BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Argos 57, Westville 41
Barr-Reeve 78, Shoals 27
Batesville 65, N. Decatur 46
Benton Central 57, Seeger 37
Blackford 82, Eastbrook 53
Bloomfield 66, N. Central (Farmersburg) 47
Bloomington South 59, Terre Haute South 40
Brownsburg 59, Zionsville 53, OT
Carmel 67, Indpls Ben Davis 41
Carroll (Flora) 77, N. White 49
Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 79, Ft. Wayne Snider 75
Cass 47, Maconaquah 42
Central Noble 67, Churubusco 54
Chesterton 40, Lake Central 24
Clinton Prairie 60, Clinton Central 56
Columbus North 50, Southport 34
Concord 40, Wawasee 36
Corydon 68, Paoli 37
Covenant Christian 80, Traders Point Christian 65
Covington 90, N. Vermillion 32
Crawfordsville 86, Frankfort 62
Crown Point 67, LaPorte 43
Culver 43, LaVille 42
Daleville 71, Union (Modoc) 27
Danville 83, Tri-West 58
Delta 51, Wapahani 43
E. Central 79, Columbus East 70
Eastern (Greene) 62, Linton 52
Eastern (Greentown) 46, Rossville 41
Eastern (Pekin) 62, Springs Valley 57, 2OT
Eastern Hancock 78, Lapel 61
Edinburgh 48, Morristown 42
Elkhart 68, Jimtown 53
Eminence 78, Medora 38
Ev. Day 72, Wood Memorial 53
Ev. Harrison 59, Vincennes 52
Ev. Reitz 78, Ev. Central 54
Floyd Central 65, Seymour 44
Fountain Central 71, Faith Christian 64
Franklin 46, Martinsville 38
Frankton 84, Elwood 34
Fremont 43, Prairie Hts. 25
Ft. Wayne North 73, Ft. Wayne Concordia 62
Ft. Wayne South 54, Ft. Wayne Dwenger 43
Ft. Wayne Wayne 66, Ft. Wayne Luers 63
Gary West 88, Gary 21st Century 39
Gibson Southern 60, Pike Central 41
Greenfield 66, Pendleton Hts. 63
Greenwood 43, Indpls Perry Meridian 37
Greenwood Christian 64, Central Christian 54
Hagerstown 52, Union City 49
Hamilton Hts. 73, Tipton 65
Hamilton Southeastern 76, Noblesville 66
Hammond Morton 55, Hobart 46
Hanover Central 55, Morgan Twp. 48
Heritage 75, Adams Central 55
Heritage Hills 47, Ev. Mater Dei 39
Homestead 83, Ft. Wayne Northrop 53
Indpls Brebeuf 61, Indpls Chatard 57
Indpls Lutheran 57, Beech Grove 55
Indpls Roncalli 89, Indpls Ritter 77
Indpls Tech 71, Muncie Central 68
Indpls Tindley 83, Heritage Christian 70
Jac-Cen-Del 69, Oldenburg 51
Jay Co. 41, Bluffton 31
Jeffersonville 54, Bedford N. Lawrence 49
Kouts 63, Boone Grove 52
Lafayette Harrison 62, Richmond 47
Lafayette-jefferson 91, Kokomo 48
Lakeland 58, Garrett 42
Lawrence North 45, Center Grove 35
Loogootee 87, White River Valley 53
Madison-Grant 60, Oak Hill 41
Manchester 70, Tippecanoe Valley 45
Marion 72, Logansport 62
Michigan City 67, Portage 56
Mishawaka 53, Goshen 48
Mishawaka Marian 58, S. Bend Washington 39
Mississinewa 60, Alexandria 51
Monroe Central 56, Blue River 40
Montverde Academy, Fla. 64, LaPorte LaLumiere 48
Mooresville 67, Whiteland 52
Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 51, Connersville 35
Mt. Vernon (Posey) 58, Tell City 51
N. Daviess 56, Lanesville 26
N. Knox 95, Washington Catholic 20
New Albany 57, Ev. North 52
New Prairie 59, S. Bend St. Joseph’s 58
Northridge 89, Plymouth 49
Northview 84, Cloverdale 39
Norwell 55, E. Noble 43
Orleans 59, Borden 48
Parke Heritage 73, Riverton Parke 44
Perry Central 71, Mitchell 51
Peru 60, Whitko 56
Pioneer 45, Caston 42
Plainfield 61, Decatur Central 52
Princeton 60, Ev. Memorial 51
Providence 64, Christian Academy 61, OT
Randolph Southern 63, Wes-Del 61
