NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Oregon 95 Iowa 80

Gonzaga 87 Oklahoma 71

UCLA 67 Abilene Christian 47

Michigan 86 LSU 78

Florida State 71 Colorado 53

Alabama 96 Maryland 77

USC 85 Kansas 51

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Georgia 67 Drexel 53

Alabama 80 North Carolina 71

BYU 69 Rutgers 66

Indiana 63 VCU 32

Arizona 79 Stony Brook 44

Wright State 66 Arkansas 62

Northwestern 60 Central Florida 51

Belmont 64 Gonzaga 59

Maryland 98 Mount St. Mary 45

Texas A&M 84 Troy 80

Iowa State 79 Michigan State 75

Missouri State 70 UC Davis 51

Texas 81 Bradley 62

Louisville 74 Marist 43

UCLA 69 Wyoming 48

Oregon 67 South Dakota 47

NBA SCOREBOARD

Sacramento 119 Cleveland 105

Oklahoma City 112 Minnesota 103

Charlotte 100 San Antonio 97

Utah 120 Chicago 95

Houston 117 Toronto 99

Milwaukee 140 Indiana 113

Memphis 132 Boston 126 OT….DESMOND BANE 13PTS, 3REB

LA Clippers 119 Atlanta 110

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY Rangers 5 Buffalo 3

Carolina 3 Columbus 0

Ottawa 2 Calgary 1

NY Islanders 2 Philadelphia 1

Minnesota 2 Anaheim 1

Colorado 5 Arizona 1

Winnipeg 4 Vancouver 0

Vegas 5 St. Louis 1

San Jose 2 Los Angeles 1

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – SPRING TRAINING

Chicago White Sox 7 San Francisco 2

Milwaukee 6 Cleveland 3

San Diego 9 Kansas City 9

Arizona 4 Oakland 4

LA Angels 15 Chicago Cubs 7

Colorado 5 Texas 4

Seattle 7 LA Dodgers 3

Minnesota 4 Atlanta 2

Houston 5 NY Mets 4

Pittsburgh 6 Baltimore 5

Miami 7 St. Louis 2

Boston 10 Tampa Bay 4

Philadelphia 4 NY Islanders 0

Toronto 4 Detroit 3

TOP HEADLINES

Elgin Baylor, Lakers great and aerialist pioneer, dies at 86

LOS ANGELES (AP) Elgin Baylor changed the very direction of basketball when he joined the NBA and brought his vertical feats of athletic brilliance to a largely horizontal game.

He filled scoresheets and sparked young imaginations with his trailblazing aerial style, and every high-flying player of the past 60 years has followed his path.

Although the Lakers’ first superstar in Los Angeles never won a championship ring, Baylor still looms high above the franchise and the game he loved.

The Hall of Fame forward died Monday of natural causes in Los Angeles with wife Elaine and daughter Krystal by his side, the team said. He was 86.

An 11-time All-Star who soared through the 1960s with a high-scoring artistry that became the model for the modern basketball player, Baylor played a major role in revolutionizing basketball from a ground-bound sport into an aerial show.

“Elgin was THE superstar of his era – his many accolades speak to that,” Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said in a statement.

With a silky-smooth jumper and fluid athleticism, Baylor spent parts of 14 seasons with the Lakers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, teaming with Jerry West in one of the most potent tandems in basketball history.

Baylor’s second career as a personnel executive for 22 1/2 years with the woebegone Los Angeles Clippers was far less successful, but he remained a beloved figure in Los Angeles and beyond. Baylor strengthened his ties again to the Lakers over the past decade, and the team honored him with a statue outside Staples Center in 2018.

“Elgin Baylor set the course for the modern NBA as one of the league’s first superstar players,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “In addition to his legendary playing career, Elgin was a man of principle. He was a leading activist during the height of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s and an influential voice among his fellow players.”

The 6-foot-5 Baylor played in an era before significant television coverage of basketball, and confoundingly little of his play was ever captured on film. His athletic brilliance is best remembered by those who saw it in person. No one had a better view than West, who once called him “one of the most spectacular shooters the world has ever seen.”

Baylor had an uncanny ability to hang in mid-air indefinitely, inventing shots and improvising deception along his flight path. Years before Julius Erving and Michael Jordan became international heroes with their similarly acrobatic games, Baylor created the blueprint for the modern superstar.

Baylor was the first NBA player to score 70 points in a game, and he still holds the single-game NBA Finals scoring record with 61 against Boston in 1962. He averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds over his career, and he even averaged a career-best 38 points during a season in which he only played on weekend passes while on active duty as an Army reservist.

“I spent a lot of time with him over the years,” Charles Barkley said during CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Tournament. “To me, he’s probably the most underrated great basketball player of all time. He always carried himself with great dignity and respect.”

Mobley Bros. lead No. 6 seed USC to 85-51 rout of Kansas

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Southern California coach Andy Enfield is taking another program to the Sweet 16.

The only surprise about this one? How handily his Trojans took apart No. 3 seed Kansas.

Isaiah Mobley hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points, All-American little brother Evan added 10 points and 13 rebounds, and sixth-seeded USC rolled to an 85-51 victory Monday night inside Hinkle Fieldhouse – more than doubling the worst margin of defeat for the Jayhawks in 49 trips to the NCAA Tournament.

“This game meant a lot to our program and our fans. USC basketball is on the rise,” said Enfield, who coached No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 in 2013 and now has the Trojans there for the first time in 14 years.

They will face seventh-seeded Oregon in a Pac-12 showdown Sunday night.

“Over the last 80 years, it’s been like a rollercoaster,” Enfield said, “a lot of great players, great coaches, great teams, but we’re trying to build a program and sustain success, and beating a program like Kansas is a great step.”

Isaiah White contributed 13 points, Tahj Eaddy had 12 and Chevez Goodwin 10 for the red-hot Trojans (24-7), who went 11 of 18 from the 3-point arc, shot 57% from the field overall and nearly doubled up the Jayhawks on the glass.

“Everyone contributed tonight, whether it showed up on the stat sheet or not, and that’s why we won by the margin we did,” Isaiah Mobley said. “When we’re confident, I believe in our team, that we can go up against anybody.”

Marcus Garrett had 15 points for Kansas (21-9), which had never lost an NCAA tourney game by more than 16 points.

“That’s about as poor as we can play,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said, “and I’m sure Andy would say that was certainly one of their better moments, better games. It was a bad combination all the way around for us.”

One of college basketball’s tradition-rich programs, the Jayhawks had played nearly 3,200 games without ever setting foot on the floor of Hinkle Fieldhouse – the iconic hoops cathedral made famous by the Hollywood film “Hoosiers.”

The way they played Monday night, they won’t be eager to return.

The Jayhawks missed their first eight shots, most of them wide open looks. And after Christian Braun finally hit a 3-pointer, they missed three more. Throw in a couple turnovers, and they were headed for a point total straight out of the 1940s.

At the other end, the Trojans looked like they were in a pregame layup line the way Kansas kept breaking down on D.

On a sequence that perfectly summed up the first half, Braun – an 81% free-throw shooter – missed two, and Isaiah Mobley followed with a deep 3-pointer as the shot-clock expired. As the teams headed the other way again, Kansas coach Bill Self crossed his legs and reclined in his folding chair – the very picture of frustration and resignation.

Mobley’s four first-half 3s, doubling his career best for an entire game, staked the Trojans to a 40-21 lead at the break.

Oklahoma can’t hang with Timme, Gonzaga; top seed advances

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Mark Few sat down at the microphone, the Gonzaga coach’s hair disheveled after he was doused with water and threw down a celebratory handstand in the locker room.

Even after 32 straight wins dating to last season, the Bulldogs are relishing their triumphs during an NCAA Tournament run that can only conclude in two ways: perfection or disappointment.

“We’ve been celebrating every one of these wins. We celebrated the other night. We celebrated this one. If we’re lucky enough to get another one, we’re going to celebrate like crazy for that one,” Few said. “This tournament needs to be celebrated, man.”

The way Gonzaga is playing, it wouldn’t be surprising if there were more celebrations to come – four of them, to be exact. Drew Timme scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the top-seeded Bulldogs beat No. 8 seed Oklahoma 87-71 on Monday in the second round.

A No. 1 seed, two No. 2s and two No. 3s have already been eliminated from this tournament. But Gonzaga (28-0) faces higher expectations as it tries to become the first undefeated champion since Indiana 45 years ago. In the 22nd season of his remarkably consistent career, Few is four wins away from his first national title.

“You gotta bring that fire because all it takes is one good game and you can be out,” Timme said.

The Bulldogs easily dispatched Norfolk State in the first round, but the Sooners were the first power conference opponent for Gonzaga since it embarrassed Virginia in late December.

It didn’t matter all that much. Oklahoma became the 25th straight team the Bulldogs beat by double digits – although the Sooners fought valiantly to keep it from becoming a blowout. Few still had his starters on the floor at the buzzer and screamed at star Jalen Suggs for committing an unnecessary foul with 1:05 left.

The Zags advanced to their sixth straight Sweet 16 and will next face Creighton in the West Region. Gonzaga has won the past two meetings with Creighton.

“We’re not satisfied with this,” Timme said. “This is not the end goal.”

Austin Reaves scored 27 points for Oklahoma (16-11), and after trailing by 19 with 12 minutes left, the Sooners pulled within 77-68 on his 3-pointer with 2:37 left. It was the first 3 of the second half for Oklahoma and the first time the deficit was within single digits since late in the first half.

But Timme was perfect on four free throws sandwiched around a basket from Alondes Williams, and after an Oklahoma turnover, All-American Corey Kispert pushed the lead to 14 with his fourth 3-pointer.

“Thought we got a little better feel for the pace of things in the second half,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Cut into it a little bit. Couldn’t quite get back to make them too nervous.”

Timme, sporting a handlebar mustache, was 9 of 12 shooting and 12 of 14 at the free-throw line.

Big Ten comeback: Michigan topples LSU 86-78

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) What the Big Ten needed was someone, anyone, to start playing like it came from the Big Ten.

