INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SEMI-FINAL SCHEDULE
CROWN POINT (9-0) AT PORTAGE (2-7)
LAKE CENTRAL (4-5) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (7-2)
CARROLL (9-0) AT PENN (7-2)
ELKHART (7-2) AT WARSAW (7-2)
FISHERS (6-3) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-8)
HOMESTEAD (5-4) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (9-0)
WESTFIELD (6-3) AT CARMEL (6-3)
ZIONSVILLE (4-5) AT NOBLESVILLE (3-6)
BROWNSBURG (8-1) VS. BEN DAVIS (6-3)
AVON (1-8) VS. PIKE (1-8)
LAWRENCE NORTH (4-5) VS. CATHEDRAL (7-1)
NORTH CENTRAL (0-9) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (4-5)
TECH (1-8) AT PERRY MERIDIAN (3-6)
WARREN CENTRAL (4-5) AT SOUTHPORT (0-9)
CENTER GROVE (7-2) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (3-6)
COLUMBUS NORTH (4-5) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (1-7)
MUNSTER (3-6) AT MERRILLVILLE (7-2)
HAMMOND CENTRAL (7-2) AT HAMMOND MORTON (1-8)
VALPARAISO (6-3) AT LAPORTE (2-7)
CHESTERTON (4-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-7)
CONCORD (4-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-7)
SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-8) AT MISHAWAKA (8-1)
ANDERSON (3-6) AT FORT WAYNE NORTH (7-2)
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (8-1) AT FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER (6-3)
MCCUTCHEON (3-6) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (3-6)
PLAINFIELD (4-5) AT HARRISON (8-1)
FRANKLIN (7-2) AT TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (6-3)
TERRE HAUTE NORTH (2-7) AT WHITELAND (8-1)
SEYMOUR (6-3) AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH (5-4)
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (7-1) AT COLUMBUS EAST (4-5)
FLOYD CENTRAL (4-5) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (5-4)
CASTLE (5-4) AT NEW ALBANY (2-7)
LOWELL (7-3) VS. NEW PRAIRIE (9-1)
HOBART (7-3) VS. HIGHLAND (4-6)
LOGANSPORT (8-2) VS. NORTHRIDGE (6-4)
NORTHWOOD (10-0) VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (4-6)
EAST NOBLE (5-5) AT LEO (7-3)
DEKALB (4-6) VS. COLUMBIA CITY (9-1)
MISSISSINEWA (7-3) VS. HUNTINGTON NORTH (3-7)
KOKOMO (9-1) AT WESTERN (6-4)
BREBEUF JESUIT (6-3) VS. MOORESVILLE (8-2)
CRISPUS ATTUCKS (6-3) AT RONCALLI (9-1)
CONNERSVILLE (6-4) VS. NEW CASTLE (3-7)
NEW PALESTINE (10-0) VS. GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (7-3)
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (6-4) VS. MARTINSVILLE (7-3)
SILVER CREEK (5-5) VS. EAST CENTRAL (8-2)
JASPER (6-3) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (7-3)
BOONVILLE (7-3) VS. EVANSVILLE REITZ (10-0)
WEST LAFAYETTE (10-0) VS. CALUMET (9-1)
GRIFFITH (5-5) VS. HANOVER CENTRAL (10-0)
WEST NOBLE (8-2) VS. KNOX (7-3)
JIMTOWN (8-2) VS. JOHN GLENN (6-4)
NORWELL (9-1) VS. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (4-6)
YORKTOWN (7-3) VS. GARRETT (3-7)
BISHOP CHATARD (6-4) VS. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (8-2)
GUERIN CATHOLIC (6-4) VS. TIPPECANOE VALLEY (9-1)
WESTERN BOONE (9-1) VS. DANVILLE (4-6)
MONROVIA (3-7) VS. SPEEDWAY (6-4)
GIBSON SOUTHERN (10-0) VS. OWEN VALLEY (10-0)
WEST VIGO (4-6) VS. PIKE CENTRAL (2-8)
LAWRENCEBURG (9-1) VS. GREENSBURG (4-6)
INDIAN CREEK (7-3) AT BATESVILLE (5-5)
CORYDON CENTRAL (4-6) AT SOUTHRIDGE (9-1)
HERITAGE HILLS (6-4) VS. CHARLESTOWN (9-1)
ANDREAN (6-3) VS. LAVILLE (10-0)
BREMEN (6-4) VS. LAKE STATION (3-6)
LEWIS CASS (6-3) VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (7-3)
ROCHESTER (9-1) VS. BENTON CENTRAL (4-6)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (5-5) VS. CHURUBUSCO (8-2)
EASTSIDE (8-2) VS. MANCHESTER (2-8)
EASTBROOK (7-3) VS. ALEXANDRIA (6-4)
BLUFFTON (6-4) VS. TIPTON (5-5)
SOUTHMONT (7-3) AT LINTON-STOCKTON (10-0)
CASCADE (6-4) AT SULLIVAN (6-4)
SHENANDOAH (6-4) VS. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (6-3)
LAPEL (5-5) VS. EASTERN HANCOCK (5-5)
TRITON CENTRAL (8-2) VS. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (6-4)
SCECINA (9-1) VS. CLARKSVILLE (5-5)
NORTH POSEY (8-2) VS. PAOLI (7-3)
TELL CITY (3-7) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (7-3)
SOUTH CENTRAL-UNION MILLS (3-7) VS. CULVER (6-4)
TRITON (7-3) VS. NORTH JUDSON (9-1)
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (5-5) VS. NORTH VERMILLION (6-4)
PARK TUDOR (7-3) VS. FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (4-6)
TAYLOR (2-8) VS. WEST CENTRAL (8-2)
TRI-CENTRAL (4-6) VS. CARROLL-FLORA (9-1)
SOUTH ADAMS (8-2) VS. ADAMS CENTRAL (10-0)
MADISON-GRANT (8-2) AT NORTHFIELD (5-5)
MONROE CENTRAL (5-3) AT SHERIDAN (9-1)
TINDLEY (3-7) VS. HAGERSTOWN (6-4)
CAMBRIDGE CITY (0-9) VS. KNIGHTSTOWN (2-7)
MILAN (5-5) VS. NORTH DECATUR (10-0)
CLOVERDALE (1-8) VS. LUTHERAN (10-0)
RIVERTON PARKE (8-2) VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (7-3)
NORTH DAVIES (5-4) AT TECUMSEH (9-0)
PROVIDENCE (7-2) VS. WEST WASHINGTON (7-2)
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE
CLASS 1A | FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (32-4) VS. SOUTHWOOD (31-3) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT
CLASS 3A | NORTHWOOD (28-6) VS. BELLMONT (29-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
CLASS 2A | ANDREAN (29-5) VS. WAPAHANI (30-5) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 4A | LAKE CENTRAL (29-9) VS. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (31-1) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT
3. COLUMBUS EAST
CLASS 3A | WESTERN BOONE (26-6) VS. PROVIDENCE (29-6) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT
CLASS 4A | YORKTOWN (33-2) VS. FLOYD CENTRAL (30-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
CLASS 1A | INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (18-17) VS. TECUMSEH (30-4) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 2A | INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (30-5) VS. LINTON-STOCKTON (27-5) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT
INDIANA SOCCER STATE FINALS
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
CLASS 1A BOYS | GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (11-7-3) VS. PARK TUDOR (18-2-1) | 6 PM ET / 5 PM CT
CLASS 2A GIRLS | EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (20-0-1) VS. LEO (18-4) | 8:15 PM ET / 7:15 PM CT
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
CLASS 2A BOYS | BREBEUF JESUIT (16-4-1) VS. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (17-1-2) | 11 AM ET / 10 AM CT
CLASS 3A BOYS | COLUMBUS NORTH (18-1-1) VS. NOBLESVILLE (14-3-3) | 1:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM CT
CLASS 3A GIRLS | CARMEL (18-2-2) VS. NOBLESVILLE (19-1) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT
CLASS 1A GIRLS | PARK TUDOR (20-1-1) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (12-8-2) | 6:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM CT
CROSS COUNTRY STATE FINALS
Site: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, IN 47803. Course Layout
Times: Girls at 12 pm ET followed by their awards ceremony; Boys at 2:30 pm ET followed by their awards ceremony.
Admission: All ticket sales will be digital only via GoFan ticketing. No cash. Please purchase tickets online in advance and present your purchase verification on your phone to gain admittance at the gate. $15 per person. Children age 5 or younger admitted free. Note: Wifi and cell service around the facility can be spotty and delay the process in having your ticket available to redeem. To assist with entering the facility faster, please have your ticket pulled up and ready as you are approaching the gate to enter. A purchased ticket can only be validated one time. If you choose to leave the facility, you will be required to purchase another ticket.
Feeder Semi-States: Brown County, Shelbyville, New Haven, New Prairie.
Streaming: Exclusively at IHSAAtv.org.
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL OPENING DAY SCHEDULE
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
#24 NORTH CAROLINA 22 VIRGINIA TECH 21
#14 UTAH 21 WASHINGTON STATE 17
YALE AT COLUMBIA | 6:30 P.M. | ESPNU
EAST CAROLINA AT BYU | 8 P.M. | ESPN2
LOUISIANA TECH AT FIU | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
OHIO STATE AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX
ARKANSAS AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
OKLAHOMA AT IOWA STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1
BOSTON COLLEGE AT UCONN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
GEORGIA TECH AT FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TOLEDO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
MIAMI (OHIO) AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
MIAMI (FLA.) AT VIRGINIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
CHARLOTTE AT RICE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
RUTGERS AT MINNESOTA | 2:30 P.M.
OLD DOMINION AT GEORGIA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA VS. GEORGIA (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA) | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
OREGON AT CAL | 3:30 P.M.
WAKE FOREST AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
ILLINOIS AT NEBRASKA | 3:30 P.M.
NORTHWESTERN AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
NEW MEXICO STATE AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TEMPLE AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M.
ROBERT MORRIS AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH TEXAS AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
MISSOURI AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTH ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS STATE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
USC AT ARIZONA | 6 P.M.
KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
COASTAL CAROLINA AT MARSHALL | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
UAB AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
MICHIGAN STATE AT MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
OLE MISS AT TEXAS A&M | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
ARIZONA STATE AT COLORADO | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
BAYLOR AT TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
PITT AT NORTH CAROLINA | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
STANFORD AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M.
NEVADA AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
WYOMING AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
TCU AT WEST VIRGINIA
OKLAHOMA STATE AT KANSAS STATE
NOTRE DAME AT SYRACUSE
CINCINNATI AT UCF
SOUTH FLORIDA AT HOUSTON
SMU AT TULSA
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2022
BALTIMORE 27 TAMPA BAY 22
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022
DENVER BRONCOS VS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (WEMBLEY) 1:30P (BST) 9:30A ESPN+
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CHICAGO BEARS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 3:05P (CT) 4:05P CBS
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P FOX
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
NEW YORK GIANTS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT BUFFALO BILLS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2022
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
GAME 1, PHI @ HOU, FOX
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
GAME 2, PHI @ HOU, FOX
MONDAY, OCT. 31
GAME 3, HOU @ PHI, FOX
TUESDAY, NOV. 1
GAME 4, HOU @ PHI, FOX
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
GAME 5, HOU @ PHI, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
GAME 6, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
GAME 7, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
DALLAS 129 BROOKLYN 125 OT
OKLAHOMA CITY 118 LA CLIPPERS 110
GOLDEN STATE 123 MIAMI 110
MEMPHIS 125 SACRAMENTO 110
BOSTON 5 DETROIT 1
MONTRÉAL 3 BUFFALO 2
MINNESOTA 4 OTTAWA 2
PHILADELPHIA 4 FLORIDA 3
NASHVILLE 6 ST. LOUIS 2
EDMONTON 6 CHICAGO 5
DALLAS 2 WASHINGTON 0
VANCOUVER 5 SEATTLE 4
WINNIPEG 6 LOS ANGELES 4
SAN JOSE 4 TORONTO 3
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
JACKSON SHINES, RAVENS BEAT BRADY, STRUGGLING BUCS 27-22
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens finally have a winning streak.
