INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES THURSDAY

Benton Central 65 McCutcheon 52
Calumet 61 Wheeler 52
Fort Wayne Canterbury 55 Huntington North 43
Gary West 73 Hammond Morton 57
Jimtown 53 South Bend Washington 42
Lake Central 63 Valparaiso 58
Lakeland 65 Elkhart Christian 37
Monrovia 68 Indianapolis Shortridge 59
North Putnam 74 Cloverdale 48
Purdue Poly North 57 KIPP Indy Legacy 52
South Bend Riley 81 South Bend Clay 43
South Bend St. Joseph 77 Elkhart 50


Carmi (Ill.) Classic
Mount Vernon (Posey) 73 Fairfield (Ill.) 54
Harrisburg (Ill.) 81 Evansville Day 65


Indianapolis City Tournament
Indianapolis Cathedral 82 Christel House 43
Heritage Christian 59 Indianapolis Scecina 43
Indianapolis Attucks 83 Indianapolis Ritter 57
Indianapolis Washington 55 Indianapolis Tech 52 OT


Porter County Conference Tournament
Morgan Twp. 57 South Central (Union Mills) 36
Westville 62 Washington Twp. 37

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FRIDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Alexandria at Oak Hill 7:30 pm
Anderson at Harrison (West Lafayette) 8:00 pm
Attica at Seeger 7:30 pm
Batesville at Franklin County 7:30 pm
Bethesda Christian at Park Tudor 7:30 pm
Bloomington South at Castle 8:00 pm
Blue River at Hagerstown 7:30 pm
Bluffton at Adams Central 7:30 pm
Brown County at Monrovia 7:30 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Union City 7:30 pm
Cannelton at Washington Catholic 8:00 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Tri-Central 7:30 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne) at Fort Wayne South 7:45 pm
Caston at Winamac 7:30 pm
Central Noble at Eastside 7:30 pm
Charlestown at Eastern (Pekin) 7:30 pm
Chesterton at Crown Point 8:00 pm
Churubusco at Angola 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Connersville Christian at Union (Modoc) 7:30 pm
Cowan at Muncie Burris 7:30 pm
Crawfordsville at Fountain Central 7:30 pm
Danville at Western Boone 7:30 pm
Delphi at Sheridan 7:30 pm
Delta at Pendleton Heights 7:30 pm
East Chicago Central at Gary 21st Century 8:00 pm
Eastern Greene at Bloomfield 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Monroe Central 7:30 pm
Elkhart at Tippecanoe Valley 7:30 pm
Elwood at Mississinewa 7:30 pm
Evansville Harrison at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Boonville 8:00 pm
Evansville North at Terre Haute South 8:30 pm
Fishers at Avon 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at Fort Wayne Snider 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Dwenger at Fort Wayne Luers 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Northrop at Fort Wayne Wayne 7:45 pm
Frankfort at Benton Central 7:30 pm
Franklin Central at Noblesville 7:30 pm
Frankton at Blackford 8:00 pm
Fremont at West Noble 7:30 pm
Frontier at Tri-County 7:30 pm
Greensburg at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
Greenwood at Decatur Central 7:30 pm
Guerin Catholic at Brebeuf Jesuit 7:30 pm
Henderson County (Ky.) at Evansville Central 8:00 pm
Henryville at Providence 7:30 pm
Heritage at Woodlan 7:30 pm
Highland at Lake Station 8:00 pm
Homestead at Fort Wayne North 7:45 pm
Indianapolis HomeSchool at KIPP Indy Legacy 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Roncalli at New Palestine 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Rooted at Purdue Poly North 7:00 pm
Jasper at Forest Park 7:30 pm
Jeffersonville at Center Grove 7:30 pm
Jennings County at Floyd Central 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Marion 7:30 pm
Lapel at Northeastern 7:30 pm
Lawrence North at North Central (Indianapolis) 7:30 pm
Lewis Cass at Southwood 7:45 pm
Lighthouse CPA at Portage Christian 8:00 pm
Logansport at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm
Madison-Grant at Eastbrook 7:30 pm
Manchester at Rochester 7:45 pm
Marquette Catholic at South Bend Adams 7:30 pm
Martinsville at Perry Meridian 7:30 pm
Michigan City at LaPorte 8:00 pm
Milan at South Ripley 7:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at Legacy Christian 8:00 pm
Morristown at North Decatur 7:30 pm
Muncie Central at Kokomo 7:30 pm
Munster at Hobart 8:00 pm
New Albany at Silver Creek 7:30 pm
New Washington at Austin 7:30 pm
North Daviess at Linton-Stockton 7:30 pm
North Harrison at Lanesville 7:30 pm
North Knox at Pike Central 7:30 pm
North Montgomery at Lebanon 7:30 pm
North Vermillion at Parke Heritage 7:30 pm
North White at North Newton 8:00 pm
Northview at Indian Creek 6:30 pm
NorthWood at Goshen 7:45 pm
Orleans at Perry Central 8:00 pm
Owensboro (Ky.) at Evansville Bosse 8:00 pm
Penn at Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
Peru at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:45 pm
Pike at Carmel 7:30 pm
Plainfield at Mooresville 7:45 pm
Portage at Merrillville 8:00 pm
Randolph Southern at Wapahani 7:30 pm
Riverton Parke at North Central (Farmersburg) 6:00 pm
Rock Creek Academy at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
Ross (Ohio) at East Central 7:30 pm
Rossville at Clinton Central 7:30 pm
Rushville at Madison 8:00 pm
Salem at Corydon Central 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at South Decatur 7:30 pm
Seymour at Bedford North Lawrence 7:30 pm
South Adams at Jay County 7:30 pm
South Knox at Vincennes Lincoln 7:30 pm
South Newton at Demotte Christian 8:00 pm
South Spencer at North Posey 8:00 pm
South Vermillion at Greencastle 7:30 pm
Southmont at Covington 7:30 pm
Southridge at Heritage Hills 8:00 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville) at Edinburgh 8:00 pm
Speedway at Tri-West 7:30 pm
Springs Valley at Paoli 7:30 pm
Switzerland County at Rising Sun 7:30 pm
Tell City at Gibson Southern 8:00 pm
Terre Haute North at Clay City 7:30 pm
Traders Point Christian at Central Christian 6:00 pm
Tri at Union County 7:30 pm
Trinity Greenlawn at Smith Academy 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran at Shawe Memorial 7:30 pm
Vincennes Rivet at Northeast Dubois 7:30 pm
Wabash at North Miami 7:45 pm
Waldron at Hauser 7:30 pm
Warren Central at Lawrence Central 7:30 pm
Warsaw at Concord 7:45 pm
Washington at Princeton 8:00 pm
Wawasee at Plymouth 7:45 pm
Wes-Del at Shenandoah 7:30 pm
West Central at Pioneer 7:30 pm
West Washington at Mitchell 7:30 pm
Western at Maconaquah 7:30 pm
Westfield at Brownsburg 7:30 pm
Westview at Fairfield 7:30 pm
White River Valley at Shakamak 7:30 pm
Whiteland at Franklin 7:30 pm
Whitko at Northfield 7:45 pm
Winchester at Liberty Christian 7:30 pm
Wood Memorial at Barr-Reeve 8:00 pm
Yorktown at New Castle 8:00 pm
Zionsville at Hamilton Southeastern 7:30 pm


Bi-County Tournament
Triton vs. John Glenn 6:30 pm SF
Bremen at LaVille 8:00 pm SF
Oregon-Davis vs. Argos 6:30 pm Con
New Prairie vs. Culver 8:00 pm Con


Carmi (Ill.) Classic
Mount Vernon (Posey) vs. Evansville Day 6:30 pm

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES THURSDAY

Batesville 54 Rushville 36
Beech Grove 53 Southport 28
Bethesda Christian 48 University 37
Bloomington South 72 Terre Haute South 22
Blue River 43 Cambridge City Lincoln 37
Borden 59 Henryville 40
Cascade 59 Brown County 44
Castle 51 Vincennes Lincoln 43
Caston 55 North Miami 46
Center Grove 77 Heritage Christian 32
Charlestown 42 Salem 28
Clay City 50 Dugger Union 29
Clinton Central 45 Rossville 30
Concord 59 Plymouth 49
Crawford County 42 Orleans 39
Crosspointe Christian 57 KIPP Indy Legacy 21
Demotte Christian 43 Frontier 26
Eastbrook 66 Bluffton 52
Eastern Greene 52 Shakamak 46
Eastern Hancock 62 Daleville 17
Evansville Central 51 Evansville Mater Dei 43
Evansville Harrison 61 Evansville Bosse 34
Evansville Memorial 60 Evansville North 54
Evansville Reitz 46 Jasper 42
Floyd Central 79 Trinity Lutheran 58
Fort Wayne Northrop 68 Fort Wayne North 50
Franklin 66 Seymour 36
Franklin County 49 Shenandoah 37
Gibson Southern 65 Southridge 30
Heritage Hills 60 Boonville 42
Highland 44 Bowman Academy 14
Indiana Deaf 46 Anderson Prep 32
Indianapolis Herron 47 Christel House 44
Indianapolis Shortridge 47 Indianapolis Lutheran 43
Jac-Cen-Del 58 Rising Sun 39
Jay County 60 Delta 36
Jennings County 67 Columbus East 30
Lake Central 46 Valparaiso 41
Lapel 57 Muncie Central 13
Lewis Cass 61 Taylor 10
Linton-Stockton 63 Bloomfield 23
Monroe Central 45 Cowan 20
Morristown 48 Hauser 33
New Palestine 61 Waldron 36
North Decatur 50 Milan 36
North Judson 54 Winamac 44
North Vermillion 46 Covington 32
Northeast Dubois 40 Loogootee 36
Northfield 60 Madison-Grant 36
Parke Heritage 58 Fountain Central 37
Pendleton Heights 63 Connersville 42
Peru 55 Pioneer 39
Princeton 47 Pike Central 33
Scottsburg 55 Eastern (Pekin) 29
Shoals 61 Medora 14
South Bend Adams 59 Logansport 53
South Knox 73 Barr-Reeve 26
South Spencer 57 Tell City 21
Southmont 62 Frankfort 32
Southwestern (Hanover) 50 South Ripley 48 OT
Springs Valley 66 Christian Academy 30
Tri 64 Centerville 18
Tri-West 64 Indianapolis Tech 40
Union County 63 Knightstown 23
Vincennes Rivet 71 Wood Memorial 41
White River Valley 56 North Daviess 52
Whitko 70 Maconaquah 59
Winchester 37 Randolph Southern 30


Bi-County Tournament
John Glenn 36 Triton 21
New Prairie 60 LaVille 24
Bremen 62 Culver 38

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING RESULTS

https://indianamat.com/index.php?/dualresults.html/

NFL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Saturday, Jan. 20

  • (4) Texans at (1) Ravens, 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN/ABC).  This is a rematch of game that was played all the way back in Week 1. In C.J. Stroud’s debut. the Ravens kept him in check for a 25-9 win. The Texans are the only NFL team that has never won a game in the divisional round and they’ve also never won a road game in the playoffs. 
  • (7) Packers at (1) 49ers, 8 p.m. ET (Fox). This will mark the third time in the past five seasons that these two teams have met in the postseason with Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers going 2-0 against Matt LaFleur and the Packers.

Sunday, Jan. 21

  • (4) Buccaneers at (3) Lions, 3 p.m. ET (NBC). The Lions will be hosting their first divisional round home game since January 1992, and they’ll be facing a Buccaneers team they beat 20-6 back in Week 6. This game will feature the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft (Jared Goff) facing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft (Baker Mayfield). 
  • (3) Chiefs at (2) Bills, 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+). For the third time in five seasons, these two teams will be meeting in the playoffs. We all remember their last postseason meeting back in January 2022 when the Chiefs put together a scoring drive in just 13 seconds to send the game to overtime (The Chiefs would eventually win). These two teams actually played in Kansas City back in Week 14 with the Bills winning 20-17. This is the seventh time that Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes have faced each other and the series is currently tied at three.  

Championship Sunday

Sunday, Jan. 28

AFC Championship, 3 p.m. ET (CBS)

NFC Championship, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox)

Super Bowl LVIII 

Sunday, Feb. 11

AFC vs. NFC in Las Vegas, 6:30 p.m. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#23 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 86 WICHITA STATE 77

SOUTH FLORIDA 74 #10 MEMPHIS 73

#14 ILLINOIS 88 MICHIGAN 73

ELSEWHERE:

MICHIGAN STATE 76 MINNESOTA 66

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

MIAMI FLORIDA 73 #4 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 59

#23 NORTH CAROLINA 73 GEORGIA TECH 68

#19 NOTRE DAME 86 VIRGINIA 76

#13 LOUISVILLE 81 CLEMSON 64

SYRACUSE 79 #15 FLORIDA STATE 73

DUKE 63 #14 VIRGINIA TECH 46

#10 LSU 78 ALABAMA 58

#17 GONZAGA 72 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 48

ELSEWHERE:

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 66 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 57

PENN STATE 80 PURDUE 67

NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 126 SACRAMENTO 121

NEW YORK 113 WASHINGTON 109

CHICAGO 116 TORONTO 110

OKLAHOMA CITY 134 UTAH 129

MINNESOTA 118 MEMPHIS 103

NHL SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 5 DALLAS 1

BOSTON 5 COLORADO 2

WASHINGTON 5 ST. LOUIS 2

OTTAWA 6 MONTRÉAL 2

TAMPA BAY 7 MINNESOTA 3

BUFFALO 3 CHICAGO 0

EDMONTON 4 SEATTLE 2

TORONTO 4 CALGARY 3

NASHVILLE 2 LOS ANGELES 1

VANCOUVER 2 ARIZONA 1

VEGAS 5 NY RANGERS 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

PLAYOFF CAPSULES

NFL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: HOUSTON TEXANS (11-7 – AFC SOUTH – NO. 4 SEED) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (13-4 – AFC NORTH – NO. 1 SEED)

DATE: Saturday, January 20, 2024 GAME TIME: 4:30 PM ET

ESPN/ABC: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters, Laura Rutledge

Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker, Ryan Leaf

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) HOU: 82 or 225 BAL: 83 or 226 National: 88

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: BAL leads series, 1-0

LAST GAME: AFC-DIV 1/15/12: HOU 13 at BAL 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/15/12

TEXANS NOTES:

Houston Texans Playoff Record: 5-6 Championships: 0

Last Postseason Game: AFC-WC 1/13/24: CLE 14 at HOU 45

DeMeco Ryans vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 0-1 Reg. Season: 10-7 (.588) Postseason: 1-0

TEXANS won 1st division title since 2019. Became 1st team in SB era to win division with rookie HC & rookie QB. Can advance to 1st AFC Champ. Game in franchise history. • DEMECO RYANS can become 1st rookie HC to advance to Conf. Champ. Game since Matt LaFleur in 2019 with GB. • QB C.J. STROUD completed 16 of 21 atts. (76.2 pct.) for 274 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 157.2 rating in AFC-WC, highest rating by rookie ever in a playoff game & is 1 of 4 rookie QBs ever with 3+ TD passes in playoff game. Can become 6th rookie QB ever to start & win Div. Round playoff game. Needs 281 pass yards to surpass Andrew Luck (4,663 in 2012) for most pass yards ever by rookie, incl. playoffs. Has 0 INTs in 6 of 7 road starts this season. Passed for 242 yards in Week 1 meeting. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for 66 yards & TD in AFC-WC, 6th-straight game overall with 60+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. • WR NICO COLLINS led team with 6 catches for 96 yards & TD in AFCWC, 9th game this season & 3rd in a row with 80+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 6 catches for 80 yards in Week 1 meeting. • WR JOHN METCHIE had career-high 44 rec. yards in AFC-WC. WR ROBERT WOODS has 55+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. Bal. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ had TD catch in AFC-WC, 3rd-straight playoff game with TD catch. Can become 3rd TE ever with rec. TD in 4 straight playoff games (Rob Gronkowski & Travis Kelce). • TE BREVIN JORDAN had career-long 76-yard TD catch in AFCWC, 2nd-longest rec. TD ever by TE in a playoff game. • DE JONATHAN GREENARD led team with career-high 12.5 sacks in 2023. Had 2 TFL & sack in Week 1 meeting. • DE WILL ANDERSON (rookie) had sack in AFC-WC & has sack in 2 of past 3 overall. Had sack in Week 1 meeting. • LB BLAKE CASHMAN led team with career-high 104 tackles this season & had career-best 9 TFL. Had 10 tackles last week. • LB CHRISTIAN HARRIS had 8 tackles, sack & 36-yard INT-TD in AFC-WC, 1st-career TD. Had sack in Week 1 meeting. • CB STEVEN NELSON had 3 PD & 82-yard INT-TD last week. Had INT in Week 1 meeting. Harris & Nelson are 1st pair of teammates each with INT-TD in playoff game since 2007.

RAVENS NOTES:

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: BAL leads series, 1-0

LAST GAME: AFC-DIV 1/15/12: HOU 13 at BAL 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/15/12

Baltimore Ravens Playoff Record: 16-12 Championships: 2 [2000 (XXXV), 2012 (XLVII)]

Last Postseason Game: AFC-WC 1/15/23: BAL 17 at CIN 24

John Harbaugh vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 9-2 Reg. Season: 160-99 (.618) Postseason: 11-9

RAVENS clinched AFC North division title for 1st time since 2019 & AFC’s No. 1 overall seed for 2nd time in franchise history (2019). Can advance to 5th AFC Champ. Game & 1st since 2012. Led NFL in rushing offense in 2023 (156.5 yards per game). • JOHN HARBAUGH led Baltimore to SB XLVII title in 2012. • QB LAMAR JACKSON had career-high 3,678 pass yards in 2023 & led QBs with 821 rush yards, becoming 2nd player ever with 3,500+ pass yards & 800+ rush yards in a season, joining Kyler Murray (2020). Finished season with 250+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in each of final 3 home games. Has 367 rush yards (91.8 per game) in 4 career playoff games. Is 3-0 with 5 TDs vs. INT & 117.3 rating in 3 career starts vs. Hou. • RB GUS EDWARDS set career highs in rush yards (810) & rush TDs (13) in 2023, 2nd-most rush TDs in a season in franchise history. Has 7 rush TDs in his past 7 at home. • RB JUSTICE HILL had career-high 2 rush TDs in Week 1 meeting. • TE MARK ANDREWS can make 1st appearance since Week 11. Had 6 rec. TDs in 2023 & is 1 of 2 TEs (Travis Kelce) with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 5 seasons. • TE ISAIAH LIKELY finished season with TD catch in 4 of final 5 games overall & in each of his final 3 home games. • WR ZAY FLOWERS ranked 4th among rookies with 77 catches & 5th with 858 rec. yards, both most-ever by Ravens rookie. Finished season with rec. TD in 4 of his final 5 games. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 95+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 5th playoff game in row with 50+ rec. yards. • DT JUSTIN MADUBUIKE was selected to 1st-career Pro Bowl after leading team with 13 sacks in 2023, most by Bal. player since 2014. Has sack in 6 of is past 7 at home. Had sack in Week 1 meeting. • LB ROQUAN SMITH ranked 6th in NFL with 158 tackles in 2023, 3rdstraight season with 150+ tackles. Has 7+ tackles in each of 2 career playoff games. Has 2 TFL in each of 3 career games vs. Hou., with sack in 2 of 3. • LB PATRICK QUEEN totaled career-best 133 tackles this season. • LB JADEVEON CLOWNEY tied career high with 9.5 sacks in 2023. Was selected No. 1 overall by Hou. in 2014 NFL Draft. • S GENO STONE ranked 2nd in NFL with 7 INTs in 2023, most by Bal. player since 2010.

NFL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: GREEN BAY PACKERS (10-8 – NFC NORTH – NO. 7 SEED) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (12-5 – NFC WEST – NO. 1 SEED)

DATE: Saturday, January 20, 2024 GAME TIME: 8:15 PM ET

FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi

Westwood One: Mike Golic, Ryan Radtke, Laura Okmin

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) GB: 82 or 225 SF: 81 or 227 National: 88

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: SF leads series, 5-4

LAST GAME: NFC-DIV 1/22/22: SF 13 at GB 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: NFC-C 1/19/20: GB 20 at SF 37

PACKERS NOTES:

Playoff Record: 37-25 Championships: 13 [1929-31, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961-62, 1965,

1966 (SB I), 1967 (SB II), 1996 (SB XXXI), 2010 (SB XLV)]

Last Postseason Game: NFC-WC 1/14/23: GB 48 at DAL 32

Matt LaFleur vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 2-3 Reg. Season: 56-27 (.675) Postseason: 12-10

PACKERS advanced to NFC-Div. for 4th time in 5 seasons under HC MATT LAFLEUR. Became 1st-ever No. 7 seed to win playoff game. Had 31 reg. season rec. TDs by players in 1st or 2nd NFL season, most by any team in a season in common-draft era. • QB JORDAN LOVE passed for 272 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 157.2 rating in NFC-WC at Dal. & became 1st QB ever with 150+ rating in road playoff game. Ranked 2nd in NFL with 32 TD passes & 4th in NFC with 4,159 pass yards in 2023 reg. season. Was 1 of 3 QBs (Dak Prescott & Brock Purdy) with 9 games of 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2023. • RB AARON JONES rushed for 118 yards & 3 TDs in NFC-WC. Has 597 scrimmage yards (99.5 per game) & 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.) in 6 career playoff games, most playoff rush TDs in GB history. Has 507 scrimmage yards (84.5 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 6 career games, incl. playoffs, vs. SF. • WR ROMEO DOUBS had 6 catches for 151 yards & rec. TD in NFCWC, 3rd-most rec. yards ever in GB playoff game & 1st-career 100-yard game. Had 59 receptions for 674 yards & career-high 8 rec. TDs in 2023. • WR JAYDEN REED ranked 3rd among rookies in rec. TDs (8), tied-3rd in scrimmage TDs (10), 6th in rec. yards (793) & 8th in receptions (64). • WR DONTAYVION WICKS became 2nd GB rookie ever (Davante Adams) with playoff rec. TD in NFC-WC. Had 39 catches for 581 yards & 4 rec. TDs in 2023. Reed & Wicks became 1st pair of rookie teammates each with 500+ rec. yards since 2014 (JAX Allen Hurns & Allen Robinson). • DL KENNY CLARK had career-high 7.5 sacks & team-high 9 TFL in 2023. Aims for his 5th in row in postseason with TFL. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF, incl. playoffs, with sack. • LB RASHAN GARY led team with 9 sacks in 2023. Had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in last postseason meeting (2021 NFC-Div.). • LB PRESTON SMITH had 8 sacks this season, his 6th-career season with 8+ sacks. Had sack & PD in NFC-WC. • LB QUAY WALKER led team with 118 tackles in 2023, his 2nd-straight season with 115+ tackles. Had 11 tackles in playoff debut last week. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 3rd-career playoff INT last week. Had 3 PD & INT in his last game at SF (9/26/21). • S DARNELL SAVAGE had 64-yard INT-TD in NFC-WC.

