INDIANA BOYS SEMI-STATE

Elkhart (North Side Gym)
Class 2A | Blackford (25-4) vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (26-3) | 1 pm ET
Class 3A | Leo (23-4) vs. South Bend St. Joseph (21-4) | 4 pm ET

Lafayette Jefferson (Crawley Center)
Class A | Southwood (17-10) vs. Kouts (28-2) | 1 pm ET
Class 4A | Carmel (24-2) vs. Gary West Side (22-4) | 3:45 pm ET

Seymour (Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium)
Class 3A | Silver Creek (23-4) vs. Guerin Catholic (21-3) | 1 pm ET
Class 4A | Bloomington South (25-4) vs. Lawrence North (27-2) | 4 pm ET

Washington (Hatchet House)
Class A | Barr-Reeve (27-2) vs. Tindley (19-9) | 2 pm ET
Class 2A | Southridge (17-10) vs. Parke Heritage (26-3) | 4:30 pm ET

MEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT

Florida 75 Virginia Tech 70 OT

Arkansas 85 Colgate 68

Illinois 78 Drexel 49

Texas Tech 65 Utah State 53

Oral Roberts 75 Ohio State 72 OT

Baylor 79 Hartford 55

Loyola Chicago 71 Georgia Tech 60

Oregon State 70 Tennessee 55

Oklahoma State 69 Liberty 60

Wisconsin 85 North Carolina 62

Houston 87 Cleveland State 56

North Texas 78 Purdue 69 OT

Rutgers 60 Clemson 56

Syracuse 78 San Diego State 62

Villanova 73 Winthrop 63

West Virginia 84 Morehead State 67

SATURDAYS MATCHUPS

Georgetown – Colorado 12:15

North Carolina Greensboro – Florida State 12:45

Eastern Washington – Kansas 1:15

St. Bonaventure – LSU 1:45

Texas Southern – Michigan 3:00

Santa Barbara – Creighton 3:30

Iona – Alabama 4:00

Drake – USC 4:30

Grand Canyon – Iowa 6:25

Maryland – Connecticut 7:10

Ohio – Virginia 7:15

Missouri – Oklahoma 7:25

Norfolk State – Gonzaga 9:20

UCLA – BYU 9:40

Abilene Christian – Texas 9:50

VCU – Oregon 9:57

NBA SCOREBOARD

Sacramento 107 Boston 96

San Antonio 116 Cleveland 110

Detroit 113 Houston 100

Indiana 137 Miami 110

Orlando 121 Brooklyn 113

Utah 115 Toronto 100

Golden State 116 Memphis 103….DESMOND BANE 8PTS, 3REB, 3ASST

Denver 131 Chicago 127 OT

Phoenix 113 Minnesota 101

Portland 125 Dallas 119

NHL SCOREBOARD

Washington 2 NY Rangers 1

Calgary 4 Toronto 3

Vancouver 3 Montréal 2

St. Louis 2 San Jose 1

Vegas 4 Los Angeles 2

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – SPRING TRAINING

LA Angels 4 Kansas City 4

Chicago Cubs 6 Oakland 1

LA Dodgers 7 Texas 2

Milwaukee 9 Arizona 3

Colorado 9 Cleveland 4

Seattle 7 Chicago White Sox 6

Cincinnati 6 San Francisco 2

Boston 11 Tampa Bay 7

Toronto 8 Detroit 1

NY Mets 8 St. Louis 5

Atlanta 4 Minnesota 2

Washington 10 Houston 9

Baltimore 11 Pittsburgh 9

Philadelphia 4 NY Yankees 1

PGA

The Honda Classic
Mar. 18-21, PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Aaron Wise6464  -12 (128)F
2tBrandon Hagy6962  -9 (131)F
2tMatt Jones6170  -9 (131)F
4Sam Ryder6963  -8 (132)F
5tDenny McCarthy6865  -7 (133)F
5tScott Harrington6667  -7 (133)F
5tShane Lowry6766  -7 (133)F
5tRussell Henley6469  -7 (133)F
9Camilo Villegas6965  -6 (134)F
10tStewart Cink7164  -5 (135)F
10tBrice Garnett7164  -5 (135)F
10tHarry Higgs6867  -5 (135)F
10tCameron Tringale6768  -5 (135)F
10tZach Johnson6768  -5 (135)F
10tRobert Streb6966  -5 (135)F
16tWill Gordon6769  -4 (136)F
16tKevin Streelman6967  -4 (136)F
16tSungjae Im6868  -4 (136)F
16tJ.B. Holmes6967  -4 (136)F
16tJoaquin Niemann6967  -4 (136)F
16tAdam Scott6967  -4 (136)F
16tJason Dufner6868  -4 (136)F
16tKevin Chappell6670  -4 (136)F
16tHarold Varner III7165  -4 (136)F
25tCameron Davis6671  -3 (137)F
25tMichael Thompson7166  -3 (137)F
25tSteve Stricker6671  -3 (137)F
25tAdam Hadwin7265  -3 (137)F
25tJimmy Walker6968  -3 (137)F
25tLucas Glover7166  -3 (137)F
31tAdam Schenk7266  -2 (138)F
31tKeegan Bradley6969  -2 (138)F
31tRickie Fowler7068  -2 (138)F
31tKeith Mitchell6969  -2 (138)F
31tBrian Gay7167  -2 (138)F
31tWilliam McGirt6969  -2 (138)F
31tSepp Straka6870  -2 (138)F
31tChase Koepka6969  -2 (138)F
31tJohn Huh6870  -2 (138)F
31tBrendan Steele7365  -2 (138)F
31tMatthew NeSmith7068  -2 (138)F
42tTyler McCumber7069  -1 (139)F
42tBronson Burgoon6970  -1 (139)F
42tChris Kirk6871  -1 (139)F
42tAlex Noren7168  -1 (139)F
42tLucas Herbert7069  -1 (139)F
42tCharl Schwartzel7069  -1 (139)F
42tD.J. Trahan6871  -1 (139)F
42tPhil Mickelson7168  -1 (139)F
42tNate Lashley6871  -1 (139)F
42tC.T. Pan6772  -1 (139)F
42tJhonattan Vegas7168  -1 (139)F
53tErik van Rooyen7070  E (140)F
53tTom Lewis7466  E (140)F
53tRoger Sloan7169  E (140)F
53tMackenzie Hughes6872  E (140)F
53tVincent Whaley7367  E (140)F
58tSatoshi Kodaira7071  +1 (141)F
58tStephen Stallings7170  +1 (141)F
58tJim Herman7071  +1 (141)F
58tRyan Armour7071  +1 (141)F
58tPat Perez7269  +1 (141)F
58tTed Potter, Jr.7071  +1 (141)F
58tTalor Gooch7269  +1 (141)F
58tMark Hubbard6873  +1 (141)F
58tBeau Hossler7170  +1 (141)F
58tKiradech Aphibarnrat7071  +1 (141)F
58tChase Seiffert6774  +1 (141)F

NFL TRANSACTIONS-FRIDAY

DatePlayerTeamPosTransactions
3/19Nicholas MorrowLVLBre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Samson EbukamSFLBsigned/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/19Don MuhlbachDetCre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Alex ArmahNORBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Greg SenatCleTsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Cody ParkeyCleKre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19JoJo NatsonCleWRre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Elijah LeeCleLBre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Riley ReiffCinTsigned
3/19Cody DavisNESre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Geno AtkinsCinDTcut
3/19JuJu Smith-SchusterPitWRre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Justin SimmonsDenSre-signed/franchise Four-year contract (through 2024)
3/19Cameron JohnstonHouPsigned/unrest FA Three-year contract (through 2023)
3/19Ryan FinleyHouQBtraded
3/19Bobby HartCinTcut
3/19Jacob HollisterBufTEsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Brandon CopelandAtlLBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Raekwon McMillanNELBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Reggie RaglandNYGLBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Trent SherfieldSFWRsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Mike RemmersKCTre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Andrew AdamsPhiSsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Lamarcus JoynerNYJSsigned One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Taiwan JonesBufRBre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Desmond King IIHouCBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Donte MoncriefHouWRsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Alex EricksonHouWRsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Ethan PocicSeaCre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Derek CarrierLVTEre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Nick MartinLVCsigned
3/19Ty SambrailoTenTre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Kevin JohnsonTenCBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19P.J. WilliamsNOCBre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Tavierre ThomasHouCBsigned/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/19Jayon BrownTenLBre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Zay JonesLVWRre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Denzelle GoodLVGre-signed/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/19Johnathan HankinsLVDTre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Solomon ThomasLVDEsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Matt FeilerLACTsigned/unrest FA Three-year contract (through 2023)
3/19Brandon FacysonLACCBre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Jake McQuaideDalLBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Angelo BlacksonChiDEsigned/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/19Patrick ScalesChiTEre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Morgan FoxCarDEsigned/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/19D.J. JonesSFDTre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Anthony WalkerCleLBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Malik TurnerDalWRre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/19Marcus HenryDalCcut
3/19Cole HikutiniDalTEcut
3/19Jon’Vea JohnsonDalWRcut
3/19Chris LacyDalWRcut
3/19Dontae JohnsonSFCBre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)

LAWRENCE NORTH SENIOR JAYLA SMITH NAMED INDIANA MISS BASKETBALL

Lawrence North senior Jayla Smith was named Indiana Miss Basketball Friday. Smith led the Wildcats to the state title this season and is the programs all-time leading scorer.

Smith won the award by six votes over Heritage Christian’s Ari Wiggins and by seven votes over Brownsburg’s Ally Becki.

“Ultimately, she’s a winner,” Wildcats coach Chris Giffin said. “ … She did whatever she felt was needed within her personal abilities to help Lawrence North win, and that’s probably the thing that I admire the most about her and feel most fortunate about having her for four years. She is a superstar and has a lot of ability to where she might have been able to try and do more offensively or try to take over or dominate, (but) she was always about winning.”

Smith will play college basketball at Purdue.

Boilermakers’ Season Ends in Overtime Loss to North Texas

INDIANAPOLIS – Jaden Ivey scored 26 points, but North Texas outscored Purdue 17-8 in overtime to hand the Boilermakers a season-ending 78-69 setback in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

The loss ends Purdue’s season at 18-10. The Boilermakers were the third-youngest team in the field and had no seniors on this year’s roster.

Purdue trailed 32-24 at halftime, but tied the game at 57 with just over three minutes to play on an Ivey fast-break layup.

After North Texas scored the next four points, Purdue tied the game at 61 on a pair of baskets by junior center Trevion Williams. Purdue then withstood a last-second shot by the Mean Green to send the game into overtime.

North Texas scored the first nine points of overtime and Purdue never threatened in the extra session.

Ivey scored 26 points while Williams recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 14 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Oral Roberts Stuns No. 2 Ohio State to Advance at NCAA Championship

(ORU RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – March Madness is here and the No. 15 seed Oral Roberts men’s basketball team showed off on the national stage cutting down No. 2 Ohio State in overtime, 75-72, in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship First Round Friday afternoon inside Mackey Arena.

The Golden Eagles led by as many as seven in the second half giving the Buckeyes fits all day with its dynamic duo as Kevin Obanor and Max Abmas combined to score 59 points posting 30 and 29 points, respectively, to pull off the upset over nationally-ranked OSU (No. 7 in AP Poll). It was ORU’s first top-10 win since defeating No. 8 Xavier in 2011 and first win at the NCAA Championship since 1974.

It was a dream start for ORU as Abmas got the No. 15 seed on the board first and moments later hit from distance jumping to a 7-0 lead on the Buckeyes. After OSU rattled off 10-straight points, it was another deep triple by Abmas that pulled the Golden Eagles even. The Buckeyes stretched their advantage to 19-13 before ORU got a dunk from DeShang Weaver to stop the run.

The Golden Eagles fell behind by eight with seven minutes in the half when Obanor took over the game connecting on a pair of 3-pointers along with a two-handed slam. The redshirt junior scored eight-straight ORU points pulling within two and Abmas drilled another long ball giving the Golden Eagles a 26-25 lead. Abmas wasn’t done yet as the nation’s leading scorer hit another 3-pointer and ORU pushed out to a seven-point cushion, 34-27, taking a 36-33 margin into the locker room.

The Buckeyes came out with a vengeance in the second stanza and regained a 37-36 lead before ORU countered scoring the next six points all coming from behind the arc by Obanor. The Golden Eagles extended their advantage to 49-42 as Carlos Jürgens came away with a mid-court steal and finished at the rim with 12:44 to play. Jürgens later added two free throws keeping ORU in front, 51-45.

