INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SEMI-FINAL SCHEDULE

CLASS 6A

SECTIONAL 1

CROWN POINT (9-0) AT PORTAGE (2-7)

LAKE CENTRAL (4-5) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (7-2)

SECTIONAL 2

CARROLL (9-0) AT PENN (7-2)

ELKHART (7-2) AT WARSAW (7-2)

SECTIONAL 3

FISHERS (6-3) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-8)

HOMESTEAD (5-4) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (9-0)

SECTIONAL 4

WESTFIELD (6-3) AT CARMEL (6-3)

ZIONSVILLE (4-5) AT NOBLESVILLE (3-6)

SECTIONAL 5

BROWNSBURG (8-1) VS. BEN DAVIS (6-3)

AVON (1-8) VS. PIKE (1-8)

SECTIONAL 6

LAWRENCE NORTH (4-5) VS. CATHEDRAL (7-1)

NORTH CENTRAL (0-9) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (4-5)

SECTIONAL 7

TECH (1-8) AT PERRY MERIDIAN (3-6)

WARREN CENTRAL (4-5) AT SOUTHPORT (0-9)

SECTIONAL 8

CENTER GROVE (7-2) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (3-6)

COLUMBUS NORTH (4-5) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (1-7)

CLASS 5A

SECTIONAL 9

MUNSTER (3-6) AT MERRILLVILLE (7-2)

HAMMOND CENTRAL (7-2) AT HAMMOND MORTON (1-8)

SECTIONAL 10

VALPARAISO (6-3) AT LAPORTE (2-7)

CHESTERTON (4-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-7)

SECTIONAL 11

CONCORD (4-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-7)

SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-8) AT MISHAWAKA (8-1)

SECTIONAL 12

ANDERSON (3-6) AT FORT WAYNE NORTH (7-2)

FORT WAYNE SNIDER (8-1) AT FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER (6-3)

SECTIONAL 13

MCCUTCHEON (3-6) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (3-6)

PLAINFIELD (4-5) AT HARRISON (8-1)

SECTIONAL 14

FRANKLIN (7-2) AT TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (6-3)

TERRE HAUTE NORTH (2-7) AT WHITELAND (8-1)

SECTIONAL 15

SEYMOUR (6-3) AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH (5-4)

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (7-1) AT COLUMBUS EAST (4-5)

SECTIONAL 16

FLOYD CENTRAL (4-5) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (5-4)

CASTLE (5-4) AT NEW ALBANY (2-7)

CLASS 4A

SECTIONAL 17

LOWELL (7-3) VS. NEW PRAIRIE (9-1)

HOBART (7-3) VS. HIGHLAND (4-6)

SECTIONAL 18

LOGANSPORT (8-2) VS. NORTHRIDGE (6-4)

NORTHWOOD (10-0) VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (4-6)

SECTIONAL 19

EAST NOBLE (5-5) AT LEO (7-3)

DEKALB (4-6) VS. COLUMBIA CITY (9-1)

SECTIONAL 20

MISSISSINEWA (7-3) VS. HUNTINGTON NORTH (3-7)

KOKOMO (9-1) AT WESTERN (6-4)

SECTIONAL 21

BREBEUF JESUIT (6-3) VS. MOORESVILLE (8-2)

CRISPUS ATTUCKS (6-3) AT RONCALLI (9-1)

SECTIONAL 22

CONNERSVILLE (6-4) VS. NEW CASTLE (3-7)

NEW PALESTINE (10-0) VS. GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (7-3)

SECTIONAL 23

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (6-4) VS. MARTINSVILLE (7-3)

SILVER CREEK (5-5) VS. EAST CENTRAL (8-2)

SECTIONAL 24

JASPER (6-3) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (7-3)

BOONVILLE (7-3) VS. EVANSVILLE REITZ (10-0)

CLASS 3A

SECTIONAL 25

WEST LAFAYETTE (10-0) VS. CALUMET (9-1)

GRIFFITH (5-5) VS. HANOVER CENTRAL (10-0)

SECTIONAL 26

WEST NOBLE (8-2) VS. KNOX (7-3)

JIMTOWN (8-2) VS. JOHN GLENN (6-4)

SECTIONAL 27

NORWELL (9-1) VS. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (4-6)

YORKTOWN (7-3) VS. GARRETT (3-7)

SECTIONAL 28

BISHOP CHATARD (6-4) VS. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (8-2)

GUERIN CATHOLIC (6-4) VS. TIPPECANOE VALLEY (9-1)

SECTIONAL 29

WESTERN BOONE (9-1) VS. DANVILLE (4-6)

MONROVIA (3-7) VS. SPEEDWAY (6-4)

SECTIONAL 30

GIBSON SOUTHERN (10-0) VS. OWEN VALLEY (10-0)

WEST VIGO (4-6) VS. PIKE CENTRAL (2-8)

SECTIONAL 31

LAWRENCEBURG (9-1) VS. GREENSBURG (4-6)

INDIAN CREEK (7-3) AT BATESVILLE (5-5)

SECTIONAL 32

CORYDON CENTRAL (4-6) AT SOUTHRIDGE (9-1)

HERITAGE HILLS (6-4) VS. CHARLESTOWN (9-1)

CLASS 2A

SECTIONAL 33

ANDREAN (6-3) VS. LAVILLE (10-0)

BREMEN (6-4) VS. LAKE STATION (3-6)

SECTIONAL 34

LEWIS CASS (6-3) VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (7-3)

ROCHESTER (9-1) VS. BENTON CENTRAL (4-6)

SECTIONAL 35

FORT WAYNE LUERS (5-5) VS. CHURUBUSCO (8-2)

EASTSIDE (8-2) VS. MANCHESTER (2-8)

SECTIONAL 36

EASTBROOK (7-3) VS. ALEXANDRIA (6-4)

BLUFFTON (6-4) VS. TIPTON (5-5)

SECTIONAL 37

SOUTHMONT (7-3) AT LINTON-STOCKTON (10-0)

CASCADE (6-4) AT SULLIVAN (6-4)

SECTIONAL 38

SHENANDOAH (6-4) VS. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (6-3)

LAPEL (5-5) VS. EASTERN HANCOCK (5-5)

SECTIONAL 39

TRITON CENTRAL (8-2) VS. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (6-4)

SCECINA (9-1) VS. CLARKSVILLE (5-5)

SECTIONAL 40

NORTH POSEY (8-2) VS. PAOLI (7-3)

TELL CITY (3-7) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (7-3)

CLASS A

SECTIONAL 41

SOUTH CENTRAL-UNION MILLS (3-7) VS. CULVER (6-4)

TRITON (7-3) VS. NORTH JUDSON (9-1)

SECTIONAL 42

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (5-5) VS. NORTH VERMILLION (6-4)

PARK TUDOR (7-3) VS. FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (4-6)

SECTIONAL 43

TAYLOR (2-8) VS. WEST CENTRAL (8-2)

TRI-CENTRAL (4-6) VS. CARROLL-FLORA (9-1)

SECTIONAL 44

SOUTH ADAMS (8-2) VS. ADAMS CENTRAL (10-0)

MADISON-GRANT (8-2) AT NORTHFIELD (5-5)

SECTIONAL 45

MONROE CENTRAL (5-3) AT SHERIDAN (9-1)

TINDLEY (3-7) VS. HAGERSTOWN (6-4)

SECTIONAL 46

CAMBRIDGE CITY (0-9) VS. KNIGHTSTOWN (2-7)

MILAN (5-5) VS. NORTH DECATUR (10-0)

SECTIONAL 47

CLOVERDALE (1-8) VS. LUTHERAN (10-0)

RIVERTON PARKE (8-2) VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (7-3)

SECTIONAL 48

NORTH DAVIES (5-4) AT TECUMSEH (9-0)

PROVIDENCE (7-2) VS. WEST WASHINGTON (7-2)

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE

NORTH

1. PLYMOUTH 
CLASS 1A | FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (32-4) VS. SOUTHWOOD (31-3) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT 
CLASS 3A | NORTHWOOD (28-6) VS. BELLMONT (29-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT

2. FRANKFORT
CLASS 2A | ANDREAN (29-5) VS. WAPAHANI (30-5) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 4A | LAKE CENTRAL (29-9) VS. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (31-1) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT 

SOUTH

3. COLUMBUS EAST
CLASS 3A | WESTERN BOONE (26-6) VS. PROVIDENCE (29-6) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT 
CLASS 4A | YORKTOWN (33-2) VS. FLOYD CENTRAL (30-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT

4. JASPER
CLASS 1A | INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (18-17) VS. TECUMSEH (30-4) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT 
CLASS 2A | INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (30-5) VS. LINTON-STOCKTON (27-5) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT 

INDIANA SOCCER STATE FINALS

FRIDAY, OCT. 28

CLASS 1A BOYS | GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (11-7-3) VS. PARK TUDOR (18-2-1) | 6 PM ET / 5 PM CT

CLASS 2A GIRLS | EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (20-0-1) VS. LEO (18-4) | 8:15 PM ET / 7:15 PM CT

SATURDAY, OCT. 29

CLASS 2A BOYS | BREBEUF JESUIT (16-4-1) VS. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (17-1-2) | 11 AM ET / 10 AM CT

CLASS 3A BOYS | COLUMBUS NORTH (18-1-1) VS. NOBLESVILLE (14-3-3) | 1:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM CT

CLASS 3A GIRLS | CARMEL (18-2-2) VS. NOBLESVILLE (19-1) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT

CLASS 1A GIRLS | PARK TUDOR (20-1-1) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (12-8-2) | 6:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM CT

CROSS COUNTRY STATE FINALS

Site: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, IN  47803. Course Layout

Times: Girls at 12 pm ET followed by their awards ceremony; Boys at 2:30 pm ET followed by their awards ceremony.

Admission: All ticket sales will be digital only via GoFan ticketing. No cash. Please purchase tickets online in advance and present your purchase verification on your phone to gain admittance at the gate. $15 per person. Children age 5 or younger admitted free. Note: Wifi and cell service around the facility can be spotty and delay the process in having your ticket available to redeem. To assist with entering the facility faster, please have your ticket pulled up and ready as you are approaching the gate to enter. A purchased ticket can only be validated one time. If you choose to leave the facility, you will be required to purchase another ticket.

Feeder Semi-States: Brown County, Shelbyville, New Haven, New Prairie.

Streaming: Exclusively at IHSAAtv.org

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL OPENING DAY SCHEDULE

NOV 1

ALL TIMES EASTERN
ALEXANDRIAATMUNCIE BURRIS7:30 PM
ANDERSONATPIKE7:30 PM
BROWN COUNTYATSHELBYVILLE7:30 PM
CENTER GROVEATFRANKLIN CENTRAL7:30 PM
CHURUBUSCOATFORT WAYNE DWENGER7:30 PM
CORYDON CENTRALATNEW WASHINGTON7:30 PM
CROWN POINTATHAMMOND CENTRAL8:00 PM
DEKALBATHERITAGE7:30 PM
EASTERN GREENEATBLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE7:30 PM
FOUNTAIN CENTRALATFAITH CHRISTIAN7:30 PM
GREENWOOD CHRISTIANATINDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE6:00 PM
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERNATCOLUMBUS NORTH7:30 PM
INDIANA MATH & SCIENCEATCENTRAL CHRISTIAN6:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKSATZIONSVILLE7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRALATCOVENANT CHRISTIAN7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARDATTRI-WEST7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS HERRONATKIPP INDY LEGACY6:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS TECHATCHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL7:30 PM
JEFFERSONVILLEATLANESVILLE6:00 PM
JIMTOWNATFAIRFIELD7:30 PM
MARIONATPENDLETON HEIGHTS7:30 PM
MARQUETTE CATHOLICATBOONE GROVE8:00 PM
MISHAWAKAATSOUTH BEND RILEY7:30 PM
MISHAWAKA MARIANATBREMEN7:30 PM
MOORESVILLEATNORTHVIEW7:30 PM
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)ATWHITELAND7:30 PM
NEW PRAIRIEATCONCORD7:45 PM
NORTH DECATURATFRANKLIN COUNTY7:30 PM
NORTH PUTNAMATNORTH VERMILLION7:30 PM
PERRY CENTRALATSOUTHRIDGE8:00 PM
PROVIDENCE CRISTO REYATINDIANAPOLIS SCECINA6:00 PM
RICHMONDATNEW CASTLE7:30 PM
RIVERTON PARKEATCLOVERDALE7:30 PM
SCOTTSBURGATJENNINGS COUNTY7:30 PM
SHAKAMAKATNORTH KNOX7:30 PM
SOUTH BEND CAREERATGRANGER CHRISTIAN6:45 PM
SOUTH DECATURATMILAN7:30 PM
SOUTH PUTNAMATSOUTH VERMILLION7:30 PM
SOUTHMONTATGREENCASTLE7:30 PM
TELL CITYATCANNELTON7:00 PM
TERRE HAUTE SOUTHATPLAINFIELD7:30 PM
TRINITY GREENLAWNATCULVER ACADEMY7:30 PM
UNIVERSITYATINDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE7:30 PM
WARREN CENTRALATBROWNSBURG7:00 PM
WES-DELATEASTERN HANCOCK7:30 PM
WEST VIGOATEDGEWOOD7:30 PM
WESTERNATNORTH MIAMI7:30 PM
WESTFIELDATNORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)7:30 PM
WHEELERATLOWELL8:00 PM
WHITE RIVER VALLEYATSOUTH KNOX7:30 PM
WOODLANATNEW HAVEN7:30 PM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9

THURSDAY, OCT. 27

VIRGINIA TECH AT NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

LOUISIANA AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

UTAH AT WASHINGTON STATE | 10 P.M. | FS1

FRIDAY, OCT. 28

YALE AT COLUMBIA | 6:30 P.M. | ESPNU

EAST CAROLINA AT BYU | 8 P.M. | ESPN2

LOUISIANA TECH AT FIU | 8 P.M. | CBSSN

SATURDAY, OCT. 29

OHIO STATE AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX                                   

ARKANSAS AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

OKLAHOMA AT IOWA STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1

BOSTON COLLEGE AT UCONN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

GEORGIA TECH AT FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

TOLEDO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

MIAMI (OHIO) AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

MIAMI (FLA.) AT VIRGINIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3

CHARLOTTE AT RICE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3

RUTGERS AT MINNESOTA | 2:30 P.M.