49ERS NOTES:

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: SF leads series, 5-4

LAST GAME: NFC-DIV 1/22/22: SF 13 at GB 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: NFC-C 1/19/20: GB 20 at SF 37

Playoff Record: 36-23 Championships: 5 [1981 (XVI), 1984 (XIX), 1988 (XXIII),

1989 (XXIV), 1994 (XXIX)]

Last Postseason Game: NFC-C 1/29/23: SF 7 at PHI 31

Kyle Shanahan vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 3-3 Reg. Season: 64-51 (.557) Postseason: 6-3

SAN FRANCISCO won NFC West for 2nd-straight season. Ranked 3rd in scoring offense (28.9 ppg) & scoring defense (17.5). Became 4th team ever with 4,000-yard passer & 4 players each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in same season. • QB BROCK PURDY led NFL in rating (113.0), ranked 3rd in TD passes (31) & 5th in pass yards (4,280) in reg. season. Became 5th player ever with 8 games of 120+ rating in a season. Has 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 109.8 rating in 3 career playoff starts. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY led NFL in scrimmage yards (2,023) & rush yards (1,459) & tied-1st in scrimmage TDs (21) in reg. season. Had 100+ scrimmage yards & TD in 6 of his 7 home games this season. Has 416 scrimmage yards (104 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 4 career playoff games & aims for his 5th in row in playoffs with TD. • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 75 receptions for career-high 1,342 rec. yards (7th-most in NFL this season) & 7 rec. TDs. Had 100+ rec. yards in 5 of his 7 home games in 2023. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 60 catches, 1,117 scrimmage yards (892 rec., 225 rush) & 12 TDs (7 rec., 5 rush) in reg. season. Has 765 scrimmage yards (85 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in 9 career playoff games. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 65 catches for 1,020 rec. yards (most among TEs in 2023) & 6 rec. TDs in reg. season. 49ers became 1st team ever with RB, 2 WRs & TE each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in same season. • DL NICK BOSA had 10.5 sacks & 16 TFL in reg. season. Has 8 sacks & 9 TFL in 9 career playoff games. Has sack in 3 of his 4 career games, incl. playoffs, vs. GB. • DL JAVON HARGRAVE had 7 sacks & 8 TFL in reg. season. Has 3 sacks & 5 TFL in 8 career playoff games. • DL ARIK ARMSTEAD has 7 sacks in 9 career playoff games. Has 6 sacks in his past 5, incl. playoffs, vs. GB. • LB FRED WARNER led team with 132 tackles & had career highs in PD (11) & INTs (4) in reg. season. Has 64 tackles (7.1 per game), 6 TFL, 4 PD & 2 INTs in 9 career playoff games. • LB DRE GREENLAW had 120 tackles in reg. season. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD led NFL with career-high 23 PD & had career high 5 INTs in reg. season. Has 12 PD in 14 career playoff games.

NFL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (10-8 – NFC SOUTH – NO. 4 SEED) AT DETROIT LIONS (13-5 – NFC NORTH – NO. 3 SEED)

DATE: Sunday, January 21, 2024 GAME TIME: 3:00 PM ET

NBC: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Melissa Stark

Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli, Olivia Dekker

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) TB: 82 or 225 DET: 83 or 226 National: 88

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: TB leads series, 1-0

LAST GAME: NFC-WC 12/28/97: DET 10 at TB 20

LAST GAME AT SITE:

Playoff Record: 12-11 Championships: 2 [2002 (SB XXXVII), 2020 (SB LV)]

Last Postseason Game: NFC-WC 1/15/24: PHI 9 at TB 32

Todd Bowles vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 1-1 Reg. Season: 43-58 (.426) Postseason: 1-1

TAMPA BAY advanced to NFC-Div. for 3rd time in past 4 seasons. • QB BAKER MAYFIELD became 1st QB in TB franchise history with 300+ pass yards (337) & 3 TD passes in playoff game in NFC-WC. Has 7 TD passes vs. INT for 102.7 rating in 3 career playoff starts. Had career highs in completions (364), pass yards (4,044) & TD passes (28) in 2023, his 1st-career 4,000-yard season. Was 1 of 2 QBs (Brock Purdy) with 100+ rating (100.2) on road & 1 of 3 QBs (Jordan Love & Purdy) with 15+ TD passes (18) on road in 2023 reg. season. • RB RACHAAD WHITE has 75+ scrimmage yards in each of his 1st 2 career playoff games. Ranked 4th among RBs with careerhigh 1,539 scrimmage yards & career-high 64 receptions in 2023. • WR MIKE EVANS has TD catch in 2 of his 3 career road playoff games. Had 10 catches for 181 yards & 2 TDs in last road meeting (12/26/20). Ranked tied-1st in NFL with 13 TD catches & became 5th player all-time with 12+ rec. TDs in 5+ (5) career seasons. Had 79 receptions for 1,255 yards in 2023 & became 1st player ever with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of his 1st 10 career seasons. • WR CHRIS GODWIN had 2nd-career playoff TD catch last week. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Det. with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Had 83 catches for 1,024 yards in 2023 & is 1 of 5 with 80+ catches & 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • WR TREY PALMER had 56-yard rec. TD in NFC-WC, 1st TB rookie ever with playoff TD catch & longest rec. TD in TB playoff history. • TE CADE OTTON led team with 8 catches for 89 yards in NFC-WC. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 2 TFL & 1st-career playoff FF last week. Had 12 tackles & sack in Week 6 meeting. Has FF in 4 of his 6 career games vs. Det. Had 134 tackles, his 10th-career 100-tackle season, & ranked 3rd in NFC with 17 TFL in 2023. • LB YAYA DIABY (12 TFL – most among rookies) & DL CALIJAH KANCEY (10 TFL) became 2nd pair of rookies since 2000 each with 10+ TFL (2017 Steelers – Mike Hilton & T.J. Watt). • S ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. became 1st DB since 2000 (Rodney Harrison) with 120+ tackles (122), 10+ PD (12) & 5+ sacks (6) in a season. Became 1st DB since 2000 with 6 sacks & 6 FFs in a season. Ranked tied-1st in FFs (6) & FRs (4) in 2023. • CB CARLTON DAVIS had 2 PD in NFC-WC & has 6 PD in 8 career playoff games. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with PD.

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: TB leads series, 1-0

LAST GAME: NFC-WC 12/28/97: DET 10 at TB 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: —

Playoff Record: 8-13 Championships: 4 (1935, 1952, 1953, 1957)

Last Postseason Game: NFC-WC 1/14/23: LAR 23 at DET 24

Dan Campbell vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 1-0 Reg. Season: 29-33-1 (.468) Postseason: 1-0

DETROIT won 1st playoff game since 1991 NFC-Div. Tied franchise record with 12 reg. season wins & clinched 1st division title since 1993. Became 2nd team ever (2013 Broncos) with 4+ players (4) each with 10+ scrimmage TDs in same season. • QB JARED GOFF passed for 277 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 121.8 rating in NFC-WC vs. LAR. Aims for his 4th playoff game in row with TD pass & 0 INTs. Passed for 353 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107.5 rating in Week 6 meeting. Has 1,246 pass yards (415.3 per game) & 7 TD passes in 3 career games vs. TB. Ranked 2nd in pass yards (4,575) & 4th in TD passes (30) in 2023. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 1st-career playoff rush TD last week. Had 1,132 scrimmage yards (1,015 rush, 117 rec.) & career high 13 rush TDs in 2023, his 5th-straight 1,000-yard season. • RB JAHMYR GIBBS had rush TD in playoff debut last week. Ranked 1st among rookies in rush TDs (10), tied-1st in scrimmage TDs (11) & 3rd in scrimmage yards (1,261). Montgomery & Gibbs became 1st pair of teammates in NFL history each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ rush TDs in same season. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN had 7 catches for 110 yards in playoff debut & has 10 games of 100+ rec. yards in 2023 (incl. playoffs), most in NFL. Ranked tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 119 catches, 3rd with career-high 1,515 rec. yards & had career-high 10 rec. TDs in 2023. • TE SAM LAPORTA had TD catch in playoff debut last week. Set NFL rookie TE record in receptions (86), had 4th-most rec. yards (889) by rookie TE all-time & became 3rd rookie TE ever with 10+ rec. TDs (10). Gibbs & LaPorta became 1st pair of rookie teammates each with 10+ TDs. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON had 2 sacks in playoff debut last week, tied-most in Det. playoff game since 1982. Can become 4th player since 1982 with 2+ sacks in 4 straight games, incl. playoffs. Had career highs in sacks (11.5) & TFL (14), FFs (3) & PD (7) in 2023. Is 1st player since Bryce Paup (1994-95) with 20+ sacks (21) & 4+ INTs (4) in 1st 2 career seasons. • LB ALEX ANZALONE led team with 8 tackles & had 2 TFL in NFC-WC. Had career-high 129 tackles in 2023, his 2nd-straight season with 125+ tackles. • DB BRIAN BRANCH had 7

NFL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (12-6 – AFC WEST – NO. 3 SEED) AT BUFFALO BILLS (12-6 – AFC EAST – NO. 2 SEED)

DATE: Sunday, January 21, 2024 GAME TIME: 6:30 PM ET

CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely

Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Mike Mayock, Aditi Kinkhabwala

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) KC: 82 or 225 BUF: 81 or 227 National: 88

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: KC leads series, 3-2

LAST GAME: AFC-DIV 1/23/22: BUF 36 at KC 42

LAST GAME AT SITE: AFC-C 1/23/94: KC 13 at BUF 30

Playoff Record: 21-21 Championships: 4 [1960, 1969 (SB IV), 2019 (SB LIV), 2022 (SB LVII)]

Last Postseason Game: SB LVII 2/12/23: KC 38 vs. PHI 35

Andy Reid vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 8-6 Reg. Season: 258-144-1 (.641) Postseason: 23-16

CHIEFS won AFC West division title for 8th-straight season, 2ndlongest streak of division titles in NFL history. Can become 2nd team ever to advance to 6 straight Champ. Games (New England – 8 straight AFC Champ. Games from 2011-18). • ANDY REID has 23 career playoff wins, 2nd-most ever by HC. Seeking 11th Champ. Game appearance as HC & can surpass HOFer Tom Landry (10) for 2nd-most ever by HC. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES totaled 303 yards (262 pass, 41 rush) & had TD pass vs. 0 INTs in AFC-WC, 10th-career home playoff win, tied with HOFers Peyton Manning & Joe Montana for 2ndmost ever by starting QB. Has 12-3 record in 15 career playoff starts, with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 6 of past 7 & 0 INTs in each of past 4. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of 6 career games vs. Buf., incl. playoffs. Had 2 TD vs. 0 INTs with 128.4 rating in only career start at Buf. (10/19/20). • RB ISIAH PACHECO rushed for 89 yards & TD in AFC-WC, 5thstraight game overall with TD. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in each of 4 career playoff games, with rush TD in each of past 2. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 7 catches for 71 yards in AFC-WC, 11th-straight playoff game with 5+ catches & 10th-straight playoff game with 50+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 6 of his past 7 in playoffs. Ranks 2nd in postseason history in catches (140), rec. yards (1,619) & rec. TDs (16). Has 214 rec. yards (107 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 2 career playoff games vs. Buf. • WR RASHEE RICE (rookie) led team with 8 catches for career high 130 yards & TD in AFC-WC, 7th straight game with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has 405 rec. yards (101.3 per game) over his past 4 overall. • DT CHRIS JONES had half sack in AFC-WC, 4th-straight game with 0.5+ sacks. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Buf., incl. playoffs. • DE GEORGE KARLAFTIS had 6 tackles & 1.5 sacks in AFCWC, 2nd-straight game with 5+ tackles & 1.5+ sacks. • LB NICK BOLTON led team with 10 tackles & had TFL last week. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 2 PD in AFC-WC & has 8 PD in his past 4 overall. Had 7 tackles & 3 PD in Week 14 meeting.

BILLS NOTES:

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: KC leads series, 3-2

LAST GAME: AFC-DIV 1/23/22: BUF 36 at KC 42

LAST GAME AT SITE: AFC-C 1/23/94: KC 13 at BUF 30

Playoff Record: 19-20 Championships: 2 (1964, 1965)

Last Postseason Game: AFC-WC 1/15/24: PIT 17 at BUF 31

Sean McDermott vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 4-3 Reg. Season: 73-41 (.640) Postseason: 5-5

BILLS won AFC East title for 4th-straight season, tied-longest streak in franchise history (1988-91). Buffalo is 14-2 in home playoff games since 1970 & seeking 7th Conf. Champ. game appearance in SB era. • SEAN MCDERMOTT has 5 career playoff wins, 2nd-most ever by Buf. HC (HOFer Marv Levy – 11 playoff wins). • QB JOSH ALLEN completed 21 of 30 atts. (70 pct.) for 203 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 121.9 rating in AFC-WC & rushed for 74 yards, incl. 52-yard TD, 2nd-longest TD run ever by QB in playoffs. Has 16 rush TDs in 2023, most-ever by QB in a season, incl. playoffs, & has rush TD in 6 of past 7. Has 3+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 playoff starts. Has 17 TDs (15 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs with 100.5 rating in 6 career starts vs. KC, incl. playoffs, with 2+ TD passes in 5 of 6 games. • RB JAMES COOK rushed for 79 yards in AFC-WC. Made 1stcareer Pro Bowl in 2023 after ranking 3rd among RBs with 1,537 scrimmage yards, becoming 1st Buf. RB with 1,500-yard season since LeSean McCoy in 2017. Had 141 scrimmage yards (83 rec., 58 rush) & TD catch in Week 14 meeting. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 7 catches for 52 yards in AFC-WC, 9th-career playoff game with 50+ rec. yards. Led team with 107 catches for 1,183 yards & 8 TDs in 2023 & is 1 of 4 players all time with 100+ catches in 4 straight seasons • WR GABE DAVIS had 7 rec. TDs in 2023 reg. season. Davis & Diggs are 2 of 6 players with 6+ rec. TDs in each of past 4 seasons. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 4 playoff games, incl. playoff record 4 rec. TDs in 2021 AFC-Div. meeting at KC. • TE DALTON KINCAID (rookie) had 59 rec. yards & TD catch in AFC-WC, 3rd-straight game with 55+ rec. yards. • TE DAWSON KNOX had rec. TD in AFC-WC, 6th-career playoff TD. • DE LEONARD FLOYD led team with 10.5 sacks, 4th-straight season with 9+ sacks. Has TFL in 4 of past 5 at home. • DE GREG ROUSSEAU had sack in AFC-WC. • DT ED OLIVER had TFL & PD in AFC-WC. Had half sack & PD in Week 14 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with PD. • S JORDAN POYER had 8 tackles & FF in 2021 AFC-Div. meeting at KC. • CB KAIIR ELAM had 5 tackles & INT in AFC-WC, 1st game since Week 7. Has INT in 2 of 3 career playoff games.

FALCONS MAKE PLANS FOR 2ND INTERVIEW WITH BELICHICK AFTER TALKING WITH EAGLES’ JOHNSON

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are planning for a second interview with Bill Belichick after talking with Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson for the head coaching vacancy on Thursday.

Belichick made the Falcons his first known interview on Monday since leaving the New England Patriots. Belichick won a record six Super Bowls in his 24 seasons with New England. He will be the first candidate to have a second interview with Atlanta.

The team has not disclosed details of the second meeting with Belichick, 71.

The Falcons are looking for a successor to Arthur Smith, who was fired after his third straight 7-10 finish.

Including the playoffs, Belichick has 333 victories, second all time to Hall of Famer Don Shula’s 347. He led the Patriots to 17 division titles.

The plans for a second meeting between the Falcons and Belichick indicates an agreement on Belichick’s possible role in player personnel decisions should he accept the job. Belichick had control of player personnel with New England.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank and CEO Rich McKay are leading the coach search. Blank said recently general manager Terry Fontenot would continue to be in charge of personnel decisions while the new coach and Fontenot would report to McKay.

Johnson was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator for the 2023 season. He joined the Eagles staff in 2021.

Johnson is the second offensive coordinator to interview with Atlanta, following Cincinnati’s Brian Callahan.

The Falcons interviewed

The Falcons interviewed Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on Tuesday.

The Falcons said Thursday the interview with Johnson was held virtually. The Eagles’ season ended with their 32-9 loss to Tampa Bay in an NFC wild-card game on Monday. All interviews with employees of other teams must be held virtually before the end of the divisional playoffs on Sunday.

Before joining the Eagles’ staff, Johnson worked as a college coach for 10 years, including three years at Florida from 2018-20. He was the Gators’ offensive coordinator in 2020.

Johnson is the eighth coach to be interviewed by the Falcons.

Other candidates to interview virtually with Atlanta: Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach and defensive line coach Anthony Weaver, Carolina defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, San Francisco defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Baltimore defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald.

MCCARTHY: COWBOYS HAVE A ‘CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM’

The Cowboys’ season ended in disappointment once again, but with his future secure, head coach Mike McCarthy is confident Dallas’ Super Bowl drought will soon come to an end.

“We have established a championship program. It’s just not a world championship yet,” he said, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

He added: “I know how to win. We will get over that threshold. I have total confidence, and that’s why I am standing here today.”

Despite the Cowboys suffering a heavy first-round defeat to the seventh-seed Green Bay Packers, owner Jerry Jones announced Wednesday that McCarthy will return for 2024.

Jones said he believes McCarthy is the man to lead the Cowboys to their first title in 29 years and proclaimed the club is “very close and capable of achieving our ultimate goals.”

“I am very confident in the direction. I like where we are as far as moving forward,” McCarthy said.

The head coach added that he and Jones met for over three hours following the loss to Green Bay, McCarthy’s former franchise.

“One team played to their standard and the other didn’t,” he said, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “Unfortunately, we didn’t. So I’m very disappointed in our performance, just not playing to our standard.”

McCarthy has produced three straight 12-5 campaigns after going 6-10 in his first season in Dallas but has only earned one postseason victory. The 60-year-old will reportedly enter 2024 with one year remaining on his contract.

STEELERS’ TOMLIN: PICKETT WILL RESUME QB1 STATUS

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday that quarterback Kenny Pickett will be the team’s top quarterback heading into training camp.

“He will,” Tomlin told reporters when asked if Pickett will be quarterback No. 1 next season. “But obviously, there will be competition. There’s always competition in this thing.”

He added: “I’m extremely confident in him. I feel stronger about some of the intangible things than I did obviously when we first started doing business with him because I have evidence of it. He’s highly competitive and professional. He doesn’t run from challenges, he runs to challenges … It is a huge year for him.”

Pickett started 12 contests for the Steelers this season, going 7-5 while throwing for 2,070 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. He suffered an ankle injury in Week 13 that required surgery and lost the starting job when he recovered from the ailment after Mason Rudolph led the club to back-to-back victories before the team’s season finale against the Baltimore Ravens. He suited up as the backup quarterback for the Steelers’ final two games of the year, including their defeat in the postseason.

The 25-year-old was selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft and is under contract for the next two years with a cap hit of $3.8 million in 2024.

Pittsburgh fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada following the team’s Week 11 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Running backs coach Eddie Faulkner was promoted to the interim role, but Tomlin said it’s unlikely Faulkner or quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan will be hired as the offensive coordinator for next year.

“I’m looking at outside candidates and lining up the pecking order there,” Tomlin said. “I am appreciative of their efforts in terms of what they did for us down the stretch, but I’m looking at outside candidates at this juncture.

Tomlin has been the head coach of the Steelers for 17 years after being hired in 2007. He boasts a 173-100 record with one Super Bowl victory. The 51-year-old is open to signing an extension heading into the final year of his contract.

“Security is cool,” Tomlin said of a possible new deal. “But it’s not a top priority for me, I’ve seen a lot. I’m not job scared. But it does provide less questions and things of that nature certainly.”

REPORTS: RAVENS ELEVATE RB DALVIN COOK FROM PRACTICE SQUAD

Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens will have a new weapon at their disposal on Saturday when they host the Houston Texans in an AFC playoff divisional clash — running back Dalvin Cook, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

The Ravens have signed Cook, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, from the practice squad, two weeks after signing him. The New York Jets released Cook, allowing him to try to catch on with a playoff team.

The Ravens are the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

In a corresponding move, the Ravens reportedly waived veteran running back Melvin Gordon. ESPN reported Gordon is likely to be signed to the practice squad.

Cook was waived by the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason and ultimately signed a $5.8 million, one-year deal after meeting with Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers. But when Rodgers suffered a season-ending injury in the season opener, things went south for the Jets and Cook never found his role in New York.

Cook had 67 rushing attempts for 214 yards this season and added 15 receptions for 78 yards over 15 games (one start). He did not score a touchdown.

In 88 career games (73 starts) for the Vikings (2017-22) and Jets, Cook has rushed for 6,207 yards and 47 touchdowns and caught 236 passes for 1,872 yards and five TDs.

Gordon, 30, was the No. 15 overall pick of the 2015 draft. In 112 career games (94 starts) with the Chargers (2015-19), Denver Broncos (2020-22) and Ravens, he has gained 9,056 yards from scrimmage and scored 70 touchdowns.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Gordon was sparingly used by the Ravens this season, appearing in just four games. He carried the ball 26 times for 81 yards and a touchdown, and he caught three passes for 46 yards.

BEARS REPORTEDLY SET OC INTERVIEW WITH KLIFF KINGSBURY

USC quarterbacks coach Kliff Kingsbury is scheduled to interview to become offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears, according to multiple reports.

The interview will reportedly take place Friday as the Bears take the initial steps into a critical offseason that began with the dismissal of offensive coordinator Luke Getsy.

Kingsbury is also the senior offensive analyst for USC. He coached prospective No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams with the Trojans last season, joining the coaching staff in the spring after being fired as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in January 2023.

The Bears have the No. 1 pick in the 2024 draft and a decision to make regarding whether to select Williams or another quarterback, or stick with 2021 first-round pick Justin Fields.

