INDIANA FOOTBALL SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES NOVEMBER 4
LAFAYETTE JEFF (8-2) AT CROWN POINT (10-0)
WARSAW (8-2) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (10-0)
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (10-0) AT FISHERS (7-3)
NOBLESVILLE (4-6) AT WESTFIELD (7-3)
BROWNSBURG (9-1) AT AVON (2-8)
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (8-1) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (5-5)
PERRY MERIDIAN (4-6) AT WARREN CENTRAL (5-5)
CENTER GROVE (8-2) AT COLUMBUS NORTH (5-5)
MERRILLVILLE (8-2) AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (8-2)
VALPARAISO (7-3) AT CHESTERTON (5-5)
MISHAWAKA (9-1) AT CONCORD (5-5)
FORT WAYNE NORTH (8-2) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (9-1)
DECATUR CENTRAL (4-6) AT PLAINFIELD (5-5)
WHITELAND (9-1) AT FRANKLIN (8-2)
BLOOMINGTON NORTH (6-4) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (8-1)
EVANSVILLE NORTH (6-4) AT CASTLE (6-4)
NEW PRAIRIE (10-1) AT HOBART (8-3)
NORTHRIDGE (7-4) AT NORTHWOOD (11-0)
LEO (8-3) AT COLUMBIA CITY (10-1)
MISSISSINEWA (8-3) AT KOKOMO (10-1)
BREBEUF JESUIT (7-3) AT INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (10-1)
CONNERSVILLE (7-4) AT NEW PALESTINE (11-0)
MARTINSVILLE (8-3) AT EAST CENTRAL (9-2)
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (8-3) AT BOONVILLE (8-3)
WEST LAFAYETTE (11-0) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (11-0)
KNOX (8-3) AT JIMTOWN (9-2)
YORKTOWN (8-3) AT NORWELL (10-1)
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (7-4) AT GUERIN CATHOLIC (7-4)
DANVILLE (5-6) AT MONROVIA (4-7)
PIKE CENTRAL (3-8) AT OWEN VALLEY (11-0)
BATESVILLE (6-5) AT LAWRENCEBURG (10-1)
SOUTHRIDGE (10-1) AT HERITAGE HILLS (7-4)
ANDREAN (7-3) AT BREMEN (7-4)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (8-3) AT ROCHESTER (10-1)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (6-5) AT EASTSIDE (9-2)
EASTBROOK (8-3) AT BLUFFTON (7-4)
LINTON-STOCKTON (11-0) AT SULLIVAN (7-4)
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (7-3) AT LAPEL (6-5)
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (10-1) AT TRITON CENTRAL (9-2)
NORTH POSEY (9-2) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (8-3)
CULVER (7-4) AT NORTH JUDSON (10-1)
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (6-5) AT PARK TUDOR (8-3)
WEST CENTRAL (10-1) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (10-1)
ADAMS CENTRAL (11-0) AT NORTHFIELD (6-5)
SHERIDAN (10-1) AT HAGERSTOWN (7-4)
KNIGHTSTOWN (3-7) AT NORTH DECATUR (11-0)
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (11-0) AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN (8-3)
TECUMSEH (10-0) AT PROVIDENCE (8-2)
VOLLEYBALL STATE FINALS-SATURDAY
CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
11 AM ET | TECUMSEH (31-4) VS. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN (33-4)
CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
1:30 PM ET | LINTON-STOCKTON (28-5) VS. WAPAHANI (31-5)
CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
4:30 PM ET | PROVIDENCE (30-6) VS. BELLMONT (30-6)
CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
7 PM ET | YORKTOWN (34-2) VS. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (33-1)
10. MORGAN TWP. (0-0)
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL OPENING DAY SCORES
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 10
BALL STATE 27 KENT STATE 20
OHIO 45 BUFFALO 24
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT BOWLING GREEN | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
THURSDAY, NOV. 3
UTEP AT RICE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
APPALACHIAN STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
UMASS AT UCONN | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
DUKE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
OREGON STATE AT WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN2
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
AIR FORCE VS. ARMY (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 11:30 A.M. | CBS
OHIO STATE AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | ABC
KENTUCKY AT MISSOURI | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NORTH CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TULANE AT TULSA | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
FLORIDA AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT CHARLOTTE | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
GEORGIA TECH AT VIRGINIA TECH | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
SOUTH FLORIDA AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MARSHALL AT OLD DOMINION | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
TENNESSEE AT GEORGIA | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
SYRACUSE AT PITT | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
WASHINGTON STATE AT STANFORD | 3:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
WEST VIRGINIA AT IOWA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+
NEW MEXICO AT UTAH STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
UTSA AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
LIBERTY AT ARKANSAS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTH ALABAMA AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
FIU AT NORTH TEXAS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
TROY AT LOUISIANA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS STATE AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN3
ALABAMA AT LSU | 7 P.M. | ESPN
UNLV AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
HOUSTON AT SMU | 7 P.M.
MICHIGAN AT RUTGERS | 7 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
CLEMSON AT NOTRE DAME | 7:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK
SOUTH CAROLINA AT VANDERBILT | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
AUBURN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
JAMES MADISON AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FLORIDA STATE AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
WAKE FOREST AT NC STATE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
CAL AT USC | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
HAWAI’I AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS2
COLORADO STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M.
TEXAS TECH AT TCU
OREGON AT COLORADO
OKLAHOMA STATE AT KANSAS
UCLA AT ARIZONA STATE
PENN STATE AT INDIANA
ARIZONA AT UTAH
MICHIGAN STATE AT ILLINOIS
NAVY AT CINCINNATI
TEXAS AT KANSAS STATE
BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA
MINNESOTA AT NEBRASKA
IOWA AT PURDUE
MARYLAND AT WISCONSIN
BYU AT BOISE STATE
UCF AT MEMPHIS
NFL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2022
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT HOUSTON TEXANS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2022
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 07, 2022
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (MON) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P ESPN
TUESDAY, NOV. 1
PHILADELPHIA 7 HOUSTON 0 (PHILADELPHIA LEAD SERIES 2 – 1)
MIAMI 116 GOLDEN STATE 109
CHICAGO 108 BROOKLYN 99
OKLAHOMA CITY 116 ORLANDO 108
PHOENIX 116 MINNESOTA 107
TAMPA BAY 4 OTTAWA 3
NY RANGERS 1 PHILADELPHIA 0 OT
VEGAS 3 WASHINGTON 2
BOSTON 6 PITTSBURGH 5
MINNESOTA 4 MONTRÉAL 1
NY ISLANDERS 3 CHICAGO 1
DALLAS 5 LOS ANGELES 2
SEATTLE 5 CALGARY 4
EDMONTON 7 NASHVILLE 4
NEW JERSEY 5 VANCOUVER 2
ARIZONA 3 FLORIDA 1
ANAHEIM 6 SAN JOSE 5
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
HARPER, PHILLIES TIE WORLD SERIES MARK WITH 5 HR, TOP ASTROS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper bashed a home run on the first World Series pitch he saw in Philadelphia, and then figured out how the Phillies could hit a few more.
The $330 million star offered quiet advice to Alec Bohm – and then it got really loud in Philadelphia.
As for those whispers in May that the Phillies were finished? Forget about ’em. The secret has long been out: these Phillies are for real.
Now, they’re two wins away from their first World Series championship since 2008.
Harper hammered his sixth postseason home run, whispered an assist to Bohm before his solo shot and the Phillies tied a World Series record with five homers to rout the Houston Astros 7-0 Tuesday night and take a 2-1 Series lead.
Brandon Marsh also homered, and Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins hit back-to-back shots in the fifth inning to chase Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. Philadelphia used the long ball to end the long wait for its first World Series home win since Game 5 of the 2009 World Series.
Those Phillies couldn’t finish the job.
Ranger Suarez tossed three-hit ball over five shutout innings and inched this year’s team closer to getting it done.
Harper, Bohm, Marsh and the rest of the Phillies on the last team to qualify for the playoffs are two wins away from ending the season as the last team standing. With a sparkling 6-0 record at Citizens Bank Park this postseason, the Phillies just may not return to Texas.
“Just being back home, I think is such a momentum swing for us, just for the pure fact of our fan base,” Harper said. “This whole city is so excited to be in this moment, and we’re just thrilled to be able to play in front of them and have this opportunity.”
Another red, raucous, resolute crowd of 45,712 let the Astros have it from the first pitch with chants of “Cheater! Cheater!” for Jose Altuve and “Check the Bat! Check the Bat!” for Martin Maldonado.
The fans – already amped from the jump after another sliding catch by right fielder Nick Castellanos in the first – didn’t wait long to go wild for the home run barrage.
With leadoff hitter Schwarber on first base, Harper repeated his flair for playoff power when he ripped a two-run shot off McCullers into the right field seats for the fast lead. That made Harper 2 for 2 on home run swings in Philly – he sent the Phillies to the World Series with a two-run drive in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series to beat San Diego.
Harper crossed the plate and again exclaimed “This is my house!” before he ripped off his helmet, exposed his Phillie Phanatic headband and was mobbed by teammates in the dugout.
Harper’s homers shake the stadium to the point they should be measured on the Richter scale rather than in feet – and they seem as automatic these days as a Phillie Phanatic spin on his ATV. Harper has hit four postseason homers that gave the Phillies the lead and showed that, yes, Bryce Bombs do go off in November, the first time more World Series games will be played in this month than October.
Oh, and Harper might have a second career as a homer whisperer.
Harper beckoned Bohm from the on-deck circle and back to the dugout for a quick word of advice.
Maybe Harper saw McCullers tipping his pitches?
“I think any time you have information, you want to be able to give that to your teammates at any point,” Harper said. “Anytime I can help my teammates, throughout the whole season, we’ve done that.”
Whatever the quiet counseling was, it worked, and Bohm lined his first postseason homer leading off the second inning and the 1,000th in World Series history into the left field seats for 3-0 lead.
So c’mon, Alec, fess up, what did Bryce tell you?
“That’s between us,” Bohm said with a shrug and a big smile.
Marsh took the baton on the long-ball relay and knocked one into the right field seats that was dropped by a young kid from Delaware. The home run stood after a brief review – as it seems nothing can interfere with Philadelphia’s playoff push – and it was 4-0.
With that, McCullers had allowed four homers to his first nine batters. The right-hander who got his left triceps inked with nods to Houston got absolutely tattooed by the Phillies.
“It was kind of mind-boggling because he doesn’t give up homers,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “He usually keeps the ball in the ballpark. He wasn’t satisfied with it. We were very surprised by it.”
Schwarber, the NL home run champion, again dumped a two-run shot into a thicket of English ivy, Arborvitae and Holly beyond center field, and Hoskins connected on solo shot for a 7-0 lead that ended McCullers’ night.
McCullers became the first pitcher to give up five home runs in a World Series game.
“I don’t really get hit around like that, so I was a little bit in disbelief,” McCullers said.
Suarez, the scheduled Game 4 starter before Game 3 was postponed a day by rain, delivered with the performance of his career and shut down the big bats in the AL champs’ lineup.
He needed only two pitches to get the first two outs of the game and struck out Yordan Alvarez to end the first. The few jams he got into, Suarez worked his way out, notably in the second when he whiffed Chas McCormick and left two runners stranded. He retired Altuve to end the fifth on a soft foul pop with two runners on base.
“He’s just a guy with no heartbeat,” catcher J.T. Realmuto said. “It looks like he’s playing a child’s game.”
Suarez saved the Phillies from having to use ace relievers Jose Alvarado and Seranthony Dominguez as four relievers each tossed a scoreless inning to finish the five-hitter.
“It’s a really good Houston team over there,” Harper said. “They have been here, they have been in all situations before and to be able to come in here and win the first game here was huge for us.”
THE CHAMPS ARE HERE
Philly sports champions Mike Schmidt, Julius Erving, Brandon Graham and Bernie Parent threw first pitches to 2008 World Series champions Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino. Country music star Tim McGraw, son of the late Phillies reliever Tug McGraw, received a huge ovation and wore his dad’s No. 45 McGraw jersey. McGraw closed the 1980 World Series with a strikeout.
The Phillies send RHP Aaron Nola (2-1, 4.57 ERA in the postseason) to the mound against Houston RHP Christian Javier (1-0, 1.35 ERA) in Game 4. Nola was done after 4 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the World Series, though he retired the final six batters he faced and left in a tie game after the Phillies rallied from an early 5-0 deficit – and won 6-5. Philadelphia plans to use RHP Noah Syndergaard in Game 5.
FALCONS TRADE SUSPENDED WR RIDLEY TO JAGUARS IN COMPLEX DEAL
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Suspended Atlanta receiver Calvin Ridley is getting a fresh start in Jacksonville, although it’s unclear when he will be allowed to play again.
The Jaguars made a complex deal to land Ridley – and potentially give quarterback Trevor Lawrence a true No. 1 receiver in 2023 – just before the NFL trading deadline Tuesday.
A person with knowledge of the trade said compensation to the Falcons ranges between a second-round pick in 2024 and a sixth-rounder. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details had not been made public.
The draft pick is contingent on when Ridley gets reinstated, how much he plays in 2023 and whether he signs a long-term deal with the Jaguars, the person said.
Ridley tweeted “Duuuval” with two emojis of faces with steam coming from both nostrils, relaying the team’s rallying cry.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Ridley in March for at least the 2022 season after a league investigation determined Ridley bet on NFL games in 2021 while away from the team addressing mental health concerns. The league said the suspension will carry “through at least the conclusion of the 2022 season.”
The NFL said the betting took place during a five-day period in late November 2021. Ridley was placed on the non-football illness list following Week 8 last season, which ended Nov. 1.
Ridley responded on his Twitter account that day, saying “I bet 1500 total I don’t have a gambling problem.”
A league investigation uncovered no evidence inside information was used or that any game was compromised by Ridley’s betting. Nor was there evidence suggesting Falcons coaches, players or staff were aware of Ridley’s betting activity.
“As our team continues its growth, we continue our daily focus on improving our roster and believe this move is the best decision to make at this time,” Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said.
“We appreciate Calvin’s contributions to the organization and wish him well on his next steps.”
Ridley may petition for reinstatement after Feb. 23, 2023.
The suspension wasn’t the first time Ridley was unavailable to the Falcons. He sat out the final two months of the 2021 season and explained his absence in a Twitter post that read, “I need to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental well being.”
Ridley was Atlanta’s 2018 first-round draft pick from Alabama. He had 90 catches for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns in 2020. He had only 31 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns before sitting out the final two months of the season.
He is scheduled to count $11.1 million against Jacksonville’s salary cap in 2023, which is the final year of his rookie deal.
The Jaguars have Christian Kirk, Zay Jones and Jamal Agnew under contract next season, but the three are considered complementary receivers.
DENVER BRONCOS TRADE BRADLEY CHUBB TO MIAMI DOLPHINS
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos are trading star-crossed pass rusher Bradley Chubb to Miami for a package that includes the Dolphins’ first-round draft pick next year.
The Broncos (3-5) also get running back Chase Edmonds and a 2024 fourth-rounder from the Dolphins (5-3), who are getting a 2025 fifth-rounder from Denver.
Chubb’s departure comes a year after the Broncos traded franchise sacks leader Von Miller, who helped the Rams win the Super Bowl in February before signing with the Buffalo Bills this offseason.
“This was a difficult decision that involved many considerations as we work to build a championship team,” GM George Paton said in a statement. “We have great confidence in our players, including a talented group of pass rushers, and this trade brings us significant draft capital to continue improving our roster.