OLD DOMINION AT GEORGIA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

FLORIDA VS. GEORGIA (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA) | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

OREGON AT CAL | 3:30 P.M.

WAKE FOREST AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

ILLINOIS AT NEBRASKA | 3:30 P.M.

NORTHWESTERN AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

NEW MEXICO STATE AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

TEMPLE AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M.

ROBERT MORRIS AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

NORTH TEXAS AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

MISSOURI AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

SOUTH ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS STATE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

USC AT ARIZONA | 6 P.M.

KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN

COASTAL CAROLINA AT MARSHALL | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

UAB AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

MICHIGAN STATE AT MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

OLE MISS AT TEXAS A&M | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

ARIZONA STATE AT COLORADO | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

BAYLOR AT TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

PITT AT NORTH CAROLINA | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | ESPN+

STANFORD AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

SAN DIEGO STATE AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M.

NEVADA AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

WYOMING AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

TCU AT WEST VIRGINIA

OKLAHOMA STATE AT KANSAS STATE

NOTRE DAME AT SYRACUSE

CINCINNATI AT UCF

SOUTH FLORIDA AT HOUSTON

SMU AT TULSA

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2022

WEEK 8

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS VS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (WEMBLEY) 1:30P (BST) 9:30A ESPN+

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CHICAGO BEARS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TENNESSEE TITANS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 3:05P (CT) 4:05P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P FOX

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

NEW YORK GIANTS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT BUFFALO BILLS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2022

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

WORLD SERIES

FRIDAY, OCT. 28
GAME 1, PHI @ HOU, FOX

SATURDAY, OCT. 29
GAME 2, PHI @ HOU, FOX

MONDAY, OCT. 31
GAME 3, HOU @ PHI, FOX

TUESDAY, NOV. 1
GAME 4, HOU @ PHI, FOX

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
GAME 5, HOU @ PHI, FOX (IF NECESSARY)

FRIDAY, NOV. 4
GAME 6, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)

SATURDAY, NOV. 5
GAME 7, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)

NBA SCOREBOARD

CLEVELAND 103 ORLANDO 92

ATLANTA 118 DETROIT 113

MILWAUKEE 110 BROOKLYN 99

NEW YORK 134 CHARLOTTE 131 OT

TORONTO 119 PHILADELPHIA 109

CHICAGO 124 INDIANA 109

MINNESOTA 134 SAN ANTONIO 122

UTAH 109 HOUSTON 101

DENVER 110 LA LAKERS 99

MIAMI 119 PORTLAND 98

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY ISLANDERS 3 NY RANGERS 0

EDMONTON 3 ST. LOUIS 1

TAMPA BAY 4 ANAHEIM 2

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

EAGLES ACQUIRE 3-TIME PRO BOWL DE QUINN FROM BEARS

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The undefeated Philadelphia Eagles already have one of the NFL’s best defenses.

Now, they’re adding another pass rusher to the mix.

The Eagles acquired three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Quinn from the Chicago Bears for a 2023 fourth-round pick on Wednesday.

The teams said the trade was pending a physical.

Quinn goes from a rebuilding franchise to a Super Bowl contender. The Eagles (6-0) are the lone undefeated team. Philadelphia, coming off a bye, hosts Pittsburgh on Sunday.

“I think it’s another great player on this team,” Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said. “He has a history of being a great defensive end and edge rusher. I think he’ll help us out in a number of ways. Adds a lot of depth, and I’m excited to meet him. I’m excited to meet him (Thursday) when he comes.”

The 32-year-old Quinn is off to a slow start with just one sack and three quarterback hits after opting not participate in offseason workouts. But he broke Hall of Famer Richard Dent’s franchise record with 18 1/2 sacks last year in a resurgent season.

“I value – I think I’ve talked about that a lot – the locker room and what it means and the culture and it (stinks) to mess with that, to be completely honest with you,” Bears general manager Ryan Poles said.

“But again, my job is to do what’s best for this organization not only now, but in the future. I felt like that was the best move for us to make.”

With Quinn, an Eagles defensive line that already has Haason Reddick, Josh Sweat, Javon Hargrave, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Jordan Davis becomes that much more daunting. He replaces defensive end Derek Barnett, who tore an ACL in the opener at Detroit.

The Eagles are holding opponents to 297.8 yards per game, which is fourth in the NFL. They’re fifth against the pass at 188 yards and rank second in interceptions with nine. When it comes to sacks, they’re tied for 10th with 17. And that’s an area where Quinn could help.

He has 102 sacks over 12 seasons with the Rams, Miami, Dallas and Chicago. Quinn was an All-Pro with St. Louis in 2013 when he had a career-high 19 sacks and made his second straight Pro Bowl the following year. He went from 11 1/2 sacks with Dallas in 2019 to just two for Chicago in 2020.

Quinn bounced back in a huge way last year and seemed a likely candidate to be traded in the offseason considering the Bears were essentially starting over. They hired Poles and coach Matt Eberflus to replace the fired Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy after missing the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years.

But Poles said trading Quinn in the offseason was not his intention.

“I know I wanted Robert on this team in the beginning,” he said. “There weren’t many conversations at all. I was transparent with them – him and his crew? about that. I knew the way he played this game, the motor and all that.”

He said the Bears “needed that” to “kickstart” how the defense would perform under Eberflus and new coordinator Alan Williams.

Quinn, meanwhile, had said several times he would rather remain with the Bears than be traded. Poles said he wasn’t sure how his play this season impacted his market value.

When the deal materialized, it caught star linebacker Roquan Smith off guard. He was at the dais addressing reporters when the news surfaced and he became emotional.

“Man. Yeah, man. (Stinks),” he said, wiping his eyes with his shirt.

He was asked how so.

“Let me take a second for a second, if you don’t mind,” Smith responded. After about 10 seconds, he continued: “You know, I have a great deal of respect for that guy, you know. Damn. Crazy.”

Smith got up and walked away, ending a brief session. A team spokesman told reporters, “We’ll get you tomorrow.”

The Bears (3-4) visit the Dallas Cowboys (5-2) on Sunday. Chicago is coming off a surprising win at New England on Monday night.

Though they’ve struggled against the run, the Bears have been one of the best at defending the pass. But now, they’re without one of their most important players.

BRONCOS’ RUSSELL WILSON SAYS HE’S ‘READY TO ROLL’ IN LONDON

HARROW, England (AP) Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson proclaimed himself “ready to roll” despite a lingering hamstring injury Wednesday ahead of Denver’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.

Wilson was a limited participant in practice at the Harrow School outside London and coach Nathaniel Hackett was noncommittal, but the veteran quarterback was optimistic.

“I feel great, ready to roll,” Wilson said. “I’m super locked in and ready to hopefully get a big win in London.”

Wilson, who was held out of Sunday’s 16-9 loss to the New York Jets by Hackett because of a strained hamstring, estimated he stayed on his feet for half of the eight-hour flight to Britain.

“I was walking up and down the aisles,” Wilson said. “Everybody was knocked out. I was doing high-knees, working on my legs and everything else, making sure I’m ready to rock.”

Wilson took part in stretching and throwing drills but didn’t roll out and throw during the portion of practice that was open to the media at the private school once attended by Winston Churchill.

“I always want to be out on the field,” he said. “That obviously was tough not being out there. I wanted to help us win and get on a hot streak and just get us rolling.”

Hackett echoed his comments from earlier in the week, saying Wednesday that Wilson “is trending in the right way.”

The rookie coach said Wilson did “quite a bit” in practice. Asked what Wilson needs to show him, Hackett said “that he can protect himself, just want to be sure that as he gets out there, he’s able to escape, he’s able to move and so forth.”

“We want to be smart with him,” Hackett said of Wilson’s limited practice. “We don’t want any setbacks.”

Backup Brett Rypien threw for 225 yards and one interception against the Jets his second career start. The third-year player out of Boise State completed 24 of 46 passes with no touchdowns.

The Broncos (2-5) lost their fourth straight despite another outstanding defensive performance, and Hackett has faced more scrutiny than any rookie coach in the league because of his team’s offensive woes and his debatable in-game decision-making.

“I always feel pressure on myself, from the standpoint of me personally,” Hackett said. “We are who we are and we’ve got to dig ourselves out of this.”

Wilson, new contract in hand, is off to the worst start of his 11-year career, completing 58.6% of his passes with five touchdowns and three interceptions. He has missed just four games as a pro.

With the Seahawks in 2018, Wilson threw three touchdown passes in Seattle’s 27-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders at Wembley.

Second-year safety Caden Sterns (hip) did not practice Wednesday.

“It’s been something that he’s been dealing with for quite a while right now, and so we want to make sure that he’s going to be OK long-term,” Hackett said.

CB Essang Bassey (hamstring), OLB Baron Browning (hip), WR Tyrie Cleveland (groin), T Cam Fleming (quad) and DL Mike Purcell (knee) also did not practice. ILB Josey Jewell (knee) was limited.

Also Wednesday, the Broncos designated veteran offensive lineman Tom Compton for return from the physically unable to perform list, though he’s not yet been activated. Left tackle Garett Bolles sustained a season-ending leg injury earlier this month and Fleming is expected to miss time.

New addition Marlon Mack could be an immediate help. The running back was signed off the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad after an injury to Mike Boone.

“We want to get him up top speed as fast as we can,” Hackett said of Mack.

SAINTS STICKING WITH DALTON OVER WINSTON VS. RAIDERS

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints coach Dennis Allen has decided that Andy Dalton will remain the New Orleans Saints starting quarterback for a fifth straight week – even though Jameis Winston is healthy enough to return.

“Offensively, I feel like we’re in a little bit of a rhythm,” Allen said Wednesday after noting that Winston, who has been recovering from back and ankle injuries, was healthy enough to participate fully in practice.

“We’ve been moving the ball effectively. We’ve scored points,” Allen continued. “So, we’re going to continue down that road with Andy.”

New Orleans (2-5) has lost five of six games and dropped two straight. But as the Saints prepare to host the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, they’re just one game out of first place in the NFC South – a division in which every team has a losing record.

The Saints have averaged 31 points per game during Dalton’s four starts after averaging 17 points in Winston’s three starts.

And while Dalton threw three interceptions in a 42-34 loss at Arizona last week, one of those passes went through the hands, and off the helmet, of intended receiver Marquez Callaway. Another occurred on a throw in which Dalton was getting hit as he released the ball.

“In the last four weeks, again, we’re one of the top offenses in terms of moving the ball, we’re one of the top offenses in terms of scoring points. And that’s really the name of the game,” Allen said. “We’ve got to do a better job of protecting the football. And if we do that, I think we can be highly effective offensively. … If we continue to play well offensively and move the ball offensively, Andy will stay in there.”

Neither Dalton who is 1-3 as a starter, nor Winston, who is 1-2, spoke with reporters after Wednesday’s practice.

“We’ve been able to just kind of get into a good flow,” said running back and offensive captain Alvin Kamara, who’s had 179 yards receiving and 251 yards rushing in the three games he’s played with Dalton at quarterback.

“I think with Andy, he does a good job of just staying poised and being calm about the way he is in the pocket and the way he gets to his reads. I feel like he never panics,” Kamara said. “It seems like he gets to the right place at the right time. Minus some of the things we were doing that were self-inflicted, he’s played well. I think it’s going to be good moving forward.”

