INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES
|CHICAGO HARLAN (ILL.)||41||LIGHTHOUSE CPA||36|
|INDIANAPOLIS HERRON||68||INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL||67|
|JOHN GLENN||59||NEW PRAIRIE||38|
|LAKELAND||85||SOUTH BEND CAREER||71|
|LINTON-STOCKTON||50||ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN (ILL.)||48|
|MERRILLVILLE||56||FORT WAYNE SNIDER||48|
|SOUTH BEND CLAY||57||JIMTOWN||45|
|SOUTH BEND RILEY||53||ELKHART||45|
|SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON||71||BREMEN||33|
|HENRY COUNTY TOURNAMENT|
|RANDOLPH COUNTY TOURNAMENT|
|MONROE CENTRAL||71||UNION CITY||50||SF|
|SOUTH DEARBORN||54||SWITZERLAND COUNTY||23||R1|
|WAYNE COUNTY TOURNAMENT|
|HAGERSTOWN||58||CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN||40||R1|
|WHITE RIVER VALLEY TOURNAMENT|
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL FRIDAY
ATTICA (0-8) AT NORTH VERMILLION (0-11)
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (4-3) AT EVANSVILLE REITZ (6-1)
BEN DAVIS (12-0) AT NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (6-4)
BETHANY CHRISTIAN (5-4) AT ARGOS (6-2)
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN (7-1) AT FAITH CHRISTIAN (3-5)
BLACKFORD (3-7) AT MADISON-GRANT (6-3)
BLOOMINGTON NORTH (5-3) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (8-4)
BOONE GROVE (2-5) AT MORGAN TWP. (7-3)
BROWN COUNTY (0-9) AT EDGEWOOD (2-9)
CARMEL (7-3) AT CENTER GROVE (10-1)
CARROLL (FLORA) (7-2) AT DELPHI (4-5)
CASTON (2-6) AT CULVER (5-4)
CENTRAL NOBLE (5-3) AT GARRETT (3-8)
CHARLESTOWN (5-5) AT SEYMOUR (2-7)
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (KY.) AT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (6-2)
CLARKSVILLE (3-7) AT PROVIDENCE (6-3)
CLAY CITY (6-4) AT WASHINGTON CATHOLIC (1-8)
CLOVERDALE (1-9) AT OWEN VALLEY (3-5)
COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN AT BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE (5-1)
COLUMBUS NORTH (8-4) AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH (8-4)
CONCORD (4-5) AT GOSHEN (5-4)
CONNERSVILLE (6-3) AT GREENSBURG (6-3)
COVENANT CHRISTIAN (9-1) AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (4-5)
COWAN (3-4) AT DALEVILLE (3-5)
EAST CENTRAL (0-8) AT RUSHVILLE (2-8)
EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (6-2) AT CLINTON CENTRAL (2-7)
EASTERN (PEKIN) (9-1) AT SILVER CREEK (4-4)
EASTERN GREENE (4-6) AT NORTH DAVIESS (9-2)
EASTERN HANCOCK (8-3) AT WAPAHANI (8-1)
EVANSVILLE BOSSE (6-3) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (4-4)
EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN (6-4) AT BLOOMFIELD (10-2)
EVANSVILLE HARRISON (4-5) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (2-8)
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (7-1) AT CASTLE (5-4)
FAIRFIELD (2-6) AT EASTSIDE (4-3)
FISHERS (7-6) AT PIKE (6-3)
FLOYD CENTRAL (2-5) AT CORYDON CENTRAL (9-2)
FORT WAYNE DWENGER (1-8) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (3-3)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (4-7) AT FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (6-2)
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (1-8) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (2-7)
FORT WAYNE SOUTH (1-8) AT HOMESTEAD (9-1)
FORT WAYNE WAYNE (8-1) AT FORT WAYNE NORTH (7-4)
FRANKFORT (4-5) AT LEBANON (8-3)
FRANKLIN (4-5) AT MOORESVILLE (6-6)
FREMONT (6-4) AT CHURUBUSCO (1-6)
GIBSON SOUTHERN (2-7) AT HERITAGE HILLS (8-2)
GREENCASTLE (2-8) AT NORTHVIEW (3-5)
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (7-1) AT MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (7-4)
HAMILTON HEIGHTS (3-7) AT NORTHWESTERN (3-3)
HANOVER CENTRAL (6-4) AT HAMMOND NOLL (6-5)
HEBRON (5-4) AT SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (3-5)
HOBART (5-4) AT WESTVILLE (7-3)
HUNTINGTON NORTH (3-8) AT EAST NOBLE (2-9)
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (7-1) VS. CHICAGO SIMEON (ILL.)
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (6-2) AT GUERIN CATHOLIC (7-4)
INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (4-5) AT CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (5-4)
IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY (1-7) AT HORIZON CHRISTIAN
JASPER (4-4) AT VINCENNES LINCOLN (1-7)
JENNINGS COUNTY (10-0) AT BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (9-2)
JOHN GLENN (5-4) AT TRITON (5-3)
KANKAKEE VALLEY (3-6) AT MUNSTER (9-2)
KOKOMO (7-4) AT LOGANSPORT (3-7)
KOUTS (5-4) AT NORTH JUDSON (7-2)
LAFAYETTE JEFF (8-4) AT MUNCIE CENTRAL (6-1)
LAKELAND (5-3) AT WEST NOBLE (7-1)
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN (8-2) AT ELKHART CHRISTIAN (2-3)
LALUMIERE BLUE AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (12-1)
LAPORTE (8-3) AT LAKE CENTRAL (8-1)
LAVILLE (4-4) AT WESTVIEW (6-3)
LAWRENCE CENTRAL (8-4) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (4-6)
MANCHESTER (7-2) AT NORTH MIAMI (1-9)
MARTINSVILLE (4-6) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (5-3)
MCCUTCHEON (4-6) AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (4-5)
MEDORA (3-3) AT DUGGER UNION (5-5)
MICHIGAN CITY (7-2) AT CROWN POINT (5-5)
MISHAWAKA (9-2) AT PLYMOUTH (5-4)
MITCHELL (3-9) AT PAOLI (5-2)
MONROVIA (2-7) AT INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (5-4)
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (3-6) AT FOREST PARK (2-7)
NEW ALBANY (7-2) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (5-4)
NEW PALESTINE (9-0) AT DELTA (8-3)
NEW WASHINGTON (4-7) AT BORDEN (8-4)
NORTH DECATUR (6-3) AT HAUSER (4-5)
NORTH HARRISON (2-5) AT AUSTIN (2-6)
NORTH KNOX (2-10) AT WASHINGTON (4-3)
NORTH PUTNAM (4-7) AT WEST VIGO (6-7)
NORTHFIELD (2-7) AT TIPPECANOE VALLEY (7-3)
NORTHRIDGE (7-4) AT WARSAW (5-4)
OLDENBURG ACADEMY (3-5) AT SHAWE MEMORIAL (5-6)
PARK TUDOR (5-4) AT INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN (2-5)
PERRY CENTRAL (4-7) AT WEST WASHINGTON (4-4)
PERRY MERIDIAN (3-7) AT TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (8-4)
PERU (9-1) AT OAK HILL (8-1)
PIKE CENTRAL (5-2) AT EVANSVILLE DAY (5-4)
PIONEER (2-8) AT FRONTIER (3-5)
PORTAGE (6-4) AT VALPARAISO (7-4)
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (7-1) AT ANGOLA (3-6)
PRINCETON (6-4) AT BOONVILLE (5-5)
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD (11-3) AT INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (3-4)
RICHMOND (8-3) AT NEW CASTLE (7-4)
RIVERTON PARKE (4-6) AT COVINGTON (7-6)
ROCHESTER (4-3) AT WHITKO (1-7)
SALEM (1-8) AT ORLEANS (8-1)
SCOTTSBURG (9-1) AT MADISON (2-8)
SMITH ACADEMY (3-5) AT LAKEWOOD PARK (2-5)
SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH) (5-4) AT LANESVILLE (0-8)
SOUTH DECATUR (6-3) AT SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER) (10-1)
SOUTH KNOX (6-3) AT NORTHEAST DUBOIS (6-3)
SOUTH NEWTON (0-7) AT RIVER FOREST (3-6)
SOUTH SPENCER (10-1) AT WOOD MEMORIAL (3-5)
SOUTH VERMILLION (5-6) AT PARKE HERITAGE (6-6)
SOUTHPORT (6-3) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (1-8)
SPEEDWAY (1-7) AT GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (5-4)
SPRINGS VALLEY (4-5) AT CRAWFORD COUNTY (2-8)
SULLIVAN (9-3) AT SOUTH PUTNAM (4-3)
TAYLOR (9-0) AT ROSSVILLE (6-5)
TECUMSEH (3-5) AT SOUTHRIDGE (4-5)
TRI-CENTRAL (4-6) AT SHERIDAN (6-5)
TRI-COUNTY (3-8) AT DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN (3-5)
TRINITY GREENLAWN (1-9) AT MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (4-5)
TRINITY LUTHERAN (1-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (6-2)
TRI-TWP. (1-8) AT WASHINGTON TWP. (2-4)
TWIN LAKES (5-5) AT BENTON CENTRAL (9-2)
UNION COUNTY (2-9) AT FRANKLIN COUNTY (7-3)
VICTORY COLLEGE PREP (2-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (6-7)
VINCENNES RIVET (2-4) AT LOOGOOTEE (8-4)
WABASH (9-2) AT SOUTHWOOD (2-7)
WARREN CENTRAL (6-5) AT LAWRENCE NORTH (7-1)
WAWASEE (4-6) AT NORTHWOOD (9-2)
WEST CENTRAL (4-5) AT NORTH NEWTON (5-5)
WESTERN (6-5) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (5-4)
WHITELAND (5-7) AT GREENWOOD (3-7)
YORKTOWN (7-2) AT WESTFIELD (7-1)
ZIONSVILLE (6-4) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (6-3)
HENDRICKS COUNTY TOURNAMENT
PLAINFIELD (8-2) AT TRI-WEST (6-4)
BROWNSBURG (11-1) AT AVON (5-4)
MADISON COUNTY TOURNAMENT
ALEXANDRIA (5-6) AT ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY (0-9)
PENDLETON HEIGHTS (3-8) VS. ELWOOD (4-6)
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (5-6) VS. FRANKTON (5-6)
ANDERSON (6-3) AT LAPEL (5-7)
SHELBY COUNTY TOURNAMENT
WALDRON (5-5) VS. SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE) (0-10)
TRITON CENTRAL (8-3) AT MORRISTOWN (1-10)
SUGAR CREEK TOURNAMENT
WESTERN BOONE (1-7) VS. SOUTHMONT (6-2)
NORTH MONTGOMERY (4-6) AT CRAWFORDSVILLE (4-4)
WAYNE COUNTY TOURNAMENT
NORTHEASTERN (6-3) VS. CENTERVILLE (1-7)
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES
|BLUFFTON||58||FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY||13|
|BOONE GROVE||56||RIVER FOREST||29|
|BREBEUF JESUIT||51||COVENANT CHRISTIAN||37|
|CORYDON CENTRAL||54||EASTERN (PEKIN)||34|
|EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN||61||UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS (KY.)||38|
|HAMILTON HEIGHTS||47||LEWIS CASS||15|
|INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE||46||CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL||21|
|INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS||46||IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY||13|
|INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN||48||CENTRAL CHRISTIAN||27|
|INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY||32||INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE||28|
|KANKAKEE VALLEY||47||NORTH JUDSON||39||OT|
|LAFAYETTE JEFF||43||INDIANAPOLIS TECH||38|
|LAWRENCE CENTRAL||56||INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL||39|
|LOUISVILLE MALE (KY.)||46||JEFFERSONVILLE||38|
|MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)||53||MISSISSINEWA||22|
|NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)||55||SOUTH VERMILLION||9|
|NORTH DECATUR||54||SOUTH DECATUR||31|
|OBLONG-PALESTINE-HUTSONVILLE (ILL.)||42||DUGGER UNION||32|
|PARIS (ILL.)||46||TERRE HAUTE SOUTH||16|
|PENN||65||SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH||27|
|RENSSELAER CENTRAL||42||NORTH WHITE||31|
|RIVERTON PARKE||51||NORTH VERMILLION||49||OT|
|SHAWE MEMORIAL||52||ROCK CREEK ACADEMY||49|
|SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)||57||HEBRON||21|
|SOUTH KNOX||76||WASHINGTON CATHOLIC||25|
|SOUTH SPENCER||45||HERITAGE HILLS||38|
|TRINITY LUTHERAN||68||WEST WASHINGTON||43|
|TWIN LAKES||50||LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC||48||OT|
|WARREN CENTRAL||52||HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN||44|
|WESTVIEW||52||SOUTH BEND CAREER||12|
|WOODLAN||51||FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK||35|
|MADISON COUNTY TOURNAMENT|
|ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY||49||ELWOOD||32||CON|
|SHELBY COUNTY TOURNAMENT|
|WAYNE COUNTY TOURNAMENT|
|WHITE RIVER VALLEY TOURNAMENT|
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL FRIDAY
ADAMS CENTRAL (5-11) AT HERITAGE (1-13)
BELLMONT (14-1) AT COLUMBIA CITY (14-2)
BEN DAVIS (11-6) AT NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (6-10)
BREMEN (5-9) AT SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (17-0)
BROWN COUNTY (8-6) AT EDGEWOOD (3-11)
CARROLL (FLORA) (15-2) AT DELPHI (9-8)
CENTRAL NOBLE (16-0) AT GARRETT (7-8)
CLARKSVILLE (3-13) AT PROVIDENCE (9-5)
CLOVERDALE (1-13) AT OWEN VALLEY (6-11)
COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN AT BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE (1-8)
COWAN (3-10) AT DALEVILLE (2-12)
EAST NOBLE (3-12) AT HUNTINGTON NORTH (12-2)
EASTBROOK (10-3) AT NORTHWESTERN (10-3)
EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (2-15) AT CLINTON CENTRAL (13-3)
ELKHART (10-6) AT SOUTH BEND RILEY (2-14)
FAIRFIELD (13-2) AT EASTSIDE (11-4)
FORT WAYNE DWENGER (7-11) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (9-6)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (4-9) AT FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (5-12)
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (13-3) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (12-1)
FORT WAYNE SOUTH (1-9) AT HOMESTEAD (12-2)
FORT WAYNE WAYNE (9-5) AT FORT WAYNE NORTH (6-8)
FRANKFORT (2-14) AT LEBANON (6-10)
FREMONT (4-9) AT CHURUBUSCO (3-11)
GREENCASTLE (12-4) AT NORTHVIEW (11-4)
HAMMOND MORTON (7-9) AT OREGON-DAVIS (3-10)
HAMMOND NOLL (4-10) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (7-7)
HIGHLAND (10-3) AT HOBART (9-7)
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (6-8) AT GUERIN CATHOLIC (6-8)
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (7-6) AT GUERIN CATHOLIC (6-8)
INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (4-7) AT INDIANA DEAF (4-7)
JAY COUNTY (14-1) AT BLUFFTON (7-6)
JIMTOWN (5-10) AT SOUTH BEND CLAY (3-12)
JOHN GLENN (7-9) AT NEW PRAIRIE (9-7)
KOKOMO (7-8) AT LOGANSPORT (7-7)
LAFAYETTE JEFF (0-14) AT MUNCIE CENTRAL (4-10)
LAKE STATION (10-3) AT WHITING (5-9)
LAKELAND (8-8) AT WEST NOBLE (2-13)
LEO (8-7) AT NORWELL (13-3)
MARTINSVILLE (0-16) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (10-5)
MERRILLVILLE (3-13) AT CHESTERTON (9-7)
MICHIGAN CITY (5-9) AT CROWN POINT (11-7)
MISHAWAKA MARIAN (13-4) AT LAKE CENTRAL (12-4)
MONROVIA (8-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (0-15)
NEW HAVEN (2-12) AT DEKALB (9-8)
NORTH MIAMI (10-3) AT PERU (5-9)
NORTH PUTNAM (9-7) AT WEST VIGO (5-10)
OLDENBURG ACADEMY (7-5) AT SHAWE MEMORIAL (9-5)
PARK TUDOR (8-4) AT INDIANAPOLIS HERRON (6-5)
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (1-14) AT ANGOLA (6-9)
RICHMOND (4-9) AT MARION (1-15)
RIVER FOREST (5-9) AT CALUMET (3-9)
ROCK CREEK ACADEMY (12-2) AT IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY (1-2)
SOUTHERN WELLS (6-8) AT SOUTH ADAMS (8-8)
SOUTHRIDGE (11-5) AT MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (1-13)
SULLIVAN (11-6) AT SOUTH PUTNAM (6-8)
TRI-CENTRAL (7-9) AT SHERIDAN (7-8)
TRI-TWP. (11-3) AT WASHINGTON TWP. (12-5)
UNIVERSITY (10-4) AT HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (9-5)
VALPARAISO (14-1) AT PORTAGE (9-8)
WEST CENTRAL (2-12) AT NORTH NEWTON (3-14)
WHITELAND (8-8) AT GREENWOOD (7-8)
WINAMAC (3-13) AT KNOX (4-14)
HENDRICKS COUNTY TOURNAMENT
DANVILLE (14-2) AT TRI-WEST (5-10)
BROWNSBURG (9-7) AT AVON (6-9)
HENRY COUNTY TOURNAMENT
SHENANDOAH (6-8) AT BLUE RIVER (12-4)
TRI (14-0) VS. KNIGHTSTOWN (3-13)
RANDOLPH COUNTY TOURNAMENT
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN (10-3) AT UNION CITY (7-10)
MONROE CENTRAL (7-7) VS. WINCHESTER (12-6)
RIPLEY COUNTY TOURNAMENT
JAC-CEN-DEL (6-10) AT MILAN (3-13)
BATESVILLE (8-8) VS. SOUTH RIPLEY (10-7)
RISING SUN (7-7) AT SOUTH DEARBORN (4-14)
LAWRENCEBURG (9-6) VS. SWITZERLAND COUNTY (10-5)
WAYNE COUNTY TOURNAMENT
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (4-9) VS. HAGERSTOWN (4-12)
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCORES: https://indianamat.com/index.php?/dualresults.html/
TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 PURDUE 71 #24 OHIO STATE 69
#2 HOUSTON 87 SMU 53
#5 ARIZONA 70 WASHINGTON 67
#9 GONZAGA 77 SAN FRANCISCO 75
#10 UCLA 60 USC 58
IOWA 91 #15 INDIANA 89
PURDUE FORT WAYNE 79 GREEN BAY 69
RUTGERS 64 MARYLAND 50
MILWAUKEE 68 CLEVELAND STATE 64 OT
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/CBK/SCOREBOARD.ASP?CONF=-1&DAY=20230105
TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 94 AUBURN 42
#3 OHIO STATE 83 MINNESOTA 71
#5 UCONN 73 XAVIER 37
#7 LSU 74 TEXAS A&M 34
#9 VIRGINIA TECH 74 VIRGINIA 66
BOSTON COLLEGE 79 #10 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 71
#19 DUKE 60 WAKE FOREST 50
#20 GONZAGA 63 SAN FRANCISCO 52
MIAMI FLORIDA 62 #22 NORTH CAROLINA 58
EVANSVILLE 57 VALPARAISO 45
INDIANA STATE 59 ILLINOIS CHICAGO 48
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/WCBK/SCOREBOARD.ASP?CONF=-1&DAY=20230105
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
SUNDAY, JAN. 8
FCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (FRISCO, TEXAS) | 2 P.M. | ABC
MONDAY, JAN. 9
CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA) | ESPN
NFL WEEK 17
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2023
KANSAS CITY AT LAS VEGAS ESPN/ABC 4:30
TENNESSEE AT JACKSONVILLE ESPN/ABC 8:15
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2023
TAMPA BAY AT ATLANTA FOX 1:00
NEW ENGLAND AT BUFFALO CBS 1:00
MINNESOTA AT CHICAGO FOX 1:00
HOUSTON AT INDIANAPOLIS CBS 1:00
NEW YORK JETS AT MIAMI FOX 1:00
CAROLINA AT NEW ORLEANS FOX 1:00
CLEVELAND AT PITTSBURGH CBS 1:00
BALTIMORE AT CINCINNATI CBS 1:00 OR 4:25
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT DENVER CBS 4:25
NEW YORK GIANTS AT PHILADELPHIA CBS 4:25
ARIZONA AT SAN FRANCISCO FOX 4:25
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SEATTLE FOX 4:25
DALLAS AT WASHINGTON FOX 4:25
DETROIT AT GREEN BAY NBC 8:20
MEMPHIS 123 ORLANDO 115
BOSTON 124 DALLAS 95
UTAH 131 HOUSTON 114
DENVER 122 LA CLIPPERS 91
BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NBA/SCOREBOARD.ASP
SEATTLE 5 TORONTO 1
NY RANGERS 4 MONTRÉAL 1
ST. LOUIS 5 NEW JERSEY 3
PHILADELPHIA 6 ARIZONA 2
NASHVILLE 5 CAROLINA 3
WASHINGTON 6 COLUMBUS 2
EDMONTON 4 NY ISLANDERS 2
VEGAS 5 PITTSBURGH 2
BOSTON 5 LOS ANGELES 2
BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NHL/SCOREBOARD.ASP
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
BILLS: SAFETY DAMAR HAMLIN SHOWING ‘REMARKABLE IMPROVEMENT’
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has shown what physicians treating him are calling “remarkable improvement over the past 24 hours,” the team announced Thursday, three days after the player went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated on the field.
“While still critically ill, he has demonstrated that he appears to be neurologically intact,” the Bills said in a statement. “His lungs continue to heal and he is making steady progress.”
Hamlin’s agent, Ronald Butler, told The Associated Press that Hamlin was awake and has been able to grip the hands of family members at his hospital bedside.
The developments came as the Bills were scheduled to return to practice on Thursday for the first time since Hamlin collapsed when his heart stopped after making a tackle and was rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center during the first quarter of Buffalo’s game against the Bengals on Monday night. The second-year player spent the past two days sedated and listed in critical condition.
Dr. Timothy Pritts said in a conference call that neurological signs of improvement began Wednesday night as Hamlin gradually woke up, with the rest of his body healing. Hamlin was able to communicate by writing; he cannot speak because of a breathing tube in his throat.
“Last night he was able to emerge and follow commands and even asked who had won the game,” Pritts said.
The game was suspended after Hamlin collapsed and it hasn’t been determined if or when it will resume.
“The answer is yes, Damar, you won the game of life,” Pritts said.
Dr. William Knight credited the quick medical response with saving Hamlin’s life.
He said a physician was within Hamlin’s side within a minute of him collapsing and recognized that the defensive back did not have a pulse. Knight said Hamlin required CPR and resuscitation on the field.
“It’s been a long and difficult road for the last three days … he has made a pretty remarkable improvement,” Knight said.
The good news came as the Bills prepare to play a home game against the New England Patriots, and with the team still dealing with the shock of seeing their teammate collapse on the field.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick called the update on Hamlin’s health encouraging.
“Life is bigger than this game. And I think this is one of those humbling moments for all of us,” Belichick said.
