INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Brownsburg 54 Notre Dame DeLaSalette (Ill.) 21

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Anderson Prep at Knightstown 7:30 pm
Andrean at Crown Point 8:00 pm
Attica at Fountain Central 7:30 pm
Austin at Charlestown 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve at Northeast Dubois 7:30 pm
Bedford North Lawrence at Loogootee ppd.
Ben Davis at Covenant Christian 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian at Fairfield 7:30 pm
Blackford at Tipton 7:30 pm
Bluffton at Manchester 7:30 pm
Bowman Academy at Michigan City 8:00 pm
Calumet at Munster 8:00 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Hagerstown 7:30 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Maconaquah 7:30 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne) at Fort Wayne North 7:30 pm
Castle at Gibson Southern 8:00 pm
Caston at Argos 7:30 pm
Center Grove at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Centerville at New Castle 7:30 pm
Chicago Corliss (Ill.) at Gary 21st Century 7:00 pm
Churubusco at Lakewood Park 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Cloverdale at Monrovia 7:30 pm
Columbus East at Silver Creek 7:30 pm
Cowan at Union City 7:30 pm
Culver Academy at Victory Christian 7:00 pm
Delphi at Clinton Central 7:30 pm
Eastern Greene at Owen Valley 7:30 pm
Edinburgh at Crothersville 7:30 pm
Elwood at Southern Wells 7:30 pm
Eminence at University 7:30 pm
Evansville Bosse at Evansville North 8:00 pm
Evansville Christian at Wood Memorial 8:00 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Jasper 8:00 pm
Evansville Memorial at Mount Vernon (Posey) 8:00 pm
Faith Christian at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at Fort Wayne Northrop 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at Fort Wayne South 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7:30 pm
Frankton at Wabash 7:30 pm
Fremont at Eastside 7:30 pm
Gary West at Hanover Central 8:00 pm
Greenwood at Franklin Central 7:30 pm
Hamilton at Smith Academy 6:00 pm
Hammond Morton at Griffith 8:00 pm
Hammond Science & Tech at River Forest 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Westfield 7:30 pm
Henryville at Christian Academy 7:30 pm
Heritage at Norwell 7:45 pm
Hobart at Valparaiso 8:00 pm
Homestead at Fort Wayne Wayne 7:30 pm
Illiana Christian at Wheeler 8:00 pm
Indiana Deaf at Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Chatard at Park Tudor 7:30 pm
Indianapolis International at Central Christian 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Riverside at Eastern Hancock 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge at Christel House 7:30 pm
Jimtown at Bremen 7:30 pm
John Glenn at South Bend St. Joseph 7:30 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Crosspointe Christian 7:30 pm
Knox at Pioneer 7:30 pm
Lake Central at East Chicago Central 8:00 pm
Lakeland at Goshen 7:30 pm
Lapel at Heritage Christian 7:30 pm
Leo at Angola 7:30 pm
Liberty Christian at Noblesville 7:30 pm
Lowell at Whiting 8:00 pm
Madison-Grant at Eastbrook 7:30 pm
Marion at Warsaw 7:30 pm
Marquette Catholic at Demotte Christian 7:30 pm
McCutcheon at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
Milan at North Decatur 7:30 pm
Mishawaka at Chesterton 7:00 pm
Mishawaka Marian at New Prairie 7:30 pm
Mooresville at Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at Calvary Christian 6:00 pm
Mount Carmel (Ill.) at North Posey 8:00 pm
Muncie Burris at Alexandria 7:00 pm
New Palestine at Guerin Catholic 7:30 pm
North Central (Farmersburg) at Sullivan 7:30 pm
North Daviess at Linton-Stockton 7:30 pm
North Miami at Tippecanoe Valley 7:30 pm
North White at North Newton 7:30 pm
Northfield at Lakeland Christian 7:00 pm
Orleans at North Harrison 7:30 pm
Paris (Ill.) at West Vigo 8:00 pm
Pendleton Heights at Muncie Central 7:30 pm
Penn at South Bend Adams 7:30 pm
Perry Central at Crawford County 8:00 pm
Perry Meridian at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:30 pm
Pike Central at Tecumseh 8:00 pm
Portage at Lake Station 8:00 pm
Prairie Heights at Fort Wayne Canterbury 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Thrival Indy Academy 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly North at Believe Circle City 7:30 pm
Robinson (Ill.) at Terre Haute North 8:00 pm
Rochester at Plymouth 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at South Decatur 7:30 pm
Seton Catholic at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Shawe Memorial at Columbus Christian 7:30 pm
South Bend Clay at South Bend Career 7:30 pm
South Spencer at Breckenridge County (Ky.) 8:00 pm
Southport at Indianapolis Roncalli 7:30 pm
Springs Valley at Paoli 7:30 pm
Traders Point Christian at Bethesda Christian 7:30 pm
Trinity Greenlawn at Triton 7:30 pm
Tri-Township at Morgan Twp. 8:00 pm
Twin Lakes at Kankakee Valley 8:00 pm
Union (Modoc) at Fortune Academy 6:00 pm
Union County at Northeastern 7:30 pm
Vincennes Rivet at Washington Catholic 6:30 pm
Washington at Princeton 8:00 pm
Wawasee at Elkhart Christian 7:30 pm
Wes-Del at Shenandoah 7:30 pm
West Noble at NorthWood 7:45 pm
West Washington at Borden 7:30 pm
White River Valley at Shakamak 7:30 pm
Winamac at Logansport 7:30 pm

Northern Regional Hosts

LaPorte | Bracket 
Class 4A | South Bend Washington vs. Lake Central | 4 pm CT 
Class 4A | Northridge vs. Valparaiso | 7 pm CT

Marion | Bracket 
Class 4A | McCutcheon vs. Homestead | 1 pm ET 
Class 4A | Noblesville vs. Fort Wayne Snider | 4 pm ET

Jimtown | Bracket 
Class 3A | Hanover Central vs. Bremen | 4 pm ET 
Class 3A | New Prairie vs. NorthWood | 7 pm ET

Bellmont | Bracket 
Class 1A | Northfield vs. Clinton Central | 1 pm ET 
Class 2A | Lewis Cass vs. Fremont | 4 pm ET

Winamac Community | Bracket 
Class 2A | Andrean vs. LaVille | 4 pm ET 
Class 1A | Marquette Catholic vs. Morgan Township | 7 pm ET

Lapel | Bracket 
Class 3A | Hamilton Heights vs. Woodlan | 1 pm ET 
Class 2A | Lapel vs. Eastbrook | 4 pm ET

Caston | Bracket 
Class 3A | Benton Central vs. Norwell | 4 pm ET 
Class 1A | Bethany Christian vs. Caston | 7 pm ET

Wes-Del | Bracket 
Class 1A | Daleville vs. Union City | 1 pm ET 
Class 2A | Lafayette Central Catholic vs. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers | 4 pm ET

Southern Regional Hosts

Decatur Central | Bracket 
Class 4A | Mt. Vernon (Fortville) vs. Lawrence Central | 4 pm ET 
Class 4A | Pike vs. Plainfield | 7 pm ET

Bedford North Lawrence | Bracket 
Class 4A | Bedford North Lawrence vs. Center Grove | 1 pm ET 
Class 4A | Franklin Community vs. Evansville North | 4 pm ET

Greencastle | Bracket 
Class 3A | Indian Creek vs. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard | 4 pm ET 
Class 1A | North Central (Farmersburg) vs. Bethesda Christian | 7 pm ET

Charlestown | Bracket 
Class 2A | South Spencer vs. Brownstown Central | 1 pm ET 
Class 3A | Greensburg vs. Scottsburg | 4 pm ET

Southmont | Bracket 
Class 3A | Danville vs. Speedway | 4 pm ET 
Class 2A | Eastern Hancock vs. Parke Heritage | 7 pm ET

Crawford County | Bracket 
Class 3A | Washington vs. Gibson Southern | 1 pm ET 
Class 1A | Barr-Reeve vs. Lanesville | 4 pm ET

Southwestern (Shelbyville)

Southwestern (Shelbyville) | Bracket 
Class 2A | Sheridan vs. Northeastern | 4 pm ET 
Class 1A | Jac-Cen-Del vs.  Eminence | 7 pm ET

West Washington | Bracket 
Class 1A | Trinity Lutheran vs.  Wood Memorial | 1 pm ET 
Class 2A | Linton-Stockton vs. North Decatur | 4 pm ET

INDIANA WRESTLING SEMI-STATE

1. East Chicago Central (John C. Baratto Athletic Center) | 9 am CT 
Feeder Regionals: Crown Point, Hobart, Logansport, Penn.

2. Fort Wayne South Side (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum) | 8:30 am ET 
Feeder Regionals: Carroll (Fort Wayne), Goshen, Jay County, Peru.

3. New Castle (New Castle Fieldhouse) | 9 am ET 
Feeder Regionals: Frankfort, Pendleton Heights, Perry Meridian, Richmond.

4. Evansville F. J. Reitz (Ford Center) | 9 am CT 
Feeder Regionals: Bloomington South, Castle, Jeffersonville, Mooresville.

INDIANA GIRLS STATE SWIMMING FINALS

Friday, Feb. 9, 2024
Gates open at 4:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm CT
6 pm ET / 5 pm CT | Swimming Preliminaries | Heat Sheets | Psych Sheets 

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024
Gates open at 7:30 am ET / 6:30 am CT 
9 am ET / 8 am CT | Diving Preliminaries, Semifinals 
1 pm ET / 12 pm CT | Championship/Consolation Finals in all swimming events; Diving Finals 

SUPER BOWL LVIII 

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

KANSAS CITY VS. SAN FRANCISCO

IN LAS VEGAS, 6:30 P.M. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

KANSAS STATE 75 #8 KANSAS 70 OT

AP MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL

RANKTEAMRECORDPREVIOUS
1UCONN20-21
2PURDUE21-22
3NORTH CAROLINA18-43
4KANSAS18-48
5HOUSTON19-34
6TENNESSEE16-55
7MARQUETTE17-59
8ARIZONA17-511
9DUKE16-57
10ILLINOIS17-514
11WISCONSIN16-66
12AUBURN18-416
13BAYLOR16-518
14IOWA STATE16-512
15SOUTH CAROLINA19-3NR
16ALABAMA16-624
17KENTUCKY15-610
18DAYTON18-321
19CREIGHTON16-613
20FLORIDA ATLANTIC18-420
21BYU16-522
22UTAH STATE19-317
23TEXAS TECH16-515
24SAN DIEGO STATE17-5NR
25NEW MEXICO18-419

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#5 NC STATE 77 #16 LOUISVILLE 67

ELSEWHERE:

PURDUE 77 ILLINOIS 72 OT

MICHIGAN STATE 76 MINNESOTA 65

WOMEN’S AP COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

1             SOUTH CAROLINA (35)    21-0       875        1

2             IOWA                                   21-2       836        3

3             NC STATE                            19-2       802        5

4             COLORADO                        19-3       743        6

5             OHIO STATE                       19-3       694        8

6             STANFORD                          20-3       691        4

7             TEXAS                                  21-3       628        12

8             KANSAS STATE                   20-3       593        2

9             UCLA                                   17-4       546        7

10           SOUTHERN CAL                16-4       543        15

11           UCONN                               19-4       522        11

12           NOTRE DAME                    17-4       455        14

13           LSU                                      19-4       450        9

14           INDIANA                             18-3       398        10

15           LOUISVILLE                        19-3       394        16

16           VIRGINIA TECH                 18-4       379        17

17           OREGON STATE                 17-3       322        18

18           BAYLOR                               17-4       317        13

19           GONZAGA                           22-2       292        19

20           UTAH                                   17-6       267        20

21           CREIGHTON                       18-3       169        22

22           WEST VIRGINIA                19-2       139        23

23           SYRACUSE                          18-4       106        21

24           OKLAHOMA                       15-6       69           NR

25           PRINCETON                       17-3       44           25

NBA SCOREBOARD

DALLAS 118 PHILADELPHIA 102

CLEVELAND 136 SACRAMENTO 110

LA LAKERS 124 CHARLOTTE 118

LA CLIPPERS 149 ATLANTA 144

GOLDEN STATE 109 BROOKLYN 98

NEW ORLEANS 138 TORONTO 100

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY RANGERS 2 COLORADO 1 OT

NY ISLANDERS 3 TORONTO 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

THE SUPER BOWL IN LAS VEGAS FURTHER CEMENTS THE NFL’S RELATIONSHIP WITH A CITY IT ONCE SHUNNED

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A meeting scheduled in the 1980s between the NFL and sportsbook directors sparked hope in Las Vegas that their relationship would soon take a much more positive turn after decades during which the league kept the city at arm’s length.

When all it turned out to be was a league official telling the casinos they would each be charged $25,000 a year to televise NFL games, longtime sportsbook director Jimmy Vaccaro knew the relationship would remain frosty for the foreseeable future.

“In the long run, we thought there’s no sense fighting these people because they can turn off the switch and there are no football games on,” Vaccaro said. “So you just have to eat it and go from there.”

Now the NFL can’t get enough of Las Vegas. The Raiders have been playing near the Strip at Allegiant Stadium since 2020, and on Sunday the stadium will host the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, the most visible sign that the league has come to embrace both the city and the growing gambling industry. The city has also hosted the NFL draft and two Pro Bowls.

“The relationship developed very quickly,” said Jay Kornegay, vice president of race and sports operations at Westgate Las Vegas. “To us, it felt like it was a 180-degree turn. For decades, it was a precarious type of relationship. We talked to each other a number of times over the decades, but it was very clear their stance on sports gambling, and we certainly respected that.”

Las Vegas bookmakers, business executives and government officials largely took a pragmatic view when it came to how they worked with the NFL, a key reason the transition to a much warmer relationship has been smooth.

They could’ve taken the NFL’s snubs much more personally, and in fact, the league made two decisions that especially didn’t sit well.

One was in the 2003 when the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority asked to run a TV commercial during the Super Bowl touting the city. The NFL refused to air the ad, even though it didn’t mention gambling.

Authority CEO and President Steve Hill wasn’t in charge of the agency at the time, but in speaking with several people about the ad being nixed, he learned some were genuinely surprised and insulted.

But Hill added, chuckling: “I also think there was a fair amount of feigned surprise. It just plays wrong. Hey, this is going to draw free attention to us, which it did. And we played it up. It’s not the end-of-the-world kind of thing, so let’s play hurt and get some free media.”

The famous Las Vegas slogan “What happens here, stays here” was in the rejected commercial. It debuted that year, and Hill said the Super Bowl ad controversy was especially fortuitous in driving home the idea for tourists craving a place with relaxed rules and no judgement.

Then in 2015, then-Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was scheduled to headline a fantasy football convention at the Venetian that the NFL put the kibosh on because it was on casino property. Romo, who as CBS’s No. 1 game analyst will be calling this Super Bowl, unsuccessfully sued the league.

Las Vegas bookmakers, in the meantime, forged ahead and even worked with the NFL and other leagues when they discovered suspicious bets or line changes.

“They liked it when we told them what we thought when they wanted to question something, but that meant nothing after that,” Vaccaro said.

Two events swung the pendulum the other way.

NFL owners in 2017 approved the Raiders’ plans to relocate from Oakland, California, to Las Vegas. A year later, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, opening the door to legalized sports betting beyond Nevada.

Suddenly, the NFL had a much different relationship with Las Vegas.

“It’s a totally new world,” UNLV history professor Michael Green said. “It’s a complete flip-flop.”

At a Super Bowl event in December, league Commissioner Roger Goodell said he wouldn’t have imagined being in Las Vegas to promote the league’s premier event 10 years ago.

“You’ve become Sports Town USA, you really have,” Goodell told the crowd. “That vision was set out. That vision was clear. We wanted to be a part of it, and I think when that happened, everything seemed to change.”

The crowd was polite as Goodell spoke, but the change in demeanor came from the NFL’s side. Las Vegas never relented on its commitment to legalized sports betting.

Goodell was correct, however, about the steps the city took to become a major player in the sports world. In addition to the Raiders’ move, Las Vegas joined the NHL and WNBA and won a combined three championships in both leagues. Baseball’s Oakland Athletics are on their way, and LeBron James has spoken openly about wanting to own an NBA team here.

Getting the Raiders was the key to the improved ties between the league and city. A secretive 2015 meeting that included Bo Bernhard, then the UNLV International Gaming Institute executive director, and Raiders owner Mark Davis planted the seed. Bernhard ended up producing a white paper that Davis took to the league to show Las Vegas would be a valuable host city.

“I was just there at the beginning, like the coin toss in football,” Bernhard said. “A lot of really powerful people got it to the goal line.”

One of those was Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who made the case to his peers to open the Las Vegas market. “He felt pretty strongly that this was going to be a success,” Hill said.

The owners approved the move by a 31-1 vote. Only the Miami Dolphins’ Stephen Ross voted against it.

“It’s a great sports town, a great city,” Jones said. “It has borne out to be one of the most successful things that we’ve done was joining Las Vegas with the NFL.”

When the Supreme Court overturned PASPA, suddenly states beyond Nevada were lining up to legalize sports betting. Now it’s legal is 38 states, and in 2021 the NFL announced it had partnered with four sports betting companies.

“I saw this coming,” said Baird Fogel, a California attorney who works with the sports betting industry. “That’s why I got into it. I’m not saying I’m Nostradamus, but the amount of revenue we’re talking about couldn’t be ignored anymore.”

David Highhill, NFL general manager of sports betting, acknowledged the league had little choice but to embrace the new reality. The Super Bowl not only is in Las Vegas, but sports betting ads will air during the game.

“It was our job to make sure we react to the world around us,” Highhill said. “I think what we really focused on were what were our key priorities. So, No. 1, continue to protect the integrity of the game.”

