INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE TUESDAY

Highland Tournament
Morgan Twp. vs. Whiting 11:00 am R1
Calumet at Highland 1:00 pm R1
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 6:30 pm Con
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 8:30 pm SF


Rich Twp. (Ill.) Tournament
Hammond Noll vs. Evergreen Park (Ill.) 7:30 pm


Wabash Valley Tournament
Sullivan vs. Robinson (Ill.) 10:00 am R1
West Vigo at Terre Haute South 11:30 am R1
Linton-Stockton vs. Bloomfield 1:00 pm R1
Northview vs. Parke Heritage 2:30 pm R1
Casey-Westfield (Ill.) vs. Marshall (Ill.) 4:00 pm R1
Shakamak vs. Edgewood 5:30 pm R1
Greencastle vs. Terre Haute North 7:00 pm R1
Cloverdale vs. South Vermillion 8:30 pm R1

INDIANA SRN BOYS BASKETBALL POWER POLLS

4A

  1. Fishers (8-0)
  2. Westfield (6-0)
  3. Lawrence North (7-0)
  4. Cathedral (7-0)
  5. Noblesville (6-1)
  6. Kokomo (9-2)
  7. Ben Davis (6-2)
  8. FW North (7-1)
  9. Anderson (5-1)
  10. Greenfield Central (8-0)

3A

  1. Danville (9-0)
  2. Guerin Catholic (7-2)
  3. Brebeuf (6-1)
  4. Delta (7-1)
  5. Heritage Hills (7-1)
  6. Indian Creek (7-1)
  7. Purdue Poly Englewood (6-1)
  8. Northwood (3-2)
  9. Scottsburg (8-3)
  10. Silver Creek (6-2)

2A

  1. Wapahani (9-0)
  2. Tipton (7-0)
  3. Brownstown Central (8-2)
  4. Southwestern (Hanover) (10-0)
  5. FW Blackhawk (5-2)
  6. Providence (6-1)
  7. Linton-Stockton (6-1)
  8. FW Luers (6-0)
  9. Manchester (7-1)
  10. Paoli (6-1)

1A

  1. Evansville Christian (9-1)
  2. Barr-Reeve (8-1)
  3. Greenwood Christian (6-3)
  4. Loogootee (7-4)
  5. Triton (7-1)
  6. Clay City (5-2)
  7. Indy Lutheran (5-2)
  8. Tindley (6-1)
  9. Marquette Catholic (4-2)
  10. Fountain Central (5-1)

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE TUESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Yorktown at Jay County 7:30 pm

INDIANA SRN GIRLS BASKETBALL POWER POLLS

4A

  1. Lawrence Central (15-1)
  2. Hamilton Southeastern (12-1)
  3. FW Snider (13-1)
  4. Center Grove (14-1)
  5. Jennings County (13-1)
  6. Columbia City (12-2)
  7. Bedford North Lawrence (13-2)
  8. Homestead (9-1)
  9. Lake Central (12-2)
  10. Northridge (13-1)

3A

  1. Rensselaer Central (15-0)
  2. Indian Creek (13-2)
  3. Norwell (11-3)
  4. Hamilton Heights (13-2)
  5. Greensburg (11-2)
  6. Western (13-1)
  7. Scottsburg (12-1)
  8. Benton Central (11-2)
  9. Washington (13-3)
  10. Evansville Memorial (9-2)

2A

  1. North Knox  (12-1)
  2. Eastern Hancock (13-0)
  3. South Knox (11-1)
  4. Eastbrook (11-1)
  5. Carroll Flora (14-2)
  6. Alexandria (11-3)
  7. Crawford County (13-2)
  8. Triton Central (10-2)
  9. Lapel (11-3)
  10. Blackford (10-3)

1A

  1. Lanesville (13-0)
  2. Caston (13-0)
  3. Borden (11-1)
  4. Bethany Christian (11-1)
  5. Sprins Valley (12-1)
  6. Marquette Catholic (11-2)
  7. Orleans (11-1)
  8. Tri-Township (13-0)
  9. Morgan Township (11-2)
  10. Tri (12-1)

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

Bowling Green vs. Minnesota

Detroit, Michigan

2 p.m. | ESPN

First Responder Bowl

Texas State vs. Rice

Dallas, Texas

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Kansas vs. UNLV

Phoenix, Arizona

9 p.m. | ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Military Bowl

Tulane vs. Virginia Tech

Annapolis, Maryland

2 p.m. | ESPN

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

North Carolina vs. West Virginia

Charlotte, North Carolina

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Holiday Bowl

No. 15 Louisville vs. Southern Cal

San Diego, California

8 p.m. ET | FOX

Texas Bowl

No. 20 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Houston, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 28

Fenway Bowl

No. 24 SMU vs. Boston College

Boston, Massachusetts

11 a.m. | ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers vs. Miami (Fla.)