Chicago traded out of the No. 1 spot prior to the 2023 draft, sending the pick to the Carolina Panthers for multiple draft picks — including the team’s first-rounder this season. Carolina drafted Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and then finished with the NFL’s worst record, securing the top pick for the Bears.

Even if the Bears don’t select Williams, Kingsbury could be valuable as a coach who has experienced drafting a quarterback at the top of the draft.

Kingsbury played quarterback at Texas Tech and was head coach of the Red Raiders –where he coached Patrick Mahomes — before jumping to the NFL the same offseason the Cardinals selected Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in 2019.

Williams passed for 3,633 yards, 30 touchdowns and five interceptions in 12 games this season. Though Williams’ numbers were strong, the Trojans finished with a disappointing 8-5 record (5-4 Pac-12). They won the Dec. 17 Holiday Bowl over Louisville, 48-28, but Williams decided to sit out the game.

In 2022, his first season with the Trojans, Williams had 4,537 yards, 42 touchdowns and five interceptions in 14 games on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. USC started 11-1 that season before losing to Utah in the Pac-12 championship game and to Tulane in the Cotton Bowl.

As a freshman in 2021 at Oklahoma, Williams passed for 1,912 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions in 11 games before making the jump to USC.

LIONS ACTIVATE LB JAMES HOUSTON FROM INJURED RESERVE

The Detroit Lions activated James Houston from injured reserve on Thursday and waived fellow linebacker Julian Okwara.

Houston was designated to return from IR on Dec. 28. He had been sidelined since fracturing his right ankle in Detroit’s 37-31 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 17.

Houston is in line to play on Sunday afternoon when the Lions host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC divisional round playoff game.

“I’m ready to get out there,” Houston said, per the Detroit Free Press. “It looks like it’s fun. They’re winning and the whole city is behind them, so I want to be out there.”

Houston, 25, recorded eight sacks in seven games (two starts) last season after being selected by the Lions in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Okwara, 26, has totaled seven tackles and two sacks in nine games (one start) this season.

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MIAMI TE RETURNING FOR NINTH SEASON OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Miami tight end Cam McCormick is returning for an unprecedented ninth season of college football in 2024.

“Last ride,” the 6-foot-5, 260-pound super-duper senior posted Thursday on social media.

A three-star prospect in the 2016 recruiting class from Bend, Ore., McCormick began his collegiate journey at Oregon before transferring to the Hurricanes in 2023 to reunite with former Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal.

McCormick missed most of the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons at Oregon with a broken ankle that required multiple surgeries, then sustained a season-ending Achilles injury in early 2021.

Multiple medical redshirts have extended a career that includes just 26 catches for 231 yards and four touchdowns in 36 games. McCormick caught eight passes for 62 yards in 13 games at Miami in 2023.

“Cam is an amazing young man of service, a great athlete, hard worker, and a natural-born leader,” Cristobal said in a statement Thursday. “His return is a testament to his character and the values he brings to our team. We are excited to have him back for the upcoming season.”

McCormick, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Oregon before transferring, petitioned the NCAA for another year of eligibility in September.

Playing a ninth season in 2024 will break the record for the longest FBS tenure that he currently shares with former Northern Illinois linebacker Kyle Pugh (2015-22), according to multiple reports.

MAJOR APPLEWHITE PROMOTED TO HEAD COACH AT SOUTH ALABAMA

South Alabama promoted offensive coordinator Major Applewhite to the head coach position on Thursday.

Applewhite was 15-11, including 0-3 in bowl games, in two-plus seasons as the head coach at Houston (2016-18).

At South Alabama, he replaces Kane Wommack, who resigned to become defensive coordinator on the staff of new head coach Kalen DeBoer at Alabama.

Applewhite has spent the past three seasons as the Jaguars offensive coordinator, a span in which the team finished 22-16 and won the first bowl game (68 Ventures Bowl, 2023) in the program’s 12 years competing in the FBS ranks. Under Applewhite, the 2023 South Alabama offense set a school record for points in a season with 430.

“I’m incredibly humbled and excited to be the next head football coach at the University of South Alabama,” said Applewhite. “My family and I love living in Mobile, and are thankful for the opportunity to further ingrain ourselves in the community here. I’m grateful to Kane Wommack for bringing me here three years ago, and I look forward to carrying on the winning tradition that has been established. I’m excited to work with the strong and proven leadership of the administration here at South Alabama. I’m anxious to get started and quickly turn my attention back to our players, and prepare them for spring ball and the 2024 season.”

Applewhite, 45, played quarterback at Texas from 1998-2001. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 2003 and made subsequent stops at Syracuse, Rice, Alabama and back at Texas before landing in Houston.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: USF RALLIES, STUNS NO. 10 MEMPHIS

Kasean Pryor made a foul shot with 4.4 seconds left Thursday night, capping visiting South Florida’s comeback from a 20-point, second-half deficit as the Bulls upset No. 10 Memphis 74-73.

Pryor, who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls (10-5, 3-1 American Athletic Conference), got wide open on an inbounds play and drove the lane. Nae’Qwan Tomlin had no choice but to foul him in order to prevent a certain dunk.

Pryor swished the first free throw and missed the second, giving the Tigers (15-3, 4-1) a chance to pull off the win. But Jahvon Quinerly, who hit consecutive game-winners in the team’s first two conference victories over Tulsa and SMU, missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer as the final horn blared.

South Florida senior Selton Miguel tied his career high with 23 points, going 5 of 10 from the 3-point arc. Chris Youngblood added 13 points for the Bulls, who outscored Memphis 42-26 in the second half. South Florida won for the eighth time in nine games.

David Jones scored a game-high 25 points for the Tigers, who saw their 10-game winning streak end. Quinerly added 15 and Tomlin finished with 10, but Memphis made just 6 of 28 3-point attempts (21.4 percent), including 2 of 15 (13.3 percent) in the second half.

No. 14 Illinois 88, Michigan 73

Coleman Hawkins registered 21 points, 10 rebounds and six steals as the Fighting Illini pulled away for a win over the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Quincy Guerrier scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for Illinois (13-4, 4-2 Big Ten), which bounced back from a loss to Maryland in its previous game. Ty Rodgers and Marcus Domask finished with 15 points apiece.

Tarris Reed Jr. scored 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting to lead Michigan (7-11, 2-5). Olivier Nkamhoua scored 16 points, and Dug McDaniel contributed 14.

No. 23 Florida Atlantic 86, Wichita State 77

Alijah Martin scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, the Owls overcame double-digit deficits in both halves and Florida Atlantic rallied past the Shockers in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Owls (14-4, 4-1 American) got 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists from Johnell Davis. Vladislav Goldin totaled 17 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

Colby Rogers and Quincy Ballard tallied 18 points apiece for Wichita State (8-9, 0-4), which lost its sixth straight game and fell for the eighth time in nine outings.

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WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: MIAMI BLITZES NO. 4 NC STATE

Shayeann Day-Wilson, Jasmyne Roberts and Lashae Dwyer scored 18 points apiece as Miami stunned No. 4 North Carolina State with a thorough 73-59 upset victory on Thursday in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Hurricanes (12-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 53.6 percent from the floor while holding NC State to 28.1 percent, by far a season low.

Dwyer had six rebounds, Day-Wilson added three assists and three steals and Lazaria Spearman contributed 10 points and eight rebounds for Miami.

Mimi Collins led NC State (15-2, 3-2) with 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Saniya Rivers had 17 points and six rebounds, and Zoe Brooks scored 14 points. The Wolfpack, who went 17-for-19 at the foul line, were outscored by 11 points in the first quarter and never recovered.

No. 13 Louisville 81, Clemson 64

Jayda Curry poured in 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting off the bench for the visiting Cardinals, who led by 25 after three quarters in a beatdown of the Tigers.

Kiki Jefferson tallied 17 points and eight assists, Olivia Cochran had 12 points and six rebounds and Sydney Taylor had 11 points and eight boards for Louisville (16-2, 5-0 ACC), which has won six games in a row and 12 of its last 13.

Dayshanette Harris carried Clemson (8-10, 1-5) with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting and seven assists. Amari Robinson and Ruby Whitehorn each scored 10.

Syracuse 79, No. 15 Florida State 73

Dyaisha Fair racked up a season-high 31 points thanks to 9-of-14 3-point shooting to lead the host Orange to a comeback win over the Seminoles.

Fair made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:35 left in the game after Syracuse (15-2, 5-1 ACC) had fallen behind 54-36 in the third quarter. Fair made another triple for a four-point advantage almost a minute later before she and Sophie Burrows iced the game at the foul line.

Ta’Niya Latson paced Florida State (14-5, 5-2) with 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Makayla Timpson had 16 points and 12 rebounds, O’Mariah Gordon added 16 points and Sara Bejedi scored 11.

No. 19 Notre Dame 86, Virginia 76

Sonia Citron tallied 28 points, Hannah Hidalgo had 23 and the visiting Fighting Irish defeated the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va.

Hidalgo stuffed the stat sheet with nine assists, six steals and five rebounds. Citron went 12-for-12 at the foul line and Hidalgo went 11-for-14 for Notre Dame (13-3, 4-2 ACC). Maddy Westbeld added 14 points and nine boards.

Kymora Johnson and Paris Clark scored 16 points apiece and Olivia McGhee had 14 for Virginia (8-9, 0-6), which drew within single digits during the fourth quarter but could not complete a comeback attempt.

No. 23 North Carolina 73, Georgia Tech 68

Deja Kelly went for 27 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Tar Heels outlasted the host Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.

Alyssa Ustby had 15 points and Teonni Key added 10 on 5-of-6 shooting for North Carolina (13-5, 5-1 ACC). Tonie Morgan led Georgia Tech (12-6, 3-3) with 15 points and nine assists, while Kara Dunn scored 14 points and Rusne Augustinaite and Ariadna Termis each finished with 11.

Augustinaite and Ines Noguero knocked down 3-pointers to help Georgia Tech score eight points in the final 30 seconds, but Kelly went 6-for-6 from the foul line in that span to seal the Tar Heels’ victory.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: THUNDER END JAZZ’S WINNING STREAK

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped the Utah Jazz’s six-game winning streak with a 134-129 victory Thursday night in Salt Lake City.

Jalen Williams hit 11 of 14 shots for 27 points and added eight assists while Josh Giddey contributed 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Thunder bounced back after two losses in Los Angeles.

Cason Wallace hit a career-high four 3-pointers to score 16 points for Oklahoma City, which never trailed and shot a blistering 55.8 percent overall.

Collin Sexton boosted the Jazz with 31 points and seven assists and Lauri Markkanen totaled 26 points and 10 rebounds, but Utah couldn’t complete a comeback after falling behind big early. John Collins chipped in 21 points.

Pacers 126, Kings 121

Bennedict Mathurin had 25 points and T.J. McConnell added 20 as Indiana, playing short-handed after its big trade with the Toronto Raptors, survived a frantic finish to turn back host Sacramento.

With newly acquired Pascal Siakam expected to make his debut Friday at Portland, Tyrese Haliburton and Aaron Nesmith injured and Bruce Brown and Jordan Nwora dealt to Toronto, the Pacers had just 11 players available. Even so, Indiana was able to snap a two-game skid.

Kevin Huerter scored 31 points, Keegan Murray had 27, De’Aaron Fox put up 24 and Domantas Sabonis logged 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Kings, who lost their fourth straight.

Bulls 116, Raptors 110

DeMar DeRozan had 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists and visiting Chicago defeated Toronto.

Nikola Vucevic added 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Bulls. Coby White had 23 points and eight rebounds.

Scottie Barnes finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Raptors, who are 1-1 in their first two games since trading Pascal Siakam to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Bruce Brown, who came to Toronto in that trade, scored 15 points in his Raptors debut.

Knicks 113, Wizards 109

Jalen Brunson scored 20 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter to fuel host New York over Washington.

Brunson added eight rebounds and eight assists to help the Knicks record a sweep of their three-game season series vs. the Wizards. Julius Randle collected 21 points and eight rebounds for New York, which has won eight of its past 10 games overall.

Jordan Poole scored 24 points for the Wizards, who have lost eight of their past nine games.

Timberwolves 118, Grizzlies 103

Anthony Edwards scored 28 points on 11-for-19 shooting and Minnesota pulled away for a win over Memphis in Minneapolis.

Naz Reid scored 20 points off the bench as the Timberwolves won their fourth game in a row. Rudy Gobert (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Mike Conley (17 points, 10 assists) each posted a double-double for Minnesota.

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a game-high 36 points to lead Memphis. Luke Kennard shot 5 of 7 from beyond the arc and finished with 18 points for the Grizzlies, who have lost three of their past four games.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: OILERS RALLY PAST KRAKEN FOR 12TH STRAIGHT WIN

Warren Foegele scored twice and Leon Draisaitl had a goal and three assists as the Edmonton Oilers rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the visiting Seattle Kraken 4-2 on Thursday and extend their franchise-record winning streak to 12 games.

Zach Hyman had a goal and an assist and Evander Kane added two helpers for the Oilers. Goaltender Stuart Skinner made 25 saves.

Edmonton’s Connor McDavid extended his point streak to 12 games (five goals, 13 assists) by setting up Hyman’s power-play goal at 17:22 of the third period. Seattle’s Yanni Gourde was serving a five-minute major for charging.

Eeli Tolvanen and Jared McCann scored for Seattle, which lost its third in a row following a franchise-best nine-game win streak. Joey Daccord stopped 32 of 36 shots.

Predators 2, Kings 1

Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist as visiting Nashville beat Los Angeles.

Gustav Nyquist also scored and Juuse Saros made 33 saves for the Predators, who have won six of nine.

Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal and David Rittich made 31 saves for the Kings, who have just one win in their past 11 games.

Golden Knights 5, Rangers 1

Ivan Barbashev scored two goals and Logan Thompson made 29 saves to lead Vegas to a victory over New York in Las Vegas.

It was the eighth multigoal game of Barbashev’s career. Jonathan Marchessault and Brett Howden each had a goal and an assist and Keegan Kolesar also scored for Vegas, which improved to 17-5-2 at home.

Mika Zibanejad snapped an eight-game goalless streak with a power-play goal for New York, which was playing the first game of a four-game Western road trip. Igor Shesterkin stopped 21 of 25 shots.

Maple Leafs 4, Flames 3

Auston Matthews collected his fourth hat trick of the season in a four-point game to lead visiting Toronto to a comeback victory over Calgary.

Mitch Marner also scored for Toronto, which snapped a four-game winless skid. William Nylander collected two assists, and Martin Jones made 23 saves.

Yegor Sharangovich, Nazem Kadri and Andrew Mangiapane scored for the Flames, who surrendered a two-goal lead and saw their season-best winning streak snapped at four games. Dan Vladar stopped 29 shots and Jonathan Huberdeau netted two assists.

Capitals 5, Blues 2

T.J. Oshie scored his sixth career hat trick to lead Washington past visiting St. Louis.

Dylan Strome had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who won for the fourth time in six games. Nicolas Aube-Kubel also scored for Washington, John Carlson and Max Pacioretty had two assists, and Charlie Lindgren made 17 saves.

Nathan Walker scored twice for the Blues, who are 1-3-1 in their past five games. St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington stopped 21 shots.

Lightning 7, Wild 3

Victor Hedman had a goal and three assists as surging Tampa Bay recorded a season-best fourth straight win, drubbing visiting Minnesota.

Anthony Cirelli had two goals and an assist, while Brayden Point scored and added two helpers. Steven Stamkos and Michael Eyssimont netted power-play goals. Waltteri Merela scored his first career goal in his 15th NHL game. Nikita Kucherov reached 500 career assists with a three-helper outing. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots to win for the fourth straight time.

Minnesota’s Jake Middleton scored his career-high sixth goal and had two assists. Joel Eriksson Ek and Marco Rossi scored, but the Wild fell to 2-8-1 over their past 11 games and 7-12-2 on the road. Filip Gustavsson made 31 saves.

Flyers 5, Stars 1

Owen Tippett scored two goals as host Philadelphia snapped a seven-game skid against Dallas.

Sean Walker, Cam Atkinson and Scott Laughton each added one goal as the Flyers outshot the Stars 43-15. Morgan Frost contributed two assists for the sizzling Flyers, who have won five in a row. Samuel Ersson made 14 saves.

Tyler Seguin scored the lone goal for the Stars, who had won two straight and four of five. Jake Oettinger stopped 38 shots.

Senators 6, Canadiens 2

Tim Stutzle recorded a goal and two assists in his 250th career game as Ottawa rolled over visiting Montreal.

Stutzle, who has seven points in three games after registering one in his previous seven contests, snapped a 10-game goal drought. He then earned assists on goals by Vladimir Tarasenko and Mathieu Joseph. Brady Tkachuk and Parker Kelly each had a goal and an assist and Rourke Chartier also scored for the Senators, who matched their highest goal total of the season while earning their second win in three games.

Cole Caufield scored in his fourth straight contest and Michael Pezzetta also had a goal for Montreal, which was trying for a season-high third straight win. Instead, the Canadiens were manhandled while taking their seventh consecutive loss to Ottawa.

Sabres 3, Blackhawks 0

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen collected his second straight shutout and Buffalo won consecutive home games for the first time this season, beating Chicago.

Zemgus Girgensons, J.J. Peterka and Rasmus Dahlin scored for the Sabres in the game that was postponed one day due to a snowstorm in Buffalo.

Luukkonen made 19 saves to record his third career shutout, all coming this season. Ryan Johnson collected two assists as the Sabres won for the third time in four games.

Bruins 5, Avalanche 2

David Pastrnak finished off his first hat trick of the season with a pair of third-period goals to help Boston beat visiting Colorado.

The NHL-leading Bruins never trailed following a three-goal opening frame en route to extending their point streak to seven games (4-0-3). Jake DeBrusk added a goal and an assist, Jakub Lauko scored his first of the season, while Charlie Coyle had two assists.

Miles Wood and Nathan MacKinnon scored for Colorado, which has lost two of its last three.

Canucks 2, Coyotes 1

Dakota Joshua scored the game-winner in the second period as host Vancouver edged Arizona.

Elias Pettersson had the other goal for the Canucks. Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko, who was playing in his 200th career NHL game, made 20 saves to improve to 11-1-1 in his past 13 contests.

Travis Dermott had the lone Coyotes goal. Connor Ingram stopped 24 shots in the loss for Arizona, which has dropped six of its last eight games (2-5-1).

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORT SAYS WHITE SOX IN “SERIOUS” DISCUSSIONS ABOUT BUILDING NEW BALLPARK IN CHICAGO’S SOUTH LOOP

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox are in “serious” discussions with the owner of a plot of land in the city’s South Loop about building a new ballpark a few miles north of their longtime home at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The Sun-Times, citing sources familiar with the talks, reported Wednesday night that the team and developer Related Midwest were discussing building a baseball-only stadium on an undeveloped, 62-acre parcel closer to downtown known as “The 78.”

The site at Roosevelt Road and Clark Street was one of several considered for a casino now planned for a different area of the city. There is nearby highway access as well as an “L” station serving several lines.

The White Sox and mayor Brandon Johnson issued a statement saying they are working together to keep the team in Chicago, though there were no mentions of a stadium.

“Mayor Brandon Johnson and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf met to discuss the historic partnership between the team and Chicago and the team’s ideas for remaining competitive in Chicago in perpetuity,” the statement said. “The partnership between the City and the team goes back more than a century and the Johnson administration is committed to continuing this dialogue moving forward.”

The White Sox have called Guaranteed Rate Field on the South Side their home since the ballpark opened in 1991. Before that, they played across the street at the now-demolished Comiskey Park from 1910 to 1990. The White Sox’s lease at Guaranteed Rate Field, which is owned by the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, expires after the 2029 season. Reinsdorf acknowledged in late August the team would at least take a look at a new ballpark.

“It’s obvious, if we have six years left, I think that’s what it is, we’ve got to decide, what’s the future going to be?” he said then. “We’ll get to it, but I never threatened to move out. We haven’t even begun to have discussions with the Sports Authority, which we’ll have to do soon.”

The White Sox aren’t the only major Chicago team exploring a new home. The NFL’s Bears are mulling a move out of Soldier Field.

They closed last year on a 326-acre tract of land in suburban Arlington Heights that could become the site of an enclosed stadium. The team is also exploring options in Chicago, including building a new home on what is currently the south parking lot at Soldier Field, and listening to pitches from other towns in the area.

FORMER CARDINALS ACE ADAM WAINWRIGHT JOINS FOX SPORTS

Recently retired 200-game winner Adam Wainwright has joined FOX Sports on a multiyear deal.

Wainwright will join the network ahead of the upcoming baseball season, FOX announced Thursday.

“I’m excited to join the FOX Sports family,” Wainwright said. “I love the game of baseball, and I really enjoy talking about the chess match that goes on between the pitcher and the hitter. Hopefully, my experience on the field will allow me the opportunity to share the game I love in a unique and deep way, bringing viewers closer to the game.”

The network said in a news release that Wainwright will be on the call on a “full slate” of regular season and postseason games. He will be part of the team in London when the Philadelphia Phillies play the New York Mets on June 8 in the London Series.

Wainwright had an audition, of sorts, for the new job when he worked three of the past four postseasons with FOX.

Wainwright, 42, retired following the 2023 season. He made his MLB debut with the Cardinals on Sept. 11, 2005, then played 17 more seasons in St. Louis.

He threw 2,668 1/3 innings over 478 games (411 starts) for the Cardinals, logging a 200-128 record with a 3.53 ERA, 28 complete games, 2,202 strikeouts and 736 walks.

Wainwright was a member of the Cardinals’ 2006 team that won the World Series. In his career, he appeared in 29 postseason games (16 starts) and was 4-5 with a 2.83 ERA.

GOLF NEWS

ZACH JOHNSON FIRES 62, LEADS AMERICAN EXPRESS WITH ALEX NOREN

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson ripped off six straight birdies amid a 10-under-par 62 and is tied with Sweden’s Alex Noren for the lead after one round of The American Express on Thursday in La Quinta, Calif.

Johnson and Noren each played their first rounds at La Quinta Country Club, one of three courses used for this week’s tournament. Players will also play a round at PGA West’s Pete Dye Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course before a 54-hole cut. The Stadium Course will host Sunday’s final round.

Johnson, 47, and Noren, 41, have a one-stroke lead on Rico Hoey of the Philippines (63, Nicklaus) and South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout (63, La Quinta).

