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Illinois 100 MCNEESE State 38

Eastern Illinois 73 Valparaiso 67

Indiana State 84 Central Michigan 71

IUPUI 87 Southern Illinois 76

Wisconsin 103 Bradley 49

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HOUSTON (AP) It didn’t take Justin Verlander long to realize he could have a special year after missing almost two full seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Heading into his fifth start, Verlander knew he was back.

“In that moment, I felt normal and like myself, pain-free, able to recover like I always have,” he said. “I think my mindset just completely shifted to like, `OK, I am the pitcher I’ve always been.'”

On Wednesday, the Houston ace capped his stellar season by winning the American League Cy Young Award, joining Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in the National League as unanimous selections.

It’s the second time the winners in both leagues were unanimous since the award began in 1956 and the first since Detroit’s Denny McLain in the AL and St. Louis’ Bob Gibson in the NL swept the voting in 1968.

The 39-year-old Verlander, who also won the award in 2019 after winning both MVP and the Cy Young in 2011, becomes the 11th player to win it three times. He also won unanimously in 2011.

He said this one has a different meaning.

“It shows that I’m at a different point in my life,” Verlander said. “I will always remember this Cy Young as looking back at the growth of me as a father and as a person, and just also the the rehab and all the hard work that went into the rehab and how I was just so committed to it was going to go well and I was going to come back and be me.”

Verlander led the majors with a 1.75 ERA, the lowest of his 17-year career. He becomes the fourth AL pitcher with two unanimous Cy Young Awards, joining Roger Clemens (1986, 1998), Pedro Martinez (1999, 2000) and Johan Santana (2004, 2006).

Verlander led the Astros to the best record in the AL, and while the postseason doesn’t count for the award, he got his first career World Series win in Game 5 as Houston beat Philadelphia in six games.

Verlander, who will receive a $200,000 bonus, is a free agent and said he has communicated with Astros owner Jim Crane about a possible return, but noted that Houston is far from his only potential suitor.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of people that are interested and Jim understands that based on our conversation,” he said. “He completely understands that. … So we’ll see what happens.”

Alcantara had a 2.28 ERA while pitching a major league-best 228 2/3 innings and six compete games. It’s the first Cy Young Award for the 27-year-old from the Dominican Republic, who becomes the first Marlins player to receive the honor.

“It makes me feel so special because I came here to the Marlins with my positive mentality – just tried to win,” he said. “Tried to compete, tried to get better. This year I put everything in the same spot, working hard. I’ve had great success. And now to win the National League Cy Young, I feel so happy and blessed.”

Alcantara received all 30 first-place votes, the 15th time the NL has had a unanimous winner. Atlanta’s Max Fried was second with 72 points, including 10 second-place votes, and Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Julio Urias was third 66 points and seven second-place votes.

Behind Verlander, who was the 11th AL pitcher to win unanimously, were Dylan Cease of the Chicago White Sox with 97 points and 14 second-place votes and Toronto’s Alek Manoah with 87 points and seven second-place votes. The three pitchers were named on every ballot.

Verlander’s 18 wins led the AL, and he had 185 strikeouts to give him 3,198 in his career, the most among active players.

Alcantara’s six complete games were the most in the majors since Chris Sale had six in 2016. The two-time All-Star went 14-9 and threw seven or more innings in 13 straight starts from May 11-July 15, which was the longest such streak since 2014.

Alcantara’s innings pitched and wins were both career highs and his ERA was his best in six seasons and ranked second in the NL.

“The hard work, the positivity, every day, fighting for my team, competing against any team. That makes it special,” he said. “My mentality all the time is to be aggressive. Try to get better every day. And I’ll keep doing the same. And let’s see if I can win the Cy Young next year, too.”

He joins Martinez (1997) as the only player born in the Dominican Republic to win the NL award. Martinez also won twice in the AL (1999, 2000) and the other Dominican winner in the AL was Bartolo Colon in 2005.

Urias was 17-7 and led the NL with a 2.16 ERA to help the Dodgers lead the majors with 111 wins in the regular season. The left-hander had 166 strikeouts after a 2021 season in which he led the majors with 20 wins.

Fried was 14-7 with a 2.48 ERA and 170 strikeouts. He was a first-time All-Star and helped lead the Braves to their fifth straight NL East crown.

Cease was 14-8 and ranked second to Verlander in the AL with a 2.20 ERA. He had a career-high 227 strikeouts and went 14 consecutive starts this summer without allowing more than one earned run.

Manoah went 16-7 with a 2.24 ERA in his second season. He had 180 strikeouts and went 4-0 with a 0.88 ERA in his last six starts to help the Blue Jays make the playoffs.


Justin Verlander is looking for a serious payday in free agency.

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said the right-handed ace wants a deal similar to Max Scherzer’s three-year, $130-million contract inked with the New York Mets last offseason, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

“I know him well, so we’ve been pretty candid,” Crane said. “He’s looking at the comp, which I think there’s only one or two. … JV’s probably got a few years left, and he wants to make the most of it. I think he’s going to test the market on that.”

Crane added that he’s heavily involved in the negotiation process with the AL Cy Young favorite.

Scherzer, who signed his deal heading into his age-37 campaign, holds a record $43.3-million average annual value. Verlander, who will be 40 years old next season, declined his $25-million option with the Astros.

Verlander went 18-4 with an MLB-best 1.75 ERA in 2022. The nine-time All-Star owns a 2.26 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP, and 11.4 K/9 across 652 innings (102 starts) since joining Houston in a trade with the Detroit Tigers in 2017. He’s helped the Astros win two World Series titles.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will have surgery next week to repair the tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow that forced the outfielder to spend the bulk of this season as designated hitter.

Phillies President Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday there was no timetable on Harper’s recovery until after the surgery, which was scheduled for Nov. 23.

“We have no prognosis, really, until he goes into the elbow and takes a look at it,” Dombrowski said of the surgeon. “We’ll have something at that time with the surgery and the anticipation something will happen. I think it will slow him down for the season. We’ll know more next week.”

Harper suffered the small tear in April and last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow in May and shifted to the designated hitter role. Harper met this week with prominent orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, forcing the surgery.

“We always knew that was a possibility. We’ve known that for months,” Dombrowski said.

The elbow injury did little to slow Harper’s offense. The 30-year-old led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. He still hit .286 with 18 home runs and 65 RBIs for the season. He was named NLCS MVP and hit six home runs overall in the playoffs.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million free-agent contract with the Phillies in 2019 and won the NL MVP award in 2021. A seven-time All-Star, Harper was the NL MVP with the Nationals in 2015 and has 285 career home runs.

Dombrowski said Harper’s availability for opening day and the early part of next season may not necessarily affect his decision-making in the offseason. Nick Castellanos, Kyle Schwarber and even catcher J.T Realmuto could play DH.

“You don’t ever want to lose Bryce, you really don’t,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said Wednesday. “While we will be missing him, and looking forward to getting him back, it’ll give somebody else an opportunity.”


SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners made one of the first big moves of the offseason by acquiring outfielder Teoscar Hernandez from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for two pitchers on Wednesday.

Fresh off the team’s first playoff appearance in more than two decades, the Mariners added a slugging right-handed bat to their lineup with the acquisition of Hernandez and addressed one of their offseason needs by finding a corner outfielder.

Hernandez hit .267 with 25 home runs and 77 RBIs in 131 games last season for the Blue Jays and joined Mookie Betts as the only outfielders in baseball with at least 35 doubles and 25 homers. Hernandez was an All-Star starter in 2021 and finished that season hitting .296 with 32 homers and 116 RBIs for Toronto.

He immediately will slot into the middle of Seattle’s batting order and could end up being a replacement in right field for Mitch Haniger, who is a free agent.

“We began our offseason with the intent to add impact and length to our lineup,” said Jerry Dipoto, the Mariners’ president of baseball operations. “In adding Teoscar to an already solid foundation, we feel we’ve become a far more dangerous offensive club.”

Right-handed reliever Erik Swanson and minor league lefty Adam Macko are going back to Toronto. The Blue Jays were looking to clear salary for 2023 and also needed bullpen help with swing-and-miss stuff, which Swanson is expected to provide.

Swanson was 3-2 with a 1.68 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings last season.

For now, Hernandez is a one-year acquisition by Seattle. He is entering his final season of being eligible for arbitration before hitting free agency after the 2023 season.

Hernandez made $10.65 million last year with the Blue Jays. He’ll turn 31 next October during what the Mariners hope is another playoff run.

While Hernandez likely slots into right field should the Mariners not bring back Haniger, the deal was not made with defense at the forefront. This was a move to bolster an offense that at times last season struggled to score runs and leaned a little too much on its pitching staff to win close, low-scoring games.

Hernandez has posted an OPS above .800 in each of the past three seasons. And he has played well in Seattle, hitting .357 with three homers and seven doubles in 16 career games at T-Mobile Park.

Seattle will lose a key piece of its standout bullpen from the past two seasons with Swanson’s move. Swanson was primarily a sixth- or seventh-inning option for Seattle, but he was called upon to close out games at times. He seemed to fall out of favor for the Mariners during the postseason and made just one appearance in five games.

Macko dealt with injuries for most of the 2022 season with Single-A Everett. He was rated one of the top-10 prospects in the Mariners organization by some scouting services but pitched in just eight games last season.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) A witness who saw a University of Virginia student open fire on a bus returning from a field trip described to police how the gunman targeted specific victims – many of them football players – shooting one as he slept, a prosecutor said in court Wednesday.

The details emerged during the suspect’s first court appearance, the same day the university announced it was canceling its Saturday football game in the wake of the deadly shooting.

A witness who was shown a photo of the shooting suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., identified him as the gunman, the prosecutor said. The violence Sunday night left three football players dead and one player and another student wounded.

Jones, a former football player, appeared by video link from a local jail for the court hearing Wednesday. He did not enter a plea to the numerous charges he faces and said he plans to hire an attorney. A judge ordered him held without bond and appointed a public defender to represent him until he secures private counsel.

University officials and police have said Jones, who turns 23 Thursday, joined a group of about two dozen others on a field trip Sunday from the Charlottesville campus to see a play in the nation’s capital, about 120 miles (195 kilometers) away. When their bus arrived back on campus, authorities have said Jones opened fire, killing Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler.

Police have said Jones was able to flee the shooting scene, setting off a manhunt and 12-hour campus lockdown that left many students petrified. He faces three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of malicious wounding and additional gun-related charges.

The violence at the state’s flagship public university has set off days of mourning among students and faculty, the broader Charlottesville community and other supporters. Classes resumed Wednesday, as the school announced it was canceling its final home game of the season scheduled for the weekend against Coastal Carolina. No decision has been made yet about its final game of the season Nov. 26 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney James Hingeley gave a brief accounting of what police say happened Sunday night after officers responded to a report of shots fired near a parking garage.

One witness told police the suspect pointed the gun at Chandler, shot him as he was sleeping, and Chandler slid to the floor, Hingeley said.

The witness said Jones was “aiming at certain people” and not shooting randomly, according to Hingeley.

Responding officers found Chandler and Perry dead on the bus, Hingeley said. Davis died from his wounds at a hospital, he said.

University President Jim Ryan said Monday that authorities did not have a “full understanding” of the motive behind the shooting. Court documents filed so far in the matter have offered no additional insight, and Hingeley did not address a possible motive Wednesday.

The public defender appointed to represent Jones did not address the substance of the charges Wednesday. She also declined comment outside of court.

The judge set a December status hearing in the case. Jones, who has been in custody since he was arrested in suburban Richmond late Monday morning, appeared somber. He did not speak during the hearing except to respond to questions from the judge, including about his employment and ability to pay for an attorney.

Jones had worked part-time for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia since September, Kate Lambert, the group’s CEO, confirmed in an emailed statement.

Jones was a member of the football team during the 2018 season, a one-semester walk-on, according to athletics director Carla Williams.

In interviews, his father has expressed confusion and astonishment and apologized to the victims’ families.

Hingeley also reviewed Jones’ past criminal record in court Wednesday. In February 2021, Jones was charged in Chesterfield County with possession of a concealed handgun without a permit and later given a 12-month suspended sentence, Hingeley said.

At the time of that arrest, Jones had two outstanding warrants in connection with a hit-and-run accident with property damage and reckless driving from Petersburg. He was convicted of both charges and also given 12-month suspended sentences on both, Hingeley said.

The university has said Jones’ failure to report the misdemeanor concealed weapon conviction was a consideration in an ongoing review of Jones by its threat-assessment team. The university initially said its student affairs office had escalated Jones’ case in late October to the University Judiciary Committee, a student-run body that could have enacted disciplinary action. But late Tuesday night, spokesperson Brian Coy confirmed the university had not actually escalated the report. It finally did so Tuesday night, Coy said.

Of the two students who were hospitalized, one was discharged from the UVA Medical Center on Tuesday, according to Eric Swensen, a health system spokesperson.

A family spokesperson for Mike Hollins, a running back on the team who was shot in the back, said he was showing signs of improvement Tuesday after a second surgery. He was removed from a ventilator and was able to visit with family and friends in his hospital room, said Joe Gipson, the chief operating officer of a law firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Hollins’ mother, Brenda Hollins, works.


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers appreciates the way the Tennessee Titans have turned their season around.

The reigning MVP quarterback hopes his Green Bay Packers can dig themselves out of an even bigger hole than Tennessee.

First, the Packers must find a way to cool off those AFC South-leading Titans at Lambeau Field on Thursday night.

“They lost their first two games, and I think just like happens in this league, there’s probably overreactions and what the hell’s going on and what are we going to do,” Rodgers said. “And I think they rattled off like five or six wins in a row and kind of quieted everybody up.”

The Titans (6-3) bounced back from that 0-2 start by winning six of their next seven, including five in a row. Derrick Henry has rushed for 923 yards, 8 behind NFL leader Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants.

Green Bay (4-6) had lost five straight – its longest skid since 2008 – before rallying from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-28 in overtime on Sunday.

Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon combined to run for 203 yards of the Packers’ 207-yard total. The Packers are winning when running instead of leaning as much on Rodgers’ arm.

That’s caught the attention of the Titans, who have the NFL’s second-ranked run defense.

“The biggest thing for us going to this game is going to be our rush defense versus their rush offense,” Titans safety Kevin Byard said. “Three out of four of their wins, they ran for over 200 yards and I feel like their best skill players are in the backfield. A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones are two top players in this league, so we’re going to have to stop them.”


Each team has a wide receiver coming off a breakthrough performance.

Packers rookie Christian Watson had four catches for 107 yards and three touchdowns against the Cowboys. The second-round pick from North Dakota State had 10 catches for 88 yards all season before that game.

Tennessee’s Nick Westbrook-Ikhine had eight catches for a career-high 119 yards and scored both of the Titans’ touchdowns in a 17-10 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Westbrook-Ikhine had entered that game with 15 catches for 138 yards and no touchdowns this season.


Not only are the Titans second in the NFL in defending the run, they also have the NFL’s best third down defense.

Opponents are converting just 27.9% of their third down opportunities. Tennessee also is coming off a six-sack performance for a league-high 16 over its past four games.

The Titans also have at least three sacks in six straight games along with at least one interception. It’s the NFL’s longest streak since the then-Oakland Raiders in 1998, and one more such game would be the longest streak since Chicago had seven straight in 1985.

They’re also getting healthier.

Safety Amani Hooker, who missed the past two games with an injured left shoulder, returned to practice this week. Defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, a 2021 Pro Bowler, sat out the win over Denver resting a sprained left ankle and hopes to play Thursday night.


Titans kicker Randy Bullock apparently hurt his right calf in pregame warmups and still kicked two extra points and a field goal against Denver. The Titans have signed veteran Josh Lambo to the practice squad Tuesday as an insurance policy.

Lambo last kicked in the NFL last season with Jacksonville, making five of seven extra points and missing all three field goals he attempted. Tennessee used rookie punter Ryan Stonehouse to kick off in the second half last week.

For the Packers, Mason Crosby has been dealing with a back issue, though he still made a game-winning 28-yard field goal in overtime Sunday. Ramiz Ahmed handled kickoffs in Crosby’s place on Thursday.


The previous time the Titans visited Lambeau Field, the Packers romped 40-14 in the snow.

While it snowed Tuesday in Green Bay, it’s supposed to be clear Thursday night. The forecast calls for a high temperature of 31 degrees and a low of 24.

That could make this the coldest pre-December game the Titans have played going back to 1999, when the franchise formerly known as the Houston Oilers became the Titans. The kickoff temperature was 25 degrees when the Titans hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 17, 2014.


The Packers released wide receiver/punt returner Amari Rodgers on Tuesday, two days after his fumble led to a Cowboys touchdown. Rodgers had fumbled five times this season and lost two of them.

Keisean Nixon had handled Green Bay’s punt return duties in the Dallas game after Rodgers’ fumble.

An inter-conference battle kicks off Week 11 of the 2022 NFL season on Thursday, November 17 (8:15 PM ET, Prime Video) as the Tennessee Titans (6-3) visit the Green Bay Packers (4-6). Tennessee holds the all-time regular-series advantage, 7-6, while the home team has won each of the past three meetings. In the last matchup between the two clubs, Week 16 of the 2020 season, Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS threw four touchdown passes and running backs A.J. DILLION (124 rushing yards) and AARON JONES (94) combined for 218 rushing yards in the Packers’ 40-14 win.

Last week, Tennessee quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL recorded 255 passing yards and two touchdowns against no interceptions for a 94.1 rating, his fourth consecutive start with no interceptions. Running back DERRICK HENRY ranks second in the NFL with 923 rushing yards and tied for second with nine rushing touchdowns. With a rushing touchdown, he can become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in five consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (nine consecutive seasons from 2001-09), ADRIAN PETERSON (seven from 2007-13), SHAUN ALEXANDER (five from 2001-05) and MICHAEL TURNER (five from 2008-12). Wide receiver NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE set career highs with 119 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in Week 10.

Tennessee enters the game with the league’s second-ranked rushing defense (85.1 rushing yards allowed per game) and hasn’t allowed a team to rush for 100 yards since Week 2. The Titans recorded a season-high six sacks last week, the most sacks by the Titans in a single game since Week 14, 2018 (eight). Defensive lineman DENICO AUTRY has six sacks in five road games this season and is one of five players to record at least seven sacks in each of the last three seasons. Linebacker DAVID LONG had eight tackles in Week 10 and aims for his eighth game in a row with at least seven tackles. Cornerback TERRANCE MITCHELL recorded eight tackles and his first interception of the season last week. Linebacker RASHAD WEAVER recorded 1.5 sacks with a forced fumble in Week 10.

Rodgers, who recorded three touchdown passes last week, became the fourth quarterback with at least 500 combined passing and rushing touchdowns (466 passing, 34 rushing), joining TOM BRADYDREW BREES and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING. Running back AARON JONES recorded 138 rushing yards and a touchdown last week and has at least 150 scrimmage yards in two of his past three games. He also has a rushing touchdown in two of his last three games on Thursday. Rookie wide receiver CHRISTIAN WATSON led the team with 107 receiving yards and three touchdown catches last week and is the only rookie with three touchdown receptions in a game this season.

Linebacker DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL, who has 64 tackles (eight per game) this season, had a career-high 17 tackles and two forced fumbles in his only career game against Tennessee (Week 4, 2019 with Atlanta). Rookie linebacker QUAY WALKER has at least five tackles in each of his first 10 career games, the most such games among rookies, and aims for his third in a row with a tackle for loss. He also ranks second among all rookies with 69 tackles. Cornerback JAIRE ALEXANDER had three passes defensed in the last meeting against the Titans and aims for his third in a row at home and fourth in a row overall with a pass defensed. Cornerback RASUL DOUGLAS has at least five tackles in three of his past four this season and an interception in three of his five career Thursday Night Football games.

Prime Video will stream 15 Thursday Night Football games this season (Weeks 2-17, excluding Thanksgiving). The game will feature Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and Kaylee Hartung on the call.


LEADER Titans lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS Packers have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 12/27/20: Titans 14 at Packers 40



LAST WEEK W 17-10 vs. Denver

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Vrabel: 0-1

PTS. FOR 18.4


PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 114-182-1,352-8-3-93.0

RUSHING Derrick Henry: 202-923-4.6-9

RECEIVING Robert Woods: 24-266-11.1-1



SACKS Denico Autry: 7

INTs David Long: 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (13/10)

PUNTING (NET) Ryan Stonehouse (R): 53.2 (45.3)

KICKING Randy Bullock: 52 (19/19 PAT; 11/13 FG)

QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for 255 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 94.1 rating in Week 10. Has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts. Aims for his 5th in row overall with 0 INTs & 3rd in row on the road with 95+ rating. Has 9 TDs (6 pass, 3 rush) in his last 4 vs. NFC North. • RB DERRICK HENRY ranks 2nd in NFL in rush yards (923) & tied-2nd in rush TDs (9) this season. Has 100+ rush yards in 5 of his last 6 games. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 of last 3. Aims for his 6th road game in row with rush TD & 5th in row on road with 100+ rush yards. Rushed for 98 yards in last matchup. Can become 5th player ever with 10+ rush TDs in 5 straight seasons. • WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE set career highs with 119 rec. yards & 2 TDs catches last week. • TE AUSTIN HOOPER had a season-high 5 catches for 41 yards in Week 10. • DL DENICO AUTRY has six sacks in five road games this season. Is 1 of 5 players with 7+ sacks in each of last 3 seasons. • S KEVIN BYARD aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with 7+ tackles. • LB DAVID LONG had 8 tackles in Week 10 & aims for his 8th in row with 7+ tackles. • CB TERRANCE MITCHELL tied season-high with 8 tackles last week & recorded his 1st INT of the year. • LB RASHAD WEAVER had 1.5 sacks, FF & PD in Week 10. • DL DEMARCUS WALKER had 1.5 sacks last week & aims for 4th in row with sack. • DE MARIO EDWARDS had sack last week & aims for 3rd in row with sack. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS has sack in 3 of his past 4 & 2 TFL in 2 of his past 3.


