 17 in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals were trailing at the half but outscored the Bulldogs 52-35 in the second half to earn the 84-68 victory over their rival. Against BYU, the Cardinals outscored the Cougars 29-21 in the final two quarters to pull off the 61-56 victory.

Three All-Stars Start:

Three of the Cardinals’ sophomores this season were tabbed to their respective states all-star squads in high school. Both Ally Becki and Madelyn Bischoff were selected to the Indiana All-Star team while fellow teammate Marie Kiefer was a Kentucky All-Star. All three sophomores are in the starting lineup and have combined for 205 points thus far for the Cardinals, 79 rebounds, and 33 assists.

Fun fact BSU vs. WKU:

Last season the Cardinals and the Lady Toppers did not play one another but prior to that, Ball State and Western Kentucky had faced each other for eight-straight seasons. During that stretch, the Cardinals were the only non-conference team Western Kentucky had faced every year since 2013-14.

NO. 20 MARYLAND UPSETS NO. 7 NOTRE DAME AT THE BUZZER, 74-72

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Diamond Miller scored 31 points, including the game-winner at the buzzer, to lead No. 20 Maryland to a 74-72 victory over seventh-ranked Notre Dame on Thursday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Irish guard Sonia Cintron’s layup had tied the game with 15 seconds left off before Maryland held for the last shot. Miller hit a contested mid-range jumper just before time expired to give the Terrapins a victory over a top-10 opponent.

“She was spectacular, wanting the ball at the end of the game and making plays for us, but really doing it within the offense,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “It’s a tremendous team win.”

It was the 15th lead change of the game.

“I just wanted to take the last shot because I didn’t want them to get another possession,” Miller said. “Worse come to worse, we were going to go to overtime, but I just got to my spot and shot it.”

Miller also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with five assists. Shyanne Sellers added 17 points.

Maryland (7-2) picked up its first win over Notre Dame (6-1) since 2007.

Cintron’s double-double led the Irish.

“She’s kind of that silent assassin,” Frese said, “and she did a phenomenal job with 24 points and 10 boards. We didn’t have an answer for her.”

Notre Dame’s leading scorer Olivia Miles got off to a slow start on Thursday due to foul trouble. She scored 12 of her 14 points in the final 15 minutes of the game to go along with seven assists, which included setting up Cintron’s game-tying layup in the final minute off of a sideline in-bound pass.

“We found a way in a late-game situation to make plays and execute, which I was really, really pleased with,” Irish coach Niele Ivey said. “But defensively, we just have to show better effort for 40 minutes. I felt like Maryland was tougher than us this evening, and that’s something that we have to grow from, take this lesson and move on.”

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins picked up their second win of the season over a ranked opponent ahead of their upcoming Big Ten opener. They’re now 2-1 against top 25 teams. Frese believes that her team’s tough early schedule, which included an 81-56 loss to No. 1 South Carolina, prepared them well to face the Irish in South Bend on Thursday.

“This is a place where it’s really, really difficult to come in and get a win,” Frese said. “I think our schedule clearly has given us a great advantage just to feel so confident and prepared now as we continue to play so many great teams.”

Notre Dame: The Irish have had issues with foul trouble this season, a problem that persisted on Thursday. Miles played just 25 minutes, including the majority of the fourth quarter, due to picking up her fourth foul late in the third quarter.

“To be honest, we know how important and invaluable she is,” Frese said of Miles. “She sets that tone for them. I thought that was a pretty big x-factor for us to be able to get her in foul trouble as a result of us being aggressive.”

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Maryland held the Irish to a season-low 72 points as a result of Miles’ foul trouble and Maryland’s transition defense. Notre Dame scored just nine fastbreak points.

“They’re a different team in transition,” Frese said, “but I thought we did a phenomenal job even on misses being able to really slow them down.”

The Irish entered the contest tied for sixth in the nation averaging 90.0 points per game.

UP NEXT

Maryland: Returns to College Park for the program’s Big Ten opener Sunday against Nebraska.

Notre Dame: Stays home to host No. 3 UConn Sunday.

MASTODONS DROP LEAGUE OPENER TO TITANS 75-66

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Jarred Godfrey recorded 20 points and nine rebounds but it came in a losing effort as the Detroit Mercy Titans defeated Purdue Fort Wayne 75-66 in Horizon League play on Thursday (Dec. 1) evening at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis made history in the contest by becoming the Horizon League’s leader in career points. He now has 2,919 points, passing Loyola Chicago’s Alfredrick Hughes’ (1981-85) previous record of 2,914.

Davis needed 24 shots to get his 22 points on the night. He scored nine points over the final 3:04, including the shot that put the Titans up for good at 60-58 with 3:04 left. His next three put the Titans up 63-58 and set the new league mark.

The ‘Dons used a 19-5 run over the first 10 minutes of the second half to erase a 14-point deficit. Damian Chong Qui went coast-to-coast for a layup to tie the game at 45. Another Chong Qui basket put the ‘Dons up for the first time at 49-47.

Bobby Planutis totaled a season-high 18 points. Both Godfrey (24-of-24) and Planutis (18-of-18) are still perfect from the free throw line this season.

Both teams recorded 14 offensive boards in the game. The ‘Dons shot 38.7 percent (24-of-62). The Titans finished at 34.3 percent (24-of-70).

Prior to the contest the Mastodons unveiled the 2021-22 Horizon League regular season title banner.

The ‘Dons are back in action on Saturday (Dec. 3) against Oakland. The game will be at 3 p.m. at the Gates Sports Center, live on ESPNU. It will be the first ever home broadcast of an ESPN network contest.

Both squads are now 4-4. It was the first Horizon League contest for both schools.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEADS TO MOREHEAD STATE FOR FRIDAY NIGHT MATCHUP

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Coming off a big win last weekend, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team makes the trip east to challenge Morehead State on Friday evening in Morehead, Ky.

