INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES THURSDAY

Andrean 60 Victory Christian 57
Batesville 56 Greensburg 52
Bethany Christian 59 South Bend Career 51
Concord 51 Plymouth 42
Culver Academy 44 Marquette Catholic 39
Elwood 59 GEO Next Generation 20
Franklin County 39 Hauser 38
Gary West 55 Bowman Academy 43
Hancock County (Ky.) 47 Tell City 39
Hebron 64 Westville 47
Mishawaka Marian 76 South Bend Clay 42
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 54 Avon 48
Munster 69 Highland 43
NorthWood 59 Northridge 57
Northeastern 78 Union City 41
Oldenburg Academy 54 South Dearborn 43
South Bend Riley 71 New Prairie 45
Taylor 75 Clinton Central 34
Tri-County 46 West Central 35
West Lafayette 61 Rensselaer Central 47


Clerc Tournament
Indiana Deaf 45 Texas Deaf 35 R1


Northeast Corner Conference Tournament
Prairie Heights 66 Hamilton 34 Con
Lakeland 67 Garrett 42 Con
West Noble 65 Churubusco 55 Con
Fairfield 58 Westview 46 SF
Angola 60 Central Noble 52 SF

INDIANA BOYS FRIDAY SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Alexandria at Elwood 7:30 pm
Assumption Academy (Ky.) at Shawe Memorial 6:00 pm
Austin at Borden 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve at Loogootee 7:30 pm
Bedford North Lawrence at Mitchell 7:30 pm
Blackford at Mississinewa 7:30 pm
Bloomington North at Martinsville 7:30 pm
Bloomington South at Columbus East 7:30 pm
Blue River at Randolph Southern 6:00 pm
Boonville at Washington 8:00 pm
Brownsburg at Fishers 7:30 pm
Brownstown Central at Silver Creek 7:30 pm
Calumet at Lake Station 8:00 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Tri 7:30 pm
Cascade at Cloverdale 7:30 pm
Central Christian at Eminence 6:00 pm
Charlestown at New Albany 7:30 pm
Christel House at Purdue Poly Englewood 6:00 pm
Clarksville at Corydon Central 7:30 pm
Clay City at Eastern Greene 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Carroll (Flora) 7:30 pm
Columbus North at Mooresville 7:30 pm
Covenant Christian at Guerin Catholic 7:30 pm
Covington at Parke Heritage 7:30 pm
Crawford County at Orleans 7:30 pm
Danville at North Montgomery 8:00 pm
DeKalb at East Noble 7:30 pm
Demotte Christian at Pioneer 7:30 pm
Eastern (Greentown) at Delphi 7:30 pm
Eastern (Pekin) at North Harrison 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Union County 7:30 pm
Edgewood at Owen Valley 7:30 pm
Elkhart at Bremen 7:30 pm
Evansville Memorial at Evansville Mater Dei 8:00 pm
Faith Christian at North Newton 8:00 pm
Forest Park at South Spencer 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne North at Fort Wayne Northrop 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Homestead 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Concordia 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne at Fort Wayne Dwenger 7:45 pm
Frankton at Madison-Grant 7:30 pm
Frontier at North White 7:30 pm
Gary 21st Century at Indianapolis HomeSchool ppd.
Goshen at Warsaw 7:45 pm
Greencastle at North Putnam 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Winchester 7:30 pm
Hamilton Southeastern at Westfield 7:30 pm
Hammond Central at Hammond Morton 8:00 pm
Hammond Noll at River Forest 8:00 pm
Hanover Central at Hobart 8:00 pm
Henryville at New Washington 7:30 pm
Heritage Hills at Pike Central 8:00 pm
Huntington North at Columbia City 7:30 pm
Indiana Math & Science at Traders Point Christian 6:00 pm
Indianapolis International at Bethesda Christian 6:30 pm
Indianapolis Metropolitan at Victory College Prep 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Riverside at KIPP Indy Legacy 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Rooted at KIPP Indy Legacy 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Scecina at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge at Indianapolis Washington 7:30 pm
Jeffersonville at Floyd Central 7:30 pm
Jimtown at Penn 7:30 pm
John Glenn at South Bend St. Joseph 7:30 pm
Knox at LaVille 7:30 pm
Kokomo at Harrison (West Lafayette) 7:30 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic at Benton Central 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Anderson 8:00 pm
Lake Central at Portage 8:00 pm
Lakewood Park at Fort Wayne Canterbury 7:30 pm
Lanesville at Christian Academy 7:30 pm
Lapel at Hamilton Heights 7:30 pm
LaPorte at Chesterton 8:00 pm
Lawrenceburg at Madison 7:30 pm
Liberty Christian at Seton Catholic 7:30 pm
Linton-Stockton at Bloomfield 7:30 pm
Manchester at Wabash 7:45 pm
Marion at Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:30 pm
McCutcheon at Logansport 6:30 pm
Merrillville at Crown Point 8:00 pm
Michigan City at Valparaiso ppd.
Milford (Ill.) at South Newton 8:00 pm
Mishawaka at Wawasee 7:45 pm
Monroe Central at Shenandoah 7:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at Phalen Academy 7:30 pm
Morristown at Rushville 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Southridge 7:30 pm
Muncie Burris at University 7:30 pm
Muncie Central at Richmond 7:30 pm
New Castle at Greenfield-Central 7:30 pm
New Haven at Leo 7:30 pm
Noblesville at Zionsville 7:30 pm
North Central (Farmersburg) at Paris (Ill.) 7:30 pm
North Judson at Winamac 8:00 pm
North Knox at Shoals 7:30 pm
North Miami at Northfield 6:30 pm
Northeast Dubois at Paoli 7:30 pm
Northwestern at Tipton 7:30 pm
Norwell at Bellmont 7:30 pm
Oak Hill at Eastbrook 7:45 pm
Oregon-Davis at Argos 7:30 pm
Pendleton Heights at New Palestine 7:30 pm
Peru at Maconaquah 7:45 pm
Princeton at Gibson Southern 8:00 pm
Rising Sun at Milan 7:30 pm
Riverton Parke at Attica 7:30 pm
Rochester at Lewis Cass 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at Salem 7:30 pm
Shakamak at North Daviess 7:30 pm
South Bend Adams at South Bend Washington 7:30 pm
South Central (Elizabeth) at Crothersville 7:30 pm
South Decatur at North Decatur 7:30 pm
South Putnam at Northview 7:30 pm
South Ripley at Oldenburg Academy 7:30 pm
South Vermillion at Fountain Central 7:30 pm
Southmont at Seeger 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover) at Switzerland County 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville) at Brown County 7:30 pm
Springs Valley at West Washington 7:30 pm
Sullivan at West Vigo 7:30 pm
Tecumseh at North Posey 8:00 pm
Terre Haute North at Terre Haute South 7:30 pm
Tri-Central at Rossville 7:30 pm
Triton at Culver 7:30 pm
Tri-Township at Morgan Twp. ppd.
Tri-West at Lebanon 7:30 pm
Twin Lakes at Kankakee Valley 8:00 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at Evansville North 8:00 pm
Washington Catholic at Wood Memorial 7:00 pm
Washington Twp. at Kouts 8:00 pm
Western Boone at Frankfort 7:30 pm
Whiting at Wheeler 8:00 pm
Whitko at Southwood 7:45 pm


Allen County Conference Tournament
Jay County at Adams Central 6:00 pm SF
Bluffton at Heritage 7:30 pm SF


Clerc Tournament
Indiana Deaf at Maryland Deaf 5:30 pm SF


Delaware County Tournament
Wes-Del at Delta 6:00 pm SF
Yorktown vs. Wapahani 8:00 pm SF


Evansville Harrison Classic
Springfield Southeast (Ill.) vs. Castle 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Ritter at Evansville Harrison 7:30 pm
Hopkinsville (Ky.) vs. Evansville Reitz 9:00 pm
Christian County (Ky.) at Evansville Bosse 7:00 pm


Johnson County Tournament
Whiteland vs. Greenwood Christian 6:00 pm SF
Greenwood at Center Grove 7:30 pm SF


Marion County Tournament
North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Lawrence North 6:00 pm SF
Franklin Central vs. Warren Central 7:45 pm SF


Southern Roads Conference Tournament
Medora vs. Cannelton 5:30 pm R1
Pleasant View Christian vs. Seven Oaks 7:00 pm R1
Christian Academy Madison vs. Lighthouse Christian 8:30 pm R1

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES THURSDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Argos 79 Oregon-Davis 54
Austin 73 North Harrison 60
Benton Central 79 North Judson 33
Brebeuf Jesuit 47 Bethesda Christian 38
Brown County 51 Edinburgh 36
Calumet Christian 37 Elkhart Christian 33
Cambridge City Lincoln 50 Hagerstown 47
Center Grove 64 Columbus North 49
Chesterton 64 LaPorte 20
Clarksville 49 Medora 42
Clay City 56 Bloomfield 45
Clinton Central 79 Taylor 38
East Chicago Central 54 Hammond Noll 42
Eastern Greene 53 Mitchell 32
Elkhart 72 Bremen 50
Eminence 58 Indiana Math & Science 14
Evansville HomeSchool 22 Washington Catholic 13
Evansville Memorial 66 Castle 58
Franklin 66 Indianapolis Roncalli 53
Frankton 75 Tipton 14
Gibson Southern 77 Tecumseh 49
Greensburg 64 Brownstown Central 37
Highland 67 Hammond Morton 58
Indianapolis Herron 60 Indianapolis Washington 41
Indianapolis Ritter 54 Indianapolis Tindley 39
Irvington Prep 25 Providence Cristo Rey 10
Jasper 42 Evansville Christian 30
John Glenn 41 South Bend St. Joseph 30
Kokomo 47 Triton Central 43
Lake Central 67 Portage 27
Lapel 54 Shenandoah 30
Lawrence Central 54 Lawrence North 51
Marquette Catholic 47 Trinity Greenlawn 8
Merrillville 58 Harrison (West Lafayette) 41
Monroe Central 62 Muncie Central 29
Mooresville 44 Bloomington South 37
New Prairie 56 South Bend Riley 24
North Decatur 59 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 15
North Knox 83 Shoals 26
Northeast Dubois 36 Barr-Reeve 31 OT
Northfield 49 Lakeland Christian 34
Oldenburg Academy 51 South Dearborn 24
Orleans 44 Borden 40
Park Tudor 47 Indianapolis Scecina 36
Penn 50 Jimtown 31
Pike 81 Decatur Central 52
Princeton 65 Wood Memorial 63
Red Hill (Ill.) 27 Dugger Union 18
Rensselaer Central 68 West Lafayette 60
Riverton Parke 35 Crawfordsville 21
Scottsburg 61 Salem 24
Shakamak 48 North Vermillion 34
Shawe Memorial 46 Milan 39
Sheridan 61 Speedway 42
Silver Creek 47 Corydon Central 42
South Bend Washington 69 South Bend Adams 27
South Decatur 55 Waldron 37
South Knox 77 North Daviess 17
South Ripley 51 Rising Sun 44
Southridge 39 South Spencer 34
Southwestern (Hanover) 41 Switzerland County 36
Southwood 49 Peru 36
Springs Valley 43 Paoli 36
Tell City 56 Boonville 49
Tri 60 Richmond 48
Tri-County 47 Caston 42
Tri-Township 50 Morgan Twp. 34
Twin Lakes 65 North White 22
University 49 Indianapolis Shortridge 40
Vincennes Lincoln 44 Evansville North 41
Vincennes Rivet 46 Loogootee 39
West Washington 48 Crawford County 38
Wheeler 29 Boone Grove 25
White River Valley 47 Pike Central 40
Whiteland 60 Southport 25
Whiting 52 Griffith 40
Whitko 68 Lakewood Park 41


Clerc Tournament
Indiana Deaf 77 Lexington Deaf (N.Y.) 6


Delaware County Tournament
Delta 42 Wapahani 40
Yorktown 44 Wes-Del 8


Indianapolis City Tournament
Indianapolis Cathedral 39 Covenant Christian 32
Indianapolis Chatard 56 Heritage Christian 45


Northeast Corner Tournament
Prairie Heights 50 Hamilton 13
Garrett 40 Westview 34
West Noble 34 Churubusco 31
Fairfield 47 Lakeland 23
Eastside 52 Angola 49

INDIANA GIRLS SCHEDULE FRIDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Alexandria at Elwood 6:00 pm
Bethany Christian at Caston 7:30 pm
Blackford at Mississinewa 6:00 pm
Brown County at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Brownsburg at Fishers 7:30 pm
Cascade at Cloverdale 6:00 pm
Center Grove at Seymour 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Carroll (Flora) 6:00 pm
Connersville at Franklin County 7:30 pm
Danville at North Montgomery 6:00 pm
Edgewood at Owen Valley 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne North at Fort Wayne Northrop 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Homestead 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Concordia 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne at Fort Wayne Dwenger 6:00 pm
Franklin Central at Avon 7:30 pm
Greencastle at North Putnam 6:00 pm
Greenwood at Jennings County 7:30 pm
Hamilton Southeastern at Westfield 6:00 pm
Illiana Christian at Timothy Christian (Ill.) 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Rooted at KIPP Indy Legacy 6:00 pm
Jac-Cen-Del at Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:30 pm
Knox at LaVille 6:00 pm
Mooresville Christian at Phalen Academy 6:00 pm
New Castle at Greenfield-Central 6:00 pm
Noblesville at Zionsville 6:00 pm
North Miami at Northfield 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Knightstown 7:30 pm
Pendleton Heights at New Palestine 6:00 pm
Providence at Charlestown 7:30 pm
Riverton Parke at Attica 6:00 pm
Seven Oaks at Bloomington HomeSchool 7:00 pm
South Bend Career at St. Thomas More (Mich.) 7:00 pm
South Bend Clay at Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
South Dearborn at Batesville 7:30 pm
South Putnam at Northview 6:00 pm
Southmont at Seeger 6:00 pm
Sullivan at West Vigo 6:00 pm
Terre Haute North vs. Terre Haute South 6:00 pm
Tri-Central at Rossville 6:00 pm
Triton at Culver 6:00 pm
Tri-West at Lebanon 6:00 pm
Union (Modoc) at Believe Circle City 6:00 pm
Valparaiso at Michigan City ppd.
Western Boone at Frankfort 6:00 pm


Allen County Conference Tournament
Jay County at Adams Central 6:00 pm SF
Bluffton vs. Woodlan 7:30 pm SF


Clerc Tournament
Indiana Deaf vs. TBA TBA R2


Indianapolis City Tournament
Indianapolis Chatard vs. Indianapolis Cathedral 7:30 pm 1st

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCORES

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SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

SATURDAY, JAN. 13

AFC:    4:30 P.M.                      5 CLEVELAND AT 4 HOUSTON (NBC, PEACOCK, TELEMUNDO)

AFC:    8:00 P.M.                     6 MIAMI AT 3 KANSAS CITY (PEACOCK)

SUNDAY, JAN. 14

AFC:    1:00 P.M.                      7 PITTSBURGH AT 2 BUFFALO (CBS, PARAMOUNT+)

NFC:    4:30 P.M.                       7 GREEN BAY AT 2 DALLAS (FOX, FOX DEPORTES)

NFC:    8:00 P.M.                       6 LOS ANGELES RAMS AT 3 DETROIT (NBC, PEACOCK, UNIVERSO)

MONDAY, JAN. 15

NFC:    8:00 P.M.                       5 PHILADELPHIA AT 4 TAMPA BAY (ESPN/ABC/ESPN+, ESPN2/ESPN+- MANNINGCAST, ESPN DEPORTES)

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#24 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 85 TULANE 84

#10 ILLINOIS 71 MICHIGAN STATE 68

SANTA CLARA 77 #23 GONZAGA 76

ELSEWHERE:

MARYLAND 64 MICHIGAN 57

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-EDEARDSVILLE  67 SOUTHERN INDIANA 64

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#15 LOUISVILLE 74 PITTSBURGH 44

#21 FLORIDA STATE 70 #20 NORTH CAROLINA 62

#17 OHIO STATE 90 RUTGERS 55

#6 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 93 VIRGINIA 66

#18 NOTRE DAME 98 BOSTON COLLEGE 48

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 81 MISSOURI 57

#11 VIRGINIA TECH 76 MIAMI FLORIDA 52

#7 LSU 87 TEXAS A&M 70

#16 GONZAGA 87 SANTA CLARA 49

ELSEWHERE:

MURRAY STATE 75 INDIANA STATE 63

WRIGHT STATE 74 IUPUI 64

NEBRASKA 56 ILLINOIS 48

NBA SCORESBOARD

CLEVELAND 111 BROOKLYN 102

MILWAUKEE 135 BOSTON 102

OKLAHOMA CITY 139 PORTLAND 77

DALLAS 128 NEW YORK 124

PHOENIX 127 LA LAKERS 109

NHL SCOREBOARD

TAMPA BAY 4 NEW JERSEY 3 OT

CAROLINA 6 ANAHEIM 3

VANCOUVER 4 PITTSBURGH 3 OT

SEATTLE 4 WASHINGTON 1

SAN JOSE 3 MONTRÉAL 2

EDMONTON 3 DETROIT 2 OT

BUFFALO 5 OTTAWA 3

FLORIDA 3 LOS ANGELES 2 OT

NY ISLANDERS 4 TORONTO 3 OT

ST. LOUIS 5 NY RANGERS 2

WINNIPEG 2 CHICAGO 1

CALGARY 6 ARIZONA 2

VEGAS 2 BOSTON 1 OT

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

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PATRIOTS’ ‘PARTNERSHIP’ WITH BILL BELICHICK COMES TO AN END AFTER 24 SEASONS, 6 SUPER BOWL TITLES

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Bill Belichick had a vision of building the kind of sustained championship football team that had rarely been seen before in the NFL when he was hired by the New England Patriots.

He walks away feeling like it was a job well done.

The six-time NFL champion agreed to part ways as the coach of the Patriots, ending his 24-year tenure as the architect of the most decorated dynasty of the league’s Super Bowl era.

“It’s with so many fond memories and thoughts that I think about the Patriots,” Belichick said on Thursday in a media availability with owner Robert Kraft. “I’ll always be a Patriot. I look forward to coming back here. But at this time, we’re going to move on. And I look forward, excited for the future.”

Neither Belichick nor Kraft took questions, though Kraft scheduled an availability for later in the day.

Speaking to reporters from the podium where he had given so many terse, non-responsive postgame recaps, Belichick appeared in a jacket and tie and spoke first, followed by Kraft. The coach even smiled a couple of times — including when he conceded respect for the media “even though we don’t always see eye to eye.”

He also thanked the fans for “the sendoffs, the parades, the Sundays.” But most of his time was spent thanking the people throughout the organization, especially the more than 1,000 Patriots players he coached in his time here.

“Players win games in the NFL,” Belichick said. “I’ve been very, very fortunate to coach some of the greatest players to ever play the game.”

Kraft called the relationship a marriage that had required work and had come to an end.

“I’m very proud that our partnership lasted for 24 years,” Kraft said. “Bill has taught me a lot over those years, and we had high expectations for what we could achieve together. I think we were the only ones who had those expectations, and I think it’s safe to say we exceeded them.”

“We did,” Belichick agreed.

“Thanks to you,” Kraft said.

Belichick, 71, became just the third coach in NFL history to reach 300 career regular-season victories earlier this season, joining Hall of Famers Don Shula and George Halas. With 333 wins including the playoffs, Belichick trails only Shula (347) for the record for victories by a coach.

But the Patriots ended this season 4-13, Belichick’s worst record in 29 seasons as an NFL head coach. It supplanted the 5-11 mark he managed in his last year in Cleveland in 1995 and again in his first year in New England in 2000. Including the playoffs, he ends his Patriots tenure with a 333-178 overall record.

Belichick is expected to resume his pursuit of Shula’s record elsewhere.

With his cutoff hoodies and ever-present scowl, Belichick teamed with quarterback Tom Brady to lead the Patriots to six Super Bowl victories, nine AFC titles and 17 division championships in 19 years. During a less successful — but also tumultuous — stint with the original Cleveland Browns, Belichick earned 37 of his career victories.

Reaction to Thursday’s announcement poured in across social media. It included one from Brady, who responded with three heart emojis to a post on ESPN’s Instagram page which had photos of Belichick and Kraft embracing during Thursday’s news conference.

It’s not immediately clear who Kraft will tap to replace the future Hall of Famer.

Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo won a Super Bowl ring playing under Belichick and has interviewed for multiple head coaching vacancies since becoming a New England assistant in 2019. Mayo turned down a few interviews last offseason before signing a contract extension to remain with the Patriots.

Mike Vrabel, who was fired earlier this week by the Tennessee Titans and won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, is also expected to be a candidate for the head coaching job.

Belichick had been grooming offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to replace him before McDaniels left following the 2021 season to become the coach of the Raiders. He has since been fired by Las Vegas. Belichick’s two sons, Steve and Brian, are also on the coaching staff.

Belichick’s exit from the Patriots comes just a day after another coaching great and longtime friend Nick Saban announced he’d retire after winning seven college national championships. Saban worked for Belichick’s father, Steve, in the 1980s as a coach at Navy, and Bill Belichick hired Saban as his defensive coordinator when he became Cleveland’s head coach in 1991.