Thanks to Michigan, the conference is still part of March Madness.

Longer, taller and deeper than LSU, the top-seeded Wolverines slowly wore down the Tigers. They got 21 points each from Eli Brooks and Chaundee Brown Jr., in a roller-coaster 86-78 victory that salvaged some hope for the hurting conference at the NCAA Tournament.

By the time coach Juwan Howard and Co. had returned to the hotel after their second-round game, Maryland had lost to Alabama, leaving the Wolverines as the only ones remaining of the nation-leading nine Big Ten teams who came to Indy.

And though they can’t undo what’s happened to the rest of the conference, that Big Ten seasoning came in handy in this one – a game Michigan (22-4) trailed in by nine early and had to fight to stay in range.

“That’s the test of the Big Ten, honestly,” Brooks said. “We get tested every night.”

In a game full of big runs, the Wolverines used the biggest — 14-1 over the decisive stretch midway through the second half — to pull away and save face for a conference that has otherwise tanked these four days in Indianapolis.

The Wolverines moved on to their fourth straight Sweet 16, where they’ll play No. 4 Florida State next weekend. They’ll represent the only chance left for a conference that has lost everyone, from No. 1 seed (Illinois), to No. 2 Ohio State, all the way down to 11th-seeded Michigan State, a perennial power that went out in the play-in round.

“I mean, it’s March Madness for a reason,” Brooks said. “You’re going to get the best shot from everyone. I still think the Big Ten is a really good conference. We just had some losses.”

After the Wolverines took a one-point lead into halftime, this game had massive momentum swings: an 8-0 run early for LSU; a 10-0 streak for Michigan; another 5-0 run for the Tigers.

But during the 14-1 stretch that opened things up, Michigan did what typical Big Ten teams are supposed to do. Even without injured guard Isaiah Livers, they were able to wear down a smaller, less-deep opponent with height and shooting.

Most-telling stat of the night was points off the bench: Michigan 26, LSU 2.

UCLA brushes off Abilene Christian 67-47 to reach Sweet 16

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) UCLA stumbled into the NCAA Tournament on a four-game losing streak, barely making the field of 68, and fell behind by 14 points to Michigan State in the First Four.

After all that, the Bruins are rolling into the Sweet 16 – a little weary but still dancing.

Johnny Juzang scored 17 points and 11th-seeded UCLA carefully brushed off pesky Abilene Christian 67-47 Monday to become the fifth team to go from First Four to the round of 16.

The Bruins (20-9) will play Alabama, the second seed in the East Region, in their first regional semifinal appearance since 2017 – and their first with second-year coach Mick Cronin.

After the buzzer sounded, the Bruins gathered in a messy circle near their bench and broke out in something that looked like a combination jig and shuffle. It didn’t last long after three games in five days.

“I think they’re tired,” Cronin said. “My message has been since we beat Michigan State, I didn’t come to Westwood to win a game or two.

“Yeah, I want you to enjoy it, it’s great. But that’s not our purpose.”

UCLA, owner of 11 NCAA titles, started its tournament Thursday by rallying to win in overtime and is now the first team to rise from First Four to second weekend since Syracuse in 2018.

VCU in 2011 is the only First Four team to advance past the regional semifinals, when the Rams went to the Final Four.

The Bruins were far from spectacular, but their size and athleticism combined with solid execution on both ends were more than enough to keep the 14th-seeded Wildcats from springing another upset.

Abilene Christian (24-5) pulled off one of the most surprising victories in a tournament filled with them, beating third-seeded Texas for the school’s first Division I NCAA victory Saturday.

ACU’s pressure defense and undersized guards caused all kinds of problems for Texas. The No. 1 defense in the country at causing turnovers forced the Longhorns into 23.

Cronin said he was worried about the Wildcats’ ball-hawking D, but UCLA had no such issues, committing just eight turnovers.

“My message was the better defensive team will win this game, and just continue to focus and worry about defense,” said Cronin, who brought a fierce and physical style of play from Cincinnati to UCLA. “We’ve embraced that since the halftime of the Michigan State game.”

The Bruins used an 18-0 run in the middle of the first half to build a 14-point lead on ACU. Jake Kyman had a couple of 3s and mid-range jumper to fuel the surge.

We knew that they were going to be scrambling and playing chaotic and trying to get us to speed up,” UCLA’s Cody Riley said. “Going into the game we just knew that we couldn’t let them do that.”

Shackelford, Alabama roll past Maryland and into Sweet 16

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jaden Shackelford and Alabama stuck with what got them to the NCAA Tournament, torching Maryland with 3-point shooting in a 96-77 second-round rout on Monday night.

Shackelford scored 21 points and made five of Alabama’s 16 3-pointers as the second-seeded Crimson Tide advanced to their first Sweet 16 since 2004. Nate Oats, the second-year coach who made Buffalo a must-watch team before moving up to the Southeastern Conference, will bring his high-energy style to a regional semifinal for the first time.

That’s hardly a coaching resume to rival Nick Saban’s, but Oats is building a hoops culture in football-mad Tuscaloosa.

“I’m really happy for the guys,” Oats said. “It’s been a long time since they’ve played in the Sweet 16. They really bought into doing it the right way.”

After trailing early, the nation’s top 3-point shooting team quickly heated up to overwhelm the 10th-seeded Terrapins. Alabama next faces 11th-seeded UCLA in the East Region.

“It’s always something you imagine you’re capable of,” Shackelford said. “We just want to soak up the moment, and it’s something we’re proud of.”

Aggressive play on the boards was critical for the Crimson Tide, who outrebounded Maryland 40-19. They they made sure to cash in those transition opportunities, especially from beyond the arc.

“We didn’t come out the first game with as much defensive intensity as we needed to this game,” Shackelford said. “I feel like we kind of changed that. It was a big emphasis coming in. When we run off stops, our 3-ball usually falls more.”

Aaron Wiggins scored 27 points and Eric Ayala had 13 for Maryland (17-14), which was seeking its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2015 and 15th overall. The Terps’ loss left Michigan as the only Big Ten team to survive the opening weekend after the conference earned nine NCAA bids.

“Not the way we wanted to go out, obviously,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “We started well, were up 12-4 and the game got away from us. Alabama was terrific. They haven’t been shooting it that well lately, but they shot it well today. We’re a good defensive team, but we were a step slow and could never get caught up.”

John Petty Jr. broke out of a slump to score 20 points with 4 3s for the Crimson Tide, and reserve Jahvon Quinerly added 14 points.

Alabama made just 5 of 16 from deep in a first-round win over 15th-seeded Iona. The Crimson Tide already had eight 3s by halftime against Maryland to lead 46-38. The advantage quickly surged past 20 points as Alabama made five in a row from long range.

Oats said he spoke with Iona coach Rick Pitino after the Tide’s 68-55 first-round victory. The Hall of Famer told Oats the first tournament game is always the hardest and a team’s form can improve from there.

The Crimson Tide finished 16 of 33 (48.5%) beyond the arc and shot 53% overall.

“We’ve played great defense all year, but the offense was bound to come around,” Oats added.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota hired Ben Johnson as its new men’s basketball coach Monday, giving the former Gophers player and assistant a five-year contract — and favoring relationships over experience in the latest attempt to lift a long-middling program up to the top of the Big Ten.

Johnson will replace Richard Pitino, who was fired after eight seasons and then took the job at New Mexico. The 40-year-old Johnson, whose base salary will begin at $1.95 million, was on staff under Pitino with the Gophers for five seasons before spending the last three years at Xavier under Travis Steele. Pitino made $2 million annually, plus performance incentives.

No. 4 Hoosiers Advance To NCAA Second Round With Win Over No. 13 VCU

SAN ANTONIO – No. 4 Indiana turned it on in the second half as it cruised to a 63-32 win over VCU in the NCAA Tournament first round on Monday afternoon at UTSA Convocation Center. Junior guard Grace Berger led the way with 20 points as senior guard Ali Patberg and sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes each added double figures.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Berger led the way with 11 first-quarter points as she helped IU (19-5) take a 9-2 lead early on.
  • Scoring would come at a premium in the first half overall, as Indiana narrowly took an 16-11 lead after one.
  • In the second, the Hoosiers struggled to get on the board as VCU (16-11) took a brief lead with 5:37 to go. IU finally got a bucket out of Holmes in the paint and score three-straight to end the half as the Rams went scoreless for the final 4:56 of the period. Indiana would take a 22-17 lead in to the locker room at half.
  • Indiana jumped out of the break to extend its lead to double-digits on a layup from Patberg and 3-pointer from Gulbe with 6:22 remaining. They pushed the lead to as many as 12, including a 41-29 edge going to the fourth.
  • The Hoosier broke the game open in the final frame, allowing the Rams to score just three points in the final 10 minutes of play. 

NOTABLE

  • Indiana will play in the second round for the third time in school history. The Hoosiers previously advanced to the second round in 1983, 2016 and 2019.
  • Holding VCU to just 32 points, Indiana set a new Big Ten record for fewest points allowed in a NCAA Tournament game.
  • The 31-point victory was the largest margin of victory for the Hoosiers in a NCAA Tournament game.
  • The Hoosiers held the Rams to just 15 points in the second half. That is the lowest Indiana has held an opponent in a half during an NCAA Tournament game.
  • Three Hoosiers scored in double-figures, junior guard Grace Berger (20), senior guard Ali Patberg (17), and sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes (14).
  • Berger led Indiana in scoring with 20 points. She also had eight boards and two assists and notches her seventh game with 20 or more points. The Louisville, Ky. native has also
  • Patberg had a team high three assists. She ended the afternoon with 17 points.
  • Holmes had five of Indiana’s eight blocks, which pushes her season total to 71 swats. Her mark ranks third in a single season in program history. She pushes her career block total to 98, which ranks eighth all-time.
  • Junior forward Aleksa Gulbe grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Gulbe knocked in seven points on the day.
  • As a squad, the Hoosiers scored 17 points off turnovers compared to VCU’s four.
  • This was the third time that the two teams have played, and Indiana leads the all-time series 3-0 against VCU. The last two wins came in 2003 and 2004.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will face the winner of No. 5 Gonzaga and No. 12 Belmont on Wednesday in the second round. Game details are forthcoming.

