INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES TUESDAY

BARR-REEVE53NORTH KNOX23 
BETHANY CHRISTIAN57TRITON46 
BLACKFORD82BLUFFTON55 
BOONVILLE51PIKE CENTRAL40 
CALUMET54WHITING52 
CHESTERTON80EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL61 
CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL80EMINENCE52 
CLINTON CENTRAL38NORTH VERMILLION37 
CULVER48WINAMAC40 
DUGGER UNION70SEVEN OAKS CLASSICAL21 
EASTBROOK56SMITH ACADEMY46 
EASTSIDE44LAKEWOOD PARK42 
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL56EVANSVILLE BOSSE49 
EVANSVILLE REITZ63EVANSVILLE NORTH58 
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK67FORT WAYNE SOUTH42 
FORT WAYNE DWENGER46DEKALB36 
FORT WAYNE LUERS57CULVER ACADEMY53 
FREMONT66FORT WAYNE WAYNE63 
GARY 21ST CENTURY71VALPARAISO59 
GOSHEN54SOUTH BEND CLAY49 
GREENWOOD47SHELBYVILLE32 
GUERIN CATHOLIC59PENDLETON HEIGHTS36 
HAMMOND CENTRAL70LIGHTHOUSE CPA19 
HANOVER CENTRAL43RENSSELAER CENTRAL34 
INDIANA DEAF78FORTUNE ACADEMY14 
INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOL73EAST CENTRAL65 
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN59DECATUR CENTRAL55 
JENNINGS COUNTY80GREENSBURG68 
LAKE STATION73BOWMAN ACADEMY60 
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN44NORTH MIAMI40 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL60INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS56 
LEO56FORT WAYNE NORTHROP48 
LOOGOOTEE41SOUTH KNOX39 
MACONAQUAH76TIPTON55 
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC78VICTORY CHRISTIAN69 
MERRILLVILLE75GRIFFITH55 
MICHIGAN CITY67MISHAWAKA49 
NEW PRAIRIE56OREGON-DAVIS41 
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)51OBLONG-PALESTINE-HUTSONVILLE (ILL.)43 
NORTH JUDSON54MORGAN TWP.46 
NORTHWOOD66JIMTOWN28 
OWENSBORO (KY.)82EVANSVILLE CENTRAL51 
PARK TUDOR58INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE50 
PORTAGE64LOWELL27 
SETON CATHOLIC56KNIGHTSTOWN47 
SOUTH BEND RILEY65NORTHRIDGE59OT
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON86ANDREAN55 
SOUTH PUTNAM49CLOVERDALE29 
SOUTHERN WELLS49NORTHFIELD43 
SOUTHMONT70INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL28 
TERRE HAUTE NORTH60WEST VIGO36 
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN58HORIZON CHRISTIAN37 
UNION COUNTY46OLDENBURG ACADEMY31 
WEST CENTRAL63WASHINGTON TWP.60 
WESTVIEW54ELKHART CHRISTIAN44 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES TUESDAY

ADAMS CENTRAL72FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY32 
ANDREAN48RENSSELAER CENTRAL42 
BEN DAVIS68COLUMBUS EAST60 
BETHANY CHRISTIAN32WAWASEE27 
BLOOMFIELD54WHITE RIVER VALLEY45 
BLUE RIVER68DALEVILLE36 
BOONE GROVE46NORTH NEWTON35 
BORDEN51SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)38 
CARMI (ILL.)46MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)43 
CASCADE64MONROVIA26 
CASTON41PIONEER31 
CENTER GROVE66MARTINSVILLE2 
COLUMBIA CITY68WARSAW59 
COLUMBUS NORTH48SEYMOUR45 
COVINGTON50SOUTH VERMILLION20 
DEKALB51PRAIRIE HEIGHTS26 
DECATUR CENTRAL70INDIANAPOLIS TECH44 
DUGGER UNION65SEVEN OAKS CLASSICAL15 
EAST CENTRAL68INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOL35 
EASTBROOK65DELTA33 
EASTERN HANCOCK50LAPEL43 
EASTSIDE42LAKEWOOD PARK18 
EMINENCE51CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL11 
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL63VINCENNES LINCOLN37 
FAIRFIELD54FREMONT17 
FOREST PARK68BOONVILLE26 
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK59HERITAGE29 
FORT WAYNE SNIDER67EAST NOBLE37 
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL47INDIANA DEAF30 
FRANKLIN COUNTY35BATESVILLE34 
FRANKLIN69FRANKLIN CENTRAL49 
FRANKTON47WAPAHANI41 
FRONTIER48WEST CENTRAL47 
GARRETT62CHURUBUSCO40 
GIBSON SOUTHERN59SOUTH SPENCER40 
GOSHEN47TRINITY GREENLAWN13 
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL42SHELBYVILLE39 
HAMILTON HEIGHTS44KOKOMO30 
HAUSER53EDINBURGH31 
HENDERSON COUNTY (KY.)52EVANSVILLE MATER DEI51 
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN64BREBEUF JESUIT61 
HIGHLAND68HAMMOND NOLL46 
INDIAN CREEK66WHITELAND48 
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY76INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE14 
JEFFERSONVILLE76CHARLESTOWN61 
JENNINGS COUNTY68RUSHVILLE53 
JOHN GLENN43PLYMOUTH38 
KOUTS65LOWELL35 
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC62FAITH CHRISTIAN23 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL56CARMEL49OT
LAWRENCEBURG65MILAN32 
LEBANON51INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE34 
LEWIS CASS41DELPHI33 
MADISON-GRANT52EASTERN (GREENTOWN)21 
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC62VICTORY CHRISTIAN9 
MCCUTCHEON57LAFAYETTE JEFF32 
MICHIGAN CITY45HAMMOND CENTRAL42 
MISHAWAKA47SOUTH BEND CLAY31 
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)54NEW PALESTINE28 
MUNSTER82LIGHTHOUSE CPA2 
NEW HAVEN43MARION39 
NORTH DECATUR51JAC-CEN-DEL49 
NORTH JUDSON33NORTH WHITE22 
NORTHWOOD47BREMEN34 
NORTHEAST DUBOIS66EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN31 
NORTHVIEW52TERRE HAUTE NORTH51 
NORTHWESTERN52INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD24 
NORWELL62WOODLAN45 
ORLEANS40WEST WASHINGTON39 
PAOLI59CLARKSVILLE22 
PARK TUDOR58INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA25 
PENN56CONCORD25 
PERU76TAYLOR16 
PROVIDENCE65AUSTIN46 
ROBINSON (ILL.)46TERRE HAUTE SOUTH27 
ROCK CREEK ACADEMY48CHRISTIAN ACADEMY34 
SEEGER54PARKE HERITAGE38 
SILVER CREEK50SCOTTSBURG49 
SOUTHMONT39BETHESDA CHRISTIAN25 
SOUTHRIDGE40HERITAGE HILLS30 
SOUTHWOOD40BLUFFTON17 
SPEEDWAY62INDIANAPOLIS HERRON20 
SULLIVAN49SHAKAMAK42 
SWITZERLAND COUNTY39SOUTH RIPLEY30 
TRI-CENTRAL55FRANKFORT30 
TRITON CENTRAL84INDIANAPOLIS RITTER40 
TWIN LAKES53BENTON CENTRAL24 
WABASH45OAK HILL31 
WASHINGTON CATHOLIC58MEDORA22 
WASHINGTON TWP.58HEBRON23 
WASHINGTON46JASPER42 
WEST LAFAYETTE89NORTH MONTGOMERY18 
WESTERN48WINAMAC17 
WESTFIELD48AVON38 
WHITKO49WEST NOBLE42 
WINCHESTER48UNION CITY21 

INDIANA BOYS WRESTLING RESULTS

FAIRFIELD 70 WESTVIEW 0

JASPER 64 PIKE CENTRAL 18

JASPER 45 VINCENNES LINCOLN 31

VINCENNES LINCOLN 51 PIKE CENTRAL 30

MONROVIA 38 EDGEWOOD 36

FLOYD CENTRAL 48 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 28

GOSHEN 42 NORTHWOOD 26

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 48 NOBLESVILLE 24

ADAMS CENTRAL 54 NEW HAVEN 24

OWEN VALLEY 46 INDIAN CREEK 31

FORT WAYNE SNIDER 42 BELLMONT 34

FRANKLIN COUNTY 55 BATESVILLE 21

JAY COUNTY 52 NORWELL 24

SHERIDAN 45 GARRETT CATHOLIC 21

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#4 ALABAMA 91 MEMPHIS 88

#5 HOUSTON 74 NORTH CAROLINA A&T 46

#9 ARIZONA 99 TEXAS A&M-CC 61

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WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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NFL

WEEK 15

THURSDAY, DEC. 15

SAN FRANCISCO AT SEATTLE, 8:15 P.M.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

INDIANAPOLIS AT MINNESOTA, 1 P.M.

BALTIMORE AT CLEVELAND, 4:30 P.M.

MIAMI AT BUFFALO, 8:15 P.M.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18

PITTSBURGH AT CAROLINA, 1 P.M.

PHILADELPHIA AT CHICAGO, 1 P.M.

KANSAS CITY AT HOUSTON, 1 P.M.

DALLAS AT JACKSONVILLE, 1 P.M.

ATLANTA AT NEW ORLEANS, 1 P.M.

DETROIT AT NEW YORK JETS, 1 P.M.

ARIZONA AT DENVER, 4:05 P.M.

NEW ENGLAND AT LAS VEGAS, 4:05 P.M.

TENNESSEE AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, 4:25 P.M.

CINCINNATI AT TAMPA BAY, 4:25 P.M.

NEW YORK GIANTS AT WASHINGTON, 8:20 P.M. (SNF)

MONDAY, DEC. 19

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT GREEN BAY, 8:15 P.M.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, DEC. 16

UAB VS. MIAMI (OHIO) — BAHAMAS BOWL (NASSAU, BAHAMAS) | 11:30 A.M. | ESPN

NO. 24 TROY VS. NO. 25 UTSA — CURE BOWL (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) | 3 P.M. | ESPN

MOUNT UNION VS. NORTH CENTRAL (IL) — DIII NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) | 7 P.M. | ESPNU

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

CINCINNATI VS. LOUISVILLE — FENWAY BOWL (BOSTON) | 11 A.M. | ESPN

JACKSON STATE VS. N.C. CENTRAL — CELEBRATION BOWL (ATLANTA) | 12 P.M. | ABC

FERRIS STATE VS. COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES — DII NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (MCKINNEY, TEXAS) | 1 P.M. | ESPNU

NO. 14 OREGON STATE VS. FLORIDA — LAS VEGAS BOWL (LAS VEGAS) | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN

WASHINGTON STATE VS. FRESNO STATE — LA BOWL (INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA) | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

RICE VS. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI — LENDINGTREE BOWL (MOBILE, ALABAMA) | 5:45 P.M. | ESPN

SMU VS. BYU — NEW MEXICO BOWL (ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

BOISE STATE VS. NORTH TEXAS — FRISCO BOWL (FRISCO, TEXAS) | 9:15 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, DEC. 19

MARSHALL VS. UCONN — MYRTLE BEACH BOWL (CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA) | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 20

EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. SAN JOSE STATE — FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL (BOISE, IDAHO) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

LIBERTY VS. TOLEDO — BOCA RATON BOWL (BOCA RATON, FLORIDA) | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21

SOUTH ALABAMA VS. WESTERN KENTUCKY — NEW ORLEANS BOWL (NEW ORLEANS) | 9 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 22

BAYLOR VS. AIR FORCE — ARMED FORCES BOWL (FORT WORTH, TEXAS) | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 23

HOUSTON VS. LOUISIANA — INDEPENDENCE BOWL (SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA) | 3 P.M. | ESPN

WAKE FOREST VS. MISSOURI — GASPARILLA BOWL (TAMPA, FLORIDA) | 6:30 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 24

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE VS. SAN DIEGO STATE — HAWAI’I BOWL (HONOLULU, HAWAI’I) | 8 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, DEC. 26

BOWLING GREEN VS. NEW MEXICO STATE — QUICK LANE BOWL (DETROIT) | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 27

BUFFALO VS. GEORGIA SOUTHERN — CAMELLIA BOWL (MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

OKLAHOMA STATE VS. WISCONSIN — GUARANTEED RATE BOWL (PHOENIX) | 10:15 P.M. | ESPN

MEMPHIS VS. UTAH STATE — FIRST RESPONDER BOWL (DALLAS) | ESPN

COASTAL CAROLINA VS. EAST CAROLINA — BIRMINGHAM BOWL (BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA) | ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28

DUKE VS. UCF — MILITARY BOWL (ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN

ARKANSAS VS. KANSAS — LIBERTY BOWL (MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE) | 5:30 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 15 OREGON VS. NORTH CAROLINA — HOLIDAY BOWL (SAN DIEGO) | 8 P.M.

TEXAS TECH VS. OLE MISS — TEXAS BOWL (HOUSTON) | 9 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 29

MINNESOTA VS. SYRACUSE — PINSTRIPE BOWL (BRONX, NEW YORK) | 2 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 13 FLORIDA STATE VS. OKLAHOMA — CHEEZ-IT BOWL (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) | 5:30 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 12 WASHINGTON VS. NO. 20 TEXAS — ALAMO BOWL (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) | 9 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 30

NO. 23 NC STATE VS. MARYLAND — DUKE’S MAYO BOWL (CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 18 UCLA VS. PITT — SUN BOWL (EL PASO, TEXAS) | 2 P.M. | CBS

NO. 19 SOUTH CAROLINA VS. NO. 21 NOTRE DAME — GATOR BOWL (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

OHIO VS. WYOMING — ARIZONA BOWL (TUCSON, ARIZONA) | 4:30 P.M.| BARSTOOL

NO. 6 TENNESSEE VS. NO. 7 CLEMSON — ORANGE BOWL (MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA) | 8 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 31

IOWA VS. KENTUCKY — MUSIC CITY BOWL (NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE) | 12 P.M. | ABC

NO. 5 ALABAMA VS. NO. 9 KANSAS STATE — SUGAR BOWL (NEW ORLEANS) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 2 MICHIGAN VS. NO. 3 TCU (CFP SEMIFINAL) — FIESTA BOWL (GLENDALE, ARIZONA) | 4 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 1 GEORGIA VS. NO. 4 OHIO STATE (CFP SEMIFINAL) — PEACH BOWL (ATLANTA) | 8 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, JAN. 2

NO. 22 MISSISSIPPI STATE VS. ILLINOIS — RELIAQUEST BOWL (TAMPA, FLORIDA) | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

NO. 17 LSU VS. PURDUE — CITRUS BOWL (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) | 1 P.M. | ABC

NO. 10 USC VS. NO. 16 TULANE — COTTON BOWL (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 1 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 8 UTAH VS. NO. 11 PENN STATE — ROSE BOWL (PASADENA, CALIFORNIA) | 5 P.M. | ESPN

SUNDAY, JAN. 8

FCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (FRISCO, TEXAS) | 2 P.M. | ABC

MONDAY, JAN. 9

CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA) | ESPN

NBA

PHILADELPHIA 123 SACRAMENTO 103

MILWAUKEE 128 GOLDEN STATE 111

HOUSTON 111 PHOENIX 97

UTAH 121 NEW ORLEANS 100

BOSTON 122 LA LAKERS 118 OT

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NHL

BOSTON 4 NY ISLANDERS 3

BUFFALO 6 LOS ANGELES 0

TORONTO 7 ANAHEIM 0

TAMPA BAY 6 SEATTLE 2

FLORIDA 4 COLUMBUS 0

DALLAS 5 NEW JERSEY 1

CAROLINA 1 DETROIT 0

EDMONTON 6 NASHVILLE 3

VEGAS 6 WINNIPEG 5

WASHINGTON 7 CHICAGO 3

COLORADO 3 PHILADELPHIA 2

SAN JOSE 3 ARIZONA 2

BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NHL/SCOREBOARD.ASP

TOP NATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach dies at 61

(AP) — Mike Leach, the gruff, pioneering and unfiltered college football coach who helped revolutionize the game with the Air Raid offense, has died following complications from a heart condition, Mississippi State said Tuesday. He was 61.

Leach, who was in his third season as head coach at Mississippi State, fell ill Sunday at his home in Starkville, Mississippi. He was treated at a local hospital before being airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) away. He died Monday night.

