Blue River61Cambridge City Lincoln51 
Columbus East61Evansville Central53 
Decatur Central57Indianapolis Tindley54 
Eastern Hancock58Wes-Del53 
Fort Wayne Snider66Elkhart65 
Franklin County42Oldenburg Academy39 
Harrison (West Lafayette)57Delta42 
Indianapolis Cathedral68Zionsville65 
Indianapolis International70Seton Catholic..Moynihan 19p/19r, Falcone 1555 
Indianapolis Scecina54Traders Point Christian39 
Lawrence Central49Indianapolis Roncalli45 
Lawrence North61Gary West60 
Lewis Cass49Rochester35 
Liberty Christian92Elwood47 
Mount Vernon (Fortville)74New Castle60 
New Haven58Fremont57 
North Putnam61Greenwood Christian55 
Northeastern50Jay County34 
Norwell61Fort Wayne Northrop46 
Tipton69North Newton58 
Union City66Anderson Prep Academy45 
Wayne Trace (Ohio)53Woodlan38 
Alexandria Tournament
Alexandria67Southern Wells57 
Sheridan57Southern Wells55 
Bedford North Lawrence Tournament
Bedford North Lawrence67Scottsburg58 
Castle54Bedford North Lawrence42 
Bi County Tournament
Seeger47Fountain Central44 
Clinton Central Tournament
Clinton Prairie62Clinton Central37 
Carroll (Flora)73Tri-Central57 
Forest Park Tournament
Vincennes Lincoln62Borden50 
Forest Park54Christian Academy40 
North Knox49Northeast Dubois33 
Evansville North70Evansville Harrison57 
Hall of Fame Tournament
Fort Wayne Blackhawk75Barr-Reeve66OT
Fort Wayne Blackhawk66Shenandoah59OT
Hebron-Boone Grove Tournament
Winamac56South Bend Career43 
Lake Station66Tri-County50 
Boone Grove63River Forest36 
Marquette Catholic63Hebron40 
Highland Tournament
Kankakee Valley77Griffith35 
Munster95Kankakee Valley45 
Jefferson County Invitational
Indiana Math & Science57Switzerland County51 
Purdue Poly Englewood74Switzerland County49 
Purdue Poly Englewood91Indiana Math & Science59 
East Central70Madison49 
Southwestern (Hanover)70Danville65OT
Lebanon Tournament
Lowell63Gary 21st Century54 
Mooresville67Indianapolis Metropolitan58 
Perry Meridian37Lebanon24 
Gary 21st Century104Indianapolis Metropolitan85 
Pike49Perry Meridian41 
Miami County Invitational
Maconaquah69North Miami57 
Michigan City Tournament
South Bend Clay70Westville44 
Michigan City69New Prairie63 
Morristown Tournament
New Washington57Waldron56 
South Ripley76Randolph Southern53 
Covenant Christian86South Dearborn68 
North Central (Indianapolis) Classic
Hammond71North Central (Indianapolis)68 
Avon54Park Tudor53OT
North Decatur Tournament
North Decatur51Centerville49 
Yorktown61Rising Sun48 
Centerville53Rising Sun42 
Yorktown38North Decatur28 
Owen Valley Classic
Owen Valley57University53 
University67Eastern (Greentown)48 
Owen Valley71Eastern (Greentown)65 
Perry-Spencer Classic
North Harrison45Perry Central43 
South Spencer61Tell City39 
Plymouth Tournament
Preble Shawnee Tournament
Preble Shawnee (Ohio)65Union County60 
Silver Creek Tournament
Silver Creek95Clarksville49 
Valparaiso Classic
South Bend Adams67Valparaiso58 
Calumet67Lighthouse CPA66 
South Bend Adams83Lighthouse CPA51 
Wabash County Tournament
Wabash Valley Tournament
Parke Heritage47Northview452OT
Greencastle41Bloomington South36 
Wawasee Tournament
Illiana Christian47Wawasee44 
Illiana Christian66Garrett42 


Center Grove45Brownsburg36 
Clinton Prairie46Logansport22 
East Central63Jac-Cen-Del32 
Hammond Noll91River Forest50 
Harrison (West Lafayette)75North White31 
Homestead52Fort Wayne Concordia42 
Lanesville50Floyd Central20 
Loogootee55Evansville North31 
Mooresville49Indianapolis Cathedral28 
Muncie Central77Marion42 
New Haven49Fremont42OT
North Daviess42Cloverdale19 
North Judson42Triton31 
North Knox50Owen Valley48 
Oregon-Davis74Lighthouse CPA44 
Pendleton Heights85New Castle44 
Princeton61Tell City17 
Rushville64Blue River39 
South Adams45Fort Wayne Blackhawk41 
South Central (Union Mills)58Boone Grove36 
Springs Valley38Wood Memorial31 
Switzerland County34Oldenburg Academy25 
Triton Central84South Dearborn21 
Vincennes Rivet46Sullivan43 
Washington66North Posey31 
Woodlan57Adams Central50 
Ben Davis Classic
Ben Davis53Avon38 
Warren Central59Covenant Christian45 
Warren Central62Avon58 
Ben Davis68Covenant Christian32 
Bi County Tournament
Seeger51Fountain Central39 
Franklin Central Tournament
Pike70Fort Wayne South44 
Richmond33Franklin Central31 
Fort Wayne South59Franklin Central50 
Franklin Tournament
Terre Haute North53Batesville40 
Zionsville62Terre Haute North30 
Grant 4 Tournament
Oak Hill47Madison-Grant43OT
Eastbrook50Oak Hill27 
Greensburg Tournament
Noblesville70New Palestine55 
New Palestine54Southport45 
Griffith Tournament
Hebron41Hammond Clark25 
Highland52Hammond Clark23 
Hanover Central Classic
Hanover Central53East Chicago Central15 
Wheeler43Hammond Gavit28 
Calumet53Bowman Academy41 
Lake-Central Tournament
Mishawaka Marian58Lake Central40 
Miami County Invitational
Peru63North Miami59 
Michigan City Tournament
Michigan City48Marquette Catholic33 
Lake Station51New Prairie39 
North Central (Indianapolis) Classic
Westfield45Silver Creek35 
North Central (Indianapolis)74Springboro (Ohio)43 
Northridge Tournament
Northridge53South Bend St. Joseph47 
Knox62Fort Wayne Dwenger44 
Fort Wayne Snider53East Noble30 
Carroll (Fort Wayne)67South Bend Washington58 
East Noble45Fort Wayne Dwenger40 
Fort Wayne Snider70South Bend St. Joseph49 
South Bend Washington65Knox45 
Carroll (Fort Wayne)64Northridge51 
Tipton Tournament
Southwestern (Shelbyville)53Clinton Central47 
Tipton58Carroll (Flora)50 
Wabash County Tournament
Wapahani Tournament
Wapahani63Southern Wells38 
Morristown65Southern Wells44 


Wisconsin 42 Wake Forest 28

#6 Oklahoma 55 #7 Florida 20


#2 Baylor 105 Alcorn State 76

#7 Tennessee 73 #12 Missouri 53

#23, Virginia 66, Notre Dame 57

#25 Ohio State 90 Nebraska 54

Indiana 87 Penn State 85 OT

Providence 71 Butler 55

LaSalle 67 Dayton 65

Seton Hall 85 Xavier 68

VCU 80 St. Joseph’s 64

Manhattan 65 Delaware State 59

George Washington 71 Fordham 47

Bowling Green 83 Ohio 75

Furman 77 Chattanooga 73

SMU 79 Temple 71

Hampton 80 Gardner Webb 69

Colorado State 81 Fresno State 59

Rhode Island 63 St. Bonaventure 57

Radford 71 Presbyterian 65

George Mason 93 Massachusetts 92 2OT

High Point 63 USC Upstate 52

Belmont 68 Murray State 55

Arkansas 97 Auburn 85

Richmond 80 Davidson 74

Eastern Tennessee 86 Western Carolina 78

Mississippi State 83 Georgia 73

Wichita State 81 Newman 43

Georgia Tech 72 North Carolina 67

Eastern Kentucky 69 Eastern Illinois 61

Stanford 84 VMI 71

North Carolina State 79 Boston College 76

Austin Peay 68 Tennessee State 59

TCU 66 Prairie View A&M 61

Jackson State 80 Tennessee Martin 70

Connecticut 82 DePaul 61

Seattle 84 Portland 68

Florida 91 Vanderbilt 72

Tennessee Tech 72 SE. Missouri State 63

St. Mary’s 63 Sacramento 45


#21 S. Florida 63 Tulsa 35

#23 Gonzaga 58 Pepperdine 42

Campbell 69 Winthrop 41

UNC Asheville 74 Longwood 69

High Point 60 USC Upstate 52

Alabama A&M 67 Nicholls 61

BYU 76 Santa Clara 50

Pacific 78 St. Mary’s 70 OT

Presbyterian 62 Radford 51

Gardner Webb 70 Hampton 56

Eastern Kentucky 80 Eastern Illinois 69

San Diego 61 San Francisco 54

Jackson State 72 UT Martin 67

Southeast Missouri 79 Tennessee Tech 70

Portland 58 Loyola Maryland 53

South Dakota 89 Midland 39

Houston 79 Wichita State 65


Boston 126 Memphis 107… Desmond Bane a career-high 16 points, four rebounds, two steals

Miami 119 Milwaukee 108

Brooklyn 145 Atlanta 141

Charlotte 118 Dallas 99

LA Lakers 121 San Antonio 107

LA Clippers 128 Portland 105



Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 21 points and Rob Phinisee hit a stepback jumper for the win as Indiana held off Penn State 87-85 in overtime Wednesday night.