LAST WEEK W 31-28 vs. Dallas (OT)

COACH VS. OPP. Matt LaFleur: 1-0

PTS. FOR 18.5


PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 219-337-2,315-17-7-93.0

RUSHING Aaron Jones: 131-738-5.6-2

RECEIVING Allen Lazard: 33-472-14.3-5



SACKS Preston Smith: 3.5

INTs Jaire Alexander: 3

TAKE/GIVE -5 (10/15)

PUNTING (NET) Pat O’Donnell: 44.9 (39.3)

KICKING Mason Crosby: 51 (21/21 PAT; 10/13 FG)

QB AARON RODGERS completed 14 of 20 atts. (70 pct.) & had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 146.7 rating in Week 10. Has 2+ TD passes in 7 of past 8 TNF games & aims for 4th in row on TNF with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Has 3+ TD passes & 125+ rating in 2 career home games vs. Ten. • RB AARON JONES totaled 156 yards (138 rushing, 18 rec.) & rush TD last week. Had 108 scrimmage yards (94 rushing, 14 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home on TNF with rush TD. • RB A.J. DILLON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 9 of his past 10 at home. • WR ALLEN LAZARD has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home & 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 overall. Aims for his 4th in row in primetime with TD catch. • WR CHRISTIAN WATSON led team with 107 rec. yards & 3 TD catches last week & is only rookie with 3 rec. TDs in single game. • LB PRESTON SMITH has sack in 3 of his past 4 in primetime & aims for his 5th in row in primetime with TFL. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had career-high 17 tackles, 2 TFL & 2 FFs in his last game vs. Ten. (9/29/19 w/ Atl.). • LB QUAY WALKER leads all rookies with 10 games with 5+ tackles this season. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 9 tackles & PD in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. • CB RASUL DOUGLAS aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with 5+ tackles. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4.


Quality over quantity.

While stellar defensive play across the league is evident, fans, players and coaches have come to expect Sunday recipes complete with razor-thin margins, fantastic finishes and fourth-quarter drama.

NFL games this season have been separated by an average of only 9.29 points. To put that in context, the last time the league finished a season with a lower average margin of victory was 1932, when the figure was 9.13.

This past week, 12 of 14 games were within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter and there have been 116 games within one score in the fourth quarter this season, the most through the first 10 weeks in NFL history.

The playoffs begin in nine weeks. As the league approaches the third turn on its 2022 track, which teams will separate from the crowded field? Whoever emerges in Week 18, expect plenty of photo finishes along the way.

The Starting 11 entering Week 11…

1.     FÚTBOL AMERICANO: Four of the last six teams to play a regular-season game in Mexico have advanced to the playoffs, and each of the last two teams to win a Mexico game went on to play in the Super Bowl (the 2017 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS and 2019 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS). This week, the NFL returns to Estadio Azteca when SAN FRANCISCO (5-4) battles ARIZONA (4-6) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN).

  • Monday marks the NFL’s fifth regular-season game in Mexico, and 12th overall. In 1978, the league played its first Mexico game, when the Saints beat the Eagles in a preseason contest.On Oct. 2, 2005, the Cardinals beat the 49ers, 31-14, at Estadio Azteca in the NFL’s first regular-season game played outside the United States.And, at a preseason contest on Aug. 15, 1994, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers drew an NFL-record 112,376 at Estadio Azteca.

2.     NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 2,002: Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON is on pace to lead the league with 2,002 receiving yards and break the NFL’s single-season record established by Pro Football Hall of Famer CALVIN JOHNSON, 1,964 in 2012.

  • Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES is on pace to lead the league with 5,546 passing yards and break the NFL’s single-season record established by Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING, 5,477 in 2013.

3.     COMMANDERS OF THE MOUNTAIN: In two of the past three seasons, WASHINGTON has handed the NFL’s last undefeated team its first loss. Washington was the first to defeat 11-0 Pittsburgh in Week 13 of the 2020 season and the first to defeat 8-0 Philadelphia this past Monday night. Now, having won four of their last five, the Commanders (5-5) meet the HOUSTON TEXANS (1-7-1) on Sunday at NRG Stadium (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

4.     SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: Jets defensive tackle QUINNEN WILLIAMS meets Patriots offensive lineman MICHAEL ONWENU in the trenches at Gillette Stadium on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Williams, the AFC’s October Defensive Player of the Month, has already matched his single-season career best with seven sacks. Onwenu, who hasn’t allowed a sack this season and has solidified a reputation as a dominant run-blocker, earned his way onto several mid-season All-Pro teams this past week.

5.     SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: Pass protection figures to be a key factor when DALLAS (6-3) visits MINNESOTA (8-1) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS). The Cowboys’ defense leads the league with 35 sacks, on pace for 66 this season, which would be the most by an NFL team since New Orleans had 66 in 2000. Meanwhile, Vikings linebacker ZA’DARIUS SMITH ranks second in the league and tied for the NFC lead with 9.5 sacks. He’s on pace for 18 sacks this season, which would be the most by a Vikings player since JARED ALLEN had 22 in 2011.

  • The last time the Cowboys met the Vikings at any point in a season and both teams were at least three games above .500 was Nov. 26, 1998, when Minnesota (10-1) traveled to Dallas (8-3). Pro Football Hall of Famers CRIS CARTER and RANDY MOSS, a rookie, combined for 298 receiving yards and four touchdown catches in a 46-36 Vikings win.

6.     STREAK SPEAK: The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-4) have 13 straight wins over the NEW YORK JETS (6-3), whom they host on Sunday at Gillette Stadium (1:00 PM ET, CBS). That’s tied with Kansas City (over Denver) for the NFL’s longest active winning streak by one team over another. The Jets’ last win over the Patriots was Dec. 27, 2015. … Should the Jets break the streak, they’ll be in first place in the AFC East, having won a head-to-head game over Miami (7-3).

7.     DID YOU KNOW?: Each of the BUFFALO BILLS’ three losses this season have been by three points or fewer. The three teams that have defeated Buffalo are a combined 21-7 (.750): Minnesota (8-1), Miami (7-3) and the New York Jets (6-3).

8.     UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: Over the past 16 seasons in which either MIKE SHANAHAN or KYLE SHANAHAN have served as an NFL head coach, their teams have had 15 different leading rushers. With the elder Shanahan as head coach from 2003-13, nine different players led NFL teams over 10 combined seasons (2003-08 with Denver and 2010-13 with Washington). And from 2017-21, San Francisco had a different leading rusher in each of the younger Shanahan’s first five seasons as 49ers head coach. The 49ers could also have their sixth different leading rusher in 2022.

9.     TREND TIME: Under head coach JOHN HARBAUGH, Baltimore is 11-3 (.786) in games immediately after a bye. That’s the second-best record among active coaches (minimum seven games), trailing only ANDY REID (21-3, .875). Fresh off its bye, BALTIMORE (6-3) hosts CAROLINA (3-7) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

10.  THIS WEEK IN NFL HISTORY: Nov. 19, 1922 (100 years ago) – NORB SACKSTEDER, a 5-foot-9, 173-pound back, scores on a 35-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass from LOU SMYTH to give the CANTON BULLDOGS a 7-0 win over the CHICAGO CARDINALS at Comiskey Park. The victory helps Canton move closer to an eventual 1922 NFL championship and extend one of the most impressive streaks in league history, an eventual NFL-record 27 games without defeat. The NFL’s first true powerhouse, the Bulldogs go 24-0-3 over that 27-game stretch in the early 1920s, led by future Pro Football Hall of Fame player-coach GUY CHAMBERLIN.

11.  AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: In 2009, the last time the MINNESOTA VIKINGS were 8-1, they advanced to the NFC Championship Game. In 2016, the last time the GREEN BAY PACKERS were 4-6, they also advanced to the NFC Championship Game.


(All times Eastern)

Thursday, November 17Tennessee at Green BayPrime Video8:15
Sunday, November 20Chicago at AtlantaFOX1:00
Carolina at BaltimoreFOX1:00
Cleveland at BuffaloCBS1:00
Washington at HoustonFOX1:00
Philadelphia at IndianapolisCBS1:00
New York Jets at New EnglandCBS1:00
Los Angeles Rams at New OrleansFOX1:00
Detroit at New York GiantsFOX1:00
Las Vegas at DenverFOX4:05
Dallas at MinnesotaCBS4:25
Cincinnati at PittsburghCBS4:25
Kansas City at Los Angeles ChargersNBC8:20
Monday, November 21San Francisco vs. Arizona (Mexico City)ESPN8:15
Bye week: Jacksonville, Miami, Seattle, Tampa Bay


JUST INCREDIBLE: Last week, Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON recorded a career-high 193 receiving yards and established NFL records for the most games with at least 100 receiving yards (20) and most games with at least 150 receiving yards (seven) by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.

Jefferson, who has 4,076 receiving yards in 42 career games, also tied Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (42 games) and ODELL BECKHAM JR. (42) for the fewest games to reach 4,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.

With at least 88 receiving yards on Sunday against Dallas (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Jefferson would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (4,163 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in their first three seasons in NFL history:

Randy MossHOFMinnesota4,163
Odell Beckham Jr.New York Giants4,122
Justin JeffersonMinnesota4,076*
*In third season

— NFL —

CLASS OF 2018: When BUFFALO (6-3) hosts CLEVELAND (3-6) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), two members of the 2018 NFL Draft class can reach historic milestones in their fifth seasons.

Bills quarterback JOSH ALLEN, the No. 7 overall pick in 2018, has 158 career combined passing and rushing touchdowns (123 passing, 35 rushing) and needs three more to surpass PATRICK MAHOMES (159) and CAM NEWTON (160) for the second-most combined passing and rushing touchdowns by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most combined passing and rushing touchdowns in their first five seasons in NFL history:

Dan MarinoHOFMiami1983-871683171
Cam NewtonCarolina2011-1511743160
Patrick MahomesKansas City2017-211518159
Josh AllenBuffalo2018-2212335158*
*In fifth season

Allen leads the NFL with 3,209 combined passing and rushing yards this season and has recorded at least 300 combined yards in six of his nine games. On Sunday, he can join Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (3,545 in 2013) and ANDREW LUCK (3,532 in 2014) as the only quarterbacks with at least 3,500 combined passing and rushing yards in his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history.

The players with the most combined passing and rushing yards in their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history:

Peyton ManningHOFDenver20133,545
Andrew LuckIndianapolis20143,532
Dak PrescottDallas20193,414
Drew BreesNew Orleans20133,400
Josh AllenBuffalo20223,209*
*In first nine games

Browns running back NICK CHUBB, selected in the second round (No. 35 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft, leads the league with 11 rushing touchdowns and ranks third with 904 rushing yards this season.

With at least 46 rushing yards on Sunday, Chubb would become the third player in NFL history with at least 950 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns in each of his first five career seasons, joining ADRIAN PETERSON and Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON.

— NFL —

QUICK 10K: Since entering the NFL as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Cincinnati quarterback JOE BURROW has 9,834 passing yards in 35 games.

With at least 166 passing yards at Pittsburgh on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Burrow can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (36 games) for the third-fewest games to reach 10,000 career passing yards in NFL history.

The players to record at least 10,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

Patrick MahomesKansas City34
Justin HerbertLos Angeles Chargers35
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis Rams36
Matthew StaffordDetroit37
Joe BurrowCincinnati35*
*Has 9,834 passing yards

— NFL —

BEAR GROUND: Last week, the CHICAGO BEARS became the first team in NFL history to rush for at least 225 yards in five consecutive games and the second team with at least 2,000 rushing yards (2,017) in their first 10 games of a season since 1980, joining the 2019 BALTIMORE RAVENS (2,031).

Against Atlanta on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), the Bears can become the third team since 1950 to rush for at least 200 yards in six consecutive games within a season, joining the 1972 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (seven consecutive games) and 1951 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (six).

The teams with the most consecutive games with at least 200 rushing yards within a season since 1950:

Pittsburgh Steelers19727
San Francisco 49ers19516
Chicago Bears20225*
Pittsburgh Steelers19765
Miami Dolphins19755
Buffalo Bills19735
Chicago Bears19565
*Active streak

Chicago has recorded consecutive games with at least 250 rushing yards and can become the fourth team in the Super Bowl era and first since 1976 with at least 250 rushing yards in three consecutive games.

The teams with the most consecutive games with at least 250 rushing yards since 1966:

Pittsburgh Steelers19763 (Weeks 8-10)
Buffalo Bills19763 (Weeks 12-14)
Buffalo Bills19753 (Weeks 1-3)
Chicago Bears20222* (Weeks 9-10)
*Active streak

Quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS, who rushed for a quarterback regular-season single-game NFL record 178 yards in Week 9 and 147 rushing yards in Week 10, became the first quarterback since TOBIN ROTE (Weeks 8-9, 1951) with at least 125 rushing yards in consecutive games. No quarterback in NFL history has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in three consecutive games.

Fields can join KYLER MURRAY (five consecutive games in 2020) as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown in five consecutive games, and become the third quarterback, along with Murray and CAM NEWTON (five consecutive games in 2021), to record a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games in the Super Bowl era.

— NFL —

FLYING TO THE BALL: Philadelphia safety C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON leads the NFL with a career-high six interceptions this season and has recorded an interception in each of his past five games.

With an interception at Indianapolis on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), he can become the ninth player since 1970 and the fourth since 1990 with an interception in six consecutive games.

The players with an interception in the most consecutive games since 1970:

Trevon DiggsDallas6 (9/9/21 – 10/17-21)
Brian RussellMinnesota6 (9/7/03 – 10/19/03)
Doug EvansCarolina6 (9/23/01 – 10/28/01)
Barry WilburnWashington6 (9/13/87 – 11/15/87)
Lester HayesOakland Raiders6 (10/26/80 – 12/1/80)
Eric HarrisKansas City6 (10/19/80 – 11/23/80)
Lemar ParrishWashington6 (12/16/78 – 9/30/79)
Mel BlountHOFPittsburgh6 (11/2/75 – 12/7/75)
C.J. Gardner-JohnsonPhiladelphia5* (10/9/22 – 11/14/22)
*Active streak

 — NFL —

HOUSTON, WE HAVE SACKS: Baltimore linebacker JUSTIN HOUSTON ranks tied for fourth in the NFL with 8.5 sacks this season and has recorded at least two sacks in each of his past three games. Among active players, he ranks third with 110.5 career sacks.

With at least two sacks against Carolina on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Houston can become the fourth player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, with at least two sacks in four consecutive games.

The players with at least two sacks in the most consecutive games since 1982:

Simeon RiceTampa Bay5 (10/27/02 – 12/1/02)
Kevin GreeneHOFSan Francisco, Carolina5 (12/21/97-10/4/98)
Reggie WhiteHOFPhiladelphia4 (11/15/87 – 12/6/87)
Justin HoustonBaltimore3* (10/23/22 – 11/7/22)
*Active streak


Running back JONATHAN TAYLOR of the Indianapolis Colts, linebacker ALEX HIGHSMITH of the Pittsburgh Steelers and punter RYAN STONEHOUSE of the Tennessee Titans are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 10 (November 10, 13-14).


  • Taylor rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 22 attempts (6.7 average) in Indianapolis’ 25-20 road win over Las Vegas. He also added 16 receiving yards on two receptions. Taylor’s 147 rushing yards were the most in the AFC in Week 10.

  • Taylor’s 66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give the Colts the lead was tied for the longest scoring play from scrimmage in the AFC last week.

  • This is the second-career Offensive Player of the Week award for Taylor (Week 11, 2021) and first this season.

  • He is the fifth Colts running back to win the award multiple times, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Edgerrin James, Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk, as well as Joseph Addai.


  • Highsmith recorded five tackles, two sacks, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble in Pittsburgh’s 20-10 victory over New Orleans. He was the only player in the AFC with two sacks in Week 10.    

  • This is the first-career Defensive Player of the Week award for Highsmith. He is the second Steeler to win the award this season, joining safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (Week 1).

  • Highsmith is the first-ever former Charlotte 49er win a Defensive Player of the Week award.


  • Stonehouse recorded eight punts with an average of 54 yards (47.3 net) and pinned three inside the 10-yard line in the Titans’ 17-10 win over Denver. His three punts inside the 10 tied for the most by a player in a single game this season.

  • This is Stonehouse’s first-career Special Teams Player of the Week award and he becomes the first-ever Tennessee rookie punter to earn the honor.

  • Stonehouse becomes the first player from Colorado State to ever win Special Teams Player of the Week.


Wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON of the Minnesota Vikings, linebacker DEVIN WHITE of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and kicker JOEY SLYE of the Washington Commanders are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 10 (November 10, 13-14).


  • Jefferson recorded 10 receptions for a career-high 193 receiving yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s thrilling overtime victory over Buffalo. It marked the most receiving yards by any player in the league in Week 10 and included a key, 32-yard acrobatic reception on fourth-and-18 with two minutes remaining in regulation.

  • This is the second-career Offensive Player of the Week award for Jefferson, also earning the honor in Week 11 of the 2021 season. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Randy Moss as the only Vikings wide receivers to win the award multiple times.

  • He joins former college teammate Ja’Marr Chase as the only LSU wide receivers to win the award twice.  


  • White totaled nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in Tampa Bay’s victory over Seattle in the first-ever NFL regular-season game in Germany. He was the only player in the NFC to record two sacks and a forced fumble in Week 10.    

  • This is the third-career Defensive Player of the Week for White and first this season:
    • 2020: Weeks 7, 15
    • 2022: Week 10
  • He becomes the third Tampa Bay linebacker to earn the honor at least three times, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks (six-time winner) and Hardy Nickerson (three-time winner).


  • Slye converted all four of his field goal attempts in Washington’s victory over Philadelphia on Monday Night Football, connecting from 32, 44, 55 and a career-long 58 yards. He also converted both of his extra point attempts to account for 14 points, the most of any kicker in Week 10. Slye was also the only kicker to convert on multiple field goals from over 50 yards this week.

  • This is Slye’s second-career Special Teams Player of the Week award, also earning the honor as a rookie in Week 4 of the 2019 season with Carolina. He is the first Washington kicker to win since Dustin Hopkins (Week 13, 2020).
  • He is the fourth former Virginia Tech Hokie to win Special Teams Player of the Week multiple times, joining Andre Davis, Vaughn Hebron and Eddie Royal.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was missing his top three wide receivers in practice Wednesday because of injuries and illness, and the situation might not be a whole lot better when Kansas City visits the Chargers this weekend.

JuJu Smith-Schuster remained in the concussion protocol after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jacksonville safety Andre Cisco in last Sunday’s win over the Jaguars.

Smith-Schuster remained on the turf for several minutes before he was helped to his feet and off the field with help from teammates, and it’s unlikely he will be cleared to play any time soon.

The Chiefs were also missing Mecole Hardman, who missed the 27-17 win over the Jaguars with an abdominal injury, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who was dealing with an illness that popped up over the past couple of days.

That left Mahomes with backup Justin Watson, rookie Skyy Moore, newcomer Kadarius Toney and special teams standout Marcus Kemp to catch passes as the Chiefs prepared for their visit to Los Angeles on Sunday night.

“We just put guys in position to succeed. For me, it’s about executing the offense, finding the open guy, getting the ball out of my hands and letting them make plays,” Mahomes said. “We’ve seen these guys in big moments. Hopefully we get guys back later in the week, but if not, we’ll be ready to roll out there.”

Yet the trio of missing wide receivers were each in the midst of their best stretches this season.

Smith-Schuster had five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown against the Bills, seven for 124 and a score against the 49ers and 10 for 88 yards against the Titans.

And he had a couple of catches early on against Jacksonville before the pass over the middle set him up for Cisco, whose shoulder and helmet hit Smith-Schuster in the head.

“We’ll just take him day by day. We’ll be cautious with him,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, adding that he had not heard from the NFL about the hit. “We’re not going to do anything that you shouldn’t do according to what the data shows.”

Hardman, in the midst of a contract year, had scored in three straight games with five touchdowns total over that span before missing last week’s game against Jacksonville. He was targeted a season-high nine times against Tennessee.

Valdes-Scantling had three catches for 60 yards and his first TD with the Chiefs last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Moore has just seven catches for 106 yards. Watson has seven for 113 yards and two scores. And Toney has played 37 snaps total during his Kansas City career, though his performance against the Jaguars was encouraging.

Toney had four catches for 57 yards and his first NFL touchdown while adding 33 yards on the ground.

“I wasn’t surprised by him making the plays,” Mahomes said, “but us being able to move him around as much as we have. It’s a testament to him. He’s gotten in here, he’s learned multiple positions, we’ve moved him around – he’s not in one spot.

“We’re going to keep giving him more and more, and get him more and more involved in this offense, because it will make us better as the season goes on.”

Especially if the Chiefs are missing two or three of their other wide receivers.

