Floyd Central 92 Jennings County 77
Fort Wayne Dwenger 52 Leo 47
Hanover Central 54 Hobart 32
Indianapolis International 71 Purdue Poly North 54
Indianapolis Riverside 68 Indiana Math & Science 27
Indianapolis Tech 58 Fort Wayne South 55
KIPP Indy Legacy 59 Indiana Deaf 53
Victory College Prep 61 GEO Next Generation 40


Anderson Prep at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Chicago Brooks (Ill.) at Gary 21st Century 8:00 pm
Clinton Central at Southern Wells 6:30 pm
Culver at South Central (Union Mills) 8:00 pm
Greencastle at Owen Valley 7:30 pm
Hammond Science & Tech at Marquette Catholic 8:00 pm
Heartland Christian at Mooresville Christian 7:15 pm
Illiana Christian at Lake Station 8:00 pm
Jac-Cen-Del at Milan 7:30 pm
Kouts at Rensselaer Central 8:00 pm
Lakewood Park at Fort Wayne Canterbury 7:30 pm
Lowell at River Forest 8:00 pm
Muncie Burris at Wes-Del 7:30 pm
North Central (Farmersburg) at West Vigo 7:30 pm
Sheridan at Cowan 7:45 pm
Smith Academy at Lakeland Christian 6:00 pm
Southwestern (Hanover) at Scottsburg 7:30 pm
Thrival Indy Academy at Liberty Christian 7:30 pm
Victory Christian at Gary West 8:00 pm




10 AM CT | G1: HOMESTEAD (23-4) VS. LAKE CENTRAL (24-4)





12 PM ET | G2: BREMEN (15-11) VS. NORTHWOOD (20-6)




12 PM ET | G2: ANDREAN (13-14) VS. LEWIS CASS (22-3)



10 AM ET | G1: UNION CITY (14-12) VS. CLINTON CENTRAL (24-1)

















10 AM ET | G1: JAC-CEN-DEL (21-5) VS. LANESVILLE (26-1)





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Friday, Feb. 16, 2024
Session 1
12:30 pm CT – Gates open
1:30 pm CT – Parade of Champions
2 pm CT – First Round Weight Classes 152 – 285 
5:30 pm CT – First Round Weight Classes 106 – 144

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024
Session 2
8 am CT – Gates open
9 am CT – Quarterfinals begin with Semifinals to follow
Fieldhouse cleared of all spectators following Semifinals
1 pm – 6 pm CT – Fan Festival outside of Ford Center
Session 3 
3:30 pm CT – Gates open
4:30 pm CT – Consolation matches 
7:30 pm CT – State Championship matches



Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024 (Swimming Preliminaries).
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024 (Diving, Consolations & Finals in Swimming events).

Admission: All tickets will be digital through your mobile phone and may be purchased through Eventlink (additional fees may apply). No cash. Present your purchase verification on your mobile phone at the gate for admission. $7 per session; $12 both sessions. Children age 5 or younger admitted free.

1. First place sectional winners in each event qualify for the state finals plus
2. Any contestant who equals or betters the state time standard in their respective event in the consolation finals or championship finals of the sectional qualifies for the state finals. The state standard may not be achieved by a swimmer who is competing as the first leg of a relay.
3. The next fastest number of contestants in the state that would bring the total number of state meet entrants to thirty-two (32) in each event. In the event that a tie exists for the 32nd position, the tie shall stand and both swimmers shall advance to the state championships.

1. First through fourth place sectional winners will qualify for the diving regional.
2. First through eighth place regional winners will qualify for the state finals.

1. Lake Central (16) | Thurs, 5 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Crown Point, East Chicago Central, Gary West Side, Griffith, Hammond Bishop Noll, Hammond Central, Hammond Morton, Highland, Illiana Christian, Lake Central, Lowell, Munster, North Newton, Rensselaer Central, South Newton, West Central.

2. Valparaiso (14) | Thurs, 6 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Boone Grove, Calumet, Chesterton, Hobart, Kankakee Valley, Knox, Kouts, LaPorte, Merrillville, Michigan City, North Judson-San Pierre, Portage, Valparaiso, Wheeler

3. Penn (10) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Bremen, Mishawaka, Mishawaka Marian, New Prairie, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Riley, South Bend Saint Joseph, South Bend Washington, Trinty School at Greenlawn

4. Warsaw (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Cass, Columbia City, Culver Academies, Logansport, Manchester, Northfield, Pioneer, Plymouth, Rochester Community, Tippecanoe Valley, Wabash, Warsaw Community

5. Elkhart (11) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Angola, Concord, DeKalb, East Noble, Eastside, Elkhart, Goshen, Jimtown, Northridge, NorthWood, Wawasee

6. Fort Wayne South Side (12) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 12:30 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Carroll (Fort Wayne), Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne Northrop, Fort Wayne North Side, Fort Wayne Snider, Fort Wayne South Side, Fort Wayne Wayne, Homestead
7. Jay County (11) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Adams Central, Bellmont, Blackford, Bluffton, Delta, Huntington North, Jay County, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central, Norwell, South Adams

8. Fishers (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Anderson, Elwood Community, Fishers, Frankton, Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern, Lapel, Mississinewa, Marion, Oak Hill, Pendleton Heights, Yorktown

9. Carmel (10) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets  
Carmel, Eastern (Greentown), Guerin Catholic, Kokomo, Maconaquah, Noblesville, Northwestern, Tipton, Western, Westfield

10. Crawfordsville (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9:30 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Attica, Benton Central, Crawfordsville, Delphi Community, Fountain Central, North Montgomery, North Vermillion, Seeger, South Vermillion, Southmont, Twin Lakes, Western Boone

11. Plainfield (10) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Avon, Cascade, Danville Community, Greencastle, North Putnam, Plainfield, South Putnam, Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo, West Vigo

12. Lafayette Jefferson (10) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Carroll (Flora), Clinton Central, Frankfort, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, Lebanon, McCutcheon, West Lafayette, Zionsville

13. Decatur Central (13) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Ben Davis, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, Brownsburg, Decatur Central, Herron, Indianapolis Arsenal Technical, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, Indianapolis Shortridge, International School of Indiana, Park Tudor, Pike, Speedway, Tri-West Hendricks

14. Lawrence North (13) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Beech Grove, Franklin Central, Heritage Christian, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis Cathedral, Indianapolis Scecina Memorial, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, North Central (Indianapolis), Purdue Polytechnic – Downtown, University, Roncalli, Warren Central

15. New Palestine (11) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Centerville, Connersville, Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Hagerstown, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), New Castle, New Palestine, Richmond, Seton Catholic, Shelbyville

16. Franklin Community (9) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Center Grove, Franklin Community, Greenwood Community, Indian Creek, Martinsville, Mooresville, Perry Meridian, Southport, Whiteland Community

17. Columbus North (14) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Batesville, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Columbus East, Columbus North, East Central, Edgewood, Greensburg, Lawrenceburg, Milan, Oldenburg Academy, Rising Sun, South Dearborn, South Ripley

18. Floyd Central (15) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 8:15 am, 11 am ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Charlestown, Floyd Central, Henryville, Jeffersonville, Jennings County, Madison Consolidated, New Albany, Providence, Salem, Scottsburg, Seymour, Shawe Memorial, Silver Creek, Southwestern (Hanover), Switzerland County

19. Jasper (15) | Thurs, 6:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 10 am, 2 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomfield, Corydon Central, Forest Park, Heritage Hills, Jasper, Lanesville, Northeast Dubois, North Harrison, Pike Central, South Spencer, Southridge, Tecumseh, Tell City, Vincennes Lincoln

20. Evansville North (13) | Thurs, 5 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Boonville, Castle, Evansville Bosse, Evansville Central, Evansville Christian, Evansville Harrison, Evansville Mater Dei, Evansville Reitz Memorial, Evansville North, Evansville F.J. Reitz, Gibson Southern, Mt. Vernon, North Posey













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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eight children were among 22 people hit by gunfire in a shooting at the end of Wednesday’s parade to celebrate the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl win, authorities said, as terrified fans ran for cover and yet another high-profile public event was marred by gun violence. One person was killed, a mother of two identified by her radio station as a DJ.

Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves detailed the shooting’s toll at a news conference and said three people had been taken into custody. She said she has heard that fans may have been involved in apprehending a suspect but couldn’t immediately confirm that.

“I’m angry at what happened today. The people who came to this celebration should expect a safe environment,” Graves said. Police did not immediately release any details about the people taken into custody or about a possible motive for the shootings. She said firearms had been recovered, but not what kind of weapons were used.

“All of that is being actively investigated,” she said.

It is the latest sports celebration in the U.S. to be marred by gun violence, following a shooting that injured several people last year in downtown Denver after the Nuggets’ NBA championship, and gunfire last year at a parking lot near the Texas Rangers’ World Series championship parade.

Social media users posted shocking video of police running through a crowded scene as people hurriedly scrambled for cover and fled. One video showed someone apparently performing chest compressions on a shooting victim as another person, seemingly writhing in pain, lay on the ground nearby. People screamed in the background.

Another video showed two people chase and tackle a person, holding them down until two police officers arrived.

Radio station KKFI said in a Facebook post Wednesday evening that Lisa Lopez-Galvan, host of “Taste of Tejano,” was killed in the shooting.

“This senseless act has taken a beautiful person from her family and this KC Community,” KKFI said in a statement.

Lopez-Galvan, whose DJ name was “Lisa G,” was an extrovert and devoted mother from a prominent Latino family in the area, said Rosa Izurieta and Martha Ramirez, two childhood friends who worked with her at a staffing company. Izurieta said Lopez-Galvan had attended the parade with her husband and her adult son, a die-hard Kansas City sports fan who also was shot.

“She’s the type of person who would jump in front of a bullet for anybody — that would be Lisa,” Izurieta said.

The shooting outside Union Station happened despite more than 800 police officers who were in the building and around the area, including on top of nearby buildings, said Mayor Quinton Lucas, who attended with his wife and mother and had to run for cover when gunfire broke out.

“I think that’s something that all of us who are parents, who are just regular people living each day, have to decide what we wish to do about,” Lucas said. “Parades, rallies, schools, movies. It seems like almost nothing is safe.”

Kansas City has long struggled with gun violence, and in 2020 it was among nine cities targeted by the U.S. Justice Department in an effort to crack down on violent crime. In 2023 the city matched a record with 182 homicides, most of which involved guns.

Lucas has joined with mayors across the country in calling for new laws to reduce gun violence, including mandating universal background checks.

Lisa Money, a resident of the city, was trying to gather some confetti near the end of the parade when she heard somebody yell, “Down, down, everybody down!”

At first Money thought somebody might be joking until she saw the SWAT team jumping over the fence.

“I can’t believe it really happened. Who in their right mind would do something like this? This is supposed to be a day of celebration for everybody in the city and the surrounding area. And then you’ve got some idiot that wants to come along and do something like this,” she said.

Kevin Sanders, 53, of Lenexa, Kansas, said he heard what sounded like firecrackers and then people started running. After that initial flurry, calm returned, and he didn’t think much of it. But 10 minutes later, ambulances started showing up.

“It sucks that someone had to ruin the celebration, but we are in a big city,” Sanders said.

University Health spokeswoman Nancy Lewis said the hospital was treating eight gunshot victims. Two were in critical condition and six were in stable condition, she said. The hospital also was treating four people for other injuries resulting from the chaos after the shooting, Lewis said.

Lisa Augustine, spokesperson for Children’s Mercy Kansas City, said the hospital was treating 12 patients from the rally, including 11 children, some of whom suffered gunshot wounds.

St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City received one gunshot patient in critical condition and three walk-ins with injuries that were not life-threatening, spokesperson Laurel Gifford said.

“When you have this many casualties, it’s going to get spread out among a lot of hospitals so that you don’t overwhelm any single ER,” said Jill Jensen Chadwick, news director for University of Kansas Health System, which received at least one person injured in the shooting.

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said that he was with coach Andy Reid and other coaches and staff members at the time of the shooting, and that the team was on buses and returning to Arrowhead Stadium.

“We are truly saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred outside of Union Station at the conclusion of today’s parade and rally,” the team said in a statement.

Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson and first lady Teresa Parson were at the parade during the gunfire but were unhurt. “Thanks to the professionalism of our security officers and first responders, Teresa and I and our staff are safe and secure,” Parson said in a statement.

President Joe Biden said the shooting “cuts deep in the American soul” and called on people to press Congress to ban assault weapons, to limit high-capacity gun magazines and for other gun measures that have been rejected by Republicans.

“Today’s events should move us, shock us, shame us into acting. What are we waiting for?” he said.

Biden noted that Wednesday was the anniversary of the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people and said there have been more mass shootings in 2024 “than there have been days in the year.”

Areas that had been filled with crowds were empty after the shooting, with police and firefighters standing and talking behind an area restricted by yellow tape.

Throngs had lined the route earlier, with fans climbing trees and street poles or standing on rooftops for a better view. Players rolled through the crowd on double-decker buses, as DJs and drummers heralded their arrival. Owner Clark Hunt was on one of the buses, holding the Lombardi Trophy.

The city and the team each chipped in around $1 million for the event commemorating Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs becoming the first team since Tom Brady and the New England Patriots two decades ago to defend their title.


Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo signed a contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not announced for Spagnuolo, who joined the team as a defensive coordinator in 2019.

Under Spagnuolo, the Chiefs have won three Super Bowl titles in five years. They added to their trophy case on Sunday with a 25-22 overtime victory against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.

Spagnuolo, 64, guided a Kansas City defense that ranked second in points allowed (17.3) and yards allowed (289.8) this past season.


Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said it was “definitely unacceptable” that he bumped into head coach Andy Reid on the sideline during Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday in Las Vegas.

“I can’t get that fired up to the point where bumping Coach and it’s getting him off balance and stuff,” Kelce told his brother, Jason, said on his “New Heights” podcast.

“When he stumbled, I was like: ‘Aw (expletive),’ in my head,” Kelce added.

Jason Kelce, who played two seasons under Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles, said his brother had “crossed the line.”

“The yelling in his face, too, was over the top,” Jason Kelce said. “I think there are better ways to handle this, retrospectively.”

Travis Kelce’s outburst was in response to being taken off the field with Kansas City driving for a potential score. The Chiefs fumbled the ball on that play, leading to the tight end making contact with Reid and screaming at the 65-year-old coach before running back Jerick McKinnon intervened.

Travis Kelce, 34, said on his podcast that Reid would have had every right to respond with physicality if he chose to do so.

“I deserve it,” the nine-time Pro Bowl selection said. “If he would have cold-cocked me in the face right there, I would have just ate it. I would have been like: ‘Let’s (expletive) go.’”

Reid took the high road after the game, saying he loved Kelce’s passion.

Travis Kelce recorded nine catches for 93 yards in the Chiefs’ 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.


San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan announced Wednesday that he’s relieved defensive coordinator Steve Wilks of his duties following the Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Wilks spent one season in San Francisco after taking over for DeMeco Ryans, who left to become the Houston Texans’ coach.

During an end-of-season press conference Tuesday, Shanahan said he expected all of his coaching staff to return for 2024. He said Wednesday that he didn’t announce Wilks’ departure then because he was unsure if they’d part ways.

Shanahan added that it was a tough decision but said Wilks’ system didn’t align with what the 49ers had previously used.

“That was the hardest part. I knew that was a challenge,” Shanahan said, according to Josh Dubow of The Associated Press. “We have committed to not just a system, but the players that have been in the system from our D-line, our linebackers, they played in it for such a long time.

“It was my goal to not have to change all of them and bring in Steve who was unbelievable and how loyal he was and him trying to do it. But it just ended up not being the right fit. It hurt for me to do this but that’s exactly why I had to.”

San Francisco put together a strong first-half performance last Sunday, holding Patrick Mahomes and Co. to three points.

But the 49ers struggled to stop the Chiefs offense in the second half and overtime, with Mahomes ultimately leading a 75-yard, 13-play game-winning drive to secure Kansas City’s second straight title.

The 49ers finished the 2022 campaign as the NFL’s top-ranked defense in both points and yards allowed. While the unit was still strong in 2023, it slipped to eighth and third in yards and points allowed, respectively.

Wilks was the Arizona Cardinals’ head coach for one season in 2018. He was then the interim coach of the Carolina Panthers in 2022 and spent time with the Cleveland Browns before joining San Francisco.



Ohio State fired head coach Chris Holtmann after parts of seven seasons with the program, a source told Jeff Goodman of The Field of 68.

The school owes Holtmann nearly $14 million, per ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

The Buckeyes have struggled mightily this season, going 4-10 in Big Ten play and 14-11 overall.

Ohio State hired Holtmann in 2017 to replace longtime head coach Thad Matta.

Holtmann was coming off a strong three-year showing at Butler where he led the Bulldogs to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 during the 2016-17 campaign.

Holtmann began his Buckeyes tenure with four NCAA Tournament appearances in his first five seasons. He was the recipient of the 2017-18 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award.

However, Ohio State never advanced to the second weekend of the tourney during Holtmann’s time in charge. The 2022-23 campaign was the school’s first losing season in nearly two decades.

The 52-year-old leaves Columbus with a 137-86 record.


Jaylin Williams scored a game-high 23 points and Johni Broome added 21 Wednesday night as No. 13 Auburn opened up a 22-point halftime lead en route to a 101-61 Southeastern Conference rout of visiting No. 11 South Carolina.

Tre Donaldson hit for 11 points and Chad Baker-Mazara came off the bench to tally 10 for the Tigers (20-5, 9-3), which led for more than 35 minutes. Auburn hit 61 percent from the field, including 12 of 20 3-point attempts, and possessed a 39-1 advantage in bench scoring.

Meechie Johnson scored 22 points for the Gamecocks (21-4, 9-3), who fell into a second-place tie in the SEC with the Tigers, a half-game behind Alabama. Collin Murray-Boyles added 19 and B.J. Mack hit for 14.

South Carolina, which entered the night with a seven-game winning streak that propelled it from an unranked team to just outside the top 10, had nothing for Auburn. The Gamecocks made only 34.6 percent from the field and gave up 25 points off their 13 turnovers.

No. 1 UConn 101, DePaul 65

Alex Karaban scored a game-high 21 points and Stephon Castle added 15 as six Huskies wound up in double figures during a blowout of the Blue Demons in Chicago.

Cam Spencer added 14 points to help UConn (23-2, 13-1 Big East) win its 13th consecutive game. Jaylin Stewart followed with 11 points, while Tristen Newton and Donovan Clingan each had 10.

The Blue Demons (3-21, 0-13) have lost 25 straight conference games overall and 17 in a row against the Huskies. Jaden Henley paced DePaul with 15 points.

No. 8 Tennessee 92, Arkansas 63

Jonas Aidoo posted a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Volunteers coasted past the Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ark.

Dalton Knecht scored 22 points and also had three blocks and two steals as the Volunteers (18-6, 8-3 SEC) ended a seven-game losing streak to the Hogs in Fayetteville and kept their hold on fourth place in the conference. Jordan Gainey came up a point shy of his season high with 17 points for Tennessee.

Travon Mark, with 12 points, was the only player in double figures for Arkansas (12-12, 3-8).



Kiersten Johnson came off the bench to score 20 points as No. 23 Oklahoma ran its winning streak to nine games by defeating No. 21 Baylor 84-73 on Wednesday night in Norman, Okla.

Payton Verhulst tallied 16 points, Sahara Williams and Nevaeh Tot both had 14 points and Skylar Vann added 10 points for the Sooners (18-6, 12-1 Big 12). Verhulst also had 11 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots.

Sarah Andrews had 14 points and Dre’una Edwards and reserve Jana Van Gytenbeek each provided 13 points for Baylor (18-5, 7-6), which has lost three of its last five games. The Bears were trying for their second topping of a ranked team in five days after defeating then-No. 22 West Virginia.

The Sooners led 35-29 at halftime and then racked up 29 third-quarter points, outshooting the Bears 50 percent to 28.6 percent in the decisive period.

No. 2 Ohio State 80, Nebraska 47

Jacy Sheldon’s 23 points and Cotie McMahon’s 20 points propelled the Buckeyes in a runaway Big Ten victory over the Cornhuskers at Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State is up to No. 2 in the AP rankings this week, tying the highest position in school history.

The Buckeyes’ 33-19 halftime lead expanded quickly when the hosts scored the first 13 points of the third quarter. The Buckeyes (22-3, 13-1 Big Ten) have won 12 in a row. McMahon also had 10 rebounds and four steals.

Nebraska (16-9, 8-6), coming off an upset of then-No. 2 Iowa on Sunday, was led by Alexis Markowski’s nine points. The Cornhuskers committed 30 turnovers and attempted only three free throws.

No. 15 Connecticut 86, Xavier 40

Paige Bueckers scored 20 points, going 9-for-15 from the field with two 3-pointers, as the Huskies overpowered the Musketeers in Cincinnati.

Aaliyah Edwards had 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting and pulled in 10 rebounds for Connecticut (21-5, 13-0 Big East). Ashlynn Shade posted 14 points as the Huskies bounced back from a Sunday loss to No. 1 South Carolina.

Reserve guard Aizhanique Mayo’s 14 points topped the scoring Xavier (1-21, 0-13), which shot 24.6 percent from the field and scored more than half of its points with a 22-point fourth quarter. The Musketeers’ losing streak reached 13 games.



Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla isn’t content with sending two players from the Eastern Conference-leading juggernauts to this weekend’s All-Star Game in Indianapolis.

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum earned an All-Star starter selection, and teammate Jaylen Brown will join him at the festivities as a reserve. But Mazzulla said he believes Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick White also merited inclusion.

“Clearly, winning is not important, huh? Winning’s not valued,” Mazzulla told reporters Tuesday when asked about All-Star replacements. “How could you not put both of those guys in? Winning’s not the most important thing in the league.”

Injury absences for Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid and New York Knicks star Julius Randle resulted in two vacant spots on the Eastern Conference’s 12-player All-Star squad.

Coaches selected Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Trae Young and Toronto Raptors third-year standout Scottie Barnes to fill those roles. Young and Barnes represent teams with records below .500 heading into the All-Star break.

Mazzulla said Porzingis’ and White’s snubs are unfortunate but added they’re both unbothered by the decision.

“They’re two guys that get it,” Mazzulla said. “They’re guys that have been around and just want to play the right way. They want to be a part of winning, and winning is the most important thing to those two guys. At the end of the day, that’s really all that matters.”

