INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

MONDAY’ S GAMES
Alexandria67Wes-Del11 
Andrean68Marquette Catholic30 
Attica45South Newton36 
Beech Grove76Central Christian38 
Bloomington South66Evansville North40 
Calumet47Hammond Clark32 
Carroll (Flora)68Maconaquah59 
Clinton Christian45Elkhart Christian41 
Crothersville55Cannelton23 
Evansville Reitz56North Posey33 
Indianapolis Washington45Indiana Math & Science44 
Lake Station88Calumet Christian9 
Linton-Stockton76North Central (Farmersburg)25 
Muncie Burris46Liberty Christian39 
Pendleton Heights67Lawrence Central60 
Richmond30Northmont (Ohio)27 
South Decatur47Knightstown36 
South Knox69Washington Catholic27 
Wood Memorial58Evansville Bosse36 

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

MONDAY’ S GAMES
Adams Central63Fort Wayne Canterbury52 
Calumet Christian65Hammond Science & Tech48 
East Noble56Woodlan54 
Highland42Illiana Christian41 
Switzerland County68Crothersville44 

INDIANA BOYS IBCA BASKETBALL POLL

1. Carmel (4-0)

2. Lawrence North (3-0)

3. Indianapolis Attucks (6-0)

4. Fort Wayne Blackhawk (4-0)

5. Homestead (5-0)

6. Indianapolis Cathedral (4-1)

7. Westfield (3-0)

8. Silver Creek (3-2)

9. South Bend Adams (3-0)

10. Barr-Reeve (4-0)

11. Lafayette Jeff (6-0)

12. Fishers (2-0)

13. Warren Central (1-2)

14. Brownsburg (2-2)

15. Carroll (Fort Wayne) (4-0)

16. Munster (0-0)

17. Hammond (2-1)

18. New Albany (4-1)

19. Pike (2-2)

20. South Bend Riley (4-0)

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

1. Crown Point (7-0)

2. North Central (Indianapolis) (9-1)

3. Penn (9-2)

4. Carmel (6-2)

5. East Central (6-0)

6. Fishers (9-1)

7. Bedford North Lawrence (8-1)

8. Franklin (7-0)

9. Noblesville (6-2)

 10. Hamilton Southeastern (6-2)

3A

1. Silver Creek (8-0)

2. Norwell (7-0)

3. Evansville Memorial (6-0)

4. Garrett (10-1)

5. Salem (9-1)

6. Mishawaka Marian (8-2)

7. Fort Wayne Concordia (7-2)

8. Washington (3-0)

9. Greensburg (3-0)

10. Central Noble (6-1)

2A

1. Linton-Stockton (8-0)

2. Frankton (11-0)

3. University (7-0)

4. Andrean (7-0)

5. Northeastern (4-0)

6. Lafayette Central Catholic (5-1)

7. Triton Central (6-2)

8. Clinton Prairie (7-1)

9. Forest Park (7-2)

10. Eastern (Pekin) (5-3)

1A

1. Lanesville (11-1)

2. Trinity Lutheran (9-1)

3. Blue River (8-0)

4. Jac-Cen-Del (7-2)

5. Loogootee (2-2)

6. North White (7-0)

7. Pioneer (3-3)

7. Waldron (6-2)

9. Morgan Twp. (7-2)

10. Greenwood Christian (4-3)

AP MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Gonzaga 3-01541 (54)1
2Baylor 4-01491 (7)2
3Iowa 6-01427 (1)3
4Michigan State 6-013074
5Kansas 6-112895
6Houston 4-011697
7Villanova 5-111639
8West Virginia 6-1111311
9Creighton 4-110378
10Tennessee 2-094112
11Texas 5-187313
12Wisconsin 4-184613
13Illinois 4-27426
14Texas Tech 6-166917
15Florida State 3-061920
16Missouri 5-0491NR
17Virginia 3-145618
18San Diego State 5-045524
19Rutgers 4-039621
20Ohio State 5-039222
21Duke 2-234510
22North Carolina 4-232816
23Louisville 4-016425
24Clemson 5-0156NR
25Michigan 6-0142NR

AP WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Stanford 4-0742 (26)1
2Louisville 5-0692 (1)2
3UConn 1-0676 (1)3
4North Carolina State 6-0673 (2)4
5South Carolina 4-16405
6Arizona 4-06076
7Baylor 3-15447
7Oregon 5-05448
9Kentucky 6-05079
10Texas A&M 6-047010
11UCLA 4-144511
12Arkansas 7-140913
13Mississippi State 2-140612
14Maryland 3-135614
15Indiana 2-132315
16Northwestern 1-029017
17Ohio State 4-022018
18Syracuse 4-021120
19Michigan 5-020519
20Missouri State 3-119221
21Oregon State 3-211715
22Texas 4-111523
23South Florida 3-1113NR
24DePaul 2-27824
25Gonzaga 3-26925

NFL SCHEDULE

Week 15

Thursday, December 17
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders8:20 PMFOX/NFLN/Amazon
Saturday, December 19
Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos4:30 PMNFLN
Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers8:15 PMNFLN
Sunday, December 20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons1:00 PMFOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens1:00 PMCBS
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys1:00 PMCBS
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts1:00 PMCBS
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins1:00 PMCBS
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings1:00 PMFOX
Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans1:00 PMCBS
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team1:00 PMFOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals4:05 PMFOX
New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams4:05 PMFOX
Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints4:25 PMCBS
Cleveland Browns at New York Giants8:20 PMNBC
Monday, December 21
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals8:15 PMESPN

INDIANA GIRLS WRESTLING POWER POLL

TeamPoints
1. Penn112
2. Lebanon57
3. North Montgomery43
4. Jeffersonville31
5. Pendleton Heights27
6. Cloverdale26
7. New Haven25
8. Jay County23
8. Kokomo23
10. Jimtown21

