INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

ARGOS67WEST CENTRAL57 
BEECH GROVE74SPEEDWAY59 
BELLMONT42WHITKO23 
BEN DAVIS59PIKE54 
BETHANY CHRISTIAN79CLINTON CHRISTIAN16 
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN65DANVILLE58OT
BLOOMFIELD71SHAKAMAK42 
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH68BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE55 
BLUFFTON74SOUTH ADAMS34 
BOONE GROVE67WASHINGTON TWP.51 
BORDEN64LANESVILLE38 
BROWNSBURG63FRANKLIN CENTRAL39 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL64SEYMOUR52 
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN79INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL36 
CARMEL62LAWRENCE CENTRAL34 
CARROLL (FLORA)82FRONTIER42 
CASCADE46MONROVIA37 
CENTER GROVE49BLOOMINGTON NORTH47 
CENTRAL NOBLE46ANGOLA38 
CHESTERTON77HAMMOND MORTON45 
CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL106VICTORY COLLEGE PREP40 
CLARKSVILLE65SWITZERLAND COUNTY46 
CLINTON PRAIRIE54SHERIDAN52 
COLUMBIA CITY64FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY46 
COLUMBUS EAST66TRINITY LUTHERAN36 
COLUMBUS NORTH85SILVER CREEK51 
CONNERSVILLE54RUSHVILLE39 
CORYDON CENTRAL54NORTH HARRISON46 
COVENANT CHRISTIAN58COVINGTON46 
COWAN84TRI-CENTRAL71 
CROWN POINT84HIGHLAND39 
DALEVILLE50MONROE CENTRAL29 
DECATUR CENTRAL60FRANKLIN25 
DELPHI62FAITH CHRISTIAN49 
EASTERN (GREENTOWN)51EASTBROOK45 
EASTERN (PEKIN)55WEST WASHINGTON39 
EASTERN GREENE68BROWN COUNTY22 
EDGEWOOD56CLOVERDALE37 
EDINBURGH58OLDENBURG ACADEMY34 
ELKHART CHRISTIAN46HAMILTON22 
EVANSVILLE BOSSE68BOONVILLE58 
EVANSVILLE CENTRAL44TERRE HAUTE NORTH30 
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL40GIBSON SOUTHERN38 
EVANSVILLE REITZ62VINCENNES LINCOLN60 
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK63NEW HAVEN61 
FORT WAYNE NORTH56DEKALB46 
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL72CLINTON CENTRAL53 
GARY 21ST CENTURY81BOWMAN ACADEMY65 
GREENSBURG54BATESVILLE51 
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN59AVON47 
HANCOCK COUNTY (KY.)74PERRY CENTRAL54 
HANOVER CENTRAL56WHITING45 
HEBRON42NORTH NEWTON28 
HOMESTEAD56WARSAW39 
INDIAN CREEK72OWEN VALLEY39 
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL74BREBEUF JESUIT45 
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA58PARK TUDOR55 
INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON59IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY9 
JAY COUNTY56WOODLAN51 
JEFFERSONVILLE84EVANSVILLE NORTH68 
JENNINGS COUNTY85MADISON51 
JIMTOWN50CONCORD48 
JOHN GLENN58ELKHART24 
KNIGHTSTOWN56UNION COUNTY51 
KOKOMO61PERU50 
KOUTS52DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN47 
LAPORTE63PLYMOUTH40 
LAKE STATION70CALUMET CHRISTIAN23 
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN44CULVER37 
LAKELAND74FREMONT56 
LAKEWOOD PARK49GARRETT43 
LEBANON53CRAWFORDSVILLE36 
LEO66HERITAGE39 
LINTON-STOCKTON65CLAY CITY33 
LOOGOOTEE47WOOD MEMORIAL29 
MACONAQUAH86NORTH MIAMI38 
MADISON-GRANT94WES-DEL44 
MANCHESTER57WAWASEE55 
MARTINSVILLE59GREENWOOD48 
MEMPHIS EAST (TENN.)61INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS56 
MICHIGAN CITY72GARY WEST62 
MISHAWAKA MARIAN78SOUTH BEND RILEY50 
MITCHELL56CRAWFORD COUNTY52 
MOORESVILLE62PERRY MERIDIAN38 
MUNSTER70ILLIANA CHRISTIAN46 
NEW ALBANY72EVANSVILLE HARRISON67OT
NEW CASTLE54HAMILTON HEIGHTS53OT
NEW PALESTINE62EASTERN HANCOCK53 
NOBLESVILLE55FISHERS47 
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)65INDIANAPOLIS TECH52 
NORTH DECATUR60SOUTH DECATUR55 
NORTH JUDSON80RIVER FOREST47 
NORTH POSEY48MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)43 
NORTH PUTNAM45SOUTH PUTNAM43 
NORTHWOOD75TRITON37 
NORTHEAST DUBOIS54WASHINGTON CATHOLIC9 
NORTHRIDGE50CULVER ACADEMY48 
NORTHWESTERN46WESTERN42 
ORLEANS61SPRINGS VALLEY48 
OWENSBORO (KY.)71EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN53 
PAOLI48HENRYVILLE37 
PENDLETON HEIGHTS49LAPEL36 
PENN92SOUTH BEND CLAY58 
PIKE CENTRAL70FOREST PARK66OT
PLAINFIELD53WHITELAND50 
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS53FAIRFIELD48 
PRINCETON56TELL CITY12 
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN75UNION CITY54 
ROCHESTER52WINAMAC46 
ROSSVILLE67TRI-COUNTY42 
SCOTTSBURG72CHARLESTOWN25 
SEEGER64SOUTH NEWTON30 
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH84SOUTH BEND ADAMS80 
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON67NEW PRAIRIE34 
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)48TRINITY GREENLAWN46 
SOUTH DEARBORN55JAC-CEN-DEL44 
SOUTH KNOX42NORTH KNOX13 
SOUTHMONT43NORTH MONTGOMERY31 
SOUTHRIDGE47WASHINGTON44 
SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)78SHAWE MEMORIAL45 
SULLIVAN75NORTHVIEW53 
TAYLOR62NORTHFIELD38 
TECUMSEH87EVANSVILLE DAY79 
TIPPECANOE VALLEY69KNOX50 
TIPTON83FRANKFORT63 
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN66COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN36 
TRI-WEST50WESTERN BOONE44 
TRI41BLUE RIVER36 
WABASH68DELTA62 
WAPAHANI80WINCHESTER47 
WEST VIGO62GREENCASTLE45 
WESTVIEW80CHURUBUSCO51 
YORKTOWN55MUNCIE BURRIS43 
ZIONSVILLE43WESTFIELD40OT
BANKS OF WABASH TOURNAMENT
SOUTH VERMILLION59RIVERTON PARKE33 
PARKE HERITAGE64NORTH VERMILLION29 
CASS COUNTY INVITATIONAL
CASTON52PIONEER36 
LEWIS CASS52LOGANSPORT35 
LAFAYETTE TOURNAMENT
MCCUTCHEON56TWIN LAKES31 
LAFAYETTE JEFF45LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC38 
BENTON CENTRAL57RENSSELAER CENTRAL55OT
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)60WEST LAFAYETTE53OT

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

ALEXANDRIA35FRANKTON29 
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE73GIBSON SOUTHERN43 
BROWNSBURG69FRANKLIN CENTRAL28 
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN63UNION (MODOC)40 
CANNELTON40CROTHERSVILLE29 
CENTRAL NOBLE44ANGOLA30 
CHESTERTON69MICHIGAN CITY34 
CLINTON PRAIRIE54SHERIDAN32 
COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN48TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN40 
CROWN POINT55PORTAGE39 
DANVILLE75PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD39 
EASTBROOK60MISSISSINEWA42 
EDGEWOOD44CLOVERDALE17 
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL69LAPORTE LALUMIERE60 
FAITH CHRISTIAN69DELPHI65 
FORT WAYNE NORTHROP60FORT WAYNE DWENGER15 
FORT WAYNE SNIDER60FORT WAYNE SOUTH14 
FORT WAYNE WAYNE60FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA59 
FRANKLIN76DECATUR CENTRAL47 
GREENCASTLE51WEST VIGO38 
GREENWOOD43MARTINSVILLE20 
HAMMOND MORTON80HAMMOND SCIENCE & TECH34 
HAMMOND NOLL80CALUMET15 
HANOVER CENTRAL49WHITING32 
HOMESTEAD60CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)55 
INDIAN CREEK76OWEN VALLEY47 
INDIANA DEAF66INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE17 
INDIANAPOLIS HERRON52CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL22 
KANKAKEE VALLEY70LOWELL40 
LAKE CENTRAL60MERRILLVILLE18 
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN43CULVER32 
LAWRENCEBURG53RICHMOND22 
LEBANON54CRAWFORDSVILLE21 
MOORESVILLE50PERRY MERIDIAN24 
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)52PIKE38 
NORTH NEWTON47HEBRON39 
NORTH PUTNAM54SOUTH PUTNAM44 
NORTHWOOD45CONCORD31 
NORTHEASTERN82CENTERVILLE28 
NORWELL52HUNTINGTON NORTH34 
OAK HILL51ELWOOD11 
RIVER FOREST41WHEELER38 
SHAWE MEMORIAL63SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)61 
SOUTH RIPLEY30RISING SUN19 
SOUTHPORT67BLOOMINGTON NORTH57 
SULLIVAN58NORTHVIEW42 
TELL CITY60SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)23 
TRI-TWP.59WESTVILLE38 
TRITON CENTRAL61WALDRON25 
VINCENNES LINCOLN58SALEM34 
WARREN CENTRAL79CARMEL64 
WARSAW60BEN DAVIS50 
WASHINGTON TWP.69BOONE GROVE18 
WESTERN BOONE76TRI-WEST753OT
WHITELAND53PLAINFIELD38 

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCOREBOARD

NO RESULTS

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

WEEK 14

FRIDAY, DEC. 2

#11 UTAH 47 #4 USC 24…BOX SCORE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/CFB/BOXSCORE.ASP?GAMECODE=202212020062&HOME=62&VIS=94&FINAL=TRUE

BUFFALO 23 AKRON 22

TEXAS SAN ANTONIO 48 N. TEXAS 27

SATURDAY, DEC. 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

****NFL****

WEEK 13

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2022

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

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2022

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


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2022

NEW YORK JETS AT BUFFALO BILLS                                                     1:00 PM               CBS

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS                              1:00 PM               CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT DALLAS COWBOYS                                         1:00 PM               FOX

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DETROIT LIONS                                          1:00 PM               FOX

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK GIANTS                                 1:00 PM               FOX

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS                              1:00 PM               CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT TENNESSEE TITANS                              1:00 PM               CBS

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT DENVER BRONCOS                                      4:05 PM               CBS

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

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS                                4:25 PM               FOX

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS                              8:20 PM               NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2022


NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS                      8:15 PM               ESPN

2022 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 13

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

MINNESOTA CLINCHES NFC NORTH DIVISION TITLE WITH:

1) MIN WIN + DET LOSS OR TIE OR

2) MIN TIE + DET LOSS

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

PHILADELPHIA CLINCHES PLAYOFF BERTH WITH:

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

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

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

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

#6 BAYLOR 64 #14 GONZAGA 63

#15 AUBURN 93 COLGATE 66

#22 MARYLAND 71 #16 ILLINOIS 66

#24 SAN DIEGO STATE 95 OCCIDENTAL 57

ELSEWHERE:

CLEMSON 77 WAKE FOREST 57

GEORGIA 68 FLORIDA A&M 46

KENT STATE 83 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 68

PITTSBURGH 68 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 60

GEORGIA TECH 81 NORTHEASTERN 63

LSU 63 TEXAS ARLINGTON 59

IDAHO 84 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 47

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/CBK/SCOREBOARD.ASP?CONF=-1&DAY=20221202

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

#3 UCONN 98 PROVIDENCE 53

#13 CREIGHTON 67 #23 VILLANOVA 46

SOUTH FLORIDA 70 #22 TEXAS 65

#24 MARQUETTE 78 GEORGETOWN 57

ELSEWHERE:

ST. JOHN’S 65 BUTLER 57

EVANSVILLE 75 MOREHEAD STATE 65

BALL STATE 82 WESTERN KENTUCKY 76

BOWLING GREEN 92 VALPARAISO 61

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 58 DETROIT 49

ROBERT MORRIS 68 WRIGHT STATE 47

MIAMI OHIO 73 EASTERN KENTUCKY 68

SETON HALL 74 XAVIER 55

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 59 NORTHERN KENTUCKY 55

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/WCBK/SCOREBOARD.ASP?CONF=-1&DAY=20221202

****NBA SCOREBOARD****

UTAH 139 INDIANA 119

CHARLOTTE 117 WASHINGTON 116

ATLANTA 117 DENVER 109

MIAMI 120 BOSTON 116 OT

CLEVELAND 107 ORLANDO 96

LA LAKERS 133 MILWAUKEE 129

BROOKLYN 114 TORONTO 105

NEW ORLEANS 117 SAN ANTONIO 99

MEMPHIS 117 PHILADELPHIA 109

HOUSTON 122 PHOENIX 121

GOLDEN STATE 119 CHICAGO 111

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

****NHL SCOREBOARD****

OTTAWA 3 NY RANGERS 2

NASHVILLE 4 NY ISLANDERS 1

COLUMBUS 4 WINNIPEG 1

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

****TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES****

NO. 4 USC FALLS TO UTAH IN PAC-12, ALL BUT ENDING CFP HOPE

LAS VEGAS (AP) Caleb Williams once again was starring in his own highlight video, breaking four tackles and finding himself in the open field for a 59-yard gain.

No. 4 Southern California looked as if it would do whatever it wanted against No. 12 Utah and coast into the College Football Playoff. But, Williams pulled his hamstring on that play and was never the same.

Neither were the Trojans, whose hope for a spot in the College Football Playoff all but ended as Utah rolled to a 47-24 win in the Pac-12 Championship game Friday night.

“Our play didn’t really resemble the way we played the majority of this year,” first-year USC coach Lincoln Riley said. “Disappointed with some of the missed opportunities out there, but that’s the name of the game when you get to this level in these kind of games against good football teams. You’ve got to go play good football to win, and we didn’t do it.”

The loss by the Trojans (11-2) could open the way for Ohio State (11-1) to take their spot in the playoffs. USC is fourth in the CFP rankings, the Buckeyes are one step behind.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day had to be Utah’s biggest fan. The Buckeyes’ move up in playoff consideration, with 12-0 Michigan at No. 2 with the Big Ten championship game on Saturday, would give that conference two playoff teams for the first time. It also would extend the Pac-12’s playoff drought – Washington in 2017 is the last team from that conference to make the playoffs.

“Coach Day, you’re welcome,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham directed at Ohio State coach Ryan Day on the FOX Sports broadcast after the win.

Utah (10-3) is heading to the Rose Bowl, but the Utes already were going there regardless of the outcome of the title game. They are responsible for USC’s only losses, having edged the Trojans 43-42 on Oct. 15 in Salt Lake City.

The Utes rolled up 533 yards of offense in the rematch, and Cam Rising passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns and earning game MVP.

Williams threw for 363 yards and three TDs. He entered the game as the leading Heisman Trophy candidate, but wasn’t the same after getting injured in the first quarter.

Backup Miller Moss even took snaps on the sideline in the second half.

“I asked (Williams) at one point, `Are you 50%?'” Riley said. “He was not even close to 50%. I definitely thought about taking him out. He didn’t let me. He wouldn’t even let me take him out at the end. In terms of guys I’ve coached at that position, it may be the gutsiest performance I’ve ever seen. Most guys wouldn’t even have played, and he still gave us a chance.”

Williams, who also played with a badly cut pinky on his throwing hand, said his hamstring felt like “an old rubber band.”

“I was in my head and encouraging (myself) the game was bigger than I was feeling,” Williams said, drawing inspiration from a Kobe Bryant quote. “I also had a group of guys looking at me to go out there and lead them to victory.”

Williams painted his fingernails before game that read “(Expletive) Utah,” though the Utes apparently weren’t aware of that until told afterward.

“You can put whatever you want on your nails,” Utah running back Ja’Quinden Jackson said. “I’m not going to judge him … but I hope he liked it.”

The Trojans looked as if they were going to run away with the game, taking a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter behind some stellar play by Williams. He passed for 108 yards and two TDs and rushed for 76 yards in the first quarter

After USC failed to pick up a fourth-and-8 from Utah’s 37-yard line, the Utes scored two touchdowns in the final 3:55 of the first half, and suddenly the game was tied at 17. Instead of a rout, the game was beginning to look like the shootout the Utes won in October.

The game took on that tone at times in the second half, but USC had no answer for how to slow down Utah, which outscored the Trojans 44-7 in overcoming that two-touchdown deficit.

“Just unwavering belief,” Rising said.

ATTENDANCE RECORD

A announced sellout crowd of 61,195 made this the largest for a neutral-site Pac-12 Championship. It beat the previous record of 58,476 fans. who watched Southern California-Stanford in Santa Clara, California, in 2015

NOTRE DAME QB DREW PYNE ANNOUNCES HE INTENDS TO TRANSFER

(AP) — Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne announced Friday on social media that he is putting his name in the transfer portal.

Pyne posted on Twitter that being a student-athlete at Notre Dame was “one of my proudest honors …” as well as, “Now it’s time for me to take on a new challenge, and I will be entering the transfer portal.”

He took over as the starter after Tyler Buchner went out with a season-ending shoulder injury in the second game of the season against Marshall.

Notre Dame went 8-2 with Pyne starting. The third-year player passed for 2,021 yards and 22 touchdowns with six interceptions. He could have as many as three years of eligibility left after having played during the pandemic season of 2020.

The Fighting Irish still have a bowl game, and will learn Sunday their opponent and the location.

Freshman Steve Angeli is next on Notre Dame’s depth chart. He has not attempted a pass this season.

FLORIDA FORMALLY DISMISSES QB KITNA AMID CHILD PORN CHARGES

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida has formally dismissed quarterback Jalen Kitna from the team following his arrest on five child pornography charges that police said included an image of a man having sex with a young girl.

The Gators scrubbed Kitna’s name from their roster and his biography from their website late Thursday, just hours after Kitna’s first court appearance. Kitna was released from jail on an $80,000 bond and ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors and no internet access.

Kitna, 19, returned with his parents, retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna and wife Jennifer, to Burleson, Texas.

Although Kitna remained enrolled in classes Friday, the University Police Department issued him a trespass warning that bars him from campus for three years, pending the outcome of his court case. Kitna also would need to have to go through a student code of conduct hearing to be eligible to return, an unlikely outcome given the severity of the allegations.

Kitna sobbed into his hands during his 75-minute court appearance, which included attorneys on both sides arguing bond details and conditions of his release. He wore a solid green smock typically given to inmates being kept under close watch because of welfare concerns.

The Gainesville Police Department released Kitna’s arrest report Thursday, providing graphic details about the complaints filed against him.

Police said Kitna shared two mages of young girls being sexually abused via a social media platform, including one of a man having sex with a young girl.

Police later searched his phone and found three more images of two nude young girls in a shower – photos that had been saved to Kitna’s phone in December 2021. The report did not estimate the ages of the girls.

Kitna’s lawyer Caleb Kenyon argued those three images could be considered child erotica instead of child porn.

Two of the five arresting charges, which still need to be formalized by the state attorney’s office, are second-degree felonies that could result in a prison term of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The other three are third-degree felonies.

The Gators suspended Kitna following his arrest on Wednesday and took the step of dismissing him a day later.

LAMAR JACKSON APOLOGIZES FOR VULGAR TWEET TOWARD FAN

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Lamar Jackson apologized for his vulgar tweet following Baltimore’s loss last weekend, saying Friday that he was angry and reacted.

Jackson hadn’t been made available since the situation since Sunday.

“I was just reacting at the time. I was mad. I wasn’t thinking about actions,” he said. “It was like, bitter. I was bitter. I feel like you should be bitter after a loss though. No smiles. In fact, the fans should be mad we lost too, but not mad at us. We tried.

“But it happened. I apologize, if I hurt feelings out there.”

After the Ravens lost 28-27 to Jacksonville on Sunday, a fan suggested Baltimore should let Jackson leave via free agency. Jackson responded in a tweet that was later deleted, saying the person “never smelt a football field” and using vulgar language that members of the LBGTQ community said was offensive.

Jackson said he was upset after the game, and the fan’s tweet was the first thing he saw on social media.

“I just busted my behind – my whole team did, coaches did – and that’s what I seen, and I just reacted to it,” he said. “My bad.”

Jackson said his girlfriend recommended he delete the tweet.