Wright State tops Arkansas, adds drama to Upset Monday in NCAA women’s basketball tournament

Wright State posted the first women’s NCAA tournament victory in program history Monday — and did it against the only team to beat No. 1 seed UConn this year.

The No. 13 seed Raiders upset No. 4 Arkansas 66-62 in the Alamo Regional, making them one of three double-digit seeds to win during Monday’s daytime session. In the Mercado Regional, No. 12 Belmont beat No. 5 Gonzaga 64-57, and No. 11 BYU defeated No. 6 Rutgers 69-66. In Sunday’s first-round games, the higher seeds were 16-0.

Wright State’s upset is the first time since 2012 — when No. 4 Georgia fell to No. 13 Marist — that a top-four seed has lost in the first round of the women’s tournament. Junior guard Angel Baker led Wright State with 26 points and 12 rebounds, including a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left that proved to be the game winner.

This is Wright State’s third women’s NCAA tournament appearance; the Raiders lost in the first round in 2014 and 2019. This season, the Raiders dropped their last two regular-season games to Green Bay, but then won the Horizon League tournament and secured an automatic bid.

“I think we needed what happened with Green Bay to bounce us back into reality a little bit,” Wright State coach Katrina Merriweather said of thinking her team was feeling a bit overconfident. “I do think it helped refocus us. They’ve been locked in ever since.

“Playing Arkansas is no easy task; they are a great team with great offensive power. I think we just stayed true to who we are and didn’t try to do anything special.”

Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors said he didn’t prepare his team well enough but gave credit to Wright State for being “clearly the better team from tip to buzzer.”

Arkansas defeated UConn — the top seed in the River Walk Regional — 90-87 on Jan. 28. But the Razorbacks had a rough end to the season, being upset by Ole Miss in the SEC tournament’s second round and then falling in the NCAA tournament’s first round. A strong offensive team most of the season, the Razorbacks were held to 60 and 62 points in their last two games.

“[Wright State] opened up in the zone, which shows you how poorly I had us prepared,” Neighbors said. “We hadn’t worked on a zone in a couple weeks. I didn’t think they would play it; they did. It bothered us. I did a real poor job the last two weeks, last three weeks, getting us to peak at the right time. I think we peaked too early.

“I asked so, so much of this these kids in the middle part of our year, trying to get to this point, that I forgot to focus on the finish line. I apologized to them for that. This is gonna be a summer of ‘woulda, shoulda, coulda.’ We’re going to be doing that all summer long, looking at this film.”

Arkansas was led by senior guard Chelsea Dungee’s 27 points; she is expected to be a first-round pick in the WNBA draft on April 15.

Merriweather, whose father runs a successful AAU program in Indianapolis, played collegiately at Cincinnati. As a young assistant at Purdue in the mid-2000s, she was involved in recruiting violations and then left the college game for a few years.

“When you accept that type of position, you accept the responsibility that comes with it,” Merriweather told the Dayton Daily News in 2016. “I was trying to help people and be a good person, but it was up to me to protect my job and I didn’t do a good job of it.”

She reentered coaching as an assistant at Wright State in 2010 and then became head coach in 2016. Now she has led the Raiders to the biggest win in program history.

In letter, NCAA’s Mark Emmert promises full review into why women’s tournament had lesser facilities than men’s event

In a letter to staff, NCAA president Mark Emmert wrote that “a number of balls were dropped” at the NCAA women’s basketball tournament in San Antonio, and that he will ultimately determine “exactly how we found ourselves in this situation.”

On Saturday, the NCAA improved the women’s weight-training facilities after pictures on social media revealed a stark disparity with those at the men’s event in the Indianapolis area. The NCAA also faced questions about differences in the so-called “swag bags” given to the men’s and women’s players, the food options available and the type of COVID-19 testing being done for both.

The backlash prompted a public apology from NCAA vice president for basketball Dan Gavitt.

According to a copy of the letter, which was obtained by ESPN on Monday, Emmert said “much has been resolved” at the women’s tournament,” but the NCAA will continue to work to “provide an exceptional experience to these student-athletes.”

“I have directed our leadership team and appropriate staff to assess all the services, resources, and facilities provided to both the men’s and women’s teams so that we have a completely clear comparison,” Emmert wrote. “Further, I will be determining exactly how we found ourselves in this situation. This will be discussed with our applicable boards, committees and membership when the tournament is over and the review is complete.

“For now, please know that I am deeply disappointed that the past few days have been focused on NCAA blunders rather than the remarkable athletes in San Antonio. Putting on these tournaments is always an enormous feat, and this year has been much more difficult to say the least. I know how hard our staff has worked and thank you for your continued perseverance. I hope that we can now turn our attention to the women’s games with confidence that they are receiving all that they need and deserve. You have my assurances that all will be done to make sure this never happens again.”

The NCAA did not immediately return requests for comment.

Bucks trounce Pacers 140-113 without injured Antetokounmpo

MILWAUKEE (AP) Playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to another win.

Jrue Holiday led the way.

Holiday had 28 points and 14 assists to help the Bucks breeze past the Indiana Pacers 140-113 on Monday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

Milwaukee played without Antetokoumpo due to a sprained left knee, but the Bucks still shot 61.5% (24 of 39) from 3-point range and 56.4% overall.

“When somebody like our best player is not playing that night, we kind of lock in,” Holiday said. “Everybody has to do a little bit more. It’s a testament to the team we have.”

Coach Mike Budenholzer was unsure about Antetokounmpo’s status for Wednesday’s game against Boston. Budenholzer said he thinks the reigning two-time NBA MVP got hurt during a 120-113 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

“We’re hoping it’s shorter rather than longer, but we’ll see how these first 48 to 72 hours go and we’ll know more then,” Budenholzer said before Monday’s game.

With Antetokounmpo out of the lineup, Pat Connaughton made his first start of the season and collected 20 points and nine rebounds while shooting 6 of 7 from 3-point range. Khris Middleton had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The Bucks also played without reserve forward P.J. Tucker because of a sprained left ankle. Tucker played 12 minutes and was scoreless Monday in his second game since he was acquired in a trade with Houston last week.

“We’ll see how he does overnight and what he feels like and looks like tomorrow,” Budenholzer said.

Indiana wasn’t close to full strength, either.

The Pacers were missing Malcolm Brogdon (sore lower back) and Myles Turner (sprained left ankle) and remained without T.J. Warren, who hasn’t played since Dec. 29 due to a stress fracture in his left foot.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren said of the Brogdon and Turner injuries. “I would expect them back very soon.”

Even without Antetokounmpo, the Bucks made short work of the Pacers. Holiday recorded season highs in both points and assists.

Indiana’s Doug McDermott opened the game with a 3-pointer, but the Bucks scored the next 19 points and stayed in command the rest of the way.

“I just thought our overall readiness and our aggressiveness to start the game was not there tonight, for a number of different reasons,” Bjorkgren said.

The Bucks went 9 of 10 from 3-point range in the first 9 1/2 minutes and led 48-26 by the end of the first quarter. That 48-point outburst represented the fifth-highest point total the Bucks have ever recorded in a single quarter.

Morant, Brooks lead Grizzlies past Celtics in overtime

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Ja Morant had 29 points and nine assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Boston Celtics 132-126 in overtime on Monday night.

Dillon Brooks added 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as the Grizzlies won for the third time in four games. Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and 19 rebounds.

Jaylen Brown led Boston with 27 points, and Jeff Teague finished with a season-high 26 points. Robert Williams III had 17, and Marcus Smart scored 16.

“We had this one,” Brown said, later adding: “It’s definitely one we want back. We played hard to get back into the game. There’s still a lot of stuff we’ve got the clean up.”

Morant scored the last three points of the game from the free-throw line. Brooks had five points early in the extra period.

“Credit our guys,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “Big stops and big rebounds down the stretch to close out a big win.”

Morant added: “Us continuing to fight and be able to lock in late in the game, won us this game.”

The Celtics already were without starting guard Kemba Walker when Jayson Tatum was a late scratch with an illness. That meant two of Boston’s top three scorers were missing.

“When you are missing guys like Jayson and Kemba, you have to win with a better defense,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “I think that’s what we’ve been able to do in the past.”

But this time, they were not able to overcome Memphis, which played well in the extra period. While Morant and Brooks led the offensive attack, Stevens pointed to Valanciunas as a major factor. He said the Grizzlies center “just destroyed us.”

“Even though he ended with 16 points, it felt like a lot bigger than that,” Stevens said. “It felt like he was getting what he wanted off the glass.”

Boston trailed by nine midway through the fourth quarter. But Smart found Daniel Theis for a tying alley-oop dunk with 7.3 seconds left in regulation, sending it to overtime.

Brown, who connected on 10 of 18 from 3-point range en route to 34 points in a win over Orlando on Sunday, struggled through much of three quarters, starting 3 of 11 from the field. He finished 11 of 24.

“We played together. We were connected out there,” Brooks said. “We had minor slippage, but we found a way to overpass it and make the right plays to win the game.”

Rockets end skid at 20, Wall has 1st triple-double since ’16

HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Silas walked off the court at halftime believing he’d seen a sign.

Danuel House Jr. swished a 51-footer at the buzzer, sending the Rockets to the locker room on a high after 20 straight games of nothing but lows.

“I was like, `Whoa, maybe this is the night,'” the Rockets coach said. “It felt like something special had happened. For us, something special happening is a win after so many losses in a row.”

The Rockets went on to snap their 20-game losing streak Monday night, as John Wall had his first triple-double in five years in a 117-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Houston’s skid was tied for the ninth-worst in NBA history and the longest since Philadelphia’s record-setting, 28-game losing streak across the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

But Wall had 19 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds, his first triple-double since March 17, 2016. That helped the Rockets got their first win since Feb. 4.

