BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES
|INDIAN CREEK||79||PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY||60|
|INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS||71||INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE||53|
|INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL||76||WARREN CENTRAL||71||2OT|
|INDIANAPOLIS TECH||77||INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON||50|
|MUNCIE CENTRAL||44||FRANKLIN COUNTY||29|
|RENSSELAER CENTRAL||49||BOONE GROVE||37|
|TRI||88||ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY||41|
|WHITE RIVER VALLEY||58||WASHINGTON CATHOLIC||24|
|BISMARCK-HENNING (ILL.) CLASSIC|
|BISMARCK-HENNING (ILL.)||54||INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE||42|
|MILFORD (ILL.)||72||INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE||50|
|CLAY CITY TOURNAMENT|
|TRI-WEST||64||NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)||45|
|OWEN VALLEY||63||RIVERTON PARKE||52|
|CLINTON CENTRAL TOURNAMENT|
|CLINTON PRAIRIE||65||CLINTON CENTRAL||27|
|NORTH JUDSON||74||FOUNTAIN CENTRAL||63|
|CARROLL (FLORA)||86||CLINTON CENTRAL||43|
|CONNERSVILLE||52||ROCK CREEK ACADEMY||31|
|LAWRENCE NORTH||66||FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA||49|
|FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA||72||ROCK CREEK ACADEMY||64|
|EAST NOBLE TOURNAMENT|
|JOHN GLENN||60||EAST NOBLE||41|
|SOUTH DECATUR||67||VICTORY COLLEGE PREP||33|
|JAC-CEN-DEL||72||VICTORY COLLEGE PREP||40|
|INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN||60||SOUTH DECATUR||34|
|GRANT 4 TOURNAMENT|
|KANKAKEE (ILL.) TOURNAMENT|
|LAFAYETTE JEFF||68||BUTLER PREP (ILL.)||38|
|LAKE STATION TOURNAMENT|
|LAKELAND CHRISTIAN TOURNAMENT|
|LAKELAND CHRISTIAN||68||CLINTON CHRISTIAN||21|
|TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN||54||FAITH CHRISTIAN||47|
|DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN||72||CLINTON CHRISTIAN||14|
|BETHANY CHRISTIAN||42||TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN||36|
|LAKELAND CHRISTIAN||35||DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN||33|
|BETHANY CHRISTIAN||56||FAITH CHRISTIAN||40|
|BETHESDA CHRISTIAN||44||PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD||39|
|GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN||55||NORTH PUTNAM||49|
|PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD||88||UNION COUNTY||44|
|NORTH PUTNAM||68||RISING SUN||51|
|NORTH DAVIESS TOURNAMENT|
|BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL||57||SOUTH KNOX||52|
|NORTH DAVIESS||62||FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK||57||OT|
|NEW CASTLE||52||FORT WAYNE SOUTH||42|
|WINCHESTER||61||FORT WAYNE SOUTH||49|
|POSEY COUNTY CLASSIC|
|EASTERN (PEKIN)||63||NORTH POSEY||61|
|MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)||63||SALEM||37|
|EASTERN (PEKIN)||54||MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)||49|
|PROVISO WEST (ILL.) TOURNAMENT|
|PROVISO WEST (ILL.)||75||BOWMAN ACADEMY||50|
|WHITNEY YOUNG (ILL.)||61||HAMMOND CENTRAL||56|
|BLOOMINGTON SOUTH||67||EASTERN HANCOCK||55|
|INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY||70||INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOL||36|
|EASTERN HANCOCK||60||NORTH DECATUR||36|
|SETON CATHOLIC||47||MONROE CENTRAL||34|
|BLOOMINGTON SOUTH||64||NORTH DECATUR||51|
|SILVER CREEK TOURNAMENT|
|WABASH VALLEY TOURNAMENT|
|PARKE HERITAGE||64||MARSHALL (ILL.)||43|
|TERRE HAUTE SOUTH||62||TERRE HAUTE NORTH||50|
|HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)||58||SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON||53|
|SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON||59||PORTAGE||48|
|HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)||59||WARSAW||45|
GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES
|EASTERN HANCOCK||41||MONROE CENTRAL||24|
|FORT WAYNE SNIDER||62||FORT WAYNE NORTH||29|
|INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS||53||INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON||43|
|INDIANAPOLIS TECH||37||INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE||25|
|PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD||53||INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY||50|
|WOODLAN||45||WAYNE TRACE (OHIO)||44|
|BISMARCK-HENNING (ILL.) TOURNAMENT|
|BENTON CENTRAL||57||SALT FORK (ILL.)||50|
|UNITY (ILL.)||36||NORTH VERMILLION||16|
|BENTON CENTRAL||69||NORTH VERMILLION||42|
|CARL SANDBURG (ILL.) TOURNAMENT|
|RICHARDS (ILL.)||49||HAMMOND CENTRAL||37|
|CARROLL (FLORA) TOURNAMENT|
|CARROLL (FLORA)||59||WESTERN BOONE||40|
|LEWIS CASS||39||COVENANT CHRISTIAN||19|
|EASTERN (GREENTOWN)||37||BETHESDA CHRISTIAN||28|
|WESTERN BOONE||55||COVENANT CHRISTIAN||40|
|CARROLL (FLORA)||63||LEWIS CASS||32|
|HAMMOND MORTON TOURNAMENT|
|NOTRE DAME ACADEMY (OHIO)||77||HAMMOND MORTON||24|
|DETROIT EDISON (MICH.)||76||GARY WEST||15|
|WASHINGTON TWP.||52||SOUTH BEND ADAMS||45|
|LAKE CENTRAL||67||SOUTH BEND ADAMS||34|
|LAKELAND CHRISTIAN TOURNAMENT|
|LAKELAND CHRISTIAN||55||CLINTON CHRISTIAN||17|
|DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN||59||LAKELAND CHRISTIAN||44|
|FAITH CHRISTIAN||65||GRANGER CHRISTIAN||35|
|DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN||61||CLINTON CHRISTIAN||12|
|NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) CLASSIC|
|NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)||43||ROBINSON (ILL.)||40|
|INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD||54||EVANSVILLE NORTH||52|
|WEST WASHINGTON||70||INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE||28|
|SCOTTSBURG||72||INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE||17|
|TRITON CENTRAL TOURNAMENT|
|BLOOMINGTON NORTH||58||HERITAGE CHRISTIAN||48|
|TWIN LAKES TOURNAMENT|
|CROWN POINT||49||MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)||44||OT|
|TWIN LAKES||75||CLINTON PRAIRIE||39|
INDIANA WRESTLING SCORES: HTTPS://INDIANAMAT.COM/INDEX.PHP?/DUALRESULTS.HTML/
TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#6 TEXAS 97 TEXAS A&M COMMERCE 72
NOTRE DAME 59 JACKSONVILLE 43
TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NO GAMES SCHEDULED
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
TUESDAY, DEC. 27
BUFFALO 23 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 21
MEMPHIS 38 UTAH STATE 10
EAST CAROLINA 53 COASTAL CAROLINA 29
WISCONSIN 24 OKLAHOMA STATE 17
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
NFL WEEK 17
The Week 17 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens game on Sunday, January 1 will be played at 8:20 PM ET on NBC and the Rams-Chargers game will move to 4:25 PM ET on CBS, the NFL announced today.
The following is the final Week 17 NFL schedule (all times ET):
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans 8:15 PM Prime Video
Sunday, January 1, 2023
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM FOX
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 1:00 PM CBS
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions 1:00 PM FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 1:00 PM CBS
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 PM CBS
Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants 1:00 PM CBS
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM FOX
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM FOX
Cleveland Browns at Washington Commanders 1:00 PM FOX
San Francisco 49ers at Las Vegas Raiders 4:05 PM FOX
New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 PM FOX
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers 4:25 PM CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers 4:25 PM CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens 8:20 PM NBC
Monday, January 2, 2023
Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals 8:30 PM ESPN/ABC
2022 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 17
Buffalo Bills – AFC East division title
Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division title
Baltimore Ravens – playoff berth
Cincinnati Bengals – playoff berth
Los Angeles Chargers – playoff berth
BUFFALO BILLS (12-3)
Week 17 – at Cincinnati (11-4), Monday, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN/ABC
Week 18 – vs. New England (7-8)
Buffalo clinches homefield advantage and AFC’s lone first-round bye with:
- BUF win + KC loss
CINCINNATI BENGALS (11-4)
Week 17 – vs. Buffalo (12-3), Monday, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN/ABC
Week 18 – vs. Baltimore (10-5)
Cincinnati clinches AFC North division title with:
- CIN win + BAL loss or tie OR
- CIN tie + BAL loss
MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-7)
Week 17 – at New England (7-8), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS
Week 18 – vs. New York Jets (7-8)
Miami clinches playoff berth with:
- MIA win + NYJ loss or tie OR
- MIA tie + NYJ loss + PIT loss or tie
Minnesota Vikings – NFC North division title
San Francisco 49ers – NFC West division title
Dallas Cowboys – playoff berth
Philadelphia Eagles – playoff berth
NEW YORK GIANTS (8-6-1)
Week 17 – vs. Indianapolis (4-10-1), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS
Week 18 – at Philadelphia (13-2)
N.Y. Giants clinch playoff berth with:
- NYG win OR
- NYG tie + SEA loss or tie + WAS loss or tie OR
- NYG tie + SEA loss or tie + DET loss or tie OR
- NYG tie + WAS loss or tie + DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie OR
- SEA loss + WAS loss OR
- SEA loss + DET loss + GB loss or tie OR
- WAS loss + DET loss + GB loss
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (13-2)
Week 17 – vs. New Orleans (6-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX
Week 18 – vs. N.Y. Giants (8-6-1)
Philadelphia clinches NFC East division title with:
- PHI win or tie OR
- DAL loss or tie
Philadelphia clinches homefield advantage and NFC’s lone first-round bye with:
- PHI win OR
- PHI tie + MIN loss or tie OR
- DAL loss or tie + MIN loss + SF loss or tie
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (7-8)
Week 17 – vs. Carolina (6-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX
Week 18 – at Atlanta (5-10)
Tampa Bay clinches NFC South division title with:
- TB win
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (7-7-1)
Week 17 – vs. Cleveland (6-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX
Week 18 – vs. Dallas (11-4)
Washington clinches playoff berth with:
- WAS win + SEA loss + DET loss + GB loss or tie
INDIANA 129 ATLANTA 114
LA LAKERS 129 ORLANDO 110
WASHINGTON 116 PHILADELPHIA 111
BOSTON 126 HOUSTON 102
LA CLIPPERS 124 TORONTO 113
OKLAHOMA CITY 130 SAN ANTONIO 114
PHOENIX 125 MEMPHIS 108
DALLAS 126 NEW YORK 121 OT
GOLDEN STATE 110 CHARLOTTE 105
DENVER 113 SACRAMENTO 106
BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NBA/SCOREBOARD.ASP
OTTAWA 3 BOSTON 2
WASHINGTON 4 NY RANGERS 0
CAROLINA 3 CHICAGO 0
BUFFALO AT COLUMBUS POSTPONED
NY ISLANDERS 5 PITTSBURGH 1
TORONTO 5 ST. LOUIS 4
DALLAS 3 NASHVILLE 2
MINNESOTA 4 WINNIPEG 1
EDMONTON 2 CALGARY 1
ARIZONA 6 COLORADO 3
VANCOUVER 6 SAN JOSE 2
LOS ANGELES 4 VEGAS 2
BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NHL/SCOREBOARD.ASP
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES:
CARDINALS’ J.J. WATT INDICATES HE’LL RETIRE AT END OF SEASON
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) J.J. Watt could be a terrifying presence on a football field, hunting opposing quarterbacks with unparalleled ferocity, particularly during the early 2010s with the Houston Texans.
But the 6-foot-5, 288-pounder also could be a joyful fan favorite, playing catch on the sideline with young fans in the stands before games.
Now one of the best defensive players in NFL history looks as if he’s ready to call it a career.
Watt – a three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year – indicated Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season, posting pictures of his wife and baby on social media while writing: “Koa’s first ever NFL game. My last ever NFL home game. My heart is filled with nothing but love and gratitude. It’s been an absolute honor and a pleasure.”
The Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman and his wife, Kealia, became parents in October. Koa is the name of their son.
Watt, 33, was among the premier defensive players in the NFL during the early 2010s with the Houston Texans. The former Wisconsin standout was a first-round pick in 2011 and was dominant from 2012 to 2015, finishing that four-year stretch with 69 sacks, to earn all three of his AP Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Watt was solid during his rookie season, but became a star in 2012, with a stunning 20 1/2 sacks and 39 tackles for a loss. His production dipped slightly in 2013 before two more big seasons. He had 20 1/2 sacks in 2014 and 17 1/2 in 2015.
His production slipped during the later half of his career, largely because of injuries. He missed big chunks of time in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021, but has had a late-career revival with the Cardinals – his 9 1/2 sacks this season are his most since 2018.
Watt spent his first 10 seasons with the Texans, leaving in 2021 as one of the most beloved figures in the city’s sports history. His community efforts were unmatched, highlighted by raising more than $40 million for Hurricane Harvey relief.
Sports Radio 610, which is the flagship station of the Texans, set up the J.J. Watt Goodbye Hotline that received hundreds of messages. The station tweeted a 30-minute montage of the calls, with plenty of lighter fare such as the man who planned to name his twins Jay and Jae and another who sang “I Will Always Love You.”
But several men sounded as if they were choking back tears or actively weeping during their messages and one caller from Santa Fe, Texas, thanked Watt for paying for the funerals of the eight students and two teachers who died in a school shooting there in 2018.
Watt set Texans franchise records in sacks (101), tackles for loss (172), quarterback hits (281) and forced fumbles (25).
Watt has spent the past two seasons with the Cardinals. He has played some of his best football in Arizona over the past few weeks, with three sacks against the Broncos and two tackles for a loss on Christmas against the Buccaneers.
The Cardinals and Watt have two more games this season, both on the road against the Falcons and 49ers.
NFL MOCK DRAFTS:
WALTER FOOTBALL: https://walterfootball.com/draft2023.php
THE DRAFT NETWORK: https://thedraftnetwork.com/2023-nfl-mock-draft-trades/
WISCONSIN BEATS OKLAHOMA STATE 24-17 IN GUARANTEED RATE BOWL
PHOENIX (AP) Braelon Allen ran for 116 yards and a touchdown and Wisconsin withstood Oklahoma State’s second-half push in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl for a 24-17 victory Tuesday night.
The Badgers (7-6) dominated the first half with stifling defense, building a 17-point lead as new coach Luke Fickell stalked the sideline and interim coach Jim Leonhard called the shots.
Wisconsin got stuck in the slippery turf at Chase Field in the second half, unable to generate much of anything on offense while the Cowboys (7-6) found a rhythm when they had the ball.
Cedrick Dort ended Oklahoma State’s momentum by intercepting Garret Rangel’s pass with three minutes left, preserving the Badgers’ eighth win in their past nine bowl games.
Allen scored on a 20-yard run after an Oklahoma State turnover in the third quarter, Chez Mellusi scored on a 1-yard run and Chase Wolf threw a 15-yard TD pass to Hayden Rucci.
The Cowboys lost four of five to close out the regular season and struggled offensively while falling into a 24-7 hole midway through the third quarter.
Rangel led Oklahoma State back, throwing for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
The freshman improvised on a fourth-and-goal by shoveling a pass to Ollie Gordon while in the grasp of a defender to open the fourth quarter and set up Tanner Brown’s 24-yard field goal to pull the Cowboys to 24-17.