When asked what he learned from this episode, Jackson said: “There’s kids watching. I don’t need the kids saying that. Just watch what you say. Try to stay off Twitter if something like that happens again. Hopefully we’re not losing no more.”

Earlier this week, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he tells players to avoid Twitter so soon after a game – especially a loss.

NFL CAPSULES

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

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

STREAKS Steelers have won past 3

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

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

STEELERS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 3-0

PTS. FOR 17.6

OFFENSE 313.2

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

RUSHING Najee Harris: 158-585-3.7-4

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

PTS. AGAINST 23.7

DEFENSE 367.7

SACKS Alex Highsmith: 10

INTs Minkah Fitzpatrick, Levi Wallace: 3

TAKE/GIVE +2 (16/14)

PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin: 44.5 (41.3)

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

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

FALCONS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 19-13 at Washington

COACH VS. OPP. Arthur Smith: 0-0

PTS. FOR 22.7

OFFENSE 315.3

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

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

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

PTS. AGAINST 24.4

DEFENSE 383.1

SACKS Grady Jarrett: 5.5

INTs Richie Grant, Jaylinn Hawkins, Mykal Walker: 2

TAKE/GIVE -1 (15/16)

PUNTING (NET) Bradley Pinion: 46.4 (40.8)

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Ravens lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS Ravens have won past 2

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

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

BRONCOS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 23-10 at Carolina

COACH VS. OPP. Nathaniel Hackett: 0-0

PTS. FOR 14.3

OFFENSE 319.1

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

RUSHING Latavius Murray: 76-301-4.0-3

RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 52-688-13.2-1

PTS. AGAINST 17.6

DEFENSE 306.4

SACKS Dre’Mont Jones: 5.5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -1 (11/12)

PUNTING (NET) Corliss Waitman: 46.6 (41.3)

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

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

RAVENS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 28-27 at Jacksonville

COACH VS. OPP. John Harbaugh: 5-3

PTS. FOR 25.0

OFFENSE 356.1

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

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

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

PTS. AGAINST 20.6

DEFENSE 335.8

SACKS Justin Houston: 9

INTs Marlon Humphrey: 3

TAKE/GIVE +8 (20/12)

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

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

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

STREAKS Packers have won past 7

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

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

PACKERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 40-33 at Philadelphia

COACH VS. OPP. Matt LaFleur: 7-0

PTS. FOR 19.6

OFFENSE 344.7

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

RUSHING Aaron Jones: 155-821-5.3-2

RECEIVING Allen Lazard: 40-553-13.8-5

PTS. AGAINST 23.6

DEFENSE 342.6

SACKS Preston Smith: 5.5

INTs Jaire Alexander: 3

TAKE/GIVE -5 (12/17)

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

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

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

BEARS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Matt Eberflus: 0-0

PTS. FOR 20.9

OFFENSE 323.2

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

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

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

PTS. AGAINST 25.4

DEFENSE 350.0

SACKS Eddie Jackson: 4

INTs Jaquan Brisker (R): 3

TAKE/GIVE 0 (15/15)

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

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Lions lead all-time series, 4-3

STREAKS Lions have won past 3

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

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

JAGS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 28-27 vs. Baltimore

COACH VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 0-2

PTS. FOR 22.2

OFFENSE 359.5

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

RUSHING Travis Etienne: 133-728-5.5-4

RECEIVING Christian Kirk: 56-725-12.9-7

PTS. AGAINST 21.1

DEFENSE 362.9

SACKS Dawuane Smoot: 5

INTs Andre Cisco: 3

TAKE/GIVE +2 (16/14)

PUNTING (NET) Logan Cooke: 51.2 (44.3)

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

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

LIONS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Dan Campbell: 0-0

PTS. FOR 25.0

OFFENSE 362.9

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

RUSHING Jamaal Williams: 177-734-4.1-13

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

PTS. AGAINST 28.2

DEFENSE 414.5

SACKS Aidan Hutchinson (R): 5.5

INTs Kerby Joseph (R): 3

TAKE/GIVE 0 (14/14)

PUNTING (NET) Jack Fox: 48.8 (40.8)

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Texans lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS Browns have won past 2

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

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

BROWNS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 2-0

PTS. FOR 23.9

OFFENSE 376.9

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

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

RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 57-792-13.9-7

PTS. AGAINST 26.0

DEFENSE 347.6

SACKS Myles Garrett: 10

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

TAKE/GIVE -7 (8/15)

PUNTING (NET) Corey Bojorquez: 48.0 (38.8)

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

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

TEXANS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 30-15 at Miami

COACH VS. OPP. Lovie Smith: 1-2

PTS. FOR 15.8

OFFENSE 279.0

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

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

RECEIVING Brandin Cooks: 44-520-11.8-1

PTS. AGAINST 23.6

DEFENSE 385.0

SACKS Jerry Hughes: 8

INTs Jalen PItre (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE -4 (12/16)

PUNTING (NET) Cameron Johnston: 48.8 (43.6)

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Jets lead all-time series, 8-3

STREAKS Vikings have won past 2

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

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

JETS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 31-10 vs. Chicago

COACH VS. OPP. Robert Saleh: 0-0

PTS. FOR 20.9

OFFENSE 325.8

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

RUSHING Michael Carter: 99-370-3.7-3

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

PTS. AGAINST 17.8

DEFENSE 308.8

SACKS Quinnen Williams: 8

INTs Lamarcus Joyner: 3

TAKE/GIVE +2 (15/13)

PUNTING (NET) Braden Mann: 47.7 (41.5)

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

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

VIKINGS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin O’Connell: 0-0

PTS. FOR 23.8

OFFENSE 340.3

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

RUSHING Dalvin Cook: 178-841-4.7-6

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

PTS. AGAINST 23.4

DEFENSE 390.7

SACKS Za’Darius Smith: 9.5

INTs Harrison Smith: 4

TAKE/GIVE +6 (18/12)

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

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

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

STREAKS Washington has won past 2

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

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22

COMMANDERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 19-13 vs. Atlanta

COACH VS. OPP. Ron Rivera: 5-3

PTS. FOR 19.4

OFFENSE 324.9

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

RUSHING Antonio Gibson: 130-476-3.7-3

RECEIVING Terry McLaurin: 54-840-15.6-2

PTS. AGAINST 19.7

DEFENSE 310.0

SACKS Montez Sweat: 7

INTs Darrick Forrest: 3

TAKE/GIVE 0 (14/14)

PUNTING (NET) Tress Way: 47.3 (43.7)

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

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

GIANTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 28-20 at Dallas (Thanksgiving)

COACH VS. OPP. Brian Daboll: 0-0

PTS. FOR 20.5

OFFENSE 331.4

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

RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 224-992-4.4-7

RECEIVING Darius Slayton: 27-476-17.6-2

PTS. AGAINST 21.1

DEFENSE 355.2

SACKS Dexter Lawrence: 5

INTs Julian Love: 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (14/11)

PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 47.8 (40.5)

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Eagles lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS Titans have won 5 of last 6

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

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

TITANS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 20-16 vs. Cincinnati

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Vrabel: 1-0

PTS. FOR 19.0

OFFENSE 298.8

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

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

RECEIVING Robert Woods: 32-351-11.0-1

PTS. AGAINST 18.6

DEFENSE 351.3

SACKS Denico Autry: 7

INTs David Long: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (13/11)

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

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

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

EAGLES NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 40-33 vs. Green Bay

COACH VS. OPP. Nick Sirianni: 0-0

PTS. FOR 27.5

OFFENSE 382.4

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

RUSHING Miles Sanders: 177-900-5.1-8

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

PTS. AGAINST 19.6

DEFENSE 304.4

SACKS Haason Reddick: 8

INTs C.J. Gardner-Johnson: 6

TAKE/GIVE +13 (23/10)

PUNTING (NET) Arryn Siposs: 46.0 (41.4)

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Seahawks lead all-time series, 25-22

STREAKS Rams have won past 2

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

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/21/21

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 11-15

PTS. FOR 26.5

OFFENSE 353.9

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

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

RECEIVING Tyler Lockett: 57-708-12.4-6

PTS. AGAINST 25.5

DEFENSE 388.7

SACKS Uchenna Nwosu: 7

INTs Tariq Woolen (R): 5

TAKE/GIVE +4 (19/15)

PUNTING (NET) Michael Dickson: 49.3 (45.2)

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

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

RAMS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 26-10 at Kansas City

COACH VS. OPP. Sean McVay: 8-3

PTS. FOR 16.2

OFFENSE 278.8

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

RUSHING Cam Akers: 84-274-3.3-1

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

PTS. AGAINST 23.0

DEFENSE 323.4

SACKS Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd: 5

INTs NIck Scott: 2

TAKE/GIVE -7 (10/17)

PUNTING (NET) Riley Dixon: 49.1 (41.3)

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Dolphins lead all-time series, 8-5

STREAKS Dolphins have won past 2

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

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/11/20

DOLPHINS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 30-15 vs. Houston

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McDaniel: 0-0

PTS. FOR 25.6

OFFENSE 386.7

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

RUSHING Raheem Mostert: 118-543-4.6-3

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

PTS. AGAINST 23.3

DEFENSE 343.4

SACKS Bradley Chubb (2022): 7

INTs Jevon Holland: 2

TAKE/GIVE 0 (11/11)

PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 46.3 (39.4)

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

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

49ERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 13-0 vs. New Orleans

COACH VS. OPP. Kyle Shanahan: 0-1

PTS. FOR 22.6

OFFENSE 358.5

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

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

RECEIVING Brandon Aiyuk: 51-652-12.8-6

PTS. AGAINST 15.7

DEFENSE 281.7

SACKS Nick Bosa: 11.5

INTs Talanoa Hufanga: 4

TAKE/GIVE +1 (14/13)

PUNTING (NET) Mitch Wishnowsky: 44.2 (39.8)

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Bengals lead all-time series, 16-14

STREAKS Bengals have won 5 of last 6

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

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/2/22

CHIEFS NOTES:

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

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

PTS. FOR 29.6

OFFENSE 430.0

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

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

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

PTS. AGAINST 22.1

DEFENSE 335.5

SACKS Chris Jones: 10

INTs Nick Bolton: 2

TAKE/GIVE -3 (12/15)

PUNTING (NET) Tommy Townsend: 50.7 (46.5)

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

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

BENGALS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 20-16 at Tennessee

COACH VS. OPP. Zac Taylor: 2-0

PTS. FOR 25.9

OFFENSE 367.1

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

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

RECEIVING Tee Higgins: 57-826-14.5-4

PTS. AGAINST 21.0

DEFENSE 328.3

SACKS Trey Hendrickson: 6

INTs Vonn Bell: 4

TAKE/GIVE +1 (13/12)

PUNTING (NET) Drue Chrisman: 52.6 (45.4)

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

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

STREAKS Chargers have won 3 of last 4

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

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

CHARGERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 25-24 at Arizona

COACH VS. OPP. Brandon Staley: 2-1

PTS. FOR 22.9

OFFENSE 348.0

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

RUSHING Austin Ekeler: 128-554-4.3-7

RECEIVING Joshua Palmer: 50-552-11.0-3

PTS. AGAINST 25.6

DEFENSE 368.7

SACKS Khalil Mack: 7

INTs Bryce Callahan: 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (15/12)

PUNTING (NET) JK Scott: 43.2 (41.5)

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

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

RAIDERS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Josh McDaniels: 1-3

PTS. FOR 24.1

OFFENSE 363.5

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

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

RECEIVING Davante Adams: 71-999-14.1-10

PTS. AGAINST 25.1

DEFENSE 70.6

SACKS Maxx Crosby: 10.5

INTs Duron Harmon: 2

TAKE/GIVE -1 (8/9)

PUNTING (NET) AJ Cole: 50.6 (44.7)

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 10-6

STREAKS Cowboys have won 3 of last 4

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

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

COLTS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Jeff Saturday: 0-0

PTS. FOR 15.8

OFFENSE 18.8

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

RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 171-779-4.6-4

RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 74-739-10.0-2

PTS. AGAINST 20.3

DEFENSE 308.9

SACKS Yannick Ngakoue: 8.5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -10 (11/21)

PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 45.1 (40.4)

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

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

COWBOYS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 1-2

PTS. FOR 25.4

OFFENSE 353.3

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

RUSHING Tony Pollard: 136-761-5.6-6

RECEIVING CeeDee Lamb: 64-857-13.4-5

PTS. AGAINST 17.0

DEFENSE 309.6

SACKS Micah Parsons: 12

INTs Trevon Diggs: 3

TAKE/GIVE +5 (16/11)

PUNTING (NET) Bryan Anger: 48.7 (42.9)

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

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

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

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Saints lead all-time series, 39-22

STREAKS Saints have won 7 of last 8

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

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

SAINTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 13-0 at San Francisco

COACH VS. OPP. Dennis Allen: 0-2

PTS. FOR 20.8

OFFENSE 347.3

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

RUSHING Alvin Kamara: 131-524-4.0-1

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

PTS. AGAINST 23.3

DEFENSE 326.4

SACKS Demario Davis: 6.5

INTs Tyrann Mathieu: 2

TAKE/GIVE -14 (7/21)

PUNTING (NET) Blake Gillikin: 47.9 (42.4)

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

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

BUCS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 23-17 at Cleveland (OT)

COACH VS. OPP. Todd Bowles: 1-1

PTS. FOR 18.2

OFFENSE 339.1

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

RUSHING Leonard Fournette: 135-462-3.4-3

RECEIVING Mike Evans: 51-702-13.8-3

PTS. AGAINST 18.5

DEFENSE 315.2

SACKS Vita Vea: 6.5

INTs Jamel Dean, Mike Edwards: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (11/9)

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

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

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

US PLAYER PULISIC CLEARED TO PLAY AGAINST DUTCH IN WORLD CUP

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Christian Pulisic was cleared to play for the United States in its round of 16 match at the World Cup against the Netherlands on Saturday.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said after Friday’s training session that the American had been given the go-ahead.

Pulisic left Tuesday’s final group match against Iran at halftime after bruising his pelvic bone in a collision with the goalkeeper while scoring in the 38th minute. The Americans won 1-0 to advance.

A 24-year-old winger, Pulisic was taken to the hospital after halftime and then returned to the team hotel in time for the postgame celebration. Pulisic said Thursday he was feeling better.

United States forward Josh Sargent left the Iran match in the 77th minute, three minutes after injuring his right ankle in a challenge by Majid Hosseini.

“With Christian we’re hopeful, I think with him a little less so,” United States coach Gregg Berhalter said before training. “At this stage, it’s go time. If you can push through it, you do. So I’m sure he’ll have that mindset.”

Haji Wright and Jesus Ferreira are the other strikers in the squad. Sargent started against Wales and Iran, and Wright against England.

TEXAS RANGERS SIGN ACE JACOB DEGROM TO $185M, 5-YEAR DEAL

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jacob deGrom is headed to the free-spending Texas Rangers, who believe the health risk is worth the potential reward in trying to end a six-year run of losing.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner agreed to a $185 million, five-year contract Friday, leaving the New York Mets after nine seasons – the past two shortened substantially by injuries.

“We acknowledge the risk, but we also acknowledge that in order to get great players, there is a risk and a cost associated with that,” Rangers general manager Chris Young said. “And one we feel like is worth taking with a player of Jacob’s caliber.”

Texas announced the signing after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal disclosed the financial terms to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club did not announce those details.

The Rangers were also big spenders in free agency last offseason, signing shortstop Corey Seager ($325 million, 10 years) and second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years).

The team said deGrom will be introduced in a news conference at Globe Life Field next week following the winter meetings in San Diego.

“It fits in so many ways in terms of what we need,” Young said. “He’s a tremendous person. I have a number of close friends and teammates who played with Jacob and love him. I think he’s going to be just a perfect fit for our clubhouse and our fans.”

Texas had modest expectations after adding Seager, Semien and starter Jon Gray ($56 million, four years) last offseason but still fell short of them.

The Rangers went 68-94, firing manager Chris Woodward during the season, and then hired Bruce Bochy, a three-time World Series champion with San Francisco. Texas’ six straight losing seasons are its worst skid since the franchise moved from Washington in 1972.

Rangers owner Ray Davis said the club wouldn’t hesitate to keep adding payroll. Including the $19.65 million qualifying offer accepted by Martin Perez, the team’s best pitcher last season, the Rangers have spent nearly $761 million in free agency over the past year.

“I hate losing, but I think there’s one person in our organization who hates losing worse than me, and I think it’s Ray Davis,” Young said. “He’s tired of losing. I’m tired of losing. Our organization is tired of losing.”

After making his first start in early August last season, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 11 outings. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then passed up a $30.5 million salary for 2023 and opted out of his contract to become a free agent for the first time.

That ended his deal with the Mets at $107 million over four years, and deGrom rejected their $19.65 million qualifying offer in November. New York will receive draft-pick compensation for losing him.

The fan favorite becomes the latest in a long line of ace pitchers to leave the Mets for one reason or another, including Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone.

The Rangers visit Citi Field from Aug. 28-30.

When healthy, deGrom is perhaps baseball’s most dominant pitcher. His 2.52 career ERA ranks third in the expansion era (since 1961) behind Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (2.48) and Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax (2.19) among those with at least 200 starts.

The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA in five career postseason starts, including a win over San Diego in the wild-card round this year that extended the Mets’ season. New York was eliminated the next night.

A four-time All-Star and the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom was a ninth-round draft pick by the Mets in 2010 out of Stetson, where he played shortstop before moving to the mound. He was slowed by Tommy John surgery early in his career and didn’t reach the majors until age 26.

Once he arrived, though, he blossomed. He helped the Mets reach the 2015 World Series and earn a 2016 playoff berth before winning consecutive NL Cy Young Awards in 2018 and 2019.

But injuries to his elbow, forearm and shoulder blade have limited him to 26 starts over the past two seasons. He compiled a career-low 1.08 ERA over 92 innings in 2021, but did not pitch after July 7 that year because of arm trouble.

DeGrom is 82-57 with 1,607 strikeouts in 1,326 innings over nine big league seasons. He gets $30 million next year, $40 million in 2024 and 2025, $38 million in 2026 and $37 million in 2027. The deal includes a conditional option for 2028 with no guaranteed money.

The addition of deGrom gives the Rangers three proven starters along with Gray and Perez, who went 12-8 with a career-best 2.89 ERA in his return to the team that signed him as a teenager out of Venezuela. Young didn’t rule out the addition of another starter.

With several holes on their starting staff, the Mets have shown interest in free agents Justin Verlander and Carlos Rodon to pair with 38-year-old Max Scherzer atop the rotation.

Now, with deGrom gone, signing one of those two could become a much bigger priority.

MARINERS GET 2B KOLTEN WONG FROM BREWERS FOR WINKER, TORO

SEATTLE (AP) Right before the start of baseball’s winter meetings, the Seattle Mariners checked off another offseason need, this time with a Gold Glove second baseman.

Seattle acquired Kolten Wong from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday in a trade for outfielder Jesse Winker and infielder Abraham Toro.

“Second base is really an area that we’ve struggled to get production out of, particularly offensively,” Seattle general manager Justin Hollander said. “His game really seems to be trending upward year after year offensively, particularly against right-handed pitching. He’s learning to elevate the ball. He makes a ton of contact.”

Seattle also receives cash as part of the deal. ESPN reported the Brewers would be sending the Mariners about $1.75 million.

Milwaukee has been shedding payroll this offseason after going 86-76 and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2017. The Brewers picked up the $10 million team option on Wong’s contract for 2023 last month, then traded him away.

Wong, 32, batted .251 this season and had a career-best 15 homers to go with 47 RBIs and 17 steals in 134 games. He had a .339 on-base percentage and .430 slugging percentage.

Adam Frazier was Seattle’s primary second baseman last season but struggled at the plate and hit just .238 with a .612 OPS.

Wong, a two-time Gold Glove winner, did have an uncharacteristically tough season in the field with 17 errors to match his career high.

“I think he owned it at the end of the season. He didn’t have the kind of year, particularly with his hands, that his own expectations are for himself,” Hollander said. “He brought it up to me on the phone that he’s prepared to be much better defensively next year. He’s always been an outstanding defender.”

After ending a 21-year playoff drought, adding a second baseman had been one of the Mariners’ chief offseason objectives. Wong was Milwaukee’s starting second baseman for the last two years after spending his first eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Brewers have a few options at second base next season. They could move Luis Urias from third, give Toro a shot at a full-time role or bring up top prospect Brice Turang.

“A lot of our players in our mix who have a lot of flexibility – you guys know that we value that very much as a franchise,” Brewers president of baseball operations Matt Arnold said. “Having added depth across the entire infield is something that we feel really good about.”