He said the fact there were several player suspensions in 2023 for violating the league’s sports betting policy highlights the NFL’s commitment to ensuring games are on the level.

Las Vegas sportsbook directors have long argued protecting the integrity of events was equally important to them, and legalized betting makes it easier to detect if there are suspicious wagers or line movements.

So now the NFL and Las Vegas have embraced each other after decades of a strained relationship and Goodell said this Super Bowl likely won’t be the last in Nevada.

Still, the idea of the NFL’s biggest game being next to the Strip is one that is still hard for many to believe.

“I would’ve lost that bet,” Vaccaro said. “There’s no way. And you know what, it will be a monster week.”

FOR NICK BOSA, SUPER BOWL ABOUT A RING — AND REVENGE

LAS VEGAS — Losing in the Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs four seasons ago has never slipped the mind of San Francisco 49ers star Nick Bosa.

The defensive end said he documented his feelings and will break them out later this week as part of his preparation for Sunday’s rematch.

“No sharing but there are a couple recordings that I have,” Bosa said at Monday’s Super Bowl Opening Night. “I had some thoughts and I didn’t want to forget them so they’re in my phone.”

Bosa and the 49ers had a 10-point lead past the midway point of the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LIV before Kansas City scored 21 straight points to post a 31-20 victory at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Bosa scored one sack of Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes in that game and is eager for more.

“What stands out is very thin margins,” said Bosa, referring to Mahomes’ quick release and escape ability. “Very grateful for the opportunity against the same team. We have to make it count this time.”

Bosa and the 49ers figure to bring pressure with the Kansas City offense sometimes having issues against physical units.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid hasn’t forgotten the struggles of dealing with Bosa and the rest of San Francisco’s front seven four years ago.

“There were some running lanes early. They closed those up,” Reid said of the previous Super Bowl. “Their front — it starts with them. They’re really good, their front four. And then two of the most athletic linebackers in the league (in Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw).”

Yet even with the 49ers’ four sacks in the game, Mahomes still made the San Francisco defense pay.

“There’s a few plays in the Super Bowl we look back at that were very big plays where he made plays with his legs,” Bosa said.

Bosa had 10.5 sacks this season after needing time to find his stride after a long holdout.

He agreed to a five-year, $170 million contract as the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history shortly before the season started.

“It’s definitely a weight off your back getting your second deal done and just having that out of the equation,” Bosa said. “It was a stressful time. I’m glad it’s over with.”

One season earlier, Bosa had a league-best 18.5 sacks and won NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. He has 53.5 sacks in 68 regular-season games.

Bosa has 10 sacks in 11 postseason contests, including two in the NFC Championship Game when the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to claim a 34-31 victory over Detroit.

Bosa isn’t the only key San Francisco defender looking to close the door on past demons.

Warner repeatedly replays the former Super Bowl loss in his mind. He intercepted Mahomes in that game but the fourth-quarter collapse is what’s at the forefront of his thoughts.

“The biggest thing I take away from that game is the game is never over until that clock hits triple zeros,” Warner said. “That’s the biggest takeaway.

“I remember guys on the sidelines in that fourth quarter real happy and excited about possibly becoming Super Bowl champions and things flipped on a dime real quick. (Kansas City) scoring 21 unanswered in about six minutes.

“That scar remains with me to this day.”

GOLD MINED: KYLE SHANAHAN, 49ERS STRUCK IT RICH WITH QB BROCK PURDY

LAS VEGAS — As Mr. Irrelevant, he had a parade, a prodigious haul of swag and a few massive believers.

As an NFL quarterback in his second season, Brock Purdy started two NFC Championship Games and is playing Sunday for a Lombardi Trophy and a little bit more national attention.

“I would say he’s doing a pretty good job of getting it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday at Super Bowl LVIII Opening Night.

It’s been quite a roller coaster to get back to Las Vegas, where Purdy brings a 21-5 record as a starter to the Strip and a Super Bowl LVIII matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The third-youngest QB starter in Super Bowl history, Purdy is embracing everything about his next game and the opportunity to spark another parade.

“I got drafted last,” Purdy said Monday with a wry smile. “Staying grounded and more than anything, just staying grateful. Not what I didn’t do or where I didn’t go. But, ‘Hey, I get to go play for the 49ers.’ I want to be a part of this, I want to be a part of it forever. Even though I was overlooked two years ago in the draft, I’ve got an opportunity to go win a Super Bowl with the 49ers.”

When Purdy’s NFL journey began down the street at Caesars Palace, the 49ers turned in the card for the 262nd and final pick in the 2022 draft to little fanfare. He was the ninth of nine quarterbacks selected.

San Francisco hardly kicked the door down to reel in Purdy. Niners general manager John Lynch had many chances to select him sooner with five picks on the third and final day of the draft (Nos. 134, 172, 187, 220 and 221) before the draft-capper was announced.

Mr. Irrelevant no more, Purdy stood out to coach Kyle Shanahan very early in his rookie training camp. That’s not revisionist history.

“We had a fourth-round grade on him,” Shanahan said Monday. “You always go through and predict where guys are going to get drafted. We had a lot of holes at the time. Quarterback wasn’t really one of them.

“We knew his measurables and stuff were smaller (than the prototype quarterback). The first day of rookie minicamp he walks out and I told our coaches, ‘OK, he’s going to be fine.’ We called him Baby Bosa. He had these shortie shorts on and big, thick legs kind of like (San Francisco edge rusher Nick) Bosa.”

Team owner Jed York confessed this week Shanahan told him in August 2022 he was pretty sure the “third-sting quarterback is our best quarterback,” which turned the stomach of the CEO who invested massive draft capital and salary for the 49ers to acquire the No. 3 pick in 2021 and select Trey Lance.

San Francisco traded three first-round picks to go up from No. 12 to No. 3 and select Lance, a relative neophyte out of North Dakota State. Shanahan said now with the benefit of hindsight it was “definitely a mistake.” After two seasons and four total starts, Lance was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in August after the 49ers were fully comfortable that Purdy’s surgically repaired right elbow was fully healthy.

Two years later, Shanahan isn’t just willing to put Purdy among the best quarterbacks he’s ever coached.

“Better. He’s better,” Shanahan said.

The numbers prove his point. Among quarterbacks with at least 20 starts (regular season and postseason combined) the past two seasons, Purdy leads the NFL during his starts with an .808 winning percentage, 9.2 yards per attempt, a 3.36-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio (47-14) and a 111.2 passer rating.

TRAVIS KELCE REJECTS RETIREMENT TALK, FOCUSES ON THIRD RING

LAS VEGAS — Travis Kelce doesn’t appear to be slowing down at age 34, and the Kansas City Chiefs’ star tight end has no plans to quit playing the game anytime soon.

With Kelce’s brother, 36-year-old center Jason Kelce, pondering retirement from the Philadelphia Eagles, the rumor mill has swirled around Travis’ future, too.

Travis Kelce made it clear during Monday’s Super Bowl Opening Night that Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers will not be his final game.

“I love coming into the building and playing this game more than anybody and I know I’m going to miss it when it’s over with,” Travis Kelce said. “I can’t put a timestamp on it, but I know I’m going to enjoy every single bit of this one.”

Besides, Kelce has a lot of accomplishments to add to his impressive postseason legacy.

He became the all-time leader in playoff receptions during the Chiefs’ AFC Championship Game victory over the Baltimore Ravens last month. His 11 catches raised his output to 156, five more than San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice amassed.

Kelce ranks second in postseason receiving yardage (1,810) and touchdown catches (19). Rice is the leader in both those categories with 2,245 and 22, respectively.

“When the lights are brighter, he plays better,” Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes said of Kelce. “There’s comfort in just having another leader out there who shows the guys that’s how to get it done.”

Kelce, a nine-time Pro Bowl pick, is viewed as one of the NFL’s all-time great tight ends. He is on a list that includes names from different eras such as John Mackey, Kellen Winslow, Shannon Sharpe, Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Rob Gronkowski.

However, he is more obsessed about winning a third Super Bowl ring. Kelce won one against the 49ers to conclude the 2019 season and another last year against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Yet he says the one he didn’t win still hurts.

“I’ve been on a mission ever since I won my first Super Bowl,” Kelce said. “We made it back to the Super Bowl (to end the 2020 season) and we lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s motivated me to get back to this point right here.

“You’ll hear me say this a lot — I want this one more than I’ve ever wanted a Super Bowl before in my life. And it’s because of the type of team we have. But also because of that tier of team because the teams that have done it (three times) have gone down in history as some of the greats.”

Kelce caught touchdown passes in the Super Bowl wins over the Chiefs and Eagles. He had 10 catches for 133 yards in the loss to the Buccaneers.

San Francisco is expected to have Fred Warner, considered one of the elite coverage linebackers in the game, defend Kelce the bulk of the time. Warner intercepted a Mahomes pass in Super Bowl LIV.

Of course, Kelce was bombarded with questions Monday night about his romance with singer Taylor Swift.

Swift has concerts scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday in Tokyo so she won’t be part of Super Bowl week hype. She is expected to return from Japan in time to attend the Sunday night game.

Kelce maintained that the relationship with Swift doesn’t prompt increased expectations.

“You can’t put any more pressure on me than I put on myself, I can promise you that,” Kelce said. “The heart of a competitor.

“She’s definitely brought a lot of new faces to the game and it’s been fun to experience that.”

ROGER GOODELL: INTEGRITY ‘NO. 1’ PRIORITY AS LEGALIZED GAMBLING EXPANDS

At his annual state of the league address Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the topic of gambling, with Super Bowl LVIII being held in the hotbed of betting — Las Vegas — on Sunday.

Speculation has increased

Speculation has increased regarding the integrity of the league given the NFL’s gambling partnerships with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings and FanDuel. However, the league has addressed the issue in recent years by updating and enforcing stricter gambling policies. Both players and league employees face consequences for gambling and are barred from gambling or visiting casinos during Super Bowl week.

“It’s our No. 1 objective: Gambling and outside of gambling, the integrity of our game is critical,” Goodell told reporters in the Las Vegas Raiders’ locker room, site of his news conference. “And so we spend a lot of time focusing on that: educating, making sure that all of our personnel are aware of our gambling policies in this case or any other policy that can affect the integrity of our game. Ultimately, that’s our primary job.”

Goodell told reporters he believed 25 league and team personnel violated the NFL’s gambling violations but didn’t reveal whether all were fired or what type of discipline they faced. The commissioner added that approximately 13 players had been disciplined.

The commissioner said that betting on an NFL game could result in termination for a league office employee. Per the latest gambling policy, players receive a one-year suspension for betting on the league and a two-year suspension for betting on their team.

Regarding players betting on other sports, first-time offenders will be suspended two games without pay, second-time offenders six games and third-time offenders at least a one-year suspension.

“We take this incredibly seriously,” Goodell said. “We understand the risk. We did not make the decision. Ultimately the decision was a decision by the Supreme Court: They legalized sports betting. We have to adapt. We have to embrace it. We have been cautious. We have been very thoughtful, I think, in our approach. But we know the risk, and protecting the integrity is No. 1.”

SUPER BOWL OPENING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA IN LAS VEGAS COULD BE THE WILDEST ONE YET

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Super Bowl opening night evolved into a wacky, circus-like spectacle long before Las Vegas had a chance to host the NFL’s biggest game.

There’s no telling how wild it will be for Sin City’s media extravaganza.

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are in town and they’ll officially kick off the festivities Monday night at Allegiant Stadium when they meet with thousands of media members from across the globe.

The event is open to fans who purchased tickets, and it will be the first and only public appearance this week for every player and coach from the two teams.

They’ll field questions ranging from serious to silly. They’ll be asked to discuss personal topics and to participate in goofy skits.

This is where a female reporter once showed up in a wedding dress and veil and proposed to Tom Brady. Back then, it was called media day and took place on Tuesday.

Now, it’s live on national television in prime time.

More than 6,000 media members from 26 countries are accredited to cover the first Super Bowl in Las Vegas and related events on-site in the gambling capital of America. Some will show up to opening night dressed in costumes with no intention of talking about anything that’ll happen on the field.

Players can be overwhelmed easily if it’s their first time. The Chiefs are aiming to win back-to-back Super Bowls and are making their fourth appearance in five years. They’re used to this craziness.

“It’s exciting. It’s all exciting stuff,” Kansas City’s star tight end Travis Kelce said. “It builds and sets the tone for the whole week. It’s the biggest stage in the world. Monday night is going to be where it starts for everybody. At this point, I just love it, it’s an exciting time. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of thing that I’ve been able to enjoy a few times.”

The Chiefs beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl four years ago in Miami. Brock Purdy is in his second season with San Francisco, so it’s a new experience for him.

“Obviously, it’s a big game and trying to handle everything up until we leave and get on the plane to go to Vegas,” Purdy said last week. “Just in terms of who’s going to the game, all that kind of stuff. Obviously, our scheme and what we’re trying to do against the Chiefs so that when we get on the plane and we’re going through all this stuff throughout the week, we understand what we’re trying to do and the plays that we’re running and all that stuff.”

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan is heading to his third Super Bowl, including one as an offensive coordinator with Atlanta. He also saw how his dad, two-time Super Bowl champ Mike Shanahan, handled the week.

“You try to get as much in this first week as possible,” he said last week about the team’s practice routine. “When you get out there, we go through it again. But it is different. Our Monday’s totally different with the media deal. Our routine’s off because you’ve got to do these press conferences every day. So you get about an hour off from all your normal times. So when you usually do red zone and stuff, you’re two hours behind. A little more tired. All that stuff adds up. If you put stuff off to that week and think it’s going to be a normal week, you’re going to get to that Thursday or Friday and not quite feel as comfortable.”

Football comes Sunday. The real hype starts Monday night.

Whichever team handles the distractions all week the best has a better chance to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

BROWNS COUNTING ON NEW OC KEN DORSEY GETTING MOST OUT OF DESHAUN WATSON AFTER QB SUCCESS ELSEWHERE

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Ken Dorsey’s background playing quarterback and coaching QBs made him a natural pick for the Browns, who hope he can work his magic with Deshaun Watson.

Fired during the season in Buffalo, Dorsey was introduced Monday as Cleveland’s new offensive coordinator by coach Kevin Stefanski, who made several changes to his staff following an 11-6 regular season and wild-card playoff loss.

Stefanski’s most notable move was firing coordinator Alex Van Pelt and bringing in Dorsey, who had success working with Cam Newton in Carolina and the Bills’ Josh Allen — dual-threat QBs with skill sets similar to Watson.

Dorsey has already connected by phone with Watson, and he’s looking forward to getting to know him better as a person and player.

“He clearly has a great feel for a lot of different aspects of football, whether it’s scheme-wise for us, instincts of what he sees on the field in terms of the defense and adjusting things,” Dorsey said. “That’s the exciting part about working with him: getting him back to the elite level of who he is.”

Watson made just six starts in his second season in Cleveland b efore fracturing his right shoulder during a comeback win at Baltimore. He’s only played 12 games since the Browns signed him to a $230 million contract, creating more urgency in 2024.

And that’s where the 42-year-old Dorsey comes in.

He helped Newton become league MVP in 2015 when he led the Panthers to the Super Bowl. Under Dorsey’s guidance in Buffalo, Allen became one of the league’s top passers and QB capable of changing a game with his legs.

“When we made this decision very early on, Ken was a guy that we identified that could help us, help me, be an integral part of this offense,” Stefanski said of Dorsey, who was a backup in Cleveland from 2006-08. “Just watching Ken in college, in the pros, having success as a player, having success as a coach. He really fits who we are culturally.”

Stefanski said it’s not yet decided who will call plays, something he has done since coming to Cleveland in 2020.

Dorsey called plays for the Bills, but made it clear that’s not any priority.

“Play-calling to me is not as important as winning football games,” said Dorsey, who went 38-2 as a starter and won a national title at Miami. “To me, it’s more about, alright, what’s the decision that we feel most comfortable about moving forward to help our team win? And that’s the only thing that matters to me.”

Dorsey didn’t want to revisit the circumstances of his ouster by Bills coach Sean McDermott after 10 games.

“At the end of the day the head coach decided to make a change and that’s something that I’ve turned the page on,” he said. “I’m really excited to be here and more focused on this opportunity than what happened there.”

Stefanski overhauled his offensive staff just days after the Browns lost 45-14 to the Houston Texans in the playoffs. Along with firing Alex Van Pelt, he dismissed running backs coach Stump Mitchell and chose not to retain tight ends coach T.C. McCartney.

Mitchell has been replaced by Duce Staley, let go last season in Carolina, and McCartney by Tommy Rees, Alabama’s offensive coordinator last season under Nick Saban. Jacques Cesaire is Cleveland’s new defensive line coach.

Stefanski still has to fill the offensive line opening created when Bill Callahan, regarded as one of the league’s best, left to join his son Brian’s staff in Tennessee.

Stefanski joked about the “very unique” father-son coaching dynamic.

“He’s going to work for Brian,” Stefanski said of the elder Callahan. “I can’t wait for Brian to boss him around. The dream of every kid is to boss their parents around. Happy for those guys. Organizationally, we realized that’s a unique situation and did not want to stand in the way of that.”

REPORT: SEAHAWKS HIRING JAY HARBAUGH AS SPECIAL TEAMS COACH

Jay Harbaugh is following his father to the NFL but to a different city.

The Seattle Seahawks are working to hire Harbaugh as their special teams coordinator, Sports Illustrated reported Monday, a move considered surprising given that Harbaugh was expected to join his dad, Jim Harbaugh, with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Jay Harbaugh, 34, was ST coordinator under his father at Michigan.

Larry Izzo has been the ST coordinator the past three seasons in Seattle.

