INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES
|FAITH CHRISTIAN||69||WEST CENTRAL||53|
|INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD||68||INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE||54|
|MARQUETTE CATHOLIC||78||ELKHART CHRISTIAN||38|
|SMITH ACADEMY||72||HARLAN CHRISTIAN||66|
|SOUTH SPENCER||56||EVANSVILLE CENTRAL||42|
|CENTRAL CHRISTIAN TOURNAMENT|
|THRIVAL INDY ACADEMY||112||CENTRAL CHRISTIAN||22|
|NORTHWEST HOMESCHOOL||61||PURDUE POLY NORTH||44|
|PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD||80||INDIANAPOLIS HERRON||35|
|INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOL||70||IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY||35|
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE TUESDAY
ADAMS CENTRAL (1-3) AT BELLMONT (3-4)
AIKEN (OHIO) AT EAST CENTRAL (0-4)
BEECH GROVE (5-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (3-2)
BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE (5-0) AT SHOALS (3-2)
BREMEN (0-6) AT CENTRAL NOBLE (2-2)
DELTA (5-2) AT BLACKFORD (3-3)
EAST NOBLE (0-5) AT GOSHEN (4-3)
EDON (OHIO) AT EASTSIDE (3-3)
EDWARDSBURG (MICH.) AT CONCORD (3-5)
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (2-3) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (2-4)
FRANKTON (3-4) AT WAPAHANI (6-1)
FREMONT (6-1) AT WOODLAN (7-1)
FRONTIER (2-4) AT TWIN LAKES (4-5)
GARY WEST (2-4) AT PORTAGE (5-1)
GREENSBURG (2-2) AT COLUMBUS EAST (1-6)
HAMMOND CENTRAL (6-0) AT CROWN POINT (4-2)
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (1-5) AT PENDLETON HEIGHTS (2-6)
HERITAGE HILLS (4-2) AT MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (2-3)
HUNTINGTON NORTH (2-4) AT PERU (5-1)
HUTSONVILLE (ILL.) AT TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (4-2)
INDIAN CREEK (5-2) AT MARTINSVILLE (3-4)
INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN (1-2) AT CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (4-3)
INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (2-3) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (4-3)
LEO (4-4) AT HOMESTEAD (5-0)
LIGHTHOUSE CPA (1-5) AT EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (1-6)
MARION (6-1) AT NOBLESVILLE (4-1)
MISHAWAKA (4-2) AT NEW PRAIRIE (3-3)
MITCHELL (2-6) AT ORLEANS (4-1)
MUNSTER (6-0) AT LAKE CENTRAL (4-1)
NEW WASHINGTON (3-4) AT EASTERN (PEKIN) (6-1)
NORTH PUTNAM (3-4) AT CASCADE (3-3)
NORTHEAST DUBOIS (4-2) AT BLOOMFIELD (6-1)
PHALEN ACADEMY AT LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (2-5)
PIKE (2-3) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (0-7)
PLYMOUTH (3-3) AT SOUTH BEND RILEY (4-4)
PROVIDENCE (3-2) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (4-1)
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN (4-2) AT EASTERN HANCOCK (5-1)
SEYMOUR (0-6) AT WHITELAND (2-4)
SOUTH ADAMS (1-6) AT MONROE CENTRAL (1-5)
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (7-1) AT CALUMET (1-4)
SOUTHERN WELLS (3-3) AT SOUTHWOOD (0-5)
SOUTHPORT (5-2) AT AVON (2-3)
SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE) (0-7) AT OLDENBURG ACADEMY (2-3)
SPEEDWAY (1-5) AT CRAWFORDSVILLE (3-4)
TAYLOR (OHIO) AT LAWRENCEBURG (2-2)
TERRE HAUTE NORTH (3-3) AT PLAINFIELD (6-1)
TRINITY GREENLAWN (1-5) AT SOUTH BEND CLAY (3-4)
UNION COUNTY (2-5) AT BATESVILLE (4-2)
WAWASEE (2-4) AT COLUMBIA CITY (5-2)
WESTERN (2-4) AT OAK HILL (5-1)
WESTVIEW (4-3) AT LAKELAND (4-2)
WHITKO (1-6) AT MACONAQUAH (4-3)
YORKTOWN (5-1) AT MADISON-GRANT (5-1)
ZIONSVILLE (5-3) AT KOKOMO (5-2)
INDIANAPOLIS HERRON (0-3) VS. IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY (0-6)
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD (6-2) VS. INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOL
PIONEER (1-6) VS. DELPHI (3-4)
FRANKFORT (2-5) VS. WINAMAC (1-8)
INDIANA SRN BOYS POWER POLLS
- BEN DAVIS
- CENTER GROVE
- WARREN CENTRAL
- MISHAWAKA MARIAN
- BEECH GROVE
- SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON
- NORTH DAVIESS
- OAK HILL
- FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
- FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK
- BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL
- EASTERN HANCOCK
- GARY 21ST CENTURY
- LINTON STOCKTON
- CARROLL FLORA
- EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN
- BETHESDA CHRISTIAN
- INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY
- GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN
- INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN
- FOUNTAIN CENTRAL
- BARR REEVE
IBCA BOYS BASKETBALL POLL
1. BEN DAVIS (9-0)
2. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (5-1)
3. PENN (6-0)
4. HOMESTEAD (5-0)
5. BROWNSBURG (7-1)
6. KOKOMO (5-2)
7. CENTER GROVE (7-0)
8. CARMEL (5-3)
9. NOBLESVILLE (4-1)
10. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (7-0)
11. FISHERS (5-3)
12. NORTHWOOD (7-1)
13. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (6-0)
14. LAWRENCE NORTH (4-1)
14. ZIONSVILLE (5-3)
16. CHESTERTON (4-2)
17. WESTFIELD (5-1)
18. ANDERSON (4-2)
19. WARREN CENTRAL (4-2)
20. LINTON-STOCKTON (6-1)
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES
|COLUMBIA CITY||76||FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA||50|
|ELKHART CHRISTIAN||62||GARY 21ST CENTURY||31|
|GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN||49||PHALEN ACADEMY||29|
|LEWIS CASS||39||EASTERN (GREENTOWN)||28|
|TERRE HAUTE SOUTH||33||COVINGTON||26|
|CENTRAL CHRISTIAN TOURNAMENT|
|INDIANAPOLIS HERRON||47||HORIZON CHRISTIAN||42|
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL TUESDAY
ALEXANDRIA (9-2) AT ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY (7-5)
ANDREAN (8-1) AT HIGHLAND (8-2)
BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE (1-7) AT SHOALS (1-12)
BOWMAN ACADEMY (4-6) AT BOONE GROVE (1-11)
BREBEUF JESUIT (4-5) AT PROVIDENCE (7-5)
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (8-4) AT HAUSER (8-4)
CARROLL (FLORA) (12-1) AT NORTHWESTERN (9-2)
CHARLESTOWN (7-4) AT CORYDON CENTRAL (11-1)
CHESTERTON (7-4) AT KANKAKEE VALLEY (11-2)
CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (0-12) AT BEECH GROVE (7-5)
CHURUBUSCO (3-9) AT BLUFFTON (5-5)
CLINTON PRAIRIE (8-4) AT CLINTON CENTRAL (10-2)
COLUMBUS NORTH (7-4) AT JENNINGS COUNTY (9-2)
CONNERSVILLE (7-6) AT GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (6-6)
CRAWFORD COUNTY (9-4) AT SOUTH SPENCER (10-3)
DELTA (4-9) AT DALEVILLE (1-10)
EAST CENTRAL (10-4) AT NORTHEASTERN (8-4)
EASTERN GREENE (8-3) AT NORTH DAVIESS (5-8)
EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN (7-4) AT BOONVILLE (3-8)
EVANSVILLE REITZ (10-3) AT HERITAGE HILLS (7-4)
FAITH CHRISTIAN (10-3) AT NORTH WHITE (3-9)
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (7-3) AT DEKALB (6-7)
FRANKLIN CENTRAL (3-10) AT WESTFIELD (6-6)
GARRETT (5-6) AT FORT WAYNE DWENGER (5-8)
GOSHEN (7-5) AT ELKHART (8-5)
HAMMOND SCIENCE & TECH (2-7) AT GRIFFITH (1-8)
HENRYVILLE (2-8) AT DUGGER UNION (3-6)
INDIANA DEAF (4-5) AT MONROVIA (6-6)
INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (6-7) AT VICTORY COLLEGE PREP (1-3)
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (7-4) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (11-1)
INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (0-13) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (7-5)
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (6-4) AT TRITON CENTRAL (7-3)
KOUTS (10-4) AT LAPORTE (0-13)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (8-3) AT TRI-WEST (4-8)
LAPEL (9-4) AT HAMILTON HEIGHTS (10-2)
LAVILLE (10-3) AT JOHN GLENN (6-8)
LAWRENCE CENTRAL (8-3) AT NEW PALESTINE (7-6)
LEBANON (5-7) AT SHERIDAN (4-7)
LOWELL (6-5) AT RENSSELAER CENTRAL (7-6)
MEDORA (2-6) AT ROCK CREEK ACADEMY (10-2)
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (9-3) AT MOORESVILLE (9-4)
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (1-11) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (7-7)
MUNSTER (11-2) AT WASHINGTON TWP. (8-3)
NEW HAVEN (2-11) AT LAKEWOOD PARK (5-7)
NEW PRAIRIE (7-6) AT ARGOS (5-5)
NORTH KNOX (13-0) AT LINTON-STOCKTON (11-0)
NORTHWOOD (7-4) AT FAIRFIELD (11-2)
PENN (8-4) AT NORTHRIDGE (11-2)
PERRY CENTRAL (3-11) AT BORDEN (9-4)
PERU (3-7) AT LOGANSPORT (6-7)
PIKE CENTRAL (2-11) AT JASPER (2-8)
PLAINFIELD (4-8) AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH (5-8)
PORTAGE (6-6) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (0-10)
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (1-11) AT WEST NOBLE (1-10)
RUSHVILLE (5-6) AT NORTH DECATUR (10-4)
SEYMOUR (9-3) AT GREENSBURG (8-4)
SHENANDOAH (4-7) AT WES-DEL (1-10)
SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER) (4-8) AT CLARKSVILLE (3-11)
SOUTHWOOD (8-2) AT WABASH (7-5)
TRINITY LUTHERAN (9-1) AT NORTH HARRISON (4-9)
TRITON (8-6) AT BREMEN (5-7)
VINCENNES RIVET (6-5) AT NEWTON (ILL.)
WEST WASHINGTON (5-3) AT SPRINGS VALLEY (7-6)
WESTERN (8-3) AT TAYLOR (0-12)
WESTVIEW (6-7) AT LAKELAND (5-8)
WINAMAC (1-13) AT FRANKFORT (1-10)
PIONEER (11-2) AT DELPHI (8-7)
INDIANA SRN GIRLS BASKETBALL POWER POLL
- SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON
- BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- COLUMBIA CITY
- FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP
- LAKE CENTRAL
- CENTER GROVE
- TWIN LAKES
- EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
- WEST LAFAYETTE
- CORYDON CENTRAL
- JAY COUNTY
- MISHAWAKA MARIAN
- INDIAN CREEK
- LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC
- FOREST PARK
- CENTRAL NOBLE
- EASTERN HANCOCK
- CARROLL FLORA
- NORTH KNOX
- LINTON STOCKTON
- NORTHEAST DUBOIS
- TRINITY LUTHERAN
- WOOD MEMORIAL
- BETHANY CHRISTIAN
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL RANKING/POLLS
|1||PURDUE 11-0||1502 (40)||1|
|2||UCONN 12-0||1482 (21)||3|
|15||MISSISSIPPI STATE 11-0||623||17|
|21||VIRGINIA TECH 11-1||297||24|
|22||MIAMI (FL) 11-1||208||25|
|25||ARIZONA STATE 11-1||98||NR|
|2||UTAH STATE 9-0||0.7150||2|
|10||NEW MEXICO 11-0||0.6498||18|
|12||WEST VIRGINIA 9-2||0.6451||9|
|13||VIRGINIA TECH 11-1||0.6447||12|
|15||NORTH CAROLINA 8-4||0.6442||14|
|24||KANSAS STATE 10-1||0.6233||25|
|9||WEST VIRGINIA 9-2||()||9|
|10||UTAH STATE 9-0||()||10|
|14||FLORIDA ATLANTIC 10-1||()||13|
|15||MISSISSIPPI STATE 11-0||()||16|
|19||VIRGINIA TECH 11-1||()||20|
|20||SAINT MARY’S 9-4||()||11|
|21||NEW MEXICO 11-0||()||21|
|22||SAM HOUSTON 9-2||()||22|
|24||ARIZONA STATE 11-1||()||25|
|25||NORTH CAROLINA 8-4||()||NR|
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL RANKINGS/POLLS
|1||SOUTH CAROLINA 11-0||700 (28)||1|
|3||OHIO STATE 11-0||627||3|
|5||NOTRE DAME 9-1||594||5|
|6||NORTH CAROLINA 9-1||529||7|
|7||NORTH CAROLINA STATE 11-1||514||8|
|8||VIRGINIA TECH 10-1||481||6|
|14||IOWA STATE 8-2||341||14|
|25||ST. JOHN’S 11-0||27||NR|
|3||SOUTH CAROLINA 11-0||0.7101||3|
|4||NORTH CAROLINA STATE 11-1||0.7095||4|
|5||NOTRE DAME 9-1||0.6953||9|
|11||IOWA STATE 8-2||0.6642||17|
|15||NORTH CAROLINA 9-1||0.6476||14|
|19||VIRGINIA TECH 10-1||0.6396||10|
|24||SOUTH FLORIDA 10-3||0.6312||24|
|25||PENN STATE 8-4||0.6285||16|
|1||SOUTH CAROLINA 11-0||()||1|
|7||NORTH CAROLINA STATE 11-1||()||7|
|8||NOTRE DAME 9-1||()||9|
|11||VIRGINIA TECH 10-1||()||8|
|12||IOWA STATE 8-2||()||14|
|13||OHIO STATE 11-0||()||13|
|15||NORTH CAROLINA 9-1||()||17|
|21||MIDDLE TENNESSEE 7-2||()||20|
MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
PURDUE FORT WAYNE 85 TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI 68
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/CBK/SCOREBOARD.ASP?CONF=-1&DAY=20221219
WOMEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#22 GONZAGA 70 SAN DIEGO 59
BALL STATE 80 TARLETON STATE 77 OT
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/WCBK/SCOREBOARD.ASP?CONF=-1&DAY=20221219
GREEN BAY 24 LA RAMS 12
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets (Thu) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p Prime Video
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens (Sat) 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers (Sat) 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears (Sat) 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns (Sat) 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs (Sat) 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings (Sat) 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots (Sat) 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (Sat) 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Washington Commanders at San Francisco 49ers (Sat) 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Sat) 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers (Sat) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p NFLN
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Rams 1:30p (PT) 4:30p CBS / Nickelodeon
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals 6:20p (MT) 8:20p NBC
Monday, December 26, 2022
Los Angeles Chargers at Indianapolis Colts (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
MARSHALL 28 CONNECTICUT 14
TUESDAY, DEC. 20
EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. SAN JOSE STATE — FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL (BOISE, IDAHO) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
LIBERTY VS. TOLEDO — BOCA RATON BOWL (BOCA RATON, FLORIDA) | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21
SOUTH ALABAMA VS. WESTERN KENTUCKY — NEW ORLEANS BOWL (NEW ORLEANS) | 9 P.M. | ESPN
THURSDAY, DEC. 22
BAYLOR VS. AIR FORCE — ARMED FORCES BOWL (FORT WORTH, TEXAS) | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, DEC. 23
HOUSTON VS. LOUISIANA — INDEPENDENCE BOWL (SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA) | 3 P.M. | ESPN
WAKE FOREST VS. MISSOURI — GASPARILLA BOWL (TAMPA, FLORIDA) | 6:30 P.M. | ESPN
SATURDAY, DEC. 24
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE VS. SAN DIEGO STATE — HAWAI’I BOWL (HONOLULU, HAWAI’I) | 8 P.M. | ESPN
MONDAY, DEC. 26
BOWLING GREEN VS. NEW MEXICO STATE — QUICK LANE BOWL (DETROIT) | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN
TUESDAY, DEC. 27
BUFFALO VS. GEORGIA SOUTHERN — CAMELLIA BOWL (MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA) | 12 P.M. | ESPN
OKLAHOMA STATE VS. WISCONSIN — GUARANTEED RATE BOWL (PHOENIX) | 10:15 P.M. | ESPN
MEMPHIS VS. UTAH STATE — FIRST RESPONDER BOWL (DALLAS) | ESPN
COASTAL CAROLINA VS. EAST CAROLINA — BIRMINGHAM BOWL (BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA) | ESPN
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28
DUKE VS. UCF — MILITARY BOWL (ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN
ARKANSAS VS. KANSAS — LIBERTY BOWL (MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE) | 5:30 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 15 OREGON VS. NORTH CAROLINA — HOLIDAY BOWL (SAN DIEGO) | 8 P.M.
TEXAS TECH VS. OLE MISS — TEXAS BOWL (HOUSTON) | 9 P.M. | ESPN
THURSDAY, DEC. 29
MINNESOTA VS. SYRACUSE — PINSTRIPE BOWL (BRONX, NEW YORK) | 2 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 13 FLORIDA STATE VS. OKLAHOMA — CHEEZ-IT BOWL (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) | 5:30 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 12 WASHINGTON VS. NO. 20 TEXAS — ALAMO BOWL (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) | 9 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, DEC. 30
NO. 23 NC STATE VS. MARYLAND — DUKE’S MAYO BOWL (CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA) | 12 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 18 UCLA VS. PITT — SUN BOWL (EL PASO, TEXAS) | 2 P.M. | CBS
NO. 19 SOUTH CAROLINA VS. NO. 21 NOTRE DAME — GATOR BOWL (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
OHIO VS. WYOMING — ARIZONA BOWL (TUCSON, ARIZONA) | 4:30 P.M.| BARSTOOL
NO. 6 TENNESSEE VS. NO. 7 CLEMSON — ORANGE BOWL (MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA) | 8 P.M. | ESPN
SATURDAY, DEC. 31
IOWA VS. KENTUCKY — MUSIC CITY BOWL (NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE) | 12 P.M. | ABC
NO. 5 ALABAMA VS. NO. 9 KANSAS STATE — SUGAR BOWL (NEW ORLEANS) | 12 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 2 MICHIGAN VS. NO. 3 TCU (CFP SEMIFINAL) — FIESTA BOWL (GLENDALE, ARIZONA) | 4 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 1 GEORGIA VS. NO. 4 OHIO STATE (CFP SEMIFINAL) — PEACH BOWL (ATLANTA) | 8 P.M. | ESPN
MONDAY, JAN. 2
NO. 22 MISSISSIPPI STATE VS. ILLINOIS — RELIAQUEST BOWL (TAMPA, FLORIDA) | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
NO. 17 LSU VS. PURDUE — CITRUS BOWL (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) | 1 P.M. | ABC
NO. 10 USC VS. NO. 16 TULANE — COTTON BOWL (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 1 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 8 UTAH VS. NO. 11 PENN STATE — ROSE BOWL (PASADENA, CALIFORNIA) | 5 P.M. | ESPN
SUNDAY, JAN. 8
FCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (FRISCO, TEXAS) | 2 P.M. | ABC
MONDAY, JAN. 9
CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA) | ESPN
CLEVELAND 122 UTAH 99
PHILADELPHIA 104 TORONTO 101 OT
ATLANTA 126 ORLANDO 125
MILWAUKEE 128 NEW ORLEANS 119
SAN ANTONIO 124 HOUSTON 105
MINNESOTA 116 DALLAS 106
OKLAHOMA CITY 123 PORTLAND 121
PHOENIX 130 LA LAKERS 104
CHARLOTTE 125 SACRAMENTO 119
BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NBA/SCOREBOARD.ASP
BOSTON 7 FLORIDA 3
WASHINGTON 4 DETROIT 3
DALLAS 2 COLUMBUS 1
NASHVILLE 4 EDMONTON 3
COLORADO 1 NY ISLANDERS 0
MONTRÉAL 3 ARIZONA 2
BUFFALO 3 VEGAS 2
ST. LOUIS 5 VANCOUVER 1
BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NHL/SCOREBOARD.ASP
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Packers defeat Rams 24-12 to keep playoff hopes alive
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers aren’t giving up hope they can still reach the playoffs, even as they remain multiple games below .500.
A.J. Dillon ran for two scores, Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Aaron Jones and the Packers kept their playoff hopes afloat with a 24-12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night amid freezing conditions. The temperature was 15 degrees (minus-9 celsius) with a wind chill of 7 just before the opening kickoff.