NFL SCOREBOARD

Baltimore 47 Cleveland 42

NBA PRE-SEASON

Cleveland 116 Indiana 106

New Orleans 114 Miami 92

Toronto 112 Charlotte 109

Dallas 128 Milwaukee 112

Memphis 123 Minnesota 104…. Desmond Bane 10 points, 4 rebounds

Utah 111 Phoenix 92

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25

Marquette 89 #9 Creighton 84

#19 Rutgers 74 Maryland 60

ELSEWHERE

LSU 88 Sam Houston State 66

Central Michigan 91 St. Francis IL

Radford 67 Longwood 66

William & Mary 85 George Washington 84 OT

Presbyterian 85 Carver College 46

McNeese State 110 Arlington Baptist 64

Texas Rio Grande 89 Texas A&M International 51

Ole Miss 68 Central Arkansas 54

Colorado State 91 Northern Arizona 52

Nevada 79 San Diego 72

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25

#7 Baylor 91 Texas Tech 45

#13 Mississippi State 103 Troy 76

#14 Maryland 91 Rutgers 87

#16 Northwestern 80 Minnesota 51

#20 Missouri State 72 Missouri 58

ELSEWHERE

Florida 84 Tarlton 52

Colorado 80 Utah 50

Grand Canyon 84 Eastern Washington 78

Miami Florida 67 North Carolina 63

Stony Brook 63 Hofstra 52

Central Connecticut State 87 St. Francis NY 72

Wyoming 67 UNLV 62

North Carolina Greensboro 49 North Carolina A&T 46

Ball State 98 Bellarmine 42

Eastern Kentucky 74 Morehead State 59

LSU 62 Louisiana Lafayette 57

Florida International 96 Florida Memorial 57

Jacksonville 59 Flagler 52

Lipscomb 75 COV 37

Kansas State 74 Missouri Kansas City 57

Idaho State 74 Northern Colorado 67

Oral Roberts 71 Hillcats 60

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Co-Player of the Week

Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois
G – Jr. – 6-5 – Chicago, Ill. – Morgan Park (Ill.) – Major: Communication

  • Averaged 27.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while going 19-for-31 from the field (.613 pct.) and 15-for-18 from the free throw line (.833 pct.) in contests against No. 10/No. 11 Duke and Missouri
  • Registered a team-high 18 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds in the Fighting Illini’s 83-68 win at No. 10/No. 11 Duke. Illinois became the second Big Ten team this season to defeat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Prior to this season, Duke had lost just two non-conference home games since 2000
  • Scored a career-high 36 points at Missouri, breaking the single-game scoring record in the Braggin’ Rights series, an annual matchup between Illinois and Missouri which began in 1980. Dosunmu’s 36 points in the contest tied for the fifth-most single-game points in the NCAA this season
  • Earns the second Player of the Week accolade of his career; was a two-time Freshman of the Week honoree in 2018-19
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Ayo Dosunmu (Feb. 24, 2020)

Co-Player of the Week

Luka Garza, Iowa

C – Sr. – 6-11 – Washington, D.C. – Maret School – Major: Economics

  • Averaged 24.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during a 3-0 week for the Hawkeyes. Helped lead Iowa to victories over No. 16/No. 14 North Carolina, Iowa State and Northern Illinois
  • Recorded his 23rd career double-double in the win over No. 16/ No. 14 North Carolina, registering 16 points and a season-high 14 rebounds. Added four blocks, two assists and a steal
  • Scored 34 points, including a career-high six three-pointers, in just 17 minutes of action in the team’s 105-77 win over rival Iowa State. Was nearly perfect in the contest, shooting 13-for-14 from the field (.929 pct.), including 6-for-7 from three-point range (.857 pct.). According to Iowa, his 34 points against Iowa State are the most points scored by a Division I player who played less than 20 minutes in a contest in the last 25 years
  • Earns the fourth Player of the Week accolade of his career; was a two-time Freshman of the Week honoree in 2017-18
  • Last Iowa Player of the Week: Luka Garza (Nov. 30, 2020)

Freshman of the Week

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

C – 7-1 – Alexandria, Va. – DeMatha Catholic (Md.) – Major: Undecided

  • Averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game in wins over Toledo and Penn State. Went 17-for-25 from the floor (.680 pct.) and 4-for-5 from the free throw line (.800 pct.)
  • Scored a team-high 18 points, shooting 9-for-14 from the floor (.727 pct.), and led the team with seven rebounds in the Wolverines’ 91-71 win against Toledo. Added a career-high four blocked shots in the win
  • Helped the Wolverines open conference play with a 62-58 win vs. Penn State. Registered a career-high and team-leading 20 points in the victory, while adding seven rebounds and three blocked shots
  • Earns the second Freshman of the Week accolade of his career
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Hunter Dickinson (Dec. 7, 2020)

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Player AND Freshman of the Week

Caitlin Clark, Iowa

Fr. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Undeclared

• Named the espnW National Player of the Week on Monday, the first Big Ten freshman ever to earn that honor

• Averaged 34.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game last week as Iowa split matchups with Iowa State (win) and at Big Ten foe Michigan State (loss)

• Tallied 34 points, seven rebounds and six assists in an 82-80 win over in-state rival Iowa State on Dec. 9, making the game-winning three-pointer with 22 seconds left

• Registered a career-high 35 points (her third 30-point outing in five games this season), along with seven rebounds and four assists, in an 86-82 loss at MSU on Dec. 12

• Earns the second Big Ten Player of the Week award of her career, becoming the first Big Ten freshman to receive the honor twice in her debut season since 2015-16, when Nebraska’s Jessica Shepard was selected twice

• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Dec. 7, 2020)

• Collects the third Freshman of the Week award of her career

• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Dec. 7, 2020)

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll

Alyza Winston, So., G, MSU: Averaged 22.5 points per game with a .586 field-goal percentage and .526 three-point percentage last week, leading the Spartans to Big Ten wins over Minnesota and Iowa

Sam Haiby, Jr., G, NEB: Scored a career-high 33 points and added nine rebounds and four assists on Dec. 10 to pace the Huskers past Illinois in the Big Ten opener for both schools

Dorka Juhász, Jr., F, OSU: Tied her career high with 27 points (on 11-of-16 shooting) and grabbed a season-best 15 rebounds in the Buckeyes’ win over Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 10

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WILL PLAY TENNESSEE

Indiana Women’s Basketball Adds Game Against Tennessee For December 17 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Women’s Basketball has announced the addition of a game against Tennessee on Thursday, December 17 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The game will tip at 4 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network Plus. 