NOTES: DE Frank Clark returned to the team after serving his two-game suspension for violating NFL rules. … RT Andrew Wylie had positive results from an MRI on his sprained elbow. He practiced Wednesday with a brace and should be available Sunday. … The turf inside SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles has been in the crosshairs after a series of injuries with many players telling the NFL that games must be played on natural grass. Though SoFi was not specifically mentioned by the NFLPA last weekend. Reid is in the same camp, saying: “I’ve listened to all the studies – density studies. I’ve seen the different compounds they’ve put in there. I still like grass.”


PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles placed tight end Dallas Goedert on injured reserve with a shoulder injury Wednesday and signed veteran defensive tackle Linval Joseph.

Goedert was injured in Philadelphia’s 32-21 loss to the Washington Commanders on Monday night. The 27-year-old Goedert has 43 receptions for 544 yards and three touchdowns. Goedert will miss at least the Eagles’ next four games, starting Sunday at Indianapolis. He can return in Week 15 against Chicago.

The Eagles started 8-0 for the first time in franchise history before they lost to the Commanders.

“That stinks for us as a team, stinks for Dallas,” coach Nick Sirianni said Wednesday. “So how do we replace him? You can’t, right? You have to do it by committee. You have tight ends that are there that we have a lot of faith in in this building; it’ll start with them.”

Second-year tight end Jack Stoll should get more playing time and third-string rookie Grant Calcaterra could also get more snaps.

“Super bummed about Dallas because of how important he is to the football team and the offense, but excited for those guys to get an opportunity to do a little bit more,” Sirianni said.

The Eagles also placed defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu on IR, which opened the door to sign Joseph. The 34-year-old was a second-round pick by the New York Giants in 2010. A two-time Pro Bowl pick, Joseph has 25 career sacks in 162 games.

“There have been a lot of guys who have had experience with him, and we think he’s the right type of guy for the locker room,” Sirianni said. “We think he’s still a heck of a football player and he’s going to be able to help us.”


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Quarterback Matthew Stafford is expected to play for the Los Angeles Rams this weekend after missing one game in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Stafford participated fully in practice with the Rams on Wednesday, and the Super Bowl-winning veteran is on track to come out of the protocol in time to face the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday, coach Sean McVay said.

Stafford sat out of the Rams’ 27-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. He entered the protocol two days after the previous week’s loss at Tampa Bay, but McVay has been unable to confirm whether Stafford actually had a concussion.

Stafford is still going through the necessary steps to be cleared from the protocol by Friday, but McVay is proceeding under the assumption Stafford will be ready to retake charge of the Rams’ struggling offense, which will be without injured All-Pro receiver Cooper Kupp for at least the next four weeks.

“I think it’s just following the necessary steps to be fully clear,” McVay said. “That’s always been the priority is the person, the safety and the health. But if he is fully cleared and he is finally feel good about that, I know he’s (eager) to be out there with his guys.”

Stafford has completed a career-best 68.4% of his passes this season for 1,928 yards with eight TDs and eight interceptions. If he returns, he will be without his favorite target in Kupp, who needed surgery on a high ankle sprain incurred late in the Rams’ loss to Cardinals.

John Wolford, who started in Stafford’s place last weekend, missed practice Wednesday with a reoccurrence of his stiff neck. Los Angeles’ season-long offensive struggles continued with Wolford behind center.

The Rams (3-6) managed just 256 total yards in their third straight defeat, and Wolford went 24 of 36 for 212 yards with one interception and a sole touchdown throw to Van Jefferson with 7 seconds to play.

Los Angeles also has even more upheaval on its offensive line, which will start its 10th different combination in 10 games Sunday after losing left tackle Alaric Jackson and right guard Chandler Brewer to injured reserve.

Center Brian Allen missed practice with a thumb injury on top of his balky knee, and McVay is unsure whether he’ll be ready to play. Coleman Shelton, who only returned from a five-week absence with a high ankle sprain last weekend, will move over again from guard to fill in at center if Allen can’t play.

Left guard David Edwards did return to practice for the first time since going into the concussion protocol after the Rams’ loss to Dallas early last month.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) A judge has dismissed former NFL kicker Josh Lambo’s lawsuit against the Jacksonville Jaguars in which Lambo sought back pay and damages for emotional distress caused by former head coach Urban Meyer.

Judge Gilbert Feltel Jr., of the Florida 4th Circuit Court in Duval County, dismissed the suit without prejudice on Nov. 8. He gave Lambo 21 days to amend and refile the complaint. Lambo’s attorney, Betsy Brown, said Wednesday she intends to do so.

The Jaguars filed a motion to dismiss in July, arguing that Lambo’s filing did not fall under the Florida Whistleblower Act. The team said Lambo was not a whistleblower or a victim of retaliation, adding that he was released because of “his unsatisfactory performance on the football field.”

The team also argued that while Lambo’s suit alleges wrongdoing on Meyer’s part, it fails to show Meyer’s actions were committed within the scope of his employment or ratified by the team.

Lambo sued the Jaguars in May, claiming Meyer and the team created a hostile work environment. According to the lawsuit, Lambo says his performance suffered as a result of being kicked and verbally abused by Meyer.

Lambo had been seeking a jury trial and back pay owed from his 2021 salary ($3.5 million) with interest as well as “compensation for any special damages sustained as emotional stress and reputational harm and litigation fees,” among other costs.

The Jaguars fired Meyer on Dec. 15, 2021, hours after a Florida newspaper reported Meyer had kicked Lambo during a practice months earlier. Meyer was fired with cause, although the team insists Lambo’s accusation had nothing to do with owner Shad Khan’s decision to end one of the most tumultuous coaching tenures in NFL history.

Since Lambo reported the kicking incident to the Jaguars’ legal counsel, the lawsuit alleges his subsequent release violated Florida’s Whistleblower Act.

Lambo, one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, missed a field goal in each of Jacksonville’s first two preseason games in 2021. In a practice before the final exhibition game at Dallas in August, Lambo says he was stretching when Meyer approached him, kicked him in the leg and said, “Hey (expletive), make your (expletive) kicks!”

Lambo says he told Meyer to never strike him again, but Meyer responded with, “I’m the head ball coach. I’ll kick you whenever the (expletive) I want.”

The Jaguars released Lambo in October, two days after Matt Wright made two 50-plus-yard field goals to beat Miami in London and end the franchise’s 20-game losing streak.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Tyrese Hunter seemed to be getting farther and farther away every time he let another 3-pointer fly.

No distance seemed out of his range.

Hunter scored 26 points and a led a 3-point shooting spree that pushed No. 11 Texas to a dominant 93-74 win over No. 2 Gonzaga on Wednesday night.

Hunter, last season’s Big 12 freshman of the year at Iowa State, was 9-of-14 shooting and made five of Texas’ 13 3-pointers. He made three from long range in the opening minutes of the second half as the Longhorns seized control.

“Big shout-out to my teammates for finding me. I don’t think I got one of them off the dribble,” Hunter said.

Gonzaga couldn’t push Hunter far enough away from the basket.

“They hit a lot of deep, deep 3’s,” Bulldogs coach Mark Few said. “We knew he could shoot them, but not from 30 feet or whatever. He was feeling it.”

Texas was 3 of 22 from long range in its previous game against Houston Christian.

Defensively, Texas (3-0) shut down All-American forward Drew Timme for long stretches and rendered him mostly ineffective when the game was still close. Two of his first four shots were airballs against switching double-team defenses.

Marcus Carr added 16 points for Texas. Timme led Gonzaga (2-1) with 18 points.

Texas held Gonzaga to a single basket over the final five minutes of the first half and stretched a tight game into a 10-point halftime lead behind a rare scoring burst from defensive specialist Brock Cunningham. He made a 3-pointer and a reverse layup before tipping away a pass to Timme for his own layup that made it 47-37.

Texas broke it open with the flurry of 3-pointers to start the second half. Hunter struck first, then Dylan Disu was left wide open for another. Hunter then made two more before converting a three-point play on a steal and layup that pushed the Texas lead to 20.

“I’m pretty sure a lot of people were watching the game, saw who we are and what we’re about,” Hunter said.


Gonzaga: The Bulldogs shot pretty well (49% overall with nine 3-pointers) but have a turnover problem. They finished with 20 turnovers, one game after they gave the ball away 18 times in a tight win over Michigan State on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. The Longhorns turned those turnovers into 27 points. Point guard Nolan Hickman had four turnovers and two assists.

“Some of it was us, but a lot of it was their pressure,” Few said. “We can’t function if we turn the ball over like that.”

Texas: Disu was a big part of Texas’ ability to lock down Timme from the jump. At 6-foot-9, he’s the tallest Longhorn and a nagging leg injury kept him off the court for much of last season. His physical play around the rim will be key for a team that lacks overall size. He scored 12 points and hit two 3-pointers with his soft shooting touch, giving the Longhorns a critical piece on both ends of the court.

“He had great poise against a great player in Timme,” Texas coach Chris Beard said.


Texas doesn’t play again until next week’s rankings come out and the Longhorns can expect to make a big jump.


All those turnovers have the Longhorns running a lot. Texas has outscored its first three opponents 55-3 on the fast break.


Gonzaga continues its rough early-season schedule with a home matchup against No. 4 Kentucky on Sunday.

Texas plays Northern Arizona in Edinburg, Texas on Nov. 21.


ATLANTA (AP) The Boston Celtics were missing two key members of their rotation.

There was no shortage of players to fill the void.

Jaylen Brown scored 22 points to lead a balanced attack and the East-leading Celtics stretched their winning streak to eight with a 126-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

The Celtics were missing injured guards Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon. It hardly mattered.

Led by Brown, the Celtics put seven players in double figures. Jayson Tatum had 19, Grant Williams 18, Derrick White 16, Sam Hauser and Luke Kornet 15 apiece, and Payton Pritchard 14.

White also had 10 assists, Kornet went 7 of 7 from the field, and Hauser did all his scoring on a 5-of-6 performance from 3-point range.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who can do a lot of things to help us win games,” White said. “We trust every person on this roster. When they come in, they do good things for us. It’s a long season, there’s gonna be injuries, people out. We’re gonna need everybody.”

The Hawks were coming off a big win at Milwaukee and eager to show they could challenge the best in the conference.

Not on this night.

Boston took control in the first quarter against the cold-shooting Hawks, whose occasional spurts were quickly snuffed out by the Celtics’ stifling defense.

Trae Young led the Hawks with 27 points, but was held to 10-of-23 shooting, including a mere 2 of 7 from beyond the arc.

Shooting has been a problem for the Hawks early in the season – quite a change from their high-scoring offense of a year ago.

“We thinking about it too much,” Young said. “It’s just a matter of going out there and playing, playing free, getting back to playing with confidence.”

Even without two key members of their rotation, the Celtics shot 54.5% from the field and knocked down 21 3-pointers.

Since a loss to Golden State in last season’s NBA Finals, Boston’s backups have been eager to make up for a poor showing by the bench and a perceived lack of depth.

“It gets a little fire going,” Hauser said. “Everyone has kind of taken it personal a little bit.”

The Hawks got a glimpse of what this game would be like in the very first quarter. They connected on just 8 of 24 shots, missing all six of their attempts beyond the 3-point stripe, and quickly fell into a double-digit hole.

The Celtics led by as many as 16 points before the Hawks shaved into the deficit, trailing 62-53 at halftime. But Boston regained control in the third quarter and turned it into a total blowout down the stretch.


White, who was traded from San Antonio to the Celtics last February, got his first chance to go against former teammate Dejounte Murray.

The Hawks acquired Murray from the rebuilding Spurs over the summer. He had 19 points against the Celtics.

“I’ve got a lot of love for him,” White said. “I know he’s an ultimate competitor. I wanted to compete right back him.”


Celtics: Brogdon missed his fourth straight game with an ailing right hamstring, while Smart was ruled out with right ankle inflammation. … Former Hawks C Al Horford led the Celtics with 11 rebounds.

Hawks: Young made his 294th career start, tying Paul Millsap for 17th on the franchise career list. … Atlanta was held to 18 points in the first quarter, its second-lowest output in a period this season. The Hawks managed only 17 points in the second quarter of a Nov. 10 game against Philadelphia.


Celtics: At New Orleans on Friday night.

Hawks: At Toronto on Saturday night.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) CJ McCollum scored 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 22 and the New Orleans Pelicans won their second straight game without Zion Williamson in the lineup, beating the Chicago Bulls 124-110 on Wednesday night.

Trey Murphy III hit five 3s and finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, and the Pelicans combined to make 17 3-pointers en route to their third straight win overall, and fourth in five games.

“We’ve been doing a better job spacing, a better job of sharing the ball,” McCollum said. “Shooting more 3s, I think that’s the difference, getting quality looks.”

DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points and Zach LaVine had 25 for Chicago. The Bulls have dropped three straight, starting with their home loss to New Orleans on Nov. 9.

With Williamson watching from the bench with a bruised right foot, New Orleans opened a lead as large as 26 points when Naji Marshall’s 3 made it 108-82 with 8:10 left in the fourth quarter.

The Bulls didn’t miss a shot attempt for about seven minutes, hitting nine straight, but could not get closer than 14 at 119-105 on DeRozan’s driving dunk.

Murphy, who also had three steals, finished 5 of 6 from deep, hitting one shot from 33 feet out.

“If you watch my warm-up pre game I shoot from around those areas because a lot of times I’m not getting 3s on the line,” Murphy said. “In all honesty, I don’t even see where the line is during the game. I just see like, an open shot.”

Murphy also completed a transition dunk over Nikola Vucevic, added a putback dunk and had three steals.

“The athleticism is something that he’s getting used to showing and displaying,” McCollum said. “He’s been very, very good for us and has showed a lot of growth.”

Brandon Ingram missed 11 of 15 shots but still had 16 points and nine assists. Jose Alvarado made 6 of 7 shots and had 13 points.

The Pelicans hit 10 of 19 3-point shots in the first half, including four makes from deep by Murphy, and led 58-53 at halftime


Bulls: Shot 11 of 17 from on free throws, marking the first time in 14 games Chicago shot below 80% from the free-throw line. … Vucevic finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. … Alex Caruso had 13 points in a reserve role. … Shot 11 of 32 from 3.

Pelicans: Coach Willie Green said Williamson remains day to day and could return to action before New Orleans’ homestand ends on Monday night against Golden State. … New Orleans (9-6) is three games above .500 for the first time since Nov. 19, 2018. … Shot better from 3-point range (51.5%) than from inside the arc (26 of 52, or 50%).


Valanciunas joked that Murphy, a 2021 first-round draft pick out of Virginia, did not deserve congratulations for his maiden NBA double-double because “he was stealing my rebounds.”

“He’s improved bigtime,” Valanciunas said on a more serious note. “He’s working hard. In the gym all the time – talented, humble.” … He is a good teammate. He comes to dinner with me.”

Asked if he regretted “stealing” rebounds from Valanciunas, Murphy said, “Absolutely not, and I’ll steal it again.”


Murphy, who had 13 points in a victory over Memphis on Tuesday night, said he wanted to dedicate his past two games to “my friends at Virginia that were killed in the last few days.”

Noting that one of the victims, football player Lavel Davis Jr., was a friend of his, he added, “Really sad to see him go. He’s a special guy. So please keep their families in your prayers.”

Fellow Virginia football players D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandlers also were killed Sunday night in the on-campus shooting, allegedly committed by fellow student and former Cavaliers football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr.


Bulls: Host Orlando on Friday night.

Pelicans: Host Boston on Friday night.


MILWAUKEE (AP) Brook Lopez understands that playing alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to create plenty of open looks.

His improved 3-point shooting is helping the Milwaukee Bucks’ 7-foot center capitalize more than ever.

Lopez shot 7 for 9 from 3-point range and scored 29 points as the Bucks beat the skidding Cleveland Cavaliers 113-98 on Wednesday night.

“Obviously Giannis is so good, he’s going to draw so much attention,” Lopez said. “The rest of us just have to be ready when we’re open. We’re going to be open a lot because they load up so much, every team loads up so much. You’ve just got to be ready to be open, catch it and shoot it.”

Lopez has gone 35 of 90 from 3-point range through the first 14 games of the season. He’s shooting 38.9% from beyond the arc and making 2.5 3-pointers per game, putting him on pace to set career highs in both categories.

The Cavaliers have lost five straight games since racing to an 8-1 start that included eight straight wins.

“Honestly, we’ve got kind of a fat-cat mentality,” Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “We went out and won eight games in a row,. Everyone was giving us love and praising us and we got really comfortable.”

Antetokounmpo had 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Bucks. Jordan Nwora had a season-high 21 points to help the Bucks outscore the Cavaliers 45-20 in bench points.

Lopez was one off his career high in 3-pointers. The 7-footer made eight 3-pointers against Miami on Nov. 11, 2018.

Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland each had 23 points and Evan Mobley added 20 for the Cavaliers.

Mitchell returned after sitting out one game with a strained right ankle, but the Cavaliers played a second straight game without Jarrett Allen due to a non-COVID illness. Without their All-Star center on the floor, the Cavaliers were outrebounded 52-34 and outscored 21-6 in second-chance points.

“We’re not playing winning basketball right now,” Bickerstaff said. “It’s that simple. We have a formula in place that allows us or will allow us to be successful. Holding each other to that (standard) is what we have to do. Right now we are not.”

Milwaukee was missing Jrue Holiday (sprained right ankle), Grayson Allen (sprained right ankle) and Wesley Matthews (strained right hamstring). This is the fourth straight game Holiday has missed.

The Bucks already are without Khris Middleton (wrist), Pat Connaughton (calf) and Joe Ingles (knee), who have yet to make their season debuts.

Bobby Portis had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks. Jevon Carter added 11 points and eight assists.


Cavaliers: Swingman Dylan Windler will miss about four to six more weeks after undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection on his sprained right ankle. The ankle injury has caused Windler to play just one game this season.

Bucks: Connaughton was listed as probable on the initial injury report, but was held out. The 29-year-old guard hasn’t played this season due to strained right calf. … The Bucks went with a super-sized starting lineup that included a frontcourt of the 6-11, Antetokounmpo, the 7-foot Lopez and the 6-11 Portis. … A.J. Green returned from a nasal fracture to play his second game of the season and first since Oct. 22.


Cavaliers: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday to begin a four-game homestand.

Bucks: At Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Bucks opened the season by winning 90-88 at Philadelphia on Oct. 20.


PHOENIX (AP) Devin Booker stepped back for a 3-pointer in the closing minute of the third quarter as Golden State’s Stephen Curry gamely tried to stay with him, putting a hand in his face. Booker made the shot anyway as a frustrated Curry dropped his head.

No matter how many points the Warriors superstar scored, the Suns came right back with an answer.

Cameron Payne had a career-high 29 points, Booker added 27 and Phoenix easily overcame Curry’s 50-point night to beat Golden State 130-119 on Wednesday. All five Suns starters scored in double figures.

“It’s important to have a team,” Booker said about the balanced production. “That gives you longevity and will get us through a season.”

The Suns controlled most of the game despite Curry’s scoring. The eight-time All-Star made 17 of 28 shots, going 7 of 11 from 3-point range.

The problem for the Warriors was nobody else was helping. Klay Thompson finished with 19 points but shot just 6 of 17. The Warriors – defending NBA champs – fell to 6-9 for the season.

“I think for right now, we are just scattered,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s a pickup game. It’s a pickup game out there.”

Curry’s scoring prowess is expected, but it was countered by one of the best games of Payne’s career. Starting in place of the injured Chris Paul, the 6-foot-3 guard made 9 of 17 shots, including 6 of 10 from beyond the arc.

Coach Monty Williams praised Payne’s play but also criticized the guard’s late-game decisions, including picking up a flagrant foul.

“Cam can score the ball and he had seven assists to go with it,” Williams said. “But in closing moments, he has to be better. We don’t need all that silliness at the end of games.”

The Suns led 103-89 going into the fourth quarter. The Warriors quickly cut into that margin but couldn’t get closer than eight points. Damion Lee hit back-to-back 3-pointers against his former team to keep the Suns comfortably ahead.

The Suns shot 21 of 40 (52.5%) from 3-point range and had 33 assists. Mikal Bridges had 23 points and a career-high nine assists. Torrey Craig added 13 points and 10 rebounds.


It was a frenetic first half with both teams shooting very well – particularly behind the arc. The Suns led 72-65 at the break, with Curry scoring 31 points. Payne had 18 for the Suns and Booker had 16.

Curry was at his best in the first half, making 10 of 13 shots from the field, including 4 of 5 3-pointers. The two-time MVP came into the game averaging about 31 points per game and hit that mark with a free throw near the end of the second quarter.

“Steph is going to have Steph moments,” Williams said.

The Warriors were basically at full strength while the Suns were missing two injured starters – Paul and Cam Johnson – and a key reserve in Landry Shamet.

The two teams were playing again a little more than three weeks after the Suns beat the Warriors by nearly 30 points. That game was notable for seven technical fouls and a verbal spat between Booker and Thompson that eventually resulted in Thompson’s first career ejection.


Warriors: Kevon Looney scored 10 points in the first half on 5 of 5 shooting. … Curry was called for a technical in the third quarter. … Curry passed Mitch Richmond for 49th on the NBA career scoring list.

Suns: Paul (right heel soreness), Shamet (concussion) and Johnson (right meniscus tear) didn’t play. … Debuted special blue City Edition uniforms as part of a night to honor Arizona’s Tribal Nations. … The team was called for a technical foul in the first half after getting called for two delay of games. … Hosted their 34th consecutive sellout crowd.


Warriors: Host New York on Friday night.