Jay Harbaugh worked with new Seahawks head coach Mike Macdonald when both were coaching under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. Macdonald left after one season in 2021 as the Wolverines’ defensive coordinator to become DC under John Harbaugh in Baltimore. Jay Harbaugh and Macdonald were also on the same Ravens staff in 2014.

The Chargers are reportedly likely to retain Ryan Ficken as special teams coordinator.

EX-STEELERS RB LE’VEON BELL TO ATTEMPT NFL COMEBACK

Former Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell is eyeing an NFL comeback.

Bell, who turns 32 later this month, has not played in the league since 2021.

The two-time All-Pro expressed his desire to return in a series of Snapchat videos Friday night, according to ESPN.

Bell said he will start training next month and that he will only play for “one team,” presumably Pittsburgh.

“And I’m gonna be honest with myself, I got to go out there and be like, I’m going to put my foot in the ground. Do I feel it? Am I hurting? Can I go out there and really play again?” he said. “And bro, I’m telling you all right now when I go out there and train in March and if I hit April and I make this decision to come back to play in the NFL again, mark my words down — I will be better than I ever was.

“And I will only come back for that one team. You all know who it is. I don’t have to say no team. You all know who it is.”

A comeback in Pittsburgh seems like a long shot for multiple reasons. The Steelers appear to be set at the position with Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren, and Bell didn’t exactly leave on good terms.

Bell sat out the entire 2018 season after refusing to sign his franchise tag. He returned to play for the New York Jets (2019-20), Kansas City Chiefs (2020), Baltimore Ravens (2021) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021) but never achieved the level of success he enjoyed in Pittsburgh.

Bell earned three Pro Bowl selections in five seasons with the Steelers (2013-17), rushing for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns in 62 starts during that span. His career totals include 9,843 yards from scrimmage and 51 touchdowns in 96 games (81 starts).

UFL NEWS

UFL ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL 43-GAME SCHEDULE

The United Football League announced its inaugural 43-game schedule for the 2024 season on Monday.

The eight teams from the merged XFL and USFL will each play 10 games, including five each in their home markets.

The season kicks off with a clash of the reigning champions from those leagues on March 30 when the Arlington Renegades (XFL) take on the Birmingham Stallions (USFL) in Arlington, Texas.

The rest of the opening weekend schedule features the St. Louis Battlehawks at the Michigan Panthers (March 30), the D.C. Defenders at the San Antonio Brahmas (March 31), and the Memphis Showboats at the Houston Roughnecks (March 31).

UFL teams will practice in a central location near Dallas.

Two conference championship games will be held on the weekend of June 8-9 and the UFL title game will be June 16.

The league also confirmed the eight home stadiums for 2024: Protective Stadium (Birmingham), Choctaw Stadium (Arlington), Rice Stadium (Houston), Audi Field (D.C.), Liberty Stadium (Memphis), The Alamodome (San Antonio), Ford Field (Michigan) and The Dome at America’s Center (St. Louis).

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: CLIPPERS EDGE HAWKS, EXTEND WIN STREAK

Kawhi Leonard scored 10 of his 36 points in the final five minutes to help the visiting Los Angeles Clippers hold off the Atlanta Hawks 149-144 on Monday and extend their winning streak to four games.

Leonard, named the Western Conference’s Player of the Week earlier in the day, put the Clippers ahead with a putback basket at 4:52, then provided separation with six points over back-to-back possessions — a three-point play followed by a 3-pointer. He was 13-for-20 from the field with five 3-pointers.

James Harden scored 30 points, hitting six 3-pointers, and was 10-for-10 from the free-throw line with eight rebounds and 10 assists.

Atlanta’s De’Andre Hunter matched his season high with 27 points. Trae Young, named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, had 25 points and 12 assists, and Dejounte Murray scored 21. Atlanta had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Pelicans 138, Raptors 100

Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 41 points and host New Orleans dominated from start to finish in a victory over sliding Toronto.

Ingram made 16 of 21 field-goal attempts, 8 of 11 3-pointers and added nine assists in just three quarters. CJ McCollum scored 20 points, Zion Williamson had 16, Jose Alvarado had 11 and Jonas Valanciunas added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans, who recorded their largest margin of victory this season.

Gradey Dick scored a career-high 22 points, Scottie Barnes had 17 and Jakob Poeltl added 14 to lead the Raptors, who lost for the eighth time in nine games and for the 12th time in 14 games.

Mavericks 118, 76ers 102

Kyrie Irving returned from a six-game absence due to a sprained right thumb to score 23 points as Dallas defeated host Philadelphia.

Josh Green added 20 points, Luka Doncic contributed 19, Jaden Hardy scored 17 and Grant Williams and Maxi Kleber had 14 apiece. Jason Kidd recorded his 300th career victory as an NBA coach.

Philadelphia played without reigning MVP Joel Embiid, who is expected to undergo surgery on the lateral meniscus in his left knee later this week. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the 76ers with 19 points, Tobias Harris scored 17 and Tyrese Maxey had 15 on 6-of-16 shooting. Mo Bamba hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds.

Lakers 124, Hornets 118

Anthony Davis turned in a triple-double, D’Angelo Russell poured in 28 points and LeBron James posted 26 points as Los Angeles beat host Charlotte for its third victory in a row.

Davis provided 26 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists and a key blocked shot in the final minute as the Lakers, who were in control for most of the game, held on to complete a 4-2 road trip. Christian Wood had 11 points off the bench.

Charlotte is on an eight-game losing streak after another home loss — the second in as many nights — despite Miles Bridges pumping in 41 points. Brandon Miller kept up his offensive production with 33 points, while P.J. Washington’s 15 points and Bryce McGowen’s 10 points were boosts in bench scoring.

Warriors 109, Nets 98

Stephen Curry scored 29 points as Golden State took control in the second half and pulled away from host Brooklyn for the Warriors’ third win in four games.

Two nights after producing his second career 60-point game in a seven-point overtime loss at Atlanta, Curry made 12 of 24 shots and hit Golden State’s only four 3-pointers (on 11 attempts) as the Warriors finished 4-for-22 from behind the arc.

Coming off a 40-point game Saturday in Philadelphia, Cam Thomas led the Nets with 18 points but shot 4-for-21 from the floor. Nic Claxton added 15 and a career-high seven blocks before getting ejected for a flagrant-two foul on Brandin Podziemski with 4:59 left.

Cavaliers 136, Kings 110

Donovan Mitchell poured in a game-high 29 points, Cleveland used 13 first-half 3-pointers to build a big lead and the NBA’s hottest team won its sixth in a row, running away from road-weary Sacramento.

Max Strus used six 3-pointers in 10 attempts as the foundation for a 22-point night and combined with Mitchell for 11 treys, helping the Cavaliers equal their highest 3-pointer total of the season (23) en route to the comfortable win.

Domantas Sabonis recorded his 15th triple-double of the season, but it wasn’t enough for the Kings, who finished their road trip with a 5-2 mark. Sacramento had won its previous two games.

NBA SET TO PLAY ON AN LED GLASS COURT FOR SOME ALL-STAR WEEKEND EVENTS

For the first time, the NBA will play on glass.

Part of All-Star weekend in Indianapolis — including the entire All-Star Saturday Night lineup — will be played on a state-of-the-art, full video LED court that will be installed at Lucas Oil Stadium, the league said Monday.

That means the skills competition, the 3-point contest, the slam dunk competition and the shooting matchup between Stephen Curry and Sabrina Ionescu will take place on the glass floor on Feb. 17, as will the celebrity game on Feb. 16. The actual All-Star Game itself on Feb. 18 will remain on a wooden court.

“It gives us a little bit more range in what we can do as far as interactive graphics, reactionary graphics that happen on the floor, changing the floor design, changing the colors, really reacting to the play that happens on the court,” said Carlton Myers, an NBA senior vice president overseeing live production and entertainment. “So, we feel really, really good about the capabilities of what this gives us, what this provides us. And we think it’s going to be really impactful, both in the building and watching on television.”

The court, developed by the German company ASB GlassFloor, has been used in events by FIBA, the sport’s governing body. FIBA approved usage of LED glass flooring at top-tier competitions in 2022. The league didn’t reveal what the court costs, other than it’s more expensive than a wood surface.

The NBA has been considering ways to use the product for some time. Andre Iguodala of the National Basketball Players Association and Joe Dumars, the NBA’s executive vice president for basketball operations, experimented on the court last week to check how it plays and whether it’s safe.

The court itself is actually two layers of laminated safety glass, each five millimeters thick, the NBA said. The surface is opaque, and all the designs will be provided by the LED panels. Courts will have a different look for each event — and part of what’ll be displayed are real-time game stats, replays, video content and even player tracking animations.

The surface plays almost exactly the same way wood does, in terms of bounce and feel.

“What does it feel like? Does it have traction? Does it have give? Those were the questions that came to mind right away when you hear about this court,” Dumars said. “And they were answered to our satisfaction.”

The NBA experimented with court design changes earlier this season, when it used different-looking surfaces for the In-Season Tournament. Those courts were still the traditional wood, just with a different paint scheme.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

AP POLL: SOUTH CAROLINA JOINS FOR 1ST TIME SINCE 2017

Reigning national champion Connecticut, Purdue, and North Carolina remained atop The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll for the third consecutive week, while South Carolina cracked the rankings for the first time in nearly seven years.

RANKTEAMRECORDPREVIOUS
1UConn20-21
2Purdue21-22
3North Carolina18-43
4Kansas18-48
5Houston19-34
6Tennessee16-55
7Marquette17-59
8Arizona17-511
9Duke16-57
10Illinois17-514
11Wisconsin16-66
12Auburn18-416
13Baylor16-518
14Iowa State16-512
15South Carolina19-3NR
16Alabama16-624
17Kentucky15-610
18Dayton18-321
19Creighton16-613
20Florida Atlantic18-420
21BYU16-522
22Utah State19-317
23Texas Tech16-515
24San Diego State17-5NR
25New Mexico18-419

The Huskies earned 45 of 61 first-place votes to remain at No. 1 for the fourth straight week in Monday’s poll, while the Boilermakers topped the ballots of 16 other voters.

The top of the poll remained set after a big week that included four top-10 matchups over the weekend, with Purdue winning at Wisconsin and UNC beating rival Duke. The week also included Kansas beating Houston, which vaulted the Jayhawks to No. 4 and dropped the Cougars one spot to No. 5.

Tennessee fell one spot to No. 6 after losing at home to the now-No. 15 Gamecocks but following with a win at Kentucky.

As for South Carolina, it marked the program’s first appearance in the poll since February 2017. The Gamecocks joined San Diego State as the week’s new additions, replacing Oklahoma and TCU.

KANSAS STATE DOWNS RIVAL NO. 4 KANSAS IN OT

Tylor Perry scored eight of his game-high 26 points in overtime as Kansas State knocked off No. 4 Kansas 75-70 Monday night in Manhattan, Kan.

After giving the Wildcats the lead with a layup with 2:41 left in overtime, Perry hit a 3-pointer to make it 70-66 in favor of Kansas State with 1:54 left. After Hunter Dickinson trimmed it to 70-68, Perry hit two free throws to extend it to 72-68. Dajuan Harris cut it to 72-70 with a pair of free throws before Kevin McCullar had a chance to tie it but missed the front end of a one-and-one on the ensuing possession.

Arthur Kaluma then hit two freebies and, after Harris missed a layup attempt, Perry’s free throw iced the victory in the 300th meeting between the schools. It is the sixth-most-played rivalry in Division I men’s basketball history.

Kansas State (15-8, 5-5 Big 12) also got 19 from Cam Carter and 13 from Kaluma to snap a four-game losing streak.

Kansas (18-5, 6-4) was led by Dickinson’s 21 points. McCullar and Harris added 15 each and K.J. Adams Jr. added 13.

Kansas stretched a two-point halftime lead to 41-30 with the first nine points of the second half. But Kansas State scored the next 11 points to tie it up five minutes into the half.

Neither team could get much separation from that point on. When Perry hit three free throws, the Wildcats led 55-52 with less than five minutes left in regulation. After Dickinson scored inside, Carter’s 3-pointer gave the Wildcats a 58-54 lead.

Kansas used a 6-0 run to regain the lead on a layup by McCullar with 1:42 left. Kaluma scored on a put-back with 23 seconds left to give Kansas State the lead, but Adams dunked home the tying score with 14.2 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

Kansas State came out shooting from long range, hitting 3 of 7 from 3-point range before the first media timeout. The Wildcats played with more energy than they had during the first four games of their losing streak, as indicated by a 17-16 advantage in rebounds after 20 minutes against the taller Jayhawks.

Kansas took a slim 32-30 lead into the locker room. The Wildcats were led by Carter with eight points while the Jayhawks had four players with seven points apiece.

PURDUE AND MINNESOTA SCORE MEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY ACCOLADES

Player of the Week
Zach Edey, Purdue
C – Sr. – 7-4 – Toronto, Canada – IMG Academy (Fla.) – Major: Organizational Leadership and Supervision

  • Averaged 24.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.5 assists in leading Purdue with wins over Northwestern and No. 6 Wisconsin
  • Shot 11-14 from the floor and paired 30 points and 15 rebounds, while playing 41 minutes of a 105-96 overtime win over Northwestern
  • Tallied 18 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocked shots to lead the Boilermakers to a 75-69 win at Wisconsin in a battle for the top spot in the Big Ten standings
  • Garners his 10th career Player of the Week award and fifth of the season
  • Last Purdue Player of the Week: Zach Edey (Jan. 22, 2024)

 
Freshman of the Week
Cam Christie
G – 6-6 – Arlington Heights, Ill. – Rolling Meadows – Major: Undeclared

  • Scored 15 points, including 10 in the second half, as the Gophers erased a nine-point deficit to top Northwestern 75-66 in overtime
  • Hit a three-pointer with 44 seconds left in regulation to give Minnesota its first lead since the 9:10 mark of the first half
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Daniel Oturu (Feb. 25, 2019)

MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL

ZIPS’ FREEMAN TABBED PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

Enrique Freeman, Senior, Forward, Akron

Cleveland, Ohio (St. Martin De Porres)

The Akron Zips and Enrique Freeman recorded two fantastic performances this week to go 2-0 and take sole possession of first place in the MAC. The Akron senior averaged a double-double with 18.5 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game. He also averaged three assists per game and 1.5 blocks per game. On the week Freeman shot 12-of-15 (.800) and went 13-of-16 (.813) from the free throw line.

The Zips started the week with a 77-46 win at Eastern Michigan on January 30. Freeman went 6-of-7 (.857) from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line (.833). He also hauled in 11 boards while dishing out two assists and getting one steal against the Eagles.

Freeman would then follow that performance up with yet another double-double for his 19th of the season as the Zips took down Toledo, 77-70. Against the conference’s best offense, Freeman would collect 14 rebounds and have three blocks against the Rockets. He’d finish with 20 points as well to record his 11th game with 20 or more points and 10 or more rebounds. Freeman had another superb shooting night with a 6-of-8 (.750) performance and an 8-of-10 (.800) night from the free throw line. He also added four assists.

ACC MEN’S BASKETBALL

UNC’S INGRAM, NC STATE’S HORNE, UOFL’S JOHNSON PICK UP ACC MEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY HONORS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina graduate forward Harrison Ingram and NC State graduate guard DJ Horne shared Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors, and Louisville guard Ty-Laur Johnson was named ACC Rookie of the Week.

ACC men’s basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel and announced on Mondays throughout the regular season.

In North Carolina’s 93-84 win over No. 7 Duke, Ingram scored a season-high 21 points, made a career-high five 3-pointers, tied his career high with eight field goals, grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and tied his career high with four steals. The Dallas, Texas, native joined George Lynch (1993 NCAA East Region final vs. Cincinnati) as the only Tar Heels ever to have at least 20 points, 13 rebounds and four steals in a game. Ingram joined Reggie Bullock as the only Tar Heels with five 3-pointers and 13 rebounds in a game (Bullock vs. NC State in 2013). He averaged 14.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in the Tar Heels’ two games last week. At Georgia Tech, Ingram scored eight points, had a game-high 13 rebounds and recorded three assists.

Horne averaged 25.0 points per game in NC State’s wins over Miami and Georgia Tech last week. The Raleigh, North Carolina, native scored a game-high 24 points in the win over Miami on Tuesday night, finishing the game 7-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-7 from 3-point range, and 7-of-8 from the foul line. In the win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, Horne poured in 26 points on 6-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range, and 10-of-11 from the foul line. Horne had zero turnovers in 71 minutes of action for the week. He was clutch for the Pack in the second half when NC State found itself behind in the final 20 minutes in both games, scoring 32 of his 50 points after halftime.

In Johnson’s lone game of the week, he accomplished a feat no other Cardinal basketball player has done in program history. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Johnson scored 27 points, dished out 11 assists and pulled down six rebounds in Louisville’s 101-92 victory over Florida State, becoming the program’s first player to score at least 20 points, dish out 10 assists and grab five rebounds in a game. He also notched his first career double-double and recorded numerous career highs including points, assists, rebounds, blocks, field goals made and field goals attempted. He is the only player this season in college basketball to have at least 27, 11 and six against a Division I opponent and is just the fourth player in eight seasons to do it against a Power Five opponent. Johnson’s 27 points marks the most by any ACC freshman this year and his 11 assists ties that same bar.

