INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES SATURDAY

Alexandria 60 Clinton Central 52
Bedford North Lawrence 58 Jennings County 57
Blackford 64 Winchester 59
Bloomington North 87 Evansville North 69
Boonville 51 Gibson Southern 49 OT
Brownstown Central 60 Carmel 59 OT
Carroll (Flora) 59 Pioneer 43
Charlestown 74 Borden 44
Clarksville 44 Henryville 36
Clay City 59 Owen Valley 41
Crawford County 39 Corydon Central 37
Crown Point 51 Griffith 34
Demotte Christian 49 Wheeler 36
East Central 42 Franklin County 29
Evansville Memorial 61 Henderson County (Ky.) 58
Faith Christian 79 Attica 46
Floyd Central 54 North Harrison 45
Fort Wayne Luers 77 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 65
Frankfort 54 Rossville 39
Greencastle 55 Edgewood 45
Greenfield-Central 64 Eastern Hancock 31
Greensburg 85 South Dearborn 56
Guerin Catholic 48 Indianapolis Cathedral 47
Hamilton Heights 67 Western Boone 49
Hamilton Southeastern 58 Anderson 45
Harrison (West Lafayette) 57 Benton Central 45
Hebron 71 Lake Station 44
Heritage Hills 84 Tecumseh 34
Homestead 76 Marion 58
Illiana Christian 69 Hobart 49
Indianapolis Chatard 55 Providence Cristo Rey 17
Jac-Cen-Del 63 Waldron 42
Jeffersonville 64 Providence 45
Lawrenceburg 59 North Decatur 45
Liberty Christian 63 Muncie Burris 37
Logansport 58 Lewis Cass 49
Merrillville 67 Munster 63
New Albany 77 Scottsburg 67
New Castle 49 Rushville 36
North Central (Farmersburg) 76 Vincennes Rivet 38
North Miami 60 North Judson 50
North Posey 63 Forest Park 54
North Putnam 67 Monrovia 50
North Vermillion 81 Schlarman (Ill.) 42
Northeastern 71 Knightstown 40
Orleans 60 Lanesville 23
Paoli 58 Eastern (Pekin) 48
Parke Heritage 82 Cloverdale 43
Pendleton Heights 46 Shelbyville 39
Pike Central 56 Wood Memorial 42
Plainfield 76 Northview 44
Princeton 46 Southridge 35
Richmond 54 Madison 49
Seeger 46 Fountain Central 34
Seymour 59 Columbus East 56 OT
Sheridan 64 North Montgomery 48
Shoals 50 Perry Central 35
South Decatur 55 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 43
South Knox 49 Bloomfield 47
South Ripley 57 Switzerland County 52
South Spencer 64 Tell City 35
Southmont 57 Riverton Parke 30
Springs Valley 101 Austin 98 OT
Sullivan 52 Vincennes Lincoln 46
Taylor 53 Western 36
Traders Point Christian 65 Cascade 28
Tri-Central 67 Anderson Prep 41
Trinity Greenlawn 38 Lakeland Christian 29
Trinity Lutheran 83 New Washington 68
Triton Central 76 Milan 35
Washington 34 Jasper 32
White River Valley 59 Crothersville 33


Allen County Conference Tournament
Adams Central 74 Heritage 43 1st


Clerc Tournament
Indiana Deaf 65 Riverside Deaf (Calif.) 58 3rd


Delaware County Tournament
Yorktown 61 Delta 44 1st


Evansville Harrison Classic
Evansville Central 65 Springfield Southeast (Ill.) 61
Evansville Christian 76 Christian County (Ky.) 54
Evansville Bosse 81 Indianapolis Ritter 68
Brownsburg 44 Castle 39
Evansville Harrison 81 Springfield Southeast (Ill.) 70
Evansville Reitz 48 Christian County (Ky.) 43
Evansville Central 72 Hopkinsville (Ky.) 53


Johnson County Tournament
Center Grove 68 Whiteland 43 1st


Marion County Tournament
Lawrence North 78 Franklin Central 53 1st


Southern Roads Conference Tournament
Medora 68 Columbus Christian 53 SF
Pleasant View Christian Christian Academy Madison 1:00 pm
Seven Oaks Lighthouse Christian 9:45 am
Cannelton Christian Academy Madison 4:15 pm
Columbus Christian 55 Christian Academy Madison 48 3rd
Pleasant View Christian 56 Medora 44 1st

INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCORES SATURDAY

Anderson 67 Lafayette Jeff 34
Bedford North Lawrence 60 Floyd Central 54
Ben Davis 63 Pike 55
Benton Central 62 Lafayette Central Catholic 42
Brebeuf Jesuit 70 Indianapolis Herron 22
Brownstown Central 85 Rock Creek Academy 80 2OT
Cascade 69 Indianapolis Scecina 19
Clay City 47 South Vermillion 14
Clinton Central 67 Faith Christian 32
Columbus East 65 New Albany 31
Corydon Central 48 Madison 38
Crothersville 42 Dugger Union 29
Delphi 54 Eastern (Greentown) 19
East Central 31 Talawanda (Ohio) 30
Eastbrook 48 Oak Hill 33
Eastern Greene 65 Greenwood 51
Eastern Hancock 71 Waldron 30
Evansville Central 62 Bloomington South 58
Evansville Mater Dei 52 Vincennes Rivet 35
Evansville Memorial 47 Linton-Stockton 38
Evansville Reitz 40 Jeffersonville 33
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 62 Lakeland Christian 25
Franklin Central 65 Greenfield-Central 51
Franklin County 67 Hagerstown 15
Frankton 82 Madison-Grant 34
Gibson Southern 62 Washington 42
Guerin Catholic 55 Lebanon 36
Hamilton Heights 103 Tipton 6
Hancock County (Ky.) 53 Tell City 46
Hanover Central 59 Griffith 25
Harrison (West Lafayette) 61 Richmond 44
Hauser 45 Clarksville 38
Indian Creek 60 Westfield 55 OT
Indianapolis Lutheran 60 Eminence 55
Indianapolis Tech 42 Indianapolis Ritter 32
Jasper 51 Evansville North 37
Lake Station 61 Calumet 26
Lanesville 65 Eastern (Pekin) 30
Logansport 47 Marion 21
Manchester 61 Wabash 58
McCutcheon 70 Muncie Central 23
McLean County (Ky.) 47 Evansville Harrison 43
Merrillville 42 Crown Point 36
Monrovia 57 Crawfordsville 13
Morristown 52 Edinburgh 41
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 58 Shelbyville 49
North Miami 58 North Judson 48
North Posey 44 Pike Central 21
Norwell 52 Bellmont 22
Oldenburg Academy 51 South Ripley 44
Pendleton Heights 72 Rushville 40
Providence 62 Henryville 39
Shakamak 59 Lighthouse Christian 23
Shawe Memorial 62 Medora 24
Shenandoah 40 Randolph Southern 35
Silver Creek 49 Austin 46 OT
South Knox 75 Vincennes Lincoln 37
South Putnam 57 Owen Valley 42
Southridge 47 Loogootee 34
Speedway 50 Beech Grove 43
Union County 50 Union City 36
Western Boone 45 North Putnam 43


Allen County Conference Tournament
Jay County 61 Woodlan 40 1st


Clerc Tournament
Indiana Deaf 46 Texas Deaf 30 1st


Cloverport (Ky.) Classic
Doss (Ky.) 43 Cannelton 17
Burgin (Ky.) 52 Cannelton 32


Delaware County Tournament
Delta 49 Yorktown 38 1st


Pioneer Conference playoffs
Park Tudor 64 Muncie Burris 10 5th
Anderson Prep 52 Indianapolis Shortridge 43 3rd
Bethesda Christian 44 University 40 OT | 1st

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCORES

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NFL PLAYOFFS SATURDAY

KANSAS CITY 27 MIAMI 7

HOUSTON 45 CLEVELAND 14

SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, JAN. 14

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

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

MONDAY, JAN. 15

AFC:    4:30 P.M.                       7 PITTSBURGH AT 2 BUFFALO (CBS, PARAMOUNT +)

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

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#15 WISCONSIN 71 NORTHWESTERN 63

#5 TENNESSEE 85 GEORGIA 79

#7 NORTH CAROLINA 103 SYRACUSE 67

#22 CREIGHTON 66 ST. JOHN’S 65

NEW MEXICO 88 #19 SAN DIEGO STATE 70

#3 KANSAS 78 #9 OKLAHOMA 66

TEXAS A&M 97 #6 KENTUCKY 92 OT

#1 PURDUE 95 PENN STATE 78

#20 UTAH STATE 87 UNLV 86

#21 CLEMSON 89 BOSTON COLLEGE 78

#18 BYU 63 CENTRAL FLORIDA 58

#11 DUKE 84 GEORGIA TECH 79

WASHINGTON STATE 73 #8 ARIZONA 70

WEST VIRGINIA 76 #25 TEXAS 73

#16 AUBURN 93 LSU 78

TCU 68 #2 HOUSTON 67

#14 BAYLOR 62 CINCINNATI 59

ELSEWHERE:

SETON HALL 78 BUTLER 72

INDIANA STATE 94 BELMONT 64

FLORIDA STATE 67 NOTRE DAME 58

MISSOURI STATE 74 EVANSVILLE 64

TOLEDO 77 BALL STATE 72

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#24 WEST VIRGINIA 76 CENTRAL FLORIDA 59

IOWA STATE 66 #4 BAYLOR 63

#12 KANSAS STATE 61 #10 TEXAS 58

#13 CONNECTICUT 92 ST. JOHN’S 49

#25 UNLV 76 AIR FORCE 64

#16 GONZAGA 85 SAN DIEGO 67

#3 IOWA 84 #14 INDIANA 57

#23 MARQUETTE 78 DEPAUL 47

ELSEWHERE:

CLEVELAND STATE 68 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 56

BALL STATE 76 BOWLING GREEN 61

VILLANOVA 65 BUTLER 54

NBA SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 145 HOUSTON 113

WASHINGTON 127 ATLANTA 99

MILWAUKEE 129 GOLDEN STATE 118

OKLAHOMA CITY 112 ORLANDO 100

NEW YORK 106 MEMPHIS 94

NEW ORLEANS 118 DALLAS 108

CHICAGO 122 SAN ANTONIO 116

UTAH 132 LA LAKERS 125

NHL SCOREBOARD

WASHINGTON 3 NY RANGERS 2

VANCOUVER 1 BUFFALO 0

OTTAWA 5 SAN JOSE 4

NEW JERSEY 4 FLORIDA 1

TAMPA BAY 5 ANAHEIM 1

EDMONTON 2 MONTRÉAL 1 OT

COLORADO 5 TORONTO 3

SEATTLE 7 COLUMBUS 4

PHILADELPHIA 2 WINNIPEG 0

DETROIT 5 LOS ANGELES 3

CAROLINA 3 PITTSBURGH 2 OT

NASHVILLE 3 NY ISLANDERS 1

DALLAS 3 CHICAGO 1

BOSTON 4 ST. LOUIS 3 OT

ARIZONA 6 MINNESOTA 0

CALGARY 3 VEGAS 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL PLAYOFFS/NEWS

CHIEFS SHUT DOWN DOLPHINS IN FRIGID WILD-CARD GAME

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was so cold that Patrick Mahomes’ helmet shattered on a hit. Andy Reid’s mustache froze on the sideline. Fans and players alike huddled for warmth, trying their best to grit their way through the fourth-coldest game in NFL history.

The Kansas City Chiefs managed to handle the adversity well.

Handled the Miami Dolphins quite well, too.

Mahomes threw for 262 yards, found Rashee Rice eight times for 130 yards and a touchdown, and made several daring runs for key first downs. Isiah Pacheco pounded over the frozen turf for 89 yards and another score. And the Chiefs shut down a prolific Miami offense in a 26-9 victory in the wild-card round of the playoffs Saturday night.

Harrison Butker added four field goals for the reigning Super Bowl champs, who appear to be warming up for another run.

“Guys came with that attitude, that mentality — we knew it was going to be cold,” Mahomes said. “All week we were preaching, ‘Let’s come in there with that fire and just get after it and see what happens.’”

Meanwhile, the injury-depleted Dolphins (11-7) looked nothing like the dynamic offense that led the league in yards. Tua Tagovailoa was pressured relentlessly by the NFL’s second-ranked defense, wide receiver Tyreek Hill had a 53-yard TD catch but was otherwise shut down in his return to Kansas City, and the Dolphins finished with 264 yards in all.

They have not won at Arrowhead Stadium since Nov. 6, 2011, nor won a playoff game since Dec. 30, 2000.

“All the weather,” Reid said, “it’s a little bit different than down in Miami.”

The Chiefs won their 15th consecutive home playoff game, not counting a trio of Super Bowls that netted them two Lombardi Trophies. But they will head to Buffalo next week if the Bills beat the Steelers on Monday in a game pushed back a day by a blizzard. Otherwise, the Chiefs will host Houston, which beat the Browns earlier Saturday.

It was minus-4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-20 Celsius) at kickoff, easily setting a record for the coldest game at Arrowhead Stadium. But it was wind gusts, whipping through at more than 25 mph and driving the wind chill to a bone-rattling minus-27 degrees, that made the weather truly miserable for just about everyone.

That included pop star Taylor Swift, who once again turned up to see her boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

She at least got to watch from an enclosed suite. Most fans huddled outside in parkas, ski goggles and snow pants, and players huddled around heaters on the sidelines as if they were an oasis in the cold. The National Weather Service issued a warning for what it called “dangerously cold” weather that had blanketed the Midwest.

In fact, the cold may have made Mahomes’ helmet brittle enough that a hit in the third quarter knocked a chunk of the plastic shell from it. Once officials saw the fist-sized hole, they made Mahomes get a backup helmet from the bench.

“We have to talk about where we store the backup,” Mahomes said. “It was like, frozen.”

The weather didn’t seem to bother Hill, who was playing in Kansas City for the first time since his old team traded him to Miami two years ago. The league’s leading receiver warmed up in a short-sleeved shirt, then proceeded to scorch the stout Chiefs defense and All-Pro cornerback Trent McDuffie for a his long touchdown reception midway through the first half.

But the Dolphins’ offense otherwise struggled, just as it did in a 21-14 loss to the Chiefs in their November game in Germany.

Kansas City was far more efficient, scoring on four of its six first-half drives. Mahomes capped the first with a TD toss to Rice, and while ensuing drives kept fizzling in the red zone, Butker added a trio of field goals to give Kansas City a 16-3 lead.

“That was like kicking a block of ice,” Reid said.

The Chiefs added another field goal in the third quarter, but it was still a two-possession game early in the fourth when the Dolphins appeared to force another field goal. But a late flag on Christian Wilkins for roughing the passer on third down gave Kansas City a fresh set of downs, and Pacheco plowed into the end zone moments later to give the Chiefs a 26-7 lead.

The Dolphins finally put together a sustained drive afterward, but by that point it was much too late. And when they failed to convert on fourth down, they were headed to their 11th straight loss when the game-time temp is 40 degrees or less.

Far less, in this case.

INJURIES

Miami: S Jevon Holland (knee) and CB Xavien Howard (foot) were inactive. CB DeShon Elliott (calf) left in the fourth quarter.

Kansas City: WR Kadarius Toney (hip) was inactive. DT Derrick Nnadi (elbow) left in the second quarter.

STROUD SHINES IN POSTSEASON DEBUT AS TEXANS ROUT BROWNS

HOUSTON (AP) — As the games get bigger, C.J. Stroud just keeps getting better.

The rookie became the youngest quarterback to win a playoff game after throwing for 274 yards and three touchdowns, and the Houston Texans returned two interceptions by Joe Flacco for scores in a 45-14 rout of the Cleveland Browns in a wild-card matchup Saturday.

“C.J. is the reason why we’re in this position,” coach DeMeco Ryans said. “He’s special, a special young man. Special player. Continues to shine no matter how big the moment is.

“Our whole team is leaning on him and he has the shoulders to carry that weight.”

Stroud, the second overall pick in the draft last April, is also the highest-drafted rookie QB to win in the postseason. He picked apart Cleveland’s vaunted defense, throwing touchdown passes of 15 yards to Nico Collins, 76 to Brevin Jordan and 37 to Dalton Schultz.

“It’s been a heck of a year and I thank God, I can just go another week with my teammates,” Stroud said. “This is like a dream come true.”

At 22 years and 102 days old, Stroud passed Michael Vick, who was 22 years, 192 days old in 2002 when his Falcons beat the Packers.

“I’m super blessed to be considered with a great name like Michael Vick, who was my favorite quarterback growing up,” he said. “And hopefully I can make it two (wins).”

Stroud threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns before halftime as the Texans built a 24-14 lead. The defense took over after that, with Steven Nelson and Christian Harris returning interceptions for touchdowns on consecutive drives in the third quarter to extend the lead to 38-14.

“It was really, really big to put up 14 points on top of what C.J. was already doing,” Nelson said. “That just put the icing on the cake for us.”

With the Texans up 45-14 with nine minutes to go, Stroud’s work was done, and he was replaced by Davis Mills.

It’s the Browns’ worst postseason loss since a 34-0 thumping by the Baltimore Colts on Dec. 29, 1968.

Houston is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2019, and Stroud’s stellar play and the leadership of Ryans, who’s in his first year, transformed the Texans (11-7) from NFL laughingstock to AFC South champions.

Flacco, who turns 39 on Tuesday, came off the couch to go 4-1 as a starter to end the regular season. He led the Browns (11-7) to just their third playoff appearance since their 1999 expansion rebirth, but second in four seasons under coach Kevin Stefanski.

“We picked a bad day to have a bad day,” Stefanksi said. “That’s all of us. That’s players, coaches, offense, defense, special teams. Not good enough.”

Playing in his 17th postseason game but first in nine years, Flacco couldn’t continue his magical run under the bright lights of the playoffs.

“It’s definitely a shame the way it went down and hard to deal with at the moment,” Flacco said.

He finished with 307 yards and had a touchdown pass in the first half, but his mistakes under pressure in the third quarter were too much for the Browns to overcome on a day when Stroud easily outshined him in his playoff debut.

The previous highest-drafted rookie QB to win a postseason game was the New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez, who was the fifth overall pick in 2009.

Cleveland’s Deshaun Watson was under center for the Texans during their last playoff run but played just six games for the Browns this season before having season-ending shoulder surgery. He was on the sideline Saturday for just the second time since his surgery, watching the coming out party for the man who replaced him as Houston’s franchise quarterback.

The sellout crowd was rowdy and ready for Houston’s return to the postseason after three awful seasons where the team combined for just 11 wins. They chanted “MVP! MVP!” throughout the game when Stroud dropped back to pass.

Collins had six receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown, and Devin Singletary ran for 66 yards and a late score for Houston.

Kareem Hunt ran for a touchdown and had a TD reception in the first half, but had just 26 yards rushing.

The Browns took a 7-3 lead on Hunt’s 1-yard run with about two minutes left in the first quarter.

Collins’ 15-yard TD catch put the Texans back on top 10-7.

The Browns regained the lead on their next drive when Hunt grabbed a shovel pass from Flacco and ran 11 yards for a touchdown.

But the advantage would last only 10 seconds as Jordan grabbed a short pass and outran multiple defenders for a 76-yard touchdown to make it 17-14. It was Houston’s longest play this season and the longest in franchise playoff history.

“I was a running back my whole life,” Jordan said. “So I feel like that’s one of those things that I really carry with me as a tight end.”

Stroud’s 37-yard TD pass to Schultz pushed the lead to 24-14 with about a minute left in the second quarter.

Flacco was hit by Derek Barnett as he threw and his pass was picked off by Nelson and returned 82 yards for a touchdown to make it 31-14 with about six minutes left in the third quarter.

The Browns went for it on fourth-and-2 on their next drive and Flacco was picked off again. This time, Harris returned it 36 yards for the score.

The Texans are the first team to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a game since Seattle did it against Washington on Jan. 5, 2008.

INJURIES
Browns: LG Joel Bitonio injured an ankle in the second quarter.

Texans: WR Noah Brown hurt a shoulder in the first quarter. … LB Denzel Perryman injured his ribs in the third quarter.

STEELERS-BILLS POSTPONED TO MONDAY DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Sunday’s wild-card game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills is being postponed until Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced Saturday.

“The decision to move the game to Monday was made in consultation with New York governor Kathy Hochul in the best interest of public safety, and with the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the region prepares for the storm,” the league announced in a statement.

A full travel ban is being issued in Erie County beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Hochul added. The area expects to see 2-3 inches of snow per hour during the height of this weekend’s winter storm.

New York’s governor said the storm will be at its fiercest in south Buffalo on Sunday afternoon, per CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones. The wild-card matchup was slated to kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Concerns about the weather have been raised throughout the week with freezing temperatures and high winds projected for Sunday’s forecast.

The last time a postseason matchup was moved due to inclement weather was in 2016 when a divisional playoff game between the Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs was moved from 1:05 p.m. ET to 8:20 p.m. ET due to an ice storm, according to ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg.

The Bills previously had a game against the Cleveland Browns moved from Buffalo to Ford Field in Detroit due to a snow and wind event in the city in November during their 2022 campaign.

The winner of Monday’s contest between Pittsburgh and Buffalo is expected to play the following Sunday as opposed to Saturday, Jones reports.

The upcoming matchup will be the fourth playoff meeting between the two teams, although it’s the first one set in Buffalo.