Rising Sun 68, Madison Shawe 38
Rochester 60, Northfield 36
S. Bend Adams 64, Glenn 47
S. Bend Clay 63, Bremen 45
S. Bend Riley 78, Penn 54
S. Dearborn 63, Rushville 42
S. Decatur 87, Hauser 54
S. Newton 30, Tri-County 28
S. Ripley 47, Lawrenceburg 43
Shelbyville 59, New Castle 36
Silver Creek 69, Madison 56
Southmont 57, Lebanon 42
Southridge 68, Forest Park 46
Southwestern (Hanover) 84, Milan 69
Southwestern (Shelby) 55, Waldron 39
Southwood 64, N. Miami 32
Switzerland Co. 29, New Washington 16
Taylor 61, Sheridan 55
Trinity Lutheran 64, Crothersville 47
Triton Central 72, Indpls Scecina 47
Twin Lakes 68, Northwestern 34
W. Noble 62, Fairfield 50
W. Vigo 55, Edgewood 46
Warren Central 80, Indpls N. Central 65
Warsaw 47, NorthWood 42
Washington Twp. 74, Knox 71, 3OT
Western Boone 72, N. Montgomery 45
Westfield 78, Avon 60
Westview 65, Eastside 61, OT
Winamac 49, W. Central 30
Winchester 70, Tri 49
Yorktown 76, New Palestine 71
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Bellmont 64, Leo 28
Bloomington Lighthouse 66, Union (Dugger) 58
Brownsburg 51, Zionsville 47
Carmel 62, Indpls Ben Davis 48
Carroll (Flora) 55, Caston 37
Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 79, Ft. Wayne Snider 75
Cascade 65, Indpls Park Tudor 62, OT
Central Noble 67, Churubusco 28
Columbia City 55, New Haven 47
Covenant Christian 59, Bethesda Christian 35
Daleville 49, Union (Modoc) 34
Eastbrook 63, Blackford 60
Ev. Memorial 49, Jasper 44
Fishers 63, Franklin Central 54
Frankton 78, Elwood 29
Ft. Wayne Concordia 55, Ft. Wayne North 28
Ft. Wayne Luers 58, Ft. Wayne Wayne 43
Ft. Wayne South 63, Ft. Wayne Dwenger 48
Garrett 62, Lakeland 49
Hammond Noll 85, Calumet 37
Homestead 60, Ft. Wayne Northrop 41
Huntington North 46, DeKalb 24
Indpls Chatard 81, Indpls Brebeuf 18
Indpls N. Central 67, Warren Central 42
Indpls Perry Meridian 56, Greenwood 31
Kokomo 58, Muncie Central 53
Lanesville 73, Scottsburg 49
Lawrence North 55, Center Grove 37
Michigan City 49, Gary West 36
Mooresville 59, Whiteland 33
N. Judson 71, Culver Academy 24
N. Montgomery 52, Western Boone 44
Pioneer 61, LaVille 29
Plainfield 69, Decatur Central 30
S. Bend St. Joseph’s 43, LaPorte 41
S. Central (Union Mills) 82, LaCrosse 29
Salem 50, Charlestown 46
Terre Haute North 51, Bloomington North 50
Tri-Central 66, Delphi 53
Union City 52, Hagerstown 39
Union Co. 67, Centerville 28
W. Noble 31, Fairfield 23
Wabash 44, Whitko 20
Whitefield Academy, Ky. 38, Rock Creek Academy 28
Greater Indianapolis Conference Tournament
Eminence 47, Christel House Academy 22
Indpls Riverside 42, Indiana Math and Science Academy 18
Indpls Tindley 79, Indpls Irvington 7
Purdue Polytechnic 77, Indpls Washington 12
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25
#19 Illinois 80 #7 Iowa 75
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25
#5 UCLA 60 Arizona State 57
Atlanta 116 Washington 100
Charlotte 108 Indiana 105
New Orleans 131 Milwaukee 126
New York 102 Cleveland 81
Sacramento 127 Toronto 124
Philadelphia 118 Minnesota 94
LA Clippers 116 Orlando 90
Brooklyn 147 Oklahoma City 125
San Antonio 119 Denver 109
Utah 120 Dallas 101
Columbus 2 Chicago 1
Texans hire Culley as coach amid drama surrounding Watson
David Culley became the coach of the Houston Texans believing Deshaun Watson would be his quarterback.