It was a battle for the Golden Eagles to hold off a surging OSU squad and eventually had to overcome a four-point deficit in the final 2:34. ORU kept the Buckeyes from scoring during the stretch and Obanor calmly tallied the game’s final four points in regulation at the free-throw line, including the tying pair with 14 seconds to play sending the game into overtime, 64-64.

In the extra period, Obanor could not be stopped as he dominated the paint and scored five-straight points highlighted by an and-1 chance giving ORU a 69-64 edge. The Buckeyes closed the gap to one as the clock read 16 seconds, but it was Obanor that sealed the win at the line hitting twice more and the Golden Eagles celebrated the upset on the court, 75-72.

Turning Point

Facing a four-point deficit late in the second half, ORU fought for every possession and turned up the pressure defensively. The Golden Eagles did not allow the Buckeyes to score in the final 2:34 of regulation forcing their two best players into turnovers. That was all Obanor needed as he drove to the lane and drew contact securing free throws to tie the game and send it to overtime where he would not be denied.

Individual Leaders

Oral Roberts: Obanor put together his second 30-point game of the season and added 11 rebounds for a double-double. He was a perfect 7-of-7 at the free throw line and made 5-of-12 from distance, while playing all 45 minutes.

Ohio State: Sophomore E.J. Liddell was a force for the Buckeyes totaling a 23-point, 14-rebound double-double making 10-of-15 attempts.

Inside the Box Score

– Obanor caught fire late in both the first and second frames recording his 13th double-double of the season with 30 points and 11 rebounds. The Houston, Texas, native knocked down all of his free throws and scored seven of ORU’s points in overtime.

– Abmas showed why he was an All-American for the Golden Eagles finishing with 29 points and never left the court playing all 45 minutes. The sophomore knocked down 5-of-10 from 3-point range and was 10-of-24 from the floor to go with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

– Jürgens played a key role for ORU all afternoon totaling six points and dished out a game-high six assists, but was most impressive by coming up with five steals.

News and Notes

– ORU is now 3-5 all-time at the NCAA Tournament in six appearances and pulls off only the ninth 15 vs. 2 upset in NCAA tournament history as No. 15 seeds were 8-132 coming into today. The Golden Eagles also are the lowest-seeded team to win an overtime game in the round of 64 since the tournament’s inception.

– It was the ninth time this season the Golden Eagles finished with less than 10 turnovers in a game giving the ball away just six times, while forcing the Buckeyes into 16.

– ORU played its first overtime game of the season Friday and third all-time at the NCAA Championship improving to 2-1.

Up Next

The Golden Eagles take on No. 7 Florida with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line Sunday at a time and location to be determined.

NORTH TEXAS MBB: Upset Special: Mean Green Make History

(NORTH TEXAS RELEASE)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Mean Green are getting the hang of these win-or-go home, overtime thrillers.

In their first NCAA tournament game since 2010 and fourth of all-time, the Mean Green finally broke through with a victory by stunning the fourth-seeded and 20th ranked Purdue Boilermakers, 78-69, in – you guessed it – an overtime thriller. The Mean Green held Purdue scoreless in the overtime period until there were under 30 seconds to play in the game.

North Texas (18-9), the 13-seed in the South Region, started the extra period on an 11-0 run and had four players in double-figures, led by Javion Hamlet’s 24 points. The Mean Green will go on to face the Villanova-Wintrop on Sunday at a time to be determined.

Before the final buzzer had even sounded, Hamlet made his way to the Purdue fan section and had some words for them.

“‘Don’t ever doubt me,’ that’s what I told the Purdue fans,” Hamlet said. “That’s what I’m telling the whole world. Don’t ever doubt Javion Hamlet.”

After his 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists with just two turnovers on the biggest stage of his career, it’s unlikely anyone will from this point on.

“I think we have a unique relationship and he believes in what we’re doing and we believe in him,” UNT head coach Grant McCasland said. “You want to be in the foxhole and the locker room with guys you believe in. Because of that belief and his belief in his teammates, you can see it. A lot of people would be upset with how much he dribbles up top to create opportunities, but they know he puts the work in. There’s no confusion with this, he works. He works hard. It’s anchored in effort and anchored in hard work. His belief and how he lives it out on the court, it’s tremendous.”

After Trevion Williams tied the game at 61-61 with 21.3 seconds to play by putting back his own miss, the Mean Green tried to set up the game-winning shot but a James Reese pass to Hamlet was deflected and the ball remained with North Texas with 1.6 left. Hamlet found Reese on the inbound pass, but Reese’s shot hit off the rim to force overtime. No. 20 Purdue (18-10), the 4-seed, led early in the game at 3-2, but never led again.

North Texas needed four wins in four days at the Conference USA tournament, including a 61-57 overtime victory over Western Kentucky in the championship game, to secure a berth in the NCAA tournament.

McCasland said Conference USA’s schedule throughout the season and that conference tournament run helped with the unique situation surrounding this tournament with the initial isolation and all the time in the world on their hands to prepare upon their arrival in Indianapolis.

“Conference USA is tough, man,” McCasland said. “This means a lot for our league. We have to play on Friday and Saturdays at like 7 p.m. and 1 the next day. Our league has been doing that all year. You get that week of preparation. We were used to the longer prep times and our guys believe in our game plans. It’s a benefit to have that time to get your team ready, but our guys and our league, it’s a tribute to our league and how tough it is. We’re excited to represent Conference USA and the University of North Texas.”

Mardrez McBride and Thomas Bell each scored 16 points. Bell had the first seven points of the night for the Mean Green, and McBride was 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, while the team shot 42.9% from long range on the night. Reese had 13 points on the night.

“I tell them they have to be aggressive, they are the guys who get me going,” Hamlet said, when asked about the team’s scoring depth in the win. “That’s what they’ve been doing is taking big shots and knocking them down. Drez and Reese both showed up on the big stage. I think they’re bigger than what I am to this team. They’re the ones that get me going. I just credit those guys for knocking down shots and getting me in my rhythm.”

The Mean Green now wait to see who their next opponent will be, as the fifth-seeded Villanova and 12-seed Winthrop game was the late game on Friday night. Whoever it may be, McCasland said his team is ready to be traveling again next weekend.

“Ultimately, if I told you we didn’t plan to do this, I’d be lying,” McCasland said. “Those guys came here for this reason – to play in the NCAA tournament and win. You never know what happens when you get out there. But those guys believe we’re going to win, they really do. That’s the part you love about sports. No one out there is any better when it comes down to the work you put in or what you can control. When we’re together in what we’re doing, we have a great chance to win.”

No matter what happens on Sunday, Hamlet said Friday’s win is one he’ll remember for a long time.

“It’s a great feeling to be the first team in history (to win a tournament game),” Hamlet said. “Can’t no one ever take that away from us. We showed the world we’re gritty. We have a lot of under-recruited guys. We have no five-stars. Let that be known – no five-stars. We showed the world we can play with anybody.

“It was everything I imagined,” Hamlet added. “I’ve been wanting to play in this tournament since I was a young kid. To be here and see the bright lights and all the media and all the hype around it, it’s something.”

Wisconsin routs UNC, Williams falls to 29-1 in NCAA openers

(AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams lost his first opening-round NCAA Tournament game in 30 tries as ninth-seeded Wisconsin blew out his eighth-seeded Tar Heels 85-62 on Friday night.

“I thought (Wisconsin) played very well and Roy Williams didn’t coach very well,” Williams said.

Brad Davison scored 29 points and D’Mitrik Trice added 21 points for Wisconsin.

The Badgers (18-12) had lost four of five entering the tournament, but they remained confident because the losses were against ranked teams Iowa, Illinois and Purdue, and all were by five points or fewer.

“Obviously, our league has been phenomenal and it was such a grind to go through, specifically the schedule we had down the stretch,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. “The schedule maker must not like me or us. But it prepared us and it tested us as we came down the stretch of the Big Ten, and thankfully it prepared us for this, and being ready to take steps forward at the end of the year.”

Wisconsin negated North Carolina’s size advantage by draining 13 of 27 3-pointers. The Badgers advanced to play the South Region’s top seed, Baylor, on Sunday.

The Badgers entered with a 4-42 record at Mackey Arena, home of Big Ten rival Purdue. They looked right at home on Friday, shooting 51% from the field overall and 57% in the second half.

Although Williams had won all 14 of his first-round games with Kansas and his first 15 with UNC, the loss by this uneven Tar Heels team was hardly a shock. North Carolina never won more than three straight games all season.

Armando Bacot scored 15 points for UNC (18-11) and Garrison Brooks and Caleb Love added 10 each. It brought a close to a trying season for Williams, who managed a roster that included eight freshmen.

“I started the season when I was 70 years old and I feel like I’m 103 now,” he said. “It has been a trying year … 2020 and the first part of 2021, I haven’t enjoyed that much.”

The game was tied at 16 before Wisconsin took control. Davison spun around, lost his defender, stopped and drained a 3-pointer that put the Badgers up 35-24 late in the first half.

Davison hit another 3 with 34 seconds left in the half to make it 40-24 and bring the boisterous Wisconsin fans to their feet. That score held until halftime, and the Wisconsin backers stood and cheered throughout the final seconds. They made quite a bit of noise — the Badgers brought a larger group of fans than other schools because of the relatively close proximity to Purdue.

McBride, West Virginia beat Morehead State 84-67 in NCAAs

(AP) Miles McBride knocked down shots from the start while West Virginia managed to convert turnovers into baskets in a defensive effort that satisfied coach Bob Huggins. It was enough to help the Mountaineers advance in the NCAA Tournament while giving Huggins a milestone victory.

McBride scored 18 of his 30 points after halftime to help West Virginia pull away and beat Morehead State 84-67 in the first round Friday night, securing Huggins’ 900th career win.

McBride was terrific in his first tournament game for the third-seeded Mountaineers (19-9) in the Midwest Region matchup. The 6-foot-2 sophomore made his first five shots and finished 11 for 17 from the floor with six rebounds and six assists, sending West Virginia on to face No. 11 seed Syracuse.

That included one six-point sequence when he hit a layup while drawing a flagrant foul, then hitting four straight free throws midway through the second half.

“It’s great to put numbers up on the board, but at the end of the day, I’m just about winning – getting a W in the column,” McBride said.

The Mountaineers needed his big night, too, with No. 2 scorer Derek Culver struggling offensively until deep into the game. Culver didn’t manage a first-half field goal before settling down to score 10 second-half points, which helped spark West Virginia’s pull-away move.

The hot-shooting Eagles (23-8) had far less trouble putting the ball in the net than they did protecting it.

Morehead State shot 52% and made 10 of 19 3-pointers. But the Ohio Valley Conference champions came in averaging a 22.9% turnover rate to rank near the bottom of KenPom’s national stats, then committed 18 on Friday night that led to 24 points.

“I thought it was probably as well as we’ve played in pressure defense,” Huggins said.

DeVon Cooper scored 21 points to lead the 14th-seeded Eagles, who were making their first tournament appearance in a decade.

Oregon State takes down Tennessee 70-56 as No. 12 seed

(AP) Oregon State opened the season picked to finish 12th in its conference but instead won its first Pac-12 Tournament title. The Beavers faced another No. 12 hurdle in the NCAA Tournament and pulled off the upset.

They’re certainly enjoying this underdog role.

Roman Silva scored 16 points and Oregon State took advantage of Tennessee’s icy perimeter shooting to become the latest No. 12 seed to win its opening NCAA Tournament game, beating the fifth-seeded Vols 70-56 in the Midwest Region Friday night.

“In the preseason, when we saw we were picked 12, it really lit a fire under us,” said Silva, who made all eight of his shots.

Oregon State (18-12) was the first Pac-10/12 school to win the conference tournament after being picked to finish last. After another upset, the Beavers are the 51st 12th-seed to take down a fifth-seed since the NCAA Tournament bracket expanded in 1985.

The 7-foot-1 Silva bulled his way through the Vols after struggling in the Pac-12 Tournament to help Oregon State build a 14-point halftime lead. The Beavers then hit seven 3s in the second half to hold off a late charge and win their first NCAA Tournament game since reaching the 1982 Elite Eight.

Oregon State moves on to face Oklahoma State on Sunday.

It is quite the run for a team that struggled with injuries early and lost by 34 to Arizona in mid January.