“Our goals and expectations of winning – and sustaining that success in pursuit of a Super Bowl – will not change,” Paton added. “We believe in this team and are excited for the opportunity we have in the second half of the year.”
Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler also were coveted leading up to the NFL’s trade deadline Tuesday, but Paton chose to keep his receiving group intact as the team tries to develop more chemistry on offense over the second half of the season.
To bolster his suddenly depleted pass rush, Paton worked out a secondary deal in acquiring fifth-year pass rusher Jacob Martin from the New York Jets in a deal that included an exchange of 2024 draft picks with the Broncos giving up a fourth-rounder and the Jets a fifth-rounder.
The first-round pick Paton obtained in the Chubb trade is the one that the Dolphins acquired from San Francisco that allowed the 49ers to move up and draft quarterback Trey Lance in 2021.
The Dolphins forfeited their own 2023 first-round selection and a third-round selection in the 2024 draft after an NFL investigation found that Miami violated the league’s anti-tampering policy regarding communication with Tom Brady.
That probe stemmed from former Dolphins coach Brian Flores’ racial discrimination lawsuit against the league and also resulted in the suspension of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has since returned.
Chubb was the fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft, a key part of Denver’s stellar defense and a locker room leader, although some Broncos fans still smart over John Elway’s bypassing of Wyoming QB Josh Allen, who went two picks later to Buffalo.
Chubb has 5+ sacks this season – although none in the past three weeks – and a pair of forced fumbles after coming off his first fully healthy offseason since his rookie year when he had a career-best 12 sacks playing alongside Miller.
With the Broncos (3-5) off to a bad start under the Nathaniel Hackett-Russell Wilson coupling, Paton found more value in what he could get for Chubb in next April’s draft than in the production he’d get from the former North Carolina State star over the next nine games.
Chubb is making nearly $14 million on his fifth-year option this season.
Paton had traded away his first- and second-round picks this year and next in the blockbuster deal that brought Wilson over from Seattle last spring, and now the Broncos will have a first-round selection next year to help them build around Wilson.
Chubb said last week that the speculation he was a top trade target was “kind of cool,” in that “it lets you know that I’m playing good ball where other teams notice it as well.” But he added that he preferred to stay “in Denver long term. I’ve got my house. I got everything. I’m comfortable.”
Chubb’s career features almost as many missed games (25) as sacks (26).
He missed most of last season following surgeries on both ankles to remove bone spurs and didn’t have a single sack in seven games upon his return. He also missed most of 2019 with a torn ACL, but bounced back in 2020 with a Pro Bowl season.
Chubb’s departure comes at a time the Broncos are hurting in the pass rush department, although Randy Gregory (knee) and Baron Browning (wrist) might come off IR by the time the Broncos, who are on a bye, travel to Tennessee on Nov. 13.
Martin is a 26-year-old edge rusher who has 15 sacks, including including 1+ in eight games this season. The Jets signed him in March to a three-year deal worth up to $16.5 million.
Edmonds bolsters the Broncos’ running back room anchored by Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray with Javonte Williams (knee) and Mike Boone (ankle) on IR.
Edmonds is a fifth-year pro who started a career-high 11 games for the Cardinals last season. In Miami this season, he rushed for 120 yards on 42 carries with two touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 96 yards and a score.
BUFFALO BILLS ADDRESS NEEDS IN ACQUIRING RB HINES, S MARLOWE
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The AFC-leading Bills refused to stand pat Tuesday at the NFL trade deadline with general manager Brandon Beane filling key needs in Buffalo’s offensive backfield and injury depleted secondary.
Beane began by adding an established pass-catching dimension in acquiring running back Nyheim Hines in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts. Buffalo traded third-string running back Zack Moss and a conditional sixth-round pick in next year’s draft to the Colts to land Hines, who provides the Josh Allen-led offense an experienced dual threat.
Beane then filled an important depth need on defense by trading a seventh-round pick to acquire safety Dean Marlowe from Atlanta. Marlowe has seven seasons of NFL experience, and is familiar with the Bills defensive scheme after a three-year stint in Buffalo from 2018-20.
Despite having little room under the salary cap, the sixth-year GM elected to augment a roster that has Buffalo off to a 6-1 start, matching its best record through seven games since 1993.
Buffalo has won four straight in coming off a 27-17 win over Green Bay on Sunday, and preparing to travel to play the New York Jets (5-3) this weekend.
Hines fills a role behind starter Devin Singletary that Beane has been eager to address since free agency in March, when J.D. McKissic reneged on an agreement to sign with Buffalo by returning to play for Washington.
In his fifth NFL season, Hines joins an offense which leads the league in yards gained, yards passing and ranks second in points scored. He is expected to assume the third-down role currently held by rookie James Cook, who has been used sparingly this season.
Fresh off scoring his first touchdown of the season on a 5-yard run in a 17-16 loss to Washington last weekend, Hines has 18 carries for 36 yards, and 25 catches for 188 yards in seven games. Overall, the 25-year-old has 1,205 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns, and 1,725 yards receiving and seven touchdowns in 72 career games since being selected by the Colts in the fourth round of the 2018 draft.
He has two more seasons left on a three-year, $18.6 million contract extension he signed in September 2021.
Moss, a third-round pick in 2020, became the odd-man out in Buffalo after seeing his role start to decrease last season. He was inactive in each of Buffalo’s last two games, and has 17 carries for 91 yards, plus seven catches for 27 yards.
Moss scored four TDs rushing and one receiving in each of his first two seasons in Buffalo.
Marlowe rejoins a Bills defense thin at safety. Starter Micah Hyde had season-ending neck surgery after being hurt in Week 2, while fellow starter Jordan Poyer’s status is uncertain after he hurt his elbow against Green Bay.
The Bills are welcoming back Tre’Davious White after activating the starting cornerback from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, though it’s too early to determine whether he’ll play this weekend. White has been out since tearing a ligament in his left knee in a 31-6 win over New Orleans 11 months ago.
The Bills freed up space on their roster by releasing defensive tackle Brandin Bryant and receiver Isaiah Hodgins.
Buffalo also shuffled its practice squad by reinstating cornerback Xavier Rhodes and releasing cornerback Jordan Miller. The 32-year-old Rhodes injured his hamstring shortly after being signed by the Bills in late September.
AP SOURCE: BEARS ACQUIRE WR CLAYPOOL FROM STEELERS
PITTSBURGH (AP) Wide receiver Chase Claypool is heading to the Chicago Bears.
A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Pittsburgh Steelers have traded Claypool to Chicago for a second-round pick in the 2023 draft. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal was not official.
The trade gives Chicago quarterback Justin Fields a downfield threat in an effort to boost a passing attack that ranks last in the NFL, averaging just 126.9 yards per game.
Claypool has 32 receptions for 301 yards and one touchdown this season for the Steelers (2-6). He also threw the first touchdown pass of his career in last week’s loss to Philadelphia with a short flip to fullback Derek Watt on a gadget play.
The 6-foot-4 Claypool, however, became expendable thanks to the emergence of rookie George Pickens.
Pickens has quickly emerged as Pittsburgh’s No. 2 receiver, bumping Claypool to third on the depth chart behind Pickens and Diontae Johnson.
Claypool was a revelation in 2020 after being grabbed in the second round, scoring 10 touchdowns (eight receiving, two rushing) in his first 10 games while helping Pittsburgh get off to an 11-0 start on its way to the AFC North title.
Replicating that production has proven difficult. Claypool has just four touchdowns in his past 29 games.
The trade gives the rebuilding Steelers more capital in the 2023 draft to help out a group searching for a new identity in its first year without Ben Roethlisberger, who retired in January.
Pittsburgh’s 2-6 start is its worst since 2013. The defense has struggled without injured star linebacker T.J. Watt and the offense is sputtering behind rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett.
Claypool gives Fields another talented – if enigmatic – target to help make the Bears more two-dimensional.
VIKINGS ACQUIRE TIGHT END TJ HOCKENSON IN TRADE WITH LIONS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings acquired tight end T.J. Hockenson from the division rival Detroit Lions a few hours before the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday, giving the NFC North leader another skill-position standout for a high-caliber offense.
The Vikings simply downgraded two draft picks with no net loss to make the swap with the Lions. They sent a 2023 second-rounder and a 2024 third-rounder for the Lions, for a 2023 fourth-rounder and a conditional 2024 fourth-rounder. The deal, which was pending completion of Hockenson passing a physical exam, came two days after a serious ankle injury for primary Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr.
The Lions (1-6) previously picked up Hockenson’s fifth-year contract option for 2023, so the Vikings (6-1) are getting more than just a short-term rental from a last-place team going through another rebuilding process.
Hockenson has been one of the league’s most productive pass-catching tight ends since the Lions picked him eighth overall in the first round of the 2019 draft out of Iowa. He made the Pro Bowl in 2020 and has 2,068 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on 186 receptions in 47 games, having missed the last four games of his rookie year with torn ankle ligaments and a broken leg and missed the final five games of last season for a thumb injury that needed surgery.
The Vikings now have another proven field-stretching option for quarterback Kirk Cousins to pass to and help keep some of the opposing defensive attention off wide receiver Justin Jefferson and running back Dalvin Cook.
With 395 receiving yards, Hockenson has the highest seven-game total of his career. He has a league-leading average of 15.2 yards per catch among qualifying tight ends.
The Vikings are last in the NFL with an average of 7.3 yards per reception by a tight end, according to Sportradar data. Vikings tight ends also have four dropped passes, tied for the fourth-highest team total in the league.
The Vikings placed Smith on injured reserve on Tuesday, meaning he must sit out for a minimum of four games. He was hurt when he was blocking in front of running back Alexander Mattison during a touchdown pass from Cousins to K.J. Osborn in the fourth quarter on Sunday against Arizona. Mattison lost his balance and fell into the back of Smith’s leg.
Hockenson will carry a salary cap hit in 2023 of more than $9.3 million. Smith will become a free agent after this season.
Johnny Mundt, who caught his first career touchdown pass against the Cardinals, has played 223 snaps (48%) for the Vikings. Smith has played 253 snaps (54%). With backup Ben Ellefson also on injured reserve, the Vikings recently signed six-year veteran Jacob Hollister for additional depth.
Coach Kevin O’Connell called Mundt’s performance “ultra-consistent” on Monday, but he also made clear the Vikings were seeking more impact in the passing game from that position. Smith, who missed the entire 2021 season with a knee injury, was being counted on to provide that.
“That’s our job as a staff to continue to give Kirk all of the weapons and possibilities to make five eligible come to life,” O’Connell said on Monday, before the trade was made. “I expect a lot out of that room when their number is called.”
AP SOURCE: 49ERS TRADE RB JEFF WILSON JR. TO DOLPHINS
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have traded running back Jeff Wilson Jr. to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round pick.
A person familiar with the details confirmed the teams made the deal before the trade deadline on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade hadn’t been announced.
The Niners had a surplus at running back after trading for Christian McCaffrey last month and with Week 1 starter Elijah Mitchell set to return after the bye week from a knee injury.
So they managed to recoup a draft pick after trading away four of them for McCaffrey and reunited Wilson with Miami coach Mike McDaniel, who had been in charge of the running game in San Francisco for Wilson’s first four seasons in the NFL.
Wilson will team with former 49ers teammate Raheem Mostert in Miami’s backfield after the Dolphins traded Chase Edmonds in a package to Denver earlier Tuesday for pass rusher Bradley Chubb, according to another person speaking on condition of anonymity because that trade also hadn’t been announced.
Wilson has been a productive back when given the opportunity to play after entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He led the Niners in rushing with 600 yards in 2020 and had 92 carries for a team-high 468 yards and two TDs this year.
Wilson has averaged 84.1 yards from scrimmage in his 18 career starts in San Francisco.
But the Niners were going to have a hard time getting him the ball now that McCaffrey and Mitchell are both available.
San Francisco traded picks in the second, third and fourth rounds in 2023 and fifth round in 2024 to Carolina for McCaffrey less that two weeks ago. McCaffrey had 10 touches for 62 yards two days after arriving in San Francisco in his debut with the team Oct. 23 and then made a much bigger impact on Sunday.
McCaffrey had 18 carries for 94 yards, eight catches for 55 yards and threw a 34-yard TD pass. He became the fourth player since the merger to have a rushing, receiving and passing TD in the same game.
Mitchell went down with a knee injury in Week 1 following a productive rookie season when he rushed for 963 yards and five TDs.
CFP’S FIRST TOP 4: TENNESSEE, OHIO STATE, GEORGIA, CLEMSON
(AP) — Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia, and Clemson were the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season released Tuesday night, four days before the Volunteers and Bulldogs square off on the field.
Michigan was fifth, followed by Alabama and unbeaten TCU.
Tennessee is No. 1 in the CFP rankings for the first time, starting ahead of a group of teams that have become regulars at the top of the selection committee’s top 25. The Volunteers have already beaten the Crimson Tide and LSU, which was ranked 10th.
Tennessee has been one of the season’s biggest surprises, starting the season unranked in the AP poll and jumping out to an 8-0 start for the first time since the Vols won their last national title in 1998.
“We’ve tried to enjoy the journey,” second-year Tennessee coach Josh Heupel told ESPN. “Three years ago, it didn’t look like this.”
Heupel took over after Jeremy Pruitt was fired following a 3-7 season.
Only one team that has been No. 1 in the committee’s initial rankings has not made the playoff, but only about half the teams in first top four managed to finish there.
The committee began its weekly in-person meetings at hotel in Grapevine, Texas, on Monday and revealed the first of six weekly rankings.
The final rankings that set the CFP field of four are set for Dec. 4. The 13-person panel is led by a first-time chairman Boo Corrigan, the athletic director of North Carolina State.
Corrigan said there was some consideration for Ohio State and Georgia as No. 1, but Tennessee’s victories against Alabama and at LSU won the day.
The Buckeyes’ explosive offense and overall dominance gave them a slight edge on Georgia.
He said Michigan’s weak nonconference schedule (Hawaii, Colorado State and Connecticut) and Clemson’s 5-0 record against teams with winning records gave the Tigers the nod for the fourth spot.
“The wins at Wake (Forest), at Florida State, over N.C. State, over Syracuse, really did push (Clemson) over the top,” Corrigan said.
Oregon was eighth followed by Pac-12 rival Southern California at ninth.
The highest ranked team from outside the Power Five conferences was Tulane at No. 19. The highest ranked champion from the Group of Five conferences earns a spot in New Year’s Six bowl.
The CFP semifinals are scheduled to be played at the Fiesta and Peach Bowls on Dec. 31, with the championship game set for Jan. 9 in Inglewood, California.
Even before the rankings were unveiled Tuesday night, it was clear which teams still have a chance to play for a national championship.
A glance at the conference standings reveals 14 contenders, all in the Power Five. Sorry, there will be no Cincinnati-style interloper from the Group of Five this season for the selection committee to consider.
A conference-by-conference assessment of who is in the race and the paths to the CFP, with AP Top 25 rankings.
ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE
Clemson (8-0, AP No. 5)
The Tigers had their streak of six straight playoff appearances snapped last year, but are well positioned to get back, with no ranked opponents left before a likely ACC title game against North Carolina.
No unbeaten Power Five champion has ever missed the playoff. A glance at the Big Ten and SEC suggests getting in as a one-loss conference champion could be dicey for the Tigers.
No. 17 North Carolina (7-1, AP No. 17)
Run the table, beating unbeaten Clemson in the ACC title game, gets the Tar Heels in the conversation, but they’ll need some upsets in other leagues to clear the way.