Jackson-Davis and Phinisee (11 points) were among five Hoosiers (6-4, 1-2 Big Ten) to score in double figures as Indiana was 57% shooting for the game (32 of 56). Aljami Durham added 18 points, Armaan Franklin had 16 and Trey Galloway 10.

Penn State (3-4, 0-3) scored first in overtime on a layup off the jump ball and Myreon Jones twice gave the Nittany Lions either a one-point lead or a tie – the latter, 85-85, coming off a pair of free throws with 43 seconds left.

But as the clock was winding down, Phinisee hit his winner with 13 seconds remaining and Penn State, after a timeout, missed a shot at the buzzer.

Jones led Penn State with 20 points, making 4 of 6 from beyond the 3-point arc. Sam Sessoms scored 17 points, Izaiah Brockington had 15 and Seth Lundy 10.

Sessoms had a potential game-winning 3-pointer blocked by Phinisee in the final second of regulation. Phinisee also blocked a Sessoms jump shot with 42 seconds left in regulation and Indiana clinging to a one-point lead.

Penn State hosts No. 6 Wisconsin on Sunday, Jan. 3 while Indiana hosts Maryland on Monday, Jan. 4.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team moved back to .500 in Big Ten play on Wednesday night courtesy of its 90-54 win over Nebraska at the Value City Arena. The Buckeyes improved to 8-2 (2-2 Big Ten) overall while Nebraska is now 4-6, 0-3 B1G. 

The Buckeyes were led in scoring by Justin Ahrens, who scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and connected on five of seven three-point attempts. Zed Key added 14 points and made all five of his field goal attempts while Duane Washington Jr. added 13 points, Justice Sueing added 12 and Seth Towns chipped in with 11 in 15 minutes off the bench. It was Ohio State’s highest point total in a Big Ten game since defeating Penn State 106-74 on Dec. 7, 2019. 

“Overall a really solid performance,” said head coach Chris Holtmann. “Our ball movement was exceptional. That’s what we have to continue to be. We’ll take this one here, know it’s unique and get ready for a really good Minnesota team on Sunday.” 

Ohio State created all the separate it needed with a 15-0 run midway through the first half that turned a 13-all tie into a 28-13 advantage for the Buckeyes. During the run, the Buckeyes shot 6 of 9 from the floor and received three-pointers from E.J. Liddell, Justin Ahrens and Seth Towns. The Buckeyes led 38-21 at halftime after holding Nebraska t just 21 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes, including 3-of-16 from three-point range. 

A total of eight Buckeyes scored in the first half, led by eight points apiece from Justice Sueing and Zed Key. Sueing and Key also added three rebounds. 

Ohio State opened the second half on a 16-5 run to take it largest lead of the game to that point, 54-26, with 14:30 remaining. The Buckeyes made six of their first eight shots after halftime. The Buckeyes led by as many as 41 points in the second half (70-29). 

Ohio State improved to 15-2 vs. Nebraska in Big Ten games and 10-1 against the Cornhuskers is Columbus. Wednesday was the only meeting between the two teams in 2020-21. The other opponents the Buckeyes are slated to play just once are at Minnesota (Jan. 3), at Wisconsin (Jan. 23), at Maryland (Feb. 8), Indiana (Feb. 13) and Michigan (Feb. 21). 

Ohio State returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 3 when it’s back on the road to face Minnesota at 5:30 p.m. at Williams Arena. The game will be broadcast live on BTN.


Providence used a first-half surge to take a 71-55 win over Butler Wednesday night at Alumni Hall in Rhode Island. It was the second match-up between the two teams over the past week, as the host Friars were able to avenge a Butler victory from before Christmas. 

Providence guard David Duke had 17 of his 22 points in the opening 20 minutes as Providence took a 35-18 halftime lead. The Friars got out of the gates strong, hitting their first eight attempts from the field, and then finished the half on a 15-3 run. 

“All the credit goes to Providence; they came out with intensity and a strong competitive spirit,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “We didn’t respond well early and then were in recovery mode the rest of the way. There were segments where we played pretty well, but definitely not consistent enough. But Providence had a lot to do with that.” 

With the win, Providence is now 7-3 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play. Butler falls to 2-4 (1-2 BIG EAST). 

The Bulldogs made one last run to pull back into the contest, as an 11-2 spurt brought Butler within 62-51 with 3:08 remaining. Butler’s next two possessions were the missed front end of a 1-and-1 and a turnover, while the Friars countered with a Nate Watson post basket and an A.J. Reeves three-pointer to cement the victory. 

Jair Bolden led the Bulldogs with 15 points. He hit four three-pointers. Bryce Nze and Chuck Harris each posted 10 points. Butler committed only eight turnovers, but could not overcome a cold shooting night at 34.4 percent. 

Duke and Watson (who had 18 points) combined to go 18-of-23 from the field, as the Friars shot 58 percent overall. Duke added 13 rebounds and eight assists. 

The Bulldogs continue a quick two-game east coast road trip Saturday with a 4:30 p.m. tip at Seton Hall. The game will air on FS1.


The Indianapolis Colts will try to make the playoffs Sunday without left tackle Anthony Castonzo.

Coach Frank Reich announced Wednesday the former Pro Bowler will undergo season-ending surgery on his right ankle Thursday. Reich did not explain how the Colts will fill Castonzo’s spot on their injury-plagued offensive line.

“I’m not going to go into that right now from a competitive advantage standpoint,” he said. “But we have a plan A and a plan B and we will wrap it up and confirm it on Friday.”

The timing couldn’t be worse.

Indy (10-5) needs a win over reeling Jacksonville (1-14) on Sunday and a loss by either Baltimore, Cleveland, Miami or Tennessee to make the AFC’s expanded seven-team playoff field.

Castonzo has been an anchor on the offensive line since Indy drafted him with the No. 22 overall pick in 2011. The 32-year-old started all 16 games in six of his 10 seasons and never missed more than five in the other four.

Still, this has been one of the roughest years for Castonzo, who contemplated retiring last offseason before signing a two-year deal to stay with Indy. He missed the Cleveland game in October with a rib injury, the Houston game earlier this month with an injured knee and last week’s game at Pittsburgh after hurting the ankle in practice.

“It’s something different that I have not heard before,” Reich said when asked for details about the injury. “The good news is we feel good about the procedure. It’s not career-ending or anything like that, but it’s a funky kind of injury that I’ve not heard of before.”

Castonzo’s top backup, Le’Raven Clark, suffered a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon on Dec. 6. Chaz Green filled in after Clark went down but moved to right tackle last week, in place of Braden Smith, while Indy plugged Will Holden into Castonzo’s spot. Holden hurt his knee during the game and already has been ruled out for this week.

Indy moved three-time Pro Bowl guard Quenton Nelson to left tackle briefly during one game earlier this season and with three practices to prepare, that remains a possibility.

The good news: Reich said Smith and linebacker Jordan Glasgow, a key special teams contributor, will play this week after being activated from the COVID-19 reserve list. Smith missed one game and Glasgow sat out the past three.


The Kansas City Chiefs will rest quarterback Patrick Mahomes and start Chad Henne in the regular-season finale Sunday versus the Los Angeles Chargers, the team announced.

The Chiefs have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC, giving them a bye through Wild Card Weekend. Kansas City has earned three byes in as many seasons since installing Mahomes as the primary starter.

Mahomes will wrap up the 2020 season with 4,740 yards, 38 touchdowns, and six interceptions. The 25-year-old leads the league in passing yardage and trails only Aaron Rodgers in touchdown passes.

Henne is in his second season with the Chiefs. The signal-caller hasn’t started an NFL game since 2014 when he was playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Running back Dalvin Cook will miss the Minnesota Vikings’ regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Cook flew back to his hometown of Miami following the death of his father, James Cook, at the age of 46, according to Tomasson.