Friday’s contest represents just the seventh all-time meeting between the Aces and Eagles with Evansville owning a 4-2 advantage in the series. Despite just seven all-time matchups between the two, Friday’s game represents the fourth matchup in the series in the last five years. Last meeting on Dec. 11, 2021, Evansville captured a convincing 79-49 win over Morehead State with Abby Feit and Myia Clark combining for 30 points to lead the way for UE.

The Eagles enter the matchup with a 3-4 overall record and have won three-straight, including a 104-54 victory over Brescia on Wednesday night. 5-4 guard Veronica Charles powers the Morehead State offense, averaging a team-best 11.7 points per game to go along with nearly five rebounds per contest.

Saturday’s 97-72 win over Miami (Ohio) saw impressive performances across the board in what was truly a team victory for the Aces. Evansville saw six players finish in double-figures for the first time since the 2017-18 campaign and both Feit and Barbora Tomancova tallied double-doubles in the win. The Aces have a diverse set of offensive weapons in the first five games of the season with four players averaging 10-or-more points per game and another at over eight points per contest. Two newcomers have shown to make an immediate impact for UE with Tomancova marking 10 points and seven rebounds per game and freshman guard Kynidi Mason Striverson proving her ability to run the offense and provide some herself with over eight points and three assists per contest. The leading score for Evansville, fifth-year guard A’Niah Griffin, has proven to need little time to rack-up the points, averaging a team-best 14.2 points in just 21 minutes per game, the sixth-highest minutes per game on the team.

MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS MVC OPENER AT BELMONT

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team made a surge to cut what had been a 15-point deficit to six with seven minutes remaining, but Belmont closed out a 76-64 win on its home floor in the Missouri Valley Conference opener on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. Kobe King poured in 21 points and was backed by 18 from Ben Krikke, while Jerome Palm was a rebound shy of a double-double.

How It Happened

Valpo jumped out to an early lead of 3-0 thanks to a traditional 3-point play by King, and Krikke made a pair of early jumpers to help the Beacons own a 7-4 edge. Belmont ran off seven straight points to make it 11-7.

The game was tight and featured several ties through the first 10 minutes, but after a Nick Edwards basket that made it 19-18 Belmont with 9:59 left in the first half, the Bruins went on a 10-0 run to open up an 11-point edge with 5:28 to play in the half.

Valpo battled late in the half including a steal and a score by King in the closing seconds of the half to get to within six at 33-27.

The Beacons defended well through the first 20 minutes, holding Belmont to just 38 percent from the floor at 24 percent from 3-point territory (4-of-17).

Valpo cut the lead to four twice in the first two minutes of the second half as strong offensive possessions led to baskets by Krikke.

Belmont ran off seven straight points to open the lead to 11. The gap reached 14 at the 12:46 mark and 15 with 9:36 to go.

Valpo put together a key run to climb back in the game that was sparked by an old-fashioned 3-point play by Palm. That led to nine straight Beacon points to make it 57-51 with 6:54 on the clock.

Belmont responded by knocking down shots down the stretch to close out the win, part of a second-half performance that saw the Bruins shoot 65 percent from long range including 11 made 3s.

Inside the Game

King led all scorers with 21 points, scoring 16 or more for the fourth straight game. He has scored in double figures in every game this season.

Krikke has been in double figures in seven out of eight games including 18 points on Thursday.

Palm had season highs in both points (11) and rebounds (nine). His total on the boards matched his personal best established on Nov. 13 vs. Western Michigan, while his previous personal best in scoring was six on Nov. 16 at Chicago State. He also had an impressive blocked shot.

Valpo committed a season-low six turnovers, a significant improvement from a season-most 19 last time out (albeit in five extra minutes in overtime).

Edwards had his second straight game with a season-high six rebounds.

Up Next

The Beacons (3-5, 0-1 MVC) will return to the court on Sunday by hosting Murray State in the home conference opener at 1 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Tickets are available on valpoathletics.com/tickets. The game will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN+.

VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO OHIO IN NIVC OPENING ROUND

The Valpo volleyball team saw its 2022 season come to a close Thursday evening in Athens, Ohio, falling in straight sets in the opening round of the NIVC to host Ohio (25-19, 25-11, 25-17).

How It Happened

The Beacons got out to a strong start in the opening set, as junior Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) had a service ace and a kill as part of a four-point spurt to open the match.

The Bobcats rallied with the next four points as part of a larger 11-2 run to take the lead for good. Valpo closed to within three points on multiple occasions, but was unable to get any closer as Ohio took the opening set.

Ohio led start to finish in the second set, as Valpo was unable to string together consecutive points.

The Beacons put together back-to-back points thanks to a kill by junior Olivia Blackketter (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South [Winthrop]) and an ace by freshman Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) to go up 6-5 in the third set, and led again at 8-7 following a block from senior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) and junior Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais/Bradley-Bourbonnais).

Ohio went on a 9-1 run from that point to pull ahead 16-10 and kept the Beacons from making a dent in the deficit the rest of the way to close out the match.

Inside the Match

Valpo entered Thursday night’s match with a depleted roster, as the Beacons were without the services of Elise Swistek and Gretchen Kuckkan due to injury and Miranda Strongman and Rachel Speck due to illness. In addition, a number of other players were playing through illness as well.

Senior Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) paced Valpo on the attack with seven kills, while fifth-year Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) added six kills and Blackketter posted a season-high five kills on .500 hitting.

Hickey led the Beacons with 13 digs, while Cooper was in on all three of Valpo’s blocks.

Inside the Season

Valpo advanced to the postseason for the second consecutive season and the third time in the last five years.

With 22 wins this year, the 2022 Valpo squad became the 17th team in Carin Avery’s 21-year tenure as head coach to reach 20 victories.

This year is also the 19th time in Avery’s 21 seasons Valpo has finished with a winning record.