Saints rookie Chris Olave, who leads the team in receiving, had his season high of 147 yards receiving at Carolina in Winston’s last of three starts to open the season. But he has continued to be productive in the three games he’s played with Dalton, putting up 227 yards and both of his touchdowns this season in those games.

“They’re both really good quarterbacks,” Olave said. “I know it’s a tough decision.”

Olave said Dalton “gives the offense a lot of confidence.”

“He’s poised back there. He’s confident. I feel like he does everything right,” Olave said. “He knows where to throw the ball in certain coverages, he uses his check-downs, he doesn’t force the ball down the field.”

Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy and a college football national title with Florida State in the 2013 season, has completed 63.5% of his passes for 858 yards and four TDs vs. five interceptions this season.

Allen said the decision to stick with Dalton over a healthy Winston was not an easy one, “but yet, when you look at what we’ve been able to do statistically, we’re converting third downs, we’re scoring points, we’re moving the ball.”

“There’s a lot of things that we’re doing really well offensively,” Allen added. “And I didn’t feel like there was any need to upset the apple cart there. We’ll keep going how we are.”

NOTES: Four players did not practice on Wednesday: WR Michael Thomas (foot), CB Marshon Lattimore, WR Jarvis Landry (ankle) and TE Adam Trautman.

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: BALTIMORE RAVENS (4-3) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-4)

Week 8 of the 2022 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, October 27 (8:15 PM ET, Prime Video) as the Baltimore Ravens (4-3) visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4). The Ravens lead the all-time regular-season series between the two clubs, 4-2, including wins in each of the past four matchups. In their last meeting, Week 15 of the 2018 season, Baltimore earned a 20-12 victory over Tampa Bay as running back GUS EDWARDS rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON totaled 179 yards (120 passing, 59 rushing) last week, his sixth consecutive game with at least 50 rushing yards, marking the third-longest such streak of his career. Jackson leads all quarterbacks with 510 rushing yards this season and he joined CAM NEWTON as the only quarterbacks ever with at least 500 rushing yards in each of their first five seasons. With 57 rushing yards on Thursday, Jackson will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (4,239 career rushing yards) for the fifth-most rushing yards ever by a quarterback.

Edwardsmade his season debut last week and recorded 66 rushing yards and tied his career high with two rushing touchdowns. Running back KENYAN DRAKE has scored a rushing touchdown in three of his past four games on Thursday. Tight end MARK ANDREWS enters Week 8 ranked second among all tight ends in receptions (39), receiving yards (455) and touchdown catches (five) this season. He has recorded a touchdown reception in each of his three career Thursday games and he aims for his fifth in a row in primetime with a touchdown catch.

Linebacker PATRICK QUEEN led the team last week with season highs in tackles (11) and tackles for loss (three) and he aims for his third in a row with a sack. Linebacker JUSTIN HOUSTON recorded a season-high two sacks and his first forced fumble of the season in Week 7 and has a sack in three of his four games this season. Linebacker JASON PIERRE-PAUL returns to Tampa, where he spent four seasons (2018-21) and totaled 33 sacks, 14 passes defensed and eight forced fumbles. Defensive end CALAIS CAMPBELL aims for his third in a row with a sack and has recorded 10 tackles for loss and six sacks in his past five Thursday games. Houston (106 career sacks), Campbell (96.5) and Pierre-Pail (92.5) are three of 10 active players with at least 90 career sacks. The Ravens are one of two teams ever (1994 Packers) with three players each with at least 90 career sacks on their active roster.

Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 290 yards last week and leads all NFC quarterback in passing yards (1,942) this season. In 16 career Thursday starts, he has totaled 4,779 passing yards (298.7 per game) and 39 touchdowns (35 passing, four rushing) against nine interceptions for a 103.9 rating. Running back LEONARD FOURNETTE ranks third among all running backs this season in receptions (34) and receiving yards (239) and aims for his 11th in a row at home with at least 50 scrimmage yards. Wide receiver MIKE EVANS had 121 receiving yards in the last meeting between the two clubs and has 13 touchdown receptions in his past nine home games.

Linebacker LAVONTE DAVID, who had 12 tackles with two sacks and a fumble recovery in the last meeting between the two teams, aims for his 15th in a row with at least five tackles. Defensive tackle VITA VEA had a sack last week and has at least half a sack in two of his past three Thursday games. In the last meeting between the two clubs, he registered a career-high nine tackles. Safety MIKE EDWARDS has 13 tackles and a tackle for loss in two of his three home games this season.

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.

CAPSULE:

RAVENS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 23-20 vs. Cleveland

COACH VS. OPP. John Harbaugh: 3-0

PTS. FOR 25.9

OFFENSE 346.0

PASSING Lamar Jackson: 121-197-1,397-13-6-92.1

RUSHING Lamar Jackson (QB): 66-510-7.7-2

RECEIVING Mark Andrews (TE): 39-455-11.7-5

PTS. AGAINST 23.0

DEFENSE 366.4

SACKS Justin Houston: 4.0

INTs Marlon Humphrey: 2

TAKE/GIVE +5 (14/9)

PUNTING (NET) Jordan Stout (R): 48.2 (40.6)

KICKING Justin Tucker: 61 (19/20 PAT; 14/15 FG)

QB LAMAR JACKSON had 179 total yards (120 pass, 59 rush) last week, his 6thstraight game with 50+ rush yards, 3rd-longest streak of career. Had 226 total yards (131 pass, 95 rush) & TD pass in last meeting. Has 3+ TD passes in 2 of 3 road games this season. Leads QBs with 510 rush yards in 2022 & joined Cam Newton as only QBs ever with 500+ rush yards in each of 1st 5 seasons. Needs 57 rush yards to surpass HOFer Steve Young (4,239) for 5th-most rush yards ever by QB. • RB GUS EDWARDS rushed for 66 yards & 2 TDs in season debut last week. Rushed for 104 yards & TD in last meeting. • RB KENYAN DRAKE has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 on Thursday. • TE MARK ANDREWS aims for his 3rd in row on road with 85+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has rec. TD in each of 3 career Thursday games. Aims for his 5th in row in primetime with TD catch. Ranks 2nd among TEs in catches (39), rec. yards (455) & rec. TDs (5) in 2022. • WR DEVIN DUVERNAY has TD catch in 2 of 3 road games this season. • WR RASHOD BATEMAN aims for his 3rd in row on road with 55+ rec. yards. • LB PATRICK QUEEN led team with season highs in tackles (11) & TFL (3) & had sack last week. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles & 3rd in row with sack. • LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had season-high 2 sacks & 1st FF of season in Week 7, his 21st-career game with 2+ sacks. Has sack in 3 of his 4 games this season. Had sack in his last game vs. TB (12/8/19 w/ Ind.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with TFL. • LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 33 sacks, 14 PD & 8 FFs in 4 seasons with TB (2018-21). • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had sack & FF last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 10 TFL & 6 sacks in his past 5 on Thursday.

BUCS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 21-3 at Carolina

COACH VS. OPP. Todd Bowles: 1-0

PTS. FOR 17.7

OFFENSE 330.6

PASSING Tom Brady: 198-296-1,942-8-1-92.8

RUSHING Leonard Fournette: 103-362-3.5-1

RECEIVING Mike Evans: 33-454-13.8-3

PTS. AGAINST 17.7

DEFENSE 308.3

SACKS Vita Vea: 3.5

INTs Jamel Dean: 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (9/6)

PUNTING (NET) Jake Camarda (R): 45.7 (40.8)

KICKING Ryan Succop: 56 (8/8 PAT; 16/17 FG)

QB TOM BRADY passed for 290 yards last week. Has 4,779 pass yards (298.7 per game) & 39 TDs (35 pass, 4 rush) vs. 9 INTs for 103.9 rating on Thursday. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 295+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Has 99,511 career pass yards, incl. playoffs & can become 1st player ever with 100,000 career pass yards. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD & 11th in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in his only career game vs. Bal. (9/24/17 w/ Jax.). Ranks 3rd among RBs in catches (34) & rec. yards (239) in 2022. • WR MIKE EVANS had 9 catches for 96 yards last week. Has 13 rec. TDs in his past 9 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 80+ rec. yards. Had 121 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR CHRIS GODWIN had 7 receptions last week. Aims for his 5th in row overall & 8th in row at home with 6+ catches. Has 8+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on Thursday. • WR JULIO JONES has 100+ rec. yards in 5 of his 10 career games on Thursday. • LB LAVONTE DAVID led team with 7 tackles last week. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 5+ tackles. Had 12 tackles, 2 sacks & FR in last meeting. • LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 8th in row with 5+ tackles. Has TFL in 5 of his past 6 at home & aims for his 3rd in row at home with TFL. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT has 6 sacks & 7 TFL in his past 5 on Thursday. • DT VITA VEA had sack last week. Has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 on Thursday. Had career-high 9 tackles in last meeting. • S MIKE EDWARDS has 13+ tackles & TFL in 2 of his 3 home games this season.

TRAE YOUNG SCORES 35 POINTS, HAWKS BEAT PISTONS 118-113

DETROIT (AP) Trae Young scored 35 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 118-113 on Wednesday night to open a two-game set at Little Caesars Arena.

The team will meet again Friday night.

“We found a way to get stops at the end and we found a way to make baskets,” Young said. “That’s all that matters.”

John Collins added 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, and De’Andre Hunter had 17 points to help the Hawks improve to 3-1.

“We knew we all needed to bring more energy tonight,” said Clint Capela, who had eight rebounds and four blocked shots in the second half. “For me, that’s going to be blocking shots, playing defense and getting after rebounds.”

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 33 points for Detroit. The Pistons have lost four in a row after an opening victory. Cade Cunningham added 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists, but had seven turnovers.

BUCKS USE LOPSIDED RUN AFTER NASH EJECTED, BEAT NETS 110-99

MILWAUKEE (AP) Brooklyn coach Steve Nash wasn’t around to watch Giannis Antetokounmpo finish picking the Nets apart.

Nash was ejected for the first time in his coaching career after arguing that Antetokounmpo should have been called for an offensive foul against Patty Mills while bringing the ball up the court in the third quarter.

Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks dominated the rest of the way in a 110-99 victory Wednesday night.

“I was just standing up for our guys,” said Nash, who was ejected twice during his 18-season playing career. “I thought Patty took a forearm in the throat from Giannis right in front of the ref. I didn’t feel that was fair. I don’t think I was overly demonstrative. I was upset I got the technical.”

Antetokounmpo had 43 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. He scored 34 points in the second half.

That performance three nights after he scored 44 points and shot 17 of 21 in a 125-105 rout of the Houston Rockets, marking just the fifth time in NBA history a player had scored at least 44 points while playing less than 28 minutes.

JALEN BRUNSON, KNICKS OUTLAST HORNETS 134-131 IN OT

NEW YORK (AP) Jalen Brunson scored 27 points, hitting the go-ahead basket in overtime, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Hornets 134-131 on Wednesday night.

Brunson also had 13 assists and seven rebounds. RJ Barrett scored 22 points, and Julius Randle had 17 for New York, at 3-1 off to its best start in 10 years.

Gordon Hayward led Charlotte with 21 points. PJ Washington, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Jalen McDaniels each had 17.

Brunson’s 3-pointer with 3:14 left in overtime gave the Knicks the lead for good – at 124-122.

“We kept fighting,” Brunson said. “We found a way to win this game. We stayed poised and kept finding plays to make at the end of the game.”

The Hornets pulled to 132-131 on Washington’s long jumper with five seconds left, and Barrett hit two free throws with three seconds remaining for the final margin.

SIAKAM SCORES 20 AS RAPTORS BEAT SLUMPING 76ERS 119-109

TORONTO (AP) Pascal Siakam scored 20 points and matched his career-high with 13 assists, Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-high 27 points and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 119-109 on Wednesday night.

Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey each scored 31 points and James Harden had 18 for Philadelphia, which lost for the fourth time in five games. The 76ers won at Indiana on Monday, their first victory following an 0-3 start.

“We’ve got to stick together, believe we’re going to be fine but we don’t have a lot of time,” Embiid said. “We can’t waste time. It hurts to lose, it’s painful, so we’ve just got to figure it out.”

Philadelphia opponents are averaging 111 points per game.

“We’ve got to get on the same page,” Maxey said of the defense. “We’re all still trying to figure it out. We’ve got three to four new rotation guys, so it’s hard. Once we figure it out, it’s going to be great.”

Sixers coach Doc Rivers echoed Maxey’s disappointment in Philadelphia’s defensive effort so far.

“We just aren’t doing what we need to do,” Rivers said.

Siakam shot 4 for 8 from long distance as Trent was 5 for 10 as the Raptors made a season-high 16 3-pointers. Toronto shot 16 for 37 from beyond the arc.