“We know there was some doubt and we had to ignore all that,” Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. “We never threw in the towel, we never doubted ourselves, we just do what we do.”

The Vols (18-9) opened their third straight NCAA Tournament shorthanded.

John Fulkerson was out with a facial fracture and concussion caused by a pair of elbows by Florida’s Omar Payne in the SEC Tournament.

Tennessee could have used the extra shooting help from its fifth-year senior – or anyone, really – as the Vols finished 5 for 26 from the arc while shooting 33% overall.

The Vols caused Oregon State some problems with their press and hit a few shots down the stretch to pull within 10, but started the rally too late.

Now, a team ranked in the top-10 earlier this season is headed home early in a surprise between two programs that started the year on opposite ends of the projection spectrum.

“That was the problem with our team, if you look at our team all year, it was the inconsistency, not really knowing from game to game what we were going to get,” Vols coach Rick Barnes said. “That’s the most disappointing thing because to be a championship-caliber team you’ve got to be more consistent.”

Marquette fires coach Steve Wojciechowski after 7 seasons

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette’s first losing season since Steve Wojciechowski’s debut year resulted in the coach’s exit.

The Golden Eagles fired Wojciechowski on Friday after a seven-season tenure in which he went 128-95 but earned no NCAA Tournament victories. Wojciechowski was 59-68 in Big East competition.

Marquette went 13-14 this year, the first time it ended a season below .500 since 2014-15. The Golden Eagles’ season ended last week with a 68-49 loss to Georgetown in the first round of the Big East Tournament.

Marquette athletic director Bill Scholl said he and Wojciechowski had met at the end of the season to discuss a potential path forward but apparently couldn’t reach a consensus.

“We reached one of those forks in the road where we didn’t necessarily agree on what some of the right next steps were,” Scholl said Friday during a Zoom session. “That’s when the decision was made that it’s probably the right time to go in a new direction.”

The Golden Eagles earned two NCAA Tournament appearances in Wojciechowski’s seven seasons.

Marquette likely would have earned an NCAA bid in 2020 if the pandemic hadn’t halted the season, though the Golden Eagles ended that year by losing six of their last seven games.

Scholl called Wojciechowski “a phenomenal guy” and credited him for bringing in good people and doing things the right way.

“In so many of the ways that you want to judge a program, he was truly hitting it out of the park,” Scholl said. “But at the end of the day, I believe a storied program like this and (with) the support we provide to it, I think competing pretty consistently at the top of the Big East certainly, a pretty regular stream of NCAA bids and the occasional opportunity to run deep in March, I think those are all things we as a program should aspire to.”

Wojciechowski played for Duke and spent 15 seasons as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff.

After going 13-19 at Marquette in 2014-15, Wojciechowski led the Golden Eagles to winning records each of the next five years. He spent much of his tenure coaching Markus Howard, who ended his college career last season as the leading scorer in Big East history.

But he couldn’t match the overall success of predecessor Buzz Williams, who led Marquette to a regional final in 2013 plus regional semifinals in 2011 and 2012. Williams left for Virginia Tech after the 2013-14 season and now coaches Texas A&M.

Brogdon scores 27, Pacers beat Heat 137-110

(AP) Malcolm Brogdon scored 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting and the Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat 137-110 Friday night.

The Pacers, who had lost eight of their last 10, were never threatened after building a double-digit lead late in the second quarter. Indiana finished with its highest scoring total ever against Miami, including the playoffs – topping the previous high of 127 in 1992.

“The aggressive mode that the team was in, when they attacked they were relentless,” Indiana coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “I was pleased with the sharing but more pleased with the defensive end. I thought the communication and talking was very good on the defensive end, especially in the second half.”

Domantas Sabonis had 13 points and 15 rebounds and T.J. McConnell finished with 16 points and 15 assists for the Pacers. Doug McDermott and Justin Holiday added 17 points each. The Pacers shot 20-of-36 on 3-pointers and Brogdon tied a career high with seven.

“We’ve got to keep our foot on the gas this game to the next,” Brogdon said. “We can’t expect for the next game to go exactly how this game went. It’s going to be a different game, a different story But we have to continue to do the things we did well tonight.”

Bam Adebayo scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 17 for Miami, which has lost two straight after winning 11 of 13.

“We weren’t as active or as disruptive as we normally are,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But they were running it down our throats in the first half, so we weren’t even able to get our defense set. Got them into a great offensive rhythm, really attacking us.”

Miami had limited seven of its last eight opponents to under 100 points until Indiana’s scoring barrage.

We just lost two games,” Adebayo said. “We’re OK. We’re going to figure it out.”

Trevor Ariza was scoreless in his Heat debut. Ariza joined the 10th team of his 17-year NBA career after Miami acquired the 35-year-old forward from Oklahoma City in exchange for Meyers Leonard and a 2027 second round pick Wednesday.

Pistons hand Rockets franchise-worst 19th straight loss

(AP) Frank Jackson had a season-high 23 points and the Detroit Pistons handed the Houston Rockets their franchise-record 19th straight loss, 113-100 on Friday night.

Winless since Feb. 4, Houston struggled to find answers for Detroit’s ball movement and Jackson’s shooting. Jackson was 5 of 5 from 3-point range and 7 of 10 overall.

“It’s been nice to get out on the court and get a rhythm,” said Jackson, who got his first start of the season Monday. “I’ve got some great teammates who are unselfish, and we move the ball really well. It was fun being out there.”

Jerami Grant added 18 points, Josh Jackson had 15, and Isaiah Stewart 13. Detroit made 14 of 29 3s in winning consecutive games for the first time since mid-February.

“It says a lot about our group of guys — we’re workers and we’ve got a lot of really good, young talented men who can step in on any given night,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “There’s not a lot of difference in those games, but they’re all committed to improving every day.”

The injury-plagued Rockets were playing just their fourth game of the season where Christian Wood, Victor Oladipo and John Wall were all available. Wall had 21 points and seven assists, Oladipo had 19 points, and Wood 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Having Wall and Wood on the court at the same time gave Houston glimpses of what the duo could be capable of if they can both stay healthy. In the first half, Wall connected with Wood on several lobs and also made a smooth over-the-head pass behind himself in transition to Wood, who finished with a dunk.

“That was very important,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said. “We’ve got to get some continuity amongst the group, we’ve got to get some chemistry, and it’s super important for all these guys to play and play minutes together.”

Wood was facing his former team for the first time. Wood averaged 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 62 games and 12 starts with Detroit last season before signing with Houston in the offseason. Wood nearly matched those averages in the first half on Friday night with 13 points and six rebounds at the break.

Wiggins scores 40 as short-handed Warriors beat Grizzlies

(AP) Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points, Jordan Poole added 25 while starting in place of injured Stephen Curry, and the short-handed Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-103 on Friday night in the first of back-to-back meetings between the teams.

Damion Lee had 21 points, also a season best, as the Warriors won their third in the last four games despite missing several key players. Draymond Green was 0 for 6 from the field and scored only two points but grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out 13 assists.

“It was fantastic, just the effort,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Really understanding what it was going to take to win this game in terms of not turning the ball over, fighting on the glass. I think we established in the first half that we weren’t going to give them anything easy.

“A lot of great individual performances, and a great team performance,” he added.

Ja Morant and Grayson Allen had 14 points each to lead Memphis, and Brandon Clarke scored 13. Jonas Valanciunas added 10 points and 16 rebounds.

“Golden State was way more competitive. Played harder than us,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said. “They set the tone early in the game. We didn’t have the fight tonight; we’ve got to have it (Saturday).”

The Warriors were without Curry, who bruised his tailbone in Wednesday’s victory over Houston. Meanwhile, rookie center James Wiseman and Eric Paschall both were unavailable under the NBA’s health and safety protocol. That was three of the team’s top five scorers on the sideline.

But the Golden State guards filled the scoring void starting in the first half – Wiggins had 27 points and Poole added 17. That took the lead to as many as 21 before the Warriors held a 67-48 advantage at halftime.

Wiggins knew he needed to step up to help the offense minus Curry, the Warriors’ leading scorer. And if Wiggins’ offense wasn’t enough, he added a season-high four steals on the defensive end.

Kerr called Wiggins’ performance “amazing.”

“Steph’s a big part of this team. He’s what makes this team go. With him being out, it was like everybody had to step up. I just tried to be aggressive from the start,” Wiggins said, adding: “I just tried to fill in as much as I could, do what I can to help the team go.”

Memphis’ offense was lackluster through the first half, shooting 42% and committing 10 turnovers. That kept the Grizzlies’ fast-pace offense in low gear, managing only two fast-break points before halftime. They finished with 11 for the game.

The ballhandling problems continued after the break, with Memphis committing seven more turnovers as Golden State maintained its 19-point advantage.

Memphis never really threatened in the second half.

“It’s nice to be able to turn around and flush it and play them the next night,” Allen said. “Get another chance to come out and play better.”

4 more women sue Texans QB Watson alleging sex assault

(AP) Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been sued by four more women who accuse him of sexual assault and harassment.

The lawsuits were filed Thursday night, hours after the NFL said it was investigating earlier allegations by three massage therapists who said the quarterback sexually assaulted them during massages.

The claims in the four new suits, which were filed in a Harris County state district court, mirror those in the three earlier cases. Each woman who sued Thursday worked in a spa or giving massages and claims that Watson exposed himself, touched them with his penis or kissed them against their will.

None of the seven women, who have sued separately but are all represented by Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee, are identified by name in the lawsuits. They are each seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as court costs.

Watson, 25, has broadly denied that he acted inappropriately and said in a Tuesday statement that he looks forward to clearing his name. In a statement Friday, an attorney for Watson, Rusty Hardin, called the allegations “meritless.”

At a Friday news conference, Buzbee said he expects to file more lawsuits and his firm is vetting additional claims from women, including one involving an incident this month. None of his clients had filed police reports, he said, “but that is our next step.”

Buzbee said some of the massage therapists who came forward work at spas, some work from their homes, some work at deluxe hotels. All but one, who was flown in from Atlanta, were from the Houston area.

“These are, for the most part, licensed professionals. These are people that, many of them, are single mothers, either own their own shop or work in a spa,” while three clients are married and one is engaged to be married, he said.

The women are suing for $500 in damages, the least that can be sought in a Texas civil district court, “and they bring these cases for one reason only – stopping further misconduct from this defendant or any others like him,” he said.

Hardin’s statement said he is “extremely proud to represent Deshaun Watson and wholly stand behind him.”

“However, we will wait to comment in detail until we’ve completed our review of the numerous, evolving allegations from Mr. Buzbee,” the statement said. “We will respond next week and ask you to keep an open mind until we do so.”

Watson is one of the league’s top quarterbacks and led the NFL in yards passing last season. He signed a four-year, $156 million contract extension with the Texans last offseason, but he became unhappy with the direction of the team as Houston sunk to 4-12 and he requested a trade in January.

Surprise! Smith-Schuster sticking with Steelers in 2021

(AP) JuJu Smith-Schuster is keeping it “lit” with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The free-agent wide receiver surprisingly opted to return to the Steelers on Friday on a one-year deal just days after strongly hinting that his departure on the open market was imminent.

“Can’t say it enough, I love you Pittsburgh,” Smith-Schuster posted on Twitter. “Came in here a young 20 year old and you guys embraced me from the moment I got here. So much love. Had my back thru everything, all the struggles and success. So hard to leave. See you this Fall in Heinz.”

The deal coincides with what could be quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s final season. Roethlisberger adjusted his contract earlier this month to free up a small bit of salary cap space for the Steelers.

Smith-Schuster and Roethlisberger have developed a strong bond during Smith-Schuster’s four seasons in Pittsburgh. Smith-Schuster has caught 308 passes for 3,726 yards and 26 touchdowns for the Steelers and became a sure-handed option in Pittsburgh’s short-passing game last season, hauling in 97 passes for 831 yards and nine scores.

While Smith-Schuster’s 8.6 yards per reception ranked 126th in the league, but he became Roethlisberger’s go-to option in pressure situations and nearly half of his catches resulted in first downs.

The 24-year-old’s decision also indicated the power of his own personal brand. Smith-Schuster has cultivated a strong social media following during his four seasons in the NFL. He has 8.5 million combined followers on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube.

That reach has made him attractive to advertisers and showcased why he doesn’t have to play in a larger media market to become one of the league’s higher-profile players.

Still, that presence can sometimes come at a price. He annoyed opponents late in the 2020 season with his practice of dancing on the midfield logo before each game, both home and away.