Rangel tried make a big play downfield after another Oklahoma State second-half defensive stop, but threw his second interception when Dort cut inside the intended receiver.
Oklahoma State: the Cowboys revved up their offense a little too late to mount the comeback, leaving coach Mike Gundy at nine bowl wins, tied for seventh place on the career list.
Wisconsin: the Badgers had a new coach on the sideline and several new players a key positions, including quarterback. Wisconsin grinded out the win after its offense stalled, sending Leonhard off with a win.
Wisconsin: Fickell will continue to fill out his staff and roster after losing several players who declared for the NFL draft or went into the transfer portal. Wolf will be back and have momentum on his side after winning a bowl game.
Oklahoma State: The bowl experience should help Rangel headed into next season, when he will be the frontrunner to be the starting quarterback. Most of the Cowboys’ skill players should be back, too.
SAM HARTMAN ENTERS TRANSFER PORTAL, REPORTEDLY EXPECTED TO JOIN NOTRE DAME
Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman has entered the transfer portal and is expected to make a move to Notre Dame, according to Pete Thamel of ESPN.
The prolific Hartman recently broke the ACC’s all-time touchdown passing record with his 108th career scoring throw in the Demon Deacons’ bowl win over Missouri.
Notre Dame has a need at quarterback after Drew Pyne transferred to Arizona State. Hartman projects as a sixth- or seventh-round pick in this year’s NFL draft and is looking to improve his stock over another collegiate campaign, according to Thamel.
Hartman started 45 games at Wake Forest, finishing with a 28-17 record. He ranks second in ACC history with 12,967 passing yards.
The 23-year-old threw for 3,701 and 38 touchdowns this season.
TRANSFER PORTAL UPDATE: http://radiotroy.com/2022-23-transfer-portal-update/
DONCIC HAS 60-21-10, RALLIES MAVS TO WILD OT WIN OVER KNICKS
DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic thought his improbable tying basket in the final second of regulation actually won the game.
No biggie. The Dallas superstar just set the table for a triple-double unlike the NBA has ever seen.
Doncic had a franchise-record 60 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists, including the tying basket off his intentionally missed free throw to force overtime, as the Mavericks rallied for a wild 126-121 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
After grabbing the loose ball on a rebound and shooting the 11-foot jumper in one motion, the 23-year-old danced around while waving his arms as the thinned-out crowd expecting a loss celebrated wildly.
It was 115-115 with 1.0 seconds remaining.
“A lot of people asked me about this back in the locker room, and I said I thought we won it,” Doncic said. “That’s why I went to the crowd like this. I thought we won the game, and then I see it’s tied. I was like, `Oof.'”
Dallas was down nine with 33 seconds left in regulation before getting even in a back-and-forth sequence capped by Doncic grazing the rim and hitting the backboard with the intentional miss.
The first 60-point game in Dallas history also included Doncic’s career high in rebounds and was the first 60-20-10 game in NBA history. The young Slovenian had his seventh triple-double and the league’s highest-scoring performance of the season.
The Mavericks moved three games over .500 with a fourth consecutive victory, both marks matching their season bests.
Quentin Grimes scored a career-high 33 points and Dallas native Julius Randle had 29 points and 18 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost a fourth consecutive game coming off an eight-game winning streak, their longest in almost nine years.
Jalen Brunson missed the game with a hip injury, unable to play in what would have been his return to Dallas.
New York was essentially without two starters after RJ Barrett exited with a cut on a finger 96 seconds into the game, but trailed for less than a minute in regulation.
“I thought we were playing well,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Didn’t close out the last 30 seconds of the game.”
After Miles McBride missed one of two free throws with 11.5 seconds left, Spencer Dinwiddie, who scored 25 points, hit a 3-pointer to get Dallas within 113-112.
McBride made both free throws the next time for a 115-112 lead with 7.7 seconds to go, then Grimes fouled Doncic before the Dallas superstar could attempt a potential tying 3-pointer.
Doncic made the first free throw before the miss with 4.2 seconds to go, then ended up with the ball after it bounced off several sets of hands.
“I know it was two seconds or something,” Doncic said. “I just threw it up, hopefully it went in.”
The teams combined to miss the first nine shots of overtime, all the points coming on free throws before Doncic hit a jumper for a 122-117 lead with 1:08 remaining.
Doncic was 21 of 31 from the field and 16 of 22 from the line while topping Dirk Nowitzki’s previous club record of 53 from Dec. 2, 2004.
The 23-year-old’s record night came two days after the Mavericks unveiled a statue of Nowitzki outside the arena.
“I’m tired as hell,” Doncic said after playing all but 12 seconds of the second half and overtime, and 49 minutes overall. “I need a recovery beer.”
Dallas led for less than a minute of regulation but never trailed in overtime. Doncic put the Mavs ahead for good at 118-116 with two free throws midway through the extra period.
Brunson missed his first game of the season in his first visit to Dallas, where the point guard spent his first four seasons before signing with the Knicks in free agency last summer.
The two-time NCAA champion from Villanova got to play against his former team in early December in New York, when the Mavericks rolled to a 121-100 victory.
Knicks: Starting for Brunson, Immanuel Quickley had a career-high 15 assists and scored 13 points. … Mitchell Robinson had a season-high 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Mavericks: F Dorian Finney-Smith will miss at least two more weeks with a right adductor strain that has sidelined him the past four games. … Christian Wood had 19 points and nine rebounds.
Knicks: At San Antonio on Thursday as New York hits all three Texas cities. The Houston visit finishes the three-game trip Saturday.
Mavericks: The Rockets at home Thursday in the first of two meetings in five days. The rematch in Houston is Monday.
BROWN (39 PTS), TATUM (38) LEAD CELTICS PAST ROCKETS 126-102
BOSTON (AP) Acting interim Boston Celtics coach Damon Stoudamire had the perfect plan for his debut in the top job.
“It’s always a little easier when you’ve got JT and JB,” Stoudamire said after Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 77 points to lead the Celtics to a 126-102 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. “It’s not a bad start.”
Brown scored 14 of his 39 points in the third quarter, pouring it on after he was knocked to the parquet by a flagrant foul.
“Sometimes you get a smack in the face, it’s exactly what you need in the middle of a game,” Brown said. “Like, `Jaylen, what the hell are you doing?’ Smack in the face, then proceed to score the ball.”
Tatum added 38 points and eight rebounds, and Stoudamire earned a victory in his first game as a head coach after interim coach Joe Mazzulla pulled out 10 minutes before tipoff with an eye problem.
“I found out probably with about 10 on the (pregame) clock. But in a lot of ways that’s better,” said Stoudamire, whose mother was in town from Las Vegas for Christmas and happened to be at the game. “I’m pretty sure I’m going to check my phone and there’s going to be a lot of people saying `Why didn’t you tell me?’ Well, I didn’t know.”
Robert Williams III grabbed 15 rebounds to go with his 11 points as Boston won its third game in a row. According to Stathead, Brown and Tatum are the first Celtics teammates to score at least 38 points in a game since Larry Bird (48) and Robert Parish (38) in 1985.
“You’ve just got to sit back and enjoy the show, and whenever they need you to step in you fill that role,” Celtics guard Marcus Smart said. “But they didn’t need it tonight.”
Jalen Green scored 28 and Kevin Porter Jr. had 22 points and nine assists for the Rockets, who snapped a five-game losing streak in Chicago on Monday.
Boston led 65-62 midway through the third quarter when Brown got the ball to the left of the basket and Porter came across the top of him with an excessively emphatic shot block that sent the ball flying into Brown’s face. The Celtics All-Star went to the ground, and Porter apologetically came over to check on him.
The play was ruled a flagrant foul; Brown hit both free throws to make it 67-62, scoring 12 points in the next four minutes to help Boston open a double-digit lead.
Mazzulla was elevated to interim coach on the eve of training camp when head coach Ime Udoka was suspended for the full season for inappropriate workplace behavior. Mazzulla handled his interview on the pregame show, but was clearly uncomfortable. The team announced Stoudamire would sub for him about 10 minutes before the opening tipoff.
The Celtics observed a moment of silence for Paul Silas, a former Boston player and the father of Rockets coach Stephen Silas, who died this month at the age of 79.
“It meant a lot,” said Stephen Silas, who wasn’t on the court at the time but had been sent a copy. “That just a classy, classy, classy act.”
Paul Silas played for the Celtics from 1972-76, winning two NBA titles; he won another with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979. He was a two-time All-Star and a five-time member of the NBA All-Defensive team.
“They didn’t have to do any of this,” Stephen Silas said. “It wasn’t like he was here 15 of his 16 years or anything. The love that they showed him with the pins and the moment of silence … just means everything to my family.”
The replay center was busy at the end of the third quarter, reviewing both the buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Green and the putback by Williams that preceded it. Williams dunked it as the shot clock expired; it was ruled no basket but overturned. That left the score at the end of three 92-81, Boston.
Rockets: Play in Dallas on Thursday night to complete a three-game, four-night road trip.
Celtics: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
WASHINGTON SCORES 26 AS BANGED-UP SUNS BEAT GRIZZLIES
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Duane Washington Jr. scored a career-high 26 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Memphis Grizzlies 125-108 on Tuesday night.
Washington, a two-way guard in his second year out of Ohio State, went 5 for 9 from 3-point range and 10 of 21 from the field overall.
“It felt good, man,” Washington said. “I’ve been working my tail off. I’ve just been believing in myself. Coaches believe in me. My teammates believe in me.”
Suns coach Monty Williams praised Washington’s effort.
“We needed every bit of it tonight,” Williams said. “I thought he gave us a great deal of juice. He gave us a bit of an edge on the floor.”
Eight Suns scored in double figures, helping the team stop a three-game slide. Jock Landale scored 16, and Deandre Ayton had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Paul finished with 14 points and six assists.
Ja Morant led Memphis with 34 points. Desmond Bane was the only other Memphis player in double figures with 14 before Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins cleared his bench midway through the fourth quarter.
“All of us have just got to play better offensively,” Jenkins said. “Myself, players. We’ve just got to be better.”
The Suns were without several key players. Devin Booker, who is trying to come back from a groin injury, lasted four-plus minutes in a Christmas Day loss to Denver and remained out against the Grizzlies. Landry Shamet joined Booker, Cameron Payne and Cam Johnson on the injury list.
The Grizzlies have dropped four of five. They beat the Suns 125-100 in Phoenix on Friday night for their only win of the tough stretch.
“We’re just having a rough patch of four or five games,” Jenkins said. “We haven’t lived up to our standard and played like we’re capable of.”
Washington made three of Phoenix’s 10 3-pointers in the first half, helping the Suns to a 65-49 lead at the break. Memphis made three 3s in the first two quarters.
Morant scored 22 in the third, but two free throws for Josh Okogie and a driving layup by Washington made it 97-80 after three.
Suns: Booker is not with the team, and Williams would not speculate on his return. “He’s getting more evaluation back in Phoenix. He can get the best care back there,” Williams said. … With a block in the second quarter, Mikal Bridges passed Tom Chambers for 18th on the Suns franchise list with 215.
Grizzlies: Bane, who was playing his third game after an extended absence with a sprained big toe, entered the night 2 of 15 from 3-point range and missed all four of his attempts from outside the arc. … Jaren Jackson Jr. tied Rudy Gay for fifth on the franchise list in blocks with 420.
The Grizzlies confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the game would go on as scheduled. The city is dealing with water pressure problems from an extended cold snap with sub-freezing temperatures. About 38,000 of the city’s utility customers had little or no water as of Tuesday. The biggest problem at FedExForum was there were no fountain drinks at concession stands, but bottled water and soft drinks were available.
“It can’t get any worse than this. There’s the positive,” Memphis reserve center Xavier Tillman said.
Suns: Continue a six-game road trip in Washington against the Wizards on Wednesday.
Grizzlies: Travel to Toronto to face the Raptors on Thursday.
WIZARDS PREVAIL 116-111 TO SNAP 76ERS’ 8-GAME WINNING STREAK
WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards dug themselves quite a hole this month.
Now, they hope they’re finally healthy enough to climb back into the playoff picture.
“We talked about it as a group – we’ve got to make up some ground,” coach Wes Unseld Jr. said before Tuesday night’s game against Philadelphia. “There’s got to be a sense of urgency as far as how we play.”
The Wizards seem to have taken that message to heart lately. Kristaps Porzingis scored 24 points, Bradley Beal added 19 and Washington ended the 76ers’ eight-game winning streak with a 116-111 victory.
The Wizards withstood a 48-point effort by Joel Embiid and a 26-point, 13-assist performance by James Harden. Washington has rebounded from a 10-game losing streak by winning three of its last four, with victories over Phoenix, Sacramento and Philadelphia.
“That’s a good team. They’re better than what their record says,” Embiid said. “But that’s not an excuse to lose against them. We just didn’t have it tonight.”
The Wizards’ improved health may have been short-lived. Beal missed the final 4:17 with what Unseld described as left hamstring soreness. It was a strain of the right hamstring that caused him to miss a couple weeks earlier this month.
The 76ers cut a 16-point deficit to one late in the game but couldn’t overtake Washington. There were some ugly shot attempts by the Wizards without Beal on the floor, but they made enough plays defensively to hold on.
Embiid cut the lead to one when he threw down an alley-oop dunk from Harden, but Porzingis made a 3-pointer to make it 111-107. With 2:05 remaining, Embiid missed the first of two free throws – his only miss in 14 attempts from the line.
With the score 111-108, Embiid fell while driving and lost the ball out of bounds with 1:29 to play. About a minute later he again had the ball down three, and this time Washington’s Deni Avdija reached in and knocked it away.
“I had a bad last two minutes,” Embiid said. “That was on me.”
The Wizards turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter and still led 32-30 despite 16 points by Embiid. Beal had 11 in the period.
“The biggest issue for me tonight was the turnovers,” Unseld said. “It’s an area that we talked about pregame – we’ve been pretty good the last four to five games. They do a good job. They’re handsy, they’re physical.”
Washington took better care of the ball in the second, and the Wizards took their biggest lead of the game at 74-58 when Porzingis got a friendly bounce on a 3-pointer early in the third.
It was the sixth time this season that Embiid reached 40 points in a game.
Avdija was back after missing two games with lower back soreness. He scored seven points in 20:01.
Rui Hachimura (14 points) was in his third game back for the Wizards following an ankle injury. Porzingis was in his second game back from a non-COVID-19 illness, and Delon Wright was in his second game back from a hamstring strain.
76ers: Philadelphia was without Tyrese Maxey, who has been recovering from a broken left foot and hasn’t played in over a month. … Tobias Harris scored 15 points. … The 76ers went 6 of 31 from 3-point range.
Wizards: Washington used 10 players, and they all played at least 14:23 and scored at least seven points. … Kyle Kuzma scored 14 points. … The Wizards finished with 18 turnovers.
76ers: At New Orleans on Friday night.
Wizards: Host Phoenix on Wednesday night.
GEORGE SCORES 23, CLIPPERS BEAT RAPTORS FOR 7TH WIN IN 9
TORONTO (AP) Paul George scored 23 points, Ivica Zubac had 23 points and 16 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers won for the seventh time in nine games by beating the Toronto Raptors 124-113 on Tuesday night.
Norman Powell scored 22 points off the bench and Kawhi Leonard had 15 as the two members of Toronto’s 2019 championship team returned to Canada for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leonard hadn’t played in Toronto since Dec. 11, 2019, when he received his championship ring. Fans cheered when he was introduced before tipoff.
