INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES WEDNESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Fort Wayne Snider 54 Heritage 43
Fort Wayne Wayne 66 Fort Wayne Dwenger 64 2OT
Hammond Noll 66 Illiana Christian 52
Indianapolis Roncalli 51 Triton Central 33
Penn 57 Northridge 49 OT
Rensselaer Central 69 North Judson 48
Southport 71 Beech Grove 49
West Vigo 68 South Vermillion 61
Westfield 58 Noblesville 54


Bi-County Tournament
Triton 56 Oregon-Davis 25
John Glenn 72 Argos 52
Bremen 43 New Prairie 38
LaVille 85 Culver 57


Porter County Conference Tournament
Boone Grove 71 Tri-Township 37
Hebron 58 Kouts 40

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE THURSDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Benton Central at McCutcheon 7:30 pm
Cloverdale at North Putnam 7:30 pm
Elkhart Christian at Lakeland 7:30 pm
Hammond Morton at Gary West 8:00 pm
Huntington North at Fort Wayne Canterbury 7:30 pm
Monrovia at Indianapolis Shortridge 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly North at KIPP Indy Legacy 7:30 pm
Seven Oaks at Horizon Christian 7:30 pm
South Bend Riley at South Bend Clay 7:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph at Elkhart 7:30 pm
South Bend Washington at Jimtown 7:30 pm
Valparaiso at Lake Central 8:30 pm
Victory College Prep at Central Christian 7:30 pm
Wheeler at Calumet 8:00 pm


Carmi (Ill.) Classic
Mount Vernon (Posey) vs. Fairfield (Ill.) 6:30 pm
Evansville Day vs. Harrisburg (Ill.) 8:00 pm


Indianapolis City Tournament
Christel House at Indianapolis Cathedral 7:30 pm QF
Indianapolis Scecina at Heritage Christian 7:30 pm QF
Indianapolis Ritter at Indianapolis Attucks 7:30 pm QF
Indianapolis Washington at Indianapolis Tech 7:30 pm QF


Porter County Conference Tournament
South Central (Union Mills) vs. Morgan Twp. 6:30 pm R1
Westville vs. Washington Twp. 8:00 pm R1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES WEDNESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Alexandria 63 Mississinewa 27
Carroll (Flora) 72 Eastern (Greentown) 32
Charlestown 66 North Oldham (Ky.) 29
Columbia City 66 Huntington North 48
DeKalb 43 East Noble 30
Edgewood 44 Eastern Greene 36
Elkhart 49 Penn 44
Fairfield 38 Central Noble 36 OT
Fort Wayne Dwenger 59 Fort Wayne Wayne 46
Indiana Deaf 66 Irvington Prep 18
Indianapolis Attucks 47 Indianapolis Scecina 41
Indianapolis Cathedral 49 Avon 43
Indianapolis Shortridge 56 Indianapolis Ritter 40
Kokomo 65 Taylor 34
Leo 43 New Haven 40
Lewis Cass 44 Wabash 29
Merrillville 62 Hobart 34
Mishawaka Marian 37 South Bend Clay 33
Morristown 71 Greenwood Christian 39
Munster 62 Kankakee Valley 49
North Knox 68 Sullivan 34
North Vermillion 47 South Vermillion 10
Northeastern 61 Anderson 31
Oldenburg Academy 59 Purdue Poly Englewood 45
Portage 65 Gary West 29
Providence 62 Rock Creek Academy 51
Shelbyville 60 Whiteland 35
Shoals 72 Dugger Union 23
Silver Creek 50 Columbus North 36
South Bend Adams 49 Mishawaka 45
South Bend Washington 76 Fort Wayne Northrop 51
South Putnam 58 Monrovia 51
Wapahani 37 Monroe Central 35
Washington 44 Evansville North 40
Western 73 Northwestern 28
Woodlan 59 Fremont 38


Bi-County Tournament
Triton 70 Oregon-Davis 32
John Glenn 40 Argos 37
New Prairie 66 Bremen 61
LaVille 41 Culver 26

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE THURSDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Anderson Prep at Indiana Deaf 6:00 pm
Barr-Reeve at South Knox 7:30 pm
Bedford North Lawrence at Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 7:30 pm
Beech Grove at Southport 6:30 pm
Bloomfield at Linton-Stockton 7:30 pm
Boonville at Heritage Hills 7:00 pm
Bowman Academy at Highland 7:00 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Blue River 7:30 pm
Cascade at Brown County 7:30 pm
Centerville at Tri 7:30 pm
Charlestown at Salem 7:30 pm
Christel House at Indianapolis Herron 6:00 pm
Christian Academy at Springs Valley 7:30 pm
Clay City at Dugger Union 7:00 pm
Columbus East at Jennings County 7:30 pm
Covington at North Vermillion 7:30 pm
Daleville at Eastern Hancock 7:30 pm
Eastbrook at Bluffton 7:30 pm
Evansville Bosse at Evansville Harrison 8:00 pm
Evansville Central at Evansville Mater Dei 8:00 pm
Evansville Christian at Perry Central 7:00 pm
Evansville Memorial at Evansville North 8:00 pm
Evansville Reitz at Jasper 8:00 pm
Faith Christian at West Central 7:30 pm
Floyd Central at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne North at Fort Wayne Northrop 6:00 pm
Franklin County at Shenandoah 7:30 pm
Frontier at Demotte Christian 7:00 pm
Hanover Central at Hobart 8:00 pm
Henryville at Borden 7:30 pm
Heritage Christian at Center Grove 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge at Indianapolis Lutheran 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Tech at Tri-West 7:00 pm
Jay County at Delta 7:30 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Crosspointe Christian 7:00 pm
Knightstown at Union County 7:30 pm
Lewis Cass at Taylor 6:00 pm
Loogootee at Northeast Dubois 7:30 pm
Maconaquah at Whitko 7:45 pm
Medora at Shoals 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Cowan 7:30 pm
Morristown at Hauser 7:30 pm
Muncie Central at Lapel 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Milan 6:30 pm
North Judson at Winamac 8:00 pm
North Miami at Caston 7:30 pm
Northfield at Madison-Grant 6:00 pm
Orleans at Crawford County 7:30 pm
Paoli at West Washington 7:30 pm
Parke Heritage at Fountain Central 6:30 pm
Pioneer at Peru 7:45 pm
Plymouth at Concord 7:45 pm
Princeton at Pike Central 8:00 pm
Randolph Southern at Winchester 7:30 pm
Rising Sun at Jac-Cen-Del 7:30 pm
Rossville at Clinton Central 7:30 pm
Rushville at Batesville 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at Eastern (Pekin) 7:30 pm
Seven Oaks at Horizon Christian 6:00 pm
Seymour at Franklin 7:30 pm
Shakamak at Eastern Greene 7:30 pm
South Bend Adams at Logansport 7:30 pm
South Bend Riley at Trinity Greenlawn 7:30 pm
South Spencer at Tell City 8:00 pm
Southmont at Frankfort 7:30 pm
Southridge at Gibson Southern 8:00 pm
Southwestern (Hanover) at South Ripley 7:30 pm
Terre Haute South at Bloomington South 7:30 pm
University at Bethesda Christian 6:00 pm
Valparaiso at Lake Central 7:00 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at Castle 8:00 pm
Waldron at New Palestine 7:30 pm
White River Valley at North Daviess 6:00 pm
Wood Memorial at Vincennes Rivet 7:00 pm


Bi-County Tournament
Triton vs. John Glenn 6:30 pm SF
New Prairie vs. LaVille 8:00 pm SF
Oregon-Davis vs. Argos 6:30 pm Con
Bremen vs. Culver 8:00 pm Con

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING RESULTS

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NFL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Saturday, Jan. 20

  • (4) Texans at (1) Ravens, 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN/ABC).  This is a rematch of game that was played all the way back in Week 1. In C.J. Stroud’s debut. the Ravens kept him in check for a 25-9 win. The Texans are the only NFL team that has never won a game in the divisional round and they’ve also never won a road game in the playoffs. 
  • (7) Packers at (1) 49ers, 8 p.m. ET (Fox). This will mark the third time in the past five seasons that these two teams have met in the postseason with Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers going 2-0 against Matt LaFleur and the Packers.

Sunday, Jan. 21

  • (4) Buccaneers at (3) Lions, 3 p.m. ET (NBC). The Lions will be hosting their first divisional round home game since January 1992, and they’ll be facing a Buccaneers team they beat 20-6 back in Week 6. This game will feature the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft (Jared Goff) facing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft (Baker Mayfield). 
  • (3) Chiefs at (2) Bills, 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+). For the third time in five seasons, these two teams will be meeting in the playoffs. We all remember their last postseason meeting back in January 2022 when the Chiefs put together a scoring drive in just 13 seconds to send the game to overtime (The Chiefs would eventually win). These two teams actually played in Kansas City back in Week 14 with the Bills winning 20-17. This is the seventh time that Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes have faced each other and the series is currently tied at three.  

Championship Sunday

Sunday, Jan. 28

AFC Championship, 3 p.m. ET (CBS)

NFC Championship, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox)

Super Bowl LVIII 

Sunday, Feb. 11

AFC vs. NFC in Las Vegas, 6:30 p.m. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#8 KENTUCKY 90 MISSISSIPPI STATE 77

#1 CONNECTICUT 62 #18 CREIGHTON 48

LSU 89 #22 OLE MISS 80

#15 OKLAHOMA 77 WEST VIRGINIA 63

#4 NORTH CAROLINA 86 LOUISVILLE 70

#5 HOUSTON 77 #25 TEXAS TECH 54

#13 AUBURN 80 VANDERBILT 65

#12 ARIZONA 82 USC 67

ELSEWHERE:

RUTGERS 87 NEBRASKA 82 OT

IUPUI 85 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 79

EVANSVILLE 78 VALPARAISO 75

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#25 UNLV 67 SAN DIEGO STATE 60

TEXAS TECH 71 #24 IOWA STATE 63

VILLANOVA 66 #22 MARQUETTE 63

#18 OHIO STATE 84 MARYLAND 76

#16 INDIANA 85 MINNESOTA 62

#9 CONNECTICUT 83 SETON HALL 59

#7 KANSAS STATE 2 TCU 0 (KANSAS STATE WINS BY FORFEIT)

ELSEWHERE:

BALL STATE 79 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 47

MICHIGAN STATE 91 NORTHWESTERN 72

ST. JOHN 60 BUTLER 42

ILLINOIS 96 RECORD 68

NEBRASKA 62 MICHIGAN 43

NBA SCOREBOARD

MINNESOTA 124 DETROIT 117

CLEVELAND 135 MILWAUKEE 95

NEW YORK 109 HOUSTON 94

TORONTO 121 MIAMI 97

BOSTON 117 SAN ANTONIO 98

ATLANTA 106 ORLANDO 104

NEW ORLEANS 132 CHARLOTTE 112

LA LAKERS 127 DALLAS 110

PORTLAND 105 BROOKLYN 103

GOLDEN STATE AT UTAH POSTPONED

NHL SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 3 FLORIDA 2 OT

MONTRÉAL 3 NEW JERSEY 2

CHICAGO AT BUFFALO POSTPONED

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

CHIEFS’ PATRICK MAHOMES BATTLES JOSH ALLEN, BILLS IN PLAYOFF ROAD DEBUT

Two-time Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes will finally face rabid, boisterous and unfriendly fans in a postseason setting.

In his sixth season as an NFL starting quarterback, Mahomes plays in his first playoff road contest on Sunday night when the Kansas City Chiefs face the Buffalo Bills in the AFC divisional round at Orchard Park, N.Y.

Mahomes has played in 12 home games and three Super Bowls during the postseason. But he’s never once had to get on a plane and fly to play in a raucous road environment while leading the Chiefs to five consecutive AFC championship game appearances.

Until now.

“It kind of is what it is,” Mahomes said. “I’ve been lucky enough to play a lot of games at home, at Arrowhead Stadium, and things have fallen that way. Now we get to go on the road to a hostile environment, and one I have not played in with fans in the stands. But it’s what you want to do when you grow up watching these games.”

Mahomes’ lone visit to play the Bills occurred during the 2020 season when stadiums were empty due to COVID-19. Kansas City won 26-17.

Since that contest, the Chiefs and Bills have met five times, all in Kansas City over a span of 34-plus months.

The Chiefs twice eliminated the Bills from the playoffs — 38-24 in the 2020 season AFC title game and again the following season, 42-36 in overtime in the divisional round.

But Buffalo’s 20-17 win this season at Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 10 proved big, eventually leading to the Bills being the No. 2 seed and relegating Kansas City to No. 3.

Buffalo is relishing the opportunity to battle the Chiefs in its stadium after all the frequent flyer miles earned with trips to Kansas City.

“(Mahomes) might wanna come here, man, the many times we played there, he might need a change of scenery,” Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver said. “He might be happy to come here. Never know.”

Temperatures in the Buffalo area are projected to be the mid-20s, which is certainly better weather than both teams dealt with in the wild-card round.