Winker gives the Brewers a power-hitting outfielder to help replace Hunter Renfroe, traded to the Los Angeles Angels last week.

The 29-year-old Winker struggled badly in his only season with the Mariners, hitting .219 with 14 homers and 53 RBIs in 136 games in 2022 after playing five seasons in the NL Central with the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .305 with a .394 on-base percentage, .556 slugging percentage, 24 homers and 71 RBIs in 110 games with Cincinnati in 2021, when he was a National League All-Star.

Winker had surgery after the season to clean up a meniscus issue in his left knee and had disk replacement surgery in his neck.

“When you’re dealing with things like that, it challenges the fun of the game,” Winker said. “But like I said, this is a no-excuse league. I didn’t have a good year. I had a bad year. So I got some things taken care of and I’m looking forward to being healthy.”

Toro, who turns 26 on Dec. 20, hit .185 with a .239 on-base percentage, 10 homers and 35 RBIs in 109 games this past season.

NO. 6 BAYLOR RALLIES PAST NO. 14 ZAGS IN 2021 TITLE REMATCH

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) In a rematch of the 2021 national championship game, Adam Flagler hit a pair of 3s as No. 6 Baylor scored the final eight points to rally past No. 14 Gonzaga 64-63 Friday night.

Gonzaga’s Rasir Bolton missed a wild, driving layup try at the buzzer.

Two seasons ago, Baylor beat the then-undefeated Zags 86-70 to win its first title. This time, the Bears didn’t take the lead for good until Jalen Bridges made two free throws with 16 seconds left.

“Adam is a great leader, but no one knew he wasn’t feeling well today,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. “To be honest, some players wouldn’t have played. He played through the pain and left it all out on the court. As a coach, I appreciate that.”

The Bears (6-2) trailed 63-56 before Flagler hit a 3-pointer with 1:33 left. Flagler’s 3 with just over a minute to play cut Baylor’s deficit to 63-62.

After a Gonzaga shot clock violation, Flagler’s 3-point attempt for the lead was off the mark, but Bridges was fouled by Drew Timme on the rebound attempt. Bridges hit two foul shots to put Baylor ahead.

The Zags (5-3) had a final chance when Bolton caught an inbounds pass near his own foul line with 4.6 seconds remaining. He drove the lane, but his off-balance shot went high off the glass and missed as the buzzer sounded.

“We took two balls down hill and tried to make plays at the rim. At that point in the game, those are tough,” Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. “It’s very disappointing. They made plays, man.”

Freshman Keyonte George had 18 points and seven rebounds for Baylor. Flagler had 11 points and Langston Love added 10.

“I trust my work. I was able to knock them down,” George said. “My teammates believe in me each and every day. They give me that confidence in a big game to make big shots like that.”

Malchi Smith scored 16 points for Gonzaga. Anton Watson added a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Timme had nine points.

Baylor led by as many as 12 in the first half before Gonzaga closed to five at the break.

Watson’s basket put Gonzaga ahead 41-40. From there, the teams swapped leads over the next 13 minutes as the second half featured two ties and 14 lead changes.

A thunderous dunk from Smith gave Gonzaga its seven-point lead with under two minutes to go.

BIG PICTURE

Baylor: The win was a big rebound for Baylor after its 26-point loss to Marquette earlier in the week. The loss was the Bears’ most lopsided since they fell to Kansas 82-56 in 2007

Gonzaga: After opening the season ranked No. 2 in the AP preseason poll, the Zags have now lost two of three.

STAR WATCH

Timme began the night leading the Bulldogs in scoring at 20 points per game. He was hampered by foul trouble against Baylor and got his first field goal with six minutes remaining. He fouled out with 16 seconds to play.

REMATCH PLAYERS

Four players on the floor Friday night had significant minutes in the championship game two years ago including Flagler, Timme and Watson, along with Baylor’s Flo Thamba.

UP NEXT

Baylor: The Bears return home to host Tarleton on Tuesday before playing Washington State on Sunday in Dallas for the Pac 12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs return to Spokane for three straight beginning Monday when they face Kent State for the first time in school history.

ADEBAYO, HERRO LEAD HEAT OVER CELTICS AFTER BROWN FORCES OT

BOSTON (AP) Bam Adebayo scored 28 points, Tyler Herro had 26 and the Miami Heat completed a split of two games in Boston, beating the Celtics 120-116 on Friday night after Jaylen Brown banked in a long 3-pointer to force overtime.

Heat leading scorer Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup and had 25 points in 36 minutes after missing the previous seven games with a sore right knee. He added 15 rebounds.

“Obviously having JB back is big time for us,” Herro said. “He helps us in so many different ways.”

Kyle Lowry chipped in with 20 points before fouling out in OT for the Heat, who sent Boston to just its second loss in 16 games.

“My team welcomed me back and let me do what I do,” Butler said. “It was a big `W’ for the team.”

Brown sent the game to overtime by banking in his long 3 with 1.7 seconds to play in regulation. He finished with 37 points.

“It felt good coming off my hand,” Brown said. “I know we wanted to get a shot up off the rim as fast as possible, just in case we missed we could get a rebound, a tip out.”

The Celtics had won 10 straight at TD Garden.

Boston star Jayson Tatum scored just 14 points on a cold shooting night, going 5 of 18 from the floor, including 0 of 7 on 3-point attempts. He had 49 points in the Celtics’ 134-121 victory on Wednesday night.

“That’s the biggest thing about the league; you’re not going to stop anybody from just scoring,” Adebayo said. “I feel like (we’re) making him take tough shots every time we play him and living with the result.”

Butler hit a clutch jumper over Al Horford, making it 110-107 with 5.1 seconds left in regulation before Brown took a pass near midcourt, dribbled to his right and nailed his shot.

In OT, the teams were tied twice before Butler nailed a foul-line jumper over Horford with 1:45 left, but Brown hit two free throws to tie it.

Adebayo nailed two free throws and, after Tatum misfired on a 3, Butler hit a jumper to seal it.

“Jimmy made two tough, tough baskets,” Brown said. “That’s just a credit to his work and his skill and his development. He gets going in games like this; on the road in a hostile environment. … Tonight, two shots that in our defensive scheme we could live with, but Jimmy a big-time player made both of them.”

Unlike Wednesday, when shots were open more and both teams were making them effectively (each shot over 50%), defense was tighter and it resembled more of the postseason matchup last season between the pair that went seven games before Boston captured the Eastern Conference title.

SIMPLE, BUT HIGHLY EFFECTIVE

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was asked before the game about the increased scoring in the league and the challenges it presents defensively.

“The playbook has totally shrunk. I remember in the 90s, they were a 100-pages long,” he said. “I know that because I’d be on the road and had to put those things together. Now, you’re putting together like six to eight plays. It’s all the same but it’s the manipulation, it’s the skill-level and the shooting and all that that makes it a challenge to defend in this league.”

WHAT A MONTH

Tatum averaged 31.6 points and won the Eastern Conference’s player of the month for November, and interim coach Joe Mazzulla was chosen the conference’s coach of the month earlier this week.

TIP-INS

Heat: Used a 19-6 spree to pull in front 102-97 with just under 4 minutes left.

Celtics: Missed 10 of its initial 12 on 3-point attempts before making seven straight to turn a seven-point second-quarter deficit to a 62-59 edge at halftime. . Singer Donnie Wahlberg sat courtside. . Luke Kornet landed awkwardly on his left leg and walked gingerly before heading to the locker room. He returned the bench later.

UP NEXT

Heat: At the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

Celtics: At the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday evening.

POOLE SCORES 30 POINTS WITH SEVEN 3S OFF BENCH, WARRIORS WIN

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Draymond Green is healthy and back to his elite level of doing a bit of everything on both ends, even leading the offense with the second unit. He just missed his first triple-double of the season.

Green is regularly knocking down 3-pointers, too.

Jordan Poole also found his groove from beyond the arc. He came off the bench to score 30 points with a season-high seven 3-pointers to take some pressure off Stephen Curry, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 119-111 on Friday night.

The defending champs are starting to click.

“The rotations changed a little bit a couple games ago, we kind of started to get a chemistry, a good rotation, and we’re just out there playing our basketball now,” Poole said. “It feels really good to kind of gain our chemistry. We’ve just got to keep it rolling.”

Zach LaVine’s 3-pointer with 2:27 to play got Chicago within 110-109 before Green answered from deep moments later on the other end.

“That was huge, one-point game at that point,” coach Steve Kerr said. “That was the shot of the game. They were the aggressor the whole fourth and we were not playing well. We had nothing going on that possession.”

Klay Thompson added 26 points with a key 3-pointer with 6:03 to play on a pass from Curry after Chicago had pulled within 105-101. Curry had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists playing in foul trouble. He was whistled for his sixth foul with 1:19 left but the Warriors challenged the call and were successful.

Poole shot 11 for 18 and 7 of 13 from deep, scoring 14 points in the first quarter and making four of the Warriors’ seven 3-pointers. His 3 with 1:50 remaining in the third put the Warriors ahead 92-76 and the third-year guard wagged his tongue and raised his hands in celebration before scoring again on a layup the next time down.

Nikola Vucevic had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who were coming off a 132-113 loss at Phoenix on Wednesday and dropped their third in four games.

Green contributed 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Warriors returned to the Bay Area for a three-game homestand to win their ninth straight at Chase Center.

LaVine picked up his fifth foul with 4:03 left in the third and wound up with 21 points and seven rebounds. DeMar DeRozan added 16 points and seven assists.

BACK IN THE DAY

Kerr and former Bulls teammates Bill Wennington commiserated over a largely forgettable boxscore from back in the day found and printed by Warriors senior vice president of communications Raymond Ridder.

It was a 110-87 Bulls road win against Charlotte on Nov. 15, 1996, in which Kerr and Wennington went a combined 0 for 6 – each missed three shots – with no points between them with Kerr playing almost 24 minutes and nearly seven for Wennington. Michael Jordan scored 38.

OBSERVING STEPH

“Everybody can see the shooting and the shot-making and obviously I would just imagine the amount of time and preparation and work he’s put into that. But the thing to me that always stands out with him is just his stamina and endurance,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “You know it’s almost like he’s a marathon runner, just not going to stop. And it’s not even necessarily the hard chase, it’s the relentlessness in which he does it every single time.”

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago is 1-5 on the road vs. the Western Conference. … The Bulls haven’t beaten the Warriors since a 94-87 win on March 2, 2017, at United Center.

Warriors: Poole picked up a technical for celebrating while on the bench midway through the fourth. … The Warriors have won 11 straight and 14 of 15 against the Bulls and eight in a row at home. Golden State’s only better winning streak against one opponent is 11 consecutive victories vs. Cleveland. … Golden State is 10-1 at home and the unbeaten run is the best for the team on its home floor since 11 in a row from Oct. 30-Dec. 3, 2021.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Visit Sacramento on Sunday to conclude a six-city road trip.

Warriors: Host Houston on Saturday night. Kerr isn’t sure how many regulars will play.

MITCHELL SCORES 34, CAVALIERS TOP MAGIC 107-96

CLEVELAND (AP) Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points and Evan Mobley had 19 points and 13 rebounds, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 107-96 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Mitchell poured in 16 points in the first nine minutes, outscoring Orlando himself by one, and the Cavaliers never relinquished control. Cleveland eventually led by 20 in winning for the 10th time in 11 home games this season.

“This is no shot at my guys in Utah, but I’m having fun again and that goes a long way,” said Mitchell, acquired from the Jazz in a Sept. 3 trade. “This group has a bunch of guys who want to learn and who want to be great.

“Sometimes a new beginning is all you need. I’ve fit in here because I’ve filled a void.”

Darius Garland had 18 points and six assists, and Kevin Love added 11 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Cavaliers. Love returned after missing six games with a broken right thumb.

Mobley, the runner-up for NBA Rookie of the Year last season, shot 9 of 10 from the field and has six double-doubles in the last nine games. He also had four assists in 38 active minutes.

“My calm demeanor just comes naturally, so that’s how I play the game,” Mobley said. “Every time I step out here on the court, I try to get better and better.”

Rookie forward Paolo Banchero scored 22 points, Cole Anthony had 19 and Markelle Fultz added 10 points and six assists for the Magic, who lost their seventh straight and have the worst record in the NBA at 5-18.

It was Anthony’s second game back after missing a month with a torn right oblique. Fultz made his season debut Wednesday after missing 21 games with a broken left toe.

“Mitchell is an All-Star, man, and we’ve got to do a better job on him early,” Anthony said. “I know when I hit a couple of shots right away, it really gets me going. We can’t let him get off like that.”

Moritz Wagner, still recovering from a right mid-foot sprain, had 16 points and nine rebounds in his first start of the season for Orlando. Younger brother Franz Wagner also scored 16.

The Magic played without top rebounder Wendell Carter Jr. and point guard Jalen Suggs. Carter has been out eight games with a right foot injury and Suggs missed his fourth straight with a sore right ankle.

“I just come to work with a smile and do my best,” Moritz Wagner said. “We feel like we can be successful once we get all our guys back and healthy. It’s on us to keep pushing until that happens.”

ON THE MEND

Cavaliers G Ricky Rubio (left knee surgery), who tore his anterior cruciate ligament last Dec. 28 at New Orleans, played light 3-on-3 for the first time this year Thursday at the team’s suburban training facility.

No timetable has been established for Rubio to return to NBA action, but coach J.B. Bickerstaff said: “Ricky is doing a little bit more and more. He’s got a doctor’s appointment coming up soon and we’re looking to see where he’s at.”

TIP-INS

Magic: G Gary Harris (right hamstring strain) did not play after getting hurt two nights earlier against the Hawks. Harris underwent left knee surgery on Sept. 1 and has only appeared in six games. . C Mo Bamba (back spasms), C Jonathan Isaac (left knee recovery) and F Chuma Okeke (left knee soreness) were all unavailable.

Cavaliers: All-Star C Jarrett Allen (bruised lower back) missed his fourth game in a row after getting injured Nov. 25 at Milwaukee. . F Lamar Stevens started in his return from a four-game absence with a non-COVID-19 illness. . Cleveland plays 10 home games in December, only heading on the road for three contests until Dec. 29.

UP NEXT

Magic: Visit Toronto on Saturday night.

Cavaliers: Visit New York on Sunday night.

DAVIS SCORES 44, LEBRON PASSES MAGIC AS LAKERS BEAT BUCKS

MILWAUKEE (AP) Anthony Davis and LeBron James tore apart the NBA’s top-rated defense and gave Los Angeles Lakers coach Darvin Ham a triumphant return to Milwaukee.

Davis scored a season-high 44 points and James passed Magic Johnson on the NBA’s career assists list Friday night in the Lakers’ thrilling 133-129 victory over the Bucks.

It marked Ham’s first game in Milwaukee since taking over as Lakers coach after working as an assistant on Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer’s staff from 2018-22.

Ham and Budenholzer shared a big hug before the game.

“It was a beautiful night,” said Ham, who also played for the Bucks from 1999-2002.

It also was quite a night for Davis, a Green Bay Packers fan who delivered his big performance with Aaron Rodgers in the stands. Davis spoke with the Packers’ four-time MVP quarterback before and after the game.

“I saw him before the game and he said, `I need 30 tonight,'” Davis said. “I just saw him and he said, `I only said 30, not 40.’ It’s always good for him to come out and watch the Lakers play.”

James made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:22 left and finished with 28 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. He upped his career assist total to 10,144 and moved into sixth place, ahead of Johnson’s 10,133.

“It means a lot, obviously,” James said. “The way Magic approached the game, it was very infectious. His teammates loved playing with him because of the joy he played with and the ability to pass the ball and get other guys involved. He was always excited about seeing his teammates be great. I always admired that in him. What’s even more humbling and super duper cool is the fact that I’m doing it in a Laker uniform and knowing how much Magic means to the Laker franchise.”

The Lakers had the highest point total and field-goal percentage (.536) the Bucks had allowed all season. Milwaukee entered Friday with the NBA’s top defensive rating.

“It was too easy, too easy, too easy,” Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “They were living in the paint. That’s not who we are.”

Los Angeles withstood a 40-point performance from Antetokounmpo, who also had seven rebounds and five assists.

The Lakers also spoiled the 2022-23 debut of Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, who had 17 points and seven assists in his return from offseason wrist surgery.

Milwaukee missed two potential tying 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds.

After Davis missed a fadeaway jumper, the Bucks called a timeout with 21.4 seconds left and then found an open Grayson Allen, whose 3-point attempt went off the side of the rim.

The Lakers’ Russell Westbrook missed two free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining, but Jrue Holiday couldn’t connect on a 3-pointer with just over five seconds left. Davis made a clinching free throw with 4.5 seconds left.

“Grayson got a good look,” Budenholzer said. “Good execution. Good screening. We’ll live with that shot all the time. And Jrue, similar. We got the kick ahead, playing against a defense that’s not set. Jrue, kind of a good rhythm shot for him. It was contested, but Jrue was 6 of 12 tonight (from 3-point range). He was feeling it.”

Holiday had 28 points for the Bucks, and Bobby Portis added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Westbrook had 15 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for the Lakers.

WESTBROOK’S BUSY NIGHT

Westbrook exchanged words with a fan early in the game and indicated afterward he’d approach the league office about it. Westbrook didn’t specify what the fan said to him.

“I don’t mind you coming to the game and heckling and doing certain things, but there’s a certain line you don’t cross,” Westbrook said. “I feel like he crossed it.”

Westbrook also got called for a lane violation on a foul shot by Antetokounmpo early in the game. Westbrook appeared to start counting the number of seconds Antetokounmpo took before his next free throw.

Antetokounmpo got called for a 10-second violation on a free throw later in the game.

TIP-INS

Lakers: Davis also had 10 rebounds. He’s collected at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in nine straight games. … The Lakers opened a six-game trip. … James played his 1,381st career regular-season game to move into sole possession of 13th place. He had been tied with Clifford Robinson.

Bucks: Antetokounnmpo has scored at least 30 points in six straight games. … Portis had his 13th double-double. He entered Friday one of 12 NBA players averaging a double-double. Portis was the only one who isn’t a consistent starter.

UP NEXT

Lakers: At Washington on Sunday.

Bucks: At Charlotte on Saturday in their first matchup of the season.

PATRICK LAINE SCORES TWICE, BLUE JACKETS BEAT JETS 4-1

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Former Winnipeg forward Patrik Laine scored twice, Johnny Gaudreau had three assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Jets 4-1 on Friday night.

Laine was back in action after missing the past seven games with an ankle injury. He played his second game in Winnipeg since the Jets traded him to Columbus in January 2021.

“I can kind of feel it during the morning skate if I’m feeling good or not and I felt like I was going pretty good this morning,” Laine said. “So I had good thoughts for tonight and I feel like right off the start our line was playing good hockey.”

Erik Gudbranson was credited with a goal after the puck went in off a Jets player. Gustav Nyquist also scored to help Columbus snap a three-game skid.

Joonas Korpisalo made 37 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored a power-play goal for the Jets. David Rittich stopped 22 shots.

“It wasn’t our best,” Jets oach Rick Bowness said. “We had a lot of bad performances from a lot of players in that room. We did. The team game kind of went out the window at times, defensively.”

UP NEXT

Blue Jackets: Host Detroit on Sunday night.

Jets: Host Anaheim on Sunday.

KEVIN LANKINEN MAKES 48 SAVES, PREDATORS BEAT ISLANDERS 4-1

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Lankinen made a career-high 48 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the New York Islanders 4-1 on Friday night for their seventh victory in nine games.

Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi scored and Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund added empty-net goals. The Predators have won nine straight games against the Islanders, the longest active streak against a single opponent. The Predators are 11-1-1 in their last 13 overall against the Islanders.

“Lanky knew what he was doing. We had great goaltending,” Forsberg said. “The reason we are happy is the play of our goaltender.”

Mathew Barzal scored for New York midway through the third period.

“That’s a good hockey team over there,” Barzal said of the Predators, who are 7-1-1 in their last nine games. “They are heavy and strong with good D. It could have gone either way.”

The Predators were coming off 4-3 comeback win at New Jersey on Thursday night in which they scored with nine seconds left in the third period and won 33 seconds into overtime.

“We played two solid games against two very good teams,? said Duchene, whose goal was the 300th of his career. “The Islanders threw the kitchen sink at us in the third.”

Forsberg opened the scoring on a power play with 5:42 left in the first with his eighth goal of the season. Duchene and Josi assisted.

Josi, the Predators captain, made it 2-0 on a power play at 8:22 of the second. Forsberg and Duchene assisted.

Josi has 10 points in his last seven games against the Islanders, including four assists in Nashville’s 5-4 home Nov. 17. The Swiss-born defenseman is four points from tying David Legwand for most points (566) in Predators history.