Lamar Jackson for 238 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns, and the Ravens rallied Thursday night for a 27-22 win over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, giving Baltimore consecutive victories for the first time this season.
Brady, on the other hand, finds himself riding a three-game skid for the first time since 2002 – the seven-time Super Bowl champion’s first year as a full-time starter for the New England Patriots.
Jackson completed all eight of his passes after halftime, and the Ravens (5-3) finished with 231 yards after only running the ball seven times in the first two quarters.
“I feel like we’re very close,” Jackson said when asked if he feels the Baltimore offense is moving closer to hitting on all cylinders.
“We’re right there, but there’s still room for improvement . the little mistakes we’re still making out there,” the Ravens quarterback added. “We change those and I feel the sky is the limit.”
The Bucs (3-5) lost for the fifth time in six games following a 2-0 start.
“We just didn’t play well enough to win,” said Brady, who avoided going a second straight game without a touchdown pass by tossing an 8-yarder to Julio Jones in the final minute.
“Until you win ball games consistently, and play four quarters consistently, it is going to be dark,” Bucs coach Todd Bowles said. “That doesn’t mean we can’t get out of it. We just have a lot of work to do, as coaches and as players.”
AP SOURCE: BENGALS STAR WR CHASE OUT WEEKS WITH HIP INJURY
(AP) — Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase could miss several games with a hip injury, a person familiar with his condition told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Chase has been bothered by the hip for several weeks. It’s possible he could wind up on injured reserve, but that hasn’t been decided, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Bengals are not commenting on Chase’s condition.
ESPN reported Chase will miss four to six weeks.
Chase was held out of practice Thursday as the Bengals (4-3) continued preparing for Monday night’s game at Cleveland.
Chase was initially bothered by the hip in Cincinnati’s Oct. 16 game at New Orleans. He played in last week’s win against Atlanta, finishing with eight catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
On Thursday, Bengals coach Zac Taylor said only that Chase was dealing with a hip issue and his status was day to day.
The loss of Chase for any period would be a blow for the defending AFC champions, who have won four of five following an 0-2 start. If Chase has to go on IR, he would be out a minimum of four weeks.
In his second season, the 22-year-old Chase has 47 receptions for 605 yards and six TDs. As a rookie, Chase, who played with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow at LSU, had 81 catches for 1,455 yards and 19 scores.
AP SOURCE: CHIEFS GET TONEY FROM GIANTS FOR 2 DRAFT PICKS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs acquired New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney on Thursday for a pair of picks in next year’s draft, a person familiar with the terms of the trade told The Associated Press.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical, said the Giants will get the third-round pick that the Chiefs got as compensation for Ryan Poles becoming the general manager of the Chicago Bears along with a sixth-round pick in the 2023 draft that will be hosted by Kansas City.
“We just thought it was for the best of the team,” Giants coach Brian Daboll told reporters Thursday.
Toney was drafted in the first round by the Giants last year and is under contract through the 2024 season with a fifth-year team option.
That makes the trade relatively low risk for the Chiefs, who still have eight selections in next year’s draft.
Toney only has two catches for no yards this season in part because of a right hamstring injury he sustained in training camp. He tweaked the injury in Week 2 against Carolina, then hurt his left hamstring in practice earlier this month.
The Chiefs are off this week, which could give Toney time enough to recover – and learn their playbook – before they begin the second half of the season against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 6 at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Giants were eager to gain draft capital for Toney, who had been bypassed on the depth chart in New York, while the Chiefs were eager to gain a high-upside wide receiver signed for the next two years. Their top two wide receivers, Mecole Hardman and JuJu Smith-Schuster, are scheduled to become free agents after this season.
Toney has only appeared in 12 of a possible 24 games because of injuries and a bout with COVID-19. He has 41 catches for 420 yards, including a game against Dallas last year in which he caught 10 passes for 189 yards.
He was ejected from that game for throwing a punch late in a blowout loss to the Cowboys.
PACKERS WR LAZARD SAYS HE DOESN’T EXPECT TO PLAY SUNDAY
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard says his shoulder injury probably will prevent him from playing Sunday night at Buffalo.
Lazard hurt his shoulder in the Packers’ 23-21 loss at Washington last weekend. Lazard said he could feel immediately that the injury could be troublesome.
“A pop, a crack – snap, crackle, pop,” Lazard said. “Three Rice Krispies men showed up, too. Not the good kind. All three of them.”
Lazard didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday. Lazard said he didn’t believe the shoulder would be a long-term issue, but added that he doesn’t expect to be available for the Sunday night game against the Bills.
“This week, probably not,” Lazard said. “But take it day by day and see how it goes.”
Lazard has 26 catches and leads the Packers in yards receiving (340) and touchdown receptions (four) despite missing a season-opening loss at Minnesota with an ankle injury. His potential unavailability provides additional complications for Green Bay’s receiving group as the Packers (3-4) try to snap a three-game skid.
Randall Cobb is on injured reserve and will miss a second straight game Sunday because of a high ankle sprain. Rookie second-round pick Christian Watson has missed Green Bay’s past two games with a hamstring injury, though he has practiced on a limited basis the past two days.
“Obviously, (I’m) just doing everything in my power to make sure I’m ready and just waiting on the word from them,” Watson said. “I can’t do much about it. I’m just taking care of what I can take care of.”
BRONCOS GM GIVES VOTE OF CONFIDENCE TO EMBATTLED COACH, QB
(AP) — Broncos general manager George Paton said Thursday that he still believes in embattled rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett and expressed faith that scuffling quarterback Russell Wilson will start to resemble his old self soon.
Paton defended Hackett, who’s been hammered nationally over his persistent game management mistakes, and his $245 million quarterback who looks nothing so far like the nine-time Pro Bowler he was in Seattle.
“I believe in Nathaniel. I support Nathaniel 100%,” Paton said ahead of the Broncos’ game Sunday against Jacksonville in London, where Wilson is expected to return from a strained hamstring that sidelined him last week.
“He’s been in this for seven games as a head coach. The scrutiny he’s faced is unprecedented. We’ve had four prime-time games, so he’s kind of had to learn in front of the entire world,” Paton said. “But I really like how he’s kept the team together.”
The Broncos (2-5) have lost four in a row despite a defense that’s allowed just 16.4 points a game. Their offense is averaging 14.3 points, worse than at any time during their six-year playoff drought under 11 other QBs and three other head coaches.
Complicating a quick fix are season-ending injuries to three key veterans in Javonte Williams, Garett Bolles and Tim Patrick.
Paton acknowledged the offense’s struggles with Hackett calling plays and said overall the franchise needs to “learn how to win.”
As for Wilson, Paton insisted he doesn’t see a diminished player in Wilson, who turns 34 next month. Wilson has just five touchdown passes and has been sacked 20 times. He’s consistently missed open receivers either with his eyes or his passes and has been particularly ineffective out of the shotgun, where his footwork and mechanics aren’t as crisp.
“We’re in for the long haul with Russ, not the first seven games,” Paton said. “We believe in Russ and I believe in Russ.”
BELICHICK SAYS JONES TO REMAIN PATS’ STARTER AT QB VS. JETS
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Bill Belichick wanted to see how Mac Jones began the practice week before making a decision about who would play quarterback for the Patriots this week.
On Thursday, he said he’d seen enough to make that call, saying Jones will be the Sunday’s starter against the Jets.
“That’s the decision, so that’s where we are now,” Belichick said. “I talked to all the quarterbacks. So everybody knows where we’re at.”
Belichick said Jones, who was not listed on the injury report after three straight weeks of dealing with a sprained ankle, had a full workload on Wednesday and is expected to be unrestricted when New England (3-4) heads to New Jersey for Sunday’s matchup with surging Jets (5-2).
Getting Jones a full dose of starter reps is pertinent for his preparation, the coach said.
“He’s ready to do that,” Belichick said. “So that’s what he needs to prepare for the game, and that’s what our offensive unit needs. Everybody working together. So we’ll get that this week.”
Jones is looking to recover from a rough outing in last week’s 33-14 loss to Chicago. Jones started the game, but lasted only three series and threw an interception before being pulled in favor of Bailey Zappe, who played the rest of the way.
Afterward, Belichick was insistent that the plan was always to play both quarterbacks, adding that the health of Jones’ ankle was a factor in him not returning to the game.
Jones, who is no longer wearing a brace on his left leg, said Wednesday that he felt he deserved to remain the starter.
“I feel pretty good. Just trying to get my treatment and I’ve done a good job with that,” Jones said of his ankle. “Just like everybody else I’m just sticking to my routine and trying to get back into that and become a better football player. … We have a plan. And for me right now that’s to become a better quarterback individually and a better player. And I’m doing everything I can to do that. I just want to prove that every day and that’s what I’m going to do.”
DAN SNYDER STILL HASN’T INTERVIEWED FOR NFL’S INVESTIGATION
(AP) — Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder still hasn’t been interviewed for the NFL’s investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White was hired in February to conduct the investigation and the NFL has promised to release a written report of the findings. The league has said there’s no timeline for White to complete the probe. White also handled the league’s investigation into Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross earlier this year.
“I anticipate at some point that it’ll be scheduled and she’ll meet with him and ask him questions and he’ll answer them,” Commanders legal counsel John Brownlee said on the AP Pro Football Podcast. “He sat for an 11-hour deposition, as you know, before Congress this summer. (He) did a great job, answered every question. … He’s doing his best to cooperate with all of these things that are going on, and we feel confident that once people kind of learn the actual facts, they’ll realize that these allegations are not true.”
Brownlee indicated Snyder would likely be the last person White would interview for the investigation. The league declined to comment Thursday.
White’s current review follows the league’s initial independent investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson’s firm commissioned in 2020, which found Washington’s workplace culture to be toxic. Snyder and the team were fined $10 million in July 2021, and the league said he turned day-to-day operations over to wife Tanya, but no written report of the findings was released.
Brownlee says Snyder is no longer under any restrictions, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that his status hasn’t changed. Tanya Snyder has represented the team at league meetings, including last Tuesday in New York.
“He’s under no restrictions from the NFL or anyone else with regard to what he does or what he can do,” Brownlee said.
BRYSON BARNES LEADS NO. 14 UTAH PAST WASHINGTON STATE, 21-17
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Backup quarterback Bryson Barnes threw for 175 yards and a touchdown and No. 14 Utah beat Washington State 21-17 on Thursday night to stay in the hunt for the Pac-12 championship game.
Barnes, who started in place of injured Cam Rising, completed 17 of 27 passes for Utah (6-2, 4-1), which was off last week after edging Southern California in a 43-42 shootout Oct. 15.
Cameron Ward completed 27 of 31 passes for 222 yards for Washington State (4-4, 1-4), which has lost four of its past five games and was also off a week ago. The Cougars were without rushing leader Nakia Watson and top receiver Renard Bell because of injuries.
After a scoreless first quarter, Washington State scored on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Ward to De’Zhaun Stribling early in the second quarter. Ward completed his first 12 passes.
Utah replied with a 65-yard drive that ended when Ja’Quinden Jackson plowed over from the 6.
Utah was forced to punt late in the second quarter, but the ball hit receiver Robert Ferrel in the leg and was recovered by the Utes at the Washington State 25. Jaylon Glover drove in from the 1e with 20 seconds left in the half to give Utah a 14-7 lead.
Dalton Kincaid caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Barnes late in the third quarter to lift Utah to a 21-7 lead.
Washington State replied immediately, with Ward running 7 yards up the middle early in the fourth to cut Utah’s lead to 21-14.
Jackson fumbled midway through the fourth and the ball was recovered by Washington State’s Tanner Moku deep in Utah territory. Dean Janikowski kicked a 42-yard field goal to cut Utah’s lead to 21-17 with less than five minutes left in the game. But Utah was able to run out the clock.
MORRIS, NO. 24 WOLFPACK RALLY PAST HOKIES FOR 22-21 WIN
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) For the second straight home game, North Carolina State found itself down double figures after halftime. And just as before, the 24th-ranked Wolfpack responded with grit and resilience.
First-year quarterback MJ Morris threw for three second-half touchdowns to help N.C. State rally from 18 points down in the third quarter to beat Virginia Tech 22-21 on Thursday night.
“The kids just don’t quit here,” Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said.