No. 7 TCU (8-0, AP No. 7)
See above, re: unbeaten Power Five champions. The Horned Frogs flirt with disaster weekly and have some defensive issues. That’s a profile the selection committee tends to look upon skeptically.
They’ll probably need to stay unbeaten to get in and it’s going to be really tough for them to stay unbeaten with the way they have been playing.
Ohio State (8-0, AP No. 2) and Michigan (8-0, AP No. 4)
Both have been dominant. Neither has played a particularly strenuous schedule and that won’t change much before they meet Thanksgiving weekend. Still, either is lock by winning out.
Either would stay in the mix by being a 12-1 conference champion. And the loser of the rivalry game at 11-1 probably still holds out hope to get in.
Illinois (7-1, AP No. 14)
The Illini have a game against Michigan the week before the Wolverines play Ohio State. That means Illinois could finish 12-1 with either two victories against Michigan or one against Michigan and one against Ohio State.
It’s not likely to happen, but that would put the Illini in the playoff.
Oregon (7-1, AP No. 8), USC (7-1, AP No. 9) and UCLA (7-1, No. 10)
They all need to run the table to have a chance and even then that might not be enough. The Ducks will have to overcome a 49-3 loss to Georgia in their opener. The Trojans have a bad defense and won’t get much of a bump by beating Notre Dame. UCLA played one of the weakest nonconference schedules in the country.
What’s the best option for the Pac-12? The guess here is a 12-1 USC with victories against UCLA and Oregon and one-point loss to a good Utah team.
Georgia (8-0, AP No. 1) and Tennessee (8-0, AP No. 2)
The loser of Saturday’s showdown in Athens is not eliminated, especially if its the Volunteers, with a victory over Alabama already in hand.
Alabama (6-1, AP No. 6) and Mississippi (8-1, AP No. 11)
The Crimson Tide and Rebels can’t afford another loss – they play each other in two weeks – but either would breeze into the CFP by winning out.
The most SEC-centric scenario the rest of the country needs to root against is Alabama winning out, beating Georgia in the SEC championship game, and leaving the Tide and Bulldogs at 12-1 and Tennessee at 11-1 with a close loss to Georgia.
LSU (6-2, AP No. 15)
A two-loss team has never made the playoff, but the SEC champion has never missed the playoff. If the Tigers beat Alabama and avenge a loss to Tennessee on the way to a conference title they could break precedent.
SPARTANS STAR WINDMON AMONG 4 MORE SUSPENDED IN TUNNEL MELEE
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) One of the Big Ten’s top defensive players and three other Michigan State football players were suspended Tuesday for their roles in the melee in the Michigan Stadium tunnel.
Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller and coach Mel Tucker announced the latest suspensions in a statement, bringing the total number of suspended players to eight.
The players suspended Tuesday were defensive end-linebacker Jacoby Windmon, cornerbacks Malcolm Jones and Justin White and defensive end Brandon Wright.
Haller and Tucker said the disciplinary action was taken as the school continues to review electronic evidence of the postgame events Saturday night in the long and narrow tunnel leading from the field to the home and visitor locker rooms.
Windmon, who joined the Spartans this season after playing the previous three at UNLV, leads the Big Ten with 10 1/2 tackles for loss and is tied for second with 5 1/2 sacks. His five forced fumbles are most in the nation.
Windmon started six games at defensive end and the last two at linebacker. He has been named conference defensive player of the week three times.
Michigan State on Sunday announced the suspensions of linebacker Tank Brown, safety Angelo Grose, defensive end Zion Young and cornerback Khary Crump.
The Spartans play at No. 14 Illinois this Saturday.
Scuffles broke out in the tunnel after the fourth-ranked Wolverines beat the Spartans 29-7.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said defensive back Gemon Green was punched by a Spartans player in the tunnel to spark the fracas and that teammate Ja’Den McBurrows was attacked when he tried to help.
McBurrows is seen on a video shared on social media being pushed, punched and kicked by multiple Michigan State players, who pulled him out of the tunnel and into a hallway that doesn’t lead to either locker room.
Harbaugh said both players have injuries, adding he did not know if Green, a starting cornerback for a third straight season, would be cleared to play Saturday night at Rutgers.
Brown, Grose and Young are seen on video getting physical with McBurrows. Windmon is seen on video being involved in the altercation with Green.
McBurrows and Green went up the tunnel, walking alongside the Spartans, after the game while much of Michigan’s team was waving them off the field after beating its in-state rival for the first time in three years.
“We are transparently working with law enforcement and the Big Ten Conference to evaluate additional facts and evidence surrounding the events in Ann Arbor,” the MSU statement said. “We will continue to take appropriate action in this matter as we learn more. The student-athlete suspensions will remain in place until the investigations are completed.”
It was the second straight game at Michigan that included an altercation in the tunnel. Michigan players said Penn State players threw peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at them as the teams headed to the locker room at halftime of a close game the Wolverines ultimately won in a 41-17 rout on Oct. 15.
BUTLER TAKES OVER LATE, HEAT RALLY PAST WARRIORS 116-109
MIAMI (AP) Upon review, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra had a good birthday. Jimmy Butler made sure of that.
Butler scored five straight points late to give Miami the lead, Max Strus led everyone with 24 and the Heat overcame a triple-double from Stephen Curry to beat the Golden State Warriors 116-109 on Tuesday night.
“Huge for our confidence,” Strus said.
Butler scored 23 points, including a go-ahead three-point play with 1:48 left. Bam Adebayo scored 19, Duncan Robinson had 17 and Kyle Lowry 13 for Miami, which won on Spoelstra’s 52nd birthday.
Curry had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for the Warriors (3-5), who dropped their third straight and are 0-4 on the road. Andrew Wiggins added 21 points and Klay Thompson scored 19.
“I thought our energy was better at times,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. “But we’ve still got to put it together and win games.”
Curry had his 10th regular season triple-double. But a call that went Miami’s way denied him a chance to tie the game with 1:39 left.
Curry was hit on the hand by Butler as he tried a 3-pointer, with the Warriors down three. A foul was called, and Butler argued. That convinced Spoelstra to challenge the call.
“Just kind of went on a leap of faith,” Spoelstra said.
It worked. The referees determined Butler hit Curry on the hand after the ball was gone; Butler said he also hit the ball first.
“They had a high-five,” referee Bill Kennedy said.
Said Curry: “You’ve got to be allowed to finish your motion. … There was a lot of contact. But what do I know about calls?”
The Warriors didn’t score again, and lost a game they led by 10 in the second half. Golden State’s 20 turnovers were turned into 28 Heat points – three of those turnovers being discontinued dribble calls against Jordan Poole.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the NBA sent out an email Tuesday about that infraction. He didn’t read it.
“The whole league does that,” Kerr said. “They’ve been doing it ever since Allen Iverson convinced the referees that it wasn’t a carry. It is a carry. What Jordan does is a carry. But the whole league’s been doing it. I guess I have to start checking my email on game days.”
Warriors: Curry extended his NBA-record streak of regular-season games with a 3-pointer to 197. He also owns the second-longest streak (157). … The Warriors took 49 shots from 3-point range, 35 shots from 2-point range. … Poole was minus-23 in 30 minutes.
Heat: Lowry hit his 1,989th 3-pointer, passing Jason Kidd for 12th in NBA history. … Spoelstra is now 6-2 on his birthday. … Miami lost Tyler Herro midway through the second quarter after he got poked in the left eye by Golden State’s Moses Moody on a rebound. Herro said he lost vision briefly, but it was back by postgame. … The Heat were 20 for 20 from the line, tying the second-most without a miss in team history. They were 30 for 30 against Boston in 1993.
Miami teammates Victor Oladipo (left knee) and Omer Yurtseven (left ankle), and Golden State’s Andre Iguodala (left hip) all remained out. None have played this season.
Iguodala played in 109 games for Miami, helped it to the 2020 NBA Finals and hasn’t faced the Heat since. Barring an NBA Finals matchup this season, he’ll retire having played 45 games against Miami.
ON TO 2023
Heat-Warriors was the first season series to be completed in the NBA this season. The season series between the Heat and Sacramento ends Wednesday.
Warriors: Visit Orlando on Thursday.
Heat: Host Sacramento on Wednesday.
LAVINE HAS 20 IN 4TH, BULLS BEAT NETS IN 1ST GAME AFTER NASH
NEW YORK (AP) Zach LaVine scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 108-99 victory over Brooklyn on Tuesday night in the Nets’ first game after a coaching change.
The Nets announced Steve Nash was out earlier in the day, then fell to 2-6 with Jacque Vaughn leading them.
Kevin Durant had 32 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, but Kyrie Irving managed only four points on 2-for-12 shooting. He missed all six 3-point attempts.
Vaughn stopped short of equating Irving’s struggles to the criticism he’s been dealing with since posting a link to a film with antisemitic content on his Twitter account last week.
“The message I told the guys after, no excuses,” Vaughn said. “Whether it’s back-to-backs, no excuses. Whether the change in scenery today, no excuses. This is what we do for a living. We signed up for it.”
Durant found out on television that Nash was removed after waking up from an afternoon nap. He said he was not approached by upper management about the decision.
“It was a roller coaster last few years, but the core of the basketball is something we all love to do,” Durant said. “Regardless of who is the coach, regardless the circumstances, you still got to come to work, and I enjoyed coming to work with Steve.”
DeMar DeRozan added 20 points and Ayo Dosunmu had 17 for the Bulls, who outscored the Nets 31-19 in the final quarter. Goran Dragic, who played last season with the Nets, chipped in 15 off the bench as the Bulls snapped a two-game losing streak.
Royce O’Neale matched his career high with 20 points and Nic Claxton had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who played without Ben Simmons for a second straight night because of a sore left knee.
LaVine had nine points on 4-for-11 shooting from the field before he outscored the Nets in the final 12 minutes of the game, going 6 for 10 from the field.
“The thing that I thought was good for him is that he is finding his rhythm,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “The one thing I give him a lot of credit for tonight, he made really quick, decisive decisions. It was catch and shoot. He didn’t hesitate, when they were there, he took them.”
The Bulls trailed 80-77 at the start of the fourth quarter before the All-Star guard heated up. The Nets still led 88-84 before Dosunmu sparked a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer opposite the Bulls bench to take a 91-88 lead.
Irving answered with a layup but LaVine responded with three straight baskets, including a 3-pointer that made it 99-90 with 5:37 left in regulation and put the game out of reach.
“We are all aggressive and sometimes you catch a rhythm,” said LaVine, who is managing his left knee after undergoing offseason surgery. “That’s all I am looking to do. It’s my fifth game back and catch a rhythm. I am feeling better each game.”
Durant scored 20 points on 4 for 6 from the field and hit 10 free throws to pace Brooklyn to a 58-52 lead at halftime.
The Nets struggled early and fell behind Chicago 15-7 midway through the first quarter. But Durant sparked a 20-10 run with 14 points of his own, including seven straight to put the Nets ahead 27-25 at the end of the period.
Vaughn formed part of former coach Kenny Atkinson’s staff in Brooklyn and replaced him as interim head coach on March 7, 2020. He coached the Nets to a 7-3 record before they were swept by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs in the Walt Disney World bubble.
He was an assistant under Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs from 2010-12 and then got his first lead coaching position with the Orlando Magic in 2012. Under Vaughn, the Magic missed the playoffs the first two years before he was fired 52 games into his third and final season.
Bulls: Andre Drummond (shoulder contusion) did not play.
Nets: G Seth Curry (left ankle – injury management) did not play.
Bulls: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.
Nets: Visit the Washington Wizards on Friday night for the start of a three-game road trip.
GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER’S 34 HELP THUNDER PUSH WIN STREAK TO 4
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 34 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 15 points down in the second half to beat the Orlando Magic 116-108 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
Aleksej Pokusevski added 16 points for the Thunder, who improved to 4-3 and have a winning record for the first time since nine games into the 2020-21 season.
Wendell Carter, Jr. tied a career high with 30 points and Franz Wagner added 20 for Orlando. Paolo Banchero, the No. 1 pick in the 2022 draft, had 15 points and eight rebounds.
Orlando led 66-63 at halftime, then scored the first nine points of the third quarter. The Magic extended the lead to 86-71 with just under 5 minutes left in the third quarter. The Thunder chipped away, and Orlando led just 88-85 heading into the fourth.
Pokusevski made a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 105-104 lead with just over 4 minutes to play, and he later made a layup to put Oklahoma City ahead 109-106. Lu Dort hit a 3-pointer with 51 seconds remaining to put the Thunder up six and in control for good.
Magic: C Mo Bamba was called for a technical in the second quarter. … Orlando was issued a technical in the fourth quarter for a second delay of game. … Outrebounded the Thunder 49-36. … F Bol Bol had four blocks. He entered the night ranked fourth in the league with 2.4 per game. He also had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Thunder: G Josh Giddey had 10 assists in his return from an ankle injury. … Rookie G Jalen Williams scored six points in his first career start. … Gilgeous-Alexander missed a free throw after making his first 34 this season. He blew past the previous Thunder record of 23 set by Danilo Gallinari in 2019.
Magic: Host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.
Thunder: Host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.
SUNS WIN 5TH STRAIGHT BEHIND JOHNSON, BEAT WOLVES 116-107
PHOENIX (AP) Cam Johnson scored 29 points, making seven 3-pointers, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-107 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Johnson finished 7 of 11 behind the arc and 10 for 17 overall for the Suns, who were playing without center Deandre Ayton because of a sprained left ankle. Mikal Bridges had 19 points for Phoenix (6-1) and Devin Booker scored 16, though Booker was just 2 of 7 from 3-point range.
Chris Paul had 14 points, 12 assists and a team-high eight rebounds for the Suns, who led by as many as 18 points, though Minnesota got as close as 87-85 in the fourth quarter.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards scored 24 points apiece. Towns had 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Edwards made five 3-pointers in 10 attempts.
Despite the absence of Ayton, the Suns held their own on the boards against the taller Timberwolves, with Minnesota outrebounding Phoenix 42-34. The Wolves entered the night third in the NBA in rebounding with 49 per game.
Rudy Gobert had nine rebounds for Minnesota and scored seven points, all from the free throw line. He took just one shot from the field in 32 minutes.
Minnesota coach Chris Finch says his team is still getting used to the presence Gobert brings on defense.
“We’re trying to fight our way through a lot of clunky situations,” Finch said before the game. “Our guys are just kind of leaning into it and rolling with it.
“(We’re) Learning some habits, still maybe helping too many times when we shouldn’t particularly when Rudy’s out there. We aren’t very good in transition, but if we can get those things right, we can be even a tougher defense.”
Suns guard Ish Wainright’s father died Monday. Calvin Wainright, who was 68, was a longtime basketball coach and mentor in Kansas City. Ish Wainright has been out with a back injury since the beginning of the season, and away from the team in recent days.
“They all were taken aback by it, they have supported him the way they always do,” coach Monty Williams said of his players hearing the news.
Williams said he felt bad for Suns great Steve Nash, who is no longer the coach of the Brooklyn Nets after a tumultuous tenure.
“It’s always tough. We all kind of know how hard these jobs can be,” Williams said. “I haven’t seen anybody have to deal with more than him in recent years as far as non-basketball stuff. It’s tough to watch from afar.”
Timberwolves: G Jordan McLaughlin (right heel) played after missing two games.
Suns: F Torrey Craig returned from a left heel injury for Phoenix. Dario Saric played his second game of the season. He missed the entire 2021-22 season after tearing his ACL in the 2021 NBA Finals.
Timberwolves: Home vs. Milwaukee on Friday.