2023-24 ACC Players of the Week

Nov. 13 – Armando Bacot, Gr., F/C, North Carolina

Nov. 20 – Quinten Post, Gr., F/C, Boston College

Nov. 27 – Jamir Watkins, R-Jr., F, Florida State; RJ Davis, Sr., G, North Carolina

Dec. 4 – PJ Hall, Sr., C, Clemson

Dec. 11 – Blake Hinson, Sr., F, Pitt

Dec. 18 – Kyle Filipowski, So., C, Duke

Dec. 26 – RJ Davis, Sr., G, North Carolina; Lynn Kidd, Sr., C, Virginia Tech

Jan. 2 – Quadir Copeland, So., G, Syracuse

Jan. 8 – Armando Bacot, Gr., F/C, North Carolina; Kevin “Boopie” Miller, So., G, Wake Forest

Jan. 15 – Sean Pedulla, Jr., G, Virginia Tech

Jan. 22 – Reece Beekman, Sr., G, Virginia

Jan. 29 – RJ Davis, Sr., G, North Carolina

Feb. 5 – Harrison Ingram, Gr., F, North Carolina; DJ Horne, Gr., G, NC State

2023-24 ACC Rookies of the Week

Nov. 13 – Carlton Carrington, G, Pitt

Nov. 20 – Carlton Carrington, G, Pitt

Nov. 27 – Dennis Parker Jr., G, NC State

Dec. 4 – Baye Ndongo, F, Georgia Tech

Dec. 11 – Carlton Carrington, G, Pitt

Dec. 18 – Baye Ndongo, F, Georgia Tech

Dec. 26 – Baye Ndongo, F, Georgia Tech

Jan. 2 – Markus Burton, G, Notre Dame

Jan. 8 – Carlton Carrington, G, Pitt

Jan. 15 – Braeden Shrewsberry, G, Notre Dame

Jan. 22 – Jaland Lowe, G, Pitt

Jan. 29 – Jared McCain, G, Duke

Feb. 5 – Ty-Laur Johnson, G, Louisville

HORIZON LEAGUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

UNDER ARMOUR #HLMBB PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (FEBRUARY 5)

INDIANAPOLIS (February 5, 2024) – Milwaukee’s BJ Freeman, Oakland’s Blake Lampman and Green Bay’s David Douglas Jr. earned this week’s Under Armour #HLMBB weekly awards.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK | BJ FREEMAN | MILWAUKEE | JUNIOR | G/F | SELMA, N.C.

Led the Panthers to a 2-0 week, averaging 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game

Shot .469 (15-of-32) from the field and .500 (6-of-12) from deep, adding four steals and a pair of blocks

Scored 26 against the Mastodons, including seven decisive points late when MKE was trailing

Added 19 points in the win over IUPUI Sunday

PLAYER OF THE WEEK | BLAKE LAMPMAN | OAKLAND | GRADUATE | G | HASLETT, MICH.

Led the Golden Grizzlies to a 2-0 week to place Oakland in a tie for first in the Horizon League standings

Posted 26 points in back-to-back games against RMU and Cleveland State

Shot 17-of-32 (.531) from the field while going 12-of-24 (.500) from three-point range

Also tallied seven rebounds and seven assists and was 6-6 from the charity stripe

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK | DAVID DOUGLAS JR. | GREEN BAY | G | YORKVILLE, ILL.

Continued his strong play with a game-high 20 points in GB’s 79-56 win over IUPUI this week

Played 29 minutes off the bench and came alive in the second half, scoring 17 points in the frame

Shot 54.5 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point range

Picked up his fourth Under Armour #HLMBB Freshman of the Week honor

HCAC 2023-24 MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 13

Athlete of the Week:
Bryson Huckeby (Freeland, Mich.) Anderson University | Wing | Sophomore – Bryson Huckeby recorded averages of 24 minutes, 19.5 points, 6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks as Anderson went 2-0 on the week. He also shot 14-of-23 (60.9 percent) from the field and 8-of-16 (50 percent) from 3-point range. On Wednesday against Rose-Hulman, Huckeby scored 24 points in only 20 minutes, while turning 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 8-for-12 (66.7 percent) shooting from the floor and 6-for-9 (66.7 shooting) from the perimeter. He helped Anderson set a school record with 19 3-pointers in Wednesday’s 118-80 win. On Saturday, Anderson charged past Transylvania 104-77 in a battle for the sole lead in the HCAC. Huckeby contributed 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks.

Notable Performances:

  • Kendell Cave (Wallace, N.C.) Earlham College | Forward | First Year – Kendell Cave led the Quakers to a 2-0 week, averaging 17.5 PPG and 9 RPG. The freshman brought down a game-high 12 rebounds with 17 points in an 81-70 win over Defiance. Cave went 11-for-13 on free throws and shot 36% on field goals for the week. He also recorded four steals, two blocks and three assists on the week.
  • Lynn King (South Bend, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Junior – Averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game for the Grizzlies last week…went for a game-high 21 points and grabbed five rebounds on Wednesday against Mount St. Joseph…chipped in with 9 points and 9 boards in a decisive win over Bluffton on Saturday.
  • Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) Hanover College | Guard | Fifth Year – Houston led the Panthers to a key week with a win over Manchester on Saturday. The fifth year senior averaged 19.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game. In the contest with Transy, Houston recorded a double-double netting 11 points with 10 rebounds. He carried the success into the weekend finishing with a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds. He finished the contest with an impressive seven three-pointers and 10-of-16 from the floor.
  • Zach Sawyer (Collumbus, Ohio) Manchester University | Guard | Senior – Zach Sawyer totaled 52 points and 17 rebounds as Manchester went 1-1 on the week against Bluffton and Hanover. During Wednesday night’s win against the Beavers, Sawyer collected his 11th double-double of the season after leading the Black and Gold with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. On Saturday, the senior guard had 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Sawyer currently leads the HCAC with 205 rebounds, 102 assists, and 52 steals this season.
  • Miles McGowen (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Miles McGowen was the standout for the Engineers this week as they went 1-1 against conference opponents. McGowen led the team with 14 points and six rebounds in their loss to Anderson University. On Saturday, he led the team to a victory over Defiance College recording his eighth double-double of the year with 28 points and 11 rebounds. On the week he averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds. 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CLARK, IOWA BACK UP TO NO. 2 IN AP TOP 25 POLL

Caitlin Clark and Iowa climbed back to No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll Monday as the star guard moved within striking distance of the NCAA career scoring record.

It’s the second time in a few weeks that the Hawkeyes have been second in the poll, a spot that hasn’t been kind to teams the past month. UCLA, Iowa and Kansas State all took turns in the second position since Jan. 8 and none of the schools could hold that ranking for more than a week at a time.

While No. 2 has been a revolving door lately, South Carolina has maintained a strong grip atop the poll, once again the unanimous No. 1 team from a 35-member national media panel.

The Gamecocks (21-0) will host Missouri and No. 11 UConn this week. Dawn Staley’s squad will play those games without star center Kamilla Cardoso, who left for a week to play with the Brazilian national team at an Olympic qualifying tournament.

Iowa has held the No. 2 spot twice before this season, including the week of Jan. 15 when the Hawkeyes lost to Ohio State.

Clark, who is only 66 points away from becoming the all-time leading scorer in NCAA women’s basketball history, will try and make it a longer stay this time around. She will lead the Hawkeyes against Penn State and Nebraska this week with Kelsey Plum’s record in view.

No. 3 North Carolina State, No. 4 Colorado and No. 5 Ohio State followed Iowa. It’s the Buckeyes’ best ranking this season.

Stanford fell two spots to sixth after losing to JuJu Watkins and USC. The phenomenal freshman scored 51 points in that game.

Texas vaulted up five places to seventh after beating Baylor and then-No. 2 Kansas State last week. The Wildcats fell to eighth after also losing to Oklahoma, which entered the poll at No. 24. UCLA was ninth and USC climbed five spots to 10th.

DEUCES WILD

Only once in the past 15 years has a team been No. 2 all season long: Stanford in 2009-10. It’s been a volatile spot lately. In the 2018-19 season, the No. 2 position changed 10 times, the most in that span. There have already been seven No. 2 teams this season.

APPROACHING 1,200

UConn coach Geno Auriemma is one victory away from joining Tara VanDerveer (1,207) and Mike Krzyzewski (1,202) as the only Division I coaches with 1,200 victories. Auriemma’s first chance to reach that milestone is Wednesday when the Huskies host Seton Hall.

TOUGH BREAK TAR HEELS

North Carolina fell out of the rankings this week despite close losses to N.C. State and Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels have lost eight games this season, including five to currently ranked teams (South Carolina, Kansas State, UConn, Virginia Tech and N.C. State). All of those Top 25 losses have been within 12 points. They’ve also beaten four current Top 25 teams (Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Louisville).

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

IOWA AND RUTGERS SCORE BIG TEN WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS

Player of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Sr. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Business
• Contributed 36.5 points, 11.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds in Iowa’s two road wins
• Netted 35 points against Northwestern to become the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer
• Chipped in 38 points, 12 assists and six rebounds at Maryland
• Ranks second on the NCAA’s all-time scorer’s list with 3,462 points, just 66 points shy of passing Kelsey Plum for the top spot
• Earns her 26th career Big Ten Player of the Week award (all-time leader in conference history)
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Jan. 15, 2024)
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Cotie McMahon, OSU: Averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals during the Buckeyes’ wins over Wisconsin and Indiana
Sara Scalia, IND: Recorded 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 88 percent (14-for-16) at the free throw line
Ashley Owusu, PSU: Scored 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Nittany Lions on her way to her 1,500th career point  
 
Freshman of the Week
Jillian Huerter, Rutgers
G – Clifton Park, N.Y. – Shenendehowa – Major: Undeclared
• Notched 8.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a pair of games for Rutgers last week
• Added 10 points, four rebounds and four assists against Michigan State
• Helped the Scarlet Knights pick up their first Big Ten win of the season with seven points, seven rebounds, an assist and steal versus Nebraska
• Earns her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Rutgers Freshman of the Week: Kaylene Smikle (Jan. 23, 2023)

BIG EAST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UCONN SWEEPS #BIGEASTWBB WEEKLY HONORS FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS SEASON

BIG EAST Player of the Week

Aaliyah Edwards, Connecticut, Sr., F

Edwards earns her second BIG EAST Player of the Week honor of the season after leading the conference in both scoring and rebounding last week, sparking the Huskies to a 2-0 stretch. In Wednesday’s win at Villanova, Edwards tallied 22 points and seven rebounds, shooting .692 from the field. She followed that with a career-high 33 points along with a season-high 13 rebounds in Sunday’s win against St. John’s, marking her BIG EAST-best 10th double-double of the season. For the week Edwards averaged 27.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and .636 shooting.

BIG EAST Freshman of the Week

KK Arnold, Connecticut, Fr., G

Arnold wins her fifth BIG EAST Freshman of the Week certificate after averaging 9.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 60-percent shooting, including a 50-percent clip from three. In Wednesday’s win at Villanova, Arnold tallied 13 points off 5-of-6 shooting, adding three boards and two dimes. In Sunday’s home win over St. John’s, the rookie guard had six points, six assists, three rebounds and a steal. With Aaliyah Edwards earning Player of the Week, UConn has now swept the BIG EAST awards three times this season, last accomplishing the feat on Jan. 1, when it was also Edwards and Arnold taking home top honors.

BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll

Lauren Jensen, Creighton, Sr., G – 19.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in wins over RV Marquette and Butler; 19 points, 6-of-12 shooting and five assists in Sunday’s win over the Bulldogs

Anaya Peoples, DePaul, Grad., G – 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals in a 1-1 week; 24 points, five boards in Wednesday’s win at Butler

Liza Karlen, Marquette, Sr., F – 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 50-percent shooting in a 1-1 week; game highs of 29 points, 10 boards in narrow setback at No. 22 Creighton on Wednesday

Unique Drake, St. John’s, R-Sr., G – 19.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals in 1-1 week; 24 points, four boards in Wednesday’s win over Xavier

Lucy Olsen, Villanova, Jr., G – 18.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 1-1 week; 21-point, 10-assist double-double in Saturday’s win over Seton Hall

HORIZON LEAGUE BASKETBALL

UNDER ARMOUR #HLWBB PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (FEBRUARY 5)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK | MICKAYLA PERDUE | CLEVELAND STATE | SENIOR | GUARD | SPRINGFIELD, OHIO

Helped the Vikings to a 2-0 week with crucial wins at Purdue Fort Wayne and against Green Bay to move Cleveland State into first place in the #HLWBB standings

The win against the Phoenix marked the 20th win of the year for the Vikings, while it kept CSU perfect at home this season (12-0).

Averaged 25.0 points per game on a .633 clip from the field for the week.

Posted 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting in the win at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Followed that up with 30 points on 11-for-14 shooting – including 7-for-8 from three-point – in the win over Green Bay.

Her seven three-pointers marked a single-game high for #HLWBB players so far this season, while it was part of 15 total made three-pointers for the Vikings on the game.

Also combined for three steals and three assists on the week…She is now tied for the league-lead with 11 20-point games on the year, while she has posted 20+ points in five straight games.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK | CARTER MCCRAY | NORTHERN KENTUCKY | FRESHMAN | CENTER | OBERLIN, OHIO   

McCray continues to be a force for the Norse in their perfect 2-0 week.

She started the week with nine points, 14 rebounds and a steal against Detroit Mercy and followed it up with 23 points, 12 rebounds and a steal versus Oakland.

The freshman in now up to 10 double-doubles on the year, and has posted six of them over her last seven contests.

For the week averaged 16.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game.

HCAC 2023-24 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 13

Athlete of the Week:
Madison Drummonds (Hebron, Ky.) Mount St. Joseph University | Center | Junior – Mount St. Joseph center Madison Drummonds helped the team to a 2-0 week, defeating Franklin and Earlham this week. For the week she averaged a double-double with 19.5-points and 10.5-rebounds per game. She did so while being an extremely efficient 62 percent from the field (16-of-26), while also pulling down an outstanding 11 offensive rebounds. Against Franklin she had a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double, and followed that up with a 20-point, 8-rebound game vs. Earlham.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Lauren Smith (Muncie, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Sophomore – Lauren Smith averaged 12 points as Anderson went 1-1 on the week. She tallied 13 points and 3 steals in Wednesday’s road win against Rose-Hulman. Smith then contributed 11 points and went 3-for-6 (50 percent) from 3-point range against Transylvania on Saturday.
  • Abby Parsons (Clayton, Ind.) Earlham College | Forward | First Year – Abby Parsons led the Quakers to a 1-1 week with 19.5 points and 4 rebounds per game. The freshman scored 27 points with five boards in an 80-63 win over Defiance on Wednesday evening. Parsons also had four blocks and one steal on the week.
  • Jordan Coon (Evansville, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Sophomore – Averaged 19.5 points and 3.5 rebounds across two games last week for the Grizzlies…set new career-highs with 29 points and five threes made on Saturday afternoon in a 79-62 win over Bluffton.
  • Kylah Lawson (Columbus, Ind.) Hanover College | Forward | Sophomore – Lawson led the Panthers to a 1-1 week as they fell to nationally ranked Transy and defeated Manchester. The sophomore post player averaged 9.5 points per game while pulling in 10.0 rebounds per contest. She shot an impressive 64.3 percent from the floor. Against Transy, she pulled in 11 rebounds while adding 14 points and nine rebounds against Manchester.
  • Maddison Smith (Kewanna, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Sophomore – Maddi Smith had 27 points, shooting .625 from the floor, and 16 rebounds against Bluffton and Hanover this week. Against the Beavers, Smith had 12 points, 8 rebounds, and a block. Against the Panthers, the sophomore forward led with 15 points, 8 rebounds, and a steal.  
  • Jamie Baum (Los Altos, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Junior – Jamie Baum scored a career-high 31 points and added 9 rebounds in Saturday’s win over Defiance. Her 31-point performance ranks as the 7th-most in a single game in school history. She also played a career-high 41 minutes in Wednesday’s overtime loss to Anderson and added 7 points and 6 boards. On the week she averaged 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1.5 blocks.
  • Dasia Thornton (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Forward | Fifth Year –  Thornton finished the week averaging 17 points and 8.5 rebounds. In the win over Hanover she earned her 8th double-double with a 21 point 12 rebound performance.

BASEBALL NEWS

WITT AND ROYALS AGREE ON AN 11-YEAR DEAL WORTH ABOUT $291 MILLION GUARANTEED, AP SOURCE SAYS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals and star shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. agreed Monday to an 11-year contract worth about $291 million guaranteed, two people familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press on Monday.

The deal includes three years of team options that could drive the value to about $377 million and keep Witt in Kansas City through the 2037 season, according to the people who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the financial terms were not disclosed. Witt’s guarantee salary would make it the 16th largest deal in Major League Baseball history and the second-biggest pre-arbitration extension behind the 14-year, $340 million contract the Padres gave to Fernando Tatis Jr. last April.

The Royals planned a Tuesday news conference to discuss the longest and richest contract in club history.

“From the moment I was drafted in 2019, the entire Royals organization and fans have treated me and my family like their own,” Witt said in a statement issued by the club. “This city and this team have felt like home since Day 1.”

The 23-year-old Witt became the first Royals player to enter the 30-30 club last year, when he hit 30 homers and stole 49 bases. The only other American League shortstop to accomplish the feat by Witt’s age was Alex Rodriguez in 1998.

Witt’s breakthrough season, which resulted in him landing seventh in AL MVP voting, came after he hit 20 homers and stole 30 bases as a rookie. No player in big league history has hit 50 homers and stole 79 bases through his first two seasons.

“From the day we drafted him we felt confident Bobby would become one of our game’s brightest stars and biggest talents,” Royals general manager J.J. Picollo said. “These last two seasons have been confirmation of that talent, and proof that he’s an even better teammate. We know he wants to win here for our fans as much as we do.”