AP sources: Seahawks agree to 2-year deal with Chris Carson

(AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are bringing back their top running back after reaching an agreement with Chris Carson on a two-year contract, according to two people with knowledge of the deal.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on Friday night on the condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signing.

Bringing back Carson is a major victory for the Seahawks, keeping the top remaining free agent running back on the market from leaving the only NFL team he has played for. Carson has been a workhorse in Seattle’s backfield when he’s been healthy, fitting the style of running back Pete Carroll wants for his offense.

Carson was a seventh-round pick of the Seahawks in 2017 and quickly earned himself the starting nod. Carson rushed for 1,151 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns in 2018 and in 2019 rushed for a career-best 1,230 yards and seven TDs.

This past season, Carson was limited to 12 games and rushed for 651 yards and five scores. He also added four receiving touchdowns.

Carson’s new deal with Seattle will reportedly include a voidable third year to help with the salary cap.

The return of Carson may finally allow Seattle to have the two-headed running back tandem it has wanted since taking Carson and Rashaad Penny in consecutive drafts. Injuries have kept the Seahawks from ever using the pair as they had hoped in the backfield.

Injuries have been the only roadblock during Carson’s young career. He missed most of his rookie season due to a leg fracture. In 2019, Carson suffered a hip fracture late in the season that cost him a chance to contribute during Seattle playoff run and brought Marshawn Lynch out of retirement. This past season, a sprained foot kept Carson out of four games.

But when healthy, the 26-year-old Carson is the closest player the Seahawks have found that brings the same kind of running style and attitude carrying the ball as Lynch did during Seattle’s run to consecutive NFC titles.

The Seahawks also announced the signing of cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon on Friday after reaching agreement with the former 49ers starter earlier this week.

Broncos’ Justin Simmons becomes NFL’s highest-paid safety

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Justin Simmons’ unflinching leadership was evident Friday even though he wasn’t anywhere in sight at the Denver Broncos headquarters on the day he became the NFL’s highest-paid safety.

“I was just talking about it with Court (WR Courtland Sutton) in the locker room. This is big for him, big for (OLB Bradley) Chubb and all the young guys,” defensive end Shelby Harris said at a news conference celebrating his own big contract. “It shows that if you go out there and ball, the Broncos will take care of you.

“That’s the culture change that we’re talking about. This is family,” Harris said. “Justin is the highest-paid safety, and that’s what he deserves. You go out there and play, and they will give you what you deserve. That’s the right message you want to send to your players.”

The deal that agent Todd France negotiated with general manager George Paton includes $35 million in guarantees and is worth $61 million over four years.

The $15.25 million-per-year average also makes Simmons the first safety to break the $15 million mark. Last fall, Arizona signed Budda Baker to a four-year deal that averaged $14.75 million per season.

Paton hinted Thursday that the deal was coming together when he said, “I think we’re making progress. I don’t know when it will happen, but I believe we are making progress and that’s been a priority since I’ve gotten here.”

Paton succeeded John Elway as GM in January after 14 years as an executive with the Minnesota Vikings.

Although Simmons was the first player franchised tagged this offseason, Paton made it clear the $13.729 million tag was just a placeholder to keep him off the open market while they worked out a long-term contract.

Simmons’ wife, Taryn, tweeted the agreement on Friday morning: “We’re here to stay Denver! We have some big dreams for this city that we now call home. We want to win football games of course but more importantly, we want to help change lives. We love you (hash)BroncosCountry”

A third-round pick out of Boston College in 2016, Simmons has had nearly 300 tackles and a dozen interceptions in the past three years, during which time he hasn’t missed a single snap.

Bengals cut Atkins, add to offensive, defensive lines

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Cincinnati Bengals addressed two of their problem areas – offensive and defensive lines – through free agency and bid farewell to longtime star Geno Atkins.

The Bengals on Friday released the 32-year-old Atkins, who has been with the team for his entire 11-year NFL career, two days after seeing another one of the franchise’s greatest players, receiver A.J. Green, leave for a one-year contract with Arizona.

Atkins was hampered by a shoulder injury last season and saw little time on the field. He is second on the team’s all-time’s sacks list behind Carlos Dunlap, who was traded last season after becoming unhappy with his lack of playing time.

“Geno has been here a really long time, and he’s been a Hall of Fame player, has meant a ton to this organization,” coach Zac Taylor said Friday. “Myself, being here just for two years, what he’s given us and how he’s embraced us. He’s had a tremendous career and will continue on with that career.”

Cincinnati bolstered its offensive line, which was a glaring weakness in a 4-11-1 season in 2020, with the signing of ex-Vikings tackle Riley Reiff as the team seeks better protection for quarterback Joe Burrow. The Bengals also are expected to add an offensive lineman early in the NFL draft next month, perhaps with the No. 5 overall pick.

Reiff said he was encouraged by the direction of the team and was impressed by Burrow after having dinner with the quarterback and other people from the organization.

“Went out to eat with him (Thursday) night, had a good steak, I went away from eating that steak and I was like `I want to block for this guy,'” said Reiff, a nine-year pro who also spent time with the Lions. “(Saw) him on the film, but he’s even better off the field. Just the way he conducts himself, carries himself. Seems like a down-to-earth Cincinnati-type guy.”

As part of the remake of the offensive line, the Bengals released offensive tackle Bobby Hart.

“It’s hard to replace an offensive line if you’re looking to do that, which we’re not necessarily looking to do that entirely,” Cincinnati offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said. “But we’re always looking for guys that can help us. And if something comes available at some point, free agency still isn’t all the way over yet. It’s not like there’s a stop point here. So if there’s some things that come up that we feel like can help us, we’ll explore all of those options.”

Ovechkin scores 2 in final 7 minutes, Capitals beat Rangers

(AP) Alex Ovechkin shook off the kind of big hit he’s used to delivering and scored the kind of timely, clutch goals he has built his career on.

Ovechkin scored two rebound goals in the final seven minutes to give the Washington Capitals their seventh consecutive victory by coming back to beat the New York Rangers 2-1 on Friday night.

A hit from big Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren that leveled Ovechkin and broke his stick maybe only woke up one of hockey’s greatest goal-scorers, who again showed he can put the puck in the net every which way.

“Sometimes you have to get those really gritty ones,” Ovechkin said. “It’s still the same whether it’s goal from my spot or whatever. It’s most important goal, and it’ll take it.”

Ovechkin tied it with 6:42 left by poking a loose puck past goaltender Alexandar Georgiev and put the Capitals ahead on a nearly identical play with 3:33 remaining. He has scored in five in a row and has seven goals in the past seven games.

“He has a great determination to get to the front of the net and get the puck in,” said defenseman Justin Schultz, who took the initial shot that led to Ovechkin’s first goal. “He was huge for us tonight.”

Washington’s longtime captain now leads the team with 14 goals. After moving into sole possession of sixth place on the NHL career goals list earlier in the week, Ovechkin’s goals against the Rangers were Nos. 719 and 720, moving him closer to Marcel Dionne in fifth.

“He’s a Hall of Famer that’s always finding ways to score,” said acting Rangers coach Kris Knoblauch, who ran the bench for a second consecutive game with David Quinn and his staff unavailable because of NHL COVID protocol.

Wise takes three-shot lead at midway point of Honda Classic

(AP) Aaron Wise is making PGA National look easy.

Wise shot his second straight 6-under 64 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead into the weekend at the Honda Classic. The 128 total is the lowest 36-hole score at PGA National since the tournament moved there 15 years ago – and marks the first 36-hole lead of Wise’s PGA Tour career.

“It’s two great rounds of golf and I love that, and I love that I’m playing good,” Wise said. “But this place can get to you pretty quick and there’s a lot of golf left ahead and a lot of trouble out there.”

He had a pair of eagles to highlight the day, his first two of 2021. Brandon Hagy (62) and first-round leader Matt Jones (70) were tied for second.

Wise birdied the last to finish off the 64, the eighth round of 64 or lower surrendered by PGA National this week. Until this year, there’s never been more than seven rounds of 64 or lower in a Honda on that course; last year, no player even broke 66.

Wise made a 3-footer for a 3 at the par-5 18th, his ninth hole of the day, then connected on a 45-footer for eagle at the par-5 third.

“I’ve made so many bonus putts from outside 10 feet that I can’t complain,” said the 24-year-old Wise, the 2016 NCAA champion for Oregon.

Hagy didn’t even know he was playing in the tournament until it was almost too late to get a flight, getting in as the next-to-last alternate. He opened with a 69, then shot 62 – the fourth score that low in Honda history at PGA National – Friday.

“It’s been kind of a funny week,” Hagy said. “I was in Scottsdale on Tuesday afternoon and get a flight last minute, fly out Tuesday, don’t play practice rounds. I’m feeling like I’m playing on a little bit of house money, so I kept it pretty loose out there.”

Jones survived five bogeys to shoot even-par 70. Sam Ryder (63) was alone in fourth, four shots back at 8 under. Shane Lowry (66) was in a group at 7 under.

“I love this place,” Ryder said.

Jones (61), Wise (64) and Russell Henley (64) had the 64s or better Thursday; Hagy, Ryder, Wise, Brice Garnett (64) and Stewart Cink (64) had them Friday. Cink shot a 67 in his first Honda round at PGA National 12 years ago; he hadn’t been better than that in any of his 39 rounds there since, until Friday.

“It felt like an easier day scoring,” Cink said. “I played better, but it just felt like the course was more reasonable today than it was yesterday. This course is always hard.”

Koepka, Rose among 5 players not competing in Match Play

Brooks Koepka and past finalist Gary Woodland were among five players from the top 64 in the world who will not be playing in the Dell Technologies Match Play next week at Austin Country Club.

Koepka is recovering from a strain in his right leg. The Match Play, which starts Wednesday in Austin, Texas, will be the third straight tournament the four-time major champion has not been able to play.

Woodland, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods are the others from the top 64 in the world ranking who will not play, the least surprising being Woods. He only returned home to Florida this week to resume a long recovery from serious leg injuries in a Feb. 23 single-car crash in Los Angeles.

They were replaced in the field by the next five available in this week’s world ranking – Ian Poulter, Erik van Rooyen, Adam Long, J.T. Poston and Dylan Frittelli, who played college golf at Texas.

Scott had said last week he would not be playing. His final event ahead of the Masters is this week at the Honda Classic. Rose withdrew from Bay Hill and The Players Championship with back issues.

Woodland, who lost to Rory McIlroy in the championship match at Harding Park in 2015, tested positive for the coronavirus and had to withdraw from the Honda Classic. It was not clear if the 10-day isolation required under PGA Tour protocols would allow him to play the Match Play because of the Wednesday start.

According to tour regulations, a player must start the first match in group play to be eligible for the next two.

The tournament features three days of round-robin matches among 16 four-player groups, which are filled with players from the Nos. 1-16 seeds, Nos. 17-32, Nos. 33-48, and Nos. 49-64.

Dustin Johnson, who won at Austin Country Club over Jon Rahm in 2017, Justin Thomas, Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau are the top seeds.

INDIANA BASEBALL: Sommer’s Gem Helps Lead Hoosiers Past Purdue, 2-1

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University baseball team defeated Purdue, 2-1, on Friday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind.

With the team’s eighth-straight win, the Hoosiers improve to 8-1 on the season and in Big Ten play. With the loss, the Boilermakers fall to 1-8 on the year and in league play.

KEY MOMENTS

• LHP Tommy Sommer was again outstanding for the Hoosiers, tossing 6.2 innings, striking out a career-high 12 batters. He allowed just one earned run on two hits.

• Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Hoosiers staged a rally. After a single from OF Grant Richardson and a strikeout, freshman INF Paul Toetz lined a double down the left-field line, scoring Richardson from first base to tie the game.

• Three batters later, C Jacob Southern played hero, slapping a single to right field to scoring Toetz from second to give Indiana a 2-1 lead.

• In the top of the ninth, RHP Matt Litwicki notched two strikeouts around a pair of walks to earn his third save of the year.

• RHP Nathan Stahl (1-0) tossed a scoreless eighth inning for the Hoosiers to earn the win, striking out two.

NOTABLES

• Indiana’s eight-game Big Ten winning-streak is the longest for the team since winning 10-consecutive from Mar. 28 to Apr. 25, 2014.

• IU’s 8-1 start to the season is the best for the program since starting 10-1 in 2003.

• Indiana’s 8-1 start in Big Ten play is the team’s best since starting 12-1 in 2014.