Suns: Host Portland Friday.
NELSON LEADS ISLES TO 4TH STRAIGHT WIN, 3-1 OVER BLACKHAWKS
CHICAGO (AP) Brock Nelson had a goal and an assist to lead the New York Islanders past the Blackhawks 3-1 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win after Chicago starting goalie Alex Stalock left early in the first period with a potential concussion.
Anders Lee also scored and Zach Parise added an empty-netter for New York.
Ilya Sorokin made 21 saves and lost a bid for his second shutout in three starts when Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal on a deflection midway through the third period.
The Islanders are on a roll after dropping three straight. They edged Chicago in a tight one after rallying from a three-goal deficit to beat defending Stanley Cup Champion Colorado 5-4 on Saturday.
“We’re pleased with the progress,” New York coach Lane Lambert said. “It’s never perfect and you always strive for better or more, but you at this point we just have to move on to the next game and try to improve.”
Rookie Arvid Soderblom stopped 28 of 30 shots after Stalock exited, but the Blackhawks generated few chances against tight-checking New York as they dropped their fourth straight (0-2-2).
Nelson has four goals in three games after not scoring in his first seven. Sorokin has blocked 97 of the last 100 shots he’s faced over three games, but credits his teammates.
“It’s good for the goalie when the whole team helps you and can stop the puck with their bodies,” Sorokin said.
Stalock exited just 2:56 into the first after he was rammed into the right goalpost by Casey Cizikas. Stalock was placed in concussion protocol and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
“I think they said they’re just going to let it settle for the night and see how he responds in the morning,” Chicago coach Luke Richardson said. “Right now, he’s probably out.”
The Blackhawks were already without top goaltender Petr Mrazek, who has a groin injury. Soderblom is the only other goalie the team has under contract, so Chicago is searching for another.
“I’m sure they have calls in right now to (AHL farm team) Rockford,” Richardson said. “I don’t know that they’re going to do, but that’s management’s job to figure it out.”
Stalock stopped Cizikas’ backhander as the forward cut in off right wing. Cizikas didn’t slow down, colliding hard with Stalock and propelling him into the post.
He remained sprawled on the ice for a couple of minutes, then skated to the bench and was replaced by Soderblom.
Cizikas was assessed major penalty for goalie interference and a game misconduct.
The Blackhawks generated little pressure and just four shots on the extended power play.
Lee put New York ahead 1-0 during a power play with 2:25 left in the period, swatting in a loose puck inches from the goal line for his fifth goal.
Kyle Palmieri’s shot off the point was blocked in the slot by defenseman Jake McCabe. Nelson poked the puck under Soderblom and then Lee, who was parked in front, put it in.
“On the power play we’ve talked about getting some better looks and getting one to go through,” Nelson said.
Nelson made it 2-0 at 7:23 of the third, beating Soderblom from the right circle.
Toews cut it to 2-1 at 3 minutes later with his sixth goal, deflecting in Caleb Jones’ shot as he cut through the slot. Toews has a six-game point streak, with four goals and two assists.
Parise sealed it with his empty-net goal with 14 seconds left,
NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBUTE
The Blackhawks hosted an elaborate celebration, complete with Native American dancers and music, before the game the United Center to kick off Native American Heritage Month.
The Blackhawks got their name in 1926 from team owner Frederic McLaughlin in honor of the U.S. 86th Infantry Division, nicknamed the “Black Hawk Division” after a Native American chief from Illinois. McLaughlin served in the division in World War I.
While some other sports teams with Native American themed names have come under pressure to change their names or logos, the Blackhawks have said they don’t plan to.
The Blackhawks placed top defenseman Seth Jones (broken right thumb) on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 29 and recalled D Alec Regula from Rockford of the AHL. Jones, who leads Chicago with 25:12 of ice time per game, is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after being struck by a shot in a 4-3 loss at Buffalo on Saturday.
Islanders: At St. Louis on Thursday
Blackhawks: Host Los Angeles on Thursday
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COLTS ACQUIRE RB ZACK MOSS, CONDITIONAL 2023 6TH ROUND DRAFT PICK FROM BUFFALO BILLS IN EXCHANGE FOR RB NYHEIM HINES
The Colts on Tuesday acquired running back Zack Moss and a conditional 2023 sixth round pick from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for running back Nyheim Hines.
Moss, a third round pick (No. 86 overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft, has 91 yards on 17 carries (5.4 yards/attempt) and seven catches for 27 yards (3.9 yards/reception) for the Bills in 2022. Over his career, Moss has 917 yards on 225 carries (4.1 yards/attempt) with eight rushing touchdowns, and 44 catches for 319 yards (7.3 yards/reception) with two touchdowns.
The 5-foot-9, Moss played his college ball at Utah along with current Colts safety Julian Blackmon. His cousin, Santana Moss, amassed 10,283 receiving yards over 14 seasons with Washington and the New York Jets.
Hines in 2022 had 18 carries for 36 yards (2.0 yards/attempt) with one touchdown, and caught 25 passes for 188 yards (7.5 yards/reception) over seven games. He also returned 11 punts for 111 yards.
Over his five-year career with the Colts, Hines rushed 300 times for 1,205 yards (4.0 yards/attempt) and caught 235 passes for 1,725 yards (7.3 yards/reception) with 17 total touchdowns. Hines joined the Colts as a fourth round pick (No. 104 overall) in 2018.
COLTS RELIEVE MARCUS BRADY OF HIS DUTIES AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
The Colts on Tuesday announced they’ve relieved Marcus Brady of his duties as offensive coordinator.
“This was an incredibly hard decision, but one I felt needed to be made in the best interest of the team,” head coach Frank Reich said in a statement. “I appreciate Marcus’s commitment to the organization, and he made a significant contribution to our offensive success over the last five seasons. I wish him the best moving forward.”
Brady joined the Colts coaching staff in 2018 as assistant quarterbacks coach, and also served as quarterbacks coach from 2019-2020 before taking over as offensive coordinator in 2021.
COLTS RELEASE UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART FOR WEEK 9 GAME VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
» WR: Alec Pierce, Mike Strachan
» LT: Dennis Kelly, Bernhard Raimann
» LG: Quenton Nelson
» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French
» RG: Matt Pryor, Danny Pinter, Will Fries
» RT: Braden Smith
» TE: Mo Alie-Cox
» TE: Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods
» WR: Parris Campbell, Keke Coutee
» WR: Michael Pittman Jr.
» QB: Sam Ehlinger, Nick Foles, Matt Ryan
» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Deon Jackson, Zack Moss
- Quarterback Sam Ehlinger completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards (8.7 yards/attempt) and rushed six times for 15 yards in his first NFL start.
- Ehlinger hit a 47-yard deep ball to wide receiver Alec Pierce, while wide receiver Parris Campbell gashed Washington for 38 yards on a smoke screen and 28 yards on a jet sweep.
- Over his last three games, Campbell has 29 receptions for 170 yards; add in his 28-yard rush and he has 30 touches for 198 yards (6.6 yards/touch) with two touchdowns.
- Since returning from the ankle injury he sustained in Week 4, running back Jonathan Taylor is averaging 5.2 yards per carry (26 attempts, 134 yards) – which is much closer to his 2021 average of 5.5 yards per carry.
» DE: Kwity Paye, Dayo Odeyingbo
» DT: DeForest Buckner, Byron Cowart, Chris Williams
» NT: Grover Stewart, Eric Johnson II
» DE: Yannick Ngakoue, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Ben Banogu
» WLB: Bobby Okereke, E.J. Speed, Grant Stuard
» MLB: Shaquille Leonard
» SAM: Zaire Franklin, JoJo Domann
» CB: Brandon Facyson, Dallis Flowers
» FS: Julian Blackmon, Rodney Thomas II
» SS: Rodney McLeod Jr., Nick Cross, Trevor Denbow
» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown
» CB: Stephon Gilmore, Isaiah Rodgers Sr.
- The Colts on Monday placed defensive end Tyquan Lewis on injured reserve and activated safety Trevor Denbow off injured reserve. Lewis sustained a season-ending patellar tendon injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Commanders.
- Linebacker Shaquille Leonard returned in Week 8 and recorded the 12th interception of his career. Leonard was on a pitch count and played 24 of 61 snaps in his first game since Week 4.
- On Sunday, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner recorded his fourth sack of the season while defensive ends Yannick Ngakoue and Ifeadi Odenigbo split a sack. Ngakoue now has four sacks on the season, while Odenigbo has 1 1/2.
- Linebacker E.J. Speed notched his fifth tackle for a loss this season on a fourth-and-one play near midfield, which forced Washington to turn the ball over on downs. Speed’s 90.5 Pro Football Focus run defense grade leads all linebackers (minimum 25 run defense snaps) in 2022.
- Linebacker Zaire Franklin added eight more tackles and now has 80, good for third in the NFL (behind the Ravens’ Roquan Smith and the Jets C.J. Mosley).
» P: Matt Haack
» PK: Chase McLaughlin
» H: Matt Haack
» LS: Luke Rhodes
» KR: Isaiah Rodgers Sr.
» PR: Keke Coutee
- Punter Matt Haack boomed four punts for 227 yards, good for a career high average of 56.8 yards per punt. Three of Haack’s punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.
- Kicker Chase McLaughlin connected on all three of his field goals and is now 13/14 on field goals and 8/8 on PATs since joining the Colts before Week 2.
- Special teams snap leaders were a bit different this week with linebacker Grant Stuard out with a pectoral injury, and cornerback Tony Brown sustaining a hamstring injury in Week 8: E.J. Speed (22), JoJo Domann (17), Nick Cross (16), Julian Blackmon (15), Kylen Granson (14).
INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – EXHIBITION 2: VS. SAINT FRANCIS
• Indiana University begins its 123rd season of competition in men’s basketball with its second and final exhibition matchup against Saint Francis at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT on Nov. 3.
• The Hoosiers are 28-0 in exhibition games versus non-Division I opponents since 2004-05. Indiana will open the regular season on Monday, Nov. 7, against Morehead State at SSAH.
Nov. 3, 2022 • 7 PM ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: BTN+ (Jack Edwards, Max Parker, Abby Haymond)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)
Series History: First meeting
Last Meeting: First meeting
Last Time Out
Freshman forward Malik Reneau and sophomore center Logan Duncomb powered the Hoosiers to an exhibition win over Marian, 78-42, on Oct. 29 to unofficially kick off the 2022-23 season.
Reneau led the way with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Duncomb provided 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Sixth-year senior Race Thompson knocked down all three 3-point attempts and finished with 13 points. Freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino scored 11 points.
Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was named a preseason All-American by the Associated Press, The Athletic, the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, College Hoops Today, The Almanac, and CBS Sports.
The former Mr. Basketball winner and Center Grove graduate ranked among the Big Ten leaders in points per game (18.3; 6th in the Big Ten), rebounds per game (8.1; 6th), field goal percentage (58.9%; 4th), free throws made (147; 5th), free throws attempted (218; 2nd), and total blocked shots (81, t-1st) in 35 starts for the Hoosiers in his third season on campus.
2022 AP Preseason All-America Team
Drew Timme, Gonzaga
Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
Armando Bacot, North Carolina
Marcus Sasser, Houston
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
To go along with Jackson-Davis, Indiana returns four starters and nine total scholarship letterwinners. Fifth-year senior guard Xavier Johnson was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention after putting up 12.1 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. Fifth-year senior forward Miller Kopp tallied 6.0 points per game on 36.1% shooting from the 3-point line. Sixth-year senior forward Race Thompson finished second on the team in rebounding (7.5) and scored 11.1 points per game.
Junior guard Trey Galloway was limited to 20 games with three starts and compiled 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. Junior forward Jordan Geronimo played in 34 contests off the bench a season ago and averaged 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Junior guard Anthony Leal started twice across 17 appearances and averaged 1.9 points per game.
Sophomore guard Tamar Bates appeared in 32 games and averaged 3.9 points and 1.3 rebounds per contest. Sophomore center Logan Duncomb saw game action in nine contests.
Non-scholarship players Michael Shipp, Nathan Childress and Shaan Burke return to the Hoosiers, while Hogan Orbaugh joined the team ahead of the 2022-23 season.
Highly-Touted Freshman Class
Five-star guard Jalen Hood-Schifino, five-star forward Malik Reneau, four-star-forward Kaleb Banks and Indiana All-Star guard CJ Gunn committed to the Hoosiers to give Indiana the fifth-ranked recruiting class in the country according to 247Sports, eighth by ESPN.com and 13th by Rivals.com.
Hood-Schifino and Reneau helped lead Montverde Academy to back-to back GEICO High School national championships.
Banks was the Georgia Class 4A Player of the Year and a 2,000-point scorer. Gunn is the all-time leader in points per game average at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.
Saint Francis junior guard Brayton Bailey is the son of Indiana great Damon Bailey. The Bedford native averaged 19.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game during his 1994 All-American season that ended with a trip to the Sweet 16.
Bailey, the 1990 Indiana Mr. Basketball, played in 108 IU victories, including an IU-record 11 NCAA Tournament wins.
Jackson-Davis enters the year ranked 15th all-time at IU in scoring (1,565), 19th in scoring average (16.9), ninth in rebounds (797), seventh in blocked shots (178), and seventh in field goal percentage (55.8%).
Up Next: Career Scoring Leaders
10. Christian Watford 1,730
11. Eric Anderson 1,715
12. Brian Evans 1,701
13. Scott May 1,593
14. Greg Graham 1,590
15. Trayce Jackson-Davis 1,588
Up Next: Career Rebounding Leaders
5. Steve Downing 889
6. Tay Tolbert 874
7. Don Schlundt 860
8. Eric Anderson 826
9. Trayce Jackson-Davis 797
Up Next: Career Blocks Leaders
3. D.J. White 198
4. Uwe Blab 196
5. George Leach 194
6. Dean Garrett 192
7. Trayce Jackson-Davis 178
INDIANA MEETS NO. 4 NEBRASKA WEDNESDAY NIGHT ON BIG TEN NETWORK
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – IU continues a string of five-consecutive matches against ranked opponents with a trip to No. 4 Nebraska and the Bob Devaney Center on Wednesday night in Lincoln.
The match will be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network at 9:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST with Larry Punteney (PXP) & Emily Ehman (Color) on the call.
IU suffered a four-set setback to No. 12 Purdue on Sunday afternoon, snapping a four-game winning streak that was extended last Friday night with a 3-1 win over Rutgers.
This will be the only matchup of the season with the Cornhuskers. Nebraska, Minnesota and Michigan are IU’s road-only matches this year.
IU has a 3-4 record on the road in the conference this season with wins over Maryland, Michigan State and No. 25 Michigan.
The Hoosiers are 1-1 in matches broadcasted on the Big Ten Network. This will be the final nationally-televised match this season for IU.
• This marks the 48th season of Indiana Volleyball including the fifth under head coach Steve Aird.
• Mady Saris continues to have a productive sophomore campaign for IU. She owns 336 kills (No. 3 in Big Ten) and 3.69 kills per set (No. 7 in Big Ten).
• Camryn Haworth has proven to be one of the most versatile setters in all of the Big Ten. Her 820 assists rank No. 3 in the Big Ten and her 9.01 assists per set put her 6th in the conference.
• Morgan Geddes and Kaley Rammelsberg have returned to give IU a full-strength lineup in conference play. The pair combined for 22 kills in IU’s win over Rutgers with each hitting over .300.
• Paula Cerame has 112 digs over her previous four matches for IU and is No. 3 in the Big Ten (348) this season in the category.
