BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Blue River 57 Tri 55
Lincoln 63 Anderson Prep 60
Culver Academy 59 Indianapolis Home School 54
Delta 49 Winchester 46
Fort Wayne North 67 Fort Wayne Canterbury 61
Frankton 57 Muncie Burris 43
Greenfield Central 48 Triton Central 39
Indianapolis Attucks 60 Brownsburg 58
Lawrence North 58 Lawrence Central 53
New Haven 74 Woodlan 55
Rossville 51 Western Boone 47
Shenandoah 56 Daleville 46
South Ripley 73 N. Decatur 39
Springs Valley 65 Wood Memorial 54
Tecumseh 68 Cannelton 35
West Noble 53 Concord 34
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Union County 52 Hagerstown 32
Shenandoah 55 Union City 43
Angola 54 Leo 34
Bellmont 45 Fort Wayne Luers 40
Bloomfield 71 N. Central – Farmersburg 69
Blue River 69 Cowan 44
Carroll Flora 80 Tipton 76 OT
Central Noble 47 Prairie Heights 33
Chesterton 39 Plymouth 27
Corydon Central 58 Austin 40
Eastbrook 66 Mississinewa 32
Eastside 55 Churubusco 35
Fort Wayne Northrup 41 E. Noble 34
Fort Wayne Wayne 57 Fremont 50
Indianapolis Washington 30 Irvington Prep 28
Lake Station 72 Lighthouse CPA 44
Lapel 70 Madison Grant 41
Lowell 53 Hebron 21
Marquette Catholic 56 Hammond Morton 38
Monrovia 72 Indiana Math and Science 16
Northview 58 Terre Haute South 28
Silver Creek 79 Floyd Central 37
South Bend Riley 34 Mishawaka 33
South Spencer 52 Pike Central 45
Tippecanoe Valley 58 Triton 48
University 70 Living Water Homeschool 23
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#20 Florida State 69 Indiana 67 OT
#2 Baylor 83 Stephen F Austin 52
#13 Texas 74 Texas State 53
#13 Wisconsin 73 Rhode Island 62
#17 Texas Tech 51 Abilene Christian 44
#19 Richmond 78 Northern Iowa 68
Campbell 79 New Orleans 70
Radford 98 Mars Hill 50
Loyola Chicago 88 Chicago State 51
FDU 79 Central Connecticut State 71
St. Francis NY 93 Bryant 91
Clemson 67 Maryland 51
Cincinnati 78 Furman 73
Providence 79 TCU 70
Miami Ohio 67 Western Illinois 57
Michigan 91 Toledo 71
Morehead State 77 Transylvania 55
Arizona 85 Bakersfield 60
Arkansas Pine Bluff 75 Arkansas State 74
Marshall 84 Charleston 72
Citadel 102 Carver College 51
Evansville 68 Eastern Illinois 65
Eastern Michigan 95 Adrian 35
Hofstra 72 Stony Brook 67
Jacksonville 78 Florida National 69
Lamar 63 Louisiana Monroe 60
Valparaiso 80 Southern Illinois Edwardsville 58
Youngstown State 72 Point Park 52
Chattanooga 77 Bellarmine 58
Alabama Birmingham 89 Tuskegee 64
Georgia Tech 75 Nebraska 64
Louisiana Tech 78 SE. Louisiana 69
Arkansas 79 Southern 44
Drake 90 McKendree 66
San Jose State 87 Fresno Pacific 79
Tulane 58 Southern Mississippi 38
Xavier 99 Oklahoma 77
Lipscomb 80 SE. Missouri State 74 OT
Southern Utah 81 Utah Valley 71
Missouri 69 Liberty 60
Boise State 74 BYU 70
Santa Clara 76 Cal Poly 69
Pepperdine 74 California 62
UCLA 83 San Diego 56
Washington State 61 Idaho 58
Pittsburgh 71 Northwestern 70
Wyoming 83 Denver 61
Washington 73 Seattle 41
Oregon 87 Florida A&M 66
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#2 Louisville 73 Duke 49
#4 North Carolina State 76 Elon 47
#9 Kentucky 79 Marshall 45
#11 UCLA 102 Cal Santa Barbara 45
#13 Arkansas 79 SMU 47
#19 Michigan 93 Butler 54
#23 Texas 73 Idaho 48
Georgia Tech 86 Boston College 68
TCU 79 Lamar 53
Texas Tech 87 Angelo State 42
Central Michigan 82 Western Michigan 71
East Carolina 58 VCU 55
James Madison 79 George Washington 69
Florida 70 North Carolina Asheville 48
Villanova 78 LaSalle 52
Purdue 82 Buffalo 70
St. Francis PA 67 Kent State 64
Georgia 68 Jacksonville State 47
Liberty 67 Hampton 45
Iowa 82 Iowa State 80
Tulane 81 Middle Tennessee 78
Grand Canyon 66 Northern Arizona 58
Michigan State 81 Minnesota 68
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Thursday, Dec. 10
Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Pitt at Georgia Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Friday, Dec. 11
North Texas at UTEP | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Arizona State at Arizona | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Nevada at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
Charlotte at Marshall — CANCELED
Saturday, Dec. 12
No. 1 Alabama at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN
No. 11 Oklahoma at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | ABC
Illinois at No. 14 Northwestern | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 9 Georgia at No. 25 Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Utah at No. 21 Colorado | 12 p.m. | FOX
Rutgers at Maryland | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Minnesota at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | FS1
Wake Forest at Louisville | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Miami (Ohio) at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Houston at Memphis | 12 p.m. ET | ESPN+
Western Michigan at Ball State | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
UAB at Rice | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Buffalo | 2:30 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 13 Coastal Carolina at Troy | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Central Michigan at Toledo | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Wisconsin at No. 16 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Michigan State at Penn State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
No. 17 North Carolina at No. 10 Miami | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 20 Texas at Kansas | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Navy at Army | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Washington at Oregon | 4 p.m. | FOX