The Raptors shot 46 for 84, their best field goal percentage of the season. Toronto’s 32 assists were a season-high.

EDWARDS SCORES 34; WOLVES BEAT SPURS 134-122

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Anthony Edwards scored 34 points, and reserve guard Jaylen Nowell added 23 points for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 134-122 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns added 21 points for Minnesota, which bounced back after a 115-106 loss to San Antonio at home Monday. Jalen McDaniels scored 20 points for the Timberwolves, who hit a season-high 20 3-pointers.

“I think we got to take a couple punches in the face to realize that we need to come out like that all the time,” Edwards said. “That punch that we took versus San Antonio the first game kind of woke us up.”

Keldon Johnson had a team-high 27 points for the Spurs, who were without guards Devin Vassell and Josh Primo due to injuries. Doug McDermott added 19.

“Without those two guys, things look a little different,” said Josh Richardson, who started for Vassell. “But it’s next man up and I’m proud of how everybody competed. The Timberwolves are a tough matchup for any team, especially coming in here short is not easy.”

After scoring just nine points Monday, Edwards promised better energy and brought it from the beginning by scoring 16 points with five 3s.

“Ant was special tonight,” Towns said. “Went out there and he was him, hit a lot of shots and it translated to us being home, giving the fans that energy, giving us that energy and that comfort.”

MARKKANEN HAS 24 POINTS IN JAZZ’S 109-101 WIN OVER ROCKETS

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Lauri Markkanen had 24 points and nine rebounds to help the Utah Jazz beat the Houston Rockets 109-101 on Wednesday night.

Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points – hitting five 3-pointers – and had six assists for Utah. Talen Horton-Tucker and Malik Beasley added in 14 points apiece.

Markkanen matched his season high with 10 field goals after shooting a season-best 66.7% from the floor. He is finding ways to make a major impact on offense despite shooting only 24% from 3-point range through his first five games.

“I know the numbers will even out, so I keep working on it and it will start going eventually,” Markkanen said. “But it feels good I’m able to do other stuff than just rely on that shot.”

Kevin Porter, Jr had 24 points and five assists for Houston. Jalen Green added 17 points and seven rebounds and Eric Gordon had 16 points.

Utah avenged its lone loss of the season by forcing turnovers and converting takeaways into numerous transition baskets. The Jazz finished with a 25-8 advantage in fast-break points and scored 20 points off 18 Houston turnovers.

Utah led 19 points in the third quarter – going up 79-60 on a Clarkson floater – before the Rockets rallied. Porter made baskets on three straight possessions to cut the deficit to single digits and his jumper with 5:39 left in the fourth quarter cut it to 97-95.

Houston could not draw any closer. Beasley’s corner three extended Utah’s lead to 106-98 with 54.3 seconds left.

JOKIC, NUGGETS KEEP LAKERS WINLESS WITH 110-99 VICTORY

DENVER (AP) A LeBron James-led team doesn’t begin 0-4 often. Not since his rookie season has one of his teams stumbled out of the starting gate quite like this.

“It’s a new system. It’s a new group of guys together,” James explained. “We’re still trying to get familiar with one another.”

Nikola Jokic had 31 points and 13 rebounds, Jamal Murray hit a big 3-pointer and the Denver Nuggets kept the Los Angeles Lakers winless with a 110-99 victory Wednesday night.

The Lakers remain in the company of Orlando and Sacramento as the only teams yet to win this season.

“We’re four games and it sucks to lose, but we have 78 games left,” new Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “It’s plenty of time for us to right the ship. And it starts now.”

Trailing by two moments into the second half, the Nuggets went on a 29-9 to grab control. The Lakers worked their way back and cut it to single digits in the fourth, but Murray hit a 3-pointer – his only one in seven attempts – for some breathing room.

Anthony Davis, dealing with lower back tightness, had 22 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles. LeBron James had 19 points to run his double-digit streak to 1,100 games. Russell Westbrook was held out to rest a sore left hamstring.

Jokic finished an assist shy of a triple-double. But it was the 31 points that caught Bruce Brown by surprise. He had no idea the back-to-back MVP erupted for that many.

HEAT SNAP BLAZERS FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK WITH 119-98 WIN

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Bam Adebayo scored 18 points and the Miami Heat snapped Portland’s four-game winning streak with a 119-98 victory on Wednesday night.

Damian Lillard had 22 points for Portland when he came up limping with just over five minutes to go in the third quarter and headed straight for the locker room. He did not return and the Blazers later announced he had a right calf strain.

Lillard, a six-time All-Star, said he felt tightness in his calf before the game. While he is not likely to play Friday when the Blazers host the Rockets, he does not expect to miss any more games.

“I mean honestly, if this was a playoff game I would have played,” Lillard said.

Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler each had 17 points for the Heat, who led by as many as 26 points. Six Miami players were in double figures.

“Before the game we were locked in,” Butler said. “That’s how we win, that’s the winning formula. It feels good.”

Rookie Shaedon Sharpe had 15 points and eight rebounds for Portland, which had won each of its first four games to open the season for the first time since 1999. The Blazers were the last remaining undefeated team in the Western Conference.

It was a close first half. Jerami Grant hit a 3-pointer to give the Blazers a 44-36 lead, but Tyler Herro answered with a 3 for Miami.

NOLA TO START WORLD SERIES GAME 1 FOR PHILS, WHEELER GAME 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies will start right-hander Aaron Nola in Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros and last season’s NL Cy Young Award runner-up Zack Wheeler in Game 2.

Game 1 of the World Series is Friday night in Houston. Game 2 is Saturday.

“Any time you’ve got Nola and Wheeler, two top-10 pitchers in the game right now, you feel like you have a chance to win that game,” Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins said.

Nola is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA and has struck out 18 in three starts this postseason. He took a perfect game into the seventh inning in the Phillies’ 3-0 win over the Astros on Oct. 4 that clinched an NL wild-card spot.

Nola, who went 11-13 with a 3.25 ERA this season, struck out nine and didn’t allow a baserunner until Yordan Alvarez singled with two outs in the seventh.

“You can’t go wrong with who’s going to take the bump out of our starters in that first game,” Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber said. “They’ve been so good for us the whole year.”

The Astros have not lost a game since that date, going 7-0 in the playoffs. Astros manager Dusty Baker has not officially named his starters, though Justin Verlander is widely expected to start Game 1 and Framber Valdez in Game 2.

Verlander struck out 11 and tossed six shutout innings in his lone start against the Yankees in ALCS and Valdez t ossed seven scoreless innings in his only start against New York.

The 39-year-old Verlander shows no signs of slowing down and went 18-4, with an MLB-best 1.75 ERA, and 185 strikeouts this season.

“Anybody that can do that for that long, it speaks to his work ethic, it speaks to his competitive nature,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “Obviously, he’s always had great stuff.”

Wheeler is 1-1 with a 1.78 ERA and has struck out 25 and walked three in four postseason starts. He had a no-decision in Philadelphia’s NL Championship Series-clinching 4-3 win over San Diego in Game 5.

HAL STEINBRENNER PLANS TO HAVE BOONE RETURN AS MANAGER

TAMPA, Fla, (AP) Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner plans to keep Aaron Boone as his manager.

“As far as Boone’s concerned, we just signed him and for all the same reasons I listed a year ago, I believe he is a very good manager,” Steinbrenner said Wednesday as he left the Yankees player development complex. “I don’t see a change there.”

Boone agreed last October to a three-year deal with a team option for 2025. In his fifth season as manager, New York sprinted to a 61-23 record in early July, sparking comparison with the 1998 champion Yankees. But hampered by injuries, the Yankees went 38-40 the rest of the way.

Cleveland extended the Division Series to five games before New York was swept in four games by Houston in the AL Championship Series.

“We didn’t get the job done … it’s time to get it done,” Steinbrenner said. “Any time we don’t win a championship, it’s a disappointing year. We had a lot of good ups, we had some downs, we had some injuries like everybody else.”

“But you’ve got to give it to the Astros,” Steinbrenner added. “They’re a very good team top to bottom. We just didn’t bring our `A’ game.”

New York changed managers 21 times in 36 seasons while George Steinbrener was controlling owner from 1973-2008. There has been one change in 14 seasons under Hal Steinnbrenner, with Boone replacing Joe Girardi after the 2017 season.

The Yankees have not appeared in the World Series since winning their 27th championship in 2009.

New York was without table-setters DJ LeMahieu, who may need toe surgery, and Andrew Benintendi, recovering from wrist surgery, in the postseason.

CARDINALS’ WAINWRIGHT BACK IN 2023; COACHING STAFF TO CHANGE

(AP) — Adam Wainwright will pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals next season, choosing to return for an 18th and final year with the club even as longtime teammates Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina head off into retirement.

The 41-year-old Wainwright agreed Wednesday to a $17.5 million, one-year contract that includes $10 million in deferred pay and the chance to earn $1 million in bonuses for starts.

He informed the NL Central champions of his decision to return shortly after they were eliminated by the Philadelphia Phillies in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Wainwright did not pitch in either game in part because he had struggled with his delivery late in the season.

“I do tend to think the way the season ended led even more to me coming back,” Wainwright said Wednesday, “because I just didn’t like that. I don’t like gong out like that. I wasn’t performing like I know I should have been performing. Wasn’t helping the team like I knew I should have been helping the team. We didn’t win. I love my teammates.”

“But looking back on it now, it just seemed like everything that happened led me to coming back one more year,” he said.

Asked whether it would be just that – one final year – he replied: “Yes.” But then Wainwright made it clear that he has no interest in answering questions about retirement every week, instead imploring folks to “just let me go out and pitch.”

Wainwright finished 11-12 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 start, his first losing season in which he made at least 20 starts. He won just twice over his final six starts, though, and had a 7.22 ERA while dealing with what he called a “dead arm.”

Wainwright’s deal includes $1 million payable each July 1 from 2024-33 and the chance to earn $500,000 each for 28 and 30 starts.

DAVIS GETS NEW DEAL, RAISE WITH NO. 1 UNC AFTER 1ST-YEAR RUN

North Carolina coach Hubert Davis has a new six-year contract and a raise after his first-year run to the NCAA championship game.

Signed in late August, the deal runs through the 2027-28 season and is worth about $16.7 million. That includes base and supplemental pay, as well as compensation tied to the school’s multimedia and sports-apparel agreements with Learfield and Nike, respectively, and an annual expense allowance.

It will pay an average of nearly $2.8 million per year, starting with $2.3 million for the upcoming season and increasing to $3.1 million for the final year. Performance bonuses could add another nearly $1.1 million per season.

Davis received a five-year deal after succeeding retiring Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams in April 2021. It was worth about $10 million in base salary, supplemental pay, Learfield/Nike compensation and the expense allowance. It also featured a similar performance-bonus structure.

Davis made $1.8 million last year before picking up another $575,000 in bonuses for the Final Four run. He was originally due to make at least $2.9 million in 2025-26.

Davis, 52, played for UNC under late Hall of Famer Dean Smith and coached under Williams for nine seasons.

“I love this job,” Davis said during the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason media day earlier this month. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of this program. And to say that I’ve been able to be a part of it as a player, as an assistant coach and now as a head coach is a really cool deal.”

This year’s Tar Heels return four starters and are ranked No. 1 in the preseason AP Top 25.

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GAME REWIND: PACERS 109, BULLS 124

Game Recap

Pacers games have been following a familiar script early into the 2022-23 season: the Blue & Gold fall into an early hole, mount an inspired second-half charge, but ultimately come up short.

That was the case again on Wednesday night in Chicago, where Indiana (1-4) trailed by as many as 24 in the first half, climbed within four during a 36-point third quarter, but couldn’t get over the hump, dropping a divisional battle to the Bulls (3-2), 125-109.

Buddy Hield played a pivotal role in the Blue & Gold’s third quarter surge and finished with a season-high 25 points and went 7-for-12 from 3-point range for Indiana.

Tyrese Haliburton added his fourth straight double-double in the loss, tallying 17 points and 11 assists.

But it wasn’t enough for the Pacers to overcome another large deficit. Indiana surrendered 76 points in the first half, digging a hole that proved to be too deep to climb out of.

“We’ve got to decide that we’re going to start games stronger, with more presence, with more disposition,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “That we’re going to move the ball better. That’s really where we are as a team right now.”

Though they trailed 82-59 a minute into the third quarter, the Pacers got hot from beyond the arc in the frame. Third-year forward Jalen Smith knocked down three triples over a minute-and-a-half span, then Hield added a three of his own to pull Indiana within 12 with 7:24 remaining in the frame.

Patrick Williams answered with a triple of his own, but Hield came right back and buried two more treys to get Indiana within single digits for the first time since the six-minute mark of the first quarter.