• She owns double digit kills in 12 of the last 13 matches. She’s been over 20 digs in four matches this season.
• Camryn Haworth and Paula Cerame sit 4th and 5th in the Big Ten in service aces with 33 and 32 respectively this season.
• Savannah Kjolhede owns 86 total blocks this season which ranks No. 8 in the Big Ten Conference.
• The Hoosiers sit 13-11 overall and 6-6 in conference, putting them in a tie for sixth in the Big Ten with three other programs.
• With eight matches to play in the season, IU has a chance to push for a first tournament bid since 2010. There will be at least five ranked matches left on the schedule and the opportunity to add big wins to a resume that already features wins over Texas A&M and No. 25 Michigan, a sweep of Michigan State and a road win at Maryland.
No. 4 Nebraska (19-2)
• The defending National Runner-Up Cornhuskers enter Wednesday night at 19-2 and in a three-way tie for first place at 11-1 in the Big Ten.
• Nebraska is built on the foundation of consecutive top-5 recruiting classes as well as the addition of Penn State transfer and senior middle blocker Kaitlyn Hord.
• The Huskers are lethal in attack and score from every position on the floor. Madi Kubik, Whitney Lauenstein, Ally Batenhorst and Lindsay Krause pace a strong offensive rotation. Freshman middle Bekka Allick has come on the scene in recent weeks and provides an extra threat at the net.
• Lexi Rodriguez is one of the best liberos in the nation and was the 2021 National Freshman of the Year as well as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
• Nebraska has a plethora of options to set with Anni Evans, Nicklin Hames and the No. 1 Recruit in the 2022 class, Kennedi Orr, each recording 190+ assists this season.
• The Huskers haven’t lost a home match to an unranked conference opponent since Oct. 4, 2013, against Ohio State.
• IU owns one-ever victory over Nebraska which came in 1978.
Venue: Bob Devaney Center
Watch: Big Ten Network
BOILERMAKERS SET TO HOST TRUMAN STATE IN LONE EXHIBITION CONTEST
Truman State (0-0) at Purdue (0-0)
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 | 7 p.m. ET
West Lafayette, Indiana | Mackey Arena (14,876 / Sold Out)
ONLINE: B1G+ | RADIO: Purdue Sports Network
THE NOTES TO KNOW
• Purdue “unofficially” begins its 125th season of competition when it hosts Truman State at Mackey Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 2, for its lone exhibition game of the season. The Boilermakers’ other allowed preseason competition was a scrimmage against Cincinnati last Saturday.
• The Boilermakers own an 1,884 – 1,054 all-time record (.641), ranking tied for 11th with Arizona on the all-time NCAA basketball wins list. The 64.1 winning percentage is tied for 14th all-time.
• Purdue begins the season in search of its 25th Big Ten Championship, having won two of the last six regular-season titles (2017, 2019). The Boilermakers are the all-time leader in Big Ten regular-season championships, two ahead of rival Indiana (22).
• Purdue returns just 38.4 percent of its scoring and 71 starts from the previous season. The last time Purdue returned under 40.0 percent of its scoring and that few starts from the previous season came in 2018-19 — a year Purdue won the Big Ten title and reached the Elite Eight.
• As many as seven players could see their first career action this season. The Boilermakers have five freshmen and two redshirt-freshmen on their roster.
• Purdue has finished in the top four of the Big Ten standings in 11 of the last 15 seasons under Coach Painter. The Boilermakers have finished in the top three in six of the last eight years.
• Matt Painter needs 16 overall victories to become the fifth coach in Big Ten history with 400 victories while at a conference school (Bob Knight, Tom Izzo, Gene Keady, Lou Henson).
• Purdue has had an All-American in four of the last six seasons (Caleb Swanigan – 2017; Carsen Edwards – 2018, 2019; Jaden Ivey – 2022). Zach Edey is a preseason All-American by almost every publication out there. Only Kansas (4), Gonzaga (3) and Duke (3) have had more first-team All-America honors than Purdue’s two in that span (Swanigan, Ivey).
• Purdue’s six first-team All-Big Ten selections since the 2015-16 season are the most in the Big Ten. Purdue’s 10 total All-Big Ten honorees are tied for the third most behind Michigan State (13) and Wisconsin (12).
• Purdue has boasted a top-five offense according to KenPom.com in three of the last five seasons. Gonzaga and Iowa are the only other teams that can boast that claim.
• Purdue has made seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the sixth-longest streak in the country. Purdue has accounted for four of the Big Ten’s 11 Sweet 16 apperances since the 2016-17 season.
• Purdue has earned a double-bye in every Big Ten Tournament (7) that has been played under the current format that was implemented prior to the 2014-15 season. Wisconsin and Michigan State are next with four double-byes earned.
• Purdue has 10 players this season standing at least 6-6, the most in school history. Purdue’s average height of its scholarship players is 6-7 1/4.
• Purdue enters the season with 41 consecutive sellouts, not including exhibition games. It has announced 15 (of 17) sellouts already this year.
• The new capacity number for Mackey Arena is 14,876 after 72 seats were added during an offseason renovation. The sellout number will become the second-largest crowd(s) in Mackey Arena history after 15,108 fans somehow snuck in on Feb. 4, 2012, against Indiana.
• Purdue is the fourth team in the “others receiving votes” category (29th) in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. Purdue had a streak of 22 straight weeks of being ranked in the AP Top 25 poll snapped in the preseason poll.
• However, in most predictive analytics (KenPom, Bart Torvik, Evan Miyakawa), Purdue is ranked anywhere in the 19 to 22 range.
• Truman State head coach Jeff Horner played at Iowa from 2003-06. He went 5-2 against Purdue, averaging 17.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG and 4.7 APG.
O’CONNELL NAMED SEMIFINALIST FOR WUERFFEL TROPHY
ATLANTA – Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell not only makes a difference on the field, but he impacts the community as well. In his sixth season at Purdue and showing love to the West Lafayette community throughout his career as a Boilermaker, O’Connell was named a semifinalist for the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy to begin the month of November.
O’Connell became one of 12 semifinalists for college football’s premier community service award. Named after Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy honors college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society, and inspire greater service in the world.
Since he arrived on campus, O’Connell has helped with the annual Special Olympics Camp. He has also coached Tippy Stars Baseball, a special needs summer baseball program. Making trips to the Boys and Girls Club, O’Connell has spent time there as a mentor to the children. He continues to be a role model for youth by reading to students at local elementary schools, emphasizing the importance of reading and academics overall.
O’Connell has extended his service beyond the local community, providing an impact in different parts of the world. As one of the leaders of Purdue’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter, the Boilermaker quarterback has joined the organization on two mission trips to South Africa. O’Connell spent time at an orphanage, interacting with children and providing a friendly face to brighten their day. While there, he put up a playground fence and also helped with a variety of other landscape projects.
Finalists for the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy will be announced on November 22. The formal announcement of the 2022 recipient is scheduled for December 8, and the presentation of the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy will occur on February 24, 2023 at the 54th All Sports Association Awards Banquet in Fort Walton Beach.
BUTLERMBB PUTS FIVE IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN 91-55 EXHIBITION WIN OVER DAVENPORT
Butler cruised to a 91-55 win over Davenport in the team’s second and final exhibition of the preseason Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Chuck Harris led five Bulldogs in double figures with 22 points.
STAT OF THE GAME: After having only seven assists in Saturday’s exhibition win over Tiffin, the Bulldogs had 25 assists on their 39 made field goals Tuesday against Davenport. The 25 assists came against only 10 turnovers.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
Eighteen of Harris’s 22 points came in the first half. He made seven of his nine attempts over the opening 20 minutes and went 8-for-12 from the field overall. He also had game-highs of eight rebounds and four steals.
The Bulldogs shot 64 percent from the field; eight of the nine Bulldogs who saw action in the contest shot at least 50 percent from the field individually.
Joining Harris in double figures were Simas Lukosius (15), Manny Bates (12), Jayden Taylor (12), and Eric Hunter Jr. (10).
Butler forced Davenport into 20 turnovers and held the visitors to 39-percent shooting.
Twelve of Davenport’s 20 made field goals were three-pointers.
Myles Tate and Hunter led the Bulldogs with six assists apiece.
Butler had 54 points in the paint, compared to just 16 for Davenport. The Bulldogs had a 35-23 rebounding advantage.
The Bulldogs had a 23-2 edge in fast break points.
The Bulldogs were without Myles Wilmoth, Jalen Thomas, John-Michael Mulloy and Ali Ali due to various injuries.
Davenport won the GLIAC Tournament a season ago, advancing to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs officially open the 2022-23 season Monday night (Nov. 7), hosting New Orleans at Hinkle Fieldhouse. A limited number of tickets are still available for the 6:30 p.m. tip.
JAGS FALL TO PHOENIX IN STRAIGHT SETS, 3-0
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The IUPUI volleyball team fell in straight sets to the Green Bay Phoenix on Tuesday night, 3-0. Freshman Morgan Ostrowski served up three aces in the loss.
Green Bay took the momentum early with three straight kills to open the first set and didn’t lose that momentum taking the opening set, 25-16. In the second set, Green Bay took the last six points to seal the second set victory and take the 2-0, 25-17. The phoenix took the match winning the third set, 25-17.
Attack errors proved costly for the Jags, as IUPUI only hit .045 as a team. Allie Pogue led the attack with eight kills while Briana Brown totaled seven kills. Brooke Phillips collected 13 digs while Ostrowski served up three aces and Darragh Dixon earned 13 assists.
IUPUI will be back in action this weekend when they face Wright State on Friday at 6:00 PM and Northern Kentucky on Saturday at 4:00 PM.
SYCAMORES SEIZE CONTROL EARLY IN EXHIBITION WIN AGAINST TUSCULUM
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Shots fell early and often for Indiana State as the Sycamores topped Tusculum in Tuesday night’s exhibition at Hulman Center, 86-53.
Kailex Stephens paced four Sycamores in double-digits with a game-high 21 points, while Jayson Kent added a team-high 11 rebounds as Indiana State led from start-to-finish in the season-opening exhibition.
ISU scored 16 of the first 20 points and carried a double-digit lead throughout a majority of the first half and led by as many as 27 at the break. The Sycamores’ lead peaked at 38 points on a Masen Miller layup at the 11:36 mark in the second half as ISU coasted to the nonconference win.
Stephens went a game-best 10-of-13 from the floor and added five rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes. Robbie Avila added 13 points and three boards off the bench, while Xavier Bledson posted 12 points and six assists in the game. Trenton Gibson was the fourth Sycamore in double-digits as the Tusculum alum scored 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting and added four assists against his former team.
Kent (nine points, 11 rebounds) and Avila helmed a strong second unit on the floor for Indiana State as the Sycamores ran out 13 players on the court in the exhibition. ISU’s strength in numbers was shown as the Sycamores had 10 players in the scoring column, 11 with rebounds, and 10 more with assists in the game.
Tusculum was paced by Kyle Brown’s 15 points and five rebounds off the bench to lead the Pioneers’ scoring efforts. Inady Legiste added six points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Courvoisier McCauley scored seven of the Sycamores’ first nine points as Indiana State jumped out to the double-digit lead at 14-4 with 15:20 to play in the first half. The Sycamores lead remained at 10 points on Xavier Bledson’s steal and layup off the TU turnover at the 11:57 mark putting ISU ahead 26-16.
The Sycamores’ second wave took over and blew the game open with Zach Hobbs hitting a three-pointer in transition to put ISU ahead 34-16, while Cooper Neese and Bledson both hit three’s on back-to-back possessions to make it a 45-20 game with 5:42 to play in the first half. Robbie Avila capped ISU’s scoring in the first half with a three-pointer with 37 seconds remaining to give ISU the 53-26 lead heading into the halftime break.
Indiana State’s lead hit 30-plus points early in the second half as Kailex Stephens scored on back-to-back possessions to make it a 57-26 game with 18:43 to play in the contest. Masen Miller added his first points in the Sycamore Blue and White at the 11:36 mark to make it a 72-34 game, while Rob Martin and Avila closed out the scoring with ISU’s final five points in the contest as the Sycamore took the 86-53 victory.
Inside the Numbers
Indiana State shot 54.5% from the floor and 45.5% from the three-point line in their first competition of the 2022-23 season.
The Sycamores posted 24 assists and added nine steals in the win.
All five starters in the lineup hit a three-pointer, while Robbie Avila (2-of-2) and Zach Hobbs (1-of-3) both converted from off the bench.
Tusculum shot 34.9% from the floor and 22.2% from the three-point line in the exhibition game.
ISU held the 42-39 rebounding edge in the contest.
The Sycamores outscored the Pioneers 50-24 in the paint and 26-8 in fast break points.
News & Notes
The Sycamores had several players make their ISU debut on Tuesday night with Courvoisier McCauley, Trenton Gibson, Masen Miller, Jayson Kent, Robbie Avila, Rob Martin, and Jaden Schertz all take the floor for the first time.
Indiana State opens the 2022-23 season at home on Monday, November 7, as the Sycamores welcome the Green Bay Phoenix to Hulman Center. Tipoff for the game is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.
Indiana State Men’s Basketball Season Ticket Information
Single game and season tickets for the 2022-23 Indiana State men’s basketball team are on sale now. The Sycamores will host 10 conference games to go along with the nonconference slate. For the first time, the Missouri Valley Conference will play a 20-game conference slate following the additions of Murray State, Belmont and Illinois-Chicago to the League beginning July 1, 2022.
‘DONS DROP LEAGUE MATCH AT MILWAUKEE
MILWAUKEE – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team fell to the Milwaukee Panthers on Tuesday night (Nov. 1) 25-18, 25-21, 25-14 in the Klotsche Center.
The first set was tightly contested until late. It featured eight ties and just one lead change. Milwaukee had a 6-0 run to take the lead for good.
The Mastodons led set two by as many as six at 17-11 after a kill from Ramei Jackson. The home team went on a 9-1 run to go up 20-18. The ‘Dons tied it at 20 but the Panthers finished the frame with five of the last six points.
Milwaukee jumped out to a 10-4 lead after an ace. The ‘Dons closed the gap to within one at 10-9, but Milwaukee went on a 15-5 finishing run.
Jena Medearis finished with a match-high five blocks.
Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 8-17 and 4-10 in Horizon League play. Milwaukee improves to 9-17, 8-7. The Mastodons will continue a tough road stretch with the top two teams in the league with Northern Kentucky on Friday (Nov. 4) and Wright State on Saturday (Nov. 5).
MEN’S BASKETBALL EARNS NO. 17 SPOT IN COLLEGEINSIDER.COM MID-MAJOR TOP 25
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne has been picked for No. 17 in the CollegeInsider.com Men’s Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 Preseason Poll.
The Mastodons earned 209 points in the poll and are the highest ranked Horizon League team to make the cut. Northern Kentucky was picked for No. 19. Mastodon opponents in 2022-23 to earn votes in the preseason poll include Missouri State, Oakland, Wright State, Youngstown State and SIUE. Winthrop, a possible Mastodon opponent in Cancun on Nov. 23, also earned votes.
The ‘Dons return an experience core in 2022-23 after earning a share of the Horizon League regular season title last season. Purdue Fort Wayne opens the season at No. 23 Michigan on November 7 in a 6:30 p.m. tip on BTN. Purdue Fort Wayne’s home opener is set for Nov. 12 against SIUE.