It will be just the second meeting between the two teams in school history, last meeting in an 91-57 win for the Lady Vols on November 27, 1987 in the Communiplex Classic in Cincinnati, Ohio. This season, Tennessee is 3-1 and was selected to finish sixth in the Southeastern Conference preseason poll. It’s most recent contest, at No. 23 Texas, was postponed on Sunday due to contact tracing within the Longhorns program. 

Thursday’s meeting will replace a previously scheduled game with Butler that was to take place on December 12 but canceled due to a pause in activities due to COVID-19 for the Bulldogs. The Hoosiers are 2-1 on the season and last played in a 72-68 loss at Kentucky on Sunday, December 6. 

Consistent with IU Athletics’ ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of students, coaches, staff, spectators and the local community, all men’s and women’s basketball games scheduled at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall – will be played without fans indefinitely. IU Athletics’ decision is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is consistent with what has transpired on all Big Ten campuses during the 2020 football season. 

IU Athletics will continue to work with local and state health officials, the Big Ten, and campus leadership to determine if and when fans will be permitted to attend men’s and women’s basketball games at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall during the 2020-21 season.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offensive Player of the Week

Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa

Sr., WR, Newark, N.J./Weequahic

  • Caught seven passes for a career-high 140 yards and two touchdowns in Iowa’s 28-7 win over Wisconsin on Saturday
  • His 140 receiving yards were the most by a Hawkeye since Nov. 19, 2011 (Marvin McNutt – 151 yards at Purdue)
  • Finished with 167 all-purpose yards to move into 10th place on the school’s all-time list (3,415 yards)
  • Collects his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Iowa Offensive Player of the Week: Nate Stanley (Oct. 15, 2018)

Defensive Player of the Week

Mariano Sori-Marin, Minnesota

Jr., LB, Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic

  • Recorded a career-high 18 tackles (six solo, 12 assisted) Saturday in leading Minnesota to a 24-17 win at Nebraska
  • Posted the most tackles by a Golden Gopher since Nov. 17, 2018 (Blake Cashman – 20 vs. Northwestern)
  • Also forced a fumble to help Minnesota to its third win in its last four outings
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Antoine Winfield Jr. (Nov. 11, 2019)

Special Teams Players of the Week

Jahan Dotson, Penn State

Jr., WR/KR, Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area

  • Had an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Penn State’s 39-24 win over Michigan State on Saturday
  • Added eight catches for 108 yards, becoming the third Big Ten student-athlete since 2000 with 100 receiving yards and a punt return touchdown in the same game (Wisconsin’s Brandon Williams vs. Indiana – Oct. 1, 2005; Michigan’s Steve Breaston at Indiana – Nov. 11, 2006)
  • Registered the first PSU punt return for a touchdown since Sept. 8, 2018 (DeAndre Thompkins – 39 yards at Pittsburgh)
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Blake Gillikin (Oct. 28, 2019)

Freshman of the Week

Cam Porter, Northwestern

RB, Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle

  • Set career highs with 24 carries for 142 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to pace Northwestern to a 28-10 win over visiting Illinois
  • Helped the Wildcats rush for a season-high 411 yards, their highest total since Nov. 22, 2003 (444 vs. Illinois)
  • Only played the first three quarters as NU secured the Land of Lincoln Trophy for the sixth consecutive year
  • Collects his first career Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Brandon Joseph (Nov. 23, 2020)

MAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offensive Player of the Week
Kevin Marks, Buffalo, RB      
Junior, Norfolk, VA (Norview)          

Marks rushed for a career-best 182 yards and two touchdowns on only 15 carries in Buffalo’s win over Akron. The junior running back scored on a 24-yard run the first time he touched the ball and added a 23-yard touchdown run later in the second quarter. Marks averaged 12.1 yards per carry.
 
Defensive Player of the Week
Eddie Wilson, Buffalo, DT     
Junior, Jersey City, NJ (Hoboken) 
    
Wilson had three tackles and a sack in Buffalo’s dominant defensive performance against Akron. The big defensive tackle led a defensive line that held the Zips to only 92 yards rushing and 204 yards of total offense. Wilson and the defense were especially dominant in the first half, limiting the Zips to only 86 yards of offense and four first downs.
 
Special Teams Player of the Week
Tyrone Hill, Buffalo, Safety   
Senior, Passaic, NJ (Don Bosco Prep)

Hill made history on Saturday by being the first UB player to return a blocked field goal for a touchdown in the program’s FBS era (since 1999). On an Akron 35-yard field goal attempt, Hill broke through the line, blocked the kick, scooped it up and scampered 63 yards for the touchdown to put the Bulls ahead 14-0.
 
West Division 
Offensive Player of the Week
Justin Hall, Ball State, Wide Receiver          
Senior, Douglasville, Ga. (Alexander)     
     
Hall caught 10 passes for a career-high 175 yards and two touchdowns Saturday in Ball State’s MAC West Division-clinching victory over Western Michigan. He also became the Cardinals’ all-time receptions leader in the 30-27 victory, surpassing KeVonn Mabon’s mark of 244 and finishing the day at 252. Hall caught touchdown passes of 32 and 55 yards on key drives to tie the game in the second and fourth quarters. It was the second two-touchdown game this season for college football’s active leader in career receptions. Hall extended his FBS-leading active streak to 42 straight games with a catch while helping Ball State to its first MAC Championship Game berth since 2008.
 
Defensive Player of the Week
Jaylin Thomas, Ball State, Inside Linebacker
R-Senior, Lima, Ohio (Lima Senior)  

Thomas led Ball State with a career-high 16 tackles Saturday, as the Cardinals secured their first MAC West Division championship since 2008 with a 30-27 victory over Western Michigan. His 16 tackles were the second-most by a MAC player in a game this year. Thomas spearheaded a defensive effort that held the nation’s sixth-highest scoring team without a point over the final 24 minutes, as BSU erased a 14-point deficit to win. The Broncos’ 27 points were 17 below their average. The MAC’s active leader in tackles, Thomas raised his total to 277 for his career.
 
