INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Bellmont 61 Garrett 40
Eastbrook 60 Smith Academy 27
Fort Wayne Luers 67 Fort Wayne Canterbury 65
Indianapolis Chatard 52 Indianapolis Washington 46
South Bend Career 54 Prairie Heights 39

BOYS BASKETBALL THURSDAY SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Attica vs. TBA TBA
Cambridge City Lincoln at North Decatur 7:30 pm
Centerville at Hagerstown 7:30 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Indianapolis Metropolitan 7:30 pm
Medora at Seven Oaks 7:30 pm
Michigan City at East Chicago Central 8:00 pm
Milan at Batesville 7:30 pm
New Castle at Shelbyville 7:30 pm
Noblesville HomeSchool at Purdue Poly North 6:30 pm
Whiting at Hanover Central 8:00 pm


Wayne City (Ill.) Tournament
Linton-Stockton vs. TBA TBA SF

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

Bowman Academy 51 East Chicago Central 45
Crown Point 78 Hammond Morton 54
Evansville Central 59 Evansville Reitz 37
Greenwood 68 Park Tudor 51
Guerin Catholic 59 Perry Meridian 22
Hanover Central 32 Andrean 27
Huntington North 55 Fort Wayne Dwenger 21
Indianapolis Tech 54 Indiana Math & Science 15
LaVille 47 South Bend Riley 30
Leo 51 Fort Wayne North 25
Mishawaka Marian 39 Portage 24
Mount Vernon (Posey) 33 Evansville Bosse 26
Munster 65 Illiana Christian 42
North Central (Farmersburg) 55 Marshall (Ill.) 26
NorthWood 48 Culver Academy 29
Northeastern 67 Hagerstown 15
Oak Hill 49 Wabash 37
Randolph Southern 56 Cambridge City Lincoln 21
Sheridan 61 Tipton 12
South Central (Union Mills) 53 Wheeler 12
Tri 48 Union County 31
University 53 Mooresville Christian 30
Vincennes Rivet 53 North Daviess 30
Warren Central 74 Indianapolis Attucks 14
Western 70 Clinton Prairie 30
Whiting 63 Calumet 37
Yorktown 43 Mississinewa 39

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCORES

Jasper 44 Tell City

Highland 43 Lowell 34

Rensselaer Central 45 Hobart 33

Lebanon 40 Danville 27

New Palestine 51 Mount Vernon 15

Cascade 39 Plainfield 21

new Prairie 42 Elkhart 25

Bluffton 63 Churubusco 18

Penn 57 South Bend Riley 19

Avon 41 Zionsville 26

Muncie Central 54 Richmond 18

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

Saturday, Dec. 16

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Georgia Southern vs. Ohio

Conway, South Carolina

11 a.m. | ESPN

Celebration Bowl

Florida A&M vs. Howard

Atlanta, Georgia

12 p.m. | ABC

New Orleans Bowl

Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

2:15 p.m. | ESPN

Cure Bowl

Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State

Orlando, Florida

3:30 p.m. | ABC

New Mexico Bowl

Fresno State vs. New Mexico State

Albuquerque, New Mexico

5:45 p.m. | ESPN

LA Bowl

UCLA vs. Boise State

Inglewood, California

7:30 p.m. | ABC

Independence Bowl

Texas Tech vs. Cal

Shreveport, Louisiana

9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Dec. 18

Bahamas Bowl (Temporarily renamed the Famous Toastery Bowl)

Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion

Nassau, Bahamas (Temporarily relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina)

2:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Frisco Bowl

Marshall vs. UTSA

Frisco, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 21

Boca Raton Bowl

USF vs. Syracuse

Boca Raton, Florida

8 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 22

Gasparilla Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. UCF

Tampa, Florida

6:30 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl

Troy vs. Duke

Birmingham, Alabama

12 p.m. | ABC

Camellia Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois

Montgomery, Alabama

12 p.m. | ESPN

Armed Forces Bowl

Air Force vs. James Madison

Fort Worth, Texas

3:30 p.m. | ABC

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Georgia State vs. Utah State

Boise, Idaho

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

68 Ventures Bowl

Eastern Michigan vs. South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

7 p.m. | ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl

Northwestern vs. Utah

Las Vegas, Nevada

7:30 p.m. | ABC

Hawai’i Bowl

San Jose State vs. Coastal Carolina

Honolulu, Hawai’i

10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

Bowling Green vs. Minnesota

Detroit, Michigan

2 p.m. | ESPN

First Responder Bowl

Texas State vs. Rice

Dallas, Texas

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Kansas vs. UNLV

Phoenix, Arizona

9 p.m. | ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Military Bowl

Tulane vs. Virginia Tech

Annapolis, Maryland

2 p.m. | ESPN

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

North Carolina vs. West Virginia

Charlotte, North Carolina

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Holiday Bowl

No. 15 Louisville vs. Southern Cal

San Diego, California

8 p.m. ET | FOX

Texas Bowl

No. 20 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Houston, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 28

Fenway Bowl

No. 24 SMU vs. Boston College

Boston, Massachusetts

11 a.m. | ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers vs. Miami (Fla.)

The Bronx, New York

2:15 p.m. | ESPN

Pop-Tarts Bowl

No. 18 NC State vs. No. 25 Kansas State

Orlando, Florida

5:45 p.m. | ESPN

Alamo Bowl

No. 12 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Arizona

San Antonio, Texas

9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 29

Gator Bowl

No. 22 Clemson vs. Kentucky

Jacksonville, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

No. 16 Notre Dame vs. No. 19 Oregon State

El Paso, Texas

2 p.m. | CBS

Liberty Bowl

Memphis vs. Iowa State

Memphis, Tennessee

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Cotton Bowl

No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Missouri

Dallas, Texas

8 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 30

Peach Bowl

No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 11 Ole Miss

Atlanta, Georgia

12 p.m. | ESPN

Music City Bowl

Auburn vs. Maryland

Nashville, Tennessee

2 p.m. | ABC

Orange Bowl

No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 6 Georgia

Miami Gardens, Florida

4 p.m. | ESPN

Arizona Bowl

Wyoming vs. Toledo

Tucson, Arizona

4:30 p.m. | CW Network/Barstool

Monday, Jan. 1, 2024

ReliaQuest Bowl

No. 13 LSU vs. Wisconsin

Tampa, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN2

Citrus Bowl

No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 21 Tennessee

Orlando, Florida

1 p.m. | ABC

Fiesta Bowl

No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 23 Liberty

Glendale, Arizona

1 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl

No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama

Pasadena, California

5 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas

New Orleans, Louisiana

8:45 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Game

Houston, Texas

7:30 p.m. | ESPN

NFL WEEK 15 SCHEDULE AND TV TIMES

Thursday Night Football schedule, Dec. 14

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, 6:15 p.m., Amazon Prime Video (stream with Amazon Prime Video)

The 5-8 Chargers have underperformed all season and Justin Herbert now has a fractured index finger on his throwing hand.

Saturday football games schedule, Dec. 16

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 11 A.M., NFL Network (stream with free trial from FUBO)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 2:30 P.M., NFL Network (stream with free trial from FUBO)

DENVER BRONCOS AT DETROIT LIONS, 6:15 P.M., NFL Network (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Sunday early football games schedule, Dec. 17

ATLANTA FALCONS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

CHICAGO BEARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS, 11 A.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

NEW YORK JETS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS, 11 A.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

HOUSTON TEXANS AT TENNESSEE TITANS, 11 A.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Sunday late football games schedule, Dec. 17

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS, 2:05 P.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS, 2:05 P.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

DALLAS COWBOYS AT BUFFALO BILLS, 2:25 P.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Sunday Night Football schedule, Dec. 17

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, 6:20 P.M., NBC, Universo (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Monday Night Football schedule, Dec. 18

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 6:15 P.M., ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPN DEPORTES (stream with free trial from FUBO)

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

UNLV 79 #8 Creighton 64

#15 Atlantic 94 Florida International 60

#18 BYU 90 Denver 74

Chicago State 75 #25 Northwestern 73

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 POLLS

#18 Louisville 74 Morehead State 48

#19 Marquette 76 #20 Creighton 70

#5 Texas 88 Arizona 75

NBA SCOREBOARD

Philadelphia 129 Detroit 111

New Orleans 142 Washington 122

Miami 115 Charlotte 104

Toronto 135 Atlanta 128

Houston 117 Memphis 104

Milwaukee 140 Indiana 126

LA Lakers 122 San Antonio 119

Brooklyn 116 Phoenix 112

Utah 117 New York 113

NHL SCOREBOARD

Pittsburgh 4 Montréal 3

New Jersey 2 Boston 1 OT

New York Islanders 4 Anaheim 3

Colorado 5 Buffalo 1

Winnipeg 5 Los Angeles 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

COLLEGE ATHLETES WHO TRANSFER TWICE CAN PLAY, FOR NOW, AFTER A JUDGE SETS ASIDE NCAA TRANSFER RULE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — College athletes who were denied the chance to play immediately after transferring a second time can return to competition, for now, after a federal judge issued a 14-day temporary restraining order Wednesday against the NCAA.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in northern West Virginia issued the order against the NCAA from enforcing the transfer rule. A lawsuit filed by West Virginia and six other states alleged the rule’s waiver process violated federal antitrust law.

A hearing on the restraining order is scheduled for Dec. 27, Bailey said.

The NCAA didn’t immediately indicate whether it would appeal the ruling.

NCAA rules allow underclassmen to transfer once without having to sit out a year. But an additional transfer as an undergraduate generally requires the NCAA to grant a waiver allowing the athlete to compete immediately. Without it, the athlete would have to sit out for a year at the new school.

Last January, the NCAA implemented stricter guidelines for granting those waivers on a case-by-case basis.

The states involved in seeking the restraining order were Colorado, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether any of the affected players would try to compete during the 14-day window and what ramifications they could face if the NCAA would eventually prevail in the lawsuit.

West Virginia basketball player RaeQuan Battle transferred this season from Montana State after previously playing at Washington and has been sitting out.

“I’m in the gym every single day with the team, with the blood, sweat and tears with them,” Battle said. “When the ball is thrown up and that tipoff starts, I’m not suited up. That’s what hurts me the most.”

Battle, who grew up on the Tulalip Indian Reservation in the state of Washington, has said his mental health is a big reason why he came to West Virginia. Battle said he has lost “countless people” to drugs, alcohol and COVID-19.

After Battle visited West Virginia, he learned that now-coach Josh Eilert had lived on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota with his mother following his parents’ divorce and felt a connection with the coach.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a statement the ruling “paves the way for student athletes, like RaeQuan Battle, to play in the sport they love and continue improving themselves.”

“We are looking forward to proving definitively that the NCAA has violated the Sherman Act by failing to maintain a consistent and defensible transfer rule and by denying these student athletes the chance to play,” Morrisey said.

The lawsuit alleged requiring athletes to sit can mean lost potential earnings from endorsement deals with their name, image and likeness (NIL) or professional careers. It pointed to exposure from competing in national broadcasts, noting: “One game can take a college athlete from a local fan favorite to a household name.”

“It is ironic that this rule, stylized as promoting the welfare of college athletes, strips them of the agency and opportunity to optimize their own welfare as they see fit,” the lawsuit said.

Bailey’s ruling came after hearing testimony from athletes whose waiver requests to play immediately were denied.

NFL NEWS

BILL BELICHICK DEFLECTS QUESTIONS ABOUT FUTURE, REPEATING ‘I’M GETTING READY FOR KANSAS CITY’

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick declined to discuss his future on Wednesday amid reports that owner Robert Kraft had already decided to fire the six-time Super Bowl champion after the season.

Asked repeatedly whether

Asked repeatedly whether he would be back, or wanted to be back, or whether he’d discussed 2024 with Kraft, Belichick said he was only focused on Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.

“I’m getting ready for Kansas City,” Belichick said. “That’s what I’m doing.”

Belichick’s six NFL titles — he won two more as a New York Giants assistant — are the most in history. He is second in career coaching victories, needing 16 more to pass longtime Miami Dolphins mentor Don Shula.

But the Patriots (3-10) are on their way to their third losing season in the past four years. They have not won a playoff game since Tom Brady defected to Tampa Bay in 2020.

NFL APPROVES REGULAR-SEASON GAME FOR BRAZIL IN 2024 IN MORE INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The NFL will play a regular-season game in Brazil in 2024, the first in South America in the latest expansion of the league’s rapidly growing international plan.

The league said Wednesday at the owners meetings in the Dallas area the game will be played at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The stadium has a capacity of nearly 50,000 and was a venue for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

The NFL played its first two regular-season games in Frankfurt, Germany, this year, with three more in London. There are five planned for 2024 as well, three in London to go with games in Germany and Brazil.

At the December owners meetings two years ago, the league designated home marketing rights for teams in various countries as part of a strategy to build fan growth internationally. Miami is the only team with such rights in Brazil.

“Bringing the NFL to new continents, countries and cities around the world is a critical element of our plan to continue to grow the game globally,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

RAIDERS UNDECIDED ON STARTING QB VS. CHARGERS

Las Vegas Raiders interim head coach Antonio Pierce has yet to name his starting quarterback for Thursday’s game against the visiting Los Angeles Chargers.

“We’re still going through that process,” Pierce said Wednesday. “Got a couple more hours. See how it’s going.”

Rookie Aidan O’Connell has struggled since assuming the starting role for the Raiders (5-8), who saw their losing skid extend to three games following a lackluster 3-0 setback to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. O’Connell threw for just 171 yards and an interception in that loss.

“I never said Aidan wasn’t the starter, let’s say that first and foremost,” Pierce said. “We’re still evaluating it. If there’s a chance to get better, a chance to improve, a chance to put us in position to win, we gotta get all the factors that go into it.”

O’Connell, 25, has completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 1,365 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions in seven games this season. He was selected by Las Vegas in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Jimmy Garoppolo, 32, was benched after Josh McDaniels was fired as the team’s head coach on Nov. 1. Garoppolo had completed 65.5 percent of his throws for 1,205 yards with seven touchdowns and nine picks in six games this season.