“It’s always great memories coming in this arena,” said Leonard, who sat out Monday’s win at Detroit. “I’d rather give the fans in Toronto the chance to see me play again. That was part of my decision.”
Reggie Jackson scored 20 points and Marcus Morris Sr. added 10 as all five Clippers starters scored in double digits.
“This was one of our most complete games of the season,” Clippers coach Ty Lue said.
George made 9 of 18 shot attempts, Jackson went 9 for 15 and Zubac was 7 for 13.
“He’s been amazing for us all year,” Lue said of Zubac. “He was a monster on the glass, 10 offensive rebounds.”
While the Raptors hadn’t played since Dec. 23, the Clippers were on the second night of a back-to-back and didn’t reach their Toronto hotel until after 3 a.m., arriving after rallying for an overtime victory over the Pistons. Still, the difference in rest didn’t hurt Los Angeles.
“It just shows the level that we can play at no matter what’s against us when all the guys are locked in, focused and playing for one another,” Powell said.
Pascal Siakam scored 36 points, topping 25 for the career-high fifth straight game, and Scottie Barnes had 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Raptors’ home losing streak reached four.
One game after making a season-high 19 3-pointers in a road win at Cleveland, Toronto shot 6 for 23 from distance against the Clippers, matching a season-low. Toronto went 1 for 9 from long range in the second half.
“I think the shots not going in are affecting our transition defense and it’s affecting our energy and fight a little bit,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.
Gary Trent Jr. scored 20 points, O.G. Anunoby had 18 and Malachi Flynn 10. Each made two 3-pointers for the Raptors.
Toronto’s Fred VanVleet left in the first quarter to stretch out his sore lower back, then checked out again early in the third. He finished with four points in 23 minutes and shot 2 for 6, going 0 for 3 from 3-point range.
Ahead 60-56 at halftime, the Clippers extended their lead to 18 in the third behind 11 points from Powell. Los Angeles took a 97-82 lead to the fourth.
Clippers: G John Wall (left knee) sat out on the second night of a back-to-back. . Leonard returned after sitting out Monday’s comeback win at Detroit.
Raptors: Barnes had eight assists. . Siakam had nine rebounds. . Began a stretch that sees them play nine of 10 at home. . Before the game, Nurse said F Precious Achiuwa (sprained right ankle) is close to returning. Achiuwa missed his 22nd straight game Tuesday. . C Christian Koloko (right knee) left in the fourth quarter and did not return.
The Clippers had a season-high four players score at least 20 points. It’s the first time they’ve done it since Mar. 19, 2021, against Milwaukee.
Powell played north of the border for the first time since Feb. 28, 2020, Toronto’s final home game before COVID-19 shut down the season. Fans gave Powell a loud ovation after the Raptors honored him with a video tribute during a first-quarter timeout.
“It’s a full-circle moment for me to be where it all started,” Powell said.
Powell planned to leave town with his 2019 championship ring, which had been in Toronto throughout the pandemic.
Clippers: At Boston on Thursday night.
Raptors: Host Memphis on Thursday night.
THUNDER BEAT SPURS 130-114 TO WRAP UP SEVEN-GAME HOMESTAND
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 28 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four blocked shots, and the Oklahoma City Thunder closed a season-high, seven-game homestand by beating the San Antonio Spurs 130-114 on Tuesday night.
Mike Muscala, pressed into extended action due to an early injury to starting forward Aleksej Pokusevski, hit 3 of 5 3-point attempts and scored 19 points. Tre Mann had 17 and rookie Jalen Williams added 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Thunder never trailed after the 1:59 mark of the first quarter, but needed a 14-3 run to open the fourth quarter to secure the win. Oklahoma City hit 13 of 24 3-point attempts (54.2%).
“We were good tonight, offensively and defensively,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, who matched his career high for blocked shots. “We just try to be the aggressors, play with pace, play together, try to make smart decisions.”
Devin Vassell scored 20 points for the Spurs. Keldon Johnson started despite battling low back tightness and added 19.
Official Jenna Schroeder issued two quick technical fouls and ejected San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich with 11:13 left in the second quarter, after Popovich yelled “Do your job!” and other things at her. Assistant coach Brett Brown led the Spurs’ bench the rest of the game and filled in for Popovich again during postgame interviews.
“We had an incredibly hard time guarding their live-ball penetration,” Brown said. “They did a great job. They’re hard to guard. We needed to do better (with) one-on-one defense and keeping the ball out of the paint and we didn’t. . We let them off the hook at times with unnecessary fouls.”
The technical fouls came in the middle of an 11-4 run by Oklahoma City that put the Thunder ahead 51-41 and they were up 70-60 at halftime. Oklahoma City was 9 of 14 on 3-point attempts in the half and Muscala came off the bench to score 14 points.
San Antonio pulled within 95-93 by the end of the third quarter, but Oklahoma City opened the fourth quarter with its big run.
“We got off to a good start,” Muscala said. “Obviously, they made some runs there, but we just stuck with it and kept encouraging each other and came up with the win. It was a fun game.”
Spurs: Reserve forward Doug McDermott missed the game due to right knee soreness . Reserve guard Josh Richardson, who grew up in nearby Edmond, Oklahoma, scored nine points in 26 minutes. . The Spurs are 1-6 this season in the second game of back-to-backs. They have lost six straight in such games.
Thunder: Pokusevski went down less than two minutes into the game while trying to grab an offensive rebound and began clutching his left knee. He was helped off the court and did not return . During the first quarter, Josh Giddey became the second-youngest NBA player (at 20 years and 78 days old) to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists, behind only LeBron James (19 years and 326 days old) . Oklahoma City went 4-3 during its homestand.
50K AND COUNTING
The Spurs say they’ve sold more than 50,000 tickets for their Jan. 13 game against Golden State, which will be played in their former home venue, the Alamodome. It will be the fourth time in NBA history a crowd has exceeded 50,000. A record 62,046 fans watched in 1998 when the Chicago Bulls visited the Atlanta Hawks.
Popovich said the Alamodome – where in 1999 San Antonio won the first of its five NBA titles – “has a special place” in the heart of Spurs’ fans.
“It’s like a once-in-a-lifetime sort of event for the fans and they have really warmed up to the idea, so it’s pretty cool,” he said.
Spurs: Host the New York Knicks on Thursday.
Thunder: At the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday.
TRAVEL WOES CANCEL GAME BETWEEN NO. 14 MIAMI AND VERMONT
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Wednesday’s game between No. 14 Miami and Vermont has been canceled because the Catamounts had weather-related travel issues.
It will not be rescheduled this season.
Miami is on an eight-game winning streak and is at its highest spot in the AP Top 25 since being No. 6 for the poll released on Dec. 18, 2018.
The game would have been Vermont’s first contest against a team ranked 14th or higher in the AP poll since a 61-55 loss to then-No. 7 Virginia on Nov. 19, 2019.
Miami (12-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) resumes league play Friday at Notre Dame. Vermont (6-8) is now off until Sunday when it opens America East play at UMBC.
BRAVES SIGN NEW C SEAN MURPHY TO A $73 MILLION, 6-YEAR DEAL
ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves signed newly acquired catcher Sean Murphy to a $73 million, six-year contract Tuesday, locking up another key player with a long-term deal.
The contract includes a $15 million club option for 2029 with no buyout that could raise the total value of the agreement to $88 million.
Murphy will make $4 million in 2023, $9 million in 2024 and $15 million each season from 2025 through 2028. He agreed to donate 1% of his annual salary to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.
The deal follows a familiar pattern of the Braves agreeing to new contracts with players who are still under club control for an extended period. Over the past year, they reached long-term deals with sluggers Austin Riley and Matt Olson, as well as rookie stars Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider.
Atlanta has previously signed outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and second baseman Ozzie Albies to similar pacts, ensuring that seven core players are under contract for at least three more seasons – and often much longer – with club options that could extend the deals even more.
The 28-year-old Murphy was acquired from the Oakland Athletics shortly after the winter meetings in a three-team deal that also included the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Braves sent All-Star catcher William Contreras and minor league pitcher Justin Yeager to the Brewers, while backup catcher Manny Pina and pitching prospects Kyle Muller, Freddy Tarnok and Royber Salinas went to Oakland.
Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos acknowledged paying a heavy price, but said it was worth the cost to acquire one of the game’s top catchers.
“We definitely gave up a ton,” Anthopoulos said at the time. “But we got a really good player back. Getting players like that is hard.”
Murphy batted .250 with 18 homers, 66 RBIs and a .759 OPS in 148 games this past season. He’s regarded as an elite defender, winning a Gold Glove in 2021.
Murphy is expected to share playing time behind the plate with Travis d’Arnaud, a player with similar offensive and defensive strengths. Those two also are expected to get extensive time at designated hitter, with the idea of keeping them as fresh as possible over the long season.
The acquisition of Murphy has been the biggest offseason move for the five-time defending NL East champions, who also added depth in their bullpen with a trade for former All-Star reliever Joe Jimenez.
But for the second year in a row, one of the team’s most popular and productive players left in free agency.
One year after first baseman Freddie Freeman signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, longtime Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson finalized a $177 million, seven-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.
Vaughn Grissom and Orlando Arcia are the contenders to be Swanson’s replacement unless the Braves make a move to bring in another shortstop before opening day.
METS RE-SIGN SETUP MAN ADAM OTTAVINO TO 2-YEAR CONTRACT
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets re-signed reliever Adam Ottavino to a two-year contract on Tuesday, bringing back a top setup man for All-Star closer Edwin Diaz.
Ottavino’s deal includes a player option for 2024. He became a free agent after going 6-3 with a 2.06 ERA and three saves in 66 appearances last season, his first with his hometown Mets.
The 37-year-old right-hander, who grew up in Brooklyn, tied for seventh in the National League with 19 holds and held right-handed hitters to a .161 batting average. Using his sweeping slider, he finished with 79 strikeouts and 16 walks in 65 2/3 innings to help the Mets reach the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
“Adam has a long track record of success,” Mets general manager Billy Eppler said in a news release. “He was a staple for us late in games last season, which shows the trust we have in him. We’re excited to have him back.”
Ottavino joins veteran right-hander David Robertson and lefty Brooks Raley in the back of a Mets bullpen anchored by Diaz.
Robertson agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract, Raley was acquired from Tampa Bay in a trade and Diaz was re-signed to a $102 million, five-year deal. Right-hander Drew Smith also returns.
Ottavino is 38-34 with a 3.44 ERA and 33 saves in 12 major league seasons with the Cardinals, Rockies, Yankees, Red Sox and Mets.
In a corresponding move, right-hander William Woods was designated for assignment by New York.
ST. LOUIS BLUES DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG OUT FOR 6 WEEKS
ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues defenseman Torey Krug was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.
Krug, 31, has five goals and 12 assists in 31 games this season, his third with St. Louis. He will be a long-term IR exception to the salary cap.
The Blues recalled 22-year-old defenseman Tyler Tucker from the team’s AHL affiliate in Springfield, where he has one goal and 12 assists this season. He has played in four games with the Blues this year, serving five penalty minutes.
RAANTA, HURRICANES BEAT BLACKHAWKS 3-0 FOR 9TH STRAIGHT WIN
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Antti Raanta made 24 saves for his first shutout since March and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Tuesday night for their ninth consecutive victory.
Martin Necas, Jesper Fast and Jordan Martinook scored to help the Hurricanes extend their franchise-record points streak to 15 games.
“If we keep playing like this, we’re going to get lots of wins,” Raanta said. “It’s a good confidence-booster, but I don’t think we’re worrying too much about the streak. We just want to improve and play good hockey.”
Raanta, making his third consecutive start, had his 16th career shutout. He faced only seven shots in both the first and third periods.
There were dominating stretches for the Hurricanes, so Raanta had to make sure he was ready when called upon.
“It’s almost our trademark here that the first 10, 15 minutes, it’s usually at the other end,” he said. “You just try to keep yourself warm and focused.”
The Blackhawks, who were aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since late October, have lost nine of their last 10. They’ve been shut out in three of those defeats.
Chicago goalie Petr Mrazek made 46 saves against one of his former teams.
The Hurricanes, who lead the Metropolitan Division, racked up their seventh straight win on home ice. This came against the team with the worst record in the NHL.
“We’re supposed to win those games, but you still have to go and do it right, and we did,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said.
The Hurricanes put 23 shots on goal in the first period, a season high for any period. They scored twice in the opening nine minutes.
“We were lucky it was only 2-0,” Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson said.
The Hurricanes were pleased that the three-day holiday break didn’t interrupt their winning rhythm.
“For all of us, it’s fun,” Necas said. “Anytime you’re winning, it’s fun. We’re just trying to play the game the right way, I guess, and it has been working.”
Necas battled for space in front of the net and was rewarded by getting enough stick on the puck to put it in the goal for his 15th of the season. He had 14 goals in 72 regular-season games a season ago.
Fast, who picked up his third goal in two games and fifth of the season, benefitted when the puck went in off Chicago defenseman Connor Murphy.
Chicago surrendered the first goal for the 27th time in 33 games.
“We knew they were fast,” Richardson said. “We just weren’t really moving our feet much. I thought we found our legs in the second period.”
Martinook’s ninth goal of the season came at 4:55 of the third period shortly after Carolina’s power play expired.
The other meeting between the teams also ended in a 3-0 victory for Carolina. That Nov. 14 game in Chicago had a similar theme.
“This is a team that did it twice to us this year,” Richardson said. “They got off to quick starts. Chasing this team, they’re a pretty quick team. It’s hard to do.”
Paul Stastny picked up an assist on Carolina’s first goal. It came on his 37th birthday. He has played 11 games on his birthday in his NHL career, collecting seven points in those outings. . The Hurricanes hadn’t reached the 23-shot level in a first period since April 17, 2021, vs. Nashville. . Carolina has recorded four shutouts this season, but this was the first on home ice.
Blackhawks: At St. Louis on Thursday night.
Hurricanes: Host Florida on Friday night.
NYLANDER’S OT GOAL GIVES MAPLE LEAFS 5-4 WIN OVER BLUES
ST. LOUIS (AP) William Nylander scored in overtime for Toronto after teammate TJ Brodie missed a penalty shot earlier in the extra session, and the Maple Leafs beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Justin Holl, Alexander Kerfoot, Calle Jarnkrok and John Tavares also scored for Toronto, and Ilya Samsonov made 30 saves as the Leafs won their third straight to improve to 10-2-1 in December.
“As a general rule, you don’t get too critical of these games coming out of the (Christmas) break, even less so when you get two points,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “I didn’t like that when we were in control of the game in the second period with a two-goal lead that we gave that back. But you have to like how the guys fought back.”
Jordan Kyrou, Calle Rosen, Ryan O’Reilly and Justin Faulk scored for the Blues.
Jordan Binnington allowed five goals on 37 shots as St. Louis dropped its third straight after winning four in a row.
Nylander scored his 21st goal of the season on a breakaway with 57 seconds remaining in overtime after he forced Vladimir Tarasenko to turn the puck over in the Leafs zone. Nylander has recorded a point in five straight games with four goals and three assists in that span.
Brodie was awarded a penalty shot 1:24 into overtime after being tripped by Kyrou, but Binnington got his right pad on the puck to preserve the 4-4 tie.
Keefe started the overtime period by sending out defensemen Brodie and Timothy Liljegren along with center David Kampf to set a defensive tone.
“It changes the dynamic of overtime pretty significantly,” Keefe said. “Whether it’s a factor or not, I’m not quite sure, but later in the overtime when you see our best guys still have legs, still have energy, the way that (Nylander) did to jump on that puck and take off, I don’t know if that’s the reason why it worked that way, but I liked the way it played out.”