“Mike was a giving and attentive husband, father and grandfather. He was able to participate in organ donation at UMMC as a final act of charity,” the family said in a statement issued by Mississippi State. “We are supported and uplifted by the outpouring of love and prayers from family, friends, Mississippi State University, the hospital staff, and football fans around the world. Thank you for sharing in the joy of our beloved husband and father’s life.”

In 21 seasons as a head coach at Texas Tech, Washington State and Mississippi State, Leach went 158-107.

Leach fought through a bout with pneumonia late in this season, coughing uncontrollably at times during news conferences, but seemed to be improving, according to those who worked with him.

News of him falling gravely ill swept through college football the past few days and left many who knew him stunned, hoping and praying for Leach’s recovery under grim circumstances.

His impact on all levels of football – from high school to the NFL – over the last two decades runs deep and will continue for years to come.

“Mike’s keen intellect and unvarnished candor made him one of the nation’s true coaching legends,” Mississippi State President Mark Keenum said. “His passing brings great sadness to our university, to the Southeastern Conference, and to all who loved college football. I will miss Mike’s profound curiosity, his honesty, and his wide-open approach to pursuing excellence in all things.”

Leach was known for his pass-happy offense, wide-ranging interests – he wrote a book about Native American leader Geronimo, had a passion for pirates and taught a class about insurgent warfare – and rambling, off-the-cuff news conferences.

An interview with Leach was as likely to veer off into politics, wedding planning or hypothetical mascot fights as it was to stick to football. He considered Donald Trump a friend before the billionaire businessman ran for president and then campaigned for him in 2016.

He traveled all over the world and his curiosity knew no bounds. He most appreciated those who stepped outside of their expertise.

“One of the biggest things I admire about Michael Jordan, he got condemned a lot for playing baseball. I completely admired that,” Leach told The Associated Press last spring. “I mean, you’re gonna be dead in 100 years anyway. You’ve mastered basketball and you’re gonna go try to master something else, and stick your neck out and you’re not afraid to do it, and know that a lot of people are gonna be watching you while you do it. I thought it was awesome.”

Leach’s teams were consistent winners at programs where success did not come easy. And his quarterbacks put up massive passing statistics, running a relatively simple offense called the Air Raid that he did not invent but certainly mastered.

As much as Leach enjoyed digging into topics other than football, he was excellent at the X’s and O’s.

Six of the 20 best passing seasons in major college football history were by quarterbacks who played for Leach, including four of the top six.

Calling plays from a folded piece of paper smaller than an index card, Leach turned passers such as B.J. Symons (448.7 yards per game), Graham Harrell (438.8), Connor Halliday (430.3) and Anthony Gordon (429.2) into record-setters and Heisman Trophy contenders.

“You have to make choices and limit what you’re going to teach and what you’re going to do. That’s the hard part,” Leach told the AP about the Air Raid’s economical playbook.

Leach also had a penchant for butting heads with authority, and he wasn’t shy about criticizing players he felt were not playing with enough toughness.

A convergence of those traits cost Leach his first head coaching job. He went 84-43 with the Red Raiders, never having a losing season at the Big 12 school and reaching No. 2 in the country in 2008 with a team that went 11-2 and matched a school record for victories.

But he was fired by Texas Tech in December 2009 after being accused of mistreating a player, Adam James – the son of former ESPN announcer and NFL player Craig James – who had suffered a concussion.

He clashed with his bosses instead of apologizing for the conflict, and eventually sued Texas Tech for wrongful termination. The school was protected by state law, but Leach never stopped trying to fight that case. He also filed a lawsuit against ESPN and Craig James that was later dismissed.

Leach was out of coaching for two seasons. He and his wife, Sharon, bought a home in Key West, Florida, where he spent time riding his bike around town and knocking back drinks at the local bars.

He returned to coaching but never gave up that beloved home in the Keys.

Leach landed in the Pac-12 at Washington State in 2012. After three losing seasons, the Cougars soon looked very much like his Texas Tech teams. In 2018, Washington State went 11-2, setting a school record for victories, and was ranked as high as No. 7 in the country.

Leach moved to the Southeastern Conference in 2020, taking over at Mississippi State.

After years of questions about whether Leach’s spread offense could be successful in the nation’s most talented football conference, the Bulldogs set an SEC record for yards passing in his very first game against defending national champion LSU.

Born March 9, 1961, in tiny Susanville, California, Leach grew up in even smaller Cody, Wyoming. Raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he attended BYU and later got a law degree from Pepperdine.

“It was hard for me when I was in college, narrowing down what to study,” Leach told the AP.

Leach didn’t play college football, but watching the innovative passing attack used by then-Cougars coach LaVell Edwards at a time when most teams were still run-heavy piqued his interest in drawing up plays.

In 1987, he broke into college coaching at Cal Poly, but it was at Iowa Wesleyan where he found his muse. Head coach Hal Mumme had invented the Air Raid while coaching high school in Texas. At Iowa Wesleyan, with Leach as offensive coordinator, it began to take hold and fundamentally change the way football was played.

Leach followed Mumme to Valdosta State and then to the SEC at Kentucky, smashing passing records along the way. He spent one season as Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator in 1999 before getting his own program at Texas Tech.

From there, the Air Raid spread like wild and became the predominant way offense was run in the Big 12.

Leach’s extensive coaching tree includes USC’s Lincoln Riley, TCU’s Sonny Dykes, Houston’s Dana Holgorsen and Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals.

“Coach – You will certainly be missed, but your impact on so many will live on – Thankful for every moment. You changed my life and so many others,” Riley posted on Twitter.

This past season, Leach’s Mississippi State team finished 8-4, including a 24-22 victory Thanksgiving night over Mississippi in the intense rivalry known as the Egg Bowl. It was his final game.

Maryland’s Jarrett entering NFL draft, will skip bowl

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland receiver Rakim Jarrett announced Tuesday that he is entering the NFL draft.

Jarrett said he’ll skip the Duke’s Mayo Bowl against N.C. State. In three seasons with the Terrapins, he had 119 catches for 1,552 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Star quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa said he’ll discuss his future with his family and likely make a decision after the bowl on whether to return to Maryland next season. Tagovailoa does plan to play in the bowl.

Tagovailoa is the school’s career passing leader. He also holds single-season passing marks in yards, touchdowns and completions.

Tagovailoa has dealt with knee problems this season, but he said the time off before the Dec. 30 bowl should help.

Thursday Night Capsule – San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

Week 15 of the 2022 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, December 15 (8:15 PM ET, Prime Video) as the San Francisco 49ers (9-4) visit the Seattle Seahawks (7-6) in a key NFC West showdown. The Seahawks hold the all-time regular-season series advantage, 29-18, and are 10-2 at home against the 49ers under head coach PETE CARROLL. San Francisco earned a 27-7 win over Seattle in Week 2 earlier this season as defensive lineman NICK BOSA registered two sacks, the 49ers’ first victory over the Seahawks since their dramatic Week 17 win to secure the NFC West division title in the final regular season game of the 2019 season. With a win, San Francisco can clinch the NFC West division title and reach the playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons.

The 49ers enter Week 15 with the NFL’s top ranked defense, allowing the fewest points per game (15.2), yards per game (286.8) and rushing yards per game (75.1) in the league. Bosa leads the NFL with 14.5 sacks this season and can become the fifth player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least 15 sacks in two of his first four NFL seasons. He aims for his fourth in a row against Seattle with a sack. Linebacker FRED WARNER has 91 tackles in 2022 and can reach 100 tackles for the fifth-consecutive season since he entered the NFL in 2018. Linebacker DRE GREENLAW led the team and tied a career high with 15 tackles while defensive back JIMMIE WARD registered his fifth career forced fumble in Week 14. Both players aim for their fifth in a row with a pass defensed.

Last week, quarterback BROCK PURDY completed 16 of 21 pass attempts (76.2 percent) for two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 134.0 rating and became the first rookie in the Super Bowl era with at least two touchdown passes, one rushing touchdown and a passer rating of 125-or-higher in his first career start. Running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY totaled 153 scrimmage yards (119 rushing, 34 receiving) and his 11th-career game with both a rushing and receiving touchdown, tied for the fourth-most such games in NFL history. He aims for his third in a row against Seattle with at least 175 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns. McCaffrey has 425 career receptions and can surpass ROGER CRAIG (434) for the most receptions by a running back in his first six seasons in NFL history. Tight end GEORGE KITTLE reached 500 receiving yards on the season last week and became the fifth tight end in NFL history with at least 500 receiving yards in each of his first six seasons.

Seattle quarterback GENO SMITH had three touchdown passes in Week 14 and has at least two touchdown passes in seven consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL. He has career highs in completions (306), passing yards (3,433) and touchdown passes (25) in 2022 and leads the league this season with nine games with at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 100-or-higher. Wide receiver DK METCALF has 72 receptions for 869 yards and six touchdowns this season and can become the fifth player since 1970 to record at least 900 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions in each of his first four seasons. Wide receiver TYLER LOCKETT has 71 receptions for 896 yards and eight touchdowns in 2022, his fifth-consecutive season with at least eight touchdown receptions. On Thursday, he can become the first player since 2020 (DAVANTE ADAMS) with a touchdown catch in seven consecutive games.

Linebacker JORDYN BROOKS leads the NFC with 141 tackles in 2022 and has nine games with at least 10 tackles this season, tied for the most in the NFL. Linebacker CODY BARTON led Seattle with a career-high 15 tackles last week and aims for his fifth in a row with a pass defensed. Linebacker UCHENNA NWOSU has career highs in sacks (nine) and tackles for loss (nine) this season. Rookie cornerback TARIQ WOOLEN ranks tied for first in the NFL with six interceptions and has at least one pass defense in 11 of his 13 career games.

Prime Video will stream 15 Thursday Night Football games this season (Weeks 2-17, excluding Thanksgiving). The game will feature Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and Kaylee Hartung on the call.

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Seahawks lead all-time series, 29-18

STREAKS Seahawks have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME 9/18/22: Seahawks 7 at 49ers 27

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/5/21: Seahawks 30, 49ers 23

49ERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 35-7 vs. Tampa Bay

COACH VS. OPP. Kyle Shanahan: 3-8

PTS. FOR 24.4

OFFENSE 361.5

PASSING Brock Purdy (R): 45-67-461-4-2-94.2

RUSHING Christian McCaffrey (2022): 174-819-4.7-5

RECEIVING Brandon Aiyuk: 58-755-13.0-7

PTS. AGAINST 15.2

DEFENSE 286.8

SACKS Nick Bosa: 14.5

INTs Talanoa Hufanga: 4

TAKE/GIVE +6 (21/15)

PUNTING (NET) Mitch Wishnowsky: 44.2 (39.6)

KICKING Robbie Gould: 94 (34/35 PAT; 20/23 FG)

QB BROCK PURDY became 1st rookie in SB era with 2+ TD passes (2), rush TD & 125+ rating (134) in 1st career start last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 153 scrimmage yards (119 rush, 34 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 145+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 425 career catches & can surpass Roger Craig (434) for most catches by RB in 1st 6 seasons in NFL history. Has 412 scrimmage yards (206 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games vs. Sea. • WR BRANDON AIYUK had team-high 57 rec. yards & career-high 7th rec. TD of season last week. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 3 on road & aims for his 4th in row on road with TD catch. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Sea. • TE GEORGE KITTLE became 5th TE in NFL history with 500+ rec. yards in each of his 1st 6 seasons. Needs 11 rec. yards to become 6th TE ever with 5,000+ rec. yards in 1st 6 career seasons. Had 9 catches for 181 yards & 2 rec. TDs in his last road meeting. • DL NICK BOSA has 14.5 sacks in 2022 & can become 5th player since 1982 with 15+ sacks in 2 of his 1st 4 NFL seasons. Has sack in 4 of his 5 road games this season. Had 2 sacks in Week 2 meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with sack. • LB FRED WARNER has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. Sea. Needs 9 tackles for his 5thstraight 100+ tackle season since entering NFL in 2018. • LB DRE GREENLAW tied his career high with 15 tackles & had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for his 5th in row with PD. Has career high 103 tackles in 2022. • DB JIMMIE WARD had 5th-career FF last week. Aims for his 5th in row with PD. • S TASHAUN GIPSON had INT last week & had INT in Week 2 meeting.

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 30-24 vs. Carolina

COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 18-8

PTS. FOR 26.3

OFFENSE 355.2

PASSING Geno Smith: 306-428-3,433-25-8-106.8

RUSHING Kenneth Walker (R): 138-649-4.7-9

RECEIVING Tyler Lockett: 71-896-12.6-8

PTS. AGAINST 25.7

DEFENSE 378.7

SACKS Uchenna Nwosu: 9

INTs Tariq Woolen (R): 6

TAKE/GIVE +2 (21/19)

PUNTING (NET) Michael Dickson: 49.1 (45.1)

KICKING Jason Myers: 108 (36/37 PAT; 24/25 FG)

QB GENO SMITH passed for 264 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs in Week 14. Has 2+ TD passes in 7 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Has 9 games with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2022, most in NFL. Has career highs in completions (306), pass yards (3,433) & TD passes (25) this season. • RB KENNETH WALKER leads all rookies with 9 rush TDs & ranks 2nd in rush yards (649). Aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD. • WR DK METCALF had 6th rec. TD of season last week. Has 869 rec. yards in 2022 & can become 5th player since 1970 with 900+ rec. yards & 5+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 4 seasons. Aims for his 5th in row with 70+ rec. yards & 7th in row with 5+ catches. Has 23 catches for 302 yards (100.7 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 career home games vs. SF. Aims for his 4th in row on Thursday with rec. TD. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 8th rec. TD of season in Week 14, his 5th-straight season with 8+ rec. TDs. Can become 1st player since 2020 (Davante Adams) with rec. TD in 7 straight games. Had 9 catches for 107 yards in Week 2 meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 at home vs. SF. • WR MARQUISE GOODWIN led team with 95 rec. yards & had 4th rec. TD of season in Week 14. Had 91 catches for 1,543 yards & 7 TDs in 3 seasons (2017-19) w/ SF. • LB JORDYN BROOKS has 9 games with 10+ tackles in 2022, tied-most in NFL. Has 9+ tackles in 9 of his past 10 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 10+ tackles. • LB UCHENNA NWOSU has career high 9 sacks in 2022. • LB CODY BARTON had career high 15 tackles last week. Aims for his 5th in row with PD. • CB TARIQ WOOLEN leads all rookies & ranks tied-1st in NFL with 6 INTs in 2022.

Report: Cardinals’ Murray out for season after tearing ACL

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will miss the rest of the season after a MRI confirmed he suffered a torn ACL in Monday’s loss to the New England Patriots, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

Murray was carted off the field after going down with a noncontact knee injury on the third play of the game.

There was immediate fear from the Cardinals that Murray had suffered a serious knee injury. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said after the game that it didn’t look good, according to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss.

“Anytime you see a noncontact injury, you know it’s worse right away,” wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said Monday.

Backup Colt McCoy played the rest of the game in Murray’s place. He completed 27 of 40 pass attempts for 246 yards and an interception. He was also sacked six times.

McCoy is slated to start the final four games of the regular season. He posted a 1-1 record after Murray missed time due to injury in November.

Murray’s fourth NFL campaign comes to an unfortunate end. The two-time Pro Bowler went 3-8. He racked up 2,368 passing yards and 14 touchdowns, threw seven interceptions, and also added 418 rushing yards for three scores on the ground.

The 2019 Offensive Rookie of Year signed a five-year, $230.5-million contract extension with Arizona in July.

The Cardinals (4-9) will take on the Denver Broncos next Sunday.

WR Beasley comes out of retirement to rejoin Buffalo Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Receiver Cole Beasley ended a brief retirement to take one more shot at extending his career by reuniting with Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.

Beasley was signed to Buffalo’s practice squad, rejoining the team that cut him in March for salary-cap reasons and after failing in their bid to trade him. The 11th-year player was out of work until being signed to Tampa Bay’s practice squad in late September.

The 33-year-old Beasley had four catches for 17 yards in two games with the Buccaneers before announcing his retirement on Oct. 5.

The AFC-leading Bills (10-3) have won four straight games and have the inside track to clinch their third consecutive AFC East title. Buffalo hosts division rival Miami (8-5) on Saturday night.

Despite the success, the Bills continue searching for consistent production from their receiving group behind Stefon Diggs on an offense that ranks second in yards gained and sixth in yards passing in the NFL.

Diggs is carrying a majority of the load. His 94 catches for 1,239 yards and 10 touchdowns are nearly double that of Buffalo’s next receiver, Gabe Davis, who has 38 catches for 696 yards and six scores.