Porzingis’ first campaign with the Celtics following an offseason move from the Washington Wizards has been highlighted by stats that fortify Mazzulla’s position. The Latvian big man is averaging 20.4 points, seven rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in 39 outings for Boston.

White’s statistical returns may not be as noteworthy, though the 29-year-old has been heralded for his role as a two-way lynchpin whose defensive play has helped cover for Marcus Smart’s departure. White is averaging 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists this season.

The 42-12 Celtics are guaranteed to boast the league’s best record ahead of Sunday’s All-Star Game. Mazzulla coached the Eastern Conference All-Star team last season and, per NBA rules, isn’t permitted to do so in successive campaigns. Newly appointed Milwaukee Bucks bench boss Doc Rivers will do so instead.


The Phoenix Suns will launch an NBA G League franchise in 2024-25, marking the first time all 30 NBA teams will have an affiliate in the minor league circuit.

“Bringing a G League team to Phoenix was one of my first priorities as owner,” said Suns and Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) owner Mat Ishbia. “Adding a G League team creates another area for us to compete to be the best and will be a vital tool to help develop players and coaches. Just like the Suns and Mercury, our G League team will serve as a community asset and make a positive impact on and off the court.”

The Suns launched an online contest Wednesday to name the team by submitting entries through Feb. 28. The team will play in the Phoenix metropolitan area, with a specific location to be announced in the spring.

“We are honored to welcome Mat Ishbia and the Phoenix Suns to the NBA G League, and are thrilled to achieve our long-stated goal that each of the 30 NBA teams has an NBA G League affiliate,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. “The NBA G League has never been more valuable to NBA teams than it is today, and the Suns’ investment only reinforces that reality. I can’t wait to join fans in the Valley next season to enjoy the unique brand of NBA G League basketball.”

The G League, founded in 2001, will expand to a record 32 teams. That includes the non-affiliated Capitanes of Mexico City and the G League Ignite, a Nevada-based development squad for elite NBA prospects.


Jaren Jackson Jr. drilled three fourth-quarter 3-pointers and rookie GG Jackson scored 20 points off the bench as the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a nine-game skid with a 121-113 victory over the visiting Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

The Rockets, who suffered their sixth consecutive road loss, erased a 23-point, first-half deficit and took their first lead at 88-87 when rookie Amen Thompson made a free throw with 10:07 left to play.

But Jaren Jackson, who finished with 18 points, answered with a 3-pointer and added another trey at the 7:37 mark to snap a 92-92 deadlock. His final 3 of the fourth capped a 9-0 burst and helped Memphis reclaim its double-digit lead at 107-97.

The short-handed Grizzlies received contributions from several role players. Luke Kennard made four 3-pointers and tallied 19 points, while Lamar Stevens and Jordan Goodwin — both recent acquisitions for Memphis — combined for 24 points off the bench.

Pelicans 133, Wizards 126

Zion Williamson scored 36 points and host New Orleans held off Washington.

CJ McCollum added 26 points, Brandon Ingram scored 18, Naji Marshall and Trey Murphy III each had 13 and Jonas Valanciunas 10 for the Pelicans, who posted their third win in a row and their seventh in eight games. Williamson also contributed eight assists and six rebounds.

Deni Avdija had a career-high 43 points plus 15 rebounds, Corey Kispert scored 20, Jordan Poole put up 19, Marvin Bagley III produced 14 points and 10 rebounds and Tyus Jones had 14 points and 15 assists for the Wizards, who lost their eighth consecutive game.

Magic 118, Knicks 100

Paolo Banchero scored 13 of his game-high 36 points during a decisive second-quarter surge for host Orlando, which pulled away from undermanned New York Knicks in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break.

Banchero tied a career high by draining six 3-pointers for the Magic, who have won six of their past eight. Franz Wagner had 21 points and six assists for Orlando.

Jalen Brunson scored 20 of his 33 points in the first quarter for the injury-wracked Knicks, who lost for the fifth time in six games following a nine-game winning streak. New York is without All-Star Julius Randle (dislocated shoulder) and OG Anunoby (elbow surgery) indefinitely, while Mitchell Robinson (ankle surgery) is likely out for the rest of the regular season.

Mavericks 116, Spurs 93

Kyrie Irving poured in 34 points and Luka Doncic added 27 in just three quarters of play as Dallas beat visiting San Antonio for its sixth straight victory.

Both Irving (nine rebounds, seven assists) and Doncic (nine rebounds, eight assists) made multifaceted contributions. Daniel Gafford added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas.

Victor Wembanyama put up 26 points and Malaki Branham added 19 as San Antonio lost for the eighth time in nine games.

Heat 109, 76ers 104

Tyler Herro had 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lift Miami past host Philadelphia.

Bam Adebayo added 23 points and 14 rebounds and Duncan Robinson scored 20 points for the Heat. Miami was missing Jimmy Butler (death of a relative) along with injured standouts Josh Richardson and Terry Rozier.

The short-handed Sixers were without injured players Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, De’Anthony Melton, Nicolas Batum and Robert Covington. Recently signed Kyle Lowry was also out as he works on his conditioning.

Lakers 138, Jazz 122

Anthony Davis amassed 37 points and 15 rebounds and Rui Hachimura scored a career-high 36 points to lead Los Angeles past Utah in Salt Lake City.

Davis, who played poorly in the Lakers’ loss in Utah last month, made 13 of 25 field-goal attempts and scored 17 points in a decisive third quarter to push Los Angeles into the All-Star break on a winning note.

The Lakers won their third straight game and improved to 6-1 over their past seven despite LeBron James sitting out to tend to a left ankle injury. Hachimura filled the superstar’s void by draining six 3-pointers in the game and scoring 21 points in the first half.

Pacers 127, Raptors 125

Pascal Siakam scored 23 points in his return to Toronto, helping Indiana win for the fourth time in six games.

Siakam, who played seven-plus seasons with the Raptors, was traded to the Pacers on Jan. 17 in exchange for three players and three first-round draft picks. Tyrese Haliburton added 21 points and 12 assists for the Pacers.

Scottie Barnes finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Raptors, who took their third loss in a row. RJ Barrett added 23 points, though he missed the would-be game-tying shot in the game’s final second.

Hornets 122, Hawks 99

Brandon Miller scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half and Charlotte built its best stretch of the season by defeating visiting Atlanta.

Tre Mann, in his third game with the Hornets, poured in 21 points and Miles Bridges had 17 points as Charlotte shot 49.4 percent from the field. The Hornets have won three games in a row for the first time this season after winning a total of 10 games prior to the streak.

Charlotte held an opponent to less than 100 points for just the second time this season — and this was the first time it came in a victory. De’Andre Hunter scored 21 points off the bench to lead the Hawks.

Celtics 136, Nets 86

Payton Pritchard came off the bench to score 28 points and Derrick White finished with 27 to help Boston defeat visiting Brooklyn in each team’s final contest before the All-Star break.

The Celtics had a 101-55 lead after three quarters and stretched the advantage to 56 points in the fourth. It was Boston’s second victory over Brooklyn in as many nights. The Celtics earned a 118-110 win over the Nets in New York on Tuesday.

Trendon Watford scored a team-high 15 points for the Nets, who shot 38.3 percent from the floor. Brooklyn, which lost for the fifth time in six games, received a 10-point performance from Mikal Bridges.

Cavaliers 108, Bulls 105

Donovan Mitchell scored 21 of his 30 points in the second half as Cleveland rallied to beat visiting Chicago.

Isaac Okoro scored 16 points, Evan Mobley added 14 and Jarrett Allen had his 26th double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, which trailed by as many as 17 in the second quarter but won for the 18th time in its last 20 games.

Cleveland maintained its three-point edge at 108-105 after Coby White (32 points) and Mitchell each made two foul shots, and White missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have forced overtime. DeMar DeRozan added 24 for Chicago.

Kings 102, Nuggets 98

De’Aaron Fox had 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Domantas Sabonis finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds and visiting Sacramento beat Denver.

Aaron Gordon had 25 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, Michael Porter Jr. finished with 19 points and Nikola Jokic added 15 points for the Nuggets. Denver has dropped three straight.

Gordon hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 102-98, and the Nuggets had three chances to get within one but missed a trio of 3-pointers on the same possession, and Sacramento held on.

Clippers 130, Warriors 125

Paul George had 24 points before fouling out and Los Angeles, playing without Kawhi Leonard, overtook Golden State in San Francisco.

Seeking a sixth straight win and a 500th career victory for coach Steve Kerr, the Warriors rode a big night from Stephen Curry to as much as a 15-point lead before the Clippers rallied. Hitting four 3-pointers, James Harden paced the Clippers with 26 points to complement eight rebounds and a team-high seven assists. Norman Powell, who had five threes, finished with 21 points.

On a night when he made seven or more 3-pointers for an NBA-record fourth consecutive game, Stephen Curry went 9-for-19 from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 41 points. Brandin Podziemski chipped in with 25 points, seven rebounds and a game-high eight assists off the Golden State bench.

Suns 116, Pistons 100

Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Phoenix led by as many as 35 points while routing visiting Detroit.

Simone Fontecchio scored 18 points for Detroit, which has lost three straight games and six of its past eight.

The contest marked the return of Pistons coach Monty Williams to Phoenix. Williams spent four seasons as coach of the Suns and guided them to the 2021 NBA Finals but was dismissed after last season’s second-round playoff exit.



Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly will appeal his five-game suspension from the NHL for a cross-check to the head of Ottawa Senators forward Ridly Greig, the team announced Wednesday.

Commissioner Gary Bettman will handle the appeal because Rielly’s ban was five games or fewer. Bettman has upheld all three appeals thus far this season.

The incident occurred Saturday with six seconds remaining in Ottawa’s 5-3 win over Toronto. After Greig scored an empty-net goal with a slap shot, Rielly took offense, following Greig and sending him into the boards. Rielly was assessed a major penalty for cross-checking and a game misconduct.

Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe said postgame that his player’s actions were “appropriate.” The league disagreed.

“This play occurs well after the goal has been scored, late in the game with the score out of reach and for the sole purpose of retribution,” a Department of Player Safety official said in an explanation video.

“… Rielly pursues Greig for some time and has sufficient opportunity to choose to engage him in a different manner, or ensure that this cross-check is delivered solely to the body. Instead, fully in control of this play at all times, Rielly chooses to raise his stick to the level of Greig’s head and neck, approaching from the side and delivering a forceful strike to the face with his stick well after the goal has been scored.

“In short, this is not a hockey play.”

This marks Rielly’s first discipline of any kind in an 11-year, 769-game career. He served the first game of the ban by sitting out Tuesday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

On the season, Rielly has seven goals and 36 assists. His 43 points are fourth on the team.


Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and two assists Wednesday to help lift the visiting Florida Panthers to their third win in a row, 5-2 over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Anton Lundell added two goals, Jonah Gadjovich and Aaron Ekblad also scored, and Evan Rodrigues had two assists for the Panthers, who have won seven of eight. Florida goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves.

Bryan Rust and John Ludvig (first NHL goal) scored for the Penguins, who have lost three straight.

Jake Guentzel left in the third with an upper-body injury. Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry made 18 saves.

Jets 1, Sharks 0

Connor Hellebuyck made 17 saves as he picked up his third shutout of the season, leading host Winnipeg past San Jose.

Morgan Barron was the lone goal scorer with his ninth of the season, assisted by Neal Pionk and Dylan Samberg.

Winnipeg has won two straight following a five-game winless streak (0-4-1). San Jose goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen shined in the loss, making 38 saves as the Sharks returned to action following the All-Star break with 13 days between games.

Wild 3, Coyotes 1

Matt Boldy and Joel Eriksson Ek both collected a goal and an assist to lead Minnesota past struggling Arizona in Tempe, Ariz.

Jonas Brodin also scored for the Wild, who are riding a four-game winning streak and have won seven of their last nine. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for his 554th victory, a performance topped by a breakaway stop on Nick Bjugstad while it was a scoreless game.

Logan Cooley replied for the Coyotes, who are on a seven-game skid and have managed only four victories in 17 games (4-11-2) since the calendar flipped to 2024.



Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander said Wednesday that he’s a couple of weeks behind schedule due to an ailing shoulder.

“When I first started playing catch, I usually shut it down for a while and this time when I shut it down and picked a ball back up, my shoulder didn’t feel so great, so I kind of had to take a step back,” he said, per

Verlander, who turns 41 next week, is in spring training in West Palm Beach, Fla., preparing for his 19th season in the major leagues. He said his timetable has not been determined.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner and two-time World Series champion finished 13-8 with a 3.22 ERA while splitting the 2023 season with the New York Mets and Astros.

Verlander heads into the 2024 season as the active MLB leader in wins (257). The nine-time All-Star has a 3.24 ERA and 3,342 strikeouts in 509 career starts with the Detroit Tigers, Mets and Astros.

Houston’s spring training opener is Feb. 24 against the Washington Nationals. Opening Day is March 28 against the visiting New York Yankees.


BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced one-year contracts with two-time All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal and left-hander Josh Fleming as the team started spring training on Wednesday.

Grandal gets a $2.5 million salary and Fleming receives a split contract calling for $850,000 while in the major leagues and $240,000 while in the minors.

The 35-year-old Grandal was an All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 and with Milwaukee in 2019. He is a career .237 hitter and has topped 20 home runs five times. The 12-year veteran spent the last four seasons with the Chicago White Sox, hitting .234 with eight home runs and 33 RBIs last year.

Pittsburgh is searching for catching depth with Endy Rodríguez out for the season after Tommy John surgery on his right arm on Dec. 12. Rodríguez and right-hander Johan Oviedo were placed on the 60-day injured list. Oviedo had Tommy John surgery on Dec. 1.

The 27-year-old Fleming is 19-13 with a 4.88 ERA across four seasons, all with Tampa Bay. He went 2-0 with a 4.70 ERA in three starts and nine relief appearances last year.


SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — First baseman/outfielder Ryan O’Hearn and the Baltimore Orioles avoided a salary arbitration hearing when they agreed Wednesday to a $3.5 million, one-year contract.

The agreement was at the midpoint of the $3.8 million O’Hearn asked for and the $3.2 million the Orioles offered when the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month. The deal includes a $7.5 million team option for 2025, and the option price would escalate by $500,000 each for playing in 120 and 150 games this year.

O’Hearn, 30, set career bests last year with a .289 average and 60 RBIs and matched his high with 14 home runs. He earned $1.4 million.

He had been the last Orioles player still scheduled for a hearing.

Baltimore had a major league-high 13 players eligible for arbitration ahead of last month’s exchange and went to hearings with two, losing to outfielder Austin Hays ($6.3 million instead of $5.85 million) and right-hander Jacob Webb ($1 million instead of $925,000).

The Orioles agreed to one-year contracts with outfielders Anthony Santander ($11.7 million) and Cedric Mullins ($6,325,000); first baseman Ryan Mountcastle ($4,137,000); left-handers John Means ($3,325,000), Danny Coulombe ($2.3 million), Cole Irvin ($2 million) and Cionel Pérez ($1.2 million); right-handers Tyler Wells ($1,962,500) and Dillon Tate ($1.5 million); and infielder Ramón Urías ($2.1 million).



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The new Ford Dark Horse lived up to its nomenclature on Wednesday in the NASCAR Cup Series’ qualifying session for Sunday’s Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Running the fastest lap in both rounds of the time trials, Team Penske’s Joey Logano put his car on the pole for the Great American Race, as he and Front Row Motorsports’ Michael McDowell locked their Mustangs — featuring a new body style dubbed the Dark Horse — into the front row for the 500.

Logano secured his first Busch Light Pole Award at Daytona with a final-round lap in 49.465 seconds (181.947 mph), beating McDowell (181.686 mph) by 0.261 seconds. It is also the first Daytona 500 pole for Team Penske.

“This is all about the team,” said Logano, who scored the 29th pole of his career. “I’d like to take credit, but I can’t today. The guys have done such an amazing job working on these cars. Speedway qualifying is 100 percent the car.

“There’s only so much a driver can do, so I’m really proud of them. It’s a big win for our team. … Finally, someone else wins the pole — that part feels good. I’ve never even been close to a superspeedway pole before, so my first pole on a speedway couldn’t be at a cooler event than the Daytona 500.”

Chevrolets had won the previous 11 Daytona 500 poles. Cars sporting Hendrick Motorsports power had won the previous nine, and Hendrick drivers had claimed the top starting spot in eight of the past nine years.

Yet the Fords found success in a car that was unknown and untried on a superspeedway.

Hendrick drivers Kyle Larson (181.635 mph), Chase Elliott (181.178 mph) and William Byron (181.174 mph) qualified third, fifth and sixth, respectively, with Ford driver and 2022 Daytona 500 winner Austin Cindric posting the fourth-fastest final-round lap at 181.207 mph.

Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Kyle Busch were seventh and eighth fastest, followed by Ross Chastain and Harrison Burton.

However, the only two drivers who know where they will start on Sunday are Logano and McDowell, both former Daytona 500 winners. The rest of the field will be set in Thursday night’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel 150-mile qualifying races, with the odd-numbered qualifiers racing in Duel 1 and the even-numbered qualifiers competing in Duel 2.

Among those trying to race into the 500 is seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who failed to time into Sunday’s race in his No. 84 Legacy Motor Club Toyota.

In fact, the Toyotas — also with a new body style this season — showed a jarring lack speed in single-car runs, with Erik Jones leading the manufacturer’s effort with a 22nd-place run. Johnson was 35th fastest.

In the race among six unchartered cars for four available spots, Kaz Grala was unable to make a qualifying run because of a mechanical failure on his No. 36 Ford, locking Anthony Alfredo (20th fastest overall) into Sunday’s race with a lap at 179.648 mph, fastest among the open cars.

“We’re in, and to not have to race in tomorrow and just remove ourselves for some of the sketchy circumstances and focus on Sunday is just an amazing, amazing feeling,” Alfredo said.

David Ragan claimed the second guaranteed starting spot on speed among the unchartered cars when Johnson failed to better Ragan’s lap at 179.283 mph.

“I didn’t have a chance to beat Jimmie Johnson too often in my career when he and I were running week in and week out,” said Ragan, who hasn’t raced a Cup car since the regular-season finale of 2022 at Daytona. “So, I’ll take the small victories when I can. Yeah, that just shows you how close the competition is.”

Johnson, who was third fastest of the open cars at 178.845 mph, must race his way into the Daytona 500 field in the first of the two Duels.

“I had higher expectations for sure, but we are lumped right there with the other Toyotas,” Johnson said. “The 43 car (Erik Jones) got a little more out of it, so I wish we had a bit more out of ours, but it is what it is. We will go out and race hard tomorrow night and try to make the 500.

“I’ve never been in this position, so I don’t know. I came down here mentally prepared to race my way in if that was required. I’m well studied. I spent a lot of time working on the environment of the Duels and the way the race will unfold. Just get out there and race hard and see how it unfolds.”

B.J. McLeod, J.J. Yeley and Grala will be competing with Johnson for the two remaining spots in the race.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin sat at the dais in the Daytona International Speedway media center, a photo recalling the history he hopes to achieve hung on the wall to his immediate left.

It was a Victory Lane shot of NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough, holding the Harley J. Earl Award he earned by winning the 1977 Daytona 500.

Yarborough, who died in December at 84, won the Great American Race four times, second only to the seven victories achieved by seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Richard Petty.

Hamlin, one of four drivers to have won back-to-back Daytona 500s — the others being Yarborough, Petty and Sterling Marlin — will make his fourth attempt to match Yarborough’s win total in Sunday’s race.

The most significant hole in Hamlin’s all-but-certain Hall-of-Fame resume is the lack of a series championship, but the driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota would be loath to pick between a fourth Daytona 500 and a title.

“By the outside views, this is the pinnacle of our sport,” Hamlin said on Wednesday during Daytona 500 media day. “The championship is decided in one race, just like this is decided in one race. I’m not really sure. It just depends on whose perspective it might be. But certainly, with the championship getting a smaller and smaller sample size, I view them very similarly.”

To win a fourth 500, Hamlin believes he’ll have to approach the race in a more self-centered way, rather than relying on the help of teammates or fellow Toyota drivers.

“I think it’s in my best interest in getting back to basics, and that’s doing what I feel is best to win the race for myself,” Hamlin explained. “While having teammates is great, and they are certainly assets to use in certain situations to win races, I think sometimes it’s those who are the most selfish, that make moves for themselves, are those who win the race.

“Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.) had no teammates last year. He won the race. We’ve certainly had our fair share of moments when we’ve had to pick between a move with a teammate made versus a move someone else made, and I deemed the other person made the right move…

“Still, you want to help your teammates as much as you can, as you’ll need those allies throughout the race and certainly during it. But I feel I need to personally go back to the style I had a few years ago, and we’ll see what the results say.”

Busch feels he may be destined to fill the last hole in his resume

Before his breakthrough victory in the 1998 Daytona 500, the late Dale Earnhardt had won everything else there was to win at Daytona International Speedway.

Finally, in his 20th attempt, Earnhardt broke the jinx that had haunted him throughout his career and won the Great American Race.

Likewise, Kyle Busch has been to Victory Lane at Daytona on numerous occasions — just not in the race he covets most. He has won the Clash twice, triumphed three times in the Duels and claimed one trophy in the summer race at the World Center of Racing.

Busch will make his 19th Daytona 500 start on Sunday. It would have been his 20th, but for a 2015 injury suffered in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race a day before the 500 that sidelined him for the first 11 events of the season.

So, if not precisely comparable, Busch is in a position like the one Earnhardt faced in 1998.

“Trust me, I’m well aware,” Busch said. “Thank you very much. I hope we can talk about some of the same storylines on Sunday. That would be nice.”

Last year’s running of the 500 still sticks in Busch’s craw. He led the race under caution at Lap 200 (500 miles) but was collected in a wreck during overtime. Taking the checkered flag under green has continued to elude him.

“I have not done that yet, although I won the Daytona 500 last year under the yellow flag, not under the checkered flag,” Busch quipped. “Those damn technicalities keep coming up and getting me.”

With outstanding Daytona record, Wallace needs just slight improvement to win

It’s hard to argue with Bubba Wallace’s past performance at Daytona International Speedway.

In 13 starts at the 2.5-mile track, Wallace has posted an admirable average finish of 12.9 and has completed 2,303 of a possible 2,346 laps (98.2 percent). He has led 28 laps and has been in the front of the field more often than not.

In his best two Daytona 500 races, Wallace finished second to Austin Dillon by 0.260 seconds in 2018 and second to Austin Cindric by 0.036 seconds in 2022.

