“THE SCOREBOARD”

BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

GEO Next Generation 40 Believe Circle City 29
Greenwood Christian 48 Covenant Christian 38
Indiana Deaf 62 Providence Cristo Rey 42
Indianapolis Tech 81 Liberty Christian 44
Kankakee Valley 57 Morgan Twp. 55
LaLumiere Regional 75 South Bend Career 51
Mooresville Christian 60 Indianapolis International 53
Muncie Burris 49 Randolph Southern 36
South Bend Riley 35 John Glenn 24
South Bend St. Joseph 81 Jimtown 49
South Bend Washington 77 South Bend Clay 72
Tri 47 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 37
Westfield 59 Guerin Catholic 41
Westview 36 NorthWood 28
Westville 68 Calumet Christian 58

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

Angola at Garrett 7:30 pm
Attica at Covington 7:30 pm
Avon at Terre Haute South 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve at Springs Valley 7:30 pm
Batesville at Lawrenceburg 7:30 pm
Blackford at Alexandria 8:00 pm
Bloomfield at Clay City 7:30 pm
Bloomington North at Mooresville 7:30 pm
Bloomington South at Southport 7:30 pm
Blue River at Cowan 7:30 pm
Boonville at Tecumseh 8:00 pm
Borden at South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
Bowman Academy at Hammond Morton 8:00 pm
Brown County at Owen Valley 7:30 pm
Brownsburg at Pike 7:30 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Knightstown 7:30 pm
Caston at Carroll (Flora) 7:30 pm
Centerville at Daleville 7:30 pm
Christian Academy at Rock Creek Academy 7:30 pm
Clarksville at Charlestown 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Delphi 7:30 pm
Cloverdale at Indian Creek 7:30 pm
Columbus East at Bedford North Lawrence 7:30 pm
Concord at Penn 7:45 pm
Crawford County at Eastern (Pekin) 7:30 pm
Culver Academy at Lake Central 8:00 pm
Danville at Southmont 8:00 pm
East Central at Jennings County 7:30 pm
East Chicago Central at Munster 8:00 pm
Eastern (Greentown) at Tri-Central 7:30 pm
Edgewood at South Vermillion 7:30 pm
Elkhart at South Bend Adams 7:45 pm
Evansville Day at Tell City 8:30 pm
Evansville Harrison at Castle 8:00 pm
Evansville Memorial at Jasper 8:00 pm
Evansville Reitz at Evansville Mater Dei 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne North at Fort Wayne South 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Northrop at Fort Wayne Luers 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Fort Wayne Wayne 7:45 pm
Fountain Central at Riverton Parke 7:30 pm
Frankfort at Tri-West 7:45 pm
Franklin at Greenwood 7:30 pm
Franklin Central at Ben Davis 7:30 pm
Franklin County at Rushville 7:30 pm
Frankton at Eastbrook 8:00 pm
Gibson Southern at Evansville North 8:00 pm
Greenfield-Central at New Palestine 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Union County 7:30 pm
Hamilton at Fremont 7:30 pm
Hammond Central at Gary West 8:00 pm
Hammond Noll at Chicago Bloom (Ill.) 8:00 pm
Hebron at Tri-Township 8:00 pm
Henryville at Austin 7:30 pm
Homestead at Fort Wayne Dwenger 7:30 pm
Illiana Christian at Griffith 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Warren Central 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Chatard at Heritage Christian 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran at Cascade 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Metropolitan at Eminence 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Ritter at Bethesda Christian 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Roncalli at Decatur Central 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge at Brebeuf Jesuit 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at Indianapolis Washington 7:30 pm
Jeffersonville at Seymour 7:30 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Purdue Poly North 6:00 pm
Kokomo at McCutcheon 7:30 pm
Kouts at South Central (Union Mills) 8:00 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Harrison (West Lafayette) 7:30 pm
Lake Station at Wheeler 8:00 pm
Lakeland Christian at Bluffton 7:00 pm
Lapel at Wapahani 7:30 pm
Lebanon at Western Boone 7:30 pm
Lighthouse Christian at Crothersville 6:00 pm
Logansport at Muncie Central 7:30 pm
Loogootee at Forest Park 7:30 pm
Lowell at Valparaiso 8:00 pm
Maconaquah at Wabash 7:45 pm
Madison-Grant at Elwood 7:30 pm
Mishawaka at Andrean 8:00 pm
Mishawaka Marian at Plymouth 7:30 pm
Mississinewa at Oak Hill 7:45 pm
Mitchell at Linton-Stockton 7:30 pm
Morgan Twp. at Tippecanoe Valley 7:30 pm
Morristown at Waldron 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville) at Pendleton Heights 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Evansville Central 8:00 pm
New Albany at Floyd Central 7:30 pm
New Castle at Shelbyville 7:30 pm
New Prairie at Bremen 7:30 pm
New Washington at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
Noblesville at Carmel 7:30 pm
North Daviess at North Central (Farmersburg) 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Edinburgh 7:30 pm
North Harrison at Silver Creek 7:30 pm
North Knox at Shakamak 7:30 pm
North Montgomery at Seeger 7:30 pm
North Newton at Highland 8:00 pm
North Posey at Heritage Hills 8:00 pm
North Putnam at Sullivan 7:30 pm
Northeast Dubois at Orleans 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Eastern Hancock 7:30 pm
Northview at West Vigo 7:30 pm
Northwestern at Taylor 7:30 pm
Parke Heritage at Park Tudor 7:30 pm
Perry Meridian at Whiteland 7:30 pm
Pioneer at Triton 7:30 pm
Plainfield at Martinsville 7:30 pm
Princeton at Evansville Bosse 8:00 pm
Providence at Lanesville 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Indianapolis Herron 7:30 pm
Rensselaer Central at North White 8:00 pm
Richmond at Marion 7:30 pm
Rising Sun at Switzerland County 7:30 pm
Rochester at North Judson 8:00 pm
Rossville at Frontier 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
Seton Catholic at Oldenburg Academy 7:30 pm
Seven Oaks at Laurel HomeSchool 6:30 pm
Shawe Memorial at Jac-Cen-Del 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Tri 7:30 pm
Sheridan at Clinton Central 7:30 pm
South Adams at Churubusco 7:30 pm
South Dearborn at Madison 7:30 pm
South Decatur at Milan 7:30 pm
South Knox at Southridge 7:30 pm
South Putnam at Greencastle 7:30 pm
South Ripley at Hauser 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville) at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Southwood at Peru 7:45 pm
Speedway at Monrovia 7:30 pm
Terre Haute North at North Central (Indianapolis) 8:00 pm
Traders Point Christian at North Vermillion 7:30 pm
Tri-County at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm
Triton Central at Greensburg 7:30 pm
Union City at Winchester 7:30 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at Shoals 7:30 pm
Washington at South Spencer 8:00 pm
Washington Catholic at Vincennes Rivet 6:30 pm
Wes-Del at Union (Modoc) 7:30 pm
West Central at South Newton 8:00 pm
West Lafayette at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
West Washington at Paoli 7:30 pm
Western at Tipton 7:30 pm
Westville at Boone Grove 8:00 pm
Winamac at LaVille 8:00 pm
Wood Memorial at Perry Central 8:30 pm
Yorktown at Delta 7:30 pm
Zionsville at Lawrence Central 7:30 pm

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

Argos 59 Rochester 34
Barr-Reeve 54 North Daviess 48 OT
Bedford North Lawrence 64 Seymour 42
Benton Central 52 West Lafayette 44
Bethany Christian 77 Oregon-Davis 40
Blue River 45 Knightstown 40
Castle 71 Evansville Mater Dei 41
Caston 43 North Judson 25
Center Grove 55 Bloomington South 24
Charlestown 58 Henryville 23
Covenant Christian 55 Greenwood Christian 23
Crawford County 50 Mitchell 25
Eastern Greene 52 Bloomfield 37
Edgewood 69 South Vermillion 25
Elkhart Christian 41 Triton 38
Evansville Christian 37 Shakamak 30
Evansville Memorial 60 Evansville Bosse 15
Floyd Central 50 Silver Creek 45
Fountain Central 42 North Vermillion 32
Fremont 48 Edon (Ohio) 34
Greensburg 58 South Dearborn 19
Harrison (West Lafayette) 62 Twin Lakes 45
Heritage Hills 62 Forest Park 44
Indianapolis Cathedral 51 Guerin Catholic 32
Indianapolis Herron 42 Mooresville Christian 30
Indianapolis Scecina 65 Indianapolis Washington 29
Jasper 47 Vincennes Lincoln 25
Kouts 42 Demotte Christian 36
Lakewood Park 55 Woodlan 54 OT
Lanesville 35 Borden 33
Lewis Cass 46 Peru 36
Linton-Stockton 67 Clay City 33
Loogootee 52 Washington Catholic 3
Maconaquah 63 Tri-Central 24
Marquette Catholic 71 South Bend St. Joseph 34
Monroe Central 43 Yorktown 33
Mooresville 66 Cascade 38
North Central (Farmersburg) 64 White River Valley 37
North Decatur 53 Franklin County 47
North Harrison 54 Providence 42
Northeast Dubois 37 Tell City 32
Orleans 36 Paoli 34
Parke Heritage 51 Crawfordsville 14
Pendleton Heights 80 Delta 36
Pioneer 31 North White 19
Princeton 66 Boonville 41
Rensselaer Central 66 Delphi 46
Scottsburg 69 New Albany 28
Seeger 53 Riverton Parke 17
Sheridan 56 Rossville 19
South Central (Elizabeth) 66 Crothersville 27
South Central (Union Mills) 40 Washington Twp. 35
South Decatur 45 Hauser 23
South Knox 62 Vincennes Rivet 44
South Newton 41 North Newton 28
South Ripley 41 Shawe Memorial 19
South Spencer 45 Wood Memorial 35
Southridge 39 Pike Central 20
Southwestern (Hanover) 51 New Washington 42
Tecumseh 54 Perry Central 43
Trinity Lutheran 72 Christian Academy 48
Wapahani 54 Winchester 49
Washington 57 North Posey 33
West Washington 42 Eastern (Pekin) 38
Westville 38 Calumet Christian 23
Wheeler 34 Victory Christian 11


Marion County Tournament
Pike 45 Ben Davis 34 QF
Lawrence Central 57 Lawrence North 55 QF
North Central (Indianapolis) 55 Beech Grove 24 QF
Brebeuf Jesuit 41 Perry Mer
idian 15 QF

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

Argos at Culver Academy 7:30 pm
Avon at Hamilton Southeastern 7:30 pm
Bellmont at East Noble 7:30 pm
Blackford at Alexandria 6:00 pm
Blue River at Cowan 6:00 pm
Bluffton at Woodlan 7:30 pm
Brown County at Owen Valley 6:00 pm
Calumet at Gary 21st Century 8:00 pm
Churubusco at West Noble 7:30 pm
Cloverdale at Indian Creek 6:00 pm
Connersville at Hagerstown 7:30 pm
Danville at Southmont 6:00 pm
Eastern (Greentown) at Tri-Central 6:00 pm
Eastside at Prairie Heights 7:00 pm
Elkhart at South Bend Adams 6:00 pm
Fairfield at Lakeland 7:30 pm
Fishers at Noblesville 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne North at Fort Wayne South 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Northrop at Fort Wayne Luers 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Fort Wayne Wayne 6:00 pm
Frankfort at Tri-West 6:00 pm
Franklin at Greenwood 6:00 pm
Frankton at Eastbrook 6:30 pm
Greenfield-Central at New Palestine 6:00 pm
Heritage at Southern Wells 7:30 pm
Homestead at Fort Wayne Dwenger 6:00 pm
Indiana Math & Science at Horizon Christian 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Christel House 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Chatard at Heritage Christian 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Ritter at Bethesda Christian 6:00 pm
Jay County at Adams Central 7:30 pm
Kankakee Valley at Hobart 8:00 pm
Knox at Oregon-Davis 6:30 pm
Kokomo at McCutcheon 6:00 pm
Lake Central at Michigan City 8:00 pm
LaPorte at Merrillville 8:00 pm
Lebanon at Western Boone 6:00 pm
Leo at DeKalb 7:30 pm
Logansport at Muncie Central 6:00 pm
Manchester at Whitko 7:45 pm
Morristown at Waldron 6:00 pm

Munster at Lowell 8:00 pm
New Castle at Shelbyville 6:00 pm
New Haven at Huntington North 7:30 pm
New Prairie at Bremen 6:00 pm
North Putnam at Sullivan 6:00 pm
Northfield at Southwood 7:45 pm
Northview at West Vigo 6:00 pm
Northwestern at Taylor 8:00 pm
NorthWood at Mishawaka 7:45 pm
Norwell at Columbia City 7:30 pm
Penn at Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
Portage at Chesterton 8:00 pm
Purdue Poly North at Randolph Southern ppd.
Salem at Corydon Central 7:30 pm
South Bend Riley at John Glenn 7:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph at Jimtown 7:30 pm
South Bend Washington at South Bend Clay 7:30 pm
South Putnam at Greencastle 6:00 pm
Speedway at Monrovia 6:00 pm
Tippecanoe Valley at North Miami 7:45 pm
University at Muncie Burris 6:00 pm
Valparaiso at Crown Point 8:00 pm
Wawasee at Goshen 7:30 pm
West Central at South Newton 6:00 pm
Westfield at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Westville at Boone Grove 6:30 pm
Whiting at Lighthouse CPA 8:00 pm
Winamac at LaVille 6:30 pm

WRESTLING SCOREBOARD

Columbus East 40 Franklin 19

Floyd Central 62 Jasper 15

Columbus North 37 Decatur Central 36

Northfield 40 Maconaquah 39

Fort Wayne Dwenger 54 Chrubusco 22

Goshen 43 Wawasee 33

Southmont 38 N. Putnam 33

East Central 62 Lawrenceburg 12

Dekalb 54 Fort Wayne Luers 30

Ben Davis 69 N. Central 11

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES (WILL UPDATE WHEN ALL BOWL ARE COMPLETED)

SATURDAY, DEC. 16

MYRTLE BEACH BOWL
GEORGIA SOUTHERN VS. OHIO
CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA
11 A.M. | ESPN

CELEBRATION BOWL
FLORIDA A&M VS. HOWARD UNIVERSITY
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
12 P.M. | ABC

NEW ORLEANS BOWL
JACKSONVILLE STATE VS. LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
2:15 P.M. | ESPN

CURE BOWL
MIAMI (OHIO) VS. APP STATE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
3:30 P.M. | ABC

NEW MEXICO BOWL
FRESNO STATE VS. NEW MEXICO STATE
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
5:45 P.M. | ESPN

LA BOWL
UCLA VS. BOISE STATE
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA
7:30 P.M. | ABC

INDEPENDENCE BOWL
TEXAS TECH VS. CAL
SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA
9:15 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, DEC. 18

BAHAMAS BOWL (TEMPORARILY RENAMED THE FAMOUS TOASTERY BOWL)
WESTERN KENTUCKY VS. OLD DOMINION
NASSAU, BAHAMAS (TEMPORARILY RELOCATED TO CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA)
2:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 19

FRISCO BOWL
MARSHALL VS. UTSA
FRISCO, TEXAS


9 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 21

BOCA RATON BOWL
USF VS. TBD
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
8 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 22

GASPARILLA BOWL
TAMPA, FLORIDA
6:30 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 23

BIRMINGHAM BOWL
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
12 P.M. | ABC

CAMELLIA BOWL
ARKANSAS STATE VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS
MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
12 P.M. | ESPN

ARMED FORCES BOWL
AIR FORCE VS. JAMES MADISON
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
3:30 P.M. | ABC

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
GEORGIA STATE VS. UTAH STATE
BOISE, IDAHO
3:30 P.M. | ESPN

68 VENTURES BOWL
EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. SOUTH ALABAMA
MOBILE, ALABAMA
7 P.M. | ESPN

LAS VEGAS BOWL
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
7:30 P.M. | ABC

HAWAI’I BOWL
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I
10:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 26

QUICK LANE BOWL
DETROIT, MICHIGAN
2 P.M. | ESPN

FIRST RESPONDER BOWL
TEXAS STATE VS. RICE
DALLAS, TEXAS
5:30 P.M. | ESPN

GUARANTEED RATE BOWL
KANSAS VS. UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
PHOENIX, ARIZONA
9 P.M. | ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27

MILITARY BOWL
TULANE VS. TBD
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
2 P.M. | ESPN

DUKE’S MAYO BOWL
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
5:30 P.M. | ESPN

HOLIDAY BOWL
NO. 15 LOUISVILLE VS. SOUTHERN CAL
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
8 P.M. ET | FOX

TEXAS BOWL
NO. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE VS. TEXAS A&M
HOUSTON, TEXAS
9 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 28

FENWAY BOWL
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
11 A.M. | ESPN

PINSTRIPE BOWL
THE BRONX, NEW YORK
2:15 P.M. | ESPN

POP-TARTS BOWL
NO. 18 NC STATE VS. NO. 25 KANSAS STATE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
5:45 P.M. | ESPN

ALAMO BOWL
NO. 12 OKLAHOMA VS. NO. 14 ARIZONA
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
9:15 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 29

