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THURSDAY’ S GAMES
Barr-Reeve77Northeast Dubois25 
Blackford70Liberty Christian57 
Centerville51Hagerstown45OT
Edgewood59Indian Creek50 
Highland78Whiting51 
Indianapolis International98Indiana Deaf56 
Lake Central47Hanover Central34 
Marquette Catholic76Lighthouse CPA75OT
Michigan City89East Chicago Central63 
Milan60Batesville582OT
North Decatur64Cambridge City Lincoln51 
South Bend Adams80South Bend Clay39 

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THURSDAY’ S GAMES
Austin57Clarksville45 
Ben Davis88Southport28 
Bethany Christian59Elkhart Christian6 
Bloomington South62Bloomington North40 
Bluffton47Delta36 
Boonville60Evansville Bosse55 
Borden53Shoals41 
Castle59Vincennes Lincoln35 
Clinton Prairie57Twin Lakes44 
Crothersville42West Washington39OT
Evansville North53Evansville Central52 
Fishers55Pendleton Heights43 
Franklin Central48New Palestine41 
Fremont30Westview18 
Gibson Southern72Pike Central30 
Indianapolis Cathedral56Guerin Catholic26 
Indianapolis Shortridge57Indianapolis Washington22 
Kankakee Valley57Morgan Twp.542OT
Knox41Caston35 
Linton-Stockton72Shakamak19 
Loogootee61Barr-Reeve23 
Madison-Grant60Anderson Prep Academy16 
Manchester55Southwood33 
Marquette Catholic88Gary 21st Century13 
Mitchell52Scottsburg48 
New Albany60Providence23 
New Prairie49Jimtown40 
North Daviess59North Central (Farmersburg)44 
North Knox57Wood Memorial48 
Northfield56Western35 
Northview53Parke Heritage38 
Orleans53Perry Central43 
Penn77Bremen20 
Princeton55South Knox49 
Rochester55North Miami27 
Salem73North Harrison45 
Seymour38Floyd Central24 
Shenandoah76Daleville32 
South Bend Washington71John Glenn28 
South Decatur57Indianapolis Scecina45 
South Ripley68Hauser36 
Springs Valley47Bloomfield42 
Tecumseh72Tell City13 
Tippecanoe Valley42Fairfield29 
Triton Central61Speedway39 
University66Indianapolis Tindley42 
Vincennes Rivet61Evansville Harrison38 
Wapahani50Oak Hill41 
Washington62Forest Park37 
West Central44Traders Point Christian39OT
Westfield51Mount Vernon (Fortville)48 
Zionsville55Tri-West39 

NFL SCOREBOARD

LA Chargers 30 Las Vegas 27 OT

NBA PRE-SEASON

Charlotte 123 Orlando 115

Detroit 97 Washington 86

Houston 128 San Antonio 106

Memphis 128 Atlanta 106… Desmond Bane 10 points, 6 rebounds

Minnesota 129 Dallas 127 OT

Golden State 113 Sacramento 105

Utah 125 LA Clippers 105

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#5 Kansas 58 #14 Texas Tech 57

#9 Creighton 94 St. John’s 76

Southern Illinois 85 North Dakota 64

Sacred Heart 87 Long Island 72

Bryant 81 Wagoner 75

Coastal Carolina 99 Delaware State 73

Appalachian 87 Greensboro 47

Drexel 81 St. Joseph’s 77

Valparaiso 89 Purdue Northwest 71

Nebraska 110 Doane 64

Texas Arlington 109 Dallas Christian 48

Bradley 83 Jackson State 60

North Texas 85 Houston Baptist 55

St. Louis 80 North Carolina State 69

Oregon 74 San Francisco 64

Loyola Marymount 51 UC Irvine 48

Seton Hall 70 Marquette 63

Southern Utah 85 Dixie State 78

Wyoming 82 Omaha 78

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#3 Connecticut 80 Creighton 47

#4 North Carolina State 79 Wake Forest 65

#5 South Carolina 103 Temple 41

Tennessee 66 #15 Indiana 58

#16 Northwestern 70 Purdue 54

North Carolina 92 #18 Syracuse 68

Valparaiso 88 Xavier 83

Marquette 66 St. John’s 62

East Carolina 50 SMU 46

Evansville 84 Oakland City 52

Ohio 77 Northern Illinois 67

CHARGERS BEAT RAIDERS, CARR HURT

Justin Herbert’s brilliant rookie season keeps rolling along.

Herbert scored on 1-yard plunge to give the Los Angeles Chargers a 30-27 overtime victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday night.

“It was pretty crazy,” said Herbert, who set an NFL rookie record with his seventh 300-yard game and has 27 passing scores on the year, tying Baker Mayfield (2018) for the most by a rookie in NFL history. “I kind of waited to see the replay and guys didn’t really know what had happened. So I got up and started shaking hands and kind of saw the game was over.

The Chargers (5-9) snapped a nine-game losing streak against their AFC West counterparts, and snapped a three-game skid against the Raiders. Las Vegas (7-7) lost quarterback Derek Carr to a left groin injury in the first quarter. It has lost four of five, all but killing its playoff chances.

Moments after Daniel Carlson’s 23-yard field goal on the Raiders’ first possession put Las Vegas ahead 27-24, Herbert found wideout Jalen Guyton streaking by cornerback Keisean Nixon for a 53-yard reception to set up the winning score.

Los Angeles improved to 1-2 in overtime games, while all four of its games against division foes have come down to the final play.

Herbert, who targeted nine receivers and completed at least one pass with seven, was 22 for 32 with 314 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’ve seen a lot of growth over the past couple weeks,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “He’s doing it with young receivers on the field and spreading the ball around.”

With five receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown, Los Angeles’ Hunter Henry now has a career-high 60 receptions on the year, third-highest among tight ends this season.

The Chargers got revenge from the first meeting on Nov. 8, when Herbert’s apparent TD pass to Donald Parham was overturned by replay to end the game.

For the Raiders, the storyline quickly changed from must-win to stay alive in the playoff hunt, to how to win with backup Marcus Mariota seeing his first action as a Raider, while setting up a showdown of former University of Oregon quarterbacks.

“It was a pretty crazy experience,” Herbert said. “I grew up watching Marcus. He was my favorite player. To see him on the field and play against him was really cool. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted.”

Just four days after firing defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, plus missing four starters on defense, and having their offensive coordinator Greg Olson sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19, the Raiders lost Carr when he came up lame on a third-down scramble near the goal line in the first quarter. Carr immediately went to the locker room and did not return.