Not far behind at 8-under 64 are the likes of Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay and 2021 American Express champ Si Woo Kim of South Korea. All three also played La Quinta on Thursday.

While Johnson stayed bogey-free, Noren had an eagle at the par-5 13th offset by a double bogey four holes later. Johnson has not won since capturing the 2015 Open Championship, while Noren has won 10 titles in Europe but none on U.S. soil.

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler opened with a 5-under 67 at La Quinta, while Daniel Berger shot a 4-under 68 at the Stadium Course in his first round on tour since the 2022 U.S. Open. Berger is making his return this week after rehabbing a back injury.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

BLINKOVA UPSETS 2023 FINALIST RYBAKINA IN A WILD, RECORD-LONG TIEBREAKER AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Her hand and her legs were shaking, she’d missed nine match points but also saved six, and Anna Blinkova was 41 points into a wild tiebreaker that was the longest ever in a women’s Grand Slam event.

Elena Rybakina, last year’s Australian Open runner-up, was just as anxious on the other side of the net.

When Blinkova lunged to retrieve a backhand, aiming just to keep the rally alive, and Rybakina’s next backhand sailed wide, it finished off a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (20) second-round victory Thursday that she’ll never, ever forget.

“It took me courage,” she said. “It took me some certain calmness to stay in the present moment and to play point by point no matter what happens.”

Rybakina, the 2022 Wimbledon champion who was runner-up here last year to Aryna Sabalenka, saved two match points in a third set that contained six service breaks.

Blinkova twice served for the match but couldn’t finish off, and a double-fault in the 12th game sent it to a 10-point tiebreaker. Once there, 13 minutes after her first match points, Blinkova had two more points at 9-7 but again Rybakina saved them, and so it went on.

Blinkova, smiling, later described it as the “endless tiebreaker.” It went on for 32 minutes until Rybakina’s backhand error ended it.

In terms of points — 42 — it was the longest tiebreaker ever in a women’s major.

“It was super tough. I had so many match points,” said Blinkova, who is ranked 57th and had 13 first-round exits in her previous 20 majors. “I tried to be aggressive but my hand was shaking. And my legs, too!

“I tried to be calm, as much as I could.”

It was one that Rybakina will dwell on, too. She knew she wasted chances.

But “I’m really proud that I could fight till the end,” Rybakina said. “I mean, you can’t always play perfect. And of course I could have lost it even earlier.”

It was a long, tough night for the tournament’s No. 3 seeds on Melbourne Park’s main court.

Daniil Medvedev had to rally from two sets down to beat Emil Ruusuvuori 3-6, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-0 in a 4-hour, 23-minute match that ended at 3:39 a.m. local time.

Day 5 started with top-ranked Iga Swiatek had a narrow escape when she rallied from 4-1 down in the third set to beat 2022 runner-up Danielle Collins 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Swiatek was down two service breaks in the deciding set before she went on a five-game winning roll to finish off a match that featured wild momentum shifts and a 25-minute rain delay in 3 hours, 14 minutes.

“You can actually relax a little bit more because you know that, ‘OK, probably I’m going to lose, so I don’t care anymore,’” Swiatek said. “Then it’s easier.”

In her on-court interview, she joked: “Honestly, I was on the airport already.”

“But I wanted to fight to the end, she said. ”I’m really proud of myself.”

Collins announced soon after that 2024 would be her last season on tour.

“Yeah, I lost 6-4 in the third to one of the best players in the world,” Collins said. “And she played some great tennis. (I) left it all on the court.”

Swiatek, a four-time major winner, next faces No. 50-ranked Linda Noskova, who beat U.S. qualifier McCartney Kessler 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.

Fifth-ranked Jessica Pegula’s run of three consecutive quarterfinals in Australia was ended in a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Clara Burel. Her fellow American, 2017 U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens, took out No. 14 seed Daria Kasatkina 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and advanced along with No. 11 Jelena Ostapenko, No. 12 Zheng Qinwen, No. 19 Elina Svitolina and No. 27 Emma Navarro.

The 2021 U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu’s comeback major ended in a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 loss to Wang Yafan.

Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz dropped a set for the first time in the tournament before recovering to beat Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (3).

With a strong breeze to contend with, Alcaraz was tested by Lorenzo Sonego before coming through in four sets and will next face 18-year-old Chinese wildcard entry Shang Juncheng, who ousted India’s Sumit Nagal 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

It’ll be the first time on tour Alcaraz has faced a younger player.

“He beat some big guys,” Alcaraz said of Shang’s run to the semifinals in Hong Kong earlier this month. “So I know he has the level. He’s already there.”

Arthur Cazaux upset No. 8 Holger Rune 7-6 (4), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 but No. 13 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 14 Tommy Paul, No. 19 Cameron Norrie, No. 21 Ugo Humbert and No. 27 Felix Auger-Aliassime all advanced.

Two earlier matches went the distance before being decided in 10-point tiebreakers: Olympic champion Alexander Zverev fended off Lukas Klein 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7) in 4 1/2 hours and No. 11 Casper Ruud edged Max Purcell 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7).

“He played incredible. He was hitting every single ball as hard as he could from both sides,” Zverev said of Klein, a No. 163-ranked qualifier from Slovakia. “I didn’t really know what to do most of the times. To be honest, he probably deserved to win the match more than me today.”

OVERNIGHT SUCCESS: MEDVEDEV FINISHES OFF 2ND-ROUND MATCH AT 3:39 A.M. AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — If he wasn’t on the court competing, Daniil Medvedev doubted anything would have kept him at Rod Laver Arena until almost 4 in the morning.

The third-seeded Medvedev lost the first two sets of his second-round Australian Open match against No. 53-ranked Emil Ruusuvuori before coming back to win 3-6, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-0 in 4 hours, 23 minutes in the latest finish of the week.

They’d walked onto Rod Laver Arena to start hitting at 11:07 p.m. Thursday after women’s No. 3 Elena Rybakina lost the longest tiebreaker ever in a women’s Grand Slam event, 22-20 to Anna Blinkova.

The match ended at 3:39 a.m. Friday, and Medvedev was still there signing autographs as the clock ticked closer to 4.

The long tiebreaker and the uncertainty over the starting time, he said, meant his eating and warming up routines were thrown out of kilter.

“When I went on court I was a little exhausted already,” Medvedev, a two-time Australian Open finalist, explained to the scattering of fans still in the arena well after the last trams had finished running for Day 5.

It won’t go down as a classic, but still had plenty of drama.

Medvedev needed a medical timeout for blisters on his right foot after the second set, and he spiked his racket into the court after missing a chance to break Ruusuvuori’s serve late in the fourth.

Then he had trouble tying the laces of his right shoe right before the deciding fifth set.

Looking at the clock, he was frank with the people who’d stayed there until a couple of hours before the sun was due to rise.

“Honestly guys, I would not be here,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview. “Thanks for staying. If I would be a tennis fan and I would come, at 1 a.m. I would be like ‘OK, let’s go home. We’re going to catch the end of the match on the TV.’”

It was the latest finish so far this year, but not close to the tournament record. Andy Murray finished off Thanasi Kokkinakis just after 4 a.m. last year in a second-round match that lasted 5 hours, 45 minutes.

And that was only good enough for second place on the all-time list. The latest-finishing match in Grand Slam history ended with Lleyton Hewitt beating Marcos Baghdatis at 4:34 a.m. in 2008.

After player complaints last year, Australian Open organizers decided to extend the tournament by adding a 15th day and starting on a Sunday for the first time.

The first round was split over three days, and no matches went past 2 a.m.

But the first day of the second round was entirely different story, with two early men’s matches going to a decisive tiebreaker after five sets and top-ranked Iga Swiatek’s opener against Danielle Collins going for almost 3 1/4 hours.

And so Day 5 of the Australian Open finished on a Friday, anyway.

Medvedev said he’d have to warm down, get some physiotherapy and try to get to sleep by 6:30 a.m. and wake up some time after midday to start preparing for his third-round match against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Ruusuvurori, a 24-year-old from Finland who was aiming to reach the third round for the first time at a major, started well.

He broke the 2021 U.S. Open champion’s serve in the second game and took the first set in 42 minutes. It took almost twice that long to take the second set in a tiebreaker for a 2-0 lead.

After a medical timeout, Medvedev started his comeback. He broke for a 2-1 lead and, after an exchange of breaks, he took the third set in 49 minutes.

He also broke to open the fourth. But Ruusuvurori broke back, converting with a leaping overhead, to get back on serve and had Medvedev screaming toward his support team in the stands.

He held for a 5-4 lead with a couple of forehand passing shots, and Medvedev hurled his racket into the court before he walked to the chairs for the changeover. It earned him a warning from the chair umpire.

At deuce in the next game, Ruusuvuori was two points from winning the match at 2:56 a.m.

But he stepped in to a service return and missed a forehand wide down the line, and then sent a forehand long.

After all that, the end came relatively quickly.

Medvedev took a 4-0 lead in the tiebreaker, seizing momentum.

After an almost eight-minute break between the fourth and fifth sets, Medvedev’s experience kicked in and Ruusuvuori’s legs gave out.

The 30-minute deciding set was only prolonged by Ruusuvuori taking a medical timeout for treatment on his sore right shoulder.

“The only two matches I’ve come back from two sets to love down was on this court,” Medvedev said.

Going into the match he was 4-10 in five-setters, including a loss to Rafael Nadal in the 2022 final after he’d taken the first two sets.

“This one,” he said, “is going to for sure stay in my memory.”

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

BOOKS VIEW PACERS AS INCREASED THREAT WITH PASCAL SIAKAM

The Indiana Pacers swung for the fences with the acquisition of All-Star forward Pascal Siakam, taking a calculated gamble while serving notice as a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference.

The Pacers parted with Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora and three first-round picks. In return, they landed a running mate for Tyrese Haliburton.

Oddsmakers also took notice.

Indiana is still a longshot to win in the NBA Finals this season, but the Pacers’ title odds shortened from +6600 to +5000 at BetMGM, from +12000 to +7000 at DraftKings and from +10000 to +8000 at BetRivers.

The Pacers entered Thursday with a 23-17 record, seventh in the Eastern Conference. That’s 8 1/2 games behind the Boston Celtics, but only a half-game behind the New York Knicks and Miami Heat, who currently occupy the last two playoffs spots above the play-in tournament.

Indiana went from +3000 to +2000 at BetMGM to win the Eastern Conference. The Pacers also shifted from +5000 to +2500 at DraftKings, but are still +4000 at BetRivers.

Siakam’s length is expected to provide an immediate boost to a defense that ranks 29th in the NBA. That’s the lowest among any team with a winning record this season, and Indiana has allowed at least 130 points 11 times.

The Pacers will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak on Thursday night at Sacramento, where Haliburton will sit out his “homecoming” against the Kings due to a hamstring injury. During the two-game skid, Indiana has averaged 107 points — well below the Pacers’ league-leading 125.6 points per game for the season.

Indiana is 4.5 games behind the Central-leading Milwaukee Bucks and 3.0 games back of Cleveland.

The Pacers are now +900 at DraftKings to win the division, down significantly from +2000 before the trade.

Siakam, 29, is in the final season of a four-year, $136.9 million contract. He is set to hit free agency this offseason barring an extension with the Pacers. ESPN reported that Siakam is eager to work out a new deal with the Pacers in the summer.

The two-time All-Star is averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 39 starts this season. He’s shooting 52.2 percent from the floor.

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome Pascal to Indiana. As a two-time All-NBA selection and two-time NBA All Star, Pascal is a player that our organization has long admired and respected,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said in a statement. “We feel that his unique offensive skillset will complement our style of play, while his defensive versatility will be a valuable asset to our team.”

HALIBURTON LEADS EAST GUARDS IN THIRD FAN RETURNS FOR 2024 ALL-STAR VOTING

Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton continues to lead all Eastern Conference guards in the third and final returns from fan voting for the 2024 All-Star Game, which the NBA released Thursday.

Haliburton leads the Pacers and ranks 25th in the NBA in scoring at 23.6 points per game and leads the entire lead in assists at 12.5 per contest. The 23-year-old guard is shooting 49.7 percent from the field, 40.3 percent from 3-point range, and 86.8 percent from the free throw line. His 26 doubles are tied for the most of any guard in the NBA.

A first-time All-Star last season, Haliburton is making a strong bid for a second straight All-Star selection to potentially start this year’s game, which will be hosted at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 18.

All-Star voting will continue on NBA.com and in the NBA app until Saturday, Jan. 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Votes will be tripled on the upcoming “3-for-1 Day” on Friday, Jan. 19.

NBA players and media will continue to join fans in selecting the NBA All-Star Game starters.  Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each.  Players and media will be able to complete one ballot.

TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters on Thursday, Jan. 25 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax. TNT will also announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, Feb. 1 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

NBA ALL-STAR VOTING 2024: THIRD FAN RETURNS

Eastern Conference

Guards

1. Tyrese Haliburton (IND) 2,718,973

2. Trae Young (ATL) 1,815,898

3. Damian Lillard (MIL) 1,730,036

4. Donovan Mitchell (CLE) 1,382,662

5. Tyrese Maxey (PHI) 1,094,491

6. Jalen Brunson (NYK) 1,058,273

7. Derrick White (BOS) 515,882

8. LaMelo Ball (CHA) 441,646

9. Jrue Holiday (BOS) 407,126

10. DeMar DeRozan (CHI) 328,257

Frontcourt

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 4,309,630

2. Joel Embiid (PHI) 3,721,002

3. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 3,717,311

4. Jimmy Butler (MIA) 1,307,572

5. Jaylen Brown (BOS) 977,953

6. Kristaps Porzingis (BOS) 567,036

7. Bam Adebayo (MIA) 547,640

8. Paolo Banchero (ORL) 541,669

9. Julius Randle (NYK) 529,108

10. Mikal Bridges (BKN) 380,839

Western Conference

Guards

1. Luka Doncic (DAL) 3,205,375

2. Stephen Curry (GSW) 2,616,154

3. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC) 2,331,113

4. James Harden (LAC) 772,307

5. Kyrie Irving (DAL) 736,670

6. Anthony Edwards (MIN) 712,311

7. De’Aaron Fox (SAC) 513,711

8. Ja Morant (MEM) 504,676

9. Devin Booker (PHX) 441,238

10. Austin Reaves (LAL) 346,510

Frontcourt

1. LeBron James (LAL) 3,938,571

2. Nikola Jokic (DEN) 3,498,250

3. Kevin Durant (PHX) 3,466,608

4. Anthony Davis (LAL) 1,997,084

5. Kawhi Leonard (LAC) 1,369,909

6. Alperen Sengun (HOU) 1,345,996

7. Paul George (LAC) 830,961

8. Victor Wembanyama (SAS) 601,208

9. Chet Holmgren (OKC) 422,330

10. Domantas Sabonis (SAC) 332,445

GAME REWIND: PACERS 126, KINGS 121

Reinforcements are coming soon for the Pacers, but they didn’t them on Thursday night in Sacramento.

Seven players reached double figures as an undermanned Indiana team outplayed a full-strength Kings team for most of the night then withstood a late rally to hold on for a 126-121 victory.

The Pacers pulled off a blockbuster trade for two-time All-Star forward Pascal Siakam on Wednesday night, but the combination of that trade and injuries left Indiana with just 11 active players on Thursday night, two of them being two-way players Oscar Tshiebwe and Kendall Brown.

Siakam was in Indianapolis on Thursday to undergo a physical and is expected to join the team in Portland on Friday. The Pacers gave up three players to make room for Siakam, trading Bruce Brown and Jordan Nwora to Toronto and waiving veteran forward James Johnson.

All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton is nearing a return but remained out with a left hamstring strain on Thursday. Fellow starters Aaron Nesmith (left tibialis anterior strain) and Andrew Nembhard (thoracic spine sprain) were also out due to injury and third-year forward Isaiah Jackson played just five minutes before his night ended after taking a blow to the head.

But the available Pacers stepped up in Sacramento.

Second-year guard Bennedict Mathurin scored a team-high 25 points to go along with four assists and two blocks. Veteran point guard T.J. McConnell tallied a double-double with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 10 assists. Myles Turner was his usual self, contributing 18 points. Big man Jalen Smith battled through an upset stomach to register a double-double of his own with 17 points and 13 rebounds. And rookie forward Jarace Walker scored a career-high 15 points off the bench, going 6-for-13 from the field and 3-for-8 from 3-point range.

The win snapped a two-game skid for Indiana (24-17) and handed the Kings (23-18) their fourth straight loss.

Despite being shorthanded, the Pacers’ offense was firing on all cylinders from the opening tip. Indiana shot 61.5 percent in the opening frame, with McConnell tallying eight points and Mathurin, Smith, and rookie Ben Sheppard adding six points apiece to propel the Blue & Gold to a 34-31 lead.

The Pacers strung together a 10-2 run over a two-minute stretch early in the ensuing quarter to open up a double-digit lead.

Indiana led 56-46 following Smith’s dunk off a dish from Buddy Hield with 4:58 remaining in the first half. The Kings reeled off a 9-2 run to get back within three, but the Blue & Gold closed the half strong.

McConnell made a circus layup with 2:06 to play and then found a streaking Obi Toppin for a breakaway slam on Indiana’s next possession. Back-to-back threes by Smith and Mathurin and two McConnell free throws capped a 12-2 Pacers run to close the half and take a 70-57 lead into halftime.

Indiana shot 62.2 percent in the first half.

Kevin Huerter helped the Kings mount a charge after the intermission, scoring all of Sacramento’s points as the hosts opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run.

Later in the frame, Huerter’s sixth three of the night cut Indiana’s lead to 85-82 with 4:40 remaining in the quarter. But Hield immediately answered with a three of his own on the other end, which sparked a 9-2 spurt that pushed the margin back to double digits.

Walker’s dunk in the final minute of the frame gave the Pacers a 99-89 lead entering the fourth quarter. The rookie then opened the final frame by knocking down threes on Indiana’s first two possessions to stretch the lead to 16.

The Kings responded with a 10-2 run to get back within single digits, but Indiana answered with six straight points, including back-to-back and-ones. First, Mathurin attacked the rim and got a floater to fall over Domantas Sabonis despite contact from the big man. The next trip down the floor, Mathurin dished off to a cutting Turner, who converted a layup while drawing a foul on Huerter.

The Pacers maintained a healthy margin for most of the rest of the night. They led 122-106 following Mathurin’s three with 2:20 remaining.

The Kings managed to make it interesting with a late rally, reeling off 11 unanswered points over the next 90 seconds to get within five.

Two Hield free throws with 48.8 seconds remaining made it a three-possession game. De’Aaron Fox raced down the court and converted a layup with 41.3 seconds to play.

After a timeout, the Kings stripped the ball from Walker in the backcourt and Huerter’s layup cut the lead to three with 32.2 seconds remaining.

On the other end, the Pacers ran down the shot clock, but McConnell ultimately missed a layup, giving Sacramento a chance to tie the game. Fox airballed a rushed three, but the Kings came up with the offensive rebound and took a timeout with 5.1 seconds remaining.

The Pacers elected to foul to prevent a game-tying attempt, with Turner grabbing Malik Monk on the inbound. Monk missed his first foul shot with 3.9 seconds to play. Monk missed the second shot on purpose, but Smith secured the rebound and the victory.

Hield stuffed the stat sheet against his former team, as he shared ballhandling responsibilities with McConnell with Haliburton and Nembhard both sideline. The Bahamian sharpshooter finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and a season-high eight assists for Indiana.

Toppin added 10 points and four assists off the bench, while rookie guard Ben Sheppard finished with seven points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Huerter led all scorers with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting (7-of-12 from 3-point range). Murray added 27 points and nine rebounds, while Fox tallied 24 points, five rebounds, and six assists.

Sabonis recorded his 12th triple-double of the season, finishing with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists against his former team.

The Pacers will wrap up their six-game road trip over the weekend, playing in Portland on Friday night and Phoenix on Sunday before returning to Indianapolis for a four-game homestand next week.

Inside the Numbers

Mathurin led the team in scoring for the fifth time this season and reached 25 points for the sixth time.

Smith recorded his second double-double of the season. His 13 rebounds were a new season high.

McConnell matched his season high with 20 points while registering his third double-double of the season.

Playing in his 13th career game, Walker reached double figures for the first time.

Hield had seven assists in the first half and finished with eight — three more than his previous season high and one shy of his career-best mark. He committed just one turnover in 36 minutes.

The Pacers shot 55.1 percent from the field, while Sacramento shot 51.8 percent.

Huerter’s seven 3-pointers were one shy of his career high.

Sabonis’ 12 triple-doubles are tied with Nuggets center and reigning NBA Finals MVP Nikola Jokic for the most in the NBA this season.

You Can Quote Me On That

“T.J.’s a professional professional. When his number’s called, he comes out and he’s one of our glue guys. He does all the dirty work for us. He’s a guy that makes stuff happen. He’s a great teammate to be around. When he gets going on the basketball court, he’s tough to deal with. He’s tough as nails and one of those guys you don’t want to play.” -Hield on McConnell’s contributions

Stat of the Night

The Pacers are 17-3 on the season when Bennedict Mathurin scores at least 15 points.

Noteworthy

The Pacers are now 13-3 on the season when seven or more players score in double figures.

Turner recorded one block on Thursday to become the 63rd player in NBA history to reach 1,200 career blocks. In his ninth season, Turner continues to down Jermaine O’Neal’s franchise record of 1,245 blocks.

Indiana is 6-2 when playing on the first night of a back-to-back, but just 1-6 on the second night of a back-to-back.

Haliburton continued to lead all Eastern Conference guards in the latest All-Star fan voting update released on Thursday. Voting ends Saturday and the starters for NBA All-Star 2024 in Indianapolis will be announced next Thursday (Jan. 25).

Up Next

The Pacers continue their road trip on Friday, Jan. 19 when they take on Jerami Grant and the Portland Trail Blazers at 10:00 PM ET on the second night of a back-to-back.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT TRAIL BLAZERS

After a gutting out an undermanned win on Thursday night in Sacramento, the Pacers (24-17) are hoping to get some reinforcements on Friday night in Portland, when they take on the Trail Blazers (11-29) on the second night of a back-to-back.

Two-time All-Star forward Pascal Siakam is expected to join the team in Portland and could make his Pacers debut on Friday after being acquired from Toronto on Wednesday night and making a stop in Indianapolis on Thursday for a physical and an evening workout at the Ascension St. Vincent Center.