Cook, 25, wanted to conclude what has been a stellar 2020 campaign with his teammates Sunday but felt it was best to be home with his younger siblings, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The Florida State product was to be presented Wednesday with the Korey Stringer Good Guy Award, given to players for their cooperation and professionalism with the media, per ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.

Cook’s 1,557 rushing yards rank second in the league, behind only the Tennessee Titans’ Derrick Henry. He also set career bests this season with 16 rushing touchdowns and a five yards-per-carry average.

It’s unclear who will receive the majority of carries for the Vikings in Week 17. Backup runner Alexander Mattison missed the team’s Week 16 loss to the New Orleans Saints with a concussion. Third-string tailback Mike Boone could see an increase in playing time if Mattison remains unavailable.


PLAYOFF PUSH: All 16 games are divisional contests in Week 17 and there are still 18 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LV. There hasn’t been more teams still alive for postseason berths entering the league’s final week since 2006 (20 teams).

Six division titles have been secured, three of which feature a team that did not win their division in 2019 – the AFC East  (BUFFALO BILLS), AFC North (PITTSBURGH STEELERS) and NFC West (SEATTLE SEAHAWKS).

Both the AFC South, coming down to the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS or TENNESSEE TITANS, and NFC East, with the DALLAS COWBOYSNEW YORK GIANTS and WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM each still in contention for the division crown, are guaranteed to also have new winners in 2020.

The five new division winners this season will be the most in a season since 2017 (five).

Additionally, Pittsburgh won their division after missing the postseason in 2019, while two other division titles – AFC South (Indianapolis) and NFC East (Dallas, N.Y. Giants or Washington) – can be won by a team that missed the playoffs last season. At least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 years.

Should Washington win the NFC East, they would complete the “worst-to-first” turnaround. At least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 15 of the past 17 seasons.

The ARIZONA CARDINALS and MIAMI DOLPHINS can also qualify for the postseason this year after finishing in last place in their division last season.

Since 1990, at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before.

— NFL —

HIGHEST SCORING SEASON: The 2020 season has seen some of the most prolific offensive play in league history and in Week 17 will secure its spot as the highest scoring season ever. ​

There have been 1,373 touchdowns scored in 2020, the most in a single season in NFL history, and on Sunday, the 2020 season will surpass the 2013 season for the most points scored in a single season in NFL history.

*Entering Week 17

Three teams – GREEN BAY (31.6 points per game), KANSAS CITY (30.1) and TENNESSEE (30.0) – are each averaging at least 30 points per game this season while NEW ORLEANS (29.9), TAMPA BAY (29.9) and BUFFALO (29.7) each average at least 29 points per game.

2020 can join 2011 (three teams) and 2018 (three teams) as the only seasons in which at least three teams averaged at least 30 points per game since 1950. No season has seen four teams each score at least 30 points per game.

The seasons with three teams to average at least 30 points per game since 1950:

2018Kansas City35.3
 Los Angeles Rams32.9
 New Orleans31.5
2011Green Bay35.0
 New Orleans34.2
 New England32.1
2020Green Bay31.6*
Kansas City30.1*
New Orleans29.9*
Tampa Bay29.9*
*Entering Week 17

— NFL —

PLENTY OF PASSING: The 2020 season has had a total of 812 touchdown passes this season and can surpass the 2018 season (847 touchdown passes) for the most in a single season in league annals.

The seasons with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

*Entering Week 17

Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON has 265 touchdown passes in his nine-year career and needs two touchdown passes against San Francisco on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX, in Arizona), to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (266 touchdown passes) for the second-most touchdown passes by a player in his first nine seasons in NFL history. Only PEYTON MANNING (275) has more.

The players with the most touchdown passes in their first nine seasons in NFL history:

Peyton ManningIndianapolis275
Dan MarinoHOFMiami266
Russell WilsonSeattle265*
*In ninth season

Three quarterbacks under the age of 26 – Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES (38 touchdown passes, age 25), Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN (34 touchdown passes, age 24) and Houston’s DESHAUN WATSON (30 touchdown passes, age 25) – each have at least 30 touchdown passes this season, while Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT (age 22) has 28 touchdown passes, the most by a rookie in NFL history.

With at least two touchdown passes from Herbert against Kansas City on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), 2020 would become the first season in league history with four quarterbacks under the age of 26 to each throw at least 30 touchdown passes in the same season.

— NFL –

RODGERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Entering Week 17, Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS leads the NFL with 44 touchdown passes and a passer rating of 119.4 (among qualified passers), a mark that would rank as the third-highest single-season passer rating in NFL history.

The players with the highest single-season passer rating in NFL history:

Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2011122.5
Peyton ManningIndianapolis2004121.1
Nick FolesPhiladelphia2013119.2
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2020119.4*
*Entering Week 17 

Rodgers, who led the league in passer rating in 2011 (122.5) and 2012 (108.0), can become the fifth quarterback to lead the NFL in passer rating in three different seasons since 1970.

Steve YoungHOFSan Francisco6 (1991-94, 96-97)
Ken AndersonCincinnati4 (1974-75, 81-82)
Roger StaubachHOFDallas4 (1971, 73, 78-79)
Peyton ManningIndianapolis3 (2004-06)
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2* (2011-12)
*Leads NFL with 119.4 rating entering Week 17

Rodgers, who has 13 games with a passer rating of 100-or-higher in 2020, can become the first quarterback in NFL history with a passer rating of 100-or-higher in 14 games within a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most games with a passer rating of 100-or-higher in a single season in NFL history:

Patrick MahomesKansas City201813
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay202013*
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay201113
*Entering Week 17 

Rodgers has 11 games with at least three touchdown passes this season and can tie TOM BRADY (12 games in 2007) for the most such games in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least three touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history:

Tom BradyNew England200712
Drew BreesNew Orleans201211
Peyton ManningDenver201311
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay202011*
*Entering Week 17 

— NFL –​

KING OF KC: Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce leads all tight ends with 105 receptions and has 1,416 receiving yards, the most by a tight end in a single season in NFL history.

With at least six receptions on Sunday, Kelce can surpass JASON WITTEN (110 receptions in 2012) for the second-most receptions by a tight end in a single season in league annals.

The tight ends with the most receptions in a single season in NFL history:

Zach ErtzPhiladelphia2018116
Jason WittenDallas2012110
Travis KelceKansas City2020105*
*Entering Week 17 

— NFL –

MINNESOTA PLAYMAKERS: Minnesota running back DALVIN COOK ranks tied for second in the NFL with 17 scrimmage touchdowns (16 rushing, one receiving), while Vikings wide receiver ADAM THIELEN ranks third in the league with 14 touchdown receptions.

With a touchdown catch from Thielen on Sunday at Detroit (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Minnesota can join the 1961 HOUSTON OILERS [BILL GROMAN (18 touchdowns); BILL CANNON (15)] as the only teams to have two players record at least 15 touchdowns each in a single season in NFL history.

Minnesota rookie wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON leads all rookies with 1,267 receiving yards this season.

With at least 111 receiving yards in Week 17, Jefferson can surpass ANQUAN BOLDIN (1,377 receiving yards in 2003) for the most receiving yards by a rookie in the Super Bowl era.

The rookies with the most receiving yards in the Super Bowl era:​

Anquan BoldinArizona20031,377
Randy MossHOFMinnesota19981,313
Odell Beckham Jr.New York Giants20141,305
Justin JeffersonMinnesota20201,267
*Entering Week 17

— NFL –

1K MILESTONES: Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON leads all quarterbacks with 908 rushing yards this season.

With at least 92 rushing yards at Cincinnati on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Jackson – who rushed for 1,206 yards in 2019 – can become the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 1,000 rushing yards in multiple seasons.

Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS recorded a season-high 10 receptions for 181 receiving yards and two touchdowns last week. He now has 960 receiving yards in 2020.

With at least 40 receiving yards against Atlanta on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Evans will become the first player in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons.



Wide receiver STEFON DIGGS of the Buffalo Bills, cornerback MIKE HILTON of the Pittsburgh Steelers and kicker JASON SANDERS of the Miami Dolphins are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 16 (December 25-28).