Kansas City’s 26-7 home win over the Miami Dolphins was the fourth-coldest game in NFL history with the temperature at minus-4 degrees at kickoff.

The Bills’ had their game moved back a day to Monday because of a massive snowstorm. Workers cleared the field but left snow packed throughout the stands for the 31-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Buffalo star quarterback Josh Allen didn’t seem bothered by the elements as he passed for three touchdowns and scored another on a scintillating 52-yard run.

Now he’s looking to finally beat close friend Mahomes in a postseason game. Allen knows the task will be tough.

“They’ve been at the top of the mountain, they know what it takes to get there,” Allen said after Wednesday’s walk-through. “We’ve yet to do that. As a competitor, as a player, to be in a situation like this is something that you dream about.”

Mahomes knows a loss would make it a very difficult 18 holes of golf when he and Allen get together in the offseason.

“When you compete against your friends, you almost want to win even more because of it,” Mahomes said. “Josh is a great dude. I respect the way he plays football and just the guy that he is. But when two guys that are ultra-competitive that are friends off the field go up against each other, we obviously both want to win.

“We see each other in the offseason, and you want to have a little bit of those bragging rights.”

Stopping Mahomes will be more difficult for the Buffalo defense if linebacker Terrel Bernard (ankle) and safety Taylor Rapp (calf) are unavailable. Bernard was hurt against the Steelers, while Rapp was injured in the regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins. Bernard (143 stops) was Buffalo’s leading tackler in the regular season.

Both players sat out Wednesday as did linebacker Baylon Spector (back), cornerback Christian Benford (knee), receiver Gabe Davis (knee) and punter Sam Martin (left hamstring). Buffalo signed Matt Haack to the practice squad as insurance in case Martin can’t play.

Nose tackle Derrick Nnadi (triceps) was the lone Kansas City player to sit out Wednesday. Standout cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (calf) was limited.

UNDERDOG TEXANS RIDE CJ STROUD INTO MATCHUP AT RAVENS

Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud owns the same number of postseason victories as Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson.

Stroud has rapidly revived the Texans since being the No. 2 overall pick in last April’s draft and now aims to engineer a massive upset Saturday when Houston visits the Ravens in the AFC divisional round.

Baltimore went 13-4 in the regular season to earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC and a first-round bye. The Ravens are led by Jackson, the favorite to earn his second career NFL MVP award.

But with all the fuss surrounding Jackson, his lone playoff victory in four starts was way back in the 2020 season. He missed Baltimore’s postseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last season due to a knee injury.

Stroud was electric in his first appearance on the playoff stage. He passed for 274 yards and three touchdowns as the Texans clobbered the Cleveland Browns 45-14 in the wild-card round last Saturday.

“C.J. is the reason why we’re in this position,” Texans coach DeMeco Ryans said. “He’s a special young man and special player and continues to shine. No matter how big the moment is, our whole team is leaning on him, and he has the shoulders to carry the weight. … No moment is too big for him.”

Stroud is ready to make a run at playoff victory No. 2 while many observers are predicting a long day for the Texans.

“We don’t really pay attention to what people say,” Stroud said. “It’s not up to them what goes on when you’re on the field, so it’s really just up to us to go out there and do our jobs, and we believe in ourselves and we trust in ourselves to win games.”

The Ravens expect to see a different version of Stroud than they saw in Week 1.

The strong Baltimore defense sacked Stroud five times in his NFL debut and held Houston out of the end zone in a 25-9 home victory. Stroud was 28-of-44 passing for 242 yards.

It was the start of a campaign in which Stroud has thrown just five interceptions. He now gets a second shot at a defense that ranks No. 1 in scoring defense (16.5 points per game) and sixth in total defense (301.4 yards per game).

“He’s not putting the ball in jeopardy. He’s making plays for his guys and being smart with the ball,” said Ravens safety Geno Stone, who was second in the NFL with seven interceptions. “They’re a different team, but so are we. We made strides as a defense. We’re ready for this opportunity.”

Jackson would like to increase that meager playoff victory count. Though he sizzles in the regular season, Jackson routinely fizzles in the postseason with just three touchdown passes against seven turnovers (five interceptions, two fumbles) in four starts.

Jackson maintains that he’s not feeling pressure with the Ravens viewed as the AFC favorite to reach the Super Bowl.

“It would be great,” Jackson said. “But we are just going to handle everything one day at a time.”

Jackson had a career-high 3,678 passing yards in the regular season and led NFL quarterbacks with 821 rushing yards.

“He’s a dynamic player,” said Texans linebacker Blake Cashman, who had a team-high 106 tackles in the regular season. “One of the more talented players in the league. Possibly our league MVP. We know he can attack it through the air and on the ground running the ball.”

The Ravens hope to have three-time Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews, who has been sidelined since undergoing left ankle surgery five days after being hurt against the Bengals on Nov. 16. Andrews was a full practice participant Wednesday.

Four Baltimore players sat out: cornerback Marlon Humphrey (calf), linebackers Jadeveon Clowney (illness) and Del’Shawn Phillips (shoulder) and returner/receiver Tylan Wallace (knee).

Standout defensive ends Will Anderson Jr. (ankle) and Jonathan Greenard (ankle) were among five Texans players to sit out. Also missing were fullback Andrew Beck (back), defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (ribs, shoulder) and defensive end Jerry Hughes (ankle).

Baltimore won the lone previous playoff meeting, 20-13 in the 2011 season divisional round.

PATRIOTS COACH JEROD MAYO ‘NOT TRYING TO BE BILL’

Jerod Mayo plans to take the lessons he learned from his predecessor and make the Patriots his own.

Mayo was introduced as head coach in New England on Wednesday, his first day in the seat previously occupied by six-time Super Bowl championship coach Bill Belichick.

“For me, I’m not trying to be Bill, I’m not trying to be Bill. I think that Bill is his own man, if you can’t tell by now, I’m even a little bit different up here,” said Mayo. “But what I will say is, the more I think about the lessons that I’ve taken from Bill, hard work works, right? Hard work works. And that’s what we’re all about.”

Mayo was drafted by the Patriots and worked as an assistant coach under Belichick. He has never played for or coached any other NFL team.

The Patriots were 4-13 and again finished outside of the playoff picture in the AFC, leading to a “mutual” parting between Belichick and owner Robert Kraft after 24 years and nine Super Bowl appearances.

Mayo, who won a Super Bowl with New England as an inside linebacker, joined the Patriots’ coaching staff in 2019. He was quickly promoted to head coach under terms of his contract that named him as the successor to Belichick.

He hinted at changes, some of which will align the Patriots with traditional NFL coaching staff structure to include official titles of defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator. There will be movement on the personnel side, too. The Patriots own the No. 3 pick in the 2024 draft.

Mayo was clear about what he’s looking for on his roster and sounds ready to tackle reshaping the offense

“First of all, just the energy, the passion, the leaders on the offensive side of the ball,” Mayo said. “I think you have to get that stuff in place, and honestly, as the season starts to roll, well this season when it ends, we start in the weight room. I think the weight room is one of the most important areas in the building to really evaluate the people you have on your team. And one thing we don’t want to do is have people who are complainers, or finger-pointing, or things like that.”

Belichick could continue coaching and interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons this week.

REPORTS: COWBOYS RETAINING HEAD COACH MIKE MCCARTHY

Mike McCarthy will return as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 2024, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

McCarthy, 60, is 42-25 in four regular seasons with the Cowboys, including NFC East titles in 2021 and 2023, but has only one playoff victory with Dallas.

Coming off a 48-32 home loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the wild-card round, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has not spoken about McCarthy’s status.

McCarthy, who has guided the Cowboys to three straight 12-win seasons, has one year left on his contract.

Dak Prescott, who threw for 4,516 yards and a league-leading 36 touchdowns while finishing with the best completion rate of his career (69.5) in 2023, was among the Cowboys who backed McCarthy after Sunday’s loss

“He’s been amazing,” Prescott said. “I don’t know how there can be (questions about his status), but I understand the business. … I’ve had the season I’ve had because of him. This team has had the success that they’ve had because of him. And I understand it’s about winning the Super Bowl, and that’s the standard of the league and damn sure the standard of this place. I get it.”

RAMS RB KYREN WILLIAMS HAD SURGERY ON BROKEN HAND

Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand, head coach Sean McVay told reporters Wednesday.

McVay also confirmed

McVay also confirmed reports that tight end Tyler Higbee tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee.

Both players were injured in the Rams’ NFC wild-card loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Williams, 23, left the game in the fourth quarter after rushing for 61 yards and catching one pass for 9 yards.

On the season, Williams rushed for 1,144 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games (11 starts), earning a Pro Bowl nod. He also caught 32 passes for 206 yards and three TDs.

Higbee was hurt on a low hit by Lions safety Kerby Joseph in the second half. McVay said he didn’t have a timeline for Higbee but said he’s a candidate for the physically unable to perform list ahead of next season.

ALEX VAN PELT SAYS HE’S OUT AS BROWNS OC

Alex Van Pelt confirmed he has been relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns.

“On to the next one,” he said in a text message to ESPN on Wednesday. “Proud of my time there.”

The Browns have not announced the move, with a spokesperson telling ESPN that Van Pelt, 53, is still under contract and no decisions about his future had been made.

The Browns reportedly also parted way with running backs coach Stump Mitchell and tight ends coach TC McCartney, per multiple outlets

Van Pelt, largely a backup quarterback in the NFL from 1993-2003, began his coaching career in 2005. After stints with the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals, he was named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Cleveland in 2020.

Despite using five starting quarterbacks this season, the Browns finished 11-6 and advanced to the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs. Their season ended Saturday with a 45-14 loss to the Houston Texans.

On the season, the Browns offense averaged 23.3 points per game, tied for 10th place with the Indianapolis Colts.

Cleveland lost top running back Nick Chubb to a knee injury in the second game of the season, and franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson appeared in just six games before having season-ending shoulder surgery.

BILLS ADD PUNTER WITH SAM MARTIN (HAMSTRING) HURT

Punter Matt Haack is back with the Buffalo Bills as roster insurance for the injured Sam Martin.

Haack signed to the Bills’ practice squad on Wednesday and could be needed when Buffalo hosts the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional playoffs on Sunday night.

Martin injured his hamstring attempting to run down a blocked field goal on Monday in the second quarter of the wild-card win over the Steelers.

He returned to the game after going to the medical tent for evaluation, and his lone punt after that went 45 yards.

Haack, a left-footed punter also experienced as a holder on placement kicks, served as the the Bills’ punter in 2021 and has since been on the rosters of the Indianapolis Colts (2022) and Cleveland Browns (2023).

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ALABAMA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN S CALEB DOWNS ENTERS PORTAL

Alabama freshman safety Caleb Downs entered the transfer portal, according to the media company operated by his father, former NFL running back Gary Downs.

The All-SEC selection won the Shaun Alexander Award as national freshman of the year and is considering Georgia, Notre Dame and others who were involved in his initial recruiting, according to Deuce Recruiting, owned by Gary Downs.

Caleb Downs could also return to the Crimson Tide but is expected to take an official visit to Georgia, which is near his hometown.

Downs led Alabama with 107 tackles in 2023, adding two interceptions and punt return for a touchdown.

New head coach Kalen DeBoer’s defense has been hard hit by transfer portal entrants since he was hired to replace Nick Saban. Another safety, Jake Pope, transferred back to his home state of Georgia after playing 11 games on special teams at Alabama in 2023.

Linebacker Shawn Murphy became the fifth Crimson Tide transfer to commit to Florida State on Monday. Cornerback Earl Little Jr. and running back Roydell Williams also joined the Seminoles from Alabama.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 1 UCONN TAKES DOWN NO. 18 CREIGHTON

Tristen Newton had a team-high 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists as No. 1 UConn topped No. 18 Creighton 62-48 on Wednesday night in Storrs, Conn.

Despite shooting just 35.7 percent, the Huskies (16-2, 6-1 Big East) led by as many as 22 in their first game as the AP’s top-ranked team since 2009.

UConn dominated Creighton (13-5, 4-3) on the glass, pulling down 21 offensive rebounds in the win. Alex Karaban and Cam Spencer added 13 points apiece for the Huskies.

Steven Ashworth had 14 points, Baylor Scheierman added 12 and Ryan Kalkbrenner chipped in with 11 for Creighton, which had won four straight. Kalkbrenner added eight rebounds and five blocks.

No. 4 North Carolina 86, Louisville 70

RJ Davis scored 21 points and the Tar Heels cruised for all except a second-half stretch, topping the Cardinals for their seventh straight victory at Chapel Hill, N.C.

Armando Bacot had 19 points and Louisville transfer Jae’Lyn Withers notched 15 points for North Carolina (14-3, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which is 8-0 in home games. Cormac Ryan added 14 points, and Harrison Ingram had 10. The Tar Heels, who have their longest winning streak in Hubert Davis’ three seasons as head coach, shot 48.3 percent from the field.