As to how his players were dealing with preparations for the game scheduled for Sunday, he said they are navigating it by the moment.
“I think we’re all doing the best that we can,” Belichick said. “All of those questions are out of our control. I’m not going to worry about any of those. We’re trying to control what we can control. That’s what we’re doing here and how we’re doing it. And we’re doing the best we can.”
After returning home early Tuesday once the game was suspended, the Bills held meetings and a walkthrough practice without any media availability on Wednesday. On Thursday, players were spotted arriving at the facility, though the team has not yet released a practice schedule.
Numerous players across the league – former teammates and those who didn’t know Hamlin until Monday – voiced their support, while saying they were shaken by what unfolded in front of a North American TV audience.
Colts safety Rodney Thomas made the two-hour drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati on Tuesday just to be by the side of his former high school teammate.
“He’s a fighter. I know he’s a fighter and there’s no other thought in my mind other than him walking out under his own power,” Thomas said Wednesday.
Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, who spent the previous four seasons playing for Buffalo, had dinner delivered to the hospital for Hamlin’s family and medical staff.
Hamlin’s marketing representative, Jordon Rooney, said Wednesday that the player’s family was buoyed by the words and acts of kindness.
“They are elated right now,” Rooney said. “Damar is still their first concern. But for them, they always look at how they can turn a somewhat troubling situation into a good one. The bounce back from this, for him and his family is going to be incredible.”
What remains unclear is whether the NFL will reschedule the Bills’ game against the Bengals, which has major implications in determining the top spot in the AFC. The playoffs are set to open on Jan. 14.
The Chiefs (13-3) have a half-game lead over Buffalo (12-3), with the Bills owning the tiebreaker after beating Kansas City this season. The Bengals (11-4) are currently the third seed and have also defeated the Chiefs.
Hamlin was hurt in the first quarter when he was struck squarely in the chest while making what appeared to be a routine tackle of Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin briefly got up and adjusted his facemask before collapsing backward.
Hamlin was selected by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 2021 draft out of Pitt. He spent his rookie season limited to special teams roles, and took over the starting safety job in Week 3 in place of veteran Micah Hyde, who remains sidelined by a neck injury.
Fans, team owners and players – including Tom Brady and Russell Wilson – have made donations to Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation, which had raised more than $7 million by Thursday morning.
BILLS UPLIFTED BY HAMLIN’S PROGRESS, HOPE TO SHOW RESILIENCE
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills got a much-needed jolt of good news on Thursday.
Coach Sean McDermott and his team found out that safety Damar Hamlin has made remarkable progress in his recovery since his heart stopped during Monday night’s game.
In three days since the Bills were left emotionally devastated as they watched their teammate collapse on the field in Cincinnati, the team’s motto has gone from “Pray for Damar” to “Play for Damar.”
And a rallying message from Hamlin’s father, Mario – delivered to the Bills via a Zoom call on Wednesday – provided another boost as the Bills (12-3) resumed practicing in preparation to host the New England Patriots (8-8) in their season finale on Sunday.
“His message was the team needs to get back to focus on the goals they had set for themselves. Damar would have wanted it that way,” McDermott said during the team’s first media availability since Hamlin’s life was endangered. “We owe that to Damar, and we owe that to his family.”
Quarterback Josh Allen was particularly inspired by what Hamlin communicated to his bedside nurse upon waking up Wednesday evening. Unable to speak because of an oxygen tube inserted in his mouth, Hamlin asked by writing on a pad of paper if the Bills had beaten the Bengals. (He didn’t know the game was suspended after his injury.)
“As teammates, you love hearing that response, that the first thing on his mind wasn’t, you know, `Poor me.’ It was, `How are my teammates doing?'” Allen said. “For Damar to go through that and to come out on the other side and still, again, just thinking about his teammates, that’s Damar. That’s who he is.”
Though the 24-year-old Hamlin remains listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, his doctors provided encouraging news on his recovery. Aside from being able to communicate, Hamlin has also been able to grip people’s hands.
“So we know that it’s not only that the lights are on. We know that he’s home. And it appears that all the cylinders are firing within his brain, which is greatly gratifying for all of us,” Dr. Timothy Pritts said. “He still has significant progress he needs to make, but this marks a really good turning point in his ongoing care.”
The test for the Bills now is focusing their attention on returning to the field. It’s yet another challenge during a year filled with adversity for one of the AFC’s best teams.
The last remnants of a blizzard, in which more than 40 people died across the region over Christmas, are still visible in melting snow piles along the region’s streets and in parking lots. The storm was the second to hit Buffalo in a month, with the first one in November forcing the Bills to relocate their home game against Cleveland to Detroit. The Bills also rallied in support of the community in May in the aftermath of a racist shooting spree in which 10 people were killed at a Buffalo supermarket.
McDermott – who sat with Allen at the podium during an emotional, nearly 40-minute news conference – is confident the Bills, much like their community, can once again show their resilience.
“How do I know that we’ll be able to overcome, is we have to. Just like we’ve done many times before, and this city, and the people of western New York that have dealt with what they’ve dealt with. That’s what you do,” McDermott said. “This is what western New York and the fans of the Buffalo Bills, this is what we do.”
The NFL confirmed on Thursday night what had become inevitable: The Bills-Bengals game won’t be resumed. While the Bills may be relieved they don’t have to return to Cincinnati, removing a game from their schedule creates a new obstacle in their pursuit of the top seed in the AFC. Kansas City (13-3) would now lock up the No. 1 seed by beating Las Vegas on Saturday.
Buffalo had hoped all year to earn home-field advantage and avoid another playoff trip to Kansas City, where it lost a thrilling, back-and-forth divisional playoff matchup in overtime last season. The Bills did their part by beating the Chiefs on the road on Oct. 16.
Under a proposal Thursday from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that was pending approval by clubs, the Bills would indeed escape that return trip.
Goodell proposed that potential AFC Championship meetings between the three teams affected by the canceled game – Buffalo, Kansas City and Cincinnati (11-4) – be played at neutral sites if the team that earned home-field advantage benefited from playing an unequal number of games.
None of those details were of much concern Thursday to McDermott, who said seedings and playoff scenarios took a backseat to the team’s focus on Hamlin’s health. McDermott and Allen were still dealing with the emotional toll of watching medical staff performing CPR on Hamlin.
McDermott had to pause for 10 seconds when discussing the outpouring of worldwide support for Hamlin, whose charitable foundation has received more than $7 million in donations since Monday.
“It’s amazing to me to know the impact that this has had on so many people,” McDermott said, his eyes welling. “And for now, Damar to be awake and his mom to be able to share that with him is incredible.”
Allen said it will be difficult to determine what it will be like for the team to play on Sunday.
“I think for every person, it’s going to be a little bit different. I think putting that helmet back on today was a really good thing for our team,” Allen said. “But I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say some people will be changed forever, you know, after being on the field and witnessing that and feeling those emotions.”
What encouraged the quarterback was a conversation he had with Mario Hamlin after his son was hospitalized on Monday night.
“The only thing he said was: `My son’s going to be all right,'” Allen said.
AP SOURCES: NFL WILL NOT RESUME BILLS-BENGALS GAME
The NFL will not resume the Bills-Bengals game that was suspended Monday night after Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on the field, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the league is still figuring out how to determine playoff seedings and scheduling. The NFL Players Association must approve changes.
The Bills-Bengals game had major playoff implications.
Buffalo (12-3) entered Monday night needing a win to maintain the AFC’s No. 1 seed. The Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) currently hold that spot. The Bengals (11-4) had a chance to earn that top seed with two more wins and a loss by the Chiefs.
NFL: BILLS-BENGALS WON’T RESUME; PLAYOFF SCENARIOS REVEALED
(AP) — The NFL said Thursday it will not resume the Bills-Bengals game that was suspended Monday night after Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on the field.
The league said some of the factors in coming to its decision included that “not playing the Buffalo-Cincinnati game to its conclusion will have no effect on which clubs qualify for the postseason. No club would qualify for the postseason and no club will be eliminated based on the outcome of this game.”
Also, the NFL said playing the game between the Bills and Bengals would have required postponing the start of the playoffs by a week, and affecting all 14 teams that qualified for the postseason.
The NFL said its decision creates “potential competitive inequities in certain playoff scenarios.” The league said clubs on Friday, in a special league meeting, would consider a resolution recommended by the commissioner and approved today by the competition committee.
Hamlin has shown what physicians treating him are calling “remarkable improvement over the past 24 hours,” the team announced Thursday, three days after the 24-year-old player had to be resuscitated on the field.
The Bills-Bengals game had major playoff implications for the AFC. Buffalo (12-3) entered Monday night needing a win to maintain the AFC’s No. 1 seed. The Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) now hold that spot. The Bengals (11-4) had a chance to earn that top seed with two more wins and a loss by the Chiefs.
The scenarios approved by the competition committee include a potential neutral site for the AFC championship game. The league is considering several sites, including indoor and outdoor stadiums.
The resolution being presented to clubs for a vote on Friday follows:
The AFC Championship Game will be played at a neutral site if the participating teams played an unequal number of games and both could have been the No. 1 seed and hosted the game had all AFC clubs played a full 17-game regular season.
Those circumstances involve Buffalo or Cincinnati qualifying for the game as a road team. If Buffalo and Kansas City both win or tie this weekend, a Bills-Chiefs AFC title game would be at a neutral site.
If Buffalo and Kansas City both lose and Baltimore wins or ties, a Bills-Chiefs AFC title game would be at a neutral site.
If Buffalo and Kansas City both lose and Cincinnati wins, Bills or Bengals against Kansas City in the AFC title game would be at a neutral site.
Also, if Baltimore defeats Cincinnati in Week 18, the Ravens would have two wins over the Bengals, a divisional opponent, but will not be able to host a playoff game because Cincinnati will have a higher winning percentage for a 16-game schedule than Baltimore will for a 17-game schedule.
Therefore, if Baltimore defeats Cincinnati and if those two clubs are schedule to play a wild-card game against each another, the site for that game would be determined by a coin toss.
However, if the Bengals win this weekend or if Baltimore and Cincinnati are not scheduled to play each other in the wild-card round, the game sites would be determined by the regular scheduling procedures.
“As we considered the football schedule, our principles have been to limit disruption across the league and minimize competitive inequities,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “I recognize that there is no perfect solution. The proposal we are asking the ownership to consider, however, addresses the most significant potential equitable issues created by the difficult, but necessary, decision not to play the game under these extraordinary circumstances.”
VIKINGS LOOK TO STEADY THEMSELVES FOR PLAYOFFS AGAINST BEARS
CHICAGO (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings come into the regular-season finale with the NFC North championship secured, a home game in the playoffs guaranteed and a bitter taste in their mouths.
A lopsided loss last week left them staggering. They hope to steady themselves before the playoffs start.
The Vikings will try to do just that when they visit the Chicago Bears to close out the regular season on Sunday.
“Momentum is real, and it’s really big in the playoffs,” defensive tackle Harrison Phillips said.
The Vikings (12-4) won’t have to contend with Justin Fields, after Bears coach Matt Eberflus announced the electrifying quarterback will miss the final game because of a strained hip and Nathan Peterman will start in his place. Chicago (3-13) comes in with nine straight losses after getting blown out at Detroit last week and a chance to become the first team in franchise history to drop 14 games in a season.
This would seem like a good opportunity for the Vikings to find their footing coming off a 41-17 beatdown at Green Bay.
The Vikings are all but guaranteed the No. 3 seed in the NFC. They can’t finish ahead of the NFC East champion, be it Philadelphia or Dallas. They would need struggling Arizona to beat San Francisco to have a shot at the second seed.
“I think to get that bad taste out of our mouth is something that would be really good to do,” said Kirk Cousins, who threw three interceptions and lost a fumble last week. “No one’s just going to let that happen. We got to go earn it and play well enough to do that.”
SHOT AT TOP SPOT
The Bears assured themselves a top-four draft pick and have a shot at the No. 1 selection. The only team with a worse record is Houston (2-13-1).
“When you look at the wins and losses and that sort of thing, that’s disappointing obviously,” Eberflus said. “But you see the progress. To me, it’s about foundational floor. You see that.”
The Vikings suffered a big blow last week when center Austin Schlottman, who already was filling in for the injured Garrett Bradbury, broke his lower leg in the first quarter. A few minutes later, right tackle Brian O’Neill hurt his calf and partially tore his Achilles. Bradbury has missed four straight games and primary backup tackle Blake Brandel is on injured reserve with a torn MCL in his knee. Bradbury and Brandel are on track to return for the playoffs, but for now against the Bears, all signs point to Chris Reed holding down the fort at center and Oli Udoh subbing at right tackle.
O’Neill, who is in his fifth year, had never before missed a game due to injury.
“We’ve had a lot of very, very strong outings and high moments, but even during some of the moments where we weren’t at our best, Brian was still so consistent for us in his role,” coach Kevin O’Connell said. “I just think it’s going to be a hard thing to replace.”
Peterman shrugged off the idea the Bears are jockeying for draft positioning by holding out Fields.
“I’m very focused on going out there, playing great and winning a football game,” he said. “That’s all you can do every time you go out there. I’m excited. Trying not to listen to the outside noise too much.”
Peterman is set to make his fifth career start and first since 2018. He almost got the call in Week 12 at the New York Jets.
Fields was sidelined because of a separated shoulder. Backup Trevor Siemian suffered an oblique injury in warmups, and the Bears announced Peterman would start in his place, only to reverse course. Siemian played through the injury, which required season-ending surgery.
The Vikings hosted the Bears in the regular-season finale in five of the last six years under the translucent U.S. Bank Stadium roof. Now the venue is reversed, with the Vikings playing in Chicago to close the regular season for the first time since 1971 and after November for only the second time since 2009. The Vikings ought to be prepared for the often-rough Soldier Field playing surface; they had frequent trouble with traction at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field last week.
O’Connell said after that game the staff “strongly recommended” that players use 7-stud cleats for maximum grip, but some of them – including wide receiver Justin Jefferson – didn’t switch until they started slipping during the game.
“Hopefully it’s a learning lesson for all of us that we don’t need to go through some of that early to rectify the problem,” O’Connell said.
Fields finished his second season with 1,143 yards rushing, 63 shy of the record of 1,206 set by Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson in 2019 during his MVP season. He is sixth overall in rushing and is averaging a league-leading 7.1 yards per carry.
JETS COMMITTED TO HELP WILSON ‘THROUGH HELL OR HIGH WATER’
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Zach Wilson’s rough second season is over. When — or if — he plays another game for the New York Jets remains to be seen.
The struggling quarterback will be inactive Sunday in the team’s season finale at Miami, with Mike White starting a second straight game and Joe Flacco the backup. Still, coach Robert Saleh insisted Wednesday that Wilson still has a future with the franchise.
“Zach has got all the talent in the world and we have all the confidence in the world in him,” Saleh said. “It’s just like I’ve said from this ‘reset,’ we’re going to grind with him, we are.
“And through hell or high water, we’re going to figure out how to get him to where we know he can be.”
That’s the challenge Saleh and his coaching staff face this offseason, which also lends itself to the stark reality that the Jets still don’t know for sure what they have in Wilson.
Some fans and media have labeled the No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft a bust, and his miserable statistics could support that. Wilson has 15 touchdowns and 18 interceptions with a 55.2 completion rate and a 72.8 quarterback rating in 22 starts.
He also has been benched twice this season so he could, as Saleh called it, “reset” himself mentally and physically.
But Wilson also has shown flashes of the off-schedule playmaking ability that made the Jets and others drool leading up to the draft.
“Again, we’re not wavering,” Saleh said. “We believe in the young man and the biggest thing for Zach, it’s not his talent. We want to make sure that we reconnect with Zach and regain his confidence, and regain his confidence in himself and us, and us in him, just all of us. Just to make sure that he’s back on track, get his footwork down right, get his mechanics right, get his mind right.
“So, it’s not a talent thing for Zach, I don’t believe that. I just think, like I said, when it’s a reset, we’re going to work our tails off to help him. We’re committed to him.”
That doesn’t mean, however, Wilson will be the starter next season. Or that he’s a sure thing to even be on the roster — although that would appear likely.
Wilson’s four-year, $35 million rookie contract is fully guaranteed, which means the Jets would take a massive financial hit if they cut him after this season. Wilson will count $9.6 million against the salary cap next season and cutting him would cost New York nearly $20.8 million in dead money. So it would cost the Jets more to cut him ($11.2 million) than keep him.
A trade could be a possibility, but it’s unlikely teams would be willing to give up much to acquire Wilson.
White and Flacco are free agents after this season, so it would make sense for general manager Joe Douglas to try to either sign or acquire a veteran quarterback and keep Wilson as a backup — with the hope he can become more.
“You just see it all over the league where these quarterbacks hit, and especially this year,” said Saleh, who referred to two former Jets. “When you look at what Sam (Darnold) is doing in Carolina, doing a really nice job, and Geno (Smith) just from a relatable standpoint, these guys take time.
“And we’re going to give him that time.”
One narrative is that perhaps Wilson isn’t a perfect fit in offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur’s scheme.
“There’s always going to be a challenge,” Saleh said. “There’s a patience aspect to it and I get it — if you love patience, why did you put him down? I get it, there’s things a lot deeper than it. But you can look back and say a lot of things on what ifs, but at the end of the day, a quarterback’s got to be able to sit in the pocket and he’s got to be able to deliver the football.”
That’s an area where Wilson needs to improve, Saleh said, and something he showed at times early this season before getting off track.
“It just slowly got away from him a little bit, for one reason or another,” Saleh said, “and how do you find that consistency?”
Wilson taking a true mental break when the season ends might be the first step in him getting back on track.
“Get away from this game, just reset,” Saleh said. “I think the greatest strength and greatest gift you can give yourself as a human is to figure out what’s important to you, what do you value and how can you stick to those values day in and day out?
“That is the greatest gift you can give yourself, is to discover yourself and I think Zach needs to get away, read a book and figure that out.”
NOTES: The Jets had just a walkthrough practice, but those listed as having not participated were: LT Duane Brown (shoulder), RT George Fant (knee), OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee), CB Brandin Echols (quadriceps) and S Lamarcus Joyner (hip). Saleh already ruled out Joyner for the game. … G Nate Herbig (calf) and S Jordan Whitehead (hamstring) were limited. … DT Sheldon Rankins was voted the winner of the Jets’ media good guy award by the team’s beat writers.
DEEBO SAMUEL COULD RETURN IN WEEK 18 FOR 49ERS
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Deebo Samuel thought his season was over when his left leg collapsed after being tackled in Week 14.
Instead, Samuel got good news that he avoided a major injury to his knee and ankle, and he is now poised to come back for the San Francisco 49ers for a playoff run.
“I thought I was done,” he said Wednesday about his reaction when he got injured against Tampa Bay. “I never had been in a position like that in my 15 years playing and it was a kind of scary scene. Just knowing I came out of it was just crazy.”
Samuel said he believes a surgery he had in college on his ankle helped prevent a more serious injury.
He managed to return to practice last week and could play in the regular season finale Sunday against Arizona for the NFC West champion 49ers (12-4).
Samuel said he wanted to see how his body responds in practice this week before knowing if he will play against the Cardinals.
“Not necessarily trying to push,” he said. “I’m not going to risk myself. If I’m not 100% ready to go, I’m not going to go out there.”
Getting Samuel back would provide a big boost for the streaking 49ers, who have won nine straight games and head into Week 18 with a chance at the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. San Francisco is assured of the No. 2 seed with a win against the Cardinals and can earn the top seed and a bye if Philadelphia also loses.
Samuel has 54 catches for 612 yards and two TDs, along with 228 yards rushing and three TD runs this season.
Samuel made a major impact in last year’s playoffs with 294 yards from scrimmage and two TDs to help the Niners reach the NFC title game.
He isn’t the only important offensive playmaker close to making a return for the Niners as they get ready for the playoffs.
Running back Elijah Mitchell returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since going on injured reserve after spraining his left knee on Nov. 27. Mitchell sprained his right knee in the opener and has only played in four games this season.
San Francisco opened his practice window and is expected to use the last of its eight return from IR designations to get Mitchell back either this week or for the playoffs.
Mitchell led the 49ers in rushing as a rookie with 963 yards in 2021. He has 40 carries for 224 yards this season.
NOTES: RB Christian McCaffrey (knee, ankle) missed practice but is still expected to play this week. … Other players who missed practice were G Aaron Banks (ankle, knee), LB Dre Greenlaw (back), DT Javon Kinlaw (knee), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (foot), DL Kevin Givens (knee) LT Trent Williams (rest) and DE Nick Bosa (rest). … Defensive tackle Arik Armstead (ankle) was limited.
SLUMPING TITANS, SURGING JAGUARS VIE FOR AFC SOUTH TITLE
TENNESSEE (7-9) at JACKSONVILLE (8-8)
Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN.
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NFL LINE: Jaguars by 6.
AGAINST THE SPREAD: Titans 8-7-1; Jaguars 8-8.
SERIES RECORD: Titans lead 34-22.
LAST MEETING: Jaguars beat Titans 36-22 on Dec. 11, 2022, in Nashville.
LAST WEEK: Titans lost to Cowboys 27-13; Jaguars beat Texans 31-3.
TITANS OFFENSE: OVERALL (30), RUSH (15), PASS (30), SCORING (28).
TITANS DEFENSE: OVERALL (25), RUSH (2), PASS (32), SCORING (15).
JAGUARS OFFENSE: OVERALL (7), RUSH (10), PASS (10), SCORING (11).
JAGUARS DEFENSE: OVERALL (23), RUSH (11), PASS (28), SCORING (T12).
TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Titans minus-2; Jaguars plus-4.
TITANS PLAYER TO WATCH: Derrick Henry. The two-time NFL rushing champ sat out last week’s loss to Dallas with a hip injury and then turned 29 on Wednesday. Henry had 96 yards rushing in the first quarter against Jacksonville a month ago only to finish with 121. He also fumbled twice — only the second time he has done that in his career. Better ball security has been a big focus for Henry, who has three lost fumbles in his past three games.
JAGUARS PLAYER TO WATCH: TE Evan Engram was close to unstoppable against the Titans four weeks ago, catching 11 passes for a career-high 162 yards and two touchdowns. He clearly was a matchup issue for Tennessee, which played without LBs David Long and Zach Cunningham as well as CB Kristian Fulton.
KEY MATCHUP: Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee’s third quarterback of the season, makes his second NFL start in six years against the team that traded a fifth-round pick for him in 2019. Dobbs threw for 232 yards last week without Henry in the backfield. He was signed Dec. 21 off Detroit’s practice squad and will have had six full practices, not counting walkthroughs. He threw 39 passes last week, the most by any Titans QB this season.
INJURIES: The Titans should be their healthiest in weeks. They scratched seven starters for last week’s meaningless game against Dallas and expect to have OLB Denico Autry and two-time Pro Bowl DL Jeffery Simmons together for just the second time in seven games. Autry has a team-high eight sacks, with Simmons just behind at 7½. The Jaguars are in decent shape, with several guys recovering from injuries. LS Ross Matiscik is dealing with a back injury that’s preventing him from practicing much but he’s playing through it.