Despite the enviable statistics, Wallace isn’t satisfied with his Daytona 500 results.

“A little inconsistent, but we always find our way to the front and showing good pace on speedways,” he said on Wednesday. “We’re still a few moves away from getting that first Daytona 500 win, but I feel the most prepared I’ve ever been, but you never know.”

New to Stewart-Haas Racing, Gragson grateful for a second chance

After steady progress toward the upper echelons of stock car racing, Noah Gragson made a critical mistake that altered the trajectory of his career.

Armed now with a new perspective, Gragson hopes to restart his truncated stint in the NASCAR Cup Series with a new team, Stewart-Haas Racing.

Gragson was suspended last August for “liking” a racially insensitive social media post relating to the death of George Floyd. He resigned as driver of the No. 42 Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet 21 races into the NASCAR Cup Series season.

Gragson earned reinstatement in September and subsequently landed a ride in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Ford, replacing Aric Almirola. He’s grateful for the opportunity to prove himself.

“Yeah, it’s definitely a reboot,” said Gragson, who won eight NASCAR Xfinity Series races with JR Motorsports in 2022 and finished second in the final standings before moving up to the Cup Series with Legacy. “It’s incredible to get an opportunity like this.”


There will be a new look for the 2024 IndyCar Series season finale, with the circuit moving its last race of the season off the streets of Nashville and into the Nashville Superspeedway.

The 17-race series will begin with a street race at St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 10, with the Indianapolis 500 on May 26 as the fifth race of the season. The Music City Grand Prix at Nashville is set for Sept. 15.

It will be the first time the IndyCar season finale has been contested on an oval since 2014.

The IndyCar street race at Nashville started in 2021 and was moved to the nearby speedway because of concerns over nearby construction for the new Tennessee Titans’ football stadium, according to the Indianapolis Star.

The area of the stadium had been used by the race in recent years as the center of operations.

When announced for 2024, the Nashville street course was supposed to be a reconfigured 2.17-mile circuit with seven turns.

The 1.33-mile D-shaped track at Nashville Superspeedway has been an open-wheel venue in the past, when it was used by the Indy Racing League and later IndyCar for eight years from 2001-08.

NASCAR returned to the venue in 2021 and will contest all three of its series at Nashville from June 28-30.



Seventy golfers will play the Genesis Invitational beginning Thursday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., but tournament host Tiger Woods is the one rightfully at the center of everyone’s attention.

Woods is making his PGA Tour season debut, playing his first official tournament since withdrawing from the Masters 10 months ago. He underwent ankle surgery in mid-April and has been ramping up for his latest comeback, while making time for things like caddying for his son at junior events.

With Woods, there’s been more change than ever. A new apparel partnership: He parted ways with Nike and announced his “Sun Day Red” brand with TaylorMade. A new caddie: Veteran Lance Bennett is carrying his bag this week after Joe LaCava took a full-time gig with Patrick Cantlay. Some new responsibilities: Woods became a player director on the PGA Tour policy board last summer amid crucial negotiations with Saudi Arabia.

If one thing hasn’t changed amid all that, it’s Woods’ drive to succeed.

“I haven’t ever won this event,” Woods said. “I played in this event since ‘92 and the years I’ve played I still have never won this event. Hopefully, I can figure something out and get myself in there in contention and maybe get a ‘W’ at the end of the week.”

Woods has made 15 starts at the Genesis, the most he’s made at any tournament without a victory. He tied for 45th last year.

Walking 72 holes has been his issue over the past few years, but the 15-time major champion said he can still hit the ball flush.

“I don’t have the same speed I used to have, I don’t have the ability to practice the same amount of hours, but I still do work on making sure that I can hit the ball on the middle of the face,” he said. “If I can do that consistently, one of the reasons I don’t have a choice right now, my body day-to-day, week-to-week just looks kind of different.”

This is the third signature event of 2024, leading to the smaller, more star-studded field. There will be a 36-hole cut for the top 50 players plus ties, along with anyone within 10 strokes of the lead.

For the third time this season, Jon Rahm will not be on hand to defend a tournament title from 2023, as he’s now making hay on the LIV Golf circuit. Max Homa finished second last season and also lifted the trophy in his native Southern California in 2021.

“This is one of my favorite places in the planet, it’s my favorite tour stop,” Homa said. “It’s cool getting to come to an event that’s really close to your hometown and feel like you’re almost — it’s not a vacation but kind of like a little homecoming for me.”

The 2024 season thus far has been dominated by lesser-known players, other than Wyndham Clark, last year’s U.S. Open champ. The six players to win a tournament thus far — Chris Kirk, Grayson Murray, then-amateur Nick Dunlap, Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, Clark and Canadian Nick Taylor — all came in at 100-1 odds or longer.

That streak could end this week with 23 of the top 25 players in the Official World Golf Ranking vying for victory.

Woods, for what it’s worth, is 100-1 to win at BetMGM and 130-1 at DraftKings.

“Trying to get used to the new feels of the body. That’s always the challenge,” Woods said. “And the challenges of trying to get tour-ready. … We have our work cut out for us and look forward to it.”




It was an emotional night for Pascal Siakam, returning to Toronto for the first time since being traded to Indiana last month. The emotions may have gotten the best of him in the first half, as he went 2-for-9 over the first two quarters.

But Siakam found his rhythm in the second half, scoring 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting after halftime and hitting several key shots in crunch time — including the go-ahead basket — to lift the Pacers (31-25) to a 127-125 win over the Raptors (19-36) in their final game before the All-Star break.

The Raptors honored Siakam — who was drafted by the Raptors in 2016, helped the franchise win its first championship in 2019, and made two All-Star teams during his seven-plus seasons in Toronto — with a minute-long tribute video prior to the tip of Wednesday’s game. The 6-8 forward then stood at center court and touched his heart and waved his hands while receiving a stirring ovation. In one section, virtually every seat was filled with fans wearing Siakam’s number 43 jersey.

“Incredible, man,” Siakam told Bally Sports Indiana’s Jeremiah Johnson after the game. “A little scrawny kid from Cameroon, I came here just with a dream, just trying to make it in the NBA…Just to see that whole crowd, that whole section with my jersey, it means the world to me. I’m humbled and I’m blessed to be part of this.”

He finished the night with a team-high 23 points, five rebounds, and seven assists, going 8-for-17 from the field and 6-for-9 from the free throw line in his first game against the team that drafted him.

Seven Pacers finished in double figures, with Tyrese Haliburton (21 points and 12 assists) and Isaiah Jackson (15 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks) both recording double-doubles. Rookie Ben Sheppard also came up big, scoring a career-high 10 points off the bench, hitting two key threes in the fourth quarter and coming up with a defensive stop on the game’s final possession.

The Pacers found a way to grind out a win and pick up some positive momentum heading into the All-Star break despite being undermanned. Starting center Myles Turner and sixth man Bennedict Mathurin both missed Wednesday’s game due to illness, backup big man Jalen Smith was out for a third straight game due to back spasms, and starting wing Aaron Nesmith exited early in the third quarter with a shin injury.

“(The Raptors) came out with a lot of energy,” Siakam said. “They played well. Just proud of the guys for staying with it. Nobody was panicking, just continuing to execute the game plan and at the end we were (able) to get more stops and we got the win.”

After the emotional pregame tribute, the Raptors dominated the early minutes of Wednesday’s contest. RJ Barrett scored nine early points to propel the hosts to a 21-10 lead as the first quarter hit its midway point.

Haliburton did his best to bring the Pacers back, as the All-Star guard hit three 3-pointers in a two-minute span. The Blue & Gold then briefly tied the game at 24 on Doug McDermott’s putback layup with 2:41 remaining in the opening frame.

But the Raptors responded with six unanswered points and took a 35-31 lead into the second quarter.

Toronto remained in front in the ensuing frame thanks in large part to former Pacer Bruce Brown, who was sent to the Raptors as part of the Siakam trade. Brown scored 10 points in the first 5:19 of the second quarter.

The Blue & Gold managed to cut the deficit to one with 2:41 remaining in the half following Haliburton’s fourth three of the evening, but the Raptors reeled off nine straight points to ensure they would take a lead into the break.

Toronto led 71-65 at the intermission, but the Pacers mounted a charge right out of the gates at halftime.

Nesmith knocked down a three on the opening possession of the half, but injured his shin on Indiana’s next possession, landing awkwardly after missing a dunk attempt.

Nesmith was helped to the locker room, but Siakam kept the Pacers on track in his absence. The former Raptor scored seven straight points to give Indiana its first lead of the night at 77-75 with 9:24 remaining in the third quarter.

It was a back-and-forth quarter that featured five ties and eight lead changes before the Raptors reasserted control with a 10-0 run late in the frame. Toronto led by eight with just over two minutes remaining, but the Pacers once again came roaring back. Obi Toppin converted a three-point play with 26.9 seconds left in the frame, then raced ahead after a miss and converted a layup 0.6 seconds before the buzzer to make it a 103-101 game entering the fourth quarter.

The Raptors maintained a narrow lead for the first six minutes of the final frame. Andrew Nembhard hit one of two free throws with 5:44 remaining to tie the game at 115.

Chris Boucher’s putback layup on the other end put Toronto back in front, but

Sheppard hit a three with 5:07 remaining to give Indiana the lead.

The Raptors moved ahead on Scottie Barnes’ hook shot with 4:16 remaining. On the other end, Toronto doubled Siakam, leaving Haliburton wide open on the right wing for a go-ahead three.

Immanuel Quickley tied the game at 121 with 3:41 to play, only for Siakam to answer with a midrange jumper to put the Pacers back in front. After the Pacers came up with a steal, Siakam drew a foul and made one of two free throws to stretch the margin to three with 2:45 remaining.

The Raptors had several chances to tie or cut into the lead over the next minute and a half, coming up with three offensive rebounds but missing four shots and two free throw attempts.

Barnes hit a long jumper with his foot on the 3-point line with at the one-minute mark to cut the deficit to 124-123. On the other end, Barnes blocked Jackson’s dunk attempt, then had a chance to put the Raptors in front but couldn’t convert a contested layup.

Siakam took advantage, driving left and converting a tough right-handed shot on the other end to give the Pacers a small cushion.

After a timeout, Barnes missed a potential tying three. Jakob Poeltl corralled the offensive rebound, however, and was fouled by Sheppard. Poeltl made both free throws to make it a one-point game once again with 14.7 seconds remaining.

Toronto fouled Jackson with 9.5 seconds to play. The third-year big man hit the first, but missed the second.

The Raptors put the ball in Barrett’s hands. With Sheppard on him, Barrett tried to post up on the left side, but Sheppard stood his ground, forcing a contested fadeaway jumper that bounced off the back iron and into the arms of Nembhard as the buzzer sounded.

“Just being ready, moving my feet, trying not to foul,” Sheppard said of the final sequence. “I have confidence in my defensive ability.”

Toppin finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two blocks, and two steals off the bench in the victory. Fellow reserve McDermott added 13 points in his third game back with the franchise he originally played for from 2018-21, going 5-for-12 from the field and 3-for-9 from beyond the arc. Nembhard registered 14 points, five assists, and two steals.

Barnes, a first-time All-Star this season, led all scorers with 29 points and narrowly missed out on a triple-double, finishing with 12 rebounds and eight assists. Barrett added 23 points and nine boards, Poeltl tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Quickley collected 14 points, six boards, and seven assists.

Brown scored all 12 of his points off the bench in the first half, while Boucher added 10 for Toronto.

The focus will now shift to NBA All-Star 2024, as Indianapolis hosts the NBA’s signature weekend for the first time since 1985. Haliburton is set to start the All-Star Game and compete in the 3-Point Contest. He will also team up with Mathurin and Turner in the Skills Challenge on Saturday night, while Mathurin and rookie center Oscar Tshiebwe will take part in the Rising Stars event on Friday.

The Pacers return to action after the break on Thursday, Feb. 22, when they tip off a four-game homestand.

Inside the Numbers

Siakam topped 20 points for the eighth time in 15 games as a Pacer.

Haliburton recorded his 31st double-double of the season. He ranks second among all NBA guards in double-doubles, trailing only Atlanta’s Trae Young (35).

The Pacers found a way to win despite being outscored 84-54 in the paint. Toronto’s 84 points in the paint matched the most by a Pacers opponent this season, tying Phoenix’s total on Jan. 26.

Indiana had a distinct advantage from 3-point range. The Pacers went 17-for-41 (41.5 percent) from beyond the arc, while Toronto was just 6-for-26 (23.1 percent). Haliburton nearly matched the Raptors by himself, going 5-for-9 from distance.

Jackson matched his season high by blocking four shots for the third time this season.

Sheppard reached double figures in scoring for the first time in his 33rd career game.

McDermott had gone scoreless in his first two games since returning to Indiana, going 0-for-5 from 3-point range over that span, but broke through with a 13-point performance on Wednesday.

You Can Quote Me On That

“I thought we just dug in and did enough to win the game. Got stops when we needed to, made shots when we needed to. Especially coming off such a disappointing loss (on Monday) against Charlotte, we just wanted to go into All-Star break feeling good…Now everybody can hopefully reset mentally and be ready to go when we get back to close the season right.” -Haliburton on the victory

“I love that. We’ve been on him a little bit. He came out and responded. Guys are out. I’m proud of Ben…He works hard. I see him every day. He’s just a good kid. I love when good things happen to good people. He played his (tail) off today.” -Siakam on Sheppard coming up big in the fourth quarter

“He had big minutes for us, chipped in offensively and defensively, that’s just who he is. I think it’s obvious that we have a lot of faith in him (with) the minutes he’s been getting. So when guys go out, we just have a deep bench that can be ready at all times. I thought he contributed in many different ways tonight. I’m proud of him.” -Haliburton on Sheppard

“I’m just happy to be on this team. I want to give everything I have. We’re still figuring out each other. I think that the sky’s the limit for us.” -Siakam on fitting in with the Pacers

Stat of the Night

After a sluggish first half, Siakam scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and dished out four assists in the second half to lead the Pacers to a come-from-behind victory.


The Pacers have now won their last two regular-season games at Scotiabank Arena after dropping 15 straight games in Toronto from 2013-23.

Indiana is 15-4 on the season when seven or more players score in double figures.

Former Pacer Jordan Nwora, another part of the Siakam trade, played five minutes for Toronto and tallied two rebounds and an assist on Wednesday.

Raptors center Kelly Olynyk exited in the first half with a sore lower back and did not return.

Up Next

After the All-Star break, the Pacers will open the second half of the season at Gainbridge Fieldhouse against Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:00 PM ET.



IOWA- The Fuel headed to Iowa for the first time this season after splitting the first two games against them 1-1 in Indianapolis. In a game with 81 total shots, it was the Fuel who came away with the 3-1 win.


The Fuel got to work quickly, easily leading in shots on goal all period, however it was the Heartlanders who scored first at 6:39 when Louis Boudon put them up 1-0.

 It was former Fuel defenseman, Anthony Firriolo who took the game’s first penalty at 14:47 for tripping. The Heartlanders were able to kill off the penalty.

At 17:27, Indy tied the game up with a goal by Matus Spodniak assisted by Chris Cameron.

By the end of the period, the Fuel matched their season high in shots for one period with 19 despite the tied score.


The Fuel were back at it, pouring on the shots throughout the second frame but could not capitalize on them until Ryan Gagnier scored at 14:16 to give Indy a 2-1 lead.

Brett Bulmer and Ross MacDougall each earned assists on that goal before Cameron took a tripping penalty at 15:27 and the Fuel headed to their first penalty kill.

The Fuel killed off that penalty before time expired on the second frame. Things got chippy between both teams after the period ended but everyone headed to their respective locker rooms without additional penalties given.

During the second frame, the Fuel set a new season high record of shots in one period with 21.


There wasn’t much action to begin the third period aside from the Fuel adding onto their high shots total.

No penalties or goals were seen through the first eighteen minutes of play in the third frame. Indy dominated possession but Peyton Jones, in net for Iowa, stood strong.

After taking a timeout with under two minutes to go, Iowa pulled Jones from the goal as Matt Cairns intercepted a pass and was able to score the empty net goal to put Indy up 3-1 and seal the deal for a Fuel win.

By the end of the game, Indy set a new season high record in shots in a game with 49.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on February 23, 2024 against the Wichita Thunder for Hockey is for Everyone Night.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s tennis welcome the Memphis Tigers to the IU Tennis Center on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. ET.


• Livestats  


IU will face the Hoosiers will be the first time the Hoosiers will face the Tigers


Freshman Elisabeth Dunac leads the Hoosiers with a 6-1 singles record.  
• Redshirt junior Lara Schneider picked up a ranked win against Alabama’s #50 Petra Sedlackova in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4.
• Indiana is 4-5 on the season after five matches on the road. They return home for seven straight matches.



MADISON, Wis. – Senior guard Sara Scalia knocked down four 3-pointers as she set the new single season record for 3-pointers made as No. 14 Indiana topped Wisconsin, 68-54, on Wednesday night at Kohl Center.


The two teams traded blows in the first quarter, as Indiana got three-straight triples from graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes and a pair from Scalia to take a 12-9 lead at the 6:24 mark.  IU’s lead was never more than three in the first as senior guard Chleo Moore-McNeil kept the lead at 17-14 at the four-minute mark, helping her team shoot 4-for-5 from long range in the first.

Wisconsin pulled even on a pair at the line but freshman Lenée Beaumont kept the lead for the Hoosiers at the break with one at the line, 20-19. In the second, IU’s defense locked down and held the Badgers to just six second quarter points as it built a 41-25 lead at the half.

Indiana used an 11-0 run to create separation in the second, as Scalia knocked down her 78th triple of the season with 4:52 to go, tying the all-time single season school record for 3-pointers made. Beaumont’s drive to the rim and a wide open 3-pointer from Moore-McNeil pushed the lead to 36-23.

It was a forgettable third quarter for Indiana, who scored a season-low for a third quarter seven points as Wisconsin pulled within six late in the frame. Scalia’s much needed 3-pointer with 35 ticks pushed her to the new school single season record as IU held the 48-39 lead into the fourth.

Back-to-back buckets for Holmes at the rim got Indiana started on the right foot in the final 10 minutes.  She scored the first four buckets for IU as Moore-McNeil connected on two 3-pointers in back-to-back possession to take its largest lead of the game at 20 with 5:45 to go.


Scalia set the new single season school record for 3-pointers made in the game with xxxx in the victory. She passes Amanda Cahill (2017-18) who hit 78 in 37 games. The Stillwater, Minn. native added 15 points

Holmes led the way with her 13th 20-point scoring effort of the season on 24 points and also had a team-high eight rebounds along with a season-high four steals. She has scored in double figures in 23 of 24 games this season.

Moore-McNeil chipped in double figures with 12 points on four 3-pointers, as she is now a combined 9-for-9 in her last two games from beyond-the-arc.

Bargesser joined Moore-McNeil for a team-high five assists each. IU passed out 17 assists on 24 made buckets. 

Indiana has now won 10-straight in the series with the Badgers and pulls to a 54-24 lead in the all-time series.

As a team, the Hoosiers connected on 10 triples and finished 50 percent from 3-point range on the night.


Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Tonight was a little bit different. We didn’t shoot the ball nearly as well as we had been shooting it. We got rebound, which is a little frustrating, but I thought between Sara (Scalia) and Mack(enzie Holmes) doing some good things throughout the game. I thought Chloe (Moore-McNeil) was really, really good tonight for us. She has just been so important. But road wins are hard and we are obviously happy that we’re getting out of here with a road win. It was an uncharacteristic of a night where we didn’t shoot the ball as well as we’ve been shooting it.”


Indiana heads to Illinois on Monday afternoon for a 2 p.m. ET tip on FOX.



ROSEMONT, Ill.  –  Ahead of the start of the 2024 college baseball season on Friday, the Big Ten released its Preseason Players to Watch and Big Ten Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as announced on Wednesday (Feb. 14) afternoon.

Per a selection by head coach Jeff Mercer, sophomore pitcher Connor Foley, sophomore outfielder Devin Taylor and junior catcher Brock Tibbitts received nods as Big Ten Players to Watch. Each team in the conference featured three selected players.

Foley was outstanding for the Hoosiers as a freshman, using his plus fastball to his advantage as an important piece in the backend of the bullpen. The Jasper, Ind. native finished 4-2 on the season with a 3.72 earned run average while striking out 42 batters in 20 appearances.

He will have the ability to stay as a high-profile closer or transition to a weekend starter for the Hoosiers in 2024. Foley helps make up a strong contingent of sophomore pitchers that also features Brayden Risedorph and Ethan Phillips.

Taylor, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, helped lead an outstanding offensive attack for IU in 2023. The Cincinnati, Ohio native hit .315 across 55 games while producing 16 home runs and an IU freshman record 59 RBI’s.

Ahead of 2024, Taylor has been named a unanimous selection for Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year and was a Preseason Second Team All-American by Perfect Game.

Tibbitts, a mainstay in IU’s lineup since 2022, is as consistent as they come on the field. A .357 hitter in 2023 and a career .314 hitter in college, the 6-foot-4 Ohio native is one of the best all-around talents in the entire conference.

He will transition back to his natural position behind the plate but will also rotate into a platoon of players at first base, providing a veteran defensive presence at both positions.

Big Ten coaches also made preseason selections for the top-six finishers in the conference. IU was voted second in the league’s preseason poll behind Iowa, a consensus top-25 pick to begin the year. Maryland, Rutgers, Nebraska and Michigan rounded out the top-six teams.

IU will face four of the five fellow members of the Big Ten Preseason Poll in the regular season this year.

Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch List – Indiana

Connor Foley, RHP, So., Jasper, Ind.

Devin Taylor, OF, So., Cincinnati, Ohio

Brock Tibbitts, C, Jr., New Albany, Ohio

Big Ten Preseason Poll

1. Iowa

2. Indiana

3. Maryland

4. Rutgers

5. Nebraska

6. Michigan


DALLAS (NCBWA) – Seventy-three players have been named to the initial Watch List for the 19th Annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I Baseball, the association announced Wednesday. The institution or conference sports information directors submitted nominees.

