*************THE SCOREBOARD**************




1. BEN DAVIS (14-0)

2. BROWNSBURG (13-1)


4. PENN (8-1)

5. CENTER GROVE (12-1)

6. HOMESTEAD (11-1)


8. KOKOMO (9-4)

9. CARMEL (8-4)

10. NORTHWOOD (10-2)

11. NEW PALESTINE (11-0)





16. WESTFIELD (8-2)



19. ZIONSVILLE (7-4)






2. ZIONSVILLE (17-0)

3. FISHERS (15-2)





8. HOMESTEAD (14-2)

9. TWIN LAKES (18-0)

10. INDIAN CREEK (18-0)

11. COLUMBIA CITY (15-2)


13. LAKE CENTRAL (14-4)


15. WARSAW (13-4)

16. NORTHRIDGE (16-4)

17. VALPARAISO (16-1)

18. CENTER GROVE (14-4)


20. NORWELL (14-3)



1HOUSTON 16-11457 (34)2
2KANSAS 14-11440 (22)3
3PURDUE 15-11386 (4)1
4ALABAMA 13-212887
5TENNESSEE 13-212318
6UCONN 15-212064
7UCLA 14-2110810
8GONZAGA 14-310709
9ARIZONA 14-210495
10TEXAS 13-29406
12XAVIER 13-379318
13VIRGINIA 11-371211
14IOWA STATE 12-269725
15ARKANSAS 12-361313
16MIAMI (FL) 13-260412
17TCU 13-255317
18WISCONSIN 11-344814
20MISSOURI 13-231720
21AUBURN 12-325622
22CHARLESTON 16-124623
24DUKE 12-422116


1HOUSTON 16-1774 (14)2
2KANSAS 14-1767 (12)3
3PURDUE 15-1734 (6)1
4ALABAMA 13-26767
5TENNESSEE 13-26559
6UCLA 14-26038
7UCONN 15-26015
8GONZAGA 14-356910
9ARIZONA 14-25354
10TEXAS 13-24626
11XAVIER 13-342819
12VIRGINIA 11-339511
14IOWA STATE 12-233225
15MIAMI (FL) 13-232912
16ARKANSAS 12-329013
17TCU 13-226917
18WISCONSIN 11-324015
20MISSOURI 13-219321
21DUKE 12-416514
22AUBURN 12-315920


1KANSAS 14-10.68631
2ALABAMA 13-20.67832
3GONZAGA 14-30.66653
4TENNESSEE 13-20.65724
5PURDUE 15-10.65156
6UCONN 15-20.64815
7ARKANSAS 12-30.64737
8KANSAS STATE 14-10.64688
10HOUSTON 16-10.639512
11NEVADA 14-30.638910
12SAN DIEGO STATE 12-30.634911
13AUBURN 12-30.632113
14ARIZONA 14-20.630714
15CHARLESTON 16-10.629116
15NORTH CAROLINA 11-50.629115
17DUKE 12-40.624117
17UCLA 14-20.624118
19UTAH STATE 13-30.617519
20XAVIER 13-30.615420
21MIAMI (FL) 13-20.615121
22UNLV 12-30.612522
23IOWA STATE 12-20.611823
24NORTH TEXAS 13-30.609824
25WEST VIRGINIA 10-50.606125

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COMPLETE SCOREBOARD:  http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20230109


1SOUTH CAROLINA 16-0700 (28)1
2STANFORD 16-16712
3OHIO STATE 17-06453
4UCONN 13-25875
5LSU 16-05827
6INDIANA 14-15746
7NOTRE DAME 12-25424
8UCLA 14-245712
9MARYLAND 13-343713
10UTAH 14-14278
12IOWA 12-435216
13VIRGINIA TECH 13-33429
14ARIZONA 14-234115
15IOWA STATE 10-330711
16DUKE 14-128119
17MICHIGAN 13-326114
18BAYLOR 12-325323
19OKLAHOMA 12-221217
20GONZAGA 16-219720
21OREGON 12-414418
22NORTH CAROLINA 10-512622
23KANSAS 12-29921


1UCONN 13-20.73891
2DUKE 14-10.70422
3SOUTH CAROLINA 16-00.69983
4STANFORD 16-10.68596
5INDIANA 14-10.68024
7IOWA STATE 10-30.67475
8UCLA 14-20.670410
9CREIGHTON 10-50.663511
10OHIO STATE 17-00.663113
11NOTRE DAME 12-20.66177
12MARYLAND 13-30.66139
13VILLANOVA 14-30.652112
13UTAH 14-10.652114
15KANSAS 12-20.647215
16ARKANSAS 16-30.644920
17TENNESSEE 12-60.642018
18IOWA 12-40.641817
19SOUTH FLORIDA 14-40.641116
20ALABAMA 13-40.6343NR
21VIRGINIA 13-30.632719
22GONZAGA 16-20.632523
23FLORIDA STATE 15-30.631821
24OKLAHOMA 12-20.6314NR
25ARIZONA 14-20.6310NR

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COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20230109

************CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME****************

#1 GEORGIA 65 #3 TCU 7

BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/cfb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=202301090068&home=68&vis=85&final=true



NFC:    4:30 PM (ET)                 7 SEATTLE AT 2 SAN FRANCISCO (FOX, FOX DEPORTES)



AFC:    1:00 PM (ET)                 7 MIAMI AT 2 BUFFALO (CBS, PARAMOUNT+)




















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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Stetson Bennett flashed a wry grin as he walked off the field, stopping to hug coach Kirby Smart as the crowd roared.

It was all standing ovations and sideline snacks in the fourth quarter of college football’s most lopsided title game.

In emphatic and overwhelming fashion, Georgia became the first team to repeat as College Football Playoff national champions and left no doubt the ‘Dawgs are the new bullies on the block.

Bennett threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores – in the first half – as No. 1 Georgia demolished No. 3 TCU 65-7 on Monday night.

The Bulldogs (15-0) are the first repeat champs in major college football since Alabama went back-to-back a decade ago. There appears to be a new dynasty emerging from the Southeastern Conference.

“We wanted our kids to play without fear,” Smart said. “All year I told them, I said, `We ain’t getting hunted guys, we’re doing the hunting, and hunting season’s almost over. We’ve only got one more chance to hunt,’ and we hunted tonight.”

TCU (13-2), the first Cinderella team of the playoff era, never had a chance against the Georgia juggernaut. Unlike Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal, the Bulldogs would not succumb to the Hypnotoads’ spell.

Georgia turned in one of the all-time beatdowns in a big game, reminiscent of Nebraska running over Florida by 38 in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, USC’s 36-point rout of Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl and Alabama’s 28-point BCS blowout over Notre Dame in 2013.

But this was worse.

Too much talent. Too well-coached. Two straight titles for the ‘Dawgs.

No team has ever scored more points in a national championship game, dating to the beginning of the BCS in 1998.

With 13:25 left in the fourth quarter, Smart called timeout in the middle of an offensive drive so Bennett could exit to hero’s ovation in the final game of his circuitous college career.

“That was special,” said Bennett, who finished 18 for 25 for 304 yards and four touchdown passes. “I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.”

Georgia offensive linemen were munching on chicken wings on the sideline as the game wound down. Then, for the second straight year, the Bulldogs were showered by confetti and presented a championship trophy.

“I love this team, I love those fans, I love our band. I love everybody,” Bennett said during the presentation ceremony. “Back-to-back, baby. Back-to-back.”

Smart is now 81-15 in his first seven seasons at Georgia with two national titles. His mentor, Alabama coach Nick Saban, was 79-15 with three titles in his first seven seasons with the Tide.

The Bulldogs were a different kind of dominant this season after losing 15 NFL draft picks from the 2021 team: not quite as stingy on defense, but more explosive on offense.

“Last year’s team probably had more talent on it,” Smart said. “But this year’s team was different, like they had this eye of the tiger. They weren’t going to lose.”

Earlier in Smart’s tenure at his alma mater, Georgia fans worried about whether the former defensive coordinator for Saban would be able to build an offense to match this high-scoring era of college football.

Under third-year coordinator Todd Monken, the Bulldogs have become prolific, creative and diverse offensively. They picked apart TCU’s 3-3-5 defense from all angles.

Versatile tight end Brock Bowers had seven catches for 152 yards. Receiver Ladd McConkey caught two TDs. Georgia ran for 254 yards with seven players gaining at least 10.

The Bulldogs scored all six times they touched the ball in the first half. Twice Bennett ran it in himself; the former walk-on turned two-time national champion was barely touched on the two quarterback keepers.

He hit a wide-open McConkey for a 34-yard score in the first quarter, a perfectly executed play out of a bunched formation that had TCU’s defensive backs in disarray. Bennett’s 22-yard score to Adonai Mitchell was a higher degree of difficulty, dropped in over a defender who had tight coverage.

It looked a lot like the Bennett-to-Mitchell touchdown that gave Georgia a fourth-quarter lead it would not relinquish against Alabama in last year’s CFP title game.

Georgia vanquished the Tide to break a 41-year national title drought last season, avenging its only regular-season loss in the process.

There was no such drama against the upstart Horned Frogs.

“The journey was great. It’s something I’ll never forget,” TCU running back Emari Demercado said. “Obviously, didn’t end how we wanted it, but at the end of the day this journey was something great.”

These Bulldogs never had to worry about Alabama. They rolled through the SEC, survived Ohio State in a classic CFP semifinal and then completed a perfect season with an historic blowout.

“Do you have to take a loss to learn?” Smart said. “I mean, why?”

Bennett hit Bowers for a 22-yard score with 10:52 left in the third quarter to make it 45-7. The sophomore from Northern California signaled touchdown while lying on the turf at Sofi Stadium. Bennett smiled as he tapped helmets with one of his linemen.

“He’s got GOAT status and in Athens, Georgia forever,” Smart said.

Georgia’s famous bulldog mascot UGA could not make cross-country trip to root on his team, but it still felt a little like Sanford Stadium in SoCal.

Many of the TCU fans cleared out with more than half the fourth quarter left, choosing to venture out into a rainy and chilly night rather than watch any more of the massive mismatch.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t make a better show tonight because that’s not indicative of who we are. But we’ll look back – it’s going to take some time for the sting to go away, I assure you – but we’ll look back on the season and build on it from here,” first-year coach Sonny Dykes said.

Heisman Trophy runner-up Max Duggan threw two first-half interceptions in the final game of his roller-coaster TCU career. A four-year starter who never played in a bowl before this season, Duggan led TCU on one of the most improbable runs in college football history.

Unranked after a losing 2021 season and picked seventh in the Big 12, the Frogs won nine games by 10 or fewer points. They were within a victory of the program’s first national title since 1938.

But they ran into a monster.

“As long as you don’t have entitlement in your program, you’ve got a shot,” Smart said. “And right now we don’t have that.”

NOTES: With its 65-7 win over No. 3 TCU, Georgia (15-0) captured its fourth national championship and became the first team to win back-to-back titles in the CFP era. The only other teams to win two straight titles since 1990 have been Nebraska (1994-95), USC (2003-04) and Alabama (2011-12).

Georgia secured its 868th all-time win, good for ninth place for Most Wins in FBS history. Georgia began this season 11th, moving past USC and Tenn.

The 2022 senior class concludes its career with a school record 49-5 mark and two national championships.

The Bulldogs are one of only three FBS teams in the modern era to finish a season a school record 15-0, joining Clemson (2018) and LSU (2019).

The Bulldogs have tied the school record for consecutive wins with 17 straight going back to last season’s CFP semifinal/Capital One Orange Bowl win over No. 2 Michigan. From 1945-47, Georgia had a stretch where it won 17 games in a row.

The Bulldogs are now 5-1 in the CFP under Kirby Smart including 2-1 in CFP National Championship Games.

With today’s win, Georgia improves to 11-2 all-time as the No. 1 ranked CFP team including 5-0 in 2022-23.

Georgia improved to 5-0 all-time against TCU including 3-0 in the postseason, winning the 1942 Orange Bowl, the 2016 Liberty Bowl and today’s National Championship Game.

Season High Offensive Output In First Half/Overall In CFP National Championship Game:

Georgia came in ranked 9th nationally in Scoring (39.4 ppg) and posted 38 points, with 371 yards on 40 plays in the first half and finished with 65 points on 589 yards of offense in 72 plays.

The 65 points was the most ever in a CFP National Championship Game and also the largest margin of victory at 58 points.

The 38 points in the first half was a season high and the most in a half of a CFP National Championship Game. Georgia led 38-7.

Bennett Caps Career With Perfect 4-0 CFP Mark, 4 MVPs, Two Titles:

Senior QB Stetson Bennett (18-for-25, 304 yards, 4 TD passes, 2 Rushing), was named the Offfensive Player of the Game. In the first half, he was 14-for-18, 223 yards, 2 TDS passing including a career-high 2 rushing TDs. The last Bulldog QB with two rushing scores in a game was Justin Fields versus Tenn. in 2018.

Bennett left the game with Georgia up 52-7 for 13:25 left in the 4th. Bennett finishes his career with a 29-3 mark as a starter. In 4 CFP games, he completed 67.8% of his passes, going 78-for-115 for 1,239 yards, 12 TD passes, 1 INT plus two rushing TDs and 4 MVPs, 2 titles.

Bennett tied a CFP National Championshp Game mark by accounting for six TDs (4-pass, 2-rush), also done by Joe Burrow (LSU-2019).

Bennett set the single season mark for Passing Yards (4,127) as the old mark was 3,893 by Aaron Murray in 2012). He passed Murray on a 11-yard completion to Ladd McConkey in the first quarter.

Georgia has outscored teams in the first quarter 139-37 and 341-105 in the first half this season. Georgia’s 17 points in the first quarter was a season high for a first quarter, the previous high was 14 (five times), and the most in a CFP National Championship Game.

Defense Limits TCU To A TD:

Georgia came in ranked second nationally in Scoring Defense, allowing just 12.8 points a game while TCU came in ranked 5th nationally in scoring (41.1). TCU posted just 7 points on 188 yards of total offense on 51 plays.

Third-ranked TCU became the seventh team this year the Bulldogs held to a season-low in points in a game. Their low was 17 in a win over Texas.

Sophomore DB Javon Bullard, who was Defensive Player of the Game tonight, was also the Defensive MVP of the CFP semifinal win over Ohio State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Tonight, Bullard ccounted for all three turnovers (2 INTs, Fumble Recovery) that led to 17 points.

The leading tackler was sophomore Smael Mondon with five. Georgia had 5 sacks (freshman Mykel Williams team-best 4.5, freshman Bear Alexander, his 2nd, senior Robert Beal, his 3rd and Tykee Smith-2nd and freshman Jalon Walker-1st..

Georgia forced a three-and-out on TCU’s first posession, limiting them to three yards. Georgia forced a fumble on the 2nd possession, caused by Chris Smith and recovered by Javon Bullard at the TCU 33. On the 3rd possession, they scored a TD on a 75-yard drive including a 60-yard completion.

Top Targets:

The leading receiver was sophomore Brock Bowers (7 rec., 152 yards). It was Bowers’ seventh game of 100+yards receiving. while Ladd McConkey was next with five receptions for 88 yards including a 37-yard TD and a 14-yard TD. Georgia had its fourth drive of 90+ yards on the year, going 92 yards on 11 plays in 5:43 capped by a Bennett six-yard score for a 24-7 lead.

On the team’s first drive, Bennett directed a 57-yard TD drive on five plays in 2:58 capped by a 21-yard TD scamper by Bennett, his 9th rushing TD of the year. It gave Georgia 7-0 lead with 11:01 left in the first.

Bennett to Bowers connected for a 22-yard score for a 45-7 lead with 10:52 in the 3rd. The second possession of the second half resulted in another TD, going 84 yards on nine plays capped by a 14-yard catch to McConkey to make it 52-7.

In the rushing attack, senior Kenny McIntosh had a team-high 50 yards on six carries while junior Kendall Milton had 33 yards and 10 carries, 1 TD. Milton notched the team’s third rushing TD of the night while freshman Branson Robinson had two as the Bulldogs had a school record 44 on the year.

Special Teams Summary:

Senior PK Jack Podlesny registered 11 points, going 1-for-1 in FG (made 24-yarder) and 8-for-9 in PATs. He is 26-for-31 in FGs this year. He handled kickoffs too. Georgia did not punt in the 1st half but opened the 3rd with a punt by freshman Brett Thorson (48 yards).

Red Zone Review:

Georgia went 6-for-6 in the Red Zone with 5 TDs & 1 FG while TCU finished 1-for-1 with 1 TD.

Georgia came in tonight ranked 1st nationally in the Red Zone at 97 percent. They have now scored 81-for-83 times including 57 TDs and 24 FGs.

The Bulldogs came in No. 1 in Red Zone Defense (67%) as opponents are now 23-of-34 on the year with 13 TDs and 10 FGs with 11 times no points.

Points Off Turnovers:

Georgia came in minus one in Turnover Margin on the year and forced three turnovers in the first half. The Bulldogs forced a fumble in the first quarter (by Chris Smith, recovered by Javon Bullard), and it led to a field goal and a 10-0 lead with 6:51 left. Bullard notched his first career INT. Georgia took over at its own 34 and it led to a TD. Bullard notched his 2nd career INT at the TCU22 with 36 seconds left in the half. It led to a TD and a 38-7 lead with 26 seconds left. Georgia scored 71 points of 19 turnovers this year.

Captains, Coin Toss and For Starters:

Seniors Nolan Smith (OLB), Chris Smith (FS) and Stetson Bennett (QB) along with redshirt sophomore Sedrick Van Pran (C) served as the captains with Matt Stafford (QB-L.A. Rams; UGA ’06-’08) the honorary Bulldog captain. Georgia won the toss and elected to defer the ball until the second half. Sophomore Amarius Mims (RT) made his second straight start in place of junior Warren McClendon who had started 37 consecutive games, the longest streak on the team, before missing the CFP semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Bowl due to injury. These are Mims’ first two career starts.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan All-America running back Blake Corum is staying in school for his senior season and putting his professional football dreams on hold.