SERIES NOTES: This is the first game in series history that’s been for the AFC South crown. … Jacksonville’s first victory in its inaugural season (1995) came against the Houston Oilers, but the rivalry really took off when the Titans handed the Jaguars their only three losses in 1999, including in the AFC championship game in Jacksonville. … The Titans’ most recent loss in Jacksonville came in 2019 with Marcus Mariota starting at quarterback.
STATS AND STUFF: Despite losing six in a row, the Titans can clinch their third consecutive AFC South title. … The Titans also can clinch a fourth straight playoff berth for the first time since a franchise-record seven consecutive playoff appearances between 1987 and 1993. … Titans coach Mike Vrabel can join Jeff Fisher (six) and Jack Pardee (four) as the only head coaches to lead this franchise to at least four playoff appearances. … Titans S Kevin Byard intercepted two passes in his most recent game, giving him 27 for his career. That leads all NFL safeties and trails only Miami’s Xavien Howard (28) in that span. … This is the first time the Titans have played five nationally televised prime-time games. … Henry currently ranks third in the NFL with 1,429 yards rushing and is tied for second with 13 rushing TDs. … Two-time Titans Pro Bowl DL Jeffery Simmons is a sack shy of tying his career high of 8½ sacks set last season … Titans OLB Denico Autry is a sack away from tying his career high of nine set in 2018 and tied in 2021. … The Titans lead the NFL for a second straight season in players used with 86 a year after setting the NFL record with 91 in a non-strike season. … The Jaguars have won four in a row and are trying to return to the postseason for the first time since 2017. … A victory would give Jacksonville a five-game losing streak and a five-game winning streak in the same season, making the Jags the fifth team to do so in NFL history. The previous was 2015 Kansas City, which had current Jaguars coach Doug Pederson as its offensive coordinator. … The Jaguars are one of two NFL teams with three players with 60 or more receptions. WR Christian Kirk (78 for 1,009), WR Zay Jones (78-802) and TE Evan Engram (69-739) can become the second trio in NFL history to have three newcomers top 800 yards receiving and first since Miami in 1993. … Jaguars LB Foye Oluokun leads the NFL with 171 tackles.
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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-3) @ LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (6-10)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Chiefs lead all-time series, 69-53-2
STREAKS Chiefs have won past 4
LAST GAME 10/10/22: Raiders 29 at Chiefs 30
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/14/21: Chiefs 41, Raiders 14
LAST WEEK W 27-24 vs. Denver
COACH VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 17-5
PTS. FOR 29.1
PASSING Patrick Mahomes: 417-622-5,048-40-12-105.2
RUSHING Isiah Pacheco (R): 162-766-4.7-4
RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 104-1,300-12.5-12
PTS. AGAINST 22.3
SACKS Chris Jones: 13
INTs L’Jarius Sneed: 3
TAKE/GIVE -5 (18/23)
PUNTING (NET) Tommy Townsend: 50.5 (45.5)
KICKING Harrison Butker: 85 (34/37 PAT; 17/23 FG)
KANSAS CITY clinched 7th-consecutive AFC West division title, tied with 1973-79 Los Angeles Rams for 2nd-longest streak of division titles in NFL history. Became 3rd team ever with 12+ wins in 5 straight seasons. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 328 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT with 106.1 rating, his 10th game with 300+ pass yards this season, most in NFL. Aims for 5th in row with 2+ TD passes & 4th in row with 105+ rating. Has 956 pass yards (318.7 per game) & 11 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 127.3 rating in his past 3 starts vs. LV. Passed for 406 yards & 5 TDs in last road meeting. Leads NFL with 5,048 pass yards & 40 TD passes & joined Drew Brees as only QBs ever with 5,000+ pass yards & 40+ TD passes in 2 seasons. • RB ISIAH PACHECO (rookie) had 4th rush TD of season last week. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 896 scrimmage yards. • RB JERICK MCKINNON had 52 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 17 & is 1st RB since 1970 with rec. TD in 5 straight games. Leads RBs with 8 rec. TDs in 2022, tied-4th most by RB in a season in SB era. • TE TRAVIS KELCE leads TEs with 104 catches & 1,300 rec. yards in 2022, his 3rd season with 100+ catches & 1,300+ rec. yards, both most-ever by TE. Had career high 4 rec. TDs in Week 5 meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in all 8 road games this season. • DT CHRIS JONES had 13th sack of season last week & aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has 6 sacks in 5 games vs. division in 2022. • DE GEORGE KARLAFTIS (rookie) aims for 3rd in row with sack & has sack in 5 of past 6. • LB NICK BOLTON aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 165 tackles. • CB TRENT MCDUFFIE (rookie) had 7 tackles & 1st-career sack & FF in Week 17.
LAST WEEK: L 37-34 vs. San Francisco (OT)
COACH VS. OPP. Josh McDaniels: 2-3
PTS. FOR 23.9
PASSING Jarrett Stidham: 31-47-437-3-2-99.3
RUSHING Josh Jacobs: 323-1,608-5.0-12
RECEIVING Davante Adams: 95-1,443-15.2-14
PTS. AGAINST 24.2
SACKS Maxx Crosby: 11.5
INTs Duron Harmon, Amik Robertson: 2
TAKE/GIVE -6 (13/19)
PUNTING (NET) AJ Cole: 48.5 (43.4)
KICKING Daniel Carlson: 130 (34/35 PAT; 32/35 FG)
QB JARRETT STIDHAM passed for 365 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs with 108.1 rating in 1st-career start last week & joined Mike White as only QBs since 1950 with 350+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 1st-career start. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 95 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 26 rec.) & rush TD last week. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (Nick Chubb & Austin Ekeler) with 50+ scrimmage yards in 16 games this season. Had 193 scrimmage yards (154 rush, 39 rec.) & rush TD in Week 5 meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 150+ scrimmage yards. Has 872 scrimmage yards (124.6 per game) & 8 rush TDs in 7 home games this season. Leads NFL with 2,003 scrimmage yards & joined HOFer Marcus Allen (1985) as only players in franchise history with 2,000+ scrimmage yards in single season. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 7 catches for 153 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 5th game with 100+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs this season, tied 2nd-most in season in NFL history. Had 124 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 5 meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in each of 5 division games this season. Leads NFL with 14 rec. TDs this season. • TE DARREN WALLER had 72 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 17. Aims for 3rd in row with 55+ rec. yards & has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • DE MAXX CROSBY had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in Week 5 meeting. Has 2 sacks in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. Leads NFL with 20 TFL this season. • DE CLELIN FERRELL aims for 3rd in row with TFL. • CB AMIK ROBERTSON had 2nd INT of season in Week 17. Has PD in 2 of past 3. • S DURON HARMON had season-best 9 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles.
TENNESSEE TITANS (7-9) @ JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (8-8)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Titans lead all-time series, 33-22
STREAKS Titans have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME 12/11/22: Jaguars 36 at Titans 22
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/10/21: Titans 37, Jaguars 19
LAST WEEK L 27-13 vs. Dallas (Thurs.)
COACH VS. OPP. Mike Vrabel: 6-4
PTS. FOR 17.6
PASSING Joshua Dobbs: 20-39-232-1-1-67.5
RUSHING Derrick Henry: 319-1,429-4.5-13
RECEIVING Robert Woods: 49-487-9.9-2
PTS. AGAINST 21.2
SACKS Denico Autry: 8
INTs Kevin Byard: 4
TAKE/GIVE -2 (19/21)
PUNTING (NET) Ryan Stonehouse (R): 53.0 (44.0)
KICKING Randy Bullock: 69 (27/27 PAT; 14/17 FG)
QB JOSHUA DOBBS passed for 232 yards with TD vs. INT in 1st-career start last week. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 155 scrimmage yards (121 rush, 34 rec.) & rush TD in Week 14 meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with 120+ rush yards & rush TD. Has rush TD in 6 of his past 7 vs. Jax. Has 794 scrimmage yards (158.8 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 5 division games this season. Has rush TD in 7 of 8 road games in 2022. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,429 rush yards & tied-2nd with 13 rush TDs & can become 1st player ever with 1,500+ rush yards & 15+ rush TDs in 3 seasons. • WR ROBERT WOODS led team with 5 catches & had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Has 5+ catches in each of 4 career games vs. Jax. Needs 13 rec. yards for 10thstraight season with 500+ rec. yards. • WR TREYLON BURKS (rookie) led team with 66 rec. yards in Week 17. • WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE & TE CHIGOZIEM OKONKWO each had TD catch in Week 14 meeting. • TE AUSTIN HOOPER has 65+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Jax. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had 2 PD in Week 14 meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with PD. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Jax. • DL DENICO AUTRY had sack in his last game vs. Jax. (12/12/21) & has 5 sacks in his past 3 games at Jax. Has TFL in 3 of 4 games vs. division this season. • LB MONTY RICE had career-high 13 tackles & TFL last week. • S KEVIN BYARD had 4th-career game with 2+ INTs last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Has PD in 3 of past 4 overall & aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with PD. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 27 INTs.
LAST WEEK: W 31-3 at Houston
COACH VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 1-1
PTS. FOR 24.0
PASSING Trevor Lawrence: 367-552-3,901-24-8-95.4
RUSHING Travis Etienne: 213-1,108-5.2-5
RECEIVING Christian Kirk: 78-1,009-12.9-7
PTS. AGAINST 20.9
SACKS Josh Allen: 6
INTs Many tied: 3
TAKE/GIVE +4 (24/21)
PUNTING (NET) Logan Cooke: 49.2 (43.3)
KICKING Riley Patterson: 118 (34/35 PAT; 28/33 FG)
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 17 of 21 atts. (81 pct.) last week. Passed for career-high 368 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 121.9 rating in Week 14 meeting. Has 90+ rating in 2 of 3 career starts vs. Ten. Has 110+ rating in 2 of past 3 vs. division. Has 8 TDs vs. INT with 117 rating in his past 3 home starts. Has rush TD in each of 2 career starts in primetime. Needs 99 pass yards to become 3rd Jax. QB ever (Blake Bortles & Mark Brunell) with 4,000+ pass yards in season. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE had 140 scrimmage yards (108 rush, 32 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & has 100+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. Is 4th Jax. player ever with 1,100+ rush yards in single season. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 5+ catches. Has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has career-highs in catches (78), rec. yards (1,009) & rec. TDs (7) this season. • WR MARVIN JONES aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • TE EVAN ENGRAM had 11 catches for career-high 162 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 14 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 75+ rec. yards. Ranks 4th among TEs with career-highs in catches (69) & rec. yards (739) this season. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 9 tackles & PD last week & has 9+ tackles in 5 of past 6. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Leads NFL with 171 tackles this season. • LB DEVIN LLOYD ranks tied-2nd among rookies with 112 tackles. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN had sack & career-high 3rd FF of season last week. Has sack in 3 of past 4. Had sack & FR in Week 14 meeting. • S RAYSHAWN JENKINS aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles & 3rd in row with TFL.
VIPERS-RENEGADES TO KICK OFF XFL’S 2023 SEASON ON FEB. 18
On the eve of players reporting to training camp, the XFL finalized its full schedule for the 2023 season.
The league will mark its return to the field with a Feb. 18 matchup between the Vegas Vipers and Arlington Renegades, televised by ABC. Kickoff will be at 3 p.m. ET at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the first of four games on the initial slate.
The opening weekend will also include:
• Feb. 18, 8:30 p.m. ET: Orlando Guardians at Houston Roughnecks
• Feb. 19, 3 p.m. ET: St. Louis Battlehawks at San Antonio Brahmas
• Feb. 19, 8 p.m. ET: Seattle Sea Dragons at D.C. Defenders
As part of a series of announcements Thursday, the XFL also revealed the Vipers will play their home games at Las Vegas’ Cashman Field, also the home of the Las Vegas Lights FC soccer team.
The XFL has split its eight teams into two divisions. D.C., Seattle, St. Louis and Vegas will comprise the XFL North, with the remaining teams in the XFL South. They will play 10 games on consecutive weekends through April 23, and the top two teams in each division will play semifinal playoff games during the weekend of April 29-30.
The XFL’s 2023 championship game is scheduled for May 13.
The XFL’s return was engineered by new owners Dany Garcia, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and RedBird Capital Partners. The group bought the league in 2020 after it filed for bankruptcy under previous owner Vince McMahon.
A total of 528 players will report to training camp on Jan. 8. All teams will train in and around Arlington, Texas, but will play games in their home markets. The league has allocated 50 roster spots per team, with 45 players to be active on game day. XFL games will be broadcast on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or FX. All 43 games will be streamed on ESPN+.
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NO. 6 VOLS PROMOTE JOEY HALZLE TO OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Joey Halzle has been promoted from quarterbacks coach to the sixth-ranked Volunteers’ new offensive coordinator, Tennessee coach Josh Heupel announced Thursday.
Halzle will continue coaching quarterbacks while replacing Alex Golesh, who was hired in early December as the new coach at South Florida. Heupel said Halzle has been instrumental in the Vols’ record-setting offensive success over their first two seasons, and he’s known Halzle for more than 15 years.
“He has complete knowledge of our aggressive offensive identity and principles,” Heupel said in a statement. “Having played and coached at this level, he understands how to connect with players and will continue to make a significant impact in recruiting.”
Halzle coached quarterbacks the past two seasons, when Hendon Hooker and Joe Milton combined for 70 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Tennessee set 13 team offensive records in going 11-2 for the program’s first 11-win season since 2001 and capped the season with a 31-14 win over No. 7 Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
New records included 599 total points, 46.1 points averaged per game, 6,832 yards of total offense and 525.5 yards offense per game. The Vols also had a program-low three interceptions. Tennessee led the nation in scoring offense, total offense and team passing efficiency.
Halzle has worked with Heupel for 14 seasons, starting at Oklahoma where Halzle also played quarterback from 2006 to 2008.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Joey Halzle has been promoted from quarterbacks coach to the sixth-ranked Volunteers’ new offensive coordinator, Tennessee coach Josh Heupel announced Thursday.
Halzle will continue coaching quarterbacks while replacing Alex Golesh, who was hired in early December as the new coach at South Florida. Heupel said Halzle has been instrumental in the Vols’ record-setting offensive success over their first two seasons, and he’s known Halzle for more than 15 years.
“He has complete knowledge of our aggressive offensive identity and principles,” Heupel said in a statement. “Having played and coached at this level, he understands how to connect with players and will continue to make a significant impact in recruiting.”
Halzle coached quarterbacks the past two seasons, when Hendon Hooker and Joe Milton combined for 70 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Tennessee set 13 team offensive records in going 11-2 for the program’s first 11-win season since 2001 and capped the season with a 31-14 win over No. 7 Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
New records included 599 total points, 46.1 points averaged per game, 6,832 yards of total offense and 525.5 yards offense per game. The Vols also had a program-low three interceptions. Tennessee led the nation in scoring offense, total offense and team passing efficiency.
Halzle has worked with Heupel for 14 seasons, starting at Oklahoma where Halzle also played quarterback from 2006 to 2008.
HARBAUGH: ‘I EXPECT’ TO BE BACK AT MICHIGAN NEXT SEASON
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Jim Harbaugh said he expects to coach Michigan’s football team next season, posting a statement Thursday on the team’s social media accounts following reports of his interest in returning to the NFL.
“I am aware of the rumors and speculation over the past few days,” Harbaugh said in a statement on Thursday. “College and NFL teams have great interest in all our personnel, from players to coaches to staff, and I truly believe that is a testament to the strength of our University of Michigan football program.”
While Harbaugh’s future with the school still seems unclear, Michigan is also awaiting word from the NCAA on an investigation into the football program regarding impermissible texts and calls – including some by Harbaugh – to high school prospects during part of a COVID-19 dead period, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The NCAA was also looking at whether a member of Michigan’s off-field football staff violated rules by doing on-the-field coaching during practice, the person said.
Speaking on condition of anonymity because Michigan officials were not making details of the investigation public, the person said the school is expecting a notice of allegations from the NCAA as soon as Friday.
Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper had a conversation with Harbaugh about the team’s head coaching position, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Panthers do not typically release details of their coaching search.
Harbaugh also has been mentioned as a possible candidate to coach in Denver and Indianapolis, one of four teams he played quarterback for in the league from 1987 to 2000.
“As I stated in December, while no one knows what the future holds, I expect that I will be enthusiastically coaching Michigan in 2023,” Harbaugh said. “I have spoken with president Santa Ono and athletic director Warde Manuel and appreciate their support of me and our program.”
Harbaugh coached the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2014, winning two NFC West titles and reaching the NFC championship game three times in four seasons. He was 44-19-1 during that span and helped the 49ers get to the Super Bowl a decade ago, where they lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens – led by his brother, John.
Jim Harbaugh left the 49ers after going 8-8 in 2014 – the only season the 49ers didn’t make the postseason under his direction – to take the job at Michigan.
The 59-year-old has a 74-25 record in eight seasons with the Wolverines, who were 13-0 this season before getting beat by TCU in a College Football Playoffs semifinals. Harbaugh also spent four seasons as head coach of Stanford and three more at San Diego.
Harbaugh was the AP NFL Coach of the Year in 2011 and AP College Coach of the Year in 2021.
GORE’S RECORD PERFORMANCE HEADLINES AP ALL-BOWL SELECTIONS
The son of one of the NFL’s most prolific running backs made quite a name for himself this bowl season.
Southern Mississippi’s Frank Gore Jr. rushed for 329 yards – the most in any bowl game ever – to lead the Golden Eagles to a 38-24 LendingTree Bowl victory over Rice. The record had been held by Appalachian State’s Camerun Peoples, who rushed for 317 yards against North Texas in the 2020 Myrtle Beach Bowl.
Gore’s father, also named Frank Gore, ran for 16,000 yards from 2005-2020 to rank third on the NFL’s all-time career list, behind only Emmitt Smith (18,355) and Walter Payton (16,726).
The younger Gore rushed for two touchdowns while averaging 15.7 yards per carry against Rice. He also 2 of 3 through the air for 19 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown.
Gore’s huge performance made him an easy selection as the all-purpose player on the Associated Press all-bowl team. Here’s a look at the team we’ve put together now that all the postseason games other than the College Football Playoff championship have been played. Rankings are from the AP Top 25 poll presented by Regions Bank.
Bryce Young, Alabama ( Sugar ): The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner capped his college career by going 15 of 21 for 321 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions as No. 5 Alabama beat No. 11 Kansas State, 45-20.
Emari Demercado, TCU ( Fiesta): Kendre Miller’s knee injury forced No. 3 TCU to rely on Demercado more and more as the game wore on. Demercado responded by rushing for a career-high 150 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in the Horned Frogs’ 51-45 semifinal upset of No. 2 Michigan. This was just his second career 100-yard game.
Tyjae Spears, Tulane ( Cotton ): Spears rushed for 205 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries as No. 14 Tulane rallied for a 46-45 victory over No. 8 Southern California.
Malik Nabers, LSU ( Citrus ): Nabers caught nine passes for 163 yards – including a 75-yard touchdown – as No. 16 LSU rolled past Purdue 63-7.
Brenden Rice, Southern California (Cotton): Rice had six receptions for 174 yards and two touchdowns against Tulane. Another receiver to have a big bowl game for a losing team was Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr., who had five catches for 106 yards against Georgia before getting injured.
Johnny Wilson, Florida State ( Cheez-It ): Wilson had eight catches for 202 yards to help No. 13 Florida State beat Oklahoma, 35-32.
Alex Bauman, Tulane (Cotton): Bauman caught a 6-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds left to complete Tulane’s dramatic comeback. He also had a 24-yard catch on a fourth-and-10 play earlier in the winning drive.
Graham Barton, Duke ( Military ): Barton anchored a line that didn’t allow any sacks in Duke’s 30-13 victory over UCF. Barton had a pass-blocking grade of 88.9, according to Pro Football Focus.
Hampton Ergle, East Carolina ( Birmingham ): Ergle played center for East Carolina in his first career start and helped the Pirates gain 486 yards in a 53-29 victory over Coastal Carolina.
Xavier Truss, Georgia ( Peach ): Truss had four knockdown blocks and two pancakes while allowing no pressures as No. 1 Georgia won its semifinal 42-41 over No. 4 Ohio State.
Dalton Wagner, Arkansas ( Liberty ): In the right tackle’s 40th career start, Wagner helped Arkansas gain 681 yards in a 55-53 triple-overtime victory over Kansas.
Darnell Wright, Tennessee ( Orange ): Wright, a right tackle, didn’t allow a sack all season in 895 offensive snaps. That streak continued when No. 6 Tennessee beat No. 10 Clemson, 31-14.
Frank Gore Jr., Southern Mississippi (LendingTree): Gore’s record-breaking performance included touchdown runs of 64 and 55 yards.
Devo Bridges, Fresno State ( LA Bowl ): Bridges had eight tackles and two sacks as Fresno State defeated Washington State 29-6 and limited the Cougars to 182 total yards.
Jordan Ferguson, Middle Tennessee ( Hawaii ): Ferguson had five tackles – one for loss – to go along with an interception and a pass breakup in Middle Tennessee’s 25-23 victory over San Diego State. He also caught an 8-yard touchdown pass on offense.
Dylan Horton, TCU (Fiesta): Horton delivered four sacks, forced a fumble and broke up a pass. Horton produced the highest single-game total for a TCU player since Mat Boesen had 5 ½ against Baylor in 2017. Horton increased his season sack total to 10 ½.
Richard Jibunor, Troy ( Cure ): Jibunor had a 13-yard interception return, forced and recovered a fumble and delivered a sack as No. 23 Troy won 18-12 over No. 22 UTSA.
Aaron Beasley, Tennessee (Orange): Beasley had 12 tackles – four for loss – plus two sacks and a pass breakup.
Ben Bywater, BYU ( New Mexico ): Bywater scored on a 76-yard interception return and also had a team-high 11 tackles as BYU edged SMU, 24-23.
Kyrei Fisher-Morris, Oregon State ( Las Vegas ): Fisher-Morris had 11 tackles – three for loss – and one sack as the 17th-ranked Beavers dominated Florida, 30-3.
Daylen Gill, Southern Miss (LendingTree); Gill had a team-high 11 tackles and collected three sacks against Rice.
Brian Branch, Alabama (Sugar): Branch had 12 tackles – four for loss plus an interception and a sack against Kansas State. Eleven of his 12 tackles were solos.
Ji’Ayir Brown, Penn State ( Rose ): Brown had a 22-yard interception return, eight tackles and 1 ½ sacks as No. 9 Penn State beat No. 7 Utah, 35-21.
Coleman Bryson, Minnesota ( Pinstripe ): Bryson scored on a 70-yard interception return and also had seven solo tackles as Minnesota beat Syracuse, 28-20.
Cooper DeJean, Iowa ( Music City ): DeJean scored on a 14-yard interception return, delivered seven tackles and also had three punt returns for 42 yards – including a 34-yarder – in Iowa’s 21-0 rout of Kentucky.
Ben Sauls, Pittsburgh ( Sun ): His 47-yard field goal with four seconds left gave Pitt a 37-35 triumph over No. 18 UCLA. Sauls was 5 of 5 in the game and also connected from 22, 27, 31 and 49 yards out. The fact Sauls kicked a game-winner gave him the edge over Michigan’s Jake Moody, who made a 59-yarder in the Fiesta Bowl.
Ryan Rehkow, BYU (New Mexico): Rehkow averaged 58.8 yards on his four punts, including a 65-yarder and a 67-yarder. Three of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.