The Beacons finished in the top half of the MVC regular season standings this year, the 20th time in Avery’s 21 seasons the program has done so. Valpo is the only team to finish in the top-half of the MVC standings each of the last six seasons.

Januski smashed Valpo’s single-season record with a .353 hitting percentage. The program’s previous 25-point era record in the category was .307 (Kelsey Victor, 2014), while the previous overall record was .334 (Nicole Schulz, 2006).

With 121 blocks on the season, Januski also moved into seventh place in the 25-point era for rejections.

Strongman also surpassed the previous 25-point era record for hitting percentage as she swung at a .308 clip, now fourth-best in program history overall.

The Valpo and MVC single-season records for digs by a freshman now stand at 735 after Hickey’s 13-dig performance on Thursday. That mark ties Hickey with Taylor Root for third in Valpo’s 25-point era and fourth overall at Valpo, while it ranks puts Hickey in fourth place in Valpo’s 25-point era, fifth place overall at Valpo and sixth place overall in the MVC single-season record books.

Hickey’s 735 digs are tied for second-most by an NCAA D-I freshman in the last 12 seasons.

Bulmahn cracked the top-10 in the 25-point era at Valpo in service aces with 32, good for a tie for 6th.

As a team, Valpo registered 154 service aces this year, the fourth-best program total in the 25-point era, and the Beacons tallied 284.5 blocks, fifth-most in the 25-point era and ninth-most overall in program history.

Inside the Careers

Four seniors saw their Valpo careers come to an end on Thursday.

Boyer tallied 557 kills and 166 blocks over 87 matches.

Cooper wrapped up her four-year career with 536 kills and 246 blocks in 96 appearances.

Grant saw action in 114 contests over her five seasons, racking up 784 kills and 881 digs.

Speck recorded 46 kills and 59 blocks in 40 career appearances.

Men’s Hoops Dominates Jewell in Conference Home Opener

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball team (6-1, 2-1 GLVC) cruised by William Jewell (3-6, 1-2 GLVC) on Thursday evening by a score of 72-56, the Greyhounds’ first home game in 18 days.

Jesse Bingham topped all scorers with 18 points, while David Ejah added three blocks and two steals to his 13 in the scoring column.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The story was inside the paint, as the Hounds outscored the visiting Cardinals a whopping 38-20 in the category. Outside of 3-pointers and free throws, which accounted for 12 of the team’s 36 first-half tallies, UIndy tallied 22 points from the inside. Kendrick Tchoua and Ejah combined for six of those Greyhound buckets, while all five of Bingham’s field goals in the opening half were from short range.

After forcing 14 first-half turnovers, the Greyhound defense stayed hungry after the break. Overall, UIndy scored 31 points thanks to Jewell’s 22 miscues, including 17 on the fast break. Freshman sharp-shooter Sean Craig drilled a 3-pointer on the break at the 1:33 mark of the second half to stretch the lead to a game-high 21.

As impressive as the UIndy defense performed, the offense may have shone brighter. As a unit, the Hounds shot 52.6 percent (30 for 57) in the win, including a 9-of-16 mark from downtown. Jakobie Robinson joined Ejah with multiple 3-pointers, accounting for all six of his points against the Cardinals.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Williams drew his first start in a Greyhound uniform, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

– With 18 points, Bingham has now reached double digits in each of the team’s first seven contests.

– Ejah recorded a season-best 13 points in 19 minutes off the bench.

– UIndy has now gone three straight games with 10 or less turnovers.

– In 15 minutes, Jarvis Walker made his presence felt on the defensive end. The sophomore finished with two steals and a block, while also drilling one 3-pointer from the corner.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds welcome Rockhurst to the Circle City on Saturday for a 3 p.m. tip. UIndy leads the all-time series, 12-5.

The Hawks dropped a league tilt at McKendree on Thursday.

STRONG NIGHT FROM HILL GUIDES HOUNDS TO VICTORY OVER JEWELL

INDIANAPOLIS – Sadie Hill scored a team-high 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field while pulling in nine rebounds and dishing out three assists to help lead the UIndy women’s basketball team (4-3, 2-1 GLVC) over William Jewell (1-7, 0-3 GLVC) on Thursday night at Nicoson Hall. 

Hill was the only Greyhound to score in double figures as Jodi Mullins finished second on the team with nine points. However, 11 different players for UIndy recorded at least one point in the contest while six players collected five or more points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Despite forcing Jewell into 12 first half turnovers, the Hounds found themselves in a back and forth first half battle with the one-win Cardinals. Notably, UIndy shot a forgettable 26.5 percent mark from the field (9-of-34) through the first 20 minutes which included a freezing cold 3-of-17 shooting effort in the second quarter alone.

Luckily for the Greyhounds, a 13-3 scoring run right out of the half and a favorable 3-of-10 shooting quarter from Jewell helped the team garner double-digit breathing room heading into the final 10 minutes of play. UIndy used this lead to its advantage and began executing longer possessions that cut deeper and deeper into the shot clock as the game closed out. Despite being outscored in the fourth, UIndy was able to hold on and end the contest with a win.  

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-Jewell shot a game-high 37.8 percent from the field (17-of-45) while UIndy finished at 35.3 percent (24-of-68).

-In total, 44 personal fouls were called between the two teams. The Hounds had the most with 26.

-The Greyhounds forced the Cardinals into 21 turnovers in the contest. UIndy had just 11 through the 40 minutes of play.

-36 of UIndy’s 74 points came in the paint.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will welcome Rockhurst to Nicoson Hall on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. ET.

THREE HOUNDS VOTED ALL-SUPER REGION

ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—A trio of the UIndy football student-athletes received welcomed news Thursday, as Toriano Clinton, Kednal Alexis and Michael Brown earned inclusion on the 2022 D2CCA All-Super Region 3 Team. Clinton (RB) earned first-team accolades from the region’s sports information directors, while Alexis (OL) and Brown (SAF) appeared on the second team.