“We’ve just been practicing a little bit better,” Rodgers said. “The energy’s been a little bit better. It’s hard to put your finger on it. We’ve played a couple of teams we should have beat, so that being said, it’s still tough to win in the league. And I’ve said it earlier, I think we can beat anybody. We can also lose to anybody. But when you win a couple in a row, it starts to give you some confidence.”
The Packers (6-8) likely must win out and get plenty of help to earn a fourth straight postseason berth. They visit Miami (8-6) on Sunday before hosting the Minnesota Vikings (11-3) and Detroit Lions (7-7) in their final two games.
“We know that we’re in a one-game season from here on out, from here until the end of the year,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said.
Dillon put Green Bay ahead for good with a tiebreaking 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and also scored from 1 yard out in the third period. He ran for 36 yards on 11 carries before leaving the game midway through the second half to be evaluated for a concussion.
Rodgers went 22 of 30 for 229 yards with a touchdown and interception to win his ninth straight “Monday Night Football” start, even though the four-time MVP acknowledged he’s at the stage of his career when these late kickoffs aren’t so much fun. The longest “Monday Night Football” winning streak by any starting quarterback is owned by Kenny Stabler, who won 11 straight from 1975-80.
“When you’re a young player, you dream about playing on Monday nights,” said Rodgers, who turned 39 earlier this month. “When you’re an older player, you want those noon games. So, it’s past my bedtime. I’m ready to go home and go to sleep.”
Rodgers’ lone touchdown pass was a 7-yarder to Jones, who rushed for 90 yards and had four catches for 36 yards.
The Rams (4-10) have matched the highest loss total by any defending Super Bowl champion. When John Elway retired after leading Denver to consecutive Super Bowl titles in the 1997 and 1998 seasons, the Broncos finished 6-10 in 1999.
Los Angeles played this game without several notable injured players, including three-time defensive player of the year Aaron Donald and All-Pro receiver Cooper Kupp. Quarterback Baker Mayfield made his first Rams start with injuries sidelining Matthew Stafford and John Wolford.
“This has been a real struggle in a lot of instances, a lot of adversity that we’ve gone through,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “But I think what we’ve seen from our guys is that they’re going to continue to battle. They’re going to finish up these last three games the right way, with the right mindset and mentality and we’ll compete to the best of our ability. That’s all I know how to do and I trust that that’s exactly what we’ll do collectively as a group.”
Mayfield had rallied the Rams to a 17-16 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Dec. 8, less than 48 hours after they had claimed him off waivers from Carolina. Mayfield wasn’t as effective Monday, going 12 of 21 for 111 yards with a touchdown and interception
His touchdown was an 8-yarder to Tyler Higbee, the first touchdown by a Rams tight end this season.
Mayfield was sacked five times while working behind an offensive line missing center Brian Allen, who injured a calf on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Preston Smith recorded two sacks for Green Bay.
The Rams also got field goals of 33 and 55 yards from Matt Gay, who also sent an extra-point attempt wide right. Gay’s 55-yarder matched the third-longest field goal anyone has ever made at Lambeau Field.
Mason Crosby had a 34-yard field goal for Green Bay while playing his 255th consecutive regular-season game to tie Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre for the longest streak in franchise history.
Along with the Dillon and Allen injuries, Rams LB Jake Gervase injured an ankle late in the first half.
Rams DT and three-time defensive player of the year Aaron Donald missed a third straight game with a high ankle sprain. The Rams also were missing DT Marquise Copeland (ankle), LB Travin Howard (hip) and DB David Long Jr. (groin).
Packers OT David Bakhtiari missed a second straight game as he recovers from an appendectomy.
Rams: Host Denver on Sunday.
Packers: At Miami on Sunday.
AP source: Eagles QB Hurts suffers sprained right shoulder
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts suffered a sprained right shoulder and his status for Philadelphia’s game at Dallas is uncertain, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on Monday.
Hurts was injured Sunday during a win over Chicago, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the injury.
Hurts has led the Eagles to a 13-1 mark and the best record in the NFL. The 24-year-old morphed into a serious NFL MVP candidate in his second season as a starter.
Hurts has thrown 22 touchdowns and has 3,472 yards passing, and he has rushed for 747 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He took several big hits against the Bears and landed hard on his shoulder when he was tackled by defensive tackle Travis Gipson. Hurts did not seem to be in any pain when he talked to the media after the game and brushed off questions about being slow to get up from some tackles.
“Feel good, listening to my Anita Baker, gave me some sweets on the plane ride home, watch the tape, learn from it and move forward,” he said. “It wasn’t the first time I’ve been slow, won’t be the last. I didn’t play a really physical game.”
The Eagles need one more win to clinch the NFC East and secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They would turn to backup QB Gardner Minshew to start Saturday’s game against the Cowboys. The fourth-year QB has seen limited action in garbage time this season but started two games for the Eagles last year and threw four touchdowns and had 439 yards passing.
Philadelphia’s sensational season means the Eagles can play it safe and rest Hurts so he is ready for the playoffs. Hurts had been an MVP front-runner on most betting sites, but he plummeted to 7-1 on Monday, per FanDuel SportsBook. Also per FanDuel, the Cowboys are now a 6-point favorite to beat the Eagles.
After Dallas, the Eagles close the season with home games against New Orleans and the New York Giants. Should they earn the No. 1 seed in the conference, the Eagles could play up to two home games at Lincoln Financial Field in the playoffs.
Hurts recently celebrated two years since he was promoted to starter at the end of the 2020 season over the ineffective Carson Wentz. The Eagles’ decision at the time to draft Hurts in the second round with the 53rd overall pick in 2020, when the Eagles had far more pressing needs, was a puzzler. But Wentz was traded to Indianapolis and the Eagles stuck with the 2019 Heisman Trophy runner-up and watched him blossom into one of the best QBs in the NFL.
Hurts’ 35 total touchdowns this season tied the franchise record set by Randall Cunningham in 1990. He threw two interceptions against the Bears after throwing only three total all season. But he rushed for three touchdowns for the second time in his career. He went 22-of-37 passing for 315 yards in Sunday’s 25-21 win.
“When things are looking a certain way on the field or maybe it’s not what we want it to be, we stay together and we find a way to fix it,” Hurts said.
Now the Eagles likely will have to do the same as they prepare to play without Hurts.
Packers release veteran wide receiver Sammy Watkins
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have released veteran wide receiver Sammy Watkins in advance of their Monday night game with the Los Angeles Rams.
Watkins had 13 receptions for 206 yards and no touchdowns in his lone season with the Packers. He hadn’t caught a single pass since Nov. 13, when he had three receptions for 47 yards in a 31-28 overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Green Bay also signed running back Patrick Taylor to the active roster from their practice squad on Monday.
The Packers (5-8) signed Watkins in the offseason as they attempted to restock at the receiver position following the trade of two-time All-Pro wideout Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. Watkins, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft, had played for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 when Packers coach Matt LaFleur was that team’s offensive coordinator.
Watkins, 29, caught three passes for 93 yards in a Sept. 18 victory over the Chicago Bears. But he missed the Packers’ next four games with a hamstring injury and hasn’t been productive since coming back.
In seven games since his return, Watkins has totaled seven catches for 95 yards. He hadn’t caught any passes in Green Bay’s past three games and played a total of 11 snaps on offense over the Packers’ past two games.
Injuries have limited Watkins’ effectiveness since his career got off to a promising start.
Watkins caught 65 passes for 982 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, and he followed that up with 60 receptions for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns in 2015.
But he has exceeded 600 yards receiving just once in the seven seasons since. He hasn’t caught more than three touchdown passes in a season since 2017.
Chargers’ Jackson arrested in Massachusetts for family issue
FALLS RIVER, Mass. (AP) Los Angeles Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson was arrested Monday in connection with a “nonviolent family issue,” authorities said.
Jackson was booked at the Bristol County Jail and House of Corrections in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, after a probate court appearance, according to the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office.
The Chargers said in a statement Monday they “are aware of media reports this afternoon pertaining to J.C. Jackson. We will continue to gather information on the matter and will refrain from further comment at this time.”
Jackson signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Chargers in March after the New England Patriots did not place the franchise tag on him. He played four seasons with the Patriots and had 25 interceptions, which was the most in the NFL from 2018-21.
Jackson, who is in his fifth season in the league, suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee in an Oct. 23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He played in only five games after having ankle surgery during the preseason.
Alcohol use blamed for death of Bengals analyst Adam Zimmer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The death of Adam Zimmer, a former Minnesota Vikings co-defensive coordinator and the son of former head coach Mike Zimmer, was caused by chronic alcohol use, according to medical examiners.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota released the finding Friday. Zimmer had been found dead in his home in Mendota Heights, a Twin Cities suburb, on Oct. 31. He was 38.
Adam Zimmer had been working remotely this season as an offensive analyst for the Cincinnati Bengals, after eight years with the Vikings under his father. When Mike Zimmer was fired in January, the majority of his staff was also dismissed.
Adam Zimmer broke into the NFL in 2006 with the New Orleans Saints. He was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010 as an assistant linebackers coach and spent the 2013 season with the Bengals as an assistant defensive backs coach in Mike Zimmer’s final season there as defensive coordinator.
TCU QB Max Duggan heading to NFL draft after playoff
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Max Duggan will skip his available extra season with the third-ranked Horned Frogs and make himself eligible for the NFL draft after the College Football Playoff.
Duggan has started 41 games during his four seasons at TCU, though the senior could have returned for another season because all players were granted an extra year of eligibility after the 2020 season was altered by the pandemic.
When announcing his decision on social media that he was declaring for the NFL draft, Duggan wrote, “But first, we still have business to take care of.”
The Frogs (12-1), who play Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal on Dec. 31, were undefeated until their overtime loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 championship game. Duggan has thrown for 3,321 yards with 30 touchdowns and four interceptions this season, and also has 404 yards rushing with six more scores. He finished second in the Heisman voting behind Caleb Williams.
Duggan lost his starting job going into the season, but took over in the second half of the opener after Chandler Morris injured his knee.
In his post Sunday, Duggan said being a student-athlete at TCU has been the greatest experience of his life, helping him develop as a football player and a man while earning a business degree. The Iowa native also thanked his family, teammate, coaches and fans for their support.
“My experience at TCU and, in turn, Amon G. Carter Stadium, has been filled with great memories, passion and pride,” Duggan wrote. “I have learned many lessons through the highs and the lows. I’ve built lifelong relationships that will last forever.”
All-American RB Bijan Robinson leaving Texas for NFL
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas running back Bijan Robinson is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft and won’t play in the Alamo Bowl.
Robinson earned All-America honors after rushing for 1,580 yards with 18 touchdowns as the Longhorns (8-4) finished third in the Big 12. No. 21 Texas plays 12th-ranked Washington in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.
Robinson played three years but had two seasons of eligibility remaining because his freshman year was the COVID-19-altered 2020 season. The NCAA granted all players another year of eligibility.
“I’ve done everything that I tried to do in God’s plan for me while I’ve been here,” Robinson said at a news conference announcing the decision Monday. “It’s time to start the new journey. I’m just excited to figure out another part of my life, just like I tried to figure it out here.”
Highly recruited out of Arizona, Robinson is fourth on Texas’ career rushing list with 3,410 yards rushing. He trails two Heisman Trophy winners in career school rushing leader Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell, who is third.
All three of the Texas running backs ahead of Robinson on the career list were top-five picks in the draft. Williams went fifth overall to New Orleans in 1999, Cedric Benson was taken fourth by Chicago in 2005 and Campbell was the No. 1 overall choice by Houston in 1978.
TCU’s Sonny Dykes named Associated Press coach of the Year
(AP) — TCU’s Sonny Dykes was named The Associated Press Coach of the Year on Monday after leading the No. 3 Horned Frogs to the College Football Playoff in his first season with the school.
Dykes received 37 of 46 first-place votes and 120 points from AP Top 25 voters to become the second TCU to win the award, which is presented by Regions Bank. The first two were won by Gary Patterson (2009, 2014), the coach Dykes replaced after last season.
“It’s the ultimate team award,” Dykes told AP. “It’s indicative of literally everybody in our office, coaches, players, everybody, because more so than ever in college football it is truly a team effort.”
TCU (12-1) faces No. 2 Michigan (13-0) on Dec. 31 in the Fiesta Bowl for a berth in the national championship game.
Tulane coach Willie Fritz was second with 40 points and two first-place votes, followed by Tennessee’s John Heupel (38 points, one) and last year’s winner, Jim Harbaugh of Michigan (28 points, five). Georgia’s Kirby Smart (15 points) also received a first-place vote.
Dykes, 53, is in his fourth stop after stints with Louisiana Tech, California and SMU. The Texan and son of longtime Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes, Sonny Dykes is 83-64 in 13 seasons as a head coach.
“It’s not always like this and I’ve been on both ends and so something like this probably means more to me than it might somebody,” Dykes said. “I’ve been 1-11 and I’ve been fired. I’ve been kind of on top and then on bottom, too. I’m always thankful for those bad times because it really truly does make you appreciate the good times more.”
Dykes’ path to AP coach of the year is unique. The award was established in 1998 and no coach had ever won his first coach of the year on his fourth stop as an Bowl Subdivision head coach.
Dykes moved across town to take over at TCU after being with rival SMU for five years. Playing against the Horned Frogs annually, he had a good idea of what kind of team he was getting.
Instead of a major roster overhaul of last season’s 5-7 TCU team, Dykes dipped into the transfer portal to fill some holes, but mostly took what he inherited and turned it into one of the best teams in the country.
“Sometimes it’s more about the chemistry of things and trying to get the chemistry of those rooms right as opposed to necessarily adding talent,” Dykes said. “That part of it, I think, is really overlooked. Just the chemistry and creating competition and all that.”
The Horned Frogs started the season unranked and didn’t lose until dropping the Big 12 championship in overtime to Kansas State.
“We really had no expectations whatsoever when the year started,” Dykes said. “We thought we had a chance to be pretty good, but we just gained confidence every week and we had some kids that really were tough and like to compete, and that made everything so much better.”
Dykes is one of several head coaches in major college football right now who worked for Mike Leach early in his career. Leach died last week at 61 of complications from a heart condition. He was in his third season at Mississippi State after stints at Texas Tech and Washington State.
Dykes called Leach one of the most influential people in his career, second only to his father.
“One of a kind, for sure,” Dykes said.
Navy promotes defensive coordinator Newberry to head coach
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Navy promoted defensive coordinator Brian Newberry to head coach on Monday, replacing Ken Niumatalolo, the winningest coach in school history who was fired a week ago.
Newberry, 51, has been leading the Midshipmen defense since 2019. His college coaching career dates back 2000, but this will be his first head coaching job.
“It is a great honor and privilege to lead this program,” Newberry said in a statement. “It is a great responsibility that I fully accept and embrace. I could not be more excited and optimistic about the future of Navy football. The Naval Academy is a special place and we have great young men in our program.”
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement that Newberry is “respected and was highly endorsed by many.”
“Often there comes a time in the careers of highly accomplished coaches in our profession when documented credibility aligns with logical leadership opportunity and Coach Newberry’s time is now,” Gladchuk said.
Navy moved on from Niumatalolo after going 11-23 over the past three seasons, but the defense didn’t draw much of the blame for that. Gladchuk has received some criticism for firing Niumatalolo after 16 seasons with the school and 109 victories, but Gladcuk also places a premium on beating fellow military academies Air Force and Army – which Navy has done only four times in the past 14 matchups.
Navy lost to Army in overtime on Dec. 10 to finish its season with a 4-8 record.
Newberry, who played for Baylor, led a defense that finished sixth in the nation in run defense this season. He previously was defensive coordinator at Kennesaw State, Northern Michigan, the University of the South and Washington & Lee.
Purdue holds top spot in AP poll as UConn climbs to No. 2
(AP) — Purdue maintained its grasp on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll on Monday.
Another unbeaten is closing the gap, though.
The Boilermakers received 40 of the 60 first-place votes from a national media panel after knocking off Davidson in their only game last week, allowing them to hold the top spot for a second consecutive week. But after then-No. 2 Virginia lost to Houston, Connecticut leaped into second place and scooped up the remaining 20 first-place votes.
It’s the highest the Huskies, unranked in the preseason, have been in the AP poll since they were No. 1 on March 2, 2009.
“We just have to stick to our identity,” said UConn star Adam Sanogo, who had 27 points and 14 rebounds in a 68-48 romp at Butler on Saturday. “No pressure, just play the way I’ve been playing.”
The Cougars’ 69-61 road win over the Cavaliers, along with an earlier win over North Carolina A&T, allowed them to climb two spots to No. 3. Kansas moved up four spots after blowing out then-No. 14 Indiana at Allen Fieldhouse, while Arizona rounded out the top five after knocking off then-No. 6 Tennessee.
“For us to get a gritty `W’ against a team like Tennessee, it was a great night,” Wildcats coach Tommy Lloyd said.
Virginia dropped to sixth while Texas, which played its first game without suspended coach Chris Beard, remained at No. 7 following a win over Stanford. The Volunteers fell to eighth to begin a run of Southeastern Conference teams with Alabama falling to ninth after a loss to Gonzaga and Arkansas holding onto 10th for the second straight week.
The Bulldogs, who also beat Northern Illinois before their 100-90 road victory over the Crimson Tide, came in at No. 11 while UCLA climbed four spots to No. 12 after arguably the most impressive week of anyone. The Bruins won 87-60 at then-No. 20 Maryland before beating then-No. 13 Kentucky at Madison Square Garden.
“Long week,” said UCLA coach Mick Cronin, whose team has followed back-to-back losses with seven straight wins. “We know what we’re capable of if we defend and play with the toughness we played with this week.”
Baylor checked in at No. 13 ahead of Duke, the only Top 25 team that did not play last week, while Mississippi State – one of five unbeatens left in men’s Division I basketball – came in at No. 15.
Illinois began a run for the Big Ten at No. 16 with Wisconsin and Indiana right behind it. Kentucky tumbled six spots to No. 19 after its third loss in its first 10 games, while TCU rounded out the top 20 after its win over Mississippi Valley State.
Virginia Tech, Miami, Marquette, Auburn and Arizona State rounded out the poll.
RISING AND FALLING
Wisconsin made the biggest move in the poll, climbing five spots following its win over Lehigh. But that victory came on the heels of more impressive wins over Maryland and in overtime at Iowa the previous week to open Big Ten play.
Kentucky took the biggest fall after its 63-53 loss to the Bruins. The Wildcats’ other two losses are to Michigan State and Gonzaga, and they are just 1-3 in games played at Rupp Arena this season.
IN AND OUT
Marquette moved into the poll at No. 23 for the first time this season after beating Creighton to open Big East play, while Arizona State entered in the final slot after its own win over the Bluejays and another over San Diego.
Maryland fell out after its loss to UCLA. So did Ohio State, which lost in overtime to North Carolina in New York.
Seven different leagues fill up the first eight spots in the Top 25, though the SEC has the most teams in the poll with six this week. The Big Ten, American Athletic and Big 12 conferences have four apiece.
Mitchell scores 23, Cavs blast Jazz, improve to 15-2 at home
CLEVELAND (AP) Donovan Mitchell wasn’t seeking revenge.
He still has several close friends on the Utah Jazz, tight teammates he stays in touch with regularly on a group text.
On Monday night, Mitchell showed he’s doing fine since leaving them.
The All-Star guard scored 23 points in 23 minutes in his first game against the Jazz since they traded Mitchell to Cleveland this summer and Jarrett Allen added 20 and 11 rebounds, leading the Cavaliers to a 122-99 win.
The Cavs have won four straight, improving the NBA’s best home record to 15-2. The league’s best defensive team clamped down on the Jazz, holding them to a season-low 39.1 shooting percentage.
For Mitchell, who spent five seasons with Utah before being dealt to Cleveland on Sept. 1 in the stunning blockbuster, the quality victory meant more than any personal satisfaction.
“We did a lot of really good things collectively,” he said. “Obviously, we shot the ball really well, but defensively holding a team like this, that can shoot the ball really well and can score, under 100 points. We did a lot of things we can point to and say this is what we want to be.”
Mitchell said he was flooded with emotions going against the team that drafted him.
“It was weird,” he said. “But it was fun.”
The Jazz, who came close to trading Mitchell to the Knicks, instead sent the three-time All-Star to the Cavs in exchange for Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, rookie Ochai Agbaji and three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029).
Mitchell’s arrival has legitimized the Cavs, who barely missed the playoffs last season with the one of the league’s youngest rosters. He’s been everything Cleveland hoped, averaging 29.5 points per game while providing leadership.
He’s only been in Cleveland for a few months, but Mitchell looks at home.
“I’m comfortable,” he said with a smile. “I’m still trying to figure out the highways. But with this group, I feel like I’ve been a part of them for a while. The city, the fans, the team, everyone has welcomed me with open arms. The fit was pretty seamless.”