REPORT: TOMLIN TO DECIDE ON FUTURE WITH STEELERS AFTER SEASON

The future of Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin appears to be up in the air.

Tomlin, who has one year remaining on his contract, will meet with his family after the season and make a decision on his future with the Steelers, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports.

The 51-year-old has coached the Steelers for the past 17 seasons, compiling a record of 173-100-2. Pittsburgh has never finished the season with a losing record under Tomlin.

Tomlin guided the Steelers to a 10-7 record in 2023, their best result since 2020, and a postseason berth, their third over the last four seasons.

Pittsburgh is slated to take on the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round Monday, where Tomlin will be aiming for his first postseason victory since the 2016 campaign.

Numerous teams have already moved on from veteran coaches in the 2024 coaching cycle, with the New England Patriots parting ways with Bill Belichick, the Seattle Seahawks moving on from Pete Carroll, and the Tennessee Titans dismissing Mike Vrabel.

EAGLES’ BROWN TO MISS WILD-CARD MATCHUP VS. BUCS

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown is set to miss the team’s wild-card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a sprained knee, head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters Saturday, including The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Tim McManus.

There’s optimism that he could return to action if the Eagles advance to the divisional round, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brown wants to fully heal as much as possible and try to play next week, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

The second-team All-Pro wideout didn’t participate in practice this week.

Brown suffered a knee injury in the Eagles’ Week 18 game against the New York Giants. It’ll mark the first contest he’s missed all season.

The Pro Bowl receiver led the Eagles with 106 catches for 1,456 yards to go along with seven touchdowns during the regular season.

Philadelphia is expected to lean on DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, Quez Watkins, and Julio Jones in the passing game with Brown sidelined. Smith is set to return to the starting lineup after missing the regular-season finale against the Giants with an ankle injury.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts is trending in a positive direction ahead of Monday night’s contest as he works through a finger ailment. Hurts appeared to suffer a gruesome injury to the middle finger of his throwing hand in Week 18. He was upgraded to a full participant in the team’s Friday practice after being limited to start the week.

REPORT: CHARGERS EXPECTED TO TALK WITH HARBAUGH

The Los Angeles Chargers are expected to meet with Michigan bench boss Jim Harbaugh about their coaching vacancy next week, sources told Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Harbaugh has reportedly suggested to associates there’s a real possibility he could leave the Wolverines to become Los Angeles’ head coach.

It was previously reported that the 60-year-old is a top candidate for the Chargers, who fired Brandon Staley in mid-December.

The Raiders could also pursue Harbaugh, who led his alma mater to a national title this season, add Pelissero and Rapoport. However, interim coach Antonio Pierce is reportedly the leading contender for the job and has the support of key players.

Michigan is reportedly attempting to retain Harbaugh. Negotiations for a new deal are ongoing.

As a college coach, Harbaugh can interview with NFL teams immediately as he’s not subject to the new rule barring in-person meetings until after the divisional round.

Harbaugh, who previously led the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14, will not require the team he joins to allow him to hire his own general manager, sources told Pelissero and Rapoport.

Potential suspensions from multiple pending NCAA investigations into possible sign-stealing and recruitment violations complicate Harbaugh’s situation.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (10-7 – AFC NORTH – NO. 7 SEED) AT BUFFALO BILLS (11-6 – AFC EAST – NO. 2 SEED)

DATE: Monday January 15, 2024 GAME TIME: 4:30 PM ET

CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely

Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli, Ryan Leaf

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) PIT: 82 or 225 BUF: 158 or 226 National: 88

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: PIT leads series, 2-1

LAST GAME: AFC-DIV 1/6/96: BUF 21 at PIT 40

LAST GAME AT SITE: First meeting in Buffalo

Pittsburgh Steelers Playoff Record: 36-27 Championships: 6 [1974 (SB IX), 1975 (SB X), 1978 (SB XIII), 1979 (SB XIV), 2005 (SB XL), 2008 (XLIII)] Last Postseason Game: AFC-WC 1/16/22: PIT 21 at KC 42

STEELERS NOTES:

STEELERS made playoffs for 3rd time in 4 seasons & secured 20th-consecutive season with .500-or-better record, 2nd-longest such streak in NFL history. Seeking 1st playoff win since 2016. Ranked tied-3rd in NFL with +11 turnover differential this season. • MIKE TOMLIN makes 11th postseason appearance as HC. Led Pit. to SB XLIII championship in 2008. • QB MASON RUDOLPH is 3-0 with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 120.4 rating in 3 starts this season. Has won or tied 5 of past 6 starts overall. • RB NAJEE HARRIS is 1 of 2 RBs (Joe Mixon) with 1,200+ scrimmage yards in each of past 3 seasons. Is 5th RB since 2000 with 1,000+ rush yards & 7+ rush TDs in each of 1st 3 seasons. Has rush TD in each of his past 3 & 120+ scrimmage yards in each of past 2. • RB JAYLEN WARREN has career-high 1,154 scrimmage yards (784 rush, 370 rec.) this season & ranked 5th among RBs with 61 catches. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 9 of past 10. Harris (1,205) & Warren were 1 of 2 pair of RB teammates each with 1,100+ scrimmage yards this season. • WR GEORGE PICKENS set career highs in catches (63), rec. yards (1,140) & rec. TDs (5) this season. Has 125+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had 6 catches for 83 yards in last meeting. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 5th-straight season with 50+ catches (51) & 4th-career season with 5+ rec. TDs (5) in 2023. Finished season with TD catch in 4 of final 6 games. Had 50+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 road games this season. Had TD catch in last playoff game (1/16/22 at KC). • LB ELANDON ROBERTS led team with 101 tackles in 1st season with Pit., 2nd-straight 100-tackle season. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Buf., incl. playoffs. Has 34 tackles in 11 career playoff games. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had 3rd-straight season with 6+ sacks (7). Has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. Buf. Had sack in last playoff game (1/16/22 at KC). • DT CAMERON HEYWARD aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with FF. • CB PATRICK PETERSON tied for team lead with 11 PD in 1st season with Pit., 5th-career season with 10+ PD. Has 8 PD & 5 INTs in 4 career games vs. Buf, with INT in each game. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK selected to 4th-career Pro Bowl this season.

BILLS NOTES:

BILLS won AFC East title for 4th-straight season, tied-longest streak in franchise history (1988-91). Ranked 4th in NFL in scoring defense this season (18.3 points allowed per game). • SEAN MCDERMOTT can join HOFer Marc Levy (11 wins) as only Buf. HCs ever with 5+ playoff wins. • QB JOSH ALLEN ranked 4th in NFL with 4,306 pass yards this season & tied-5th with 29 TD passes, 4th-straight 4,000-yard season. Tied single-season record by QB with 15 rush TDs & is 1 of 2 in NFL (Derrick Henry) with 6+ rush TDs in each of past 6 seasons. Passed for 424 yards & 4 TDs in last meeting. Is 4-1 with 13 TDs (11 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs with 104.9 rating in 6 career home playoff starts. Has 3+ TDs in 3 of his past 4 playoff starts. • RB JAMES COOK made 1st-career Pro Bowl after ranking 3rd among RBs with 1,537 scrimmage yards in 2023, becoming 1st Buf. RB with 1,500-yard season since LeSean McCoy in 2017. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had rush TD in last meeting. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE has 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in 9 career playoff games, with TD in 7 of his past 8 playoff games. • WR STEFON DIGGS led team with 107 catches for 1,183 yards & 8 TDs in 2023 & is 1 of 4 players all-time with 100+ catches in 4 straight seasons. Has 27 catches for 301 yards (100.3 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 vs. Pit. • WR GABE DAVIS had 7 rec. TDs in 2023. Davis & Diggs are 2 of 6 players with 6+ rec. TDs in each of past 4 seasons. Had 171 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting & has TD catch in each of 3 career games vs. Pit. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 4 playoff games. • TE DALTON KINCAID ranked 2nd among rookie TEs with 73 catches & 673 rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 80+ rec. yards. • LB TERREL BERNARD led team with 143 tackles in 2023, most by Buf. player in single season since 2017. Has sack in 2 of past 3. • DE LEONARD FLOYD led team with 10.5 sacks, 4th-straight season with 9+ sacks. Aims for 5th in row at home with TFL. Has 5 career playoff sacks, with sack in 2 of past 3 in playoffs. • DT ED OLIVER had career-best 9.5 sacks in 2023 & finished season with sack in 2 of past 3. Has sack in 2 of past 3 playoff games. • S JORDAN POYER had 3rd-career 100-tackle season (101). • CB RASUL DOUGLAS has 4 INTs since joining Buf. in Week 9.

GREEN BAY PACKERS (9-8 – NFC NORTH – NO. 7 SEED) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (12-5 – NFC EAST – NO. 2 SEED)

DATE: Sunday, January 14, 2024 GAME TIME: 4:30 PM ET

FOX: Kevin Burkhard, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi

Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Mike Golic, Laura Okmin

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) GB: 82 or 225 DAL: 83 or 227 National: 88

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Series tied, 4-4

LAST GAME: NFC-DIV 1/15/17: GB 34 at DAL 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/15/17

Green Bay Packers Playoff Record: 36-25 Championships: 13 [1929-31, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961-62, 1965, 1966 (SB I), 1967 (SB II), 1996 (SB XXXI), 2010 (SB XLV)] Last Postseason Game: NFC-DIV 1/22/22: SF 13 at GB 10

PACKERS NOTES:

PACKERS qualified for postseason for 4th time in 5 seasons under HC MATT LAFLEUR. Had 31 rec. TDs by players in 1st or 2nd NFL season, most by any team in a season in common-draft era. • QB JORDAN LOVE ranked 2nd in NFL with 32 TD passes & 4th in NFC with 4,159 pass yards in 2023 reg. season. Was 1 of 3 QBs (Dak Prescott & Brock Purdy) with 9 games of 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2023. Since Week 11, has 20 TDs (18 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT & 112.7 rating in his past 8 starts. • RB AARON JONES was 1 of 4 players with 400+ scrimmage yards (406) over final 3 weeks of season (Weeks 16-18). Has 466 scrimmage yards (93.2 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career playoff games. Has 472 scrimmage yards (157.3 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. Dal., incl. 182 scrimmage yards (107 rush, 75 rec.) & career-high 4 rush TDs in last road meeting (10/6/19). • RB AJ DILLON had 899 scrimmage yards (676 rush, 223 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in 2023. Rushed for 65 yards in last meeting. • WR JAYDEN REED ranked 3rd among rookies in rec. TDs (8), tied-3rd in scrimmage TDs (10), 6th in rec. yards (793) & 8th in receptions (64). Aims for his 6th in row on road with TD. • WR DONTAYVION WICKS (rookie) had 39 catches for 581 yards & 4 rec. TDs in 2023 & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Reed & Wicks became 1st pair of rookie teammates each with 500+ rec. yards since 2014 (JAX Allen Hurns & Allen Robinson). • WR ROMEO DOUBS had 59 receptions for 674 yards & career high 8 rec. TDs in 2023. • WR CHRISTIAN WATSON had 4 rec. TDs in his final 3 reg.- season games (Weeks 11-13) this season. • DL KENNY CLARK had career-high 7.5 sacks & team-high 9 TFL in 2023. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 postseason games. • LB RASHAN GARY led team with 9 sacks in 2023. Has 1.5+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 playoff games. • LB PRESTON SMITH had 8 sacks this season, his 6th-career season with 8+ sacks. • LB QUAY WALKER led team with 118 tackles in 2023, his 2ndstraight season with 115+ tackles. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 5 PD in 7 games in 2023.

COWBOYS NOTES:

Dallas Cowboys Playoff Record: 36-30 Championships: 5 [1971 (SB VI), 1977 (SB XII), 1992 (SB XXVII), 1993 (SB XXVIII), 1995 (XXX)] Last Postseason Game: NFC-DIV 1/22/23: DAL 12 at SF 19

DALLAS clinched NFC East for 2nd time in 3 seasons. Led NFL in scoring offense (29.9). Only team to go undefeated at home in 2023 & became 2nd team since 2000 to win 16 straight reg.-season home games. • HC MIKE MCCARTHY spent 13 seasons as GB head coach & led Packers to SB XLV title following 2010 season. • QB DAK PRESCOTT led NFL with 36 TD passes, ranked 2nd with 105.9 rating & 3rd with 4,516 pass yards in 2023. Since 2021, has 60 TDs (57 pass, 3 rush) vs. 13 INTs for 111.4 rating in 23 reg.- season home starts. Has 15 TDs (11 pass, 4 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 92.3 rating in 6 career playoff starts, incl. 302 pass yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 103.2 rating in last postseason meeting (2016 NFC-D). Aims for his 6th in row, incl. postseason, vs. GB with 2+ TD passes. • RB TONY POLLARD had career-high 55 catches, 1,316 scrimmage yards (1,005 rush, 311 rec.) & 6 rush TDs in 2023 reg. season, his 2nd-straight 1,300-yard season. Rushed for 115 yards & TD in last reg.-season meeting (11/13/22). • WR CEEDEE LAMB led NFL with career-high & franchise-record 135 receptions in 2023 reg. season & became 6th player ever with 130+ catches in a season. Became 4th player ever with 125+ catches & 10+ rec. TDs (12) in a season. Had 7 games with 11+ catches, most in a season in NFL history. Ranked 2nd in NFL with career-high & franchise-record 1,749 rec. yards in 2023 reg. season. Aims for his 8th in row at home with TD. Had 11 catches for 150 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last reg.-season meeting (11/13/22). • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 54 catches for 657 yards & 8 rec. TDs in 2023 reg. season, incl. TD catch in each of his final 3 games. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his 6 career postseason games. • LB MICAH PARSONS had career-high 14 sacks in 2023 & became 5th player since 1982 with 40+ sacks (40.5) in 1st 3 NFL seasons. Is 1 of 4 players with 50+ TFL (52) since 2021. Has 3 TFL & 3 PD in 3 career playoff games. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 6th-career season with 10+ TFL (10) in 2023. Has 8 TFL in 8 career playoff games, incl. both of his playoff games vs. GB. • CB DARON BLAND led NFL with 9 INTs & had NFL-record 5 INT-TDs in 2023 reg. season. • CB STEPHON GILMORE has 11 PD in 7 career playoff games.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (10-7 – NFC WEST – NO. 6 SEED) AT DETROIT LIONS (12-5 – NFC NORTH – NO. 3 SEED)

DATE: Sunday, January 14, 2024 GAME TIME: 8:00 PM ET

NBC: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Melissa Stark

Westwood One: Spero Dedes, Mike Mayock, Ross Tucker

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) LAR: 82 or 225 DET: 85 or 228 National: 88

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: DET leads series, 1-0

LAST GAME: NFC-DIV 12/21/52: LAR 21 at DET 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/21/52

Los Angeles Rams Playoff Record: 26-27 Championships: 4 [1945, 1951, 1999 (SB XXXIV), 2021 (SB LVI)]

Last Postseason Game: SB LVI 2/13/22: LAR 23 vs. CIN 20

RAMS NOTES:

RAMS clinched playoff berth for 5th time in past 7 seasons under HC SEAN MCVAY, who led team to SB LVI title following the 2021 season. • QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 3,965 yards & 24 TDs in 15 starts this season. Had 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 5 of his final 6 reg.-season starts in 2023. Has 1,188 pass yards (297 per game) & 11 TDs (9 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 108.3 rating in 4 postseason starts with LAR. Was selected No. 1 overall by Detroit in 2009 NFL Draft & is franchise leader in pass yards (45,109) & pass TDs (282). • RB KYREN WILLIAMS had career-high 1,350 scrimmage yards [1,144 rush (3rd-most in NFL this season), 206 rec.] & ranked tied-3rd with 15 scrimmage TDs (12 rush, 3 rec.) in 2023 reg. season. Was 1 of 3 (Tyreek Hill & Christian McCaffrey) to average 110+ scrimmage yards per game (112.5) in 2023. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in each of his final 7 reg.-season games this season (Weeks 12-17). • WR COOPER KUPP had 59 catches for 737 yards & 5 TDs in 12 games this season, incl. TD catch in 4 of his 5 reg.-season games. Had 33 catches for 478 yards & 6 rec. TDs during 2021 playoffs, the most receptions in a single playoff run all-time. Had 10 catches for 156 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting (10/24/21). • WR PUKA NACUA set single-season rookie records in receptions (105) & rec. yards (1,486). Became 5th rookie ever with 7+ games (7) of 100+ rec. yards. • DT AARON DONALD had 8 sacks & 16 TFL in 2023 reg. season, his 9th-career season with 8+ sacks & 10th-straight season with 10+ TFL. Has 6 sacks & 10 TFL in 10 career playoff games. Has 6 sacks & 9 TFL in 4 career games vs. Det. • NT KOBIE TURNER led all rookies with 9 sacks & tied-4th with 8 TFL. Turner & LB BYRON YOUNG (8 sacks) became 2nd pair of rookie teammates since 1982 each with 8+ sacks (2022 Lions – James Houston & Aidan Hutchinson). • LB ERNEST JONES set career highs in tackles (145), TFL (14), PD (6) & sacks (4.5) in 2023 reg. season. Had sack in 3 of his final 4 reg.-season games. • CB AHKELLO WITHERSPOON had career-high 14 PD in 2023. • DB JOHN JOHNSON has PD in 3 of his past 4 playoff games.

Detroit Lions Playoff Record: 7-13 Championships: 4 (1935, 1952, 1953, 1957) Last Postseason Game: NFC-WC 1/7/17: DET 6 at SEA 26

LIONS NOTES:

DETROIT tied franchise record with 12 wins & clinched 1st division title since 1993. Became 2nd team ever (2013 Broncos) with 4+ players (4) each with 10+ scrimmage TDs in same season. • QB JARED GOFF ranked 2nd in pass yards (4,575) & 4th in TD passes (30) in 2023. Has 36 reg.-season games with 300+ pass yards, 3rd-most by player in 1st 8 seasons all-time. Has 930 pass yards (310 per game) & 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122.2 rating in his past 3 home starts. Was selected No. 1 overall by Rams in 2016 NFL Draft & had 19,471 pass yards & 121 TDs (111 pass, 10 rush) in 75 games (74 starts), incl. postseason, with Rams. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 1,132 scrimmage yards (1,015 rush, 117 rec.) & career-high 13 rush TDs in 2023, his 5th-straight 1,000- yard season. Had rush TD in each of his final 3 games of reg. season. • RB JAHMYR GIBBS ranked 1st among rookies in rush TDs (10), tied-1st in scrimmage TDs (11) & 3rd in scrimmage yards (1,261). Montgomery & Gibbs became 1st pair of teammates in NFL history each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ rush TDs in same season. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN ranked tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 119 catches, 3rd with career-high 1,515 rec. yards & had career-high 10 rec. TDs in 2023. Led NFL with 9 games of 100+ rec. yards. • TE SAM LAPORTA set NFL rookie TE record in receptions (86), had 4th-most rec. yards (889) by rookie TE all-time & became 3rd rookie TE ever with 10+ rec. TDs (10). Gibbs & LaPorta became 1st pair of rookie teammates each with 10+ TDs. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON had career highs in sacks (11.5) & TFL (14), FFs (3) & PD (7) in 2023. Is 1st player since Bryce Paup (1994-95) with 20+ sacks (21) & 4+ INTs (4) in 1st 2 career seasons. Had 5 sacks & 7 TFL in his final 2 reg.-season games. • LB ALEX ANZALONE had career-high 129 tackles in 2023, his 2nd-straight season with 125+ tackles. • LB JACK CAMPBELL ranked 2nd among rookies with 89 tackles. • S IFEATU MELIFONWU had 7 PD, 3 sacks & 2 INTs in his final 4 reg.-season games in 2023. • S C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON had INT in Week 18 & had 3 PD in 3 games in 2023. • DB BRIAN BRANCH ranked 2nd among rookies in INTs (3) & 3rd in PD (13).