Skyy Clark’s 16 points, Brandon Huntley-Hatfield’s 15 points and Tre White’s 12 points led Louisville (6-11, 1-5), which has lost five of its past six games.

No. 5 Houston 77, No. 25 Texas Tech 54

Jamal Shead scored a career-high 29 points and added 10 assists while pacing the host Cougars to a victory over the Red Raiders.

Shead shot 12-for-16 from the floor as the Cougars (15-2, 2-2 Big 12) extended their homecourt winning streak to 15 games. It marked a bounce-back effort for Houston, which dropped a pair of road conference games last week.

Kerwin Walton scored 18 points for Texas Tech (14-3, 3-1). The Red Raiders shot just 36.7 percent and committed 14 turnovers, which turned into 17 points.

No. 8 Kentucky 90, Mississippi State 77

Antonio Reeves scored a game-high 27 points and the Wildcats opened up a 20-point, first-half lead en route to a win over the Bulldogs in Lexington, Ky.

Rob Dillingham added 16 points for Kentucky and Tre Mitchell contributed 15, making all five of his shots from the field. The Wildcats (13-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) canned 55.6 percent of their field-goal tries and earned a 27-10 advantage in free-throw attempts, connecting on 23.

Tolu Smith III scored 26 points for the Bulldogs (12-5, 1-3) and Trey Fort added 13, but they didn’t get enough help. Freshman guard Josh Hubbard, their second-leading scorer, made 1 of 11 shots and tallied only three points.

No. 12 Arizona 82, Southern California 67

Caleb Love scored a team-high 20 points and Keshad Johnson had a double-double as the Wildcats defeated the Trojans in Tucson, Ariz.

Love made 5 of 12 3-point attempts for Arizona (13-4, 4-2 Pac-12), which never trailed and led by as many as 19 points in the second half. Johnson had 10 points and 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

Freshman Bronny James, the son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, finished with 11 points and career highs in assists (six) and rebounds (five) for USC (8-10, 2-5). The Trojans were missing Isaiah Collier (hand) and Boogie Ellis (hamstring).

No. 13 Auburn 80, Vanderbilt 65

Jaylin Williams scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half as the Tigers grabbed a big early lead en route to a win over the Commodores in Nashville.

Johni Broome added 15 points and 12 rebounds as Auburn (15-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won its 10th straight game. The Tigers’ bench, led by Dylan Cardwell’s 12 points, outscored Vanderbilt’s 29-18.

Tyrin Lawrence (15 points), Jason Rivera-Torres (14), Ezra Manjon (12) and Malik Presley (11) scored in double figures for Vanderbilt (5-12, 0-4).

No. 15 Oklahoma 77, West Virginia 63

Jalon Moore scored 16 points to lift No. 15 Oklahoma to a 77-63 win over West Virginia in Norman, Okla.

Sophomore Otega Oweh added 12 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and five steals to help the Sooners (14-3, 2-2 Big 12) stop a two-game losing streak.

Noah Farrakhan led the Mountaineers (6-11, 1-3) with 14 points. RaeQuan Battle added 12 points, and Quinn Slazinski had 10.

LSU 89, No. 22 Ole Miss 80

Jordan Wright scored a game-high 27 points, three teammates joined him in double figures and the Tigers defeated the Rebels in Baton Rouge, La.

Jalen Cook added 16 points, Tyrell Ward scored 11 and Mike Williams III had 10 for LSU (11-6, 3-1 SEC).

Jaylen Murray scored 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting, Allen Flanigan scored 20, Matthew Murrell had 19 before fouling out and Jaemyn Brakefield added 13 points and nine rebounds before also fouling out for Ole Miss (15-2, 2-2).

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: PELICANS BLAST HORNETS, SET 3-POINT MARK

Brandon Ingram had the third triple-double of his career and led a franchise-record 3-point performance as the host New Orleans Pelicans routed the reeling Charlotte Hornets 132-112 on Wednesday night.

Ingram finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He tied his career-high with seven 3-pointers on 11 attempts and the Pelicans made a franchise-record 25 on 47 attempts (53.2 percent) from beyond the arc.

New Orleans’ CJ McCollum added 22 points, rookie Jordan Hawkins had 21, Trey Murphy III scored 18 and Zion Williamson had 13. Hawkins made 6 of 9 3-point tries, Murphy sank 5 of 12 and McCollum hit 4 of 9.

LaMelo Ball scored 29 points, Terry Rozier added 25, Miles Bridges had 19 and Nick Richards finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Hornets, who lost their sixth straight game and fell for the 17th time in 18 games.

Hawks 106, Magic 104

Dejounte Murray scored 26 points and made an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer to give Atlanta a win over visiting Orlando.

Orlando’s Paolo Banchero tied the game with nine seconds remaining on a 3-point basket. Atlanta opted to not call its final timeout. Murray dribbled the length of the floor and made a tough shot at the horn.

Murray was 11-for-18 from the floor with five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Young had 18 points and 12 assists for the Hawks, who won for the second straight time to conclude a 3-2 homestand. Banchero put up 26 points for the Magic, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

Lakers 127, Mavericks 110

Anthony Davis scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, D’Angelo Russell delivered 29 points and Los Angeles continued its revival with a home victory to spoil the return of Dallas’ Luka Doncic.

Davis just missed out on his third career triple-double, as he handed out nine assists. LeBron James amassed 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Lakers improved to 4-2 since Jan. 7. Los Angeles had lost nine of 11 games before the current run of success.

Doncic delivered 33 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for Dallas after missing the previous three games with a sprained right ankle. The Mavericks went 2-1 in the games their All-Star missed. Dereck Lively II scored 16 points for Dallas, but Kyrie Irving was held to 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting after he averaged 39.7 points per game while Doncic was out.

Trail Blazers 105, Nets 103

Anfernee Simons drove through the lane to sink a floater with 0.2 seconds left and give host Portland a victory over Brooklyn.

Jerami Grant registered 30 points and eight rebounds and Simons scored 20 points as Portland snapped a four-game losing streak. Duop Reath added 17 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 16 as the Trail Blazers won for just the second time in nine games, with both wins coming against the Nets.

Mikal Bridges scored 21 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 19 points and seven assists for Brooklyn, which has lost four straight games and nine of its past 10.

Celtics 117, Spurs 98

Jayson Tatum tossed in a team-high 24 points and short-handed Boston made 18 of its 38 3-point attempts en route to a victory over visiting San Antonio.

Jrue Holiday finished with 22 points and Jaylen Brown added 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Boston. Holiday made six of his seven shots from beyond the 3-point arc. The victory improved Boston’s home record to 20-0.

Victor Wembanyama led the Spurs with 27 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes. He shot 10 of 19 from the field and made 2 of 6 3-point attempts. Devin Vassell scored 21 points for San Antonio, which received nine points and 11 assists from Tre Jones.

Timberwolves 124, Pistons 117

Anthony Edwards scored 27 points and dished eight assists as visiting Minnesota defeated Detroit.

Karl-Anthony Towns also scored 27 points as the Western Conference-leading Timberwolves won their third consecutive game. Minnesota’s Jaden McDaniels had 23 points, while Rudy Gobert powered for 19 points and 16 rebounds. Naz Reid added nine points off the bench.

Jaden Ivey led the Pistons with a career-high-tying 32 points, and he added six assists. Bojan Bogdanovic had 20 points, and Jalen Duren supplied 16 points and 11 rebounds. Isaiah Stewart and Alec Burks put up 12 points apiece.

Cavaliers 135, Bucks 95

Georges Niang scored a career-high 33 points off the bench and Donovan Mitchell added 31 to fuel host Cleveland to a rout of Milwaukee.

Niang made 13 of 14 shots from the floor and 5 of 6 attempts from 3-point range to send the Cavaliers to their sixth straight win. Cleveland’s Jarrett Allen collected 21 points and 13 rebounds.

The Bucks were without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat due to a right shoulder contusion. Milwaukee’s Damian Lillard made 7 of 20 shots from the floor to finish with a team-high 17 points.

Knicks 109, Rockets 94

Jalen Brunson scored 30 points in his return from a calf injury for host New York, which pulled away in the second half to beat Houston. Brunson, who missed the previous two games, added seven assists for the Knicks, who have won seven of nine.

Julius Randle led all scorers with 31 points for the Knicks, while Josh Hart contributed 10 points and 14 rebounds off the bench.

Fred VanVleet (24 points, 12 assists) and Alperen Sengun (18 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded a double-double for the Rockets, who finished 1-5 on a six-game road trip.

Raptors 121, Heat 97

Gary Trent Jr. scored 28 points, including knocking down eight 3-pointers, to lead Toronto past visiting Miami.

RJ Barrett added 26 points for the Raptors, who ended a four-game losing streak. Scottie Barnes had 20 points and Immanuel Quickley scored 17 points. The Raptors led by as many as 37 points and never trailed in the blowout.

Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo each scored 16 points for the Heat, whose three-game winning streak ended.

HOCKEY NEWS

DYLAN LARKIN SCORES IN OVERTIME, DETROIT RED WINGS BEAT FLORIDA PANTHERS 3-2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Dylan Larkin scored a power-play goal 1:09 into overtime and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game losing streak in the head-to-head series.

Michael Rasmussen and Robby Fabbri scored in regulation for the Red Wings, who are 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Alex Lyon made 32 saves against his former team.

Sam Reinhart and Gustav Forsling scored for the Panthers, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves. Florida has lost a season-high three straight (0-1-2).

Reinhart’s short-handed goal

Reinhart’s short-handed goal that opened the scoring at 5:38 of the second period was significant for multiple reasons. It tied his career high of 33 and extended his NHL-record streak of games with a goal on special teams to eight. It also broke Pavel Bure’s 2000-01 record for the longest goal streak in Panthers history (seven games) and gave him his 500th career point.

Yet it wasn’t enough. The Panthers wasted leads of 1-0 and 2-1, then headed to the penalty kill with 38.9 seconds left in regulation when Aaron Ekblad was called for hooking. Larkin scored with 13 seconds left in the Detroit power play to win it.

It was Detroit’s first game without forward Patrick Kane, who will also miss Friday’s game in Carolina due to a lower-body injury. The injury is unrelated to the hip surgery he had in the offseason.

Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov also missed the game with a minor lower-body issue due to “precautionary reasons.” He also missed the final minutes of regulation and overtime in a 5-4 loss to Anaheim on Monday.

Lyon was honored with a video tribute in his first game back in Sunrise since leaving the Panthers in free agency. He started every game of an eight-game winning streak which helped them secure a playoff spot and an eventual berth in the Stanley Cup Final last year.

UP NEXT

Red Wings: Visit Carolina on Friday night.

Panthers: Host Minnesota on Friday night.

CAUFIELD BREAKS TIE LATE IN 3RD PERIOD TO LIFT CANADIENS OVER DEVILS

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — After the Montreal Canadiens blew a two-goal lead early in the third period, the only thing Cole Caufield was thinking about was finding a way to win.

Caufield found it with 4:31 left when he put in a rebound past Nico Daws, and the pesky Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Wednesday night.

“When this team is at its best, what are you doing well? We’re on top of people,” Caufield said. “Our forecheck is probably the biggest factor of how we’re playing and I liked what we did today. Every team is different and you pre-scout every team differently, but I like the way that we’re kind of dialed in no matter who we’re playing against after squandering a two-goal lead.”

Daws made the save on a slap shot by defenseman Jordan Harris, and Sean Monahan nudged the puck toward the goal line before Caufield swatted it in for his 14th of the season.

Juraj Slafkovsky and Joshua Roy also scored as the Canadiens won their second straight and improved to 4-2-2 in their last eight games. Sam Montembeault made 28 saves.

Luke Hughes and Alexander Holtz scored power-play goals for New Jersey in the opening 1:37 of the third to tie it. Nico Daws stopped 22 shots in his third consecutive start.

“It’s an emotional low of the game for us, obviously, not being able to kill the four-minute penalty,” Montreal coach Martin St. Louis said. “They had momentum right after the two goals, the crowd got behind them. I felt then we had, we took it upon ourselves to make a push and we did.”

The Devils are 9-10-2 at home and 13-7-1 away from the Prudential Center. That’s not a formula to get back to the playoffs.

“We battled back tonight and then we shot ourselves in the foot, allowing a goal with about five minutes left in the period,” said forward Timo Meier, who returned to the lineup after missing six games. “It was one of those small little details where we didn’t execute, and that’s what cost you games.”

Trailing 2-0 late in the second period, the Devils caught a break when Nick Suzuki was called for a double minor for high-sticking defenseman Kevin Bahl.

New Jersey didn’t score in the final 45 seconds of the period, but Hughes and Holtz connected on the power play to tie the game.

Hughes’ shot from the point appeared to deflect off the leg of Montreal forward Jake Evans past Montembeault. Holtz got his 11th of the season on a shot from the top of the left circle.