GATOR BOWL
NO. 22 CLEMSON VS. KENTUCKY
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
12 P.M. | ESPN

TONY THE TIGER SUN BOWL
NO. 19 OREGON STATE VS. TBD
EL PASO, TEXAS

2 P.M. | CBS

LIBERTY BOWL
MEMPHIS VS. TBD
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
3:30 P.M. | ESPN

COTTON BOWL
NO. 7 OHIO ST. VS. NO. 9 MISSOURI
DALLAS, TEXAS
8 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 30

PEACH BOWL
NO. 10 PENN ST. VS. NO. 11 OLE MISS 
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
12 P.M. | ESPN

MUSIC CITY BOWL
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
2 P.M. | ABC

ORANGE BOWL
NO. 5 FLORIDA STATE VS. NO. 6 GEORGIA 
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA
4 P.M. | ESPN

ARIZONA BOWL
WYOMING VS. TOLEDO
TUCSON, ARIZONA
4:30 P.M. | BARSTOOL

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2024

RELIAQUEST BOWL
NO. 13 LSU VS. WISCONSIN
TAMPA, FLORIDA
12 P.M. | ESPN2

CITRUS BOWL
NO. 17 IOWA VS. NO. 21 TENNESSEE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
1 P.M. | ABC

FIESTA BOWL
NO. 8 OREGON VS. NO. 23 LIBERTY
GLENDALE, ARIZONA
1 P.M. | ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE ROSE BOWL
NO. 1 MICHIGAN VS. NO. 4 ALABAMA
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
5 P.M. | ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE SUGAR BOWL
NO. 2 WASHINGTON VS. NO. 3 TEXAS
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
8:45 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, JAN. 8

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
HOUSTON, TEXAS
7:30 P.M. | ESPN

WEEK 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

ARMY VS. NAVY (FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS) | 3 P.M. | CBS

NFL

WEEK 14 SCHEDULE

NEW ENGLAND 21 PITTSBURGH 18

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

DETROIT LIONS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

HOUSTON TEXANS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

BUFFALO BILLS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

DENVER BRONCOS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC*

TENNESSEE TITANS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN*

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ABC*

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

ELSEWHERE:

EASTERN ILLINOIS 75 IUPUI 58

IOWA STATE 90 IOWA 65

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#2 UCLA 111 CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 48

#11 UTAH 74 ST. JOSEPH’S 48

#20 FLORIDA STATE 99 JACKSONVILLE 73

#23 GONZAGA 78 CALIFORNIA 70 OT

ELSEWHERE:

VANDERBILT 51 BUTLER 39

VALPO 65 INDIANA NORTHWEST 60

NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 128 MILWAUKEE 119

LA LAKERS 133 NEW ORLEANS 89

NHL SCOREBOARD

BUFFALO 3 BOSTON 1

SAN JOSE 6 DETROIT 5 OT

LOS ANGELES 4 MONTRÉAL 0

TORONTO 4 OTTAWA 3

NY ISLANDERS 7 COLUMBUS 3

NASHVILLE 5 TAMPA BAY 1

DALLAS 5 WASHINGTON 4

CHICAGO 1 ANAHEIM 0

PHILADELPHIA 4 ARIZONA 1

CALGARY 3 CAROLINA 2

WINNIPEG 4 COLORADO 2

VANCOUVER 2 MINNESOTA 0

NEW JERSEY 2 SEATTLE 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

JAYDEN DANIELS, THE DAZZLING QUARTERBACK FOR LSU, IS THE AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels is The Associated Press college football player of the year, the school’s second winner in the past five seasons.

Daniels received 35 of the 51 first-place votes and 130 total points from AP Top 25 poll voters. The Heisman Trophy finalist finished comfortably ahead of Washington quarterback Michael Penix, who was second with 15 first-place votes and 97 points.

Oregon QB Bo Nix was third, with Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison fourth and Oklahoma State running back Ollie Gordon II fifth. Nix received the other first-place vote. USC quarterback Caleb Williams, the 2022 AP Player of the Year and last year’s Heisman winner, did not receive votes this season.

Daniels, Penix, Nix and Harrison are the finalists for the Heisman, which will be presented in New York on Saturday. The winner of the AP award has differed from the Heisman winner just twice in the past two decades.

The last LSU player to be named AP Player of the Year was Joe Burrow in 2019, when he also won the Heisman.

Daniels, a San Bernardino, California, native who transferred to LSU from Arizona State in 2022, has led the nation in total offense this season with 4,946 yards in 12 games (412.2 yards per game). He has passed for 3,812 yards, which ranks third nationally. His 40 TDs passing ties for first nationally with Nix, who has played in one more game than Daniels.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Daniels rushed for 1,134 yards and 10 TDs. His 50 touchdowns rushing and passing combined, along with a 2-point conversion on a passing play, has made him responsible for a nation-high 302 points.

As a youth athlete, his nickname was “Smooth,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press, “because it looks like I’m not running fast or running hard … but I’m moving faster than what most people think.”

As productive as Daniels has been as a passer, his elusiveness and breakaway speed as a scrambler have distinguished him. During a 52-35 victory over Florida, Daniels became the first Football Bowl Subdivision QB to pass for more than 350 yards and rush for more than 200 in a game.

“His ability to run when things are not there is unique,” LSU coach Brian Kelly said. “His speed, his durability, his toughness, puts him up there with the great ones.”

Daniels rushed for touchdowns of 85 and 51 yards against Florida, and said the latter exemplified his instinctive approach to scrambling. He said he read a linebacker’s eyes before darting behind him and then weaving his way to the end zone.

“It’s just all instincts,” Daniels said. “It’s not something that I think about pre-snap.”

His approach comes with risk and puts a premium on toughness.

A big and arguably late hit at Missouri briefly forced Daniels out of that game with a deep bruise in his ribs. He returned to lead LSU to a comeback victory, highlighted by his 35-yard scoring run. The rib injury bothered him for two more games.

“My pain tolerance is high,” Daniels said. “I was able to go out there and deal with it.”

LSU (9-3) was knocked out of contention for an SEC title when it lost to Alabama, a game in which Daniels spent most of the fourth quarter on the sideline with concussion symptoms after a penalized hit by linebacker Dallas Turner. Until that point, Alabama’s defense had struggled to contain Daniels.

“That still burns me,” Daniels said. “Obviously, we lost to a very good team, but I felt like it would have been a whole different story if I was in there.”

Daniels said it’s important to him to credit his team’s role in any individual accolades he receives, from the offensive line to the running backs and his pass-catchers.

“Without them, I wouldn’t be in a position like this where I was receiving any type of award,” Daniels said. “That’s my thing, is to make sure they feel a part of it.”

REPORT: MICHIGAN OFFERS JIM HARBAUGH $55M CONTRACT

Michigan and Jim Harbaugh are discussing a new five-year contract worth $55 million, according to a Sports Illustrated report on Thursday.

The final roadblock to the long-term commitment is Harbaugh putting pen to paper on a stipulation he will not entertain NFL job offers during the upcoming coaching cycle, per the report.

No. 1 Michigan (12-0) is preparing for a College Football Playoff semifinal in the Rose Bowl against No. 4 Alabama (12-1) after claiming its third consecutive Big Ten championship for the first time in program history.

Harbaugh’s current annual salary is just over $7 million, according to 2022 Michigan Board of Trustees documents.

Harbaugh was suspended a total of seven games during the regular season. He missed the first four because of an NCAA investigation into improper benefits involving recruiting visits and alleged false responses from Harbaugh to investigators, then was suspended three games by the Big Ten connected to allegations of sign-stealing.

Harbaugh, who turns 60 on Dec. 23, is 87-25 at Michigan, where he played quarterback from 1983-86 before a 14-year NFL career.

The Wolverines are still seeking their first win in the College Football Playoff (0-2).

REPORT: DUKE FINALIZING DEAL TO HIRE PENN STATE DC DIAZ AS HEAD COACH

Duke is finalizing a contract to make Penn State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz its next head coach, sources told Yahoo Sports’ Ross Dellenger.

Diaz will replace Mike Elko after the latter left Duke for the head coaching job at Texas A&M earlier in December. Elko posted a 16-9 record over two seasons with the Blue Devils. He was named ACC Coach of the Year for his 9-4 campaign in 2022.

Diaz has spent the last two years as defensive coordinator of the Nittany Lions, with his unit ranking third in the nation in points allowed per game (11.4) in 2023 and 10th in 2022 (18.2).

Despite spending most of his coaching career focused on the defensive side of the ball, he has prior head coaching experience as well. He was the sideline boss for Miami for three seasons from 2019-21, compiling a 21-15 record.

Duke ended the 2023 regular season with a mark of 7-5. The program posted winning records in each of the last two years following a three-year run of sub-.500 seasons.

MARVIN HARRISON JR.: NFL DRAFT DECISION NOT YET MADE

Marvin Harrison Jr., a Heisman Trophy finalist and almost-certain top five draft pick, told reporters Thursday that he hasn’t decided whether he’ll enter the 2024 NFL Draft or return to Ohio State for his final season.

Harrison, after all, has unfinished business in Columbus.

“I want to beat the team up north and win a Big Ten Championship,” the star wide receiver said.

After 15 wins in 16 annual games between 2004 and 2019, the Buckeyes have lost three straight to Michigan. The Wolverines beat the previously undefeated Buckeyes in the final week of the regular season, with Michigan headed to the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 seed and Ohio State to the Cotton Bowl against Missouri.

Harrison’s comments came as rumors swirl that he and running back TreVeyon Henderson could receive big name, image and likeness compensation to return in 2024.

He apparently isn’t in a hurry to decide which path to take.

“There will be a time and place for that,” he said.

For now, he’s still remembering the lost opportunity to beat Michigan after the 30-24 loss on Nov. 25.

“I think incomplete is a way you could describe it,” he said of his Buckeyes’ career.

With no decision on the NFL draft comes no decision on whether Harrison will play in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29 in Dallas.

On Wednesday, Harrison was named the Associated Press Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. A consensus All-American in 2022, Harrison is the first Ohio State receiver with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in school history.

This season, Harrison made 67 catches for 1,211 yards with 14 touchdowns in 12 games. In 2022, he amassed 1,263 yards with 14 scores in 13 games.

TOP 2024 OT JORDAN SEATON COMMITS TO COLORADO

Jordan Seaton, ranked as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation by the 247Sports composite, committed Thursday to Colorado.

He was the final five-star prospect in the 2024 class to commit and chose coach Deion Sanders and the Buffaloes over schools that included Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio State, Oregon and Florida.

The composite lists the 6-foot-5, 287-pound Seaton as the No. 15 overall player in the class. He played his senior season this fall at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., after transferring from St. John’s High School in Washington, D.C.

He announced his commitment on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed” on Thursday morning.

In the past, he told 247Sports that Colorado had one thing the other schools couldn’t offer: Sanders.

“My favorite thing about that program is probably the head coach,” Seaton has told 247Sports in the past. “He’s a gold jacket. He knows what it looks like.”

This is the second straight season that Sanders has recruited a No. 1 player at his position to Colorado. In the 2023 class, it was cornerback Cormani McClain.

DUKE RBS JAQUEZ MOORE, JORDAN WATERS TO TRANSFER

Duke running backs Jaquez Moore and Jordan Waters are the latest players entering the transfer portal after head coach Mike Elko’s departure to Texas A&M.

Moore announced his intentions on social media on Wednesday. Waters’ departure was reported by 247 Sports.

Waters led the Blue Devils with 753 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns and Moore ranked second with 601 yards and six scores.

Starting quarterback Riley Leonard announced he was leaving Duke (7-5, 4-4 ACC) and entering the transfer portal on Nov. 29.

“After much prayer and consideration, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal with 1 year of eligibility left,” Moore posted on X. “… I am ecstatic to embark on this journey as I step in to new beginnings.”

Waters accumulated 1,929 yards from scrimmage with 24 touchdowns at Duke from 2019-23. Moore gained 1,266 yards from scrimmage with 11 scores from 2021-23.

REPORTS: FLORIDA RB TREVOR ETIENNE ENTERS TRANSFER PORTAL

Running back Trevor Etienne has entered the transfer portal after just two seasons at Florida, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

A three-star prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, Etienne rushed for 719 yards and six touchdowns in his first season with the Gators.

Etienne followed that up by gaining 753 yards on the ground with a team-high eight touchdowns in 11 games this season. He also had 21 catches for 172 yards and a score.

He is the brother of Jacksonville Jaguars star running back Travis Etienne.

NFL NEWS

BAILEY ZAPPE THROWS FOR 3 TDS, PATRIOTS DAMAGE STEELERS’ PLAYOFF HOPES WITH 21-18 WIN

PITTSBURGH (AP) The wins used to come so easy and so often for David Andrews early in his career with the New England Patriots, the veteran center barely noticed them.

That hasn’t been the case in 2023. Not with the franchise enduring its worst season in nearly a quarter century and with potentially seismic changes looming.

So yeah, there was a sense of relief after a 21-18 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night, a throwback of sorts to the Patriots’ many big wins over their longtime AFC rival, albeit with far lesser stakes.

The offense that’s looked lost for a month gained some momentum behind Bailey Zappe’s three touchdown passes. The defense got the stops when necessary and New England (3-10) ended a five-game losing streak while damaging Pittsburgh’s increasingly brittle playoff hopes.

“No one has quit in this locker room,” said Andrews, a two-time Super Bowl champion. “We’re fighting, we’re working. We’re trying to get better. That’s all you can do. That’s all you can ask for. It hasn’t been perfect.”

No, it hasn’t. That didn’t stop the Patriots from coming into Acrisure Stadium and doing something that’s become routine through the years: changing the trajectory of Pittsburgh’s season. And not for the better.

The Steelers (7-6) lost to a two-win team at home for the second time in five days, dropping them out of the top spot in the AFC wild-card race.

“This stings,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. “But we’ll be back.”

Maybe. The Steelers play three of their final four games on the road, all of them against playoff contenders.

Hunter Henry had two touchdown catches for New England. Ezekiel Elliott had 140 yards from scrimmage – 72 receiving, 68 rushing – and caught a TD for the NFL’s lowest-scoring offense, which reached the end zone three times for the first time since October.

JuJu Smith-Schuster added 90 yards receiving against the team he starred for earlier in his career.

“It means a lot,” Smith-Schuster said. “You know, honestly, you know, starting my crew here and coming back here and getting a ‘W,’ I love being on this side of the ball, I’ll tell you that.”

It’s a side of the ball New England has rarely been on in 2023. The losses have piled up at a rate not seen since coach Bill Belichick’s first season in 2000. That was six Super Bowls and nearly a quarter-century ago.

For three hours on Thursday night, the Patriots found a way to do what they so frequently have done against Pittsburgh: make all the plays that matter. Belichick improved to 15-4 against the Steelers and 10-3 against Tomlin in this latest matchup between the league’s two longest-tenured coaches.

Belichick coached his 507th game, moving past George Halas into second-place all-time behind Don Shula (526), but it’s hardly a guarantee he’ll be back for another season with the Patriots.

New England had totaled 13 points in its previous three games. The Patriots exceeded that in the first half, with Zappe hitting Elliott for an 11-yard score before finding Henry in the end zone twice to build a 21-3 lead, their largest of the season.

The normally stoic Zappe let loose when Elliott scored on the game’s first possession, the first time all year New England has reached the end zone on its opening possession.

“It’s really hard to score touchdowns in the NFL,” Zappe said. “You’ve got to celebrate each one.”

Touchdowns have been nearly as difficult to come by this season in Pittsburgh. Yet the Steelers have remained in the mix thanks in large part to their defense and an ability to thrive in tight games.

Pittsburgh, however, has lost two of its last three one-score games after winning its first six to start the season.

Mitch Trubisky completed 22 of 35 for 190 yards, passing for a touchdown and running for another while filling in for injured Steelers starter Kenny Pickett. Trubisky also threw an ill-advised pass in the first half that was picked off to set up the first of Henry’s two scores, and he inexplicably threw deep to a well-covered Diontae Johnson on fourth-and-2 at midfield with just under two minutes left.

Pittsburgh got the ball back with 15 seconds remaining but had no realistic chance to score.

The Steelers managed 264 yards of offense, another step back for a group that briefly seemed on the verge of getting it together after offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s firing before Thanksgiving. Pittsburgh piled up 421 yards the following week at Cincinnati, but the offense regressed in Sunday’s loss to Arizona.

The Patriots, five days removed from a shutout loss to the Chargers in which they failed to reach the red zone, let alone the end zone, looked far sharper against a team that stressed it wouldn’t overlook another also-ran.

It happened again anyway.

INJURIES

Steelers: OLB Alex Highsmith left in the second quarter with a neck injury. Rookie Nick Herbig played the majority of the snaps in Highsmith’s absence.

UP NEXT

Patriots: Host Kansas City in a game that was moved from the Monday night timeslot to Sunday, Dec. 17.

Steelers: Visit fellow AFC wild-card contender Indianapolis on Saturday, Dec. 16.

MIAMI DOLPHINS EXTEND OL AUSTIN JACKSON THROUGH 2026 SEASON

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have agreed to a three-year contract extension with offensive lineman Austin Jackson, locking in the former first-round pick until 2026.