“I can go to the NFL next year,” Corum told The Associated Press. “But I can’t go to the NFL, then come back to Michigan the next year.”

Corum announced his decision on Monday, hours before the national championship game, writing in a social media post that he had “unfinished business” on the field and in the classroom.

“I think a lot of people were surprised,” Corum said. “I personally couldn’t go out the way I did. Some people might remember me getting hurt at the Big House and that didn’t sit well with me.”

He had a season-ending left knee injury against Illinois on Nov. 19 after running for 1,463 yards and 18 touchdowns. Corum had 952 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2021.

While Corum decided to stay, three teammates chose to go pro.

All-Big Ten defensive linemen Mazi Smith and Mike Morris, along with tight end Luke Schoonmaker, are entering the NFL draft, passing on the opportunity to play another season in college.

Without Corum in the lineup, the second-ranked Wolverines lost to third-ranked TCU on Dec. 31.

Michigan has won two straight Big Ten titles and lost two consecutive games in the College Football Playoff.

“We accomplished a lot, but we haven’t accomplished what we want,” Corum said. “I’m a Michigan man, who loves being at Michigan, and I’m going to give it one last run.”

Corum has and will continue to make money with name, image and likeness agreements and has said he gives away half of what he makes to Michigan offensive linemen and the community. He doesn’t plan to draw from a fund that has been established to give returning Wolverines money.

“That’s for my teammates who stay,” he said. “NIL deals didn’t factor into my decision to come back. I’m coming back to help Michigan get what we deserve and have been working toward and that’s a national championship.”

The 5-foot-8, 210-pound Corum, who is from Marshall, Virginia, will return along with quarterback J.J. McCarthy to lead Michigan with or without coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh has drawn interests from NFL teams while the NCAA is looking into potential rules infractions in the Wolverines’ football program.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah quarterback Cameron Rising is returning after considering a jump to the NFL.

The school announced Monday that Rising will be back as a sixth-year senior in 2023 after leading the Utes to consecutive Pac-12 titles.

Rising was a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell awards after throwing for 3,034 yards and 26 touchdowns with eight interceptions. The Ventura, California, native was named MVP of the Pac-12 Championship game after leading the Utes to a 47-24 win that knocked USC out of the College Football Playoff.

Utah played in the Rose Bowl the past two seasons, falling short in both after Rising went down with injuries. He suffered a left leg injury and had to leave in the third quarter of this year’s game, which the Utes lost 35-21 to Penn State.

Rising’s return adds to a strong list of Pac-12 quarterbacks who will be back in 2023, including Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams of USC, Oregon’s Bo Nix and Washington State’s Michael Penix Jr. Former Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei also transferred to Oregon State.

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have fired coach Kliff Kingsbury and parted ways with general manager Steve Keim after a dreadful season that saw constant unwanted headlines, a serious knee injury to star quarterback Kyler Murray and lots of losing.

The team confirmed the changes on Monday.

“We have announced that head coach Kliff Kingsbury has been relieved of his duties,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “In addition, general manager Steve Keim has decided to step away from his position in order to focus on his health. The team wishes them well and thanks both of them for their contributions.”

The 43-year-old Kingsbury – who received a contract extension just last year – finishes his tenure with a 28-37-1 record over four seasons, including a 4-13 mark this year. The Cardinals ended the season on a seven-game losing streak, falling to the San Francisco 49ers 38-13 on Sunday.

The 50-year-old Keim also received a contract extension last season. He’s been with the Cardinals since 1999 and served as the team’s general manager since 2013. He took a medical leave of absence in December, but the team didn’t elaborate on the reason.

Kingsbury joins a long list of names who couldn’t win enough games for one of the NFL’s least-successful franchises. The Cardinals haven’t won a championship since 1947 and have never had a coach last more than six seasons in more than a century of existence.

The low-key Kingsbury was owner Michael Bidwill’s surprise choice to lead the franchise back in 2019, replacing Steve Wilks. A few months later, the franchise selected quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

A former quarterback himself, Kingsbury had developed a reputation for working with young quarterbacks, including Patrick Mahomes, who played for Kingsbury at Texas Tech and went on to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl win.

For a while, the Kingsbury-Murray pairing looked as if it would succeed. The Cardinals went 5-10-1 in 2019 before improving to 8-8 in 2020. The Cardinals started last season with a 10-2 record, emerging as a Super Bowl favorite, but lost four of their final five regular-season games.

They still made the playoffs, but lost to the Los Angeles Rams 34-11 in the wild-card round.

The Cardinals started this season with high expectations, but nothing went as planned. The first bad omen came when three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins was suspended for the season’s first six games after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers.

Murray signed a $230.5 million contract with the Cardinals before training camp that could keep him with the franchise through 2028. Instead of being a celebratory moment, a strange clause in Murray’s contract that mandated four hours of independent study on game weeks drew criticism.

The clause was eventually removed, but the damage to Murray’s reputation was done.

Hopkins returned after his six-game suspension in October, but the season had already gone sideways. An avalanche of injuries to the offense didn’t help: They lost starting tight end Zach Ertz to a season-ending knee injury and four offensive linemen missed significant time.

Then Murray was lost for the season after tearing ligaments in his knee against the Patriots on Dec. 12.

Kingsbury stayed stoic, even as the season was crumbling. There were plenty of off-the-field issues as well. Assistant coach Sean Kugler was fired after an incident in Mexico City and Keim’s leave of absence was another surprise.

Even so, the Cardinals continued to play hard, just not particularly well. Kingsbury was popular among players in the locker room, but it wasn’t enough to save his job.


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Packers linebacker Quay Walker has apologized via social media after getting ejected from Green Bay’s regular-season finale for shoving a Lions team physician who was attending to an injured player.

“I reacted off of my emotions again and take full responsibility of making another stupid decision,” Walker tweeted Monday. “Since then I’ve questioned myself on why did I do what I did when the trainer was doing his job!! I was wrong!!”

The incident occurred Sunday during Detroit’s go-ahead touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter of a 20-16 Lions victory that prevented the Packers from reaching the playoffs. Walker was close behind two Lions staffers as they attended to Detroit running back D’Andre Swift, Walker’s former Georgia teammate.

Lions team physician Sean Lynch put his left hand on Walker’s right elbow to move him away from the staffers so he could check on Swift as well. Walker then shoved Lynch in the back. Packers rookie defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt – who also played at Georgia with Walker and Swift – later appeared to bump his left shoulder into Lynch’s back but didn’t get penalized.

Cameras showed a visibly frustrated Walker head to the locker room after his ejection.

“I understand I have to face everything that comes with the decision I’ve made and I’m definitely paying for it now,” Walker tweeted. “Also to explain my frustration in the tunnel. I wasn’t upset about being kicked out, I just knew I messed up again and was wrong for what I did and couldn’t believe I did it again. To the Detroit Lions and to the entire training staff, including the person I did that to, I’m sorry.”

The Packers selected both Walker and Wyatt in the first round of the 2022 draft, taking Walker 22nd overall and Wyatt 28th.

This was the second time Walker got ejected from a game in his rookie season. He also was ejected during an Oct. 30 loss at Buffalo after shoving Bills practice-squad tight end Zach Davidson on the sideline.

“We’ve had a guy get ejected twice,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said after the game. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in my career. We’ve got to be much more mentally tough. Any time our guys commit personal fouls, I take that very personally. Because I think that’s always a reflection of myself and the standards that we set for these players. We’ve got to be better, and we’ve got to learn from that because that is unacceptable.”


OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Lamar Jackson’s availability for the playoffs is the one question that trumps all others right now when it comes to the Baltimore Ravens.

Coach John Harbaugh didn’t have any major update Monday. One way or another, the answer will come soon enough.

Jackson missed his fifth consecutive game when the Ravens lost 27-16 at Cincinnati, and the clock is ticking toward Baltimore’s postseason opener – on the road Sunday night against those same Bengals. Jackson’s knee injury, which was not initially thought to be season-ending, has turned into a major problem for the Ravens, who lost three of five down the stretch without their star quarterback.

“Lamar has been in great spirits,” Harbaugh said Monday. “He’s been working super hard. He’s out there again today. I don’t watch the workouts with the trainers. It’s with the trainers. Hopefully, it’s progressing to the point where he can get to practice at some time soon.”

Baltimore (10-7) had an outside chance to host a first-round playoff game, but the Ravens needed to beat Cincinnati last weekend and then win a coin flip with the Bengals for that scenario to work out. Instead, the Ravens held running back J.K. Dobbins out of the game and started third-string quarterback Anthony Brown. Jackson was out, and backup QB Tyler Huntley was inactive, too, after dealing with shoulder issues during the week.

Baltimore fell behind 17-0 – its largest deficit of the season – but fought back enough to keep the final score respectable. Now the Ravens will hope that the extra rest for players like Dobbins and tight end Mark Andrews will help the team turn the tables on Cincinnati this coming weekend. But if Baltimore has to start Huntley or Brown, its seems clear that the offense will be limited.


Because there was still a home playoff game hanging in the balance, the Ravens got a good look at Cincinnati’s top offensive players. Quarterback Joe Burrow attempted 42 passes, and the Baltimore defense held him to 215 yards through the air. Sunday was only the second time the Ravens allowed more than 16 points since the start of November, but the Bengals were aided by four Baltimore turnovers.

Defensively, the Ravens played well enough to give the team some confidence this weekend.

“It’s a division opponent that we know very well. They know us very well,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. “There’s a lot of just passion behind the ballgame. That’s what it’s all about. It’s win or go home.”


If the Ravens are forced to start Huntley or Brown, it will be hard to have much hope in the passing game. Brown went 19 of 44 for 286 yards with two interceptions against Cincinnati.

Huntley hasn’t thrown for more than 138 yards in any of his four starts this season – and those were all against teams that didn’t make the playoffs.


Rookie tight end Isaiah Likely caught eight passes for 103 yards with Andrews inactive. Expect the Ravens to lean on their tight ends a lot this week.

“Those guys will be out there together plenty, for sure,” Harbaugh said. “We have a lot of options with the tight ends, and we plan on using them.”


The Ravens have spent much of the season near the top of the NFL in turnover margin, but their minus-3 showing last weekend is the type of performance they can ill afford in the rematch.


The Ravens held Dobbins out of the game, only to have Gus Edwards – their top running back who did play – exit after four carries and enter concussion protocol.


28:41 – Baltimore’s time of possession Sunday. Although the Ravens outrushed and outgained the Bengals, they weren’t able to keep Cincinnati’s dangerous offense off the field for that long.


This will be the first time the Bengals and Ravens meet in the postseason. The only AFC North team Baltimore has faced in the playoffs is Pittsburgh, and the Ravens are 1-3 in those games.


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Moments after the Dolphins’ playoff-clinching win over the Jets, coach Mike McDaniel went over to embrace the man who brought him to Miami, owner Stephen Ross.

“I know how many other teams were interviewing me, so the answer is zero,” McDaniel said, “and he felt in his gut that that didn’t matter, that this was the right fit for everything that we’re trying to do here, and I’ll forever be loyal to that.”

McDaniel made a strong impression in his first year by designing an explosive offense around quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and leading the Dolphins to an 8-3 start. Miami followed that with a five-game skid while dealing with major injuries.

But the banged-up Dolphins (9-8), with rookie third-stringer Skylar Thompson at quarterback, did enough to beat the New York Jets 11-6 on Sunday and make the playoffs as the AFC’s No. 7 seed. Miami will face AFC East rival Buffalo in the wild-card round on Sunday.

They’ve hardly looked like world-beaters lately, but the Dolphins are still playing.

“For myself, and what I tell the guys in our room, we just have to look beyond that,” wide receiver Tyreek Hill said. “We have to find ways to look at our losses, take accountability and get better from it. That’s what we’ve been doing this whole season.”

Hill had 23 yards receiving Sunday as he dealt with an ankle injury. He’s one of many Dolphins players hoping to get healthy ahead of the Buffalo game.

Running back Raheem Mostert broke his thumb Sunday after rushing for 71 yards on 11 carries, and McDaniel said he expects Mostert will have surgery.

“It’s serious injury,” McDaniel said. “It’s hard to know if he’ll be able to play this week. I never put anything past Raheem Mostert. I’ve learned that over time. But it was a significant break of his thumb.”

Meanwhile, McDaniel said all three of the quarterbacks on Miami’s active roster are dealing with injuries.

Starter Tua Tagovailoa remains in the concussion protocol and hasn’t yet been cleared to return to football activities. Teddy Bridgewater dislocated a pinky finger in Week 17 at New England. And Thompson, making his second start of the season, appeared to have his leg twisted up on a hit in the second half against the Jets and limped off the field. He briefly went to the Dolphins’ medical tent but did not miss any snaps.

McDaniel called Thompson’s injury “bumps and bruises” and said he’s hoping to have more clarity on the health of his quarterbacks later this week. He added that Bridgewater was active against the Jets and could have entered the game in an emergency.

“There will be some question marks,” McDaniel said, “but fortunately this team has proven not to blink in any sort of question marks either way. We have guys that we really believe in, and we’ll go with the healthiest group up to Buffalo and play a very good football team.”

Thompson didn’t turn the ball over against the Jets and moved the Dolphins into range for a last-minute, go-ahead field goal. He said afterward he wasn’t thinking about whether he’ll be the starter at Buffalo.

“That will be something for a couple days from now,” Thompson said. “I’m enjoying this. It’s important to celebrate stuff like this for the time being and soak it all in, and that’s what I’m going to do.”


Miami’s defense couldn’t deliver game-saving plays or key stops during the five-game skid. But the Dolphins didn’t allow a touchdown against and the Jets and got the stops they needed in the fourth quarter. It’ll be much tougher to stop Josh Allen and the Bills’ high-powered offense, but Miami at least has a strong performance to build on.

Miami’s offensive line, playing without veteran left tackle Terron Armstead, only gave up one sack.


Penalties are still an issue that have killed promising drives and are part of what kept the Dolphins out of the end zone Sunday. Miami has been penalized 22 times for 180 yards in its past three games.


Jason Sanders was 1 for 6 on field goals of 50-plus yards before his 50-yarder with 18 seconds left against the Jets that extended Miami’s season.


Miami’s passing game clearly isn’t the same without Tagovailoa, but Hill and Jaylen Waddle should have been much more involved Sunday. The receivers had just five targets each against the Jets.


Hill briefly left in the first half with his ankle injury. … Mostert broke his thumb in the fourth quarter. … OL Liam Eichenberg left in the third quarter with an arm injury. … Armstead (toe/pec/knee/hip) missed his second straight game.


17 — The number of catches by Waddle in four career games against the Bills. He has 293 yards receiving against Buffalo and caught three passes for 114 yards and a touchdown against the Bills in Week 15.


Miami and Buffalo will meet for the third time this season. They split the regular-season series, with the home team winning both times.

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Houston is back at No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll for the second time this season, while Kansas State continued its unexpectedly strong start by leaping from unranked to the verge of the top 10.

The Cougars received 34 of 60 first-place votes in Monday’s poll to return to the top after a two-week stay there earlier this season. Kansas was second and had 22 first-place votes, while Purdue fell from No. 1 to No. 3 and got the other four first-place votes after suffering its first loss at Rutgers last week.

Before this season, the Cougars (16-1) hadn’t been No. 1 since the high-flying “Phi Slama Jama” days of the 1980s.

“Every team, you just have to bring them along because they’re all different,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said after Sunday’s win at Cincinnati. “Our DNA remains the same, but the faces change. . As the season goes on, guys get better and better.”

Kansas State jumped to No. 11 after an impressive week with two road wins against ranked opponents under first-year coach Jerome Tang. Picked to finish last in the 10-team Big 12, the Wildcats scored 116 points at Texas then edged Baylor 97-95 in overtime.

That helped Kansas State (14-1) match its best start since the 1958-59 season, while bringing the Wildcats back into the AP Top 25 for the first time since the end of the 2018-19 season.

“We’re not trying to prove doubters (wrong),” Tang said after the Baylor win. “We’re trying to just continue to believe in ourselves … That’s a great accomplishment for these young men. But none of that matters if we lay an egg the next game, right?”


Alabama and Tennessee gave the Southeastern Conference a pair of top-five teams, with the Crimson Tide returning to No. 4 for the first time since spending a week there in December and the Volunteers hitting their season high at fifth.

Connecticut, UCLA, Gonzaga, Arizona and Texas rounded out the top 10, with the Longhorns falling four spots after a tumultuous week that included the firing of coach Chris Beard as he faces a felony domestic family violence charge.


No. 14 Iowa State climbed nine spots after road wins against Oklahoma and No. 17 TCU. No. 12 Xavier rose six spots after pushing its winning streak to nine games. In all, 10 teams climbed from last week’s poll.


No. 24 Duke took the week’s biggest tumble, falling eight spots after a blowout loss at North Carolina State followed by a narrow win at Boston College. No. 16 Miami and No. 18 Wisconsin joined Arizona and Texas in falling four spots. In all, nine teams fell from last week’s rankings.


TCU and No. 20 Missouri were the only teams to hold their position from last week.


While Kansas State grabbed the spotlight for the week’s new additions, the Big East added two teams with No. 19 Providence and No. 25 Marquette joining the poll. It marked the first appearance this year for the Friars and second for the Golden Eagles.

No. 23 San Diego State also returned for a second stint in the poll this year.


Indiana (No. 15), Baylor (No. 19), New Mexico (No. 21) and Ohio State (No. 24) fell out of the poll, with Scott Drew’s Bears now unranked for the first time since the 2018-19 season.


The Big 12 and SEC each had five ranked teams to lead the country, followed by the Big East with four teams. The Atlantic Coast Conference had three, while the Big Ten and Pac-12 each had two.

The American Athletic, West Coast and Mountain West conferences along with the Colonial Athletic Association each had one ranked team.