Mariota was poised in his return from the first snap.

In his first drive, he was 3 for 3 for 70 yards and a perfectly placed over-the-top pass to Darren Waller. Mariota also scrambled for 11 yards for a first down.

“When it comes down to it, I think it’s part of your job to be prepared,” Mariota said. “Just try to give these guys a chance to win and unfortunately we came up a little short.”

The sixth-year pro finished 17 of 28 for 226 yards with one TD and one interception. He also rushed for 88 yards on nine carries, including a touchdown.

“It just shows the kind of player and football character he has,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said of Mariota. “You lose Derek, and we change gears offensively. Marcus came in and did a great job. I’m really proud of him. That just puts an exclamation point on why we signed him. Just wish we could have won the game for him.”

Los Angeles placekicker Michael Badgley missed two field goals near the end of the game – one from 47 yards and one from 51 – while the Raiders blew their chance when Mariota made his first bad decision of the game with an ill-advised pass that went off the hands of Zay Jones and into the hands Chris Harris Jr., who returned it 51 yards to give Badgley his second opportunity.

Las Vegas lined up for a 65-yard, game-winning field goal at the end of regulation, but a bad snap was bobbled by AJ Cole, preventing Carlson from making an attempt.

BAD BLOOD BETWEEN BROWNS AND RAVENS

Days after their hard-hitting game, the Ravens and Browns are still bashing each other.

Cleveland wide receiver Jarvis Landry on Thursday called Baltimore cornerback Marcus Peters “a coward” for appearing to spit at him during Monday night’s game.

A video taken from the national TV broadcast shows Peters spitting in Landry’s direction at the end of the first quarter. Landry has his back turned and is walking in the opposite direction and toward Cleveland’s huddle when Peters spits.

Landry said the action was uncalled for.

“He’s a coward,” Landry said Thursday on a Zoom call after practice. “He knew that maybe behind my back he could do things like that, but to my face he wouldn’t. Take it for what it’s worth and now I know. Everybody knows what type of player he is and the type of person he is and just move on from there.”

On Baltimore’s flight home following the Ravens’ last-second 47-42 win, Peters was filmed by a teammate calling Landry and injured Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. “homegirls.”

Peters’ act could be considered more troubling given the COVID-19 pandemic. Peters could face punishment from the NFL, which reviews every game for possible fines. Any discipline against Peters would be announced Saturday.

Landry spoke in measured tones when discussing the incident, but was clearly upset.

“Be a man about if you’re going to do something like that,” Landry said. “I don’t know about protocols, but if there is a protocol about being a man, that sure ain’t it right there.”

In a statement issued by the Ravens, Peters said: “I didn’t spit at Jarvis. Where I come from, when you have an issue with someone, you deal with it face-to-face, man-to-man. Anyone who believes that I intentionally spit at him does not know me – plain and simple.”

Baltimore hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Landry was asked if he would welcome a third game between the Browns and Ravens this season – in the playoffs.

“I won’t lose sleep, but definitely going to make it another game to remember,” Landry said, adding he doesn’t have a history with Peters. “Whatever his beef is, I don’t know, but if that’s what he want, he definitely got it.”

It’s the latest bad blood between the AFC North rivals.

Last year, the Browns accused Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey of choking Beckham when he had him pinned on the ground after a play.

Also, after Monday’s game, Baltimore running back J.K. Dobbins gloated on Twitter about a big hit on Browns safety Andrew Sendejo, who suffered a concussion.

“Boy better bring his big boy britches next time, because I’m coming strong every run,” Dobbins tweeted.

Dobbins subsequently deleted his post, and sent out another: “It’s a competitive game . people talk trash on the field all the time I respect bro like chill haha I hope he’s okay.”

KANSAS WINS ANOTHER LEAGUE OPENER

Ochai Agbaji got wide open again to take an inbound pass and made the go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left to extend a three-decade streak for No. 5 Kansas.

Agbaji finished with 23 points, the last coming after the inbound pass from Marcus Garrett, in a 58-57 win over No. 14 Texas Tech on Thursday night, giving the Jayhawks a victory in their conference opener for the 30th season in a row.

“We ran a play to get Ochai open and he was actually open initially, but the defender was jumping over the ball where I couldn’t get it to him (for a lob). … I was able to look around, and Ochai was still open,” Garrett said.

“Unbelievable play,” coach Bill Self said. “If we were going to win the game it was fitting that Ochai made the play to win the game because that was probably as efficient a game maybe that anybody has played for us in a long time against a team that really guarded, and their emphasis was to guard him.”

Agbaji was 8 of 11 from the field, including four made 3-pointers, with only one turnover in 34 minutes.

“I think what happens with Kansas, there’s lot of screening going on underneath the basket,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “You’ve got to find a way to switch under and force people to hit jump shots to beat you, not layups.”

Texas Tech (6-2, 0-1) had one more opportunity after a timeout with 6.2 seconds left. But Terrence Shannon Jr., who had 20 points and nine rebounds, had his mid-range jumper blocked by Jalen Wilson to end the game.

Garrett had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for Kansas, which has never lost a Big 12 opener, and last lost a conference opener during the 1990-91 season in the old Big Eight Conference. The Jayhawks have won 18 of those 30 openers on the road.

“We’ve got a lot of numbers like that … 18 in a row on the road, that’s something that I don’t know if anybody in America can say they have a stat like that,” Self said.

Shannon finished with four 3-pointers, doubling his previous season total, including one with 34 seconds left that put Tech up 57-56.

Mac McClung led Texas Tech with a season-high 21 points, the third 20-point game for the transfer from Georgetown. But he finished 5-of-16 shooting and had only two free throws in the final 18 minutes.

“This was Mac’s first Big 12 game. It was obvious,” Beard said. “Garrett’s their best defender on the perimeter, they were switching up who Garrett was on. There was a lot of things going on out there in tonight’s game.”

SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP CANCELLED

The Sun Belt Conference football championship game Saturday between No. 9 Coastal Carolina and No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette was canceled Thursday night because of a positive COVID-19 test within the Coastal Carolina program.

An entire position group would have been unavailable to play for the unbeaten Chanticleers because of contact tracing, the conference said.

“We are very disappointed that the championship game cannot be played, but we are so proud of all of the players and staff members and their hard work during this truly challenging season,” Sun Belt Commissioner Keith Gill said in a statement. “We will honor both teams as 2020 Sun Belt Conference Co-Champions.”