“In the second half, he moved great,” Carlisle said. “He was moving the ball, cutting, creating a lot of things, and consequently, he was getting open for shots. And he got into a groove, got into one of those Buddy Hield grooves where he made four or five threes.”

The Pacers continued their climb back, inching closer on another three — this time from Haliburton — and eventually trimming the deficit to 95-91 following two Hield free throws with 2:51 remaining.

But the Bulls answered with eight straight points — including three consecutive dunks — to stop the rally. Haliburton’s layup with 32.1 seconds left provided the final points of the quarter and made it 103-93 entering the final frame.

Bennedict Mathurin drew a foul and made both free throws to open the scoring in the fourth quarter, but the Bulls scored the next nine on three 3-pointers — the first two by Goran Dragic and the third by Zach LaVine — to extend their lead back to 15.

The Blue & Gold never seriously threatened the rest of the way, as Chicago comfortably coasted to victory.

Smith finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks for Indiana. Mathurin finished with 15 points and four assists off the bench, while fellow reserve Chris Duarte scored 12.

Playing his first regular season game in nine months, Myles Turner connected with Aaron Nesmith for a dunk on the first possession of Wednesday’s game, then Hield buried a three on Indiana’s next trip down the floor to open up an early 5-0 Pacers lead. But Chicago scored on its next six possessions and hit four 3-pointers over that stretch to surge ahead, 16-8.

The Bulls stayed hot throughout the opening frame, with Nikola Vucevic scoring 11 points and LaVine adding nine. Chicago led by as many as 15 in the first quarter and took a 38-27 advantage into the second. That made the Pacers the first team in NBA history to trail by 10 or more points after the first quarter in each of their first give games.

The hosts extended their lead at the start of the ensuing period. Three straight Andre Drummond dunks, two LaVine free throws, and an Alex Caruso three added up to an 11-0 Bulls run that doubled the margin to 22.

Duarte showed some encouraging signs in the second quarter. The 25-year-old Dominican had been a slump to start the season, failing to score in double figures in any of his first four games, but he seemingly started to break out against the Bulls. Duarte scored 10 of 12 points for Indiana over a three-minute stretch in the second quarter.

A Hield 3-pointer and Haliburton layup following Duarte’s outburst trimmed Indiana’s deficit to 17, but two LaVine free throws in the closing second gave Chicago a 76-57 lead at the intermission.

LaVine led all scorers with 28 points, going 6-for-8 from 3-point range and 10-for-12 from the free throw line, and also registered six rebounds and five assists. DeMar DeRozan added 17 points and six assists, while Vucevic finished with 14 points, seven boards, and four assists.

Indiana will continue its five-game road trip on Friday night in Washington before closing out the trip with a pair of games in Brooklyn on Saturday and Monday.

Inside the Numbers

Hield made seven 3-pointers for the 26th time in his career and the second time as a Pacer. He made eight threes for Indiana against Milwaukee last season on Feb. 15.

Smith has now scored 15 or more points in four of five games this season and matched his career high with three 3-pointers.

Despite an off shooting night, Mathurin managed to score at least 15 points for the fifth straight game to open his NBA career. The rookie went just 3-for-11 from the field but got to the foul line and went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe.

Both teams made 16 3-pointers on Wednesday, but the Bulls were more efficient. Chicago went 16-for-30 (53.3 percent), while the Pacers were 16-for-41 (39 percent).

Indiana committed a season-high 20 turnovers in the loss.

You Can Quote Me On That

“He just plays with a great spirit, great energy…and he’s got the utmost confidence (of anyone) you’ll ever meet. If he sees one going in, he feels like the next five, six, seven are going in. It’s just who he is.” -Haliburton on Hield when he gets hot

“I can change lineups all day long. Everybody’s going to be clamoring for our young guys to play all the minutes and we’re not there. We’ve got good veteran players that need to help lead this team and need to help us compete better at the beginning of games.” -Carlisle on getting off to better starts

“We’ve got to figure it out, because our third quarters are so much better than our first quarters.” -Haliburton

“It’s really difficult to come back after a week of not playing…There was the expected rust in the first game, but I thought he did a lot of great things. I thought he was a real presence around the basket. He had (four) blocked shots. That’s world-class. He’s going to help us a lot.” -Carlisle on Turner’s return

“I haven’t played basketball at this level since January. The game was moving a little fast, my mind was a little fast and faster than my body. I think it’s going to take some time for me to get that rhythm back, but that’s what reps are for….I’ve been working very hard for this moment, just to get back here and play NBA basketball again. I’m in a good spot mentally.” -Turner on being back on the court

“Just play with confidence. That’s what this league is, a confidence league. And just finding my spots. Not forcing anything, not rushing anything, and just taking my time.” -Smith on his strong start to the season offensively

Stat of the Night

The Pacers allowed 38 points in both the first and second quarters, but limited Chicago to just 48 total points after halftime — 27 points in the third quarter and 21 in the fourth.

Noteworthy

The Bulls have won the last four games with Indiana dating back to last season.

Turner played in a regular season game for the first time since Jan. 14. He missed the last 39 games of last season with a foot injury, then missed the first four this season after spraining his left ankle prior to last Wednesday’s season opener. The eighth-year center finished with five points, six rebounds, and four blocks in 24 minutes.

DeRozan came up seven points shy of reaching 20,000 in his career. When he reaches the milestone, he will be just the seventh player currently on an NBA roster to achieve the feat, joining LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Stephen Curry.

Up Next

Indiana travels to Washington, where the Blue & Gold will hope to avenge an opening night loss to the Wizards. The Pacers square off against Bradley Beal and company on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 PM ET.

COLTS PRACTICE NOTEBOOK

Frank Reich made it clear during his press conference on Wednesday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center: The Colts’ move from Matt Ryan to Sam Ehlinger was done with one thing in mind.

Win.

“There’s nobody waving the white flag,” Reich said. “That’s not in my DNA, that’s not in our players’ DNA. I wouldn’t do that in a million years. This is about winning — we’re trying to win a championship. That starts with winning an AFC South championship. We’re still in position to do that.”

So why are the Colts confident Ehlinger – who’s never started a game in the NFL, let alone thrown a pass in a regular season game – can play the kind of winning football necessary for this team to reach its goals in 2022?

Let’s start by hearing from the guy in the building who’s known Ehlinger the longest.

“Sammy is a dog, man. He’s a dog,” tight end Kylen Granson, Ehlinger’s teammate at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, said. “He will do whatever it takes to win, whether that’s making plays with his legs or his arm, he always puts on a show.”

How about from a team captain on the defensive side of the ball?

“Just the way he approaches every day – since Day 1, Sam’s carried himself like a pro,” defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said. “Even last year as a rookie, just seeing his demeanor each and every day, he approaches every day and prepares like a starter. He just has that competitor mentality that he brings. Very excited to see his first start and the way he approaches this week.”

Or from a guy who’s caught plenty of passes from Ehlinger over the last two years, both in practice and in preseason games?

“Sometimes he’ll be out there making plays and I’m like, dang, did you see Sam on that play?” wide receiver Dezmon Patmon said. “He’s a baller.”

INDIANA ANNOUNCES 2023 SCHEDULE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Big Ten Conference announced its 2023 football schedule on Wednesday afternoon. Indiana will host Ohio State to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 2, and will welcome six opponents to Memorial Stadium.

The full 2023 schedule is below:

Sept. 2? – Ohio State

Sept. 9 – Indiana State

Sept. 16 – vs. Louisville (@Lucas Oil Stadium)

Sept. 23 – Akron

Sept. 30 – at  Maryland

Oct. 7 – Bye

Oct. 14 – at Michigan

Oct. 21 – Rutgers

Oct. 28 – at Penn State

Nov. 4 – Wisconsin

Nov. 11 – at Illinois

Nov. 18 – Michigan State

Nov. 25 – at Purdue

The 2023 football season kicks off the conference’s new media rights agreements with CBS, FOX/FS1, Big Ten Network, NBC, and Peacock.

The Big Ten Conference announced its new distribution agreements on August 18, 2022. The landmark media rights agreements are the most comprehensive in all of college sports and further strengthen the tradition of the Big Ten Conference.

Selected Saturday games in the 2023 season may be adjusted to select Fridays and other special dates, including Labor Day Sunday and Black Friday. The 2024 football schedule will be announced in the future.

The Big Ten Conference Administrators Council, which includes the Directors of Athletics and Senior Women Administrators from all 14 member institutions, unanimously approved the schedule.

SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR 2023 PURDUE FOOTBALL SEASON

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The schedule has been set for the 2023 Purdue Football season, as the Big Ten Conference office released next year’s slate for all 14 teams Wednesday afternoon. The Boilermakers’ 2023 campaign features seven games at Ross-Ade Stadium, the most home games in a season since 2019.

Due to changes made during the 2020 COVID-impacted season, all future schedules that were previously announced by the Big Ten needed to be reorganized, including 2023.

Purdue kicks off the 2023 season at home against Fresno State (Sept. 2), the first meeting on the gridiron between the two programs. One week later (Sept. 9), the Boilermakers travel to Blacksburg, Virginia, to face Virginia Tech in the first of consecutive ACC matchups. After playing the Hokies on the road, Syracuse makes the trip to West Lafayette (Sept. 16) to close out a home-and-home series.

The Boilermakers end the month of September with back-to-back home games to begin B1G play. Purdue squares off against Wisconsin (Sept. 23) before hosting Illinois in the annual battle for the Cannon Trophy (Sept. 30). The two conference contests wrap up the opening month of the season that features four of Purdue’s first five games at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Purdue heads to Iowa to begin October (Oct. 7) followed by a home game against Ohio State (Oct. 14) ahead of an off week (Oct. 21). Following the open weekend, the Boilermakers hit the road for back-to-back contests at Nebraska (Oct. 28) and at Michigan (Nov. 4). The trip to The Big House is Purdue’s first since 2011.

Minnesota ventures south to West Lafayette (Nov. 11) before the Boilermakers head north to face Northwestern in their final road game (Nov. 18). The regular season ends in typical fashion, a battle for the Old Oaken Bucket with Purdue hosting the annual in-state matchup (Nov. 26).

The 2023 football season will be the initial season with the Big Ten’s recently-announced media rights partners, CBS, FOX, NBC, Peacock and the Big Ten Network. All Purdue games have the chance to be selected and moved to Fridays or other special dates, which will be announced in the near future.

BUTLER WSOCCER LOOKS TO IMPROVE POSTSEASON SEED AT CREIGHTON

The Butler women’s soccer team will have some clarity regarding its postseason journey after its final match of the regular season on the road at Creighton. The two sides, which are currently tied for fourth in the conference standings, will meet on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8PM ET (7PM CT). The Bulldogs (7-7-3, 4-3-2 BIG EAST) are coming off a 2-2 draw with No. 16 Georgetown, while the Bluejays (8-3-6, 4-3-2 BIG EAST) most recently lost to Xavier, 1-2.

Butler has clinched a spot in the six-team BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Tournament entering the match. The Bulldogs could finish anywhere from the No. 3 seed through the No. 6 seed based on the potential outcomes of Thursday’s matches across the BIG EAST schedule. With a win at Creighton Thursday night, Butler would host a Sunday BIG EAST quarterfinal as either the No. 3 or 4 seed. With a loss at Creighton Thursday night, Butler would travel on the road for a BIG EAST quarterfinal Sunday as the tournament’s No. 5 or 6 seed. With a Thursday night tie at Creighton, there are numerous scenarios that have the Bulldogs either hosting or traveling for their BIG EAST quarterfinal based on how the league’s other Thursday night contests play out.

JAGUARS TO OPEN EXHIBITION SCHEDULE AGAINST BRESCIA UNIVERSITY

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team will officially open the 2022-23 season on Thursday night (Oct. 27) when the Jaguars host Brescia University at 7:00 p.m. inside the Jungle on campus. Tickets are just $10 for adults and admission is FREE for IUPUI students with a valid Crimson Card.

Head coach Matt Crenshaw’s team enters the campaign with a decidedly new look as just two letterwinners from a season ago return in big man Jonah Carrasco (4.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 21 blocked shots) and sophomore Boston Stanton III (4.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg). The Jaguars top seven scorers from a season ago all departed and IUPUI was subsequently pegged to finish 11th in the #HLMBB Preseason Polls.

A year removed from finishing the season with just five healthy players, head coach Matt Crenshaw speaks with optimism and uses a word hardly uttered last season – depth. The flip side is a tremendous lack of experience as only four players on the squad have played meaningful Division I minutes to

He and his staff retooled the squad, adding a pair of Division I transfers (Bryce Monroe and Chris Osten), four junior college transfers (Jlynn Counter, Cooper Dewitt, John Egbuta and Daylan Hamilton) and four true freshmen (Vincent Brady II, Amhad Jarrard, Armon Jarrard and DJ Jackson). Monroe averaged 6.3 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game last season at San Diego and Osten, a 6-foot-9 forward, played at Northern Illinois last season. Counter, a sophomore guard, provides a multi-level scorer and both Egbuta and Hamilton are electrifying athletes. Dewitt is a talented shooter who had a 40-point game last season while at North Idaho College.