Special Teams Player of the Week
Chad Ryland, Eastern Michigan, K    
Junior, Lebanon, Pa. (Cedar Crest)   

Ryland became Eastern Michigan’s third all-time leader in made extra points (94) after he went 5-for-5 on PATs in EMU’s victory over Northern Illinois, 41-33, Dec. 12. For Ryland, the five made extra points marked the second-consecutive game he’s knocked in at least five PATs, and the sixth time he’s accomplished the feat in his career. In addition to his five extra points, the Pennsylvania native nailed two field goals (39, 24) to topple the Huskies. The pair of field goals extended his flawless kicking streak to nine-straight with his last miss being a 53-yard try against Ball State, Nov. 11. The Cedar Crest, Pa.-product ultimately earned 11 points for the Eagles against Northern Illinois, marking the third time in the six-game season that Ryland has notched at least 10 points. Previously, Ryland had only recorded a game of 10-plus points twice (Pittsburgh, 2019, and Northern Illinois, 2018). Ryland also recorded his first-ever punt on a fake field goal attempt during the NIU contest. The 37-yard boot caught Northern Illinois off-guard, as he pinned the Huskies at their own one-yard line.

MAC BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Danny Pippen, Kent State, Forward
Senior, Detroit, Mich.

Senior Danny Pippen helped the Flashes improve to 3-1 overall in his efforts in wins over Detroit Mercy and Northern Kentucky. Pippen led Kent State on the road against Detroit Mercy with a second career-high 23 points against Detroit Mercy. Pippen went 8-of-17 from the floor and shot 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. Against Northern Kentucky, Pippen scored his fourth-straight double-figure game with 19 points. He grabbed a total seven rebounds and dished out a career-best six assists. In his last four games, Pippen is averaging 17 points per game and 6.3 rebounds for the season. 
Kent State stands 3-1 overall on the season. The Flashes are back in action on Saturday, Dec. 19 for the first installment of the across-town rivalry match against the Zips. The rivalry showdown will take place at the M.A.C. Center with a 2 p.m. tipoff.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

IRVING, Texas – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the third week of the 2020-21 season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

David Collins, Sr., Guard, USF

Collins averaged a double-double with 15.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a pair of wins for the Bulls last week. He led USF with 18 points and nine rebounds against Stetson on Dec. 8 and 13 points and 11 rebounds against Wofford on Dec. 12 at Holiday Hoopsgiving in Atlanta.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Moussa Cisse, Center, Memphis

Cisse averaged a double-double with 11.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in two contests for the Tigers. The freshman center scored 14 points against Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 8 and recorded nine points and 14 rebounds against Auburn on Dec. 12 in Atlanta.

HONOR ROLL

David DeJulius, Jr., Guard, Cincinnati

DeJulius averaged 9.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in a pair of games for the Bearcats. The junior guard recorded 11 points and seven assists against No. 12 Tennessee on Saturday (Dec. 12).

JJ Miles, Sr., Guard, East Carolina

Miles averaged 19.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in two wins for the Pirates. The senior guard was 9-of-10 from 3-point range.

D.J. Jeffries, So., Forward, Memphis

Jeffries averaged 18.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals in a 1-1 week for the Tigers. Against Auburn, the sophomore forward recorded 16 points and seven rebounds.

Jordan Walker, R-Jr., Guard, Tulane

Walker averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.0 steals per game in a pair of wins for the Green Wave. The redshirt junior guard had 15 points in each game and shot 50.0 percent from the field for the week.

Tyson Etienne, So., Guard, Wichita State

Etienne scored 19 points with three 3-pointers for the Shockers against Oklahoma State on Saturday (Dec. 12).

NFL SCHEDULE CHANGES AHEAD

The NFL announced today flex-scheduling changes for Week 15 on Sunday, December 20, and Week 16 on Sunday, December 27.

Week 15 (Sunday, December 20):

  • The Detroit at Tennessee game has moved to CBS. Kickoff remains 1:00 PM ET.

Week 16 (Sunday, December 27):

  • The Cincinnati at Houston game has moved to FOX. Kickoff remains 1:00 PM ET.
  • The Chicago at Jacksonville game has moved to CBS. Kickoff remains 1:00 PM ET.
  • The Los Angeles Rams at Seattle game has moved to FOX and will now kick off at 4:25 PM ET.

The updated Week 15 and 16 schedules (all times ET):

Week 15

Thursday, December 17
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders8:20 PMFOX/NFLN/Amazon
Saturday, December 19
Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos4:30 PMNFLN
Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers8:15 PMNFLN
Sunday, December 20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons1:00 PMFOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens1:00 PMCBS
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys1:00 PMCBS
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts1:00 PMCBS
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins1:00 PMCBS
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings1:00 PMFOX
Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans1:00 PMCBS
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team1:00 PMFOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals4:05 PMFOX
New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams4:05 PMFOX
Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints4:25 PMCBS
Cleveland Browns at New York Giants8:20 PMNBC
Monday, December 21
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals8:15 PMESPN

Week 16

Friday, December 25
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints4:30 PMFOX/NFLN/Amazon
Saturday, December 26
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions1:00 PMNFLN
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals4:30 PMAmazon
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders8:15 PMNFLN
Sunday, December 27
New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens1:00 PMFOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans1:00 PMFOX
Chicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars1:00 PMCBS
Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs1:00 PMFOX
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets1:00 PMCBS
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers1:00 PMCBS
Carolina Panthers at Washington Football Team1:00 PMCBS
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers4:05 PMCBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys4:25 PMFOX
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks4:25 PMFOX
Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers8:20 PMNBC
​Monday, December 28
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots8:15 PMESPN

THIS WEEK IN MEN’S BIG 10 BASKETBALL

• The 22nd annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge took place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday, Dec. 9. The Big Ten won six of seven games on the first night of the Challenge, including top-25 ranked wins over then-No. 10/No. 11 Duke, then-No. 16/No. 14 North Carolina and then-No. 15/No. 15 Virginia Tech. Three of the Challenge’s contests were postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. The contest between No. 12/No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 23/No. 22 Louisville  has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19 and will be televised on ESPN2. The Big Ten currently leads the Challenge 6-5. If Wisconsin defeats Louisville, the Big Ten will win the Challenge for the second year in a row, marking the first time since 2014-15 that the Big Ten has won the Challenge in back-to-back years. Last year, the Big Ten registered an overall record of 8-6 against the ACC.

• The Big Ten enters this week with six undefeated teams and the conference boasts a combined record of 61-15 (.803 pct.), marking the highest winning percentage by any conference this season.