Kyrou tied the game at 4-all with his team-leading 17th goal of the season 5:13 into the third period. Kyrou, who returned after missing two games with an upper-body injury, has seven goals and three assists in his last four games.
Jarnkrok scored from behind the goal line to put Toronto ahead 4-3 with 4:44 remaining in the second period.
“The second period, we got on our heels a little bit, I thought, and just didn’t manage things properly and let them come at us too much,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “We regained it, I thought we got it back and then there were a couple shifts in the third where we just got hemmed in.”
Faulk scored on a power play to tie the game 3-all 9:30 into the second period.
O’Reilly scored his 10th of the season 7:39 into the second to cut the Blues’ deficit to 3-2.
“We scored some big goals,” O”Reilly said. “It’s a good point, but we need two. In the position we’re in right now, how tight this race is going to be, we need two points. It’s a disappointing night that way.”
Kerfoot scored a short-handed goal with Holl serving a penalty for boarding Robert Thomas 5:26 into the second period to put Toronto ahead 3-1.
The Blues placed D Torey Krug on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and said he’ll be reevaluated in six weeks. Krug left the ice in the final seconds of Friday’s shootout loss at Vegas after blocking a shot off his foot. The club recalled D Tyler Tucker, who was a healthy scratch.
Maple Leafs: At Arizona on Thursday night.
Blues: Host Chicago on Thursday night.
JETS SUFFER THIRD STRAIGHT LOSS, LOSE 4-1 TO WILD
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Jared Spurgeon, Mats Zuccarello and Frederick Gaudreau each had a goal and assist in the Minnesota Wild’s 4-1 victory Tuesday that handed the Winnipeg Jets their first three-game losing streak of the season.
“Almost a perfect game, for coming off a break,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “We simplified. We didn’t make anything complicated tonight. So it was not necessarily the game plan, but the execution was fantastic.”
Samuel Walker also scored his first NHL goal for the Wild, who are 7-1-0 in their past eight games. Sam Steel contributed a pair of assists.
Filip Gustavsson made 31 saves in his 14th game of the season for Minnesota.
Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for the Jets, who began a two-game homestand.
“Losing three in a row is frustrating and tough, but we need to find a way to stop the skid and start compiling points again,” Jets forward Adam Lowry said.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for Winnipeg, which continues to be hit by injuries and is 1-4-0 in its last five games.
Jets coach Rick Bowness wasn’t using injuries as an excuse for his team being off its attention to details.
“It’s a scapegoat. They know what we’re supposed to be doing,” Bowness said.
Minnesota led 2-1 after the first period and 3-1 following the second.
The Wild used an early power play to go up 1-0 with Spurgeon’s low shot getting past Hellebuyck at 5:29.
They made it 2-0 just 64 seconds later when Kirill Kaprizov left a drop pass for Zuccarello that he fired under Hellebuyck for his 16th goal of the season.
The Jets couldn’t score on a power play that began a minute later, but 10 seconds after it ended Dubois curved around a defender and his shot went off the post and then off Gustavsson for his 16th goal at 10:03.
Minnesota went ahead 3-1 after Zuccarello stepped out of the penalty box. He passed the puck over sprawling Jets defenseman Kyle Capobianco to Gaudreau at the side of the net at 8:55 of the second period.
Winnipeg outshot the Wild 13-7 in the middle frame, with Gustavsson making some key, late saves to help keep the lead.
Walker scored into an empty net with 2:05 remaining.
“It’s nice to know that’s our first three-game losing streak of the year,” Jets defenseman Brenden Dillon said. “But every team, the rest of the way, we’re a measuring stick for teams with the way we’ve played these first 35 games.
“We can’t expect to surprise teams anymore. They’re coming here knowing what to expect. Playing their best hockey. We just can’t be surprised at that, especially come next game.”
FILLING IN THE GAPS
The Jets have used 27 skaters this season, which was tied for fifth in the NHL heading into Tuesday’s game.
The latest player to hit the infirmary was rookie forward Cole Perfetti, who suffered an upper-body injury in Winnipeg’s loss to Boston on Thursday.
Wild: Host Dallas on Thursday night.
Jets: Host Vancouver on Thursday night.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
COLTS RELEASE UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART FOR WEEK 17 GAME VS. NEW YORK GIANTS
» 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: Nick Foles, Sam Ehlinger, Matt Ryan
» RB: Deon Jackson, Zack Moss, Jordan Wilkins
- Nick Foles will remain the Colts’ starting quarterback this week, interim head coach Jeff Saturday confirmed on Tuesday.
- Wide receiver Ashton Dulin is in the concussion protocol after a violent hit from safety Derwin James Jr. on Monday, Saturday said.
- The Colts leaned on the hot hand at running back against the Chargers, with Zack Moss carrying 12 times for 65 yards on 36 snaps, while Deon Jackson and Jordan Wilkins each played eight snaps.
» DE: Kwity Paye, Dayo Odeyingbo, Khalid Kareem
» DT: DeForest Buckner, Byron Cowart, Chris Williams
» NT: Grover Stewart, Eric Johnson II
» DE: Yannick Ngakoue, Ben Banogu
» WLB: Bobby Okereke, Cameron McGrone, Grant Stuard
» MLB: Zaire Franklin
» SAM: EJ 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
- Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner had 1 1/2 sacks on Monday, bringing his season total to eight.
- Defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo also had 1 1/2 sacks against the Chargers, and now has 3 1/2 sacks in his last two games.
- Safety Rodney Thomas II notched his third interception of the season, the highest total on the Colts.
- Linebacker Zaire Franklin had nine tackles against the Chargers and has 149 on the season, fifth-most in the NFL and 14 shy of breaking Shaquille Leonard’s record for most in a single season in Colts history.
» P: Matt Haack
» PK: Chase McLaughlin
» H: Matt Haack
» LS: Luke Rhodes
» KR: Isaiah Rodgers Sr., Dallis Flowers
» PR: Dallis Flowers
- Kicker Chase McLaughlin connected on a 46-yard field goal for the Colts’ only points against the Chargers. McLaughlin is now 28/33 (84.5 percent) on his field goal attempts since re-joining the Colts in Week 2 of the 2022 season.
- Cornerback Dallis Flowers returned three kicks for 84 yards (28.0 yards/return), including a long of 31 yards.
- Special teams snap leaders: E.J. Speed (17), Tony Brown (15), Nick Cross (12), JoJo Domann (12), Grant Stuard (12).
GAME REWIND: PACERS 129, HAWKS 114
After the Pacers were blown out on Monday night in New Orleans, star point guard Tyrese Haliburton gave a blunt analysis, saying Indiana didn’t match the Pelicans’ energy and effort in a 20-point drubbing.
The Pacers (18-17) flipped the script on Tuesday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, carrying a double-digit lead for much of the night and blowing the game open in the fourth quarter in a 129-114 win over Atlanta for an impressive bounce-back performance.
Buddy Hield led Indiana with a game-high 28 points, going 11-for-16 from the field and 6-for-7 from 3-point range while pulling down nine rebounds.
“In this league, when you have one bad game, you get another night to prove yourself in less than 24 hours or 48 hours,” Hield said.
Haliburton scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and dished out seven assists, while three other Pacers scored between 16 and 18 points in the victory.
The visitors capitalized on the Pacers hitting just one of their first eight shots on Friday, jumping out to an early 11-5 lead. They maintained a narrow lead for the majority of the first quarter.
Hield got hot midway through the opening frame, scoring 10 straight Indiana points over a two-minute stretch on a long two, two threes, and a layup.
That kept the score close, but it was Indiana’s second unit that eventually gave the Blue & Gold their first lead of the evening. The Pacers’ reserves closed the frame with a 9-2 spurt to give the hosts a 30-27 advantage after one.
The second unit continued its strong play in the ensuing frame. 24-year-old forward Oshae Brissett scored eight points in the first 5:24 of the second quarter to help the Pacers push their lead as high as 10.
Hield was the first starter to check back in to the game, reentering with 5:22 remaining in the first half. He drilled another three just 39 seconds later, then connected with rookie guard Bennedict Mathurin in transition for a three-point play at the 4:05 mark to push Indiana’s lead to 47-32.
Atlanta managed to trim five points off that margin before halftime, but one night after losing by 20 in New Orleans, the Pacers took a double-digit lead of 64-54 into the intermission.
The margin seemed to hover right around that point for much of the third quarter. After over half the frame had elapsed, the Pacers finally put together the first run of any significance for any team in the second half. Hield and Nembhard connected on back-to-back 3-pointers before Mathurin converted a breakaway slam. After an Atlanta timeout, Myles Turner added two free throws to cap a 10-2 Indiana run that pushed the Pacers’ lead to 90-74.
The Hawks answered with a 10-3 surge of their own, however, and the quarter ultimately ended exactly like it started — with the Pacers up by 10, 96-86.
The visitors managed to climb within six at 103-97 following John Collins’ layup with 8:51 remaining in the fourth quarter before Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle put Haliburton back on the floor.
The point guard got to the rim and scored on Indiana’s next two possessions to push the lead back to double digits, then added a 3-pointer. The next trip down the floor, Haliburton connected with Hield, who drained his fifth trey of the night to put Indiana in front 114-99 as the game clock ticked under seven minutes.
“Just trying to be more aggressive,” Haliburton said of his mindset when he checked back in. “Didn’t feel like I did a good job of that the first three quarters (so it was) just a focus of mine trying to stay aggressive and get to the rim.”
Haliburton converted another three at the 6:28 mark, then three free throws by Aaron Nesmith, and two more by Brissett on Indiana’s next two possesssions stretched the margin to 22 and effectively sealed the victory by the midway point of the fourth quarter.
Turner finished with 18 points and six rebounds for Indiana. Mathurin added 18 points off the bench, going 6-for-10 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line, while Brissett contributed 16 points and five boards, going 5-for-6 from the field, 2-for-3 from 3-point range, and 4-for-6 from the charity stripe.
Collins had a team-high 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting and 10 rebounds for Atlanta before fouling out with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter. Trae Young added 22 points and 10 assists, while Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 18.
The Pacers return to action on Thursday against Cleveland and will also host the Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto over a four-game homestand that runs through Monday.
Inside the Numbers
The Pacers scored a season-high 29 fastbreak points on Tuesday and outscored the Hawks by 20 in transition.
Mathurin reached double figures for the 30th time this season, tied with Haliburton and one game behind Hield for the team lead.
Haliburton scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, going 5-for-7 from the field and 2-for-4 from 3-point range.
Brissett’s 16 points matched his second-highest scoring game of the season. He reached double figures for the first time in his last six games. Prior to that stretch, Brissett had topped double digits in five of his first eight contests to begin December. The Pacers outscored Atlanta by 28 points in the 19:30 that Brissett was on the floor.
The Pacers outscored Atlanta 60-46 in points in the paint.
You Can Quote Me On That
“He lives for the game. He lives for running around and getting open shots and trying to knock them in. We break up from halftime, he sprints out to the floor and starts feeling that ball and starts shooting. You watch him during timeouts and he’s grabbing the ball. He just is fully engaged in his craft all the time.” -Carlisle on Hield’s work ethic
“He just works really hard. That’s just who he is. He’s got a beautiful shot, he plays a beautiful brand of basketball. He makes open ones, he makes tough ones when we need him to. He ain’t new to this. He’s one of the best shooters in the league. When he’s done, he’ll be one of the best shooters that’s ever played this game. That’s just what he does.” -Haliburton on Hield
“They just did a really good job. Rick left them in (longer in the second quarter), let them keep rolling. They played with enough energy, got enough stops there to where we (could) play in transition…I probably sat for what — almost 10 minutes in the second quarter, so I was fresh (later in the game).” -Haliburton on the second unit
“He’s maturing before our eyes. He’s trending up real fast. It’s scary because you look at a kid from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Iowa State, to be honest with you, I didn’t see this coming…He’s a competitor, man. He wants to work each and every day, he wants to show that he can do it. He’s our leader. He leads us in tremendous ways with his voice, his playmaking ability, and his scoring.” -Hield on Haliburton’s growth
“He really craves the responsibility being the franchise point guard. What he’s learning is that sometimes it means we need points, other times it means we need to get other guys involved. But always, he’s aware of both of those things. But tonight we needed a couple buckets.” -Carlisle on Haliburton getting better at closing out games
Stat of the Night
Hield has made at least four 3-pointers in five of his last six games and is 28-for-44 (63.6 percent) over that span.
- The Pacers are now 6-1 on the season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back.
- The Hawks were without two starters on Tuesday, as center Clint Capela was sidelined with a strained right calf and forward De’Andre Hunter missed the contest with a sprained left ankle.
- Pacers forward Aaron Nesmith fouled out with 5:47 remaining in Tuesday’s contest, finishing with three points, six rebounds, two assists, and one block in 19 minutes of action.
The Pacers continue their four-game homestand against Donovan Mitchell and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets >>
PURDUE ADDS TRANSFER QB
The Purdue Boilermakers got a commitment from Hudson Card, a redshirt sophomore at the University of Texas this season, who will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Card completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 1,523 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions in his Texas career.
Card, a 6-foot-2 Austin, Texas native, joins Michael Alaimo and incoming freshman Ryan Browne as the currently known scholarship quarterbacks on the 2023 roster.
The Boilermakers now have 12 known players who entered the portal, most notably starting defensive linemen Branson Deen, Lawrence Johnson and Jack Sullivan, along with offensive lineman Spencer Holstege, who previously announced he’s transferring to UCLA.
Other Purdue players who’ve announced they’ve entered the transfer portal are kickoff specialist Chris Van Eekeren, running back Kobe Lewis, tight end Kyle Bilodeau, defensive tackle Greg Hudgins III and defensive backs Camdyn Childers, Rickey Smith and Hayden Ellinger, a former walk-on who did not play football in 2022.
BULLDOGS HOST PROVIDENCE THURSDAY IN FINAL TIP OF 2022
The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse for their final tip of 2022, hosting Providence Thursday night. Butler will welcome back a number of men’s basketball alumni and their families for Thursday’s game. Many will be located in one of the sections that typically houses Butler’s Dawg Pound student section.
Butler (8-5, 0-2 BIG EAST) vs. rv/rv Providence (10-3, 2-0)
Thursday, Dec. 29; 6:30PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
PDF Notes Available at https://bit.ly/3NGADRf
TV: FS1 – Matt Schumacker & Donny Marshall
Radio: 1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
Varsity Network Radio App
SiriusXM 381, SXM App 971
THE SERIES: Providence Leads, 16-5
Streak: Providence, W4
At Hinkle: Providence Leads, 6-3
First Meeting: PC, 65-56, 1/21/14
Last Meeting: PC, 65-61, 3/10/22
Bulldogs vs. Friars
• All 21 match-ups between the two teams have come since Butler joined the BIG EAST in the 2013-14 season.
• Providence took all three games played between the teams last season, but all three contests were single-possession games in the final minute.
• Chuck Harris led the Bulldogs in each of the three games, while Nate Watson did the same for PC.
• The 69-62 PC win Jan. 23 in Rhode Island featured 13 lead changes. The 71-70 overtime win by PC at Hinkle Feb. 20 included the Friars overcoming a 19-point deficit. The March 10 BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal was a 65-61 PC win.
• Eleven Bulldogs played in Thursday’s game at Creighton, the first time this season that more than nine players saw action in a contest for Butler.
• Jalen Thomas and Ali Ali each played in their second games as Bulldogs Thursday against Creighton. Thomas (pulmonary embolism) and Ali (concussion symptoms/nasal surgery) had missed the first 11 games of the season.