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NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant has a sprained right knee and the Brooklyn Nets say he will miss at least two weeks.

Durant was hurt Sunday during the third quarter of the Nets’ 102-101 victory in Miami after the Heat’s Jimmy Butler fell into his knee. Durant grabbed at his knee and briefly remained in the game before asking to come out and going to the locker room.

He had an MRI on Monday that revealed an isolated sprain in his medial collateral ligament. The team said he would be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Durant has led the Nets to 18 wins in their last 20 games and a 27-13 record, a game behind Boston for the best record in the NBA.

He missed 21 games last season when he sprained his left MCL in January – also when a player fell into him – and the Nets fell apart. They went 5-16, tumbling down the standings, and their poor play without him contributed to Durant’s disappointment with the franchise and trade request over the summer.

Durant eventually rescinded the request and has been playing some of the best basketball of his career this season. He is sixth in the league with 29.7 points per game and shooting a career-high 55.9% from the field. Durand passed Dominique Wilkins to move into 14th place on the NBA’s career scoring list earlier in Sunday’s game.

Now the Nets will hope to better withstand his absence, believing they are better balanced than last season under coach Jacque Vaughn.

“The strength of our team is us picking each other up and just being ready for whatever’s thrown at us,” teammate Kyrie Irving said after the game.

The Nets play again Thursday when they host Boston in a nationally televised showdown. If Durant can return soon after the next evaluation, he could be ready to play in the Feb. 19 All-Star Game in Salt Lake City. The current leading vote-getter among Eastern Conference frontcourt players had to miss the game because of injury last season.


WASHINGTON (AP) CJ McCollum scored 34 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 27 points and 12 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Washington Wizards 132-112 on Monday night.

New Orleans (25-16), which had lost four of five, took the lead early in the second quarter and put the game away when it scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter to take a 115-88 lead with 8:44 to play.

Washington (17-24) has lost three straight and was missing leading scorer Bradley Beal, who didn’t play for the fifth time in six games with a strained left hamstring.

Kristaps Porzingis led the Wizards with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Kyle Kuzma scored 19 points before fouling out with 9:03 to play. In the second quarter, he was assessed a technical foul, and when Kuzma was called for his sixth foul, he marched off the court and walked into Washington’s locker room.

“The foul trouble frustrated him quite a bit,” coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “You pick up early fouls, it’s hard to get a rhythm.”

The Wizards committed 20 turnovers leading to 39 points.

New Orleans was without its leading scorer, Zion Williamson, who missed his fourth straight game with a strained right hamstring.

The Pelicans, who fell behind 10-0 in the first two minutes, took a timeout just 1:44 into the game, and quickly caught up thanks to McCollum, who scored 12 straight points in a 2:36 span of the first quarter.

“That was a tough moment at the start of the game,” Valanciunas said. “We knew that was not us and we had to man up and play better defense, play better offense. We changed that.”


Pelicans: F Brandon Ingram, who hasn’t played since Nov. 25 due to a bruised left toe, is closer to a return to action, but needs more work, according to coach Willie Green. “He hasn’t had a full practice yet. We’re hopeful that sometime on this trip, he can get a full practice in.” . G/F Herb Jones suffered a bruised lower back in the second quarter and didn’t return. . Broke a nine-game losing streak in Washington. … F Naji Marshall scored 18 points. .G Dereon Seabron scored the last basket of the game, his first NBA points.

Wizards: G Johnny Davis, who has spent much of the season on assignment with the G League, is out with a strained right hip. Unseld thinks he could return within the next week. .C Daniel Gafford suffered a sprained right ankle. He’ll be reevaluated on Tuesday.


McCollum sat out Saturday’s game at Dallas, and the rest benefitted him.

“I needed it. I needed it bad,” McCollum said. “I don’t normally ask for time off. I try to push through.

“Sometimes when you’re fatigued, bad things can happen. I was just trying to be smart. I’m 31. I’ve played for a long time, and I know my body.”


Green was a player with the New Orleans Hornets the last time the franchise won a game in this building on Jan. 1, 2011.

“Most of the time when we come East we have a number of games in a row,” Green said. “Everything I’m saying is an excuse. The fact of the matter is teams try to take pride in taking care of home court, coming out and playing in front of their home fans. Once again, you have to do a really good job of having a high level game plan, discipline for games like that.”


Pelicans: At Boston on Wednesday.

Wizards: Host Chicago on Wednesday.


BOSTON (AP) Jayson Tatum scored 32 points and Jaylen Brown added 19 as the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 107-99 Monday night and reached the midway point of their season with the NBA’s best record.

Grant Williams added 20 points and Al Horford had seven rebounds and eight points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 24 seconds to play that helped seal the win for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who are 29-12 after the first 41 games.

“That was big. Regardless of their record, it’s a really talented team. Any given night, they can beat anybody,” Tatum said, noting the Celtics were able to only split the four-game season series with the Bulls.

Chicago also lost star forward DeMar DeRozan to an injury in the third quarter, yet managed to trim Boston’s 16-point lead to two points with two minutes left to play.

“They’re always going to play you tough,” said Tatum, who also had eight rebounds and seven assists.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 points for Boston, which played without injured point guard Marcus Smart.

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 27 points, scoring 15 in the fourth quarter while leading the Bulls’ furious comeback bid.

“The way he played gave us a chance to win and I thought our guys competed and battled,” Chicago coach Billy Donovan said. “But I thought there were some things we needed to clean up, like the rebounding and some of the straight-line drives and some of the late rotations.”

Chicago, which had won three straight, lost DeRozan in the third quarter with a strained right quadriceps. Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago. DeRozan finished with 13 points in 23 minutes.

A 3-pointer by LaVine pulled Chicago within 99-97 late in the fourth, but the comeback stalled when he missed a jumper in the final minute and the Celtics got the rebound to Tatum, who dribbled about 20 seconds off the clock before getting the ball to Horford for a 3-pointer. Horford’s shot bounced off the rim, then found its way through for a 104-99 lead with 24 seconds left.

“Credit to Al. That was a big-time shot,” Tatum said.

LaVine missed again for the Bulls and Tatum broke free for a two-handed dunk, drawing a foul and converting the free throw to seal it with 12 seconds remaining.

Down 11 points entering the fourth quarter, a layup by LaVine pulled Chicago within 89-84. But the Celtics answered the surge with Brown’s back-to-back jumpers and a three-point play by Williams.

The Celtics led 59-50 at halftime, matching their largest lead of the game after the Bulls committed three of their six turnovers in the final few minutes and the Celtics capitalized with a 9-2 run to close the period.


Without Smart, Boston coach Joe Mazzulla shuffled his lineup and gave center Robert Williams his first start of the season. Williams, who was recovering from knee surgery and didn’t make his season debut until December, finished with six points, seven rebounds and blocked a pair of shots.


Donovan hoped DeRozan wouldn’t be out long, although he was working with very few details after the game and waiting for a more definitive report.


Bulls: G Alex Caruso returned in the first quarter after missing the last two games with a sprained right ankle. He finished with six points …. G Javonte Green (right knee soreness) and C Tony Bradley (health and safety protocols) did not play.

Celtics: Tatum had 10 points midway through the first quarter and scored 12 of Boston’s 28 points in the opening the period. … Smart left in the third quarter Saturday in a win at San Antonio after bumping knees with Zach Collins.


Bulls: Visit Washington on Wednesday night.

Celtics: Host New Orleans on Wednesday night.


NEW YORK (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo could feel the Bucks playing with more energy and could sense a shift in their confidence on their 3-point shots.

“Once we made one, then we made the second one,” he said. “Then we made the third one.”

And pretty soon, their 17-point deficit was gone.

Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Milwaukee rallied in the second half and beat the New York Knicks 111-107 on Monday night.

Joe Ingles added a season-high 17 points and Brook Lopez also scored 17 for the Bucks, who made 12 3-pointers after falling behind 70-53 with five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

“I think in the long run we’re going to make a lot of those shots,” Ingles said.

Lopez made one that snapped a 97-all tie before Jrue Holiday – forced to the bench after committing three fouls in the first 4 1/2 minutes – scored five straight Milwaukee points. The Bucks closed it out at the free throw line to snap the Knicks’ four-game winning streak and bounce back nicely after allowing a season-worst 51 points in the first quarter of their loss to Charlotte on Friday.

Jalen Brunson scored a career-high 44 points for the Knicks, adding seven assists. Julius Randle had 25 points, 16 rebounds and five assists, but was just 1 for 12 from 3-point range.

The Knicks were hoping to continue streaking to the midpoint of their schedule, having followed an eight-game winning streak and a five-game skid with four straight victories. They fell to 22-19.

Ingles, who didn’t play for the Bucks until last month after missing the first 29 games recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, helped fuel the comeback with five 3-pointers.

“It’s nice to finish a game, it’s nice to be in those situations obviously,” Ingles said.

Randle finally made a 3-pointer after an 0-for-9 first half on the first possession of the third quarter, and his free throws capped a 13-2 spurt midway through the period that extended a six-point lead to 70-53.

The Knicks still led by 16 after Randle’s three-point play with 2:25 remaining, but didn’t make another basket in the quarter as Milwaukee closed with a 13-2 run of its own to trim it to 78-73.

Obi Toppin opened the fourth with a 3-pointer, but Lopez, Grayson Allen and Ingles followed with three in a row for Milwaukee to give the Bucks an 82-81 lead.

“I think we didn’t close the third out well and then the start of the fourth same thing, so that’s probably the biggest thing,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Neither team led by more than three again until Holiday’s 3-pointer made it 103-99 with 47 seconds to play.

Brunson’s aggressive start quickly put Holiday in foul trouble, forcing him to the bench within 4 1/2 minutes. But the Bucks’ big men were much more effective defending Randle, who was 1 for 12, missing all eight 3-point attempts.

Brunson was just 1 for 6 in the second, but Immanuel Quickley stepped up with 13 points as the Knicks took a 51-46 lead to the break.


Bucks: Khris Middleton missed his 12th straight game. … Coach Mike Budenholzer said F/C Serge Ibaka, not with the team for personal reasons, would not rejoin the Bucks during the road trip.

Knicks: Thibodeau said F RJ Barrett, who has missed six games with a lacerated finger on his right hand, is “real close” to returning and the Knicks would see how he progresses Tuesday. Toppin played for the first time since Dec. 7 and scored three points. He had been inactive for 13 games with nondisplaced fracture of his right fibula, then didn’t play in either of the first two games after he was cleared to return.


Bucks: At Atlanta on Wednesday.

Knicks: Host Indiana on Wednesday.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Tyus Jones, filling in for Ja Morant, had 24 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 16 and the Memphis Grizzlies withstood a second-half San Antonio rally to beat the Spurs 121-113 on Monday night.

Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks finished with 15 apiece for Memphis, which played its second consecutive game without Morant, its leading scorer, who is nursing soreness in his right thigh.

“Just sticking with it,” Tyus Jones said of withstanding the Spurs late run. “We showed our poise in not letting their run kind of deter us from what we needed to get done.”

Tre Jones, Tyus Jones’ younger brother, led the Spurs with 18 points and seven assists, while Josh Richardson added 16 points. Romeo Langford and Jakob Poeltl finished with 13 points each as the Spurs lost their fifth in the last six.

The Spurs comeback fell short but was indicative of the tone Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is setting with his team. Popovich has continually noted how hard his team plays, and Tre Jones said that is a necessity.

“It’s definitely our mentality every night,” the Spurs point guard said. “How hard we are going to play. It’s something we have to do to give ourselves a chance every single night. It’s something we want to build on.”

San Antonio, which trailed 72-61 at the half, made a dent in the Memphis advantage in the third quarter, pulling within six points on several occasions. The Spurs would erase the lead early in the fourth on consecutive baskets from Richardson. Turnovers were hurting Memphis as the Spurs extended the lead to five points. From there, the two teams exchanged leads.

“We showed up in the second half,” Popovich said. “I thought the first half both teams were bored to death. It was the most boring basketball I’ve seen all year.”

After the game was tied at 109 near the midway point of the fourth, Memphis clicked off an 11-2 rally to create enough of a buffer for its seventh straight win.

“Bad shot. Turnover. They make a 3, and all of a sudden, it’s a six- or eight-point game. It’s the story of (our) season so far,” Popovich said


Spurs: Keldon Johnson missed his second game with left hamstring tightness. … Have lost six straight on the road.

Grizzlies: Have won eight straight in the series. … Jackson had five blocks in the game.


The game marked the first time the Jones brothers – Tyus of the Grizzlies and Tre of the Spurs – started a game together in the NBA.

“It’s a moment you only dream about honestly,” Tyus Jones said. “It’s surreal to come to that moment.”

For Tre Jones, four years younger than Tyus, there were reminders of their days playing against each other as kids – in the back yard, playroom or playing Nerf basketball against each other.

“It’s probably my favorite basketball moment, I’ve ever been a part of,” the younger Jones said. “Getting a start against my brother at this level, it means the world to both of us.”


Grizzlies forward Danny Green, who played eight seasons with the Spurs, has not seen action this season as he recovers from left knee surgery after an injury suffered in last season’s playoffs. Asked what he remembered about Green’s time with the Spurs, coach Gregg Popovich replied: “He played more then, that’s for sure.” Then he added that Green was the “consummate pro.”

“He was a big part of what we did,” Popovich added of the time Green was in San Antonio. “He was always one of the team favorites. …He’s easy to be around. Got a great sense of humor. Just a good guy.”


The two teams play the second game of the series on Wednesday.


DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic needed only five shots on his way to a league-leading 11th triple-double of the season. How’s that for efficient.

“A truly selfless superstar,” Denver coach Michael Malone said.

Jokic finished with 14 points – a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor, 3 of 3 from the line – grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 16 assists as the Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 122-109 on Monday night in a game where LeBron James sat out due to a sore left ankle.

“I know a lot of players that if they took five shots in 35 minutes would be (mad) right now,” Malone said. “Nikola doesn’t care whether he takes five or 25. There’s not many guys like him that I’ve ever been around.”

Count Lakers coach Darvin Ham as impressed. It marked the 12th triple-double in league history with five or fewer shots, according to the Nuggets.

“The way (Jokic) puts his fingerprints all over the game, that’s a rarity, especially at his size,” Ham said. “It’s only a few of those guys in the league that’s able to do that.”

Jamal Murray added a season-high 34 points to help the Nuggets win their 11th straight home game. It’s their longest home streak since capturing 12 in a row in 2018.

Denver remains tied with Memphis for the top spot in the Western Conference.

“We did what we were supposed to do,” Malone said. “The guys came to work with a work mindset. Everybody stepped up and did their job.”

Russell Westbrook finished with 25 points despite dislocating his pinky finger – “I put it back in, twice,” he explained – and Thomas Bryant added 17 along with 10 boards for the Lakers, who saw their five-game winning streak halted.

James was ruled out hours before tipoff, joining injured forward Anthony Davis (right foot) on the bench. Patrick Beverley didn’t play after halftime due to a hip injury.

The Lakers entered the game without Troy Brown Jr. (strained left quadriceps), Austin Reaves (strained hamstring strain) and Lonnie Walker IV (knee tendinitis).

“Kudos to our guys – they kept fighting and just had a couple bad turnovers, couple balls that didn’t go our way, couple shots didn’t go down,” Ham said. “The group that was out there, they were competitive, then gave it their all until we couldn’t give anymore.”

Leading by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter, the Nuggets saw the Lakers make a mini-run. But Murray calmed things down with a 3-pointer.

Murray’s scoring spree was another big step as the point guard rounds back into form from a torn ACL that caused him to miss all of last season.

“I was just playing my game,” Murray said of his performance that included five of the team’s 15 3-pointers.


Lakers: G Kendrick Nunn had 15 points. … G Dennis Schroder was called for a technical in the third quarter.

Nuggets: F Zeke Nnaji turned 22 on Monday. … The Nuggets were called for two delay of game technical fouls. … Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points and Bruce Brown 15. … It was Jokic’s 87th career triple-double.


The Lakers are starting the ramp-up process for Davis when they return home.

“There are different benchmarks built within the process of the upcoming weeks and if he meets those marks and checks off those boxes, then he’ll be back on the court,” Ham said. “Am I willing to put a timetable on it? No.”


James was named Western Conference player of the week Monday. He averaged 35 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.7 assists over his last three games.

The 38-year-old James is 35 points away from joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as members of the NBA’s 38,000-point club.


Lakers: Start a five-game homestand Thursday against Dallas.

Nuggets: Host Phoenix on Wednesday.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 30 points and the Sacramento Kings hit a franchise record 23 3-pointers to beat the Orlando Magic 136-111 Monday night.

“I thought offensively tonight, but really this whole season, we feel confident about what we can do,” Barnes said. “The biggest thing tonight was walking out of here with a win.”

Sacramento (21-18) started the new year with a 1-3 record, with losses to the Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers.

“We got to defend if we expect to get where we want to go and it starts with protecting the paint and spraying out to shooters,” Kings coach Mike Brown said. “I’m just excited about what our guys did protecting that paint tonight.”

Domantas Sabonis extended his double-double streak to 17 games and finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Sabonis leads the NBA in double-doubles this season with 30.

Rookie Keegan Murray finished with 15 points, knocking down five 3-pointers.

Paolo Banchero scored 17 points for Orlando (15-26). The Magic have lost five of their last seven games.

“You have to give them credit, they came out and kicked our tails,” Orlando Magic coach Jamahl Mosley said.

Franz Wagner finished with 16 points and Wendell Carter Jr. added 15 points and seven rebounds.

“We made a little run to come back,” Magic guard Markelle Fultz said. “It’s hard to come back from that deficit.”


Magic: F Bol Bol missed his fourth consecutive game. He cleared the league’s health and safety protocols and is expected to rejoin the Magic on Tuesday.

Kings: G Malik Monk returned after a one game absence due to a calf injury and scored 14 points with seven rebounds and six assists. Monk received a technical foul with 7.8 seconds left in the third quarter. . The Kings bench outscored Orlando 54-39.