Clinton wrapped up one of the greatest careers ever by a Greyhound football player this fall. The Chicago native rewrote the UIndy record book in his time on campus, surpassing nearly all the school’s career and season rushing marks. He held the title of DII’s active career rushing leader throughout the 2022 campaign while notching his second straight 1,000-yard season in despite playing in only eight games.

Opening holes for Clinton at left guard was Alexis. The now two-time All-GLVC First Team honoree picked up his first career all-region nod after helping UIndy to a conference championship and playoff berth. He was part of a unit that ranked highly in DII in a number of offensive categories, including scoring offense (18th) and rushing offense (19th). The Indy bative and Lawrence North grad is also an Academic All-America nominee and is on track for a fourth-straight Academic All-GLVC nod.

Also a local product and first-time all-region performer, Brown authored a stellar season in the Greyhound defensive backfield. The standout safety was the top tackler for the GLVC champs, racking up 93 total stops as well as four interceptions and seven pass break-ups. Brown, a graduate of local North Central High School, has played in all 25 games since stepping starting his UIndy football career in the spring of 2021.

UIndy tied for fifth in the region with three honorees. Truman and Missouri S&T were the only other GLVC schools with student-athletes on the list with one honoree apiece.

NAOMI WALTERS’ HAT TRICK HELPS LIFTS MARIAN OVER TENNESSEE SOUTHERN 4-1

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The No.2 Marian women’s soccer team earned a trip to the NAIA Women’s Soccer Championship Semifinals after downing No. 7 University of Tennessee Southern 4-1 in a revenge match from last season on Thursday night. With the win the Knights are now 21-0-2.

Marian Corro Celma got the Knights rolling with a shot in the seventh minute, but saw it go just wide before UT Southern responded with a corner and shot. It was Naomi Walters putting on a show for a six-minute span as she fired two goals past the Firehawks’ goalie to give Marian the 2-0 lead early in the first half.

UT Southern put together an aggressive final 30 minutes of play in the first half as they put together 11 shot attempts and four corner kicks. Tennessee Southern outshot the Knights 12-7 in the half, but the Marian defense was able to stand the test and keep the Firehawks scoreless.

The second half was a similar story in regards to shot attempts with the margin being 11-6 in favor of Tennessee Sothern, but it was Marian executing on their shot attempts as they scored two more goals in the second half.

Once again, it was Walters getting the early goal to start the half as she received a corner kick from Maya Decker to complete the hat trick. The Firehawks were unable to answer as they took a shot attempt that went just high before Erin Oleksak would add to scoreboard for Marian in the 56th minutes as she beat the defense and booted one in back netting to make the score 4-0. Walters took another attempt less than a minute later, making the UT Southern goalie have to make the save.

Tennessee Southern continued to put the offensive pressure on, but the back line of Isabelle Stanfield, Camryn Gietl, Gretchen Mallin, and goalie Noelle Rolfsen proved to be the tougher side. It wasn’t until the 89th minute when the Firehawks got a goal from Isabelle Vazquez; however, the late goal showed it was not enough as the Knights went on to win 4-1.

Walters led the charge for Marian with the hat trick on six shots attempted, while Oleksak added one goal on four attempts. Jacelyn Smith posted two shots, while Corro Celma had one.

Marian will face off with Cumberlands on Saturday at 5 PM EST.

VAN NOTE SLAMS 2000TH CAREER KILL AS KNIGHTS PUNCH TICKET TO NAIA QUARTERFINALS

Sioux City, Iowa – For the third time in program history, the Marian volleyball team has advanced out of NAIA Tournament Pool Play and earned the first ticket into the NAIA Quarterfinals, as the Knights ended Southwest Assemblies of God’s undefeated season with a 3-1 win. Marian will enter the quarterfinals with a 26-6 overall record, and in the win Skyler Van Note recorded her 2000th career kill, extending her program record.

Marian was aggressive throughout the first set, starting strong on offense as they were the first to reach 10 points in the set. SAGU would overtake Marian using a 4-0 run, but the Knights used a run of their own as a block from Averi Lanman and Jai-Lyn Norwood pushed them in front 16-15. The Knights stayed in control, and forced a timeout following a Jaymison Summers kill. Two Skyler Van Note kills played a role in Marian’s closing 6-0 run, as they rolled to a 25-19 victory.

In the second set Madison Brooks and Lanman scored early kills that allowed their team to capture a 9-8 lead, but an error and two kills from the Lions’ Ava Myers allowed SAGU to take the lead. Alison Dreves landed a service ace to help the Knights get to a level score, however it was not enough as SAGU stayed in front. The Lions forced Marian to use a timeout as they built their lead to four, and after the break SAGU built their lead to six. Van Note and Lanman made things interesting in the game as they rallied back within three, but were unable to complete the comeback as they fell 25-21.

Marian rebounded from the defeat in the second set and started the third set with a fury, with Gianna Feld landing three service aces in an opening 6-0 run. SAGU chipped away and trimmed the lead to two points, but Marian used another run paced by a Sydney Henke kill to force a timeout. Leading 15-11, Marian continued the run with Van Note scoring three straight points, as a pair of blocks drove the margin back to seven. Sydney Schaffer landed a service ace to move the lead to eight, and after the final timeout was called by the Lions, Marian closed on a 4-2 spree to claim a 25-15 victory.

With a 2-1 lead in their bag, Marian jumped out to a 10-8 lead in the fourth set, with Brooks, Lanman, and Norwood combining to grow a lead. Van Note slammed home a kill to force a timeout by the Lions, and after the break Marian scored two out of three points to push ahead 15-10. A 4-0 run that featured two Norwood kills pushed the score to 19-12, forcing the final timeout for SAGU. Van Note etched her name in the history with her 2000th career kill which gave Marian a 22-16 lead, and after her milestone point, the senior duo scored back-to-back kills with Norwood ending the match in a 25-18 fourth set victory.