Brian Hoyer, 38, has completed 23 of 42 passes for 231 yards with two interceptions in three games this season.

GIANTS QB TOMMY DEVITO EARNS PLAYER OF WEEK HONORS

Undrafted rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday for his efforts in Monday night’s comeback win against the Green Bay Packers.

Starting his fourth straight game and winning his third in a row, DeVito drove the Giants into position for the game-winning field goal in a 24-22 victory at MetLife Stadium.

The 25-year-old New Jersey native completed 17 of 21 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown and rushed 10 times for 71 yards with no turnovers.

His fairy-tale rise may be a surprise but it’s not an accident, says Giants head coach Brian Daboll.

“He prepares really well. He’s in here on his days off, spends a lot of time with the coaches. He just tries to do everything he can do to put himself in as good a position as he can,” Daboll said Wednesday.

“… He’s done a good job of just trying to execute his job. Right mindset, knows he’s got things to work on, like we all do, but comes to work every day.”

DeVito is the first Giants rookie quarterback to win three consecutive starts since Phil Simms won four in a row in 1979. Daboll resisted any comparison to another underdog quarterback he watched closely develop — Tom Brady in New England — following DeVito’s latest outing. Daboll was on staff when the Patriots drafted Brady 199th out of Michigan.

“We’re four games in,” he said when asked whether DeVito’s rise is similar to Brady’s. “I do appreciate the question.”

The AFC Offensive Player of the Week plays in the same stadium. Jets quarterback Zach Wilson passed for 301 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions as New York snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Houston Texans.

He is the Giants’ first player of the week honoree this season and first since another rookie, Kayvon Thibodeaux, was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 15 in 2022.

DeVito vaulted from practice squad player to QB1 after injuries to starter Daniel Jones and backup Tyrod Taylor. He will be under center again Sunday when the Giants (5-8) visit the New Orleans Saints (6-7).

VIKINGS WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON SAYS HE’S PLAYING SUNDAY

Minnesota Vikings standout wide receiver Justin Jefferson said Wednesday that he will play this week, two days removed from a trip to the hospital after a suffering a chest injury during Sunday’s game.

The team’s first injury report will be released later Wednesday, but Jefferson told reporters that he’s playing Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Jefferson called the injury an “inner bruise.”

Jefferson said he was watching the game while being transported to the hospital and then after he arrived.

“I was yelling, I was screaming,” Jefferson told reporters. “The people that were really hurt were probably annoyed by me. … It was definitely a new experience for me that I don’t want again.”

Jefferson was injured during the Vikings’ 3-0 win at Las Vegas while making a 15-yard catch across the middle on a pass from Josh Dobbs. Jefferson leaped for a high pass, and while both of his arms were raised, he absorbed a hard hit on the back right side of his ribs from Raiders safety Marcus Epps.

The injury prompted an early exit for Jefferson, who was playing for the first time in eight games. He sustained a right hamstring injury in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jefferson averaged 135.8 receiving yards per game through his first four games of the season.

The NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2022, Jefferson finished Sunday’s game with two catches for 27 yards.

BROWNS S GRANT DELPIT PLACED ON IR, DONE FOR SEASON

The Cleveland Browns placed safety and leading tackler Grant Delpit (groin) on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his regular season.

Delpit could possibly return for the playoffs, should the Browns qualify. The Browns (8-5) would be in as the fifth seed in the AFC if the season ended today. However, Delpit has to miss at least four games and there are just four games remaining. The Browns host the Chicago Bears (5-8) this week.

Delpit, 25, just signed a three-year extension worth $36 million, including $23 million guaranteed earlier this week. He would have been eligible for free agency after the season.

Delpit was injured in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville. He had started all 13 games and is leading the Browns with 80 tackles. He also has 1.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Delpit, who missed his rookie season with a torn Achilles, has 251 tackles and six INTs in 45 games (36 starts) in the three seasons since. The Browns selected him in the second round of the 2020 draft.

In a corresponding move, the Browns signed safety Duron Harmon to the active roster from the practice squad. The 32-year-old veteran has 23 career INTs in 164 career games (79 starts) with five teams.

The team signed OT Joey Fisher to the practice squad.

BEARS DE YANNICK NGAKOUE (ANKLE) OUT FOR SEASON

Chicago Bears defensive end Yannick Ngakoue will miss the remainder of the season with a broken ankle, coach Matt Eberflus announced Wednesday.

Per Eberflus, Ngakoue will be placed on injured reserve and will require surgery. He sustained the injury during the late stages of Chicago’s 28-13 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Ngakoue, 28, recorded 22 tackles and four sacks in 13 games (all starts) this season after signing a one-year, $10.5 million deal in August.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2017, Ngakoue has totaled 224 tackles, 69.0 sacks, 21 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 123 career games (115 starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-19), Minnesota Vikings (2020), Baltimore Ravens (2020), Las Vegas Raiders (2021), Indianapolis Colts (2022) and Bears.

REPORT: NFL TO AWARD SUPER BOWL LXI TO LOS ANGELES

NFL owners are voting to award Super Bowl LXI to Los Angeles, ESPN reported.

The vote is expected to take place on Wednesday at the league meetings in Dallas.

The 2027 game will be televised by ESPN and ABC. It will be ESPN’s first Super Bowl telecast and the first for ABC since Super Bowl XL in February 2006.

SoFi Stadium was the site of Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13, 2022 as the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20.

Super Bowls I and VII were played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Five Super Bowls were held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., most recently Super Bowl XXVII on Jan. 31, 1993.

The current NFL season will conclude with Super Bowl LVIII on Feb. 11, 2024 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Super Bowl LIX will be at the Superdome in New Orleans and Super Bowl LX will take place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL CAPSULE: LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-8) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-8)

DATE: Thursday, December 14, 2023 GAME TIME: 8:15 PM ET

Prime Video: Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit, Kaylee Hartung

Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: LV leads series, 67-58-2 (Home team won past 5)

POSTSEASON: LV leads series, 1-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/1/23: LV 17 at LAC 24

POSTSEASON: 1/11/81 AFC-C: OAK 34 at SD 27

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-8)

QB EASTON STICK completed 13 of 24 atts. (54.2 pct.) in season debut last week. Can make 1st-career start. • RB AUSTIN EKELER led team with 100 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 49 rec.) & had 5th rush TD of season last week. Has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Had 102 scrimmage yards (67 rec., 35 rush) in last road meeting & aims for his 6th in row vs. LV with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 in primetime. Has 69 career TDs (39 rush, 30 rec.), tied with Rod Smith for 3rd-most by undrafted player in common-draft era. • WR KEENAN ALLEN aims for 10th in row with 55+ rec. yards & 8th in row with 5+ catches. Has 632 rec. yards (105.3 per game) in 6 road games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with TD catch. Has 8+ catches & 65+ rec. yards in each of his 3 games in primetime this season. Leads NFL with career-high 108 catches in 2023, single-season franchise record. • WR QUENTIN JOHNSTON (rookie) led team with career-high 91 rec. yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • TE GERALD EVERETT had 5 catches in Week 14. Had 5 catches for 80 yards in last road meeting. • LB KHALIL MACK had PD last week & has PD in 3 of past 4. Has TFL in 6 of past 7. Aims for 4th in row on road with 2+ sacks & FF. Had career-high 6 sacks & 2 FFs in Week 4 meeting. Has 10 sacks in his past 4 vs. LV. Leads NFL with 15 sacks, 2ndcareer 15-sack season (2015 w/ Raiders). • LB KENNETH MURRAY led team with season-high 12 tackles & had 3rd sack of season in Week 14. Had PD in Week 4 meeting. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS aims for 5th in row with TFL & 3rd in row with sack. • S DERWIN JAMES had 11 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 7th in row with 6+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. LV.

SEASON RESULTS:

1 Sep. 10 Miami Dolphins 4:25 PM L, 36-34 0-1

2 Sep. 17 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM L, 27-24 (OT) 0-2

3 Sep. 24 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM W, 28-24 1-2

4 Oct. 1 Las Vegas Raiders 4:05 PM W, 24-17 2-2

5 BYE

6 Oct. 16 Dallas Cowboys (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 20-17 2-3

7 Oct. 22 at Kansas City Chiefs 4:25 PM L, 31-17 2-4

8 Oct. 29 Chicago Bears 8:20 PM W, 30-13 3-4

9 Nov. 6 at New York Jets (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 27-6 4-4

10 Nov. 12 Detroit Lions 4:05 PM L, 41-38 4-5

11 Nov. 19 at Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM L, 23-20 4-6

12 Nov. 26 Baltimore Ravens 8:20 PM L, 20-10 4-7

13 Dec. 3 at New England Patriots 1:00 PM W, 6-0 5-7

14 Dec. 10 Denver Broncos 4:25 PM L, 24-7 5-8

AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-8)

QB AIDAN O’CONNELL (rookie) completed 21 of 32 atts. (65.6 pct.) for 171 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 65+ comp. pct. Passed for 238 yards in Week 4 meeting. • RB JOSH JACOBS aims for 7th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 662 scrimmage yards (94.6 per game) in 7 home games this season. Had 139 scrimmage yards (81 rec., 58 rush) & rush TD in Week 4 meeting & has 135+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAC. Has 335 scrimmage yards (111.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 3 games vs. division this season. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in each of 4 career Thursday games. Needs rush TD to become 7th player all-time with 7+ rush TDs in each of 1st 7 seasons. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has 434 rec. yards (108.5 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. LAC, with 140+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Has 424 rec. yards (141.3 per game) in his past 3 on Thursday. Has 7th-career season with 75+ catches (76). • WR JAKOBI MEYERS aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. • WR HUNTER RENFROW had season-high 46 rec. yards last week. • DE MAXX CROSBY tied career high with 10 tackles & had 3 TFL & 2 sacks last week, 3rd game this season with 2+ sacks. Aims for 5th in row vs. division & 4th in row overall with sack. Ties for NFL lead with 18 TFL & ranks tied-3rd with career-high 13.5 sacks in 2023, 4th-most sacks in a season in franchise history. • DE TYREE WILSON (rookie) had sack last week. • DE JANARIUS ROBINSON had 1st-career sack in Week 14. • LB ROBERT SPILLANE had 10 tackles, 2 TFL & sack in Week 14. Aims for 4th in row with 10+ tackles. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. • LB DIVINE DEABLO has 5+ tackles in 3 of past 4. • CB NATE HOBBS has 8+ tackles & TFL in 2 of past 3.

SEASON RESULTS:

1 Sep. 10 at Denver Broncos 4:25 PM W, 17-16 1-0

2 Sep. 17 at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM L, 38-10 1-1

3 Sep. 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20 PM L, 23-18 1-2

4 Oct. 1 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05 PM L, 24-17 1-3

5 Oct. 9 Green Bay Packers (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 17-13 2-3

6 Oct. 15 New England Patriots 4:05 PM W, 21-17 3-3

7 Oct. 22 at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM L, 30-12 3-4

8 Oct. 30 at Detroit Lions (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 26-14 3-5

9 Nov. 5 New York Giants 4:25 PM W, 30-6 4-5

10 Nov. 12 New York Jets 8:20 PM W, 16-12 5-5

11 Nov. 19 at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM L, 20-13 5-6

12 Nov. 26 Kansas City Chiefs 4:25 PM L, 31-17 5-7

13 BYE

14 Dec. 10 Minnesota Vikings 4:05 PM L, 3-0 5-8

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AUBURN DEFENSIVE LINEMAN MARCUS HARRIS DECLARES FOR NFL DRAFT

Auburn All-Southeastern Conference defensive tackle Marcus Harris says he will skip his final season to enter the NFL draft.

Harris, who was a first-team Associated Press All-SEC pick, made the announcement in a social media post Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder made 40 tackles with 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks this season, easily the best of his college career. He didn’t indicate if he would play in Auburn’s Music City Bowl game against Maryland on Dec. 30.

Harris transferred from Kansas after the 2020 season. He had 11 sacks and 23 1/2 tackles for loss in 37 games with the Tigers, making 97 tackles.

His younger brother, Pike Road (Alabama) High School defensive lineman Malik Blocton, has already signed to play for Auburn next season.

NC STATE GRABS QB GRAYSON MCCALL FROM TRANSFER PORTAL

Grayson McCall plans to play at NC State as a grad transfer after four seasons as quarterback at Coastal Carolina.

McCall confirmed the move on Wednesday, one year after he entered the transfer portal but did a U-turn and spent the 2023 season as quarterback of the Chanticleers. He played in only seven games and had 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.

He left the field in an ambulance after a helmet-to-helmet hit in his final game for Coastal on Oct. 21 and was diagnosed with a concussion. McCall missed the final five games of the season.

McCall, a three-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, did eclipse 10,000 passing yards as a redshirt senior in 2023. He has 88 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 18 rushing touchdowns.

He had more than 8,000 passing yards in his first three seasons running the spread scheme under Jamey Chadwell. Chadwell took the coaching job at Liberty last December, when McCall initially entered the transfer portal. When he returned to Coastal, McCall stepped into a new offense under head coach Tim Beck.

A native of Indian Trail, N.C., McCall had only five offers out of high school. Army, Gardner-Webb, Eastern Kentucky and Chattanooga also offered scholarships.

NC State is losing sixth-year quarterback Brennan Armstrong, a graduate transfer from Virginia who had 11 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Wolfpack in 2023.

McCall established the FBS record in passing efficiency rating at 207.6 in 2021. Alabama’s Mac Jones (203.1) set the previous record in 2020, beating the mark established by LSU’s Joe Burrow (202.0) in 2019.

TEXAS QB MAALIK MURPHY ENTERS TRANSFER PORTAL BEFORE CFP

The Texas Longhorns will be without their No. 2 quarterback for their College Football Playoff semifinal against the Washington Huskies, as Maalik Murphy is entering the transfer portal.

Murphy told ESPN of his decision on Wednesday.

The redshirt freshman started twice for the third-ranked Longhorns (12-1) this season in place of an injured Quinn Ewers. Murphy would have backed up Ewers against the second-ranked Huskies (13-0) in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans on Jan. 1, but instead that role will now fall to Arch Manning.