Whether that will be the case when next season begins is becoming increasingly unclear with The Associated Press told this week that Watson has requested a trade.
Culley was introduced as Houston’s coach on Friday in a news conference that was dominated by questions about the future of the franchise quarterback.
“The reason I’m in this position today is because I knew he’s going to be a Houston Texan,” Culley said. “And so the outside stuff that was being said was irrelevant to me.”
Before taking questions from reporters about Culley, general manager Nick Caserio, who was hired earlier this month, addressed the turmoil with Watson.
“I just want to reiterate our commitment to Deshaun Watson,” Caserio said. “He’s had a great impact on this organization, a great impact on a lot of people, great impact on this team. And we look forward the opportunity to spend more time with him here this spring once we get started.”
“And we have zero interest in trading the player, we have a great plan, great vision for him and for this team and his role in our team.”
The Texans interviewed Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Indianapolis defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Buffalo assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, former Detroit coach Jim Caldwell, former Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis and Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady before landing on Culley – the only African American among the seven head coaches hired this offseason. The only other minority candidate who was hired as a head coach this offseason was the New York Jets’ Robert Saleh, the league’s first Muslim head coach. He is of Lebanese descent.
Culley believes the NFL is doing a good job of minority hiring and hopes that his hiring will pave the way for those after him.
“I got this job simply because I was the best football coach that they wanted in this situation, and I happen to be African American,” he said. “I’m proud of that. I’m happy for that. And I hope if me getting this job because of that reason allows other teams in this league to see that … so be it. I’m part of it and I’m for that.”
THE RAMS ARE LOOKING AT MATT STAFFORD
Stafford, who reportedly requested a trade at the end of the 2020 season, apparently considers the Rams a viable contender in his market. It’s unclear how L.A. would make a deal work, as the team has no first-round picks this year and Jared Goff signed for four more seasons, with $27.5 million guaranteed to him in 2021.
The Rams have refused to commit to Goff since the end of his turnover-filled 2020 campaign. Head coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead both said Goff is a Ram “right now” after Los Angeles was knocked out of the playoffs. McVay and Goff reportedly ended the season with a strained relationship.
Stafford is coming off his 12th season with the Lions, who drafted him first overall in 2009. The 32-year-old threw for 4,084 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season, registering a passer rating of 96.3.
New Lions general manager Brad Holmes was hired from the Rams, where he’d worked as the director of college scouting since 2013.
Eagles’ Sirianni: No timetable to name starting QB
Nick Sirianni declined to name a starting quarterback while being introduced as the Philadelphia Eagles‘ new head coach Friday.
“Naming a starter, that hasn’t even crossed my mind,” he told reporters, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer.
The Eagles are coming off a tumultuous 4-11-1 season, during which rookie Jalen Hurts eventually claimed Carson Wentz‘s starting job. Hurts played well down the stretch, while Wentz reportedly began preparing to seek a trade in the event Doug Pederson returned as head coach.
“We have two quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts that are top-notch,” Sirianni said, per ESPN’s Field Yates. “A lot of teams don’t have any. I’m excited to work with both of them.”
Sirianni spent the last three seasons as offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts. He said he’s spoken to Wentz and classified their conversations as positive but couldn’t say whether the 28-year-old will be back in Philadelphia next season.
“I can’t answer that,” he said, according to Breer.
After throwing only seven interceptions in each of the previous three seasons, Wentz tossed 15 in 12 outings this year. He signed a four-year, $128-million extension in June 2019.