OffenseDefenseSpecial Teams
Wk 1QB Lamar Jackson, BaltimoreCB Casey Hayward, L.A. ChargersK Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas
Wk 2QB Josh Allen, BuffaloLB T.J. Watt, PittsburghK Harrison Butker, Kansas City
Wk 3QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas CityCB Xavier Rhodes, IndianapolisK Stephen Gostkowski, Tennessee
Wk 4RB Joe Mixon, CincinnatiDE Myles Garrett, ClevelandK Brandon McManus, Denver
Wk 5WR Chase Claypool, PittsburghLB Patrick Queen, BaltimoreK Jason Sanders, Miami
Wk 6RB Derrick Henry, TennesseeDE Calais Campbell, BaltimoreK Brandon McManus, Denver
Wk 7QB Baker Mayfield, ClevelandDE Jerry Hughes, BuffaloKR Byron Pringle, Kansas City
Wk 8QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas CityDE Stephon Tuitt, PittsburghPR/KR Jakeem Grant, Miami
Wk 9QB Josh Allen, BuffaloDL Jeffery Simmons, TennesseeK Nick Folk, New England
Wk 10QB Ben Roethlisberger, PittsburghS Jeff Heath, Las VegasLB E.J. Speed, Indianapolis
Wk 11QB Deshaun Watson, HoustonDE Olivier Vernon, ClevelandK Rodrigo Blankenship, Indianapolis
Wk 12WR Tyreek Hill, Kansas CityLB A.J. Klein, BuffaloK Nick Folk, New England
Wk 13QB Josh Allen, BuffaloLB Kyle Van Noy, MiamiPR/WR Gunner Olszewski, New England
Wk 14QB Lamar Jackson, BaltimoreCB Kenny Moore, IndianapolisPR Diontae Spencer, Denver
Wk 15QB Josh Allen, BuffaloDT DeForest Buckner, IndianapolisP Tommy Townsend, Kansas City
Wk 16WR Stefon Diggs, BuffaloCB Mike Hilton, PittsburghK Jason Sanders, Miami


Running back ALVIN KAMARA of the New Orleans Saints, linebacker FRED WARNER of the San Francisco 49ers and punter JOSEPH CHARLTON of the Carolina Panthers are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 16 (December 25-28).





OffenseDefenseSpecial Teams
Wk 1QB Russell Wilson, SeattleDE Ryan Kerrigan, WashingtonP Thomas Morstead, New Orleans
Wk 2QB Dak Prescott, DallasLB Micah Kiser, L.A. RamsP Michael Dickson, Seattle
Wk 3QB Russell Wilson, SeattleLB Shaquil Barrett, Tampa BayK Matt Prater, Detroit
Wk 4QB Tom Brady, Tampa BayLB Za’Darius Smith, Green BayRB Mike Boone, Minnesota
Wk 5QB Kyler Murray, ArizonaDL Aaron Donald, L.A. RamsK Wil Lutz, New Orleans
Wk 6QB Matt Ryan, AtlantaS Budda Baker, ArizonaK Cairo Santos, Chicago
Wk 7QB Kyler Murray, ArizonaLB Devin White, Tampa BayP Johnny Hekker, L.A. Rams
Wk 8RB Dalvin Cook, MinnesotaLB Bobby Wagner, SeattleK Ryan Succop, Tampa Bay
Wk 9RB Dalvin Cook, MinnesotaLB Foyesade Oluokun, AtlantaK Graham Gano, N.Y. Giants
Wk 10WR DeAndre Hopkins, ArizonaLB Leonard Floyd, L.A. RamsK Matt Prater, Detroit
Wk 11WR Robert Woods, L.A. RamsDE Brian Burns, CarolinaP Tress Way, Washington
Wk 12QB Kirk Cousins, MinnesotaDE Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, AtlantaK Robbie Gould, San Francisco
Wk 13QB Aaron Rodgers, Green BayDL Leonard Williams, N.Y. GiantsK Dustin Hopkins, Washington
Wk 14RB Cam Akers, L.A. RamsLB Haason Reddick, ArizonaP Tress Way, Washington
Wk 15QB Kyler Murray, ArizonaLB Devin White, Tampa BayP Michael Dickson, Seattle
Wk 16RB Alvin Kamara, New OrleansLB Fred Warner, San FranciscoP Joseph Charlton, Carolina


No. 20 Indiana Faces Illinois On New Year’s Eve

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 20 Indiana closes out the 2020 calendar year with a conference matchup with Illinois on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network Plus.

#20/18 INDIANA (4-2, 2-0 B1G) VS. ILLINOIS (2-2, 0-1 B1G)

Thursday, December 30, 2020 • 1 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.


The Illini are coming off an unexpected three week break after back-to-back contests, Dec. 19 vs. No. 19 Michigan and Dec. 22 vs. Southern Illinois, postponed due to COVID-19-related concerns within the Wolverines and Salukis programs, respectively. Sophomore guard Jada Peebles leads the way for Illinois with 11.8 points per game and a team-high 3.0 assists per game while sophomore guard Jeanae Terry also adds double figures with 11.3 points per game and ties a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game.


Indiana leads 43-30


2/13/20 – W, 59-54 (Champaign, Ill.)


  • Indiana opened up Big Ten play at 2-0 for the third-straight season after a 75-54 win over Minnesota on Dec. 23.
  • Senior guard Jaelynn Penn and sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes led the way against the Golden Gophers, each scoring 19 points.
  • Penn’s performance of 4-for-8 from the 3-point line, five rebounds, four steals and three assists led her to a place on the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll.
  • The Hoosiers hold its longest active win streak over another Big Ten foe against Illinois, having won 10-straight games in the series dating back to 2014.
  • Holmes remains IU’s leading scorer with 16.0 and 6.2 rebounds per game. Junior guard Grace Berger adds 13.2 points per game join three others in senior guard Ali Patberg (11.5 ppg.), junior forward Aleksa Gulbe (10.5 ppg.) and Penn (10.0 ppg.) averaging double figures through six games.


The Hoosiers begin a two-game road trip when it travels to Maryland (Jan. 4) and Penn State (Jan. 7).


Lincoln Riley will remember this Oklahoma season for a long time. It took a lot to get to the end of it – with two significant trophies.

The No. 8 Sooners navigated through the season played under the cloud of a pandemic, and their first 0-2 start in Big 12 play since 1998, to win their sixth conference title in a row, then wrapped it up with an overwhelming 55-20 win over 10th-ranked SEC runner-up Florida on Wednesday night in the Cotton Bowl – the first New Year’s Six game played.

“It’s very meaningful to us with the way the year has gone for everybody to be able to look at the tough things and not see obstacles, but see opportunities,” Riley said. “It’s been our mindset. We felt that way the entire year and really closed so strong.”

Spencer Rattler threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score, and Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for 186 yards for the Sooners (9-2, No. 6 CFP), who won the Cotton Bowl in the same NFL stadium where 11 days earlier they claimed their latest Big 12 title. They led 17-0 in the first seven minutes on way to the most points and yards (684) they have ever had in a bowl game.

The Sooners had 435 yards rushing, including 110 from freshman Marcus Major. They averaged 10.52 yards per play overall, the most ever against a Power 5 opponent in a bowl game, according to STATS.

Rattler threw a 27-yard TD pass to fellow freshman Marvin Mims on the game’s opening drive, and Florida’s first possession ended with Tre Norwood’s 45-yard interception return for a touchdown. That was the first of three picks thrown by Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Kyle Trask in the first quarter, after only five all season.

“A couple of times, we confused their quarterback with coverage, and he let go of a couple of throws that weren’t as decisive as we usually see him make” Riley said.

Oklahoma played in its sixth consecutive New Year’s Six bowl game, but the last three seasons had lost College Football Playoffs semifinal games while giving up an average of 54 points to different SEC teams.

The Sooners finished this season with an eight-game winning streak. Their 0-2 start in Big 12 play effectively knocked them out of playoff contention by mid-October.


The College Football Playoff has set makeup dates for both semifinals and the national championship if COVID-19 cases require postponements, CFP executive director Bill Hancock told ESPN’s Heather Dinich on Wednesday.

The Rose Bowl would be bumped to Jan. 11, with the Sugar Bowl set for Jan. 12. The national championship game would be pushed back a week from Jan. 11 to Jan. 18.

There is currently no indication from the semifinalists or the CFP that Friday’s contests need to be moved.

“Everyone is planning to play the games as scheduled,” Hancock said.

If both teams are available for a semifinal game, it will proceed as scheduled, even if the other matchup is postponed. Any rescheduled game will stay in its host city. The Rose Bowl will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, after being moved from Pasadena, California, the Sugar Bowl will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, and the national championship will be held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

“The teams, schools’ staffs, and bowl staffs have been working really hard to provide an opportunity for the players,” Hancock said. “COVID procedures are in place at hotels and stadiums. We have prepared thoroughly, and we are ready. But it always makes sense to be prepared, even for circumstances we don’t believe will happen.”

No. 1 Alabama is set to square off New Year’s Day against No. 4 Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, while No. 2 Clemson is scheduled to meet No. 3 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl in prime time.