The Royals have spent more than $100 million in free agency this offseason, hoping to turn around the fortunes of a club coming off a disheartening 106-loss season. That investment, coupled with Witt’s massive contract, comes as the Royals not only are trying to convince a weary fanbase that they are serious about winning, but also as they attempt to persuade voters in Jackson County, Missouri, to extend a sales tax that would help to pay for a new downtown ballpark.

“We are extraordinarily proud to announce a historic deal with a very special player,’” Royals owner John Sherman said. “Like our fans, I’m thrilled that this ensures Bobby will compete in a Royals uniform for many years to come. Bobby makes us better, and I’m grateful for his commitment to our fans, our city, and our team.”

REPORTS: DODGERS SIGNING RHP RYAN BRASIER TO 2-YEAR, $9M DEAL

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in agreement with free agent reliever Ryan Brasier on a two-year, $9 million deal, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The 36-year-old right-hander

The 36-year-old right-hander can earn up to $13 million with incentives, according to The Athletic.

Brasier split the 2023 season with the Boston Red Sox and Dodgers. He was 2-0 with one save and a 0.70 ERA in 38 2/3 innings over 39 appearances out of the Los Angeles bullpen.

Brasier is 9-8 with 10 saves and a 3.88 ERA in 268 career games (one start) with the Los Angeles Angels (2013), Red Sox (2018-23) and Dodgers.

REPORTS: DODGERS TRADE LHP CALEB FERGUSON TO YANKEES

The New York Yankees are acquiring left-hander Caleb Ferguson from the Los Angeles Dodgers, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The Dodgers will receive two prospects in exchange for the 27-year-old reliever, per the reports. One of those headed to Los Angeles, according to reports, is left-hander Matt Gage, 30, who pitched 6 2/3 innings over five games in 2023 for the Houston Astros, and 13 innings over 11 games in relief for the Toronto Blue Jays, for a career record of 0-1 with an 1.83 ERA.

Ferguson was 7-4 with three saves and a 3.43 ERA in 68 appearances (seven starts) for the Dodgers in 2023. He struck out 70 batters and walked 23 in 60 1/3 innings.

He is 18-9 with five saves and a 3.43 ERA in 201 career games (14 starts) since making his debut with Los Angeles in 2018. He missed the 2021 season following Tommy John surgery.

HOCKEY NEWS

POLICE CONFIRM SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES AGAINST 5 MEMBERS OF CANADA’S 2018 WORLD JUNIOR HOCKEY TEAM

LONDON, Ontario (AP) — The police chief of London, Ontario, on Monday confirmed that five players from Canada’s 2018 world junior hockey team have been charged with sexually assaulting a woman that year and apologized to her for the years it took to bring the case forward.

Chief Thai Truong said Carter Hart of the Philadelphia Flyers, Michael McLeod and Cal Foote of the New Jersey Devils, Dillon Dube of the Calgary Flames and former NHL player Alex Formenton have been charged with sexual assault. Detective Sgt. Katherine Dann of the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section said the investigation reopened in 2022 found reasonable and probable grounds to bring the charges, which could bring jail time if there are convictions.

“I want to extend on behalf of the London Police service my sincerest apology to the victim, to her family for the amount of time that it has taken to reach this point,” Truong said at a news conference with dozens of reporters on hand. “This should not take this long. It shouldn’t take years and years for us to arrive to the outcome of today.”

McLeod also faces a charge of “being a party to the offense,” which Dann said was for aiding someone else in committing the offense.

Attorneys for all five players took part in a video hearing earlier Monday. No players were present at the court proceeding in London, a city about halfway between Toronto and Detroit. The next hearing was scheduled for April 30.

During the brief hearing, prosecutors sought and obtained an order protecting the identity of the woman, which is standard in sexual assault cases, as well as that of two witnesses. Prosecutor Heather Donkers also said defense attorneys would receive “substantial” evidence in the next few days.

Lawyers for all five players have said their clients are not guilty and will defend themselves against the allegations. The players surrendered to London police over the past week.

The case has shadowed Canadian hockey for years.

A woman sued Hockey Canada in 2022, alleging she was sexually assaulted in a hotel room by eight members of Canada’s world junior team after a fundraising gala in London in June 2018. Hockey Canada settled the lawsuit, and then an investigation revealed the organization had two secret slush funds to pay out settlements on claims of sexual assault and abuse.

London police dropped their investigation in 2019 but began another internal investigation in July 2022. Around the same time, the NHL launched its own investigation, though the results of that likely will not be released until the legal case is resolved.

“At this stage, the most responsible and prudent thing for us to do is await the conclusion of the judicial proceedings, at which point we will respond as appropriate at the time,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday at All-Star Weekend in Toronto.

The players are on indefinite leave from their teams. Bettman said the league does not consider it necessary to suspend the players without pay for the rest of the season.

Bettman said the league found out about the allegations on May 26, 2022. He said the NHL interviewed every player from that team, adding the woman involved declined to take part in the investigation.

RANGERS PUSH PAST AVS IN OT, 2-1

Alexis Lafreniere scored 1:53 into overtime on Monday night for the host New York Rangers, who overcame a third-period deficit to edge the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in a battle of division leaders.

The Avalanche dominated the extra session before Rangers goaltender Jonathan Quick began the sequence that led to Lafreniere’s goal.

Quick fired a clearing pass, and Mika Zibanejad caught up to the puck before eventually sending a drop pass between his legs to Lafreniere. Lafreniere shuffled the puck and shot just as New York defenseman Erik Gustafsson skated in front of Colorado goalie Alexandar Georgiev.

Artemi Panarin forced overtime by scoring in the third for the Rangers, who have won two straight to improve to 6-7-2 since Jan. 1. Quick made 32 saves, including point-blank stops of Nathan MacKinnon and Devon Toews in overtime.

MacKinnon scored late in the first for the Avalanche, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Georgiev, who played the first five seasons of his career with the Rangers, recorded 27 saves.

The Avalanche struck first late in the opening period following an end-to-end rush in which MacKinnon did most of the work.

MacKinnon took a pass from Cale Makar in the Colorado zone, raced into the neutral zone and managed to keep his balance while weaving between a pair of Rangers. With New York defenseman Braden Schneider in front of him, MacKinnon managed to get a shot around him and over Quick’s glove with 1:48 left.

The Rangers didn’t draw even until the 11:17 mark of the third.

After Zibanejad won a faceoff against MacKinnon deep in the New York zone, Panarin ended up with the puck behind the Colorado net. He eluded Makar and skated to the edge of the blue line before pivoting and firing a shot that sailed through a gaggle of players in front of Georgiev and glanced off MacKinnon.

The goalies combined for four saves in the final 61 seconds of regulation. Quick stopped a point-blank shot by Mikko Rantanen and scrambled to cover up the puck with 1:01 seconds left before Georgiev turned back three attempts in the final 39 seconds.

ISLANDERS SWEEP SEASON SERIES WITH MAPLE LEAFS

Pierre Engvall scored the go-ahead goal at 17:58 of the third period and the visiting New York Islanders defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 Monday night.

Engvall, a former Maple Leaf, scored his sixth goal of the season from close range after Brock Nelson kept the puck in the Toronto zone. The Maple Leafs, who had just tied the game, failed to get the puck out of their end before the winning goal.

Mathew Barzal and Kyle MacLean also scored for the Islanders, who won all three games between the teams this season.

Ilya Sorokin stopped 34 shots as New York snapped a three-game slide.

John Tavares had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who had a three-game winning streak end. Mitchell Marner also scored and Ilya Samsonov made 26 saves.

Barzal scored his 14th goal of the season at 10:31 of the first period on a rebound after Mike Reilly’s shot rang off the post. Barzal’s pass set up Reilly for his shot from the right faceoff circle. Anders Lee also earned an assist.

Marner tied the game 50 seconds into the second period from the slot with the teams playing four-on-four. John Tavares made the pass, and Auston Matthews also had an assist.

New York regained the lead two minutes later when MacLean scored his first career NHL goal in his sixth game on a breakaway. After he left the penalty box, he was put into the clear by Cal Clutterbuck’s pass and finished the play with a short backhand.

Matthews hit both goal posts with one shot from nine feet in the first minute of the third period as Toronto applied pressure. Sorokin made a good save on Matthews near the midway point of the third.

New York’s Oliver Wahlstrom hit a goal post at 14:12 of the third and soon after took an interference penalty.

Toronto tied the game on the ensuing power play when Tavares tipped in Morgan Rielly’s shot at 15:12 of the third.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

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Five games remain for the Indiana Pacers before All-Star Weekend, and the Blue & Gold aim to go into the festivities streaking.

The Pacers (28-23) can build momentum off a weekend win when they host the Houston Rockets (23-26) on Tuesday at Gainbridge Fieldhosue.

On Sunday, Indiana snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Charlotte Hornets (10-38) by 16 points on the road.

The Pacers, who are 4-6 over their last 10 games, have experimented with different lineups as of late, as injuries across the roster have required some creativity by the coaching staff.

Notably, All-Star starting guard Tyrese Haliburton has slowly returned to action as he recovers from a hamstring strain that sidelined him for 10 games. He has played fewer than 23 minutes in each of the last three games.

On a more positive note, Bennedict Mathurin and T.J. McConnell — two keys to the highest-scoring bench in the NBA — have returned to the Pacers after missing multiple games.

On Sunday, Indiana limited Charlotte to 13 points in the first quarter and stayed ahead the rest of the way, shooting 48.9 percent and limiting the Hornets to 39.8 percent from the field.

Pascal Siakam continued his strong start with his new team by posting 25 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds for the Pacers, and Aaron Nesmith scored 22. In 10 games played for the Pacers, Siakam has averaged 21.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game.

In recent seasons, the Pacers have played well against the Rockets.

Indiana has won eight straight games against Houston, and a Pacers victory Tuesday would result in a fourth consecutive season-series sweep.

After stringing together winning streaks of five and six games before Christmas, the Rockets have failed to put together more than two wins in a row since losing to the Pacers on Dec. 26.

The last time Indiana and Houston met, a 123-117 Pacers win, the Pacers had the top-ranked offense, and the Rockets boasted the No. 2 defensive rating in the NBA.

Houston currently has five players scoring in double digits but is 21st in points per game (113.9), while Indiana leads the league in scoring (124.4).

Under new head coach Ime Udoka, the Rockets have established themselves as a top defensive and rebounding team.

Rockets 6-foot-11 center Alperen Sengun has emerged as one of the top centers in the Western Conference this season, averaging career-bests in points (21.7), rebounds (9.2), and assists (3.7) per game. Sengun racked up 30 points on 11-for-20 shooting, 16 rebounds, five assists, and four steals across 37 minutes the last time he played against the Pacers.

Jalen Green, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 draft, is next for Houston at 18.4 points per game, and Fred VanVleet is putting up 16.6 points and 8.3 assists per game in his first season with the Rockets.

The Rockets enter Tuesday’s matchup coming off a 111-90 loss to the Western Conference’s first-place Minnesota Timberwolves (35-15).

After a close first half, the Wolves outscored the Rockets 62-46 in the second half. As a team, the Rockets shot a poor 35.2 percent and were outscored 56-38 in the paint.

Sengun led the Rockets with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Cam Whitmore supplied 14 points off the bench.

After taking on the Rockets, the Pacers will host Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Thursday before going to New York on Saturday to face the Knicks.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Rockets: G – Fred VanVleet, G – Jalen Green, F – Dillon Brooks, F – Jabari Smith Jr., C – Alperen Sengun

Injury Report

Pacers: TBA

Rockets: TBA

Last Meeting

Dec. 26, 2023: In what at the time was a matchup between the No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense, the Pacers gutted out a 123-117 win over the Rockets at Toyota Center.

Houston trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter before roaring back to take the lead in the final minutes. After tying the game, Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton drained his seventh 3-pointer of the night to put the Blue & Gold in front for good.

Eight players scored in double figures for the Pacers, led by 33 from Haliburton and 18 by Myles Turner. Haliburton also dished out 10 assists in the game.

Alperen Sengun had a monstrous game in the middle, scoring 30 points (11-for-20 shooting) while pulling down 16 rebounds, dealing five assists and snagging four steals for the Rockets. Fred VanVleet also had a strong outing, posting 18 points and nine assists, and Aaron Holiday and Tari Eason combined for 31 points off the bench.

The Rockets logged a season-high 15 steals in the game, while the Pacers matched a season-worst 20 turnovers. Houston also held advantages in points in the paint (74-44) and second-chance points (22-13).

Indiana held the Rockets to just five made 3-pointers while draining 19 as a team from deep.

The Pacers shot just three free throws in the first half before taking 18 in the second half. As a team, the Pacers shot 18-for-21, and the Rockets were 18-for-22 from the charity stripe.

Noteworthy

Indiana is looking to tie for the longest winning streak by either team in the all-time series. The Rockets previously won nine games in a row from March 1985 to April 1989.

Indiana’s Pascal Siakam and Houston’s Fred VanVleet played on the Toronto Raptors together for seven seasons – from 2016 to 2022 – and won a championship in 2019. Both were drafted by the Raptors in 2016.

The Rockets recently traded former Pacer and Indiana Hoosier Victor Oladipo and draft picks to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for veteran center Steven Adams. Neither Oladipo nor Adams have played this season due to injuries.

Aaron Holiday, who played for the Pacers for three seasons after being selected with the 23rd overall pick in 2018, is in his first season with Houston and is averaging 17 minutes, 6.4 points and 1.7 assists per game.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

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INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 23 AT OHIO STATE

Opening Tip

• Indiana University begins a two-game road slate in Big Ten play during its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball at Ohio State at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The game will be available via Peacock.

• You can watch Big Ten basketball games by first subscribing to Peacock. Then, either go to PeacockTV.com/Sports in your web browser or download the Peacock app on your phone, tablet, or streaming device and navigate to the Sports section. Find the LIVE game you want to watch and start streaming.

• The Buckeyes (13-9, 3-8) have lost seven of nine games since the turn of the new year, including four straight.

• Sophomore guard Bruce Thornton leads the OSU offensive attack with 15.6 points and 4.3 assists per game. Fifth-year senior forward Jamison Battle posts 14.2 points and 5.3 rebounds, while sophomore guard Roddy Gayle Jr. scores 14.0 points per night.

Game Information

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024 • 7 p.m. ET

Value City Arena (18,800) • Columbus, Ohio

TV: Peacock (Jac Collinsworth, Robbie Hummel)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 111-88

Last Meeting: IU 71, OSU 65 on Jan. 6, 2024, in Bloomington

Series History

• Indiana has defeated Ohio State 111 times in the 199-game series between the conference foes, tied for the second-most wins against any program. IU has defeated Northwestern 120 times and Michigan on 111 occasions.

• The Hoosiers have topped the Buckeyes in back-to-back games, including an 71-65 result earlier this season on Jan. 6, in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Sophomore forward Malik Reneau posted a team-high 23 points to go along with seven rebounds.

• Indiana head coach Mike Woodson averaged 20.3 points in his eight career contests against the Buckeyes. He scored 21 against Ohio State on March 2, 1980, to secure his first Big Ten title on the final day of the regular season of his senior year.

Last Time Out

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware posted his second-straight double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds against Penn State on Feb. 3. In consecutive games, the Oregon transfer averaged 24.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks. He shot 16-of-22 (72.7%) from the floor and 14-of-19 (73.7%) from the free throw line.

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau battled through an ankle injury to post 16 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako added 13 points and five rebounds, while senior guard Trey Galloway chipped in 12 points and six assists.

Big Man Transformation

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, has upped his scoring (from 6.6 points to 15.3), rebounds (4.1 to 9.5), assists (0.5 to 1.7), and field goal percentage (45.7% to 56.6%) in his second season. He leads the Hoosiers in rebounds and blocks in 32 minutes per game.

• Ware has scored at least 10 points in 16 games this year after producing just eight such games as a rookie. The 7-footer has ripped down at least 10 boards nine times this season, including a career-high 17 at Rutgers (Jan. 9).

• In nine conference games, Ware is averaging a team-high 15.8 points on 60.2% (56-of-93) shooting from the floor and 53.8% (7-of-13) from the 3-point line. He is also averaging 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per night. He is one of three players (Zach Edey; Purdue, Julian Reese; Maryland) to average a double-double in Big Ten play.

• Ware tallied a career-high 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the floor in an 89-76 win over Harvard (Nov. 26) in Indianapolis. The 92.3% shooting split marked the highest by a Hoosier with at least 10 made field goals this century.

Follow the Gallo-Way

• Senior guard Trey Galloway is one of four players in the Big Ten to average at least 10.0 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.0 steal per game while committing less than 2.0 turnovers per outing. He joins A.J. Hoggard (Michigan State), Bruce Thornton (Ohio State), and Tony Perkins (Iowa) on the exclusive list.

• Galloway has dished out 55 total assists (5.0 per game) in his last 11 outings dating back to Dec. 21, 2023, to go against just 21 turnovers (2.62 assist-to-turnover ratio). For his career, the Hoosiers are 13-3 in the 16 games ‘Gallo’ has handed out at least five dimes.

• He is averaging a career-best 10.5 points per game, including a career-high 28 points against No. 2/2 Kansas (Dec. 16). He converted 12-of-17 shots in the contest.

Dealt A Shorthand

• The Hoosiers have started four different lineups in 22 games this season. The original starting rotation of sixth-year senior guard Xavier Johnson, senior guard Trey Galloway, freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako, sophomore forward Malik Reneau, and sophomore center Kel’el Ware have started just four games together since the start of December.  The Hoosiers are 7-3 in games started by this group.

• IU has started a different lineup in each of the last five games.  In total eight players have started a game for Indiana, including five players that are new to the Cream and Crimson.

Ware Posts Double-Double Against Penn State

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware posted a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double in Indiana’s 85-71 loss to Penn State on Feb. 3 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

• The Nittany Lions shot 12-of-22 from the 3-point line and carried an 18-3 advantage in bench scoring.