“It’s like indescribable for a win in March of this crazy season, but I’m just so proud of the guys,” Silas said. “When you’re going through it and fighting so hard and seeing the disappointment in the players’ faces after loss after loss after loss, and to go into the locker room after today’s game and everybody is so happy and joyous is just super cool and great.”

Wall found Silas after the game and gave him a big hug.

“I just told him, `We finally got one,'” Wall said. “I told him I’m riding with him no matter what, and he said the same thing to me. No coach wants to deal with all this adversity he’s had to deal with in their first year. I’m happy for him.”

Houston also handed the Raptors their ninth straight loss, which now represents the NBA’s longest active losing streak.

All five Houston starters scored in double figures by midway through the third quarter. Jae’Sean Tate had 22 points, Sterling Brown added 20, Christian Wood scored 19 and House added 12.

Houston led 65-60 at halftime after House’s heave from well behind the halfcourt line near the Raptors bench on the sideline. The Rockets closed out the third quarter with an 88-86 lead and opened the fourth quarter on a 9-1 run to pull away.

Houston overcame a rough first half where Wall received a technical foul for a third straight game, arguing with an official five minutes into the first quarter. Wood picked up his third personal foul less than three minutes into the second quarter and was limited to just eight scoreless first-half minutes.

Fred VanVleet led Toronto with 27 points and was frustrated after the loss.

“If you’re not going to play defense, you better score more than 99 points,” VanVleet said.

Pascal Siakam scored 21 points, Normal Powell had 19 and Kyle Lowry added 17.

Brown made his first five shots, including three 3s, for 13 first-quarter points. He finished 7 of 10 and 4 of 7 from 3.

The Raptors led 28-27 at the end of the first quarter. In their losing streak, Houston led after the first quarter only three times, including on Feb. 26 when they led the Raptors 31-30.

Texans QB Watson facing 13 lawsuits alleging sex assault

HOUSTON (AP) Six more women on Monday filed lawsuits accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and harassment, bringing the total number of such lawsuits against the NFL player to 13.

The claims in the six new suits, which were filed in a Harris County state district court, are similar those in the earlier cases. One of the latest lawsuits was filed by a woman who alleges Watson assaulted her on March 5 in Atlanta and that his behavior “is part of a disturbing pattern of preying on vulnerable women.”

All of the women who have sued Watson are either licensed massage therapists or worked in a spa or similar business and claimed that Watson exposed himself, touched them with his penis or kissed them against their will. One woman has alleged Watson forced her to perform oral sex. All but one of the alleged assaults took place in Houston, with one woman flown in from Atlanta, according to the lawsuits. The first alleged assault took place in March 2020.

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, declined to comment Monday on the latest lawsuits filed against his client. In a statement Friday, Hardin called the allegations “meritless.”

Watson, 25, has broadly denied he acted inappropriately and said last week in a statement he looks forward to clearing his name.

The 13 women, who have sued separately, have not been identified by name in the lawsuits and are represented by Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee. The women are each seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as court costs.

Buzbee has said he planned to submit affidavits and evidence from several of the women to authorities in Houston. Buzbee did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.

“It would be inappropriate for a district attorney’s office to comment in any way on a civil lawsuit and we refrain from publicly discussing allegations in any matter until and if a criminal charge is filed. We do this out of fairness to all,” said Dane Schiller, a spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

The NFL has said it was investigating the allegations against Watson.

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

No basement blues: Goodell on hand for draft in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) Roger Goodell’s leaving his man cave for this year’s NFL draft. The Commissioner missed welcoming new players last year – and being booed.

“He’s excited to get out of the basement,” joked league executive Peter O’Reilly.

A year after a three-day stop in Las Vegas was scrapped and one of its signature events had to go virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the league announced Monday initial plans for this year’s draft in Cleveland, where thousands of fans will be safely welcomed in a step toward normalcy.

Goodell hosted last year’s draft from home, but he’ll be on hand for this year’s event, which will incorporate all the health and safety protocols learned by the league over the past year as well as the city’s best known locations along Lake Erie – FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Browns, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Before announcing picks, one of Goodell’s duties on the first night is to open the draft, a moment followed by a chorus of loud, playful boos.

This year, they’ll be music to his ears.

The NFL feels confident it can hold a large-scale event after a successful run at this year’s Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida. And, given the events of the past year, the league feels this draft can have an even deeper meaning than just teams picking new players.

“The draft is every year about hope. It’s about fans having hope with new players, clubs having hope,” said O’Reilly, Vice President, Club Business & League Events. “The weather turning in parts of the country to spring, and the hope that comes with that.

“But this year, probably more than ever, is about coming together and signaling a brighter future and communities being able to come together safely with the right protocols and pointing to what’s ahead.”

With health and safety guidelines changing almost daily, the league does not yet have an “exact” figure of how many fans will be allowed to attend the free, outdoor festivities associated with this year’s draft, which coincides with the Browns’ 75th anniversary season.

Masks will be required and provided, and the league will use many of the same health protocols implemented last season to accommodate “tens of thousands” of football fans.

“The general message is that certainly we want to welcome fans, not only from Cleveland but outside as well,” O’Reilly said.

The league is continuing to work with state and local officials on finalizing safety protocols, with a priority on social distancing of any non-vaccinated fans. Some vaccinated fans selected by the teams will be allowed near the stage area.

Some of this year’s top prospects and their families are in the process of being invited to Cleveland, where they’ll have their own “living room” space as players are selected. And like last year, players taken in the later rounds will participate remotely from their homes around the country.

The league received positive feedback on some elements from last year’s virtual draft – players being shown on camera with their families, coaches and general managers working from home – and it intends to capture some of those intimate moments going forward.

With the lake serving as its backdrop, a large stage will serve as a hub for the draft’s activities, which will include picks being introduced by some of the NFL’s former and current stars. New on Day 3 will be teams announcing their own picks remotely.

In keeping with Cleveland’s rock and roll tradition, there will be music performed daily by “headlining acts,” which have not yet been announced.

While it might not be the full-blown draft Cleveland was hoping to host when it was awarded the annual event, it’s better than not having one.

And it allows the Commissioner to leave his house.

“His chair is a little worn out at this point,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said with a chuckle. “It should be a lot of fun for all of us.”

NFL: For television, NFL deal is likely a matter of survival

NEW YORK (AP) — The $113 billion deal to telecast NFL games through 2033 is head-swimmingly large — until you consider that the very survival of broadcast networks as we know them may depend upon it.

The deal announced by the NFL and media companies last Thursday spreads professional football content broadly, with CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, ESPN and Amazon all getting pieces, and locks it in at a time little else can attract such a wide audience.

“If you think of the future of network television, there is nothing more important to it than the NFL,” said Rich Greenfield, a media analyst for LightShed Partners, an industry research firm.

During the current television season, the eight most-watched recurring programs are football: the game “windows” on Sunday afternoon and Sunday or Thursday nights, the Nielsen company said. NFL football accounts for 12 of the 20 most popular programs, including highlights packages.

A decade ago, there were seven football entries in the top 20, Nielsen said. In 2000, when “ER” was the most popular program on television, football accounted for two of the top 20.

The economics are simple for broadcast networks: the bigger the audience, the more they can charge to run commercials. Yet the games are also important to a network’s identity. With viewers cutting cords and spreading out among streaming services, there are no better platforms to promote their latest comedies and dramas.

In recent years, live events that viewers can’t see anywhere else have became increasingly crucial to networks. But the sudden collapse in ratings for awards shows like the Golden Globes and Grammys during the pandemic is an alarming warning that special events may not be so dependable anymore.

Pro football is still dependable.

Live sports is now the top reason people cite for subscribing to cable or satellite television hook-ups, said Dennis Deninger, a longtime ESPN employee and now a professor in the Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics at Syracuse University.

“They are banking on the interest in sports to help them survive,” Deninger said. Without sports, networks would be left chiefly with entertainment and news. People, especially young viewers, consider broadcast networks less important to filling those needs, he said.

Networks may have no idea what comedies people will laugh to in 2030, but the NFL deal at least gives them certainty that their most popular programming option will remain, said Daniel Durbin, director of the USC-Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society.

The deal also accounts for digital transmission of all NFL games; while NBC will continue to air “Sunday Night Football,” that game will also be seen on the Peacock streaming service. Some analysts consider this a ticking time bomb, wondering if the digital availability will make people less dependent on television.

Greenfield understands why streaming was expanded. “You either lean into the future, or the future passes you by,” he said.

Yet business consultant, technology advisor and Adweek columnist Shelly Palmer posed the question: “Has the NFL killed television?” Palmer said it will make young people more likely to cut the cord. He also suggested it will cripple the ability of network affiliates — the stations in your hometown that show CBS or ABC programming — to command high fees from cable and satellite providers to include them in their packages.

“As local TV stations fall into an inescapable vortex toward irrelevance to advertisers, it will become tougher and tougher for them to negotiate with their cable and satellite overlords,” Palmer wrote.

Some experts see other clouds on the horizon, suggesting young people are less likely to watch long games when they can catch up on highlights later. Deninger said 2019 was the first time in more than three decades that the number of kids participating in high school sports dropped, meaning the pool of future fans could be shrinking.

“I think the networks are still deluding themselves,” Durbin said. “I don’t think they want to believe that the NFL is in any kind of eclipse.”

Pro football ratings did drop this season, and the Super Bowl’s audience of 92 million people wasn’t near the all-time high of 114.4 million in 2015, Nielsen said.

Still, nothing else on television reaches 92 million people. Nothing comes anywhere close. What responsible media executive wouldn’t listen when the NFL comes calling?

“Hockey and curling are not going to get it for you,” Durbin said.