Both schools were in contention for a New Year’s Six bowl spot with a victory in the first Sun Belt title game featuring a matchup of ranked teams.

Coastal Carolina (11-0, 8-0, No. 12 CFP), the Sun Belt’s first top 10 team, was set to host Louisiana-Lafayette (9-1, 7-1 No. 19 CFP).

“Surely we are going to reschedule this game, right…?” Ragin’ Cajuns coach Billy Napier posted on Twitter.

The upstart Chanticleers have been one of the stories of the season. Picked to finish last in the Sun Belt East Division, Coastal is the only 11-0 team in the country, including a victory at home two weeks ago against then-unbeaten BYU.

“We are all obviously devastated with this development and hurt for the student-athletes from both institutions in that they will not have a chance to compete for a conference title,” Coastal Carolina athletic director Matt Hogue said. “However, the adherence to health and safety protocols for our student-athletes has been and remains the first priority. Those protocols and guidance from our medical team fully governs this decision.”

Coastal played last weekend, rallying late to beat Troy in a game that had been postponed because of COVID-19 issues.

Chanticleers coach Jamey Chadwell complained after the BYU game that Coastal had to play Troy last week even though it had clinched its division, while Louisiana-Lafayette had an open date and extra week to prepare for the conference championship.

The Ragin’ Cajuns’ only loss was 30-27 at home against the Chanticleers on Oct. 14.

Louisiana-Lafayette has won the West Division of the Sun Belt the last three seasons, losing each of the first two conference title games to Appalachian State.

In a season when Power Five conference teams have played few games outside their leagues, Louisiana-Lafayette has maybe the most impressive nonconference victory: 31-14 at Iowa State in its opener. The eighth-ranked Cyclones are playing Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game Saturday.

“We are severely disappointed for our student-athletes and staff to not have the opportunity to play in what would have been a truly exciting championship game for the Sun Belt Conference,” ULL AD Bryan Maggard said. “For our football program, fans and alumni, we look forward to learning of our bowl destination this weekend.”

In this strange season, where 11 bowls have already been canceled and almost a dozen Power Five teams have said they won’t play in the postseason if offered, the Ragin’ Cajuns and Chanticleers could consider playing their rematch in a bowl game.

The Sun Belt has spots available in the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida, and the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama, but would need another conference to give up a spot.

UCLA COULD MOVE ON FROM KELLY

The UCLA Bruins could make major changes to the football program this offseason, and maybe even target some big names.

According to Scott Roussel of Football Scoop, Chip Kelly’s job is not guaranteed for 2021. New UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond, who took the job over in May, will assess all aspects of the football program, including Kelly’s position. Kelly would be due a $9 million buyout if the Bruins chose to move on from him.

If Kelly is fired, UCLA would reportedly target Urban Meyer or Chris Petersen to replace him. Jarmond has close ties to Meyer in particular, with Jarmond serving as the lead administrator for the Ohio State football program during Meyer’s time there. The two are said to be “genuine friends,” which could lead UCLA to believe they could actually lure Meyer.

Petersen, the former Washington coach, would be another candidate. Jarmond reportedly discussed the Boston College opening with Petersen when Jarmond was filling that position last winter, though the job ultimately went to Ohio State defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley.

Kelly has ultimately been a disappointment at UCLA, having gone just 10-20 over three seasons. Touted by some as a coup when hired, Kelly has failed to impress the fanbase and has left the door open for a possible change.

UCLA aiming big like this is bound to excite fans and boosters, but it’s hard to see this becoming a reality. However strong the friendship is between Jarmond and Meyer, it’s tough to see the former Ohio State coach taking the UCLA position when he turned down this even bigger job already. Jarmond has every right to do his due diligence, but he may well find that UCLA simply won’t be able to do better than Kelly at this point.

GATORS CANCEL NEXT THREE GAMES

Florida has postponed its next three men’s basketball games while forward Keyontae Johnson continues to show “truly encouraging signs of progress,” athletic director Scott Stricklin said Thursday.

Johnson collapsed on the court during a game at Florida State on Saturday and remains hospitalized at UF Health while undergoing further tests and evaluation. He is alert, moving, talking and even chatting with friends and teammates via FaceTime.

The Gators had been scheduled to host Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Florida A&M on Sunday and James Madison on Tuesday. They will try to make up all three games later this season, but the priority will be to get through Southeastern Conference play.

“This has been an emotionally taxing time for Keyontae’s family, friends and teammates,” Stricklin said. “Our hope is that everyone impacted will take an opportunity to process those emotions and regroup ahead of the start of the new year.”

Florida’s next game is now Dec. 30 at Vanderbilt, the league opener for both teams.

The Gators (3-1) have now postponed or canceled six games already, including against UMass Lowell, Virginia and Oklahoma to open the season.

The latest schedule changes followed Johnson’s harrowing emergency in Tallahassee. The Southeastern Conference’s preseason player of the year crumpled to the floor coming out a timeout and needed medical assistance. He was moved to a stretcher and carried to a waiting ambulance as teammates, coaches, staff, fans and others watched in disbelief.

ESPN declined to show video of the incident. Witnesses said Johnson was standing near midcourt and suddenly fell forward and landed on his face.

He spent two nights at Tallahassee Memorial before being transferred to Gainesville via helicopter with his mother by his side.

Like many of his Florida teammates, Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 during the summer. Although the cause of Johnson’s collapse has not been revealed, the coronavirus can lead to myocarditis, a viral infection of the heart muscle. At its most severe, myocarditis can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and has been a documented cause of death for young, otherwise healthy athletes.

The SEC mandates strict protocols, including rigorous heart testing, before players can be cleared to return to play following positive COVID-19 tests.

INDIANA WBB LOSE TO TENNESSEE

Rennia Davis scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and Tennessee handed No. 15 Indiana its second-straight loss 66-58 on Thursday afternoon.

Rae Burrell added 18 points for the Lady Vols (4-1), who had a 16-point lead in the third quarter cut to one before coming up with clutch plays down the stretch. Jordan Horston had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Ali Patberg led the Hoosiers (2-2), who were coming off a loss to then No. 11 Kentucky, with 16 points and Jaelynn Penn added 14 with 10 rebounds.

Indiana’s only lead was 2-0. Tennessee led by eight after the first quarter, 34-24 at the half and 45-26 at 7:50 of the third quarter as Burrell hit back-to-back 3-pointers.

The Hoosiers cut the deficit to 52-46 entering the fourth quarter and trailed 54-53 when Patberg made 1 of 2 free throws with 6:57 to go.