The Bronx, New York

2:15 p.m. | ESPN

Pop-Tarts Bowl

No. 18 NC State vs. No. 25 Kansas State

Orlando, Florida

5:45 p.m. | ESPN

Alamo Bowl

No. 12 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Arizona

San Antonio, Texas

9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 29

Gator Bowl

No. 22 Clemson vs. Kentucky

Jacksonville, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

No. 16 Notre Dame vs. No. 19 Oregon State

El Paso, Texas

2 p.m. | CBS

Liberty Bowl

Memphis vs. Iowa State

Memphis, Tennessee

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Cotton Bowl

No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Missouri

Dallas, Texas

8 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 30

Peach Bowl

No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 11 Ole Miss

Atlanta, Georgia

12 p.m. | ESPN

Music City Bowl

Auburn vs. Maryland

Nashville, Tennessee

2 p.m. | ABC

Orange Bowl

No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 6 Georgia

Miami Gardens, Florida

4 p.m. | ESPN

Arizona Bowl

Wyoming vs. Toledo

Tucson, Arizona

4:30 p.m. | CW Network/Barstool

Monday, Jan. 1, 2024

ReliaQuest Bowl

No. 13 LSU vs. Wisconsin

Tampa, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN2

Citrus Bowl

No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 21 Tennessee

Orlando, Florida

1 p.m. | ABC

Fiesta Bowl

No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 23 Liberty

Glendale, Arizona

1 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl

No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama

Pasadena, California

5 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas

New Orleans, Louisiana

8:45 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Game

Houston, Texas

7:30 p.m. | ESPN

NFL WEEK-MONDAY SCORES

Las Vegas 20 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 33 NY Giants 25

Baltimore 33 San Francisco 19

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

No games scheduled

AP MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

TeamRecordPointsPrev.
1. Purdue (46)11-11,4861
2. Kansas (5)11-11,4242
3. Houston (9)12-01,4083
4. Arizona9-21,1914
5. UConn11-21,1505
6. Tennessee9-31,1248
7. Florida Atlantic10-21,08914
8. Kentucky9-21,0749
9. North Carolina8-395411
10. Marquette10-39286
11. Illinois9-290213
12. Oklahoma10-17787
13. Gonzaga9-357715
14. BYU11-157517
15. Colorado State11-157316
16. Duke8-355121
17. Baylor10-253210
18. Clemson10-151318
19. Memphis10-249323
20. James Madison12-041720
21. Texas9-234219
22. Creighton9-334012
23. Wisconsin9-328724
24. Ole Miss12-024325
25. Providence11-2128NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Auburn 121, Colorado 64, Miami 51, Utah 45, Virginia 40, Iowa St. 21, Nevada 13, Ohio St. 10, Texas A&M 9, San Diego St. 8, Michigan St. 8, Villanova 6, New Mexico 6, Northwestern 5, Dayton 4, Grand Canyon 3, South Carolina 2, Mississippi St. 2, Alabama 2, Princeton 1.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

No games scheduled

AP WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTSPREVIOUS
RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTSPREVIOUS
1South Carolina (36)11-09001
2UCLA11-08612
3NC State12-08023
4Iowa12-17584
5Texas12-07455
6Southern Cal10-06856
7LSU12-16767
8Colorado10-16508
9Stanford10-16149
10Baylor11-060710
11Kansas State12-150012
12Utah10-249711
13Notre Dame9-147314
14Virginia Tech9-239515
15UConn9-339316
16Indiana10-138217
17Ohio State10-238013
18Marquette12-030518
19Louisville11-224119
20Gonzaga13-221520
21Creighton9-214622
22Florida State9-313621
23TCU13-07325
24North Carolina8-458NR
25West Virginia11-049NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Washington 43, Miami 38, UNLV 14, Texas A&M 12, Oregon St. 11, Minnesota 8, Michigan St. 7, Mississippi St. 6, Penn St. 5, Davidson 5, Washington St 4, Green Bay 3, Mississippi 2, Syracuse 1.

NBA SCOREBOARD

New York 129 Milwaukee 122

Denver 120 Golden State 114

Boston 126 LA Lakers 115

Miami 119 Philadelphia 113

Dallas 128 Phoenix 114

NHL SCOREBOARD

No games scheduled

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES
NFL NEWS
NFL ROUNDUP: RAVENS PICK OFF 5 PASSES, SHUT DOWN 49ERS
Lamar Jackson threw for 252 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns while the Baltimore Ravens intercepted San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy four times in a 33-19 win Monday night in Santa Clara, Calif.
Baltimore (12-3) entered as a 6 1/2-point underdog in a matchup of the top teams in their conferences, and the visitors overcame a slow start. Jackson decisively outplayed Purdy in a matchup of the quarterbacks considered by many to be the top candidates for Most Valuable Player.
Jackson, who completed 23 of 35 passes, turned a four-point game at the half into a rout with scoring strikes of 6 and 9 yards to Nelson Agholor and Zay Flowers, respectively, in an 18-second span early in the third.
The result means Baltimore can clinch the AFC North and the top seed in the conference Sunday with a home win over the AFC East-leading Miami Dolphins.
Purdy hit on 18 of 32 attempts for 255 yards before leaving during a fourth-quarter touchdown drive with a stinger in his neck. Sam Darnold replaced him and finished the drive with a 12-yard touchdown strike to Ronnie Bell but later tossed the team’s fifth interception of the night. Christian McCaffrey rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Raiders 20, Chiefs 14
Bilal Nichols and Jack Jones scored defensive touchdowns seven seconds apart in the second quarter to lead Las Vegas to an upset of host Kansas City, preventing the Chiefs from clinching the AFC West for the eighth straight season.
Zamir White rushed for a career-high 145 yards on 22 carries as Las Vegas (7-8) remained alive in the AFC West race. Patrick Mahomes completed 27 of 44 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown and one interception for Kansas City (9-6).
The Raiders’ first touchdown came when Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco took a direct snap but botched a handoff to Mahomes. Nichols picked up the ball and went 8 yards for the score with 4:55 left in the half. On the next offensive play, Jones jumped an out route, easily picked off Mahomes and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown.