Graham Mertz accounted for three touchdowns and Wisconsin turned four second-half interceptions into 21 points to beat Wake Forest 42-28 in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on Wednesday.

Mertz, a redshirt freshman, threw for 130 yards and ran for two short touchdowns as Wisconsin (4-3) finished a rocky season on a high note.

With the game tied at 21 late in the third quarter, Noah Burks intercepted Wake Forest’s Sam Hartman on a pass in the flat when the intended receiver failed to turn his head around. Burks returned the ball 41 yards to set up a 14-yard scoring strike from Mertz to Mason Stokke on a wheel route, giving the Badgers their first lead.

Hartman, who had thrown only one interception all season, was picked off on the next three possessions as well.

Scott Nelson had a 60-yard interception return and Collin Wilder returned a pick 72 yards to set up short TD runs that gave the Badgers a 42-21 lead, resulting in Hartman getting benched. Jack Sanborn had 11 tackles and an interception and was named MVP of the game.

Hartman finished 20 of 37 passing for 318 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

Wake Forest (4-5) outgained Wisconsin 518-266 on offense, but the Badgers had 176 return yards off interceptions.

Hartman threw three touchdown passes to Jacquarii Roberson to give the Demon Deacons a 21-14 lead early in the third quarter against the nation’s No. 1-ranked defense.

The game was played in front of no fans other than family and friends due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Hainsey, Book Earn Senior CLASS Award All-America Honors

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Senior offensive lineman Robert Hainsey earned First Team Senior Class All-America honors, and graduate student quarterback Ian Book was selected to the Second Team. They were among 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Notre Dame is the only institution with multiple honorees. 

First Team

Robert Hainsey

Robert Hainsey, a mainstay on the Irish O-Line, is a two-time team captain, and was selected both to the All-ACC Second Team and the Associated Press All-ACC Second Team. He was named ACC co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance vs. South Florida, and has totaled 33-career starts. Also returning from a season-ending injury in 2019, Hainsey is a member of a line that has paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher in Williams, and two additional players who have totaled more than 400 rushing yards on the season (RB Chris Tyree  – 480, QB Ian Book – 430). Hainsey was also named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. 

Second Team

Ian Book 

The winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history (30-4), Book has completed 201 passes for 2,601 yards and 15 touchdowns, also adding 101 rushes for 430 yards (ranks third on the team). The graduate student and team captain won the 2020 Pop Warner National College Football Award, and was named third team All-ACC. He is a finalist for the Manning Award, as well as a semifinalist for the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards, while finishing in the Top 10 in Heisman voting. 


Hainsey, Book Earn Senior CLASS Award All-America Honors

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Senior offensive lineman Robert Hainsey earned First Team Senior Class All-America honors, and graduate student quarterback Ian Book was selected to the Second Team. They were among 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Notre Dame is the only institution with multiple honorees. 

First Team

Robert Hainsey

Robert Hainsey, a mainstay on the Irish O-Line, is a two-time team captain, and was selected both to the All-ACC Second Team and the Associated Press All-ACC Second Team. He was named ACC co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance vs. South Florida, and has totaled 33-career starts. Also returning from a season-ending injury in 2019, Hainsey is a member of a line that has paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher in Williams, and two additional players who have totaled more than 400 rushing yards on the season (RB Chris Tyree  – 480, QB Ian Book – 430). Hainsey was also named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. 

Second Team

Ian Book 

The winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history (30-4), Book has completed 201 passes for 2,601 yards and 15 touchdowns, also adding 101 rushes for 430 yards (ranks third on the team). The graduate student and team captain won the 2020 Pop Warner National College Football Award, and was named third team All-ACC. He is a finalist for the Manning Award, as well as a semifinalist for the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards, while finishing in the Top 10 in Heisman voting. 


Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell is The Associated Press college football coach of the year after leading the Chanticleers to a surprising, near-perfect season.

Chadwell received 16 first-place votes and 88 points from the AP Top 25 panel to finish ahead of Indiana’s Tom Allen, who was second with 14 first-place votes and 66 points. Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell was third (5, 44) and Alabama’s Nick Saban was fourth (8, 42).

Chadwell is the first Sun Belt Conference coach to win the AP award, which was established in 1988, and the third coach to earn it with a team from outside the Power Five leagues. UCF’s Scott Frost was AP coach of the year in 2017 and Gary Patterson won the first of his two AP awards with TCU in 2009 when the Horned Frogs were competing in the Mountain West.

San Jose State’s Brent Brennan finished fifth, meaning Group of Five teams had three of the top five coaches in this year’s voting.

The 43-year-old Chadwell directed a breakout season for No. 9 Coastal Carolina (11-1) in his third year leading the program.

The Chanticleers were picked last in the Sun Belt’s East Division after finishing 5-7 (2-6) last year.

“I knew we weren’t as bad as people were going to pick us to be,” Chadwell said. “I thought we were going to be pretty good. I knew we were going to be better.”

Instead, behind freshman quarterback Grayson McCall running a creative option offense, Coastal Carolina had its best season since transitioning to the Bowl Subdivision in 2017.

The Chanticleers made the Sun Belt championship game, though they did not get to play in it because of COVID-19 issues within the program. But they finished with a perfect regular season that included victories over Sun Belt West winner Louisiana-Lafayette and three-time conference champion Appalachian State.

McCall was injured during the victory against Louisiana-Lafayette and didn’t play the following week. When the Chanticleers still beat Georgia Southern the next week without McCall, Chadwell knew he had something special.

“Nobody panicked,” Chadwell said. “We started getting all kinds of national attention after that Louisiana game and I started worrying that’s going to go to our head, and it didn’t. And after that game when we found a way to win it, I thought we’re going to be tough to beat from here on out.”

Coastal Carolina also beat BYU in one of the best games of this strange season. After a virus outbreak forced Liberty to pull out of a non-conference game scheduled for Dec. 5 in Conway, South Carolina, the Cougars and Chants agreed to play on short notice.

Coastal won a 22-17 thriller, stopping BYU on the final play a yard short of the goal line and a winning touchdown.

Earlier this week, senior defensive end Tarron Jackson was named an AP All-American and senior defensive tackle C.J. Brewer was selected to the third team.

“This has been the best senior leadership class I have ever been around,” Chadwell said.

The Chants’ perfect season came to an end last week when they lost in overtime to Liberty in the Cure Bowl.

Chadwell came to Coastal Carolina in 2017 as offensive coordinator for former coach Joe Moglia after four successful seasons at FCS Charleston Southern. Instead of being offensive coordinator, Chadwell served as interim head coach at Coastal in his first season when Moglia needed to sit out for health reasons.

“That was the worst professional year of my life. It was so challenging,” Chadwell said. “It was basically being a substitute teacher when everybody knew the teacher was coming back.”


 Southern California safety Talanoa Hufanga is headed to the NFL after a standout junior season.

Hufanga announced his plan to enter the draft Wednesday on his social media accounts.

Hufanga was a first-team AP All-American and the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year this season for the No. 21 Trojans (5-1). He led USC with 62 tackles and four interceptions while adding three sacks, 5 1/2 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

Hufanga was a star for the Trojans when healthy throughout his three seasons on campus. The Oregon native started five games as a freshman before breaking his collarbone, and he made 90 tackles despite missing three games due to injuries in his sophomore season.

“It is truly an honor to wear the Cardinal and Gold and have the opportunity to earn a degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the nation,” Hufanga wrote. “My experiences over the last three years have been some of the greatest of my life and I will cherish them forever.”

USC won the Pac-12 South this fall with an unbeaten regular season before losing the conference title game to Oregon 31-24. The Trojans then declined to play in a bowl game.

USC left tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker also announced his intention to enter the NFL draft this week.



THE SERIES The teams have met twice previously but New Year’s Day will mark the first meeting in over 44 years. Georgia holds a 2-0 edge in the series, winning a 35-13 decision at Nippert Stadum on Oct. 24, 1942 and a 31-17 matchup at Sanford Stadium on Oct. 30, 1976. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl marks the first matchup at a neutral site.

THE COACHES LUKE FICKELL, a two-time AAC Coach of the Year, is in his fourth season at UC. He has led the Bearcats to back-to-back 11-win seasons, the 2019 AAC East Division title and consecutive bowl wins in the 2018 Military Bowl and 2019 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl. A veteran of 20 years in the FBS ranks, Fickell has been a part of two national championship squads, nine conference title winning teams (seven as a coach, two as a player at Ohio State) with 16 postseason games and 13 NFL Draft selections. KIRBY SMART is 51-14 in his fifth year at his alma mater. Since 2015, Georgia has three SEC Eastern Division championships, 51 wins, an SEC title, three bowl victories and an appearance in one national championship game. Prior to returning to Athens, Smart spent nine years at Alabama with previous stints with the Miami Dolphins, UGA, LSU, Florida State and Valdosta State.

STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS … • UC plays its 133rd football season in 2020. The Bearcats program dates to 1885 and is one of the 10 oldest in the NCAA FBS. UC has won a league title six times in the last 14 years and has played 12 bowl games in the past 15 years. • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UC lost games at Nebraska, Temple, Tulsa, vs. Miami (OH) and Western Michigan. The APSU game moved from Sept. 3 to Sept. 19, UC added Army on Sept. 26 and the TU game moved five times before being canceled. • UC has won five-straight American Athletic Conference FB Team Academic Excellence Awards from 2015-20. • Fifteen states and four countries are represented on UC’s 2020 roster, which features nearly 62 percent (77/125) Ohio natives, including 31 from Cincinnati. Eighty-three of UC’s 125 players (66.4 percent) are sophomores or below. • UC has signed 247Sports’ top-ranked recruiting class in the American in three of the last four years. • UC is 31-5 since 2018, ranking among the top five teams in CFB in winning percentage during that span (.861). • A win in the Peach Bowl would give UC its first undefeated campaign in the modern era (last was 3-0 in 1918) along with double-digit victories for the third-straight season and only the ninth time in school history. • UC has an 10-9 all-time bowl record, winning consecutive bowl games in 2018 (Military) and 2019 (Birmingham) for the first time since 2011 (Liberty) and 2012 (Belk), making 16 of its 20 all-time postseason appearances in the last 20 seasons. • UC has won 20-straight at Nippert Stadium, going undefeated at home in three-straight seasons for the first time in school history. • UC ranks in the Top-10 of all three national polls for the first time since the end of the 2009 regular season and is off to an 9-0 start for the fourth time in program history, along with 1951, 1954 and 2009. • UC scored 36 at UCF, 55 vs. ECU, 38 vs. Houston, 49 against Memphis and 42 at SMU, the first time in UC history scoring 36 or more points in five-straight games. UC is outscoring its opponents 354-144 this season. • UC has forced a turnover in 19-straight games, the longest active streak in the NCAA FBS. • UC has outscored foes 65-25 in the fourth quarter the past six games, with a 42-11 mark against SMU, Memphis and UCF. • UC won the 2020 AAC Championship, its 15th all time, first league title since 2014 and first outright crown since 2009. • UC had a school-record 17 players named to the All-AAC teams, including AAC Offensive Player of the Year Desmond Ridder. • Head Coach Luke Fickell was the AAC Coach of the Year and DC Marcus Freeman is a finalist for the Broyles Award.



Bulldogs Extend The Nation’s Longest Active Bowl Streak to 24 Games Ninth-ranked Georgia will face eighth-ranked Cincinnati in the 2021 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1, 2021 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Bulldogs went 7-2 in SEC action while the Bearcats (9-0, 6-0 AAC) hail from the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats won the AAC title, beating No. 23 Tulsa 27-24 in the league championship game. The Bulldogs have the longest active bowl game streak in the nation now at 24. Virginia Tech (5-6) had gone to 27 straight before opting out of this bowl season. Overall, the Bulldogs rank among the nation’s top post-season teams as they will be making their 57th all-time appearance. Georgia owns a 32-21-3 record in post-season games. Last season, Georgia advanced to the Sugar Bowl for the second year in a row and downed No. 7 Baylor 26-14 in New Orleans. UC has won its last two bowl games – 2018 Military Bowl (35-31 over Va. Tech) and 2019 Birmingham Bowl (38-6 over Boston College). Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl History For The Bulldogs This will mark the sixth trip to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl for the Bulldogs and first since 2006. Georgia owns a 3-2 record, including victories its last two matchups. In 2006, unranked Georgia topped No. 14 Virginia Tech 31-24. On the final day of 1998, the No. 19 Bulldogs beat No. 14 Virginia 35-33. Georgia-Cincinnati Series History The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with Cincinnati 2-0, winning one on the road in 1942 (35-13) and one at home in 1976 (31-17). During the 1942 national championship season under Wallace Butts, the Bulldogs traveled to Cincinnati on Oct. 24. At the time, the Bulldogs were 5-0 and ranked No. 2 nationally. Georgia beat the Bearcats 35-13 at Nippert Stadium. Georgia’s only loss that year was during the regular season to Auburn in Columbus, Ga. Frank Sinkwich, who served as the team captain, claimed the Heisman Trophy that year. Georgia finished 11-1 after shutting out No. 13 UCLA 9-0 in the Rose Bowl. In 1976, Georgia was 6-1 and ranked No. 7 when it played host to Cincinnati on Homecoming. The Bulldogs, under the direction of Vince Dooley and quarterback/team captain Ray Goff, posted a 31-17 victory. Georgia finished 10-2 after topranked Pittsburgh beat the fifth-ranked Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl. Did You Know? Cincinnati will be the first undefeated foe for the Bulldogs in a bowl game since the 2007 season. No. 4 Georgia (10-2) faced off versus No. 10 Hawaii (12-0) in the 2008 Sugar Bowl. The Bulldogs downed the Warriors 41-10 and finished the season ranked No. 2. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart played for the Bulldogs in the 1995 and 1998 Peach Bowls. He will be the first head coach to have coached and played in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, in addition to the Kickoff Classic.


Any team looking to sign George Springer will have to dish out some serious dough.

The star outfielder is asking for well over $150 million in free agency, sources told Andy Martino of SNY.

Excel Sports Management, who represents the free-agent slugger, didn’t comment on Springer’s asking price when contacted, Martino noted.

Club executives reportedly view the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets as the favorites to sign the 2017 World Series MVP. Both teams remain engaged with Springer’s representatives, according to Martino.

Springer, who’s a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger, hit a career-high 39 home runs in 2019. The 31-year-old accrued an .852 OPS over seven years with the Houston Astros.


Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer insists the club plans to be competitive in 2021 despite recently trading ace right-hander Yu Darvish.

“As far as our direction, I think we’re going to have a really competitive team next year,” Hoyer said Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan.

Hoyer explained the decision to move Darvish, who finished second in NL Cy Young voting in 2020, wasn’t “financially motivated,” even though the 34-year-old is owed $59 million over the next three seasons.

A report in November suggested rival executives believed the Cubs could engage in a heavy restart with their roster ahead of the 2021 campaign. However, Hoyer made it clear the club is focused on winning games while also making moves with the future in mind.

“We always have an eye on the finances of every deal. In 2020, obviously, some of those things are magnified,” Hoyer said, according to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney. “But that was not the focus. The focus of this deal was to try to move a player in the second half of his contract and acquire a lot of young talent.”

Chicago traded Darvish and catcher Victor Caratini to the San Diego Padres in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and four prospects Monday.

The Cubs, who lost to the Miami Marlins in the wild-card round after winning the NL Central, have also reportedly been considering trades involving third baseman Kris Bryant.

Willson Contreras has been the subject of trade speculation, but Hoyer said the catcher isn’t being shopped, according to’s Jordan Bastian.

Other core members such as Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo are eligible for free agency in 2022.

“We have not been able to extend a lot of these players to extend that window. That’s a fact,” Hoyer explained, according to Mooney. “So with that, we know that we’re coming to the end of this group of players. A wildly successful, franchise-changing run with this group of players – we’re coming to the end.”


The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to add a right-handed bat and appear to have an eye on free-agent infielder DJ LeMahieu.

Los Angeles is speaking with the 2020 American League batting champion, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports said during an appearance Tuesday on MLB Network’s “Hot Stove,” according to

“DJ LeMahieu is on their radar,” Vassegh said. “They are definitely in talks with LeMahieu.”

The Dodgers play in the same division as the San Diego Padres, who recently traded for starters Yu Darvish and Blake Snell and reportedly signed Korean infielder Ha-seong Kim.

Vassegh said the Dodgers have been looking to add a right-handed bat since the beginning of the winter, and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman isn’t concerned about a “counterpunch” to the Padres’ moves.

LeMahieu is one of the top free agents available this offseason. The 32-year-old hit .364/.421/.590 for the Yankees last season, finishing third in AL MVP voting.

The two-time batting champ and three-time All-Star has been negotiating with the Yankees, but the two sides are reportedly more than $25 million apart. LeMahieu’s agent appears to be seeking a five-year, $100-million deal for his client.

Along with the Yankees and Dodgers, LeMahieu has also been linked to the New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, and Washington Nationals throughout the offseason.


Major League Baseball won’t have the final word on when its players will receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Instead, MLB will follow the lead of the National Basketball Association.