The Bills have had particularly inconsistent play at the slot receiver position, with Jameson Crowder sidelined since Week 5, and Isaiah McKenzie having difficulty filling the role.

Buffalo was one of three teams that free agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. recently visited in his bid to return to the NFL after tearing a knee ligament during the Super Bowl while playing for the Los Angeles Rams in February. The Bills also recently brought back former receiver John Brown, who spent the 2019 and ’20 seasons starting alongside Beasley.

In three seasons with Buffalo, Beasley established himself as one of the team’s primary threats while playing the slot in what became one of the NFL’s top passing offenses. He had 231 catches for 2,438 yards and 11 touchdowns in Buffalo, with Beasley’s rate of production surpassing the numbers he put up in his first seven seasons with Dallas, where he had 319 catches for 3,271 yards and 23 TDs.

Among Beasley’s highlights were playing through a broken leg in helping the Bills reach the 2020 season AFC championship game, which Buffalo lost to Kansas City.

Beasley, however, caused a stir the following offseason by going public with his anti-COVID-19-vaccination stance, which led to him at one point threatening to retire. Though he matched a career best with 82 catches in 2021, he managed just 693 yards receiving and one score – both lows with Buffalo – in 16 games, and he struggled getting open against man coverage.

In other moves Tuesday, Buffalo signed defensive tackle Brandin Bryant to the active roster after he was cut by Houston this week. Bryant is a fourth-year player who spent parts of the past three seasons with Buffalo and was cut by the team in October.

The Bills made room for the additions by releasing defensive tackle C.J. Brewer and practice-squad receiver Marquez Stevenson.

Sixers cruise past Kings 123-103 behind 80-point 1st half

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid scored 31 points, James Harden had 21 points and 15 assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers scored 80 points in the first half and cruised to a 123-103 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

Tobias Harris also scored 21 points while adding nine assists for the Sixers, who have won three straight to start a seven-game homestand.

“We’re playing pretty well offensively,” said Embiid, who has scored 30 or more points in five straight games. “James is doing a great job getting everyone easy shots. My teammates are doing a fantastic job moving the ball and being in the right spots. That’s what we’ve got to do – all we have to do is stay healthy. But we’re not there yet. We have a long way to go.”

Domantas Sabonis led the Kings with 22 points. Sacramento has lost three of the first four games of its six-game East Coast swing.

“I saw a little clip on news on the late Mike Leach (the Mississippi State football coach who died Monday night) saying ‘It’s not sweet unless its hard,'” Kings coach Mike Brown said. “The NBA year and grind is really hard and we’re going to have to experience the downs like we have ups in this short time together.”

Two nights after Embiid scored 53 points in a victory over Charlotte, Harden and Harris took advantage of Sacramento’s defensive focus on the big man. With two defenders often on Embiid, Harris camped out in the corner for wide-open 3s while Harden dished from the top of the key until his own shot got warm in the second quarter.

“The ball was moving and the floor was wide open,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said. “That’s exactly what we’ve been talking about. They are moving the ball and playing together.”

Philadelphia led 80-55 at halftime, thanks in part to a 20-9 edge in fast-break points. Fourteen of those 20 points came off Sacramento turnovers.

“We had a ton of breakdowns, we didn’t have a lot of help on drives and they got to the rim very easily,” Brown said. “We have to figure some things out and dig a little deeper.”

The 76ers shot 51.2% – the third straight game they’ve been better than 50% from the floor. They only topped 50% once in the nine games before that. They also recorded a season-high 34 assists.

“We got settled in and we know what we’re trying to accomplish possession by possession,” Harden said. “That’s the most important thing. If everyone is trying to accomplish different agendas, the team is not going to be successful. Knowing what we’re trying to accomplish and doing what we have to do on both sides of the ball is critical.”

Malik Monk had 16 points off the bench for the Kings.

TIP-INS

Kings: De’Aaron Fox (right foot soreness) was back in the starting lineup and finished with 13 points. … Fox was hurt during a loss to Milwaukee last Wednesday and missed two subsequent games.

76ers: De’Anthony Melton was held out with lower back tightness. Melton has been starting in place of Tyrese Maxey and scored 33 points on Friday night against the Lakers. … Maxey (left foot fracture) has not been cleared to run at full speed. … The Sixers scored 80 or more points in the first half for the 14th time in franchise history. Their previous high this season was 67 against Orlando on Nov. 17.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Toronto on Wednesday night.

76ers: Host Golden State on Friday night.

Antetokounmpo scores 30, Bucks extend Warriors’ road woes

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points while Bobby Portis finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the Golden State Warriors 128-111 Tuesday night in a matchup of the NBA’s last two champions.

Stephen Curry scored 20 points despite missing seven of 10 3-point attempts. Jordan Poole added 18 and Klay Thompson 14 for Golden State.

The Warriors dropped their third straight road game and fell to 2-12 away from home this season. The defending NBA champions have allowed at least 114 points in every road game this season.

“Our defense has been bad on the road,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “For whatever reason, the splits are dramatic. Our defense is good at home and bad on the road.”

Looking to bounce back from a Sunday night loss at Houston in which they were held to 92 points – their second-lowest total in a game this season – the Bucks made 45 of 82 shots (54.9%).

Portis scored six points and grabbed a pair of rebounds during his first three minutes on the floor, sparking a 16-6 run that helped the Bucks take a 38-27 lead after one quarter.

“Offensively, we needed to find somebody and he really stepped up,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “It helped set the tone for our big guys on both ends of the court.”

The Warriors trailed 64-52 at the break. Golden State stayed close by making 11 3s in the opening half, and hit 20 of 50 3-point tries in the game.

An 8-2 run to open the second half helped Milwaukee create some separation. Khris Middleton pushed the Bucks’ lead to 21 with a 3-pointer with 7:05 left in the quarter.

“It’s fun to play in games like that,” Portis said. “It’s fun to go out there and compete against the best.”

FAN EJECTED

A fan was ejected following a complaint by Warriors star Draymond Green, and the Bucks said they are investigating the incident and consulting with the NBA. Security personnel removed the man, who was sitting a few rows beyond the baseline, during a stop in play with 5:19 left in the third quarter.

The fan said “some threatening stuff to my life,” Green said.

“I was this close to really going back and diving all the way in, but just went back and told the official. And when I told the official, he said, he’s got to get out of here.

“You just hope it gets to the point to where these leagues can work with legislators to implement laws, because that’s the only thing that’s going to ultimately correct the issue, is if you know something real is going to happen to you,” Green said.

“Under the referee’s discretion, we are investigating the situation and we are conferring with the NBA,” the Bucks said in a statement.

GIANNIS’ MANY MINUTES

Antetokounmpo was in the game for 29 minutes and has now played 22,113 minutes in a Bucks uniform, more than any other player in franchise history. He passed Bob Dandridge, who had 22,094.

“Playing the most minutes in a Bucks jersey ever, that’s huge,” Antetokounmpo said. “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, when you feel like you’ve contributed to a team, to the history of this team, it’s an honor. It’s a great accomplishment.”

The 28-year-old also holds the all-time franchise mark in points, blocks, free throws and triple-doubles while ranking second in field goals, assists and rebounds and third in games played, steals and free throw percentage.

TIP-INS

Warriors: With the game out of hand and the Warriors set to play again Wednesday night, Kerr cleared his bench early in the fourth quarter. That allowed Patrick Baldwin Jr. to get some playing time in the city where he was a prep standout and spent one season at UW-Milwaukee before going to Golden State with the 28th pick in last summer’s draft. Baldwin scored six points on a pair of 3s.

Bucks: Middleton was back in Milwaukee’s starting lineup after being held to just six minutes Sunday at Houston because of an ankle injury. … The Bucks were without point guard Jrue Holiday, who was unavailable because of a non-COVID illness. Milwaukee got Wesley Matthews back from the league’s Health and Safety protocols earlier in the day.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Play Wednesday at Indiana.

Bucks: Play at Memphis on Thursday.

Green scores 26, Rockets beat slumping Suns in Silas’ return

HOUSTON (AP) Jalen Green had 26 points and Kevin Porter Jr. added 18 as the Houston Rockets never trailed in a 111-97 win over the slumping Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

The Rockets led by as many as 23 and held a comfortable lead for most of the night in the return of coach Stephen Silas, who was back after missing the previous game following the death of his father, longtime NBA player and coach Paul Silas.

“It was definitely great to be back,” Silas said. “I love these guys. I love this team. I kind of didn’t want the game to end because now it’s like real life starts up again.”

It was the second straight victory for the Rockets, who beat Milwaukee on Sunday night.

Silas was asked if returning to work made things easier for him.

“I don’t know if it makes it easier or not, but my dad was a coach and he would tell me to coach,” Silas said. “Get your butt out there and coach. So that’s what I did.”

Already playing without Devin Booker, the Suns, who dropped their fifth straight, didn’t have Deandre Ayton and Cameron Payne in the second half after both were injured before halftime. Ayton injured his left ankle and Payne sustained a right foot injury.

Mikal Bridges led the Suns with 18 points but shot a horrific 4 of 24 from the field and 2 of 10 from 3-point range. He made all eight free-throw attempts.

“Mikal was 4 for 24,” coach Monty Williams said. “That’s going to be a tough recipe when you don’t have Book and all the other guys that are out.”

Chris Paul had 16 points on 5-of-17 shooting, including 2 of 10 on 3s.

Paul said he isn’t worried about things snowballing for the Suns.

“Not really,” he said. “As long as the locker room stays positive and understands that it’s a long season. We went on … an 18-game winning streak (last season) and lost in the second round. You know what I mean? In this league you can’t get too high or too low.”

The Rockets scored the game’s first seven points and led 54-35 after a first half where the Suns made just 11 of 50 shots, including 4 of 24 3-pointers.

A 7-2 run by the Suns got them within 11 with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the game. Houston scored the next five points, capped by an off-balance tip-in for a three-point play by Garrison Mathews, to stretch the lead to 98-82.

Phoenix entered the game ranked fifth in the league in 3-point shooting at 38.3% but made just 13 of 51 (25.5%) on Tuesday night.

TIP-INS

Suns: Booker missed a second straight game with tightness in his left hamstring. … Torrey Craig had 12 rebounds. … Paul had seven assists.

Rockets: Alperen Sengun had 10 points and 16 rebounds. … Jabari Smith Jr. received a flagrant-1 foul after a collision with Bridges in the third quarter. He had 14 points and eight rebounds. … Tari Eason had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

REMEMBERING DAD

Silas was emotional when speaking about his father before the game. He said he’s been moved by the outpouring of support he’s received since Paul Silas’ death Sunday at 79.

“I’m very proud to be my dad’s son,” Silas said. “I’m very proud that people see him in me. And I want that to continue. Whenever it is my time comes, I want people to say the same things that they said about him over the last couple of days about (me). And hopefully they’ll do that.”

UP NEXT

Suns: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.

Rockets: Host Miami on Thursday night.

Beasley, Jazz cool off Williamson, Pelicans 121-100

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Malik Beasley made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points, and the Utah Jazz cooled off Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans with a 121-100 victory on Tuesday night.

Williamson scored 26 points in 26 minutes and Jonas Valanciunas scored 15, but the Pelicans’ seven-game winning streak was snapped. Only one of those wins came on the road, where New Orleans is 6-6.

After missing three games with an illness, Utah’s Lauri Markkanen showed little rust in scoring 19 points, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker also scored 19 and had a season-high six assists for the Jazz.

“You don’t want to beat yourself when a team’s already so good. You want to make it as small a game as possible. You do that by rebounding, deflecting balls, making an extra pass and getting back on defense – just playing with extra effort,” Alexander-Walker said.

The Pelicans moved to the top of the Western Conference by creating havoc, but this time it was the Jazz that had New Orleans making poor decisions, taking uncomfortable outside shots and forcing off-balance drives to the basket.

“We got to step on the court and step on the floor and understand that teams are gonna come after us, just like we go after teams,” New Orleans coach Willie Green said. “We didn’t execute on both ends of the floor. Give them credit. They just kicked our butts.”

Walker Kessler was one key to the disruption with 11 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and three blocked shots. Another scrapper for the Jazz was Jarred Vanderbilt, who had season bests of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Utah had a 59-43 rebounding advantage and 19 offensive boad.

“Just all five getting in a fight, putting our body on somebody. Having that mentality to go in there and hit somebody and grab rebounds. I feel like we did a great job with that collectively,” Vanderbilt said.

The Jazz scored the final eight points of the third quarter, capped by Jordan Clarkson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 91-71. The Jazz led by as many as 27 points before the primary rotation players went to the bench.

Williamson, who has averaged 31.3 points over last four games, was nearly unstoppable as he bullied his way to the basket, but no one could make perimeter shots when he kicked it out.

“If we can get him to kick the ball out, we can contest the 3. We are more worried about Zion killing us in the paint than we are about them shooting well from 3,” Kessler said.

Williamson is scoring a league-high 22 points per game in the paint but played just 11 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble. The Pelicans never recovered the lead they lost when he left the game.

Only Chicago and Atlanta shoot fewer 3s than the Pelicans, but the Jazz dared them to shoot by clogging the paint. New Orleans finished 4 of 27 from beyond the arc and shot 39.8% overall.

“To have six guys in double figures and 31 assists shows that we played together on the offensive end,” Utah coach Will Hardy said. “But what stood out to me was how connected we were on the defensive end. That’s our best defensive game for the season as a team.”

ZION STIFLED

Williamson played limited minutes because of foul trouble and then was less aggressive to avoid picking up more fouls.

“I can’t put myself in that situation. I can’t put the team in that situation,” said Williamson, who committed his third foul in the second quarter.

It got in his head and carried over into the second half.

“There were some rebounds I wanted to go for offensively and defensively. There were some plays I wanted to make, but I couldn’t,” Williamson said.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Brandon Ingram (left toe) is still out. … Larry Nance Jr. got a technical in second quarter and had to be restrained from going after the officials. … The Pelicans forced 22 turnovers but gave up 26 points on 17 of their own giveaways.

Jazz: Collin Sexton (right hamstring) and Simone Fontecchio (left ankle) missed the game. … Utah matched its third-quarter season high with 39 points and held the Pelicans to 15 second-quarter points, the fewest the Jazz have allowed in that period this season. .. The Jazz are 12-6 when Markkanen and Mike Conley are in the starting lineup together. This was the first such game since Nov. 19.

UP NEXT

The teams play at Utah again on Thursday.

Celtics blow big lead, rally back, beat Lakers 122-118 in OT

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jayson Tatum scored 44 points, Jaylen Brown added five of his 25 in overtime, and the Boston Celtics blew a 20-point lead in the second half before rallying from a late 13-point deficit for a thrilling 122-118 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Marcus Smart hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points for the NBA-leading Celtics, who wrapped up their six-game trip by avoiding their first three-game losing streak of the season.

The old rivals played a wild second half in which the Lakers rallied from an 81-61 deficit midway through the third quarter with a 45-12 surge. Boston then erased Los Angeles’ 106-93 lead in the final 3:40 with a 17-4 run capped by Tatum’s tying jumper with 17.8 seconds left.

“That game just says a lot about our experience and mental toughness,” said Brown, who also had 15 rebounds. “That’s a tough and perfect way to close out our road trip.”

Anthony Davis had 37 points and 12 rebounds, but he also missed two free throws with 28 seconds left, creating an opportunity for Tatum to send it to overtime.

LeBron James scored 33 points in a memorable chapter of the famed rivalry between the 17-time champion teams dubbed “the two pillars of our league” by new Lakers coach Darvin Ham.

“Everybody can talk about free throws, this and that, but the thing we can’t do is spot teams 15-, 17-, 20-point leads, give up 30-plus points per quarter in the first half,” Ham said. “We have to do a better job of coming out from the tipoff and pressing our will on our opponent.”

Russell Westbrook had 20 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for Los Angeles, but he also missed three open jumpers in overtime while the Celtics pulled away with 12 consecutive points.

“Games aren’t won or lost in the fourth quarter or overtime,” Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said. “We have to be elite at managing the end of the third, beginning of the fourth quarter. That is where NBA games are won and lost, and we didn’t do a good job managing that part of the game. So we’ll take the positives of how we worked to get back in the game and then managed a run to end it, but we’ll also focus on that stretch.”

In their first game back from a six-game trip, the Lakers lost for the fourth time in five games after an 8-2 stretch that breathed life into their slow-starting season.

James scored 22 points after halftime for Los Angeles, but Smart hit his fourth 3-pointer with 45.8 seconds left to trim the Lakers’ lead to 110-108.