Ewers is a sophomore, while Manning is a true freshman.

When he lands at a new school, Murphy will be eligible right away and will have three seasons to play.

Murphy told ESPN regarding his decision to leave the Longhorns, “I hate it, I hate it. I’m super invested in this team. Everything that we’ve done along the way and all the work we’ve put in together, it’s hard to walk away, especially at this point during the season.”

He stated that he needed to leave Texas immediately so he can go on campus visits and find the right transfer destination.

“It’s nothing against Texas at all,” Murphy told ESPN. “I’m doing this purely for me and my future. In my eyes, I’ll always be a Longhorn and a part of this great team. …

“I really appreciate coach (Steve Sarkisian) because of how accepting and helping he’s been along the way. As a player here, he’s been super helpful. It’ll definitely take me a long way. I’m glad I was able to be coached by him.”

Murphy, who won his starts against BYU on Oct. 28 and then-No. 23 Kansas State on Nov. 4, completed 40 of 71 passes (56.3 percent) for 477 yards on the season. He threw three touchdown passes and was intercepted three times.

Murphy was a top prospect out of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., before arriving at Texas.

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WIZARDS, CAPITALS WOULD MOVE TO VIRGINIA IN TENTATIVE DEAL, YOUNGKIN SAYS. MYSTICS WOULD STAY IN DC

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has reached a tentative agreement with the parent company of the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals to move those teams from the District of Columbia to what he called a new “visionary sports and entertainment venue” in northern Virginia.

The proposal, which would need the state legislature’s approval, calls for the creation of a $2 billion development south of Washington in Alexandria, just miles from the existing arena, Youngkin said in an interview with The Associated Press ahead of a news conference Wednesday at the site. It would include an arena for what would be the state’s first professional sports teams, as well as a new Wizards practice facility, a separate performing arts center, a media studio, new hotels, a convention center, housing and shopping.

“The Commonwealth will now be home to two professional sports teams, a new corporate headquarters, and over 30,000 new jobs – this is monumental,” Youngkin said in a statement.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment CEO Ted Leonsis appeared with Youngkin and city officials at Wednesday’s announcement. He endorsed the proposal, thanked Youngkin and said he had “goosebumps” at the thought of the project coming together “if all goes as planned.”

Monumental also owns the WNBA’s Mystics, and Leonsis said his expectation was that Capital One Arena, where the Wizards and Capitals currently play, could host women’s sports and other events like concerts.

“Our intention is to expand here and keep Capital One Arena in D.C. a great place,” Leonsis, an ultra-wealthy entrepreneur and former AOL executive, said.

The new development would be located in the Potomac Yard section of Alexandria, along the Potomac River and near Virginia Tech’s ambitious Innovation Campus, an under-construction graduate school.

To help finance the project, Youngkin will ask the Virginia General Assembly in the 2024 session to approve the creation of a Virginia Sports and Entertainment Authority, a public entity with the ability to issue bonds. While no upfront state taxpayer dollars would go toward the project, the terms of the agreement would divert new tax revenues from the project to pay down the bonds.

“We have reached a very clear understanding, really subject to finalizing the General Assembly’s work,” Youngkin said in the interview, noting that a key bipartisan legislative committee endorsed the incentive structure earlier this week.

Still, on Tuesday night ahead of the announcement, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled a counterproposal she said had unanimous support from the D.C. Council aimed at keeping the teams. The legislation would direct a half billion dollars to modernize Capital One Arena.

“This proposal represents our best and final offer and is the next step in partnering with Monumental Sports to breathe new life and vibrancy into the neighborhood and to keep the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals where they belong – in Washington, DC,” said Bowser, who was scheduled to hold her own news conference later Wednesday.

When the Capitals and Wizards moved from suburban Maryland to D.C.’s Chinatown district in 1997 in what was then known as MCI Center, officials credited the arena with sparking a revival in downtown Washington. In recent years, critics who have faulted city officials for what they call lax crime policies have said the neighborhood around the arena has suffered disproportionately.

The administration expects the proposed 9-million-square-foot Virginia entertainment district to generate a combined $12 billion in economic impact for Virginia and Alexandria in the coming decades and create around 30,000 new jobs, Youngkin’s office said in a statement. Subject to legislative approval and sign-off from the Alexandria City Council, it would break ground in 2025 and open in late 2028.

The development would be a major blow for D.C. and a massive win for Youngkin, a former private equity executive and college basketball player who said he had a pre-existing friendship with Leonsis from the business world. To get it over the finish line, he’ll have to work with Democratic majorities in both General Assembly chambers after his party fell short of its stated expectations in November’s elections.

Democrats, including incoming House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, were on hand for Wednesday’s news conference, along with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner. Other key legislative leaders were not.

Scott Surovell, who will serve as Senate Democratic leader come January, said in an interview that the project seemed like it could be a good opportunity, but he stopped short of fully endorsing it. Legislators will have questions about transit, taxpayer risk and compensation for the workers who will build the project, he said.

The broad outlines of the proposal call for Monumental to invest $403 million in the $2 billion development. Alexandria will put in $106 million toward the construction of the performing arts venue and the development of underground parking.

The rest of the approximately $1.5 billion financing would be supported through the authority-issued bonds. Those bonds would be repaid over time through rent paid by the team, parking fees, naming rights and new tax revenues generated by the development.

“There is no upfront investment or inclusion of any taxes already being collected by the Commonwealth to repay the bonds and there will be no tax increases for local residents,” Youngkin’s office said.

Potomac Yard, just south of Reagan National Airport, is currently occupied by strip malls and other retail. The site is adjacent to the redevelopment sparked by Amazon’s construction of a new headquarters nearby in neighboring Arlington.

Moira Salcedo, who lives in the area, attended Wednesday’s event to protest, saying she and her neighbors were blindsided.

“I hate subsidizing billionaires. And I’ve lived here for the last 10 years and I know there’s no infrastructure for this,” she said.

In the 1990s, the site received serious consideration as a site for an NFL stadium, but negotiations between the team and Virginia fell through.

Asked how a move by Monumental might affect the state’s efforts to lure the NFL’s Commanders to Virginia, Youngkin said he could not comment. Legislation aimed at recruiting that team to northern Virginia flamed out last year.

NBA ROUNDUP: GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO SCORES BUCKS-RECORD 64

Giannis Antetokounmpo set a Milwaukee Bucks franchise record with 64 points to lead his team to a 140-126 win over the visiting Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

Antetokounmpo, who broke the record of 57 points set by Micheal Redd in 2006, also added 14 rebounds. Damian Lillard scored 21 along with six assists. Bobby Portis came off the bench to score 19.

Indiana was led by Tyrese Haliburton, the Oshkosh, Wis., native, with 22 points and seven assists. Myles Turner matched him with 22 points and also grabbed nine boards.

In the second, Lillard hit a shooter’s milestone. He tied Kyle Korver for fifth all-time in made 3-pointers with his 2,450th. He later passed Korver and is now nine behind Reggie Miller (2,560), who sits in fourth place.

76ers 129, Pistons 111

Joel Embiid poured in 41 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 31 minutes to lead Philadelphia past host Detroit as the Pistons matched the longest losing streak in franchise history.

The Pistons have dropped 21 straight, a club record for a single season. They had another 21-game slide spanning the end of the 1979-80 season and the beginning of 1980-81 campaign.

Tobias Harris had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Sixers, while Kelly Oubre Jr. tossed in 17 points. Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 33 points for Detroit, which plays at Philadelphia on Friday.

Nets 116, Suns 112

Cam Thomas scored 24 points and Mikal Bridges added 21 points in his return to Phoenix as Brooklyn edged the Suns despite Phoenix’s “Big Three” playing together for the first time this season.

Devin Booker recorded 34 points, 12 assists and six rebounds for the Suns, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Kevin Durant scored 27 points in his first game against the Nets since being traded to the Suns last February. Bradley Beal added 14 points for Phoenix.

This was the first time Durant, Booker and Beal were on the floor in the same game for Phoenix, which was playing its 24th game of the season.

Pelicans 142, Wizards 122

Brandon Ingram scored 26 of his season-high 40 points in the first half and New Orleans hit a season high in points as the visiting Pelicans rolled to a win in Washington.

Trey Murphy III drained six 3-pointers to highlight his 27-point performance and CJ McCollum added 22 points to pace the Pelicans, erupted for 47 points in the second to set a franchise high for that quarter.

Washington’s Kyle Kuzma scored 23 of his 27 points in the first half. He made 10 of 19 shots from the floor and 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

Heat 115, Hornets 104

Duncan Robinson had 23 points and Jimmy Butler had 15 points and a game-high 10 assists as Miami beat visiting Charlotte two nights after beating the Hornets in their building.

Kyle Lowry and Jaime Jaquez Jr. each added 17 points for Miami. Lowry didn’t miss a shot, as he went 5-for-5 from the floor, 4-for-4 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the foul line. Robinson made 6 of 9 3-pointers.

Terry Rozier led the Hornets with a game-high 28 points, making 10 of 14 shots from the floor — including 5 of 6 3-pointers. Gordon Hayward added 20 points and a team-high-tying seven assists for the Hornets, who have lost six of their past eight games.

Raptors 135, Hawks 128

Pascal Siakam scored 33 points and Toronto defeated visiting Atlanta to end a four-game losing streak.

Scottie Barnes added 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors which will host Atlanta again on Friday night.

Trae Young had 35 points and 17 assists for the Hawks, who have lost five straight. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 20 points in the loss.

Rockets 117, Grizzlies 104

Tari Eason produced his second consecutive double-double off the bench, while Jabari Smith Jr. added his third double-double of the season as Houston topped Memphis to extend its homecourt winning streak to 11 games.

Eason paired a career-high 25 points with a career-high-tying 14 rebounds to lead Houston to another dominating effort on the glass. With Smith totaling 20 points and 10 rebounds and Alperen Sengun grabbing 10 boards, the Rockets posted a 58-39 rebounding advantage.

Jaren Jackson Jr. also scored a career high, but with 44 points, for the short-handed Grizzlies, who added leading scorer Desmond Bane (illness) to their long list of injured and infirmed. Derrick Rose tallied 19 points and six assists but Memphis shot only 42.7 percent and missed 28 of 38 3-pointers.

Lakers 122, Spurs 119

Anthony Davis poured in 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as visiting Los Angeles built a 20-point lead and held on late for a win over reeling San Antonio in the first of two games between the teams in the Alamo City in a three-night span.

The Lakers have won five of their past six while San Antonio dropped its 18th straight game, adding to a franchise-record losing streak. Taurean Prince scored 17 points for the Lakers, with Austin Reaves hitting for 15 off the bench.

Victor Wembanyama led San Antonio with 30 points and 13 rebounds while Keldon Johnson added a season-high 28 points, Malaki Branham had 19 and Devin Vassell scored 13 points.

Jazz 117, Knicks 113

Collin Sexton scored 26 points and Lauri Markkanen returned strong from an eight-game absence to lead host Utah to a victory over New York in Salt Lake City.

Markkanen scored 23 points with four 3-pointers on 7-of-13 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in his first action in three weeks since straining his left hamstring. Talen Horton-Tucker scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Julius Randle led all players with 32 points and 12 rebounds, and added six assists, but New York gave up an early double-digit lead and couldn’t quite overcome a late 14-point deficit. Jalen Brunson contributed 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for New York, while Donte DiVincenzo totaled 21 points, seven boards and four steals.

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO INVOLVED IN POSTGAME SCRAP OVER GAME BALL

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a franchise-record 64 points against the visiting Indiana Pacers on Wednesday — and then the drama truly began postgame.

Antetokounmpo got in a scuffle in the area of the Pacers’ locker room while looking for the game ball after the Bucks’ 140-126 win.

According to multiple media reports, Antetokounmpo and several teammates pursued the ball in the tunnel. Antetokounmpo then came back on the court and said some heated words to Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton before finally walking away.

Haliburton said later, “From my understanding there was just a misunderstanding after the game. For some reason he wanted to confront me. I was just standing out there. We beat them twice (recently), so they came out with some fire today and they took care of business.”

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle later said that his team took one of the two game balls to give to Oscar Tshiebwe, who recorded his first NBA point in the contest.

When Antetokounmpo finally got to his postgame interview, he was asked if he had the game ball.

“I have no idea,” he said. “I really don’t know. I have a ball but I don’t know if it’s the game ball. It doesn’t feel like the game ball to me. It feels like a brand new ball. I can tell. I played, what, 35 minutes today. I know how the game ball felt.”

ESPN reported that a Bucks official got the actual game ball from the floor at the final buzzer.

Antetokounmpo added that he only wanted the ball to give to teammate Damian Lillard, who moved into fifth place in NBA history for 3-pointers made during the contest.

“I understand, when you score your first point in the NBA you want to have the ball or whatever the case may be,” Antetokounmpo said. “But at the end of the day, you’re talking about the guy that just skipped Kyle Korver in the all-time (3-pointers) list. In my opinion, we should all stop what we’re doing and appreciate greatness.”

Carlisle added, “Unfortunate situation. We don’t need the official game ball. There’s two game balls there, we could’ve taken the other one. But it didn’t need to escalate to that.

“Really just unfortunate. Third game we played these guys within 2 1/2, three weeks, so things are heated with the competition, and I understand all that, but for it to come into the hallway, it didn’t need to happen that way.”

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: KALIB BOONE-LED UNLV UPSETS NO. 8 CREIGHTON

Kalib Boone scored a season-high 25 points to fuel UNLV to a 79-64 victory over No. 8 Creighton on Wednesday in Henderson, Nev.

Boone sank 12 of 17 attempts from the floor and added seven rebounds and four steals. He fell just shy of his career high of 27 points, set last season while with Oklahoma State.

Dedan Thomas Jr. collected 16 points, nine assists and six rebounds for UNLV (4-4), which shot 52.5 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent (10 of 22) from 3-point range.

Ryan Kalkbrenner collected 22 points and eight rebounds and Baylor Scheierman added 16 points, seven boards and seven assists for the Bluejays (8-2), whose three-game winning streak ended. Creighton made just 8 of 28 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (28.6 percent).