“Like the NBA, Major League Baseball and its clubs will work with public health authorities on issues related to the availability and timing of vaccinations for players and other employees,” the league said in a statement obtained by Evan Drellich of The Athletic. “Vaccinations will only be made available to players when public health officials deem it appropriate.”

The NBA issued a memo last week warning teams about securing and administering COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of public health guidelines for prioritization.

MLB hasn’t sent a memo to teams, according to Drellich, but spring training is scheduled to start on Feb. 27. The NBA’s regular season began on Dec. 22.

The league released a 2021 season schedule in July, but there hasn’t been any clarity on if spring training will open on time or if an entire 162-game season can be played.

St. Louis Cardinals reliever and MLBPA executive board member Andrew Miller believes playing 162 games is possible.

“While I think the effects of the virus will still be felt as we enter 2021, I’m confident we can play 162,” Miller told The Athletic’s Jayson Stark on Dec. 21. “I just think we have a far greater understanding of the virus at this time than we did in March. And the success of last season, despite the obstacles, gives me confidence that we can navigate a full 2021 slate.”

COVID-19 vaccinations are currently being distributed in the U.S., with healthcare workers and residents and staff of long-term health care facilities receiving priority, according to federal recommendations.

The second priority group includes elderly people aged 75 or older and 30-million essential frontline workers. The third priority group consists of Americans aged 65-74, high-risk individuals between the ages of 16-64, and another 20-million essential workers.


The Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers played for the N.F.L. championship on this date under painful conditions: temperatures so cold that some fans retreated to their cars in the parking lots to warm themselves. Players risked frostbite, and a thin layer of ice covered the frozen ground on the Cowboys’ last stand.

GREEN BAY, Wis. – There had never been a football game like this one. Everyone agreed; Vince Lombardi, the winning coach; Tom Landry, the losing coach; Chuck Howley, the Dallas linebacker who symbolized the losers; Bart Starr, the quarterback who scored the winning touchdown with 13 seconds to play. The Green Bay Packers, frustrated and punished for 40 of the 60 minutes it takes to play these games, won their third straight championship of the National Football League today by defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 21-17, before a capacity crowd of 50,861 at Lambeau Field.

The temperature was 14 degrees below zero at the start of the game and 12 degrees below at the end. And on top of that there was a 14-knot northwest breeze blowing down from the Yukon. “It was terrible out there,” said Landry, “terrible for both sides. That in itself made this game distinctive from any other.”

The fact that the teams, champions of the Western and Eastern conferences of the N.F.L., were able to play such capable football was remarkable. It was remarkable too that the stadium was filled and nobody went home before the outcome was decided. No team in the 47-year history of the N.F.L. has ever before won three straight championships. But the Packers came within 13 seconds of missing this achievement. On third down from the 1-yard line Starr drove over right guard behind Jerry Kramer’s block to score the winning touchdown.

This touchdown came at the end of an exciting 68-yard drive against the gallant Cowboys and the clock. Football players are mortal like the rest of us and they have fear. “I was scared we had thrown it all away,” said Henry Jordan, the Packers’ defensive tackle who played a magnificent game. Jordan and his mates on the defensive unit kept the Packers in the game by holding the rampant Cowboys numerous times in the second half. They made victory possible. The Green Bay offense was in trouble most of the time and had ground to a halt after opening a 14‚0 lead in the first 18 minutes.

Starr, pressured relentlessly by the Cowboy front four, was thrown eight times while attempting to pass, for losses totaling 76 yards. But Bart and all the Packers have come back so many times from the depths of adversity. They did so again by mustering their last scoring drive with five minutes left and Cowboys in the lead, 17‚14. The temperature was too cold for the “electric blanket”óthe heating system under the turfóto work and the field became progressively harder and harder. This was to the Packers’ advantage.

Starr began to throw short wide passes to his backs, Donnie Anderson and Chuck Mercein. The linebackers covering them, Dave Edward and Howley, who is an All- Pro performer, could not react swiftly enough to tackle the attackers in the open field. “There was no traction,” said Howley. “The advantage had gone to the offense.”

Starr passed to Anderson for 6 yards, to Anderson again for 12 to the Dallas 39 and then a big one to Mercein for 19 to the Cowboy 11. Mercein stormed to the 3. Anderson was stopped twice and then Starr tried the quarterback sneak to score. If he had failed would the Packers have had time to kick a field goal on fourth down to tie the score and send the game into a sudden-death overtime? Their timeouts were used up. “It would have been close,” said Lombardi. “We didn’t want a tie. We had compassion for those spectators. We wanted to send them home right then.”

The Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders, 33-14, in Super Bowl II two weeks later in Miami in Vince Lombardi’s swan song as coach. It was Green Bay’s third straight N.F.L. title and fifth in six years, a record to this day.


Los Angeles Express

In 1984, Zimmerman was drafted in the second round (36th overall) by the Los Angeles Express in the 1984 USFL Draft. He subsequently signed with the Express on February 13, 1984 and went on to play in 17 games that season, starting all 17 at left tackle. His Express teammate was future Pro Football Hall of Famer, QB Steve Young. The Express lost in the USFL Semi-Finals to the Arizona Wranglers to end a 10-8 regular season. In 1985, Zimmerman suited up again with the Express, playing in 18 games (starting 17) with a 3-15 club that ended up out of the USFL playoff picture.

Minnesota Vikings

After the USFL folded in August 1986, Zimmerman joined the Minnesota Vikings after they obtained his rights from the New York Giants who drafted him in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL Players.

During his time in the NFL, Zimmerman was famous for his refusal to interact with the media. This disdain for the sports press came about due to an early incident in his NFL career, after comments made by Zimmerman condemning the Vikings offensive players for a loss were made public by the media. Zimmerman claimed that his teammates ostracized him for speaking ill of his teammates performance; this led Zimmerman to decide to boycott the sports media as a result, refusing to do interviews or engage in any sort of interaction with them for the rest of his career.

Denver Broncos

Zimmerman ultimately left the Vikings for the Broncos in 1993, and stayed with the team from 1993 to 1997. He would be part of the team’s first Super Bowl-winning squad, winning the game in 1997 and was “in spirit” for the 1998 season. Arriving as the veteran player in 1993 to an offense that was made up of mostly rookies,[citation needed] Zimmerman became the de facto leader of the Broncos offensive line on and off the field. Zimmerman started the Denver offensive line tradition of not speaking to the media. It became a long running tradition that would continue on a full decade after his retirement in 1997. In 2007 the NFL created “The Broncos O-line rule” in response, requiring all players to talk to the media.

He played in 184 NFL games, starting 169 of them.

On February 2, 2008, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Zimmerman joins Reggie White, Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Marv Levy, George Allen, Bill Polian, and Sid Gillman as former USFL/AFL league members who are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Even a casual baseball fan can tell you a little something about the Black Sox scandal of 1919. The very fiber that held the game together was challenged when the news broke a year after the series that a fix was on from the first inning of game. Eight members of the participating White Sox including pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Claude (Lefty) Williams, outfielders Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, first baseman Chick Gandil, shortstop Swede Risberg, third baseman Buck Weaver and reserve infielder Fred McMullin were all charged with conspiring to fix the outcome of the Fall Classic against the Cincinnati Reds. Cynics were tipped off before the Series even started when the pre-game betting odds swapped shortly before the first game. Chicago’s White Sox were originally slated as heavy favorites, but were later changed to underdogs in favor of the Cincinnati Reds. Despite the rumors, most fans and members of the press accepted the games to be true, but all that would change in 1920 as suspicions turned into confessions.

The first Game of the 1919 scandal featured an outstanding and “authentic” performance by the Reds’ pitcher Dutch Ruether. In addition to going the distance in a six hitter, he went three for three with two triples and three runs batted in. Greasy Neale, who would go on to lead his team in hitting with a .351, also performed well at the plate in tandem with teammate Jake Daubert. The White Sox put on quite a show themselves, losing 9-1 in questionable fashion. Nothing changed the following day as Cincinnati’s Slim Sallee faired the same, tossing a 4-2 Game 2 victory that was sealed by a Larry Kopf two run triple in the fourth. Dickey Kerr, an up and coming rookie for the White Sox, drew the start for Game 3. Apparently untouched by the scandal, the tough lefthander refused to roll over and threw a three hit 3-0 winner to put Chicago back in the race (whether they wanted to be or not).

The inspired Reds, unaware that a fix was on, pitched back-to-back shutouts in Games 4 and 5 on the arms of Jimmy Ring (2-0) and Hod Eller (5-0) who sat down six consecutive batters. But wait! It wasn’t over yet… In any other year, the Series would have ended there, but 1919 was different. Due to the intense postwar interest, the commissioner of baseball had decided to extend this Fall Classic to a best-of-nine affair.