A weary Davis then bricked two free throws, echoing his miss on a potential winning free throw with 3.7 seconds left in regulation of what became an overtime loss for the Lakers at Philadelphia last Friday.

“I haven’t thought about the rest of the game,” Davis said. “To me, the rest doesn’t matter. Had a chance to ice the game, and missed both.”

Tatum coolly tied it with his 14-footer near the baseline, and James missed a 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Al Horford missed his fifth straight game. He is expected back this weekend. … Robert Williams remained out recovering from preseason knee surgery, but he is expected to make his season debut soon.

Lakers: James had the 516th 30-point game of his career, passing Wilt Chamberlain for second-most in NBA history. … Dennis Schroder had two points and one assist against his former team. … Wenyen Gabriel missed his fifth straight game with a left shoulder sprain.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Host Orlando on Friday.

Lakers: Host Denver on Friday.

The Jordan Trophy: NBA rebrands, redesigns its MVP award

(AP) — Michael Jordan was moments away from hoisting his third of what would become five NBA Most Valuable Player awards, and then-Commissioner David Stern greeted him at the midcourt ceremony with words that were both simple and profound.

“You are simply the standard,” Stern said that night in 1992, “by which basketball excellence is measured.”

That’s never been more true.

The NBA MVP award has been renamed The Michael Jordan Trophy, the league announced Tuesday. Jordan is a five-time MVP so he has five trophies named for Maurice Podoloff – the league’s first commissioner. But after six decades of the award bearing Podoloff’s name, the NBA decided the time was right to rebrand.

The Jordan trophy will stand 23.6 inches tall and weigh 23.6 pounds — nods to his jersey number and six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls — but is not a depiction of him. The chairman of the Charlotte Hornets approved the design, one that symbolizes someone reaching for excellence, but did not want the statue to be of himself. He also declined a request for comment through the NBA.

“Anybody should be able to see this and see themselves in it,” said Mark Smith, a longtime designer at Jordan Brand and the person who oversaw the trophy’s design. “They should feel the excellence of Michael Jordan and his pursuit. It’s got his name on it, but it isn’t him. It’s everybody. It could be a shipbuilder or it could be a teacher or a lawyer or a writer who looks at it and says, `That’s what I’m trying to do.'”

The league has rebranded almost all its trophies in the last two seasons, even adding some new ones. As part of Tuesday’s announcement, the league revealed that The Jerry West Award is being introduced and will be given to the NBA Clutch Player of the Year – which, like almost all other league awards, will be voted on by a media panel. NBA coaches will nominate players for the clutch award.

Also, the Defensive Player of the Year will now receive The Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy; the Rookie of the Year will receive The Wilt Chamberlain Trophy; the Sixth Man of the Year will now receive The John Havlicek Trophy; and the NBA’s Most Improved Player will receive The George Mikan Trophy.

“Our new collection of trophies celebrates some of the greatest and most impactful players in the history of the NBA,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “As we recognize the league’s top performers each season, we also pay tribute to the legends who embody these prestigious awards.”

It became evident last week that something was changing about the MVP trophy when the NBA said Podoloff’s name was going onto a new prize — a trophy that will go to the team with the best regular season record.

The MVP trophy has many levels of numerical significance related to Jordan, besides its height and weight. It has a five-sided base, a tribute to his five MVP awards. The name badge is six-sided, one for each of his championships. The base is shaped at a 15-degree angle; he played 15 NBA seasons.

“I’m always going to numbers and symbiology as key root DNA to make something specific and authentic for that person,” Smith said. “When you start putting all these things together, there’s only one person and it becomes very unique. Not different, but very unique.”

Jordan was involved at every step of the design process, Smith said. The final product was a bronze trophy depicting a player “breaking out of a rock to reach for the ultimate rock – a crystal basketball,” the league said. The trophy becomes more refined closer to the top, meant to show how hard work leads to something more polished and finally something great.

Smith said he fully expects to be emotional when he sees the new trophy awarded for the first time this spring.

“This is actually the highest achievement for a single player … and it’s mind-blowing,” Smith said. “It’ll be a mind-blower.”

Other trophies renamed or reimagined in the last year or so include ones named for Joe Dumars (sportsmanship), Red Auerbach (coach of the year), the Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award – along with the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the NBA champions and the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP trophy.

New Eastern Conference and Western Conference championship trophies named for Bob Cousy and Oscar Robertson respectively were added, along with the Larry Bird Trophy for East finals MVP and the Magic Johnson Trophy for West finals MVP. The league also began issuing divisional championship trophies, naming them for Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton (Atlantic Division), Wayne Embry (Central), Earl Lloyd (Southeast), Willis Reed (Southwest), Sam Jones (Northwest) and Chuck Cooper (Pacific).

AP source: Carlos Correa, Giants reach $350M, 13-year deal

(AP) — Star shortstop Carlos Correa and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $350 million, 13-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the agreement was subject to a successful physical.

Correa also was a free agent one year ago after leaving the Houston Astros, and he reached a $105.3 million deal with the Minnesota Twins. That agreement gave him the right to opt out after one year and $35.1 million to hit the market again.

And the 28-year-old Correa indeed moved once more, this time to a Giants team that recently missed out in its bid to sign free agent Aaron Judge.

Correa’s guarantee will be the fourth-largest in baseball history. Mike Trout got a $426.5 million, 12-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, Mookie Betts has a $365 million, 12-year agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Judge, the new AL home run champ and MVP, is getting $360 million for nine years to remain with the New York Yankees pending a physical.

Correa was one of the headliners in a stellar group of free agent shortstops that also included Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson – Swanson is the only one in that group still available.

Correa got the latest big-money deal in a spending spree during the first offseason of baseball’s new labor contract.

Philadelphia signed Turner for $300 million over 11 years, San Diego got Bogaerts for $280 million over 11 years, Texas signed pitcher Jacob deGrom for $185 million over five years and the New York Mets retained outfielder Brandon Nimmo for $162 million for eight years.

Correa hit .291 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs in his one season with Minnesota.

Brandon Crawford, a three-time All-Star, has been the Giants’ shortstop since 2011. Crawford, who turns 36 next month, slumped to a .231 average with nine homers and 52 RBIs last season, down from a .298 average with 24 homers and 90 RBIs in 2021.

Crawford has a $16 million salary in 2023, then can become a free agent. He has dealt with injuries in recent seasons and might consider retirement at the conclusion of his deal, so the Giants were searching for a shortstop of the future.

The Giants went 81-81 last season, a year after posting a franchise-record 107 wins.

Correa was selected by Houston with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft, and he played a key role in the Astros’ rise from the bottom of the AL West to the franchise’s first World Series title in 2017.

He hit a career-best 26 homers in 2021 in his last year with Houston, also finishing with a .279 batting average and 92 RBIs. He earned his second All-Star selection and first Gold Glove.

Just last weekend, Correa joined many of his former Astros teammates in Las Vegas for an Ultimate Fighting Championship event.

Correa, the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year, has a .279 career average with 155 homers and 553 RBIs in eight big league seasons. He also has been a stellar postseason performer with 18 homers and 59 RBIs in 79 games.

The Astros’ 2017 championship was tainted by a sign-stealing scheme, and Correa has been lustily booed in some cities since the scandal surfaced.

Agent Scott Boras negotiated the deals for Correa, Bogaerts and Nimmo. Correa’s agreement raised Boras’ free-agent contracts this offseason to $1.01 billion for nine players.

Giants, Stripling agree to reported 2-year, $25M deal

The San Francisco Giants announced Tuesday that they agreed to a contract with right-hander Ross Stripling.

The agreement is for two years and $25 million with an opt-out after the 2023 campaign, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Stripling will also receive a $5-million signing bonus, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.

Stripling enjoyed a breakout season for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2022. He posted a 10-4 record and set career highs in ERA (3.01), innings (134 1/3), and fWAR (3.1).

The 33-year-old returns to the National League West after spending parts of five seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He joins a Giants rotation projected to feature Logan Webb, Alex Cobb, Sean Manaea, Alex Wood, and Anthony DeSclafani.

Stripling owns a lifetime 38-38 record with a 3.78 ERA, 3.93 FIP, and 8.33 K/9 across 204 appearances (104 starts) during his seven-year career.

Former Phillies ace, Whiz Kid Curt Simmons dead at 93

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Curt Simmons, the last surviving member of the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies Whiz Kids team, has died. He was 93.

His death on Tuesday at his Ambler, Pennsylvania home was confirmed by the Phillies, who did not specify a cause.

One of the greatest pitchers in franchise history, the lefty posted a record of 115-110 with 109 complete games, 18 shutouts and a 3.66 ERA in 325 games (263 starts) in 13 seasons with the team.

Simmons tied for the major league lead with six shutouts in 1952 and had a career-best 21 complete games in 1954. He ranks fifth in team history in wins and innings (1,939 2/3), sixth in games started, tied for sixth in shutouts and ninth in strikeouts (1,052). He was selected to three All-Star teams with the Phillies in 1952-53 and 1957. He started the 1952 and 1957 All-Star Games.

A member of the pennant-winning “Whiz Kids” team, Simmons missed part of the 1950 season, including the World Series, serving in the National Guard during the Korean War. He also missed the entire 1951 season while fulfilling his military commitment.

The 1950 Whiz Kids were swept by the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Simmons went 193-183 with 163 complete games, 36 shutouts and a 3.54 ERA in 569 career appearances (462 starts) over 20 big league seasons with four teams. He won a World Series in 1964 with the Cardinals.

He was inducted into the Phillies’ Wall of Fame in 1993.

Simmons is survived by his two sons, Timothy and Thomas, and daughter, Susan. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 60 years, Dorothy, in 2012.

Alex Ovechkin reaches 800 career goals with hat trick

CHICAGO (AP) Soaked with beer and still wearing his No. 8 jersey, Alex Ovechkin held three pucks in his right hand as he posed for a picture with the rest of the jubilant Washington Capitals in the visiting locker room at the United Center.

Three pucks that added up to 800.

Ovechkin became the third NHL player to reach 800 career goals when he scored three times Tuesday night, touching off a wild celebration for his team and an appreciative Chicago crowd.

“Soon as it happened, kind of relief,” Ovechkin said after Washington’s 7-3 win over the Blackhawks. “Kind of happiness in general.”

Ovechkin scored on his first two shots, beating Blackhawks goaltender Petr Mrazek 24 seconds into the game before stuffing one home on a power play with 11:46 left in the first period. The 37-year-old winger then completed his 29th career hat trick when he knocked Anthony Mantha’s pass over a sprawled Mrazek 6:34 into the third.

“When he got the first goal today, I was like, `This is the night,'” teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov said.

The rest of the Capitals jumped off the bench to celebrate after the milestone goal, and hats rained down on the ice from the crowd of 16,181. Fans in Chicago then chanted “Ovi! Ovi!” – drawing a wave from Ovechkin.

The star forward moved within one goal of Gordie Howe for second all-time. Wayne Gretzky holds the record with 894 goals.

“It’s a big number,” Ovechkin said. “It’s the best company (you can) ever imagine since you started playing hockey.”

Ovechkin also praised the crowd for its response.

“Even in the warmup, I was feeling that energy right away,” he said. “The fans watch me and the fans want to see that historical moment.”

When it was over, Ovechkin jumped onto the ice one last time to salute the cheering fans. He then gave his stick to a boy wearing a Capitals jersey above the tunnel to the visiting locker room.

Shortly after he got to the back, he was showered with beer by his chanting teammates. Goaded into making a speech, Ovechkin said it was special to accomplish the feat with the team.

“It was awesome,” Washington coach Peter Laviolette said. “It was just awesome to be on the bench and be a part of it, a part of history.”

Ovechkin has seven goals in his last four games and a team-high 20 on the season. His previous four goals were all empty-netters.

The Capitals play seven of their next nine at home.

“I think once he’s going to be No. 1 he can have a sense of relief,” Mantha said. “Until then, I think he’s on the hunt, and that’s what we love about him.”

Ovechkin has been one of the NHL’s most dangerous scorers practically since he got two goals in his debut with Washington on Oct. 5, 2005, against Columbus.

The 12-time All-Star has nine seasons with at least 50 goals, including a career-high 65 during the 2007-08 season. The three-time MVP, who won the Stanley Cup in 2018, had 50 goals and 40 assists in 77 games last season.

“It’s mind blowing,” Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. “How many guys can score goals at his rate in the season, let alone year after year after year? He’s one of a kind, for sure.”

Samsonov, Maple Leafs blank last-place Ducks 7-0

TORONTO (AP) Mitch Marner has been getting plenty of attention on his march to the NHL’s longest point streak in seven seasons.

Ilya Samsonov joked Tuesday it was about time he got some love as well.

Marner had two assists to extend his point streak to 23 games and Samsonov made 28 saves for his second straight shutout as the Toronto Maple Leafs thumped the lowly Anaheim Ducks 7-0 on Tuesday.

Samsonov strutted to his media scrum with the team’s celebratory wrestling belt awarded to the player of the game slung over his left shoulder.

“A long time, I wait,” the Russian goaltender said with a grin. “I’m enjoying . I will go sleep with this.”

Samsonov, who missed 12 games in November because of a knee injury, also blanked Los Angeles last week and has gone 152 minutes 34 seconds without allowing a goal.

“He’s been awesome,” said Leafs forward Alexander Kerfoot, who scored twice Tuesday. “Been there when we need them.”

A character in the locker room and with the media, Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe praised Samsonov’s commitment to his craft.

“He’s got lots of personality,” Keefe said. “But I think what really stands out is just the work that he’s put in since he’s arrived in our facility and how he’s embraced the program.”

Marner, meanwhile, is now three games back of Patrick Kane (2015-16) for the longest point streak among active NHLers. The winger has 11 goals and 21 assists during his red-hot run that started Oct. 27 at San Jose.

“Continues to roll,” said Leafs captain John Tavares, who scored off a Marner setup in the first period and added an assist. “We’re just trying to focus on playing our game and what’s bringing us success.”

Pierre Engvall also had a goal and an assist for Toronto (19-5-6), while Michael Bunting, T.J. Brodie and Joey Anderson provided the rest of the offense.

Connor Timmins and Pontus Holmberg each registered a trio of assists, marking the first three-point performance of each player’s career as the Leafs put up at least six goals in a game for the first time this season.

“Incredible,” Timmins, who was acquired from Arizona last month, said of Marner’s streak. “Never gets old.”

John Gibson allowed two goals on 27 shots for last-place Anaheim (7-20-3) before being replaced in the second period by Lukas Dostal, who finished with 10 stops after starting Monday’s 3-0 loss against Ottawa.

The Leafs, meanwhile, have at least a point in 15 consecutive games (12-0-3) and can tie the franchise record of 16 straight Saturday at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.

Kerfoot opened the scoring at 1:58 of the first period off a pass from Engvall for his third of the season.

Marner, who had an assist against the Ducks in late October in the third game of his streak, got on the scoresheet at 8:41 following a backhand feed to Tavares for the captain’s 14th after Timmins kept the puck in at the blue line.

Samsonov had to be sharp at the other end on a couple Anaheim chances, including off a scramble with Mason McTavish lurking.

Brodie stretched Toronto’s lead to 3-0 with his first of the season at 12:16 of the second after Dostal replaced Gibson.

Samsonov, who blanked Los Angeles 5-0 on Thursday, then stopped Max Comtois on a breakaway before Bunting scored his sixth off a rebound at 16:33.

Kerfoot got his second of the night at 2:37 of the third for the forward’s first two-goal game since April 2, 2019, when he was with Colorado.

Engvall made it 6-0 with his fifth at 5:42 before Anderson scored his first with 1:40 left in regulation.

UP NEXT

Leafs: Visit the Rangers on Thursday.

Ducks: Visit the Canadiens on Thursday.

Bettman projects $1M increase for NHL salary cap next season

A significant salary-cap increase for the 2023-24 NHL season now appears unlikely.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league is projecting a $70-million escrow balance at the end of the 2022-23 season, which would result in the cap ceiling rising by just $1 million to $83.5 million for next year, according to Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli.

Bettman said in October that players were likely to pay off the escrow balance by the end of the season, which would’ve resulted in an increase of about $4 million.

A preseason report projected an $83.5-million cap for next season but approximately $88 million for 2024-25 and $92 million for 2025-26.

The NHL salary cap was stuck at $81.5 million for the previous three seasons due to pandemic-related revenue losses. It rose to $82.5 million for the current campaign.

Messi, Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 to reach World Cup final

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) Lionel Messi bent over, clutched his left hamstring and appeared to grimace, immediately spreading panic through the soccer world but especially among all Argentines.