The six Super Bowl wins tie Belichick with pre-merger mentors Halas and Curly Lambeau for the most NFL championships. Belichick also won two rings as Bill Parcells’ defensive coordinator with the New York Giants.

But the Patriots have stumbled to a 29-38 record since Brady departed following the 2019 season and missed the playoffs in three of those four seasons. Beginning in 2001 when Brady became the starting quarterback, the Patriots missed the playoffs only once — when Brady was injured in 2008. This marked New England’s fifth consecutive season without a playoff victory.

Belichick’s subsequent solutions at quarterback haven’t panned out.

Brady’s initial replacement, Cam Newton, didn’t resemble the player who won the 2015 MVP award and was cut after a 7-9 finish in 2020. Meanwhile, Brady won his seventh Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that same season.

Potential long-term replacement Mac Jones, a 2021 first-round draft choice, was a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie and led New England to the playoffs. But he regressed in Year 2 when Belichick put longtime defensive assistant Matt Patricia in charge of the offense. Jones didn’t fare much better this season when Bill O’Brien returned as offensive coordinator. He was benched four times before being replaced as starter by backup Bailey Zappe for the final six games.

That left the Patriots looking at a lengthy rebuild, with no candidate on the roster to bring stability to the sport’s most important position.

Belichick, who also served as the de facto general manager with final say on personnel decisions, was celebrated for his ingenuity managing the salary cap during the run of Super Bowl success. It included getting stars like Brady and others to accept cap-friendly contracts or adjust their deals to accommodate the signing of other players.

But that acclaim has waned in the years since Brady left, as a run of draft picks and high-priced free agents didn’t live up to expectations. In addition, Belichick has seen several members of his personnel and scouting departments leave for other jobs. The list includes his former player personnel director, Nick Caserio, who was hired as Houston’s general manager in 2021.

Now it won’t be Belichick making the decisions for the Patriots on or off the field.

Belichick, the only child of a World War II veteran who spent three decades as a Navy assistant coach, is a football historian with an encyclopedic knowledge of strategy from the sport’s early days to current NFL trends. His players said his attention to detail never left them unprepared.

Belichick has been a master of the NFL rule book, unearthing loopholes in clock operations and offensive line formations that — though entirely legal — cemented his reputation as a mad genius.

But his legacy in New England also includes two major cheating investigations — and other minor ones — that cost him and the team draft picks and more than $1 million in fines. Opponents accused the Patriots of everything from hacking their headsets to cutting corners on injury reports.

His friendship with former President Donald Trump, which Belichick insisted was not political, landed the coach on the list to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom in the waning days of the administration. After the outcry against the U.S. Capitol siege, Belichick announced “the decision has been made not to move forward.”

THE PATRIOTS DON’T JUST NEED A NEW COACH. THEY NEED A QUARTERBACK AND TALENT TO PUT AROUND HIM

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will cringe when he turns on the TV — or perhaps even looks at the other Gillette Stadium sideline — and sees Bill Belichick wearing a ratty sweatshirt with another team’s colors.

But he has bigger things to worry about now.

The Patriots need a coach for the first time in almost a quarter century, and they need so much more, too: Belichick’s failure to develop a quarterback to replace Tom Brady — and surround him with talent — is the biggest reason for the struggles that led to a 4-13 record this season and the end of the Belichick era in New England.

“This is a move that we mutually agreed that is needed at this time,” Kraft said in a media availability on Thursday. “I thank coach Bill for his hard work and dedication. It’ll be difficult to see him in a cutoff hoodie on the (opposing) sideline, but I will always continue to wish him continued success — except when he’s playing our beloved Patriots.”

Belichick is the most successful coach in the Super Bowl era, with six NFL championships, nine conference titles and 17 AFC East wins in a 19-year span. His 332 victories is second all-time only to Don Shula.

But the team has also been handicapped by the hubris that convinced Belichick he was the one who turned Brady, the No. 199 pick in the draft, into a future Hall of Famer. Unable to repeat the feat when Brady left, the Patriots posted three losing records in the last four years, and zero playoff wins.

Cam Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, wasn’t the answer. Neither were Jarrett Stidham, Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe — three young quarterbacks that Belichick thought he could mold into a champion as easily as he did with Brady.

Jones, a 2021 first-round draft pick, flamed out spectacularly this season, and Zappe was little better. As for talent at the skill positions, New England was the first team since 1977 to go a full season without either a runner or receiver totaling 100 yards in a game. (There were 186 100-yard receivers and 82 100-yard rushers in the NFL this season.)

That’s someone else’s problem now.

Among the possible coaching replacements are fired Titans coach Mike Vrabel, who won three Super Bowls as a New England linebacker and led Tennessee to three playoff appearances in six seasons, including a trip to the AFC championship game in 2019-20. A member of the Patriots Hall of Fame, Vrabel is familiar to and familiar with Kraft.

Also to be considered is current linebackers coach Jerod Mayo, who was being groomed to replace Belichick — but, according to the plan, somewhere farther down the line. Mayo is also a former Patriots player, but he has never been a coordinator.

Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores is another Patriots product who can boast of head coaching experience. Flores spent more than a dozen years in New England before coaching the Miami Dolphins from 2019-21.

Josh McDaniels had once been the heir apparent to Belichick before flopping as a head coach in Denver and Las Vegas. McDaniels spent 13 years as the Patriots offensive coordinator and was a member of the coaching staff for all six Super Bowl wins.

With his total control of the roster, Belichick was also the team’s de facto general manager. It’s unlikely Kraft will give so much power one person again, so it’s possible that hire will come first.

No decision has been announced for the rest of the coaching staff, which includes two of Belichick’s sons: Steve, who has been working the linebackers coach for the last four seasons, and Brian, who has worked with the safeties for the past four years.

LIONS READY TO ROAR IN REUNION WITH MATTHEW STAFFORD, RAMS

Matthew Stafford returns to Detroit in a Los Angeles Rams uniform. Jared Goff faces the team that gave up on him. The Lions are hosting a playoff game for the first time in 30 years.

The preamble to Sunday night’s first-round playoff matchup has all the fixings of a script, but neither team wants to discuss much more than the primetime wild-card meeting and the spot in the conference semifinals at stake.

The Rams are two seasons removed from winning a Super Bowl with Stafford after the Lions traded him for Goff and several high draft picks.

Lions fans were generally thrilled to see Stafford reach the mountaintop. Now, they’ll be rooting hard for his season to end.

“I understand what the people of Detroit, what the city of Detroit, meant to me in my time and my career. What they meant to my family. I hope they feel that back,” Stafford said. “But at the same time I’m not a stranger to the situation and understanding I’m the bad guy coming to town.”

The “bad guys” have been rolling along since their bye week.

The Rams (10-7) have won seven of their last eight games, with the lone loss coming in overtime to AFC top seed Baltimore.

With a playoff berth secured, coach Sean McVay rested Stafford and numerous regulars in the regular season finale. Stafford still finished with 3,965 passing yards and 24 touchdowns.

Rookie Puca Nucua (105 receptions, 1,486 yards and six touchdowns) and Cooper Kupp (59 receptions, 737 yards, 5 TDs in 12 games) provide formidable targets for Stafford.

“He’s put our team in a position to go play a meaningful game,” McVay said.

Running back Kyren Williams gives the offense balance. He racked up 1,350 combined rushing and receiving yards and scored 15 touchdowns despite missing five games.

Goff piled up 4,575 passing yards and 30 touchdowns while leading the Lions (12-5) to the NFC North title. He’s got a star wideout in Amon-Ra St. Brown (119 receptions, 1,515 yards, 10 TDs) supported by the running back duo of David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs.

Goff admits he had his differences with McVay in his final season with the Rams but is focused on taking the Lions franchise to new heights. That includes earning a playoff win that Stafford never recorded with the Lions.

“I so badly want to win a playoff game for this city, that hasn’t had one in so long,” Goff said. “That’s so much more important than anything personally for me.”

The Lions have played well in primetime games this season, so coach Dan Campbell isn’t concerned about the team feeling the pressure.

“I’m not worried about that — the stage, all of those things, because we’ve dealt with that for a while now. I feel like we’re prepared for that,” he said.

Campbell also expects Goff to remain calm and poised.

“He’s wired the right way,” he said. “He’s been through this. He’s been to the Big One. He’s dealt with this a number of times.”

Campbell is concerned that his players might try to do too much, instead of focusing on their assignments.

“You want to make a play so bad, you jump out of your gap,” he said. “All of a sudden, they hit you on a run.”

The big injury concern is Lions tight end Sam LaPorta, who suffered a hyperextended knee in the regular season finale against Minnesota.

Campbell said LaPorta, who set an NFL rookie tight end record with 86 receptions, was “improving” but isn’t sure whether he’ll suit up. Wide receiver and kick returner Kalif Raymond is also dealing with a knee injury.

STREAKING BILLS LOOK TO SUBDUE MASON RUDOLPH, STEELERS

The Buffalo Bills were one of the NFL’s hottest teams during the stretch drive of the season and went from playoff outsiders to the AFC’s No. 2 seed.

After winning five straight games to win the AFC East and earn home-field advantage, the Bills will look to continue their scorching run when they host the seventh-seeded Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon at Orchard Park, N.Y.

The Bills (11-6) had a .500 record after 12 games before suddenly clicking. They won the AFC East on Sunday night with a 21-14 road win over the Miami Dolphins.

Buffalo star defensive tackle Ed Oliver said the late-season urgency has his team fully prepared for the postseason.

“We’ve been in the playoffs for five weeks now,” Oliver said. “Every game is a must-win. Every play, every snap, every second of every day counts toward one goal, and that’s winning.”

The Steelers (10-7) are on their own roll with three straight wins since turning to Mason Rudolph at quarterback. Pittsburgh is looking for its first playoff victory since the 2016 season and has to overcome more than Buffalo’s ferocious home-field environment.

The Steelers have lost star linebacker T.J. Watt to a knee injury he suffered during a 17-10 road victory Saturday over the Baltimore Ravens in the regular-season finale.

Pittsburgh is just 1-10 without Watt, the 2021 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

“Obviously, playing without T.J. is significant, but to be quite honest with you, we’ve played without a lot of people this year,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “It’s just another opportunity for us to strike a blow for team and to display what team really means, a collective of individuals that work together in an effort to produce an outcome. It’s not going to be a one-man job in terms of replacing T.J.”

Watt had 19 sacks in the regular season to lead the NFL in that category for the third time in the past four seasons.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen might be salivating as he carved up the Pittsburgh defense last season when Watt was sidelined due to a different knee injury. Allen passed for 424 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-3 home victory.

The conditions at the home stadium will be highly familiar to Allen. The Sunday forecast is for high temperatures in the mid-20s with winds between 20 and 35 mph and possible snow showers.

“The wind may move the ball a little bit,” Allen said after Wednesday’s walk-through. “Typically, it’s going to be, with weather like this, a game that both teams are going to run the ball, and it’s going to be very possession-limited, so we got to make these possessions count.”

Allen has passed for 4,306 yards, 29 touchdowns and a career-worst 18 interceptions this season. He also has rushed for 524 yards and a career-best 15 scores.

Rudolph was a savior down the stretch for the Steelers, who dealt with inconsistent quarterback play from Kenny Pickett and Mitch Trubisky most of the season.

Rudolph came in for mop-up duty on Dec. 16 against the Indianapolis Colts and then completed 53 of 71 passes (74.6 percent) while guiding Pittsburgh to a three-game winning streak that gained it the AFC’s final playoff berth.

Rudolph will look to help snap the Steelers’ three-game postseason losing streak. Veteran defensive tackle Cam Heyward, who is in his 13th season with the franchise, is craving an end to the drought.

“A lot of guys don’t have to speak for it because they haven’t been here,” Heyward said. “But the guys who have been here, we own that. It’s a new season, and we’re just ready for this opportunity. We understand it’s not given to us. We’ve earned it. This is an opportunity for us to go out there and play some good ball.”

Steelers running back Najee Harris, who rushed for 312 yards and four touchdowns during the three-game winning streak, missed Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury. Guard Isaac Seumalo (shoulder) also sat out. Star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee) was a full-practice participant after missing the previous three games, and safety Damontae Kazee is back after serving a three-game suspension for a hit on Colts wideout Michael Pittman Jr.

For the Bills, safety Taylor Rapp (calf), cornerback Rasul Douglas (knee) and receiver Gabe Davis (knee) sat out Wednesday’s session. Allen remains bothered by a neck injury but was a full-go Wednesday.

Buffalo has won three of the past four meetings with Pittsburgh.

PERFECT AT HOME, COWBOYS CITE COMFORT OF PLAYOFF SPOT AGAINST PACKERS

Quarterback Dak Prescott and the NFL’s highest-scoring offense enter the playoffs with a confidence that can only be found at home.

The Cowboys host the Green Bay Packers in a wild-card matchup Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium, where Dallas had a perfect 8-0 record during the regular season.

Dallas averaged a league-high 29.9 points per game, posted a 12-5 record and won the NFC East for the second time in three years.

Prescott threw 36 touchdown passes, which led the NFL. CeeDee Lamb caught a league-high 135 passes for 1,749 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

The statistics are impressive, but the Cowboys want something bigger: playoff success.

“Obviously, there’s going to be a sense of urgency because there’s no tomorrow, because it’s win-or-go-home every single week,” Cowboys wideout Brandin Cooks said. “At the end of the day, we’re looking at a great team (in the Packers) that has been playing at a high level to finish this season.

“As far as pressure (goes), no, because we know what’s in front of us. It’s playoff ball. That’s the best of everyone’s ball. We’ve just got to show up and continue to be who we are without putting more on ourselves than we need to. … We’ve just got to take care of business.”

Green Bay travels to Texas in an underdog role, but not without an air of confidence. The Packers, who have one of the NFL’s youngest rosters, won their last three games and six of their final eight with multiple strong showings from quarterback Jordan Love as running back Aaron Jones finally looked healthy.

Love threw 32 touchdown passes, which trailed only Prescott. He took control in his final eight starts as he threw for 18 touchdowns with only one interception.

“Everybody looks to him as a leader,” said guard Jon Runyan of Love’s development. “He’s got complete control of this offense, and what he does. We trust him, and you’re able to see it on the field.

Rookie wideout Jayden Reed led the team with 912 yards from scrimmage (793 receiving, 119 rushing) and 10 touchdowns (eight receiving, two rushing). Jones added 889 yards from scrimmage (656 rushing, 233 receiving) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving).

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said his team is playing as if it has nothing to lose.

“I think for us it’s just the opportunity to be in the dance and have a great week of preparation and put our best foot forward,” LaFleur said. “I think we’ve been going through this the last few weeks. We knew what was at stake. I mean, the last three weeks basically have been playoff games for us. So, really, it’s the next opportunity.”

On the opposite sideline, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy will have a chance to make history against his former team. McCarthy won a Super Bowl as the Packers coach during the 2010 season, and he can become the first person to win a playoff game against a team with which he won the Super Bowl as head coach.

McCarthy deflected questions about his tenure in Green Bay and what the game meant to him.

“This game’s about our commitment,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who we’re playing.”

Both teams had one injured player sit out the first practice of the week. Packers running back A.J. Dillon was sidelined by thumb and neck injuries, and Cowboys cornerback Stephon Gilmore sat out because of a shoulder injury. Gilmore said he’s confident he’ll be on the field Sunday.

The teams’ most recent matchup was Nov. 13, 2022, when Green Bay held on for a 31-28 win. This is their first playoff meeting since Jan. 15, 2017, when Green Bay won 34-31 in Dallas.

BROWNS CB DENZEL WARD INJURES KNEE IN PRACTICE. PRO BOWLER QUESTIONABLE FOR PLAYOFF AGAINST TEXANS

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward injured his knee in practice on Thursday and is questionable for Cleveland’s wild-card game on Saturday against the Houston Texans and rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud.

The extent of Ward’s injury is not immediately known, but if he’s less than 100% it will further stress a Browns secondary already missing its starting safeties.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t offer many details about Ward’s injury, which occurred after the period open to reporters was over. Stefanski said Ward was limited, but didn’t specify how he got hurt.

Ward was selected to his third Pro Bowl this season, his sixth with Cleveland, and has had a major role for the Browns’ top-rated defense, which is No. 1 against the pass.

His injury is just the latest for the Browns (11-6), who have spent the season dealing with major injuries and have had to lean on their backups since the opener. Ward missed three recent games with a shoulder injury.

The timing of Ward’s injury couldn’t be worse for the team as the Browns get ready to face the impressive Stroud. The No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft missed Cleveland’s 36-22 win over Houston on Dec. 24 with a concussion.

Stroud passed for 4,108 yards during the regular season with 23 touchdown passes and just five interceptions despite throwing 499 passes.

Stefanski said safety Grant Delpit, who returned to practice this week after being sidelined four games with a groin injury, will not play against the Texans. Safety Juan Thornhill (calf) is also questionable.

BEARS, VIKINGS, JAGUARS, PANTHERS NAMED FOR 2024 GAMES IN EUROPE

The Jacksonville Jaguars will play their 12th game in franchise history in their home away from home during the 2024 regular season.

The Jaguars are among the four teams designated by the NFL on Thursday to take part in the International Games.

The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings join the Jaguars as home teams in London next season, with the Carolina Panthers set to play in Munich, Germany.

Opponents and game dates will be announced this spring when the league schedule is finalized.

The Jaguars are set to play at Wembley Stadium, with the Vikings and Bears at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Panthers game will be played at Allianz Arena, the home of FC Bayern Munich.

The NFL announced last month that 2024 also will see the first-ever game played in South America, with Brazil as the host country. The teams have yet to be revealed.

“Taking our game to more fans around the world is a major priority for the league and its 32 teams, and we are delighted to be returning to London and Munich in 2024,” said Peter O’Reilly, executive vice president, club business, league events and international at the NFL. “Whether tackle or flag football, international passion for the game and the NFL continues to grow, and having our teams and their world-class athletes play games and engage with fans around the world is an important part of becoming a truly global sport.”

NFL clubs agreed to increase the number of international games to as many as eight beginning with the 2025 season.

The NFL committed to scheduling games in Mexico City when renovation projects are finalized at Estadio Azteca.

REPORT: TENSION BETWEEN VRABEL, TITANS OWNER HELPED LEAD TO COACH’S FIRING

Friction between Mike Vrabel and Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk played a part in the ex-Tennessee coach’s surprise firing Tuesday, sources told Dianna Russini and Joe Rexrode of The Athletic.

Two of the most notable disagreements between the two came during the Titans’ general manager hiring process last offseason. First, Vrabel told Strunk he’d earned the right to have full personnel control over the roster, Russini and Rexrode report. Strunk disagreed, apparently pointing to the end of Jeff Fisher’s Tennessee tenure as just one example for why she didn’t want to grant Vrabel’s wish.

Then, as the Titans were close to hiring Ran Carthon as the club’s new general manager, Vrabel reportedly proposed making the former San Francisco 49ers executive the assistant GM because he believed Carthon wasn’t ready for the No. 1 job. Strunk wasn’t pleased with the suggestion, and her relationship with Vrabel took a hit as a result, Russini and Rexrode note.

Things reportedly worsened between the two after Vrabel’s speech for his induction into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame during the Titans’ bye week, where he said, “This is a special place with great leadership, great fans, great direction, and great coaching. Enjoy it. It’s not like this everywhere.”

Strunk was apparently upset with the entire event but never talked about it with Vrabel and allowed it to fester.

However, the Titans still planned to keep Vrabel as of November because Strunk strongly believed in the coach at the time, per Russini and Rexrode. Her belief that this faith wasn’t being reciprocated by Vrabel, as well as worsening communication between the two, reportedly led Strunk to change her mind.

These incidents occurred after the Titans reportedly considered a fresh start after last season by moving on from Vrabel. However, Strunk believed he was worth keeping due to his coaching abilities, Russini and Rexrode add.

Vrabel spent six seasons as Tennessee’s head coach. He finished his tenure with a 54-45 record, including an AFC Championship berth in 2019.

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LANNING TO REMAIN AT OREGON AMID ALABAMA SPECULATION

Oregon head coach Dan Lanning confirmed his commitment to the program amid speculation he could be in line to replace Nick Saban at Alabama.

The 37-year-old shared a video Thursday in which he reaffirmed his desire to remain with the Ducks.

“I want to be here in Eugene for as long as Eugene will have me,” Lanning said.

Lanning was among the names immediately linked to the Crimson Tide opening based on his coaching history. The Missouri native served under Saban as a graduate assistant in 2015. He then worked under former Saban assistant, Kirby Smart, at Georgia in 2018 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2019.

“Getting your name put in the conversation (for other jobs) speaks to what we’re doing right here, right now,” Lanning said on “The Pat McAfee Show” Thursday. “This decision has been made for me since I took this job. I love what we have here.”

There were reports that Lanning was in Tuscaloosa shortly after Saban informed his team that he was resigning after 17 years at Alabama. However, Lanning clarified that he was at home watching a movie Wednesday evening with his son when he started receiving messages about being linked to the job opening.

Oregon has posted a 22-5 record since Lanning was named head coach in December 2021. He signed a massive six-year, $45-milllion contract extension that runs through the 2028 season and increases his buyout to $20 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

This is the second SEC opening that Lanning has been linked to in less than a year. He quickly removed his name from consideration after Texas A&M dismissed Jimbo Fisher.