• Michigan and Penn State opened Big Ten Conference play on Sunday, Dec. 13, with the Wolverines improving to 6-0 on the season after defeating the Nittany Lions by a narrow margin of 62-58. Michigan freshman Hunter Dickinson registered 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in the win to capture Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the second week in a row.

• Penn State defeated then-No. 15/No. 15 Virginia Tech in the Challenge by a score of 75-55 to register a milestone 1,500th victory for the program. The win was also Penn State’s third-straight in Challenge games. Nittany Lions junior G Izaiah Brockington scored a career-high 24 points and tied a career best with eight rebounds. 

• Illinois started the week with a 83-68 win over then-No. 10 / No. 11 Duke in the Challenge. Illinois became the second Big Ten team this season to defeat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Previously, Michigan State went on the road and defeated Duke 75-69. The Big Ten is now the first non-ACC conference to win two games at the venue in the same season since the Southern Conference in 1981-82. Prior to this season, Duke had lost just two non-conference home games since 2000.

• One of the most anticipated games of the 2020-21 season will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19, when No. 3/No. 3 Iowa takes on  No. 1/No. 1 Gonzaga in a nationally-televised contest on CBS. Last week, Iowa defeated then-No. 16/No. 14 North Carolina in the Challenge 93-80. During the contest, the Hawkeyes drained 17 three-point FGs, marking the highest single-game total in the history of the Challenge. Hawkeyes senior G Jordan Bohannon made seven three-point FGs and registered a team-high 24 points to accompany his six assists. Head coach Fran McCaffery notched the 200th win of his Iowa career on Sunday when the Hawkeyes defeated Northern Illinois.

• Michigan improved to 6-0 on the season following wins over Toledo and Penn State, and moved into both the Associated Press Top-25 poll (No. 25) and the USA TODAY coaches poll (No. 24). The Big Ten now boasts seven teams in both polls, while an additional four teams received votes in either one or both of the polls. Iowa and Michigan State held their positions at No. 3/No. 3 and No. 4/No. 4., respectively, while Ohio State (No. 20/ No. 19), Rutgers (No. 19/No. 17) and Wisconsin (No. 20/No. 19) all moved up in both polls.

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL

• Northwestern and Ohio State will square off in the 2020 Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover at noon (ET) Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with the game televised live to a nationwide audience on FOX and broadcast on radio via Compass Media Networks. The Wildcats will be making their second appearance in the conference championship game (both in the past three years), while the Buckeyes are headed to Indianapolis for the fourth consecutive year and sixth time overall.

• With a win Saturday, Ohio State would earn its fourth consecutive Big Ten Championship, fifth in seven seasons and 39th overall. Northwestern is seeking its ninth Big Ten Championship and first since 2000. The winner of Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game will receive the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy.

• Ohio State leads the all-time series with Northwestern, 63-14-1, including a 52-3 victory in the last meeting between the schools on Oct. 18, 2019, in Evanston. Ohio State has won the past eight games in the series against Northwestern, including a 45-24 decision in the 2018 Big Ten Championship Game.

• Ohio State claimed the Big Ten East Division title, its ninth consecutive division crown, while Northwestern earned its second Big Ten West Division trophy in three years.

• Northwestern rushed for 411 yards on 58 carries (7.1 per carry) in last Saturday’s 28-10 win over Illinois, securing the Land of Lincoln Trophy for the sixth consecutive season. The Wildcats posted their highest total rushing yards since Nov. 22, 2003, when they ran for 444 yards, also against Illinois. The last time NU rushed for 7.1 yards per carry was Oct. 27, 2012, against Iowa. Saturday’s win also assured the Wildcats of an undefeated (4-0) record at home, their first at Ryan Field since 1996, when they went 5-0 at home.

• Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 108 yards in last Saturday’s 24-17 win at Nebraska. It was Ibrahim’s seventh consecutive 100-yard rushing game this season, tying the school record set by Laurence Maroney (Dec. 31, 2003 to Oct. 9, 2004).

• Rutgers recorded its third conference road win this season as the Scarlet Knights edged Maryland, 27-24 in overtime last Saturday in College Park. The last time RU had three conference road wins was 2012, when the Scarlet Knights went 3-1 on the road as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Rutgers also has matched its highest conference win total (three) since joining the Big Ten in 2014 (the Scarlet Knights had three Big Ten wins in 2014 and 2017).

• A total of 582 Big Ten football student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced Dec. 10. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be on a varsity team (as verified by being on the official squad list as of Nov. 1 for fall sports), have been enrolled full time at the institution for a minimum of 12 months and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Among this year’s football honorees, 12 had unblemished GPAs: Illinois’ Christian Bobak, Doug Kramer and James McCourt; Indiana’s Nicholas Grieser; Iowa’s Matt Fagan; Michigan’s Ren Hefley and Carlo Kemp; Minnesota’s Connor Olson and Bailey Schoenfelder; Nebraska’s Garrett Hustedt; Ohio State’s Harry Miller, and Wisconsin’s Matt Henningsen.

• On Oct. 23, the Big Ten Conference announced the launch of the ‘United As One’ social justice campaign. ‘United As One’ is among several conference-wide Equality Coalition initiatives dedicated to constructively and collectively recognizing and eliminating racism and hate in our society by creating resources for inclusion, empowerment and accountability.

• The Big Ten Conference established the Equality Coalition in 2020 with 227 members including presidents and chancellors, directors of athletics, coaches, student-athletes, conference and school administrators, alumni, families and friends representing all 14 institutions.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Booker’s Strong Start Guides Ball State Women’s Basketball Past Bellarmine

Booker scored 10 of the game’s first 12 points in a 98-42 win at Bellarmine

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Junior guard Essence Booker scored 10 of the game’s first 12 points to help the Ball State women’s basketball team close non-conference play with a dominating 98-42 win over Bellarmine Monday night at Freedom Hall.

The Cardinals (2-3) picked up their second victory of the young season with an impressive showing all-around against a Knights (0-1) team which was not only playing its first game of the 2020 season, but also making its NCAA Division I debut.

Led by Booker’s run at the beginning of the game, Ball State took commanding 27-1 edge at the 2:31 mark of the opening period and never looked back. Aside from the point total, another key stat in the early run was Ball State’s ability to keep control of the basketball.