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (11-6 – NFC EAST – NO. 5 SEED) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (9-8 – NFC SOUTH – NO. 4 SEED)

DATE: Monday, January 15, 2024 GAME TIME: 8:00 PM ET

ESPN/ABC: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters, Laura Rutledge

Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner, Taylor Davis

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) PHI: 83 or 225 TB: 88 or 109 National: 88

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: TB leads series, 3-2

LAST GAME: NFC-WC 1/16/22: PHI 15 at TB 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/16/22

Philadelphia Eagles Playoff Record: 25-25 Championships: 4 [1948, 1949, 1960, 2017 (SB LII)] Last Postseason Game: SB LVII 2/12/23: KC 38 vs. PHI 35

EAGLES NOTES:

PHILADELPHIA clinched playoff berth for 3rd-straight season • QB JALEN HURTS had career highs in pass yards (3,858) & pass TDs (23) & rushed for 15 TDs in 2023, tied-most rush TDs by QB in single season in NFL history. Ranks 4th all-time among QBs with 41 reg.-season rush TDs. Has 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 pass) in 4 career postseason starts. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 3 meeting. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had career-hih 1,263 scrimmage yards [1,049 rush (5th-most in NFL in 2023), 214 rec.] & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) this season, his 1st-career season with 1,000+ rush yards. Rushed for 130 yards in Week 3 meeting. • WR A.J. BROWN had career-high 106 receptions for 1,456 yards & 7 rec. TDs in 2023 reg.-season & is 1 of 2 (Tyreek Hill) with 1,400+ rec. yards in each of past 2 seasons. From Weeks 3-8, became 1st player ever with 125+ rec. yards in 6 straight games, incl. 131 rec. yards in Week 3 meeting. • WR DEVONTA SMITH had 81 catches for 1,066 yards & 7 rec. TDs in 2023 reg. season, his 2nd-straight 1,000-yard season. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his 4 career playoff games. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 59 catches for 592 yards & 3 rec. TDs in 2023 & is 1 of 4 TEs with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 5 seasons. • LB HAASON REDDICK had 11 sacks & 13 TFL in 2023 & is 1 of 2 (Myles Garrett) with 10+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. Has 3.5 sacks in 3 career playoff games. • DT FLETCHER COX has 7 TFL in 11 career playoff games. • DT JALEN CARTER (rookie) had 6 sacks & 8 TFL in 2023. Had 2 FFs in Week 3 meeting. • LB NICHOLAS MORROW had career-high 12 TFL in 2023, incl. TFL in each of his final 3 reg.-season games. • CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 13 PD in 2023 & is only DB with 10+ PD in each of past 8 seasons. Had FR in Week 3 meeting. • CB DARIUS SLAY had 15 PD in 12 games this season. Since 2015, Slay (126) & Bradberry (112) rank 1st & 2nd in NFL in PD. • S KEVIN BYARD ranked tied-4th among DBs with career-high 122 tackles in 16 games with Phi./Ten. in 2023, his 3rd-career 100+ tackle season. Ranks 2nd among DBs with 679 tackles since 2017. • S REED BLANKENSHIP had career highs in tackles (108), PD (11) & INTs (3) in 2023.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Playoff Record: 11-11 Championships: 2 [2002 (SB XXXVII), 2020 (SB LV)] Last Postseason Game: NFC-WC 1/16/23: DAL 31 at TB 14

BUCS NOTES:

TAMPA BAY clinched 3rd-consecutive NFC South division title & 4th-consecutive playoff appearance. • QB BAKER MAYFIELD had career highs in completions (364), pass yards (4,044) & TD passes (28) in 2023, his 1st-career 4,000-yard season. Had 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 3 of his final 4 home starts this season. Has 4 TD passes in 2 career playoff starts (both in 2020 w/ Cle.). • RB RACHAAD WHITE ranked 4th among RBs with career-high 1,539 scrimmage yards & career-high 64 receptions in 2023. Was 1 of 5 RBs with 50+ scrimmage yards in 15+ games (15) & had 60+ scrimmage yards in 7 of 8 reg.-season home games. • WR MIKE EVANS ranked tied-1st in NFL with 13 TD catches & became 5th player all-time with 12+ rec. TDs in 5+ (5) career seasons. Had 79 receptions for 1,255 yards in 2023 & became 1st player ever with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of his 1st 10 career seasons. Had 9 catches for 117 yards & rec. TD in last playoff meeting (2021 NFC-WC) & has rec. TD in 4 of his 5 career games vs. Phi., incl. playoffs. • WR CHRIS GODWIN had 83 catches for 1,024 yards in 2023 & is 1 of 5 with 80+ catches & 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. Had 50+ rec. yards in each of his final 5 reg.-season games. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Phi. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 133 tackles, his 10th-career 100-tackle season, & ranked 3rd in NFC with 17 TFL, his 5th-career season with 15+ TFL, in 2023. Aims for his 3rd in row in postseason with 11+ tackles. Had 13 tackles & sack in Week 3 meeting. • LB DEVIN WHITE has 6 TFL & 4 PD in 6 career playoff games. • LB YAYA DIABY (12 TFL – most among rookies) & DL CALIJAH KANCEY (10 TFL) became 2nd pair of rookies since 2000 each with 10+ TFL (2017 Steelers – Mike Hilton & T.J. Watt). • S ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. became 1st DB since 2000 (Rodney Harrison) with 120+ tackles (122), 10+ PD (12) & 5+ sacks (6) in a season. Became 4th DB since 1982 with 6+ games (6) with a sack in a season. Became 1st DB since 2000 with 6 sacks & 6 FFs in a season. Ranked tied-1st in FFs (6) & FRs (4) in 2023. Has 15 career sacks, 2nd-most by DB in 1st 4 seasons since 1982. Had 11 tackles in Week 3 meeting. Had sack in last playoff meeting.

REPORT: CROSBY TO EXPLORE TRADE REQUEST IF PIERCE ISN’T COACH

Raiders pass-rusher Maxx Crosby will explore a trade request if Las Vegas doesn’t make Antonio Pierce its full-time head coach, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Pierce has reportedly

Pierce has reportedly emerged as the Raiders’ leading candidate for the position, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. However, Las Vegas is considering making a run at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, per Pelissero and Rapoport.

Crosby didn’t confirm the trade request rumor but said all options are on the table if the Raiders don’t hire Pierce.

“I want to be a Raider. … But if we go in a different direction, there is nothing that is off the table,” Crosby said on his podcast “The Rush,” according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic.

Pierce led the Raiders to a 5-4 mark this past season after taking over for Josh McDaniels on an interim basis. The former linebackers coach has received public support from players such as Crosby and Davante Adams. As a result, there’s believed to be mounting pressure on owner Mark Davis to promote Pierce before the team has conducted any head coaching interviews, Pelissero reports.

Las Vegas’ interest in Harbaugh comes as the Michigan head coach is currently weighing a return to the NFL after leading his alma mater to a CFP national championship this past week.

A Harbaugh camp and a Pierce camp have emerged within the Raiders’ extended family, which includes fans and ex-players, Pelissero and Rapoport note. However, Davis has been impressed by the support from the locker room for Pierce, as well as from the fanbase on gamedays and otherwise, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Pierce is keeping his options open. He’s scheduled to interview with the Tennessee Titans this weekend after they dismissed Mike Vrabel on Tuesday, per Pelissero and Rapoport. Shortly after news of Pierce’s upcoming interview became public, Crosby tweeted on Friday “#HireAP.”

The Raiders have had three different interim coaches since 2012. The most recent of which was Rich Bisaccia, who posted a 7-5 record in 2021 and helped Las Vegas make the playoffs. He received backing from players like Crosby for the full-time job but ultimately wasn’t hired permanently by the club.

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TEXAS’ SARKISIAN SIGNS 4-YEAR EXTENSION

Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension, the school announced Saturday.

Sarkisian, who led the Longhorns to their first College Football Playoff appearance, is now locked up through the 2030 season.

Financial details of the extension weren’t revealed.

“I said it when I came here three years ago, this is a dream job for me,” Sarkisian said in a statement. “It’s a destination job, and I’m fired up every day to be the head coach at The University of Texas.”

The 49-year-old head coach has been instrumental in overhauling Texas’ roster during his first three seasons at the helm. Sarkisian has composed a 25-14 record, including a 12-2 mark in 2023 that saw the program win its first Big 12 title since 2009.

“What coach Sarkisian has done in building us back into one of the nation’s premier football programs has been awesome to watch,” athletic director Chris Del Conte said. “Last year was a historic one and a joy to be a part of, but the steadfast commitment he’s made in establishing the foundation of a program built for long-term success is such a critical piece to this.”

There was previously speculation that Sarkisian was in the running for Alabama’s coaching job. He posted a video on X reaffirming his commitment to the program Friday.

Sarkisian will now be tasked with leading Texas into new territory ahead of its move to the SEC for the upcoming season.

Quarterback Quinn Ewers is among the notable holdovers for Sarkisian and the Longhorns after he announced he intends to return for 2024.

DEBOER EMBRACES CHANCE TO REPLACE SABAN AT ALABAMA, PROMISES EX-COACH ‘100 PERCENT ACCESS’

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Kalen DeBoer stood at a lectern, only a few feet from Nick Saban, and enthusiastically embraced the chance to both replace and learn from his larger-than-life predecessor.

The outsized expectations Saban leaves behind are a big part of that.

The former Washington coach, hired two days after Saban’s retirement, said he’s giving the 72-year-old ex-coach “100 percent access” to his program — saying he’d “be a fool not to” — and that Saban firmly wants the Crimson Tide’s success to continue. All that makes it easier to be the guy who replaces the guy who brought six national championships to Tuscaloosa in 17 years.

“I felt confident enough in my abilities, along with knowing that you have someone that wants this program to be so successful,” DeBoer said Saturday, speaking to reporters after he was introduced at Bryant-Denny Stadium. “I firmly, 100 percent believe that he wants nothing but the best. Some people when they leave, it’s like, ‘Eh, I want to be that legend and I don’t want it to be as good as it was when I was there.’

“That’s obviously not the case. He wants this thing to be even better. His legendary status will never be questioned.”

Saban and his wife, Terry, sat in the front row Saturday watching DeBoer address a room with dozens of Tide supporters and university brass. Then they slipped out without talking to reporters.

But Saban’s shadow still loomed. A huge photo of Saban and players hoisting a national championship trophy hung on the wall behind DeBoer as he talked to reporters.

University President Stuart R. Bell said Alabama found “the perfect person” to lead the program. But he drew loud applause when he gave a nod to Saban.

“Your legacy will forever be interwoven with the fabric of the university,” Bell said.

DeBoer spoke with Saban on the phone Friday morning and called him again the next morning. Saban has told ESPN he will keep an office at the stadium.

Still, it’s DeBoer’s moment. The 49-year-old from South Dakota was hired on Friday after leading Washington to the national championship game in his second season and earning Associated Press coach of the year honors. He’s 104-12 as a head coach, winning three NAIA national titles at alma mater Sioux Falls and quickly having success at Fresno State and Washington. He was 25-3 with the Huskies.

DeBoer was greeted by a large group of Alabama fans when he landed at the Tuscaloosa airport a little after 8:30 p.m. Friday, and others lined the path to the football building. He high-fived some fans before getting whisked away for a meeting with his new players.

Still, he wiped away tears while talking about leaving his Washington players who made it to the brink of a national title.

“I knew this was the right move,” DeBoers said. “I knew this was a thing that, not that I had to do, but that I really wanted to do. But it wasn’t easy.”

He also knows Alabama players have emotions to process about losing Saban, who led the team to a Southeastern Conference championship and into the College Football Playoff in his final season.

A big challenge will be re-recruiting current players who have options to transfer. The most high-profile players who have entered the transfer portal or announced plans to this week are five-star 2023 cornerback Dezz Ricks and wide receiver Isaiah Bonds.

DeBoer met with a number of players both Friday and Saturday.

The transfer portal issue brought some urgency to athletic director Greg Byrne’s efforts to hire a new coach. He needed only two days.

Byrne declined to offer details about the terms of Alabama’s deal with DeBoer. But after meeting with DeBoer and his wife, Nicole, the athletic director was convinced that both were entirely comfortable with the challenge of replacing a coach who won a record seven national titles between LSU and Alabama.

Byrne acknowledged he was familiar with the argument that “nobody’s going to want to replace Coach Saban.”

“As I thought about it over the years, one of the things that I thought about was, you’d better have somebody who’s comfortable in their own skin and that looks at this as a challenge and an opportunity, not as a detriment,” Byrne said.

DeBoer appears to fit that description.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: TCU SCORES IN CLOSING SECONDS TO EDGE NO. 2 HOUSTON

Emanuel Miller scored with six seconds remaining and host TCU handed No. 2 Houston its second straight loss in a 68-67 thriller on Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas.

With less than 10 seconds left, TCU’s Avery Anderson III dribbled atop the key before finding Miller cutting toward the basket. Miller caught the pass in stride and laid it off the glass, putting the Horned Frogs in front.

TCU (13-3, 2-1 Big 12) negated Houston’s opportunity to win at the buzzer, as Micah Peavy came up with a steal on the defensive end to seal the victory.

Miller led TCU with 13 points and five assists. Anderson finished with a team-best six assists and 11 points as TCU defeated its second straight Top 10 opponent. J’wan Roberts led Houston (14-2, 1-2) with 20 points.

No. 1 Purdue 95, Penn State 78

Center Zach Edey collected 30 points and 20 rebounds as the Boilermakers avoided back-to-back losses by beating the visiting Nittany Lions.

Purdue (15-2, 4-2 Big Ten) shot 58.2 percent from the field (32 of 55) and made 11 of 24 3-point attempts, but missed nine of its 29 free throws. The Boilermakers outrebounded the Nittany Lions, 43-24.

Nick Kern Jr. made 7 of his 9 field-goal attempts and led Penn State (8-9, 2-4) with a career-high 18 points. Kanye Clary added 16 points, Jameel Brown finished with 13, and Ace Baldwin had seven points and 13 assists.

No. 3 Kansas 78, No. 9 Oklahoma 66

Hunter Dickinson had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Kevin McCullar Jr. added 21 points as the Jayhawks beat the Sooners in Lawrence, Kan.

McCullar scored 10 points during a 21-9 run early in the second half, then added five more during a 9-0 run that put Kansas (14-2, 2-1 Big 12) up by 16 with 5:01 left.

The win was the Jayhawks’ 23rd consecutive over Oklahoma at Allen Fieldhouse. The Sooners’ last win at the venue came in 1993. Javian McCollum led Oklahoma (13-3, 1-2) with 17 points, while Milos Uzan added 15 and Otega Oweh chipped in 12.

No. 5 Tennessee 85, Georgia 79

Dalton Knecht scored 36 points, one off his career high, and the Volunteers rallied from an eight-point deficit with a game-ending 15-1 run to defeat the Bulldogs in Athens, Ga.

Knecht put the Volunteers (12-4, 2-1 SEC) ahead for good in the second half with a 3-pointer at the 1:56 mark for an 81-79 edge, then added two foul shots with 40 seconds remaining. Zakai Zeigler finished things off by making two free throws with 16 seconds left. Zeigler added 18 points and five assists, while Jonas Aidoo starred inside with 10 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Jabri Abdur-Rahim hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead the Bulldogs (12-4, 2-1), whose 10-game winning streak, their longest in 76 years, came to an end.

Texas A&M 97, No. 6 Kentucky 92

Wade Taylor IV scored 31 points, Tyrece Radford added 28 and the Aggies held on for an overtime win against the Wildcats in a Southeastern Conference matchup in College Station, Texas.

Taylor added six rebounds, five assists and two steals for Texas A&M (10-6, 1-2 SEC). Radford finished with nine rebounds, which matched Solomon Washington for a team high.

Antonio Reeves scored 22 points and made a handful of 3-pointers for Kentucky (12-3, 2-1). D.J. Wagner finished with 18 points and Rob Dillingham scored 15 for the Wildcats, whose six-game winning streak ended.

No. 7 North Carolina 103, Syracuse 67

RJ Davis racked up 22 points and the Tar Heels rolled again, routing the visiting Orange. Armando Bacot posted 16 points and 11 rebounds and Harrison Ingram provided 11 points and 10 rebounds for first-place North Carolina (13-3, 5-0 ACC).

North Carolina, which was coming off three straight road triumphs, has won six games in a row overall. It was the most points for the Tar Heels in an ACC game since 113 in February 2019 against North Carolina State.

Judah Minz tallied 21 points, Quadir Copeland had 16 points off the bench and Chris Bell finished with 13 points for Syracuse (11-5, 2-3), which shot 36.5 percent from the field and committed 17 turnovers.

Washington State 73, No. 8 Arizona 70

Isaac Jones had 24 points and 13 rebounds and the Cougars made their final six shots to upset the Wildcats in their Pac-12 matchup in Pullman, Wash.

Washington State (12-5, 3-3 Pac-12) ended an 11-game home losing streak to Arizona by getting hot at just the right time. They had missed seven consecutive shots before that, allowing Arizona (12-4, 3-2) to rally from down 11. Myles Rice added 18 points for the Cougars.

Arizona got 28 points from Caleb Love, who hit five 3-pointers but missed a potential game-tying trey with six seconds left. Oumar Ballo added 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Wildcats, who shot a season-low 34.7 percent.

No. 11 Duke 84, Georgia Tech 79

Kyle Filipowski churned out 30 points and 13 rebounds and the Blue Devils avenged a loss from last month, rallying from a 10-point, second-half deficit to beat the Yellow Jackets in Durham, N.C.

Jeremy Roach had 18 points and Tyrese Proctor posted 17 for Duke (13-3, 4-1 ACC), which received key contributions off the bench, including Ryan Young’s 10 points and nine rebounds. The Blue Devils, who have won eight games in a row since losing 72-68 to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, scored five straight points for an 83-77 edge.

Georgia Tech (8-8, 1-4) was in position to pull off a second upset of Duke, leading 53-43 with 14 1/2 minutes to play after six consecutive points from Baye Ndongo. Naithan George ended up with 17 points, and Ndongo and Miles Kelly both finished with 16 points. Kelly had 11 rebounds.

No. 14 Baylor 62, Cincinnati 59

Langston Love and Ja’Kobe Walter scored 14 points apiece as the Bears held on to beat the Bearcats in Big 12 play at Waco, Texas.

RayJ Dennis recorded 11 points, nine assists and two steals as Baylor (14-2, 3-0 Big 12) won its fifth consecutive game. Dan Skillings Jr. scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half for Cincinnati (12-4, 1-2). Day Day Thomas added 15 points for the Bearcats.

Cincinnati missed five shots in the final 51 seconds — including two 3-pointers inside the last five seconds — while falling short of the upset.

No. 15 Wisconsin 71, Northwestern 63

Max Klesmit had a season-high 24 points and the Badgers scored the final eight points to hold off the visiting Wildcats in a showdown between Big Ten leaders.

The Badgers (13-3, 5-0 Big Ten) closed it out with four consecutive free throws over the final 29 seconds as the Wildcats missed their last five shots over the final 4:16. Wisconsin extended its overall winning streak to six games and is 5-0 to open Big Ten play for the first time since 2007-08.

Klesmit hit 9 of 13 shots, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range. AJ Storr added 14 points and Tyler Wahl had 11. Boo Buie had 22 points and Brooks Barnhizer added 13 for Northwestern (12-4, 3-2), which trimmed a 12-point deficit to 32-25 at the half.

No. 16 Auburn 93, LSU 78

Chad Baker-Mazara scored 19 points, Johni Broome had 18 and host Auburn withstood a late second-half comeback attempt by defeating LSU in an SEC matchup of Tigers teams.

Aden Holloway added 13 points, Tre Donaldson had 10 and Auburn (14-2, 3-0 SEC) won its ninth consecutive game.

Trae Hannibal and Jordan Wright scored 18 points each, Will Baker had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyrell Ward scored 12 to lead LSU (10-6, 2-1). It had won its last four games and started 2-0 in SEC play for the first time in four years.

No. 18 BYU 63, UCF 58

Aly Khalifa scored 17 points to lead the visiting Cougars past the Knights in Orlando, Fla.

Trevin Knell added 14 points and Spencer Johnson chipped in 12 for the Cougars (13-3, 1-2 Big 12), who earned their first victory in the Big 12 Conference. It was also the 100th victory for Mark Pope since becoming the Cougars’ head coach.

Darius Johnson led UCF with 18 points. Ibrahim Diallo collected a game-high 19 rebounds to go with 11 points, and Jaylin Sellers added 13 points for the Knights. UCF (10-5, 1-2) finished with a 44-38 edge on rebounds but missed out on a second straight victory over a Top 25 opponent after shooting 29.3 percent from the field.

New Mexico 88, No. 19 San Diego State 70

Jaelen House scored 26 points to lead the Lobos past the Aztecs in Albuquerque, N.M.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. overcame a slow start to finish with 19 points for New Mexico (14-3, 2-2 Mountain West), which was playing in front of its largest home crowd in 15 years.

Jaedon LeDee, who came in leading the conference at 22 points a game, was held to 15 points by the Lobos. Miles Byrd scored 13 points and fellow reserve Darrion Trammell contributed 12 points for San Diego State (14-3, 3-1), which had won seven straight.

No. 20 Utah State 87, UNLV 86

The Aggies came from behind to extend the nation’s best winning streak to 15 with a hard-fought victory over the host Rebels in Las Vegas.

Utah State is now 16-1 overall and 4-0 in the Mountain West Conference. UNLV (8-7, 1-2) had won three of its last four games against ranked opponents dating to last season. Utah State’s Great Osobor and Ian Martinez each scored 24 points to lead all scorers. Brown added 10 for the Aggies.

For UNLV, Luis Rodriguez had a career-high 23 points while Kalib Boone added 18. Rob Whaley Jr. had 11 for the Rebels, who got 10 apiece from Keynan Boone and Dedan Thomas Jr.

No. 21 Clemson 89, Boston College 78

PJ Hall and Joe Girard III each scored 26 points to help the Tigers past the visiting Eagles in their ACC matchup.

RJ Godfrey added 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting for the Tigers (12-4, 2-3 ACC), who snapped a three-game skid. They shot 54.2 percent (32-for-59) from the field.

Boston College (10-6, 1-4) was led by Jaeden Zackery, who finished with 18 points. Claudell Harris Jr. added 17 points and Mason Madsen and Elijah Strong 14 apiece for the Eagles, who have lost three of their last four.

No. 22 Creighton 66, St. John’s 65

Trey Alexander sank a pair of free throws with 12.3 seconds remaining to lift the host Bluejays over the Red Storm in Omaha, Neb.

Creighton (13-4, 4-2 Big East) trailed by nine with just under 9 1/2 minutes left before using a 12-2 burst to grab a 59-58 lead. Neither team led by more than two the rest of the way.

Joel Soriano’s layup put St. John’s (12-5, 4-2) back in front at 65-64 with 2:02 to play, but the visitors did not score again. Daniss Jenkins and Jordan Dingle each missed potential game-winning jumpers in the final seconds.