Oregon finished its 2023 campaign with a 12-2 record that included a 45-6 win over Liberty in the Fiesta Bowl. Lanning will lead Oregon into its first season as a member of the Big Ten in 2024.

OHIO STATE’S HARRISON DECLARES FOR NFL DRAFT

Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. declared for the NFL draft on Thursday.

Harrison is expected to be a top pick after a standout career with the Buckeyes. He finishes his three years in Columbus with 155 receptions, 2,613 yards, and 31 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-3, 202-pounder totaled 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns on 67 receptions this season while the Buckeyes went 11-2. He posted three games with at least 160 receiving yards, scored a touchdown in all but two appearances, and earned an 89.9 overall grade from PFF.

Harrison is one of Ohio State’s few draft-eligible players who are going pro this year. Cornerback Denzel Burke, wide receiver Emeka Egbuka, and several others recently announced they’d be returning to school.

The 21-year-old is the son of longtime Indianapolis Colts wide receiver and Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison Sr.

MICHIGAN LB JUNIOR COLSON ENTERING 2024 NFL DRAFT

Linebacker Junior Colson, the leading tackler for national champion Michigan, is entering the 2024 NFL Draft.

Colson announced his decision on Thursday, three days after the Wolverines captured their first title since 1997.

The 6-foot-3, 247-pound junior said farewell to his coaches, teammates and fans in Ann Arbor.

“I am at a loss for words to describe what this brotherhood has meant to me and the profound impact it has had on me as a man,” Colson posted on social media. “The relationships forged along this journey will last a lifetime — I am proud to call my teammates my brothers for life.”

Colson registered a team-high 95 tackles this season — 30 more than runner-up Michael Barrett. He had 10 tackles in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Alabama at the Rose Bowl and made six stops in Monday’s 34-13 victory over Washington in the national championship game.

He collected 256 tackles in 43 games over three seasons with the Wolverines, who finished 15-0 this season and went 40-3 with Colson on the field.

EWERS RETURNING TO TEXAS FOR 2024 SEASON

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers announced he’s returning for the 2024 season.

Ewers was considered one of the top draft-eligible passers ahead of the Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2024 NFL Draft.

The 20-year-old helped lead the Longhorns to a 12-2 record and first Big 12 championship since 2009.

Ewers is set to lead Texas into a groundbreaking season as it becomes a full-time SEC member.

As a redshirt sophomore, Ewers passed for 3,479 yards, 22 touchdowns, and six interceptions, with a 69% completion rate in 2023. His numbers are even more impressive considering he missed a pair of games.

Ewers’ decision to remain at Texas wasn’t a complete surprise, as there was speculation he wanted to play another year under head coach Steve Sarkisian.

“One more year with my teammates and one more year of development with Coach Sark made the most sense,” Ewers told ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

The Southlake, Texas, native began his collegiate career at Ohio State after reclassifying in high school. He enrolled at Texas prior to the 2022 season.

NCAA PUTS FSU FOOTBALL ON PROBATION FOR NIL VIOLATION

The NCAA put the Florida State football team on a two-year probation and issued other penalties Thursday for violation of name, image and likeness rules.

The Seminoles also must disassociate from their NIL collective, known as Rising Spear, for a year, and an unnamed booster can’t have contact with the program for three years.

In addition, an unnamed Florida State assistant coach was suspended for three regular-season games and handed a two-year show cause order. According to Yahoo Sports, the coach involved is offensive coordinator Alex Atkins.

The sanctions are the first handed out in relation to the two-plus years since NIL benefits became permissible.

According to the NCAA, the unnamed coach transported a player in the transfer portal, who was considering moving to Florida State, to a spring 2022 meeting with the head of booster who was the chief executive officer of Rising Spear. The booster offered the player around $15,000 per month if he were to enroll at Florida State. The player eventually decided to stay at his previous school.

The assistant coach was only partially truthful in his explanation of the events during an investigation by the school’s enforcement office, the NCAA ruled.

The NCAA’s penalties also include:

–A $5,000 fine in addition to 1 percent of the school’s football budget.

–A 5 percent reduction in football scholarships over the two-year probationary period, which will equate to five scholarships.

–Seven fewer official (paid) visits will be allowed in 2023-24, and six unused official visits from the 2022-23 school year won’t be permitted to roll over.

–Football recruiting communications will be cut by six weeks during the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years.

–In-person recruiting days will be limited during the 2023-24 school year.

Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell was not implicated in any wrongdoing.

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NBA ROUNDUP: BOBBY PORTIS, BUCKS BLAST CELTICS

Bobby Portis came off the bench to score a game-high 28 points and grab 12 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks avoided a third consecutive loss by routing the visiting Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday.

Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 26 minutes. He made 10 of 13 shots. The Bucks also received a 21-point performance from Damian Lillard.

Boston’s five starters didn’t play in the second half. Jaylen Brown had 10 points, the only Celtics starter who finished in double figures. Jayson Tatum tossed in seven, Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday each had six, and Derrick White finished with two as the starters combined to shoot 13-for-42 (31 percent).

Milwaukee seized control with a 25-0 run in the first half. The Celtics trailed 31-23 with 2:14 left in the first quarter, then went scoreless for the next 6:36. Boston missed 10 consecutive field-goal attempts during that stretch.

Suns 127, Lakers 109

Bradley Beal scored a season-high 37 points, Devin Booker added 31 and visiting Phoenix used a fast start to beat Los Angeles.

Kevin Durant scored 18 points and Jusuf Nurkic added nine points and 12 rebounds as the Suns defeated the Lakers for the first time in four tries this season. The teams will play one more time, Feb. 25 at Phoenix. Beal went 8 of 10 from 3-point range, 14 of 21 overall and scored 26 points in the second half as the Suns won for the sixth time in their last nine games.

D’Angelo Russell scored 19 points and Max Christie added 14 for the Lakers, who lost for the fifth time in their last seven games. Anthony Davis and LeBron James were held to 13 and 10 points, respectively, as the Lakers fell to 2-3 during a stretch when they play 10 of 11 games at home.

Mavericks 128, Knicks 124

Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 44 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. tied his season high with 32 as Dallas withstood a fourth-quarter rally to beat visiting New York.

Green matched his season high with 18 points and Grant Williams scored 11 for Dallas, which won for the fourth time in its last five games. The Mavericks played without star Luka Doncic, who sat out with a right ankle sprain.

Julius Randle scored 32 points for New York, which had its five-game winning streak come to an end. Jalen Brunson scored 30 points against his former team, DiVincenzo added 19 points, and OG Anunoby had 10. Isaiah Hartenstein recorded a game-high 15 rebounds.

Thunder 139, Trail Blazers 77

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points and Josh Giddey had his first triple-double of the season as host Oklahoma City demolished Portland.

The win was the third consecutive and eighth in 10 games for the Thunder. The loss was Portland’s fifth in six games.

Giddey finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. It was his ninth career triple-double. While the Thunder had six players scoring in double figures, Portland had just two — Anfernee Simons with 14 points and Scoot Henderson with 13.

Cavaliers 111, Nets 102

Donovan Mitchell scored 21 of his season-high 45 points in the fourth quarter to go along with 12 rebounds as Cleveland topped slumping Brooklyn the NBA’s Global Games in Paris.

Mitchell made 15 of 30 shots to produce his third 40-point showing this season and his fourth double-double. He also hit 11 free throws, handed out six assists and got four steals. Caris LeVert added 21 points while his former Brooklyn teammate Jarrett Allen posted his eighth straight double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for Cleveland. Isaac Okoro contributed 12 points as the Cavaliers countered shooting 39 percent from the field by making 79.1 percent (34 of 43) at the line.

Mikal Bridges and Cam Thomas scored 26 apiece to lead the Nets. The duo combined to make 19 of Brooklyn’s 20 free throws but were 15 of 39 from the floor as the Nets shot 45.1 percent. Lonnie Walker IV scored 20 and Nic Claxton collected 13 points and 11 rebounds as Brooklyn fell for the 12th time in 15 games.

GRIZZLIES’ SMART TO MISS 6 WEEKS WITH A FINGER INJURY, CREATING MORE BACKCOURT WOES WITHOUT MORANT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies guard Marcus Smart will miss at least six weeks because of an injury to his right ring finger.

The team said Thursday that Smart will be re-evaluated in six weeks after being diagnosed with a ruptured joint. Smart suffered the injury during the third quarter of Memphis’ win at Dallas on Tuesday. After making a 3-pointer, Smart noticed that his finger was gruesomely out of place while extending his hand to celebrate.

His injury came days after fellow guard Ja Morant was lost for the season. Morant had surgery Thursday to repair a labral tear in his right shoulder and is “expected to make a full recovery ahead of the 2024-25 season.”

Morant was injured during practice Saturday. The two-time All-Star was in a sling for a game against Phoenix on Sunday, and the season-ending news came a day later.

It was the latest setback for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft. He was suspended for the first 25 games for displaying a gun on social media, his second such suspension in less than a year after missing eight games last season for a similar offense.

Morant returned from the 25-game suspension and averaged 25.1 points in nine games, with the Grizzlies going 6-3 in those contests. But they are well under .500 without their best player, dimming Memphis’ playoff prospects after qualifying the past three seasons.

Smart’s absence will surely affect the team’s backcourt. He is averaging 14.5 points and 4.3 assists a game.

RAPTORS COACH RAJAKOVIC FINED $25K FOR BLASTING OFFICIALS

The NBA fined Toronto Raptors head coach Darko Rajakovic $25,000 for his fervent criticism of the officiating in his team’s 132-131 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Rajakovic launched a vehement rant in which he scrutinized a 23-2 free-throw disparity in the Lakers’ favor during the fourth quarter and suggested the referees conspired to help Los Angeles win at home.

“How is that possible? How are you going to explain that to me? (The Lakers) had to win tonight? If that’s the case, just let us know so we don’t show up for the game,” the first-year head coach said. “Just give them a win. That was not fair tonight.

“And this is not the first time it happened to us … It’s complete crap.”

It’s Rajakovic’s first fine of his head coaching career.

Despite being outscored in the paint 70-50 by Rajakovic’s squad, the Lakers shot nearly three times as many free throws as the Raptors on Tuesday, going 28-of-36 from the line compared to 8-of-13 for Toronto. The Raptors were also arguably undone late by multiple controversial calls, including Immanuel Quickley’s disqualifying sixth foul: an offensive foul with 3:52 left to play that was upgraded to a flagrant 1 following a review.

With just over 24 seconds left and the Lakers up 124-121, Raptors wing RJ Barrett was then whistled for a moving screen on Anthony Davis as Scottie Barnes shot what would’ve been a game-tying 3-pointer.

Toronto was unable to contest the call on Barrett after unsuccessfully using its coach’s challenge on Quickley’s fifth foul earlier in the game.

Lakers star LeBron James, who finished with 22 points, 12 assists, and five rebounds in the victory, said he didn’t believe there was anything dubious about the officiating.

“I felt like they fouled and we didn’t,” James told reporters postgame.

REPORT: NBA PLANNING TO MAKE DRAFT 2-NIGHT EVENT

The 2024 NBA Draft could have a vastly different feel to it.

The league is finalizing plans for the 2024 NBA Draft to take place across two evenings, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Final approval is reportedly required from the National Basketball Players Association. If the changes are accepted, the second round will be pushed to a second day.

The NBA and its teams are hoping this change will give clubs more time to make trades and strategize for the second night, according to Wojnarowski. Teams have apparently been frustrated with the chaotic speed of Round 2.

The plan will also cater better to programming for the league’s television rights partners, Wojnarowski adds.

The NBA draft has consisted of two rounds since 1989.

If the change is approved, the 2024 NBA Draft would take place June 26 and 27 in Brooklyn.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: SANTA CLARA ENDS 13-YEAR SKID VS. NO. 23 ZAGS

Adama-Alpha Bal converted the decisive layup with 4.6 seconds left and host Santa Clara ended a 26-game losing streak against No. 23 Gonzaga with a 77-76 victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday night.

Bal scored 17 points as Santa Clara defeated Gonzaga for the first time since Jan. 20, 2011. The Broncos (12-6, 3-0 West Coast Conference) are undefeated in league play after three games for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

Anton Watson matched his career high of 32 points on 14-of-18 shooting for the Bulldogs (11-5, 2-1), who were unable to deliver coach Mark Few his 700th career victory. Watson also grabbed nine rebounds and set a career high with six steals.

Bal’s driving hoop caromed off the glass and bounced on the rim four times before falling in to give Santa Clara a one-point lead. Bal was fouled on the play and missed the ensuing free throw, but Gonzaga didn’t get off a final shot as Watson threw the ball directly to Bal just before time expired.

No. 10 Illinois 71, Michigan State 68

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Marcus Domask, Coleman Hawkins and Ty Rodgers each scored 15 points and the Fighting Illini held off the Spartans down the stretch in Champaign, Ill.

Domask, who added six rebounds and five assists, canned both ends of a one-and-one with 25.7 seconds left to give Illinois (12-3, 3-1 Big Ten) a three-point advantage. Michigan State had two chances to force overtime, but Tyson Walker and A.J. Hoggard each missed long 3-pointers in the final 15 seconds.

Quincy Guerrier and Justin Harmon added 10 points each for the Fighting Illini. Walker’s 17 points led four players in double figures for the Spartans (9-7, 1-4).

No. 24 Florida Atlantic 85, Tulane 84

Alijah Martin made two of three free throws with less than a second to play as the Owls edged the Green Wave in New Orleans.

After Collin Holloway’s layup with 28 seconds left gave Tulane (10-5, 1-2 American Athletic Conference) an 84-83 lead to cap a 10-0 run, Martin was fouled by Jaylen Forbes on a 3-point attempt as time was set to expire. With 0.4 seconds left, Martin sank the second and third attempts from the foul line.

Nick Boyd netted 21 points for Florida Atlantic (12-4, 2-1), while Vladislav Goldin had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Forbes matched his season high with 28 points, while teammate Kevin Cross had 20 points and 11 boards.

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WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 21 FSU STOPS NO. 20 UNC’S WIN STREAK

Sara Bejedi scored 23 points to help No. 21 Florida State get a 70-62 victory over No. 20 North Carolina on Thursday night in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida State (13-4, 4-1 ACC) also got 11 points and 14 rebounds from Makayla Timpson and 12 points from Omariah Gordon. Ta’Niya Latson had eight points and five assists before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent lower-body injury.

North Carolina (11-5, 3-1 ACC) saw its five-game winning streak snapped. Deja Kelly powered the Tar Heels with 23 points before fouling out, and Indya Nivar chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

FSU never trailed and led by as many as 21 points. UNC cut the deficit to three points with 1:41 to play after a free throw by Anya Poole, but then FSU ended the game on a 5-0 run. The Tar Heels made just three 3-pointers while the Seminoles knocked down 10.

No. 1 South Carolina 81, Missouri 57

Bree Hall scored a career-best 21 points as the Gamecocks got a road win over the Tigers in Columbia, Mo.

Te-Hina Paopao added 15 points for South Carolina (15-0, 3-0 SEC), while Ashlyn Watkins, Sania Feagin and Raven Johnson each scored 10. For Missouri (9-7, 0-3 SEC), Ashton Judd and Hayley Frank both notched 16 points.

After a tight opening frame, South Carolina pulled away in the second quarter by outscoring the Tigers 25-15. The Gamecocks shot sharply, knocking down 51.6 percent of their field goals and 53.3 percent of their 3-pointers. South Carolina also outscored Missouri 44-18 in the paint.

No. 6 N.C. State 93, Virginia 66

Zoe Brooks scored a season-high 19 points to lead the Wolfpack over the Cavaliers in Raleigh, N.C.

It was a bounce-back win for N.C. State (15-1, 3-1 ACC), which suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday at Virginia Tech. Madison Hayes added 17 points for the Wolfpack, while Mimi Collins pitched in 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Camryn Taylor powered Virginia (8-7, 0-4 ACC) with 22 points and six rebounds.

Laci Steele was crucial for N.C. State in the second quarter, scoring 11 of her 13 points on 4-of-4 shooting to help the Wolfpack take a 23-point lead into halftime.

N.C. State outscored Virginia 36-14 on fast breaks and turned 16 turnovers by the Cavaliers into 23 points.

No. 7 LSU 87, Texas A&M 70

Angel Reese tallied 20 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Tigers over the visiting Aggies in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU (16-1, 3-0 SEC) also got 21 points and eight boards from Aneesah Morrow, 16 points from Mikaylah Williams and 14 points and four assists from Hailey Van Lith.

Endyia Rogers powered Texas A&M (13-3, 1-2) with a season-best 27 points, while Lauren Ware added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Texas A&M led by four points early, but then LSU closed the opening frame with a 22-10 run. The Tigers then increased their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Aggies 24-12. LSU made 54.5 percent of its 3-pointers while holding the Aggies to 18.2 percent.

No. 11 Virginia Tech 76, Miami 52

Elizabeth Kitley had 31 points and 11 rebounds to help the Hokies top the Hurricanes in Blacksburg, Va.

Georgia Amoore added 16 points for Virginia Tech (13-2, 4-0 ACC) while Matilda Ekh chipped in 12 points. Shayeann Day-Wilson scored 19 points for Miami (11-4, 1-3).

After an even first quarter, Virginia Tech pulled away in the second, outscoring Miami 26-10. Key for the Hokies was their sharp shooting, as they knocked down nine 3-pointers and 19 free throws.

Virginia Tech plays at No. 21 Florida State on Sunday.

No. 15 Louisville 74, Pitt 44

Sydney Taylor scored 13 points as the Cardinals raced away from the host Panthers in Pittsburgh.

Louisville (14-2, 3-0 ACC) also got 10 points apiece from Kiki Jefferson and Olivia Cochran.

Jala Jordan led Pitt (6-11, 0-4) with 11 points in the fourth straight loss for the Panthers.

Louisville never trailed as it shot 52.6 percent and scored 34 points off 24 Pitt turnovers.

No. 16 Gonzaga 87, Santa Clara 49

Yvonne Ejim scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs to a victory over the visiting Broncos in Spokane, Wash.

Ejim shot a perfect 7 of 7 from the floor and also had four assists, four rebounds and three steals for Gonzaga (15-2, 2-0 WCC). Eliza Hollingsworth added 18 points for the Bulldogs, and Kayleigh Truong had 13 points.

Tess Heal led Santa Clara (13-4, 1-1 WCC) with 10 points.

Gonzaga went on to lead by 44 points as it shot 59.6 percent and outscored the Broncos 40-20 in the paint.

No. 17 Ohio State 90, Rutgers 55

Madison Greene scored 16 points off the bench to help the Buckeyes beat the visiting Scarlet Knights in Columbus, Ohio.

Jacy Sheldon added 11 points and eight steals for Ohio State (12-3, 3-1 Big Ten) while Celeste Taylor had 12 points and four assists.

Destiny Adams paced Rutgers (6-12, 0-5) with 18 points and seven rebounds.

After trailing by two points early, the Buckeyes pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring Rutgers 24-9. Ohio State went on to lead by 42 points. The Buckeyes turned 28 Rutgers turnovers into 36 points.

No. 18 Notre Dame 98, Boston College 48

Hannah Hidalgo amassed 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Irish bounced back from a loss to beat the Eagles in South Bend, Ind.

After missing Sunday’s loss to North Carolina, Maddy Westbeld returned to the lineup for Notre Dame (11-3, 2-2 ACC) and collected 15 points and 15 rebounds. Kylee Watson, Anna DeWolfe and Sonia Citron each scored 11 points, while KK Bransford had 13 points and six boards off the bench.

Boston College (9-8, 1-3) was led by Dontavia Waggoner’s 12 points and six rebounds.

Notre Dame won the rebounding battle 55-30 and outscored Boston College 54-34 in the paint.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: JETS RALLY FOR RECORD 8TH STRAIGHT WIN

Gabriel Vilardi and Nikolaj Ehlers scored in the final four minutes to lift Winnipeg to a 2-1 victory against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, the Jets’ franchise-record eighth straight win.

Laurent Brossoit made 20 saves for the Jets, who also extended their point streak to 14 games (12-0-2).

Connor Murphy scored and Petr Mrazek made 26 saves for the Blackhawks, who have lost seven of eight (1-6-1) and 15 straight on the road (0-14-1).

Vilardi scored off a centering pass from just above the goal line by Adam Lowry to tie the score 1-1 with 3:29 remaining.

Ehlers produced the go-ahead goal with 1:05 left, bringing the puck down the middle of the Chicago zone and scoring with a wrist shot from the inside edge of the right circle.

Oilers 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)

Darnell Nurse scored 1:20 into overtime and visiting Edmonton edged Detroit to tie the franchise record with its ninth consecutive victory. Nurse ripped a shot from the left circle past Alex Lyon for his sixth goal of the season.

Zach Hyman scored his team-leading 26th goal and added an assist while Connor McDavid also found the net for the Oilers. Calvin Pickard stopped 15 shots for the win.

Andrew Copp had a goal for the Red Wings, and Olli Maatta sent the game into overtime by scoring with less than four minutes left in regulation. Lyon made 44 saves.