• OF Drew Ashley had a pair of hits to extend his on-base streak to 34-games dating back to the 2019 season.

• Ashley and Toetz have at least one hit in all nine games this season for the Hoosiers.

UP NEXT

• The Hoosiers will continue their series with Purdue on Saturday, Mar. 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: No. 9 Indiana Blasts Rutgers, 3-0

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – No. 9 Indiana (5-1-0) were dominant in a 3-0 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-4-0) at Yurack Field on Friday afternoon.

KEY MOMENTS

• Sophomore keeper Roman Celentano recorded a save in the initial stages of the match to keep the Scarlet Knights off the scoreboard. The save was one of five made on the afternoon from the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. He faced a total of 10 shots without yielding a tally.

• Sophomore forward Victor Bezerra curled in a right-footed strike from just outside the 18-yard box to defeat the Rutgers goalie. The game-opening tally game in the sixth minute of action. 

• Redshirt sophomore forward Ryan Wittenbrink scored his first of two goals in the match in the 63rd minute to double the Hoosier lead. He let a right-footer strike go from outside the 18-yard box that screamed past the diving keeper in the bottom right corner of goal. 

• Wittenbrink would strike again just 17 minutes later with his first-career brace. The Libertyville, Ill., native corralled a nifty pass from freshman forward Nate Ward and unleashed a rocket from eight yards out to beat the Rutgers defense to the right post.

NOTABLES

• The Hoosiers have scored multiple goals in all five wins this season, including three-plus goals in four matches. IU is outscoring the rest of the Big Ten foes 15-2 on the year and 34-9 over the last two regular seasons.

• In the program’s last 42 Big Ten regular season matches Indiana holds a record of 31-2-9.

• Celentano earned his 15th-career victory and the fifth of his second season. In 20 career starts, the keeper has conceded just 10 goals with 11 clean sheets. He has allowed a goal or less in 95% of his career starts.

• The two goals scored by Wittenbrink were the first of his Hoosier career.

• Ward made his first career start and registered his first collegiate point (assist) in the contest.

• Redshirt sophomore midfielder Ben Yeagley also charted his first-career collegiate point with an assist in the second half.

• Indiana is undefeated (4-0-1) in the last five matches against Rutgers. The Hoosiers are outscoring the Scarlet Knights by a figure of 12-0 during that five-match span.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: Victor Bezerra, Ryan Wittenbrink (2)

ASSISTS: Nate Ward, Ben Yeagley

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers are scheduled to take on the Northwestern Wildcats at 7 p.m. ET on March 23 at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The match will be broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network. All times, dates, and locations are subject to change.

PURDUE WRESTLING: Boilermakers Fall in NCAA Wrestling Round of 12

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SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Purdue wrestling’s pair in the 2021 NCAA Championship Round of 12 both fell Friday night at the Enterprise Center, ending the Boilermakers’ tournament run with 15.5 team points. Purdue ended Friday in 23rd place in the team standings and their final placing will be determined after tomorrow’s finals.

Senior Devin Schroder fell to Wisconsin’s Eric Barnett at 125 pounds 5-4, scoring the only takedown of the match, but surrendering two back points in the second period and a reversal in the third. Schroder tried to mount a late comeback bid with a reversal of his own, but Barnett’s riding time proved the final difference with the deciding point as time expired.

Sophomore Thomas Penola fell behind early to No. 8 seed Stephen Buchanan of Wyoming and couldn’t get out of the hole, suffering a 6-2 loss at 197 pounds. Buchanan got two points at the end of the first and added two more in the third as Penola tried to rally. An escape and a riding-time point accounted for the rest of the scoring.

Purdue totaled 15.5 points for the championships, its highest NCAA scoring output since 2012 (17.5) and the most under head coach Tony Ersland’s seven-year tenure.

2021 NCAA Championships

March 18-20 * Enterprise Center * St. Louis, Missouri

15.5 points * T-23rd Place

125: #9 Devin Schrdoer (R-Senior)

First Round: #24 Fabian Gutierrez (Chattanooga) – W, D 5-1

Second Round: #8 Rayvon Foley (Michigan State) – W, D 2-1

Quarterfinals: #1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) – L, MD 10-2

Round of 12: #19 Eric Barnett (Wisconsin) – L, D 5-4

133: #25 Jacob Rundell (Freshman)

First Round: #8 Chris Cannon (Northwestern) – L, MD 10-1

Conso. First Round: #24 Richie Koehler (Rider) – W, D 7-4

Conso. Second Round: #7 Lucas Byrd (Illinois) – L, MD 12-3

141: #18 Parker Filius (R-Junior)

First Round: #15 Clay Carlson (South Dakota State) – L, D 7-6

Conso. First Round: #31 Julian Flores (Drexel) – W, MD 9-0

Conso. Second Round: #16 Cole Matthews (Pittsburgh) – W, D 6-3

Conso. Third Round: #8 Chad Red (Nebraska) – L, MD 11-3

149: #15 Griffin Parriott (R-Senior)

First Round: #18 Jarrett Degan (Iowa State) – W, D 10-7

Second Round: #2 Austin O’Connor (North Carolina) – L, D 8-3

Conso. Second Round: #16 P.J. Ogunsanya (Army) – L, Fall 5:45

157: #9 Kendall Coleman (R-Sophomore)

First Round: #24 Nicholas Palumbo (Sacred Heart) – W, MD 15-5

Second Round: #8 Jared Franek (North Dakota State) – L, Inj. Default 6:30

Conso. Second Round: #7 Jarrett Jaques (Missouri) – Medical Forfeit

165: #19 Gerrit Nijenhuis (Freshman)

First Round: #14 Peyton Robb (Nebraska) – L, D 4-1

Conso. First Round: #32 Ricky Stamm (Hofstra) – W, Fall 3:43

Conso. Second Round: #13 Tanner Skidgel (Navy) – W, D 7-4

Conso. Third Round: #21 Peyton Hall (West Virginia) – L, SV 3-1

184: #16 Max Lyon (Senior)

First Round: #17 Owen Webster (Minnesota) – L, D 5-3

Conso. First Round: #32 Jhaquan Anderson (Gardner Webb) – W, MD 14-3

Conso. Second Round: #18 Alan Clothier (Northern Colorado) – W, MD 10-1

Conso. Third Round: #24 Rocky Jordan (Ohio State) – L, 2-0

197: #19 Thomas Penola (R-Sophomore)

First Round: #14 Greg Bulsak (Clarion) – W, D 6-4

Second Round: #3 Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State) – L, D 8-4

Conso. Second Round: #20 Max Shaw (North Carolina) – W, D 601

Conso. Third Round: #21 Marcus Coleman (Iowa State) – W, D 3-2

Round of 12: #8 Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming) – L, D 6-2

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Notches 10th Win of the Season at Rutgers

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Three Boilermakers with 13 or more kills led Purdue (10-5) to a 4-1 victory (25-21, 25-16, 24-26, 25-18) at Rutgers (2-13).

As a team, Purdue tied a season-best 17 total blocks, led by freshman Taylor Trammell, who recorded a career-high 12 blocks. With her performance at the net, Trammell became just the fourth player (and second freshman) in the Big Ten this season to record at least 12 blocks in a single match.  Additionally, the team hit a .324 attack %, its best mark since downing Indiana in three (.355) on Feb. 28.

Senior Caitlyn Newton recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs on the day for her third of the season. Meanwhile, junior Grace Cleveland was just one block shy of joining her teammate, having ended the evening with a team-leading and season-best 17 kills and nine blocks.

Hayley Bush produced 47 assists in the match to bring her career total to 3,294 assists, tying Rachel Davis (2010-13) as the ninth-most by a Boilermaker in program history.

Jael Johnson chipped in 13 kills with one error on 18 swings. The junior was one shy of tying her career-high in kills and notched the second-highest hitting percentage of the season with her .667 attack mark.

Set One | Score: 25-21

After both teams looked to gain the upper hand throughout the set, Purdue pulled away in the final stretch, taking the last six of seven points. Jael Johnson led the Boilermakers, going perfect with five kills and no errors (1.000 attack %). As a team, Purdue recorded three aces, with a pair from Newton during the same serve sequence, and one by Hornung.

Set Two | Score: 25-16

Cleveland and Newton paced the Boilermakers with five kills apiece, both with no errors in the set. Purdue took a 12-10 lead after a 4-1 run eliminated a one-point deficit. Despite Rutgers tying the score 14-14, Purdue secured the win with seven consecutive points to take the set.

Set Three | Score: 24-26

Two Boilermakers went perfect in the set: Jael Johnson (three kills and no errors on five hits for .600 hitting clip) and Maddie Koch (three kills and no errors on six attempts for .500 attack %). Purdue knotted the match 18-18, but Rutgers claimed the next point and maintained the lead for the remainder of the set.

Set Four | Score: 25-18

Purdue maintained the lead the entire set, with the largest lead coming with Cleveland’s kill to make the score, 18-10 in favor of the Boilermakers. Hornung aced the match point to seal the Boilermaker victory.

Up Next

Purdue will be back tomorrow at College Ave Gym to close out the series against Rutgers at 4 p.m. ET.

BUTLER BASEBALL: Evansville Tops Butler UBaseball in Game 1

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EVANSVILLE – The Purple Aces scored five of their seven runs in the third inning to post a 7-0 victory over the Bulldogs on Friday night. Shane Gray shut down the Bulldog bats, striking out seven over eight full innings of action.

How It Happened

Butler’s offense never got going in game one of the three-game series at Evansville. The ‘Dawgs were limited to just two hits and four fielding errors would allow the Purple Aces to take the 7-0 win.

The third inning told the story with Evansville getting five runs off five hits. Three-straight singles started the inning and the game would move to 1-0 on a fielder’s choice. The ‘Dawgs got their first out at home plate, but two more singles would follow in the order to move the score to 4-0. The fifth run went down unearned, but put Butler in a hole they could not climb out of.

Insurance runs came in the sixth and seventh innings. Craig flied out to center for a sac fly to score Komonosky and a second sac fly in the seventh took us to our final score.

The win went to Gray and Connor Schultz would be hit with the loss. Schultz struck out 10 and didn’t issue a walk over six full frames. Only three runs against him were earned.

Stat of the Game

Butler was limited to just two hits on Friday. Aaron Steinhart singled through the right side in the third and Andy Bennett singled back up the middle in the seventh.

Up Next

These two teams will meet again tomorrow at 1 PM.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Baker Tosses Complete Game in MAC-Opening Shutout of Western Michigan

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MUNCIE, Ind. — John Baker threw a complete game shutout to lead the Ball State baseball team to a 2-0 victory over Western Michigan in Friday’s Mid-American Conference opener at First Merchants Ballpark Complex.

The senior right-hander struck out 10 and surrendered only four hits in tossing the Cardinals’ first complete game since Drey Jameson at Eastern Michigan on April 8, 2018. That one was also a shutout.

It was a pitchers’ duel Friday with the wind blowing in. Ball State (7-7, 0-1 MAC) managed only two hits, one each from Chase Sebby and Ryan Peltier, though the Cardinals also walked four times and had two batters hit by pitches. But BSU did the only scoring of the day, all in the fourth inning.

“I thought Johnny Baker was superb,” head coach Rich Maloney said. “To their credit, we had some runners on and they did a nice job of just holding down the fort. We knew with the wind blowing in it was going to be a tight game, so we needed a great effort like Johnny gave. Hats off the Johnny Baker.”

Ross Messina walked to lead off the fourth, reached second on a wild pitch and third on an error. Sebby sacrificed him home, and Ryan Peltier later plated Trenton Quartermaine – who had reached on the error – with the only hit of the inning.

That was enough for Baker who faced just one over the minimum through the first six frames. He also got some help from center fielder Aaron Simpson who cut down Western Michigan’s Ethan Hadjukovic trying to stretch a double into a triple on the Broncos’ first hit of the day in the fifth.

“I think Aaron Simpson’s play was really impressive,” Maloney said. “He ran all the way from center field, backed up the play, got the ball and gunned it all the way. Perfect throw. It was the only way we would have got him. They would have had a man on third with less than two outs in a tight ballgame.”

Baker finally faced a threat in the late innings but was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the seventh and got a strikeout after giving up a two-out triple in the eighth.

Western Michigan starter Zach Mehelich left in the fourth inning after putting aboard the two runners who eventually scored. Sidewinder Will Mullen came on to go the rest of the way for the Broncos (0-7, 0-1 MAC).