Pacers fans will be eager to see Siakam in action. The 29-year-old forward from Cameroon is one of the league’s top two-way forwards and averaged 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 39 games this season in Toronto. Over his last 10 games, Siakam has averaged 24.7 points while shooting 57.2 percent from the field and 51.3 percent from 3-point range.

Siakam should fit in very well with the Pacers. At 6-8 with a 7-3 wingspan, he is a skilled athlete who can thrive in transition in Indiana’s up-tempo offensive attack, share playmaking responsibilities with All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton, and guard multiple positions on the defensive end.

“Everybody is fighting to get a long wing that can defend and knock down threes,” Haliburton said at Thursday’s shootaround in Sacramento. “He can do all that and more. We’ve got a player that every team in the NBA wants.”

Haliburton has missed the past five games with a left hamstring strain, but is nearing a return to the court himself. He told reporters on Thursday that he could potentially play on this road trip, which wraps up on Sunday in Phoenix after Friday night’s game.

But even without Haliburton, Siakam, and other frequent starters Andrew Nembhard and Aaron Nesmith on Thursday, the Pacers came away with an impressive 126-121 victory in Sacramento.

Bennedict Mathurin scored a team-high 25 points, T.J. McConnell (20 points and 10 assists) and Jalen Smith (17 points and 13 rebounds) both recorded double-doubles, and rookie forward Jarace Walker posted his first double-digit scoring game of his career with 15 points off the bench.

The Pacers are now 3-2 over the last five games without Haliburton. They are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but just a game out of fourth.

Indiana will be out for revenge on Friday after the Trail Blazers came into Gainbridge Fieldhouse and knocked off the Pacers on Nov. 27.

The Blazers are in a rebuilding phase after trading away seven-time All-Star Damian Lillard in the offseason. Portland has dropped seven of its last nine contests, but is coming off a dramatic 105-103 win over Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Jerami Grant scored 30 points for the Blazers in that win, but Anfernee Simons was the hero of the night, tallying 20 points including the game-winning floater with 0.2 seconds remaining.

The 24-year-old Simons leads Portland in scoring at 22.9 points per game and also dishes out 4.9 assists per contest. Grant is close behind at 21.4 points per contest and is shooting 41.2 percent from 3-point range. Former number-one pick Deandre Ayton — acquired from Phoenix in the Lillard trade — is averaging a double-double in the post at 13.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – T.J. McConnell, G – Bennedict Mathurin, F – Buddy Hield, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner

Trail Blazers: G – Malcolm Brogdon, G – Anfernee Simons, F – Jerami Grant, F – Jabari Walker, C – Deandre Ayton

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – questionable (left hamstring strain), Isaiah Jackson – questionable (head), Andrew Nembhard – questionable (thoracic spine sprain), Aaron Nesmith – questionable (left tibialis anterior strain), Pascal Siakam – TBA

Trail Blazers: Deandre Ayton – probable (right knee tendinitis), Moses Brown – out (left wrist fracture), Shaedon Sharpe – out (lower abdominal strain), Robert Williams III – out (right knee ligament tear)

Last Meeting

Nov. 27, 2023: Jerami Grant scored 17 of his game-high 34 points in the fourth quarter to lead Portland to a 114-110 win over the Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Grant went 12-for-18 from the field, former Pacer Malcolm Brogdon added 24 points and seven assists, and Deandre Ayton finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers.

Tyrese Haliburton led Indiana with 33 points and nine assists, going 11-for-17 from the field and 3-for-6 from 3-point range. But the rest of the Pacers shot just 43.6 percent on the night. Myles Turner, Bruce Brown, and Bennedict Mathurin were the only other Pacers to reach double figures, finishing with 11 points apiece.

Noteworthy

The Pacers are 12-37 all-time in Portland and have dropped 13 of their last 14 road games against the Blazers. Indiana has won just won game at the Moda Center since 2007, a 111-87 win on Jan. 14, 2021, in a game that had no fans in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indiana is just 1-6 on the season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

Pacers center Myles Turner blocked his 1,200th career shot on Thursday, becoming the 63rd player in NBA history to reach that milestone. In his ninth season, Turner is chasing down Jermaine O’Neal’s franchise record of 1,245 career blocks.

Former Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon was traded to Portland from the Celtics in exchange for Jrue Holiday on Oct. 1. Brogdon started 146 games for the Pacers over three seasons from 2019-22 before being traded to Boston, where he was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year last season.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (studio host)

Tickets

After a six-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Nikola Jokic and the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 PM ET.

FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL HOST K-WINGS FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY

GAME DAY TIMING:

6:00 P.M.: Doors open

7:00 P.M.: Puck drop

10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:

Whether you’ve been a fan since day one, or it’s your first Indy Fuel game ever, you’re invited to help the Fuel celebrate their 10th season in the ECHL!

Meet Fuel players, old and new, in this celebration of all ten years and collect a special 10th Anniversary Poster while supplies last!

PARKING: Parking at Indiana State Fairgrounds is $10. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to park due to anticipated large crowds at the Fairgrounds.

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 host the Kalamazoo Wings on Friday night in a close race for second place in the division. These teams are separated by just one point in the standings, so the winner could head into Saturday with sole possession of second place behind Toledo.

LAST TIME OUT

The last time these two teams met was on New Year’s Eve when the Fuel visited Kalamazoo and were ultimately shutout 7-0. Since then, the Fuel have gone 5-2 and landed in third place in the Central vision standings. In Cam Gray’s next start, he posted a shutout of his own in Norfolk.

SHINING SCHULTZ

In Brandon Schultz’ last four games, he is averaging over a point per game and is on a four game point streak. With a goal in each of the Fuel’s last two games, Schultz is on pace for a season high in points and goals.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 19 AT NO. 11/8 WISCONSIN

Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball with a two-game road trip beginning on Friday, Jan. 19 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT against the No. 11/8 Wisconsin Badgers on FS1.

• The Big Ten-leading Badgers (13-4, 5-1) are led by 15.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game from sophomore guard AJ Storr. The St. John’s transfer is also second on the team with 20 made 3-pointers.

• Junior forward Steven Crowl (12.0 points, 7.8 rebounds) and fifth-year senior forward Tyler Wahl (11.7, 5.8) provide the bulk of the Wisconsin production from the frontcourt.

• Junior guard Max Klesmit (9.0 points), freshman guard John Blackwell (8.9), and junior guard Chucky Hepburn (8.0) provide 54 made 3-pointers between the trio.

Game Information

Friday, Jan. 19, 2024 • 7:30 PM CT

Kohl Center (17,071) • Madison, Wis.

TV: FS1 (Brandon Gaudin, Robbie Hummel)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 97-80

Last Meeting: IU 63, WIS 45 on Jan. 14, 2023 in Bloomington

Series History

• For the 188th time in program history, Indiana will take on the Wisconsin Badgers. The Hoosiers hold a 97-80 advantage in the series that dates back to Jan. 19, 1910, in a game in which IU emerged with a 13-11 victory in Madison.

• Three Hoosiers scored in double figures to lead Indiana to a 63-45 victory on Jan. 14, 2023, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in the lone matchup between the two schools a season ago.

• All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis scored a game-high 18 points, including a series of thunderous dunks, to go with 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Jalen Hood-Schifino tallied 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Jordan Geronimo added a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double.

• The Hoosiers will attempt to secure the program’s first victory in the Kohl Center since a 69-59 result on Jan. 25, 1998, the second men’s game ever played in the arena. Indiana has not beaten a ranked Wisconsin team on the road in 12 tries.

Last Time Out

• Indiana fell to archrival Purdue by a score of 87-66 on Jan. 16 in front of a ‘White Out’ crowd at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The No. 2/2 Boilers were led by 33 points and 14 rebounds from the reigning National Player of the Year Zach Edey.

• Senior guard Trey Galloway paced the Hoosier offense with 17 points and five assists. Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako dealt with early foul trouble but scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor.

• The IU bench, led by seven points, three rebounds, and three assists from sophomore guard CJ Gunn, outscored the PU reserves 16-10.

Sophomore Jump for Reneau

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau has posted double digits in the scoring column in 16 games this season, including 10 efforts of at least 15 points. He notched a career-high 34 points against Kennesaw State (Dec. 29).

• Over the final two non-conference games, Reneau averaged 29.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists on 23-of-33 (69.7%) shooting from the floor, 5-of-7 (71.4%) from the 3-point line, and 8-of-12 (66.7%) from the charity stripe.

• Reneau is averaging a team-best 15.8 points per game to go along with 6.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 0.8 blocks in 29 minutes per game. He is shooting 57.3% (114-of-199) from the floor, 40.0% (12-of-30) from the 3-point line, and 62.5% (45-of-72) from the free throw line.

Mack Attack

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako has made a team-high 24 3-pointers this season, including 16 over his past seven games. During the seven-game stretch he is shooting 16-of-33 (48.5%) from behind the arc and averaging 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game.

• Mgbako scored a career-best 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor against Minnesota (Jan. 12) to go along with four rebounds and two assists.

• The consensus top-10 recruit is averaging 11.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in Big Ten play. He has reached double figures in the scoring column in 11 of the last 13 games.

Indiana Falls to No. 2/2 Purdue

• Despite dealing with early foul trouble, freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor in an 87-66 loss to No. 2/2 Purdue on Jan. 16 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

• Senior guard Trey Galloway notched a team-high 17 points to go along with five assists. Sophomore guard CJ Gunn led the bench unit with seven points, three rebounds, and three assists.

Mgbako Leads IU over Minnesota

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako scored a game-high 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor in a 74-62 win over Minnesota on Jan. 12. He added four rebounds and two assists.

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware charted his seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. The Oregon transfer also swatted two shots. Sophomore forward Malik Reneau finished with 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

INDIANA RELEASE: https://iuhoosiers.com/documents/2024/1/18/23_24_GM19_Wisconsin.pdf

WISCONSIN NOTES: https://iuhoosiers.com/documents/2024/1/18/Gm18_WIS_Indiana_GameNotes_011924.pdf

INDIANA SWIMMING

NO. 5/7 HOOSIERS MEET NO. 17/16 MICHIGAN

BLOOMINGTON – No. 5/7 Indiana swimming and diving travels to Ann Arbor to face Big Ten Conference foe and No. 17/16 Michigan for its lone dual meet of the spring.

The meet will kick off at noon ET inside Canham Natatorium.

MEET INFO

Friday, January 19 • Noon ET

Canham Natatorium • Ann Arbor, Mich.

Opponent: No. 17/16 Michigan

Live Results (Swimming): https://bit.ly/48PDD7k/Meet Mobile App

Live Results (Diving): https://bit.ly/3jWYeCQ

Live Stream: N/A

OF NOTE…

HOOSIERS HEADED TO DOHA WITH TEAM USA

Six Hoosiers have officially claimed Team USA roster spots ahead of the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Four Indiana divers – juniors Carson Tyler and Quinn Henninger and alumni Andrew Capobianco and Jessica Parratto – earned berths with performances at USA Diving Winter National Championships in December. Also last month, USA Swimming named junior Mariah Denigan to it open water team for the world games, while IU associate head coach Cory Chitwood will serve as the open water team’s head coach in Doha.

INDIANA SWIMMERS, DIVERS AMONG TOPS IN BIG TEN, NCAA

A handful of Hoosiers posted times and diving marks in the fall that rank among the best in conference and nationally coming into the new year.

Senior Jassen Yep and junior Ching Hwee Gan have both set top times nationally in the 200-yard breaststroke and 1,650-yard freestyle, respectively. On the men’s side, 12 different Hoosiers hold top-20 marks nationally. This includes three breaststrokers – Yep, junior Josh Matheny and senior Maxwell Reich – who hold the top three times in the Big Ten in both the 100-yard and 200-yard events. The IU women have posted top-10 times in all five relays. Gan and fellow junior Anna Peplowski each have top-20 times in three events and are both top-5 in the Big Ten in the 500-yard freestyle.

INDIANA SOFTBALL

COPELAND AND MINNICK NAMED TO D1 SOFTBALL’S PRESEASON TOP 100 PLAYERS LIST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––––– Indiana juniors Brianna Copeland and Taylor Minnick were both announced in the D100 Preseason Top 100 Player Rankings by D1 Softball on Thursday morning.

Copeland, a pitcher and utility, was ranked at No. 45, and Minnick, an outfielder, slotted at No. 79 in the national rankings.

Both players return for their junior season following fantastic 2023 campaigns where the duo each earned NFCA Third Team All-American honors.

Copeland was fantastic all year in the circle, posting a 22-4 record and 148 strikeouts while forcing opponents to hit for a .265 batting average. She threw her first career no-hitter last season, as well, in a 10-strikeout performance against Prairie View A&M (2/10/23).

She also played a big role at the plate for the Hoosiers, logging 30 extra base hits, including 14 home runs and 48 RBI.

Minnick enters her junior season after an impressive 2023 showing where she notched a .390 batting average on 62 hits with 12 home runs and 55 RBI. Her .522 on base percentage ranked top-20 in the NCAA last season.

The Bloomington, Ind. Native also posted a 36-game streak of reaching base along with a 17 multi-RBI streak. Minnick recorded 20 multi-hit games on the season.

INDIANA TRACK AND FIELD

TRACK AND FIELD HOSTS TWO-DAY INDIANA INVITATIONAL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Indiana track and field returns home to host the Indiana Invitational on Friday and Saturday in their final home meet of the indoor season at Gladstein Fieldhouse.

Meet Info.

Indiana Invitational (All times EST)

Venue: Gladstein Fieldhouse

Livestats

Coverage: Follow Indiana T&F at iuhoosiers.com and on social media at @IndianaXCTF.

Last Time Out:

• Graduate student sprinter Kenisha Phillips broke a 22-year-old school record in the 400 meters with a personal-best time of 52.37. She earned the Big Ten Women’s Track Athlete of the Week.

• Phillips broke the 300-meter school record in her first appearance with the Hoosiers after running a 37.41 in the opening meet.

• Jessica Mercier finished second in the pole vault after clearing a height of 4.17m/13-8.25.

• Distance runners Brayden Henkle and Garrett Hicks recorded big time personal records and two top-10 finishes in the 3k race. Henkle won the event with a time of 8:19.94 while Hicks placed fifth with a time of 8:24.31.

• Freshman Garrett Messer had a big day today after setting two personal bests in the shot put and the 60-meter hurdles. Messer threw a distance of 14.34m/47-0.75 and He ran an 8.54 in prelims for another personal record to advance to finals and finished with a time of 8.44.

• Mid-distance runner Nico Colchico set a new personal best in his first sub-1:50 in the 800 meters. He finished second with a time of 1:49.96

• Makayla Hunter earned a Top-10 finish and a new personal best with a mark of 20.26m/66-5.75.

The Hoosier Lineup:

Indiana will have 62 student-athletes competing in the two-day meet this weekend alongside seven other institutions and unattached runners.

Sprints and Hurdles:

• All 20 sprinters will compete in the Indiana Invitational competing across six different events with the 60 meters, 300 meters, 200 meters, 60-meter hurdles, 400m and 600m races.

• Symone Adams, Kylee Poulton and Kristina Vincic will run the 60-meter dash with the men’s side entering Trelee Banks, Ray Brodie, Antonio Laidler, Gage Pratt and Otto De St Jeor who will take on the competition in the short sprints in the 60 meters and the 200 meters.

• Olivia Gee and John Colquitt will compete in the 60-meter hurdles. Colquitt will also join the group in the 200-meter race.

• Morgan Snow will run the 400 meters with Zach Greller running on the men’s side in his first meet of the season.

• Micah Camble, Novo Onovwerosuoke, Jaylen Grimes and Vincente Graiani will double up in the 400 meter and 600-meter competition.

The Hoosiers will enter two relays each in the men’s and women’s 4×400 relay.

Jumps:

• Serena Bolden, Paola Fernandez-Sola will compete in the Long Jump event with teammate Kelly Moran who is set to make her season debut. Bolden will also run the 60-meter dash.

• Eli Crouch, Deepak Laungani and Grayson Rolen look to clear some bars in the men’s High Jump. Taylor Schoonveld and Mahogany Jenkins will look to do the same on the women’s side.

Throws:

• Bridget Beyer, Makayla Hunter will return to the field after strong performances at the Commodore Challenge.  Teammate Emily Herndon will compete in her first meet of the season while Hunter makes her season debut in the shot-put event. 

• On the men’s side, Sean Mockler, Hunter Smith and Tyler Reyna will throw the weight to end the day.

Distance and Mid-Distance:

• A combined nine men and women are set to run in their first race of the year in the distance squad.

• Phoebe Bates and Alyssa Shope will run the Mile in their season debut alongside Katelyn Winton and Mariah Wehrle. 

• Continuing on the women’s side, Amelia Dodds will run the 400 meters and the 600 meters with Veronica Hargrave in the mid-distance.

• Hargrave, Maddie Russin and Lily Myers look to put up a fight in the 800 meters while Emma Everhart-Deckard, Jasmine Klopstad, Tori Schmidt, Andi VanMeter, Mariah Wehrle and Katelyn Winton race in long distance 3k event.

• Keefer Soehngen will race the 600 meters in his first event of the meet, before joining the competive mid-distance group in the 800 meters along with Nico Colchico, Jaylen Castillo, Keelan Grant, Andrew Mangum, Cam Marshall, Parker Raymond and Martin Segurola.

• The men’s distance squad will run seven in the 3k event with Owen Forberg, Clayton Guthrie, Austin Haskett, Brayden Henkle, Garrett Hicks, Aidan Lord and Cole Raymond.

• Skylar Stidman will represent the Hoosiers solo in the 5k race.

Pole Vault:

• Tyler Carrel, Tyler Sierks, Nathan Stone and Riley Johnston will be competing for the Hoosiers facing their first big competition of the season.

• Taylor Jarosinski, Jessica Mercier and Libby Saloga will compete in the pole vault on day one.

Multis:

Freshmen Max Grangier and Garrett Messer will compete in their first heptathlon with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, 1000 meters, 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put and the high jump.

Competition: Indiana will compete against eight other institutions including, Cincinnati, Dayton, Evansville, Indiana State, Marshall, Miami (Ohio) and Southern Illinois.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

FRESHMAN RALLY FALLS SHORT AT PENN STATE

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Purdue women’s basketball team dropped its Thursday night game on the road at Penn State 80-67. The Boilermakers’ freshman class combined to score 42 points on the night, its highest mark away from home this season.

Rashunda Jones set a new career high with 23 points on 6-of-13 shooting and went 10-of-12 at the line. It was the first 20-point game by a Purdue rookie against a Big Ten opponent since 2017-18. Jones now has three 20-point outings this season, the most by a Purdue freshman since the 2016-17 season.

Mary Ashley Stevenson came one point shy of her career high, doing for 13 points and seven rebounds. Steven has scored seven points and hauled in seven rebounds in six games this season, the most by a freshman in the Big Ten.

Sophie Swanson chipped in six points off the bench. Sixth-year senior Caitlyn Harper narrowly missed a double-double with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Boilermakers (9-8, 2-4) shot 33% from the field and went 4-of-15 from behind the arc.

Penn State (13-3, 3-3) finished with a 50.8% clip from the field with six 3-pointers. The Lady Lions were led by 22 points from Taylor Valladay.

Purdue committed 19 turnovers that turned into 21 points for the hosts, while converting 17 Penn State giveaways into 13 points.

The rookies paced Purdue in the opening stages with 21 of the Boilermakers’ 27 points in the first half. Stevenson tallied 10 points with Jones adding nine.

The Boilermakers went 6-of-6 at the line in the opening 10 minutes to battle through early shooting struggles. Stevenson and Jones countered an early 6-0 run by the Lady Lions with 10 combined points. Harper added four points as Purdue trailed 18-16 after the first.

Penn State opened the second with a 15-5 run with Purdue’s points coming from the freshman tandem. The Boilermakers scored 10 of their 11 points at the stripe in the second period. The Lady Lions led 37-27 at the break.

Harper and Abbey Ellis gave the Boilermakers a spark out of halftime with Purdue’s first 10 points. Penn State took advantage of six Purdue turnovers to build up a 24-point advantage in the fourth.

Purdue rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring the hosts 27-22 in the final frame. Jones tallied 11 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 at the line. The Boilermakers made 14 of 16 free throws over the final 10 minutes. Purdue’s defense forced seven turnovers and trimmed the gap down to 12 midway through the fourth.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series 35-24.

• Jones joined KK Houser as the only Purdue freshmen since 2009-10 to make 10 free throws in a game. Houser went 13-of-13 on the road at Penn State on Jan. 28, 2010.

• Penn State eked out the rebounding battle, 37-35. Purdue scored 11 points on 12 offensive rebounds, while Penn State tallied nine points on eight second chance opportunities.

• For the first time in her Purdue career, Caitlyn Harper led the Boilermakers in assists with four.

• Abbey Ellis is now 71 points away from joining the 1,000-point club as a Boilermaker.

UP NEXT

Purdue will turn its focus to meeting with in-state foe No. 16 Indiana. Tipoff for the Barn Burner Trophy Game is set for 2 p.m. on Peacock in front of a packed Mackey Arena.

PURDUE WRESTLING

WRESTLING TRAVELS FOR PAIR OF TOP-6 MATCHUPS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Wrestling travels west for a pair of  highly ranked Big Ten battles, first taking on No. 3 Iowa on Friday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena before heading to Lincoln for a showdown with No. 6 Nebraska on Sunday afternoon in the Devaney Center.

Friday’s match up with the Hawkeyes will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network at 8:00 p.m. ET with Tim Johnson and Maliak Amine on the call. Sunday afternoon’s dual with the Cornhuskers will stream on B1G+ at 2:00 p.m. ET.

PURDUE POINTS

• The weekend is full of history for head coach Tony Ersland, who was part of four Big Ten title winning teams for the Hawkeyes from 1994-97 and was an assistant under Mark Manning at Nebraska for eight seasons (2007-14).

• Ersland is in the midst of his 10th season at the helm of Purdue Wrestling and holds a 79-70 dual record. His 79 wins is the third most in program history.

• Joey Blaze (7) and Greyson Clark (6) have the most and second most dual wins of any true freshmen in the B1G.

• The duo are also 2-of-9 Big Ten true freshmen currently ranked by InterMat and have the most wins of anyone in that group.

• Ramos is outscoring opponents 77-10 in back points over the last two seasons, only giving up 2 this year (won that match).