Suns: At Utah on Friday night.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Anton Forsberg made 29 saves and the Ottawa Senators snapped a five-game home losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

Alex DeBrincat, Austin Watson, Brady Tkachuk scored for the Senators, and Tim Stutzle added an empty-net goal.

“It brings a lot of confidence,” Forsberg said. “The points haven’t gone our way so far so we have to keep building on it, trust the process and trust our game and stick with it no matter what happens and just keep on working.”

Tage Thompson scored for the Sabres, who lost their seventh straight game.

Eric Comrie started in net for Buffalo, but was unable to finish the game after stopping 22 of 24 shots. Craig Anderson, the longtime former Senators goaltender, came in midway through the second period and finished with 14 saves.

“I just tried not to be emotional,” Anderson said. “I spent a lot of time here, and seeing some of the memories, it was nice to kind of flash back on. It’s in the past. I definitely enjoyed it.”

With a combined 14 minor penalties, it was difficult for either team to generate any real momentum.

Ottawa took five penalties in the first period, but still managed to take a 1-0 lead into the break on Watson’s 50th career goal.

“I don’t think I’ve ever killed so many penalties in the first two periods of a game . but credit to our penalty killers starting with (Forsberg), who made some awesome saves,” Watson said. “Killing a couple off there early kind of gave us our mojo a little bit on the kill.

“That special teams battle is often times the difference in the game.”

The Sabres went 1 for 8 with the man advantage and had a total of six shots on the power play.

“Our power play didn’t look good tonight,” Sabres coach Don Granato said. “Even after the entry, we hurried things, we forced things, we went individual too quickly. That’s something we have to take a quick look at.”

Trailing 2-1 to start the third, Buffalo pushed for the equalizer with JJ Peterka hitting the crossbar early in the period. But, DeBrincat made it 3-1 at 14:21 into the period with his fifth of the season.

With plenty of missed chances, Buffalo knows it needs to keep things simple and not get up in the losses as the team tries to turn things around.

“I think we’re gripping the stick too much,” defenseman Rasmus Dahlin said. “We have our chances, but we can’t really execute right now. We need more swagger to our game. I don’t know how many chances, but we had a ton today.”

After going 0 for 5 on the power play in the first period, the Sabres capitalized and scored their sixth power play to tie the game 1-1. Thompson fired a shot from the faceoff circle for his team-leading 12th goal of the season 6:41 into the second.

The Senators regained the lead just over three minutes later when Tkachuk put a backhanded shot past Comrie on the power play.

Moments before the goal, Comrie had a collision with Ottawa’s Mathieu Joseph. He remained in goal, but was eventually replaced by Anderson.


It was Craig Anderson’s first time back at Canadian Tire Centre since leaving as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. Anderson holds the Senators franchise record for most regular-season wins (202) and games played (435) by a goaltender.


Buffalo: At Toronto on Saturday in the second game of a three-game trip.

Ottawa: Host New Jersey Devils on Saturday in the finale of a three-game homestand.


CHICAGO (AP) The St. Louis Blues are feeling good again after one rough losing streak.

“It was only a matter of time,” defenseman Nick Leddy said.

Ryan O’Reilly and Jordan Kyrou each had a goal and an assist, and St. Louis beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Wednesday night for its fourth straight victory.

Calle Rosen, Tyler Pitlick and Ivan Barbashev also scored as St. Louis closed out a perfect three-game trip that included victories against Vegas and Colorado. Jordan Binnington made 25 saves.

The win streak for the Blues (7-8-0) comes in the wake of an ugly eight-game slide, when they were outscored 38-12.

“We didn’t play well, gave up a lot of goals in that tough stretch,” Barbashev said. “But right now, it feels like it’s getting back to normal.”

Andreas Athanasiou scored twice for Chicago, and Arvid Soderblom made 30 stops. The Blackhawks (6-7-3) lost for the fourth time in five games.

“Anytime we had a bit of a mishap in the (defensive) zone or mess up on a 2-on-1 or give up a chance on our power play, then they buried it on us,” coach Luke Richardson said. “And that’s where we got to get a little better, to take advantage of the chances that we do get.”

The teams combined for five goals during a wild second period.

After O’Reilly intercepted a Patrick Kane pass and knocked in his own rebound for a short-handed goal, Athanasiou responded with a power-play goal for his fifth of the season.

Pitlick then made it 4-2 when he beat Soderblom from the low right circle off a nice setup by Nikita Alexandrov at 11:37.

Kyrou helped St. Louis put it away when he sent Barbashev in on Soderblom for a mini-breakaway in the third period. Barbashev finished the drive with a slick move for his third goal, making it 5-2 at 6:55 and delighting the Blues moms in attendance as part of a team-organized trip.

“Usually not really good on the breakaways, but this one went in,” Barbashev said.

St. Louis used a strong start to improve to 5-0-0 when leading after two periods.

Rosen got the Blues on the board when his shot from the high slot went off Blackhawks defenseman Alec Regula and into the net 14:09 into the first. Kyrou made it 2-0 with his sixth of the season 5:12 into the second.


Richardson said Seth Jones is “pretty much on schedule” in his recovery from a broken right thumb. The team’s top defenseman got hurt when he was struck by a shot during an overtime loss at Buffalo on Oct. 29.

“I think he’s still having some discomfort with that hand, hard passes and vibration, which is normal, so he’s just getting his conditioning in right now,” Richardson said. “We’re not going to aggravate that too much, we’re just going to let that heal for another week, 10 days before they do another X-ray.”


Blues defenseman Colton Parayko was scratched with an unspecified injury, putting Tyler Tucker in the lineup for his NHL debut. … Chicago forward Jason Dickinson returned to the lineup after missing two games because of an illness.


Blues: Host the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Blackhawks: At the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Trevor Moore had a hat trick and the Los Angeles Kings beat the struggling Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Viktor Arvidsson assisted on all three goals for the Kings, who have won five of their last six games. Cal Petersen stopped 22 shots.

Zach Hyman scored for the Oilers, who have lost five of their last seven games. Stuart Skinner made 29 saves.

The Kings opened the scoring 4:23 into the first period when Moore unleashed a long shot that beat Skinner on the stick side.

Edmonton came close to countering midway through the first period when Connor McDavid made a one-handed play to lift the puck over Petersen, but Arvidsson managed to bat the puck away.

The Kings outshot the Oilers 13-6 in the first period.

Edmonton tied the game at 1 at 12:47 into the second when Ryan Murray intercepted a clearing attempt and sent a pass to Hyman, who beat Petersen with a backhand shot for his eighth goal of the season.

Los Angeles regained its lead with just under three minutes to play in the second as Arvidsson sent a pass across to Moore, who fired a shot that went off Skinner’s arm and into the net just as a penalty on McDavid expired.

Moore was able to complete the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 57 seconds to play. It was his fifth goal of the season.

Oilers forwards Leon Draisaitl and McDavid were held off the scoresheet, ending their point streaks at 11 and 10 games, respectively.

NOTES: It was the first meeting between the teams since the first round of last season’s playoffs, when the Oilers overcame a 3-2 series deficit to win in seven games. It was the first of four games between the Kings and Oilers this season. . Oilers defenseman Tyson Barrie played in his 700th career NHL game. . Edmonton debuted its new reverse retro jerseys, utilizing the gear logo designed by legendary comic book creator Todd McFarlane. . Kailer Yamamoto (undisclosed) and Evander Kane (wrist surgery) were sidelined for the Oilers. The Kings were missing Brendan Lemieux (lower body), Quinton Byfield (illness) and Alex Iafallo (lower body).


Los Angeles: At Vancouver on Friday in the third game of a four-game trip.

Edmonton: Host Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.



For the first time since Feb. 23, 2021, the Indiana Pacers are back above .500 in the record book.

In a game with 17 lead changes and 14 ties, the Pacers put together another strong fourth-quarter performance to beat the Charlotte Hornets 125-113 at Spectrum Center on Wednesday.

Tied at 104 with 4:58 left in the game, the Pacers (7-6) used a 9-2 run to distance themselves far enough from the Hornets (4-12) to secure the win. In the final frame, the Pacers outscored the Hornets 35-23.

Six Pacers finished in double-digit scoring on the night, anchored by 22 points by point guard Tyrese Haliburton while rookie Bennedict Mathurin and veteran center Myles Turner each added 20 points.

Haliburton (11 assists) and Turner (10 rebounds) also secured double-doubles, their eighth and fifth of the season, respectively.

“Both sides of the ball. We couldn’t stop them,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “Their pick-and-roll stuff just crushed us and, besides transition, that’s what they do. […] We were more aggressive with Haliburton, that didn’t work either. Look, they’re the second-best offensive team in the league and we couldn’t stop them.”

The teams traded the lead eight times and tied five times in the first quarter.

Hornets center Mason Plumlee, an Indiana native, scored his team’s first three baskets before back-to-back jumpers by Pacers rookie Andrew Nembhard tied the game at 6-6 four minutes into the game.

Trailing the Pacers 12-6, the Hornets put together a 7-0 run behind three different scorers to retake the lead.

Haliburton then drilled a 3-pointer to put visitors back up at 15-13, but the Pacers weren’t able to distance themselves as the teams traded the lead three more times down the stretch.

With just two left ticks on the clock, T.J. McConnell hit a floater to tie the game at 27-27 before the buzzer.

The start to second quarter scoring was a back-and-forth between Mathurin and the Hornets’ P.J. Washington.

Mathurin scored seven straight points for the Pacers in the first three minutes of the second quarter but Washington had 11, behind two 3-pointers, to give the Hornets a 40-34 lead with 9:23 left in the half.

From the 7:25- to 5:02-mark in the second quarter, the Hornets went on a 14-4 run, capped by a trey from Theo Maledon, to lead 55-43.

However, in the final 2:11 of the half, the Pacers strung together an 11-1 run behind strong play by Turner, who scored 12 points in the quarter, to make it a one-possession game.

In the final 16 seconds, the Pacers’ Buddy Hield hit a 3-pointer and added a layup right before the buzzer to cut the deficit to 63-60 at the break.

Indiana shot 50 percent (5-for-13 3-point) in the first half to Charlotte’s 46.2 percent (6-for-18 3-point).

There were six lead changes and as many ties in the third quarter.

Out of the break, Hield drilled a 3-pointer to even the game before back-to-back baskets by Jalen Smith and a trey from Haliburton put the Pacers up 75-73 with 8:18 left in the third quarter.

The teams kept the game within five points the remainder of the frame, but a 6-1 Hornets run to close the third quarter tied it at 90 going into the final 12 minutes of play.

Mathruin came out red hot to start the fourth quarter, scoring the team’s first 10 points, including going 4-for-for from the free throw line, to put the Blue & Gold up 100-95 with 8:47 remaining.

While the Hornets were able to narrow the gap, eventually tying the game at 104, the Pacers’ late scoring streak proved too much.

“It was a pretty even game, and in the fourth quarter we just got off to a great start,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “Mathurin got us off to a great start. We are showing some signs of some improvement defensively, 50-point second half is pretty good against this team that can score, but real contributions from 10 guys and they keep working and getting better every day.”

The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for the Pacers against the Hornets.

Ball topped the Hornets with 26 points and Washington had 24 points.

The Pacers shot 53.7 percent overall (11-for-28 3-point) to the Hornets’ 45.7 percent (12-for-33 3-point). From the free throw line, the Pacers went 26-for-31 and the Hornets made 15 of 18 attempts.

Charlotte outrebounded Indiana 44-34 but lost the turnover margin 17-12.

The Pacers have won six of its last eight games going into Friday’s matchup at the Houston Rockets.

Inside the Numbers

  • With his performance, Haliburton – who has the most assists in the NBA – continues to lead the league in double-doubles combining points and assists. Haliburton has achieved double-digit assists in nine games this season.
  • Mathurin has scored at least 20 points in six games this season. He has failed to reach double-digit scoring just once.
  • Hield, who made three 3-pointers in the game, continued his hot shooting from beyond the arc on Wednesday. He has made multiple threes in every game thus far.
  • The 26 free throw attempts by the Pacers are the second-most in a game this season. The 62 points in the paint are also the second-most by the Blue & Gold in a game for 2022-2023.
  • When the Pacers shoot better than the opponent, the team is 6-0.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We are such a culture that is so focused on stats, highlights and points that developing a culture with a young team of doing the right things can be challenging. But we have guys that are willing to listen and that will adjust. They are being held accountable by their teammates and their coaching staff, so we are making some progress. It isn’t going to happen overnight, but we are seeing some good things.” – Carlisle on team improvements

“Basketball is a game of runs, but in the fourth you need to make plays down the stretch. We were able to do that.” – Haliburton on the strong finish

“It’s not ideal to be in those positions, but to come out and prevail shows the toughness of this group and our mentality.” – Turner on the recent fourth-quarter finishes

“We love playing basketball. We love the grind, we love to fight.” – Smith

“The message to our whole team is dominate the simple. A great example of that is Oshae (Brissett), he was working out there and he was on point defensively and was crashing at the right times, he had two or three open 3s and knocked them in at the right time, got to the free-throw line at the right time and those are winning plays.” – Carlisle on the message to the team and on Brissett’s play

Stat of the Night

Indiana was able to secure a win despite not making or shooting as many 3-pointers as usual. On average, the Pacers make 15.5 deep per game, good for second-most in the NBA. The team also averages 40.8 attempts per game, which is third-most in the league. Against the Hornets, the team shot 11-for-28 from 3-point.


  • Mathurin is second among rookies in scoring this season, averaging 19.9 points per game. Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic has averaged 23.5 points per game in 11 games played. Indiana hosts Orlando on Saturday.
  • Charlotte’s Gordon Hayward, an Indianapolis native, Brownsburg High School grad and Butler University legend, did not play in the game due to injury.

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 (sideline reporter/host)


The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to tip off their next homestand against Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 PM ET.


Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 123rd season of competition in men’s basketball with a matchup against Xavier as part of the Gavitt Games. Tip time is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 18 from the Cintas Center. The game will be nationally broadcasted on FS1.

• The Musketeers finished the 2021-22 season with a 23-13 record. Xavier topped Texas A&M by a score of 73-72 to win the 2022 NIT Championship.

Game Information

Date: Nov. 18, 2022 • 6 PM ET

Venue: Cintas Center (10,250) • Cincinnati, Ohio

TV: FS1 (Kevin Kugler, Jimmy Jackson)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Indiana leads, 8-1

Last Meeting: XU 80, IU 65 on Nov. 24, 2007 in Chicago

Series History

• Friday’s matchup marks the 10th between the two schools. Indiana holds an 8-1 advantage in the previous nine games, but Xavier holds serve after winning by a score of 80-65 on Nov. 24, 2007, the last time the programs played.

• Indiana Hall of Fame inductee D.J. White recorded a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double, while 15-year NBA veteran Eric Gordon added 20 points in the game.

Indiana in the Gavitt Games

• The Hoosiers will play in their fifth game in the seven-year history of the Gavitt Games. The game at Xavier will mark the second time Indiana will be on the road for the series.

• IU has won all three home matchups in the series, with wins coming against Creighton (86-65 in 2015), Marquette (96-73 in 2018), and St. John’s (76-74 in 2021). The Hoosiers lone loss came at Seton Hall (84-68) in 2017.

• Both Indiana and Xavier hold records of 3-1 in Gavitt Games, tied for the highest record for any team in the series with at least four games played.

• The series is named in honor of the late Dave Gavitt, former athletic director at Providence College and the first commissioner of the original Big East Conference of 1979–2013.

Bench Mob

  • The Hoosier bench has outscored opponents 96-17 through two games. The second unit has accounted for 50.8% of IU’s scoring output this season.

• True freshman forward Malik Reneau and junior forward Jordan Geronimo are second and third, respectively, in scoring on the Hoosiers this season. The frontcourt duo averages 22.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest on 19-of-26 shooting (73.1%) from the floor.

• Sophomore guard Tamar Bates and sophomore guard Trey Galloway lead the second unit backcourt. The guards have combined for a 2-1 assist-turnover ratio and are shooting 4-of-11 (36.4%) from the 3-point line this season.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A battle for the Old Brass Spittoon will commence at Noon ET on Saturday (Nov. 19) when the Indiana football program travels to Spartan Stadium to take on Michigan State on the Big Ten Network.

Spartan Stadium
Saturday, Nov. 19 | Noon ET
TV: Big Ten Network  |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Setting the Scene
• Indiana (3-7, 1-6 B1G) will travel to Spartan Stadium to take on Michigan State (5-5, 3-4 B1G) at Noon on Saturday, November 19 in the 69th meeting between the two programs and the 65th meeting for the Old Brass Spittoon.
• The number 24 is a recent trend for the Hoosiers against the Spartans, as it has been the winning score for IU in its last two wins over MSU. A 24-0 victory at Spartan Stadium in 2020 was the first shutout in the series since 1993 and IU won 24-21 in overtime during the 2016 campaign.

By The Numbers
11 – With an interception against Penn State, Tiawan Mullen logged his 11th career takeaway to grab the team lead in that category.

26 – Of 
Tom Allen‘s 68 career games as a head coach, 26 of those have been decided by seven or fewer points, including four of nine games in 2022.
43 – 
Aaron Casey is No. 3 in the Big Ten and ranks No. 33 in the FBS in solo tackles (43). His 80 total tackles are No. 6 in the Big Ten entering Week 12.
4.0 – With 4.0 sacks in 2022, true freshman Dasan McCullough is tied for No. 3 nationally among rookies.
26 – 
James Evans is the national leader in punts downed inside the 20-yard line in 2022 at 26, and his 22 punts of 50-plus yards lead the Big Ten, as well.

News & Notes
• Indiana has played the hardest schedule by opponents winning percentage through Week 11. The Hoosiers opponents are a combined .683. Ohio State marked the third AP-top 25 opponent for IU in 2022 and the 13th since the start of the 2020 season, most in the Big Ten during that span.
• Cornerback Tiawan Mullen pulled in his second interception of the season against No. 16/16 Penn State and grabbed the team lead in career takeaways with his 11th forced takeaway in four seasons.
• Running back Jaylin Lucas returned the opening kickoff at Rutgers for a touchdown to mark the first IU kickoff return for a score since 2012 and the first return of the opening kickoff for a score since 2009. Lucas also led the FBS in kick return yardage during Week 8 and currently sits No. 14 the FBS in kickoff return average with a Big Ten-best 26.1 yards per return.
• Punter 
James Evanscurrently leads the NCAA in punts downed inside the 20-yard line (26) and 10-yard line (12). His 22 punts of 50-plus yards lead the Big Ten, while his 44.9 yards per punt average is on pace to break the school single season record.

• Head coach Tom Allenis on pace to join a select group of coaches in IU history, as he is one victory away from the 30-win mark.
• Place kicker 
Charles Campbellcontinues to move up the career field goals made and scoring charts at IU. He sits among the top 10 in field goals made (No. 8; 37) and extra points made (No. 9; 68), and the top 15 in career scoring (No. 14; 179).
• Outside linebacker Dasan McCullough is tied for the lead among all FBS true freshmen in tackles for loss or no gain, and is tied for No. 4 in sacks and defensive stops (solo tackle or sack that led to an offensive failure) per Pro Football Focus.
• For the second straight season, the Indiana special teams units have blocked multiple kicks in a year for special teams coordinator 
Kasey Teegardin. The two blocked field goals in 2022 mark the seventh and eighth blocked kicks in that span.

FULL GAME NOTES: https://static.iuhoosiers.com/custompages/pdf/fb/2022/22-11-19-Indiana_Notes.pdf


FIRST-AND-10 • Michigan State will be looking for its fourth win in the last five games when it hosts Indiana on Saturday, Nov. 19 at noon in Spartan Stadium. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Cory Provus (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst) and Elise Menaker (sidelines) on the call. The Spartans (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) won their second straight game with a 27-21 victory over Rutgers last Saturday in Spartan Stadium, while Indiana (3-7, 1-6 Big Ten) fell at No. 2 Ohio State, 56-14. • Saturday’s game marks the 69th meeting between Michigan State and Indiana. The Spartans lead the all-time series against the Hoosiers, 49-17-2, including a 26-7-1 record in East Lansing. • Since 1950, the winner of the Michigan State-Indiana game has been presented the Old Brass Spittoon. The brass spittoon came from one of Michigan’s earliest trading posts and is widely believed to be more than 200 years old. Legend has it that the spittoon was around when both institutions were founded – Indiana in 1820 and MAC in 1855. The trophy was initiated by the junior and senior classes and student council at Michigan State, and soon accepted by the Indiana Student Senate. Since 1950, Michigan State leads the series, 49-14-1. • Redshirt sophomore linebacker Cal Haladay was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row after recording a career-high 19 tackles in the win over Rutgers, the most by a Big Ten player this season. Haladay is just the second Spartan to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks. In the win at No. 16 Illinois on Nov. 5, Haladay posted nine tackles, including a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss (10 yards). Haladay ranks second in the Big Ten with a career-high 99 tackles (9.9 pg). • Redshirt junior quarterback Payton Thorne, who has started 24 consecutive games for the Spartans, is 191-of-302 passing (.632) for 2,152 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions through the first 10 games. He ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 16 passing touchdowns, including 10 of 25-plus yards. According to Pro Football Focus, Thorne has thrown nine TDs downfield for 20-plus yards (tied for first in the Big Ten and tied for 11th in the FBS). Currently with 5,967 career passing yards, Thorne needs just 33 passing yards to become the seventh quarterback in MSU history to pass for 6,000 career yards.