Darius Garland added 17 and Cedi Osman 22 (20 in the fourth during extended garbage time) for Cleveland, which shot a season-high 61.4% and opened a 23-point lead in the third. The Cavs coasted in perhaps its most complete game this season.
“They kicked our ass,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said. “They shot the ball unbelievably well from all three levels of the court. They play with great tempo, they bothered us with their physicality in the first half, which is what got us behind the eight ball.”
Mitchell, who came in averaging 36.9 minutes, got to enjoy a fourth quarter relaxing on the bench.
“We haven’t had one of these in a while,” said Mitchell, who spent time after the game catching up with Utah’s players, coaches and traveling party. “It’s always good to get a break. I’m not that old, but it’s always good to put the minutes down.”
Markkanen scored 24 – 22 in the first half – and Jordan Clarkson, yet another former Cavs player, added 23 for Utah, which has lost six straight on the road.
The Jazz are 5-15 since their surprising 12-1 start.
Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio has scrimmaged with the team’s G-League affiliate as he nears his return after season-ending knee surgery.
Although Rubio hasn’t played, just having him around has been beneficial to Cleveland’s young players.
“There’s a very rare group of people who have the presence that he has and that guys just want to be around and listen to,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “Ricky is that guy and they love to play with him even more.”
Jazz: Sexton missed his sixth straight game with a strained hamstring. … C Kelly Olynyk (left ankle sprain) missed his first game, leaving G Malik Beasley as the only Utah player to play in all 33. . G Nickeil Alexander-Walker had the game’s wildest basket, blindly flinging the ball in over his head after he got stuck in the lane.
Cavaliers: Improved to 3-0 on a season-long, six-game homestand. … Outscored the Jazz 29-2 in fastbreak points. … F Lamar Stevens (right knee soreness) missed his second consecutive game. Stevens had started the previous eight, averaging 6.6 points, 5.9 rebounds while providing stellar defense.
Jazz: Visit Detroit on Tuesday night.
Cavaliers: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
Harris, Embiid carry 76ers past Raptors 104-101 in overtime
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Tobias Harris hit a 3-pointer in overtime that put Philadelphia ahead to stay, and Joel Embiid had 28 points, 11 rebounds and four assists as the 76ers extended their winning streak to a season-best five games with a 104-101 win over the struggling Toronto Raptors on Monday night.
“He’s a star in his role,” Embiid said of Harris’ performance. “That’s what he’s been doing all season, knocking down big shots.”
Harris put the Sixers ahead with 2:12 left in OT and finished with 21 points, making five of his seven 3-point attempts.
“He dedicated this summer to being a spot-up shooter, making shots, and he’s doing that,” Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said of Harris’ evolution. “You can see he’s worked on improving the quickness of his release.”
Harris then came down and made another 3-pointer on the next possession. The referees originally called a shooting foul on Scottie Barnes, which would have sent Harris to the line for a chance to complete the 4-point play, but after a review the referees determined that PJ Tucker committed an illegal screen before Harris’ shot.
“I still don’t understand the call. That will have to be explained to me,” Rivers said of the sequence.
“I wasn’t gonna complain, but that was probably the most ridiculous game I’ve ever been a part of. That’s all I’ll say about that game,” Embiid said, indirectly referencing the play. “I’m just glad we got the win. But the way the game was, it was ridiculous.”
James Harden added 14 points for Philadelphia, which has won the first five games of a seven-game homestand, the Sixers’ longest of the season. The 76ers close out the stretch against the Pistons on Wednesday and Clippers on Friday.
The 76ers won despite a stellar performance from Toronto All-Star forward Pascal Siakam, whose 38-point performance was the highest point total allowed by 76ers this season. Siakam, whose driving layup with 5.1 seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime, added 15 rebounds, six assists and strong defense down the stretch in a losing effort.
The Raptors used a 19-1 run, which stretched from late in the third quarter and into the start of the fourth, to erase Philadelphia’s lead, which reached as many as 14 points early in the third. Siakam fueled Toronto’s comeback, scoring 10 of Toronto’s 19 points during the run.
“We got the win. Even when it’s ugly, it still counts. We were up a lot the whole night, they made that run at the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth, but we reacted,” Embiid said.
It is the sixth consecutive loss for the struggling Raptors, who fell to 13-18. Toronto shot just 42% from the field and 11 for 40 from 3-point range.
Besides Siakam’s 38 points, no Toronto player scored more than 13. Fred VanVleet (nine points) shot just 3 for 15 from the field, and 2 for 11 from 3-point range.
“I like the way we hung in early .. but we hung in there and hung around and found a little bit of a stretch where we made a few,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “I thought we were creating some really good shots. Probably not quite rewarded, percentage wire, for the quality of shots we did create.”
76ers: Philadelphia was playing without Furkan Korkmaz, who missed his second straight game with a non-COVID related illness, and without Tyrese Maxey, who is rehabilitating a fracture in his left foot that has caused him to miss the last 14 games.
Raptors: Toronto was without Precious Achiuwa, who has not played since Nov. 9th after tearing a ligament in his right ankle. The Raptors were also without Gary Trent Jr., who missed his third straight game because of a sore left quad. … Toronto’s losing streak was just the third losing streak of five or more games during Nick Nurse’s five seasons with the Raptors. Both of the previous losing streaks came during the 2020-21 season, which saw the Raptors finish with a 27-45 record.
76ers: Host the Pistons on Wednesday.
Raptors: Will play the Knicks in New York on Wednesday.
Murray hits winning free throws, Hawks end Magic’s streak
ATLANTA (AP) Dejounte Murray hit two decisive free throws with 1.3 seconds left, Trae Young had 37 points and 13 assists, and the Atlanta Hawks held off the Orlando Magic 126-125 Monday night to snap their six-game winning streak.
Orlando went on a 12-0 run over 2:17 late in the fourth quarter to wipe out a 13-point deficit and take a 125-124 lead on Markelle Fultz’s layup with 3.8 seconds remaining. Young inbounded from the sideline, and Murray drew a foul from Paolo Banchero. Murray hit both free throws, and Banchero missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“Like I was preaching after the game, we’ve got to grow up, starting with me,” Murray said. “Just what we’re playing for, these type of games show we’re not playing to win and get to the playoffs and try to make noise. We’ve got to stop being comfortable. We almost lost the game.”
The Magic were trying for their first seven-game winning streak since January 2011. Before the surge, Orlando had lost nine in a row and 11 of 12.
“The results do matter, but the process is way more, so I think we’re a little encouraged with that fourth quarter, with the fight that we showed, and that’s kind of the mentality we need to have,” Moritz Wagner said. “If you’re a good team, you come back from losses, too, and you keep fighting no matter what happens, so I think that’s what the mood is.”
Atlanta welcomed back Murray and John Collins from injuries as both were game-time decisions with left ankle sprains. Collins, who finished with 12 points, missed the last eight games and Murray, who had 17, the past five.
With center Clint Caplea still sidelined by a right calf strain, Hawks coach Nate McMillan used a smaller starting lineup with Collins at center, De’Andre Hunter at forward and three guards: Young, Murray and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Young scored 17 points in the third as the Hawks opened a 104-94 lead in the closing seconds of the period.
Murray hit a straightaway 3 with 7:30 remaining to make it 114-102, but Orlando kept chipping away and pulled within one on Fultz’s layup with 28.8 seconds left. Young missed an awkward runner with 8.7 seconds to go, and the Magic grabbed the rebound and called a timeout.
Fultz, who led the Magic with 24 points, then got to the rim easily – too easily for Hawks coach Nate McMillan.
“We’ll take the win, of course,” he said, “but we know we’ve got to be better and we’ve got to finish better in order to continue to win ballgames.”
Young knocked down a 34-foot straightaway 3 to put the Hawks up 124-112 with 3:03 to play, but it wasn’t enough to put Orlando away.
“I knew we were going to get good looks tonight and being at home we were able to make more shots,” Young said. “We got some really good looks.”
Atlanta built an 11-point lead in the second quarter, but the Magic went on a 13-3 run and trailed 68-65 at halftime.
Magic: Franz Wagner finished with 19 points. His brother Moritz had 16 and Banchero scored 19. … Terrence Ross and Mo Bamba combined for 25 points off the bench. … Orlando outscored the Hawks 20-19 on fast-break points. … The Magic outrebounded Atlanta 45-41.
Hawks: AJ Griffin finished with 19 points off the bench. … Atlanta outscored Orlando 62-48 in the paint. … Young went 12 for 12 on free throws. … Young picked up a technical foul with 3:03 remaining for complaining to an official about contact from Moritz Wagner on his 34-footer. … McMillan successfully challenged a foul call on Onyeka Okongwu with 2:54 remaining.
Magic: At Houston on Wednesday and host San Antonio on Friday.
Hawks: Host Chicago on Wednesday and Detroit on Friday.
Antetokounmpo’s 42 points leads Bucks past Pelicans 128-119
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jrue Holiday frustrated former teammate Zion Williamson like few NBA guards can and drained a momentum-changing, late-game shot for good measure.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 42 points and 10 rebounds, Holiday capped his 18-point, 11-assist performance by hitting a 3 with 1:17 to go, and the Milwaukee Bucks held off a late New Orleans surge to beat the Pelicans 128-119 on Monday night.
“There’s something about being in this gym,” Holiday said of his decisive 3, which Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer called “probably the biggest shot of the game.”
“I’m guessing I’ve done it quite a bit here,” Holiday continued. “So, just coming off that screen and letting it fly.”
Brook Lopez mixed in four 3-pointers with opportunistic play in the paint to score 30 points for the Bucks, who led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter before the Pelicans went on a 22-7 run and pulled to 117-114 on CJ McCollum’s fadeaway.
Shortly after Holiday made his big shot, he set up Lopez’s cutting layup to virtually ensure New Orleans’ fourth straight loss on the heels of its seven-game winning streak.
“The moment we decided to pick it up the fourth quarter, we’re right back in the game,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “I didn’t think we sustained it for 48 minutes.”
Milwaukee, which has won 10 of 13, maintained a double-digit lead for long stretches while frustrating Williamson for much of the game.
Guarded primarily by Holiday, with Lopez and Antetokounmpo rotating in behind to protect the rim, Williamson was limited to nine points through the first three quarters. He scored nine in the final 12 minutes to finish with 18 points.
“We know he such a big part of their offense that if he’s not scoring, we have a good chance,” Holiday said. “I feel like we kind of frustrated him.”
Williamson’s annoyance was evident when he was assessed a technical foul while speaking angrily to official John Conley in the third quarter.
“Jrue, in a kind of subtle, understated way is very, very strong and I think he loved the challenge, beating him to a spot, having the strength to kind of take a hit, pressuring him a little bit,” Budenholzer said. “There’s probably only a handful of guards, if even that many, like Jrue that could maybe pick him up higher, pick him up earlier, do some different things to him.”
Jonas Valanciunas scored a season-high 37 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for New Orleans, but he hit just one of his career high-tying seven 3-pointers in the second half.
McCollum scored 31 for New Orleans, which lost at home for the first time in eight games.
“We’ll be fine,” Green said. “We have to be able to accept some of the bad with the good. … We have to climb our way out of it.”
With multiple Bucks defenders trying to wall off Williamson from the basket early, the ball tended to find Valanciunas open on the perimeter. The Lithuanian big man hit 6 of 8 3-point attempts and scored 28 points in the first half.
Antetokounmpo, returning from left knee soreness, scored 26 in the first half on shots ranging from a 3, to a Eurostep layup amid a crowd of defenders, to a soaring alley-oop dunk.
Bucks: Pat Connaughton scored 11 points. … Outscored New Orleans in the paint 54-42. … Antetokounmpo made 17 of 22 free throws. … Shot 55.6% (45 of 81) overall, including 13 of 40 from deep.
Pelicans: F Brandon Ingram (left great toe contusion) missed his 11th straight game. … F Larry Nance Jr. sat out with a sore right Achilles. … Hit 18 of 45 3s and shot 42.2% (42 of 99) overall.
INGLES CHECKS IN
Joe Ingles made his Bucks debut in a reserve role after a nearly 11-month recovery from knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Playing for the first time since Jan. 30, when he was with Utah, Ingles saw 15 minutes of action but missed all four of his shots – all from 3-point range – and did not score.
Bucks: At Cleveland on Wednesday.
Pelicans: Host San Antonio on Thursday.
Spurs rout Rockets 124-105 with 26 from Vassell
HOUSTON (AP) Devin Vassell had 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 124-105 rout of the Houston Rockets on Monday night to snap a two-game skid.
The Spurs won this matchup of the two worst teams in the Western Conference despite missing leading scorer Keldon Johnson, who averages more than 21 points a game. Johnson was out with a bruised lower back.
Coach Gregg Popovich said the Spurs made up for Johnson’s absence with strong play from a variety of players.
“We had like six or seven guys play well on both ends of the court,” he said. “We showed a lot more aggression the second half and that’s what it takes to win an NBA game.”
San Antonio used a big third quarter to pull away and led by 16 entering the fourth before scoring the first five points of the final period to push the lead to 97-76.
The Spurs led by 20 later in the fourth before using an 8-2 run to make it 120-94 with about four minutes to go. Vassell and Malaki Branham both made a 3 in that stretch, and Vassell grabbed a steal on a bad pass by Jalen Green.
Alperen Sengun had 22 points and Kevin Porter Jr. added 15 for the Rockets, who dropped their third straight game.
“We got down on ourselves,” coach Stephen Silas said. “We were missing shots and as a result we let go of the rope a little bit tonight and that was disappointing.”
The Spurs led by 1 midway through the third quarter before using an 11-2 run to make it 82-72 about three minutes later. Keita Bates-Diop scored the first four points in that stretch and Doug McDermott had a 3-pointer to help the Spurs build the lead.
“Pop (was) getting to us,” Vassell said. “But we needed it. It brought the juice back out of us. We picked it up a lot on the defensive end, guys in transition, and started being more aggressive.”
Monday’s win comes after the Spurs took the first meeting this season 118-109 over Houston.
The Rockets had been playing well before this skid, notching wins over the Bucks and Suns as this young team looked to be making progress.
“I’m not worried like the sky is falling at all,” Silas said. “We’ve just got to do better.”
Spurs: Josh Richardson was out for a second straight game for personal reasons. . The Spurs made 50 percent of their 3-pointers. … McDermott made four 3s and scored 16 off the bench. … Tre Jones had 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Rockets: Daishen Nix had a career-high nine assists. . Rookie Tari Eason scored 11. … Green had 13. … Rookie Jabari Smith Jr. had nine points and eight rebounds.
The Rockets made just 5 of 24 3-point attempts after shooting just 3 of 29 from long range in a loss to Portland Saturday night.
“We’ve been here before where we just haven’t made shots and it’s affected a lot,” Silas said. “We’ve got to continue to work and continue to trust that when we create good shots for our teammates, those shots eventually go in.”
Spurs: Visit New Orleans on Thursday night.
Rockets: Host Orlando on Wednesday night as they continue a seven-game homestand.
Edwards leads Timberwolves past flustered Mavericks 116-106
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Anthony Edwards had 27 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 116-106 victory on Monday over the unglued Dallas Mavericks, who lost star Luca Doncic and coach Jason Kidd to successive ejections late in the third quarter.
Naz Reid pitched in 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who kept up their energy from a franchise-record 150-point performance to beat Chicago a night earlier.
“It didn’t feel like a back-to-back,” coach Chris Finch said.
Despite the absence of standout big men Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns and three key reserves, the Timberwolves were a confident and crisp team on both ends of the court.
“That’s the biggest thing, playing for each other,” Reid said. “Everybody wants to see the next guy happy. That’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.”
Doncic had a season-low 19 points – 14 below his average – on 5-for-17 shooting to match his season-worst percentage (29.4). The triple-double machine and league’s second-leading scorer was whistled for consecutive technicals after Randy Bullock was called for a foul on Edwards.
Doncic, who played on a strained quadriceps that kept him out of the 100-99 overtime loss at Cleveland on Saturday, looked legitimately confused by the punishment and had to be pointed toward the tunnel to exit the court.
“I deserved the first one. I’m not going to lie. But for sure not the second one,” Doncic said. “I was really shocked when I was ejected.”
Then Kidd lost it and received the same fate. He had to be restrained by an assistant as he went after referee Nick Buchert with some animated feedback.
Kidd fulfilled his postgame media obligation, but declined to take questions from reporters.
“I already gave up money, so I don’t want to give up any more,” Kidd said. “They were the better team tonight, and we’ll go from there. Thanks for showing up.”
Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 points and seven assists, and Christian Wood chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who stay in town for a rematch on Wednesday against a Wolves team on a three-game winning streak.
The Mavericks played without four of their top nine scorers: Tim Hardaway Jr. (illness), Josh Green (sprained elbow), Maxi Kleber (torn hamstring) and Dwight Powell (bruised thigh). Then Dorrian Finney-Smith (adductor strain) was injured late in the third quarter.
Wood started next to Doncic for the first time since he arrived in a trade this summer with Houston, but he had trouble guarding Reid in the paint. The Mavericks were outscored 36-14 in the second quarter. Everyone beside Doncic combined to shoot 1 for 10 from 3 in the period.
Back-to-back 3s by Jaden McDaniels and Edwards closed the half for the Timberwolves on a 21-5 run. They built their lead as big as 21 points before the Mavericks really melted down.
The Wolves were down Gobert (sprained ankle) for the third straight game. Kyle Anderson (back spasms) was a new scratch, joining Towns (strained calf) and backups Taurean Prince (shoulder subluxation) and Jordan McLaughlin (strained calf) on longer-term absences.
Edwards has begun to find his spark, coincidentally or not without the big men, on both ends of the court while taking on a more vocal leadership rol.e
“They’re just trusting in me and believing in me,” said Edwards, who went hard to the rim and was rewarded with a 10-for-11 effort from the free-throw line.
“That’s the most happy I’ve seen him in a while,” Reid said. “That’s where it starts.”
Reid’s 3-point attempt with 1:03 left rolled off the rim. That would’ve given him a career-high 30 points and awarded Edwards a 10th assist for the triple-double.
Mavericks: Doncic had six rebounds and seven assists in 28 minutes. … Davis Bertans went 6 for 9 from 3-point range for 18 points off the bench.
Timberwolves: Edwards, who’s not yet halfway through his third season, passed Anthony Peeler for third place on the franchise’s all-time list for made 3-pointers (466). …
After the rematch, Dallas goes to Houston for a game on Friday and Minnesota travels to play Boston on the same night.
Gilgeous-Alexander hits game-winner as Thunder edge Blazers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Just when it appeared it might be “Dame Time,” Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stole the show.
Gilgeous-Alexander hit a baseline jumper as time expired, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 123-121 on Monday to ruin Damian Lillard’s record-setting night.
Gilgeous-Alexander drove to his left and drained a 14-foot pullup over Justise Winslow. The shot capped a 35-point performance for the 24-year-old emerging star who entered the night third in the NBA in scoring.
Lillard said Gilgeous-Alexander is making his mark in the league.
“He’s impressive,” Lillard said. “He’s obviously a really good player. Not just a good young player. He’s coming into his own. I can remember when I was younger and I became the leader of a team. And I was basically introducing myself as the lead guard on the team, and I was going after it, you know, being aggressive. And I see that he’s in that state. He’s trying to show what he can do.”
Lillard had his clutch moment, too. He made a reverse layup with 3.5 seconds remaining to tie it, and finished with 28 points to break Clyde Drexler’s franchise career scoring record.
Lillard would have preferred to set the mark in a win, but the achievement was still important to him.
“It’s a great feeling to reach the top,” he said. “It’s been a goal of mine and the list has so many players, great history of our organization, so to finally be No. 1 is a special accomplishment that I’m proud of.”
Drexler, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had 18,040 points for the Trail Blazers from 1983-95. Lillard entered the night needing 21 to pass him.
Lillard tied Drexler’s total on a 3-pointer from well beyond the line in the third quarter that put the Trail Blazers up 72-67, then broke the mark on a free throw with 1:33 left in the period. Moments later, the Thunder public address announcer informed the crowd of Lillard’s achievement, and the crowd gave him an ovation. Lillard sat and rested, focused on a game the Trail Blazers were trailing by three points at the time.
“Even during the game tonight, I wasn’t playing focused on getting to the record,” Lillard said. “I was playing the game just trying to win. I knew it would happen eventually.”
The score was tied at 94 heading into the fourth. Anfernee Simons hit back-to-back contested 3s to give Portland a 115-110 lead with about four minutes remaining.
Oklahoma City recovered, and Gilgeous-Alexander finished it off with his final shot.
“I caught it,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I was going to try to face up, but I saw the double team so I tried to spin away from it into the shot.”
Lillard, on Gilgeous-Alexander: “He’s in a situation where he’s playing free. You know, they believe in him. He’s got a group of guys that understand that he’s the leader. He’s the guy. He’s in a great position. He’s off to a great start.”