This year’s watch list includes three 2023 Stopper of the Year finalists and 11 preseason NCBWA All-America selections. The first-teamers include Brandon Neely (Florida), Tyson Neighbors (Kansas State), Fran Oschell III (Duke) and James Tallon (Duke). Neely, a finalist last season, registered 13 saves for the Gators with 72 strikeouts and 22 walks in 55.1 innings pitched with a 3.58 ERA. K-State’s Neighbors, also a finalist in 2023, boasted 11 saves, a 5-1 record, 85 strikeouts and a 1.85 ERA in 48.2 innings last season. Tallon collected finalist recognition with 12 saves, 54 strikeouts and 11 walks and a 1.64 ERA in just 33.0 innings for the Blue Devils in 2023. Blue Devil teammate Oschell III notched a 6-0 record with 66 strikeouts on just 18 walks and a 0.69 ERA in 39.1 innings tossed.

Additional preseason NCBWA All-Americans on this year’s list include Ben Abeldt (TCU, third team), Austin Anderson (Oregon, second team), Micah Ashman (Utah, third team), Hudson Barrett (UC Santa Barbara, second team), Chris Lotito (Jacksonville, third team), Noah Manning (Troy, third team) and Joshua Romero (CSUN, second team).

The Southeastern Conference led the way with the most representatives with 12 players finding their names on the watch list. The Atlantic Coast Conference followed with 10, while the Big 12 and Big Ten each had six and the Pac-12 had five.

Of the initial 73 members, 12 were featured on last year’s midseason watch list. In total, 21 conferences are represented on this list, with at least two players coming from 16 different leagues.

Following is the complete 2024 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List:

Ben Abeldt, TCU, So.

Austin Anderson, Oregon, Sr.

Evan Aschenbeck, Texas A&M, Sr.

Micah Ashman, Utah, Jr.

Hudson Barrett, UC Santa Barbara, So.

Ethan Bates, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

Danny Beal, East Carolina, Sr.

Chris Beilenson, Duke, Gr.

Hayden Berg, Western Michigan, Sr.

Ryan Bilka, Wagner, So.

Radek Birkholz, Notre Dame, Jr.

Mason Burns, Western Kentucky, Sr.

Will Cannon, Auburn, Jr.

Nick Clayton, Clemson, Sr.

Aaron Combs, Tennessee, R-Jr.

Jake Cubbler, USC Upstate, R-Jr.

Liam Dabagian, Elon, Gr.

Chandler David, Sam Houston, Sr.

Alton Davis II, Alabama, So.

Brandon Decker, Oakland, Sr.

Josh Emanuels, Washington, R-Jr.

Garrett Ferguson, Missouri State, So.

Bennett Flynn, Notre Dame, Gr.

Reed Garris, Clemson, Jr.

Ben Gorski, Rutgers, Sr.

Chase Grillo, Washington State, R-Sr.

Gavin Guidry, LSU, So.

Blake Hammond, Santa Clara, Jr.

Nate Hardman, Notre Dame, Gr.

Cole Heath, Western Kentucky, R-Jr.

Carson Ozmer, Penn, Sr.

Leo Harris, UAB, Gr.

Sam Hart, Iowa, Jr.

Justin Honeycutt, UNC Asheville , Sr.

Johnny Hummel, Kentucky, Gr.


Kyle Kramer, UCF, R-Sr.

Ethan Lanthier, , Kansas, Jr.

Carson Lore, Samford, Jr.

Chris Lotito, Jacksonville, r-Jr.

Carter Lovasz, William & Mary, Jr.

Josh Mallitz, Ole Miss, Jr.

Noah Manning, Troy, Sr.

Izaak Martinez, UC San Diego, R-Jr.

Justin Murray, Houston, Sr.

Brandon Neely, Florida, Jr.

Tyson Neighbors, Kansas State, Jr.

Fran Oschell III, Duke, Jr.

Dalton Pence, North Carolina, R-So.

Sam Portnoy, Rutgers, R-Jr.

Matt Poston, North Carolina, Sr.

Easton Rakers, Lindenwood, So.

Jackson Reid, Western Carolina, Gr.

Zane Robbins, Eastern Illinois, Gr.

Joshua Romero, CSUN, Sr.

Rashad Ruff, UCLA, Gr.

Caleb Rutledge, SFA, R-Jr.

Cam Schuelke, Mississippi State, Jr.

Tanner Smith, Presbyterian, Sr.

Nate Snead, Tennessee, So.

August Souza, Santa Clara, Sr.

Jared Spencer, Indiana State, Jr.

Eli Sundquist, Utah Valley, Sr.

Tommy Szczepanski, Michigan State, So.

James Tallon, Duke, So.

Eli Trop, Penn, Sr.

Chris Veach, South Carolina, Sr.

Najer Victor, UCF, Sr.

Zach Voelker, Iowa, R-Jr.

Nathan Ward, Grand Canyon, Sr.

Ryan White, Western Carolina, Gr.

Parker Whittle, Winthrop, Sr.

Gage Wood, Arkansas, So.



EVANSTON, Ill. – The Purdue women’s basketball team stormed to a 74-48 win on the road at Northwestern on Wednesday night. The Boilermakers took control of the game with a 27-0 run that carried from the 3:47 mark of the second to the 4:59 point of the third quarter.

Purdue’s (11-13, 4-9) seniors powered the Boilermakers with all-around performances. Caitlyn Harper led the team with a game-high 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting. The sixth-year senior added six rebounds.

Abbey Ellis made history with her 14 points, becoming the 36th member of Purdue’s 1,000-point club, as well as the first transfer to do it. Ellis matched Jannon Roland and Courtney Moses as the 12th fastest Boilermakers to reach 1,000 points in 85 games.

Jeanae Terry etched herself into the Big Ten record books as the second ever player to reach 900 rebounds, 600 assists and 200 steals in a career, joining Iowa’s Samantha Logic (2012-15). Terry recorded her program record fifth non-point double, finishing with 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

Madison Layden connected on a season-high five 3-pointers to finish with 16 points. Layden moved into a tie with Dominique Oden for sixth in program history with 193 career triples. The Kokomo native added seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.

The Boilermakers shot 46% from the field and went 9-of-26 from behind the arc. Eight different players recorded a helper as Purdue posted its highest assist tally of the season with 25.

Purdue dominated on the glass, winning the battle 46-29. Purdue grabbed 13 offensive boards to flip them into 16 points.

On the defensive end, the Boilermakers hindered the Wildcats (8-16, 3-10) all night. Northwestern shot just 32.8% from the field and were held to four 3-pointers on 20 attempts. Purdue tallied a season-high 13 steals on 20 Wildcats turnovers, led by Terry’s four swipes.

Purdue used a pair of nine-point runs in the first to open a double-digit lead. Stevenson tallied four points in the opening 9-0 stretch to open the game. After the Wildcats cut the gap to three, Ellis notched five points in the Boilermakers’ 9-0 swing.

Neither side made a basket in the opening 2:40 of the second. After Northwestern trimmed Purdue’s lead to seven midway through the frame, Purdue went on a 12-0 run over the final 3:47 to take a 36-17 lead. Harper led Purdue with 11 in the first half, while Terry recorded eight rebounds and three assists.

Ellis crossed the 1,000-point threshold on Purdue’s opening basket of the third quarter, as the Boilermakers started the second half on a 15-0 run. Purdue outscored Northwestern 21-13, holding the hosts to just 4-of-17 from the field.

Purdue extended its lead to a game-high 35 points in the fourth. Midway through the frame, Sophie Swanson and Alaina Harper split an 8-0 run. Swanson finished with eight points, including her 20th 3-pointer of the year.


• Purdue leads the all-time series with Northwestern 53-26 with its third straight win in the series.

• Madison Layden pulled within 35 points of joining the 1,000-point club. Jeanae Terry is 15 points away from the mark for her career.

• Holding Northwestern to just 17 points in the first half, Purdue moved 2-0 this season and 6-1 in the Katie Gearlds era when holding a team to 20 or fewer points.            

• Purdue is 30-18 under Gearlds when hitting seven or more 3-pointers.

• Purdue held a Big Ten opponent to 50 or fewer points for the second time this season, the most since the 2018-19 season.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson finished the night with eight points and five rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

• Under Gearlds, the Boilermakers are 41-12 when holding a team to 70 points or less, while sitting 33-7 when scoring above that mark.

• Sophie Swanson set a career high with two steals.


The Boilermakers return to Mackey Arena for a Saturday showdown with Nebraska. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. on B1G+. The Boilermakers will celebrate Alumnae Day and National Girls & Women In Sports Day.




[2] Purdue (22-2, 11-2) vs. Minnesota (15-8, 6-6)

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024

8:30 p.m. ET | West Lafayette, Ind.

Mackey Arena (14,876)

TELEVISION: BTN (Brandon Gaudin, Robbie Hummel

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)


• The No. 2-ranked Purdue Boilermakers end their season-long, two-game Big Ten Conference homestand when a surging Minnesota squad visits Mackey Arena on Thursday night. It will be the only meeting between the two teams this season, as the Boilermakers look to maintain their lead in the Big Ten standings against a Minnesota team looking for a signature victory.

• Purdue became the first team nationally to reach 20 victories with its 105-96 win over Northwestern on Jan. 31. The Boilermakers are tied for the national lead with 22 victories with UConn (plays Wednesday night), Indiana State, Grand Canyon, James Madison, McNeese State and Samford. Purdue’s two losses are tied with UConn and Grand Canyon for the fewest in the country.

• During Purdue’s unbeaten Big Ten home slate (6-0), the Boilermakers have averaged 91.3 points per game, while shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from long distance. Purdue has averaged 21.2 assists per game and boasts a 2.12 (127 / 60) assist / turnover ratio.

• Purdue’s eight straight wins are tied for the sixth-longest streak in the nation and second among major-conference programs (UConn – 12).

• Purdue has won 20 games under Matt Painter in 14 of his 19 seasons with at least 25 wins in 10 of them. Purdue is looking for its third straight season of at least 29 victories.

• Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Purdue is 42-3 in home games falling to Rutgers (2023), Indiana (2023) and Wisconsin (2022).

• Over the last three years, Purdue has already won 80 games overall. The school record for wins in a three-game span is 83 (2016, 2017, 2018).

• Purdue’s schedule ranks as the most difficult in the country by a wide margin and its non-conference foes currently lead the Southern Conference by 2 games (Samford), the Ohio Valley by 3 games (Morehead State), the SEC (Alabama), the PAC-12 (Arizona) and the Atlantic Sun (Eastern Kentucky). Marquette (Big East) and Gonzaga (WCC) and are currently in second place in their respective conferences. Four of Purdue’s non-conference opponents (Marquette – 8; Morehead St. – 7; Samford, Arizona – 5) have active win streaks of five or longer.

• In addition, Purdue leads the country in strength of schedule and teams that it has beaten rank 2nd (Michigan), 3rd (Alabama), 4th (Wisconsin), 5th (Tennessee), 6th (Xavier) and 7th (Arizona) in strength of schedule.

• The combined record of Purdue’s non-conference opponents is 180-84 (.682) with seven of the 11 opponents already having won at least 17 games. Every non-conference team except one (Texas Southern, 9-13) have an overall record above .500.

• Purdue ranks in the NCAA’s top 20 in wins (1st), off. efficiency (2nd), rebound margin (2nd), 3-point percentage (4th), assists per game (7th), scoring offense (5th), scoring margin (9th), fewest fouls per game (13th), defensive efficiency (14th) and assist / turnover ratio (17th).

• Purdue leads the country in quad-1 wins (8) and quad-1 and 2 wins combined (15). No one in the country has more than 13 Q-1 and Q-2 wins.

• Since the start of last season, Purdue is 51-8, the fourth-most wins nationally, while the eight losses are the second fewest behind Houston (7). The eight losses during that span have come by 1, 5, 6, 14, 8, 5, 4 (OT) and 16 points. Thirty-eight of the 51 wins have come against teams ranked in the KenPom top-100, including 27 against teams ranked in the top-50.

• Purdue was voted No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll on Monday, for the fifth straight week. With its No. 2 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 31 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 17 weeks (UConn – 14). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 25 of those 31 weeks. The 31 weeks of being ranked in the top 5 is the longest streak by a Big Ten team in the last 45 years.

• With the win over No. 6 Wisconsin, Purdue has won seven straight against AP Top-10 ranked teams, the longest streak ever by a Big Ten team.

• With his 200th career block coming against Wisconsin on Feb. 4, Zach Edey became the third player in NCAA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 blocks and to shoot at least 60.0 percent from the field (Patrick Ewing, David Robinson).

• A win over Minnesota would give Purdue a 12-2 Big Ten start for the fourth time under Matt Painter, including three times in the last seven seasons (2022-23, 2017-18, 2007-08).

• Purdue has won 15 of its last 16 games overall.

• Since the start of the 2020-21 season, Purdue owns a 53-19 (.736) Big Ten record, the league’s best record by two games over Illinois with a 51-21 record (.708).

• Purdue is one of six teams (Dayton, UConn, Florida, Houston, San Diego State) without a loss outside Quad-1.

• Purdue owns a nation’s-best 17 wins over the NCAA NET top-100 teams. Purdue has seven wins over teams ranked in the NET top 25.

• Over the last three seasons, Purdue owned a 59-6 (.908) record during the months of November, December and January, including a 41-3 (.932) mark over the last two seasons.

• Purdue is 19-0 this season when holding foes to 79 or fewer points. When opponents reach 80-plus points, Purdue is 3-2.

• During Purdue’s eight-game win streak, it is outscoring foes by 15.9 points per game, shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from long range.

• Three teams have yet to lose a Big Ten home game — Nebraska (7-0), Northwestern (7-0) and Purdue (6-0). Purdue’s two league road losses are to teams (Northwestern, Nebraska) that have yet to lose a Big Ten home game.

• Purdue’s schedule is ranked as the toughest nationally (via KenPom). Purdue, which ranks second nationally in offensive efficiency, has faced defenses ranked 2nd, 5th, 6th, 13th and 15th. The Boilermakers rank 14th nationally in defensive efficiency, facing offenses ranked 1st, 4th, 6th, 12th (2x), 15th, 18th and 22nd.

• Thursday’s matchup features two of the best passing teams in America. Minnesota is second nationally in assist rate (A / FGM) at 67.5 percent, while Purdue is seventh at 62.9 percent. Minnesota is sixth nationally in assists per game, while Purdue is seventh. Both teams are in the top 40 nationally in assist / turnover ratio and feature the top-two assist men in the Big Ten (Elijah Hawkins, Braden Smith).

• Zach Edey currently ranks third in the country in both points per game and rebounds per game. Since the 2000 season, only South Dakota State’s Mike Daum (2019), Kansas State’s Michael Beasley (2008) and Texas’ Kevin Durant (2007) have finished in the top five nationally in both categories. He would be the first one to rank in the top three in both categories.

• Zach Edey needs nine points to become the fourth player in Big Ten history with 2,100 career points and 1,100 career rebounds, joining Trayce Jackson-Davis, Ethan Happ and Joe Barry Carroll.

• Since the start of last season, Zach Edey is averaging 22.8 points and 13.2 rebounds per game in Big Ten Conference play.

• Based on a 36-game season, Zach Edey is on pace to attempt 383 free throws. It would be the eighth-most attempts in NCAA history and the most since Pete Maravich in 1970 (436 attempts).

• Braden Smith has 324 career assists, leading sophomores (or younger) in career assists. Coincidentally, second on the list is Colgate sophomore Braeden Smith (302).

• Based on a 38-game season, Braden Smith is on pace for 481 points, 212 rebounds and 271 assists. Since the 1947-48 season, only BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball have had 450 points, 250 assists and 200 rebounds in a season.


• Purdue leads the all-time series with Minnesota by a 109-84 advantage, making this the 194th all-time meeting.

• Purdue has won three straight games in the series by a combined 56 points and seveb of Purdue’s last eight wins in the series have come by double-figures (Jan. 2, 2020 –> 83-78 win in 2 OT).

• Purdue is 13-1 against Minnesota in Mackey Arena during the Matt Painter tenure. The lone loss came on Jan. 1, 2017 (91-82 OT).

• Including this game, Purdue will have been ranked in the top 25 in 12 of the last 14 meetings (7-4 record). Purdue is 16-2 as a ranked squad against Minnesota in Mackey Arena all-time.

• Minnesota’s 84 wins in the series are the fourth most for an opponent against the Boilermakers.

• Purdue’s 43 wins against Minnesota in Mackey Arena are the second most against a single opponent (Northwestern – 45).



SUGAR LAND, Texas – As Purdue Baseball’s top three returning hitters, Mike Bolton Jr., Couper Cornblum and Connor Caskenette represented the Boilermakers among the 39 players on the Big Ten Preseason Honors list.

Bolton, Cornblum and Caskenette are Purdue’s returning starters in left field, center field and catcher. Bolton (28) and Cornblum (26) combined for 56 stolen bases last season, ranking first and third in the conference individually. Caskenette led the team in home runs (5) and RBI (24) in Big Ten play, starting 37 of the Boilermakers’ 53 games behind the plate overall.

While Purdue’s lineup may have some new faces in it this season, the pitching staff returns nine of the 11 Boilermakers that took the mound in a Big Ten play a year ago. Weekend starters Kyle Iwinski and Jonathan Blackwell headline that group. Aaron Suval, Jackson Dannelley and Avery Cook all have experience closing games for Purdue. CJ Backer has returned from the injury that sidelined him for the final month of 2023.

As a member of the program since the fall of 2019, Bolton is the longest-tenured active Boilermaker and the team’s all-time stolen base leader with 74 for his career. He’s also the Big Ten’s active career leader. A .438 career on-base percentage and 32 extra-base hits speaks to his versatility at the top of the lineup. The Chicago native was an All-Big Ten honoree in 2021.

Cornblum enters his final collegiate season, and second at Purdue, riding a 20-game on-base streak. He was of only two Boilermakers to start every game in 2023, rarely leaving the field once he took over as the starting center fielder in mid-March. The native Texan demonstrated an understanding of how best to hit in the 2-hole with Bolton on base, finishing among the top three on the team in runs scored (44, T-1st), hits (61, 2nd), steals (26, 2nd) doubles (10, T-3rd) and walks (20, 3rd). He put together a 13-game hit streak later in the year before it evolved into the 20-game on-base streak.

An 18-game hit streak, Purdue’s longest since 2011, highlighted Caskenette’s debut season at Purdue. He also had a six-game RBI streak during his hot stretch. The Vancouver Island native batted a team-best .449 with runners in scoring position and collected 15 two-out RBI to solidify his place in the heart of the lineup. He was behind the plate for 21 of the Boilermakers’ 24 Big Ten games, including 17 in a row during the heart of the season. Purdue won five of six weekend series from March 31 to May 7 with Caskenette serving as the backbone of the operation.

The Boilermakers open their season in Sugar Land, Texas, for the third year in a row, hosting Stony Brook for a four-game series at the home of the Houston Astros’ Triple-A affiliate.

The Big Ten annually elects to release only the top six teams in the preseason coaches poll. Purdue’s 40-player roster features 24 returnees and 16 true newcomers. The roster turnover coupled with finishing ninth last year as the first team out of the Big Ten Tournament’s eight-team field somewhat predictably led to the Boilermakers not appearing in the preseason top six this year. Iowa is the preseason favorite. Maryland is the two-time defending champion.


Home: Iowa, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois

Road: Ohio State, Rutgers, Northwestern, Michigan

Don’t Play: Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State


1.) Iowa

2.) Indiana

3.) Maryland

4.) Rutgers

5.) Nebraska

6.) Michigan



The University of Notre Dame football team has announced the return of the Shamrock Series to Yankee Stadium in 2024. Notre Dame will face Army on November 23, 2024, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the fabled Four Horsemen backfield of Jim Crowley, Elmer Layden, Don Miller and Harry Stuhldreher and the game in which they were immortalized by Grantland Rice in the New York Herald Tribune – a 13-7 upset victory over Army in New York on October 18, 1924.

The game will be broadcast nationally on NBC and Peacock and marks the third Shamrock Series game to be played at Yankee Stadium. Notre Dame defeated Army, 27-3, in 2010 and Syracuse, 36-3, in 2018.

The Shamrock Series began in 2009 when Notre Dame started to ‘take a home game on the road’ in San Antonio. The Irish defeated Washington State, 40-14, in the Alamodome and have hosted 11 Shamrock Series games across the country, including Landover, MD, Chicago, IL, Arlington, TX, Indianapolis, IN, and Las Vegas, NV.

Shamrock Series game weekends feature more than just the game, as the University will plan a number of educational, service and fan-centric events in the New York metropolitan area leading up to the game.



SOUTH BEND – Make it two wins in a row for the Notre Dame men’s basketball team. The Fighting Irish (9-16, 4-10) took down the Yellow Jackets (10-15, 3-11) on Wednesday night inside Purcell Pavilion by the score of 58-55. Notre Dame has now won nine of its last 11 against Georgia Tech, including a regular-season sweep this year.

The Irish overcame shooting 31 percent from the field in what Glenn & Stacey Murphy Head Coach Micah Shrewsberry described as a gritty not pretty victory. The Irish got it done where it counted: tied season high in offensive rebounds (16), season high in second chance points (20), season high in free-throw attempts (22) and a season low in turnovers (6).

Markus Burton continues to make his case for ACC Rookie of the Year after leading in the Irish in scoring with 18 points. The freshman also supplied five assists and five steals. He’s now produced 34 points, 13 assists and 11 steals over the last two games.

Tae Davis showed true toughness tonight with his eighth game in double figures this season, tallying 17 points (two shy of his season high) on 6-of-12 shooting, plus a 4-for-4 mark from the line. Davis also grabbed six boards.

Speaking of rebounds, Kebba Njie grabbed seven, Julian Roper II reeled in six and Logan Imes collected five. 


It was a slow start for both squads in Purcell Pavilion as Notre Dame found itself down 11-17. Tae Davis and Braeden Shrewsberry connected on back-to-back treys to tie the game. 

Moments later, the Irish connected on a 3-for-3 stretch from the field as Burton was involved in all three possessions. It started with a tough drive to the basket. Then Burton dished to J.R. Konieczny for a corner three. Next, a patented Burton pull-up jumper in the paint and just like that it was an Irish 13-3 scoring run to go up 24-20.

Later, Kebba Njie and Tae Davis each tacked on a pair of free throws to give the Irish their largest lead of the half up 28-22. However, the Irish went 1-of-13 down the final four-minute stretch – the lone field goal being a Burton three-pointer. As a result, Notre Dame led just 31-28 at the half.

Davis had nine points and five rebounds at the halfway point, while Burton had nine as well to go with his two assists and two steals. Irish shot 30.0 percent from the field to the Yellow Jackets’ 39.3 percent. A major positive was that Notre Dame only produced two turnovers.