West Virginia 76, No. 25 Texas 73

Pat Suemnick scored a season-high 16 points and the Mountaineers hit six free throws in the final 26 seconds to outlast the Longhorns in a Big 12 Conference clash in Morgantown, W.Va.

Kerr Kriisa and RaeQuan Battle scored 14 points apiece for West Virginia (6-10, 1-2 Big 12), while Quinn Slazinski added 13.

Max Abmas led all scorers with 32 points while hitting seven 3-pointers for Texas. Dylan Disu added 18 points, 15 of them in the second half, for Texas (12-4, 1-2) before fouling out with 2:16 to play. Brock Cunningham also fouled out for the Longhorns, who committed a season-high 22 turnovers.

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WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: IOWA STATE KNOCKS OFF NO. 4 BAYLOR

Audi Crooks made the go-ahead basket with 24 seconds left as Iowa State upset No. 4 Baylor 66-63 on Saturday in Ames, Iowa, and stayed unbeaten in Big 12 Conference play.

Crooks finished with 23 points and Hannah Belanger, who added two free throws with 10 seconds to go, contributed 15 points for Iowa State (12-4, 5-0 Big 12).

Dre’una Edwards had 19 points and Jada Walker posted 14 for the Bears (14-2, 3-2). Walker made two foul shots with 31 seconds left to give Baylor a 63-62 lead before Crooks’ layup.

Sarah Andrews missed a potential tying 3-pointer on the game’s last shot for Baylor, which led 37-29 at halftime and was coming off a 21-point loss at Kansas on Wednesday.

No. 12 Kansas State 61, No. 10 Texas 58

Ayoka Lee scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and the host Wildcats never gave up the lead in a tight fourth quarter in Manhattan, Kan.

Serena Sundell added 12 points and Jaelyn Glenn had 10 points for Kansas State (17-1, 5-0 Big 12), which has won 11 straight.

Madison Booker’s 23 points and Aaliyah Moore’s 15 points paced the Longhorns (16-2, 3-2). Texas, which entered on a three-game winning streak, shot 35.5 percent from the field, making only two of 11 shots on 3-pointers.

No. 13 Connecticut 92, St. John’s 49

Paige Bueckers poured in 22 points and the visiting Huskies pushed their winning streak to 10 games by beating the Red Storm in New York.

Aaliyah Edwards scored 16 points, Ashlynn Shade tallied 13 and Nika Muhl 11 for UConn (14-3, 6-0 Big East), which shot 64.4 percent (38 of 59) from the field.

Reserves Jailah Donald had 11 points and Ber’Nyah Mayo 10 points for St. John’s (10-8, 4-2), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

No. 24 West Virginia 76, Central Florida 59

JJ Quinerly poured in 21 points and Jordan Harrison scored 19 points as the Mountaineers snapped a two-game skid with a road victory in Orlando.

Lauren Fields added 13 points for the Mountaineers (14-2, 3-2 Big 12), who overcame a 42-30 rebounding deficit.

Kaitlin Peterson and reserve Morgan Robinson-Nwagwu each had 18 points for the Knights (9-6, 0-5), who were charged with 26 turnovers and shot only 28.6 percent (14 of 49) from the field. The Knights were 2-for-14 on 3-pointers.

Robinson-Nwagwu was 14-for-15 on free throws. West Virginia made 13 of 17 foul shots.

No. 25 UNLV 76, Air Force 64

Desi-Rae Young’s 26 points and 11 rebounds lifted the visiting Rebels over the Falcons.

Kiara Jackson supplied 16 points and Alyssa Durazo-Frescas had 11 points for UNLV (14-1, 4-0), which has won five straight.

Dasha Macmillan’s 19 points and Keelie O’Hollaren’s 15 points led Air Force (9-9, 2-3), which has dropped five of its last seven games. Milahnie Perry added 10 points and six assists.

Air Force held a 27-12 scoring edge from beyond the 3-point arc, but that wasn’t enough to overcome UNLV’s 44 points in the paint and 42-30 rebounding margin.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: THUNDER TOP MAGIC IN BATTLE OF 2022 DRAFT TALENT

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 37 points to lead the host Oklahoma City Thunder to a 112-100 win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

The game marked the first regular-season matchup between the Magic’s Paolo Banchero and the Thunder’s Chet Holmgren, the top two picks in the 2022 NBA Draft.

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Banchero finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Holmgren, the No. 2 pick in the 2022 draft who missed last season due to a foot injury, had 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

Orlando cut what was a 16-point deficit to six on Cole Anthony’s pullup jumper with 2:14 left in the game. Jalen Williams answered with a jumper on the next possession, sparking a 7-0 run for Oklahoma City, which has won four consecutive games and nine of its past 11.

Celtics 145, Rockets 113

Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 32 points and Jayson Tatum finished with 27 to help Boston defeat visiting Houston.

Brown made 11 of his 15 field-goal attempts and was 4-for-6 from 3-point territory. Tatum also had eight rebounds and five assists before he was ejected after his second technical foul with 10:17 to play. The Celtics improved to 19-0 at home.

Cam Whitmore came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points for Houston. Alperen Sengun finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Jazz 132, Lakers 125

Lauri Markkanen recorded 29 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Utah posted a season-high fifth straight victory by dispatching Los Angeles in Salt Lake City.

Collin Sexton added 27 points and Jordan Clarkson had 21 off the bench as Utah won for the 11th time in the past 13 games.

D’Angelo Russell scored a season-high 39 points and matched his season best of six 3-pointers but couldn’t prevent the Lakers from losing for the 11th time in 15 games. Los Angeles played without LeBron James (ankle). It was his fourth absence of the season.

Wizards 127, Hawks 99

Kyle Kuzma poured in a game-high 29 points to help lead visiting Washington to a win over Atlanta.

Jordan Poole added 20 points for Washington, which snapped a six-game losing streak overall and picked up its first road win since Dec. 21. Deni Avdija chipped in 19 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.

Trae Young led Atlanta with 21 points and 10 assists, while Saddiq Bey added 16 points. The Hawks’ streak of 94 consecutive games with at least 100 points ended. It was the third-longest such streak in NBA history.

Bucks 129, Warriors 118

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard and Khris Middleton combined for 84 points and host Milwaukee overpowered short-handed Golden State.

Antetokounmpo led the way with a game-high 33 points. Lillard had 27 and Middleton finished with 24 points and a game-high 10 assists for the Bucks, whose only game since Monday was a 33-point breeze over the visiting Celtics.

Playing the second night of a road back-to-back and doing so without Stephen Curry (rest), the Warriors also had three players score 20 or more points, led by Jonathan Kuminga with 28. Brandin Podziemski had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Klay Thompson chipped in with 21 points.

Knicks 106, Grizzlies 94

Julius Randle had 24 points and 11 rebounds as visiting New York beat Memphis.

Miles McBride scored a career-high 19 points, OG Anunoby added 18 and Donte DiVincenzo had 13 for New York, which won for the sixth time in its past seven games. Isaiah Hartenstein finished with 12 points and matched his career high with 20 rebounds.

Rookie GG Jackson led Memphis with a career-high 20 points off the bench. Vince Williams Jr. scored 17, David Roddy and Luke Kennard added 14 apiece and Xavier Tillman finished with 12 points and a career-high six steals.

Pelicans 118, Mavericks 108

Rookie Jordan Hawkins scored 34 points and six teammates scored in double figures as visiting New Orleans defeated Dallas.

Herbert Jones scored 15 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and Larry Nance Jr. and Jose Alvarado scored 14 points apiece for the Pelicans.

Kyrie Irving scored 33 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. and Derrick Jones Jr. each added 24 to lead the Mavericks, who played without Luka Doncic (ankle) and Dante Exum (foot).

Bulls 122, Spurs 116

Nikola Vucevic finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds, including a critical 3-pointer with 31.7 seconds to play, as visiting Chicago outlasted San Antonio in the second game of a back-to-back for both teams.

The Bulls, back on the court after a loss at home to Golden State on Friday, led by eight points at halftime and by 18 midway through the third quarter before San Antonio rallied to tie the score at 94 heading into the final period.

Tre Jones led the Spurs with a career-high 30 points while Keldon Johnson had 26, Malaki Branham scored 14 and Jeremy Sochan finished with 11. San Antonio, which was playing for the second straight night after beating Charlotte on Friday, was without rookie phenom Victor Wembanyama (rest).

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: OILERS WORK OT FOR FRANCHISE-BEST 10TH STRAIGHT WIN

Evan Bouchard scored in overtime to give visiting Edmonton a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, as the Oilers set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory.

With Montreal’s Mike Matheson in the penalty box for a high-sticking infraction called early in the extra period, Bouchard unloaded a point-shot blast that found the mark at 2:01 for his 10th goal of the season.

Leon Draisaitl also scored for the Oilers, who are on an 18-3-0 run. Goaltender Stuart Skinner stopped 23 shots to earn his seventh consecutive win and put him on a 14-2-0 run. On his 27th birthday, Oilers captain Connor McDavid collected one assist, which has him on a 10-game point streak.

Cole Caufield scored for the Canadiens, who are on a 2-5-2 slide and have only three victories in their last 14 home outings. Goalie Sam Montembeault stopped 39 shots.

Kraken 7, Blue Jackets 4

Jared McCann scored two goals and added an assist as Seattle defeated host Columbus to set a franchise record with its ninth consecutive victory.

Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and two assists, Brian Dumoulin had one of each and Jordan Eberle, Tye Kartye and Eeli Tolvanen also scored as the Kraken extended their point streak to 13 games (11-0-2). Goaltender Joey Daccord made 30 saves.

Ivan Provorov scored twice, Kirill Marchenko had a goal and an assist and Emil Bemstrom also found the back of the net for the Blue Jackets, who suffered their third straight loss and their eighth in the past 10 games (2-4-4). Daniil Tarasov stopped 29 of 35 shots.

Coyotes 6, Wild 0

Nick Bjugstad recorded his second career hat trick, and Arizona cruised to a win over host Minnesota in Saint Paul, Minn.

Bjugstad, who was born in Blaine, Minn., scored twice in the first period and once more in the second period. Clayton Keller had two goals and an assist for the Coyotes, and Alex Kerfoot also scored.

Kirill Kaprizov returned from a seven-game injury absence to lead the Wild with five shots on goal. Minnesota dropped to 1-7-1 in its last nine games.

Flyers 2, Jets 0

Samuel Ersson made 35 saves and visiting Philadelphia ended Winnipeg’s franchise-best eight-game winning streak.

It was the third shutout in the past 12 starts for Ersson, who came into the game 9-2-2 in his previous 13 starts with a .924 save percentage. Cam Atkinson scored both goals for the Flyers, who have won three in a row.

Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves for the Jets, who also saw their 14-game point streak (12-0-2) come to an end, but their streak of not allowing more than two goals stretched to 12.

Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2 (OT)

Brett Pesce’s second goal of the game was the overtime winner as Carolina defeated Pittsburgh in Raleigh, N.C.

Pesce, who posted the winner 1:41 into the extra session, also scored the game’s first goal, and Jordan Martinook had the other. Antti Raanta made 38 saves as the Hurricanes stretched their point streak to eight games.

Jake Guentzel’s goal with 13:15 remaining gave the Penguins a chance, and Bryan Rust’s goal with an extra attacker with 52.7 seconds left forced overtime. Rust also had an assist as the Penguins reached the midway mark in their regular-season schedule with at least one point in 12 of their last 15 games.

Capitals 3, Rangers 2

T.J. Oshie scored the tiebreaking goal with 11:31 remaining in the third period and host Washington Capitals past slumping New York.

Oshie and Nic Dowd scored 1:53 apart to help the Capitals beat the Rangers for the second time in three meetings and improve to 3-5-2 in their past 10 games. Anthony Mantha also tallied. Charlie Lindgren beat the Rangers for the second time this season by making 25 saves in his first start since Dec. 29.

Adam Fox scored both goals for the Rangers, who lost a season-high fourth straight game. Jonathan Quick made 18 saves.

Avalanche 5, Maple Leafs 3

Nathan MacKinnon scored the go-ahead goal at 16:35 of the third period, and visiting Colorado came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Toronto.

MacKinnon, who also had an assist, scored his 23rd goal of the season to give the Avalanche their third straight win. They are on a 9-1-1 surge. Ross Colton, Jonathan Drouin and Mikko Rantanen each added a goal and an assist, and Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Avalanche. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 26 shots.

Max Domi, Morgan Rielly and Timothy Liljegren scored for the Maple Leafs, who lost their second consecutive game. Martin Jones made 28 saves in his seventh straight start for Toronto.

Canucks 1, Sabres 0

Sam Lafferty scored the only goal of the afternoon as Vancouver defeated host Buffalo to extend its win streak to five games.

The Canucks found their breakthrough at the 2:05 mark of the middle frame, as Lafferty parked himself in front of the Sabres’ net and finished a second-effort shot, after an initial floated wrist shot from defenseman Nikita Zadorov. Lafferty’s goal made him the eighth Canucks player to reach the 10-goal mark.

While Lafferty grazed goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen’s mask before forcing the puck over the goal line, the goal stood. Thatcher Demko made 26 saves for his seventh career shutout and fourth of the season. Luukkonen finished with 22 saves.

Devils 4, Panthers 1

Backup goaltender Nico Daws made 36 saves in a stellar performance as New Jersey snapped Florida’s nine-game winning streak, defeating the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.

Daws, a 23-year-old native of Germany making just his 27th career start, improved to 3-1-0 this season. The Devils got goals from Alexander Holtz, Jesper Bratt, Erik Haula and John Marino.

Sam Reinhart scored for Florida and Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves.

Senators 5, Sharks 4

Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winner with 3.3 seconds remaining in the third period as host Ottawa edged San Jose.

Tarasenko put home the rebound off Artem Zub’s shot for his 10th goal of the season. Claude Giroux, Thomas Chabot, Brady Tkachuk and Drake Batherson also scored for Ottawa, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Tim Stutzle collected four assists and Zub had three. Joonas Korpisalo made 14 saves.

Anthony Duclair, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kevin Labanc and Filip Zadina scored for the Sharks. MacKenzie Blackwood stopped 36 shots.

Lightning 5, Ducks 1

Steven Stamkos scored twice in a three-point outing, Tampa Bay’s power play went 3-for-3, and the Lightning grounded visiting Anaheim.

Stamkos’ tallies lifted his career number of power-play goals to 204, tying him with Wayne Gretzky for 17th all-time in NHL history. He also produced an assist on Victor Hedman’s score in a three-goal second period for the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov recorded three assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves.

Anaheim’s Frank Vatrano hit the net for the Ducks, who are 0-2-0 on their season-long six-game road trip. Lukas Dostal stopped 36 of 41 shots.

Stars 3, Blackhawks 1

Mason Marchment’s tiebreaking goal at 14:54 of the third period helped give Dallas a comeback victory over host Chicago.

Chicago held a 1-0 lead at the second intermission, but Matt Duchene tied the score on a power-play goal 2:32 into the third period. The score remained deadlocked until Marchment forced a turnover to create a 2-on-1 chance in the Blackhawks’ zone, and then took the shot himself for the go-ahead goal.

Boris Katchouk scored the only goal for the Blackhawks, who outshot Dallas by a 35-30 margin.

Red Wings 5, Kings 3

Dylan Larkin scored two goals to lead Detroit to a home win over Los Angeles.

Robby Fabbri, Patrick Kane and Andrew Copp each added goals for Detroit.

Quinton Byfield scored two goals and Pierre-Luc Dubois added another for Los Angeles, which scored all of them on the power play.

Bruins 4, Blues 3 (OT)

Charlie McAvoy’s second goal of the game came 1:10 into overtime and helped Boston end a three-game losing streak by beating host St. Louis.

McAvoy, who also scored in the second period, has six goals this season. David Pastrnak assisted on the winning goal and had two for the game. Brad Marchand also scored twice for Bruins, and his first goal was the 900th point of his career. Jeremy Swayman made 20 saves for Boston.

Oskar Sundqvist tied the game with 5:13 left to play during a St. Louis power play. It was his fourth goal of the season. Kevin Hayes and Jake Neighbours also scored for the Blues, who received 31 saves from Jordan Binnington.

Predators 3, Islanders 1

Alexandre Carrier was credited with the tie-breaking goal with 7.9 seconds left for host Nashville, which rallied in the final five minutes to defeat New York.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s goal with exactly eight minutes left snapped a scoreless tie for New York, but Luke Evangelista scored on the power play with 4:52 left. Then the Predators stunned the Islanders in the waning seconds to win their 10th straight game between the teams. Juuso Parssinen added an empty-netter in the final second for the Predators, who have not lost to the Islanders since Oct. 28, 2017.

Ilya Sorokin recorded 25 saves for the Islanders, who have lost three of four (1-3-0) and five of seven (2-4-1).

Flames 3, Golden Knights 1

Jacob Markstrom made 31 saves to help Calgary to its third straight win by beating Vegas in Las Vegas.

Blake Coleman and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist and Nazem Kadri also scored for Calgary, which moved within two points of the Edmonton Oilers and Seattle Kraken, who are tied for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Chandler Stephenson scored a goal and Logan Thompson finished with 23 saves for Vegas, which lost for the eighth time in its last 11 games.

GOLF NEWS

KEEGAN BRADLEY, GRAYSON MURRAY SHARE LEAD AT SONY OPEN IN HAWAII

Keegan Bradley matched the low round of the day with a 7-under 63 on Saturday to grab a share of the lead after 54 holes at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Bradley moved 13 spots up the leaderboard to sit in first alongside Grayson Murray, who carded a 6-under 64. The duo is now at 14-under 196 headed into Sunday’s fourth and final round at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

Sam Stevens was one of two golfers to share low-round honors with Bradley on Saturday, with his 63 giving him sole possession of third, one stroke off the lead.

Canada’s Ben Silverman (64 on Saturday), Japan’s Taiga Semikawa (66), Frenchman Matthieu Pavon (67), Chris Kirk (67) and Byeong Hun An of South Korea (68) are struck in a five-way tie for fourth.

An was one of the co-leaders heading into Saturday’s action along with Austin Eckroat and China’s Carl Yuan. Eckroat slipped into a tie for ninth with a third-round 69, while Yuan fell even further with an even-par 70 that has him T13.

Argentine Emiliano Grillo skyrocketed 46 spots on the leaderboard thanks to 63, putting him into a tie for ninth with Eckroat and two others.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT NUGGETS

Sunday afternoon’s matchup between the Indiana Pacers (23-15) and the defending NBA Champion Denver Nuggets (27-13) may have come at just the right time for the Blue and Gold.

As the teams face off for the first of two regular season games, Indiana heads into the Mile High City with nine wins under its belt out of its most recent ten games. One of the keys to Indiana’s recent success has been the breakthrough of its defense after getting off to a rough start in the first 28 games of the season, where it allowed an average of 125.8 points per game on 51 percent shooting. Now, the Pacers have dramatically improved over the last ten games by allowing just 116.7 points per game on 46.5 percent shooting.

The league leaders in points per game (126.6 ppg) also enter the matchup after recording their best shooting percentage in NBA franchise history on Friday night.

It was the record-setting 67.1 percent shooting (53-of-79) from the floor that earned Indiana a 126-108 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Buddy Hield and Obi Toppin led the way off the bench for the Blue and Gold as they each recorded 18 points, with Hield shooting 7-of-11 and Toppin going a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor. Bennedict Mathurin’s 15 points and Aaron Nesmith’s 13 points rounded out the Indiana scorers in the first matchup of a six-game road trip.

With star point guard Tyrese Haliburton expected to miss his third straight game with a left hamstring strain, Andrew Nembhard and T.J. McConnell have had big shoes to fill in his absence.

On Friday, Nembhard and McConnell combined for 20 assists—14 of which being dished out by McConnell— as well as 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor and five steals. Within Indiana’s most recent three games, McConnell has averaged 10.7 points and 9.7 assists per game, while Nembhard has averaged 7.0 points and 4.7 assists.

The tallest task for Indiana in earning their first win over the Nuggets since Jan. 19, 2020 will be containing the two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic. The 7-foot center is averaging a team-leading 25.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per contest, while he also ranks third in the league in assists with an average of 9.3 assists per game.

In addition, both guard Jamal Murray and forward Aaron Gordon will pose threats to Indiana as per usual. Last season, Gordon averaged 23 points per game in the two regular season games played between the teams last season, while Murray averaged 17.5 points in those two contests. Murray also recorded his first and only triple-double of his career with 17 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds in Denver’s most recent win over the Pacers Jan. 20, 2023.

Projected Starters

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

Nuggets: G – Jamal Murray, G – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, F – Michael Porter Jr., F – Aaron Gordon, C – Nikola Jokic

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – out (left hamstring strain), Jarace Walker – out (upper respiratory infection)

Nuggets: Vlatkco Cancar – out (left knee surgery), Jalen Pickett – out (G League assignment), Julian Strawther – out (right knee contusion/strain), Hunter Tyson – out (G League assignment)

Last Meeting

Jan. 20, 2023: In the final of two regular season matchups between the two teams, the Indiana Pacers fell to the No. 1 team in the Western Conference, 134-111, in Denver.

Both teams hit the ground running to open the first frame as they each went 4-of-7 from the floor to tie the game, 10-10, after the first three minutes of play. Denver soon sprinted ahead with a 17-2 scoring run and eventually led at the conclusion of the first quarter, 37-28.