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Purdue

125        #2 Matt Ramos or

Ashton Jackson

133        Dustin Norris or

Jacob Macatangay

141        #32 Greyson Clark

149        Marcos Polanco

157        #16 Joey Blaze or

Ike Ruble

165        Stoney Buell

174        Brody Baumann

184        James Rowley or

Hayden Filipovich

197        Ben Vanadia or

Mitch Hutmacher

285        Tristan Ruhlman

PROJECTED LINEUPS

#3 Iowa #6 Nebraska

125        #1 Drake Ayala   #7 Caleb Smith

133        Cullan Schriever #19 Jake Van Dee or

Kyle Burwick

141        #1 Real Woods   #8 Brock Hardy

149        #11 Caleb Rathjen            #1 Ridge Lovett

157        #2 Jared Franek #3 Peyton Robb

165        #6 Michael Caliendo        #18 Antrell Taylor

174        #9 Patrick Kennedy          #29 Bubba Wilson or

Elise Brown Ton

184        Aiden Riggins      #3 Lenny Pinto

197        #14 Zach Glazier               #15 Silas Allred

285        Bradley Hill or

Ben Kueter          Nash Hutmacher or

Harley Andrews

NUMBERS TO KNOW

• 30 – Matt Ramos holds a 30-13 career record against ranked opponents, including a 7-4 mark against the top-10 at 125.

• 6 – Ramos is tied for the sixth best career winning percentage in Purdue history with his 72-19 (0.800).

• 4 – True freshman Joey Blaze has already racked up a team high 4 tech falls on the year. The most by a Boiler since Devin Schroder had 9 in 2019-20.

• 7 – Stoney Buell leads the team with seven four-point nearfalls in this 16 matches this season.

LAST TIME IN LINCOLN

Two years ago when the Boilers made the trip west to the Cornhusker state, Ersland and company brought their best stuff in an 18-15 upset of No. 9 Nebraska.

It was the first top-10 dual win for the program since 2004 and the first under Ersland. The Boilermakers won five matches, highlighted by bonus point wins from Devin Schroder and Parker Filius that proved to be the difference.

Matt Ramos made his Big Ten dual debut up at 133 and picked up a 3-1 decision over Alex Thomsen.

FRESHMEN PHENOMS

True freshmen Joey Blaze and Greyson Clark earned spots in the lineup from day one of their college careers and have already shown the talent that made them both top-30 recruits.

Blaze (13-4) made the biggest splash early by knocking off No. 5 Ed Scott of N.C. State in sudden victory. He was the first unranked Boiler to beat a top-10 opponent since Thomas Penola pinned No. 9 Quinn Miller of Virginia.

Clark (13-3) has shown technique beyond his years. He leads the team with 38 back points on 11 near-fall attempts with five bonus point victories to his name.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

CITRON SCORES 1000TH POINT AS IRISH BEAT VIRGINIA, 86-76

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — It was a team win peppered with impressive individual performances for No. 19 Notre Dame (13-3, 4-2) on Thursday night, as the Irish took down Virginia (8-9, 0-6), 86-76.

Sonia Citron was the star of the night for Notre Dame, as the junior guard became the 43rd player in Notre Dame history to score 1,000 points. Citron had 28 on the night — including a 12-12 showing from the charity stripe — which marked a season-high.

“She was so tough,” Ivey said of Citron after the game. “She’s our glue, and I’m just so happy for her. She does so much for this program and for me, so to celebrate this with her is just amazing.”

“It feels really good,” Citron added. “Coming back after the injury, I knew things weren’t going to be perfect. But it feels great to feel like I’m coming into myself and progressing a little every game.”

Hannah Hidalgo hit a few milestones herself on the night. She had at least 6 steals for the ninth time this season, setting a program record for games with at least 6 steals. She also now has 91 steals on the year, which is the record for an Irish rookie. Both of the aforementioned records were held by Skylar Diggins.

“It’s amazing, the things that she does defensively,” Ivey said. “The way that she can read defenses and her energy is something that you don’t see very often. It’s something she loves to do and she’s great at it.”

The story of the game — which was part of the reason Citron had the opportunity to hit 12 free throws — was the fouls. In total, the teams were called for 56 fouls, 35 of which were on Virginia. That led to 33 made free throws for the Irish on 44 attempts, the most free throws made by Notre Dame in a conference game since joining the ACC a decade again.

Citron got the scoring started on Thursday with a shot from behind the arc before the teams largely traded buckets through the first 7 minutes. Notre Dame went on a 13-3 run to close out frame No. 1. Seven different players scored in the first quarter, with Maddy Westbeld and Hidalgo leading the charge (6). Westbeld also had 4 boards.

Of note, three Cavaliers picked up 2 fouls in the first quarter, including leading scorer Camryn Taylor.

Notre Dame kept trying to put the game away in the second quarter, but a pesky UVA team wouldn’t go away. Even when the Irish took a 10-point lead with 1:54 to go, Virginia made it a 6-point game at the half, 39-33. Citron and Westbeld each had 10 points.

The Irish started the second half on a 9-0 run, what would ultimately be the largest run of the game. Notre Dame won the frame 25-14, and Hidalgo had 7 points. She was just as active on the defensive end of the floor, notching that 91st steal.

Despite the growing deficit and leading scorer Camryn Taylor fouling out with 7:47 to go in the game, the Hoos did not give up. Notre Dame went through a nearly 5-minute scoring drought and attempted just 8 field goals in the final quarter. They made their money at the line, however, going 14-17. Citron was 6-6, and Hidalgo was 6-7. Virginia stuck around and actually won the quarter 29-22, going 11-19 from the floor. In the end, Notre Dame walked away with another ACC road win on a night otherwise filled with conference upsets.

Hidalgo finished with 23 points, marking the 14th time she has eclipsed the 20-point mark. That breaks the Irish freshman record previously held by Beth Morgan. She was munificent with the ball as well, dishing out 9 assists.

Westbeld added 9 more rebounds to her tally as she continues to average a near double-double. She had 14 points and was the only other Irish player in double figures outside of Citron and Hidalgo.

As a team, Notre Dame forced 23 turnovers and held Taylor to 6 points. The only team to hold her to fewer points this year was LSU.

The Irish are back in action on Sunday as they face Wake Forest at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER

VAN ZANTEN, MERCADO, SELECTED IN NWSL DRAFT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Irish in the Pros continue to grow after two Notre Dame women’s soccer players were selected in the 2024 NWSL Draft. Both Kiki Van Zanten and Maddie Mercado were taken in the second round. Van Zanten was selected 21st overall by the Houston Dash, while Mercado went 27th overall to the Seattle Reign.

Van Zanten was a First-Team All-ACC selection this past fall as she captained the Irish to a second-place finish in the league and berth to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Van Zanten ranked second on the team in goals with six and third on the team in points with 16.

Last summer, Van Zanten made history with Team Jamaica at the Women’s World Cup, becoming the first Caribbean nation to advance to the Round of 16. Van Zanten even earned a start in the Round of 16 matchup against Colombia.

Mercado garnered a lot of attention in her last year in South Bend, leading the squad in goals (9) and points (20). Mercado finished the season strong, finding the back of the net five times over the last nine games. No one was a bigger threat than scoring outside of the box than Mercado. For all her efforts, she earned Second Team All-ACC recognition.

Lastly, it’s important to note that two-time ACC Defender of the Year Eva Gaetino withdrew her name from the NWSL Draft right before. She is expected to sign a pro contract soon.

BUTLER BASEBALL

GRAVERSON AND DORIGHI TABBED TEAM CAPTAINS

INDIANAPOLIS — We are less than 30 days away from the start of baseball season and Butler Head Coach Blake Beemer has announced team captains for the upcoming 2024 season. LHP Cole Graverson and SS Carter Dorighi were each voted into the role after a vote by their teammates. Graverson is a local product from nearby Hamilton Southeastern H.S. and Dorighi transferred to BU last year after spending his freshman season at Lafayette College.

Dorighi was one of just two Bulldogs to start in all 55 games a year ago. He heads into his junior season after batting .293 in 2023. Dorighi ranked second on the team in total hits, average, RBI, runs scored and total bases. He was the team leader in walks and triples.

Originally from Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, Dorighi made an immediate impact in the lineup last season during his first year on campus. He had 18 multi-hit games and owned a .383 slugging percentage. Dorighi led BU with 12 stolen bases and was excellent at shortstop posting a .924 fielding percentage.

One of the most experienced arms on the roster will join him as a team captain for BU in 2024. Graverson appeared in 20 games for the Bulldogs last year while making two starts. His first start was a memorable one as he took the mound to throw a season-high 92 pitches against top-ranked LSU in Baton Rouge. Graverson stood tall on the rubber and struck out a season-high eight batters while limiting the Tigers to three hits over four innings.

Overall, Graverson struck out 46 batters in 2023. Those K’s were spread out over 40 innings. He limited the opposition to a .216 batting average and only walked 25 batters. Graverson picked up wins at Eastern Illinois and at Seton Hall. He also earned a save late in the year at UConn.

The Bulldogs will open the upcoming season with a three-game series at Florida State. The home opener is slated for March 5 against Purdue Fort Wayne and the conference opener will send the Bulldogs to Creighton on April 5.

Coach Beemer brought in 22 new student-athletes to bolster the roster. Those newcomers will mesh with a group of returners led by BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and 2024 Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Joey Urban.

BUTLER FOOTBALL

TYLER ADAMS SIGNS WITH THE WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed former Butler wide receiver Tyler Adams to a contract on Thursday morning. Adams will join the Canadian Football League member soon and begin to prepare for the upcoming 2024 season. The Blue Bombers first preseason game is slated for May 20 and the season opener will follow on June 6.

The Blue Bombers were the best CFL team in the West Division a year ago with a 14-4 overall record. They went 8-1 at home and won the Western Final over the BC Lions to reach the Grey Cup. Winnipeg however came up just short in the championship game, taking a 28-24 loss to Montreal.

Adams was one of two wide receivers to join the Winnipeg roster on Thursday. The club singed Adams along with fellow wide receiver Kody Case. Each player is set to join the Blue Bombers after attending training camp with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent last summer. Case spent his collegiate career at South Dakota while Adams wrapped up his at Butler after transferring from Harvard.

The speedy wideout appeared in 11 games for Butler in his lone season finishing the year with 39 receptions, 689 yards and five touchdowns. He ranked third in the PFL in yards per catch (17.7), fifth in yards, eighth in touchdowns and 10th in receptions to end the season as All-PFL honorable mention. Adams also landed on the 2022 Phil Steele All-PFL Third Team.

BUTLER TRACK AND FIELD

BUTLERXCTF SET TO HOST THE BUTLER INVITATIONAL

The Butler track and field team is set to host the Butler Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds inside the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion.

The Bulldogs will be joined by 10 other schools including Purdue, IUPUI, Wright State, Valparaiso, Western Michigan, SIU-Edwardsville, UIndy, St. Norbert, Taylor and Vincennes.

Competition will kick off with the women’s weight throw and long jump slated to begin at noon. The event will conclude with the men’s 4×400 relay that is scheduled for 6:45pm.

Know Before You Go

Doors to the building and ticketing will begin at 11am

Tickets will be $10 per person and credit cards are accepted

Tickets may only be purchased at the door

Parking is $10 per vehicle.

Guests will be asked to enter through magnetometers

Backpacks/Bags larger than 14″x14″x6″ are not permitted

Concessions will be available to purchase on site

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

NO. 14 MEN’S VOLLEYBALL COMPETES AT FIRST POINT COLLEGIATE CHALLENGE THIS WEEKEND

MATCH INFO:

No. 14 Ball State (7-2) vs. No. 13 USC (4-0)

2:30 PM ET | Austin, Texas

No. 14 Ball State (7-2) vs. No. 8 Stanford (4-0)

5 pm ET | Austin, Texas

First Serve: 

The Cardinals open the First Point Collegiate Challenge in Austin, Texas against No. 13 USC on Friday at 2:30 pm ET. USC leads the all-time series record 8-2. The last time the Cardinals and the Trojans played was on March 15, 2003 in Los Angeles, Calif., resulting in a 3-1 win for Ball State. After Friday, the Cardinals are set to close out the tournament against No. 8 Stanford on Saturday at 5 pm ET. Saturday marks the 12th meeting all time versus Stanford. Stanford leads the all-time series record 10-1 with the two teams last meeting occurring in Pal Alto, Calif., on Jan. 10, 2019 resulting in a 3-0 loss for BSU.

Coach Cruz:

Ball State head coach Donan Cruz enters his third season at the helm of the Cardinals and owns an overall record at BSU of 50-15 (.767) along with a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament Championship, two MIVA regular season titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Last Serve:

Ball State is coming off of a four-match win streak which started with a 3-0 victory over UC San Diego last Thursday in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals then earned two victories over Tusculum and one against Trine to close out its four-match competition at home. Leading the way so far this season for the Cardinals is Nathan Goh and Patrick Rogers with 51 kills apiece.

Preseason All-MIVA:

The 2024 roster is a good mixture of some familiar faces along with several newcomers. One of the Cardinals returnees is sophomore outside hitter Tinaishe Ndavazocheva who was recently named to the 12-member preseason All-MIVA conference team. Ndavazocheva turned in quite the rookie season for the Cardinals last year. He earned MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors and Off the Block National Honors on Feb. 7. He turned in a career high 27 kills against Lewis (2/9) and had 22 double digit kill performances in 2023. Ndavazocheva ended the season ranked second on the team in kills (342) and in points (397.5). He also received All-MIVA First Team honors and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.

Up Next:

The Cardinals will have a little break before returning home on Sunday, Jan. 28 to take on national powerhouse Hawai’i in Worthen Arena at 7 pm ET.

The Legend Don Shondell:

The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has announced changes to the MIVA Tournament format. The conference has also announced that future tournament winners will receive the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy.

The MIVA Tournament has been played after every regular season since 1980 except 2020, and was also played from 1964-69. The new format for the MIVA Tournament will reward the highest seeds, providing an advantage for a path to the NCAA tournament via the MIVA’s automatic bid.

The opening round of the eight-team tournament will be played at the higher four seeds. No. 1 will host No. 8, No. 2 will host No. 7, No. 3 will host No. 6, and No. 4 will host No. 5.

The semifinal and final rounds will be hosted by the highest remaining seed in the field. The field will also re-seed. The highest remaining seed will host the lowest remaining seed and the other two teams will play in the other semifinal. The two winning teams will play in the final match for the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy.

The new namesake for the MIVA Championship Trophy was inducted into the inaugural class of the MIVA Hall of Fame in 2017. His impact on the conference is unmeasurable. He co-founded the MIVA and served as its first president. As the head coach of the Ball State Cardinals, he won 20 championships in 34 years with 14 trips to the NCAA tournament. He finished with a career record of 769-280-6 (.732), which is the second-most wins in NCAA men’s volleyball history. He was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983, Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1996, and AVCA Hall of Fame in 2003.

The path to the MIVA title and the chance to hoist the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy begins on April 13. The semifinal will be on April 17 and the title match will be on Saturday, April 20.

BALL STATE GYMNASTICS

GYMNASTICS SET FOR FRIDAY’S TENNESSEE COLLEGIATE CLASSIC

» THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE GYMNASTICS: The Ball State gymnastics team will be action twice in a four-day span, starting Friday evening at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic … The event will be held at the Farm Bureau Expo Center in Lebanon, Tennessee, with the Cardinals competing in the second of two collegiate sessions … Ball State will face league rival Kent State, Southeast Missouri and Wisconsin-Whitewater at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT … The first session will feature Fisk, Lindenwood and Northern Illinois.

» HOME OPENER: Following the Tennessee Collegiate Classic, Ball State opens the home portion of its 2024 campaign Monday (Jan. 22) with a 7 p.m. Mid-American Conference showdown versus Bowling Green … It will be Squishmallows Night in Worthen Arena, and the Cardinals encourage fans to bring their favorite fluff-filled friends … BSU’s student-athletes will also being throwing out Squishmallows to fans throughout the night, including for each routine hitting 9.750-or-higher … There will also be a raffle for a giant Squishmallow which will be drawn at the conclusion of the meet.

» GET YOUR TICKETS NOW: Starting this season, Ball State will be charging admission for home meets with season tickets starting at $32 for adults and $16 for youth (18-and-under) … Season tickets include all three regular season duals and the 2024 MAC Championships set to be held in Worthen Arena on March 23 … That’s a 20% savings over individual meet tickets which are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (18-and-under) … Fans can purchase their tickets in advance at https://BallStateSports.com/gymnasticstickets.

» OFF TO A RECORD START: Ball State picked up right where it left off last season, beginning the year with the best opening meet score in program history at 194.925 at the UNC Quad (Jan. 5) … The previous record was 194.475 set at Kentucky to open the 2018 season … The Cardinals followed with another solid performance at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14), producing the 19th-best team score in program history at 195.650.

» ON THE NATIONAL STAGE: Ball State’s average score of 195.288 through the first two weeks of the 2024 season ranks 33rd nationally and leads all Mid-American Conference schools … The Cardinals finished the 2023 season ranked 34th nationally with an NQS of 196.395, while it was 40th nationally with an average of 194.775 after the first two weeks a year ago.

» NEARLY FLAWLESS: Senior Victoria Henry became just the third gymnast in program history to register a score of 9.975-or-better by winning the vault competition at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14) with a mark if 9.975 … It is the best score for any MAC gymnast so far this season and ties as the second-best vault in the country … In the BSU record book, Henry’s 9.975 trails only the perfect 10.000 vault by Sarah Mikrut at Kent State on Feb. 21, 1997 … Denasiha Christian landed the Cardinals’ other 9.975 on vault at Northern Illinois on Feb. 19, 2016.

» MORE FROM HENRY: Along with her 9.975 vault at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14), Victoria Henry has earned a pair of 9.900 routines on floor so far this season … She also finished the all-around at OSU with a score of 39.320 which ties as the sixth-best individual score in program history and earned her a second career MAC Gymnast of the Week honor … Over the last two seasons, Henry has registered four of the top 10 all-around scores in program history, including a program record mark of 39.400 set last season at Central Michigan.

» HENRY HITTING THE 9.900 MARK: Including her winning mark of 9.975 on vault and her 9.900 on floor at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14), senior Victoria Henry has registered 13 career scores of 9.900-or-better … The effort includes six floor routines, six vaults and one bars performance.

» SHINING ON FLOOR: Ball State’s best event so far this season has been floor, with the Cardinals averaging a 49.100 in the event … Last time out, the Cardinals tied the 17th-best floor score in program history with a 49.175 at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14) … BSU counted four scores of 9.825-or-higher on the day, highlighted by a 9.925 from sophomore Zoe Middleton who tied for second overall at the meet.

» VAULTING OFF STRONG: Ball State has also had a strong start on vault, ranking first in the MAC and 22nd nationally with an average team score of 49.050 … BSU opened the season with a 49.150 at the UNC Quad (Jan. 5), which ties as the sixth-best team score in program history.

» PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Suki Pfister scored a 9.925 to win vault competition at the UNC Quad (Jan. 5) … It was the best score among all  MAC gymnasts on any event opening week and earned her a fifth career MAC Specialist of the Week honor … Of her 34 career vault performances, 11 have gone for scores of 9.900-or-higher.

» FROM THE BARS: Freshman Ashley Szymanski has led the Cardinals on bars in each of the first two meets of the 2024 season, including winning the event at the Ohio State Tri-meet with a collegiate-best mark of 9.900 … The effort earned her MAC Specialist of the Week honors and currently ties as the best bars score in the MAC so far this season.

» ONE TO WATCH: Sophomore Zoe Middleton, one of two Ball State student-athletes named to the 2024 MAC Gymnasts to Watch list, has provided plenty of highlights for the Cardinals so far this season with all eight of her routines counting in the final team score … Paced by her 9.925 on floor and career-best all-around mark of 39.075 last Sunday at the Ohio State Tri-meet, the effort includes four total scores of 9.825-or-higher so far this season … … During her freshman campaign, 37 of Middleton’s 39 routines counted towards Ball State’s team total.

» MORE FROM THE ALL AROUND:

– Senior Hannah Ruthberg placed second in the all-around at the UNC Quad (Jan. 5), registering a score of 39.150 … The effort included 9.800s on both bars and beam and 9.775s on both vault and floor … Ruthberg added a pair of 9.825s on vault and floor at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14), finishing with an all-around score of 38.450.

– Graduate student Megan Teter competed in the all-around for the first time in her collegiate career at the UNC Quad, scoring 38.125 … She followed with a career-best mark of 38.250 last Sunday at the Ohio State Tri-meet … Her best individual event score of the year came on beam at OSU with a score of 9.750.

» SCORING HIGH IN 2024:

– Ball State has registered 18 scores of 9.800-or-higher so far this season, with eight coming at the UNC Quad (Jan. 5) and 10 at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14) … Of the 18 routines, six have come on floor, six on bars, five on vault and one on beam … The total includes six scores of 9.900-or-better.

» RECORDS UNDER SALEEM:

– In the program’s first 11 seasons under head coach Joanna Saleem, Ball State has tallied the 26 best team scores in program history … In fact, of Ball State’s 30 scores of 195.450-or-higher, 28 have been set by Saleem’s squads.

– Saleem’s squads own the event records on vault (49.250), beam (49.350), and floor (49.500), along with the second-best score in program history on bars (49.250).

– All 36 entries on the vault record book are held by Saleem’s teams, as are 20 of 26 scores on floor, 20 of 27 scores on bars and 19 of 24 scores on beam.

» MORE FROM THE FRESHMAN CLASS: Freshman Lindsay Fuller currently ranks second on the squad on beam with an average score of 9.638 … The effort includes a 9.725 in her collegiate debut at the UNC Quad (Jan. 5) … Freshman Ava Molina also made her collegiate competition debut at UNC, scoring a 9.725 on floor.

» A FEW MORE EARLY HIGHLIGHTS:

– Junior Carissa Martinez made her Ball State debut at the UNC Quad (Jan. 5) with a 9.600 on floor … She would go on to tie her career-best vault mark score of 9.750 at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14).

– Sophomore Grace Sumner turned in season-best marks of 9.825 on bars and 9.775 on beam last weekend at Ohio State.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES, SALUKIS SET FOR FRIDAY NIGHT BATTLE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State heads back on the road Friday night when it faces Southern Illinois for a 7 p.m. tip inside Banterra Center.

The game will be carried on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Last Time Out

Indiana State limited Belmont to its worst 3-point percentage and third-lowest field goal percentage of the season Sunday afternoon, but a 6-0 run inside the final 10 seconds of the game allowed the Bruins to squeak past the Sycamores 61-56 inside Hulman Center.