Miami selected Jackson with the 18th pick out of Southern California in 2020, originally to play left tackle. He has also played right guard and moved to right tackle last season.

Jackson is having a breakout season despite a slow start to his career, mostly because of injuries. An ankle injury early last season caused him to miss all but two games, despite showing promise and improvement.

Jackson has started every game this year on an offensive line that has dealt with a plethora of injuries. Miami has started eight different offensive line combinations this season, but Jackson has been consistent as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s blind side protector.

According to Pro Football Focus, Jackson was the highest rated right tackle in the NFL in Week 13, when the Dolphins rushed for 123 yards in a 45-15 win over the Washington Commanders. Jackson allowed zero pressures and sacks during the game.

He has played in 44 career games with 42 starts — 15 at left tackle, 14 at right tackle and 13 at left guard.

“You take the opportunity to get better and you make something out of it,” Jackson said Tuesday. “You don’t quit or curl up because it’s hard or you might be asked to do something you haven’t done before. So yeah, for everyone included, we just stick with it and hope that the results pay off for us.”

PRO BOWL K ROBBIE GOULD RETIRES AFTER 18 SEASONS

Clutch kicker Robbie Gould announced his retirement Thursday after 17 seasons with three NFL teams.

Gould, who turned 41 on Wednesday, played his first 11 seasons in Chicago and his last six in San Francisco.

“To have the kind of playing-career experience that I had in the NFL was nothing short of amazing, and my level of gratitude for the journey — the ups, the downs, the in between — is immeasurable,” he posted on Instagram. “In short, my NFL story is hard to believe, and it’s filled with a plethora of ‘pinch-me’ moments.”

Gould said he plans to spend more time with his family, do charity work and coach Little League.

Gould never missed a kick in the postseason, converting all 29 field goals and all 39 extra points. He appeared in Super Bowl XLI with the Bears and LIV with the 49ers, losing both games.

He was a first-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowl selection in his second year with the Bears in 2006, when he set a franchise record by converting 26 consecutive field goals.

Gould made 86.5 percent of his field goals (447 of 517) and 97.5 percent of his PATs (620 of 636) in 266 games with the Bears (2005-15), New York Giants (2016) and 49ers (2017-22).

NBA NEWS

PACERS BEAT BUCKS 128-119 TO ADVANCE TO FACE LAKERS IN NBA IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT FINAL

LAS VEGAS (AP) Tyrese Haliburton hit his third 3-pointer with less than a minute left, pounded his chest, and looked down at his wrist to let everyone know one thing: “It’s our time!”

Haliburton had 27 points and 15 assists and the Indiana Pacers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 128-119 on Thursday night to advance to the championship game in the NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament.

The Pacers will face the Los Angeles Lakers for the title Saturday night. The Lakers routed New Orleans 133-89 in the second semifinal.

“We’re playing the right way and we’re shocking the world right now, we’re going to continue to do that,” Haliburton said. “And as long as we play the right way, we know we’re going to be in every basketball game.”

Myles Turner added 26 points for Indiana. Obi Toppin had 14 on 6-of-8 shooting, Isaiah Jackson chipped in 11 and Bruce Brown had 10.

Indiana is averaging a whopping 132.6 points during the tournament. Overall, they are averaging 128.3 this season – 131.7 over the last 14 games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 37 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee. Damian Lillard added 24 points, Khris Middleton had 20 and Brook Lopez 18.

Most important, however, was Indiana’s reserves outscoring Milwaukee’s backups 43-13. Indiana’s bench was a combined plus-62, while Milwaukee’s reserves were minus-46.

“Yeah, our bench really was the difference in today’s game,” Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. “If you look at the plus-minus, it’s pretty obvious that those guys played a major role.”

It was most evident in the second quarter, when Bennedict Mathurtin and T.J. McConnell came into the game with the Pacers trailing by two, and sparked a 16-7 run that gave Indiana 43-36 lead while setting the tone for the starters as they eased back into the lineup.

“I know a lot of people don’t watch us play all the time, but we truly have one of the best benches in the NBA, if not the best bench in the NBA,” Haliburton said. “We’re a really deep team with a lot of different guys who can contribute. I’m sure we’ve got a lot of guys that people aren’t really familiar with, but they’ll be familiar all too soon, for sure.”

Down three after three quarters, the Pacers opened the fourth with a 14-8 run to take a 105-102 lead. Turner, Brown and Haliburton accounted for 17 points during a game-ending 21-13 run.

After scoring a season-high 146 points and making 23 of 38 3-pointers in a quarterfinal victory over New York, the Bucks were 12 of 33 on 3s and 43 of 96 overall from the field.

“We’ve got to close it out in the fourth quarter, which is something we’ve done very well, we just couldn’t pull it off tonight,” Milwaukee coach Adrian Griffin said. “It’s not the outcome that we wanted but we made it to Vegas and we got to experience this. And I think it’s going to do wonders for our team. You always learn in wins and you learn in losses.”

UP NEXT

Pacers: Tournament title game Saturday night in Las Vegas against the Lakers.

Bucks: Host Chicago on Monday night.

LEBRON JAMES SCORES 30 POINTS, LAKERS ROUT PELICANS 133-89 TO REACH TOURNAMENT FINAL

LAS VEGAS (AP) LeBron James scored 30 points in less than three quarters and the Los Angeles Lakers steamrolled the New Orleans Pelicans 133-89 on Thursday night to reach the championship game in the NBA In-Season Tournament.

The Lakers will play the surprising Indiana Pacers on Saturday night for the inaugural NBA Cup. Indiana advanced with a 128-119 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the other semifinal. Unlike the other tournament games, the championship game will not count in the regular-season standings.

Los Angeles’ run to the title game, James said, is indicative of the team’s potential. He was particularly pleased with the defense, which held New Orleans to 35.8% shooting, and the Lakers also had a 59-42 rebounding advantage.

“I think we are starting to get a feel for what we need to become a team for us to win basketball games, to be consistent,” James said. “Defensively, we’re really, really starting to tap into that like, OK, we’ve got to defend every single night. When we defend, we give ourselves a chance to win every night.”

Austin Reaves scored 17 points for Los Angeles, Anthony Davis had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Taurean Prince finished with 15 points.

Trey Murphy III led the Pelicans with 14 points. Zion Williamson had 13 points and Herbert Jones 10.

Pelicans coach Willie Green said he credited his team in the locker room with making the semifinals, “but tonight was a total letdown. We’re all disappointed in our competitive spirit against the Lakers. You’ve got to give them credit. They came out and dominated. … But tonight we took a step in the wrong direction.”

New Orleans led 30-29 after the first quarter, but James opened the second scoring the Lakers’ first 11 points, and suddenly a one-point deficit was a 40-33 lead.

During that stretch, James made three 3-pointers in a row. The last two came from the league and tournament logo, firing up the pro-Lakers crowd. The nearly 39-year-old superstar even took three charges.

“Any time your best player sacrifices his body, takes three charges in the first half, especially with Zion coming down the paint, it sets a tone,” Reaves said. “That shows to everybody else how locked in he is to win this, and how locked in he is every game.”

By halftime, James had 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He went to the bench midway through the third quarter, which should give him plenty of energy for the championship against a Pacers team like that likes to push, well, pace.

“They are young,” Davis said. “They are scrappy. They get out and run, and they play the right way. So it’s going to be a test for our defense for sure.”

Los Angeles has won three consecutive games and four of its past five. Coach Darvin Ham said the focus, aggressiveness and unselfishness during this recent span make the Lakers “damn near unstoppable.”

“It’s a beautiful thing to see this early,” Ham said. “I think the intensity that this tournament brings reveals that because it’s not just a regular-season game. It doesn’t feel like that. The stakes are way higher and you see people in those delicate moments what they are truly made of, at least the beginning stages.”

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Host Minnesota on Monday night.

Lakers: Face Indiana on Saturday night in Las Vegas in the title game.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: MIKAEL GRANLUND’S OT GOAL GIVES SHARKS WILD WIN

Mikael Granlund scored 37 seconds into overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a wild 6-5 road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

San Jose erased a 4-0 deficit, after Detroit put in four goals in a span of 4:35 in the second period. The Sharks replied with four goals later in the period.

Detroit took a 5-4 lead with 6:40 remaining in regulation on a goal by Dylan Larkin, but San Jose pulled its goalie and tied the game with 1:29 left on a tally by Tomas Hertl.

Nico Sturm and Hertl each had two goals for the Sharks, who won in overtime for the second consecutive game. Zetterlund contributed a goal and an assist, Mikael Granlund had a goal and two assists and Jan Rutta notched two assists.

Michael Rasmussen collected two goals, Lucas Raymond logged a goal and an assist and Klim Kostin also scored. Ben Chiarot and Robby Fabbri each had two assists.

Stars 5, Capitals 4 (SO)

Roope Hintz scored twice in the third period as Dallas snapped a two-game skid at Washington.

Tyler Seguin and Mason Marchment also scored for the Stars in a back-and-forth contest, which called on Dallas to fight from behind three times, never holding the lead until the final score.

Dallas netminder Scott Wedgewood made three saves in the shootout, while Jason Robertson found the back of the net, sliding the puck past Washington goaltender Charlie Lindgren to secure the victory for the Stars.

Blackhawks 1, Ducks 0

Philipp Kurashev scored on the power play in the second period to support a 37-save shutout from Petr Mrazek as host Chicago edged Anaheim.

Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak while keeping the Ducks skidding.

Anaheim fell to 1-10 in its past 11 games, with Thursday marking the fifth one-goal defeat over that span. The Ducks outshot the Blackhawks 37-25 but were unable to solve Mrazek, who notched his first shutout of the season and 25th of his career.

Devils 2, Kraken 1

Simon Nemec scored his first NHL goal and Akira Schmid made 37 saves as New Jersey won in Seattle.

Ondrej Palat also tallied for the Devils, who won for the fifth time in their past six games.

Tye Kartye scored for Seattle, which suffered its sixth straight loss (0-5-1), a span in which the Kraken have failed to hold a lead. Philipp Grubauer stopped 15 of 17 shots.

Canucks 2, Wild 0

Casey DeSmith made 26 saves for Vancouver in a shutout win against visiting Minnesota.

It was the 10th shutout in 123 NHL starts for DeSmith. Nils Hoglander and Teddy Blueger scored for Vancouver, which has alternated wins and losses the past 10 games (5-5-0).

Filip Gustavsson made 15 saves for the Wild, who lost for the first time in five games since coach John Hynes was hired to replace Dean Evason on Nov. 27.

Predators 5, Lightning 1

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh had a goal and an assist against his former team and Juuse Saros made 32 saves as surging Nashville beat visiting Tampa Bay.

Fellow defenseman Roman Josi also posted a goal and an assist, while Filip Forsberg, Juuso Parssinen and Yakov Trenin also scored for Nashville, which has won three straight and nine of 11. Saros was stout while earning his seventh win in eight starts. He played a key role in helping Nashville kill all four Tampa Bay power plays.

Alex Barre-Boulet scored and Jonas Johansson made 25 saves for the Lightning, who have been outscored 20-4 during a four-game slide on the road.

Kings 4, Canadiens 0

Quinton Byfield had two goals and an assist and Cam Talbot made 24 saves vs. Montreal to fuel Los Angeles to an NHL-record 11th straight road win to start the season.

Anze Kopitar notched three assists and Trevor Moore converted a breakaway in the third period to extend their respective season-opening road point streaks to 11 games. They are the second pair of teammates in NHL history to achieve that feat, joining Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri (12 games in 1984-85 with the Edmonton Oilers).

Drew Doughty scored in a third straight game and added an assist for the Kings, who broke a tie with the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres for the most consecutive road wins to start a season.

Sabres 3, Bruins 1

Buffalo opened the scoring with two second-period goals and never looked back en route to a win over host Boston.

JJ Peterka and Tage Thompson scored back-to-back goals to give the Sabres a lead that it would never relinquish, and Buffalo’s Victor Olofsson rounded out the scoring in the third period.

Brad Marchand scored for Boston in the second period. He has collected the Bruins’ past five goals over a three-game span, including the overtime winner against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and a hat trick in a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Jackets on Sunday.

Islanders 7, Blue Jackets 3

Mathew Barzal and Bo Horvat each scored twice for host New York, which overcame a second-period deficit and pulled away to beat Columbus in Elmont, N.Y.

Pierre Engvall, Cal Clutterbuck and Kyle Palmieri also scored for the Islanders, who racked up seven goals for the first time since a 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 21.

Adam Fantilli scored twice and Emil Bemstrom had a goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three straight (0-2-1) and are 5-11-3 since Nov. 1. Goalie Spencer Martin recorded 29 saves.

Flames 3, Hurricanes 2

Blake Coleman scored the decisive short-handed goal and added an assist as host Calgary netted a trio of third-period tallies en route to a comeback victory over Carolina.

Rasmus Andersson and Connor Zary also scored for the Flames, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Goaltender Dustin Wolf, in just his second NHL start of the season and the third of his career, made 28 saves.

Stefan Noesen and Michael Bunting scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost three consecutive games to open a six-game road trip. Goalie Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 24 shots.

Maple Leafs 4, Senators 3

David Kampf scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and visiting Toronto defeated Ottawa.

Mitchell Marner, Calle Jarnkrok and William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs. Jake McCabe and TJ Brodie each added two assists. Joseph Woll, making his fifth straight start, had a strong game, stopping 29 shots before being injured while making a save in the third period. Martin Jones took over and made nine saves.

Josh Norris, Jacob Bernard-Docker and Claude Giroux scored for the Senators. Anton Forsberg made 18 saves for the Senators, who had won their two previous games.

Jets 4, Avalanche 2

Kyle Connor scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves as Winnipeg defeated Colorado in Denver.

Josh Morrissey collected a goal and an assist and Adam Lowry also scored for Winnipeg. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Nikolaj Ehlers, Dylan Samberg and Nino Niederreiter also registered helpers.

Nathan MacKinnon led the Avalanche with a goal and an assist. Joel Kiviranta also scored, while Devon Toews, Sam Malinski and Bowen Byram picked up one assist apiece. Alexandar Georgiev made 24 stops for Colorado.

Flyers 4, Coyotes 1

Travis Konecny scored two goals, including one short-handed, and Carter Hart made 25 saves as Philadelphia snapped Arizona’s five-game winning streak in Tempe, Ariz.

Cam York had a goal and an assist and Joel Farabee also scored for Philadelphia, which extended its point streak to four games (3-0-1). It also was the third straight road win for the Flyers, who have won six of their last seven road contests.

Lawson Crouse scored for Arizona. Connor Ingram, the NHL’s First Star of the Week, finished with 22 saves. His personal five-game winning streak came to an end.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: IOWA’S CAITLIN CLARK TOPS 3,000 POINTS

Caitlin Clark scored 35 points, becoming the 15th Division I women’s basketball player to pass the 3,000 career points mark, as No. 4 Iowa beat rival Iowa State 67-58 on the road in Ames on Wednesday night.

Clark, the reigning consensus national player of the year, shot 12-for-31 from the floor for the Hawkeyes (9-1). She knocked down six 3-pointers on 16 attempts and also had nine rebounds and five assists in the win.

It was the 41st time in Clark’s career that she has scored at least 30 points in a single game. Clark now has 3,013 points for her career and is just 514 points shy of Washington alum Kelsey Plum for the all-time scoring record in women’s basketball.

With 20 regular-season games left, Clark would need to average 25.7 points per game to reach it before the Big Ten tournament. She is currently averaging 29.6 points.

Iowa also got 16 points from Kate Martin in the win. Iowa State (4-4) got 15 points and 10 rebounds from Audi Crooks, plus 14 points and 12 rebounds from Addy Brown.

The Hawkeyes have now beaten the Cyclones in seven of the past eight matchups. Iowa opens Big Ten play on Sunday at Wisconsin.

No. 1 South Carolina 104, Morgan State 38

Freshman guard Tessa Johnson scored a season-high 16 points and was one of six Gamecocks to hit double figures during a rout of the Bears in Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina (8-0) got 14 points from Milaysia Fulwiley, 12 points each from Raven Johnson and Te-Hina Paopao, and 10 points each Kamilla Cardoso and Sania Feagin. Sophomore Chloe Kitts added a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with seven points.

Morgan State (3-6) was led by Tamaria Rumph’s 11 points.

The Gamecocks shot 68.3 percent from the floor and 56.3 percent from 3-point range as they went on to lead by as much as 68 points.

South Carolina will face No. 11 Utah on Sunday in Uncasville, Conn., at the Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase.

No. 5 Texas 106, Long Beach State 62

Taylor Jones tallied 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Longhorns raced away from the Beach in Austin, Texas.

Rori Harmon added 17 points, six steals and four rebounds as Texas (10-0) remained undefeated. The Longhorns also got 16 points from Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda and 10 points from Khadija Faye.

Savannah Tucker scored 22 points for Long Beach State (3-3).

Texas led 57-18 at halftime and went ahead by as much as 53 points. The Longhorns outrebounded the Beach 56-27.

No. 13 Kansas State 101, McNeese 39

Gabby Gregory scored 16 points to help the Wildcats rout the Cowgirls in Manhattan, Kan.