Georgia Tech came out with a big punch to start the second half, producing a 9-1 run to take the lead at 32-37, prompting a Coach Shrewsberry timeout.

Notre Dame recorded a 1-for-15 shooting stretch that extended from the end of the first into the opening minutes of the second, but stayed close by getting to the free-throw line. From 14:28-8:47, Burton, Davis and Roper supplied 10 points. Four of the five baskets in this stretch were second chance points.

Roper’s bucket kicked off an Irish 6-0 run which put the Irish back ahead at 49-46. Konieczny’s three with 7:00 on the clock marked Notre Dame’s first three of the second half and kept the home squad in front at 52-49.

Fast forward to just under 90 seconds remaining and the Irish were up just one at 54-53. With 3.5 seconds on the shot clock, Notre Dame executed a perfect out-of-bounds play to Davis who recorded the driving layup.

Now up 56-53 with 48 seconds left, the Yellow Jackets would finish at the rim on the driving layup to make it 56-55 with 38 seconds remaining.

While the Irish waited until the end of the shot clock to get a shot off, Burton would miss on the jump shot but Njie was able to get a hand on it to tip it to Imes and give the Irish the possession back.

Georgia Tech fouled and Burton knocked down two free throws to make it a final score of 58-55 for Notre Dame’s second ACC win in a row.


The Irish get the weekend off before returning to action on the road next Wednesday. Notre Dame will travel to Louisville to take on the Cardinals at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU inside the KFC Yum! Center.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — If a matchup between No. 6 NC State and No. 16 Notre Dame sounds familiar, well that’s because it is.

On Thursday, the Irish will host the Wolfpack at Purcell Pavilion. It is the second consecutive meeting at Purcell Pavilion where both teams are ranked in the top 20. Last time, in a January 2022 meeting, the Wolfpack came in at No. 3 and were upset by No. 20 Notre Dame, 69-66. The Irish now hope to make it two in a row at home.

Three members of the current roster played in that game: Sonia Citron, Olivia Miles and Maddy Westbeld. This year, Citron is posting 16.4 points per game and is pacing the league with a 94.4 clip from the charity stripe in conference play. Westbeld is one of just four ACC players averaging at least 13 points and 9 boards per game.

The Wolfpack will get their first taste of freshman phenom Hannah Hidalgo, who leads the ACC in scoring (25.1 ppg) and the nation in steals (5.1 spg). She continues to shatter both program and conference records, and her name peppers numerous national watchlists. Most recently, Hidalgo was named to the Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year Midseason Team.

NC State has a few stars of its own on both ends of the floor. The Wolfpack will score in transition and in bunches, and they are led by Aziaha James and Madison Hayes from deep. The two average 1.8 treys per game a piece. Saniya Rivers, who was also named to the Naismith Midseason Team this week, averages 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

The Wolfpack scoring defense ranks second in the ACC, allowing 59.4 points per game. They’re allowing opponents to hit just 28.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which also ranks second in the conference.

Thursday’s game will air on the ACC Network and tip off at 6 p.m. Notre Dame is 9-4 all-time against NC State and 3-1 in South Bend.



INDIANAPOLIS – The anchor of Bulldog infield is junior shortstop Carter Dorighi. He and Evan Parks have all but solidified their spots in the starting lineup with Parks set to receive a larger role with the team in 2024 at first base. The remaining two spots have some good competition brewing with AJ Solomon coming in as the lead candidate at second base and Billy Wurch taking reps at third.

“Carter Dorighi is the heartbeat of this team and we are really fortunate to have him at shortstop,” Head Coach Blake Beemer said. “The way he plays the game is infectious and very fun to watch.”

Dorighi will serve as a team captain for the Bulldogs in 2024 after starting in all 55 games in 2023. He hit .293 as a sophomore and finished second on the team in both hits (65) and RBI’s (29). Dorighi was also the team leader in stolen bases with 12.

Dorighi gives the ‘Dawgs a veteran presence in an infield that is still taking form. Evan Parks will head into his sophomore season projected as the team’s starting first baseman. Parks played in 24 games a year ago, making nine starts. He hit .233 on the year and made his Bulldog debut at #1 LSU. He came on strong late in the year to hit his first collegiate home run against St. John’s.

“Parks has some pop in his bat and might be our best infielder which makes the guys around him better,” Beemer added.

AJ Solomon has made a push to play beside Parks on the right side of the infield. A transfer from Gardner-Webb, Solomon is a junior originally from South Bend that attended Chaminade Julienne H.S. He was a two-time Second Team All-State honoree before playing 19 games at Gardner-Webb over the last two seasons.

“AJ Solomon has been a breath of fresh air for us at second base,” Beemer explained. “He does all the little things right. When you watch him at practice, he backs up bases, he runs every ball out, he can bunt, he can hit behind runners and he is the prototypical lead-off hitter or nine-hole guy to keep things moving. He has elevated our offense and our defense and I’m excited to see him play.”

Third base is the final piece of the puzzle for Butler. Senior Billy Wurch has taken a majority of his reps at the hot corner over the off-season but he will be pushed for playing time by Kade Lewis. Wurch saw action in 35 games last year, making 20 starts. Lewis posted monster numbers at Sartell High School out of Minnesota.

“Kade takes very mature at-bats for a freshman,” Beemer explained. “We will have to get him in the lineup in some way, shape or form this year because his future is so bright.”

The Bulldogs have options at multiple positions with Ian Choi, Brett Sherrard, and Jace Eslinger also in the mix.

“Choi is our primary backup at shortstop and we have no doubt that he can move over to second and play at a high level,” Beemer said. “Both Choi and Eslinger can play all over the field and I think Eslinger can help us as a right-handed batter to shake up our lineup. We also think Sherrard is a jack of all trades type of player so we are trying to find out where to use him in order to maximize his talent.”



The Butler women’s tennis team clinched a 4-2 victory over UIndy Wednesday at the Butler Bubble.

In doubles play, Natalie Boesing and Chase Metcalf secured the No. 1 doubles spot in a 6-2 victory over Tyffaine Pais and Diane Flament. In addition to Boesing and Metcalf’s win, doubles pair Norah Balthazor and Lauren Cook defeated Maria Fiacan and Ana Hollweg on the third court, 6-2.

Boesing claimed the No. 1 singles spot with her 7-5, 6-2 win over Flament. Delaney Schurhamer cruised by opponent Maissane Aik in a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 2 singles. Junior Emma Beavin clinched the victory for the Bulldogs with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Fiacan at the No. 6 singles spot.

The Bulldogs, now 6-3 on the spring season, will be back in action at the Butler Bubble on Friday, Feb. 16, where they will take on Eastern Michigan. That will be the first of three weekend matches.



Natalie Boesing (BUT) def. Dianne Flament (UINDY), 7-5, 6-2

Delaney Schurhamer (BUT) def. Maissane Aik (UINDY), 6-2, 6-2

Tyffaine Pais (UINDY) def. Chase Metcalf (BUT), 6-3, 6-3

Ana Hollweg (UINDY) def. Norah Balthazor (BUT), 7-6 (5), 6-4

Elle Martin (BUT) vs. Benedetta Sensi (UINDY), 5-7, 6-4, 2-0, unfinished

Emma Beavin (BUT) def. Maria Fiacan (UINDY), 6-4, 6-4


Natalie Boesing/Chase Metcalf (BUT) def. Tyffaine Pais/Dianne Flamet (UINDY), 6-2

Delaney Schurhamer/Jordan Schildcrout (BUT) vs. Maissane Aik/ Benedetta Sensi (UINDY), 4-4 unfinished

Norah Balthazor/Lauren Cook (BUT) def. Maria Fiacan/Ana Hollweg (UINDY), 6-2



PROVIDENCE – The Bulldogs have put together back-to-back BIG EAST wins to improve their overall record to 11-13. Butler won at Providence on Valentine’s Day by the final score of 55-48. Caroline Strande scored a game-high 22 points and BU didn’t allow more than 15 points to Providence in any quarter.

Butler used two 7-0 scoring runs in the first half to build a 28-19 halftime lead. The ‘Dawgs led the Friars 7-2 early in the game and forced Providence into committing four turnovers over the first five minutes of action. PC shook off a 1-for-6 start from the field and used a 6-0 run to take a one-point lead at 8-7. That one-point lead would stick over the opening 10 minutes 13-12.

Caroline Strande and Olivia Olsen each had six points in the first quarter. The game took a turn early in the second however with Olsen picking up her third personal foul at the 7:40 mark.

Riley Makalusky supplied BU with their first four points of the second quarter and Butler’s second 7-0 scoring run would put the Bulldogs in front 23-15.

Strande beat the buzzer to help the Bulldogs outscore the Friars 16-6 in the second frame. Butler made five of their last six shots in the first half while the Friars went 1-for-8 during that stretch.

Providence opened the second half on a 7-2 scoring run to get back within four points of Butler at 30-26. The Bulldogs proved why they are one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the conference moments later to push their lead back up to 13 points.

Rachel Kent hit a corner 3-pointer in front of the BU bench with four minutes left in the third and Jordan Meulemans would hit from the same spot to push the lead to 10. Meulemans wasn’t done as she added another triple from the left wing a minute later to give BU their largest lead of the game.

The fourth quarter started with Butler in front 43-34 and midway through the final 10 minutes the Bulldogs would extend that lead to 50-36.

The pace of the game picked up late on Wednesday night and Providence would score five-straight to get back within nine. Butler battled against full-court pressure and made clutch free throws to hang on and collect their second BIG EAST road win 55-48

Inside the Box Score

– Caroline Strande just missed a double-double with 22 points and nine rebounds

– Strande shot 7-for-17 from the field, made two 3-pointers and was perfect from the line (6-6)

– Riley Makalusky was the only other Bulldog in double figures with 10 points

– Rachel Kent played well with nine points, seven rebounds and three assists

– Jordan Meulemans came off the bench to hit two 3-pointers

– The Bulldogs led for over 32 minutes on Wednesday night

– BU has won their last two games at Alumni Hall (63-62)

– Olivia Olsen led Providence with 11 points

Up Next

The Bulldogs will face the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday at 4 PM.



The Butler posted an 11th-place finish at the Bowling Green Intercollegiate, which served as the first event on the spring portion of the team’s schedule.

Sophomore Kelli Scheck was the top Bulldog on the scoreboard, finishing in a tie for 14th at 15-over 228. She fired a round of 77 Wednesday after opening the event with scorecards of 76 and 75. Cybil Stillson’s 54-hole total of 233 (+20) was good for a tie for 23rd.

The event was played in Litchfield Park, Ariz., on the Wigwam Golf Course. The par-71 course was set up at 6,058 yards for the event.


T14) Kelli Scheck – 76-75-77—228 (+15)

T23) Cybil Stillson – 77-76-80—233 (+20)

T51) Madalin Small – 81-79-83—243 (+30)

T70) Katie Steinman – 86-85-79—250 (+37)

T73) Sophie McGinnis (playing as an individual) – 82-89-84—255 (+42)

78) Lily Celentano – 93-84-81—258 (+45)

Delaney Martin of Abilene Christian and Idaho’s Zoe Newell shared medalist honors at five-over 218.

As a team, the Bulldogs registered rounds of 320 and 314 Tuesday before carding a Wednesday 317. Butler’s 54-hole team total of 951 (+99) placed them 11th in the team standings. Grand Canyon took the team title at (896; +44); they were followed by Idaho (901; +49) and Ball State (912; +60). The field included a total of 14 teams.

The Bulldogs return to action Feb. 23-25, returning to Arizona for the Rio Verde Invitational. Western Michigan serves as the host of the event.



INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI swim and dive team opened up the 2024 Horizon League Swim and Dive Championships on Wednesday, February 14 with a new meet record. Both the men’s and women’s teams currently sit in second out of six teams after day one.

Day one of the Championships was highlighted by the men’s 200 medley relay clocking a new meet record to take gold. The Jags earn back-to-back titles in the 200 medley relay after setting the meet record at last year’s championships. The team made up of Jack Gallob, Logan Kelly, Kevin Burke and Spencer Jyawook beat their own record with a time of 1:25.17.

The women’s 200 medley relay team of Malayna Mancinelli, Vicky Surdyka, Lillian Brandt and Tori Barnet earned silver with a time of 1:43.03.

The Jags then earned bronze in the men’s 800 free relay. The team made up of Nathan Rariden, Ben Kimmel, Luke Dibley and Gallob took third with a time of 6:33.57. The women’s 800 free relay team of Emmaleigh Zietlow, Kate Larsen, Samantha Lee and Hanna Barton earned fourth with a time of 7:29.41.

On the boards for the Jags, Alaina Heyde finished second in the women’s 3-meter dive. Heyde took silver with a score of 318.20. Sadie Smith also qualified for the championship finals and finished in fifth with a score of 265.50.

The men’s team currently sits two points behind Oakland with 72 points while the women’s team also sits in second with 105 points.



HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY. – Graduate student Jazmyn Turner totaled 22 points in IUPUI’s loss at Northern Kentucky on Wednesday, 100-88. Junior Katie Davidson also added 20 points.

Northern Kentucky (8-16, 6-9 HL) was led by two 25 point performances coming from Carter McCray and Khamari Mitchell-Steen. McCray added 11 rebounds for a double-double while Mitchell-Steen added eight rebounds.

The Norse got out to a fast start, collecting the first six points before Abby Wolterman put the Jags on the board, 6-2. IUPUI cut the lead down to three with a three-pointer from Tahlia Walton, 19-16. Northern Kentucky finished the first quarter on a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 10 at 29-19.

IUPUI outscored the Norse in the second quarter by one point to cut the lead to nine, 49-40. The Jags shot 10-for-15 for their best field goal percentage of the night from the field. IUPUI continued to cut the lead in the third quarter by one point at 72-64.

The Norse shut down the slow comeback from the Jags in the fourth quarter shooting 61.5 percent to seal the victory. IUPUI couldn’t overcome the first quarter deficit and fell 100-88.

IUPUI shot 57.1 percent (32-for-56) from the field while shooting 5-for-15 from three. Turnovers proved costly as the Jags turned over the ball 18 times compared to NKU’s 13.

Turner led the Jags with 22 points and five rebounds while Davidson added 20 points, three rebounds and two assists. Faith Stinson and Jaci Jones also added five rebounds while Walton added 14 points and Wolterman added 10 points.

IUPUI is now 5-19 overall and 3-12 in Horizon League play. The Jags will return to the Jungle to host Robert Morris on Sunday, February 18 for a 2:00 PM tip.



No. 14 Ball State (9-7, 2-1 MIVA) |Purdue Fort Wayne (7-5, 1-2 MIVA)

Series History: Ball State leads the series 81-33

Last meeting: Ball State 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 0 (4/8/23)

No. 14 Ball State (9-7, 2-1 MIVA) |No. 10 Loyola Chicago (7-6, 2-1 MIVA)

Series History: Loyola Chicago leads the all-time series 39-26

Last meeting: Ball State 3, Loyola Chicago 1 (2/1/24

Coach Cruz: Ball State head coach Donan Cruz enters his third season at the helm of the Cardinals and owns an overall record at BSU of 51-19 (.767) along with a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament Championship, two MIVA regular season titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Match Recap: It was a long two-match road trip last weekend in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association action for the Cardinals. Ball State opened the weekend with a 3-0 loss at McKendree Friday night and then turned around the next evening with long-winded match at Lindenwood on Saturday. The Cardinals pulled out the five-set thriller over the Lions. For the match, versus Lindenwood, Patrick Rogers set the pace for Ball State with a season best 20 kills while Tinaishe Ndavazocheva finished the night with 19. Lucas Machado dished out 50 assists and Dyer Ball tallied a career best 14 digs and seven block assists. Also setting a personal high versus the Lions was Wil McPhillips with eight block assists.

First Serve: Ball State continues MIVA action this week with a home match against long-time rival Purdue Fort Wayne. The last time these two teams met was last season on April 8 in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals earned a 3-0 sweep which also clinched its second-straight MIVA regular season title. The Cardinals haven’t fallen to the Mastodons since Feb. 21, 2020 in Fort Wayne, Ind., by a score of 3-1. Ball State head coach Donan Cruz owns a 4-0 record versus Purdue Fort Wayne. After Thursday, the Cardinals head to Chicago to take on Loyola for the second time this season. Ball State recently defeated Loyola-Chicago in Worthen Arena on Feb. 1 by a score of 3-1.

Fun Fact About Dyer “The Fire” Ball:  The Ball name should be familiar to both Ball State men’s volleyball fans and fans of the sport in general. Ball’s grandfather, Arnie Ball, played for the Cardinals from 1966-67 and was an All-MIVA performer both years. He went on to coach at Purdue Fort Wayne and was inducted into the MIVA Hall of Fame in 2018. His father, Lloy Ball, played at Purdue Fort Wayne where he has been described as the most decorated athlete in school history after being a four-time NCAA All-American and four-time U.S. Olympian.

Five-Way Tie: So far this MIVA season their are five teams that have a 2-1 league ledger; Ohio State, Lewis, Ball State, McKendree and Loyola Chicago.

Preseason All-MIVA:  The 2024 roster is a good mixture of some familiar faces along with several newcomers. One of the Cardinals returnees is sophomore outside hitter Tinaishe Ndavazocheva who was recently named to the 12-member preseason All-MIVA conference team. Ndavazocheva turned in quite the rookie season for the Cardinals last year. He earned MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors and Off the Block National Honors on Feb. 7. He turned in a career high 27 kills against Lewis (2/9) and had 22 double digit kill performances in 2023. Ndavazocheva ended the season ranked second on the team in kills (342) and in points (397.5). He also received All-MIVA First Team honors and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.

The Legend Don Shondell: The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has announced changes to the MIVA Tournament format. The conference has also announced that future tournament winners will receive the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy.

The MIVA Tournament has been played after every regular season since 1980 except 2020 and was also played from 1964-69. The new format for the MIVA Tournament will reward the highest seeds, providing an advantage for a path to the NCAA tournament via the MIVA’s automatic bid.The opening round of the eight-team tournament will be played at the higher four seeds. No. 1 will host No. 8, No. 2 will host No. 7, No. 3 will host No. 6, and No. 4 will host No. 5.

The semifinal and final rounds will be hosted by the highest remaining seed in the field. The field will also re-seed. The highest remaining seed will host the lowest remaining seed and the other two teams will play in the other semifinal. The two winning teams will play in the final match for the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy.



LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – – Powered by a third-place individual finish by junior Sabrina Langerak, the Ball State women’s golf team finished third among the 14-team field at the BGSU Women’s Intercollegiate played on the Blue Course at the Wigwam Resort and Country Club.

Langerak led the Cardinals in all three rounds of the two-day event on the 6,058-yard, 71-par course, finishing the tournament with a round of 75 (+4) on Wednesday. Her score included three birdies and eagles on the par-4 14th and par-5 18th. She was the only golfer in the field of 78 to card multiple eagles in the tournament and tied for the event lead with 11 total birdies over her 54 holes.

Those totals helped Langerak lead the field on the course’s five par-5 holes with an average of 4.47 and a combined -8. She was just as solid on the par 4s, tying for sixth among the field at 4.24 (+5). Overall, she finished with a score of 220 (+7), just two strokes back of Zoe Newell of Idaho and Delaney Martin of Abilene Christian who both shot 218 (+5).

As a team, the Cardinals carried over their momentum from Tuesday’s second round, posting the sixth-best third round score of the day at 307 (+23). The effort helped Ball State maintain its position in third with a total score of 912 (+60). Grand Canyon won the tournament with a score of 896 (+44).

Ball State paced all five Mid-American Conference teams in the event, with Northern Illinois the closest to BSU in fourth at 914 (+20). Host Bowling Green took sixth overall at 933 (+81), 38 strokes behind the Cardinals. When the teams battled as part of the Loyola Parkinson Family Invitational in the fall, BGSU finished 32 strokes head of BSU.

In addition to the solid individual finish from Langerak, sophomore Jasmine Driscoll earned her third top 15 finish of the season, tying for 14th overall at 228 (+15). The effort included a final round 77 (+6) which featured birdies on holes three and 18.

Sophomore Sarah Gallagher also fired a 76 (+5) in her final round to make the biggest move up the leaderboard on the final day, climbing four spots into a tie for 31st at 235 (+22).

Freshman JJ Gregston continued her solid play as well, carding a final round 79 (+8) to finish the event tied for 23rd at 233 (+20). Sophomore Madelin Boyd rounded out the Ball State lineup in 39th with a score of 237 (+24).

Throw in two final-round birdied from Gallagher and Boyd, as well as one from Gregston, and the Cardinals ranked second among the tournament field with 36 total birdies. It was one shy of event-winner Grand Canyon’s 37. Ball State also ranked second in both par 5 average at 4.91 (-7) and par 4 average at 4.38 (+40).

In her final round as an individual, freshman Madelyn Young also collected one birdie, giving her three for the tournament. She finished in a tie for 62nd overall at 246 (+33).

Up next for the Cardinals is the Rio Verde Invitational hosted by Western Michigan Feb. 23-25 at the Rio Verde Country Club in Rio Verde, Arizona.


3rd – Sabrina Langerak – 220 (+7): 74-71-75

T-14th – Jasmine Driscoll – 228 (+15): 76-75-77

T-23rd – JJ Gregston – 233 (+20): 79-75-79

T-31st – Sarah Gallagher – 235 (+22): 82-77-76

39th – Madelin Boyd – 237 (+24): 80-75-82

T-62nd – (I) Madelyn Young – 246 (+33): 81-83-82


1st – Grand Canyon – 896 (+44): 294-299-303

2nd – Idaho – 901 (+49): 302-297-302

3rd – Ball State – 912 (+60): 309-296-307

4th – Northern Illinois – 914 (+62): 300-310-304

5th – Abilene Christian – 920 (+68): 304-310-306

6th – Bowling Green – 933 (+81): 308-313-312

7th – Toledo – 941 (+89): 322-308-311

8th – CSU Bakersfield – 943 (+91): 315-316-312

9th – Creighton – 944 (+92): 316-313-315

        Dayton – 944 (+92): 313-319-312

11th – Butler – 951 (+99): 320-314-317

12th – Montana – 952 (+100): 310-321-321

          Akron – 952 (+100): 326-320-306

14th – Western Illinois – 996 (+144): 340-330-326



MUNCIE, Ind. – As the coaching carousel continues spinning throughout college football, Ball State head coach Mike Neu has announced four new assistant coaches and named quarterbacks coach Kevin Lynch as assistant head coach. Jeff Beckles assumes his post as running backs coach, Darrell Perkins takes over as cornerbacks coach, Anthony Shakir takes control of the defensive line and Shaq Vann reports to Ball State as wide receivers coach.