Eagles 33, Giants 25
Jake Elliott kicked four field goals and host Philadelphia scored 13 points in the fourth quarter en route to a victory over New York.
The Eagles (11-4) moved a game in front of the Dallas Cowboys (10-5) atop the NFC East. Jalen Hurts threw for a TD and rushed for another for Philadelphia. He completed 24 of 38 passes for 301 yards and was picked off once.
Tyrod Taylor connected with Darius Slayton for a 69-yard scoring strike to pull the Giants (5-10) within 30-25. Taylor took over under center for Tommy DeVito, who was benched to start the second half. Taylor finished with 133 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 7-for-16 passing. DeVito was 9 of 16 for 55 yards.

REPORTS: BRONCOS RELEASE CB KAREEM JACKSON
The Denver Broncos released cornerback Kareem Jackson on Monday, according to multiple reports.
Jackson has served two suspensions for a total of six games this season due to hits deemed unnecessary roughness by the NFL.
Jackson’s second suspension
Jackson’s second suspension just concluded and the Broncos didn’t activate him for Sunday night’s 26-23 loss to the New England Patriots.
If Jackson clears waivers, it is possible he will be signed to the Broncos’ practice squad.
Jackson drew a two-game suspension for a hit to the head of Green Bay Packers tight end Luke Musgrave on Oct. 22. He later was suspended for four games, one day after a high blow to Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs on Nov. 19.
Overall, Jackson has been fined a total of $89,670 this season for four illegal hits. He also has lost more than $838,000 in missed game checks.
Jackson, 35, has 51 tackles, two interceptions and three passes defensed in eight games (all starts) this season.
Jackson is in his 14th season in the NFL and his fifth with Denver after nine with the Houston Texans. He has 952 tackles and 22 career interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. He also has seven fumble recoveries, one returned for a score.

ANALYSIS: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS STILL IN AFC WEST DRIVER’S SEAT DESPITE SO MANY BLUNDERS, BUTTERFINGERS
The AFC West title was ripe to get wrested from the Kansas City Chiefs this season, yet their division rivals dug themselves into big holes once again.

There’s still a mathematical chance the Raiders (7-8) or Broncos (7-8) could catch the Chiefs (9-6) following Las Vegas’ 20-14 win at Arrowhead on Christmas Day, but a lot would have to line up for one of them to unseat K.C.

The defending but teetering Super Bowl champions have owned the division since 2016, when Patrick Mahomes was still slinging it in Lubbock, Texas, and few Swifties knew who Travis Kelce was unless they also happened to be fans of the star tight end’s reality dating show “Catching Kelce.”

If the Chiefs hold on to claim their eighth consecutive division crown, they’ll nonetheless head into the playoffs with more question marks than they’ve had since Mahomes became their starting quarterback in 2018 after serving a year as Alex Smith’s apprentice.
The Chiefs can no longer earn the No. 1 seed and the first-round bye in the AFC, which means in their five-year run as host of the AFC championship will almost certainly come to an end, as will Mahomes’ amazing streak of playing every single one of his AFC postseason games at home.

Mahomes’ receivers have been butterfingers all season, which should have jeopardized their status as the AFC West’s biggest bully if only:

— The Broncos hadn’t lost at home to underdogs led by the likes of the Raiders’ Jimmy Garoppolo, the Commanders’ Sam Howell, the Jets’ Zach Wilson and the Patriots Bailey Zappe, a less-than-fearsome foursome of quarterbacks who are a combined 9-23 against everybody else this season.

— Raiders owner Mark Davis hadn’t been so enamored with Josh McDaniels, who bombed with the Broncos and bailed on the Colts, that he bypassed Rich Bisaccia for the fulltime head coaching job after his longtime special teams coordinator took over for the fired Jon Gruden in 2021 and went 7-5, leading the Raiders to the playoffs.

— The Chargers had found a way to get their stars out of the training room turnstile and finally capitalized on a talent-laden roster and quarterback Justin Herbert’s skillset before he was lost for the season with a finger injury earlier this month.

While the Chargers again failed to live up to their billing, the Broncos and Raiders certainly made some strides, albeit in fits and starts, in 2023.

The Chargers stumbled again and lost Herbert for the season in a Week 14 loss to Denver, then fired coach Brandon Staley following L.A.’s embarrassing 63-21 loss to the Raiders a week later.

The Broncos snapped their 16-game losing streak to the Chiefs with a resounding 24-7 win on Oct. 29 as they recovered from a 1-5 stumble to start the season and join the crowded AFC playoff race. But they have yet to finish a week in playoff position and they followed a five-game winning streak with three losses in four games, including back-to-back to Detroit and New England the last two weeks.