Magic: Travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

Kings: Host Houston on Wednesday.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Joel Farabee had two points and Samuel Ersson made 28 saves to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

In his fifth start of the season, Ersson earned his first career NHL shutout against the league’s highest scoring team and gave the Flyers their fifth win in six games.

“I think that’s what’s been impressive about (Ersson), he’s just very calm and he gets about his business,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said. “It helps the team. So, I’m happy for him.”

Farabee’s goal and assist came 1:27 apart in the first period. After Zack MacEwen opened the scoring early in the first, Farabee’s goal gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. He then helped set up a goal from Noah Cates that made it 3-0. Wade Allison scored about 2 minutes into the third period.

“(Farabee’s) obviously such a smart player and really deceptive,” Cates said. “Coming off surgery and whatnot this offseason, it maybe took him a little to get into the season, but . he’s been great for us lately especially.”

Craig Anderson made 34 saves for Buffalo, which was shutout for the first time this season and lost for just the second time in the past 10 games.

“I thought tonight our guys looked and felt emotionally drained,” Sabres coach Don Granato said. “They just had a really difficult time executing things that they execute simple. They didn’t look like themselves. We fought the puck all night and we didn’t look fast.”

MacEwen opened the scoring at 2:04 of the first when a pass from Patrick Brown glanced off him and past Anderson. Farabee made it 2-0 at 13:31 of the first after an Owen Power gaffe and fired a wrist shot past Anderson. Cates made it 3-0 when he buried a rebound off a Travis Konecny shot in front.

“I think we just keep getting better,” MacEwen said. “We’re starting to trust our game and our structure. With that, I think we’re kind of playing the right way and it’s creating more offense for us, we’re scoring more goals. It’s just something we’ve got to keep building.”


Sabres goalie Eric Comrie was activated from injured reserve on Monday. Comrie has been out of action since he sustained a lower-body injury Nov. 16 against Ottawa. Goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was loaned to AHL Rochester to make room on the roster.


Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju has been out since Dec. 9, when he was injured in a game against Pittsburgh. Buffalo general manager Kevyn Adams said the team will update Jokiharju’s status Tuesday; it’s expected he’ll be ready to return to the Sabres lineup as soon as this week.


Flyers: Host Washington on Wednesday night.

Sabres: Host Seattle on Tuesday night.


MONTREAL (AP) Vince Dunn and Eeli Tolvanen each had a goal and an assist, Martin Jones stopped 21 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Seattle Kraken beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.

Daniel Sprong and Matty Beniers also scored, and Yanni Gourde had two assists in his return to his home province of Quebec. The Kraken are now 4-0 on a seven-game trip to open the new year and have outscored opponents 26-8 during their overall win streak.

“It’s a difficult month, right?” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said. “You’re gonna get into rhythms like this where you’re gonna be busy and play a lot of hockey, so it’s nice that we’ve been able to start it off successfully. That feels good.

“Probably one of the bigger strengths of our group has been being able to enjoy the moment for a little while and then turn the page.”

Jones had six saves in the first period, nine in the second and six in the third to get his 27th career shutout.

Samuel Montembeault had 37 saves for Montreal, which snapped a seven-game skid with a 5-4 win against St. Louis on Saturday.

“After a big win like that, I don’t know, we seemed to take it really easy, thought it might be an easy night,” the Canadiens’ Nick Suzuki said. “There’s no easy nights in this league and especially with a team like that. A lot of guys are playing to prove something, they’ve been playing really well as of late and we dug ourselves too big a hole in the first period.”

The surging Kraken jumped out of the starting blocks, outshooting Montreal 19-6 and grabbing a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Seattle opened the scoring at 6:54 of the opening period when Dunn found Tolvanen with a cross-ice pass through the slot. The forward got his fifth goal of the season.

Sprong doubled the Kraken’s lead on the power play with a heavy shot from the point just past the midpoint of the period. It was his 13th.

Dunn also fired a slap shot from the point to give Seattle a 3-0 lead with 5:40 remaining in the first.

The Kraken shut down Montreal’s attack, blocking a total of 18 shots. Jones made an impressive pad save on Nick Suzuki with 3:03 remaining in the third to preserve his shutout.

“I was just trying to make the best read I can, obviously they were pressing at the end there being up 3-0 with three minutes left,” Jones said. “I was able to make that save and, really, the guys did all the rest.”

Montreal pulled Montembeault but Beniers sealed Seattle’s win with an empty-netter with 1:03 remaining.


The second-year Kraken have won five straight on the road and are 13-4-2 on the season away from home.

“We’ve had a pretty busy schedule so the team bonding moments have been there, but I think maybe when we’re on the road it’s just all about hockey,” Dunn said. “It’s not distractions, maybe with family visiting town or things like that. It’s always good to be home but I don’t know why we’re so good on the road.”


The Canadiens lost a fourth straight game with their reverse retro uniforms, falling to 0-4-0 while getting outscored 18-5 in their light blue jerseys.


The Canadiens announced a few hours before the game that goaltender Jake Allen suffered an upper-body injury. The team recalled Cayden Primeau from Laval of the AHL and he was the backup against the Kraken.


Kraken: At Buffalo on Tuesday night in the fifth of a seven-game trip.

Canadiens: Host Nashville on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game homestand.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) A hot goalie is difficult to overcome, which the Ottawa Senators found out Monday night.

Jusse Saros made 38 saves for his first shutout of the season and the 18th of his NHL career in the Nashville Predators’ 3-0 win over Ottawa.

Saros has stopped 102 of the 105 shots fired his way over his past two games, following a 64-save performance in a 5-3 win over Carolina last Thursday.

“I felt good out there, mostly. I had a lot of help today. We had a lot of blocks and our penalty kill was really good. I’ve got to give some credit to the guys,” Saros said, referencing 22 blocked shots by the Predators. “I’m just trying to see the puck and read the plays. Obviously, I’ve had some puck luck in these (recent) games, as well. I like to play. Obviously, it’s been a lot of shots, but I don’t feel tired.”

Nashville’s Filip Forsberg beat Cam Talbot in the Ottawa net on a 2-on-1 at 7:30 of the third period. It gave the Predators (19-14-6) their fourth straight win.

“Even before we started winning, we were playing better hockey. And I thought there was a stretch where we didn’t get the results, but we were playing better and building our game,” Forsberg said. “And now, obviously the results have been coming. But at the same time, we’ve got more than half the year left – we’ve got to keep building our game and keep finding wins.”

Roman Josi and Jeremy Lauzon also scored for the Predators.

Talbot made 33 saves for the Senators (18-19-3), who have now lost two straight.

“It sucks to lose the game, it sucks to get shut out, but I think at least the effort, the attitude, that’s acceptable. We turned it over a little too much, they were pretty tight in their game plan and we veered just slightly from ours,” Senators forward Austin Watson said.

The Senators held an 11-5 advantage in shots through the opening 14 minutes of the first period, but things changed quickly. Within a 32-second span, Ottawa went from being in charge to being in a hole as the Predators struck twice for a 2-0 lead.

Josi took advantage of a Senators turnover at their own blue line and put a chip shot over the shoulder of Talbot at 14:29 for his 150th career goal. Then Lauzon redirected a Tanner Jeannot wraparound attempt into the Senators net at 15:01.

“I thought there were a lot of guys who played hard, but there were a couple of guys that turned pucks over and it ends up in the back of the net. You can’t. Not in this league,” Senators coach DJ Smith said. “You can’t give up odd-man rushes. We did and both of them ended up in the back of the net.”


Monday’s game was the second and final game of the regular season between the Senators and Predators. The Senators were 3-2 winners at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Dec. 10. . Predators forwards Cole Smith and Michael McCarron, along with defenseman Roland McKeown, were scratched Monday. . Both the Predators and Senators went 0-for-5 on the power play.


Predators: At Toronto on Wednesday night.

Senators: At Arizona on Thursday night.


LOS ANGELES (AP) Kevin Fiala had two goals and two assists, Adrian Kempe also scored two power-play goals and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 on Monday night.

Alex Iafallo and Viktor Arvidsson also scored as Los Angeles improved to 9-2-1 since Dec. 15. Pheonix Copley had 28 saves as he improved to 11-2-0 in 13 starts – all since Dec. 6.

The Kings converted on four of their first six power-play chances and improved to 2-0-0 against the Oilers this season. It was the first time Los Angeles scored four power-play goals in a game since April 5, 2012.

Fiala had his sixth game with at least three points this season and second consecutive. It was the first time in Kings history two players scored multiple power-play goals in a game.

Kailer Yamamoto, Ryan McLeod and Connor McDavid scored for the Oilers in the opener of a four-game road trip after Edmonton dropped three of four at home. The Oilers were 0 for 6 on their power-play chances.

Stuart Skinner was bombarded for three goals on 24 shots before he was replaced early in the second period. Former Kings goalie Jack Campbell came on after Kempe gave Los Angeles a 3-1 lead at 3:51 of the second period.

The matchup was the first between the teams at Los Angeles since Game 6 of a first-round playoff series last season. Edmonton advanced in seven games.

One game after recording a hat trick Saturday at Vegas, Fiala made it five goals in four periods when he scored twice in a span of 1:51 on separate first-period power plays. The goals gave him 15 on the season.

Yamamoto got one for Edmonton when he scored with 2:58 remaining in the first period when he deflected a shot by Darnell Nurse off the shaft of his stick for his fourth.

Kempe scored his second goal of the second period for a 4-1 lead at 11:38 on a blistering shot from the right circle that Campbell actually snagged with his glove. On replay review, the puck was ruled to have crossed the goal line while in the webbing of the glove.

The man-advantage success gave the Kings 24 power-play goals at home this season. The teams combined for 13 penalties.

McLeod scored for Edmonton at 16:36 of the second period, his fourth.

Iafallo scored his seventh of the season for the Kings at 7:44 of the third, while McDavid scored less than two minutes later for his NHL-leading 34th. Arvidsson scored into an empty net with 1:42 left.


Anze Kopitar’s first-period assist for the Kings on Fiala’s first goal of the night helped him to reach a pair of milestones. Not only did Kopitar record his 1,100th career point (376 goals, 724 assists), he also reached 600 career points at home (199 goals, 401 assists).

Kopitar has the sixth most home points among active players, behind Patrick Kane (637), Evgeni Malkin (659), Alex Ovechkin (656) and Sidney Crosby (570).

Kopitar has played 1,254 games over 17 seasons, all with the Kings and is third in Los Angeles history in home points behind Luc Robitaille (669) and Marcel Dionne (700).


Oilers: At Anaheim on Wednesday night.

Kings: Host San Jose on Wednesday night.

******************MLB NEWS****************


NEW YORK (AP) Former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella has been reinstated by Major League Baseball after serving more than five years of a suspension originally announced as permanent.

Now 44, Coppolella began with the Braves in 2006 when he oversaw quantitative analysis and baseball information initiatives. He became general manager following the 2015 season and was suspended on Nov. 21, 2017, after MLB concluded that the team circumvented international signing rules from 2015-17.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB determined that the Braves funneled extra signing bonus money to five players in 2015-16 by giving the funds first to another player considered a foreign professional under baseball’s rules and having the money redistributed to the other five.

His reinstatement was first reported by The Athletic.

“We can confirm that Mr. Coppolella has been reinstated, given the more than five years he spent on the ineligible list, the contrition he expressed and the other steps he took in response to this matter,” MLB said in a statement Monday.

Atlanta was stripped of 13 prospects and was unable to bargain at full strength for a top Latin American prospect until 2021. Under new GM Alex Anthopoulos, the Braves won the 2021 World Series.

************BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL**************

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

  • Averaged 21.7 points on 62 percent shooting and 12.7 rebounds to go with 3.3 assists and 1.7 blocked shots, as Purdue went 2-1 on the week
  • Tallied 30 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots against Penn State, becoming the first power conference player to achieve those statistics
  • Recorded his 13th double-double of the season and eighth in a row against Penn State, the fourth most double-doubles in a season for a Purdue player in the last 40 years
  • Garners his fourth career Player of the Week award and fourth of the season
  • Last Purdue Player of the Week: Zach Edey (Dec. 12, 2022)

Freshman of the Week 
Jalen Hood-Schifino, Indiana
G – 6-6. – Pittsburgh, Pa. – Monteverde Academy

  • Averaged 27 points on 60.0 percent shooting from the field, including 10-15 from three point range, in two games last week
  • Paired season-highs of 21 points and nine assists in a 91-89 loss at Iowa
  • Set a career high with 33 points on 12-17 shooting, including 5-7 from three-point range, in an 84-83 loss to Northwestern
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Trayce Jackson-Davis (Feb. 24, 2020)

***********BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL************

Player of the Week
Taylor Mikesell, Ohio State
5th-Yr. – G – Massillon, Ohio – Jackson – Majors: Sociology/Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
• Averaged 26.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game with a .409 three-point percentage last week as No. 3/3 Ohio State extended the best start in school history (17-0) with two wins
• Scored a season-high 31 points and made 7-of-14 three-pointers Sunday against Illinois, helping the Buckeyes to the largest second-half comeback victory in program history (17 points)
• Tallied 22 points, seven rebounds and a season-high seven assists in a Jan. 5 win at Minnesota
• Earns her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
• Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Jacy Sheldon (Jan. 17, 2022)
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Kendall Bostic, Jr., F, ILL: Registered 21.5 ppg. and 15.5 rpg. with two double-doubles and a .714 field-goal percentage last week as Illinois defeated Northwestern and lost a narrow six-point decision at No. 3/3 Ohio State
Mackenzie Holmes, Sr., F, IND: Posted her third consecutive double-double (24 points, 13 rebounds) and made 10-of-14 shots Sunday in a road conference win at Northwestern
Leigha Brown, 5th-Yr., G, MICH: Recorded 21.0 ppg., 7.0 apg., 6.5 rpg. and shot .552 from the floor last week as the Wolverines split matchups with Penn State (win) and No. 16/12 Iowa (nine-point loss)
Freshman of the Week
Kaylene Smikle, Rutgers
G – Farmingdale, N.Y. – Westtown – Major: Undeclared
• Averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game with a .412 three-point percentage last week as Rutgers split conference matchups with No. 13/14 Maryland (loss) and Nebraska (win)
• Set career highs with 29 points (11-21 FG, 4-8 3FG) and nine rebounds in the Jan. 2 loss to Maryland
• Logged 20 points, six rebounds and four steals on Jan. 7 against Nebraska, pacing the Scarlet Knights to their first conference win of the season
• Captures her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Rutgers Freshman of the Week: Kaylene Smikle (Dec. 19, 2022)

***********BIG 10 HOCKEY THIS WEEK**********

• Big Ten Hockey begins the New Year with a pair of conference series and a battle for state bragging rights. No. 14/13 Michigan State looks to create separation from No. 12/12 Ohio State, holding a five-point lead over the Buckeyes for third place in the standings. No. 20/18 Notre Dame travels to Wisconsin in a rematch of last year’s Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals series (won by the Irish). Outside of conference play, No. 3/1 Minnesota takes on in-state rival St. Cloud State in a home-and-home series starting Saturday in St. Cloud. Head Coach Bob Motzko can claim his 100th victory at Minnesota with a win against a program he directed for 13 seasons. Speaking of milestone wins, Wisconsin Head Coach Tony Granato earned his 100th victory on Dec. 28 in the Badgers’ 4-0 victory over Lake Superior State at the Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off. No. 7/7 Michigan plays host to the U.S. National Under-18 Team, which is playing its third exhibition against the Big Ten. No. 5/5 Penn State, coming off a sweep of No. 20/20 RIT, is off this week.

• Penn State’s Kevin Wall was named First Star of the Week following a four-point performance in the Nittany Lions’ sweep of No. 20/20 RIT last week. It marks the third time Wall has earned a Star award during his career. A sixth-round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, Wall leads active Big Ten players in career goals, having scored 37 times in 108 games. He also stands second among active skaters in points (75) behind Minnesota defenseman Jackson LaCombe, who has stockpiled 84 points on 14 goals and 70 assists in 123 contests. Other active leaders include Connor McMenamin of Penn State with eight game-winning goals and Wisconsin’s Owen Lindmark and his six career short-handed goals. Among goaltenders, Michigan’s Erik Portillo sports a league-best 2.26 career goals-against average, just ahead of Ohio State’s Jakub Dobeš (2.27), the leader in save percentage (.928). Dylan St. Cyr of Michigan State paces the Big Ten with seven shutouts. A complete list of active career leaders can be found on pages 5-7.

• Bloodlines run deep in hockey and the Big Ten is no exception. Thirteen players in the conference are the sons of former NHL players. Michigan State has five players with family ties to the NHL, including Dylan St. Cyr, whose mother Manon Rhéaume, appeared in preseason games for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Big Ten Player — NHL Parent
Kienan Draper, MICH — Kris Draper
Philippe Lapointe, MICH — Martin Lapointe
Zach Dubinsky, MSU — Steve Dubinsky
Christian Krygier, MSU — Todd Krygier
Cole Krygier, MSU — Todd Krygier
Nash Nienhuis, MSU — Kraig Nienhuis
Dylan St. Cyr, MSU — Manon Rhéaume
Ryan Johnson, MINN — Craig Johnson
Rhett Pitlick, MINN — Lance Pitlick
Jimmy Snuggerud, MINN — Dave Snuggerud
Chayse Primeau, ND — Keith Primeau
Ryder Rolston, ND — Brian Rolston
Jimmy Dowd Jr., PSU — Jim Dowd Sr.