To curb further suspicion, the Black Sox decided to make a reasonable effort and rebounded in the following two games with 5-4 and 4-1 victories. Cincinnati “dominated” the final outing “with a little help” from their crooked rivals in a 10-5 stomp that started with four runs in the first inning. The Reds had won their first World Championship in their first Fall Classic appearance. Unfortunately, the victory would be bittersweet after the scandal had been confirmed a year later. The Black Sox had been able to camouflague their deception by being selective in their misdeeds. Joe Jackson had batted a Series-leading .375 but acknowledged that he had let up in key situations. Buck Weaver had also performed well at the plate by hitting .324. Chick Gandil had game-deciding hits in two outings and Eddie Cicotte had tossed a one-run game to avoid elimination.

After a lengthy investigation in 1920, the members of Chicago’s tainted team were amazingly acquitted the following year despite their own confessions (which were recanted later). All of the players involved were banned from baseball because of their undeniable link to gamblers. The league offices were constantly denying accusations from the press that professional baseball itself was in on the take and made every effort to assure the fans that the 1919 scandal was an isolated incident. “Regardless of the verdict of juries,” the commissioner said in a statement, “no player that throws a ball game, no player that entertains proposals or promises to throw a game, no player that sits in a conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing games are discussed, and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever again play professional baseball.” To this day participants in the Black Sox conspiracy have been denied entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
xy-Buffalo Bills1230.8000.04453496-1-06-2-09-2-05-0-05 W
Miami Dolphins1050.6672.03782825-3-05-2-07-4-03-2-02 W
New England Patriots690.4006.02983394-3-02-6-05-6-02-3-03 L
New York Jets2130.13310.02294291-7-01-6-01-10-00-5-02 W
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
xyz-Kansas City Chiefs1410.9330.04523246-1-08-0-010-1-04-1-010 W
Las Vegas Raiders780.4677.04024472-6-05-2-05-6-03-2-03 L
Los Angeles Chargers690.4008.03464054-4-02-5-05-6-02-3-03 W
Denver Broncos5100.3339.02924142-5-03-5-04-7-01-4-02 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
xy-Pittsburgh Steelers1230.8000.03942887-1-05-2-09-2-04-1-01 W
Baltimore Ravens1050.6672.04303005-3-05-2-06-5-03-2-04 W
Cleveland Browns1050.6672.03843975-2-05-3-06-5-02-3-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals4101.3007.53083863-4-01-6-14-7-01-4-02 W
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans1050.6670.04504015-3-05-2-07-4-04-1-01 L
Indianapolis Colts1050.6670.04233485-2-05-3-06-5-03-2-01 L
Houston Texans4110.2676.03464232-5-02-6-03-8-02-3-04 L
Jacksonville Jaguars1140.0679.02924641-7-00-7-01-10-01-4-014 L
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Washington Football Team690.4000.03153153-5-03-4-04-7-03-2-02 L
Dallas Cowboys690.4000.03764504-4-02-5-05-6-02-3-03 W
New York Giants5100.3331.02573382-5-03-5-04-7-03-2-03 L
Philadelphia Eagles4101.3001.53203983-3-11-7-04-7-02-3-02 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
xy-Seattle Seahawks1140.7330.04333487-1-04-3-08-3-03-2-03 W
Los Angeles Rams960.6002.03542895-2-04-4-08-3-02-3-02 L
Arizona Cardinals870.5333.04033494-4-04-3-06-5-02-3-01 L
San Francisco 49ers690.4005.03533641-6-05-3-04-7-03-2-01 W
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
xy-Green Bay Packers1230.8000.04743537-1-05-2-09-2-04-1-05 W
Chicago Bears870.5334.03563353-4-05-3-06-5-02-3-03 W
Minnesota Vikings690.4006.03934403-5-03-4-04-7-03-2-03 L
Detroit Lions5100.3337.03424821-6-04-4-04-7-01-4-03 L
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
xy-New Orleans Saints1140.7330.04493306-2-05-2-09-2-05-0-01 W
x-Tampa Bay Buccaneers1050.6671.04483284-3-06-2-07-4-03-2-03 W
Carolina Panthers5100.3336.03433692-5-03-5-04-7-01-4-01 W
Atlanta Falcons4110.2677.03693702-6-02-5-02-9-01-4-04 L

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


Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia31.7502-01-12-03-13-11 W
Brooklyn32.6000.52-11-11-02-13-21 W
Boston32.6000.52-11-10-12-23-22 W
New York22.5001.01-11-10-12-22-22 W
Toronto03.0002.50-10-20-10-10-33 L
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Cleveland31.7502-11-01-03-13-11 L
Indiana31.7502-11-01-03-13-11 L
Milwaukee23.4001.51-01-31-32-31 L
Chicago13.2502.00-31-00-11-21-31 W
Detroit04.0003.00-20-20-10-20-44 L
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando401.0001-03-03-03-04-04 W
Atlanta31.7501.01-02-12-13-11 L
Charlotte22.5002.01-11-11-12-22 W
Miami22.5002.02-10-10-11-22-21 W
Washington04.0004.00-30-10-20-40-44 L
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah21.6670-12-02-12-12-11 W
Minnesota22.5000.51-01-21-01-22-22 L
Portland22.5000.51-11-10-12-22-21 L
Oklahoma City12.3331.00-21-00-10-11-22 L
Denver13.2501.51-20-11-31-31 L
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
LA Clippers41.8002-12-01-04-14-12 W
Phoenix31.7500.52-01-11-13-13-12 W
Sacramento31.7500.52-11-01-13-13-11 W
LA Lakers32.6001.02-21-00-13-23-21 W
Golden State22.5001.52-22-22 W
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
New Orleans22.5001-01-21-01-12-21 L
San Antonio22.5001-11-11-11-22-22 L
Dallas13.2501.00-11-21-21-31 L
Memphis13.2501.00-21-10-10-11-31 L
Houston02.0001.00-20-20-22 L


 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
16 Michigan2-01.0001-01-07-01.0006-01-00-00-0
14 Rutgers3-1.7502-01-17-1.8756-01-10-01-1
19 Northwestern3-1.7502-01-16-2.7505-11-10-02-1
15 Illinois3-1.7502-01-17-3.7005-02-20-11-2
21 Minnesota2-1.6672-00-19-1.9009-00-10-02-1
10 Iowa2-1.6672-00-18-2.8008-00-10-12-1
25 Ohio State2-2.5002-00-28-2.8006-01-21-01-0
17 Michigan State0-3.0000-10-26-3.6675-11-20-01-2
Penn State0-3.0000-10-23-4.4292-21-20-01-1


 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Bowling Green2-01.0001-01-06-2.7503-13-10-00-1
Kent State0-00-00-03-1.7502-01-10-00-1
Miami (OH)0-1.0000-10-03-3.5003-10-20-00-0
Ball State2-01.0000-02-04-3.5712-02-30-00-0
Central Michigan1-1.5000-01-15-4.5563-02-30-10-0
Western Michigan1-1.5001-10-02-5.2862-30-20-00-1
Eastern Michigan0-2.0000-20-02-3.4002-20-10-00-1
Northern Illinois0-2.0000-10-11-6.1431-30-30-00-1


 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Seton Hall4-1.8002-12-07-4.6364-13-20-10-1
11 Creighton3-1.7501-12-07-2.7785-12-10-01-1
St. John’s1-3.2501-10-26-4.6005-10-21-10-1


 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
24 Virginia Tech2-01.0002-00-08-1.8896-10-02-02-0
North Carolina State2-01.0002-00-06-1.8575-00-11-01-0
23 Virginia1-01.0000-01-05-2.7143-01-01-20-1
20 Duke1-01.0000-01-03-2.6002-21-00-00-2
18 Florida State1-1.5001-00-15-2.7145-10-10-00-0
Georgia Tech1-1.5001-00-15-3.6253-21-11-01-1
Wake Forest0-00-00-02-01.0002-00-00-00-0
Miami (FL)0-2.0000-10-14-3.5714-20-10-00-1
North Carolina0-2.0000-00-25-4.5562-00-33-10-2
Notre Dame0-2.0000-20-03-5.3752-31-10-10-4
Boston College0-2.0000-10-12-6.2501-10-21-30-1


 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Wright State4-01.0002-02-06-1.8573-13-00-00-0
Cleveland State4-01.0002-02-04-3.5712-02-30-00-1
Northern Kentucky1-1.5001-10-03-4.4293-10-30-00-0
Robert Morris1-1.5000-01-12-3.4001-11-20-00-0
Youngstown State1-3.2500-01-34-3.5712-02-30-00-0
Purdue Fort Wayne1-3.2501-30-02-3.4002-30-00-00-0
Green Bay0-4.0000-20-20-8.0000-30-50-00-1