Lankinen made nine saves in the first, 18 in the second and 21 more in the third. The 27-year-old Finnish goaltender played the previous two seasons with Chicago.

“Kevin was great. He was really good down the stretch,” Predators coach John Hynes said. “It’s great to see him get rewarded.”

Islanders Lane Lambert said he was pleased with the Islanders’ offense which generated a season-high 49 shots. But Lankinen was there to stop all but one as the Islanders lost for only the fourth time in 12 home games.

“We did a good job at times,” Lambert said. “It was just one of those nights.”

Predators defenseman Ryan McDonagh left the game nine minutes into the third period after he was struck in the nose on a shot by Islanders defenseman Alexander Romanov. McDonagh, the former Rangers captain, wears a face shield.

NOTES: The Islanders scratched forward Kyle Palmieri, who was placed on injured reserve on Thursday retroactive to Nov. 21 . The Islanders also scratched forwards Cal Clutterbuck (day-to-day with an undisclosed injury) Ross Johnston and Hudson Fasching, who was recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Thursday along with Cole Bardreau who skated in Clutterbuck’s spot on a line with Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin . The Predators scratched forwards Eeli Tolvanen and Cody Glass.

Up Next:

Islanders: Host Chicago on Sunday night,

Predators: At Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

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

PACERS BASKETBALL

In game four of their seven-game road trip, another slow start doomed the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers (12-10) trailed the Utah Jazz (14-11) by 16 points at halftime and by as many as 22 points in the third quarter in a 139-119 loss at Vivint Arena on Friday.

Indiana is 7-9 when trailing at the half this season, including 3-6 on the road during those games. The 139 points are the most given up in a single game by the Blue & Gold this season.

Six Jazz players finished in double-digit scoring, led by 24 points by 7-foot forward Lauri Markkanen who also pulled down 13 rebounds. Walker Kessler, a 7-foot rookie, had 20 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Jazz.

“Against a team this skilled and this deep,  your defense has to be precise,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “When we exerted leverage and force on the game,  we made them uncomfortable — but it was too fleeting.”

Seven players scored at least 10 points for the Pacers. The team is now 9-1 when six or more players score in double digits.

Pacers center Myles Turner topped the visitors’ box score with 18 points and Jalen Smith and Tyrese Haliburton each scored 14. Rookie Andrew Nembhard recorded his first NBA double-double with 13 points and a career-high 10 assists for the Pacers.

“I’m getting more comfortable out there for sure,” Nembhard said. “I’m just more focused on winning games right now,  to be honest. Doing what I can do to help the team.”

For the 17th time this season, the Pacers trailed at the end of the first quarter.

Utah led by as many as 14 points in the opening frame, knocking down seven 3-pointers, as it took an early 35-24 lead.

Markkanen came out on fire for Utah, scoring nine quick points by making four of his first five shots, as the Jazz led 15-11 with 6:15 on the clock.

A 10-0 Jazz streak, behind 3-pointers from Malik Beasley and Kelly Olynyk and four points from Collin Sexton, pushed the Jazz lead to 23-11 by the 4:41-mark before free throws by Pacers rookie Bennedict Mathurin stopped the bleeding.

Utah then used a 9-2 scoring spree on treys from Simone Fontecchio, Markkanen and Beasley to extend the Jazz lead to 35-21 with a minute remaining.

The Jazz shot 14-for-23 in the opening quarter, including 7-for-12 from 3-point. Indiana shot 8-for-18 and missed all four of its attempts from beyond the arc.

Indiana battled back to tie the game in the second quarter before the Jazz finished strong.

The Jazz led 42-36 three minutes into the second quarter before the Pacers went on an 11-2 run thanks to the offense of a rookie and a vet, as two 3-pointers from Turner and five points by Nembhard cut the deficit to 43-37 with 7:41 before intermission.

Indiana continued chipping away until back-to-back 3-pointers from Haliburton, an and-one and layup from Jalen Smith and free throws by Mathurin tied it at 54.

After a 13-3 run by the Blue & Gold, the Jazz responded with a 17-0 run with 44 seconds left before a Haliburton layup ended the streak .

In the last four minutes of the half, the Pacers were outscored 25-11.

At the break, the Jazz led 75-59.

Five players had at least 10 points for the Jazz at half, led by 16 from Markkanen. Turner topped the Pacers with 14 points.

The Jazz, who average 14 made 3-pointers per game, made 9 of 17 threes and shot 63 percent overall from the field I the first 24 minutes. Indiana had made 20 of 46 shot attempts, including 5-for-29 from 3-point range.

Jordan Clarkson, the 2021 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, scored the first two buckets of the second half before the Pacers strung together a 13-2 run on five points from Buddy Hield and four from Turner to narrow it to 81-71 by the midway point of the third quarter.

From 5:32 to 3:12 in the third quarter, however, the Jazz scored nine unanswered points to help boost its lead to 93-74.

Utah led by 22 points with 35 ticks on the clock and held a 101-81 going into the fourth quarter.

The Jazz were able to maintain a 20+ point lead midway through the fourth quarter, going up by as many as 26, and Pacers coach Rick Carlisle emptied the bench in the waning minutes.

Utah shot 55.4 percent from the field and made 15 of 34 3-pointers. The Pacers shot 43.5 percent overall while going 12-for-34 from deep.

The Jazz dominated the paint, outsourcing the Pacers 60-46 and outrebounding the visitors 47-35.

In the loss, Haliburton’s franchise-record streak of seven straight games with 10 or more assists was snapped, as he finished with four dimes.

“As a young group, it’s so easy to splinter and go your separate ways,” Haliburton said. “We just have got to get closer through things like this. Especially with the teams we’re about to be playing.”

Indiana will play at the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday before traveling to the Golden State Warriors in a Monday night matchup.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers gave up a season-high 139 points against the Jazz. On Wednesday, the Sacramento Kings scored 137 against the Blue & Gold for the previous high.

Thirty-five fouls were called on the Pacers – the most in a game this season. Utah was called for 28 fouls, the most by a team against the Pacers this season.

Indiana’s 75 points given up in the first half is the second-most scored by a Pacers opponent in the opening 24 minutes this season. Chicago scored 76 against the Pacers in the first half on Oct. 26.

Haliburton, who leads the NBA in assists, had a season-low four assists.

Indiana is 10-4 when scoring more than 110 points and 8-10 when the opponent scores more than 110.

The Pacers bench was outscored 56-54.

Pacers sharpshooter Buddy Hield matched a season-low six points.

Oshae Brissett scored 11 points in 14 minutes for the Pacers off the bench.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We’re not playing with the right intentions and we’re not moving the ball. The things that have gotten us to the point where we’ve been a surprise team, and second in the league in passes, those things failed us tonight. I’ve got to do a better job of convincing our guys that we’ve got to be in that mode.” — Carlisle on the loss

“I think it started with me. The ball movement kind of stopped. They kind of forced us to play more iso ball. We took some tough shots, turned the ball over and didn’t really get into our offense.” – Haliburton on the Pacers’ ball movement against Utah

“Just stay aggressive to score and the passes open up. That is kind of what I’ve been trying to do for the past few years. I think a lot of things opened up for me with the way they were playing defense tonight.” – Nembhard on his career-high assist night

“Credit to them, they settled in and went on a 21-5 run. We just never recovered. I thought we fought, but it wasn’t enough. We need to lick our wounds, we still have three games on this road (trip).” – Turner on the big run by the Jazz in the second quarter

Stat of the Night

Finishing with 13 points and a career-high 10 assists, Pacers rookie Andrew Nembhard achieved his first NBA double-double on Friday night. Nembhard also matched a career-high in rebounds, pulling down four.

Noteworthy

Chris Duarte missed a 13th straight game for the Pacers due to a left ankle sprain.

Indianapolis native Mike Conley Jr., who attended Lawrence North High School and won three straight state titles, missed a seventh straight game for the Jazz due to a lower leg strain.

The Pacers are currently on their longest road trip of the season and the longest overall since 1986.

Up Next

The Pacers continue their road trip at the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday at 9:00 PM ET.

MORE PACERS NEWS: https://www.nba.com/pacers

GAME PREVIEW: COLTS VS. COWBOYS, WEEK 13

One Big Storyline

Coming off a disappointing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football – the Colts’ second consecutive defeat and fourth loss in five games – interim head coach Jeff Saturday and quarterback Matt Ryan emphasized personal accountability to players this week.

“I encouraged guys – this will be a defining moment in your life,” Saturday said. “Do you love ball, because It will show up. Do you love the work? Do you love the process? Because the results haven’t been what we wanted, but how we get ourselves to change the results portion, is through the process and making sure we stay steadfast to that.

“From a player perspective, them understanding the business of our game. It’s not only for the Colts now, but the audition for 31 other teams is a very real thing in the NFL. What you put on tape is what people believe about you. So, if you want to be a legacy player or type of player people recognize, it doesn’t matter what the record is. It’s on you. Those numbers, you can’t hide them on game film. So, make sure you’re representing your name and that number well.”

This hits at the core of why the notion of “tanking” doesn’t hold weight in an NFL locker room. “Tanking” implies trying to lose; but if any player doesn’t give their best effort, it’ll show up on film for every team in the league to see, and could mean that player winds up out of a job sooner rather than later.

“From the guys in this room and myself included, I know my name’s getting attached to wins and losses,” Saturday said. “So, whatever happens, that ain’t my business. I’m about W’s and L’s and I want to be the best head coach I can be. So, no. We haven’t even addressed (tanking) but from my train of thought, it has never been about what it looks like, whether I was a player or even now as a coach what it looks like next year. It’s about now. We’ve got plenty ahead to take care of.”

The Colts, at 4-7-1, are not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, too. There are still things for this team, collectively, to play for beyond individually putting good things on tape. And the impression you get from being around the Colts this week is there isn’t anyone who’s quit on this season, or themselves, heading into Week 13.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been in this spot before,” Ryan said. “It’s never fun. You obviously want to be driving the ship. You want to be the one where the division is running through it, you’re playing for position and home field advantage. But I also told the guys, in these kinds of situations I’ve learned more about players that I’ve played with than in really any other situations. I’ve gained respect and lost respect for certain guys as you’re going through these things.

“… Every time we step on that field it matters. We’ve got a young team. We’ve got a lot of guys who this might be their first time kind of going through that experience. Whether you’re playing here or whether you’re playing somewhere else, every time you put it out it’s your resume. There’s a lot to play for.”

5 Things To Watch

Who makes their Pro Bowl case? Pro Bowl voting is open through Dec. 15, which now includes social media voting. And what better way for some of the Colts’ most productive players who maybe aren’t as nationally-known as they should be – like Zaire Franklin and Grover Stewart, among others – to stake their claim for Pro Bowl roster spots than on Sunday Night Football?

Micah Parsons vs. Bernhard Raimann. Parsons, who’s second in the NFL with 12 sacks, lines up all over the field and won’t be exclusively matched up against Raimann on Sunday night. So far this year, he’s had close to an even split in lining up over opposing right tackles (211 snaps) and left tackles (240 snaps). But that does mean Raimann will see quite a bit of Parsons, who’s among the top contenders for Defensive Player of the Year this season.

The Colts have seen steady progress from Raimann since re-inserting him in the starting lineup for Week 9. And the team is willing to live with the expected growing pains for a rookie left tackle so long as his arrow is pointing up; over the last month, that’s been the case. But there may be no greater challenge Raimann will face as a rookie than when No. 11 on the Cowboys is lined up over him.

Gilmore has been targeted 63 times and has allowed just a 76.8 passer rating on those targets (for reference, only three regular starting quarterbacks – Kenny Pickett, Baker Mayfield and Zach Wilson – have a lower passer rating than 76.8 this season).

When Gilmore matches up against Lamb this weekend, he’ll face a wide receiver who is:

5th in targets (104)

10th in receptions (64)

7th in yards (857)

T-14th in touchdowns (5)

7th in first downs (44)

10th in yards/game (77.9)

“I can’t say enough about Gilly,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “We match him up. We play left and right. Some corners that you have only want to play on one side and not the other or travel. He’s been open to that. Each week it may change up – it will be different where he’s playing and which side. He’s been very open to that.

“He gives us great flexibility in coverage. I know we are doing a little bit more in the secondary. Again, he’s a guy like Rodney (McLeod Jr.) and Kenny (Moore II) – all three of those guys give us that great leadership in the back end. Gilly is a little bit more quiet, but he has a tremendous presence about him and I think guys understand that there are going to be times he’s on an island and there’s no one better for that in our group.”

The Colts’ run offense. The Cowboys’ defense is allowing 17 points per game, the second-lowest average in the NFL, but has been vulnerable against the run at times. Dallas is allowing 4.7 yards per carry, 25th in the NFL, and has specifically struggled against the kind of zone running concepts that are the bread-and-butter of the Colts’ ground game.

Entering Week 13, the Cowboys have allowed the fifth-most zone runs (inside/outside zone) of 10 or more yards in the NFL with 19; they’ve allowed 53 zone runs of five or more yards, seventh-most in the league. And for what it’s worth, Dallas’ run defense grade against zone concepts is the sixth-lowest in the NFL; the only other team in the bottom six the Colts have faced this year is the Houston Texans, against whom Jonathan Taylor rumbled for a season-high 161 yards in Week 1.

The Colts’ run defense. The Cowboys’ running back duo of Ezekiel Elliott (140 carries, 577 yards, 7 TDs) and Tony Pollard (136 carries, 761 yards, 6 TDs) has been fantastic in 2022, and will present a stiff challenge for the Colts – who enter Week 13 with one of the NFL’s best run defenses. The Cowboys have 43 runs of 10 or more yards, ninth in the NFL, and only 5 percent of Dallas’ rushing attempts have gone for zero or fewer yards – the lowest rate in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.

The Colts, meanwhile, are allowing 3.9 yards per rush (5th) and 67 tackles for a loss/no gain (1st) in the NFL. This’ll be a classic NFL good-versus-good matchup on Sunday night.

MORE COLTS NEWS: https://www.colts.com/

FUEL HOCKEY

TULSA – The Indy Fuel took on the Tulsa Oilers for the second of their three-game series in Tulsa, their third game in as many days. Both teams were tied with 34 shots overall in the match, but the Fuel never let Tulsa take the lead and ultimately got the win 5-4 in overtime.

The Indy Fuel lead the first period in shots (14-12) and goals. The Fuel’s first goal came from a Spencer Watson to Seamus Malone power play effort after Tulsa’s Adam Samuelsson was called for tripping. The Oilers’ only goal of the period came from a penalty shot by Eddie Matsushima at 10:34 after Fuel defenseman Cam Bakker interfered with a preceding scoring opportunity by Matsushima. Indy took their lead back quickly however, with Spencer Watson scoring an equal-strength goal at 12:14.

The tables turned in the second period both in shots (13-10, Tulsa) and goals scored. After the Fuel killed a brief 5-on-3 penalty, the Oilers’ Ryley Lindgren scored on a 5-on-4 power play tying the game 4:45 into the middle frame. At 4:49, Samuelsson was called for a slashing penalty, which paved the way for Indy’s Bryan Lemos to give the Fuel back their lead at 5:16. Tulsa’s Jimmy Soper went on to score an equal-strength goal just under the halfway mark, and the period ended in a 3-3 tie.

The third period was evenly matched in all regards, with both teams notching nine shots and one goal each. Tulsa’s Dylan Sadowy was called for high-sticking and Lemos took advantage of that opportunity with his second power play goal of the game. Less than a minute later, the Oilers’ Michael Farren tied it up. The third period, and regulation time, ended in a tie at 4-4.

Overtime was short and sweet. The Fuel only had one shot, but that’s all it took for Cooper Zech to score the game-winner just 37 seconds in. This brought Zech’s points total for the evening to four, as he had assists on both Malone’s goal and both of Lemos’ goals.

Tonight’s overtime win was the Fuel’s first of the season and their fourth straight win in a row, all on the road. The Fuel currently lead the league in road wins at eight. They sit at first place in the Central Division and are second overall in the Western Conference.

LUCAS NAMED FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The only FBS returner with multiple kickoff return touchdowns, Indiana football true freshman Jaylin Lucas was named a first-team All-American kick returner by Pro Football Focus.

The Big Ten’s Rodgers–Dwight Return Specialist of the Year, Lucas was the only freshman (true or redshirt) on the publications first team and was the first freshman to win return specialist of the year award from the Big Ten. He was the No. 2 rated Power 5 kickoff returner in the FBS with a 77.8 grade per PFF and his six missed tackles forced were tied for No. 4 among the Power 5.

His 591 yards are ranked No. 12 in single-season program history and led the conference, while his 28.1 yards per return rank No. 4 nationally and is the fourth-best mark in a single season in IU history. He is the first IU returner to earn All-B1G honors since the conference added the spot in 2015.

With two return touchdowns, Lucas finished No. 2 on both the IU single season and career charts after one season on campus. He trails Marcus Thigpen (2005-08), who returned all three of his career kickoffs for scores during the 2006 campaign. His two kickoff return touchdowns rank tied for No. 7 among active FBS student-athletes, as well.

Along with his return stats, Lucas is the first Hoosier since Tevin Coleman in 2014 with three 70-yard scoring plays in a single season. Both of his kickoff return scores covered 80-plus yards and he added a 71-yard rushing touchdown in the season finale versus Purdue as part of his first career 100-yard rushing game. On the season, Lucas totaled 944 all-purpose yards, the most in a season since Whop Philyor (1,094) in 2019.

NO. 13 IU, NO. 12 UNCG BATTLE FOR COLLEGE CUP BERTH

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Indiana men’s soccer can clinch an NCAA College Cup berth on Saturday.

The No. 13-seeded Hoosiers (12-4-6, 3-1-4 B1G) will face No. 12 UNC Greensboro on Saturday (Dec. 3) at UNCG Soccer Stadium in an Elite 8 matchup that is set to kick off at 5 p.m. ET.

Fans can stream the match via the ESPN+ digital platform.

SETTING THE SCENE

• Indiana is playing in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the 28th time in program history, an NCAA record. It’s also IU’s fourth Elite 8 appearance in the last six seasons.

• UNC Greensboro, meanwhile, is making its Elite 8 debut after earning the program’s first national seed this season. The No. 12-seeded Spartans will play host to No. 13 Indiana for a spot in the NCAA College Cup.

• This Hoosier team is no stranger to big-time matchups, having played 10 ranked opponents this season and earning a 6-1-3 record in those contests.

• IU is coming off a pair of 1-0, shutout wins to start its 2022 NCAA Tournament run. After receiving the first-round bye, the Hoosiers beat Saint Louis in the second round before topping

Marshall on Sunday.

• With his assist to Brett Bebej’s game-winning goal against Marshall, redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink recorded his seventh straight start with a goal contribution (three goals, four assists).

ABOUT THE SPARTANS

• UNC Greensboro comes into the match with a 13-1-6 record and a 4-0-1 mark in Southern Conference play. The Spartans beat Ohio State and No. 5-seed Stanford to advance to the Elite 8, needing penalty kicks to decide each match.

• The Spartans earned the program’s first national seed this season while making their 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

• UNCG’s lone loss came at Campbell on September 21, and The Spartans are undefeated in 12 matches since.

• The Spartans are led by fourth-year head coach Chris Rich, who has compiled a 44-17-10 record at UNCG in his first head coaching gig.

• Five Spartans have tallied double-digit points this season, with three of tallying more than 20 points. Fifth-year forward Marco Afonso leads the group with 24 points on eight goals and eight assists. Graduate student forward Ismail El Harchi has a team-high 10 goals, while sophomore midfielder J.C. Ngando is tops in assists with 14.

SERIES HISTORY

• Saturday’s match will mark the first-ever meeting between Indiana and UNC Greensboro.

IUSD CONCLUDES FALL, 23 ATHLETES POST NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Twenty-three Indiana swimming and diving student-athletes tallied 30 NCAA postseason qualifying marks as both the men’s and women’s teams defeated Cincinnati on Friday (Dec. 2) inside Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center.