Morris took over for starter Jack Chambers to lead an unexpected comeback for the Wolfpack (6-2, 2-2 Atalntic Coast Conference), who trailed 21-3 after Grant Wells’ 20-yard TD keeper with 4:02 in the third quarter.
Instead, N.C. State somehow found a way to make its biggest comeback since rallying from 27 down to beat Maryland in 2011. It also marked the Wolfpack’s second comeback from a double-digit deficit after halftime this month, going back to a rally from 17-3 down at the break against Florida State on Oct. 8.
This one was arguably more critical for a team that had been reeling offensively since losing quarterback and preseason ACC player of the year Devin Leary to a season-ending injury in the Florida State victory. But after looking like every yard was a struggle, Morris and the Wolfpack started pushing the ball downfield and connecting to suddenly change momentum.
“There was a lot of things going in my head, but the one thing I tried to focus on was doing my job for the team,” Morris said.
It started with a 35-yard deep throw from Morris to Thayer Thomas with 1:42 left in the third. Morris followed with a 7-yard score to Trent Pennix early in the fourth, then hit Thomas again on a short throw that the receiver cut up the middle of the field and scored from 18 yards out with 7:38 mark.
After its veteran defense forced a three-and-out, the Wolfpack kept the chains moving on a final drive that ate up the last 5:35 to seal the win.
Thomas finished with 10 catches for 118 yards and the two scores for the Wolfpack.
DONCIC HAS 41 IN TRIPLE-DOUBLE, MAVS BEAT NETS 129-125 IN OT
NEW YORK (AP) When Luka Doncic’s pass to Reggie Bullock with a second left in regulation led to a missed shot, the Dallas Mavericks weren’t discouraged.
They knew their superstar teammate would keep creating more chances for them – and they did their jobs when he did.
Doncic had 41 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, setting up three 3-pointers in overtime to send the Mavericks to a 129-125 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
“We’re just trying to do the best we can to make his job a lot easier out there on the floor when he gives the ball up, and the only way you can do that is knock down shots and take them with confidence and make a play,” Tim Hardaway Jr. said.
Doncic found Hardaway, Maxi Kleber and Bullock for 3s in the extra period as Dallas built a nine-point lead en route to its first road victory of the season.
“Obviously, Luka is probably the best guy to make tough shots and make shots when they count, but he also knows when to make the right basketball plays,” Kleber said. “And especially when we came into overtime, they were like really aggressive with him and he made the right play, I don’t know, three or four times in a row. We just got hot and made all those shots.”
Doncic also had two baskets in overtime on the way to becoming the 10th player in NBA history with three 40-point triple-doubles.
Kyrie Irving scored 39 points and Kevin Durant had 37 for the Nets, who have run into some of the NBA’s most dynamic players this week and fallen short each time. First it was Ja Morant with 38 points in Memphis and then Giannis Antetokounmpo with 43 on Wednesday night in Milwaukee.
This time it was Doncic, who had scored more than 30 points in each of the first three games and now has his first 40-point game of the season, with his drives into the middle setting up open looks all around him.
“When we attack the paint, we’re a very dangerous team,” Doncic said.
The Nets fell to 1-4.
BLAZERS’ LILLARD HAS CALF STRAIN, RE-EVALUATED IN 1-2 WEEKS
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard has a minor right calf strain and will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks, the Portland Trail Blazers said Thursday.
Lillard left the Blazers’ game against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night because of a strained right calf. The team announced that the six-time All-Star had an MRI on Thursday that revealed a grade one, or minor, strain.
Lillard came up limping with just over five minutes to go in the third quarter and headed for the locker room. He did not return and the Blazers lost, 119-98.
Lillard said he was unlikely to play on Friday night when the Blazers host the Houston Rockets. After that, Portland has a break before hosting the Memphis Grizzlies next Wednesday.
Lillard was hopeful he’d return by then.
“Now I’ve just got to be smart, and make sure I’m getting a couple of treatment sessions in each day, and just try to stretch it,” Lillard said. “So probably not going to be playing that game on Friday. That will give me six days of maybe two sessions some days, three session other days, and try to be ready for that one. We’ll see.”
Lillard scored 30-plus points in three of the Blazers’ first four games this season. He led all scorers with 22 points against the Heat before leaving the game.
Lillard said he felt tightness in the calf before the game and put a compression sleeve on it at halftime. But he added that had it been the playoffs, he would have played through it.
The injury, however slight, was scary for the Blazers because Lillard missed 47 games last season with a nagging abdominal injury that required surgery. In the first four games of this season, he finally looked fit and agile.
“It’s early. We’ve gotten off to a good start. Things feel good. I haven’t felt this good since my second or third year,” he said. “Everything that I did this summer is just adding up. I feel fast, I feel strong. I don’t get tired. And I don’t want to lose that. So I’ve got to be patient and I can’t get ahead of myself.”
Portland was the last undefeated team in the Western Conference before the loss to the Heat.
GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER SCORES 24 AS THUNDER BEAT CLIPPERS AGAIN
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have done it again.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points and Oklahoma City earned its second straight win over the Clippers, beating Los Angeles 118-110 on Thursday night.
Lu Dort scored 21 points and Aleksej Pokusevski added 15 for the Thunder, who beat the Clippers 108-94 on Tuesday.
It was a breakout game for Dort, who entered shooting 26% from the field for the season. He made 9 of 15 shots, while being the primary defender on Clippers All-Star Paul George.
“For him, it’s a good confidence blast,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I knew that would happen eventually. Lu works so hard, and when you work hard and you play as hard as he does, good things happen.”
The Thunder shot 49.5% from the field.
“We’ve just got to be able to guard point of attack,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “They’re just lining us up one-on-one, and guys are able to get whatever they want.”
Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard missed both games against the Thunder while managing his previously injured right knee. George played on Thursday after sitting out on Tuesday with an illness and finished with 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting.
Norman Powell led the Clippers with 21 points. Reggie Jackson scored 18 and John Wall added 17 for Los Angeles, which lost its third straight.
The Thunder scored 31 points off 20 Clippers turnovers two days after scoring 23 points off 19 Los Angeles giveaways.
“The live turnovers are killing us,” Lue said. “We’ve got to just clean that up.”
The Thunder led 30-12 in the first quarter, but the Clippers rallied and led 60-53 at halftime behind 12 points each from Wall and Jackson.
STEPHEN CURRY SCORES 33 AS WARRIORS HOLD OFF HEAT 123-110
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Smooth as ever starting his 14th NBA season, Stephen Curry shook Tyler Herro and made it look oh so easy.
Curry scored 10 of his 33 points in a tight fourth quarter to go with nine assists and seven rebounds, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Miami Heat 123-110 on Thursday night.
He pounded his chest with both hands and hollered in delight after a dazzling sequence in which he crossed over twice to lose Herro, then stepped back and sunk a 3-pointer with 5:32 remaining that put Golden State ahead 108-100.
“It was a great move,” teammate Draymond Green said. “He got to the spot that he wanted. Once he got Tyler to open his back leg up, he was kind of dead at that point. Steph is incredible and he’s playing great to start this year off, which is expected. He continues to improve, which is scary that that guy continues to get better. It’s pretty interesting and fun to watch.”
Curry made a driving layup at 3:15, a 3 at 2:40 and long jumper at 2:04 to seal it. He has scored 30 or more points in all four home games.
Andrew Wiggins added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, and Klay Thompson had 19 points with five 3s.
BANE SCORES 31, MORANT 22 AS GRIZZLIES BEAT KINGS 125-110
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Desmond Bane made six 3-pointers and scored 31 points as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the winless Sacramento Kings 125-110 on Thursday night.
“Shots are falling,” Bane said. “Early on I was getting similar looks and now I kind of got my legs under me and (now) they’re falling.”
Ja Morant added 22 points, six assists and five rebounds for Memphis.
Earlier this week, Morant and Bane each scored 38 to help the Grizzlies beat Brooklyn 134-124.
“Back-to-back performances show you how good he is,” Morant said. “I don’t feel like I’ve got to say it when you can see it.”
Brandon Clarke had 16 points, Tyus Jones added 14 and Jake LaRavia scored 13 off the bench for the Grizzlies (4-1).
“We talk about being ready to go,” LaRavia said. “Coming off the bench is a little bit harder but we came with energy and played with energy.”
De’Aaron Fox had 27 points and six rebounds to lead Sacramento. Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 20 points and rookie Keegan Murray added 18.
JUSTIN VERLANDER CAN BUILD ON LEGACY AS ASTROS, PHILS OPEN WORLD SERIES
HOUSTON — If there is a blemish on the stellar resume of Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander, it is this: In seven career World Series starts with two franchises, Verlander is 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA.
That mark seems incongruous with everything Verlander has accomplished. He is a surefire Hall of Famer and arguably the best pitcher of his generation, yet success in the post-season has eluded him.
Verlander will make his eighth World Series start on Friday when the Astros face the visiting Philadelphia Phillies for Game 1.
“I would like to get a win, yeah,” Verlander said. “(But) like I said, that’s not my goal, so I don’t want to say that that feels like it’s lacking because innately that would make it a particular goal of mine.
“My goal is to go out and give us the best chance to win. If that ends up resulting in a win, great. I’ve been a part of games that I pitched and started that we won in the World Series, which is more important than getting the win.”
The Astros won both series openers in the American League Division Series and AL Championship Series despite mixed results from Verlander. He allowed six runs on 10 hits — a career postseason high — over four innings in the Astros’ 8-7 walk-off victory over the Seattle Mariners on Oct. 11. Eight days later, Verlander pitched exceptionally well against the New York Yankees, staking Houston to a 1-0 series lead by recording 11 strikeouts over six innings.
Verlander, the AL Cy Young Award favorite after missing most of the past two seasons following elbow surgery, remains the ace of a staff that has surrendered just 15 earned runs in 72 innings across seven postseason games.
His presence was sorely missed when the Astros lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2020 ALCS and in six to the Atlanta Braves in the 2021 World Series. No matter his past record, the expectation is for Verlander to be brilliant.
“He’s had an unbelievable career,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “To do what he’s doing at his age (39) and how many seasons he’s had, how many games he’s pitched, it’s incredible.
“It’s the big fastball, it’s the big curveball, it’s the poise he has on the mound and the competitive nature that he has that has kept him going. I know he’s on the other club, but I have a ton of respect for just what he’s done in his career.”
Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola (2-1, 3.12 ERA this postseason) will start opposite Verlander (1-0, 6.30 this postseason), armed with a positive memory from his last appearance at Minute Maid Park.
Nola was the pitcher of record when Philadelphia defeated the Astros 3-0 on Oct. 3, a victory that cemented the Phillies’ first postseason berth in 11 years. Nola was outstanding that evening, limiting the Astros to two hits while recording nine strikeouts and no walks over 6 2/3 innings.
For all the ballyhoo over the Phillies’ powerful lineup — featuring Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins, who are tied for the postseason lead in home runs (five) and RBIs (11) — the duo of Nola and Zack Wheeler provides Philadelphia more than a puncher’s chance of stealing a game or two in Houston.
“I guess I’ll find out,” Nola said when asked if his previous start in Houston might prove advantageous. “But it’s nice to be able to pitch on this mound for the first time the last time we were here, just to kind of get a feel for it and know how it holds up. So I think that’s an advantage to that part.
“Obviously, it’s a different stage of the last time we played here. It’s a good team that we’re playing against, and we are too, so I think we’ll see (Friday) and we’ll see this series.”
The Phillies have hit 16 home runs this postseason, leading all teams. Houston is not far behind at 12 while playing just seven games to Philadelphia’s 11. Rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena, in his first season playing in Carlos Correa’s old spot, is guiding the Astros’ lineup these playoffs with 10 hits, seven runs and three homers.
- The Phillies and Astros finished the regular-season with a three-game series against each other in Houston (Oct. 3-5). The Phillies won the first game, 3-0, and the Astros won the final two games, 10-3 and 3-2. The only previous postseason series between these teams is the 1980 NLCS, which Philadelphia won, 3-2. The last four games all went to extra innings.