Marian finished the match hitting .230 as they became the first team to qualify for the NAIA Quarterfinals, and had 53 kills in the win. Van Note led Marian on the night with a 16-kill, 15-dig double-double, leading the Knights in both stats. Van Note also had three block assists, and in the win became the first player in program history to record 2000 career kills, accomplishing the feat in the fourth set. Norwood had 12 kills and Brooks had 11 to go with five block assists. Katie Hardegree posted a 20-assist, 11-dig double-double, and Ainsley Neighbors had 20 assists in the win. Schaffer had 10 digs in the win, and Lanman led all players with 11 block assists.

Marian will advance into the NAIA Quarterfinals for the third time in four seasons, and will play either Cornerstone or Eastern Oregon on Saturday. The NAIA Quarterfinal match will begin at 12 p.m. EST.

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NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs920.8180.03262435 – 1 – 04 – 1 – 05 – 2 – 03 – 0 – 05 W
Buffalo Bills930.7500.03332094 – 1 – 05 – 2 – 06 – 2 – 01 – 2 – 03 W
Tennessee Titans740.6360.02092053 – 2 – 04 – 2 – 05 – 3 – 03 – 0 – 01 L
Baltimore Ravens740.6360.02752273 – 2 – 04 – 2 – 04 – 3 – 02 – 0 – 01 L
Miami Dolphins830.7270.02822565 – 1 – 03 – 2 – 06 – 2 – 02 – 1 – 05 W
Cincinnati Bengals740.6360.02852313 – 1 – 04 – 3 – 04 – 3 – 01 – 3 – 03 W
New York Jets740.6360.02301963 – 3 – 04 – 1 – 05 – 4 – 02 – 2 – 01 W
Los Angeles Chargers650.5451.02522822 – 3 – 04 – 2 – 04 – 3 – 02 – 2 – 01 W
New England Patriots660.5001.52492263 – 3 – 03 – 3 – 05 – 3 – 02 – 2 – 02 L
Indianapolis Colts471.3753.01902442 – 4 – 02 – 3 – 14 – 5 – 11 – 3 – 12 L
Jacksonville Jaguars470.3643.02442323 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 04 – 4 – 01 – 2 – 01 W
Las Vegas Raiders470.3643.02652762 – 2 – 02 – 5 – 03 – 5 – 02 – 2 – 02 W
Cleveland Browns470.3643.02632863 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 02 – 6 – 02 – 1 – 01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers470.3643.01942612 – 3 – 02 – 4 – 02 – 6 – 01 – 2 – 01 W
Denver Broncos380.2734.01571942 – 3 – 01 – 5 – 02 – 6 – 00 – 3 – 03 L
Houston Texans191.1365.51742600 – 4 – 11 – 5 – 01 – 5 – 11 – 1 – 16 L
 
National Football Conference
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1010.9090.03032165 – 1 – 05 – 0 – 06 – 1 – 02 – 1 – 02 W
Minnesota Vikings920.8180.02622575 – 1 – 04 – 1 – 06 – 2 – 03 – 0 – 01 W
San Francisco 49ers740.6360.02491734 – 1 – 03 – 3 – 06 – 2 – 04 – 0 – 04 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers560.4550.02002033 – 3 – 02 – 3 – 05 – 2 – 02 – 1 – 01 L
Dallas Cowboys830.7270.02791875 – 1 – 03 – 2 – 07 – 3 – 03 – 1 – 02 W
New York Giants740.6360.02252324 – 2 – 03 – 2 – 03 – 4 – 00 – 2 – 02 L
Washington Commanders750.5830.02332363 – 3 – 04 – 2 – 04 – 4 – 01 – 2 – 03 W
Seattle Seahawks650.5451.02912813 – 2 – 03 – 3 – 04 – 4 – 02 – 1 – 02 L
Atlanta Falcons570.4172.52722934 – 2 – 01 – 5 – 04 – 5 – 01 – 3 – 01 L
Detroit Lions470.3643.02753102 – 4 – 02 – 3 – 04 – 4 – 02 – 1 – 01 L
Green Bay Packers480.3333.52352833 – 3 – 01 – 5 – 03 – 5 – 01 – 2 – 02 L
Arizona Cardinals480.3333.52643211 – 6 – 03 – 2 – 03 – 6 – 01 – 4 – 02 L
Carolina Panthers480.3333.52302664 – 3 – 00 – 5 – 03 – 5 – 03 – 1 – 01 W
New Orleans Saints480.3333.52492803 – 4 – 01 – 4 – 03 – 5 – 01 – 2 – 01 L
Los Angeles Rams380.2734.01782532 – 4 – 01 – 4 – 03 – 6 – 01 – 3 – 05 L
Chicago Bears390.2504.52513052 – 3 – 01 – 6 – 01 – 7 – 00 – 3 – 05 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston184.81811-17-32-012-49-15 W
Milwaukee155.7502.011-24-34-19-46-43 W
Cleveland148.6364.09-15-73-212-46-41 W
Indiana129.5715.57-45-51-19-47-31 L
Philadelphia1210.5456.07-55-52-310-87-31 L
Atlanta1210.5456.07-45-62-29-84-61 W
Toronto1110.5246.58-23-81-38-75-51 L
Brooklyn1211.5226.57-45-73-18-56-43 W
Washington1111.5007.08-43-73-27-95-51 L
10 New York1012.4558.04-66-61-26-64-61 L
11 Miami1012.4558.08-42-85-16-85-51 L
12 Chicago912.4298.55-54-72-18-64-61 L
13 Charlotte615.28611.53-63-92-53-113-71 L
14 Detroit618.25013.04-72-110-51-143-71 W
15 Orlando517.22713.04-81-91-32-122-86 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix156.71412-13-55-012-37-36 W
Denver147.6671.06-28-54-212-46-44 W
New Orleans138.6192.08-35-54-18-57-32 W
Memphis129.5713.07-25-73-27-65-51 L
LA Clippers1310.5653.07-56-53-210-96-41 L
Sacramento119.5503.57-44-52-44-67-31 W
Utah1311.5423.57-36-83-112-63-71 W
Golden State1111.5004.59-12-104-38-76-41 L
Portland1111.5004.54-57-61-18-62-83 L
10 Minnesota1111.5004.56-65-52-16-76-41 W
11 Dallas1011.4765.09-31-81-26-54-61 L
12 Oklahoma City913.4096.56-53-80-54-84-61 W
13 LA Lakers812.4006.56-62-60-56-106-41 W
14 San Antonio616.2739.53-83-80-22-141-99 L
15 Houston516.23810.03-52-111-23-123-72 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New Jersey Devils241941391990559-3-110-1-08-1-1
Boston Bruins2219303818884813-0-06-3-09-1-0
Toronto Maple Leafs251555351576628-2-37-3-28-0-2
Carolina Hurricanes241365311170675-3-18-3-44-2-4
New York Islanders241590301578628-3-07-6-06-4-0
Tampa Bay Lightning231481291480727-3-17-5-07-3-0
Pittsburgh Penguins241284281183765-3-27-5-26-2-2
Detroit Red Wings221165271072707-3-34-3-24-3-3
New York Rangers241194261172684-5-37-4-15-4-1
10 Florida Panthers241194261083826-2-35-7-13-4-3
11 Montreal Canadiens231210125967786-6-06-4-16-4-0
12 Washington Capitals2510114241069787-4-13-7-34-4-2
13 Buffalo Sabres241013121990895-8-15-5-03-6-1
14 Philadelphia Flyers24811521857795-6-13-5-41-6-3
15 Ottawa Senators22813117867745-7-03-6-14-5-1
16 Columbus Blue Jackets21712216760876-8-11-4-14-4-2
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights251771351686677-5-010-2-14-5-1
Dallas Stars241464321493667-2-27-4-26-1-3
Seattle Kraken231553331587707-4-28-1-18-1-1
Los Angeles Kings261394301290937-4-26-5-24-3-3
Winnipeg Jets211461291468538-2-06-4-17-3-0
Colorado Avalanche211371271174565-3-18-4-07-3-0
Edmonton Oilers2413110261382876-6-07-5-05-5-0
Minnesota Wild221192241067656-6-15-3-16-3-1
Nashville Predators22119224959697-3-24-6-06-3-1
10 Calgary Flames231010323968727-5-13-5-25-4-1
11 St. Louis Blues2311120221067845-6-06-6-06-4-0
12 Vancouver Canucks24912321981933-6-16-6-25-5-0
13 San Jose Sharks26814420777922-8-46-6-04-5-1
14 Arizona Coyotes21711317757751-2-16-9-23-5-2
15 Chicago Blackhawks22612416656834-7-22-5-21-7-2
16 Anaheim Ducks246162144591014-6-02-10-22-7-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