The teams will meet again Saturday in a doubleheader featuring two seven-inning games. Game one starts at noon. The four-game series then wraps up Sunday.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: COLE’S WALK OFF LIFTS NO. 15 IRISH OVER DUKE, 6-4

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — It had been 677 days since the Irish last took the field at Frank Eck Stadium for a game and they had a flair for the dramatics in Friday’s home opener. Senior Ryan Cole launched his first career home run in the 13th inning to give the 15th-ranked Irish a 6-4 series-opening win in the 13th inning over the Duke Blue Devils (7-7, 3-4 ACC).

“Just a great win,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “I thought our guys competed very well. (Joe) Sheridan did his thing again and chewed up over six innings. Tanner (Kohlhepp) continues to develop for us. Then the offensive outburst in the 13th inning sealed it for us. Kavadas led us off with the double, LaManna had his signature at-bat to move the runner over and Cole had his moment to win it.”

With the Irish (8-2, 8-2 ACC) trailing 4-2 in the sixth inning, the long ball got the game tied up and it was Notre Dame’s premier slugger at the plate. Niko Kavadas got a ball on the inner half of the plate and he roped over the wall in right for a two-run homer to tie the game.

Kavadas started the 13th off with a double that set the table for Cole with a runner on third and just one out. Cole did not waste any time, sending the first-pitch breaking ball over the wall in left as the Irish piled out of the dugout to mob him at the plate.

One the mound, Joe Sheridan and Tanner Kohlhepp were dominant out of the pen for the Irish with the pair pitching the final 9.1 innings of the game. The duo did not walk a batter during their appearances and allowed just one extra base hit. The Irish won their sixth game in a row and Coach Jarrett’s secured his first home win after his first game at Frank Eck Stadium.

“It was almost surreal,” said Jarrett. “To stand there and watch the ball going into the bushes and our guys flood out of the dugout with the coolers and all the stuff. You could tell how big that moment was for them and it was obviously a moment I will never forget.”

HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame got out in front in the third inning after taking advantage of a couple of Duke errors. Jack Brannigan scored the first run after coming home on a throwing error by the pitcher. Spencer Myers scored the second run of the inning on Jared Miller’s ground to second.

In the top of the fourth, the Irish had issues with walks and the Blue Devils took advantage. Duke put up four runs in the inning to take a 4-2 lead.

In the sixth, the Irish just had one hit coming into the inning but Miller worked a leadoff walk to bring up Kavadas. Niko was all over the inside pitch and turned on it right down the right field line. The liner cleared the fence to tie the game at 4-4 and for Kavadas, it was his sixth home run in just 10 games.

Sheridan came on in the fourth inning and was the calming presence the Irish needed on the mound. One week after tossing five innings of shutout relief, Sheridan one-upped it with 6.1 innings of scoreless ball against Duke.

Kohlhepp was brought on in the 11th and continued to keep the Blue Devils at bay at the plate. He allowed two hits in three innings of work and tied a career high with four strikeouts.

In the bottom of the 13th, Kavadas lined a double down the right field line, slid into second and immediately fired up the dugout to lead the inning off. After TJ Williams came in to pinch run, he got to third with just one out for Cole. Cole sent the first pitch over the wall in left for his first career home run and sealed the win for the Irish.

STATS OF THE GAME

It was the first walk-off home run for the Irish since 2018 when David LaManna hit a two-run homer in the win over Purdue.

The Irish have had walk-offs in three of their last four home games.

This was the longest game for the Irish since they went 13 innings against Florida State back in 2017.

UP NEXT

The two teams will be back on the diamond Saturday afternoon for the second game of the series. Saturday’s game is set for a 2 p.m. ET start and will be aired on the ACC Network Extra. LHP John Michael Bertrand will be on the hill in hopes of clinching the series for the Irish.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Shutout UAB to Open Series

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Indiana State secured the series opener with UAB Friday afternoon with a 1-0 shutout victory over the Blazers at Young Memorial Field. Indiana State improved to 10-5 while UAB fell to 6-9.

It was a pitcher’s duel nearly the whole contest until Indiana State was able to break through in the ninth inning of action. Diego Gines recorded a one-out single through the middle of the infield, followed by a single from Seth Gergely to right to setup runners at the corners. Redshirt freshman Grant Magill came to the plate and put down a bunt on a squeeze play that would allow Gines to come in from third to put a run on the scoreboard.

That was all that ISU needed as Connor Fenlong entered in the bottom half of the inning and did not surrender a run to claim his third save of the season.

Southpaw Geremy Guerrero put together another strong effort on the mound in his fourth start of the year. The redshirt senior went eight complete and did not allow a run while striking out nine batters. With the win, Guerrero improved to 4-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.14. UAB was able to spray four hits over 28 at bats against Guerrero.

Gines and Gergely each tallied two base hits to lead Indiana State. Dominic Cusumano and Magill added a hit each. Overall, ISU outhit UAB 6-4 on the day and never allowed more than one hit in an inning to the Blazers.

Riley Davis was terrific on the mound for the Blazers. The right-hander struck out seven and did not allow a run in seven innings. Evan Ingram took the loss for UAB after allowing the go-ahead run in the ninth, falling to 0-1. Jess Davis led UAB with a two-hit day.

Indiana State will look for a series win on Saturday with a 2 p.m. ET first pitch.

MARIAN MBB: MARIAN’S COMEBACK ATTEMPT COMES UP SHORT AGAINST LOYOLA

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Kansas City, Mo. – The Marian men’s basketball team trailed by as many as 17 on Friday, but despite a furious comeback attempt to get within four points, came up short in a losing effort to Loyola in the NAIA Tournament, falling 69-62 in the Round of 16. Marian finishes the season with an overall record of 23-5, having reached the NAIA Tournament Round of 16 for the fourth consecutive season.

Marian got off to a slow start Friday afternoon, missing their first eight shots from the floor, which allowed Loyola to go on top 6-0 in the first five minutes. Christian Harvey was finally able to take the lid off the basket with a layup and a pair of free throws in a 30 second span, helping Marian get back within five points after six minutes of play. Cameron Wolter helped Marian inch closer with a three from the right wing, but the Wolfpack again answered on the ensuing possession keeping it a two-possession game.

Trailing 13-7 with 10:12 to play in the half, the Knights went inside on consecutive possessions with Malek Edmonds and Tyrie Johnson scoring in the paint to cut their deficit to three, but Andrew Fava and Myles Burns continued to answer the Knights. Loyola pushed their lead to double digits following a three from Fava, and led 26-13 after a good jumer from Zach Wrightsil. A pair of three’s from the New Orleans based team pushed their lead to 16, and ended the half with a jumper from Terry Smith that rolled around the rim, taking a 36-19 lead at halftime.

Marian’s poor shooting numbers hurt their cause in the first half, making eight shots in 29 tries, while going just 1-10 from three, compared to Loyola who finished 50 percent from the field.

Looking to mount a comeback in the second half, Marian attacked the rim immediately, opening with a 6-0 run fueled by Johnson, Christian Stewart, and Harvey. Harvey picked up four of Marian’s first 10, and brought the Knights within nine after opening on a 10-2 run. Marian continued to hold the difference between nine and 11 points for a two minute stretch, trading baskets with Loyola. The Wolfpack responded to Marian’s attack with a run of their own, with Fava and Wrightsil leading a 6-0 run to give the Wolfpack a 52-36 lead with over 10 minutes remaining.

The Knights stayed calm, and continued to chip away, using a 12-2 run over a five-minute stretch to cut the lead to four. Stewart had half of the points in the run, with Marian’s defense forcing seven misses and a pair of turnovers to come within 54-50. Burns would answer the third set of Stewart foul shots with a three to reclaim a seven-point lead, and with 4:07 remaining the Wolfpack converted a three-point play to go on top 60-52.

With Marian in the double bonus, the Knights stayed right with Loyola in the waning minutes, making six straight to keep the game within two possessions, but after a pair of misses at the line by Wolter, Loyola was able to go back on top by 10. Stewart and Johnson were able to help Marian inch within six in the final minute of play, but a missed three with 20 seconds remaining ended Marian’s comeback hopes, as Loyola escaped with the 69-62 upset win.

Marian ended the game shooting 32.8 from the field, while making just two of their 19 three’s. Marian shot 90.9 percent from the foul line, making 20 of their 22 attempts. Individually, senior Cameron Wolter led Marian on both ends of the floor, turning in a team-high 17 points to go with a career-best 18 rebounds. Christian Stewart scored 15 points going 8-8 from the foul line, and Christian Harvey finished with 10 points and two steals.

Wolter finished the game with 1452 career points and 714 career rebounds, moving to the respective No. 12 and No. 5 spots in program history. Stewart’s 15 points moved him to No. 23 all-time at Marian with 1213 career points.

Marian’s season ends with a 23-5 record, after Marian won the Crossroads League Tournament and the NAIA Opening Round.

NCAA apologizes to women’s teams for weight room inequities

SAN ANTONIO (AP) NCAA basketball administrators apologized to the women’s basketball players and coaches after inequities between the men’s and women’s tournament went viral on social media and vowed to do better.

NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt vowed to do better during a Zoom call Friday morning, a day after photos showed the difference between the weight rooms at the two tournaments.

“I apologize to the women’s student-athletes, coaches and committee for dropping the ball on the weight room issue in San Antonio, we’ll get it fixed as soon as possible,” Gavitt said.

During the call, other differences were raised: There are 68 teams in the men’s field, 64 in the women; and the NCAA pays for the men’s National Invitation Tournament, but not the women’s NIT.

“The field size and NIT, those would be decisions made in conjunction with membership,” Gavitt said. “Those are not decisions we could make independently. They are good questions and it’s timely to raise those issues again.”

In a step to solve the weight room issue, the NCAA modified space in the convention center to turn it into a useable workout facility. That work should be completed Saturday. The NCAA had offered to put a weight-lifting area in the open space next to the practice courts, but coaches didn’t want that because then other teams would be in the vicinity when they were practicing.

“We fell short this year in what we have been doing to prepare in the last 60 days for 64 teams to be in San Antonio. We acknowledge that,” said NCAA Senior Vice President of women’s basketball Lynn Holzman, who is a former college basketball player. “Last night we did have a call with our coaches and team administrators in a way to solicit feedback and their experience thus far.

“Yesterday was the first day our teams had the opportunity to have practice,” she said. “Part of that call was to get feedback on potential solutions to address some of those concerns, including the weight room issue.”

Players raised questions about the gift bags that they received compared to the ones that the men were given. The NCAA told The AP that the value of the bags was equitable.

While the difference between the men’s and women’s weight facility was clearly jarring, in the manual that the NCAA had sent to teams before the tournament they specifically had said that no weights would be available until after the second round of the tournament.

This is the first time in the women’s tournament that every game is being played at neutral sites. In the past, campuses would host the opening rounds so teams would be able to schedule weight room times in those on-campus sites.

Gavitt said that the NCAA will use this opportunity for better collaboration of men’s and women’s basketball.

“What we pull together in months and years, we tried to do in weeks and days,” he said. “That’s meant some shortcomings. I apologize and feel terrible about anything that falls short of our lofty expectations. Some of those shortcomings we’ve seen in Indianapolis as well.”

A discussion has already started amongst the conference commissioners and the NCAA on how to not have this happen in the future.

“I hope it opens a broader examination of how we invest, support and make decisions in the sport of basketball at all levels within our system,” America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen said. “There are complexities and tensions to be sure, but moments like this should force us to re-examine how we got here. This isn’t just about dumbbells or swag bags. This is about our fundamental expectations for fairness and equity and ensuring the outcomes of our decisions can meet those standards to deliver a quality experience for our student athletes.”

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said it’s unacceptable for anything to fall short for just the women, and also criticized NCAA President Mark Emmert in a statement posted Friday night on Twitter.

“What we now know is the NCAA’s season-long messaging about `togetherness’ and `equality’ was about convenience and a soundbite for the moment created after the murder of George Floyd,” Staley wrote. “We cannot as leaders of young women allow Mark Emmert and his team to use us and our student-athletes at their convenience. All teams here deal with the same issues as the men’s teams this season, yet their `reward’ is different.”