Tennessee at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Duke at Florida State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Appalachian State at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at Wyoming | 6 p.m. | CBSSN
LSU at No. 6 Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN
No. 22 Oklahoma State at Baylor | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
Louisiana Tech at TCU | 7 p.m. | FS1
No. 15 USC at UCLA | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Auburn at Mississippi State | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Virginia at Virginia Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
Utah State at Colorado State | 9:30 p.m. | CBSSN
San Diego State at No. 18 BYU | 10 p.m. | ESPN2
Fresno State at New Mexico | 10:30 p.m. | FS2
Stanford at Oregon State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Cal at Washington State | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
UNLV at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | Spectrum Sports PPV
Michigan at No. 4 Ohio State — CANCELED
Ole Miss at No. 5 Texas A&M — POSTPONED
No. 8 Cincinnati at No. 24 Tulsa — POSTPONED
Purdue at No. 12 Indiana — CANCELED
Incarnate Word at Arkansas State — CANCELED
Ohio at Kent State — CANCELED
WEEK 14 NFL SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 13-14
(All times Eastern)
|Thursday, December 10|
|New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams||8:20 PM||FOX/NFLN/Amazon|
|Sunday, December 13|
|Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Houston Texans at Chicago Bears||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Indianapolis Colts at Las Vegas Raiders||4:05 PM||CBS|
|New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks||4:05 PM||CBS|
|Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Chargers||4:25 PM||FOX|
|New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Washington Football Team at San Francisco 49ers*||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills||8:20 PM||NBC|
|Monday, December 14|
|Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns||8:15 PM||ESPN|
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Pain and punishment found a ACC/Big Ten Challenge showcase Wednesday night, and nothing came easy except bruises.
Were you surprised?
Indiana and Florida State tapped into a get-physical basketball approach, and woe to the meek. It was attack the basket at your own risk, and both teams risked it.
After 45 grueling minutes, the No. 20 Seminoles (2-0) were rewarded with a 69-67 overtime victory.
The Hoosiers (3-2) were left to consider what might have been.
“I was really mad,” forward Trayce Jackson Davis said about the post-game locker room mood. “We’re trying to be different this season, and to be different, we have to win these games.
“I got into some guys, but at the end of the day, it’s all love.”
Make that tough love.
“That locker room was different than a lot of locker rooms,” coach Archie Miller said. “This is a very upset team. There are things we have to do that have to be good.
“It comes down to rebounding. Our inability to get some big ones, especially late, is disappointing. That’s something we can control.
“But we have a together group.”
In the end, Florida State, which loses overtime games about as often as Jackson-Davis passes up dunks (its overtime win streak has reached 10 straight to add to its 25-game home winning streak), had just enough to hang on.
IU just missed getting a victory that might have propelled it into the top-25.
“I was disappointed in the outcome,” Miller said, “but proud of our guys and the way they prepared and competed against a good team on the road with a difficult style to go against.”
Jackson-Davis had 25 points and 17 rebounds to nearly will IU to the victory.
No other Hoosier scored in double figures.
“He was ready to play,” Miller said. “In games like this, you need your best players to be excited and motivated.
“He gives everybody confidence. He did an outstanding job of pursing the ball. He was a warrior for us. He’s showing why he’s one of best players in college basketball. He has to keep growing and be motivated to take the team to another level.”
Body blows were everywhere you looked. IU senior guard Aljami Durham shrugged off a bloody nose and another tweak to an ankle that had been sprained last week in Maui (costing him the Stanford game) to total nine points, five rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes.
Armaan Franklin, taking Miller’s the-guards-have-to-rebound message to heart, had eight boards along with nine points to just miss his own double-double.
Still, despite a 44-44 draw on the boards, Miller wanted more rebounding, a point he has made all season.
“We have to improve rebounding. If we control the backboard, we’re able to pull this one out. I don’t feel good about the rebounding. It’s our No. 1 concern.”
IU continued to play without center Joey Brunk, who remains out with a back injury.
Florida State won despite going just 11-for-21 from the free throw line to Indiana’s 21-for-28.
Wednesday night’s opportunity nearly led to a dramatic victory. Neither team led by more than six points.
“We handled most of their pressure very well,” Miller said. “Our guys made plays for each other. We got some stops at the end to have an opportunity to win. You have to battle and find a way to be there at the end.”
IU’s early 8-2 hole drew visions of last week’s Maui struggles against full-pressure Texas. But Miller’s timeout ignited an 8-0 run to showcase these Hoosiers were ready to battle.