Ta’ron Keith, Bowling Green ( Quick Lane ): Keith scored on a 75-yard kickoff return in Bowling Green’s 24-19 loss to New Mexico State. He also caught three passes for 69 yards.
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TEXAS FIRES CHRIS BEARD AMID FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas fired basketball coach Chris Beard on Thursday while he faces a felony domestic family violence charge stemming from a Dec. 12 incident involving his fiancée.
The Associated Press obtained the termination letter that was sent to Beard’s attorney.
Beard had five years left on a seven-year guaranteed contract that includes a provision he could be fired for cause if he was charged with a felony. The charge of assault by strangulation/suffocation family violence carries a possible prison sentence of two to 10 years if convicted; the woman told police he strangled and bit her, but later denied Beard choked her.
Beard had been suspended without pay since he was arrested, and school officials have said there is an ongoing internal investigation.
Police responded to an emergency call at Beard’s house after midnight on Dec. 12 and arrested him after Beard’s fiancée, Randi Trew, told officers he choked her from behind, bit her and hit her when the two got in an argument. Beard’s attorney has said the coach is innocent.
The Associated Press does not typically identify alleged victims of extreme violence, but Trew issued a public statement on Dec. 23 in which she denied telling police Beard choked her. She also said she never intended for him to be arrested or prosecuted.
NO. 9 GONZAGA RALLIES FOR 77-75 WIN OVER SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Rasir Bolton scored on a follow shot with 7 seconds left to give No. 9 Gonzaga its first lead since the opening minutes and the Bulldogs beat San Francisco 77-75 on Thursday night.
“I was just trying to win, just do whatever it took,” Bolton said. “We came out kind of flat. It was a rough game. We battled the whole time trying to fight back. But at the end, we came out with the win.”
Gonzaga (13-3, 2-0 West Coast Conference) trailed nearly the entire way before Bolton rebounded a miss by Drew Timme and scored to break a 75-all tie. Bolton was fouled on the play but missed the free throw, giving the Dons (11-7, 0-3) one last chance.
But Khalil Shabazz mishandled his dribble and never got a shot off as San Francisco fell just short of ending a 24-game losing streak against the Bulldogs.
Bolton scored 11 of his 21 points in the final 5:15 to lead Gonzaga back, making three key 3-pointers before his game-winner.
“Those are the shots we believe him to make,” teammate Julian Strawther said. “The dude is an elite shot maker. He showed that tonight. We’re proud of him but we expect that.”
Strawther added 16 points and Timme was held to 11 on 3-for-16 shooting.
Tyrell Roberts scored 18 points for the Dons, making the basket that gave them a 75-73 lead. Shabazz added 17.
“I won’t sleep well tonight,” coach Chris Gerlufsen said. “But as we go back and break the film down and see all the good things and the positive things that we did throughout the game, those are things that we need to build on. We need to continue to learn. This one hurt because I thought our guys just gutted it out and left everything on the floor.”
Gonzaga has won 80 straight games against unranked opponents.
The Dons, coming off consecutive 12-point losses to open conference play, took control early thanks to good outside shooting and solid work on the offensive boards.
Shabazz made back-to-back 3-pointers late in the half to build the lead to 12 points and USF took a 46-36 lead into the half when Isaiah Hawthorne scored on a put-back with 2 seconds left. The Dons had a 16-0 advantage on second-chance points in the first half.
The Bulldogs played much better defensively in the second half. They used an 11-1 run run early to get the deficit down to two and the game remained tight until the closing stretch when they turned it on for the win.
“I wish we didn’t have to go through stuff like that,” coach Mark Few said. “I guess if you put your hand on the hot stove, you’re going to get burned. … If we don’t come out and play with great energy and connectivity and passion, then we’re going to be beat. Our margin of error is way less.”
BILL RUSSELL NIGHT
The Dons honored late star Bill Russell, who died over the summer at age 88. Russell led San Francisco to back-to-back national titles in 1955-56 before going on to have a Hall of Fame career in the NBA with the Boston Celtics, winning 11 championships in 13 seasons.
There was a pregame video tribute and more played throughout the game.
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs were given a rare test in conference play, being forced to play from behind for most of the game as they struggled shooting and on the glass. The nation’s top shooting team at 52.6% shot just 45% from the field.
San Francisco: The Dons fell to 3-27 against ranked teams in the past 10 seasons with the loss but looked for a while like they could build on last month’s victory over then-No. 25 Arizona State. San Francisco has managed to play Gonzaga tough a few times in recent years but has now lost 25 straight in the series since a home win in 2012.
Gonzaga: Visits Santa Clara on Saturday night.
San Francisco: Visits Loyola Marymount on Saturday night.
WALKER SCORES 23, NO. 2 HOUSTON CRUSHES SMU 87-53
HOUSTON (AP) Jarace Walker tied his season high with 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Marcus Sasser added 14 points and a career high-tying seven assists and No. 2 Houston used a big first half to beat SMU 87-53 on Thursday night.
Walker scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the first half as Houston (15-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) built a 49-23 halftime lead.
Walker said Houston coach Kelvin Sampson has been on him to be more aggressive.
“Definitely, in practice and games, just asserting myself early but also making the right decisions,” Walker said. “Being aggressive doesn’t always mean taking the shot. I try getting downhill and making a play for a teammate or for myself, so I feel like I did that well tonight.”
Walker had 12 points combined over Houston’s last three games, including two points on 0-for-5 shooting against Central Florida on Saturday.
The Cougars have won six straight games since their only loss on Dec. 10 against Alabama.
J’Wan Roberts had 11 points and eight rebounds, and Tramon Mark and Terrance Arceneaux both scored 10 points for Houston, which shot 46%, including 10 of 30 on 3-pointers.
“I feel like it takes us to another level when (Jarace) and (J’Wan) are doing good,” Sasser said of the post players. “It makes the game easier because they both love to pass first, but when they’re being aggressive and scoring the ball, it makes the defense key in on them a little bit more. So it gives us open shots and opens up our offense really.”
Houston outrebounded SMU 54-26 and held a 35-6 advantage in second-chance points. Through Monday’s games, Houston was 15th in the nation with 13.5 offensive rebounds per game and 18th in rebounding margin with a plus-8.1 margin.
“It’s part of our DNA,” Sampson said of offensive rebounding. “It’s the way we do it. We’ve been doing that for a lot of years. . It’s just another year that it’s part of things that we emphasize.”
SMU coach Rob Lanier pointed to Houston’s 21 offensive rebounds in particular for what the Cougars did so well Thursday.
“What they always do is rebound the ball on both ends, particularly on offense,” Lanier said. “They crushed us. . Then they guarded us. They are the top defensive team in the country. They played like it, but our defense didn’t compete well enough to keep us close enough to change the tenor of the game.”
Efe Odigie had 14 points and Zach Nutall added 12 for SMU (6-9, 1-1). Zhuric Phelps, who was leading SMU with 18.4 points per game, finished with six points on 2-of-11 shooting. The Mustangs shot 31%, including 3 of 20 on 3-pointers.
“Tonight, we got humbled by the No. 2 team in the country that played like it,” Lanier said. “We learned a lot about how far we have to go if we want to compete at that level, and we got to take that lesson and use it.”
SMU took a 2-0 lead on a jumper by Odigie before Houston dominated from there, scoring the next 24 points over the next seven minutes to take a 24-2 lead on a dunk by Ja’Vier Francis with 12 1/2 minutes remaining. Walker had 11 points during the run.
SMU: The Mustangs fell to 0-3 against Top 25 opponents this season. . After making its first shot, SMU missed eight straight shots and committed four turnovers while Houston was on the game-deciding run. The Mustangs shot 28% in the first half.
Houston: The Cougars dominated in every aspect of the game, scoring 21 points off 11 SMU turnovers and holding a 38-24 advantage in points in the paint. . The Cougars dished out 17 assists on 31 made field goals. . Houston has won six straight against SMU in Houston.
SMU: Travels to Central Florida on Sunday.
Houston: Travels to Cincinnati on Sunday.
NO. 5 ARIZONA OUTLASTS WASHINGTON TO EXTEND HOME STREAK
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Azuolas Tubelis had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 5 Arizona rallied from shaky starts to both halves to extend its home winning streak to 28 straight games with a 70-67 win over Washington on Thursday night.
The Wildcats (14-1, 3-1 Pac-12) struggled against Washington’s zone most of the night, keeping it close with long runs in each half. Arizona missed its first 10 shots of the second half before scoring 13 straight points to go up six, but still had a hard time shaking the Huskies.
Washington (9-7, 1-4) overcame a late 4 1/2-minute scoring drought to pull within 70-67 with 18 seconds left and got the ball back after Tubelis missed a free throw. The Huskies struggled to get a good look in the closing seconds and a 3-pointer by Keion Brooks Jr. fell well short.
Brooks and Cole Bajema had 16 points apiece for Washington.
The Wildcats grinded out a road win over rival Arizona State in their last game and had all kinds of problems with Washington’s 2-3 zone in their return to McKale Center.
Arizona struggled to find seams in the middle of the zone and labored to get open shots on numerous half-court possessions.
The Wildcats had just as many problems on defense, repeatedly leaving the Huskies open for 3s in transition and kickouts while falling into a 38-24 hole.
Tubelis was the lone player to have consistent offensive success against Washington’s defense, scoring three times in transition before Washington could set up its defense.
The Lithuanian big man snapped McKale Center fans out of their doldrums and his team with it on a dunk with just over five minutes left. An energized Arizona then reeled off 15 straight points, taking a 39-38 lead on Kerr Kriisa’s corner 3-pointer.
Washington led 42-41 at halftime after hitting 6 of 13 from 3.
Arizona had two free throws in the opening 8 1/2 minutes of the second half before going on a 13-0 run to go up 56-50.
Washington couldn’t have asked for a much better start at both ends of the floor while building the 14-point lead. The Huskies allowed Arizona back in it with big runs and went 3 for 14 from 3 in the second half to lose their sixth straight to the Wildcats.
Arizona had its worst offensive game of the year, yet still found a way to win its 26th straight home game under coach Tommy Lloyd – longest to start a career in Pac-12 history.
Washington: plays at Arizona State on Sunday.
Arizona: hosts Washington State Saturday.
JAMES, DURANT LEAD EARLY IN NBA ALL-STAR STARTER VOTING
NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets might be headed toward yet another NBA All-Star Game rematch.
James is the overall leader so far in All-Star balloting, and Durant leads all Eastern Conference players in early voting returns – putting them on track to be All-Star captains for the third consecutive year.
James had 3,168,694 votes entering Thursday, topping the list of Western Conference frontcourt players. Denver’s Nikola Jokic is second (2,237,768) and the Lakers’ Anthony Davis is third (2,063,325).
Durant leads Eastern Conference frontcourt players with 3,118,545 votes. That’s just ahead of Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (2,998,327) and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid (2,226,712).
Golden State’s Stephen Curry leads all guards in the balloting with 2,715,520 votes. Dallas’ Luka Doncic has the No. 2 spot among West guards with 2,388,502 votes.
Among East guards, Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving leads with 2,071,715 votes, and Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell is second with 1,637,374.
The top three frontcourt players and top two guards in each conference will be chosen as starters, with the leading overall vote-getters from each conference serving as captains and choosing their teams.
Fan voting counts for 50% of the starters balloting, a media ballot counts for 25% and the ballots turned in by NBA players count for the other 25%.
James has been a captain in all five previous uses of that process, going 5-0 in All-Star Games. His team beat a Durant-picked team in 2020 and 2021, beat teams picked by Antetokounmpo in 2018 and 2019, and beat a team picked by Curry in 2017.
Voting continues through Jan. 21. The captains and the starters will be announced Jan. 26. Reserves – chosen by NBA coaches – will be revealed Feb. 2, and the game is Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City.
MORANT, JACKSON LEAD GRIZZLIES OVER MAGIC FOR 5TH STRAIGHT
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Ja Morant scored 32 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 31 points and 10 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Orlando Magic 123-115 on Thursday night for their fifth straight win.
Ziaire Williams came off the Memphis bench with 6-of-7 shooting and 16 points.
Paolo Banchero had 30 points and nine rebounds for Orlando. Franz Wagner added 22 points, 19 in a desperate fourth-quarter comeback attempt.
Jackson had 13 points and five rebounds in the Grizzlies’ 43-point second quarter that ended with Memphis leading 65-43. The Magic rallied twice late in the game, but never had an answer for Jackson’s inside power game.
“He set a tone in that first quarter for us, blocked (three) shots,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “Overall, you felt his force tonight, his physicality on both sides. It’s definitely one of his most impressive (games), if not the most, so far for J.J.”
Jackson made 12 of 14 shots, going 2 for 3 on 3s in his season-high scoring effort.
“He’s a one-of-a-kind talent,” said Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks, who had 11 points, six rebounds and six assists. “He’s one of our guys who’s a mismatch nightmare, so we need him to be aggressive every night on both ends.”
Banchero scored Orlando’s first 10 points of the second half, but Morant answered with 11 straight for the Grizzlies, giving them a 25-point lead midway through the third quarter.
Banchero made three free throws to bring the Magic back within 12 late in the third, but Morant closed the period with a short jumper, and the Grizzlies regained a 21-point lead with three 3-pointers (two by Williams) early in the fourth.
Orlando rallied behind Wagner in the fourth quarter and cut the Grizzlies’ lead to six on Caleb Houstan’s 3-pointer with 1:53 remaining. But Morant drew a sixth foul on Magic center Wendell Carter Jr., and scored Memphis’ final three points from the foul line.
“Obviously we got a little casual there with some of our late turnovers,” Jenkins said. “Credit them, they came out in a full-court press that sort of threw us off. Then when we got organized, we came up with some big-time plays.”
The late charges didn’t surprise Banchero, the NBA’s leading rookie scorer at 21.3 points per game.
“We feel like we can play with anybody,” he said. “In the first half a lot of good looks weren’t going down, and that allowed them to build a lead at halftime of 20-plus.
“You’ve got to step in with confidence and make shots. That was kind of our message to each other at halftime. They were giving us these looks, and we had to step in and knock ’em down. We came up a little short, but we were definitely better in the second half.”
Grizzlies: With the win, Memphis moved the top of the Western Conference at 25-13. . . . G Desmond Bane did not play in the second game of a back-to-back as part of his management of a toe injury. … F Brandon Clarke missed a third game with a sore left hip. . . . The Grizzlies are scoring 121.4 points per game on their five-game win streak and winning by an average of 14 points.
Magic: Carter had 18 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with 1:21 left. … Banchero had a 20-point third quarter. … G Jalen Suggs played five minutes in his first game since Nov. 25 due to a sore right ankle. … F Bol Bol, who missed a second game in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, is expected to rejoin the Magic during their upcoming road trip.
Grizzlies: Host Utah on Sunday.
Magic: At Golden State on Saturday night.
TATUM’S RARE TRIPLE-DOUBLE LEADS CELTICS PAST MAVS, 124-95
DALLAS (AP) Jayson Tatum and the Celtics answered a head-scratching loss with the Boston star’s second career triple-double in a blowout of Luka Doncic and the Mavericks.
Tatum had 29 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Celtics ended Dallas’ seven-game winning streak with a 124-95 victory Thursday night.
Jaylen Brown scored 19 points for the NBA-leading Celtics, who bounced back from a 150-117 loss in Oklahoma City when the Thunder were missing 30-point scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
“They showed me they can do it one time,” interim coach Joe Mazzulla said. “They have to do it over and over again.”
Luka Doncic scored 23 points after averaging 44.5 points the previous five games. The Mavs superstar didn’t play in the fourth quarter, which started with Boston leading by 24.
Doncic hit buzzer-beating 3-pointers for the win in Boston’s previous two Dallas visits. There was never a chance for a third, or for the Mavs to extend the longest winning streak since their lone championship season in 2010-11.
Doncic missed all six shots from long range as the Mavericks finished 7 of 32. Doncic was 7 of 23 overall and Dallas finished at 38% two nights after Oklahoma City shot 59% against the Celtics.
“When we’re at our best, we play really good basketball on both ends of the floor with high effort for a long period of time,” Mazzulla said. “And then we go through a couple of games where we lose that. What I love about tonight was we did bounce back.”
Tatum wasn’t much better than Doncic, going 8 of 22 from the field, but his teammates were. Boston shot 16 of 43 from 3, with eight players hitting at least one.
The sixth-year pro’s other triple-double came on April 19, 2021, when he had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 102-96 loss to Chicago.
Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 15 points, with Smart going 4 of 9 from deep while Brogdon was 3 of 5.
The Celtics never trailed after the middle of the first quarter, and Dallas didn’t get closer than 13 after halftime. The Mavs were swept in the two-game season series after trailing big at halftime in a 125-112 loss at Boston.
“It was kind of like what happened in Boston,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “We just couldn’t score. We had some great looks there early. The ball just didn’t fall for us.”
Grant Williams scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half, when the Boston bench outscored Dallas’ 27-2. Tatum and Brown took over from there, combining for 33 points after the break.
NO PASS, NO MAKE
Doncic had nine rebounds but was limited to three assists as the Mavs tied their season low in assists with 15. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 but was just 6 of 15 as the Dallas starters shot 32%.
Celtics: Seldom-used C/F Noah Vonleh was traded to San Antonio for a future conditional second-round pick. The Celtics included cash in the deal. Vonleh averaged 1.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 7.4 minutes in 23 games. … Smart was fined $35,000 for using inappropriate language with an official in the loss to the Thunder. Smart was assessed his second technical and ejected over the third-quarter incident.
Mavericks: G Josh Green (elbow) and F Dorian Finney-Smith (adductor strain) remain out but will travel on a five-game road trip that starts Sunday in Oklahoma City. … Christian Wood had 12 points and 12 rebounds. … Rookie Jaden Hardy scored all of his 15 points in the second half with the game out of reach.
Celtics: A four-game trip ends Saturday in San Antonio. The Spurs swept the two-game series last season.
Mavericks: Hosts New Orleans on Saturday. The Pelicans won the first meeting in New Orleans in October.
MARKKANEN HAS CAREER-BEST 49 AS JAZZ DOWN ROCKETS 131-114
HOUSTON (AP) Lauri Markkanen scored a career-high 49 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 131-114 victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night that snapped a five-game skid.
Markkanen got out to a quick start with 18 points in the first quarter to help the Jazz to an early lead. Houston took the lead late in the third quarter, but Utah ended that quarter on a 10-0 run to go on top for good.
“I’ve said it over and over again this year, it’s just my teammates, the coaching staff, they put me in the right spots to succeed,” Markkanen said. “My teammates did a great job delivering me the ball and it was just finishing my shots.”
An 8-2 run cut Utah’s lead to five with about 5 minutes left. Jordan Clarkson hit a 3-pointer soon after that before a tip shot by Markkanen extended the lead to 117-107.
Jalen Green added a basket for Houston before Markkanen scored the next four points to start a 14-0 run by the Jazz that made it 131-109 and sent fans streaming for the exits.
Markkanen added consecutive 3-pointers at the end of the run. Players on the Utah bench stood and cheered as he hit both of them and they were disappointed when a last 3-point attempt that would have given him 50 points was off the mark.
“Jordan said: `Just go for 50,'” Markkanen said. “And I know they were double-teaming me at the end, but I had to go for it. I’m not really too worried I didn’t get it, but it’s great to see my teammates excited, like I’m excited for them.”
Green had 30 points and Kevin Porter Jr. added 23 for the Rockets, who dropped their sixth in a row.
Markkanen’s highest-scoring game entering Thursday was 38, which he had achieved twice, most recently on Dec. 20 against Detroit. He made six 3-pointers and all 13 of his free throws Thursday night to eclipse his previous best games.
“He’s done such a good job of continuing to work on different ways he can impact the game offensively,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said. “He’s just shown an understanding of how to play when teams try to take certain things away from him.”
Coach Stephen Silas was disappointed in how many times the Rockets sent Markkanen to the line.
“The free throws were the biggest part,” he said. “It’s always the biggest part. When a guy gets a bunch of points, it’s your ability to be disciplined and not foul him and put him on the line 13 times. That’s usually how it works.”
The Jazz were up by seven after a jump shot by Clarkson before a 11-3 spurt by the Rockets made it 86-85, giving them their first lead of the second half. Porter and Jae’Sean Tate made consecutive 3s to cap that run and put Houston on top.
The Rockets weren’t on top for long. Utah scored the last 10 points of the third quarter, with 3-pointers from Malik Beasley and Mike Conley, to take a 95-86 lead to the fourth.
Jazz: Clarkson had 19 points. Conley had nine points and 11 assists. . Beasley scored 19 points off the bench.
Rockets: Tate had 11 points in his return after missing 31 games with right ankle soreness. . Alperen Sengun had 20 points and 14 rebounds. . Eric Gordon had 12 points.
Hardy raved about the performance of Ochai Agbaji, who was the 14th overall pick in last year’s draft. He scored a career-high 11 points, with all of them coming in the fourth quarter.
“I have a lot of respect for Ochai, the way he’s approached his work every day so far this season,” Hardy said. “It’s really hard to do what Ochai just did and he delivered, stepped up big time for us, so we’re very happy for him.”
Jazz: Visit Chicago on Saturday night.
Rockets: Host Minnesota on Sunday night.
MURRAY’S EARLY EXPLOITS LEAD NUGGETS TO ROUT OF CLIPPERS
DENVER (AP) Jamal Murray sparked Denver early by scoring 13 of his 18 points in the first quarter, and the Nuggets led by as many as 43 in cruising to a 122-91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
The Nuggets picked the perfect time to turn in one of their best performances of the season. In a nationally televised game, Denver was pushing the pace and showing why the team is tied with Memphis for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Nuggets shot 50.6% from the floor and finished with 28 assists.
“Wins like this give us a lot of confidence and build a lot of chemistry,” Murray said. “Sets a standard for us.”
It wasn’t even Nikola Jokic doing most of the damage, either. The two-time reigning NBA MVP had 12 points, six rebounds and nine assists before taking the fourth quarter off.
Murray was one of seven Denver players to finish in double figures. He hit four of the team’s 14 3-pointers.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope helped fuel a 19-0 run in the second quarter to turn the game into a rout.
“I’ve been around people who would not allow themselves to enjoy the wins, to enjoy the moment. I’m not that guy,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “But I’m also not going to party and celebrate.
“That was a hell of a win for us. A convincing win, from beginning to end. Everybody contributed. We’re in first place in the Western Conference. We’re not there yet. But we’re on our way. I like where we’re at and, more importantly, I like who I’m going there with.”
Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the rest of the Clippers had an off night shooting as they dropped their fourth straight game. They shot 37.4% from the floor, including 5 of 37 from 3-point range.
Leonard finished with six points while George, playing with a sore hamstring, had three. Neither played in the second half and they were a combined 3 of 16 from the field.
None of the Clippers’ starters scored in double figures. Norman Powell led Los Angeles with 13 points.
“We didn’t have a defensive mindset to start the game and it kind of hurt us,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “We’ve got to be better defensively. We knew that coming into the game, or they embarrass you. Tonight was a tough game for us.”
Murray set the tone early with his 13-point opening quarter on 5-of-6 shooting. The dynamic point guard is off to an up-and-down start as he works his way back from a torn ACL that caused him to miss last season.