EAGLES CONCLUDE HOMESTAND WITH SENIOR DAY
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-23, 1-12 OVC) will end the home schedule this weekend when the Screaming Eagles host Tennessee State University (12-15, 6-8 OVC) on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at Screaming Eagles Arena. At the conclusion of Saturday’s match, USI will recognize junior outside/right side hitter/setter Katherine Koch (Belleville, Illinois) and manager Sabrina Yamashita (Evansville, Indiana) for their time at USI.
Information about USI Volleyball, including live stats, video, and audio broadcasts, is available on USIScreamingEagles.com.
USI Volleyball tickets are on sale now, with adult tickets at $8, non-USI students at $5, and all USI students, staff, and faculty with a valid ID and any child 11-and-under are admitted free.
Screaming Eagles Headlines:
Eagles Blanked by MSU. The Screaming Eagles struggled against Morehead State last weekend, dropping a pair of 3-0 matches. USI is searching for its first win since defeating Lindenwood on 9/30.
You Have To #OVCit. The Eagles’ final chance of making the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament is in the hands of Tennessee State. USI will face the Tigers Friday and Saturday as the final home matches of the season.
Senior Day. USI will host Senior Day on Saturday. Katherine Koch and Sabrina Yamashita will be recognized for their accomplishments as Eagles.
Season Leaders. Junior Leah Anderson leads the group with 274 kills and 20 aces as Koch holds a team-high 354 assists. On defense, freshman Keira Moore has received 263 digs while sophomore Paris Downing has earned 76 blocks.
OVC Leaders. There are five Eagles who sit atop the best in five different categories within the OVC individual standings. Anderson ranks fifth in points per set (3.70), sixth in kills per set (3.18), and 10th in digs per set (2.92). Sophomore Carly Sobieralski holds the ninth-most assists per set (5.50) while Koch has tallied the 10th most assists per set (5.45). Moore has recorded 3.87 digs per set, putting her at seventh, while Downing is sixth with 1.06 blocks per set.
Digging Out. The Eagles’ defense is third in the conference with 15.47 digs per set and eighth with 1,330 digs.
Keeping it 100. Three Eagles have reached the 100-kill club this season. Anderson leads the pack with 274, sophomore Abby Bednar has 186, and sophomore Abby Weber has 178.
Level 300. Sobieralski and Koch are the only pair to reach 300 assists this season for USI. Koch has 354 assists while Sobieralski is close behind with 330 assists.
Double-Doubles. There have been six Eagles who have reached the double-double mark this season. Anderson leads the team with 11 while Sobieralski has earned seven. Koch and Weber have tallied four each while Bednar has nabbed two and sophomore Evie Duncan has earned one.
History Has Been Made. Anderson has hit three milestones this season by becoming the 15th player to reach 1,000 kills, the 13th player to reach 1,000 digs, and the fifth player in program history to reach both feats. She has joined a historic group that includes Shannon Wells, Jamie Roth, Danielle Peter, and Leeanne Gross in the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club.
About Tennessee State. The Tigers come into the weekend 12-15 overall and 6-8 in the OVC. TSU thrives off their defense, leading the league in opponent-hitting percentage (.180) and total blocks (234.0) while having the second-most blocks per set (2.29). The Tigers have also played the most sets in the conference with 102 total sets played. TSU has 11 upperclassmen on their roster with just four underclassmen.
Leading the Tigers. Junior Kennedy Davis leads the OVC in hitting percentage (.343) while senior Johanna Alcantara holds the third-most kills per set (3.65) and points per set (3.95). Graduate student Gina Rivera-Ortiz has been dynamic as the Tigers’ libero, nabbing a second-best 5.47 digs per set in the league. There have been four Tigers who have a combined 10 weekly honors this season. Rivera-Ortiz has totaled three Defensive Player of the Week while Alcantara is the reigning Offensive and Newcomer Player of the Week, accumulating a total of two Offensive Player of the Week titles and four Newcomer of the Week honors. Graduate student Login Williams has recorded one Setter of the Week award.
Record Book Watch. The Eagles have one player climbing up the USI Volleyball Record Book:
–Leah Anderson is fifth in service aces (159), eighth in kills (1,158), and 13th in digs (1,041) all-time.
EAGLES WELCOME TOMMIES FOR FINAL HOME MATCH
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer finishes their home season on Wednesday, November 2, as they host St. Thomas University at Strassweg Field for a 2pm kickoff. The Screaming Eagles are currently 1-11-3, 1-4-1 Summit League, and finish their season on the road in Tulsa, Oklahoma to take on Oral Roberts University on November 5 at 1pm.
USI and Western Illinois University fought to a tough 1-1 draw on October 26. Both defenses were stellar in the first half. The Eagles had a chance to take advantage of a hand ball inside the box which sent the Leathernecks down to 10 men. The Eagles weren’t able to convert on the penalty. Western Illinois then went down and took the lead. USI was able to equalize as sophomore Mical Hardtman (Hamilton Parrish, Bermuda) put a ball from a corner to the top of the box where graduate Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri) controlled it and curled a beautiful ball into the bottom left-hand corner. USI had multiple chances to win the match, but the Western Illinois defense kept the Eagles at bay.
The Eagles have been trying to find their rhythm up front all year long. Coming into the season the man watch up front was junior Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri). Barton came into the season with 20 career goals and sat tied for 10th all-time at USI and was looking to climb the rankings. He has just one goal on the year but is leading the team in shots and shots on goal with 21 and 13. Newcomer Faddis is leading the team in goals with three while senior Ryan Nevins (St. Peters, Missouri) and sophomore Sam Benoist (Foristell, Missouri) each have two.
USI Head Coach Mat Santoro has been very consistent with his starting lineups this season. Santoro has eight outfield players that have double digit starts this season and four of those have started every game they have played. Faddis and senior Colten Walsh (St. Louis, Missouri) have started all 15 games while Walsh has the most minutes played with 1249. Freshmen Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana) and Ednilson Voiles (Jeremie, Haiti) are the other two who have started every game they have played, both have played and started in 14 games. Kirchhofer missed the Western Illinois match due to suspension after receiving a double yellow card against Lindenwood University while Voiles missed the match with Chicago State University.
Junior goalkeeper Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) has been the main man in net for the Ealges. Meissner has started 14 out of the teams 15 games. Meissner has allowed 32 goals this season while making 64 saves and has faced 205 shots. Meissner was the man in net when USI has their lone clean sheet of the season at the University of Evansville. The Eagle’s defense has allowed two or less goals in 10 out of the 15 matches. This has come from a very consistent backline of Walsh, junior Travis Sides (Evansville, Indiana), and sophomore Damian McGregor-Wickham (Toronto, Canada). The USI defense has also seen starts from Hardtman, sophomore Aevar Ofjord (Grindavik, Iceland), senior Luke Lindsay (Plymouth, Minnesota), and junior Marky Lara (Evansville, Indiana).
The Summit League
Summit League play continued last week on Wednesday as USI and Western Illinois came to a draw, 1-1, while the University of Nebraska Omaha took down Lindenwood, 5-0. Eight teams were in action on Saturday, St. Thomas took down Lindenwood, 2-0, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The University of Denver was victorious over Eastern Illinois University, 3-0. Oral Roberts had a dominating win over Western Illinois, 8-0. Omaha and the University of Missouri-Kansas City finished the night with a 1-1 draw. The regular season concludes this week, on Wednesday St. Thomas and USI play a day game while Denver and Lindenwood play in a nightcap. The season ends on Saturday with four matches. Eastern Illinois and Omaha get started with the early kickoff from Omaha, Nebraska at 10:30am. USI and Oral Roberts play in the early afternoon match in Tulsa, OK. Western Illinois travels to take on Denver. St. Thomas travels to UMKC to finish off the season with a nightcap.
With a win over USI on Saturday, Oral Roberts would lock up the regular season title. If Oral Roberts and USI draw, Denver could take the regular season crown with wins against Lindenwood and Western Illinois. Omaha could jump to the number two seed with a win on Saturday and two Denver losses. UMKC could take the two seed with a win and two Denver losses and an Omaha loss but would take the three seed with an Omaha loss and a Roos’ win.
St. Thomas Tommies
The Tommies come into the match with the Eagles with a 3-10-2, 2-3-1 Summit League, record after beating Lindenwood on Saturday, 2-0. St. Thomas is being led by Jacek Nickowski and Carver Tierney with three goals each while Nickowski, Devan DiGardo, and Charlie Hoelscher all lead with two assists. The Tommie have had three goalkeepers start multiple games this season, but Tucker Mann has been the head man, playing and starting in 10 games, allowing 16 goals and making 46 saves while facing 127 shots. St. Thomas this season is being outscored 34-14 and being outshot 220-128.
The match between the Eagles and Tommies can be seen on ESPN+.
VOLLEYBALL HITS ROAD FOR FINAL TIME IN REGULAR SEASON
Valparaiso (19-6, 7-6 MVC)
Friday, Nov. 4 – at Belmont (7-19, 3-10 MVC) – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5 – at Murray State (9-14, 5-8 MVC) – 3 p.m.
Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: With the regular season schedule starting to hit the home stretch, the Valpo volleyball team faces its final road trip of the season this weekend, trekking south to face off with MVC newcomers Belmont and Murray State.
Previously: Valpo split a pair of matches at home at the ARC last weekend, falling to Evansville in four sets before bouncing back with a three-set sweep of Indiana State.
Looking Ahead: Valpo closes the regular season with three consecutive home matches, hosting Bradley (Nov. 11), Illinois State (Nov. 12) and UIC (Nov. 16).
Following the Beacons: Both matches this weekend will be broadcast live on ESPN3. In addition, both matches will have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 21st season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 468 matches (468-223, .677) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made five postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, and advanced to the championship match of the 2021 NIVC. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 58 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 523-247 (.679) record overall as a head coach.
Series History: Belmont – Valpo has won the only two matchups all-time against the Bruins – a 3-1 victory in 2005 at DePaul, and a 3-2 triumph earlier this season at the ARC in their first meeting as conference foes. That match featured 225 combined digs between the two squads, with the Beacons racking up an MVC-season high 117 and freshman libero Emma Hickey tallying 37 digs, second-most in Valpo history by a freshman.
Murray State – Valpo has earned wins in all five previous matchups with the Racers, including a three-set sweep at the ARC earlier this year. That match was notable for its balance from the Beacons, as no Valpo player had more than seven kills in the victory. Hickey notched 21 digs in the win, while Bella Ravotto added 17.
Scouting the Opposition: Belmont – The Bruins enter Friday’s match at 7-19 overall and 3-10 in Valley action, sitting on an eight-match losing streak. Laura Shoopman ranks seventh in the MVC in kills (3.45/set), while Peyton O’Brien is eighth in the conference in assists (7.96/set).
Murray State – The Racers enter the weekend at 9-14 overall and 5-8 in MVC play, with a match against UIC on Friday night before facing Valpo. Bailey DeMier ranks among the Valley’s top-10 in service aces (2nd, 0.39/set) and assists (6th, 9.95/set), while Dahlia Miller is seventh in digs (4.07/set).
Valpo Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll: The Beacons have been picked to finish in fifth place in the MVC standings in 2022 in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Valpo garnered 95 points in the polling, including one first-place vote, to rank fifth in a tight bunch in the middle of the pack. Valpo was just four points behind Bradley in fourth position, but on the other side, was just one point ahead of UNI in sixth place. Notably, Valpo has outperformed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley.
Illinois State received five first-place votes and totaled 134 points to lead the poll ahead of Evansville (121 points, two first-place votes). UIC (3) and UNI (1) also picked up at least one first-place nod.
Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo enjoyed one of the top seasons in program history last year, finishing the campaign with a 26-10 record. The Beacons posted a 12-6 record in MVC action to finish tied for third place in the regular season standings – the program’s best record in conference play and best finish since joining the Valley. Valpo then earned a berth in the NIVC and swept each of its first four matches to advance to the tournament championship match. Haley Hart was a First Team All-MVC recipient, while Peyton McCarthy and Rylee Cookerly each earned Second Team All-MVC honors. Cookerly also became the first student-athlete in program history to be named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American.
Winning Ways: The Beacons have already clinched their 19th winning season in Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm and are just one win away from the 20-win mark, which they would reach for the 17th time under Avery. In addition, Valpo has finished in the top half of the MVC standings in each of its first five seasons in the conference – a feat only matched by Illinois State – and has posted top-half conference finishes in 28 of the last 29 years.
Standings Battle: Valpo finds itself in the middle of a dense pack of teams in mid-table in the MVC standings with just five matches to play. At 7-6 in conference action this year, the Beacons are currently tied for Evansville in fifth place. Ahead of Valpo by just one game are UIC and Southern Illinois in a two-way tie for third. But just two games back of Valpo currently is a three-way tie at 5-8 for seventh place between Bradley, Missouri State and Murray State – a tie which is extremely relevant this year because only the top eight teams in the final regular season standings make the conference tournament. The good news for Valpo is that four of the Beacons’ final five matches of the regular season come against teams currently in the bottom half of the standings.
Second-Half Success: Valpo sat at 5-4 and in a tie for fourth place in the MVC standings when it hit the halfway mark of the conference slate, a good position for the team to be in if the team can replicate the second-half success its had in previous Valley seasons – especially with five of its final seven matches at home. In its first five seasons in the MVC, Valpo posted a cumulative 21-24 record in the first half of Valley play and improved that mark to 28-17 in the second half of those conference campaigns. Notably, the Beacons’ top two records since joining the MVC have both come after going 5-4 in the first half of conference play, as the 2018 team went 6-3 in the second half to finish 11-7 and last year’s squad went 7-2 in the second half to finish 12-6.
Efficient Output: After falling to Evansville in four sets last Friday, Valpo bounced back in a big way with a sweep of Indiana State on Saturday, one which was highlighted by the Beacons’ offensive efficiency. Valpo hit .321 with 48 kills in the three-set win. The .321 hitting percentage was the Beacons’ best within MVC play and their second-highest percentage of the year. Meanwhile, the 48 kills were the second-most for Valpo this year in a three-set match. Six different Valpo players tallied between five and 10 kills in the win, led by senior Bella Ravotto, who posted 10 kills on .348 hitting to lead all players and added 12 digs for her eighth double-double of the year.
Cooper’s Strong Attack: While Valpo dropped the match to Evansville last Friday, senior right side Kara Cooper enjoyed one of her best matches of the year on the attack. Cooper racked up a team-best 16 kills – the third time this season she has tallied at least 15 terminations – and swung at a .406 clip. The senior leads the Beacons with 2.36 kills/set and paces the team’s pin hitters with a .265 hitting percentage.
Consistency From Hickey: A big part of Valpo’s strength in the back row has been its run of standout liberos, and freshman Emma Hickey has slotted right into that role this season and maintained the prolificacy. Hickey continued to rack up the digs last weekend, posting a team-best 22 digs against Evansville and a match-high 15 digs versus Indiana State. Hickey has registered 20 or more digs in 19 of Valpo’s 25 matches, with the Indiana State match snapping a run of nine straight matches with 20+ digs. She ranks sixth nationally in digs/set, averaging 5.58 digs/set ‑ the only freshman among the top-40 in the nation – and is third nationally with 547 total digs.
Record Book Watch: Hickey is just 39 digs away from cracking Valpo’s top-10 single-season dig totals in the 25-point era, joining a few of her teammates who are in position to make moves onto the program’s top-10 charts. Mallory Januski is on pace to easily best the program’s single-season hitting percentage record, as her .353 clip would best the overall record of .334 (Nicole Schulz, 2006) and far surpass the 25-point era record of .307 (Kelsey Victor, 2014).