Florida State edged ahead 18-13. IU rallied for a 22-22 tie behind a Jackson-Davis power basket.
With M.J. Walker finding his scoring touch (he finished with a team-leading 19), the Seminoles built a pair of six-point leads before forward Race Thompson ended IU’s 0-for-7 shooting drought with a dunk. Jackson-Davis added a basket as the Hoosiers trailed 33-31 at halftime.
IU had nine first-half turnovers, but only gave up nine points off of them.
The Hoosiers ratcheted up the defense to start the second half. A Franklin basket gave them a 39-38 lead.
Then it was back-and-forth drama.
IU’s 42-40 lead disappeared against a 5-0 Florida State run.
Back came the Hoosiers. Guard Rob Phinisee hit a jumper. Durham buried a three-pointer. The Hoosiers led 57-55 as the clock ticked under four minutes.
Ties of 57-57 and 59-59 followed before a Jackson-Davis tip-in put IU ahead 61-59 with a minute left.
After a Florida State three-pointer, Phinisee hit a free throw to make it 62-62.
The Seminoles had a series of chances to win in the closing seconds of regulation, but the Hoosiers shut them down.
Jackson-Davis scored the first three points of overtime, then Florida State scored the next five for a 67-65 edge.
A Jackson-Davis block gave the Hoosiers a chance with 17 seconds left. His two free throws with 8.9 seconds left tied it before a Scottie Barnes running basket with 1.7 seconds left won it for Florida State.
“We’ll live to fight another day,” Jackson-Davis said.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team finally found its shooting touch three games into the 2020-21 season, as the Boilermakers rolled to an 82-70 victory over Buffalo on Wednesday night at Mackey Arena.
Guided by a trio in double figures, the Boilermakers (2-1) tallied highest scoring tally since Jan. 28, 2018, at Penn State. Purdue shot a blistering 52.7% from the field and 57.9% from behind the arc on 11-of-19 shooting.
Brooke Moore finished with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Tamara Farquhar notched her first double-double of the season on 11 points and 13 rebounds, plus a career-high six assists. Kayana Traylor added 17 points and eight assists, one off her career high. In total, Purdue dished out 21 assists on 29 made field goals.
The Boilermakers quickly erased any foul remnants of last Sunday with an early 18-12 advantage after the first behind a quartet of 3-pointers. Madison LaydenTraylorbookend the opening period with triples. The second quarter saw Moore step up with eight points, while the Boilermakers tallied five points off six Buffalo turnovers. Purdue shot 46.4% from the field in the opening 20 minutes to take a 37-27 lead into halftime.
Purdue took a commanding lead out of the break with a 12-2 run in the opening two minutes. The Boilermakers poured on 31 points in the third, including 16 points in the paint, behind a 71.4% shooting clip in the period. After Buffalo (2-2) dwindled the lead down to 12 midway through the third, six different Boilermakers scored points in the fourth to hold the visitors off for good.
THREES START TO FALL
Entering the game Wednesday, Purdue was 1-of-28 from behind the arc and had missed its last 20 attempts. Against Buffalo, Purdue shot 11-for-19 with six different Boilermakers knocking down a triple. Brooke Moore was 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Cassidy Hardin and Madison Layden hit the first triples of their season and career, respectively. Tamara Farquhar even got in on the action with just her second career make from outside. It was Purdue best performance from downtown since 12 vs. Northwestern on Feb. 17, 2019.
Head coach Sharon Versyp on getting going early…
When the first ball goes in, it takes the pressure off everybody. You just get tight when you’re not making shots. Madison was wide open and had a nice look. You could see the pressure and stress evaporate. Our players had fun tonight. They played hard. Having 21 assists was huge for us.
Brooke Moore on the shooting from the outside…
We’ve been practicing a lot of threes lately. We have a lot of really good shooters. I believe it was just a matter of time before we got going. The early shooting gave everyone confidence to take a three, regardless if they made or missed it.
• Purdue leads the all-time series against Buffalo 1-0.
• Traylor recorded her third straight game in double figures, the first stretch of her career.
• Purdue’s 31 points in the third were the most in more than two years.
• The Boilermakers shot 50% for the first time since Feb. 16 at Illinois last year.
• Purdue forced 21 turnovers, the second time pushing an opponent over 20 this season.
• Purdue has scored at least 80 points in two of its first three games for the second time in the last three years.
• For the third straight game, Madison Layden finished with a team-high plus-minus of 19.
• Purdue recorded 34 points off turnovers, the most since Dec. 17, 2017, against Eastern Washington.
• Buffalo managed to score 25 second-chance points on 15 offensive boards to Purdue’s 18 points on 12 rebounds.
The Boilermakers will play their final non-conference contest Sunday at 2 p.m. against Bowling Green at Mackey. The game was originally set for Nov. 23, but COVID-19 protocol issues forced the contest to be moved to the Dec. 13.
The NFL has suspended Denver Broncos cornerback A.J. Bouye six games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Boyue’s suspension means the Broncos (4-8) have lost their top three cornerbacks in a week. Bryce Callahan went on IR last week with a foot injury and rookie Essang Bassey sustained a season-ending knee injury Sunday against the Chiefs.
