INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SEMI-STATE
Elkhart (North Side Gym)
Class 2A | Blackford (25-4) vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (26-3) | 1 pm ET
Class 3A | Leo (23-4) vs. South Bend St. Joseph (21-4) | 4 pm ET
Lafayette Jefferson (Crawley Center)
Class A | Southwood (17-10) vs. Kouts (28-2) | 1 pm ET
Class 4A | Carmel (24-2) vs. Gary West Side (22-4) | 3:45 pm ET
Seymour (Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium)
Class 3A | Silver Creek (23-4) vs. Guerin Catholic (21-3) | 1 pm ET
Class 4A | Bloomington South (25-4) vs. Lawrence North (27-2) | 4 pm ET
Washington (Hatchet House)
Class A | Barr-Reeve (27-2) vs. Tindley (19-9) | 2 pm ET
Class 2A | Southridge (17-10) vs. Parke Heritage (26-3) | 4:30 pm ET
Utah 117 Boston 109
Chicago 123 Oklahoma City 102
Atlanta 119 Houston 107
Miami 113 Cleveland 98
Philadelphia 99 New York 96
Portland 125 New Orleans 124
LA Lakers 137 Minnesota 121
New Jersey 3 Buffalo 2
Washington 3 NY Islanders 1
Boston 2 Pittsburgh 1
Detroit 4 Carolina 2
Minnesota 3 Arizona 0
Tampa Bay 4 Dallas 3
Colorado 8 Anaheim 4
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – SPRING TRAINING
Milwaukee 7 LA Dodgers 2
LA Angels 17 Cleveland 8
Chicago White Sox 4 San Diego 3
Arizona 12 Oakland 3
Seattle 13 Kansas City 0
Colorado 11 Cincinnati 7
Texas 10 San Francisco 6
Boston 5 Atlanta 3
NY Yankees 7 Detroit 4
Pittsburgh 4 Minnesota 2
Toronto 14 Philadelphia 5
Tampa Bay 7 Baltimore 1
NY Mets 8 Houston 3
Miami 4 Washington 3
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Gonzaga, Baylor dominate AP All-America teams
(AP) — Gonzaga and Baylor spent almost the entire season holding down the top two spots in the Top 25.
Makes sense they’d hold down a bunch of spots on The Associated Press All-America teams.
The Bulldogs’ Corey Kispert and the Bears’ Jared Butler led the way with first-team nods Tuesday from the national panel of 63 media members that vote each week in the AP Top 25 poll. They were joined by unanimous pick Luka Garza of Iowa, a two-time selection, along with Ayo Dosunmu of Illinois and Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State.
Kispert and Butler had plenty of company, though.
The Bulldogs also landed big man Drew Timme and freshman sensation Jalen Suggs on the second team while Joel Ayayi was an honorable mention pick. The Bears had Davion Mitchell on the third team and MaCio Teague as an honorable mention.
“Thinking about me as a freshman coming to Baylor and not knowing what I’m getting myself into, having no expectations for how well I’m going to be or how good I’m going to be – it means a lot to come full circle,” said Butler, the Big 12 player of the year and a third-team All-American last season.
It is the first time Baylor, which earned a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament, has had a first-team All-American.
“These awards are just team awards,” said Butler, who withdrew from the NBA draft to return for his junior year. “I wouldn’t be here without my teammates just playing with me and giving me confidence. It’s been nice.”
Kispert also withdrew from the draft and also led his team to a No. 1 overall seed, along with helping the Bulldogs finish a perfect regular season. He joined Dan Dickau, Adam Morrison and Kelly Olynyk as first-team All-Americans from Gonzaga.
“He’s the epitome of a college athlete. He’s a poster child for the term student-athlete, great student, great ambassador for the program, our school and college athletics in general,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “It’s all been because of the work, the time he’s put in, and his growth physically and mentally. He’s just an unbelievable guy.”
So is Garza, the brilliant big man from Iowa, who came up two votes of being a unanimous choice last season. In fact, he’s been so dominant that the school’s career scoring leader will have his No. 55 jersey retired at the end of the season.
“He’s the focal point of every defense every time we take the floor. The more tape that’s on him, the tougher that gets for him,” Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery said. “So I just have been really impressed with his relentlessness to continue to improve and to handle anything that comes his way.”
Like the Hawkeyes, the Fighting Illini had never had a first-team pick until Dosunmu came along. The two-time All-Big Ten guard led them to the conference tournament title last weekend and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney.
Joining those veterans – seniors Garza and Kispert, juniors Butler and Dosunmu – is Cunningham, the favorite to be chosen first overall in the NBA draft. The calm freshman forward helped engineer an upset of Baylor in the Big 12 tourney and will lead the fourth-seeded Cowboys into the NCAA Tournament.
“Oklahoma State, last year wasn’t the year that they were proud of,” Cunningham said, “but I know there’s a bunch of guys that wanted to win and were going to do everything that it took to win. So having a group of guys like that, with the coach we have and staff we have, that’s what I want to surround myself with.”
While the first team was full of upperclassmen, the second team belonged to college basketball’s youth.
There was Suggs, the freshman who led Gonzaga to high-profile wins over Kansas and Iowa early in the season, and Timme, the sophomore who went from key reserve to crucial starter for the West Coast Conference champs.
Joining them were a trio of post players: Kofi Cockburn of Illinois, Hunter Dickinson of Michigan and Evan Mobley of USC.