• Thomas went 4-for-5 from the field and scored the first eight points of his Butler career; Ali scored seven points after registering six points in his Dec. 17 opener vs. UConn.
• Butler’s five starters are each averaging double figures in scoring and more than 30 minutes played per game. The balance among those five includes field goal attempts that range from 115 to 144 through 13 games.
• Manny Bates, Jayden Taylor and Chuck Harris have each led the Bulldogs in scoring in at least four games so far this season (includes ties).
• Butler has placed all five starters in double figures three times this season, with the most recent coming at Cal Dec. 10.
• Butler’s average of 8.2 bench points per game ranks last (of 352 teams) nationally. That output should increase with the return of Ali and Thomas to the rotation.
• Butler is 8-0 this season when leading at halftime.
• Harris is averaging 16.6 points per game and shooting 45.7 percent from three-point range at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.
• The Bulldogs are shooting 53 percent from the field and 41 percent from three-point range in the team’s seven home games this season.
• Butler is committing only 12.3 fouls per game, which is second in the nation.
• Butler’s 4.8 blocks per game are 47th nationally.
• Bates is 16th nationally in blocks per game at 2.5 per game.
• For the season, Butler is shooting 48.1 percent from the field, which is 47th nationally.
• Bates is 22nd nationally with a 62.6 field goal percentage.
• Butler has shot 50 percent or better from the field eight times already this season; the Bulldogs hit the 50-percent mark six times all of last season (31 games). In a similar fashion, Butler already has six games this season shooting 40 percent or better from three-point range, which was only done four times during the 2021-22 season.
• Butler’s free throw percentage of 74.9 percent is 50th nationally.
• Both Harris (89.2 percent; 32nd) and Taylor (86.4 percent; 62nd) rank among the national leaders in free throw percentage.
• Among active coaches with at least 10 seasons of NCAA Division I experience, Thad Matta’s .738 winning percentage ranks fourth (Few, Self, Calipari).
• Thad Matta is 19-2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and the current 2021-22 seasons).
• Bates led the Bulldogs with 22 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas State Nov. 30, his third double-double of the season.
• Eric Hunter Jr. posted the first double-double of his collegiate career in the Dec. 10 win at Cal; he scored 13 points to go along with a career-high 11 rebounds.
• Including his seasons at Purdue, Hunter has 984 career points.
• Harris is now tied with Gordon Hayward for 22nd in Butler history in career three-pointers (116).
• Harris posted career-highs of 32 points and six three-pointers in the Dec. 3 win over Tennessee Tech.
• Simas Lukosius handed out a career-high seven assists against Kansas State Nov. 30, which also matched the most by a Butler player this season.
• Myles Tate has missed the last four games due to a non-COVID illness. John-Michael Mulloy has yet to play this season due to an ankle/foot injury.
FIFTH-RANKED IRISH CLOSE OUT 2022 IN MIAMI
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — No. 5 Notre Dame women’s basketball (10-1, 1-0) has one final challenge sitting between the team and 2023. That obstacle comes in the form of ACC foe Miami (7-5, 0-1).
The Hurricanes, who are led by veteran coach Katie Meier, have spent the last few months trying to build upon a deep run into the 2022 ACC Tournament. It’s been rocky so far — Miami has lost two-straight games to in-state rivals Florida and Florida State — but they have shown glimmers of formidable play.
Miami is posting 78.3 points per game, but scoring defense has held them back. The Hurricanes rank 13th in the conference in that category, allowing 63.2 points each time they tip off. Miami finished fourth in the ACC in scoring defense last year, ending with a mark of 58.4.
This season, no one player has emerged as the clear statistical leader. In each of the five major categories — points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks — a different Hurricane leads. Forward Destiny Harden and guard Haley Cavinder are most consistent when it comes to points (12.6 and 11.9 per game, respectively). Cavinder, Ja’Leah Williams and Latasha Lattimore have each put up at least 25 points in a game this year, a testament to the balance Meier has on this team.
Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey has the Irish sitting with just one loss through non-conference play and hopes to continue the dominance into the new year.
It seems a different player shines every night, but one thing remains relatively constant: Olivia Miles. The sophomore guard had her first performance with fewer than 10 points this year against Western Michigan, but a closer look at her 12 assists shows why she scored fewer buckets than usual. She is now atop the ACC with 7.6 assists per game , and Notre Dame leads the ACC as a team with 18.5. Miles has also posted four games this year with 10+ assists, and just two other ACC players have more than two such games on the year.
Junior Maddy Westbeld is coming off of a career performance from behind the arc, going 3-6 from three-point range and finishing with 23 points. She has had at least eight rebounds in six games this season, and she’s tied for third in the conference with 1.8 blocks per game. Ivey said Westbeld returned from offseason overseas play with a newfound confidence, and it appears those lessons are translating to the court for the Irish.
Notre Dame-Miami tips off at 6:00 p.m. ET on the ACC Network. The Irish are 23-6 all-time against the Hurricanes, but they fell 57-54 the last time the teams faced off, which was last spring’s ACC Tournament.
IRISH DEFENSE LEADS TO 59-43 WIN OVER JACKSONVILLE
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball squad (8-5) got back in the win column on Tuesday night and did so with its defense and grad transfer who has been waiting to break out. The Fighting Irish defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars (7-4), 59-43, marking the fewest points allowed all season.
In fact, it marked the fewest points allowed since the 2014-15 season (90-42 win over Chicago State on 11/29/14). In addition, the Notre Dame defense forced a season-high 17 turnovers in which they converted into 17 points.
Offensively, the Irish got a lift from graduate student and Niagara transfer Marcus Hammond, who led the team with a season-high 15 points. Hammond shot 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Fellow grad student Dane Goodwin got back into double figures for the first time since Syracuse on Dec. 3, recording 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including a pair of threes.
Freshman JJ Starling almost secured his first career double-double with 11 points and a season-high eight rebounds. Starling has now recorded double-digit points in five consecutive games – a career best.
How It Happened
Notre Dame started 3-of-16 from the field and found itself in an early 14-7 hole. Enter sparkplug Marcus Hammond. He went on a 6-0 solo run after a Laszewski layup and pulled the Irish within one, down 16-15.
The Irish simply couldn’t get a three-pointer to fall in the first half, starting 0-for-12. Dane Goodwin broke the streak with a trey at 4:55, which also give the Irish their first lead of the game at 18-16. Naturally, Hammond followed with an immediate three, forcing a Jacksonville timeout now up 21-16.
All-in-all, the Irish produced a 14-2 scoring run over a seven-minute stretch in which they forced four turnovers. They rode that momentum into a 21-19 halftime lead.
Hammond already had a season-high nine points at the break. Goodwin and Laszewski were next with five points each. The defense was the highlight of the half, forcing nine Jacksonville turnovers in which they converted into 10 points. The 19 points were the fewest allowed in a half all season.
Notre Dame started the second half by making nothing but three-pointers. In fact, their first six made baskets were all three-point plays (five treys and one and-one). Hammond made a pair along with Ryan, plus contributions from Goodwin and Starling. Then Starling and Lubin added layups which equated to a 13-2 run over three minutes to garner a 43-36 advantage at 10:21.
Next, the Irish extended the run to 19-4, building a double-digit lead at 49-38. Starling then scored six of the team’s final 10 points to bring us to the 59-43 final.
The Fighting Irish can add another ranked win to their resume when No. 14/16 Miami rolls into town on Friday, Dec. 30. It’ll be a matinee matchup with the game tipping off at 2 p.m. ET on ACC Network.
CARDINALS HOST COUGARS FOR FINAL CONTEST OF 2022
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team wraps up 2022 with a home matchup with Chicago State on Wednesday. The Cardinals enter with an 8-4 record, while the Cougars are 3-12. Jump is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s game is part of “Take a Kid to a Game” days at Worthen Arena with Ball State Basketball presented by The Cardinal Fanstore in The Village. With one paid adult ticket purchased, two kids 13 and under will receive a complimentary ticket along with a commemorative gift pack from The Cardinal Fanstore in The Village.
All spectators for Wednesday night’s contest can enjoy free parking.
Last Time Out
The Cardinals soared back from being down 14 points to claim a 58-54 victory over the Georgia Southern Eagles. Jaylin Sellers led all scorers with 17 and tied for a team-high seven rebounds for BSU. He added an assist and a steal. Jarron Coleman chipped in with 12 points with three rebounds and three assists. Basheer Jihad finished with 12 points, four rebounds, and one block. Demarius Jacobs recorded a career-high four blocks to go along with his 11 points, six rebounds, and game-high four assists. Payton Sparks and Mickey Pearson Jr. each brought down seven boards.
Sellers leads the team with 14.5 points per game and has led the squad in scoring in the last three contests. He paces the team shooting 59.4 percent from 3-point range. He is shooting 53.3 percent from the field, which is fourth on the team. He has recorded 20 or more points in four games this season. He has collected 4.5 boards per game. Sellers has added nine assists, seven steals, and one block.
Sparks leads the team with 8.1 rebounds per game. He is second on the team averaging 13.7 points a game. He is shooting 61.9 percent from the field, which is tied for 26th in the NCAA and leads the MAC. His 3.25 offensive rebounds per game have him tied for 35th in the country and are third in the conference. Sparks is tied for 84th in the nation with 8.0 rebounds per game, which is fourth in the MAC. His four double-doubles are tied for 37th in the NCAA and second in the MAC. He is second on the squad with nine blocks, third on the team with 23 assists, and he has added six steals.
Spreading the Love
The Cardinals have four players averaging double-digit points through 11 games of the season. Coleman is third on the team with 13.1 points per game. He leads the team with 44 assists. He is third on the team with 5.0 boards per contest and is second on the squad in steals with 18. Coleman has eight blocked shots for the year. Jacobs is averaging 12.2 points per contest to close out the double-digit scorers. He leads the team with 20 blocks and 19 steals. His 20 blocks are tied for 59th in the country and leads the MAC. He is averaging 1.67 blocks per game, which is tied for 55th in the NCAA and is the best in the conference. His 41 assists are second on the team. Jacobs has collected 4.0 rebounds per game. Mickey Pearson Jr. is second on the team with 5.2 rebounds a game and is averaging 7.4 points a contest.
Taking Advantage at the Free-Throw Line
As a team, the Cardinals are averaging 25.2 free throws per game, which is 12th in the NCAA and leads the MAC. Ball State is averaging 17.6 free-throws made per contest, which is tied for 14th in the nation and leads the conference. Sparks is tied for 12th in the nation with 90 free-throw attempts, which is second in the MAC. The Cardinals are one of just 10 teams in the NCAA that have made more free throws than their opponents have attempted. Ball State is joined by Creighton, Dayton, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Purdue, Rice, VCU, and Virginia as programs that have made more free throws than opponents have attempted.
The Cardinals are currently tied for 38th in the NCAA as the team is shooting 48.4 percent from the field, which leads the MAC. Ball State has been effective from behind the arc with a combined 38.6 percent from 3-point range, which is tied for 27th in the country and the best in the MAC.
Series History with the Cougars
Wednesday will be the sixth meeting between Ball State and Chicago State. The Cardinals are a perfect 5-0 against the Cougars. BSU is 4-0 at home and 3-0 inside Worthen Arena. Ball State won the last meeting 73-48 on December 31, 2015.
Scouting Chicago State
Wesley Cardet Jr. leads the Cougars with 15.4 points per game. He is tied for eighth in the NCAA with 69 free-throws made. Cardet has a team-high 11 blocks and team-best 43 assists. He is third on the team with 15 steals. Jahsean Corbett leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per game and is second on the team with 13.4 points per game. He is tied for 21st in the NCAA with five double-doubles. He is tied for 19th in the country with 122 rebounds. Corbett is second on the squad with 10 blocked shots to go along with 16 assists and six steals. Elijah Weaver rounds out the double-digit scorers with 10.9 a contest. Weaver is averaging 4.1 rebounds a game, is second on the team with 16 steals, second on the squad with 36 assists, and has six blocks. Brent Davis has a team-best 19 steals.
‘DONS SET THE GPS TO MOON TOWNSHIP, PA. FOR #HLMBB PLAY
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne will put their five-game win streak on the line on Thursday (Dec. 29) at Robert Morris in Horizon League play.
Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (9-4, 1-1 Horizon League) at Robert Morris Colonials (6-7, 1-1 Horizon League)
When: Thursday, December 29 | 7 p.m. ET
Where: Moon Township, Pa. | UPMC Events Center
Live Stats: Link
Radio: 1380 AM The Fan | Listen
Talent: Brett Rump
Game Notes (PDF): Purdue Fort Wayne | Robert Morris
Series Record: Mastodons lead 3-1
KNOW YOUR FOE:
// RMU has won 4-of-6, including an 80-59 win at Wright State in league play.
// Enoch Cheeks leads the team in scoring at 16.8 per contest.
‘DONS & ENDS
// The Mastodons have won five straight games. The ‘Dons have had a winning streak of at-least four games in every season since 2009-10 except for one (2017-18). That is 13-of-14 seasons.
// The ‘Dons are giving up 63.4 points per game, best in the Horizon League. Should the Mastodons finish the season at this average, it would be the best during the Division I era (2001-present) in program history. The current record is the 66.0 points the ‘Dons gave up in 2012-13.
// The ‘Dons are 8-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
// Per sports-reference.com, Ra Kpedi leads the Horizon League in offensive rebounding percentage at 15.3 percent.
// Per KenPom, the ‘Dons are second in the nation in experience and third in continuity. However they are 363rd, last in the nation, in point guard height thanks to the combination of 5-foot-8 guards Damian Chong Qui and Quinton Morton-Robertson.
// Purdue Fort Wayne’s typical starting lineup has 26 seasons of collegiate experience. Ra Kpedi (6), Bobby Planutis (6), Jarred Godfrey (5), Damian Chong Qui (5) and Deonte Billups (4). Kpedi and Planutis’ totals each include a redshirt season.
// Ra Kpedi has won the opening tip in 11-of-13 games this season. He also won the tip in overtime against Oakland (Dec. 3).
// The Mastodons’ win over Missouri State was their first over a Missouri Valley Conference member in exactly nine years. The last win came on a 65-61 decision at Bradley on Dec. 10, 2013.
// The ‘Dons had 10 different players record a field goal in the win over Missouri State.
// The ‘Dons scored 45 bench points against SEMO with 10 Mastodons recording a field goal.
// The ‘Dons had 21 assists at SEMO. Their 35th game of 20+ assists since the start of the 2015-16 season.
// Jarred Godfrey (1,801), Anthony Roberts (1,399), Damian Chong Qui (1,399) and Bobby Planutis (1,031) have each scored 1,000 career NCAA points. Deonte Billups (886) could enter that group this season.
// The ‘Dons have nine games of double-digit offensive rebounds this season.
// Jarred Godfrey has failed to reach double-digits only once this season (nine points vs. Bluffton).
// Jarred Godfrey is one of four current student-athletes in NCAA Division I men’s basketball with 1,700 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists. Taevion Kinsey (Marshall), Hunter Maldonado (Wyoming) and Camren Wynter (Drexel/Penn State) are the other three.
// Jon Coffman owns a 148-118 career record. The Mastodons’ victory over Bluffton (Nov. 27) set a new program record for coaching wins for Coffman. He passed Andy Piazza who went 142-108 with the ‘Dons from 1987 to 1996.
// 10 Mastodons are averaging 9.5 or more minutes per contest.
// Bobby Planutis is 21st in the nation in made 3-pointers (39) and 25th in 3-point percentage at (45.3 percent).
USI ANNOUNCES THE 2023 HALL OF FAME CLASS
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Athletics is pleased to announce the selection of the 2023 USI Athletic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted during homecoming week in February. The class of five individuals and two teams were selected by an eight-member USI Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.