Was their superstar – their idol – injured? Was he going to have to come off early in the World Cup semifinals?

No such luck for Croatia.

Before long, Messi was producing perhaps the best performance of his record-tying 25 appearances at the World Cup, leading Argentina to a 3-0 victory over Croatia on Tuesday that set up a meeting with either France or Morocco in Sunday’s final.

Messi is back in soccer’s biggest match on his mission to win the game’s greatest prize for the first time. At 35, he could hardly be playing any better.

Messi converted a penalty and played a part in the other two goals by Julian Alvarez – one with an outrageous piece of skill that brought roars of approval from Argentina’s huge following – to turn an initially tense occasion into a procession.

“A lot is going through my head – it’s very emotional seeing all of this,” Messi said in a post-match interview on the field as he looked up at Argentina’s celebrating, scarf-waving supporters. “To see the fans – `the family’ – during the whole tournament was so incredible. We’re going to the final, which is what we wanted.”

It will be Messi’s second World Cup final – Argentina lost the other one to Germany in 2014 – in what might be his last appearance at the tournament.

The stage is set for a player widely regarded as one of the game’s best, if not the absolute best, to go out on the ultimate high.

He is thrilling his legion of fans along the way.

His swivel and driving run to set up the third goal for Alvarez in the 69th minute left Josko Gvardiol – one of the best defenders at the World Cup – grasping at thin air and epitomized Messi’s confidence and swagger.

He is embracing the responsibility of leading Argentina to its third World Cup title, scoring in five of his six games in Qatar.

He even had a penalty saved in the one game in which he didn’t score.

“I am honored to train him and see him play,” said Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who was in tears in the post-match celebrations. “Every time you see him play, it’s a huge source of motivation for his teammates, fans and the whole world.”

Croatia failed in its bid to reach a second straight World Cup final after conceding two goals in a five-minute span from the 34th, just when the team was looking comfortable at Lusail Stadium and Messi was raising concerns by rubbing his hamstring.

Maybe it was a ruse. Messi was soon toying with his opponents in a way only he can and put Argentina ahead by lifting his penalty into the top corner after Alvarez was taken out by Dominik Livakovic after clipping the ball past the Croatia goalkeeper.

Alvarez scored himself in the 39th after a surging run from halfway, which started after he collected Messi’s short pass. Then came the crowning moment, Alvarez’s second goal, after Messi took Gvardiol for a ride in the right corner.

It was one game too far for Croatia, which had beaten Japan and Brazil on penalties in the knockout stage, and star midfielder Luka Modric, who – at 37 – has likely played his final World Cup match.

Summing up a frustrating game for the little midfield magician, he was substituted in the 81st minute and had a bright red nose after the ball slammed into his face moments earlier.

“The first goal took the match in a different direction,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. “It’s the true Messi we all expected to see.”

Argentina maintained its record of never having lost in the World Cup semifinals and has reached the final for the sixth time.

Those dark days after losing to Saudi Arabia in its opening group match seem so long ago now for Argentina, which will be hard to stop in the final with Messi playing this well.

“Even though we lost our first match, we were confident that this group was going to push forward,” Messi said. “We know what we are, and we called on the fans to believe in us.”

MESSI RECORDS

Messi became Argentina’s record scorer at World Cups with his third penalty of the tournament taking him to 11 goals in total – one more than Gabriel Batistuta. He also tied the record for most appearances at the World Cup by playing for the 25th time, the same number as Lothar Matthaus of Germany.

ALVAREZ

The 22-year-old Alvarez didn’t start the tournament as Argentina’s striker. He only took the place of Lautaro Martinez in the third group game and now has four goals, one behind Messi and Mbappe. He is the youngest player to score twice in a World Cup semifinal match since a 17-year-old Pele scored a hat trick in 1958.

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Colts Release Unofficial Depth Chart For Week 15 Game vs. Minnesota Vikings

OFFENSE

» WR: Alec Pierce, Ashton Dulin

» LT: Bernhard Raimann, Dennis Kelly

» LG: Quenton Nelson

» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French

» RG: Will Fries, Matt Pryor, Danny Pinter

» RT: Braden Smith

» TE: Mo Alie-Cox, Nikola Kalinic

» TE: Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods

» WR: Parris Campbell

» WR: Michael Pittman Jr., Mike Strachan

» QB: Matt Ryan, Nick Foles, Sam Ehlinger

» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Deon Jackson, Zack Moss

Colts offensive snap count leaders for their Week 13 matchup against the Cowboys (out of 72):

• Bernhard Raimann, Quenton Nelson, Will Fries, Ryan Kelly, Matt Ryan: 72 snaps
• Michael Pittman Jr.: 67 snaps
• Jonathan Taylor: 59 snaps
• Parris Campbell: 56 snaps
• Alec Pierce: 51 snaps
• Dennis Kelly: 48 snaps
• Kylen Granson: 41 snaps
• Mo Alie-Cox: 31 snaps
• Matt Pryor: 24 snaps
• Ashton Dulin: 20 snaps
• Jelani Woods: 15 snaps
• Deon Jackson: 8 snaps
• Mike Strachan: 6 snaps
• Zack Moss: 5 snaps
• Danny Pinter: 1 snap

DEFENSE

» DE: Kwity Paye, Dayo Odeyingbo, Khalid Kareem

» DT: DeForest Buckner, Byron Cowart, Chris Williams

» NT: Grover Stewart, Eric Johnson II

» DE: Yannick Ngakoue, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Ben Banogu

» WLB: Bobby Okereke, Grant Stuard

» MLB: Zaire Franklin

» SAM: E.J. Speed, JoJo Domann

» CB: Isaiah Rodgers Sr., Brandon Facyson

» FS: Julian Blackmon, Rodney Thomas II

» SS: Rodney McLeod Jr., Nick Cross

» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown

» CB: Stephon Gilmore, Dallis Flowers

Colts defensive snap count leaders for their Week 13 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys (out of 68):

• Rodney McLeod Jr., Julian Blackmon, Zaire Franklin, Stephon Gilmore: 68 snaps
• Rodney Thomas: 58 snaps
• Bobby Okereke: 57 snaps
• DeForest Buckner: 55 snaps
• Yannick Ngakoue: 52 snaps
• Grover Stewart: 48 snaps
• Kwity Paye: 46 snaps
• Isaiah Rodgers Sr.: 38 snaps
• Dayo Odeyingbo: 35 snaps
• Brandon Facyson: 30 snaps
• E.J. Speed: 21 snaps
• Byron Cowart, Ifeadi Odenigbo: 13 snaps
• Eric Johnson II: 8 snaps
• Ben Banogu: 2 snaps

SPECIALISTS

» P: Matt Haack

» PK: Chase McLaughlin

» H: Matt Haack

» LS: Luke Rhodes

» KR: Isaiah Rodgers Sr., Dallis Flowers

» PR: Dallis Flowers

Leaders in special teams snaps for the Colts in their Week 13 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys:

• E.J. Speed: 28 snaps
• Ashton Dulin, Grant Stuard, Tony Brown: 21 snaps
• Deon Jackson, Forrest Rhyne: 18 snaps
• Dallis Flowers: 16 snaps
• Ben Banogu, JoJo Domann: 15 snaps

Game Preview: Pacers vs Warriors

A little over a week ago, the Pacers knocked off the defending champs on their home court. On Wednesday, Indiana (14-14) will go for the season sweep when they host Steph Curry and the Warriors (14-14) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The Blue & Gold will be hoping to close out their four-game homestand on a winning note, after dropping close decisions to Brooklyn and Miami in their past two contests. There were different issues over those two nights, as the Pacers surrendered 136 points and 29 offensive rebounds against the Nets, then were limited to a season-low 82 points by the Heat.

Those results notwithstanding, Indiana will enter Wednesday’s contest with confidence having already beaten the Warriors barely a week earlier. The Pacers were actually undermanned for that game in San Francisco, playing without starters Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner as well as backup point guard T.J. McConnell, but still managed to find a way to win, thanks in part to a career night by rookie guard Andrew Nembhard.

Haliburton, Turner, and McConnell are all back and should offer Indiana reinforcements for the rematch. The Pacers’ biggest focus will remain on the defensive end as they contend with the Warriors’ high-octane offensive attack.

While Klay Thompson got hot for Golden State last week, making eight 3-pointers, the Pacers did an exceptional job on his fellow “Splash Brother” Curry. The two-time MVP entered last Monday’s contest fourth in the NBA in scoring at 30.8 points per game, but the Pacers limited him to a season-low 12 points on 3-of-17 shooting (2-of-10 from 3-point range).

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, C – Myles Turner

Warriors:  G – Stephen Curry, G – Klay Thompson, F – Jordan Poole, F – Draymond Green, C – Kevon Looney

Injury Report

Pacers: Kendall Brown – out (right tibia stress reaction), Chris Duarte – out (G League assignment), Daniel Theis – out (right knee surgery)

Warriors: Draymond Green – probable (left ankle sprain), Andre Iguodala – out (left hip injury management), Ryan Rollins – out (G League assignment), Andrew Wiggins – out (right adductor strain), James Wiseman – out (G League assignment),

Last Meeting

Dec. 5, 2022: With Tyrese Haliburton and T.J. McConnell both sidelined, rookie point guard Andrew Nembhard was simply brilliant, tallying 31 points, 13 assists, and eight rebounds to lead undermanned Indiana to a 112-104 victory at Golden State.

One week to the day after hitting a buzzer-beating three to stun LeBron James and the Lakers, Nembhard put together the most complete game of his career against Steph Curry and the Warriors. The 22-year-old Canadian went 13-for-21 from the field and 5-for-7 from 3-point range in 41 minutes.

“I mean the team has so (many) giving guys that want to give confidence to other guys,” Nembhard said. “They had super confidence in me, the coaching staff had super confidence in me. Then we just wanted to kind of stick together down the stretch and I think it was just a good team win all together, and I ended up hitting some shots that were big.”

Buddy Hield finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in the victory. Jalen Smith added 15 points, nine boards, and three blocks and three other Pacers reached double figures.

Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 28 points, going 8-for-16 from long range. Jordan Poole added 23 points, five boards, and four assists.

Stephen Curry, who entered the night fourth in the NBA in scoring at 30.8 points per game, managed just 12 points on 3-of-17 shooting (2-of-10 from 3-point range).

Noteworthy

The Warriors have won their last three games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Indiana’s last home win over Golden State was on April 5, 2018.

Curry has made at least one 3-pointer in 214 consecutive regular season games, the longest streak in NBA history.

Pacers forward Buddy Hield leads the NBA in 3-pointers made since the start of the 2018-19 season with 1,194. Curry is second with 1,114 despite playing only five games in 2019-20 due to injury.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)

Tickets

The Pacers wrap up their homestand by welcoming Stephen Curry and the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:00 PM ET.

Indy Eleven Bolsters Attack with Signing of Forward Sebastian Guenzatti

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, December 13, 2022) – After playing against Indy Eleven for all nine years of the club’s existence, forward Sebastian Guenzatti will now join forces with the Boys in Blue after signing with Indiana’s Team for the 2023 season. Per club policy, details of the contract that brings the prolific Uruguayan scorer to the Circle City will not be released and are pending league and federation approval.

“I want to thank Indy Eleven for giving me this opportunity,” said Guenzatti. “I am still hungry and have the same motivation as my first day, and my family and I are very excited to get to work and achieve great things.”

Guenzatti (gwen-zah-tee) most recently left his mark in the record books of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, where he became the club’s career leading scorer with 65 goals (59 regular season, 6 postseason) from 2017-22, during which he also contributed 19 assists in 160 matches in official competitions. The forward led Tampa Bay in scoring in four straight seasons from 2018-21 and played a vital role in the Rowdies’ success in recent years, which included USL Championship Eastern Conference titles in 2020 and 2021, another Conference Championship game appearance in 2022, and the league’s top regular season mark in 2021.

“Sebastian has been one of the top marksmen in the league the past four to five seasons, so to bring him to Indy is a show of intent on the type of players we want in this group – winners, leaders, and fierce competitors,” expressed Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry. “However, it’s not just Sebastian’s goals that stand out. We appreciate his all-around game, his ability to link the play with the midfield and to get on the ball and create as well as being inside the box when the ball comes in.”

The 31-year-old striker assumed the captain’s armband for the Rowdies in 2019 and responded with a USL Championship All-League Second Team performance courtesy of an 18-goal, six-assist campaign. Guenzatti bested that in 2021 with a career-high 21 goals and another six assists, which led to him being named one of three USL Championship Most Valuable Player finalists and to an All-League First Team honor.

Prior to his tenure with Tampa Bay, Guenzatti was a teammate of now Eleven Assistant Coach Ayoze from 2013-16 with the New York Cosmos, his adopted hometown team following his family’s move to Queens, N.Y., as a teenager. Guenzatti suited up on 90 occasions for the Cosmos during his four seasons in the Big Apple, scoring 11 goals and contributing seven assists. He helped lead the Cosmos to a trio of NASL regular season titles – 2013 Fall, 2015 Spring & 2016 Fall – and NASL Soccer Bowl champion trophies to follow in each of those three years, the latter coming at the expense of Indiana’s Team in the 2016 final at Belson Stadium in Queens.

Prior to joining the Cosmos, Guenzatti returned to his native Uruguay to compete for Huracán FC, beginning his professional career by making nine appearances and scoring one goal in 2013. Leading up to that, he spent time in the youth ranks of Uruguayan giants Peñarol, playing for the squad’s Under-19 side from 2010-13.

Today’s news continues announcements in the coming weeks that will build the foundation of the 2023 roster for Indiana’s Team, which currently stands as follows:

Goalkeepers: Yannik Oettl, Tim Trilk

Defenders: Younes Boudadi, A.J. Cochran, Robby Dambrot, Mechack Jerome, Gustavo Rissi, Ecris Revolorio, Jesus Vazquez

Midfielders: Cam Lindley, Bryam Rebellon, Diego Sanchez, Alann Torres

Forwards: Solomon Asante, Jonas Fjeldberg, Sebastian Guenzatti, Juan Tejada

Purdue hires Illini coordinator Ryan Walters as new coach

(AP) — Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski promised to conduct a national search for Jeff Brohm’s replacement. He found the new guy just across the state line.

The Boilermakers announced Tuesday they had hired Illinois defensive coordinator Ryan Walters as their head coach less than a week after Brohm left for his alma mater, Louisville. Walters’ formal introduction is scheduled for Wednesday.

“From an early point in the search process, coach Walters stood out because of the energy, passion and intelligence he displayed as a defensive coordinator in both the Big Ten Conference and Southeastern Conference,” Bobinski said in a statement. “His meteoric rise in the coaching profession is in large part due to his unique ability to connect with his student-athletes as both a coach and mentor.”

Walters was a finalist for this year’s Broyles Award, which goes to the Bowl Subdivision’s top assistant coach. He called plays for a defense that allowed the nation’s fewest points, second-fewest total yards and the second-fewest yards rushing in the Big Ten last season. The Illini went 8-4, holding opponents in seven wins to 10 or fewer points and to seven or fewer points in five wins.

Now the 36-year-old Walters becomes the fourth-youngest coach in the Bowl Subdivision behind Kenny Dillingham (32, Arizona State), Kane Wommack (35, South Alabama) and Dan Lanning (36, Oregon).

“This is something that I had seen coming for a while now,” Illini coach Bret Bielema said. “We have had a plan in place that we will unveil in the coming weeks that will position Illinois football for sustained success in 2023 and for years to come.”

Walters will be one of four Black head coaches in the Big Ten next season and the second in Purdue history, following Darrell Hazell who went 25-43 in 3 1/2 seasons starting in 2013.

But for a school dubbed the “Cradle of Quarterbacks,” it’s an unusual departure from the norm.

Brohm and the late Joe Tiller each used creative, innovative offenses to turn the Boilermakers into conference contenders and over the past 40 years, all six of their coaching hires – and all three interim coaches – worked extensively with offenses before arriving at Purdue.

Walters is the first coach with a defensive pedigree to take the Boilermakers’ job since Leon Burtnett in 1982. Burtnett went 21-34-1 in five seasons, earning one bowl bid.

There are bigger expectations for Walters, though.

The former Colorado safety inherits a team coming off an 8-5 season that included a 31-24 victory at Illinois, which helped Purdue capture its first Big Ten West Division crown before losing to No. 2 Michigan in the Big Ten championship game.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to serve as the head football coach at Purdue University,” Walters said. “Purdue is a world-class university, and our football program will pursue the same excellence exhibited across our campus.”