Ayoka Lee added 15 points, six rebounds and three assists for Kansas State (8-1), while Gisela Sanchez scored 12 points. Alva Mofalk and Emilia Tenbrock each scored 10 points to lead McNeese (3-6).

Kansas State jumped out to an 18-4 lead through one quarter and were ahead by 30 points at halftime. The Wildcats outrebounded the Cowgirls 58-27. Kansas State had 29 assists on 40 made baskets.

No. 14 Notre Dame 96, Lafayette 42

Hannah Hidalgo stuffed the box score with 26 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists as the Fighting Irish routed the Leopards in South Bend, Ind.

Notre Dame (7-1) also got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Maddy Westbeld, 14 points from Kylee Watson, and 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists from Natalija Marshall. Halee Smith led Lafayette (4-5) with 10 points.

The Irish shot 56.9 percent from the floor and owned the rebounding battle 48-23. Notre Dame pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Leopards 28-8.

No. 15 Virginia Tech 98, Long Island 50

The Hokies set Cassell Coliseum records with 17 3-pointers and 30 assists as they raced past the Sharks in Blacksburg, Va.

Six players scored in double figures for Virginia Tech (6-2), led by Cayla King, who had a season-high 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting from 3-point range. Elizabeth Kitley added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Georgia Amoore had 10 points and 14 assists, and freshman Carys Baker had a career-high 18 points.

Mariah Elohim led Long Island (1-8) with 11 points.

Virginia Tech shot 17-for-35 from behind the arc, 48.6 percent. By halftime, the Hokies led 45-13.

No. 17 UConn 90, Ball State 63

Aaliyah Edwards had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Huskies beat the Cardinals in Storrs, Conn.

Ashlynn Shade added 17 points for UConn (5-3), while Paige Bueckers chipped in 15 points, three assists and three steals in just 21 minutes of play. Madelyn Bischoff led Ball State (6-2) with 12 points.

The game also featured a matchup of sisters as Hana Muhl had nine points for Ball State while Nika Muhl tallied four points and three steals for UConn.

The Huskies scored 37 points in the first quarter and shot 58.9 percent from the floor for the game.

No. 24 North Carolina 81, UNC Greensboro 66

Lexi Donarski scored 22 points to help the Tar Heels snap a three-game losing streak by beating the Spartans in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Donarski shot 6-for-8 from 3-point range and was one of six players to score in double figures for North Carolina (6-3). Alyssa Ustby had 13 points, Deja Kelly had 12 points and eight assists, Maria Gakdeng scored 12 points, and Indya Nivar and Anya Poole each had 11 points.

UNC Greensboro (6-3) was led by Isys Grady’s 17 points, while Kennedy Simpson had 15 on 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORTS: REDS REACH 3-YEAR DEAL WITH 3B JEIMER CANDELARIO

The Cincinnati Reds reached a three-year, $45 million deal with free agent third baseman Jeimer Candelario, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

The 30-year-old switch-hitter batted .251 with 22 homers and 70 RBIs in 140 games in 2023 while splitting time with the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs.

The deal includes a club option for $15 million in 2027, according to reports from ESPN and MLB.com.

Candelario is a career .243/.325/.414 hitter with 88 home runs and 318 RBIs in 746 games with the Cubs (2016-17, 2023), Detroit Tigers (2017-22) and Nationals.

Candelario has started 76 games at first base in addition to his 620 career starts at third.

MEN’S GOLF

REPORTS: JON RAHM SET TO JOIN LIV ON DEAL WORTH $600M

Two-time major champion Jon Rahm is expected to sign a massive deal to join LIV Golf, another hit for the PGA Tour as it races the clock to finalize an agreement to ally with the Saudi-backed league, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

LIV already enticed Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and others from the PGA Tour with huge paydays, but adding Rahm — the No. 3 player in the world and an immensely popular player among fans — would be a severe hit for the tour.

The Wall Street Journal reported the Rahm defection could be announced this week. While the report didn’t estimate a value for the deal, the Daily Mail said moving to LIV could earn Rahm a $600 million contract.

Earlier this year, the PGA Tour and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia announced an agreement to join forces, and there’s a Dec. 31 deadline to seal the deal. How Rahm joining LIV’s roster will impact the alliance isn’t clear.

Rahm, 29, won the 2021 U.S. Open and the 2023 Masters, two of his 11 PGA Tour victories. He completed his most successful season this year, winning four events.

The Spaniard, who helped Team Europe win the Ryder Cup this fall, has career earnings on tour of $51.5 million since joining in 2016. His rumored LIV contract would dwarf that amount.

Since the emergence of LIV Golf in 2022, Rahm has been one of the PGA Tour’s staunchest supporters and has spoken critically of LIV.

Perhaps with an eye toward joining LIV, however, Rahm recently pulled out of the Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy-led TGL virtual golf league and has yet to commit to playing in January in the American Express in La Quinta, Calif., where he is the defending champion.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES/ NEWS

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME REWIND: PACERS 128, BUCKS 119 (IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL)

It was only fitting that Reggie Miller was on the mic on Thursday night in Las Vegas, when Tyrese Haliburton continued his meteoric rise to superstardom.

The Pacers’ All-Star guard did Miller proud, coming through in winning time with a game-sealing three in the final minute to seal a 128-119 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the In-Season Tournament Semifinal.

The victory continued a magical run for the Pacers (12-8), who are a perfect 6-0 in the inaugural In-Season Tournament and advanced to Saturday’s Championship game against either the Lakers, who rolled to a 133-89 win over New Orleans in Thursday’s other Semifinal.

Indiana moved in front on Bruce Brown’s jumper with 6:15 remaining and clung to a narrow lead for the next several minutes. They led by just one at 113-112 following two Damian Lillard free throws with 2:40 remaining.

On the other end, Brown missed a layup, but Myles Turner was there to tip in the rebound. Then, Brown intercepted a Khris Middleton pass and streaked down the floor. Lillard hustled back to contest Brown’s layup attempt on the break and force a miss, but Buddy Hield was trailing and put the ball back up and in to make it a five-point game with two minutes to play.

Giannis Antetokounmpo quickly scored a layup on the other end, but Haliburton took over from there. He ran down the shot clock, then blew by Brook Lopez at the top of the key and went up and under Malik Beasley to convert a layup.

After Lopez missed a three on the other end, Haliburton took a 30-footer. He missed, but he followed the shot and got his own rebound, bringing the ball back to the top of the key to reset. He dribbled down the shot clock, then weaved his way to the left wing, drilling a step-back trey with 49.5 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Pacers legend Miller, who was calling the game for ESPN as part of a talent crossover with Turner, proclaimed on the TV broadcast, “We are witnessing a superstar in the making.”

After the three, Haliburton pointed to his wrist, mimicking Lillard’s famous “Dame Time” celebration. It seemed he was saying it was “his time,” but he clarified the celebration slightly afterwards.

“It’s not mine, it’s ours,” he told ESPN’s Lisa Salters after the win. “It’s ours for the taking. We’re not supposed to be here. The expectations aren’t there. We just keep shocking the world.”

The Pacers’ All-Star guard finished with a team-high 27 points, 15 assists, seven rebounds, and zero turnovers. He went 11-for-19 from the field and 3-for-9 from 3-point range, in a memorable follow-up to his first career triple-double in Monday’s Quarterfinal win over the Celtics at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Over the past two games, Haliburton had a total of 28 assists and no turnovers. After hearing MVP chants in his home arena on Monday, Haliburton is all but a lock to win In-Season Tournament MVP honors if the Pacers can win one more game on Saturday.

“Yeah, it’s cool,” Haliburton said of the attention. “It feels like 2K sometimes. It feels really good for me. But at the end of the day, I’ve spoken on this since the start

of the season, I just want to win…We’ve got a lot of guys that want to compete for something and play for something bigger than ourselves.

“This is the start of that, playing for something real. We’ve got a chance to win a championship. It doesn’t matter the prize or anything like that. We’ve got a chance to win a championship. So that means a lot to us, and we’re not taking that lightly.

We’re going to be prepared on Saturday.”

Turner — the longest tenured Pacer in his ninth season in Indiana — added 26 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks to help lead Indiana to the Championship game.

“It feels damn good,” Turner said. “I’m not going to lie. It’s been a long time coming because I know what this organization is capable of, and just to have Indy to have their guy (in Haliburton) and just have a great bench and great depth, I couldn’t be happier.”

The Blue & Gold withstood a 37-point, 10-rebound performance from two-time MVP Antetokounmpo and a 20-point second half from Lillard as they knocked off another of the NBA’s top teams. The Pacers have now defeated Milwaukee, Boston, Philadelphia, and Cleveland — the four top seeds in the Eastern Conference last season — over the course of the In-Season Tournament.

The Bucks (15-7) got off to a fast start on Thursday, hitting seven for their first 11 shots, with Antetokounmpo scoring eight points and Lopez adding two threes, to propel Milwaukee to a 19-12 lead at the first timeout.

The Blue & Gold responded with an 11-4 run featuring six points from Turner to tie the game at 23. Turner scored 10 of Indiana’s first 20 points.

The Bucks surged back ahead after the Pacers tied it, but led just 29-27 after the opening frame.

T.J. McConnell provided a big spark early in the second quarter. He scored five points in the first three minutes, including back-to-back buckets to move Indiana in front. The crafty veteran followed those up with two steals and two assists to extend the lead to 40-34.

The Blue & Gold continued to add to their lead after the starters checked back in. Haliburton provided one of the highlights of the first half, when he drove to the rim and leaped up, only to throw a pass that seemingly defied physics to Toppin in the left corner for a wide-open three.

The Pacers pushed the lead to 12 points on three different occasions, and took a 63-51 lead into halftime.

The Bucks came storming back out of the intermission, however. Lillard struggled in the first half, managing just four points on 2-of-10 shooting, but he found his rhythm in the third quarter.

The seven-time All-Star hit a three on his first attempt of the second half. Khris Middleton then added back-to-back treys on Milwaukee’s next two possessions. Another Lillard three at 8:21 followed by an Antetokounmpo basket 42 seconds later capped a 17-4 Bucks run to open the half. Just like that, the Pacers’ lead was gone.

Haliburton hit a mid-range jumper and a deep three on Indiana’s next two possessions, but Lillard was feeling it on the other end, converting his third and fourth 3-pointers of the quarter in quick succession to keep the Bucks in front.

The Pacers briefly tied the game at 78 thanks to a 6-0 run, only for Milwaukee to quickly push lead back to six. Antetokounmpo scored 11 points in the frame, all of them coming at either the rim or the free throw line to keep the Bucks in front.

A three from Aaron Nesmith just before the third quarter buzzer trimmed Indiana’s deficit to 94-91 entering the fourth.

The Blue & Gold’s second unit mounted another charge early in the final frame. McConnell crashed the boards for an unexpected tip-in to give the Pacers a 95-94 lead a little over a minute into the fourth. Then, after a MarJon Beauchamp free throw tied the game, Nesmith drove and converted a basket through contact from Brook Lopez. Bucks guard Cameron Payne was assessed a technical foul for arguing the call and the Pacers made two free throws to open up a four-point advantage.

They couldn’t create more separation and the two teams traded the lead six more times before the midway point of the quarter, but the Pacers never relinquished the lead over the final 6:15.

“I feel like since we’re such a young team, we’re growing, we’re learning together,” Toppin said. “I feel like everybody wants to see each other succeed, players and

coaches, front office, as well. Everybody here just wants to see everybody win.

Toppin finished with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and pulled down six rebounds in the victory. Isaiah Jackson finished with 11 points and six boards off the bench, while Brown added 10.

The normally sharpshooting Hield struggled with his shot, going 3-for-11 from the field and 0-for-6 from 3-point range, but still managed to add eight points and a season-high 11 rebounds to help contribute to the victory.

Middleton finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, and four assists for the Bucks, while Lopez added 18 points, six boards, and four blocks.

All eyes will be on the Pacers once again on Saturday, when they face the NBA’s all-time leading scorer LeBron James and the Lakers on ABC at 8:30 PM ET.

“Look, we’re a disruptor,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said after the win. “A lot of people didn’t want us here. We don’t care about that. We earned our way here.

“We earned our way to three additional national TV games, so people are going to find out about the Pacers and who we are and how we play.”

Inside the Numbers

Haliburton has recorded a double-double in 14 of 17 games this season, including all six In-Season Tournament games. He is averaging 27.8 points, 13.7 assists, and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range in In-Season Tournament play.

Turner has registered seven double-doubles on the season, including three in a row.

The Pacers’ bench outscored the Bucks’ reserves 43-13 on Thursday. McConnell tallied nine points, four assists, and three steals in 11:28. Mathurin had nine points, six rebounds, and a block. Nembhard tallied eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. And Nesmith contributed six points and took on the task of guarding Antetokounmpo for most of the night.

Indiana found a way to still be productive even on a night when shots weren’t falling. The Pacers were just 7-for-33 (21.2 percent) from 3-point range, but they outscored Milwaukee 72-60 in points in the paint and 23-16 in second-chance points.

The Bucks outscored Indiana 43-28 in the third quarter to erase a double-digit deficit and take the lead, but the Pacers won the fourth quarter, 37-25.

The Pacers committed just 10 turnovers and outscored the Bucks 20-16 in points off turnovers, including a 13-2 advantage in the first half.

You Can Quote Me On That

“Tyrese is certainly our leader, no question about that. I thought he was spectacular. 27 and 15 these days are kind of like average numbers for him. But he drove the bus when the game counted, particularly down the stretch. He’s a great closer. He’s becoming an even better closer.” -Carlisle on Haliburton

“He’s definitely the best passer in the game right now. Having the opportunity to play with him is amazing because like I said, he wants to see everybody win. He’s going to get his, obviously, but he wants to see other guys on his team win, as well, and that’s what makes us so special.” -Toppin on Haliburton

“My teammates just put me in a great position to make the right play. Sometimes I make some wild passes and things like that, guys cover it up and

make me look a lot better than I am…I’m always just trying to make the right play. I think as long as us as a team, we take care of the ball, we’re going to get enough good looks that we’re going to be in every game. The games that we take care of the ball we’re really hard to beat because we’re going to get enough good looks and more times than not we’re going to make enough good looks.” -Haliburton on having 28 assists and no turnovers over the last two In-Season Tournament games

“Myles Turner has been around nine years, but he’s still 27 years old. He’s still a young player…Myles was here when some of the veteran teams were in the Playoffs. He got a taste of it. He’s really longed for this kind of feeling, this kind of meaningful games.” -Carlisle on Turner

“I feel like I just stayed down, man. It’s one of those things where I could have quit. I could have just bailed out a couple years ago…But I never stopped working. I just had trust in myself, had trust in the ones around me. I think the front office did an amazing job these past couple of years to bring in some great pieces.” -Turner on being a part of a successful team again in Indiana.

“Our bench really was the difference in today’s game. If you look at the plus-minus, it’s pretty obvious that those guys played a major role. T.J. just inspires me, he inspires his teammates with the way he plays, his passion. He’s a little unconventional with his style of play, but he’s very difficult to deal with. He was

great in the first half and made huge plays in the second half. I thought his tip-in was one of the highlights of the season.” -Carlisle on the contributions from the Pacers’ reserves

“I know a lot of people don’t watch us play all the time, but we truly have one of

the best benches in the NBA, if not the best bench in the NBA. I think local media in Indy, all we talked about was the depth of our group and the competition that was going into training camp and how guys are really competing for minutes…We’re a really deep team with a lot of different guys who can contribute.” -Haliburton on Indiana’s bench

“I think a lot of guys just made some shots. I think we got Bruce in the middle. You guys know for the last few years, his bread and butter has been his two-foot floater, and he was able to get to that. Drew was really big in that third quarter, making some really tough shots in the mid-range and stuff like that. This guy dominated the paint for us offensively.” -Haliburton on how Indiana overcame Milwaukee’s zone defense in the second half

“We’re just looking to get better. We’re looking to get better. We have a goal. We have a dream as an organization to be an NBA championship organization. They won three ABA titles, and that’s a big deal. Winning an NBA title is a dream that’s reachable, but it’s got to be a dream where people can focus on how it’s reachable, and we’re showing signs of that. We’re not there yet. We’re showing signs, and we’re a dangerous team.” -Carlisle on the Pacers’ aspirations

Stat of the Night

There have been 17 games in NBA history where a player has 25+ points, 15+ assists, and zero turnovers.

No one has accomplished the feat more than once except for Haliburton, who has done it three times since Nov. 12.

Noteworthy

The Pacers are 2-0 on the season against the Bucks, having also beat Milwaukee 126-124 on Nov. 9 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Prior to this season, Indiana had dropped 11 of its last 12 and 15 of its last 17 contests against the Bucks.

Nembhard exited midway through the fourth quarter after injuring his knee on a fastbreak. He was taken to the locker room and diagnosed with a sore right knee. He returned to the bench with his knee iced and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Pacers big man Jalen Smith was inactive for the fourth straight game with a left knee bone bruise and left heel contusion. The Bucks were without guard Pat Connaughton (right ankle sprain) and forward Jae Crowder (left adductor surgery).