TEAM SCORES

Men

Indiana 163, Kentucky 121

Women

Indiana 161, Cincinnati 110

HOOSIER WINNERS

Men

Warren Briggs – 500 freestyle (4:25.35)

Finn Brooks – 100 butterfly (46.17), 200 freestyle relay (1:17.69)

Brendan Burns – 200 medley relay (1:24.45)

Mason Carlton – 1,650 freestyle (15:14.71)

Tomer Frankel – 200 medley relay (1:24.45)

Jack Franzman – 200 medley relay (1:24.45), 50 freestyle (19.92), 200 freestyle relay (1:17.69)

Van Mathias – 200 medley relay (1:24.45), 100 breaststroke (52.26), 100 freestyle (42.74), 200 freestyle relay (1:17.69)

Rafael Miroslaw – 200 freestyle (1:32.92)

Maxwell Reich – 200 breaststroke (1:52.35)

Carson Tyler – 3-meter diving (408.15), 1-meter diving (370.65)

Gavin Wight – 100 backstroke (46.53), 200 freestyle relay (1:17.69)

Women

Elizabeth Broshears – 200 medley relay (1:37.81), 200 freestyle relay (1:30.58)

Megan Carter – 1-meter diving (351.60)

Brearna Crawford – 100 breaststroke (1:00.70), 200 breaststroke (2:12.75)

Katie Forrester – 200 butterfly (1:58.36)

Anne Fowler – 3-meter diving (318.23)

Anna Freed – 200 IM (2:02.31)

Mackenzie Looze – 200 freestyle (1:48.38)

Kacey McKenna – 100 backstroke (53.08)

Kristina Paegle – 200 medley relay (1:37.81), 200 freestyle relay (1:30.58)

Anna Peplowski – 200 medley relay (1:37.81), 100 freestyle (49.01), 200 freestyle relay (1:30.58)

Noelle Peplowski – 200 medley relay (1:37.81), 200 backstroke (1:57.79)

Ashley Turak – 50 freestyle (22.37), 200 freestyle relay (1:30.58)

Maggie Wallace – 1,650 freestyle (16:28.28), 500 freestyle (4:51.04)

NOTABLES

• Junior set a personal best in the 200-yard breaststroke going 1:52.35, the fifth-fastest time in country this season. He and Josh sophomore Josh Matheny, who swam a 1:51.68 earlier this season, have two of the top times in the country and the fastest marks in the Big Ten.

• Sophomore Carson Tyler went 2-for-2 on the springboards, posting NCAA zone qualifying scores in the 1-meter (370.65) and 3-meter (408.15) events.

• On the women’s 3-meter board, sophomore Megan Carter had a personal best 351.60 to win the event.

• Senior Maggie Wallace kicked off the meet with an NCAA B cut 16:28.28.

NCAA CUTS

A: None.

B: Luke Barr – 100 back (46.73); Finn Brooks – 100 fly (46.17); Mason Carlton – 1,650 free (15:14.71); Brearna Crawford – 100 breast (1:00.70), 200 breast (2:12.75); Katie Forrester – 200 fly (1:58.36); Tomer Frankel – 200 free (1:34.24), 100 free (42.93); Josh Matheny – 100 breast (52.82); Van Mathias – 100 breast (52.26), 100 free (42.74); Kacey McKenna – 100 back (53.08); Rafael Miroslaw – 200 free (1:32.93); Anna Peplowski – 100 free (49.01); Maxwell Reich – 200 breast (1:52.35); Ashley Turak – 50 free (22.37); Armando Vegas – 200 fly (1:46.01); Maggie Wallace – 1,650 free (16:28.28); Gavin Wight – 100 back (46.53); Jassen Yep – 200 breast (1:53.12)

NCAA ZONE QUALIFYING SCORES

1-meter: Megan Carter (271.50), Morgan Casey (275.33), Anne Fowler (318.23), Carson Tyler (370.65)

3-meter: Megan Carter (351.60), Morgan Casey (287.03), Dash Glasberg (323.78), Anne Fowler (346.28), Margaret Rogers (284.78), Carson Tyler (408.15)

UP NEXT

Indiana returns to action after the calendar turns over to 2023. The Hoosiers will host Big Ten rival Michigan in a dual meet on January 14 to open the spring slate.

THREE BOILERMAKERS EARN PODIUM SPOTS AFTER DAY ONE AT CKLV

Las Vegas, Nev. – Matt Ramos, Kendall Coleman and Parker Filius went undefeated in the second session to stay alive in their brackets and guarantee spots on the podium Saturday at the 2022 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The trio went a collective 4-0 in the night cap, all against ranked opposition, and 9-1 on the day to lead the Boilermaker into the final rounds.

Coleman and Ramos both punched their tickets into the championship semi-finals thanks in part to impressive counter-attack takedowns. Coleman caught his opponent, Northwestern’s No. 16 Trevor Chumbley, off-balance and pulled him into a takedown with just over a minute left in the match to take the victory. With the win, Coleman became the sixth three-time CKLV medal winner in program history.

Ramos pulled off this incredible scrambe to secure his win and see himself into his first CKLV semifinal.

Ramos, the No. 2 seed at 125-pounds, only needed two wins to jump into the semifinals after starting with a bye. He took down No. 22 Jake Ferri of Kent State in the night session on Friday in a 6-2 decision that was finished off by his crazy move. The redshirt sophomore is now 11-0 on the year, scoring first in every single one of those matches. He will faces a former All-American in the third seed in the tournament and No. 10 ranked Brandon Kaylor of Oregon State in his opening bout tomorrow.

The redshirt senior 157-pounder Coleman won his first two matches of the day with ease as he claimed 10-5 and 6-1 decisions before facing a tougher test against Chumbley. Coleman took an early 4-1 lead in the first, but could not escape from the down position in the second period to keep the match close. As the Northwestern wrestler chased an equalizer, Coleman hit him on the counter for two to effectively seal the win.

With eight takedowns on the day, he takes the lead for the most on the team this season with 42 and moves into sole possesion of the 16th most by a Boilermaker in their career with 256. He has not surrendered a takedown yet in Las Vegas and will look to keep the streak alive against Michigan’s top-seeded No. 3 Will Lewan on Saturday.

Filius bounced back from a second round loss to No. 15 Cleveland Belton of Oregon State to rattle off three straight wins to make it past the blood rounds and stay alive in the consolation bracket. Two of those wins came in the second session and both were against ranked opponents. He started with a 4-2 decision over Columbia’s No. 26 Matt Kazimir and followed that up with his best performance of the day in a 9-2 victory over Cornell’s No. 16 Vince Cornella.

Matches will start around 1:00 p.m. ET and be streamed on FloWrestling. ​​

Results

Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

Las Vegas Convention Center

13th Place – 30.5 Points

125: #8 Matt Ramos (R-Sophomore)

Round of 32: Bye

Round of 16: Robert Sagaris (Long Island) – W, D 5-3

Quarterfinals: #22 Jake Ferri (Kent State) – W, D 6-2

133: Dustin Norris (Sophomore)

Round of 32: #23 Sean Carter (Appalachian State) – L, D 10-4

Cons. Round of 16: Dante Frinzi (Harvard) – W, MD 9-0

Cons. Round of 16 #2: Angelo Rini (Columbia) – L, 10-1

141: #23 Parker Filius (Graduate Student)

Round of 32: Justin Hoyle (Hofstra) – W, TF 17-2

Round of 16: #15 Cleveland Belton (Oregon State) – L, D 3-2

Cons. Round of 16 #2: Seth Koleno (Clarion) – W, D 4-2

Cons. Round of 8: #26 Matt Kazimir (Columbia) – W, D 4-2

Cons. Round of 8 #2: #16 Vince Cornella (Cornell) – W, D 7-3

149: Trey Kruse (Junior)

Round of 32: Chase Zollman (Wyoming) – L, MD 8-0

Cons. Round of 16: Jack Crook (Harvard) – L, D 7-3

157: #11 Kendall Coleman (R-Senior)

Round of 32: Graham Gambrall (Oregon State) – W, D 10-5

Round of 16: Aaron Ferguson (Kent State) – W, D 6-1

Quarterfinals: #16 Trevor Chumbley (Northwestern) – W, D 6-5

165: Stoney Buell (Sophomore)

Round of 32: Andrew Nicholson (Virginia Tech) – L, MD 12-3

Cons. Round of 16: Cameron Haddock (Utah Valley) – W, TF 17-1

Cons. Round of 16 #2: #33 Josh Kim (Harvard) – L, D 11-5

174: Macartney Parkinson (Junior)

Round of 32: #9 Christopher Foca (Cornell) – L, TF 16-0 (5:43)

Cons. Round of 16: John Worthing (Clarion) – L, MD 15-2

184: #28 Ben Vanadia (Sophomore)

Round of 32: Jack Jessen (Northwestern) – W, D 10-5

Round of 16: Lenny Pinto (Nebraska) – L, 16-6

Cons. Round of 16 #2: Noah Blake (Air Force) – L, D 6-4

197: Hayden Filipovich (Sophomore)

Round of 32: #11 Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State) – L, Fall 0:51

Cons. Round of 16: Blake Schaffer (Kent State) – W, D 12-6

Cons. Round of 16 #2: Noah Glaser (Northern Iowa) – L, D 6-4

285: Tristan Ruhlman (Sophomore)

Round of 32: #7 Tate Orndorff (Ohio State) – L, Fall 6:03

Cons. Round of 16: Jonathan Chesser (Citadel) – W, D 6-3           

Cons. Round of 16 #2: #28 Zach Knighton-Ward (Hofstra) – L, Fall 1:53

#8 SEED PURDUE SURVIVES TENNESSEE IN 5

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 8 seed Purdue outlasted Tennessee in the NCAA volleyball first round in L&N Federal Credit Union Arena, 3-2 (14-25, 25-14, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11) to continue its tradition of winning in the NCAA first round. With the win, Purdue improves to 21-10 (11-9 Big Ten) on the season while Tennessee ends their season at 17-14, 11-7.

Purdue will take on host No. 1 seed and No. 4 in the AVCA polls Louisville tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

After a slow start in Set One, Purdue responded with a decisive 25-14 victory in game two. The team led the entire set, going nearly errorless with just one error late in the set, a .577 hitting % and an 86% side out, the highest of the night by either team.

The Boilermakers closed the night with the edge in efficiency: .255 vs. .222% and digs: 61 vs. 60. Meanwhile, the Lady Vols had the 12-11 block advantage.

Maddie Schermerhorn set a Purdue record in the NCAA tournament with her 18 digs, besting the previous record of 17, set by Jena Otec last year.

Big Ten Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten honoree Eva Hudson powered down 23 kills, coming one shy of her season-best while registering a .400 hitting %. Meanwhile, she posted her seventh double-double of the season, adding 14 digs in the effort, second-most on the team behind Schermerhorn.

The Boilermakers were guided by fifth year transfer Grace Balensiefer, who produced 45 assists, six digs and an ace in her first NCAA tournament appearance.

Quick Hits

HC Dave Shondell remains perfect in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Purdue will make its 22nd NCAA second round appearance.

Eva Hudson posted her first .400 hitting % since vs. Indiana (10/30). It was the fifth time this season.

Purdue will face Louisville in the Second Round. The last time the two teams met in postseason play was in 2011. The match is also the last time Purdue faced an opponent it played in the regular season of the same year.

Purdue is 13-3 all-time against Louisville. The Boilermakers lost, 0-3, on September 9. Louisville was also ranked fourth in the nation at the time as well.

ST. JOHN’S TAKES 65-57 WIN OVER @BUTLERUWBB IN BIG EAST OPENER

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs had a ball in the air to tie the game at 58-58 with 1:03 to play in the fourth quarter, but the shot rimmed out and St. John’s was able to hang on for a 65-57 victory at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler moves to 4-3 on the year with the setback and the Johnnies improve to 7-0.

Anna Mortag led Butler with 15 points and seven rebounds. Half of her made field goals came from behind the arc on Friday night and the junior would add a steal and an assist to her stat line. Rachel McLimore joined her in double figures with 11 points. The ‘Dawgs shot 38 percent from the field and 40 percent from distance.

Kadaja Bailey and her game-high 16 points led St. John’s to victory.  Jillian Archer added 13 points and Mimi Reid hit three 3-pointers to add 11. The Red Storm scored 15 second chance points and blocked eight shots to earn the road win.

How it Happened

Butler scored a layup on their first possession of the game, but a 9-0 St. John’s scoring run would follow to give the visitors a quick lead. Four different Johnnies scored during that stretch and the Red Storm would lead BU 15-7 at the end of the first.

The Bulldogs would trail at the half for the first time this season as St. John’s outscored the ‘Dawgs 17-13 in the second frame to own a 32-20 advantage. The game picked up in the third quarter with Butler’s offense coming alive. BU went just 1-for-6 from 3-point range in the first half, but hit four of their first five shots from range in the third quarter to find their rhythm. Each squad scored 16 points in the third to push the scoreboard to 48-36.

Anna Mortag scored eight of her 15 points in the third quarter and would hit a three-pointer with 5:04 left in the fourth to get Butler within seven points at 54-47. Six BU free throws trimmed the St. John’s lead to just one at 56-55, but the Bulldogs would never take the lead.

Bailey scored seven-straight points for St. John’s in crunch time to keep the Jonnies in front. She finished by scoring the final nine points for the visitors.

Stat of the Game

St. John’s scored 15 second chance points compared to two for Butler.

Inside the Box Score

– BU shot 23 percent from the field in the first quarter to net seven points

– The ‘Dawgs shot 45 percent in the fourth to score 21 points

– Caroline Strande came off the bench to score eight points

– BU only had 11 turnovers in the setback

– Sydney Jaynes contributed with seven points, four rebounds and three steals

– Shay Frederick led the Bulldogs with three assists (zero turnovers)

– Butler went 13-for-17 from the free throw line

– St. John’s didn’t miss a free throw (9-9)

– Each team finished the game with six 3-pointers

– STJ outrebounded BU 32-27

Up Next

Butler returns to action on Sunday by hosting the DePaul Blue Demons at 2 PM.

BULLDOGS CONTINUE HOME STRETCH SATURDAY, HOSTING TENNESSEE TECH

Butler (5-3) vs. Tennessee Tech (3-5)

Saturday, Dec. 3;  2PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse

Indianapolis, Ind.

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TV: FS1 & FOX Sports App – Wayne Randazzo & Nick Bahe

Radio: 1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

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SERIES: This is the first meeting between the two basketball programs.

• Butler is 68-2 over its last 70 non-conference home games.

• Wednesday’s win over Kansas State was the fifth time in eight games this season that the Bulldogs have shot 50 percent or better from the field, and the fourth time this season shooting 40 percent or better from three-point range.

• Butler put five players in double figures Wednesday against Kansas State, the second time this season doing so.

• Butler’s starters played 185 of a possible 200 total minutes vs. Kansas State.

• As a team, Butler is 19th nationally in blocks at 5.5 per game.

• Butler is 5-0 this season when leading at halftime.

• Over the past five games, Butler is limiting its opponents to 24-percent shooting from three-point range and an average of only 4.4 makes per game (22-91).

• Tennessee Tech coach John Pelphrey has been on the bench twice previously in match-ups against Butler, both as an assistant to Billy Donovan. The Bulldogs defeated Marshall on the road during the 1995-96 season, while Florida knocked off Butler, 69-68 in overtime, in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. The 2000 game was Thad Matta’s final game as an assistant coach before taking over the Butler program with the 2000-01 season.

• Manny Bates led the Bulldogs with 22 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas State, his second 20-point game and third double-double of the young season.

• Manny Bates is eighth nationally in blocks per game at 2.9 per game; his 67.1 field goal percentage is 16th in the NCAA.

• Simas Lukosius handed out a career-high seven assists against Kansas State, which also matched the most by a Butler player this season.

• Chuck Harris is now 21st in Butler history in career three-pointers (127).

• Jayden Taylor is the only Bulldog to score in double figures in all eight of the team’s games.

• Butler posted a 47-point win over The Citadel Nov. 19, which is the largest margin of victory by the Bulldogs since defeating Western Illinois, 107-46, at Hinkle Fieldhouse Dec. 21, 2017.

• Butler shot 70.4 percent from the field in the 95-67 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) Nov. 17; it was the second-best field goal percentage in program history, trailing only the 71.9 clip from the Nov. 15, 2014 win over Maine.

• The Nov. 19 win over The Citadel included 17 three-pointers, which was just shy of the program-record of 20 and the most since hitting 17 vs. Northern Illinois Dec. 8, 2018.

• Harris scored a team-high 20 points in the final game of the Battle 4 Atlantis against North Carolina State Nov. 25. It was the second 20-point game of the season for Harris and the 12th of his career.

• The Bulldogs have been without DJ Hughes for the past two games after he suffered a concussion in the Nov. 24 win over BYU. Butler has been without Ali Ali, John-Michael Mulloy, Jalen Thomas, and Myles Wilmoth due to injury for the entirety of the regular season thus far.

• Bates opened his Butler career with back-to-back double-doubles; his 25 points in the season-opener against New Orleans were a career-high.

• Bates is the first Bulldog to score at least 20 points in his Butler debut since Rotnei Clarke (21 vs. Elon in 2012).

• Harris and Taylor have combined to go 43-for-47 from the free throw line so far this season (91 percent).

• The Bulldogs committed only five turnovers in the Nov. 14 Gavitt Games loss at Penn State.

• The Bulldogs forced New Orleans into 30 turnovers in the season opener.

• Thad Matta returns to his alma mater as the head coach at Butler; he also led the Bulldogs as head coach during the 2000-01 season.

• Matta is a combined 70-26 in the first season at each of his previous head coaching stops (Butler in 2000-01, Xavier in 2001-02 and Ohio State in 2004-05), winning at least 20 games in each of those seasons.

JAGS HOST GREEN BAY TO BEGIN #HLWBB PLAY

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team opens Horizon League play this weekend when they host back-to-back conference games. The Jags welcome Green Bay on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM and Milwaukee on Monday night at 7:00 PM. Both games will be available on ESPN+.

The Jags are coming off a 71-49 loss at Eastern Michigan, snapping their three-game win streak. Transfer Jazmyn Turner led the Jaguars offense with 10 point followed by Rachel Kent and Genesis Parker with nine each.

Green Bay enters the game 3-3 overall and 0-1 in conference after a loss to Milwaukee, 59-52. Maddy Schreiber led the team in scoring with ten points, while Bailey Butler and Hailey Oskey added nine each. The Phoenix forced 14 Milwaukee turnovers, and Oskey picked up four steals.

IUPUI and the Phoenix last faced each other on Feb. 19, 2022, when the Jaguars’ 14-game win streak ended with a 71-56 loss at Green Bay. The Phoenix hold an 8-5 overall record against the Jags.

Saturday’s matchup will be aired on ESPN+ with a 2:00 PM tip.

MEN’S BASKETBALL TO OPEN #HLMBB PLAY AT MILWAUKEE ON SATURDAY

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – The IUPUI basketball team will open Horizon League play on Saturday (Dec. 3) when the Jaguars take on Milwaukee (6-3, 1-0 HL) at 7:00 p.m. Central (8 Eastern) on ESPN+. The Jaguars look to stop a three-game skid while Milwaukee comes in having won four straight, including a win at Green Bay in its Horizon League opener on Thursday night.

While the Jaguars went winless on a three-game trip to New Orleans, the squad received a major lift with the return of junior Bryce Monroe. The California-native averaged 15 points and 4.7 assists per game on the trip, including a 29-point outburst against New Orleans. Graduate transfer Chris Osten continued to assert himself in the middle with a pair of double-doubles on the trip, averaging 10.7 points and 8.3 rebounds over the three contests. Head coach Matt Crenshaw tweaked the starting lineup for the three games, inserting Monroe in place of freshman Armon Jarrard.

Junior forward John Egbuta continued to settle into a starting role, averaging 8.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in three starts, including a season-high 11 points and six boards against New Orleans on Nov. 24. Egbuta also knocked down 50 percent of his three-point attempts during the trip.

IUPUI comes in looking to break a four-game slide against Milwaukee as well, having not defeated the Panthers since Jan. 29, 2021. The Jaguars haven’t won in Milwaukee since Feb. 16, 2018 when they captured a 76-71 overtime victory.

QUOTABLE

“I think we learned a lot about ourselves during this trip. It’s hard to get up for three games in three days and we’re disappointed to have not gotten a win down here. But, I think the positive thing is that we played a lot of different guys, we learned a lot about our team and we’re going to be better in the long run,” Crenshaw said following his team’s loss to The Citadel on Nov. 25.

SCOUTING MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee comes in at 6-3 overall and 1-0 in Horizon League play. The Panthers are 5-1 at home this season with the lone loss having come to St. Thomas on Nov. 23. Sophomore BJ Freeman leads the Panthers in scoring (11.5 ppg), including 13 threes, and Ahmad Rand checks in at 9.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. The Panthers boast eight players averaging between 7.0 points and Freeman’s 11.5 points per game.

THE MONROE EFFECT

    After missing the first three games of the season to injury, junior transfer Bryce Monroe has made a major impact in the Jaguars’ lineup. Since making his IUPUI debut, Monroe leads the team in scoring (12.0 ppg) and assists (3.8 apg) in his four appearances (three starts).