Kraken 4, Capitals 1

Defenseman Adam Larsson had a goal and an assist as Seattle defeated host Washington to tie the franchise record with an eighth consecutive victory.

Tye Kartye, Alex Wennberg and Justin Schultz also tallied and Brandon Tanev had two assists for the Kraken, who extended their franchise-best point streak to 12 games (10-0-2). Joey Daccord made 25 saves.

Oft-injured Max Pacioretty scored his first goal for the Capitals while playing in just his fourth game since being signed as a free agent in the offseason. Darcy Kuemper stopped 19 of 23 shots as Washington lost for the seventh time in the past nine games (2-5-2).

Panthers 3, Kings 2 (OT)

Sam Reinhart scored a power-play goal with 0.7 seconds left in overtime as Florida extended its winning streak to nine games, defeating Los Angeles in Sunrise, Fla.

Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for the Panthers, and Reinhart added an assist. Florida got 31 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky, who ranks among the top four in the NHL in wins (21-9-1).

The Kings, who have lost seven consecutive games (0-3-4), got goals from Drew Doughty and Trevor Moore. Cam Talbot made 38 saves, but he lost his sixth straight contest.

Blues 5, Rangers 2

Jordan Kyrou scored a hat trick and Jordan Binnington made 40 saves to lead St. Louis past visiting New York.

Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who won for the third time in their past four games. Brandon Saad also scored for St. Louis, and Robert Thomas had two assists.

Adam Fox and Vincent Trocheck scored and Igor Shesterkin made 15 saves for the Rangers, who are 0-2-1 in their past three games — their longest winless stretch of the season.

Hurricanes 6, Ducks 3

Seth Jarvis had a goal and two assists as Carolina withstood a shaky middle stretch of the game to defeat Anaheim in Raleigh, N.C.

Jordan Martinook and Stefan Noesen both posted a goal and an assist and Brady Skjei, Andrei Svechnikov and Jack Drury also scored for the Hurricanes, who have a seven-game points streak (6-0-1). Teuvo Teravainen notched two assists.

Isac Lundestrom, Ryan Strome and Frank Vatrano provided the Ducks’ goals. John Gibson stopped 21 shots through two periods before exiting in favor of Lukas Dostal, who stopped eight shots in the third.

Golden Knights 2, Bruins 1 (OT)

Alex Pietrangelo scored 46 seconds into overtime to give Vegas a win over Boston in Las Vegas.

Pietrangelo finished an odd-man rush with an easy tip-in into a wide-open right side of the net off a crossing pass by Mark Stone. It was his second goal of the season and first in 27 games. Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist and Logan Thompson made 32 saves for Vegas, which won for just the third time in 10 games.

Matt Grzelcyk scored for the Bruins, who lost their third straight game, all in extra time. Jeremy Swayman finished with 23 saves.

Sabres 5, Senators 3

Tage Thompson scored twice in a 2:04 stretch of the first period, and host Buffalo beat reeling Ottawa.

JJ Peterka and Peyton Krebs also scored, Dylan Cozens added an assist and an empty-netter and Rasmus Dahlin had two assists for the Sabres, who are 8-6-2 since Dec. 7. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 28 shots for the victory.

Claude Giroux scored twice for the Senators, and Vladimir Tarasenko added a goal. Anton Forsberg (six saves) left in the first period with a groin injury. Joonas Korpisalo took over and made 21 saves.

Sharks 3, Canadiens 2

San Jose ended a 12-game losing streak by hanging on for a dramatic road victory over Montreal.

Luke Kunin, Fabian Zetterlund, and Nikita Okhotiuk all scored as the Sharks ended a month of frustration with their fourth road win of the season (4-17-1). San Jose’s string of regulation losses was one of the 22 longest losing skids in NHL history, and the longest since the Buffalo Sabres’ 14-game drought during the 2014-15 season. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 33 of 35 shots for the win.

Brendan Gallagher and Josh Anderson scored for the Canadiens, and Mike Matheson had two assists. Sam Montembeault stopped 32 of 35 shots.

Canucks 4, Penguins 3 (OT)

Elias Pettersson scored on a breakaway at 3:05 of overtime, a shot that glanced off Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry, to give visiting Vancouver its fourth straight win.

Pettersson finished with two goals and two assists, Brock Boeser had two goals, J.T. Miller added three assists and Filip Hronek two assists for the Canucks. Thatcher Demko made 32 saves.

Sidney Crosby scored twice and Marcus Pettersson had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who have lost three of five (2-2-1). Alex Nedeljkovic gave up three goals on nine shots in the first period. Jarry came in and made 19 saves.

Lightning 4, Devils 3 (OT)

Darren Raddysh scored the winning goal 1:52 into overtime as Tampa Bay won its second straight game beyond regulation, beating visiting New Jersey.

Luke Glendening scored short-handed and at even strength, and Brayden Point also scored. Nikita Kucherov and Nick Perbix had two assists apiece, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves.

Dawson Mercer, Jesper Bratt and Nathan Bastian scored for the Devils, who are 4-2 in overtime this season. Vitek Vanecek stopped 16 shots.

Islanders 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

Mathew Barzal scored 21 seconds into overtime as New York overcame a two-goal deficit in the second period to edge Toronto in Elmont, N.Y.

Kyle Palmieri, Alexander Romanov and Bo Horvat scored for the Islanders, who snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the second time in six games (2-3-1). Barzal added three assists and goalie Ilya Sorokin made 32 saves.

Auston Matthews scored twice in the second period — his NHL-leading 32nd and 33rd goals — for the Maple Leafs, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Bobby McMann scored Toronto’s first goal, and Martin Jones made 26 saves.

Flames 6, Coyotes 2

Blake Coleman collected one goal in a three-point first period and Yegor Sharangovich netted his first hat trick of the season as Calgary prevailed in Tempe, Ariz.

Mikael Backlund and Rasmus Andersson also scored for the Flames, who have won two straight games. Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves, while MacKenzie Weegar, Jonathan Huberdeau and Elias Lindholm all collected two assists.

Lawson Crouse and Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes, who won once during their five-game homestand. Starting goalie Karel Vejmelka surrendered four goals on 12 shots before being pulled in the first period, and Connor Ingram made 16 saves in relief.

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORTS: YANKEES OF JUAN SOTO GETS RECORD $31M TO AVOID ARBITRATION

The New York Yankees and their new star outfielder, Juan Soto, avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $31 million, multiple reports said Thursday.

That breaks the record for an arbitration-eligible player set last year by Shohei Ohtani, then with the Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani got $30 million.

The Yankees acquired Soto and fellow outfielder Trent Grisham from the San Diego Padres in exchange for catcher Kyle Higashioka and pitchers Michael King, Jhony Brito, Drew Thorpe and Randy Vasquez.

The next trick for New York will be to sign Soto to a long-term contract past 2024. General manager Brian Cashman indicated the team wants Soto to sign long-term, while Soto said he is focused on playing ball in 2024.

In his only full season in San Diego, Soto earned $23 million and played in all 162 games and tallied 35 home runs, 32 doubles, 97 runs and an MLB-high 132 walks on a .275 batting average.

Soto, 25, is a three-time All-Star and was runner-up for the National League MVP in 2021 while with Washington. He has 160 homers, 483 RBIs, 640 walks and a .284 average in seasons with the Nationals (2018-22) and Padres (2022-23).

LEFT-HANDER SHŌTA IMANAGA AND CHICAGO CUBS FINALIZE $53 MILLION, 4-YEAR CONTRACT

CHICAGO (AP) — Japanese left-hander Shōta Imanaga and the Chicago Cubs finalized a $53 million, four-year contract on Thursday, a deal that includes a club option that could make the agreement worth $80 million over five seasons.

Chicago can exercise a 2028 option after 2025 or ’26. If the team declines the option in either instance, Imanaga would have the right to opt out of the remainder of the contract to become a free agent.

Chicago must pay a posting fee of $9,825,000 to the Yokohama BayStars of Japan’s Central League. The amount of the fee would increase if the option is exercised.

The 30-year-old Imanaga, who got the win for Japan in last year’s World Baseball Classic final against the United States, had until 5 p.m. EST on Thursday for a finalized agreement to be submitted to Major League Baseball.

The addition of Imanaga was the first big player move for Chicago since it hired Craig Counsell as manager in November, replacing David Ross in a surprise move. The Cubs were in position for an NL wild card last year before stumbling in September, fading to an 83-79 record after finishing under .500 in the previous two seasons.

Imanaga provided Chicago a replacement for Marcus Stroman, who became a free agent after opting out of his contract. The Cubs also have lefty Justin Steele and right-handers Kyle Hendricks and Jameson Taillon penciled into their rotation.

Cody Bellinger is a free agent after a resurgent season in Chicago, and the Cubs are hoping to re-sign the slugger. They also could add a corner infielder or two before spring training begins next month.

Imanaga was 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 22 starts this year for the Yokohama BayStars of Japan’s Central League. He struck out 174 and walked 24 in 148 innings.

Imanaga, recognizable for throwback-style high socks, was 64-50 with a 3.18 ERA in eight seasons with Yokohama, striking out 1,021 and walking 280 in 1,002 2/3 innings.

His fastball averaged 93.5 mph in the WBC final, when he allowed one run and four hits in two innings, giving up a home run to Trea Turner.

Under the MLB-NPB agreement, the posting fee will be 20% of the first $25 million of a major league contract, including earned bonuses and options. The percentage drops to 17.5% of the next $25 million and 15% of any amount over $50 million. There would be a supplemental fee of 15% of any earned bonuses, salary escalators and exercised options.

ROYALS AGREE TO DEALS WITH 4 PITCHERS, INCLUDING BRADY SINGER, TO AVOID SALARY ARBITRATION

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals and right-hander Brady Singer agreed to a $4.85 million, one-year contract Thursday, and fellow pitchers Nick Anderson, Carlos Hernández and Kyle Wright also agreed to deals that kept Kansas City from going to arbitration this year.

Singer got a big bump from the $2.95 million he made last season, even though the 27-year-old former first-round draft pick had a disappointing year. He went 8-11 in 29 starts with a 5.52 ERA that was nearly 2 1/2 runs higher than the previous season.

Anderson, who was acquired from Atlanta to help fortify the bullpen, agreed to a $1,575,000 deal. He was 4-0 with a 3.06 ERA and one save in 35 appearances for the Braves, who romped to the NL East title but lost in the NL Divisional Series.

Hernández agreed to a $1,012,500 contract after going 1-10 with a 5.27 ERA last season for Kansas City.

Wright is not expected to pitch in 2024 but will make $1.8 million as he rehabs from shoulder surgery last October. The Royals also acquired the former 20-game winner from Atlanta in a trade for right-hander Jackson Kowar.

REPORTS: CUBS LAND TOP INF PROSPECT MICHAEL BUSCH FROM DODGERS

The Chicago Cubs acquired promising infield prospect Michael Busch in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, multiple outlets reported.

The Cubs also received help for their bullpen in the deal, getting right-handed pitcher Yency Almonte.

Multiple outlets reported the Dodgers will receive minor league left-hander Jackson Ferris. ESPN reported the Dodgers also will get minor league outfielder Zyhir Hope.

Busch, 26, was named the Dodgers’ minor league player of the year in 2023 after recording 27 home runs with 90 RBIs in 98 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He also was named Pacific Coast League MVP. According to mlb.com, Busch is the Dodgers’ No. 2 overall prospect.

Busch made his major league debut for the Dodgers in 2023, batting .167 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 27 games. He has infield and outfield experience but primarily has been used at second base in the minor leagues.

In 2022, Busch hit a combined 38 home runs with 108 RBIs in 142 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Almonte, 29, was 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 49 relief appearances for the Dodgers last season. He had a run of 15 outings from June 15-July 25 in which he did not give up a run.

In six major league seasons with the Colorado Rockies (2018-21) and Dodgers, Almonte is 7-6 with a 4.51 ERA in 196 relief appearances.

Ferris, 19, was the Cubs’ second-round draft pick in 2022. At Single-A Myrtle Beach in 2023, Ferris was 2-3 with a 3.88 ERA in 18 starts (56 innings). He had 77 strikeouts with 33 walks and gave up one home run.

Hope, who turns 19 on Jan. 19, was an 11th-round draft pick by the Cubs this past summer. In 11 games for the Cubs’ Arizona Complex League club in 2023, Hope batted .286 with three home runs and nine RBIs.

Ferris was listed as the Cubs’ No. 8 overall prospect at mlb.com.

The trade comes in advance of the Dodgers’ official announcement that they have signed outfielder Teoscar Hernandez to a free-agent contract. Los Angeles needed to clear a spot on its 40-man roster.

REPORTS: YANKEES LAND MARCUS STROMAN FOR 2 YEARS, $37M

The New York Yankees beefed up their rotation on Thursday, agreeing to a two-year, $37 million deal with free agent right-hander Marcus Stroman, according to multiple media reports.

The contract includes a vesting option for a third year. Per reports, Stroman could choose to receive $18 million for the 2026 season if he pitches at least 140 innings in 2025.

Stroman joins a rotation that will include Gerrit Cole, who recently won the American League Cy Young Award, as well as Carlos Rodon, Nestor Cortes and Clarke Schmidt.

Stroman, 32, was an All-Star last year for the Chicago Cubs, when he finished 10-9 with a 3.95 ERA in 27 games (25 starts). The highlight of his season was a one-hit shutout against Tampa Bay on May 29, when Wander Franco got the Rays’ lone hit, a single, leading off the seventh inning.

A first-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2012, Stroman pitched in Toronto from 2014-19. Shortly after making his first All-Star team in July 2019, he was traded to the New York Mets for left-hander Anthony Kay and right-hander Simeon Woods Richardson.

Stroman pitched two seasons for the Mets, sitting out the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign. He signed a three-year, $71 million deal with the Cubs in December 2021, then exercised his right to opt out of that contract after two seasons.

BUD HARRELSON, SCRAPPY METS SHORTSTOP WHO ONCE FOUGHT PETE ROSE, DIES AT 79

NEW YORK (AP) — Bud Harrelson, the scrappy and sure-handed shortstop who fought Pete Rose on the field during a playoff game and helped the New York Mets win an astonishing championship, died early Thursday morning. He was 79.

The Mets said Thursday that Harrelson died at a hospice house in East Northport, New York after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was diagnosed in 2016 and publicly shared his struggle two years later, hoping he and his family could help others afflicted.

Throughout his health ordeal, Harrelson stayed involved with his professional pride and joy. He was part-owner of the Long Island Ducks, an independent minor league team located minutes from his home. He called his decades of work with the club — which he was instrumental in starting and running — his greatest achievement in baseball.

The team said Harrelson’s family was planning a celebration of his life for a later date.

During a major league career that lasted from 1965-80, the light-hitting Harrelson was selected to two All-Star Games and won a Gold Glove. Known to family and teammates as Buddy, he spent his first 13 seasons with New York and was the only man in a Mets uniform for both their World Series titles.

The first came as the infield anchor of the 1969 Miracle Mets, the other as the club’s third base coach in 1986.

In one of the most famous scenes in baseball history, it was a euphoric Harrelson who waved home Ray Knight with the winning run on Bill Buckner’s error in Game 6 of the ’86 Series against Boston.

Harrelson also managed the Mets for nearly two seasons, guiding them to a second-place NL East finish in 1990 after taking over in late May. He was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 1986, joining Rusty Staub as the first two players honored.

“It was easy to see why the ’69 guys loved him. He was great on defense and he was tough,” Mets broadcaster Ron Darling, who pitched for the club from 1983-91, told the New York Post in 2018.

In Game 3 of the 1973 NL Championship Series between the Mets and Cincinnati Reds, Rose slid hard into Harrelson at second base on a double play. The two ended up toe-to-toe and then wrestling in the infield dirt at Shea Stadium, triggering a wild, bench-clearing brawl that spilled into the outfield.

Outweighed by more than 30 pounds, the scrawny, gritty Harrelson got the worst of it.

But he didn’t back down.

“I have no regrets about going at it with Rose. I did what I had to do to protect myself, and Pete did what he thought he had to do to try to motivate his team,” Harrelson wrote in his 2012 memoir, “Turning Two: My Journey to the Top of the World and Back with the New York Mets” co-authored by Phil Pepe. “We fought and that was the end of it.”

Sort of.

The game was held up as irate fans hurled objects at Rose, and the Reds were pulled off the field by manager Sparky Anderson until order was restored. Mets skipper Yogi Berra and players including Willie Mays and Tom Seaver went out to left field to calm the crowd.

Cincinnati players apparently were peeved about a comment from Harrelson after Game 2. Making light of his own shortcomings, Harrelson said Mets pitcher Jon Matlack “made the Big Red Machine look like me hitting” after the left-hander tossed a two-hit shutout.

“I didn’t think it was all that bad. I was kind of putting myself down a little bit, but I was also putting them down,” Harrelson said. “Then I heard that they were going to come after me and all that, so I figured that was it right there. And when Pete hit me after I’d already thrown the ball, I got mad. And we had the little match. He just kind of lifted me up, laid me down to sleep and it was all over.”

Harrelson later wrote that Charlie Hustle caught him with “a cheap shot.” But the former shortstop would also joke about the fracas, often saying: “I hit him with my best punch. I hit him right in the fist with my eye.”

The two became teammates in Philadelphia years later and when their playing days were long over, Harrelson said Rose, baseball’s career hits leader, signed a photo of the fight for him and wrote, “Thanks for making me famous.”

Harrelson later managed Rose’s son with the Ducks, and the elder Rose even attended a couple of games, Harrelson said.

Harrelson was traded to the Phillies in 1978 and spent two years with them before playing his final season for the Texas Rangers. A switch-hitter, he finished his career with a .236 batting average and .616 OPS. He hit seven home runs — never more than one in a season — and stole 127 bases, including a career-high 28 for the Mets in 1971.

Despite his lack of power, Harrelson could be pesky at the plate. He drew 95 walks in 1970 and was always a good bunter. He batted .333 lifetime (20 for 60) against Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, with 14 walks and just three strikeouts for a .459 on-base percentage.

“I have always said I’ll take God to three-and-two and take my chances. I might foul two off before He gave me ball four,” Harrelson wrote.

Harrelson came off the bench in the 1970 All-Star Game in Cincinnati, getting two hits and scoring twice. He was the National League’s starting shortstop the following season at Tiger Stadium and won his only Gold Glove that year.

Harrelson went 3 for 17 (.176) with three walks when the Mets beat heavily favored Baltimore in the 1969 World Series. He had a .379 on-base percentage during a seven-game loss to Oakland in the ’73 Series, after New York upset Cincinnati in the playoffs.

As manager of the Mets from 1990-91, Harrelson compiled a 145-129 record.

Derrel McKinley “Bud” Harrelson was born in Niles, California, on D-Day: June 6, 1944. He went to college at San Francisco State and signed with the Mets in June 1963 for $13,500 even though the New York Yankees offered $3,000 more.

Harrelson said he was a little intimidated by the Yankees’ storied history and worried he might get stuck in the minors with them. He figured the Mets, an expansion franchise in 1962, might provide a faster path to the majors.

Early in his pro career with the struggling club, he tried switch-hitting at Casey Stengel’s suggestion and stuck with it.

In 1972, Harrelson authored an instructional book titled “How to Play Better Baseball.”

After his diagnosis, Harrelson joined the board of directors of Alzheimer’s Association Long Island and worked with his family to raise awareness. He still made it out to Ducks games, eagerly greeting fans as a goodwill ambassador even if he couldn’t throw batting practice or coach first base anymore.

“I feel like I’m home when I’m there. I’m with the people I love,” Harrelson told the Post.

“I want people to know you can live with (Alzheimer’s) and that a lot of people have it,” he said. “It could be worse.”

Despite his condition, Harrelson was at Citi Field in 2019 for the Mets’ 50th anniversary celebration of their 1969 championship. Tom Seaver, his good friend and former roommate, did not attend after the Hall of Fame pitcher was diagnosed with dementia.

Harrelson is survived by his former wife, Kim Battaglia; daughters Kimberly Psarras, Alexandra Abbatiello and Kassandra Harrelson; sons Timothy and Troy; 10 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

GOLF NEWS

CAM DAVIS JUMPS ON TOP AT SONY OPEN IN HAWAII

Cam Davis birdied five of his last six holes and held a two-shot lead on Thursday in Honolulu when play was suspended for the night during the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Davis, a 28-year-old Australian, fired an 8-under-par 62 at Waialae Country Club as the first full-field event of the 2024 PGA Tour season got underway.

Taylor Montgomery carded a 64, and Austin Eckroat, England’s Aaron Rai, Webb Simpson and Germany’s Stephan Jaeger shared third place at 65.

Chris Kirk, Brendon Todd, Eric Cole, Scott Stallings, Harris English, Sweden’s Alex Noren, France’s Matthieu Pavon and Argentina’s Alejandro Tosti are tied for seventh place at 66. Norman Xiong is also at 4 under par, but he has three holes to go.

Defending champion Si Woo Kim of South Korea is tied for 47th at 69, along with the field’s top two players in the world rankings, No. 8 Matt Fitzpatrick of England and No. 9 Brian Harman.

Davis owns one win in 131 previous PGA Tour starts, at the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic. He has made just five career appearances at major tournaments, topped by a tie for fourth at the 2023 PGA Championship.