Sixth-year graduate senior punter Bryce Baringer continues to lead the FBS in punting with his 49.6-yard average. MSU also leads the FBS in net punting (46.0-yard average) as Baringer has only three touchbacks this season while placing 21 of his 42 punts (50 percent) inside the 20, including eight inside the 10. He also has 21 punts of 50-plus yards (50 percent), tied for second in the Big Ten, including eight of 60-plus yards. A two-time Ray Guy Award National Punter of the Week, Baringer was named a first-team midseason Associated Press All-American and he has made five appearances on the “Ray’s 8” weekly honor roll. • Michigan State has won three of its last four games since fifth-year senior safety Xavier Henderson and fifth-year senior defensive tackle Jacob Slade returned to the field in Week 7 vs. Wisconsin after missing extensive time with injuries. Henderson, who entered the season with 33 consecutive starts, left the Week 1 game against Western Michigan in the first half and missed five straight games before returning to the starting lineup against the Badgers. Slade, a second-team preseason Walter Camp All-American, was also out for four games prior to coming back against the Badgers. MSU is allowing an average of 205.5 passing yards in the last four games with Henderson commanding the secondary, compared to 292.0 yards in the first six games. • Fifth-year graduate senior wide receiver Jayden Reed, a 2021 first-team All-American as an all-purpose player, leads the team with 45 catches for 548 yards and five touchdowns. He had four receptions for 90 yards in the win over Rutgers, including a 25-yard TD catch in the third quarter. Reed has one touchdown catch in five of the last six games. He ranks among the Big Ten leaders in TD receptions (tied for eighth with five), receiving yards (eighth with 60.9 ypg; 548 overall) and receptions (tied for eighth with 5.0 pg; 45 overall). Reed and quarterback Payton Thorne have teamed up for 15 touchdowns over the past two seasons (10 in 2021, five in 2022), including nine of 25-plus yards (seven in 2021; two in 2022). Reed needs just 19 yards to become the 12th Spartan in school history to record 2,000 career receiving yards. • Sophomore wide receiver Keon Coleman ranks among the Big Ten leaders in touchdown catches (tied for fourth with six), receiving yards (eighth with 600; 60.0 ypg) and receptions (14th with 42; 4.2 pg). He had a career-high 155 receiving yards on just five catches at No. 4 Michigan on Oct. 29. According to Pro Football Focus, Coleman has 11 catches downfield of 20-plus yards, which leads the Big Ten and ranks tied for ninth in the FBS; in addition, his five TD catches downfield of 20-plus yards are most in the conference and tied for sixth in the FBS. • Through 10 games, Michigan State has forced 14 fumbles, which is tied for third most in the FBS. The Spartans have recovered 10 of those fumbles, which is tied for 13th in the FBS. Last season, Michigan State led the Big Ten and ranked tied for seventh in the FBS with 15 forced fumbles and ranked tied for 16th in the FBS with 10 fumble recoveries.

FULL MICHIGAN STATE RELEASE: https://msuspartans.com/documents/2022/11/15/Game_11_vs._Indiana.pdf


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 8/13 Indiana swimming and diving is headed to Columbus, Ohio, for its midseason meet at the Ohio State Fall Invitational, a three-day event set for Thursday through Saturday (Nov. 17-19) inside McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Final sessions of the meet will be streamed live on the Big Ten Plus digital platform beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET each evening.

Nov. 17-19
Prelims: 9:30 a.m. ET
Finals: 5:30 p.m. ET
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion • Columbus, Ohio
Opponents: Cincinnati, Kentucky, Kenyon (Diving Only), Lindenwood, Miami (Diving Only), Navy, Notre Dame, Ohio, Ohio State, Pittsburgh (Women Only), UCLA, Virginia Tech, Yale
Meet Information/Schedule: 
Live Results (Swimming): 
Live Results (Diving): 
Live Stream: 

Thursday: 200 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 400 medley relay, 1-meter diving, 3-meter diving

Friday: 200 medley relay, 100 butterfly, 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 800 freestyle relay, 1-meter diving, 3-meter diving

Saturday: 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle relay, platform diving

IU took care of business in its first home meet of the 2022-23 season, earning wins for both teams against No. 18/RV Missouri on Saturday (Oct. 29) inside Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center.

Diving had another dominant day on the springboards, with three athletes combining to sweep the four events. Additionally, eight IU divers totaled 14 NCAA zone qualifying marks. For the women, junior Anne Fowler posted season highs on both the 1-meter (316.05) and 3-meter (337.65) boards to win both events.Sophomores Quinn Henninger and Carson Tyler were each other’s toughest competition in the men’s diving events, both scoring at least 400 points on each board.

Despite many IU swimmers competing outside of their normal events, Hoosiers were still able to pull off individual wins and highlight performances. Sophomore swimmer Anna Peplowski continued her great run of form, winning the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle events. Brendan Burns showed his competitive edge in the men’s 200-yard freestyle. Normally a butterfly and backstroke swimmer, Burns faced up against Missouri’s Jack Dahlgren, who finished 13th in this event at the 2022 NCAA Championships.

Six athletes with ties to the Indiana swimming and diving program were named to USA Swimming’s 2022-23 national team rosters in September. Of the six Hoosiers, five are breaststroke specialists, and, on the women’s side, IU makes up three of the nine breaststroke selections. The selections include current Hoosiers Mariah Denigan, 
Mackenzie Looze and Josh Matheny as well as Indiana Swim Club athlete Tommy Cope, Lilly King and Annie Lazor.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 12/9 Indiana returns to Bloomington after starting the season 3-0 as it welcomes Bowling Green on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET.


BGSU opened the season with a pair of wins over St. Bonaventure (77-61) and Wright State (102-72). Senior guard Elissa Brett is leading the way with 18.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. She is joined in double figures by junior Nyla Hampton (15.5 ppg) and senior forward Allison Day (13.5 ppg.). The Falcons are set to finish third in the MAC this season with a pair of preseason All-MAC second team selections in junior guard Lexi Fleming and senior forward Kadie Hempfling. 


Indiana leads 5-2


3/29/09 – W, 75-67 (Bowling Green, Ohio)


Indiana picked up its first ranked win of the season on Monday night when it defeated No. 11/4 Tennessee, 79-67. Graduate student guard Grace Berger (13 points, 10 rebounds) and senior forward Mackenzie Holmes (16 points, 10 rebounds) each turned in doubles in the victory while Holmes and senior guard Sara Scalia each knocked in 16 points each. 

It marked the first win in the series with the Lady Vols, one that featured just two prior meetings in 1987 and 2020. IU also claimed the first ever win by a Big Ten team against Tennessee inside Thompson-Boling Arena. The win was also historic for the Big Ten conference as the win was the first ever for the league in Knoxville.

Off to a 3-0 start after opening week, IU has won its first three games for the sixth time in seven seasons and seventh time overall under ninth year head coach Teri Moren.

The Hoosiers jumped to No. 9 in the WBCA/USA Today coaches poll on Tuesday and came in at No. 12 in the Associated Press top 25 on Monday.

Bowling Green will see a familiar face on the Indiana sideline on Thursday night in the program’s Hall of Famer and current IU director of operations Liz Honegger. Honegger is one of the program’s most decorated players who made 127 career stats from 2003-07 where she helped them to a 103-25 overall record, two-time All-MAC selection and finished her college career as the school’s record holder in 3-point field goals made and blocked shots. She is still currently the program’s seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,522 career points.


IU returns to Bloomington to host Bowling Green on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. ET.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After a crucial B1G road win at No. 21 Illinois, Purdue Football returns to West Lafayette for the final home game of the 2022 season. The Boilermakers welcome Northwestern to Ross-Ade Stadium with kickoff set for noon on FS1.

Purdue enters the game contest tied atop the B1G West alongside Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota at 4-3. Saturday’s contest will be the final game at Ross-Ade Stadium for a plethora of Boilermakers. Purdue has 27 seniors on its roster.


• Aidan O’Connell threw for 423 yards, leading Purdue to a 32-14 victory over Northwestern at Wrigley Field last season.

• Milton Wright hauled in eight receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns, earning career highs in all three categories.

• Pro Boilers David Bell (Browns) made 12 catches for 101 yards, while George Karlaftis (Chiefs) added two tackles-for-loss, a sack and a blocked field goal.

• Mitchell Fineran drained four field goals in the win.


• Purdue kept the Cannon Trophy for the third year in a row and increased its chances of winning the Big Ten West with a 31-21 victory at No. 21 Illinois, becoming bowl eligible along the way.

• The Boilermakers improved to 3-1 on the B1G road this season, while beating a ranked team for the seventh time under Jeff Brohm.

•  Aidan O’Connell went 25-40 for 237 yards with three touchdown passes, finding tight end Payne Durham seven times for 70 yards and a pair of TDs.

•  T.J. Sheffield made six catches for a team-high 72 yards, while Charlie Jones added 66 yards and a touchdown to go over 1,000 receiving yards for the year.

•  Devin Mockobee rushed for 106 yards on 28 carries and a score, his fourth 100-yard game of the season.

• Linebacker Kieren Douglas made a late fourth-quarter interception with the help of a tip from Lawrence Johnson.

• Purdue won in Memorial Stadium for the sixth straight time.


• Illinois came into the Cannon Trophy game with the nation’s No. 1 scoring (10.4) and total defense (232.2 ypg). The Purdue offense put up 31 points on 379 total yards to earn the win; both marks were the most surrendered by the Fighting Illini all season long.

• On the other side of the ball, the Purdue defense limited Chase Brown to 98 yards on the ground. Brown entered the game as the nation’s leading rusher, going over the 100-yard mark in every contest and averaging 149 yards per game.


• With the Cannon Trophy and B1G West implications on the line, Payne Durham came through in the clutch at No. 21 Illinois. The tight end hauled in a team-high seven catches for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help the Boilermakers win 31-21 in Champaign.

• Durham’s toe-tapping touchdown in the third quarter gave Purdue its first lead of the game before he put the Boilermakers ahead for good in the fourth with a 12-yard touchdown.

• The two-touchdown day was Durham’s fourth multi-touchdown game of his career and the second of the season.


• The Boilermakers earned a big win over No. 21 Illinois to secure a spot atop the Big Ten West.

• Purdue is tied with Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota at 4-3 with two conference games remaining for each team.

• Collecting wins over Illinois and Minnesota, Purdue owns tiebreakers over those teams. With Minnesota and Iowa battling this weekend, a Golden Gopher win and a Purdue victory would put the Boilermakers in control of their own destiny to the championship game in Indianapolis.

• The Boilermakers have finished second in the Big Ten West twice under head coach Jeff Brohm (2018, 2021), seeking their first divisional title since the conference went to the divisional format in 2011.


•  Aidan O’Connell has been named a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, the Burlsworth Foundation announced Tuesday (Nov. 15). Awarded to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on, O’Connell joins Stetson Bennett (Quarterback – Georgia) and Carlton Martial (Linebacker – Troy) as the three finalists up for the award.

• Beginning his career as a walk-on and eighth on the quarterback depth chart, Aidan O’Connell worked his way up to the starting role and didn’t stop there. The sixth-year QB has etched his name in the school record books, and he continued to rise up the career charts this season.

• O’Connell already ranks in the program’s Top 10 in several career categories: completion percentage (1st – 676.8%), 500-yard games (T1st – 2), 400-yard games (2nd – 5), 300-yard games (2nd – 13), touchdown passes (6th – 61), passing completions (6th – 760) and passing yards (6th – 8,404).

• Aidan O’Connell paces the Big Ten in passing yards and total offense. Completing 28.2 passes per game, he sits fourth in the country. His 297.2 passing yards per game rank 13th nationally.

• O’Connell has kept up his game against conference opponents, throwing for an average of 291.4 yards in B1G games to lead the league. He is the only quarterback to throw for more than 2,000 yards in Big Ten play this season.

• In his 13 300-yard games over his career, O’Connell has eclipsed 350 yards in 12 of them.


• Charlie Jones joined former Purdue wide receiver David Bell (2021) as the only Big Ten receivers since 2000 to haul in 85 or more passes through their first 10 games of a season.

• Jones, Bell and Mario Manningham (Michigan – 2007) make up the only B1G receivers since 2000 to reach 1,000 yards in 10 games.

• This season, Jones is one of three wide receivers nationwide with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, including the only one in the Big Ten.

• Ranking in the nation’s top six in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns this year, Jones is only one of three wide receivers to crack the top 10 in all three categories.

• Since 2000, only five Big Ten receivers have tallied 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns through the first 10 games of the season: Jones, Braylon Edwards (Michigan – 2004), Charles Rodgers (Michigan State – 2001, 2002), Austin Carr (Northwestern – 2016) and Marvin McNutt (Iowa – 2011).


• Don’t underestimate redshirt-freshman Devin Mockobee. The walk-on running back leads the Purdue rushing attack with 732 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards per carry.

• In regards to freshman running backs throughout Purdue history, Mockobee ranks third in yards and attempts as well as fourth in touchdowns.

• Mockobee’s 81.3 yards per game on the ground rank third nationally among freshman running backs, leading the B1G, and his seven touchdowns rank seventh.

• He has produced four 100-yard games this season, the most ever by a Purdue freshman.

• All four of Devin Mockobee’s 100-yard games this season have come in Big Ten games, increasing his output to 99.2 yards per game in conference action.

• In the win over No. 21 Illinois, Mockobee outgained the nation’s leading rusher Chase Brown. The Boilermaker ran for 106 yards and a touchdown, while the Purdue defense held Brown under 100 yards for the first time this season (98).


• Purdue will welcome back home Ricardo Allen this week as the honorary captain.

• Allen was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree at safety for the Boilermakers, totaling 250 tackles and 14.5 stops behind the line.

• His 13 career interceptions rank second in Purdue history.

• Following four years as a starter in West Lafayette, Allen played eight seasons in the NFL (2014-2020 – Atlanta & 2021 – Cincinnati).

• He announced his retirement from the league after reaching the Super Bowl with the Bengals last season.

• Allen currently serves as a special teams assistant for the Miami Dolphins.


• Purdue veteran offensive line has been a major factor for success on that side of the ball.

• The Boilermakers allow only 3.80 tackles-for-loss per game, ranking second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation.

• The trio of Gus Hartwig, Spencer Holstege, and Eric Miller have started the past 25 games alongside one another. Holstege leads the way with 28 straight starts, followed by Hartwig (26) and Miller (25).

• Facing the nation’s best defense in No.  21 Illinois (232.2 yards per game), the Purdue line did not allow a sack and helped the offense rack up 379 yards for the most allowed by the Fighting Illini this season.

• In the win over Nebraska, the line paved the way for 217 rushing yards, the most by a Purdue offense in four years.


• Purdue has become known as the Spoilermakers under Jeff Brohm, collecting seven wins over ranked teams during the head coach’s tenure following the 31-24 win at No. 21 Illinois.

• Five of the seven wins have been by double digits, the biggest being a 29-point victory over No. 2 Ohio State in 2018.

• Four of the victories have been on the road, including a pair this season at Minnesota and Illinois; both teams were ranked No. 21 heading into their game against Purdue.

• Three of those wins were against Top 3 teams, while Purdue handed five of those ranked teams their first loss of the season.

• Last season, Purdue knocked off previously unbeaten No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16) and No. 3 Michigan State (Nov. 6), giving the Boilermakers two wins over Top 5 teams for the first time since 1960.

• The Boilermakers beat three ranked teams during the 2018 campaign, Brohm’s second season, for the most victories over ranked teams in a single-season since 2003.

• Prior to Brohm’s arrival in West Lafayette in 2017, Purdue only won two out of 27 games against AP-ranked teams over the previous 10 seasons.


• With the victory over No. 21 Illinois, Purdue became bowl eligible for the fourth time in six seasons under head coach Jeff Brohm.

• Taking the Boilermakers to another bowl game, Brohm joins Joe Tiller as the only coaches in Purdue history to make four bowl appearances in their first six years guiding the program.

• The last time Purdue went to four bowls over a six-year span, Tiller led the Boilermakers for four appearances in five years (2003-2007). In 12 seasons under Tiller, Purdue reached 10 bowls, including a Rose Bowl trip during the 2000 campaign.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Riding a two-game winning streak to start the season, the Purdue women’s basketball team will host Southern Illinois Edwardsville at Mackey Arena on Thursday night at 7 p.m. on B1G+

Tim Newton and Courtney Delks will have the call for the Purdue Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

The Boilermakers LaceUp4 Pediatric Cancer to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer patients, survivors and their families.


Purdue (2-0) vs. SIUE (0-2)

Thursday, Nov. 17

Time: 7 PM

TV: B1G+

Radio: 95.6 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com


Purdue ran to a 90-61 victory over Murray State on Sunday afternoon. Lasha Petree paced the Boilermakers with 23 points. Caitlyn Harper and Madison Layden added 17 and 15 points, respectively. The Boilermakers shot a blistering 50.7% from the field and went 9-for-21 from behind the arc. Led by a non-point double-double by Jeanae Terry with 10 assists, Purdue dished out 25 assists on 35 made field goals.


• Purdue leads the all-time series with SIUE 2-0.

•  Purdue held both of its early season opponents to 61 points. The Boilermakers are 1-of-3 teams from the Big Ten to face with a winning record from 2021-22 in their first two games (Ohio State – Tennessee/Boston College, Penn State – Norfolk State/Fairfield).

• Jeanae Terry is the first Boilermaker to have a double-double in consecutive games since Fatou Diagne in 2020-21.

• Madison Layden has had a solid start to the year with 14 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.

• Former Purdue head coach Carolyn Peck, who guided the Boilermakers to the 1999 NCAA National Championship, was named a finalist for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2023. The official induction class will be announced Nov. 27.

• Terry is the first player in Purdue history to record multiple non-point double-doubles.

• The Boilermakers have knocked down 20 3-pointers through two games this year. Purdue ranks 15th in the nation with 10 triples per game.

• Lasha Petree and Caitlyn Harper are averaging 35 points per game in their first two outings at Purdue.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s basketball team will play at Ball State Thursday night at 6:30 PM. The Bulldogs have played the Cardinals eight times over the last 10 years. BSU has won five of the last eight meetings.


Date: Thursday, Nov. 17

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Muncie, Ind. – Worthen Arena

Live Stats: BallStateSports.com

Watch: ESPN+

Bulldog Bits

– Thursday will be the 29th meeting between Butler and Ball State.

– Tenley Dowell needs one more rebound to reach 200 in her BU career. Dowell also needs just one point to reach 300.

– Caroline Strande already has more points at Butler (24) after two games than she had in 11 games last year playing for Minnesota (15).

– Jordan Meuleman’s first field goal of her BU career came on Butler’s first possession vs. IUPUI. She hit a 3-pointer off a feed from Rachel McLimore.

– Sydney Jaynes tied her career-high assist total with four on Sunday vs. IUPUI.

– Anna Mortag and Caroline Strande each set new career-high scoring totals in their Butler debut.

– Mortag hasn’t missed a free throw this season (9-9) and has hit two 3-pointers in each game. Her 14.5 scoring average leads the team.

– Butler limited IUPUI to just one made field goal in the second quarter.

– BU has shot over 45% from the field in each game this season.

– For the first time since 2012-13, the BIG EAST has three teams in the Associated Press Top 25.

BIG EAST Standings

Marquette 3-0

Xavier 3-0

Creighton 2-0

St. John’s 2-0

UConn 2-0

Villanova 2-0

Providence 2-1

Seton Hall 2-1

Butler 1-1

DePaul 1-1

Georgetown 1-1

Scouting Ball State                                                                               

The Cardinals are 1-1 this season after defeating Indiana University East 105-51 in their home opener on Monday afternoon. The 2022-23 campaign got off to a rocky start as Tennessee Tech posted a 68-63 win over Ball State. Redshirt senior Anna Clephane leads the team with a 17.0 scoring average. Marie Kiefer and Annie Rauch are also scoring threats averaging 10.0 ppg. Kiefer is also pulling down 10.0 rebounds per contest. She shares the team lead in that category with former Bulldog Alex Richard. Head Coach Brady Sallee enters his 11th season at Ball State in 2022. He helped the Cardinals reach the MAC Tournament title game last year where they were upended by Buffalo 79-75. BSU came up with 20 wins a year ago and reached the WNIT. Sallee also became the program’s winningest coach with 183 victories.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

Butler leads the all-time series against Ball State 16-12. The first-ever meeting between the two programs was played in 1980-81 with the Bulldogs winning at Ball State 69-54. The Cardinals came up with a 70-56 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse last season and were victorious at home against Butler in 2019-20 by the final score of 74-70. Butler’s last win against Ball State was a 64-47 outcome in 2018-19. Butler’s last win at Ball State came during the 2012-13 season (70-62).

Last Game vs. Ball State                                                                                     

Ball State scored 27 points in the third quarter allowing them to record a 70-56 win at Butler last year. Anna Clephane led BSU with 21 points. Butler’s top scorer was Kendall Wingler with 17. Wingler made five 3-pointers against the Cardinals and would add five rebounds, two assists and a steal. 26 Butler turnovers turned into 20 Ball State points. Each team shot 39 percent from the field.

IUPUI at Butler Recap (11/13)                                                            

Butler led IUPUI for nearly 28 minutes on Sunday afternoon, but the Jags outscored the Bulldogs 29-19 in the fourth quarter to capture a 67-61 win. Anna Mortag led BU with 13 points. Caroline Strande added 12 points and a career-high seven rebounds. Sydney Jaynes also set a new career-high with nine rebounds in the setback.