Bouye will be able to participate in the offseason and preseason practices and exhibition games next summer, but barring a successful appeal will still have to sit out the first two games of the 2021 regular season.
The Green Bay Packers will limit attendance at Lambeau Field games to team employees and their families for the remainder of the regular season.
The team says the decision is based on a continued high rate of coronavirus activity in Brown County and many areas of the state. The team is also concerned rates may spike with the holiday season approaching.
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy says “the health and safety of our community, players and fans is our top priority.”
WLUK-TV has reported that the Packers allowed a limited group of about 500 employees and their families during their last two home games on Nov. 29 and last Sunday.
The Packers have two regular season home games remaining. They face the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 19 and the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 27.
The team says an approach to any potential home playoff games will be decided at a later date.
“I think Carson Wentz can be an exceptional quarterback in this league. He’s proven that,” Pederson said Wednesday, according to Zach Berman of The Athletic. “Just get back to being Carson Wentz, back on track. That’s my focus with him.”
Wentz was benched during Philadelphia’s Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers after the latest in a long line of poor performances. The former No. 2 overall pick – who leads the league with 15 interceptions – managed just 79 yards on 15 attempts, forcing Pederson to insert Hurts into the game.
The second-round rookie provided a spark against the Packers. He threw one touchdown, racked up 109 yards through the air, and added another 29 yards on the ground. Hurts also had one interception.
With 3-8-1 Philadelphia likely needing to win out to catch the 5-7 New York Giants and 5-7 Washington Football Team in the NFC East, Pederson announced Monday that Hurts will replace Wentz for Sunday’s contest.
The spotlight will now turn to the former Heisman finalist, who starred at Alabama and Oklahoma before the Eagles surprisingly selected him in April.
Hurts was lauded for his professionalism and maturity as he dealt with a roller-coaster college career, and Pederson wants the rookie to use those traits to help smooth the transition from Wentz.
“Just go out there this week and, obviously, take control of the huddle,” Pederson said. “And just lead, lead the way he knows how. … That’s my message to him: ‘Be Jalen Hurts. Do the things you can do.'”
While the Eagles are possibly switching to Hurts for the rest of the campaign, the team is likely married to Wentz for at least one more season.
Wentz inked a four-year, $128-million extension last year. Philadelphia would incur an unworkable $59.2-million dead-money cap hit by cutting the quarterback this offseason.
The NFL announced today flex-scheduling changes for Week 15 on Sunday, December 20.
- Cleveland at the New York Giants will move to Sunday Night Football at 8:20 PM ET on NBC.
- San Francisco at Dallas has been scheduled for 1:00 PM ET on CBS.
- The New York Jets at the Los Angeles Rams has been scheduled for 4:05 PM ET on FOX.
The updated Week 15 schedule (all times ET):
|Thursday, December 17|
|Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders||8:20 PM||FOX/NFLN/Amazon|
|Saturday, December 19|
|Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos||4:30 PM||NFLN|
|Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers||8:15 PM||NFLN|
|Sunday, December 20|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens||1:00 PM||CBS|
|San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts||1:00 PM||CBS|
|New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals||4:05 PM||FOX|
|New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams||4:05 PM||FOX|
|Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints||4:25 PM||CBS|
|Cleveland Browns at New York Giants||8:20 PM||NBC|
|Monday, December 21|
|Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals||8:15 PM||ESPN|
RACKING UP YARDS: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES, currently in his fourth-career season,leads the NFL with 3,815 passing yards, ranks second with a 113.8 rating and ranks third with 31 touchdown passes in 2020.
With at least 185 passing yards on Sunday at Miami (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Mahomes, who had 4,031 passing yards in 2019 and 5,097 passing yards in 2018, can become the third player with at least 4,000 passing yards in three of his first four seasons in NFL history, joining PEYTON MANNING and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO.
The players with at least 4,000 passing yards in three of their first four seasons in NFL history:
|Patrick Mahomes||Kansas City||2018-19*|
|*Has 3,815 passing yards in 2020|
Last week, Mahomes passed for 318 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions, his fifth consecutive game with at least 315 passing yards. With at least 315 passing yards on Sunday, he will tie DREW BREES (six consecutive games from 2012-13) and RICH GANNON (six consecutive games in 2002) for the most consecutive games with at least 315 passing yards in NFL history. Gannon was named Associated Press Most Valuable Player that season.
The players with the most consecutive games with at least 315 passing yards in NFL history:
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2012-13||6|
|Rich Gannon#||Oakland Raiders||2002||6|
|Patrick Mahomes||Kansas City||2020||5*|
|#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player|
Kansas City clinched a playoff berth for the sixth-consecutive season last week, while New Orleans secured a spot in the postseason for the fourth-consecutive year. Both can clinch their respective division titles this week. For all the Week 14 playoff scenarios, click here.
— NFL —
STREAKING COUSINS: Over the last three weeks, Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS ranks second in the NFL with nine touchdown passes and ranks third with 926 passing yards. In each of his three games during that span, Cousins has recorded at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes.
With at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes on Sunday at Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Cousins will tie PATRICK MAHOMES (four consecutive games in 2018) and PEYTON MANNING (four consecutive games in 2012) for the second-longest streak of games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes within a single season in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (five consecutive games in 1998) has a longer streak.