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COLTS NEWS

COLTS QB ANTHONY RICHARDSON LEARNING TO PLAY ‘SMART’

After an injury-shortened rookie season, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson still plans to maintain his aggressive style while “being smart” and hopefully staying healthy.

“I feel like I’m going to stay the same, keep being me,” the 2023 first-round draft pick told reporters on Thursday. “I can’t try to run through everybody. If it’s first-and-10, I need to get what I can get, get down, get out of bounds, get to the sideline, do what I can do. … But if the game is on the line, I’ve got to go out there and compete.”

Richardson, 21, made four starts (winning two) and completed 50 of 84 passes for 577 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 136 yards and four scores on just 25 carries.

He got knocked out of the season opener against Jacksonville with a bruised knee, left with a concussion in Week 2 versus Houston and sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 5 against Tennessee. The injury required surgery and he was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 11.

“The injury definitely opened my eyes to the fact that I need to be healthy for the team, for everybody in this building. It allowed me to slow my mind down a little bit and sit back and really learn the game a little bit,” Richardson said. “Just sitting back and learning from (quarterback) Gardner (Minshew) and coach Shane (Steichen) and just being in the building a lot, it definitely taught me a lot of things this year.”

The Colts made a playoff push without Richardson and finished 9-8, knocked out of postseason contention Saturday with a 23-19 loss to the Texans.

“I wanted to play. I wanted to be out there with the team,” Richardson said. “This injury kind of set me back a little bit. But after talking to the training staff and getting different opinions from different doctors and talking to my agent and my family, they said, long term, this was the best thing for me to do. If I did try to get out there and play again, I probably wouldn’t be able to throw it, I would only be able to run it.”

Richardson said he will split his time in the offseason between Indianapolis and Jacksonville, where he will work out with his quarterbacks coach Denny Thompson. He hopes to begin throwing again in February.

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT HAWKS

The Pacers (22-15) will be on the road for the next 10 days on their longest road trip of the season, a six-game trip that begins on Friday night in Atlanta against Trae Young and the Hawks (15-21).

Indiana has already defeated the Hawks twice this season, winning a 157-152 shootout in an In-Season Tournament game in Atlanta on Nov. 21 and then rolling to a 150-116 victory last week at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The Blue & Gold will embark on their upcoming road trip, which heads West after Friday with stops in Denver, Utah, Sacramento, Portland, and Phoenix, knowing they will need to recalibrate their attack without the services of All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton, who suffered a left hamstring strain on Monday that is expected sideline him for at least a couple weeks. Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said Wednesday that he expects Haliburton to travel with the team on the trip even though he is unable to play.

The Pacers found a winning formula on Wednesday night against Washington in their first game since Haliburton’s injury. Seven players reached double figures in a 112-104 victory over the Wizards and eight players scored between nine and 18 points.

“We quite literally can’t replace his production and what he does,” veteran guard T.J. McConnell said about navigating Haliburton’s absence. “So it’s got to be a team effort each night moving the ball, just creating a problem and getting downhill and making the extra pass. I feel like if we continue to lock in on the defensive end and be physical and fight through screens and have each other’s back on that end, it can get our offense going.”

The biggest focus for the Pacers’ defense on Friday will be slowing down Atlanta’s dynamic backcourt duo of Young and Dejounte Murray.

Young currently ranks eighth in the league in scoring at 27.8 points per game and second to Haliburton in assists, dishing out 11 per contest. He dropped 38 points on 13-of-17 shooting in the In-Season Tournament game against Indiana in November, but struggled last week at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, where he matched his season low with 13 points and went 4-for-18 from the field and 1-for-11 from 3-point range.

Murray is no slouch himself, averaging 21.1 points and 5.0 assists. He has scored 28 and 30 points in two games against Indiana this season and is averaging 25.3 points on 52.9 percent 3-point shooting in four games in January.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Andrew Nembhard, G – Bruce Brown, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner

Hawks: G – Trae Young, G – Dejounte Murray, F – Saddiq Bey, F – Jalen Johnson, C – Onyeka Okongwu

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – out (left hamstring strain), Jalen Smith – questionable (sore lower back)

Hawks: TBA

Last Meeting

Jan. 5, 2024: The Pacers set a new franchise record with 50 assists in a 150-116 rout of Atlanta at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Indiana shot 63.8 percent from the field and went 19-for-39 (48.7 percent) from 3-point range in the victory while assisting on 50 of 60 field goals.

Tyrese Haliburton had 10 points and 18 assists in just 25 minutes of action, while fellow point guard T.J. McConnell also recorded a double-double off the bench with 10 points and 10 dimes.

Eight Pacers reached double figures in the victory, with Myles Turner scoring a team-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Bennedict Mathurin added 18 points off the bench and Bruce Brown scored 17 on 8-of-9 shooting.

“We’ve created such an environment here that makes it easy to have a night like this – to have 50 assists and have it feel like it’s normal,” Turner said. “It’s a big credit to Rick (Carlisle) and his staff. Since he’s been here, he has really changed the culture with what Pacers basketball is supposed to be, and then obviously Tyrese coming here leading the charge as well. It’s fun to have nights like these.”

Dejounte Murray led all scorers with 30 points for Atlanta while going 13-for-19 from the field. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 points off the bench, with nine of them coming from the free throw line.

Noteworthy

With a win on Friday, the Pacers would win the season series with the Hawks for the first time since the 2020-21 season. The two teams will meet once more on the final day of the regular season on April 14 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Pacers center Myles Turner needs four blocks to reach 1,200 for his career. In his ninth season in Indiana, Turner is chasing down Jermaine O’Neal’s franchise record of 1,245 blocks.

Hawks guard Wesley Matthews played for the Pacers for 23 regular season games and four playoff games in 2019. The 37-year-old Matthews is currently tied with Kobe Bryant for 23rd place in NBA history with 1,827 career 3-pointers. Pacers sharpshooter Buddy Hield is right behind Matthews and Bryant on the all-time list with 1,807 career threes.

Broadcast Information

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

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

Tickets

After a six-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Nikola Jokic and the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDIANA FOOTBALL

CIGNETTI ADDS OPERATIONS, PLAYER PERSONNEL POSTS TO STAFF

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head football coach Curt Cignetti has announced the additions of assistant athletic director for player personnel Matt Wilson and director of football operations Blake Jackson to his first staff in Bloomington.

Wilson returns to the Hoosier staff after helping IU sign its third-highest-ranked recruiting class in program history during the 2018 cycle. He made stops at Mississippi State (2018-20), Arkansas State (2021-22), and NC State (2023). Four of his recruiting classes over the last six recruiting cycles have been ranked among the top-50 classes nationally on National Signing Day, with four of those ranked among the top-30 nationally by 247Sports.

He helped sign back-to-back top-25 classes while at MSU, which marked the first time in program history the Bulldogs inked consecutive top-25 recruiting classes. His first signing class at A-State finished tops in the Sun Belt and he pulled in the No. 28 recruiting class in his lone season with the Wolfpack.

Jackson spent two seasons at Arkansas State (2022-23) where he handled all aspects of team travel and oversaw the day-to-day operation, organization, and flow of the football program. He organized team events, managed team communications, and oversaw facility maintenance and scheduling for the Red Wolves.

He spent four seasons with his alma mater, Tennessee (2018-21), where he served as the operations graduate assistant for two seasons, followed by two years as the football operations coordinator. The Volunteers played in the 2020 Gator Bowl (2019 season) and the 2021 Music City Bowl during his time in Knoxville.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 17 VS. MINNESOTA

Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball with the first of a two-game homestand against Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 12. The game will be televised on FS1.

• The Golden Gophers (12-3, 3-1) have won seven-straight games, including league wins over Nebraska (76-65), at Michigan (73-71), and Maryland (65-62).

• The Gophers are led by 16.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game from junior forward Dawson Garcia. Junior guard Mike Mitchell Jr. (11.1 points per game), sophomore forward Joshua Ola-Joseph (10.7), and freshman guard Cam Christie (10.6) all score in double figures. Junior guard Elijah Hawkins is averaging 10.6 assists per game during the win streak.

Game Information

Friday, Jan. 15, 2024 • 6:30 PM ET

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

TV: FS1 (Lisa Byington and Stephen Bardo)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 107-69

Last Meeting: IU 61, MINN 57 on Jan. 25, 2023 in Minneapolis

Series History

• Indiana holds a series advantage of 107-69 over Minnesota in a rivalry that began in 1912. The Hoosiers have won eight of the last nine matchups with the Gophers, including six-straight victories. IU has claimed each of the last seven games played in Bloomington.

• The two sides met just once last season and Indiana emerged triumphant by a score of 61-57 on Jan. 25, 2023, under the guidance of associate head coach Yasir Rosemond. Trayce Jackson-Davis secured 25 points, 21 rebounds, and six blocks in the game to become the first Hoosier with a 20-20 game since D.J. White (Jan. 8, 2008) at Michigan. TJD also became the first high-major player to post a 25-20-5 game since UConn’s Hasheem Thabeet (Feb. 14, 2009).

Last Time Out

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware compiled 13 points, a career-high 17 rebounds, and three blocked shots in Indiana’s 66-57 setback at Rutgers on Jan. 9.

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau chipped in 13 points, six rebounds, and a career-high seven assists. Reneau has posted five games this season with at least five assists after dishing out multiple assists in a game just five times as a freshman.

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako scored 13 points behind three made 3-pointers in his return to his home state of New Jersey.

Big Man Transformation

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, has upped his scoring (from 6.6 points to 14.7), rebounds (4.1 to 9.3), assists (0.5 to 1.7), and field goal percentage (45.7% to 55.7%) in his second season. He leads the Hoosiers in rebounds and blocks in 31 minutes per game.

• Ware has scored at least 10 points in 13 games this year after producing just eight such games as a rookie. The 7-footer has ripped down at least 10 boards six times this season, including a career-high 17 at Rutgers (Jan. 9).

• Ware tallied a career-high 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the floor in an 89-76 win over Harvard (Nov. 26) in Indianapolis. The 92.3% shooting split marked the highest by a Hoosier with at least 10 made field goals this century.

Mack Attack

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako has made a team-high 20 3-pointers this season, including 16 over his past eight games. During the eight-game stretch he is shooting 16-of-41 (39.0%) from behind the arc.

• The consensus top-10 recruit is averaging 9.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest and has reached double figures in the scoring column in 11 of the last 13 games.

Double Double, Double Double (CAREER)

Payton Sparks: 22; last vs. Toledo, 3/3/23

Kel’el Ware: 6; last at Rutgers, 1/9/24

Xavier Johnson: 4; last vs. Arizona, 12/10/22

Anthony Walker: 4; last at Clemson, 2/27/21

Malik Reneau: 1; vs. Kennesaw State, 12/29/23

Indiana Falters against Rutgers on the Road

• The Indiana starting frontcourt of freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako, sophomore forward Malik Reneau, and sophomore center Kel’el Ware combined to score 39 points on 15-of-31 shooting from the floor. The trio added 28 rebounds, nine assists, and three blocks in a 66-57 loss at Rutgers on Jan. 9.

• IU held Rutgers to 21-of-65 (32.3%) shooting from the floor and 5-of-22 (22.7%) from the 3-point line while forcing 15 turnovers.

Hoosiers Beat Buckeyes in Bloomington

• Indiana dominated the painted area (40-24) in a 71-65 win over Ohio State on Jan. 6. Sophomore forward Malik Reneau led the way for the Hoosiers with 23 points and seven rebounds.

• Sixth-year senior guard Xavier Johnson posted 18 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while sophomore guard CJ Gunn added 10 points and a steal off the bench.

• The Hoosier defense held Ohio State to 7-of-27 (25.9%) shooting from the 3-point line. The Buckeyes entered the game making 8.5 3-pointers per game at a 38.0% clip.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S HOCKEY

IRISH HIT THE ROAD FOR TILTS AT OSU

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame hockey team is set to embark on their first road trip of 2024 as they prepare for a pair of games at the Ohio State University, January 12-13. Game one of the weekend series in Columbus, Ohio, is set for a 7 p.m. puck drop Friday on B1G+ while the series finale between the Irish and Buckeyes will air on Big Ten Network Saturday with a 7:15 p.m. start.

SERIES OVERVIEW
Opponent: Ohio State Buckeyes
Location: Columbus, Ohio| Value City Arena
Schedule: Fri. 7:04 p.m. | Sat. 7:15 p.m.
TV: B1G+ (Fri.) | BTN (Sat.)
Live Stats: FightingIrish.com
Radio: fightingirish.com/radioaffiliates/
Game Notes: Notre Dame | Ohio State

QUICK HITS

The Irish get back on the road with a trip to Columbus, Ohio, for the regular series finale with Ohio State. The two teams previously met in mid-Novermber, with the Irish outscoring the Buckeyes 7-1 in the two game sweep.

The team most recently dropped a pair of games to the Wisconsin Badgers as they fell to 10-10-2 on the year.

Notre Dame closed out the 2023 calendar year and non-conference regular season play with a sweep. In the first ever meeting between the Irish and the Vikings of Augustana (SD), Notre Dame jumped out to a convincing 5-1 victory in game one of the series before an overtime battle between the two squads on Sunday in the series finale.

Cole Knuble net the overtime game-winner in Sunday’s contest to complete the weekend sweep and add to his career-weekend which saw him record his first collegiate hat trick the night prior. For his four goal weekend, including both game-winning tallies, Knuble was named Big Ten Conference Second Star of the Week.

With his goal to tie it Sunday night vs. Augustana, sophomore Michael Mastrodomenico registered his first career goal and now boasts five points on the season (1-4-5) following just one assist in his rookie season.

Catalino Family Head Hockey Coach Jeff Jackson hit a career milestone with his 400th win behind the Irish bench in game one of the team’s home series against Michigan. The team celebrated Friday night following their 6-1 victory over the Wolverines with a tribute video from current and former players congratulating Jackson on the accomplishment.

Coaches Jackson, Pooley and Slaggert have won all 402 games as a unit while Brock Sheahan, who joined the dynamic coaching staff prior to 2023-24, was a part of win No. 1 when he was a student-athlete at Notre Dame.

Two Irish skaters recorded their first goals with the program against Ohio State earlier this season with Patrick Moynihan and Cole Knuble each finding the back of the net in game two of that series for their first goals in an Irish sweater.

NOTRE DAME vs. OHIO STATE

The two teams met previously this season with the Irish earning the weekend sweep to open conference play at home.

In the 100th all-time meeting between the two teams, Ryan Bischel and the Irish completed the sweep behind a 3-0 shutout win, Bischel’s 10th of his career.

Graduate student and 2023 transfer, Patrick Moynihan net his first goal in an Irish sweater against the Buckeyes while Cole Knuble’s empty netter to clinch the home series sweep was the first of his collegiate career.

Numerous Irish had career nights in the first half of the season series with Moynihan earning his first career multi-goal game, Knuble notching his first career point and multi-point games, Landon Slaggert assisting on all three goals in game two while earning an assist the first night. Brennan Ali, Ryan Siedem and Hunter Strand also had two assists each in game one, a career mark for all three.

All-time, the Irish lead the series 46-42-12 while trailing only slightly on the road with a 20-22-7 record. Last season the Irish split with the Buckeyes at Value City Arena.

IRISH HEADED HOME

The University of Notre Dame, in conjunction with The Odyssey Trust, announced the Irish would participate in the 2024 rendtion of the Friendship Four men’s college ice hockey tournament.

The annual tournament is set to be played in Belfast, Ireland, next November (2024) with the Irish joining Harvard, Merrimack and Boston University as participants competing for the coveted Belpot Trophy.

The tournament was last played in 2022 with Quinnipiac reigning victorious that fall before winning the national championship at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.

The tournament first began in 2015 and is designed to promote education, social welfare, and community interation.

Over the course of six previous tournaments, 24 games have been played dating back to the inagural games in 2015.

Northern Ireland remains the only destination outside of the United States to host consequential NCAA Divison I ice hockey games.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

The 2022-23 Big Ten Goaltender of the Year was one of two unanimous selections for 2023-24 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams. He was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team ahead of the coming season. Bischel was also a Mike Richter Award semifinalist and a Hobey Baker nominee a season ago.

Drew Bavaro made an immediate impact at the blueline last season after joining the Irish and will look to continue that success this season as a senior. He was selected to the All-Big Ten Second Team for the preseason. Landon Slaggert also picked up preseason honors from the Big Ten when he was named an Honorable Mention heading into the season.

Following his performance against Mercyhurst, which included a nation’s best four goals on the weekend, Landon Slaggert was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week October 31.

Two Irish were recognized for their play in the weekend sweep of Ohio State to open conference play at home. Bischel picked up First Star of the Week honors with a .984 save percentage in two games played. The graduate netminder stopped 60 of 61 shots faced and earned his 10th career shutout. With his third blanking of the season, Bischel leads the nation in blankings.

Landon Slaggert also picked up conference honors following the weekend against OSU, being tabbed Third Star of the Week by the Big Ten behind a goal and three assists.

After a weekend split against then-No. 13/12, Ryan Bischel was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week for his .953 save percentage and 1.50 goals against average.

Following a four goal weekend which included the team’s first hat trick performance in nearly two years, freshman Cole Knuble was named Big Ten Second Star of the Week. The honor came as Knuble’s first of his career and it was the fifth weekly award for the Irish this season.

FAMILY TIES

The 2023-24 Notre Dame roster features quite a few family connections to the program and hockey world.

Three sets of brothers are currently on the roster, including Justin and Trevor Janicke, Landon and Carter Slaggert, and Henry and Danny Nelson.

With the addition of the Nelsons this season, the Irish have had 17 sets of brothers lace up their skates together for the Irish.

Carter Slaggert also joins the Irish in 2023-24, becoming the third Slaggert brother to appear in a game for the Irish and joins his older brother Landon, who is a senior. Oldest brother Graham currently plays in the Buffalo Sabres organization and skated two years alongside Landon before graduating.

Senior forward Brady Bjork is the younger brother of former Irish All-American and current Chicago Blackhawk Anders Bjork.

Brady’s father, Kirt, played for the Irish from 1979-83 where he appeared in 141 and tallied 161 career points (76-85). When older brother Anders played for the Irish, they became the fourth set of father-son combinations within Notre Dame hockey.

The Slaggerts are part of the fifth set of father-son combinations to suit up for the Irish, joining their father and associate head coach Andy Slaggert.

Justin and Trevor Janicke are the sons of Curtis Janicke, who played for the Irish from 1989-93, appearing in 125 games while scoring 46 goals and adding 98 assists for 144 points.

Justin, Trevor and Curtis represent the sixth father-son duo to play for the Irish.

Freshman Paul Fischer is the nephew of Mike Gearan, a member of the first varsity hockey team at Notre Dame. Fischer will honor his uncle by wearing his number during his career with the Irish, No. 16.

Freshman forward Cole Knuble is the son of former NHLer Mike Knuble, who spent 16 seasons in the NHL, including stints with Detroit, New York Rangers, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. Cole was recently drafted by the Flyers’ organization where his father played during his early childhood. He will wear No. 22 with the Irish to honor his father.

Four current Irish skaters have siblings playing at the collegiate level, away from South Bend.

Cole Knuble’s brother, Cam, is a senior at Western Michigan University.

Ryan Siedem’s brother is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire.

Jayden Davis’ brother Matthew is a junior on the Denver Pioneers’ hockey team.

Maddox Fleming’s sister Delaney is a freshman on the Ohio State University women’s hockey team.

CURRENT IRISH AND THE NHL DRAFT

The 2023-24 roster features nine NHL draftees, including Jake Boltmann (CGY ‘20), Justin Janicke (SEA ‘21), Danny Nelson (NYI ‘23), Brennan Ali (DET ‘22), Paul Fischer (STL ‘23), Patrick Moynihan (NJD ‘19), Landon Slaggert (CHI ‘20), Cole Knuble (PHI ‘23) and Trevor Janicke (ANA ‘19).

The 2023 NHL draft saw three Irish rookies selected, the most since 2020, and 15th time in program history that at least three Irish icers were selected in a single draft class.

The trio of skaters selected in 2023, Danny Nelson (2nd Rd., 49 overall), Cole Knuble (4th Rd., 103 overall) and Paul Fischer (5th Rd., 138 overall) join fellow rookie Brennan Ali (DET ‘22) as draftees in the ND freshmen class.

When D. Nelson was selected in the second round of this year’s Draft, Notre Dame extended its streak of players drafted to 21 years (2004-present).

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SIX PLAYERS POST DOUBLE-FIGURE POINTS AS IRISH DRUB EAGLES, 98-48

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey took the intensity up a notch at practice this week, calling on her team to respond after a second conference loss in three games. No. 18 Notre Dame (11-3, 2-2) heard the call. The Irish beat Boston College (9-8, 1-3), 98-48 on Thursday night. The 50-point margin of victory is tied for the third-largest over a conference opponent since Notre Dame joined the ACC for the 2013-14 season.

“Our offense was clicking on all cylinders, and our defense was dominant,” Ivey said after the win. “It means everything to have this type of game, to come out with the level of intensity that we did. All week, we worked on different offenses that I thought could beat their scrappy defense and zone, and I thought we came out right away and executed really well.”