Each Denver scoring run was matched by a Pacers scoring run through three quarters as Indiana worked to keep the lead within reach. However, with a 99-82 lead at the beginning of the fourth frame, Denver built its lead to as many as 30 points in the final quarter which kept Indiana from any chance of a win.

With Pacers star point guard Tyrese Haliburton and Nuggets two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic both out due to injury, each team was missing a key player to their rosters.

Bennedict Mathurin led the Pacers in the scoring column with 19 points and Myles Turner ended the night with 15 points and seven rebounds. For Denver, guard Jamal Murray recorded a triple-double of 17 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds, while Aaron Gordon notched 28 points.

Noteworthy

Indiana has fallen to Denver in the last six matchups between the two teams. The last time the Pacers beat the Nuggets was on Jan. 19, 2020.

Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton will miss his third game in the row after suffering a left hamstring strain on Jan. 8 against the Boston Celtics.

Indiana guard Bruce Brown spent the 2022-23 season with the Nuggets, where he averaged 11.5 points per game and helped Denver secure their first-ever NBA Championship.

Denver guard Justin Holiday played three seasons with the Pacers from 2019-22 where he earned 98 starts in his 194 games played.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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

INDY FUEL

FUEL ERASE FIVE GOAL DEFICIT TO WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT ON THE ROAD

WHEELING- The Fuel looked for the two-game sweep and fifth straight road win against the Nailers on Saturday night. The Fuel erased a five-goal deficit with a six-goal third period, winning their fifth straight on the road 8-7.

1ST PERIOD

Things started off hot as just seven seconds into the game, and fresh off a two-game suspension, Chris Cameron dropped the gloves with Matthew Quercia. Despite the opening face-off fight, both players were assessed a roughing minor and a 10-minute misconduct for continuing altercation.

The first points of the game came from the stick of Colin Bilek at 6:53 off the main assist from Cam Hillis, giving the ECHL All-Star his 26th assist of the season. Wheeling quickly responded with a goal at 8:19 by Cédric Desruisseaux and he wasn’t done.

Off a Fuel penalty, Desruisseaux put another in the back of the net just six minutes later on the Nailers power play to give them their first lead of the game. Wheeling extended their lead at 17:58 with David Drake’s first goal of the season, coming off a rebound from Cam Gray.

The Nailers ended the period ahead 3-1 while outshooting the Fuel 13-9.

2ND PERIOD

The Nailers hot play wasn’t over as they came out of the locker room firing in the second period. Lukas Svejkovsky started the scoring 1:13 into the period, extending the Nailers lead to three goals.

It would take Indy until 9:20 into the second period to find their second goal and it came from DJ King, netting his second goal of the season. Just 17 seconds after the goal, a scuffle ensued resulting in two minors for the Fuel and one minor for the Nailers, putting Wheeling on their third power play of the game. For the second time in three tries, the Nailers scored on the power play off the stick of Matthew Quercia.

30 seconds later, Santino Centorame turned the puck over right in front of the net and Wheeling’s David Jankowski rifled it past Cam Gray to give the Nailers a 6-2 lead.

Just 20 seconds before the period ended, coincidental roughing calls were issued and the second iteration of 4-on-4 hockey bled over into the third period.

3RD PERIOD

Once the 4-on-4 finished, Wheeling went on a power play for the fourth time and converted once again. Justin Addamo gave the Nailers their third power-play goal of the night at 2:11.

The chippiness continued all throughout the night and seventh and eighth roughing penalties came coincidentally at 3:40 into the third period against Jon Martin and Justin Lee.

For the first time in 4-on-4, the Fuel scored off the stick of Chris Cameron, his first of the season. This started a hot streak of scoring for the Fuel.

Two goals came in nine seconds off the sticks of Jon Martin and Josh Maniscalco. The goal gave Jon Martin his 14th of the season, extending his lead as the Fuel’s leading goal scorer.

A three-goal period forced a change in net for Wheeling as Taylor Gauthier came in for the final 11 minutes of regulation, which proved fatal for the Nailers.

On the third shot he faced, Josh Maniscalco ripped another to the back of the net, slashing that five-goal lead Wheeling had at the beginning of the period to one. A five-minute major and game misconduct from Wheeling’s Dillon Hamaliuk at 16:33 put the Fuel on the man-advantage for the rest of the game and they took advantage.

Two goals in 30 seconds from Kyle Maksimovich and Colin Bilek completely erased a five-goal deficit and turned a lost cause into an 8-7 win.

Wheeling outshot the Fuel 41-36 and finished with 41 penalty minutes to the Fuel’s 30 with the most crucial coming at 16:33 in the third period to give the Fuel the man advantage the rest of the way.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 14 HOOSIERS DROP CONTEST AT NO. 3 IOWA

IOWA CITY, Iowa – No. 14 Indiana fell in its first Big Ten game of the season at No. 3 Iowa, 84-57, on Saturday night.

KEY MOMENTS

Iowa (17-1, 6-0 B1G) led by as many as seven in the first quarter but the Hoosiers (14-2, 5-1 B1G) mounted its own 7-0 run thanks to back-to-back buckets including an and-1 from graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes. Iowa free throws at the end of the frame made the difference for the Hawkeyes, who led 19-17.

Moore-McNeil tied the game up at 19-all to open the second quarter, but Iowa sunk back-to-back 3-pointers to stretch its lead to six. Parrish connected on a right win triple and Holmes found Garzon at the rim for two to come back within a pair, 28-26, with 5:02 remaining.

The Hoosiers would keep the deficit to two on a pair of steal and scores from Parrish and Moore-McNeil but Hawkeye triples made it a 43-37 edge at the break.

Cold shooting for Indiana would be the story in the second half as it connected on just 28 percent from the field while getting outscored 43-20.

NOTABLE

Holmes scored 16 points, recording her 14th-straight double figure scoring game.

Parrish (11) and Garzon (11) each added double figures.

Moore-McNeil led with six assists.

Senior guard Sara Scalia pulled down a season-high nine rebounds.

Indiana went a collective 43 percent from the floor but just 25 percent from the 3-point line.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, we’re very disappointed. I wish we could have played so much better than we did tonight. Every ounce of credit goes to Iowa. They were terrific. Their crowd was terrific, the energy in the building. About like that first half, we turned it over way too much. In spite of that many turnovers, we still felt decent about the score at halftime. We’re down three, and then Caitlin Clark hits the three to put them up by six, but at that point we thought we were doing a pretty decent job. We were just turning the ball over too much. Then we come out and give Cait(lin) the back door lay-up and all of a sudden you’re down nine. From there it got out of control. They were clicking on all cylinders, all of them shot the ball really well tonight. We weren’t very good. I would love to be able to give you reasons why that was. We looked out of sorts offensively, and certainly didn’t do what we needed to, not on Cait(lin), but the rest of those guys. Molly Davis to have 18 points, just things like that. You know Cait’s probably going to get her average, but you don’t want to let those other guys have big nights. Unfortunately, we let too many of them have their way with us. All credit goes to Iowa. They’re a great team, well coached. Lisa (Bluder) does a tremendous job. We’re very disappointed we weren’t better tonight.”

UP NEXT

Indiana resumes play on Wednesday when it hosts Minnesota at 8 p.m. ET on Peacock.

INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS

INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS TAKES DOWN DAYTON IN SEASON OPENER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana Men’s Tennis opened their season on the right note, taking down Dayton in a 5-2 match on Saturday morning at the IU Tennis Center.

The Hoosiers started the morning off hot, taking two wins in doubles play to secure a 1-0 lead. Sam Landau and Michael Andre’s win at No. 1 Doubles plus Luc Boulier and Facundo Yunis’ win at No. 3 Doubles was the boost IU needed to take the advantage heading into singles play.

In singles play, Facundo Yunis, Michael Andre, Sam Landau, and Ilya Tiraspolsky won their respective matches to take a 5-2 lead and clinch the victory over Dayton.

The win puts Indiana at 1-0 on the season.

The Hoosiers will finish the day with their second match of the double-header against Toledo at 4 p.m.

INDIANA 5, DAYTON 2

Singles competition

1. Sam Landau (IU) def. Connor Bruce (UD), 6-3, 6-1.

2. Facundo Yunis (IU) def. Matt DeMarco (UD), 6-2, 6-2.

3. Michael Andre (IU) def. Luis Saraiva (UD), 6-4, 6-1.

4. Kyle McNally (UD) def. Jagger Saylor (IU), 5-7, 7-5, 10-7.

5. Mikkel Zinder (UD) def. Nikola Kolyachev (IU) , 4-6, 6-3, 10-3.

6. Ilya Tiraspolsky (IU) def. Eric Perkowski (UD), 6-0, 7-6 (7-5).

Doubles competition

1. Sam Landau/Michael Andre (IU) def. Connor Bruce/Nikola Puric (UD), 6-1.

2. Ilya Tiraspolsky/Nikola Kolyachev (IU) vs. Eric Perkowski/Mikkel Zinder (UD), 4-4, unfinished.

3. Luc Boulier/Facundo Yunis (IU) def. Ronit Hiryur/Matt DeMarco (UD), 6-3.

Order of Finish

Singles: 2, 3, 1, 6, 5, 4.

Doubles: 1, 3, unfinished.

INDIANA TRACK

PHILLIPS BREAKS 400 METER SCHOOL RECORD IN SUCCESSFUL FINAL DAY AT COMMODORE CHALLENGE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  Indiana Track and Field wrapped up a successful weekend at the Commodore Challenge, highlighted by graduate sprinter Kenisha Phillips who broke a 22-year-old school record in the 400 meters with a personal-best time of 52.37.

Phillips broke the 300-meter school record in her first meet with the Hoosiers on Dec. 8. Nothing is stopping her from rewriting the Indiana record books or achieving her goals.

“My preparation for this meet was to get the school record,” Phillips said. “And I did. I was eyeing the school record before the meet [so I was] definitely going for it.”

Freshman Garrett Messer had a big day today after setting two personal bests in the shot put and the 60-meter hurdles. Messer threw a distance of 14.34m/47-0.75 and He ran an 8.54 in prelims for another personal record to advance to finals and finished with a time of 8.44.

Jessica Mercier finished second in the pole vault after clearing a height of 4.17m/13-8.25.

“I was on a new pole series, so my goal was to clear some bars,” Mercier said.

 She had no problem doing that after she set a personal best in the season home opener. She continues to give her best in every attempt.

“I am happy with it whether it was good or bad. I am just proud of myself for getting on the poles today.”

Triple Jumper Mahogany Jenkins finished third in the Triple Jump with a season-best mark of 12.59m/41-3.75.

“It was a technically sound performance for me, even though the numbers didn’t show it,” Jenkins said. “[However], I still have work to put in.”

The women showed out in the 400 meters. In addition to Phillips, Ryann Parrish (58.83) and Amelia Dodds (59.11) achieved personal best times in the event.

Mid-distance runner Nico Colchico set a new personal best in his first sub-1:50 in the 800 meters. He finished second with a time of 1:49.96. Parker Raymond also finished third in the event while teammates Jaylen Castillo placed sixth with a personal best time and Keelan Grant taking seventh.

Distance runners Brayden Henkle and Garrett Hicks recorded big time personal records and two top-10 finishes in the 3k race. Henkle won the event with a time of 8:19.94 while Garrett Hicks placed fifth with a time of 8:24.31.

Indiana Early Bird Meet: December 8th

Time      Event: Athletes

Shot Put (M)

               10. Garrett Messer: 14.34m/47-0.75 | Personal Best

Pole Vault (W)    2. Jessica Mercier: 4.17m/13-8.25

T-11. Libby Saloga: 3.42m/11-2.50

T-16. Taylor Jarosinski: 3.42m/11-2.50

60mH (W): Prelims          12. Olivia Gee: 8.96

60mH (M): Prelims           5. John Colquitt: 8.34

7. Garrett Messer: 8.54 | Personal Best

15. Max Grangier: 9.21

60mH (M): Prelims           2. John Colquitt: 8.14

7. Garrett Messer: 8.44

60mH (M): Finals              2. John Colquitt: 8.17

7. Garrett Messer: 8.44 | Personal Best

60 Meters (W): Final       7. Serena Bolden: 7.63

60 Meters (W): Prelims   5. Serena Bolden: 7.58 | Personal Best

15. Symone Adams: 7.93 | Personal Best

60 Meters (M): Final        2. Antonio Laidler: 6.72

60 Meters (W): Prelims   1. Antonio Laidler: 6.75

23. Gage Pratt: 7.16

Triple Jump (W) 2. Mahogany Jenkins: 12.59m/41-3.75

Mile (W)              8. Katelyn Winton: 4:58.37

18. Jasmine Klopstad: 5:16.09

Mile (W)              16. Aidan Lord: 4:17.31 | Personal Best

21. Owen Forberg: 4:21.11 | Personal Best

22. Andrew Mangum: 4:21.24

400 Meters (W) 1. Kenisha Phillips: 52.37 | Personal Best, School Record

10. Ryann Parrish: 58.83 | Personal Best

12. Amelia Dodds: 59.11 | Personal Best

400 Meters (M)  5. Micah Camble: 48.89

9. Novo Onovwerosuoke: 49.75

13. Jaylen Grimes: 50.15

800 Meters (W) 4. Maddie Russin: 2:11.32

800 Meters (M)  2. Nico Colchico: 1:49.96 | Personal Best

3. Parker Raymond: 1:50.60

6. Jaylen Castillo: 1:53.82 | Personal Best

7. Keelan Grant: 1:54.53

3000 Meters (M)              2. Brayden Henkle: 8:19.94 | Personal Best

5. Garrett Hicks: 8:24.31 | Personal Best

4×400 Relay (W)               5. Indiana “A”: 3:46.78

4×400 Relay (M)                5. Indiana “A”: 3:16.60

7. Indiana “B”: 3:21.54

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 1 PURDUE TROUNCES PENN ST. BEHIND ZACH EDEY’S 30

Center Zach Edey collected 30 points and 20 rebounds as top-ranked Purdue avoided back-to-back losses by beating visiting Penn State 95-78 Saturday.

Edey made 10 of his 12 field goal attempts and was 10 of 14 from the free-throw line. He entered the game averaging 21.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Purdue, which was coming off Tuesday’s 88-72 loss at Nebraska, trailed 10-8 early in the game but took control with a 27-2 run. The Boilermakers had a 35-12 lead following an Edey free throw with 9:54 remaining in the first half. The free throw capped a 17-0 spurt.

Purdue (15-2, 4-2 Big Ten) shot 58.2 percent from the field (32 of 55) and made 11 of 24 3-point attempts, but missed nine of its 29 free throws. The Boilermakers outrebounded the Nittany Lions, 43-24.

Lance Jones added 14 points for Purdue, which also received an 11-point performance from Fletcher Loyer. Braden Smith tied his career-high with 11 assists.

Purdue made 18 of 30 field goal attempts in the first half (60 percent) and led 56-36 at halftime. Penn State (8-9, 2-4) failed to get closer than 16 points in the second half.

Nick Kern made 7 of his 9 field-goal attempts and led the Penn State offense with a career-high 18 points. Kanye Clary added 16 points, Jameel Brown finished with 13, and Ace Baldwin had seven points and 13 assists.

Purdue, which improved its home record to 9-0 this season, has won the last eight meetings with Penn State.

The Nittany Lions shot 29 of 65 from the field, including 9 of 28 from 3-point territory.

It was the second straight loss for Penn State, which has lost nine of 13 games since a 4-0 start. The Penn State program is now 0-15 against No. 1-ranked teams.

PURDUE TRACK

BOILERMAKERS BEGIN 2024 WITH 8 WINS AND FIVE TOP-10 MARKS

CHICAGO – Eight individual wins and five top-10 times in school history opened the new year for the Purdue track & field team at the Badgers Midwest Invitational on Saturday in Chicago.

The Boilermakers totaled 21 top-three finishes at their second meet of the 2023-24 indoor season. Purdue was one of six teams to compete at the third-annual event at the Dr. Conrad Worrill Track & Field Center at Gately Park.

Freshmen Jasiah Rogers and Nia Wilson continued their strong starts to their careers with victories in the 60-meter final as they also moved up in the record books. Junior Zoe Sullivan and sophomore Taylor Herbert, making her Boilermaker debut, also ran top-10 times in the 60m hurdles and 60m, respectively. Juniors Praise Aniamaka and Brett Otterbacher added wins with marks that are among the best in the country this season.

One meet after she made her collegiate debut and ran the seventh-fastest time in program history, Wilson bested it with a mark of 7.40 to win the 60m on Saturday in Chicago. That moved her up to No. 4 in the record books with the fastest time by a Boilermaker since 2017. Meanwhile, Herbert began her Purdue career with a 7.47 in the prelims, tied for No. 10 in school history, and bested it with a 7.46 to take sole possession of 10th on the school’s all-time list.

Like Wilson, Rogers opened his career with a top-10 time in the 60m at December’s season-opener, only to top it on Saturday. He entered the day tied for No. 8 and improved his mark by 0.01 seconds with a finish of 6.69 in the final. After a 6.71 in the prelims, Rogers’ winning time in the final moved him up into a tie for No. 6 in the record book.

Just before the 60m finals was the 600m, where Otterbacher won with a time of 1:17.77. The fifth-fastest mark in the event in the country this season, it was just 0.25 seconds shy of the time Otterbacher ran one year ago at this meet that is No. 2 in school history.

Aniamaka, fresh off an All-America season last spring, won the triple jump with a mark of 15.86m. It came on his fourth attempt and is the fifth-best jump in the NCAA in 2023-24.

Action on the track began with the 60m hurdles, where Sullivan moved up in the record books in her second meet as a Boilermaker. She came into the day at No. 10 and quickly rose to No. 7 with a personal-best time of 8.39 in the prelims. Sullivan followed it up with a runner-up finish in the finals thanks to a time of 8.51.

Sophomore Collin Kao had an impressive win in the pole vault, as he cleared 5.07 meters. The personal-best mark is the best by a Boilermaker, indoors or outdoors, since 2015. Kao was one of two competitors to clear 5.07m but took the win on misses.

One of the first events of the meet was the long jump, where Purdue earned a pair of wins. Junior Damazvia Dames claimed the women’s title with a jump of 5.61m and freshman Ryan Shackelford was the men’s champion with a mark of 6.96m. Dames was making her Boilermaker debut while Shackelford competed in his first collegiate track & field meet.

Junior Jahn Riley notched a personal-best time to win the 300m. His time of 33.66 from the opening heat stood as the fastest mark overall after the six-heat competition concluded.

Along with Sullivan, runner-up finishes were achieved by juniors Gabriele Green (600m, 1:46.60) and Emma Squires (3,000m, 9:40.01), sophomore Kylie Stauder (pole vault, 3.62m) and freshmen Lee Martin (high jump, 2.06m) and Melissa Riegle (pole vault, 3.62m). Martin and Squires’ second-place showings came with personal-record marks.

Seven Boilermakers posted third-place finishes, including Herbert in the 60m.

Additional collegiate-bests were registered by grad student Meredith Bloss (3,000m, 10:22.05), fifth-year Ian Hunter (mile, 4:12.38), junior Cale Ayers (weight throw, 19.39m), sophomores Kiefer Bell (3,000m, 8:22.45), Jaelyn Burgos (mile, 5:05.89), Leo Maxwell (weight throw, 17.48m), Mary Sowinski (300m, 43.25), Karlie Stauder (pole vault, 3.47m) and Eric Young II (300m, 34.63) and freshmen Jada Lee (60m, 7.69 and 7.68) and Lainey Mack (pole vault, 3.47m).

Freshmen Mirai Bernard (300m, 40.83), Julie Klaus (mile, 5:15.75), Brandon Moss (60m, 7.09) and Kaden Stewart (high jump, 1.91m) also made their collegiate debuts on Saturday in Chicago.

Purdue squared off against host-Wisconsin, Chicago State, DePaul, Southern Illinois and UW-Milwaukee on Saturday at Chicago’s three-year-old track.

Up next, the season continues with a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the Simmons-Harvey Invitational on January 20. Purdue also will return to Chicago in just under one month for the Windy City Invitational from February 9-10.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

SLAGGERT’S TWO GOAL NIGHT LIFTS IRISH OVER BUCKEYES

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Notre Dame hockey program bounced back Saturday to get the weekend split against Ohio State with a 5-2 victory over the Buckeyes. Landon Slaggert posted his fourth multi-goal game of the season while Grant Silianoff, Patrick Moynihan and Trevor Janicke added tallies in the contest for the victory.

The Irish jumped out to the 1-0 lead just 10:19 into play Saturday night when Hunter Strand won an offensive zone faceoff and the Irish blueliners got the puck deep to Grant Silianoff out front for the opening goal.

Landon Slaggert extended the Irish lead less than 90 seconds later with a redirect in front of the net to give Notre Dame the 2-0 lead at 11:42 of the opening frame.

The Buckeyes would even the tally late in the opening period to force the 2-2 tie heading into the first intermission.

The two teams traded chances early in the second period but it was the Irish who eventually reclaimed the lead when Cole Knuble found Patrick Moynihan for a one-timer on the doorstep for the 3-2 score.

Just under three minutes later, and with a Buckeye in the box for a slash, Slaggert net his second goal of the night with a spin move in front of the net that beat Kristoffer Eberly in the crease.

A late chance from Justin Janicke with less than 10 seconds to play in the frame nearly put the Irish up by three but the Buckeye netminder laid on the puck to freeze the play ahead of the intermission.

The Irish extended their lead at 8:16 of the final period after Brennan Ali forced a turnover along the deep boards and found Trevor Janicke in the slot for the 5-2 tally.