Any Screaming Eagles fan was eligible to nominate student athletes or teams on the 10th anniversary of their last season of competition, or a coach/administrator who has been separated from the USI Athletics for two years.
This year’s class includes Mary Ballinger ’11 (Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field, 2007-10); Dustin Emerick ’12 (Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field, 2008-12); Shaun Larsen (Baseball, 2008-09); Eric Schoenstein ’93 (Men’s Soccer, 1988-91); Stephanie Wilson Poland ’09 (Volleyball, 2004-07); the 1993-94 Men’s Basketball NCAA Division II National Finalist Team and the 2000-01 Women’s Basketball NCAA Division II Elite Eight Team.
“I continue to be amazed by the amount of outstanding student-athletes and teams this University has had,” said USI Director of Athletics Jon Mark Hall. “The Class of 2023 truly represents our growing tradition here at USI. The five individuals and two teams that will be honored in February are truly worthy of this extraordinary honor. I know that the entire USI community is proud of this class and what it accomplished while at USI.”
In addition to the induction of the Hall of Fame Class of 2023, USI is inducting Sandy Hatfield into the Athletic Hall of Distinction for contributions to the success of the University’s varsity programs.
Reservations for the February 3 induction ceremony must be made in advance and can be made by calling (812) 464-1846 or emailing Holly Delph at email@example.com.
2023 USI ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASS
Mary Ballinger ’11 (Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field, 2007-10): Ballinger became the third female student-athlete in the program’s history to win a national championship when she won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2009 NCAA II Outdoor Championships. She finished fifth at the NCAA II Cross Country Championships after capturing the GLVC individual title and earning GLVC Runner of the Year accolades in 2009. Ballinger, who won a total of nine GLVC individual titles as well as a GLVC relay championship, concluded her career with nine All-America awards and six All-GLVC honors in two seasons at USI. She also was named the 2009 Midwest Region Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA and the 2010 GLVC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. The Chesterton, Indiana, native was named the GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year for Cross Country in 2009 and was recognized twice as the USI Female Student Athlete of the Year (2008-09 and 2009-10).
Dustin Emerick ’12 (Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field, 2008-12): Emerick is a combined four-time All-American in cross country and outdoor track. He earned the All-America honors, in addition to 12 All-GLVC awards, three GLVC Freshman of the Year awards, and seven All-Midwest Region recognitions. In track, Emerick was the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2011 and 2012. The 2012 USI Male Student-Athlete of the Year is USI’s record-holder in the 10,000 meters and ranks third all-time at USI in both the indoor and outdoor 5,000 meters.
Shaun Larsen (Baseball, 2008-09): Larsen was a two-time All-American and All-GLVC performer and was dominating in the closer role. He had 33 saves (a career record that is 15 saves better than the number two position) in two seasons and 59 appearances, setting the single-season record for saves (17) in 2008 that tied for first, nationally, in the NCAA Division II.
Eric Schoenstein ’93 (Men’s Soccer, 1988-91): Schoenstein is a four-time GLVC champion, three-time All-GLVC, 1988 All-Region selection, and 1991 Academic All-GLVC performer. He still ranks third in career goals (34), career points (90), and is fifth in career assists (22). The team captain on the 1991 GLVC championship team, he was a part of 57 men’s soccer victories in four seasons.
Stephanie Wilson Poland ’09 (Volleyball, 2004-07): Wilson Poland was a 2007 Academic All-American and three-time Academic All-District volleyball player. She also was a two-time All-Region and four-time All-GLVC honoree as the team’s setter. Wilson Poland ranks second all-time in assists (holding the single match record), 21st in blocks and 13th in digs. She helped lead USI to the 2004 GLVC regular-season and tournament titles as well as an appearance in the 2004 NCAA II Great Lakes Region Tournament.
1993-94 Men’s Basketball Team: First USI men’s basketball team to advance to the NCAA II Elite Eight and the first to play on national television in the national championship game. The 1993-94 team holds the USI record for scoring over 100 points, surpassing the plateau 18 times that season; points in a season; best field goal percentage in a season; best three-point field goal percentage in a season; and most assists.
2000-01 Women’s Basketball Team: The 2000-01 Women’s Basketball team finished 28-4, the second-highest winning percentage in program history, earning the GLVC regular season and tournament championship. The squad won the Great Lakes Regional Championship on the road before advancing to the NCAA II Elite Eight. The team featured three 1,000 point career scorers.
HAITHCOCK NAMED OVC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball senior forward Hannah Haithcock (Washington Courthouse, Ohio) has been named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Co-Player of the Week. The OVC’s weekly accolades are voted upon by the league’s communications directors.
The player of the week award is the first of the season for Haithcock and the third for USI. Haithcock also represented USI on the 2022-23 Preseason All-OVC team.
In earning the honor, Haithcock posted a career-high 24 points and tied a career-best 13 rebounds last Wednesday against Brescia University (Ky.). Haithcock had a big game, dominating in the paint from the opening tip to lead USI to a 90-48 win against Brescia (Ky.) inside Screaming Eagles Arena and in USI’s first home game since November 23.
The senior forward earned her eighth career double-double with 24 points and 13 boards. Wednesday’s performance was Haithcock’s seventh career 20-point game and third of the season.
Haithcock has been on a roll lately, scoring 14 or more points in four straight games for USI. She was one of five USI players to score 10 or more against Brescia (Ky.). The last time USI had five players reach double figures was January 20, 2022, against the University of Illinois Springfield.
On the season, Haithcock is tied for the team lead and second in the OVC at 14.5 points per game. She is the leading shot-taker this season for USI. The senior is 67-for-136 from the field at 49.3 percent, which is also good for third in OVC. She has also added 5.1 rebounds per contest. Defensively, Haithcock tops USI with 12 blocks.
Haithcock and the Screaming Eagles (6-5) return to action to start the Ohio Valley Conference season Thursday at home against Southeast Missouri State University for a 5 p.m. contest. Thursday’s game can be seen live with an ESPN+ subscription.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS MVC PLAY FRIDAY AT BELMONT
Valparaiso (2-6, 0-0 MVC)
Game #9 – Dec. 30, 2022 – 6:30 p.m.
at Belmont (4-7, 0-0 MVC)
Curb Event Center (5,000) – Nashville, Tenn.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: An already lengthy break between games for the Valpo women’s basketball team became even lengthier with the postponement of its final nonconference game at Wisconsin, as the Beacons will take to the court for their first game in three weeks on Friday evening as they open conference play at MVC newcomer Belmont.
Previously: Juniors Jayda Johnston and Ava Interrante each smashed their career best in the scoring column on Dec. 9 at Western Illinois, but it wouldn’t be enough to come away victorious, as the host Leathernecks jumped out to an 11-point lead after one quarter on their way to an 83-67 win. Johnston scored a team-high 16 points and Interrante scored all 15 of her points in the second half. Valpo’s scheduled Dec. 22 game at Wisconsin was postponed until Jan. 25.
Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN3
Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)
Streaming Audio: TuneIn app
Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com
Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fifth year at the helm of the program in 2022-23 and owns a record of 50-74. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first four years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game in each of the last three seasons and in steals per game in two of the last three years.
Series Notes: Friday is the first meeting in program history between Valpo and Belmont. However, it is the third visit for Valpo all-time for a game in Nashville, as the program previously played once apiece at Tennessee State (Jan. 7, 1991; L 106-101) and at Lipscomb (Jan. 6, 2003; L 57-56).
– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 197 points, just 10 points behind Evansville.
– Valpo is in its sixth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
– The Valley was ranked 10th in conference NET last year, was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo finished last year with an 11-19 overall record, but was strong in MVC play, going 9-9 in conference and finishing in sixth place – both of which match the program’s best since joining the Valley.
– The Beacons registered the first win at Drake and the first win at Bradley in program history.
– Valpo swept the season series over Drake, the program’s first two wins ever against the Bulldogs.
– The Beacons also tallied four top-100 wins within Valley play.
– Grace White was named MVC Sixth Player of the Year – the program’s first major postseason award since joining the Valley. Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC choice, while White was an All-Defensive Team selection and Olivia Brown earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.
…at Western Illinois
– WIU led 27-16 at the end of the first quarter and extended its lead to 50-28 at intermission.
– The Leathernecks led by 25 early in the third quarter. Valpo battled back to within 16 at the end of the third period and got the deficit down to 11 points in the fourth quarter, missing a shot that would have potentially made it an eight-point game with 8:41 to play.
– Jayda Johnston surpassed her previous career high of six points early in the second quarter and finished with a team-best 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting and four rebounds in 32 minutes of action off the bench.
– Ava Interrante’s third-quarter output of nine points broke her previous career best by itself. All 15 of the junior’s points came in the second half, as she hit 5-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
– Leah Earnest registered her fourth double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and leading all players with 10 rebounds.
– After shooting just 9-of-26 from the field in the first half, Valpo shot nearly 50% (13-of-27) in the second half. The Beacons also were 6-of-14 from 3-point range in the final 20 minutes after going without a triple in the opening 20 minutes.
– Western Illinois took advantage of an edge at the charity stripe, going 28-of-37 from the foul line to Valpo’s 17-of-23. The Leathernecks also forced 22 Valpo turnovers and committed just 11 miscues, finishing with an 18-5 edge in points off turnovers.
…versus Western Michigan
– Valpo scored just one basket in the game’s first seven minutes, allowing the Broncos to lead by as many as 10 points in the opening quarter.
– WMU led 20-11 at the end of one period and 34-25 at halftime.
– The Broncos were up 46-33 halfway through the third period before a 8-0 Valpo run brought the Beacons within five.
– WMU scored the final seven points of the quarter, however, to extend back out to a 12-point lead with 10 minutes to play.
– Western Michigan led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter and held a 60-47 lead to 5:30 to play. The Beacons’ defense stepped up, however, forcing five straight empty possessions from the Broncos over a span of nearly five minutes.
– On the offensive end, Olivia Brown drilled a 3-pointer and Leah Earnest had drives and finishes on back-to-back trips to bring Valpo within 60-54 with 3:10 to play. But with an opportunity to climb even closer, the Beacons committed turnovers on their next three possessions — the last a charge call which wiped out a potential and-1 opportunity with 85 seconds to play — and would get no closer the rest of the way.
– Brown led the way for Valpo offensively, finishing with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting — including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. The senior, who also grabbed five rebounds, tallied at least 20 points for the fourth time in a Valpo uniform.
– Earnest extended her streak of double-figure scoring games to open the season to seven straight with 12 points on Wednesday while pulling down a team-high seven rebounds as well.
– Pitts posted a career high in the scoring column as she hit 5-of-9 from the floor for 11 points.
– Valpo hit at a 50% clip from the field (24-of-48) on Wednesday and was 5-of-13 (38.5%) from 3-point range. Both percentages were the team’s second-best marks of the season.
– Meanwhile, the Beacons held WMU to 36.1% shooting (22-of-61) and just 4-of-24 (16.7%) from 3-point range, both of which were the second-lowest by a Valpo opponent this season.
– The Broncos secured 21 offensive rebounds to just nine offensive boards for Valpo, while WMU also held a +7 edge in turnover margin (22-15).
– Valpo’s conference-opening road trip continues on New Year’s Day at MVC newcomer Murray State.
– The Beacons then return home for the first time in nearly a month next weekend to host Evansville and Indiana State.