“Very proud of Evan, his development,” Trojans coach Andy Enfield. “He’s really improved as a player throughout the season and we are going to need him to play at a high level starting the end of this week.”
Baylor’s Mitchell was joined on the third team by Quentin Grimes, the high-scoring guard from Houston; Herb Jones of Alabama; Cameron Krutwig of mid-major darling Loyola Chicago; and Chris Duarte of Oregon.
Just like the first- and second-team All-Americans, their teams also will be playing in the NCAA Tournament this week.
“You never want to take winning for granted,” said Krutwig, a member of the Ramblers team that reached the Final Four in 2018. “We put a lot of hard work into it. But we were sitting there saying, `There’s so much more to go.'”
Luka Garza, Iowa, 6-11, 265, senior, Washington, D.C., 23.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.7 bpg (63 of 63 first-place votes, 315 points)
Jared Butler, Baylor, 6-3, 195, junior, Reserve, Louisiana, 17.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.8 apg (60, 309)
Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois, 6-5, 200, junior, Chicago, 20.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.3 apg (59, 307)
Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State, 6-8, 220, freshman, Arlington, Texas, 20.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.6 apg (55, 299)
Corey Kispert, Gonzaga, 6-7, 220, senior, Edmonds, Washington, 19.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.8 apg (50, 284)
Drew Timme, Gonzaga, 6-10, 235, sophomore, Richardson, Texas, 18.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.0 apg (9, 188)
Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga, 6-4, 205, freshman, West St. Paul, Minnesota, 14.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.5 apg (8, 169)
Evan Mobley, Southern California, 7-0, 210, freshman, Murrieta, California, 16.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 3.0 bpg (4, 161)
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan, 7-1, 255, freshman, Alexandria, Virginia, 14.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg (2, 116)
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois, 7-0, 285, sophomore, Kingston, Jamaica, 17.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg (2, 111)
Davion Mitchell, Baylor, 6-2, 205, junior, Hinesville, Georgia, 14.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 5.4 apg (84)
Quentin Grimes, Houston, 6-5, 205, junior, The Woodlands, Texas, 18.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apg (68)
Herb Jones, Alabama, 6-8, 210, senior, Greensboro, Alabama, 11.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.4 apg (66)
Cameron Krutwig, Loyola Chicago, 6-9, 255, senior, Algonquin, Illinois, 15.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.0 apg (44)
Chris Duarte, Oregon, 6-6, 190, sophomore, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, 16.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 apg (35)
Honorable Mention (alphabetical order)
Max Abmas, Oral Roberts; Joel Ayayi, Gonzaga; Alex Barcello, BYU; Scottie Barnes, Florida State; Charles Bassey, Western Kentucky; James Bouknight, Connecticut; Justin Champagnie, Pittsburgh; Derek Culver, West Virginia; Antoine Davis, Detroit; Kendrick Davis, SMU; David Duke, Providence; Collin Gillespie, Villanova; Raiquan Gray, Florida State; Sam Hauser, Virginia; Jay Huff, Virginia; Nah’Shon Hyland, Virginia Commonwealth; Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana; Andrew Jones, Texas; Carlik Jones, Louisville; EJ Liddell, Ohio State; Isaiah Livers, Michigan; Sandro Mamukelashvili, Seton Hall; Jaquori McLaughlin, UC Santa Barbara; Tre Mann, Florida; Remy Martin, Arizona State; Miles McBride, West Virginia; Mac McClung, Texas Tech; Matt Mitchell, San Diego State; Moses Moody, Arkansas; Scotty Pippen Jr., Vanderbilt; Neemias Queta, Utah State; Austin Reaves, Oklahoma; Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova; Jaden Shackelford, Alabama; Terry Taylor, Austin Peay; MaCio Teague, Baylor; Cameron Thomas, LSU; Franz Wagner, Michigan; Trevion Williams, Purdue; McKinley Wright IV, Colorado; Moses Wright, Georgia Tech; Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton.