On the plane ride home from a loss in Minnesota this week, Malone sat next to Murray for a heart-to-heart chat.
“It was me just trying to reach out to a player and show him support,” Malone said. “That’s just the relationship that Jamal and I have. Constant communication, collaboration.”
Clippers: F Nicolas Batum sat out with a sprained left ankle. … G John Wall was inactive (left knee injury management).
Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar had 15 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. … Bones Hyland scored 16.
Michael Porter Jr. was picked as Denver’s defensive player of the game. Malone cracked that Caldwell-Pope fell out of his chair. Porter is trying to make strides on the defensive end.
Murray feels confident he can play Friday night against Cleveland on a back-to-back.
“I haven’t done that, so just another part of my recovery, part of the rehab that’s going well,” he said.
Clippers: At Minnesota on Friday night.
Nuggets: Host Cleveland on Friday night.
BINNINGTON MAKES 36 SAVES, BLUES EDGE DEVILS 5-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) With Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan O’Reilly and Torey Krug sidelined with injuries, St. Louis Blues coach Craig Berube told his team people were going to have to step up. They have.
Ivan Barbashev tied the game late in the second period and set up Brandon Saad’s go-ahead goal early in the third to lead the Blues to a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
“We talked about it, next-man-up mentality and I think it’s just playing the right way,” said Saad, who has three goals in his last two games. “I think when you have injuries, you can kind of tighten it up. We’re checking a little bit better and when we get chances and opportunities we’re capitalizing on them.”
Robert Thomas scored twice, Jordan Kyrou tallied once and Jordan Binnington made 36 saves as the Blues improved to 7-2-3 in their last 12 games. St. Louis managed just 19 shots.
“We’ve got tons of depth,” said Thomas, who iced the game with an empty-net goal with 43 seconds to play. “That was our key last year, that’s what made us so successful. And, you know, we got pretty much the same squad back. So there’s no excuses for you not performing when guys are out and injured.”
Tarasenko, O’Reilly and Krug are all expected to be sidelined from four-to-six weeks, so the Blues need to continue to step up, especially after an early 2-7-1 in November and early December set them on their heels
Jack Hughes, who has six goals in his last four games, scored twice for New Jersey and Nico Hishier scored on a two-man advantage with 7:51 left to play to make the end exciting.
Akira Schmid, who was recalled from Utica earlier in the day because of an hand injury sustained by Mackenzie Blackwood, made 14 saves in getting the start. Vitek Vanecek had played a night earlier in Detroit.
The loss dropped New Jersey to 10-10-2 at the Prudential Center. They are 14-2-1 on the road.
“We just want to continue to be successful on the road and we’ve got to get better at home,” Devils defenseman Damon Severson said. “It’s as simple as that.”
Saad broke a 2-all tie 2:27 into the third period with a shot in close, his third goal in past two games and 11th of the season. The goal came after Dawson Mercer failed to get a shot on a short-handed breakaway attempt.
Thomas stretched the lead to 4-2 midway through the period with a power-play goal from a difficult angle.
The Blues gave New Jersey a chance to get back into the game when Tyler Pitlick and Justin Faulk took penalties 15 second apart. Hischier stretched his goal scoring streak to a career-high five games with a deflection of a Dougie Hamilton shot, but New Jersey could not tie it despite a couple of good chances.
The teams were tied 2-all after two periods, with Hughes scoring twice in the second period and with the Blues getting goals from Kyrou in the first and Barbashev late in the middle stanza.
Ondrej Palat returned tp the Devils lineup for the first time since playing in a game against Washington on Oct. 24. He had groin surgery on Nov. 1. He played 18 shifts and 14:24.
Palat was signed to a five-year, $30 million contract by New Jersey this summer. He was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2011 and entered the league in 2014. He won Stanley Cups with the Lightning in 2020 and ’21.
Blues: At Montreal in third contest of a four-game trip.
Devils: Play host to Rangers on Saturday.
CAPITALS SCORE 4 GOALS IN THE 2ND, BEAT BLUE JACKETS 6-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) T.J. Oshie scored twice and the Washington Capitals used a four-goal second period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Thursday night for their franchise-record seventh straight road victory.
Washington has won 12 of its last 15 games, with points in eight straight. Columbus has lost nine of its last 10.
Oshie, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Martin Fehervary and Garnet Hathaway scored in the second period, and Oshie and Alex Ovechkin added third-period goals. Dylan Strome contributed three assists, Evgeny Kuznetsov had two helpers, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 25 shots.
Johnny Gaudreau and Gavin Bayreuther scored for Columbus, and Emil Bemstrom had two assists. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 31 shots in his first start since Dec. 13.
“I can’t explain the second period,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “Guys are pushing-they seemed to turn it on a little bit as that game went on. They seemed to keep pushing the whole way.”
Columbus carried a 1-0 lead out of the first period after Gaudreau scored at 5:19 for his first goal in 10 games.
Washington then showed why it is the NHL’s best second-period team, outscoring opponents 58-35.
Oshie, who missed six games with an injury, buried the Capitals’ first goal at 1:51, followed by Aube-Kubel, scoring for the first time the season, and Fehervary, who was back after missing 12 games to injury.
Hathaway notched Washington’s fourth goal with 1:03 left.
“They’ve got some big bodies,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “The second period gets tough, because you can’t change. We got locked in there a few times. Guys are dying on the vine.”
Bayreuther added a Blue Jackets second-period score at 12:59, but his second of the night was waved off at 4:43 of the third for off-sides.
Oshie extended the Capitals lead to three goals with a power-play score at 6:41 of the third, and Ovechkin used a one-timer on the power-play to make it 6-2.
“Hockey’s pretty fun when you score 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 goals in a game,” Strome said. “I think we’ve been doing the right things to create those chances. Whether it’s off the rush or in the O-Zone, guys have done that. We’ve created a lot of chances. The second period, I think the floodgates have started to open a little bit and they’ve been going in, so I think we need to keep getting guys to the net and keep shooting the puck.”
Eric Robinson, who left Columbus’ loss to Ottawa with an upper body injury, did not play. Capitals Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom did not travel to Columbus but are close to making their season debuts. Backstrom underwent hip resurfacing surgery June 2 and Wilson had surgery to repair a torn ACL on May 25.
The Capitals’ Nic Dowd did not travel to Columbus to be with his wife, Paige, after the birth Wednesday of Ruby, the couple’s second child.
LONG TIME COMING
Bayreuther’s goal was his first in 57 games, having last scored May 7, 2021, vs. Detroit.
In his last six games, Ovechkin has nine goals. His 1,458 points (809-649) lifted him past Teemu Selanne (1,457) for 16th in NHL history. Evgeny Kuznetsov’s assist on Oshie’s second goal extended his point streak to seven games (2-9). Anthony Mantha’s assist on Hathaway’s goal extended his point streak to three games (1-2). Hathaway has five goals in 12 career games against the Blue Jackets.
Capitals: Host Nashville on Friday night.
Blue Jackets: Host Carolina on Saturday night.
EICHEL SHINES IN KNIGHTS RETURN IN 5-1 WIN OVER PENGUINS
LAS VEGAS (AP) Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists in his return from a lower-body injury and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Thursday night.
Vegas leads the Western Conference and is tied for second in the NHL at its midway point of the season. Pittsburgh, a 2-1 loser in Boston on Monday in the Winter Classic, has lost six straight, going 0-4-2 since Dec. 27.
After giving the Knights a 2-0 lead early in the first period, Eichel – back after missing 11 games – assisted on goals by Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone. Paul Cotter, who was back after missing eight games with an upper-body injury, and Phil Kessel also scored while Adin Hill made 38 saves.
“It’s good to see contributions up and down the lineup,” Eichel said. “I think that’s one of the strengths of our group is we have a deep team and can roll four lines out and play against anyone.”
And while coach Bruce Cassidy agreed and praised the Knights for their collective effort in a game nine skaters had at least one point, it was evident the team was skating with a different energy with its star back in the lineup.
“He’s an elite player in the league,” Cassidy said of Eichel. “He’s excited to play again. He was having I would say an All-Star-type of year when he started. Might still be in the mix.”
The Knights have won three straight and four in a row at home, where they struggled to win at times during the first half. Vegas improved to 12-9-0 at home, where it will play its next six games.
Ty Smith scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh, his first of the season. Casey DeSmith made 26 stops.
Kessel opened the scoring against his former team when he punched home Cotter’s pass into the net less than two minutes into the game. Eichel to made his presence known shortly thereafter, beating DeSmith with a quick wrist shot on a breakaway down the right side of the slot.
Stephenson’s one-timer over DeSmith’s glove midway through the first made it 3-0.
The Penguins dominated the second period, outshooting Vegas 20-12, but couldn’t solve Hill. Instead, it was Vegas extending its lead with just 11 seconds left when Stone deflected Brayden McNabb’s shot past DeSmith.
Pittsburgh spoiled the shutout bid in the third when Smith finished a drop pass in the high slot and snapped it past Hill.
Cotter’s late goal provided the final margin.
“We’re a better hockey team than that. We showed it in the second and the third, but we didn’t give ourselves a chance because we didn’t play well enough in the first,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I’m sure everyone involved is frustrated because our expectations are high. When you don’t live up to them … that’s one of the emotions you deal with.”
NOTES: Vegas rookie goaltender Logan Thompson was named to the Pacific Division All-Star team shortly before puck drop, while Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby was named to his ninth career All-Star Game. … The Penguins arrived to the arena wearing blue and gold ribbons in support of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who wore blue and gold at the University of Pittsburgh and Central Catholic. … The Penguins donned a “CF” sticker on their helmet in memory of Kris Letang’s father, Claude Fouquet.
Penguins: At Arizona on Sunday.
Golden Knights: Host Los Angeles on Saturday night.
MINAYA NAMED ADVISER TO YANKEES GM; JOINS SABEAN, HENDRY
Omar Minaya joined the New York Yankees on Thursday as a senior adviser to baseball operations, making him the third former general manager in current GM Brian Cashman’s front office.
The 64-year-old Minaya was Major League Baseball’s first Latino general manager with the Montreal Expos from 2002-04 and then went to New York Mets as their GM from 2004-2010.
Former San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean joined the Yankees on Tuesday as executive adviser to Cashman and former Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry has been a special assignment scout since 2012.
Minaya became a scout with Texas in 1984 and signed Sammy Sosa. He eventually moved up to director of professional and international scouting. He left in September 1997 to become an assistant general manager with his hometown Mets.
He also was San Diego’s senior vice president of baseball operations from December 2011 until January 2015, served as senior adviser to players’ association head Tony Clark until December 2017, then rejoined the Mets as a special assistant until November 2020. He has worked for MLB since February as a consultant for amateur scouting.
AP SOURCE: D-BACKS, DAVIES AGREE TO 1-YEAR DEAL FOR $5M
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks and right-hander Zach Davies have agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract that includes a mutual option for 2024, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the move had not been announced.
The 29-year-old Davies signed with the Diamondbacks last season and went 2-5 with a 4.09 ERA over 27 starts. The eight-year veteran figures to remain at the back end of a rotation that includes Merrill Kelly, Zac Gallen and Madison Bumgarner.
Davies gets a $4.7 million salary next season. There are several available performance bonuses that could make the deal worth $8.45 million if he starts at least 30 games.
Both sides have a $5.5 million option for 2024, or the team could pay a $300,000 buyout.
Davies, who went to high school in Arizona, is 58-53 with a 4.14 ERA in 182 major league starts with the Brewers, Padres, Cubs and Diamondbacks.
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MASTERS AWARDS EXEMPTION TO NCAA CHAMPION GORDON SARGENT
(AP) — The Masters expanded its reach to elite amateurs on Thursday when it offered a special invitation to NCAA champion Gordon Sargent, the first time in more than 20 years an amateur received such an invitation.
Augusta National also awarded a special invitation to Kazuki Higa, who won four times on the Japan Golf Tour and captured the money list last year.
“The Masters Tournament prioritizes opportunities to elevate both amateur and professional golf around the world,” Chairman Fred Ridley said. “Whether on the international stage or at the elite amateur level, each player has showcased their talent in the past year. We look forward to hosting them at Augusta National in April.”
Sargent is the No. 3 player in the world amateur ranking and among the growing list of young American college stars.
As a freshman at Vanderbilt, he won the NCAA individual title last year with a birdie on the first hole in a four-man playoff over Eugenio Chacarra, Parker Coody and Ryan Burnett. He also was chosen for the Palmer Cup, matches between college players from the U.S. and Europe.
The Masters has a history of looking after elite amateurs, once inviting the Walker Cup team until the late 1980s. It currently invites the U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up, the British Amateur champion, the U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and winners of the Asia-Pacific and Latin American amateur events it helped create.
The last amateur to earn a special invitation was Aaron Baddeley of Australia in 2000, who was 18 when he beat a field that included Greg Norman and Colin Montgomerie to win the Australian Open.
The invitations bring the current field to 80 players. The only way to qualify now before the April 6-9 tournament is to win a PGA Tour event that offers full FedEx Cup points or be in the top 50 in the world ranking a week before the Masters.
Higa’s invitation was expected. The Masters has a history of inviting international players who have had sterling seasons without having regular access to the PGA Tour. The last special invitation went to Shigo Imahira of Japan in 2019.
Higa is No. 68 in the world and his four wins on the Japan Golf Tour include the Dunlop Phoenix in November, one of the strongest fields of the year in Japan.
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ANDRETTI PARTNERS WITH GENERAL MOTORS FOR CADILLAC F1 BID
General Motors will attempt to enter Formula One by partnering with Andretti Global under its Cadillac banner as it supports Michael Andretti’s bid to launch a two-car American team.
Andretti has been lobbying the FIA, the governing body for F1, to expand the 20-car grid and join the series after a failed 2021 attempt to purchase Sauber. His petition to expand the grid has been met by fierce resistance from existing F1 teams who have argued an 11th team will dramatically dilute their revenues.
Andretti has continued to move forward with his desire — he’s got financial backing to buy into F1, a deep-pocketed sponsor in Gainbridge, a new shop being built in Indiana, and now an engine and manufacturer partner in General Motors, one of the largest automakers in the world.
On Monday, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem tweeted he has asked his FIA team “to look at launching an Expressions of Interest process for prospective new teams for the FIA F1 World Championship.” It was the first public indicator that F1 might be willing to welcome an 11th team.
Michael Andretti first filed paperwork to expand the F1 grid in early 2022. He wants a true American team — California businessman Gene Haas owns the Haas F1 team that runs partly out of North Carolina but fields cars for a German and a Danish driver — and is putting the pieces together with the GM backing.
The team would be centered around driver Colton Herta, a Californian who in October signed an extension through 2027 with Andretti that runs concurrently with Indiana-based sponsor Gainbridge.
“We definitely have a plan to have an American driver. I think you all know who is leading the pack on that one,” Andretti said. “Colton we have under contract right now in IndyCar. We want to make this an all-American effort to make sure we have an American driver in the seat.”
Andretti said in Thursday’s announcement — the culmination of four months of negotiations with General Motors — that the American automaker provides the Andretti effort the additional value rival teams have argued new teams must bring to F1.
“One of the big things was ‘What does Andretti bring to the party?’” Andretti said. “Well, we’re bringing one of the biggest manufacturers in the world with us now with General Motors and Cadillac. We feel that was the one box that we didn’t have checked that we do have checked now. I think we’ll be bringing a tremendous amount of support to Formula One and it’s hard for anyone to argue with that.”
GM recently won back the title of top-selling automaker in the United States after losing it last year to Toyota.
“Today is the first step in what we hope to be the historic entry of General Motors into F1,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “Never happened in our history. It’s very, very exciting for us to be with Andretti. And if given the opportunity, GM and Cadillac will compete with the very best at the very highest levels with passion and integrity that will continue to elevate the sport for the FIA and race fans around the world.”
F1 immediately responded to the Andretti-GM partnership in the same tone it has since Andretti began pushing for expansion — by noting that it has several parties interested in joining the series and Andretti is simply the most visible. Andretti’s father, Mario Andretti, is the 1978 Formula One world champion.
“There is great interest in the F1 project at this time with a number of conversations continuing that are not as visible as others,” F1 said in a statement. “We all want to ensure the championship remains credible and stable and any new entrant request will be assessed on criteria to meet those objectives by the relevant stakeholders. Any new entrant request requires the agreement of both F1 and the FIA.”
F1 said no new teams could be added to the grid prior to the 2026 season.
Andretti said despite F1′s statement, he still believes Andretti Global is the strongest applicant. He admitted F1 has not shared with him the other interested parties.
“One-thousand percent, I believe (we can get a team),” Andretti said. “I believe we check every box that needs to be checked in order to enter F1. I think we’re definitely ahead of our competition to get there. I feel very, very confident that we’ll be on the grid soon.”
Andretti had previously been linked to an engine partnership with Alpine. The Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi was one of just two F1 team principals who signed an informal petition seeking support for his team that Andretti circulated throughout the paddock at the Miami Grand Prix in May.
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INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL
IOWA CITY, Iowa – What do you say when a winnable game was lost, when a 21-point first-half lead against a struggling team wasn’t enough, when monster games from Trayce Jackson-Davis and Jalen Hood-Schifino weren’t enough?
If you’re Indiana coach Mike Woodson in the aftermath of Thursday night’s 91-89 loss at Iowa, you tell Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer on the post-game radio show that, in a lot of ways, your team played “great, but great don’t get you nothing,” and in the end, “You gotta finish the game, and we didn’t do that.”
Free throws were a big reason why.
Iowa, which entered with a three-game losing streak, was 22-for-25 from the line. IU was 17-for-26. Those nine misses, Woodson told Fischer, were the difference.
“You miss nine in a close game like this,” Woodson told Fischer. “You make them and you win going away. We didn’t make them. That was a big part of it.”
And then …
“I harp in practice about free throws and concentrating because in close games, they are the difference,” Woodson told Fischer. “Iowa made their free throws. We didn’t make ours.”
The No. 15 Hoosiers (10-4 overall, 1-2 in the Big Ten) shot 54 percent from the field and made 8-of-15 three-pointers, but struggled offensively and defensively down the stretch. They didn’t make a field goal in the final 3:42 and missed their last five shots and six of their last seven. They also committed 14 turnovers, although only three in the second half. Iowa (9-6, 1-3) scored 20 points off those turnovers.
The Hawkeyes got double doubles from Kris Murray (30 points, 10 rebounds) and Filip Rebraca (19 and 10). Their 2-3 zone slowed the Hoosiers just enough.
A refreshed Jackson-Davis played to his All-America status. After missing the last two games, the senior forward set an instant tone by scoring 14 seconds into the game. He had 14 points and five rebounds by halftime, and 30 and nine for the game. He added three blocks and three assists in 38 minutes.
“The key is how he feels tomorrow,” Woodson told Fischer. “I wanted to take him out. He fought me on that. He wanted to stay in. I get it. This is a game we had a chance to win and just didn’t get it done.”
Hood-Schifino had 21 points and nine assists. He was 5-for-8 from three-point range as the Hoosiers went 8-for-15 beyond the arc.
“He played great,” Woodson told Fischer. “He’s been playing well. We need that to continue. We have to get help from some other guys.”
IU suffered a major blow with a late first-half leg injury to senior forward Race Thompson. He had nine points on 4-for-4 shooting, plus three rebounds when he got his leg rolled by from Iowa’s Tony Perkins.
Beyond the offense, the Hoosiers missed Thompson’s defense on Murray, who had 21 second-half points. Thompson spent the second half on the sidelines with crutches and an icepack on his right leg.
“In losing Race, that hurt,” Woodson told Fischer. “He’s a bigger matchup on Murray. We struggled in the second half with him. We’ve got to get the next man ready to go.
“I played (Jordan) Geronimo and Miller (Kopp) on Murray, as well as Malik Renault. He had his way in the second half. He was the difference maker coming down the stretch. I need Malik and Geronimo playing at a high level.”
Early on, the Hoosiers did to Iowa what Arizona and Kansas had done to them. They unleashed a 15-0 run, quickly built a 21-point lead and were poised for a blow-out win.
But Iowa converted IU’s 11 firsts-half turnovers into 15 points to close within five before trailing by 10 at halftime.
A blowout had become a cliffhanger.
Hood-Schifino brought his early three-point sharpshooting; Thompson went physical; and Jackson-Davis took change. The result — a 16-4 Hoosier start in less than five minutes.
A minute later, it reached 22-4, Iowa’s largest home deficit of the season. Two minutes after that, the lead was 21, at 28-7.
The Hoosiers led 35-15 when the Hawkeyes’ 11-0 run got them back in the game. A Jackson-Davis basket ended that surge.
Thompson was hurt with 4:27 left in the first half. The Hawkeyes capitalized by closing within five points.
With 49 seconds left in the half, Geronimo put his hands on the rim as a Jackson-Davis shot went it. Iowa wanted the basket waved off for basket interference, but officials ruled it counted. Jackson-Davis added a free throw. Geronimo scored. The Hoosiers led 50-40 at halftime.
A Tamar Bates three-pointer gave IU an early 55-42 second-half lead. With Murray leading the way, the Hawkeyes closed within six points with 15 minutes left, then within four 40 seconds later, then within one.
A pair of Jackson-Davis baskets off Hood-Schifino assists got the Hoosiers back on track, but a Murray three-pointer tied it at 61-61 with 12 minutes left. Seconds later, the Hawkeyes got their first lead of the game at 63-61.
They built a four-point lead. A couple of Hood-Schino three-pointers kept Indiana close. A Jackson-Davis basket put IU ahead 72-70.
It didn’t last.
Iowa built another four-point lead. Indiana rallied again. Bates scored off a Jackson-Davis pass. Kopp scored off another Jackson-Davis assist. Jackson-Davis muscled in a basket. The Hoosiers took an 84-78 lead, then faded. Iowa rallied with a 9-0 run to go ahead by three. IU inched within two, then one, at 87-86.
Tensions flared between coaches. A technical was called, then waved off.
IU defended Iowa into a futile possession. It had 23 regulation seconds to win it.
Murray blocked a Hood-Schifino layup, grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws for an 89-86 Iowa lead. Hood-Schifino was fouled and made both free throws. The Hawkeyes countered with two free throws for a 91-88 lead. Trey Galloway made a free throw.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fletcher Loyer made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 11 seconds left and No. 1 Purdue bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 71-69 victory over No. 24 Ohio State on Thursday night.
The Boilermakers (14-1, 3-1 Big Ten) trailed 69-66 with 41 seconds remaining after Ohio State’s Sean McNeil made a 3 pointer.
Zach Edey responded with a bucket on the other end, and Purdue forced a turnover on the Buckeyes’ next possession.
After Loyer’s 3, the Boilermakers defended Ohio State’s final possession and Brice Sensabaugh’s final shot didn’t get off in time.
“Going in, you knew they’d have to help on Zach, so I knew I had to be ready to shoot to help the team win,” Loyer said.
Edey and Braden Smith each scored 16 points for Purdue, which had four players in double figures.
“We’re seconds away from feeling like crap again after a loss, but really digging down defensively and getting that big stop and not giving up a 3 there at the end is what we focused on,” Loyer said. “We stayed tight and stayed true to our principles.”