The players with the most consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes within a single season in NFL history:
|Steve YoungHOF||San Francisco||1998||5|
|Patrick Mahomes||Kansas City||2018||4|
— NFL —
RYAN’S HOPE: Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN ranks fourth in the NFL with 3,436 passing yards, marking his 12th-career season with at least 3,000 passing yards. He is the fourth player with at least 3,000 passing yards in 12 of his first 13 seasons in NFL history, joining PEYTON MANNING (13 seasons), Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (12) and ELI MANNING (12).
Ryan has 54,622 passing yards in his 13-year career. With at least 207 passing yards on Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers (4:25 PM ET, FOX), he will surpass PEYTON MANNING (54,828 passing yards) for the most passing yards by a player in his first 13 seasons in league history.
The players with the most passing yards in their first 13 seasons in NFL history:
|Drew Brees||San Diego Chargers, New Orleans||51,081|
|*In 13th season|
— NFL —
THE FUTURE IS NOW: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT leads all rookies with 3,224 passing yards and 23 touchdown passes this season.
With two passing touchdowns on Sunday against Atlanta (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Herbert will become the fourth rookie with at least 25 touchdown passes in NFL history, joining BAKER MAYFIELD (27 touchdown passes in 2018), PEYTON MANNING (26 in 1998) and RUSSELL WILSON (26 in 2012). Manning (3,739 passing yards) and Mayfield (3,725) are the only rookies to also pass for at least 3,500 yards.
The rookie quarterbacks with at least 25 touchdown passes in NFL history:
|Justin Herbert||Los Angeles Chargers||2020||23*|
|*Entering Week 14|
Miami rookie quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA has won four of his first five career starts, while recording seven touchdown passes with zero interceptions and leading all rookies with a 99.4 rating (minimum 100 attempts).
With no interceptions on Sunday against Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Tagovailoa will become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to record zero interceptions in each of his first six career starts.
Philadelphia rookie quarterback JALEN HURTS is expected to make his first-career start on Sunday against New Orleans (4:25 PM ET, FOX), becoming the sixth rookie quarterback to start a game this season.
This will mark the fifth-consecutive season that at least six rookie quarterbacks have started at least one game, the longest such streak in the Super Bowl era.
— NFL –
DAVANTE CATCHING DIMES: Last week, Green Bay wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS recorded 10 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the third player with at least five receptions and a touchdown catch in seven consecutive games within a single season in NFL history, joining ANTONIO BROWN (eight games in 2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS (seven games in 2007).
Adams ties for the league lead with 13 touchdown receptions this season. With a touchdown catch on Sunday at Detroit (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Adams will have recorded a touchdown reception in eight consecutive games, tied for the third-longest streak within a single season in the Super Bowl era. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (12 games in 1987) and A.J. GREEN (nine games in 2012) have a longer streak.
The players with the most consecutive games with a touchdown reception within a single season in the Super Bowl era:
|Jerry RiceHOF||San Francisco||1987||12|
|Terrell OwensHOF||San Francisco||1998||8|
|Jerry RiceHOF||San Francisco||1989||8|
|Davante Adams||Green Bay||2020||7*|
— NFL —
STEELER SACKERS: The PITTSBURGH STEELERS lead the NFL with 44 sacks and have recorded at least two sacks in every game this season. Dating back to Week 9 of the 2016 season, Pittsburgh has recorded a sack in 69 consecutive games, tied for the longest such steak in NFL history.
With a sack at Buffalo on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), the Steelers will surpass the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (69 consecutive games from 1999-2003) for the most consecutive games with a sack in league history.
Linebacker T.J. WATT recorded a sack and forced fumble last week and leads the NFL with 12 sacks this season. With a sack on Sunday night, Watt – who had 14.5 sacks in 2019 and 13 sacks in 2018 – will become the sixth player since 1990 with at least 13 sacks in three consecutive seasons.
The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 13 sacks since 1990:
|Jared Allen||Kansas City, Minnesota||2007-09||3|
|Derrick ThomasHOF||Kansas City||1990-92||3|
|*Has 12 sacks in 2020|
— NFL —
DOMINANT DONALD: Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle AARON DONALD ranks second in the league with 11 sacks, his fourth-consecutive season with at least 10 sacks. He has 83 sacks in his seven-year career.
With a sack against New England on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon), Donald will surpass VON MILLER (83.5 sacks) and JARED ALLEN (83) for the fourth-most sacks by a player in his first seven seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.
The players with the most sacks in their first seven seasons since 1982:
|Derrick ThomasHOF||Kansas City||85|
|Jared Allen||Kansas City, Minnesota||83|
|Aaron Donald||Los Angeles Rams||83*|
|*In seventh season|
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana and Purdue have mutually agreed to cancel Saturday’s scheduled football game at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington due to rising COVID-19 numbers at both schools.
“We’re certainly disappointed that we had to cancel the Old Oaken Bucket game. We both understand the history and tradition of one of the best rivalries in college football, but the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff is our primary priority. We will continue to monitor the situation on both campuses and listen to the advice of our medical professionals.” – Joint statement from Indiana Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson and Purdue Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Bobinski.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
Ohio State is headed to the Big Ten title game.