The Canadiens scored first when Daws made a mistake playing the puck and it led to Caufield setting up Slafkovsky in front. It was his sixth goal of the season and second in two games.

Roy, a fifth-round draft pick in 2021 who was playing his third NHL game, doubled the margin with a slam dunk in front after being set up by Monahan. It was his first NHL goal and Monahan was quick to grab the puck for the 20-year-old.

UP NEXT

Canadiens: Play at Ottawa on Thursday.

Devils: Play at Columbus on Friday.

TENNIS NEWS

NOVAK DJOKOVIC SURVIVES ANOTHER TEST TO ADVANCE IN AUSTRALIA

Ten-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic survived his second straight tough challenge to advance to the third round in Melbourne on Wednesday.

With the match tied at a set apiece, Djokovic fought off four set points during the critical third set to take command and defeated home-country favorite Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

This three-hour, 11-minute battle followed Djokovic’s four-set win against Dino Prizmic in the first round.

“I haven’t been playing my best, I’m still trying to find my form,” Djokovic, 36, said.

“Particularly in the early rounds, you play players that have nothing to lose really. They come out on the center court and try to play their best match, their best tennis, and I think both my first- and second-round opponents were great quality tennis players. I managed to find a way to win in four. That’s what counts in the end, and hopefully I’ll be able to build as this tournament progresses.”

Just as in his four-hour opener against Prizmic, an 18-year-old Croatian, Djokovic struggled against Popyrin, 24. Still, Djokovic managed to extend his Australian Open streak to 30 straight wins.

He won 82 percent (60/73) of points on his first serve but balanced 31 winners against 32 unforced errors.

In the third round, the top-seeded Serbian will meet No. 30 seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry of Argentina, who defeated Gael Monfils of France 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Other top-10 seeds advancing to the third round were No. 5 Andrey Rublev of Russia, a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 winner over Christopher Eubanks; No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who dropped the first set before dispatching Australian Jordan Thompson, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4); and No. 10 Alex de Minaur of Australia, a straight-sets winner over Italian Matteo Arnaldi.

Tsitsipas saved four set points while serving at 5-6 in the fourth set to force the tiebreak.

“At this very moment, I only remember the last point, the way it finished,” Tsitsipas said on the court after his win. “The adrenaline and the rush that I got out of this match was insane tonight. You live for these kinds of matches.”

Rublev will meet No. 29 Sebastian Korda in the third round, while Tsitsipas will face Luca van Assche of France.

Other winners Wednesday were a pair of Americans, No. 12 Taylor Fritz and No. 16 Ben Shelton, as well as No. 15 Karen Khachanov of Russia, No. 20 Adrian Mannarino of France and No. 26 Sebastian Baez of Argentina.

No. 17 Frances Tiafoe was upset in straight sets by unseeded Czech Tomas Machac.

ARYNA SABALENKA SOARS INTO THIRD ROUND IN AUSTRALIA

No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus breezed into the Australian Open third round Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of 16-year-old Czech qualifier Brenda Fruhvirtova.

The 67-minute victory was the ninth straight win at Melbourne Park for the defending champion, who finished with a decisive 30-7 edge in winners. Sabalenka converted four of six break chances, winning the last three games in the first set and the first four in the second.

Fruhvirtova was one of three 16-year-olds to make it to Round 2, the most of any grand slam since the 2005 U.S. Open.

“She’s incredible player for someone 16 years old,” Sabalenka said. “I mean, I think first six games was really great level, then I kind of step in and start playing little bit better.”

Sabalenka won 10 out of 12 net points and saved one of the two break points she faced.

“I’m just trying to play my best,” she said. “If it goes to two sets, I’m happy to win it in two sets. If it’s going to be three sets, I don’t care. I just try to focus on myself and fight for every point. It’s not like these two matches give me confidence. It’s tennis. You have to be ready for anything.”

Sabalenka advanced to face No. 28 seed Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, a 6-3, 6-4 winner against Rebeka Masarova of Spain. Tsurenko reached the third round in Australia for the first time since 2013.

Russia’s Elina Avanesyan took advantage of 43 unforced errors by No. 8 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece in a 6-4, 6-4 upset.

Avanesyan’s third-round opponent will be Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk, who survived a match point to knock out No. 25 seed Elise Mertens of Belgium 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (6) in two hours, 53 minutes.

Poland’s Magdalena Frech eliminated No. 16 seed Caroline Garcia of France 6-4, 7-6 (2). It was the first top-20 win ever for Frech, who endured 43 winners (but also 38 unforced errors) by Garcia.

“After the preseason when I worked so hard, I told myself I want to just have fun on the court,” Frech said. “I don’t want to (put) pressure on me, and I don’t want to be scared on the court. I just wanted to play my game.”

Standing between Frech and her first appearance in the second week of a major is third-round opponent Anastasia Zakharova, a Russian qualifier ranked No. 190 in the world.

Spain’s Paula Badosa also moved on, hammering nine aces and saving all five break points in a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

COLTS FOOTBALL

POLICE: COLTS OWNER JIM IRSAY TREATED FOR OVERDOSE

Indiana police responded to an emergency call at Colts owner Jim Irsay’s home last month for a suspected overdose, according to a FOX59 report.

Records obtained by the Indianapolis TV station said police responding to a Carmel, Ind., residence at 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 8 found Irsay unresponsive and having difficulty breathing.

“At this time, it is unknown what Mr. Irsay had ingested prior to our arrival,” an officer wrote in the report, which listed Irsay’s prescribed medications.

According to the report, measures taken by the police to revive the 64-year-old Irsay included a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses.

On Jan. 9, the Colts released a statement saying that Irsay was being treated for a severe respiratory illness.

The team repeated that information on Wednesday.

“Mr. Irsay continues to recover from his respiratory illness,” read a Colts statement. “We will have no further comment on his personal health, and we continue to ask that Jim and his family’s privacy be respected.”

Irsay revealed during a November 2023 interview on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” that he had battled addiction and nearly died from a previous overdose. He said he had been to rehab “at least 15 times.”

Irsay’s father, Robert Irsay, purchased the Baltimore franchise in 1972 and relocated it to Indianapolis in 1984. Jim Irsay was the general manager from 1984-86 before becoming the owner, chairman and CEO in 1997.

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

PACERS SECURE ANOTHER STAR IN SIAKAM

In early 2022, the Pacers altered the course of the franchise by acquiring Tyrese Haliburton in a blockbuster trade with Sacramento.

Two years later, the Blue & Gold made another potentially franchise-altering trade, acquiring two-time All-Star Pascal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors.

With Haliburton running the point, the Pacers are a team on the rise. They reached the championship game of the inaugural In-Season Tournament (with Haliburton making the All-Tournament team). After missing the playoffs the past three years, Indiana is currently just a game out of fourth place in the Eastern Conference, with Haliburton leading the league in assists and seemingly on track to start next month’s All-Star Game in Indianapolis.

Now, Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard and the Indiana front office have found another star to pair with Haliburton. Siakam’s resume speaks for itself. He was the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2019, when he became a full-time starter and helped Toronto capture its first NBA championship. He was a first-time All-Star and second-team All-NBA selection the following season, was named third-team All-NBA in 2022, and an All-Star again in 2023.

While the Pacers have done an excellent job in recent years in acquiring rising stars via trade (all of Haliburton, Sabonis, and Victor Oladipo became All-Stars after being traded to Indiana), the franchise has never traded for an established star still in their prime like Siakam.

There have only been two other times that the Pacers have traded for a player that was an All-Star the previous season — when they traded for Billy Knight in 1979 and when they acquired George McGinnis in 1980 (both Knight and McGinnis had previously played in Indiana).

The 29-year-old Siakam has averaged over 21 points per game for five straight seasons. He is a versatile 6-8 forward who is both an offensive playmaker and a skilled defender. Over 39 games this season, he is averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists while shooting 52.2 percent from the field.

RELATED: Ten Things to Know About Pascal Siakam >>

To highlight just how good he has been, Siakam was one of just five players that averaged over 20 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. The others on that list are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, LeBron James, and Nikola Jokic. Elite company.

Whenever Haliburton returns from his left hamstring strain, he and Siakam will give Indiana two dynamic offensive options. Siakam should be a natural fit in the Pacers’ offense, a great athlete ready to thrive in Indiana’s fast-paced attack, and will also benefit from playing alongside arguably the league’s best passer in Haliburton. Siakam’s presence will also free up things for Haliburton, limiting the amount of attention defenses can focus on slowing down the Pacers’ star point guard and giving him another elite scorer to shoulder the scoring burden in crunch time, distinctions that will be especially important in a playoff series.

The Pacers have not had two All-Stars at the same time since Paul George and Roy Hibbert in 2014. You might have to go all the way back to the 2000 NBA Finals team that featured Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose to find as talented an offensive duo as Haliburton and Siakam.

Defensively, Siakam’s length and versatility will offer significant upgrades for a Pacers team that currently ranks in the bottom five in the NBA in defensive rating.

While this season was initially about just getting back to the playoffs, the trade for Siakam raises the ceiling for what the 2023-24 Pacers can accomplish. The Pacers have two All-Stars in Haliburton and Siakam, strong veteran contributors in Myles Turner, Buddy Hield, and T.J. McConnell, as well as several emerging young talents in Bennedict Mathurin, Aaron Nesmith, Andrew Nembhard, Obi Toppin, Jalen Smith, and Isaiah Jackson. Under the direction of a Hall of Fame coach in Rick Carlisle, that is a group capable of making considerable noise in the postseason.

The hope would be that the Pacers are able to mount a deep playoff run this spring and use that as a springboard moving forward. Siakam will turn 30 in April and be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Indiana would love to find a way to secure his services long term, whether that’s signing a contract extension or re-signing in free agency. Having success on the court and alongside Haliburton would go a long ways in those negotiations.

If Siakam remains in Indiana, the Pacers would have two stars locked up for several years (Haliburton signed an extension this summer that has him under contract through 2028-29), not to mention other key young players like Mathurin and Nesmith who will remain under team control for multiple seasons. The Blue & Gold would be in prime position to emerge as one of the East’s true powers.

Siakam’s looming free agency status will hover over this deal and ultimately determine the long-term success of Wednesday’s trade. But this much is already certain — the Pacers took a big swing on Wednesday and landed another star. And that alone is cause for excitement in Indiana, where the future is brighter than ever.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT KINGS

Game Preview

After two days off, the Pacers continue their road trip on Thursday night in Sacramento against Domantas Sabonis and the Kings. Indiana and Sacramento enter Thursday’s matchup with identical 23-17 records.

The Pacers and Kings will be linked for years to come because of the blockbuster trade between the two teams in February 2021 that sent Sabonis, already a two-time All-Star forward, to Sacramento and brought Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield to Indiana.

The trade has been a win-win, with both sides benefitting tremendous. Sabonis made another All-Star team last season and teamed with Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox to lead Sacramento to the third-best record in the West last season, snapping the league’s longest playoff drought. Haliburton, meanwhile, has emerged as one of the NBA’s brightest young stars, earning his first All-Star selection this season and enjoying a standout season this year where he currently leads the league in assists and is on track to start next month’s All-Star Game in Indianapolis. Hield has also been valuable addition to the Pacers with his sharpshooting skillset and fit alongside Haliburton.

Haliburton will miss Thursday’s game against his former team as he continues to recover from a left hamstring strain, though he is traveling with the Pacers on this road trip.

The Pacers have still been competitive with Haliburton sidelined, winning games against Washington and at Atlanta last week before dropping both halves of a back-to-back in Denver and Utah.

The Kings enter Thursday’s matchup having dropped three straight games to close out a five-game road trip, their last two losses coming in heartbreaking fashion. They fell 143-142 in overtime in Milwaukee on Sunday, losing on a buzzer-beating three by Damian Lillard. On Tuesday, Kevin Durant made two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to hand the Kings a 119-117 defeat.

Fox and Sabonis have both been having stellar seasons for Sacramento. Fox currently ranks seventh in the league in scoring at 28 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from 3-point range and also averaging 5.8 assists and 1.6 steals. Sabonis is averaging 20.1 points per game, leads the NBA in rebounding (12.7 per game), and ranks seventh in assists (7.9). He ranks second to just two-time MVP Nikola Jokic with 11 triple-doubles on the season and has a triple-double in two straight and five of his last eight games.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Andrew Nembhard, G – Bennedict Mathurin, F – Buddy Hield, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner

Kings: G – De’Aaron Fox, G – Kevin Huerter, F – Harrison Barnes, F – Keegan Murray, C – Domantas Sabonis

Injury Report

Pacers: Bruce Brown – questionable (right knee bone bruise), Bennedict Mathurin – questionable (sprained left ankle), Aaron Nesmith – questionable (bilateral shin soreness), Tyrese Haliburton – out (left hamstring strain)

Kings: TBA

Last Meeting

Feb. 3, 2023: Buddy Hield balled out against his former team, leading Indiana to a 107-104 win over the Kings at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Hield tallied a team-high 21 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in the victory while going 5-for-9 from 3-point range.