Sensabaugh scored 21 points for Ohio State (10-4, 2-1), which shot 50% from the field.
The lead changed nine times in the final eight minutes of the second half. Loyer made a 3 pointer to give the Boilermakers a 64-63 lead with under 5 minutes to go. Both teams went scoreless until Sensabaugh made a jumper to give Ohio State a 65-64 lead with 3:19 left.
No. 1-ranked Purdue improved to 14-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten Conference with a 71-69 win over No. 24-ranked Ohio State in Columbus.
The win was Purdue’s first win on the road and first Big Ten Conference win as the nation’s No. 1-ranked team.
Purdue’s 14-1 start matches the best 15-game start in school history (also done by the 2010-11, 2009-10, 1993-94 and 1987-88 seasons).
The win pulled the series record vs. Ohio State to 92 wins apiece. With the win, Purdue is now at least .500 against every team in the Big Ten Conference.
Purdue’s last three wins against Ohio State have come by 3, 3 and 2 points. Jaden Ivey hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to give Purdue a 67-64 lead in 2020, then hit a 3-pointer with no time left a year ago to beat Ohio State 81-78. This year, freshman Fletcher Loyer hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to give Purdue a 71-69 lead.
For the second straight game, Loyer hit a 3-pointer in the final 30 seconds to give Purdue a 2-point lead (Rutgers).
The win was Purdue’s fifth win over a team ranked in the top 24 of the KenPom rankings. It was also Purdue’s fifth quad-1 win, tied for the most in the nation (Kansas, Arizona).
Since 2016-17, Purdue owns a 33-27 record against nationally-ranked teams, the fifth-most wins against a ranked opponent in that span.
Purdue started the game 0-of-7 from 3-point range, but finished by making 13 of its last 24 attempts. The 13 made 3-pointers were a season high and Purdue has won 25 straight games when making double-digit 3-pointers.
In three games against nationally-ranked teams (Duke, Gonzaga, Ohio State), Purdue is 30-of-75 (.400) from 3-point range. Against unranked teams, Purdue is 81-of-277 (.292).
Matt Painter won his 398th game at Purdue and his 197th Big Ten game.
Purdue’s 43 wins since the start of last year are the fourth-most in the country.
Zach Edey recorded his seventh straight double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high four assists. The 7 straight double-doubles are tied for the seventh-longest streak in school history.
His 12 double-doubles through 14 games are the third most for a major-conference player in the last 20 years (14 by Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy; 13 by Kansas State’s Michael Beasley).
Edey now needs two points for 300 this season already and six rebounds for 600 in his career.
Braden Smith tallied 16 points with six assists, four rebounds and two steals. Smith is now averaging 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 18-of-42 (.429) from 3-point range.
Against ranked opponents, Smith is averaging 11.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Fletcher Loyer scored 11 points, all coming in the second half. In the first half, Loyer was 0-of-6 with four turnovers. In the second half, he was 4-of-6 with one assist and no turnovers.
Ethan Morton scored a career-high 10 points with four rebounds and two steals. His steal with 24 seconds left set up Loyer’s game-winning 3-pointer.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Sam Hartman is transferring to Notre Dame, giving the Fighting Irish a dynamic quarterback for coach Marcus Freeman’s second season.
Hartman, a three-year starter at Wake Forest, was widely regarded as the top quarterback in the transfer portal. He announced his decision Thursday by tweeting pictures of himself in a Notre Dame uniform.
The 23-year-old Hartman holds the Atlantic Coast Conference record for passing touchdowns with 110. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
He completed a career-best 63.1% of his passes this past season for 3,701 yards with 38 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, leading the Demon Deacons to an 8-5 record and a victory in the Gasparilla Bowl on Dec. 23.
In 2021, Hartman threw for 4,228 yards and 39 touchdowns as Wake Forest went 11-3, finished 15th in the final AP poll and lost the ACC title game to Pitt.
Hartman threw 16 TD passes for the Demon Deacons as a freshman in 2018, but was relegated to a backup role the following year, playing in four games and preserving a year of eligibility. He then got an extra year because of the pandemic.
Notre Dame went 9-4 under Freeman, who took over as coach after Brian Kelly departed for LSU. The Fighting Irish began the season ranked No. 5 in the AP Top 25 but lost their first two games. They moved back into the rankings with a late five-game winning streak and are currently 19th. Notre Dame concluded its season with a 45-38 victory over No. 20 South Carolina in the Gator Bowl.
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 2023 Notre Dame baseball schedule has been released as the Irish prepare for their 52 game slate under John P. and Catherine Murphy Head Coach Shawn Stiffler, who is in his first season at Notre Dame.
The Irish are coming off a historic season as Notre Dame concluded their 2022 season at the College World Series in Omaha after the upset win against No. 1 Tennessee in the Super Regionals.
The Irish have another challenging schedule ahead of them in 2023 as this season’s schedule features 21 games against teams in last year’s tournament field of 64. The Irish are also bringing the Notre Dame brand to six of the top 30 market cities as they play 27 games on the road.
Notre Dame opens up their season in Nashville, Tennessee with a three-game series against Lipscomb starting on Friday, February 17, followed by a series against UNCG in Greensboro, North Carolina (February 24-26) and UAB in Birmingham, Alabama (March 3-5).
The Irish have 30 ACC games this season as they head to Atlanta, Georgia for their conference opener against Georgia Tech on March 10-12. Notre Dame matches up with Saint Joseph and Wake Forest on the road before finally opening up at home on March 21 in Frank Eck Stadium against Valparaiso.
ACC play comes to South Bend for the first time in the 2023 season on March 24-26 as the Irish take on the Louisville Cardinals. The homestand continues as Notre Dame plays Butler (March 28), faces UNC in a three-game series (March 31-April 2), and hosts Northwestern (April 4).
Notre Dame is back on the road to take on Pitt over Easter weekend (April 6-8) and then heads back to Indiana to host Michigan State on April 11. The Irish head to Clemson, South Carolina for the second to last ACC road series of the season to matchup with the Tigers (April 14-16).
While the Irish are on the road early, 15 of their last 19 games are at home at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish host Valparaiso (April 18), Western Michigan (April 19), and Virginia (April 21-23) before playing one game in Lansing against the Spartans on April 25. Notre Dame closes out April hosting a series against Florida State (April 28-30) and opens up May with a game against Bowling Green (May 2) at Frack Eck.
The Irish close out their homestand with series against NC State (May 4-6) and Akron (May 12-14) and finish the 2023 regular season on the road in their final ACC road series against Boston College (May 18-20).
The 2023 ACC Baseball Championship is set to be played in Durham, North Carolina. The Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home to the Triple-A Durham Bulls, will host the ACC Championships from May 23-28.
BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team returns to the court for the first time at home in Mid-American Conference play on Friday as Akron makes the trip to Muncie. The Cardinals (10-4, 1-0 MAC) and Zips (9-5, 1-0 MAC) each won their conference openers on Tuesday. Friday’s contest is sponsored by McGuff Roofing. The game is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. tip on CBS Sports Network.
BSU students, be among the first 350 in The Nest and receive a free hot dog, a slice of pizza, a fountain drink, or a beer. Arrive early, cheer loud, and enjoy responsibly. Parking for Friday’s game will be free.
Last Time Out
The Cardinals improved to 10-4 overall and 1-0 in the MAC after a 90-83 road win against the Toledo Rockets. Jarron Coleman recorded a game-high 26 points and added two assists. Demarius Jacobs produced a career-high 25 points. He added two assists and two rebounds. Jaylin Sellers produced his second double-double of the season behind a 15-point effort and a game-high 11 rebounds. Basheer Jihad brought down a career-high eight rebounds along with his eight points. Payton Sparks had a team-high three assists and chipped in with eight points.
Sellers paces the team with 14.5 points per game. He is shooting 57.1 percent from 3-point range, which leads the team. He is third on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game. He has produced a field-goal percentage of 53.2 on the season. Sellers has collected 12 assists, 11 steals and two blocks. He has notched four games with 20 or more points for the season.
Sparks has a team-best 7.9 rebounds per game, which is tied for 91st in the country and fourth in the conference. His 3.21 offensive rebounds per contest have him ranked 38th in the nation and third in the MAC. He is third on the team averaging 13.1 points per game. He leads the team shooting 61.9 percent from the field. He has four double-doubles on the season, which is tied for 57th in the country and tied for second in the MAC. He is third on the team with 30 assists, second on the team with nine blocks, and has added six steals.
Spreading the Love
Ball State has four players averaging double-digit points through 14 games. Coleman is second on the team with 14.2 points per game. He has a team-best 48 assists and leads the squad with 32 made 3-pointers. His 19 steals are second on the team. He is averaging 4.6 boards per game and blocked nine shots. Jacobs rounds out the double-digit scorers with 13.0 points a game. He has a team-best 24 blocks, which is tied for 54th in the country and best in the MAC. His 1.71 blocks a game has him tied for 53rd in the NCAA and leads the conference. Jacobs is second on the squad with 45 assists. He has brought down 4.1 boards a game. Mickey Pearson Jr. is second on the team with 5.1 rebounds per game.
Taking Advantage at the Free-Throw Line
As a team, the Cardinals are averaging 25.4 free throws per game, which is 10th in the NCAA and leads the MAC. Ball State is averaging 17.4 free-throws made per contest, which is 15th in the nation and leads the conference. Sparks is tied for 11th in the nation with 100 free-throw attempts, which is second in the MAC. The Cardinals are one of 29 teams in the NCAA that have made more free throws than their opponents have attempted.
The Cardinals are currently shooting 48.9 percent from the field, which is tied for 23rd in the NCAA and best in the MAC. Ball State has been effective from behind the arc with a combined 39.1 percent from 3-point range, which is 12th in the country and the best in the MAC.
Series History with the Zips
Ball State and Akron will meet for the 47th time on Friday. The Zips have the series advantage 28-18. Akron has won the last five meetings, including a 79-60 victory in Muncie on March 1, 2022. The Cardinals are 12-10 at home against the Zips.
The Zips are led by Xavier Castaneda who is averaging 19.5 points per game. His 19.5 points per game is tied for 28th in the NCAA and is second in the MAC. He is tied for fourth in the NCAA and leads the MAC with 83 made free throws. Castaneda leads the team with 39 assists and is tied for the team lead in steals with 14. He is third on the team, averaging 4.5 rebounds per contest. He is averaging 3.31 3-pointers per game, which is tied for the most in the MAC and tied for 12th in the NCAA. Enrique Freeman has a team-best 10.4 boards per contest, which is tied for ninth in the country and leads the conference. He leads the MAC with seven double-doubles and is tied for ninth in the nation. Freeman is second on the squad with 13.7 points per game and is second on the team with 32 assists. He leads the team with 13 blocks. Trendon Hankerson is second on the team with 4.6 rebounds per game and third on the team with 9.1 points per game.
INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
CHICAGO – Chelsea Cain led all scorers with a season-high 21 points Thursday night, leading Indiana State to a gritty 59-48 win over UIC inside Credit Union 1 Arena.
The win was Indiana State’s first MVC win of the season and was also the first road win of the year for the Sycamores. Nine different players scored in the game for the Trees, with Del’Janae Williams and Mya Glanton chipping in seven points apiece and Anna McKendree adding six. Indiana State forced 20 turnovers and limited UIC to a 28.3 percent clip from the field.
Indiana State closed the opening quarter on a 5-0 run and led for the remainder of the game. The Sycamores limited the Flames to a shooting percentage below 30 percent in three of the four quarters and hit timely shots on the offensive end when it mattered. Cain scored 17 of her game-high 21 in the second half, as Indiana State scored 32 points in the paint over the final 30 minutes in imposing its will inside. ISU’s ability to keep UIC out of any offensive rhythm allowed the Trees to walk out of Credit Union 1 Arena with its first road and conference win of the season.
Indiana State got off to a slow start on the offensive end, but the Sycamore defense stood tall in the opening frame with seven forced turnovers. The first basket for the Trees didn’t come until after the media timeout, when Anna McKendree beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer from the wing. McKendree added another trey in the quarter as the Sycamores heated up late. Chelsea Cain and Caitlin Anderson added baskets in the final minutes of the period as the Sycamores led 14-10 after the first.
The Sycamores carried their momentum into the second quarter, going on an 8-2 run midway through to push their lead to double-digits at 22-11. Mya Glanton started the scoring for the Trees with back-to-back layups, while Adrian Folks added four in the quarter for the Blue and White. The Sycamores led 26-17 following Lily Niebuhr’s first basket of the season late in the half and, despite a slow start, took a 26-20 lead into the intermission.
Cain scored the first four points of the third quarter for Indiana State and Del’Janae Williams drove through the middle of the lane for a layup to push the Sycamore lead back into double-figures midway through at 32-22. The Sycamores continued to play well on the defensive side, limiting UIC to a 4-for-17 mark in the quarter. Free throws helped UIC cut Indiana State’s lead to as little as three late in the quarter, but baskets by Glanton and Cain ended the run and gave the Trees some breathing room. Indiana State entered the fourth quarter ahead 40-34.
Just like the third quarter, Cain opened the scoring in the fourth for the Sycamores with a fastbreak layup and tacked on a three-point play to make it 45-34. UIC used a run to cut Indiana State’s lead down to three, but a Niebuhr layup settled the Sycamores down heading into the media timeout. Williams had the finishing blow for the Trees inside the final two minutes with a three-point play on the fastbreak started by a McKendree rebound. Indiana State was 6-for-7 from the free throw line in the last 70 seconds to seal a 59-48 win, its first MVC win and first road win of the season.
Inside the Numbers
Despite allowing 18 offensive rebounds, Indiana State limited UIC to just seven second chance points. The Sycamores actually had mores second chance points than the Flames despite pulling down only nine offensive rebounds.
Indiana State took full advantage of UIC’s 20 turnovers, as the Sycamores turned those into 19 points on the other end. The Trees also took care of the basketball, finishing the game with a season-low eight turnovers.
17 of Chelsea Cain’s 21 points came in the second half, where she was 6-for-10 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
Lily Niebuhr’s four points were the first points of her collegiate career. She also played 10:58, her most in an MVC game this season.
Bella Finnegan, who is from the Chicago suburb of Hometown, Illinois, finished with three points, four steals, two assists, two blocks and one rebound in her first game back in the Windy City.
Indiana State did not lose any of the four quarters Thursday. The Sycamores outscored UIC in three of the four quarters, while the teams tied in the third with 14 points each.
News & Notes
Thursday’s win was Indiana State’s first road win and MVC win since defeating Bradley 83-63 on Feb. 4, 2022.
Indiana State snapped a 12-game MVC losing streak dating back to last season. The Sycamores have not lost more than two games in a row this season.
Chelsea Cain sits just 10 points away from reaching 1,000 for her collegiate career. Cain scored 857 points in three seasons at Nicholls State and has 133 points this season.
Thursday’s win was the first this season when Indiana State had fewer than three players in double-figures.
Indiana State improved to 6-2 this season when leading at the half and 4-1 when holding opponents under 60 points. The Sycamores are 10-2 under head coach Chad Killinger when opponents score under 60.
Indiana State has won each of its last four games against UIC and improved to 14-3 all-time against the Flames.
Indiana State’s three-game road trip continues Saturday at Valparaiso, with tipoff slated for 2 p.m.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball earned a 79-69 victory over visiting Green Bay on Thursday (Jan. 5) at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
Jarred Godfrey moved up to second all-time on the Purdue Fort Wayne scoring list in the victory, surpassing Frank Gaines. Godfrey tallied 14 of his team-high 23 points in the opening stanza to lead the Mastodons. Godfrey’s career point total now sits at 1,855. The only name above Godfrey is his former teammate John Konchar. The current Memphis Grizzlies member finished with 2,065 points as a Mastodon.
Neither side led by more than five points through the game’s first 15 minutes. Purdue Fort Wayne was able to use a 9-0 spurt beginning at the 4:58 mark left in the first half to create some separation from the visiting Phoenix. Purdue Fort Wayne got back-to-back layups from Damian Chong Qui and Ra Kpedi. Anthony Roberts capped the run with a tough basket in the paint and a 3-pointer from the wing. Heading into halftime, the Mastodons led 42-35.
Following the break, the ‘Dons used an 11-2 burst before the first media timeout to build a double-digit advantage. Purdue Fort Wayne would lead by as many as 22 points in the second half.
Godfrey led Purdue Fort Wayne with 23 points. He finished a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line, marking the first time a Mastodon has finished a perfect 10-of-10 or better from the charity stripe since Bryson Scott did it against Detroit Mercy on Nov 28, 2017. Chong Qui added 13 points and four assists. Roberts and Kpedi scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Both Roberts and Kpedi led Purdue Fort Wayne with nine rebounds. As a team the Mastodons converted 18-of-23 free throw attempts.
The ‘Dons dominated the glass in Thursday’s win, owning a 37-25 advantage. Purdue Fort Wayne grabbed 15 offensive boards and tallied 17 second chance points. The ‘Dons also posted 38 points in the paint. The Mastodons finished 28-of-61 from the floor, including a 5-of-10 mark from beyond the arc. The 10 3-point attempts for the Mastodons are their fewest in a game since taking 10 at IUPUI on Feb. 22, 2014.
Purdue Fort Wayne improved to 11-5 (3-2 Horizon League) with the win. The Mastodons are now 7-1 at home on the season. Green Bay dropped to 2-14 (1-4 Horizon League).
The Mastodons will be back in action on Saturday (Jan. 7) against the Milwaukee Panthers as Horizon League play continues. Game time from the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is slated for 1 p.m.
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
VALPARAISO, Ind. – Behind an efficient offense and a stifling defense, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team earned a 57-45 road win in Missouri Valley Conference action on Thursday evening in Valparaiso, Ind.
“Any time you can get on the road and pick-up a road win is a big deal in this conference,” said Aces head women’s basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. “I just thought we were solid from start to finish. It certainly would have been nice if a few more buckets had dropped, we might have been able to make things a little bit easier in that sense, but it felt like we had control basically the whole game and felt it was one of our most complete games we’ve played from start to finish in that aspect.”
Bouncing back from an injury that limited her last weekend, senior guard/forward Abby Feit turned in a vintage performance, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbing nine boards to power the Aces. Fifth-year guard Myia Clark notched her third-straight game in double-figures with 11 points on the night, while redshirt junior Barbora Tomancova pulled-down 10 boards and added eight points. In all, seven Aces scored four-or-more points in the Evansville win. For the Beacons, Ali Saunders led the way, scoring a team-best 14 points off the bench.
A quick 7-2 spurt from Valpo to open the contest earned an early lead for the home side, but Evansville quickly responded. The first quarter was marked by consistent offense for both teams with the Aces answering nearly every Beacon basket through much of the quarter. Trailing 15-11 with exactly three minutes left in the opening period, Evansville went on a 7-2 run to grab the lead, an advantage the Aces would not relinquish.
Evansville continued its run to begin the second quarter, scoring the first four points of the frame on a pair of layups by Feit to grow its lead to five. The offenses of both sides struggled to get their footing in the second period with the Aces shooting 29% (4-14) and the Beacons hitting just one field-goal (1-for-8) as Evansville’s lead sat at seven at 26-19 at the break.
It was another string of Aces points that lifted UE’s lead in double-digits to open the second half as Evansville sprinted out of halftime with an 8-2 run. Buckets from A’Niah Griffin, Tomancova, Clark, and Feit allowed the Aces to take a 34-21 before the midway point of the third quarter. Valparaiso would get a pair of shots to fall in the final three minutes of the quarter to take the Beacons within nine going into the final 10 minutes of action.
Emphasized as a point of focus by head coach Robyn Scherr-Wells following last weekend’s contests, Evansville demonstrated its ability to hold an opponent at bay in the fourth. The Beacons got as close as eight in the final frame, but could draw no closer as Evansville’s efficient offense provided and answer for every Beacon bucket as the Aces earned the 57-45 win.
The Aces continue their northern road swing with a trip to take on UIC at 2 PM (CT) on Saturday afternoon in Chicago, Ill.
SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL
MOREHEAD, Ky. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball fought to the final seconds, but ran out of time in falling to Morehead State University, 84-80, Thursday evening at the Johnson Arena in Morehead, Kentucky. The Screaming Eagles go to 8-8 overall and 1-2 in the OVC, while the Morehead Eagles are 9-7, 2-1 OVC.
USI dominated the first five minutes of the game, building an early 10-point lead, 19-9. Morehead closed the gap quickly within three minutes on a 9-2 surge, 21-18, before USI boosted the lead back to seven with four quick points, 25-18.
The USI Eagles would get the lead back to seven points one more time, 29-22, before a 14-7 Morehead run cut the gap to one point, 37-36, at the intermission.
Morehead continued to build off the late first half run by outscoring USI, 30-17, in the first 12 minutes of the second half to lead by 12 points, 66-54. USI closed the gap to seven-points, 69-62, with 5:20 to play on a steal and dunk by senior guard Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio).
After Morehead re-extended the lead to as many as 11 points in the final five minutes, the USI Eagles would try to rally in the final minutes with a 15-9 run, getting to within a bucket, 82-80, with 1.5 seconds left before running out of time in the 84-80 final. Sophomore guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) led USI during the final push with seven of the 15 points.
Individually, USI was led on the scoreboard by the 25-point performance of sophomore guard Isaiah Swope (Newburgh, Indiana). Swope, who has averaged 18.5 points per game over the last four games, posted his 25 points on eight of 17 from the field, four-of-eight from long range, and five-of-seven from the stripe.
Swope was followed by three other USI players in double-digits. Graduate forward Trevor Lakes (Lebanon, Indiana) was second with 11 points, nine coming on three-point field goals, while senior forward Jacob Polakovich (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and Hernanez rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points each.
Polakovich grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds to lead USI and complete his fifth double-double of the season. The senior forward also has seven double-figure rebound games this season.
Next Up For USI:
USI comes home to the friendly surroundings of Screaming Eagles Arena Saturday when it hosts Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for a 7:30 p.m. game. The games will be streamed on ESPN+ in addition to being heard on ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com) and 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).
SIUE saw its record go to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in the OVC after defeating Tennessee State University, 81-72, this evening at home. The Cougars were led by sophomore guard Damarco Minor, who had 18 points in the win.
SIUE sophomore guard Ray’Sean Taylor leads the Cougars for the season with 14.0 points per game.
The USI-SIUE matchup Thursday is the resumption of a series that temporarily ended after the 2007-08 season when the Cougar left the GLVC. SIUE won the last meeting of the two programs in 2007-08, 70-58, but USI had won three of the last four.
USI has split the last 10 meetings with SIUE, but is 15-5 against the Cougars in the last 20 games. The Eagles have the longest winning streak in the series, winning 13-straight games between the 1997-98 and the 2003-04 seasons.
SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MOREHEAD, Ky. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball went down to the wire on the road against Morehead State University Thursday evening, battling in a one-point game in the last minute, but the Morehead State Eagles withstood the Screaming Eagles’ late push to take a 64-61 win.
Southern Indiana had three players finish in double figures Thursday, as junior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) led all scorers with 18 points on 6-12 shooting. For Raley, she bounced back after being held to four points last Saturday at Eastern Illinois University. Thursday was her first game scoring 15 or more since she posted 20 points in a win at Wright State University on December 17. Raley also added six rebounds on Thursday.