*********MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS**********

MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Enrique Freeman, Akron, Forward          
Junior, Cleveland, Ohio
Junior forward Enrique Freeman (Cleveland, Ohio) averaged a double-double in the opening week of Mid-American Conference play with  25 points and 14.5 rebounds, while leading the Zips to a 1-1 and recording his seventh and eighth double-doubles of the season. In the MAC opener, Freeman registered a career-high 27 points and matched a season-best 15 rebounds en route to a 76-51 win over Northern Illinois at the JAR. He shot 55.6 percent from the field (10-of-18), and added a 70.0 percent showing from the charity stripe (7-of-10). Freeman grabbed 11 defensive rebounds and secured four offensive boards. Freeman also swiped team-best three steals with two assists. In the second MAC game of the week, a 70-63 setback at Ball State, Freeman led all scorers with 23 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. He shot 69.2 percent from the field (9-of-13) with an 83.3 performance from the free throw line (5-of-6). Freeman secured nine defensive rebounds and five offensive boards, while adding two blocked shots, two steals and one assist. For the week, Freeman shot 61.3 percent from the field (19-of-31) and 75.0 percent from the free throw line (12-of-16).


Athlete of the Week:
Camden Smith (West Lafayette, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Junior – Smith averaged 23 points and five rebounds as Anderson went 2-0 on the week. The Ravens erased a 21-point deficit to top Manchester 99-97 on the road on Wednesday. Smith tallied 28 points against the Spartans. He then provided 18 points during Saturday’s 72-61 road win against Franklin.
Notable Performances:

  • Brady Wheeler (Lima, Ohio) Bluffton University | Guard | First Year – Wheeler helped the Beavers to a 1-1 mark for the week. He averaged 17.5 PPG and ripped down 5.0 RPG. He was a perfect 11-of-11 at the line and dished out three assists for the week with two steals.
  • Te Jones (Columbus, Ohio) Defiance College | Guard | Senior – Jones came off the bench twice and was the only Yellow Jacket in double figures during their two games last week. He was second on the team in points (13) and minutes (29) in Wednesday’s loss at Bluffton, but he led the squad with 13 points on Saturday afternoon. His impact was immediate vs. Transylvania as Jones sank his first three attempts from the floor, all 3-pointers, to aid a 13-4 DC run in the first half to grab their final lead of the contest.
  • Brice Gilman (Clinton, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | Junior – Gilman led the Panthers to a 1-1 week netting a game-high 22 points to help Hanover erase a 14 point halftime deficit and defeat Earlham. The junior added eight points and seven rebounds against MSJ.
  • Bryant Smith (West Lafayette, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | Sophomore – Smith had a career-high 34 points against Anderson, shooting 7-12 from the three-point arc. Smith also tallied 12 points against Mount St. Joseph, shooting 3-4 from three-point range. Smith currently leads Manchester and is second in the conference in points per game (19.3) and three-point percentage (.468).
  • Max Chaplin (Carmel, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Senior – Chaplin averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game to lead Rose-Hulman’s offense during a 2-0 week. Chaplin scored 19 points in a win over Franklin and added 14 against Bluffton, shooting 44 percent from the field and 3-point range along with a perfect 6-6 on the free throw line.
  • Jaylan Green (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Junior – In two games this week Green helped lead Transy to two wins with a combined 38 points while staying 100 percent from the line (11/11). Green had a career high two blocks against Earlham, and has been a main factor in the Pios current positive trajectory.


Athlete of the Week:
Kyla Columber (Marion, Ohio) Bluffton University | Guard | Senior – Powering the Bluffton offense was Columber with a career-high 26 points in just 17 minutes and a new school record in the process. She connected from long distance eight times on just nine attempts as the Beavers downed Defiance 81-48 in Bluffton’s lone HCAC contest of the week. Bluffton took care of MIAA-power Albion 61-53 on Saturday. Columber netted 14.0 PPG on 10-of-11 shooting for the week (90.9 percent), including 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) on triples.
Notable Performances:

  • Lexi Dellinger (Berne, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Graduate Student – Dellinger averaged 25.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as the Ravens went 2-0 on the week. She converted 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) shots from 3-point range and 17-of-34 (50 percent) attempts from the field. Dellinger notched 26 points and eight rebounds in Anderson’s 74-68 win against Manchester on Wednesday. She also knocked down 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) shots from the perimeter. Dellinger then produced 25 points and 13 rebounds in Anderson’s 79-71 road win against Franklin.
  • Taylor Day (West Mansfield, Ohio) Defiance College | Guard/Forward | Graduate Student – Day was Defiance’s lone double-digit scorer on Wednesday and narrowly missed the feat on Saturday to average 9.0 points last week while her seven total rebounds also led the program.
  • Sarah O’Day (Avon, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Junior – O’Day set career-highs with 21 points and five three pointers on Saturday in a 78-71 loss to Anderson. She added two rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
  • Ketherine Benter (Brownstown, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | Sophomore – Benter led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as Hanover remained perfect in HCAC action defeating MSJ and Earlham. The sophomore added a game-high 17 points in the team’s win over Earlham while pulling in seven rebounds. She collected 16 points in the win over MSJ.
  • Jessie RIngen (Rensselaer, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard/Forward | First Year – Ringen led the Spartans with a career high 22 points against Anderson, shooting 9-14 from the field. Ringen also tallied 12 points against Mount St. Joseph and currently averages 9.0 points per game for MU.
  • Laken Ball (Beckley, W.Va.) Transylvania University | Forward | Senior – In two games this week, Transylvania won both, with Ball putting up 33 points, 11 rebounds, a career high three assists at Earlham. 

**********TOP INDIANA RELEASES************


Last week, the Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed Colts great Dwight Freeney as one of 15 Modern Era finalists for its class of 2023. We’ll find out in February if Freeney’s legendary NFL career will be honored with a gold jacket and bust in Canton.

Freeney was a revelation at Syracuse from 1998-2001, ranking up 34 sacks and 14 forced fumbles over 40 games for the Orange. As a senior in 2001, Freeney set a then-NCAA record with 17 1/2 sacks, and his eight forced fumbles set a Big East record, too.

Freeney earned consensus All-America honors in 2001, setting the stage for him to land with the Colts as the No. 11 pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.

The College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 will be inducted during the 65th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner in Las Vegas on Dec. 5, 2023.


TAMPA/INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, January 9, 2022) – The USL Championship today announced its full 2023 schedule, with the 13th season in the league’s history set to feature a 408-game regular season over 32 weeks with each team playing 34 matches in the quest to earn a berth to the 2023 USL Championship Playoffs.

Indy Eleven will face off against all 23 USL Championship foes during its tenth season of play overall (and its sixth in the USL Championship), with home and away series set for its Eastern Conference opponents and a split of six home and six away affairs against Western Conference sides.

“The excitement of the season starts in earnest with the release of today’s schedule, which with the bulk of our home games again falling on weekends makes it another fan-friendly calendar,” said Greg Stremlaw, Indy Eleven President & Chief Executive Officer. “We have so many reasons to feel positive about the direction of the club both on and off the field as we head into the season. Everyone at Indy Eleven cannot wait for our fans and the city to rally behind their Boys in Blue all season long at Carroll Stadium beginning in April.”

Indy’s season starts in March on the road with foes old and new in the Tampa Bay Rowdies (March 11) and Detroit City FC (March 25) before it returns to Carroll Stadium to play four of five games at home in April, starting against Las Vegas Lights on Saturday, April 1. That match will mark the first of 14 Saturday contests on the team’s 17-game home calendar in 2023, which includes another weekend game on Sunday, Sept. 24, against Rio Grande Valley Toros FC, and a pair of Wednesday matches over the summer.

The home opener will also be the first of four debut meetings for Indy against Western Conference sides in 2023, a series that will include the following contest against Oakland Roots SC (April 8) and road affairs at Sacramento Republic FC (May 13) and Phoenix Rising FC (Sept. 20), the latter featuring Eleven forward Solomon Asante’s return to the desert where he won a pair of USL Championship MVP Awards in 2019 & 2020.

One of the marquee match-ups at “The Mike” this season will hit on Saturday, May 27, when the Boys in Blue will host the home leg of its LIPAFC rivalry series against Louisville City FC during the active Memorial Day Weekend in the Circle City. More holiday weekend clashes at Carroll Stadium follow across the summer with an “Indy-Pendence” Celebration affair on Saturday, July 1, vs. San Diego Loyal SC, and a Labor Day Weekend meeting with The Miami FC on Saturday, Sept. 2.

The San Diego clash marks the first match in a season-long four-game homestand at “The Mike” that will encompass most of July (July 8 vs. Tulsa, July 12 vs. Charleston, and July 22 vs. Tampa Bay) and will lead into a pivotal pair of road contests four days apart at Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC (July 26) and LouCity FC (July 29). After a season-long three-game away swing through mid-August (at Miami, El Paso, and Memphis), the schedule balances out over the final eight games of the season with rotating pairs of home and away matches.

Indy’s final homestand of the season will commence with the Sunday, Sept. 24, match against RGV Toros and finish on Saturday, Sept. 30, with its rivalry return game against Detroit City FC. The Championship regular season will conclude on Saturday, Oct. 14 with a full slate of 12 games, including several intriguing contests that could decide postseason places and seeding for the top eight teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences – including Indy’s trip to Texas to take on defending Championship title holder San Antonio FC at Toyota Field.

At the conclusion of the regular season, the top eight teams in each conference will qualify for the 2023 USL Championship Playoffs. The USL Championship Playoffs will remain a single-elimination format and will return to a fixed bracket format, culminating in the 2023 USL Championship Final on a to be determined date between Nov. 9 and Nov. 13, 2023.

The full 2023 schedule can be found below and at indyeleven.com/2023-schedule


Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 123rd season of competition in men’s basketball with a road matchup against Penn State at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 11 at the Bryce Jordan Center. The game will be broadcast on BTN.

• The Nittany Lions, led by second-year head coach Micah Shrewsberry, enter the game with an 11-5 record and a 2-3 mark in B1G play. PSU is currently riding a two-game losing streak after winning the previous five games.

Game Information

Jan. 11, 2023 • 7 p.m. ET

Bryce Jordan Center (15,261) • University Park, Pa.

TV: BTN (Brandon Gaudin, Stephen Bardo)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 42-13

Last Meeting: IU 74, PSU 57 on Jan. 26, 2022 in Bloomington

Series History

• Indiana holds a 42-13 lead over Penn State in the 55-game series against the conference foe. The Hoosiers hold a mark of 7-2 in the last nine games of the series.

• The Hoosiers split with the Nittany Lions during the 2021-22 campaign with both programs winning on their home floor. PSU won the first game, 61-58, before IU answered back with a 74-57 triumph just 24 days later. Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks on 13-of-26 shooting from the floor in the two tilts.

Last Time Out

• Indiana could not overcome a sluggish start and fell at home against Northwestern by a score of 84-83.

• Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis went the full 40 minutes and racked up 18 points and a career-best 24 rebounds in the loss. He added eight assists and four blocks.

• Freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino carried the scoring burden with a career-best 33 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor in the loss. He also contributed three rebounds and three assists.

Fino on the Rise

• After hitting double figures in the scoring column just twice in his first six collegiate games, freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino has scored 10-plus points in six-straight games.

• During the six-game run, Hood-Schifino is averaging 19.0 points on 54.9% shooting from the floor and 60.7% shooting from the 3-point line. The Montverde Academy product has made 3.0 3-pointers since returning to the lineup at Kansas on Dec. 17.

• Hood-Schifino scored a career-best 33 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor and 5-of-7 shooting from the 3-point line against Northwestern on Jan. 8.

• JHS ranks third among all freshmen in the Big Ten in scoring (13.4 points per game), first in assists (4.6), fifth in rebounds (4.3), and fifth in made 3-pointers per game (1.8).

Shuffling the Deck

• Indiana has utilized six starting lineup combinations through the first 15 games of the season, compared to just four different starting units a season ago.

• Junior forward Jordan Geronimo made his collegiate starting debut with two rebounds in 10 minutes against Northwestern.

• Sophomore guard Tamar Bates started his first career game at Iowa on Jan. 5 and tallied eight points and four assists.

Notable Statistical Performances

• Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis pulled down a career-best 24 rebounds against Northwestern on Jan. 8. The tally marked the most by a Hoosier in a single game since Steve Downing had 25 against Kentucky on December 11, 1971 and the most rebounds by a Big Ten player since Aaron Johnson had 24 for Penn State on Nov. 15, 2004.

• Jackson-Davis recorded the third triple-double in Indiana basketball history with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high 10 assists against Nebraska on Dec. 7.

• The Center Grove product blocked a career-high nine shots at No. 8/6 Kansas on Dec. 17, the second most by an IU player. Steve Downing blocked a school-record 10 shots against Michigan on Feb. 23, 1971.

• Freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino netted a career-high 33 points for Indiana on Jan. 8 against Northwestern, the highest point total by a Hoosier freshman since Eric Gordon scored 33 against Chattanooga on Nov. 12, 2007.

• Junior forward Jordan Geronimo blocked a combined 10 shots against Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 20 and Little Rock on Nov. 23. The tally marked the most by a Hoosier off the bench since 1996-97.

Chasing History

• Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis currently sits eighth all-time at IU in scoring (1,800), fifth in rebounds (912), and third in blocked shots (212). He joins Alan Henderson as the only Hoosiers to be top-10 all-time in career scoring, rebounding, and blocks.

• The Center Grove product is the only active player in the country to tally at least 1,800 career points, 900 career rebounds, and 200 career blocks. In the last 25 seasons, only 22 players have achieved those numbers in college basketball. Three (Kyle Hines; UNCG, Shawn Long; ULL, and Nathan Knight; WMU) have produced those numbers on a higher career scoring average.

• Jackson-Davis is one of two Power 5 players (Zach Edey; Purdue) to average at least 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game this season.

Double Double, Double Double (CAREER)

Trayce Jackson-Davis: 37; last vs. Northwestern, 1/8/23

Race Thompson: 9; last vs. Elon, 12/20/22

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

Jordan Geronimo: 1; vs. Merrimack, 12/12/21

Twenty Piece (CAREER)

Trayce Jackson-Davis: 36; last vs. Iowa, 1/5/23

Xavier Johnson: 15; last vs. North Carolina, 11/30/22

Miller Kopp: 10; last at Rutgers, 12/3/22

Race Thompson: 2; last vs. Little Rock, 11/23/22

Jalen Hood-Schifino: 2; last vs. Northwestern, 1/8/23

Tamar Bates: 1; vs. Jackson State, 11/25/22

Trey Galloway: 1; vs. Nebraska, 12/7/22

• Freshman guard CJ Gunn scored a career-high 11 points, on 5-of-10 shooting as well as three rebounds, three assists, and two steals versus Elon.

• Sophomore center Logan Duncomb tallied 10 points, five rebounds, and two assists. His 10 points were a career-high against the Phoenix.

• Sophomore guard Tamar Bates led Indiana in scoring against Kennesaw State on Dec. 23 with 19 points.

• Freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino had a career-high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting against the Owls on Dec. 23.

• Hood-Schifino has scored in double figures in his last four games and has reached that mark in six of his last seven.

• Sixth-year senior forward Race Thompson ripped down 14 rebounds to tie his career-high (Feb. 12, 2022 at Michigan State) in the win over KSU on Dec. 23.

• Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis secured his eighth-career 30-point game in Indiana’s 91-89 loss at Iowa on Jan. 5. He added a team-best nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

• Freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino became the third Hoosier to score at least 20 points in their Big Ten debut in the last 25 years with a career-high 21 points at Iowa on Jan. 5.  He canned 5-of-8 shots from behind the 3-point line.

• Hood-Schifino joined NBA Lottery Draft picks Eric Gordon (25 points at Iowa in 2008) and Romeo Langford (20 points against Northwestern in 2018) on the exclusive list.

• Freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino had a career-high 33 points on 12-of-17 from the field and 5-of-7 from the 3-point line against Northwestern on Jan. 8.

• The 33-point outburst were the highest output by an IU freshman since Eric Gordon also scored 33 on Nov. 12, 2007 against Chattanooga.

• Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis had 18 points, a career-high 24 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocks against the Wildcats.

• His 24 rebounds were the most by a Hoosier in a single game since Steve Downing had 25 against Kentucky on December 11, 1971 and the most rebounds by a Big Ten player since Aaron Johnson had 24 for Penn State on Nov. 15, 2004.

• Fifth-year senior forward Miller Kopp converted three-straight double-figure scoring outputs for this first time in his Indiana career with 21 points at Rutgers on Dec. 3, 13 points against Nebraska on Dec. 7, and 14 points against Arizona on Dec. 10.

• Indiana scored at least 80 points in the first six games of the season, the longest such streak since 1969-70 (seven games).

• Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis has swatted at least two shots in 30 of his last 47 games played.

• The Hoosiers was ranked in each of the first 10 (including preseason) Associated Press Top-25 Polls, the longest streak to open a season for IU since the 2016-17 season.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. –––– Indiana Wrestling won a thriller of a dual at No. 16 Maryland, 17-16, via tie-breaking criteria for the team’s first Big Ten win of the season on Monday night.

It was also Indiana’s second ranked victory of the season. The win improves Indiana’s season record to 5-1 and 1-1 in the Big Ten.


• The match started at 157 lbs. with No. 17 Derek Gilcher winning over No. 33 Michael North by decision, 7-3.

• Indiana freshman Henry Porter (133) defeated Conner Quinn by major decision, 15-4, to tie the dual up at 13-13 heading into the final two matches at 141 and 149.

• After Maryland won at 141 in Sudden Victory, Indiana redshirt senior Graham Rooks pulled through for a dramatic victory over No. 22 Ethen Miller in a 5-3 decision.

• Rooks’ win put the team scores at 16-16, prompting the need for tie-breaking criteria.

• Indiana held the advantage for more team match points scored, 57-46, to give Indiana the tiebreaking point.


• No. 33 Graham Rooks picked up his 20th win of the season tonight.

• Washington’s 11-6 decision over Solis was his first Big Ten win of the season.

• Indiana is 7-0 in program history against Maryland.

• Gilcher’s win improves his season record to 20-6, he has won nine of his last ten bouts.

• Gilcher has also picked up two consecutive wins over ranked opponents.

• South’s win at 184 was his first career match at 184 lbs.