Ware, Leal Power Indiana Over Iowa

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware returned to the Indiana lineup after a two-game absence (ankle) to post a 23-point, 10-rebound double-double in the 74-68 victory over Iowa on Jan. 30. He added three blocks and two steals in 35 minutes.

• Senior guard Anthony Leal, the 2020 Mr. Indiana Basketball, notched career-highs in points (13), rebounds (7), made field goals (4), and made 3-pointers (3) in 22 minutes off the bench. The Hoosier bench outscored the Hawkeyes by a final tally of 20-4.

• Freshman guard Gabe Cupps knocked down the go ahead 3-pointer with 1:26 left in the second half. The shot began Indiana’s game-ending 8-0 run.

Double Double, Double Double (CAREER)

Payton Sparks: 22; last vs. Toledo, 3/3/23

Kel’el Ware: 9; last vs. Penn State, 2/3/24

Xavier Johnson: 4; last vs. Arizona, 12/10/22

Anthony Walker: 4; last at Clemson, 2/27/21

Mackenzie Mgbako: 1; at Illinois, 1/27/24

Malik Reneau: 1; vs. Kennesaw State, 12/29/23

Twenty Piece (CAREER)

Xavier Johnson: 21; last vs. North Carolina, 11/30/22

Payton Sparks: 9; last vs. Ohio, 3/9/23

Kel’el Ware: 6; last vs. Penn State, 2/3/24

Malik Reneau: 5; last at Illinois, 1/27/24

Trey Galloway: 2; last vs. Kansas, 12/16/23

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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BOILERS OUTLAST ILLINOIS IN OVERTIME FOR 500TH WIN AT MACKEY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An extra period of basketball, an all-around performance by Jeanae Terry and a career-high 25 points from Mary Ashley Stevenson guided the Purdue women’s basketball team to a 77-72 overtime win over Illinois on Monday night. The win marked the Boilermakers’ 500th victory at Mackey Arena.

Terry narrowly missed out on her third career triple-double, going for 14 assists, nine points and nine assists in a complete-game 45-minute effort. The Detroit native etched her name into the Purdue record book in multiple spots with the second most assist in a game in Purdue history. Terry became the seventh player in Purdue history to join the 500-assist club.

Stevenson had a career night in 35 minutes of action, going 8-of-15 from the floor and 9-of-9 at the line, including a pair with six seconds left in overtime to put the game out of reach. Her 25 points were the most by a Purdue freshman since Courtney Moses’ 26-point outing at Texas A&M in 2010.

Caitlyn Harper was an efficient 6-of-9 from the field for 16 points, while Madison Layden added 14 points and five rebounds.

Purdue (10-12, 3-8) shot 40.8% and went 4-of-19 from behind the arc, while finishing 15-of-18 at the line. The Boilermakers matched their season high with 42 points in the paint.

On the glass, Illinois (10-11, 4-7) won the rebounding battle 47-40. Illinois grabbed 21 offensive rebounds, but Purdue’s defense surrendered just eight second chance points. The Boilermakers tallied 15 points on 14 second chance opportunities.

Led by Terry’s 14 helpers, Purdue dished out 19 assists on 29 made field goals. The Boilermakers committed just 10 turnovers that turned into nine points for the Illini.

The Boilermakers dominated in the opening 20 minutes shooting an even 50%. Terry nearly powered a triple-double with six points, five rebounds and seven assists in the first half. Stevenson tallied eight points and three boards.

Purdue worked the ball inside to score 22 points, while surrendering just six. Despite being outrebounded 20-17, Purdue gave up just three points on seven Illinois offensive rebounds. The Boilermakers held Illinois to just 8-of-31 shooting in the first half and 1-of-10 from behind the arc.

Fueled by 10 points, the Boilermakers built up a 14-point lead midway through the third. Illinois punched back with a 12-2 run that cut the gap to four at 48-44. Stevenson and Layden both converted contested layups to extend the lead back to 52-44 heading into the fourth.

Purdue opened the fourth on a 9-4 run to lead 61-48 with 5:57 to play. Illinois fought back with a 16-3 run to tie the game at 64-64 with nine seconds left. Terry’s last-second layup attempt just missed, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra period, Stevenson scored Purdue’s first four points as the two sides traded the lead. A backdoor layup by Layden followed by a corner triple from Harper put the Boilermakers up by four with 49 seconds to play. Free throws by Layden and Stevenson sealed the win late. Purdue was 6-of-8 at the line in overtime, while holding Illinois to 3-of-9 shooting.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Illinois 66-18. The Boilermakers are 4-0 against the Illini under head coach Katie Gearlds.

• Purdue’s first win at Mackey Arena, as well as the first win in program history, came against Illinois on Dec. 2, 1975.

• The Boilermakers played their first overtime game since Dec. 5, 2022, at Michigan State, a 76-71 win.

• Purdue has won its last three Fight Like a Boilermaker Pink games.

• Terry’s 14-assist performance matched Lisa Jahner’s effort against Michigan in 1987.

• Abbey Ellis tallied five points to pull her within 10 points of joining the 1,000-point club as a Boilermaker.

• Terry is now 19 points away from 1,000 for her career.

• Madison Layden needs 57 points to join the 1,000-point club for her career.

• Stevenson is the first Purdue freshman with 200 points and 115 rebounds in a season since Ae’Rianna Harris in 2016-17.

• Stevenson’s 9-for-9 mark at the line was the first perfect performance by a Boilermaker rookie with nine or more free throws since KK Houser went 13-of-13 at Penn State in 2010.

• Monday’s game featured 10 lead changes and two ties.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will travel to Bloomington on Sunday to the away leg of their season series with No. 14 Indiana. Tipoff at Assembly Hall is set for 2 p.m. on B1G+.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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LOYD, YOUNG NAMED TO USA OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT ROSTER

Two of the greatest to ever don the blue and gold continue to make waves on the national stage. On Sunday and following a three-day training camp in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jewell Loyd and Jackie Young were named to USA Basketball’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament Roster. The group will compete from Feb. 8-11 at the 2024 FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Antwerp, Belgium. Team USA has won the last seven Olympic gold medals.

Notre Dame is one of just two schools with more than one former player on the squad. Both Young and Loyd are former No. 1 overall WNBA draft selections.

Loyd won an Olympic gold in 2020 as part of Team USA, so she is seeking her second appearance on the world’s biggest stage. A two-time WNBA champion with the Seattle Storm (2018 and 2020), Loyd broke the W’s single-season scoring record last season with 939 points. She also has 4,807 career points, which ranks 27th in WNBA history.

Young, one of several star guards for the 2022 and 2023 WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces, is also in pursuit of her second Olympic gold medal. She earned her first as a member of the United States’ women’s 3×3 team in 2020 in Tokyo.

The Indiana native is coming off of her best season to date, during which she was named a WNBA All-Star starter for the first time. Last season, Young averaged 17.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. She led the league with a 44.9 success rate from behind the arc, and she was sixth in the W in total field goal percentage (52.3).

Team USA will face off against Belgium on Feb. 8 at 2:45 p.m. ET, against Nigeria on Feb. 9 at 12:15 p.m. ET and against Senegal on Feb. 11 at 1:15 p.m. ET. After winning the 2022 World Cup, the USA has automatically qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics. During the competition in Antwerp, three additional four-team Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will take place in Brazil, China and Hungary. The top three teams at each tournament, including the United States, will qualify for the Olympics.

HIDALGO TIES ACC RECORD WITH 10TH ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONOR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Add her name to the record book on this one, too.

On Monday, Irish point guard Hannah Hidalgo was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for the 10th time, tying Florida State’s Ta’Niya Latson for most ACC Rookie of the Week honors. Latson did it just  last year.

In wins over Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh last week, Hidalgo averaged 28.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 steals per game. She posted 35 points against Georgia Tech, topping the single-game freshman record she broke the game prior at UConn. Sunday was her eighth-consecutive game with at least 20 points, the longest streak ever compiled by an Irish player. Arike Ogunbowale posted seven straight twice while at Notre Dame.

Additionally, Hidalgo’s 51.2 percent success rate from the floor last week was the highest of anyone in the ACC (min. 30 attempts), and her 13 total assists was the top mark amongst ACC rookies.

In total on the year, Hidalgo continues to lead the ACC with 24.8 points per game, and she is pacing the nation with 5.0 steals per contest. The Irish single-season steals record is 114 (Skylar Diggins-Smith), and Hidalgo is sitting at 106 as of Feb. 5. She has already shattered the freshman record of 90, which was also set by Diggins-Smith.

The rookie phenom is also second in the ACC with 5.7 assists per game and has a sixth-ranked field goal percentage of 49.5. Hidalgo is one of two major conference players averaging at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. The other is Iowa’s Caitlin Clark. Hidalgo is the only player in the nation also averaging 5 steals.

BUTLER WOMEN’S LAX

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BUTLERWLACROSSE PREVIEW SERIES: MIDFIELDERS AND ATTACKERS

Head Coach Maggie Zentgraf enters her second season leading the Butler Women’s Lacrosse program. Zentgraf, former member of the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team, finished her first season with Bulldogs with a 5-10 record overall.

Zentgraf has set goals for the program in order to have a successful 2024 campaign. As for the midfielders, it is crucial they work to draw control percentages in order to help score more, in order to help create more dynamic plays for big time wins. On the attacking side, she emphasizes for the team to shoot more in order to help increase goals per game. While striving to redefend as a team and causing turnovers on the attack.

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“This year’s attacking unit is fast-paced, selfless and hard working. We expect more shots, goals, assists, and caused turnovers for this group- they are heads-up, dynamic and look to the next play. Gabby Mahaffey, a junior transfer from Akron, joins this squad with speed and shifty dodges, while veteran, and former midfielder, Kayla Kielbasa, returns to manage the pulse and push creativity.” Coach Zentgraf states.

Returners

Zentgraf looks to return an elite lineup of attackers and midfielders. True starting attackers are set to be Luci Selander, Delaney Hudson, Kayleigh Colleary, and Kayla Kielbasa. Kielbasa was a transfer from Penn State in 2021, the former midfielder will make her debut in the Butler uniform as an attacker as she comes back from injury.

As for Zentgraf’s true midfield lineup, she sets to start Elise Latham, Patricia Lynn, Emily Eckert, Ava Clemson, Kate Kaptrosky, and Leah Rubino. Rubino received preseason All BIG-EAST Team honors and finished out her junior season earning First Team All BIG-EAST accolade. Rubino lead the team in the 2023 season with 35 goals and 40 points. Sophomore, Kaptrosky received Second Team All BIG-EAST honors at the end of last season. Kaptrosky appeared in 15 games for the Bulldogs and started eight during her freshmen season.

New Additions

Within Zentgraf’s true midfielder lineup, she adds Eckert and Clemson to her veteran group. Eckert, the Cincinnati, Ohio native, recorded 99 goals, 77 assists, and 234 draw controls in her high school career at Indian Hill. Clemson accumulated 87 goals, 18 assists, 151 ground balls, 121 draw controls, and 45 caused turnovers over her four-year career at Owen J. Roberts HS in Spring City, Pa.

Team Leadership

Among the leadership on the offensive side, Zentgraf announces Kayla Kielbasa and Leah Rubino to serve as team captains. Kielbasa looks to lead the offensive attacking side of the field, while Rubino will lead the midfielders in the 2024 season.

Season Opener

The Butler women’s lacrosse team will open up their season on Friday, February 9th, where the Bulldogs will take on Central Michigan at Varsity Field.

Social Updates

For additional social updates and game information, follow Butler women’s lacrosse on Twitter @ButlerWLacrosse. 

BUTLER SOFTBALL

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BUTLERSOFTBALL 2024 PREVIEW SERIES: INFIELDERS

Butler returns 2023 starters at every infield position for the 2024 season, so expectations are high for strong defensive production. Junior Sydney Carter was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection last season at second base, batting .389 in conference play. Redshirt-junior Paige Dorsett earned Second Team honors at first base, leading the team with a .366 season average. Sophomore Olivia Moxley started 49 games at shortstop and contributed 17 RBI. Junior Ellie Boyer saw action at third base and led the BIG EAST with seven sacrifice bunts. Finally, Junior Ella White, a utility player who started all 53 games, tied for the team lead with 30 RBI and lead the team with 30 drawn walks.

Additional Bulldogs who are expected to see action in the infield and as designated player this season are redshirt-freshman Morgan Robertson along with freshmen Olivia Roberts and Makena Alexander.

“We have a lot of depth, experience and versatility in the infield,” stated Head Coach Scott Hall. “This should be a strength for us this year. We could possibly see several different combinations out there based on how particular players are doing at the plate. Syd is very solid defensively and Ella and P.D. both had big success at the plate this fall. This unit will be fun to watch!”

With an abundance of experience, the Bulldogs infield will be called upon to provide defensive stability as Butler seeks to once again settle among the leaders in the BIG EAST standings.

BUTLER MEN’S GOLF

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BUTLER MEN’S GOLF SPLITS THE FIRST MATCHES AT THE BIG EAST MATCH PLAY

The Butler men’s golf team kicked off the first day of BIG EAST Match Play on Monday against two conference foes in West Palm Beach, Fla. The match play event is taking place at the Bear Lakes Country Club, which is set up at 7,042 yards.

The team split the matches, dropping a morning decision to UConn before bouncing back against St. John’s in the afternoon pairing.

In the quarterfinals, the Bulldogs faced off against UConn. Daniel Tanaka shined bright, beating UConn’s Ray Dennehy, 2 & 1. However, the Huskies would go on to win the other six pairings to secure a 6-1 victory.

In the afternoon, Butler knocked off St. John’s 5-2 with wins coming from Tanaka, Henry Quinn, Leo Zurovac, Damon Dickey, and Will Horne.

Tanaka and Horne posted convincing wins. Tanaka won his second match of the day at 4 & 3 while Horne took the pairing at 3 & 2.

The Bulldogs will look to close out the event on Tuesday against DePaul with the first pairing scheduled to tee off at 8:30 a.m.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

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MEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTING OHIO TUESDAY NIGHT

The Ball State men’s basketball team hosts Ohio at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Worthen Arena in an important game for Mid-American Conference positioning.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+, with Mick Tidrow and David Eha on the call. Jack McMullen and Scot Bunnell handle the radio broadcast on WMUN 1340AM – 92.5FM. Ohio is the final MAC team Ball State has yet to play this year.

The Cardinals (12-10, 4-6 MAC) and Bobcats (12-10, 6-4 MAC) meet for the 91st time in series history. Last season, Ohio took both meetings between the two teams, including a 76-71 win on Jan. 10 in Athens and a 90-70 decision on March 9 in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament that ended Ball State’s season.

An impressive first half defensive performance led the Cardinals to a 77-67 win at Western Michigan on Saturday afternoon. Ball State led 39-22 at halftime after allowing a season-low point total in a half against a Division I opponent. The duo of Jalin Anderson (20 points, six rebounds, five steals) and Basheer Jihad (18 points, eight rebounds) led the offense as the Cardinals won their third consecutive road game by double figures.

The Bobcats enter Tuesday night’s clash winners of their last three games, beating Miami (OH) 78-69 on Saturday in their most recent game. The beginning of the stretch included Ohio notching its first road win of the year at Kent State (71-64) on Jan. 26. Ball State’s only common nonconference opponent with Ohio is Detroit Mercy, who the Bobcats handled 71-52 on Nov. 18 at home.

SCOUTING OHIO: The Bobcats went 19-14 (10-8 MAC) last season in head coach Jeff Boals’ fourth year leading the program. Ohio was the No. 5 seed in the MAC Tournament and bowed out in the semifinals with an 82-75 loss to No. 1 seed Toledo.

The Bobcats lead the MAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.45), field goal percentage defense (42.4), 3-pointers made per game (8.8), turnover margin (+3.6) and fewest turnovers per game (9.8). The turnover margin and fewest turnovers rank No. 23 and No. 25, respectively, in NCAA Division I.

Senior guard Jaylin Hunter leads the Bobcats in scoring (13.8 points per game) and average playing time (30.9 minutes) while pacing the conference with 4.9 assists per game and a 2.30 assist-to-turnover ratio. Junior forward AJ Clayton ranks second in the MAC with 36 total blocks while leading the team in 3-pointers made (47) and 3-point percentage (43.9) among Bobcats averaging at least three attempts per game.

CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (19.5 points per game) and rebounding (7.8) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring 14 games so far, scoring in double-figures 21 times, including 11 games with 20+ points. The big man’s total points (430) and scoring average rank third in the Mid-American Conference, while his rebounding average is fourth.

The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank in the Top 30 nationally in free throw percentage (76.5, No. 26) and 3-point percentage (37.8, No. 25). Ball State also makes the most free throws per game (16.7) in the league (No. 31 nationally).

Ball State’s 20 wins last year were its most since 2016-17 when that team won 21. This season’s Cardinals will look for back-to-back 20-win schedules for the first time since that 2016-17 season.

The Cardinals are a young group, as the roster includes only one senior or graduate student (Ethan Brittain-Watts). Ball State returns only 21.5 percent of minutes played and 19.6 percent of points scored from last year’s team.

Brittain-Watts (Boston University), Jalin Anderson (Loyola Marymount) and Davion Bailey (Southeastern CC) form Ball State’s trio of transfers.

Joey Brown (Indianapolis), Zane Doughty (Indianapolis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso, Ind.), Trent Middleton Jr. (Philadelphia) and Jurica Zagorsak (Zadar, Croatia) are the Cardinals’ quintet of true freshmen.