Notre Dame finished the night with 43 shots on goal while Ryan Bischel posted 30 saves for a .938 save percentage in the game two victory.

GOALS

Hunter Strand positioned himself at the faceoff circle to the right of the Buckeye net, feeding the draw back to Drew Bavaro at the blueline. The senior defenseman sent a pass over to Paul Fischer who fired a shot towards net where Grant Silianoff deflected it over the glove of Eberly for the 1-0 lead.

The Irish scored their second of the night off the opposite faceoff dot with Patrick Moynihan feeding a pass over to Henry Nelson across the blueline. The elder Nelson ripped a shot on net which was redirected five-hole by Landon Slaggert for his first of the night and the 2-0 lead.

Moynihan reclaimed the Irish lead just over halfway through the second period with a one-timer off a pass from Cole Knuble. Knuble, who had taken a hit along the boards earlier in the period was on the ice for his first shift since the collision and drew Eberly off the Buckeye line to set Moynihan up. Zach Plucinski also tallied an assist on the goal, his second of the season.

Slaggert scored his team-leading 15th of the season and second of the night on the powerplay at 15:42 of the second period to give the Irish the 4-2 lead. Hunter Strand and Moynihan were each credited with assists on the goal.

Trevor Janicke opened the third period scoring at 8:16 of the final frame to give Notre Dame the 5-2 lead. His linemate Brennan Ali put on pressure deep behind the Buckeye net, forcing a turnover along the boards and feeding a pass up to Janicke racing through the slot for the team’s fifth goal of the night.

KEY STATS

Three Irish skaters posted five shots on goal in game two of the contest, as Brennan Ali, Drew Bavaro and Danny Nelson each ripped five shots on net.

At the faceoff dot the Irish went 44 of 79, led by Danny’s 17 draw wins on 26 attempts.

Landon Slaggert’s two goals was his fourth multi-goal game of the year and puts him at 15 lamplighters on the season. His 15 goals thus far ranks fifth nationally.

UP NEXT

The Irish return home next weekend for a pair of games against Penn State, January 19-20, at Compton Family Ice Arena.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH DROP 67-58 CONTEST TO FLORIDA STATE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team couldn’t build off its momentum earned after garnering its first ACC road victory, returning home to Purcell Pavilion on Saturday to fall to Florida State, 67-58. The Fighting Irish (7-10, 2-4) rallied down 13 in the second half to cut it to as low as three points, but just couldn’t get over the final hump against the Seminoles (10-6, 4-1).

Freshman guard Markus Burton recorded his fifth 20-plus point performance of the season with a team-high 20 points on Saturday. Burton shot 8-of-14 from the field and 2-of-4 from three.

J.R. Konieczny earned his ninth game in double figures with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Kebba Njie grabbed a team-best eight rebounds. Braeden Shrewsberry drained a couple of late second half threes to finish with eight points.

It was two categories that hurt the Irish on Saturday: second-chance points and free throws. The Seminoles grabbed 10 offensive boards in the first half (finished with 12) and ultimately recorded 16 second-chance points. FSU also went 13-of-15 from the free-throw line compared to Notre Dame’s 3-for-11.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Burton, Konieczny and Booth all connected from beyond the arc early but a 6-0 Florida State run over a two-minute span gave the Seminoles a 17-13 advantage. Roper II then joined in and hit one from deep to make it one point game immediately after the 11:40 media timeout.

Imes and Konieczny connected on back-to-back layups and then Roper II drained another trey and it was a quick 7-0 run for the home squad. The Irish eventually built a 24-20 lead thanks to a defensive stint in which they limited the Seminoles to a 1-for-14 stretch from the field and a four-minute drought.

The Seminoles responded with a run of their own as a 9-0 scoring spree gave Florida State a 29-24 lead. Konieczny ended a near five-minute drought with a drive to the rim which would bring the Irish within three with 1:34 left in the half.

Burton tacked on a three with 25 seconds left, Notre Dame’s sixth of the half, but Florida State earned a layup at the buzzer to claim a 33-29 halftime lead. Roper II, Burton and Konieczny combined for 22 of the team’s 29 points at the break as the trio shot a combined 8-for-16.

Florida State came out and scored the first eight points of the second half, building its largest lead of the game at 41-29, which prompted a Coach Shrewsberry timeout. Braeden Shrewsberry then got the Irish going with a pull-up jumper that beat the shot clock, then moments later, back-to-back buckets from Imes and Burton cut the deficit to just six points.

However, Florida State’s Primo Spears hit a gut-punch of a three that kicked off an 8-0 Seminole run in a swift 90-second span, pushing the lead back to double digits.

Notre Dame bent but didn’t break, firing back as a Konieczny three capped a 9-0 run to pull within five at 51-46 with 8:15 left.

Trailing by 10, Burton scored six straight for the Irish to make it a 58-52 ballgame with 3:26 remaining. When the Irish needed a spark most, Shrewsberry knocked down back-to-back threes to bring the Irish within three at 61-58.

Later down five with under 40 seconds to go, Konieczny had a look at three in the corner but it rimmed out. FSU then iced the game at the free-throw line.

UP NEXT

It’s an extremely quick turnaround for the Irish before earning a weeklong midseason break. Notre Dame will jet off to Boston tomorrow to take on Boston College on Monday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NOTRE DAME, MIAMI SET FOR MATINEE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 18 Notre Dame (11-3, 2-2) will close out three consecutive home games on Sunday by hosting Miami (11-4, 1-3) at Purcell Pavilion.

The Irish are coming off of a dominant victory over Boston College on Thursday. The 98-48 win (50-point margin of victory) is tied for Notre Dame’s third-largest margin of victory in a conference game since the Irish joined the ACC a decade ago.

Also of note, Thursday’s game was the first time since Nov. 15 that both Sonia Citron and Maddy Westbeld were able to play together. Citron missed several weeks with a knee sprain, while Westbeld missed the UNC game with a concussion. Westbeld posted her seventh double-double of the year against Boston College, scoring 15 and grabbing 15 boards.

When Citron, Westbeld and star freshman Hannah Hidalgo are playing together, good things happen for Notre Dame. The Irish have a 31.5 point differential, 50.5 field goal percentage and are scoring 95.8 points per game in those contests. They’ll look to continue that dominant run on Sunday.

Miami has struggled in the ACC so far this year, losing three of its first four conference games. Most recently, the Hurricanes lost at Virginia Tech on Thursday, 76-52. Miami is led in scoring by Jasmyne Roberts (11.3). She is the only one averaging double-figures for a scoring offense that ranks 12th in the ACC.

The Hurricanes don’t miss often (46.0 field goal percentage), but when they do, they’re often grabbing the offensive boards. Miami is averaging 13.5 offensive rebounds per game, which ranks 68th in the nation.

Sunday’s game tips off at noon on the CW. Tom Werme and Kelley Deyo will be on the call. Deyo (née Simeon) was a star guard for the Irish from 1997-01. Notre Dame is 24-6 all-time against Miami and 11-2 at home.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

LATE SPURT GIVES SETON HALL 78-72 WIN OVER BUTLER

Visiting Seton Hall scored the final eight points of the game to take a 78-72 win over Butler Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Kadary Richmond’s 24-point, 12-rebound performance led Seton Hall, which is receiving votes in both national polls and entered the day tied for the lead in the conference standings.

With the win, Seton Hall is now 12-5 (5-1 BIG EAST), while the Bulldogs fall to 11-6 (2-4 BIG EAST).

HOW IT TRANSPIRED:

Both teams came out of the gates strong offensively, combining to make six of their first eight attempts from three-point range in the opening minutes.

A 15-3 Seton Hall run gave the Pirates a 28-20 lead with 10:09 remaining in the first half.

Seton Hall made eight of their first 13 three-point attempts, with all eight coming in the first 15 minutes of the game.

Seton Hall led, 45-37, at the half.

A 9-0 run by Butler tied the game at 48-48 with 15:22 remaining.

A series of ties were followed by a Boden Kapke three-pointer, which gave Butler its first lead of the second half at 62-60 with 7:04 to play.

The teams traded baskets until Al-Amir Dawes made a floater in the lane with 1:57 to play, which knotted the game at 72-72.

Butler would miss four shots down the stretch as a Richmond pull-up jumper and four Seton Hall free throws led to the final margin.

OF NOTE:

This is Seton Hall’s fifth consecutive win in the series between the two teams.

Butler is now 8-2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.

Posh Alexander led Butler with 17 points and four assists.

Jalen Thomas scored 15 points and had a team-high seven rebounds.

With 12 points today, Pierre Brooks II  has scored in double figures in every game this season.

Butler went 15-for-16 from the free throw line. Entering the game, Butler ranked eighth nationally in free throw shooting at 78.3 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game this season.

Seton Hall had 13 blocks, the most by a Butler opponent this season.

The teams combined for only 18 turnovers.

Seton Hall shot 51 percent for the game, including 54 percent in the second half. Butler shot 41 percent.

Dylan Addae-Wusu (14), Dre Davis (14), and Dawes (10) each had double figures for the Pirates.

UP NEXT: Butler makes the short drive to Cincinnati for the Tuesday night tip against Xavier. The 6:30 p.m. tip will air on FS1. The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday (Jan. 20) to face DePaul. Tickets are still available for that contest.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

VILLANOVA TOPS BUTLER 65-54

INDIANAPOLIS – The Villanova Wildcats recorded a 65-54 victory over Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday night to improve their overall record to 11-5. The Bulldogs dropped to 8-8 on the year.

It was a wild start to the game on Saturday night as the Wildcats raced out to a 10-0 lead. Villanova hit 3-pointers on their first two possessions and used a full court press to cause three BU turnovers. The 10-point lead held over the first 10 minutes (18-8), but the Bulldogs would use an 11-0 run in the second quarter to get back within one at 20-19.

Butler limited Villanova to just two points over the first six minutes of the second frame. They outscored the Wildcats 17-13 in the second but would trail Nova 31-25 at halftime. Sydney Jaynes led all players with nine points at the break while Maddie Webber came off the bench to lead Villanova with eight.

Villanova put together another 10-0 run against Butler in the third quarter to extend their advantage to 15 points. Webber had nine points in the third and Lucy Olsen added six. BU outscored Nova by four in the fourth and cut the deficit to just nine with three minutes left in the game but the comeback effort would fall short.

Inside the Box Score

– Caroline Strande posted a double-double with a team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds

– Strande is the first Bulldog this year to record a double-double

– With 12 points, Strande passed 500 career points on Saturday night

– Sydney Jaynes came up with 11 points

– Rachel Kent added nine points and a team-high three assists

– Villanova took nearly 20 more shots than Butler (68-49)

– Maddie Webber led all players with 18 points

– Webber added four assists and five rebounds to her stat line

– Lucy Olsen had 15 points, six assists and three steals

– Christian Dalce had 13 rebounds and four blocked shots

– Nova hit twice as many 3-pointers as Butler (8-4)

Up Next

The Bulldogs will play at St. John’s on Wednesday night. The 7 PM tip at Carnesecca Arena will stream on FloHoops.com.

IUPUI SWIMMING

IUPUI SWIM AND DIVE SEAL HORIZON LEAGUE WIN OVER YOUNGSTOWN STATE

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The IUPUI men’s and women’s swim and dive teams finished out the weekend dual meet with a win over Youngstown State on Saturday. The men’s team won with a score of 388 to 174 while the women’s team defeated the Penguins, 363 to 198.

For the men, Logan Kelly once again led the way with three individual wins. The junior recorded top times in the 50 breast (25.48), 100 breast (53.36) and the 100 IM (50.77). Kevin Burke collected two individual wins with top times in the 50 free (20.38) and the 100 free (44.80).

Five other Jags earned first-place finishes for the men’s team. Nathan Rariden (100 free), Ben Kimmel (100 free), Spencer Jyawook (100 fly), Jack Gallob (100 back) and Luke Dibley (500 free) all recorded wins.

On the women’s side, six different Jags clocked top times with Kate Larsen and Emmaleigh Zietlow leading the way with two wins each. Larsen earned first in the 200 free (1:55.14) and the 100 free (52.78). Zietlow collected wins in the 500 free (4:58.67) and 100 IM (58.84).

Malayna Mancinelli (50 back), Lillian Brandt (50 free), Victoria Surdyka (100 breast) and Priscilla Zavala (50 fly) all recorded wins for the Jags as well.

On the boards, Alaina Heyde and Sebastian Otero led the Jags on day two. Heyde took first in the women’s 1-meter dive with a score of 276.30 while Sadie Smith came in second. Otero led the men’s team with a first-place finish in the men’s 1-meter dive with a score of 373.58. Adam Schmehl came in second.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will be back at the IUPUI Natatorium on January 19 when the men’s team hosts Wabash and the women’s team will face Butler.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS DROP HOME TILT TO HORIZON LEAGUE LEADERS ON SATURDAY

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team got off to a poor start and never fully recovered as the Jaguars fell at home to a red hot Oakland squad, 88-66 inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday (Jan. 13). Junior Jlynn Counter led the Jaguars with 17 points and Bryce Monroe added 16 in the loss.

DQ Cole paced six Oakland (11-8, 6-2 HL) players in double-digits with 19 points and eight boards while Rocket Watts added 16 off the Oakland bench. Oakland shot a blistering 54.4 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from three-point range in winning its fifth straight contest.

Oakland scored the game’s first 11 points and never let off the gas, leading by as many as 23 in the opening half.

IUPUI crept within 14 on multiple occasions in the second half, but the final two times, Oakland responded with Blake Lampman threes to quell any momentum.

The Jaguars struggled to build any major runs as the Golden Grizzlies rebounded 13 of their own misses, leading to 17 second chance points. OU won the glass by a 35-20 margin as Counter and Vincent Brady II each led IUPUI with five rebounds each.

DJ Jackson supplied nine points, four assists and three steals off the bench and Brady, Abdou Samb and Qwanzi Samuels added eight points each.

IUPUI finished the game at 43.1 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point range.

The Jaguars will return to action on Wednesday (Jan. 17) at Purdue Fort Wayne at 7:00 p.m.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL REMAINS UNSCATHED IN #MACTION WITH WIN OVER BGSU

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Cardinals remained undefeated in Mid-American Conference action along with staying atop of the league standings after earning a 76-61 defeat over the Bowling Green Falcons Saturday afternoon in Worthen Arena.

It was an all-around team effort by Ball State (14-2, 4-0 MAC) over one of its longtime conference rivalries Bowling Green (9-5, 3-1). BSU’s 4-0 MAC start hasn’t happened since the 2014-15 season.

Both Ball State and Bowling Green are two of the league’s strongest defensive teams so it came to no surprise that today’s opening 10 minutes of play would prove just that. BSU and BGSU had both reached the bonus by the five-minute mark with the 11-11 tie coming mostly from free throws. 

Just a minute later, Ally Becki would drop in five-straight points to put the Cardinals up 16-11. Although Bowling Green kept chomping at the heels of Ball State the Cardinals were able to hold on to a seven-point (26-19) edge after the first quarter of play thanks to Nyla Hampton’s layup at the buzzer.

The second period would be a bit trickier for Ball State, as Becki along with few others had to sit the bench due to some foul trouble. But the Cardinals bench is deep, and Ball State has many weapons which allowed BSU to build a 20-point cushion (44-24) over the Falcons at intermission.

Estel Puiggros, Hana Mühl and Annie Rauch scored a combined 15 points to help BSU end the half with a comfortable lead. Ball State’s defense held Bowling Green to only five points in the second stanza.

Ball State used a well-balanced offense along with some disciplined defense in the third and fourth quarters to take a 20-point advantage 67-47 with 6:45 remaining in the contest. After that, Ball State never looked back, allowing the Cardinals to hold off the Falcons for their eighth-straight victory.

For the game, Madelyn Bischoff led the Cardinals with 18 points while Becki turned in a 16-point performance. Puiggros who came off the bench and made some key baskets finished the day with 12 points off 3-of-4 shooting from behind the arc.

As a team, Ball State outpaced Bowling Green 32-24 in the paint while also scoring 22 points off the Falcons 18 miscues. The Cardinals would out rebound the Falcons, 36-30.

The Ball State women’s basketball team will play on the road Wednesday at Central Michigan for an 11 am tipoff in McGuirk Arena.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

CARDINALS’ RALLY FALLS SHORT IN BID TO SNAP LONGEST MAC WINNING STREAK

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Ball State men’s basketball team went on an early second half run to pull ahead after trailing at the break, but Toledo closed out a 77-72 win on Saturday night at Savage Arena.

The Cardinals (8-8, 0-4 MAC) came out of halftime strong facing a 40-33 deficit, as junior guard Jalin Anderson scored 10 points in a 12-3 Ball State scoring run to begin the period and put the visitors ahead 45-43. The advantage would peak at six points on three occasions, including when the Cardinals led 57-51 at the 11:00 minute mark, but the Rockets (10-6, 4-0 MAC) clamped down on defense with a 13-2 run over the next six minutes to regain a 64-59 edge.

Ball State had an opportunity down 73-70 following a Basheer Jihad 3-pointer at the 1:06 mark, but after an out of bounds review, the hosts got the ball and made two free throws to secure the decision.

Anderson went for a game-best 25 points while adding six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Davion Bailey and Jihad scored 13 points each as the other Cardinals in double figures scoring. Mickey

Pearson Jr. (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists) and Ben Hendriks (eight points, two rebounds) added to the Ball State offense.

Toledo increased its record winning streak to 19 in Mid-American Conference games with the win. The Rockets’ most recent home conference loss was to Ball State on Jan. 3, 2023 (90-83). Toledo got 24 points from Ra’Heim Moss and 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists from Dante Maddox Jr. to stave off the Cardinals.

The visitors shot 50.9 percent (27-53) from the field, including 32.0 percent (8-25) from distance and 90.0 percent (10-11) on free throws. Toledo tallied a 44.3 (27-61) shooting percentage and 38.9 percent (7-18) on 3-pointers. The Rockets won the rebounding (33-29) and turnover (10-5) battles.

The Cardinals stay on the road to take on Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL

CARDINALS FLY TO STRAIGHT-SET VICTORY ON VOLLEYBALL HARDWOOD

MUNCIE, lnd. – Nathan Goh and Trevor Phillips each pounded 12 kills on Saturday to pace the Ball State men’s volleyball team to a three-set triumph over Tusculum University – 25-14, 25-16, 25-15.

No. 13-ranked Ball State (6-2) beat Tusculum for the second straight night at Worthen Arena, and won for the third consecutive evening after downing No. 17 UC San Diego on Thursday. The Cardinals’ only blemish through the season’s opening weeks has been a pair of road losses at No. 9-ranked BYU.

The Cardinals, over its six victories, have won 18 of 19 total sets.

Goh recorded a career high in kills for the second straight night against Tusculum. He was errorless in 18 attempts, just 24 hours after posting a single error with 11 kills. Phillips had a season high in kills, digs (5) and blocks (2) while committing just three errors out of a team-high 22 attempts. Sophomore setter Griffin Satterfield fueled the Cardinals offense with a career-high 32 assists and a pair of serving aces.

After defeating the Pioneers in four games on Friday, Ball State asserted itself early Saturday with a .387 attack percentage and three blocks as part of a 25-14 win in first set. In the second set, Tusculum led early but the Pioneers’ negative attack percentage wasn’t enough to hold off Ball State. Tusculum played within a 17-14 deficit in the third set before Ball State won eight of the last nine points.

The Cardinals return to Worthen Arena on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.

Tusculum          14 – 16 – 15

Ball State          25 – 25 – 25

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES CLOSE OPENING CONFERENCE HOMESTAND SUNDAY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State closes a two-game homestand Sunday afternoon when it faces Belmont at 1 p.m. inside Hulman Center.

The game will be carried on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Gameday Promotions

Sunday’s game is 90’s Night. The in-game playlist for Sunday’s game will consist of songs from the 1990s..

The Tribune-Star is the gameday sponsor for Thursday’s game. For more information on our game sponsor, visit HERE.

Last Time Out

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

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

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

Rebound Machine

Mya Glanton’s 18 rebounds in Thursday’s game against Murray State represented a career-high and the fourth-highest single-game rebounding mark in Indiana State history. 10 of Glanton’s 18 rebounds came on the offensive glass, the most for any MVC athlete in a game this season.

Entering Sunday’s game, Glanton sits one rebound shy of 500 for her career. She leads Indiana State this season with 8.2 rebounds per game.

Fight To The Finish

Indiana State trailed 26-9 after the opening quarter against Murray State, but the Sycamores never wavered and worked their way back. ISU outscored the Racers 32-25 across the second and third quarters, and managed to cut it to a five-point game midway through the fourth.

The Sycamores’ defense played a major role in helping Indiana State get back in the game. Murray State entered Thursday’s game averaging 93.9 points per game, but the Sycamores held the Racers to 49 points across the last three quarters.

Balancing Act

Indiana State’s scoring has been a balanced effort this season, with four different Sycamores averaging double-digit points per game. Chelsea Cain leads the Trees with 11.5 points per game, while Kiley Bess (11.1), Bella Finnegan (10.1) and Mya Glanton (10.0) also average at least 10 points per game. Additionally, Asia Donald, Ella Sawyer, Keslyn Secrist and Chloe Williams have all produced double-digit scoring games this season for the Sycamores.

The balanced offense for the Sycamores has made it difficult for teams to key in on any specific player. No player has led Indiana State in scoring in consecutive games this season.