The Screaming Eagles came out of the gates with a strong start in the contest, attacking the paint. USI jumped out to a 10-0 lead through the first four minutes. Senior forward Hannah Haithcock (Washington Courthouse, Ohio) and Raley each scored four early points in the fast start for USI.
Following a called timeout, Morehead State responded out of the huddle. With USI ahead 14-5 and 3:47 remaining in the first quarter, Morehead State went on a 7-0 run to narrow the deficit. Southern Indiana carried a 17-15 lead into the second period.
Midway into the second quarter, Southern Indiana pushed the lead back up to five, 25-20, after back-to-back baskets from senior forward Tara Robbe (Wildwood, Missouri) and sophomore guard Vanessa Shafford.
USI’s defense held Morehead State without a field goal in the last four minutes of the first half, leading to a 31-27 advantage for Southern Indiana at the intermission. Haithcock led all scorers with 10 points at the break, connecting on a jumper near the end of the second quarter.
A minute into the third quarter, Morehead State was able to score six unanswered to flip the scoreboard and take the lead, 33-31. Over the course of the third period, the scoring and lead went back and forth with neither team able to take a stronghold of the momentum.
With the score tied 40-40 at the 2:40 mark, both sides finished the third period without a make from the field. Morehead State grabbed the lead by the end of the quarter after outscoring USI 5-2 from the free-throw line during the last two and a half minutes. Morehead State took a 45-42 lead to the fourth.
Raley made a big three-pointer for USI a minute into the fourth period, connecting from deep straightaway to trim Morehead State’s lead down to 47-45. The Morehead State Eagles responded with two makes from the floor to make the score 51-45 in favor of Morehead State.
As the clock read under four minutes left to play in the fourth, Morehead State led 56-51, but Shafford came through with a basket and the foul for USI to cut the score down to two, 56-54. Then coming down to the final 90 seconds, senior guard Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana) got a steal that led to a basket by Haithcock to make it a one-point, 61-60 ballgame. However, Morehead State closed out the win by scoring a late layup and a free throw.
Haithcock and Shafford were the other two double-digit scorers for USI Thursday. Haithcock registered 14 points on three makes from the field and an 8-for-8 night at the line. She also had seven rebounds. Shafford recorded 12 points with five boards.
Robbe also had another solid outing, matching a season-high for the fifth time this season with nine points on a perfect 4-for-4 night from the floor. All five nine-point games for Robbe have come in road games. The senior also pulled down five rebounds Thursday.
USI went 20-for-51 for 39 percent from the field in the contest, including two three-pointers made. The Screaming Eagles were frequent visitors to the charity stripe Thursday, going 19-for-25 for 76 percent.
For Morehead State, senior guard Veronica Charles led the Eagles with 12 points, while junior guard Sandra Lin had 11 points and freshman guard Hallie Rhodes had 10 points.
Morehead State was 23-for-57 for 40 percent overall, including five triples. The Eagles were 13-for-25 for 52 percent at the line. Morehead State outrebounded USI 40-31 in the game, claiming 15 offensive rebounds.
The Screaming Eagles will return home to Screaming Eagles Arena Saturday at 5 p.m. when USI takes on a familiar foe in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The matchup begins a three-game homestand for Southern Indiana.
VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
The Valpo women’s basketball team took to the court at the ARC for a home game for the first time in nearly a month on Thursday evening, but the Beacons’ second-quarter scoring drought proved too much to overcome as Valpo fell in MVC action to visiting Evansville, 57-45.
How It Happened
Valpo jumped out to a 7-2 lead two minutes into the ballgame thanks to five early points from senior Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]).
The Beacons held the lead for most of the opening quarter, with two triples in the first period by freshman Ali Saunders (Depauw, Ind./North Harrison) helping the cause. Valpo led 15-11 with three minutes to play in the quarter following her second 3-pointer, but Evansville ended the period on a 7-2 run to lead 18-17 after 10 minutes.
Valpo’s defense limited Evansville to just eight points on 4-of-14 shooting in the second quarter. That was enough to help push the Purple Aces’ lead to seven points at intermission, however, as a layup from junior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) with 3:52 to play in the quarter accounted for the Beacons’ lone points of the quarter.
Evansville extended its lead to as many as 13 points multiple times in the third quarter. Layups in the final 80 seconds of the period from Saunders and fifth-year Ilysse Pitts (Aurora, Ill./Montini Catholic) brought Valpo within 41-32 with 10 minutes remaining.
The Beacons were unable to get any closer than eight points in the fourth quarter.
Inside the Game
Thursday was Valpo’s first home game in 29 days, as the Beacons last played at home Dec. 7 against Western Michigan.
Valpo’s 45 points were a season low, but the Beacons’ defense also set a season best by limiting Evansville to 57 points.
While Valpo was limited to just 29.4% shooting (5-of-17) from 3-point range, its struggles inside the arc were most notable. The Beacons entered the game hitting better than 50% on the season from 2-point range, but were just 33.3% (11-of-33) from inside on Thursday evening.
Saunders came off the bench to contribute a team-best 14 points and was also one of four Beacons to share team-high honors with five rebounds.
Earnest reached double digits as well, finishing with 11 points to score in double figures for the first time in three MVC games after tallying 10+ points in each of Valpo’s eight nonconference games.
Pitts led all players with three steals, the fourth time this year she has recorded three thefts in a game.
Valparaiso (2-9, 0-3 MVC)
Game #12 – Jan. 7, 2023 – 1 p.m.
Indiana State (6-6, 1-2 MVC)
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team closes out its opening weekend of home Valley action as it takes aim at a weekend split on Saturday afternoon, welcoming fellow Hoosier State foe Indiana State to the ARC.
Previously: Valpo took to the court at the ARC for a home game for the first time in nearly a month on Thursday evening, but the Beacons’ second-quarter scoring drought proved too much to overcome as Valpo fell in MVC action to visiting Evansville, 57-45. Ali Saunders paced the Beacons with 14 points and five rebounds off the bench, while Leah Earnest added 11 points and five rebounds.
Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN3 – R.C. McBride and Kelly Burke on the call
Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)
Streaming Audio: TuneIn app
Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com
Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fifth year at the helm of the program in 2022-23 and owns a record of 50-77. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first four years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game in each of the last three seasons and in steals per game in two of the last three years.
Series Notes: While Indiana State leads the all-time series over Valpo, 9-6, the matchups have been tipped in Valpo’s favor recently, with the Brown and Gold winning four of the last five meetings between the two teams. Last season, the two programs split their two matchups, with each winning on the other’s home floor – the Sycamores ran out to an 85-65 win at the ARC, but the Beacons turned the tables in Terre Haute, 74-69. Shay Frederick had 19 points, including a 14-for-14 effort from the foul line, and six assists in the win downstate, while Maya Dunson enjoyed her best collegiate game, scoring 13 points – including a perfect 3-for-3 mark from the 3-point line – and grabbing a team-best seven rebounds.
– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 197 points, just 10 points behind Evansville.
– Valpo is in its sixth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
– The Valley was ranked 10th in conference NET last year, was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo finished last year with an 11-19 overall record, but was strong in MVC play, going 9-9 in conference and finishing in sixth place – both of which match the program’s best since joining the Valley.
– The Beacons registered the first win at Drake and the first win at Bradley in program history.
– Valpo swept the season series over Drake, the program’s first two wins ever against the Bulldogs.
– The Beacons also tallied four top-100 wins within Valley play.
– Grace White was named MVC Sixth Player of the Year – the program’s first major postseason award since joining the Valley. Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC choice, while White was an All-Defensive Team selection and Olivia Brown earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.
- Valpo led for most of the first quarter before trailing 18-17 at the end of one. The Beacons then scored just two second-quarter points, trailing 26-19 at the half despite giving up just eight points in the second period.
– Valpo got no closer than the halftime deficit in the second half.
– Valpo’s 45 points were a season low, but the Beacons’ defense also set a season best by limiting Evansville to 57 points.
– While Valpo was limited to just 29.4% shooting (5-of-17) from 3-point range, its struggles inside the arc were most notable. The Beacons entered the game hitting better than 50% on the season from 2-point range, but were just 33.3% (11-of-33) from inside on Thursday evening.
– Ali Saunders came off the bench to contribute a team-best 14 points and was also one of four Beacons to share team-high honors with five rebounds.
– Leah Earnest reached double digits as well, finishing with 11 points to score in double figures for the first time in three MVC games after tallying 10+ points in each of Valpo’s eight nonconference games.
– Valpo went a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line.
…at Murray State
– Valpo trailed the Racers 17-11 at the end of the first quarter and were within 32-28 at intermission.
– The Beacons fell behind by 10 in the third quarter, but were able to erase all but one point off that deficit and went into the fourth trailing just 46-43.
– Valpo went without a field goal for over eight minutes to start the fourth quarter as the Racers pulled away.
– Sunday’s game was Valpo’s second consecutive road game against a top-100 NET team to open up the MVC schedule.
– While the Racers shot at a 50% clip for the game, the second-best mark by a Valpo opponent this season, the Beacons forced a total of 16 MSU turnovers, 9 of which were steals — both just one off the respective season bests.
– Valpo was limited to 34.6% shooting for the game, but was at 42.1% through three quarters to be within three points with 10 minutes to play.
– A relatively clean game, Valpo attempted just nine free throws — a season low — and sent MSU to the stripe just 10 times — the lowest for a Valpo opponent this season.
– Olivia Brown paced the Beacons for a second straight game, knocking down three 3-pointes on her way to 15 points. The senior is averaging 15.5 points/game over her last four outings after averaging just 5.3 points/game in the previous three games.
– Brown was the lone Valpo player in double figures on Sunday, as Earnest was next-best with eight points. The junior grabbed 10 rebounds as well, her fifth double-digit effort on the glass this season.
– The Beacons make a quick mid-week trip to Chicago to take on UIC Jan. 11.
– Valpo follows with a return to the ARC next Saturday, Jan. 14 to face off with Missouri State.
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|8 Miami||20||19||.513||7.0||11-8||8-11||5-1||8-11||6-4||1 L|
|9 Atlanta||18||20||.474||8.5||11-8||7-12||4-3||13-14||4-6||1 W|
|10 Chicago||17||21||.447||9.5||10-9||7-12||4-3||15-11||6-4||1 W|
|11 Washington||17||22||.436||10.0||10-7||7-15||4-3||10-14||6-4||1 L|
|12 Toronto||16||22||.421||10.5||11-9||5-13||2-7||11-15||3-7||2 L|
|13 Orlando||14||25||.359||13.0||10-12||4-13||2-5||7-18||5-5||1 L|
|14 Detroit||11||30||.268||17.0||5-13||6-17||0-6||4-18||3-7||1 W|
|15 Charlotte||10||29||.256||17.0||5-14||5-15||3-6||4-18||3-7||3 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Denver||25||13||.658||—||15-3||10-10||7-3||19-9||8-2||1 W|
|2 Memphis||25||13||.658||—||15-3||10-10||4-2||11-10||6-4||5 W|
|3 New Orleans||24||14||.632||1.0||17-4||7-10||7-2||16-9||6-4||1 W|
|4 Dallas||22||17||.564||3.5||15-6||7-11||5-2||16-6||7-3||1 L|
|5 Sacramento||20||17||.541||4.5||11-8||9-9||4-4||9-8||5-5||1 L|
|6 LA Clippers||21||19||.525||5.0||11-8||10-11||3-4||11-12||4-6||4 L|
|7 Portland||19||18||.514||5.5||9-6||10-12||4-6||13-13||4-6||1 L|
|8 Phoenix||20||19||.513||5.5||14-5||6-14||7-0||17-10||3-7||4 L|
|9 Golden State||20||19||.513||5.5||17-3||3-16||4-3||12-8||6-4||1 L|
|10 Utah||20||21||.488||6.5||12-7||8-14||3-4||16-13||3-7||1 W|
|11 Minnesota||18||21||.462||7.5||11-9||7-12||6-4||11-13||4-6||2 W|
|12 LA Lakers||17||21||.447||8.0||9-8||8-13||0-7||7-13||5-5||3 W|
|13 Oklahoma City||16||22||.421||9.0||11-9||5-13||3-6||9-12||5-5||1 L|
|14 San Antonio||12||26||.316||13.0||7-12||5-13||2-5||5-20||3-7||3 L|
|15 Houston||10||29||.256||15.5||6-13||4-16||1-8||5-21||1-9||6 L|
|1 Boston Bruins||38||30||4||4||64||28||145||85||19-0-3||11-4-1||7-0-3|
|2 Carolina Hurricanes||39||25||8||6||56||22||124||104||12-4-1||13-4-5||8-2-0|
|3 Toronto Maple Leafs||39||23||9||7||53||23||131||105||13-3-4||10-6-3||5-4-1|
|4 New Jersey Devils||39||24||12||3||51||24||132||103||10-10-2||14-2-1||3-6-1|
|5 New York Rangers||40||22||12||6||50||21||131||109||9-7-4||13-5-2||7-2-1|
|6 Tampa Bay Lightning||37||24||12||1||49||23||131||108||15-4-1||9-8-0||7-3-0|
|7 Washington Capitals||41||22||13||6||50||22||137||115||12-5-3||10-8-3||7-1-2|
|8 New York Islanders||40||22||16||2||46||22||128||110||12-6-0||10-10-2||5-4-1|
|9 Pittsburgh Penguins||38||19||13||6||44||18||124||116||10-4-4||9-9-2||3-5-2|
|10 Buffalo Sabres||36||19||15||2||40||18||143||122||8-8-2||11-7-0||7-2-1|
|11 Detroit Red Wings||36||16||13||7||39||15||111||122||9-7-3||7-6-4||3-5-2|
|12 Ottawa Senators||38||18||17||3||39||17||116||116||11-8-1||7-9-2||6-3-1|
|13 Florida Panthers||39||17||18||4||38||16||129||134||10-6-3||7-12-1||4-6-0|
|14 Philadelphia Flyers||39||15||17||7||37||15||108||127||8-9-1||7-8-6||6-4-0|
|15 Montreal Canadiens||39||15||21||3||33||11||104||148||7-10-0||8-11-3||1-8-1|
|16 Columbus Blue Jackets||37||11||24||2||24||11||96||148||9-12-1||2-12-1||1-9-0|
|1 Vegas Golden Knights||41||27||12||2||56||24||139||115||12-9-0||15-3-2||6-3-1|
|2 Dallas Stars||40||23||11||6||52||23||139||109||11-4-3||12-7-3||6-3-1|
|3 Los Angeles Kings||42||22||14||6||50||18||137||145||12-7-2||10-7-4||7-2-1|
|4 Winnipeg Jets||38||24||13||1||49||24||121||97||14-6-0||10-7-1||6-4-0|
|5 Seattle Kraken||37||21||12||4||46||21||131||118||10-8-2||11-4-2||5-4-1|
|6 Minnesota Wild||37||22||13||2||46||19||121||103||12-7-1||10-6-1||8-2-0|
|7 Edmonton Oilers||40||21||17||2||44||21||142||134||10-11-1||11-6-1||4-4-2|
|8 Calgary Flames||39||18||14||7||43||17||119||118||11-7-2||7-7-5||5-3-2|
|9 Colorado Avalanche||37||19||15||3||41||16||109||108||9-7-3||10-8-0||4-5-1|
|10 St. Louis Blues||39||19||17||3||41||16||125||143||7-8-2||12-9-1||6-2-2|
|11 Nashville Predators||37||17||14||6||40||15||105||113||9-6-3||8-8-3||5-2-3|
|12 Vancouver Canucks||38||17||18||3||37||15||130||146||8-10-1||9-8-2||5-5-0|
|13 Arizona Coyotes||37||13||19||5||31||12||107||139||7-3-2||6-16-3||4-5-1|
|14 San Jose Sharks||39||12||20||7||31||11||120||146||4-10-6||8-10-1||4-4-2|
|15 Anaheim Ducks||39||11||24||4||26||8||90||158||7-10-1||4-14-3||4-5-1|
|16 Chicago Blackhawks||37||8||25||4||20||8||80||141||5-14-2||3-11-2||1-9-0|
January 6, 1980 – Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh – The AFC Championship game to determine who would win the Lamar Hunt Trophy and represent the American Football Conference in Super Bowl XIV. Two of the old AFC Central foes met for the third time in the season, the Oilers of Houston and the defending champs the Pittsburgh Steelers. Late in the third quarter of this game is one of the most controversial officiating calls in NFL History. With the Oiler deep inside Pittsburgh territory QB Dan Pastorini dropped back and tossed a pass towards the back right corner of the end zone. Houston receiver Mike Renfro seemingly came down with an amazing catch with Steeler corner Ron Johnson in tight coverage on him. The official on the coverage did not call anything though and the crew got together in a huddle and discussed the play. A few moments later they deemed it an incomplete pass as when Renfro finally secured it he had fallen out of bounds. This was 6 years before instant replay was used in NFL officiating and it may be the very play that was at the root of Replays adoption. The Oilers were forced to kick a field goal and for the second straight year the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Houston Oilers, 27-13 to advance.
January 6, 1980 – Tampa Stadium – The NFC Championship was hosted by the Buccaneers who were in only their fourth season of existence. The Bucs played tough but the Los Angeles Rams came to town on a mission and defeated Tampa Bay 9-0 for the right to face the Steelers in the Super Bowl.
January 6, 1985 – Miami Orange Bowl – At the AFC Championship game it was the Dan Marino led Miami Dolphins outsourcing the Pittsburgh Steelers, 45-28 to move on to the big game.
January 6, 1985 – Candlestick Park, SF – The NFC Championship game was played and the San Francisco 49ers with Joe Montana under center advanced to the Super Bowl as they blanked the Chicago Bears, 23-0.
January 6, 2014 – The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California – The BCS National Championship was a memorable one as #1 Florida State would have a tough test against #2 Auburn per ESPN.com. This was a match-up of the ages as Heisman Winner QB Jameis Winston, Kelvin Benjamin and Devonta Freeman were on the Seminoles high powered offense and faced the Tigers that sported Sammie Coates, Dee Ford and Carl Lawson and CJ Uzomah. As often happens in these great games it came down to the final seconds of play. With 13 seconds remaining, Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin to lift FSU to a 34-31 win and the National Title!
January 6, 2018 – Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota scores a touchdown that he threw to himself! In one of the craziest play sequences the Titans had the ball at the Kansas City Chiefs 6 yard line facing third and goal per the ringer.com. Mariota dropped back and scrambled around a bit then saw daylight left. As he approached the line of scrimmage he launched a pass towards the end zone but a defender, KC’s Darrell Revis, batted the ball which went back to Marcus and he caught it and dove to the pylon for a TD. It was important too as it aided in the 22-21 victory over Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Mariota was the second NFL quarterback in history to have done so. The other was Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson in 1997, who also caught his own pass on a third and goal and scored against the Panthers.
January 6, 2018 – The Oakland Raiders formerly announced that Jon Gruden would be returning to become their head coach per ESPN.com. It had been nearly a decade since Gruden’s first stint as the Raiders coach as from 2009 through the 2017 season he was broadcasting on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS FOR JANUARY 6
January 6, 1913 – The guard from Princeton University John “Jac” Weller was born. Jac received All-America honors in 1935 according to his bio on the NFF website. He was the top lineman on the Tiger teams that suffered only one loss in three seasons and that was a Yale 7-0 victory. The College Football Hall of Fame placed Jac Weller into their house of collegiate legends in 1957.
January 6, 1947 – Clarksburg, West Virginia – Frank Loria, Virginia Tech’s fine defensive back celebrated his day of birth. According to the NFF Frank was a 3 year starter with the Hokies and was a two-time All American. VT retired Loria’s jersey number 10 as he was well known for his great defensive play as well as his punt return abilities. Frank averaged 13 yards per return and even took 4 of them back for touchdowns in his college career. The National Football Foundation honored Frank Loria posthumously with entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
January 6, 1956 – Portland Oregon – The prolific tight end front he University of Notre Dame, Ken MacAfee arrived into life. Ken had some very good traits as a tight end according to the FootballFoundation.org website. He was a dominant blocker and also had a great set of hands to catch pases with. Ken was an All-America selection three times. He added the Academic All-America title to his resume in 1977, as he also won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award , and was third in the Heisman Trophy vote. That year he caught 54 passes for 797 yards and six touchdowns. It is no wonder that the fighting Irish also won the National Championship that season! The National Football Foundation honored Ken MacAfee with entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
January 6, 1960 – Somerville, Massachusetts – Howie Long the four year letterman from Villanova was born. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Howie was a 1981 second round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders. He spent 13 seasons with the club and registered 84 sacks. You could probably add another 7-½ sacks to the total because in his rookie season , sacks were not an official statistic in the NFL. Long was an All-Pro in three different seasons and was selected to play in 8 Pro Bowls. During the festivities in Canton in 2000, Howie Long was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
January 6, 1964 – Gladys, Virginia – The outstanding defensive end from James Madison University Charles Haley was born. Charles still has the record for being the leading tackler in James Madison’s Football history as he gained All-America status twice while at the school according to the National Football Foundation. In fact Haley was the first player to gain the honor of being called an All-American. Charles completed his collegiate career with 506 tackles, three interceptions and 17 quarterback sacks. The NFF voters happily checked the boxes for Charles Haley to gain entry into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011. The San Francisco 49ers got quite the steal when they laid claim to Haley in the fourth round of the 1986 NFL Draft. Haley spent 12 seasons in the NFL with the Niners and the Dallas Cowboys.He was the first player from James Madison to be drafted into the NFL and also holds the distinction to be the first NFL player to win 5 Super Bowls. Charles Haley was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
1914 To help the players pick up the ball as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, baseball owners decrees all big-league parks must have a center-field wall that is green and blank. The safety measure that will evolve to be various colors, including blue, black, and red, will become known as the batter’s eye.
1937 The Giants purchase the services of Tommy Thevenow from the Reds. The shortstop will never see action for New York when the team trades the 33-year-old to the Bees (Braves) for infielder Billy Urbanski, who will also never play a game for the club.
1942 Indians right-hander Bob Feller, who will serve for 44 months and compile eight battle stars, reports to Norfolk to begin his World War II enlistment in the Navy. The 23-year-old Rapid Robert, a 20-game winner for the Tribe for the last three seasons, enlisted in the United States Navy two days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
1950 Charlie Grimm, uncomfortable with front office duties, leaves the Cubs as a vice president to manage the Dallas Eagles. ‘Jolly Cholly’, had who led the team to National League pennants in 1932, 1935, and 1945, signs for a record salary of $90,000 to be the skipper of the Texas League team
1964 Charlie Finley stuns Kansas City when he announces signing a two-year deal to move the team to Louisville to play at the city’s Fairgrounds Stadium, having the state of Kentucky’s promise to spend a half-a-million dollars on enlarging the 20,628-seat facility by another 10,000 seats. The American League will veto the A’s owner’s attempt to shift the franchise, planned for this upcoming season, and the team stays put in the City of Fountains until after the 1967 campaign when permitted to move to Oakland.
1976 WTCG-TV owner Ted Turner purchases 100% of the Atlanta Braves at the bargain price of $12 million to provide sports programming for his local channel 17. In December, when the FCC permits the station, later rechristened WTBS, to use a satellite to broadcast shows on cable networks, the franchise becomes available to millions of subscribers across the country, making Atlanta become known as America’s Team.