• Indiana Wrestling be back at home for their next match when Rutgers comes to Bloomington on Friday, Jan. 13 for a 7:00 p.m. match at Wilkinson Hall.


Started the match at 157

157: No. 17 Derek Giilcher (IU) def. No. 33 Michael North (UMD)

165: John Martin Best (UMD) def. Tyler Lillard (IU)       

174: No. 18 DJ Washington (IU) def. Dom Solis (UMD)              

184: Nick South (IU) def. Chase Mielnik (UMD)             

197: No. 11 Jaxon Smith (UMD) def. Nick Willham (IU)  

285: No. 32 Jaron Smith (UMD) def. No. 31 Jacob Bullock (IU)               

125: No. 26 Braxton Brown (UMD) def. Jacob Moran (IU)          

133: No. 32 Henry Porter (IU) def. Conner Quinn (UMD)           

141: Kal Miller (UMD) def. No. 33 Cayden Rooks (IU)    

149: No. 33 Graham Rooks (IU) def. No. 22 Ethen Miller (UMD)


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will host No. 17/19 Michigan at Mackey Arena on Tuesday night. Matt Schumacker and Meghan McKeown will be on the call for the Big Ten Network when the ball goes up at 6:30 p.m.

As always, Tim Newton and Jane Schott will provide the courtside action for the Purdue Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.


Purdue (11-4, 2-3) vs. No. 17/19 Michigan (13-3, 3-2)

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Time: 6:30 PM 


Radio: 95.3 BOB FM 

Live Stats: Purduestats.com 


Despite a season-high 20 points from Caitlyn Harper, the Boilermakers could not pick up a road win at Penn State, falling 70-60 on Saturday. Harper was efficient on the offensive end, going 9-of-13 and finishing one rebound shy of her first double-double as a Boilermaker. Jeanae Terry also tallied nine rebounds, while Madison Layden chipped in five assists. Lasha Petree finished in double figures for the 14th time this year with 12 points.   


• Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan 53-23, but the Wolverines have won the last three matchups.

• The Boilermakers last defeated a ranked opponent in Mackey Arena on Jan. 20, 2019, against No. 25 Indiana (56-53).

• Jeanae Terry continues to rank in the top 10 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (7th, 2.84), assists (5th, 108) and assists per game (6th, 7.2). The senior has shot her assists per game up from 5.7 last year, while dropping her turnovers to 2.5 per game from 3.1.

• Ava Learn provided a spark off the bench over the last two games, averaging 10 points and shooting 80% from the field.

• Abbey Ellis has made 41-of-47 (87.2%) free throws this season to rank 47th nationally and third in the Big Ten.

• Transfer duo Caitlyn Harper and Lasha Petree are averaging a combined 29.3 points per game, which is second most by a first-year transfer duo in the Big Ten (Illinois’ Makira Cook/Genesis Bryant – 30.5 ppg).

• Purdue is 7-1 at Mackey Arena this season, scoring 79.8 points per game with a 51.3% shooting clip, while holding opponents to just 62.6 points per game and a 37.7% field goal percentage.

• Despite shooting under 40% in three of the last four games, Purdue continues to rank 15th nationally in field goal percentage with a 47.4% clip on the year.

• Terry has tallied five rebounds and five assists in 11 games this season, second in the country to Caitlin Clark’s 12.

• Caitlyn Harper is one of five players from the Big Ten to average over 10 points per game, while shooting 60% or better from the field.


Butler (10-7, 2-4 BIG EAST) at St. John’s (11-6, 1-5 BIG EAST)

Tuesday, Jan. 10;  6:30PM

Carnesecca Arena; Queens, N.Y.

PDF notes can be found here:  https://bit.ly/3NGADRf


TV: FS1 – John Fanta & Jim Spanarkel

Radio: 1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

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SiriusXM 381, SXM App 971

THE SERIES: Butler Leads, 10-9

Streak: St. John’s, W2

At SJU: St. John’s Leads, 6-3

First Meeting: SJU, 78-68; 3/13/58

Last Meeting: SJU, 91-57; 2/18/22

Bulldogs vs. Red Storm

• The teams first met in the 1958 NIT.

• The remainder of the match-ups have come since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season.

• St. John’s swept the season series in 2021-22, which they had only done one other time: in 2013-14, Butler’s first season in the BIG EAST.

• Only three of Butler’s 17 games this season have been decided by single digits.

• Butler has attempted a combined 54 free throws over the last two games; the Bulldogs combined to attempt 52 in the five games prior to that stretch. Butler is 9-3 this season when attempting more free throws than their opponents.

• Butler is a combined +10 in rebounding margin over the last three games, out-rebounding two of those three opponents; in Butler’s first three BIG EAST games, the Bulldogs’ opponents were a combined +57 in rebounding margin against Butler. The Bulldogs are 7-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

• Through six conference games, Butler has committed only 9.7 turnovers per game, which is the best mark in the BIG EAST.

• Butler is committing only 12.6 fouls per game, which is second in the nation.

• Butler is 10-0 this season when leading at halftime.

• Butler is 10-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points.

• Butler has shot 50 percent or better from the field nine times already this season; the Bulldogs hit the 50-percent mark six times all of last season (31 games). In a similar fashion, Butler already has eight games this season shooting 40 percent or better from three-point range, which was only done four times during the 2021-22 season.

• Including Saturday’s loss to Seton Hall, Jayden Taylor has led the Bulldogs in scoring in five of the team’s eight games away from Hinkle Fieldhouse this season. He is averaging 16.6 points per game in this eight outings.

• Among active coaches with at least 10 seasons of NCAA Division I experience, Thad Matta’s .736 winning percentage ranks fourth (Few, Self, Calipari).

• Manny Bates, Taylor and Chuck Harris have each led the Bulldogs in scoring in at least four games so far this season (includes ties).

• Butler shot a season-low 28.6 percent from the field in Saturday’s loss to Seton Hall.

• Manny Bates has 35 blocks already this season, moving him just two away from tenth on Butler’s single-season list.

• Bates is 11th nationally with a 64.5 field goal percentage and is 31st nationally in blocks per game at 2.1 per game.

• Bates is shooting 67 percent in BIG EAST play, good for third in the conference.

• Eric Hunter Jr. led the Bulldogs with a career-high 23 points in Wednesday’s win over DePaul. It marked the first time that Hunter led Butler in scoring this season.

• The New Year’s Day win over Georgetown was the third-most lopsided win by Butler over a BIG EAST opponent since joining the conference in 2013-14 (89-56, at St. John’s, 2/6/16; and 79-46, at DePaul, 3/6/14).

• Butler held Georgetown to 28.8-percent shooting in the win; it’s the third time since joining the BIG EAST that Butler has held a conference opponent under 30-percent shooting (vs. St. John’s, 1/27/18 and at Seton Hall, 1/25/17).

• It was the Bulldogs’ best defensive performance against any opponent since limiting Louisiana-Monroe to 23.3-percent shooting Dec. 28, 2019.

• Taylor led the Bulldogs with a career-high 24 points at Georgetown, featuring a career-best six three-pointers.

• Butler’s 12 three-pointers at Georgetown were the second-best output of the season for the Bulldogs.

• Butler has placed all five starters in double figures three times this season, with the most recent coming at Cal Dec. 10.

• After missing the first 11 games of the season, the duo of Jalen Thomas (pulmonary embolism) and Ali Ali (nasal surgery/concussion symptoms) is contributing a combined 13 points per game over the six games they have played.

• Harris is now 21st in Butler history in career three-pointers (119).

• Harris posted career-highs of 32 points and six three-pointers in the Dec. 3 win over Tennessee Tech.

• Bates led the Bulldogs with 22 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas State Nov. 30, his third double-double of the season.


MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The IUPUI basketball team completely erased a 15-point halftime deficit but was then outscored 14-7 in the final three-plus minutes as the Jaguars fell on the road to Robert Morris, 77-70. Graduate transfer Chris Osten tallied a career-high 21 points in the loss and sophomore Jlynn Counter tossed in 14 points in 17 minutes.

Kahliel Spear led Robert Morris (8-9, 3-3 HL) with 22 points and 10 rebounds and teammate Michael Green III also closed with a double-double with 12 points and 11 assists.

“I thought we showed a lot of heart and grit tonight,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “We got down big at halftime and honestly, we never quit. We really had some guys step up make some big time plays to get us back in the game. We still had some key turnovers and missed some key free throws late in the game and that was the difference.

“We need to cut down some of the careless turnovers and we’ll continue to work on that, but I think some of our freshmen really grew up tonight.”

IUPUI (3-14, 0-6 HL) trailed 44-29 at the break as RMU’s Josh Corbin capped a 7-0 run to end the half with a wing three at the final horn. IUPUI scored the first six points of the second half to start the long road back, getting buckets from Counter sandwiched around an Amhad Jarrard layup.

Vincent Brady II and Jarrard connected on back-to-back threes to pull IUPUI within one with 8:06 left, prompting an RMU timeout. IUPUI finally got even with 4:26 left when Osten banked in a leaner, making it 61 all. The two teams traded buckets with Osten scoring again with 3:37 remaining before RMU pulled away late.

Enoch Cheeks splashed a go-ahead trey with 3:16 left and after an IUPUI turnover, Spear dropped in a layup with 2:39 to play to make it a two-possession game. IUPUI committed another turnover trying to feed the post and Spear was fouled at the other end, ultimately pushing the lead to six.

IUPUI began fouling to extend the game, but RMU was nearly perfect at the free throw line down the stretch in salting the win.

Robert Morris outscored IUPUI 24-17 at the free throw line as Spear alone earned 13 attempts. Both Cheeks and Corbin closed with 16 points as RMU shot 49 percent from the floor.

IUPUI closed at 46.2 percent overall and 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) from three-point range. The Jags won the glass by a 35-26 margin, but committed 17 turnovers and forced just 11 RMU miscues. The end result was an 18-8 deficit in points off turnovers.

Counter was relegated to spectator duty down the stretch due to an injury as Daylan Hamilton emerged with 11 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Jarrard had nine points and five assists and Brady closed with eight points and six rebounds.

IUPUI will now head home for a four-game homestand, beginning against Purdue Fort Wayne on Thursday night (Jan. 12) at 7:00 p.m inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum.


MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team is back on the road for a Tuesday matchup against Ohio. The Cardinals enter the contest with an overall record of 11-4 and a Mid-American Conference mark of 2-0, while the Bobcats boast an 8-7 record and are 0-2 in the conference.

Ball State is one of just two universities in the MAC to have its men’s and women’s basketball teams start 2-0 in conference play. Head Coach Michael Lewis is the first, first-year head coach to produce a seven-game winning streak. He is the second coach in BSU history to win the regular season opener and the MAC opener in their first season as a head coach. He joins Rick Majerus in achieving the feat. 

Last Time Out

Jarron Coleman and Payton Sparks tied for a team-high 15 points as Ball State defeated Akron, 70-63, for its seventh-straight win. Sparks brought down a team-high eight rebounds. He made seven free throws and added two assists, a steal, and a block. Coleman scored in double-figures in 14-straight contests. He collected six rebounds and produced one steal. Jaylin Sellers led the team with three blocks and tallied 13 points along with two rebounds. Basheer Jihad finished in double figures with 11 points with four rebounds and one assist. Demarius Jacobs dished out a team-high four assists and tied for a team-high two steals. He added eight points, three rebounds, and two blocks. Darian Owens-White tied for a team-best two steals.

Sensational Sellers

Sellers has a team-best 14.5 points per game. He is shooting 56.5 percent from 3-point range, which leads the team. He is fourth on the team with 4.6 rebounds per game. He has produced a field-goal percentage of 50.8 on the season. Sellers has collected 12 assists, 11 steals and five blocks. He has notched four games with 20 or more points for the season.

Spark Plug

Sparks paces the team with 7.9 rebounds per game, which is tied for 83rd in the country and fourth in the conference. His 3.40 offensive rebounds per contest has him ranked 26th in the nation and third in the MAC. He is third on the team averaging 13.2 points per game. He is shooting 61.6 percent from the field, which leads the team. He has four double-doubles on the season, which is tied for 76th in the country and is third in the MAC. He is third on the team with 32 assists, second on the team with 13 blocks, and has added seven steals.

Spreading the Love

The Cardinals have four players averaging double-digit points. Coleman is second on the squad with 14.3 points per game. He leads the team with 33 made 3-pointers and is shooting 37.1 percent from behind the arc. He is second on the team with 48 assists and is second in steals with 20. Coleman has added nine blocks, which is third on the squad. Jacobs closes out the double-digit scorers with 12.7 points a contest. He has a team-high 26 blocks, which is tied for 53rd in the NCAA and tied for the MAC lead. His 1.73 blocks per contest are tied for 51st in the nation and tied for first in the conference. He also leads the team in assists with 49 and steals with 23. He is averaging 4.0 boards per contest. Mickey Pearson Jr. is second on the squad with 5.1 rebounds per contest and is averaging 6.7 points a game. Pearson is second on the team shooting 56.3 from the field.

Taking Advantage at the Free-Throw Line

As a team, the Cardinals are averaging 25.6 free throws per game, which is tied for sixth in the NCAA and leads the MAC. Ball State is averaging 17.7 free-throws made per contest, which is 13th in the nation and leads the conference. Sparks is tied for eighth in the nation with 115 free-throw attempts, which is second in the MAC. The Cardinals are one of 27 teams in the NCAA that have made more free throws than their opponents have attempted.

Effective Shooting

The Cardinals are currently shooting 48.3 percent from the field, which is tied for 29th in the NCAA and is second in the MAC. Ball State has been effective from behind the arc with a combined 38.2 percent from 3-point range, which is tied for 28th in the country and second in the MAC.

Series History with Ohio

The Cardinals and Bobcats will meet for the 89th time on Tuesday. Ohio has the series advantage, 53-35, including a 77-66 victory in the last meeting, which was in the MAC Tournament last season. The Bobcats have won four straight against the Cardinals. BSU is 11-30 at OU, with its last win in Athens on January 9, 2018.

Scouting the Bobcats

Ohio is led by Dwight Wilson III with 13.3 points per game along with a team-best 10.0 rebounds a game. He has added 15 assists, five steals, and four blocked shots. Wilson is tied for 13th in the NCAA in rebounds per game and is third in the MAC. AJ Brown is second on the squad with 11.9 points per game to go along with 2.1 rebounds per game, 11 assists, five steals, and three blocks. Miles Brown rounds out the double-digit scorers with 10.7 points a contest. He has 3.1 rebounds a game, 27 assists, 17 steals, and four blocks. AJ Clayton has a team-best 15 blocks. Jaylin Hunter leads the Bobcats with 67 assists and 19 steals.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball squad is back at home and will look to get that ACC monkey off its back in a matchup with Georgia Tech on Tuesday, Jan. 10, inside Purcell Pavilion. The Fighting Irish (8-8, 0-5) will tip off against the Yellow Jackets (8-7, 1-4) at 7 p.m. ET on ACC Network.

ND vs GT

Notre Dame leads the overall series against Georgia Tech, 14-12. However, Coach Brey’s record against the Yellow Jackets sits at 13-6. The Irish have found tremendous success against them at home with a 10-2 record and eight-game win streak inside Purcell that dates back to 1990.

Last year, the two sides faced off in a home-and-home and the Irish won both – first 72-68 in OT at Georgia Tech, then a dominant 90-56 win in South Bend. Dane Goodwin scored a combined 31 points (14 & 17).


The stats that stick out:

– Points – ND is averaging 75.9 ppg in wins versus a dropoff of  62.8 in losses. Defensively, not much of a difference, allowing 66 in wins vs. 72.6 in losses, proving the emphasis is on the offense.

– FG% – shooting 49.7 percent in wins vs. 41.8 percent in losses

– 3PT – Interesting to note that teams are shooting better against us from three in games Notre Dame wins vs. loses. In wins, opponents are averaging 6.8 threes per game at a 35.3 percent rate. In losses, 5.6 threes per game at 29.6 percent rate. Offensively, Notre Dame makes the same amount of threes with the same shooting percentage in wins and losses.

– FT Made – ND is averaging 12.8 makes in wins vs. 6.6 in losses.


A difference in a few possessions – one in each of the following games in fact (Syracuse, Florida State, Boston College) and the Irish could easily be sitting at 3-1 in ACC play.

Syracuse – Down five, with under 1:20 to play, Cormac Ryan and Marcus Hammond recorded back-to-back three-point plays to go up 61-60, but the Orange answered with 14 seconds on the clock. Notre Dame couldn’t connect on the buzzer-beater, falling 62-61.

Florida State – With six seconds remaining on the clock down one, Notre Dame ran a great in-bounds play to Wertz but his next pass to an open and sprinting Cormac Ryan was thrown just a tad too high/long as the Seminoles tracked it down and escaped with a 73-72 win. The Irish were on a 6-0 run with two big defensive stands in the final minute before the final play of the game.

Boston College – The Irish led for the first 37:19 of the game but Boston College closed on a 17-4 run to take it 70-63. Notre Dame led 59-53 with 4 minutes remaining. When BC took its first lead at 1:43, 62-61, Notre Dame went 0-3 on its next three possessions.

“The older guys have been through it all on this team. I gave an example of the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, plus previous teams of mine, teams who have been dead in the water and came back.” – Coach Brey


Come Tuesday’s Georgia Tech matchup, it’ll mark Coach Brey’s 899th career game as a head coach, spanning his Delaware days as well.

Cormac Ryan sits at 970 career points, which spans his four year career and freshman year at Stanford.

Marcus Hammond sits at 1,484 career points and is 16 off from the 1500-point milestone. He accumulated 1422 points in four years at Niagara.


Over the last 10 games, Notre Dame has knocked down 94 three-pointers (9.4 per game) which ranks 2nd amongst Power-Five schools since Nov. 30.

Overall on the season, they are averaging 8.8 threes per game, which would crack the program’s all-time top-10. The program record is 9.7 set by the 19-20 squad.