Myles Turner also recorded a double-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks. Aaron Nesmith added 17 points and six rebounds, Bennedict Mathurin scored 14 points off the bench, and Tyrese Haliburton tallied 10 points and nine assists.

Harrison Barnes had a game-high 23 points for the Kings. Kevin Huerter added 16 points, while Domantas Sabonis finished with 15 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists in his return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Noteworthy

The Pacers have dropped three of their past four games in Sacramento.

Indiana traded guard Chris Duarte to Sacramento in July. Duarte, who the Pacers drafted with the 13th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, is averaging 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in 34 games this season with the Kings.

Pacers center Myles Turner needs one block to reach 1,200 for his career. He will be the 63rd player in NBA history to reach that milestone and is chasing down Jermaine O’Neal’s franchise record of 1,245 blocks.

Third-year Indiana big man Isaiah Jackson needs 19 points to reach 1,000 career points.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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

Tickets

After a six-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Nikola Jokic and the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOLMES DROPS 32 AS NO. 16 INDIANA DEFEATS MINNESOTA, 85-62

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes went 15-for-17 from the floor for 32 points as No. 16 Indiana ran past Minnesota, 85-62, on Wednesday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

KEY MOMENTS

Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes and senior guard Sydney Parrish led a tight first quarter, combining for 20 of Indiana’s 23 points for a five-point edge, 23-18.

Indiana (15-2, 6-1 B1G) broke open the game in the second, outscoring the Golden Gophers (13-4, 3-3 B1G) 24-11. Senior guard Sara Scalia scored 14 of her 22 points before the break, as she went 5-for-7 from the floor and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. As Minnesota came within three in the second, Scalia put up five points in a span of 22 second and a Holmes bucket stretched the lead back to double digits. A 12-0 run with 2:44 to play before the half put the Hoosiers up 47-29 at intermission.

Holmes scored IU’s first two buckets of the third quarter as Minnesota pushed back inside the frame. The Golden Gophers would gain the edge in the third, 18-17, but the Hoosiers maintained a double-digit lead going into the fourth.

Responding to a pair of Minnesota buckets, Parrish opened the Hoosiers’ fourth quarter with a 3-pointer. IU’s defense held its opponent to just two buckets in the final 5:14 of the game.

NOTABLE

Holmes recorded a season-high 32 points for the Hoosiers. It also marks her 15th consecutive game scoring in double figures and sixth 30-point game of her IU career.

Holmes went 15-for-17 from the field and tied third place all-time in a single game for field goals made. She also grabbed seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and two assists in the win.

Scalia (22) and Parrish (15) also finished the night in double digits.

Chloe Moore-McNeil and Parrish led the team with five assists each with IU assisting on 23 of its 33 made shots.

Indiana outshot Minnesota from the field, 59 percent to 42 percent.

The Hoosiers won the battle on the boards 32-29 led by a season and team-high nine from Garzon. Garzon also chipped in two steals with seven points and four assists.

The Hoosiers connected on 11 3-pointers, the fourth-time this season its hit 10 or more from beyond the arc.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“A much better performance tonight than we had the other night in Iowa and that was good to see our ability to bounce back. I loved the first half, how we really try to get out and push the pace and run in transition. I thought we got help from a lot of kids. Mack obviously had a very special night and that was that was that was a tough match up. That young lady is big and did a great job with Mackenzie as far as not allowing anything easy. So, all of Mack’s points just came off of whether she’s in the right place at the right time, and her teammates found her, but Mack worked hard also to find ways to score the ball for us. I thought Sara (Scalia) look good tonight. Yarden (Garzon), I thought, looked much better. Right now Chloe is you know doing a great job for us, but she looked a little tired out there I thought tonight and you know a lot of that has to do with the fact that she has to guard the other team’s best player and then she has to come run her offense and push the pace. I’m happy we kept the turnovers at 10. We were able to outrebound them that was one of the categories we did want to win since we haven’t been rebounding the ball at the level we need to. I’m really proud of our guys and in and how we came back from a tough night the other night.”

UP NEXT

The Barn Burner Trophy game is set for Sunday, January 21 at Purdue. Tip time at Mackey Arena is at 2 p.m. ET on Peacock.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE HEADS TO PENN STATE FOR THURSDAY NIGHT CLASH

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will head back out on the road for a Thursday night clash against Penn State at 7 p.m. Jason Ross Jr. and Meghan McKeown will be on the call for the Big Ten Network.

Tim Newton will be back for game No. 1,004 on the air for the Boilermakers with the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (9-7, 2-3) at Penn State (11-5, 2-3)

Thursday, Jan. 18

Time: 7 PM

TV/Stream: BTN

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

Despite solid runs to start each half, Purdue could not rally from behind to beat Maryland in College Park on Sunday, falling 88-66. The Boilermakers were led by Caitlyn Harper’s 14 points, while Madison Layden and Abbey Ellis added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Purdue shot 42.2% from the field and hit seven 3-pointers, but Maryland made 55.2% of its shots and turned 17 Boilermaker turnovers into 25 points.

NOTES

• Thursday night will be the 59th between Purdue and Penn State. The Boilermakers lead the all-time series 35-23.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson continues to impress during her rookie campaign in West Lafayette. The New Yorker has the most rebounds by a Purdue freshman since 2017-18 and the most rookie points since Madison Layden in 2020-21.

• Purdue’s freshman class has accounted for 21.1 points per game this season and 17.8 points per league game. Both rank second in the Big Ten to Nebraska’s 21.8 and 19.8 points per game.

• Abbey Ellis has finished in double figures in 15 games this season. She has scored 10 or more points in 51 times in 77 games as a Boilermaker, one shy of 30th in program history.

• At a 50% clip from behind the arc, Madison Layden ranks fourth in the nation in 3-point percentage. She is one of 18 players nationally shooting over 45% from three. Drey Mingo holds Purdue’s single-season record at 48.2% (27-56) in 2010-11.

• After scoring a career-high 10 points against Indiana State, Sophie Swanson has tallied 5.8 points in nine minutes per game, while shooting 47.4%, over her last four outings.

• A trio of Boilermakers are closing in on 1,000 career points. Jeanae Terry is 57 points away from hitting the mark for her career from her time at Purdue and Illinois. Abbey Ellis needs 78 points to reach 1,000 as a Boilermaker. Madison Layden is 99 points away from the 1,000-point mark in her career.

• Jeanae Terry tallied her seventh game this season with at least five points, rebounds and assists, 10th most nationally. Since 2021-22, the Detroit native is second only Caitlin Clark in 5-5-5 games with 36 as a Boilermaker. This year, Terry is one of nine players with five points, assists and rebounds per game.

• The Boilermakers have taken care of the ball since the holiday break with 12 or fewer turnovers in three of their last four games. Purdue has scored 15.8 points off 17 opponent giveaways during that stretch.

• Averaging 10.6 points per game and shooting 55.6% from the field, Caitlyn Harper is one of 10 players from the Big Ten to average double figures and shoot over 55% this season.

• Madison Layden is shooting a blistering 63.6% (14-22) from behind the arc in Big Ten play, a league-leading mark.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson is one of eight power conference freshmen averaging nine points, five rebounds and one assist per game.

• Purdue is one of five teams with multiple active players with 1,700 career points (Caitlyn Harper – 1,768, Abbey Ellis – 1740), along with LSU (3), Missouri (2), Kansas (2) and Tennessee (2).

The 2023-24 Purdue women’s basketball season is presented by Purdue Global, Purdue University’s online educational solution for working adults.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

SHONDELL WELCOMES MIDWEST TRIO FOR 2024

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Head coach Dave Shondell announced the signing of Purdue volleyball’s 2024 signing class, featuring Sienna Foster, Ryan McAleer and Allie Shondell.

The three-woman class features one setter (Shondell) and two defensive specialists (Foster and McAleer). Each member of the class has won a national title and has been selected for their state’s all-star match. Highlights include McAleer as a member of the 2023 U19 U.S. Girls’ National Team 20-player roster and the USA Volleyball National Training Development Program (NTDP), Shondell as a two-time Second Team All-American and Foster as an AAU All-American and career kills record-holder for the Boiler Juniors club team.

“This class of Boilermakers will be difference-makers in the most meaningful ways – primarily by bringing their best every day and out-working every freshman class at the Division I level,” said Shondell. “There are no 6’3 hammers in this trio, just well-skilled, highly disciplined and determined athletes who will help establish a work-ethic that will raise our performance. Sienna, Ryan and Allie fill some important roles that were vacated because of graduation. Passing and setting drives the offense and this group will bolster those areas.”

The Midwest trio round out a Boilermaker team that returns all but one starter from 2023, including three AVCA All-Americans, a third-place Big Ten finish and an NCAA Regional Semifinal appearance.

McAleer and Shondell have enrolled early and will practice with the squad this spring.

#6 Sienna Foster

Defensive Specialist | 5-9 | Lafayette, Ind. | Benton Central (Oxford, Ind.) | Boiler Juniors Club Team

2020 AAU 14 Open National Champion

2020 AAU All-American (14 Open)

Set the record for career kills in Boiler Juniors club team history

Qualified with the Boiler Juniors for USAV Nationals in 2023 and 2019

Member of the JVA Watch List

2023 IHSVCA All-Star match selection

2023 and 2022 3A All-State Second Team

Guided the Benton Central Bison to three volleyball 3A Sectional Championship (2023, 2022, and 2020) and one 3A Regional appearance (2021) over her four-year career

Four-time IHVCA 3A All-District Team honoree

Four-time Journal & Courier Big School All-Area First Team selection

Secured IHSVCA Watch List nods all four years

Reached the 1,000 dig club as a junior and the 1,000 kill club as a senior

Totaled 1,258 kills, 1,381 digs and 244 aces over her high school career

Received the team’s MVP award three of her four years

Registered a .300 attack % during her junior and sophomore seasons

Four-time Hoosier Conference First Team selection

Played basketball and volleyball all four years

With basketball, garnered Sectional Champion status in 2021 and 2020 and Hoosier Conference Champions in 2022

Three-time Miss Defense award winner for Benton Central basketball team

Was a Hoosier Conference Honorable Mention Team selection for basketball following her senior and junior seasons

Four year honor roll student and member of the Council for Academic Excellence as a senior and junior

Career Plans: work in healthcare

Parents: Todd and Jessica Foster. Both parents competed at the varsity level for Purdue, with Todd on the men’s basketball team (1992-96) Jessica on the Purdue dance team (1993-97) 

Dave Shondell on Sienna Foster: “Sienna is one of the finest athletes to ever wear a Benton Central High School jersey. The daughter of a Boilermaker basketball alum, Sienna exudes toughness and confidence. An Indiana All-Star as an outside hitter, Sienna will focus on her role as a back-court specialist at Purdue. She has demonstrated strengths in all necessary ball-control areas. Sienna’s experience competing at the highest level of club ball for the past six years while never leaving the floor, will benefit her as she competes early in her career.”

#11 Ryan McAleer

Defensive Specialist | 5-6 | Overland Park, Kan. | Blue Valley HS | Team Dynasty Volleyball Club Team

Member of the 2023 U19 U.S. National Team 20-girl roster as libero and served as an alternate for the U.S. gold-winning team at the 2023 U19 Pan American Cup

USA Volleyball National Training Development Program (NTDP) Indoor Training Series athlete

The No. 1 defensive specialist/libero out of the state of Kansas and ranked the No. 3 overall athlete in the state by PrepDig Volleyball

Competed at the national championships four times

Guided her team to a USA Volleyball Junior National Champion team title

Received All-Tournament Team honors for the 2021 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championship

2023 and 2019 USA Volleyball Junior National Championship Runner-Up

Placed third in 2022 at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships

Helped Blue Valley to a 6A State Runner-Up finish as a junior (2022)

Selected for the Metro Sports All-Star match on Team Kansas for a match vs. Team Missouri

Averaged 5.5 digs per set in both her junior and sophomore seasons

Named First Team All-Conference as a senior and junior and a Second Team honoree as a sophomore

2022 VolleyballMag.com High School Midseason “ION” Watch List

Received First Team All-State as a junior

Career plans: Work in sports journalism and broadcast

Parents: Thom and Jackie McAleer

Sister, Addy, was an outside hitter at Lindenwood University and brother, Sam, played baseball at Mesa Community College

Dave Shondell on Ryan McAleer: “Ryan was ranked as one of the three top liberos in the nation in her class. She brings great energy and belief to any team and has the ability to cover plenty of court as a passer and defender. A key contributor on her Dynasty club team and Blue Valley High School team, Ryan has the ability to fight for playing time from the beginning. She’s battled against the best club teams in America and proved her worth regularly. Ryan is a digging machine that will bring a unique approach to our defense.”