Stepping Up

Indiana State guard Savannah White has seen her opportunities increase since the start of conference play, and the Wisconsin transfer has made the most of her extra chances on the floor.

White ranks sixth in the MVC in rebounding during conference play with 7.3 boards per game, including 2.3 offensive rebounds per game. Along with Mya Glanton, she is part of the only duo in the MVC ranking in the top six in the conference in rebounding.

Hitting From Distance

Indiana State guard Bella Finnegan has found her stroke from behind the arc in recent games, knocking down three 3-pointers in consecutive games against Northern Iowa and Murray State.

Finnegan’s 3-point percentage has improved to 38.1 percent (8-for-21) since the start of conference play, and the sophomore sharpshooter has shot 43 percent (6-for-14) from distance over the last two games.

Belmont at a Glance

Belmont enters the weekend with an 11-4 overall record and a perfect 4-0 mark in conference play. The Bruins have won nine of their last 10 games and defeated Evansville 84-40 in their last game.

Tessa Miller leads the Bruins in scoring at 13.9 points per game, with Jailyn Banks (13.0), Tuti Jones (10.6) and Kendal Cheesman (10.3) all averaging double-digit scoring. Cheesman, Kilyn McGuff and Miller all average at least six rebounds per game, while Jones has dished out more than four assists per game.

Bart Brooks is in his seventh season at the helm of the Belmont program and owns a 157-50 overall record. Brooks has won a regular season or conference tournament title in each of his first six seasons leading the Bruins.

Series History Against Belmont

Belmont has a 5-2 lead in the all-time series and has won each of the last two games in the series. The Bruins won two of the three previous meetings in Terre Haute.

Last Meeting Against Belmont (Feb. 12, 2023)

Del’Janae Williams became the 29th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points, but Indiana State was unable to keep pace with Belmont in an 81-69 setback inside Curb Event Center.

Williams scored Indiana State’s first nine points to reach the milestone, with a layup early in the first quarter being the basket to put her over the mark. Chelsea Cain led the Sycamore with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Williams had 14 points and Bella Finnegan had 13.

Both team shot better than 50 percent from the field in the game, but turnovers loomed large for Indiana State. The Sycamores had 21 turnovers, which Belmont turned into 22 points on the other end. After trailing by double-digits in the second quarter, Indiana State got within one on multiple occasions in the third quarter but couldn’t find a go-ahead bucket, as the homestanding Bruins won their eighth straight game. 

Up Next

Indiana State heads back on the road to face Southern Illinois Friday at 7 p.m.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES BLAST BRUINS WITH 30-POINT VICTORY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball earns the win at Hulman Center on Saturday, beating Belmont 94-64 to move to 14-3 overall and 5-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Isaiah Swope had a career day for Indiana State, draining eight three-pointers en route to 24 points while shooting 61.5% on the day. Robbie Avila contributed in multiple ways, finishing with a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and he dished out five assists.

Jayson Kent scored 19 points and recorded seven rebounds, tying his season-high in steals with three. Kent was a perfect 7-for-7 from inside the three-point line and finished 8-for-10 from the floor. Ryan Conwell knocked down three three-pointers to score 15 points in the game, making three triples. Julian Larry pitched in 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting while recording five assists. Xavier Bledson tallied a game-high six assists.

Robbie Avila started the game scoring the first six points for the Sycamores to help ISU to a 12-3 lead in the first five minutes. The run was ended by a pair of Belmont free throws to cut the deficit to seven points, which was the smallest lead held by the Sycamores for the rest of the game. Belmont went on a 9-0 run in 2:25 to make it a 37-27 game with 4:37 to play, but Indiana State made 3-of-6 shots from the field and went 5-for-5 from the free throw line to help take a 48-32 lead into halftime.

The Sycamores exploded out of the halftime break with a 17-0 run, highlighted by the Sycamores shooting 6-for-7 in the first four minutes. Kent got the Sycamores going with a layup, followed by four straight triples from Conwell, Larry, Conwell again, and Masen Miller to score 16-straight and give Indiana State its first 30-point lead of the game. Larry then knocked down a free throw coming out of the first media timeout for the 17th point of the scoring run, giving the Sycamores a 65-32 lead.

Indiana State continued making baskets down the stretch. Avila dunked his first of the season off one of Larry’s five assists. A few minutes later, from 8:39 to 5:24, Indiana State for the second time knocked down four straight three-pointers by Bledson, two from Swope, and Joke Wolfe. Coach Schertz emptied the bench for the last five minutes where the Sycamores held for the 30-point, 94-64 victory.

News & Notes

The Sycamores continue the 2023-24 season with its best record under Coach Josh Schertz with a 14-3 overall record.

Isaiah Swope moved into second place in the single-game three-pointers made category with eight, set by Cooper Neese (3/3/23 vs Belmont) and Marico Stinson (12/30/06 vs Drake) who each hit nine.

Xavier Bledson’s game-high six assists is his second-most since he recorded 11 assists in the season opener against Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Saturday’s 30-point victory is the fourth time the Sycamores have won by 30+ points (Belmont, Southern Illinois, IUPUI, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods).

Indiana State finished shooting 55% (33-for-60) from the floor, the fourth-best of the season and the best since the Ball Dawgs Classic against Pepperdine (59.2%).

The rebound margin of +11 for Indiana State is the best since the win against Southern Indiana (+20). Indiana State outscored the Bruins 34-12 (+22) which is also the best since the win against Southern Indiana.

Of ISU’s 94 points, 80 points were scored by the five starters.

Ryan Conwell has scored in double figures in 15 of his 16, Isaiah Swope in 15 of his 16 games, Jayson Kent in 15 of his 17, and Robbie Avila in 13 of his 15.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

JAZZLYN LINBO RECORDS CAREER-HIGH AT CLEVELAND STATE

CLEVELAND – Jazzlyn Linbo had a career-high 20 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, but Purdue Fort Wayne dropped a women’s basketball contest at Cleveland State 68-56 on Saturday (Jan. 13).

Amellia Bromenschenkel also contributed a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. This was the first game to have two Mastodon double-doubles since November 15, 2021, when Shayla Sellers and Ryin Ott did against UIC.

The Mastodons went toe-to-toe with the 2023 Horizon League champions until late in the contest when the lead ballooned with free throws. It was a three-point game after a 12-1 run that sandwiched the break between the third and fourth quarters. Sellers hit a pair of triples, Linbo hit two free throws and Ott and Bromenschenkel each had a layup. The ‘Dons were 4-for-7 in this stretch while holding Cleveland State to 0-for-4.

The Viking lead crept back up to eight before the ‘Dons responded with a 6-2 stretch behind four points from Linbo and two from Bromenschenkel. This brought it back to four before the Vikings pushed it back out again.

Earlier on in the game, a pair of freshmen hit a pair of final-possession 3-pointers in the first and second quarters. In the first, Renna Schwieterman buried one from 35 feet as time expired. Ten minutes later, Erin Woodson drained a triple 34 seconds before halftime.

The Mastodons outrebounded Cleveland State 40-37, primarily on the shoulders of three players. Linbo (12) Bromenschenkel (11) and Sellers (7) were the only ‘Dons with more than two boards.

Cleveland State was led by its two-headed monster of Colbi Maples (29 points, seven assists) and Mickayla Perdue (19 points).

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 11-7 and 5-3 in the Horizon League. Cleveland State improves to 15-3 and 6-1 in the league. The Mastodons will be back in action on Thursday (Jan. 18) when they visit Youngstown State.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S SWIMMING

UTTKE IMPRESSES WITH HISTORIC DAY FOR USI DIVE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana Women’s Diving team competed on Saturday after a two-month long hiatus. The Screaming Eagles hosted the cross-town rival Evansville Purple Aces in a diving only meet on Saturday.

The rust didn’t prove to be a factor for the Eagles on Saturday, breaking both school diving records on Saturday. There were no team scores recorded from the contest, but each team battled for records and their own school pride. The cross-town matchup featured six of the eight athletes being from the Tri-State Area.

Three-Meter

Freshman Maranda Uttke (Grafton, Wisconsin) continued to show improvement upon every meet in the first half of the season. Uttke even broke two school records along the way. Those records were smashed on Saturday with a three-meter score of 220.05. This marks a 20-point jump in score from her previous school record. However, the incredible effort was not enough to take down Evansville’s Madison Rollett (Evansville, Indiana) who finished with a score of 251.18.

One-Meter

Uttke decided that one record wasn’t enough for the day. The freshman displayed consistency and poise with a score of 225.90 in the one-meter event. This development leaves an endless amount of possibilities for the freshman who has only competed in six collegiate meets.

UP NEXT FOR USI:

Both the swim and dive squad reunite next Friday, traveling to conference rival Eastern Illinois University. The meet will kick off at 6 p.m.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S SWIMMING

DEPUTY BREAKS THE THREE-METER DIVING RECORD IN THE CROSS-TOWN MEET

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana Men’s Diving team kicked off the second half of the season hosting the first home meet of the 2023-24 season on Saturday. The meet was a diving event only against the cross-town rival Evansville Purple Aces.

Remarkably, three out the four USI diving records were broken on Saturday. There were no team scores recorded from the contest, but each team battled for records and their own school pride. The matchup featured six of the eight athletes being from the Tri-State Area.

Three-Meter

Back in October, Freshman Nathan Deputy (Evansville, Indiana) fell just short to UE’s Levi McKinney (Booneville, Indiana) in the three-meter event at the UE Tri-Meet. The freshman had his eyes set on winning it this time around. Deputy won round two of the battle, while also demolishing a school record. He broke his own previous record of 246.45, with a score of 271.88 on Saturday.

Sophomore Lane Pollock (Booneville, Indiana) and senior Donnevun Banks (Evansville, Indiana) also made a run at first place. Pollock executed several tricky dives finishing right behind Deputy and McKinney with a score of 256.05. This marks a personal best for the sophomore in the three-meter event. Banks was right behind the bunch with a score of 231.53.

One-Meter

Evansville’s McKinney ended up taking first in the one-meter event with a score of 308.85. However, Banks and Pollock kept it close making strong dives. Pollock was just behind the leader with a score of 251.63. The sophomore continues to progress throughout the season in the one-meter inching closer to his school record of 264.75. Banks recorded his season best one-meter score of 246.98 with a number of outstanding dives on the day.

UP NEXT FOR USI:

Both the swim and dive squad reunite next Friday, traveling to conference rival Eastern Illinois University. The meet will kick off at 6 p.m.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS UNI ON CARNIVAL DAY SUNDAY

Valparaiso (1-12, 0-4 MVC)

Game #14 – January 14, 2024 – 1 p.m.

UNI (3-9, 2-1 MVC)

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team continues a stretch of four consecutive home games on Sunday afternoon, taking on MVC preseason favorite UNI on Carnival Day at the ARC.

Previously: Valpo matched a season high on Friday evening by connecting on 11 3-pointers in its first MVC home game of the season, falling to Drake 83-54. Eight different players combined for the 11 triples. The Beacons were within seven points at halftime before the Bulldogs used a 31-point third quarter to pull away. Leah Earnest paced Valpo with 14 points, while Ava Interrante posted 10 points and three steals.

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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her sixth year at the helm of the program in 2023-24 and owns a record of 56-103. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first five years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. The 2022-23 season saw Evans lead Valpo to the first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State. The Beacons also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

Series Notes: UNI leads the all-time series by a 12-5 margin, but it’s been nearly even at the ARC, as the Panthers own just a 5-4 edge in nine matchups in the 219. UNI swept the season series from Valpo last season, winning 89-58 in Cedar Falls and 83-60 at the ARC. Olivia Brown paced the Beacons with 13 points in the road game, while at home, Ali Saunders scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-7 shooting and Leah Earnest posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

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…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 162 points, coming in ahead of Evansville and Bradley.

– Valpo is in its seventh season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

– The Valley was ranked 13th in conference NET last season. The MVC ranked 10th in conference NET in 2021-22, seventh in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo finished last season with a 7-23 overall record and finished at 5-15 in MVC play, good for 11th in the Valley standings.

– The Beacons earned their first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State.

– Valpo also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

– Ali Saunders was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team.

…versus Drake

– Drake opened the game on an 8-0 run, but Valpo used five first-quarter 3-pointers to stay within striking distance.

– Triples in the final minute of the period by Ella Van Weelden and Leah Earnest gave Valpo a brief lead before the Bulldogs got a layup in the waning seconds to lead 18-17 at the end of the first.

– Drake pushed its lead to nine points late in the second quarter before Earnest beat the shot clock with a turnaround jumper on Valpo’s final possession of the period to bring the Beacons within 31-24 at halftime.

– A basket by Layla Gold 74 seconds into the second half made it a five-point game, and after Drake extended out to an 11-point edge, Earnest and Ava Interrante converted driving layups on consecutive possessions to make it 37-30 with 5:45 to play in the third period.

– Drake came up with a 19-3 run over the next four-plus minutes to pull away.

– The Beacons hit 11 3-pointers to match their season high, previously accomplished against Chicago State. Eight different players combined for the 11 triples.

– Earnest scored a team-best 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. It is the sixth time this season the senior has led Valpo in scoring, while she also paced the Beacons in rebounds for the ninth time.

– Interrante knocked down a pair of triples on her way to a season-best 10 points. She also came up with a team-high three steals to match her season high.

– Valpo limited Drake, which entered the game averaging 81.9 points/game to just 31 points in the first half. The Bulldogs were just 11-of-24 from the floor, 2-of-10 from the 3-point line, 7-of-8 from the foul line and committed 13 turnovers over the first 20 minutes.

– Drake scored 52 points in the second half, however, hitting 16-of-28 from the field, 7-of-14 from the 3-point line and 13-of-14 from the foul line. The Bulldogs also turned the ball over just six times in the second half.

…at Southern Illinois

– Southern Illinois led by as many as 12 in the first quarter before Valpo rallied to within 23-17 at the end of the period.

– The Salukis went on a 9-0 run over the first 1:22 of the second quarter to extend their lead and led 43-27 at halftime.

– SIU led 61-42 with 10 minutes to play and pushed its lead to 21 early in the fourth quarter.

– Valpo went on a 16-3 run to erase two-thirds of the deficit over the next seven minutes, but was unable to get any closer than seven down the stretch.

– Saniya Jackson set a season high with 15 points, shooting 6-of-12 from the field. Beyond the scoring column, the freshman also paced the Beacons with six rebounds and three steals.

– Leah Earnest scored in double figures for the 11th time in 12 games, finishing with 12 points. She also handed out a game-high six assists to match her career best.

– Ella Van Weelden scored all of her career-high 12 points in the fourth quarter, knocking down a career-best four 3-pointers.

– The two teams enjoyed a pretty even shooting effort from the floor. Valpo hit at a 43.6% (24-of-55) clip and knocked down seven 3-pointers, while Southern Illinois hit 43.1% (22-of-51) and connected on five triples.

– The difference between the two squads came at the foul line. The Beacons were just 11-of-21 from the charity stripe, versus a 26-of-29 mark at the line from the Salukis.

– Valpo limited SIU, which entered the game averaging 12.6 offensive rebounds/game, to just nine offensive boards. In fact, the Beacons — who gathered eight offensive rebounds of their own — enjoyed a 13-10 edge in second chance points.

…looking ahead

– Valpo plays the back half of its current four-game homestand next weekend, welcoming Illinois State (Jan. 19) and Bradley (Jan. 21) to the ARC.

– The next weekend brings the in-state road swing, as the Beacons head to Indiana State and Evansville.

…at the ARC

– Valpo will play 12 regular season home games during the 2023-24 campaign. Sunday is the Beacons’ fourth home game of the season.

– The Beacons are 1-2 at home so far this year and posted a 3-12 record at home last season.

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– UNI enters Sunday’s game with a 3-9 overall record this year, but is 2-1 in MVC play with wins over Indiana State and Evansville last weekend.

– The Panthers’ scheduled contest Friday night at UIC was postponed due to a facility issue.

– Maya McDermott is averaging a team-high 14.1 points/game. MVC preseason Player of the Year Grace Boffeli is averaging 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, but has not played since Nov. 29 due to injury.

Another Leap Forward

– Senior Leah Earnest took a jump forward in her production last season, and has taken another leap this year.

– Earnest enters Sunday’s game ranked eighth in the conference in scoring (13.9 points/game) and 10th in field goal percentage (.489).

– She is also averaging team-best marks of 6.3 rebounds/game and 2.7 assists/game as well.

– Earnest is on pace to become the first Valpo player since Debbie Bolen in 1991-92 to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists.

– Earnest has been consistent, scoring in double figures in 12 of 13 games to date.

– Earnest entered this season with a career high of 20 in the scoring column, but has outdone that three times this year, including a career-best 26 points at UAB.

– With her seventh rebound at Missouri State, Earnest hit the 500-rebound mark for her career, becoming the 19th player in program history with 500 career boards. She enters Sunday’s game ranked 18th in program history with 509 career rebounds.

Productive Rookie

– Freshman Saniya Jackson scored just 11 points combined over her first three collegiate games, but has been a steady hand on the offensive end since then.

– Jackson’s first double-figure scoring effort came at UAB, when she scored 13 points.

– Jackson has scored in double figures in six of Valpo’s last 10 games, including a season-best 15 to lead the Beacons against Southern Illinois.

– Jackson is shooting at a 47.7% clip from the field this season, including a 65.3% mark from inside the arc.

– Jackson has racked up 25 steals this year – second-most on the team – while committing just 18 turnovers. Per HerHoopStats.com, as of Saturday, she is one of just 21 D-I players with 25+ steals and 20 or fewer turnovers.

Remember the ARC?

– Valpo finally returned to its home court against Drake on Friday, playing its first home game since taking on Chicago State Dec. 9.

– The matchup against the Cougars was the Beacons’ lone regular season home game in a span of 55 days.

– Last Saturday’s game at SIU wrapped up a stretch where Valpo played nine out of 10 games away from home.

– It was 34 days between the Chicago State game and Friday’s matchup with Drake, the program’s longest stretch between home games since the 1999-2000 team went 35 days between home contests.

– The game on Friday, Jan. 12 was just Valpo’s third home game of the year, the latest in the calendar the program has played its third home game of the season since the 1988-89 squad played its third home game on Jan. 18.

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– Redshirt sophomore Ella Van Weelden was the offensive impetus behind the Beacons’ run at Southern Illinois in the fourth quarter last Saturday.

– Van Weelden delivered 12 points in the final period, hitting 4-of-6 from behind the 3-point line in that 10-minute stretch.

– Incredibly, her output in that quarter alone was enough to set a career high in the scoring column, surpassing her previous best of nine points – set in her collegiate debut last year against Southern Miss.

– Van Weelden became the third Beacon to score in double digits in a single quarter this season – Leah Earnest scored 12 in the first quarter and Olivia Brown scored 14 in the third quarter against Chicago State.

Youth in the Lineup

– The Beacons’ starting lineup has been 60% comprised of freshmen the last two times out.

– Layla Gold made her first collegiate start last Saturday at Southern Illinois, joining Saniya Jackson and Nevaeh Jackson in the starting five.

– It was the first time Valpo has started three freshmen since March 11, 2016, when Hannah Schaub, Meredith Hamlet and Amber Lindfors were in the starting lineup against Northern Kentucky.

– Gold’s insertion into the lineup was necessitated after Olivia Brown suffered an injury in the foruth quarter of the previous game at Missouri State which kept her out against the Salukis. It was the first game Brown has missed in her three years at Valpo, snapping a streak of 71 consecutive games played.

Thievery Abounds

– Valpo has gotten back to its stealing ways on the defensive end this season.

– The Beacons rank 40th nationally with 10.6 steals/game, and per HerHoopStats.com, their steal rate of 12.4% is good for 32nd nationally.

– Valpo has been in double figures in steals in six games this season, highlighted by an 18-steal effort against Western Illinois Nov. 18.

– The 18 steals was the program’s best single-game mark since tallying 21 steals at Evansville on Jan. 12, 2020, and is tied for the second-highest output in Evans’ tenure as head coach.

– Freshman Raeven Raye-Redmond currently ranks third in the Valley with 2.5 steals/game despite playing just 16.3 minutes/game.

– Raye-Redmond is one of three players nationally with a steal rate of at least 7% who play at least 10 minutes/game, joining Notre Dame’s Hannah Hidalgo and Norfolk State’s Diamond Johnson.

– Twice already this year, the Beacons have had a player tally eight steals in a game – Saniya Jackson did so Nov. 25 at UAB and Raye-Redmond did so in her collegiate debut in the aforementioned Western Illinois game.

– Jackson and Raye-Redmond are two of just 24 D-I players nationally to record eight or more steals in a single game so far this season.

– The duo are now tied for second on Valpo’s single-game steals chart, just one off the program single-game record.

– Prior to this year, the last Valpo player to tally eight steals in a game was Jeanette Gray against Houston in the 2002 WNIT.

– Raye-Redmond was the first MVC player to record eight steals in a game since UNI’s Ellie Herzberg did so against Indiana State on Feb. 19, 2017.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOUNDS PASS CARDINALS 91-71 IN SATURDAY MATCHUP

LIBERTY, Mo. – The UIndy women’s basketball team returned to the win column after defeating William Jewell, 91-71. The Greyhounds are now 8-7 overall and 5-4 in conference play.