Up Next

The Pacers will face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the inaugural In-Season Tournament Championship in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8:30 PM ET.

FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL CONTINUE WINTERTAINMENT AND DO317 ON FRIDAY

GAME DAY TIMING:

6:00 P.M.: Doors open

7:00 P.M: Puck drop

WINTERTAINMENT AND DO317:

We’re continuing our Wintertainment series with a collaboration with Do317! Meet Santa and his reindeer in the lobby!

Grab a $3 domestic beer or soda, a $1 popcorn, and a $7 specialty t-shirt or craft beer! Plus don’t miss out on post-game autographs with select players in the lobby.

PARKING: Parking at Indiana State Fairgrounds is $10. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to park due to anticipated large crowds at the Fairgrounds. Infield parking is not available at this time.

TICKETS: Tickets for today’s game can be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office or online HERE. Kids two and under do not need a ticket as long as they sit on the lap of a ticketed patron.

BAG POLICY: The Indy Fuel now follow the same bag policy as all Indiana State Fairgrounds events. All bags are subject to search upon entering the arena. All bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” (backpacks, suitcases, duffel bags, etc.) are prohibited. Please plan accordingly to help facilitate a quick and efficient entry process. Please report suspicious bags to an Indiana Farmers Coliseum team member.

You can view the entire Game Day Guide with everything you’ll need to know by clicking HERE.

ABOUT THE HOCKEY:

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel will start their weekend hosting the Wheeling Nailers on Friday night. This is the fourth matchup against the Nailers, all of them have been Fuel home games. The Fuel will play in Wheeling next Friday.  The Fuel have won all three games against the Nailers.

AFTER THE DUST SETTLED

The last time these two teams met was last Saturday, December 2nd. The final score was 4-3 in overtime. Cam Hillis scored the game-winning goal, assisting the Fuel with their five-game win streak. Mitchell Weeks had 24 saves against Wheeling, playing a vital role in the overtime victory.

JINGLE BELL-ANT

Jingle Bells, Wheeling Smells …. Andrew Bellant scored two power-play goals in Sunday’s matchup against Fort Wayne. He is tied for second on the team in goals. He has claimed numerous assists and goals against Wheeling across all three games played against them.

SANTA CENTORAME

Santino Centorame is on a four-game point streak, claiming numerous assists last weekend. This ties the Fuel franchise record for most consecutive games with a point by a defenseman. He is looking to continue this streak against Wheeling who he has found success against this season.

INDIANA FOOTBALL

COACH CIGNETTI COMPLETES STAFF

Newly hired football coach Curt Cignetti has completed the hiring of his 10-man assistant coaching staff. offense/special teams coaching staff includes:

Mike Shanahan, OC/WRs

Tino Sunseri, QBs

John Miller, RBs

Grant Cain, STC/TEs

Grant Cain, STC/TEs

Bob Bostad, OL

Defensive coaching staff:

Bryant Haines, DC/LBs

Bryant Haines, DC/LBs

Pat Kuntz, DL/DTs

Buddha Williams, DL/Des

Ola Adams, S

Rod Ojong, CBs

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 9 VS. AUBURN

Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball with a Saturday afternoon contest against Auburn as part of the Holiday Hoopsgiving. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Dec. 9 at the State Farm Center on ESPN2.

• Auburn (5-2) has bookended a five-game winning streak with a season-opening loss against No. 20 Baylor (88-82) and a true road loss against Appalachian State (69-64) their last time out.

• Junior center Johni Broome leads the Tigers in points per game (18.3), rebounds (9.1), and blocked shots (1.3). Freshman guard Aden Holloway is the only other Auburn player in double figures at 10.6 points per outing. He has hit a team-high 15 3-pointers.

Game Information

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023 • 2 PM ET

State Farm Center (16,888) • Atlanta, Ga.

TV: ESPN2 (Dave O’Brien, Jimmy Dykes)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Indiana leads, 1-0

Last Meeting: IU 107, AUB 90 on March 14, 1987, in Indianapolis

Series History

• Indiana and Auburn have met just once on the hardwood. The Hoosiers emerged with a 107-90 victory over the Tigers in the second round of the 1987 NCAA Tournament. IU would go win the ’87 title, the fifth in program history.

• The starting lineup for Indiana, led by Steve Alford (31 points) and Daryl Thomas (27), scored 105 of the team’s 107 points. Keith Smart nearly recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 15 assists, and nine rebounds. Rick Calloway produced an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double for the Hoosiers.

• IU holds a record of 68-50 against teams from the SEC.

Last Time Out

• Indiana stayed steady down the stretch to earn a 78-75 victory over Michigan on Dec. 5 at the Crisler Center.

• The Hoosier starting frontcourt of sophomore forward Malik Reneau (15), sophomore center Kel’el Ware (13), and freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako (11) combined to score 39 points on 16-of-27 shooting from the floor. They also ripped down 18 rebounds.

• Indiana received 28 bench points in the game, the most in a Big Ten Conference game since outpacing the Buckeyes, 29-17, on Jan. 28, 2023.

Indiana Ties to the Peach State

• Head coach Mike Woodson spent six seasons (2004-2010) as the head coach with the Atlanta Hawks. After taking over one of the youngest rosters in the NBA, Woodson went 100-64 in his last two seasons with two trips to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

• Associate head coach Yasir Rosemond was a standout guard at Douglass High School in Atlanta. He earned All-State honors each of final three seasons and helped lead the Astros to the semifinals of the 1993 Class 4A state tournament.

• Sophomore forward Kaleb Banks was named the 2022 Georgia Class 4A Player of the Year, was a 2,000-point scorer, and averaged 23.0 points and 10.0 boards per game during his senior season at Fayette County in Hampton.

• Freshman guard Jakai Newton averaged 14.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game during his junior season at Newton in Covington.

Paint Production

• Indiana averages 41.0 points per game in the paint and shoots 57.6% (189-of-328) from inside the arc. The Hoosiers hold opponents to 25.5 points per night in the key.

• IU scored a season-best 56 points in the paint against Wright State (Nov. 16). The Hoosiers also tallied 50 paint points against Harvard (Nov. 26).

B1G Statement

• Indiana stands 2-0 in the Big Ten standings for the first time since the 2018-19 season.

• IU’s 78-75 win at Michigan marked the first conference road-opening triumph since topping Penn State (64-62) at the Bryce Jordan Center on Dec. 4, 2018.

Gunn, Bench Lead Indiana at Michigan

• Sophomore guard CJ Gunn produced a season-best eight points on 2-of-3 shooting from behind the arc to go along with a career-high-tying three steals in a 78-75 win over Michigan on Dec. 5.

• The second unit provided 28 points in the game. Gunn and fifth-year senior Anthony Walker each tallied eight points, while junior forward Payton Sparks and sophomore forward Kaleb Banks scored six points each. The quartet added eight rebounds and five steals, collectively.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#4 PURDUE HEADS NORTH OF THE BORDER TO FACE ALABAMA

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 10

[4] Purdue (8-1) vs. Alabama (6-2)

1:30 p.m. ET | Toronto, Ontario

Coca-Cola Coliseum | 7,779

TELEVISION: FOX (Jason Benetti, Robbie Hummel)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• The gauntlet continues for the No. 4-ranked Purdue basketball team as it travels north of the border to face Alabama in the Hall of Fame Toronto Series hosted by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto. The contest will mark Purdue’s seventh game (out of 10) against a team ranked in the KenPom top-60. Alabama is ranked No. 12 in the NET and 13 in KenPom.

• Purdue and Alabama both earned No. 1 seeds in last year’s NCAA Tournament and were ranked No. 1 for a combined nine weeks a year ago.

• The game is part of a doubleheader, as No. 24-ranked Clemson will face undefeated TCU in the second game. The four teams in Toronto have combined for a 29-3 overall record so far this year.

• Two of the nation’s best offenses will square off in Toronto on Saturday, as Alabama enters with the nation’s No. 2-ranked offensive efficiency, while Purdue owns the nation’s No. 4-ranked offensive efficiency. It will mark Purdue’s third game this season against a team with a top-5 offense at the time of the game (Gonzaga – 2; Marquette – 5).

• The Boilermakers are wrapping up a nine-game stretch in which it played Xavier (4 seed in 2023 NCAAs), Gonzaga (ranked No. 11), Tennessee (ranked No. 7), Marquette (ranked No. 4), Texas Southern (2023 NCAA Tournament), Northwestern (2nd rd. in 2023 NCAA Tournament), Iowa (2023 NCAA Tournament), Alabama (1 seed in NCAA Tournament) and Arizona (currently ranked No. 1). Purdue is 6-1 in those games so far.

• The game will be a Homecoming for senior Zach Edey, who returns to his hometown to play a game for the first time since his sophomore year in high school (2017-18 season). When the game was scheduled in April, Alabama’s Charles Bediako was also intending to return home to Toronto, be he opted to stay in the NBA Draft.

• Purdue has won 31 straight non-conference, regular-season games, tied for the longest streak for any program in the country over the last 10 years (31 by Villanova from 2015-18). It will have been over three calendar years (Dec. 8, 2020 vs. Miami) since Purdue has lost in the non-con.

• Purdue’s 66 wins since the start of the 2021-22 season are the fourth most in the country (Houston – 74, Kansas – 69, Arizona – 68, Purdue – 66, Gonzaga – 65, Duke – 64, UCLA – 63). Among Big Ten teams, Wisconsin (52) and Iowa (50) are next on the list.

• Matt Painter has moved into sixth place Big Ten’s list for conference wins with 210, tying Indiana’s Branch McCracken (210) on the chart. He needs two victories to tie Lou Henson (423) for fourth place on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list.

• Zach Edey needs 26 points to tie Robbie Hummel (1,772) for 10th on Purdue’s career scoring list. He also needs 10 rebounds to tie Terry Dischinger (958) for second on the career rebounding list. He needs one block to tie Russell Cross (175) for fifth on the career blocks list.

• Purdue was voted No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll on Nov. 27, the third straight year that the Boilermakers have been ranked No. 1. Prior to the 2021-22 season, Purdue had never been ranked No. 1. Purdue is the first Big Ten program to be ranked No. 1 in three straight seasons.

• Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Purdue has spent nine weeks ranked at No. 1, tied for the most in the country with Gonzaga.

• With its No. 4 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 21 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 11 weeks (Kansas – 10). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 15 of those 21 weeks.

• A year ago, Purdue became the first team since Wisconsin in 2015 to win an outright Big Ten regular-season title and the Big Ten Tournament title in the same season. No team since Michigan State (1999, 2000) has won consecutive Big Ten Tournament and outright regular-season championships.

• Purdue is in search for its 26th Big Ten Championship, already owning the most Big Ten titles in league history. Should Purdue win the Big Ten title in 2024, it will mark its fourth title in the last eight seasons and back-to-back titles for the first time since 1994-95-96.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

VOLLEYBALL TO FACE #2 SEED OREGON IN REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 3 seed Purdue Boilermakers are set to take on the No. 2 seed Oregon Ducks in the Regional Semifinals tomorrow in Madison, Wisconsin. The future Big Ten matchup is slated for a 9:30 p.m. ET start on ESPNU, with the winner to face No. 1 seed Wisconsin or No. 5 seed Penn State on Saturday night in the Regional Finals.

FAMILIAR FOES

• Purdue has faced both Wisconsin and Penn State twice each during the regular season. The Boilermakers went 3-1 in those matches. The last time Oregon and Purdue met was the Regional Semifinals in Spring 2021.

• Oregon, a future Big Ten member (August 2024), essentially makes the Regional entirely made up of Big Ten teams.

LEAVING IT ALL ON THE COURT

• The Boilermakers have set at least one program record during each of the First & Second Round matches last week:

• In the opening round vs. Fairfield, Purdue recorded a .478 attack %, the highest attack % in an NCAA match in program history, besting the previous record of .454%, set in 2016 vs. Iowa State.

• In the Second Round vs. #6 seed Marquette, Taylor Anderson set a program record 60 assists, besting the 18-year-old record of 59 assists set by Renata Dargan vs. Colorado State on 12/2/04).

• Maddie Schermerhorn bested her own Purdue NCAA tournament record she set a year ago with her 25-dig performance vs. Marquette. The 5th year also served up the match-winning point with an ace to win Set 4, 26-24.

• The Boilermakers are averaging a .342 attack % in the NCAA tournament, with Eva Hudson averaging 6.14 kills per set and a .360 hitting %, Chloe Chicoine 4.49 attack % and a .324 hitting %, Taylor Anderson averaging 13.14 assists per set and Maddie Schermerhorn 5.43 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE OREGON DUCKS

• Unlike Purdue’s young team, Oregon is a seasoned squad with eight seniors on their roster.

• Oregon swept both Southeastern Louisiana and Hawai’i in the First & Second Round on their home court.

• The team is 5-3 vs. top-25 opponents, including a 3-2 win at then-#8 Pitt (9/14) and a 3-1 win vs. then-#24 USC (11/21). Meanwhile, they lost to then-#10 Minnesota (2-3) on 9/8.

• The team ranks #5 in the nation for total blocks, including #1 in the Pac-12 (328). Meanwhile, they hold opponents to a .149 hitting %, 7th-best in the nation.

• Setter Hannah Pukis is one of the top setters in the nation, checking in at 9th in the nation with 10.89 assists per set and fifth in total assists (1,296). The Boilermakers faced her two years ago at the UNLV Invitational when she was with Washington State.

• Middle Kara McGhee leads the team and ranks 7th in the nation with a .423 attack %. Over the last four matches, McGhee has hit at least .400% half of the time, including a .455 attack % in the

• Mimi Colyer, 2022 National Freshmen of the Year, leads the team in total points and kills.

• Oregon’s balanced team includes four players averaging at least two kills per set and five averaging at least 2 points per set.

• The Ducks average a .284 attack % while holding opponents to 1.51.

BATTLE ON THE HORIZON: EVA HUDSON & MIMI COLYER

• Eva Hudson and Oregon’s Mimi Colyer were the top two freshmen in the nation last year.

• Although Mimi Colyer was selected National Freshmen of the Year following an impressive Oregon run in the NCAA tournament, Eva Hudson led the nation’s freshmen in kills per set. Meanwhile, Hudson led in points per set (until 11/20/22), total kills and total points (until 12/8/22) – both of which were eclipsed due to a farther NCAA tournament run.

THE COMPARISON: PURDUE, OREGON, WISCONSIN & PENN STATE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

• Purdue is leading all Madison Regional teams with 17.43 kills per set, 17.29 digs per set, 16.14 assists per set.

• Leading all four teams offensively is Eva Hudson (43 kills), Penn State’s Jess Murzik (40 kills) and Chloe Chicoine (30).

• Maddie Schermerhorn is leading all players with 5.43 digs per set, followed by Wisconsin’s Julia Orzol with 4.17 digs per set.

• Purdue and Penn State were the only two teams to face an opponent receiving votes in the NCAA tournament so far (Purdue vs. a receiving-votes Marquette and Penn State vs. #15 Kansas).

LAST 10 MATCHES

• The Boilermakers are 9-1 over the last 10 matches.

• Purdue is averaging a .262 attack % and holding opponents to .186% and averaging nearly two more kills/set than opponents.

• Eva Hudson is averaging 5.29 kills per set and a .276 attack %.

• Maddie Schermerhorn is averaging 4.92 digs per set, over her season average.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

IRISH TREK NORTH FOR FIRST HALF FINALE AT MICHIGAN STATE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame hockey program looks to close out the first half of the season this weekend with a pair of games at Munn Ice Arena, home to the Michigan State Spartans, Dec. 8-9.

The Irish enter the weekend back in the rankings, coming in at No. 20 in both polls following their most recent split with then No. 13/12 Michigan last week. The seventh-ranked Spartans have yet to play this month, having had the first week of December off.

Friday’s contest is set for 7 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. start Saturday to close out the series. Both games will be streamed on B1G+.

SERIES OVERVIEW
Opponent: Michigan State Spartans
Location: East Lansing, Mich. | Munn Ice Arena
Schedule: Fri. 7 p.m. | Sat. 6 p.m.
TV: B1G+
Live Stats: FightingIrish.com
Radio: fightingirish.com/radioaffiliates/
Game Notes: Notre Dame | Michigan State

QUICK HITS

The Irish boast a 8-6-2 record and are 4-2-2 thus far in Big Ten Conference play.

Catalino Family Head Hockey Coach Jeff Jackson hit a career milestone with his 400th win behind the Irish bench. The team celebrated Friday night following their 6-1 victory over Michigan with a tribute video from current and former players congratulating Jackson on the accomplishment.

The Irish split with the visiting Woverines last weekend, taking game one by a 6-1 score before falling night two, 2-1, to close out the first half of the home season.

After registering 60 saves over the two-game stretch, and holding the nation’s second-best offense to just 1.50 goals per game in the weekend series, Ryan Bischel was named the Big Ten Conference Third Star of the Week.

Coaches Jackson, Pooley and Slaggert have won all 400 games as a unit while Brock Sheahan, who joined the dynamic coaching staff prior to 2023-24, was a part of win No. 1 when he was a student-athlete at Notre Dame.

In their most recent Big Ten road trip, the Irish split on at then-No. 6/6 Minnesota, including Coach Jackson’s 399th win behind the Notre Dame bench.