“I am really proud of our team, because we have been harping on the turnovers big time,” head coach Brady Sallee said after the win. “I thought we did a great job of taking care of the basketball and that led to more possessions. We were hitting shots early and that maintained throughout the game. I am really proud of the effort on the road, especially with us traveling day-of for the first time.”

The Cardinals, who entered the game averaging north of 20 turnovers a contest, did not turn the ball over during the early-game run and committed just one in the first 10 minutes while forcing Bellarmine into seven. In fact, Ball State committed just eight turnovers in the game while forcing the Knights into 19.

Offensively, five Cardinals reached double figures in the victory with Booker’s season-high 22 points leading the way. Booker finished the contest shooting 8-of-12 (.667) from the field and 3-of-4 (.750) from behind the arc, while hitting all three of her free throws.

“For me, Essence has been practicing this way so when she does it in a game, it’s like okay, there she goes,” Sallee said. “Leading into the Western game, you could start to see her get comfortable with her teammates and her role. The great thing about her is she’s hungry to be a great player and is going to be yearning for more.”

Kentucky native redshirt-sophomore Anna Clephane added a 16-point performance, while sophomores Sydney Freeman and Annie Rauch chipped in 15 points apiece. Rauch also led the Cardinals defensively with 11 rebounds for her second straight double-double of the season. Junior Blake Smith rounded out BSU’s double-digit scorers with 10.

In addition to its dominating offense, Ball State played aggressive defense from the opening tip, holding Bellarmine to just 1-of-8 shooting from the field over the first 10 minutes. The Cardinals’ 29-5 edge after the opening period was its largest first period advantage so far this season.

Ball State kept up the momentum in the second period, extending its lead to 52-19 going into halftime. As Ball State continued to dominate offensively, the Cardinals had eight different players score by intermission. 

During the third quarter, Ball State shot 64.3 percent and continued to dictate the game on both the offensive and defensive ends. The fourth stanza mimicked the first three quarters as the Cardinals never let up to seal their impressive 56-point victory over Bellarmine.

In addition to winning the turnover battle, the Cardinals held a 48-to-18 advantage in the paint which is another point of pride for Sallee. Overall, Ball State shot 52.3 percent from the field while holding Bellarmine to 23.1 rate of success.

The Ball State women’s basketball will now turn its attention back to Mid-American Conference play, starting Sunday with a 2 p.m. ET tipoff at Akron inside James A. Rhodes Arena.

AP SPORTS NEWS

BALTIMORE OUTLASTS CLEVELAND IN SHOOTOUT

Lamar Jackson emerged from the locker room, saved the game and maybe Baltimore’s season.

Back on the field after being sidelined by cramps, Jackson threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown and then set up Justin Tucker’s 55-yard field goal with two seconds left, helping the Ravens to a wild 47-42 win over the Cleveland Browns that helped them stay in the playoff picture.

A Monday night game dripping with playoff intensity delivered with endless drama and stunning twists.

Tucker, who made 70 straight field goals inside 40 yards before he missed last week, had plenty of distance on his kick to give the Ravens (8-5) a much-needed win.

It was a gut punch for the Browns (9-4), who had rallied from a 14-point deficit to take the lead while Jackson was out.

The Browns had one last chance after Tucker’s kick, but a series of laterals on the final play ended with a safety that affected gamblers all over the country. The Ravens were favored by three on the opening line.

The NFL’s top two rushing teams combined for nine rushing touchdowns, tying a league record set in 1922.

Jackson rushed for two touchdowns while rescuing his teammates, who have overcome a COVID-19 outbreak and numerous scheduled changes so far in 2020.

With the Ravens down 42-35, Jackson returned from the locker after backup quarterback Trace McSorley suffered a leg injury when he slipped on a slick FirstEnergy Stadium field that was tough for players to cut on all night.

On fourth-and-5, Jackson calmly rolled to his right and found a wide-open Brown in the middle of the field and he easily outran Cleveland’s defenders for the TD.

But Baker Mayfield wasn’t going to be denied. He drove the Browns 75 yards, hitting running back Kareem Hunt for a 22-yard TD pass with 1:04 left.

Jackson then showed why he’s a superstar.

The reigning NFL MVP completed two straight passes to tight end Mark Andrews for 28 yards and moved the Ravens in range for Tucker, one of the most accurate kickers in league history.

Mayfield had shaken off a costly interception and brought the Browns back, scrambling from the pocket a la Jackson and scoring on a run with 6:33 left.

Cleveland looked like a different team – like a playoff team.

Jackson was playing in his second game since returning from the COVID-19 list. Before he left late in the third quarter with the Ravens leading 34-20, he had rushed for 124 yards and two TDs.

VANDERBILT HIRES NOTRE DAME DC CLARK LEA

Vanderbilt negotiated deal with Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea to make the former Commodores player its new head coach.

Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press details of a contract were still being worked out but Lea was the school’s top choice.

Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because the school was not yet prepared to make an announcement.

The 38-year-old Lea is a Nashville native who played baseball at Birmingham-Southern and Belmont before walking on as a fullback at Vanderbilt, where he played from 2002-04. He started coaching at UCLA and also has coached at South Dakota State, Bowling Green, Syracuse and Wake Forest.

Lea has been Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator for the last three seasons. The Fighting Irish made the College Football Playoff in 2018 behind a defense that ranked eighth in the nation in yards allowed per play (4.53).

Notre Dame is on the verge of making the playoff again. The second-ranked Irish (10-0) play No. 4 Clemson on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

Vanderbilt fired Derek Mason on Nov. 29 after he went 27-55 in seven seasons, including losing the first eight games of 2020. The Commodores (0-9) have lost 13 consecutive Southeastern Conference games, the program’s longest skid since dropping 23 straight between 2000 and 2003.

Vanderbilt has at least generated some national goodwill this season by using Sarah Fuller at kicker. Last Saturday, she became the first woman to score in a Power Five football game when she kicked two extra points.

The football stadium at the SEC’s smallest and only private university had its last major renovation in 1981. Vanderbilt chancellor Daniel Diermeier, who started July 1, and athletic director Candice Lee, who had the interim title taken off in May, plan to involve the next coach in the university’s plans for upgrading facilities.