No. 15 Florida Atlantic 94, Florida International 60

Johnell Davis produced 16 points and four steals while leading the Owls to a wire-to-wire win over the Panthers in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Owls (8-2) won for the seventh straight time over the Panthers (3-8). Florida Atlantic led by as much as 25 points in the first half and 37 in the second.

Alijah Martin totaled 14 points and three steals for the Owls, while Vladislav Goldin had nine points and nine rebounds.

Florida International received a hot-shooting showing from junior Jaidon Lipscomb, who notched a career-high 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range. Javaunte Hawkins produced 12 points for Florida International, which made just 35.9 percent (23-for-64) of its shots.

No. 18 BYU 90, Denver 74

Jaxson Robinson scored a career-high 28 points off the bench as the Cougars rebounded from their first loss of the season with a convincing win over the Pioneers in Provo, Utah.

Robinson, a senior, shot 8 of 16 from 3-point range. Noah Waterman added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Cougars (9-1). BYU came out on top after falling to in-state rival Utah 73-69 on Saturday.

Jaxon Brenchley scored 21 points and Tommy Bruner added 15 as Denver (6-5) lost its second consecutive game to a ranked team. The Pioneers fell 90-80 at then-No. 13 Colorado State on Dec. 6.

Chicago State 75, No. 25 Northwestern 73

Wesley Cardet Jr. scored a season-high 30 points and Jahsean Corbett added 17 as the Cougars upset the Wildcats in Evanston, Ill.

Brent Davis and Noble Crawford each scored nine points for Chicago State (4-9).

Boo Buie scored 23 points and Ryan Langborg added 18 for Northwestern (7-2), which last won at home as a ranked team in 1959. Ty Berry missed what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining, and the Cougars sealed the victory at the foul line.

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RORI HARMON, TAYLOR JONES POWER NO. 5 TEXAS TO AN 88-75 WIN OVER ARIZONA

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Rori Harmon had 19 points, 11 assists and finished a rebound shy of a triple-double, and Taylor Jones added 16 points as No. 5 Texas beat Arizona 88-75 on Wednesday night.

“Offensively we’re pretty hard to deal with,” said Texas coach Vic Schaefer, whose team topped 80 points for the ninth time and is averaging 91.6 points per game. “We came out wanting to punch first, and I think we did.”

Harmon was 7 of 15 from the field and finished with nine rebounds and 11 assists for the Longhorns (11-0). Jones was 4 of 6 from the field and 8 of 9 from the line.

“She’s a stat stuffer,” Schaefer said of Harmon. “There’s not another guard in the country like her.”

Texas, which is off its its finest start since opening the 2015-16 season with 16 consecutive wins, shot 51.6% in the game and converted 21 Arizona turnovers into 25 points.

Kailyn Gilbert led Arizona (7-3) with 26 points. She hit 4 of 6 shots in the first quarter and struggled the rest of the way, going 4 for 15 and not making another field goal until midway through the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats shot 44.6% overall, making 37.5% from 2-point range and 7 of 8 from 3-point range.

The Wildcats played with nine available scholarship players. Arizona said sophomore forward Maya Nnaji was stepping away from the program indefinitely to focus on academics. The team depth was further tested when center Breya Cunningham picked up two fouls in the first 36 seconds.

“We’re young and we’re learning, but we’ll get there,” said Arizona coach Adia Barnes, who started two freshmen and a sophomore.

Texas shot 56% in the first half and led 45-36 at the break. The Longhorns extended their lead to 59-41 with 6:04 left in the third on back-to-back 3-pointers by Shaylee Gonzales. Gonzales hit a third 3-pointer that extended the margin over 20 points midway through the period.

Arizona trailed by 25 early in the fourth quarter before going on a 15-1 run and pulling within 81-70 with 2:52 remaining. Gonzales’ fourth 3-pointer ended the comeback.

BIG PICTURE

Texas: The Longhorns, in their 50th season of competition, rank sixth in wins in women’s college basketball history. They are more than 250 victories behind all-time leader Tennessee.

Arizona: The Wildcats entered the game 13-136 against top-10 competition, and they figure to have a few more of those matchups when Pac-12 Conference play begins. There are five Pac-12 teams currently ranked in the top 10.

UP NEXT

Texas: The Longhorns visit UT-Rio Grande Valley on Dec. 20.

Arizona: The Wildcats open Pac-12 play Sunday at Arizona State.

NO. 18 LOUISVILLE WOMEN BEAT MOREHEAD STATE 74-48 FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT VICTORY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Nyla Harris and Olivia Cochran each scored 16 points and No. 18 Louisville beat Morehead State 74-48 on Wednesday for its sixth straight victory.

Cochran, who became the 33rd player in program history to reach 1,000 career points on Sunday, also grabbed 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Harris added nine rebounds as the Cardinals had a 47-39 edge on the glass.

Kiki Jefferson added 12 points for Louisville (10-1).

Cochran and Harris had 12 points apiece in the first half to help Louisville build a 41-22 lead. Morehead State was within 16-14 after the opening 10 minutes, but the Cardinals took charge with a 19-2 run to close the half.

Veronica Charles scored 15 points for Morehead State (4-6). Melissa Secchiaroli, averaging 10.2 points per game, was held to five points.

It was the 28th meeting between the programs, with the previous matchup coming in the 2008-09 season. Louisville overcame 34 turnovers in that game for a 66-38 victory.

Louisville, which finished a three-game homestand, travels to play No. 17 UConn on Saturday.

NO. 19 MARQUETTE WOMEN CLOSE GAME ON 12-6 RUN TO BEAT NO. 20 CREIGHTON 76-70

MILWAUKEE (AP) Liza Karlen had 25 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, Mackenzie Hare added 15 points and No. 19 Marquette beat No. 20 Creighton 76-70 on Wednesday night to open Big East play.

It was tied at 64-all with 4:28 left in the fourth quarter before Marquette pulled away by making a basket on three straight possessions, two by Karlen. Creighton’s only field goal in the final four minutes came with 38 seconds remaining.

Rose Nkumu and Jordan King each had 11 points for Marquette (10-0). The Golden Eagles shot 52% from the field and made 14 of 20 free throws, compared to 10 attempts by Creighton.

Emma Ronsiek led Creighton (7-2) with 29 points, reaching the 20-point mark for the third straight game – and fourth this season. Molly Mogensen scored a season-high 21 points and Lauren Jensen added 13. Morgan Maly, averaging 16.5 points per game, was held to four points on 2-of-13 shooting.

Ronsiek made a 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining in the first half and neither team scored again to go into the break tied at 36-all. Mogensen scored nine of Creighton’s 20 first-quarter points.

The Bluejays finished 8 of 30 from 3-point range.

Both teams play again on Sunday. Creighton travels to Iowa for a matchup against Drake, and Marquette hosts Appalachian State.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: PENS TOP HABS IN 12-ROUND SHOOTOUT

Jansen Harkins, the 24th shooter, beat Montreal Canadiens goaltender Sam Montembeault blocker side to give the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win on Wednesday following the longest shootout of the NHL season.

Pittsburgh goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic, who made 39 saves in regulation and overtime, stopped nine of 12 shots in the shootout. Montembeault, who made 27 saves, stopped eight of 12 in the shootout.

Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist, Jake Guentzel scored and Erik Karlsson had two assists for the Penguins, who won their second straight game while experiencing the longest shootout in franchise history.

David Savard, Jayden Struble and Sean Monahan scored for the Canadiens, who blew two two-goal leads in losing their second straight game.

Devils 2, Bruins 1 (OT)

Jack Hughes scored 2:47 into overtime and New Jersey earned a victory over Boston in Newark, N.J.

Hughes had no points in his previous three games but got his sixth career overtime game-winner as the Devils ended a six-game, head-to-head losing streak against the Bruins. Hughes’ 11th goal of the season gave New Jersey its seventh win in nine games. Dawson Mercer scored early in the third period.

Morgan Geekie scored in the first period for the Bruins, who fell to 9-5-3 since starting the season with a 9-0-1. The Bruins had been 4-1-0 in their previous five games.

Jets 5, Kings 2

Gabriel Vilardi produced a goal and three assists against his former team and Winnipeg rallied with five straight goals to win in Los Angeles.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele each scored two goals for the Jets, who were down 2-0 in the first period. It was the first career four-point game for Vilardi, who was acquired from the Kings in a June trade.

Anze Kopitar and Alex Laferriere scored goals for the Kings, who are on a season-worst, three-game losing streak (0-2-1). Cam Talbot stopped 24 shots for Los Angeles, while Pierre-Luc Dubois had an assist against his former team.

Islanders 4, Ducks 3

Simon Holmstrom scored a short-handed goal with 1:33 left, and New York downed Anaheim in Elmont, N.Y. The short-handed tally was the NHL-leading fourth of the season for Holmstrom.

Kyle Palmieri, Casey Cizikas and Mathew Barzal scored for the Islanders, who have won a season-high four straight and have collected points in 13 of their past 14 games (9-1-4). Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves for the victory.

Troy Terry, Henrique and Sam Carrick scored for the Ducks, who have lost 12 of 13. John Gibson recorded 30 saves.

Avalanche 5, Sabres 1

Valeri Nichushkin scored two goals, Mikko Rantanen added a goal and two assists, and Colorado overwhelmed Buffalo in Denver.

Sam Malinski scored his first NHL goal and added an assist while Ivan Prosvetov turned away 29 shots for Colorado. The Avalanche finished 3-2-0 on a five-game homestand.

Zach Benson scored and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 24 saves for Buffalo, which fell to 2-5-1 in its past eight games.

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORTS: DODGERS TRYING TO PRY RHP TYLER GLASNOW FROM RAYS

Tampa Bay Rays ace right-hander Tyler Glasnow is the subject of trade discussions with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to multiple reports.

The Athletic first reported the trade talks Wednesday centering around Glasnow and outfielder Manuel Margot going from Tampa Bay to the Dodgers in exchange for right-hander Ryan Pepiot and outfielder Jonny DeLuca.

Based on the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Glasnow’s 2024 salary would count $25 million for luxury tax accounting. He is signed through 2025.

The Dodgers are replacing multiple pieces in the starting rotation. Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias are free agents. Dustin May underwent right elbow surgery to repair his flexor tendon on July 18 and his return timetable is unclear.

Right-hander Tony Gonsolin had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in August, repairing his right torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Gonsolin, 29, was 8-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 20 starts this season.

Glasnow, 30, has never topped 120 innings pitched in a season.

He was 10-7 with a 3.53 ERA in 2023 and 30-27 with a 3.89 ERA in 127 career games (88 starts).

REPORTS: 1B ROWDY TELLEZ SIGNS 1-YEAR DEAL WITH PIRATES

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one-year, $3.2 million deal with first baseman Rowdy Tellez.

Multiple outlets reported

Multiple outlets reported the deal Tuesday night. Tellez can earn an additional $800,000 in incentives.

The Milwaukee Brewers non-tendered the 28-year-old slugger on Nov. 17, making him a free agent.

Tellez played only 105 games for the Brewers in 2023, missing most of July and August with a right forearm injury.

He batted .215 with 13 home runs, 47 RBIs and a career-worst .376 slugging percentage last season.

In six seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays (2018-21) and Milwaukee (2021-23), Tellez has a .233/.304/.446 batting line with 92 homers and 263 RBIs in 533 games.

GOLF NEWS

LIV TO PLAY 72 HOLES? TALOR GOOCH SAYS ‘DISCUSSIONS WILL BE HAD’

Defending individual champion Talor Gooch says “discussions will be had” about expanding the LIV Golf format from 54 to 72 holes.

His comments follow the circuit’s recent signing of two-time major winner Jon Rahm. Rahm previously criticized the Saudi-backed league’s 54-hole, no-cut events with shotgun starts.

“We haven’t had an open forum discussion with all the players,” Gooch told Golf Digest. “But you get both sides … guys who would welcome (playing 72 holes) and some guys who are opposed to it. Discussions will be had and it will be interesting to see what comes of it.

“I think LIV Golf was meant to be something different; I think it’s not supposed to be a carbon copy of the rest of professional golf. I lean towards keeping it at 54 holes. Part of it, too, from my experience on the PGA Tour, was Thursdays are just irrelevant from a fan perspective (except for) only a couple times a year.”

The shorter events may be fan-friendly, but they come with a price. Playing only 54 holes was one of the reasons why LIV’s application to receive Official World Golf Ranking points was denied in October.

Gooch, 32, was recently traded from Bubba Watson’s RangeGoats GC to Brooks Koepka’s Smash GC. He won three events on the LIV Golf tour in 2023.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES/ NEWS

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Cathedral QB Danny O’Neil has made his college decision. He is headed to San Diego State. O’Neil was previously committed to Colorado but reopened his recruitment after the season due to “instability” on the Colorado coaching staff. O’Neil, a three-year starter for Cathedral and two-time City player of the year, passed for 7,881 yards and 99 touchdowns and ran for 1,242 yards and 27 TDs for his career. He is the is the all-time passing yardage leader at Cathedral by more than 3,000 yards and also holds career records for passing TDs, completions (633) and attempts (1,014).

COLTS NEWS

NFL TO EXPAND TO HOSTING 8 INTERNATIONAL GAMES PER SEASON BEGINNING IN 2025

The NFL on Wednesday announced it will begin hosting eight regular season games internationally beginning in 2025, doubling the league’s previous inventory of games held outside the United States.

Previously, the league staged four games abroad – in 2023, those were held at Tottenham Stadium in London and Frankfurt Stadium in Germany. The Jacksonville Jaguars have a separate deal to host one game per season at Wembley Stadium in London, which is not hosted by the NFL but means nine regular season games will be played outside the United States beginning in 2025.

The Colts have participated in two international contests, both of which were previously-scheduled road games (2016 vs. Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium, 2023 vs. New England at Frankfurt Stadium). The NFL’s first regular season games in Frankfurt were a major success earlier this year.

The Colts have never played a home regular season game internationally, though they played preseason games in Mexico City, Tokyo and Toronto between 2000-2010.