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
|AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|XY-BUFFALO BILLS||12||3||0||.800||0.0||420||263||6 – 1 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||8 – 2 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||6 W|
|XY-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||12||3||0||.800||0.0||438||332||6 – 1 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||7 – 3 – 0||4 – 0 – 0||3 W|
|X-CINCINNATI BENGALS||11||4||0||.733||0.0||391||306||5 – 1 – 0||6 – 3 – 0||7 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||7 W|
|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||7||8||0||.467||0.0||353||331||4 – 3 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||6 – 4 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||3 W|
|X-BALTIMORE RAVENS||10||5||0||.667||0.0||321||272||5 – 2 – 0||5 – 3 – 0||6 – 4 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|X-LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||9||6||0||.600||0.0||332||343||4 – 3 – 0||5 – 3 – 0||7 – 4 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||3 W|
|MIAMI DOLPHINS||8||7||0||.533||0.0||365||370||5 – 2 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||6 – 4 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||4 L|
|NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||7||8||0||.467||2.0||318||291||3 – 4 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||5 – 5 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||2 L|
|NEW YORK JETS||7||8||0||.467||2.0||284||282||3 – 5 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||5 – 6 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||4 L|
|TENNESSEE TITANS||7||8||0||.467||2.0||269||312||3 – 4 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||5 – 6 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 L|
|PITTSBURGH STEELERS||7||8||0||.467||2.0||264||319||3 – 4 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||3 – 7 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||2 W|
|LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||6||9||0||.400||3.0||348||350||4 – 2 – 0||2 – 7 – 0||5 – 6 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS||6||9||0||.400||3.0||323||343||4 – 4 – 0||2 – 5 – 0||4 – 7 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||4||10||1||.300||4.5||248||357||2 – 5 – 0||2 – 5 – 1||4 – 6 – 1||1 – 3 – 1||5 L|
|DENVER BRONCOS||4||11||0||.267||5.0||232||304||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 7 – 0||2 – 8 – 0||0 – 4 – 0||1 L|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||2||12||1||.167||6.5||254||358||0 – 6 – 1||2 – 6 – 0||2 – 7 – 1||2 – 1 – 1||1 W|
|NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|X-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES||13||2||0||.867||0.0||445||308||6 – 1 – 0||7 – 1 – 0||8 – 2 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|XY-MINNESOTA VIKINGS||12||3||0||.800||0.0||378||373||8 – 1 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||7 – 3 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||2 W|
|XY-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||11||4||0||.733||0.0||375||230||7 – 1 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||9 – 2 – 0||5 – 0 – 0||8 W|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||7||8||0||.467||0.0||266||304||4 – 4 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||7 – 3 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|X-DALLAS COWBOYS||11||4||0||.733||0.0||434||303||8 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||8 – 3 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||8||6||1||.567||0.0||311||339||4 – 3 – 1||4 – 3 – 0||4 – 6 – 1||1 – 3 – 1||1 L|
|WASHINGTON COMMANDERS||7||7||1||.500||0.0||285||313||3 – 4 – 0||4 – 3 – 1||4 – 6 – 1||1 – 3 – 1||2 L|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||7||8||0||.467||1.5||365||379||3 – 4 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||5 – 6 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||3 L|
|DETROIT LIONS||7||8||0||.467||1.5||392||401||4 – 4 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||5 – 5 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|GREEN BAY PACKERS||7||8||0||.467||1.5||313||334||4 – 3 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||5 – 5 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||3 W|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||6||9||0||.400||2.5||313||337||5 – 4 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||5 – 5 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||6||9||0||.400||2.5||303||325||4 – 4 – 0||2 – 5 – 0||4 – 6 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||2 W|
|LOS ANGELES RAMS||5||10||0||.333||3.5||281||334||4 – 5 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||3 – 8 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||1 W|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||5||10||0||.333||3.5||315||350||4 – 3 – 0||1 – 7 – 0||4 – 6 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||4 L|
|ARIZONA CARDINALS||4||11||0||.267||4.5||308||391||1 – 8 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||3 – 7 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||5 L|
|CHICAGO BEARS||3||12||0||.200||5.5||303||393||2 – 6 – 0||1 – 6 – 0||1 – 9 – 0||0 – 4 – 0||8 L|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 BOSTON||25||10||.714||—||14-5||11-5||4-0||15-8||5-5||3 W|
|2 MILWAUKEE||22||11||.667||2.0||14-3||8-8||4-2||11-7||5-5||3 L|
|3 BROOKLYN||22||12||.647||2.5||12-5||10-7||5-2||17-6||9-1||9 W|
|4 CLEVELAND||22||13||.629||3.0||16-4||6-9||5-2||15-7||6-4||2 L|
|5 PHILADELPHIA||20||13||.606||4.0||14-5||6-8||4-3||14-9||8-2||1 L|
|6 NEW YORK||18||17||.514||7.0||8-10||10-7||1-4||12-9||6-4||4 L|
|7 INDIANA||18||17||.514||7.0||10-7||8-10||1-2||13-8||5-5||1 W|
|8 MIAMI||17||17||.500||7.5||10-8||6-9||5-1||8-11||6-4||1 W|
|9 ATLANTA||17||17||.500||7.5||11-6||6-11||4-3||13-13||4-6||1 L|
|10 TORONTO||15||19||.441||9.5||10-7||5-12||2-7||11-13||3-7||1 L|
|11 CHICAGO||14||19||.424||10.0||7-8||7-11||2-1||12-9||5-5||1 L|
|12 WASHINGTON||14||21||.400||11.0||9-7||5-14||3-3||8-13||3-7||2 W|
|13 ORLANDO||13||22||.371||12.0||9-10||4-12||2-4||7-16||8-2||1 L|
|14 CHARLOTTE||9||26||.257||16.0||4-11||5-15||3-6||4-17||2-8||2 L|
|15 DETROIT||8||28||.222||17.5||4-13||4-15||0-5||3-17||1-9||6 L|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 DENVER||22||11||.667||—||12-3||10-8||7-2||18-7||8-2||5 W|
|2 NEW ORLEANS||21||12||.636||1.0||14-4||7-8||6-1||14-8||6-4||3 W|
|3 MEMPHIS||20||13||.606||2.0||13-3||7-10||3-2||9-10||6-4||2 L|
|4 LA CLIPPERS||21||15||.583||2.5||11-7||10-8||3-4||11-11||7-3||2 W|
|5 PHOENIX||20||15||.571||3.0||14-5||6-10||7-0||17-10||4-6||1 W|
|6 DALLAS||19||16||.543||4.0||14-5||5-11||2-2||13-6||6-4||4 W|
|7 SACRAMENTO||17||15||.531||4.5||9-7||8-8||4-4||6-7||4-6||2 L|
|8 PORTLAND||18||16||.529||4.5||8-6||10-10||4-5||13-11||5-5||1 W|
|9 UTAH||19||17||.528||4.5||12-5||7-12||3-4||15-10||5-5||1 L|
|10 GOLDEN STATE||17||18||.486||6.0||14-2||3-16||4-3||10-8||4-6||2 W|
|11 MINNESOTA||16||18||.471||6.5||9-8||7-10||4-4||9-12||4-6||3 L|
|12 OKLAHOMA CITY||15||19||.441||7.5||10-8||5-11||3-6||9-12||4-6||1 W|
|13 LA LAKERS||14||20||.412||8.5||8-8||6-12||0-7||7-13||4-6||1 W|
|14 SAN ANTONIO||11||23||.324||11.5||6-11||5-11||2-4||5-19||5-5||1 L|
|15 HOUSTON||10||24||.294||12.5||6-10||4-14||1-5||5-17||3-7||1 L|
|1 BOSTON BRUINS||34||27||4||3||57||25||132||77||18-0-2||9-4-1||7-1-2|
|2 CAROLINA HURRICANES||35||23||6||6||52||21||109||90||11-3-1||12-3-5||9-0-1|
|3 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||35||22||7||6||50||22||116||86||13-2-3||9-5-3||7-2-1|
|4 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||34||22||10||2||46||22||115||87||10-8-1||12-2-1||3-6-1|
|5 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||37||20||13||4||44||20||115||102||11-5-1||9-8-3||9-1-0|
|6 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||32||20||11||1||41||20||115||97||12-4-1||8-7-0||7-3-0|
|7 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||34||19||10||5||43||18||115||100||10-3-3||9-7-2||7-2-1|
|8 NEW YORK RANGERS||36||19||12||5||43||18||116||100||8-7-4||11-5-1||8-2-0|
|9 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||36||20||14||2||42||20||117||99||11-6-0||9-8-2||4-4-2|
|10 DETROIT RED WINGS||32||14||11||7||35||13||98||105||8-6-3||6-5-4||3-5-2|
|11 BUFFALO SABRES||32||16||14||2||34||15||127||109||7-8-2||9-6-0||7-2-1|
|12 FLORIDA PANTHERS||35||15||16||4||34||14||114||120||8-5-3||7-11-1||3-7-0|
|13 OTTAWA SENATORS||34||15||16||3||33||14||103||108||9-8-1||6-8-2||5-3-2|
|14 MONTREAL CANADIENS||34||15||16||3||33||11||95||118||7-9-0||8-7-3||3-5-2|
|15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||35||11||17||7||29||11||90||119||7-9-1||4-8-6||3-5-2|
|16 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||33||10||21||2||22||10||89||135||8-11-1||2-10-1||2-8-0|
|1 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||37||24||12||1||49||21||124||104||10-9-0||14-3-1||5-5-0|
|2 DALLAS STARS||36||21||9||6||48||21||128||101||10-4-3||11-5-3||7-2-1|
|3 LOS ANGELES KINGS||38||20||12||6||46||17||125||130||11-5-2||9-7-4||6-2-2|
|4 WINNIPEG JETS||35||21||13||1||43||21||112||92||12-6-0||9-7-1||4-6-0|
|5 MINNESOTA WILD||34||20||12||2||42||17||110||96||11-6-1||9-6-1||7-3-0|
|6 SEATTLE KRAKEN||32||18||10||4||40||18||113||104||9-6-2||9-4-2||4-5-1|
|7 COLORADO AVALANCHE||33||19||12||2||40||16||99||90||9-5-2||10-7-0||6-3-1|
|8 EDMONTON OILERS||36||19||15||2||40||19||128||123||9-9-1||10-6-1||5-3-2|
|9 CALGARY FLAMES||36||16||13||7||39||15||111||111||10-7-2||6-6-5||3-3-4|
|10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||34||16||15||3||35||14||120||131||7-9-1||9-6-2||7-3-0|
|11 ST. LOUIS BLUES||35||16||16||3||35||14||109||129||6-7-2||10-9-1||5-2-3|
|12 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||33||14||14||5||33||12||84||101||8-6-3||6-8-2||2-5-3|
|13 ARIZONA COYOTES||33||12||16||5||29||11||93||120||6-3-2||6-13-3||5-4-1|
|14 SAN JOSE SHARKS||36||11||19||6||28||10||110||135||4-10-5||7-9-1||3-5-2|
|15 ANAHEIM DUCKS||35||9||22||4||22||7||83||146||5-8-1||4-14-3||3-6-1|
|16 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||33||8||21||4||20||8||75||125||5-12-2||3-9-2||1-9-0|
December 28, 1905 – Representatives of 62 Colleges and Universities met to appoint a rules committee for Intercollegiate football per the Library of Congress. President Theodore Roosevelt requested schools to meet to save the game from being banned due to deaths and severe injuries. The meeting ended with the formation of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of the United States later to become the NCAA in 1910.
December 28, 1946 – The original Baltimore Colts franchise was formed in the All American Football Conference or AAFC. This Colts team along with the Browns and 49ers were absorbed into the NFL in 1950 when the AAFC dissolved. The first season in the NFL was not a good one for Baltimore and the team disbanded according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame right after the 1950 season ended. The City of Baltimore received another chance to resurrect the Colts when NFL Commissioner Bert Bell challenged folks in the city that if they sold 15,000 or more season tickets in about six weeks that they could adopt the recently discontinued Dallas Texans franchise. The Maryland City accomplished the feat in just 4 weeks and on January 23, 1953 the Baltimore Colts franchise rose again under the ownership of Carroll Rosenbloom. By 1958 they were the Champs of the League! In 1984 in the cover of night the team picked up and moved to Indianapolis where they still call home until this day.
December 28, 1947 – Comiskey Park, Chicago – The 1947 NFL Championship game is played between the Philadelphia Eagles victors of the Eastern Division and the Western Division winners the Chicago Cardinals per a story on the Bleacher Report. The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead after Charlie Trippi punched in a score followed just a bit later by his Chicago teammate Elmer Angsman running in another TD. Steve Van Buren recorded one of the touchdowns for the Eagles shortly before halftime. The teams exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter setting up a dramatic finish in the final stanza. Angsman ran in another score in the fourth but Philly cut the lead to just one score after the Eagles crossed the goal line stripe on a one yard plunge by Craft. The game was a stalemate from there as theChicago Cardinals went on to beat Philadelphia, 28-21 to secure the Cardinals’ only title game victory.
December 28, 1952 – Cleveland Municipal Stadium – The 1952 NFL Championship game was played between the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns. Remarkably this was the third appearance of the Browns in the title game in just their third season in the League per a story on the mesa.marmot.org website! If you are keeping track of posts from the past few weeks this would be the first of 3 consecutive years that these two teams would vie for the Championship. The stars of the Lions Quarterback Bobby Layne and running back Doak Walker each ran in a score to put the team from the Motor City up. It would be the difference in the game as the Baltimore defense pretty much shut down Cleveland’s strong offense led by QB Otto Graham. The Detroit Lions outlasted the Cleveland Browns, 17-7 to win the title.
December 28, 1958 – Yankee Stadium, the Bronx, New York – “The Greatest Game Ever Played” was what the 1958 NFL Championship game was called by reporters after the game. The New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts earned their chance to play each other for the Title of World Champions. It could very well be the greatest as there were seventeen future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame that were involved in the contest. This game and its story may have been the biggest public relations boost the League had ever seen. The popularity of the professional level of the gridiron can look at this championship as the true watershed moment when they finally were gaining footing against the popularity of the college game. In the game suspense occurred late as the national audience lost the broadcast when someone bumped a cable creating a loss of signal from the NBC network. Minutes later the broadcast was restored as Johnny Unitas led his Colts teammates onto the field with just minutes left and trailing by three. Facing a 3rd and 10 from their own 14 yard line, Unitas completed a pass to Lenny Moore for an eleven yard gain and a new set of downs to jumpstart the Colts drive. A series of Unitas to Raymond Berry connections set up a 20 yard field goal attempt for Colts kicker Steve Myhra with just seven seconds remaining. The boot was up and good and sent the game into overtime! The Giants won the toss but went three and out giving the Colts the ball back at their own twenty yard line after a punt. Colts Head Coach Weeb Ewbank placed the game plan in the hands of his more than capable signal caller. Unitas and company were hot and drove the field, capping it off with an Alan Ameche one yard dive into the end zone. The Baltimore Colts won the 26th NFL championship 23-17 over the New York Giants with the first ever sudden-death overtime game in NFL history!
December 28, 1975 – Metropolitan Stadium, Minnesota – The original “Hail Mary” play occurred! The Star-Tribune tells the tale well. In the waning minutes the heavily favored Vikings sored what appeared to be a come from behind touchdown on a Brent McClenahan one yard plunge to go up 14-10. Dallas got the ball back but was facing a fourth-and-16 after Staubach had fallen on a bad snap from center for a six yard loss. From the shotgun formation, Roger the Dodger connected with Drew Pearson, who made a jumping catch on the 50 yard-line near the sideline. The table was set, as there was a mere 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game. Roger Staubach dropped back and let loose the legendary 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson who with a slight nudge of the Viking defender caught the pass to give Dallas the 17-14 win and to advance the Cowboys into the NFC Championship game.
December 28, 2008 – Lambeau Field, Wisconsin – The Detroit Lions reach rock bottom and become the first team in NFL history to go winless in a Sixteen game regular season format. The 31-21 loss to Green Bay Packers was the game played on this day that gave the Lions this dubious record.
December 28, 2019 – At the Fiesta Bowl which was the BCS College Football Playoff semifinal, #3 Clemson knocked off #2 Ohio State, 29-23 for the right to play for the national Championship.
Meanwhile at the Peach Bowl the other 2019 College Football Playoff semi final had #1 LSU embarrassed #4 Oklahoma, 63-28 to advance to meet Clemson.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS FOR DECEMBER 28
December 28, 1894 – Indian Orchard, Massachusetts – Ed Healey the end that played for both Dartmouth and Holy Cross was born. According to FootballFoundation.org Ed was the only boy of 9 children on a farm near Springfield, Mass and this may have led to his powerful well tuned physique that made him a dominant line player. Ed Healey secured his spot in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974. Ed played professional football with Rock Island and later Chicago and earned All-Pro honors five times in his 8 seasons as a converted tackle. George Halas who both played and coached Ed called him the “the most versatile tackle ever.” The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Ed Healey in 1964.
December 28, 1915 – Chicago, Illinois – The fine tackle from the University of Washington Vic Markov came to life in this world. With the Huskies Markov earned All-America honors in both 1936 and 1937 per the NFF. The National Football Foundation voters selected Vic Markov to gain entry into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976. After school Vic latched on to play with the Cleveland Rams for a couple of seasons in the late 1930’s. He served the US during World War II as a tank commander and was decorated for his heroics during the Battle of the Bulge.
December 28, 1920 – Chicago, Illinois – Michigan Wolverine Tackle Albert “Ox” Wistert was born. According to the footballfoundation.org Al entered college as the second of three brothers to earn a spot in HOF. In 1942 Ox was voted in as an All-America selection and was the Wolverines team MVP. Albert Wistert was one of the winners in the 1968 selections of the NFF voters to receive the recognition to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame and joined his brothers Whitey and Alvin there. The NFF states that Wistert went on to serve as co- captain of the 1943 College All-Star team which defeated a pretty good NFL Champion Washington Redskins team, 27-7, in Chicago. Ox Wistert signed to play for the Philadelphia Eagles and would become one of the club’s greatest linemen, captaining the team as an All-Pro selection for five straight years. Al played every game in his pro career as a starter except for one when he was injured. Philadelphia won two championships during Al’s career and, when he stepped away from the gridiron in 1952, the Eagles retired his number 70 jersey.
December 28, 1920 – La Ceiba, Honduras – “Supersonic” Steve Van Buren of LSU was born. The great halfback was the number one pick in the 1944 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Steve made the All-NFL team in six straight seasons as he also won the NFL rushing title in four different years. Van Buren tallied the lone score in the 1947 NFL Championship game to give Philly the 7-0 victory over the Chicago Cardinals. The next year in the Title game he established a Championship game record when he trotted 196 yards in the contest against the LA Rams in a 14-0 Title win. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Steve Van Buren in 1965.
December 28, 1935 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Oklahoma Sooners Halfback Clendon Thomas celebrated his birth. In 1955 and 1956 Thomas lived out his childhood dreams as he and the Sooners went undefeated and won consecutive National Championships. The streak of 47 straight games won in a row has never been matched by any other team in Division I history. Clendon’s 18 touchdowns in 1956 led the nation. The NFF recognized ClendonThomas as one of the greats of the gridiron by selecting him into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
1926 Bob O’Farrell is named to replace Rogers Hornsby as the Cardinal manager. The ‘Rajah,’ who guided the Redbirds to a World Championship as the team’s player-manager last season, was traded to the Giants eight days ago for Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring.
1944 Buddy Lewis wins the Distinguished Flying Cross for his extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the China Burma India Theater. During World War II, the 28-year-old Senators’ outfielder/third baseman flew more than 500 missions for the U.S. Army Air Force as a transport pilot.