HOW TO WATCH THE FIRST ROUND OF MEN’S NCAA TOURNEY
Texas Southern vs. Mount St. Mary’s, 5:10 p.m. Thursday in Bloomington, Ind., TruTV
Drake vs. Wichita State, 6:27 p.m. Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind., TBS
Appalachian State vs. Norfolk State, 8:40 p.m. Thursday in Bloomington, Ind., TruTV
UCLA vs. Michigan State, 9:57 p.m. Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind., TBS
1 Michigan (20-4) vs. 16 Mt. St. Mary’s/Texas Southern winner, 3 p.m. Saturday at West Lafayette, CBS
8 LSU (18-9) vs. 9 St. Bonaventure (16-4), 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Bloomington, TNT
5 Colorado (22-8) vs. 12 Georgetown (13-12), 12:15 p.m. Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, CBS
4 Florida State (16-6) vs. 13 UNC Greensboro (21-8), 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, TruTV
6 BYU (20-6) vs. 11 Michigan State/UCLA winner, 9:40 p.m. Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, CBS
3 Texas (19-7) vs. 14 Abilene Christian (23-4), 9:50 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, TruTV
7 UConn (15-7) vs. 10 Maryland (16-13), 7:10 p.m. Saturday at West Lafayette, Ind., CBS
2 Alabama (24-6) vs. 15 Iona (12-5), 4 p.m. Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, TBS
1 Illinois (23-6) vs. 16 Drexel (12-7), 1:15 p.m. Friday at Farmers Coliseum, TBS
8 Loyola Chicago (24-4) vs. 9 Georgia Tech (17-8), 4 p.m. Friday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, TBS
5 Tennessee (18-8) vs. 12 Oregon State (17-12), 4:30 p.m. Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, TNT
4 Oklahoma State (20-8) vs. 13 Liberty (23-5), 6:25 p.m. Friday at Farmers Coliseum, TBS
6 San Diego State (23-4) vs. 11 Syracuse (16-9), 9:40 p.m. Friday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, CBS
3 West Virginia (18-9) vs. 14 Morehead State (23-7), 9:50 p.m. Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium, TruTV
7 Clemson (16-7) vs. 10 Rutgers (15-11), 9:20 p.m. Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, CBS
2 Houston (24-3) vs. 15 Cleveland State (19-7), 7:15 p.m. Friday at Bloomington, Ind., TruTV
1 Baylor (22-2) vs. 16 Hartford (15-8), 3:30 p.m. Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium, TruTV
8 North Carolina (18-10) vs. 9 Wisconsin (17-12), 7:10 p.m. Friday at West Lafayette, Ind., CBS
5 Villanova (16-6) vs. 12 Winthrop (23-1), 9:57 p.m. Friday at Farmers Coliseum, TNT
4 Purdue (18-9) vs. 13 North Texas (17-9), 7:25 p.m. Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium, TNT
6 Texas Tech (17-10) vs. 11 Utah State (20-8), 1:45 p.m. Friday at Bloomington, Ind., TNT
3 Arkansas (22-6) vs. 14 Colgate (14-1), 12:45 p.m. Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, TruTV
7 Florida (14-9) vs. 10 Virginia Tech (15-6), 12:15 p.m. Friday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, CBS
2 Ohio State (21-9) vs. 15 Oral Roberts (16-10), 3 p.m. Friday at West Lafayette, Ind., CBS
Gonzaga leads the West region and will play winner of Norfolk State/Appalachian State winner. Those two schools will play in the ‘First Four.”
8 Oklahoma (15-10) vs. 9 Missouri (16-9), 7:25 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, TNT
5 Creighton (20-8) vs. 12 UC Santa Barbara (22-4), 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, TruTV
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: New Mexico hires Pitino, as Minnesota aims higher once again
(AP) — Richard Pitino was hired on Tuesday as New Mexico’s head coach, hours after Minnesota finalized his firing following eight seasons with the Gophers.
Lobos athletic director Eddie Nunez picked the 38-year-old Pitino to be the 22nd head coach in the history of their program. He’s replacing Paul Weir, who went 58-63 in four seasons.
New Mexico last reached the NCAA Tournament in 2014, in head coach Craig Neal’s first year. The Lobos, playing in the Mountain West Conference, went three times in six seasons under Neal’s predecessor, Steve Alford.
Pitino took Minnesota to the NCAA Tournament twice. Over his eight years in the rugged Big Ten, the Gophers were 54-96 in conference play with only three regular season finishes higher than 10th place. The son of Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino, who’s back in the NCAA Tournament this year with Iona, Richard Pitino had one season of prior experience as a head coach at Florida International when he was hired at Minnesota.
NBA NEWS: Lillard scores 50, Blazers rally past Pelicans 125-124
(AP) Damian Lillard has led some memorable comebacks and made some clutch game-winners, but to him, this win was noteworthy.
Lillard had 50 points and 10 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers came from behind to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-124 on Tuesday night.
Lillard, who finished with six 3-pointers, made a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds left for Portland, which rallied from a 17-point deficit with some six minutes remaining. He scored 20 of his points in the final quarter.
“I think with how it happened and the position we were in down the stretch, this will be one I remember,” Lillard said.
Brandon Ingram scored 30 points and Zion Williamson added 28 for the Pelicans. Lonzo Ball had 11 points and a season-high 17 assists.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 20 points, including six 3-pointers, off the bench for New Orleans. His 3 midway through the final quarter stretched the Pelicans’ lead to 112-96.
But Gary Trent Jr.’s 3-pointer pulled the Blazers to within 117-113 with 3:30 left. Lillard added a 3 to make it a one-point game.
Eric Bledsoe answered with a 3 for New Orleans, but Carmelo Anthony’s jumper kept it close. Williamson’s layup made it 122-118 with just over a minute to go.
After Lillard and Williamson traded layups, Lillard was fouled and made both his shots. With 4.2 seconds left the Blazers got the ball with the Pelicans hanging on to a 124-123 lead.
Bledsoe fouled Lillard, who made both his shots to put Portland up 125-124 with 1.2 seconds left. Williamson’s turnaround hook at the other end at the buzzer missed the mark.
“I got to my spot and drew a foul and that was game,” Lillard said.
The Pelicans were stunned.
“I mean, we just didn’t play the way we played the whole game, like we were trying to run the clock out,” Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We talked about that before: We’ve got to get the ball down the floor and play the game. And we did not do it.”
CJ McCollum, who was out with a fractured left foot, returned and finished with 10 points in 27 minutes for the Blazers. McCollum was averaging a career-best 26.7 points, as well as five assists, when he was injured during a game against the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 16.