Meanwhile, fellow middle Miranda Strongman might challenge that record as well, as she is now hitting .323 on the season. Also, with a team-best 25 service aces, Victoria Bulmahn is just five aces shy of moving into the top-10 in the 25-point era in that category.
Reaching Milestones: Earlier this season, Bella Ravotto became the 23rd player in program history to record at least 1,000 career digs. With 1,198 digs entering this weekend, Ravotto currently ranks 18th in program history in that department. Meanwhile, Victoria Bulmahn enters this weekend with 1,980 career assists, poised this weekend to become just the 11th player in program history with at least 2,000 career assists.
Players of the Week: Hickey has earned a trio of weekly awards from the MVC office this year to lead the Beacons, as she has twice been named Defensive Player of the Week to go with one Freshman of the Week honor. In all, Valpo players have earned five conference weekly accolades this season. Junior middle Mallory Januski was named MVC Player of the Week following her MVP weekend at the Roadrunner Classic, making her Valpo’s third weekly award winner in 2022, while senior outside Bella Ravotto was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 12 following her performance over Valpo’s three wins at the Akron Invitational. In its sixth season as an MVC school, Valpo has earned 26 weekly conference honors.
Standout Performances: A number of standout efforts this year have cracked Valpo’s single-match records, most recently Oct. 22, when Miranda Strongman hit .588 in Valpo’s win at SIU – the fifth-best hitting percentage in a four-set match in the 25-point era. In Valpo’s Oct. 8 win over Belmont, the Beacons totaled 117 digs – fourth-most in a five-set match by Valpo in the 25-point era. Valpo was led in that match by Emma Hickey, whose 37 digs are second-most by a freshman in program history and fifth in a five-set match in the 25-point era. And while it didn’t impact the record book, Elise Swistek also had 31 digs in that match, as it was the first time in program history two Valpo players have both tallied 30+ digs in the same match.
Mallory Januski found her way into Valpo’s record book in the UIW match Sept. 16, posting a hitting percentage of .688 – the second-highest in a five-set match by a Valpo player in the 25-point era. It was a team performance which cracked the record book Sept. 9, as the Beacons posted 15.5 total team blocks in their win at Akron – fourth-most in a four-set match by a Valpo squad in the 25-point era and the most blocks Valpo has recorded in any length match since Nov. 15, 2019. On Sept. 3, senior Gretchen Kuckkan delivered 25 kills in Valpo’s four-set win over Northern Illinois – tied for fourth-most in a four-set match by a Valpo player in the 25-point era and making her one of just five Valpo players to tally 25+ kills in any length match in the 25-point era.
Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play last fall, finishing 15th nationally and leading the MVC with 17.13 digs/set. The program has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 11 seasons, highlighted by the 2017 campaign in which it led the nation with 20.03 digs/set. Other top finishes include third nationally in the spring 2021 season (20.37/set), a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. It’s been more of the same so far this year, as the Beacons are ranked seventh nationally and lead the MVC with 17.47 digs/set.
So Much Balance: It just goes to show how balanced this year’s Valpo team is on the attack that you have to scroll all the way down to 30th place in the Valley to find the Beacons’ top producer of kills per set so far this season – Kara Cooper, who’s averaging 2.36 kills/set. Seven different players are averaging between 1.84 and 2.36 kills/set. The balance has been even more prevalent within MVC play, as six different players have between 62 and 109 kills through 13 conference matches. In fact, Cooper’s team-best average of 2.32 kills/set within MVC-only action doesn’t even crack the top-30 in the conference.
Best Start: With the five-set win over UIW to open up the Roadrunner Classic, Valpo improved to 10-0 on the season, breaking a tie with the 2015 squad for the most consecutive wins to start a season in program history. The Beacons went on to start 12-0, the winningest start to a season by any current MVC program since Drake opened the 2010 campaign with 14 consecutive victories.
The Winning Streak: Of course, the 12-0 start meant that Valpo opened the season with 12 consecutive victories. This winning streak is one of six double-digit winning streaks in program history and stands alone as the fourth-longest all-time at Valpo. The 2004 team holds the program record with 14 consecutive wins, while the 2008 and 2014 squads both had streaks of 13 straight wins.
Winning Four Titles: Valpo’s win at the Roadrunner Classic gave this year’s team four in-season tournament titles this season, an unprecented accomplishment in the history of Valpo volleyball. Previously, Valpo had won three in-season tournaments on four occasions (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018). Valpo has now won 33 in-season tournament titles in head coach Carin Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm of the program, including its home tournament seven times (out of 11 opportunities). The team has won at least one tournament in 16 of her 21 seasons, and multiple tournaments 11 times. Those tournament titles have come in 14 different states, with the Roadrunner Classic the first in program history in Texas.
All-Tournament Honors: Setters Victoria Bulmahn and Addy Kois joined MVP Mallory Januski on the All-Tournament Team at the Roadrunner Classic for their work running the Valpo offense. Perhaps apropos given the balance of this year’s squad through the nonconference slate, nine different Beacons earned All-Tournament accolades at the three tournaments where an All-Tournament Team was named. Senior Gretchen Kuckkan was MVC of the Popcorn Classic and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fellow seniors Maddy Boyer and Kara Cooper. On opening weekend at the Youngstown Invitational, sophomore Elise Swistek was awarded the MVP award, while senior Bella Ravotto and freshman Emma Hickey picked up All-Tournament accolades.
Leaving a Strong Legacy: Valpo graduated five seniors from last year’s squad, a group which was integral in the program’s transition into the Missouri Valley Conference and made a pair of postseason appearances. The group of Brittany Anderson, Rylee Cookerly, Gabby Daniels, Haley Hart and Peyton McCarthy combined for eight All-Conference honors and led the Beacons to the championship match of the NIVC in their final season at Valpo. They enjoyed numerous individual accolades as well, highlighted by Cookerly – the two-time MVC Libero of the Year finished her collegiate career as the Valpo and the MVC career record holder in digs and ranks second in NCAA D-I history. McCarthy ranks second all-time at Valpo in blocks and eighth in kills – the only player in the top-eight in both categories – while Anderson is third in program history in career assists and Hart sixth in career hitting percentage.
Who’s Back: Despite the loss of such a talented group, the Beacons do return plenty of experience, as 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad are back in 2022. One spot Valpo returns plenty of experience is on the pins. Outside hitters Bella Ravotto and Elise Swistek and right sides Maddy Boyer and Kara Cooper were all starters throughout MVC play and in the NIVC last season. In addition, outside hitter Jillie Grant and Gretchen Kuckkan were starters during the non-conference portion of the schedule before suffering injuries right around the start of MVC action. While Valpo loses Cookerly out of the back row, the Beacons still enter 2022 with a strong back line. Ravotto averaged over three digs per set last year, is nearing 1,000 digs for her career and was MVC Defensive Player of the Week during the spring 2021 season when filling in for a weekend at libero. In addition, Swistek averaged over three digs per set as a rookie last season as well. Meanwhile, at setter, Victoria Bulmahn split time setting with Anderson in a 6-2 last season after earning MVC Freshman of the Year accolades for the spring 2021 season setting full time in a 5-1.
Who’s New: The roster is rounded out by seven newcomers to the active roster. Setter Addy Kois and hitter Sam Warren both redshirted last fall in their first season at Valpo. The Beacons welcome a pair of transfer middles to the squad – senior Miranda Strongman (LIU) and junior Olivia Blackketter (Winthrop). Three freshmen round out the newcomers, highlighted by Emma Hickey – the first AVCA High School All-American to sign with Valpo in program history. Outside Sophia Foster and middle Claire Campbell enter their first collegiate season as well.
Conference Honorees: While Victoria Bulmahn was named MVC Freshman of the Year during the spring 2021 campaign and transfer Miranda Strongman was a Second Team All-NEC choice that same season, this year’s roster features zero players who have earned First or Second Team All-Conference accolades in the Valpo uniform. The last time Valpo entered a season with no players who had been named First or Second Team All-Conference at Valpo was the 2006 season – that year’s team ended up featuring future Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer Angie Porché as a freshman.
BEACONS WELCOME FIRST-PLACE TOMMIES TO BROWN FIELD ON SATURDAY
St. Thomas (7-1, 5-0 PFL)
at Valparaiso (4-4, 3-2 PFL)
Game #9 Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. CT
Brown Field (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
This Week in Valpo Football: After back-to-back weeks on the road, the Valparaiso University football team will return to the confines of Brown Field this weekend to welcome in Pioneer Football League leading St. Thomas for a key matchup. Valpo will look to rebound from a gut-wrenching defeat at Dayton by handing the Tommies their first blemish of league play.
Previously: Host Dayton scored a go-ahead touchdown with 18 seconds remaining to beat the Beacons 31-24 last week at Welcome Stadium. Valpo quarterback Michael Appel Jr. passed for 323 yards and two scores, but the host Flyers got it done on the ground, rushing for 307 yards with two 100-yard rushers. Valpo had a pair of 100-yard receivers for the second straight weekend (Solomon Davis and Braden Contreras) and made three interceptions, but couldn’t quite pull off the program’s first victory at Dayton since 2003.
Series Notes: This marks just the second ever meeting between these two teams and St. Thomas’ first trip to Brown Field. The Tommies prevailed 20-13 last season in Minnesota.
Following the Beacons: This week’s game will broadcast on ESPN3 with Todd Ickow and Jeff Vlk on the call. In addition, a radio broadcast will be available on 95.1 FM WVUR, The TuneIn Radio App and ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (13-24) is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in 2022. In his third season leading the program in Fall 2021, Valpo finished with a Pioneer Football League record of .500 or better for a second consecutive year. This marked the first time Valpo had achieved that feat since the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. The Beacons won four Pioneer Football League games in the same season for just the third time ever (2017 and Spring 2021) and four league games in any conference for just the third time since 1968. During his second season at the helm in Spring 2021, Fox was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which is presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year – after guiding Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tying for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. He led his team to Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003. Fox’s defensive roots paid dividends on that side of the football in his second year at the helm, as the team enjoyed its best defensive season in four decades. Valpo held opponents to 283.3 yards per game, the program’s best total defense in the last 40 years. In Year 1 of the Fox Era in 2019, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2019 season. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.
Quarterback Michael Appel Jr. went 22-of-29 passing for a career-high 323 yards in the Week 9 game at Dayton. He became the first Valpo player to pass for 300 yards since Chris Duncan on Nov. 9, 2019 vs. Morehead State (304). Appel delivered Valpo’s best single-game passing performance since Jimmy Seewald passed for 424 yards on Sept. 9, 2017 vs. Duquesne.
Valpo featured a pair of 100-yard receivers for the second straight week in the game against the Flyers. Braden Contreras hauled in seven catches for 126 yards, his second straight week with upward of 100 receiving yards. This time, he bettered his previous career high of 118, which came in last season’s matchup with Dayton. The seven catches also outdid his previous personal best.
Contreras was joined in the 100-yard receiving club by Davis, who made six grabs for 110 yards. This was Davis’ third 100-yard receiving game this season and his second straight.
Davis hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass from Appel for the team’s longest passing play of the season. In fact, it was the team’s first reception of 60+ yards since Ollie Reese on Sept. 21, 2019 at Truman State (61) and the team’s longest reception since Griffin Norberg’s 75 yarder on Nov. 10, 2018 vs. Jacksonville, making this the longest completion of the Landon Fox Era.
Matt Ross also enjoyed success in the receiving game with four catches for 79 yards at Dayton.
Just a week removed from garnering the program’s first win at Morehead State since 2006, Valpo nearly broke through in another house of horrors in Week 9 at Dayton. The Beacons instead incurred their ninth straight defeat at Welcome Stadium.
This seven-point setback represented the team’s closest game at Dayton since the 2003 victory. The previous eight losses at Dayton came by an average margin of defeat of 34.5 points per game, reflecting the program’s progress under Landon Fox. Six of those defeats were by 30 points or more.
This year’s game at Welcome Stadium marked the first time Fox returned to his old stomping grounds – where he spent over a decade on staff and served as defensive coordinator – since taking over as Valpo head coach.
Dawson Cracks All-Time Top 5
Running back Aaron Dawson already shattered a record that had stood since 1949 for longest rushing touchdown with his 99 yarder vs. Butler and enjoyed one of the best single-game rushing performances in program history at Morehead State (241). Now, he has entered the program record book in terms of single-season rushing yardage.
After producing 69 yards in Week 9 at Dayton, Dawson is up to 893 rushing yards this season. He usurped Brandon Hall’s 2014 total of 855 for a spot in the program’s single-season top five.
Dawson enters Week 10 vs. St. Thomas with an opportunity to move up several more places on the program’s single-season rushing list. He is 107 yards away from becoming the fourth 1,000-yard rusher in program history.
Jeff Horton 2005 1,358
Robert Washington 2021 1,105
Dave Newnam 1977 1,009
John Knight 1961 998
Aaron Dawson 2022 893
With a Win vs. St. Thomas, Valpo Would…
Hand the Tommies their first league loss of the season and snap a seven-game winning streak.
Win four PFL games in the same season for the third straight year and just the fourth time ever. Prior to the Spring 2021 season, Valpo had won four league games in the same season just once since 1968, with the one instance being 2017.
Clinch at least a .500 record in PFL play for the third consecutive season. This would be the program’s first such stretch since 1998-2000. Prior to that, Valpo had not had a league record of .500 or better in three straight years since doing so four straight seasons from 1961-1964.
Hold a 3-1 home record through four home games for the first time since 2017.
Hold a 4-2 conference record through six games for the second time in three years after finishing with a 4-2 PFL mark during the Spring 2021 campaign.
Possess the program’s best record through nine games since 2003 (6-3).
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BATTLES ILLINOIS STATE IN EXHIBITION OPENER
NORMAL, Ill. – The University of Indianapolis women’s basketball team hit the road and battled the Illinois State Redbirds in a season-opening exhibition match at the Redbird Arena on Tuesday night. The Redbirds came into the contest fresh off winning the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) tournament championship a year ago and walked out as winners in tonight’s friendly by a final of 77-58.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Looking to make an impact early, the Hounds held strong with the Redbirds by corralling a 9-7 lead with just under six minutes to go in the opening period after a Liv Becker three-pointer found the bottom of the net. Despite ISU rolling out a 5-0 run after this to climb back out in front, UIndy weathered any Redbird storm in sight and went trailing by just one point into the second quarter.
Similar to the opening period, the Greyhounds held strong in the second quarter and only found themselves trailing by a score of 23-20 with a little over seven minutes remaining until the half. However, the difference maker came when Illinois State rolled out a crushing 10-1 scoring run through the last three minutes of play. Before this scoring outburst happened, UIndy only trailed by six points and now faced a 15-point deficit in front of the home crowd.
In the first half, UIndy shot just 36% from the field (9-25) and an ice-cold 2-10 from behind the arc. Illinois State on the other hand shot a red-hot 55.6% from the field (15-27). The Redbirds out-rebounded the Hounds by two through the opening half. Becker led UIndy with eight points.
The Redbirds continued to keep their foot on the pedal in the second half, notching another strong 11-3 scoring burst in the third quarter through the opening five minutes which eventually rolled over into a 23-point lead going into the fourth. Despite falling in the contest, UIndy successfully outscored Illinois State in the final quarter.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-Idalis Ortiz led UIndy in the scoring column with her 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.
-Elana Wells added nine points on the night while Becker had eight points.
-The Hounds ended shooting just 32.1% from the field (17-53) and 15% from three-point land (3-20).
-UIndy collected 31 bench points to go along with 22 points in the paint.
-The Greyhounds were minus 10 in the turnover margin battle.
The Hounds will finish their exhibition slate with a road game at Northern Kentucky on Friday night. Opening tip is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET.
