MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Gonzaga 78 St. Mary’s 55

Elon 76 Hofstra 58

Cleveland State 71 Milwaukee 65

Rider 78 Canisius 76

Oral Roberts 90 South Dakota State 88

Appalachian State 80 Georgia State 73

North Carolina Greensboro 69 Mercer 61

Drexel 74 Northeastern 67

Oakland 69 Northern Kentucky 58

North Dakota State 79 South Dakota 75

BYU 82 Pepperdine 77 OT

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Connecticut 73 Marquette 39

#6 Baylor 96 #17 West Virginia 73

#16 Gonzaga 72 Santa Clara 62

Wright State 73 Cleveland State 62

Omaha 69 Western Illinois 55

Troy 73 Louisiana 65

IUPUI 56 Milwaukee 46

Wichita State 76 Tulsa 64

South Dakota 81 North Dakota State 55

New Mexico 67 Air Force 51

BYU 85 San Francisco 55

Portland State 71 Eastern Washington 51

Cincinnati 78 Memphis 67

Fresno State 70 Nevada 46

High Point 85 USC Upstate 63

Campbell 54 Winthrop 41

Gardner Webb 66 Presbyterian 62

Northern Arizona 82 Weber State 68

Longwood 83 UNC Asheville 69

Wyoming 72 UNLV 56

Sacramento 65 Montana 58

Boise State 78 Colorado State 65

NHL SCOREBOARD

Minnesota 2 Vegas 0

Arizona 3 Colorado 2

Edmonton 3 Ottawa 2

San Jose 3 St. Louis 2

Anaheim 6 Los Angeles 5

Vancouver 2 Montréal 1

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – SPRING TRAINING

Cleveland 10 Seattle 0

Kansas City 10 Oakland 3

Chicago Cubs 9 Texas 0

LA Dodgers 8 Chicago White Sox 0

Arizona 2 San Francisco 2

Milwaukee 10 LA Angels 9

Cincinnati 6 Colorado 4

Washington 9 NY Mets 5

Miami 7 St. Louis 7

BOYS REGIONAL PAIRINGS

CLASS 4A

MICHIGAN CITY

Valparaiso [20-5] vs. South Bend Riley [18-6]

Gary West [20-4] vs. Elkhart [14-11]

LOGANSPORT

Homestead [25-0] vs. Carmel [22-2]

Carroll (Fort Wayne) [18-6] vs. Lafayette Jeff [24-2]

SOUTHPORT

Lawrence North [25-2] vs. Ben Davis [14-11]

Mount Vernon (Fortville) [17-6] vs. Plainfield [23-2]

SEYMOUR

Bloomington South [23-4] vs. Jeffersonville [15-6]

Center Grove [14-6] vs. Evansville Reitz [16-4]

CLASS 3A

SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON

South Bend St. Joseph [19-4] vs. Twin Lakes [21-4]

Hammond [17-1] vs. New Prairie [19-7]

NEW CASTLE

NorthWood [15-8] vs. New Castle [9-15]

Mississinewa [17-8] vs. Leo [21-4]

GREENCASTLE

Northview [17-7] vs. Beech Grove [18-5]

Guerin Catholic [19-3] vs. Greencastle [21-6]

WASHINGTON

Heritage Hills [19-3] vs. Silver Creek [21-4]

Connersville [17-7] vs. Sullivan [21-3]

CLASS 2A

NORTH JUDSON

Boone Grove [18-6] vs. Bowman Academy [11-12]

Churubusco [21-4] vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk [24-3]

LAPEL

Blackford [23-4] vs. Wapahani [18-7]

Rossville [17-7] vs. Rochester [18-1]

GREENFIELD-CENTRAL

Parke Heritage [24-3] vs. Triton Central [13-8]

Shenandoah [24-3] vs. Covenant Christian [22-4]

SOUTHRIDGE

Paoli [16-5] vs. Southridge [15-10]

Southwestern (Hanover) [21-5] vs. Linton-Stockton [23-4]

CLASS 1A

TRITON

Triton [19-5] vs. Caston [10-15]

Fremont [12-11] vs. Kouts [26-2]

FRANKFORT

Cowan [15-8] vs. Lafayette Central Catholic [8-10]

Seton Catholic [9-9] vs. Southwood [15-10]

MARTINSVILLE

Southwestern (Shelbyville) [13-10] vs. Bethesda Christian [18-7]

Indianapolis Tindley [16-9] vs. Shakamak [10-12]

LOOGOOTEE

Barr-Reeve [25-2] vs. Trinity Lutheran [12-13]

Lanesville [17-7] vs. Evansville Day [13-5]

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-STAR TEAM ANNOUNCED

Kuryn Brunson, Franklin: 5’10” Forward… Averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game 

Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point: 5’7” Guard…23.4 points per game 

Kate Clarke, Carmel, 6’1” Forward….18.3 points, 3.2 rebounds (Michigan)

Alyssa Crockett, Westfield: 6’3” Forward…. 17.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists

Rayah Kincer, Franklin Central: 5’10” Guard… 19.0 points and 7.3 rebounds

Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington: 6’2” Forward, 19.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots (Maryland)

Ayanna Patterson, Homestead: 6’3” Forward… 21.8 points and 11 rebounds

Olivia Smith, Fort Wayne South: 5’6” Guard, 20.1 points per game (Eastern Michigan)

Lilly Stoddard, Crown Point: 6’4” Center/Forward….. 10.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots (Purdue)

Kynidi Striverson, Silver Creek: 5’8” Guard…. 10.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game

Alaina Thorne, Washington: 5”11” Forward… 16.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game

Tanyuel Welch, North Central: 5’9” Forward…. 12.5 points

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLS

(AP)

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Gonzaga 24-01573 (61)1
2Baylor 21-11510 (2)3
3Illinois 20-614384
4Michigan 19-313822
5Iowa 20-713145
6Alabama 21-612398
7Houston 21-311739
8Arkansas 21-5104612
9Ohio State 18-810327
10West Virginia 18-89196
11Kansas 19-887313
12Oklahoma State 18-785117
13Texas 17-780215
14Villanova 16-572910
15Florida State 15-568711
16Virginia 17-653121
17Creighton 18-751014
18Loyola Chicago 24-448820
19San Diego State 20-446219
20Texas Tech 17-938918
20Purdue 18-838923
22Virginia Tech 15-526622
23Colorado 20-720924
24USC 21-6175NR
25Oklahoma 14-917216

(COACHES)

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Gonzaga 24-0775 (31)1
2Baylor 21-17403
3Illinois 20-66894
4Michigan 19-36872
5Alabama 21-66105
6Iowa 20-75848
7Houston 21-35727
8Arkansas 21-548913
9West Virginia 18-84835
10Ohio State 18-839510
11Villanova 16-53849
12Kansas 19-838314
13Florida State 15-536311
14Oklahoma State 18-734017
15Virginia 17-631320
16Texas 17-731216
17Creighton 18-728712
18Loyola Chicago 24-424022
19San Diego State 20-422721
19Purdue 18-822723
21Virginia Tech 15-517619
22Texas Tech 17-917418
23USC 21-615524
24Oklahoma 14-911915
25Oregon 19-511625

(RPI)

RankSchoolRPIPrev
1Gonzaga 24-00.65681
2Baylor 21-10.64303
3Michigan 19-30.63672
4Houston 21-30.63296
5Alabama 21-60.63004
6BYU 19-50.62955
7Colgate 12-10.62767
8Oklahoma State 18-70.61768
9Clemson 16-60.61739
10San Diego State 20-40.616910
11Arkansas 21-50.615211
12USC 21-60.612113
13West Virginia 18-80.612012
14St. Bonaventure 15-40.611314
15Villanova 16-50.610115
16Kansas 19-80.609215
17VCU 19-60.607717
18Illinois 20-60.607518
19Wichita State 15-40.607419
20Loyola Chicago 24-40.6040NR
21Missouri 15-80.602420
22Colorado 20-70.600621
23Texas 17-70.5988NR
23Ohio State 18-80.598824
25LSU 16-80.598522

AP WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1UConn 23-1716 (22)1
2Stanford 25-2678 (5)4
3North Carolina State 20-2676 (2)2
4Texas A&M 23-26093
5South Carolina 22-45985
6Baylor 21-25967
7Maryland 21-25578
7Louisville 23-35576
9Indiana 18-447911
10UCLA 16-547010
11Arizona 16-54109
12Georgia 20-640817
13Michigan 14-433212
14Tennessee 16-732520
15Arkansas 19-826016
16Gonzaga 21-324921
17West Virginia 19-424818
18Kentucky 17-824019
19Rutgers 14-322425
20South Florida 15-319613
21Missouri State 20-217923
22Ohio State 13-78215
23Oregon 13-87314
24FGCU 23-254NR
25South Dakota State 21-35322

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL RPI RANKINGS

RankSchoolRPIPrev
1South Carolina 22-40.69461
2Texas A&M 23-20.66753
3North Carolina State 20-20.66255
4Louisville 23-30.65504
5Maryland 21-20.65006
6Stanford 25-20.64859
7UConn 23-10.64748
8Missouri State 20-20.64457
9Bucknell 9-00.63892
10Georgia 20-60.632510
11Baylor 21-20.631811
12Gonzaga 21-30.626812
13Kentucky 17-80.622913
14UC Davis 10-20.621514
15West Virginia 19-40.617716
16UCF 14-30.617317
16Tennessee 16-70.617315
18Rice 16-30.611418
19Michigan 14-40.609419
20South Dakota State 21-30.605921
21Delaware 19-30.605722
22Indiana 18-40.605423
23Arkansas 19-80.603524
24South Florida 15-30.602725
25Lehigh 8-50.602220

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BRACKET

Wednesday, March 10

GAME 1: #13 Minnesota vs. #12. Northwestern 6:30

GAME 2: #14 Nebraska vs. #11 Penn State 8:30

Thursday, March 11

GAME 3: #9 Michigan State vs. #8 Maryland 11:30

GAME 4: Winner Game 1 vs. #5 Ohio State 12:30

GAME 5: #10 Indiana vs. #7 Rutgers 6:30

GAME 6: Winner game 2 vs. #6 Wisconsin 8:30

Friday, March 12

GAME 7: Michigan State/Maryland winner vs. #1 Michigan 11:30

GAME 8: Game 4 winner vs. #4 Purdue 1:30

GAME 9: Game 5 winner vs. #2 Illinois 6:30

GAME 10: Game 6 winner vs. #3 Iowa 8:30

Saturday, March 13

GAME 11: Semi-Final 1:00

GAME 12: Semi-Final 3:00

Sunday, March 14

GAME 13: Championship 3:30

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

TUESDAY MARCH 9

1)#13 WISCONSIN VS. #12 ILLINOIS 5:00

WEDNESDAY MARCH 10

2) #9 MINNESOTA VS. #8 NEBRASKA 11:00

3) WINNER WISCONSIN/ILLINOIS VS. #5 NORTHWESTERN 2:00

4) #10 PENN STATE VS. #7 MICHIGAN STATE 6:30

5) #11 PURDUE VS. #6 IOWA 8:30

THURSDAY MARCH 11

6) WINNER GAME 2/#1 MARYLAND  11:00

7) WINNER GAME 3 VS. #4 MICHIGAN 12:30

8) WINNER GAME 4 VS. #2 INDIANA 6:30

9) WINNER GAME 5 VS. #3 RUTGERS 8:30

FRIDAY MARCH 12

10) SEMI-FINAL 2:00

11) SEMI-FINAL 4:30

SATURDAY MARCH 13

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 2:00

2021 MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket

Thursday, March 11th, 2021 – Quarterfinals

Game 1: No. 1 Toledo vs. No. 8 Ball State, 11 a.m. ET (ESPN+)

Game 2: No. 4 Kent State vs. No. 5 Ohio, Time TBA* (ESPN+)

Game 3: No. 2 Buffalo vs. No. 7 Miami, Time TBA* (ESPN+)

Game 4: No. 3 Akron vs. No. 6 Bowling Green, Time TBA* (ESPN+)

Friday, March 12th, 2021 – Semifinals

Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 5 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)

Game 6: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, Time TBA* (CBS Sports Network)

Saturday, March 13th, 2021 – MAC Championship

Game 7: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

*Minimum 30 minutes between completion of prior game in the session

2021 MAC Women’s Tournament Bracket

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 – Quarterfinals
Game 1:  No. 1 Bowling Green vs. No. 8 Eastern Michigan, 11 a.m. ET (ESPN+)
Game 2: No. 4 Buffalo vs. No. 5 Kent State, Time TBA*  (ESPN+)
Game 3: No. 2 Central Michigan vs No. 7 Northern Illinois, Time TBA  (ESPN+)
Game 4: No. 3 Ohio  vs. No. 6 Ball State, Time TBA*  (ESPN+)
 
Friday, March 12th, 2021 – Semifinals
Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 10:00 a.m. ET (ESPN+)
Game 6: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, Time TBA*  (ESPN+)
 
Saturday, March 13th, 2021 – MAC Championship
Game 7: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner
11:00 AM ET (CBS Sports Network)
 
*Minimum 30 minutes between completion of prior game in the session

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Indiana University, IU Head Football Coach Tom Allen Agree to Restructured Deal Through 2027

(IU RELEASE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University and IU head football coach Tom Allen have agreed to an amendment to his current seven-year contract that will increase Allen’s annual average compensation to $4.9 million through the 2027 season.

Per the terms of the original contract signed in December of 2019, Allen will continue to have a year added to the back end of his deal each season the IU Football program qualifies for a postseason bowl game.

“Tom Allen has proven himself to be not only the right person for our student-athletes and our program, but one of the best football coaches in the country,” said IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson. “The enthusiasm and outlook for our program is at an all-time high, and the future of Indiana Football is in great hands. I look forward to Tom leading our program for many years to come.

“I thank President McRobbie and the Board of Trustees for their support throughout this process, and I thank Tom for his commitment to building something very special in Bloomington. I could not be more excited about the future of Indiana Football.”

In his first four seasons at the helm of the Hoosier program, Allen has enjoyed a level of success that has rarely been seen in program history. In 2020, he was named the American Football Coaches Association’s National Coach of the Year as well as the Big Ten Coach of the Year after guiding the Hoosiers to a 6-1 record in the Big Ten and second-straight January bowl game berth. He became the program’s first national coach of the year in 53 years, and its first Big Ten Coach of the Year in 33 years.

Among the highlights during the 2020 season was the program’s first Top-10 national ranking in 51 years. IU spent six weeks inside the Top 10 in 2020 and climbed as high as No. 7. Those successes came on the heels of a breakthrough 2019 season that saw IU go 8-5 overall, post its first winning Big Ten season in 26 seasons, and earn its first Top-25 national ranking since 1994.

“I would like to thank Scott Dolson, President McRobbie and the Board of Trustees for their support and investment into our football program and our staff,” Allen said. “I’m excited about what we are building here and how we are building it. Having said that, we have unfinished business that we will continue to chase after every single day. LEO!”

Tom Allen Accomplishments

Program-record 29 Academic All-Big Ten honorees in both 2018 and 2020, an 81 percent improvement compared to the year before Allen became head football coach

2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year

IU’s first college football national coach of the year in 53 years (John Pont, 1967) and third all-time college football national coach of the year (Bo McMillin, 1945)

2020 Big Ten Football Coach of the Year (selected by both media and coaches)

IU’s first Big Ten Football Coach of the Year in 33 years (Bill Mallory, 1987) and just the third time an IU Football coach has won the honor (Bill Mallory, 1986)

Led IU to the 2020 Gator Bowl and the 2021 Outback Bowl, marking the first time in program history IU has played in consecutive January bowl games

IU Football finished the 2020 season ranked No. 12 in the final Associated Press Poll, its highest final ranking since 1967

Ranked in the Top 10 six times, the second-most in school history (9 weeks in 1945)

Collected its first Top-10 ranking since Sept. 22, 1969

No. 7 rating (Dec. 13, Dec. 20) was its best in the AP Poll since Nov. 27, 1967 (No. 4)

Finished the year ranked for a program record 10-consecutive weeks

Three Top-25 victories tied for the third-most in the country and matched the school record (1945)

Defeated Michigan for the first time in 33 years, Wisconsin for the first time in 18 years, won at Michigan State for the first time in 19 years, and defeated Penn State for the second time in school history

Combined 14-7 overall and 11-5 in league play since the start of the 2019 campaign

IU’s 14 victories share fourth and its 11 Big Ten wins share third among all B1G teams

Indiana’s six conference wins in 2020 tied for the most in school history (1967, 1987)

The Hoosiers 36-35, overtime win against No. 8 Penn State in the season opener was the sixth win against a Top-10 opponent in school history, with the last coming at No. 9 Ohio State (31-10) on Oct. 10, 1987, and the last coming in Bloomington on Nov. 25, 1967 (No. 3 Purdue, 19-14)

Allen’s 24 wins are the most for a head football coach in his first four years in program history

PURDUE MBBEdey Tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Week for Second Time 

(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue center Zach Edey was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week for his role in the Boilermakers’ victories over Wisconsin and Indiana.  

Edey, a 7-foot, 4-inch freshman from Toronto, Canada, averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in just 19.5 minutes per game while shooting 16-of-21 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line.  

In the win over No. 25-ranked Wisconsin, Edey scored 20 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot while going 8-of-11 from the field in just 18 minutes.  He followed up that performance with a 20-point, 9-rebound showing in 21 minutes in Saturday’s win over Indiana. 

For the season, Edey is averaging 8.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 60.7 percent from the field and 72.9 percent from the free throw line.  

It marks the second time this season that he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, earning the final award of the season this week and the first award of the season on Nov. 30.  

Edey and the Boilermakers will be the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament, playing their first game on Friday at approximately 2 p.m. ET, in Lucas Oil Stadium.  

Michigan State and Purdue Earn Final Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Player of the Week

Aaron Henry, Michigan State

F – Jr. – 6-6 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Ben Davis– Major: Communication

Averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in the Spartans’ three contests vs. Indiana, at then-ranked No. 2/No. 2 Michigan and vs. then-ranked No. 2/No. 2 Michigan.

Led Michigan State in both points (22) and rebounds (eight) in the team’s 64-58 win vs. Indiana. Registered a double-digit point total for the 11th-straight game and the 22nd time this season.

Helped the Spartans defeat then-ranked No. 2/No. 2 Michigan in Sunday’s regular-season finale by scoring 18 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists. Scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half. Marked the 24th time this season and 13th-consecutive game that he scored in the double digits.

Earns the first Player of the Week accolade of his career

Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Cassius Winston (March 9, 2020)

Freshman of the Week

Zach Edey, Purdue

C – 7-4 – Toronto, Ontario – IMG Academy (Fla.) – Major: Undecided

Averaged 20.5 points and 8.0 rebounds, while shooting 76.0 percent from the field (16-of-21) during Purdue’s two wins over then-ranked No. 25/rv Wisconsin and Indiana.

Led Purdue with 20 points while playing less than 21 minutes in the Boilermakers’ 67-58 win vs. Indiana. Nearly notched a double-double by grabbing nine rebounds in the game. Became the first Purdue freshman since Robbie Hummel in 2008 to register back-to-back 20-plus point performances.

During Purdue’s win over then-ranked No. 25/rv Wisconsin, scored a career-high 21 points and added seven rebounds in less than 18 minutes of action. Became just the fourth player in the country this season to record at least 20 points and seven rebounds in less than 18 minutes of playing time.

Earns the second Freshman of the Week accolade of his career

Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Jaden Ivey (Feb. 8, 2021)

INDIANA STATE BASKETBALL: Greg Lansing out as men’s basketball coach at Indiana State

(ISU RELEASE)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State University and head men’s basketball coach Greg Lansing will part ways after 11 seasons, Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales announced today. 

Clinkscales and Lansing will appear together at a news conference at 2 p.m. today at Dede I in the Hulman Memorial Student Union on campus. The news conference will be socially distanced and masks are required. Only working members of the news media will be allowed to attend and individual media outlets are limited to TWO people, including photographers. 

“I would like to thank Greg and his staff for their dedication to Indiana State University over the last decade,” Clinkscales said. “Greg has directed this program with class and dignity, and represented the Sycamores well in the community and on the court. It is simply time to have a change in the leadership of this program.”

Said Lansing: “After meeting with Sherard over the past couple days, I’ve been notified that my contract will not be extended.  While I am disappointed, I understand the business side of college athletics. I’d like to thank Sherard for our open and honest conversations over the last two days. I love Indiana State and Terre Haute and always will. It’s a part of who I am. We look forward to what’s ahead and trust that the Man Upstairs has a plan for Kristi and I.  I also look forward to supporting Indiana State basketball and all of our teams moving forward. We truly appreciate the support we have received as well as the friendships we have made. We couldn’t be more blessed and thankful.”

In Lansing’s first season at ISU, the Sycamores won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and went to the NCAA Tournament. Lansing went on to lead the Sycamores to appearances in two National Invitation Tournaments and one CollegeInsider.com Tournament. 

At ISU, Lansing became the 11th coach in Missouri Valley Conference history to reach 100 career conference wins. He had six winning seasons, four all-MVC first team selections, and went to the Arch Madness championship game twice. His tenure ends as the second-winningest coach in program history with a record of 181-164.

Indiana State will begin immediately to look for a new head coach.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL: PRENTISS HUBB EARNS THIRD-TEAM ALL-ACC HONORS

(ND RELEASE)

University of Notre Dame men’s basketball junior guard Prentiss Hubb has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Third Team, by a vote from the league coaches and media members, as announced on Monday, March 8, 2021. Hubb led the ACC in total assists (145) and assist average (6.0) while leading the Irish in scoring (14.7 ppg). 

Classmate and forward Nate Laszewski was highlighted as well by the league, earning All-ACC Honorable Mention honors. 

Hubb led the Irish with five 20-point games in 2020-21 and posted three points-assists double-doubles in conference competition. He is one of just five major conference players across the nation to compile over 100 assists in league play, but also flashed his scoring ability by leading the ACC in three-pointers made in conference play (60). 

Laszewski improved across the board in 2020-21, increasing his points-per-game by 6.4 (7.4 to 13.8), while improving his shooting percentage 19% and his three-point percentage by 15 percent. He also compiled three double-doubles for points and rebounds during the season, but just missed that plateau in 12 other contests when he finished with nine rebounds. 

Hubb and Laszewski will lead the 11th-seeded Irish into the first round of the ACC tournament on Tuesday, March 9, against No. 14 Wake Forest at 7 p.m. ET on the ACC Network. 

INDIANA WBB: Four Hoosiers Earn All-Big Ten Honors

(IU RELEASE)

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Indiana women’s basketball placed four players on All-Big Ten teams as the conference announced its annual postseason awards on Monday.

For the second-consecutive season, two Hoosiers were named to the All-Big Ten First team by both the coaches and media in sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes and junior guard Grace Berger. Berger repeats as a first team honoree from last season while Holmes earns the league’s highest honors for the first time in her career and also earned a spot on the media’s All-Defensive Team. Senior guard Ali Patberg is now a three-time All-Big Ten selection as she was honored on the second team while junior forward Aleksa Gulbe earns her first All-Big Ten honorable mention accolade. Senior guard Keyanna Warthen was named the team’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Holmes is IU’s leading scorer and rebounder, with 18.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, shoots 60.0 percent from the floor and averages 2.9 blocks per game. She has increased her scoring by nearly eight points a game this season and nearly tripled her total blocks this season with 64. She ranks second in blocks and blocked shots per game, ninth in scoring, 10th in rebounds per game while nationally she ranks 10th in overall blocks and 11th in blocks per game.  Her total blocks ranks fourth in a single season in program history. She has recorded five double-doubles and scored in double figures 18 times this season. Holmes has scored 20 or more points on eight occasions and set a new career-high with 27 points in a win at Penn State.

Berger’s junior campaign has been nothing short of impressive, averaging 15.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.2 steal per game and a +2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio this season. She leads the nation with three triple-doubles this season and became just the fifth player in NCAA history to have two triple-doubles against the same team this season (vs. Penn State). Berger shoots 43.5 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Louisville, Ky. native has scored in double figures 17 times and five 20-plus scoring games, where she set a season-high 26 points against Maryland. Berger is also a Cheryl Miller Award Top 10 watchlist candidate and was added to the midseason Wade Watch Trophy watchlist this season.

Patberg repeats as an All-Big Ten selection for the third season as she earns a spot on the league’s second team by both the coaches and media. The senior guard averages 14.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while holding a +2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Columbus, Ind. native has scored in double figures 14 times this season and has scored in double figures in the last eight-consecutive games. She is a 2021 Nancy Lieberman Top 10 watchlist, 2021 Jersey Mikes Naismith Trophy Top 50, 2020 Wade Trophy watch list, 2021 Wooden Award watch list.

Gulbe is averaging 9.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as she earns league honors for the first time in her career. The Riga, Latvia native averaged 48.3 percent from the field and 77.6 percent at the charity stripe. She has scored in double figures 10 times and recorded a double-double against Nebraska with season-highs in 18 points and 12 rebounds.

The 2-seed and ninth-ranked Hoosiers open up play in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. between the winner of Penn State vs. Michigan State.

PURDUE WBB: Traylor Second Team All-Big Ten, Diagne & Layden Honored

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s basketball guard Kayana Traylor was named Second Team All-Big Ten on Monday afternoon when the conference unveiled its yearly honors. The junior earned second-team honors from the coaches and honorable mention status by the media.

Madison Layden’s impressive first campaign in West Lafayette netted her All-Freshman laurels by both the coaches and media. Senior Fatou Diagne, Purdue’s Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree, was tabbed honorable mention by the league’s media.

Traylor earned her first all-conference recognition after transforming to lead Purdue on the offensive end for the 2020-21 season. The junior finished the regular season ranked 17th in the league in scoring with 14.8 points per game, reaching double figures in 17 games. Traylor dished out 3.8 assists per game, ranking 15th in the Big Ten. The Martinsville native made her impact at the line in the shortened season with 93 makes on 116 attempts for an 80.2% mark, all in the top 10 in the league. She also set a career-high with 31 points against Michigan State this season.

Traylor dished out five assists on eight separate occasions this season. Her 76 helpers has her within three of joining the career 300-assist club at Purdue as its 18th member.

Diagne was recognized by the league’s media for the first time in her career after a showing constant improvement this season. The Senegal international tallied 8.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game this season. The redshirt senior turned her production up a notch in league play to 9.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, the latter ranking fourth in the Big Ten.

Diagne averaged 5.2 points and 3.9 rebounds better this year than her career highs last season. She posted a four-game stretch of double-doubles, joining Purdue greats Stacey Lovelace and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton for the second longest double-double streak in program history.

Layden put together one of the best two-way freshman campaigns in Purdue history. She averaged 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Among freshmen records, her assist tally is  tied for ninth with head coach Sharon Versyp and second in steals. The Kokomo native is one of six freshmen national, and the only representative from the Big Ten, with 65 assists and 45 steals this season.

A consistent performer, Layden has the third longest streak in program history of games with a 3-pointer at 21 and has recorded a steal in every game. She earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after dropping a career-high 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting, all 3-pointers, against Iowa on Jan. 18. The six triples tied the program record of makes by a freshman.

The Boilermakers will head to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Purdue, the No. 11 seed, will face sixth-seeded Iowa on FS2. Tipoff will be no earlier than 8:50 p.m.

WRIGHT STATE WBB: Raiders punch ticket to #HLWBB Championship with semifinal win

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The Wright State women’s basketball team is headed to the Horizon League Championship game after defeating No. 6 Cleveland State 73-62 in the semifinals of the 2021 Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship on Monday afternoon. The top-seeded Raiders were led by Angel Baker, who finished with a game-high 29 points.

The Raiders (17-7) will take on IUPUI (15-4) on Tuesday afternoon in the first meeting between the two schools this season. Tipoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum, while the game will also be nationally televised on ESPNU.

Behind Baker’s 29 points Monday, Shamarre Hale finished just shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Tyler Frierson tallied 10 points of her own. Emani Jefferson also pulled down nine rebounds while adding eight points for the Raiders.

Monday saw the contest tied 11 different times, including four different lead changes over the 40 minutes.

A back-and-forth affair in the opening 10 minutes, the Raiders were down two at the end of the first quarter, 20-18. Wright State tallied 19 points in the second quarter to head into the locker room up two, as Angel Baker buried a three just five seconds before the break to give the Raiders the 37-35 advantage.

Wright State went on to outscore Cleveland State 36-27 in the second half, including holding the Vikings to just nine points over the final 10 minute period. Baker started the scoring efforts for the Raiders in the second half as the junior went on a 4-0 run to start the third quarter. Hale’s layup with 5:38 left to play in the fourth quarter gave the Raiders a 10-point lead and the momentum they needed for the remainder of the contest.

Baker finished the contest 13-for-25 from the field and 2-for-7 from beyond on the arc on the way to her 29 points, while also pulling down four rebounds. Hale was 7-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-4 from the free-throw line, grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. Frierson’s 10 points came on a 4-for-6 shooting day and a perfect 2-for-2 free throw outing. Jefferson’s eight points all came from the free-throw line, while she also added nine rebounds for the Raiders.

Wright State finished the contest shooting 43.9 percent from the floor, including 47.4 percent for the fourth quarter. Cleveland State finished the afternoon shooting 35.2 percent from the floor while connecting on 21-of-24 free throws (87.5 percent). The Raiders tallied 24 second-chance points to the Vikings’ three. Notably, Wright State’s tallied 14 fast-break points to CSU’s eight.

Wright State won the battle on the boards for the 22nd consecutive time this season, outrebounding CSU 48-30 overall. The Raiders won the defensive glass, pulling down 29 rebounds to the Vikings’ 24. The offensive side saw Wright State hold Cleveland State to just six while tallying 19 offensive boards, helping lead to those 24 second chance points.

UP NEXT

Wright State and IUPUI square off for the first time this season on Tuesday afternoon for the Horizon League Championship. The two teams were originally scheduled to meet for a pair of games inside the Nutter Center in mid-January, but the series was canceled due to COVID issues within the IUPUI program.

IUPUI, the tournaments’ No. 5 seed, defeated fourth-seeded Oakland on the road last week before a 10-point win over No. 2 seed Milwaukee on Monday. The Jaguars won both games against the Raiders last season, but Wright State has won eight of the 11 meetings this century.

WRIGHT STATE-IUPUI IN THE POSTSEASON

Wright State and IUPUI have meet twice before in the Horizon League tournament, both times in the semifinal round, with the Raiders winning 60-52 in 2018 and 60-51 in 2019, with both games having been played in Detroit.

Current Raider seniors Tyler Frierson and Nia Sumpter saw a combined 12 minutes of action in the 2018 meeting, while Frierson and Baker each played 24 minutes in the 2019 win as Baker tallied 14 points and Frierson added two points.

RAIDERS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Tuesday will be Wright State’s seventh appearance in the Horizon League Championship, and the Radiers’ third trip to the title game in the last four seasons. Wright State is 2-4 all-time in Horizon League Championship appearances, winning the league crown following the 2013-14 and 2018-19 campaigns, both over Green Bay. The Raiders went on to face Kentucky in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and squared off against Texas A&M in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

OHIO STATE WBB: FOUR BUCKEYES EARN ALL-BIG TEN ACCOLADES

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four members of the Ohio State women’s basketball team were among the players honored on Monday by the Big Ten Conference. The group was highlighted by junior forward Dorka Juhasz who was named first team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive season.

Juhasz was named to the first team by the league’s 14 head coaches and was on the second team in the media vote. Sophomore guard Jacy Sheldon was a second team honoree by both the coaches and media while fellow sophomore guard Madison Greene garnered honorable mention honors. Freshman Kateri Poole was named the All-Big Ten Freshman Team by the coaches.

For Juhasz, this is her third appearance on the All-Big Ten Team. She was a second team honoree as well as an All-Freshmen Team member in her first season in 2018-19 and then garnered first team acclaim last year. The Pecs, Hungary native averaged 14.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in 17 games this season. She and Big Ten Player of the Year Naz Hillmon are the only two in the conference this season to average a double-double. Juhasz also notched 12 double-doubles on the year which is tops in the Big Ten.

Sheldon was the team’s most consistent scorer, leading the squad in scoring at 16.7 ppg. She had a team-high eight 20-point games, and she was the only Buckeye to play and start all 20 contests this season. Sheldon scored a total of 333 points in those 20 games which topped her total of 317 that she scored last year in 33 games. Her 48.6 percent from the floor was also tops on the team.

Greene was the Buckeyes’ glue offensively. Her poise at point guard in just her second year was tremendous. Like Sheldon, she stepped up her offensive production, averaging 13.4 ppg but also led the team at 4.3 assists per game. Greene was also one of the team’s top defenders, averaging 2.1 steals per game which was sixth-best in the conference. A telling stat of her importance was that the Buckeyes averaged eight points fewer and gave up 10 points more per game when Greene didn’t play.

Poole elevated her game in Greene’s absence at the end of the season. She averaged more than 10 points and almost five assists per game overall the final five games. Poole and Sheldon were the only two players on the team to play in all 20 games. Overall, Poole averaged 6.6 points, 1.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Ricki Harris was named the team’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree. Harris appeared in 18 games, making one start, and averaging 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds.

This is the 16th time in the last 17 seasons that Ohio State has at least one first team All-Big Ten honoree.

Ohio State 1st Team All-Big Ten Since 2005

2005      Jessica Davenport

2006      Jessica Davenport

2007      Jessica Davenport

2008      Jantel Lavender

2009      Jantel Lavender

2010      Jantel Lavender

Samantha Prahalis

2011      Jantel Lavender

2012      Samantha Prahalis

Tayler Hill

2013      Talyer Hill

2014      Ameryst Alston

2015      Ameryst Alston

Kelsey Mitchell

2016      Ameryst Alston

Kelsey Mitchell

2017      Kelsey Mitchell

2018      Kelsey Mitchell

Stephanie Mavunga

2020     Dorka Juhasz

2021      Dorka Juhasz

BUTLER BASEBALL: Butler Baseball Season Opener Set for Tuesday

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INDIANAPOLIS – Opening Day for the Butler Bulldog baseball team will be Tuesday, March 9 when the team welcomes in the visiting DePauw Tigers for a 3 PM contest.

Probable Starters

RHP John MacCauley vs. RHP Sam Paddock

MacCauley made three appearances out of the bullpen in 2020. He ended the year 1-0 on the mound with a 2.57 ERA. Tuesday will be his 22nd overall appearance of his BU career and just the third start.

Bulldog Baseball

The Bulldogs are ready for a full season of action in 2021. Head Coach Dave Schrage has a loaded senior class including Brody McGrath, Andy Bennett, James Gargano, Duncan Hewitt, Matt McElwain, Jacob Margroff, Nick Ortega, Jack Pilcher, Ryan Schmit, Jack Myers, and BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year Connor Schultz.

Schultz is 11-4 on the mound over his three-year career. He has 140 strikeouts as a Bulldog in 138.2 innings of work. Last year, Schultz went 2-1 over his first four starts of 2020. He held a 3.04 ERA before the abrupt end to the year and posted 26 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.

The Bulldog ace will be joined in the weekend rotation by Jack Myers. The 6-7 local product from Cathedral H.S. was dominant on the mound last year with a team-best 34 strikeouts and two walks over 24.2 innings. Out of the bullpen, BU will use Jack Pilcher to close out games. The senior has 16 saves over 54 appearances.

Duncan Hewitt will be back behind the plate for the ‘Dawgs in 2021. Hewitt hit .271 in 14 games last year and .333 the year prior in 2019. Nick Ortega and Brody McGrath were the only two players to post a higher average than Hewitt last year. Ortega hit .283 with four doubles and a team-best 11 RBI. McGrath was a .280 hitter with seven RBI.

Ortega will roam the outfield along with Gargano, McElwain, and Margroff. Now in his senior season, Gargano has been a staple to the Bulldog lineup since arriving in 2018. He has played in 103 games, starting in 92 of those contests. 

Scouting DePauw

The Tigers are 4-1 overall with over Wabash and Greenville. They lost their season opener to Wabash 4-3, but would erupt with 17 runs in game two of the doubleheader to split the series. Last weekend, DePauw played a three game series vs. Greenville and swept the action. They won by three runs in the first two games and then squeaked out a one-run win in the getaway game.

Kyle Callahan is off to an incredible start to the season. A starter in all five games, Callahan has eight hits in 19 at-bats to post a .421 average. He has two doubles and a triple, helping him record four RBI and 12 total bases. Nick Nelson and Charlie Patrick are also batting over .300. Nelson has a team-high two homers on the year and Patrick has one.

Up Next

Butler will host a three-game home series against Purdue Fort Wayne over the weekend. Game one is slated for 2 PM on Friday, March 12 at Bulldog Park.

HCAC Spring 2021 Baseball Notebook, Week 1

Athletes of the Week:
Hitter of the Week:
Ryan Bixler (Logansport, Ind.) Franklin College | Outfield | Senior – Bixler batted .579 (11-for-19) with three doubles, five RBI and seven runs scored for the Grizzlies as they split a pair of double-headers with Manchester and Defiance over the weekend. He went 4-for-8 with two RBI and three runs scored on Saturday against Manchester. Bixler went 7-for-11 on Sunday against Defiance, including his first career five-hit performance in the opening game.
Pitcher of the Week:
Jake Schmidt (Dublin, Ohio) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Senior – The pitcher had one of the best starts of his career, opening the season for the Pioneers with a riveting 7-0 win over Bluffton on Saturday. Schmidt earned the win by working the first six innings of action and striking eight Bluffton batters in the process. Over six innings, Schmidt allowed only two hits and four walks against eight strikeouts and allowed no earned runs by the Beavers. His ERA stands at .000 after Week one of HCAC play.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Tyler Burton (Knightstown, Ind.) Anderson University | Outfield | Junior – Burton went 3-for-8 with two homers and two RBI and a walk as Anderson split Sunday’s doubleheader with Rose-Hulman. Burton finished 1-for-4 with a walk during a 6-5 win in Game one. Burton then smashed two homers, going 2-for-4 with two RBI in a 7-5 loss in Game two. Burton closed the week with a .375 average, .444 on-base percentage and a 1.125 slugging percentage.
  • Kennedy Parker (McCordsville, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Senior – Parker got the start in Game one for the Ravens. He struck out three batters, issued one walk and allowed four runs on three hits in six innings. Anderson came from behind and topped Rose-Hulman 6-5.
  • Danny Dopp (South Haven, Mich.) Earlham College | Infield | Senior – Dopp batted .375 (6-for-16) with a .438 slugging pct. and a .474 on-base pct. over four games for Earlham baseball, helping the Quakers open the 2021 season with a 4-0 record. He had at least one hit in each of the four games, with two-hit performances in game two against Mount St. Joseph (2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) and again in game two at Transylvania (2-for-4, 2 runs). Dopp’s two-out double down the left-field line in the bottom of the seventh plated the tying and go-ahead runs in Earlham’s 4-3 come-from-behind win over 4-3 win over MSJ in the teams’ season opener on Saturday.
  • Justin Dillhoff (Dayton, Ohio) Earlham College | Pitcher | First-Year – Making his first collegiate start, Earlham College first year Justin Dillhoff fanned seven Mount St. Joseph batters and scattered five hits over seven innings of work, leading Earlham to a 9-1 win in game two of the teams’ Saturday doubleheader. He scattered five hits, issued two walks and gave up just one run (unearned), and allowed a runner to get past second just three times over his seven innings on the mound.
  • Nick McClanahan (Ryle, Ky.) Franklin College | Pitcher | Junior – McClanahan made his first career start for the Grizzlies on Saturday afternoon against Manchester, striking out 12 batters over five innings of work. He matched the fifth most strikeouts in a game in program history and the most by any Grizzly pitcher since Feb. 27, 2016.
  • Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Infield | First-Year – Christie made his first-year debut over the weekend and made his name known. The first-year finished the week going 6-for-15 at the plate with 13 RBI and two home runs. In the sweep of Defiance, Christie charted 12 RBI on six hits. He registered three doubles and four runs scored. After week one, Christie leads the Panthers in RBI (13), doubles (3), and total bases (15).
  • Eli Copner (Zionsville, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Senior – Copner got the start on the mound for the 2021 season opener with Defiance. The senior pitched a complete game striking out 12 while surrendering just one walk. He picked up the first victory of the season as Hanover swept Defiance winning the contest 16-5.
  • Jacob Van Pelt (Parker City, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher/Outfield | Senior – Van Pelt led an offensive outburst for Manchester over the weekend. The Spartans scored a total of 37 runs as they split their weekend DH’s at Franklin and at Hanover. Van Pelt finished the weekend 6-17 (.353) with a pair of home runs and 8 RBI. In MU’s 12-7 win over Franklin, Van Pelt went 3-6 at the dish with a home run and five RBI.
  • Ryan Murray (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outfield | Junior – Murray helped the Lions get off to a 2-2 start to the 2021 season. Ryan was 7-for-14 at the plate on the week (.500), with a double, a triple three runs scored and three RBI. He also currently leads the league with five stolen bases. He did so while playing fantastic defense in centerfield for the Lions, with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 12 attempts.
  • Jacob Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Senior – Hughes started game one vs. Bluffton on the mound for the Mount Sunday. He was outstanding in the game, throwing 103 pitches over 5.1 innings of work. Hughes allowed just two hits, and one run (unearned) while striking out eight Beavers. He did this while working around four errors by the MSJ defense. While he did not get the win thanks to a blown save, the Lions did eventually win the game in the bottom of the 10th inning.
  • Shaine Mitchell (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Outfield | Senior – Mitchell finished 4-8 (.500) to lead the Rose-Hulman offense in a doubleheader split against Anderson. Mitchell led the team in on-base percentage (.556), stolen bases (two) and runs scored (three) in the doubleheader.
  • Jacob Petrisko (Elkins Park, Pa.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Senior – Petrisko picked up a three-inning save with five strikeouts in Rose-Hulman’s 7-5 win over Anderson on Sunday. Petrisko struck out five and allowed just one hit and one run for a 3.00 ERA in the performance to secure the save.
  • Hudson Chastain (Knoxville, Tenn.) Transylvania University | Infield | Senior – The senior went 6-for-13 at the plate in three official games this week for the Pioneers, highlighted by a 3-for-5 with 2 RBI output in a 7-0 Saturday win over Bluffton in game one of the doubleheader (Game two was halted by darkness with the game tied at 6-6 in the ninth). For the week, Chastain commanded a .962 OPS, a .462 batting average, six hits, one run scored, six total bases, two RBI, one walk drawn, and one stolen base.
  • Jake Schmidt (Dublin, Ohio) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Senior – The pitcher had one of the best starts of his career, opening the season for the Pioneers with a riveting 7-0 win over Bluffton on Saturday. Schmidt earned the win by working the first six innings of action and striking eight Bluffton batters in the process. Over six innings, Schmidt allowed only two hits and four walks against eight strikeouts and allowed no earned runs by the Beavers. His ERA stands at .000 after Week one of HCAC play.

IU EAST’S RUSH SELECTED RSC WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East sophomore Kaniyah Rush earned River States Conference Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week for her showing March 1-7.

The Romeoville, Ill., native was the Red Wolves’ top track finisher at the first meet of the season, the Southern Wesleyan Invitational. There she ran the 200

meters in a time of 27.15 seconds to place 14th of 48 entries. 

IU East will have its next meet March 19-20 at the Emory (Ga.) Invitational. 

IU EAST’S BEAM NAMED RSC MEN’S OUTDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East sophomore Sincere Beam was named River States Conference Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week for his performance March 1-7. 

The native of Shelby, N.C., was the Red Wolves’ top field performer at the season-opening meet, the Southern Wesleyan Invitational. Beam competed in the triple jump posting a distance of 12.33 meters for 11th place at the meet. 

Next up for IU East will be the Emory (Ga.) Invitational March 19-20. 

MIAMI MEN’S HOCKEY: Ludvig Persson Named to NCHC All-Rookie Team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Freshmen goaltender Ludvig Persson shined throughout the 2020-21 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) campaign and was named to the NCHC All-Rookie team, the conference office announced Monday afternoon. The 2020-21 NCHC All-Rookie Team has five different schools represented.

St. Cloud State’s Veeti Miettinen and Denver’s Carter Savoie were both unanimous picks at forward, while Persson was the unanimous option in net. North Dakota’s Riese Gaber fills out the third forward spot on the squad, while the All-Rookie blue line consists of UND’s Jake Sanderson and Minnesota Duluth’s Wyatt Kaiser. Miettinen, Savoie and Persson all received the maximum 45 points and 15 first-team votes possible, while Gaber totaled 37 points with 11 first-team votes. Sanderson led freshman defensemen in voting, receiving 38 points and 12 first-team votes, while Kaiser garnered nine first-team votes and 32 points.

Persson (Hindas, Sweden) was a star between the pipes for Miami, starting 17 of the RedHawks’ 24 games, while leading all NCHC goalies with a .930 save percentage. He compiled a 2.40 goals-against average, which led NCHC rookie netminders, and logged a pair of shutouts. Persson posted a 5-10-2 record in net, with the five wins tying for the NCHC rookie goalie lead. He was a three-time NCHC Goalie of the Week and the December Goaltender of the Month.

Voting was conducted by the eight head coaches at each institution and eight media members, one covering each member school. Coaches and media voted for six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders, awarding first-team votes for six players (three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender) and second-team votes for the other six selections. Three points were awarded for a first-team vote while one point was awarded for a second-team vote, with the most points at each position earning the honors. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players, making 15 first-place votes the maximum a player can receive.

The NCHC will announce its 2020-21 All-Conference Teams later on Monday and its individual award winners throughout the rest of the week Tuesday through Thursday.

2020-21 NCHC All-Rookie Team

F – Veeti Miettinen, St. Cloud State – 45 points (15 first-team votes) unanimous

F – Carter Savoie, Denver – 45 (15) unanimous

F – Riese Gaber, North Dakota – 37 (11)

D – Jake Sanderson, North Dakota – 38 (12)

D – Wyatt Kaiser, Minnesota Duluth – 32 (9)

G – Ludvig Persson, Miami – 45 (15) unanimous

Purdue Soccer: Kevdzija Scores Twice As Boilermakers Blank Badgers

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team earned its first shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory at Wisconsin at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two in Loves Park, Illinois, on Monday afternoon.

Freshman forward Nicole Kevdzija scored both goals for the Boilermakers (2-3), her second and third of the year. The Badgers (3-2-0), the defending Big Ten champions, were shut out for the first time this season.

“We knew we had to bring a different mentality today, and I thought from start to finish it was just a really professional approach,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “We came out from the start sharp, scored the two goals and then in the second half, we were looking for the third goal, but if it didn’t come, we just know if we kept the clean sheet, we’d be in great shape. I was very impressed with our players, they’ve played some great soccer this year, but maybe a little bit of emotion, a little bit of intensity was lacking at times, but today they put it all together and showed what kind of team they can be when they’re really bringing that mindset.

“The mentality was tremendous today and there wasn’t one player that went out on that field that didn’t give everything they had and played very well. Complete team effort and a really important one in our season. Today we showed what we’re capable of, and I’m very proud of our players, and I hope they’re very proud of what they did today.”

Purdue out-shot Wisconsin 5-4 and had a 3-2 advantage in shots on goal. UW had four corner kicks to the Boilermakers’ three.

The reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Kevdzija led the team with three shots, two on goal. Junior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made two saves to earn the shutout.

Kevdzija scored her first goal at 7:08. After passing the ball to junior midfielder Sydney Duarte, she received it back and sent a strike on goal from the near edge of the 18-yard box. She scored into the far corner of the net, to the left of a diving Wisconsin keeper.

The freshman gave the Boilermakers a 2-0 lead at 27:40. Off a corner kick from redshirt junior Sarah Griffith, Kevdzija headed the ball in from inside the six.

The Boilermakers controlled possession for much of the first half and had a 4-1 advantage in shots, with UW’s lone shot saved by Bova.

Just before Kevdzija’s first goal, in the fifth minute, junior midfielder Teagan Jones sent a cross into the box, but an attacker was not there.

In the 17th minute, Kevdzija nearly scored on a header from Griffith off a corner kick, but it was high and her second goal of the match would have to wait 10 more minutes.

Wisconsin had its first good chance of the half in the 22nd minute, when the home side had a pair of corner kicks. Bova grabbed the first one before the defense was able to clear it out of the 18. Minutes later, Bova made the easy scoop on a rolling ball in.

Following Purdue’s second goal, the Badgers held the possession more than in the opening 25-plus minutes, but the Boilermaker defense prevented UW from connecting in the final third.

In the second half, Purdue withstood Wisconsin’s offensive attack, and prevented the home side from finding the back of the net. The Badgers had a 3-1 edge in shots, but Bova and the defense limited their opportunities.

Wisconsin increased its offensive pressure as the second half progressed, though Purdue endured the attack and continued to deny the Badgers prolonged opportunities inside the box.

The Badgers’ first shot of the second came in the 62nd minute, on a ball that went high. Purdue had a chance by junior midfielder Skylar Giacobetti two minutes later, but it was saved.

In the 82nd minute, Bova made a nice diving save to her left. On a shot from 25 yards out, she made the head-high catch to keep the shutout alive.

Two minutes later, UW had a shot that went wide, which was the final shot of the match.

Up next, Purdue returns home for a three-match homestand beginning on Saturday, March 13, against Northwestern. Kickoff against the Wildcats is set for 1 p.m. ET at Folk Field.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS: Gonzaga remains No. 1, Baylor back to No. 2 in AP Top 25

(AP) — Gonzaga’s bid to go wire-to-wire No. 1 is in its final week.

The Zags received 61 of 63 first-place votes from a media panel in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll released Monday as they attempt to become the first wire-to-wire No. 1 since Kentucky in 2014-15.

Baylor had two first-place votes and moved back into the No. 2 slot after dropping a spot last week.

Illinois, Michigan and Iowa rounded out the top 5. No. 8 Arkansas is in the top 10 for the first time since reaching No. 1 in 1994-95.

Gonzaga won its ninth consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title after going 14-0 and is the lone remaining undefeated team in Division I. The Zags (24-0) play Saint Mary’s in the WCC Tournament semifinals Monday night and would advance to the title game Tuesday with a win.

Win those two and Gonzaga will become the fifth team in the last 45 years to head into the NCAA Tournament undefeated.

“I don’t know about how important it is and all that. I mean it would be a heck of an accomplishment, quite frankly,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “It’s hard to be the front-runner and lead the mile all four laps. Everybody’s gunning for you.”

Gonzaga will likely be a No. 1 seed regardless of what happens this week and could be gunning to become the first team to finish a perfect season since Indiana in 1975-76.

BEARS BOUNCE BACK

Baylor dropped to No. 3 last week after losing at Kansas on Feb. 27, in their second game back from three weeks without any games because of COVID-19 issues within the program.

The Bears were back to their dominating ways last week, winning all three games in six days. They won in overtime at No. 10 West Virginia before taking down No. 12 Oklahoma State and No. 20 Texas Tech by double digits at home.

The win over the Mountaineers gave Baylor its first Big 12 regular-season title and moved it back into the No. 2 slot this week. The Bears finished undefeated at home for the first time in 73 years.

RISING RAZORBACKS

Arkansas has made quite a jump in two seasons under coach Eric Musselman.

The Razorbacks were in decent shape to make the NCAA Tournament in Musselman’s first year before the pandemic wiped out the end to the 2019-20 season.

Arkansas finished the regular season 21-5 and closed it out with seven consecutive wins, including at Kentucky and at then-No. 10 Missouri.

The Razorbacks entered the AP Top 25 on Feb. 15 and have made a quick climb, reaching No. 12 last week. Wins against South Carolina and Texas A&M last week moved them into the top 10 for the first time since Nolan Richardson led them to a No. 1 ranking and the 1995 national championship game.

POLL MOVEMENT

No. 12 Oklahoma State and No. 16 Virginia had the biggest jumps of the week, moving up five spots each. … No. 25 Oklahoma had the biggest drop, falling nine places after losing four consecutive games, including 69-65 to No. 13 Texas on Thursday. … Southern California moved into the Top 25 at No. 24 after beating Stanford and rival UCLA last week. … Wisconsin dropped out from No. 25 following losses to Iowa and No. 23 Purdue.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Georgia Tech’s Wright, Hokies’ Young claim ACC’s top honors

The Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday named Georgia Tech senior Moses Wright its player of the year and Virginia Tech’s Mike Young as its coach of the year.

The 6-foot-9 Wright ranks third in the league in both scoring (18.0) and rebounding (8.1) and helped the Yellow Jackets (15-8, 11-6 ACC) win their last six regular season game and earn a fourth-place finish in the regular season.

Wright is joined on the All-ACC First Team by Carlik Jones of Louisville, Justin Champagnie of Pittsburgh, ACC scoring leader Matthew Hurt of Duke and Sam Hauser of regular-season champion Virginia.

The awards are the result of voting by the league’s 15 head coaches and 60 members of the media.

2020-21 ALL-ACC TEAM
FIRST TEAM
Name, School, Points
Moses Wright, Georgia Tech, 344
Justin Champagnie, Pitt, 343
Carlik Jones, Louisville, 327
Matthew Hurt, Duke, 310
Sam Hauser, Virginia, 281
 
SECOND TEAM
Name, School, Points
Keve Aluma, Virginia Tech, 277
Jose Alvarado, Georgia Tech, 244
Jay Huff, Virginia, 214
M.J. Walker, Florida State, 200
Aamir Simms, Clemson, 176
 
THIRD TEAM
Name, School, Points
RaiQuan Gray, Florida State, 167
Isaiah Wong, Miami, 102
Quincy Guerrier, Syracuse, 55
Prentiss Hubb, Notre Dame, 42
Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 41
Scottie Barnes, Florida State, 41
 
HONORABLE MENTION
Name, School, Points
Michael Devoe, Georgia Tech, 35
Kihei Clark, Virginia, 31
Alan Griffin, Syracuse, 29
David Johnson, Louisville, 22
Nate Laszewski, Notre Dame, 18
Jericole Hellems, NC State, 13
Tyrece Radford, Virginia Tech, 10
 
Note: All-ACC Team points are determined on a 5-3-1 system (five points for first team, three points for second team, one point for third team).
 
ACC PLAYER OF YEAR
Name, School, Votes
Moses Wright, Georgia Tech, 33
Carlik Jones, Louisville, 13
Justin Champagnie, Pitt, 13
Sam Hauser, Virginia, 5
Jose Alvarado, Georgia Tech, 4
Matthew Hurt, Duke, 3
Keve Aluma, Virginia Tech, 3
Jay Huff, Virginia, 1
 
ACC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Name, School, Votes
Scottie Barnes, Florida State, 53
Day’Ron Sharpe, North Carolina, 10
DJ Steward, Duke, 6
Jae’Lyn Withers, Louisville, 5
Kadary Richmond, Syracuse, 1
 
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Name, School, Votes
Jose Alvarado, Georgia Tech, 69
Manny Bates, NC State, 62
Jay Huff, Virginia, 53
Jordan Goldwire, Duke, 43
Moses Wright, Georgia Tech, 34
 
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name, School, Votes
Scottie Barnes, Florida State, 74
DJ Steward, Duke, 67
Day’Ron Sharpe, North Carolina, 63
Jae’Lyn Withers, Louisville, 58
Caleb Love, North Carolina, 32
 
COACH OF THE YEAR
Name, School, Votes
Mike Young, Virginia Tech, 26
Leonard Hamilton, Florida State, 24
Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech, 16
Tony Bennett, Virginia, 6
Brad Brownell, Clemson, 2
Chris Mack, Louisville, 1
 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Name, School, Votes
Jose Alvarado, Georgia Tech, 35
Jay Huff, Virginia, 17
Manny Bates NC State, 13
Jordan Goldwire, Duke, 5
Aamir Simms, Clemson, 4
Keve Aluma, Virginia Tech, 1
 
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Name, School, Votes
Matthew Hurt, Duke, 17
Isaiah Wong, Miami, 13
Moses Wright, Georgia Tech, 11
Justin Champagnie, Pitt, 11
RaiQuan Gray, Florida State, 10
Nate Laszewski, Notre Dame, 5
Quincy Guerrier, Syracuse, 3
Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 2
Jay Huff, Virginia, 2
David Johnson, Louisville, 1
 
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Name, School, Votes
Scottie Barnes, Florida State, 39
Day’Ron Sharpe, North Carolina, 24
Nick Honor, Clemson, 6
Jordan Goldwire, Duke, 5
Nikola Djogo, Notre Dame, 1

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS: Creighton’s McDermott returns from suspension for racially insensitive remark

Creighton head coach Greg McDermott will return from his suspension for the Big East Tournament, athletic director Bruce Rasmussen announced Monday.

The team suspended McDermott for using the word “plantation” as part of an analogy during a postgame address with Creighton players following a Feb. 27 defeat against Xavier.

He missed last Saturday’s regular-season finale against Butler as a result of the suspension.

Rasmussen said he and school president Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson consulted with players, staff, parents, former players, and future recruits when deciding McDermott’s future with the team.

“Through his immediate apology, ownership of actions, difficult dialogue with his team, and more, coach McDermott has demonstrated a commitment to grow,” the statement read.

Five Creighton players expressed in a short video on Saturday how McDermott’s remarks hurt them.

“I believe his apology, his commitment to grow from this, to learn, and to regain the trust of his student-athletes and others impacted by his words,” Rasmussen added.

No. 17 Creighton is the second seed in the Big East Tournament, earning a first-round bye before facing the winner of Butler and Xavier on March 11 at Madison Square Garden.

NFL NEWS: Cowboys, QB Prescott finally agree on $160 million contract

(AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott have finally agreed on the richest contract in club history, two years after negotiations first started with the star quarterback.

The team said the agreement was reached Monday. It’s a $160 million, four-year contract with $126 million guaranteed and an NFL-record $66 million signing bonus, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details weren’t announced.

The deal comes a day before a deadline to put the franchise tag on Prescott for a second straight year at a salary cap charge of $37.7 million. The new contract will lower that cap hit.

Prescott played on a $31.4 million franchise tag in 2020 before his season ended with a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in Week 5.

At $40 million per season, Prescott is second in the NFL in annual salary to Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who is at $45 million annually in a $450 million, 10-year deal that could eventually exceed $500 million in value. Houston’s Deshaun Watson is third at $39 million annually.

The 27-year-old Prescott is the fourth Dallas player to get a $100 million contract after Tony Romo, the injured quarterback he replaced and ultimately sent into retirement, and two teammates in defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and receiver Amari Cooper.

Lawrence was among plenty of teammates reacting to the news on social media, tweeting, “HE’S BAAAAAACCCKKKK,” while Prescott’s brother, Tad, posted a photo of the two hugging after Prescott got the call about the deal.

Before the gruesome injury against the New York Giants in October, Prescott had started every game since the beginning of his rookie year after Romo injured his back during the 2016 preseason.

NFL NEWS: AP Source: Seahawks to release pass rusher Carlos Dunlap

(AP) The Seattle Seahawks are releasing veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap after the sides could not agree on a contract extension that would soften the blow of a $14.1 million salary cap hit.

A person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press on Monday of the pending release of Dunlap, who was acquired in a trade with Cincinnati midway through last season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced by the team.

Dunlap, 32, was a major boost to Seattle’s pass rush following his arrival from the Bengals. Dunlap appeared in eight regular season games for the Seahawks with five sacks and 14 quarterback hits. He was the spark for a Seattle pass rush that was among the better units in the league over the second half of the season.

But his salary for 2021 was always going to be a point of contention, especially with Seattle tight against the salary cap. When the trade was made, Seattle agreed to let Dunlap test free agency if an extension could not be reached.

Dunlap posted a thank you to the Seahawks on social media Monday.

If Seattle can’t find another option in free agency, it will be the third straight year the Seahawks will go into the season with questions about their pass rush. Before the 2019 season, the Seahawks acquired Jadeveon Clowney from Houston to bolster the unit. Last year, Dunlap became the answer after Seattle’s defensive front struggled for the first half of the season.

Before being traded last season, Dunlap spent his entire career with the Bengals and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 and 2016. He had 46 sacks between 2015-19 and had eight sacks last year for Cincinnati.

But Dunlap had grown unhappy with his situation in Cincinnati and how he was being used by the Bengals coaching staff. Just before the trade, Dunlap briefly put his house for sale on social media. In his social media post on Monday, Dunlap noted the house in Cincinnati is officially listed and he’s “about to lower the price.”

NFL NEWS: Report: Titans trade 2020 1st-rounder Isaiah Wilson to Dolphins

The Tennessee Titans traded 2020 first-round offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson and a 2022 seventh-round pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 2021 seventh-rounder, sources told ESPN’s Turron Davenport.

Wilson endured a tumultuous rookie campaign in which he saw just three snaps, earned a suspension for violating team rules, and was arrested for DUI.

Selected 29th overall out of Georgia last April, Wilson tweeted on Feb. 22 he was “done with football as a Titan” before deleting the post shortly after.

The reported deal is a low-risk move for the Dolphins, who will add a talented 22-year-old offensive lineman set to make just $4.98 million over the next three seasons, according to Spotrac.

Miami’s offensive line allowed 34 sacks last season, ranking 15th in the NFL. First-round quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was sacked 20 times in nine starts as a rookie.

The Dolphins ranked 21st in pass blocking and 30th in run blocking in 2020, according to PFF.

NFL MOCK DRAFT 3.0

1. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: QB TREVOR LAWRENCE, CLEMSON

2. NEW YORK JETS: QB JUSTIN FIELDS, OHIO STATE

3. MIAMI DOLPHINS (FROM HOUSTON): WR JA’MARR CHASE, LSU

4. ATLANTA FALCONS: TE KYLE PITTS, FLORIDA

5. CINCINNATI BENGALS: T PENEI SEWELL, OREGON

6. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: QB MAC JONES, ALABAMA

7. DETROIT LIONS: WR DEVONTA SMITH, ALABAMA

8. CAROLINA PANTHERS: QB ZACH WILSON, BYU

9. DENVER BRONCOS: QB TREY LANCE, NORTH DAKOTA STATE

10. DALLAS COWBOYS: CB PATRICK SURTAIN II, ALABAMA

11. NEW YORK GIANTS: EDGE KWITY PAYE, MICHIGAN

12. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: CB CALEB FARLEY, VIRGINIA TECH

13. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: T RASHAWN SLATER, NORTHWESTERN

14. MINNESOTA VIKINGS: EDGE JAYSON OWEH, PENN STATE

15. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: WR RASHOD BATEMAN, MINNESOTA

16. ARIZONA CARDINALS: DI CHRISTIAN BARMORE, ALABAMA

17. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS: EDGE GREGORY ROUSSEAU, MIAMI (FLA.)

18. MIAMI DOLPHINS: T CHRISTIAN DARRISAW, VIRGINIA TECH

19. WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM: LB MICAH PARSONS, PENN STATE

20. CHICAGO BEARS: WR JAYLEN WADDLE, ALABAMA

21. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: EDGE AZEEZ OJULARI, GEORGIA

22. TENNESSEE TITANS: EDGE JAELAN PHILLIPS, MIAMI (FLA.)

23. NEW YORK JETS (FROM SEATTLE): CB ASANTE SAMUEL JR., FLORIDA STATE

24. PITTSBURGH STEELERS: WR RONDALE MOORE, PURDUE

25. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (FROM L.A. RAMS): WR KADARIUS TONEY, FLORIDA

26. CLEVELAND BROWNS: S TREVON MOEHRIG, TCU

27. BALTIMORE RAVENS: WR TERRACE MARSHALL JR., LSU

28. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: CB JAYCEE HORN, SOUTH CAROLINA

29. GREEN BAY PACKERS: LB NICK BOLTON, MISSOURI

30. BUFFALO BILLS: T TEVEN JENKINS, OKLAHOMA STATE

31. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: G ALIJAH VERA TUCKER, USC

32. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: EDGE CARLOS BASHAM JR., WAKE FOREST

NFL NEWS: Report: Eagles owner wants to build around Hurts

It appears the Philadelphia Eagles believe their 2021 quarterback is already on the roster.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has instructed his team to prioritize making Jalen Hurts successful next season rather than create competition, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Philadelphia agreed to trade Carson Wentz – its starter for the last five years – to the Indianapolis Colts in a deal that will be finalized when the new league year begins.

The trade left many speculating whether the Eagles and new head coach Nick Sirianni would draft a quarterback in the first round this April, but Hurts saw the move as a vote of confidence.

“I think it was just an opportunity for me,” Hurts said on the “Adam Schefter Podcast.” on Monday. “I think it shows the trust and what they think I can be as a player, so I want to prove them right.”

He added, “Nothing changes for me and my mindset, going in every day trying to get better as a player. Be the best leader I can be. Impact the guys around me, and, ultimately, it’s just about winning football games and being consistent.”

Hurts started four games as a rookie after Wentz was benched. He finished 1-3 but provided Philadelphia with a much-needed spark in an upset of the New Orleans Saints in his first extended action.

The Eagles are still expected to add a signal-caller this offseason, as the 2020 second-round pick is the only quarterback currently on their roster.

NFL NEWS: AP source: Jets place franchise tag on safety Marcus Maye

(AP) A person with direct knowledge of the move says the New York Jets placed the franchise tag on safety Marcus Maye, a steady playmaker and leader with whom the team hopes to work out a long-term deal.

The move Monday night was expected and prevents Maye from becoming an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts on March 17. NFL teams have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST to use the tag on a pending free agent.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the move. ESPN first reported the Jets’ plan to use the franchise tag.

The tag for a safety is expected to be worth around $10.5 million this year. By using the franchise tag, the sides have until July 15 to work out a new contract or Maye would have to sign the franchise tag tender to play in 2021.

Maye, who turns 28 on Tuesday, joins Denver safety Justin Simmons and Washington guard Brandon Scherff as players to be franchise tagged this offseason. He’s also the first Jets player to be tagged since Muhammad Wilkerson in 2016. Wilkerson was signed to a long-term contract later that summer, and that’s the hope for both sides with Maye – whom general manager Joe Douglas said in January would be a top priority for the team this offseason.

The 2017 second-round pick out of Florida has been a key presence on the field and in the locker room since joining the Jets and was voted the team MVP by teammates last season. Maye was second on New York with 78 tackles to go along with two interceptions, two sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a team-leading 11 passes defensed.

Maye also displayed his versatility, playing in coverage as well as close to the line of scrimmage – taking over the role previously held by Jamal Adams. Those qualities would appear to be ideal fits in new Jets coach Robert Saleh and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich’s defensive scheme.

“Marcus is a valuable member of this organization, someone that started his career here, who’s been a pro’s pro,” Douglas said last week. “Smart, he’s been reliable and he’s provided outstanding leadership. Our plan hasn’t changed.

“We are in the process of working to have Marcus be here long term.”

Washington franchise tags All-Pro guard Scherff for 2nd time

(AP) — After Washington’s playoff loss to Tampa Bay, Morgan Moses greeted Brandon Scherff with a simple message.

“That’s not the last game I ever play with you,” he said.

Moses’ prediction is a big step closer to coming true now that Washington has placed the franchise tag on Scherff for a second year in a row. The team announced the move Monday night on the eve of the tagging deadline after the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a long-term contract.

Scherff is coming off the first All-Pro season of his NFL career. The 29-year-old started 13 games at right guard and helping Washington make the playoffs for the first time since 2015, Scherff’s rookie year after being drafted fifth overall.

Franchise-tagging Scherff again comes at a price of $18 million, a 20% raise from his 2020 salary. Scherff has started 78 games in his NFL career while developing a reputation for battling through injuries.

“I love it here,” Scherff said on locker cleanout day. “I’m just looking forward to the offseason and hopefully I can sign my name to stay here.”

Keeping Scherff is a major step toward continuity on the offensive line after re-signing center Chase Roullier to a four-year extension in January. Coach Ron Rivera said last month Scherff’s status was among the topics being discussed with new general manager Martin Mayhew and executive vice president of football and player personnel Marty Hurney.

But there was little chance Washington would let Scherff walk. A year ago, the team moved on from Trent Williams and is still searching for his long-term replacement at left tackle.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS: Miles out at Kansas over behavior with women while at LSU

Les Miles is out as Kansas’ head coach just days after he was placed on administrative leave amid sexual misconduct allegations from his tenure at LSU.

Kansas announced Miles’ departure Monday night, describing it as a mutual agreement to part ways. Miles has three years left on his original five-year contract with the school that pays him $2.775 million annually through December 2023 and includes several bonuses, among them a $675,000 retention bonus paid last November.

“I am extremely disappointed for our university, fans and everyone involved with our football program,” Kansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. “We will begin the search for a new head coach immediately with an outside firm to assist in this process. We need to win football games, and that is exactly what we’re going to do.”

The 67-year-old Miles was 3-18 in two seasons with the Jayhawks. Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord was named acting head coach.

“This is certainly a difficult day for me and for my family,” Miles said in a statement. “I love this university and the young men in our football program. I have truly enjoyed being the head coach at KU and know that it is in a better place now than when I arrived.”

Last week, LSU released a 148-page review by a law firm about the university’s handling of sexual misconduct complaints campus-wide. One part described how Miles “tried to sexualize the staff of student workers in the football program by, for instance, allegedly demanding that he wanted blondes with big breasts, and `pretty girls.'”

The report also revealed then-LSU athletic director Joe Alleva recommended firing Miles in 2013 to university officials.

Kansas placed Miles on leave later that day and said it would conduct a review of allegations against the coach that it had previously been unaware of.

Kansas said terms of the agreement with Miles on his departure will be released in the coming days.

Miles spent 11-plus seasons with LSU, leading the school to a national title in 2007. He was fired four games into the 2016 season.

Miles was investigated at LSU after two female student workers in the football program accused the coach of inappropriate behavior in 2012.

While that 2013 investigation by the Taylor Porter law firm found Miles showed poor judgment, it did not find violations of law or that he had a sexual relationship with any students. Taylor Porter also concluded it could not confirm one student’s allegation that Miles kissed her while they were in the coach’s car with no one else present.

In an email dated June 2013 and sent to the president of LSU, Alleva wrote Miles was guilty of “insubordination, inappropriate behavior, putting the university, athletic (department) and football program at great risk.”

The Taylor Porter review had been kept confidential for about eight years until a redacted version of it was released this week after a lawsuit filed by USA Today.

NBA NEWS: Judge orders to unseal names of deputies who allegedly shared Kobe Bryant crash scene photos

A federal judge ruled on Monday that the identities of four Los Angeles County deputies accused of sharing photos from the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash scene be unsealed amid a lawsuit filed by Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant.

U.S. District Judge John F. Walter rejected the arguments of lawyers for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department that the names of the accused deputies should not be revealed to Bryant’s legal team or the public, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Walter cited public interest in allegations of police misconduct as outweighing concerns that the deputies would be subject to unwanted public scrutiny amid the high-profile case.

Bryant sued after photos allegedly taken by deputies and firefighters from the scene of the crash that killed Kobe, their daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others leaked. Bryant filed the lawsuit last May, less than four months after the January crash in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva previously acknowledged that deputies had taken and privately shared photos from the crash scene and were subsequently ordered to delete the photos. Villanueva’s order prompted concerns of destruction of evidence amid alleged police misconduct.

NBA NEWS: Report: Warriors interested in acquiring Oladipo from Rockets
The Golden State Warriors are in the market for another ball-handler and are interested in acquiring Victor Oladipo from the Houston Rockets, sources told The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.

Golden State is looking to add the pending free agent as a rental prior to this season’s March 25 trade deadline, as the club won’t have the necessary cap space to sign him this summer, O’Connor adds.

Oladipo’s up-and-down play this season in 24 games split between the Rockets and Indiana Pacers has fluctuated his trade value, and his efficiency remains an issue. The former steals champion is averaging 20 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.5 swipes per contest but is only shooting only 39.9% from the field.

The two-time All-Star will likely seek a long-term deal in free agency. He reportedly rejected the Rockets’ two-year, $45.2-million extension offer in late February.

MLB NEWS: Cubs, Sox to let some fans into stands as COVID numbers fall

(AP) Thousands of fans of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox will get to see their teams play in person this season, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced on Monday.

In a news release, Lightfoot said each team will be limited to 20% capacity. That means the White Sox can admit as many as 8,122 fans to Guaranteed Rate Field beginning on opening day, and the Cubs will be allowed to admit as many as 8,274 fans per game.

“As a diehard sports fan myself, I’m personally excited to have Chicago take its first, cautious steps toward safely reopening our beloved baseball stadiums to fans this season,” said Lightfoot, in announcing that fans can attend major league games for the first time since the 2019 season. “We’re able to do that thanks to the commitment of our city’s two great baseball franchises who continue to work in close partnership with Chicago’s public health officials to find solutions that are not only safe, but offer a path forward toward safely increasing stadium capacity as we move closer into our COVID-19 recovery.”

Major league teams have been announcing in recent weeks that fans will be allowed to return to stadiums. Some teams have not specified how many fans will be allowed. Other teams that have set their opening-day capacity at 20% include the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Angeles. The Milwaukee Brewers and the Colorado Rockies will limit capacity to 25% and St. Louis Cardinals have set the capacity limit at 32%. The Kansas City Royals will limit capacity to about 30%, according to the team.

In Chicago, the announcement comes after the city, because of a drop in the number of COVID-19 cases, recently started allowing limited indoor seating. Just last week, the restaurants and bars in the city were told they can increase their indoor seating capacity to 50%.

“We believe this is a moment when baseball can indeed serve our fans and our communities again as we all hope for a gradual return to normal,” White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement.

There was no word on when fans might be able to return to the United Center, the home of the NBA’s Bulls and NHL’s Blackhawks.

Out in Arizona, where the Cubs and White Sox have been playing in front of limited crowds during spring training games, there was excitement about the return of fans to their home ballparks. The Cubs open their season on April 1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the White Sox play their home opener on April 8 against the Royals.

“I think everybody is trying to work back to some sense of normal, and getting back with fans in the stands, we’re super grateful for that,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Can’t wait to get to Wrigley and get the season started with some fans in the stands.”

MLB NEWS: SMALL-MARKET MLB TEAMS TO RECEIVE ONLY HALF OF REVENUE-SHARE THIS YEAR

Major League Baseball’s revenue-sharing system between bigger-market and smaller-market teams will return in a modified form in 2021.

The Athletic reports that post-pandemic, smaller-market clubs will only receive half of the normal amount of funds, with the other half coming in 2022.

“The league office is using a line of credit to front the money, on the expectation that the big-market teams that would normally be on the hook will eventually repay the league office,” the article states.

Although, it isn’t exactly clear what expected means.

One exec from a large-market team believes MLB’s loan is just for the sake of optics, while another confirmed their understanding is that it is to be repaid.

Exact numbers involved in revenue-sharing aren’t made public and the total teams’ pay or receive can differ significantly from year to year.

“Historically, revenue sharing has been a contentious issue between the clubs. With bargaining approaching during a time of strain on club finances, the potential for it to be a lightning-rod issue again looms,” the article states.

Although for a long time the Yankees were the sport’s top payor — contributing the most to the pool — the Dodgers have supplanted them in recent years as their revenues have grown, and the Yankees receive a large credit in the system because of their debt payments for their stadium.

But for 2019, the Athletic reports these teams with the highest revenue-sharing bills:

Dodgers, about $90 million.

Red Sox, slightly less than Los Angeles, paid $85 million in 2018.

Cubs, roughly $70 million.

Yankees, with over $60 million.

On the other end, the Marlins received around $70 million in 2019, and the Rays received somewhere in the $50 million to $60 million range each year from 2017 to 2019.

This year’s revenue sharing is using 2017, 2018 and 2019 revenues as its inputs, the Athletic reports.

TENNIS NEWS: Djokovic celebrates rankings record with fans in Belgrade

(AP) Hundreds of Novak Djokovic supporters staged boisterous street celebrations after the Serb became the sole record-holder for most weeks as the men’s world No. 1 on Monday.

Djokovic topped the ATP rankings for a combined 311 weeks, surpassing Roger Federer’s tally of 310.

Djokovic and his family joined fireworks in front of their restaurant in the new part of Belgrade.

Main buildings downtown in the Serbian capital were lit with his portrait, including a light show displaying the best moments of his career.

Jubilant fans chanted “Nolo, Nolo,” waved Serbian flags, and kept no social distancing despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Djokovic addressed the crowd, saying, “Today is a special day for myself, my family as well as Serbia. Thank you for the success which is not only mine but of the whole nation.”

The ATP rankings date to 1973, and Djokovic first topped them in July 2011. He’s in his fifth stint at the top.

His Australian Open victory last month earned him an 18th Grand Slam singles trophy, two less than his greatest rivals Federer and Rafael Nadal.

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia2412.66716-38-96-218-66-42 W
Brooklyn2413.6490.513-611-73-211-99-12 W
Boston1917.5285.012-57-123-414-106-44 W
New York1918.5145.511-78-111-313-107-31 W
Toronto1719.4727.08-89-113-512-115-52 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee2214.61114-58-98-012-76-41 W
Chicago1618.4715.07-119-72-27-86-41 W
Indiana1619.4575.57-119-84-210-114-61 L
Cleveland1422.3898.09-105-122-510-104-61 L
Detroit1026.27812.06-104-160-77-153-71 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami1818.50010-88-103-49-127-31 W
Charlotte1718.4860.59-88-105-19-95-51 W
Atlanta1620.4442.08-98-113-311-125-52 W
Washington1420.4123.07-107-101-65-147-31 W
Orlando1323.3615.08-125-114-29-134-65 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah279.75015-212-73-212-56-42 L
Portland2114.6005.511-610-82-311-96-43 W
Denver2115.5836.09-712-87-113-96-44 W
Oklahoma City1521.41712.06-119-102-67-164-61 W
Minnesota729.19420.04-133-162-44-151-99 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix2411.68612-612-54-215-78-24 W
LA Lakers2413.6491.011-813-51-417-83-72 L
LA Clippers2414.6321.512-612-85-214-74-63 L
Golden State1918.5146.012-67-123-49-105-53 L
Sacramento1422.38910.58-126-103-47-112-81 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
San Antonio1814.5639-109-44-512-136-41 L
Dallas1816.5291.09-89-84-19-108-23 W
Memphis1616.5002.07-119-53-58-105-51 L
New Orleans1521.4175.010-95-124-38-134-62 L
Houston1123.3248.05-106-134-58-110-1013 L

NHL STANDINGS

East
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New York Islanders2515643415735610-0-25-6-27-2-1
Washington Capitals241464321279767-3-27-3-27-2-1
Boston Bruins221363291165546-2-17-4-24-5-1
Pittsburgh Penguins2414912911777510-2-04-7-17-3-0
Philadelphia Flyers221273271271696-3-26-4-15-4-1
New York Rangers231010323966635-6-25-4-16-4-0
New Jersey Devils21811218851662-9-16-2-12-8-0
Buffalo Sabres23614315452752-7-24-7-12-7-1
 
West
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Vegas Golden Knights2216513316704710-2-16-3-07-3-0
St. Louis Blues261484321383824-6-210-2-25-3-2
Minnesota Wild231481291471606-3-08-5-17-2-1
Colorado Avalanche231382281370586-4-17-4-15-4-1
Arizona Coyotes2512103271068757-7-35-3-05-4-1
Los Angeles Kings24108626973714-3-46-5-25-2-3
Anaheim Ducks26812622761814-7-34-5-32-5-3
San Jose Sharks23911321566883-5-16-6-24-4-2
 
North
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Toronto Maple Leafs261862381890639-3-19-3-17-3-0
Edmonton Oilers2716110321686828-8-08-3-07-3-0
Winnipeg Jets241581311579699-4-16-4-07-3-0
Montreal Canadiens241167291179685-5-16-1-63-2-5
Vancouver Canucks2912152261083948-6-24-9-05-4-1
Calgary Flames2611123251071805-4-16-8-23-5-2
Ottawa Senators289181197761085-6-14-12-05-5-0
 
Central
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Tampa Bay Lightning231742361783489-1-08-3-27-2-1
Carolina Hurricanes241761351385648-1-19-5-07-3-0
Florida Panthers241554341480707-3-38-2-15-3-2
Chicago Blackhawks261385311182807-4-26-4-36-3-1
Columbus Blue Jackets261011525969856-4-34-7-23-6-1
Nashville Predators251114022961827-7-04-7-05-5-0
Dallas Stars2078519756545-3-42-5-12-6-2
Detroit Red Wings26716317754874-6-23-10-13-6-1