The Raiders turned to interim head coach Antonio Pierce after jettisoning McDaniels with a 9-16 record, and Pierce has gone 4-3 with several signature wins, starting with a 30-0 wipeout of the Giants, whom he once played for, that 63-21 win over the Chargers that established a franchise single-game scoring record and the upset in Kansas City on Monday.

Las Vegas got a pair of defensive touchdowns for the second straight week, and the resurgent Raiders held off the sloppy Chiefs 20-14 to keep their postseason hopes alive. Bilal Nichols returned a fumble 8 yards for a touchdown, and Jack Jones took an interception 33 yards for another score a mere 7 seconds later, helping the Raiders snap a six-game losing streak to the Chiefs.

Even if the Raiders or Broncos fail to catch Kansas City this year, there’s hope for 2024 for all of the Chiefs’ division rivals.

The Broncos are better under Sean Payton than they were with Nathaniel Hackett as head coach, although Payton has made a series of curious calls such as using two timeouts on defense in the final minute Sunday night when Bill Belichick seemed content to take the game into overtime.

Given time to rethink his strategy, Belichick went for the gusto and his scuffling young kicker Chad Ryland nailed a tie-breaking 56-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining.

The Raiders are better under Pierce than they were with McDaniels at the helm, and maybe Davis has learned his lesson from bypassing Bisaccia two years ago and will name Pierce his fulltime head coach no matter how this race finishes up.

And yes, the Chargers looked like a different team under interim coach Giff Smith last weekend even though the result was all too familiar. The Bolts’ 24-22 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night was their sixth by three points or fewer this season and their league-leading 13th since 2020.

The loss also officially eliminated the Chargers from postseason contention and dropped their record to 5-10, although owner Dean Spanos essentially pulled the plug on the season Dec. 15 when he fired Staley and general manager Tom Telesco after their embarrassing loss at Las Vegas.

The Chargers did two things against the Bills that weren’t evident in their previous two games — they had energy and played disciplined football.

“The game plan was tight. I feel like all week long we had fun and executed,” safety Derwin James said. “We just came out a few plays short today. You’ve seen a team that was out there trying to fight hard.”

Maybe that bodes well for the Bolts’ future, just as the Raiders’ resurgence and the Broncos’ bounce-back give them hope that 2024 will finally be their year.

Of course, the Chiefs figure to fix their epidemic of dropped passes next season, too, so the Broncos, Raiders and Chargers had better keep getting better or Kansas City’s reign will keep rolling right along.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
FAU JUMPS TO PROGRAM-BEST NO. 7 IN TOP 25; PURDUE STAYS AT NO. 1
Florida Atlantic jumped up seven spots to No. 7 in the latest Associated Press poll, marking the highest ranking ever for the program.

FAU’s dramatic 96-95 double-overtime win over No. 4 Arizona on Saturday is the latest proof the Owls are intent on displaying that last season’s Final Four appearance was no fluke. At 10-2 and with nearly several players still around from last year’s tournament run, they seem poised for another serious go come March.

Purdue (11-1) remained at the top of the list for the second straight week, earning 46 of 60 first-place votes, thanks to a 100-57 thrashing of Jacksonville on Thursday.

Behind Purdue in the top 5 are the same teams as last week: Kansas (11-1) at No. 2, Houston (12-0) at No. 3, Arizona (9-2) at No. 4 and UConn (11-2) keeping the fifth spot.

Tennessee (9-3), FAU, Kentucky (9-2), North Carolina (8-3) and Marquette (10-3) round out the top 10. The Tar Heels entered the Top 10 this week after beating then-No. 7 Oklahoma 81-69 on Wednesday. Marquette fell four spots with a 1-1 week that included a loss at Providence.

Duke (8-3) beat then-No. 10 Baylor 78-70 to help them jump up five spots to No. 16. Memphis (10-2) also climbed in the poll, riding a close win over Vanderbilt and an easier win over then-No. 22 Virginia to reach No. 19. The loss helped bump the Cavaliers (9-2) out of the Top 25 rankings.

Others taking dives in the wrong direction include Creighton (9-3) with the biggest fall, dropping 10 spots to No. 22 after a loss to unranked Villanova, marking its second loss in its last three games. Baylor (10-2) took a seven-spot dip to No. 17, and Oklahoma (10-1) dropped seven to No. 12 after two losses.
The rest of the poll:

  1. Illinois
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Gonzaga
  4. BYU
  5. Colorado State
  6. Duke
  7. Baylor
  8. Clemson
  9. Memphis
  10. James Madison
  11. Texas
  12. Creighton
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Ole Miss
  15. Providence

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
SOUTH CAROLINA REMAINS UNANIMOUS NO. 1 IN AP TOP 25
South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 team in the Associated Press Top 25 women’s college basketball poll released on Monday.
The Gamecocks (11-0)
The Gamecocks (11-0) swept all 36 votes after picking up double-digit wins against Winthrop and Elon last week.
There were no changes to the Top 10 this week.
No. 17 Ohio State (10-2) tumbled four spots after a 77-71 defeat to No. 2 UCLA (11-0) last Monday. The Buckeyes bounced back with an 84-55 win over Belmont on Friday.
No. 23 TCU (13-0) climbed two places — the only team to rise more than one rung this week. The Horned Frogs routed Omaha 96-56 and Mount St. Mary’s 87-34 last week.
West Virginia (11-0) joined the poll at No. 25. Washington (11-1) dropped out following a 59-51 loss to Louisville (11-2), which held steady at No. 19.
The AP Top 25 women’s poll:

  1. South Carolina
  2. UCLA
  3. North Carolina State
  4. Iowa
  5. Texas
  6. Southern California
  7. LSU
  8. Colorado
  9. Stanford
  10. Baylor
  11. Kansas State
  12. Utah.
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. UConn
  16. Indiana
  17. Ohio State
  18. Marquette
  19. Louisville
  20. Gonzaga
  21. Creighton
  22. Florida State
  23. TCU
  24. North Carolina
  25. West Virginia

NBA NEWS
NBA ROUNDUP: KNICKS EARN RARE WIN OVER BUCKS
Jalen Brunson scored 38 points Monday afternoon for the host New York Knicks, who snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Milwaukee Bucks with a 129-122 win.
The win was the first for the Knicks against the Bucks since a 113-98 victory on Nov. 5, 2021.
Julius Randle contributed 24 points and nine rebounds while RJ Barrett scored 21 points and Immanuel Quickley had 20 points off the bench for the Knicks. Isaiah Hartenstein scored 11 points and Josh Hart added 10 points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo put
Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 32 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, whose seven-game winning streak ended. Damian Lillard also had 32 points while Khris Middleton finished with 24 points.

Nuggets 120, Warriors 114
Jamal Murray scored 28 points, Nikola Jokic added 26 points and 14 rebounds while hitting all 18 of his free-throw attempts and host Denver beat Golden State.
Michael Porter Jr. finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Aaron Gordon added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets. Denver has won five straight and eight of its past nine.
Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points off the bench and Stephen Curry scored 18 points for Golden State, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Celtics 126, Lakers 115
Kristaps Porzingis scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Boston to a victory at Los Angeles.
Porzingis, who did not play in Boston’s win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday because of an ankle injury, helped the Celtics overcome a 40-point, 13-rebound performance by Lakers center Anthony Davis.
Jayson Tatum finished the game with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics, who capped a 3-1 California road trip. LeBron James logged 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, who took their fifth loss in six games.

MAVERICKS’ LUKA DONCIC REACHES 10,000-POINT MILESTONE
Mavericks star Luka Doncic reached 10,000 career points during the first quarter of Dallas’ Monday road game against the Phoenix Suns.
Doncic reached 10,000 points in 358 games, matching Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo for seventh fastest in NBA history. Legendary center Wilt Chamberlain accomplished the feat in the fewest games at 236.
Doncic topped 10K in style, draining a 34-foot, straightaway 3-pointer with 4:52 left in the quarter. That gave him 12 points and was his second trey in a 37-second span.
The sixth-year pro entered the game with a 32.9 scoring average and six triple-doubles in 27 contests this season.
Also reaching the 10,000-point mark faster than Doncic were Michael Jordan (303), Elgin Baylor (315), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (319), Oscar Robertson (334) and George Gervin (335).

JAIME JAQUEZ JR. , HEAT SLOW DOWN JOEL EMBIID-LESS 76ERS
Jaime Jaquez Jr. recorded career highs with 31 points and 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat took advantage of the absence of injured Philadelphia star Joel Embiid in a 119-113 win over the visiting 76ers on Monday night.
Bam Adebayo added 26 points and 15 rebounds for Miami, which won its third straight. Tyler Herro scored 22 points, Duncan Robinson had 16, and Kyle Lowry finished with 12.
Philadelphia battled back from a 21-point deficit early in the third quarter to tie the game at 86 after outscoring the Heat 37-23 in the period.
Adebayo scored to put the Heat ahead 110-104 with 2:26 remaining, and Tobias Harris missed a jumper on the other end before Robinson hit a 3-pointer on Miami’s next possession.
Adebayo sealed the victory after making two free throws with 51 seconds left to give the Heat a 117-106 lead.
Tobias Harris paced Philadelphia with 27 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 25 points, Mo Bamba had 18, and De’Anthony Melton chipped in 15.
The Sixers lost for just the second time in their last 10 games while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 17 of 45 (37.8 percent) from long distance.
Philadelphia guard Tyrese Maxey, who entered the game averaging 26.4 points per game, was held to 12 points on 4-of-20 shooting, including 1-for-8 from beyond the arc.
The Sixers fell to 0-4 this season without Embiid, who sat out due to a sprained right ankle.
Miami was without star Jimmy Butler, who missed his third straight game due to a strained left calf.
Philadelphia claimed an early 21-12 lead before the Heat closed on a 14-1 run to move ahead by four at the end of the opening quarter.
Miami carried the momentum into the second quarter and extended its lead to 60-43 on Adebayo’s dunk with 1:46 left in the half. Herro scored 16 points in the first half for Miami, which held a 63-49 advantage at the break.
Miami pushed its lead to 21 points early in the third quarter before Philadelphia responded with a 33-12 run to tie the game at 82-82.
The Heat connected on 47.6 percent of their shots, including 12-of-32 (37.5 percent) from 3-point range, and improved to 9-0 on Christmas Day under coach Erik Spoelstra.