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|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||6||1||0||.857||0.0||203||98||3-0-0||3-1-0||4-1-0||0-1-0||4 W|
|New York Jets||5||3||0||.625||1.5||176||159||1-3-0||4-0-0||4-3-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Miami Dolphins||5||3||0||.625||1.5||178||192||3-1-0||2-2-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||2 W|
|New England Patriots||4||4||0||.500||2.5||177||163||1-2-0||3-2-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Kansas City Chiefs||5||2||0||.714||0.0||223||172||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-2-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||3||0||.571||1.0||164||189||2-2-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Denver Broncos||3||5||0||.375||2.5||121||132||2-2-0||1-3-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|Las Vegas Raiders||2||5||0||.286||3.0||163||174||2-1-0||0-4-0||2-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||5||3||0||.625||0.0||208||183||2-2-0||3-1-0||4-2-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||4||4||0||.500||1.0||186||164||2-1-0||2-3-0||2-3-0||0-3-0||1 L|
|Cleveland Browns||3||5||0||.375||2.0||200||199||2-3-0||1-2-0||2-4-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||2||6||0||.250||3.0||120||197||1-2-0||1-4-0||1-5-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||5||2||0||.714||0.0||132||138||2-1-0||3-1-0||4-1-0||3-0-0||5 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||3||4||1||.438||2.0||129||157||2-2-0||1-2-1||3-3-1||1-3-1||2 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||2||6||0||.250||3.5||172||158||1-3-0||1-3-0||2-3-0||1-2-0||5 L|
|Houston Texans||1||5||1||.214||3.5||116||154||0-2-1||1-3-0||1-4-1||1-1-1||2 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Philadelphia Eagles||7||0||0||1.000||0.0||196||118||4-0-0||3-0-0||5-0-0||2-0-0||7 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||6||2||0||.750||1.5||183||133||4-1-0||2-1-0||5-2-0||2-1-0||2 W|
|New York Giants||6||2||0||.750||1.5||163||157||3-1-0||3-1-0||3-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|Washington Commanders||4||4||0||.500||3.5||142||172||2-2-0||2-2-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||3 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Seattle Seahawks||5||3||0||.625||0.0||210||199||3-1-0||2-2-0||3-3-0||1-1-0||3 W|
|San Francisco 49ers||4||4||0||.500||1.0||176||147||2-1-0||2-3-0||4-2-0||3-0-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||4||0||.429||1.5||118||157||2-3-0||1-1-0||3-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||3||5||0||.375||2.0||182||210||1-3-0||2-2-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Minnesota Vikings||6||1||0||.857||0.0||173||144||4-0-0||2-1-0||5-1-0||3-0-0||5 W|
|Green Bay Packers||3||5||0||.375||3.5||145||173||2-2-0||1-3-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||4 L|
|Chicago Bears||3||5||0||.375||3.5||155||181||2-1-0||1-4-0||1-5-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|Detroit Lions||1||6||0||.143||5.0||173||225||1-3-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||0-1-0||5 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Atlanta Falcons||4||4||0||.500||0.0||200||205||3-1-0||1-3-0||3-3-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||5||0||.375||1.0||146||151||1-3-0||2-2-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||3 L|
|New Orleans Saints||3||5||0||.375||1.0||199||200||2-3-0||1-2-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|Carolina Panthers||2||6||0||.250||2.0||158||186||2-3-0||0-3-0||2-5-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|New York||3||3||.500||1.0||3-0||0-3||–||3-2||3-3||2 L|
|Oklahoma City||4||3||.571||1.5||3-1||1-2||0-3||3-3||4-3||4 W|
|LA Clippers||3||4||.429||3.0||1-2||2-2||2-1||3-4||3-4||1 W|
|Golden State||3||5||.375||3.5||3-1||0-4||2-1||2-2||3-5||3 L|
|LA Lakers||1||5||.167||4.5||1-2||0-3||0-2||1-5||1-5||1 W|
|San Antonio||5||2||.714||—||2-1||3-1||–||2-1||5-2||2 W|
|New Orleans||4||2||.667||0.5||1-1||3-1||1-0||2-2||4-2||1 W|
|1 Boston Bruins||10||9||1||0||18||8||45||26||6-0-0||3-1-0||9-1-0|
|2 New Jersey Devils||10||7||3||0||14||7||36||25||4-2-0||3-1-0||7-3-0|
|3 New York Rangers||11||6||3||2||14||6||32||31||3-1-2||3-2-0||5-3-2|
|4 Carolina Hurricanes||9||6||2||1||13||5||29||25||2-1-0||4-1-1||6-2-1|
|5 Buffalo Sabres||9||6||3||0||12||6||37||25||3-2-0||3-1-0||6-3-0|
|6 Tampa Bay Lightning||10||6||4||0||12||6||32||31||2-1-0||4-3-0||6-4-0|
|7 Philadelphia Flyers||9||5||2||2||12||5||24||22||3-1-1||2-1-1||5-2-2|
|8 New York Islanders||10||6||4||0||12||6||36||25||4-2-0||2-2-0||6-4-0|
|9 Washington Capitals||11||5||4||2||12||5||32||32||3-1-1||2-3-1||5-3-2|
|10 Florida Panthers||10||5||4||1||11||5||30||31||3-0-1||2-4-0||5-4-1|
|11 Detroit Red Wings||9||4||3||2||10||4||28||32||3-1-1||1-2-1||4-3-2|
|12 Montreal Canadiens||10||5||5||0||10||5||28||31||3-2-0||2-3-0||5-5-0|
|13 Pittsburgh Penguins||10||4||4||2||10||4||37||35||3-0-1||1-4-1||4-4-2|
|14 Toronto Maple Leafs||10||4||4||2||10||4||27||30||3-1-0||1-3-2||4-4-2|
|15 Ottawa Senators||9||4||5||0||8||4||33||31||4-1-0||0-4-0||4-5-0|
|16 Columbus Blue Jackets||10||3||7||0||6||3||26||44||2-4-0||1-3-0||3-7-0|
|1 Vegas Golden Knights||11||9||2||0||18||9||35||19||5-1-0||4-1-0||8-2-0|
|2 Dallas Stars||10||6||3||1||13||6||33||23||4-1-0||2-2-1||6-3-1|
|3 Edmonton Oilers||10||7||3||0||14||7||41||32||4-3-0||3-0-0||7-3-0|
|4 Seattle Kraken||11||5||4||2||12||5||38||38||2-3-1||3-1-1||5-4-1|
|5 Winnipeg Jets||9||5||3||1||11||5||26||25||2-1-0||3-2-1||5-3-1|
|6 Minnesota Wild||10||5||4||1||11||4||35||36||2-3-0||3-1-1||5-4-1|
|7 Los Angeles Kings||12||6||6||0||12||5||43||47||2-3-0||4-3-0||6-4-0|
|8 Calgary Flames||8||5||3||0||10||5||28||25||4-3-0||1-0-0||5-3-0|
|9 Chicago Blackhawks||10||4||4||2||10||4||32||34||3-2-1||1-2-1||4-4-2|
|10 Colorado Avalanche||9||4||4||1||9||3||29||27||1-1-1||3-3-0||4-4-1|
|11 Arizona Coyotes||9||3||5||1||7||3||26||36||1-1-1||2-4-0||3-5-1|
|12 Nashville Predators||10||3||6||1||7||3||26||36||2-3-1||1-3-0||3-6-1|
|13 Anaheim Ducks||10||3||6||1||7||2||26||44||2-1-0||1-5-1||3-6-1|
|14 San Jose Sharks||12||3||8||1||7||3||29||40||1-5-1||2-3-0||3-6-1|
|15 St. Louis Blues||8||3||5||0||6||3||19||30||1-3-0||2-2-0||3-5-0|
|16 Vancouver Canucks||10||2||6||2||6||2||30||40||1-3-0||1-3-2||2-6-2|
First scoreless tie
November 2, 1872 – American football had not had a game played in over a year and only 4 games had been played since the initial 1869 game dubbed the first ever American football game. But in 1872 Princeton, Rutgers were joined by Columbia University in participating in the new game. Rutgers traveled to New York City to challenge Columbia on this November 2, 1872 autumn day to play what would be the very first American football game played outside of the state of New Jersey. The game would have another first too as the Rutgers vs. Columbia contest would be the first scoreless tie in the history of American football. Saturdayblitz.com has a full story on the topic that I highly recommend you read at this link, Saturday Blitz Story.
South Carolina’s First Victory
November 2, 1885 – University of South Carolina has its First ever Win in their game versus Columbia AA (20-0) in Columbia, SC . The very first game for the University of South Carolina football program occurred on December 24, 1892 in a contest against Furman College in Charleston, S.C. where the early Gamecocks were blanked 44-0 by the Paladins. Special thanks to the University of South Carolina’s Athletic Department for furnishing this information to us!
First football endorsement
November 2, 1925 – A.G. Spalding Brothers company sends a letter to Coach Knute Rockne to propose an endorsement of Spalding’s Double lined football. This made Rockne one of the first people in football to get a lucrative endorsement contract. For more on this story here is a link. We also covered this in an earlier Fun Football Facts.
Hall of Fame Birthdays for November 2
Leon, the Detroit Lion, Hart
November 2, 1928 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Marked the birth of Leon Hart who later played end for the University of Notre Dame. While Hart was a member of the Irish squad the team went an astounding 36-0-2 and won three national Championships from 1946 to 1949 according to the NFF’s website. Leon Hart may be best remembered in college for his heroics in 1948 against USC. Hart took a 25-yard pass from Frank Tripucka and escaped eight would-be Southern Cal tacklers on his way to a score that helped the Irish stay unbeaten in 22 straight games as they tied the Trojans at 14 point a piece. As a member of the Fighting Irish football program Hart won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award in 1949 as a reward for his outstanding play. The College Football Hall of Fame in 1973. Leon after school played in the National Football League for eight seasons in the 1950’s with the Detroit Lions where he was the franchise’s number one pick in the 1950 NFL Draft.
Larry Little, a Big time player
November 2, 1945 – Groveland, Georgia – Larry Little the great NFL offensive tackle was born. Larry played football for Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida where he was an All-Conference player. The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website bio reports that Little was an unheralded undrafted free against pick up by the San Diego Chargers in 1967. After a couple seasons with the Chargers, they traded his rights to the Miami Dolphins and that is when Larry’s career really turned to the positive. With Miami he became a dominant blocker for the powerful Dolphin teams of the early 1970’s including the undefeated Super Bowl Champion team of 1972 where the Phins rushed for 2960 yards! Larry Little earned the award of being the NFL Player’s Association’s AFC Lineman of the Year in 3 consecutive seasons of 1970, 1971 & 1972. The great blocker played a total of 14 NFL seasons and made the Pro Bowl 6 times and was an NFL All-Pro 6 times too. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Larry Little in 1993.
November 2, 1959 -Oneota, New York – Mark May the guard from the University of Pittsburgh was born. Per the NFF website, Mark May was A unanimous All-America selection and Outland Trophy recipient in 1980, May captained a team that went 11-1 and finished second in the final AP rankings. The 1980 squad featured College Football Hall of Fame teammates Dan Marino, Jimbo Covert and Hugh Green. The National Football Foundation voters selected Mark May to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. After college, May was selected by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft. Mark was a member of the great Washington offensive line groups nicknamed the “Hogs.” May played 12 years in the NFL and started in three Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XVII and XXII.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS:
4 – 9 – 7 – 17 – 12 – 32 – 44 – 11 – 37 – 45 – 25 – 99 – 42 – 48 – 33 – 21 – 24 – 18
November 2, 1913 – St. Louis Browns player-manager George Stovall, fired the previous summer, is the first MLB player to jump to the Federal League, signing to manage the Kansas City Packers
November 2, 1938 – Boston Red Sox first baseman Number 4, Jimmie Foxx is voted Most Valuable Player of the American League for the third time
November 2, 1947 – After just 6 games of the season, Chicago Blackhawks trade NHL scoring leader Max Bentley along with Cy Thomas to Toronto Maple Leafs for Gus Bodnar, Bud Poile, Gaye Stewart, Bob Goldham, and Ernie Dickens.
November 2, 1960 – New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris, Number 9 beats teammate Number 7, Mickey Mantle for American League MVP Award, 225-222; second-closest vote ever
November 2, 1969 – 41-year old Detroit right wing Number 9, Gordie Howe picks up his 19th and final NHL hat trick as the Red Wings beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3; Howe is the oldest player to score an NHL hat-trick
November 2, 1969 – Quarterbacks Number 17, Billy Kilmer of New Orleans and St Louis Cardinal’s Number 12, Charlie Johnson each pass for 6 touchdowns for combined NFL record of 12 passing TDs in a game; Saints beat Cardinals, 51-42 at Busch Memorial Stadium
November 2, 1971 – Baltimore Orioles pitcher Pat Dobson, Number 37, threw a no-hitter against the Yomiuri Giants, 2 – 0; first no-hitter in history of exhibition play between American and Japanese teams
November 2, 1972 – Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Number 32, Steve Carlton was unanimously selected National League Cy Young Award winner; wins 27 games for Phillies, who as a team win only 59 games
November 2, 1974 – Atlanta Braves trade then MLB home run king Number 44, Hank Aaron to Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Number 11, Dave May
November 2, 1975 – First sports event at The Summit arena in Houston – NBA’s Houston Rockets beat Milwaukee Bucks, 104-89; future Rockets coach Number 45, Rudy Tomjanovich was the leading scorer in the contest with 24 points
November 2, 1977 – Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton (Number 32) won his second Cy Young Award, scoring just a tad higher than Number 25, Tommy John of the LA Dodgers; Carlton leads National League with 23 wins and posts 2.64 ERA
November 2, 1978 – Number 99, Wayne Gretzky’s rights were sold to the Edmonton Oilers after just 8 games with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA (scoring 6 points); scores 104 points in 72 games (both teams combined) and is named WHA rookie of the year
November 2, 1985 – Tulsa’s Gordon Brown (Number 42) (214 yards) and Steve Gage (Number 48) (206 yards) set NCAA football record for combined rushing yards in one game for 2 teammates who gained more than 200 yards each in 42-26 win at Wichita State
November 2, 1988 – A’s shortstop Walt Weiss, Number 17 won the American League rookie of year. It was the 3rd straight for Oakland; Jose Canseco (Number 33) 1986, Mark McGwire (Number 25) 1987
November 2, 1997 – Eric Metcalf, Number 21 of the San Diego Chargers returns punts for touchdowns of 85 & 67 yards in 38-31 loss at Cincinnati; joins Hall of Famer Jack Christiansen, Number 24 as only players in NFL history to return punts for TDs twice in a game
November 2, 2002 – Mark Messier, Number 11 plays his 1,616th NHL game, a 3-2 Rangers loss against the St. Blues, to move into 2nd place on the all-time games played list; passes Larry Murphy and ends career with 1,756 games, just 11 shy of Gordie Howe ( Number 9)
November 2, 2011 – Portuguese striker Number 7, Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 100th goal for Real Madrid in his 105th game for the club in a 2-0 Champions League win over Olympique Lyon
November 2, 2016 – World Series: Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland Indians, 8-7 in Game 7 at Progressive Field, Cleveland; first Cubs’ title in 108 years; MVP: Chicago utility Number 18, Ben ZobristNovember 2, 2021 – World Series: Atlanta Braves win 4th title in franchise history; beat Houston Astros, 7-0 in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park, Houston for 4-2 series victory; MVP: Braves outfielder Number 12, Jorge Soler