Bobinski also acknowledged time was of the essence, too, because of the early signing period and the constant churning of the transfer portal.

Purdue is preparing for the Citrus Bowl game against No. 17 LSU on Jan. 2 and has announced Brian Brohm, Jeff’s younger brother, will serve as the interim coach for the game. Co-defensive coordinator Mark Hagen will call the signals on the other side of the ball.

The LSU game will come in front of a national television audience with a shot at a second consecutive bowl win.

Walters started his coaching career as a student assistant at Colorado and served in similar roles at Arizona and Oklahoma before becoming cornerbacks coach at North Texas. After one season, he was off to Memphis and in 2015, he left for Missouri where he rose from position coach to defensive coordinator.

Last year, he left for Illinois and now he has own program.

“We look forward to the culture and atmosphere of success he and his staff will instill in and around our football program,” Bobinski said. “We see him as a perfect fit for our university and this community.”

Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame names its women’s induction class for 2023

Kasia (McClendon) Campbell, Gary West Side (1993)

The 1993 graduate averaged 17.4 points, 8.5 steals and 5.5 assists per game as a senior, helping her team to a 24-1 record. West Side won three sectional titles, two regional titles and three conference titles. She went on to play at Southern Illinois, where she set the league and school record for steals. She was a three-time Missouri Valley Conference defensive player of the year and two-time first-team all-conference. She played one year professionally in Israel. Campbell was inducted into the Southern Illinois Hall of Fame in 2005. She has been a case worker for 20 years and a real estate broker for four.

Bruce Dockery, Evansville Bosse (1969)

Dockery won 502 games as a longtime coach at Evansville Memorial, winning 14 sectional titles, six regional championships. In 2011, his team went 28-1 and won the Class 3A state championship. After he graduated from Bosse, he went to Charleston Southern and the University of Southern Indiana. He was inducted into the Evansville Memorial Hall of Fame in 2020 and honored with the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Excellence Award in 2021.

Katie Douglas, Perry Meridian (1997)

Douglas was a 1997 Indiana All-Star as she averaged 19.3 points and amassed 177 rebounds and 118 steals as a senior. She was named first-team all-state as her team won sectional and regional championships. Douglas went on to Purdue, where she won the NCAA championship in 1999 and earned a spot on the USA Basketball team. She was the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year as a junior and senior, earning Kodak All-American honors. Douglas was the 10th pick of the WNBA draft and played 14 years in the WNBA, earning multiple All-Star game honors. Her number 23 jersey was retired by the Connecticut Sun and is owner of the Orangetheory fitness franchise in Greenwood.

Jennifer (Marlow) Drudge, Rushville (1995)

Drudge was a standout basketball player at Rushville and a 1994 state tennis doubles runner-up. She scored 1,306 points, averaging 20 points per game her senior season. Drudge was named an Indiana All-Star and then played at Butler, where she was named to the All-Newcomer team as a freshman. Her junior and senior seasons, he was named first-team all-conference and all-defensive team as a senior. Drudge coached at Carmel from 2001-04 and was an assistant in 2000-01 and again from 2009-13. She was inducted into the Butler Hall of Fame in 2013 and has taught chemistry at Carmel since 2000 and has been the department chair since 2010.

Ruth (Riley) Hunter, North Miami (1997)

Hunter was named first-team all-state after leading North Miami to a 20-1 record as a senior and setting records for rebounds per game, season and career, blocks in a season and career and points per game in a season and career. She then went to Notre Dame, where she was the three-time Big East Conference defensive player of the year. Notre Dame won the national championship her senior season as Hunter averaged 18.7 points per game and was named National Player of the Year. She was the fifth pick overall of the WNBA draft and was named MVP of the 2003 WNBA Finals. She led the Detroit Shock to the WNBA championship in 2003 and 2006. She was the radio and TV analyst for Notre Dame women’s basketball and has been a TV/radio analyst for the Miami Heat and ACC Network. Hunter was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.

Shelia (McMillen) Keller, Rochester (1995)

Keller averaged 28.2 points as a senior and was named an Indiana All-Star and a Parade All-American. She holds the all-time scoring record at Rochester with 1,696 career points. After her high school career, she went to Notre Dame and was named team captain, MVP and the winner of the Francis Patrick O’Connor Award for the best display of total embodiment and inspiration to the team. She is the varsity assistant at Carmel and holds a black belt in taekwondo.

Diane (Hoereth) Metz, Roncalli

Metz was the 1986 City Athlete of the Year, leading Roncalli to a 22-5 record as she averaged 17 points and 12.5 rebounds and led Roncalli to a semistate championship. She was first-team all-state and was named Roncalli’s athlete of the year as she was also a standout in volleyball. Metz graduated from Roncalli and went on to play volleyball at Texas, IUPUI and Indiana. Since 1991, she has worked for Aldi, Inc., where she is currently the director of administration in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

Charmonique Stallworth, South Bend Washington (1992)

Stallworth was a senior on the 1992 South Bend Washington team that was the first in school history to win a sectional as she averaged 26.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She was named an Indiana All-Star. Stallworth went on to play at Northern Illinois, where she averaged 23.1 points per game as a senior, ranking second in school history. She is 10th on the career scoring list with 1,415 points. Stallworth was inducted into the South Bend Washington hall of fame in 2001 and into the Northern Illinois athletics hall of fame in 2015. Stallworth has worked at the Warren Township district since 2010 as a special education teacher and department chair at Creston Middle School.

Lisa (Shepherd) Stidham, Richmond (1997)

Stidham was 1997 Miss Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior, averaging 29.9 points per game and accumulating 132 rebounds, 80 assists and 87 steals. She holds the career scoring record at Richmond with 2,140 career points. Stidham went on to play at Penn State, where she was named to the All-Big Ten freshman team and was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree. Stidham was an assistant coach at North Central from 2011-2020. She has been activities director in different nursing homes and has been the owner of Dream Maker Basketball since 2008 and co-owner of S&S Elite Sports since 2016. She is currently on the Hamilton Southeastern coaching staff.

Denise McClanahan

a 1981 Perry Meridian graduate, will be honored with the Indiana Fever Silver Medal Award for contributions other than an Indiana high school basketball player or coach. McClanahan has more than 30 years of experience as a high school coach, AAU director and coach and is noted for the creation and leadership of the Lady Mac high school summer league for 32 years and 31 years of the Junior Lady Mac middle school league. These leagues have provided opportunities for Central Indiana players with more than 700 playing recently. As a high school coach, she went 347-292 with six sectional titles and won three Marion County championships at Southport. McClanahan won two Marion County championships as a player at Perry Meridian and played at Central Michigan, Butler and IUPUI.

Raley named OVC Player of the Week for second time

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball junior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) has been named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Player of the Week. The OVC’s weekly accolades are voted upon by the league’s communications directors.

The OVC honor is Raley’s second of the season after earning co-Player of the Week on November 29.

Raley was awarded OVC Player of the Week accolades after scoring 28 points with 19 rebounds in two games last week at Butler University and Eastern Michigan University. The 6’0″ forward averaged 14.0 points and 9.5 boards per contest for the week.  She also had six assists and a pair of steals.

The Haubstadt, Indiana native led USI with 11 points and a career-best five assists last Wednesday at Butler before a stellar performance at Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Raley recorded her second career double-double in dominant fashion. She posted 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. Raley’s 16 rebounds on Saturday marked the first time a Screaming Eagle pulled down 15 or more rebounds in a game since Kacy Eschweiler tallied 22 rebounds against Ferris State University on November 16, 2018.

Following the contest against Butler out of the Big East Conference and the win against Eastern Michigan out of the Mid-American Conference, Raley has scored 10 or more points in every game this season for the Screaming Eagles. Plus, she leads the squad at 15.4 points per game and 19 offensive rebounds this season. Raley is shooting nearly 47 percent from the field and 83 percent on a team-high 29 makes at the free-throw line.

USI’s defense held each opponent last week in Butler and Eastern Michigan to only 18 makes from the floor and 10 or more points below their season scoring average.

USI is in the middle of a season-long five-game road swing, earning the first road win of the season in a 66-60 final at Eastern Michigan. Southern Indiana’s win against Eastern Michigan was also USI’s first in three tries this season against an opponent from the Mid-American Conference.

Raley and the Screaming Eagles (4-4) return to action on back-to-back days this weekend to conclude the road swing. First, USI will travel to Wright State University Saturday for an 11 a.m. CT tip. On Sunday, Southern Indiana will make a stop for a 1 p.m. CT tilt with Cincinnati University. Both games can be seen live with an ESPN+ subscription.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETIC SITES:

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

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

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

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

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

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

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

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

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

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

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

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

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

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

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

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

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills1030.7690.03532215 – 1 – 05 – 2 – 07 – 2 – 02 – 2 – 04 W
Kansas City Chiefs1030.7690.03842985 – 1 – 05 – 2 – 06 – 3 – 04 – 0 – 01 W
Baltimore Ravens940.6920.03012504 – 2 – 05 – 2 – 06 – 3 – 03 – 0 – 02 W
Tennessee Titans760.5380.02412763 – 3 – 04 – 3 – 05 – 4 – 03 – 1 – 03 L
Cincinnati Bengals940.6920.03352655 – 1 – 04 – 3 – 06 – 3 – 02 – 3 – 05 W
Miami Dolphins850.6150.03163125 – 1 – 03 – 4 – 06 – 3 – 02 – 1 – 02 L
New England Patriots760.5380.02762393 – 3 – 04 – 3 – 05 – 3 – 02 – 2 – 01 W
Los Angeles Chargers760.5381.02953263 – 3 – 04 – 3 – 05 – 4 – 02 – 3 – 01 W
New York Jets760.5381.02642433 – 3 – 04 – 3 – 05 – 5 – 02 – 3 – 02 L
Jacksonville Jaguars580.3853.02942943 – 3 – 02 – 5 – 05 – 4 – 02 – 2 – 01 W
Las Vegas Raiders580.3853.03083133 – 2 – 02 – 6 – 04 – 5 – 03 – 2 – 01 L
Cleveland Browns580.3853.03003233 – 3 – 02 – 5 – 03 – 7 – 02 – 2 – 01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers580.3853.02272932 – 4 – 03 – 4 – 02 – 7 – 01 – 3 – 01 L
Indianapolis Colts481.3463.52092982 – 4 – 02 – 4 – 14 – 5 – 11 – 3 – 13 L
Denver Broncos3100.2315.01942382 – 4 – 01 – 6 – 02 – 8 – 00 – 4 – 05 L
Houston Texans1111.1156.52113140 – 5 – 11 – 6 – 01 – 6 – 11 – 1 – 18 L
 
National Football Conference
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
x-Philadelphia Eagles1210.9230.03862486 – 1 – 06 – 0 – 07 – 1 – 03 – 1 – 04 W
Minnesota Vikings1030.7690.03123136 – 1 – 04 – 2 – 06 – 3 – 03 – 1 – 01 L
San Francisco 49ers940.6920.03171976 – 1 – 03 – 3 – 07 – 2 – 04 – 0 – 06 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers670.4620.02242544 – 3 – 02 – 4 – 06 – 3 – 03 – 1 – 01 L
Dallas Cowboys1030.7690.03602297 – 1 – 03 – 2 – 07 – 3 – 03 – 1 – 04 W
Washington Commanders751.5770.02532563 – 3 – 04 – 2 – 14 – 4 – 11 – 2 – 11 T
New York Giants751.5770.02673004 – 3 – 13 – 2 – 03 – 5 – 10 – 3 – 11 L
Seattle Seahawks760.5380.53423343 – 3 – 04 – 3 – 05 – 5 – 03 – 1 – 01 L
Detroit Lions670.4621.53493474 – 4 – 02 – 3 – 05 – 4 – 03 – 1 – 02 W
Green Bay Packers580.3852.52633023 – 3 – 02 – 5 – 04 – 5 – 02 – 2 – 01 W
Carolina Panthers580.3852.52602904 – 3 – 01 – 5 – 04 – 5 – 03 – 1 – 02 W
Atlanta Falcons580.3852.52883124 – 3 – 01 – 5 – 04 – 5 – 01 – 3 – 02 L
Arizona Cardinals490.3083.52773481 – 7 – 03 – 2 – 03 – 6 – 01 – 4 – 03 L
New Orleans Saints490.3083.52652973 – 4 – 01 – 5 – 03 – 6 – 01 – 3 – 02 L
Los Angeles Rams490.3083.52182963 – 5 – 01 – 4 – 03 – 7 – 01 – 4 – 01 W
Chicago Bears3100.2314.52703332 – 4 – 01 – 6 – 01 – 8 – 00 – 4 – 06 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston227.75911-211-54-014-57-31 W
Milwaukee207.7411.013-37-44-111-48-21 W
Cleveland1711.6074.512-25-93-213-55-51 L
Brooklyn1712.5865.010-57-74-213-68-24 W
Philadelphia1512.5566.010-55-72-311-86-43 W
New York1413.5197.07-77-61-29-66-44 W
Atlanta1414.5007.59-55-92-210-103-71 L
Indiana1414.5007.58-66-81-110-63-72 L
Toronto1314.4818.010-33-111-59-114-62 L
10 Miami1315.4648.59-64-95-18-96-41 W
11 Chicago1115.4239.57-54-102-19-75-51 L
12 Washington1117.39310.58-73-103-37-131-97 L
13 Orlando820.28613.57-91-111-34-153-73 W
14 Charlotte720.25914.04-93-113-54-153-75 L
15 Detroit722.24115.04-93-130-52-143-73 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
New Orleans189.66712-36-65-112-68-21 L
Memphis189.66712-26-73-28-68-26 W
Denver1610.6151.57-39-76-214-66-42 W
Phoenix1612.5712.512-34-95-013-84-65 L
Portland1512.5563.07-68-64-211-75-52 W
LA Clippers1613.5523.08-68-73-310-105-52 W
Sacramento1412.5383.58-46-83-45-64-62 L
Utah1614.5333.510-56-93-414-94-61 W
Dallas1413.5194.011-43-91-29-55-51 W
10 Golden State1414.5004.512-22-124-39-86-41 L
11 Minnesota1314.4815.07-76-73-47-104-62 L
12 LA Lakers1116.4077.06-75-90-56-105-51 L
13 Oklahoma City1116.4077.06-55-111-55-104-63 L
14 San Antonio918.3339.05-104-81-33-163-73 W
15 Houston918.3339.06-53-131-35-146-42 W

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

ConferenceOverallvs
 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Purdue2-01.0001-01-010-01.0005-02-03-02-0
22 Wisconsin2-01.0001-01-08-2.8003-12-03-11-1
Northwestern1-01.0000-01-07-2.7784-12-01-11-1
23 Ohio State1-01.0001-00-07-2.7785-00-12-11-2
Michigan1-01.0000-01-06-3.6673-11-02-20-2
20 Maryland1-1.5001-00-18-2.8005-01-12-11-1
14 Indiana1-1.5001-00-18-2.8006-01-11-11-1
Penn State1-1.5000-11-07-3.7004-11-12-11-0
Michigan State1-1.5000-11-07-4.6363-12-12-21-2
Rutgers1-1.5001-00-16-4.6006-10-20-11-1
Iowa0-1.0000-10-07-3.7005-11-01-21-1
18 Illinois0-2.0000-10-17-3.7005-10-12-12-2
Nebraska0-2.0000-10-16-5.5454-11-21-21-2
Minnesota0-2.0000-10-14-6.4003-30-21-10-2

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ConferenceOverallvs
 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Ohio State2-01.0001-01-010-01.0006-04-00-02-0
Indiana2-01.0001-01-010-01.0006-02-02-02-0
12 Iowa2-01.0001-01-08-3.7275-12-11-11-2
Nebraska2-01.0001-01-08-3.7275-01-32-01-2
19 Michigan1-01.0001-00-09-1.9004-12-03-01-0
Purdue1-1.5000-11-09-2.8186-11-02-10-1
Illinois1-1.5001-00-19-2.8186-02-11-10-1
15 Maryland1-1.5000-11-09-3.7503-24-02-13-1
Minnesota1-1.5001-00-16-5.5455-20-31-00-1
Northwestern0-1.0000-00-14-5.4444-20-30-00-3
Penn State0-2.0000-10-18-3.7276-20-12-00-1
Michigan State0-2.0000-10-16-5.5455-21-10-20-3
Rutgers0-2.0000-10-15-7.4175-20-20-30-3
Wisconsin0-2.0000-10-14-8.3333-21-20-40-1