NBA NEWS: LeBron gets 99th triple-double, Lakers rout Wolves 137-121
(AP) LeBron James had 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in his 99th career triple-double, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 137-121 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
Montrezl Harrell scored 25 points in another big game for the defending NBA champions, who picked up their third straight victory on the second night of a back-to-back set. James also recorded a triple-double Monday night at Golden State while Harrell scored 27 points.
“He’s obviously the best reader of pick-and-roll action in the game, and Trez is a dynamic roller,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Minnesota had a hard time figuring it out, and we have a mindset with our stuff that if a play works, we keep running it.”
Dennis Schroder had 16 points and seven assists, while Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker scored 16 points apiece and excelled in the second half as the Lakers pulled away from NBA-worst Minnesota in the fourth quarter with 35 points on 14-for-23 shooting, particularly out of James’ pick-and-rolls.
The Lakers had 37 assists against Minnesota after racking up 36 at Golden State, giving them 35 or more assists in back-to-back games for the first time since 1996.
“I’m just trying to dictate play, and whatever the defense gives us, just put the ball on target at the right times and make the right reads,” James said. “I was able to do that, especially in the fourth quarter.”
The undersized Harrell had another strong game in the paint as the Lakers kept winning without starting big men Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol. Davis missed his 12th straight game with a right calf injury likely to sideline him until April.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards scored 29 points apiece for the Timberwolves, who had won two of their last three games for the first time since December.
“When a young team like we are gets tired, bad habits kick in,” said Ricky Rubio, who scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half. “One of those is you settle for a jumper or a pull-up 3 instead of attacking to the rim. That’s why experience in this league is so important. With a veteran team like the Lakers, in the fourth quarter when the fatigue kicks in, they get even better. We’ve got to learn from that.”
Minnesota made 52% of its shots against one of the NBA’s best defensive teams, but allowed eight Lakers to score at least eight points apiece.
“I thought we came out and started great, and then our shot selection got away from us,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said. “We took a bunch of half-baked shots … and that allowed them to come back to tighten the game up again.”
Report: James becomes partner in group that owns Red Sox
(AP) LeBron James has become a partner in Fenway Sports Group, making the Los Angeles Lakers star a part-owner of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday.
Fenway Sports Group is the parent company of the Red Sox as well as the Liverpool Football Club of the English Premier League and the Roush Fenway Racing NASCAR team. The paper reported that Maverick Carter, James’ longtime business partner, was also involved in the deal.
Fenway Sports Group Chairman Tom Werner did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment. A spokeswoman for the Red Sox and FSG declined to comment.
James has had a relationship with FSG since 2011, when he signed a marketing deal in exchange for a small ownership stake in Liverpool.
Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said James being able to buy into the group is a huge step.
“I think when you look at him in particular, and his forethought to be able to put himself in position to change generational wealth, has been amazing,” Bickerstaff said. “And you look at not only what he’s done for himself but what it allows him to do for other people. It’s something that inspires, something for others to marvel at.”
“You knew that he has a great eye and passion for business,” added Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “And he doesn’t set any boundaries on where he can take it. He’s a big Yankees fan, so I think that that makes it fun.”
Bears agree to 1-year, $10 million contract with QB Dalton
(AP) The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with former Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton, agent Jeffrey Nalley said Tuesday.
The three-time Pro Bowler could earn an additional $3 million in bonuses.
Dalton signed with Dallas last May to back up Dak Prescott after getting released by Cincinnati. He wound up starting nine games, officially going 4-4 to bring his career record to 74-65-2, with Prescott suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5. The Cowboys finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Dalton has thrown for 33,764 yards, 218 touchdowns and 126 interceptions. He set several Bengals passing records over nine seasons and made the Pro Bowl in 2011, 2014 and 2016. But he never led Cincinnati past the first round of the playoffs.
Signing Dalton gives the Bears two veteran quarterbacks with Nick Foles also on the roster. And it almost certainly shuts the door on 2017 No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky re-signing.
The Bears seemed to make clear their feelings about Trubisky prior to last season when they acquired Foles from Jacksonville and declined their fifth-year option for 2021 on their once-prized QB.
Trubisky got benched in a Week 3 comeback win at Atlanta and didn’t return to the lineup until late November. In between, Foles struggled and suffered a hip and glute injury.
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.
Also on Tuesday, the team announced a three-year extension through 2023 with defensive end Mario Edwards Jr.
AP source: Rams sending veteran DT Michael Brockers to Lions
(AP) A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Rams are finalizing a trade sending veteran defensive tackle Michael Brockers to the Detroit Lions.
The person spoke Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been completed.
Brockers has been a stalwart on the Rams’ defensive line for the past nine seasons after they chose him with general manager Les Snead’s first draft pick in St. Louis in 2012. Brockers teamed up with All-Pro Aaron Donald in 2015 and built a formidable tandem on the Rams’ defensive line, and they were joined last year by Sebastian Joseph-Day in a breakout season.
Now Brockers is headed to Detroit to reunite with quarterback Jared Goff, who will be formally moved this week when the Rams’ trade for Matthew Stafford can be completed.
Brockers had 51 tackles and five sacks in 15 games for the Rams last season. He has 28 career sacks in nine seasons as a starter for the Rams while specializing in the dirty work and run-stopping assignments on the line.
Brockers also was a locker-room leader for the Rams. Snead and coach Sean McVay repeatedly lauded the veteran’s smarts and attitude as an example to their younger players.
“The energy, the charisma, the presence and the leadership that he provides, he has been so instrumental,” McVay said in January after Brockers returned from a bout with COVID-19.