Tennessee was in the midst of a cold streak missing seven straight shots until Davis scored on three straight possessions and the Lady Vols made five of their last six. Meanwhile, Indiana started a streak of seven straight misses and finishing the game making 1 of its last 12.

Tennessee, whose had their last game at No. 23 Texas postponed on Sunday, outrebounded Indiana 51-38.

Indiana, which also had its last game canceled, went 2 of 27 from 3-point range and shot 32% (22 of 69) overall.

NOTABLE

Indiana had three players score in double figures led by Ali Patberg with 16 points. Patberg has scored in double figures in 18 of her last 19 games.

Jaelynn Penn (14) and Aleksa Gulbe (10) also scored in double digits for Indiana.

Penn notched her second career double-double with the 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Grace Berger added nine points, six rebound and three assists for the Hoosiers.

Tennessee went up 45-29 with 7:50 to go in the third quarter. The Hoosiers held Tennessee without a field goal for the next 5:34 of game action.

Indiana used a 17-7 run down 16 at 45-29 to narrow the gap to six at 52-46 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Hoosiers outscored Tennessee 20-10 in fast break points.

PURDUE WBB LOSE TO #16 NORTHWESTERN

Veronica Burton scored a career-high 27 points and helped No. 16 Northwestern get off to a fast start en route to a 70-54 win over Purdue on Thursday night.

Burton had 12 points in the first quarter, including seven straight for the Wildcats, who took a 22-13 lead and had 20 at the half when the advantage was 40-29. Her three-point play started a 9-0 run that made the lead 37-24 and the lead remained in double figures the rest of the way.

Sydney Wood scored 11 points for Northwestern (3-0, 2-0 Big Ten Conference) and Lindsey Pulliam and Jordan Hamilton added 10 points apiece.

Fatou Diagne scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Boilermakers (3-2, 0-1).

Burton opened the second half with a 3-pointer and Northwestern used an 8-0 to get the lead to 55-35 at the 3:24 mark. Both teams scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, the first time this season Northwestern didn’t outscore its opponent in a quarter.

Arkansas transfer Rokia Documbia was declared eligible on Wednesday morning and scored a basket in her debut for Purdue.

The big difference in the game was in turnovers. The Wildcats turned the ball over 14 times but forced Purdue into 27 giveaways and turned those into 29 points. Burton had five of Northwestern’s 15 steals and Hamilton had four.

BUTLER MBB ADDS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

Butler has added a game to its schedule with the Bulldogs now hosting Southern Illinois on Monday (Dec. 21) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The 7:30 p.m. tip will air on FS1.

The Bulldogs are 1-1 on the season, while Southern Illinois is 4-0.

The programs have met three times previously with Butler winning twice. The most recent match-up was a Butler 57-55 road win Dec. 28, 2007 as A.J. Graves pulled up from 35 feet and hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to propel the No. 16 Bulldogs to the win. That came one season after SIU, ranked No. 16 nationally, knocked off Butler, 68-64, as part of the BracketBuster event.

Butler was to host DePaul Monday before COVID-19 issues within the DePaul program forced the postponement of that contest.

Butler’s next game is Saturday versus Indiana as part of the annual Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs are in the midst of a stretch of four games in eight days that began Wednesday night at No. 7 Villanova.

Mark Minner and Nick Gardner will have the radio call on 93.5 and 107.5 FM as part of the PNC Butler Radio Network.

OHIO STATE FOOTBALL

Earlier this month, Big Ten athletic directors agreed to scrap a previously announced rule that mandated teams must finish a minimum of six games to be eligible for the conference title matchup. This cleared the 5-0 Ohio State Buckeyes, No. 4 in the current College Football Playoff rankings, to face the Northwestern Wildcats in the league title tilt this coming Saturday.

It appears Ohio State may not be out of the woods just yet.

As Brendan Gulick explained for Sports Illustrated, noted Ohio State insider Jeff Snook posted on his Facebook page that the Buckeyes are dealing with COVID-19 issues:

“Some bad news leaking from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center: At least one very prominent starter on offense and several others have tested positive and will miss Saturday’s Big Ten title game against Northwestern. I will not release the names. If the game would have to be canceled, it will not be rescheduled and Ohio State’s hopes for making the college football playoff probably would be gone.”

Additionally, college football analyst Rick Neuheisel said on SiriusXM Radio that an Ohio State star wide receiver tested positive for the coronavirus.

Chris Olave leads Ohio State with 36 receptions, while Garrett Wilson has tallied a team-best 572 receiving yards on the campaign. Both have five touchdown catches this season.

As of early Thursday afternoon, the Buckeyes remained scheduled to play against Northwestern. It’s widely believed the Big Ten Championship Game would be canceled and not postponed if Ohio State cannot safely field a team this coming weekend.

Many observers have speculated that Ohio State must defeat Northwestern to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

Book Named Semifinalist for Walter Camp Player of the Year Award

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Adding to his growing list of accolades, Notre Dame graduate student quarterback Ian Book has been named a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, honoring the nation’s top college football player. Book is one of 20 semifinalists, and just eight quarterbacks, on the list.

Book has led the Irish to a perfect 10-0 record in 2020, becoming the all-time winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history. He boasts a 30-3 (.909) record as a starter, and Book is one of just two FBS quarterbacks with a win rate above .900, even as Book ranks 11th overall in total QB career starts (33). His 30 wins are third among all FBS quarterbacks. He has completed 181 passes for 2,382 yards and 15 touchdowns, with just two interceptions in 2020, and has rushed for 465 yards and eight touchdowns on the season. He ranks third among all Power 5 quarterbacks in season rushing touchdowns.

Book, a rare two-time team captain, is the only Power 5 quarterback with more than 240 pass attempts and only two interceptions (or fewer). Book owns 286 attempts with just two picks, and capped the longest streak of passing attempts without an interception in program history at 266 (beginning mid-Game One vs. Duke and ending mid-Game 10 vs. Syracuse), which was the longest-active streak in the FBS. 

The graduate student has garnered a number of national accolades this season. He has been named a finalist for the Manning Award, Unitas Golden Arm Award, Senior CLASS Award and Pop Warner National College Football Award, and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award. Book was named Manning Award Quarterback of the Week vs. Syracuse, and has been named to the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list four times. Book also earned ACC Quarterback of the Week following the Pitt game and Manning Award Star of the Week following the Boston College game. 

Five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award will be announced December 28, and the winner announced on January 7. 