    More importantly, the team as a whole has improved its output. Without Monroe in the lineup, the Jags scored just 48.3 points per game, but have increased that number to 65.0 points per game since his return. In addition, the Jags averaged just 5.3 assists per game in the season’s first three games, but have averaged 11 assists per game in the four games since.

    Monroe had a monster game at New Orleans on Nov. 24, pumping in 29 points (13-20 FG, 3-6 3’s) and seven assists – both of which are the most by an IUPUI player this season.

OSTEN POWERS

    Grad transfer Chris Osten had scored in double-digits just one time in his Division I career at both Arizona State and Northern Illinois and never had a double-double prior to this season. However, in just seven games this season, Osten has hit double-figures four times and registered three double-doubles. He had season-highs of 15 points (6-9 FG, 3-4 FT) and 12 boards at Chicago State on Nov. 14 and later had back-to-back 14-point, 10-rebound double-doubles against Denver (Nov. 23) and New Orleans (Nov. 24). The past five games, he’s averaging 11.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

    He’s currently fifth in the Horizon League in rebounding (7.43 rpg), second in offensive rebounding (3.43 rpg) and is tied for second in the league in double-doubles (3).

COUNT ‘EM UP   

    Sophomore Jlynn Counter has been IUPUI’s most consistent weapon this season, averaging 11.9 points per game and hitting double-digits four times. Counter, a 6-foot-3 guard, is shooting 47.9 percent from the floor.

    However, that total is even more impressive when you factor in that he’s 0-for-10 from three to start the year, leaving him at 34-of-61 (55.7 percent) from inside the arc this season and 78.9 percent from the free throw line.

    He’s currently second on the team in both rebounding (3.4 rpg) and assists (1.9 apg) and leads the squad in free throws made (15).

A VERY BRADY WEEK

    Freshman guard Vincent Brady II was named the Horizon League’s Freshman of the Week for his efforts on Nov. 21 after he averaged 7.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in games at Chicago State (Nov. 14) and Franklin College (Nov. 19).

    He had a season-high nine points at CSU on 3-of-7 from three and followed with five points, four boards and three assists in the win over Franklin.

FRESH STARTERS

    IUPUI had three freshmen in the starting lineup in the opener as Vincent Brady II, Amhad Jarrard and Armon Jarrard all got the starting nod. The trio, all of whom are Indianapolis natives, combined on four points, five boards and an assist in the opener at Iowa State.

FRESHMAN UPDATE

    As IUPUI approaches the quarter point of this season, three true freshmen have been key cogs in the Jaguars’ regular rotation. A fourth, DJ Jackson, was earmarked for a major role before suffering an injury.

    Here’s a look at the production of the Jaguars’ rookie class:

Vincent Brady II: 26.4 mpg (2nd on the team), 6.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 8 3’s made (leads team)

Amhad Jarrard: 20.7 mpg (5th on the team), 5.1 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 6 steals

Armon Jarrard: 13.8 mpg, 3.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 7 steals (tied for team lead)

DJ Jackson (2 games): 16.5 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg

UP NEXT

IUPUI will close out the two-game Horizon League trip at Green Bay on Monday (Dec. 5) when the Jaguars face the Phoenix at 11:00 a.m. CT (12 Eastern) on ESPN+.

VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO NO. 16 MARQUETTE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – – Despite a tough, gritty performance, the Ball State women’s volleyball team saw its 2022 season come to an end Thursday night with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-17) setback to No. 16 Marquette at the Al McGuire Center.

“It was a tough match,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “Marquette is a really good team and plays such clean volleyball. I felt like we had the best game plan we could have coming into the match, and just got beat by a really good volleyball program. I am proud of my group, and how they hung in there and battled.”

The Cardinals (24-9) gave the Golden Eagles (28-3) all they could handle in the opening set, playing the bracket’s fourth seed within two at the 20-18 mark. Unfortunately, the hosts ended the frame at 25-20 with a 5-2 run.

A pair of highlights also occurred in the first set, starting at the 6-5 mark when senior middle Marie Plitt smashed her 1,000th career kill to keep the Cardinals within one early. Moments later, with MU leading 14-10, a service error and back-to-back aces from senior libero Maggie Huber brought the Cardinals back within one at 14-13.

The second set saw Marquette jump out to a 7-3 edge, while the third had the hosts pull ahead 7-1. Ball State battled back both times but could not overcome the early holes and suffered a pair of 25-17 setbacks.

In addition to her 1,000th, Plitt would finish the night tied for the team lead with 10 kills. She also hit .286 (10-4-21) for the night and secured her place in the Ball State record book as the first player in program history to hit over .400 for a season at .404 (337-48-716).

Junior outside Cait Snyder tied Plitt for team-high honor with 10 kills and hit an impressive .350 (10-3-20) from the left side against a tough Marquette defense.

Overall, the Cardinals finished the match hitting .221 (33-12-95) as a team, with sophomore setter Megan Wielonski registering her 21st double-double of the season with 28 assists and 14 digs.

In the backcourt, Huber led all players with 14 digs to finished her career ranked sixth in program history with 1,630 digs.

Also playing in their final matches for the Cardinals were senior outside Natalie Risi and senior opposite Natalie Mitchem. Risi finished the contest with two kills, four digs and a pair of aces, while Mitchem added five kills and a solo block.

Risi finished her career ranked ninth in program history with 1,293 digs and 18th with 914 kills. Mitchem ranked 12th on BSU’s all-time list with 1,054 kills.

On the other side of the net, Marquette’s Carsen Murray led all players with 12 kills, while Carly Skarbak collected a team-high 13 digs. MU hit .369 (47-9-103) as a squad and kept the pressure on from the service line with nine total aces.

BALL STATE HITS THE ROAD FOR SATURDAY SHOWDOWN WITH DUQUESNE

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team takes to the road for a non-conference matchup with Duquesne on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Cardinals and Dukes are slated for a 2 p.m. jump on ESPN+.

BSU enters the weekend with a 4-3 overall record after a 1-2 performance against stiff competition at the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship. DU has a 6-1 record on year heading into Saturday’s contest.

MAC Player of the Week

Payton Sparks led the Cardinals in scoring and rebounding for the week. He averaged 16.3 points a game and added 9.7 boards per contest. In the opening game of the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship, he posted an 11-point performance, while adding seven rebounds. In Ball State’s victory against Missouri State, he produced a career-high 24 points along with a game-high 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the tournament. He added two steals and two assists. Sparks collected his second-straight double-double as he tied for a team-high 14 points and brought down 10 rebounds against San Jose State. He shot 67.9 percent from the field and 1.000 percent from 3-point range. His lone 3-pointer was a buzzer beater at the end of the first half against Missouri State.

Last Time Out

The Cardinals are coming off a 67-65 heartbreaking defeat against the San Jose State Spartans. Sparks recorded his second-straight game with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sparks added a team-high three assists with a block. Demarius Jacobs has posted double-digits in seven of the team’s eight contests with his 14 points. Jacobs led the team with two blocks to go along with four rebounds and one steal. Jalen Windham notched his sixth game in double figures with his 14 points. Windham added a rebound and an assist. Jarron Coleman finished the game with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.

Spreading the Love

Ball State has four players averaging double figures on the season. Sparks leads the team with 15.4 points per game. He is shooting 62.5 percent from the field, which is tied for 35th in the NCAA and leads the MAC. He has a team-best 7.9 rebounds per game to go along with 17 assists, seven blocks, and five steals. Coleman is second on the team in points per game (13.1), rebounds per game (5.4), assists (19), and steals (12). Jacobs is third on the squad with 12.6 points per contest. He has a team-best 24 assists with a team-high 14 steals, and his 13 blocks are the best in the conference. Jaylin Sellers rounds out the double-digit scorers with 11.2 a game to go along with 4.7 rebounds per game.

Taking Advantage at the Free-Throw Line

As a team, the Cardinals are averaging 25.0 free throws per game, which is tied for 17th in the country and leads the MAC. Ball State is averaging 17.0 free-throws made per contest, which is 25th in the NCAA and leads the conference. Sparks is tied for 14th in the nation with 54 free-throw attempts, which is second in the MAC.

Block Party

Ball State continues to be strong on the defensive end of the court. As a unit, the Cardinals are tied for 56th in the NCAA with 4.7 blocks per game. Jacobs is tied for 48th in the nation and leads the MAC with 13 blocks. His 1.86 blocks per game is tied for 43rd in the country and leads the conference. 

Series History with Duquesne

Friday will mark the first meeting between Ball State and Duquesne.

Scouting the Dukes

A familiar foe leads the Dukes in Dae Dae Grant the former Miami RedHawk guard. Grant in the only Duquesne player in double figures with 20.1 points per game, which is tied for 27th in the NCAA. His 3-point percentage of 56.2 is eighth in the nation. He is second on the squad with 10 steals and tied for second with 17 assists. Austin Rotroff paces the Dukes with 7.9 boards per contest. Jimmy Clark III has a team-best 13 steals. David Dixon leads the squad with 11 blocks. Tevin Brewer has a team-high 20 assists.

GAME 8 PREVIEW: A NEW ACC SEASON IS AFOOT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – There’s not a better place for the Notre Dame men’s basketball (6-1) team to kick off ACC play on Saturday than inside Purcell Pavilion – where they have been a problem for opposing teams over the past two seasons. ND will lean on the Irish faithful to make sure league play starts on the right note, with Syracuse (3-4) first up. Tip inside Purcell is scheduled for Noon ET and will air live on ESPN2.

Notre Dame also looks to shorten the gap in the series record between the two, trailing 23-31. The last time these two linked up, the Irish walked away with the 76-69 victory at home.

NATE THE GREAT

How about nearly doubling your scoring average from a year ago – a career best 16.9 ppg – ranks 5th in the ACC. In fact, Laszewski ranks in the top-10 of six different stastical categories in the ACC — 7th in rebounds (8.6), 3rd in FG% (.545), 9th in 3PT FG% (.429), 3rd in FT% (.872), 2nd in defensive rebounds (7.7). Moreso, his 7.7 defensive rebounds per game rank 13th in the country.

He’s 1-of-6 players in the country averaging at least 15 points, 8 rebounds while shooting over 40.0 percent from three — 1-of-3 from a Power-Five team – Iowa’s Kris Murray and Alabama’s Brandon Miller.

SCOREMAC RYAN

The Michigan State game on Nov. 30 saw the return of the Scoremac. He was a man possessed in the first half, scoring 20 of the team’s 42 points in which they boasted a 42-24 lead. Thus he nearly outscored the Spartans that half. He went 5-for-5 from deep and 7-of-8 overall. He ultimately finished the game with season high 23 points and a perfect 6-for-6 from three.

And Ryan is no stranger to that kind of performance. He went 7-for-9 from three in the big NCAA Tournament win over Alabama last March, scoring 29 points.

All-in-all, since joining the Irish starting lineup on Feb. 9, 2022, Ryan has averaged 12.7 ppg (carrying over into this season as well).

This season, he’s gone 4-for-7 in double-digit scoring performances, plus the game-winning basket against Radford.

NEW COURT, SAME HOME ADVANTAGE

Notre Dame’s court may have gotten a facelift this offseason and sport a new look, but the same home-court advantage still applies.

Last season, the Irish went 14-1 inside Purcell Pavilion, and this year they are off to a 6-0 start which includes a ranked win over No. 20 Michigan State. Thus, they are 20-1 at home over their last 21 home games.

CLOSERS

One of the biggest takeaways from early on this season is that the Irish get clutch at home down the final stretch of a game.

Game 1 vs Radford – Irish make 6 of their last 9 from the field over the final 8:22

Game 2 vs YSU – Irish make its last six from the field over the final 4:29

Game 3 vs USI – Irish make its last 11-of-15 over the final 11:33.

Game 4 vs Lipscomb – Dane Goodwin converts a three with 14 seconds left for the go-ahead game-winner.

Game 5 vs Bowling Green – The Irish end the game on a 23-5 scoring run. ND made 9 of its last 12 from the field starting at the 10:25 mark.

ALL FIVE STARTERS IN DOUBLE FIGURES

How about this – all five starters are averaging double-digit points. How common is that? In terms of Power-Five conference teams – only UCLA, Nebraska and Kentucky can claim the same as well.

STAR(LING) FRESHMAN

Starling, who was ranked 18th by ESPN and was the highest ranked ND recruit since at least 2007 (when ESPN recruiting database began), is off to a fantastic start – averaging 13.0 ppg. In fact, he ranks 3rd in scoring amongst ACC freshmen.  The top two spots belong to Duke’s Kyle Filipowski (15.4 ppg) and Syracuse’s Judah Mintz (15.1 ppg). All-in-all, they’re the only 3 ACC freshmen in double figures.

However, JJ does boast the best shooting percentage amongst ACC freshmen, converting 45.7 percent. In fact, his shooting percentage ranks 8th nationally amongst D-I freshmen.

He took over the Bowling Green game on Nov. 22 – pouring in 23 points on a near-perfect 10-for-11 shooting night. He joined Torin Francis (10-11 vs Arizona on 3/27/2003) as the only other freshman in ND history to make at least 10 field goals while only missing one from the floor. Plus, his 23 points currently stands as a single game high amongst ACC freshmen.

Starling first impressed with a 17-point breakout performance vs Youngstown State on Nov. 13. Starling went clutch mode, making back-to-back treys under the two-minute mark to help clinch the win.

He led second-half scorers against Michigan State, scoring nine of his 14 points.

WHO’S HOT

Since we’ve already talked about Cormac’s MSU performance, how about Trey Wertz and his ability to lead the offense. In the last three games he’s dished out 6, 6 and 7 assists.

His 4.7 apg ranks 6th in the ACC, while his 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio leads all players in the ACC and ranks 43rd in the nation.

DANE FEELIN GOOD(WIN)

Dane entered the year with 8 20+ point scoring performances and now has two already.

He’s currently averaging a career-best 14.0  ppg on 50.0 percent shooting.  Goodwin is connecting on 48.1 percent from deep (13-of-27) – team best – also ranks 3rd in the ACC.

Goodwin has hit some big late three’s as well – hitting a trey with 2:48 left against USI and 14 seconds left against Lipscomb. The latter was the gamewinner in a 66-65 victory over Lipscomb. Goodwin tied his career high in made three-pointers, converting 6-of-8 from deep. He finished with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

PEEP THESE TRENDING STATS

The Irish are currently leading the country in fouls per game, only committing an average of 11.1.

Next, they rank 3rd in the country in turnovers per game, only surrendering 8.7 – which leads the ACC.

Lastly, the rank 6th in free-throw percentage, converting 81.2 percent from the stripe – leads the ACC as well. 

LEARNED HOW TO WIN AND THEN SOME

The quote you heard from Coach Brey often this preseason – “these guys learned how to win last year and now they are ready for the challenge.”

This experienced Irish group went 15-5 in the ACC, earning the No. 2 seed in the league tournament. They then made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2017, earning a First Four spot. Notre Dame defeated Rutgers in double OT and then Alabama before falling to Texas Tech closely in the Second Round.

Fast forward to now and that experience has paid off. First, the Irish battled back to take the lead against Radford with 9.5 seconds left for the 79-76 win. Against Youngstown State, it was a three-point game with 2:26 remaining, but the Irish staved off the attack and clinched the 88-81 victory. Then it was Dane Goodwin’s go-ahead three-pointer with 14 seconds left to remain unbeaten for the 66-65 win over Lipscomb.

Against Michigan State – the defense forced a Sparty season low 52 points. In fact, that marked the first time in 29 games against MSU and first time since 1952, in which the Irish held the Spartans to below 55 points in the storied 98-game series rivalry. 

SYCAMORES KICK OFF FOUR-GAME ROAD STINT AT MIAMI OHIO SATURDAY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Sycamores are set for their first true road game of the season as they travel to Oxford to take on Miami Ohio Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. Despite leading the all-time series 5-3, Indiana State will be looking for its first win inside Millett Hall.

Indiana State is coming off a resilient win against Drake in its Valley opener this past Wednesday, defeating the Bulldogs 75-73 at the Hulman Center. After being up by 14 in the first half, the Sycamores found themselves down by five in the waning minutes of the second half but were able to spark a late 9-0 to regain the lead and hold on for the win. ISU handed Drake its first loss of the season, and it was the first time the Sycamores have beaten Drake in a Valley opener.

Freshman Robbie Avila finished Wednesday’s game with a team-high 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field alongside a team-high eight rebounds, three assists, and a steal. In his last three games, Avila is averaging 14.3 points, 7.7 boards, and 3.0 assists per game.

Saturday’s game kicks off a four-game road stint in which the Sycamores will also travel to Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana, and Duquesne.

SERIES HISTORY

Indiana State leads the all-time series 5-3 dating back to the first meeting between the two teams in the U.S. Basketball Olympic trials in Indianapolis on March 7, 1936. The Sycamores won that contest, 45-27.

Since then, Miami has won three of the last five meetings, but ISU won the last meeting on a nearly buzzer-beating layup from Cooper Neese to win 69-68 Dec. 4, 2021 at the Hulman Center.

The Sycamores are 0-2 when playing at Miami and will be looking for their first win inside Millett Hall.

LAST GAME AGAINST THE REDHAWKS (FULL RECAP)

In the last meeting between ISU and Miami, Xavier Bledson found Cooper Neese on a cut to the basket for the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to help the Sycamores to a 69-68 victory at the Hulman Center.

It was a highly contested game that featured 16 lead changes and nine ties. Miami took its largest lead at 56-47 with 13:02 left to play before ISU began to chip away with Neese playing a key role in the comeback with 10 second-half points.

Seven Sycamores saw action as Cameron Henry scored a game-high 21 points in the win while also pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out five assists. Neese recorded his sixth career 20-point performance as he hit four of his 10 3-point attempts. Forward Simon Wilbar joined Henry and Neese in double figures with a 10-point outing. Bledson added seven points, four assists and a trio of rebounds.

Mekhi Lairy led Miami Ohio with 18 points and five rebounds while Dalonte Brown added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

MIAMI AT A GLANCE

The Redhawks were picked to finished 11th out of 12 teams in the Mid-American Conference Preseason Poll.

Returning for Miami this season is fifth-year senior Mekhi Lairy, who set Miami’s single-season free-throw percentage record a year ago and currently holds the career free-throw percentage record. Lairy, who averaged 13.6 ppg in 2021-22, posted his 1,000th career point a year ago and is on pace to break Miami’s career games played record this season.

Lairy is leading the Redhawks in scoring this season with 16.3 points per game alongside a team-high 4.1 assists per game. Billy Smith is averaging 11.3 points per game with a team-high 3.7 boards per game.

At 3-4 this season, the Redhawks have won their last two straight games and are coming off a 95-78 win against Jackson State this past Tuesday. The Redhawks opened their season with a loss to fellow Valley foe Evansville, 78-74.

LAST TIME OUT

In front of a packed crowd in a sea of blue at the Hulman Center Wednesday night, the Indiana State Sycamores fought for a gutsy win against the previously undefeated Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite Drake, defeating the Bulldogs 75-73 in their Valley opener.

Indiana State (7-1, 1-0 MVC) led Drake (6-1, 0-1 MVC) for 31:15 in the game, but after being up by 14 points at 8:40 in the first half, the Sycamores found themselves down by five with 3:57 to go in the second. Leading scorer Robbie Avila sparked a late 9-0 run for the Sycamores spanning 2:38 to get ISU back up to a four-point lead at 73-69 with 15 seconds to go, and Cameron Henry hit four clutch free throws in those final 15 seconds to help the Sycamores fend off a late push from the Bulldogs.

Avila finished the night with 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field alongside a team-high eight rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Henry was 10-of-12 from the charity stripe in the game and finished with 14 points, three rebounds, and three assists.

Jayson Kent made his first start of the season and scored the first eight straight points for the Sycamores before capping his night with a pair of game-tying free throws in the last 1:35 to get him in double-figures. He also pulled down a career-high seven boards.

Courvoisier McCauley also scored in double-figures with 12 points off the bench. Kailex Stephens was 2-of-2 from the field with five rebounds and two steals.

BLEDSON NAMED TO GCS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Xaiver Bledson was named to the Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament as he helped the Sycamores to a 2-1 record for third place in the tournament with wins over East Carolina and Drexel. He led ISU in scoring through the three games with 15.7 points per game off the bench and posted a career-high 22 points against Drexel.

ALL EYES ON VOSS

The Watch List for the 2022-23 Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award was announced Tuesday, Nov. 22, and senior transfer Courvoisier McCauley appeared on the list. The award, which is presented annually to the top mid-major player in division I college basketball, honors the former Illinois and New Mexico State head coach who won 775 games in 41 seasons.