- The Astros (106-56) had 19 more wins than the Phillies (87-75) in the 2022 regular season. That 19-win difference is the second-largest between World Series opponents, behind the 23-win gap in 1906 between the Cubs (116-36) and White Sox (93-58). The White Sox, who ranked last in the AL in batting and slugging that year, beat the Cubs, four-games-to-two.
- The Phillies hit one home run in their first four postseason games this year but they’ve homered 15 times in seven games since then. That ties the Phillies postseason record for most homers over a seven-game span, set in two overlapping seven-game spans in 2009.
- Bryce Harper is 18-for-40 (.450) with 11 extra-base hits (six doubles, five homers) over his last 10 games. The only other player in MLB postseason history with at least 18 hits and 11 extra-base hits over a 10-game span in one year is Carlos Beltran for the Astros in 2004 (also 18 hits and 11 XBH). Beltran hit eight home runs in that 10-game stretch.
- Rhys Hoskins had only four hits (in 18 at-bats) in the NLCS but all four hits were home runs. That’s an MLB “record” for most hits, all home runs, in one postseason series. The old high was three hits/homers, by Rusty Staub (1973 Mets in NLCS), Ken Caminiti (1996 Padres in Division Series) and Brandon Lowe (2020 Rays in World Series).
- Aaron Nola has made 16 starts since the All-Star break, including three in the postseason. He allowed no more than one run in 10 of those starts, with the Phillies winning nine of the 10 games (Nola: 7-1, 0.57 ERA, five runs/four ER in 63.0 innings), but Nola lost the six other starts and allowed four or more runs in each game (8.82 ERA, 32 runs/ER in 32.1 innings).
- The Astros are 7-0 is postseason play this year. With a victory tonight Houston would tie the MLB record for consecutive wins in one postseason, a mark set by the 2004 Red Sox (last eight games) and equaled by the 2005 White Sox (last eight games), 2014 Royals (first eight games) and 2019 Nationals (eight games: last two of NLDS, 4-0 in NLCS, first two of WS).
- Justin Verlander will be making his 12th start in Game 1 of a postseason series, tying Jon Lester’s MLB record. Verlander was 1-3 with a 6.86 ERA in five Game 1 starts for the Tigers, who were 1-4 in those five games, but he’s 5-0 with a 3.41 ERA in six Game 1 starts for the Astros, who won all six games.
- This will be Justin Verlander’s third start in Game 1 of a World Series. He started the opener for Detroit in 2006 and 2012 and was the losing pitcher in both games. This year’s Game 1 start comes 16 years after Verlander’s first start in a World Series opener and 10 years since the last one. Only one other pitcher had as many as 10 years separating his first and last starts in World Series openers: Red Ruffing (six Game 1 starts: first in 1932, last in 1942).
- Justin Verlander has allowed 13 hits, seven earned runs and two home runs in 10 innings pitched in postseason play this year (6.30 ERA, .310 BA). The other Houston pitchers have allowed 33 hits, eight ER and three homers in 62 postseason innings (1.16 ERA, .153 BA).
BREWERS’ PRESIDENT OF BASEBALL OPERATIONS STEARNS STEPS DOWN
MILWAUKEE (AP) David Stearns is stepping away from his role as the Milwaukee Brewers’ president of baseball operations, saying Thursday he just needs a break and isn’t thinking about taking a job with any other organization.
Stearns will remain with the Brewers in an advisory role to owner Mark Attanasio. Matt Arnold, who has been the Brewers’ senior vice president and general manager since 2020, takes over the lead role in overseeing baseball operations.
“I’m looking forward to gaining some time that I haven’t really had before,” Stearns said at a news conference. “Looking forward to taking a deep breath. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family, looking forward to spending time with friends. And I’m looking forward to pursuing some other interests. I’m also not going anywhere. I’m going to be here in Milwaukee.”
Stearns’ tenure marked the Brewers’ greatest run of sustained success. He joined the Brewers in October 2015 as general manager and was named president of baseball operations before the 2019 season.
The team’s franchise-record string of four straight playoff appearances ended this season when they went 86-76 and finished a game behind the World Series-bound Philadelphia Phillies for the NL’s final wild-card berth.
Milwaukee’s ability to win consistently as a budget-conscious franchise made Stearns an attractive candidate for other organizations. The New York City native has been mentioned for years as a possibility to join the Mets’ front office.
The Brewers won 481 games over the last six seasons, behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves among National League teams. He orchestrated the 2018 trade with the Miami Marlins that brought Christian Yelich to Milwaukee and helped turn the Brewers into legitimate contenders.
RIVERA WOULD KEEP BOONE, SAYS EARLIER REMARKS OUT OF CONTEXT
(AP) — Mariano Rivera says he would keep Aaron Boone as the New York Yankees’ manager and that remarks he made earlier this week were taken out of context.
The Hall of Fame reliever told The Associated Press on Thursday that he was speaking generically about teams and managers when he answered questions Tuesday during a videoconference session with Panamanian business executives.
“I said when a team like this, the New York Yankees, is expected to win, the season that they had, and they don’t make it to the end, always the manager is the one that always ends up paying,” Rivera said during a telephone interview with the AP.
“Although the manager doesn’t hit, the manager doesn’t pitch, the manager doesn’t run, the manager doesn’t do nothing but manage and make sure everybody’s ready to play, unfortunately they never fire the whole team, they always fire the manager,” he said. “I was giving a generic estimation. And obviously they took it out of context.”
Rivera said he does not advocate for a manager switch: “I don’t have to change. Who I am to say?”
During Tuesday’s videoconference, a recording of which was posted online by ESPN, Rivera said in Spanish: “If I’m the owner, he wouldn’t stay. … Obviously all blame points at the manager, but players also have to do their job. … Sometimes when things don’t come out the way we want them to be, the blame falls on the manager. And someone has to pay for the blame, the players won’t get fired. The manager is the one that always gets fired. You try to do something to try fix things.”
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said Wednesday he plans to have Boone return for a sixth season as manager.
Rivera retired after the 2013 season and a 19-year big-league career, all with the Yankees.
MARCHAND HAS 2 GOALS AND AN ASSIST IN RETURN, BRUINS ROLL
BOSTON (AP) Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist in his season debut and the Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to four games, beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Thursday night.
Jeremy Swayman made 27 saves, David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists and Charlie Coyle and Craig Smith also scored to help Boston improve to 6-0 at home this season.
Marchand returned after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in May to repair the cartilage in his hips. The 34-year-old forward was expected to be off the ice for six months. Instead, he was proclaimed good to return by Bruins coach Jim Montgomery following the morning skate Thursday.
“He’s a world-class player. It’s amazing how he comes up with pucks. The puck is between three bodies and he’s like the Tasmanian devil, twirling all around,” Montgomery said about Marchand. “It’s amazing. He tracks and fights for it and bite your leg off for it. That’s why we love him.”
For now, Boston plans to rest Marchand on the second night of back-to-back games. That includes Friday night’s matchup in Columbus.
“We’ve been very careful throughout this progression,” Marchand said. “Definitely felt more comfortable as the game progressed.”
Adam Erne scored for Detroit.
“You don’t see lapses in their game. They’re a consistent team,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Sam Ehlinger spent his whole life preparing for this week.
On Sunday, he’ll finally be a feature attraction on the NFL’s big stage.
The 24-year-old quarterback, who spent more than 20 months as an understudy for the Indianapolis Colts, will make his first career start Sunday against the Washington Commanders. And like any young actor thrust into the spotlight, Ehlinger is eager, excited and, yes, even anxious.
“With every new opportunity there’s new nerves, so navigating through those, trying to stay in the moment is going to be the challenge,” he said. “I don’t think it’s weird. I think I always prepared in the way that I was ready for the moment and I’m really glad that I did because here we are.”
His rapid ascension up the depth chart, from No. 3 to Colts starter in less than two weeks, is only part of this week’s surprising storyline.
This game had been billed as a matchup between Washington quarterback Carson Wentz and Colts quarterback Matt Ryan, who replaced Wentz in Indy this season. But Wentz went on injured reserve last week with a fractured ring finger and Ryan was benched Monday after separating his throwing shoulder.
Those moves opened the door for Ehlinger and Taylor Heinicke, who led Washington (3-4) to a surprise win over Green Bay last weekend, giving both a chance to prove they deserve the starting job.
Perhaps nobody understands Ehlinger’s situation better than Heinicke.
“I’ve always been told I was too small, not strong enough arm,” he said. “So I have to find something within me to make the leap and the grit has been carrying me for a long time. It’s definitely a big part of my game.”
Indy (3-3-1) sees similar traits in Ehlinger. Coach Frank Reich says the 24-year-old former Texas star comes with a “special sauce” and likes the notion of Ehlinger using his legs to evade pass rushers and make plays outside the pocket. Plus, Reich has been impressed with Ehlinger’s improved accuracy and increased arm strength after his offseason work with quarterback guru Tom House.
Colts fans saw what Ehlinger could do during the preseason. The bigger question, of course, is whether Ehlinger can replicate that success on Sunday.
“Well, a young quarterback that has an exciting style of play doing everything he can to move the ball, put points on the board,” Ehlinger said when asked what people should expect from him. “Being smart with the ball, getting it out on time, limiting mistakes and playing to our strengths.”
Last week, Colts owner Jim Irsay made his position about Washington owner Dan Snyder clear. He would rather not defend Snyder’s actions and believes Snyder has done enough to warrant removing him as owner.
On Sunday, they could both be at Lucas Oil Stadium – though they may not be on speaking terms.
Irsay has been no stranger to controversy. The NFL imposed a six-game suspension and $500,000 fine in 2014 when he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
While Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin is playing his first NFL game in Indianapolis, he is very familiar with Lucas Oil Stadium. McLaurin grew up in Indy, won high school football state titles on the field and won two Big Ten titles there as an Ohio State teammate of Colts receiver Parris Campbell.
“I would be lying if I say it’s not kind of cool to be able to go back to where I grew up, kind of where my affinity of football started,” he said. “I grew up a Colts fan, sitting in Section 540 with my dad.”
The fourth-year receiver leads the Commanders with 440 yards receiving this season, averaging 16.3 yards on 27 catches. He also helped ice last weekend’s win.
Colts running back Jonathan Taylor hasn’t been the same since winning last year’s NFL’s rushing crown. Despite missing two games with a sprained ankle, he ranks 21st with 386 yards rushing.
But the other numbers aren’t even close.
His 4.2 yards per carry average is down dramatically from 5.5 last season and 5.0 as a rookie. He has scored one TD, none since Week 1, after leading the NFL with 18 TD runs and matching Austin Ekeler of the Chargers for an NFL-high 20 total TDs in 2021.
One key this week: How Indy’s offense fares on third down against Washington’s improved defense. Green Bay was 0 for 6 last weekend on third down, marking the first time four-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers didn’t convert a third down. It was the first time it happened to Green Bay since 1999.
“Everybody’s understanding their role. … They’re doing their job. That’s the biggest thing. When you try to do too much, that’s when the big plays happen,” linebacker Cole Holcomb said. “So we were like: `Hey, let’s just simplify it down. Let’s get back to just doing our job, playing with good technique, tackling.’ And I think we keep improving every week.”
- Indianapolis has won four straight against Washington and is 21-10 all-time in the series. In those last four victories, the Colts have scored 133 points (33.3 points per game).
- Washington held Green Bay to 38 rushing yards in a 23-21 win on Sunday. In its previous game against the Bears, Washington allowed 237 rushing yards. The 199-yard drop in opposing rushing yards was the largest decrease from one game to next for the team since Weeks 8-9 in 2005.
- Terry McLaurin, who has played 53 games in his NFL career, needs one reception for 250 in his career. The only Washington player ever to reach 250 catches in 55 or fewer NFL games is Jordan Reed (47).
- The Colts had three turnovers in their 19-10 loss to the Titans, their third game this season with at least three turnovers. That is tied for the most such games this season in the NFL and already surpasses the team’s number of three-turnover games last season (two).
- Jonathan Taylor has just one touchdown this season and hasn’t found the endzone in any of his last four games. It is the longest touchdown-less streak of Taylor’s NFL career.
- Indianapolis has rushed for 567 yards this season, besting only the Bucs (451) and Rams (423). Last season, the Colts rushed for 2540 yards, which was second-most in the NFL.
GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT WIZARDS
The Pacers hit the midway point of their five-game road trip on Friday night, which will mark the second meeting this season between Indiana (1-4) and Washington (3-1).
The Wizards prevailed in the season opener for both teams on Oct. 19 in Indiana, but the Pacers have added a key piece back to their lineup since that night.
Starting center Myles Turner was a surprise scratch that night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse after spraining his left ankle in warmups. Turner missed the first four games of the season, but returned on Wednesday night in Chicago for his first regular-season game since Jan. 14 (he missed the last 39 games of last season with a foot injury).
The eighth-year big man showed some predictable rust at times against the Bulls, finishing with five points on 1-of-7 shooting, but he still looked like himself on the defensive end. The two-time NBA blocks leader swatted four shots in his season debut and his presence is a meaningful addition to a team still trying to string together stops on a consistent basis.
In particular, the Pacers need to get off to better starts. They have surrendered between 33 and 38 points in the first quarter of all five games to start the season and trailed by 10 or more points at the end of each of those opening quarters.
The Wizards, meanwhile, have opened the season with four straight games against Central Division teams, beating Indiana, Chicago, and Detroit while falling to Cleveland. All-Star guard Bradley Beal has averaged 20.5 points and 6.3 assists over his first four games, but it is actually forward Kyle Kuzma that is Washington’s leading scorer so far at 21 points per game. Kuzma dropped 22 points and 13 rebounds in last week’s win over the Pacers and is coming off a 25-point outing in Tuesday’s win over the Pistons.
JACKSON-DAVIS NAMED KARL MALONE AWARD CANDIDATE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was named to the 20-member watch list for the 2023 Karl Malone Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Thursday.
Named after Class of 2010 Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its ninth year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to annually recognize the best power forwards in the collegiate game with the Karl Malone Award, which bears the name of one of the greatest players of all time,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “To be named to the watchlist of the Karl Malone Award is a great honor and I know he values the opportunity to watch these players compete throughout the season. We are honored to have his unique perspective in our evaluation each year.”
Jackson-Davis was previously honored as a Preseason All-American by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, College Hoops Today, The Almanac, CBS Sports, The Athletic and the Associated Press. Jackson-Davis was also named Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.
GERSTENBERG, LUKER EARN BIG TEN SEASON AWARDS
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Jamie Gerstenberg and Karlee Luker were awarded Big Ten regular season awards for their contributions and effort during Indiana women’s soccer season, the league announced on Thursday afternoon.
Gerstenberg was named All-Big Ten third team, for her second Big Ten honor. She was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team in 2021.
The Birkenwerder, Germany, totaled six shutouts this season and nearly 1,200 minutes between the posts. She posted a goals Against Average of .77 and totaled 52 saves on the year.
Luker was named as a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree for her active support for her teammates and competitors. The senior played in 25 games for the cream and crimson. She earned five starts and totaled nearly 700 minutes on the pitch.
Luker won the award in the 2020-21 season and is the second player to be nominated for the award other than Hanna Németh.
INDIANA READIES FOR CRITICAL WEEKEND IN CONFERENCE PLAY
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Riding a three-game winning streak, the Indiana Volleyball team (12-10, 5-5) prepares for a huge weekend in the Big Ten as the second half of conference play gets underway.
IU secured its first three-game winning streak in the Big Ten since 2014 with wins at No. 25 Michigan and Michigan State. The Hoosiers haven’t four-in-a-row in the conference since 2008.
The Hoosiers will welcome Rutgers (7-15, 1-9) to Wilkinson Hall on Friday (7:00 PM) before heading to in-state rival Purdue (15-5, 6-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM) for the annual Monon Spike Game.
Steve Aird’s squad sits seventh in the Big Ten at the halfway point and 5-5 in the Big Ten through 10 games for the first time since 2010.
Of the final 10 matches, six are projected to come against ranked opponents including a string of five straight starting with No. 12 Purdue on Sunday.
IU’s win at No. 25 Michigan last weekend was the first over a ranked opponent since 2019 and the third ranked win under Aird.
Both weekend matches will be streamed through BTN+.
BUDISH NAMED TO BIG TEN ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue soccer freshman forward Kayla Budish has been named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, the conference announced on Thursday.
Budish was a unanimous selection as a forward on the All-Freshman Team. She is the first Boilermaker to be bestowed with freshman accolades since 2017 and the third since 2009. Budish is the 10th all-freshman honoree in the program’s 25-year history and the third forward, along with Jessica Okoroafo in 2005 and Vanessa Ibewuike in 2009.
Purdue has earned at least one All-Big Ten accolade in three consecutive seasons, the first time the program has reached that mark since a 10-year stretch from 2001-2010. Between 2010 and 2020, the Boilermakers were honored with All-Big Ten distinctions just once before, in 2017.
Additionally, Purdue fifth-year midfielder Sydney Duarte was recognized as the team’s Sportsmanship Award honoree. The award recognizes student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. They also must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
In 2022, Budish finished second on the team with four goals, 10 points and 13 shots on goal, and she tied for the team lead with 33 shots. Budish added two assists, one of them a game-winner. The forward from Brookfield, Wisconsin, started all 17 games and was fourth on the team in minutes played, second-most among forwards. In Big Ten play, Budish led the team with three goals and six points.
One of several impactful freshmen who saw considerable playing time for the Boilermakers in 2022, Budish is honored by the Big Ten for the first time in her career.
CARDINALS END REGULAR SEASON WITH ROAD WIN OVER CHIPPEWAS
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Ball State soccer team closed out the regular season with a 2-1 victory on the road against Central Michigan on Thursday. The Cardinals were led by Lexi Fraley and Delaney Caldwell as each scored a goal.
Ball State finished the Mid-American Conference regular season without a road loss, which was the first time under Head Coach Josh Rife. This marks the third time in BSU history that the Cardinals did not lose a road contest.
“Great performance from the team today,” said Coach Rife. “This group has been resilient all year and blocked out a lot of noise about what they weren’t going to do this year. To go and earn a first-round bye in an incredibly difficult conference is quite an achievement. The focus now shifts towards the MAC tournament.”
The Cardinals end the regular season 7-4-7 overall and 6-1-4 in conference play, while the Chippewas fell to 2-11-5 overall and 1-6-4 in the MAC.
Fraley took a pass and made a great play to flick the ball around the defender to setup a 1-on-1 situation with the keeper. Fraley flicked it over the keeper and tapped it in the empty net just five minutes into the match.
The Cardinals notched six shots on goal in the first half and held the Chippewas to three shots on goal. Bethany Moser made three saves.
BECKI TABBED PRESEASON ALL-MAC FIRST TEAM; CARDINALS PICKED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
CLEVELAND, Ohio – After making a run to the championship game of the 2022 Mid-American Conference Tournament last March, the Ball State women’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the MAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. In addition, sophomore guard Ally Becki was tabbed to the Preseason All-MAC First Team.
Becki started every game for the Cardinals last season as a true freshman while earning spots on the All-MAC Freshman Team and the All-MAC Tournament squad. She scored a personal best 27 points in MACtion at Ohio (2/2/22) and reached double figures in scoring 18 times last season. Becki made the ESPN top 10 plays after nailing a half-court shot at the buzzer to enter intermission against Buffalo on Jan. 26, helping Ball State take the lead over the Bulls at the break and later earn the victory.
On Feb. 8, Becki earned MAC Player of the Week honors after averaging 21.0 points per game. She shot 53 percent from the field and dished out 8.0 assists per contest, helping Ball State extend its winning streak to five games with victories over Ohio and Bowling Green. She also recorded a double-double at Kent State with 12 points and 12 rebounds on Feb. 12. Becki finished the season averaging 11.1 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists.
The Cardinals ended last season with a successful run at the 2022 MAC Tournament in Cleveland by knocking off No. 4 seed Northern Illinois and No. 1 seed Toledo to reach the title game where Ball State fell to No. 2 seed Buffalo, 79-75. Ball State also made its seventh WNIT appearance under current head coach Brady Sallee and 10th overall.
The Ball State women’s basketball team returns to the court for an exhibition game versus Wheeling University, Nov. 1 in Worthen Arena. The game is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET. After that, the Cardinals officially open their season on the road at Tennessee Tech Nov. 7 at 7 pm ET.
SYCAMORES BEGIN FOUR-MATCH ROAD SWING FRIDAY
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State opens a four-match road trip, its longest during MVC play, Friday when it takes on UIC at 7 p.m.
The Sycamores will also take on Valparaiso Saturday evening at 6 p.m. to conclude the first half of the road trip.
Last Time Out
Indiana State went 0-2 last weekend against the top two teams in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Sycamores went toe-to-toe with league-leading Northern Iowa before falling in three sets, dropping those sets by a combined eight points. Indiana State closed its weekend with a three-set loss to Drake.
Kaitlyn Hamilton led the Sycamore attack with 22 kills across the two matches, tallying double-digit kills in both (12 vs. UNI, 10 vs. Drake). Melina Tedrow surpassed 2,000 career digs in the first set against Drake.
Indiana State libero Melina Tedrow made program history Saturday against Drake, becoming the first Sycamore to ever reach 2,000 career digs.
Tedrow accomplished the feat midway through the first set against the Bulldogs, and finished the match with 17 digs for her third straight match averaging at least five digs per set.
Tedrow ranks seventh among active Division I players with 2,014 digs and moved into 13th in MVC history in career digs. She has a chance to crack the top 10 in MVC history as well, needing just 62 digs to move into 10th place all-time.
Indiana State continues to be among the best in the Missouri Valley Conference from a defensive standpoint. Since the calendar turned to conference play, the Sycamores lead the conference in digs per set (18.44 per set) and blocks per set (2.61 per set).
The Trees are the only team in the conference to average more than 18 digs per set in MVC play and more than 2.50 blocks per set in Valley play.
Indiana State’s blockers have hit a new level over the past two weeks of conference play, as the Sycamores have tallied double-digit blocks in four of the last five matches. Over the course of the last seven matches, Indiana State has totaled 73 blocks, an average of 10.4 per match and 2.70 per set.
The Sycamores feature two of the top four in blocks in the conference during conference play in middle blockers Jamie Brown (second, 1.22 per set) and Storm Suhre (fourth, 1.15 per set) and lead the Valley as a team in blocks per set, both overall (2.30 per set) and in conference play (2.61 per set).
Indiana State has four different players who have topped 100 kills this season, with its top five kills leaders all being sophomores or juniors.
Kaitlyn Hamilton leads the way for the Sycamore attack with 185 kills, with Karinna Gall right behind her with 177. Storm Suhre (140) and Mallory Keller (119) have also recorded more than 100 kills this season, while Jamie Brown (71) has a chance to give the Trees five players with 100-plus kills for the season.
Indiana State is in the midst of a five-match stretch that sees the Sycamores face the top five teams in the MVC. The Trees faced UNI (first) and Drake (second) last weekend and face UIC (third) and Valparaiso (fifth) this weekend.
The Sycamores will also face Southern Illinois (fourth) next week.
FB PREVIEW | SYCAMORES SET TO TAKE ON NO. 1/1 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE THIS WEEKEND
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State is back on the road this weekend as the Sycamores travel to Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium to take on No. 1/1 South Dakota State. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Jackrabbits is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
At a Glance
Saturday’s contest features the 12th all-time matchup between Indiana State and South Dakota State and the first contest in Brookings since the 2018 season. In their last game in Brookings, the Sycamores and Jackrabbits went into triple overtime before SDSU outlasted ISU, 54-51.
The Sycamores contest against South Dakota State features the second time in the 2022 season that ISU will face the No. 1/1 team in FCS. Indiana State previously fell to then No. 1 North Dakota State back on Oct. 15, 31-26.
Dante Hendrix enters the Saturday contest sitting just 55 yards away from tying the Indiana State career receiving yards mark. Hendrix (2,330) sits behind Sam Logan (2,385 yards – 2003-06) in the all-time annals. Justin Dinka continues to sit among the MVFC leaders in multiple rushing categories on the year including second in yards per carry (6.8) and third in yards per game (91.0). Geoffrey Brown has posted four double-digit tackling efforts in the 2022 season including a 12-tackle game this past weekend against Illinois State. He leads ISU with 63 total tackles on the year.