Book Tabbed as Finalist for Manning Award

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Graduate student quarterback Ian Book has been named a finalist for the Manning Award, honoring the nation’s top quarterback. Book is one of 12 finalists for the distinction. 

Book has led the Irish to a perfect 10-0 record in 2020, becoming the all-time winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history. He boasts a 30-3 (.909) record as a starter, and Book is one of just two FBS quarterbacks with a win rate above .900, even as Book ranks 11th overall in total QB career starts (33). His 30 wins are third among all FBS quarterbacks. He has completed 181 passes for 2,382 yards and 15 touchdowns, with just two interceptions in 2020, and has rushed for 465 yards and eight touchdowns on the season. He ranks third among all Power 5 quarterbacks in season rushing touchdowns.

Book, a rare two-time team captain, is the only Power 5 quarterback with more than 240 pass attempts and only two interceptions (or fewer). Book owns 286 attempts with just two picks, and capped the longest streak of passing attempts without an interception in program history at 266 (beginning mid-Game One vs. Duke and ending mid-Game 10 vs. Syracuse), which was the longest-active streak in the FBS. 

The graduate student has garnered a number of national accolades this season. He has been named a finalist for the Unitas Golden Arm Award, Senior CLASS Award and Pop Warner National College Football Award, and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award. Book was named Manning Award Quarterback of the Week vs. Syracuse, and has been named to the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list four times. Book also earned ACC Quarterback of the Week following the Pitt game and Manning Award Star of the Week following the Boston College game. 

Hayes Selected As Finalist For Witten Man of the Year

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — University of Notre Dame graduate student defensive lineman Daelin Hayes was selected as one of three finalists for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award, honoring a Division I football player who has demonstrated a record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the field.

Hayes, a team captain and recently named the winner of the Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award, has taken a leading role in the program in speaking out on racial injustice and inequality. He serves as part of the program’s unity council, which has undertaken initiatives like registering the entire team to vote in November. He has also served as a voice for those efforts and a commitment to health and safety, joining programs like NBC’s The Today Show to speak on behalf of the team. 

Prior to his recent work, Hayes has been actively involved in the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend, teaching a twice-weekly class last fall at the Center, working with 4th & 5th graders on how to resolve conflicts in a healthy manner. He also served as a leader at team community service events, including Shop With A Player (team members take children from local schools and the Pokagon Band shopping for Christmas presents), Football & The Force (charity softball game between Notre Dame football and local law enforcement officers), Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon to benefit Riley Hospital for Children and Roof Sit to prevent child abuse in St. Joseph County.

Other volunteer efforts include: Food Bank of Northern Indiana (weekly in 2018), South Bend Center for the Homeless (weekly 2018-19), Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County (weekly in 2018), Facilitator at Notre Dame Summer Bridge Program (2019) helping new freshman student-athletes begin at college, Kindness to Prevent Blindness helping underprivileged youth get eye exams and glasses, Ambassador for Irish Strong mental health initiative for student-athletes, a representative for Fighting Irish Fight for Life program which sees teams adopt children fighting a rare disease, volunteer to read weekly at Studebaker Elementary School (first graders) and mentor at the South Bend Juvenile Detention Center.

Through the 2020 football season, Hayes and the Irish have completed a perfect 10-0 regular season, sealing a berth in the ACC Championship game for the first time in Notre Dame’s one-year history of joining a conference. 

The Notre Dame defense ranks in the top 15 in the FBS in third down defense (3), rushing defense (8), total defense (14) and scoring defense (12). The second-ranked Irish top the ACC in third down defense and scoring defense, ranking second in rushing defense. Notre Dame has held its opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in all but three games in 2020. Of the Top 10 rushers in the ACC, the Irish have faced six–limiting those five running backs to an average of 52.8 yards (317 yards total on 84 carries). 

Hayes himself has totaled 6.0 TFL on the season (including 3.0 sacks), 17 tackles, his first-career interception, three quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. 

He was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance at Georgia Tech, in which he totaled 2.0 sacks and two forced fumbles, both career-high single-game marks for the graduate student. Both forced fumbles came on the sacks. Only one FBS player has had more forced fumbles in a single game this season than Hayes’ two.

In the win over then-No. 1 Clemson, Hayes showed up big. On Clemson’s final possession of double overtime, Notre Dame’s defense sacked the quarterback on back-to-back plays, as Ade Ogundeji and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah combined for the first sack, and Hayes produced the second sack immediately following. It set Clemson up for third-and-24, and they were unable to convert.  

CLIPPERS TO BE INVESTIGATED

On Monday, TMZ Sports reported that Johnny Wilkes, a supposed friend of two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kawhi Leonard, filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles Clippers consultant Jerry West over the recruitment of Leonard that ended with the superstar joining the Clippers in the summer of 2019.

Wilkes claimed that West agreed the Clippers would pay $2.5 million for information that would persuade Leonard to sign with the franchise, which is a violation of NBA policy. Wilkes filed the lawsuit because West supposedly didn’t live up to his end of the bargain.

TMZ is now reporting the Association is investigating the matter to determine if the Clippers violated league rules and should face punishments.

Twelve months ago, The Athletic’s Sam Amick wrote that the NBA had already looked into the Clippers’ signing of Leonard “after complaints surfaced that (Dennis Robertson, Leonard’s uncle) had asked for improper benefits during the free-agency process.”

Wilkes claims his relationships with Leonard and Robertson gave the Clippers an advantage in negotiations. Robertson allegedly asked for “a Southern California home and a travel expense account” from the Clippers. The league ultimately found no evidence of wrongdoing last year.

Leonard signed a three-year contract worth $103 million that expires after the 2021-22 season, but he can opt out following the upcoming campaign.

West told TMZ Sports the allegations are false. “I deny engaging in any improper conduct in connection with the signing of Kawhi Leonard,” West said. 

NBA ROSTERS TO STAY AT 15

 The Chicago Blackhawks are going to remain the Blackhawks and there is no sign of a change coming anytime soon.

Speaking publicly for the first time since baseball’s Cleveland Indians announced Monday they plan to change their name, Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz reiterated the same message the team shared this summer after lingering questions about Native American team names returned to the forefront.

“Obviously respect the decision the Cleveland Indians made to go down that path, but we continue to deepen our commitment to upholding our namesake and our brand,” Wirtz said Thursday.

In July, after Washington’s NFL team announced it was reviewing its name, the Blackhawks said they planned to continue with their name because it honors Black Hawk, a Native American leader from Illinois’ Sac & Fox Nation. Washington ended up dropping the “Redskins” name, logo and all Native American imagery. The Indians announced their decision this week, while the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and baseball’s Atlanta Braves have said they have no plans to change their name.