Now, the big reason for that – the squad’s big three.

Goodwin – .451

Ryan – .390

Laszewski – .381 

*Hammond – coming along at .429

“So much rides on us making three-point shots. We are making 10 a game and it’s still not enough. We’re probably going to have to make 13-14 threes to win league games. That’s just how we are built offensively right now.” – Coach Brey at media availability ahead of UNC.


After 4 straight games (Dec. 3 vs Syracuse) in single digits, Goodwin has found his offensive rhythm with 4 straight games in double figures. He’s amassed 52 points in the last 4 games, averaging 13.0 ppg. He is 23-of-45 from the field and 5-of-12 from three.


Starling has recorded double-digit points in 7 of the last 8 games and has produced the most overall double-digit scoring performances on the team this season with 12.

One of the main reasons for the recent surge — in what was an achilles heel at the beginning of the season is now a strong point as of late – that’s JJ’s three-point shooting. He’s 12-of-27 from beyond the arc over the last 8 games aka 44.4 percent.

JJ co-led the team in scoring at BC with 16 points. Prior, vs Jacksonville on Dec. 27, JJ scored all 11 of his points in the 2nd half. More impressively, he impacted the game elsewhere, grabbing a season high 8 rebounds.

“JJ is getting better,” Brey said. “And more comfortable, in a good rhythm. He’s improved defensively. He’s moving the ball and playing. I’m excited about where he’s at. He has just been really good. To shake off a tough 1st half and say, ‘I’m going to keep playing.’ When he can square his shoulders and we get some cutters and we move and he can turn a corner, we don’t have anybody like that. He’s the guy.”

JJ almost singlehandedly won the Irish the game at Florida State on Dec. 21 – recording his 2nd 20-point performance of the season. Starling went on a 6-0 run to end the game to pull the Irish within one, giving them an opportunity to win with 6 seconds left.


The Red Sox and Boston College have announced the 2023 Eagles’ ALS Awareness Game at Fenway Park will be played on Friday, May 19, on the first day of the three-game series between the Irish and Eagles. Notre Dame is set to play Boston College in the final series of the 2023 regular season on May 19-21, with first pitch on Friday set for 7 p.m.

Boston College’s annual ALS Awareness game is in honor of former BC baseball captain Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012 and tragically passed away in 2019 at the age of 34. Frates was the driving force behind the viral Ice Bucket Challenge on social media, where his efforts helped raise $220 million for research to find a cure for ALS. To this day, they continue to honor Frates and his legacy while supporting those who continue to fight ALS.

General admission tickets for the 2023 ALS Awareness Game at Fenway Park will be available at a later date. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Peter Frates Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting ALS patients and their families with the cost of specialized home care required for patient stability as the disease progresses.


Michael Stonebreaker, a two-time All-American and one of the most skilled linebackers in college football in the late 1980s, has been elected as a member of the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class by the National Football Foundation.

Stonebreaker (1986-90) becomes the 55th Notre Dame player or coach inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, which is the most of any institution in the country.

The River Ridge, Louisiana, native was a key member of Notre Dame’s 1988 National Championship team, piling up 104 tackles (second-best on the team) under Hall of Fame coaches Lou Holtz and Barry Alvarez (the Irish defensive coordinator at that time). Stonebreaker finished third in voting for the Butkus Award in 1988.

After missing the 1989 season, Stonebreaker came back to lead the Irish with 95 tackles in 1990 as the Irish earned an Orange Bowl berth that ended in a 10-9 loss to Colorado – who shared the ‘90 national title with Georgia Tech. Stonebreaker’s 1990 season was highlighted by a number of game-sealing plays, including a late fourth quarter interception against No. 4 Michigan, another late game pick against No. 24 Michigan State and a fumble recovery to secure a victory over No. 2 Miami.

The Irish eventually finished sixth in the final poll of 1990 while Stonebreaker earned unanimous All-America honors and invitations to the Japan and Hula Bowls. During his three seasons in South Bend, he tallied 220 career tackles, eight pass breakups and five interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.

Selected in the ninth round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, Stonebreaker played three seasons in the league with Chicago, Atlanta, and New Orleans. He played one season in the World League for the Frankfurt Galaxy in 1995.

He currently resides in New Orleans, and he is the owner and operating partner of N.O. Brew Coffee, a cold-drip, handcrafted coffee product. Stonebreaker has worked with Saveourlake.com to raise awareness for coastal erosion since 2005, and he is a member of Notre Dame NCSA Advisory Board. He donates coffee grounds from N.O. Brew to The School at Blair Grocery.

The 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class will officially be inducted during the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 5, 2023, at the ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas.

Founded in 1951 by the National Football Foundation, the College Football Hall of Fame immortalizes the greatest of the amateur gridiron. 5.1 million people have coached or played the game and less than 1,300 are inductees in the Hall.

Originally slated to be built on the Rutgers University campus – home of the first college football game in 1869 – the Hall ultimately found its first home in Kings Mills, Ohio in 1978. The Ohio location closed in 1992 and the Hall relocated to South Bend, Indiana, where it resided from 1995 to 2012. 

In 2014, the College Football Hall of Fame opened in Atlanta, a major hub of college football activity, a convention and tourist destination, and home of one of the nation’s busiest airports.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Juan Romero (El Paso, Texas / Parkland HS / Western Texas CC) and Luke Morrell (Plainwell, Mich. / Plainwell HS / Michigan State) have joined the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer program, head coach Stephen Gorton announced on Monday (Jan. 9).

“We are very excited to add Juan and Luke at the semester,” Gorton said. “Both players come with experience and individual accolades at the collegiate level. The maturity of both individuals was so important to us as we continue to build something special here at Purdue Fort Wayne.”

Romero (6’2″, midfielder) was the NJCAA Region V Player of the Year at Western Texas Community College in 2022. He started 20-of-21 games in his career at Western Texas College and was a team captain at Parkland for three seasons. He was an all-conference selection in 2019 and 2020.

“Juan has been to a national tournament at the Junior College level and was Player of the Year this past year in his region, ” Gorton added.

Morrell (6’2″, defender) joins the ‘Dons as a grad transfer from Michigan State. In the spring season of 2020-21, he played in 11 games with nine starts. He had a goal at Indiana. In 2021 he played in seven games with six starts and a goal against Tulsa. Prior to Michigan State, he played at Oakland for a pair of seasons. In 2019 he was an All-Horizon League Second Team pick on defense, leading the Golden Grizzlies to five shutouts. In 2018 he was a Horizon League All-Freshman Team selection after starting in 18 games. Morrell earned a Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week honor after two goals at Cleveland State. Combined in his time at Oakland and Michigan State, he owns nine goals as a defender with 51 career starts.

“Luke has earned a pair of All-Horizon League honors so he has invaluable experience that will help us in all areas on and off the field,” Gorton said.

Both are enrolled at Purdue Fort Wayne and will train with the ‘Dons this spring.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s and Men’s Basketball are hosting Whiteout Night at Screaming Eagles Arena this Thursday, January 12, as the Screaming Eagles take on the University of Arkansas Little Rock in Ohio Valley Conference action.

Fans should come out wearing white apparel to whiteout Screaming Eagles Arena and show their #ScreaglePride! The women’s game tips off at 5 p.m. and the men’s game is at 8 p.m.

The women’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ while the men’s game will be nationally televised in primetime on ESPNU. Wear your white USI logo gear for both games to cheer on our student-athletes and showcase our Screaming Eagle pride to viewers around the U.S. and the world!

USI students should come out and pack the Penn Station Student Section inside Screaming Eagles Arena. The first 250 students to enter at the student entrance for the USI Basketball doubleheader will receive a free t-shirt and a rally towel provided by Liberty Federal Credit Union. Plus, USI students can enter a raffle giveaway for a PS5, courtesy of USI Housing and Residence Life.

Come out to Screaming Eagles Arena, pack the stands and be loud in supporting USI!


The Valparaiso University women’s tennis program has announced its spring schedule, which will feature 16 matches leading into the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament starting on April 21 in Normal, Ill.

Eight of those matches will be in league play, including dates with the three Valley newcomers – March 18 at Murray State, March 19 at Belmont and March 26 vs. UIC. The Beacons will make a two-match Iowa swing (April 1 at UNI, April 2 at Drake) before closing the regular season with a string of home matches – April 7 vs. Bradley, April 8 vs. Illinois State and April 15 vs. Missouri State.

The spring slate begins on Jan. 21 at Cleveland State before the Jan. 28 home opener vs. SIUE at The Courts of Northwest Indiana. Other nonleague home opponents include Western Michigan (Feb. 18), Saint Louis (Feb. 19) and Milwaukee (March 25), while the team will also visit Northern Illinois (Feb. 11). Orlando will be the destination for this year’s spring trip and will include matches against Loyola Maryland (March 14) and South Dakota (March 15).

Valpo is led by reigning Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy), who ranks sixth in program history in career singles victories and fourth in career doubles triumphs. This fall, freshman Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) burst onto the scene by winning the MVC Flight 2 Singles Individual Championship. The Beacons will look to build on last season, when they achieved the team’s highest win total – both overall and in league play – since 2007. The team garnered its first league tournament victory since 2006 and Czerwonka represented the program’s first Conference Player of the Year since 2001.

“We’re going into the spring semester with a lot of optimism,” head coach Bob Modesto said. “When you have the reigning conference Player of the Year at No. 1 and the conference champion at No. 2, you feel like you are very strong at the top of the lineup. We have great heart in the middle portion of the lineup, and we have a lot to be hopeful for about the bottom portion of the lineup. Having Claire (Czerwonka) as our assistant coach is going to pay dividends as well.”

In addition, the program has announced that Olivia Czerwonka will serve as the team captain this year.

“Olivia has been a co-captain alongside Claire over the last few years, and she’s earned this opportunity to be the sole captain this year,” Modesto said. “She’s been a leader both on the court and academically and she’s someone who we want to lead our team to not only success but to compete for a conference championship. Even beyond her playing ability and expertise, her character makes us want her to be a captain for us.”


Valparaiso (2-10, 0-4 MVC)

Game #13 – Jan. 11, 2023 – 7 p.m.

at UIC (9-6, 1-3 MVC)

Credit Union 1 Arena (8,000) – Chicago, Ill.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team makes the quick trip up to Chicago on Wednesday night as the Beacons meet longtime rival UIC for the first time as MVC opponents.

Previously: Valpo held a five-point lead over visiting Indiana State Saturday afternoon at the ARC with less than six minutes to play, but the Sycamores scored on seven of their next eight possessions to take the lead and go on to a 66-58 victory. Four Beacons scored in double figures, including a career-best 14 points from Maya Dunson – all of which came in the second half.

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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fifth year at the helm of the program in 2022-23 and owns a record of 50-78. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first four years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game in each of the last three seasons and in steals per game in two of the last three years.

Series Notes: Valpo renews acquaintances with the most common opponent in program history on Wednesday, as the Beacons match up with UIC for the 51st time – the Flames hold a slim 26-24 edge in the series. The MVC marks the fourth different conference the two programs have shared affiliation in, as Valpo and UIC were both previously together in the North Star Conference (1988-92), the Mid-Continent Conference (1992-94) and the Horizon League (2007-17). An early-season matchup in Chicago last year saw Valpo lead by six in the fourth quarter before the Flames rallied for a 68-64 victory. Carie Weinman led all scorers in that contest with 23 points.


…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 197 points, just 10 points behind Evansville.

– Valpo is in its sixth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

– The Valley was ranked 10th in conference NET last year, was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo finished last year with an 11-19 overall record, but was strong in MVC play, going 9-9 in conference and finishing in sixth place – both of which match the program’s best since joining the Valley.

– The Beacons registered the first win at Drake and the first win at Bradley in program history.

– Valpo swept the season series over Drake, the program’s first two wins ever against the Bulldogs.

– The Beacons also tallied four top-100 wins within Valley play.

– Grace White was named MVC Sixth Player of the Year – the program’s first major postseason award since joining the Valley. Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC choice, while White was an All-Defensive Team selection and Olivia Brown earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.

…versus Indiana State

– Valpo led 14-3 just 4:01 into the ballgame, but went scoreless for the next 12 minutes as Indiana State claimed the lead.

– The teams were tied 23-all at halftime and the Beacons led 43-41 with 10 minutes to play.

– Consecutive 3-pointers from Maya Dunson and Ava Interrante gave Valpo a 54-49 lead with 5:20 to play, but Indiana State scored on seven of its next eight possessions to take control.

– Four Valpo players scored in double figures, led by 17 points from Olivia Brown, who went 5-of-8 from 3-point range — her second game in MVC play with at least five triples.

– Dunson set her career high by scoring 14 points — all of which came in the second half, 11 of them in the fourth quarter. She went an efficient 4-of-6 from the floor and hit all four of her free throw attempts..

– Interrante finished with 12 points to score in double figures for the third time this year, while Leah Earnest finished in double figures for the 10th time with 10 points.

– Earnest also led all players with 10 rebounds to register her fifth double-double of the campaign.

– Valpo outrebounded ISU 31-25 and gave up just seven offensive boards to a Sycamore team which outrebounded the Beacons by a combined 31 in the two matchups last season and grabbed 40 offensive rebounds over those two games.

– The +6 rebounding margin was the team’s second-best of the season and the first time in MVC play the Beacons have had the advantage on the glass.

– Valpo tied its season highs for both 3-pointers made and attempted by going 11-for-31 from the arc — the fourth time this year the Beacons have hit at least 10 triples. Valpo also matched a season high with 15 assists, five of which came from Brown to match her career best.

– The Beacons turned the ball over 22 times and forced just 10 miscues by the Sycamores. The 12-turnover disparity allowed ISU to hold a 20-6 edge in points off turnovers.

…versus Evansville

­- Valpo led for most of the first quarter before trailing 18-17 at the end of one. The Beacons then scored just two second-quarter points, trailing 26-19 at the half despite giving up just eight points in the second period.

– Valpo got no closer than the halftime deficit in the second half.

– Valpo’s 45 points were a season low, but the Beacons’ defense also set a season best by limiting Evansville to 57 points.

– While Valpo was limited to just 29.4% shooting (5-of-17) from 3-point range, its struggles inside the arc were most notable. The Beacons entered the game hitting better than 50% on the season from 2-point range, but were just 33.3% (11-of-33) from inside on Thursday evening.

– Ali Saunders came off the bench to contribute a team-best 14 points and was also one of four Beacons to share team-high honors with five rebounds.

– Leah Earnest reached double digits as well, finishing with 11 points to score in double figures for the first time in three MVC games after tallying 10+ points in each of Valpo’s eight nonconference games.

– Valpo went a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line.

…looking ahead

– Valpo makes a brief return to the ARC on Saturday to face off with Missouri State.

– The Beacons follow with three in a row on the road, starting with the Iowa road swing at UNI Thursday, Jan. 19 and at Drake Saturday, Jan. 21.

…on the road

– Wednesday’s game is the sixth of 14 true road games for Valpo this season and the third MVC road game.

– The Beacons are 1-4 so far this season on the road and posted a 5-11 record in true road games last season.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) named Blake Mulkey as its Wrestler of the Week for the period ending Jan. 8, 2023. The senior, currently ranked sixth in the 133-pound weight class, went 5-0 to pick up his first weekly award this season. His wins helped the Knights upset No. 5-ranked Indiana Tech and finish fifth at the NWCA National Duals.

Mulkey is the third different Marian wrestler to claim the honor, joining Logan Wagner and two-time winner Sam Osho.

Mulkey (SR, 133 lbs) went 5-0 on the weekend and helped Marian finish fifth at the NWCA National Duals, the top finisher in the WHAC as the Knights upset No. 5 Indiana Tech in the final dual. Mulkey earned wins against the No. 9, 3, 16, and 5 teams in the NAIA, which included a win by decision over the Warriors’ No. 21 Elijah Anthony.


GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Late on Monday night the No. 12 UIndy wrestling team showcased some of the thunder they showed off against the nations best just a couple days prior, landing four pins on route to a crushing 51-3 victory in their GLVC opener.


In a duel that only lasted nearly 40 minutes, the Hounds started up 12, accepting forfeits at 125, a class that would have featured senior Noah Cantu, and 285 where Cale Gray would have started in. Davenport would try to reduce the deficit taking the win at 133.

The Greyhounds stifled hope of a Panthers upset however with back-to-back falls at 141 and 149. Zach Haughton, a freshman out of Fortville, Ind., made his varsity debut at 157. He made an immediate splash winning his first taste of varsity action, winning 7-6 due to some key takedowns.

The Greyhounds rolled from there with Jack Eiteljorge picking up a 39 second fall and Owen Butler finding his own in 2:16. After Aiden Petersen accepted a forfeit at 187, No. 11 Derek Blubaugh grabbed the last fall of the match in 2:56.

125         Noah Cantu over Unknown (For.)

133         Manuel Leija over Nick Varanelli (Dec 10-4)

141         Ray Rioux over Tyson Emmons (Fall 1:36)

149         Jackson Hoover over Lucas Nagle (Fall 4:36)

157         Zach Haughton over Cole Fournier (Dec 7-6)

165         #8 Jack Eiteljorge over Fernando Pena (Fall 0:39)

174         Owen Butler over Travis Marsh (Fall 2:16)

184         Aidan Petersen over Unknown (For.)

197         Derek Blubaugh over Crue Cooper (Fall 2:56)

285         Cale Gray over Unkown (For.)


Head Coach Jason Warthan on the short turnaround…

“It’s a tough turnaround from national duels on Friday and Saturday. So if I’m being honest I was a little bit nervous and just how the guys would respond. You have one that’s circled on your schedule and then you have one that’s right after and so to have guys come out and perform the way they did, that’s a good sign.”

Warthan on Haughton’s debut…

“He actually bumped up a weight class, he weighed in at 149 and so he gave up eight pounds wrestling 157… he won that match because he had timely takedowns, he got a timely takedown in the first period right at the end of the period to lead 3-2 and then he got a takedown with 30 seconds left in in the third period. Just really good as far as strategy and mat awareness and understanding the situation so that was that was that was awesome.”