“We can do a lot,” Diermeier said last week. “And we have an enormous amount of assets and we need to bring them, we need to leverage them in order to advance athletics at university as a whole.”

ACC HIRES NORTHWESTERN AD AS NEW COMMISSIONER

The Atlantic Coast Conference hired Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips on Monday to be the league’s next commissioner, replacing the retiring John Swofford.

Phillips has been Northwestern’s AD since 2008, leading the athletic department through a period of success in competition and growth in facilities. He oversaw the funding of Northwestern’s $270 million Walter Athletics Center and Ryan Fieldhouse indoor practice facility located on Lake Michigan’s shores.

The Chicago native has also worked at Notre Dame under current Duke athletic director Kevin White and was athletic director at Northern Illinois before taking over at Northwestern in the Big Ten.

Phillips was the first chairman of the NCAA’s Division I Council in 2015 and served as the first sitting athletic director on the NCAA Board of Directors and Board of Governors. He is also set to become chairman of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2021-22 season.

“Jim is well-respected throughout college athletics and knows the enterprise inside and out,” Swofford said in a statement. “As I’ve said many times before, having been an athletic director prior to sitting in this chair is a tremendous benefit, and that will serve him well. Jim will do an excellent job and I will be here to assist with the transition as much, or as little, as necessary.”

Phillips was a candidate to become Big Ten commissioner when the conference was searching for a replacement for Jim Delany last year, but ultimately the league went outside of college athletics and hired former NFL executive Kevin Warren.

A person with knowledge of the situation told AP that Phillips agreed to a five-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the ACC had not released terms of Phillips’ deal.

The ACC announced Swofford’s retirement in June, though he was to continue in the job until a successor was named and to aid the transition.

The 72-year-old Swofford became commissioner in 1997 of a very different ACC, which had only nine members at the time and remained basketball-focused. Swofford eventually led the ACC through multiple waves of expansion to form a 15-team conference stretching along nearly the entire Eastern Seaboard and west into Kentucky and Indiana.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNEY TO BE HELD IN SAN ANTONIO ONLY

The NCAA plans to stage the entire women’s basketball tournament in one geographic area and San Antonio is the likely host site.

The move, announced Monday, was made to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and matches that of the men’s tournament, which the NCAA said last month will be played in a single area – most likely Indianapolis.

The women’s Final Four in 2021 was already set for San Antonio and the NCAA has begun preliminary talks with the Texas city to hold the entire 64-team tournament in the area.

“Conducting the championship in one geographic region allows for more planning and execution of safeguards that provide potential benefits for promoting the health and safety of student athletes, the NCAA membership and all individuals involved in the championship,” said Nina King, the NCAA women’s basketball committee chair and senior athletic director at Duke. “By making this difficult decision now, it allows for an earlier opportunity to work proactively with local public health officials within the host communities and ensures that the identified guidelines and protocols are considered for a more controlled environment.”

The first two rounds of the women’s tournament have been played on campus sites the past few seasons with the top four seeds in each region hosting. The regionals were slated to be played this season in Albany, New York, Austin, Texas, Cincinnati and Spokane, Washington.

The NCAA expects the tournament to be played in late March and early April as usual, though there is a chance the timeframe could be shorter.

“San Antonio was the perfect region for us to explore because it already has an established and fully operational local organizing committee in place for the 2021 Women’s Final Four,” said Lynn Holzman, vice president of women’s basketball at the NCAA.

Two schools, Incarnate Word and UTSA, will serve as hosts for the Final Four.

“We were already preparing to host a tremendous Women’s Final Four; the opportunity to develop a plan for hosting all 64 teams is both exciting and a great opportunity for our local economy,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “It is also a tremendous responsibility, and I know our local organizing committee and our hospitality industry will make the safety and wellbeing of the athletes, coaches and fans its highest priority.”

INDIANS TO CHANGE NAME AFTER THE 2021 SEASON

The Cleveland Indians are changing their name – they just don’t know to what or when.

Expressing that “it’s time,” owner Paul Dolan said that after months of internal discussions and meetings with groups, including Native Americans who have sought to have the team stop using a moniker many deem racist, the American League franchise is dropping the name it has been known by since 1915.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Dolan said: “The name is no longer acceptable in our world.”

Dolan said the team will continue to be called Indians until a new name is chosen.

That “multi-stage” process is in its early stages and the team will play – and be branded – as the Indians at least through next season.

“We’ll be the Indians in 2021 and then after that, it’s a difficult and complex process to identify a new name and do all the things you do around activating that name,” Dolan said. “We are going to work at as quick a pace as we can while doing it right.

“But we’re not going to do something just for the sake of doing it. We’re going to take the time we need to do it right.”

Dolan said the team will not adopt an interim name until choosing its new one.

“We don’t want to be the Cleveland Baseball Team or some other interim name,” he said. “We will continue to be the Indians until we have identified the next name that will hopefully take us through multiple centuries.”

Cleveland’s move away from Indians follows a similar decision earlier this year by the NFL’s Washington Football Team, which was previously known as the Redskins.

“It was a learning process for me and I think when fair-minded, open-minded people really look at it, think about it and maybe even spend some time studying it, I like to think they would come to the same conclusion: It’s a name that had its time, but this is not the time now, and certainly going forward, the name is no longer acceptable in our world,” Dolan said.

As Cleveland considers options for names, Dolan said Tribe, which has been a popular nickname for the club for decades, has been ruled out.

“We are not going to take a half-step away from the Indians,” he said. “The new name, and I do not know what it is, will not be a name that has Native American themes or connotations to it. Frankly, that (Tribe) would have been a name that I would have loved to pivot to.

“But in talking to these groups, they made it very clear that the issues that are attached to the Indians don’t go away with Tribe, particularly since Tribe has been tied to the experience of our team for many many decades,” he said.

The name change by the Indians is the latest by an organization reacting to a national movement, which gained momentum in the wake of widespread civil rights protests last summer, to have prejudicial names and symbols removed.

Across the south, Civil War monuments were taken down, and in some cases names were taken off buildings.

Dolan said his “awakening or epiphany” came following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died while being arrested by white Minneapolis police officers this summer.

He empathizes with a segment of Cleveland fans who will be displeased with decision.