The Blackhawks also said this summer they are committed “to raising the bar even higher” when it comes to expanding awareness of Black Hawk and all Native American people – and Wirtz, the son of Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz, made it sound as if that effort had only reinforced what the franchise felt about its name. The team announced later in July that they were banning headdresses at home games as part of their pledge to honor the Native American community.

“The work we’ve been doing over the last several months in expanding and deepening conversations and partnerships within the native community, we continue to feel really positive about the types of work we can do,” Danny Wirtz said, “the way in which we can be better stewards of the namesake and the history, and to use our platforms to be educators, not only for our fans, but for our internal teams and making sure that we provide that reverence and respect that we talk about.”

Danny Wirtz, 43, made his remarks a day after the Blackhawks shuffled their front office. Wirtz was named chief executive officer after serving as interim president following the firing of John McDonough in April. General manager Stan Bowman was elevated to president of hockey operations, and Jaime Faulkner was hired as president of business operations.

Faulkner was the CEO of E15, a consulting strategy and analytics company that she helped create in 2013. At E15, she worked with more than 200 clients, including some pro sports teams, to develop systems predicting fan behavior. Her husband, Colin, is the executive vice president of sales and marketing for the Chicago Cubs.

Faulkner joins a small but growing number of female executives with major sports teams. While discussing her excitement about her new role, she paid tribute to Valerie Camillo of the Philadelphia Flyers and Gillian Zucker of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, two women serving as the president of business operations with their franchises.

“I have an 18-year-old daughter who is a freshman at college who has always wanted to follow in her dad’s footsteps, who is also in sports,” Faulkner said. “And for me to be able to look at her and say, hey, you don’t have to just aspire to be head of marketing or head of social media, which are really great jobs, but to be able to look at her and say you can run a team one day is pretty powerful.”

BARKLEY GOES AFTER IRVING

Charles Barkley put Kyrie Irving in place with some strong words delivered on Thursday.

Irving was fined by the NBA for not talking with the media as he is contractually obligated to do. The Brooklyn Nets guard made matters worse by slighting the media, saying he doesn’t talk to pawns.

Barkley says Irving needs to stop being unprofessional and thinking he’s smarter than everyone. Barkley made his comments in an interview with KJZ on ESPN Radio.

“I’m not sure what he’s doing. I don’t like it,” Barkley said of Irving. “They don’t pay you 40 million dollars just to play basketball. Part of it is sitting down with you guys, sitting down with me and Kenny [Smith] and Ernie [Johnson] and [Shaquille O’Neal], talking to New York reporters. Being with the media is part of your professional obligation, and you can say what you want to say. But these guys today, they’re different. I don’t hate on them, but I’m not sure what point Kyrie is trying to make.

“He starts talking about what an artist is. He’s a basketball player. That’s what he is. Listen, we’re not frontline responders. We’re not teachers. Yo man, you dribble a basketball, stop acting like you’re the smartest person in the world.

“Now can you talk about social issues and things like that? Of course. But some of this other stuff I’m like ‘yo man, you do realize you’re just a basketball player, right?’ And it seems like he’s like ‘no I want you guys to know I’m the smartest guy in the room.’ Well first of all, you’re not. You only went to college for six months. A lot of guys are smarter than you are. Just answer stupid basketball questions. And if you want to say something about social justice, say it and mean it, because it’s important and significant. But all that other stuff? Like, yo man, shut the he– up and talk basketball.”

It’s important to differentiate things. Barkley isn’t telling Kyrie to “shut up and dribble” when it comes to social justice or other causes. He’s just telling him to act like a professional. Irving is behaving unprofessionally and has taken some anti-media stance that only makes him look bad, all while making the job harder for his teammates, because they have to deal with the nonsense.

It just seems like Irving’s highest priority is being a pain in the rear and making every situation more difficult than it needs to be. Barkley has seen this for a while from Irving.

OHIO STATE HOCKEY

MHKY: No. 18 Buckeyes Tie Arizona State, 4-4

Eleven Buckeyes post at least one point

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 4-4 overtime tie with Arizona State in a nonconference game Thursday in Value City Arena. The teams will close the series at 5:30 p.m. Friday in VCA, wrapping up the first part of the Ohio State schedule. The Buckeyes are now 3-5-1 (3-5-0-0-1-0 B1G) and the Sun Devils are 3-6-2.

Ohio State 4, Arizona State 4 OT – The Short Story

Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game, with first period goals from Kamil Sadlocha (on the power play), Jaedon Leslie and Mark Cheremeta. The Sun Devils scored the next four, with two in the second and two in the first six minutes of the third, for a 4-3 lead. At 11:14 of the third Buckeye Tate Singleton tied the game at 4 and neither team was able to find the back of the net again, including through five minutes of 3-on-3 overtime play. The Buckeyes were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill, including a full 5×3 for two minutes, and 1-for-2 on the power play. Tommy Nappier had 36 saves in the Buckeye net, as the Buckeyes were outshot, 40-27. Singleton added an assist for a two-point night.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“There weren’t too many positives for us outside of the first eight minutes of that game, unfortunately. I give our guys credit for bouncing back to tie the game and we obviously had some chances in overtime. A lot of mistakes and a lot of not so good hockey.”

“We’re fortunate enough to be out there playing, but you never know when you’re ever going to get another game. We really need to empty the tanks.”

Quoting Buckeye sophomore Layton Ahac

“I like the way we battled back. It’s a tough game for us. It was a gutsy go at the end, but we have to be better. We have to clean up our game tomorrow.”

Ohio State vs. Arizona State

In the First … Ohio State led 3-0 after the opening stanza. Kamil Sadlocha started the scoring with a power play goal, putting in a rebound at 5:57. Tate Singleton and Michael Gildon assisted on the tally, Sadlocha’s first of the year. At 7:02 Jaedon Leslie put the Buckeyes ahead 2-0, tipping in a shot by Matt Cassidy, with CJ Regula notching the second assist. Mark Cheremeta followed with a goal at 8:19, scoring from the faceoff circle. Grant Gabriele and Quinn Preston assisted on the goal. Each team had 11 shots in the period.

In the Second … The Sun Devils scored at 1:56 and 16:03 of the second to make it a one-goal game, with Michael Mancinelli scoring both. Arizona State had 17 shots on goal in the stanza, with the Buckeyes putting seven shots on net. At 16:50 the Buckeyes killed a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play for the Sun Devils. 