DESTINEE MARSHALL SETS CAREER-HIGH AS ‘DONS FELL TITANS 58-49

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne’s Destinee Marshall dropped in a career-high 21 points in the Mastodons’ 58-49 win over Detroit Mercy in the Horizon League women’s basketball opener on Friday (Dec. 2).

While Marshall got the job done offensively, it was the Mastodon defense that was the story of the game.

The Mastodons held Detroit Mercy scoreless for the opening two minutes. After a pair of Detroit Mercy buckets, the Titans were without a field goal again for another four minutes. The ‘Dons went on a 7-0 run in that time, with Riley Ott converting a traditional 3-point play and a layup and Sylare Starks driving in for a layup. After the Titans cut the lead to three, the ‘Dons held them scoreless for the final 2:34 of the opening quarter.

The Mastodon defense continued to smother Detroit Mercy, holding the Titans to just 17 points for the half. It was the fewest points in a half by a Division I team against the ‘Dons since UIC only scored eight in the first half on November 7, 2019.

Marshall sparked the ‘Dons with a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter. She scored the first seven on her own. Shayla Sellers scored on a layup off an assist from Ryin Ott. This gave the Mastodons an 11-point lead that they used to hold off the Titans the rest of the way.

Purdue Fort Wayne ran Detroit Mercy off the 3-point line, as the Titans went 2-for-15 (13.3 percent), missing their first nine. They were also 0-for-4 in the fourth quarter from beyond the arc. The Mastodons hit just four triples, which was a season-low.

Marshall’s 21 was a game-high. She and Amellia Bromenschenkel had a team-high six boards each. Bromenschenkel had an all-around game, finishing with eight points, six boards, five steals, three blocks and two assists. Starks and Ott added nine points each off the bench.

The ‘Dons move back to .500 at 4-4 and start Horizon League play 1-0. Detroit Mercy falls to 1-5, 0-1 Horizon. The Mastodons have another league game on Sunday (Dec. 4) at 2 p.m. in the Gates Sports Center against Oakland.

‘DONS AND OAKLAND SET FOR SATURDAY AT GATES ON ESPNU

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The ESPNU cameras await Purdue Fort Wayne and Oakland on Saturday from the Gates Sports Center. Saturday’s game will be the Mastodons’ first-ever home game on an ESPN network.

Game Day Information

Who: Oakland Golden Grizzlies (2-7, 0-1 Horizon League) at Purdue Fort Wayne (4-4, 0-1 Horizon League)

When: Saturday, December 3 | 3 p.m.

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPNU

    Talent: Jordan Bernfield, David Padgett

Tickets: Link

Radio: 1380 AM The Fan | Listen

    Talent: Brett Rump, Justin Kenny

Game Notes (PDF): Purdue Fort Wayne | Oakland

Series Record: Oakland leads 20-7

‘DONS & ENDS

// Ra Kpedi has won the tip in all eight games this season.

// Jon Coffman owns a 143-118 career record. The Mastodons’ victory on Sunday over Bluffton set a new program record for coaching wins for Coffman. He passed Andy Piazza who went 142-108 with the ‘Dons from 1987 to 1996.

// Saturday’s game will be the Mastodons’ first-ever home game on an ESPN network.

// Jarred Godfrey has scored in double-digits in six of the seven previous games. He had his best game of the season in a win over Eastern Michigan (Nov. 22), leading the team in points (21), rebounds (7), assists (5) and steals (5). His five steals tied a career best.

// Jarred Godfrey could take over second place in career field goals on Saturday. Godfrey owns 604 field goals. Currently in second is Bruce Roland. He made 608 field goals from 1986-89. First place in program history is held by current Memphis Grizzlies member John Konchar. He had 759 baskets from 2014-19.

// Jarred Godfrey enters Saturday seven assists shy of 400 for his career.

// The Mastodons have attained an overall home record of 170-62 in Fort Wayne since 2006-07. The ‘Dons are 106-33 in home games played at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and 64-29 in home games played on campus at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center.

// Freshman Eric Mulder has recorded 38 points and 34 rebounds with only four turnovers in 92 minutes this season.

// Jarred Godfrey and Damian Chong Qui were named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament Team. Chong Qui made the game clinching 3-pointer with 18 seconds left against Eastern Michigan to put the ‘Dons up by five.

// The 80-point margin of victory over Manchester on Nov. 14 was the largest in program history. The ‘Dons tied a school record with 21 3-pointers in the game.

// 10 Mastodons are averaging 11 or more minutes per contest.

// Bobby Planutis is 29th in the nation in made 3-pointers (24) and 52nd in 3-point percentage at (44.4 percent).

//  Two Mastodons have yet to miss a free throw this season: Bobby Planutis (18-for-18) and Jarred Godfrey (24-of-24).

// Jarred Godfrey (1,716),  Damian Chong Qui (1,355) and Anthony Roberts (1,359) have each scored 1,000 career NCAA points. Deonte Billups (854) and Bobby Planutis (969) could enter that group this season.

// All five starters scored in double-digits in the win over SIUE (Nov. 12).

// Jarred Godfrey has been named to the CollegeInsider.com Lou Henson Award Watch List.

// Purdue Fort Wayne was picked to win the Horizon League in the preseason poll. The ‘Dons tied with Northern Kentucky for the first spot.

// The Mastodon roster has an average age of 21. The ‘Dons have a 35 combined seasons of NCAA collegiate experience.

// The 2022-23 roster features student-athletes from Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina and the Bahamas.

FEIT POURS-IN 27 AS ACES POWER PAST MOREHEAD STATE

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Pulling away in the second half, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team picked-up its second road victory of the season, 75-65, over Morehead State on Friday evening in Morehead, Ky.

For the second-time this year, senior guard/forward Abby Feit scored 27 points, narrowly missing a double-double with eight boards in the win. Capturing a second-straight double-double, redshirt junior Barbora Tomancova tallied 11 points and 12 boards on the night, while fifth-year guard Myia Clark also finished in double-figures with 12 points. The Eagles were led by Veronica Charles, who finished with 19 points to pace Morehead State.

Much like Saturday’s matchup with Miami (Ohio), it took a minute or two for the Aces to settle into the contest. Morehead State grabbed an early lead at 11-7, but Evansville battled back with the help of Tomancova. The Eagles lead would grow as large as six in the first quarter, but Tomancova continued to assert herself in the post, getting to the line to score eight of UE’s first 12 points. Following Tomancova’s early strong form, Feit stepped up, going on a personal 8-0 run to close the opening period and giving Evansville the 19-18 lead after 10 minutes of play.

The lead stayed with the Aces for much of the second period before the home side battled back to retake the lead inside the final four minutes of the half. As the opening half waned, Feit again went on her own run, scoring the last six points of the half to give UE a four-point lead going to the half.

Out of the break, Evansville continued to hold its lead, but Morehead State had another challenge in it. After the Eagles came back to tie the game at 36 with 7:44 left in the third, the Aces used a key stretch to take the lead and open up their advantage. A 13-2 Evansville run gave the Aces a double-digit lead, spurred by triples from A’Niah Griffin and Kynidi Mason Striverson. In all, the Aces out-scored Morehead State 25-12 in the third period as UE held a 59-42 lead.

The Eagles pushed UE one final time, cutting the Aces advantage as low as six with 4:10 left in the game. Evansville responded immediately with a bucket of its own as Newman hit a layup to answer the Eagles. Over the final minutes, the Aces got another important three from Feit and converted at the free-throw line to secure the 10-point victory.

Evansville gets nearly a week to. recoup before heading back on the road for a matchup with Bellarmine at 5:30 PM (CT) on Thursday, December 8 in Louisville, Ky.

USI RETURNS TO ACTION SATURDAY AT MURRAY STATE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball returns to the court Saturday at Murray State University for a 2 p.m. contest against the Racers. The game can be seen live on ESPN3 and heard on 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

The matchup against Murray State Saturday begins a stretch of five straight road games for Southern Indiana after having four of the first five games of the season in the friendly confines of Screaming Eagles Arena. When the ball goes up Saturday in Murray, Kentucky, it will have been 10 days since the Screaming Eagles’ last game. USI (3-2) picked up an 85-52 home win on November 23 against Bethel University (Ind.) The win put USI back on the right track after consecutive losses.

Junior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) led USI against Bethel with a career-high 23 points, surpassing her previous career-best of 18 points to hit the 20-point plateau for the first time. Her performance led to Raley being named the Ohio Valley Conference’s co-Player of the Week earlier this week. It was the first weekly accolade for the Screaming Eagles this season.

Raley dominated the paint, scoring at will and earning trips to the free-throw line. The junior forward had eight makes at the charity stripe against the Pilots. The Haubstadt, Indiana native added eight rebounds with five coming on the offensive glass. Raley also tallied three assists and three steals in 23 minutes played. Raley made her second consecutive start last Wednesday and has now scored in double figures in all five of Southern Indiana’s games this season.

On the season, Raley leads USI at 16 points per game, third in the OVC, and is tied for third on the squad with 4.4 rebounds per contest. She has shot over 55 percent from the floor, including a mark of 54 percent from beyond the arc. At the line, Raley has shot over 86 percent on a team-high 19 makes.

Sophomore guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) continued her strong start to the season against Bethel. Shafford earned her second consecutive double-double effort against Bethel, scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds after her career-high 21/11 output the Saturday prior against Bowling Green State. The last USI player to have back-to-back double-double games was senior forward Hannah Haithcock (Washington Courthouse, Ohio) at the start of the 2020-21 season, recording 12 points and 10 boards0 against Rockhurst University on November 27, 2020, and 10 points and 10 rebounds against William Jewell University on November 29, 2020.

Haithcock also had a solid game last time out against Bethel Pilots, tallying 15 points in 24 minutes. The senior has scored in double digits in four of USI’s games this season, including the last two outings. Haithcock is averaging 15.6 points per game and joins Raley and Shafford with a field goal percentage above 52 percent.

Saturday’s meeting will be the first between USI and Murray State at the D-I level, as the previous four all-time meetings were when both programs were at Division II. The Racers lead the all-time series 3-1, winning both previous meetings in Murray and splitting the other two in Evansville. The Racers won the first meeting 77-62 in 1980, while the Screaming Eagles won the last series meeting 78-71 in 1986.

Murray State, a former OVC member, is in its first season in the Missouri Valley Conference. Murray State is 4-1 through five games in the 2022-23 season with the only loss coming on the road against Big Ten Conference opponent Purdue University. On Wednesday, the Racers defeated the University of Tennessee at Martin 71-52 on the road. The Skyhawks were picked second in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll.

In the game against UT Martin, Murray State was led by junior forward Katelyn Young, who recorded a double-double. Young scored 31 points with 12 rebounds and four assists. Young shot 10-15 from the field, including 3-3 from three, and went 8-8 at the free-throw line. The junior forward paces the Racers at 20.0 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game on the season. Redshirt senior guard Macey Turley also averages double figures at 12.2 points per contest. Turley leads the Murray State squad with 20 assists and in three-point shooting at 48 percent (12-25).

After Saturday’s tilt at Murray State, Southern Indiana’s December travels will take the Screaming Eagles to Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana next Wednesday for a midweek matchup against the Butler University Bulldogs at 6 p.m. CT.

EAGLES FINISH ROAD SWING WITH VISIT TO CHICAGO STATE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball concludes its four-game road swing Sunday with a visit to the Jones Convocation Center to play Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois. Start time has been updated to a 2 p.m. (CST) tip.

The game will be streamed on FloHoops in addition to being heard on ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com) and 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

USI looks to get back on track and even the road trip record during the visit to Chicago State after falling short at Western Illinois University Wednesday, 86-78. The Eagles had three players in double-digits in the loss, led by senior forward Jacob Polakovich (Grand Rapids, Michigan), who had a season-high 18 points and game-high nine rebounds.

Junior guard Tyler Henry (Brooklyn, New York) and graduate forward Trevor Lakes (Lebanon, Illinois) rounded out the double-digit scorers at Western Illinois with 17 points and 11 points, respectively.

For the season, senior guard Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio) leads five Eagles in double-digits through seven games with 14.9 points per contest. Polakovich follows Simmons with 12.2 points and a team-best 9.2 rebounds per contest.

Lakes has 11.1 points per outing, while Henry and junior guard Gary Solomon (Detroit, Michigan) complete the double-figure scorers with 10.3 points and 10.0 points per appearance, respectively.

The Cougars of Chicago State are 2-7 after falling at Bethune-Cookman University, 86-73, Thursday in Daytona Beach, Florida. Chicago State was led by sophomore guard Wesley Cardet in the setback at Bethune-Cookman with 27 points and for the season with 16.7 points per game.

USI and Chicago State the all-time series with the first meeting between the two programs Sunday.

The Eagles return to the friendly surroundings of Screaming Eagles Arena December 7 to play Anderson University (Indiana) and start a three-game homestand. USI also is slated to play Indiana State University December 11 and St. Mary’s of the Woods College December 15 during the homestand.

BEACONS UNABLE TO OVERCOME HOT BGSU START

A scorching start to the game from visiting Bowling Green proved to be too much for the Valpo women’s basketball team to overcome on Friday evening at the ARC, as the Falcons went on to a 92-61 victory over the Beacons.

How It Happened

Valpo and BGSU were tied briefly as junior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) answered the Falcons’ opening basket with a layup of her own.

But the Falcons went on to start 11-of-12 from the field over the opening eight minutes, a stretch which included five 3-pointers and a 3-point play. Bowling Green led 30-11 at the end of the opening period.

The Beacons matched BGSU 10-10 over the first six-plus minutes of the second quarter, including triples by Earnest and sophomore Olivia Sims (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy [Oakland]), to keep the deficit at 19 points before the Falcons closed the half on a 10-3 run to lead 50-24 at intermission.

A 10-1 run to end the third quarter gave BGSU a 76-42 lead with 10 minutes to play.

Valpo opened the fourth quarter with a six-point possession, as senior Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure)] hit a triple, BGSU committed a loose-ball foul with the shot in the air and Earnest hit from deep on the ensuing play. Those two 3-pointers were two of five triples for the Beacons in the final 10 minutes as they outscored the Falcons 19-16 in the fourth quarter.

Inside the Game

Freshman Ali Saunders (Depauw, Ind./North Harrison) tied for game-high honors with 16 points, hitting 5-of-7 from the floor — including two 3-pointers — and a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line. She also set a season high with five assists.

Earnest joined Saunders in double figures with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and led Valpo with five rebounds.

Brown tied her high in a Valpo uniform with four assists and fifth-year Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]) matched her career best with three assists as Valpo registered 15 assists on 22 made shots.

The Beacons hit at a 47.8% clip (22-for-46) from the field on Friday and were above 50% from the floor until the fourth quarter. Valpo also set a season high for 3-pointers, making 11 triples on 37.9% shooting from deep.

Bowling Green was the first Valpo opponent since Bradley in February 2020 to top 90 points in a game. The Falcons shot 55.4% (31-for-56) from the field and 58.3% (14-for-24) from 3-point range — the most triples surrendered by Valpo in a single game since December 2016.

The turnover battle was a tale of two halves. Valpo committed 14 first-half turnovers to BGSU’s three and was outscored 17-0 in points off turnovers in the first 20 minutes, but turned it around in the second half with a 10-3 advantage in turnover margin and a 10-2 edge in points off turnovers.

After three straight games with double-digit offensive rebounds, Valpo was held without a live ball offensive board by the Falcons on Friday. BGSU held a 35-18 overall advantage on the glass and a 19-3 edge in second-chance points.

Postgame Press Conference With Head Coach Mary Evanshttps://youtu.be/ucBCwlxCG-k

Next Up

Valpo (2-4) will look to snap its losing streak on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. when it hosts Western Michigan at the ARC. For those who can’t make it to the game, it can be seen live on ESPN+.

VALPO BASKETBALL RETURNS HOME ON SUNDAY, HOSTS MURRAY STATE

Murray State (4-3, 1-0 MVC)

at Valparaiso (3-5, 0-1 MVC)

Game No. 9 – Sunday, Dec. 4, 1 p.m. CT

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

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play host to Murray State on Sunday afternoon for the second of two early-December Missouri Valley Conference contests. This will mark the first conference home game of the season and will represent Murray State’s first ever Missouri Valley Conference road tilt. After this matchup, Valpo will play its final four nonconference games of the season before starting the continuous portion of league play on Dec. 29 at Drake.

Last Time Out: Valpo cut what had been a 15-point lead to six with seven minutes remaining thanks to a 9-0 run, but host Belmont closed out a 76-64 victory on its home court to open league play on Thursday night. Kobe King scored a game-high 21 points, while Ben Krikke added 18 and Jerome Palm turned in a near double-double of 11 points and nine rebounds.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – The Valley on ESPN+ Exclusive – Jordan Bernfield (play-by-play) and Adam Emmenecker (analyst) 

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Ethan Decatur (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

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

Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (100-101) is in his seventh season as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2022-2023. Twice during his tenure, Valpo has upset Top-25 opponents, defeating Drake and Rhode Island at the ARC. Valpo has four wins over AP Top 25 teams in program history, and two have come under Lottich. In 2019-2020, Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness, the annual Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis, to reach the title game after playing in the opening round by winning three games in three days. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.

Series Notes: Valpo holds a 3-1 edge in the all-time series and has won three straight, including a 93-58 rout on Nov. 29, 2014 as part of a multi-team event in Nashville, Tenn. This marks Murray State’s first visit to the ARC since Nov. 8, 2013, a 77-74 Valpo victory. Valpo also prevailed in the program’s lone trip to Murray on Dec. 29, 2012, a 66-64 win. The Racers’ one win in the all-time series came in 1999 at a multi-team event in St. Charles, Mo.

Home Sweet Home

The Beacons are finally back in town after a 10-day road trip that featured stops in Birmingham, Ala., Savannah, Ga. and Nashville, Tenn.

Valpo flew to Birmingham on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and did not return to campus until late on Thursday, Dec. 1 after the conference opener at Belmont.

This will represent the start of a home-heavy stretch as four of the next five games are at home.

Valpo has started the home docket with a 2-0 record for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons. The only time in that stretch that Valpo did not start 2-0 at home was last season, when the home slate began with setbacks to Toledo and UIC.

The program is now 17-1 in its last 18 home openers with 15 of those victories coming by double figures.

Valpo has finished with a home record of .500 or better in 30 straight seasons.

Palm Breaks Out

The play of Jerome Palm was the biggest bright spot of Valpo’s 76-64 loss at Belmont on Dec. 1.

He was a rebound shy of a double-double to go along with 11 points despite playing just 19 minutes and not seeing his first action of the game until the final five minutes of the first half.

This performance marked a significant turnaround and positive response after he had a DNP (CD) on Nov. 25 vs. South Dakota State.

The nine rebounds tied his season high that was established on Nov. 13 vs. Western Michigan. The 11 points nearly doubled his previous watermark of six, which came on Nov. 16 at Chicago State.

Palm is second on the team at 6.0 rebounds per game and is averaging 12.1 rebounds per 40 minutes of action this year.

Other Notes Wrapping Up Dec. 1 – Belmont 76, Valpo 64

This represented Valpo’s earliest start to league play since joining Division-I in 1978-79. Last year, the league slate started on Dec. 2 as The Valley began starting conference play in early December.

Kobe King led all scorers with 21 points to continue his streak of reaching double figures in every game this season, while Ben Krikke tallied 18.

Valpo committed a season-low six turnovers, a significant improvement from a season-most 19 in the previous game (although the 19 did come in a game that required five extra minutes of action vs. James Madison).

Nick Edwards tied a season high with his second straight six-rebound effort.

The 3-point arc was unkind to the Beacons, who were outscored 45-6 from long range.

The Beacons limited the Bruins to just 38 percent from the floor and 28-percent (4-of-17) from 3-point territory in the opening half. However, the Bruins heated up and shot 65 percent from 3 (11-of-17) after the break.

Starter Shift

While three Valpo players have started all eight games this season – Ben Krikke, Kobe King and Quinton Green – the remaining positions have featured some shifting.

Jerome Palm started the first five games of the season before freshman Maximus Nelson made the first two starts of his collegiate career at the Hostilo Community Classic and has started the last three games. Nelson started at the four, shifting Krikke to the five.

Valpo has used three different starting point guards this season. Nick Edwards got the nod for the first three games, followed by two games of Darius DeAveiro before Preston Ruedinger took the starting reins for the last three contests.

Scouting the Racers

Won their first ever MVC game 70-67 in overtime on Thursday night.

Went 31-3 overall and 18-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference last season en route to reaching the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.

Picked eighth of 11 in the MVC preseason poll, one spot ahead of the Beacons.