Most recently, the Irish hosted Boston College for the 49th edition of the Holy War on Ice, Nov. 24. The Irish fell to the No. 2/1 Eagles at home to close out November.

The team’s leading scorer, Landon Slaggert, tallied the lone goal in the loss to the Eagles.

With his shutout Saturday against OSU, Bischel now leads the country with three this season and he now owns 10 career blankings, becoming just the sixth Irish netminder to record double-digits and first since Cale Morris.

Two Irish skaters recorded their first goals with the program against Ohio State with Patrick Moynihan and Cole Knuble each finding the back of the net Saturday for their first goals in an Irish sweater.

Notre Dame opened Big Ten Conference play at Penn State at the start of November, earning three points on the weekend between a pair of shootouts inside Pegula Ice Arena.

Maddox Fleming net his first career goal against the Nittany Lions, scoring the equalizer late in the third period night one to force overtime and the eventual shootout.

The Irish closed out their first month of contests with a weekend sweep over Mercyhurst, Oct. 26-27.

Despite trailing to start the third period against the Lakers, the Irish came back to notch the overtime game winner off the stick of Landon Slaggert night one before storming off to a 5-0 win the following night.

With four goals against Mercyhurst, including two each night and the game-winner night one, Landon Slaggert led the nation in goal scoring last weekend and was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week for his performance.

Two Irish rookies recorded first career goals when Paul Fischer and Brennan Ali helped lift the Irish to their 5-0 victory Friday night against the Lakers.

The Irish opened their season with a split against Clarkson inside Compton Family Ice Arena.

The first line chart of the season featured nine new faces while all 10 appeared on the ice at some point last weekend.

The new talent made an immediate impact on the Irish team with five 2023-24 additions recording their first points in an Irish sweater over the weekend.

Two Irish rookies net their first collegite goals on the weekend with Jayden Davis and Danny Nelson each finding the back of the net in Sunday night’s win.

Davis’ goal came off his first shot on goal in his NCAA debut. The goal in the second period proved to be the eventual game-winner.

With his first win of the season, Ryan Bischel picked up his eighth career shutout behind the 3-0 victory. He stopped all 22 shots faced in the contest to improve his season save percentage to .957 through two games played.

The Irish return 19 letterwinners from the 2022-23 season this year, including 2023 Big Ten Conference Goaltender of the Year, Ryan Bischel.

Classmate Trevor Janicke also returned for his fifth season with the Irish, serving as alternate captain for the second time in 2023-24.

Of those letterwinners returning, 17 saw game action last season while five appeared in all 37 games played for the Irish a season ago.

The veteran leadership consists of four graduate seniors, including new additions to the team in Patrick Moynihan (forward; Providence) and Ryan Siedem (defenseman; Harvard), and eight seniors

Ten new faces join the team this season, including eight freshmen. The new contributors consist of seven forwards and three defensemen. 

NOTRE DAME vs. MICHIGAN STATE

In 142 all-time meetings between the two teams, the Irish own 52 wins over the Spartans. The two teams have also tied 16 times with the most recent coming last season at Compton Family Ice Arena, 1-1.

At Munn Ice Arena a season ago, three current Irish skaters highlighted the box score. The team’s current leader in goals found the back of the net in game two of the weekend road series in 2022-23 while Zach Plucinski and Justin Janicke each had assists.

The two teams last met in the Big Ten quarterfinals last March with the Irish ultimately falling in the best-of-three series two games to one.

IRISH HEADED HOME

The University of Notre Dame, in conjunction with The Odyssey Trust, announced the Irish would participate in the 2024 rendtion of the Friendship Four men’s college ice hockey tournament.

The annual tournament is set to be played in Belfast, Ireland, next November (2024) with the Irish joining Harvard, Merrimack and Boston University as participants competing for the coveted Belpot Trophy.

The tournament was last played in 2022 with Quinnipiac reigning victorious that fall before winning the national championship at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.

The tournament first began in 2015 and is designed to promote education, social welfare, and community interation.

Over the course of six previous tournaments, 24 games have been played dating back to the inagural games in 2015.

Northern Ireland remains the only destination outside of the United States to host consequential NCAA Divison I ice hockey games.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

The 2022-23 Big Ten Goaltender of the Year was one of two unanimous selections for 2023-24 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams. He was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team ahead of the coming season. Bischel was also a Mike Richter Award semifinalist and a Hobey Baker nominee a season ago.

Drew Bavaro made an immediate impact at the blueline last season after joining the Irish and will look to continue that success this season as a senior. He was selected to the All-Big Ten Second Team for the preseason. Landon Slaggert also picked up preseason honors from the Big Ten when he was named an Honorable Mention heading into the season.

Following his performance against Mercyhurst, which included a nation’s best four goals on the weekend, Landon Slaggert was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week October 31.

Two Irish were recognized for their play in the weekend sweep of Ohio State to open conference play at home. Bischel picked up First Star of the Week honors with a .984 save percentage in two games played. The graduate netminder stopped 60 of 61 shots faced and earned his 10th career shutout. With his third blanking of the season, Bischel leads the nation in blankings.

Landon Slaggert also picked up conference honors following the weekend against OSU, being tabbed Third Star of the Week by the Big Ten behind a goal and three assists.

FAMILY TIES

The 2023-24 Notre Dame roster features quite a few family connections to the program and hockey world.

Three sets of brothers are currently on the roster, including Justin and Trevor Janicke, Landon and Carter Slaggert, and Henry and Danny Nelson.

With the addition of the Nelsons this season, the Irish have had 17 sets of brothers lace up their skates together for the Irish.

Carter Slaggert also joins the Irish in 2023-24, becoming the third Slaggert brother to appear in a game for the Irish and joins his older brother Landon, who is a senior. Oldest brother Graham currently plays in the Buffalo Sabres organization and skated two years alongside Landon before graduating.

Senior forward Brady Bjork is the younger brother of former Irish All-American and current Chicago Blackhawk Anders Bjork.

Brady’s father, Kirt, played for the Irish from 1979-83 where he appeared in 141 and tallied 161 career points (76-85). When older brother Anders played for the Irish, they became the fourth set of father-son combinations within Notre Dame hockey.

The Slaggerts are part of the fifth set of father-son combinations to suit up for the Irish, joining their father and associate head coach Andy Slaggert.

Justin and Trevor Janicke are the sons of Curtis Janicke, who played for the Irish from 1989-93, appearing in 125 games while scoring 46 goals and adding 98 assists for 144 points.

Justin, Trevor and Curtis represent the sixth father-son duo to play for the Irish.

Freshman Paul Fischer is the nephew of Mike Gearan, a member of the first varsity hockey team at Notre Dame. Fischer will honor his uncle by wearing his number during his career with the Irish, No. 16.

Freshman forward Cole Knuble is the son of former NHLer Mike Knuble, who spent 16 seasons in the NHL, including stints with Detroit, New York Rangers, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. Cole was recently drafted by the Flyers’ organization where his father played during his early childhood. He will wear No. 22 with the Irish to honor his father.

Four current Irish skaters have siblings playing at the collegiate level, away from South Bend.

Cole Knuble’s brother, Cam, is a senior at Western Michigan University.

Ryan Siedem’s brother is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire.

Jayden Davis’ brother Matthew is a junior on the Denver Pioneers’ hockey team.

Maddox Fleming’s sister Delaney is a freshman on the Ohio State University women’s hockey team.

CURRENT IRISH AND THE NHL DRAFT

The 2023-24 roster features nine NHL draftees, including Jake Boltmann (CGY ‘20), Justin Janicke (SEA ‘21), Danny Nelson (NYI ‘23), Brennan Ali (DET ‘22), Paul Fischer (STL ‘23), Patrick Moynihan (NJD ‘19), Landon Slaggert (CHI ‘20), Cole Knuble (PHI ‘23) and Trevor Janicke (ANA ‘19).

The 2023 NHL draft saw three Irish rookies selected, the most since 2020, and 15th time in program history that at least three Irish icers were selected in a single draft class.

The trio of skaters selected in 2023, Danny Nelson (2nd Rd., 49 overall), Cole Knuble (4th Rd., 103 overall) and Paul Fischer (5th Rd., 138 overall) join fellow rookie Brennan Ali (DET ‘22) as draftees in the ND freshmen class.

When D. Nelson was selected in the second round of this year’s Draft, Notre Dame extended its streak of players drafted to 21 years (2004-present).

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HIDALGO NAMED 2023 USA BASKETBALL FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Hannah Hidalgo is your 2023 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year.

“Hannah Hidalgo is a name you won’t forget,” said Joni Taylor, head coach of the 2023 USA U19 Women’s National team, per a USA Basketball release.

The point guard out of Haddonfield, N.J. averaged 10.7 points and 5.4 assists per game to lead Team USA to a gold medal at this summer’s U19 FIBA World Cup in Madrid. The latter number is tied for third all-time for Team USA. While overseas, Hidalgo also broke two single-game records for Team USA: steals (8) and assists (13). As a result of her performance, Hidalgo was named to the Tournament’s All Star 5.

All USA Basketball

All USA Basketball players are up for the award, but very few players win it before enrolling in college. Hidalgo joins the ranks of Breanna Stewart and Paige Beuckers, who won the award in high school in 2011 and 2019, respectively. Janelle Bailey rounds out that elite group. WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson won the 2022 award.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

VANDERBILT EARNS A 51-39 VICTORY AT HINKLE FIELDHOUSE

INDIANAPOLIS – Vanderbilt ended Thursday night’s game on a 12-2 run to hand Butler their first home loss of the season by the final score of 51-39. The Bulldogs trailed the Commodores by two at the final media timeout (39-37) but were hit with the loss to move their overall record to 6-3. The win improves Vanderbilt to 9-1.

Vanderbilt scored 42 of their 51 points in the paint and dominated the rebound battle 41-31. The Commodore defense caused 24 Butler turnovers resulting in 19 points. 21 of Vanderbilt’s 41 rebounds came on the offensive glass allowing the visitors to score 15 second chance points.

Each team made three shots in the opening quarter and the ‘Dawgs would lead the ‘Dores by one after 10 minutes. A 9-0 Vandy scoring run was the difference in the second quarter. Vanderbilt abandoned shooting from the outside and started to attack the basket to win that stretch 14-4.

BU trailed 20-11 at the half but scored 18 points in the third quarter to get the game within six heading to the fourth. Caroline Strande put the fans on their feet at Hinkle with a wing 3-pointer that made the game 39-37 with less than five to play. The Commodores responded with a 6-0 run over the next two minutes to swing the momentum and would exit Hinkle Fieldhouse with a 51-39 victory.

Inside the Box Score

– Caroline Strande led BU with 12 points and added six rebounds

– Jordan Meulemans added 11 points for Butler

– Karsyn Norman came off the bench to score five points and grab four rebounds

– Rachel Kent led the Bulldogs with four assists

– Ari Wiggins was in the box score with four steals

– Sydney Jaynes posted six points, eight rebounds and had a block

– Vanderbilt played at Hinkle Fieldhouse for the first time ever tonight

– Butler took their first loss at home this season

– Jordyn Cambridge led VU with 12 points and eight rebounds

– Madison Greene came off the bench to add 10

Up Next

Butler will host Chicago State on Sunday at 2 PM. The contest will stream on FloHoops.com.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

IUPUI UPENDED AT EASTERN ILLINOIS ON THURSDAY NIGHT, 75-58

CHARLESTON, Ill. – The IUPUI basketball team came up short on the road at Eastern Illinois on Thursday night (Dec. 7), falling to the host Panthers, 75-58. Junior Jlynn Counter finished with 19 points, six rebounds and a pair of assists in the defeat.

Eastern Illinois (5-5) shot 64 percent from the floor in the second half and outscored the Jaguars by 11 after intermission to race away with the victory. Kooper Jacobi led EIU with 15 points and 15 rebounds while Corey Sawyer Jr. also tallied 15 off the Panthers’ bench.

The Panthers dominated IUPUI (3-7) on the interior, outrebounding the Jags by a 38-24 margin and outscoing the guests in the paint, 52-38.

IUPUI built a quick 7-0 lead to start the game and then immediately went silent as Eastern Illinois reeled off a 13-0 run over the next four minutes. The Panthers led by as many as 13 in the opening half before the Jaguars closed within 34-28 at the break, thanks in part to back-to-back dunks from John Egbuta and Vincent Brady II to cap the half.

EIU opened the second half with six straight points to push its lead back to 12 and maintained a double-digit lead the remainder of the evening. The lead grew as large as 23 just beyond the midpoint of the second half.

Brady, making his first start of the season, finished with seven points and three steals and DJ Jackson added seven off the bench. Bryce Monroe and Kidtrell Blocker added six points apiece and Cooper Dewitt had four of IUPUI’s season-high 14 steals.

IUPUI finished the game shooting 43.4 percent from the floor and just 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from three-point range. Brady drilled a trey on IUPUI’s opening possession of the game and the Jaguars proceeded to miss their next 11 three-point attempts before Counter hit a triple with 2:35 remaining.

The Jaguars will return to action on Tuesday night (Dec. 12) when they trek to Minneapolis to face Big Ten foe Minnesota at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on BTN+.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

EAGLES VISIT INDIANA STATE SATURDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball makes its first-ever visit to Indiana State University Saturday when the Screaming Eagles take on the Sycamores in Terre Haute, Indiana. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. (CT).

Fans can follow all of the action on the ESPN+ or  ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com).

USI, which is 2-8, is looking for a way to get on track and build momentum in the final three games of the non-conference slate. The Eagles lost the handle on a 12-point first half lead and closed out a three-game homestand with a 70-57 loss to Purdue University Fort Wayne Wednesday. The Eagles, who led by as many as 12 points three times in the opening half, was paced by junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez with 14 points. Sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith and sophomore forward Kiyron Powell followed with 12 points and 10 points, respectively.

Smith and Powell also posted double-doubles with 15 rebounds and 12 rebounds, individually. Smith has posted four double-doubles this season, while Powell has recorded a double-double in each of the last two games.

Hernandez and Smith lead USI in scoring this season with 12.8 points and 10.6 points per game. Hernandez has reached double-digit scoring in each of the last four games and seven of the last eight.

The Sycamores are red hot to start the season, posting a 7-1 overall mark and 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Indiana State defeated Southern Illinois University, 77-48, and Bradley University, 85-77, to start Valley play.

USI won the first meeting between the two programs last season at Screaming Eagles Arena, defeating the Sycamores in overtime, 88-85.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO VISITS VIRGINIA TECH IN FINAL GAME BEFORE FINAL EXAMS

Valparaiso (4-5, 0-2 MVC)

at Virginia Tech (6-3, 1-0 ACC)

Game No. 10 – Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. CT

Cassell Coliseum (8,925) – Blacksburg, Va.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will take the court one final time prior to final exams as the Beacons make their way to Virginia Tech to take on the Hokies. This marks the team’s third straight game on the road and the final trip prior to the Christmas holiday. After Saturday’s game, Valpo will not play again until Saturday, Dec. 16 vs. Chicago State and will not hit the road again until Friday, Dec. 29 at Elon.

Last Time Out: Valpo fought back to within three in the closing seconds after trailing by as many as 22, but the valiant rally fell short in a 71-67 road loss at Central Michigan on Wednesday night. The Beacons outscored the Chippewas 24-9 over the final 8:15 including a made triple by Darius DeAveiro despite being fouled with 10 seconds to go. DeAveiro completed the timely 4-point play to trim the lead to three, but Valpo would get no closer. Isaiah Stafford led the team with 23 points, while Sherman Weatherspoon IV tallied a personal-best 13 points, Kaspar Sepp racked up 12 rebounds and Darius DeAveiro gave out seven assists.

Following the Beacons: Television – The CW – Evan Lepler (play-by-play) and Brian Oliver (analyst)

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (4-5) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Series Notes: This will mark Valpo’s first ever matchup with Virginia Tech. Valpo is 5-50 all-time against current members of the ACC with 40 of those 50 games coming against Notre Dame (3-37). Valpo’s most recent game against an ACC foe was a 69-63 loss to Wake Forest on Nov. 18, 2018 at the Myrtle Beach Invitational. Valpo’s last win over an ACC foe came on March 17, 2016 when Valpo defeated Florida State 81-69 at the ARC in the NIT in the final year of now first-year head coach Roger Powell Jr.’s stint as an assistant coach at Valpo.

Valpo vs. Power-Conference Competition

Valpo’s last win over a power-conference opponent was a 68-60 success story vs. Alabama at a multi-team event in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 2016.

The win over the Crimson Tide marked Valpo’s third triumph over a power-conference opponent in a two-year span. During the 2015-16 campaign, the team went on the road to beat Oregon State and then took down Florida State at the ARC in the second round of the NIT.

Prior to 2015-16, Valpo hadn’t beaten a power-5 opponent since the 2008 win over Washington in the CBI.

Nine of Valpo’s last 12 victories over power-5 opponents have come on neutral floors, with the most recent true road win coming in the aforementioned game at Oregon State.

Scouting the Hokies

Most recent game was a 75-68 win over Louisville in the conference opener on Dec. 3. MJ Collins led all scorers with a career-high 20 points.