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins28234147211106115-0-18-4-07-2-1
New Jersey Devils29216244211047110-5-111-1-15-3-2
Toronto Maple Leafs30195644191007011-2-38-3-39-0-1
Carolina Hurricanes281666381481735-3-111-3-56-1-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2917843816102849-3-28-5-28-1-1
Tampa Bay Lightning28189137181018411-4-17-5-07-3-0
New York Islanders3017121351795849-6-08-6-15-4-1
New York Rangers3015105351493856-6-49-4-15-4-1
Washington Capitals3115124341594928-4-17-8-37-2-1
10 Detroit Red Wings281396321284877-5-36-4-34-4-2
11 Florida Panthers30141243213102988-3-36-9-14-4-2
12 Montreal Canadiens2814122301084977-7-07-5-25-4-1
13 Buffalo Sabres291314228121151037-8-26-6-05-3-2
14 Ottawa Senators2812142261286897-8-05-6-26-3-1
15 Philadelphia Flyers30914725972996-8-13-6-62-6-2
16 Columbus Blue Jackets28101622210801158-10-12-6-13-6-1
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights3121914319104858-7-013-2-15-5-0
Dallas Stars3017853917110849-3-38-5-25-3-2
Winnipeg Jets2818913718947510-5-08-4-17-3-0
Seattle Kraken281693351698917-6-29-3-16-4-0
Los Angeles Kings321512535141061187-5-28-7-34-3-3
Colorado Avalanche2715102321385766-4-29-6-04-5-1
Edmonton Oilers301713034171091029-7-08-6-07-3-0
Minnesota Wild2815112321288858-6-17-5-17-3-0
Calgary Flames29131153112878910-5-13-6-44-4-2
10 Nashville Predators2712123271070857-5-25-7-14-4-2
11 Vancouver Canucks28121332712971095-7-17-6-26-4-0
12 St. Louis Blues29131512712851086-7-17-8-03-6-1
13 San Jose Sharks3110165259961123-8-57-8-03-5-2
14 Arizona Coyotes27914422974993-2-16-12-33-5-2
15 Chicago Blackhawks277164187651014-9-23-7-21-8-1
16 Anaheim Ducks307203175701305-7-02-13-31-7-2

NFL HISTORY

December 14, 1920 – Fighting Irish legend George Gipp passed away from pneumonia at the age of 25. The History of College Football reminds us that Gipp is probably best known for asking his Coach Knute Rockne from his hospital bed, to at sometime at a point in the future, will find themselves in Rockne and the Irish need some inspiration to ask the team “to win one for the Gipper.”

December 14, 1930 – An interesting Gridiron charity game pitted the New York Football Giants against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Giants surged earlier in the season but then dropped their last two games which eliminated them from a chance at the NFL Title. With this in mind they teamed up with the ever popular Notre Dame eleven to hold a benefit game to raise money for cash strapped families during the Great Depression according to Hapmoran.org. The G-men triumphed 22-0.

December 14, 1930 – The National Football League Champions were the Green Bay Packers who with a 10-3-1 record repeated to take the title with best record and in that era of the NFL, the team with the best record received the Title per the fandom.com American Football story on the season.

December 14, 1941 – It is amazing that with all of the times that the Bears and the Packers have faced each other that there was only one time in history so far that they met in the postseason. That one time meeting was indeed historic as it was also the first NFL divisional playoff game. In that era of the NFL thre were two divisions and the team with the best record in each division would meet in the NFL Championship Game. The 1941 season however the Bears and Packer tied for the best record in the Western Division of the NFL with identical 10-1 records. Each team was victorious on the other’s field. On Sept. 28, the Bears defeated the Packers at City Stadium, 25-17. The Packers returned the favor on Nov. 2 at Wrigley Field, winning 16-14. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online covers the game play in detail but also shares with us that in this meeting it was the Bears who claimed the right to play for the Title as they knocked off the Packers 33-14 in the third and most important meeting of the season.

December 14, 1947 – Action from the AAFC Championship Game had the Cleveland Browns defeating the New York Yankees 14-3 to win yet another title in the fledgling league.

December 14, 1980 – Metropolitan Stadium – “the Miracle at the Met” the Minnesota Vikings have sure been involved in a lot of famous plays. Before the Minneapolis Miracle there was this fantastic game when the Cleveland Browns were in town according to ESPN.com. The Browns held a 1 point lead with 14 ticks of the clock remaining. It looked dismal for the home fans as the Vikings had possession of the ball but were 80 yards away from the Brown’s goal line. The use of a hook and lateral ate up 9 prcisou seconds as the lateral went to Vikes running back Ted Brown who reached the Cleveland 46 got out of bounds. Quarterback Tommy Kramer then fired a lofty pass to the right side of the endzone in desperation, three Browns were in a position to make a play on the ball but they tipped it into the hands of Vikings Receiver Ahmad Rashad in the back corner of the endzone in a truly miraculous conclusion. Kramer passed for 456 yards to set a franchise record in a non Over Time game, and the final score was 28-24, Minnesota!

December 14, 1980 – New Orleans Saints fans ended their paper bags over their heads “Aints” era when their favorite team edged out the New York Jets 21-20 to stop a 14 game losing streak.

December 14, 1991 – The 57th Heisman Trophy Award went to Desmond Howard, the University of Michigan’s talented wide receiver and return man. Howard according to the Heisman.com website held the second largest voting margin of victory in the Awards history. The Junior wideout helped the Wolverines achieve a 10-1 record while catching 61 receptions for 960 yards with 19 TDs and ran in a couple more scores on rushes. He scored another couple of touchdowns on a kick and a punt return. He averaged a whopping 31 yards per kick return and a solid 15.3 yards per punt return. I would say that sets up for some great field position on offense!

December 14, 1996 – Quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the Florida Gators was voted as the 62nd Heisman Trophy winner. Wuerffel was only the second Gator to win the Award, the other was none other than his Florida Head Coach Steve Spurrier per the Heisman’s official website. Danny rifled 3,625 yards and 36 touchdowns as he aided the Gators to an 11-1 record and another shot at the national title. Wuerffel showed up in that big national championship game too as he threw for 306 yards and 3 touchdowns against a strong Florida State defense in a 52-20 Gator romp against their cross state rivals to win Florida’s first ever National title.

December 14, 1998 – The Downtown Athletic Club handed its 64th version of the Heisman Award to University of Texas Running Back Ricky Williams. We told you earlier that Desmon Howard in 1991 received the second highest percentage of Heisman votes, well Ricky Williams is the only player ahead of him in that category. Williams had 43% of the voters cast his name in the Heisman voting according to the Award’s website tabulation. Ricky set 21 NCAA records as he ran for an impeccable 2,124 yards and 27 TDs on the season. The standout Longhorn runner also won the Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards as well as becoming the only player in College Football history to win the Doak Walker Award twice.

December 14, 2009 – University of Alabama hard working running back Mark Ingram Jr. won the 75th Heisman Trophy Award. He was unbelievably the first Bama Heisman winner to also win a National Championship Title with the Tide that same season. Ingrams according to the Trophy’s official site won the narrowest vote in Heisman history up to tha point. Mark Ingram in the 2009 season rushed for 1,542 yards with 15 touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 322 yards and three Tds to aid Alabama in going undefeated on the year.

December 14, 2019 – The 85th Heisman Trophy was earned by Joe Burrow, the stud quarterback of Louisiana State University. Heisman.com informs the reader that the LSU Senior signal caller threw a Heisman tying record 48 touchdowns on the season with 4715 yards through the air. Joe’s 2019 completion rate of 77.9% is the highest ever in the Award’s history.

1951 Rose Bowl

January 1, 1951, marked the 37th Rose Bowl as the ninth-ranked Michigan Wolverines, champions of the Big Ten Conference, faced the California Golden Bears, winners of the Pacific Coast Conference. Pappy Waldorf was the head coach of the Bears, as Michigan was led by Bennie Oosterbaan. The Wolverines won their conference in dramatic style by upsetting rival Ohio State by scoring a 9–3 victory in the infamous Snow Bowl game, played in 21 inches of the white stuff in a freak blizzard in Columbus. Cal was the early favorite in this contest, as

it was the Bear’s third consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl. Early on, it looked great for Cal as Pete Schabarum busted loose on a 77-yard run on the game’s second play for an apparent TD. However, an illegal motion penalty nullified the score, and Cal lost a bit of Moxy. The Golden Bears got in rolling in the second quarter when Bob Cummings caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jim Marinos, but Les Richter missed on the extra point kick. This 6-0 Cal lead held up to the final quarter. That is when the Wolverine’s heavy-duty running game started to take its toll on the Bears. Wolverine fullback Don Dufek punched the ticket on two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and was named the Player of the Game as Michigan rallied to win 14-6.

1952 Rose Bowl

The 38th game in the Rose Bowl series was a bit of a blowout when the Illinois Illini of Roy Eliot banged around the Stanford Indians of Coach Chuck Taylor 40-7. Taylor was one of the famous Vow Boys from the decade earlier and marked the first time a person was in the Rose Bowl game both as a player and a head coach. The Indians did lead 7 to 6 on a Harry Hugasian touchdown until late in the third quarter. However, the Illinois offensive machine then scored 34 unanswered points, 27 in the fourth quarter. All-American runner Johnny Karras showed his talent by rushing for 58 yards and a touchdown for Illinois as part of the 434 yards of total Illini offense. Illinois running back Bill Tate was donned as the game MVP with 150 yards rushing and two scores.

1953 Rose Bowl

The 1953 Rose Bowl, played on January 1, was the 39th edition of the New Years’ Day game. Wisconsin and head coach Ivy Williamson made their Rose Bowl debut ranked number 11 in the country with a 7-0 record. The Badgers would face the fifth-ranked USC Trojans of Coach Jess Hill. The defense was superb in this contest, as only one score was surrendered. A third-quarter TD by the Trojans proved to be the difference in this evenly matched game, USC 7-0. USC quarterback Rudy Bukich was named the Player of the Game. Future Heisman Trophy winner, Wisconsin running back/linebacker Alan Ameche finished the game with 133 rushing yards on 28 carries.

1954 Rose Bowl

The 40th annual Rose Bowl game was a great ball game itself. January 1, 1954, card saw the Michigan State Spartans of Coach Clarence Munn playing against the Red Sanders-led UCLA Bruins. It would be the first time that the Spartans’ standings would count in the Big Ten and also the inaugural time that the team would be Rose Bowl eligible. Their 8-1 record made the Spartans co-champions with Illinois. However, Illinois had last appeared in the 1952 Rose Bowl, and it being MSU’s first, Big Ten rules dictated that the East Lansing school would head to Pasadena. The scoring in the game started on two Spartan miscues where they fumbled away the ball to UCLA, and Bruins capitalized on the opportunities with touchdowns. Michigan finally got on the board with under 5 minutes remaining in the first half. Spartan defensive standout Victor Postula batted down four Bruin passes during the contest. The second half started turning MSU’s way when head coach Biggie Munn’s use of the “split-line offense” started paying dividends against the Bruins. Michigan State put together two long drives in the third quarter to lead 21–14. The Bruins defense did their part once again and forced yet another Spartan fumble, and UCLA scored to pull within a point at 21–20, but the PAT was no good. Michigan State made it a two-score game when Billy Wells returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown with 4:51 left in the game. The final score was 28-20 Spartans. Billy Wells was chosen as the game’s MVP.

1955 Rose Bowl

When the invitations were being sent out for the 1955 Rose Bowl, the Committee was a t first licking their chops. They could have a defacto National Championship game with a Number 1 versus Number 2 matchup on the slate. Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes entered the Buckeyes into his first Rose Bowl ranked first in the polls. A PCC short-lived “no-repeat” rule” prevented the #2 UCLA from accepting an invite to the game. In their place was the 8-2 USC Trojans of Coach Jess Hill. Ohio State jumped out early and never looked back, cruising to a 20-7 victory over the Trojans. Ohio State quarterback Dave Leggett won the game MVP award, closely followed by Buckeye back Hopalong Cassady, who rushed for 92 yards.

1956 Rose Bowl

The 42nd Rose Bowl game was a watershed moment in college football. The contest featured two of the day’s most racially integrated college football teams, with six African American players for the Bruins and seven for the Spartans. This was a rematch of the 1954 Rose Bowl. Head Coach Duffy Daugherty, brought his Spartans to the dance. This time it was the Bruins who had the high ranking in the polls, with Michigan State garnering the invite because the Big Ten winner Ohio State could not make the repeat trip to the game by rule. The Californians came out swinging, as on the very first play from scrimmage, Bruin Jim Decker of picked off a pass from Michigan State quarterback Earl Morrall, and returned it to the Spartan 16-yard line. Bob Davenport dove into the end zone from two-yards out to give the Bruins a 7–0 lead. Michigan State responded a quarter later second quarter, when they engineered an 11-play, 80-yard drive to knot the score with sevens. Morrall made a 13-yard touchdown pass to Clarence Peaks that was set up earlier by Walt Kowalczyk’s 30-yard run to the UCLA 17. MSU found their first lead of the day early in the fourth when Peaks’ threw a 17-yard pass to John Lewis, who caught the ball on the 50 and ran through the Bruin defenders to pay dirt. UCLA answered back when quarterback Ronnie Knox connected with Jim Decker with a 47-yard pass play to the Spartan 7-yard line and three plays later, Doug Peters scored on a one-yard ISO dive. Michigan State won it when replacement kicker, Dave Kaiser made his first ever field goal attempt count from 41 -yards away with seven ticks of the clock remaining. The Spartans won the close ball game 17-14. Kowalczyk was rewarded with the MVP honors after the game.

BIRTHDAYS OF HALL OF FAME PLAYERS FOR DECEMBER 14

December 14, 1921 – Pittston, Pennsylvania – Charley Trippi the Georgia Bulldogs great halfback was born. The NFF starts out their bio of Charley with the story of the 1943 Rose Bowl game in which Georgia would face powerhouse UCLA. The Bulldogs would be at a slight disadvantage as their stud All-America runner Frank Sinkwich was hurt and not able to play. The substitute for Sinkwich was Trippi and boy did he ever put on a show as he went on to become the game’s MVP by helping the Dogs overcome adversity in defeating the Bruins 9-0. After some great seasons at Georgia which were WWII interrupted, and he served his country, Trippi really set his fabled Bulldog lore in his Senior year. Charley led Georgia t0 a perfect 10-0 regular season, the the amazing halfback won the Sugar Bowl for the Bulldogs when he tossed a touchdown pass to teammate Dan Edwards, sealing off a 20-10 victory over the Tarheels of North Carolina. The National Football Foundation selected Charley Trippi to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1959. Trippi may be the only player to have ever played in four Chicago College All-Star games as a collegian, two with the Bulldogs, two while in the service and a fifth as a professional. The Pro Football Hall of Fame tells an interesting story about Charley after college. It was the AAFC’s New York Yankees who were ready to hold a press conference to announce Charley Trippi as their newest player but at the last minute they found out that Charles Bidwell Senior of the Chicago Cardinals had inked Trippi to a sweet deal. Charley signed a four-season long, $100,000 professional contract with the Chicago Cardinals making him the second highest paid pro player at the time behind only Red Grange. Bidwell was billing it the “Dream Back Field” as Trippi would join Cardinals greats Paul Christman, Pat Harder, Marshall Goldberg and, later, Elmer Angsman but Mr. Bidwell passed away before ever seeing the men play together. The Dream Backfield was as thought and the Cardinals captured the 1947 Championship of the NFL by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 28-21. Trippi put on basketball shoes to gain traction on the Icy Comiskey Park surface to rush for 206 total yards of rushing and returns with 2 scores. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined him in 1968.

December 14, 1939 – New Salem Pennsylvania – Ernie Davis the standout Syracuse halfback was born. Ernie, according to the NFF web bio on him, led Syracuse to a national championship in 1959. Davis was the top player in the nation in 1961 as he rushed for 823 yards as a senior and scored 15 touchdowns while leading Syracuse in pass receiving with 16 catches for 157 yards. Ernie Davis the first African-American player to win the Heisman but he was also the first black player to be drafted with the top pick in the NFL Draft! Unfortunately shortly after signing a life changing contract with the Browns, Ernie came down with Leukemia and was not able to live out his professional dream. We lost the great Ernie Davis at the young age of just 23. The National Football Foundation selected Ernie Davis to become a member posthumously of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

BASEBALL HISTORY

1948       The Senators trade pitcher Early Wynn and first baseman Mickey Vernon to the Indians for first baseman Eddie Robinson and pitchers Joe Haynes and Eddie Klieman. Wynn will be a four-time twenty-game winner during his ten years with the Tribe.