“One of the best qualities that all four new coaches had in common was their ability to teach,” said Neu. “I believe that’s important and something that really stood out during the interview process.”

Lynch, on the Ball State staff since 2016 and the quarterbacks coach since 2021, maintains his role as QB coach while helping Neu in a support capacity managing day-to-day operations of the program.

“Very few people know this program as well as Kevin,” said Neu, who was Ball State’s quarterback in the 1990s while playing for offensive coordinator Bill Lynch, Kevin’s father. “He has spent the majority of his life being closely tied to the University. Kevin not only knows the ins and outs of Ball State, but also the Muncie community. He creates strong relationships with our players and staff. I have no doubt he will continue coaching our quarterbacks well, while being a strong voice and leader for our program.”

While Lynch maintains his role with Cardinal quarterbacks, veteran coach Jeff Beckles takes charge in the offensive backfield following eight seasons in the same capacity at Middle Tennessee State. A college wide receiver who won five straight bowl games and a national championship with Florida State in 1993, Beckles has coached running backs since 2007 with Central Michigan, Troy and Samford prior to his tenure at MTSU. Since beginning his coaching career at the high school level in the 1990s, he has nurtured the careers of six NFL running backs.

“Jeff has over 20 years of experience and has shown great success in the development of his players. He not only has a passion for teaching and mentoring on the field, but off it as well,” said Neu.

In the defensive backfield, Perkins arrives in Muncie after coaching last season at Syracuse. His career includes conference titles in the Big Ten, Big South and Big East conferences, and he won a pair of Western Athletic Conference titles as a player at Wyoming. In 2000, he sold a Chick-fil-A franchise in Colorado to become a graduate assistant at Purdue, and while winding through 23 years of college coaching, he has helped develop nine defensive backs currently playing in the NFL.

“We are excited to add Darrell’s long history of working with defensive backs to our program,” said Neu. “He has had experience at both the Power 5 and mid-major levels. This team is lucky to have him back in the Midwest.”

Shakir oversees a defensive line that was one of Ball State’s strengths last season. He spent the past two seasons at Tennessee-Chattanooga where he helped the Mocs to prominence in total defense, rush defense, sacks and tackles for loss. He spent the 2021 season at East Tennessee State, he coached three seasons at Appalachian State and he broke into the college coaching ranks at Rochester in 2017. He played linebacker at Brevard College in North Carolina, and began coaching there in 2015.

“Anthony’s dynamic personality and toughness have led teams to bowl games and playoff competitions. He is a great coach and takes a lot of pride in leading young men,” said Neu.

Vann, meanwhile, is a former running back at Eastern Michigan who now leads the Cardinals’ receiving unit after working last year as a graduate assistant with national championship runner-up Washington. He was a three-time team captain with the Eagles while helping EMU to bowl games in 2016, 2018 and 2019. A native of South Bend, he earned a master’s degree at EMU while serving as a GA for two seasons before landing at Washington. With the Huskies, he coached receivers and scout teams, and oversaw their signaling operation on game days. He coached three of the top receivers in college football last season, each scheduled to attend the NFL Combine.

“I’m excited to welcome Shaq back to the MAC!,” added Neu. “He was a great player in our league and he has become a really talented, young coach. We will definitely benefit from his enthusiasm and hunger to win games.”

The Cardinals open spring workouts on Sunday, February 25.



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State Softball will travel to Nashville, Tenn. this weekend to compete in the Roar City Invitational, hosted by Tennesee State University, where play begins on Friday, February 16. 

The Sycamores will play five games throughout the weekend, beginning with a matchup at 11 a.m. ET against Western Michigan and to wrap up Friday’s play the Sycamores will take on Tennessee State at 1 p.m. ET. On Saturday, ISU will play twice again, first taking on SLU at 5 p.m. ET and then turning around to play UT Martin at 7 p.m. ET. ISU will wrap up their weekend Sunday afternoon with another matchup against SLU at 1 p.m. ET. 

Last Time Out

The Sycamores began their 2024 campaign last weekend in the Houston Tournament, ISU went 1-4 where they fell to Rutgers, Colgate, and a pair of games to Houston. Indiana State won their first game of the season on Sunday against Colgate in a five inning run-rule, defeating Colgate 12-0. Lauren Sackett (1-2) recorded her first win of the season for the Sycamores allowing only one hit and zero runs scored over 4.0 innings of work. Offensively, nine Sycamores recorded hits in the victory over Colgate. Kennedy Shade led ISU with three hits and five RBI as the Sycamores connected on a weekend-high 13 hits and scored runs in all five innings on Sunday afternoon. 

Hailey Griffin recorded seven strikeouts against Houston to set a new single game career high. 

Annie Waggoner posted her first collegiate strikeout in relief going the final 1.1 innings inside the circle.

Randi Jo Pryor’s solo home run in the second inning of game one marked her first collegiate home run at Indiana State.

Four freshmen, Kenzie Cornwell, Sophie Esposito, Abby Robakowski, and Haley Webb all recorded their first collegiate hits over the weekend. 

The Opponents- Western Michigan 

Coached by Marlee Wilson who enters her first season as head coach for the Broncos.

First matchup between Indiana State and Western Michigan since 2014.

17-29 record in 2023 season.

Senior Addison Hudson recorded team highs in 2023 in batting average (.344) and on-base percentage (.412). Hudson had 11 multi-hit games where she recorded 42 hits and scored 23 runs.

Senior Rissa Bajusz, an All-MAC second-team selection last season, will anchor the pitching staff. Bajusz held a 3.03 ERA through 171.0 innings and tossed a career-best 163 strikeouts and led all categories across the Bronco pitching staff.

The Opponents- Tennessee State University

Coached by Genee McRath who is entering her third year as head coach for the Tigers.

The Sycamores lead the all-time series 6-0 against the Tigers. 

22-26 record in 2023 season. 

Anayah Baker-Powell was selected as a 2024 OVC Preseason Player to watch. She earned a spot on the All-Tournament team for her performance at the OVC Championships last season. On the year, she produced a .266 batting average with 23 runs, nine doubles, four triples, three home runs, 23 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.

Caitlin Manus was named to the second team as a pitcher after finishing the season with a 16-14 record. She led the team in innings pitched (189.0), strikeouts (99), wins (16), complete games (19), and shutouts (3), while carrying a 3.81 ERA.

The Opponents- UT Martin

Brian Dunn recently retired as the University of Tennessee at Martin head softball coach.

The Sycamores lead the all-time series 7-3 against the Skyhawks.

23-24 record in 2023 season.

Senior outfielder Kaci Fuller has been tabbed as one of the league’s top performers as an OVC Softball Player to Watch. Fuller is coming off a 2023 campaign in which the outfielder notched a .404 batting average with 23 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 30 RBIs.

Senior Brooklyn Linneman returns for the Skyhawks pitching staff. Linneman posted a 7-6 overall record with a 2.99 ERA in 98.1 innings of work where she struck out 80 batters.

The Opponents- Saint Louis University

2023 Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year, Christy Connoyer, is entering her 14th season as head coach for SLU. 

Indiana State leads the all-time series 8-5 against the Billikens. 

30-25 record in 2023. 

Sophomore Abby Mallo returns for the Billikens after being selected for the All Region Third team, All-Conference team, & A-10 All-Rookie team in 2023. Mallo is ranked 10th in RBIs per game (1.12), 71st in home runs per game (0.25) in the national rankings. 

Returning for the Billikens pitching staff is junior Taylor Hochman, in addition to four freshmen Sophie Bonette, Anna Christ, Isabel Royle, and Lily Strand.

Up Next

The Sycamores will travel to Memphis, Tenn. to play five games in the Memphis tournament on Feb 23-25. ISU will face SIUE, Tennessee Tech, and Memphis. 



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State opens a three-game homestand Thursday evening when it welcomes Missouri State to Hulman Center for a 6 p.m. tip.

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

Gameday Promotions

Ella Sawyer will be presented with the Brenda Howell Spirit Award prior to Thursday’s game. The award is given annually to an Indiana State women’s basketball student-athlete who best personifies the traits of spirit, determination and positive attitude.

US Lawns is the presenting sponsor for Thursday’s game. For more information on our gameday sponsor, click HERE.

Last Time Out

Ella Sawyer registered the first double-double of her career Sunday afternoon, but UIC used a strong fourth quarter to defeat visiting Indiana State 68-53 inside Credit Union 1 Arena.

Sawyer scored 13 points, her most in a Sycamore uniform, and pulled down a career and game-high 12 rebounds. Bella Finnegan added 12 points for the Trees, while Kiley Bess had nine.

Indiana State took an early five-point lead following layups from Chelsea Cain and Lily Niebuhr, but a slow start to the second quarter saw the Sycamores fall behind. The Trees picked up the pace late in the quarter with 3-pointers from Bess and Finnegan, and put together a strong third quarter to even the score following a late three-ball from Finnegan. Indiana State’s offense went cold in the fourth, though, as UIC outscored the Sycamores 20-5 over the last 10 minutes to pull away late.

Double Vision

Indiana State guard Ella Sawyer registered the first double-double of her collegiate career in the Sycamores’ most recent game against UIC. Sawyer had 13 points, her most in an ISU uniform, to go alongside a career-high 12 rebounds against the Flames.

Sawyer’s numbers have seen an uptick since the start of conference play, where she has averaged 7.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Four of her six double-digit scoring games this season have come against MVC foes.

Home Sweet Home

Indiana State is currently in a stretch that sees the Sycamores play six home games in an eight-game span. The Trees’ most recent two-game road trip was sandwiched in between a pair of three-game homestands.

The Sycamores are looking to build on their home record, having won just two contests inside Hulman Center this season.


Indiana State guard Kiley Bess notched a career-high six steals in the Sycamores’ road win at Valparaiso, accounting for 60 percent of ISU’s swipes in the game.

Bess’ six steals were also the most by a Sycamore in a game this season. Indiana State finished with 10 steals against Valparaiso.

Honoring A Legend

Indiana State retired the No. 20 of Barbara Graves during Indiana State’s most recent homestand. Graves becomes the third player in program history, alongside Melanie Boeglin and Amy Hile, to have her jersey retired.

Graves, who played for the Sycamores from 1979-83, ranks among the top five in program history in points (1,498), rebounds (898) and steals (315).

Missouri State at a Glance

Missouri State enters the weekend at 15-6 overall and 9-3 in conference play. The Lady Bears had their 13-game home win streak, which dated back to last season, snapped in their last game against Murray State.

Lacy Stokes leads the Lady Bears in scoring at 10.8 points per game, with six different players averaging eight or more points for Missouri State. Stokes also leads the team in assists at 4.8 per game and steals at 1.9 per game, while Kennedy Taylor averages a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game.

Beth Cunningham is in her second season as the head coach at Missouri State and owns a record of 35-18 at the helm of the Lady Bears. Cunningham recently picked up her 200th career win as a head coach. She is 3-0 against Indiana State in her career.

Series History Against Missouri State

Missouri State leads the all-time series 68-18 and has won each of the last 19 meetings. Indiana State’s last win in the series came in the 2013-14 season.

Last Meeting Against Missouri State (Jan. 21, 2024)

Chelsea Cain led a balanced scoring effort with 16 points, but a strong-shooting second half propelled Missouri State past the Sycamores 89-71 inside Great Southern Bank Arena.

Indiana State finished with five players in double-figures, as Bella Finnegan tallied 14, Kiley Bess and Ella Sawyer had 12 each and Mya Glanton finished with 10. Glanton finished one rebound shy of a double-double, while Cain and Sawyer also dished out four assists apiece.

The Sycamores used a strong-shooting opening half to lead for a majority of the first 20 minutes, led by eight first-quarter points from Sawyer and eight in the second quarter from Glanton. Indiana State’s advantage lasted through the midway point of the third quarter, but a cold spell to end the quarter saw the Trees trail by nine with 10 minutes to go. A 15-2 Missouri State run to start the fourth quarter put the game out of reach for the Sycamores.

Up Next

Indiana State’s three-game homestand continues Saturday afternoon when the Sycamores face Southern Illinois at 1 p.m.



NCBWA – Indiana State pitcher Jared Spencer was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List as announced by the organization this week.

Spencer continues to add to the preseason accolade list as the Centreville, Mich. native was named a preseason Perfect Game Second Team All-American, as well as listed as the D1Baseball No. 8 relief pitcher in Division I heading into the 2024 season. Spencer was also named to the D1Baseball preseason Top-200 D1 College MLB Draft Prospects list this week slotting in at No. 76 on the board.

Spencer made a team-high 25 appearances on the mound in relief in 2023 serving as the Sycamores’ primary closer. He posted a 3-2 record with a 3.86 ERA over 37.1 innings while adding a team-high seven saves.

He made his 2023 debut on February 18 against Quinnipiac but hit his stride midway through the season in nonconference play. Spencer posted his first two wins of the year on back-to-back weeks against SEMO and Illinois in mid-March.

He added a season-high seven strikeouts in a relief outing against Michigan State. Additional notable relief appearances include a 3.0-inning save in ISU’s 4-0 shutout of Indiana, while also going the final 2.0-innings in closing out the Sycamores’ win at Vanderbilt.

Spencer shined in the postseason posting back-to-back saves in the first two games of the Terre Haute Regional against Wright State and Iowa to send the Sycamores to the regional final. He added a third postseason appearance in relief at TCU in the Super Regional finale.

2024 Baseball Season Ticket Information

Reserved chairback season tickets can be purchased for $99. General admission season tickets will go on sale as well with adult ($72), seniors ($54), and youth ($40) tickets also being available for purchase. There will be a $5 surcharge added to those wanting tickets printed.

ISU Baseball single game tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.



FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team fell to the league-leading Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Wednesday (Feb. 14) 71-63 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Oakland led 41-28 in the second half before the ‘Dons opened up a 21-2 run. Quinton Morton-Robertson hit a 3-pointer to start the over seven-minute stretch in which Oakland only managed four shots. The ‘Dons forced OU into six turnovers while committing none of their own. Morton-Robertson and Eric Mulder had six points each, Rasheed Bello chipped in four, Corey Hadnot II had three and Anthony Roberts had two. The highlight of the run had a 3-pointer from Morton-Robertson, a steal from Roberts on the following possession, then Mulder had a put-back layup on the other end. At the end of the extended run, the Mastodons were up four.

It was a 62-60 Oakland lead with under a minute left. Jack Gohlke put the game away thanks to a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to put the Golden Grizzlies up 65-60.

Four ‘Dons finished in double-figures. Bello had 15, Morton-Robertson had 14, Jalen Jackson had 11 and Mulder had 10. Bello finished 7-of-10 from the floor and 6-of-6 inside the arc.

Oakland was led by Gohlke, who finished with 23 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the 3-point line.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 16-10, 7-8 in the Horizon League. Oakland improves to 17-10, 12-4 in league and tied with Green Bay for the top spot. The Mastodons will hit the road next for a game at Detroit Mercy on Saturday (Feb. 17) at 1 p.m.



FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team will hit the road twice over the next week to visit No. 14 Ball State and No. 8 Ohio State.

Game Day Information
Who: Ball State Cardinals & Ohio State Buckeyes
When: Thursday, Feb. 15 – 7 PM | Tuesday, Feb. 20 – 7 PM
Where: Muncie, Indiana – Worthen Arena | Columbus, Ohio – Covelli Center
Live Stats: Thursday | Tuesday
Watch: Thursday | Tuesday
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Ball State | Ohio State | MIVA

Know Your Foes

• Ball State started the season 9-7 and 2-1 in MIVA play. The Cardinals beat Loyola Chicago (3-1) and Lindenwood (3-2), while taking their one loss to McKendree (3-0). Ball State’s leading hitter, Patrick Rogers, is averaging 3.68 kills per set on a .334 hitting percentage. Lucas Machado is Ball State’s starting setter, averaging 10.6 assists per set and aiding the Cardinals to hit .295.

• Ohio State started the season 8-3, and 2-1 in MIVA play. The Buckeyes have beaten Lindenwood (3-1) and No. 14 Lewis (3-0), but losing to No. 13 Loyola Chicago (2-3). Ohio State’s leading hitter, Jacob Pasteur, was 2023 MIVA Player of the Year and has carried that momentum for 3.93 kills per set on .324 hitting percentage this season.

Series Histories

• The Cardinals lead the series 81-33 over the ‘Dons. This series dates back to 1981 for five matches, in which the ‘Dons went 1-4. From 1991-1993, the ‘Dons won 12 straight matches against the Cardinals. Ball State won 28 of the first 30 matches.

• The Buckeyes lead the series 81-40 over the ‘Dons. Ohio State has won the last four matches against the Mastodons. The series dates back to 1981. From 1990-1992 the ‘Dons won 10 straight matches. Ohio state won the first 11 matches against the ‘Dons.

Efficient Hitting

The Mastodons have hit over .300 in six matches this season, including three over .400. They are 6-0 in such matches.

Movin’ Up The List

Jon Diedrich joined the 1,000-kill club in 2023 in a match against Charleston. He is among the 20 Mastodons that have eclipsed this mark. Here’s where he ranks.

10. Craig Collins – 1362 (1992-95)

11. Tony Luhning – 1345 (1988-91)

12. Andrew Sellan – 1315 (2008-11)

13. Darryl Shank – 1310 (2008-11)

14. Jon Diedrich – 1283 (2020-24)

Papa Jon

Fifth-year player Jon Diedrich is the active NCAA career leader with 1,283 kills. Ohio State’s Jacob Pasteur is right behind with 1,245.

Hello, My Name Is Bryce And I’ll Be Your Server

Bryce Walker is nearing the program’s all-time top-10 list for aces.

13. Loren Gebert – 97 (1983-86)

14. Scott Lane – 95 (1999-00)

15. Hector Soto – 90 (1997-00)

16. Bryce Walker – 89 (2021-24)

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne split its trip to Queens, topping the Royals in four sets then falling in five.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will welcome McKendree to the Gates Sports Center for a pair of matches on Friday and Saturday of next week (Feb. 23-24).



FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Mastodons open the fifth season of the Doug Schreiber era with a three-game non-league series at Murray State this weekend. The schedule has been adjusted to a Saturday – Monday slate due to weather. 

Game Day Information 

Saturday, February 17 | 3 p.m. ET
Sunday, February 18 | 2 p.m. ET 
Monday, February 19 | 2 p.m. ET
Where: Johnny Reagan Field | Murray, Ky.  
Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Monday (link TBD)

Series History:  Murray State leads 11-5. The two clubs last played a four-game series in 2021 with the Racers winning the series 3-1. In the 16 all-time matchups, all but three have been played in Murray with the 2015 series, the only exception, moved to Emerson, Georgia due to impending weather.


Saturday – High of 39/low of 27, 0% chance of rain

Sunday – High of 52/low of 32, 0% chance of rain

Monday – High of 56/low of 40, 0% chance of rain

Probable Starters

Purdue Fort Wayne: RHP Mac Ayres, RHP Brody Fine, RHP Carter Sabol

Murray State:  TBD

Scouting the Racers: Murray State was 31-28 last season, going 14-13 in their first year playing in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). They won two games in the OVC tournament, but were knocked out in losses to Evansville and Missouri State. Redshirt juniors Drew Vogel and Dustin Mercer were named to the 2024 Preseason Missouri Valley All-Conference team. Mercer was named first-team All-Conference after hitting .329 with 10 steals while starting all 59 games in right field. Vogel was named second-team All-Conference last season after batting .297 with seven homers in 42 games as the Racers shortstop.

Scouting the Mastodons:  The Mastodons begin 2024 led by All-Horizon League outfielder Ben Higgins. The Macomb, Illinois native made 44 starts and ranked second in slugging percentage (.743), third in OPS (1.155) and third in home runs (10) in Horizon League games. On the mound, Mac Ayres returns to the rotation after leading the ‘Dons with 13 starts on the mound and pitching a team-high 64.0 innings. He’s joined in the opening weekend rotation by Brody Fine, who made 18 appearances and five starts last year, and Carter Sabol who made one start for Ohio a year ago.

Back for More:  Four Mastodons will be competing in their fifth season of collegiate baseball. Ben Higgins, Luke Miles, Cade Fitzpatrick, and Kyle Maurer are all back for a fifth season, with Miles spending all five years with the ‘Dons.

Up Next:  The ‘Dons will head back to Kentucky next weekend for a four-game series with Western Kentucky starting on Friday (Feb. 23).



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – With a primary goal of positively impacting every member of the University of Evansville community, UE today announced a $1.2 million field renovation project that will elevate the overall collective experience for students, faculty, and staff.

In a partnership between campus and UE athletics, the current intramural fields area located on the northwest tip of campus along the Lloyd Expressway will undergo a major renovation, highlighted by a full turf field.  The field will provide opportunities to the entire UE campus community including a year-round outdoor turf facility for intramurals and the Purple Aces soccer programs, along with an open campus area for students to enjoy recreational activities.

The UE campus has been a vibrant place with multiple completed and ongoing projects lifting its profile and this will be the latest addition.

“This project reflects the University of Evansville’s commitment to our students’ wellness through physical activity including intramural sports and outdoor recreational opportunities,” said Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Dr. Rachel S. Carpenter.  “This project will give our student body as well as our student-athletes the flexibility of utilizing this outdoor space on a year-round basis.”

Funding for the project was completely covered through the sale of UE’s old Division Street property to Wesselman Woods in June 2023. The UE soccer programs previously practiced on the property that was sold and this renovation will help to provide practice opportunities year-round.

“We are excited to unveil this project, which was an excellent collaboration between our campus and athletics. Our goal was to bring about a positive impact to the entire community and we are confident that will be accomplished with this initiative,” said UE Athletics Director Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried.  “Following the land sale to Wesselman Woods, it was critical to find our soccer programs with an area to replace what was lost and also enhance the overall experience.  Knowing our entire student body can utilize the space at any time of year and any type of weather makes this accomplishment even more meaningful.”

Project construction is set to begin in the coming weeks and be completed in its entirety by the Fall of 2024.



For the second year in a row, the Aces will be supporting two important causes while at home this week. Thursday night is Rising Coaches Equality Inclusion Night as the Aces will be wearing all black to support the initiative. Fans are also encouraged to wear black to Thursday evening’s game. Saturday against Missouri State is Evansville’s Play4Kay game supporting breast cancer awareness. All fans are encouraged to wear pink on Sunday in support of Play4Kay.