Head coach Mike Young is in his fifth season at Virginia Tech.

Picked eighth of 15 in the ACC preseason poll.

Will have a week between games before hosting Vermont on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Went 19-15 overall last season including a 13-4 home mark en route to an NIT appearance.

Led in scoring by Lynn Kidd at 15.1 points per game. Hunter Cattoor (14.6 ppg) and Sean Pedulla (13.7 ppg) are also averaging in double figures.

Stafford’s Steady Scoring

Isaiah Stafford has scored 17 points or more in seven of his nine games this season, most recently turning in three straight performances of 20 points or more – Nov. 29 vs. Drake (20), Dec. 2 at Belmont (21) and Dec. 6 at Central Michigan (23).

The junior college transfer has led the team in scoring (outright or tied) in seven of the nine games this season.

Stafford, who ranks fourth in the MVC in scoring at 18.8 points per game, made three 3s in the conference opener against Drake, his third game this season with at least a trio of triples. He also swiped three steals against Drake, his fourth multi-steal game.

Stafford has scored 17 or more points in four straight games and has five performances of 20+ points this season.

His Dec. 6 output of 23 points marked his second highest scoring showing this season behind only 30 points at No. 23 Illinois.

Do-It-All Darius

Valpo starting point guard Darius DeAveiro has thrived in the assist department of late, giving out five or more helpers in each of the last five games, including seven on Dec. 6 at Central Michigan to tie a season best. He’s tallied five or more assists on seven occasions this season, including Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois, when he originally established his season watermark of seven.

Entering the Nov. 21 game vs. Western Illinois, DeAveiro had played 58 career games and owned a career high of eight points, achieved twice (Jan. 15, 2022 vs. Missouri State and Nov. 13, 2022 vs. Western Michigan). After that, he scored at least eight points in three straight games including a personal-best 11 on Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois and Nov. 29 vs. Drake.

DeAveiro made three 3-pointers on Nov. 29 vs. Drake after having entered the game with no more than one 3-point make in any of his first 60 career games. For further comparison, he made three 3s all of last season in 25 games.

The junior entered this season with seven career made 3s over 54 games and has matched that with seven made 3s in the first nine contests this year.

DeAveiro busted out of a shooting slump as he entered the Nov. 21 game against the Leathernecks having gone 0-for-10 from the field over his previous three games and 2-for-17 shooting for the season. He had scored seven total points over his first four games this season before scoring 30 points in a three-game span.

DeAveiro became just the third Valpo player in the last decade to shoot 80 percent or better from the field (minimum five attempts) while handing out at least seven assists in the game against the Leathernecks. He was the first to do it since Max Joseph on Jan. 10, 2018 vs. Drake. Before that, the most recent was Erik Buggs on March 2, 2013 against Green Bay.

The Rookie Report

Cooper Schwieger is averaging 11.8 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game this season. The last Valpo freshman to finish a season with over 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg was current Valpo Director of Recruiting & Player Development Lubos Barton in 1998-99 (13.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg).

Missouri Valley Conference freshmen to average above 10 ppg and 5 rpg since 2005 are as follows: Doug McDermott (Creighton, 2010-11), Cameron Krutwig (Loyola, 2017-18) and Marcus Domask (Southern Illinois, 2019-20).

Schwieger had scored 12 points or more in five consecutive games and in six of his eight games this season before Dec. 6 at Central Michigan, when he was tagged with foul trouble and had a season-low four points in a season-low 19 minutes, his first game this season with fewer than eight points.

That came right after the rookie achieved a season-best 18 points on Dec. 2 at Belmont.

Schwieger had made five or more field goals in five straight games before being held to one on Dec. 6 at Central Michigan.

Schwieger has blocked at least one shot in seven of his nine games.

The Overland Park, Kan. native ranks second in the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring average among freshmen at 11.8 points per game. He is one of two rookies averaging double figures, joining Drake’s Kevin Overton (14.4 ppg).

Schwieger ranks second among MVC freshmen with 1.2 blocks per game and leads all MVC rookies with 5.4 rebounds per game.

He has made multiple 3s in three of his last five games.

Going Deep

With Cooper Schwieger limited by foul trouble, Jahari Williamson out due to an illness and Connor Barrett and Lual Manyang still sidelined by injuries, Valpo’s depth was tested on Dec. 6 at Central Michigan.

Former Valpo football player turned basketball walk-on Anthony Sciarroni logged seven minutes, his first action this season against Division-I competition outside of playing the final 1:24 at No. 23 Illinois. Sciarroni was a three-year defensive back on Valpo’s football team before joining the basketball team as a walk-on this year.

Freshman Sherman Weatherspoon IV had a season-high 13 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. He outdid his previous personal best of eight that had occurred on Nov. 25 vs. Southern.

Freshman Kaspar Sepp gobbled up a team-high 12 rebounds in the game against the Chippewas while also scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting. He entered the game with six total rebounds in his first four appearances this year before exploding for a dozen. He had just eight total points in four games and none against Division-I competition. Before the six on Dec. 6, Sepp hadn’t scored since eight in the Nov. 6 season opener vs. Trinity Christian. He became the third different Beacon with a double-figure rebounding effort this year, joining Jerome Palm (twice) and Jaxon Edwards.

Ola Ajiboye came off the bench to contribute five points and seven rebounds, his highest totals in both categories since scoring 21 points and gobbling up eight rebounds on Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois. The Dec. 6 game was a return to Ajiboye’s old stomping grounds as he played at Central Michigan last season.

More Individual Beacon Bits

Jerome Palm has scored 52 points in the first nine games this season. During the seventh game of the season on Nov. 29 game vs. Drake, he surpassed his 2022-23 season point total of 44 in 23 games.

Jaxon Edwards has scored 77 points in nine games for Valpo this season. This is over 12 times his scoring total of six points in 11 games while playing at Murray State a year ago.

Ola Ajiboye has nearly doubled his scoring production from last season despite seeing similar minutes. He is averaging 5.8 points per game in 19.8 minutes per game after tallying 3.0 points per game in 19.2 minutes per game last year at Central Michigan.

A Tale of Two Halves

In the Dec. 6 game at Central Michigan, Valpo outscored the hosts 45-34 after halftime but trailed 37-22 at the break.

In the first half, Valpo was outrebounded 27-14 including a 12-2 differential on the offensive glass. In the second half, Valpo flipped that to a 22-17 rebounding edge including a 10-6 advantage on the offensive glass.

Valpo uncharacteristically committed 11 first-half turnovers before making only three after halftime.

Valpo did not attempt a free throw in the first half before going 10-of-12 at the line after the break.

Other Notes Wrapping Up Dec. 6: Central Michigan 71, Valpo 67

­Valpo outscored Central Michigan 24-9 over the final 8:15 of the game.

The Chippewas struggled to hit free throws, going 8-of-18 (47.1 percent).

Valpo cut what had been a 22-point lead to three in the final minute. If the Beacons had completed the rally, it would have been the team’s biggest comeback since Jan. 17, 2013 at Detroit Mercy, when Valpo rallied from down 22 to win.

Central Michigan got a game-high 24 points from Derrick Butler, who entered the game with 16 points in six games all season. He was 1-of-7 from 3 for the season before going 4-of-7 from long range against the Beacons.

Valpo fell to 0-5 all-time at Central Michigan.

Ola Ajiboye had a team-best +11 in the plus/minus category. Valpo was +9 when Sherman Weatherspoon IV was on the court as both reserves made a positive impact.

Team Trends

The Beacons had 15 or more free-throw attempts in each of their seven games before having just two on Dec. 2 at Belmont and 12 – all in the second half – on Dec. 5 at Central Michigan.

Valpo has won the turnover battle in six of the team’s nine games this season including each of the team’s four victories. Most recently, Valpo tied the turnover battle on Dec. 6 at Central Michigan.

Valpo ranks fifth in the conference in fewest turnovers committed per game at 11.0, second in turnovers forced per game at 14.22 and third in turnover margin at +3.2 per game. The team ranks 61st nationally in turnover margin at +3.2 per game.

The Beacons rank second in the league and 66th nationally in blocks per game at 4.7.

Valpo ranks fourth in the league and 62nd nationally in 3-point defense at 29.5 percent.

Valpo leads the MVC in offensive rebounds per game at 11.3.

Valpo has had the same starting lineup in all nine games this year – Jerome Palm, Cooper Schwieger, Jaxon Edwards, Darius DeAveiro and Isaiah Stafford.

The Uncharitable Stripe

The charity stripe was anything but charitable to the Beacons on Dec. 2 at Belmont. Valpo had just two free-throw attempts in the contest.

Valpo became just the fourth Division-I team nationally with two or fewer charity tosses in a game this season, joining Idaho (Nov. 29 vs. Denver), Manhattan (Nov. 24 at UConn) and Texas A&M Commerce (Nov. 8 at Texas Tech).

Last season, Valpo had a game where it did not have any free-throw attempts on Nov. 25, 2022 vs. South Dakota State in Savannah, Ga. Before that, you have to go back to Nov. 25, 2011 at Ohio State for the last time Valpo had two or fewer free-throw attempts.

The last 12 times nationally that a team has attempted two or fewer free throws, it has been in a loss.

Welcome to The Valley

Valpo newcomers have achieved Missouri Valley Conference recognition in back-to-back weeks as Isaiah Stafford was tabbed MVC Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 20 before Cooper Schwieger earned MVC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 27.

Valpo has already won two MVC weekly awards in the first three weeks this season, one away from the team’s season total from last year and already only two away from the team’s highest total number of weekly awards in a season since joining The Valley.

Schwieger’s honor came after he averaged 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, going 4-of-6 from 3-point range in a pair of wins over Western Illinois and Southern.

Stafford averaged 24.0 points per game during the week of his award, tallying 18 in a home win over Green Bay before exploding for 30 at No. 23 Illinois.

Home-Heavy Start

Valpo closed out a stretch of three straight home games and six of its first seven at the ARC on Nov. 29 vs. Drake.

Now, the Beacons are set for the final game of a stretch of three straight on the road.

Valpo started the season with three straight home games, the first time it has done so since 2016-17.

This marked the most home games (six) that Valpo has had in the first seven games of a season since the 1969-70 season, when the Beacons traveled to Air Force and had home games against Saint Procopius, No. 10 Notre Dame, Whittier, Pacific Lutheran, Gustavus Adolphus and South Alabama over the first seven contests.

Valpo has owned a record of .500 or better at home in 31 straight seasons.

Additional Notes Wrapping Up Dec. 2: Belmont 77, Valpo 68

Belmont turned it over 19 times, its highest turnover total in a home game since December 2019.

Valpo forced 19 turnovers, the most against the Beacons by a Division-I foe since William & Mary had 19 on Dec. 22, 2021.

Valpo won the turnover battle by eight, its largest turnover margin in a D-I game since Jan. 2, 2022 vs. Illinois State, an 81-76 overtime win.

Valpo swiped 11 steals, its most in a conference game since Feb. 15, 2020 at Illinois State.

Isaiah Stafford’s 21 points came on 10-of-20 shooting, while Cooper Schwieger’s season-high 18 came on 8-of-14 from the field. Jaxon Edwards chipped in nine points – his highest point total over his last five games – on an efficient 4-of-6 shooting.

Schwieger surpassed his previous personal best of 17 that came vs. Southern.

Ola Ajiboye led the team in rebounds with six.

Belmont made six of its first eight 3-point attempts, before cooling off to 1-of-15 the rest of the way. The teams ended up with nearly identical 3-point shooting numbers as Valpo was 7-of-23 and Belmont was 8-of-22.

Bench Boost

In the Nov. 21 win over Western Illinois, Valpo held the upper hand in bench points, 41-8. Three players – all underclassmen – combined for the 41 bench points as Ola Ajiboye (21), Jahari Williamson (13) and Sherman Weatherspoon IV (seven) all made key contributions.

Ajiboye’s career-high 21 points came on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist.

Ajiboye over doubled his previous career high of 10 points, which came on Nov. 6 of this season vs. Trinity Christian.

He became the first Valpo player to shoot 80 percent or better at the ARC (with a minimum of 10 attempts) in a game against a Division-I opponent since Alec Peters on March 4, 2014 vs. UIC. He became just the 10th Valpo player in the last decade to shoot at an 80 percent clip or better with at least 10 shots.

Ajiboye became the first Valpo player to come off the bench and score 20 points or more against a Division-I opponent since Sheldon Edwards on Feb. 16, 2022 vs. Loyola.

This marked quite the turnaround for Ajiboye as he played but did not score in the previous game on Nov. 17 at No. 23 Illinois.

Ajiboye became just the fourth Valpo player in the last decade to come off the bench and score 20+ points while pulling down 8+ rebounds. He joined Sheldon Edwards (Dec. 9, 2020 vs. SIUE), Darien Walker (Nov. 14, 2014 vs. East Tennessee State) and Bobby Capobianco (Nov. 29, 2013 vs. Mercer).

Williamson hit three 3s en route to his 13 points while also swiping three steals. He became the first Valpo freshman to achieve that combo since Connor Barrett on Jan. 9, 2021 vs. Missouri State.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PICKS UP EXHIBITION WIN OVER IU NORTHWEST

The Valpo women’s basketball team returned home to the ARC for the first time in nearly three weeks on Thursday evening, taking down IU Northwest in exhibition action, 65-60.

How It Happened

IU Northwest jumped out to an 11-3 lead 5:32 into the opening period. The Beacons countered with an 8-2 run over the remainder of the first quarter — including 3-pointers from Emma Tecca (Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban [Akron]) and Ava Interrante (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) — to close to within 13-11 at the end of the quarter.

Valpo outscored the RedHawks 12-4 over the first four-plus minutes of the second quarter, including six more points for Interrante, to pull out to a 23-17 lead.

IU Northwest came back to outscore the Beacons 12-5 in the final five-plus minutes of the period, taking a one-point lead at intermission, 29-28.

Valpo scored on six of its first seven possessions of the second half, led by six points from Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) and a pair of fast-break baskets for Nevaeh Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop), to take the lead for good as it extended the advantage to 40-31 with 6:47 to play in the period.

The Beacons’ lead was still eight inside the final minute of the quarter, but IU Northwest scored five points in the final 20 seconds of the period — including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer — to close to within 50-47 with 10 minutes to play.

An 8-2 spurt to start the final quarter, capped by another triple by Interrante, pushed the Beacons’ lead out to 58-49 with 7:38 remaining.

Jackson converted a layup to beat the shot clock off a feed from twin Saniya Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) with 2:36 to play as Valpo’s lead reached its apex at 62-52. IU Northwest scored the next five points, but the Beacons kept the RedHawks from closing the deficit any further the rest of the way.

Inside the Game

Interrante knocked down four 3-pointers en route to 15 points, tying for team-high honors. She also paced the Beacons on the glass with 12 rebounds.

Saniya Jackson went 6-of-11 from the floor to tie Interrante with a 15-point night. Jackson also handed out five assists while committing just one turnover and added a pair of steals as well.

All five Valpo starters contributed at least eight points to the scoring column. Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) finished with nine points.

Nevaeh Jackson tallied eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

Earnest finished with eight points and hit the boards as well, grabbing 11 caroms.

Raeven Raye-Redmond (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) tallied four steals off the bench to lead the way as the Beacons forced 17 IU Northwest turnovers, which they converted into 21 points.

Valpo shot just 6-of-17 from inside the 3-point line in the first half, but flipped that into a 14-of-22 effort inside the arc in the second half.

MARIAN BASEBALL SCHEDULE

MARIAN BASEBALL ANNOUNCES 2024 SCHEDULE

INDIANAPOLIS – The calendar continues to inch closer to 2024, and the Marian baseball team has finalized their schedule for the upcoming season. The Knights’ 2024 schedule will feature 49 games, including the 36-game Crossroads League season and 13 non-conference games.

The 2024 season will begin in Pulaski, Tennessee, as the Knights will play a four-game set against IUPUC and Tennessee Southern. The opening games of the season will take place against the Lions on Saturday, February 10, with Marian playing the Firehawks on Sunday, February 11. The non-conference season will continue on February 17 and 18 as Marian travels to West Virginia Tech for their second four-game series of the year. The early season non-conference travel will end on February 24 and 25, as the Knights travel to Mississippi to take on Tougaloo College for four games.

For the fourth consecutive season, the Crossroads League will play four-game series, with the opening series of the year being a split home and home schedule. The Crossroads League season for Marian will begin on February 29 as they host their league-opening doubleheader against Goshen College. The split series against the Maple Leafs will be finished on March 2, as the Knights will make their first road trip of the conference season. Marian will play a non-conference game against Lourdes on March 5 as they host the Gray Wolves for a nine-inning game, and will then finish the first full week of March at Indiana Wesleyan on the eighth and ninth days of the month.

Marian will host back to back weekends on March 15 and 16 and March 22 and 23, welcoming Spring Arbor and Grace College. The month of March will end with Marian on the road at Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Thursday March 28 and Saturday March 30. After the Easter weekend series against the Cougars, the Knights will take on the fourth set of jungle cats on April 5 and 6, traveling to St. Francis (Ind.).