The freshman class has a decidedly Indianapolis flavor as Brady starred at Cathedral High School before playing last season at Air Force Prep. The Jarrard twins starred at nearby Mt. Vernon High School with Amhad, a 6-foot-4 swingman, earning a spot on the Indiana All-Star Team. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game as a senior while younger brother Armon averaged 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per contest in earning All-State honors. 

QUOTABLE: “It feels good to actually be able to practice,” Crenshaw said about this season after closing last season with just five healthy bodies. “At the end of the day, it’s about the student-athletes and last year, we couldn’t even practice and prepare those guys. We had coaches practicing. Now, this year, we can work and coach and get guys better and ultimately best prepare them to win games.

“This year, I feel like we have talent at each position with our starting five and even our next six. Our depth is one thing I’m really excited about.”

SERIES HISTORY: IUPUI is 1-0 all-time against Brescia, having defeated the Bearcats by a 120-76 score on Dec. 16, 1989 in Greencastle in the consolation game of the DePauw University Tournament. Hall of Famer Martin Reedus led IUPUI with 18 points and fellow Hall of Famer Greg Wright closed with 17 points and a team-high seven rebounds (box score).

UP NEXT: IUPUI will open its regular season at Iowa State on Monday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m. CT (8 Eastern).

BALL STATE CONCLUDES THE REGULAR SEASON AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team wraps up the regular season on Thursday with a road contest with Central Michigan. The Cardinals look to gain momentum going into the MAC Tournament and still have a potential to earn a No. 1 seed.

Ball State enters Thursday with an overall record of 6-4-7 and a conference mark of 5-1-4. Central Michigan is currently sitting with a 2-10-5 overall record and a 1-5-4 record in the MAC. The Cardinals can secure a No. 1 seed with a victory over the Chippewas and a Buffalo loss to Kent State. 

Last Time Out

BSU was 0-0-2 last week with draws against Kent State (0-0) and Buffalo (2-2). Emily Roper put the Cardinals in front 1-0 with a header off a Lexy Smith corner kick. The Bulls scored the match’s next two goals and took a 2-1 lead midway through the second half. With 12 minutes left in regulation, Delaney Caldwell recorded Ball State’s biggest goal of the season and to keep the hopes alive for a MAC regular season title.

VOLLEYBALL BATTLES FOR TOP SPOT IN THE MAC THIS WEEKEND

UP THIS WEEK: For the third straight week, the Ball State women’s volleyball program will go head-to-head for one of the top spots in the Mid-American Conference, this time battling Bowling Green for the overall league lead Friday at 6 p.m. in BGSU’s Stroh Center … The Cardinals close the week Saturday at Miami with a 5 p.m. first serve.

FOLLOW THE ACTION: Friday’s match at Bowling Green will be broadcast live on ESPN+, while Saturday’s contest will be streamed live on RedHawks All-Access ($6.95 for 24-hour pass) … In addition, live stats will be available courtesy of the host institutions … Live updates from the matches will also be provided on the team’s Twitter feed: @BallStateWVB.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Ball State holds a 45-20-1 lead in the all-time series versus Bowling Green after toping the Falcons 3-2 (25-23, 29-31, 25-16, 21-25, 15-7) in the championship match of last season’s MAC Tournament played Nov. 24 in Worthen Arena … The Cardinals also claimed a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-23) win over BGSU in last season’s regular season meeting, also played at home … Overall, the last four matches have been played in Worthen Arena … The last time Ball State played at the Stroh Center, the Cardinals topped Bowling Green 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 18-25, 15-5) in the championship match of the 2019 MAC Tournament … BSU is 19-7 all-time in matches played in Bowling Green … Ball State also owns a 46-39 edge in the all-time series versus Miami, including a 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-13) sweep in the lone meeting last season played Oct. 30 in Worthen Arena … BSU is 17-18 all-time in Oxford, with Miami earning a 3-2 (25-13, 23-25, 23, 25, 25-22, 15-11) win the last time the teams met in Millett Hall on March 23, 2021.

CARDINALS VOTED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL, SPARKS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-MAC FIRST TEAM

CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced its annual men’s basketball preseason coaches’ poll along with the preseason All-MAC Teams on Wednesday. Payton Sparks earned a spot on the preseason All-MAC First Team. The Ball State men’s basketball team was voted to finish in fourth by the coaches in the conference.

“Payton is obviously deserving of this recognition based on his production last season,” said Head Coach Michael Lewis. “The challenge for any good player is their continued development and I have loved P’s approach to getting better since the first day our staff walked in here. He is everything you are looking for in a student athlete.”

Sparks is the reigning MAC Freshman of the Year as well as an All-MAC Third Team selection. Sparks had a team-best 13.5 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per contest. Sparks tallied 418 points last season and is third as a freshman in all-time scoring, behind Bonzi Wells (474) and Ray McCallum (463). Sparks attempted 202 free throws last season, which was tied for 14th in the NCAA and led the MAC. He attempted more free throws than any other freshman in the NCAA. Sparks finished second on the team with 15 blocks. He recorded 12 double-doubles on the season to lead all freshmen and finished second in the MAC. Sparks finished the season with 24 games scoring double figures and 13 games with double-digit rebounds. Sparks’ 8.45 rebounds per game was fourth in the MAC, while his 13.48 points per game was 17th in the conference.

RUSSO’S HAT TRICK GIVES IRISH 3-2 WIN OVER MICHIGAN

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A Daniel Russo hat trick propelled the Fighting Irish to a thrilling 3-2 win over Michigan at Alumni Stadium on Tuesday evening to close out the home portion of the regular season schedule.

The Irish had to come back twice on the evening to secure the victory, as they scored all three of their goals in the second half.

The Irish created early scoring chances in the opening stages of the match but were unable to find the back of the net.

In the 35th minute Michigan’s Nicholas Kaloukian scored the opener to give the guests a 1-0 lead heading into the halftime intermission.

Notre Dame came out of the break firing and scored the equalizer off a sublime strike from outside the box off the foot of Russo to level the contest at 1-1 in the 62nd minute.

Just one minute later the Wolverines managed to reclaim the lead, as Christian Pulselli put the visitors back in front at 2-1.

The Irish continued to push forward, dictating the run of play with possession in Michigan’s final third.

The pressure paid off in the 84th minute. Paddy Burns had a shot blocked and Matthew Roou headed a follow-up effort towards the far post, forcing the Michigan goalie to make a diving stop. The parried effort fell to Russo, whose lunged effort found the back of the net to level the match at 2-2.

Less than two minutes later the Irish found the winner, again coming from Russo. Eno Nto started the buildup with a ball in from the right flank that connected with Roou, who had a sliding shot saved. Russo ran in and poked the ball into the net to complete the comeback and deliver the Irish the 3-2 win.

IRISH FALL TO NO. 4 LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. –  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish fell to the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals in three sets in the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday, Oct. 26 (10-25, 22-25, 14-25). The Irish were led by Lucy Trump with seven kills and Hattie Monson who tallied 17 digs.

While the Irish fell 10-25 in set one, Notre Dame came out swinging in set two. The Irish led 6-5 to start the second and went point for point with the Cardinals to maintain the lead at 9-8. After being tied at 11-11, Louisville took the lead 15-11, but kills from Lucy Trump and Phyona Schrader made it an even 19-19. The Cardinals took the lead at 23-20 and while the Irish closed the gap to one at 23-22, Louisville went on to take set two 25-22. Despite the Irish’s late efforts in set three, the No. 4 Cardinals took home the final third set win at 25-14.

Up Next

The Irish are back in action on Sunday, Oct. 30 in Purcell Pavilion as they host Duke at 1:00 p.m.

B1G OPENER ON DECK

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The 12th-ranked University of Notre Dame hockey program is set to open conference play Friday and Saturday when they host Michigan State in a two-game series inside Compton Family Ice Arena. Puck drop on Friday night is set for 7:35 p.m., followed by a 6:05 p.m. start the following night.

Prior to faceoff Saturday, the Irish are hosting Hocktoberfest outside the building from 4-6 p.m. A food truck and beer garden will be available as well as numerous youth activities. Fans are encouraged to come out and celebrate Halloween in costume Saturday.

The University’s clear bag policy will be in place for the weekend series.

QUICK HITS

The No. 12 Irish are coming off a weekend split with Western Michigan. Notre Dame picked up the victory at home Friday night with Ryan Bischel’s first shutout of the season (2-0, 30 saves), before being shutout on the road at Lawson Ice Arena.

In his first game of the season, captain Nick Leivermann tallied the game-winning goal Friday with a laser of a shot from the blueline. His first of the year was followed up by Justin Janicke netting an even strength goal at 18:13 of the second period to give ND the 2-0 final.

Chayse Primeau registered an assist on both goals Friday night for his second-consecutive multi-point night. The grad student now has five points in his last four games played (1-4-5).

NOTRE DAME vs. MICHIGAN STATE

The Irish and Spartans have met 135 times in program history with MSU leading the all-time series, 70-50-15. At home, Notre Dame holds a narrow margin over the Spartans, boasting 30 wins and 10 ties in 66 games played in South Bend.

Most recently, the Irish defeated the Spartans at Munn Ice Arena to finish the 2021-22 season with a 3-1-0 record against their foe.

In game one of the series last year, the Irish bounced back from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Spartans 3-2. Less than two minutes into play MSU led by two but a pair of second period goals from former defenseman Spencer Statsney knotted things up. Nick Leivermann scored the game-winner halfway through the third period. Current Irish icers Jesse Lansdell, Hunter Strand, Jack Adams and Chase Blackmun also had points in the contest.

In four games played against the Spartans last season, Strand led the team with four points (1-3-4). His two points at Michigan State off a goal and an assist was a career-best for the sophomore.

Justin Janicke recorded a goal and an assist to close out the season series with the Spartans last year for a career-high two point night.

GAME 17 PREVIEW: #11 DUKE COMES TO ALUMNI

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – There will be a lot on the line on Thursday when No. 4 Notre Dame women’s soccer (14-2-0, 7-2-0) hosts No. 11 Duke (11-4-1, 6-2-1) inside Alumni Stadium. If victorious, the Irish can claim at least a share of the ACC regular season title. The top-three seeds in the ACC Tournament will be played out as well as Notre Dame, Florida State and North Carolina are all tied atop the leaderboard.

First touch is set for 8 p.m. ET on ACC Network. Thursday also marks Senior Day for the Irish, with a ceremony taking place before the game.

WHAT’S AT STAKE THURSDAY

Notre Dame is tied for first place in the ACC standings along with Florida State and North Carolina, with one game remaining.

Due to ACC tiebreakers, if all three teams win on Thursday, ND would be out of luck unless a substantial victory happens (at least a 3-0 win). ND would most likely need a UNC or Florida State tie/loss to occur to obtain a top-two seed.

Regardless of ACC Tournament seeding, a win on Thursday night would earn ND a share of the regular season title. It would mark their second regular-season championship since joining the league back in 2013. They previously co-shared with Clemson in 2016.

USA TODAY COACHES POLL SLATES IRISH AS NO. 10 TEAM IN THE NATION

For the second time this preseason, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are a top-10 team.

On Wednesday, USA TODAY Sports released its Top 25 Coaches Poll, and Karen and Kevin Keyes Head Coach Niele Ivey’s squad checks in at No. 10. It was announced earlier this month that the Irish are the No. 9 team in the AP Poll heading into the 2022-23 season.

Like the AP Poll, five ACC teams are included in the top 15 of the Coaches Poll: No. 5 Louisville, No. 8 North Carolina State, Notre Dame, No. 12 North Carolina and No. 13 Virginia Tech. The Irish open conference play on the road against the Hokies on Dec. 18.

Notre Dame will host Truman State on Oct. 31 for an exhibition before welcoming Northern Illinois for a Nov. 7 home opener.

MASTODONS CLINCH NO. 2 SEED FOR #HLWSOC CHAMPIONSHIP

CLEVELAND – Purdue Fort Wayne clinched the No. 2 seed for the Horizon League Women’s Soccer Championship on Wednesday (Oct. 26) with a 1-1 draw at Cleveland State.

The Mastodons will advance directly to the semifinal of the league championship on November 3. They will play the highest-remaining seed of No. 3 Oakland, No. 4 Wright State, No. 5 Youngstown State and No. 6 IUPUI. The championship match will be played on November 5 at 2 p.m ET. Both the semifinals and final will be played at No. 1 seed Milwaukee.

On the cold and rainy evening in Cleveland, the Mastodons scored first. Bella Reitano had a tough angle from the right side, but managed to send a pass from Kelsey Gallagher into the far side of the net.