About South Dakota State
South Dakota State was selected as one of the top teams in the FCS this season and started the preseason in the top three in all major FCS preseason polls. The Jackrabbits were selected second in the MVFC Preseason Poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches, media, and SIDs.
South Dakota State is currently ranked No. 1/1 in both of the major FCS polls heading into the week. The Jackrabbits took over the top spot following their 23-21 win over North Dakota State on October 15. Six SDSU players were honored on preseason All-American First Team lists including wide receiver Jaxon Janke, tight end Tucker Kraft, running back Isaiah Davis, and linebacker Adam Bock.
The Jackrabbits also boast one of the top offensive players in the MVFC with quarterback Mark Gronowski coming off his second Valley Offensive Player of the Week recognition. SDSU’s lone loss in 2022 came on the road at Iowa back on September 3.
MASTODONS HOST YOUNGSTOWN STATE AND ROBERT MORRIS
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team is back in action this weekend with Youngstown State (Friday, Oct. 28) and Robert Morris (Saturday, Oct. 29) coming to the Gates Sports Center.
Game Day Information (Friday)
Who: Youngstown State Penguins
When: Friday, October 28 | 6 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne
Game Day Information (Saturday)
Who: Robert Morris Colonials
When: Saturday, October 29 | 4 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne
Know Your Foes
• Youngstown State is 10-13 and 4-8 in Horizon League play. The Penguins are coming off a 3-1 win over Milwaukee. Paula Gursching is averaging 5.06 kills to lead Youngstown State and the Horizon League.
• Robert Morris is 8-16 and 1-11 in the HL. The Colonials’ only league win was over the Mastodons last month and have lost seven in a row. Abby Ryan is RMU’s best hitter, averaging 3.05 kills per set.
• Purdue Fort Wayne is 6-2 against the Penguins, but YSU has won the last two. The Mastodons’ last win came in 3-0 fashion last season.
• Robert Morris won its first game against the Mastodons earlier this season, but the Colonials still trail the all-time series 7-1. Madelyn Wurster had 16 kills in the last Mastodon win in 2021.
Madelyn Wurster returned to play after an injury, making her season debut on October 18 at Green Bay. The fifth year opposite had 11 kills in three sets of action against IUPUI on Saturday (Oct. 22).
Player of the Week
Rachael Crucis was named one of the Horizon League Players of the Week on October 26. She led the Mastodons to a four-set win over IUPUI, recording 27 digs. She had the Horizon League’s best 6.75 digs per set for the week. She helped hold IUPUI to .153 hitting for the match, including a .050 clip in the opening set.
That’s a Lot of Digs!
The Mastodons had a season-high 91 digs in their match at Cleveland State (Oct. 14), recording 23 more than the Vikings in that contest.
Sidney Schiller had 20 kills in the Mastodons’ three-set match against Wright State. It was a career-high for Schiller in three-set matches. It was just two shy of her career-high in matches of any length.
Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne defeated IUPUI 3-1 on October 22. Rachael Crucis had a match-high 27 digs.
The Mastodons will travel to Milwaukee (Nov. 1), Northern Kentucky (Nov. 4) and Wright State (Nov. 5).
‘DONS CONTINUE LEAGUE PLAY AGAINST IUPUI AT GRAND PARK
FORT WAYNE Ind. – Men’s soccer hits the road to play IUPUI on Saturday (Oct. 29).
Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (1-9-3, 0-5-2 Horizon League) at IUPUI Jaguars (4-5-6, 3-1-3 Horizon League)
When: Saturday, October 29 | 3:00 p.m.
Where: Grand Park Sports Complex
Live Stats: Link
The Mastodons are 15-15-1 overall with the IUPUI Jaguars. As long-time Summit League rivals, the Mastodons are 6-6-0 against the Jaguars in league games. The ‘Dons have taken the two most recent matches from the Jaguars with a 1-0 victory and a 2-0 win in Horizon League contests.
Know Your Foe
The Jaguars are coming off of a 4-2 win against Horizon League foe Oakland last weekend. Logan Finnegan landed two goals against the Golden Grizzlies, followed by one goal each for Lukas Hackaa and Josemir Gomez. The Jaguars tied Bellarmine 0-0 in non-league play on Tuesday.
Cesar Cosio, Nathaniel Edwards and Logan Lee have started all 13 games for the Mastodons this season. Logan Lee owns a team-high 1,087 minutes. He has played all 90 minutes in a match seven times this season.
Christian Leon scored a goal for the Mastodons in their most recent match-up against the Green Bay Phoenix. Leon is now one of seven Mastodons this season to score a goal. Danny Salazar also recorded two saves to bring his total season saves to 26.
The Mastodons will host the Milwaukee Panthers on Wednesday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m. It will be Senior Day for the Mastodons. Cesar Cosio, Moses Akimana, Logan Lee and Keith Larson will be honored on Wednesday prior to the match during Senior Day festivities.
VOLLEYBALL HEADS TO VALPARAISO AND UIC
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Two road contests are on the schedule this weekend when the University of Evansville volleyball team visits Valparaiso and UIC. Friday’s opener against the Beacons is set for a 6 p.m. CT start while Saturday’s match versus the Flames will get under way at 5 p.m. with both matches on ESPN3.
– On Oct. 22, Alondra Vazquez became the all-time program kills leader, breaking Jessica Kiefer’s record of 1,706
– Vazquez officially set the record in the first set of the home contest against Drake and has continued to add to her number
– Her current tally of 1,735 kills is 6th in MVC history
1) 2,293 Lily Johnson, Missouri State, 2014-17
2) 1,948 Lindsay Stalzer, Bradley, 2002-05
3) 1,919 Michelle Witzke, Missouri State, 1994-97
4) 1,779 Molly O’Brien, UNI, 2000-03
5) 1,773 Chris Rehor, Illinois State, 1985-88
6) 1,735 Alondra Vazquez, Evansville, 2018-
7) 1,725 Cheryl Berg, Indiana State, 1998-01
8) 1,732 Jenny Pavlas, Bradley, 1993-97
9) 1,720 Kate Galer, UNI, 1993-96
10) 1,709 Karlie Taylor, UNI, 2016-19
Top Ten Nationally
– With an average of 4.67 kills per set, Alondra Vazquez leads the MVC and ranks 9th in the nation
– Over the last six matches, Vazquez has upped her efforts even more, posting a mark of 5.39 kills per frame
– In the home win over Missouri State, Vazquez recorded 31 kills, just one shy of her career-high and the highest total for a MVC player in 2022
– With her season hitting percentage of .360, Madisyn Steele ranks second in the conference and 60th in the nation
– In 11 league matches, Steele has seen her average rise even higher to .383
– Steele is third on the team with 1.83 kills per set and has recorded six or more in 12 of the last 15 contests
– As was the case with her hitting, Steele’s kills mark is also higher since the MVC slate began with her average standing at 2.07/set
Contributing In Every Way
– Despite hitting just .094 over the last five matches, Giulia Cardona has found other ways to have a positive impact on the team
– She is playing at the top defensive level of her career averaging 3.00 digs over the previous five contests while posting at least six digs in 10 of the last 11 matches
– Cardona recorded a career-high 24 kills in the road win at Indiana State, besting her previous mark of 23, which came in two contests against Bradley last season
OVC TOURNAMENT BEGINS FRIDAY FOR USI AGAINST LINDENWOOD
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer enters the 2022 Ohio Valley Conference Soccer Championship Tournament as the No. 8 seed, taking on No. 5 Lindenwood University in the first round Friday at 4 p.m. The winner between the two schools will take on No. 4 Southeast Missouri State University Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinals.
USI (5-7-4, 1-5-2 OVC) heads into the OVC Tournament coming off a 2-0 home win against Eastern Illinois in the regular season finale, earning a postseason berth in their first season in the OVC and as an NCAA Division I program.
The Screaming Eagles were led by their seniors on Senior Day and a strong defense in their 2-0 victory over Eastern Illinois. Senior defender Madison Crawford (O’Fallon, Missouri) scored her first goal of the season and the second of her career. Senior midfielder Jill DiTusa (St. Charles, Illinois) scored her second goal of the season and her 16th career goal. Senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) made three saves.
USI played to a 1-1 draw against Lindenwood in their regular season meeting on October 9. Freshman midfielder Charli Grafton (Sunriver, Oregon) scored the first goal of the match in the third minute. Lindenwood tied the contest in the 73rd minute on a goal by former Screaming Eagle Peyton Ganz. The two teams tied with eight shots each with Lindenwood having six on goal to USI’s four. Just like Southern Indiana, Lindenwood is also transitioning to NCAA Division I status. The two schools previously faced off in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in NCAA Division II.
Southern Indiana has proven to be a defensive-minded squad this season, performing its best in the defensive half. In the first year as an NCAA Division I program, USI surrendered only 12 goals through the end of the 2022 regular season. That number matches a program-best set by the 1999 USI Women’s Soccer squad. In three other seasons, USI allowed only 13. The defense this season has come up big in important spots, clearing a ball off the goal line on multiple occasions. The two center backs and graduates Elizabeth Lippert (Lexington, Kentucky) and Mia Rose Daly (Haiku, Hawaii) along with senior defender Alyssa Wright (Sellersburg, Indiana) and sophomore defender Maggie Duggan (Defiance, Missouri) have seen most of the minutes on USI’s defensive line. The experienced back line has done its job to keep the Screaming Eagles in most of their contests this season.
A part of the defensive credit must go to Etienne between the posts. The senior goalkeeper earned her second OVC Goalkeeper of the Week honor this season earlier in the week. Etienne received the accolade after closing out the regular season with two brilliant performances in goal for the Screaming Eagles. Etienne snagged a season-high 12 saves on 13 shots faced in USI’s road match last Thursday at Southeast Missouri. The 12 saves were only three off her career-high and moved her into third all-time in USI history for career saves, surpassing 300 stops. The senior followed that outing by leading USI to a 2-0 home shutout on Sunday against Eastern Illinois. For Etienne, Sunday’s clean sheet was the 36th of her career, extending her record in program history.
On the offensive end, the Screaming Eagles have some momentum in their attack after scoring two goals Sunday against Eastern Illinois. USI’s offensive leader is junior forward Morgan Beyer (Rossford, Ohio), serving as the catalyst on offense. Beyer had one goal, two assists, and 21 shots in the regular season. Beyer has 34 career points, which is top-15 all-time in USI history, and she is only two goals away from entering the top-12 all-time. DiTusa, who picked her second goal of the season and 16th of her career on Sunday, is tied for 11th all-time in USI history. She is also 13th all-time with 37 career points.
Freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) will look to get back to her scoring ways in the OVC Tournament after being closely marked in conference play. Murphy led the Screaming Eagles with five goals, 12 points, 25 shots, and 16 shots on goal this season. She also had two assists in 2022.
Lindenwood went 5-7-5 in the 2022 regular season, including a 2-2-4 record in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Lions concluded their regular season with a 0-0 tie at Eastern Illinois last Thursday. Lindenwood was outshot by the Panthers 17-5 and 9-1 in shots on goal. Freshman midfielder Rachel Jackson leads the Lions with four goals and 10 points. Graduate midfielder Jacqueline Baetz has two goals and leads the squad with 17 shots, nine of which were on goal. In goal, senior keeper Sam Blazek has been solid for Lindenwood, making 93 saves with a 0.90 goals against average in 13 starts and 16 total appearances. She also has seven shutouts this season. Blazek is coming off a nine-save performance at Eastern Illinois.
Matches in the opening weekend of the OVC Championship Tournament will air live on ESPN+.
SEASON PREVIEW: VALPO BASKETBALL SET TO TIP OFF 2022-23 SLATE WITH CEDARVILLE EXHIBITION
With the regular season fast approaching, fans will have an opportunity to catch their first glimpse of the 2022-2023 Valparaiso University men’s basketball program on Saturday afternoon.
The Beacons will take the court for a noon tip against Cedarville, an exhibition game that is open to the public with single-game tickets available starting on Friday on valpoathletics.com/tickets. There will be no video broadcast of the exhibition, but there will be an online-only audio feed, live stats and in-game Twitter updates from @ValpoBasketball.