NFL TRANSACTIONS-MONDAY

DatePlayerTeamPosTransactions
3/22Justin McCrayHouGsigned/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/22Ty NsekheDalTsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Rudy FordJaxSsigned/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/22Jamal AgnewJaxWRsigned/unrest FA Three-year contract (through 2023)
3/22Marvin Jones Jr.JaxWRsigned/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/22Tyrod TaylorHouQBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Taco CharltonKCDEre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Phillip Dorsett IIJaxWRsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Carlos HydeJaxRBsigned/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/22Mitchell TrubiskyBufQBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Kenyan DrakeLVRBsigned/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/22Carlos WatkinsDalDEsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Patrick ChungNESretired
3/22Tim BoyleDetQBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Rashard HigginsCleWRre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Patrick PetersonMinCBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Breshad PerrimanDetWRsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Tarell BashamDalLBsigned/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/22Brent UrbanDalDTsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Cody ParkeyCleKre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22JoJo NatsonCleWRre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Elijah LeeCleLBre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Jacob HollisterBufTEsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22David AndrewsNECre-signed/unrest FA Four-year contract (through 2024)
3/22Lamarcus JoynerNYJSsigned One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Donte MoncriefHouWRsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Ethan PocicSeaCre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Ty SambrailoTenTre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Kevin JohnsonTenCBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Tavierre ThomasHouCBsigned/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/22Johnathan HankinsLVDTre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Jake McQuaideDalLBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Brennan ScarlettMiaLBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Duke RileyMiaLBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Rob GronkowskiTBTEre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Max GarciaAriGre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Brian WintersAriGsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Andy LeeAriPre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Kevin HuberCinPre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Isaac RochellIndDEsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Jon’Vea JohnsonJaxWRacquired from waiver
3/22Tyler KroftNYJTEsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Tavon WilsonSFSsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Jaquiski TarttSFSre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Lirim HajrullahuCarKcut
3/22Tremon SmithHouCBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Cole TonerHouGsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Matt DickersonLVDEsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Darius PhilonLVDEsigned One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Stephen AndersonLACTEre-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Marcus MayeNYJSre-signed/franchise One-year tender (through 2021)
3/22Dan ArnoldCarTEsigned/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/22Hardy NickersonHouLBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Vincent TaylorHouDTsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Joe ThomasHouLBsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22Adoree’ JacksonNYGCBsigned Three-year contract (through 2023)
3/22Chris WormleyPitNTre-signed/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2022)
3/22Randy BullockDetKsigned/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)

MLB

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Justin Wilson became the New York Yankees’ second left-handed reliever to get hurt during spring training, leaving Monday night’s exhibition against Philadelphia due to tightness in his pitching shoulder.

New York said Wilson will have an MRI on Tuesday.

Wilson replaced Darren O’Day at the start of the seventh inning with the Phillies leading 2-0, his fifth spring training appearance.

He allowed a single on a 2-0 pitch to Rhys Hoskins and a home run to right field on a 1-0 pitch to former Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius. Alec Bohm fouled off a pitch before Wilson threw four balls in a row. Wilson worked the count full with his seventh pitch to Odubel Herrera, then waved his arm toward the dugout to summon director of medical services Steve Donohue and Boone.

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays say right-hander Kirby Yates will miss several weeks because of a strained muscle in his forearm.

Yates was expected to be Toronto’s closer after signing a $5.5 million, one-year deal in the offseason.

Yates last pitched Saturday against Philadelphia, striking out two in one scoreless inning. It was his second outing of the spring and his first since March 11.

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Williams tears ACL

Indiana freshman QB Dexter Williams tore his ACL during non-contact drills Indiana Head Coach Tom Allen announced Monday.

Williams is the second QB in four months to do so.

Starter Michael Pennix Jr., is recovering from a torn ACL back in November.

Jack Tuttle is the only remaining scholarship QB on the Indiana roster. The Hoosiers will have four-star signee Donovan McCulley and three walk-ons joining the program next fall.

“That’s why you go out and recruit a full room of guys that are bought in and doing the little things right,” Allen said. “Jack’s took a bunch of reps and is doing a really good job this spring and that has to continue.”

ND BASEBALL: Midweek Preview – Valparaiso

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The 12th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is back in action for its first midweek contest of the season on Tuesday when it hosts Valparaiso at Frank Eck Stadium. This will be the first of three matchups against Valpo this season with the next coming at home on April 27 and the final matchup on the road on May 11. The Irish (9-3, 9-3 ACC) look to get back on track after dropping the series finale to Duke, ending their seven-game winning streak. 

Home Sweet Home

  • The Irish are currently in the midst of a long stretch of games at home after not playing a home game since 2019 until the most recent Duke series.
  • Heading into the midweek contest on Tuesday, the Irish are in the middle of a seven-game home stand.
  • With a quick trip to Pitt mixed in, 11 of the next 14 games for the Irish will be from the friendly confines of Frank Eck Stadium.
  • For the first midweek contest of the season, the Irish will host Valpo on Tuesday evening. This will be the first of three contests this season between the two schools.
  • Tuesday’s meeting will be the 102nd all-time between the two schools. The Irish hold an 80-21 advantage over Valpo and are 54-10 in games held at Notre Dame.
  • The Irish have won the last eight games and 18 of the last 19 games against Valpo.
  • Valpo enters the game with a 4-9 record and lost two out of three on the road against Western Kentucky this past weekend.

Weekend Update 

  • The Irish opened the home slate of the season with a series victory over Duke last week at Frank Eck Stadium.
  • With the series win, the Irish have won their fourth-straight series to begin the season and they are the only ACC team to win each of their conference series this season. 
  • The Irish have won five straight ACC series dating back to the 2020 season. It is the first time they have won five straight conference series since 2005-06 when the Irish won seven-straight conference series spanning between the two seasons.
  • The Irish finished the series without committing an error for the second time this season. They ranked first in the ACC and third nationally with a fielding percentage of 0.994 as they have only committed 3 errors in 12 games.
  • In Friday’s win, the long ball helped the Irish get back in the game and seal the deal in the 13th inning.
  • Niko Kavadas hit his sixth home run of the season to tie the game at 4-4 in the 6th inning. 
  • In the 13th, Ryan Cole smashed his first career home run over the wall in left to give the Irish a 6-4 win.
  • On Saturday, the duo was at it again in the sixth inning after the Irish fell behind 2-1.
  • Kavadas belted a three-run homer to left to regain the lead for the Irish.
  • Later in the inning, Cole tallied an inside the park home run to put the game out of reach. It was the first inside the park home run for the Irish since 2017.
  • The Irish dropped the series finale on Sunday but still walked away with another series win.

Top-25, Here Come The Irish

  • Following four-consecutive ACC series wins, with three on the road and a sweep to begin the 2021 season, people are starting to take note of the Irish.
  • The Irish continued to rise in all six polls after the series win over Duke to open the home slate. 
  • The Irish have cracked the Top-15 in four of the six polls with the highest ranking being No. 12 by Baseball America followed by No. 14 from D1Baseball, Perfect Game and the USA Today Coaches Poll.
  • The No. 12 ranking is the highest the Irish have been in any poll since April 24, 2006 when they were also ranked No. 12 by Baseball America. 
  • A week after entering two of the polls after the series win against Clemson, the Irish appeared in all six polls after the road sweep of Virginia.
  • In the final week of the 2020 regular season, Notre Dame made their first appearance in the Top-25 when they were selected No. 24 by Collegiate Baseball News.
  • It was the first time the Irish were ranked in the Top-25 since the 2015 season, the last time Notre Dame made an NCAA Regional.

OHIO STATE BASEBALL:

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Good pitching and timely hits are the recipe for winning ball games and Ohio State followed the plan on Monday, winning the series finale with Rutgers 4-1.

Buckeye pitchers limited Rutgers to just one run on six hits while striking out 10. At the plate, freshman Kade Kern had three hits, including the go-ahead two-run single in the sixth.

Ohio State is now 6-5 on the season and will finally head home for its first games in Bill Davis Stadium next weekend. The Buckeyes will host a three-team pod with Iowa and Maryland starting Friday night at 5:05.

Starter Jack Neely made 37 pitches in the first inning, allowing one run on two hits and a pair of walks. But he only allowed three runners to reach over the next 3.1 and finished the day with five strikeouts and just three hits over 4.1 innings.

Reliver Patrick Murphy was the star of the day on the mound for the Buckeyes. He got out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth and allowed just one hit in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Murphy collected the win and is now 2-0 on the season.

TJ Brock came on and worked a perfect ninth on just four pitches to record his third save of the season.

Over the final two games of the series, Buckeye pitchers limited Rutgers to just three runs on seven hits.

Rutgers struck first again with a run in the opening inning. A pair of singles sandwiched a walk and the Scarlet Knights again played from in front.

In the fifth, Rutgers loaded the bases with one-out on two hit-by-pitches and a walk. Murphey came on in relief and he struck out Richie Schiekofer on three pitches and then got Ryan Lasko to groundout to short to end the threat.

Buckeye leadoff hitter Sam Wilson was then hit by a pitch with one-out in the sixth and Colton Bauer singled to put runners at first and second. Zach Dezenzo dropped a double in down the right field line to score Wilson and tie the game. After Rutgers starter Brent Teller was removed in favor of lefty Eric Reardon, Connor Pohl worked a walk to load the bases. Kern came through again with a single up the middle to score a pair and put the Buckeyes ahead 3-1.                                                        

The Buckeyes added another run in the eighth as Pohl and Kern each singled after Dezenzo was hit by a pitch. Mitchell Okuley hit a chopper to the left side and beat out the potential inning-ending double play to score a fourth run.

Bayden Root then came on to work the eighth and loaded the bases in the same fashion with a hit-by-pitch and two singles. He then struck out the next two hitters to wiggle out of the jam.

Brock’s four-pitch ninth was nice for the junior righty as he was coming off a blown save on Saturday afternoon.

The Buckeyes will start an eight-game homestand on Friday night vs, Iowa. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m.

Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and Rutgers Collect Big Ten Weekly Women’s Soccer Honors

Hawkeyes’ Enneking, Wolverines’ Woods, Nittany Lions’ Asman and Schlegel, and Scarlet Knights’ Lynch are latest to earn conference honors

Offensive Player of the Week

Ally Schlegel, Penn State

So. – F – Parker, Colo. – Chaparral – Major: Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

• Collected three goals, including both game-winning scores, in Penn State’s two conference wins last week over Minnesota and Michigan

• Scored twice in the opening 25 minutes of the Nittany Lions’ March 18 victory over Minnesota

• Put PSU in front to stay against Michigan on Sunday with her 21st-minute goal

• Named an Academic All-Big Ten selection last year

• Earns her second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award

• Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Ally Schlegel (Sept. 10, 2019)

Defensive Player of the Week

Allison Lynch, Rutgers

So. – D – Bridgewater, N.J. – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional – Intended Major: Public Health

• Played every second in Rutgers’ conference wins over Iowa and Minnesota last week

• Had the primary assist on Scarlet Knights’ opening goal in March 18 victory over Iowa

• Helped RU record its third shutout of the season on Sunday against Minnesota

• Secures her first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award

• Last Rutgers Defensive Player of the Week: Gabby Provenzano (March 2, 2021)

Goalkeeper of the Week

Kat Asman, Penn State

So. – Roswell, Ga. – Roswell – Major: Supply Chain and Information Systems

• Went the distance in goal and earned decisions in both of Penn State’s wins last week over Minnesota and Michigan

• Recorded her second shutout of the season on March 18 with four saves in the victory over Minnesota

• Made a career-high seven saves in Sunday’s win over Michigan

• Chosen as an Academic All-Big Ten honoree last season

• Earns her first career Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week award

• Last Penn State Goalkeeper of the Week: N/A (award first presented in 2018)

Co-Freshman of the Week

Macy Enneking, Iowa

GK – Hilliard, Ohio – Hilliard Bradley – Major: Neuroscience

• Did not allow a goal in 143 minutes of action last weekend, facing six shots on goal in that span

• Earned her first career start and shutout on Sunday at Maryland, making three saves in a 1-0 overtime win

• Came on at halftime of March 18 loss at Rutgers, making three saves while holding Scarlet Knights scoreless

• Collects her first career Freshman of the Week accolade

• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Gianna Gourley (Oct. 8, 2019)

Co-Freshman of the Week

Sammi Woods, Michigan

F – Saline, Mich. – Saline – Intended Major: Psychology

• Registered a career-high five points (two goals, one assist) in Michigan’s win at Maryland on March 18

• Had a hand in three of the Wolverines’ four goals, all within a 9:38 span in the second half

• Posted the first multi-goal game and third multi-point outing of her career

• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week plaudit

• Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Danielle Wolfe (Oct. 15, 2019)

HCAC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Notebook, Week 1

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Track:
Jacob Bird (Culver, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Bird won the 400-meter dash (50.36) and anchored the winning 4-x-400 meter relay (3:34.51) to help Rose-Hulman place 2nd of 6 teams at the Early Bird Invitational.
Men’s Field:
Tim Youndt (Pottstown, Pa.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Youndt swept first place honors in both the long jump (20′ 8 1/2″) and triple jump (44′ 7 1/2″) to lead the Rose-Hulman performance at the Early Bird Invitational on Saturday. The Fightin’ Engineers finished second of six teams at the meet.
Women’s Track:
Janae Johnson (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore – In her first collegiate outdoor event, Johnson won the 400-meter hurdles at the RHIT Early Bird Invite with a time of 1:32.76. She earned a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.87.
Women’s Field:
Nosa Igiehon (Wheeling, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Igiehon won three events – including field events of the high jump and triple jump – at the RHIT Early Bird Invitational. She won the triple jump with a leap of 35′ 10 3/4″; won the high jump at 5′ 2 1/4″; and won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.93 seconds. The effort helped RHIT finish second as a team.
 
Notable Performances:
Men:

  • Zach Roberts (Zionsville, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore – Placed third in the 100-meter dash (11.48), fourth in the 200-meter dash (23.45) and added a fifth-place finish in the long jump (6.07m) for Franklin at the RHIT Early Bird Invite on Saturday.
  • Zak Wiley (Mooresville, Ind.) Franklin College | Junior – Wiley earned three third-place finishes at the RHIT Early Bird Meet on Saturday. He recorded a throw of 40.92 meters in the discus, 40.86 meters in the hammer throw and 34.11 meters in the javelin.
  • Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Hunter opened the outdoor season strong as part of the Bearcat Invitational. 400-meter – second (51.64) long jump – third (6.43 meters) high jump – fifth (1.83 meters).
  • Jake Kehoe (La Grange, Ky.) First-Year – Kehoe had a strong showing at the Bearcat Invitational this past weekend. shot put – third (13.16 meters) discus – third (35.27 meters)

Women:

  • Hunter Fields (Morgantown, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Fields earned three top-five finishes for Franklin at the RHIT Early Bird Invite. She won the hammer throw with a toss of 41.19 meters, setting a new PR in the event and placed third in the javelin with a throw of 28.90 meters and fifth in the shot put with a heave of 9.60 meters.
  • Alijah Craig (Milan, Ind.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Craig helped lead the Panthers to a third place finish as part of the Bearcat Classic. 4×100-meter relay – third (52.06) 100-meter hurdles – third (17.09) High jump – fourth (1.32 meters).
  • Jessica Beckman (Glenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Beckman led Hanover at the Bearcat Classic setting a school record in the discs. She currently ranks as the best in the event among HCAC opponents. Discs – first (39.03 meters) – previous Hanover record 38.95 meters Shot Put – fourth (11.11 meters)
  • Lois Cheatham (Putnamville, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Cheatham came home second in the 400-meter dash (1:03.02) and anchored the runner-up 4-x-400 meter relay team (4:25.26) to help Rose-Hulman place second of 6 teams at the Early Bird Invitational.

HCAC Spring 2021 Baseball Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:
Hitter of the Week:
Grahm Reedy (Yorktown, Ind.) Anderson University | Outfield | Sophomore – Reedy finished the week 8-for-15 with a triple, seven runs, four RBIs and four stolen bases. He posted a .579 on-base percentage and a .667 slugging percentage. The Ravens finished 3-1 on the week after splitting with Earlham and sweeping Bluffton.
Pitcher of the Week:
Jacob Petrisko (Elkins Park, Pa.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Senior – Petrisko went the distance to lead Rose-Hulman to a 13-2 win over Bluffton. Petrisko allowed five hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in the eighth inning performance, holding Bluffton hitters to a .156 average.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Kasey Henderson (Muncie, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Senior – Henderson recorded the win as the Ravens topped Earlham 6-3. He struck out eight batters, issued two walks and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits in seven and one-third innings.
  • Reid Ruhl (Hamilton, Ohio) Bluffton University | Outfield | Senior – Ruhl went 8-for-17 for a .471 batting average with a triple, four RBI and three runs scored. He stole two bases and had a .476 OBP
  • Nate Kaffenbarger (De Graff, Ohio) Defiance College | Outfield | Senior – Kaffenbarger hit .444 (4 of 9) with a home run, walk, four runs scored and three RBIs as Defiance split a doubleheader at Manchester on Saturday.
  • Nick Wright (Bloomington, Ind.) Franklin College | Utility | Senior – Wright batted .400 with a home run, three doubles, five runs scored and six RBI for Franklin in their sweep of Mount St. Joseph on Saturday afternoon. He went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of doubles in game one’s 13-2 Franklin win and went 2-for-5 with three runs scored, an RBI double, a home run and five RBI in the Grizzlies’ 14-3 win in game two.
  • Mitch Merica (Crawfordsville, Ind.) Franklin College | Pitcher | Senior – Merica took the ball for his second start of the year on Saturday against Mount St. Joseph, picking up the win in Franklin’s 14-3 victory. He allowed two earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts over 5.2 innings.
  • Jake Brackett (Brownsburg, Ind.) Hanover College | Infield | Sophomore – Brackett played a key role in helping the Panthers sweep MSJ as he provided a two RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to score the winning run for HC en route to the 5-4 victory. He finished the week 3-for-5 with a team-high four RBI and a homerun.
  • Eli Copner (Zionsville, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Senior – Copner continues to be a top pitcher for Hanover throwing seven complete innings with eight strikeouts.
  • Alex Moor (Bryan, Ohio) Manchester University | Centerfield | Junior – Morr had a hot day at the plate on Saturday, March 20. In Manchester’s two games against Defiance, Morr went 6-8 with a double, two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Morr is hitting .432 on the young season.
  • Carter Hooks (Rochester, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | Junior – Hooks had a career day out of the Manchester bullpen in the first game of an HCAC doubleheader against the Defiance Yellow Jackets on March 20. Hooks came in and threw nearly 4.0 perfect innings. He allowed zero hits and just one walk while striking out 10 of the 14 batters he faced. Hooks’ 10 punch outs were a career best.
  • Brett Tuttle (Jerseyville, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Third Base | Junior – Tuttle batted .700 last week, going 7-10 with one double, two runs scored and two RBI. He also had two stolen bases. Tuttle finished 4-5 in the game one win at Bluffton and was 3-5 in a game one win vs. Earlham.

HCAC Spring 2021 Softball Notebook, Week 5

Athletes of the Week:
Hitter of the Week:
Annie Schuck (Selma, Ind.) Transylvania University | Infield | Junior – Schuck posted a .750 batting average, a 1.250% slugging percentage, and a .818% on-base percentage. The junior went 6-for-8 at the plate with two RBI, two doubles, and a triple as the Pioneers went 1-2 on the week with a 1-0 victory over Illinois Wesleyan.
Pitcher of the Week:
Kameron Bowling (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Senior – Bowling posted a 1-1 record this week. The senior posted a 2.00 ERA with 21 strikeouts on the week. Bowling’s signature performance came in a complete-game shutout victory over Illinois Wesleyan. Bowling gave up just two hits with no runs and tallied a season-high 12 strikeouts in the win.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Jayden Brown (Pendleton, Ind.) Anderson University | Outfield | Sophomore – Brown went 3-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base during Anderson’s doubleheader with nationally-ranked Trine.
  • Taylor Steinke (Findlay, Ohio) Bluffton University | Outfield | Senior – Steinke sandwiched a 7-of-12 week at the plate around 90 minutes of soccer on Saturday as the senior hit .583 with three runs scored and four RBI. She drew two walks and slugged .750 with a triple.
  • Kalen Huble (Anderson, Ind.) Defiance College | Utility | Junior – In six games last week, Hubble hit .474 (9-for-19) with a home run, double, six RBI and two runs scored. In the Yellow Jackets’ 5-2 win over Case Western Reserve on Sunday, Hubble went 3-for-3 with three RBI.
  • Kodi Douglass (Huntington, Ind.) Manchester University | Catcher | First-Year – Three of Douglas’ four hits this week were two-run home runs. Douglass hit a pair of two-run bombs against Bluffton and followed with her third two-run shot of the week against Calvin. Finished the week with six RBI and four runs scored.
  • Mackenzie Hunt (Evansville, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | First-Year – Mackenzie finished 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA to lead Rose-Hulman last week. Hunt allowed seven hits in 11.2 innings with 11 strikeouts, including a complete game 5-1 win with seven strikeouts on Sunday against Webster.