“And it’s not just the production,” McVay said. “I’ll tell you what you really feel: You appreciate him because he’s got this warm, engaging personality, but he locks in on the field. Guys look to him to see, `All right, what does it look like to be a pro’s pro with how you approach meetings, how you approach practice?’ I think he has that perfect balance of urgency and enjoyment.”
Brockers nearly left the Rams a year ago, but his free-agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens was scratched when the team couldn’t get a satisfactory physical exam during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brockers subsequently re-signed with the Rams on a three-year deal.
NFL NEWS: Denver Broncos exercise Von Miller’s 2021 option
(AP) The Denver Broncos have exercised star linebacker Von Miller’s 2021 option.
The move engages the final season of the six-year, $114.5 million contract Miller signed in 2016 in the aftermath of his Super Bowl 50 MVP performance.
It also guarantees him $7 million of his $17.5 million base salary.
Tuesday was the deadline to exercise his option or Miller, who turns 32 this month, would have become an unrestricted free agent. The Broncos tweeted without comment an image of Miller celebrating the team’s Super Bowl triumph five years ago.
Miller has recovered from a freak ankle injury that sidelined him all of last season, and he recently was cleared of off-the-field concerns when the local district attorney’s office declined to bring charges against him following an unspecified investigation by the Parker, Colorado, police department.
Before that, new general manager George Paton said he wanted Miller to remain in Denver but was monitoring his legal situation before committing to his return.
Miller was John Elway’s first draft pick back in 2011, when he was the No. 2 overall pick behind Cam Newton, whom he dominated in Super Bowl 50 to help Denver beat Carolina 24-10 in Peyton Manning’s farewell game.
Miller is the Broncos’ all-time leader with 106 regular-season sacks and 25 forced fumbles. He is an eight-time Pro Bowler.
Last year he became the first NFL player and first superstar athlete to announce he’d contracted COVID-19. After recovering, he embarked on a strenuous strength and conditioning program and appeared primed for a big season before suffering an ankle tendon injury six days before the opener.
The move to keep Miller came a day after the Broncos agreed to three-year deals with Broncos veteran defensive end Shelby Harris and cornerback Ronald Darby, who spent last season in Washington.
NFL NEWS: Bears, DE Edwards Jr. agree to 3-year contract extension
(AP) The Chicago Bears and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. have agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2023, the team announced on Tuesday.
Edwards had a career-high four sacks and seven quarterback hits after signing with Chicago prior to last season. He has 14 1/2 sacks and 30 QB hits over six seasons with the Raiders, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and Bears.
Chicago’s defense ranked 11th overall last season. 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.
NFL NEWS: AP source: Shaquill Griffin agrees to join Jaguars
(AP) — A person familiar with negotiations says the Jacksonville Jaguars and former Seattle cornerback Shaquill Griffin have agreed to a three-year deal worth up to $44.5 million and includes $29 million guaranteed, the most significant move for new coach Urban Meyer in his NFL debut.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because neither side can make free agent agreements official until the new league year begins Wednesday.
Griffin’s agent, Buddy Baker, tweeted “Duval,” a nod to the city’s rallying cry and an apparent public confirmation of his client’s move east.
Griffin will be an immediate starter opposite CJ Henderson, the ninth overall pick in the 2020 draft, and could help the Jaguars have one of the league’s best coverage tandems.
Griffin has 48 pass breakups, including six interceptions, in four years with the Seahawks. He had a career-best three picks last season and made the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2019.
His twin brother, Shaquem, could join him in Jacksonville. The Seahawks aren’t expected to place a restricted free agent tender on him, meaning he would become a free agent Wednesday and would be free to sign anywhere. The brothers grew up in St. Petersburg, about four hours away, and played college football at UCF.
Shaquill Griffin is the third surefire defensive starter to join Jacksonville in free agency, following safety Rayshawn Jenkins (four years, $35 million) and defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (three years, $24.4 million).
Jacksonville ranked last in nearly every defensive category in 2020 and allowed a franchise-record 30.75 points a game.
The Jaguars have now landed 10 free agents to go along with re-signing guard/center Tyler Shatley and cornerbacks Tre Herndon and Sidney Jones.
They added two more backups Tuesday: former Baltimore defensive end Jihad Ward and former Carolina tight end Chris Manhertz.
Ward reunites with former Ravens defensive line coach Joe Cullen, who is now Jacksonville’s defensive coordinator. The 6-foot-5, 287-pound Ward has eight sacks in 51 games with Baltimore, Indianapolis and Oakland.
NFL NEWS: Bourne agrees to 3-year, $22.5 million deal with Patriots
(AP) The Patriots have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent receiver Kendrick Bourne.
His agent, Henry Organ of Disruptive Sports, says the deal is for three years and could be worth as much as $22.5 million. New contracts can’t officially be signed until the league year begins on Wednesday.
New England entered free agency looking to spend at least a portion of the more than $65 million it had in salary cap space to upgrade its receiver group. The Patriots’ receivers combined for only four touchdown receptions this past season.
The 25-year-old Bourne has caught 11 touchdowns in his four seasons in San Francisco. He’ll arrive in Foxborough coming off his best season in 2020, catching 49 passes for 667 yards.