Packers fire Pettine, Mennenga after playoff loss to Bucs
Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and special teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga were fired Friday after the team’s second straight NFC championship game loss last Sunday.
The Packers’ announcement of the moves late Friday afternoon said that Mennenga had been dismissed and Pettine wouldn’t return next season. ESPN reported that Pettine’s contract expired at the end of this season.
Both departures were first reported by NFL Network.
Pettine had been the Packers’ defensive coordinator for three seasons – taking over one year before coach Matt LaFleur’s arrival. Mennenga had been special teams coordinator for each of LaFleur’s two seasons as head coach.
The moves come after the Packers gave up a 39-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Scotty Miller with 1 second left in the first half of a 31-26 NFC championship game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It was man coverage, definitely not the right call for the situation,” LaFleur said after the game. “You can’t do stuff like that against a good football team and expect to win.”
LaFleur had chosen to keep Pettine after the Packers gave up 285 yards rushing in a 37-20 NFC championship game loss at San Francisco last season, continuing their struggles to slow down the run.
The Packers gave up 56 more points during the 2020 regular season than in 2019, but they improved in most other defensive areas.
They allowed 334 yards per game and 5.49 yards per play this season after giving up 352.6 yards per game and 5.65 yards per play in 2019. They allowed 112.8 yards rushing per game and 4.55 yards per carry in 2020 after giving up 120.1 yards rushing per game and 4.67 yards per carry last season.
Green Bay ranked ninth in total defense and tied for 13th in run defense in 2020 after finishing 18th in total defense and 23rd in run defense a year earlier.
The Packers intercepted three of Brady’s passes and allowed only three points in the last 28+ minutes of the NFC championship game, but that was after they had allowed Brady and the Bucs to score 28 points in the first 31+ minutes.
“We want to thank Mike for his commitment to the Packers for the last three seasons,” LaFleur said Friday in a statement. “He was an important part of our success. As a first-time head coach, he was also an invaluable resource for us during our time together. We wish Mike, Megan, and the rest of their family the best moving forward.”
Pettine was a head coach with the Cleveland Browns in 2014-15.
Mike Vrabel stays in-house for Titans’ new coordinators
Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel has promoted from within, moving Todd Downing to offensive coordinator on Friday.
And Vrabel also named Shane Bowen the defensive coordinator after he handled the job for the Titans without the title throughout the 2020 season.
Vrabel also announced that Luke Steckel will replace Downing as tight ends coach with Ryan Crow taking over Bowen’s duties as outside linebackers coach. Matt Edwards now is assistant for special teams, and the Titans added Kenechi Udeze as assistant defensive line coach.
The Titans coach said in a statement he spent the past two weeks evaluating his current staff and talking with others outside Tennessee.
“Todd did a great job with the tight ends over the last two years and had important role in the game-planning process each week,” Vrabel said. “I was impressed with the details of his teaching and the production from his group and the offense in general.”
Downing replaces Arthur Smith, who was hired as the Atlanta Falcons’ new coach earlier this month.
He takes over an offense that tied for second in the NFL, averaging 396.4 yards a game and ranked fourth in scoring 30.7 points a game. All-Pro Derrick Henry became the eighth man to run for at least 2,000 yards in a season while Ryan Tannehill threw a career-high 33 touchdown passes as the Titans (11-5) won the AFC South.
“I am sure he will have some new ideas to implement, but the core system will be in place to build upon, which I think is important,” Vrabel said.
Bowen handled defensive meetings and in-game play-calling last season after Dean Pees retired. The Titans struggled and ranked 28th in total yards allowed per game, 29th against the pass, 24th in giving up 27.4 points a game and last on third down conversions (51.8%).
The Titans ranked seventh in the NFL with 23 takeaways, which led to 71 points scored. They had 15 interceptions, which also was seventh in the NFL and the Titans’ most since having 19 in 2012. Bowen also has coached Harold Landry since being drafted in 2018. Landry has 19 sacks, second in that draft class to Bradley Chubb (20 1/2).
“We are going to work hard to improve that side of the ball through better coaching, improving our system and our players,” Vrabel said. “I like the group we have on the defensive staff, and I am confident that we will improve.”