MVC Welcoming Committee

After spending the last five seasons as the newest member of the Missouri Valley Conference, Valpo has passed that torch to a trio of new members this season – Belmont, Murray State and UIC.

This year marks the first shift in MVC membership since Valpo’s addition prior to the 2017-18 campaign.

Valpo is serving as a welcoming committee of sorts this weekend, as they provided the opposition for Belmont’s first-ever MVC game on Thursday in Nashville before serving as Murray State’s first MVC road trip on Sunday at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Reaching the Century Mark

Valpo’s 100-win club has a new member after head coach Matt Lottich reached the significant milestone with 81-79 overtime victory over James Madison on Nov. 27 in Savannah, Ga.

Lottich became just the fourth head coach in program history to get to 100 wins, joining Homer Drew, Bryce Drew and J.M. Christiansen.

Lottich is two wins away from tying and three from passing Christiansen for third in program history.

GREYHOUNDS LAND AT NO. 4 IN NWCA POLL

MANHEIM, Penn. – A new set of rankings are out for the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II Coaches Rankings, and the University of Indianapolis wrestling team find themselves at fourth in the nation. The team earned 54 points, along with having five of their wrestlers individually ranked.

Derek Blubaugh, to very little surprise, continues to be one of the nation’s best at 197, staying at No. 2. He’s opened up the season undefeated, winning both the Kaufman Brand Open and the Findlay Open at 197, while downing two highly ranked opponents at the Glenville State Duals.

Logan Bailey is climbing the rankings at 157, jumping from No. 4 at his previous weight of 149 in the first poll of the year to No. 3 at 157. This comes off of a dominant performance at the Findlay Open, taking the crown that he held the year prior as well.

Not far behind is the older of the two brothers in Breyden Bailey, who also finds himself higher in the rankings. He started the year at No. 6 in 133 but after a pair of wins at the Glenville State Duals, sits at No. 4.

Staying put at No. 6 at 165 is Jack Eiteljorge, having won both his matches in West Virginia. Rounding out the rankings is Cale Gray who lands at No. 9 in the heavyweight list.

Ahead of the Greyhounds are St. Cloud State at No. 1, Nebraska-Kearney at No.2 and Central Oklahoma at No. 3. The only other GLVC school in the rankings is McKendree, who sits at No. 13.

MARIAN UNIVERSITY HEAD FOOTBALL COACH MARK HENNINGER PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

INDIANAPOLIS – Marian University announced today that Head Football Coach Mark Henninger has been promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics. Henninger will assume duties in this role on Monday, December 5.

Henninger joined Marian University as Head Football Coach in 2013, and since then, Marian’s football program has achieved an impressive 92-23 record. In 2014, the Knights were NAIA National Runner Up, and Henninger was named American Football Coaches’ Association (AFCA) NAIA National Coach of the year. In 2015, the Knights won the NAIA National Championship, and Henninger was again named AFCA NAIA National Coach of the Year. From 2014-2021, the Knights have also been NAIA National Runner Up twice and Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast Champions five times. During Henninger’s tenure as the head coach, the Knights made the NAIA Football Championship Series eight times including a current program record of five-consecutive years. The Knights earned 18 NAIA All-Americans under Henninger, which includes the 2019 National Player of the Year.

“Athletics is a major strategic priority at Marian University. Over the last decade, we have seen national championships in multiple sports, countless conference championships, and even graduates participating in the Olympics,” said Director of Athletics Steve Downing. “With Mark’s unwavering commitment to Marian University’s Catholic values and his track record of success, he is perfectly suited to help lead Marian athletics programs to an even higher level.”

In his new role, Henninger will assist Director of Athletics Steve Downing in growing the Marian Knights athletics program, including focusing on athletics operations, student support, strategy planning, and fundraising for scholarships and facilities.

“The day I became a Marian Knight is one of the happiest days of my life and I am extremely proud of all the achievements during my time here as head football coach,” said Henninger. “I look forward to this next exciting chapter and the opportunity to serve the university’s talented coaches.”

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NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs920.8180.03262435 – 1 – 04 – 1 – 05 – 2 – 03 – 0 – 05 W
Buffalo Bills930.7500.03332094 – 1 – 05 – 2 – 06 – 2 – 01 – 2 – 03 W
Tennessee Titans740.6360.02092053 – 2 – 04 – 2 – 05 – 3 – 03 – 0 – 01 L
Baltimore Ravens740.6360.02752273 – 2 – 04 – 2 – 04 – 3 – 02 – 0 – 01 L
Miami Dolphins830.7270.02822565 – 1 – 03 – 2 – 06 – 2 – 02 – 1 – 05 W
Cincinnati Bengals740.6360.02852313 – 1 – 04 – 3 – 04 – 3 – 01 – 3 – 03 W
New York Jets740.6360.02301963 – 3 – 04 – 1 – 05 – 4 – 02 – 2 – 01 W
Los Angeles Chargers650.5451.02522822 – 3 – 04 – 2 – 04 – 3 – 02 – 2 – 01 W
New England Patriots660.5001.52492263 – 3 – 03 – 3 – 05 – 3 – 02 – 2 – 02 L
Indianapolis Colts471.3753.01902442 – 4 – 02 – 3 – 14 – 5 – 11 – 3 – 12 L
Jacksonville Jaguars470.3643.02442323 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 04 – 4 – 01 – 2 – 01 W
Las Vegas Raiders470.3643.02652762 – 2 – 02 – 5 – 03 – 5 – 02 – 2 – 02 W
Cleveland Browns470.3643.02632863 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 02 – 6 – 02 – 1 – 01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers470.3643.01942612 – 3 – 02 – 4 – 02 – 6 – 01 – 2 – 01 W
Denver Broncos380.2734.01571942 – 3 – 01 – 5 – 02 – 6 – 00 – 3 – 03 L
Houston Texans191.1365.51742600 – 4 – 11 – 5 – 01 – 5 – 11 – 1 – 16 L
 
National Football Conference
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1010.9090.03032165 – 1 – 05 – 0 – 06 – 1 – 02 – 1 – 02 W
Minnesota Vikings920.8180.02622575 – 1 – 04 – 1 – 06 – 2 – 03 – 0 – 01 W
San Francisco 49ers740.6360.02491734 – 1 – 03 – 3 – 06 – 2 – 04 – 0 – 04 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers560.4550.02002033 – 3 – 02 – 3 – 05 – 2 – 02 – 1 – 01 L
Dallas Cowboys830.7270.02791875 – 1 – 03 – 2 – 07 – 3 – 03 – 1 – 02 W
New York Giants740.6360.02252324 – 2 – 03 – 2 – 03 – 4 – 00 – 2 – 02 L
Washington Commanders750.5830.02332363 – 3 – 04 – 2 – 04 – 4 – 01 – 2 – 03 W
Seattle Seahawks650.5451.02912813 – 2 – 03 – 3 – 04 – 4 – 02 – 1 – 02 L
Atlanta Falcons570.4172.52722934 – 2 – 01 – 5 – 04 – 5 – 01 – 3 – 01 L
Detroit Lions470.3643.02753102 – 4 – 02 – 3 – 04 – 4 – 02 – 1 – 01 L
Green Bay Packers480.3333.52352833 – 3 – 01 – 5 – 03 – 5 – 01 – 2 – 02 L
Arizona Cardinals480.3333.52643211 – 6 – 03 – 2 – 03 – 6 – 01 – 4 – 02 L
Carolina Panthers480.3333.52302664 – 3 – 00 – 5 – 03 – 5 – 03 – 1 – 01 W
New Orleans Saints480.3333.52492803 – 4 – 01 – 4 – 03 – 5 – 01 – 2 – 01 L
Los Angeles Rams380.2734.01782532 – 4 – 01 – 4 – 03 – 6 – 01 – 3 – 05 L
Chicago Bears390.2504.52513052 – 3 – 01 – 6 – 01 – 7 – 00 – 3 – 05 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston185.78311-27-32-012-58-21 L
Milwaukee156.7142.011-34-34-19-45-51 L
Cleveland158.6523.010-15-73-213-47-32 W
Atlanta1310.5655.08-45-62-29-85-52 W
Indiana1210.5455.57-45-61-19-46-42 L
Brooklyn1311.5425.58-45-74-19-57-34 W
Philadelphia1211.5226.07-55-62-310-86-42 L
Toronto1111.5006.58-23-91-48-84-62 L
Miami1112.4787.08-43-85-17-85-51 W
10 Washington1112.4787.08-43-83-37-104-62 L
11 New York1012.4557.54-66-61-26-64-61 L
12 Chicago913.4098.55-54-82-18-63-72 L
13 Charlotte715.31810.54-63-93-54-114-61 W
14 Detroit618.25012.54-72-110-51-143-71 W
15 Orlando518.21713.04-81-101-32-131-97 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix157.68212-23-55-012-47-31 L
Denver148.6361.06-28-64-212-46-41 L
New Orleans148.6361.08-36-55-19-58-23 W
Memphis139.5912.08-25-73-27-65-51 W
LA Clippers1310.5652.57-56-53-210-96-41 L
Utah1411.5602.58-36-83-112-64-62 W
Sacramento119.5503.07-44-52-44-67-31 W
Golden State1211.5223.510-12-104-38-77-31 W
Minnesota1111.5004.06-65-52-16-76-41 W
10 Portland1111.5004.04-57-61-18-62-83 L
11 Dallas1011.4764.59-31-81-26-54-61 L
12 LA Lakers912.4295.56-63-60-56-107-32 W
13 Oklahoma City913.4096.06-53-80-54-84-61 W
14 Houston616.2739.03-53-111-24-124-61 W
15 San Antonio617.2619.53-93-80-32-150-1010 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New Jersey Devils241941391990559-3-110-1-08-1-1
Boston Bruins2219303818884813-0-06-3-09-1-0
Toronto Maple Leafs251555351576628-2-37-3-28-0-2
Carolina Hurricanes241365311170675-3-18-3-44-2-4
New York Islanders2515100301579668-4-07-6-06-4-0
Tampa Bay Lightning231481291480727-3-17-5-07-3-0
Pittsburgh Penguins241284281183765-3-27-5-26-2-2
Detroit Red Wings221165271072707-3-34-3-24-3-3
New York Rangers251195271174714-5-47-4-14-4-2
10 Florida Panthers241194261083826-2-35-7-13-4-3
11 Montreal Canadiens231210125967786-6-06-4-16-4-0
12 Washington Capitals2510114241069787-4-13-7-34-4-2
13 Buffalo Sabres241013121990895-8-15-5-03-6-1
14 Philadelphia Flyers24811521857795-6-13-5-41-6-3
15 Ottawa Senators23913119970765-7-04-6-15-5-0
16 Columbus Blue Jackets22812218864886-8-12-4-15-3-2
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights251771351686677-5-010-2-14-5-1
Dallas Stars241464321493667-2-27-4-26-1-3
Seattle Kraken231553331587707-4-28-1-18-1-1
Los Angeles Kings261394301290937-4-26-5-24-3-3
Winnipeg Jets221471291469578-3-06-4-16-4-0
Colorado Avalanche211371271174565-3-18-4-07-3-0
Nashville Predators231292261063707-3-25-6-07-2-1
Edmonton Oilers2413110261382876-6-07-5-05-5-0
Minnesota Wild221192241067656-6-15-3-16-3-1
10 Calgary Flames231010323968727-5-13-5-25-4-1
11 St. Louis Blues2311120221067845-6-06-6-06-4-0
12 Vancouver Canucks24912321981933-6-16-6-25-5-0
13 San Jose Sharks26814420777922-8-46-6-04-5-1
14 Arizona Coyotes21711317757751-2-16-9-23-5-2
15 Chicago Blackhawks22612416656834-7-22-5-21-7-2
16 Anaheim Ducks246162144591014-6-02-10-22-7-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

December 3, 1921 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – At the 9th Grey Cup played it was the Toronto Argonauts taking home their 2nd Championship title as they beat Edmonton Eskimos, 23-0 per onthisday.com.

December 3, 1932 – AAA Grounds, Hamilton -The Hamilton Tigers took out the Regina Roughriders, 25-6 for their 5th Championship in the 20th played Grey Cup.

December 3, 1933 – Per Vice.com Joe The Midnight Express Lilliard who was the halfback/quarterback for the Chicago Cardinals became the last African-American to play in the NFL until the 1946 season. Lilliard played during the 1932 and 1933 seasons for the Cards and averaged almost 10 yards per rushing attempt for a total of 494 yards and threw for another 372 in his 18 games he appeared in.

December 3, 1943 – The 9th Heisman Trophy Award belonged to Notre Dame’s Quarterback Angelo Bertelli. Per the Heisman.com website Bertelli was the very first player to win the award from the Downtown Athletic Club for the Fighting Irish. Angelo finished high in the voting for the Heisman the two previous years as he ran and passed out of Coach Frank Leahy’s T-Formation offense. As the biography on the awards web page tells us that in 1946, Bertelli inked a deal with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference or AAFC. Later Angelo Bertelli played for the Chicago Rockets during the 1947 and 1948 seasons. After several knee surgeries, he retired prior to the 1949 season.

December 3, 1944 – War time left the NFL player inventory extremely sparse so a couple teams decided to get clever to survive. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals chose to try a temporary merger of the two NFL teams,with an agreement that it would dissolve at the end of season. They are forever remembered as the Card-Pitts. WWII ends before start of 1945 season, so both teams resume normal operations. Sports History Network’s resident Chicago Cardinals expert, Joe Ziemba has a great podcast on the event that you can check out here.

December 3, 1946 – Glenn Davis, the halfback from the Army team wins 12th Heisman Trophy. Heisman..com educates us that in 1946 Davis as a senior, scoried 13 touchdowns on 712 yards rushing, he also caught 20 passes for 348 yards and tossed passes for 396 yards and four TDs. Glenn Davis was awarded the Heisman over Charlie Trippi of Georgia and the previous season’s winner Doc Blanchard who finished fifth in the voting.

December 3, 1949 – 14th Iron Bowl was played and Bama entered the game with a 6-2 record while Auburn was struggling with a 1-4-3 record. AuburnTigers.com fills us in on the details. The Tigers were not supposed to be winning but they were late in the fourth quarter. Alabama had scored with less than two minutes though to go to close the Tigers lead to 14-13. Because of the rules on that day there was not a two point conversion so the Tide attempted a routine extra point kick , but it sailed wide and Auburn hung to win it 14-13.

December 3, 1950 – The Cleveland Browns were the last NFL team to play a game in which they did not throw a single pass. The inquirer.com has a great article on the game where they determined that ti was a combination of some less than perfect weather, bulletin board material that got the Browns fired up and some disciplined sound football by Cleveland where they all did their job as the Browns defeated the two-time champion Philadelphia Eagles by the score of 13-7.

December 3, 1957 – 23rd Heisman Trophy Award went to Texas A&M Halfback John Crow. Heisman.com states that Crow was the only player to win the Heisman that was coached by the Legendary Bear Bryant. Yes that’s right Coach Paul Bryant was with the Aggies in the mid 1950’s before he went to Alabama. John Crow earned the award by having a season where he rushed for 562 yards and six touchdowns, caught two receptions and threw five touchdown passes as the Aggies reached the top spot in the polls. After school Crow was the second overall player selected in the 1958 NFL draft by the Chicago Cardinals and his NFL career lasted 11 seasons.

December 3, 1962 – The 1963 NFL Draft saw Terry Baker from Oregon State became the first pick by Los Angeles Rams

December 3. 1966 – Alabama blanks Auburn 31-0 in the 31st Iron Bowl which was played at Legion Field in Birmingham.

December 3, 1972 – Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton – The hometown crowds got to see their Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 13-10.

December 3, 1979 – USC’s talented running back Charles White became the 45th Heisman Trophy Award winner.

December 3, 1983 – 49th Heisman Trophy Award was earned by Mike Rozier the powerful runner from Nebraska.

December 3, 1983 – Legion Field, Birmingham – The Auburn Tigers held on tight to get the 23-20 victory over Alabama at the 48th Iron Bowl.

December 3, 1988 – The Oklahoma State Cowboys saw their talented junior back Barry Sanders win the 54th Heisman Trophy Award. Heisman.com tells how the voting was not even close as Barry swept all six voting regions to win the award. Barry ran for 2,628 yards on the ground, carrying an unbelievable average of 238.9 yards per game! Put those gaudy numbers with his 37 rushing touchdowns, a punt return taken back to the house and a kickoff return TD to bring his regular season touchdown total to 39. Barry Sanders in 1988’s season churned out a record 3,250 all-purpose yards and averaged 8.3 yards per play as Oklahoma State finished 9-2 and finished 12th in the polls.

December 3, 1994 – At the 3rd SEC Championship Game it was the #6 Florida Gators edging out #3 Alabama, 24-23.

December 3, 2005 – The very first ACC Championship Game was held and #22 Florida State upset #5 Virginia Tech, 27-22.

HOF BIRTHDAYS

December 3, 1887 – Boston, Massachusetts – Harvard’s legendary guard Bob Fisher came to this life. The NFF has a great bio on Bob Fisher that I encourage you to check out at the link we shared. Bob was large for his time weighing in a t 206 pounds and was quick and agile to boot. These traits made him dominant on the line of scrimmage so much so that after the 1910 and the 1911 seasons Walter Camp placed Fisher on his All-America teams. The National Football Foundation selected Bob Fisher to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973.

December 3, 1894 – St. Louis Park, Minnesota – Bert Baston the terrific end from the University of Minnesota was born. The NFF voters chose Bert Baston to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

December 3, 1922 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Tom Fears was born and went on to be a great end at both Santa Clara and UCLA. According to footballfoundation.org Fears was on Santa Clara’s team when he was a sophomore and then he left there to serve in the U.S. Air Force. After his military stint he followed his brother to UCLA where during his 1946 junior season, the Bruins went through the regular season undefeated as the nation’s fourth ranked team. UCLA was an exciting team as they ran a “triple pass” play (forward pass, lateral, lateral) Case to Baldwin to Fears to Clements. The National Football Foundation selected Tom Fears to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976. After graduation Fears joined the Los Angeles Rams as a defensive player but was quickly converted back to the offensive side of the ball. As a professional Tom led the league in receiving in three straight years from 1948 through 1950 per the profootballhof.com website. Fears also had a big game in the 1950 Division Title contest when he caught 3 touchdown passes. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Tom Fears in 1970.

December 3, 1957 – Allentown, Pennsylvania – Penn State offensive tackle, Keith Dorney arrived into life. The footballlfoundation.org states that in 1978 Dorney was a unanimous All-America selection. The NFF selected Keith Dorney to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Keith was selected by the Detroit Lions with the tenth-overall selection in the 1979 NFL Draft and he played there for 9 seasons.

SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS

19 – 48 – 41 – 13 – 44 – 11 – 12 – 30 – 21 – 10 – 14 – 9

December 3, 1901 – At the MLB meeting, the Milwaukee Brewers franchise is officially dropped from the American League and replaced by the St. Louis Browns

December 3, 1933 – The Midnight Express, Joe Lilliard, Number 19, the quarterback of the Chicago Cardinals was the last African- American player to play in the NFL until 1946.

December 3, 1943 – 9th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Notre Dame Quarterback Number 48, Angelo Bertelli.

December 3, 1944 – Temporary merger of 2 NFL teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals, dissolves at finish of season; WWII ends before start of 1945 season, so both teams resume normal operations

December 3, 1946 – 12th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Army (HB), Number 41, Glenn Davis.

December 3, 1956 – Basketball icon Number 13, Wilt Chamberlain made his much anticipated varsity debut; scores 52 points and grabs 31 rebounds, breaking both all-time Kansas records in an 87–69 win against Northwestern

December 3, 1957 – 23rd Heisman Trophy Award was won by Texas A&M (HB), Number 44, John Crow

December 3, 1962 – 1963 NFL Draft: Terry Baker, Number 11, from Oregon State first pick by Los Angeles Rams

December 3, 1979 – 45th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Southern California (RB), Number 12, Charles White

December 3, 1983 – 49th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Nebraska (RB), Number 30, Mike Rozier

December 3, 1988 – 54th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Oklahoma State (RB), Number 21, Barry Sanders

December 3, 1999 – Ottawa Senators’ right wing Number 11, Kevin Dineen becomes 5th player in NHL history to score 300 career goals and record 2,000 penalty minutes; picks up a misconduct penalty in 7-4 loss to NJ DevilsDecember 3, 2018 – Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid midfielder Number 10, Luka Modrić wins; first time since 2007 that either Number 10, Lionel Messi or Number 9, Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t win award; Norwegian striker Number 14, Ada Hegerberg is inaugural women’s winner