WARRIORS COACH STEVE KERR: EXCESS OF FOUL CALLS ‘DISGUSTING’
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was anything but pleased with the officiating during Golden State’s 120-114 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday afternoon.
The Warriors were whistled for 23 fouls as a team. Denver star Nikola Jokic drew 12 of those fouls, matching a career high with 18 trips to the free-throw line. He didn’t miss a single foul shot.
It wasn’t necessarily the calls themselves that Kerr took issue with, but rather the ways in which players are starting to cater their game to the whistle and the whistle only. He noted that referees are getting forced into making calls as the league continues to evolve.
“I have a problem with how we are legislating the defense out of the game,” Kerr said. “We are enabling players to B.S. their way to the foul line. If I were a fan, I wouldn’t have wanted to watch the second half of that game. It was disgusting. It was just baiting refs into calls, but the refs have to make those calls. …
“The players are really smart in this league. For the last decade, they’ve gotten smarter and smarter. We have enabled the players, and they are taking full advantage.
“It’s a parade to the free-throw line, and it’s disgusting to watch.”
Golden State guard Stephen Curry believes that those who tend to sell calls are the ones most often getting them.
“It does cater to the guys who can sell calls,” Curry said. “There is physicality. But it’s tough because it is inconsistent, at times, on either side. On a night like (Monday), when you feel there is physicality on one side and then ticky-tack on the other, it changes the complexity of the game.”
But the Nuggets, specifically guard Jamal Murray, have no problem with a little bit of theatrics. As long as a player doesn’t flop, he is worthy of getting a whistle, Murray said, according to ESPN.
Jokic insisted he wasn’t trying to bait officials on Monday, he was just trying to make up for a lackluster night from the floor. The two-time MVP made 4 of 12 shots overall while missing both of his attempts from 3-point range on the way to 26 points.
Jokic also had 14 rebounds and eight assists.
“I was missing shots, so I was just trying to be aggressive in another way, maybe play a little more physical” Jokic said. “It just happened to be that kind of night. This is the most I’ve ever had.”

INDIANA TEAM NEWS RELEASES/SPORTS NEWS

INDIANA FOOTBALL

IU GETS NEW FACES FOLLOWING BOWL GAME

When James Madison lost to Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl, Indiana football became the winner with several transfers hitting the portal.

Kaelon Black, RB

Remaining Eligibility: 2 Years

Height/Weight: 5-10, 210

Black rushed for 637 yards and 4.5 yards per carry in his redshirt junior season with the Dukes

James Carpenter, DL

Remaining Eligibility: 1 Year

Height/Weight: 6-2, 282

Carpenter is a four-year starter at nose guard and defensive tackle, Carpenter had 53 total tackles, four sacks and an interception last season.

Aiden Fisher, LB

Remaining Eligibility: 2 Years

Height/Weight: 6-1, 227

Fisher was third-team All-Sun Belt after leading JMU with 108 total tackles.

Zach Horton, TE

Remaining Eligibility:

Remaining Eligibility: 2 Years

Height/Weight: 6-4, 249

Horton had 27 catches for 275 yards and six touchdowns this year.

Nick Kidwell, OL

Remaining Eligibility: 1 Year

Height/Weight: 6-5, 316

Kidwell will apply for a medical hardship waiver to play at IU in 2024 after an injury ended his season early in 2023.

Tyler Stephens, OL

Remaining Eligibility: 1 Year

Height/Weight: 6-5, 306

Stephens earned a second-team All-Sun Belt selection in 2023

Jailin Walker, LB

Remaining Eligibility: 1 Year

Height/Weight: 6-1, 218

Walker started two seasons with the Dukes and had 61 tackles, 1.5 sacks and forcing three fumbles in 2023.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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

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

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

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

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

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

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

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

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

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

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

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

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GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

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

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

NFL STANDINGS

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NBA STANDINGS

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NHL STANDINGS

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NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY
December 26, 1927 – Pawhuska, Oklahoma -The All-Native American team called the Hominy Indians defeated the NFL’s New York Giants who had won the title of world champions just three weeks earlier. The website, ILoveAncestry.com has a brilliant article on the game from which we share some of the highlights. The Hominy squad was made of 100% Native American and they traveled around the country as an independent professional team. The group had never been defeated or even tied and they ended up with a 26 game winning streak! The team was owned and funded by two brothers who lived on the Osage reservation named Ira and Otto Hamilton. The players were all Native Americans who had been gathered from places all over the nation. Hominy had the greatest exposure they could ask for when they got the chance to play the NFL Champs. They took perfect advantage of that opportunity , extending their win streak as they outlasted the G-men 13-6.

According to the Luckyshow.com, the Giants would lose two more exhibition games in Florida in early January 1926 after this contest in Oklahoma. Rumors say they played in California too as Ernie Nevers promised to coach them on the West Coast should they play.