Seahawks name Shane Waldron new offensive coordinator
The Seattle Seahawks hired Shane Waldron as their new offensive coordinator, the first time in his career he’ll be responsible for running an offense and calling plays.
Waldron’s hiring was announced Friday, more than two weeks after the Seahawks fired Brian Schottenheimer. Seattle set a franchise record for points scored last season but there were clear philosophical differences between Schottenheimer and coach Pete Carroll.
Waldron, 41, spent the past four seasons as the passing game coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. Now he gets to run an offense for the first time with one of the top quarterbacks in the league in Russell Wilson at the controls.
“We are really excited to bring Shane Waldron to the Seahawks,” Carroll said in a statement. “His creative and competitive approach to the game will bring out the best in our players and coaches. Shane also brings great knowledge and insight about our division. His vision for the future, along with the caliber of players on our offense, made him a must get for us.”
The Seahawks also added Andy Dickerson as their run game coordinator. Dickerson spent the past nine seasons with the Rams as well. He replaces Brennan Carroll, who left to become a college offensive coordinator at Arizona.
“We are fortunate to be able to add Andy Dickerson as our run game coordinator,” Carroll said. “He has worked with Shane for many years and that continuity will be an integral factor in the transition process. They, together with our staff, will work to capture the many strengths we have developed over the years and expand the explosive ability that Russell and crew have afforded us.”
Waldron becomes the fourth offensive coordinator to serve under Carroll during his tenure with the Seahawks, and the third for Wilson. Jeremy Bates lasted one season. Darrell Bevell held the job for seven seasons before he was let go following the 2017 season and Schottenheimer was brought in.
John Chaney, commanding Temple basketball coach, dies at 89
John Chaney’s raspy, booming voice drowned out the gym when he scolded Temple players over a turnover – at the top of his basketball sins – or inferior effort. His voice was loudest when it came to picking unpopular fights, lashing out at NCAA policies he said discriminated against Black athletes. And it could be profane when Chaney let his own sense of justice get the better of him with fiery confrontations that threatened to undermine his role as father figure to scores of his underprivileged players.
Chaney died Friday, just eight days after his 89th birthday, after a short, unspecified illness.
Complicated, cranky, quick with a quip, Chaney was an imposing presence on the court and a court jester off it, all while building the Owls perched in rugged North Philadelphia into one of the toughest teams in the nation.
“He wrapped his arms around you and made you a part of his family,” said Chaney’s successor, Fran Dunphy.
Chaney led Temple to 17 NCAA Tournament appearances over 24 seasons, including five NCAA regional finals. Chaney had 741 wins as a college coach. He was twice named national coach of the year and his teams at Temple won six Atlantic 10 conference titles. He led Cheyney, in suburban Philadelphia, to the 1978 Division II national championship.
When Chaney retired in 2006, the scowl was gone, the dark, deep-set eyes concealed behind sunglasses, and the over-the-top personality turned subdued: “Excuse me while I disappear,” he said.
He became a de facto father to dozens of his players, many coming to Temple from broken homes, violent upbringings and bad schools. He often said his biggest goal was simply to give poor kids a chance to get an education. He said the SAT was culturally biased and he joined Georgetown’s John Thompson — another giant in the Black coaching community, who died in August — in denouncing NCAA academic requirements that seemed to single out “the youngster who is from a poor, disadvantaged background.
Eddie Jones and Aaron McKie, perhaps Chaney’s two best players, were Prop 48 recruits who parlayed their Temple years into successful NBA careers. McKie is now Temple’s coach and leaned on his mentor when he had to shape the program.
“Coach Chaney was like a father to me,” McKie said. “He taught not just me, but all of his players more than just how to succeed in basketball. He taught us life lessons to make us better individuals off the court. I owe so much to him. He made me the man I am today.”
Dosunmu, Frazier lead No. 19 Illinois over No. 7 Iowa 80-75
Ayo Dosunmu scored 25 points, Trent Frazier had 24 and No. 19 Illinois upset No. 7 Iowa 80-75 on Friday night.