Maddy Westbeld was a monster on the boards from the tip, notching 5 rebounds prior to the first media break. She ended the frame with 7 and had 11 by halftime. It was a notable welcome back for the forward, who missed Sunday’s game with a concussion.

“It was tough having to watch [from the bench] against UNC,” Westbeld said on Thursday night. “I was getting back into a rhythm this week and getting back on the court with my team, and it was good to feel that cohesive bonding again with them.”

The Irish lead from every moment after 4:23 in the first quarter, but it was an 11-0 run in the second quarter that really provided a spark. The Eagles had just 8 points in Q2, and Boston College standout Dontavia Waggoner did not score until the 3:58 mark of that frame.

Notre Dame was up 39-19 at the break, its largest halftime lead of conference play. Free throws played a notable role in the deficit, as BC only got to the line twice in the first half. Notre Dame was there 17 times, making 11 of them.

The second half was all Notre Dame, and it was the team’s highest scoring half of the season (59). Hannah Hidalgo had 12 and Sonia Citron had 9. Kylee Watson went 4-5 from the floor in Q3 and Q4. When the buzzer hit zero, every available Notre Dame player had scored.

Hidalgo finished with 27 points, the 12th game this season with 20+ points for the ACC’s leading scorer. That is now tied for second in program history for a freshman. She also had 10 rebounds and 4 steals, notching her fifth double-double this year.

For the second time in her career, Westbeld had 15 points and 15 rebounds. Since she arrived at Notre Dame, she is the only player to have posted a 15-15 game.

KK Bransford finished with 13 points on the night, followed by Sonia Citron, Anna DeWolfe, and Kylee Watson, who each posted 11 points apiece. That was a season-high for Bransford. It was the first time this year six players have been in double figures.

“I knew I owed it to my team and the coaching staff,” Watson said of her recent offensive slump. “I know I haven’t been showing up the way I should’ve been the last few games. I knew I needed to stay within myself, relax, and demand the ball.”

Watson also had 8 rebounds and a pair of blocks on the night. She has had 2 blocks in three of Notre Dame’s last four games.

The Irish are back in Purcell Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 14 to host Miami at noon.

BUTLER FOOTBALL

ADAM SIWICKI PROMOTED TO DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler football head coach Mike Uremovich has promoted defensive line coach Adam Siwicki to defensive coordinator for the 2024 season. Siwicki joined the Bulldogs in January of 2022 and was named recruiting coordinator at Butler prior to the start of the 2023 season. Siwicki will replace Jeff Knowles who became the defensive coordinator at Ball State on January 4.

“Adam has been an extremely successful coordinator at two different stops before Butler,” Uremovich explained. “I have no doubt this will continue as he leads our defense.”

The Bulldogs have recorded 15 sacks in each of the last two seasons with Siwicki overseeing the defensive line unit. Disrupting opposing offenses at the line of scrimmage was critical for a Bulldog defense that nearly led all FCS programs in red zone defense this year. Butler finished the 2023 campaign ranked seventh in the FCS in scoring defense (17.5) and 22nd in total defense. Siwicki’s group in particular had 59 tackles for loss in 2023 and 51 in 2022.

“The student-athletes know him and his work ethic,” Uremovich added. “This will be a seamless transition as we head into spring practice.”

Prior to Butler, Siwicki spent five seasons at Culver-Stockton, a NAIA program located in Canton, Missouri. He worked as the team’s defensive coordinator and was promoted to associate head coach in 2019 while still overseeing the Wildcat defense and working as the linebacker coach.

In 2019, the Wildcats ranked fifth in passing defense and ninth in total defense among all NAIA teams. In addition, Siwicki orchestrated a defense that finished 11th in the NAIA in total sacks (34) and 18th in scoring defense (19.1 ppg).

Before working at Culver-Stockton, Siwicki spent two seasons at Northern Illinois as a defensive graduate assistant working with defensive linemen. He also worked at the University of Saint Francis for two years. While at USF, Siwicki served as the defensive coordinator in 2014 after coaching safeties in 2013. Saint Francis finished seventh in the NAIA in total yardage allowed when Siwicki took over as DC. His first coaching job after graduation came at Montana Tech in 2012.

Siwicki earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Aurora University in 2012 and a master’s degree in adult and higher education from Northern Illinois in 2016. He was a Second Team All-Northern Athletics Conference selection as a linebacker at Aurora and earned the Richard Rickey Award that recognizes the male senior athlete who best demonstrates leadership on and off the field as well as athletic performance.

Adam and his wife Megan have two children; Blake and Noah.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER

PALMER AULT TO RETURN TO BUTLER FOR 2024 SEASON

Butler men’s soccer player Palmer Ault plans to return to Butler for the 2024 season after being selected last month by the Colorado Rapids in 2024 MLS SuperDraft. The forward from Noblesville, Ind., was selected as the fifth pick (36th overall) in the second round but will delay his signing with the club until a future date.

This past year, Major League Soccer announced new eligibility rules for aspiring professional players, adding current collegiate sophomores and juniors to the draft pool that was previously limited to seniors and above. Any player who was drafted in MLS SuperDraft 2024 that has remaining college eligibility has the option to return to school and further their development, but in doing so, they will not be draft-eligible in the future. Any drafted player who elects to return to school or remains unsigned will have their SuperDraft priority held by the club that selected them for a period of two years, expiring on December 31 of the second year.

In two seasons at Butler, Ault has been selected to the All-BIG EAST First and Second Teams as well as the United Soccer Coaches All-Region First and Third Teams. His six goals in 2023 led the Bulldogs and ranked seventh in the BIG EAST, and he ranked 5th in the conference, and 55th nationally, with 1.27 shots on goal per game. In his freshman campaign, he ranked sixth nationally and finished atop the BIG EAST with 5 game-winning goals. His 10 total goals were second in the conference (25th nationally), and his 26 offensive points ranked third (22nd).

Ault is the second Bulldog to be drafted in the past two seasons, joining Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. who was selected by the Chicago Fire in the 2023 SuperDraft.

IUPUI MEN’S/WOMEN’S TENNIS

#HLTENNIS PRESEASON POLLS RELEASED

INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League released the #HLTennis Preaseason Polls today with the IUPUI men’s tennis team voted to finish fourth in the North Division while the women’s team was pegged to finish seventh. Cleveland State was at the top of the poll in both the men’s north division and the women’s rankings.

Head Coach Bren Vasalakis’ team finished the 2022-23 season with a 6-20 record. They return top players in Emil Jankowski, Kamil Kozerski, Eli Mercer, Noah Viste, Will Thurin, Blessing Benibo and Nate Day.

Vasalakis utilized the transfer portal, recruiting Steven Paz and Luka Rodic. Paz, a junior from Rancho Mission Viejo, California joins the Jaguars from Eastern Washington where he primarily played at No. 1 singles with a record of 4-13. Luka Rodic, a graduate student from Rijeka, Croatia has had stops at Oakland City University and Alcorn State before joining the Jags this past fall.

On the women’s side, head coach Pawel Gajdzik added two freshman, a graduate student and two assistant coaches. Gajdzik’s team earned a 9-16 record during the 2022-23 season. Three Jaguars return with Grace Lampman, Emma Dell and Sofia Castillo.

During the offseason the Jags added three players with freshman Chloe Bailey and Elle Kotre along with graduate student Gabbie Orlando. Orlando comes from IU Kokomo where she played the last four seasons. Kotre was a three-star recruit from Overland Park, Kansas where she was ranked all four years of high school. Bailey is also a three-star recruit from Richardson, Texas and has already played at the No. 1 singles spot for the Jags during the fall season. 

The women’s tennis team also announced the addition of two assistant coaches. Former IUPUI Jaguars Meghan Bernard and Samantha Hayward joined the coaching staff for the 2023-24 season.

The men’s tennis team will kick off their spring season this Saturday when they travel to Notre Dame for a 3:00 PM first serve. The women’s team will start their spring season on Sunday, January 21 when they travel to Western Illinois for a 12:00 PM first serve.

IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER

MEN’S SOCCER ADDS FOUR MIDYEAR TRANSFERS FOR SPRING 2024

INDIANAPOLIS – With the start of Spring semester classes, IUPUI head men’s soccer coach Sid van Druenen announced the additions of four transfers for the spring. All four will train and compete with the Jaguars, beginning this spring as IUPUI added Penn State-transfer Quentin Flowers, Temple-transfer Lucas Hitters, Furman-transfer Cameron Maung Maung and Trine-transfer Liam Zimmerman.

Flowers (26 appearances, 4 starts) and Hitters (16 appearances) bring the most extensive Division I experience to the program, while Maung Maung has made six collegiate starts between the pipes while at Furman.

Quentin Flowers (Penn State)

Nashville, Tenn. / Pickerington North (Ohio) High School / Columbus Crew Academy

5-foot-8 / Junior / Midfielder

-Made 26 appearances and four starts in two seasons at Penn State

-Tallied his lone collegiate goal in a 2-0 win at UNC Greensboro this past season (Sept. 23)

-Awarded his lone start of his sophomore campaign in a 3-1 win over Howard (Sept. 27)

-Totaled 706 minutes with the Nittany Lions

van Druenen on Flowers

“Quentin should quickly become a pillar in our midfield. With his background with the Columbus Crew and 26 games played for Penn State he is someone we have very high expectations from and believe will do very well for us.”

Lucas Hitters (Temple)

Buenos Aires, Argentina / Cypress Ranch High School / Houston FC

6-foot / Junior / Forward

-Made 16 appearances in two seasons at Temple

-Had two goals his sophomore season, scoring at FIU (Sept. 16) and against Tulsa (Oct. 27)

-Totaled 289 minutes in his two seasons

-Was limited to three appearances and 52 total minutes as a true freshman in 2022

van Druenen on Hitters

“We brought Lucas in to score goals. We have graduated a lot of firepower and Lucas fits the player profile of what we look for in a striker. He is a good footballer, very good finisher and will increase our options in the forward positions.”

Cameron Maung Maung (Furman)

London, England / Whitgift School

5-foot-11 / R-Junior / Goalkeeper

-Made 10 appearances and six starts in goal at Furman

-Registered a 3-3-1 record with a shutout, 2.15 goals against average and .583 save percentage for the Palladins, while also collecting an assist his sophomore season

-Blanked USC Upstate (Oct. 3) for his lone career shutout to date

-Also collected wins over Elon (Aug. 25) and at UNC Asheville (Oct. 24) during the 2023 season

van Druenen on Maung Maung

“Cameron will bring immediate D1 experience to our goalkeeper group and I am looking forward to seeing the impact he can have from day one, not just as a quality keeper but also as someone that will lead by example within our team.”

Liam Zimmerman (Trine)

Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston / Vardar ECNL

5-foot-10 / Junior / Defender

-Made 36 appearances and 35 starts at Trine University the past two seasons, totaling three goals and 11 assists from his defensive position

-Tallied the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 2-0 road win at Alma his freshman season (Oct. 23)

-Named Second Team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) following his sophomore campaign

-Had a team-high six assists in 2023

van Druenen on Zimmerman

“Liam is a very hard working, offensive minded left back that has done very well for Trine University and I think he will do well for us once he adjusts to the pace and intensity of D1 soccer.”

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS FALL TO RAIDERS, 74-64

INDIANAPOLIS – Tahlia Walton and Abby Wolterman each tally 14 points to lead the offense in the IUPUI Jaguars’ loss to Wright State on Thursday, January 11, 74-64.

After scoring on the opening possession, it took the Jags almost four minutes to again get on the scoreboard, when Jaela Johnson splashed a three. The next time down the court Thalia Walton connected from in close for her first points of the game.

Both sides turned it up offensively following the first media timeout, combining for 11 points (six by IUPUI and five by Wright State) in the next two minutes of play, giving the hosts a 13-12 advantage heading into the final two minutes of play in the opening quarter.

The Raiders went on a 5-0 run to end the quarter, taking a 4-point lead into the break. Makiya Turner led all scorers with five points in the first ten minutes.

Both offenses cooled down in the second quarter, playing over four minutes before the first score, coming off a Layne Ferrell layup. On the other side, the Jags finally got on the board with a layup through contact from Walton, who also knocked down the free throw to cut the Raider advantage to three.

The lead was doubled on the next possession when Alexis Hutchison knocked down a three-pointer, but Walton would again score inside the paint to keep the offense rolling. Faith Stinson scored her first points of the contest after a her three-point attempt bounced off the rim and in. IUPUI took its first lead since early in the first quarter, 23-22, after the 7-0 run.

Back-to-back triples from Cara VanKempen again gave Wright State the lead but consecutive points in the paint by Stinson and Jaci Jones made it a one-point game before a buzzer-beating layup by Lauren Scott again pushed the advantage to three at the half.

The second half began with Ferrell grabbing a defensive rebound and taking the ball all the way to the hoop for an open layup. Wolterman, however, scored on back-to-back trips for IUPUI. After only making one free throw on the offensive end, Wright State gave up a jumper to Davidson that tied the game at 33.

A 5-0 Raider run was ended by a Wolterman layup—her twelfth point of the game, leading all players. Following a Jaguar steal, Walton knocked down a transition three to again tie the score. However, the Raiders would score the next five points before a quick timeout by head coach Kari Hoffman.

The run continued out of the break, with Wright State scoring 10 straight and 14 of 16 points to claim a 12-point advantage—its largest of the contest. The visitors stretched the lead at the start of the fourth, scoring the quarters first six points to take control of the contest.

Head coach Kate Bruce was forced to call a timeout after giving up 13 of the first 15 fourth-quarter points, creating a 21-point deficit with just over five minutes remaining. Her team executed out of the break, with Johnson connecting from beyond the arc. However, the Raiders answered quickly, knocking down a triple of their own. Johnson would again hit from deep—her third of the game—before making a layup for eight straight points for her team and cutting the deficit to 15.

Despite scoring nine points in the final minute and a half, the deficit proved too much for the Jags, who fell 74-64.

The IUPUI women’s basketball falls to 3-12 on the season and 1-5 in #HLWBB play. The Jags next host the Northern Kentucky Norse on Sunday, January 14 with tipoff set for 2:00 PM.

BALL STATE ATHLETICS

ALEX PERRY NAMED DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State Director of Athletics Jeff Mitchell has appointed Alex Perry as deputy director of athletics, elevated from his current role as executive senior associate athletic director. Perry’s new position comes as a result of Haven Fields’ recent naming as deputy athletic director of administration at the University of Washington.

“We have an exceptional administration within Ball State athletics,” said Mitchell, “and I am excited to continue growing the Ball State brand with Alex in this expanded role. He possesses a rich understanding of our plan to grow our department and he elevates our commitment to our culture with his contributions of intelligence and diplomacy. He is a former student-athlete who has refined his administrative skills over the past 12 years, and he has earned great respect from our coaches and staff.”

Perry, who landed at Ball State in February 2022 as senior associate athletic director for internal operations, has managed oversight of the department’s business office, events and facilities, equipment operations, and human resources. In addition, he has served as a member of the department’s executive team and has primary sport supervision for women’s basketball, women’s soccer, and the men’s and women’s tennis programs. In his new role, Perry assumes the department’s number two position while also taking over as the sport administrator for the Ball State football program.

“I am incredibly grateful to Jeff Mitchell for his belief in me and trusting me with this opportunity,” said Perry. “Ball State is a special place and I look forward to serving our talented student-athletes, coaches and staff in an expanded role.”

A native of Morris, Ill., Perry attended Indiana University and was an offensive lineman for the Hoosiers football program. During his time as a student-athlete, he was a three-time Academic All Big-Ten honoree. He holds two degrees from Indiana, earning an undergraduate degree in management (2010) and a master’s degree in athletic administration/sport management (2011). He holds one degree from Butler University, earning a master’s degree in business administration (2018). He also is an active member of the College Athletic Business Managers Association (CABMA), where he has served on the membership and programming committees, and as a mentor in the organization’s mentorship program.

He and his wife, Danielle, are the proud parents of Grace, Olivia, and Jack.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

NO. 13 MEN’S VOLLEYBALL EARNS 3-0 SWEEP OVER NO. 17 UC SAN DIEGO

MUNCIE, Ind. – The No. 13 Ball State men’s volleyball team remained undefeated at home this season after posting a 3-0 sweep against No. 17 UC San Diego Thursday night in Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals (4-2) began to play with a lot more confidence as the match went on tonight against the Tritons (2-2) especially in the second set. Ball State was able to keep its composure in frame one and three which were close, but the Cardinals used a good mixture of veterans and newcomers which ultimately led to tonight’s victory.

Ball State’s offense was pretty much unstoppable tonight, hitting .600 from the floor off 75 swings. The Cardinals strongest set was in the second period with a team high .750 hitting percentage. Patrick Rogers led the Cardinals with 14 kills while Aaron Hernandez finished the contest with 12. BSU’s new setter Lucas Machado led the offense after dishing out 44 assists.

Tonight’s contest was competitive, especially in the first set which went into overtime. Ball State won 28-26 after a Hernandez kill that made the score 27-26 in favor of BSU. A block assist from Ryan Bartz and Hernandez on the ensuing possession earned the set for the Cardinals.

BSU jumped out to a 5-1 lead to open the second frame. The Cardinals continued to carry out their momentum throughout the second period winning the set, 25-13. Although, set three was slightly closer, the Cardinals were able to pull away late in the frame (22-18) after back-to-back kills from Wil McPhillips. Rogers then slammed down a kill for match point sealing the sweep for the Cardinals.

The Ball State men’s volleyball team returns home for back-to-back matches Friday and Saturday night against Tusculum. First serve for both matches will be at 6 pm ET.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT FOR TREES AGAINST MURRAY STATE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Mya Glanton pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds and added 11 points Thursday night, but a slow start proved costly for Indiana State in a 75-63 loss to Murray State inside Hulman Center.

Glanton’s double-double was her team-leading fourth of the season. Bella Finnegan added 13 points while Asia Donald scored 12 off the bench.

Indiana State found itself down 26-9 after the opening quarter, but slowly worked its way back into the game. The Sycamores outscored Murray State 14-9 in the second quarter thanks in large part to five points from Finnegan and four from Donald, then cut their deficit down to 10 after three quarters following a buzzer-beating shot from Deja Jones. Three-point plays from Glanton and Donald got the Trees within single-digits and free throws from Kiley Bess and Savannah White pulled Indiana State within five, but an 8-0 Murray State run put the game out of reach.

First Half

Glanton got on the board early for the Sycamores with a jumper, and Chelsea Cain hit a layup in transition to give the Trees a 5-4 lead less than 90 seconds in. Murray State followed with an 11-0 run and never trailed from that point on. Indiana State got baskets from Glanton and Keslyn Secrist late, but Murray State used a high-octane opening 10 minutes to take a 26-9 lead after the opening quarter.

Secrist and Finnegan opened the second quarter with 3-pointers to cut Indiana State’s deficit down to 28-15, with the latter adding a layup to whittle the deficit down to 11. Murray State answered with a 7-2 run of its own to extend its lead to 35-19, with White scoring the only basket for the Sycamores in that span. Donald gave Indiana State a spark off the bench with four late points, but the Sycamores went into the locker room facing a 35-23 deficit.

Second Half

Murray State scored the first four points of the third quarter, but Indiana State answered with baskets from Cain and Finnegan. The Sycamores got within 10 following a three-ball from Finnegan and a layup from Chloe Williams, but Murray State always had an answer on offense and pushed its lead back out to 15. Baskets from Glanton and Bess cut into the deficit late, and Jones hit a floater at the third quarter buzzer to pull the Sycamores within 10, 51-41, heading into the fourth quarter.

Indiana State got off to a strong start in the fourth quarter, with Donald connecting on a pair of free throws and Glanton hitting a pair of layups, the latter one being part of a three-point play, to cut the Sycamores’ deficit to 57-48 less than two minutes into the quarter. A three-point play from Donald and a trey from Jones that banked in from the wing further cut Murray State’s lead to 61-54 midway through. Bess and White both went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe to get Indiana State within five at 63-58 heading into the final media timeout, but that was the closest the Sycamores got. Murray State went on an 8-0 run and, despite a late 3-pointer from Finnegan and a layup from Bess, escaped Hulman Center with a 75-63 win over the Sycamores.

News and Notes

In addition to it being a career-high mark, Mya Glanton’s 18 rebounds were tied for the fourth-most in a single game in program history.

Mya Glanton sits one rebound shy of reaching 500 for her career following her 18-rebound performance Thursday.

Mya Glanton’s 10 offensive rebounds were the most in a game for any Missouri Valley Conference athlete this season.

Savannah White has pulled down seven or more rebounds in three of the first four conference games this season.

Entering Thursday’s game, Murray State averaged nearly 94 points per game. The Sycamores limited the Racers to just 49 points across the last three quarters.

Indiana State got 26 points from its bench Thursday, with five different non-starters finding their way on the scoreboard.

Thursday’s defeat snapped a three-game win streak against Murray State for the Sycamores.

Up Next

Indiana State remains at home to face Belmont Sunday at 1 p.m.

INDIANA STATE TRACK

SYCAMORES, REDBIRDS SQUARE OFF FOR COUGHLAN-MALLOY CUP

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State and Illinois State renew a longtime rivalry Friday afternoon when the Sycamores face the Redbirds for the Coughlan-Malloy Cup inside the Indoor Track and Field Facility.