#3 Allie Shondell

Setter | 5-10 | Lafayette, Ind. | McCutcheon HS | Boiler Juniors Club Team

Two-time MaxPreps Second Team All-American (2022 and 2021)

Received First Team All-State and All-District to close her senior campaign

2020 AAU National Champion

2020 AAU All-American

2021 All-JVA National Team

PrepVolleyball Top-150 recognition

Named to both the 2023 AVCA All-America Watch List and MaxPreps Watch List

2023 IHSVCA All-Star match participant

Guided McCutcheon to an Indiana 4A state title as a sophomore in 2021

Led McCutcheon to three Regional titles

Totaled 3,383 career assists and 610 digs during her high school career, breaking the McCutcheon school record with over 3,000 assists by the end of her junior campaign

Posted a double-double with 42 assists, 12 digs in the 2023 4A Sectional Championship

2023 Nominee for Indiana High School Sports Girls Volleyball Player of the Year

Selected Under Armour Next High School Player of the Week May 31, 2023

As a junior, received Second Team All-State, First Team All-District and NCC All-Conference First Team honors

Registered 940 assists in each of her first three seasons at McCutcheon, including 950 assists as a junior

As a freshman, received 2020 NCC All-Conference First Team honors

Named a 2020 Journal & Courier Big School All-Area Team honoree as a freshman

Member of the Honor Roll all four years

Career Plans: Major in IBE with a minor in global engineering

Teammate Alleigh Dutton plays for fellow Big Ten member, Rutgers

Parents: John and Laura Shondell, with Laura a 1999 Purdue alum and John a Purdue Volleyball associate head coach (2003-23)

Dave Shondell on Allie Shondell: “I doubt any athlete in the entire class, nationally – has set as many accurate balls as Allie during the past four years. Allie is extremely well-skilled and understands how to win. The high school All-American led her high school and club team to record-breaking win totals during her career. The McCutcheon graduate smashed all assist records for the Mavs. The 5’10- floor general also has a laser-like serve. I fully expect Allie to enter our program and raise the level of setting on our team in every manner.”

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LAX

SEVEN IRISH WOMEN NAMED USA LACROSSE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – With the start of a new women’s lacrosse season on the horizon, seven individuals have been named Preseason All-American as announced by USA Lacrosse Wednesday afternoon. Kasey Choma and Jackie Wolak were tabbed First Team Preseason All-Americans while Madison Ahern, Lilly Callahan, Kelly Denes, Olivia Dooley and Arden Tierney were named to honorable mentions.

Frist team honorees Choma and Wolak return for their fifth season with the Irish following All-American campaigns last season, including Wolak becoming just the third in program history to eclipse 100 points in a single season. Choma led the team in goals, posting 69 over the course of the season en route to numerous All-American and All-ACC honors at the end of last season.

Ahern, Callahan and Denes all earned All-American recognition for the Irish by USA Lacrosse Magazine at the end of 2023 while Tierney and Dooley were both named honorable mentions for their performances at previous schools.

One of the team’s leading scorers a year ago, Ahern returns to South Bend for her fifth season with the Irish having recorded a multitude of accolades during her senior season including a Tewaaraton nominee and First Team All-ACC.

Callahan, who started all 21 games for the Irish last season was named to the IWLCA Midwest/West All-Region Second Team and earned numerous All-ACC honors for her performance in the cage in 2023.

A draw specialist who led one of the nation’s top performing draw controls throughout the 2023 season, Denes returns for her senior year with All-American nods after earning USA Lacrosse Magazine honorable mention and Second Team All-ACC honors last spring.

Dooley joined the Irish in the off season on the defensive end and was a previous All-American honoree during her career at USC. The 2022 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Dooley is set to make an immediate impact on the back half of the field this season.

A graduate transfer from Richmond and 2023 IWLCA Division I Scholar Athlete of the Year, Tierney will join the Irish as a Preseason All-American honoree on the attack and draw specialist role. Posting 94 points in her final season with the Spiders, Tierney led the team in points and was a nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The Irish officially open up their season on Friday, February 9, against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Irish fans can catch the Irish in action once prior to the start of the season as they scrimmage Michigan next Saturday, January 27, in a matinee game inside Loftus Sports Complex.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

EFFICIENT JAGUARS COLLECT IMPRESSIVE ROAD WIN AT PURDUE FORT WAYNE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – IUPUI shot a season-high 59 percent from the floor and put five players in double-figures as the Jaguars went on the road and picked off Purdue Fort Wayne, 85-79. Junior Jlynn Counter led the way with 18 points and four assists while DJ Jackson added 17 points off the bench.

IUPUI (6-14, 2-7 HL) held the typically sharpshooting Mastodons to just 7-of-25 (28 percent) from long range.

“Huge road win for us, obviously,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “The guys executed and we got enough (defensive) stops, especially at key times. This was a true team win. Every guy played their role and that’s what has to happen to win on the road.”

Purdue Fort Wayne (13-6, 4-4 HL) made its first five shot attempts of the game in building a quick 11-2 lead. However, the Jaguars found some footing, including a Vincent Brady II wing three before DJ Jackson began shouldering the load offensively. It was IUPUI that was relentless from that point, turning the tides with an 18-2 run to build a 25-16 advantage at the 8:19 mark when Abdou Samb dropped in a tough layup from the right block. Moments earlier, Qwanzi Samuels got free in transition for an impressive one-handed slam after Jackson had collected a steal near midcourt.

IUPUI’s largest lead of the opening half came at the 3:40 mark when Counter scored in transition.

After leading by eight at the break, the Jaguars rebuilt a double-digit lead with back-to-back buckets to start the second half, but then weathered an expected Mastodon storm for much of the second half. However, the Jaguars never relinquished the lead at any point, despite the hosts making it a one-possession game numerous times.

The Mastodons were within two with 11:37 to play when Rasheed Bello scored on a drive, but Counter later responded with a tough drive of his own. IUPUI pushed out to a double-digit lead with 4:16 to play when Bryce Monroe scored on a drive and fended off the ‘Dons down the stretch.

IUPUI attempted just five treys, knocking down three, instead opting to penetrate and work inside the arc. The end result was a 58-42 advantage in points in the paint and 38-28 rebound margin.

Samb finished with a career-high 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting and Brady closed with 12, including a pair of threes. Monroe had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists and Samuels just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 boards.

Jalen Jackson paced three Mastodons in double-digits with 22 points and Bello scored 19.

The Jaguars will return home to open a three-game homestand on Saturday (Jan. 20) when they host Robert Morris at noon inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Cram the Coliseum Day. The first 150 fans will receive a FREE IUPUI cross body bag for their attendance. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN+ as Greg Rakestraw (pxp) and IUPUI Hall of Famer Bob Lovell (analyst) call the action.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BECKI’S CAREER HIGH LEADS WBB IN 32-POINT WIN AT CMU

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – It was a tightly contested first half, but junior Ally Becki took it upon herself scoring a career best 36 points to help the Cardinals move past the Chippewas 79-47 Wednesday afternoon in McGuirk Arena.

With the win, Ball State improved to 15-2 overall and remained undefeated (5-0) in Mid-American Conference action while also extending its win streak to nine. Central Michigan fell to 2-11 on the year and 1-4 in conference action. The Cardinals are also only one of four teams in the NCAA DI that has a nine-game win streak.

Ball State’s 5-0 MAC start is the first for Ball State 12th-year head coach Brady Sallee. The last time the Cardinals began league play 5-0 was the 2002-03 season.

Becki’s 36-points ties her for fifth all-time for most points scored in a game. She also went 10-11 from the field and 7-8 from 3-point range. The seven three pointers are also tied for sixth all-time in program history. Becki also went 9-10 from the charity stripe. Alex Richard was the only other player to reach double figures for the Cardinals today with 12.

In the second half, Becki was unstoppable scoring 19 points after intermission. Ball State’s second half defense also played tribute to its victory today as the Cardinals held the Chippewas to only five field goals in the second 20 minutes of action.

Both teams traded baskets in the first quarter of play with the seesaw match ending with an off the dribble 3-pointer from Becki to give Ball State the 16-13 lead over the Chippewas.

Marie Kiefer then opened the second frame with one from behind the arc to give BSU a five-point cushion. But some unforeseen turnovers by the Cardinals, along with the Chippewas’ fast paced defense, caused Ball State to lose its lead at the 4:27 mark (21-20). But so far this league season the Cardinals seem to always find their way back on top after going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe which included six free throws from Becki. Richard ended the half with two free throws and a layup to give BSU the slight 35-31 edge over CMU at intermission.

The Ball State women’s basketball team returns home Sunday in showdown of MAC leaders against Toledo at 6 p.m. for a nationally broadcast battle on the CBS Sports Network.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

MASTODON SOFTBALL RELEASES 2024 SCHEDULE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne softball head coach Amber Bowman announced her program’s 2024 schedule on Wednesday (Jan. 17).

The 2024 campaign features 50 regular season games with nine played in Fort Wayne. After 23 games away from home to start the year, the Mastodons will play their home opener against Dayton on March 20. There will be 24 Horizon League games for the ‘Dons, a three-game series against each of the eight other teams in the league.

The ‘Dons start their season with a road trip to Montgomery, Alabama, to play in the Stinger Classic hosted by Alabama State from February 9-10. The following week, the Mastodons will travel to El Paso, Texas, to play in the UTEP Invitational from February 16-18. To end the month, the team will head south again to play in Georgia Southern’s GATA Challenge in Statesboro, Georgia, from February 23-25.

Purdue Fort Wayne heads to Richmond, Kentucky for Eastern Kentucky’s tournament from March 1-3. After a week break, the ‘Dons will travel to College Park, Maryland, for their last non-league tournament, hosted by Maryland.

Horizon League play opens for the Mastodons on March 22-23 with their home opener against Youngstown State. The ‘Dons then head to Akron to take on their last non-league opponent on March 26. Purdue Fort Wayne finishes the month on the road to resume Horizon League play at Northern Kentucky on March 29-30.

The ‘Dons come home for the start of April to host Robert Morris. Purdue Fort Wayne travels to Cleveland, Ohio, for a midweek matchup against Cleveland State on April 9-10. The ‘Dons return home to host IUPUI on April 13-14. After that series, the Mastodons will travel back-to-back weekends to take on Detroit Mercy (Apr. 19-20) and Green Bay (Apr. 26-27). Purdue Fort Wayne will host their Senior Day against Oakland on May 3-4 for their last home game of the regular season.

The top six teams in the league will earn a bid to the Horizon League Softball Championship, which will be hosted by the highest available seed that meets facility requirements. The tournament runs from May 8-11.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

BASEBALL ANNOUNCES 2024 SCHEDULE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne head coach Doug Schreiber has announced the 2024 Mastodon baseball schedule.

The Mastodons will play 18 non-league games before opening Horizon League play March 15-17 at Youngstown State. The season gets underway with a trip to Murray State (Feb. 16-18). Following opening weekend, the early season slate features road trips to Western Kentucky (Feb. 23-25), Evansville (March 1-3), and Missouri (March 8-10). All three of these trips are four game sets with games on Friday and Sunday with a Saturday doubleheader in between.

The non-league schedule also features midweek trips to Indiana (February 27), Butler (March 5), and Ball State (March 12). Indiana and Ball State each made the NCAA tournament last season. Later in the spring, the ‘Dons will make midweek trips to power five opponents Michigan State (March 20) and Notre Dame (April 17). The ‘Dons defeated Michigan State last season. Purdue Fort Wayne will play home-and-home with Western Michigan (March 26, April 2) and Bowling Green (April 10, May 8) and host Toledo (April 24) to make up their non-league home schedule.

The ‘Dons will play each of the five opposing Horizon League squads six times in 2024. Purdue Fort Wayne hosts Horizon League foes Wright State (March 22-24), Northern Kentucky (April 5-7), Youngstown State (April 19-21), Milwaukee (May 3-5), and Oakland (May 16-18) in three-game weekends, but will also travel to play series against these teams on the road.

The Horizon League Championship is set for May 22-25.

The 2024 Mastodons return All-Horizon League outfielder Ben Higgins after he 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 after leading the ‘Dons with 13 starts on the mound and pitching a team-high 64.0 innings.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODONS FALL TO IUPUI

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Three Mastodons finished in double figures in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 85-79 men’s basketball loss to IUPUI on Wednesday (Jan. 17) evening.

Jalen Jackson finished with a game-high 22 points and pulled down six rebounds. Rasheed Bello scored 19 points and shot 9-of-14 from the field. Anthony Roberts totaled 13 points and led the team on the defensive end with three blocks. The ‘Dons had five blocks, their second-highest total of the season, along with nine steals. Eric Mulder added a career-high 12 rebounds on Wednesday night.

Bello led the ‘Dons with 11 points in the first half. In the second half, Jackson led the team with 14 points. He hit a three with 9:40 to play and brought the ‘Dons within two points for the second time in the half. But the Jaguars managed to pull away from there.

Jlynn Counter led IUPUI with 18 points and four assists.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 13-6 (4-4 Horizon League). IUPUI improves to 6-14 (2-7 Horizon League).

The ‘Dons travel to Cleveland State for their next Horizon League game on Saturday (Jan. 20).

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES GET BACK ON TRACK WITH 78-75 WIN OVER VALPARAISO

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Contributions came from all ten University of Evansville men’s basketball players on Wednesday evening as the Purple Aces got back on the winning track with a 78-75 Missouri Valley Conference win over Valparaiso inside the Ford Center.

Yacine Toumi and Chuck Bailey III recorded 13 points apiece while Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored 11 and Antonio Thomas posted 10.  Josh Hughes registered a team-high nine rebounds and contributed eight points.  Toumi hauled in eight caroms.  Tanner Cuff had nine tallies while Ben Humrichous returned to the floor and scored seven points.  Cam Haffner scored five points but dished out three assists in the winning effort.  Isaiah Stafford connected on 10 of his 19 attempts on his way to 31 points.

“For us to go through the stretch that we did over the last five games was tough.  Having Ben back helped but everyone made a contribution,” UE head men’s basketball coach David Ragland said after the win.  “It was a complete team win; we had four in double figures and three more right there.  Josh and Yacine came close to double-doubles and Cam Haffner came in and played unbelievable minutes, especially when we pushed the lead to nine.”

Hitting their opening two shots of the game, the Beacons took a 5-0 lead out of the gate.  After missing the previous five games, Ben Humrichous made his return and hit Evansville’s first basket of the night.  Following a Yacine Toumi field goal, Antonio Thomas connected from downtown to put the Purple Aces up 7-5 before Kenny Strawbridge Jr. followed with a triple that capped a 10-0 run.

Just over six minutes into the contest, Josh Hughes knocked down UE’s third outside shot to give his team its largest lead of the period at 17-9.  Valpo countered with the next four points, but it was Tanner Cuff scoring off a turnover to reestablish the 8-point lead at 21-13 inside of the 12-minute mark.  Posting eight of the next nine points, the Beacons cut the deficit to one before retaking a 30-27 lead with three free throws with 7:16 remaining.

Three more lead changes took place in the final minutes of the period with Hughes recording his second make of the game to send the Aces to the break with a 40-38 lead.

Out of the break, the first basket belonged to the Beacons, who retook a 41-40 lead with their 7th triple of the evening.  Just as he had in the first half, Humrichous opened the scoring in the second stanza.  His long triple put UE back in front and a Valpo foul saw the Aces retain possession.  With the shot clock running down, Strawbridge converted from outside to give Evansville a 46-41 edge.

Eight in a row by the Beacons saw them retake the lead at 49-47 as the teams would exchange the lead once again.  As the final period reached its midway point, Evansville slowly took control.  With the score knotted at 59-59, UE recorded 12 of the next 15 points to take its largest lead at 71-62 at the 6:16 mark.  Cam Haffner knocked down a 3-pointer before a slick pass to Chuck Bailey III resulted in another triple that capped off the run.

Valparaiso had one more run left in the tank and cut the gap to one at 74-73 inside the final two minutes.  Tanner Cuff hit a shot that pushed the lead back to three, but the Beacons matched it on the other end.  With Evansville up by one, Toumi was fouled with 19 ticks remaining and came through with two clutch free throw makes.  In VU’s final possession, Hughes forced a turnover and the Aces hung on to clinch the victory.

Evansville shot 50.9% on the night while limiting Valparaiso to 44.4%.  The Beacons had a slight 32-31 edge on the boards and converted 11 triples with UE hitting 10.

This weekend, the Aces embark to Iowa for road contests at Drake (Saturday at 5 p.m.) and UNI (Tuesday at 7 p.m.).

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS HOMESTAND AGAINST LITTLE ROCK AND MOREHEAD STATE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball returns to Screaming Eagles Arena this week to start a three-game homestand. The Screaming Eagles will tip off the homestand Thursday at 5 p.m. against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock before hosting Morehead State University Saturday at 1 p.m.

Both matchups can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com). Saturday’s game against Morehead State can also be heard on 97.7FM WREF.

Saturday’s USI-Morehead State game is Military Appreciation Day at Screaming Eagles Arena. Saturday’s military appreciation includes free tickets for veterans and their guests. Proof of service will be required, and tickets are limited to five (5) per veteran may be picked up the day of the game at Will Call. Military Appreciation Day tickets are courtesy of the USI Student Veteran Association. Additionally, arrive early for a special giveaway on Saturday.

Southern Indiana (10-5, 5-0) sits in first place in the Ohio Valley Conference standings. However, both Little Rock (5-11, 4-1) and Morehead State (9-7, 4-1) are right behind USI with only one conference loss as they come to Screaming Eagles Arena this week.

USI enters the week with six consecutive wins, which is among the best top-25 winning streaks in the nation. Plus, USI has won five straight to begin the conference season, which is also a top-25 best in the nation.

The Screaming Eagles’ undefeated start in Ohio Valley Conference play and current overall winning streak is a team best since the 2021-22 season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and USI’s best since going to Division I. Entering Thursday, USI has won seven of its last eight games and is the only OVC team with five conference wins.

Last Thursday, Southern Indiana grabbed an 87-64 road win against longtime foe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. After a competitive first quarter, USI’s transition offense with 16 fast-break points and high-percentage work inside, shooting 47 percent and pulling down a season-high 54 rebounds, allowed the Screaming Eagles to pull away from the Cougars.

In Thursday’s win, senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) had a solid return to her old stomping grounds at SIUE, where she spent her first three seasons. Webb posted her second career double-double and first of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds, matching career highs in both categories. Senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) also recorded her second consecutive double-double with 13 points and 11 boards. The contest at SIUE was the second consecutive game in which two USI players registered a double-double in the same game. Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) added 13 points, and sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) chipped in 11 points in a second straight start.

This season, Shafford leads USI in scoring at 15.1 points per game. The guard has scored 10 or more in 13 consecutive games. Raley is second in scoring with 11.7 points per outing, having scored 10-plus in six straight games, and Webb is third with an average of 10.2 points after last Thursday’s performance. All three players are shooting 47 percent or better.

Within the OVC, Shafford ranks fourth in scoring and third in field goal percentage at 47.6 percent. Once again, Shafford is active on the glass, as her 7.5 boards per game rank fourth in the OVC.

As a team, Southern Indiana is third in the conference with 70.5 points per game. USI also ranks third in field goal percentage (43.3), three-point percentage (34.0), and rebounding (40.0). The Screaming Eagles are first in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 37.8 percent shooting.

Little Rock has won three straight games coming into Thursday’s matchup. The three victories have come against SIUE, Eastern Illinois University, and the University of Tennessee at Martin. On Saturday, Little Rock defeated UT Martin by a score of 57-48. The reigning OVC regular season champions are one of the toughest defensive teams under head coach Joe Foley, who is in his 21st season at the helm of the Trojans and 37th overall. The Trojans have held opponents to 64.6 points per game while only scoring 55.8 points. Sophomore forward Faith Lee leads Little Rock at 14.6 points per contest, and junior guard Jaiyah Harris-Smith tops the squad with nearly five rebounds and six assists per outing.

Morehead State is also riding high entering the week, as the Eagles carry a three-game winning streak into a matchup against UT Martin on Thursday night before heading to Evansville on Saturday. Morehead State’s most recent win came last Saturday at SIUE, 77-64. An improved Morehead State team is averaging 67.8 points on 40.7 percent shooting this season. Defensively, Morehead State is also solid, allowing 64.9 points and holding opponents to below 39 percent from the floor. Three players are averaging double figures for Morehead State, including team-leading senior guard Veronica Charles at 11.6 points. Charles also paces the squad with over four assists and two steals per game. Freshman guard Katie Novik and sophomore guard Hallie Rhodes are also tallying over 10 points per contest.

Little Rock took both first-time meetings against USI last season, and both by single digits. The Trojans won by three, 47-44, at Screaming Eagles Arena last January before a 58-50 victory in Little Rock last February. Shafford led USI with 23 points across the two games against the Trojans.

USI and Morehead State split their first-time meetings with home victories a year ago. Morehead State squeaked by USI with a three-point win, 64-61, last January in Morehead, Kentucky. Then USI got revenge with a 58-46 win at home last February. In the two games against Morehead State last season, Raley combined for 30 points while Shafford totaled 29 points. Shafford had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds in the home victory against Morehead State.

Tickets for the Little Rock and Morehead State games are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the USI Ticket Office online. For more information, call the USI Ticket Office at 812-465-1189.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO EDGED BY EVANSVILLE IN NARROW ROAD SETBACK

Junior Isaiah Stafford drilled five 3-pointers and tied a career high with 31 points, but the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team came out on the wrong end of a back-and-forth thriller against Evansville at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., falling 78-75. Freshman Cooper Schwieger turned in his second straight double-double.

How It Happened

Valpo scored the game’s first five points including a 3 by Darius DeAveiro that started the scoring.

Evansville responded with a 10-0 run to take a 10-5 lead with 16:36 left in the opening half. The hosts opened up a 17-9 lead at the 13:45 mark and again led by 8 with 11:35 left in the half.

The Beacons heated up as Jahari Williamson hit a 3 to slice the lead to 3, then Stafford hit one from long range to cut the lead to one. Williamson connected on another trey with nine minutes on the clock to even the score at 24.

A 4-point play by Williamson briefly put Valpo back in front with 2:08 left in the half, but the Aces went into the break with a two-point edge.

The second-half scoring started the same way the first half did when DeAveiro drilled a trey as the Beacons took a 41-40 lead. Evansville scored the next six to go back ahead by five before DeAveiro beat the shot clock by banking in a long-distance triple to cut the edge to two.

The game was played within four points either way for the next stretch until UE upped the edge to six at 66-60 with 7:40 to play. Evansville freshman Chuck Bailey III, who heated up after halftime, hit a 3 to build it up to nine.

Valpo used a 6-0 burst including Schwieger hitting a pair of shots to cut the lead to three. Stafford’s second-chance layup at the 2:44 mark cut it back to four, then Stafford hit a triple to make it a one-point game at 74-73 with 1:56 to play.

Evansville upped the lead back to three, but a response from Schwieger made it 76-75 with 46 seconds left. The hosts hit two free throws with 19 seconds on the clock, then came up with a steal in the closing seconds to seal the win.

Inside the Game

After recording his first collegiate double-double on Sunday at Illinois State, Schwieger made it two in a row with a 12-point, 10-rebound effort. Five of his boards came on the offensive glass.

Stafford’s 31 points tied his career high set while playing for Southern Indiana vs. Lindenwood in the city of Evansville back on Feb. 26, 2022. His return to Evansville marked his best game in a Beacon uniform, eclipsing his season high of 30 at No. 23 Illinois.

DeAveiro hit three triples en route to a 12-point, five-assist game. He also swiped three steals.

Williamson hit three 3s of his own and was the fourth Beacon in double figures with 10 points.

Evansville was hot from long range, hitting 3s at a 62.5 percent clip (10-of-16).

Valpo’s 11 made 3s marked the team’s most since 14 in the season opener vs. Trinity Christian. That was the team’s most made 3s against a Division-I opponent this season.

Valpo pulled down 14 offensive rebounds, outscoring UE 20-8 on second-chance points. 

The game featured 12 ties and nine lead changes.

Up Next

The Beacons (5-13, 1-6 MVC) will host UIC on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Pacers Power Pack dunk crew will perform the halftime show. For ticket information, visit valpathletics.com/tickets.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S HOOPS SET TO HOST ANNUAL PACK THE HOUSE EVENT

vs. Missouri-St. Louis Tritons (7-8, 5-2 GLVC)

Thursday | January 18 | 7:30 p.m.

vs. William Jewell Cardinals (10-4, 4-3 GLVC)

Saturday | January 20 | 3 p.m.

The UIndy men’s basketball team returns home to Nicoson Hall for Pack the House weekend, hosting Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday before McKendree visits on Saturday for the second straight season.

LAST TIME OUT

The Greyhounds saw their eight-game winning streak snapped last Saturday at William Jewell by a score of 73-71. David Ejah had a clean look at the buzzer to send the Hounds home with a victory, but the shot rimmed out as time expired.

Kendrick Tchoua recorded a season-high 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting, while Jesse Bingham finished with 16 points and six boards.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PACK THE HOUSE HIGHLIGHTS GREYHOUND HOMESTAND

vs Missouri-St. Louis (7-8, 5-4 GLVC)

Thursday | January 18 | 5 p.m. ET

vs McKendree (12-3, 8-1 GLVC)

Saturday | January 20 | 12 p.m. ET

The UIndy women’s basketball team is set to host Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday before hosting McKendree in the annual Pack the House on Saturday. This is the second year in a row that Greyhounds and Bearcats face each other in the university-sponsored event.