In one of the most entertaining games of the Big Ten season, the teams traded leads for most of the game. Illinois finally took command in the final two minutes but was up by only three points when Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon missed a hurried 3 pointer with 11 seconds left.
The Illini’s Kofi Cockburn was immediately fouled and missed his free throw but grabbed the rebound. Cockburn was fouled again with 2 seconds left and sank both shots to seal the win.
“Great win against a great team,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. “That was a heck of a college basketball game.”
Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp each had 19 points for Iowa (12-4, 6-3 Big Ten). Garza was called for his third foul early in the second half and spent more than seven minutes on the bench. He was flagged for his fourth with 4 minutes left and the score tied at 69.
“I’ve never been one to make excuses,” Garza said. “I’ve got to be better for my team and not put myself in position to be in foul trouble.”
Jacob Grandison had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Illinois (11-5, 7-3). Cockburn added nine points and 11 rebounds.
Illinois led 43-41 at the half, thanks to a long 3-pointer by Frazier with 7 seconds left. Neither team led by more than six points in the back-and-forth half.
Dosunmu had 19 points at the midpoint and Garza had 13 for Iowa.
The Hawkeyes were without shooting guard CJ Fredrick, who averages 9.1 points and is a leader on the court. Fredrick has been battling a lower leg injury and is considered day-to-day.
“Obviously, we’d love to have him,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.
Young’s 41 points in 3-ejection game help Hawks beat Wizards
The jawing and the chippiness kept accumulating in a game Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce called “messy” and “wild.”
So did the technical fouls – nine total – and ejections – three in all, including for Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo, as Atlanta held NBA scoring leader Bradley Beal to a season low in points, and Trae Young’s 41 helped the Hawks top the Washington Wizards 116-100 Friday night.
“Just need to stay focused,” Atlanta’s Danilo Gallinari said. “Personally I don’t have all that energy to spend on technicals and talking to refs and stuff.”
Westbrook, who matched Beal with 26 points and repeatedly traded words with Rondo, blamed himself for getting tossed in the fourth quarter.
Rondo waved goodbye as Westbrook left.
“I can’t allow myself to stoop down to anybody’s level. It’s not my character,” the past NBA MVP said. “I take full responsibility with all of that. I don’t agree with the second tech, but that’s neither here nor there.”
Wizards coach Scott Brooks also thought Westbrook should have been called for a personal foul there, saying that if “you’re going to call that, you might as well call them early in the game.”
But referee Mark Ayotte said a technical was warranted because Westbrook pushed Rondo, calling it physical taunt.
Young scored 18 in the fourth quarter to hold off a comeback by Washington, which trailed by as many as 23 in the third but got within 10 in the final period.
“He just gives us multi-layered, multi-level, attack mentality,” Pierce said.
The subject of trade speculation, Beal came in averaging 35.4 points for a last-place Wizards team that has been short-handed because of COVID-19 issues, recently had a half-dozen games in a row postponed and is now 3-12.
But with Cam Reddish playing tough defense, Beal missed all eight attempts from 3-point range Friday and entered the fourth quarter with just 13 points.
“I just didn’t have it going,” Beal said. “I told the guys I gave them nothing. I’ve got to be a lot better.”
He drew one of the six techs whistled on Washington, which lost center Robin Lopez in the second half after he got two back-to-back.
“Just too many techs – on both sides,” Beal said.
The Wizards are 0-4 since returning from a series of postponements that left them without a game for 13 days. Six players tested positive for COVID-19, and another three were sidelined after contact tracing.
Rui Hachimura, Davis Bertans and Moe Wagner returned Friday. Brooks expects Deni Avdija, Troy Brown Jr. and Ish Smith to be back for Washington’s next game.
“We understand that nobody’s going to feel sorry for us,” Beal said. “We’ve got to dig ourselves out of this hole.”
Jazz finish sweep of Mavericks 120-101 for 11th straight win
With different players taking turns leading the offense, the Utah Jazz aren’t just winning – they are winning big.
This time it was Bojan Bogdanovic’s time to shine.
Emerging from a shooting slump, Bogdanovic scored 17 of his season-high 32 points in the third quarter and the Jazz completed a sweep of the Dallas Mavericks with a 120-101 victory on Friday night to run their NBA-best winning streak to 11.