As part of the NFL’s international expansion, no team would be required to play more than one game internationally per season unless they requested to do so; the Jaguars in 2023 became the first team to play consecutive games internationally when they hosted the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium, then played a road game against the Buffalo Bills at Tottenham a week later.

No games will be played internationally after Week 14 of a season, and teams selected to host home games internationally will be allowed to designate two scheduled home games that cannot be played internationally. Traditionally, AFC teams have hosted international games in odd-numbered years (when nine of 17 regular season games are at home), while NFC teams have hosted international games in even-numbered years.

Additionally on Wednesday, the NFL announced a 2024 regular season game will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, marking the league’s first game staged in South America. When that game is played, the NFL will have hosted preseason or regular season games on five of the planet’s seven continents (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia).

Since the NFL began playing regular season games internationally in 2005, with the San Francisco 49ers facing the Arizona Cardinals at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, five cities have hosted at least one regular season game: London (36), Toronto (6), Mexico City (5), Frankfurt (2) and Munich (1). In addition to São Paulo, London will host two games at Tottenham and one game at Wembley in 2024, while Munich will host a game at Allianz Arena for the second time.

Future international markets will be announced at a later date.

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME REWIND: PACERS 126, BUCKS 140

On Wednesday night in Wisconsin, the Indiana Pacers hit a roadblock on their four-game trip.

Behind a franchise-record 64 points from two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks (17-7) extended their winning streak at Fiserv Forum to 11 straight with a 140-126 win over the Pacers (13-9). With the loss, the Blue & Gold snapped a four-game winning streak.

Milwaukee led by seven points after three quarters and used a big scoring burst early in the fourth quarter to create a double-digit buffer. In the final frame, the Bucks outscored the Pacers 39-32.

In his historic performance, Antetokounmpo made 20 of 28 shots from the field and sank 23 of 32 free throw attempts while also pulling down 14 rebounds. Antetokounmpo’s 64 points are the most points scored by a Pacers opponent ever.

After Antetokounmpo, seven-time All-Star Damian Lillard scored 21 points, Bobby Portis had 19 points, and Khris Middleton logged 11 points.

Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner led the Pacers with 22 points each, Bennedict Mathurin chipped in 14, and Aaron Nesmith scored 12.

Overall, the Pacers shot 45 percent to the Bucks’ 53.9 percent.

The Pacers trailed 70-63 at halftime after Antetokounmpo registered 21 points in the opening 24 minutes. Haliburton also started hot, accounting for 19 points, six assists and five rebounds in the first half.

Milwaukee shot 56.5 percent, and Indiana made 42.9 percent of its shots in the first half, as the Bucks led 70-63.

Antetokounmpo accounted for 13 points in the first quarter, and his team shot 63.6 overall from the field, to give the Bucks a 36-33 lead. Indiana shot 39.3 percent overall in the opening period.

The Pacers jumped to a 14-6 lead four minutes into the game thanks to five quick points by Turner, a 3-pointer from Haliburton and a tip layup from Buddy Hield.

Indiana stayed ahead by at least five points until the Bucks used a 16-5 run in a four-minute span – on six points from Portis and Antetokounmpo each – to lead 34-31 with 56 ticks on the clock.

Nesmith got a basket with 12 seconds left, but the Pacers trailed by three points at the end of 12 minutes.

Pacers reserve point guard T.J. McConnell scored five quick points to tie the game to start the second quarter, but a 7-2 run by the Bucks put them back up 43-38 with 9:43 on the clock.

Milwaukee retained a minor lead until Lillard scored nine straight points on his own to put the Bucks ahead 66-55 with 2:08 remaining in the half.

Haliburton completed an and-one following a posterizing dunk with 36 seconds left, and Hield drained a deep jumper at the buzzer following a Bruce Brown steal, but the Blue & Gold trailed by seven points at the break.

Both teams scored 31 points in the third quarter as the Bucks maintained their seven-point lead.

The Pacers made their first five baskets of the third quarter to cut it to 76-75 three minutes into the second half, but the Bucks then went on a 12-1 run behind seven points by Antetokounmpo and five by Lillard to lead 88-76 with 5:58 on the clock.

Milwaukee’s lead ballooned to 94-78 thanks to another mini 6-0 run with five minutes left in the third quarter.

A 14-5 Pacers run, ignited by a Nesmith 3-pointer, made it 97-90 with 29 seconds left in the third quarter, but the Bucks maintained the lead at 101-94 going into the final frame.

From 10:28 to 6:26 in the final frame, the Bucks went on a 17-4 run behind four different scorers to lead 118-100.

In a chippy start to the last period, in which technical fouls were issued to Nesmith and Portis, the Bucks took advantage by scoring eight unanswered points to lead 109-96 with 10 minutes left. Portis received another technical not a minute later and was ejected from the game.

The Pacers, down 120-100, emptied their bench with around six minutes left in the game. Milwaukee kept their starters in until there was 3:24 remaining, but the Pacers reserves went on a 15-4 run, on a pair of 3-pointers from Ben Sheppard, to make it a 10-point game with 2:05 left. The Bucks then put their starters back in while the Pacers’ second unit remained on the floor in the final moments.

“It certainly didn’t go our way,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “With (over) five and a half minutes left, I decided to get some of our depth guys into the game – give them an opportunity to compete. I’m very proud of how they went in there. Bruce Brown led that group, and we cut a 20-point lead to 10 and forced them to put their starters back in the game. I’m just proud of the way those guys competed. I like the way we competed tonight, we just didn’t play well and it wasn’t our night.”

Indiana made 25 of 32 free throw attempts and Milwaukee was 37-for-48 overall from the charity stripe.

The Pacers and Bucks will play twice more this season: on New Year’s Day in Milwaukee and two nights later in Indianapolis. Indiana currently leads the season series 2-1.

The Pacers will next face the Washington Wizards (3-20) at Capital One Arena on Friday before completing its road trip on Saturday in Minnesota. Washington lost 142-122 to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers shot 11-for-36 from 3-point and the Bucks made 7-of-27 shot attempts from three.

Indiana was called for 32 personal fouls and Milwaukee had 24 in the game.

The Bucks outscored the Pacers 70-56 in the paint.

Milwaukee held a 27-19 advantage in fast-break points.

Bruce Brown nearly finished with a triple double by posting nine points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

Pacers rookie Ben Sheppard scored eight points in just under six minutes on the floor.

Stat of the Night

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a Milwaukee Bucks franchise record 64 points against the Pacers on Wednesday. He finished 20-for-28 shooting from the field and 24-for-32 from the free throw line. Antetokounmpo’s 64 points are the most scored against the Pacers ever in a single game. Klay Thompson previously held the record with 60 points on Dec. 5, 2016.

Noteworthy

Rookie Oscar Tshiebwe, the Pacers’ No. 44 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft from the University of Kentucky, made his Blue & Gold debut on Wednesday and finished with one point and a rebound.

Pacers backup center Jalen Smith (knee bone bruise, heel contusion) hasn’t played since Nov. 21, and reserve point guard Andrew Nembhard (knee bone bruise) has missed the last three games.

Myles Turner moved into the top 15 for most career games with the Pacers on Wednesday. It was his 515th game played with the Blue & Gold.

The Pacers haven’t won a season series against the Bucks since the 2017-18 season.

Before the game, Tyrese Haliburton invited the current players from his high school team at Oshkosh North to shootaround.

Damian Lillard moved into the top five for 3-pointers made in a career on Wednesday. He made two in the game, and currently has 2,451 for his career. Just Steph Curry (3,496), Ray Allen (7,429), James Harden (2,795) and Reggie Miller (2,560) have more made threes.

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDIANA FOOTBALL

CIGNETTI HOPING FOR SMOOTH TRANSITION TO INDIANA AFTER HIRING SEVEN ASSISTANTS FROM JAMES MADISON

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana coach Curt Cignetti has a plan to make a smooth transition into his new job — hiring seven assistant coaches and all of his coordinators from his previous staff at James Madison.

Cignetti announced his staff hirings Wednesday.

The group following Cignetti includes defensive coordinator-linebackers coach Bryant Haines, offensive coordinator-receivers coach Mike Shanahan, special teams coordinator-tight ends coach Grant Cain and co-offensive coordinator-quarterbacks coach Tino Sunseri.

Cain served in the same role each of the last five seasons at James Madison, while Shanahan held the same titles each of the past three seasons. Haines is starting his third year as Cignetti’s defensive coordinator and Sunseri now adds the co-coordinator title to his previous role as quarterbacks coach.

The other former James Madison coaches are defensive tackles coach Pat Kuntz, running backs coach John Miller, defensive ends coach Buddha Williams and strength and conditioning coach Derek Owings. Cignetti also kept one of Tom Allen’s former assistants, run game coordinator and offensive line coach Bob Bostad.

New safeties-defensive backs coach Ola Adams last worked for the Denver Broncos in 2022, and new cornerbacks coach Rod Ojong spent last season at Charlotte after serving as quality control coach at Georgia in 2020.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

HAWORTH NAMED FOURTH AVCA ALL-AMERICAN IN PROGRAM HISTORY

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior setter Camryn Haworth, one of the nation’s most dynamic players, was unveiled as Indiana volleyball’s fourth All-American in program history, as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Wednesday (December 13th) afternoon.

In a vote by the AVCA committee, Haworth was among 56 athletes in the nation to earn Honorable Mention All-American honors. 14 players made each of the First, Second and Third Team All-American lists.

“Our program is incredibly proud of Cam and all the work she has put into her development at IU,” head coach Steve Aird said. “She would be the first to say she owes it to her teammates and shine the light on other people. But I think it is truly important to recognize the accomplishment and how she has elevated her game. She deserves every ounce of credit and respect coming her way. Knowing her, she will get right back in the gym and continue to grind. We believe in her and she believes in IU. We are excited to get back to work in the spring and continue to chase greatness together.”

The Fishers, Ind. native took a massive step forward and produced one of the best seasons in program history. Her 1,247 assists led the Big Ten following the conclusion of the regular season and her 73 aces led both the conference and the NCAA.

She averaged 10.22 assists per set, one of three Big Ten setters with 10+ assists per set on the season. The junior helped run an offense that hit .237 on the season, the fourth-best mark in program history. Five Hoosiers had 200+ kills while middle blockers Kaley Rammelsberg (.365) and Savannah Kjolhede (.361) had two of the most efficient offensive seasons in school history.

On the season, Haworth totaled 1,247 assists, 261 digs, 110 kills, 73 aces and 60 blocks. She produced two triple-doubles, the only power five player in the country with multiple on the season. Her 73 aces were most by an IU player since becoming a varsity sport at the school.

Haworth was one of 15 setters to earn All-American honors. Three setters were named to the first team, two were named to the second team and one was named to the third team. Eight more setters, including Haworth, earned Honorable Mention All-American honors.

Of the over 350 starting setters in NCAA division one volleyball, Haworth was among the top four percent of all available selections. She was one of just two Big Ten setters (Nebraska’s Bergen Reilly) to earn All-America honors from the AVCA.

For her career, Haworth has 2,862 assists (No. 8 in program history), 164 aces (No. 2 in program history), 706 digs, 124 blocks and 274 kills. She will have a shot at becoming the third player in program history with 4,000 assists next season. She is just 34 aces away from becoming the program’s all-time leader from the service line.

Three players in program history, before Haworth, have been honored as All-Americans. Karen Dunham (1985) and Erica Short (2008) earned Honorable Mention honors but Ashley Benson remains the only Hoosier to be named to one of the top three All-American teams. Benson was a third-team selection in 2009 before earning the nod as the program’s only first-team selection in 2010, following IU’s trip to the Sweet 16.

Haworth, along with libero Ramsey Gary and IU’s top-four pin hitters, will return in 2024 to lead the Hoosiers into the new era of the Big Ten. IU matched a program record for regular season wins (21) in 2023 and will bring five returning starters into the new year in Bloomington.

Indiana Volleyball All-Americans

as selected by the AVCA

Dunham, Karen, S (1985 – Honorable Mention)

Short, Erica, OH (2008 – Honorable Mention)

Benson, Ashley, MB (2009 – Third Team, 2010 – First Team)

Haworth, Camryn, S (2023 – Honorable Mention)

PURDUE FOOTBALL

HAMILTON COMMITS TO PURDUE

Hamilton Southeastern WR Donovon Hamilton won the 2023 Mr. Football award at wide receiver this season and now the All-State receiver will take his services to Purdue. Hamilton caught 47 passes for 934 yards and 11 TD’s this past season for the Royals and finished with 102 receptions for 1,841 yards and 21 scores for his high school career. Hamilton plans so sign on the dotted line December 20.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

HUDSON, CHICOINE, COLVIN NAMED AVCA ALL-AMERICANS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A trio of Boilermakers received American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America honors, announced by the national office. Eva Hudson was selected Second Team All-America, Chloe Chicoine was awarded Third Team All-America and Raven Colvin received Honorable Mention.

It is the first time in program history two underclassmen garnered All-America accolades. Additionally, it ties as the second-most overall honorees in a single season (most: 4 in 2020).

Hudson is the youngest Boilermaker to earn first, second or third Team honors since 1986, joining Debbie McDonald as the only two sophomores to earn as high an honor. Meanwhile, it is the highest overall honor any Boilermaker has received since Grace Cleveland’s first team nod in 2020.

Chloe Chicoine is the first Purdue freshman to receive higher than All-America Honorable Mention in program history.

Hudson paced the team this season with a Big Ten-leading 560 kills (4.48 per set) and is one of just two Boilermakers this century to produce as many kills in a season (joined by Ariel Turner, 2011). Additionally, she ranked second in the Big Ten with 605.5 total points. The sophomore set career-highs in kills (30 vs. #3 Wisconsin), a career-high .556 hitting % in the NCAA First Round vs. Fairfield and 27 kills in the NCAA Second Round vs. No. 6 seed Marquette. Playing her best volleyball at the end of the season, Hudson totaled 213 kills over the final 11 matches of the season, with a 2.65 clip despite 563 attacks. She is the fastest Boilermaker to reach 1,000 career kills in the rally scoring era and concludes her sophomore campaign with the most kills over her first two years of any Boilermaker to come through the program (1,075).