December 2, 1893 – Allegedly many claim that the leather helmet was first used in the game of football on this day. The version in question was created by an Annapolis, Maryland shoemaker from mole skin straps. The first game that this masterpiece was used in it was worn by Admiral Joseph Mason Reeve in the annual Army vs Navy game. He had apparently been kicked and hit in the head so many times, his doctor told him that another hard impact could lead to “instant insanity.” Determined to play in the big game, Reeve went to his shoemaker and had him fashion a moleskin hat with earflaps. We have a whole article written about who may have been responsible for the first helmet found here.

December 2, 1922 – Richardson Stadium, Kingston – At the 10th Grey Cup Queen’s University won its first of 3 straight titles; defeating the Edmonton Elks by the score of 13-1.

December 2, 1944 – The 10th Heisman Trophy Award was given to Les Horvath. Les attended and played for Ohio State University as a halfback/quarterback. He earned football letters in 1940, 1941, 1942 & 1944. The 1944 season was a special eligibility for Horvath, as most players of that era only had 3 seasons of eligibility but the NCAA granted an extra season due to World War II and the lack of athletes in college. OSU Head Coach Carroll Widdoes asked Horvath to return to the team for a fourth year. Due to the demands of dental school, Horvath was initially reluctant to play but agreed to do so after Widdoes promised that Horvath would be flown to all of the games and would not have to practice as much as the other players. Ohio State went 9-0, won the Big Ten and ranked No. 2 nationally. Horvath rushed for 905 yards and passed for 345. He ranked second in the nation in rushing, third in total offense, was unanimous All-America, Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten, and won the Heisman Trophy. Les was the very first Buckeye Heisman Trophy in 1944 winner according to heisman.com.

December 2, 1947 – Heisman.com tells us that the 13th Heisman Trophy Award went to Notre Dame’s legendary quarterback, Johnny Lujack. Lujack helped propel the Fighting Irish to a 9-0 record in 1947 as they claimed the national title. Johnny was Notre Dame’s second player to receive the prestigious, as Angelo Bertelli won the Heisman award when Lujack was a sophomore. Johnny Lujack earned the votes for the Trophy as he was 61 of 109 on his passing attempts for 777 yards and also ran 139 yards on 12 carries.

December 2, 1950 – Legion Field, Birmingham -The 15th Iron Bowl was a fairly one sided contest as the Alabama Crimson Tide rolled up on Auburn 34-0.

December 2, 1951 – Griffith Stadium, Washington D.C. – The Philadelphia Eagles set an NFL record of rushing for 25 1st-downs as they powered their way to a 35-21 win over the Washington Redskins.

December 2, 1951 – Green Bay, Wisconsin – The very first number that the Packers retired in the history of the franchise took place. The jersey was the number 14 that was worn by future Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Hutson. Packers.com describes Hutson’s biggest attribute for success in the NFL as his “ability to cut sharply at top speed and another was his uncanny knack for adjusting to the flight of the ball and running down what were seemingly out-of-reach passes.”