1957 After Representative Kenneth B. Keating indicated Congress should reopen its sports hearing, CBS announces they will not broadcast major league games into any area during the time of a scheduled minor league game. The television network has agreed with six teams – Indians, Orioles, Phillies, Reds, White Sox, and Yankees – to telecast major league games nationally on Sundays next season.
1957 In a swap of first basemen, the Reds deal fan-favorite Ted Kluszewski to the Pirates for Dee Fondy, who will retire at the end of the season after hitting only .218 for Cincinnati. ‘Big Klu’ will play a season-and-a-half for his new team before being sent to the White Sox, where he plays a pivotal role for the eventual American League champions in 1959.
1983 Free agent Warren Cromartie signs a $2.5 million contract with the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants. The 30-year-old former Expo outfielder considered the best American player to date to leave the majors in his prime to play in Japan, will compile a .321 batting average along with 171 home runs and 558 RBIs during his seven seasons with the Nippon team.
1994 In the century’s fourth-largest trade, the biggest since 1957, the Astros and Padres exchange a dozen players. Houston sends Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine, Brian Williams, and a player to be named later (Sean Fesh) for Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez, Phil Plantier, and Craig Shipley.
1998 The Tigers acquire two players when the team signs free-agent Gregg Jefferies to a two-year contract and trades outfield prospect Luis Gonzalez to the Diamondbacks for Karim Garcia. The 31-year-old California native will finish his controversial 14-year major league career in Detroit with a lifetime .289 batting average.
2001 Outgoing New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announces the Yankees and Mets have reached a tentative agreement with the city to build a pair of $800 million, retractable-roof stadiums. Mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg, concerned if the Big Apple can afford the largest private-public venture in baseball history, will have the final word on the $1.6 billion costs of the proposed new ballparks agreements.
2005 The White Sox and starter Jon Garland (18-10, 3.50) sign a three-year, $29 million contract. The deal to stay with the 2005 World Series champions takes him off the profitable free-agent market next year, avoids salary arbitration, and keeps the 26-year-old right-hander in the city he loves.
2005 The Diamondbacks send Troy Glaus and highly touted infield prospect Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays in exchange for Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson and starter Miguel Batista. Toronto’s active off-season, in which the team has also signed starter A.J. Burnett, closer B.J. Ryan, and first baseman Lyle Overbay, convinced the third baseman to waive his limited no-trade clause.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS
15 – 10 – 14 – 12 – 88 – 5 – 11 – 1 – 20 – 7 – 9
December 28, 1918 – Montreal’s Georges Vezina became the first NHL goalie to record an assist during the Canadiens’ 6-3 win over the Toronto Arenas
December 28, 1944 – Montreal right wing Number 15, Maurice Richard became the first player in NHL history to score 8 points in one game. ‘Rocket’ Richard tallied 5 goals and 3 assists in the Canadiens’ 9-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings
December 28, 1965 – Ballon d’Or: Benfica striker Number 10, Eusébio took home the award for best European football player; first Portuguese national to win, and still only Benfica player
December 28, 1971 – Ballon d’Or: Ajax forward Number 14, Johan Cruyff won the award for best European football player ahead of Inter forward Number 10, Sandro Mazzola and Manchester United winger Number 11, George Best. Cruyff became the first Dutch national and Ajax player to win award
December 28, 1975 – “The Hail Mary”, with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback, Number 12, Roger Staubach threw a legendary 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Number 88, Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the “Hail Mary” play is born
December 28, 1976 – Ballon d’Or: Bayern Munich defender Number 5, Franz Beckenbauer won the title of Europe’s best football player for a 2nd time; beats Anderlecht winger Number 11, Rob Rensenbrink and Dukla Prague goalkeeper Number 1, Ivo Viktor
December 28, 1982 – Ballon d’Or: Juventus striker Number 20, Paolo Rossi was named best European football player; beats Bordeaux midfielder Number 12, Alain Giresse and Juventus’ Polish midfielder Number 7, Zbigniew Boniek
December 28, 1993 – Ballon d’Or: Juventus’ Italian striker Number 10, Roberto Baggio was named Europe’s best football player ahead of Inter forward Number 10, Dennis Bergkamp and Manchester United striker Number 7, Eric Cantona
December 28, 1993 – Number 15, John Maclean passed Number 9, Kirk Muller as all-time NJ Devils scorer (521 pts)
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|WILKES AT PENN||2:00PM||ESPN+|
|TENNESSEE AT OLE MISS||5:00PM||SECN|
|UNCW AT MONMOUTH||5:00PM||CBSSN|
|EASTERN OREGON AT GONZAGA||5:00PM||WCC|
|OUR LADY OF THE LAKE AT A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI||5:00PM||ESPN+|
|CENTRAL ARKANSAS AT TCU||5:00PM||ESPN+|
|UALBANY AT VIRGINIA||6:00PM||ACCN|
|VILLANOVA VS. UCONN||6:30PM||FS1|
|FLORIDA AT AUBURN||7:00PM||ESPN2|
|MERCER AT SAMFORD||7:00PM||ESPNU|
|KENTUCKY AT MISSOURI||7:00PM||SECN|
|DAVIDSON AT FORDHAM||7:00PM||CBSSN|
|DUQUESNE AT DAYTON||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|COPPIN STATE AT RICHMOND||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|RIDER AT GEORGIA||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|CHICAGO STATE AT BALL STATE||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE AT COLUMBIA||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|HARVARD AT MAINE||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|WICHITA STATE AT UCF||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|TEMPLE AT EAST CAROLINA||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|VERMONT AT MIAMI (FL)||8:00PM||ACCN|
|BRADLEY AT BELMONT||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|MISSOURI STATE AT UNI||8:00PM||ESPN3|
|ILLINOIS STATE AT UIC||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|NICHOLLS AT BAYLOR||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|ARKANSAS AT LSU||9:00PM||ESPN2|
|XAVIER AT ST. JOHN’S||9:00PM||FS1|
|ALABAMA AT MISSISSIPPI STATE||9:00PM||SECN|
|HOUSTON AT TULSA||9:00PM||ESPNU|
|COLORADO STATE AT NEW MEXICO||9:00PM||CBSSN|
|SOUTHERN UTAH AT NM STATE||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|STANISLAUS STATE AT SACRAMENTO STATE||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|BOISE STATE AT NEVADA||10:00PM||MWN|
|UNLV AT SAN JOSE STATE||10:00PM||STADIUM|
|AIR FORCE AT SAN DIEGO STATE||11:00PM||FS1|
|WYOMING AT FRESNO STATE||11:00PM||CBSSN|
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|MILITARY BOWL: DUKE VS. UCF||2:00PM||ESPN|
|AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL: ARKANSAS VS. KANSAS||5:30PM||ESPN|
|SDCCU HOLIDAY BOWL: (15) OREGON VS. NORTH CAROLINA||8:00PM||FOX|
|TAXACT TEXAS BOWL: TEXAS TECH VS. OLE MISS||9:00PM||ESPN|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|ORLANDO AT DETROIT||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|PHOENIX AT WASHINGTON||7:00PM||NBCS-WSH|
|LA LAKERS AT MIAMI||7:30PM||NBATV|
|BROOKLYN AT ATLANTA||7:30PM||YES|
|MILWAUKEE AT CHICAGO||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|MINNESOTA AT NEW ORLEANS||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|DENVER AT SACRAMENTO||10:00PM||NBATV|
|UTAH AT GOLDEN STATE||10:00PM||ATTSN-RM|
|NHL REGULAR SEASON GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|MONTRÉAL AT TAMPA BAY||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|BOSTON AT NEW JERSEY||7:30PM||TNT|
|DETROIT AT PITTSBURGH||7:30PM||ATTSN-PIT|
|CALGARY AT SEATTLE||10:00PM||TNT|
|VEGAS AT ANAHEIM||10:00PM||ATTSN-RM|
|SOCCER MATCHES||TIME ET||TV|
|LIGUE 1: TROYES VS NANTES||9:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LIGUE 1: AJACCIO VS ANGERS SCO||9:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LIGUE 1: AUXERRE VS MONACO||11:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LEEDS UNITED VS MANCHESTER CITY||3:00PM||USA|
|LIGUE 1: BREST VS OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS||3:00PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LIGUE 1: PSG VS STRASBOURG||3:00PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP: HIBERNIAN VS CELTIC||3:00PM||CBSSN|
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|BROWN AT NORTHWESTERN||1:00PM||BTN|
|LA SALLE AT HOWARD||2:00PM||–|
|STONEHILL AT SACRED HEART||2:00PM||NEC|
|UNCG AT WESTERN CAROLINA||2:00PM||ESPN+|
|ALABAMA A&M AT OHIO STATE||3:00PM||BTN|
|HIGH POINT AT LONGWOOD||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|RADFORD AT UNC ASHEVILLE||4:00PM||ESPN+|
|ELON AT DREXEL||4:00PM||FLOHOOPS|
|FLORIDA A&M AT PURDUE||5:00PM||BTN|
|MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT CHARLOTTE||6:00PM||ESPN+|
|AUSTIN PEAY AT QUEENS||6:00PM||ESPN+|
|PROVIDENCE AT BUTLER||6:30PM||FS1|
|LIBERTY AT BELLARMINE||6:30PM||ESPN+|
|IOWA AT NEBRASKA||7:00PM||BTN|
|UMBC AT MARYLAND||7:00PM||ESPNU|
|HOFSTRA AT DELAWARE||7:00PM||CBSSN|
|NORTH CAROLINA A&T AT NORTHEASTERN||7:00PM||FLOHOOPS|
|WAGNER AT LIU||7:00PM||NEC|
|CENTRAL CONNECTICUT AT SAINT FRANCIS U||7:00PM||NEC|
|MERRIMACK AT FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON||7:00PM||NEC|
|PRAIRIE VIEW A&M AT TEXAS A&M||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|BINGHAMTON AT CORNELL||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|ARKANSAS STATE AT OLD DOMINION||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|JAMES MADISON AT GEORGIA STATE||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|LOUISIANA AT COASTAL CAROLINA||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|NEW HAMPSHIRE AT DARTMOUTH||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|FLORIDA NATIONAL AT NORTH FLORIDA||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|VMI AT FURMAN||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|APP STATE AT MARSHALL||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|ETSU AT WOFFORD||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|CHATTANOOGA AT THE CITADEL||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|UTSA AT LOUISIANA TECH||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|RICE AT WKU||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|EVANSVILLE AT INDIANA STATE||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|GREEN BAY AT DETROIT MERCY||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|MILWAUKEE AT OAKLAND||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|PURDUE FORT WAYNE AT ROBERT MORRIS||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|WRIGHT STATE AT NORTHERN KENTUCKY||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|WINTHROP AT USC UPSTATE||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|CAMPBELL AT PRESBYTERIAN||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT GARDNER-WEBB||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|HAMPTON AT CHARLESTON||7:00PM||FLOHOOPS|
|DELAWARE STATE AT PENN STATE||7:00PM||BTN+|
|CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN||7:00PM||BTN+|
|FLORIDA COLLEGE AT FIU||7:00PM||CUSATV|
|ABILENE CHRISTIAN AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN||7:30PM||ESPN+|
|UTEP AT UAB||7:30PM||ESPN+|
|GEORGETOWN AT DEPAUL||8:00PM||FS2|
|WESTERN ILLINOIS AT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|TROY AT SOUTHERN MISS||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|ULM AT TEXAS STATE||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|SOUTH ALABAMA AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|SAM HOUSTON AT UTAH VALLEY||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|UTA AT TARLETON||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|SOUTH FLORIDA AT MEMPHIS||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT NORTH TEXAS||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|CSU BAKERSFIELD AT UC RIVERSIDE||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|CLEVELAND STATE AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT MURRAY STATE||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|ALCORN STATE AT MINNESOTA||8:00PM||BTN+|
|HUSTON-TILLOTSON AT TEXAS SOUTHERN||8:00PM||–|
|ORAL ROBERTS AT OMAHA||8:00PM||–|
|BETHUNE-COOKMAN AT ILLINOIS||8:30PM||FS1|
|LINDENWOOD AT EASTERN ILLINOIS||8:30PM||ESPN+|
|SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AT SOUTHERN INDIANA||8:30PM||ESPN+|
|TENNESSEE TECH AT SIUE||8:30PM||ESPN+|
|UT MARTIN AT LITTLE ROCK||8:30PM||ESPN+|
|BYU AT PACIFIC||9:00PM||WCC|
|TULANE AT CINCINNATI||9:00PM||ALT2|
|UC SANTA BARBARA AT CAL STATE FULLERTON||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|VALPARAISO AT DRAKE||9:00PM||WCC|
|KANSAS CITY AT DENVER||9:00PM||WCC|
|ST. THOMAS AT SOUTH DAKOTA||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|SAN DIEGO AT SAINT MARY’S||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|LOYOLA MARYMOUNT AT PORTLAND||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|CALIFORNIA BAPTIST AT GRAND CANYON||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|UTRGV AT UTAH TECH||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|MOREHEAD STATE AT TENNESSEE STATE||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|EASTERN WASHINGTON AT MONTANA||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|IDAHO AT MONTANA STATE||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|NORTHERN ARIZONA AT IDAHO STATE||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|NORTHERN COLORADO AT WEBER STATE||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|UTAH AT CALIFORNIA||10:00PM||PAC12|
|SAN FRANCISCO AT SANTA CLARA||10:00PM||WCC|
|CSUN AT CAL POLY||10:00PM||ESPN+|
|UC SAN DIEGO AT LONG BEACH STATE||10:00PM||ESPN+|
|COLORADO AT STANFORD||11:00PM||ESPNU|
|UC DAVIS AT HAWAI’I||11:59PM||ESPN+|
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|PINSTRIPE BOWL: MINNESOTA VS. SYRACUSE||2:00PM||ESPN|
|CHEEZ-IT BOWL: (13) FLORIDA STATE VS. OKLAHOMA||5:30PM||ESPN|
|VALERO ALAMO BOWL: (21) TEXAS VS. (12) WASHINGTON||9:00PM||ESPN|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|OKLAHOMA CITY AT CHARLOTTE||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|CLEVELAND AT INDIANA||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|LA CLIPPERS AT BOSTON||7:30PM||NBATV|
|MEMPHIS AT TORONTO||7:30PM||SPORTSNET|
|NEW YORK AT SAN ANTONIO||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|HOUSTON AT DALLAS||8:30PM||ATTSN-SW|
|NHL REGULAR SEASON GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|DETROIT AT BUFFALO||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|MONTRÉAL AT FLORIDA||7:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|NY RANGERS AT TAMPA BAY||7:00PM||MSG2|
|OTTAWA AT WASHINGTON||7:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|COLUMBUS AT NY ISLANDERS||7:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|CHICAGO AT ST. LOUIS||8:00PM||NBCS-CHI|
|DALLAS AT MINNESOTA||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|VANCOUVER AT WINNIPEG||8:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|LOS ANGELES AT COLORADO||9:00PM||ALT|
|TORONTO AT ARIZONA||9:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|PHILADELPHIA AT SAN JOSE||10:30PM||NBCS-PHI|
|SOCCER MATCHES||TIME ET||TV|
|LIGUE 1: LORIENT VS MONTPELLIER||11:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LIGUE 1: REIMS VS RENNES||1:00PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|ENGLAND CHAMPIONHIP: MILLWALL VS BRISTOL CITY||2:45PM||ESPN+|
|LIGUE 1: OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE VS TOULOUSE||3:00PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LIGUE 1: NICE VS LENS||3:00PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|ENGLAND CHAMPIONHIP: BLACKPOOL VS SHEFFIELD UNITED||3:15PM||ESPN+|