Neither side got much of anything going for the rest of the half and the two teams went into the halftime break with four shots each. Cleveland State came out of the locker room much more offensive and had 10 shots in the second half.

In minute 72, Erica Leinweber scored on a through ball from Grace Krosky, sneaking through a group of Mastodon defenders. The Vikings looked for the game-winner with six more shots in the game, but the ‘Dons held on for the positive result.

Purdue Fort Wayne moves to 9-3-6, 5-1-4 Horizon League. This is the first time in program history that the Mastodons had just one loss in league play. The Mastodons’ three losses are also the fewest in any season.

Cleveland State goes to 4-4-2 and is eliminated from playoff contention.

FADDIS’ LATE GOAL EARNS EAGLES RESULT AGAINST LEATHERNECKS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer earned a 1-1 draw with Western Illinois University on Wednesday night. The Screaming Eagles move to 1-11-3, 1-4-1 Summit League, while the Leathernecks go to 2-6-7, 2-1-3 Summit League.

It was a very strong defensive first half for both teams, going into halftime scoreless. Western Illinois went into the half with a 9-3 advantage in shots. Junior goalkeeper Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) went into the half with four saves and the USI defense was excellent on the back line.

After the start of the second half, the Eagles missed a chance to take a 1-0 advantage but missed a penalty kick. The Eagles were awarded the penalty kick after Marco Presta was shown a red card after a hand ball in the box.

The Leathernecks retook momentum with only 10 men, taking a 1-0 lead at the 54:27 mark with a goal from Kyle Owen.

The Eagles settled down and used a corner kick to get the equalizer. Sophomore Mical Hardtman (Hamilton Parrish, Bermuda) fed a ball to the top of the box where graduate Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri) was able to place a beautiful, curved shot into the bottom left-hand corner. USI had lots of chances on the offensive end to take the late lead but a strong stand by the Western Illinois defense kept the game tied till the final whistle.

The Eagles narrowed the shot gap in the second half after having 10 shots. The Leathernecks would finish with a 14-13 advantage in shots and a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal. Freshman Jackson Mitchell (Newburgh, Indiana) and senior Ryan Nevins (St. Peters, Missouri) finished the match tied with the most shots for the Eagles with three apiece. Faddis and junior Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri) finished with two shots each. Meissner finished the match with five saves on the night.

VOLLEYBALL RETURNS HOME FOR PAIR OF MATCHES THIS WEEKEND

Valparaiso (18-5, 6-5 MVC)

Friday, Oct. 28 – Evansville (8-17, 5-6 MVC) – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29 – Indiana State (3-16, 2-9 MVC) – 5 p.m.

Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: Coming off of two weekends on the road, the Valpo volleyball team will play five of its final seven regular season matches at home. The closing stretch begins this weekend as the Beacons host Evansville on Friday and Indiana State on Saturday.

Previously: A shorthanded Valpo squad fell at Missouri State in straight sets on Friday night, but the Beacons bounced back with a 3-1 win over Southern Illinois on Saturday evening to snap a three-match losing streak.

Looking Ahead: The final road weekend of the regular season comes up next weekend, as the Beacons travel to MVC newcomers Belmont (Nov. 4) and Murray State (Nov. 5).

Following the Beacons: Both matches this weekend will be broadcast live on ESPN3. In addition, both matches will have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 21st season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 467 matches (467-222, .678) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made five postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, and advanced to the championship match of the 2021 NIVC. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 58 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 522-246 (.680) record overall as a head coach.

Series History: Evansville – The Beacons hold a 15-12 advantage in the all-time series with the Purple Aces, but have dominated under Coach Avery, winning 13 of 15 meetings. That record includes an unprecedented four wins in the same season a year ago, as Valpo won both regular season meetings in four sets, won a first-round matchup at the MVC Tournament 3-1 and then swept the Purple Aces in the quarterfinals of the NIVC.

Indiana State – Valpo and Indiana State have evenly split 32 meetings in their all-time series, but it’s been advantage Beacons under Coach Avery, as Valpo holds an 11-6 edge in her tenure and a 6-4 advantage since joining the Valley. Last season, the two teams split the season series with each squad winning on its home court – Valpo in three sets at the ARC, Indiana State in four sets in Terre Haute.

Scouting the Opposition: Evansville – The Purple Aces enter Friday’s match at 8-17 overall and 5-6 in MVC play after falling to Drake in straight sets and UNI in four sets at home last weekend. Evansville boasts two of the conference’s top three in kills/set: Alondra Vazquez (4.67, 1st) and Giulia Cardona (4.00, 3rd)

Indiana State – The Sycamores come into the weekend at 3-16 overall and 2-9 in MVC play, with a Friday night match at UIC before making their way to the ARC. The Sycamores lead the conference in blocks (2.30/set), thanks to the work of Storm Suhre (1.03/set, 6th) and Jamie Brown (1.01/set, 7th), and rank second in digs (17.16/set).

MEN’S SOCCER RANKS #5 IN SECOND REGIONAL RANKING RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team landed in the No. 5 spot of the second edition of the NCAA’s regional rankings, officials at the national office announced on Wednesday. For the third straight season, the men’s soccer national tournament will feature four super regions of 10 teams apiece, totaling 40 programs competing for a national title.

UIndy is one of five teams from the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) in the rankings. Maryville leads the conference at No. 4 while Drury, Lewis, and Illinois Springfield sit in sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.

The Hounds are set to open the GLVC Championship Tournament on Sunday with a quarterfinal battle with Rockhurst at Key Stadium. Opening kick is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.

GREYHOUNDS SELECTED AS GLVC WRESTLING FAVORITE

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 3 University of Indianapolis were voted by the eight GLVC head coaches as the favorite for the 2022-23 season. The poll featured the league’s eight wrestling schools, with UIndy receiving 42 points and four first-place votes (coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team). This comes off of a pair of second-place finishes at the Super Region 4 tournament, as well as the GLVC Championships last winter.

At the NCAA Championships the Hounds finished sixth behind a national runner-up performance out of Derek Blubaugh. He returns alongside other first team All-GLVC earners Logan Bailey and Dawson Combest, as well as Second Team selections Breyden Bailey and Cale Gray.

NO. 18 MARIAN STAYS IN CL RACE WITH THRILLING FIVE-SET WIN OVER (RV) BETHEL

INDIANAPOLIS – Looking to wash the taste of an early season loss, the Marian volleyball team answered the call Wednesday night, claiming a thrilling five-set victory over (RV) Bethel University. The win improves Marian to 21-3 overall on the season and 13-3 in league play, as they remain in the hunt for the Crossroads League Championship.

Marian jumped out to a good start in the opening set, working their offense through four different hitters as they gained a 10-7 lead over the Pilots. Skyler Van Note and Madison Brooks helped pace the charge, as a 3-0 run helped the lead shoot to six and force a Bethel timeout. After the stoppage Bethel found a rhythm with Rachel Vendl serving, going on a 7-0 run after the side out to take control of the set. Marian would only get within one as the set came to it’s conclusion, with Marian dropping the first game 25-19.

Ainsley Neighbors gave Marian an early jolt of life in the second set, helping her team take a 5-1 lead as she went on a 5-0 serving run. Van Note stayed involved on offense and defense as she and Jaymison Summers combined for a block to score the 10th point, and Grace Hunter kept the flow going as two kills helped push the lead to five. A 4-0 Bethel run would allow the Pilots to inch closer, but Van Note put an end to the spree with four kills in five rallies, putting the Knights in the driver’s seat as they won 25-18 in the second.

In the third set, Marian and Bethel battled as the lead traded sides through 16 rallies. After a Marian service error tied the set at 8-8, the Knights got a sideout with a Van Note and Summers block, sparking a 4-0 as Katie Hardegree found Brooks three times in the run to force a timeout. Brooks and Jai-Lyn Norwood helped push the lead to five, and after establishing a 20-15 lead, Marian closed on a 5-4 spurt to get the 25-19 win and take a 2-1 lead.

Marian was unable to ride their momentum and close the match in four sets, as Bethel found another gear in the fourth. The Pilots scored the first three points, and were able to quickly build a six-point lead over the Knights. Van Note and Brooks tried to rally the team and brought the deficit within three, but another Pilot run was too much for Marian to keep up with. The Knights fell behind by double digits for the first time in a set in two weeks, and despite a late push lost 25-16.

With the match knotted at two sets a piece, Marian saved their final spurt of energy for the fifth set, and had to fight to take a lead. Bethel threw the counter back at Marian after they took a 3-2 lead to go on top by one, but one block changed the momentum of the match. Summers and Brooks teamed up for a rejection, and ignited a 5-0 run, as they took an 8-4 lead after switching sides. Marian was able to stay in control despite Bethel finding a way to get within two, as Norwood drove a kill to bring match point. On the final rally of the night, Summers and Norwood combined for a block on Cheyanne Seymour, giving Marian the 15-11 victory as they won the five-set battle.

Marian hit just .201 in the match, but found a way to get the win as Brooks, Van Note, and Norwood all reached double-figure kills. Brooks led the team with a career-high 17 kills while hitting .400, and Van Note had 16 kills and 12 digs for a double-double. Norwood finished with 12 kills, getting her lone block on the final rally of the game. Neighbors led the team with 25 assists while Hardegree had 24, adding eight digs. Gianna Feld had 21 digs and one of Marian’s 10 service aces in the win, and Summers led the Knights with seven total blocks.

The challenge to stay in the Crossroads League race increases for the Knights on Friday night, as Marian will take on No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan in the PE Center at 7 p.m.

MARIAN CLINCHES SHARE OF CROSSROADS LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE WITH 6-1 WIN OVER TAYLOR

Upland, Ind. – The Marian women’s soccer team had no problem taking care of Taylor on Wednesday night as they downed the Trojans 6-1. The win kicks off one of two final regular season games this week, and the Knights now improve to 7-0-1 in league play and 14-0-2 overall. With the win over Taylor and a loss by Indiana Wesleyan, Marian claims a share of the Crossroads League Regular Season Championship.

The stats showed a fairly even match, but Marian proved to be the better executers in front of goal whereas Taylor struggled to have their shot attempts be on goal or they found the hands of Noelle Rolfsen. The Knights fired off 18 shot attempts to the Trojan’s 11 in the game.

Jacelyn Smith was the first to strike for Marian in the 12th minute as she put one past the Taylor keeper on the assist from Allie Schlom to give the Knights the early 1-0 lead in the first half. Minutes later, Schlom was on the opposite end of the ball as she booted one in the back of the net to take the 2-0 advantage. Taylor would answer in the 33rd minute with Sophie Snyder putting one in the goal, but Erin Oleksak responded before the end of the half as she knocked one in to score her 14th goal on the season and give Marian the 3-1 lead at the break.

The goals continued to come for Marian in the second half with the final three goals of the game coming in about the first 12 minutes of play in the half. Naomi Walters was the first to score after a ball played from Marian Corro Celma, before Isabelle Stanfield scored her first goal of the season. In the 59th minute, Walters hit Oleksak for her second goal of the game to give Marian their final goal and take the 6-1 lead.

The Knights five goal advantage proved to be too much for the Trojans to come back from as they would go on to win.

Oleksak led the way for Marian with a pair of goals on seven shots taken, while Schlom scored one goal that proved to be the game winner and added an assist. Smith, Stanfield, and Walters all each added a goal for the Knights, while Walters and Corro Celma each added an assists as well. Rolfsen played the full 90 minutes in goal, picking up three saves in the win to improve to 14-0-2 on the season.

Marian will wrap up the regular season at Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday at 2 PM. With a win over the Wildcats, the Knights can claim outright Crossroads League Champions.

SECOND HALF PENALTY KICK LIFTS TAYLOR OVER MARIAN

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s soccer team started their final week of the regular season by hosting Taylor that saw a 1-0 score that favored the Trojans on Wednesday night, moving them to 2-5-1 in league play and 5-9-2 overall on the season.

The first 45 minutes of play showed Marian controlling a majority of the possession, as they saw 10 opportunities to Taylor’s four. In the first seven minutes of action, the Knights put together four shot attempts that came from Nate Van Keulen, Evan Dawdy, Dylann Merchand, and Alan Tenorio.

Marian continued to search for opportunities the remainder of the half, putting together six more shot attempts that saw the Trojan keeper denying two.

With less than a minute of action left in the first half, the duo of Van Keulen and Tenorio each fired a shot off to give the Knights a great look, but were unable to execute and went into the break with the score even at 0-0.

The second half began with the Knights fouling the Trojans in the box, sending Taylor’s Sawyer Watterson to take the penalty kick that would go past the Marian keeper to give the Trojans the 1-0 lead. After the goal, the Knights did not back down as Sam Goodin made an attempt at a goal and seeing it go just high, before Justin Kapp fired one at the Taylor goalie.

Marian had some great opportunities in the half, taking four corner kicks and taking two more attempts late. However, Taylor controlled most of the possession in the second half, outshooting the Knights six to four, and would be able to put up a strong defensive effort to hold off Marian, picking up the 1-0 win.

Tenorio and Valentin Neuhold each took three shot attempts, while Van Keulen and Dawdy each fired off two. Goodin, Sebastian Gonzalez, Merchand, and Kapp all took one. Alvaro Rueda played the full 90 minutes in goal, making five saves with six shots on goal.

The Knights will finish up the regular season on Saturday as they host Indiana Wesleyan at 3 PM and celebrate senior day.

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

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

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

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

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

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

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

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

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

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

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

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

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

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

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

GRACE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

GOSHEN ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

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

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

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

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

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BUFFALO BILLS510.8330.0176812-0-03-1-04-1-00-1-03 W
NEW YORK JETS520.7140.51591371-2-04-0-04-2-01-0-04 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS430.5711.51471653-1-01-2-04-2-02-1-01 W
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS340.4292.51551461-2-02-2-02-2-00-1-01 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS520.7140.02231722-1-03-1-02-2-02-0-01 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS430.5711.01641892-2-02-1-04-2-02-1-01 L
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS240.3332.51631502-1-00-3-02-3-01-2-01 W
DENVER BRONCOS250.2863.01001152-2-00-3-01-4-00-2-04 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS430.5710.01811612-2-02-1-04-2-02-0-01 W
CINCINNATI BENGALS430.5710.01731322-1-02-2-02-2-00-2-02 W
CLEVELAND BROWNS250.2862.01681861-3-01-2-01-4-01-1-04 L
PITTSBURGH STEELERS250.2862.01071621-2-01-3-01-5-01-1-01 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS420.6670.01151282-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-04 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS331.5001.01131402-1-01-2-13-3-11-3-11 L
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS250.2862.51551371-2-01-3-02-2-01-2-04 L
HOUSTON TEXANS141.2502.51061370-1-11-3-01-3-11-0-11 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES6001.0000.01611053-0-03-0-05-0-02-0-06 W
NEW YORK GIANTS610.8570.51501303-1-03-0-03-1-00-1-04 W
DALLAS COWBOYS520.7141.51341043-1-02-1-04-2-02-1-01 W
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS340.4293.51251562-2-01-2-02-3-00-2-02 W
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS430.5710.01831862-1-02-2-02-3-01-1-02 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS330.5000.51041262-2-01-1-03-2-01-1-01 W
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS340.4291.01451332-1-01-3-03-2-02-0-02 L
ARIZONA CARDINALS340.4291.01561761-3-02-1-02-3-00-2-01 W
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
MINNESOTA VIKINGS510.8330.01391183-0-02-1-04-1-03-0-04 W
GREEN BAY PACKERS340.4292.51281462-2-01-2-02-3-01-1-03 L
CHICAGO BEARS340.4292.51261322-1-01-3-01-4-00-2-01 W
DETROIT LIONS150.1674.01461941-2-00-3-01-4-00-1-04 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS340.4290.01241241-2-02-2-03-2-02-1-02 L
ATLANTA FALCONS340.4290.01631712-1-01-3-02-3-00-2-01 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS250.2861.01241492-3-00-2-02-4-02-0-01 W
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS250.2861.01752001-3-01-2-02-4-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston31.7501-02-11-03-13-11 L
New York31.7503-00-13-03-13 W
Toronto32.6000.52-01-21-13-23-22 W
Brooklyn13.2502.01-10-21-01-11-32 L
Philadelphia14.2002.51-20-20-21-31-41 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee301.0002-01-02-03-03 W
Cleveland31.7500.52-01-11-03-13-13 W
Chicago32.6001.02-11-11-13-23-22 W
Indiana14.2003.01-20-21-11-31-42 L
Detroit14.2003.01-10-30-11-41-44 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Atlanta31.7502-11-01-12-13-11 W
Washington31.7502-01-13-13-11 W
Charlotte22.5001.00-12-11-01-12-21 L
Miami23.4001.51-31-01-32-31 W
Orlando05.0003.50-10-40-10-50-55 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah41.8002-02-12-04-14-11 W
Portland41.8002-12-01-04-04-11 L
Minnesota32.6001.02-21-02-13-23-21 W
Denver32.6001.02-01-21-23-23-21 W
Oklahoma City13.2502.51-10-20-31-31-31 W
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix31.7502-01-12-03-13-12 W
LA Clippers22.5001.00-12-12-12-22-22 L
Golden State22.5001.02-10-12-12-22-21 L
Sacramento03.0002.50-20-10-20-30-33 L
LA Lakers04.0003.00-20-20-20-40-44 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
New Orleans31.7501-12-01-01-13-11 W
Memphis31.7502-01-11-11-13-11 W
San Antonio32.6000.50-13-11-13-21 L
Dallas12.3331.51-00-21-11-21-21 L
Houston14.2002.51-10-30-11-21-41 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins761012530205-0-01-1-06-1-0
Carolina Hurricanes64119420141-0-03-1-14-1-1
Pittsburgh Penguins74219430213-0-01-2-14-2-1
Florida Panthers74219421212-0-12-2-04-2-1
Ottawa Senators64208425184-0-00-2-04-2-0
Philadelphia Flyers64208417142-1-02-1-04-2-0
Buffalo Sabres64208423161-1-03-1-04-2-0
Detroit Red Wings63128322182-1-11-0-13-1-2
Washington Capitals74308425243-1-01-2-04-3-0
10 New Jersey Devils74308423222-2-02-1-04-3-0
11 Toronto Maple Leafs74308419183-1-01-2-04-3-0
12 Tampa Bay Lightning84408424251-1-03-3-04-4-0
13 New York Rangers83328322262-1-21-2-03-3-2
14 New York Islanders73406322183-2-00-2-03-4-0
15 Montreal Canadiens73406317213-2-00-2-03-4-0
16 Columbus Blue Jackets83506325332-3-01-2-03-5-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights862012626163-1-03-1-06-2-0
Dallas Stars74219423152-0-02-2-14-2-1
Calgary Flames651010522174-1-01-0-05-1-0
Colorado Avalanche74219325211-1-13-1-04-2-1
Chicago Blackhawks64208420173-0-01-2-04-2-0
Edmonton Oilers74308425213-3-01-0-04-3-0
Seattle Kraken83328326281-2-12-1-13-3-2
Los Angeles Kings84408328331-2-03-2-04-4-0
St. Louis Blues53206312121-1-02-1-03-2-0
10 Winnipeg Jets63306316172-1-01-2-03-3-0
11 Minnesota Wild62315222281-3-01-0-12-3-1
12 Nashville Predators72415216241-2-11-2-02-4-1
13 Arizona Coyotes62404219292-4-02-4-0
14 San Jose Sharks92704217270-4-02-3-02-7-0
15 Anaheim Ducks71513116321-1-00-4-11-5-1
16 Vancouver Canucks70522018300-2-00-3-20-5-2

FOOTBALL HISTORY/BIRTHDAY’S

First Pro Pass

October 27, 1906 – Per the profootballhof.com website the very first documented pass completion in a professional football game came when George Peggy Parratt of the Massillon Tigers threw a completion to Dan “Bullet” Riley in a victory over a team that was comprised of a combined mix of Benwood players and Moundsville players.

Selmon Brothers Inc.

October 27, 1973 – NFF tells us 1988 College Football Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon and his brothers Lucious and Dewey combined for 26 tackles as Oklahoma downs Kansas State 56-14 in the 16th game of a 37-game unbeaten streak for the Sooners.

Dan the Man

October 27, 1979 – Per the National Football Foundation’s website, No. 12 Pittsburgh freshman quarterback and future College Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers sunk undefeated No. 17 Navy Midshipmen, 24-7. Pitt starting quarterback Rick Trocano went down early in the first quarter and never regained his starting spot from Marino. The Midshipmen jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second quarter before giving up 24-straight points in the losing effort.

Wake Forest Big Day!

October 27, 1979 – From Wake Forest Athletic Department- James McDougald rushed for four touchdowns, three in the second half, to lead 18th-ranked Wake Forest to a come-from-behind 42-38 win over Auburn at Groves Stadium. The win improved Wake Forest’s record to 7-1 on the season.

WIllie Totten Lights It Up

October 27, 1984 – Per the NFF website, 2005 College Football Hall of Famer Willie Totten of Mississippi Valley State passes for 599 yards against Prairie View, the third best single-game performance in I-AA history. Totten threw for over 530 yards in a single game four times in his collegiate career.

Baltimore Bound

October 27, 1995 – Art Model and officials in Baltimore, Maryland finalized by them signing the contract to move the Cleveland Browns’ franchise Baltimore. We of course later learned that the City of Cleveland would retain Brown’s name and the former Browns franchise would become the Baltimore Ravens.

Holy War 13

October 27, 2001 – Per the On this Day website we are informed that the 13th edition of the College Football Holy Wartook place as Boston College beat Notre Dame 21-17 in Chestnut Hill.

Emmett Smith Breaks the Record!

October 27, 2002- Dallas Cowboys runner Emmett Smith breaks Walter Payton’s career yards rushing record of 16,726 yards to become the NFL’s All TIme Leading Rusher per the onthisday.com website. Smith ended up rushing for 109 yards in the game but the Cowboys fell to the Seattle Seahawks 17-14 in the contest. Just to serve your memory, Walter Payton had held the record since October 7, 1984 when he surpassed the mark that Jim Brown had held for decades.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for October 27

Kyle Rote

October 27, 1928 – San Antonio, Texas – William Kyle Rote a halfback from Southern Methodist University arrived into this world. It was a chilly December afternoon in 1949, and SMU’s 1948 Heisman winner Doak Walker, was injured and unable to play in the game when the undefeated juggernauts of college football, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolled into town to face the Mustangs. Doak’s replacement was ayoung unknown talent called Kyle Rote and he was up to the challenge. Rote came in and according to the National Football Foundation he ran for 115 yards, passed for another 146, scored all three SMU touchdowns. And by the way he also averaged 48 yards per kick while punting in the game. Notre Dame held on and won the game, but Rote gave them all they could handle in the 27-20 Irish win. In the 1950 season Rote went on to become a consensus All-American selection. He took second in the Heisman voting that season and even got his picture on the front cover of Life Magazine. Kyle Rote was honored in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1964. Kyle played a short stint in minor league baseball then the joined on with the NFLs New York Giantswhere he played from 1951 through 1961 and was a team captain. Kyle Rote even made the Pro Bowl four times to cap off a brilliant career in football.

Bill George, I think He’s Got it!

October 27, 1929 – Waynesburg, Pennsylvania – Bill George a linebacker from Wake Forest University was born. Bill played in the NFL for 15 years for both the Bears and the Rams. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has a neat piece on Bill George in his bio on their site. George made a now historic move that permanently changed defensive strategy in the National Football League.

On passing plays, George’s job was to bump the center and then drop back. George, noting the Eagles success at completing short passes just over his head, decided to skip the center bump and drop back immediately. Two plays later he caught the first of his 18 pro interceptions. While no one can swear which middle guard in a five-man line first dropped back to play middle linebacker and create the classic 4-3 defense, George is the most popular choice. Bill had 8 seasons where he was selected as an All-NFL player as well as 8 where he made the Pro Bowl roster. George’s 18 interceptions were surpassed only by his 19 career fumble recoveries.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Bill George in 1974

SPORTS IN NUMBERS:

10 – 32 – 2 – 61 – 23

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October 26, 1968 – Striker Antal Dunai, Number 10 scored twice as Hungary out paced Bulgaria 4-1 to take the men’s football gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics

October 26, 1982 – In MLB news, Philadelphia Phillies Number 32, Steve Carlton became 1st pitcher to win 4 Cy Young awards

October 26, 1985 – Doug Harvey’s Number 2 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

October 26, 1993 – NFL announced a new expansion team, the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte

October 26, 1997 – Baseball World Series: Florida beats Cleveland Indians, 3-2 in Game 7 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami for Marlins first-ever title; MVP: Florida pitcher Number 61, Liván Hernández

October 26, 2000 – World Series: NY Yankees beat NY Mets, 4-2 in Game 5 at Shea Stadium to win “Subway Series”; Yankees 3rd straight title; MVP was Yankeess shortstop Number 2, Derek Jeter

October 26, 2005 – World Series: Chicago beats Houston, 1-0 in Game 4 at Minute Maid Park to sweep Astros and win White Sox first title in 88 years; MVP: Chicago outfielder Number 23, Jermaine DyeOctober 26, 2018 – Longest Baseball World Series game by both innings and time; LA Dodgers beat Boston Red Sox, 3-2 in the 18th inning (7 hours, 20 mins) in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium with Max Muncy walk-off homer