Big Ten athletic directors voted Wednesday to eliminate a rule that requires teams to play at least six games to be eligible for the conference championship, the conference announced.
The amendment paves the way for No. 4 Ohio State to face Northwestern in the Big Ten title game on Dec. 19 with only five games under its belt. The Buckeyes have had three contests canceled due to COVID-19 issues, including this week’s game against Michigan. Two of the cancellations came from opponents.
The Big Ten’s decision to amend the six-game rule stems from Ohio State’s 42-35 win against Indiana, which is the current second-place team in the Big Ten East with a 6-1 record. The head-to-head tiebreaker would advance the Buckeyes to the title bout regardless of the outcome of their sixth game.
“Although we understand the conference’s decision, we are disappointed,” Indiana vice president Scott Dolson said in a statement. “From the start of the year, we have said we can only control what we can control. We had a chance to earn our spot in the Big Ten championship game, but ultimately fell a touchdown short on the road against a great Ohio State team.”
Ohio State faced its own virus concerns late in November and was forced to cancel its matchup against Illinois.
The 5-0 Buckeyes have outscored their opponents by a score of 233-116 this year. They’ve won the Big Ten in each of the last three seasons.
Penn State, Iowa, and Rutgers are the only Big Ten teams to not have a contest canceled this season.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
The Atlantic Coast Conference says it will allow limited fans to attend its football championship game between No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 4 Clemson on Dec. 19.
The state of North Carolina previously issued public-gathering restrictions for outdoor venues because of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing schools to fill 7% of their stadium capacity for fans. Following that guidance, the ACC said Wednesday that capacity would be set at 5,240 for Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
The league says fans and staff must wear masks in the stadium and follow social-distancing markers displayed throughout the stadium.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
Defending national champion LSU is self-imposing a one-year postseason ban for the 2020-21 season due to NCAA rules violations, the school announced Wednesday.
The sanction pertains to a collection of NCAA infractions, including improper payments made to football players, according to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough.
LSU had already rescinded eight football scholarships over a two-year span, imposed recruiting limitations, and barred former Tigers star Odell Beckham Jr. from its facilities for two years after the NFL receiver was seen handing cash to LSU players after they won the 2019 national championship.
“I respect the university’s decision to proactively address NCAA issues from the past,” said head coach Ed Orgeron. “I share the disappointment of our student-athletes who will not be able to compete this season in a bowl game.”
The 3-5 Tigers were already in danger of missing bowl season due to their on-field performance in 2020.
LSU’s season will end after a road game against Florida on Saturday and a home finale versus Ole Miss on Dec. 19.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
BALL STATE VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN GAME NOTES
BALL STATE (4-1, 4-1 MAC) CARDINALS Home: 2-0 | Away: 2-1 | Streak: Won 4 Head Coach: Mike Neu (5th year)
WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS (4-1, 4-1 MAC) Home: 2-1 | Away: 2-0 | Streak: Lost 1 Head Coach: Tim Lester (4th year)
BALL STATE NOTES
The winner of Saturday’s game will claim the MAC West Division Championship and a spot in the Dec. 18 MAC Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit. Ball State is seeking its first division crown and title game appearance since 2008. The Cardinals are riding a four-game winning streak for the first time since 2013 and are the only MAC West Division team undefeated (4-0) against divisional foes this fall. 8 Ball State will honor 22 seniors in a Senior Day ceremony prior to Saturday’s game. They are DL Chris Agyemang, OLB Christian Albright, SAF Brett Anderson II, OL Curtis Blackwell, SAF Bryce Cosby, WR Antwan Davis, OLB Anthony Ekpe, LS Joseph Greenwood, WR Justin Hall, RB Caleb Huntley, WR Isaac James-Gray, DL James Jennette III, TE Dylan Koch, WR Hassan Littles, CB Antonio Phillips, QB Drew Plitt, FB Cody Rudy, OL Kaleb Slaven, P Nathan Snyder, ILB Jaylin Thomas, OL Anthony Todd and SAF J.T. Wahee. Redshirt senior QB Drew Plitt, back-to-back MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week recipient, has thrown for 670 yards and accounted for eight total touchdowns over the past two weeks. The MAC’s second-leading passer with 1,425 yards, Plitt threw for a season high 366 yards last week at Central Michigan to go with four TDs passing and one rushing. 8 College football’s active leader with 242 career catches, senior WR Justin Hall is three away from breaking Ball State’s career record held by KeVonn Mabon (244 from 2012-16). He passed Dante Ridgeway (238 from 2002-04) last week at CMU (Career lists on p. 8). Ball State’s defense has surrendered fewer points each week than the previous week this season, most recently posting season bests for points (20), total yards (342) and passing yards (188) allowed in last week’s win at Central Michigan. 8 This week, Ball State faces the challenge of defending the nation’s sixth-highest scoring team. Western Michigan, which averages 44.6 points per game, is coming off its first loss of the season, a 53-42 setback to Eastern Michigan. The Broncos feature QB Kaleb Eleby, the nation’s leader is passing efficiency (212.7) and yards per completion (19.3). He is second nationally in points responsible for per game (24), while WR D’Wayne Eskridge ranks second in the country in receiving (128.8) and all-purpose (223.8) yards per game.