Chelsea Cain and Bella Finnegan led the Sycamores with 10 points apiece, while Kiley Bess added nine. All five starters for Indiana State had at least seven points, with four of the five also grabbing three or more rebounds.

Indiana State’s lockdown defense gave Belmont fits throughout the game, as the Sycamores built an early nine-point lead thanks in part to a pair of threes from Finnegan. The Trees remained in front after an 8-0 run midway through the second quarter, and extended their lead to double-digits late in the third following a 3-pointer from Finnegan and a layup from Cain. The fourth quarter proved costly, though, as Belmont outscored Indiana State 21-7 to escape with a five-point win.

No Fly Zone

Indiana State’s 3-point defense has been on a new level since the start of conference play, with MVC foes struggling behind the arc against the Sycamores. Through the first five games of the conference schedule, Indiana State’s opponents have made just 23 of their 104 3-point attempts, equating to a 22.1 percent mark from distance.

The Sycamores are currently the only team in the MVC to hold conference opponents below 24 percent from 3-point range, with three of Indiana State’s first five conference foes shooting below 20 percent on 3-point attempts.

Milestone Moments

A pair of Indiana State players reached career milestones during the Sycamores’ most recent homestand, as Mya Glanton reached the 500-rebound mark for her career and Chelsea Cain scored her 500th point at Indiana State.

Glanton became the 22nd player in program history to reach 500 rebounds for her career, and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds last week against Murray State. Cain’s 500 points at Indiana State came in 44 games, with the senior forward scoring in double-figures in 26 games with the Blue and White.

Hitting From Distance

Indiana State guard Bella Finnegan has found her stroke from behind the arc in recent games, knocking down three 3-pointers in consecutive games against Northern Iowa, Murray State and Belmont.

Finnegan’s 3-point percentage has improved to 40.7 percent (11-for-27) since the start of conference play, and the sophomore sharpshooter has shot 45 percent (9-for-20) from distance over the last two games.

Rebound Machine

Mya Glanton’s 18 rebounds in Thursday’s game against Murray State represented a career-high and the fourth-highest single-game rebounding mark in Indiana State history. 10 of Glanton’s 18 rebounds came on the offensive glass, the most for any MVC athlete in a game this season.

Glanton leads Indiana State with 8.0 rebounds per game, including 3.9 offensive rebounds per game. She ranks first in the MVC in offensive rebounds and fifth in rebounds per game.

Fight To The Finish

Indiana State trailed 26-9 after the opening quarter against Murray State, but the Sycamores never wavered and worked their way back. ISU outscored the Racers 32-25 across the second and third quarters, and managed to cut it to a five-point game midway through the fourth.

The Sycamores’ defense played a major role in helping Indiana State get back in the game. Murray State entered Thursday’s game averaging 93.9 points per game, but the Sycamores held the Racers to 49 points across the last three quarters.

Southern Illinois at a Glance

Southern Illinois enters the weekend at 6-9 overall and 1-4 in conference play. The Salukis have lost their last two games, dropping road contests to Illinois State and Bradley last week.

Laniah Randle leads the Salukis with 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while Jaidynn Mason (12.2) and Shemera Williams (10.6) also average double-figure scoring. Seairra Hughes adds nine points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while Quierra Love averages more than four assists and two steals per game to go along with 8.7 points.

Kelly Bond-White is in her second season as the head coach at Southern Illinois and has a record of 18-28. Bond-White was a longtime member of the Texas A&M staff.

Southern Illinois has eliminated Indiana State from the conference tournament in each of the last three seasons.

Series History Against Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois owns a 58-45 advantage in the all-time series and has won each of the last 12 meetings. Indiana State’s last win in the series came in Carbondale during the 2018-19 season.

Last Meeting Against Southern Illinois (Mar. 9, 2023)

Indiana State rallied from a double-digit deficit to take a late lead in the opening round of Hoops in the Heartland, but the Sycamores’ hard-fought effort came up just short in an 81-79 loss to Southern Illinois.

Del’Janae Williams led all players with 27 points and eight assists, while Anna McKendree had a career-high 25 points and seven 3-pointers. Chelsea Cain was also in double-figures for the Sycamores with 14 points and finished one rebound shy of a double-double.

Indiana State jumped out to a nine-point lead thanks to Williams and McKendree. SIU responded and led going into halftime, but Cain converted a three-point play to give ISU the lead in the third quarter. The Sycamores trailed by 12 midway through the fourth, but a 15-2 run capped by a Williams 3-pointer put the Trees in front 79-78 inside the last minute. A late foul call with 10 seconds left allowed SIU to take the lead and, eventually, hang on to advance.

Up Next

Indiana State remains on the road to face Missouri State Sunday at 3 p.m.

INDIANA STATE TRACK AND FIELD

SYCAMORES STAY IN-STATE FOR INDIANA INVITATIONAL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State track and field heads on the road for the first time this season Friday and Saturday, as the Sycamores make the short trek to Bloomington for the Indiana Invitational.

Friday’s proceedings will kick off at 3 p.m., with Saturday’s events starting at 9 a.m.

Who’s In The Field?

Indiana State will compete in its deepest field to date. Joining the Sycamores in Bloomington over the weekend are Cincinnati, Dayton, Evansville, Indiana, Marshall, Memphis, Miami (Ohio) and Southern Illinois.

Last Time Out

Indiana State captured the Coughlan-Malloy Cup for the first time since 2017, defeating longtime rival Illinois State 178-118 in the annual dual meet inside the Indoor Track and Field Facility.

The Sycamores earned first-place finishes in 21 of the 28 events contested between the schools, winning the men’s competition 92-56 and the women’s competition 86-62. The 178 combined points, 92 points on the men’s side and 86 points on the women’s side were all the most for the Sycamores in the meet since the 2015 edition. The 60-point margin of victory was also the largest for either side since that 2015 edition, which Indiana State won 189-105.

In addition to claiming the cup win over their Missouri Valley Conference rival, the Sycamores set four meet records and two facility records Friday. Terrance O’Bannon and Will Staggs found their way into the record books for the second straight meet in the 60m and pole vault, respectively, while Grace Quinlan (high jump) and Rachel Mehringer (60m hurdles) also set meet records. O’Bannon and Mehringer also broke facility records in their respective events.

Record-Setting Sycamores

Just two meets into the season, Indiana State has already shattered multiple meet and facility records on its way to a strong start.

Terrance O’Bannon (60m), Will Staggs (pole vault) and Rachel Mehringer (60m hurdles) set meet records in each of Indiana State’s first two meets of the season, with the trio also setting Indiana State’s facility records in their respective events.

In addition, Luigi Rivas set the men’s 60m hurdles facility record at the John Gartland Invitational. Indiana State set six meet records at the season-opening John Gartland Invitational and added four more meet records at the Coughlan-Malloy Cup.

Trees At The Top

Indiana State’s season has gotten off to a stellar start, as evidenced by the current MVC Performance List. The Sycamores own a whopping 13 marks that rank first in the conference, by far the most in the MVC (no other school in the conference has more than five).

10 of Indiana State’s conference-leading marks come on the men’s side, including a clean sweep of the men’s sprints with Terrance O’Bannon (60m), Casey Hood Jr. (200m) and Tahj Johnson (400m). The Sycamores also own the top marks in every field event except the weight throw, where they still have three of the top five in the conference.

Not to be outdone, the Sycamores also own a trio of conference-leading marks on the women’s side. Rachel Mehringer (60m hurdles), Hannah Redlin (shot put) and Niesha Anderson (weight throw) all top the MVC in their respective events, with each of their top performances this season coming in last week’s Coughlan-Malloy Cup.

Sycamores On The National Stage

Indiana State’s strong start to the season has seen multiple Sycamore athletes ranked among the nation’s best in their respective events this season.

Will Staggs is the highest-ranked athlete this season and among the highest-ranked athletes in the conference, as he enters this week 10th in the nation in the pole vault. Niesha Anderson also currently owns a top-16 mark in the weight throw, where she is currently 15th nationally. Wyatt Puff (17th, shot put) and Terrance O’Bannon (18th, 60m) are just outside the top-16 cutline.

Indiana State has 10 marks that rank in the top 50 nationally entering the weekend, the most in the MVC. The Sycamores also own a pair of No. 1 rankings in the Great Lakes region (Terrance O’Bannon – 60m, Will Staggs – pole vault) and have at least one athlete ranked in the top five in the region in 14 different events.

Up Next

Indiana State competes in its second consecutive meet at a Big Ten venue January 26-27 when it takes part in the Michigan Invitational.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MASTODON MEN’S VOLLEYBALL HOSTS MARYVILLE ON FRIDAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team will play host to Maryville on Friday (Jan. 19) at 7 p.m.

Game Day Information

Who: Maryville Saints

When: Friday, January 19 | 7 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Tickets:Link

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Maryville | MIVA

Know Your Foe

Maryville is 1-0 to start 2024 after going 11-18 a year ago. The Saints have six games on their schedule against MIVA teams this year, including their next match against Lindenwood on January 25. Maryville’s season-opening win came against Kentucky State, which saw 16 different Saints see the floor. Their best player from a year ago, Joe Nicometo, had one kill in one set of action in his sophomore season debut.

Series History

Purdue Fort Wayne is 2-0 against the Saints in the short history of the series with one win in Fort Wayne and one in St. Louis. Both were 3-0 victories for the Mastodons. Bryce Walker is hitting .667 with 3.0 kills per set against the Saints in the two previous matchups.

That Seems Good

Andrej Polomac ranks fifth in the nation and is the MIVA leader with 10.40 assists per set this season.

Efficient Hitting

Purdue Fort Wayne leads the MIVA with a .364 hitting percentage this season. The Mastodons have hit over .300 in three of the four matches this season, including two over .400.

Movin’ Up The List

Jon Diedrich joined the 1,000-kill club in 2023 in a match against Charleston. He is among the 20 Mastodons that have eclipsed this mark. Here’s where he ranks.

12. Andrew Sellan – 1315 (2008-11)

13. Darryl Shank – 1310 (2008-11)

14. Raul Papaleo – 1264 (1990-93)

15. Ted Owen – 1206 (1984-87)

16. Jon Diedrich – 1175 (2020-24)

Hello, My Name Is Bryce And I’ll Be Your Server

Bryce Walker is nearing the program’s all-time top-10 list for aces.

13. Loren Gebert – 97 (1983-86)

14. Scott Lane – 95 (1999-00)

15. Hector Soto – 90 (1997-00)

16. Omar Rivera – 89 (2012-15)

17. Bryce Walker – 86 (2021-24)

Bryce the Beast

Bryce Walker has the best career hitting percentage among active MIVA players with a .344 clip. His percentage of .332 last season was fifth in the conference.

Now Walk It Out

Bryce Walker’s career mark of 86 aces is the second-most among active middle blockers in the country and the most in the MIVA. This mark is also top-15 overall and third in the MIVA among all positions.

MIVA, Meet Andrej

In the first week of the 2024 season, Purdue Fort Wayne freshman Andrej Polomac was awarded MIVA Offensive Player of the Week. He dished out 11.17 assists per set while leading the team to a .386 combined hitting percentage.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne split last weekend with a 3-1 win at Sacred Heart and a five-set loss at NJIT. Jon Diedrich had 17 and 16 kills in those matches.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will play host to No. 3 Hawaii for a pair of matches on the Arnie Ball Court. It will be the first time that Hawaii has ever visited Fort Wayne to play the Mastodons.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PENGUINS TAKE #HLWBB GAME FROM MASTODONS

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Four Mastodons scored in double-figures on Thursday night (Jan. 18), but Youngstown State topped Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball 66-57.

Audra Emmerson (15), Destinee Marshall (12), Jazzlyn Linbo (10) and Erin Woodson (10) all reached double-digits.

Youngstown State led by 11 late in the fourth quarter before the Mastodons made a late push led by Woodson. She started the 9-3 stretch with a 3-pointer. Emmerson pitched in a triple, then a few moments later, Woodson drove into the lane for a layup and an old-fashioned 3-point play. This cut the Penguins’ lead to five with 42 seconds left. From there, YSU got two quick layups from Haley Thierry to stretch it back out and ice the win.

Emmerson had eight of her 15 points in the opening quarter. Linbo had five points, three assists and three rebounds in the same 10 minutes. She finished with 10 points, five boards and four assists.

The Penguins got 16 points out of each of Paige Shy, Dena Jarrells and Emily Saunders. Shy added seven rebounds and six assists.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 11-8, 5-4 in the Horizon League. Youngstown State improves to 7-12 and 3-6. The Mastodons will continue their road trip with a visit to Robert Morris on Saturday (Jan. 20) at noon.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE TRACK AND FIELD

‘DONS HOST MASTODON INVITE ON SATURDAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne track and field teams host the Mastodon Invite at Lutheran Health Fieldhouse on Saturday (Jan. 20). 

Mastodon Invite
When: Saturday, January 20
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Lutheran Health Fieldhouse
Meet Information:Link
Live Video: ESPN+ (on air at noon)
Live Results:Link
Senior Day Ceremony: 10:10 a.m.
Field Events Start: 11:00 a.m.
Running Events Start: noon
Participating Teams: Purdue Fort Wayne, Wright State, Trine, Goshen, Indiana Wesleyan

Saturday…is Senior Day

Men’s seniors:Asher Walden, Kai Auernheimer, Kehinde Oladapo, Nathan Mills, Nicholas Mills, Aaron Martin, Jarred Neff, Dona Fagnon

Women’s seniors:Brooke Neal, Madison King, Mercedes Sarver, Abbigail Garwood, Ramey Wilder, Dylan Kirkwood, Jesseca Hudson-Turpin, Jai Reed, Kelsey Shatava

Women’s Preview

Aniya Young was a double winner last week at the SVSU Classic. Young won titles in both the 60 meter (7.82) and the 200 meter (25.51) events. She had two of her fellow ‘Dons taking a close second in both races. Jordan Yanders took second in the 60 meters with a time of 8.92 and senior Jesseca Hudson-Turpin took second in the 200 meters with a time of 25.97.

Men’s Preview

Three new school records were set at the SVSU Classic last week. Ezra Lewellen ran a school record time of 21.91 in his 200 meter debut, breaking Ty Morrow’s 200 record from 2020. Jonas Morris won the 300 meters with a school record time of 34.34. The third record came from Harrison Niswander whose record came in the mile with his time of 4:13.28.

Up Next

Purdue Fort Wayne will compete at the Doug Raymond Invitational, hosted by Kent State, next weekend (Jan. 26-27).

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VISITS MISSOURI STATE AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The University of Evansville women’s basketball team hits the road for stops in Missouri and Southern Illinois over the weekend.

The Purple Aces will get another long road trip done early in Missouri Valley Conference play as they head to Missouri State and Southern Illinois for games on Friday and Sunday. UE will play the Lady Bears on Friday evening, looking for their first win against Missouri State since a Hoops in the Heartland thriller in 2017. Evansville then makes its way to Carbondale for a clash with the Saluki’s on Sunday afternoon. Both teams are currently in the middle of tough Valley stretches and will be hungry for a win.

The Lady Bears are looking for their 11th straight home win on Friday night when the Aces come to town after a win against UE began the win streak in Great Southern Bank Arena last year. Point guard Lacy Stokes is currently leading Missouri State and is grabbing some national attention as well. The junior ranks 17th nationally and second in the MVC with a 2.73 assist-to-turnover ratio this season while also putting up an average 10.3 points a game.

Southern Illinois has lost its last two games with its lone Valley win coming against Valparaiso at home two weeks ago. The Salukis fell just short to Bradley in their prior contest as the Braves hit a buzzer-beater bucket to seal the win. Southern is hoping its turnover creating defense will lead the way to a new winning streak this weekend as they average 20.5 turnovers over 40 minutes. Junior forward Laniah Randle leads the Salukis on offense with 17.3 points a game and leads the team in rebounding at 8.3. Randle has had at least 20 points in seven games this season leading SIU to a record of 4-3 in those contests.

It was another close weekend game for Evansville as it was a back-and-forth battle with the Murray State Racers until the end of the fourth quarter. UE came a possession away from the lead with eight minutes on the clock but ultimately fell 90-72. While the Aces weren’t able to pick up the win on Sunday, Evansville did set a season high in assists. UE shared the ball 22 times for baskets in four quarters. The Aces previous season high came against SIUE and UT Martin with 18.

In her return to the court last week, freshman forward Nevaeh Thomas made an immediate impact with two double-digit performances. Thomas put up 10 points against both Belmont and Murray State while averaging 15 minutes of playing time. The Kenosha, Wisc. native also set a career-high in assists in Sunday’s game with the Racers, helping on three shots.

EVANSVILLE TRACK AND FIELD

ACES TRACK AND FIELD TRAVELS UP I-69 TO INDIANA INVITATIONAL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — After a successful first meet of the season, the University of Evansville track and field team looks to improve over the weekend.

The Purple Aces broke a total of eleven program records at their first indoor meet of the 2024 season in Nashville. At the Commodore Challenge, UE in the first day had six runners break indoor program records and five team members set personal bests. All six of Evansville’s new records came during nonchampionship track events with an even split between the men’s and women’s events.

Program records were set by Nicole Prauchner (Neuhofen an der Ybbs, Austria BORGL St.Pölten) in the women’s 1000-meter, Rafael Rodriguez (Segovia, Spain Colegio Claret) in the men’s 1000-meter, Eline Brenne (Skien, Norway Telemark Toppidrett Gymnas) in the women’s 600-meter, Jakub Nowicki (Poznan, Poland) in the men’s 600-meter, Taylor Johnson (Evansville, Ind., Reitz HS) in the women’s 300-meter, and Raymond Felton III (Houston, Clear Brook HS) in the men’s 300-meter.

The final day of the Commodore Challenge runners Taylor Johnson (Evansville, Ind. / Reitz HS) and Nicole Prauchner (Neuhofen an der Ybbs, Austria BORGL St.Pölten) added two more individual records in the 400 and 800-meter races. While Samuel Lea (Worchester, England / Worchester Sixth Form College) set a record in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:31.79.

Evansville also ended the weekend with two more program records in both the women’s and men’s 4×400 meter relays. The women’s team of Johnson, Prauchner, Eilen Brenne (Skien, Norway / Telemark Toppidrett Gymnas), and Nayla Martin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada) broke the former record by over seven seconds at 4:03.37. While the men’s team of Austin Liversgowdy (Florence, Ky. / Cooper HS), Raymond Felton III (Houston, Clear Brook HS), Jose Ocampo (Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico), and Alvaro Monfort (Castile Y Leon, Spain / I.E.S. Alonso de Madrigal) shaved a second off the record from 2020 at 3:27.67.

This weekend, UE will spend two days in Bloomington at the Indiana Invitational hosted by the Indiana Hoosiers. The Aces will see some familiar faces in their second meet of the indoor season in fellow MVC competitors Indiana State and Southern Illinois. Six other teams are also participating in the weekend’s invitational in hosts IU, Cincinnati, Dayton, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), and Division III DePauw. The weekend will begin with field events at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon until sprints wrapping up just before 9 p.m. On Saturday, competition begins at 9 a.m. with the final event at 3:05 p.m.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI FIGHTS TO THE END, BUT FALLS 77-75

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball fought to the bitter end, but lost to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 77-75, tonight in Screaming Eagles Arena. The Screaming Eagles are to 5-14 overall and 2-4 in OVC play, while the Trojans are 9-10 overall, 3-3 OVC.

The Eagles fell behind early in the contest, trailing 19-6 after a five-minute scoring drought to start the game. USI junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) snapped the scoreless streak with a three-pointer from the top of the key and sent the Eagles on a 10-0 run to pull within three, 19-16, with 7:47 left in the half.

The USI defense also held the Trojans scoreless for 2:38 during the run.

USI and Little Rock traded buckets until a quick 9-2 run by the Eagles gave them a 31-30 lead following a three-point field goal with 3:28 left in the half by junior guard/forward Javius Moore (McComb, Mississippi), who had 15 first half points. Little Rock quickly regained the lead and outscored USI 12-6 in the final minutes of the first half to lead 42-37 at the break.

Neither team got off to a great start to begin the second half, but the Trojans were able to pad their half time lead by outscoring USI, 6-4, through the first seven minutes of the final half and led 48-41 with 13:03 to play. A quick surge by USI cut the deficit to three, 48-45, while Little Rock responded in kind to re-extend the margin to eight points, 53-45, with 10:35 remaining.

USI would once again rally to tie the score, 55-55, on a 10-2 run, and was led by junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois), who scored eight of the 10 USI points during the run.

Little Rock, however, would surge ahead again and led by seven, 65-58, with 3:02 remaining in the contest. USI would rally a final time in the final minutes, closing the gap to 74-72 with 33 seconds left on a layup by Hernandez.

Following a couple of USI misfires and a pair of Little Rock free throws, Mielke pulled USI to within one, 76-75, on a three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left. The Eagles would get no closer as the Trojans closed out the 77-75 decision with a free throw.

In the scoring column, Hernandez finished with a game-high 28 points to led three Eagles in double-digits. Mielke followed with 17 points, while Moore closed out the double-digit scorers with his 15 first half points.

Next Up For USI:

USI continues the three-game homestand Saturday when it hosts Morehead State University January 20 at 3:30 p.m. for Military Appreciation Day. Saturday’s military appreciation includes free tickets for veterans and their guests. Proof of service will be required, and tickets are limited to five (5) per veteran may be picked up the day of the game at Will Call. Military Appreciation Day tickets are courtesy of the USI Student Veteran Association. Additionally, arrive early for a special giveaway on Saturday.

Morehead State (14-5, 5-1 OVC) defeated the University of Tennessee at Martin, 84-66, at home this evening to remain second in the OVC. The MSU Eagles took both games with USI last year, winning at home, 84-80, and at Screaming Eagles Arena in overtime, 71-66. 

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WEBB POSTS CAREER NIGHT, USI EXTENDS WINNING STREAK

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Behind a career night from senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana), University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball defeated the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Thursday night, 58-48, at Screaming Eagles Arena to push the team’s winning streak to seven games and six straight to start Ohio Valley Conference action.

With Thursday’s victory, Southern Indiana improved to 11-5 overall and 6-0 in OVC play to maintain its first-place position in the conference standings. The Screaming Eagles also matched their OVC wins total from last season in 2022-23, USI’s first season in Division I and as an OVC member, with Thursday’s win.