Warthan on the importance of bonus points…

“In other sports, there’s the Mercy rule where you can let off and it doesn’t really work like that in wrestling. You’re constantly using situations in a duel like today where you want to pick up bonus points, you want to get falls, you want to keep your foot on the on the gas, because you have to keep that mentality. This duel didn’t come down to bonus points. But the duels this weekend did and duels that we will have with Maryville and McKendree very well could come down to similar situations where we have to pick up a fall, we have to pick up a major decision or a tech fall or whatever it is and so it’s great to see those guys have that killer mentality for sure.”


The Hounds are on the road again this weekend with some Greyhounds traveling in-state to Manchester, Ind. for the Spartan Mat Classic. The Hounds will battle it out in Liberty, Mo. on Sunday against both Ouchita Bapist and William Jewell.


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*******NBA STANDINGS*******

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston2912.70716-513-74-016-87-33 W
Brooklyn2713.6751.513-514-85-220-79-12 W
Milwaukee2614.6502.516-510-94-314-104-61 W
Cleveland2615.6343.018-48-117-317-86-41 W
Philadelphia2415.6154.016-68-94-316-107-31 W
Indiana2318.5616.015-78-112-216-98-22 W
New York2219.5377.010-1112-82-413-104-61 L
Miami2120.5128.011-99-115-18-125-51 L
Atlanta1921.4759.511-88-134-313-144-61 W
10 Chicago1922.46310.011-98-134-316-126-41 L
11 Toronto1723.42511.512-105-132-811-164-61 W
12 Washington1724.41512.010-87-164-310-146-43 L
13 Orlando1526.36614.010-125-142-57-184-61 L
14 Charlotte1130.26818.05-146-163-65-193-71 L
15 Detroit1132.25619.05-146-180-64-193-72 L
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Denver2713.67517-310-107-320-98-23 W
Memphis2713.67517-310-105-213-108-27 W
New Orleans2516.6102.517-58-117-316-106-41 W
Dallas2318.5614.516-67-126-217-78-21 L
Sacramento2118.5385.512-99-94-59-95-51 W
Golden State2020.5007.017-43-164-312-86-42 L
LA Clippers2121.5007.011-910-123-411-133-76 L
Phoenix2021.4887.514-76-147-017-101-96 L
Minnesota2021.4887.512-98-126-413-134-64 W
10 Portland1920.4877.59-610-144-613-133-73 L
11 Utah2023.4658.512-78-163-416-143-72 L
12 LA Lakers1922.4638.510-89-141-78-146-41 L
13 Oklahoma City1822.4509.013-95-133-610-126-42 W
14 San Antonio1328.31714.58-135-142-65-213-72 L
15 Houston1030.25017.06-144-161-85-221-97 L

******NHL STANDINGS******

Eastern Conference
Boston Bruins40324468301568819-0-313-4-18-0-2
Carolina Hurricanes402587572212710812-4-113-4-67-2-1
Toronto Maple Leafs412597572514110814-3-411-6-36-3-1
New Jersey Devils4025123532513610611-10-214-2-14-5-1
Washington Capitals4323146522314011813-6-310-8-37-1-2
Tampa Bay Lightning3824131492313311215-4-19-9-06-4-0
New York Rangers412212751211341139-7-413-5-36-2-2
Pittsburgh Penguins3920136461912811710-4-410-9-23-5-2
New York Islanders4122172462212911412-6-010-11-25-4-1
10 Buffalo Sabres382016242191491319-9-211-7-08-2-0
11 Florida Panthers4118194401713314110-6-38-13-14-6-0
12 Detroit Red Wings381615739151141299-8-37-7-43-6-1
13 Ottawa Senators4018193391712012711-10-17-9-24-5-1
14 Philadelphia Flyers411618739161141338-10-18-8-66-4-0
15 Montreal Canadiens411622335121091568-11-08-11-32-7-1
16 Columbus Blue Jackets3912252261110015210-12-12-13-12-8-0
Western Conference
Vegas Golden Knights4227132562414012012-10-015-3-25-4-1
Dallas Stars4124116542414411012-4-312-7-36-3-1
Los Angeles Kings4424146542014814913-7-211-7-47-2-1
Winnipeg Jets4026131532613210316-6-010-7-16-4-0
Seattle Kraken3923124502314312210-8-213-4-27-2-1
Minnesota Wild3922143471912611212-8-110-6-26-3-1
Calgary Flames4119148461812612312-7-27-7-66-2-2
Edmonton Oilers4221183452114714310-11-211-7-14-4-2
Nashville Predators391914644171111159-6-310-8-37-1-2
10 Colorado Avalanche382015343171121109-7-311-8-05-4-1
11 St. Louis Blues412018343171321487-8-213-10-15-3-2
12 Vancouver Canucks391719337151341538-10-19-9-24-6-0
13 San Jose Sharks411221832111261554-11-68-10-22-5-3
14 Arizona Coyotes391321531121081457-4-26-17-33-6-1
15 Anaheim Ducks4112254289961698-11-14-14-34-5-1
16 Chicago Blackhawks39102542410861447-14-23-11-23-7-0

*******FOOTBALL HISTORY*******

January 10, 1953 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The third NFL Pro Bowl was played. What a top notch group of players were on the field for this one! The list of quarterbacks alone per the Pro-Football-Reference website will give you goosebumps! Y.A. Tittle, Norm Van Brocklin, Bobby Layne and Otto Graham. In the backfield were names like Frank Gifford and Doak Walker on defense greats like Ernie Stautner, Chuck Bednarik and so many more! The National Conference defeated the American Conference by the score of 27-7. The game’s Most Valuable Player was Don Doll, the defensive back from the Detroit Lions.

January 10, 1965 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The 1964 NFL Pro Bowl game was played. The Eastern Conference was coached by Don Shula then of the Baltimore Colts and he matched wits with the head coach from the Cleveland Browns, Brant Collier who would mastermind the strategies of the Western Conference. According to the website sportshistorycollectibles.com, The West more than double the offensive production of the East 411 yards to 187. It was no wonder then that the Western Conference defeated their Eastern counterparts 34-14. The MVPs of the game were Quarterback Fran Tarkenton of the Minnesota Vikings and Defensive back Terry Barr, of the Detroit Lions.

January 10, 1982 – Candlestick Park, San Francisco – The NFC Championship Game where with :58 second remaining Joe Montana threw a miraculous pass to the back of the end zone and Dwight Clark lept to grab it, cementing “the Catch” as one of the top plays in NFL history.

January 10, 1982 – Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati – The San Diego Chargers had to put on their parkas and travel to chilly Cincinnati to play the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game. We found a great story on this game on FullPressCoverage.com where they tell that game time temperatures were 9 degrees below 0 on the fahrenheit thermometers! With a constant 27 MPH wind the wind chills were recorded at -59°F! If you remember back to our December 31 post we said that the 1967 NFC Championship game fondly remembered as the Ice Bowl had a temperature of -13°F and that was the coldest NFL game ever played, that game did not have the windchill factor that the Freezer Bowl did though. So windchill-wise the Freezer Bowl in the coldest NFL game on record. The Chargers coming from Southern California were not used to the cold and it froze their “Air Coryell” offense. The Bengals had a secret weapon, their head coach, Forrest Gregg was a hall of Fame tackle that played on that Green Bay squad that had won the Ice Bowl some decade and a half earlier. The Cincinnati Bengals had a true homefield advantage in this one as they cruised past the San Diego Chargers, 27-7.

January 10, 1990 – NCAA approves random drug testing for college football players

January 10, 1996 – The Miami Dolphins franchise announced that they hired a new head coach, former Dallas Cowboys Jimmy Johnson would be their next on field leader. Johnson who had big shoes in Big D by winning two Super Bowls with the “Boys” was filling some even bigger shoes of the now retired Don Shula, who spent 26 seasons as the Miami field boss. We discussed Shula’s legacy and his retirement in the January 5 post.

January 10, 2011 – University of Phoenix Stadium – The 13th BCS National Championship pitted the nation’s top division 1 College teams of Auburn and Oregon against each other for all the marbles. ESPN.com has the story of how Michael Dyer of Alabama had a run a a few yards where he then was spun down by a would be tackler. Everyone on the field stopped, including Dyer for a moment but then after hearing his sideline yelling to keep going he completed a 37 yard run to drive the ball deep into Oregon territory with about two minutes left to play. Michael had landed on top of the tackler for a moment but his body never hit the ground and he sprung back up so quickly that his progress was not judged to be stopped. The Tiger methodically inched the ball closer and milked the clock. Finally Dyer took off on another run burst to get the ball to the Duck one yardline. That is when kicker Wes Byrum nailed the nineteen yard field goal to break the tie and give Auburn the national title. #1 Auburn outlasted #2 Oregon, 22-19.

January 10, 2022 – The 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship was a college football bowl game played on January 10, 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the contest the number 3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs faced their longtime rival the Crimson Tide of Alabama who were the top team in the land. The Bulldogs scored 20 4th quarter points, including a 79 pick six to cap the triumph 33-18. and become the 2021’s season National Champs.


January 10, 1892 – Jersey City, New Jersey – Army’s strong tackle, Alex Weyand was born. The National Football Foundation voters chose the name and statistics of Alex Weyand to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

January 10, 1909 – – The great guard who played at the Washing University of St. Louis and Army Harvey Jablonsky celebrated the start of his life. Harvey Jablonsky was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1978 per the National Football Foundation website.

January 10, 1921 – Newark, Ohio – John Tavener the center of Indiana University was born. The National Football Foundation selected John Tavener to go into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990.


1907       John McGraw saves the day by preventing a runaway team of horses from injuring two West Coast women. The fiery Giants manager’s heroic deed of stopping the wayward steeds occurs in the City of Angels.

1928       Giants owner Charles Stoneham, displeased with Rogers Hornsby’s abrasive style and gambling habits, trades his second baseman to the Braves for backstop prospect Shanty Hogan and journeyman fly chaser Jimmy Welsh. During Rajah’s one-year stay in Boston, his third team in three seasons, the future Hall of Fame infielder will lead the major leagues in hitting with a .387 batting average and an astounding .498 on-base-percentage while playing and managing the seventh-place club.

1934       The late Bill Veeck Sr., a former sportswriter who won three pennants (1918, 1929, and 1932) during his reign in Chicago’s front office, is replaced by William Walker as the Cubs’ president. The 56-year-old baseball executive, whose son will become a Hall of Fame major league owner, died of leukemia during the World Series last season.

1945       The BBWAA does not elect a new member for the Hall of Fame this year. Frank Chance (72.5), Rube Waddell (62.3), and Ed Walsh (55.5) get the most votes, falling short of the necessary three-fourths of the ballots to be selected, become inductees when chosen by the Veterans’ committee in 1946.

1950       George Susce is relieved of his duties by Cleveland general manager Hank Greenberg when the bullpen coach’s son declines an offer to sign with the Tribe, deciding instead to play for less money with Louisville, a farm team of the Red Sox. George Jr., who will make his major league debut against the Yankees in 1955, compiles a 22-17 record in 117 games during his five seasons with Boston and Detroit.

1950       The Phillies officially abandon using the nickname of Blue Jays, a moniker that never caught the fancy of the Philadelphia fandom. The unpopular choice, which appeared as a logo on a sleeve patch for the following two seasons, was selected in a 1944 contest from 634 entries received from over 5,000 letters from every state, including the Bell Ringers, Keystones, Minutemen, and Valley Forgers.

1957       Commissioner Ford Frick allows Bing Crosby, part of an eleven-man syndicate that made a successful bid to buy the Tigers, to keep his token stock in the Detroit club although he is part owner of the Pirates. The famous crooner, who became one of the Bucs’ owners in 1946, presently has a 16% share of the Steel City club.

1983       “The Yankee pin stripes belong to New York like Central Park, like the Statue of Liberty, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, like the Metropolitan Opera, like the Stock Exchange, like the lights of Broadway, etc.” – RICHARD S. LANE, ruling against the Yankees’ bid to play their first home games in Denver. Acting Justice Richard S. Lane of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan bars the Yankees from playing their season’s opening series against the Tigers at Denver’s Mile High Stadium. George Steinbrenner sought to move the three games, fearing the renovations to the Bronx ballpark would not be completed on time, but the judge dismisses the rescheduling of the games to Colorado, citing the owner ignored the obvious solution of playing the contests at Shea Stadium, the home of the Mets located seven miles away, or at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium.

1991       In one of the worst trades ever made in baseball history, the Orioles send pitchers Curt Schilling, Pete Harnish, and outfielder Steve Finley to the Astros for first baseman Glenn Davis. Davis, who averaged 27 home runs in six seasons playing in the Astrodome, will hit only 24 dingers in three injury-filled years as Schilling becomes one of the most dominant hurlers in the game, and Harnish and Finley develop into solid major league performers.

2001       Major League Baseball hires Arthur Andersen, an accounting company, to authenticate autographed and game-used merchandise sold by its licensees to assure the authenticity of approximately 40,000 items this season. The memorabilia will have a tamper-proof hologram and an ID number with a company official observing the physical removal of the object from the player or event.

2001       As part of its 100th Anniversary festivities, the Indians present three-time All-Star Jim Thome with his very own bobblehead doll. The first baseman is one of seven current Cleveland players who will be part of the bobblehead doll promotional giveaways to celebrate the club’s centennial this season.

2002       The Yankees sign White Sox free-agent southpaw David Wells to a two-year, $7-million contract to rejoin the team after trading him in 1999 to the Blue Jays, along with Graeme Lloyd and Homer Bush, for Roger Clemens. The 38-year-old left-hander known as Boomer, who missed most of the second half of last season due to back surgery, posted a 34-14 record, including a perfect game in 1998, during his first two-year tenure with the team.

2002       “In light of this disclosure and your apparent unwillingness to reveal other financial information that you assert supports your decision to eliminate two baseball teams, I regret that I must call on you to resign as commissioner of major league baseball.” – JOHN CONYERS, JR., U.S. Representative (D-MI), citing a conflict of interest. Representative John Conyers Jr., the House Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat, said he would back off asking Bud Selig to resign if the commissioner dropped his threat to eliminate teams this season. In a two-page letter to the Michigan lawmaker, Selig was unequivocal in his response, stating that the suggestions were wholly unacceptable.

2006       Bruce Sutter, joining Hoyt Wilhelm (1985), Rollie Fingers (1992), and Dennis Eckersley (2004), becomes the fourth relief pitcher to be voted into the Hall of Fame and the first hurler elected without a career major league start. The split-fingered fastball, which eventually led to career-ending injuries, helped establish the right-hander, best remembered for his seasons with the Cubs and Cardinals, as one of the game’s dominant closers.

2008       The Astros and Darin Erstad (.248, 4, 32) agree to a one-year deal valued at $1 million, including incentives. The 33-year-old free-agent outfielder, a lifetime .284 hitter, saw limited duty with the White Sox last season after spending 11 superb seasons with the Angels.

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Sweater Number 4 on today’s docket in Newsy Lalonde in played for the Montreal Canadiens and on January 10, 1920 the hockey legend lit the lanterns six times against the Toronto St. Patricks. Lalonde six strikes were part of an NHL record setting 21 goals in a single game by one team for the Canadiens.

The Number 9 was worn on the sweater of Maurice Richard who on January 10, 1951 registered his 16th career hat trick, all the points in the game, as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the New york Rangers 3-0. The scoring that evening also lifted Richard into second place in All-Time scoring of the NHL at the time as his 274 lantern lighters took him just passed Howie Morenz.

January 10, 1953 – 3rd NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: National Conference beats American Conference, 27-7. The MVP of the game was DB Don Doll, Number 44, of the Detroit Lions.

January 10, 1965 – 15th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 34-14; MVPs: Number 10, Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota Vikings, QB; Terry Barr, Number 41 Detroit Lions, DB

January 10, 1967 – 17th NBA All-Star Game, Cow Palace, San Francisco, Ca: West beats East, 135-120; MVP: Number 24, Rick Barry, SF Warriors, SF

The digits of Number 16 and Number 87 are for the tandem of Joe Montana to Dwight Clark who on January 10, 1982 in the NFC Championship game, connected on a play that is forever known as “The Catch.” The leaping grab in the back of the endzone by Clark with 58 seconds remaining pushed the San Francosco 49ers over the Dallas Cowboys 28-27, and a few weeks later the Noners won the Super Bowl.

January 10, 1984 – Luis Aparicio ( Number 11), Harmon Killebrew (Number 3), and Don Drysdale (Number 53) were all elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

January 10, 1986 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Number 33 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores his 34,000th career point during 124-102 win over Indiana Pacers; only NBA player to reach the milestone at that time; remains all-time leader (38,387)

January 10, 1989 – LA Kings center Number 99, Wayne Gretzky became the NHL’s all-time leading scorer in combined regular season & playoff points; 4 assists in 5-4 home win over Edmonton brings his total to 2,011, 1 more than Number 9, Gordie Howe

January 10, 1996 – Boston guard Number 11, Dana Barros drained a 3-point field goal in his 89th straight game, during the Celtics’ 113-104 win over Sacramento Kings; NBA record streak ends in next game when he goes 0 from 9

January 10, 1998 – Vancouver Canucks veteran center Number 11, Mark Messier became the 6th player in NHL history to record 1,000 assists in a 2-2 tie against the Florida Panthers at General Motors Place

January 10, 2003 – NBA announces Charlotte, N.C. is awarded an NBA expansion franchise to be known as the Charlotte Bobcats and start play in 2004-05; eventually changes to the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014-15 season

January 10, 2011 – FIFA Ballon d’Or: Barcelona forward Number 10, Lionel Messi won his 2nd straight award from teammates Andrés Iniesta ( Number 8) and Xavi (Number 6); Brazilian forward Number 10, Marta wins women’s award for 5th consecutive year

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