The final two home series of the season start on April 12 as the Knights open a weekend series against Bethel University. On April 18 Marian will host the first two games of their series against the Taylor Trojans, with the series ending with a senior day doubleheader on April 20. The regular season for Marian will conclude with a trip to Huntington on April 26 and 27. The Crossroads League Tournament will be set to begin on May 1 or 2, with Taylor University hosting the 2024 tournament.

Marian’s season gets underway on February 10, with the first pitch coming against IUPUC in Pulaski, Tennessee.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php                                                                                                                                                                            

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston155.7509-06-58-114-47-31 L
Philadelphia137.6502.07-36-44-29-55-51 W
New York128.6003.06-36-51-210-57-31 L
Brooklyn119.5504.07-54-41-310-86-42 W
Toronto912.4296.56-63-60-65-114-62 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee157.68210-25-52-313-77-31 L
Indiana128.6002.07-55-35-110-76-43 W
Cleveland129.5712.56-66-32-28-47-32 W
Chicago814.3647.07-61-83-26-94-63 W
Detroit219.09512.51-101-91-52-110-1018 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando147.6679-25-53-19-48-22 L
Miami129.5712.05-37-63-09-85-51 W
Atlanta911.4504.53-66-53-26-103-72 L
Charlotte613.3167.03-73-63-36-103-72 L
Washington317.15010.51-72-101-72-161-93 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota164.80010-16-34-011-28-25 W
Oklahoma City137.6503.06-47-31-27-67-31 L
Denver148.6363.09-05-82-112-65-52 L
Utah714.3339.56-41-102-47-113-71 L
Portland614.30010.02-54-91-32-103-72 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
LA Lakers149.60910-24-74-211-67-33 W
Sacramento118.5791.06-35-53-310-86-41 L
Phoenix129.5711.05-57-42-39-77-31 L
LA Clippers1010.5002.57-33-72-29-87-32 W
Golden State1011.4763.05-65-53-49-94-61 W
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas128.6006-46-44-27-64-61 W
New Orleans1211.5221.58-44-73-29-96-41 L
Houston99.5002.09-10-82-28-84-61 W
Memphis614.3006.01-85-62-35-114-61 W
San Antonio317.1509.01-92-81-33-120-1015 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins930.7500.03842665-0-04-3-06-2-03-1-03 W
Buffalo Bills660.5003.03282275-2-01-4-03-5-02-2-01 L
New York Jets480.3335.01712512-5-02-3-02-6-01-3-05 L
New England Patriots3100.2316.51692721-6-02-4-03-5-02-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs840.6670.02752084-2-04-2-06-1-03-1-01 L
Denver Broncos660.5002.02633024-3-02-3-03-5-01-2-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers570.4173.02752582-4-03-3-03-4-01-1-01 W
Las Vegas Raiders570.4173.02022564-2-01-5-03-5-01-2-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens930.7500.03241874-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-02 W
Cleveland Browns750.5832.02582455-1-02-4-05-3-03-2-02 L
Pittsburgh Steelers760.5382.52102504-4-03-2-05-4-03-1-02 L
Cincinnati Bengals660.5003.02462733-3-03-3-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars840.6670.02852593-4-05-0-06-3-04-1-01 L
Indianapolis Colts750.5831.03002962-4-05-1-05-3-03-2-04 W
Houston Texans750.5831.02812495-2-02-3-04-3-01-2-01 W
Tennessee Titans480.3334.02132554-2-00-6-02-6-00-3-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1020.8330.03292885-1-05-1-06-1-03-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys930.7501.03882206-0-03-3-06-3-03-1-04 W
New York Giants480.3336.01592922-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-02 W
Washington Commanders490.3086.52613951-5-03-4-02-7-00-5-04 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers930.7500.03521894-1-05-2-07-1-03-0-04 W
Los Angeles Rams660.5003.02682533-3-03-3-04-4-04-1-03 W
Seattle Seahawks660.5003.02642904-2-02-4-05-4-01-3-03 L
Arizona Cardinals3100.2316.52303312-4-01-6-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions930.7500.03272864-2-05-1-06-2-02-1-01 W
Minnesota Vikings660.5003.02632422-4-04-2-06-3-02-1-02 L
Green Bay Packers660.5003.02582434-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-03 W
Chicago Bears480.3335.02422962-3-02-5-03-5-01-3-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons660.5000.02262404-2-02-4-04-4-03-0-02 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers570.4171.02332453-3-02-4-04-4-02-1-01 W
New Orleans Saints570.4171.02572552-3-03-4-02-5-01-2-03 L
Carolina Panthers1110.0835.01913131-4-00-7-00-8-00-3-05 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins251753371682629-2-18-3-25-4-1
Florida Panthers251582321577668-4-07-4-25-4-1
Detroit Red Wings251474321496778-3-36-4-16-2-2
Toronto Maple Leafs23136430980777-4-16-2-37-1-2
Tampa Bay Lightning2812115291291998-3-34-8-24-5-1
Montreal Canadiens261112325972936-8-15-4-24-5-1
Buffalo Sabres2711142241177915-7-06-7-24-5-1
Ottawa Senators211011020973698-8-02-3-05-5-0
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers241851371782668-2-010-3-17-3-0
Philadelphia Flyers2614102301278716-6-18-4-16-3-1
New York Islanders251177291076825-3-56-4-26-1-3
Carolina Hurricanes2614111291385868-2-16-9-05-4-1
Washington Capitals231283271056707-4-25-4-15-4-1
New Jersey Devils2413101271387895-6-18-4-06-4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins2511113251174665-6-16-5-23-4-3
Columbus Blue Jackets28815521880996-7-22-8-34-5-1
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche261682341592779-3-07-5-25-3-2
Dallas Stars251573331388756-4-19-3-24-4-2
Winnipeg Jets251582321581688-5-17-3-17-3-0
Arizona Coyotes2513102281183728-5-05-5-26-4-0
Nashville Predators2614120281385819-6-05-6-08-2-0
St. Louis Blues2513111271273807-4-06-7-15-5-0
Minnesota Wild24911422875845-4-24-7-24-4-2
Chicago Blackhawks25816117860894-6-14-10-03-6-1
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights271755391489649-2-28-3-34-2-4
Los Angeles Kings231643351689535-4-311-0-08-2-0
Vancouver Canucks2717913517103709-3-18-6-05-5-0
Calgary Flames2611123251176896-5-15-7-25-4-1
Seattle Kraken27813622771944-7-14-6-53-5-2
Edmonton Oilers231012121980806-4-14-8-07-3-0
Anaheim Ducks261016020969885-9-05-7-01-9-0
San Jose Sharks278172188581115-6-23-11-05-4-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Early formation of the SEC

December 8, 1932 – Knoxville, Tennessee – 13 members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Southern Conference located west and south of the Appalachian Mountains formerly reorganized into the Southeastern Conference. According to the post on secsports.com the member schools at that time were Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Sewanee, Tulane and Vanderbilt. Want more about the SEC? We have more on the conference’s history in this February Post on the SEC.

Most Lopsided NFL Game

December 8, 1940 – Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C. – The most lopsided NFL Title game ever. The National Football League Championship game played in 1940 is long remembered, but not because it was a great battle but because of the dominance of the Chicago Bears that day and History.com’s article brings all the details.  The Chicago Bears embarrassed the Washington Redskins, 73-0 in the game. It was the most lopsided victory in NFL history and it happened to be the NFL’s showcase game to determine their season’s champion. There was no doubt who the top team in the 1940 NFL was after this one. The game was also the first NFL Championship game broadcast on national radio.

Heisman Awards

December 8, 1942 – The 8th Heisman Trophy Award was given to Frank Sinkwich, Georgia’s outstanding halfback. Heisman.com tells us not only was Sinkwich the Bulldogs first ever Heisman winner but also that he was the first Trophy holder to be born outside of the United States. Hailing from Zagreb, Croatia his family immigrated to the U.S. early in Frank’s life.The 1942 season was special for Sinkwich as he set the SEC’s passing record when he tossed for 1392 yards. Frank also ran for an additional 795 yards on the ground and helped the Bulldogs hit a record mark of 4725 yards of total offense! He of course was voted in as an All-America choice and even added to his legend by scoring the only TD in that season’s Rose Bowl on two sprained ankles in a 9-0 blanking of UCLA.

December 8, 1948 – Southern Methodist University’s Halfback Doak Walker took home the 14th Heisman Trophy Award. Doak was only the second Junior player to win the coveted Trophy associated with being the best player in the nation. Heisman.com fills us in on the details of his great season with the Mustangs. Doak had 542 yards rushing and 8 TD’s in the season of 1948 and he caught 15 balls for another 278 yards and an additional 2 scores. WHen you pad those totals with yardage accumulated from him passing for 5 touchdowns and 304 more yards you see what a weapon he was for the powerful SMU offense! Walker was the third overall pick of the 1950 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and he played there for 6 seasons even holding the NFL rushing title in one year.iframesrc=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/W1eAPUm2eok”

December 8, 1953 – The 19th Heisman Trophy was placed into the hands of Johnny Lattner of Notre Dame by the Downtown Athletic Club according to the Awards website. The senior halfback had an outstanding season for the Irish as he led the team to a 9-0-1 record while accumulating 651 yards rushing on 134 attempts and caught 14 balls for another 204 yards gained. His special teams play was outstanding as well as he averaged nearly 40 yards per kick return in the 8 times he fielded the ball and he picked off 4 passes while playing defense! Johnny’s all purpose yards school record stood for 25 years at Notre Dame. Lattner played with the Pittsburgh Steelers for a season before entering the U.S. Air Force, but before he could return to the NFL he suffered a career ending knee injury in a military game.

December 8, 1955 – The 21st Heisman Trophy Award was handed to Howard Cassady the halfback from Ohio State University. “Hopalong” as he was called ran for 958 yards and 15 scores in his senior season to take home the nation’s top collegiate hardware and it also earned him the Associated Press Athlete of the Year Award. Cassady was a first round draft pick of the NFL’s Detroit Lions where he played defensive back and also spent some time with the Eagles in Philadelphia before retiring.

December 8, 1973 – The Movie Something for Joey captured the heart of a nation as it told the tale of Penn State running back John Cappelletti playing his butt off for his ill younger brother Joe. The performance on the gridiron earned Cappelletti the 39th Heisman Trophy Award as he rushed for 1522 yards and 17 touchdowns to become the first Nittany Lion to win the Trophy. His quest included 3 straight late season 200 yard plus games according to Heisman.com. Other accolades received by John were the Maxwell Trophy and was selected as Player-of-the-Year by ABC-TV, United Press International, the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association, the Walter Camp Foundation and the Washington Touchdown Club. The LA Rams used the 11th overall pick in the 1974 NFL Draft to select Cappelletti and his NFL career lasted 10 seasons with both the Rams and the Chargers.

December 8, 1977  – The “Tyler Rose” Earl Campbell of the University of Texas won the 43rd Heisman Trophy Award. The running back who was known for his powerful lower body and exceptional balance rushed for 1744 yards and 19 touchdowns as he led the Longhorns to an undefeated season as he became the school’s Heisman winner per the Trophy’s official website. Earl was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the 1978 NFL Draft with the top pick. He took the League by storm as he dominated the rushing statistics for his first few seasons as a pro player.

December 8, 2001 – The SEC Championship Game of 2001 had #21 LSU Tigers upending the second ranked Volunteers of Tennessee by the score of 31-20.

December 8, 2007 – Florida Gator quarterback, Tim Tebow claimed the prize of the 73rd Heisman Trophy Award. Heisman.com informs us that Tim was the first sophomore to ever take home the prestigious Trophy. Tebow accounted for 51 touchdowns for the Gators that season gained by a combination of his arm and his legs. He passed for 3132 yards and 29 scores with 6 interceptions while rushing for 828 yards and 22 TDs. Tebow was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos and then bounced around the League playing for the Jets, Patriots and Eagles as well.

December 8, 2013 – Denver Broncos kicker, Matt Prader’s 64 yarder went through the uprights at the end of the first half of the Denver vs Tennessee Titans game to beat out the previous NFL record of 63 yards first set by New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey in 1970. Others had tied the 63 yarder but Prader broke the barrier on the distance during a game to be celebrated as the longest field goal ever in League history.

December 8, 2018 – The 84th Heisman Trophy Award belonged to Kyler Murray the nifty quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners. It was the second consecutive Heisman Award given to Sooner QBs as the previous years’ Trophy went to Baker Mayfield according to Heisman.com. Murray’s 4946 yards of total offense and 51 TDs were big numbers that attracted the votes in his direction for collegiate football’s most prestigious individual award. Oklahoma now has seven Heisman winners which ties them with both Ohio State and Notre Dame for the most winners from one school. Murray initially was part of Texas A&M’s program but after his freshman season he transferred to the Sooners.  The second place in the Heisman voting was Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and in third was Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Kyler Murray was the first overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft when the Arizona Cardinals selected him to be the face of their franchise.

Hall Of Fame Birthdays for December 8

December 8, 1914 – Portland, Oregon – Bobby Grayson the fullback from Stanford was born. According to footballfoundation.org, Bobby was another member of the ‘Vow Boys’ ‘ who were a group of Cardinal players who vowed not to lose to USC again in their careers after being shut out by the Trojans 13-0 in the 1932 freshman contest. Grayson helped fulfill the vow he made by scoring the first touchdown in his varsity game against Southern Cal in the Cardinal 13-7 victory. Grayson was a two-time consensus All-America player and in the 1934 Rose Bowl set a 25 year standing record when he rushed for 152 yards in the game. The National Football Foundation selected Bobby Grayson to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.

December 8, 1941 – Cleveland, Ohio – A birthday is celebrated on this day by Nebraska’s top-flight guard Bob Brown.   The NFF points out that Bob “Boomer” Brown had a pretty large stature for a player in his era as he loomed over opponents with his 6’-4” frame that weighed 260 pounds. Nebraska went 10-1 in his final college season and Boomer earned the honor of being a unanimous All-America in 1963 at guard. The NFF voters placed Bob Brown  into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Bob was selected by both the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and the AFL’s Denver Broncos as a Tackle in the 1964 respective Drafts. He chose to play for the Eagles as they picked him second overall and he had a brilliant 10 NFL career with the Eagles, Raiders and Rams. Boomer Brown was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004’s class.

December 8, 1942 – The Bronx, New York – Bill Polian the NFL frontman that turned the fortunes of three different franchises into winners was born. Polian led the Buffalo Bills front office in the late 1980’s and helped the team play in four consecutive Super Bowls. The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website then describes how he left Buffalo and then changed the fortunes of the second year Carolina Panthers to the NFC Championship game only to follow that up with building the Indianapolis Colts powerhouse teams of the early 2000’s that found good fortunes by winning eight division titles and two Super Bowl appearances. In 2015 the Pro Football Hall of Fame  placed Bill Polian as a contributor in their Gold Jacket Club to remember him for his NFL accomplishments.

December 8, 1958 – Duluth, Georgia – The University of South Carolina’s legendary runner George Rogers celebrates his birthday. When you are blessed with being agile, well balanced, can run a 40 yard dash in 4.5 and weigh in at 220 pounds you should be bound for gridiron greatness.  That is exactly what the NFF states that George Rogers was in college. In both 1979 and again in 1980 he was an All-America player and even won the Heisman Trophy for the 1980 season for being the nation’s top player. George averaged about 6 yards per carry in his fourth year with the Gamecocks putting up 1781 rushing yards and set a school career record with his 4958 yards on the ground in his 4 seasons. The National Football Foundation selected George Rogers to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. George played in the NFL for the Saints and the Redskins and won the Rookie of the Year honors in 1981 and in 1986 led the League with his 18 touchdowns scored.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

21 – 37 – 41 – 40 – 39 – 13 – 22 – 20 – 27 – 15 – 1

December 8, 1942 – 8th Heisman Trophy Award won by Georgia Halfback, Number 21, Frank Sinkwich

December 8, 1948 – 14th Heisman Trophy Award won by SMU Halfback, Number 37, Doak Walker

December 8, 1953 – 19th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Notre Dame Halfback, Number 41, Johnny Lattner

December 8, 1955 – 21st Heisman Trophy Award was won by Ohio State Halfback, Number 40, Howard Cassady

December 8, 1955 – Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Number 39, Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award. Of course it didn’t hurt that the Dodgers also won the World Series that year.

December 8, 1961 – Syracuse Nationals Point Guard, Number 21, Larry Costello scored an NBA record 32 consecutive points without a miss

December 8, 1961 – Philadelphia Warriors center, Number 13, Wilt Chamberlain scores 78 points in 151-147 3OT defeat to LA Lakers at Philadelphia Civic Center; 2nd highest game total in the NBA history

December 8, 1973 – 39th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Penn State Running back, Number 22, John Cappelletti

December 8, 1977 – 43rd Heisman Trophy Award was won by Texas Running back, Number 20, Earl Campbell

December 8, 1987 – Philadelphia Flyers’ Number 27, Ron Hextall becomes 1st goalie to actually score a goal

December 8, 2007 – 73rd Heisman Trophy Award was won by Florida Quarterback, Number 15, Tim Tebow

December 8, 2018 – 84th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Oklahoma Quarterback, Number 1, Kyler Murray

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