In the Third … Just 50 seconds into the third the Sun Devils’ Chris Grando tied the game at three and at 5:53 Jordan Sandhu put ASU ahead. The play was originally called no goal on the ice, but was overturned after video review. At 11:14 the Buckeyes deadlocked the score. Layton Ahac took a pass from Gustaf Westlund and found Tate Singleton all alone at the far post with a cross-ice pass. The Sun Devils had the shot advantage, 10-6, in the third. Four of their shots came on a power play at 11:44, but the Buckeyes and goalie Tommy Nappier were able to kill it off. 

In Overtime … The Buckeyes put three shots on net, and had a shot ring off the cross bar, and ASU had two shots on goal, but neither team was able to clinch the win in the 3-on-3 session.

Shots … The Buckeyes were outshot, 40-27. Nappier played all 65 minutes and had 36 saves for the Buckeyes. ASU’s Cole Brady started and allowed three goals on eight shots in 8:19. He was replaced by Evan Debrouwer, who allowed one goal on 19 shots in 56:41.

The Buckeyes blocked 17 Arizona State shots, led by Ahac with four and Evan McIntyre and Gabriele with three each.

Special Teams … The Buckeyes were 1-for-2 with the man advantage and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Buckeyes are 11-for-11 in their last three games on the penalty kill.

LUNDQVIST OUT WITH HEART ISSUE

Henrik Lundqvist looked straight into the camera and spoke haltingly, the out-of-nowhere news as difficult for him to comprehend as it must have been for fans of the Washington Capitals, his new club, the New York Rangers, his long-time employer – or any hockey team, really.

“It’s still very hard for me to process all of this,” Lundqvist said. “And kind of shocking, to be honest.”

Calling it “a pretty tough and emotional day” in a video posted on social media by the Capitals, the popular goaltender announced Thursday that he will sit out the upcoming NHL season because of a heart condition.

The man known as “King Henrik” said he has been undergoing various tests on his heart “for several weeks.” He joined the Capitals about two months ago, after 15 years with the Rangers.

“After lots of discussions with doctors around the country, and finally receiving the last results earlier this week, I unfortunately won’t be able to join the team this year,” Lundqvist said.

The 38-year-old from Sweden was bought out by the Rangers and signed a $1.5 million, one-year deal with Washington in October to try to earn his first Stanley Cup – and try to help Alex Ovechkin win a second.

Lundqvist said Thursday he had been excited to play with the Capitals, a team he said “checked every box” when he agreed to go to Washington.

The plan had been for the longtime face of the Rangers to share goaltending duties for the Capitals with 23-year-old Ilya Samsonov. The Capitals added Lundqvist to take the spot of 2016 Vezina Trophy and 2018 Stanley Cup winner Braden Holtby, who left to sign an $8.6 million, two-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks.

“Heartbreaking and emotional,” Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter. “I am only concerned and thinking about Henrik Lundqvist as a person and for his family’s wellbeing. We pray for his good health. We and the entire NHL family support the King.”

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called Lundqvist “a beloved player” and a “wonderful ambassador” for the sport.

“While we are all saddened as hockey fans that we will not be able to watch Henrik tend goal for the Capitals this season,” Bettman said, “we are also thankful that he will be getting the necessary medical care.”

Lundqvist has appeared in 887 NHL regular-season games, plus another 130 in the playoffs, and he came close to a championship in 2014, leading the Rangers to the Cup Final. He lost postseason series to the Capitals in 2009 and 2011, then eliminated them in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

But he hadn’t participated in the playoffs with New York since 2017 until two games in the qualifying round of the expanded, 24-team playoffs this past summer.

“The risk of playing without remedying my condition is too high,” Lundqvist wrote on Twitter, “so I will spend the coming months figuring out the best course of action.”

BLACKHAWKS HAVE NO PLANS TO CHANGE NAME

 The Chicago Blackhawks are going to remain the Blackhawks and there is no sign of a change coming anytime soon.

Speaking publicly for the first time since baseball’s Cleveland Indians announced Monday they plan to change their name, Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz reiterated the same message the team shared this summer after lingering questions about Native American team names returned to the forefront.

“Obviously respect the decision the Cleveland Indians made to go down that path, but we continue to deepen our commitment to upholding our namesake and our brand,” Wirtz said Thursday.

In July, after Washington’s NFL team announced it was reviewing its name, the Blackhawks said they planned to continue with their name because it honors Black Hawk, a Native American leader from Illinois’ Sac & Fox Nation. Washington ended up dropping the “Redskins” name, logo and all Native American imagery. The Indians announced their decision this week, while the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and baseball’s Atlanta Braves have said they have no plans to change their name.

The Blackhawks also said this summer they are committed “to raising the bar even higher” when it comes to expanding awareness of Black Hawk and all Native American people – and Wirtz, the son of Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz, made it sound as if that effort had only reinforced what the franchise felt about its name. The team announced later in July that they were banning headdresses at home games as part of their pledge to honor the Native American community.

“The work we’ve been doing over the last several months in expanding and deepening conversations and partnerships within the native community, we continue to feel really positive about the types of work we can do,” Danny Wirtz said, “the way in which we can be better stewards of the namesake and the history, and to use our platforms to be educators, not only for our fans, but for our internal teams and making sure that we provide that reverence and respect that we talk about.”

Danny Wirtz, 43, made his remarks a day after the Blackhawks shuffled their front office. Wirtz was named chief executive officer after serving as interim president following the firing of John McDonough in April. General manager Stan Bowman was elevated to president of hockey operations, and Jaime Faulkner was hired as president of business operations.

Faulkner was the CEO of E15, a consulting strategy and analytics company that she helped create in 2013. At E15, she worked with more than 200 clients, including some pro sports teams, to develop systems predicting fan behavior. Her husband, Colin, is the executive vice president of sales and marketing for the Chicago Cubs.

Faulkner joins a small but growing number of female executives with major sports teams. While discussing her excitement about her new role, she paid tribute to Valerie Camillo of the Philadelphia Flyers and Gillian Zucker of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, two women serving as the president of business operations with their franchises.

“I have an 18-year-old daughter who is a freshman at college who has always wanted to follow in her dad’s footsteps, who is also in sports,” Faulkner said. “And for me to be able to look at her and say, hey, you don’t have to just aspire to be head of marketing or head of social media, which are really great jobs, but to be able to look at her and say you can run a team one day is pretty powerful.”