Trail Blazers: Former Thunder F Jerami Grant scored 26 points. … Former Thunder head coach Scott Brooks is an assistant in Portland. … Lillard was issued a technical foul in the second quarter for arguing a foul call against him. … F Josh Hart also was called for a technical in the second quarter.
Thunder: Gilgeous-Alexander missed the previous game with a bruised lower back. … G Josh Giddey and F Darius Bazley sat out with non-COVID-19 illnesses. … Gilgeous-Alexander was the only Thunder player to score more than 13 points.
The teams play again in Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Paul scores season-high 28, Suns roll past Lakers 130-104
PHOENIX (AP) It looked like Father Time might be making some gains on the 37-year-old Chris Paul over the past few months.
The 12-time All-Star proved on Monday night he’s not going down without a fight.
Paul scored a season-high 28 points, Deandre Ayton added 21 points and 11 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns rolled past the Los Angeles Lakers 130-104.
The Suns did just about everything well in the blowout win. They shot 50% from the field, made 20 3-pointers, had a 51-36 rebounding advantage and just eight turnovers.
“When we play like that, it’s tough to stop us,” Paul said.
The game was almost more notable for who wasn’t playing instead of the action on the court. The Lakers were missing their All-Star trio of LeBron James (left ankle soreness), Anthony Davis (right foot soreness) and Russell Westbrook (left foot soreness).
The Suns were missing six players, including three-time All-Star Devin Booker (right groin soreness), who scored a season-high 58 points in Saturday’s win over the Pelicans.
Paul had his best scoring game of the season in Booker’s absence, shooting 9 of 18 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. The point guard had a slow start to the year, coming into the game averaging a career-low 11.1 points per game, but he’s been more productive over the past few weeks since returning from a heel injury.
Paul’s built his stellar career on passing the basketball and not necessarily scoring, but with Booker on the bench, the Suns needed his production.
“I was happy to see him aggressive, knocking down shots and taking shots,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Everyone on the team, we tell Chris to shoot the ball. It’s the most unbelievable thing ever – having to tell a Hall of Fame player to shoot.”
Paul said he doesn’t mind that Williams and his teammates are always bugging him to shoot.
“I guess it could be worse,” Paul said laughing. “They could tell me not to shoot.”
The Suns have won three straight, bouncing back after dropping five in a row. All five starters scored at least 15 points.
Phoenix also has a six-game winning streak over the Lakers during the regular season.
Phoenix led by 26 points early in the third quarter, but the Lakers cut that advantage to 91-77 late in the third. The Suns responded with back-to-back 3-pointers from Ish Wainright and Landry Shamet and took a 99-77 lead into the final quarter.
“That is a well-oiled machine over there,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “They took care of business over there tonight and I felt that our guys competed to best of their ability.”
Dennis Schroder led the starless Lakers with a season-high 30 points. He shot 12 of 19 from the field. Kendrick Nunn scored 17 points off the bench. Lonnie Walker IV and Thomas Bryant both added 16 points.
“End of the day, it is the next man up mentality,” Schroder said. “Everybody has to be ready to play and compete at the highest level. You can’t control if someone is going to be out.”
The Suns jumped out to a 38-24 lead, shooting 66.7% in the first quarter. Paul scored 14 points. Torrey Craig made a wide-open 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to give the Suns a 68-44 advantage.
Lakers: G Austin Reaves (right ankle sprain) and G Juan Toscano-Anderson (right ankle sprain) were not available.
Suns: Ayton returned after missing two games. … Along with Booker, F Cameron Johnson (right meniscus tear), F/C Jock Landale (concussion), G Cameron Payne (right foot strain) and G Duane Washington Jr. (left hip muscle strain) were not available. … Hosted a 43rd consecutive sellout crowd. … Craig scored 17 points on his 32nd birthday.
Lakers: Travel to face Sacramento on Wednesday.
Suns: Host Washington on Tuesday.
Ball, Oubre lead Hornets past Kings to halt 8-game skid
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) LaMelo Ball scored 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Charlotte Hornets held off the Sacramento Kings 125-119 on Monday night to stop an eight-game losing streak.
Kelly Oubre Jr. had 31 points for the Hornets (8-23), who won for the second time in 11 games.
Ball had only three points at halftime but broke loose in the second half. The third-year guard added 12 assists and five rebounds before fouling out with 34.1 seconds left.
Gordon Hayward added 19 points, Mason Plumlee finished with 15 and Nick Richards scored 14 for Charlotte.
De’Aaron Fox had 37 points for Sacramento (16-13). Domantas Sabonis scored a season-high 28 to go with 23 rebounds and seven assists for his third 20-point, 20-rebound performance of the season.
Keegan Murray and Harrison Barnes added 11 points apiece.
Sacramento cut its deficit to two with 1:24 left on Fox’s layup. Charlotte responded with Hayward’s jumper and free throws by Oubre to seal it.
Hornets: G Terry Rozier was ruled out before the game with a bruised right hip.
Kings: G Davion Mitchell returned after missing Friday’s game with a non-COVID-19 illness. … Barnes bruised his right quad and was ruled out after scoring 11 points. … Sacramento was 17 for 31 (54.8%) at the free throw line. The Kings on the season shoot 78.8%, which ranks 16th in the NBA.
Hornets: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.
Kings: Continue a six-game homestand Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tom Browning, who pitched perfect game for Reds, dies at 62
CINCINNATI (AP) Tom Browning, an All-Star pitcher who threw the only perfect game in Cincinnati Reds history and helped them win a World Series title, died on Monday. He was 62.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office announced Browning’s death on Twitter, saying he died at his home in Union, Kentucky. No cause was given.
Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Browning’s home about 1 p.m. after receiving a report of a man found not breathing. They discovered him unresponsive on a couch, and efforts by deputies and EMS personnel to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Browning was pronounced dead at 1:13 p.m. Foul play is not suspected, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Reds issued a statement after being in contact with a member of his family, team spokesman Rob Butcher said.
“The entire Reds family is stunned and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Browning. Affectionately referred to as “Mr. Perfect,” Tom was a true Red who after his playing days made the Cincinnati area his home and remained heavily involved with the organization,” the club said.
“A fan favorite, the Reds Hall of Famer touched fans’ hearts at team events, Reds Hall of Fame festivities and Reds Community Fund activities. We join Reds Country in mourning the loss of one of our all-time greats, who created so many memories and magical moments for us all. Our deepest condolences to Tom’s family during this difficult time.”
Known as a colorful character, Browning once bolted from the Wrigley Field bullpen and sat in full Cincinnati uniform with Chicago fans atop a rooftop across the street during a Reds-Cubs game in July 1993. He was fined $500 for that stunt, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.
The left-hander’s biggest individual moment on the mound, however, came when he retired all 27 batters he faced in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium on Sept. 16, 1988.
Following a two-hour rain delay, the game started at 10:02 p.m. and took only 1 hour, 51 minutes. It came a little more than three months after Browning lost a no-hit bid in San Diego in the ninth inning on a one-out single by Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.
Browning’s gem against the Dodgers was one of just 23 perfect games in major league history and the only one for the Reds, baseball’s oldest professional franchise.
Just more than a month later, the Dodgers won the World Series – making Browning the lone pitcher to toss a perfecto against the team that won the championship that same year.
“RIP my friend Mr. Perfect Tom Browning,” tweeted Hall of Fame shortstop and former Reds teammate Barry Larkin. “We shared some great times as well as the same birthdate 4/28. You will be missed.”
Browning was 18-5 with a 3.41 ERA in 1988 and made the National League All-Star team in 1991. He went 20-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 1985, finishing second to St. Louis Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman for NL Rookie of the Year and sixth in NL Cy Young Award voting.
Six times Browning won at least 14 games. He led the NL in starts on four occasions, had six years with more than 225 innings pitched and gave up the most home runs in the league three times.
Browning went 15-9 with a 3.80 ERA in 1990 to help the Reds win their most recent pennant and World Series crown. He was 2-1 with a 3.71 ERA in three starts that postseason, beating the powerhouse Oakland Athletics 8-3 on the road in Game 3 of the World Series to help the Reds pull off a stunning four-game sweep.
“He was just a wonderful person. He was as beloved a Cincinnati Red as there’s been in the city,” said Butcher, the Reds’ longtime vice president of media relations. “Everybody who’d ever met him just loved the guy. He was fun. I guess that’s the word – he was fun.”
Browning spent 11 seasons with Cincinnati from 1984-94. He broke a bone in his arm during a game in 1994 and finished his career by pitching in two games for the Kansas City Royals in 1995.
In 12 big league seasons, he was 123-90 with a 3.94 ERA in 302 games (300 starts).
“I would go on our winter caravan with him and he was just – we’d be on the bus for hours and the stories he would tell were just spectacularly funny,” Butcher said. “You could tell his teammates loved him. I mean, when he was around our other Hall of Famers and around his old teammates, you could just tell they just adored the guy.”
AP source: Padres, RHP Seth Lugo agree on $15M, 2-year deal
Free-agent reliever Seth Lugo and the San Diego Padres have agreed on a $15 million, two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said Monday night.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical and no announcement had been made.
Lugo went 3-2 with a 3.60 ERA and three saves over 62 outings and 65 innings with the Mets this year. A converted starter, the versatile right-hander spent his first seven seasons with New York.
The Padres went 89-73 to finish second in the NL West in manager Bob Melvin’s first season and lost the NL Championship Series to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Orlov scores in OT, Caps hand Red Wings 6th straight loss
WASHINGTON (AP) Keeping Alex Ovechkin from making more hockey history was little consolation for the Detroit Red Wings after failing to stop their ongoing skid.
Nic Dowd scored twice in 11 seconds and assisted on Dmitry Orlov’s overtime winner to help the Washington Capitals hand the Red Wings their sixth consecutive loss, 4-3 Monday night with Ovechkin still waiting for his next major milestone.
“We played much more of our identity: hard to play against,” captain Dylan Larkin said. “We battled. It was like a playoff game tonight. It goes to 3-on-3 overtime, we don’t get the extra point. It’s frustrating, but we’re trying not to get too down on this effort because we feel it was a positive effort.”
Detroit has lost nine of its past 11 and fell to 2-7 in overtime this season. But players and coach Derek Lalonde were almost relieved to escape Washington with a point thanks to the play of goaltender Ville Husso, who stopped 39 of the 42 shots he faced.
Three of those saves came against Ovechkin, who for a third consecutive game was unable to score his 801st goal and tie Gordie Howe for second on the NHL career list. He remained stuck on 800 with Howe’s sons Mark and Marty in attendance and thinking it would be fitting if Ovechkin tied their father’s mark against his longtime team, with which he played 25 seasons.
“I don’t that was as much to do with our 5-on-5 play than it was Ville Husso,” Lalonde said. “Ovi still got his looks, two Grade-A slot chances in the third. I’ve played against him enough now, when he’s feeling it, it feels like he’s going downhill at times. He’s tough and (he) was tonight, but I think our guys for the most part did a pretty good job with it.”
Even without a goal from Ovechkin, the Capitals will take the victory on Orlov’s goal with 21.3 seconds left in 3-on-3 overtime, especially after playing without winger T.J. Oshie and falling behind 2-0.
“I thought our guys did a good job handling the adversity,” coach Peter Laviolette said.
Erik Gustafsson scored in the third period, his fourth in the past two games. And Orlov completed the comeback in a feisty game that included some scuffles and the crowd getting into it.
“I don’t know if we’ve had one of those (kind of games) in our building this year,” said Dowd, whose goals were the second-fastest back to back by the same player in franchise history. “To come from behind and then come from behind again the very next shift and then win in overtime, especially like that – that was one of our biggest crowds of the year – that felt really good for our team.”
David Perron, Oskar Sundqvist and Lucas Raymond scored in regulation for Detroit. Capitals goaltender Charlie Lindgren stopped 16 of the 19 shots he faced in his eighth consecutive start.
NOTES: The Red Wings took part in a three-team, minor league trade prior to the NHL’s holiday roster freeze, in which they received center Danny O’Regan from Anaheim, sent winger Givani Smith to Florida and the Ducks got veteran defenseman Michael Del Zotto from the Panthers. … The Capitals say winger T.J. Oshie is day to day with an upper-body injury. Oshie left the game Saturday in pain and has not skated with the team since. … Darcy Kuemper was in uniform backing up Lindgren for the first time since getting injured Dec. 3.
Red Wings: Host the the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.
Capitals: Visit the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.
Johnston’s goal leads Stars over Blue Jackets 2-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Wyatt Johnston scored 55 seconds into the second period and the Dallas Stars beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 Monday night to remain atop the Central Division.
Jason Robertson also scored for Dallas and Jake Oettinger stopped 27 shots in his 100th NHL game. Oettinger lost his shutout bid when Ken Johnson beat him with a backhander with 15 seconds remaining.
The Stars have won seven of their last nine games, including a 3-1-1 road trip.
“We played a lot of good teams on this road trip,” Johnston said. “I think we did a really good job playing in some tough buildings and getting points. Obviously, it’s good to end with this one and get the job done.”
Daniil Tarasov stopped 32 shots in his third straight loss for Columbus, which has lost four straight overall and six of its last eight at home (2-5-1). The Blue Jackets were coming off a winless three-game road trip and sit in last place in the Eastern Conference.
“The second (period), they got us there,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “They were slashing through our (defense) and we weren’t reloading quick enough. That’s what got us in the second there. First and third we were fine.”
Johnson scored with a backhander from the left circle 55 seconds into the second period to put Dallas on the scoreboard, and Robertson sealed the win with an empty-netter with 1:05 remaining in the game to make it 2-0.
“That was a tough game,” Stars coach Peter DeBoer said. “They’re playing with not a lot to lose and their goalie was really good, which allowed them to kind of hang around. I thought first period we were a little loose. I thought in the second and third we tightened up defensively–just couldn’t extend the lead to really put them in a hole. Got to give them credit for hanging around to the end.”
Blue Jackets forward Yegor Chinakhov suffered a knee injury 1:20 into the game and did not return. … Columbus captain Boone Jenner is scheduled for surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured thumb and will miss four weeks. … Center Cole Sillinger is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. … Columbus recalled Josh Dunn from AHL Cleveland.
ON A ROLL
Robertson’s 24 goals put him third in the NHL, and he is fifth in points with 47. … Oettinger is now 7-0-1 in his career against the Blue Jackets.
Johnson is tied for third among NHL rookie with seven goals and sixth for points with 15. Columbus’ roster had seven skaters and a starting goalie who had each played in fewer than 50 NHL games.
Stars: Hosts Edmonton on Wednesday night.
Blue Jackets: At Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
Kyrou has 3 goals, assist as Blues beat Canucks 5-1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Jordan Kyrou had three goals for his first career hat trick and had an assist as the St. Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 on Monday night.
Robert Thomas had a power-play goal and an assist, and Nathan Walker scored his first goal of the season for the Blues, who won their fourth straight and for the fifth time in seven games. Vladimir Tarasenko had three assists and Nicky Leddy added two, and Jordan Binnington stopped 33 shots.
Ilya Mikheyev scored for the Canucks, who lost their third straight at home to fall to 5-9-1 on the season. Spencer Martin made 22 saves.
Kyrou scored twice in the third period, giving him six goals in three games and 10 points in the last four.
Kyrou put the Blues ahead 4-1 on a power play 1:07 into the third with a shot through traffic. He made it 5-1 with a wrist shot at 9:19.
The first period was scoreless with both goalies making big stops. Binnington denied Brock Boeser on a backdoor play on a power play early in the period, while Martin got in front of a point shot from Alexey Toropchenko through traffic.
The teams combined for three goals in 2:37 midway through the second period.
Kyrou opened the scoring with 9:35 remaining. Martin stopped a hard shot from Leddy, who got his own rebound and passed it to Kyrou.
The Canucks tied it 1:39 later after Mikheyev took a pass from defenseman Quinn Hughes, outskated the Blues’ defense, and deked Binnington to stuff the puck in the far corner.
Walker made it 2-1 for St. Louis with just under 7 minutes remaining on a shot from the hash marks that sailed over Martin’s glove.
Thomas gave the Blues a two-goal lead on a power play with 1:10 left in the middle period when he wired a pass from Pavel Buchnevich from the faceoff circle into the top corner of the net.
Canadian soccer hero Christine Sinclair of Burnaby, B.C., dropped the puck in a ceremonial opening faceoff. … Boeser returned to the Vancouver lineup after missing two games with a non-COVID illness. … Elias Pettersson, who leads the Canucks with 34 points and is second with 13 goals, missed his second game with a non-COVID illness. … The Canucks called up G Artus Silvos from Abbotsford of the AHL when Collin Delia’s wife gave birth to their second child Monday.
St. Louis: At Seattle on Tuesday in the third game of a five-game trip.
Vancouver: Host Seattle on Thursday in the finale of a three-game homestand.
Iowa, Ohio State Claim Weekly Men’s Basketball Awards
Player of the Week
Filip Rebraca, Iowa
F – Fifth Year. – 6-9 – Sombor, Serbia – Williston Northampton
- Scored a career-best 30 points in just 26 minutes of Iowa’s 106-75 win over Southeastern Missouri State
- Drained 12 of 13 field goal attempts and shot 6-9 from the free throw line
- Recorded a career-high six assists to go with a game-high nine rebounds, a steal, and a blocked shot
- Garners his first career Player of the Week award
- Last Iowa Player of the Week: Kris Murray (Dec. 5, 2022)
Freshman of the Week
Brice Sensabaugh, Ohio State
F – 6-6. – Orlando, Fla. – Lake Highland Prep
- Scored a career-high 22 points in Ohio State’s 89-84 overtime loss to North Carolina in Madison Square Garden
- Shot 9-17 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out three assists in the losing effort.
- Hit a bucket with :03 left in regulation to give the Buckeyes a 79-77 lead, before UNC’s buzzer-beater sent the game into overtime
- Earns his first career Freshman of the Week award
- Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Malaki Branham (Feb. 28, 2022)
Nebraska, Ohio State and Rutgers Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards
Player of the Week
Alexis Markowski, Nebraska
So. – C – Lincoln, Neb. – Lincoln Pius X – Major: Business Administration
• Recorded her fifth double-double of the season on Sunday with 22 points, 10 rebounds and a career high-tying three blocks in the Huskers’ victory over Wyoming
• Connected on nine of 14 shots from the floor, including four of her five tries from three-point range
• Also helped Nebraska hold its opponent to fewer than 50 points for the fifth time this season and the second time in as many games
• Earns her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award (was an eight-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week selection last year)
• Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Kate Cain (Jan. 18, 2021)
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Adalia McKenzie, So., G, ILL: Registered 21 points (9-16 FG) Sunday to help the Fighting Illini win at Missouri in the annual Braggin’ Rights series game, giving Illinois its 10th win before Christmas for the first time since 2006-07
Caitlin Clark, Jr., G, IOWA: Posted 26 points (season-high 13-14 FT), eight rebounds and seven assists in the Hawkeyes’ win over UNI Sunday afternoon
Leigha Brown, Sr., G, MICH: Tallied 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds as the Wolverines defeated Appalachian State on Dec. 17
Co-Freshman of the Week
Cotie McMahon, Ohio State
F – Centerville, Ohio – Centerville – Major: Sport Industry
• Scored a career-high 24 points and tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds in Ohio State’s victory over Albany on Dec. 16
• Converted 10 of 15 field goal attempts and scored OSU’s first nine points of the game
• Secured her third 20-point game this season
• Collects her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Cotie McMahon (Dec. 12, 2022)
Co-Freshman of the Week
Kaylene Smikle, Rutgers
G – Farmingdale, N.Y. – Westtown – Major: Undeclared
• Averaged 22.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last week as Rutgers split a pair of games against Princeton and New Orleans
• Scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a Dec. 15 matchup with Princeton
• Added a team-high 19 points, five assists and three steals in Sunday’s win over New Orleans
• Captures her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Rutgers Freshman of the Week: Diamond Johnson (Dec. 21, 2020)
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
Colts Release DT Curtis Brooks From Practice Squad
Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Colts today released defensive tackle Curtis Brooks from the practice squad.
Brooks, 6-2, 287 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on August 31, 2022. He participated in the team’s 2022 offseason program and training camp after being selected by Indianapolis in the sixth round (216th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft. Collegiately, Brooks played in 61 games (20 starts) at Cincinnati (2017-21) and totaled 162 tackles (85 solo), 23.0 tackles for loss, 12.0 sacks, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Indiana Basketball Game Notes – Game 12 vs. Elon
• Indiana University continues its 123rd season of competition in men’s basketball with the penultimate non-conference matchup against Elon at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 20 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The game will be broadcast on BTN.
• The Phoenix, led by first-year head coach Billy Taylor, enter the game with a 2-10 record.
• Taylor, a Notre Dame graduate, spent the last three seasons on the sidelines as an assistant coach at Iowa. Prior to that he spent six seasons (2007-13) as the head coach at Ball State.
Dec. 20, 2022 • 7 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler, Shon Morris)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)
Series History: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
• Indiana and Elon have never met on the basketball floor prior to Tuesday’s matchup. The Hoosiers hold an 8-1 record all time against opponents currently housed in the Colonial Athletic Association.
• IU last took on a CAA opponent on Nov. 17, 2013 in a 90-74 victory over Stony Brook.
Last Time Out
• Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in Indiana’s 84-62 loss at No. 8/6 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 17. Jackson-Davis also blocked a career-best nine blocks.
• Sixth-year senior forward Race Thompson charted 11 points and four rebounds, while freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino made his return to the Hoosier lineup with 11 points, six rebounds, and three steals.
• Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis blocked a career-high nine shots at No. 8/6 Kansas on Dec. 17, the second most by an IU player. Steve Downing blocked a school-record 10 shots against Michigan on Feb. 23, 1971.
• His nine blocks against Kansas marked the most ever by a Jayhawk opponent. The previous record of eight blocks was held by Isaiah Jackson (Kentucky), Mo Bamba (Texas), Jordan Bell (Oregon), and Shane Battier (Duke).
• The Center Grove product has blocked at least five shots in six contests in his career, the most of any active Big Ten Conference player.
• Junior forward Jordan Geronimo blocked a combined 10 shots against Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 20 and Little Rock on Nov. 23. The tally marked the most by a Hoosier off the bench since 1996-97.
• The Hoosiers have blocked at least five shots in eight of the team’s last nine contests. IU ranks second in Big Ten and eighth nationally with 5.9 blocks per content.
Scoop, There it is
• Sophomore guard Tamar Bates, nicknamed “Scoop”, is the first Hoosier off the bench and leads all second-unit players in minutes played this season (233). He averages 8.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
• Bates recorded career bests in points (22), made field goals (8), and assists (4) in the win over Jackson State on Nov. 25.
• The IMG Academy product scored 32 points off the bench on 6-of-11 (54.5%) shooting from the 3-point line against Nebraska (Dec. 7) and Arizona (Dec. 10).
• Bates became a father to his daughter, Leilani, on March 20, 2022, two days after his freshman season concluded.
• Fifth-year senior forward Miller Kopp has knocked down 25-of-53 (47.2%) 3-pointers to open the season. He is third on the team with a scoring average of 9.5 points per game.
• Kopp matched a career best with five made triples at Rutgers, his eighth career game with at least three made 3-pointers.
• The Houston native averages a team-high 13.5 points over the last four contests. He has made 12 of IU’s 33 3-pointers in that span.
• He knocked down a critical 3-point field goal to extend Indiana’s lead to eight with 2:25 to play in the road victory over Xavier on Nov. 18.
• Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis recorded the third triple-double in Indiana basketball history with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high 10 assists against Nebraska on Dec. 7. He added three blocks and three steals in the win.
• Jackson-Davis joined historic company of triple-doubles in IU history. Juwan Morgan notched a 10-point, 10-rebound, and 10-assist triple-double against Jacksonville on Dec. 22, 2018. Steve Downing tallied 28 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 blocks against Michigan on Feb. 23, 1971.
• He is the first player to compile a triple-double with at least three blocks and three steals since Luke Walton accomplished the feat with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, four blocks, and four steals against USC on Jan. 17, 2002.
• Senior Trayce Jackson-Davis blocked a career-high nine shots at Kansas on Dec. 17. The game marked his sixth with at least five blocks.
• His nine blocks were the second most by a Hoosier in a single game in program history, trailing only Steve Downing (10) against Michigan on Feb. 23, 1971.
• Jackson-Davis is one of 16 Big Ten players to have at least nine blocks in a game in the last 25 seasons. Nate Reuvers (Nov. 8, 2019) of Wisconsin was the last B1G player to have at least nine blocks in a game.
• Indiana charted seven-straight games from Nov. 18-Dec. 7 with at least five blocks. IU currently averages 5.9 blocks per game.
• Fifth-year senior forward Miller Kopp converted three-straight double-figure scoring outputs for this first time in his Indiana career with 21 points at Rutgers on Dec. 3, 13 points against Nebraska on Dec. 7, and 14 points against Arizona on Dec. 10.
• Indiana scored at least 80 points in the first six games of the season, the longest such streak since 1969-70 (seven games).
• Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis has swatted at least two shots in 28 of his last 45 games played.
• The Hoosier bench has outscored opponents 299-129.
• Head coach Mike Woodson holds a record of 15-3 in non-conference games at the helm of the Hoosiers.
INDIANA GAMES NOTES: https://iuhoosiers.com/documents/2022/12/19/22_23_GM12_Elon.pdf
Baseball Announces 2023 Schedule
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Just 60 days separates today (Dec. 19) and the opening day of college baseball and the Indiana baseball’s opening weekend at 2022 College World Series participant Auburn. The Hoosiers 2023 slate features 13 games against teams that advanced to a Super Regional last season, along with 31 games at Bart Kaufman Field.
The Hoosiers will spend the first three weekends on the road with trips to a trip of NCAA Super Regional hosts, which includes a pair of College World Series teams. The season opening series will be a trip to The Plains to face Auburn (Feb. 17-19) in a three-game series. A weekend at Texas (Feb. 24-26) follows to face the only program to appear in each of the last three College World Series.
A pair of midweek home games completes the February portion of the schedule as Miami (Ohio) (Feb. 21) and Butler (Feb. 28) travel to The Bart for Tuesday contests.
The Clark-LeClair Stadium Jungle at East Carolina (March 3-5) awaits Indiana to start the month of March against East Carolina, Georgetown and Long Beach State as part of the LeClair Classic. Indiana hosts 13 of the next 14 games at Bart Kaufman Stadium with Bellarmine (March 10-12), Morehead State (March 17-19) and the Big Ten opening weekend against Ohio State (March 24-26) on tap. Home midweek tilts feature Purdue Fort Wayne (March 8), Indiana State (March 21) and Kent State (March 28). The lone road game in that span features a trip to Lexington to face Kentucky (March 14).
Big Ten play dominates eight of the final nine weekends of the regular season with home series against Iowa (April 7-9), Maryland (April 28-30) and Purdue (May 12-14) and road series at Penn State (March 31-April 2), Illinois (April 14-16), Northwestern (May 5-7) and Michigan State (May 18-20). The lone non-conference weekend in that span sees IU host Ohio (April 21-23).
Seven more midweeks over the last two months wrap up the 56-game slate, with five of those against in-state foes. Home games with Ball State (April 11), NCAA Super Regional participant Louisville (April 18), Southern Indiana (May 9) and Evansville (May 16) dot the slate, while road games with Indiana State (April 4), Cincinnati (April 19) and Ball State (April 25) round out the non-conference midweek games.
COMPLETE SCHEDULE: https://iuhoosiers.com/sports/baseball/schedule?path=baseball
Softball Announces 2023 Slate
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Big Ten Conference and Purdue softball announced the upcoming 2023 spring schedule, which officially starts Friday, February 10 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Fans will have 14 chances to catch the Boilermakers at Bittinger Stadium this season. The first home appearance will be a Tuesday midweek vs. Indiana State on March 21 and will be followed in April with an eight consecutive game homestand.
Purdue is set to spend the first eight weekends of the 2023 season on the road, beginning at Florida State (Feb. 10-12). Over the course of non-conference play, the Boilermakers will travel from coast to coast to face 27 opponents and attend six tournaments, five of which include opponents who competed in the 2022 NCAA tournament. Games will be held on the campuses of Florida State, Campbell, NC State, UCF, UNC, Cal State Fullerton and Ole Miss.
“I’m looking forward to our non-conference schedule we’ve lined up,” said head coach Boo De Oliveira. “We’ve prepared a challenging first six weeks, full of postseason teams that will prepare our Boilers to compete for a Big Ten Championship.”
In total, six opponents were recognized in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches final poll, including No. 13 Florida State, No. 14 UCF, No. 19 Mississippi State, Michigan, Nebraska and Ole Miss. Of those opponents, the Boilermakers will play true road games against each, with the exception of Michigan, which will be played at Bittinger Stadium.
Additionally, Purdue will attend the tournaments of Florida State, UCF, Cal State Fullerton and Ole Miss, each of which played in the NCAA College World Series Regionals. Overall, Purdue will play two NCAA Super Regional teams in UCF and Mississippi State.
Purdue will travel to NC State for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for a pair of matches each at NC State and vs. Syracuse February 17-19. Times are to be announced.
The Boilermakers will host their home opener via a midweek set for Tuesday, March 21 vs. Indiana State. The in-state matchup preludes the opening weekend of Big Ten action, taking place at Nebraska from March 24-26. Meanwhile, the first weekend series Purdue will host comes in Week 3 vs. Wisconsin from April 7-9.
Purdue will face a total of eight Big Ten opponents and has one back-to-back weekend homestand, which comes mid-April. Opponents traveling to Bittinger Stadium include Indiana (doubleheader on March 29), Wisconsin (April 7-9), Michigan (April 14-16) and Penn State (May 5-7). The series against the Nittany Lions will serve as the final weekend of the regular season.
Meanwhile, Purdue will travel to Nebraska (March 24-26), Rutgers (March 31-April 2), Ohio State (April 21-23), and Michigan State (April 28-30).
The Big Ten Tournament will be hosted by Illinois from May 10-13 at Eichelberger Field.
2023 Non-Conference Locations: Lipscomb, Longwood, Florida State, Campbell, NC State, Syracuse, Columbia, Louisville, Bradley, UCF, North Carolina, James Madison, Brown, Cal State Fullerton, Weber State, Long Beach State, Sacramento State, Mississippi State, Samford, St. Thomas, Ole Miss, Indiana State, Southern Illinois – Edwardsville (SIUE), Butler
Big Ten Home Opponents: Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State
Big Ten Road Opponents: Nebraska, Rutgers, Ohio State, Michigan State
Midweeks at Home: Indiana State, Indiana (DH), SIUE, Butler
Wrestling to Host Second Quad of Season
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Wrestling is set to host the program’s second quad of the season as they prepare to take on Drexel, Utah Valley and Campbell in the 2022 Purdue Duals on Tuesday starting at 10 a.m. ET in Holloway Gymnasium.
Each team will face one another in a round-robin of dual competition with the Purdue matches set to be streamed on BTN+.
SCHEDULE AND INFO
Round 1 | 10 AM Purdue vs. Drexel: Watch | Stats Campbell vs. Utah Valley
Round 2 | 12 PM Purdue vs. Utah Valley: Watch | Stats Campbell vs. Drexel
Round 3 | 2 PM Purdue vs. Campbell: Watch | Stats Drexel vs. Utah Valley
*All time are approximate. Duals will roll into next round as previous ends.
LAST TIME OUT
The Boilermakers traveled west for the 2022 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in their last time on the mat. Matt Ramos and Kendall Coleman took second and Parker Filius took seventh to give Purdue wrestling three on the podium.
Ramos cruised to the final with three decision wins, including a victory in the semifinals over No. 10 Brandon Kaylor of Oregon State (the first top-10 victory of the season for Purdue). It is the third straight tournament the Boilermakers have had a finalist in the 125 division, taking second all three times.
Coleman would get a top-10 win of his own in the semifinals by knocking off Michigan’s No. 3 Will Lewan in a 9-5 decision. The redshirt senior’s impressive tournament run helped him become the sixth, three-time CKLV medal winner in program history. The team has had seven finalists and 19 placewinners in the last four CKLV Invitationals.
NEWS & NOTES
• Purdue owns a 5-1 combined all-time record against it’s three opponents. None of the previous matchups came in West Lafayette.
• Head coach Tony Ersland enters his ninth season at Purdue and is 73-56 in dual competition.
• His 73 dual wins is good for fourth most in program history. He is just one shy of tying Scott Hinkel (2008-14) for third most.
• Kendall Coleman, who leads the team with 44 takedowns so far on the year, moved into 16th on the all-time Purdue takedowns list last Sunday with 258. He is just five away from drawing level with Scott Hinkel (1984-87) with 263 and will need just 14 more to crack the top-10.
• Coleman also claims a spot in the top-20 of the career win-percentage list at Purdue (min. 50 matches). Coleman’s career .747 percentage would be good for 12th all-time if he were to stop now.
• Matt Ramos won the 2022 U.S. Open 57kg division in the off-season and is starting hot this year. He started the year on a 12 match winning streak and has outscored opponents by a team high 82 points.
• Ramos is currently on a six bout winning streak in dual matches dating back to the win over No. 16 Minnesota last season (02/06/22).
• Ramos and Coleman combined lead the team in at least 17 statistical categories and share the top spot in three including most wins and most dual wins.
Counter Notches Career-High 27 In Loss To Southern Indiana
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Sophomore Jlynn Counter netted a career-high 27 points and provided the bulk of the offense as the Jaguars fell to Southern Indiana 87-74 in the opening game of the Indiana Classic inside Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne on Monday (Dec. 19). The Screaming Eagles buried the Jaguars in a flurry of threes, connecting on 17-of-28 attempts (60.7 percent) from long range, keyed by Trevor Lakes 10-of-16 effort.
Lakes scored a game-high 30 points for the victors, all from deep. Jacob Polakovich added 15 points and 20 rebounds for the victors. IUPUI freshman Armon Jarrard tallied a career-high 16 points off the IUPUI (2-10) bench and Daylan Hamilton added nine in his first career start.
“We obviously didn’t guard the three-point line well enough today. We knew they shoot the ball well from the perimeter at virtually every position, but defensively, we let them get too many clean, open looks,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “Once a few went in, it was kind of contagious for them.
“We got some really good contributions today. I thought (Counter) was really good and some others guys, (Jarrard) and Cooper, came in and played some really good minutes. We just need to be more consistent and get everyone going at the same time.”
The opening few minutes provided a precursor of things to come as Lakes buried three threes in the opening three-plus minutes to stake USI (7-5) to a 9-2 lead. The lead grew to 14-2 before Vincent Brady II and Hamilton connected on back-to-back treys to cut the lead back to 15-10. USI led by as many as 20 in the opening half before taking a 47-31 lead to the locker room. The Screaming Eagles made 9-of-14 threes in the opening half while IUPUI shot just 33 percent overall and from three in the opening 20 minutes.
The second half saw IUPUI play much more evenly, including using an 8-0 run to get within 12 with 15:07 to play. Counter scored six straight points on drives to the bucket before Hamilton swished a pull-up jumper. However, Lakes stopped the run and stole the momentum with an open trey to push the lead back to 15.
Counter hit 10-of-19 shots and all seven of his free throws for his first career game of 20-or-more. Jarrard scored his 16 points in 28 minutes off the bench and Hamilton closed with nine points and a pair of steals. Junior Cooper Dewitt had a career-high seven points and John Egbuta added six points and four boards.
IUPUI turned it over just 12 times but was outrebounded by a 41-27 margin.
IUPUI will cap the two-game event on Tuesday (Dec. 20) when the Jaguars take on Texas A&M Commerce at 4:00 p.m. inside Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. That game will be aired on ESPN+ and will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Sellers Named MAC Player of the Week
CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly men’s basketball player of the week on Monday. For his effort in leading the Ball State men’s basketball team to an 83-69 victory over Illinois State in the inaugural Indy Classis, sophomore guard Jaylin Sellers has been named MAC Player of the Week.
Sellers poured in a career-high 24 points, his fourth 20-or-more point effort this season, to pace all scorers inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse last Saturday.
Over 35 minutes of action, Sellers went 7-for-12 from the field, including draining all three of his three-point attempts. He also went 7-for-8 from the free throw line, while adding four rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block.
The Ball State men’s basketball team returns to action Wednesday, when it hosts Georgia Southern at 7 p.m. inside Worthen Arena.
Resilient, Energetic Cardinals Down Texans in OT; WBB extends Win Streak to Seven
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Ball State women’s basketball team opened play at the Puerto Rico Classic with another resilient overtime performance after taking down Tarleton State by a score of 80-77 Monday afternoon at Coliseo Roberto Clemente.
With the win, the Cardinals improved to 9-2 overall and have extended their win streak to seven while the Texans dropped to 6-4 on the year.
“Wow, our squad showed a ton of grit today,” Ball State Head Coach Brady Sallee said. “Tarleton State presented some challenges today and I give credit to my team for sticking with it and finding a way to get the win.”
It was one of the most attacking, up-tempo second halves the Cardinals have played all season after falling behind to the Texans 39-32 in opening 20 minutes of play.
After intermission, Ball State started to close the scoring gap against Tarleton trailing by only four (58-54) at the end of the third frame.
Sophomore Alex Richard and graduate senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir both hit back-to-back baskets to give the Cardinals a 61-59 edge over the Texans at the beginning of the fourth period. The remainder of the fourth stanza was a back-and-forth affair that included four lead changes and four ties, which eventually sent the game into overtime.
Richard found sophomore Ally Becki for a 3-pointer at the start of the extra period to get the Cardinals off to a strong start. After that, Ball State never looked back and maintained its energy level the remainder of the contest to seal the victory.
For the game, four Cardinals reached double-digit scoring as Becki and Agustsdottir led the charge with 17 points apiece. Senior Annie Rauch dropped in 12 points, while Madelyn Bischoff chipped in 11 and redshirt senior Anna Clephane rounded out the double figure scoring with 10. Rauch also led Ball State defensively with 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.
The Ball State women’s basketball team will close out its two-game competition at the Puerto Rico Classic when it plays Richmond Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET.
Miles Named Acc Player Of The Week For Second Time This Season
For the second time in three weeks, Olivia Miles is on top of the ACC women’s basketball world.
On Monday, Miles was announced as this week’s ACC Player of the Week. It is the second time this season (Dec. 5) and the third time in her career (Jan. 31, 2022) that she has been recognized for the honor.
Due to final exams, No. 5 Notre Dame played just one game this week. But it was a huge one, and Miles was the spark that led to a 63-52 victory over No. 6 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. The sophomore point guard finished Sunday’s contest with 16 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and five steals, leading the team in each of those categories. Ten of her 16 points came in the fourth quarter, which helped the Irish put a tough Virginia Tech team away.
On the season, Miles leads Notre Dame in four of the five major statistical categories: points (16.0), rebounds (8.3), assists (7.2) and steals (2.7). She ranks fourth nationally in the assists category and is second in the ACC. The 5-10 guard is the only Division I player in the country averaging at least 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game.
Sandwiched between Miles’ two ACC Player of the Week honors was her third career triple-double, which came against Merrimack on Dec. 10. The performance put her alone atop the Irish record books, passing Skylar Diggins and Jackie Young who each posted a pair of triple-doubles in a Notre Dame uniform.
Miles will take the court once more before the team heads home for a brief Christmas holiday, as Notre Dame hosts Western Michigan (5-5) on Wednesday at noon. The game can be streamed on ACCNX.
Peltier, Klein Named Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason All-Americans
TUCSON, Ariz. – Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced its annual Preseason All-Americans for the 2023 baseball season on Monday. Ryan Peltier and Sam Klein both earned Third-Team All-American honors to represent Ball State.
At the conclusion of last season, Peltier was honored as the best defensive third baseman in the NCAA and received an ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove. After being named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year and earning a spot on the All-MAC Second Team for back-to-back seasons, Peltier was awarded the first Gold Glove in BSU history.
Peltier has been a highlight machine for the Cardinals at third base. He made numerous difficult plays look routine throughout the 2022 season. He posted a team-high 99 assists and added 42 putouts. He was a pivotal cog in Ball State’s regular season MAC Championship with his defensive prowess at the hot corner. Offensively, he led the team with 20 doubles. He added 50 runs scored, 44 RBIs, eight home runs, and two triples.
Klein was a dominate closer for the Cardinals last season. He finished the season tied for 18th in the NCAA with 11 saves and led the MAC. He earned a spot on the All-MAC First Team as a relief pitcher, which is his first all-conference nod. He tallied 47 strikeouts in 34 innings of work. He produced an ERA of 1.45 in MAC games and held MAC hitters to a .103 batting average. He finished with an overall record of 4-3.
Jachec named CBN Preseason Third Team All-American
COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER – Indiana State right-handed pitcher Matt Jachec was named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper 2023 Preseason All-American team as announced by the organization on Monday morning.
The redshirt junior ace was named to the CBN Preseason Third Team for the first preseason recognition of his collegiate career. He was one of four Missouri Valley Conference players to be honored by the organization.
Jachec picks up the preseason recognition following a standout 2022 campaign that included being selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Midwest Region Second Team. The Hampshire, Ill. native also earned MVC First Team honors, All-Tournament honors, and Scholar-Athlete honors following the 2022 season.
He posted the lowest ERA by a starting pitcher in the Missouri Valley (2.88) while finishing second in the MVC with 97.0 innings pitched. Jachec went at least 5.2 innings in all 14 starts in 2022 and added eight quality starts on the year in leading the Sycamores.
Jachec saved arguably the conference’s most dominant pitching performance for the MVC Tournament. He carried a perfect game into the ninth inning in an elimination contest against Valparaiso needing just 83 pitches on his way to retiring the first 24 batters he faced. He added 10 strikeouts in the contest, including striking out the side in the third inning before turning the ball over to the bullpen in the ninth.
Jachec finished up with a Valley-leading nine wins on the mound while sitting sixth in the conference with 80 strikeouts (28 looking). His control on the mound was a major factor to his success as he led the Valley in only surrendering nine walks on the year to sit among the NCAA leaders in both strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.89, 4th in NCAA) and walks allowed per nine innings (0.84, 3rd in NCAA).
Additionally, Jachec added a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage over his 19 chances and added two pickoffs off the mound.
The Sycamores will announce the 2023 baseball schedule and season ticket packages in the coming weeks.
RHP Rhett Lowder, Wake Forest
RHP Chase Dollander, Tennessee
RHP Chase Burns, Tennessee
LHP Quinn Mathews, Stanford
RHP Tanner Hall, Southern Mississippi
RHP Hurston Waldrep, Florida
Relief Andrew Walters Miami (Fla.)
C Michael Carico, Davidson
1B Carter Graham, Stanford
2B Charles McAdoo, San Jose St.
3B Jake Gelof, Virginia
SS Jacob Gonzalez, Mississippi
OF Wyatt Langford, Florida
OF Vance Honeycutt, North Carolina
OF Dylan Crews, Louisiana St.
DH Tommy White, Louisiana St.
UT Paul Skenes, Louisiana St.
RHP Jason Savacool, Maryland
RHP Alonzo Tredwell, UCLA
RHP Drew Beam Tennessee
RHP Brandon Sproat, Florida
RHP Matthew Marchal, Wofford
RHP Ryan Gallagher, U.C. Santa Barbara
LHP Mike Gutierrez , U.C. Santa Barbara
LHP Hunter Elliott, Mississippi
RHP Daniel Avitia, Grand Canyon
LHP Ryan Feczko, Davidson
RHP Owen Wild, Gonzaga
Relief Carter Spivey, East Carolina
Relief Peter Allegro, Portland
Relief Triston Dixon, Texas St.
Relief Camden Sewell, Tennessee
Relief Matthew Steidl, Southern Illinois
Relief William Privette, Coll. of Charleston
C Jack Payton, Louisville
C Luke Shliger, Maryland
C Addison Kopack, Rhode Island
1B Tre’ Morgan, Louisiana St.
1B Jack Moss, Texas A&M
2B David Smith, Connecticut
2B Max Grant, Canisius
3B Yohandy Morales, Miami (Fla.)
3B Brock Wilken, Wake Forest
SS Jacob Wilson, Grand Canyon
SS Matt Shaw, Maryland
OF Jack Hurley, Virginia Tech.
OF Chase Davis, Arizona
OF Enrique Bradfield, Vanderbilt
OF Ryan Lasko, Rutgers
DH Keaton Anthony, Iowa
UT Nolan McLean, Oklahoma St.
LHP Jonathan Fincher , Louisiana Tech.
RHP Drue Hackenberg , Virginia Tech.
RHP Juaron Watts-Brown, Oklahoma St.
LHP Carter Holton, Vanderbilt
RHP Matt Jachec, Indiana St.
RHP Levi Wells, Texas St.
Relief Sam Klein, Ball St.
Relief Thomas Schultz, Vanderbilt
C Matthew Ellis, Indiana
C BT Riopelle, Florida
1B Chris Sargent, Southern Miss.
1B Sam Kulasingam, Air Force
1B Joe Kinker, Florida Gulf Coast
1B Drake Pierson, Campbell
1B Jackson Feltner, Morehead St.
2B Brock Rodden, Wichita St.
2B Mason Hull, Missouri St.
3B Drew Bowser, Stanford
3B Alejandro Figueredo, Florida Gulf Coast
3B Ryan Peltier, Ball St.
3B Diego Baqueiro, Loyola Marymount
SS Maui Ahuna, Tennessee
SS Luke Keaschall, Arizona St.
SS Cody Schrier, UCLA
SS Kaeber Rog, Southern Illinois
OF Cole McConnell, Louisiana Tech.
OF Max Ryerson, Georgia St.
OF Matt Kirk, Eastern Michigan
OF Nolan Schanuel, Florida Atlantic
OF Brendan O’Donnell, Rider
UT Jay Luikart, Wright St.
Mastodons Record 14 Offensive Rebounds in Indiana Classic Victory
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodons scored 21 fast break points in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 85-68 victory over Texas A&M-Commerce on Monday (Dec. 19) evening at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
The game was part of the Indiana Classic presented by Holiday Inn PFW. Southern Indiana defeated IUPUI prior to the Mastodon win as part of the event.
Bobby Planutis led the ‘Dons with 15 points. He was 5-of-8 including 3-of-5 from three. Jarred Godfrey pitched in 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Godfrey made three treys to bring his career total for 3-pointers to 209. One more will get him into the top five in program history.
Damian Chong Qui had 14 points and four assists while Anthony Roberts totaled 12 off the bench.
The Mastodons went up 43-31 with 2:52 left in the first half after a 16-4 run. Roberts had 10 of the points. The closest the Lions would get in the second half was eight points.
Johnathan DeJurnett had seven points in seven minutes including an emphatic dunk. Roberts also had an impressive throw down in the contest.
The ‘Dons grabbed 14 offensive rebounds with Ra Kpedi recording seven.
Texas A&M-Commerce falls to 4-8. The ‘Dons are now 8-4. C.J. Roberts led the Lions with 18 points.
The ‘Dons are back in action on Tuesday (Dec. 20) in the second and final day of the Indiana Classic. Purdue Fort Wayne will face Southern Indiana at 7 p.m. IUPUI will play Texas A&M-Commerce at 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball to Close Nonconference with Community Game at the ARC
Stonehill (4-8*, 0-0 NEC)
at Valparaiso (5-7, 0-2 MVC)
*Entering Monday at Bradley
Game No. 13 – Wednesday, Dec. 21, Noon CT
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The final Valparaiso University men’s basketball game before the Christmas holiday and the last nonconference game of the season will take place on Wednesday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. For the second straight year, Valpo will host a Community Game with a special midday start time to spread holiday cheer. Upper bleacher tickets will be available for the discounted price of $5 and free of charge for children ages 18 and under. In addition, the first 400 fans who make their way into the ARC will receive a free Valpo Santa Hat.
Last Time Out: Valpo drained 10 3-pointers and held Elon to just 3-of-27 (11.1 percent) from long range en route to a 71-66 victory on Sunday afternoon at the ARC. Kobe King led the way with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting while Nick Edwards handed out 13 assists, Quinton Green drained five 3s and Connor Barrett contributed 13 points.
Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)
Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Brian Jennings (play-by-play)
Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball
Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (102-103) is in his seventh season as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2022-2023. Twice during his tenure, Valpo has upset Top-25 opponents, defeating Drake and Rhode Island at the ARC. Valpo has four wins over AP Top 25 teams in program history, and two have come under Lottich. In 2019-2020, Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness, the annual Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis, to reach the title game after playing in the opening round by winning three games in three days. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.
Series Notes: This will mark the first ever matchup between these two teams.
The Season of Giving
Nick Edwards finished just three assists shy of a longstanding program record for dimes in a single game by dishing out 13 in the Dec. 18 victory over Elon.
He became the first member of the program to give out 13 or more assists in a single game since Todd Smith on Feb. 22, 1986 vs. Eastern Illinois.
No Valpo player had reached even a dozen assists in a game since Bryce Drew on Jan. 21, 1995 vs. Eastern Illinois.
Edwards became just the 10th player in the nation to notch 13 or more assists in a single game in 2022-23.
Prior to this season, only one Valpo player over the previous decade (Deion Lavender, twice) had accrued 10 or more assists in a game. Now, two different Beacons have turned the trick this year with Edwards joining Darius DeAviero (Nov. 13 vs. Western Michigan).
This marks the first season where two different players have had double-figure assist games since 2004-05 (Ron Howard and Seth Colclasure).
The program record of 16 assists in a game came courtesy of John McIlvain on Jan. 13, 1983 at UIC.
The 13 assists nearly doubled Edwards’ previous season best of seven that came on Dec. 6 vs. Trinity Christian.
Entering the Dec. 18 game vs. Elon, the 3-point arc had not been particularly kind to Valpo on either end of the floor over the course of the season. However, the 3-point shooting and 3-point defense both experienced a turnaround in the win over the Phoenix.
Valpo knocked in a season-most 10 made triples while shooting 40 percent or better from long distance for the third time this year. This was the squad’s first game with 10 or more made 3s since last season’s MVC Tournament victory over Evansville (10).
Elon made just three of its 27 3-point tries, good for just 11.1 percent. That represented Valpo’s best effort in terms of 3-point defense since Feb. 23 of last season vs. Drake (10 percent).
Krikke Cracks Top 20
Ben Krikke cracked the top 20 on Valpo’s all-time scoring list when he scored the first basket of the game on Dec. 18 vs. Elon.
Krikke enters the Dec. 21 game vs. Stonehill with 1,202 career points after surpassing Lance Barker (1991-1995; 1,196) for 20th in the Valpo record book.
Darryl Ashby is 19th at 1,247, meaning Krikke is 45 points away from moving up another place.
Krikke also reached a milestone on Dec. 6 vs. Trinity Christian when he played his 100th collegiate game.
Lottich Ties J.M. Christiansen
Valpo head coach Matt Lottich moved into a tie for third in program history when he garnered his 102nd career victory on Dec. 18 vs. Elon. That triumph helped him climb into a tie with J.M. Christiansen (1929-1941) for third all-time.
Lottich reached the 100-win milestone with an 81-79 overtime victory over James Madison on Nov. 27 in Savannah, Ga.
The former Stanford sharpshooter became just the fourth head coach in program history to get to 100 wins, joining Homer Drew, Bryce Drew and J.M. Christiansen.
Lottich needs one more win to move into sole possession of third place behind only the Drews.
Name Years Wins
Homer Drew 1988-2002; 2003-2011 371
Bryce Drew 2011-2016 124
J.M. Christiansen 1929-1941 102
Matt Lottich 2017-pres. 102
King Approaching A Thousand
Kobe King is up to 918 career points, just 82 points away from reaching the 1,000-career point milestone.
King has scored 532 with the Brown & Gold after registering 386 over his three seasons at Wisconsin.
If he reaches the milestone, King would become the second Valpo player to do so this season. Ben Krikke achieved the feat in the Nov. 13 home-opening victory over Western Michigan.
Prior to this year, the last Valpo player to join that esteemed group was current graduate assistant Tevonn Walker exactly five years prior to Krikke’s milestone – Nov. 13, 2017 vs. Trinity Christian.
King has scored in double figures in 31 of his 35 games in a Valpo uniform, including each of the first 12 games this season.
The former Wisconsin Mr. Basketball has scored 15 points or more in 10 of his 12 games this season. He has five 20-point outputs this year including each of the last two games (Dec. 10 at Ole Miss, Dec. 18 vs. Elon). He has scored 15 or more points in 20 of his 35 games with the Beacons.
King is up to 36 career double-figure scoring efforts including his tenure at Wisconsin.
At the end of last season, King became Valpo’s second All-Newcomer Team choice since joining the league and first since Bakari Evelyn in 2017-18.
He appeared on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays after a three-quarter court buzzer-beater on Dec. 11 vs. Charlotte, a play that ranked No. 9 on the popular countdown that evening.
Other Notes Wrapping Up Dec. 18: Valpo 71, Elon 66
Kobe King was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field in the opening half on his way to a game-high 21 points.
Jerome Palm paced the team on the glass with seven rebounds to go along with three blocks, the first three-block game by a Beacon this season. Palm has squeezed seven or more rebounds on seven occasions this season including five of his last six games.
Quinton Green scored 16 points and had six rebounds while knocking down five 3s. The five 3s tied a season high set in the Nov. 7 opener at Toledo and matched on Nov. 27 vs. James Madison.
Connor Barrett went 4-of-5 from the field on his way to a season-high 13 points, outdoing his previous season best of three. This marked Barrett’s first double-figure scoring output since his freshman season – Jan. 28, 2021, a 14-point performance vs. Bradley.
The Beacons shot a season-best 51 percent from the floor.
Valpo improved to 3-0 this season in games decided by five points or fewer while upping its home record to 4-1.
The win came while playing shorthanded as point guards Darius DeAveiro (knee) and Preston Ruedinger (shoulder) were not in uniform. Ruedinger is out for the season.
New Places, Same Faces
Wednesday’s game vs. Stonehill continues a season-long trend of former members of the Valpo basketball program returning to the ARC as part of the opposing coaching staff. Stonehill assistant coach Jason Karys is a former Valpo student manager, walk-on player, graduate assistant and Director of Basketball Operations.
The first reunion game of the year was on Nov. 19, when Chris Artis returned to the building as an Incarnate Word assistant coach. He played at Valpo in the mid-1990s and helped the program to its first Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament championships en route to an NCAA Tournament berth in 1995-96. The next year, he again led the team to regular season and tournament titles as well as an NCAA Tournament return.
The Dec. 6 game featured another familiar face as Trinity Christian is guided by head coach Jason Hawkins, who played at Valpo from 2000-2003 and was part of the 2002 NCAA Tournament team. He also spent two seasons coaching at his alma mater.
Conference play will bring with it the return of another familiar face when Evansville arrives in Northwest Indiana on Jan. 28. The Purple Aces are under the direction of first-year head coach David Ragland, who spent two seasons on head coach Matt Lottich’s coaching staff in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Scouting the Skyhawks
In their first season of Division-I athletics as a member of the Northeast Conference (NEC). Previously offered D-II athletics in the Northeast-10 Conference (NE10).
Located in Easton, Mass.
Wins include Army (82-77), Holy Cross (81-79) Eastern Nazarene (92-45) and Binghamton (69-66).
This will be the second game of their Midwest road trip to play Missouri Valley Conference competition after starting the journey with a game at Bradley on Monday.
Picked ninth of nine in the NEC preseason poll.
Women’s Basketball Returns to Action Thursday at Wisconsin
Valparaiso (2-6, 0-0 MVC)
Game #9 – Dec. 22, 2022 – 4 p.m.
at Wisconsin (4-9, 0-2 Big Ten)
Kohl Center (17,287) – Madison, Wis.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: Following a lengthy break from competition which included the fall semester final exam period, the Valpo women’s basketball team returns to the court for one last nonconference test on Thursday, as the Beacons travel to Wisconsin for their second game against a Big Ten team this season.
Previously: Juniors Jayda Johnston and Ava Interrante each smashed their career best in the scoring column on Dec. 9 at Western Illinois, but it wouldn’t be enough to come away victorious, as the host Leathernecks jumped out to an 11-point lead after one quarter on their way to an 83-67 win. Johnston scored a team-high 16 points and Interrante scored all 15 of her points in the second half.
Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: BTN+
Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)
Streaming Audio: TuneIn app
Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com
Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fifth year at the helm of the program in 2022-23 and owns a record of 50-74. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first four years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game in each of the last three seasons and in steals per game in two of the last three years.
Series Notes: Thursday marks the third meeting between the Valpo and Wisconsin women’s basketball programs. Both of the previous two matchups have come in Madison as well, including the most recent – an 89-82 overtime win for the Badgers on Dec. 20, 2020. Valpo rallied from a 10-point second half deficit to force overtime on a Shay Frederick layup with 1.3 seconds to play in regulation – two of her career-best 27 points. Leah Earnest is the only current Beacon to have played in that game, as the Badger State native contributed 11 points and four rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench as a freshman.
– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 197 points, just 10 points behind Evansville.
– Valpo is in its sixth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
– The Valley was ranked 10th in conference NET last year, was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo finished last year with an 11-19 overall record, but was strong in MVC play, going 9-9 in conference and finishing in sixth place – both of which match the program’s best since joining the Valley.
– The Beacons registered the first win at Drake and the first win at Bradley in program history.
– Valpo swept the season series over Drake, the program’s first two wins ever against the Bulldogs.
– The Beacons also tallied four top-100 wins within Valley play.
– Grace White was named MVC Sixth Player of the Year – the program’s first major postseason award since joining the Valley. Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC choice, while White was an All-Defensive Team selection and Olivia Brown earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.
…at Western Illinois
– WIU led 27-16 at the end of the first quarter and extended its lead to 50-28 at intermission.
– The Leathernecks led by 25 early in the third quarter. Valpo battled back to within 16 at the end of the third period and got the deficit down to 11 points in the fourth quarter, missing a shot that would have potentially made it an eight-point game with 8:41 to play.
– Jayda Johnston surpassed her previous career high of six points early in the second quarter and finished with a team-best 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting and four rebounds in 32 minutes of action off the bench.
– Ava Interrante’s third-quarter output of nine points broke her previous career best by itself. All 15 of the junior’s points came in the second half, as she hit 5-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
– Leah Earnest registered her fourth double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and leading all players with 10 rebounds.
– After shooting just 9-of-26 from the field in the first half, Valpo shot nearly 50% (13-of-27) in the second half. The Beacons also were 6-of-14 from 3-point range in the final 20 minutes after going without a triple in the opening 20 minutes.
– Western Illinois took advantage of an edge at the charity stripe, going 28-of-37 from the foul line to Valpo’s 17-of-23. The Leathernecks also forced 22 Valpo turnovers and committed just 11 miscues, finishing with an 18-5 edge in points off turnovers.
…versus Western Michigan
– Valpo scored just one basket in the game’s first seven minutes, allowing the Broncos to lead by as many as 10 points in the opening quarter.
– WMU led 20-11 at the end of one period and 34-25 at halftime.
– The Broncos were up 46-33 halfway through the third period before a 8-0 Valpo run brought the Beacons within five.
– WMU scored the final seven points of the quarter, however, to extend back out to a 12-point lead with 10 minutes to play.
– Western Michigan led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter and held a 60-47 lead to 5:30 to play. The Beacons’ defense stepped up, however, forcing five straight empty possessions from the Broncos over a span of nearly five minutes.
– On the offensive end, Olivia Brown drilled a 3-pointer and Leah Earnest had drives and finishes on back-to-back trips to bring Valpo within 60-54 with 3:10 to play. But with an opportunity to climb even closer, the Beacons committed turnovers on their next three possessions — the last a charge call which wiped out a potential and-1 opportunity with 85 seconds to play — and would get no closer the rest of the way.
– Brown led the way for Valpo offensively, finishing with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting — including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. The senior, who also grabbed five rebounds, tallied at least 20 points for the fourth time in a Valpo uniform.
– Earnest extended her streak of double-figure scoring games to open the season to seven straight with 12 points on Wednesday while pulling down a team-high seven rebounds as well.
– Pitts posted a career high in the scoring column as she hit 5-of-9 from the floor for 11 points.
– Valpo hit at a 50% clip from the field (24-of-48) on Wednesday and was 5-of-13 (38.5%) from 3-point range. Both percentages were the team’s second-best marks of the season.
– Meanwhile, the Beacons held WMU to 36.1% shooting (22-of-61) and just 4-of-24 (16.7%) from 3-point range, both of which were the second-lowest by a Valpo opponent this season.
– The Broncos secured 21 offensive rebounds to just nine offensive boards for Valpo, while WMU also held a +7 edge in turnover margin (22-15).
– Missouri Valley Conference play opens up next Friday, Dec. 30 as the Beacons visit Valley newcomer Belmont.
– Valpo’s conference-opening road trip continues on New Year’s Day at Murray State.
…on the road
– Friday’s game is the fourth of 14 true road games for Valpo this season and the final nonconference road game.
– The Beacons are 1-2 so far this season on the road nad posted a 5-11 in true road games last season.
– Wisconsin enters Thursday’s game with a 4-9 overall record so far this season, including losses in its first two Big Ten games.
– The Badgers dropped a 70-60 decision at Green Bay last Wednesday in their last game.
– Thursday’s contest will be the rubber game in the three games between Wisconsin and MVC programs this season – the Badgers defeated Bradley, but lost to Illinois State.
– All five Wisconsin starters score in double figures, led by 13.4 points/game from Julie Pospisilova, who scored 23 in the Badgers’ OT win against Valpo two years ago.
USI, Lakes rain three-pointers on IUPUI
FT. WAYNE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball graduate forward Trevor Lakes (Lebanon, Indiana) drained a record-tying 10 three-pointers to lead the Screaming Eagles to an 87-74 victory over Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis on day one of the Indiana Classic Monday at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The Eagles are 7-5 after today’s action, while the Jaguars are 2-10. The Indiana Classic is being hosted by Purdue University Ft. Wayne.
Lakes’ 10 three-point field goals tied former USI All-American Jamar Smith, who sank 10 three-pointers against Maryville University January 9, 2010, and four other Ohio Valley Conference alumni (Marc Polite, Eastern Illinois University vs. Arkansas State, 1999-2000; Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky Univeristy vs. EIU, 2013-14; Nick Smith, Belmont vs. University of Tennessee Martin, 2016-17; Corey Tillery, Tennessee Tech University vs. Warren Wilson College, 2018-19) The graduate forward, who posted a career-high 30 points, was a blistering 10-of-16 from beyond the arc and 10-for-20 overall in the game.
The first half was all Lakes, who propelled the Eagles to a 16-point first half lead, 47-31. Lakes hit three-straight three-point bombs to start the game and the early 9-2 lead. The graduate forward would go on to hit six-of-eight from beyond the arc for 18 first half points.
USI was a blistering nine-of-14 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes with sophomore forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) following Lakes to post a pair of three-pointers, while senior guard Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio) added a three.
The Eagles led by as many as 20 points, 42-22, in the opening half before settling for the 16-point margin at the break.
USI continued to pound the Jaguars in the second half, hitting another eight-of-14 from downtown. The Eagles finished the contest 17-of-28 from beyond the arc, surpassing the season-high of 15 in the 2022-23 opening game at the University of Missouri.
The Jaguars briefly pulled to within 12 points, 55-43, with 15:07 to play before the Eagles turned on the afterburners again and would go on to lead by as many as 21 points, 84-63, with three minutes to play. IUPUI outscored USI, 11-3 in the final minutes as the Eagles settled for the 87-74 win.
In addition to Lakes’ 30 points, four more Eagles registered in double-digits on the scoreboard.
Senior forward Jacob Polakovich (Grand Rapids, Michigan) followed Lakes with 15 points and a career-best/game-high 20 rebounds. Polakovich was five-of-nine from the field and a perfect five-of-five from the field, while grabbing 10 offensive and 10 defensive boards. The 20 rebounds was one better than the 19 rebounds Polakovich grabbed twice last season.
Mielke finished the game with career-high 13 points on four-of-seven from the field, three-of-six from long range. Junior guard Tyler Henry (Brooklyn, New York) and Simmons rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points and 10 points, respectively.
USI sophomore guard Isaiah Swope (Newburgh, Indiana) dished a season-high eight assists in the victory.
Next Up 2022-23:
USI concludes play in the Indiana Classic against host Ft. Wayne Tuesday at 6 p.m. (CST).
Ft. Wayne, who was Indiana University/Purdue University Ft. Wayne when it and USI were a part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, is 7-4 overall and was playing Texas A&M Commerce in this evening’s second game.
USI leads the all-time series with Ft. Wayne, 25-13, and had a GLVC advantage, 22-13. The Eagles had won 16-straight versus the Mastodons, prior to Ft. Wayne making the jump to Division I. The last meeting in 2001 ended with USI posting a 110-108 victory at Ft. Wayne and gave the Eagles a 9-8 road lead in the series.
Walker, Hounds Reach Double-Digit Wins Before Holiday Break
HAMMOND, Ind. – The UIndy men’s basketball team (10-2) picked up an intra-state win before the holiday break, defeating Purdue Northwest (7-6) by a score of 96-78 on Monday evening.
Sophomore Jarvis Walker had a career game, finishing with 26 points on 10-of-10 shooting. Meanwhile, Kendrick Tchoua became the 26th Greyhound in program history to surpass 500 career rebounds in the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
UIndy turned on the heat near the end of the opening half, using a 3-pointer from Josiah Tynes to spark a 24-12 run before the buzzer. The visitors never relented, as six different Hounds scored in the final 5:50 to snag a 51-40 lead.
Walker scored 14 points in the first half, with his lone miss of the contest coming from the charity stripe during the commanding stretch.
The Greyhounds kept their foot on the gas after the break, with four more players reaching double figures. After starting 0-for-5 from the floor, Jesse Bingham tallied 19 points, while Jakobie Robinson ended the evening with 13 points and 10 boards.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Robinson’s double-double is his second of the season and first since Nov. 13 against Lake Erie. The senior added a pair of blocks and one steal against the Pride.
– In addition to his perfect shooting from the field, Walker drilled all three triples in the win. He logged a season-high 27 minutes, six more than his previous best.
– Tchoua finished with 12 points, the seventh straight game he has reached double digits.
– The team recorded a 62.7 field goal percentage against Purdue Northwest, its highest mark since Nov. 26, 2019 against Spring Hill (.625).
– Five different Hounds sunk a 3-pointer on Monday, combining for 10-of-13 from beyond the arc. UIndy finished 10-for-19 as a unit from deep.
Tchoua now has 501 career rebounds … Bingham currently has has 916 career points, just 84 from becoming the 44th Greyhound to reach 1,000.
The Greyhounds will take a 12-day hiatus before hosting Ohio Christian on New Years Eve. Tip is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Nicoson Hall.
Greyhounds Drop Road Battle At Ohio Dominican
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite 10 players scoring two points or more on Monday afternoon, the UIndy women’s basketball team (6-6) fell in a non-conference road contest against Ohio Dominican (5-7) by a final of 80-73. With this, four of the six losses on the season for the Greyhounds have been by single-digits.
A trio of Hounds scored in double figures with Lauren With leading the way at 12 points. Ilani Williams-Harris notched 11 while Jada Lake had 10 of her own.
HOW IT HAPPENED
A slow start found the Hounds trailing by as much as 14 early on at Alumni Hall. Despite this, a much improved second quarter by UIndy which saw the team outscore the Panthers by eight while forcing five turnovers in the process guided the game into a 35-31 halftime lead for ODU. In the opening 20 minutes of play, seven Greyhound players had recorded at least two or more points.
A notable ODU scoring drought of over two minutes and a beneficial 6-0 scoring run by UIndy in that span of play kept the game locked in a back-and-forth battle as action progressed midway through second half. A floater in the lane by Williams-Harris with around six minutes remaining in the game put the score at a 58-58 tie. However, an 11-2 scoring burst after this by Ohio Dominican put the home team back in control for the time being. A late comeback effort fell short for the Hounds who have now lost three of the last four games.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-UIndy finished shooting at 48 percent (28-of-58) while ODU ended at 52 percent (27-of-52).
-The Hounds were just 3-of-15 from behind the arc.
-The Greyhounds out-rebounded the Panthers by 10 and grabbed 14 offensive boards in the process.
-UIndy was hit with 17 turnovers while Ohio Dominican gave up just 14 in return.
The Hounds will take a short break before returning to action on New Year’s Eve with a game at Ferris State beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Football Earns Top-20 Spot in Final Coaches Poll
WACO, Texas—The UIndy football team grabbed the No. 17 position in the year’s final AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, released Monday. The announcement marked the seventh time since 2012 that the Greyhounds finished the season ranked in the top 20.
Led by fourth-year head coach Chris Keevers, UIndy racked up nine wins in 10 regular-season games on the way to a GLVC title and NCAA playoff berth. The Hounds finished the season at 9-2 after a first-round loss at then-No. 4 Pittsburg State in the Super Region 3 bracket.
Fellow-SR3-team Ferris State successfully defended its national championship last weekend to lock down the No. 1 spot in the final poll. The entire balance of the final top 5 had its season’s ended by the Bulldogs. Furthermore, nine Super Region 3 teams claimed a top-25 spot, including GLVC-rival Truman at No. 25
The Greyhounds appeared in the coaches’ poll throughout the 2022 regular season, peaking at No. 8 for two weeks. UIndy’s highest final AFCA ranking of 11th came following the 2018 campaign.
2022 FINAL AFCA DII TOP 25 POLL
|RK||SCHOOL (1st-place votes)||REC||PTS||PREV|
|1.||Ferris St. (Mich.) (28)||14-1||725||5|
|2.||Colorado School of Mines||13-3||690||10|
|3.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||12-1||649||1|
|5.||Pittsburg St. (Kan.)||12-1||581||4|
|7.||Angelo St. (Tex.)||12-1||533||2|
|8.||Northwest Missouri St.||10-3||495||8|
|9.||Delta St. (Miss.)||11-2||458||9|
|10.||Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)||11-1||408||3|
|16.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||10-3||296||20|
|23.||Notre Dame (Ohio)||9-3||94||T-24|
|24.||Bemidji St. (Minn.)||10-3||90||NR|
|25.||Truman St. (Mo.)||9-2||72||23|
Others Receiving Votes: Emporia St. (Kan.), 70; Wayne St. (Neb.), 68; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 57; Assumption (Mass.), 39; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 24; New Haven (Conn.), 23; Limestone (S.C.), 15; Nebraska-Kearney, 15; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 14; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 12; Henderson St. (Ark.), 11; Concord (W.Va.), 5; Washburn (Kan.), 5; Winona St. (Minn.), 2; Kutztown (Pa.), 1.
Katie Lackman Signs With Marian Softball
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian softball team has announced another signing for the 2023 recruit class, with head coach Scott Fleming announcing the signing of Katie Lackman.
Katie Lackman is a Holt, Michigan native and attends Holt High School where she pitches and plays outfield for the Rams. Last season Lackman went 16-6 with a 1.6 ERA and threw 187 K’s in 113 innings pitched. Her junior season was highlighted by being selected as All-Conference, All-District, and All-Region.
Lackman also plays travel softball for the Finesse Travel Organization.
Marian Softball Inks Macy Coan
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian softball team has announced the signing of Macy Coan, as announced by head coach Scott Fleming.
Macy Coan is a multi-position player coming from Eastern High School, where she plays first base and pitches for the Comets. As a junior, she hit .351 with 27 hits, 16 RBI’s, five doubles, and three home runs. On the mound, Macy way 19-6 with a 1.24 ERA, notching 275 strikes in 152 innings.
Coan’s accolades include being named 2022 1A/2A First Team All-State and 2022 Indiana MaxPreps All-State Honorable Mention. In addition to her state recognitions, Coan was also 2022 All-Conference for the Hoosier Heartland Athletic Conference (HHC), voted Team MVP, and was the Kokomo Tribune Athlete of the Week. Outside of playing for the Comets, Coan plays for the Gators-Flynn travel organization.
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ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
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MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/
HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/
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TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/
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|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|x-Buffalo Bills||11||3||0||.786||0.0||385||250||6 – 1 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||8 – 2 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 W|
|xy-Kansas City Chiefs||11||3||0||.786||0.0||414||322||5 – 1 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||7 – 3 – 0||4 – 0 – 0||2 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||10||4||0||.714||0.0||369||288||5 – 1 – 0||5 – 3 – 0||6 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||6 W|
|Tennessee Titans||7||7||0||.500||0.0||255||293||3 – 3 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||5 – 5 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||4 L|
|Baltimore Ravens||9||5||0||.643||0.0||304||263||4 – 2 – 0||5 – 3 – 0||6 – 4 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Chargers||8||6||0||.571||0.0||312||340||4 – 3 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||6 – 4 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||2 W|
|Miami Dolphins||8||6||0||.571||0.0||345||344||5 – 1 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||6 – 4 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||3 L|
|New England Patriots||7||7||0||.500||1.0||300||269||3 – 3 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||5 – 4 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|New York Jets||7||7||0||.500||1.0||281||263||3 – 4 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||5 – 5 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||3 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||6||8||0||.429||2.0||334||328||4 – 3 – 0||2 – 5 – 0||5 – 4 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||2 W|
|Las Vegas Raiders||6||8||0||.429||2.0||338||337||4 – 2 – 0||2 – 6 – 0||5 – 5 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||6||8||0||.429||2.0||313||326||4 – 3 – 0||2 – 5 – 0||4 – 7 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||6||8||0||.429||2.0||251||309||2 – 4 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||2 – 7 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||1 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||4||9||1||.321||3.5||245||337||2 – 4 – 0||2 – 5 – 1||4 – 5 – 1||1 – 3 – 1||4 L|
|Denver Broncos||4||10||0||.286||4.0||218||253||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 6 – 0||2 – 8 – 0||0 – 4 – 0||1 W|
|Houston Texans||1||12||1||.107||6.5||235||344||0 – 6 – 1||1 – 6 – 0||1 – 7 – 1||1 – 1 – 1||9 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|x-Philadelphia Eagles||13||1||0||.929||0.0||411||268||6 – 1 – 0||7 – 0 – 0||8 – 1 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||5 W|
|xy-Minnesota Vikings||11||3||0||.786||0.0||351||349||7 – 1 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||6 – 3 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|xy-San Francisco 49ers||10||4||0||.714||0.0||338||210||6 – 1 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||8 – 2 – 0||5 – 0 – 0||7 W|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||8||0||.429||0.0||247||288||4 – 4 – 0||2 – 4 – 0||6 – 3 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||2 L|
|x-Dallas Cowboys||10||4||0||.714||0.0||394||269||7 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||7 – 3 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|New York Giants||8||5||1||.607||0.0||287||312||4 – 3 – 1||4 – 2 – 0||4 – 5 – 1||1 – 3 – 1||1 W|
|Washington Commanders||7||6||1||.536||0.0||265||276||3 – 4 – 0||4 – 2 – 1||4 – 5 – 1||1 – 3 – 1||1 L|
|Seattle Seahawks||7||7||0||.500||1.5||355||355||3 – 4 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||5 – 6 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||2 L|
|Detroit Lions||7||7||0||.500||1.5||369||364||4 – 4 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||5 – 4 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||3 W|
|Green Bay Packers||6||8||0||.429||2.5||287||314||4 – 3 – 0||2 – 5 – 0||5 – 5 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||2 W|
|Carolina Panthers||5||9||0||.357||3.5||276||314||4 – 4 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||4 – 5 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|New Orleans Saints||5||9||0||.357||3.5||286||315||4 – 4 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||4 – 6 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||1 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||5||9||0||.357||3.5||306||333||4 – 3 – 0||1 – 6 – 0||4 – 6 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||3 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||4||10||0||.286||4.5||292||372||1 – 7 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||3 – 6 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||4 L|
|Los Angeles Rams||4||10||0||.286||4.5||230||320||3 – 5 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||3 – 8 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||1 L|
|Chicago Bears||3||11||0||.214||5.5||290||358||2 – 5 – 0||1 – 6 – 0||1 – 9 – 0||0 – 4 – 0||7 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Milwaukee||22||8||.733||—||14-3||8-5||4-1||11-4||7-3||2 W|
|2 Boston||22||9||.710||0.5||11-4||11-5||4-0||14-7||5-5||2 L|
|3 Cleveland||21||11||.656||2.0||15-2||6-9||4-2||14-5||7-3||4 W|
|4 Brooklyn||19||12||.613||3.5||10-5||9-7||5-2||15-6||9-1||6 W|
|5 Philadelphia||17||12||.586||4.5||12-5||5-7||3-3||12-8||7-3||5 W|
|6 New York||17||13||.567||5.0||7-7||10-6||1-2||12-6||8-2||7 W|
|7 Miami||16||15||.516||6.5||9-6||6-9||5-1||8-9||6-4||4 W|
|8 Atlanta||16||15||.516||6.5||10-5||6-10||4-3||12-11||5-5||2 W|
|9 Indiana||15||16||.484||7.5||9-7||6-9||1-2||10-8||3-7||2 L|
|10 Toronto||13||18||.419||9.5||10-6||3-12||1-7||9-13||2-8||6 L|
|11 Chicago||11||18||.379||10.5||7-7||4-11||2-1||9-9||3-7||4 L|
|12 Washington||11||20||.355||11.5||8-7||3-13||3-3||7-13||0-10||10 L|
|13 Orlando||11||21||.344||12.0||8-9||3-12||2-4||7-16||6-4||1 L|
|14 Charlotte||8||23||.258||14.5||4-11||4-12||3-6||4-17||2-8||1 W|
|15 Detroit||8||24||.250||15.0||4-11||4-13||0-5||3-15||3-7||2 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Memphis||19||10||.655||—||13-2||6-8||3-2||8-7||8-2||1 L|
|2 Denver||18||11||.621||1.0||9-3||9-8||6-2||14-7||6-4||1 W|
|3 Phoenix||19||12||.613||1.0||14-3||5-9||7-0||16-8||4-6||3 W|
|4 New Orleans||18||12||.600||1.5||12-4||6-8||5-1||12-8||6-4||4 L|
|5 LA Clippers||18||14||.563||2.5||10-7||8-7||3-4||11-11||5-5||1 W|
|6 Sacramento||16||13||.552||3.0||8-5||8-8||3-4||5-6||6-4||1 L|
|7 Portland||17||14||.548||3.0||7-6||10-8||4-3||13-9||6-4||1 L|
|8 Minnesota||16||15||.516||4.0||9-7||7-8||4-4||9-11||6-4||3 W|
|9 Utah||17||16||.515||4.0||11-5||6-11||3-4||15-9||5-5||2 L|
|10 Dallas||15||16||.484||5.0||12-5||3-11||1-2||10-6||5-5||2 L|
|11 Golden State||15||16||.484||5.0||12-2||3-14||4-3||9-8||4-6||1 W|
|12 LA Lakers||13||17||.433||6.5||8-7||5-10||0-6||7-11||5-5||1 L|
|13 Oklahoma City||13||18||.419||7.0||8-7||5-11||2-6||7-11||5-5||2 W|
|14 San Antonio||10||20||.333||9.5||5-11||5-8||2-3||4-17||4-6||1 W|
|15 Houston||9||21||.300||10.5||6-8||3-13||1-4||5-16||4-6||3 L|
|1 Boston Bruins||31||25||4||2||52||23||123||69||17-0-2||8-4-0||7-1-2|
|2 New Jersey Devils||31||21||8||2||44||21||107||77||10-7-1||11-1-1||4-4-2|
|3 Carolina Hurricanes||31||19||6||6||44||17||92||81||8-3-1||11-3-5||9-0-1|
|4 Toronto Maple Leafs||32||19||7||6||44||19||103||78||11-2-3||8-5-3||7-2-1|
|5 Tampa Bay Lightning||30||20||9||1||41||20||110||86||12-4-1||8-5-0||8-2-0|
|6 New York Rangers||33||18||10||5||41||17||109||90||7-6-4||11-4-1||8-1-1|
|7 Pittsburgh Penguins||31||18||9||4||40||17||108||89||9-3-2||9-6-2||7-2-1|
|8 New York Islanders||33||18||13||2||38||18||104||92||9-6-0||9-7-2||3-5-2|
|9 Washington Capitals||34||17||13||4||38||17||104||99||10-5-1||7-8-3||7-2-1|
|10 Buffalo Sabres||32||16||14||2||34||15||127||109||7-8-2||9-6-0||7-2-1|
|11 Florida Panthers||33||15||14||4||34||14||111||111||8-4-3||7-10-1||5-5-0|
|12 Detroit Red Wings||31||13||11||7||33||12||91||101||7-6-3||6-5-4||2-5-3|
|13 Montreal Canadiens||32||15||15||2||32||11||92||112||7-9-0||8-6-2||4-5-1|
|14 Ottawa Senators||31||14||15||2||30||14||97||98||8-8-0||6-7-2||6-3-1|
|15 Philadelphia Flyers||32||10||15||7||27||10||77||106||6-9-1||4-6-6||3-5-2|
|16 Columbus Blue Jackets||31||10||19||2||22||10||84||125||8-11-1||2-8-1||3-7-0|
|1 Vegas Golden Knights||34||22||11||1||45||20||112||94||8-9-0||14-2-1||5-5-0|
|2 Dallas Stars||33||19||8||6||44||19||118||91||9-3-3||10-5-3||6-2-2|
|3 Winnipeg Jets||31||20||10||1||41||20||103||80||11-5-0||9-5-1||6-4-0|
|4 Los Angeles Kings||34||17||12||5||39||14||112||122||8-5-2||9-7-3||5-3-2|
|5 Minnesota Wild||31||18||11||2||38||15||100||89||11-6-1||7-5-1||8-2-0|
|6 Seattle Kraken||30||17||10||3||37||17||103||96||8-6-2||9-4-1||5-5-0|
|7 Colorado Avalanche||30||17||11||2||36||14||91||81||8-5-2||9-6-0||5-4-1|
|8 Edmonton Oilers||33||17||14||2||36||17||118||114||9-8-1||8-6-1||4-4-2|
|9 Calgary Flames||32||14||12||6||34||13||97||100||10-6-2||4-6-4||4-3-3|
|10 St. Louis Blues||32||16||15||1||33||14||99||114||6-7-1||10-8-0||5-4-1|
|11 Nashville Predators||30||13||13||4||30||11||76||93||8-5-2||5-8-2||4-4-2|
|12 Vancouver Canucks||31||13||15||3||29||12||103||122||5-9-1||8-6-2||5-5-0|
|13 San Jose Sharks||33||10||17||6||26||9||100||120||3-9-5||7-8-1||3-4-3|
|14 Arizona Coyotes||30||10||15||5||25||10||83||111||4-3-2||6-12-3||3-5-2|
|15 Anaheim Ducks||32||9||20||3||21||7||79||135||5-7-0||4-13-3||3-5-2|
|16 Chicago Blackhawks||30||7||19||4||18||7||68||116||4-11-2||3-8-2||1-9-0|
December 20, 1925 – The NFL Title is Stripped from its top Team –
The Chicago Cardinals with an 11-2-1 record win an extremely controversial National Football League Championship Title. Boy does this story get deep in a hurry. On December 6, 1925 the Chicago Cardinals faced the other top tier team in the NFL that season, the Pottsville Maroons. Pottsville is a small town about 85 miles Northwest of Philadelphia. The first year in the League, Maroons were on fire in the NFL boasting a 9-2 record going into the Cardinal match up. The Pottsville eleven were a gritty bunch made up of mostly coal miners around the area who had dominated the regional coal football leagues referred to as the Anthracite League. In 1924 a local Pottsville business owner, John Striegel, sponsored the team. According to a Penn State Library story on the Maroons, just before the first game of the 1924 season in the Anthracite League, owner John Striegel decided the team needed new jerseys and quickly ordered 25 from a local sporting goods store. Striegel told the store owner that the color was not important. The team was sent 25 maroon colored jerseys, and they became known as the Pottsville Maroons immediately thereafter. The Maroons applied to play in the NFL for 1925 and the community footed the entry fee as they raised money for the NFL franchise costs.