December 26, 1943 – Wrigley Field, Chicago – The National Football League Championship Game is played as the Washington Redskins faced the Chicago Bears.  The Bears were guided by Hall of Fame Quarterback Sid Luckman who had possibly the best  season ever by an NFL QB. Luckman on the season according to the Bleacher Report story on the game, went 110 of 202 passing for 2194 yards and 28 TDs with a total if 12 passes picked off. That makes his passer rating for the season an astounding 107.5! The Bears were 8-1-1 coming into the game and didn’t have their owner/coach George Halas for about half the year as he had left to serve in the Navy during the war.  The Redskins had a great signal caller too in Sammy Baugh.  These two teams had recently squared off in championship play. The Bears crushed Washington in 1940, 73-0 but in 1942 it was the Redskins who held the title as they defeated Chicago 21-7. We will leave the details of the game for you to read in the Bleacher Report article but we do have the final score, the Bears won 41-21 to capture the franchise’s 6th NFL title.

December 26, 1954 – Cleveland Municipal Stadium – Lou Groza successfully kicks 8 extra points for a new title game record in the National Football League Championship. According to the American Football Database website, it was the third straight year that the Detroit Lions were matched up against the Cleveland Browns in the season finale to determine the best team in the NFL. The Lions featured their star players Bobby Layne and Doak Walker who helped lead the team to the Western Division crown with a 9-2-1 record. On the other sideline Otto Graham and legendary Coach Paul Brown guided the Browns to become kings of the East Division sporting a 9-3 record. Doak Walker got the Lions roaring first with a 36 yard field goal but it would be the only lead Detroit would see all day as the Browns rattled off three unanswered touchdowns and cruised the rest of the game. The Cleveland Browns dismantled the Detroit Lions, 56-10 to claim yet another NFL Title!

December 26, 1955 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The Browns must have enjoyed playing the National Football League Championship game the day after Christmas. They defended their Title by traveling to meet the LA Rams.  Cleveland got up early in the game on a first half field goal and a pick six and never looked back. Otto Graham tossed two TD passes and ran the ball in for two more as the Cleveland Browns beat the Los Angeles Rams, 38-14 per the Pro-Football-Reference website. The Browns won their 3rd NFL Championship of the 1950s.

December 26, 1960 – Philadelphia’s Franklin Field – The 1960 National Football League Championship had Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers faced with the challenge of the high flying Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers had just done the unthinkable and won the Western Division by fending off the two time defending juggernaut Baltimore Colts who dropped their last four contests to sink back in the pack of mediocre teams per a New York Times account. The Eagles on the other hand stayed one game ahead of the Browns to capture the East. One of the key plays in the game happened in the first quarter. The Packers were deep in Eagles territory after they received the ball on an interception. Charlie Bednarik stuffed fullback Jim Taylor on fourth down at the Eagles’ 5-yard line to keep the Pack from adding digits to the scoreboard on that drive. Veteran Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, who played in multiple Champions games with the Rams threw for 202 yards and scored to help overcome the one interception he threw early as the Eagles outlasted Green Bay 17-13. Remarkably this was the lone playoff loss for Packers coach Vince Lombardi in his entire 10 year career as an NFL headman. Lombardi must have learned some lessons at the end of his second season in Green Bay at this game. Of Course over the next seven seasons the Lombardi-led Packers would win three NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowls.

December 26, 1965 – Balboa Stadium in San Diego – The 1965 AFL Championship game was held billing the hometown San Diego Chargers facing the Buffalo Bills for the League Title. In the contest it was the Bills who blanked the Chargers 23-0 in what the Onthisday.com website refers to as a repeat previous year’s win over San Diego.

December 26, 1975 – Onthisday.com also tells of the 5th Fiesta Bowl game that was played. In the game the #7 Arizona State University team knocked off a tough #6 Nebraska Cornhuskers, 17-14.

December 26, 1976 – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – AFC Championship game took place and for the third year in a row Oakland and Pittsburgh vied for the Lamar Hunt Trophy. The ProFootballHOF.com website tells us how the Steelers had won the title game in the previous two years and went on to hoist the Lombardi and were eyeing a three-peat but the Silver and Black  had other things in mind. The Raiders took full advantage of the Pittsburgh rushing tandem of Rocky Bleier and Franco Harris being sidelined with injuries as they held the Steelers offense to a mere 72 yards on the ground that day. The Raiders offense on the other hand were run heavy with 157 yards rushing to give the Oakland Raiders a 24-7 over the Steelers.

December 26, 1976 – Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota – The NFC Championship game took place. The Minnesota Vikings hosted the LA Rams to see who would represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Pro-Football-Reference.com tells us that the Norsemen jumped out to an early 17-0 lead in the first half. The Rams attempted a comeback powering in 13 points of their own in response in the 3rd stanza, but Sammy Johnson of the men in Purple pounded in a 13 yard score in the fourth to seal the Minnesota 24-13 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

December 26, 1980 – What a college matchup in the Fiesta Bowl! Neighboring states collided before they were both members of the Big 10 Conference as #10 Penn State met #11 Ohio State. The Nittany Lions took home the victory as they knocked off the Buckeyes, 31-19.

December 26, 1991 – Chuck Noll retires as NFL coach after 23 years at the helm of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Noll’s tenure tied former New York Giants coach Steve Owen as the third-longest stint with one team in NFL history. Former Green Bay coach Curly Lambeau and former Dallas coach Tom Landry each coached 29 seasons.  The Washington Post shares that Noll started as the Steelers head man in 1969 where he and the team suffered through a 1-13 first season. All he did from there was turn the team into a powerhouse that registered 209 victories for its coach in his career and won 4 Super Bowl Titles in a span of six seasons.