Chicoine, also named AVCA Northwest Region Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten and a unanimous All-Freshman Team selection, is one of the most accomplished freshmen in Purdue history, joining teammate Hudson and alum Debbie McDonald as the only freshmen to produce over three kills per set or 400 kills. Chicoine ends her freshman season with 478 kills and 3.82 kills per set and 2.26 digs per set, second-most on the team. The Lafayette, Indiana product set a career-high 27 kills vs. #16 Penn State, a .455 hitting % on two occasions and 23 digs vs. #3 Wisconsin.

Colvin received Honorable Mention after ranking fifth in the nation in total blocks (167) and finishing the regular-season tied for first. The junior has risen through the ranks as one of Purdue’s top blockers, ending her junior season tied for second in program history with 1.34 blocks per set and fourth in career block assists (404). Colvin reached double-digit kills in 10 matches this season. Meanwhile, defensively the middle blocker totaled six or more blocks 15 times, including two double-digit block performances. Colvin averaged 2.15 kills per set, 1.34 blocks per set and 3.10 points per set in 2023.

The Boilermakers concluded their season with a third-place Big Ten finish, an NCAA Regional Semifinal appearance, all behind a 23-9 (15-5 Big Ten) record.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

HOLIDAY HOOPS AGAINST THE HOYAS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – When game number 10 rolls around on Saturday, the Notre Dame men’s basketball team (4-5) will have two reasons to be merry – finals will have concluded for the fall semester and a six-game homestand commences. It marks the first time in four years in which the Irish will have six straight games inside Purcell Pavilion. Up first, none other than another old Big East foe, Georgetown (6-4). That match will tip off at 2:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 16.

BIG EAST TOUR ROLLS ON

After completing the home-and-home with Marquette on Dec. 9, the Irish will start a new home-and-home on Dec. 16 with Georgetown. The Hoyas lead the series 16-13, but the Irish lead in Purcell at 8-6. The two sides haven’t met since Jan. 21, 2013. The series began back in 1948.

Georgetown enters the contest with a 6-4 record on the year, but 0-1 in true road contests. The Hoyas’ best statistical category is free throw attempts per game, where they rank 39th in the nation and 1st in the Big East at 24.1 per game. Next best category – 65th in three-pointers per game with 8.9.

HITTING THE MARK(US)

Freshman point guard Markus Burton continues to impress in the first part of the 2023-24 season. To help you get more acquainted with the Mishawaka native, read up on the following stats below:

His 15.7 ppg leads all ACC freshmen and ranks 6th nationally amongst DI freshmen.

Burton started his career with five straight games in double figures before the streak ended with 8 points at South Carolina. He now leads the team with seven double-digit games.

Burton picked up his third game of 20 or more points at #8 Marquette on Dec. 9. The following is a list of the most 20-point games by an Irish freshman: Adrian Dantley (13 in ‘73-74), Troy Murphy (10 in ‘98-99) and David Rivers (10 in ‘84-85).

Only 3 freshmen in the country are averaging over 15 points and 3.5 assists per game: Burton, Harvard’s Malik Mack and USC’s Isaiah Collier.

Burton ranks 9th in the ACC in Assists (3.7) and 9th in FT% (.857)

#TRENDING

Burton is coming off a stellar individual week in which he totaled 17 points against Western Michigan and 20 points at #8 Marquette. Burton has also upped his assist numbers as of late. He’s dished out 24 over the last five games (4.8 apg in that span).

J.R. Konieczny is emerging as an early season standout for the Irish. He has recorded double-digit points in four of the last seven games. If you take out ND’s first two games and look at that seven-game stretch, Konieczny has since averaged 11.0 points.

ARE YOU REA-TAE FOR IT

Speaking of trending, Tae Davis’s trajectory is shooting up. He had back-to-back games with double-doubles and three straight games in double figures before he ran into a Marquette buzzsaw on Dec. 9.

Coach Shrews has talked often about these guys making the most of their opportunities, whether it’s freshmen in their first year or transfers who haven’t had a chance. Take Davis for example – in the 10th game of the season this Saturday against Georgetown, Davis could already amass more season points this year than what he did his freshman year total at Seton Hall.

With that said, he now averages the second most points (9.4) and the most rebounds (5.8) on the team.

D-UP!

If you are looking for an early Coach Shrewsberry stamp on the program, look no further than the defensive effort by this young Irish squad. The Marquette game brought an end to a five-game streak in which the defense had only allowed 65 points or fewer. Most notably, limiting the Hurricanes to a season low in points – 24 points fewer than their season average of 86 points per game.

Notre Dame’s scoring defense of 67.3 now ranks 5th in the ACC.

“We can guard, even for a group of freshmen and sophomores,” Coach Shrewsberry said. “They’re believing in what we’re talking about. We’re sitting in a stance and guarding. It’s all positive.”

“We’ve emphasized the defensive end so much,” Shrewsberry said. “We’re guarding people. We’re getting people into the right shots that we want them to take. That part there is what we’ve hung our hat on. It’s given us a chance to be in every game. For a team that doesn’t see the game or understand it defensively yet, we’re really guarding. That’s purely effort right now. Wait until we start understanding what’s going on and seeing it and talking to each other. Holy smokes. We might be OK.”

GREAT OPPORTUNITY AT HOME

Saturday vs. Georgetown marks the 10th game of the season and the Irish have had to compete in a lot of tough matches on the road: Auburn, South Carolina, Marquette and Miami. Now a great opportunity awaits – six straight at home. The last time the Irish had six straight inside Purcell Pavilion -> games 2-7 at the start of the 2019-20 season.

At home, the Irish are averaging 73.0 points on 49.3% shooting from the floor, with a .359 mark from three-point range. Away from Purcell, the Irish are averaging just 56.8 points on 34.2% shooting, with a .212 mark from three.

SECOND HALF SURGE

Speaking of Burton, he’s had a knack for surging at the right moments in the second half. Four times this season, Burton has scored double-digit points in the second half alone: Niagara, Oklahoma State, Western Michigan and Marquette.

Burton is averaging a team-best 8.8 points in the second half.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER FINISHES NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE FRIDAY, HOSTING SAGINAW VALLEY STATE

Butler (8-2) vs. Saginaw Valley State (6-3)

Friday, Dec. 15;  7PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: FS1 – Wayne Randazzo & Casey Jacobsen

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 380, SXM App 970 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

Series: Butler Leads, 1-0

At Hinkle: 1-0

First Meeting: Butler, 68-57, 11/30/21

**Only regular season match-up; teams have also previously played exhibitions

OF NOTE:

• Butler carries a five-game winning streak into Friday’s game, which also serves as the final non-conference tip of the season.

• Butler is in the midst of a five-game homestand, which includes the final four non-conference games of the season and the BIG EAST opener vs. Georgetown Dec. 19.

• Butler’s win over Cal was the team’s first double-overtime game since Feb. 28, 2018 at St. John’s.

• Butler shot 52 percent from the field Saturday vs. Cal; the Bulldogs have shot 50 percent or better in six of the team’s 10 games this season.

• The Bulldogs rank fourth nationally, committing just 13.1 fouls per game.

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in seven of its 10 games to start the season; the Bulldogs only hit the 80-point mark six times total a season ago.

• Butler’s 77.7-percent free throw percentage is 15th nationally. The Bulldogs have shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line in every game this season.

• Posh Alexander led the Bulldogs in Saturday’s win over Cal with a season-high 21 points to go along with six assists.

• Jahmyl Telfort, after going 1-for-7 from the field for only two points in the first half, finished with 20 points on 8-for-18 shooting against Cal. Thirteen (13) of his 20 points came in the two overtime sessions.

• Butler had a 21-5 advantage in bench scoring in the win over Cal. That included a career-high eight points from Finley Bizjack.

• The Bulldogs trailed 37-34 at halftime, giving the team its first win of the season when trailing at intermission (1-2).

• Pierre Brooks II scored 18 points Saturday, his fifth consecutive game scoring 17 or more points. Brooks has averaged 20.8 points per game over the five-game stretch.

• Jalen Thomas handed out a career-best four assists in the win over Cal.

• Andre Screen had a season-best three blocks Saturday after combining for a total of three blocks over the team’s first nine games.

• DJ Davis ranks 11th nationally in free throw percentage (94.3). He has two separate games going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe and has hit 33 of his 35 attempts on the season.

• Thomas posted 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Dec. 5 win over Buffalo; it marked his first double-double at Butler and the fourth of his collegiate career.

• Against Buffalo, Telfort matched or set new career-highs in rebounds (nine), assists (eight) and steals (four) to go along with 18 points. His career-high eight assists came one game after setting a then career-high of seven against Texas Tech Nov. 30.

• Prior to the Nov. 30 win over Texas Tech, the Bulldogs last scored 100 points in a game Dec. 30, 2017 when Butler defeated No. 1 Villanova, 101-93, at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

• Screen has made 32 of his first 44 attempts (73 percent) to begin his Butler career. Screen had a season-high 14 points in the win over Texas Tech.

• Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in five games this season. Butler is 6-0 this season when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.

• Butler out-rebounded Texas Tech, 40-24, Nov. 30. The +16 differential was the best of the season so far for the Bulldogs. Butler is 7-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

• Nine different Bulldogs have scored in double figures in at least one game so far at this early point of the season. Brooks is the only Bulldog who has scored at least 10 points in each game so far this season.

• Entering the season, Thad Matta has won 453 games in his 18 seasons as a head coach, which averages out to 25.2 wins per season.

Home, Sweet Hinkle

• Butler is 76-2 over its last 78 non-conference home games.

• Butler has won 14 straight non-conference home games.

• Thad Matta is 29-7 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in five of its six home games this season (going over the 90-point mark four times).

Working Overtime

• Butler is 2-0 in overtime games so far this season with a single-overtime win over Texas Tech Nov. 30 and a double-overtime win over Cal Dec. 9.

• In the three overtime sessions totaling 15 minutes, Butler scored 44 points. Over those 15 minutes, the Bulldogs shot 72 percent from the field, 80 percent from three-point range, and 93 percent at the free throw line.

• Butler has nine assists against one turnover in those 15 minutes.

• Butler scored on every possession during the overtime period in the Bulldogs’ 103-95 win over Texas Tech Nov. 30. Butler went 4-of-6 from the field, but collected offensive rebounds on both misses and scored. The team went 10-for-10 from the free throw line and did not commit a turnover.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

CHALLENGING SCHEDULE AWAITS BASEBALL ACES IN 2024

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  University of Evansville baseball coach Wes Carroll announced a challenging 2024 schedule on Wednesday which is highlighted by a season-opening trip to 2023 College World Series darling Oral Roberts, 10 games against Power Five competition, and UE hosting the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

“We are excited to announce the 2024 schedule,” said Carroll.  “It is a highly competitive schedule that will prepare us well for Missouri Valley Conference play.

“Hosting the MVC Tournament for the first time since 1998 is going to be a great opportunity to showcase our program and this community.  I look forward to seeing everyone at German American Bank Field and Braun Stadium this spring.”

Overall, Evansville will host 24 games at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium this spring, along with the entire MVC Tournament.  Season tickets for the 2024 UE baseball season will go on sale beginning on Monday, January 8.  Fans can call the UE ticket office by phone at 812-488-2237 to order their tickets, or click on the Ticket link on GoPurpleAces.com to learn more or order on-line.

UE’s non-conference slate features 10 games against Power Five competition, with four of UE’s five non-conference weekend series against teams which finished in the Top 100 in the RPI a year ago.

The season kicks off February 16-18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the Purple Aces will square off with College World Series participant Oral Roberts in a three-game series.  The Golden Eagles finished 2023 with a 52-14 overall record as champions of the Summit League, the Stillwater Regional and Eugene Super Regional.  ORU won its opener in the College World Series in dramatic fashion over TCU in its first CWS appearance since 1978.

After the home opener against Bellarmine on Tuesday, February 20, UE will once again hit the road to battle a Top 100 opponent, as the Purple Aces will travel south to take on the New Orleans Privateers in a three-game set February 23-25.  UNO finished third in the Southland Conference with a 35-24 overall record, and the Privateers were runner-up in the SLC Tournament.

February will come to an end on Wednesday, February 28 with a non-conference showdown with SEC powerhouse Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee.  UE will try to avenge a 2-1, 17-inning loss at Vanderbilt last March.

March will begin this year at home, as the Purple Aces will host Horizon League member Purdue Fort Wayne in a four-game series March 1-3.  UE will then hit the road again for a three-game series at traditional SEC power Mississippi State March 8-10.  While Mississippi State had a down year by their standards last year at 27-26, the Bulldogs did win two out of three games at eventual national champion LSU in early May, and MSU’s Dudy Noble Field is considered one of the toughest environments to play in in all of college baseball.

Evansville will begin a home-and-home series with Ohio Valley Conference member Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday, March 13 at Braun Stadium, before closing out the bulk of non-conference play with four-straight road games at Power Five competition in mid-March.  UE will travel to Big Ten member Michigan State March 15-17 for a three-game series, before heading to Lexington, Kentucky to renew its rivalry with 2023 Super Regional participant Kentucky on Tuesday, March 19.

Missouri Valley Conference play begins on Friday, March 22 against Murray State, and kicks off an eight-game homestand for the Purple Aces.  After the three-game set with Murray State (March 22-24), UE will host SIUE on Tuesday, March 26, before hosting long-time Valley rival Southern Illinois in a special Easter weekend series which will be played Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, March 30.  UE will then wrap-up its eight-game homestand with the start of a home-and-home series with Austin Peay on Tuesday, April 2.

Evansville will travel to Belmont (April 5-7) and Butler (Tuesday, April 9), before returning home to host Illinois State the weekend of April 12-14.  UE will then travel north to Bloomington, Indiana to renew its rivalry with the Indiana University Hoosiers on Tuesday, April 16.  IU finished second in the Big Ten a year ago, and finished as the runner-up at the Lexington Regional in last year’s NCAA Tournament.