“Just this morning coaches said they want me to shoot more, to be aggressive, but it’s sometimes it’s hard when you’re struggling and you don’t see the ball getting through the net,” Bogdanovic said. “I’m trying to be myself trying and be aggressive no matter what percentage I’m shooting.”
Even without Donovan Mitchell, who missed his second game in the concussion protocol, the Jazz (15-4) had little resistance from the Mavericks as they posted their 10th win by double digits in their streak.
“This is a very special group. It starts with our stars, Rudy (Gobert) and Don, two of the most unselfish stars you’re going to find in the league, and that kind of just trickles down to every player on our roster. We just sacrifice for each other,” said Mike Conley, who scored 22 points.
Luka Doncic scored 25 points and Jalen Brunson had 13 for the Mavericks (8-11), who have lost four in a row.
“Terrible . I would say right now it’s looking like we don’t care, honestly, if we win games or not. We just got to have more energy and more effort,” Doncic said.
Joe Ingles hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the first quarter from nearly the same spot to pass Hall of Famer John Stockton, who had 845, and become the franchise leader in 3-point field goals made. The Jazz ran out to a 37-11 lead late in the period.
“They’re playing together,” coach Quin Snyder said. “We obviously all realize the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts. Everybody wins when the guys are elevating one another.”
Bogdanovic, who is shooting less than 37% beyond the arc after three straight seasons above 40, is finding his groove after offseason wrist surgery. He made a season-best seven 3-pointers on 11 attempts.
“It makes us a lot better when he’s aggressive like that,” Conley said.
Jordan Clarkson had 18 and Gobert added 17 points and 12 rebounds for his eighth consecutive double-double. Seldom-used Juwan Morgan had career highs of 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Morgan even made a pair of 3s as Utah’s long-range shooting comes from just about everyone but Gobert. The Jazz have made 319 3-pointers this season — more than any team in NBA history through 19 games. The victory marked the fifth time Utah has made 20 3-pointers in a game.
Weakened by multiple injuries and virus absences this season, the Mavs acknowledged a lack of chemistry after Wednesday’s loss to Utah but also said they just aren’t playing hard enough. Again, the Mavericks were a step slower to loose balls and rebounds through the game.
AP source: Cardinals to acquire Arenado from Rockies
The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to acquire All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies in a trade needing approvals before it can be finalized, a person familiar with the swap tells The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the trade had not yet been finalized.
Arenado, an eight-time Gold Glove winner, signed a $260 million, eight-year deal with Colorado in February 2019 and is owed $199 million for the six remaining seasons.
Colorado would pay St. Louis a large amount of cash as part of the trade, the person said, and Major League Baseball must approve a cash transaction of more than $1 million.
Arenado’s contract has a no-trade provision that requires his approval for any assignment.
He may restructure his contract as part of a trade, the person said, which could require approval of the players’ association. The trade agreement was first reported by The Athletic.
The 29-year-old Arenado has hit .293 with an .890 OPS over eight seasons, averaging 35 home runs and 114 RBIs per 162 games. Aided in part by hitter-friendly Coors Field, he’s led the National League in home runs three times and led the majors in RBIs twice.
The Cardinals finished second in the NL Central last season and lost a first-round playoff matchup against the San Diego Padres. Arenado will bump Matt Carpenter out of his role as the starting third baseman and play in an infield with All-Stars Paul DeJong at shortstop and Paul Goldschmidt at first base.
Arenado slumped during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, hitting .253 with eight home runs and a .738 OPS over 48 games. He earned $12,962,963 in prorated pay.
Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged last offseason that he was listening to trade offers on the five-time All-Star, and Arenado said in February of 2020 that “there’s a lot of disrespect around there” and “there is no relationship anymore” between him and Bridich.
Like Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday before him, Arenado grew tired of losing, especially in an NL West division ruled by the Los Angeles Dodgers every year he’s been in the big leagues.
Arenado’s contract called for salaries of $35 million annually from 2021-24, $32 million in 2025 and $27 million in 2026. His deal included a provision allowing him to opt out after the 2021 season to become a free agent.