The exhibition will serve as a tune-up for the regular season opener on Monday, Nov. 7 at Toledo, a team that went 26-8 overall and 17-3 in the Mid-American Conference last season en route to a National Invitation Tournament appearance.
Top Two Scorers Back
There’s no secret, for Valpo basketball in 2022-2023, it all starts with Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) and Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse). Krikke earned Preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team honors, while King was tabbed to the third team.
“Anytime you can keep some continuity and keep guys who have had success in your program, on your team and in your league, you have a head start,” Valpo head coach Matt Lottich said. “That’s been awesome. I’m glad they did get some preseason recognition, because I thought they deserved it. Both of them have done a great job improving. One significant improvement has been their bodies and their conditioning.”
Krikke (14.2 ppg) and King (14.0 ppg) were the team’s top two scorers last season. The last time Valpo had its top two scorers back from the previous season was 2015-16, when then the Brown & Gold put together a historic run to the NIT championship game. Only four of the 12 MVC teams have their top two scorers back from a year ago.
“When Kobe came here, he was 215-218 pounds,” Lottich said. “Right now, he’s weighing in at about 198. He’s lighter, his first step is better and he’s still very strong. We’re expecting a good year from him. I think it’ll be a better year than last year. Ben has been great. His conditioning and health have improved. He looks quicker. People forget that he sprained his ankle in our first exhibition game last year, and he was playing catchup for a large part of the year. We’re going to lean a lot on those two guys. Their leadership has been great and their production has been great.”
It starts with King and Krikke, but the Beacons also have numerous members of their supporting cast back. That includes redshirt freshman Cam Palesse (Waukesha, Wis. / Waukesha West), former walk-on and now scholarship sophomore Preston Ruedinger (Oshkosh, Wis. / Lourdes Academy), junior Connor Barrett (Chicago, Ill. / Loyola Academy), sophomore Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep), senior Emil Freese-Vilien (Copenhagen, Denmark / Falkonergardens Gymnasium) and redshirt senior Joe Hedstrom (Hopkins, Minn. / Hopkins [Wisconsin]) as well as walk-on Luke Morrill (Lombard, Ill. / Montini Catholic).
“Any time you have guys back, there’s going to be improvement,” Lottich said. “Collectively as a whole, our strength & conditioning has really improved. We tried to address that this offseason. The guys have done a great job, and we added coach Vijay Blackmon, who has been great for us. There’s been an overall consensus that we have to be able to complement Ben and Kobe well, and we’re excited about the group around them.”
Ruedinger finished last season with 32 assists against just eight turnovers. He was the only player in the nation with 30 or more assists and fewer than 10 turnovers, becoming the first Valpo player to finish a season with 30 or more assists and fewer than 10 turnovers in the last 15 years. At season’s end, Ruedinger was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team, the fourth straight season Valpo has had a rookie earn that distinction.
DeAveiro finished his freshman season as one of two rookies nationally (joining Youngstown State’s Luke Chicone) with 50 or more assists and fewer than 25 turnovers. He was the only player in the MVC to achieve that feat.
Nick Edwards (Atlanta, Ga. / Grayson [Glenville State]) had a triple-double while playing at Glenville last season, one of eight Division-II players in the nation to do so.
“Overall, our athleticism has improved,” Lottich said. “Nick Edwards is very athletic, very twitchy and can score when needed, but he is a true point guard. He was plagued by breaking his foot and missing a bunch of the season last year, but at the time of the injury, he was leading Division-II in assists. He is a very quick, can-score point guard. He’s going to be someone we’re going to have in the lineup a lot.”
Quinton Green (Columbus, Ohio / Homeschool [Cedarville]) earned All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) honors for three straight seasons. He finished with 1,288 points over four seasons at Cedarville and knocked down a team-high 59 3-point field goals last year.
“I remember when we played Cedarville a few years ago, and Coach (Pat) Estepp is a good friend of mine,” Lottich said. “After the game, I’m like, ‘Pat, that guy is really good.’ And it was Quinton, who was coming off his redshirt freshman year. Now he’s with us. He’s been shooting the ball great and has good athleticism. I think he’ll add some valuable perimeter play for us.”
Ibra Bayu (Flevoland, The Netherlands]) spent three years in the United States playing high school basketball before arriving at Valpo. He dealt with a serious medical issue during his junior season before being sidelined by two separate fractured ankles as a senior.
Jerome Palm (Almere, The Netherlands / Echnaton [Hillsbourgh CC]) comes to Valpo after two junior college seasons at Hillsborough CC and Daytona State. He competed for the championship-winning Netherlands national team in the 2021 3×3 national tournament.
Maximus Nelson (Appleton, Wis. / Appleton North) was a unanimous first team all-conference and first-team all-state selection after his senior season at Appleton North High School in Appleton, Wis.
Freshman Joe Vick (Kouts, Ind. / Kouts) has also joined the roster as a walk-on.
Valpo and Cedarville previously met in exhibition action on Oct. 19, 2019, when the current Valpo player Quinton Green was in a Cedarville uniform and scored 23 points to go along with seven rebounds.
The Yellow Jackets went 19-13 and 12-8 in the G-MAC last season. They qualified for the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional.
“At this time of the year, you go from four hours of basketball per week to 20,” Lottich said. “We’ve had nothing majorly serious, but we’ve had a lot of guys out. I’m not sure that we’ll be fully healthy for Cedarville, but we should probably be fully healthy for Toledo. Practices for the last week have been challenging as we’ve had eight scholarship players who have been healthy, but guys are starting to come back. We should be able to compete and learn a lot about our team. We’ll see our guys in a live competition setting against someone else and really start our prep work for a good Toledo team.”
MEN’S HOOPS TOPS GLVC PRESEASON POLL
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball team was voted atop the 2022-23 GLVC preseason coaches’ poll, the league office announced on Thursday afternoon.
The poll featured the each of the league’s 13 institutions, with UIndy receiving 136 points and seven first-place votes. Per GLVC policy, head coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team.
The Greyhounds return All-GLVC Second Team honoree Jesse Bingham, who also earned a place on the league’s All-Defensive team a season ago. In addition, Kendrick Tchoua has posted a 62.6 field-goal percentage over the past two seasons and currently ranked third in program history in the category.
Head coach Paul Corsaro enters his third season on the Greyhound bench. UIndy has gone 30-23 during Corsaro’s tenure and is coming off a run to the GLVC title game last March.
Southwest Baptist finished second in the preseason poll, collecting 131 points and five first-place votes. Lewis, Truman, and William Jewell rounded out the top five. The complete rankings can be found below.
2022-23 GLVC PRESEASON POLL
RK SCHOOL (1st-place votes) PTS
1. UIndy (7) 136
2. Southwest Baptist (5) 131
3. Lewis (1) 107
4. Truman 98
5. William Jewell 94
6. McKendree 91
7. Missouri-St. Louis 87
8. Drury 68
9. Illinois Springfield 49
10. Missouri S&T 48
11. Maryville 46
12. Quincy 45
13. Rockhurst 14
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PICKED SIXTH IN GLVC PRESEASON POLL
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s basketball team has been picked to finish sixth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) this upcoming season, the league office announced on Thursday morning.
Last season, the Greyhounds finished with an overall record of 10-17 while collecting a 7-11 mark in the GLVC. UIndy made an appearance in the GLVC Championship Tournament as a No. 9 seed, but fell to No. 8-seeded Southwest Baptist in a first round contest.
The Hounds are set to bring back 10 members of the squad from a year ago while welcoming six newcomers. The coaching staff of head coach Marc Mitchell, assistant coaches Ashley Yu and Dr. Richard Jowers, and graduate assistant Kourtney Crane will all be beginning their first year in the Circle City.
2022-23 GLVC PRESEASON POLL
RK SCHOOL (1st-place votes) PTS
1. Drury (12) 144
2. Truman 126
3. Missouri-St. Louis (1) 120
4. Lewis 110
5. Rockhurst 87
6. UIndy 83
7. Missouri S&T 75
8. Maryville 64
Illinois Springfield 64
10. Southwest Baptist 54
11. Quincy 38
12. McKendree 25
13. William Jewell 24
GREYHOUNDS WELCOME MINERS SATURDAY NIGHT AT KEY STADIUM
vs. Missouri S&T Miners (3-5, 2-2 GLVC)
Saturday | October 29 | 6 p.m. ET
The unofficial “Revenge Tour 2022” concludes this holiday weekend as Missouri S&T visits the Circle City Saturday night. The Miners represent the final opponent on the Greyhounds’ schedule that defeated them last season. UIndy won the first eight meetings with the Miners until falling in Rolla, Mo., last October by a mere three points. S&T scored the game’s final 24 points to edge the Hounds, 31-28. Additionally, both Toriano Clinton and Lenny Bennett succumbed to injury in the first half that afternoon.
Earlier this season, UIndy topped G-MAC opponents Tiffin and Ohio Dominican in consecutive weeks after both teams defeated the Hounds in 2021.