Southern Illinois comes into Thursday’s game starting their longest road trip of the season with four straight games away from Carbondale. The Salukis are on a five-game losing streak as SIU fell to Belmont, 65-55, on Sunday. Southern Illinois is led by Laniah Randle who is top five in the MVC in both scoring (fourth, 17.6) and rebounding (second, 8.8). Randle has had 20 or more points in 10 games this season for 76th in the NCAA in scoring.

The Lady Bears visit Meeks Fieldhouse as one of the top three teams in the Valley standings but with their first loss in two weeks. Missouri State fell to Murray State on Sunday afternoon at Great Southern Bank Arena for its first home loss since Feb. 19 2023 against Belmont. Currently, the Lady Bears are shooting lights out from behind the arc, as they currently rank 33rd nationally and first in The Valley, shooting at a .357 (120-336) clip from three-point range.

After multiple close losses over the past two weeks, the Aces picked up their first Missouri Valley Conference win on Sunday afternoon. UE was able to overpower the Valparaiso Beacon’s in the paint on the road with a 71-68 win. It was a monumental game for freshman forward Nevaeh Thomas. Thomas set multiple career highs in Valparaiso including rebounds (19), blocks (3), field goals made (10), and field goal attempts (16). Along with setting multiple career highs, Thomas led the Aces in scoring with 23 points while picking up her third double-double of the season and second of the weekend. Thomas was also named the MVC Freshman of the Week for her play against UIC and Valpo.

Junior guard Lexie Sinclair contributed on multiple big plays in the game on Sunday at Valparaiso. In the final 15 seconds of a tight game, Sinclair saved a ball on the baseline to assist on a basket by Thomas and then stole the ball back from the Beacons only two seconds later to give UE one of the final possessions of the game. Sinclair drew a foul on the steal, making one of two free throws to seal the three-point win.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Softball gets the 2024 campaign underway this weekend at the Easton Bama Bash, hosted by the University of Alabama at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. USI will face the University of Virginia, St. Thomas University, and host Alabama throughout the weekend event.

The Screaming Eagles, who begin their second season at the NCAA Division I level, will take on Virginia and St. Thomas on Friday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. USI concludes its opening weekend with a single game Sunday at 1 p.m. against Alabama.

All three opponents for USI this weekend have already begun their 2024 season last weekend. Virginia went 3-2 in its opening slate of games, St. Thomas went winless in five games, and Alabama got off to an undefeated 5-0 start.

Southern Indiana will be facing all three schools this weekend for the first time ever. Virginia and Alabama are the Eagles’ first opponents from a major conference since transitioning to Division I. Virginia is out of the Atlantic Coast Conference and Alabama is from the Southeastern Conference. Alabama was a 2023 Women’s College World Series participant and is ranked No. 11 in the nation.

USI is coming off a 21-23 record in their inaugural D-I season in 2023, including a 13-9 mark in the first run through the Ohio Valley Conference. The Screaming Eagles finished third in the 2023 OVC standings and captured their first OVC Tournament win against Tennessee State University to open postseason play last May. USI’s 2023 campaign came to an end with losses against Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at the OVC Tournament.

Southern Indiana was projected fourth in the 2024 OVC Preseason Poll with 112 points, as Southeast Missouri State University was projected first. USI junior pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) was named to the 2024 OVC Preseason Players to Watch List.

After two strong seasons to begin her USI career, Newman returns to lead Southern Indiana’s pitching staff. Newman was an All-OVC First Team selection last year after going 16-11 with a 2.53 ERA and 145 strikeouts. The right-hander tossed six shutouts and 18 complete games in 24 starts. Newman was also a three-time OVC Pitcher of the Week in 2023.

At the plate, USI returns senior outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana). Bedrick started all 44 games last season and batted .308 at the top of the order with a team-best 31 runs scored, which ranked sixth in the OVC. The top returning run producer in the Screaming Eagles’ lineup with Bedrick is senior Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana). Fair also started all 44 games in 2023, hitting .222, and was second on the team with four home runs and 23 RBI. The power-hitter also added seven doubles last season.

The 2024 squad features 20 players – 13 returning players and seven newcomers. Head Coach Sue Kunkle, who enters 2024 with a 649-443-1 career record at USI, heads into her 23rd season at the helm of the Screaming Eagles.

Live stats will be available for all three days of competition at Easton Bama Bash. Radio coverage will be provided by 95.7 FM The Spin ( Video coverage will only be available for Sunday’s game against Alabama on SEC Network+ through ESPN.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Days after clinching its first-ever Ohio Valley Conference Tournament berth, University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball begins a four-game road swing this week against the University of Tennessee at Martin on Thursday and the University of Arkansas Little Rock on Saturday. Thursday’s game at UT Martin tips off at 5:30 p.m., while Saturday’s game at Little Rock is slated for 1 p.m.

Both matchups can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin (

Southern Indiana (16-6, 11-1) starts its longest road stretch of the season and second road stint in the month of February on Thursday with its only regular season meeting against UT Martin. USI enters Thursday in first place in the OVC standings by three games.

Last week, the Screaming Eagles bounced back from their first OVC loss by sweeping a two-game homestand at Screaming Eagles Arena against Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. USI defeated Eastern Illinois, 70-60, last Thursday before winning 75-58 on Saturday against SIUE. Saturday’s win against the Cougars helped USI clinch its first-ever OVC Tournament berth, avenging last season’s result when USI missed out on the OVC postseason due to a tiebreaker.

On Saturday, the game featured a bit of a slow start for both teams. However, USI found its groove in the second quarter on both ends of the court, outscoring SIUE 23-9 in the period and 41-21 in the first half. For the game, USI shot nearly 48 percent overall compared to SIUE’s 30 percent, and the Eagles tallied 36 bench points. Freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) paced USI by matching a career-high 18 points, while sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) posted 13 points on a perfect 5-5 shooting from the floor. Senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) added 10 points.

Raley led the way for Southern Indiana between the two games last week. The senior averaged 16 points and seven rebounds while shooting 10-19 for nearly 53 percent. Raley also recorded four assists. Last Thursday against Eastern Illinois, Raley matched a season-high 22 points with 12 boards for her fourth double-double this season.

Overall, junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) leads the Screaming Eagles at 14.5 points and eight rebounds per game. Raley and fellow senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) are second and third on the team in scoring with 12.5 points and 10.6 points per contest, respectively. As a team, Southern Indiana is averaging 70.5 points on an OVC-best 44.1 field goal percentage. USI also leads the OVC in field goal percentage defense at 36.2.

UT Martin (10-13, 7-5) enters the week in a four-team deadlock for third place in the OVC standings. The Skyhawks are coming off a 71-61 loss at Western Illinois University last Saturday. UT Martin had won three straight games before the contest at Western Illinois. The Skyhawks are led in scoring by redshirt freshman and reigning OVC co-Freshman of the Week Kenley McCarn at 16.6 points per outing. Sophomore forward Anaya Brown, who registered 25 points against the Leathernecks, is averaging just over 14 points per game. UT Martin averages 63.9 points per contest on 43.6 percent shooting.

The Skyhawks swept both matchups against USI in 2022-23. UT Martin narrowly got the best of USI inside Screaming Eagles Arena last year, 63-60, before winning 68-56 in Martin a couple of weeks later.

Little Rock (9-14, 8-4) starts the week in second place in the league table. The Trojans have split their last four games, including a 64-58 loss against UT Martin and a 50-41 win against Western Illinois last week. Little Rock averages 55.1 points while shooting 39.2 percent from the field. Sophomore forward Faith Lee tops the team at 15.1 points per game.

Following a pair of single-digit losses to Little Rock last year, the Screaming Eagles claimed the first matchup against the Trojans this season on January 18, 58-48. In that home game last month, USI forward Madi Webb poured in a career-high 22 points with 11 rebounds.

After this week’s trip to UT Martin and Little Rock, USI will have a quick turnaround. Southern Indiana will hop back on the bus next Tuesday for a 4 p.m. CT tilt at Morehead State University. The road venture concludes on February 25 at Western Illinois.



Valparaiso (0-4, 0-0 MVC)

Feb. 16-18 – at Pinnacle PC Invitational (Clinton, S.C.)

Feb. 16 – vs. Morehead State (0-0) – 9 a.m. CT | vs. Youngstown State (4-1) – 11:15 a.m. CT

Feb. 17 – vs. Morehead State – 9 a.m. CT | at Presbyterian (2-2) – 1:30 p.m. CT

Feb. 18 – vs. Youngstown State – 9 a.m. CT

Next Up in Valpo Softball: The Valpo softball team continues early-season action this weekend from the Palmetto State, as the Beacons visit Presbyterian for the Pinnacle PC Invitational. Valpo will also face Morehead State and Youngstown State twice apiece in addition to one matchup with the host Blue Hose.

Previously: Valpo opened the season at the Aggie Classic, falling to Lehigh twice and #24/RV Texas A&M and Tulsa once apiece.

Looking Ahead: The Beacons head to Chattanooga, Tenn. for the Frost Classic next weekend.

Following Valpo Softball: There will be no video streams this weekend. All five games will have live stats available, linked at

Head Coach Meaggan Pettipiece: Meaggan Pettipiece was hired in September 2022 as head coach of the Valpo softball program and enters her second season in 2024. Pettipiece is in her 15th season overall as a collegiate head coach, most recently spending three seasons at Akron prior to coming to Valpo. Pettipiece, who owns 258 career coaching victories, was an All-American on the diamond and helped California University of Pennsylvania to a D-II national title in 1998 collegiately before playing internationally for Team Canada, including at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Series Notes: Morehead State – Valpo and Morehead State have matched up just twice in program history, with Valpo winning both matchups in 1995 and 1996.

Youngstown State – Former conference mates in the Mid-Continent Conference and the Horizon League, Valpo and YSU will meet for the 48th and 49th times this weekend. Valpo holds a 34-13 advantage in the all-time series. In their final season together in the Horizon League in 2017, Valpo claimed two of three games in the regular season series before the Penguins earned a win in the league tournament.

Presbyterian – This weekend is the second meeting all-time between Valpo and Presbyterian, with Valpo earning a 4-2 win in the only prior meeting in March 2016 at the Spartan Invitational.

Who’s Back: Valpo returns 12 of 16 letterwinners from last year’s squad for the 2024 season. In all, 69.2% of Valpo’s plate appearances are back for this season and 49.4% of last season’s innings pitched return.

Who’s New: A group of nine newcomers joins the Beacons for the 2024 season. Kam Utendorf transferred in after playing her freshman season at Black Hawk College, joining eight true freshmen on this year’s team.

A Large Roster: The combination of 12 returnees and nine newcomers gives Valpo a 21-player roster entering the 2024 campaign. That’s a five-player increase over last season’s group of 16 players, and it is the largest roster the softball program has had since fielding 21 players for the 2008 season.

Heading to the Palmetto State: This weekend marks the fifth time in program history that Valpo will compete in early-season tournament action in South Carolina. The Beacons last traveled to South Carolina in 2022, when they posted a 4-1 record at the Charleston Invitational.

Hitting the Road: This weekend’s games continue a long and winding road for the Beacons before they finally get the chance to play at the Valpo Softball Complex. This is the second of five weekends of action prior to the start of Missouri Valley Conference play, as Valpo already played at Texas A&M and will also play in tournaments at Chattanooga, Indiana and Omaha in preconference action. The Beacons will open MVC action with back-to-back weekends on the road at Evansville and at Drake before finally opening the home slate March 29 against Bradley. All told, Valpo is scheduled to play its first 30 games of the season away from home.

Making Debuts: Seven members of Valpo’s roster made their debuts in the Beacon uniform last Friday on opening day. Four of those debuts came in the season opener against Tulsa, as Kam Utendorf started at shortstop, Anna Wilming pitched in relief and Cici Wilson and Natalie Bush both appeared as pinch-hitters. Three debuts came against Texas A&M, as Sydney McDermott started in the circle, Kayden Krug entered as a pinch-hitter and Carson Kuhlmann was a defensive replacement in center field.

Hecker Hacking: Senior outfielder Regi Hecker started the 2024 regular season just as she closed the 2023 regular season. Hecker, who paced Valpo last year in batting average, hits, doubles, RBIs and stolen bases, closed 2023 by hitting .412 (14-for-34) with four multi-hit games over the Beacons’ final 12 games of the regular season. She started this season by hitting .556 (5-for-9) on opening weekend, including a perfect 3-for-3 game in the weekend finale against Lehigh – her fourth career three-hit game.

International Experience: Sophomore infielder Kim Rodas continued her international career playing for Mexico over the summer, as she earned a bronze medal at the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games. Rodas previously medaled with Team Mexico at the 2021 Junior Pan American Games, where her squad claimed the silver.



Junior Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) tallied a game-high 21 points and fellow junior Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) turned in a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists, but the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team fell to UNI 86-67 on Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. A hot-shooting Panther team hit at a 66.7 percent clip.

How It Happened

The game was tight and low scoring in its early stages as a triple by DeAveiro with 11:49 left of first-half time cut UNI’s lead to 11-10.

Valpo clawed back to within one possession several more times, first on a bucket by Jerome Palm (Almere, The Netherlands / Echnaton [Hillsborough CC]) and then on a 3 by Connor Barrett that made it 17-15 at the 10:27 mark.

UNI stayed in front, but Valpo again got back within one score when Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario, Canada / Royal Crown Academy) hit a triple with nine minutes remaining in the half to make it 21-18. DeAveiro drained from 3 again at the 8:23 mark to make it 23-21.

UNI rattled off the next six points to create some separation for the first time at 29-21. The guests went into halftime ahead 38-26.

The Panthers shot 53.8 percent in the first half, but their hot night reached a different level after the break. They hit 20 of their 25 shots in the second stanza, posting a robust shooting clip of 80 percent.

After Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) had the first bucket of the second half to cut the lead to 10, UNI scored the next 10 points to make it 48-28 with 17:21 and didn’t look back for the game’s duration.

Inside the Game

Stafford scored 21 points to lead all scorers while knocking down four of his nine 3-point attempts. He went 8-of-16 from the floor. This was his 10th double-figure showing in his last 11 outings. Including his junior college season, he surpassed 1,000 career points on Wednesday, but points scored at the JUCO level do not officially count, so he will not be officially recognized for scoring 1,000 career points until he does so at the NCAA level.

DeAveiro became just the second Valpo player in the last 15 years to notch a points-assists double-double, joining Nick Edwards on Dec. 21, 2022 vs. Stonehill. He was the first to do so in a league game since Valpo joined the MVC.

DeAveiro’s 10 assists matched his career high that was set on Nov. 13, 2022 vs. Western Michigan and tied on Dec. 19 of this season vs. Samford.

DeAveiro became the first Valpo player to go the full 40 minutes in a regulation game since Dec. 29, 2022, Nick Edwards at Drake.

Williamson went 5-of-9 from the field for an efficient 12 points.

UNI’s field-goal percentage of 66.7 was the highest by a Valpo opponent in league play since joining The Valley. Valpo was outscored 44-18 in the paint.

Schwieger had a team-high six rebounds to go along with nine points.

Senior walk-on turned scholarship player Anthony Sciarroni (Columbus, Ohio / St. Francis DeSales [Alderson Broaddus at Findlay]) hit a 3-pointer, his third of the season.

Up Next

The Beacons (6-20, 2-13 MVC) will visit Missouri State on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on the MVC-TV Network, including NBC Sports Chicago Plus in the Chicago market.



at Quincy Hawks (9-14, 8-9 GLVC)

Thursday | February 15 | 6 ET

at Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars (13-10, 11-6 GLVC)

Saturday | February 17 | 2 ET

The UIndy women’s basketball team travels to the neighboring state of Illinois for a pair of GLVC bouts. This will be the first time this season that the Greyhounds face the Hawks and the Prairie Stars. The Hounds lead both all-time series, leading Quincy 32-23 and UIS 12-4.


The UIndy women’s basketball dropped a tight GLVC dog fight on Saturday, falling to Truman State University by a score of 79-72 from inside Nicoson Hall. The Bulldogs avenged their early January loss to the Greyhounds with the victory, leading for more than 36 minutes of action.

Elana Wells, who nearly posted the first double-double of her career, finished with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds.

Despite the Greyhounds owning the paint most of the afternoon, the Bulldogs scored six straight points in the paint to build a four-point advantage with 46 seconds left. A single free throw from Wells was the only point UIndy could muster in the final minute, as Truman’s hot-hand shooting in the second half proved too much.



at Quincy Hawks (10-13, 5-10 GLVC)

Thursday | February 15 | 8:30 ET

at Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars (16-9, 9-6 GLVC)

Saturday | February 17 | 4 ET

The UIndy men’s basketball team hits the road this weekend to battle a pair of GLVC foes from the state of Illinois, including Quincy and Illinois Springfield. The Greyhounds lead both all-time series, with a 25-14 advantage against the Hawks and 14-3 edge over the Prairie Stars.

Each contest this weekend is the lone meeting between the programs.


The UIndy men’s basketball team split a pair of contests last weekend in Nicoson Hall, earning a huge 93-80 win over Upper Iowa on Thursday evening. The Greyhounds held the Peacocks to more than eight points below their season average, but more impressively limited Jake Hilmer – who entered the contest ranked third in NCAA DII with 24.1 points per game – to just six points.

Josiah Tynes entered the top 25 in the UIndy record book with seven assists over the weekend and now has 212 career helpers. The senior is just four from tying Vasco Walton.

The Greyhounds had their modest three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday by a hot-shooting Truman Bulldogs squad, who built a 20-point halftime lead on the back of 12 triples. During the contest, however, Kendrick Tchoua became the seventh player ever in program history to reach 800 career rebounds, while also scoring a game-high 27 points.



INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 12-ranked University of Indianapolis women’s tennis team suffered a loss to the Division I Butler Bulldogs late on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs took the doubles point and three matches in singles to take the match 4-2. With the loss, the all-time Circle City series between the programs moves to 7-5 in favor of the Greyhounds, with this being the first time the Bulldogs have captured victory since 2016.


The Greyhounds made some lineup switches in doubles, as the pair of Diane Flament and Tyffaine Pais played No. 1 while Maissane Aik and Benedetta Sensi manned the No. 2 slot. The Bulldogs, however, snagged wins at No. 1 and No. 3, both 6-2 to earn the point.

Facing a deficit, No. 7-ranked Pais went to work, evening the score with a 6-3, 6-3 result out of the No. 3 slot. No. 25 Ana Hollweg was the other Hound to earn a victory, stealing a 7-6, 6-4 victory from the Bulldogs at No. 4. The Northside Bulldogs iced the match with victories at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 6, all in straight sets.


The Hounds are off this coming weekend, with UIndy not returning to the court until Feb. 23 at the UIndy Tennis Center where they welcome in the Findlay Oilers. The match is set to start at 4 p.m.



PEMBROKE, N.C.— The University of Indianapolis baseball team has inched up a spot in the latest release of the NCBWA Division II Top-25 poll. The Greyhounds now sit at No. 5, rising from the No. 6 in the NCBWA Preseason Poll.

UIndy still awaits their first taste of regular season action, and they will get it soon as they travel to Notre Dame (OH) for a doubleheader split between the hosting Falcons and the Lake Erie Storm on Friday, Feb. 16. They will follow that up with another contest against the Storm on the following Saturday.

This season arrives for the Hounds after a historic 2023, where they finished the season with 39 wins and a Midwest Region title on the way to their third-ever NCAA DII Championship appearance.

The Hounds return nearly all of their offensive firepower from last year, headed up by Drew Donaldson at second base who became the first ever Greyhound to be a ABCA, NCBWA and D2CCA First Team All-American in the same season. Alongside Donaldson, the Hounds welcome back Caleb Vaughn in right-field who earned All-Midwest Team honors.

With the returning firepower, the Hounds also added some new weapons in Missouri S&T standout Cole Hampton, after leading the Miners in OPS (1.194), batting average (.354), home runs (12), RBIs (57) and total bases in the 2023 season as their primary third baseman. He was not the lone Miner to join the Hounds, with Dakota Sill also joining the Hounds after leading S&T in hits, stolen bases and triples while manning centerfield.



Mishawaka, Ind. – The Marian men’s basketball team closed Wednesday night with the longest active winning streak in the Crossroads League, as the Knights took control in the second half in their 82-74 victory over No. 22 Bethel. Marian’s fifth consecutive win gives the team a 19-6 overall record, while the Knights take sole possession of fourth place in the Crossroads League with a 9-6 record.

Brody Whitaker came out aggressive early and led Marian in a back and forth paced first half, scoring the first points of the game and six of the first eight for the Knights. Marian and Bethel were level 10-10 at the first media timeout of the game, with the Pilots beginning to grab control of the pace as a 6-2 run pushed them in the lead. An early scoring lull held the score at 16-12 for nearly two minutes, but Whitaker broke the silence with a three-point play on the front end of the second media stoppage, giving him nine early points.

Gus Etchison soon took over for the Knights after Whitaker’s hot start, as layups by the junior guard surrounded by a Josh Bryan three-point make kept the pace and Marian within a point of the Pilots. Marian reclaimed a lead of 30-28 with 6:24 to play in the half behind another Etchison basket, as the first-year Knight continued to elevate his play. Bethel would rock the lead back and forth in the final five minutes, leading by as many as four points, but were unable to cool off Marian before the half as a three by Etchison and jumper from Whitaker brought Marian within one at the intermission, trailing 43-42.

The second half would open with a short run from each team, as Marian dropped four quick points to reclaim the lead before a 6-0 burst by the Pilots recaptured the home advantage. Dylan Moles and Maximus Gizzi would get the Knights back within a point as the pair of backcourt players silenced the run, and after the under-15 media timeout a split trip at the line by Whitaker tied the game at 51. Whitaker’s free throw would score the first point after a drought of over two minutes for both teams, and reignited the scoring options as an Etchison drive pushed Marian on top by two.

Bethel would push to an even 53-53 contest with 13:07 to play in the contest, but would get no closer than two points of Marian as an open three from Josh Bryan tipped off a 9-4 run over the next two minutes. Another run, this time of seven points saw Marian expand their lead to 11 points moments after the under-10 minute media timeout, as Bryan’s third trifecta and a putback score by Jackson Ames helped capture the 69-58 lead.