WESTERN MICHIGAN NOTES:
THIS WEEK’S DRIP: Western Michigan will wear gold helmets, white jerseys and white pants for the regular season finale at Ball State. • Western Michigan owns an all-time record of 581-450-24 in 114 seasons. • Despite the loss to Eastern Michigan, WMU still retains the Michigan MAC Trophy due to EMU’s loss to Central Michigan. It’s the third straight season the Broncos have held the trophy. • Saturday’s game against the Eagles was the third straight that redshirt sophomore quarterback Kaleb Eleby has thrown at least three touchdown passes this season. Eleby has games of three or more TD passes in four of the five games this season and a MAC-best 16 on the season. • La’Darius Jefferson had a career-high two rushing touchdowns against Eastern Michigan. The Michigan State transfer also racked up 121 yards on the ground for his second career 100-yard rushing game for the Broncos. • In 2019, the Broncos went 7-6 overall and 5-3 in MAC play … Western Michigan went 2-2 in conference play with home wins over Monmouth and Georgia State, while falling on the road to No. 19 Michigan State and Syracuse … WMU defended the Battle of the 6 Cannon, beating rival Central Michigan 31-15 to open MAC play, also claiming conference wins over Miami, Bowling Green, Ball State, and Ohio … for the second straight year the Broncos earned a bowl bid but fell in to Western Kentucky, 23-20, in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. • The Broncos have reached bowl eligibility in six consecutive seasons, the longest streak in program history. • POLLING PLACES: The Broncos were picked to finish second in the MAC West in the MAC Coaches Poll and fourth in the West in the MAC Media Poll. WMU received two first place votes in the coaches poll and three in the media poll. Toledo and Miami were picked to win their divisions by the coaches, while Central Michigan and Buffalo were picked by the media. • CollegePressBox.com is the official media website for Division I football … Access and download weekly game notes, quotes, statistics, media guides, headshots, logos and more for each conference and its member schools.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
MIAMI REDHAWKS FOOTBALL NOTEE VS. BOWLING GREEN
REDHAWKS CONCLUDE REGULAR SEASON WITH TRIP TO BGSU Miami concludes the strangest regular season in school history on Saturday with a trip to Northwest Ohio for an afternoon tilt versus the Bowling Green Falcons. Opening kick is slated for noon.
FIRST AND TEN • Miami football ranks first all-time in the Mid-American Conference in wins (700), conference wins (301), MAC Championships (16) and bowl wins (7). The RedHawks also captured the 2019 MAC Championship with a 26-21 win over Central Michigan. • Although Miami was 4-26 in Coach Martin’s first 30 Mid-American Conference games, the RedHawks are 25-9 in the last 34 games versus schools from the MAC, the best record in the conference during that span. • The RedHawks clinched the MAC East Division Championship with a 6-2 record in 2019. This was the third time in four years the RedHawks finished the regular season with a 6-2 conference record. • Martin, in his seventh year leading the RedHawks, has had many of the same coordinators in the previous six seasons. Eric Koehler and George Barnett, both in their seventh years with Miami, handle the offense and Spence Nowinsky (third year) and John Hauser (seventh year) manage the defense. • Since 2014, Miami Athletics has added nearly $40 million in facilities for the football program. The Dauch Indoor Sports Center was opened in 2015 and the Athletic Performance Center was added in early 2017. Both facilities are located in the north end zone of Yager Stadium. • Miami was 5-0 last season in one-score games and has won eight-straight one-score games dating back to the 2018 campaign. This includes the season opening 38-31 win over Ball State. • Miami had a streak of 23 straight games with a lead snapped versus Buffalo. Prior to Buffalo, the last time Miami trailed for an entire game was Sept. 15, 2018, at Minnesota. • Miami competed in the 2020 LendingTree Bowl, its third bowl eligible season in the last four years. From 2006-15, Miami was bowl eligible just twice. • Miami’s defense has forced a turnover in 29 of its last 41 games and is 19- 10 in contests when it forces a turnover. The RedHawks’ defense has also recorded a sack in 31 of its last 41 games.
QUICK HITS – MIAMI DOMINATES AKRON, 38-7 • Akron came into the contest averaging 352.3 total yards and 186.3 yards on the ground. The Miami defense held the Zips to 145 total yards and four yards rushing on 28 attempts. • The defense controlled the line of scrimmage throughout, recording 7.0 sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss. The pressure helped lead to Miami’s lone interception as well (a 62-yard pick-6 for Emmanuel Rugamba). • Kameron Butler led the way with 2.5 sacks and was joined by Ben Kimpler (1.5), Cecil Singleton (1.0), Ryan McWood (1.0) and Matthew Salopek (1.0). • Brett Gabbert arguably had his best game of his young career, completing 18-of-27 passes for 308 yards (first career 300-yard game) and four touchdowns. • Jack Sorenson recorded eight catches for a career-high 177 yards and four touchdowns in the win. • Mac Hippenhammer, playing in his first career game, had five receptions for 77 yards.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS
North Carolina State has paused men’s basketball activities amid positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.