Ball State signed forward Jai Anthoni Bearden (Phoenix, Ariz.) and guard Jermarhi “Fatt” Hill (Bessemer, Ala.) to national letters of intent to form the Cardinals’ 2024 recruiting class.

ROAD COOKING: The Cardinals have won three straight road games by double figures to improve their record in true road games to 4-5.

Ball State is the lone MAC team to win three conference road games by double figures this season.

CROATIAN DESTINATION: Ball State is the only Division I school featuring Croatia natives on both its men’s basketball (Jurica Zagorsak) and women’s basketball (Hana Muhl) teams.

Zagorsak is one of only nine Croatians currently on Division I men’s basketball rosters. Ball State has played three other teams with a Croatian (Detroit Mercy, Little Rock and Toledo).

HANDLING THE HUSKIES: Ball State topped Northern Illinois for the eighth time in the last nine games between the two MAC foes with the 81-71 win on Jan. 27.

The men’s basketball team has won by double-figures over the Huskies five times in that span and bettered record to 62-40 in the series, including 37-13 in Muncie.

BUFFALO BLOWOUT: The 28-point winning margin on Jan. 23 at Buffalo was Ball State’s largest of the season against a Division I opponent and second-largest overall behind a 101-40 rout of Goshen in the Nov. 7 season opener.

The loss for the Bulls was their second-most lopsided in MAC play to date and third-worst overall.

DB FOR THREE: Junior guard Davion Bailey leads the Cardinals in 3-pointers made (43) and 3-point shooting (44.3 percent) so far this season, and his 2.39 triples made per game ranks third in the MAC.

The Indianapolis native paces the MAC in 3-point percentage among players who’ve made at least 35 trifectas, ranking third overall.

FREE THROWS FALLING: Redshirt junior Mickey Pearson Jr. leads the Mid-American Conference and ranks No. 27 nationally among qualifiers in free throw shooting percentage at 88.6 (62 of 70), and first in conference games at 96.9 percent (31 of 32).

Bailey (85.2 percent, 23-27) and Trent Middleton Jr. (83.7 percent, 41-49) have also been efficient at the foul line, while the Cardinals as a whole lead the MAC and are No. 26 in NCAA Division I in free throw shooting at 76.5 percent.

TOP OF THE MAC: Ball State’s first four games on its Mid-American Conference schedule included games against the three teams who finished at the top of the MAC in 2022-23.

The Cardinals played at Kent State, who was voted second in the MAC preseason coaches poll, on Jan. 2 and preseason league favorite Akron on Jan. 9. Ball State’s matchup on Jan. 13, Toledo, won the MAC regular season crown in 2022-23.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Jihad leads the team in scoring (19.5 ppg), rebounding (7.8 per game) and field goal percentage (49.8) among Cardinals averaging at least four field goal attempts this season. Jihad has established or tied career highs in scoring six times already this season, including on Jan. 20 against Miami (29 points).

The Detroit native’s scoring average has nearly tripled over last year (7.1), while his rebounding average has doubled (3.6). Jihad started only one game in his first two seasons at Ball State, but has been a mainstay in the starting lineup as an upperclassman now.

JALIN JAMS: Anderson, a transfer out of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, leads the Ball State backcourt in scoring and the team in assists (4.5 per game) as the Cardinals’ lead guard. The Jackson, Tenn., native leads the MAC in steals (24) in conference play and is second overall at 39 total steals so far.

The Jackson, Tenn., native boasts Ball State’s highest offensive output (29 points against Old Dominion) so far and has already established his career high for single season points, assists, rebounds and steals. Anderson has shown a penchant for explosive offensive performances, posting seven 20+ point games so far this season.

EMERGENCE OF BIG BEN: Redshirt junior center Ben Hendriks had started each of the last six games before missing the Dec. 21 game at Minnesota, totaling career-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds in the Dec. 2 win over Bellarmine and 32 minutes played in the Dec. 10 win against SIUE.

Hendriks already surpassed his career-bests for points (99), rebounds (60), assists (16), blocks (18) and steals (four) in a season through the schedule’s first 22 games. The big man has seen increased playing time over his last 16 contests, averaging 19.4 minutes per game after playing 6.8 per in the first four games.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK X3: Jihad was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 29 after taking home the honor on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Jihad averaged 24.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 per game in wins at Buffalo and vs Northern Illinois, including a 28-point, 14-rebound double-double on Jan. 27 against the Huskies.

WINNING IN WORTHEN: The Cardinals clinched an undefeated home nonconference slate for the fourth straight season with the Dec. 10 decision over the Cougars.

Ball State has won 19 consecutive nonconference contests at Worthen Arena, with its last loss being on Dec. 3, 2019 to Loyola (Chicago).

1,300 WINS: The Ball State men’s basketball team recorded win No. 1,300 in program history with the Dec. 2 decision against Bellarmine. The Cardinals are the tenth current MAC men’s basketball team to reach that milestone.

MAC Program Wins (as of Dec. 4, 2023)

Akron – 1,697

Ball State – 1,300

Buffalo – 1,279

Bowling Green – 1,452

Central Michigan – 1,356

Eastern Michigan – 1,292

Kent State – 1,332

Miami (OH) – 1,436

Northern Illinois – 1,315

Ohio – 1,614

Toledo – 1,551

Western Michigan – 1,372

MILESTONE WATCH: Anderson is 56 points away from scoring 1,000 in his career. The junior had 604 of those while playing for LMU.

Jihad and Pearson Jr. both scored their 500th career points in the second half on Dec. 16 against Indiana St, with Jihad hitting the figure with a 3-pointer and Pearson Jr. getting to the total on a layup.

Up Next

Ball State takes a break from MAC play to travel to Texas State for the MAC-SBC Challenge at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT) on Saturday.

BALL STATE MEN’S GOLF

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CARDINALS REACH CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH OF MAC/A10 CHALLENGE

DADE CITY, Fla. – Opening the spring men’s golf season with a pair of match play victories Monday over Ohio and George Washington, the Ball State Cardinals will battle Mid-American Conference rival Eastern Michigan in Tuesday’s championship match of the MAC/A10 Challenge. Both programs are three-time champions of the event that has been conducted every year since 2012. Ball State beat Drake to capture last year’s title and the Eagles beat Toledo to win the title in 2022.

The Cardinals won four out of six individual matches in each round Monday, counting one point for the lowest-scoring golfer in each round. The final round for each of the eight teams commences with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, on the par-72, 7,153-yard track on the South Course at Loke Jovita Golf & Country Club. George Washington meets Richmond in a third-place matchup, with Dayton and Central Michigan battling for fifth place, and Ohio and Loyola dueling for 7th place.

Hosted by Ball State and featuring four MAC and four Atlantic-10 schools, each team competed over 36 holes as part of first- and second-round action. The top-seeded Cardinals downed eighth-seed Ohio 4-0-2 in the first round, and beat No. 4 GW 4-0-2 to reach Tuesday’s championship round. No. 3-seed Eastern Michigan got past No. 6 Loyola-Chicago 3-1-2 in the opening round, and defeated second-seeded Richmond 4-1-1 in the semifinal round.

“We had a great day securing two team victories, both in convincing fashion, which is satisfying and encouraging,” said Ball State coach Mike Fleck. “It was a total team effort with strong performances from Alec Cesare and Carter Smith going 2-0 on the day and each of the other guys posting a victory. We put ourselves in position to win the bracket tomorrow and look forward to a battle with EMU in the championship match.”

Pacing the Ball State lineup in the No. 1 position, junior Smith won both his matches on Monday while completing just 30 holes. He won by a 5-up count over Ohio’s Will Kates without playing the last four holes, and he capped Tuesday’s action with a 3-up win over the Colonials’ Jakub Hrinda over 16 holes. Just as impressive, the Cardinals showed their depth with freshman Cesare anchoring the No. 6 position and getting 5-up and 4-up wins over his No. 6 counterparts in each match. He needed just 29 holes to dispatch both his opponents.

In the No. 2 position, Kash Bellar earned a 5&4 (5-up with four rounds to play) win in his opening round, but absorbed a 3&2 defeat in round two. In the third and fourth lineup slots for Ball State, Ali Khan and Braxton Kuntz each split their matches with first-round losses against Ohio and second-round victories against George Washington. Jensen Klondike captured a 2&1 win in his match vs. Ohio, but sustained a 4&2 defeat against GW.

Live scoring and tournament results are available HERE.

Final Round Pairings – Tuesday, Feb. 6

Championship: No. 3 Eastern Michigan vs. No. 1 Ball State

3rd Place: No. 4 George Washington vs. No. 2 Richmond

5th Place: No. 7 Central Michigan vs. No. 5 Dayton

7th Place: No. 8 Ohio vs. No. 6 Loyola

Ball State Lineup and Results

No. 1 – Carter Smith | W5&4 and W3&2

No. 2 – Kash Bellar | W5&4 and L3&2

No. 3 – Ali Khan | L1down and W2&1

No. 4 – Braxton Kuntz | L2down and W2up

No. 5 – Jensen Klondike | W2&1 and L4&2

No. 6 – Alec Cesare | W5&4 and W4&3

Past Champions:

2012 – Ball State

2013 – Bowling Green

2014 – Ball State

2015 – Eastern Michigan / Toledo

2016 – Eastern Michigan

2017 – Notre Dame

2018 – Miami

2019 – Miami

2020 – Drake

2021 – Connecticut

2022 – Eastern Michigan

2023 – Ball State

IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER

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WOMEN’S SOCCER ADDS TWO TRANSFERS FOR 2024 CAMPAIGN

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer program has announced the additions of two Division I transfers for next season as Emily Keck and Maia Ransom recently signed paperwork to join the program this fall. Keck, a goalkeeper, spent the past four seasons at Charlotte and will join the program as a graduate transfer. Ransom, a forward/defender, played the past two seasons at Eastern Kentucky and began her career at Cleveland State. Like Keck, she’ll have one season of eligibility remaining with the Jaguars.

Keck played four seasons with the 49ers and saw her most extensive action in 2022. That season, she made seven appearances (six starts) in goal with a .690 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average. She made her collegiate debut at UNCG that and recorded nine stops in that contest, marking the second most ever by a Charlotte keeper in their first appearance. She followed up with seven saves in a draw with Richmond that season. Keck starred at Hilliard Bradley (Ohio) High School where she was inducted into the school’s hall of fame. She was named to the 2019 TopDrawerSoccer.com All-Ohio Team and was a finalist for the state player of the year award.

Ransom, a 5-foot-5 defender/forward, has made 63 career appearances and 44 starts during her time at Cleveland State and Eastern Kentucky. At CSU, she started all 18 matches in 2021 as a sophomore with three goals (two game-winners). She ranked second on the team in points (7), shot attempts (23) and tied for third in shots on goal (10). In two seasons at EKU, she’s appeared in 37 matches and made 25 starts while totaling a pair of goals. This past fall, she led the Colonels in shots (32) and shots on goal (12) and was one of 10 players on the squad to amass 1,000 minutes in the field. Ransom was a four-year standout at Copley (Ohio) High School, earning Greater Akron District Player of the Year honors in 2019. She was also named Suburban League Player of the Year as a junior and closed her prep career with 52 goals scored.

The duo will join an already impressive core of returners in Caroline Kelley (8 goals, 3 assists), Emma Antoine (5 goals, 10 assists) and Shannon Ott (3 goals), along with starting goalkeeper Ashton Kudlo (0.95 GAA, .840 SV%) and key defensive standouts Kailyn Smith (1,690 minutes, 1 goal) and Emily Tobin (1,536 minutes, 4 assists). All total, nine of 11 starters are expected to return, accounting for 23 of the team’s 33 goals.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

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ISU CONTINUES TO RECEIVE VOTES IN COLLEGE HOOPS NATIONAL POLLS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball received votes in multiple national polls for the week of February 5.

In the national polls released on February 5, Sycamore Basketball received 53 points in the AP Top 25 college basketball poll, the most amount of points this season. Last week, ISU earned five points after receiving one in the week prior. In the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll, Indiana State earned 45 points, just behind Saint Mary’s for the highest amount outside the top 25. A week ago, the Sycamores earned 13 points in the poll for the highest mark yet. On February 4, CBS Sports released its top 25 which featured the Sycamores holding the No. 22 spot, giving ISU its first crack inside a top 25 poll this season.

The recognition came after another undefeated week in the Missouri Valley, defeating Belmont with a come-from-behind win in Tennessee on Wednesday, 78-72. ISU erased a 19-point first-half deficit to defeat the Bruins. On Saturday, ISU knocked off Drake at home, 75-67, after falling to the Bulldogs in Iowa earlier in the month.

Indiana State is now 20-3, 11-1 MVC, tying for second in the nation for most wins this season with three other schools (UConn, James Madison, Samford). Only two other schools have a higher win count, but only by one with 21 wins (Grand Canyon, Purdue).

The Sycamores host Valparaiso on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Missouri State on Saturday for a 2 p.m. ET tip.

CONWELL SELECTED AS MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State men’s basketball sophomore guard Ryan Conwell was selected as the MVC Newcomer of the Week for the third time this season, announced on Monday by the conference.

Conwell continued his strong efforts across the board for Indiana State, helping the Sycamores to a 2-0 week in the Valley. He averaged 16.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.5 AST/G, two steals and a block in the undefeated week against Belmont and Drake. The sophomore was a perfect 14-14 from the charity stripe in the two games.

In game one, Conwell finished with 12 points and five rebounds, and two assists. Conwell was part of a 25-14 stretch with five points and a steal that allowed the Sycamores to eventually erase a 19-point deficit.

In game two, Conwell led the offensive scoring for Indiana State with 21 points and seven rebounds, including a 10-for-10 effort from the charity stripe. He recorded a massive block early in the second half that kept Drake at bay, leading to a five-point ISU lead. Conwell scored six points in the final two minutes, including four of his free throws in the final 32 seconds, to propel ISU to the eight-point victory. This game marked the fourth-straight for Conwell going perfect from the line (20-for-20).

Catch Conwell and the Sycamores in action again on Wednesday as the Sycamores host Valparaiso at 7 p.m.

DIAZ SELECTED NO. 21 SHORTSTOP BY D1BASEBALL IN THE 2024 PRESEASON PLAYER RANKINGS

D1BASEBALL – Indiana State shortstop Randal Diaz was listed among the nation’s best at the NCAA Division I level according to the preseason D1Baseball positional rankings as the website continues to unveil its top-50 players at each position heading into the 2024 season.

Diaz (No. 21 shortstop) joins teammates Grant Magill (No. 42 catcher) and Josue Urdaneta (No. 44 second baseman) on the list following a standout season for Indiana State featuring ISU’s first trip to an NCAA Super Regional, as well as winning the MVC regular season, championship, and the NCAA Terre Haute Regional.

Diaz was named the 2023 Missouri Valley Baseball Championships Most Outstanding Player pacing the Sycamores with a .455 batting average over the five games at Bob Warn Field and finishing with a team-high 10 hits and six runs while driving in three RBIs. The shortstop added a .727 slugging percentage and a .520 on-base percentage as ISU’s leadoff batter in the tournament.

The Toa Alta, Puerto Rico native posted multi-hit games in four of ISU’s five tournament contests and scored runs in four different games to pace a Sycamore offense that outscored its opponents 39-12 in the postseason. Diaz connected on a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning to give ISU a 2-0 lead over Evansville in the championship game. He followed up in the top of the ninth with an RBI single to provide the final margin in the Sycamores’ 6-0 win.

Diaz was one of three Indiana State players to line up in all 62 games in the 2023 season, earning 61 starts. He finished third on the team with a .297 batting average with a team-high 74 hits over 249 at-bats, leading the Sycamores with 15 doubles and three triples, while finishing third with 10 home runs. He scored 47 runs while driving in 36 RBIs.

Adept at the leadoff position in the order, Diaz enters the 2024 season on a 20-game on-base streak.

D1Baseball will continue to announce their player positional rankings heading into the start of the 2024 season.

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2024 Indiana State season with ticket details below.

2024 Baseball Season Ticket Information

Reserved chairback season tickets can be purchased for $99. General admission season tickets will go on sale as well with adult ($72), seniors ($54), and youth ($40) tickets also being available for purchase. There will be a $5 surcharge added to those wanting tickets printed.

Sycamore baseball season tickets will also be available for purchase at home ISU men’s and women’s basketball starting this weekend.

ISU Baseball single game tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE TRACK

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MASTODON TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS ANNOUNCE 2024 OUTDOOR SCHEDULE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s and women’s track and field teams announced their travel plans for the 2024 outdoor season. The Mastodons will travel the country as they compete against some of the country’s toughest competition.

The slate kicks off at the Margaret Simmons Invitational hosted by Murray State on Friday, March 22nd. The ‘Dons will head to Texas for the final weekend in March, participating in both the Bobcat Invitational at Texas State and the prestigious Texas Relays. A third group of athletes will compete in the Washington Distance Carnival hosted by Washington University in St. Louis on Friday, March 29th.

April starts with the Tennessee Invite at the University of Tennessee on Friday, April 5th. The following weekend will have the Mastodons splitting between the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell and the We Fly Track and Field Challenge at Ball State. The Gibson Invitational hosted by Indiana State will follow beginning on Thursday, April 18th.

The postseason opens at the Horizon League Outdoor Championship hosted by Oakland University from May 3rd to May 5th. Athletes who qualify will proceed to the NCAA East Preliminary First Round at the University of Kentucky from May 22nd to May 25th, aiming to secure a spot in the NCAA Championships in June.

Last year, the men took fifth at the Horizon League Championship with 81 points, their most points ever at an outdoor meet. The women earned fourth place with 96.25 points, their most ever at a league outdoor meet.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

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SCHERRY AMONG D1BASEBALL.COM’S TOP 50 SHORTSTOPS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For the second time in a week, the University of Evansville baseball team had one of its players rank among D1Baseball.com’s Top 50 positional rankings on Monday, as senior Simon Scherry (Santa Claus, Ind./Heritage Hills) was tabbed as one of the nation’s top shortstops.