MIAMI BASEBALL: Baseball Defeats Toledo in Home Opener, 9-6

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OXFORD, Ohio — The Miami University baseball team opened its home schedule with a 9-6 win against the University of Toledo. Five RedHawks had multi-hit games, leading an offensive outburst to propel Miami to the win. The RedHawks improved to 8-7 (1-0 Mid-American Conference), while the Rockets drop to 2-12 (0-1 MAC).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

In the top of the first, the Rockets scored on an RBI single, taking a 1-0 lead. To respond, freshman Dalton Back tripled to right field, driving in sophomore Brian Zapp. Shortly after, redshirt freshman Nate Stone hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Back from third base and giving the RedHawks a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the second inning, junior Mac Hippenhammer hit into a fielder’s choice allowing senior Tyler Wardwell to score to put the RedHawks up by two. Toledo quickly answered in the top of the third, cutting the RedHawk lead in half, making it a 3-2 game.

The offensive showcase continued in the bottom of the third following a two-RBI single by Will Vogelgesang, driving in Stone and Back to give the RedHawks a 5-2 lead.

In the top of the sixth, the Rockets doubled to left field, scoring a pair and cutting the RedHawk lead to one.

In the bottom of the sixth, senior Michael Morissette hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring fellow senior Stephen Krause to put the RedHawks up two. Hippenhammer bunted for a single, stole second, and eventually scored on an RBI single by Zapp, giving the RedHawks a 7-4 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, senior Nate Stolze tripled to left field, driving in Stone. A few moments later, Wardwell drove Stolze in on an RBI single, putting the RedHawks up, 9-5.

In the top of the eighth inning, the Rockets scored again, cutting the RedHawk lead to three.

GAME NOTES:

RedHawks Stone, Zapp, Stolze, Back, and Wardwell all had multi-hit games, each driving in a run.

Vogelgesang continued his strong hitting, going 1-for-3 with two RBI.

WHAT’S NEXT:

The RedHawks will play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 20 against Toledo. The first pitch for game one is at 1 p.m.

WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Three late runs lift Raidergang to series-opening win

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The Wright State baseball team scored three-runs in the top of the eighth inning on Friday afternoon for a 7-5 come from behind victory at UIC to open the four-game weekend series and remain undefeated in Horizon League play.

The Raiders (9-5, 9-0 HL) and the Flames (3-8, 2-3 HL) continue the four-game series with a pair of games on Saturday, with game one starting at 1 p.m. ET with game two to follow.

For Horizon League doubleheaders throughout the season, the first game will be a 7 inning game with the second game being a 9 inning game. If game one of the doubleheader goes extra innings then game two becomes a 7 inning game.

The Raiders have now won nine straight games and actually came from behind twice on Friday, first in the fifth inning when they posted four runs after UIC took an early two-run lead and then in the eighth after the Flames had just plated three runs in the seventh to regain the lead.

Trailing 5-4 entering the eighth inning, Wright State saw Tyler Black open the frame with a walk before scoring two batters later on Sammy Sass’ RBI single through the left side to tie the game. Moments later, Sass scored on Jay Luikart’s triple into left that just got under the outstretched diving attempt from UIC’s Garrett McCarthy. Luikart added to the lead when he scored on a Flames fielding error.

UIC took the early lead with a two-run single in the third inning, but the Raiders jumped ahead in the fifth, first on an Alex Alders RBI single before later in the frame Quincy Hamilton sent one off the building beyond the right field wall for a three-run shot, his team-leading fifth homer of the season.

The Flames tied the game in the seventh on a pair of RBI singles before executing a steal of home in a situation with runners on first and third later in the inning to set up the Raider eighth inning comeback.

Jake Schrand struck out 10 batters over 6.1 innings but did not factor into the decision after allowing three runs and seven hits. Jake Shirk was credited with the win after allowing two runs in 0.2 inning of work as the pitcher of record when the Raiders took the lead in the eighth. Mitch Gremling tallied his first save of the season, striking out two batters without allowing a hit over the final two innings.

Damon Dies and Alders each had two hits, while Hamilton’s three RBI led the way in that category. Hamilton and Black each drew two walks as well as the Raiders finished with nine hits overall.

UIC received seven of its 10 hits from the top of the lineup in the loss, with three hits coming from Thomas Smart and a pair of two hits out of Bryan Rosario and Ryan Nagelbach. Starter Jacob Key allowed four runs on five hits with five strikeouts over seven innings but didn’t factor in the decision, as reliever Chris Torres drew the loss after allowing the three Raider runs in the eighth inning. 

DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball Wins On Walk-Off Home Run By Riley Tirotta

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DAYTON – The University of Dayton baseball team got a walkoff home run from senior Riley Tirotta in the bottom of the ninth to take Friday’s contest against Central Michigan 3-1.

Tirotta sent the 1-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the Flyers the victory. The two-run home run is the third home run of the season for Tirotta, who went 2-4 on the afternoon. Dayton also got another great performance from senior Hunter Wolfe, who went seven scoreless innings for UD, allowing just three hits and striking out 10 Chippewas.

It’s the second time this season Dayton has won on a walkoff, with the other coming on March 7 against Oakland. The win improves the Flyers record to 4-11 in 2021.

ON THE MOUND

Wolfe dominated Central Michigan’s offense, with his three hits marking the lowest number Wolfe has allowed in 2021. It was the lefty’s second-straight start with 10 or more strikeouts and the seventh time in his Dayton career that he has posted double-digit strikeouts.

Senior Andrew Zapka entered the game for the Flyers in the eighth, allowing one unearned run in his one-third of an inning on the mound. He was relieved by senior Jonathan Brus who finished the eighth without allowing a run.

Graduate student Justin Longbrake earned the win, pitching a scoreless ninth inning for Dayton, striking out two without allowing a baserunner.

SCORING PLAYS

Bottom 5: (1-0 Flyers)

Junior Jake Silverstein reached on an error with one out in the fifth and stole second to get into scoring position. Senior Mariano Ricciardi sent a two-out groundball to the shortstop, who failed to field the ball cleanly and threw the ball past the CMU third baseman allowing Silverstein to give the Flyers the lead.

Top 8: (1-1 Tie)

A one-out dropped third strike put a runner on first and a double off of Zapka put runners on second and third with one out. A wild pitch from Brus brought the run home from third, but back-to-back strikeouts from Brus kept the score tied.

Bottom 9: (3-1 Flyers)

A leadoff walk from graduate student Alex Brickman brought pinch runner freshman Anthony Steinhardt into the game. Graduate student Eddie Pursinger advanced him to second with a sacrifice bunt to bring up Tirotta, who hit his 11th career home run to walk it off for the Flyers on Friday.

UP NEXT:

The Flyers will return for a doubleheader on Saturday. The first game is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. at Woerner Field.

OHIO STATE WRESTLING: SASSO TO THE FINALS, THREE BUCKEYES ARE ALL-AMERICANS

(OSU RELEASE)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Three Ohio State Buckeyes secured All-America honors on Friday at the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis.

Top-seeded Sammy Sasso picked up two wins, including a pin in the semifinals to advance to Saturday’s championship match at 149-pounds. He is looking to become Ohio State’s 24th individual national champion.

Ethan Smith and Tate Orndorff also secured All-America status in slightly different ways. Smith won his quarterfinals match while Orndorff had to wrestle four times on Friday in the wrestlebacks.

As a team, Ohio State is currently in ninth place with 45.5 total points.

Malik Heinselman opened the day with a rubber match against Michigan State’s RayVon Foley. Heinselman won the regular season match in Columbus and the Foley won the meeting at the Big Ten Championships. On Friday, Foley picked-up two takedowns in the third period and came away with a 6-3 victory.

Dylan D’Emilio had a great first match with Virginia’s Brian Courtney on Friday. Trailing 6-3 entering the third, D’Emilio took down Courtney three times in the final period with the last one coming with just eight seconds remaining. Neither wrestler registered a takedown in the first sudden victory period and D’Emilio rode Courtney for all 30 seconds of the first tiebreaker period. He then escaped from the bottom right at the start of the second tiebreaker period to win the match.

His run in the wrestlebacks ended a round later however, as Oklahoma’s Dom Demas got two takedowns in the third period to stretch his lead and eventually topped D’Emilio 14-8.

Sasso advanced to the semifinals and earned his All-America status with a workman-like 8-3 win over Yahya Thomas of Northwestern. Sasso had a takedown in all three periods and controlled the riding time as well. Thomas, the No. 25 seed in the bracket, had beaten the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds yesterday to reach the quarters.

In the semis, Sasso went to his signature move. Oklahoma State’s Boo Lewallen got to Sasso’s side but Sammy was able to get across and dig in his cradle. He got Lewallen in tight and it was over. He pinned the Cowboy at the 4:01 mark and punched his ticket to the finals.

Sasso will meet North Carolina’s Austin O`Connor on Saturday night. The two wrestlers have been ranked No. 1 and No. 2 all season in every poll.

Ethan Smith took on Arizona State’s Anthony Valencia in his quarterfinal match on Friday afternoon. Valencia led 4-2 after the first but Smith had nice reversal at the start of the second and another takedown to take a 6-4 lead. Valencia took a shot midway through the third and Smith was ready, countering with a takedown and four near-fall points to seal the match. He went on to win 13-4 and solidified his All-American status.

He took on Pitt’s Jake Wentzel in the semis and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a takedown just 30 seconds into the match. Wentzel escaped late in the first and then rode out the entire second period to essentially secure the riding time point. In the third, Wentzel broke free and got a reversal for two more points and would go to a 4-2 win.

Smith heads to the consolation semis where he will face Travis Wittlake of Oklahoma State. The two met in the second round on Thursday and Smith came away with a 4-3 win.

Kaleb Romero faced No. 2-seed Demetrius Romero in his quarterfinal match in the 174-pound bracket. Kaleb was unable to match Demetrius’ takedown in the first period and he would fall 6-0. That sent him to the consolation bracket where he met Michigan’s Logan Massa Friday evening. Massa beat Romero 4-3 in the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago and topped Romero again on Friday night, winning this time 6-1.

Rocky Jordan started his day with a dominating 16-0 tech fall victory over Hofstra’s Charles Small. That setup a third meeting this season with Purdue’s Max Lyon. Jordan won the regular season match but Lyon got his revenge in the Big Ten Championship. On Friday, Jordan scored a first period take down and that was the only scoring of the match. Both wrestlers rode out the second and third periods and Jordan moved on.

On Friday night, his run came to a halt as Virginia Tech’s Hunter Bolen jumped-out to a 6-0 lead in the first period on a takedown and a four-point near-fall. He used that lead to cruise to a 7-3 victory.

Tate Orndorff also started his day needing three wins to secure All-America status. He rolled to an 11-3 major decision over Hofstra’s Zachary Knighton-Ward in his first match. He then scored an escape in the first tiebreaker period and held on in the second for a 2-1 win over Wyoming’s Brian Andrews.

On Friday evening, he squared-off with Ethan Laird of Rider. The winner of that match would earn All-America honors. Orndorff got the first takedown late in the first and then secured the escape point in the second to lead 3-0 headed to the final period. After Laird escaped from the bottom, Orndorff got his second takedown and used the riding time point to post a 7-2 victory. The postmatch smile was hard to miss as Orndorff collected the second All-America honor of his career.

But he had to regroup quickly because he another match with Wisconsin’s Trent Hilger. Both wrestlers looked fatigued as it was the end of a long day. Each guy got their escape point and Orndorff took a shot late in the third. He was close to having control was Hilger was able to wiggle out from underneath and got his own takedown with just seven seconds remaining. That was enough to steal the victory.

Orndorff will have one final match against Penn State’s Greg Kerkvliet in Sunday’s seventh-place match.

XAVIER BASEBALL: Trevor Olson Goes 7.0 Innings on the Mound in 2-1 Win at Cincinnati

(XAVIER RELEASE)

CINCINNATI – Senior left-hander Trevor Olson went 7.0 innings in his second start of the season, pitching a perfect game through the first 6.0 innings, to help Xavier (4-7) pick up the 2-1 win in game one of four against Cincinnati (6-8).

Xavier took the lead on a Alex Helmin homer in the second inning, then added a run when Jeff Holtz took a one-out walk, advanced to second and scored on a Kody Darcy single. Xavier held the two-run lead going into the seventh inning when the Bearcats led off the inning with a homer, breaking up Olson’s perfect outing. Olson remained through the seventh inning, and faced the lead off batter in the eighth before Trey Schramm entered to close out the game, preserving the 2-1 win for the Musketeers.

The Musketeers and Bearcats return to action on Saturday, opening up the home schedule for Xavier at Hayden Field. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.