UE will remain on the road with a three-game trip to Bradley the weekend of April 19-21, before finishing up a five-game road trip at Big Ten member Purdue on Tuesday, April 23.  Evansville will then welcome MVC runner-up Missouri State to town for a key MVC series the weekend of April 26-28.  The month of April concludes with a game at SEMO on Tuesday, April 30, as the Redhawks placed third in the OVC a year ago.

May begins on the road with a three-game Valley series at Valparaiso on May 3-5.  UE will then take on the crosstown University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium on Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m.  The contest will be the first regular-season game between UE and USI with both schools being Division I members, as USI moved up to Division I a year ago.

All eyes in the MVC will be on Terre Haute the weekend of May 10-12, as UE will battle defending regular-season champion Indiana State at ISU’s Bob Warn Field.  UE and Indiana State met twice on the final day of last year’s MVC Tournament, with Evansville producing a dramatic ninth-inning rally capped by Chase Hug’s two-strike, two-out walk-off grand slam to win the first tournament final, 6-5.  ISU was able to bounce back to take home the crown in the nightcap, and UE will be looking to avenge that loss that weekend.

The final week of the regular-season will feature a non-conference game at Austin Peay on Tuesday, May 14, before a three-game home series against UIC beginning Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18.  Then, Evansville will serve as host for the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament from Tuesday, May 21 through Saturday, May 25.  It will mark UE’s first time hosting the tournament at Braun Stadium, and the first time UE has hosted the MVC baseball tournament overall since 1998, when Evansville hosted the tournament at historic Bosse Field in downtown Evansville.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL

CARDONA ADDS ALL-AMERICAN STATUS TO LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Giulia Cardona became the first player in University of Evansville volleyball history to earn All-America status as she garnered American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention honors on Wednesday morning.

With the NCAA Final Four on the horizon this weekend, Cardona continues to be the national leader in kills per set (5.34), points per set (6.14) and attacks per set (15.00).  Cardona became UE’s first honoree in the 42-year history of the AVCA All-America Teams at the NCAA Division I level.  She was the MVC’s lone representative on this year’s list.

“I am happy to see Giulia being recognized on a national level,” Purple Aces head volleyball coach Fernando Morales said.  “We were witnesses of what she did night in and night out, but to see those on a national scale realizing this is huge for Giulia and our program.”

In total, 98 players were honored with 14 being named to first, second and third teams and 56 garnering honorable mention accolades.  Earlier in the month, Cardona became Evansville’s first player to garner AVCA All-Region honors.

Cardona was UE’s first  Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and was one of the top performers in the MVC and the entire nation.  Cardona wrapped up the 2023 campaign with a total of 593 kills, breaking her own UE program mark, which she set in 2022.

She was named the AVCA GameChanger Division I National Player of the Week on October 17 becoming just the second player in league history to earn the accolade.  Cardona was a 4-tie MVC Player of the Week and recorded two of the league’s four 20-kill, 20-dig performances in 2023.

This marks just the second time that a Purple Aces female has garnered All-American honors at the Division I level.  In 2000, Krista McKendree was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Third Team All-American.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL

USI SOFTBALL FINALIZES 2024 SCHEDULE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Softball has set its 2024 schedule, opening the new campaign at the Easton Bama Bash February 16-18.

The 2024 schedule features 46 games, including 12 home games at USI Softball Field. All four home series will be Ohio Valley Conference contests.

“We are looking forward to the schedule and competition in store for the 2024 season,” USI Head Coach Sue Kunkle said. “Moving forward into year two of our Division I transition will bring us far fewer uncertainties and many more expectations compared to the first year of the transition last season. We are excited about the talent and passion of this group that will continue to pave the way into making our mark at the D-I level.”

USI’s opening weekend at the Easton Bama Bash is highlighted by a matchup against Southeastern Conference host University of Alabama on February 18. Alabama was a 2023 Women’s College World Series participant, finishing last season ranked 11th in the 2023 ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll and seventh in the 2023 USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Coaches Poll. The Eagles will also clash against the University of Virginia out of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Easton Bama Bash. Virginia and Alabama will be the Eagles’ first opponents from a major conference since transitioning to Division I. Southern Indiana also takes on the University of St. Thomas during the weekend tournament.

The following weekend, February 23-25, Southern Indiana heads across the state of Alabama for the 2024 Cocky Classic, hosted by Jacksonville State University. During the event, the Screaming Eagles face Jacksonville State, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Belmont University.

The Screaming Eagles travel to Florida once again in 2024, as the non-conference slate continues at The Spring Games in Madeira Beach, Florida, March 2-6. USI will play six schools across six games in five days.

The Eagles open Ohio Valley Conference action March 9-10 with a series at Tennessee Tech University, kicking off a 27-game conference schedule.

USI’s first home series at USI Softball Field will be the following weekend, March 16-17, against Morehead State University. On April 13-14, Southern Indiana hosts the reigning Ohio Valley Conference champions Eastern Illinois University as part of Alumni Weekend at USI Softball Field.

USI Softball will also have three non-conference single games scattered in the middle of the regular season. The Eagles will play across town at the University of Evansville on April 3 and visit Bellarmine University on April 17 and Butler University on April 23.

Southern Indiana finishes the 2024 home schedule April 27-28 against Tennessee State University, whom the Eagles defeated for the program’s first-ever OVC Tournament win in 2023. USI concludes the regular season on the road, May 4-5, at Western Illinois University, which enters its first season as an OVC member.

The 2024 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament occurs May 8-11 at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex in Peoria, Illinois.

The Eagles are coming off a third-place finish in the OVC to earn their first OVC Tournament berth last spring.

Further information regarding game broadcasts, tickets, and more will become available at a later date. Game dates and times are subject to change.

MARIAN FOOTBALL

NATE FREY EARNS AFCA NAIA FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN HONORS

WACO, TEXAS – On Wednesday, December 12, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced its 2023 NAIA Football All-Americans. Marian University earned one of the 26 First Team All-American honors, with the Knights’ Nate Frey, the 2023 MSFA Mideast League Defensive Player of the Year, earning First Team All-American honors.

Nate Frey joins a long list of Marian Knights to earn AFCA First Team All-American honors, and gives Marian three consecutive seasons with a player on the AFCA First Team, joining Zach Sibila (2022) and Johnny William (2021). Frey is Marian’s 21st different player to earn AFCA All-American Honors, and is also the 12th player to be named to the First Team. The fifth-year senior out of Carmel is just Marian’s third defensive player to earn First Team All-American honors, joining Chris White (2009) and Dustin Craig (2011).

As a fifth-year senior, Frey made the most of his final campaign, starting all 11 of Marian’s games and ending the season as the team’s second-leading tackler with 73 on the season. Frey, the 2023 MSFA Mideast League Defensive Player of the Year, made 36 solo stops and 37 assisted tackles, dropping opponents behind the line of scrimmage five times. Frey tied for the team-lead with three interceptions and made three pass breakups on the year, recovering and forcing one fumble. In his senior season, Frey earned NAIA Defensive Player of the Week following a 13-tackle performance against then-ranked 10th Concordia.

The All-American became a day-one starter as a redshirt-freshman in the 2020-21 season, and ended his career with 40 consecutive starts at safety, one of the longest consecutive start streaks in program history. Frey ended his career ranked 12th all-time at Marian in interceptions, seventh all-time in total tackles, sixth all-time in solo tackles, and 15th all-time in assisted tackles.

Frey helped Marian’s defense rank in the top-15 throughout the entire NAIA season in points allowed per game, yards allowed per game, and interceptions.

ROSE-HULMAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO HANOVER IN HCAC CONTEST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s basketball team fell to Hanover on Wednesday night 84-54.

Rose-Hulman battled early on, and they went on a 14-3 run early in the second half to cut the lead to 49-42. However, the Panthers would get things back on track and cruise to the win with a 27-point fourth quarter.

The Panthers finished with five players in double figures including Grace Bezold who led the team with 19.

The Fightin’ Engineers were led by Manuella Shomba with 16 points. Sophia Reese and Grace Roland also finished in double figures with 13 and 11.

Reese tied her career-highs with her 13 points, 2 steals and a block.

Roland led the team with 9 rebounds, and Mira Randolph paced them with 3 assists.

Rose-Hulman will return to Hulbert Arena for their final game of a three-game home stand as they host the Elmhurst Blue Jays at 2 PM on Saturday, December 16.

MEN’S BASKETBALL SUFFERS ROAD LOSS AGAINST HANOVER

HANOVER, Ind.– The Rose-Hulman men’s basketball team traveled to face Hanover College on Wednesday night in HCAC action. The team suffered a loss to the Panthers with a final score of 74-59. This drops the team to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the HCAC.

Miles McGowen was one rebound away from a double-double leading the team with 19 points and nine rebounds. Jack Jenniges also reached double figures in scoring with 11 points in the contest. Kobe Stoudemire was a key facilitator leading the team with five assists.

A made three-pointer by Bradley Harden at the end of the first half gave the Engineers the one point lead with the score at 35-34 heading into halftime.

Hanover turned up the intensity on defense in the second half putting together a 18-3 run to stand ahead 64-49 with 7:16 left in the game. The lead proved to be too much to overcome as the Panthers would claim the win.

Rose-Hulman will return to action on Sunday, 12/17 as they host St. John Fisher at 3 PM in the Rose-Hulman Round Robin.

LADY TRAILBLAZERS RIDE BIG SECOND QUARTER TO WIN IN REGION 24 OPENER

 The Vincennes University Lady Trailblazers opened up Region 24 play Wednesday night on the road against Rend Lake College in Ina, Ill.

The Blazers fell behind early but were able to take the lead back for good with a big second quarter scoring run to pick up the 78-61 victory over the Lady Warriors.

Vincennes got off to a very slow start at Rend Lake, with the Lady Warriors scoring the first nine points of the game and quickly building a 12-2 lead.

VU would answer back with a 10-0 scoring run to even the score at 12-12 before Rend Lake hit a three before the buzzer to end the first quarter holding a 15-12 lead over the Trailblazers.

Vincennes looked to take control of the game to begin the second quarter, hitting three straight threes to use a 9-0 run to take a 21-15 lead.

The Lady Blazers would keep adding on, using some strong defensive pressure to outscore the Lady Warriors 17-1 and take a 40-21 lead.

Rend Lake would look to cut into the VU lead before halftime however, scoring the final even points of the opening half of play to cut the deficit to 44-31 at the break.

The Lady Warriors would look to continue this momentum into the second half, cutting the VU lead down to five points at 48-43 where it would hold for the rest of the third quarter.

Vincennes was left holding a 55-50 advantage over Rend Lake College heading into the final 10 minutes of action.

Rend Lake would continue to cut into the VU lead down to just three early in the fourth quarter at 58-55 before the Lady Blazers would take control of the game back by outscoring the Lady Warriors 17-2 to take a 75-57 lead.

The Lady Blazers would keep this lead and run the clock out as Vincennes finished off a 78-61 victory over Rend Lake to pick up the win in the Region 24 opener.

Vincennes was led offensively by a big double-double by freshman Taylor Guess (Indianapolis, Ind.) who came off the bench to pick up her first collegiate double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Freshman Destinee Hooks (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished off her night with 14 points and a team-high four steals, while freshman Makyla Tucker (Indianapolis, Ind.) came away with 14 points, three rebounds and three steals off the bench.

Freshman Karina Scott (Noblesville, Ind.) was the fourth VU scorer in double-figures Wednesday night ending with 12 points on four made three-pointers, while dishing out a team-high four assists.

Sophomore Johnai Wimbleduff (Indianapolis, Ind.) came off the bench to add eight points and five rebounds and sophomore Katrina Litte (Valmiera, Latvia) ended with six points on two made threes and dishing out four assists.

The Lady Trailblazers will look to keep this momentum going into the weekend when VU heads to Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill. Saturday, Dec. 16 for the first Region 24 basketball doubleheader of the season. Tip-off time for the Lady Blazers is set for 2 p.m. eastern.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