NFL NEWS: Report: Patriots signing Henry to 3-year, $37.5M contract
The New England Patriots made yet another free-agent splash Tuesday, agreeing to terms with tight end Hunter Henry on a three-year, $37.5-million contract, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The deal, which comes just one day after New England agreed to sign former Tennessee Titans tight end Jonnu Smith, includes $25 million guaranteed.
Henry spent the first five seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Chargers, where he was effective as both a receiver and blocker.
The 26-year-old amassed 613 receiving yards, four touchdowns, and a career-high 60 receptions in 2020.
Bill Belichick has made it a priority to improve a skill-position group that struggled mightily last year. New England also agreed to terms with wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne on Monday.
Henry and Smith are both expected to play a major role for the Patriots this upcoming campaign, headlining multiple tight end sets. Henry can line up along the line of scrimmage, while Smith is best utilized as a matchup winner at various spots.
Williams Garners Two All-District First-Team Accolades
INDIANAPOLIS – Trevion Williams picked up a pair of first-team All-District accolades as both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) recognized the junior center from Chicago.
Williams had a big year for the Boilermakers, helping Purdue to a No. 4 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. He is averaging 15.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting over 52 percent from the field. He was previously named first-team All-Big Ten by league coaches and is one of five finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, given to the nation’s top center.
Williams enters the NCAA Tournament with 10 double-doubles this season, including six 20-10 games, the second most among any player in the NCAA Tournament field. His 20 career double-doubles rank 16th in school history.
Williams is coming off a monster game against Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament, scoring 26 points with 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocked shots, the only player since 2010-11 to reach those marks in a postseason game.
Williams and his teammates take on No. 13-seed North Texas in Friday’s first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Lambert Recognized as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue soccer senior defender Maya Lambert has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.
It is the fourth Big Ten weekly accolade earned by a Boilermaker this season, the most of any team. The award is the first of Lambert’s career.
Lambert recorded the assist on the match-winning goal on March 13 against Northwestern, and she led the Purdue defense to a pair of shutouts last week, with a 2-0 victory at Wisconsin on March 8 followed by a 1-0 home win over NU.
On the match-winning assist against the Wildcats, the ball was centered to Lambert from the near sideline by junior defender Julia Ware, 25 yards from Purdue’s endline. Lambert dribbled several yards before she sent a long ball up the field to meet redshirt junior forward Sarah Griffith on the run, 25 yards in front of Northwestern’s goal. Griffith dribbled to her left into the 18 and buried the match-winner at 73:12.
It was Lambert’s second assist of her career, with the first, as a freshman in 2017, also the match-winner.
At Wisconsin, the defending Big Ten champions, the defense allowed just four shots, two on goal. Northwestern had eight shots, but just two were on goal. The shutouts of UW and NU were the first by Purdue this season and also the first time the Badgers and Wildcats were held without a goal during the 2020-21 campaign.
A native of Northbrook, Illinois, Lambert has started all six matches and has played 537 minutes, fourth-most on the team and 15 minutes shy of every minute. She has two shots, one on goal, on the season.
Lambert joins freshman forward Nicole Kevdzija as Big Ten weekly honorees in 2020-21, as Kevdzija was named the freshman of the week on March 2 and both the freshman and offensive player of the week on March 9.
Up next, Lambert and the Boilermakers welcome Ohio State to Folk Field on Thursday, March 18. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.
PURDUE TRACK: Five Earn All-America Honors
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Five Purdue track & field athletes have earned All-America honors, including two on the first team, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced.
Senior Tamar Greene and sophomore Marcellus Moore were named First Team All-America, and seniors Brian Faust and Alexis Zatta and junior Isaiah Martin earned Second Team All-America accolades.
Faust and Martin are recognized for the second time in their careers indoors, while Greene, Moore and Zatta earned their first indoor All-America distinction.
All five Boilermakers competed at last weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and notched top-16 finishes in their events.
Moore finished sixth overall in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.65 seconds on March 13. It tied his personal-best mark set the previous day, which is tied for the third-fastest in program history in the event. Moore entered the meet seeded No. 15 in the event.
Greene placed seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 16.28 meters. The second-best jump in the Purdue record books, it came on his second attempt. Greene was seeded 10th nationally.
Martin was 10th in the heptathlon with 5,501 points and collected All-America honors in the event for the second consecutive year. Seeded No. 12, Martin was second among four Big Ten competitors. The Purdue record-holder in the event, he eclipsed the 5,500-point mark for the third time in his career and remains the only Boilermaker in program history to reach that mark.
Faust competed in the 400, where he was 12th overall in 46.56. An All-American in the 400 indoors in 2020, Faust is the school record in the event and was seeded No. 13.
Zatta collected All-America accolades in the high jump, where she was 15th and cleared 1.76 meters. She was the No. 15 seed entering the national championships.