The Maroons were in for some stiff competition on December 6, as the Chicago Cardinals themselves entered the December 6 game posting a respectable 9-1-1 record themselves. This game was billed as the NFL championship of sorts when the top two teams squared off so late in the season and remember there was no formal title game in the League then, it was the team with the best winning percentage who claimed the title. Pottsville soundly defeated the Cardinals in the game by the score of 21-7 and then won their final game to end the season with an 11-2 record. That should be the end of the story right? Pottsville wins the 1925 Championship. Unfortunately in the drama that was the early NFL that was not the case as controversy was brewing nearby. The Penn State site tells the story well;
“The Frankford Yellow Jackets were, in 1925, the top professional football attraction in Philadelphia. Frankford is about 7 miles Northeast of downtown Philly. Earlier in the season, the Yellow Jackets had upset the Pottsville Maroons at home by a score of 20-0. Believing they were the inevitable 1925 champions, the Frankford team signed a contract with a Philadelphia promoter that allowed the best NFL team in Pennsylvania, whoever it might be, to play a non-league game against a team of former Notre Dame stars. The game would assuredly draw a large crowd and would generate plenty of ticket revenue for the NFL champion. After the Yellow Jackets were beaten by Pottsville later in the season, they lost the right to play the Notre Dame stars. When the Pottsville Maroons clinched the NFL title, they were eager to cash in on the exhibition game against the Notre Dame team. Instead of playing at the Maroons’ tiny home of Minersville Park, the game was scheduled at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Pottsville expected a large turnout and wanted a full house in a large stadium. There, after a hard-fought and extremely tight game, Pottsville held on to beat the Notre Dame stars by a score of 9-7.”
The Frankford franchise was miffed and probably a bit embarrassed and jealous that they were not the ones to play the Irish stars and pocket the extra cash. Frankford protested to the NFL that the maroons had violated the territorial rights of the Yellow Jackets by playing the game so close and at the same time that Frankford was playing a game only a few minutes away. The Jackets claimed it took spectators away from their home game. NFL Commissioner Joseph Carr agreed with Frankford and their protest. Allegedly Carr warned Pottsville 3 times prior to the game at Shibe Park with Notre Dame not to play the game. Since in Carr’s eyes they ignored his direction the Pottsville Maroons NFL rights were suspended, they were fined $500 and stripped of their title after playing the unsanctioned game. With Pottsville being eliminated in the standings the Cardinals end up having the highest winning percentage. Chicago, however, refused to accept the title stating that without winning it on the field they did not want it. The NFL however recognizes the Chicago Cardinals as the 1925 champs.
December 20, 1980 – NBC broadcasted a game with no announcers as they tried to be different. ESPN.com shares the story that in fact they only sounds that the TV audience would hear were the same sounds that were heard by fans in the stadium, the public address announcer, the cheers of the fans and maybe , just maybe a hotdog vendor or two. In the meaningless game the 4-12 New York Jets defeated the 8-8 Miami Dolphins, 24-17. https://www.espn.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=5906858
December 20, 1985 – Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports with ABC. On August 23, 1984 it was reported that Cosell had relinquished his job of broadcasting Monday Night Football. The New York Times article on the subject tells how Cosell would still be the host of an ABC Sports program called “SportsBeat.” Reports said that Howard was what he described as “disenchanted with the football mentality.” In an SI.com article it was reported that Howard Cosell fulfilled his contract with ABC to be a part of the MLB broadcasts, and he allegedly did so reluctantly. On December 20, 1985 Cosell formally retired with ABC, of whom he worked with for 20 years and relegated himself to radio only broadcasts the rest of his working days.
December 21, 1997 – Detroit Lions Running back Barry Sanders becomes just the player in NFL history to gain 200 yards or more in a season. Barry accomplished the milestone when he ran for 184 yards against the New York Jets and the Lions used Barry’s offense to spark a 13-10 Dtroit victory. Sanders finished the seasn with 2053 yards which was second only to Eric Dickerson’s 1984 mark of 2105 yards.
December 20, 1867 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – William W. “Pudge” Heffelfinger the legendary Yale Bulldogs guard was born. The footballfoundation.org website bio describes Hefflefinger as being 6’-3” tall and weighing in at 195 pounds. Let’s put that size into perspective because Cam Newton at quarterback is 6’-5” and weighs 240 pounds, but in 1890 when Pudge played he was a giant among his peers and he was extremely athletic too. His size allowed him to destroy the blocks and defenses of opposing lines where it was said he would typically take out two to three players at a time. With his great athleticism and the genius oof Walter Camp he also is credited with introducing the “pulling guard” play. The All- America selections originated in 1889 by Walter Camp, and Pudge was on this initial team. He repeated in 1890-91, his last two seasons at Yale. Yale was a major football power during that era and Pudge helped lead the Bulldog team to undefeated seasons in 1888 and 1891 and one-loss seasons during the 1889 and 1890 campaigns. The 1888 team amazingly outscored their opponents 698-0 that season! The National Football Foundation welcomed the collegiate career of Pudge Heffelfinger into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. As great of a collegiate player that Pudge was, that’s not exactly what Pudge is best known for though. After college Heffelfinger continued playing for independent teams and on November 12, 1892 the Allegheny Athletic Association near Pittsburgh paid Pudge Heffelfinger the tidy sum of $500 to play just one game with them against their heated rivals the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. The AAA with Pudge did win the game that day by the score of 4-0 according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
December 20, 1928 – Sublette, Kansas – The stalwart safety from Colorado State, Jack Christiansen was born. According to the profootballhof.com site, Jack had an awesome 8 year career in the pros with the Detroit Lions as not only a defensive back but also as a respected return man. Christiansen was voted as All-NFL in six straight seasons, played in five Pro Bowls and was even the top player in League interceptions in two seasons. At the 1970 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, Jack Christiansen was one of the players that received a Gold Jacket.
December 20, 1942 – Bob Hayes the talented speedster wide out from Florida A&M came into this world. The Dallas Cowboys used a futures pick in the 1964 NFL Draft to select Hayes but the Denver Broncos in the AFL did the same per the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website bio. Bob was given the title of the “World’s Fastest Human” when at the 1964 Olympics he took home two Gold Medals in track. Bob chose to play with the Cowboys and he was voted as an All-NFL performer on either the first or second teams in four of his eleven seasons in the League. For his career Hayes had 71 touchdowns scored with 7414 yards receiving. In 2009 Bullet Bob Hayes was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
December 20, 1965 – Seattle , Washington – Mike Utley the guard from Washington State University was born. Mike was a consensus First Team All-America selection in 1988 and according to footballfoundation.org is the most decorated player ever for the Cougars. Mike Utley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame by NFF voters in 2016.
1926 The World Champion Cardinals trade Rogers Hornsby to the Giants for Jimmy Ring and Frankie Frisch, who plays an integral role in the success of the Gashouse Gang in the 1930s after being sent to St. Louis due to a falling out with NY’s manager John McGraw. The trade gets complicated when the ‘Rajah’ refuses to sell his 1,167 shares of the team stock back to the Redbirds at the asking price.
1940 Connie Mack announces he has acquired the controlling interest in the A’s, a team he has managed for the past 40 years, for a reported $42,000. The Philadelphia skipper, who will celebrate his 78th birthday in three days, had shared the ownership with Benjamin Shibe’s heirs, who started the franchise on a joint basis in 1901.
1973 American League president Joe Cronin, siding with Charlie Finley, rules the Yankees cannot sign A’s manager Dick Williams. The Bronx Bombers, who will eventually hire Bill Virdon to manage the team, had announced a deal with the Oakland skipper two days earlier.
1978 Don Blasingame becomes the first American not of Japanese descent hired as a manager of a Japanese team. The former major league second baseman will pilot the cellar-dwelling Hanshin Tigers to a fourth-place finish next season.
1980 The Brewers obtain future Cy Young winners Rollie Fingers  and Pete Vuckovich  along with catcher Ted Simmons in a seven-player deal with the Cardinals. The Brew Crew sends pitcher Lary Sorensen, outfielder Sixto Lezcano, and minor league players Dave Green and Dave LaPointe to St. Louis.
1980 Baseball’s basic agreement allows certain veterans to become free agents unless the clubs tendered the players contracts today. The Red Sox will miss the deadline, permitting All-Stars Fred Lynn and Carlton Fisk to be eligible for free agency.
2000 After trading their All-Star shortstop to the Mets last season, the Orioles get him back, agreeing to a two-year deal with free-agent Mike Bordick. The move will send Melvin Mora, the player obtained from the Mets to replace Bordick, to the outfield, where he will be a stronger defensive player.
2001 Hideo Nomo (13-10, 4.50), last season’s American League strikeout leader with 220, inks a $13.75 million, two-year free-agent deal with the Dodgers. The former Red Sox right-hander was the National League Rookie of the Year when he broke into the majors with Los Angeles in 1995.
2001 The Red Sox announce the partners of the Jean Yawkey Trust have voted unanimously to sell 100 percent of the team to a group of investors led by Marlins’ owner John Henry, who also has a one-percent share of the Yankees and is Boston’s managing partner-in-waiting. The price tag for a family-owned business since 1933, rumored to be $600+ million, doubles the largest amount ever spent to buy a major league team.
2002 After rejecting Boston’s salary arbitration, Cliff Floyd (.288, 28, 79) agrees to a $26 million, four-year contract deal with the Mets. Last season, the 30-year-old outfielder, in addition to ending the season with the Red Sox, also played with the Marlins and Expos.
2002 Hoping to fill the void after trading Eric Karros to the Cubs, the Dodgers agree with 39-year-old veteran first baseman Fred McGriff (.273, 30, 103) on a one-year deal. The ‘Crime Dog,’ who has played for the Blue Jays, Padres, Braves, Devil Rays, and the Cubs, with 478 career homers is fourth among active players behind Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Rafael Palmeiro.
2004 Free agent Carl Pavano signs a four-year deal worth $39.95 million to pitch for the Yankees. The oft-injured Southington (CT) right-hander, who tossed over 220 innings en route to winning 18 games for the World Champion Marlins last season, appears in only 26 games in his three years with the Bronx Bombers, posting a 9-8 record with a 5.00 ERA in during his 145 innings on the mound.
2005 The World Champion White Sox finalizes the trade with the Diamondbacks, bringing starter Javier Vazquez and $4 million to the Windy City. The veteran right-hander Orlando Hernandez, along with reliever Luis Vizcaino, and minor league outfield prospect Chris Young, go to Arizona to complete the deal.
2007 Dontrelle Willis and the Tigers agree to a $29 million, three-year contract extension. Detroit obtained the affable southpaw and Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins in a blockbuster trade at the winter meetings for six very talented prospects, including left-hander Andrew Miller and outfielder Cameron Maybin.
2007 The Mariners and right-hander Carlos Silva (13-14, 4.19) finalized a $48 million, four-year contract. The M’s expect the 28-year-old free-agent, formerly with the Twins, to ‘bring a quality arm to the starting rotation’ and be the pitching staff’s workhorse.
2007 Tadahito Iguchi (.267, 9, 43) and the Padres come to terms on a one-year, $3.85 million deal, which could amount to more with performance-based bonuses. The former Phillies infielder will replace a slumping Marcus Giles at second base.
2007 Ron Mahay (3-0, 2.55) and the Royals finalize a two-year, $8 million deal. The 36-year-old southpaw reliever pitched a total of 67 innings for the Rangers and Braves last season.
2007 Geoff Jenkins (.255, 21, 64) signs a two-year, $13 million contract as a free agent with the Phillies after the Brewers declined his option. Milwaukee chose not to pay the 33-year-old outfielder $9 million to keep him with the Brew Crew.
2007 During an interview with the Hattiesburg American, Jonathan Papelbon shares his bulldog, Boss, ate the ball used to record the World Series’s final out. Teammate Jason Varitek had given the ball to the reliever when Rockies pinch-hitter Seth Smith struck out to complete Boston’s sweep of Colorado in the Fall Classic.
2008 The Nationals sign a one-year contract with free-agent hurler Daniel Cabrera. The 27-year-old right-handed starter (8-10, 5.25 ERA), who was non-tendered by the Orioles earlier in the month after spending five seasons in Baltimore, has never lived up to his potential, given his live fastball and above-average curveball.
2009 Roy Halladay, who was traded by the Blue Jays to the Phillies last week in a complicated four-team deal, takes out a full-page ad in the Toronto Sun to thank everyone for their support during his 12-year tenure with the team. Using the newspaper advertisement, he tells the fans he felt “blessed” to have been part of the organization and that the city will “forever have a special place” in his heart.
2011 The Mets announce they are eliminating their minor league team in the Class A Gulf Coast League, a move that could save the cash-strapped team between $750,000 and $800,000. Although eliminating a farm team may appear to be a desperate act for the financially troubled franchise, New York was one of only three clubs to have as many as nine minor league teams.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS
16 – 3 – 9 – 19 – 89 – 10 – 5 – 4 – 8 – 6
December 20, 1938 – Boston Bruins rookie goalie Frankie Brimsek recorded his 3rd straight shutout with a 3-0 win over the New York Americans, making it his incredible sixth shutout in his first 8 NHL games
December 20, 1966 – NBA awarded the Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season
December 20, 1973 – Montreal Canadiens Number 16, Henri Richard scores his 1,000th NHL point
December 20, 1979 – Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Number 3, Behn Wilson scored with 4:08 remaining in regulation to earn a 1-1 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins and equal NHL record for longest undefeated streak of 28 games; go on to break record and extend to 35 games
December 20, 1981 – Winnipeg left wing Number 9, Doug Smail set an NHL record by scoring just 4 seconds into Jets’ 5-4 win over the St Louis Blues; fastest goal from opening face-off to back of net in history; later tied by Number 19, Bryan Trottier and Number 89, Alex Mogilny
December 20, 1983 – Guy Lafleur, Number 10 of the Montreal Canadiens, became the 10th NHL skater to score 500 goals is a career
December 20, 1985 – New York Islanders legend, Number 5 Denis Potvin passed another hockey great in Number 4, Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)
December 20, 1991 – NHL granted permanent franchises to the Tampa Lightning and the Ottawa Senators
December 20, 1994 – Ballon d’Or: FC Barcelona’s Bulgarian forward Number 8, Hristo Stoichkov was named Europe’s best soccer player ahead of Juventus striker Number 10, Roberto Baggio and Milan defender Number 6, Paolo Maldini
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MEN’S||TIME ET||TV|
|JACKSONVILLE AT ULM||1:00PM||ESPN+|
|WOFFORD AT TEXAS A&M||2:00PM||ESPN+|
|TOLEDO AT VERMONT||2:00PM||ESPN+|
|UALBANY AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS||2:00PM||ESPN+|
|SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT LONGWOOD||2:00PM||ESPN+|
|TOCCOA FALLS AT WESTERN CAROLINA||2:00PM||ESPN+|
|NORTH ALABAMA AT OLE MISS||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI AT OKLAHOMA STATE||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|BRESCIA (KY) AT TENNESSEE STATE||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|IUPUI VS. A&M-COMMERCE||4:00PM||ESPN+|
|SOUTHERN INDIANA AT PURDUE FORT WAYNE||5:00PM||ESPN+|
|LEHIGH AT CORNELL||5:00PM||ESPN+|
|ARLINGTON BAPTIST AT SAM HOUSTON||5:30PM||ESPN+|
|LIPSCOMB AT LOUISVILLE||6:00PM||ESPN+|
|GEORGETOWN AT UCONN||6:30PM||FS1|
|DUKE AT WAKE FOREST||6:30PM||ACCN|
|NORTHWEST INDIAN AT EASTERN WASHINGTON||6:30PM||ESPN+|
|JACKSON STATE AT ALABAMA||7:00PM||SECN|
|ELON AT INDIANA||7:00PM||BTN|
|MARQUETTE AT PROVIDENCE||7:00PM||CBSSN|
|DARTMOUTH AT UMASS||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|ALCORN STATE AT DAYTON||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|ARMY WEST POINT AT CENTRAL CONNECTICUT||7:00PM||NEC|
|MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE AT TEMPLE||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN AT TENNESSEE TECH||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|USC UPSTATE AT KENNESAW STATE||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|THE CITADEL AT NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL||7:00PM||–|
|CENTRAL ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK||7:30PM||ESPN+|
|QUEENS AT NEBRASKA||7:30PM||BTN+|
|AIR FORCE AT NORTHERN COLORADO||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|NORTHWESTERN STATE AT BAYLOR||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|PACIFIC AT LAMAR||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|SETON HALL AT XAVIER||8:30PM||FS1|
|VIRGINIA AT MIAMI (FL)||8:30PM||ACCN|
|MONTANA STATE AT ARIZONA||8:30PM||PAC12|
|UIC AT NORTHWESTERN||9:00PM||BTN|
|PITT AT SYRACUSE||9:00PM||ESPNU|
|LINDENWOOD AT BYU||9:00PM||BYUTV|
|MONTANA AT GONZAGA||9:00PM||WCC|
|IDAHO STATE AT GRAND CANYON||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|PRAIRIE VIEW A&M AT NEW MEXICO||9:00PM||MWN|
|FLORIDA VS. OKLAHOMA||9:30PM||ESPN2|
|CAL POLY AT SAN JOSE STATE||10:00PM||MWN|
|SAN DIEGO AT UC RIVERSIDE||10:00PM||ESPN+|
|HARVARD AT UC IRVINE||10:00PM||ESPN+|
|FRESNO STATE AT CSU BAKERSFIELD||10:00PM||ESPN+|
|UC SAN DIEGO AT SAN DIEGO STATE||10:30PM||FS1|
|UTAH VALLEY AT OREGON||10:30PM||PAC12|
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL: EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. SAN JOSE STATE||3:30PM||ESPN|
|BOCA RATON BOWL: LIBERTY VS. TOLEDO||7:30PM||ESPN|
|UTAH AT DETROIT||7:00PM||ATTSN-RM|
|GOLDEN STATE AT NEW YORK||7:30PM||TNT|
|CHICAGO AT MIAMI||7:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|WASHINGTON AT PHOENIX||9:00PM||NBCS-WSH|
|MEMPHIS AT DENVER||10:00PM||TNT|
|COLUMBUS AT PHILADELPHIA||7:00PM||NBCS-PHI|
|NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH||7:00PM||MSG|
|NEW JERSEY AT CAROLINA||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|TAMPA BAY AT TORONTO||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|OTTAWA AT WINNIPEG||8:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|ST. LOUIS AT SEATTLE||10:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|ANAHEIM AT LOS ANGELES||10:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|CALGARY AT SAN JOSE||10:30PM||SPORTSNET|
|COPA DEL REY: DIOCESANO VS GETAFE||1:00PM||ESPN+|
|COPA DEL REY: CD GUADALAJARA VS ELCHE||1:00PM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND LEAGUE CUP: MILTON KEYNES DONS VS LEICESTER CITY||2:45PM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND LEAGUE CUP: NEWCASTLE UNITED VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH||2:45PM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND LEAGUE CUP: WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS VS GILLINGHAM||2:45PM||ESPN+|
|ENGLAND LEAGUE CUP: SOUTHAMPTON VS LINCOLN CITY||2:45PM||ESPN+|
|COPA DEL REY: REAL UNIÓN VS MALLORCA||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|COPA DEL REY: GUIJUELO VS VILLARREAL||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|COPA DEL REY: SESTAO RIVER VS ATHLETIC CLUB||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|COPA DEL REY: ATLÉTICO PASO VS ESPANYOL||4:00PM||ESPN+|
|COPA POR MEXICO: PUMAS UNAM VS NECAXA||8:00PM||TUDN|
|COPA POR MEXICO: ATLAS VS MAZATLÁN||10:00PM||TUDN|