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

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

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

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

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

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

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

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

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php                                                                                                                                                                            

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

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston175.77311-06-59-116-47-32 W
Philadelphia167.6961.59-37-44-212-56-44 W
New York1310.5654.57-36-72-311-65-51 L
Brooklyn1310.5654.58-55-51-311-87-31 W
Toronto1014.4178.07-63-80-76-134-61 W
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee177.70812-25-54-315-77-32 W
Indiana139.5913.07-56-46-211-86-41 L
Cleveland1311.5424.06-67-52-29-65-52 L
Chicago916.3608.57-72-93-36-104-62 L
Detroit222.08315.01-121-101-62-140-1021 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando167.69611-25-53-111-48-22 W
Miami1410.5832.56-48-65-011-95-52 W
Atlanta914.3917.03-76-73-26-123-75 L
Charlotte715.3188.54-83-73-57-124-62 L
Washington320.13013.01-82-121-72-181-96 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota175.77310-17-44-012-38-21 L
Oklahoma City157.6822.08-47-32-29-67-32 W
Denver169.6402.59-17-82-112-76-42 W
Utah816.33310.07-51-112-57-134-61 W
Portland616.27311.02-64-101-32-123-74 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
LA Lakers1510.60010-25-84-212-76-41 W
Sacramento139.5910.57-36-64-411-95-51 L
LA Clippers1310.5651.09-34-73-212-87-35 W
Phoenix1311.5421.56-77-43-410-85-51 L
Golden State1013.4354.05-65-73-59-114-62 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas158.6527-48-45-210-66-44 W
Houston129.5712.011-11-84-211-86-44 W
New Orleans1411.5602.09-45-73-210-96-42 W
Memphis617.2619.01-105-72-55-143-73 L
San Antonio320.13012.01-112-91-43-140-1018 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins940.6920.04112945-1-04-3-06-3-03-1-01 L
Buffalo Bills760.5382.03482445-2-02-4-04-5-02-2-01 W
New York Jets580.3854.02012573-5-02-3-03-6-01-3-01 W
New England Patriots3100.2316.01692721-6-02-4-03-5-02-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs850.6150.02922284-3-04-2-06-2-03-1-02 L
Denver Broncos760.5381.02873094-3-03-3-04-5-02-2-01 W
Los Angeles Chargers580.3853.02822822-5-03-3-03-5-01-2-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders580.3853.02022594-3-01-5-03-5-01-2-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens1030.7690.03612185-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-03 W
Cleveland Browns850.6152.02892726-1-02-4-06-3-03-2-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers760.5383.02102504-4-03-2-05-4-03-1-02 L
Cincinnati Bengals760.5383.02802874-3-03-3-03-6-00-4-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars850.6150.03122903-4-05-1-06-4-04-1-02 L
Indianapolis Colts760.5381.03143302-4-05-2-05-4-03-2-01 L
Houston Texans760.5381.02872795-2-02-4-04-4-01-2-01 L
Tennessee Titans580.3853.02412824-2-01-6-03-6-00-3-01 W
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys1030.7690.04212337-0-03-3-07-3-04-1-05 W
Philadelphia Eagles1030.7690.03423215-1-05-2-06-2-03-1-02 L
New York Giants580.3855.01833143-3-02-5-04-4-02-2-03 W
Washington Commanders490.3086.02613951-5-03-4-02-7-00-5-04 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
x-San Francisco 49ers1030.7690.03802055-1-05-2-08-1-04-0-05 W
Los Angeles Rams670.4624.02992903-3-03-4-04-4-04-1-01 L
Seattle Seahawks670.4624.02803184-2-02-5-05-5-01-4-04 L
Arizona Cardinals3100.2317.02303312-4-01-6-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions940.6920.03403144-2-05-2-06-3-02-2-01 L
Minnesota Vikings760.5382.02662422-4-05-2-06-3-02-1-01 W
Green Bay Packers670.4623.02802674-2-02-5-04-4-02-2-01 L
Chicago Bears580.3854.02703093-3-02-5-04-5-02-3-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers670.4620.02622703-3-03-4-05-4-03-1-02 W
Atlanta Falcons670.4620.02512694-3-02-4-04-5-03-1-01 L
New Orleans Saints670.4620.02852613-3-03-4-03-5-02-2-01 W
Carolina Panthers1120.0775.01973411-4-00-8-00-9-00-4-06 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins2718544017886710-2-18-3-35-4-1
New York Rangers271971391889789-3-010-4-16-4-0
Florida Panthers281792361785739-4-08-5-25-4-1
Toronto Maple Leafs261565351194848-4-17-2-46-1-3
New York Islanders281477351387908-3-56-4-27-1-2
Philadelphia Flyers2815103331385766-6-19-4-25-3-2
Detroit Red Wings2815943415106928-4-37-5-16-3-1
Washington Capitals251483311264728-4-26-4-15-4-1
New Jersey Devils2715111311594966-6-19-5-07-3-0
10 Carolina Hurricanes2815121311492918-2-17-10-04-5-1
11 Tampa Bay Lightning30131253113961068-3-35-9-24-6-0
12 Pittsburgh Penguins2813123291283746-6-17-6-24-3-3
13 Montreal Canadiens2912134289791016-9-26-4-24-4-2
14 Buffalo Sabres30121532712851016-7-16-8-23-6-1
15 Columbus Blue Jackets309165239871067-8-22-8-34-5-1
16 Ottawa Senators2311120221079748-9-03-3-05-5-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights30205545161057311-2-29-3-36-1-3
Colorado Avalanche29189238171058811-4-07-5-25-3-2
Vancouver Canucks29199139191117411-3-18-6-06-4-0
Los Angeles Kings261664361694655-5-311-1-16-3-1
Winnipeg Jets281792361791748-5-19-4-16-4-0
Dallas Stars271683351495847-5-19-3-24-4-2
Nashville Predators29161303215908810-6-06-7-07-3-0
Arizona Coyotes2813132281190868-5-05-8-25-5-0
Edmonton Oilers2613121271292859-4-14-8-08-2-0
10 St. Louis Blues2813141271280947-5-06-9-13-7-0
11 Calgary Flames29111442611871046-6-15-8-34-5-1
12 Seattle Kraken309147258781015-8-24-6-52-6-2
13 Minnesota Wild261012424981885-4-25-8-25-4-1
14 San Jose Sharks299173219641176-6-23-11-16-2-2
15 Anaheim Ducks281018020974965-10-05-8-01-9-0
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FOOTBALL HISTORY

December 14, 1920 –  Fighting Irish legend George Gipp passed away from pneumonia at the age of 25.  The History of College Football reminds us that Gipp is probably best known for asking his Coach Knute Rockne from his hospital bed, to at some time at a point in the future, will find themselves in Rockne and the Irish need some inspiration to ask the team “to win one for the Gipper.”

December 14, 1930 – An interesting Gridiron charity game pitted the New York Football Giants against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Giants surged earlier in the season but then dropped their last two games which eliminated them from a chance at the NFL Title. With this in mind they teamed up with the ever popular Notre Dame eleven to hold a benefit game to raise money for cash strapped families during the Great Depression according to Hapmoran.org. The G-men triumphed 22-0.

December 14, 1930 – The National Football League Champions were the Green Bay Packers  who with a 10-3-1 record repeated to take the title with best record and in that era of the NFL, the team with the best record received the Title per the fandom.com American Football story on the season.

December 14, 1941 – It is amazing that with all of the times that the Bears and the Packers have faced each other that there was only one time in history so far that they met in the postseason. That one time meeting was indeed historic as it was also the first NFL divisional playoff game. In that era of the NFL there were two divisions and the team with the best record in each division would meet in the NFL Championship Game. The 1941 season however the Bears and Packer tied for the best record in the Western Division of the NFL with identical 10-1 records. Each team was victorious on the other’s field. On Sept. 28, the Bears defeated the Packers at City Stadium, 25-17. The Packers returned the favor on Nov. 2 at Wrigley Field, winning 16-14. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online covers the game play in detail but also shares with us that in this meeting it was the Bears who claimed the right to play for the Title as they knocked off the Packers 33-14 in the third and most important meeting of the season.

December 14, 1947 – Action from the AAFC Championship Game had the Cleveland Browns defeating the New York Yankees 14-3 to win yet another title in the fledgling league.

December 14, 1980 – Metropolitan Stadium – “the Miracle at the Met” the Minnesota Vikings have sure been involved in a lot of famous plays. Before the Minneapolis Miracle there was this fantastic game when the Cleveland Browns were in town according to ESPN.com. The Browns held a 1 point lead with 14 ticks of the clock remaining. It looked dismal for the home fans as the Vikings had possession of the ball but were 80 yards away from the Brown’s goal line. The use of a hook and lateral ate up 9 precious seconds as the lateral went to Vikes running back Ted Brown who reached the Cleveland 46 got out of bounds. Quarterback Tommy  Kramer then fired a lofty pass to the right side of the endzone in desperation, three Browns were in a position to make a play on the ball but they tipped it into the hands of Vikings Receiver Ahmad Rashad in the back corner of the endzone in a truly miraculous conclusion. Kramer passed for 456 yards to set a franchise record in a non Over Time game, and the final score was 28-24, Minnesota!

December 14, 1980 – New Orleans Saints fans ended their paper bags over their heads “Aints” era when their favorite team edged out the New York Jets 21-20 to stop a 14 game losing streak.

December 14, 1991 – The 57th Heisman Trophy Award went to Desmond Howard, the University of Michigan’s talented wide receiver and return man. Howard according to the Heisman.com website held the second largest voting margin of victory in the Awards history. The Junior wideout helped the Wolverines achieve a 10-1 record while catching 61 receptions for 960 yards with 19 TDs and ran in a couple more scores on rushes. He scored another couple of touchdowns on a kick and a punt return. He averaged a whopping 31 yards per kick return and a solid 15.3 yards per punt return. I would say that sets up for some great field position on offense!

December 14, 1996 – Quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the Florida Gators was voted as the 62nd Heisman Trophy winner. Wuerffel was only the second Gator to win the Award, the other was none other than his Florida Head Coach Steve Spurrier per the Heisman’s official website. Danny  rifled 3,625 yards and 36 touchdowns as he aided the Gators to an 11-1 record and another shot at the national title. Wuerffel showed up in that big national championship game too as he threw for 306 yards and 3 touchdowns against a strong Florida State defense in a 52-20 Gator romp against their cross state rivals to win Florida’s first ever National title.

December 14, 1998 – The Downtown Athletic Club handed its 64th version of the Heisman Award to University of Texas Running Back Ricky Williams. We told you earlier that Desmon Howard in 1991 received the second highest percentage of Heisman votes, well Ricky Williams is the only player ahead of him in that category. Williams had 43% of the voters cast his name in the Heisman voting according to the Award’s website tabulation. Ricky set 21 NCAA records as he ran for an impeccable 2,124 yards and 27 TDs on the season. The standout Longhorn runner also won the Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards as well as becoming the only player in College Football history to win the Doak Walker Award twice.

December 14, 2009  – University of Alabama hard working running back Mark Ingram Jr. won the 75th Heisman Trophy Award. He was unbelievably the first Bama Heisman winner to also win a National Championship Title with the Tide that same season. Ingrams according to the Trophy’s official site won the narrowest vote in Heisman history up to that point. Mark Ingram in the 2009 season rushed for 1,542 yards with 15 touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 322 yards and three TD’s to aid Alabama in going undefeated on the year.

December 14, 2019 – The 85th Heisman Trophy was earned by Joe Burrow, the stud quarterback of Louisiana State University. Heisman.com informs the reader that the LSU Senior signal caller threw a Heisman tying record 48 touchdowns on the season with 4715 yards through the air. Joe’s 2019 completion rate of 77.9% is the highest ever in the Award’s history.

Birthdays of Hall of Fame Players for December 14

December 14, 1921 – Pittston, Pennsylvania – Charley Trippi the Georgia Bulldogs great halfback was born. The NFF starts out their bio of Charley with the story of the 1943 Rose Bowl game in which Georgia would face powerhouse UCLA. The Bulldogs would be at a slight disadvantage as their stud All-America runner Frank Sinkwich was hurt and not able to play. The substitute for Sinkwich was Trippi and boy did he ever put on a show as he went on to become the game’s MVP by helping the Dogs overcome adversity in defeating the Bruins 9-0. After some great seasons at Georgia which were WWII interrupted, and he served his country, Trippi really set his fabled Bulldog lore in his Senior year.  Charley led Georgia t0 a perfect 10-0 regular season, the amazing halfback won the Sugar Bowl for the Bulldogs when he tossed a touchdown pass to teammate Dan Edwards, sealing off a 20-10 victory over the Tarheels of North Carolina. The National Football Foundation selected Charley Trippi to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1959. Trippi may be the only player to have ever played in four Chicago College All-Star games as a collegian, two with the Bulldogs, two while in the service and a fifth as a professional. The Pro Football Hall of Fame tells an interesting story about Charley after college. It was the AAFC’s New York Yankees who were ready to hold a press conference to announce Charley Trippi as their newest player but at the last minute they found out that Charles Bidwell Senior of the Chicago Cardinals had inked Trippi to a sweet deal. Charley signed a four-season long, $100,000 professional contract with the Chicago Cardinals making him the second highest paid pro player at the time behind only Red Grange. Bidwell was billing it the “Dream Back Field” as Trippi would join Cardinals greats Paul Christman, Pat Harder, Marshall Goldberg and, later, Elmer Angsman but Mr. Bidwell passed away before ever seeing the men play together. The Dream Backfield was as thought and the Cardinals captured the 1947 Championship of the NFL by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 28-21. Trippi put on basketball shoes to gain traction on the Icy Comiskey Park surface to rush for 206 total yards of rushing and returns with 2 scores. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined him in 1968.

December 14, 1939 – New Salem Pennsylvania – Ernie Davis the standout Syracuse halfback was born. Ernie, according to the NFF web bio on him, led Syracuse to a national championship in 1959. Davis was the top player in the nation in 1961 as he rushed for 823 yards as a senior and scored 15 touchdowns while leading Syracuse in pass receiving with 16 catches for 157 yards.  Ernie Davis the first African-American player to win the Heisman but he was also the first black player to be drafted with the top pick in the NFL Draft! Unfortunately shortly after signing a life changing contract with the Browns, Ernie came down with Leukemia and was not able to live out his professional dream. We lost the great Ernie Davis at the young age of just 23. The National Football Foundation selected Ernie Davis to become a member posthumously of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

32 – 88 – 4 – 9 – 28 – 16 – 21 – 17 – 22 – 34 – 9 – 30 – 20

December 14, 1953 – Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax. The pitcher would wear the Number 32 for the Dodgers through the 1966 season.

December 14, 1958 – Number 88, Pat Summerall kicked the game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

December 14, 1968 – Number 4, Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick and it was against the Chicago Blackhawks.

December 14, 1980 – Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Number 9, Tommy Kramer threw for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24 on a tipped pass that receiver Number 28, Ahamad Rashad caught for the game winner on the last play. The Miracle at the Met

December 14, 1982 – LA Kings’ Number 16, Marcel Dionne became the 9th NHL skater to score 500 goals in a career. The Kings organization retired the Number 16 in Dionne’s honor on November 8, 1990

December 14, 1991 – 57th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Michigan wide receiver, Number 21, Desmond Howard

December 14, 1996 – 62nd Heisman Trophy Award was won by Florida Quarterback, Number 17, Danny Wuerffel

December 14, 1997 – Phoenix Coyote winger Number 22, Mike Gartner became the 5th NHL skater to score 700 goals

December 14, 1998 – 64th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Texas running back Number 34, Ricky Williams

December 14, 2009 – 75th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Alabama running back, Number 22, Mark Ingram, Jr.

December 14, 2019 – 85th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Louisiana State University Quarterback Number 9, Joe Burrow. Burrow had the highest percentage of first place votes ever with 90.7%

December 14, 2021 – Steph Curry, Number 30 of the Golden State Warriors, made his 2,974th three-point shot to pass Ray Allen (Number 34 & Number 20) as the NBA’s top career 3-point shooter during Golden State Warriors’ 105-96 win over NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden

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