Friday’s proceedings will kick off at 1 p.m.

Last Time Out

Six meet and two facility records fell at the Indoor Track and Field Facility, as Indiana State opened its 2023-24 indoor season in style at the John Gartland Invitational.

The Sycamores earned first-place finishes on both the men’s and women’s side, claiming the top spot in 20 events on day. Terrance O’Bannon (60m) and Luigi Rivas (60m hurdles) set facility records, while O’Bannon, Rivas, Claire Pittman (long jump), Will Staggs (pole vault), Wyatt Puff (shot put) and Shomari Rogers-Walton (triple jump) all set meet records for the Sycamores.

As a team, Indiana State finished with 231 points on the men’s side and 200 points on the women’s side. The Sycamore men were 112 points ahead of second-place UIndy, while the women were 108 points ahead of second-place SIU Edwardsville.

About the Meet

Longtime Missouri Valley Conference rivals Indiana State and Illinois State meet Friday afternoon for the 19th Annual Coughlan/Malloy Cup. The dual meet event, which is named after longtime coaches John Coughlan (Illinois State) and Bill Malloy (Indiana State), has taken place every year since 2005, with the exception of the 2020-21 season.

Indiana State won 12 of the 18 previous editions of the cup, though Illinois State has won the last five. The Redbirds won 160-139 last year in Normal and won the last meeting in Terre Haute 153-147.

Clean Sweep

Following a strong start to the 2023-24 season at the John Gartland Invitational, Indiana State swept the MVC’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors with Terrance O’Bannon, Will Staggs, Rachel Mehringer and Niesha Anderson earning the weekly honors.

O’Bannon was named the MVC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, Staggs was named the MVC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, Mehringer was named the MVC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week and Anderson was named the MVC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week.

The weekly awards are the first for Indiana State this season and the first career weekly honors for O’Bannon, Mehringer and Anderson. Staggs previously earned MVC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors during the 2022-23 indoor season. Indiana State also became the first MVC school to sweep all four weekly honors since the Illinois State did so in the first week of the 2021-22 season.

Trees At The Top

Entering Friday’s meet, Indiana State has 10 marks that are ranked first in the MVC, the most among any school in the conference.

Seven of those top marks come on the men’s side, with three coming on the women’s side. Of Indiana State’s top marks, six come in field events, while four come on the track.

Indiana State currently owns the top mark in the conference in the men’s 60m (Terrance O’Bannon – 6.69), men’s 60m hurdles (Luigi Rivas – 7.95), women’s 60m hurdles (Rachel Mehringer – 8.52), men’s 4x400m relay (Trent Jones, Daunte Majors, Casey Hood Jr., Terrance O’Bannon – 3:25.57), men’s high jump (Lawrence Mitchell – 2.00m/6-06.75), women’s high jump (Grace Quinlan – 1.74m/5-08.50), men’s pole vault (Will Staggs – 5.34m/17-06.25), men’s triple jump (Shomari Rogers-Walton – 15.11m/49-07.00), men’s shot put (Wyatt Puff – 18.28m/59-11.75) and women’s weight throw (Niesha Anderson – 19.69m/64-07.25).

The Forest Runs Deep

Indiana State’s throws group played an instrumental role in the Sycamores’ success last season and is already off to a strong start to begin the 2023-24 campaign.

Entering Friday’s meet, Indiana State has multiple top-five conference marks in three of the four throws events. On the men’s side, Noah Bolt owns top-five marks in both the shot put (fourth) and weight throw (third), while Wyatt Puff (shot put, first) and Elias Foor (weight throw, fourth) both rank in the top five in their respective throws events.

Niesha Anderson also owns a pair of top-three marks on the women’s side, ranking first in the weight throw and second in the shot put. In addition, Hannah Redlin ranks third in the MVC in the shot put.

Record Setter

A year after running the fastest 60m time for a freshman in program history, Terrance O’Bannon’s sophomore season already started with a bang.

O’Bannon broke meet and facility records in the season-opening John Gartland Invitational with his 60m time of 6.69, earning MVC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honors and also earning Indiana State’s Athlete of the Week honors for his performance.

O’Bannon leads a strong short sprints group for Indiana State that owns four of the top eight 60m marks in the MVC.

Up Next

Indiana State competes in its first meet away from home January 19-20 when the Sycamores take part in the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE TRACK

MASTODONS GEAR UP FOR SVSU CLASSIC

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne track and field teams will head to SVSU Classic on Friday, hosted by Saginaw Valley State University. 

SVSU Classic
When: Friday, January 12
Where: University Center, Mich. | SVSU Fieldhouse
Meet Information:Link
Events Start: 2:30 p.m.
Mastodon Event Entries: Link (PDF)

Women’s Preview

Nakia Harris-Campbell and Lia Rivers were each winners last time out at the Warrior Opener on Dec. 8. Harris-Campbell won the weight throw (16.17 meters) in her second straight meet. Rivers was also a winner for the second straight meet taking the shot put with a mark of 12.87 meters. Both throwers also fared well in the other’s events with Harris-Campbell finishing third in the shot put (12.23 meters) and Rivers placing fourth in the weight throw (15.53 meters). At the same meet, Ellie Zagel finished second in the high jump as she cleared the 1.54 meter bar. Melia Marlin and Kelsey Shatava finished in a tie for third in the high jump after they cleared the 1.49 meter bar. On the track, Martia Williams was third in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.37. Ellie Zagel, Ramey Wilder, Aubrey Haas and Martia Williams posted a time of 4:27.16 to earn second in the 4×400 relay.

Men’s Preview

Brevin Miller posted Purdue Fort Wayne’s best finish at the Warrior Opener. Miller’s best shot put measured 14.45 meters, good for third place. Owen Kaufman posted the ‘Dons’ top mark in the weight throw (14.82 meters) to take fourth. Cody Loshe also posted a fourth-place finish in the pole vault, clearing the 4.50 meter bar.

Up Next

Purdue Fort Wayne will host the Mastodon Invite next weekend on January 20 at the Lutheran Health Fieldhouse.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

FRIDAY NIGHT HOOPS IN MOON TOWNSHIP

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodon men’s basketball team heads to Robert Morris on Friday (Jan. 12) looking for their 14th win of the season. 

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (13-4, 4-2 Horizon League) vs. Robert Morris (5-12, 1-5 Horizon League)
When: Friday, January 12 | 7 p.m. ET 
Where: Moon Township, Pa. | UPMC Events Center
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM
Series Record: Series tied 3-3
Game Notes: Link (PDF)

‘DONS & ENDS:

// The Horizon League has announced the Mastodons’ road game at Northern Kentucky on Jan. 25 will air on ESPNU. It will be a 7 p.m. tip in Highland Heights.

// Rasheed Bello was named to the CollegeInsider.com Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List on Wednesday (Jan. 10). The award at the end of the season recognizes the best mid-major player in the nation.

// Wednesday’s loss to Youngstown State was the first time the ‘Dons have lost this season when out-shooting their opponents. They are now 9-1 when they shoot better.

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in nine games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 13-of-17 games and each of the last three games.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 13-of-17 games and double digit treys in five games.

// The ‘Dons have shot 40.0 percent or better in 14-of-17 games.

// The ‘Dons have double-digit offensive rebounds in seven games.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 7th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 47.6 percent (49-of-103).

// The Mastodons average 20.2 points off turnover this season, which is 23.9 percent of all points. Sparking points off turnovers, the ‘Dons are 8th in the nation in turnovers forced per game at 17.59 and 15th in the nation in fastbreak points with 16.47

// Three times this season the ‘Dons have committed six or fewer turnovers in a game.

// The ‘Dons are ranked No. 14 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major 25 Poll. They have been as high as No. 9 this season.

// The ‘Dons are No. 119 in the latest NET rankings, the ‘Dons reached a program-best No. 53 on Dec. 8, 2023.

// Anthony Roberts has 39 steals, 12th in the nation and first in the league. His 2.29 steals per game ranks 26th in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello is 19th in the nation in total steals (35). His 2.12 steals per game is 53rd in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello went over the 1,000 point mark in his NCAA career on Dec. 31 vs. Detroit Mercy. His 1,000 plus total combines his scoring at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne. He has 1,057 total points with 791 coming at UW-Parkside.

// The ‘Dons are 5-0 when Jalen Jackson leads the team in scoring.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s scoring margin of 14.8 is first in the league and 27th in the nation.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in all but two games this season (at Oakland, Dec. 2 and at Pitt, Dec. 20).

// The ‘Dons have limited six of the last eight opponents to under 30 percent shooting from three.

// All five starters reached double-digits vs. SEMO (Dec. 9) and vs. Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 16). Additionally, eight times this season four starters have reached double-digits.

// Rasheed Bello has reached double-digits in every game this season but one this season. Jalen Jackson has just two games with single-digit points, both nine points.

// The ‘Dons are averaging 84.5 points per game, 19th in the nation and up from 73.9 last season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 10.2 steals per game this season are up from the 7.3 last year. The Division I era program high for steals per game was the 8.8 mark in 2021-22.

// Four Mastodons are averaging better than 13.0 points per game: Rasheed Bello (15.6), Anthony Roberts (13.5), Jalen Jackson (15.0) and Quinton Morton-Robertson (13.6).

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 2nd in the nation in turnover margin (+7.9)

// 8th in the nation in turnovers forced per game (17.59)

// 14th in the nation in steals per game (10.2)

// 15th in the nation in fast break points per game (16.47)

// 19th in the nation in 3-point percentage defense (28.1percent)

// 21st in the nation in fewest turnovers (9.7)

// 27th in the nation in scoring margin (+14.8)

// 32nd in 3-pointers per game (9.5)

EVANSVILLE TRACK

UE TRACK AND FIELD TO BEGIN INDOOR SEASON AT COMMODORE CHALLENGE

NASHVILLE — The University of Evansville track and field team will see its first competition in the Music City over the weekend.

The Purple Aces will open their 2024 indoor track and field season on Friday afternoon at the Commodore Challenge hosted by Vanderbilt University. Evansville returns 12 members of its 2022-23 roster including record-breaking throwers graduate students Zach Dove and Jaden Hayes. Also returning for UE on the women’s side are runner Hannah Bryan, throwers Gwen Darrah and Kaitlyn Sansone, and hurdler Kate Walke. Returning on the men’s side are sprinters Jude Nguyen, Jose Ocampo, and Antwaun Powell, runners Adam Ouglout and Joey Taylor, and thrower Preston Riggs.

The Aces also welcome several new faces to their roster in 2024. On the women’s side, Evansville adds sprinters Chase Hayes and Taylor Johnson, distance runners Kyndall Anthis, Eilen Brenne, Sonja Inzinger, Nayla Martin, Nicole Prauchner, Avery Stephens, Kalina Urbaniak, Sarah Vanderhoof-Dossett, and Taylor Vogt, and throwers Jillian Miller and Brooke Springer. For the men’s team, UE adds sprinters Woody Burrell, Mason Douglas, Raymond Felton, Austin Liversgowdy, and Connor Shin, distance runners Owen Cuplin, Cedrik Flipo, Samuel Lea, Tommaso Losma, Alvaro Monfort, Jakub Nowicki, and Rafael Rodriguez, and throwers Cole Johnson and Alejandro Navarrete.

At the Commodore Challenge, the Aces will compete against two other MVC teams in Belmont and Murray State. UE will compete against 17 other schools including, Arkansas State, Austin Peay State, Cumberland, Indiana, Illinois, Lipscomb, Ole Miss, Savannah College of Art and Design, Tennessee, Tennessee Martin, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Trevecca, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, William Carey, and York. Events on Friday begin at noon with jumps and throws followed by running events in the evening. Saturday will follow a similar schedule with events beginning at 10 a.m.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS

USI MEN’S TENNIS VOTED TO FINISH FIFTH IN HORIZON LEAGUE SOUTH DIVISION

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Horizon League announced Thursday afternoon that University of Southern Indiana Men’s Tennis would finish fifth in the 2024 Under Armour Men’s #HLTennis Preseason Poll as voted by the league’s head coaches. The Screaming Eagles will represent the South Division in the conference in its second season in NCAA Division I.

The Horizon League, Ohio Valley Conference, and Missouri Valley Conference have teamed up to support men’s tennis in 2024. The league will consist of 11 teams with two divisions and the top three teams from each division will make the postseason tournament in West Lafayette, Indiana April 26-28.

In the South Division, Belmont University was predicted to finish first after receiving six first-place votes. The Bruins were also projected to win the tennis championship by collecting nine of the 11 coaches’ votes. Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech University were both voted to finish second while Lindenwood University was set to finish fourth. Rounding out the poll was USI and Eastern Illinois University.

In the North Division, earning the most votes was Cleveland State University who brought in three first-place votes. Also receiving top votes were Northern Kentucky University and Youngstown State University, each earning one vote. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Chicago State University were picked to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Screaming Eagles went 7-14 overall and 3-6 in conference play last season and will begin the 2024 spring campaign on February 2 against Lipscomb University.

For more information, visit our website at USIScreamingEagles.com or find us on social media at USIAthletics.

2024 Under Armour Men’s #HLTennis Preseason Poll

North Division

Pl.  Team – Pts. (First-place votes)

1.      Cleveland State (3) — 22

2.     Northern Kentucky (1) – 19

3.     Youngstown State (1) – 18

4.     IUPUI – 10

5.     Chicago State – 6

South Division

Pl.  Team – Pts. (First-place votes)

1.    Belmont (6) – 36

T2. Tennessee State – 27

T2. Tennessee Tech – 27

4.   Lindenwood – 13

5.   Southern Indiana – 12

6.   Eastern Illinois – 11

Projected 2024 Horizon League Men’s Tennis Champion

Belmont – 9

Cleveland State – 1

Tennessee Tech – 1

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI MISSES LAST SHOT, FALLS TO SIUE

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball missed a final chance to tie and lost Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 67-64, Thursday evening at First Community Arena in Edwardsville, Illinois. The Screaming Eagles rise to 5-13 overall and start OVC play 2-3, while the Cougars are 9-8 overall, 2-2 OVC.

Foul trouble and a slow start to the offense plagued the Eagles throughout a first half that saw them down 33-26 at the intermission. USI committed 12 fouls, resulting in 11 Cougar points from free throws. Six Eagles had a pair of fouls after 20 minutes.

A bright spot for the Eagles was on defense. USI held SIUE to 37.5 percent from the field (9-24) and was even on the glass with 19 rebounds to each team.

The USI offense could not find the range early and shot only 26.9 percent (7-26) from the field in the opening 20 minutes. Senior forward Nolan Causwell (Duluth, Georgia) and sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) paced the Eagles through the first half with six points each. 

The Eagles flew out of the locker room to start the second half, going on an 11-2 run to take its first lead of the game, 37-35. Smith, junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois), and sophomore guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin) deposited three-point bombs, while junior forward Nick Hittle (Indianapolis, Indiana) looped in a baby hook shot in the run to the lead.

The Cougars responded with a 7-0 run of their own to take bake the lead, 42-37. USI rallied once again with a 9-0 surge to post its largest lead of the game, 46-42, with 12 minutes to play.

SIUE put USI back on its heels with an 17-2 dash and regained the advantage 59-48 with 4:20 left. The Cougars also held USI without a basket for 6:11 and into six turnovers during their run.

After falling behind 61-50 with 2:27 to play, USI cut the deficit to six in 20 seconds, 62-56, after junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) hit a pair of free throws with 2:07 showing on the clock. The Eagles continued to rally and cut the margin to one, 65-64, with 14.5 ticks left on the clock on a rebound and lay-in by Smith.

Following a pair of free throws by SIUE to make the score, 67-64, USI could not find a tying bucket in final seconds of its third OVC loss of the season.

Smith led three Eagles in double-digits with his eighth double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Hernandez followed with 15 points, while Campion rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.

Next Up For USI:

USI returns to the friendly surroundings of Screaming Eagles Arena next week for a pair of OVC games. The Eagles are slated to host the University of Arkansas at Little Rock January 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Morehead State University January 20 at 3:30 p.m. during the homestand.

Little Rock (8-9, 2-2 OVC), which is idle tonight, will play the University of Tennessee at Martin Saturday before coming to USI. The Eagles won the first two meetings of the two programs last year, defeating the Trojans at home, 74-67, and in Little Rock, 82-81.

Morehead State (13-4, 4-0 OVC) has a trio of games before visiting USI. The MSU Eagles won at Eastern Illinois University tonight, 78-52, and finishes this week with a visit to SIUE Saturday. They host the UT Martin January 18 before returning to the road against USI. 

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

EAGLES’ WINNING STREAK REACHES SIX ON THURSDAY

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball picked up its sixth consecutive win on Thursday night when the Screaming Eagles captured an 87-64 road victory at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to move to 5-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Currently riding its best winning streak and best conference-play start since the 2021-22 season, Southern Indiana improved to 10-5 overall and 5-0 in conference action on Thursday. SIUE dropped to 3-14 this season and 0-4 in the OVC. Through Thursday’s games, USI still sits in first place in the OVC standings with three schools right behind at 3-1.

The competitive history between Southern Indiana and SIUE added another chapter on Thursday. The two sides matched each other through the early minutes of the opening quarter. With the Screaming Eagles ahead 11-10 six minutes in, senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) hit a mid-range jumper. Webb, who was making a return to her former stomping grounds after spending three seasons at SIUE before transferring to USI, tallied eight points in the first quarter. Later in the quarter, freshman guard Triniti Ralston (Louisville, Kentucky) made her presence felt on the court, poking away a steal that led to an open-court layup. Ralston ended the first 10 minutes with a buzzer-beating floater to give USI a 19-12 lead after one.

In the second period, SIUE closed the gap a little, but Southern Indiana ramped up the play. Freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) capitalized on a pair of good looks inside before Webb drilled a straightaway three-pointer to put USI up 26-18 with 6:19 left in the first half. Later, the Eagles went aggressively inside to earn successful trips to the foul line. USI’s defense held SIUE without a field goal in the final three minutes of the opening half. Plus, not only did USI take advantage of good post-play, but Southern Indiana knocked down its intermediate-range jump shots in the first half. Sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) hit a tough turnaround shot in the last minute of the second period, leading to a 46-27 halftime lead for Southern Indiana. USI shot nearly 50 percent from the field in the first half.

The Cougars came out of the break with two consecutive buckets, but the Screaming Eagles were unfazed, as Webb answered with another jumper near the lane. Following solid defensive possessions by USI, the Eagles pushed their lead to over 20 points, 57-34, in the middle of the third quarter on a made trey by senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana). Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) was also active in the third period, draining a pair of shots as part of a steady performance in the game. Late third-quarter free throws and a triple from Saunders gave USI a 71-42 advantage entering the fourth period.

SIUE tried to find a spark with a 9-2 run to begin the fourth, but Raley and Southern Indiana responded. Raley went to another gear and was aggressive on the offensive end, converting a three-point play with seven minutes left. At the 5:47 mark, Webb added to her stellar outing with another make to increase the Eagles’ lead to 80-55. Meanwhile, USI’s defense held SIUE without a field goal for another extended stretch of over four minutes to seal the team’s sixth straight win.

Southern Indiana poured in 31 shots in 66 attempts for 47 percent from the floor in the game. USI cashed in six three-pointers and went 19-25 for 76 percent at the free-throw line. The Screaming Eagles set a new season-high with 54 rebounds while holding SIUE to 33 rebounds. Individually, Webb led all scorers with 18 points, which matched a career high that she previously set while in a SIUE uniform. Webb also notched her first double-double of the season by pulling down 10 boards. Raley recorded consecutive double-double games with 13 points and 11 rebounds on Thursday. Shafford also tallied 13 points, while Saunders posted 11 points.

SIUE was 19-64 for just under 30 percent shooting on Thursday, hitting eight triples. The Cougars were 18-28 for 64 percent at the line. SIUE had four players finish in double figures.

Starting next week, USI begins a three-game homestand. The Eagles will host Little Rock January 18 and Morehead State January 20 at Screaming Eagles Arena.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

UINDY STRETCHES STREAK IN ROCKHURST ROUT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UIndy men’s basketball team stretched its win streak to eight on Thursday evening, picking up a 72-48 victory at Rockhurst.

In a total team effort, the Greyhounds limited their opponent to a season-low 48 points for the second time this season while witnessing 10 finish in the scoring column. Paul Zilinskas led the way with a game-best 15 points, while Jesse Bingham became the first in program history to surpass 100 career blocks and 100 career steals.

INS & OUTS

The Hounds built an impressive lead in the opening 20 minutes, thanks to a 50.0 percent effort from the field. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Dylan Ingram and Josiah Tynes capped a 10-0 run at the 8:07 mark of the first half.

Zilinskas tallied 10 points before the break, including a jumper with under one minute left to make the halftime lead, 32-19.

There was no looking back after intermission, doubling up the host Hawks with Tynes layup with under 13 minutes left.

Sean Craig became the 10th Greyhound to score with a jumper at the 8:26 mark of the second half, finishing with four points in 12 minutes of action. David Ejah, including Ingram, was just ahead of the sophomore with five points apiece.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Bingham committed two thefts in the win and now has 101 career steals.

– The Hounds attempted a season-high 25 free throws in the win, shooting their most from the charity stripe since March 2023 against Quincy. Kendrick Tchoua accounted for 10 of those attempts.

– Rockhurst coughed up possession 18 times, the second-highest UIndy has forced this season.

– Contributing to the effort, Zac Szul finished with six points, two rebounds, and one assist.

– UIndy has produced 10 scorers three times this season, the last coming just eight days ago at Quincy.

– Despite just two points in 15 minutes, Julian Steinfeld was stout defensively with three blocks and three boards.

MORE NOTES

The Hounds improve their lead in the all-time series, 14-6 … Rockhurst’s Arol Kacuol hit a pair of late 3-pointers to become the lone Hawk to score double-digit points.

UP NEXT

UIndy heads to Liberty, Mo., on Saturday afternoon for a 4 p.m. ET against William Jewell College. The Cardinals had their modest three-game winning streak snapped on Thursday in a 70-63 home loss to Lewis.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PATTON EXCELS AS HOUNDS DROP ROAD TILT TO ROCKHURST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UIndy women’s basketball team lost to Rockhurst, 78-66, on Thursday night. The Greyhounds are now .500 on the season with a record of 7-7 and 5-5 in GLVC play.

Jada Patton finished the game with 22 points. Coming off the bench, Patton was 9-for-15 overall from the field, with no 3-point attempts, and 4-5 from the charity strip. This is the sophomore’s highest-scoring game of her career.

INS & OUTS

UIndy took over the court in the fourth quarter. The Greyhounds went on a 16-0 run for 5:28. Patton was the leading scorer of the run with six points. During the run, the Hounds cut the Rockhurst lead from 126 to 12.

The 29-point lead created by the Hawks in the first half was too much for the Greyhounds to overcome.

INSIDE THE BOX

– The UIndy bench contributed 43 of the UIndy points. Jodi Mullis had 16 points.

– Patton also led the team in rebounds with six. The Hounds finished with 36 overall.

– Caroline Jakaitis finished with three of the four UIndy blocks.

– The Greyhounds struggled to maintain possession of the ball. They finished the game with 23 turnovers. Rockhurst took advantage of this with 19 points off turnovers.

MORE NOTES

Macie Conway was the leading scorer for Rockhurst. With 21 points, Conway was 7-fo-15 from the field and 4-of-7 beyond the arc. … UIndy continues to lead Rockhurst 13-6 in the all-time series.

UP NEXT

UIndy will travel to nearby Liberty, Mo. to face William Jewell on Saturday. The contest will start at 2 p.m. ET in the Mabee Center.

UINDY SWIMMING

UINDY SWEEPS PNC GLVC SWIM/DIVE WEEKLY AWARDS

LinksINDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis senior Brynhildur Traustadottir and junior Julio Osuna have been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Athletes of the Week in women’s and men’s swimming and diving, respectively, it was announced by the league office Thursday.

WOMEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Brynhildur Traustadottir, #5 Indianapolis

Sr. | Distance | Akranes, Iceland

Major: Data Science

Team Results: 216-74 W vs. Cleveland State, 195-103 W at Denison (1/6)

Finished first in 200 LC Freestyle (2:10.51) and 400 LC Free (4:34.53)

Swam 1:00.07 split to anchor runner-up 400 LC Free Relay team

Earns first career Athlete of the Week Award

Last Greyhounds’ Athlete of the Week: Stefanie Markwardt (12/20/23)

MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Julio Osuna, #3 Indianapolis

Jr. | Diving | Tijuana, Mexico

Major: Industrial & Systems Engineering

Team Results: 222-74 W vs. Cleveland State, 218-80 W at Denison (1/6)

Completed six dives to first in 3-meter diving with a score of 306.65

Earns first career Athlete of the Week Award

Last Greyhounds’ Athlete of the Week: Cedric Buessing (12/6/23)

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

MARIAN FLEXES OVER (RV) BETHEL WITH 85-78 VICTORY

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team earned an uplifting Crossroads League win at the PE Center, taking down (RV) Bethel 85-78 to defend their home court. Gus Etchison and Maximus Gizzi played key roles for the Knights in their win, lifting the team record to 13-3 overall and 3-3 in CL action.

The Knights came out scorching the nets in the first half, pouring in 12 points in the first three minutes of the game as Josh Bryan and Gus Etchison scored or assisted on each of the first five made field goals. Bethel would contest the home team and rallied back with a 8-0 run powered by the Pilots’ Drew Lutz, taking a 13-12 lead at the first media timeout of the game.

Marian would pull back in front after the timeout but their lead in the game was brief, as a Clay Hilliard three vaulted the Pilots in the lead at the 13:06 mark. Hilliard’s three put the opposition in control, as the Knights could do no more than match Bethel as they ran in front 29-22 at the second media stoppage. Bethel would push their lead to as many as 10 in the first half, but shots from downtown from Ben Henderson and driving layups scored by Maximus Gizzi kept Marian within range. A pair of foul shots made by Josh Byran with 2:09 remaining helped Marian build momentum, and in the waning minute of the half six unanswered points from Etchison, including a banked three at the buzzer, put the Knights back in the game as they trailed 44-41 at the break.

Bethel would take the first punch in the second half as Lutz canned a shot from downtown on their first offensive trip, but the Knights kept strong, attacking inside with Gizzi and Nolan Foster. The Pilots lead would grow no larger than six points in the second half, and a spark on the front side of the media timeout led by Etchison and Jackson Ames brought Marian within one point. After the media stoppage at the 13:58 mark, Marian took a brief lead with Gavin Foe sinking a jump shot, and reclaimed it for good after a Bethel score with Dylan Moles going coast-to-coast to find a basket.

Ames pushed Marian ahead for good with 12:16 to play as his layup made it a 60-57 score in favor of the home team, and Josh Bryan padded the advantage with an open trey on the ensuing possession. Four different Knights helped make the six-point lead a 10-point advantage with 8:21 to play, as Marian found a rhythm and began controlling the clock. A 5-0 run by the Pilots started prior to the under-five minute media timeout gave them life and cut Marian’s lead to five points, but sticking to their gameplan, Gizzi led the Knights offense and scored five consecutive points to surge the lead back to double figures.

Bethel would trim away Marian’s 83-73 lead with five quick points, but Marian’s defense locked in following the surge, holding Bethel scoreless over the final 2:29 of the night. The Knights forced one turnover while Bethel shot 0-6 from the floor in the stretch, expanding their lead with a pair of free throws in the final minute to end the game victorious 85-78.

The Knights ended the game with a plus-three advantage on the glass and forced 11 Bethel turnovers in the win while committing just seven infractions. Etchison paced Marian and poured in 26 points in the win, adding six assists and a steal to his name. Gizzi scored 18 points coming off of his career-best on Saturday, and led the Knights with three steals. Bryan finished the game with 16 points, and Nolan Foster scored six points while corralling a game-high 11 rebounds.

Marian will return on the road this Saturday aiming for their second win of the week, taking on St. Francis in Fort Wayne. Tip is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

COLLIER ECLIPSES 1900 CAREER POINTS AS KNIGHTS ROLL PAST BETHEL

INDIANAPOLIS – After a sluggish start offensively, the Marian women’s basketball team found a groove and cruised to a 64-39 victory over Bethel University as they collected their 13th consecutive victory. Sixth-ranked Marian is now 15-1 overall on the season as they remain undefeated with a 6-0 record in Crossroads League play.

Marian started their night strong on the defensive end, forcing three Bethel turnovers on their opposition’s first three possessions of the game. The offense slowly came along with Abbey McNally and Allison Bosse scoring the first two buckets of the game for Marian. Additional stops on the defensive end helped the Knights hold their lead throughout the quarter, and a surge from Bosse allowed the lead to grow to multiple possessions. Marian would end the first quarter leading 13-8, holding their lead despite ending the quarter on a three minute drought on the offensive end.

The scoring drought continued into the second quarter as Marian missed their first three shots from the floor, but another score from McNally halted the skid to push Marian’s lead to seven. Scoring continued to be hard to come by for the Knights as multiple missed shots and turnovers marred their offense, with the difference on the board standing at eight points for the majority of the period. In the final two minutes McNally lit a spark for the Knights on both ends of the floor, helping Marian maintain their double digit lead going into the intermission. Kinnidy Garrard scored the final bucket of the half with a jumper in the last 10 seconds, giving Marian a 29-14 lead entering the break.

Marian forced 14 turnovers in the first half, while recording five thefts through 20 minutes of play.

Despite scoring just six points in the second quarter, Bethel came out with a strong offensive approach in the third quarter as they challenged the home team with four consecutive makes to open the half. The Knights’ offense was able to match Bethel, and hit a sprint after a three-point field goal from Ella Collier sparked the offense. The trey ignited a 9-0 run, with Collier scoring seven points in the sprint to vault the advantage to 20 points. A trifecta from Collier with 36 seconds remaining in the quarter moved the senior over 1900 career points and pushed the lead to 25, with Marian eventually carrying a 54-32 lead into the final quarter.

The Marian defense finished the game strong, holding Bethel to just seven points in the final quarter of the game. Marian out-paced the Pilots 10-7 in the final period, as several different Knights earned minutes in the final quarter of the game, closing their 13th consecutive win on top 64-39.

The Knights ended the game forcing 19 turnovers while holding the Pilots to 29.6 percent from the field in the win, while offensively the home team scored near a 46 percent clip for the game. Collier finished the game with 18 points to lead all players, and Abbey McNally finished with triple-nickel, scoring 15-points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and blocking five shots. Bosse scored 12 points in the win.

Marian returns to action on Saturday afternoon, traveling to St. Francis with a tip-off time of 1:00 p.m.

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ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

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TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

January 12, 1906 – According to the US Library of Congress the college football rules committee met. It would meet again on March 31, 1906 to formally become known as the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States, the forerunner of the NCAA. Going through the progressive timeline of this group we have to refer back again to the famous October 9, 1905 meeting where US President Theodore Roosevelt called the biggest name of football together to discuss making football safer due to the high number of severe injuries and deaths that were occurring. On December 28, 1905 the reps of 62 college programs met to appoint a rules committee for Intercollegiate football. As a result of that committee appointment, this was the first official meeting of the Football Rule Committee. The accomplishments of this first meeting of the new rules making board were mostly procedural and appointment of sub-committees according to the Cornell Daily Sun write up.

January 12, 1946 – The NFL approved the move of the League Champion Cleveland Rams moving to Los Angeles. We eluded to this in our December 16 post and podcast in the segment on the 1945 NFL Championship game. The relocation was extremely significant for multiple reasons. The team had just won the World Title for God’s sake! The other and maybe even more groundbreaking item was that at the time the next closest NFL franchise to LA was 200 miles away in Chicago per the SportsTeam History.com site. By the Rams leaving Cleveland they allowed the AAFC’s Cleveland Browns to dominate the fan base of the city’s football faithful.

January 12, 1952 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The second annual NFL Pro Bowl game was played. According to the American Football Database it was the National Conference coached by the Rams head man Joe Stydahar defeated the Paul Brown coached American Conference Stars by the score of 30-13. The game’s Most Valuable Player was the Los Angeles Rams Fullback Dan Towler. That had to make the home crowd happy! Compensation for the players in that game was that the winners each received $600 while members of the losing team got 500 dead presidents in their billfolds.

January 12, 1958 – LA Memorial Coliseum – Per the Onthisday.com  website the 8th NFL Pro Bowl was won by the Western Conference  as they beat the Eastern Conference, 26-7. The MVPs of the contest were Hugh McElhenny, San Francisco 49ers star Halfback and the Washington Redskins great Defensive End Gene Brito.

January 12, 1964 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Colts Quarterback Johnny Unitas and his Baltimore teammate Gino Marchetti were the co-MVPS of the 14th annual NFL Pro Bowl.  This game was filled with all-time great players according to the Pro-Football-Reference website.  Cleveland back Jim Brown, Bears Tight End Mike Ditka, Lenny Moore of the Colts,  and Green Bay’s Ray Nitchke were only some of the legends on the rosters. In the game it was the Western Conference Stars who knocked off their Eastern Conference counterparts 31-17.

January 12, 1969 – Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida – Super Bowl III the day the AFL gained some respect. Super Bowl III pitted the AFL Champions the New York Jets against the NFL’s heavily favored Baltimore Colts. The most famous art of this game may have been the confident promise of the ever trend setting Jets Quarterback Joe Namath who declared in pre-game interviews that the Jets would win the game!  The prediction rung true and the Jets won the game and put the AFL on even keel with the old guard NFL teams.

January 12, 1975 – Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisianna – Super Bowl IX had the upstart Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the Minnesota Vikings, 16-6. This game was dominated by two great defenses, Minnesota’s Purple People Eaters were matched against the Steel Curtain anchored by Mean Joe Green. The scoring started with a 2nd quarter safety and the Super Bowl Square that would have won at the half would have been an odd 2-0.  Quarterbacks Fran Tarkenton and Terry Bradshaw together only mustered a total of 198 yards passing combined in the game per the Pro-Football-Reference. Franco Harris ran for 158 yards and a touchdown to earn the Most Valuable Player Award.

January 12, 1986 – Miami Orange Bowl – The AFC Championship game for the 1985 season saw the New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins, 31-14 per the Onthisday.com website.

January 12, 1986 – Soldier Field, Chicago – The Chicago Bears dominated the contest with the Los Angeles Rams, 24-0  in the NFC Championship game per the Onthisday.com website.

January 12, 1992 – Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York –  The AFC Championship game went on record as having the Buffalo Bills knocking off the Denver Broncos, 10-7. The FootballDB.com shows how a Scott Norwood  44 yard field goal in the fourth quarter was the difference in the defensive battle. John Elway could only muster 121 yards passing and his back up Gary Kubiak added 136 while Bills QB Jim Kelly only threw for 117 yards.

January 12, 1992 – RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C. – The NFC Championship shows that the Washington Redskins blew out the Detroit Lions, 41-10 to gain entrance into the Super Bowl per the Onthisday.com website.

January 12, 1997 – Foxborough Stadium – At the AFC Championship game featured Quarterback Tom Brady and his New England Patriots  who outlasted the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-6 per the Pro-Football-Reference website. 

January 12, 1997 – The NFC Championship game hosted at Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers took apart the Carolina Panthers, 30-13 per the Onthisday.com website.

January 12, 2013 – Denver Colorado –  Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco launched a  70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game in what has become known as the “Mile High Miracle” during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game. According to ESPN.com, at the time the Denver Broncos were leading in the score over the Baltimore Ravens 35-28 with 1:09 remaining. The most unexpected catch and score took the game to Overtime where the Ravens Ravens won in overtime on a Justin Tucker 47 yard field goal to advance.

January 12, 2015 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas – The College Football National Championship had the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes winning over the #2 Oregon Ducks, 42-20. Sports-Reference.com shares how OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott dominates the game with 4 touchdowns and 246 yards on the ground.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for January 12

January 12, 1895 – Prairie Hill, Texas  – The great quarterback from Centre College, Bo McMillin.  Bo was also mentioned as an All-American in 1920 and 1921. The NFF voters selected Bo McMillin as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

January 12, 1920 – Odell, Illinois – The Hall of Fame end from Utah, Mac Speedie was born.

January 12, 1943 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Tucker Frederickson, the talented Auburn halfback was born.  Tucker was one of the last of the great two way stars of college football according to the NFF. Offensively in 1964, he averaged 4.4 yards rushing while on defense he was a safety and made many tackles at the line of scrimmage and in 1963 he led his team in interceptions. In both 1963 and 1964 he won the Jacobs Award as the best blocking back in the Southeastern Conference. The National Football Foundation honored Tucker Frederickson with his entry into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

7 – 32 – 39 – 80 – 4 – 19 – 89 – 12 – 19 – 32 – 5 – 27 – 8 – 11 – 9 – 5 – 10 – 14

January 12, 1918

January 12, 1918 – Center Joe Malone Number 7 of the Montreal Canadiens scored 5 goals in a a game against Ottawa to lift Montreal to a 9-4 victory as Malone became the first skater to score 20 goals in one season. Joe ended up with 44 on the season that year!

January 12, 1952 – At the 2nd NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: National Conference beats American Conference, 30-13; MVP of the game was the Los Angeles Rams, Fullback, Number 32, Dan Towler.

January 12, 1958 – 8th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 26-7; MVPs were San Francisco Halfback, Number 39, Hugh McElhenny, and of the defensive side of the ball, Washington Redskins, DE, Number 80, Gene Brito.

January 12, 1958 – Dolph Schayes wearing Number 4 as a power forward for the NBA’s Syracuse Nationals posted an League record of 11,770 career points as the Nats fell to the Detroit Pistons. Schayes knocked home 31 points in the losing effort.

January 12, 1960 – Syracuse National Dolph Schayes became the 1st NBA player to score 15,000 points

January 12, 1964 – 14th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 31-17; MVPs were Baltimore Colts, QB, Number 19, Johnny Unitas . On defense it was his future Hall of Fame teammate, Gino Marchetti, Number 89, a defensive end with the  Baltimore Colts.

January 12, 1969 – New York Jets QB Joe Namath sporting his famous Number 12, promised and led the J-E-T-S to an unlikely victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, 16-7, also earning the signal caller the game’s MVP.

January 12, 1971 – 21st NBA All-Star Game, San Diego Sports Arena: West beats East, 108-107; MVP selected was Seattle SuperSonics, PG, Number 19, Lenny Wilkens. He was the oldest MVP in All-Star history (33), but he earned it with hard play scoring 21 points against the World’s top hoops players.

January 12, 1975 – Super Bowl IX, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6; MVP was Pittsburgh, RB Number 32, Franco Harris.

January 12, 1983 – Brooks Robinson (Number 5, Orioles) and Juan Marichal  ( Number 27, Giants) were both elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

January 12, 1988 – Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder/first baseman, Number 8, Willie Stargell elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 12, 1994 – Philadelphia Phillies Lefthanded pitcher, Number 32, Steve Carlton was elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 12, 2006 – The New York Rangers held a ceremony, where they retired the Number 11 jersey in honor of Mark Messier.

January 12, 2009 – Cristiano Ronaldo ( Number 7) was awarded 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year for the first time at a ceremony in Zurich

January 12, 2013 – “Mile High Miracle”, In AFC Divisional Playoff Game Denver Broncos ahead of Baltimore Ravens 35-28 with 1:09 remaining, quarterback Number 5, Joe Flacco heaves 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Number 12, Jacoby Jones to tie the game. Ravens win in overtime.

January 12, 2015 – FIFA Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid & Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won for a 2nd consecutive time; his 3rd award overall; VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Number 8, Nadine Kessler is women’s award winner

January 12, 2020 – Argentine striker Number 10, Sergio Agüero becomes top-scoring overseas player in English Premier League football history with a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 6-1 rout of Aston Villa; total 177 takes him past Number 14, Thierry Henry

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6:30 p.m.

FS1 — Minnesota at Indiana

7 p.m.

CBSSN — Buffalo at Akron

ESPN2 — Dayton at Duquesne

ESPNU — Rice at South Florida

8:30 p.m.

FS1 — DePaul at Villanova

9 p.m.

ESPN2 — Wright St. at Youngstown St.

9:30 p.m.

BTN — Nebraska at Iowa

10:30 p.m.

FS1 — Boise St. at Nevada

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

8 p.m.

PAC-12N — Stanford at Utah

10 p.m.

PAC-12N — Arizona at Oregon St.

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

7 p.m.

SECN — Missouri at Alabama

8:30 p.m.

SECN — Kentucky at Auburn

9 p.m.

ACCN — Sprouts Farmers Market Collegiate Quad: From West Valley City, Utah

COLLEGE HOCKEY (MEN’S)

9 p.m.

CBSSN — St. Cloud St. at Denver

COLLEGE WRESTLING

7:30 p.m.

BTN — Iowa at Nebraska

FIGURE SKATING

1 p.m.

E! — European Championships: Men’s Free, Kaunas, Lithuania

GOLF

7 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The Sony Open In Hawaii, Second Round, Wai’alae Country Club, Honolulu

2:30 a.m. (Saturday)

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Dubai Invitational, Third Round, Dubai Creek Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

HORSE RACING

2:30 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

LACROSSE (MEN’S)

10 p.m.

ESPNU — NLL: San Diego at Las Vegas

NBA BASKETBALL

7:40 a.m.

ESPN — Sacramento at Philadelphia

10:05 p.m.

ESPN — New Orleans at Denver

NHL HOCKEY

8 p.m.

NHLN — Nashville at Dallas

SAILING

6 a.m. (Saturday)

CBSSN — Sail GP: Event 7, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

SOCCER (MEN’S)

2:25 p.m.

ESPN2 — Hoffenheim at Bayern Munich

2:45 p.m.

USA — Premier League: Luton Town at Burnley

SOCCER (WOMEN’S)

8 p.m.

ION — 2024 NWSL Draft

TENNIS

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Adelaide-ATP/WTA,

TENNIS — Adelaide-ATP/WTA, Auckland-ATP & Hobart-WTA Semifinals; Kooyong Classic Day 3

8 p.m.

TENNIS — Auckland-ATP, Hobart-WTA Finals

12 a.m. (Saturday) TENNIS — Adelaide-ATP Final