INDY FUEL HOCKEY: FUEL SNEAK PAST KANSAS CITY IN OVERTIME

(FUEL RELEASE)

KANSAS CITY – In their first game of a three-game series, the Fuel visited the Kansas City Mavericks at Cable Dahmer Arena. The Fuel would take the early lead with a goal from Joe Sullivan, only to be tied by Adam Brady at the end of the first period. With neither team scoring for the remainder of regulation, the game would go to overtime where Matt Marcinew would score :19 seconds in to give the Fuel a 2-1 win

Indy would take the 1-0 lead in the first period after Antoine Waked chased down a puck and fed Joe Sullivan a one-timer to beat Matt Ginn over the shoulder. After putting several shots on the Fuel net in the final seconds of the period, Kansas City would breakthrough when Adam Brady jumped on a rebound and fired it over the shoulder of Indy goaltender Dan Bakala.

Killing off a penalty early in the second period, the Fuel would be outshot by the Mavericks 6-1 through the first six minutes. Earning their own chance on the power play ad the midpoint of the period, the Fuel would be unable to take lead. Giving up 10 shots in the middle stanza, Indy’s Dan Bakala would hold on to send Indy into the locker room tied 1-1.

After several minutes without a shot, both teams traded chances to start the final period. Earning two power plays in the third period, the Fuel would outshoot the Mavericks 9 to 6 but would be unable to capitalize on the man advantages. With neither team scoring in regulation, the game would head to a seven-minute overtime period where it would only take :19 seconds before Matt Marcinew tucked a puck through the legs of Matt Ginn to hand the Fuel a 2-1 win on Friday night.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1973

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- Eleven weeks after he was killed on a mercy mission, Roberto Clemente was voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame today in an extraordinary special election. The longtime outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and folk hero in Puerto Rico thereby became the first Latin-American player picked for the museum at Cooperstown, N.Y. He also became the first player in baseball history to be elected in a special mail poll without the normal five-year wait, though Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees was chosen by acclamation in 1939 when fatally ill.

Clemente made it by receiving 93 per cent of the 424 ballots cast. They were asked to decide on his immediate election with these results: 393 voted yes, two abstained and 29 voted no-most of them explaining that they simply opposed waiving the five-year rule. The results were announced at a brief and solemn ceremony here in the heart of baseball’s spring training area on the West Coast of Florida. It was one year after Clemente had opened his 18th season in the major leagues and 79 days after he was lost in a plane crash into the sea off San Juan while taking relief supplies from Puerto Rico to victims of Nicaragua’s earthquake.

Acknowledging the vote were the baseball commissioner, Bowie Kuhn; officials of the Pirates, led by General Manager Joe L. Brown, and Vera Clemente, whom Roberto married in 1964 after a chance meeting in her father’s drugstore. Mrs. Clemente, fighting back tears, said only, “Thank you for everything.” But later, in an interview, she noted that it was the first time since the accident on New Year’s Eve that she had left her three sons: Roberto, who is 8 years old; Luis, 7, and Enrique, 4.

A memorial was dedicated to Clemente today: the trophy given by the commissioner each year to a ballplayer of high reputation was named the Roberto Clemente Award. It was given tonight at the annual Governor’s Dinner to Al Kaline, 38-year-old outfielder for the Detroit Tigers. Clemente’s plaque at Cooperstown will be unveiled Aug. 6 when five other baseball figures enter the Hall of Fame in the annual induction. They are Warren Spahn, the pitcher; Monte Irvin, who was elected by the special committee on the old Negro leagues, and Billy Evans, George Kelly and Mickey Welch, voted in by the Veterans Committee.

During 18 seasons with Pittsburgh, Clemente became one of the great defensive stars of the game and batted .317 with 240 home runs and 3,000 hits. The last hit, a double off John Matlack of the Mets on Sept. 30, made him the 11th player in history to reach 3,000. He was 38 years old when he said good-bye to his wife at the airport on New Year’s Eve and took off with a plane-load of relief supplies for Nicaragua.

1965: Bill Bradley of Princeton University, Rhodes Scholar, later a Knicks star, a United States senator and a presidential contender, scored 58 points in his college finale, a 118‚82 victory over Wichita State in an N.C.A.A. title consolation game at Portland, Ore.

1954: Bobby Plumb sank a last-second shot to give Milan High School (enrollment 161) a 32‚30 victory over Muncie Central in the final game of the Indiana High School basketball championships. It was the most famous high school basketball game of all time. Milan Coach Marvin Wood and others became central figures in the celebrated 1986 film “Hoosiers.”

1992: Kenny Bernstein, the National Hot Rod Association champion in the top fuel division, the fastest class in the sport, became the first dragster to exceed 300 miles an hour when he was clocked at 301.70 m.p.h. in a qualifying heat at the N.H.R.A. Gatornationals at the Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1934       Babe Didrikson, a renowned female athlete, gives up no hits and walks only one Dodger when she pitches the first inning of the Philadelphia A’s spring training game at McCurdy Field in Frederick, Maryland. The founder of the LPGA and Olympic track and field Gold Medalist will also participate in exhibition contests with the Indians and Cardinals.

1937       In one of the most significant trades in Negro League history, the Homestead Grays obtain Josh Gibson and Judy Johnson for $25,000 and two journeymen. The Baseball’s Hall of Fame will induct both players, with Gibson becoming a member in 1972 and Johnson, following three years later.

1953       Although the Department of Justice outlawed this practice in 1949, U.S. Senator Edwin C. Johnson proposes a bill, banning the broadcast of major league games in minor league territories. The lawmaker, who is baseball executive Bob Howsam’s father-in-law, serves as the President of the Class A Western League and once played a significant role in the construction of Mile High Stadium, formerly known as Bears Stadium.

1958       The Phillies purchase Joe Collins from the Yankees, but he decides to retire rather than report to the City of Brotherly Love. The 34 year-old first baseman, who spent his entire ten-year career with New York and appeared in seven World Series with the team, finishes with a lifetime .256 batting average.

1961       The Yankees announce they will oppose any plan that would enable the new National League expansion franchise to use Yankee Stadium. This decision leaves the Polo Grounds as the only viable option for the new team.

1973       In an exhibition game played in Puerto Rico, Willie Mays, subbing for manager Yogi Berra, pilots the Mets to an 8-3 win over the Pirates.

1973       Four months after his death, the BBWAA selects (393 out 424 votes) the late Roberto Clemente to be a member of the Hall of Fame in a special election after the organization’s board of directors previously waived the mandatory five-year waiting period. The 38 year-old Pirates outfielder, the first Latin-American player chosen for induction at Cooperstown, died when a cargo plane crashes on New Year’s Eve, bringing supplies to victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake.

1975       A rare spring training brawl takes place when Ranger second baseman Dave Nelson takes exception to the two brushback pitches thrown at him by Yankee southpaw Mike Wallace in the seventh inning of an exhibition contest at played Fort Lauderdale. The trouble begins early after Jim Bibby’s first pitch plunks leadoff hitter Elliot Maddox, who had angered Texas skipper Billy Martin when he told the local press that his former manager “has a habit of lying to his players.”

1989       Outgoing baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth announces his office is conducting an inquiry into “serious allegations” concerning Pete Rose and gambling. Three days after his successor Bart Giamatti assumes the post on April 1, MLB retains John M. Dowd to investigate the charges against the Reds’ manager .

2002       The Commissioner’s office announces MLB will continue the practice that began after the September 11 attacks of singing ‘God Bless America’ during the seventh-inning stretch in each team’s first homestand. Also, an American flag patch will be worn on the jackets of 28 major league teams this season and as well as distinctive logos for Opening Day, Memorial Day weekend, and the Fourth of July, with Canadian versions designed for the Blue Jays and Expos.

2006       At San Diego’s Petco Park, Japan, managed by all-time international home-run king Sadaharu Oh, captures the first World Baseball Classic crown, beating Cuba, 10-6. The 16-team tournament, plan to occur again in the year 2009, ends with just two major leaguers still in the game.

2006       In his first appearance in a Nationals uniform, Alfonso Soriano refuses to play the outfield in an exhibition game against the Dodgers. The All-Star second baseman, slated to start in left field, could be placed on the disqualified list for insubordination, preventing him from getting paid his $10 million salary and accruing service time, used to determine a player’s free-agent status.

2008       Behind the strong pitching of Brad Penny, the Dodgers make their Cactus League debut, beating the White Sox in Phoenix, 8-2. The outing, which takes place where he made his professional debut, earns the right-hander the Opening Day start against the Giants.

2014       The Angels trade first baseman Matt Scioscia, the son of manager Mike Scioscia, to the Cubs for outfielder Trevor Gretzky, the offspring of NHL’s Hall of Fame center Wayne Gretzky. The name-worth swap proves not to be helpful to either prospect, with each failing to make the big league club.

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia2813.68318-410-97-221-78-21 L
Brooklyn2814.6670.516-612-85-215-108-21 L
New York2121.5007.512-79-141-514-136-41 W
Boston2021.4888.012-78-143-514-125-53 L
Toronto1724.41511.08-109-143-512-151-97 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee2614.65015-511-98-016-79-15 W
Indiana1822.4508.07-1211-104-211-123-71 W
Chicago1822.4508.09-149-82-28-104-62 L
Cleveland1526.36611.510-115-152-511-125-51 L
Detroit1229.29314.57-115-180-78-173-72 W
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami2220.52412-910-115-413-137-32 L
Atlanta2120.5120.511-910-113-313-128-27 W
Charlotte2020.5001.012-88-125-111-96-42 L
Washington1525.3756.08-147-111-65-173-71 W
Orlando1427.3417.59-135-144-410-161-91 W
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah3011.73216-214-93-213-65-51 W
Denver2516.6105.012-813-87-114-108-23 W
Portland2516.6105.014-711-93-415-117-33 W
Oklahoma City1724.41513.08-129-122-69-165-52 L
Minnesota1032.23820.55-145-183-57-183-71 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
LA Lakers2813.68314-814-52-419-86-44 W
Phoenix2713.6750.514-813-54-218-87-31 W
LA Clippers2616.6192.513-613-106-216-94-61 L
Golden State2220.5246.513-79-133-612-125-52 W
Sacramento1724.41511.09-128-123-48-115-52 W
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
San Antonio2216.57910-1012-64-612-146-43 W
Dallas2119.5252.011-910-105-112-136-41 L
Memphis1820.4744.09-139-73-58-144-61 L
New Orleans1724.4156.512-105-144-39-163-72 L
Houston1129.27512.05-146-154-58-140-1019 L

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Washington Capitals30206444181058910-3-210-3-29-1-0
New York Islanders3119844217907112-1-27-7-28-2-0
Pittsburgh Penguins30181113715968512-3-06-8-17-3-0
Boston Bruins281684361477667-3-19-5-35-3-2
Philadelphia Flyers2815103331492997-5-28-5-14-6-0
New York Rangers2912134281186786-6-36-7-15-4-1
New Jersey Devils2710134241068864-10-26-3-23-5-2
Buffalo Sabres296194164611012-11-24-8-20-9-1
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights2821614321946312-2-19-4-08-2-0
Colorado Avalanche2818823818916511-4-17-4-17-2-1
Minnesota Wild2818913718876910-3-08-6-16-3-1
St. Louis Blues3015105351391974-7-311-3-25-2-3
Los Angeles Kings2912116301185835-4-47-7-23-4-3
Arizona Coyotes3012135291072917-7-35-6-23-5-2
San Jose Sharks281113426781983-5-28-8-24-4-2
Anaheim Ducks319166248701055-10-34-6-33-6-1
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs311910240191058310-6-19-4-14-6-0
Edmonton Oilers332013040201129511-8-09-5-06-4-0
Winnipeg Jets30181023818988710-5-18-5-15-4-1
Montreal Canadiens301389351395835-5-28-3-74-2-4
Vancouver Canucks34161623413951069-7-27-9-08-2-0
Calgary Flames3115133331487958-5-17-8-26-3-1
Ottawa Senators3310203238871306-6-34-14-03-5-2
 
Central
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Tampa Bay Lightning29216244201066911-2-010-4-27-2-1
Florida Panthers2919644218100839-4-310-2-16-2-2
Carolina Hurricanes2920724216997510-1-210-6-08-1-1
Chicago Blackhawks31141253312941027-4-27-8-33-6-1
Columbus Blue Jackets31121273111831017-5-55-7-24-4-2
Nashville Predators3013161271173987-7-06-9-14-5-1
Dallas Stars26910725874716-4-53-6-23-4-3
Detroit Red Wings31101742410711017-7-33-10-15-4-1