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|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||5||1||0||.833||0.0||176||81||2-0-0||3-1-0||4-1-0||0-1-0||3 W|
|New York Jets||5||2||0||.714||0.5||159||137||1-2-0||4-0-0||4-2-0||1-0-0||4 W|
|Miami Dolphins||4||3||0||.571||1.5||147||165||3-1-0||1-2-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|New England Patriots||3||4||0||.429||2.5||155||146||1-2-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Kansas City Chiefs||5||2||0||.714||0.0||223||172||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-2-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||3||0||.571||1.0||164||189||2-2-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||2||4||0||.333||2.5||163||150||2-1-0||0-3-0||2-3-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|Denver Broncos||2||5||0||.286||3.0||100||115||2-2-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||4 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||5||3||0||.625||0.0||208||183||2-2-0||3-1-0||4-2-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||4||3||0||.571||0.5||173||132||2-1-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||0-2-0||2 W|
|Cleveland Browns||2||5||0||.286||2.5||168||186||1-3-0||1-2-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||4 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||2||5||0||.286||2.5||107||162||1-2-0||1-3-0||1-5-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||4||2||0||.667||0.0||115||128||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||4 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||3||3||1||.500||1.0||113||140||2-1-0||1-2-1||3-3-1||1-3-1||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||2||5||0||.286||2.5||155||137||1-2-0||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-2-0||4 L|
|Houston Texans||1||4||1||.250||2.5||106||137||0-1-1||1-3-0||1-3-1||1-0-1||1 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Philadelphia Eagles||6||0||0||1.000||0.0||161||105||3-0-0||3-0-0||5-0-0||2-0-0||6 W|
|New York Giants||6||1||0||.857||0.5||150||130||3-1-0||3-0-0||3-1-0||0-1-0||4 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||5||2||0||.714||1.5||134||104||3-1-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Washington Commanders||3||4||0||.429||3.5||125||156||2-2-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||2 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Seattle Seahawks||4||3||0||.571||0.0||183||186||2-1-0||2-2-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||3||0||.500||0.5||104||126||2-2-0||1-1-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|San Francisco 49ers||3||4||0||.429||1.0||145||133||2-1-0||1-3-0||3-2-0||2-0-0||2 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||3||4||0||.429||1.0||156||176||1-3-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Minnesota Vikings||5||1||0||.833||0.0||139||118||3-0-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||3-0-0||4 W|
|Green Bay Packers||3||4||0||.429||2.5||128||146||2-2-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||3 L|
|Chicago Bears||3||4||0||.429||2.5||126||132||2-1-0||1-3-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||1||5||0||.167||4.0||146||194||1-2-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||0-1-0||4 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Atlanta Falcons||3||4||0||.429||0.0||163||171||2-1-0||1-3-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||5||0||.375||0.5||146||151||1-3-0||2-2-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||3 L|
|Carolina Panthers||2||5||0||.286||1.0||124||149||2-3-0||0-2-0||2-4-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|New Orleans Saints||2||5||0||.286||1.0||175||200||1-3-0||1-2-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|New York||3||1||.750||—||3-0||0-1||–||3-0||3-1||3 W|
|Oklahoma City||2||3||.400||2.0||2-1||0-2||0-3||2-3||2-3||2 W|
|Golden State||3||2||.600||0.5||3-1||0-1||2-1||2-2||3-2||1 W|
|LA Clippers||2||3||.400||1.5||0-1||2-2||2-1||2-3||2-3||3 L|
|LA Lakers||0||4||.000||3.0||0-2||0-2||0-2||0-4||0-4||4 L|
|New Orleans||3||1||.750||0.5||1-1||2-0||1-0||1-1||3-1||1 W|
|San Antonio||3||2||.600||1.0||0-1||3-1||–||1-1||3-2||1 L|
|1 Boston Bruins||8||7||1||0||14||6||35||21||6-0-0||1-1-0||7-1-0|
|2 Philadelphia Flyers||7||5||2||0||10||5||21||17||3-1-0||2-1-0||5-2-0|
|3 Carolina Hurricanes||6||4||1||1||9||4||20||14||1-0-0||3-1-1||4-1-1|
|4 Pittsburgh Penguins||7||4||2||1||9||4||30||21||3-0-0||1-2-1||4-2-1|
|5 Florida Panthers||8||4||3||1||9||4||24||25||2-0-1||2-3-0||4-3-1|
|6 Toronto Maple Leafs||8||4||3||1||9||4||22||22||3-1-0||1-2-1||4-3-1|
|7 Buffalo Sabres||7||4||3||0||8||4||25||19||1-2-0||3-1-0||4-3-0|
|8 Ottawa Senators||7||4||3||0||8||4||27||22||4-1-0||0-2-0||4-3-0|
|9 New Jersey Devils||7||4||3||0||8||4||23||22||2-2-0||2-1-0||4-3-0|
|10 Detroit Red Wings||7||3||2||2||8||3||23||23||2-1-1||1-1-1||3-2-2|
|11 Washington Capitals||8||4||4||0||8||4||25||26||3-1-0||1-3-0||4-4-0|
|12 Tampa Bay Lightning||8||4||4||0||8||4||24||25||1-1-0||3-3-0||4-4-0|
|13 Montreal Canadiens||8||4||4||0||8||4||20||23||3-2-0||1-2-0||4-4-0|
|14 New York Rangers||8||3||3||2||8||3||22||26||2-1-2||1-2-0||3-3-2|
|15 New York Islanders||7||3||4||0||6||3||22||18||3-2-0||0-2-0||3-4-0|
|16 Columbus Blue Jackets||8||3||5||0||6||3||25||33||2-3-0||1-2-0||3-5-0|
|1 Vegas Golden Knights||8||6||2||0||12||6||26||16||3-1-0||3-1-0||6-2-0|
|2 Dallas Stars||8||5||2||1||11||5||25||15||3-0-0||2-2-1||5-2-1|
|3 Calgary Flames||6||5||1||0||10||5||22||17||4-1-0||1-0-0||5-1-0|
|4 Edmonton Oilers||8||5||3||0||10||5||31||26||3-3-0||2-0-0||5-3-0|
|5 Colorado Avalanche||7||4||2||1||9||3||25||21||1-1-1||3-1-0||4-2-1|
|6 Chicago Blackhawks||7||4||3||0||8||4||25||23||3-1-0||1-2-0||4-3-0|
|7 Winnipeg Jets||7||4||3||0||8||4||22||21||2-1-0||2-2-0||4-3-0|
|8 Seattle Kraken||9||3||4||2||8||3||30||33||1-3-1||2-1-1||3-4-2|
|9 Los Angeles Kings||9||4||5||0||8||3||32||39||1-3-0||3-2-0||4-5-0|
|10 Minnesota Wild||7||3||3||1||7||3||26||30||1-3-0||2-0-1||3-3-1|
|11 Nashville Predators||8||3||4||1||7||3||22||26||2-2-1||1-2-0||3-4-1|
|12 St. Louis Blues||6||3||3||0||6||3||14||18||1-1-0||2-2-0||3-3-0|
|13 San Jose Sharks||10||3||7||0||6||3||21||30||1-4-0||2-3-0||3-7-0|
|14 Arizona Coyotes||6||2||4||0||4||2||19||29||—||2-4-0||2-4-0|
|15 Vancouver Canucks||8||1||5||2||4||1||23||34||0-2-0||1-3-2||1-5-2|
|16 Anaheim Ducks||7||1||5||1||3||1||16||32||1-1-0||0-4-1||1-5-1|
1st National Radio Broadcast of Gridiron Play
October 28, 1922 – Stagg Field, Chicago, Illinois – Princeton and Chicago played the first game to be nationally broadcast on radio. In 1922, coach Amos Alonzo Stagg’s Chicago Maroons were a Big Ten powerhouse, and Princeton was one of the top ranked teams in the east. This extremely rare east-west showdown provided a perfect opportunity to expand radio broadcasting. According to an article found on Princeton.edu Princeton went up early but John Thomas, the Maroons’ bruising runner, wore down the Tiger defense, scoring three touchdowns to build an 18–7 Chicago lead. The Tigers’ luck turned early in the fourth quarter, when Howdy Gray ’23 returned a fumble 42 yards to the end zone. Minutes later, Harry Crum ’24 completed a Princeton drive with his second touchdown of the day, putting the Tigers ahead 21–18. Then it all came down to the Tiger defense. Making use of its passing attack, Stagg’s team reached the Princeton 7-yard line. Three strong runs put the ball within a foot of the goal, setting up a legendary fourth and goal situation. It would end up being three undersized defenders from Princeton who made a play that would define one of the Tigers’ most storied football teams, dubbed the “Team of Destiny” when Charlie Caldwell, Harland “Pink” Baker, and Oliver Alford stopped the University of Chicago fullback John Thomas at the goal line on fourth down, preserving an improbable 21–18 Princeton win. And it was all caught on radio and the love of fans listening to a football broadcast began. Princeton would live up to that Team of Destiny moniker as they later defeated both rivals Yale and Harvard to finish the season 8-0 and share what was believed at the time to have reached the National Championship status alongside an undefeated University of California team amongst others. (https://paw.princeton.edu/article/destinys-first-stand)
Oct. 28, 1934 – Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York – One of 4 games with no penalty in NFL history. Brooklyn Dodgers 21, Pittsburgh Pirates 3. Perhaps the wintry-like conditions played a role in why referee Tom Thorp never dropped a flag. Is how the story goes on the Pro Football Hall of Fame website account of the story. The Dodgers cruised through the afternoon and snapped a three-game losing streak thanks in part to Jack Grossman’s 75-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.
99 Yard Kick!
October 28, 1950 – Nevada University’s Mackay Stadium – In a story from the ncaa.com website, Loyola had scored two early touchdowns against the winless University of Nevada team. Things evidently did not get much better for the Wolf Pack as their next offensive possession found them with a 4th -and long from their own one yard-line. That is when the team’s bright spot stepped onto the field, punter Pat Brady. Being careful to keep his feet inside the end line Brady took the long snap from center and then the southpaw booted a beauty! His punt sailed through the thin Nevada air, over the head of the surprised Loyola return man, past mid -field until it struck the turf near the Loyola 25 yard line then kept bouncing and rolling until it stopped about two feet from the goal line! The 4000 fans in attendance had just witnessed Nevada punter Pat Brady kicking an unbelievable NCAA record 99-yard punt! Unfortunately the poor field position did not stop the Loyola offense as they scored a few plays later for their 3rd touch down in the first quarter and subsequently the Wolf Pack lost to the Lions 34-7.
October 28, 1958 – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame hosts its first annual awards banquet at what is now known as the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the first recipient of the coveted Gold Medal, the highest individual award bestowed by the NFF, which recognizes an outstanding American who has contributed significantly to the sport of college football and our country. Subsequently, seven U.S. Presidents and many other outstanding Americans, including John Wayne, Norman Schwarzkopf and Gen. Tommy R. Franks, have also been honored with the prestigious award.
October 28, 1959 – American Football League awards Buffalo Bills franchise to Ralph C Wilson
October 28, 1961 – Ground broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for NY Mets
October 28, 1962 – New York Giants Quarterback Y. A. Tittle passes for 7 touchdowns againt the Washinton Redskins in a 49-34 final score. Joe Walton hauled in 3 of the TD passes from the 36 year old QB while Joe Morrison claimed two scoring catches each himself and Del Shofner and Frank Gifford each grabbed one to round our the Giants big passing day of touchdowns. DOn’t let the final score fool you as it was a good ball game until midway through the third stanza when ole Y.A. started having the hot hand. The Washington team has 5 touchdowns themselves in this shootout.
October 28, 1967 – Per the footballfoundation.org website UTEP back-up QB Brooks Dawson fills in for starter Billy Stevens. His first six completions go for touchdowns in a 75-12 victory over New Mexico.
October 28, 1995 – 7th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 20-10 in South Bend
Hall of Fame Birthday for October 28
S – Steve Atwater
October 28. 1966 – Chicago, Illinois – Steve Atwater was a former safety from the University of Arkansas. Atwater was a first round pick, the 20th overall in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website bio says he had an instant impact on the Broncos defense in 1989 as they allowed the fewest points in the League that season. Atwater was a First-Team All-Pro in both 1990 & 1991. Steve played in the NFL for 11 seasons and made it into 8 Pro Bowl games. During his career he recorded 24 interceptions. Steve Atwater had the honor of being voted onto the All-Decade team of the 1990’s. The Pro Football Hall of Fame chose Steve Atwater to be included in 2020’s selection class
RB – Terrell Davis
October 28, 1972 – San Diego, California – Terrell Davis was a running back out of Long Beach State & Georgia. Per his Wikipedia bio, at Long Beach State, Davis joined the football team that was coached by former Washington Redskins coach George Allen. He redshirted his freshman year in order to give him an extra year of eligibility. Davis never played an official game for coach Allen, because Allen died after the end of the 1990 season. Davis played the following season and rushed for 262 yards on 55 carries. Long Beach State eliminated its football program due to budget concerns at the end of the 1991 season. Davis transferred to the University of Georgia. During his first season with the Georgia Bulldogs, Davis backed up future NFL starting running back Garrison Hearst. After Hearst graduated, Davis became the top running back during the 1993 season
SPORTS IN NUMBERS:
14- 11 – 18 – 23 – 4 – 7 – 28 – 10 – 34 – 47 – 25
October 28, 1962 – New York Giants legendary Quarterback, Y A Tittle, Number 14 passed for 7 touchdowns vs Wash Redskins (49-34)
October 28, 1974 – 1st time 2 New York Islanders hat trick in same game Billy MacMillian, Number 11 & captain Ed Westfall, Number 18
October 28, 1975 – Guard Calvin Murphy, Number 23 of the the Houston Rockets began an NBA free throw streak of 58 games
October 28, 1978 – Chicago Black Hawks defenseman ,Bobby Orr, Number 4 scored his last career NHL goal against the Detroit Red Wings
October 28, 1981 – World Series: LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 9-2 at Yankee Stadium to clinch series, 4 games to 2; first co-MVP’s: LA’s Ron Cey (Number 10) , Pedro Guerrero (Number 28), and Steve Yeager (Number 7)
October 28, 1989 – At the World Series known as the “Bay Bridge Series,” the Oakland A’s defeated the San Francisco Giants, 9-6 at Candlestick Park to sweep Giants in the earthquake affected series. MVP: A’s pitcher Number 34, Dave Stewart
October 28, 1995 – World Series: Atlanta Braves beat Cleveland Indians, 1-0 in Game 6 at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium to win their 3rd title; MVP: Braves starter Number 47, Tom Glavine
October 28, 2007 – World Series: Boston Red Sox beat Colorado, 4-3 in Game 4 at Coors Field, Denver to sweep the Rockies and win their 2nd title in 4 years; MVP: Boston 3rd baseman Mike Lowell, Number 25
October 28, 2011 – World Series: St. Louis beats Texas Rangers, 6-2 in Game 7 at Busch Stadium to win Cardinals’ 11th title; MVP: Cardinals 3rd baseman David Freese, Number 23
October 28, 2012 – World Series: San Francisco beats Detroit, 4-3 in 10 innings in Game 4 at Comerica Park; sweep Tigers, 4-0 for Giants’ 2nd title in 3 years; MVP: SF 3rd baseman Number 48, Pablo SandovalOctober 28, 2018 – World Series: Boston Red Sox beats LA Dodgers, 5-1 in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium to win 9th title in franchise history; MVP: Boston utility Number 25, Steve Pearce