December 26, 1992 – New York Jets announcer Marty Glickman retires at the age of 74 per the OnthisDay.com website. 

December 26, 2000 – According to the GeorgiaEncyclopedia.org,  Mark Richt was named as the twenty-fifth head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. The apex of Richt’s Georgia career was in the 2002 season where the Bulldogs finished with a 13-1record and won the school’s first SEC championship and then defeated Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. Richt led the Bulldogs for fifteen seasons, registering an awesome 145-51 record, two SEC championship berths, and nine bowl wins.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for December 26

December 26, 1905 – Hoopeston, Illinois – Navy Halfback Tom Hamilton was born. The National Football Foundation voters placed Tom Hamilton into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965.

December 26, 1924 – Claremont, California – Army’s prolific halfback Glenn Davis celebrated his birth. The College Football Hall of Fame swung its doors open wide in 1961 to welcome the legend of Glenn Davis into its memories.

December 26, 1960 – Appleton, Wisconsin – Lawrence Running Back Scott Reppert came into this world. The NFF recognized Scott Reppert as a member of one of the Collegiate greats as a new induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

December 26, 1966 – Dallas, Texas – The great defensive back of the Oklahoma Sooners, Rickey Dixon was born. Rickey Dixon was honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

3 – 76 – 7 – 9 – 10 – 6 – 5 – 27 – 66 – 25 – 8

December 26, 1917 – The first NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron

December 26, 1919 – The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox reached an agreement to move future Baseball Hall of Fame pitching slugger Babe Ruth to New York. Ruth would eventually don the Number 3 in Yankee pinstripes.

December 26, 1925 – NY Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates set an NHL record by recording a combined 141 shots on goal in Americans’ 3-1 win, Roy Worters made incredible 70 saves for Pittsburgh and Jake Forbes has 67 for NY

December 26, 1954 – National Football League Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Cleveland Browns thrash Detroit Lions, 56-10; Browns’ placekicker, “The Toe,” Number 76, Lou Groza made 8 extra points, a new title game record

December 26, 1967 – Ballon d’Or: Ferencváros forward Number 9, Flórián Albert won the award for best European soccer player ahead of Manchester United midfielder Number 10, Bobby Charlton and Celtic winger Number 7, Jimmy Johnstone

December 26, 1968 – Boston Bruins Number 6, Ted Green set an NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors and 2 game misconducts in a game against NY Rangers in NY’s Madison Square Garden

December 26, 1972 – Ballon d’Or: Bayern Munich defender Number 5, Franz Beckenbauer won the award for best European football player ahead of tied fellow German duo of Number 9, Gerd Müller and Number 10, Günter Netzer

December 26, 1986 – Hartford Whalers center, Number 27, Doug Jarvis set an NHL record of 916 consecutive games as the Whalers tie 1-1 after OT against his old club Montreal Canadiens

December 26, 1989 – Ballon d’Or: Milan’s second straight 1-2-3; Dutch striker Number 9, Marco van Basten won his 2nd best football player in Europe title ahead of Number 6, Franco Baresi and Number 5, Frank Rijkaard

December 26, 1991 – Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Number 7, Joe Mullen scored 4 goals for the second straight NHL game as the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Toronto Maple Leafs, 12-1; Number 66, Mario Lemieux added 2 goals along with 5 assists and Number 25, Kevin Stevens had 2 goals & 4 assists

December 26, 2006 – At 40 years, 268 days, Number 8, Teddy Sheringham scores for West Ham United in a 2-1 loss to Portsmouth at Upton Park, London; becomes oldest goal scorer in EPL history

TELEVISION TUESDAY

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

2 p.m.

ESPN — The Quick Lane Bowl: Bowling Green vs. Minnesota, Detroit

5:30 p.m.

ESPN — The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl: Texas St. vs. Rice, Dallas

9 p.m.

ESPN — The Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Kansas vs. UNLV, Phoenix

IIHF HOCKEY (MEN’S)

6 a.m.

NHLN — World Junior Hockey Championship Group Stage: Slovakia vs. Czech Republic, Group B, Gothenburg, Sweden

8:30 a.m.

NHLN — World Junior Hockey Championship Group Stage: Finland vs. Canada, Group A, Gothenburg, Sweden

11 a.m.

NHLN — World Junior Hockey Championship Group Stage: U.S. vs. Norway, Group B, Gothenburg, Sweden

1:30 p.m.

NHLN — World Junior Hockey Championship Group Stage: Sweden vs. Latvia, Group A, Gothenburg, Sweden

6 a.m. (Wednesday)

NHLN — World Junior Hockey Championship Group Stage: Slovakia vs. Switzerland, Group B, Gothenburg, Sweden

NBA BASKETBALL

8 p.m.

NBATV — Indiana at Houston

10:30 p.m.

NBATV — Charlotte at LA Clippers

SOCCER (MEN’S)

7:30 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Nottingham Forest at Newcastle United

10 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Fulham at Bournemouth

12:30 p.m.

USA — Premier League: Liverpool at Burnley

12:45 p.m.

FS2 — Saudi Pro League: Al-Nassr at Al-Ittihad

3 p.m.

USA — Premier League: Aston Villa at Manchester United