December 2, 1951 – The 16th Iron Bowl which was played at Legion Field in Birmingham brought another victory for the Tide as Alabama knocked off Auburn 25-7.

December 2, 1952 – Billy Vessels a halfback from the University of Oklahoma took home the hardware of the 18th Heisman Trophy. Vessels according to Heisman.com was the first Sooner to win the award from the Downtown Athletic Club and one reason he earned the votes was due to rushing for over 1000 yards in 1952. As a matter of fact he was the first Heisman winner to ever reach that milestone in rushing. The game in November against a rugged Notre Dame squad could have sealed the deal though as Billy, on the nationally televised contest, ran for 195 yards on 17 carries scoring twice and caught a pass for another TD. His late 4th quarter fumble at the Irish 20 yard line may have been the undoing for the Sooners though, in their only loss of the season as Notre Dame won 27-21.

December 2, 1957 – NFL Draft took place and the Chicago Cardinals picked Rice University Quarterback, King Hill as the top choice. Pro-Football-Reference shares with us the Hill played in the NFL for a total of 12 seasons with the Cards in Chicago and St. Louis as well as with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings. In his career he threw 429 passes for over 5,500 yards with 37 TDs.

December 2, 1958 – The Black Knights of Army went undefeated in the 1958 season. One of the constant performers on that great Army squad was halfback Pete Dawkins,who the official website of the Heisman says was a dual threat runner and southpaw passer who on the 2nd of December 1958 took home the 24th Heisman Trophy.

December 2, 1958 – 1959 NFL Draft was held and the Green Bay Packers were on the clock first. Their choice was Randy Duncan from the University of Iowa. According to HawkCentral.com Duncan led the Hawkeyes to the 1959 Rose Bowl and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Army’s Pete Dawkins, of whom we just got done mentioning. An interesting story about Duncan shared in the article was that during the Christmas season of 1956 before the 1957 Rose Bowl the players were asked about if winning the Rose bowl was on their Christmas wish list. Duncan recanted, “’I don’t care about a Rose Bowl victory, I want to take a look at Jayne Mansfield and give her a kiss,”. Entertainer Bob Hope heard of Randy Duncan’s answer and took action to make it happen. So during the Dinner for Champions before the Rose Bowl game, Hope gave Duncan the opportunity to close his eyes and plant a kiss on the era’s leading bombshell Jayne Mansfield while his teammates roared with approval!

December 2, 1961 – I think that the University of Alabama likes to play on December 2 because once again at the 26th Iron Bowl Alabama shut out Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham.

December 2, 1961 – CNE Stadium, Toronto – A 6th title for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was held at the 49th CFL Grey Cup as the Bombers overcame the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 21-14.

December 2, 1962 – Exhibition Stadium, Toronto – One year later at the 50th Grey Cup game it was once again those Winnipeg Blue Bombers edging out the Hamilton Ti-Cats, 28-27. We talked about this one yesterday as game play started December 1 , but due to severe fog the balance of the contest was suspended and became the first Grey Cup ever to be completed on a Sunday

December 2, 1963 – The San Francisco 49ers had the top pick in the 1964 NFL Draft and their choice was Dave Parks from Texas Tech.

December 2, 1967 – Landsdowne Park, Ottawa – The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated Saskatchewan Roughriders, 24-1 in the 55th CFL Grey Cup.

December 2, 1967 – Run in the Mud – The Crimson Tide was down by three points with less than a quarter to go in a muddy sloppy Legion Field. Alabama Quarterback Kenny Stabler busted his way through the Tiger defence for a 47-yard touchdown scramble. Saturdaydownsouth.com has the callAlabama held on tight to their lead and defeated their rival in the 32nd Iron Bowl with a final of #8 Alabama 7, Auburn 3.

December 2, 1972 – The 37th Iron Bowl will forever be known by the words,’Punt Bama Punt!” SaturdaydownSouth.com once again comes through with the write up on the game. In the middle of the fourth quarter Alabama was on cruise control as they led 16-3, but were forced to punt when their ball control offense was stopped. Punter Greg Gantt took the snap and put foot to ball but Auburn backer Bill Newton pushed his way through the line and blocked the punt while another Tiger, David Langner scooped it up and ran it back for a touchdown. That is incredible all by itself but a few minutes later, the Tidee drive was stopped, Newton blocked that one too and guess who ran it back for the winning score? You got it, defensive back David Langer! You need to watch the plays in the video below to believe it! In one of the most uncanny times of lightning striking twice, the Auburn Tigers edged out the Tide of Alabama 17-16 at Legion Field in Birmingham.

December 2, 1975 – Talk about lightning striking twice. Well it’s not by chance when you are a dominating player. And that is exactly what Ohio State Running back Archie Griffin was. Griffin on this date became the first player ever to win the Heisman Trophy in two consecutive seasons.

December 2, 1978 – At the 43rd Iron Bowl the Tide rolled as the defeated Auburn 34-16 in Birmingham’s Legion Field.

December 2, 1984 – Miami quarterback Dan Marino broke the NFL single-season touchdown pass record when he threw his 37th scoring strike. Unfortunately for the Fins fans it was in the Dolphins’ 45-34 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Dan the man finished the 1984 season with a record 48 touchdown passes thrown.

December 2, 1985 – Orange Bowl, Miami – The Chicago Bears’ head coach Mike Ditka and their defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan almost came to blows in the halftime locker room of their only loss in that historic 1985 season. The discontinuity spread to the player as the out of sync Bear suffered a 38-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

December 2, 1989 – Quarterback Andre Ware of the University of Houston won the 55th Heisman Trophy Award.

December 2, 1989 – Jordan-Hare Stadium – The 54th Iron Bowl saw Auburn take care of business as they handed the Crimson Tide a 30-20 loss.

December 2, 1995 – At the 4th SEC Championship Game: #2 Florida knocked around #23 Arkansas, 34-3.