1948       The Phillies a busy day when the team purchases Ken Trinkle from the Giants and trades pitchers Walter Dubiel and Dutch Leonard to the Cubs for first baseman Eddie Waitkus and pitcher Hank Borowy. Ruth Ann Steinhagen, a female fan obsessed with former Cub corner infielder, is distraught by the trade and will try to kill him when he returns to Chicago with his new team.

1950       The owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), and Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select a new commissioner as soon as possible. Three days ago, Happy Chandler’s contract to serve a second term as baseball’s leader was not renewed in a close vote, 9-7.

1960       The two new American League franchises, the first expansion teams in over half a century, select their rosters in a player draft. The ‘new’ Washington Senators choose Yankee southpaw Bobby Shantz, and the Los Angeles Angels opt for Yankee righty Eli Grba.

1977       The Red Sox trade as a starter Fergie Jenkins, a future Hall-of-Famer, to the Rangers for a 23-year-old pitcher named John Poloni, who will never play in another big-league game. In his second stints the Rangers and the Cubs, the Canadian right-hander will post a 69-56 record with a 3.71 ERA during the remaining six years of his career.

1985       Former Indian, A’s Yankee, and Cardinal outfielder Roger Maris passes away in a Houston hospital after a two-year battle with lymphatic cancer. Former teammates Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, John Blanchard, Bill Skowron, Whitey Herzog, and Bob Allison will be pallbearers for the one-time single-season home run record holder.

1994       In the face of the labor uncertainty, the Phillies irk other owners by signing free-agent Gregg Jefferies to a lucrative four-year deal, reportedly worth $20 million. The Cardinals had refused to give the All-Star first baseman/outfielder a no-trade clause in their negotiations to keep him with the Redbirds.

1995       Free-agent Lance Johnson agrees to a two-year pact with the Mets reportedly worth more than five million dollars. ‘Ol’ One-Dog,’ who led the American League in hits last season with 186 playing with the White Sox, will repeat the feat his first season in the Senior Circuit with 227 hits.

2000       In the wake of the Alex Rodriguez deal, the Rangers send Royce Clayton to the White Sox for right-handed pitchers Aaron Myette and Brian Schmack. The former Texas shortstop displaced by the team’s acquisition of A-Rod will bat .258 during his two-year tenure on the South Side of the Windy City.

2000       The Cardinals trade third baseman Fernando Tatis and right-hander Britt Reames to the Expos for right-handed starter Dustin Hermanson and left-hander closer Steve Kline. The Redbirds’ new southpaw reliever will appear in more than half of the team’s games next season, posting a 3-3 record along with nine saves in his league-leading 89 trips to the mound.

2001       The A’s, needing to fill the void of a left-handed power hitter created by Jason Giambi’s departure to the Yankees, trade southpaw reliever Mark Guthrie and minor league right-hander Tyler Yates to the Mets for David Justice. A week ago, the Mets acquired the designated hitter-outfielder in a deal that sent third baseman Robin Ventura to the Yankees.

2004       The District of Columbia Council’s decision requiring private financing for at least fifty percent of the Nationals’ new ballpark construction costs may jeopardize the team’s tenure in Washington, DC. The 7-6 vote in favor of this new proviso breaks the agreement major league baseball negotiated with the city to land the former Montreal Expos franchise in the nation’s capital.

2005       The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control informs Major League Baseball of its decision to withhold the required permit for Cuba to play on U.S. soil during the 16-team World Baseball Classic tournament. In response to a congressional request, the Bush administration is concerned that revenue from the WBC will wind up in the Cuban government’s coffers, contrary to the current embargo against Castro’s country.

2007       The Diamondbacks enjoy a busy day, acquiring All-Star hurler Dan Haren (15-9, 3.07) and right-hander Connor Robertson from the A’s in exchange for Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland, Greg Smith, Chris Carter, Aaron Cunningham, and Carlos Gonzalez. Arizona deals Jose Valverde, the major league saves leader, to the Astros to get reliever Chad Qualls, second baseman/outfielder Chris Burke, and righty Juan Gutierrez in a separate transaction.

2007       To bolster their bullpen, the Rangers sign Japanese reliever Kazuo Fukumori to a two-year, $3 million contract, including a team option for 2010. In his 13 seasons in Japan, Kaz compiled a 34-42 won-lost record and 72 saves while posting a 3.72 ERA in 377 games.

2007       The Cardinals agree in principle to a deal that sends 37-year-old Jim Edmonds and approximately $1 million to the Padres in exchange for minor league prospect David Freese. After talks earlier in the day broke off with Mike Cameron, a free agent who played centerfield for the San Diego last season, the team accelerated their search to find a replacement.

2007       David Eckstein (.309, 3, 31) and the Blue Jays finalized a one-year, $4.5 million deal, which brings the short-statured shortstop north of the border. The 32-year-old All-Star infielder’s leadership and attitude played an important role on his previous two teams, the Angels and Cardinals, in winning the World Series in 2002 and 2006, respectively.

2007       The Rangers invite Edgardo Alfonzo, a career .284 hitter, to spring training. The 34-year-old former All-Star infielder, who played with the Mets, Giants, Angels, and Blue Jays, spent last season in the independent Atlantic League playing with the Long Island Ducks.

2007       To fill the void created by Delmon Young’s trade to the Twins, the Rays sign Cliff Floyd (.284, 9, 45) to a $3 million, one-year deal to play right field in Tampa Bay. The veteran 35-year-old left-handed fly chaser has been a productive hitter during his 15-year major league career but has had difficulty staying off the disabled list.

2007       The Twins sign another former Astros infielder, acquiring Mike Lamb ($6.6 million, two-years) after getting Adam Everett yesterday ($2.8 million, one-year) in the free-agent market. Lamb will provide much-needed offense at third base, and Everett, although a light-hitter, is a slick-fielding shortstop who will add to the club defensively.

2007       The Royals trade hurler Billy Buckner to the Diamondbacks for switch-hitter Alberto Callaspo. Kansas City’s new player is an infielder, who appeared in 56 games for the NL West champs, mostly in a pinch-hitting role, and Arizona receives a pitcher who compiled a 1-2 record with a 5.29 ERA in 34 innings of work last season.

2009       Randy Wolf and the Brewers finalize their $29.75 million, three-year deal. The 33-year-old southpaw signed a $5 million, one-year free-agent contract with the Dodgers last season, posting an 11-7 record with a 3.23 ERA with L.A. after the Astros pulled a $27 million, three-year offer off the table due to the nosedive in the economy.

2010       After being dealt in the off-season last December, Cliff Lee returns to the Phillies, joining National League Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, the key person in the deal that sent him to Seattle as part of a four-team, nine-player trade. The 32-year-old free-agent right-hander, who will be joining unquestionably the best starting rotation in baseball, agrees to a deal that guarantees him $120 million over the next five seasons, spurning the Yankees’ offer of $30 million more.

2011       The Red Sox, hoping to fill the void after losing closer Jonathan Papelbon to free agency, obtained Mark Melancon, who had 20 saves during his first full major league season, from the Astros in exchange for infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Kyle Weiland. Boston signs free-agent utility infielder Nick Punto to a two-year contract as a replacement for Lowrie in a separate transaction.

2011       The Orioles announce the signing of Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada to a two-year, $8.15 million deal that includes a $5 million option for 2014. Baltimore hasn’t determined the role of the 30-year-old Japanese hurler on the team but is counting on the hard-throwing southpaw to be a major upgrade to the O’s woeful pitching staff.

2012       Kevin Youkilis, best known for being a member of the Red Sox World Championship teams in 2004 and 2007, signs a one-year, $12 million deal with the Yankees, once considered the ‘Evil Empire’ by his former club. The 33-year-old infielder, who was traded to Chicago’s south side by Boston in June, will help fill the void at third base while Alex Rodriguez recuperates from hip surgery.

2013       After inking Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract earlier in the week, the Mets sign Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million free-agent pact. The 40-year-old All-Star right-handed starter, slated to replace the innings the team will need as Matt Harvey recovers from Tommy John surgery, compiled an 18-6 record along with a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts for the A’s last season.

2013       Warren Cromartie, a former outfielder and first baseman with the Expos in the 1970s and ’80s, shares a $400,000 feasibility study which reveals that the return of major league baseball to Montreal would be viable if a team plays its home games in a government-financed downtown stadium with an owner with deep pockets. The report suggests that MLB’s national television deal and revenue-sharing scheme, which has changed radically since the franchise moved to Washington in 2004, would ensure a competitive $75-million payroll before a single ticket is sold, with the government subsidy repaid within eight years.

2014       “Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing, so clearly established by the Dowd Report, or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of the circumstances that led to his permanent eligibility in 1989. Absent such credible evidence, allowing him to work in the game presents an unacceptable risk of a future violation by him of Rule 21, and thus to the integrity of our sport. I, therefore, must reject Mr. Rose’s application for reinstatement.”- COMMISSIONER MANFRED, stating his case for the denial of Pete Rose’s reinstatement. In one of his first major actions since becoming commissioner, Rob Manfred denies Pete Rose’s application for reinstatement to baseball, citing a reversal of the lifetime ban would risk the sport’s integrity. The four-page decision concludes the career hits leader had continued to gamble legally on horse racing and professional sports, including baseball, disregarding all the circumstances which led to his permanent ineligibility in 1989.

2020       The Cleveland club of the American League has decided to drop Indians as their name, according to team owner Paul Dolan, who announced the change comes after discussions with fans, business leaders, players, social activists, and researchers. Unlike the Washington NFL football team, formerly known as the Redskins, the baseball franchise will not adopt an interim moniker awaiting the new team’s identity.

SPORTS IN NUMBERS

32 – 88 – 4 – 9 – 28 – 16 – 21 – 17 – 22 – 34 – 9 – 30 – 20

December 14, 1953 – Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax. The picher would wear the Number 32 for the Dodgers through the 1966 season.

December 14, 1958 – Number 88, Pat Summerall kicked the game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

December 14, 1968 – Number 4, Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick and it was against the Chicago Blackhawks.

December 14, 1980 – Minnesota Vikings Quaterback Number 9, Tommy Kramer threw for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24 on a tipped pass that receiver Number 28, Ahamad Rashad caught for the game winner on the last play. The Miracle at the Met

December 14, 1982 – LA Kings’ Number 16, Marcel Dionne became the 9th NHL skater to score 500 goals in a career. The Kings organization retired the Number 16 in Dionne’s honor on November 8, 1990

December 14, 1991 – 57th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Michigan wide receiver, Number 21, Desmond Howard

December 14, 1996 – 62nd Heisman Trophy Award was won by Florida Quarterback, Number 17, Danny Wuerffel

December 14, 1997 – Phoenix Coyote winger Number 22, Mike Gartner became the 5th NHL skater to score 700 goals

December 14, 1998 – 64th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Texas running back Number 34, Ricky Williams

December 14, 2009 – 75th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Alabama running back, Number 22, Mark Ingram, Jr.

December 14, 2019 – 85th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Louisiana State University Quarterback Number 9, Joe Burrow. Burrow had the highest percentage of first place votes ever with 90.7%

December 14, 2021 – Steph Curry, Number 30 of the Golden State Warriors, made his 2,974th three-point shot to pass Ray Allen (Number 34 & Number 20) as the NBA’s top career 3-point shooter during Golden State Warriors’ 105-96 win over NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden

TV WEDNESDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MEN’STIME ETTV
Stetson at Charleston4:00pmFLOHOOPS
William Peace at Campbell6:00pmESPN+
Ohio vs. Florida7:00pmESPN2
Drexel at Seton Hall7:00pmFS1
Stephen F. Austin at Louisiana Tech7:00pmESPNU
App State at Wake Forest7:00pmACCN
South Carolina at UAB7:00pmCBSSN
Radford at VCU7:00pmESPN+
Wright State at Akron7:00pmESPN+
Miami (OH) at Cincinnati7:00pmESPN+
DePaul at Duquesne7:00pmESPN+
Morehead State at Georgia Southern7:00pmESPN+
Eastern Kentucky at Northern Kentucky7:00pmESPN+
Queens at ETSU7:00pmESPN+
Carolina at Gardner-Webb7:00pmESPN+
LIU at UAlbany7:00pmESPN+
St. Thomas (FL) at Florida Atlantic7:00pmCUSAtv
Bowling Green at Norfolk State7:30pm
UCF at Ole Miss7:30pmESPN+
Sam Houston at ULM7:30pmESPN+
Reinhardt at Jacksonville State7:30pmESPN+
UAPB at Minnesota8:00pmBTN
Georgia State at Auburn8:00pmESPN+
Charleston Southern at Tennessee State8:00pmESPN+
Southeast Missouri at Arkansas State8:00pmESPN+
Tennessee Tech at Lipscomb8:00pmESPN+
Bellevue (NE) at South Dakota State8:00pm
WKU at Louisville9:00pmESPN2
UCLA at Maryland9:00pmFS1
UC Riverside at Oregon9:00pmPAC12
Colorado Christian at Denver9:00pm
Coastal Carolina at South Dakota9:00pm
UC San Diego at Nevada10:00pmMWN
NM State at Saint Mary’s10:00pmWCC
Long Beach State at USC11:00pmPAC12
NBATIME ETTV
Detroit at Charlotte7:00pmBally Sports
Golden State at Indiana7:30pmBally Sporrts
NBCS-BAY
Atlanta at Orlando7:00pmBally Sports
New York at Chicago7:30pmESPN
NBCS-CHI
Sacramento at Toronto7:30pmSportsnet
NBCS-CA
Portland at San Antonio8:00pmRoot Sports
Bally Sports
Miami at Oklahoma City8:00pmBally Sports
Cleveland at Dallas9:00pmBally Sports
Washington at Denver9:00pmNBCS-WSH
ALT
Minnesota at LA Clippers10:00pmESPN
NHLTIME ETTV
Montreal at Ottawa7:00pmSportsnet
Detroit at Minnesota7:30pmTNT
Bally Sports
Vancouver at Calgary10:00pmTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
FIFA World Cup Semifinals: France vs Morocco2:00pmFOX
Peacock
Telemundo

TV THURSDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MEN’STIME ETTV
Elon at Presbyterian12:00pmESPN+
North American at Rice12:15pmCUSAtv
Lehigh at Wisconsin7:00pmBTN
Stony Brook at Wagner7:00pmNEC
Chattanooga at Middle Tennessee7:00pmESPN+
St. Mary’s of the Woods at Southern Indiana8:00pmESPN+
Louisiana at McNeese8:00pmESPN+
Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls8:00pmESPN+
North Alabama at Colorado8:30pmPAC12
Southwestern Christian at UTRGV8:30pmESPN+
Western Oregon at BYU9:00pm
Westminster at Utah State9:00pmMWN
UC Irvine at Santa Clara10:00pmWCC
Seattle U at Oregon State10:30pmPAC12
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World: AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open3:30amGOLF
NBATIME ETTV
Milwaukee at Memphis8:00pmNBATV
Bally Sports
Miami at Houston8:00pmBally Sports
ATTSN-SW
New Orleans at Utah9:00pmBally Sports
ATTSN-RM
Phoenix at LA Clippers10:30pmNBATV
Bally Sports
NFLTIME ETTV
San Francisco at Seattle8:15pmPRIME
NHLTIME ETTV
Columbus at Tampa Bay7:00pmBally Sports
Dallas at Washington7:00pmNBCS-WSH
Bally Sports
Los Angeles at Boston7:00pmBally Sports
NESN
Philadelphia at New Jersey7:00pmNBCS-PHI
MSGSN
Seattle at Carolina7:00pmRoot Sports
Bally Sports
Toronto at NY Rangers7:00pmMSG
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Nashville at Winnipeg8:00pmBally Sports
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Vegas at Chicago8:30pmATTSN-RM
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Buffalo at Colorado9:00pmMSG-BUF
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St. Louis at Edmonton9:00pmBally Sports
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UEFA Women’s Champions League: Rosengård vs Bayern München12:45pmDAZN
UEFA Women’s Champions League: Juventus vs Zürich12:45pmDAZN
UEFA Women’s Champions League: SL Benfica vs Barcelona3:00pmDAZN
UEFA Women’s Champions League: Arsenal vs Olympique Lyonnais3:00pmDAZN
Scottish Premiership: Rangers vs Hibernian3:00pmParamount+
Copa por Mexico: América vs Necaxa8:00pmUniMas
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