Milestone Markers                                                                                             

Butler brought in three graduate transfers this off-season to help reload the Bulldog roster. Shay Frederick needs just two assists against Ball State to reach 500 in her collegiate career. Frederick is a well-rounded player that also heads into Thursday night with 1,272 career points and 165 steals. Rachel McLimore has scored 1,056 points in her collegiate career to go along with 290 rebounds and 89 assists. McLimore needs three more free throws to reach 200 in her career. Kelsy Taylor is averaging 10.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs after the first week of the regular season. She needs 185 points this year to reach 1,000. Taylor will need to average 6.7 points per game this season to reach the milestone. She is also one of just eight active BIG EAST players to have 500+ rebounds in her career.

Crash The Boards                                                                                                

Butler is +14 in rebound margin this year. They have pulled down 42 rebounds in each game this season. Ball State is +16.5 this year on the boards. They average 49.5 per game. Trinity White grabbed a career-high eight rebounds vs. Ball State last year (11/16/21).

Good Depth                                                                                                         

The Bulldogs had 11 players log 10+ minutes of action in the season opener and nine more saw extended playing time against IUPUI. Every member of the projected starting five averages 20+ minutes along with Caroline Strande (20.1).

Road Trip                                                                                                              

Butler’s first road game of the 2019-20 campaign was also at Ball State. The Bulldogs have not won their first road game since the 2017-18 season when they went to Murray State to record an 88-59 victory.

Quality Looks                                                                                         

The Bulldogs are shooting 49.5 percent from the field over the first two games of the season. Kelsy Taylor leads the team in field goal percentage (76.9). She is one of seven players shooting over 50 percent.

Carrothers Contributing                                                                       

BU freshman Jessica Carrothers leads the team with six assists early in the 2022-23 season. The backup point guard only has two turnovers in 32 minutes of action. Carrothers is also the team leader in steals with three.

Parkinson Adds Two on National Signing Day                                

Karsyn Norman (Bedford North Lawrence) and Riley Makalusky (Hamilton Southeastern) each signed a national letter of intent last week to join the Butler women’s basketball program. Prep Girls Hoops has Norman ranked as the sixth best player in the state and Makalusky is right behind her at seventh. Each player was an Indiana Junior All-Star.

Up Next                                                                                                                  

Butler will return to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Monday, Nov. 21 to host Tennessee State at 7 PM. The team will spend Thanksgiving in Boca Raton, Fla. participating in the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament. BU will play Sacred Heart and Binghamton in back-to-back days.


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball program added three during the signing period with Alexa Hocevar, Azyah Newson-Cole and Kace Urlacher all signing their National Letter of Intent and will join the Jags for the 2023-24 season.

Joining the Jags from Willoughby Hills, Ohio is Alexa Hocevar, a 6’1″ guard for the West Geauga High School Wolverines. Hocevar was named All-Ohio Second Team, All-Conference Frist Team, All-District First Team and Conference MVP. She shows excellence on and off the court as a member of the National Honor Society with a GPA of 4.3.

“I chose IUPUI because of the coaching staff and academic opportunities,” said Hocevar.

The Jags add a 5’7″ guard from Matteson, Illinois with the signing of Azyah Newson-Cole. As a part of the Lincoln Way Central High School team, Newson-Cole has been named All-State Honorable Mention, All-Area Team, Conference Player of the Year and All-Conference. She also shows excellence off the court, being named on the honor roll for two years.

“I love the environment and the coaching staff and it’s close to home,” said Newson-Cole.

Joining Hocevar and Newson-Cole is Kace Urlacher. Urlacher, a 6’1″ forward out of Lake Bluff, Illinois, is a member of the Fremd High School basketball team which is noted as one of the best 4A teams in Illinois. Urlacher is currently ranked the #33 player by Prep Girls Hoops.

Hocevar, Newson-Cole and Urlacher will join Coach Bruce’s squad during the 2023-24 season.


CARBONDALE, Ill. – The IUPUI women’s basketball team kept their momentum going with a win on the road at Southern Illinois on Wednesday night, 80-76. Five Jaguars scored in double-figures in the win over the Salukis.

“We were a little inconsistent with our defense today, but I was very proud of our team for finding a way to win on the road,” said head coach Kate Bruce. “Offensively, we did a great job of sharing the basketball and creating easy shots for each other. We are continuing to build chemistry and working to get better every game.”

Natalie Andersen opened the first quarter with back-to-back threes followed by Ali Berg with a three to set the tone early, but the Salukis fought back to stay in the game. The Jags were on top after one quarter, 16-10 but were down at the half 39-35.

IUPUI fell behind in the back-and-forth battle, 57-53 after the third quarter. The Jags and Salukis traded the lead eight different times in the fourth quarter with IUPUI taking the lead with a three from Berg, 74-71 with less than a minute left to go. Southern Illinois kept it close with a layup and three, but the Jags tacked onto the lead with four free throws from Andersen and two free throws from Destiny Perkins, sealing the win at 80-76.

The Jags shot 48.1 percent from the floor (25-for-52) and 50.0 percent from behind the arc (13-for-26). The IUPUI defense forced ten turnovers with five steals.

Berg led the Jaguar offense with 16 points, shooting 6-for-9 from the floor and 4-for-6 behind the three-point line. Andersen followed 13 points while Rachel Kent, Destiny Perkins and Logan Lewis all added 12 points. Jazmyn Turner collected eight boards for the Jags.

IUPUI will return to Indy to face the Ohio Bobcats in the Jungle on Sunday, Nov. 20 with tipoff at 2:00 PM on ESPN+. The Jags will celebrate their Alumni during the game.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 1 seed Notre Dame women’s soccer team (15-2-3) dances on in the NCAA Tournament this weekend when it hosts a four-team regional starting on Friday, Nov. 18. The first matchup of the day will see No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 5 TCU at 2 p.m. The nightcap will feature the Fighting Irish challenging No. 8 Santa Clara (11-6-3) at 6 p.m. inside Alumni Stadium. The two winners will clash on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets in advance, click here.


For the 28th time over the last 30 years, Notre Dame women’s soccer is dancing in the NCAA Tourney. 

Notre Dame earned a No. 1 national seed for the first time since 2008. 

Notre Dame’s overall postseason record sits at 71-23-4, which ranks as the third most wins behind UNC (140-17-4) and Florida State (73-18-4). UCLA is right behind with 70-21-5. 

The Irish boast three NCAA championships, which is tied for second most – 1995, 2004, 2010 – and five runner-up finishes (1994, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2008). 

All-in-all, they’ve qualified for 12 College Cups and boast an 8-4 record in the Final Four round. 

They have made a total of 15 appearances in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tourney. Thus, they are an impressive 12-3 in that round. However, the last time they made it to the quarters was 2012.

Irish improved to 48-3-1 at home in the NCAA Tournament.

Irish boast 47 clean sheets in their NCAA Tournament history. 


Notre Dame is now unbeaten in its last 10 matches, outscoring the opposition 27-6 over that stretch. Their last loss was a 3-1 decision to Pitt on Sept. 25. 


Korbin Albert has been a highlight reel down the stretch and she got everyone’s attention in the Florida State matchup on Nov. 3 in what was one of the best individual performances of the season of any player. Albert recorded her first career hat trick and the way she did it, you just need to see to believe.

Albert has scored an impressive 12 goals over the last 9 games. 

She’s your reigning ACC Midfielder of the Year Award.

She has scored a total of 14 goals, which leads the team and ranks 9th in the country. 

She boasts a team best 32 points, which ranks 12th in the country. 

She has 2 PK goals, so when looking out her 12 non-PK goals – 10 have come from outside the box. In addition, three have come via direct free-kicks. 

Lastly, Albert owns five game-winning goals, which leads all ACC players and ranks 10th in the nation. 


Notre Dame’s defensive/goalie crew now boasts 12 shutouts on the year – their most since 2016. Their shutout percentage of 0.600 ranks 12th in the country.

The Irish backline of Hudson, Klenke and ACC Defender of the Year Eva Gaetino have only allowed 60 shots on goal over 20 games – which equates to a stout 3.0 SOG per game

6 games this season the Irish backline has only allowed 1 SOG or fewer: NC State (Oct. 6), Boston College (9/30), Virginia (9/22), Saint Louis (8/25), Western Michigan (8/21) and Marquette (8/18).

Mackenzie Wood won the starting role and has been solid in net – her 0.585 GAA ranks 16th in the nation, 2nd in the ACCFurthermore, she has collected a career high 9 shutouts, which rank 24th in the nation and lead the ACC. 


The Irish have made major statements all season long to boost their resume. Take this stat — 4-1-3 against the top-25. 

Notre Dame defeated then No. 2 Virginia 1-0, No. 3 Florida State 4-0 and tied No. 11 Duke, No. 19 Pitt and No. 5 Florida State in the rematch. 

ND’s RPI was rated No. 4 entering the Tourney. They went 3-2-3 against the current RPI Top-25 and 7-2-3 against the Top-50. 

Notre Dame earned two top-three wins during the regular season for the first time in program history. 

The victory over FSU was its largest win against a top-3 program since Sept. 8, 2000 (6-1 win over #2 Santa Clara). Furthermore, the last time Florida State lost by 4 goals in an ACC matchup was on Oct. 15, 2002 against #2 UNC by a score of 5-1.


The importance of scoring first? Well, the Irish are 15-0-1 and undefeated when doing so. Irish are also 9-0-1 when leading at the half. 

Notre Dame is averaging 9.4 shots on goal per game, which ranks 4th nationally (1st in ACC). Overall, the Irish are averaging 20.1 shots per game, which ranks 6th nationally (1st in the ACC).

In comparison, shots on goal differential sits at 188-60. 

All those shots have led to 50 goals on the year and a scoring offense (2.5) that ranks 11th in the nation (2nd in ACC). 


When looking at Notre Dame’s 50 goals – 33 have come in the 2nd half. The goal differential sits at 33-8. 

home sweet home

The Irish have made Alumni Stadium a difficult venue for opposing programs to succeed in. Since its creation in 2009, Notre Dame has gone 117-28-8.

This year the Irish have gone 9-1-2 inside Alumni. Last season, Notre Dame went 10-1-1. Therefore,  Notre Dame is 19-2-3 at home over its past two seasons. Since the start of the 2019 season, the Irish are 31-5-4 at home!


Notre Dame has tallied a 50-14 goal aggregate over the 2022 season. Out of the 50 goals – it’s come from 9 different players: Albert (14), Wingate (13), Mercado (9), Van Zanten (6), Klenke (2), Ospeck (2), Coyle, Fisher and Gaetino. 

The trio of Albert, Mercado and Wingate are all having career high  years up top in goals scored. .

Wingate rankings —   3rdin SOG per game, 1st in ACC (2.5) // 16th in total points, 3rd in ACC (31) // 13th in totals, 3rd in ACC (13)

Now add in Van Zanten to complete the four-headed monster that is the Irish attack. As a foursome, they have contributed 74.6 percent of the team’s points. 


Two freshmen in Leah Klenke and Laney Matriano have been staples in the Irish starting lineup this season. 

Klenke has started all 20 games for the Irish and Coach Norman had high praise for his talented upcomer: “one of the best incoming freshmen I’ve had here in terms of being ready to go game one. She can play any position.” 

Week of Oct. 17, Klenke was named the 7th best freshman in the country by Top Drawer Soccer.  

Matriano has started in 16 games this season in the midfield. 


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame cross country team heads to the NCAA Championships hosted in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 19. Both the men’s and women’s team automatically qualified for the national championship after placing in the top two team finishes. 

Last season, the women’s team finished in fifth place with two Irish finishing in the top fifteen. This marked the seventh top-10 finish in program history and was their third best finish ever, with the last top-five finish coming in 2004. The men’s team last season saw their third straight top-ten finish after one Irish finished in the top ten. 

There will be both live results and a live stream available. Live results can be found here and the live stream will be aired uninterrupted on ESPNU beginning at 10:00 am. More information regarding the NCAA National Championship can be found here.


10:20 a.m. – women’s 6k race

11:10 a.m. – men’s 10k race

Following the men’s race – awards ceremony

* all times are Eastern


NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame hockey team will load the buses and head to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend for a pair of contests against Ohio State University, Nov. 18-19. The tilts will mark the third-straight weekend the 20th-ranked Irish have gone head-to-head for a top-20 matchup as they are set to take on the 12th-ranked Buckeyes.

Puck drop at Value Center Arena inside the Schottenstein Center is set for 7 p.m. Friday night before a 5 p.m. start the following evening to conclude the weekend series.


  • In their most recent series, the Irish split a pair of home tilts with third-ranked Michigan. After dropping night one’s contest, Note Dame bounced back to defeat the Wolverines in overtime Saturday for the weekend split. 
  • Ten individuals highlighted the box score for the Irish over the weekend, including Nick Leivermann and Chayse Primeau with two points off a goal and an assist. 
  • Niko Jovanovic made his collegiate debut in game two of the series, picking up his first career point with an assist on the team’s first goal of the night.
  • Grant Silianoff net his first game-winner of the year with a goal in the overtime session to secure the split. 
  • The Irish are now 5-5-2 on the season and 2-3-1 in Big Ten Conference play.


  • Last season the Irish and Buckeyes split their season series, with both teams picking up a win on the road. 
  • All-time in Columbus, the Irish trail by a narrow 19-21-7 margin, looking to even the series record up this coming weekend. 
  • In 94 meetings between the two programs, Notre Dame sits one win above the Buckeyes, 42-41-11. 
  • Last season, Landon Slaggert led the team with five points (2-3-5) against the Buckeyes. His career-high three-point night (1-2-3), lifted the Irish to an overtime victory as he had a hand in each of the team’s goals that night.
  • Ryder Rolston and Nick Leivermann also had success against the Buckeyes, tallying four points each in the four-game series. Rolston net two goals and two assists in his sophomore season against Ohio State while Leivermann had a goal and three assists.
  • Solag Bakich net his first career goal against the Buckeyes, lighting the lamp for the first time on November 8, 2019. Rolston also scored his first collegiate point against the Buckeyes, registering an assist on December 12, 2020. 


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Make it a 3-0 start to the season for the Notre Dame men’s basketball game, as the Fighting Irish defeated Southern Indiana (1-2) by the score, 82-70. Notre Dame led from start to finish and for the second consecutive game, all five starters finished in double figures.

Trey Wertz poured in 12 points in the second half to finish with a team-high 20 points – topping his game-one performance of 18 points. He has scored in double figures for three straight games for the first time in his Irish career – totaling 55 points to start the year.

Then there’s Nate Laszewski who recorded his third consecutive double-double, posting 18 points and 10 rebounds tonight. Meanwhile, the rest of the Irish starters went as follows: JJ Starling (10 points), Cormac Ryan (13 points) and Dane Goodwin (14 points).

Furthermore, the Irish continue to finish games strong. Notre Dame connected on its last six shots from the field to close out the Youngstown State win in game two. Tonight, they went 11-for-14 down the final stretch.

How It Happened

Notre Dame was feeling it from beyond the arc in the early going, leading 13-5 then 22-11 after a 4-for-9 start from deep. In fact, the four three-pointers came from four different players: Laszewski, Ryan, Goodwin and Wertz.

All-in-all, the Irish fired off a 13-2 run midway through the half while also causing a three-minute USI scoring drought – resulting in a 28-13 lead at the 7:08 media.

Notre Dame ultimately rode its momentum into a 42-25 halftime lead behind a very balanced attack. All five starters, plus sixth man Ven-Allen Lubin, had at least four points. Laszewski was the lone man in double figures at the midway point with 11 points. He was trailed by Ryan and Wertz who each had eight points.

After Laszewski started the second half with a rare and-two on a four-point play, the Irish hit a bit of a cold spell from the floor. As a result, the Screaming Eagles recorded a 13-3 run that cut the deficit to single digits at 51-43.

Next, Ryan and Wertz took over by combining to score the team’s next 16 points to give the home squad some cushion at 67-54 with 6:38 remaining.

Later, it was time for other Irish to step up as Lubin, Goodwin, Starling and Laszewski combined for a 9-2 run, resulting in a 76-58 Irish lead with four minutes to go.

Goodwin connected from deep at 1:38 and that’s all she wrote as the Irish continue their winning ways at Purcell.

Notre Dame shot 47.2 percent (25-53) from the field and connected on nine treys. They continue to get the job done at the free-throw line, converting 23-of-28. Rebounds-wise, it was even at 35-apiece.

Up Next

No rest for the weary, or for the Irish in this instance. Notre Dame will be back in action on Friday night when they host Lipscomb at 7 p.m. ET inside Purcell Pavilion.


The Truman State game had some offensive mishaps. The California game had some defensive mishaps. But on Thursday, both sides of the ball seemed to largely click for No. 9 Notre Dame women’s basketball, who moved to 3-0 on the season with a 92-58 victory over Northwestern (1-2).

Sonia Citron, the 2022 ACC Rookie of the Year, showed once again she can be one of the most complete guards in college basketball. The sophomore posted 24 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a block. Citron was 8-10 on the night with a near-perfect 4-5 mark from behind the arc and a 6-6 first-half performance. It was her fifth career game with 20+ points.

“I talked earlier in the season about being more aggressive and confident,” Citron said after the game. “Personally, I think making my first shot always helps get me going.”

Citron’s run at the end of the first half was part of a collective effort from the Irish that saw them post a 64.3 percent success rate in the second quarter. In total, Notre Dame shot 45.1 percent on the night. They outscored Northwestern 46-32 in the paint and won the second-chance point battle 25-9.

Defensively, the Irish did not allow any Wildcats to enter double figures. Junior Maddy Westbeld continued to show defensive improvement, grabbing seven defensive rebounds and a blocked shot on the night.

It wasn’t all pretty for Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey’s team, as the Irish posted their second consecutive game with at least 25 personal fouls. Further, there was jarring in the first half, which led to technical fouls on both Nat Marshall and Olivia Miles as well as Northwestern’s Hailey Weaver. Three Wildcats, including standout forward Caileigh Walsh, were ejected for leaving the bench during the altercation. Miles later picked up a second technical foul and missed the remainder of the game.

The sophomore guard did, however, finish with 21 points and went 9-9 from the free throw line. She had four steals and entered Wednesday’s game third in the ACC in the category.

There were a couple of firsts for Notre Dame on the night as well. Stanford graduate transfer Jenna Brown got her first bucket in an Irish uniform and finished with a total of three points. Also for the first time this season, all nine of Ivey’s scholarship players scored. In addition to Citron’s 24 points and Miles’ 21, center Lauren Ebo had 19 points of her own.

Finally, Chicago native Sarah Cernugel received some hometown love when she entered a game for the first time this year.

The Irish return to Purcell Pavilion for their next matchup, as they host Ball State (1-1) Sunday at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.


MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Mid-American Conference Women’s Volleyball Championship will return to Muncie as Ball State claimed its second consecutive MAC regular season title with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-16) sweep of Toledo Wednesday night in Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals (23-7; 15-3) locked up the No. 1 seed and hosting rights to the upcoming MAC Tournament with another strong all-around performance, hitting .313 (44-13-99) as a team and limiting the Rockets (18-11; 11-7 MAC) rate of success.

“It’s awesome to win, and I really try to emphasize that to these guys all the time,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “It is not easy to win in this league, and certainly that is something we want to celebrate and are excited about. However, we know our vision and our goals, and I told them one goal down, many more to come.

“Certainly, we are going to enjoy tonight, but we really have our sights set on winning the MAC Tournament Championship and getting an NCAA bid.”

Perhaps the biggest spark to the title clinching win came from the service line, however, as a strong push from senior outside Natalie Risi helped turn a 17-15 opening set deficit to a 25-18 frame victory.

Risi’s strong serving, including an ace to make the score 20-17, shifted the momentum from Toledo to Ball State, paving the way for the victory. Overall, Risi finished the match with three aces, to go along with seven digs and three early kills.

Junior outside Cait Snyder led the Ball State offense with 12 kills, while hitting .321 (12-3-28) in another strong outing versus the Rockets. Snyder, who blasted the championship-clinching kill, registered a career-high 19 kills in the first meeting at Toledo on Oct. 19.

Marie Plitt also turned in a dominating performance, smashing 10 kills and hitting .562 (10-1-16). She also had a hand in four of Ball State’s six blocks, including a pair of solo stuffs.

Rounding out Ball State’s top contributors on offense was senior opposite Natalie Mitchem with nine kills and a .300 (9-3-20) hitting mark.

Senior libero Maggie Huber led the Cardinals’ backcourt with 12 digs, while also serving up an ace. Sophomore setter Megan Wielonski finished just shy of her 19th double-double of the season with 36 assists and nine digs.

Wielonski also scored a pair of kills, including the second-set winner, while adding an ace and a block assist.

In a solid performance off the bench, freshman outside Katie Egenolf added four kills and hit .400 (4-0-10).

Taylor Alt led the Toledo attack with 12 kills, while Ryann Jaqua added a match-high 15 digs. Despite the loss, the Rockets did manage to hold a 40-to-39 edge in digs and a 7.0-to-6.0 edge in blocks.

With the first-round bye, the Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to action Monday at 4:30 p.m. against the winner of the No. 4 Central Michigan vs. No. 5 Toledo.

“We are really comfortable at home, and have a great fan environment,” Phillips added. “With the matches being played a little earlier in the holiday week, I am hopeful we can get some great fans in here. I think that plays a huge role in our confidence and our ability to put pressure on opponents. When it comes tournament time, you want any and every advantage you can get.”