Shekinah Thomas finished with 17 points for the Greyhound. The newcomer was 7-for-8 overall from the field and 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Ilani Williams-Harris also had a career night. Williams-Harris had her first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

INS & OUTS

In the third quarter, the Greyhounds dominated with a total of 32 points. This was done through two significant runs. The first one was in the opening 1:45 of the half, going 8-2 over the Cardinals. Jodi Mullins contributed six points. The second run was in the middle of the quarter. UIndy went 11-2 for 2:12, with Thomas having five points.

The quarter was topped off with a buzzer beater by Thomas. The Greyhounds lead the Cardinals 76-55, the largest lead at 23 points.

UIndy was able to create momentum in the second quarter. A set of runs helped the Greyhounds go into halftime with a 44-37 lead.

INSIDE THE BOX

– William-Harris’s double-double was the sixth Greyhound double-double this season.

– Jodi Mullins finished with 18 points, a team-high. Mullins was 7-for-13 from the field.

– UIndy finished with 48 rebounds and held William Jewell to only 25.

– The Hounds took advantage of their time at the charity strip. The team finished the game going 23-for-28 (82.1 percent).

MORE NOTES

William Jewell’s top scorer was Emree Zars. Zars finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, all team highs. … UIndy continues to lead William Jewell, 9-5, in the all-time series.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds return to Nicoson Hall for a contest against Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. in Indianapolis.

UINDY WRESTLING

#8 WRESTLING CRUISES PAST HAWKS IN GLVC OPENER

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 8-ranked University of Indianapolis wrestling squad made a splash to open it’s GLVC slate, dominating the visiting Quincy Hawks 44-6, winning all nine matches that were wrestled. Of those nine matches, the Hounds grabbed three falls, three tech falls and two majors.

Alongside the commanding victory, the Hounds had a pair of varsity debuts in Gavin Garcia at 141 and Cade Campbell at 285, both claiming victory.

INS & OUTS

The first match of the day would be the only one where the Hounds did not earn extra points, with Nathan Smith settling for a 12-5 victory to put UIndy up early. From that point the floodgates opened, with Noah Cantu and Garcia going back-to-back majors.

Tech Falls were the next trend in the dual as Jackson Hoover snagged a last second tech at 149 and then Owen Zablocki showed off the moves with a 19-3 tech in the second period.

The Hounds surrendered the match at 165, but three fall and a tech at 197 by No. 2 Derek Blubaugh ended the dual heavily in UIndy’s favor.

#8 UINDY 44, QUINCY 6

125: Nathan Smith over Isaac Bourge (Dec 12-5)

133: Noah Cantu over Perry Lake (MD 11-0)

141: Gavin Garcia over Sabian Russell (MD 14-5)

149: #6 Jackson Hoover over Carter Silva (TF 15-0 7:00)

157: Owen Zablocki over Easton Norris (TF 19-3 4:45)

165: Gabriel Orosco over (For.)

174: #6 Trey Sizemore over Aaron Taylor (Fall 2:51)

184: Aidan Petersen over Judah Yates (Fall 2:47)

197: #2 Derek Blubaugh over Maxim Ryner (TF 18-2 2:50)

285: Cade Campbell over Kayden Garrett (Fall 1:55)

UP NEXT

The Hounds will continue their dual action, but this time on the road as they will travel south to Crestview Hills, Ky. to battle Thomas More in some non-conference action.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

ETCHISON SETS SEASON-HIGH AS KNIGHTS HAMMER ST. FRANCIS 86-71

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Marian men’s basketball team ended their week with a perfect 2-0 mark, as the Knights got strong contributions from Gus Etchison and Brody Whitaker as they took down St. Francis 86-71. Marian is now 14-3 overall on the season, and 4-3 in Crossroads League action.

Marian got off to a strong start Saturday afternoon, as the return of Brody Whitaker lifted the offense in the opening minutes as the junior scored five of the first seven points in the game. The Cougars slowly found an identity on offense and scored 11 unanswered points to capture an 11-7 lead by the under-15 media timeout, but Marian stayed steady after a four-minute lull as Whitaker snapped the scoring drought with a three. Whitaker continued to carry the offensive workload as he pushed his team in front 14-11 with his second trey of the half, helping pace a 19-13 lead as the clock rolled under 10-minutes before first half.

The Knights continued to hold the lead as the clock rolled under eight-minutes to play, however a string of four straight free throws for the Cougars helped by a technical foul assessed to Marian brought the game to a 19-19 tie. Despite the surge of points from the home team, Marian stayed true to their gameplan and held control of the game, as Maximus Gizzi and Gus Etchison helped the visitors on the scoreboard. St. Francis would chip back within three points of the Knights on multiple possessions in the final five minutes of the first half, but Marian stayed on top thanks to late offense from Etchison, as they led 39-33 at halftime.

In the second half, Whitaker and Nolan Foster quickly helped Marian ascend their scoring pace, as Marian dropped 10 points in the first two minutes of the half. Gus Etchison gradually took over the scoring load for Marian after Whitaker’s strong first half, pouring in shots from inside and out to take a double-digit lead. The Knights led 64-55 with 12:29 to play in the game, and after getting a layup on back to back possessions from Etchison and Gavin Foe, Marian solidified their 10-plus point lead for the reminder of the game.

Etchison led the offensive output for the remainder of the game, as he carried the scoring load and paced the four possession lead. St. Francis would come no closer than 12 points of Marian over the final 9:32 of the game, as the Knights ended the game with a comfortable 86-71 win.

In the 15-point win, Etchison scored a season-high 34 points, topping his previous best of 31. Etchison would finish with five rebounds and two assists in addition to his dominant scoring game. Whitaker scored 22 points in his return from injury, and Gizzi scored 10 points while posting a team-high five assists. Gavin Foe led the Knights with seven rebounds, and Foster scored eight points.

Marian will come home as they enter the final week in the first half of the Crossroads League season, taking on Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Wednesday night with a scheduled tip time of 7:00 p.m.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

KNIGHTS USE STRONG FOURTH QUARTER TO OVERCOME UPSET-MINDED COUGARS

Fort Wayne, Ind. – After a back and forth battle that saw the Knights trailing at the end of three quarters, the Marian women’s basketball team used a 23-point fourth quarter to pull away and earn a 62-50 win over St. Francis. Marian’s win improves their season record to 16-1, while moving to 7-0 in Crossroads League play.

Sara Majorosova started her best offensive game of the season strong in the first quarter, as the senior guard dropped Marian’s first seven points of the game. The Cougars matched Marian’s offense and hung within the Knights throughout the opening period, as neither team were able to gain separation. The game stood at an 11-11 stalemate just over seven minutes into the game, and despite Marian building a 15-12 lead on a pair of Ella Collier foul shots in the last minute, a three-point shot from Julia Mantyla allowed St. Francis to tie the game going into quarter two.

Majorosova broke the 15-15 draw with a trifecta on the first possession of the second quarter as she looked to ignite a run, but the Cougars clawed back scoring five unanswered points of their own. Marian rebounded from the 20-18 deficit with 5:59 to go in the quarter on a three from Collier to pull back in front, while follow up shots from the trio of Kinnidy Garrard, Abbey McNally, and Aliyah Evans grew Marian’s lead to five points in a two-minute stretch. Leading 28-23, Marian’s defense held their own preventing a St. Francis score for nearly two minutes, but while the defense shined the offense grew cold, scoring just two points in the final four minutes of the first half. A traveling violation committed by Marian on their final possession of the half turned the ball over with 2.7 seconds left before the break, and at the buzzer Chloe McKnight made it a one-point contest after hitting a half-court shot. Marian led 30-29 at the half.

Scoring came even tougher to come by in the second half, as both the Knights and Cougars combined for 20 total points in the third quarter. St. Francis gained a lead early in the quarter to control the pace, as the teams would exchange scores throughout the first five minutes of the quarter. The Cougars would lead by as many as four points in the third quarter, but were unable to extend the lead any higher as Collier and Evans forced the game to a 38-38 game with 3:18 to play in the period. The offensive struggles would continue in the final minutes of the quarter, as the Cougars would take a narrow 40-39 lead to the fourth quarter.

Abbey McNally provided an opportunity for Marian to take a lead quickly into the fourth quarter, but a stretch of five unanswered points by the Cougars in the ensuing minute after the sophomore’s bucket saw the Knights trailing once again. Marian continued to fight and got back into a groove with a step-back three-pointer from Evans that scratched the surface, while offense from McNally and Allison Bosse tied the game at 48. Another three from the senior Evans pushed Marian in front 51-50 with 5:32 to play in the game started the winning run, as the Knights’ defense stepped up their game.

A clutch three from Tamia Perryman gave Marian a two possession lead with 3:49 to play in the game, and a layup from McNally drove the lead to six points 40 seconds later. Marian continued to play strong defense as they held the Cougars scoreless for the final 5:52 of play, and in the final minute Collier and McNally increased the lead to double-digits, as the Knights escaped victoriously 62-50.

Collier played the entire game Saturday afternoon, tying for a team-lead in points with 15 in the win. McNally posted her second double-double of the week with 15 points and 10 rebounds, rejecting four shots in the win as well. Majorosova scored a season-high 10 points in the win, and Evans added 10 points off the bench.

Marian will return home as they enter the final stretch in the first half of the Crossroads League season, hosting Mount Vernon Nazarene at 5:00 p.m. in the PE Center.

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

January 14, 1940 – Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles – The 2nd NFL All Star Game went on as scheduled as the Champion Green Bay Packers would play the best players from the remainder of the League. The All-Stars featured Washington’s Slingin’ Sammy Baugh and Bears Sid Luckman under center, with Detroit’s Cotton Price per the Pro-Football-Reference.com. Green Bay under coach Curly Lambeau had the star power of Don Hutson, Clarke Hinkle and Beattie Feathers. The Packers showed why they were the top team as they defeated the NFL All-Stars, 16-7.

January 14, 1946 – The NFL Draft for the 1946 season had Frank Dancewicz the flashy quarterback from the University of Notre Dame as the first pick by the Boston Yanks. The American Football Database tells us that Frank played three seasons in the NFL all with Boston. Quarterbacking runs strong in his bloodline because Frank’s grandson, Chris Pizzotti, was later the starting signal caller for Harvard’s football team.

January 14, 1951 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The very first NFL Pro Bowl game took place. We had seen in prior years that the NFL used an All-Star game to celebrate their top players of the season against the team that had just recently won the title. The NFL broke away from that format to a closer facsimile to what we witness today except the players from the championship games would also participate. The first game itself was a good one too as the American Conference outlasted the National Conference, 28-27 per the Pro-Football- Reference.com. Cleveland Browns quarterback Otto Graham claimed the Most Valuable Player Award for the game.

January 14, 1961 – The AFL landed it’s first player that they signed away from the NFL. Former Chicago Bears Willard Dewveall inks a deal with the Houston Oilers according to a Medium.com story. There were others like the retired former Bear George Blanda who thought George Halas never gave him a fair shake at the QB position in Chicago.

January 14, 1962 – LA Memorial Coliseum – The 12th NFL Pro Bowl was played as the NFL’s Western Conference edged out the Eastern Conference, by the score of 31-30. MVPs were the great Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns and Green bay’s Defensive tackle Henry Jordan. Other stars in this contest of the NFL’s best players of 1961 included Jim Taylor who led the league in rushing that season with the Packers, Giants QB Y.A. Tittle, Mike Ditka the tight end of the Bears, Detroit Lions players Alex Karras, Yale Lary and Dick Night Train Lane and so many more legends which can be found on the Pro-Football-Reference website.

January 14, 1968 – Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida -In the day it was dubbed as the second AFL-NFL World Championship Game but it would later be known as Super Bowl II. The AFL’s Oakland Raiders met the NFL’s top team, the Green Bay Packers. The Washington Post has a great write up on the game I encourage you to check out for the details. Bart Starr showed why he was one of the best in the business and the Packers defense was phenomenal. Raider signal caller Daryle Lamonica was under siege most of the day and this pressure forced some crucial errors. One of these was the 60 yard pick six that Green Bay cornerback Herb Adderley had in the fourth quarter to pad an already big Packers lead. The Green Bay Packers played well as a team and upstaged the Oakland Raiders, 33-14. The game’s MVP was Bart Starr who was sacked 3 times but managed to throw for 202 yards and a score against a very good Oakland defense.

January 14, 1973 – LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California – Super Bowl VII featured a team on a mission that spoke about multiple times in this series, the Miami Dolphins. The franchise that stood in the way of gridiron immortality was the Washington Redskins. It was a hard hitting game and the Dolphins used running back Larry Csonka to fuel their offense and he pounded out a game high 112 yards on the ground against the fierce Redskin defense. The game got pretty exciting late in the contest according to a story on the WashingtonPost.com. The Dolphins held a 14-0 lead with over two minutes remaining. Washington forced Miami to attempt a 42 yard field goal to ice the game but instead the kick was blocked and the loose ball ended up in kicker Garo Yepremian’s hands and he unwisely tried to toss it forward but after a tip of the pass Washington’s Mike Bass grabbed the errant throw and found the endzone at the 2:07 mark in the final quarter. The Dolphins were forced to punt after a three and out and Washington was in business at their own 30 yard line with 1:14 remaining. The Dolphin defense came in and put an end to the comeback bid and the clock expired with two Miami defenders piled up on Redskin quarterback Billy Kilmer. The final score was Miami is a 14-7 thrilling finish to complete the first and so far the only undefeated championship season in the Super Bowl era. The game’s MVPwas Miami Safety Jake Scott.

January 14, 1990 – AFC Championship at Denver’s Mile High Stadium was a matchup of two teams that we had seen three times in a four year period of the late 1980’s, the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos. The website Taylorblitztimes.com has a great detailed article on the game.  Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 37-21

January 14, 1990 – Candlestick Park, San Francisco – The NFC Championship San Francisco 49ers crushed the Los Angeles Rams, 30-3 to advance to the Super Bowl per the Pro-Football-Reference.com. The only three touchdowns of the game occurred on the 21 unanswered points in the second quarter powered by Niners Bert Jones, Roger Craig and Joe Montana to John Taylor 18 yard scoring connection.

January 14, 1996 – Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh – The season’s AFC Championship featured the Indianapolis Colts and their gritty quarterback, Jim Harbaugh. Chuck Moody of the United Press International covered the game story as Pittsburgh’s Bam Morris plunged in with 1:34 left to put the Steelers up by four points late. The game got a little bit hairy after that though as Harbaugh launched a Hail Mary to the endzone that his receiver Aaron Bailey had in his hands momentarily until it rolled out to hit the artificial turf of Three Rivers Stadium. The Pittsburgh Steelers hung on to overcome the Indianapolis Colts, 20-16 and advance to the Super Bowl.

January 14, 1996 – Texas Stadium, Irving – The NFC Championship game had the Dallas Cowboys outlasted the Green Bay Packers, 38-27.

January 14, 2001 – Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland – The AFC Championship game had the Baltimore Ravens defeating the Oakland Raiders, 16-3.

January 14, 2001 – Giants Stadium, East Rutherford – NFC Championship,: New York Giants beat Minnesota Vikings, 41-0

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

4 – 14 – 22 – 60 – 88 – 32 – 74 – 12 – 13 – 10 – 26 – 27 – 53

January 14, 1927

January 14, 1927 – Hap Day who wore the sweater with a Number 4 on it for the Toronto Maple Leafs scores the first hat trick in franchise history against the New York Rangers.

January 14, 1940 – Number 14, Green Packers End Don Hutson scored the lone touchdown in the 1940 NFL pro Bowl as the Packers defeated the All-Star team made up of the other 9 NFL clubs 16-7. With 38 ticks remaining in the 1st half, in a punting situation, Cecil Isbell fired a strike from his own goal line to a racing Hutson who scored on the 92 yard surprise passing play.

January 14, 1943 – Montreal Canadiens’ left wing, Alex Smart became the first NHL rookie to score a hat trick in his first NHL game, a 5-1 win at home over the Chicago Black Hawks

January 14, 1946 – Frank Boley Dancewicz was the top pick in the NFL Draft by the Boston Yanks. Boley, who played Quarterback for Notre Dame ended up wearing the Number 22 jersey for the Yanks.

January 14, 1951 – 1st NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: American Conference beats National Conference, 28-27; The game MVP was Cleveland Browns, QB, Number 60, Otto Graham. This would be the final season that quarterbacks from the merged AAFC would be allowed to wear their old number in the NFL. The Browns signal caller would wear Number 14 for the balance of his career.

January 14, 1961 – Chicago Bears former player, Willard Dewveall became the first NFL player to join AFL. Dewveall wore Number 88 with both the Bears and his new team the Houston Oiler.

January 14, 1962 – 12th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 31-30; MVPs: Number 32, Jim Brown, the Cleveland Browns, RB for the offense and on defense the top player selected was Green Bay Packers, DT, Number 74, Henry Jordan.

January 14, 1964 – 14th NBA All-Star Game, Boston Garden: East beats West, 111-107; MVP selected was a Point Guard, Number 14 of the Cincinnati Royals, Oscar Robertson.

January 14, 1968 – Super Bowl II, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14; MVP: Bart Starr, Number 12, Green Bay, QB

January 14, 1969 – 19th NBA All-Star Game, Baltimore Civic Centre: East beats West, 123-112; MVP was Cincinnati Royals, PG, Number 14, Oscar Robertson

January 14, 1973 – Super Bowl VII, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7; MVP: Miami, Safety, Number 13, Jake Scott. It is interesting that the Dolphins had a Number 13 become a Super Bowl MVP and it was not Dan Marino.

January 14, 1975 – 25th NBA All-Star Game, Arizona Vets Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Az: East beats West, 108-102; MVP: NY Knicks, PG, Number 10, Walt Frazier

January 14, 1987 – Catfish Hunter (Number 27) and Billy Williams (Number 26) were elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 14, 1993 – Utah Jazz center Number 53, Mark Eaton blocks 2 shots in a 96-89 win over Seattle Super Sonics; becomes only 2nd player in NBA history (along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to record 3,000 career blocks

TV  SUNDAY, JAN. 14

AUTO RACING

2 p.m.

NBC — AMA Supercross Series: Round 2, San Francisco (Taped)

4:30 p.m.

CBS — ABB FIA Formula E: The 2024 Hankook Mexico City E-PRIX – Round 1, Mexico City

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

BTN — Rutgers at Michigan St.

FOX — Georgetown at UConn

1 p.m.

ESPN2 — Memphis at Wichita St.

2 p.m.

BTN — Maryland at Illinois

3 p.m.

ESPN2 — Liberty at Louisiana Tech

4 p.m.

CBSSN — Delaware at UNC-Wilmington

7 p.m.

PAC-12N — Washington at UCLA

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

12 p.m.

ACCN — Pittsburgh at Boston College

CBSSN — Rhode Island at Richmond

CW — Miami at Notre Dame

1 p.m.

ESPN — Virginia Tech at Florida St.

ESPNU — South Florida at Rice

SECN — Missouri at Vanderbilt

2 p.m.

ACCN — Wake Forest at Louisville

CBSSN — Davidson at Fordham

PAC-12N — Stanford at Colorado

3 p.m.

ESPN — LSU at Auburn

SECN — Arkansas at Alabama

4 p.m.

ACCN — Virginia at North Carolina

BTN — Michigan St. at Ohio St.

5 p.m.

ESPN — Tennessee at Texas A&M

PAC-12N — UCLA at Southern Cal

SECN — Mississippi vs. Mississippi St.

6 p.m.

CBSSN — N. Illinois at Kent St.

FIELD HOCKEY (WOMEN’S)

6:30 a.m.

CBSSN — Olympic Qualifier: U.S. vs. Italy, Pool B, Ranchi, India

FIGURE SKATING

12 p.m.

NBC — European Championships: Women’s and men’s free skates, plus pairs and dance finals, Kaunas, Lithuania (Taped)

GOLF

4 p.m.

NBC — PGA Tour: The Sony Open In Hawaii, Final Round, Wai’alae Country Club, Honolulu

6 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The Sony Open In Hawaii, Final Round, Wai’alae Country Club, Honolulu

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL (BOY’S)

5:30 p.m.

ESPN2 — Hoophall Classic: Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) vs. Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.), Springfield, Mass.

7:30 p.m.

ESPN2 — Hoophall Classic: Montverde (Fla.) vs. Prolific Prep (Calif.), Springfield, Mass.

HORSE RACING

2:30 p.m.

FS1 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

IIHF HOCKEY (GIRL’S)

7 p.m.

NHLN — Under-18 World Championship: TBD, Gold-Medal Match, Zug, Switzerland

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL

2 p.m.

NBATV — Indiana at Maine

4 p.m.

NBATV — Salt Lake City at Iowa

NFL FOOTBALL

4:30 p.m.

FOX — NFC Wild Card Playoff: Green Bay at Dallas

8:20 p.m.

NBC — NFC Wild Card Playoff: LA Rams at Detroit

NHL HOCKEY

1 p.m.

NHLN — Washington at NY Rangers

SAILING

5 a.m.

CBSSN — Sail GP: Event 7, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

6 a.m.

CBSSN — Sail GP: Event 7, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

SOCCER (MEN’S)

9 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Aston Villa at Everton

1:30 p.m.

ABC — Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona, Final, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

SWIMMING

1:30 p.m.

CNBC — TYR: Pro Swim Series, Knoxville, Tenn. (Taped)

TENNIS

3 a.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, First Round, Melbourne, Australia

8 a.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, First Round, Melbourne, Australia (Taped)

7 p.m.

ESPN — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, First Round, Melbourne, Australia                                                                                                                                                                            

11 p.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA:

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, First Round, Melbourne, Australia

3 a.m. (Monday) ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, First Round, Melbourne, Australia