River States Conference Player of the Week honorees selected for March 15-21

IU SOUTHEAST’S ROMERO, ASBURY’S LUSH WIN RSC BASEBALL WEEKLY HONORS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Southeast right fielder Marco Romero and Asbury (Ky.) University left-hander Alec Lush earned River States Conference Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for their performances March 15-21. 

Romero, a junior from Caracas, Venezuela, was 9 for 13 for a batting average of .692 on the week. The Grenadiers went 4-0 with Romero slugging 1.000, scoring nine runs, driving in six and walking five times. He started out going 3 for 3 with two doubles, three runs and two walks in a win over Pikeville (Ky). On the weekend, Romero was 6 for 10 with six runs, five RBIs and two doubles in a three-game sweep of Ohio Christian. 

Lush, a junior from Shepherdsville, Ky., pitched six shutouts innings in a 14-0 victory over IU Kokomo. Lush gave up just two hits to get the win. He struck out six, walked two and pushed the Eagles to the series victory and the weekend sweep. 

IU Southeast (17-11, 9-0 RSC) and Asbury (20-3, 8-1 RSC) are the top two teams in the conference, and they meet this coming weekend for a series. 

NO. 22 IU SOUTHEAST’S JACKMAN, OGG CLAIM RSC SOFTBALL WEEKLY AWARDS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — No. 22-ranked Indiana University Southeast had third baseman Ellie Jackman and pitcher Hannah Ogg claim River States Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week for March 15-21. 

Jackman, a freshman from Brazil, Ind., hit .500 across six games on the week. She was 8 for 16 overall with a double, a home run and five RBIs. Jackman also scored six runs and walked once. In a four-game series with Indiana Tech, Jackman was 4 for 10. She had a homer and three RBIs in the final game to give the Grenadiers victories in three out of the four games. She was also 4 for 4 in a victory over Calumet St. Joseph. 

Ogg, a junior from Wadesville, Ind., pitched 17.2 innings on the week and posted a 0.40 ERA. It is her second RSC weekly honor of the year. This one came after Ogg pitched in four different games as the Grenadiers went 3-1. She struck out 20, walked just three and gave up just one earned run on 17 hits. 

In a 2-1 win over Indiana Tech, Ogg went  7.0 innings, struck out nine and walked one. The Grenadiers beat Indiana Tech, 9-1, with Ogg going 6.0 innings with six strikeouts and no earned and no earned runs allowed. She pitched a combined 4.2 innings in a doubleheader split with Calumet St. Joseph. The featured five strikeouts and no earned runs. 

IU Southeast is now 19-7 overall. 

IU EAST’S MARTINO, CONWAY SWEEP RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER WEEKLY ACCOLADES

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East players Tori Martino and Brooke Conway swept the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards for March 15-21. 

Martino, a senior forward from Navarre, Fla., scored both of the Red Wolves’ goals in 1-0 victories over Ohio Christian and IU Kokomo on the week. Her overtime winner over Ohio Christian came in the 96th minute while a first-half tally stood up in the victory over IU Kokomo. 

Conway, a senior defender from Noblesville, Ind., was a big part of the two shutouts. She also served up the winning assist to Martino during the overtime versus Ohio Christian. The two wins kept the Red Wolves with the best record in the conference at 8-2-1 overall, 7-1 RSC. 

IU EAST’S FERRARI, IZAGA TAKE HOME RSC MEN’S SOCCER WEEKLY HONORS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East players Gustavo Ferrari and Alex Izaga took home River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week for their play March 15-21. 

Ferrari, a sophomore midfielder from Alberta, Canada, won the award for the second week in a row. He did so with two goals, two assists and six points as IU East went a perfect 2-0 on the week. He factored in four of IU East’s goals in a 5-0 win over Ohio Christian. He scored twice, assisted another and drew a foul that led to a PK on another goal. Ferrari then had the assist in the Red Wolves’ 1-0 win over Brescia (Ky.).

Izaga, a junior defender from Alava, Spain, keyed the two shutout wins on the week and also got into the scoring. His PK try capped off the win over Ohio Christian. He scored the game-winning goal versus Brescia to keep the Red Wolves’ playoff hopes alive. 

CARLOW’S LECHNER, MILLER SWEEP RSC WOMEN’S OUTDOOR T&F WEEKLY HONORS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Carlow (Pa.) University’s Keri Lechner and Olivia Miller swept the River States Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors for March 15-21. 

Lechner,  a freshman from Wampum, Pa., was a part of five school records and registered an NAIA national-qualifying mark in the 100 hurdles. All of that came at the WVU Stan Romanoski Open. Her time of 14.57 in the 100 hurdles hit the national mark and won the event. Other school records came in the 400 hurdles (1:10), 100 meters (12.54), 200 meters (26.08) and the 4×100 relay (51.47).

Miller, a senior from Bolivar, Pa., won the high jump at WVU and was third in the long jump. Her height of 1.63 meters in the high jump is tops in the conference. She ranks second in the conference in the long jump with a leap of 5.15 meters at WVU. 

BRESCIA’S ASCHENBRENNER, IU KOKOMO’S GAYLOR WIN RSC OUTDOOR T&F HONORS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Brescia (Ky.) University hurdler Mason Aschenbrenner and Indiana University Kokomo thrower Grant Gaylor were named the River States Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week for March 15-21. 

Aschenbrenner, a junior from Ottumwa, Iowa, hit the NAIA national qualifying standards in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles and placed second in both events at the Brescia Bearcats Invitational. He ran a time of 14.83 in the 110 hurdles to rank seventh in the country. His time of 1:00.60 in the 400 hurdles ranks first the in the conference as well. 

Gaylor, a senior from Kokomo, Ind., won both the shot put and discus at the Brescia Bearcats Invitational. His toss of 16.94 in the shot put ranks No. 2 in the country and easily surpassed the NAIA qualifying standard. His discus throw of 45.1 meters is also tops in the conference. 

IU SOUTHEAST’S LITTLEFIELD PICKS UP RSC WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Southeast freshman Anna Littlefield went perfect in three conference wins to claim River States Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for March 15-21. 

The Louisville, Ky., native was a combined 6-0 playing singles and doubles in RSC team wins over IU Kokomo, Brescia (Ky.) and Oakland City (Ind.). In a 4-3 team win over IU Kokomo, Littlefield notched wins of 7-6, 6-3 at No. 3 singles and 6-1 at No. 3 doubles. 

The Grenadiers beat Brescia and Oakland City each by a score of 7-0 with Littlefield winning at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-0. She teamed up for wins at No. 1 doubles over Brescia, 6-0, and at No.2  doubles over Oakland City, 6-1.

IU Southeast is now 5-5 overall, 3-0 RSC. 

MIDWAY’S LOPEZ NAMED RSC MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University junior Julian Lopez went perfect on the week to claim River States Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for March 15-21. 

The Bogota, Colombia, native was 4-0 on the week playing No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. His wins led Midway to victories over Brescia (Ky.) and Anderson. 

Lopez came back for a 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 singles victory versus Brescia. He also was a part of a 6-3 doubles win versus Brescia. In the win over Anderson, he was victorious 6-0, 6-0 in singles and 6-1 in doubles. 

Midway is now 2-1, 1-0 RSC on the year. 

IU EAST’S WISECUP, IU KOKOMO’S JONES SHARE RSC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East junior Jo Wisecup and Indiana University Kokomo senior Brandi Jones shot the same score at the same tournament to share River States Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week honors for March 15-21. 

Wisecup, from Enon, Ind., shot two rounds of 81 to lead the Red Wolves to fifth place of 10 teams at the Heritage Collegiate. Her two-day total of 162 gave her 13th place individually out of 55 golfers. 

Jones, a native of Peru, Ind., opened up with an 83 but then fired a 79 in the final round to move into the tie for 13th place. That led the Cougars to sixth place as a team, and she also had a 36-hole total of 162. 

IU KOKOMO’S SEAGRAVE PICKS UP RSC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo senior Sam Seagrave shot two rounds in the 70s to earn River States Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week for March 15-21. 

The Kokomo, Ind., product had a two-day total of 4-over 148 at the Heritage Hill Invitational. That was after rounds of 75 and 73 on the par-72 track. Seagrave’s 1-over in the final round moved him into sixth place overall and led the Cougars to fifth of eight teams. There were 47 golfers in the field. 

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY- 1957

KANSAS CITY (UP)-North Carolina defeated Kansas, 54‚53, in three overtime periods tonight to win the National Collegiate basketball tournament. Joe Quigg won the game for the unbeaten Tar Heels with two foul shots in the final six seconds and then blocked a pass to Wilt Chamberlain to foil a Jayhawk scoring bid. Quigg’s jumping one-hand block kept Chamberlain from attempting one desperate shot in the last five seconds of the third extra period. It was the first time a national championship game went into overtime. The Tar Heels’ victory extended their unbeaten streak to thirty-two games.

The final, frantic fifteen minutes of play produced two heated incidents on the court. In the first one Pete Brennan of North Carolina clamped his arms around Chamberlain’s waist and began to wrestle. The second occurred when Tommy Kearns of North Carolina swung aside Gene Elstun of Kansas.