OMAHA, Neb. – The Ball State men’s basketball team returned to the court for a Wednesday night contest against Omaha. Jalen Windham led the Cardinals with a game-high 15 points as a total of four Cardinals scored in double figures in a 71-61 victory.

Ball State improved to 2-1 on the season, while Omaha fell to 1-3. Windham led the way for the Cardinals with a season-high 15 points as he shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the 3-point line. Demarius Jacobs recorded his third-straight game in double figures as he notched 12 points to go along with his team-high four assists and his three steals. Jaylin Sellers produced his first game in double digits with an 11-point effort, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Sellers added three steals. Jarron Coleman led the team with nine rebounds and added 11 points with three steals.

The game started out slow for the Cardinals as they were held to just three points in the first five minutes of play. The Mavericks utilized that to their advantage and jumped out to an early 9-3 lead.

Ball State started to get the ball inside and saw lots of success as the team’s next six points came on layups. Jacobs converted a big and-1 opportunity to cut the Omaha lead to 12-10 with 12:44 left in the first half.

With 11:34 left in the first stanza, Coleman drained a 3-pointer to pull the Cardinals within one, 14-13. Jacobs gave Ball State its first lead on the next possession with a layup.

Windham knocked down a 3-pointer with just over eight minutes left to play in the half. The Cardinals went on to end the half on an 18-8 run as BSU took a 37-27 lead into halftime.

Ball State came out strong in the second half and started the stanza on a 12-4 run as the Cardinal lead grew to 49-31 with 15:31 left in regulation.

Omaha went on a 17-8 run and cut the Ball State lead down to nine, 57-48, with 6:13 left in the game. The game was a back-and-forth battle the remainder of the contest as the Cardinals leave Nebraska with a 71-61 victory. Ball State relied on 9-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line, despite not scoring a field goal the final 4:11 of the game.

“I was really pleased with how we played the first half,” said Head Coach Michael Lewis. “Now the second half, we have a lot to learn from. We’re trying to build this program and get them to understand what it takes to win games. We had four turnovers in the first half and two of those were offensive fouls. We had 13 turnovers in the second half. We’ve got to continue to work on those things. Like I told the guys, we didn’t splinter, they stayed together, and you always want to celebrate road wins. I’m really happy that we were able to come away with a win. We’ve got to continue to improve.”

The Cardinals finished the game shooting 94.1 percent from the free-throw line. Ball State held Omaha to 35 percent from the field. The Cardinals held the Mavericks’ leading scorer, Frankie Fidler, to just six points after he came into the game averaging 15.7 points.

JJ White led the Mavericks with 15 points and a team-high five assists. Marquel Sutton was the only other Omaha player to finish in double digits with 10 points. Kennedy Brown paced the Mavericks with a game-high 10 rebounds.

Ball State returns to the friendly confines of Worthen Arena on Saturday, Nov. 19, for a matchup with IU-South Bend. Tip is slated for 2 p.m.


Game 3 | Ball State (1-1) vs. Butler (1-1)

Nov. 17 | Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena | 6:30 p.m. ET

Opening Tip:

– Ball State returns to the court Thursday for its second-straight home game this week. The Cardinals are coming off of a 105-51 victory over IU East which came in front of 4,067 fans on Monday in BSU’s sixth annual Field Trip Day. Ball State welcomed schools from not only Delaware County but also the surrounding area to Worthen Arena. Redshirt senior Anna Clephane led all scorers with 22 points against the Red Wolves.

– Thursday’s game marks the 29th all-time meeting between Ball State and Butler in women’s basketball. The Cardinals have won their last two meetings against the Bulldogs a 70-56 victory in Indianapolis, Nov. 16,  2021 and a 74-70 win in Worthen Arena Nov. 23, 2019.

– Although, Butler has a new head coach this season in Austin Parkinson the Cardinals are familiar with Parkinson’s coaching style as he was the head coach at IUPUI from 2010-2022. Parkinson had a successful career with the Jaguars as he was the winningest coach in program history at IUPUI with 225 victories and made two trips to the NCAA Tournament (2020 & 2022).

– Butler will be the fourth school from the state of Indiana that the Cardinals will face this season. Ball State played IU East Monday, Nov. 14 and will also play at Notre Dame Sunday, Nov. 20 along with hosting IUPUI Thursday, Dec. 8.

– Butler is looking to get back on the winning track after suffering a 61-67 loss to IUPUI Sunday, Nov. 13 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Prior to that contest, the Bulldogs had defeated Chicago State 84-57 on Nov. 9. Ball State will also face Chicago State this season on Dec. 30 at 6:30 pm ET in Worthen Arena.

I’m a Survivor:

Both redshirt senior Anna Clephane and senior Estel Puiggros have suffered season-ending injuries over their career at Ball State. But both have worked hard to come back stronger than ever. Clephane currently leads the team in scoring averaging 17.0 points per contest. She scored 12 points at Tennessee Tech (Nov. 7) and 22 points versus IU East (Nov. 14) Puiggros finally made her way back onto the court against IU East playing just over four minutes and managed to score her first basketball of the season. Clephane currently has 811 points for her career and needs 189 to reach 1,000 career points.

Did You Know?

Butler’s head coach Austin Parkinson is the son of Bruce Parkinson, Purdue’s all-time assists leader and member of the Indiana High School basketball Hall of Fame. His father went to Yorktown High School in Yorktown, Indiana where Ball State head coach Brady Sallee resides with his family. The distance between Yorktown and Muncie is 7.6 miles.

College Insider:

The Ball State Cardinals were ranked in the College Insider Women’s Preseason Mid-Major Top-25 Poll. Only three teams from the MAC earned the honor. Ball State was ranked No. 14 beating out Kent State from the MAC which was ranked 20th. Tennessee Tech was ranked 17th. 


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team is back in action at the Gates Sports Center on Thursday (Nov. 17) when Chicago State comes to town.

Game Day Information

Who: Chicago State Cougars

When: Thursday, November 17 | 7 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Tickets: Link

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Chicago State | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Chicago State is 0-3 to start the year with losses at Butler (84-57), against UIC (87-62) and at Evansville (82-57). Janiah Newell is the Cougars’ leading scorer. She went for 29 points in Chicago State’s last game at Evansville on Wednesday (Nov. 16).

The Series

Chicago State has played the Mastodons six times, with the first meeting coming in 2001. The two have not met since 2015. The Mastodons have five wins against the Cougars, including the last three. The ‘Dons have never lost to Chicago State at home, going a perfect 3-0.

Welcome Back to the Summit City

Chicago State head coach Andrea Williams was an assistant coach at Purdue Fort Wayne under Chris Paul for the 2015-16 season. The Mastodons were 7-23 that season.

3-Point Threats

The Mastodons take the most (32.3) and make the most 3-pointers per game (11.0) and own the second-best 3-point percentage defense (21.1) in the Horizon League. Their attempts and makes both rank in the top six in the country.

Money Millie

Here’s how Amellia Bromenschenkel ranks in the Horizon League and nationally:

65.7 FG%: 2nd, 58th

23 FG: 2nd, 25th

19.7 PPG: 2nd, 65th

68.8 3FG%: 1st, 26th

11 3FG: 1st, 10th

Linbo Limbo

Jazzlyn Linbo is eighth in the nation and second in the Horizon League with eight blocks.

Familiar Five

Purdue Fort Wayne has had the same starting five in all three games: Amellia Bromenschenkel, Ryin Ott, Shayla Sellers, Jazzlyn Linbo and Destinee Marshall.

Elusive Emmerson

Audra Emmerson is top-100 in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 3.00 average.

I’ll Take That Ball Thank You

Purdue Fort Wayne forced Bellarmine into 30 turnovers, which was the most forced in a game against a Division I opponent since forcing Centenary into 35 on February 6, 2010.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne took down Atlantic Sun foe Bellarmine on Sunday (Nov. 13) 73-62. The Mastodons got the win thanks to 26 points from Amellia Bromenschenkel. They forced the Knights into 30 turnovers.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will hit the road to play in the Hostilo Community Classic, a multi-team event in Savannah, Georgia. The Mastodons will play Norfolk State, Marshall and UT Martin over the course of three days (Nov. 21-23).


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Anna McKendree scored a game-high 23 points Wednesday evening and Natalia Lalic added a career-high 22 off the bench, leading Indiana State past visiting Central Michigan, 84-71, inside Hulman Center.

Del’Janae Williams also finished in double-figures with 12 points for the Sycamores, who led by as many as 28. Indiana State’s defense forced 23 Central Michigan turnovers and had 17 steals.

Central Michigan led for most of the first quarter, but Indiana State took control in the second with a 13-2 run to close the half and never looked back. The Sycamores caught fire from behind the arc in the middle quarters, going 7-for-10 from distance across the second and third quarters to build a 68-48 lead through the first 30 minutes. Indiana State’s defense often led to offense and the Trees’ ability to push the ball up the court in transition gave Central Michigan fits, allowing the Sycamores to win their second straight game.

First Half

McKendree scored Indiana State’s first 10 points of the game, but it was Central Michigan that took the early lead. A Lalic 3-pointer midway through the opening quarter put the Sycamores in front, while Hattie Westerfeld and Caitlin Anderson added layups late in the quarter. Central Michigan took a narrow 19-17 lead into the second.

Neither team built more than a two-possession lead early in the second, but that changed following the media timeout. A Westerfeld hook shot kickstarted a 13-2 Sycamore run to close the half, with Lalic and Ella Sawyer adding 3-pointers during the run. Sawyer’s trey was a buzzer-beater to close the half, giving the Trees a 46-36 lead at the break.

Second Half

Indiana State’s momentum carried into the third quarter, with Williams and Lalic draining 3-pointers to extend the Sycamore lead to 54-41. Lalic started a 10-0 Sycamore run out of the media timeout with a layup, which was followed by a jumper and a 3-pointer by McKendree. Williams added to the run with a layup in transition, allowing the Trees to take a 68-48 lead through three.

The Sycamores continued to tack on to their lead in the fourth quarter, with the highlight being a hustle play early on. McKendree got a steal and kept the play inbounds as she crashed into the press row table by throwing the ball to Chelsea Cain. Cain and Williams teamed up for the back half of the play with Williams feeding Cain for a layup to make it 73-51. Indiana State pushed its lead to as big as 82-54 following a McKendree layup midway through the quarter. Central Michigan got shots to fall inside the final four minutes but the game was out of reach by that point, as Indiana State improved to 2-0 with an 84-71 win.

Inside the Numbers

Natalia Lalic’s 22 points were a career high, and it also marked the second 20-point game of her Sycamore career (20 at Drake, Dec. 30, 2021).

Indiana State was plus-six (20-14) in rebounding in the second half despite giving up size at both post positions.

Anna McKendree’s 23 points were her most in a Sycamore uniform, surpassing the 19 she had in the season-opening win over Saint Louis.

Not only did Indiana State force turnovers, the Sycamores also took care of the ball. ISU finished with just nine turnovers, and had 14 assists for a 1.6 assist-turnover ratio.

News & Notes

Anna McKendree and Natalia Lalic were the first Sycamore teammates to score 20-plus points in the same game since Mya Glanton (26) and Marie Hunter (23) accomplished the feat in the first round of the 2022 MVC Tournament against Evansville.

Indiana State’s 84 points were its most in a home game against a Division I opponent under head coach Chad Killinger.

Indiana State is 2-0 for the first time since the 2018-19 season. The last time the Sycamores started the season with two home wins was the 2012-13 season. ISU won its first two home games of the 2020-21 season, but opened that campaign with a loss on the road.

Up Next

Indiana State hits the road for the first time this season when it takes on Purdue Sunday at 2 p.m.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Sycamores close out their season-opening three-game homestand Thursday night when they welcome the North Dakota State Bison to the Hulman Center for a 7 p.m. tip-off. Thursday will be just the third all-time meeting between the two teams with the series tied up at 1-1.

NDSU is one of five teams the Sycamores have home-and-home series with dating back to last season. ISU will also take on Miami (Ohio) and Northern Illinois this season in scheduled rematches with all but the Miami game set to compete in Hulman Center, along with having already hosted Green Bay and Ball State.

Indiana State is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2011-12, and will be looking to improve to 3-0, also for the first time since 2011-12 when ISU started off 5-0.

Courvoisier McCauley was named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week on Monday. He showed out in his Sycamore debut with a double-double featuring a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds against Green Bay, and he connected for three triples in the game. McCauley averaged 18.5 points and 8.0 boards on the week with a team-high six boards against Ball State Saturday.


Thursday will be just the third meeting all-time between ISU and NDSU as part of a three-game agreement between the two programs. The overall series is tied 1-1 with each team taking a win on its respective home court.

The Sycamores won the first meeting between the two teams back on Dec. 3, 2019, 71-60, at home in Terre Haute. The Bison took the second and most recent meeting, 77-70, on Dec. 13, 2021 in Fargo, N.D.


Indiana State basketball fell 77-70 on the road to the Bison on Dec. 13, 2021. Cooper Neese recorded a career high 30 points but that was not enough as it was a tale of two halves in Fargo as the NDSU rallied from an 11-point deficit to defeat Indiana State.

Neese’s career night came on 11-of-22 shooting, including five 3-pointers. Xavier Bledson was the only other Sycamore to score in double-digits as the guard dropped in 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting while also picking up five assists and a pair of rebounds.

Neese scored 11 of ISU’s final 13 points including two contested 3-pointers late to pull ISU to within three points at 73-70 at the 1:22 mark, but an Indiana State foul with 27.3 seconds remaining put the Bison at the charity stripe to close out the game — a place where NDSU was 12-of-13 throughout the game.


The Bison were picked fourth in the Summit League Preseason Poll, and junior forward Grant Nelson was named Preseason All-Summit League First Team after averaging 10.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season. Nelson recorded his first-career double-double against Pacific with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Despite being 0-3 this season, NDSU has faced a pair of top-10 teams in No. 10 Arkansas and #5 Kansas. NDSU is outscoring its opposition 129-122 in the second half this season. The Bison outscored No. 5 Kansas 40-34 after halftime, and NDSU put up 57 points in the final 20 minutes against Pacific.

Against Pacific, freshman Sam Hastreiter set an NDSU single-game record for 3-pointers made without a miss, going a perfect 7-for-7 from beyond the arc. He finished with 24 points and six rebounds and has made 9-of-11 (82 percent) from 3-point range this season.

Over the previous three seasons, NDSU ranks 50th out of 358 Division I schools in winning percentage, and the Bison have 82 wins over the last four seasons, tied for the 59th-most in all of Division I. NDSU has won at least 19 games in eight of its last 10 seasons.


Five different Sycamores scored in double figures Saturday afternoon as Indiana State defeated Ball State, 83-71, inside the Hulman Center.

Cooper Neese paced the Sycamores with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, while Courvoisier McCauley and Trenton Gibson each posted double-figures in their second straight game with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Kailex Stephens posted 11 points as he shot 9-of-10 from the charity stripe, and Jayson Kent put up 13 points off the bench including going 3-for-5 from deep.

Six Sycamores had four or more rebounds in the game, led by Courvoisier McCauley with six, all on the defensive end. ISU also collected 12 steals in the game led by Gibson and Julian Larry with three apiece and Cameron Henry and McCauley with a pair each.

The Sycamores went on a 10-0 run in the first half to gain their largest lead of the game, pushing ahead by 15 points at 33-18 with 3:48 to go in the first half. Neese and Xavier Bledson off the bench knocked down a pair of late threes, and Neese put up nine of Indiana State’s last 13 points in the half on a 7-of-9 shooting clip from the field. The Sycamores led 43-31 at the break.


In ISU’s season-opener against Green Bay, Courvoisier McCauley and Trenton Gibson each notched a double-double, marking the first time two Sycamores have recorded a double-double in the same game since 1994. Further, dating back to 2003, just five Sycamores have posted a double-double in a season-opener, and all five of them have been transfers.


Several familiar foes dot the 2022-23 nonconference schedule as the Sycamores feature five returners from last season. ISU will feature four teams making the return trip to the Hulman Center this winter, while the Sycamores will hit the road once to close out the home-and-home contracts.

Return Trips

2022-23                                       2021-22 (Results)

Nov. 7 vs. Green Bay                   Nov. 9 at GB – W, 81-77

Nov. 12 vs. Ball State                   Nov. 27 at BSU – L, 97-75

Nov. 17 vs. North Dakota State    Dec. 13 at NDSU – L, 77-70

Dec. 3 at Miami (Ohio)                 Dec. 4 vs. MOH – W, 69-68

Dec. 22 vs. Northern Illinois         Dec. 22 – Canceled (Covid)


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball head coach Steve Florio has announced the signing of two student-athletes to compete for the Mastodons in 2023: Becky Barrett and Ashby Willis.

Barrett is a 5-foot-4 defensive specialist out of Athens, Illinois. She was a four-time All-Tomahawk Conference honoree, an honorable mention in 2019 and a first teamer in 2020, 2021 and 2022. She was also a Sangamo Conference First Team pick in her final three seasons. Barrett was a News-Gazette All-State Honorable Mention in 2020 and 2021 after leading her team to third in the state in 2019. She also played club volleyball for the Illini Elite Volleyball Club from 2016-22. While recording 1,356 digs on the court, she was also a member of the National Honor Society, Math Team, Worldwide Youth Science and Engineering Academic Challenge Team. She earned High Honors in all four quarters in each of her first three years of high school.

“Becky is an extremely quick athlete who is equally talented in both serve receive and defense,” Florio said. “Further, she has a very high volleyball IQ which helps her read well, make good decisions, and play with a lot of savvy. In the classroom, she is a high-achieving student which matches our high academic standards. With her mother being a coach and siblings who also play volleyball, Becky has grown up around the sport and has a strong understanding of what it takes to be a successful student-athlete at our level. She also plays club volleyball at a very high level for a very strong program. Considering all her experience, I have no doubt she’ll excel on the court and in the classroom immediately. I’m pleased to welcome Becky to our program.”

Willis is a 6-foot outside hitter out of Mount Carmel, Illinois, where she only played volleyball for her high school for one year. She was homeschooled prior to playing for the Aces. In her one season, however, she dominated on the floor, averaging 5.90 kills per set with a .428 hitting percentage. She was named to the All-Region Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and was an IVCA All-State Honorable Mention and Little Illini All-Conference pick. Willis led the Aces to a conference and regional championship. She played club volleyball for Boiler Juniors (2017-18), KIVA (2019-21), The Academy Volleyball Club (2022), and will play for Elite Tsunami in 2023. She led her U-12 team to the USA Volleyball National final and AAU Nationals semifinal. On her U-14 team, she was named an AAU National Champion.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Ashby to our program,” Florio said. “She is a true six-rotation pin with enormous talent. She has libero-quality ball control, a variety of shots and angles on offense and terminating power, and can also effectively attack out of the back row. She, too, is the daughter of a volleyball coach, and it shows in her play. She makes excellent decisions, plays with a cool comfort, and reads the game well. I’m also very excited about who she is as a person and how she aligns with our staff and team. As we got to know her and her family, it was clear that our values, vision, and academic offerings and standards were an excellent match. Plus, she always has a positive attitude on and off the court. Simply put, she always looks like she’s having fun while playing and she makes it easy for her teammates to join in on the fun which creates a great team environment.”

Barrett and Willis will join the Mastodons for the 2023 season.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team is back in action at the Gates Sports Center on Thursday (Nov. 17) when Chicago State comes to town.

Game Day Information

Who: Chicago State Cougars

When: Thursday, November 17 | 7 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Tickets: Link

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Chicago State | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Chicago State is 0-3 to start the year with losses at Butler (84-57), against UIC (87-62) and at Evansville (82-57). Janiah Newell is the Cougars’ leading scorer. She went for 29 points in Chicago State’s last game at Evansville on Wednesday (Nov. 16).

The Series

Chicago State has played the Mastodons six times, with the first meeting coming in 2001. The two have not met since 2015. The Mastodons have five wins against the Cougars, including the last three. The ‘Dons have never lost to Chicago State at home, going a perfect 3-0.

Welcome Back to the Summit City

Chicago State head coach Andrea Williams was an assistant coach at Purdue Fort Wayne under Chris Paul for the 2015-16 season. The Mastodons were 7-23 that season.

3-Point Threats

The Mastodons take the most (32.3) and make the most 3-pointers per game (11.0) and own the second-best 3-point percentage defense (21.1) in the Horizon League. Their attempts and makes both rank in the top six in the country.

Money Millie

Here’s how Amellia Bromenschenkel ranks in the Horizon League and nationally:

65.7 FG%: 2nd, 58th

23 FG: 2nd, 25th

19.7 PPG: 2nd, 65th

68.8 3FG%: 1st, 26th

11 3FG: 1st, 10th

Linbo Limbo

Jazzlyn Linbo is eighth in the nation and second in the Horizon League with eight blocks.

Familiar Five

Purdue Fort Wayne has had the same starting five in all three games: Amellia Bromenschenkel, Ryin Ott, Shayla Sellers, Jazzlyn Linbo and Destinee Marshall.

Elusive Emmerson

Audra Emmerson is top-100 in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 3.00 average.

I’ll Take That Ball Thank You

Purdue Fort Wayne forced Bellarmine into 30 turnovers, which was the most forced in a game against a Division I opponent since forcing Centenary into 35 on February 6, 2010.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne took down Atlantic Sun foe Bellarmine on Sunday (Nov. 13) 73-62. The Mastodons got the win thanks to 26 points from Amellia Bromenschenkel. They forced the Knights into 30 turnovers.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will hit the road to play in the Hostilo Community Classic, a multi-team event in Savannah, Georgia. The Mastodons will play Norfolk State, Marshall and UT Martin over the course of three days (Nov. 21-23).