AP source: Indians, OF Rosario agree on free agent contract
The Indians have agreed with free agent outfielder Eddie Rosario on a contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Friday night.
The Indians know the 29-year-old Rosario well as he’s spent the past six seasons with the AL Central rival Minnesota Twins. Rosario’s deal is pending the completion of a physical, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the medical tests aren’t finished.
Rosario would be a huge addition for Cleveland’s outfield, which has been an issue for the past two seasons as the team has used a platoon of players.
Rosario had his best season in 2019, when he reached career-highs with 32 homers and 109 RBIs in 137 games. During the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season, Rosario batted .257 with 13 homers and drove in 42 runs in 57 games.
A left-handed hitter, Rosario has a career .277 average with 119 homers and 388 RBIs.
The agreement with Rosario came a few hours after the Indians officially signed second baseman Cesar Hernandez to a $5 million contract for 2021. Hernandez is coming back for a second season with the Indians, who signed him as a free agent late in 2019 after he spent seven seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hernandez’s deal includes a $6 million club option in 2022 with no buyout.
Report: Indians agree to 1-year, $8M deal with Eddie Rosario
Eddie Rosario is switching allegiances in the AL Central.
The deal’s completion is pending a physical.
Rosario spent his entire six-year career with the Minnesota Twins before he was non-tendered in December. He went unclaimed on waivers just before the Twins cut him.
In Cleveland, he’ll add some powerful punch from the left side alongside AL MVP finalist Jose Ramirez and slugger Franmil Reyes. Rosario could also take over in left field every day while pushing youngster Josh Naylor to the other corner spot.
The 29-year-old should also enjoy hitting at his new home ballpark. Rosario owns a lifetime 1.031 OPS over 177 plate appearances at Progressive Field, while his 11 homers in Cleveland are the most at any stadium outside of Minnesota’s Target Field.
Rosario was a big part of Minnesota’s high-powered offense in recent seasons, as he crushed at least 24 home runs every year from 2017-19, including a career-best 32 in 2019. He slashed .257/.316/.476 last year with 13 homers, 20 extra-base hits, and 42 RBIs in 57 games while serving as the Twins’ primary left fielder.
For his career, Rosario is a .277/.310/.478 hitter with 738 hits, 119 home runs, and 388 RBIs. He has experience playing all three outfield positions, but he’s spent the bulk of his big-league career in left.
Cleveland beat out several teams for Rosario, who had also drawn recent interest from the San Francisco Giants. The Milwaukee Brewers were also targeting Rosario with an eye on him playing the infield, FanSided’s Robert Murray reported Friday.
Hovland tops star-studded leaderboard at Torrey Pines after Round 2
Viktor Hovland posted a brilliant 7-under 65 in Round 2 on the South Course at Torrey Pines to hold a one-shot edge over a star-studded leaderboard at the Farmers Insurance Open.
The 23-year-old Norwegian’s eight-birdie performance Friday came in difficult weather conditions, which saw the scoring average on the South Course rise to nearly 75. His 9.76 strokes gained: total is the third-best score on the South Course out of more than 5,400 rounds since tracking began in 2004, according to the 15th Club’s Justin Ray.
Rahm and Finau shot a 5-under on the North Course while Scott and Reed carded a 69 and 72 on the South Course, respectively.
Here’s how the top of the leaderboard looks following Round 2:
|PLACE||PLAYER||TO PAR||R2 SCORE|
|1||Viktor Hovland (SC)||-9||65|
|T2||Jon Rahm (NC)||-8||67|
|T2||Adam Scott (SC)||-8||69|
|T2||Tony Finau (NC)||-8||67|
|T2||Lanto Griffin (SC)||-8||70|
|T2||Ryan Palmer (NC)||-8||70|
|T2||Patrick Reed (SC)||-8||72|
Rory McIlroy only managed to put together a 71 while playing the easier North Course. He sits in a tie for 14th, four shots behind Hovland.
The 50-year-old Phil Mickelson birdied his final two holes to shoot even par and make the cut right on the 1-under number.
The wildest round of the day goes to Will Zalatoris, who hit only one fairway on the South Course but still managed to break par with a 71.