1981 By a vote of 6-2, the city council approves changing the name of San Diego Stadium to San Diego – Jack Murphy Stadium. The Padres ballpark’s new moniker is in honor of the late sports editor of the San Diego Union, who is credited with getting the facility built in the late 1960s and with bringing major league baseball and football to the Southern California city.
1984 The Padres, outbidding a dozen teams, come to terms with Yankee free-agent Goose Gossage, agreeing to a five-year deal with the right-handed reliever reportedly worth more than $5.5 million. During his four seasons in San Diego as the team’s closer, the 32-year-old will average close to 21 saves per season while winning 25 games, helping the Friars reach their first-ever World Series this year.
1997 Knuckleballer Phil Niekro, who compiled a 318-274 record during his 24 major league career, becomes 227th player elected to the Hall of Fame. ‘Knucksie,’ who spent two-plus decades with the Braves, also had short stints with the Indians, Yankees, and Blue Jays.
1997 The Dodgers are for sale, according to Peter O’Malley, who, with his sister, Terry Seidler, owns virtually 100 percent of the club. The franchise will be purchased by the Fox Entertainment Group, giving media mogul Rupert Murdoch control of the last family-owned major league team.
2006 With the largest signing bonus in a minor-league contract for a drafted player, who is not a free agent, the Diamondbacks come to terms with Justin Upton, the number one pick in the 2005 major league amateur draft. The 18-year-old Great Bridge HS (Chesapeake, VA) shortstop, selected as the best five-tool player in the nation by Baseball America, will get $6.1 million over the next five years just for agreeing to play with Arizona.
2006 The Yankees, according to final figures released by the commissioner’s office, finished the year with a record payroll of $207.2 million, $90 million more than the Red Sox, who spent the second-largest amount on playing personnel. The World Champion White Sox, by comparison, spent only $73.2 million, with the lowly Devil Rays writing checks for a mere $26.6 million, not much more than Alex Rodriguez makes as an individual playing third base for the Bronx Bombers.
2006 Corey Koskie, who became expendable when the Blue Jays acquired Troy Glaus from the Diamondbacks, is traded to the Brewers for minor league pitching prospect Brian Wolfe. The 32-year-old third baseman brings experience to a young Milwaukee infield, which includes first baseman Prince Fielder (21), second baseman Rickie Weeks (23), and shortstop J.J. Hardy (23).
2006 The commissioner’s office informs the press of a letter faxed from the International Baseball Federation informing Major League Baseball of their intent to withdraw the World Baseball Classic’s sanction unless Cuba participates in the tournament. In mid-December, the Treasury Department had denied the necessary license for Castro’s countrymen to compete on American soil due to the U.S. law, which restricts the financial gain of the communist nation in the United States.
2009 The Cubs acquire right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino from the Rockies for starting pitcher Jason Marquis and cash. The deal, which frees up $9 million from Chicago’s payroll in 2009, gives the club more financial flexibility to sign free-agent outfielder Milton Bradley.
2009 The Indians sign the injury-plagued right-hander Carl Pavano to a one-year, $1.5 million deal. The 32-year-old free agent from Southington (CT) made only 26 starts posting a 9-8 record over three seasons for the Yankees after signing a four-year contract in 2005 worth nearly $40 million.
2010 In his ninth year on the BBWAA’s ballot, Andre Dawson is the only player to receive 75% or more of the writers’ votes (77.9) necessary for election to the Hall of Fame. The former National League Rookie of the Year (1977 – Montreal) and MVP (1987 – Chicago), an outfielder for the Expos, Cubs, Red Sox, and the Marlins is one of three players, along with Willie Mays and Barry Bonds, to exceed 400 homers and 300 stolen bases during his 21-year major league career.
2015 Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, and John Smoltz are elected into the Hall of Fame, marking the first time since 1955 that the selection of four players has occurred in the same year. Martinez (91.1%) and Johnson (97.3%) received the mandatory seventy-five percent of the writers’ votes to qualify for induction in their first year on the ballot.
2016 Alex Gordon agrees to a $72 million four-year deal to continue patrolling the outfield for the World Champion Royals. The contract is the richest in franchise history, surpassing the five-year, $55 million similar pacts signed by Gil Meche and Mike Sweeney.
2016 In his fourth year of eligibility, the BBWAA elects Mike Piazza into the Hall of Fame with his name appearing on 83% of the writers’ ballots. Many consider the 12-time All-Star, best known for his time with the Dodgers and Mets, one of the most accomplished offensive catchers in the game’s history but unfounded rumors of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs derailed his early Hall of Fame candidacy.
2016 In his first year of eligibility, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America name Ken Griffey, Jr. on 437 of 440 (99.32 percent) of their Hall of Fame ballots, surpassing the Hall of Fame record of 98.84 percent, set by Tom Seaver in 1992. Junior, a 13-time All-Star and the recipient of the AL MVP Award in 1997, finished his 22 years in the major leagues with 630 home runs and a .284 batting average playing for mostly the Mariners and Reds.
2018 Trenton Thunder GM/COO Jeff Hurley announces team bat dog Derby, twenty days shy of his tenth birthday, has died after losing a battle with cancer. In addition to retrieving bats, the fan-favorite brought water to umpires on the hot days and made regular Meet & Greet appearances with the patrons at Arm & Hammer Park and various school and community events during the year.
******SPORTS IN NUMBERS*******
24 – 20 – 19 – 51 – 45 – 29 – 7 – 8
Number 24 is the uniform of baseball pitcher Early Wynn who wore the number as a member of the Chicago White Sox in 1959 when he won the Cy Young Award and the American League MVP. January 6, 1920 was his date of birth.
Don Sutton is our Number 20 and on January 6, 1998 the right handed pitcher most famously of the LA Dodgers was selected to enter into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
On January 6, 1995 Atlanta Hawks Coach Lenny Wilkens surpassed legend Red Auerbach in coaching victories with his 939th as the Hawks outlasted Washington 112-90. Wilkens of course as a player wore Number 19 for many of his seasons in the NBA.
January 6, 2015 – Randy Johnson (Number 51), Pedro Martinez (Number 45), John Smoltz (Number 29) and Craig Biggio (Number 7) were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
January 6, 2018 – Tennessee Titans quarterback Number 8, Marcus Mariota scored a touchdown off own pass in 22-21 victory over Kansas City Chiefs, second NFL quarterback to do so
|NCAA BASKETBALL GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|WESTERN MICHIGAN AT TOLEDO||6:30PM||CBSSN|
|DETROIT MERCY AT WRIGHT STATE||7:00PM||ESPN2|
|NIAGARA AT FAIRFIELD||7:00PM||ESPN3|
|QUINNIPIAC AT RIDER||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|PENN AT CORNELL||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|PRINCETON AT COLUMBIA||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|CANISIUS AT MANHATTAN||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|IONA AT MARIST||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|OAKLAND AT NORTHERN KENTUCKY||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|DARTMOUTH AT YALE||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|HARVARD AT BROWN||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|SAINT PETER’S AT SIENA||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|AKRON AT BALL STATE||8:30PM||CBSSN|
|STANFORD AT CALIFORNIA||9:00PM||ESPNU|
|PGA TOUR: SENTRY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS||6:00PM||GOLF|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|PORTLAND AT INDIANA||7:00PM||ROOT SPORTS|
|CHICAGO AT PHILADELPHIA||7:30PM||ESPN|
|NEW YORK AT TORONTO||7:30PM||MSG|
|CHARLOTTE AT MILWAUKE||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|WASHINGTON AT OKLAHOMA CITY||8:00PM||NBCS-WSH|
|DETROIT AT SAN ANTONIO||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|BROOKLYN AT NEW ORLEANS||8:30PM||YES|
|LA CLIPPERS AT MINNESOTA||9:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|CLEVELAND AT DENVER||9:00PM||ALT|
|MIAMI AT PHOENIX||10:00PM||ESPN|
|ATLANTA AT LA LAKERS||10:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NHL REGULAR SEASON GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|NASHVILLE AT WASHINGTON||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|FLORIDA AT DETROIT||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|TAMPA BAY AT WINNIPEG||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|ARIZONA AT CHICAGO||8:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NY ISLANDERS AT CALGARY||9:00PM||MSGSN|
|SAN JOSE AT ANAHEIM||10:00PM||ESPN+|
|SOCCER MATCHES||TIME ET||TV|
|COUPE DE FRANCE: STRASBOURG VS ANGERS SCO||12:00PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LA LIGA: ELCHE VS CELTA DE VIGO||12:30PM||ESPN+|
|SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP: RAITH ROVERS VS DUNDEE||2:45PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|LA LIGA: VALENCIA VS CÁDIZ||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: MANCHESTER UNITED VS EVERTON||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|COUPE DE FRANCE: CHÂTEAUROUX VS PSG||3:00PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LIGA MX: NECAXA VS ATLÉTICO SAN LUIS||8:00PM||TUDN|
|NCAA BASKETBALL GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|NOTRE DAME AT NORTH CAROLINA||11:30 AM||ESPN2|
|CREIGHTON AT UCONN||12:00 PM||FOX|
|VANDERBILT AT MISSOURI||12:00 PM||CBS|
|DAVIDSON AT VCU||12:00 PM||USA|
|ST. JOHN’S AT PROVIDENCE||12:00 PM||FS1|
|NEBRASKA AT MINNESOTA||12:00 PM||BTN|
|TEXAS AT OKLAHOMA STATE||12:00 PM||ESPNU|
|NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT BUFFALO||12:00 PM||ESPN+|
|KENTUCKY AT ALABAMA||1:00 PM||ESPN|
|GEORGIA AT FLORIDA||1:00 PM||SECN|
|DUKE AT BOSTON COLLEGE||1:00 PM||ACCN|
|GEORGIA TECH AT FLORIDA STATE||1:00 PM||ACCN|
|LIU AT FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON||1:00 PM||NEC|
|MILWAUKEE AT PURDUE FORT WAYNE||1:00 PM||ESPN+|
|WISCONSIN AT ILLINOIS||1:30 PM||ESPN2|
|OLE MISS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE||2:00 PM||CBS|
|UMASS AT GEORGE WASHINGTON||2:00 PM||USA|
|GEORGETOWN AT MARQUETTE||2:00 PM||FS1|
|IOWA STATE AT TCU||2:00 PM||ESPNU|
|UIC AT INDIANA STATE||2:00 PM||–|
|SAINT JOSEPH’S AT FORDHAM||2:00 PM||SNY|
|LOYOLA CHICAGO AT GEORGE MASON||2:00 PM||MASN2|
|SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AT NORTH DAKOTA||2:00 PM||–|
|SOUTH DAKOTA AT NORTH DAKOTA STATE||2:00 PM||–|
|SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT UNI||2:00 PM||ESPN3|
|CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT EASTERN MICHIGAN||2:00 PM||ESPN3|
|CENTRAL CONNECTICUT AT STONEHILL||2:00 PM||NEC|
|HARTFORD AT SACRED HEART||2:00 PM||NEC|
|VMI AT CHATTANOOGA||2:00 PM||ESPN+|
|ILLINOIS STATE AT EVANSVILLE||2:00 PM||ESPN+|
|IUPUI AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE||2:00 PM||ESPN+|
|RHODE ISLAND AT LA SALLE||2:00 PM||ESPN+|
|EAST CAROLINA AT MEMPHIS||2:00 PM||ESPN+|
|TULANE AT TEMPLE||2:00 PM||ESPN+|
|CAMPBELL AT UNC ASHEVILLE||2:00 PM||ESPN+|
|CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT PRESBYTERIAN||2:00 PM||ESPN+|
|RADFORD AT GARDNER-WEBB||2:00 PM||ESPN+|
|MONMOUTH AT DREXEL||2:00 PM||FLOSPORTS|
|HOFSTRA AT WILLIAM & MARY||2:00 PM||FLOSPORTS|
|UNCW AT NORTH CAROLINA A&T||2:00 PM||FLOSPORTS|
|CHARLOTTE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC||2:00 PM||CUSATV|
|MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN STATE||2:30 PM||FOX|
|WAKE FOREST AT LOUISVILLE||3:00 PM||ACCN|
|VALPARAISO AT BRADLEY||3:00 PM||CBSSN|
|ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN AT MERRIMACK||3:00 PM||NEC|
|GREEN BAY AT CLEVELAND STATE||3:00 PM||ESPN+|
|HIGH POINT AT USC UPSTATE||3:00 PM||ESPN+|
|GRAND CANYON AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN||3:00 PM||ESPN+|
|SEATTLE U AT UTA||3:00 PM||ESPN+|
|TEXAS STATE AT SOUTH ALABAMA||3:00 PM||ESPN+|
|SOUTHERN MISS AT ULM||3:00 PM||ESPN+|
|OLD DOMINION AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN||3:00 PM||ESPN+|
|UTEP AT LOUISIANA TECH||3:00 PM||CUSATV|
|TENNESSEE AT SOUTH CAROLINA||3:30 PM||SECN|
|KENT STATE AT MIAMI (OH)||3:30 PM||ESPN3|
|COASTAL CAROLINA AT MARSHALL||3:30 PM||ESPN+|
|SAN DIEGO STATE AT WYOMING||4:00 PM||CBS|
|NEVADA AT SAN JOSE STATE||4:00 PM||STADIUM|
|CLEMSON AT PITT||4:00 PM||ESPNU|
|ST. BONAVENTURE AT SAINT LOUIS||4:00 PM||–|
|UC SANTA BARBARA AT CAL POLY||4:00 PM||SPECTRUM|
|WKU AT UTSA||4:00 PM||STADIUM|
|SAMFORD AT UNCG||4:00 PM||–|
|FURMAN AT ETSU||4:00 PM||WCYB-DT2|
|SAINT FRANCIS U AT WAGNER||4:00 PM||NEC|
|EASTERN ILLINOIS AT MOREHEAD STATE||4:00 PM||ESPN+|
|MERCER AT WESTERN CAROLINA||4:00 PM||ESPN+|
|MONTANA STATE AT NORTHERN ARIZONA||4:00 PM||ESPN+|
|WINTHROP AT LONGWOOD||4:00 PM||ESPN+|
|NORTHEASTERN AT HAMPTON||4:00 PM||FLOSPORTS|
|DELAWARE STATE AT HOWARD||4:00 PM||–|
|MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE AT NORFOLK STATE||4:00 PM||–|
|NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL AT MORGAN STATE||4:00 PM||–|
|XAVIER AT VILLANOVA||4:30 PM||FS1|
|TEXAS SOUTHERN AT UAPB||4:30 PM||–|
|FRESNO STATE AT COLORADO STATE||4:30 PM||–|
|LAMAR AT SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA||4:30 PM||ESPN+|
|A&M-COMMERCE AT MCNEESE||4:30 PM||ESPN+|
|SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AT LITTLE ROCK||4:30 PM||ESPN+|
|TENNESSEE STATE AT LINDENWOOD||4:30 PM||ESPN+|
|TENNESSEE TECH AT UT MARTIN||4:30 PM||ESPN+|
|NICHOLLS AT NORTHWESTERN STATE||4:30 PM||ESPN+|
|SYRACUSE AT VIRGINIA||5:00 PM||ACCN|
|DELAWARE AT CHARLESTON||5:00 PM||CBSSN|
|WASHINGTON STATE AT ARIZONA||5:00 PM||PAC12|
|OHIO AT BOWLING GREEN||5:00 PM||ESPN3|
|MISSOURI STATE AT BELMONT||5:00 PM||ESPN+|
|A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI AT UIW||5:00 PM||ESPN+|
|HOUSTON CHRISTIAN AT NEW ORLEANS||5:00 PM||ESPN+|
|PORTLAND STATE AT IDAHO||5:00 PM||ESPN+|
|SACRAMENTO STATE AT EASTERN WASHINGTON||5:00 PM||ESPN+|
|ARKANSAS STATE AT TROY||5:00 PM||ESPN+|
|TARLETON AT SAM HOUSTON||5:30 PM||ESPN+|
|CENTRAL ARKANSAS AT AUSTIN PEAY||5:30 PM||ESPN+|
|MURRAY STATE AT DRAKE||6:00 PM||ESPNU|
|LSU AT TEXAS A&M||6:00 PM||SECN|
|DUQUESNE AT RICHMOND||6:00 PM||–|
|KANSAS AT WEST VIRGINIA||6:00 PM||ESPN+|
|KANSAS STATE AT BAYLOR||6:00 PM||ESPN+|
|LIPSCOMB AT JACKSONVILLE||6:00 PM||ESPN+|
|NORTH TEXAS AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE||6:00 PM||ESPN+|
|DARTMOUTH AT BROWN||6:00 PM||ESPN+|
|PRINCETON AT CORNELL||6:00 PM||ESPN+|
|UTAH STATE AT BOISE STATE||6:30 PM||FS1|
|TOWSON AT STONY BROOK||6:30 PM||SNY|
|BETHUNE-COOKMAN AT GRAMBLING STATE||6:30 PM||–|
|OREGON AT UTAH||7:00 PM||PAC12|
|THE CITADEL AT WOFFORD||7:00 PM||–|
|HARVARD AT YALE||7:00 PM||ESPN+|
|PENN AT COLUMBIA||7:00 PM||ESPN+|
|UAB AT FIU||7:00 PM||ESPN+|
|OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS TECH||7:00 PM||ESPN+|
|NORTH FLORIDA AT FGCU||7:00 PM||ESPN+|
|SOUTHERN UTAH AT ABILENE CHRISTIAN||7:00 PM||ESPN+|
|PRAIRIE VIEW A&M AT MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE||7:00 PM||YOUTUBE|
|NC STATE AT VIRGINIA TECH||7:30 PM||ACCN|
|UTAH VALLEY AT UTRGV||7:30 PM||ESPN+|
|APP STATE AT JAMES MADISON||8:00 PM||ESPNU|
|BYU AT SAN DIEGO||8:00 PM||–|
|PACIFIC AT PEPPERDINE||8:00 PM||WCC|
|GEORGIA STATE AT LOUISIANA||8:00 PM||ESPN+|
|KENNESAW STATE AT QUEENS||8:00 PM||ESPN+|
|MONTANA AT NORTHERN COLORADO||8:00 PM||ESPN+|
|CSU BAKERSFIELD AT UC DAVIS||8:00 PM||ESPN+|
|CSUN AT UC RIVERSIDE||8:00 PM||ESPN+|
|KANSAS CITY AT ORAL ROBERTS||8:00 PM||–|
|OMAHA AT ST. THOMAS||8:00 PM||–|
|STETSON AT NORTH ALABAMA||8:15 PM||ESPN+|
|BUTLER AT SETON HALL||8:30 PM||FS1|
|ARKANSAS AT AUBURN||8:30 PM||SECN|
|SIUE AT SOUTHERN INDIANA||8:30 PM||ESPN+|
|PORTLAND AT SAINT MARY’S||9:00 PM||STADIUM|
|CALIFORNIA BAPTIST AT NM STATE||9:00 PM||–|
|IDAHO STATE AT WEBER STATE||9:00 PM||ESPN+|
|HAWAI’I AT CAL STATE FULLERTON||9:00 PM||ESPN+|
|LONG BEACH STATE AT UC IRVINE||9:00 PM||ESPN+|
|BELLARMINE AT JACKSONVILLE STATE||9:00 PM||ESPN+|
|UNLV AT NEW MEXICO||9:30 PM||CBSSN|
|OREGON STATE AT COLORADO||9:30 PM||PAC12|
|GONZAGA AT SANTA CLARA||10:00 PM||–|
|SAN FRANCISCO AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT||10:00 PM||STADIUM|
|PGA TOUR: SENTRY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS||4:00PM||GOLF|
|AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP||10:00PM||USA|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|BOSTON AT SAN ANTONIO||6:00PM||NESN|
|UTAH AT CHICAGO||8:00PM||ATTSN-RM|
|NEW ORLEANS AT DALLAS||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|ORLANDO AT GOLDEN STATE||8:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|LA LAKERS AT SACRAMENTO||10:00PM||NBCS-CA|
|NFL REGULAR SEASON GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|KANSAS CITY AT LAS VEGAS||4:30PM||ESPN|
|TENNESSEE AT JACKSONVILLE||8:15PM||ESPN|
|NHL REGULAR SEASON GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|NY RANGERS AT NEW JERSEY||1:00PM||NHLN|
|CAROLINA AT COLUMBUS||4:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|DETROIT AT TORONTO||7:00PM||NHLN|
|MINNESOTA AT BUFFALO||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SEATTLE AT OTTAWA||7:00PM||ROOT SPORTS|
|ST. LOUIS AT MONTRÉAL||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|LOS ANGELES AT VEGAS||10:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|COLORADO AT EDMONTON||10:00PM||ALT|
|BOSTON AT SAN JOSE||10:30PM||NESN|
|SOCCER MATCHES||TIME ET||TV|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS PORTSMOUTH||7:30AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: FOREST GREEN ROVERS VS BIRMINGHAM CITY||7:30AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: PRESTON NORTH END VS HUDDERSFIELD TOWN||7:30AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: CRYSTAL PALACE VS SOUTHAMPTON||7:30AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: GILLINGHAM VS LEICESTER CITY||7:30AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: READING VS WATFORD||7:30AM||ESPN+|
|SERIE A: JUVENTUS VS UDINESE||9:00AM||PARAMOUNT+|
|COUPE DE FRANCE: OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE VS HYÈRES||9:30AM||FS2|
|COUPE DE FRANCE: LINAS-MONTLHERY VS LENS||9:30AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: SHREWSBURY TOWN VS SUNDERLAND||10:00AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: MILLWALL VS SHEFFIELD UNITED||10:00AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: HULL CITY VS FULHAM||10:00AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: BLACKPOOL VS NOTTINGHAM FOREST||10:00AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: FLEETWOOD TOWN VS QUEENS PARK RANGERS||10:00AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS BURNLEY||10:00AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: BOREHAM WOOD VS ACCRINGTON STANLEY||10:00AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: IPSWICH TOWN VS ROTHERHAM UNITED||10:00AM||ESPN+|
|LA LIGA: VILLARREAL VS REAL MADRID||10:15AM||ESPN+|
|SERIE A: JUVENTUS VS UDINESE||12:00PM||CBSSN|
|LA LIGA: MALLORCA VS REAL VALLADOLID||12:30PM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: COVENTRY CITY VS WREXHAM||12:30PM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: LUTON TOWN VS WIGAN ATHLETIC||12:30PM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: BRENTFORD VS WEST HAM UNITED||12:30PM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: GRIMSBY TOWN VS BURTON ALBION||12:30PM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY VS NEWCASTLE UNITED||1:00PM||ESPN+|
|SERIE A: MONZA VS INTERNAZIONALE||2:45PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: LIVERPOOL VS WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|LA LIGA: ESPANYOL VS GIRONA||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND FA CUP: MANCHESTER UNITED VS EVERTON||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|LIGA MX: AMÉRICA VS QUERÉTARO||6:00PM||UNIVISION|
|LIGA MX: ATLAS VS TOLUCA||8:10PM||UNIVISION|
|LIGA MX: MONTERREY VS GUADALAJARA||10:10PM||FS2|