December 2, 2000 – The 9th SEC Championship Game pitted #7 Florida against #18 Auburn, the Gators once again had it going as they cruised past the Tigers 28-6.

December 2, 2000 – There was a Top Ten match up at the 5th Big 12 Championship Game. #1 Oklahoma played #8 Kansas State. The Sooners outlasted K-State 27-24 to win the Conference.

December 2, 2006 – Another Top Ten in the country Championship game occurred at the 15th SEC Championship Game. The #4 Florida Gators got past #8 Arkansas Razorbacks, by the final score of 38-28.

December 2, 2006 – When #16 Wake Forest took on #23 Georgia Tech at the 2nd ACC Championship Game it was a nail biter as the Deacs nudged the Jackets 9-6.

December 2, 2006 – Over at the 11th Big 12 Championship Game it was the #8 Oklahoma Sooners outlasting the #19 Nebraska Huskers 21-7.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY FOR DECEMBER 2

December 2, 1901 – Hamilton, Ontario – The swift Harvard halfback George Owen was born. Per the National Football Foundation, George was a great all around athlete who starred at hockey and baseball too. George Owen was rewarded for a brilliant collegiate gridiron career by being inducted into the College football Hall of Fame in 1983.

December 2, 1940 – Yazoo City, Mississippi – Willie Brown the great cornerback of the Oakland Raiders was born. Willie had 54 interceptions in his 16 year with the AFL and NFL career. He returned two of those picks all the way for scores including a 75 yarder on the Big Stage of Super Bowl XI. The Pro Football Hall of Fame tells us that Brown played on 5 All Star teams for the AFL and in 4 Pro Bowls. Willie Brown was entered into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the 1984 Enshrinement ceremonies.

December 2, 1953 – Atlanta, Georgia – Randy Rhino the great DB from Georgia Tech arrived to his parent’s delight. The NFF says that Randy Rhino was the first Yellow Jacket to be a three-time All-America. The National Football Foundation selected Randy Rhino to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

December 2, 1974 – Orland Park, Illinois – Pat Fitzgerald at the time of this writing is the very successful head coach of the Northwestern Wildcats. Pat was also a standout linebacker for the Cats in his playing days. The NFF thought enough of his great play at backer that they inducted him into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS

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December 2, 1887 – International Baseball League disbands; teams in Syracuse, Toronto, Hamilton, and Buffalo form the International Association; those in Newark, Jersey City, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton become the Central League

December 2, 1907 – Association of Football Players’ and Trainers’ Union (English Professional Football Players’ Association) is formed by Charlie Roberts and Billy Meredith in Manchester, England

December 2, 1909 – National Hockey Association (NHA) is formed in Montreal; original members include Montreal Wanderers and Montreal Canadiens; becomes NHL after some NHA teams leave due to ownership disagreements, and create their own league

December 2, 1928 – St. Cardinals future Baseball HOF first baseman Jim Bottomley was voted as the NL MVP

December 2, 1944 – 10th Heisman Trophy Award was given to Ohio State Quarterback, Number 22, Les Horvath.

December 2, 1947 – 13th Heisman Trophy Award was handed to Notre Dame quarterback, Number 32, Johnny Lujack.

December 2, 1948 – After one of the best seasons in baseball history, St Louis Cardinals utility Number 6, Stan Musial was named NL MVP; leads NL in batting average (.365), runs (135), RBI (131), hits (230), doubles (46), triples (18) & slugging (.702), with 39 HRs

December 2, 1951 – Future Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Hutson has his Number 14 jersey retired by the Green Bay Packers; first number retired in franchise history

December 2, 1952 – 18th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Oklahoma half back Number 35, Billy Vessels.

December 2, 1957 – NFL Draft: Rice quarterback King Hill #1 pick by Chicago Cardinals, where he wore Number 16

December 2, 1958 – 1959 NFL Draft: Randy Duncan QB University of Iowa #1 pick by Green Bay Packers. He wore Number 15 as a member of the Dallas Texans in 1961.

December 2, 1958 – 24th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Army half back Number 24, Pete Dawkins

December 2, 1963 – 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks, Number 81 at Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers

December 2, 1969 – Two years after doubling its size from six to 12, the NHL announces 2 new teams would be joining the League the following year; Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks

December 2, 1978 – The Sporting News announced that Baltimore Orioles shortstop Number 7, Mark Belanger as the winner of his 8th (and final) MLB Gold Glove Award

December 2, 1981 – Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, Number 34 became the 3rd consecutive LA Dodgers player to be named National League Rookie of the Year; (Number 43) Rick Sutcliffe 1979, Steve Howe 1980 (Number 57)

December 2, 1984 – Miami Dolphins quarterback Number 13, Dan Marino broke the NFL single-season touchdown pass record when he throws his 37th in the Dolphins’ 45-34 loss to the Raiders; finishes season with 48 TD passes

December 2, 1987 – “334” club forms as 334 brave Devil fans journey through 20″ of snow to attend New Jersey Devils 7-5 NHL victory over Calgary at Meadowlands

December 2, 1989 – 55th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Houston (QB) Number 11, Andre Ware

December 2, 2008 – Manchester United’s Portuguese forward Number 9, Cristiano Ronaldo won his first award as best football player in the world; Barcelona forward Number 10, Lionel Messi 2nd, Liverpool striker Number 9, Fernando Torres 3rd

December 2, 2016 – For 6th time in 7 years, Cincinnati Reds 1st baseman Number 19, Joey Votto wins Tip O’Neill Award as best Canadian MLB player; hit .326 with NL-leading .434 OBP, 29 HRs & 97 RBIs in an outstanding all-around season for last-place clubDecember 2, 2019 – Barcelona forward Number 10 , Lionel Messi wins his record 6th award from Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk; American midfielder Number 15, Megan Rapinoe is Women’s World Player of the Year