Indiana Claims Weekly Men’s Soccer Awards
Offensive Player of the Week
Brett Bebej, Indiana
M – So. – Shorewood, Ill. – Minooka Community
- Scored his first-career brace against Wisconsin in a 4-0 win on March 11
- Followed that performance with an assist in a 2-1 win over Michigan State on March 15
- The five points in a two-game stretch is the most in his career
- Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
- Last Indiana Offensive Player of the Week: Aiden Morris (Oct. 29, 2019)
Defensive Player of the Week
Roman Celentano, Indiana
GK – So. – Naperville, Ill. – Neuqua Valley
- Recorded seven saves over two victories while only conceding one goal against Wisconsin (March 11) and Michigan State (March 15)
- Stopped six shots in the shutout victory against the Badgers
- Has allowed one or fewer goals in all five starts this season and holds a record of 4-1
- Earns his second career Defensive Player of the Week award and first of the season
- Last Indiana Defensive Player of the Week: Jack Maher (Nov. 5, 2019)
Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers Earn Baseball Weekly Honors
Terrapins’ Cowles named Player of the Week; Hoosiers’ Brown earned Pitcher of the Week; Scarlet Knights’ Rodriguez tabbed Freshman of the Week
Player of the Week
Benjamin Cowles, Maryland
SS – Jr. – Newark, N.Y. – Newark
- Delivered a 1.500 slugging percentage to help the Terrapins split the series vs. Rutgers
- Went 6-for-14 at the plate, with six runs scored, eight RBI and five home runs
- Leads the team in batting average (.375), runs scored (8), hits (9), home runs (6) and RBI (11)
- Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
- Last Maryland Big Ten Player of the Week: AJ Lee (May 20, 2019)
Pitcher of the Week
McCade Brown, Indiana
P – So. – Normal, Ill. – Normal West
- Tossed seven shutout innings in Saturday’s 8-0 victory over Penn State
- Matched the Indiana school record with a career-high 16 strikeouts
- Struck out every Penn State starter at least once in the victory, sitting 15-straight Nittany Lions and posting 13 strikeouts and two groundouts in the stretch
- Wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
- Last Indiana Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Tommy Sommer (March 10, 2021)
Freshman of the Week
Josh Rodriguez, Rutgers
OF – Belleville, N.J. – St. Joseph’s Regional [Montvale]
- Helped the Scarlet Knights to a series split at Maryland last weekend
- Registered a .389 batting average on the week as the leadoff hitter with seven hits, five runs, four RBI, two doubles, two home runs and a stolen base
- Recorded a .421 on-base percentage and .833 slugging percentage
- Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
- Last Rutgers Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Harry Rutkowski (March 26, 2018)
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1955
MONTREAL (AP) – Thousands of spectators took over the Forum tonight in a frenzied demonstration against Clarence Campbell, president of the National Hockey League. They were furious over the suspension of their idol, Maurice (Rocket) Richard. Campbell was assaulted and pelted with fruit and overshoes before the game between Montreal and Detroit was forfeited to the visiting Red Wings. Throughout the riot, Richard sat in a seat at the end of the Forum. The Montreal team’s high-scoring star was set down today for the rest of the regular league season and the post-season Stanley Cup playoffs.
Campbell arrived midway in the first period of the game. He was greeted by catcalls and assorted epithets by the crowd, which was getting out of hand even then. For the next quarter-hour the fans’ pentup emotions grew louder until they reached a fever pitch. At the intermission, with the Red Wings ahead by 4-1, a smoke bomb exploded and hundreds of the spectators, along with Campbell, made their way to the exits. Many were coughing. It was at this point that Fire Chief Armand Pare ordered the game halted for the “protection of the people.” Fearful of a full scale panic, Pare ordered his men from the building, explaining that the sight of firemen by the 14,000 persons might lead to a stampede.
Campbell was greeted with a barrage of programs, peanuts and eggs when he arrived at the home rink of the Canadiens’ sextet. But he kept his composure through violent threats until the bomb went off. He was pelted with overshoes, rubbers and oranges all through his stay and finally was assaulted by a man who slipped through police lines on the pretext of being a friend of the league head. Campbell did not appear to be injured, but he made his way from the arena. Police said the man walked up to Campbell and offered his hand before punching him.
Richard was suspended by the league president for a fight with Hal Laycoe of Boston last Sunday night. Laycoe suffered a cut on the head, as did Richard. The Montreal ace also punched Linesman Cliff Thompson twice. Tonight, the spectators poured from the Forum after the bomb went off. They fell over one another. Outside, demonstrators who were equally furious as the ones inside threw rocks, frozen snow and bottles at police, streetcars and automobiles. Some overhead wires of the trolley lines were pulled down, too. Even in the afternoon there were indications of trouble, for Campbell received many threatening telephone calls. But he announced he would be at the game.
Montreal is perhaps the most rabid hockey city in North America. The suspension of Richard would be the equivalent of Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick suspending Willie Mays of the New York Giants in the middle of the pennant drive and adding that he couldn’t play in the world series, either.
1990: Julio Cesar Chavez knocked out Meldrick Taylor in the final seconds of their 12-round world junior welterweight title fight in Las Vegas, raising his record to 69-0. He remained undefeated and untied until a draw against Pernell Whitaker in 1993.
1897: Bob Fitzsimmons, a 167-pound middleweight, knocked out James (Gentleman Jim) Corbett in the 14th round of their heavyweight fight in Carson City, Nev., claiming the world title. Afterward, Fitzsimmons said of the 183-pound Corbett, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”
1973: The Philadelphia 76ers set an N.B.A. record for futility, losing their 68th game of the season. The Sixers finished with a 9-73 record and remain the only team in league history not to reach double figures in victories. The 1997-98 Denver Nuggets were the next most inept (11-71).
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1907 After yesterday’s alleged vicious attack on the groundskeeper’s wife by his troubled outfielder, Tigers owner Frank Navin makes an all-out effort to trade Ty Cobb. Indian skipper Nap Lajoie turns down a straight swap for former league batting champ Elmer Flick, calling the ‘Georgia Peach’ a problem player, and Connie Mack of the A’s, given his already strong outfield, shows only a passing interest.