The school announced the move Wednesday. That comes after the Wolfpack had to cancel a “Bubbleville” game against Connecticut in the Huskies’ home state last weekend as well as postpone Tuesday’s trip to Michigan for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Because of the pause, N.C. State’s scheduled game against Florida Atlantic this weekend won’t be played. The schedule beyond that game is unclear.
At the time of the UConn cancellation, N.C. State said all program members had tested negative before traveling to Connecticut to face Massachusetts-Lowell and again after their arrival. But a subsequent test came back positive the day before the matchup with the Huskies.
N.C. State’s announcement says there have been two members of the traveling party who have tested positive.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had some pointed comments Tuesday night about continuing the NCAA basketball season during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m not sure who leads college basketball,” Krzyzewski told reporters after Duke’s 15-point loss to Illinois. “It’s done by committee … and anything that’s led by committee is not agile in handling a situation.”
As of Wednesday, four other ACC programs canceled games this week due to COVID-19 protocols. Krzyzewski stopped short of calling for a halt to the season but urged the NCAA to reassess the situation.
“It was more of a mentality of, get as many games in as possible,” the Hall of Fame coach said. “I would just like for the safety, the mental and physical health of our players and staff to assess where we’re at.”
Krzyzewski said the health protocols in place wouldn’t allow many student-athletes to return home for the holidays, and he feared what may be coming with U.S. infection rates ramping up.
“People are saying the next six weeks are going to be the worst,” he said. “To me, it’s already pretty bad. On the other side of it, there are these vaccines that are coming out. People say by the end of the month, 20 million vaccine shots will be given … By the end of January or in February, another 100 million. Should we not reassess that?
“We’re just plowing through this,” he added. “I know the NCAA is worried about the end game. They’re not as worried about the game we’re playing right now.”
Reigning back-to-back NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is doing his best this offseason to not think about his future contract situation.
“Right now, I’m not focusing on that. I know my agent Alex (Saratsis), and Jon Horst, and the (Milwaukee Bucks) ownership are focusing on those discussions. I’m just trying to focus on myself,” Antetokounmpo told reporters Wednesday.
Antetokounmpo is eligible to sign a five-year, $223-million supermax extension with the Bucks until Dec. 21.
Though he hasn’t yet decided whether he’ll remain in Milwaukee long term, Antetokounmpo commended the Bucks’ offseason acquisitions, particularly Jrue Holiday.
“Having Holiday on the team is big time,” he said. “He’s a great leader, a great human being. He can defend, he can score the ball. He’s going to bring that edge on this team that we need.”
Milwaukee faces added pressure after failing to reach the NBA Finals in consecutive years despite dominant regular-season records, but Antetokounmpo said he doesn’t believe this season is a “championship-or-bust situation.”
The 26-year-old dominated throughout the 2019-20 campaign, averaging 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in only 30.4 minutes per contest. Antetokounmpo’s contributions played a key role in the Bucks finishing with a league-best 56-17 record.
“I’m not going to lie. It would be very special, and now that my brother (Marc) is there, even more special,” the 40-year-old told ESPN’s Zach Lowe about potentially returning to the Lakers. “But I’m not in a position now to be very demanding. I don’t have 10 offers on the table.”
Gasol previously starred with the Lakers from 2007-14, winning back-to-back championships alongside Kobe Bryant in 2009 and 2010.
The six-time All-Star last played in an NBA game in March 2019 with the Milwaukee Bucks. He attempted to rehab from surgery on his left foot after joining the Portland Trail Blazers but was eventually waived by the team in November 2019.
“To play for the Lakers – it’s such a unique franchise. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and it’s very special for us to be the first brothers to play for the Lakers. It would be incredible if it ends up happening where I can join the team at some point,” added Gasol.
Meanwhile, Marc Gasol – who was a part of the Lakers’ trade package sent to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for his older brother Pau in 2008 – recently inked a two-year, $5.3-million deal with the team this past offseason. The Gasol brothers have faced each other 35 times in the NBA, but have never been teammates.
It’s unclear whether the Lakers express mutual interest in a reunion with the elder Gasol, who’s previously expressed a desire to rejoin Los Angeles or play overseas in Barcelona.
AUTO RACING NEWS
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya will return to the iconic event next year driving for Arrow McLaren SP.
Montoya last raced the Indy 500 in 2017. The Colombian won “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” as a rookie in 2000 and again 15 years later to give him a pair of victories in five career Indy 500 starts.
The Wednesday announcement that he’ll drive a third entry for Arrow McLaren reunites Montoya with McLaren, the team for which he drove in Formula One in 2005 and 2006.
“I’m very excited to be joining Arrow McLaren SP for the Indianapolis 500,” Montoya said. “I have some great history with McLaren from my F1 days and I’m looking forward to making some more at next year’s Indianapolis 500.”
Montoya will be teammates with Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist, the full-time IndyCar drivers for Arrow McLaren. Montoya will be paired with veteran engineer Craig Hampson at Indy.
“Arrow McLaren SP is thrilled to have a driver of Juan’s caliber join the team for next year’s Indianapolis 500,” said Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt. “His experience will elevate the entire team, including our young, talented lineup of Pato and Felix.”
Montoya has won in F1, CART, IndyCar, IMSA and NASCAR and has championships in CART and IMSA.