“I fully understand it,” he said of expected backlash. “I consider myself a fifth-generation Clevelander. It’s in our blood and baseball and the Indians are synonymous, and that goes to the whole intent versus impact thing. Nobody intended anything negative by our attachment to the name Indians, but the impact has been tough.”

Washington dropped the name Redskins in July after bowing to pressure from corporate sponsors.

It was only hours later that Dolan announced a thorough review of the team’s name. He promised to listen and learn, and that’s what transpired in recent months during discussions with fans, business leaders, players, social activists and researchers focused on Native American culture and issues.

Dolan called those conversations “both enlightening and challenging.”

He added there’s a delicate balance between moving ahead and looking back.

“We are going to honor our past,” he said. “We’re not walking away from our past. We’ll be the Cleveland Indians of 1915 to whatever year is that we ultimately change. We will always celebrate that. I don’t think we have to ignore it.

“But from the day we make the change, the new history that we build together as a community with our team will be under the banner of a different name.”

Cleveland’s name change comes on the heels of the team removing the controversial Chief Wahoo logo from its caps and jerseys in 2019.

The team has never stopped selling merchandise bearing the grinning, cartoonish figure, but Dolan said any profits from future sales of Wahoo items will go to Native American organizations or causes supporting Native Americans.

Dolan’s family bought the Indians in 2000, and even then he knew Chief Wahoo “was problematic.” It was only after this summer’s unrest and in educating himself on Native American issues that he recognized Indians in the same light.

“There is definitely some pain in this. It’s the end of an era or the beginning of an era. But accompanying that is the recognition and maybe even excitement that we’re going on to do something that is better. It will be better for the community. It will be better for our team. And it will be something hopefully that unites everybody. It’s not anything that we have to feel any kind of reluctance about expressing,” he said..

“It’s going to take some time for everybody to embrace but I think when they do, we’ll all be better off for it.”

RENFROE SIGNS WITH RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox have signed outfielder Hunter Renfroe to a one-year deal.

A first-round pick by the Padres in 2013, Renfroe batted .228 with 97 home runs and 226 RBIs over five seasons with San Diego and Tampa Bay. He hit 25 or more homers in three straight seasons for the Padres before struggling with the Rays in the pandemic-shortened season this year, batting .156 with eight homers and 22 RBIs in 42 games.

Renfroe homered twice in the postseason, including a drive in the World Series, and drove in seven runs. He went 4 for 23 (.174) and struck out 11 times.

In three games at Fenway Park over his career, he is 4 for 11 with two homers runs and five RBIs.

Renfroe turns 29 next month.

WASHINGTON PULLS OUT OF PAC-12 TITLE GAME

Washington has pulled out of the Pac-12 football championship game due to COVID-19 issues in the Huskies program, and Oregon will now play No. 13 USC for the conference title on Friday instead.

Washington (3-1) announced Monday it is withdrawing from the championship game after determining the Huskies did not have at least 53 scholarship players available and did not meet the minimum number of scholarship athletes at specific positions.

Washington had to cancel its game last weekend against Oregon (3-2) that would have determined the Pac-12 North champion due to COVID-19 cases in the program that caused the Huskies to pause practice in the middle of the week.

Washington team physician Dr. Kim Harmon said the program has continued to see positive cases over the past several days.

“This increase in cases, combined with issues with a key position group, doesn’t allow for a path forward for us this week,” Harmon said in a statement.

Washington was named Pac-12 North champ by virtue of having a better winning percentage than Oregon.

AP MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL

Gonzaga and Baylor headlined an unchanged top tier of The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, even as both have been sidelined by recent coronavirus issues.

The top five teams remained in place in Monday’s latest Top 25, with Mark Few’s Bulldogs receiving 54 of 62 first-place votes to remain firmly in place at No. 1. The second-ranked Bears had seven first-place votes to remain 1-2 with Gonzaga in each of the season’s four polls so far.

Yet the Zags haven’t played since beating West Virginia on Dec. 2 due to COVID-19 protocols, with five straight games canceled or postponed, including a matchup with Baylor on Dec. 5. The Bears announced Saturday they would pause team activities as well.

Gonzaga had previously said it would pause competition through Monday and is next scheduled to face No. 3 Iowa in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Saturday. Baylor is scheduled to visit Kansas State that same day.

THE TOP TIER

The Hawkeyes received the remaining first-place vote to finish ahead of No. 4 Michigan State and No. 5 Kansas. Houston, Villanova, West Virginia, Creighton and Tennessee rounded out the top 10, with the Mountaineers rising three spots and the Volunteers climbing two.

RISING

No. 18 San Diego State had the biggest jump, climbing six spots after beating then-No. 23 Arizona State. No. 15 Florida State jumped five spots, while No. 14 Texas Tech matched West Virginia’s rise of three spots.

In all, 13 teams moved up from last week’s poll

SLIDING

Illinois and Duke had the two most notable slides.

The No. 13 Illini dropped seven spots to fall out of the top 10 after losing to Missouri, while the No. 21 Blue Devils took the week’s longest tumble by falling 11 spots after losing at home to Illinois.

No. 22 North Carolina fell six spots after losing a high-scoring game at Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, while Creighton slid one spot as the only other team to fall this week.

STATUS QUO

This week’s poll marked the first that had the top 5 remain intact. They were the only teams to remain in their same positions from last week, too.

WELCOME

Missouri cracked the poll at No. 16 after beating Illinois, the program’s AP ranking since midway through the 2013-14 season. No. 24 Clemson and No. 25 Michigan were the week’s other new additions, though the Wolverines had appeared at No. 25 in the preseason poll.

FAREWELL (FOR NOW)

Virginia Tech (No. 15), Richmond (No. 19) and Arizona State (No. 23) were the three teams that fell out of the rankings.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Big Ten has a national-best seven teams in the Top 25, with No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 19 Rutgers and No. 20 Ohio State joining Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois and Michigan.

The Atlantic Coast Conference was next with six, though it was a backloaded bunch. FSU and No. 17 Virginia stood as the league’s highest-ranked teams, while No. 23 Louisville joined Duke, UNC and Clemson in the poll’s final five spots.

The Big 12 had five teams, while the Big East and Southeastern Conference each had two. The West Coast, American Athletic and Mountain West conferences each had one.