The dramatic finish of the title game occurred after a tight battle that was close except for the opening ten minutes, when North Carolina racked up a 19‚7 margin. It was North Carolina by 29‚22 at the half, and Kansas did not catch up until it took the lead at 36‚35 with 16:40 left. Kansas was on top, 40‚37, with ten minutes left and the score was 46‚46 at the end of regulation play. The score was twice tied and the lead changed twice before the 46‚46 deadlock.

The two teams scored only 2 points each in the first overtime. Chamberlain hit for Kansas and Bob Young, a substitute, tallied for North Carolina. The second overtime was scoreless. Kearns and Quigg then won the game for North Carolina, hitting for all the Tar Heel points in the third extra session. Kearns had a field goal and two free throws to match Chamberlain’s overtime production. Elstun added another free throw to send Kansas ahead, 53‚52, with twenty seconds left. Chamberlain blocked Kearns’ shot but fouled Quigg, who hit for the 2 winning points. Kansas took time out with five seconds left and tried to feed the ball to Chamberlain, but Quigg made the game-saving block.

Chamberlain was the top scorer with 23 points. North Carolina’s All-America, Lennie Rosenbluth, had 20. Rosenbluth fouled out with 1:45 remaining in standard playing time and did not play in the extra periods, which were mostly displays of stalling and ball control. The pattern of stalling began as soon as Kansas got its 3-point lead. North Carolina started slowing it down and Kansas followed suit. From ten minutes left in regulation time to five minutes, not a shot was fired. Both teams continued the stalling in the first two overtimes.

Third place in the championship went to San Francisco, the defending champion. The Dons defeated Michigan State, 68‚60.

1994: Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings tipped a pass from Marty McSorley into an open goal against the Vancouver Canucks, passing Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings as the N.H.L.’s career goals scorer with 802. Gretzky went on to extend the record, which still stands, to 894 goals.

1974: North Carolina State, behind high-soaring David Thompson, ended U.C.L.A.’s seven-year reign as national champion with an 80‚77 double-overtime victory in the N.C.A.A. semifinals at Greensboro, N.C. Coach Norm Sloan won the first of The Wolfpack’s two national titles two nights later by defeating Marquette University, 76‚64, as Thompson scored 21 points.

2002: Cael Sanderson, a 197-pound senior from Iowa State University, won an unprecedented fourth straight weight class title at the N.C.A.A. wrestling championships at Albany, N.Y., and finished his collegiate career undefeated. He received nearly a five-minute ovation from the 12,000 fans after he put Lehigh sophomore Jon Trenge on his back with a double-leg takedown.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1938       Commissioner Landis releases seventy-four Cardinal minor leaguers from a total of six teams, with their owners fined $2,176 for their non-compliance to the rules. The Redbirds controlled the players in two clubs in each of the three Class D leagues in 1936 and each of four Class D leagues in 1937.

1951       Brooklyn signs a 21-year lease with the City of Vero Beach to use an abandoned naval base as their spring training facility, which will become known as Dodgertown. The site will be the team’s Grapefruit League home through the 2008 season, with exhibition games played at the 6,000-seat Holiman Stadium.

1959       The Cardinals trade Sam Jones to the Giants for first baseman/outfielder Bill White and third baseman Ray Jablonski. The right-hander, called Toothpick Sam by his teammates, will be the runner-up for the Cy Young Award this season, posting a 21-15 record and an ERA of 2.83 for San Francisco.

1962       The Phillies trade third baseman Andy Carey and second baseman Lou Vassie to the White Sox for right-hander Cal McLish, a 36 year-old Oklahoman who will post an 11-5 record for the seventh-place club. Chicago then trades Carey, who will retire at the end of the season after appearing in 53 games, to the Dodgers for infielders Ramon Conde and Jim Koranda, who play in a total of 14 major league games. (Ed. Note: The Philadelphia new hurler’s father named his newborn Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish but his teammates call him Buster. -LP)

1963       On the day he is fitted for his big-league Orioles uniform, 23 year-old Steve Dalkowski, pitching in an exhibition against the Yankees, feels something pop in his left elbow, losing feeling in his hand while facing Bobby Richardson. The fireballer from New Britain, Connecticut, who once struck out 24 batters in a minor league game, will never appear in the major leagues.

1973       The Cardinals play three Cruz brothers, Cirilo, Hector, and Jose, all nine innings in the outfield during the team’s 9-2 spring training victory over New York at Al Lang Field. The trio of Puerto Rican siblings, who personally outscore the Mets, bat first, second, and third in the Redbird’s lineup, making all three outs in the first and eighth frames.

1978       The Mets deal an unhappy 33 year-old Bud Harrelson, who lost his starting job when the team obtained Tim Foli from the Giants, to Philadelphia for approximately $50,000, and minor-league call-up Freddie Andrews, an infielder who will never play another game in the major leagues. As an 11-year veteran, the fan-favorite shortstop could have vetoed the trade but chooses to go to Philadelphia to play for a contending team, where he will back up Larry Bowa.

1990       The FBI arrest Howard Spira, once an unpaid publicist with the Winfield Foundation who approached George Steinbrenner and received $40,000 to dig up dirt on the outfielder, is arrested after trying to extort money from the Yankees owner. In July, Commissioner Fay Vincent will ban the Boss from playing any role in the team’s day-to-day operations for thirty months upon learning about the arrangement with the Bronx professional gambler.

2009       Thanks to Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the 10th inning, Japan defeats South Korea, 5-3, to win its second consecutive World Baseball Classic title. South Korea, the reigning Olympic champion, had tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth on Lee Bum-ho’s two-out RBI single off Japanese closer Yu Darvish in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 54,846 at Dodger Stadium.

2009       The Miami-Dade County commissioners approve the final documents necessary to move forward on the Marlins’ new 37,000-seat home, planned to be located on the present grounds of Miami’s Orange Bowl. The long-anticipated retractable-roof ballpark will become a reality in 2012, with the team breaking ground this July.

2019       After acquiring Paul Goldschmidt in an offseason trade with the Diamondbacks, the Cardinals sign him to a five-year (2020-24) contract extension. The National League All-Star first baseman’s contract, reportedly worth $130 million, is the largest in club history, surpassing seven-year, $120 million deal for left fielder Matt Holliday before the 2010 season.

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia3013.69819-411-98-222-78-22 W
Brooklyn2914.6741.017-612-85-216-108-21 W
Milwaukee2814.6671.517-511-99-017-79-17 W
Miami2221.5128.012-1010-115-413-146-43 L
Atlanta2221.5128.011-911-123-313-128-21 L
Charlotte2121.5008.512-89-135-111-96-41 W
New York2122.4889.012-89-141-614-145-51 L
Boston2122.4889.013-78-153-515-125-51 L
Chicago1923.45210.59-1510-83-29-104-61 L
10 Indiana1923.45210.57-1212-114-312-134-61 L
11 Toronto1726.39513.08-109-163-512-161-99 L
12 Cleveland1627.37214.011-125-152-512-124-61 L
13 Washington1526.36614.08-147-121-65-182-81 L
14 Orlando1428.33315.59-135-154-410-171-91 L
15 Detroit1230.28617.57-125-180-88-183-71 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah3111.73816-215-93-213-65-52 W
Phoenix2813.6832.515-813-55-219-88-22 W
LA Lakers2815.6513.514-914-62-519-96-42 L
LA Clippers2816.6364.015-613-106-216-95-52 W
Denver2517.5956.012-913-87-114-118-21 L
Portland2517.5956.014-811-93-415-127-31 L
San Antonio2218.5508.010-1112-74-612-145-52 L
Dallas2219.5378.511-911-105-113-137-31 W
Golden State2221.5129.513-79-143-612-134-61 L
10 Memphis2020.50010.011-139-73-59-145-52 W
11 Oklahoma City1924.44212.58-1211-123-611-165-52 W
12 New Orleans1824.42913.012-106-144-310-164-61 W
13 Sacramento1825.41913.59-129-133-48-115-51 W
14 Houston1230.28619.06-156-154-58-151-91 W
15 Minnesota1033.23321.55-155-183-67-193-72 L

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Islanders3321844619987313-1-28-7-28-2-0
Washington Capitals31207444181069210-4-210-3-28-2-0
Pittsburgh Penguins321911240161008812-3-17-8-17-2-1
Boston Bruins281684361477667-3-19-5-35-3-2
Philadelphia Flyers30151143414941077-5-38-6-13-6-1
New York Rangers3114134321394827-6-37-7-15-4-1
New Jersey Devils2911144261171904-11-27-3-24-4-2
Buffalo Sabres306204164641062-11-24-9-20-9-1
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights30227145221006713-2-19-5-07-3-0
Colorado Avalanche30208242201026612-4-18-4-18-1-1
Minnesota Wild30191013919897611-3-08-7-17-3-0
St. Louis Blues32161153714971044-7-312-4-24-3-3
Los Angeles Kings3113126321289866-4-47-8-24-4-2
Arizona Coyotes3213145311178977-8-36-6-23-5-2
San Jose Sharks3012144288851044-6-28-8-24-4-2
Anaheim Ducks339186248721125-11-34-7-33-6-1
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs322010242201078311-6-19-4-14-6-0
Edmonton Oilers342113042211169712-8-09-5-07-3-0
Winnipeg Jets321911240191049110-5-19-6-15-4-1
Montreal Canadiens3114893713100876-5-28-3-74-2-4
Vancouver Canucks36161733513991159-8-27-9-17-2-1
Calgary Flames3315153331488998-5-17-10-25-4-1
Ottawa Senators3411203259891317-6-34-14-03-5-2
 
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Tampa Bay Lightning31236248221157313-2-010-4-27-2-1
Carolina Hurricanes31217345171047810-1-311-6-07-1-2
Florida Panthers31207444191058810-4-310-3-17-3-0
Chicago Blackhawks32141353312951067-4-27-9-33-6-1
Columbus Blue Jackets33131373311861067-6-56-7-25-3-2
Nashville Predators32141712911771037-7-07-10-14-5-1
Dallas Stars281010828980756-4-64-6-24-2-4
Detroit Red Wings32101842410711047-8-33-10-14-5-1