Marian’s lead would grow to as many as 12 points as the clock dwindled under eight minutes to play in the game, as their defense contained the Bethel sharp-shooters. Bethel would come no closer than two possessions of Marian’s lead, as they clawed to a four-point game with 2:21 to play, but were unable to get any closer as Etchison and Ames iced the game with back to back makes. Bethel would muster just two points in the final 2:21 of the game, as Marian ended the game on a 6-2 job to close their 19th win on top 82-74.

Etchison finished the night with a game-high 36 points, putting together his fifth game of the season with 30 or more points. The guard added five rebounds and was followed in scoring by Whitaker’s 14 points. Jackson Ames finished 11 points as he and Whitaker tied for a team-leading seven rebounds, and Gizzi added 10 points in the win. Josh Bryan scored a bench leading nine points, making three of the team’s five shots from beyond the arc in the game.

Marian will look to extend their winning streak on Saturday afternoon, as the Knights host St. Francis at 3:00 p.m. in the PE Center.



Mishawaka, Ind. – The Knights continue their win streak on the road in a 76-67 game over the Bethel Pilots. Scoring was lead by Ella Collier with 26 points and Kinnidy Garrard with 19 points in total for the night. Marian is now 24-1 overall and 15-0 in the Crossroads League.

The Knights took the late lead in the 5th minute of the 1st quarter with a Sara Majorosova basket bringing the score 9-8 in favor of the Knights. Majorosova continued to bring the heat into the 1st quarter to score 8 points in total. Bringing the score to 25-14 in favor of the Knights.

Kinnidy Garrard scored the first point early in the 2nd quarter bringing the score to a 11 point difference. Aliyah Evans and Ella Collier continued to bring the energy into the quarter both scoring within the same minute to continue to bring the lead into double digits. At the end of the half Collier continued to lead in scoring with 17 points scored.

Early in the 3rd quarter Collier added to the Knights lead with help from Garrard with an early steal. Abbey McNally got a late start into the third quarter with a layup bringing the score to 46-40 in favor of the Knights. Allison Bosse and Tamia Perryman both helped to maintain the Knights lead by both scoring layups late in the 3rd quarter.

In the beginning of the 4th quarter Collier and McNally both continued to bring the lead against the pilots into double digits. Late into the 4th quarter Evans, Garrard, McNally, and Bosse all added to the score allowing the Knights to maintain their lead late into the game.

Kinnidy Garrard picked up two blocks in the game allowing her to pass Jenna Sullivan as the leading blocker in Marian Women’s Basketball with the most career blocked shots.

The Knights will be back in action at home in the P.E. Center for Senior Day this Saturday, February 17th at 1:00pm vs. the St. Francis Cougars.
























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Football History Headlines

February 15, 1929 – A new sporting goods company is founded. The Riddell Company was established by John T. Riddell, a high school football coach and Athletic Director who started by making better, safer football cleats. Then, he became a pioneer in athletic safety equipment. According to the Riddell Company’s website, John T. created the removable cleat in 1922. Riddell is quoted on the website: “When we started, there was no game history. In wet weather, players have a foot problem. Leather cleats nailed to the bottom of a shoe just won’t cut it. And if the local cobbler is too busy to fix them, it’s “Sorry Boys.” This necessity prompted Coach Riddell into action and eventually led to the formation of the company that bears his name. Today, Riddell equipment is found on almost every gridiron field; helmets, shoulder pads, and accessories are designed to keep players safe.

February 15, 1996 – NFL legendary Head Coach Bill Belichick is fired by the Cleveland Browns franchise. Coach B. finished his Browns coaching career with a record of 36-44.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for February 15

February 15, 1903 – Midland, Ontario, Canada –  The great Southern Cal Quarterback of yesteryear, Morley Drury arrived into this life. More on his story by clicking his name.

February 15, 1920 – Lawrence, Massachusetts – Harvard’s solid Guard Endicott Peabody was born. Read more about him by clicking his name.

February 15, 1931 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – John Michels the stellar guard from the University of Tennessee gained his born-on date. John was one of the starting guards for the Vols from 1950 through the 1952 season according to the website. John was a three-time letter winner, two-time all-conference selection, and in 1952, consensus All-America. That year he also won the Jacobs Trophy as the best blocker in the Southeastern Conference. John Michels received the great honor of being selected for inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. 

February 15, 1935 – Trenton, Tennessee – The quick tackle from Mississippi, Gene Hickerson arrived into this life. Gene was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1957 so that Coach Paul Brown could use his quickness as a guard to employ some innovative blocking schemes to open up holes for the great Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly and Bobby Mitchell. Hickerson was voted as an All-Pro in five consecutive seasons and played in 6 Pro Bowl games. In 2007 the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Gene Hickerson into their Canton, Ohio museum.

February 15, 1940 – Lawrence, Kansas – John Hadl the outstanding halfback/quarterback that played for the University of Kansas from 1959 to 1961 was born. The NFF’s online bio of Hadl recounts that he made a 98-yard interception return against Texas Christian, a 97-yard kickoff return against Syracuse, and a 94-yard punt against Oklahoma. His punting average for the season, 45.6 yards, led the nation. He played halfback in 1960 and was voted as an All-American at the position, and moved to quarterback in 1961 and made All-America again from there! John Hadl was honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994 after the National Football Foundation tallied their votes.

February 15, 1957 – Bremerton, Washington – Marc Wilson who was under center for the BYU teams of the late 1970s celebrates his date of birth. The National Football Foundation posts that in Marc’s first game as a starter, he threw 7 touchdown passes in a 63-17 triumph over Colorado State. Later that season he set an NCAA record at the time by tossing for 571 passing yards against Utah. In 1979 Wilson was a unanimous All-America and was named Player of the Year by the Seattle Touchdown Club and the Miami Touchdown Club. The NFF voters selected Marc Wilson for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. Marc enjoyed an eleven year career in the NFL with both the Raiders and the Patriots.

February 15, 1957 – High Point, North Carolina – The fleet footed halfback from North Carolina State Ted Brown was born. The NFF tells that Brown still holds the ACC’s career records for his 4602 yards rushing  and 51 touchdowns. Ted was selected as a 1978 consensus First-Team All-America and he helped lead N.C. State to three straight bowl games. Ted Brown received the great honor of being selected for inclusion into the College FOotball Hall of Fame in 2013.

February 15, 1960 – Houston, Texas – Darrell Green the speedy ball hawking cornerback from Texas A&I was born. Green was able to cover receivers from the line of scrimmage, eliminating the short pass, confident that his speed would allow him to recover on deep patterns per the NFF. Darrell was a first team All-America in 1982 and was the Most Valuable Player in the Lone Star Conference.  The National Football Foundation selected Darrell Green for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. The Washington Redskins used their first round pick in the 1983 NFL to choose Darrell to play for the franchise. Green spent his amazing 20 year NFL career in D.C. and set an NFL record of having a pick in 19 straight seasons in the League. His great foot speed and technique led him to pick off 56 career NFL passes and return six of them for scores along with 621 return yards and 611 punt return yards. Darrell still holds the record for the Washington franchise’s longest fumble return for a score of 78 yards. He was a four time All-Pro and played in 7 Pro Bowls. In 2008 the Pro Football Hall of Fame gave Darrell Green a much deserved Gold Jacket and a bronze bust in Canton.

February 15, 1968 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Major Harris the West Virginia Mountaineer starting quarterback from 1987 through 1989 arrived into the world. The Football Foundation’s website bio on Major tells of how he was the first player in the history of the NCAA to pass for more than 5000 yards and use his legs for more than 2000 in a collegiate career. Harris led WVU to an undefeated season and a chance to play Notre Dame for the National Championship in the 1988 Fiesta Bowl. Major Harris was honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009 after the National Football Foundation tallied their votes.


1931      Crescent Lake Field, the Yankees’ spring training site since 1925, is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honor of the team’s late manager, who passed away at the end of the 1929 season. In 1963, the facility will become known as Huggins-Stengel Field to honor another Bronx Bomber skipper, Casey Stengel, the pilot of the National League’s expansion team, presently working out in the St. Petersburg ballpark.

1946      The Phillies hire the first female major league scout when they sign Edith Houghton, who will ink fifteen players, mostly from Philadelphia high schools, to contracts. The North Philadelphia native will continue to scour the Philly area for local talent until 1952 before returning to the Navy to serve her country during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

1946      Three days before he marries New York department store heiress Coral Gimbel, Hank Greenberg comes to terms with the Tiger, signing a contract for $60,000. After leading the American League in home runs (44) and RBIs (127) this season, the slugging first baseman threatens to retire rather than take a pay cut, prompting Detroit to trade the future Hall of Famer to the Pirates.

1961      Donald M. Grant, chairman and a minority owner of the Mets, offers Branch Rickey a contract to become the general manager of the new National League expansion team. After the former Browns, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Pirates GM turns down the job, George Weiss, who filled the same role with the Yankees from 1947 to 1960, accepts the position.

1973      In a national poll, Phillies’ southpaw Steve Carlton beats out golf legend Jack Nicklaus to win the $15,000 diamond-studded gold buckled Hickok Belt, an award given to the top “Professional Athlete of the Year.” Last season’s National League Cy Young Award winner joins an elite list of previous recipients, including Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Jim Brown, Rocky Marciano, and Arnold Palmer.

1990      With the issue of the implementation of the salary cap unresolved, a thirty-two-day lockout begins when major league owners refuse to open spring training camp without reaching a new Basic Agreement with the players. The season will be delayed one week due to baseball’s seventh work stoppage and will need to be extended for three days to accommodate the 162-game schedule.

2001      After turning down the Mets’ offer of salary arbitration that at the very least would have been worth $2 to $3 million, Bobby Jones signs a one-year free-agent deal with the Padres for only $625,000. The 31-year-old right-hander, 11-6 last year with New York, will lose 19 games for the Padres this season.

2003      After the Japanese Central League’s Dragons release Kevin Millar for an undisclosed payment, the Red Sox, who blocked the Marlins’ sale of him going to Japan with a waiver claim, acquire the 31-year-old first baseman-outfielder (.306, 16, 57). In a complicated deal brokered by MLB, Florida repaid the money Chunichi had paid for Millar, who previously turned down the opportunity to stay in the United States, and Boston compensated the National League team with a similar amount in return for Millar.

2006      According to Adam Katz, Sammy Sosa’s agent, the 37-year-old slugger will probably retire eleven homers shy of becoming the fifth major leaguer to hit 600 round-trippers. Earlier, the Dominican outfielder rejected a non-guaranteed contract from the Nationals that included performance bonuses.

2006      Former Dodgers starter Jeff Weaver (14-11, 4.22) agrees to a one-year contract with the other team with Los Angeles in its name. The deal for the last major player left on the free-agent market is worth $8,325,000, and the 29-year-old right-hander can earn an additional $600,000 in performance bonuses for innings pitched and game starts with the Angels.

2007      After more than two months of speculation about Barry Bonds’ deal with the Giants, the commissioner’s office approves the one-year contract worth $15.8 million. The 42-year-old slugger had reached a preliminary agreement with the team early in December, but finalizing the contract was delayed when language about promotional appearances and an additional clause stating San Francisco could void the deal with the outfielder if the alleged use of steroids leads to an indictment.

2007      The Yankees announce the team will wear black armbands on the left sleeve of their uniforms in memory of teammate Cory Lidle. The 34-year-old right-hander and flight instructor Tyler Stanger died when their plane crashed into a 52-story high-rise apartment building in Manhattan on a rain-swept afternoon last October.

2011      Barack Obama bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Stan Musial, an award for which the president of the United States selects the honorees. The Cardinals’ legend, who benefitted from the local grass-roots effort on his behalf, joins major leaguers Hank Aaron, Moe Berg, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Ted Williams as a recipient of the most prestigious honor given to a United States civilian.

2012      The Rays and Joe Maddon agree to a three-year contract extension to keep the two-time American League Manager of the Year with Tampa through the 2015 season. During his six-year tenure with the club, the 58-year-old skipper has compiled a 495-477 (.509) record, leading the team to the postseason three times in the last four years, including an American League pennant in 2008.

2016      “Baseball is known as our national pastime, but the game has deep roots and a rich history here in New York State. From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in storied Cooperstown to the Mets and Yankees — the pinnacles of Major League Baseball, to our recently crowned Little League World Series champions from Maine-Endwell, New York State is clearly the epicenter of baseball greatness. It is time that we formally recognize baseball as our official state sport.” – JAMES SEWARD, New York state senator. New York State Sen. James Seward (R-Milford), thanks to a suggestion from a group of fourth-graders at Cooperstown Elementary School, announces he has introduced legislation (S.4288) to designate baseball as New York’s official state sport. In a press release, Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson says he “enthusiastically supports” the proposed bill, citing that Cooperstown serves as baseball’s spiritual home.


Off the field…

The Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution (for income tax) was adopted stating that: “Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”

One of the most important exhibitions of art ever held in the United States, “The Armory Show” aroused the curiosity of the public and helped to change the direction of American painting. An estimated 1,600 works including paintings representing many avant-garde movements from Europe were revealed to mixed reviews. Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase” was singled out by the hostile critics as a prime example of the “degeneracy” of the new art. Later, many of the same paintings would become modern masterpieces commanding millions of dollars in value.

In the American League…

The New York Yankees became the first team to practice outside the United States after they traveled to Bermuda for spring training.

On May 14th, Walter “The Big Train” Johnson topped Jack Coombs with a record of fifty-six straight scoreless innings as his Washington Senators beat the St. Louis Browns 10-5 at Sportsman’s Park III.

The Boston Red Sox set a Major League record for frustration on July 3rd after totaling fifteen hits off the Washington Senators’ Walter Johnson during a 1-0 shutout.

In the National League…

Philadelphia Phillies ace Erskine Mayer set an unwanted National League mark on August 18th after surrendering nine consecutive hits to the Chicago Cubs (all in the ninth-inning) en route to a 10-4 loss.

In September, Pittsburgh Pirate Honus Wagner was presented with a commemorative bat carved from a piece of wood taken from naval hero Oliver Perry’s flagship Niagara (which had sunk in Lake Erie one-hundred years before). Wagner had been the first player ever to have his signature scrawled on a Louisville Slugger (1905).

Around the League…

American League President Ban Johnson and Detroit Tigers President Frank Navin both voiced complaints on the extensive length of the games, which were taking up to two hours to play. Both blamed several rules and regulations including the location of the “coachers boxes” and proposed that they be moved back so that the catcher could relay the pitcher his signals more quickly.

After ruling that a ballplayer on the field was considered a “public person,” a New York judge tossed out several cases (brought by both New York and Boston players) against a motion picture company that had apparently taken film of the 1912 World Series.

In December, The Sporting News reported that fifteen men (none well known) had died from various baseball-inflicted injuries during the 1913 season, according to a list compiled by J.R. Vickery of Chicago.


1932 — Eddie Eagen, as a member of the four-man U.S. bobsled team, wins a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. He previously won a gold medal in boxing light heavyweight division at the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium.

1936 — Sonja Henie of Norway, wins her third consecutive Olympics figure skating gold medal in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

1953 — Tenley Albright becomes the first American woman to win a world figure skating title beating Germany’s Gundi Busch at the World Championships in Davos, Switzerland.

1964 — Ken Hubbs, the 22-year-old Chicago Cubs second baseman, dies when his private plane crashes in Utah. The 1962 NL Rookie of the Year had his pilot’s license for two weeks and was flying in bad weather.

1974 — Boston’s Phil Esposito scores his 1,000th point with an assist in the Bruins’ 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

1978 — Leon Spinks wins a 15-round split decision over Muhammad Ali to take the world heavyweight title at Las Vegas.

1980 — Rookie Wayne Gretzky ties the NHL record with seven assists in a game and sets a scoring record for first-year players in Edmonton’s 8-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

1986 — A crowd of 44,180, at the time the largest to attend an NBA game, turned out at the Pontiac Silverdome to watch the Pistons beat the Sixers 134-133 in overtime.

1994 — Kentucky makes one of the greatest comebacks in college basketball history with a 99-95 victory over LSU after trailing by 31 points with 15:30 to play.

1994 — Freshman Ila Borders becomes the first woman to pitch in an NCAA or NAIA game. The left-hander pitches a complete-game for Southern California College, allowing five hits in the Vanguards’ 12-1 win over Claremont-Mudd.

1995 — Charlie Standish sets a PBA record by rolling three perfect games in the first round of the Peoria Open bowling tournament. Standish rolls the 300s in the second, fourth and sixth games of the six-game round and at one point has 23 consecutive strikes.

1998 — Dale Earnhardt takes the Daytona 500 on his 20th try and ends a 59-race winless streak on the day NASCAR begins celebrating its 50th anniversary.

2000 — Martin Brodeur becomes first goaltender in NHL history to get credit for a “game winning” goal as New Jersey wins, 4-2 over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

2002 — The worst judging scandal in Winter Olympics history is resolved, with Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier declared co-gold medalists with the Russian winners.

2004 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. barrels past Tony Stewart to win the Daytona 500 on the same track that claimed his father’s life three years ago. Junior wins this race in his fifth try, the same race that bedeviled his later father for 19 years.

2007 — Joe Sakic scores twice, including his 600th career goal, and adds three assists and Milan Hejduk has three goals to lead Colorado to a 7-5 win at Calgary.

2010 — American Seth Wescott defends his Olympic title in Vancouver, British Columbia, overtaking Canada’s Mike Robertson to win the gold medal in the wild sport of men’s snowboardcross. Didier Defago wins the gold in the Olympic downhill and American Bode Miller breaks his personal streak of major championship mishaps by taking the bronze.

2013 — Ted Ligety becomes the first man in 45 years to win three gold medals at a skiing world championships. French great Jean-Claude Killy took home four golds in 1968. Ligety wins giant slalom by a massive margin for his third gold. Earlier in the championships held in Schladming, Austria, Ligety won the super-G and super-combined — both events he had never won on the World Cup circuit.

2014 — Renaud Lavillenie breaks Sergei Bubka’s 21-year-old indoor pole vault world record in Donetsk, Ukraine. Lavillenie clears the bar comfortably at 6.16 meters (20 feet, 2 1/2 inches) in Bubka’s home city, almost to the day the pole vault great cleared achieved 6.15 (20-2) on Feb. 21, 1993.

2018 – German figure skaters Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot set new ISU best free skating score of 159.31 on their way to pairs gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.


21- 43 – 99 – 9 – 35

February 15, 1916 – The rights to Frank Homerun Baker were purchased by the New York Yankees from the Philadelphia Athletics for at the time a whopping $37,500.

February 15, 1976 – There was a thrilling finish to the Daytona 500 on the final lap, as there was a race to the finish line between the Number 43, STP Dodge Charger of Richard Petty and David Pearson in the white Mercury Number 21. Pearson made contact with Petty and it slung the pair into the wall and the infield. Petty’s car stalled out but Pearson was able to get back on the track and took the checkered flag to victory lane. 

February 15, 1980 – Wayne Gretzky, Number 99 of the Edmonton Oilers registered 7 assists in an 8-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. The feat of the young center tied and NHL record and remember the Great One was only 19 years old at the time and still cutting his teeth at Hockey’s highest level.

February 15, 1980 – Gordie Howe, Mr Hockey, wearing his famed Number 9 sweaterscored the 799th goal of his illustrious career while skating for the Hartford Whalers.

February 15, 1981 – Richard Petty, Number 43  records victory at the Daytona 500 by beating Bobby Allison to the finish line by a mere 3-1/2 seconds!

February 15, 1994 – Pittsburgh Penguin Goalie Tom Barrasso, Number 35 becomes winningest U. S. born goalie in NHL history, as he and his Penguin teammates won, 5-3 over the visiting Winnipeg Jets. The record previously belonged to Frank Brimsek with 252.



5 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Practice, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

7 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Cup Series: The Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 & 2 at DAYTONA, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.


6:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: U.S. vs. Italy, Group A, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

8 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Tahiti vs. Argentina, Group B, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

10:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: United Arab Emirates vs. Egypt, Group A, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

11:50 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Spain vs. Iran, Group B, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

6:20 a.m. (Friday)

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Colombia vs. Japan, Group C, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


6:30 p.m.

BTN — Northwestern at Rutgers

7 p.m.

CBSSN — UTEP at W. Kentucky

ESPN2 — Temple at FAU

8 p.m.

ESPNU — Winthrop at Radford

8:30 p.m.

BTN — Minnesota at Purdue

9 p.m.

CBSSN — Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount

ESPN — Colorado at UCLA

ESPN2 — Stanford at Washington

10 p.m.

PAC-12N — California at Washington St.

11 p.m.

CBSSN — Pepperdine at Saint Mary’s (Cal)

FS1 — Utah at Southern Cal


6 p.m.

ACCN — NC State at Notre Dame

ESPNU — Rider at Iona

7 p.m.

ESPN — South Carolina at Tennessee

SECN — Kentucky at Auburn

8 p.m.

ACCN — Duke at Virginia Tech

PEACOCK — Michigan at Iowa

9 p.m.

SECN — Vanderbilt at Texas A&M


8 p.m.

PAC-12N — Arizona St. at Arizona


10 a.m.

ESPNU — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Stanford vs. Georgia Tech, Clearwater, Fla.

11 a.m.

ACCN — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Kentucky vs. North Carolina, Clearwater Fla.

1 p.m.

SECN — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Wisconsin vs. Georgia, Clearwater Fla.

2 p.m.

ACCN — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: LSU vs. Georgia Tech, Clearwater Fla.

4 p.m.

ESPNU — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Stanford vs. Florida St., Clearwater, Fla.


5 a.m.

GOLF — Ladies European Tour: The Aramco Saudi Ladies International, First Round, Riyadh Golf Club, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

4 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The Genesis Invitational, First Round, Riviera Golf Course, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

5 a.m. (Friday)

GOLF — Ladies European Tour: The Aramco Saudi Ladies International, Second Round, Riyadh Golf Club, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


8:30 p.m.

TNT — Milwaukee at Memphis

TRUTV — Milwaukee at Memphis


12:45 p.m.

CBSSN — UEFA Europa League: AS Roma at Feyenoord

3 p.m.

CBSSN — UEFA Europa League: Rennes at AC Milan

7:55 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: CS Herediano at Deportivo Toluca, First Round – Leg 2

10:05 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: Comunicaciones at Monterrey, First Round – Leg 2


5 a.m.

TENNIS — Doha-WTA Quarterfinals; Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m. TENNIS — Doha-WTA Quarterfinals; Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Early Rounds