Scherry ranks 22nd among the country’s top shortstops according to D1Baseball.com, one of the premiere collegiate baseball websites.  Scherry was an honorable mention all-MVC selection a year ago after hitting .267 with 12 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 23 RBI.  He was also considered one of the nation’s top defensive players at any position a year ago, as he led all of Division I baseball in Defensive Runs Saved among infielders at 12.7, per 643 Charts & Synergy, and finished as runner-up for the MVC Defensive Player of the Year while posting a .973 fielding percentage and ranking second in the Valley in total defensive assists with 173.

Scherry joins teammate Chase Hug on D1Baseball.com’s Top 50 positional rankings entering the 2024 season, as Hug was ranked 29th in the nation at first base on Friday.  D1Baseball.com is currently releasing positional Top 50 rankings at every position on the diamond on its website.

UINDY WOMEN’S LAX

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FOWLER TABBED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA BY USA LACROSSE MAGAZINE

BALTIMORE – UIndy senior Joey Fowler was tabbed as a preseason All-American by USA Lacrosse Magazine, announced last week.

Fowler, who piled up the postseason awards in 2023, earned IWLCA All-America Third Team distinction last week after being voted to the All-GLVC First Team. The Upper Arlington, Ohio, native netted a team-high 63 goals last spring, while finishing with 76 total points. Fowler was one of four Greyhounds to start all 21 contests, leading UIndy to a third straight GLVC title and Midwest Region final.

A trio of Hounds were recognized a year ago as preseason All-Americans, with Kara Antonucci, Quinn Malcolm, and Mekayla Montgomery listed by the publication.

UINDY MEN’S LAX

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MEN’S LACROSSE REMAINS IDLE IN LATEST COACHES POLL

BALTIMORE – After a perfect 2-0 weekend to open the 2024 campaign this past weekend, the UIndy men’s lacrosse team remained at No. 9 in the latest USILA national coaches poll.

The Hounds have now been ranked inside the top 10 in each of the past 34 polls, dating back to the 2021 season.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the defending national champion, still sits atop the rankings, and will host UIndy on Sunday, Feb. 11, for a 1 p.m. faceoff.

The Greyhounds pulled off a comeback in Friday’s season opener at Alabama Huntsville before routing Montevallo on Sunday.

UINDY WOMEN’S LAX

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FOWLER TABBED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA BY USA LACROSSE MAGAZINE

BALTIMORE – UIndy senior Joey Fowler was tabbed as a preseason All-American by USA Lacrosse Magazine, announced last week.

Fowler, who piled up the postseason awards in 2023, earned IWLCA All-America Third Team distinction last week after being voted to the All-GLVC First Team. The Upper Arlington, Ohio, native netted a team-high 63 goals last spring, while finishing with 76 total points. Fowler was one of four Greyhounds to start all 21 contests, leading UIndy to a third straight GLVC title and Midwest Region final.

A trio of Hounds were recognized a year ago as preseason All-Americans, with Kara Antonucci, Quinn Malcolm, and Mekayla Montgomery listed by the publication.

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

February 6, 1926 – George Halas helped to get a rule passed where as NFL clubs were prohibited to sign players whose college class year had not graduated per the ProFootballHOF.com website. The rule was intended to help potential players to get their education completed before joining the League.

February 6, 1983 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – NFL Pro Bowl was held and the NFC squad squeaked by the AFC by the narrowest of margins 20-19. The MVPs in this edition were from each Conference team.  Dan Fouts the quarterback of the San Diego Chargers and John J.J. Jefferson, the talented wide receiver of the Green Bay Packers, were selected.

February 6, 1994  – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – At the NFL Pro Bowl for the 1993 season the boys from the National Conference  all but shut down the American Conference team, 17-3. Wide out Andre Rison of the Atlanta Falcons took home the Most Valuable Player honors.

February 6, 2000 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – The NFL Pro Bowl gave the fans that love offense their money’s worth. The NFC team put up a 51 burger and surpassed the 31 points of the AFC to win the bragging rights. The game’s MVP was wide receiver Randy Moss then of the Minnesota Vikings.

February 6, 2005 – Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida – Super Bowl XXXIX was one of those classic championship games that the League dreams of. The Philadelphia Eagles of Coach Andy Reid came into the contest with an impressive 15-3 record to battle the Bill Belichick led New England Patriots who sported an even better record than their opponent of 17-2. After a scoreless first quarter per the American Football Fandom web page article, the teams traded touchdowns in the second and third quarters until  the PAtriots gained an advantage in the fourth by going up by ten over the Eagles via a Corey Dillon 2 yard TD run and an additional 3 points from Adam Vinatieri 22 yard kick at the 8:40 mark of the fourth. Philly cut the deficit to 3 just after the two minute warning when Quarterback Donovan McNabb found a streaking Greg Lewis on  a 30 yard scoring strike. The Patriots held on to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21. The game’s MVP was given to Wide Receiver Deion Branch of New England who snagged 11 balls from Tom Brady for 133 yards but did not score a touchdown. Branch was the third offensive player ever to win Super Bowl MVP honors without scoring a touchdown or throwing a touchdown pass following the path of Joe Namath and Fred Biletnikoff.

February 6, 2011 – Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas – Super Bowl XLV featured the high flying offense of the Green Bay Packers with Aaron Rodgers against the Troy Polomalu led defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rodgers got the better of this matchup as he threw for 304 yards with three touchdowns as his defense backed him up with 2 interceptions of Ben Roethlisberger even taking one of them for a score aiding the Green Bay Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Aaron Rodgers secured the Most Valuable Player nomination per an ESPN.com web page on the game.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for February 6

February 6, 1886 – Hatfield, Massachusetts – Jack Hubbard the great halfback from Amherst College was known to celebrate his birth. Hubbard was initially a halfback but his great athletic prowess allowed him to play almost every position on the field with fruitful results. Jack was described by the National Football Foundation as an ironman of early football as he did not miss one game of his four year career in college. Though he went to a smaller school he did not escape the eye of national attention when he made it on Walter Camp’s All-America team. Jack was a “big back” for those days at 180 lbs and he could run like the wind and strong. Hubbard employed his track talents from the hurdles as a weapon when hitting holes through the line, bumping runs around the end or gliding off tackle. Jack also was a great kicker, not missing one point after attempts in 3 straight seasons! The National Football Foundation selected Jack Hubbard for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.

February 6, 1950 – Bayonne, New Jersey – The University of Nebraska’s guard, Rich Glover was born. According to the NFF Glover’s college coach, Bob Devaney, called him ” the greatest defensive player he ever saw.” In Rich’s first two seasons with the Huskers they won the National Championship in both 1970 and 1971, and the next season they ranked fourth. Nebraska played in the Orange Bowl all three years and won every time over some very good programs, knocking off  LSU 17-12, Alabama 38-0, and Notre Dame 40-6. Rich  in 1972 won the top two national awards for linemen, the Outland and the Lombardi. Perhaps his most prestigious honor also came in 1972: his picture was on the cover of the NCAA Football Guide. The National Football Foundation voters selected Rich Glover for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995. Glover’s NFL was cut short due to injury as he played two seasons in the League with the Giants and Eagles.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1921      The New York American League franchise purchases a ten-acre plot of land for $675,000 from William Waldorf Astor’s estate as the site of the future Yankee Stadium. The club’s new ballpark on the west side of the Bronx will sit directly across the Harlem River from the Polo Grounds, the team’s current home for the past ten years as tenants of the Giants.

1934      New York news reporter and broadcaster Ford Frick is named the National League’s public relations director. In November, the DePauw University graduate will be elected as the president of the Senior Circuit, succeeding John A. Heydler, who resigned due to poor health.

1935      Cardinal right-hander Dizzy Dean, who posted a 30-7 record last season for the Gashouse Gang, becomes a holdout when the team refuses to meet his demand for a yearly salary of $25,000. The 23-year-old future Hall of Famer, the NL’s reigning MVP, quickly comes to terms with the Redbirds the following day, signing for $18,500, including a thousand-dollar bonus.

1956      Dodger owner Walter O’Malley, showing his support for the Wagner-Cashmore plan to build a $30-million downtown Brooklyn sports center, promises to buy four million dollars worth of bonds for the project. The proposed legislation, which will be passed and signed by New York Governor Averill Harriman in April, becomes irrelevant due to a lack of funding from the city’s Board of Estimates.

1958      The Red Sox sign Ted Williams for reportedly $135,000, making him the highest-paid player in major league history, surpassing his annual salary of a hundred grand he’s collected since 1949. The 39-year-old outfielder, starting his 18th season with the club, led the major leagues with a .388 batting average last year.

1962      The Phillies announce the team will retire Robin Roberts’ uniform number 36 when his new club, the Yankees, visits Clearwater to play Philadelphia in a March spring exhibition game. The team’s tribute to future Hall of Famer marks the first time a uniform number has been retired in the franchise’s 79-year history.

1986      The Yankees sign well-traveled free-agent Al Holland, who saved a total of five games for three different teams last season. The one-year contract has a clause that requires the 33-year-old southpaw reliever, one of the players granted immunity in exchange for their testimony in last year’s Pittsburgh cocaine trials, to submit to drug tests.

1992      Jeff Innis (0-2, 2.66, 84 IP) loses his arbitration bid against the Mets, awarded the team’s offer of $355,000 (more than double his 1991 salary) rather than the $650,000 he sought. During the season, the 29-year-old middle-reliever with a submarine delivery became the first major league pitcher to appear in 60 or more games without recording a win or a save, a stat that worked against winning his case.

2008      The Rangers hire Nolan Ryan as team president during a pivotal point in club history, according to club president Tom Hicks. The 61-year-old Hall of Fame hurler, who retired with the Rangers in 1993 after playing a record 27 major league seasons, is introduced at The Ballpark in Arlington with much fanfare, including a video highlight package featuring many of the right-hander’s milestones.

2010      After Seattle declined to offer him salary arbitration, oft-injured free agent Erik Bedard agrees to stay a part of the Mariners’ pitching rotation, inking a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2011. The 30-year-old southpaw, who is rehabilitating after surgery on his pitching shoulder last August, will not have to continue his disappointing role as the team’s ace with the off-season trade for Cliff Lee and the emergence of Felix Hernandez.

2012      An arbitration panel rules in favor of 27-year-old Anibal Sanchez (8-9, 3.67), awarding the Marlin right-hander with a record-breaking $8 million salary this season. The decision, which puts aside the team’s counteroffer of $6.9 million, represents the most substantial amount ever given to a starting pitcher who went to arbitration.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1904 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

The first section of the New York Subway system was opened between City Hall and 145th Street. The original system consisted of twenty-eight stations along 9.1 miles of track with the IRT extending to the Bronx in 1905, Brooklyn in 1908 and Queens in 1915. Since then, it has expanded to over two-hundred thirty miles of routes and over four-hundred miles of single track.

In the American League…

On May 11th, Sam Crawford of the Detroit Tigers broke Boston Red Sox ace Cy Young’s consecutive streak of no-hit innings at 24 1/3 (seventy-six batters without a hit) after managing a one-out single en route to a 1-0 victory.

The St. Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers played a doubleheader on September 8, 1904, another doubleheader on the 9th, a third doubleheader on the 10th, then a fourth doubleheader on the 11th! After “only” one game on the 12th, they faced off for a final doubleheader on the 13th, setting a record for the most games played consecutively (11) between two teams in Major League Baseball history.

After pitching a record setting season with forty-one wins and four-hundred fifty-four innings in fifty-five games, New York Highlanders (Yankees) ace Jack Chesbro “crashed and burned” after losing control of a spitball that sailed over his catcher’s head and allowed the American League pennant losing run to score from third.

In the National League…

New York Giants’ Dan McGann stole five bases on May 27th during 3-1 win over the cross-town rival Brooklyn Dodgers. The record stood for seventy years until Davey Lopes of the Los Angeles Dodgers matched the mark in August of 1974. Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon eventually topped the feat with six steals (against the Montreal Expos) in 1991.

Frank Chance of the Chicago Cubs set a painful Major League mark after being hit four times in one day during a May 30th double header against the Cincinnati Reds. In the first game, “The Peerless Leader ” actually lost consciousness after being tagged in the head by Jack Harper.

In October, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Taylor tossed his thirty-ninth consecutive complete game of the season setting a modern Major League record. The streak started on April 15th and finished with an astounding three-hundred fifty-two innings pitched.

Around the League…

John T. Brush, president of the National League champion New York Giants, refused to play the returning American League champion Boston Americans. He was quoted as stating that he refused to compete with a “representative of the inferior American League”. Surprisingly, Brush regretted the decision and later that year proposed to continue with the series as originally conceived. His about-face spawned the “Brush Rules,” a set of guidelines relating to the on-field play and off-field finances of the World Series, which exists to this day.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

31 – 9 – 14 – 83 – 7 – 16 – 22 – 80 – 11 – 84 – 10 – 83 – 12

February 6, 1926

February 6, 1926 – St Louis Browns acquire catcher Wally Schang from New York Yankees. Though he did not wear a number then, Schang was known to have the number 31 on his uniform in 1931 with the Tigers.

February 6, 1958 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Number 9Ted Williams became the highest paid player in MLB history at the time when he re-signed with Boston Red Sox for $135,000

February 6, 1983 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – At the NFL Pro Bowl, the NFC stars outshined their AFC counterparts, 20-19. The game MVPs were Dan Fouts, Number 14 and quarterback of the San Diego Chargers as well as Green Bay Packers, WR John JeffersonNumber 83.

February 6, 1986 – New Jersey Devils Peter McNab, Number 7 at that point in his career, became the 42nd NHL player to score 350 goals.

February 6, 1990 – Brett Hull, Number 16 of the St Louis Blueson this day reached a milestone that combined with his father, Bobby Hull to become the first father/son duo in NHL history to score 50 goals each in their respective careers. The elder Hull wore Number 9 for much of his NHL career.

February 6, 1993 – Mike Gartner, Number 22 andthe right winger of the New York Rangers was selected as the game MVP of 44th NHL All-Star Gameplayed at the Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec. The Wales Conference crushed the All-Stars of the Campbell, 16-6.

February 6, 1994 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – At the NFL Pro Bowl, the NFC outscored the AFC, 17-3. The game’s MVP:  was wide receiver of the Atlanta Falcons, Andre Rison, who sported the Number 80 that season.

February 6, 1998 – The Minnesota Twins traded Chuck Knoblauch to New York Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers. The Talented player wore Number 11 for both clubs.

February 6, 2000 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – The MVP pf the NFL Pro Bowl was Minnesota Vikings standout wide receiver Number 84Randy Moss. In the contest the NFC defeated the AFC, 51-31.

February 6, 2000 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto – The results of the 50th NHL All-Star Game World beats North America, 9-4. The contest’s MVP was Pavel Bure, Number 10, the talented right wing of the Florida Panthers top line.

February 6, 2005 – Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville – Super Bowl XXXIX saw the New England Patriots beat Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21. MVP was Patriots wide receiver, Number 83 Deion Branch.

February 6, 2011 – Cowboys Stadium, Arlington – Super Bowl XLV witnessed the Green Bay Packers knocking off the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25. The Most Valuable Player of the game was Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Number 12.

TV SPORTS TUESDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6:30 p.m.

BTN — Rutgers at Maryland

FS1 — DePaul at St. John’s

SECN — Mississippi at South Carolina

7 p.m.

ACCN — Florida St. at Boston College

ESPN — Clemson at North Carolina

ESPN2 — Oklahoma St. at Houston

ESPNU — Wake Forest at Georgia Tech

PEACOCK — Indiana at Ohio St.

8 p.m.

CBSSN — Dayton at Saint Joseph’s

8:30 p.m.

FS1 — Butler at UConn

SECN — Kentucky at Vanderbilt

9 p.m.

ESPN — Texas Tech at Baylor

ESPN2 — Charlotte at South Florida

PEACOCK — Michigan St. at Minnesota

10:30 p.m.

FS1 — San Diego St. at Air Force

11 p.m.

ESPN2 — Saint Mary’s (Cal) at Pacific

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

8:30 p.m.

BTN — Maryland at Rutgers

COLLEGE LACROSSE (MEN’S)

4 p.m.

ESPNU — Towson at Johns Hopkins

NBA BASKETBALL

7:30 p.m.

TNT — Dallas at Brooklyn

10 p.m.

TNT — Milwaukee at Phoenix

SOCCER (MEN’S)

2:30 p.m.

ESPN2 — DFB-Pokal: VfB Stuttgart at Bayer Leverkusen, Quarterfinal

7:55 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions League: Monterrey at Comunicaciones, First Round – Leg 1

9:55 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions League: Club América at Real Estelí, First Round – Leg 1

SOCCER (WOMEN’S)

12:55 p.m.

FS2 — 2024 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group Stage: U.S. vs. Canada, Group B, Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico

3:55 p.m.

FS2 — 2024 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group Stage: Puerto Rico vs. Panama, Group B, Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico

TENNIS

4 a.m.

TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, Cordoba-ATP, Abu Dhabi-WTA, Cluj-Napoca-WTA Early Rounds

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, Cordoba-ATP, Dallas-ATP, Abu Dhabi-WTA, Cluj-Napoca-WTA Early Rounds

4 a.m. (Wednesday)

TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, Cordoba-ATP, Abu Dhabi-WTA, Cluj-Napoca-WTA Early Rounds

6 a.m. (Wednesday) TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, Cordoba-ATP, Dallas-ATP, Abu Dhabi-WTA, Cluj-Napoca-WTA Early Rounds