RUSSIA PUNISHED

Russia will not be able to use its name, flag and anthem at the next two Olympics or at any world championships for the next two years after a ruling Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Lausanne-based court halved the four-year ban proposed last year by the World Anti-Doping Agency in a landmark case that accused Russia of state-ordered tampering of a testing laboratory database in Moscow. The ruling also blocked Russia from bidding to host major sporting events for two years.

Russian athletes and teams will still be allowed to compete at next year’s Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, as well as world championships including the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, if they are not banned for or suspected of doping.

One win for Russia is the proposed team name at major events. The name “Russia” can be retained on uniforms if the words “Neutral Athlete” or equivalents like “Neutral Team” have equal prominence, the court said.

The burden of proof was also shifted away from Russian athletes and more toward WADA when their doping history is vetted for selection to the Olympics or other sporting events.

Russian athletes and teams can also retain the national flag colors of red, white and blue in their uniforms at major events. That was not possible for Russians at the past two track world championships.

Even with those concessions, the court’s three judges imposed the most severe penalties on Russia since allegations of state-backed doping and cover-ups emerged after the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

WADA president Witold Banka hailed the court’s decision despite its preferred ban being cut to two years.

“The (CAS) panel has clearly upheld our findings that the Russian authorities brazenly and illegally manipulated the Moscow Laboratory data in an effort to cover up an institutionalized doping scheme,” Banka said in a statement.

The case centered on accusations that Russian state agencies altered and deleted parts of the database before handing it over to WADA investigators last year. It contained likely evidence to prosecute long-standing doping violations.

The CAS process was formally between WADA and the Russian anti-doping agency, which refused to accept last year’s four-year ban. The Russian agency, known as Rusada, was ruled non-compliant last year – a decision upheld Thursday by the three judges.

Rusada was also ordered to pay WADA $1.27 million to cover investigation costs, plus it was fined $100,000 and ordered to pay 400,000 Swiss francs ($452,000) toward legal costs.

The Russian agency can appeal the sanctions to the Swiss supreme court in Lausanne.

The acting CEO of Rusada, Mikhail Bukhanov, said at a news conference in Moscow “it appears that not all of the arguments presented by our lawyers were heard.”

The judges’ 186-page ruling is expected to be published by CAS in the next few weeks.

In a brief extract in the court’s statement, the judges said their decision to impose punishments less severe than WADA wanted “should not, however, be read as any validation of the conduct of Rusada or the Russian authorities.”

The ruling does allow Russian government officials, including President Vladimir Putin, to attend major sporting events if invited by the host nation’s head of state.

When a four-day hearing was held in Lausanne last month, 43 Russian athletes and their lawyers took part as third parties arguing they should not be punished for misconduct by state officials not working in sports.

Giving WADA the lab database by a December 2018 deadline was a key condition for Rusada being reinstated three months earlier when a previous expulsion from the anti-doping community was lifted.

WADA investigators in Moscow eventually got the data one month late. Evidence of doping tests and emails appeared to have been deleted or changed, and whistleblowers like former lab director Grigory Rodchenkov were implicated.

WADA investigators went to Moscow two years ago to collect the database and begin verifying evidence that would help sports governing bodies prosecute suspected doping violations dating back several years.

Although Russia would be stripped of hosting world championships in the next two years, events can be reprieved. Governing bodies have been advised to find a new host “unless it is legally or practically impossible to do so.”

Russia is scheduled to host the 2022 world championships in men’s volleyball and shooting. The president of the shooting federation is Vladimir Lisin, a billionaire with close ties to the Kremlin.

Last year, the International Olympic Committee described the database tampering as “flagrant manipulation” and “an insult to the sporting movement.”

On Thursday, the IOC merely noted the verdict, adding it would consult sports governing bodies and the International Paralympic Committee “with a view to having a consistent approach in the implementation of the award.”

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills1030.7690.03593216-1-04-2-07-2-04-0-03 W
Miami Dolphins850.6152.03302454-3-04-2-05-4-02-2-01 L
New England Patriots670.4624.02772794-2-02-5-05-4-02-1-01 L
New York Jets0130.00010.01833930-7-00-6-00-10-00-5-013 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
xy-Kansas City Chiefs1210.9230.04032815-1-07-0-010-1-04-1-08 W
Las Vegas Raiders760.5385.03503912-4-05-2-05-4-03-1-01 L
Denver Broncos580.3857.02573472-4-03-4-04-5-01-3-01 W
Los Angeles Chargers490.3088.02973623-4-01-5-03-6-00-3-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
x-Pittsburgh Steelers1120.8460.03492376-1-05-1-08-1-04-0-02 L
Cleveland Browns940.6922.03483685-2-04-2-06-4-02-3-01 L
Baltimore Ravens850.6153.03632733-3-05-2-05-5-03-2-02 W
Cincinnati Bengals2101.1928.52443382-4-00-6-12-7-00-4-05 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans940.6920.03903364-3-05-1-07-4-04-1-01 W
Indianapolis Colts940.6920.03723004-2-05-2-05-4-02-2-02 W
Houston Texans490.3085.02953592-4-02-5-03-6-02-2-02 L
Jacksonville Jaguars1120.0778.02613831-6-00-6-01-9-01-4-012 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Washington Football Team670.4620.02872753-3-03-4-04-5-03-2-04 W
New York Giants580.3851.02382912-4-03-4-04-7-03-2-01 L
Philadelphia Eagles481.3461.52773283-3-11-5-04-5-02-2-01 W
Dallas Cowboys490.3082.02984002-4-02-5-03-6-01-3-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Rams940.6920.03252465-1-04-3-08-2-02-2-02 W
Seattle Seahawks940.6920.03933246-1-03-3-06-3-02-2-01 W
Arizona Cardinals760.5382.03583033-3-04-3-05-4-02-2-01 W
San Francisco 49ers580.3854.03003111-6-04-2-03-6-02-2-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
xy-Green Bay Packers1030.7690.04103235-1-05-2-08-2-04-1-03 W
Minnesota Vikings670.4624.03333553-4-03-3-04-5-03-1-01 L
Chicago Bears670.4624.02822913-4-03-3-05-5-01-3-01 W
Detroit Lions580.3855.03103891-5-04-3-04-6-01-4-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
x-New Orleans Saints1030.7690.03682655-1-05-2-08-2-05-0-01 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers850.6152.03702944-3-04-2-05-4-02-2-01 W
Atlanta Falcons490.3086.03283222-5-02-4-02-8-01-3-02 L
Carolina Panthers490.3086.03073322-5-02-4-03-6-01-4-02 L
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage