BOYS REGIONAL PAIRINGS-SATURDAY

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]

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

WEDNESDAY MARCH 10

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

3) 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

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Gonzaga 88 BYU 78

Miami, Florida 79 Pittsburgh 73

Duke 86 Boston College 51

Long Beach State 85 Cal State Northridge 63

Cleveland State 80 Oakland 69

Iona 72 Quinnipiac 48

Southeast Louisiana 71 McNeese State 68

Notre Dame 80 Wake Forest 77

Drexel 63 Elon 56

Fairfield 59 Manhattan 58 OT

Mount St. Mary 73 Bryant 68

Rice 61 Southern Mississippi 52

Cal Poly 87 Cal State Fullerton 82

Houston Baptist 80 Incarnate Word 68

Oral Roberts 75 North Dakota State 72

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TODAY

Sacramento – Northern Colorado 11:00

North Carolina State – Syracuse 12:00

San Jose State – Wyoming 2:00

Northern Arizona – Portland states 2:00

Miami, Florida – Clemson 2:30

Marquette – Georgetown 3:00

Arkansas Pine Bluff – Jackson State 3:00

Washington state – Arizona State 4:00

Air Force – UNLV 4:30

Idaho – Montana 5:00

Iona – Siena 5:00

loyal Maryland – Army 5:30

Southeast Louisiana – New Orleans 6:00

Butler – Xavier 6:00

Duke – Louisville 6:30

Minnesota – Northwestern 6:30

Kansas State – TCU 6:30

Charlotte – Texas San Antonio 6:30

New Mexico – Fresno State 7:00

Rice – Marshall 7:00

Washington – Utah 7:00

Texas A&M – Vanderbilt 7:00

Bucknell – Colgate 7:30

Fairfield – Monmouth 7:30  

Houston Baptist – Lamar 9:00

Notre Dame – North Carolina 9:00

Nebraska – Penn State 9:00

DePaul – Providence 9:00

UTEP – Florida Atlantic 9:30

Iowa State – Oklahoma 9:30

Mississippi Valley – Prairie View A&M 9:30

Middle Tennessee – North Texas 10:00

California – Stanford 10:00

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#20 S. Florida 48 Wichita State 44

#16 Gonzaga 43, BYU 42

Siena 74 Niagara 65

Tulane 83 Temple 73

Wright State 53 IUPUI 41

Idaho State 66 Portland State 50

South Dakota 66 Omaha 43

Rider 44 Monmouth 41

Cal State Fullerton 55 UC Riverside 51

Northern Colorado 63 Southern Utah 59

Illinois 67 Wisconsin 42

Old Dominion 83 Western Kentucky 77 OT

Alabama Birmingham 80 Texas San Antonio 66

Idaho 67 Northern Arizona 53

Central Florida 53 Cincinnati 43

Fresno State 77 New Mexico 72

Houston 73 E. Carolina 63

Montana State 66 Sacramento 55

Wyoming 53 Boise State 38

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TODAY

Eastern Michigan – Bowling Green 11:00

Minnesota – Nebraska 11:00

Texas Southern – Alabama State 12:00

Alabama Birmingham – Florida Atlantic 3:30

McNeese State – Houston Baptist 12:00

Siena – Marist 12:00

Old Dominion – North Texas 12:30

St. Bonaventure – Davidson 1:00.

Illinois – Northwestern 1:15

Kent State – Buffalo 1:30

Cal State Fullerton – UC Davis 2:00

Jacksonville – Kennesaw State 2:00

North Carolina Wilmington – Charleston 2:30

Rider – Quinnipiac 2:30

Incarnate Word – Abilene 3:00

Marshall – Louisiana Tech 3:00

Alabama Birmingham – Florida Atlantic 3:30

Northern Illinois – Central Michigan 4:00

George Mason – George Washington 4:00

Seattle – New Mexico State 4:00

Hawaii – Bakersfield 5:00

Tulane – South Florida 5:30

Mississippi Valley – Jackson state 6:30

Penn State – Michigan State 6:30

Ball State – Ohio 6:30

St. Francis PA – Wagoner 7:00

Chicago State – Utah Valley 7:30

UC Santa Barbara – UC Irvine 8:00

Northern Colorado – Idaho State 8:00

Houston – Central Florida 8:30

Purdue – Iowa 8:45

Wyoming – Fresno State 11:00

Texas Pan-American – Grand Canyon 11:00

Montana State – Idaho 11:00

Cal Poly – Long Beach 11:00

NBA SCHEDULE – TODAY

Washington at Memphis 8:00.

San Antonio at Dallas 8:30

NHL SCOREBOARD

Pittsburgh 4 NY Rangers 2

NY Islanders 2 Boston 1

Philadelphia 5 Buffalo 4

Washington 5 New Jersey 4

Carolina 3 Nashville 2

Florida 4 Columbus 2

Winnipeg 4 Toronto 3

Tampa Bay 4 Detroit 3

Dallas 6 Chicago 1

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – SPRING TRAINING

San Diego 4 Chicago White Sox 2

Cleveland 9 Texas 2

Chicago Cubs 9 Oakland 8

Milwaukee 13 San Francisco 7

Seattle 6 Kansas City 3

Colorado 11 Arizona 4

LA Dodgers 5 Cincinnati 3

Detroit 6 NY Yankees 5

Minnesota 1 Baltimore 0

Pittsburgh 10 Atlanta 1

Tampa Bay 11 Boston 3

Toronto 4 Philadelphia 1

NY Mets 5 St. Louis 3

Washington 4 Houston 4

INDIANA MEN’S BB: Trayce Jackson-Davis Named Third Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten

(IU RELEASE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis has been named third team All-American by The Sporting News and first team All-Big Ten in a vote by the media and second team All-Big Ten by the league’s coaches.

He is the first Hoosier to be named All-American and first team All-Big Ten since Yogi Ferrell was honored in 2016.  He is the 46th player in IU history to be named an All-American.  Fourteen of those players were selected in multiple years and Don Schlundt, Kent Benson and Calbert Cheaney are the only former Hoosiers to be named All-Americans in three seasons.

The Greenwood, Ind. native and former Mr. Indiana Basketball (2019) at Center Grove High School is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.1), second in rebounding (9.0), fifth in field goal percentage (51.5) and blocked shots (1.4) and is third in minutes played (34.2).  In league games only, he finished third in scoring (18.4), second in rebounding (9.2), fourth in field goal percentage (50.6) and minutes played blocked shots (1.4) and is third in minutes played (34.2).

He also is third in the nation in free throws made (147) and first in attempts (222).  He also has had 10 double-doubles this season and 22 in his career.  He also is the only Hoosier in the last 25 years to post three 25-point, 15 rebound games in his career (Nebraska, at Minnesota, at Florida State.  He is a finalist for the Karl Malone Award given to the nation’s top power forward, and the Wooden Award.

The Hoosiers will play Rutgers in the 2021 Big Ten Tournament at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 11.

Durham Earns Big Ten Sportsmanship Award

 Senior guard Aljami Durham is Indiana’s recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.  The Lilburn, Ga. product is a team captain who has started 96 games in his career amd now ranks 52nd on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,026 points.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Williams Named First-Team; Edey, Ivey Tabbed to All-Freshman Team

(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue junior Trevion Williams was voted first-team All-Big Ten while Zach Edey and Jaden Ivey were named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team, the league office announced today.

Williams was voted first team by the coaches and second team by the media. It marks the fifth time in the last six seasons that Purdue had a first-team representative, tied with Maryland for the most first-team honors in that span.

Meanwhile, Edey and Ivey become the first Purdue duo since Robbie Hummel and E’Twaun Moore in 2008 to be named to the All-Freshman Team. It marks just the ninth time in Big Ten history that teammates have been voted to the squad.

Williams, a 6-foot, 10-inch center from Chicago, averaged 15.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in Big Ten play, becoming the seventh player to average 15, 8 and 2 in league play in the last 30 years. He ranks fourth among all power-conference players in 20-10 games (5) and his nine double-doubles are fourth in the Big Ten and 25th nationally.

For his career, he surpassed 600 career rebounds against Indiana last Saturday and needs 73 points to join the 1,000-point club. He was recently named a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, given to the nation’s top center.

Zach Edey was named to the All-Freshman Team after averaging 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 60.7 percent from the field and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. He has been outstanding as of late, averaging 12.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in the last seven games while shooting 33-of-51 from the field and 24-of-29 from the free throw line.

Edey is one of three freshmen nationally to average 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting at least 60.0 percent from the field and among Big Ten freshmen, he ranks seventh in scoring, third in rebounds, second in blocked shots and fifth in field goal percentage.

After a slow start to the season with a foot injury, Jaden Ivey has exploded onto the scene, averaging 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in league play. He is one of two Big Ten freshmen since the 1992-93 season to average 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists per game with at least 12 blocked shots in league play (Michigan State’s Miles Bridges – 2016-17 season).

Over the last four games, Ivey is averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 21-of-42 from the field and 16-of-17 from the free throw line. Since being inserted into the starting lineup 10 games ago, the Boilermakers are 7-3 overall while averaging 13.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Meanwhile, junior guard Sasha Stefanovic was named the team’s Sportsmanship Award recipient. Stefanovic averages 9.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while leading the team with 49 made 3-pointers.

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.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: Butler MBB Opens 2021 BIG EAST Tournament Wednesday vs. Xavier

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GAME 24:  #10 Seed Butler (9-14, 8-12 BIG EAST) vs. #7 Seed Xavier (13-7, 6-7 BIG EAST)

Wednesday, March 10; 6PM — BIG EAST Tournament First Round

Madison Square Garden; New York, N.Y.

TV:  FS1 – Tim Brando & Bill Raftery

Radio:  107.5FM/93.5FM/1070AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

TuneIn Radio App, XM TBD, SiriusXM Internet TBD

@ButlerMBB  |  #ButlerWay  |  ButlerSports.com

Full Notes (PDF)

The Bulldogs open the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament Wednesday night in New York City with a first round match-up against Xavier.

• Bryce Nze (ankle) and Bo Hodges (calf) are both questionable for Wednesday’s game.

• Aaron Thompson will miss the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury sustained vs. Marquette Feb. 17.

• Butler and Creighton were the only two BIG EAST teams to play all 20 conference games this season.

• Chuck Harris was a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team.

• Harris scored a career-high 29 points in Saturday’s loss to Creighton.

• Bryce Golden matched his career-high with 19 points at Creighton.

• Harris is averaging 17.0 points per game since Feb. 1, and 19.6 points per game over his last five outings.

• Nze has posted five double-doubles this season.

• Butler is allowing only 67.8 points per game in conference play, which is third in the BIG EAST.

• Butler owns top 10 wins over Creighton and Villanova this season.

• Butler is 8-4 at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.

• Freshmen have scored 36 percent of Butler’s points so far this season.

• Nze is fourth in the BIG EAST at 8.0 rebounds per game.

• Harris leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 12.8 points per game; he has five 20-point games.

• Butler has committed single-digit turnovers in eight games this season, including the team’s most recent game at Creighton.

• Eight different Bulldogs have led the team in scoring this season; five different Bulldogs have posted 20-point games.

• Harris ranks third in the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (.836) and 11th in three-point percentage (.393).

• Jair Bolden is fifth in the BIG EAST at 2.5 three-pointers per game.

• The 52 points scored by Seton Hall Feb. 24 are a season-low for a Butler opponent.

• Golden recorded his first career double-double Feb. 21 at Xavier, including a career-best 12 rebounds.

Xavier Leads, 43-23

Streak: Xavier, W2

On Neutral Court: Xavier Leads, 4-1

BIG EAST Tournament: Xavier Leads, 2-0

LaVall Jordan (at BU) vs. Xavier: 3-5

First Meeting: Xavier, 28-26; 1/16/37 (at XU)

Last Meeting: Xavier, 63-51; 2/21/21 (at XU)

ROOKIE RECOGNITION: Butler’s Chuck Harris was a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team, which was announced by the league office Sunday, March 7. The conference released the All-BIG EAST First and Second Teams, Honorable Mention and All-Freshman Team. The league’s head coaches choose the all-conference squads and are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Averaging 12.8 points per game, Harris leads the Bulldogs and is 16th in the BIG EAST in scoring. Among freshmen, only Marquette’s Dawson Garcia (13.2) has a higher scoring average. Harris is also third in the conference in free throw percentage (.836), tenth in three-pointers made (2.0 per game), and 11th in three-point shooting (.393). He has five 20-point games so far during his rookie campaign, including a career-high 29 points at Creighton Saturday in the regular season finale.

Harris was one of three unanimous picks for the All-BIG EAST Freshman Team, joining Posh Alexander of St. John’s and Marquette’s Garcia. The other All-Freshman Team selections are Adama Sanogo of Connecticut and Colby Jones of Xavier.

Harris earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors twice throughout the regular season (Dec. 28, 2020; March 1, 2021).

Harris becomes the third Bulldog to earn a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. Kamar Baldwin was also a unanimous selection in 2016-17 and Andrew Chrabascz earned a spot on the 2013-14 team.

FIRST TIME(S) AROUND: Xavier took both regular season match-ups with the Bulldogs.

In the most recent game in Cincinnati Feb. 21, Xavier came away with a 63-51 decision. The teams combined to go 8-for-50 from three-point range. Butler played without Aaron Thompson, Bryce Nze and Bo Hodges. Freshman Chuck Harris led the Bulldogs with 14 points, while Bryce Golden posted his first career double-double.

The Bulldogs trailed by only two at halftime, but shot only 6-of-32 from the field (19 percent) in the second half as Xavier posted the win. Zach Freemantle led Xavier with 17 points.

Nearly half of Xavier’s points came from behind the three-point line as the Musketeers took a 68-55 win over Butler Jan. 30 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Paul Scruggs had a game-high 24 points and Xavier went 10-of-20 from three-point range.

Xavier extended a 12-point halftime advantage to a 47-27 margin with 15:30 remaining. Butler responded with 13 straight points to cut the deficit to seven on Bo Hodges’ putback with 11:12 to play.

Nze had his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He went 7-of-10 from the field. Aaron Thompson added 10 points. Butler shot only 34 percent from the field, including 5-of-25 from three-point range.

Xavier hit 51 percent of their shots, including the 10 three-pointers. Adam Kunkel (15) and Nate Johnson (14) joined Scruggs in double figures. Those three combined to go 9-of-11 from behind the arc.

TOP 10 WIN: Butler defeated No. 8 Villanova, 73-61, Feb. 28 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the Bulldogs’ Senior Day. Sunday was Butler’s second Top 10 win of the season; the Bulldogs also defeated No. 8/6 Creighton on Jan. 16.

Butler limited Villanova to 2-of-27 shooting from three-point range in the game, while the Bulldogs hit 10 of their 24 attempts. Fifteen of Chuck Harris’s 20 points came in the first half. Senior Bryce Nze posted his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Nze tied a career-high with five assists.

After a 9-0 Villanova run cut Butler’s lead to 42-37 with 14:14 to play, Butler responded with a 12-2 spurt to take its largest lead of the game (54-39) at the 10:40 mark. Villanova got no closer than seven the rest of the way.

NEEDING EXTRA TIME: Butler’s Aaron Thompson and Bryce Nze posted double-doubles, leading the Bulldogs to a clutch 76-73 overtime win over St. John’s Feb. 9 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Thompson had 17 points, including the basket with two seconds remaining in regulation that sent the game to overtime, to go along with 10 assists. Nze had a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs overcame a 16-point deficit. Butler was able to end the Red Storm’s six-game winning streak.

Thompson and Nze are the first Bulldogs to post double-doubles in the same game since the same duo accomplished the feat Nov. 9, 2019 in a home win over New Orleans.

CALL IT A COMEBACK: Four of Butler’s nine wins have included a double-digit comeback. The Feb. 9th 16-point comeback against St. John’s is joined by three earlier ones in BIG EAST play. (12 vs. DePaul, Feb. 6; 13 vs. Creighton, Jan. 16; and 11 vs. Georgetown, Jan. 6).

The 16-point recovery against St. John’s was Butler’s biggest comeback since erasing a 20-point deficit at Georgetown Dec. 27, 2017, taking a 91-89 double-overtime win.

2 FOR 20: Bryce Nze and Chuck Harris each scored 22 points in the Feb. 6 home win over DePaul. For Nze, it set his high mark in a Butler uniform (he has a career-high of 25 points from his time at Milwaukee), while Harris tied his career-high set earlier this season against Southern Illinois. The duo combined for seven three-pointers.

Nze and Harris are the first Butler duo to score 20 points in the same game since Kamar Baldwin (30) and Jordan Tucker (24) did so against St. John’s, Jan. 19, 2019.

‘BOARD’ OUT OF HIS MIND: Redshirt senior Bryce Nze is fourth in the BIG EAST in rebounding at 8.0 caroms per game. Nze pulled down 14 rebounds Jan. 19 at DePaul, his second time in three outings hitting that mark (also at St. John’s Jan. 12). It is his highest total in a Butler uniform (although he had 17 in a game while playing at Milwaukee). He has eight games with 10 or more rebounds this season.

HANDLE WITH CARE: Butler averages only 11.5 turnovers per game. Butler had only six turnovers against Xavier Jan. 30, one of the team’s eight single-digit turnover outputs this season. The six turnovers matched the team’s season-low. The Bulldogs turned the ball over only seven times in 45 minutes of play in the Jan. 16 win over Creighton.

Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 56 of the 126 games that LaVall Jordan has been head coach at Butler.

BALL STATE WBB: WBB’s Brown & Freeman Earn All-MAC Honors

(BSU RELEASE)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – For the second-straight year, Ball State women’s basketball senior forward Oshlynn Brown and sophomore guard Sydney Freeman have received post-season All-Mid-American Conference accolades as announced Tuesday (March 9) by the league office. Brown was named First Team All-MAC for the second time in her career, while Freeman earned All-MAC Honorable Mention.

Brown has been honored by the league in each of her four years with the Cardinals, starting with being named the MAC’s Sixth Player of the Year following her freshman campaign. As a sophomore, she earned All-MAC Honorable Mention accolades, before being named to the All-MAC First Team the last two seasons.

Brown has made quite an impact over her career with the Cardinals. She recently became the program’s all-time leading rebounder at Northern Illinois(Feb. 24) and enters the 2021 MAC Tournament with 1,084 career rebounds. She hit the 1,000 rebound plateau at Miami (Feb. 13), making her only the second player in program history to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Brown also enters the tournament ranked eighth on the Cardinals’ all-time scoring list with 1,473 points, including 385 in the COVID-19 shortened 2020-21 campaign. She has tallied 48 double-doubles over her career which ranks third among all active NCAA Division I players, while her 1,084 rebounds are fourth and her 1,473 points are 40th.

This season, Brown collected a career-high 19 rebounds in an overtime win at Ohio (Jan. 13) and a personal best 33 points at home against Miami (Jan. 27).

Freeman earns All-MAC Honorable Mention honors after finishing the regular season ranked third in the league with 111 assists and a 4.8 assists-per-game average. She also ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.5 point per game. Just the sixth player under Brady Sallee to receive All-Freshman Team honors in 2019-20, Freeman scored a career-high 28 points at Toledo (Feb. 27)which included knocking down six 3-pointers.

Ball State opens play in the 2021 MAC Tournament Wednesday as the No. 6 seed and will take on No. 3 Ohio in the day’s fourth quarterfinal game at Rocket Mortgage Field House. Tipoff is set to begin 30 minutes following game three.

BALL STATE WBB: Women’s Basketball Quest For A MAC Title Begins Wednesday In Cleveland Against No. 3 Ohio

(BSU RELEASE)
Game 25 | 2021 Mid-American Conference Tournament

No. 6 Ball State (14-10) vs. No. 3 Ohio (13-7)

Cleveland, Ohio | Rocket Mortgage Field House

Watch: ESPN+ | Listen: Muncie Sports Station (102.9 FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats

Game Notes: Ball State (PDF) | Ohio

Tournament Information: 2021 MAC Tournament Bracket (PDF) | 2021 MAC Tournament Page

Note: Ball State and Ohio have never met in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. The winner of tonight’s game will advance to the semifinals on Friday, March 12 in game No. 6 against the winner of Wednesday’s quarterfinal game No. 2 between the No. 2 seeded Central Michigan Chippewas vs. the No. 7 seed Northern Illinois Huskies.

Opening Tip:

– A Ball State win will advance the Cardinals to the semifinal round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Friday for the first time since the 2015 season. That year Ball State fell to No. 6 Eastern Michigan, 75-65.

– This is the first time the Cardinals have been the No. 6 seed under ninth-year head coach Brady Sallee and only the second time in tournament history. The last time BSU was the No. 6 seed was in 2000. That year Ball State defeated No. 11 Central Michigan, 94-81 in the first round and then lost in the quarterfinals to No. 3 Toledo, 81-65.

– The No. 6 seed has won the MAC Tournament only once since the tournaments induction in 1982. That team was No. 6 Toledo which defeated the No. 4 seed Northern Illinois in the championship game in 2017 by score of 82-71.

– Ball State ended its 2020-21 regular season campaign with a 76-69 win over Western Michigan in Worthen Arena on March 6.

– The Cardinals are one of only three Mid-American Conference women’s basketball teams to have played all 20 of their league contests this season. The other two schools were Miami and Toledo.

– Ball State and Ohio split its two-game regular season series with the Cardinals defeating the Bobcats on Jan. 13 in overtime, 88-85 at the Convocation Center. The Bobcats then returned the favor in Worthen Arena on Feb. 10 defeating BSU, 88-66.

MAC Tourney Time:

This marks the 31st appearance for the Cardinals in the Mid-American Conference Tournament in program history.  Ball State has advanced to Cleveland 19 out of the past 21 seasons.  The Cardinals are 20-29 all-time in MAC Tournament play and have advanced to the MAC Tournament finals on five occasions.  Ball State defeated Bowling Green in 2009 in the MAC Tournament Championship game.  This is the seventh time in current head coach Brady Sallee’s tenure the Cardinals have punched their ticket straight to the MAC Tournament in Cleveland.  Prior to that, Ball State had not received a bye in the MAC Tournament at Rocket Mortgage Field House since 2009, when the Cardinals won the event as the No. 2 seed.

Last Time They Met In the MAC Tourney:

– No. 5 Ball State 73, No. 1 Bowling Green 55 (2014 MAC Semifinals)

– No. 5 Central Michigan 86, No. 12 Ball State 62 (2012 MAC First Round)

– No. 3 Ohio and Ball State never have met in the MAC Tournament

– No. 7 Buffalo 69, No. 2 Ball State 65 (2017 MAC Quarterfinals)

– No. 5 Ball State 73, No. 12 Kent State 38 (2014 MAC First Round)

– No. 5 Ball State 61, No. 9 Northern Illinois 47 (2014 MAC Quarterfinals)

– No. 11 Eastern Michigan 64, No. 2 Ball State 63 (2020 MAC Quarterfinals)

MAC Tourney Tidbits:

In the 31 years of the tournament, the top seed has won the title 21 times. In 2016, the Buffalo Bulls became the lowest seed (#8) to ever advance to the tournament championship game and the highest seed to ever win the title. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds have met 15 times in the championship game, with the top seed winning 13 times.

Scouting Report:

• Wednesday’s game against Ohio will mark the 67th time in program history the two schools have met with the Bobcats leading the all-time series record, 38-28. Ohio has won nine of the last 10 meetings over the Cardinals. The most recent victory went to Ohio on Feb. 10 in Worthen Arena by a score of 88-66.

• Both the Cardinals and the Bobcats are coming off of wins in their last regular season contest of the year. BSU defeated WMU on Saturday at home, 76-69 while Ohio won at home against Miami, 84-70.

• Ohio won its last quarterfinal game in Cleveland after defeating Western Michigan, 84-75. The Bobcats were the No. 4 seed last year.

• The last time the Bobcats won the MAC Tournament title was in 2015 as the No. 1 seed defeating No. 6 Eastern Michigan, 60-44.

BSU OT History At the MAC Tourney:

There have only been 15 overtime games played in the Mid-American Conference Tournament and Ball State has played in two of those games. In 1997 the Cardinals lost to Bowling Green, 81-76, and then fell to Miami, 91-88, in 2001.

MIAMI WBB: Scott Named All-MAC Second Team

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CLEVELAND, Ohio–On Tuesday, the Mid-American Conference announced its postseason awards, with Peyton Scott, a member of the Miami University women’s basketball team, earning second-team all-conference honors.

Scott finished fourth in the MAC in scoring at 21.2 points per game. In all, the sophomore ranked among the top 10 in six different categories in the MAC: scoring (21.2, 4th), rebounding (6.8, 10th), assists (5.2, 1st), steals (2.7, 4th), free throw percentage (83.5, 5th) and minutes played (37.7, 2nd).

The Lynchburg, Ohio, native was twice named MAC Player of the Week, and threatened a quadruple-double versus Northern Illinois on Jan. 16, scoring 34 points while adding eight rebounds, seven assists and eight steals.

Scott arguably had the greatest four-game stretch in Miami women’s basketball history scoring 37 points in a win over Western Michigan (Feb. 3) and followed that up with 34 at Kent State (Feb. 6), 31 versus Central Michigan (Feb. 10) and concluded with 39 versus Ball State (Feb. 13).

Scott’s 21.2 point average is second-best in Miami history, trailing just Amanda Jackson’s 21.6 scoring average during the 2007-08 campaign. She had a career-best six double-doubles, while also posting a career-high 13 assists at Ball State earlier this year. Just three games later Scott scored 25 points, including a three pointer at the buzzer, to beat Kent State.

A complete look at the MAC postseason awards can be found below.

2021 Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards

MAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year

Cece Hooks, Ohio, Sr. Guard

MAC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year

Robyn Fralick, Bowling Green

MAC Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Year

Lexi Fleming, Bowling Green, Fr. Guard

MAC Women’s Basketball Sixth Player of the Year

Janae Poisson, NIU, R-Jr. Guard

MAC Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year

Cece Hooks, Ohio, Sr. Guard

Women’s Basketball All-MAC First Team

Oshlynn Brown, Ball State, Sr. Forward

Dyaisha Fair, Buffalo, So. Guard

Micaela Kelly, Central Michigan, Sr. Guard 

Molly Davis, Central Michigan, So. Guard

Cece Hooks, Ohio, Sr. Guard

Women’s Basketball All-MAC Second Team

Lexi Fleming, Bowling Green, Fr. Guard

Areanna Combs, Eastern Michigan, R-Sr. Guard

Nila Blackford, Kent State, So. Forward

Peyton Scott, Miami, So. Guard

Chelby Koker, NIU, So. Guard

Women’s Basketball All-MAC Third Team

Jordyn Dawson, Akron, Sr. Forward

Kadie Hempfling, Bowling Green, Jr. Guard

Ce’Nara Skanes, Eastern Michigan, R-So. Forward

​Erica Johnson, Ohio, R-Jr. Guard

Quinesha Lockett, Toledo, Sophomore, G/F

Women’s Basketball All-MAC Honorable Mention (6 Players due to ties)

Sydney Freeman, Ball State, So. Guard

Katie Shumate, Kent State, So. Guard

Lindsey Thall, Kent State, Jr. Forward

Gabby Burris, Ohio, Sr. Forward

Reilly Jacobson, Western Michigan, R-Sr. Forward

Taylor Williams, Western Michigan, Fr. Forward

Women’s Basketball MAC All-Defensive Team (6 Players due to ties)

Nyla Hampton, Bowling Green, Fr. Guard

Dyaisha Fair, Buffalo, So. Guard

Micaela Kelly, Central Michigan, Sr. Guard

Areanna Combs, Eastern Michigan

Lindsey Thall, Kent State

Cece Hooks, Ohio, Sr. Guard

Women’s Basketball MAC All-Freshman Team

Lexi Fleming, Bowling Green, Fr., Guard

Nyla Hampton, Bowling Green, Fr. Guard

Cheyenne McEvans, Buffalo, Fr. Guard

Madi Mace, Ohio, Fr. Guard

Taylor Williams, Western Michigan, Fr. Forward

MIAMI WVB: RedHawks Host Toledo Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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TUESDAY’S MATCH: The Miami University volleyball team returns home to host Toledo in a single match on Tuesday, March 9. This is a make-up from a previously postponed match.

ABOUT TOLEDO: The Rockets enter Tuesday’s match with a 3-7 record and are coming off a split at Eastern Michigan last weekend. Toledo dropped Friday’s match against the Eagles, 0-3, before rebounding to take Saturday’s match, 3-0. Taylor Alt averages a team-leading 3.81 kps, while Payton Morman averages 10.63 aps. Ryann Jaqua averages 4.51 dps, while Olivia Vance averages 1.13 bps. Rhyen Neal has served up a team-leading 15 service aces this season.

THE SERIES WITH THE ROCKETS: Tuesday marks the 57th meeting between Miami and Toledo with the RedHawks holding a 44-12 lead in the all-time series. The RedHawks have won six straight against the Rockets, including a 3-0 decision at Toledo on Oct. 26, 2019. When playing in Oxford, Miami is 28-1. The last time the teams met in Oxford was on Oct. 20, 2018 with Miami winning in four sets. Toledo’s last win in the series was on Oct. 25, 2013, 3-1, and its last win in Oxford was on Sept. 23, 2006, 3-0.

TELEVISION: Tuesday’s match will be televised on ESPN3. Randy Hollowell and Lisa Dankovich will bring you the action.

UP NEXT: Miami continues a three-match home stretch when the RedHawks host Ohio on Friday, Mar. 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Mar. 13 at 5 p.m. in a Battle of the Bricks weekend series.

HUSER RECORDS 1,000th CAREER DIG: Senior Abigail Huser became the 17th member of Miami’s 1,000 dig club on Thursday, March 4 at Kent State. Huser needed 13 digs entering the contest and hit the mark early in the third set. She has 1,032 entering Miami’s next match.

HUSER TABBED MAC EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Following her performances at Kent State where she amassed 45 digs over two matches to average 6.43 digs per set, senior libero Abigail Huser was tabbed the MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week on March 8.

REDHAWKS AMONG MAC LEADERS:

Senior Sarah Wojick – .331 hitting percentage; 7th

Sophomore Allyson Severance – 0.33 service aces per set; t-8th

Senior Morgan Seaman – 7.41 assist per set; 9th

Senior Abigail Huser – 4.50 digs per set; 9th

SEAMAN CLIMBS ASSIST LIST: Senior Morgan Seaman moved into ninth on Miami’s career assist chart and has 2,488 entering Miami’s next match. She also has played in 105 career matches. She played in her 100th career match on Feb. 18 against Western Michigan.

ON THE ATTACK: Over Miami’s last four matches, senior Avarie Powell and junior Sophie Riemersma have been solid offensive threats for the RedHawks. Each has been in double figures for kills three times over the last four matches with Riemersma averaging 3.47 kps and hitting. 284 and Powell averaging 3.13 kps and hitting .340. Riemersma has twice recorded a season-high 15 kills in the last four matches, while Powell notched a season-high 15 kills last weekend.

ODDS ‘N ENDS:

Senior Morgan Seaman has recorded five assist/dig double-doubles this season, the last coming on March 5 at Kent State.

Twice this season senior Morgan Seaman has surpassed 50 kills, notching 51 at Northern Illinois on Feb. 25 and a season-high 53, one off her career best, at Kent State on March 5.

Senior Sarah Wojick has been in double figures for kills in eight of Miami’s last nine matches. She tallied a career-high 18 kills at Akron on Jan. 29.

Senior Abigail Huser has been in double figures for digs in 10 of MU’s 12 matches this season and reached or surpassed 20-dig mark five times. Huser notched a season-best 27 digs at Northern Illinois on Feb. 25.

Three times this season, a Miami player has served up four aces in a match. Sophomore Allyson Severance has recorded four service aces twice, versus Buffalo on Jan. 23 and at Northern Illinois on Feb. 25. Senior Morgan Seaman also served up four aces at Akron on Jan. 29.

ECLIPSING 750 CAREER WINS: With a 3-0 win versus Buffalo on Jan. 22, Miami head coach Carolyn Condit posted her 750th career win. Condit owns a 755-562 career record in her 41st season as a head coach. Condit’s 755 total victories are tied for eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches, and tied for 24th all-time. Owning more victories than any coach in the history of the Miami Athletic Department, Condit holds a 656-485 record in her 37th season in charge of the Red and White. Condit is the only volleyball coach in the history of the Mid-American Conference to win over 300 league matches, holding a conference mark of 359-214.

OHIO STATE MBB: LIDDELL NAMED 2021 FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – E.J. Liddell, a sophomore forward on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, has been named 2021 First Team All-Big Ten by the league coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday. The league media selected Liddell to its second team.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – E.J. Liddell, a sophomore forward on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, has been named 2021 First Team All-Big Ten by the league coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday. The league media selected Liddell to its second team.

Duane Washington Jr., a junior guard, was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team by both the coaches and media.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – E.J. Liddell, a sophomore forward on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, has been named 2021 First Team All-Big Ten by the league coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday. The league media selected Liddell to its second team.

Kyle Young, a senior forward, is a 2020-21 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes, said the work Liddell and Washington Jr. have put in over time has led to the individual recognition.

“Congratulations to E.J. and Duane on their Big Ten All-Conference selections,” Holtmann said. “I know both guys would be the first to appreciate the role of their teammates in these honors.

“E.J. has been instrumental and has grown as a sophomore in our success,” Holtmann said. “I’m really proud and happy for him. Duane as well has been an important part of our team success. He has continued to grow and improve as a player and that is a credit to who he is and who he wants to be.

“Both E.J. and Duane love playing as Buckeyes and I know they are committed to working hard to continue to improve individually and as a team.”

Liddell leads the Buckeyes in scoring (16.0 ppg.), rebounding (6.5 rpg.), foul shots made (104) and taken (141) and is the leading Ohio State shot blocker (26). He was named to the 2021 Naismith Award Midseason team and was recently added to the 15-member ballot for 2021 Wooden Award consideration.

The last Ohio State forward to earn first team All-Big Ten honors was Keita Bates-Diop in 2018. D’Angelo Russell was the last guard to earn All-Big Ten honors in 2015 during his freshman campaign. Jared Sullinger was the last Ohio State sophomore forward to be named first team All-Big Ten in 2012. In all, Ohio State has had 74 players named to All-Big teams in its history with the addition of Liddell and Washington Jr.

Washington Jr. is second on the team offensively with 15.3 ppg. He and Liddell have both made 130 field goals to share the team lead this season. From 3-point range, Washington Jr. has made 70-190 (.368) on the year. He also has the most minutes played with 805.

Over his three years in Columbus, Washington Jr. has made 166 3-pointers, good enough for the No. 6 spot all-time in Ohio State history.

Liddell also was selected First Team All-Big Ten by the Associated Press earlier today.

The Buckeyes, ranked No. 9 nationally in the recent Associated Press poll.

The Ohio State men’s basketball team (18-8) enters the 2021 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 5 seed and will play the winner of No. 13 Minnesota vs. No. 12 Northwestern at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Wildcats and Gophers open the tournament at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

MARIAN MBB: CHRISTIAN HARVEY GRABS CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

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AVON, Ohio – On Monday, the Crossroads League awarded No. 13 Marian men’s basketball’s sophomore Christian Harvey with his first-career Player of the Week honor for his role during the Knights’ Crossroads League Tournament Championship victory.

Harvey had a lights-out performance Tuesday night against No. 24 St. Francis (Ind.), scoring 17 points, pulling down seven rebounds, and nabbing one steal. The sophomore shot 5-6 from the floor and hit both of his shots from 3-point range. Marian took home the Crossroads League championship with a convincing 86-71 victory over the Cougars.

The Knights look to carry their 13-game win streak into the NAIA National Tournament as they head into their bracket as the top-seed and take on the winner of Indiana Tech and Olivet Nazarene Saturday at 4 p.m. in Marion, Ind.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS: No. 1 Gonzaga rallies to beat BYU 88-78 in WCC title game

(AP) Gonzaga was out of sorts for one of the few times this season, falling into its biggest halftime deficit in three years.

Corey Kispert got the Bulldogs back in it. Jalen Suggs finished it off.

The undefeated season is intact. The NCAA Tournament is next.

Suggs hit two late 3-pointers and scored 23 points, helping top-ranked Gonzaga survive its biggest test of an undefeated season to beat Brigham Young 88-78 in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game on Tuesday night.

“We needed a game like that,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “We had some adversity and got punched in the face. We got together at halftime and the guys just stuck with the plan.”

The Bulldogs (26-0) had been unstoppable all season, winning all but one of their games by double digits as they advanced to the WCC title game for the 24th straight year.

The Cougars (20-6) made the lopsided losses list twice, but exposed Gonzaga’s lone weakness in the first half at Orleans Arena: its defense.

BYU shot confidently, using an early 11-0 run to build a 12-point halftime lead.

The Zags responded by locking down defensively and getting back to their efficient ways on offense.

Kispert hit three early 3-pointers and scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half. Suggs took charge down the stretch, hitting consecutive 3-pointers to put Gonzaga up by nine with 1:28 left.

“I’ve been dreaming of playing college basketball all my life,” Suggs said. “I was practicing on my Little Tikes hoop for these exact moments and for it to play out like this is crazy.”

Gonzaga has won a school-record 30 straight games over two seasons and will be the first team since Kentucky in 2015, and 16th overall, to enter the NCAA Tournament undefeated. The Zags won their eighth WCC title in nine years and 17th under Few.

Trevin Knell led BYU with 20 points.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: No. 11 KU without McCormack, Enaruna for Big 12 tourney

(AP) Kansas will be without starting center David McCormack and backup forward Tristan Enaruna for the Big 12 Tournament due to COVID-19 protocols, though the No. 11 Jayhawks hope to have both players back for next week’s NCAA Tournament.

Jayhawks coach Bill Self said Tuesday the pair entered the protocol “semi-recently” but did not say whether either tested positive for the virus. McCormack is averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds and Enaruna plays sparingly off the bench.

The second-seeded Jayhawks open tournament play in Thursday’s quarterfinals against No. 25 Oklahoma or Iowa State.

“It does change a lot,” Self said, “because as you guys know, we’ve actually gotten better playing through David the second half of the season, and he’s had a really good last 10 to 15 games. He’s been really good for us. So that’s different.

“On a plus side, though, if we’re going to go into the NCAA Tournament thinking we’re going to have to play just one way, and then that one way is taken from us – we haven’t really had a chance to prepare or practice it,” Self-added. “So, I’m looking at it as, we’re going to be better playing small in the NCAA Tournament … because it’s forced us to change our game plan going into this one.”

The Big 12 Tournament figures to be one of the toughest in the country with seven of the 10 teams ranked in the Top 25, headlined by second-ranked Baylor and No. 10 West Virginia. Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech also are ranked.

Yet the Jayhawks (19-8) felt confident heading to Kansas City, Missouri, after winning seven of their last eight games with the lone setback coming at Texas in overtime. That streak included handing the Bears their only regular-season loss, a game in which McCormack poured in 20 points before fouling out in the final minutes.

The junior center has scored in double figures in 11 of his past 12 games with three double-doubles.

Kansas was among a few schools to play the entire regular season without any COVID-19 problems. Its only game postponed or canceled was against Tarleton State, when an outbreak within the Texans program caused a cancellation.

“It stinks, especially for those two, without question,” Self said. “But I do see this as an opportunity for some others. And of course I’d much rather play with our full complement of guys, no question, and especially in a league that’s this good because you’ve got to beat three great teams in order to win it. You got to beat three great tams. But the bottom line is this week’s important but it’s still not as important as next weekend.”

SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICAN MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM

First-team All-Americans

Luka Garza, Iowa center

6-11, 265-pound senior

Key stats: 23.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg, .550 FG pct.

Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois guard

6-5, 200-pound senior

Key stats: 20.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 5.2 apg, .492 FG pct.

Jared Butler, Baylor guard

6-3, 195-pound junior

Key stats: 17.1 ppg, 5.0 apg, .493 FG pct., 2.1 spg

Corey Kispert, Gonzaga guard

6-7, 220-pound senior

Key stats: 19.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, .550 FG pct., .447 3-PT

Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State guard

6-8, 220-pound freshman

Key stats: 19.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, .455 FG pct., .425 3-PT

Second-team All-Americans

Drew Timme, Gonzaga center

6-10, 235-pound sophomore

Key stats: 18.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, .654 FG pct.

Evan Mobley, USC center

7-0 210-pound freshman

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan center

7-1, 255-pound freshman

Key stats: 14.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, .596 FG pct.

Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga guard

6-4, 205-pound freshman

Key stats: 14.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, .515 FG pct.

Kofi Cockburn, Illinois center

6-10, 295-pound sophomore

Key stats: 17.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.3 bpg, .660 FG pct.

Third-team All-Americans

Quentin Grimes, Houston guard

6-5, 205-pound junior

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana center

6-9, 245-pound sophomore

Herbert Jones, Alabama forward

6-8, 210-pound senior

Davion Mitchell, Baylor guard

6-2, 205-pound junior

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova forward

6-9, 230-pound sophomore

NFL NEWS: Source: Pittsburgh Steelers won’t use franchise tag on LB Bud Dupree

The Pittsburgh Steelers have informed linebacker Bud Dupree that they will not use the franchise tag on him, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Dupree, who was franchised by the Steelers last year, will now head to free agency.

After hitting his stride with 11.5 sacks for Pittsburgh during the 2019 season, Dupree, who turned 28 in February, was on track for another strong season in 2020 before suffering a torn ACL in Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens.

He told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler in early March he plans to be a full participant in an NFL training camp based on positive feedback from his doctors.

Playing on the franchise tag after the two sides were unable to work out a long-term deal, Dupree had 8 sacks, 31 combined tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback hits last season.

The 2019 season marked his healthiest season since being taken by the Steelers out of Kentucky in the first round of the 2015 draft. Forming a fierce tandem with T.J. Watt, Dupree recorded 17 quarterback hits and had 16 tackles for loss.

Not only was Dupree a foundational piece for the Steelers’ stout defense, but he was also a glue guy, bonding the locker room with his upbeat attitude and personality. He finished his Steelers career with 66 starts, 39.5 sacks, 169 solo tackles, 54 tackles for loss, an interception return for a touchdown and 65 quarterback hits.

The Steelers will not be using the franchise tag on any of their players, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

NFL NEWS: Baltimore Ravens GM: Lamar Jackson contract talks won’t be impacted by Dak Prescott’s deal with Dallas Cowboys

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens’ contract talks with Lamar Jackson won’t be impacted by Dak Prescott’s record-breaking deal with the Dallas Cowboys, general manager Eric DeCosta said Tuesday.

“If you got to the Bentley dealership or the Range Rover dealership, you know what the cars are going to cost. You’re not going to get much of a discount,” DeCosta said. “They all cost about the same, and you go in there with the idea that you’re either going to buy the car or you’re not going to buy the car. … In the end, they’re all very big contracts. They’re outstanding players. They’re quarterback deals. They’re marquee players and you know you’re going to pay a lot, but you’re going to get a lot in return.”

On Monday, Prescott agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract with the Cowboys that includes a $66 million signing bonus, the highest in NFL history, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Prescott’s average of $40 million per year ranks behind only that of  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes ($45 million per season).

DeCosta said he has had recent one-on-one conversations with Jackson around the framework of a long-term deal. But the sides haven’t begun formal negotiations and no contract proposals have been exchanged.

“We’re confident and committed to trying to get a long-term deal done, and hopefully we can get that done at some point in the near future,” DeCosta said. “It might take a little time, but we’re willing to try.”

Jackson, 24, is entering the final year of his four-year, $9.5 million rookie contract. He’s scheduled to earn $1.771 million in 2021 — which currently ranks 23rd among quarterbacks — after leading the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his three seasons and capturing the NFL MVP award in 2019.

Baltimore technically can keep Jackson from being a free agent through at least the 2023 season if it exercises his fifth-year option and uses the franchise tag. The process to sign franchise quarterbacks can be a long one. It took three years for the Cowboys and Prescott to strike a deal.

But DeCosta said his approach with Jackson won’t change by watching how talks unfolded in Dallas with Prescott.

“Every negotiation is different. Every player is different. Every GM is different,” DeCosta said. “We have a strategy, and we have a relationship. Lamar has played three years, and you know what, he’s a good player. We really feel good about him. I think he really feels good about us. It’s up to us to get a deal done.”

DeCosta indicated that he doesn’t know whether Jackson will continue to represent himself or will hire an agent.

According to DeCosta, he has had a couple of talks with Jackson since the season ended and spent time with him a few weeks ago. DeCosta said they talked about the team and about Jackson’s family as well as his goals and dreams for the future.

“We laughed a lot,” DeCosta said. “It’s been really healthy and really, really good. We started to talk about what a contract might look like, but we really haven’t necessarily gotten into all the weeds and the nuances of all those types of things, but that will be coming at some point soon.”

DeCosta added, “We will be as transparent as possible with Lamar. He’ll be as transparent as possible with us. Certainly, it’s going to be a good relationship and partnership.”

Bucs franchise Godwin, agree to 2-year deal with David

(AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin and agreed to a two-year deal with linebacker Lavonte David, the first steps in what the Super Bowl champions hope will be a successful bid to keep a star-studded roster intact to help Tom Brady pursue an eighth NFL title.

The 25-year-old Godwin earned $2.13 million in 2020 while ranking second to Mike Evans on the team with 65 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games. He stands to make about $16.4 million under the franchise tag next season.

David, meanwhile, agreed to a two-year contract worth up to $25 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal had not been announced.

David, who turned 31 in January, was set to become a free agent after nine pro seasons, all with the Bucs. He’s a long-time captain and generally regarded as the heart of a defense that’s ranked first against the run each of the past two seasons.

While ensuring Godwin returns for a fifth season was the team’s top priority entering free agency, Tuesday’s moves were just the beginning of what general manager Jason Licht and coach Bruce Arians have promised will be a determined effort to “keep the band together” for 2021.

With David agreeing to stay on a deal that includes $20 million guaranteed, linebacker Shaquil Barrett, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, tight end Rob Gronkowski, receiver Antonio Brown and running back Leonard Fournette are left as key players not under contract for next season.

The Bucs have also said they’re open to giving Brady a contract extension, a move likely to free space under the salary cap.

The 43-year-old quarterback is due to earn $25 million in the final season of a fully guaranteed $50 million contract he signed in free agency last March.

Barrett, meanwhile, is coming off a year in which he made $15.8 million while playing under the franchise tag after leading the NFL with 19+ sacks in 2019. He had eight sacks in 2020 before adding a team-best four in the playoffs – three in the NFC championship game and one more in the Super Bowl.

Godwin has teamed with Evans over the past four seasons to give the Bucs one of the best receiving tandems in the league.

Evans is the only player in NFL history to begin a career with seven consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving. Godwin posted career bests with 86 catches for 1,333 yards and nine TDs two years ago and has 244 receptions for 3,540 yards in 58 games since entering the league as a third-round draft pick in 2017.

Arians said last month that he doesn’t get involved in the financial aspects of signing or retaining players, but that he was hopeful the Bucs would find a way to keep Godwin.

“He loves it here. It’s hard to leave and go to another system just for money,” Arians said. “But it’s not bad paying two No. 1 receivers, that’s for sure, when they’re as good as our No. 1s.”

Meanwhile, the Bucs tendered all four of their exclusive rights free agents – tight end Tanner Hudson, long snapper Zach Triner and defensive linemen Jeremiah Ledbetter and Pat O’Connor.

NFL NEWS: Sources: New York Giants working Leonard Williams deal, may tag

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants and defensive lineman Leonard Williams are working on a long-term deal as the franchise deadline approaches, sources told ESPN. The deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Both parties would like to get something done, but the franchise tag is the likely option as a placeholder if they don’t get there in time. The tag (for the second consecutive year) is a mechanism to make sure that Williams remains a Giant after a career-best season where he finished with 11.5 sacks and 30 quarterbacks hits, good for third in the NFL. His 41 quarterback pressures were seventh among interior defensive linemen, according to NFL Next Gen Stats.

Williams, 26, played on the franchise tag last season at $16.126 million. A second tag would come at the cost of 120% of last year’s number, or $19.351 million.

The sixth-year lineman has an unresolved grievance with the NFLPA, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported recently. It’s a discrepancy over whether he should have been listed as a defensive end or tackle. If it’s the former, his 2020 salary would have been $17.8 million. That would make his second tag subsequently worth $21.4 million.

Regardless, especially with the Giants tight against the cap, a long-term deal is the goal with Williams. He is their top priority this offseason.

Williams was their best pass-rusher last season by a wide margin, producing more quarterback hits than the rest of the team’s defensive linemen combined.

It was quite the turnaround for the former first-round pick of the New York Jets in his first full season with the Giants. He thrived under coach Joe Judge and in the defensive system of coordinator Patrick Graham.

Williams was credited with half a sack the previous season, which he split between the Giants and the Jets. It was the latest in an unspectacular first five years in the NFL after being the sixth overall selection out of USC in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Giants still traded a pair of midround draft picks for Williams midway through the 2019 season, just months before he was set to become a free agent. They placed the franchise tag on him last offseason.

Williams proved worth his 2020 salary — and much more — as one of the most productive defensive linemen in football. He produced the first double-digit sack season of his career, with his previous high being seven in 2016.

For his career, Williams has totaled 323 tackles and 29 sacks.

NFL NEWS: Sources: Las Vegas Raiders’ Trent Brown returning to New England Patriots on one-year deal

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots will be acquiring offensive tackle Trent Brown from the Las Vegas Raiders in a trade after agreeing to a restructured one-year contract worth up to $11 million with him, sources tell ESPN’s Field Yates.

The Patriots are sending a 2022 fifth-round pick to the Raiders, in exchange for Brown and a 2022 seventh-round pick, a source told ESPN.

The Patriots are not expected to use their franchise tag on starting left guard  Joe Thuney, as they did last year, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Thuney is now likely headed to the free-agent market.

Brown, 27, previously played for the Patriots in 2018, starting every game in the team’s Super Bowl championship season. His excellent season set the stage for the Raiders to sign him to a four-year, $66 million contract as an unrestricted free agent in March 2019.

But Brown (6-foot-8, 380 pounds) has appeared in just 16 games over the past two seasons for the Raiders.

“Trent’s whole thing is when he’s healthy, in shape and ready to go, he’s as dominant as any tackle in football, and he proved that early in the 2019 season. Since then, it’s kind of been a roller coaster,” Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said last week.

“So really what he needs to do more than anything is get himself in the best shape of his life and come out and prove that he is a dominant tackle in the National Football League, and really that’s all it takes. If Trent gets in shape and stays committed, there’s not a better talent out there.”

Finances were a factor for both teams, as Brown was scheduled to earn $13.7 million in base salary in 2021 and $15 million in 2022.

Thuney, 28, has spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Patriots after being selected in the third round out of NC State in 2016. He played the 2020 season under the franchise tag, earning a salary of $14.7 million. A second tag this year would have been $17.7 million, which made it a long shot.

The Patriots and Thuney had all of 2019 and up until July 2020 to reach a long-term extension, but the sides never seemed close.

Thuney has registered the second-most offensive snaps since he entered the league, with 5,474. Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (5,492) has the most. Thuney also filled in at center and right tackle in emergency situations, with his versatility being one of his many assets.

Moving on from Brown clears about $14 million from the salary cap for the Raiders, who before the trade had about $3 million in space, according to OverTheCap.com.

The Patriots, with approximately $66 million in cap space, can easily absorb Brown’s adjusted contract that will make Brown a free agent after the 2021 season.

“Money don’t mean s— if you ain’t happy I swear to GOD!!” Brown tweeted Tuesday.

Brown, who can play both left and right tackle, could make veteran tight tackle Marcus Cannon expendable in New England. Releasing Cannon, who had opted out of the 2020 season, would save the Patriots about $6.3 million on the cap.

Also, starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn has battled injuries in each of his first three seasons, so Brown adds another layer of protection to the team at the position. With starting left guard Thuney also expected to head to free agency, the addition of Brown gives the Patriots an option to move Wynn to guard.

The Patriots had initially acquired Brown from the San Francisco 49ers in April 2018, landing him along with a fifth-round pick in exchange for a third-round pick. He entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick of the 49ers in 2015.

The trade won’t become official until the start of the league year March 17.

NFL NEWS: Bears place franchise tag on star receiver Allen Robinson

The Chicago Bears placed the franchise tag on star receiver Allen Robinson on Tuesday, setting up a potential messy situation with their most consistent playmaker on offense.

The sides have until July 15 to reach a multiyear deal. Otherwise, he would play next season for approximately $16.4 million assuming he signs.

Robinson agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract when he joined Chicago in 2018 after playing his first four seasons in Jacksonville. He is coming off one of his best seasons.

Robinson caught a career-high 102 passes. And his 1,250 yards were second only to the 1,400 he had with the Jaguars in his 2015 Pro Bowl season.

Robinson has 3,151 yards and 17 touchdowns since joining the Bears. He has 5,999 yards and 39 touchdowns in his career even though he has never played with an elite quarterback.

“Hey, we love Allen Robinson,” general manager Ryan Pace said recently. “He’s a great player for us. We know that. And not just the player but the teammate, the professional that he is. Again, the franchise tag is an option for us. It doesn’t mean we’re necessarily going to use that. But we want to keep our good players, and Allen is a good player for us.”

Robinson has made it clear he is no fan of the franchise tag, which limits players’ ability to sign elsewhere.

Teams who use it must tender a one-year contract for a figure based on the average of the five highest salaries at the position – or for 120 percent of the player’s prior year’s salary, whichever is higher. Those teams also have the right to match any offer a franchise player receives. And if they decline, they get two first-round draft picks in return.

“That’s a tough situation man, because, for myself, I believe I’m deserving of a long-term deal,” he said recently on Cris Collinsworth’s podcast. “Not only as a player, but as a person who is involved in the culture. You know, I’m a person who – you know, I feel like I’ve helped build Chicago’s culture. I feel like wherever – whether that’s Chicago or somewhere else – wherever my next stop may be, I think I will be a contributing factor to that culture. Again, for myself, that’s a significant value.”

The Bears made the playoffs despite going 8-8 in the regular season for the second year in a row, then got knocked out in a convincing wild-card loss at New Orleans. Besides re-signing Robinson, they also need a starting quarterback.

MLB NEWS: Yanks’ Britton needs surgery to remove elbow bone chip

(AP) The Yankees failed to make it out of spring training without a significant injury.

Left-hander Zack Britton needs arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip from his pitching elbow, and New York’s No. 2 reliever behind closer Aroldis Chapman seems certain to miss the start of the season.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced the need for an operation following New York’s 6-5 loss to Detroit on Tuesday.

“I appreciate the support from everyone,” Britton wrote on Twitter. “We all have daily challenges we have to overcome in order to reach our goals. Just have to keep pushing ahead! I will get this taken care of during the upcoming week and be back as asoon as I can.”

Britton will return to New York on Wednesday. Head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad will perform the surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

“As far as timetables and stuff like that, we’ll have more in the coming day or two days,” Boone said.

Boone said Britton’s ulnar collateral ligament was not suspected of being hurt, an injury that if diagnosed could lead to Tommy John surgery. Boone said Britton felt soreness Sunday night following a bullpen session and had an MRI of his elbow on Monday.

“I would say it’s always concerning any time any of your players are going through tests because they’re not quite where we want them to be,” Boone said Tuesday morning before learning the diagnosis. “Zack overall feels pretty good. He’s in good spirits about it. But let’s get the answers first.”

Britton, 33, disclosed last weekend that he was recovering from COVID-19, which he contracted in January. He has not pitched in any exhibitions.

“I think set him back a little bit in his buildup,” Boone said. “Just trying to kind of get his weight up. He’s actually been throwing pretty well early in spring.”

NBA NEWS: Pierce, Cooper, Bosh lead finalists for 2021 Hoop Hall class

(AP) Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce, “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers star Michael Cooper and 11-time NBA All-Star Chris Bosh lead a list of 14 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

The list announced Tuesday features six other first-time finalists: former NBA coach Rick Adelman, two-time NCAA champion and Villanova coach Jay Wright, two-time Olympic gold medalist Yolanda Griffith, three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson and former WNBA coach of the year Marianne Stanley, plus Hall of Famer Bill Russell for inclusion as a coach.

Russell, who won 11 NBA titles while playing for the Celtics, became the NBA’s first Black head coach in 1966 while he was still a player. He led Boston to back-to-back NBA titles in 1967-68 and 1968-69 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 1975.

Rounding out the list of finalists are Leta Andrews, the all-time winningest high school coach, male or female; Michigan “Fab Five” member Chris Webber; 2000 Olympic gold medalist Tim Hardaway; five-time NBA All-Star Marques Johnson and four-time NBA defensive player of the year Ben Wallace.

The Class of 2021 will be announced on May 16. The enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for September in Springfield. The exact date has not been released.

The Class of 2020 ceremony, headlined by the late Lakers star Kobe Bryant, was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been rescheduled for May 14-16 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

NHL NEWS: AP sources: NHL reaches 7-year agreement with ESPN

(AP) — The National Hockey League will return to ESPN beginning next season.

The two sides have reached agreement on a seven-year contract that includes four Stanley Cup Finals, people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized.

ESPN and the NHL had no comment. The deal was first reported by SportsNet in Canada.

NBC is in the final season of a 10-year contract worth $2 billion that gives it national NHL rights, but the league will air on multiple networks in its next agreement.

ESPN started airing NHL games when it went on the air in 1979 by making deals with individual teams. It had the national NHL rights from 1985-88 and 1992-2004.

NBC has aired games since 2005 and is still among the bidders for the other part of the deal, which includes three Stanley Cup Finals.

Most of NBC’s games air on NBC Sports Network, but that channel is being shut down by the end of the year. Most of NBCSN’s events are being shifted to USA Network.

Fox Sports and CBS are also likely to put in bids. Fox had NHL rights from 1995-99. Where all three networks stand could become clearer after the NFL’s television rights are finalized.

NBC’s deal with the English Premier League, which expires at the end of next season, is also up for renewal.

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
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Islanders2616643615755711-0-25-6-28-1-1
Washington Capitals251564341384808-3-27-3-27-2-1
Pittsburgh Penguins2515913112817711-2-04-7-17-3-0
Boston Bruins231364301166566-2-17-4-33-5-2
Philadelphia Flyers231373291276737-3-26-4-15-4-1
New York Rangers241011323968675-6-25-5-16-4-0
New Jersey Devils22811319855712-9-16-2-22-7-1
Buffalo Sabres24614416456802-7-24-7-21-7-2
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
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
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs271872381893679-4-19-3-16-4-0
Winnipeg Jets251681331683729-4-17-4-07-3-0
Edmonton Oilers2716110321686828-8-08-3-07-3-0
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
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Tampa Bay Lightning241842381887519-1-09-3-28-1-1
Carolina Hurricanes251861371488669-1-19-5-07-3-0
Florida Panthers251654361584727-3-39-2-15-3-2
Chicago Blackhawks271395311183867-4-26-5-35-4-1
Columbus Blue Jackets271012525971896-5-34-7-23-6-1
Nashville Predators261114123963857-7-04-7-15-4-1
Dallas Stars2188521862556-3-42-5-13-5-2
Detroit Red Wings27716418757914-6-33-10-13-6-1

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1941       The Dodgers announce their players will begin to wear helmets when batting. The use of the safety headgear will not become mandatory in the National League until 1954, and the AL will follow suit four years later.

1951       J. Edgar Hoover, longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, declines the post of baseball commissioner. President Calvin Coolidge appointed him in 1924, and the nation’s top cop remained in the FBI until his death in 1972.

1963       In an exhibition game against the White Sox, 21 year-old rookie Pete Rose goes 2-for-2 in his first appearance in a Reds’ uniform. The future all-time major league leader in hits will be named the National League’s Rookie of the Year.

1966       The Orioles trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to the Indians for reserve catcher Camilo Carreon, who will play in only four contests for his new team before retiring at the end of the season. The Tribe’s latest flycatcher will appear in more than 1,700 big-league games, but only six games for Cleveland, all in 1968.

1967       Ted Davidson, who had five wins and four saves for the Reds last season, is gunned down in an alley as he leaves a local restaurant, telling police his estranged wife shot him once in the abdomen and twice in the chest. The judge dismisses the charge against Mary Ruth Davidson when the southpaw, who will return to the team in June, but without his same effectiveness, fails to appear in court on two occasions.

1992       The Pirates trade pitcher Neal Heaton (3-3, 4.33) to the Royals for outfielder Kirk Gibson (.236, 16 HR, 18 SB). After being released by the Bucs in May, the veteran flycatcher, who will turn down an offer to play for the Arena Football League’s Detroit Drive, ends his brief retirement, playing his last three years as a Tiger for his former manager Sparky Anderson.

1993       Sherry Davis becomes the first full-time female major league public address announcer when she is hired by the Giants to work at Candlestick Park. The legal secretary, chosen from five hundred contestants, won the job in an open audition.

1995       Former Chicago Bull superstar Michael Jordan, citing labor unrest as the reason, announces that he is leaving the White Sox organization to return to the Chicago Bulls. In his only season in professional baseball, the future NBA Hall of Famer batted .202, hit three home runs, drove in 51 runs, stole 30 bases, and made 11 errors playing the outfield for the Double-A Birmingham Barons last season.

2004       When asked by Senator John McCain to renegotiate the major league baseball’s contract concerning the use of controlled substances, Donald Fehr refuses to comply. Although the union boss condemns the use of steroids, he believes the players oppose random drug testing as a violation of privacy, an argument countered by the Arizona Republican as unacceptable, promising congressional action if the status quo remains in place.

2005       Singling off Brad Thompson in a Cardinal intrasquad game, former pitching prospect Rick Ankiel goes 1-for-2 in his debut as a position player. Historic wildness and injuries ended the 25 year-old’s once very-promising career on the mound.

2006       Jhonny Peralta (.292, 24, 78) agrees to a $13 million, five-year deal, which includes a club option for 2011. In his first full season, the Indians shortstop established himself as one of the top offensive players for his position.

2006       Shairon Martis throws the first-ever no-hitter in WBC history as the Netherlands routs Panama, 10-0. The 19 year-old Dutch hurler threw exactly 65 pitches, which is the Classic’s pitch limit, to accomplish the historic deed in a game called after seven innings because of the mercy rule, a ten-run lead after seven innings.

2009       At Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium, the Netherlands WBC team, made up of mostly unknown players, upsets a heavily-favored Dominican Republic club for the second time in four days to advance to the next round of the World Baseball Classic. The Dominicans, considered to be an odds-on favorite, with a roster filled with major league All-Stars including David Ortiz (Red Sox), Hanley Ramirez (Marlins), and Miguel Tejada (Astros), are eliminated in the first round of the 16-team tournament.

2010       Nomar Garciaparra, announcing his retirement before the exhibition game against Tampa Bay, signs a ceremonial one-day contract with Boston, six years after rejecting a four-year, $60 million offer from the team that resulted in an acrimonious trade to the Cubs in 2004. The former Rookie of the Year and AL batting champion, who finishes his a 14-year major league career with a .313 batting average, gets his wish to leave the game in a Red Sox uniform when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate Jason Varitek.

2010       Justin Upton (.300, 26, 86) and the Diamondbacks come to terms on a $51.25 million, six-year contract, the second-largest deal in franchise history being slightly less than Randy Johnson’s $52.4 million pact in 1999. The 22 year-old outfielder, who was the team’s No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft, was selected to last season’s National League All-Star squad.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – During the sixth round, Marvelous Marvin Hagler hit John Mugabi with everything but a blackjack table. The world middleweight champion had the Ugandan challenger wobbling against the ropes on three sides of the ring. When the bell finally rang, Marvelous Marvin Hagler plopped down on the stool in his corner. But instead of looking up at his trainer Goody Petronelli for instructions, he stared across the ring, as if wondering how the boxer known as The Beast had survived that round.

As it developed, John Mugabi somehow survived into the 11th round when Marvelous Marvin Hagler’s barrage of right hands put him down for the count. And so Marvelous Marvin Hagler, his left eye puffed into a slit, retained his title with the 52nd knockout in his 62-2-2 record, apparently creating a September rematch with Thomas Hearns of their eight marvelous minutes of nearly a year ago. Quickly, sharply, Thomas Hearns had finished James Shuler in 73 seconds of the first round.

But the middleweight champion’s next fight apparently will be with himself. In a television interview in the ring moments after his triumph, Marvelous Marvin Hagler spoke about how “I have to give it a little thought, but this might be my last fight.” Those might have been the words of a weary warrior’s natural reaction to a brutal battle. Or they might have been a true and thoughtful reaction. Whatever they turn out to be, Bob Arum, the Top Rank promoter, sounded tonight as if he were still planning a Hagler-Hearns rematch in September. But the champion wouldn’t confirm it. “Give me a little time to go home and think about it,” the middleweight champion would say later in the interview area. “I’ll know more then.”

John Mugabi, meanwhile, had stirred the crowd of 15,553 in the outdoor arena atop the Caesars Palace tennis courts. In both the seventh and the 10th rounds, a chant of “Beast…Beast” drifted through the chill of the 51-degree weather, damp from showers in the hours before the bouts began. “In that sixth round,” the African’s manager, Mickey Duff, said, “he hurt the top of his right thumb, he probably has a hairline fracture. When he came back to the corner, he told me ‘My hand is very bad.’ I told him he couldn’t quit now, not that he ever mentioned quitting, but he had to show Hagler the right hand, then hit him in the body where it wouldn’t hurt so much. And he never mentioned his hand again.”

Among the spectators was another possible future foe for the middleweight champion – Donald Curry. From the folding chair where he was sitting across the stage yesterday morning, Donald Curry, the world welterweight champion, watched Marvelous Marvin Hagler weigh in at 159 1/2 pounds for tonight’s title bout. But instead of just being an onlooker, Donald Curry was inspecting the middleweight champion as a future opponent. According to the timetable of Bob Arum, the Top Rank promoter, Curry looms as Marvelous Marvin Hagler’s farewell opponent a year from September.

Marvelous Marvin Hagler, of course, might not want to continue that long – a factor even Bob Arum realizes. “Nothing is ever sure in boxing,” the promoter said. “Marvin might say, ‘What do I need Curry for?'”

Marvelous Marvin Hagler, who had his named legally changed to include the modifier, lost the middleweight title in a disputed split decision to Sugar Ray Leonard in 1987. Hagler retired to Italy with a record of 63-3-2, including 52 knockouts, and has lived quietly there ever since.

1992: With a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders’ Al Arbour became the second coach in N.H.L. history, after Scotty Bowman, to total 700 or more victories. Arbour led the Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup titles from 1980-83.

1974: Bobby Unser, the older brother, held off Al, the equally if not more successful brother, by 58-hundreths of a second and won the California 500 at Ontario. It was the closest 500-mile race the United States Auto Club had ever held. Bobby Unser won three Indianapolis 500’s (1968, ’75, ’81); Al Unser won four (1970, ’71, ’78 and ’87).

1996: Arkansas’ record run of 12 N.C.A.A. indoor track championships ended when Coach John McDonnell’s squad lost to George Mason University at Indianapolis. McDonnell is the winningest track coach in United States history, with 36 national titles in cross-country, indoor and outdoor events. After their loss to G.M.U., the Razorbacks won four of the next six titles through 2002.