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team rallied to make it a 1-point game in the final 20 minutes before Southeast Missouri State finished with a 67-61 victory at the Ford Center.

“SEMO came ready to play.  They have been battle-tested and did what good teams do.  We were a little reactive with the excitement of being at home and having a good crowd,” UE head coach David Ragland explained.  “We need to be proactive in our approach and be ready to play for each other and do what we did in the second half for the entire 40 minutes.”

Leading the way for the Purple Aces was Kenny Strawbridge Jr.   His 22-point effort saw him knock down 7 of his 17 attempts.  Yacine Toumi recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds.  Marvin Coleman II and Sekou Kalle got the job done on the boards recording 12 apiece.  For Coleman, it tied his career-high from his days at UNLV while Kalle’s effort was a new career-best.

Strawbridge converted the first field goal of the night for UE to break a 4-4 tie.  SEMO scored the next five tallies and would go up 11-7 on a Josh Earley triple at the 11:43 mark.  Yacine Toumi hit a free throw that made it a 1-possession game at 13-10 but it was the Redhawks who had the answer.

Outscoring the Aces by an 11-1 tally, SEMO went up by a 24-11 score inside of seven minutes remaining in the half.  Two free throws from Earley gave the Redhawks their largest advantage (34-17) with the half entering the final two minutes.  Evansville hit a pair of field goals in the final moments to close the gap to a 13-point gap of 36-23 at the break.  The story of the half was the SEMO defense which held UE to 26.1% shooting in the opening stanza.

Baskets by Toumi and Gage Bobe opened the second half for UE and would set the stage for Strawbridge.  His 3-pointer at the 17:20 mark cut the deficit to just seven – 38-31.  After the Redhawks pushed the lead back to seven points, the Aces continued to storm back.

What was once a 17-point deficit was cut to just one tally as a triple on the break by Blaise Beauchamp made it a 45-44 game with 11 minutes remaining.  Strawbridge had a field goal during the rally and picked up the steal that led to Beauchamp’s three.  SEMO had an immediate answer with Adam Larson draining a three.

Another SEMO triple pushed the lead to 53-46 with 8:25 remaining and UE could not get back within one possession as the Redhawks finished the night with a 67-61 win.

Chris Harris led four Redhawk double figure scorers.  He posted 14 while tying for the team high with six boards.  Kobe Clark and Josh Earley tallied 13 each.  SEMO outshot UE by a 41.8%-32.3% margin.  Evansville won the battle of the boards, 44-40.

On Saturday, the Aces are back on the road for a 2 p.m. game at SMU.


EVANSVILLE – In front of nearly 3,000 raucous school children, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team pulled-away early in an 82-57 win on Education Day inside the Ford Center in Evansville.

Senior guard/forward Abby Feit put together one of the best performances of her career. In just 26 minutes on the floor, Feit poured-in 27 points, while grabbing 17 boards, coming up just shy of a pair of career highs in the win. Fifth-year guard A’Niah Griffin (17 points) and freshman guard Kynidi Mason Striverson (14 points) also finished in double-figures with Mason Striverson’s performance setting a new career-best. For Chicago State, the Cougars offense was powered primarily by Janiah Newell, who tallied a game-high 29 points to account for more than half of CSU’s offense on the day.

Chicago State scored three of the first four baskets of the game, but Evansville response was quick and effective. After trailing 6-2 in the opening moments, Evansville went on an 18-2 run to close the quarter, owning a 21-8 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Feit was responsible for much of the early offense, scoring seven of UE’s first eight points and finishing the period with 14 points.

The Aces continued to push their advantage in the second quarter, running their lead as large as 25 before the break. Evansville shot a scorching 57.1% (8-14) from the field in the second frame, while forcing 18 first-half turnovers from the Cougars as UE held a 48-23 lead at the half.

Evansville’s lead would continue to swell into the second half, surpassing 30 in the third quarter before hitting its high point at 72-39 just two minutes into the fourth period on a layup by redshirt junior Barbora Tomancova. In all, 11 Aces saw the floor in the Aces win with 10 scoring in Evansville’s 82-57 win.

The Aces are back on the road for their next contest, traveling to Champaign, Ill. to face Illinois at 2 PM on Saturday afternoon.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball fought hard, but lost to the University of Notre Dame, 82-70, Wednesday evening in South Bend, Indiana. The Screaming Eagles are 1-2 after tonight’s action, while the Fighting Irish begin 2022-23, 3-0.

The Eagles fell behind early in the opening half as the Irish took advantage USI’s cold field goal shooting to post a 13-5 lead before six minutes were gone. USI was just two-of-nine from field to start game.

Notre Dame doubled up USI at 22-11 and posted its largest lead at 30-13 with 7:07 remaining the opening frame. The Eagles would battle back with an 8-3 run to cut the deficit to 33-21 with 3:53 on the first half clock when senior forward Jacob Polakovich (Grand Rapids, Michigan) laid in a bucket. Polakovich had six of the eight points during the surge.

USI cooled in the final two minutes of the first half as Notre Dame re-extended the margin to 17, 42-25, and conclude the first half.

After the Irish opened with a pair of buckets to take a 21-point lead, 46-25, to begin the final 20 minutes, the Eagles’ offense caught fire with a 18-5 run to cut the deficit to nine points, 51-43. Polakovich led the way with eight of the 17-points, while graduate forward Trevor Lakes (Lebanon, Indiana) dropped in five.

Notre Dame would rebound to re-extend their advantage to double-digits with a quick 12-4 burst to lead 61-45 at the midway point of the second half. The Irish would slowly pull away in the final five minutes in putting the lid on a 82-70 final, despite USI scoring the final eight points. 

USI, as a team, was dead even in the battle on the glass, 35-35, and for the third-straight game was a smoother team in the second half. The Eagles shot 48.4 percent from the field (15-31) in the second half, compared to 34.4 percent (11-32) in the opening half, and outscored the Irish, 45-40, in the final 20 minutes.

Individually, Lakes led three players in double-digits with 21 points. He was seven-of-11 from the field, five-of-seven from long range, and two-of-three from the stripe.

Polakovich followed with 16 points and 10 rebounds in his 2022-23 debut. The senior forward was seven-of-10 from the field and completed his first double-double by grabbing three offensive and seven defensive boards.

Junior guard Gary Solomon (Detroit, Michigan) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points and dished a game-high five assists.

Next Up 2022-23:

USI returns to Screaming Eagles Arena Friday night when it hosts Loras College for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Loras is 1-1 to open the 2022-23 season, falling 98-88 loss at Concordia University Chicago and winning 120-92 versus Greenville College. The DuHawks are led by sophomore guard Ali Sabet, who is posting 22.5 points per contest.

The Eagles won the first meeting between the two programs last year, defeating Loras, 85-56. Polakovich led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Jelani Simmons followed with 14 points. The Eagles had 12 players score in the victory.


For the second time in as many road games, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team got the better of the play after halftime, but an early hole proved to be too much to overcome in an 87-74 setback at Chicago State on Wednesday. Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) had another monster performance with 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting, while Nick Edwards (Atlanta, Ga. / Grayson [Glenville State]) provided an offensive lift by scoring 15 second-half points.

How It Happened

The Cougars set the tone early, scoring the game’s first eight points.

Valpo battled back to cut the lead to two at 10-8, but the Cougars ran off the next 10 points to extend the lead to 12 at 20-8.

By halftime, Chicago State had stretched the lead to 25 at 49-24. Krikke scored 14 first-half points, but the rest of the team was held in check. Meanwhile, the Cougars shot lights out, knocking down nine of their 12 3-point attempts and shooting 68 percent from the field. At one point, the Cougars made 11 straight field goals without a miss.

Quinton Green (Columbus, Ohio / Homeschool [Cedarville]), who was limited to 11 minutes due to foul trouble before fouling out, had a 3 and a pair of free throws as part of a half-opening spurt that also saw Edwards score six points in the first two and a half minutes of the second stanza. Edwards’ third basket of the half came at the 17:31 mark and cut the lead to 16.

Edwards made his fourth basket of the half before the half was four minutes old to continue to provide a scoring lift.

Jerome Palm (Almere, Netherlands / Echnaton [Hillsborough CC]) cleaned up the offensive glass on several occasions in the second half, including a put-back with 10:52 on the clock that made it 63-47. After a pair of Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) free throws and a nice jumper by Krikke, the Beacons cut the lead to 12 at 63-51 by the half’s midway mark.

However, the Cougars continued to make all of their free throws and hit shots at a high enough clip to make it hard for the Beacons to fully get back in the game. The Cougars went 27-of-28 (96.4 percent) at the foul line including 21-of-22 in the second half after entering the game at 68 percent over their first three contests.

Inside the Game

Krikke led all scorers with 27 points and has now scored 55 over the last two contests. He was one shy of his career high of 28 that was established in Sunday’s game against Western Michigan. He shot 12-of-16 and was 3-of-3 at the line. Krikke is averaging 24.3 points per game over the season’s first three outings. This marked Krikke’s 54th career double-figure game and his 11th with 20+ points.

Edwards had his first double-figure game in a Valpo uniform with the 15-point output, the 25th double-figure scoring effort of his collegiate career.

Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) paced the team on the glass with six rebounds including four offensive boards. King scored 11 points, finishing in double figures for the third consecutive game and the 22nd time in his 26-game Valpo career.

The Beacons shot 48.3 percent for the game but were just 2-of-11 from 3-point territory. Valpo made 14 of its 18 free throws (77.8 percent). Chicago State posted impressive shooting numbers at 54 percent from the field, 63 percent (10-of-16) from 3 and the aforementioned 96 percent from the line.

Valpo held a 24-10 edge in transition points and a 42-30 advantage in points in the paint.

The Beacons shot 54.3 percent in the second half and outscored the Cougars 50-38 after the break.

Sophomore Preston Ruedinger (Oshkosh, Wis. / Lourdes Academy) returned after missing the previous two games with a back injury, but Ibra Bayu (hernia) and Cam Palesse (thumb) remained sidelined.

Up Next

Valpo (1-2) will look to get back in the win column on Saturday as Incarnate Word comes to the Athletics-Recreation Center for a 7 p.m. tip. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.


The Valpo volleyball team held off multiple UIC match points in the third set of the regular season finale Wednesday evening at the ARC to extend the match and had an opportunity to send the match to a fifth set, but at the end, the Flames earned a 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 29-31, 29-27) victory over the Beacons. Freshman libero Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) broke both the Valpo and the MVC freshman single-season digs record, while junior middle Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) broke her career high in the kills department.

How It Happened

UIC took the lead for good early in set one with four consecutive blocks. The Flames’ lead reached as many as seven points and Valpo was unable to get any closer than three points after the early run.

The Flames scored five in a row midway through set two to turn a 10-9 Valpo lead into a 14-10 UIC advantage. The Beacons cut the lead to two points on multiple occasions, the latest coming at 17-15, but the Flames scored eight of the set’s final 10 points to go up 2-0 in the match.

In contrast to the first two sets, Valpo led most of the way in set three and held a four-point advantage at 20-16 as it looked to extend the match.

UIC stormed back with seven points in a row to move within two points of closing a sweep at 23-20, but kills from fifth-year Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) and Januski were part of a three-point spurt to tie the set at 23-all.

The rest of the set was a battle to see which team could string together the winning points. The Flames had three chances to complete the sweep with match points at 24-23, 25-24 and 26-25, but each time UIC was turned away by Beacon kills — senior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte), Grant and Januski.

Valpo earned set point opportunities at 27-26, 28-27 and 29-28, only to see the Flames convert on kills to tie things up. Finally, on their fourth try at 30-29, a solo block from Cooper closed out the extended set and sent the match to a fourth frame.

Valpo led through the middle stages of set four and held as much as a four-point advantage. But UIC again came up with a run, this one a 10-3 stretch to turn a 14-10 Valpo lead into a 20-17 edge for the Flames.

Valpo had another answer in its pocket, however, scoring six of the next seven points — including two kills and a block from junior Olivia Blackketter (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South [Winthrop]) — to go ahead 23-21. After a UIC kill, the Flames committed a service error to give Valpo two set points at 24-22.

The Beacons were unable to force the fifth set, however, as UIC scored three in a row to go ahead 25-24. Valpo held off three more UIC match point chances, but at 28-27 — their fourth try of the set and seventh of the match to close things out — the Flames picked up another kill to complete their victory.

Inside the Match

Hickey entered Wednesday’s match 15 digs from Rylee Cookerly’s freshman year total of 686 digs, which stood as both the Valpo and the MVC single-season record for a freshman. Hickey notched a team-high 16 digs Wednesday evening to surpass Cookerly and end the night with the freshman record.

With 687 digs on the season, Hickey ranks fifth overall in a single season in Valpo history and 10th in a single season in MVC history. She is 13 digs away from becoming just the third NCAA D-I freshman in the last 12 seasons to reach 700 digs as a rookie.

Januski posted a huge night offensively for the Beacons on Wednesday, totaling a team-high 16 kills to best her previous career high of 14. The junior also hit at a match-best .556 clip and paced Valpo as well with four blocks.

Grant reached double figures in kills for the 37th time in her career, hitting .323 with 12 kills. She came up just one dig shy of a double-double.

Junior Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) dished out 24 assists, while redshirt freshman Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) tallied 22 helpers.

Senior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) joined Hickey in double figures in digs with 14 digs, her 75th career match with at least 10 digs. Ravotto jumped two spots on Valpo’s career digs chart on Wednesday, moving into 16th place in program history with 1,270 career digs — just one shy of the top-15.

After hitting just .083 over the first two sets, the Beacon offense tallied 37 kills and hit .303 over the final two frames. But UIC held a 20-kill advantage on the night over Valpo and hit .320 for the match, the best single-match hitting percentage by a Valpo opponent this season.

Next Up

Valpo (21-9, 9-9 MVC) will be the sixth seed for the upcoming MVC Tournament and will face seventh-seeded Murray State in first-round action this Sunday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. from Evansville, Ind. All tournament matches will be broadcasted live on ESPN+.

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American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins730.7000.02522414-1-03-2-05-2-02-1-04 W
New York Jets630.6670.51961762-3-04-0-05-3-02-1-01 W
Buffalo Bills630.6670.52501513-1-03-2-04-2-00-2-02 L
New England Patriots540.5561.52031662-2-03-2-04-2-01-1-02 W
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs720.7780.02702064-1-03-1-04-2-02-0-03 W
Los Angeles Chargers540.5562.02002282-2-03-2-04-2-02-1-01 L
Denver Broncos360.3334.01311492-2-01-4-02-5-00-2-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders270.2225.02032262-2-00-5-02-5-01-2-03 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens630.6670.02351962-2-04-1-04-2-02-0-03 W
Cincinnati Bengals540.5561.02281853-1-02-3-02-3-00-3-01 W
Cleveland Browns360.3333.02172382-3-01-3-02-5-02-1-01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers360.3333.01402072-2-01-4-01-5-01-1-01 W
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans630.6670.01661683-1-03-2-05-2-03-0-01 W
Indianapolis Colts451.4502.01572032-2-02-3-14-4-11-3-11 W
Jacksonville Jaguars370.3003.52162052-3-01-4-03-4-01-2-01 L
Houston Texans171.1674.51492070-3-11-4-01-4-11-1-14 L
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles810.8890.02461674-1-04-0-05-1-02-1-01 L
New York Giants720.7781.01871734-1-03-1-03-2-00-1-01 W
Dallas Cowboys630.6672.02111644-1-02-2-05-3-02-1-01 L
Washington Commanders550.5003.51912132-3-03-2-03-4-01-2-01 W
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks640.6000.02572413-1-03-3-04-4-02-1-01 L
San Francisco 49ers540.5560.51981633-1-02-3-04-2-03-0-02 W
Arizona Cardinals460.4002.02302581-4-03-2-03-5-01-3-01 W
Los Angeles Rams360.3332.51482002-4-01-2-03-5-01-3-03 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings810.8890.02261914-0-04-1-06-1-03-0-07 W
Green Bay Packers460.4004.51852163-2-01-4-03-4-01-2-01 W
Detroit Lions360.3335.02192642-3-01-3-03-4-02-1-02 W
Chicago Bears370.3005.52172472-3-01-4-01-6-00-3-03 L
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers550.5000.01831803-3-02-2-05-2-02-1-02 W
Atlanta Falcons460.4001.02322503-2-01-4-03-4-01-3-02 L
Carolina Panthers370.3002.02042433-3-00-4-03-5-03-1-01 W
New Orleans Saints370.3002.02222472-4-01-3-02-4-01-2-02 L


Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston123.8006-16-22-09-39-18 W
Milwaukee113.7860.58-13-23-07-27-31 W
Atlanta96.6003.05-34-31-17-55-51 L
Cleveland86.5713.54-14-52-17-25-55 L
Toronto97.5633.56-13-61-27-56-42 W
Indiana76.5384.04-33-31-16-46-42 W
Washington87.5334.05-43-31-05-55-51 L
New York87.5334.04-34-41-25-55-52 W
Philadelphia77.5004.54-43-31-35-66-42 W
10 Miami78.4675.06-41-42-03-55-51 L
11 Chicago69.4006.04-42-51-16-53-73 L
12 Brooklyn69.4006.03-43-52-05-35-52 L
13 Orlando411.2678.04-50-61-21-64-62 L
14 Charlotte412.2508.51-63-62-42-81-91 L
15 Detroit312.2009.03-50-70-41-122-84 L
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Portland104.7144-26-21-08-36-41 W
Phoenix95.6431.07-12-43-09-26-41 W
Denver95.6431.04-15-43-27-37-31 L
Utah106.6251.05-15-52-19-36-43 L
New Orleans96.6001.55-24-43-05-46-43 W
Memphis96.6001.55-14-52-25-45-52 L
Dallas86.5712.07-21-41-24-46-41 L
Sacramento76.5382.54-33-32-32-57-34 W
LA Clippers87.5332.53-45-33-17-66-41 L
10 Minnesota78.4673.54-53-32-15-64-62 W
11 Oklahoma City78.4673.54-33-50-43-45-51 W
12 Golden State69.4004.56-10-83-34-53-71 L
13 San Antonio69.4004.53-53-40-12-73-72 L
14 LA Lakers310.2316.53-50-50-42-93-71 W
15 Houston312.2007.51-32-91-22-92-81 W


Eastern Conference
Boston Bruins161420281365359-0-05-2-09-1-0
New Jersey Devils161330261360397-2-06-1-010-0-0
New York Islanders171160221157436-3-05-3-08-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes16105121850434-2-06-3-16-4-0
Toronto Maple Leafs1795321950466-2-13-3-25-2-3
Florida Panthers1696119853485-1-14-5-05-5-0
Tampa Bay Lightning1696119954535-2-14-4-06-3-1
New York Rangers1786319852484-3-34-3-05-4-1
Detroit Red Wings1675418746535-2-22-3-24-4-2
10 Philadelphia Flyers1676317741484-3-13-3-23-4-3
11 Montreal Canadiens1687117748535-4-03-3-15-4-1
12 Washington Capitals1879216751585-3-12-6-13-5-2
13 Pittsburgh Penguins1667315656573-2-13-5-22-6-2
14 Buffalo Sabres17710014760614-6-03-4-03-7-0
15 Ottawa Senators1669113655545-5-01-4-12-7-1
16 Columbus Blue Jackets1559111543654-5-01-4-13-6-1
Western Conference
Vegas Golden Knights171340261361425-3-08-1-08-2-0
Dallas Stars1695220960434-2-05-3-25-4-1
Los Angeles Kings191171231064646-3-05-4-17-2-1
Winnipeg Jets1494119943335-1-04-3-17-2-1
Seattle Kraken1685319852453-4-25-1-16-3-1
Colorado Avalanche1485117751384-2-14-3-06-4-0
Edmonton Oilers1798018960614-6-05-2-05-5-0
Calgary Flames1576216747506-4-11-2-13-5-2
Minnesota Wild1677216643472-4-15-3-15-4-1
10 Nashville Predators1678115642524-3-13-5-05-5-0
11 Chicago Blackhawks1667315640514-4-12-3-22-5-3
12 San Jose Sharks1869315552621-5-35-4-04-3-3
13 St. Louis Blues1578014739522-4-05-4-04-6-0
14 Arizona Coyotes1568113640541-2-15-6-05-4-1
15 Vancouver Canucks1759313558702-3-13-6-25-4-1
16 Anaheim Ducks16510111345703-4-02-6-14-6-0


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Davidson at Charleston7:00pmESPNU
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Portland at Air Force9:00pmMWN
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California Baptist at Washington11:00pmPAC12
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What to Watch: Thursday, 11-17-22

Tennessee at Green Bay8:15pmPRIME

Tennessee Titans(6-3) is first in AFC South and Green Bay Packers(4-6) is second in NFC North. The Titans are 3-2 on the road and the Packers are 3-2 at home this season. Since 2004 the Titans are 3-2 versus the Packers.

New Jersey at Toronto7:00pmSportsnet

The New Jersey Devils(26pts) are first in the Metropolitan division and are 6-1 on the road this season. The Toronto Maple Leafs(21pts) are second in the Atlantic division and are 6-2-1 at home this season. The Devils won the first matchup of season versus the Maple Leafs.