LAST TIME OUT

The UIndy women’s basketball team returned to the win column after defeating William Jewell, 91-71. Shekinah Thomas finished with 17 points for the Greyhound. The newcomer was 7-for-8 overall from the field and 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Ilani Williams-Harris also had a career night. Williams-Harris had her first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

UINDY FOOTBALL

ALEXIS, MAVUNGU NAMED TO ALL-AMERICA LIST

BROOKFIELD, Ill.—The Don Hansen Football Committee has released the 2023 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America teams recently, with a pair of Greyhounds appearing on the list. Offensive lineman Kednal Alexis and cornerback Landry Mavungu each added to their ’23 trophy case by garnering All-America Honorable Mention from the respected outlet. It marked the second straight Don Hansen All-America Honorable Mention recognition for Alexis and first career nod for Mavungu.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.

A three-time All-GLVC First Team, Alexis garnered his second consecutive inclusion on the annual Don Hansen list. The team captain led a unit that ranked seventh in DII in team passing efficiency and 20th in total offense. Alexis was a 2023 CFB Network Preseason All-America Third Team honoree and was an Gene Upshaw Award nominee, an honor given annually to the top lineman in Division II. He finished his college career with 36 consecutive starts on the UIndy o-line.

Also a three-time all-conference first teamer, Mavungu garnered national honorable mention on the defensive side of the ball. The shutout corner was recently voted the GLVC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first-ever cornerback named the league’s top defender. Mavungu amassed two interceptions and six pass break-ups on the season while leading the team’s non-linebackers with 51 tackles. He also has an 82-yard touchdown return to his credit (blocked field goal) as well as a GLVC Special Teams Player of the Week award.

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

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NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

January 18, 1951

January 18, 1951  – Rules revisions came out of the annual NFL meetings. A rule was instituted that guards, tackles and centers ineligible for forward pass according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This rule change led to make the game what it is today as there can only be 6 eligible receivers on any given play, the widest player on each end of the line and the four in the backfield. The NFL took control of the original failing Baltimore Colts franchise. Colts owner Abraham Watner returned the Baltimore franchise and its player contracts back to the NFL for $50,000. These former Baltimore Colts players were made available in the upcoming 1951 NFL Draft at the same time as college players were picked. The Colts were originally members of the AAFC and when that league disbanded they and the Browns and 49ers were absorbed into the NFL. In 1953 the name of the Baltimore Colts was resurrected when the NFL granted permission for a struggling Dallas Texans franchise to be taken over by the League. NFL Commissioner Bert Bell challenged the city of Baltimore to sell 15,000 season tickets within six weeks and when they succeeded the franchise was sold to Carroll Rosenbloom who then opened up shop as the Baltimore Colts. Robert Irsay acquired the Los Angeles Rams franchise in 1972 and then subsequently engineered a big trade of teams with Carroll Rosenbloom that year. Twelve years later on March 28, 1984, Irsay moved the Colts to Indianapolis.

January 18, 1951  – Speaking of that 1951 NFL Draft it took place right after the meeting above was completed. Kyle Rote from SMU was the first pick by the New York Giants. Future Hall of Famers that came out of this Draft were quarterback Y.A. Tittle as the 3rd overall pick by the 49ers, Dan Stanfel by the Lions at 19 and the Bears taking Bill George with the 23rd pick. The Pro-Football-Reference.com website also tells us that other future Pro Football Hall of Famers Mike McCormack was taken by the New York Yanks, Art Donovan by the Browns, Detroit’s pick of Jack Christiansen and a guy by the name of Don Shula was picked by the Browns. 

January 18, 1963  – Al Davis became the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders. Davis had an extremely interesting ride in his pro football career. Al turned the Raiders in 1963 into winners sporting a 10-4 record in the AFL after only managing a dismal 9-33 record as a franchise in the three seasons of existence prior to Davis being hired on as coach. Soon after in 1966, according to a bleacherreport.com article, Al Davis was selected to act as the AFL Commissioner and served in that capacity until the league merged with the NFL. It was after this point that Davis returned to Oakland where he served as a co-owner of the franchise eventually becoming the majority owner and main decision maker. 

January 18, 1970 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The 20th NFL Pro Bowl took place as the Western teams outlasted those of the East, 16-13. Chicago Bears legendary halfback Gale Sayers and George Andrie, the defensive end of the Dallas Cowboys, were selected as the game’s Most Valuable Players per the Onthisday.com website.

January 18, 1976 – Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida – The NFL World Championship was settled in Super Bowl X. The Dallas Cowboys winners of the NFC were matched up against the AFC champs the Pittsburgh Steelers. These two teams were filled with future Pro Football Hall of Famers. In fact there were 12 in all. The Cowboys fielded Roger Staubach, Rayfield Wright, Mel Renfro and Cliff Harris while the Steelers countered with Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert, Mel Blount, Joe Greene, Jack Ham, John Stalworth, and Lynn Swann. The Head coaches Chuck Noll and Tom Landry also ended up getting their busts in Canton according to the Pro-Football-Reference.com. The Cowboys had a three point lead at the half but the majority of the scoring took place in the final stanza. It was the Steelers who put up two touchdowns in the fourth field by some iconic acrobatic catches by Lynn Swann to overcome the Cowboys late charge. The final score was the Pittsburgh Steelers 21 to the 17 points of the Dallas Cowboys. Lynn Swann was an obvious voice as the game’s MVP.

January 18, 1983 International Olympic Committee restored Jim Thorpe’s Olympic medals for winning both the Pentathlon and Decathlon 70 years after they were taken from him per the NDNsports.com website article. At the 1912 Olympic Games Thorpe became the first Native American to win Olympic gold years before his ethnic group was accepted as American citizens. After his performance at the Games Sweden’s King Gustav V called Jim THorpe “The World’s Greatest Athlete.” The victory and the world acclaim was soured though, about six months later when it was uncovered that in 1909 and 1910 Thorpe had allegedly had his room and board paid for by a semi-pro baseball team he had played for. The IOC almost immediately stripped Thorpe of the medals and took his name out of the record books while refusing to hear Thorpe’s side of the story of allegedly receiving what would amount to be $25 of his expenses being paid for. After decades of petitioning and the release of 1912 IOC documents, the Olympic governing board returned Thorpe’s medals but erroneously listed him as a co-champion of the events. Sorry there should not be any asterisks next to this great athlete’s name!

January 18, 2000- Robert Wood Johnson IV, the heir to the Johnson and Johnson Company, was approved by the NFL at the owner’s meeting to be able to purchase the New York Jets franchise.

OnthisDay.com Conference Championship Scoreboard

January 18, 2004 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough – The AFC Championship game outcome had the New England Patriots over the Indianapolis Colts, 24-14.

January 18, 2004 NFC Championship was played at Philly’s Lincoln Financial Field where the Carolina Panthers overcame the home team Philadelphia Eagles, 14-3.

January 18, 2009 – Heinz Field, Pittsburgh – The AFC Championship game resulted in a Pittsburgh Steelers 23-14 victory over their AFC North rivals the Baltimore Ravens.

January 18, 2009 NFC Championship was played at  the University of Phoenix Stadium. In the game the Arizona Cardinals knocked off the Philadelphia Eagles, 32-25.

January 18, 2015 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough – The AFC Championship finished up with the New England Patriots outmatching the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7.

January 18, 2015  – CenturyLink Field, Seattle – The NFC Championship resulted in the Seattle Seahawks taking out the Green Bay Packers, 28-22 in overtime!

Hall Of Fame Birthdays for January 18

January 18, 1897 – Houston, Texas – The great Cornell Halfback Eddie Kaw was born. The footballfoundation.com supports the story that in 1921 when the Penn Quakers hosted underdog Cornell  Eddie Kaw had what was probably his greatest day in football. The undersized Cornell halfback maneuvered his way through a quagmire of mud and slop on the field, scoring five of Cornell’s six touchdowns as the Big Red handed Penn its worst defeat since the series started between the two schools back in 1893. The final score was 41-0. In that contest. Kaw was named an All-American in 1921 and again in 1922. The National Football Foundation selected Eddie Kaw to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

January 18, 1950 – Birmingham, Alabama – The birth of Pat Sullivan the fine Auburn University quarterback is celebrated. Sullivan was a signal calling standout from 1969 through the 1971 seasons with the Tigers. According to his bio on the National Football Foundation website as a sophomore, he broke the school’s records for total offense and passing yardage. The next year, he broke them again as a Junior and was named Most Valuable Player in the Southeastern Conference while earning All-American honors. His Senior season Pat was his best  as he was named a unanimous All-America and took home the Heisman Trophy!  Pat Sullivan was honored with the entrance of his football legacy in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

5 – 21 – 18 – 44 – 21 – 16 – 66 – 88 – 00 – 35 – 30 – 7

January 18, 1896 – First college basketball game with 5 players on each side is conducted by the University of Iowa; invites student athletes from University of Chicago for an experimental game; Chicago beats Iowa 15-12

January 18, 1938 – Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander was elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 18, 1947 – Hank Greenberg was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Detroit Tigers. The righthanded batting first baseman, garnered $35,000 in cash for the Tigers. Greenberg wore Number 5 for both clubs. In his one season for the Buccos he hit 25 Homeruns and had 74 RBIs with the lowest batting average of his career at .249.

January 18, 1951 -Kyle Rote Number 44 of the SMU Mustangs was the first overall pick by New York Giants in the 1951 NFL Draft.

January 18, 1951 – NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts

January 18, 1955 – Bill Sharman, Number 21 is voted as the MVP of the NBA All-Star game as the Celtics Guard helped the East claim a 100-91 victory over their West counterparts.

January 18, 1958 – The NHL’s first African-American skater, Willie ORee makes his debut with the Boston Bruins as then blanked the host Montreal Canadiens 3-0. O’Ree wore the Number 18 sweater in the game.

January 18, 1967 – 20th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: Montreal Canadiens beat All-Stars, 3-0. Montreal Canadiens, Center, Number 16, Henri Richard.

January 18, 1970 – 20th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 16-13; MVPs were on offense Chicago Bears, HB, Number 40, Gale Sayers Dallas Cowboys, DE, Number 66George Andrie for the defensive side.

January 18, 1972 – 22nd NBA All Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood, Ca: West beats East, 112-110: MVP: LA Lakers, G, Number 44Jerry West, hits a last-second, 20-foot game-winning jumper

January 18, 1976 – Super Bowl X, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17; MVP was Pittsburgh, Wide Receiver, Number 88, Lynn Swann.

January 18, 1992 – 43rd NHL All-Star Game, Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: Campbell beats Wales, 10-6. St. Louis, RW, Number 16, Brett Hull was selected as the game’s MVP.

January 18, 1998 – Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish‘s Number 00

January 18, 2001 – New York Rangers G, Number 35Mike Richter picks up his 267th career NHL win to become the winningest goaltender in team history; passes Ed Giacomin; Rangers beat the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1 in overtime

January 18, 2017 – Baseball Hall of Fame adds Jeff Bagwell (Number 5), Tim Raines (Number 30), and Ivan Rodriguez (Number 7)

January 18, 2022 – Boston Bruins retire Willie O’Ree’s Number 22 jersey, on the 64th anniversary of his becoming the NHL’s first Black player

TV  THURSDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6:30 p.m.

FS1 — Minnesota at Michigan St.

7 p.m.

CBSSN — Monmouth at Drexel

ESPN — South Florida at Memphis

ESPN2 — Wichita St. at FAU

ESPNU — UNC-Asheville

ESPNU — UNC-Asheville at Winthrop

8:30 p.m.

FS1 — Illinois at Michigan

9 p.m.

CBSSN — Middle Tennessee at UTEP

ESPN2 — Oregon St. at Utah

PAC-12N — Washington at California

10:30 p.m.

FS1 — Oregon at Colorado

11 p.m.

CBSSN — Loyola Marymount at San Francisco

PAC-12N — Washington St. at Stanford

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

6 p.m.

ACCN — North Carolina at Georgia Tech

7 p.m.

BTN — Purdue at Penn St.

SECN — Tennessee at Mississippi St.

8 p.m.

ACCN — Virginia Tech at Duke

9 p.m.

SECN — LSU at Alabama

FIELD HOCKEY (WOMEN’S)

6 a.m.

CBSSN — Olympic Qualifier: U.S. vs. Japan, Semifinal, Ranchi, India

GOLF

1 p.m.

GOLF — LPGA Tour: The Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament Of Champions, First Round, Lake Nona Golf Course, Orlando, Fla.

2 p.m.

ESPN2 — Latin America Amateur Championship: First Round, Santa María Golf Club, Panama City

4 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The American Express, First Round, Pete Dye Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif.

7 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour Champions: The Mitsubishi Electric Championship, First Round, Hualalai GC, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

2:30 a.m. (Friday)

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Hero Dubai Desert Classic, Second Round, The Majlis Course, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NBA BASKETBALL

7:30 p.m.

TNT — Chicago at Toronto

10 p.m.

TNT — Memphis at Minnesota

SOCCER (MEN’S)

2 p.m.

CBSSN — Italian Super Cup: Napoli vs. Fiorentina, Semifinal, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

TENNIS

3 a.m.

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

11 a.m.

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

9 p.m.

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

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