1936 Twenty-one-yearold Joe DiMaggio makes his Yankee debut in a big way, collecting four hits, including a triple, in an 8-7 exhibition loss to the Cardinals at Miller Huggins Field in St. Petersburg (FL). The two-time American League MVP and future Hall of Fame outfielder will play 13 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, appearing in ten Fall Classics, in which the team wins nine World Championships.
1940 🇫🇮 At Plant Field in Tampa, a capacity crowd sees the National League beat the AL in an interleague exhibition all-star game. The charity contest, which is heard nationally on the Mutual Broadcasting System, raises over $20,000 to help feed, clothe, and house the non-combatant citizens of Finland, whose country was recently attacked in November by the Soviet Union.
1946 In Dayton Beach, the only city that allows him to play, Montreal infielder Jackie Robinson makes his preseason debut at City Island Ball Park. In the first-ever integrated spring training game, the former Negro League standout goes 0-for-3 against the Dodgers but is encouraged by the crowd’s reception.
1953 The Braves’ spring training game against the Yankees in Bradenton will prove to be the team’s last full one representing the city of Boston. During the sixth inning of tomorrow’s exhibition contest, the club learns of the National League’s approval of its shift to Milwaukee, unlike the Junior Circuit’s decision two days ago denying Bill Veeck permission to move his Browns to Baltimore due to the short amount of time left before Opening Day.
1953 The Milwaukee County Board, which oversees County Stadium, tears up their three-year deal with its minor league team and offers the use of the ballpark to the Boston Braves at the reduced rate of $1,000 for the first two years. In exchange, the city would receive five percent of the gate receipts and the majority of the concession sales for the first three seasons.
1965 Jackie Robinson continues to break barriers, becoming the first black to be a member of a national network broadcasting team when he signs on to announce games with ABC. The Hall of Fame infielder will make his Game of the Week debut next month at Fenway Park, teaming with Merle Harmon, the radio voice of the Milwaukee Braves.
1966 Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale play hardball when negotiating with the Dodgers. The duo signs movie contracts, showing they are serious about retiring from baseball if Los Angeles doesn’t agree to their salary demands.
1969 The Braves trade Joe Torre, a spring training holdout publicly feuding with team GM Paul Richards, to the Cardinals for 1967 National League MVP Orlando Cepeda. The All-Star catcher/infielder will play six years in St. Louis, compiling a .308 batting average for the Redbirds that includes a major league-leading .363 in his 1971 MVP season.
1976 All clubs will comply within forty-eight hours to Commissioner Kuhn’s orders to open spring training camps as soon as possible, abruptly ending the 17-day work stoppage. The lockout, initiated by the owners over their concerns about free agency and the free-entry draft, will not impact the start of the regular season.
1977 In a decision seen as one of the most influential and precedent-setting cases in the history of American jurisprudence in regards to professional sports, a federal court rules in favor of Bowie Kuhn’s decision to void the 1976 sale of A’s players by Charlie Finley. The Oakland owner sued the commissioner for illegal restraint of trade when his deals to send Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox for $2 million and Vida Blue to the Yankees for $1.5 million were invalidated “in the best interests of baseball.”
1986 During a Cactus League contest, Carney Lansford is credited with an unusual two-run inside-the-park homer in the fourth inning of the A’s 5-3 victory over the Indians in Phoenix. The infielder circles the bases when Mel Hall’s shirt gets stuck on the fence, preventing the outfielder from playing the ball, that is just barely out of reach, with shortstop Julio Franco, closest to the play, unable to help because he is so incapacitated with laughter.
1999 In a rare dismissal of a manager in spring training, the Blue Jays, after deciding he has lost all his credibility, fire Tim Johnson, replacing him with Jim Fregosi. In the offseason, the former Toronto skipper, after claiming he had seen combat in Vietnam, reveals he lied about his military service, causing many players on his team to lose all respect for him as their field boss.
2001 Joe Randa agrees to a two-year contract extension keeping him in Kansas City until the 2003 season. The Royals’ third baseman batted .304 and knocked in 106 runs for the Royals in 155 games last season.
2005 During 11+ hours of the Committee on Government Reform hearing concerning the use of steroids in major leagues, Mark McGwire refuses to talk about the past and does not deny taking performance-enhancing drugs. Other players testifying included Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and former big leaguer Jose Canseco, whose recent book prompted the congressional hearing.
2008 The Dodgers lose to the Astros, 12-10, in their last contest at Dodgertown, the team’s spring training home since 1948. Eighty-one year old Carl Erskine, who pitched the first game that occurred at Holman Stadium 55 years ago, plays the national anthem on his harmonica before the contest.
2010 In a rare spring training ruling, major league baseball suspends a player as a result of an incident that occurs in an exhibition game. Cliff Lee, the Mariners’ much-hyped acquisition, is fined and suspended for the first five games of the regular season after throwing a pitch over the head of Chris Snyder in a Cactus League contest against Arizona.
2020 An Oakland fan named Justin, who tweeted a picture of himself wearing an A’s hat while in a hospital bed after testing positive for the Coronavirus, receives an invitation from team president Dave Kaval to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day at the Coliseum. In his Twitter post, the 39-year-old COVID-19 patient issued a plea to take the pandemic seriously, saying, “don’t be a moron, stay home!
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