As Southern Indiana tried to instill its style of play, Little Rock countered with its systematic approach. In a defensive contest early, USI scored the game’s first four points in the first three minutes of play. Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) scored four quick points for the Screaming Eagles, helping USI to a six-point lead, 9-3, by the four-minute mark of the first quarter. Little Rock answered back, and after each side drilled a three-pointer in the final minute of the opening frame, the Eagles carried a 13-12 advantage into the second quarter.

At the start of the second stanza, Webb drained a hook shot and Shafford canned a triple to put USI up, 18-14, a minute into the quarter. Even though defenses remained solid, a couple of timely made threes by Little Rock kept the Trojans close. Down the stretch of the first half, the contest crawled to within one possession. Aggressive drives from freshman guard Triniti Ralston (Louisville, Kentucky) led to points for the Screaming Eagles, but the Trojans eventually grabbed their first lead of the game. Little Rock led by one, 28-27, to conclude the first half.

Webb was an offensive catalyst for the Screaming Eagles coming out of halftime.  After four first-half points, Webb went to work in the post and at the foul line. USI regained the lead, 36-32, three minutes into the second half following a pair of makes by Webb and a trey from Shafford. Getting crafty on the block, Webb cashed in another pair of shots to extend Southern Indiana’s lead to eight, 40-32, midway into the third. The Eagles maintained an eight-point advantage, 44-36, through three quarters, as Webb finished with 14 third-quarter points.

At the beginning of the fourth, Webb continued to put the ball through the bottom of the net, setting a new career high in the first minute of the fourth quarter. By the halfway point of the fourth, and with USI leading 49-43, neither team was willing to budge. Southern Indiana received a big make at the three-minute mark when Webb passed over a double-team to a wide-open senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana). The Eagles’ lead reached double-digits, 56-45, with 90 seconds left when sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) made a strong drive to the hoop for a three-point play, as USI closed out its seventh straight victory from there.

On Thursday, Southern Indiana shot 42.6 percent (20-47) with three triples against a stingy Little Rock team. USI went 15-19 at the free-throw line for 78.9 percent. The Screaming Eagles won the rebounding battle, 38-33, and outscored the Trojans in the paint, 30-14. Webb ended the night with a game-high and new career-best 22 points. The senior also corralled a new career-high 11 boards toward a second consecutive double-double and third of her career. Shafford posted 10 points, increasing her double-digit scoring streak to 14 games.

Little Rock was held to 30 percent (18-60) from the floor with six three-pointers. The Trojans were 6-8 at the charity stripe and had two players score double figures. With the loss, Little Rock dropped to 5-12 this season and third place in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 4-2 mark.

Southern Indiana resumes the homestand Saturday at 1 p.m. against Morehead State University (10-7, 5-1) from Screaming Eagles Arena in a battle of the two hottest teams and top two squads in the OVC standings. Saturday’s game can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com). Saturday’s game against Morehead State can also be heard on 97.7FM WREF.

Saturday’s USI-Morehead State game is Military Appreciation Day at Screaming Eagles Arena. Saturday’s military appreciation includes free tickets for veterans and their guests. Proof of service will be required, and tickets are limited to five (5) per veteran may be picked up the day of the game at Will Call. Military Appreciation Day tickets are courtesy of the USI Student Veteran Association.

SOUTHERN INDIANA TRACK

USI TRACK & FIELD LACES UP FOR INDOOR SEASON

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Track & Field begins the 2024 indoor campaign Friday at the Bellarmine Open in Louisville, Kentucky. The Screaming Eagles look to continue its success in their second year in NCAA Division I and Ohio Valley Conference.

USI will travel to nine meets this season including the OVC Indoor Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Alabama February 21-22. Last season, the Eagles had a pair of first-place finishes including five podium awards in their first-ever OVC Indoor Championships.

Making a return for the women is junior Audrey Comastri (Indianapolis, Indiana) who scored four top 10 finishes at the championships last season including second place finishes in both the 800 meters and the distance medley relay. Comastri took home first place in the 400 meters at the ISU Open with a personal-best time of one minute flat in 2023.

For the men, senior Mitchell Hopf (Santa Claus, Indiana) will lead the pack this season for USI after earning two top-five finishes at last year’s OVC Championship in the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters. in 2023, Hopf was able to collect a pair of personal bests in the 3,000 meters and mile with two top 10 finishes for the Eagles.

USI Head Coach Mike Hillyard returns for his 27th season at the helm. Last season, Hillyard led his squads to a pair of sixth-place conference finishes in the indoor season.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SWIMMING

USI SWIMMING AND DIVING IS BACK IN ACTION AT SUMMIT LEAGUE RIVAL EIU

EVANSVILLE, Ind.- The University of Southern Indiana Men’s and Women’s Swimming team travel to Charleston, Illinois on Friday night to compete against Summit League opponent Eastern Illinois University. The event is a swimming only meet that will take place at the Padovan Pool facility at 6:00 p.m.

The two squads have cross-paths multiple times in the two-year program history. Saturday will be the season debut for EIU’s men’s team after being held out due to disciplinary reasons. The men’s squads met each other three times last year with the Eagles going 1-2.

The women competed with the Panthers at the A3 Performance Invite. The Screaming Eagles edged EIU in November, 256-248.5.

Women

After a two-month hiatus, USI swim is back in the pool. The first half brought multiple building blocks including a convincing win against Valparaiso, beating Eastern Illinois at the A3 Performance Invitational, and setting ten school records in one meet at A3.

Sophomore Mattilynn Smith (Morgantown, Kentucky) leads the team with four individual school records. Freshman Hayden Shurtz (Ft.Wayne, Indiana) owns the lead for season bests for the Eagles with six total events.

Men

USI Men’s Swimming and Diving also had many pivotal season moments that included: two wins against Valparaiso, a fourth place finish at the Purdue Indiana Intercollegiate Meet, and a three-meter dive victory against Evansville.

The men’s team is led by freshman standout Cole Baker (Springville, Tennessee) and sophomore Caleb Davis (Spring, Texas). Both swimmers own five school records (two individual and three relay). The season performance list is also led by Baker with five individual best times in the 2023-24 season.

Stay Connected

No live statistics will be provided but you can watch the meet live on the Eastern Illinois Facebook page: bit.ly/3S4gg3d

Follow our social media @USIAthletics on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, follow @usi_swimdive on Instagram for updates.

Team scores will be posted on usiscreamingeagles.com once the results are finalized.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL RETURNS HOME TO HOST UIC

UIC (8-10, 1-6 MVC)

at Valparaiso (5-13, 1-6 MVC)

Game No. 19 – Saturday, Jan. 20, 3 p.m. CT

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will return home on Saturday to welcome UIC for a 3 p.m. tip at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The world-famous Pacers Power Pack will bring their high-energy halftime dunk show to the ARC. Before the game, all children 12 and under are invited to join a pregame basketball clinic hosted by the Valpo team and staff from 1-2 p.m. The clinic is free with a game ticket and all attendees receive a Valpo drawstring bag. In addition, free mini-basketballs will be given away to the first 500 fans and postgame autographs will be available.

Last Time Out: Valpo dropped a 78-75 heartbreaker on Wednesday night at the Ford Center in Evansville as the host Purple Aces held the final edge in a game that featured 12 ties and nine lead changes. Isaiah Stafford matched a career high and established a season high with 31 points including five made triples, part of a night where the team hit 11 3-pointers. Cooper Schwieger had 12 points and 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Noah Godsell (play-by-play)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

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

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (5-13) 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.

Jan. 6: UIC 70, Valpo 64: Junior Isaiah Stafford returned to the Valpo rotation after missing the previous two games with an injury and made a big impact, scoring a team-high 19 points in Saturday’s 70-64 loss at UIC. The game was tied at 62 with 8:20 remaining, but Valpo went on a scoring drought of over seven minutes and did not hit a field goal for the remainder of the contest. The Flames, who missed seven of eight themselves down the stretch, used an 8-0 run during the long Valpo dry spell to cement the game’s outcome. Valpo possessed a 44-33 rebounding edge, its best margin on the boards this season.

Series Notes: UIC owns a 33-27 lead in an all-time series that dates back to 1979 as these two teams have shared conference affiliation in three different leagues – the AMCU/Mid-Continent Conference (1982-1994), the Horizon League (2008-2017) and now the Missouri Valley Conference (2022-pres.). UIC has won four of the last five matchups, but before that Valpo had won 17 straight. This marks the second time in the last five games that these two teams have faced off after the Flames prevailed 70-64 on Jan. 6 in Chicago.

Scouting the Flames

Picked to finish 10th of 12 in the MVC preseason poll.

Went 12-20 overall and 4-16 in league play a year ago in their first season as MVC members.

Since the last matchup with Valpo, fell at UNI (67-59) and vs. Bradley (77-59) before hosting Murray State in their most recent game on Wednesday, a 73-58 loss.

Led in scoring by Isaiah Rivera at 14.3 points per game and rebounding by Toby Okani, who averages 11.3 points and 7.4 boards per outing.

UINDY WOMEN’S TENNIS

WOMEN’S TENNIS TABBED #12 IN PRESEASON ITA POLL

TEMPE, Ariz. – The University of Indianapolis women’s tennis team has been pegged as the No. 12-ranked squad in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason coaches’ poll.

The ITA Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by the ITA National Ranking Committee. The National Ranking Committee is made up of ITA Region Chairs, with each chair casting an individual, secret ballot.

The Greyhounds are just ten days from winter action as they travel to Oxford, Ohio to battle Division I Miami of Ohio on Jan. 28.

UINDY MEN’S TENNIS

ITA PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL PLACES GREYHOUNDS #7

TEMPE, Ariz. – The University of Indianapolis men’s tennis team was selected as the No. 7-ranked team in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason coaches’ poll.

The ITA Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by the ITA National Ranking Committee. The National Ranking Committee is made up of ITA Region Chairs, with each chair casting an individual, secret ballot.

The Greyhounds are just nine days from winter action as they welcome in Northwestern Ohio on Jan. 27 for an exhibition bout.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

HOUNDS RALLY LATE AGAINST TRITONS

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball team returned to the win column on Thursday night with a 69-64 come-from-behind victory over Missouri-St. Louis in Nicoson Hall. The Greyhounds forged a 20-3 run in a span of eight-plus minutes down the stretch to pull off the comeback.

Paul Zilinskas scored a career-high 24 points, including 13 in the second half. Meanwhile, Kendrick Tchoua ran the show down in the paint, finishing with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED

It was an incredible run for more than eight minutes late in the second half, a dunk from Tchoua sparking the 20-3 Greyhound spurt. Zilinskas drilled three of his six triples in that time, giving UIndy the lead for good.

Jesse Bingham and David Ejah joined in on the fun with a couple minutes remaining, as each drilled their lone 3-pointer of the contest. Missouri-St. Louis did not concede despite the 10-point deficit with just 42 seconds remaining. Mayson Quartlebaum and Matt Enright hit consecutive triples to get back within one possession before Jarvis Walker sealed the win with a pair of free throws.

The first half witnessed a crazy comeback by the Greyhounds, as well, who trailed by 10 with less than five minutes left before the break. It was the same culprits, as Tchoua and Zilinskas combined for 11 of the team’s 13 points to knot the game at 33 apiece at halftime.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Tchoua’s 15 boards matches a career-high, which last came against Rockhurst in February 2021.

–  The team’s 19 rebounds on the offensive glass are the second-most this season, still seven behind its 26 at Pitt-Johnstown in mid-December.

– Josiah Tynes drew his first start since November on Thursday, recording three points, three rebounds, and two assists.

– UIndy was whistled for just 11 fouls, while drawing a call 20 times. As a result, the Hounds attempted 23 free throws compared to the Tritons’ seven.

MORE NOTES

UIndy has won two of the past three meetings with Missouri-St. Louis, both victories coming from inside Nicoson Hall … Quartlebaum matched Zilinskas with a game-best 24 points … Sean Craig earned his first career start after serving as a primary reserve in his 44 collegiate contests.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds host McKendree on Saturday afternoon for a 3 p.m. tip, marking the second straight season the GLVC foe will serve as the guests for the annual Pack the House event.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

GREYHOUNDS DOWN TRITONS WITH SECOND HALF COMEBACK

INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy women’s basketball defeated Missouri-St. Louis, 72-67, in a second-half comeback. Now on a two-game win streak, the Greyhounds are 9-7 on the season and 5-3 in GLVC play.

Patricia Chikamba had her third double-double of the season. Chikamba finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Hounds in both categories. The sophomore’s last double-double was at home against Missouri S&T on Nov. 27.

INS & OUTS

UIndy cut UMSL’s nine-point halftime lead in the fourth quarter. The team opened the final 10 minutes with a 14-4 run for about four minutes. Liv Becker contributed six points, going 3-for-3 beyond the arc. This gave the Greyhounds the lead for the first time since the opening basket.

With this momentum, UIndy went wire-to-wire and secured the win with a group of free throws in the final minute of the contest.  

The Greyhounds came out in the second half energized and ready to take over the court. Two separate runs in the third helped them in the fourth quarter comeback.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Becker was another key player on the floor for the Hounds. The junior finished with 11 points and went 3-4 from 3-point territory. Elana Wells also finished in double digits; she had 15 points.

– The UIndy bench had another significant night. They had 41 of the 72 Greyhound points.

– The Greyhounds kept control of the ball, only turning it over 10 times compared to the Tritons 18.

-UIndy was bested by UMSL near the rim. The Greyhounds had 26 rebounds at the end of the night, while the Tritons had 32.

MORE NOTES

Jalysa Stokes was the top scorer for the Tritons. Stokes contributed 18 points, going 7-14 from the field. … With the win, UIndy continues to lead Missouri-St. Louis, 25-14, in the all-time series.

UP NEXT

UIndy will host their annual Pack the House on Saturday against McKendree. The tip-off is slated for 12:30 in Nicoson Hall.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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

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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/

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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/

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

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NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

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NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

January 19, 1952

January 19, 1952 – NFL took control of the New York Yanks according to a story on ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. The Yanks who really got their League start in 1945 when the Brooklyn team reassembled the Yanks franchise that left the NFL in the mid 1940’s and went into the All-America Football Conference. They played as the AAFC’s Boston Yanks for three seasons  from 1946-1948. In 1949, the franchise changed homes again and returned to the Big Apple and became the New York Bulldogs and played at the Polo Grounds along with the New York Giants. The 1950 season had the Bulldogs change their name back to the Yanks. Later in 1952, the NFL purchased the Yanks from owner Ted Collins. The franchise then moved to Texas for the upcoming season, and the club donned the Dallas Texans moniker. It was not a good move as the team was not very good and fan support in the Dallas area was not strong. The team struggled, losing 11 of 12 games. By season’s end, the league was running the team and had moved the headquarters to Hershey, Pennsylvania. In the end, the Texans finally folded operations and as we discussed in the January 18 edition of the Football History Headlines they eventually morphed into the second rendition of the Baltimore Colts.

January 19, 1958 – The Canadian Football League is officially founded. According to an article on the CFLHOF.ca the LEague is the highest level of competition of professional football in Canada.

January 19, 1964 – Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California – The 3rd annual AFL All Star Game resulted in the Western Division outlasting the Eastern Division by the close score of 27-24. The Most Valuable Players was LA Chargers rushing weapon Keith Lincoln and Archie Matsos, a linebacker of the Oakland Raiders franchise per Onthisday.com.

January 19, 1969 – Gator Bowl, Jacksonville – The 8th AFL All Star Game had a change of venue. In the game it was the Western Division Stars who vanquished their Eastern Division rivals 38-25. According to the RemembertheAFL.com website the MVPs were Len Dawson the great quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers linebacker, George Webster. This game took place one week after the AFL had possibly its greatest triumph ever when the Jets defeated the Colts in what later became known as Super Bowl III.

January 19, 1969 – LA Memorial Coliseum – 19th NFL Pro Bowl had the West edging out the East, 10-7 per the Onthisday.com web pages. The Most Valuable Players were appropriately for the home crowd both Los Angeles Rams as Merlin Olsen the defensive tackle and Quarterback Roman Gabriel took home the honors. 

January 19, 2002 – “Tuck Rule Game”  or the AFC Divisional Playoff Game where with less than 2 minutes to play in regulation the New England Patriots were trailing the Oakland Raiders, 13-10 in a driving snowstorm. The American Football Database says that the Patriots drove the ball down the field and while they were still slightly out of field goal range, Tom Brady dropped back to pass and then was hit by a blitzing Charles Woodson of the Raiders jarring the ball out of Brady’s hand. Raiders linebacker Greg Biekert dove on the ball, and was initially credited with a recovered fumble. The on field officials ruled that it was a fumble but after instant replay reviewed the play, that call was overturned and then ruled an incomplete pass. They said that Brady’s arm was moving forward. The Patriots tied the game on a field goal a few moments later and then won  the game in overtime 16-13.

OnthisDay.com Conference Championship Scoreboard.

January 19, 2003 – Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland – Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans, 41-24 in the AFC Championship game.

January 19, 2003 – NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10

January 19, 2014 – Mile High Stadium, Denver- In the AFC Championship, the Denver Broncos knocked off the New England Patriots, 26-16 to advance to the Super Bowl.

January 19, 2014 – CenturyLink Field, Seattle – The  Seattle Seahawks outlasted the San Francisco 49ers by the score of 23-17 at the NFC Championship.

January 19, 2020 – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara – The results of the NFC Championship game was that the San Francisco 49ers thwarted the Green Bay Packers, 37-20.

January 19, 2020 – Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City – The AFC Championship game for the 2019 season found the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the Tennessee Titans, 35-24.

Hall Of Fame Birthdays for January 19

January 19, 1892  – Natick, Massachusetts – The tough Harvard fullback Eddie Mahan was born.

January 19, 1932 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Joe Schmidt the swift linebacker from the University of Pittsburgh arrived into this life. The footballfoundation.org site says that going into the October 1952 game that Pitt had lost eight straight seasons  to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. As Captain of the team Joe asked for a player only meeting five minutes prior to taking the field.  That’s when Joe Schmidt  took the locker room floor and made a rousing speech. He told his teammates they must win this game. The talk must have inspired the team as they knocked Notre Dame 22-19. The International News Service namedJoe as an All-American linebacker. The NFF selected Joe Schmidt to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971. After college Joe played with the Detroit Lions. In his 13 seasons in the NFL Schmidt was an all-pro linebacker eight times., went to 10 straight Pro Bowls and registered 24 interceptions. Joe Scmidt was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1973.

January 19, 1947 – Shelbyville, Indiana – Purdue’s former excellent Quarterback Mike Phipps was born. The footballfoundation.org website bio of Phipps says that in just his second game after taking over for a graduating Bob Griese his picture was put him on the cover of Sports Illustrated as he threw for two scores over top-ranked Notre Dame. In his Junior season he guided the Boilermakers to a win over Notre Dame in a number one vs., number two match-up. As a senior he became a unanimous All-America selection and the runner up in the Heisman Trophy race. The National Football Foundation in 2006 selected Mike Phips to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. After graduation Phipps was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the NFL draft as the third overall selection. He played for 12 NFL seasons with the Browns and Chicago Bears.

January 19, 1969 – San Diego, California – Junior Seau the outstanding linebacker from Southern Cal was received into this world.  Seau played an amazing 20 seasons in the NFL as he was first drafted in the first round by his hometown San Diego Chargers in 1990 according to his bio on the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  In 1992 was voted as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Junior was an All Pro 8 times and played in 12 Pro Bowls. In 1994, he led the Chargers to their first and only Super Bowl appearance. Junior Seau was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. 

January 19, 1974 – Aliceville, Alabama – The great Florida State Offensive Tackle Walter Jones celebrated his birth. Walter was chosen in the 1997 NFL Draft as the 6th player taken overall by the Seattle Seahawks. Per the Profootballhof.com Jones plates 12 seasons and made it to 9 Pro Bowls all with Seattle.  Walter Jones in 2014 had his football legacy placed into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

9 – 90 – 18 – 74 – 22 – 56 – 16 – 32 – 8 – 24 – 14 – 41 – 10 – 12

January 19, 1932

January 19, 1932 – The NHL’s Charlie Conacher became the first Toronto Maple Leaf player to score 5 goals in one contest. He started off strong too lighting the lamp just five seconds into the game! Conacher wore the Number 9 during his career with the Leafs.

January 19, 1937 – Cy Young , Tris Speaker, and Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 19, 1964 – 3rd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 27-24; MVPs: LA Chargers, RB, Number 22Keith Lincoln, and on defense was Oakland Raiders, LB, Number 56, Archie Matsos.

January 19, 1969 – Houston Oilers Linebacker George Webster earns the AFC All-Star game defensive MVP award at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. George wore the Number 90 while on the roster of the Oilers. Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-25; MVPs: ( Number 16) Len Dawson, KC Chiefs, QB;

January 19, 1969 – Old Number 18, Rams Quarterback, Roman Gabriel, was awarded the NFL Pro Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player of the game., while Merlin Olsen ( Number 74), Los Angeles Rams, DT received the honor on defense

January 19, 1971 – 24th NHL All-Star Game, Boston Garden: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 2-1; MVP: Bobby Hull ( Number 9), Chicago, LW

January 19, 1972 – Sandy Koufax ( Number 32), Yogi Berra ( Number 8), and Early Wynn ( Number 24) were all elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

January 19, 1977 – Ernie Banks ( Number 14) of the Chicago Cubswas elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 19, 1978 – Eddie Mathews ( Number 41) was elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 19, 1991 – 42nd NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Campbell beats Wales, 11-5; Vincent Damphousse ( Number 10), Toronto Maple Leafs

January 19, 1996 – NHL Board of Governors approves sale of Winnipeg Jets, officially clearing the way for the team to move to Phoenix, Arizona in time for 1996-97 season

January 19, 2002 – “Tuck Rule Game” AFC Divisional Playoff Game; with under 2 minutes to play New England Patriots trail Oakland Raiders, 13-10 in a driving snowstorm, when a ( Number 12) Tom Brady fumble ruled an incomplete pass. Patriots win 16-13 in overtime

TV  FRIDAY

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

7 p.m.

NHLN — Saginaw at Ottawa

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

5 p.m.

CBSSN — Fairleigh Dickinson at Stonehill

6:30 p.m.

FS1 — Georgetown at Xavier

7 p.m.

CBSSN — Toledo at Cent. Michigan

ESPN2 — Saint Louis at VCU

ESPNU — Akron at Kent St.

8:30 p.m.

FS1 — Indiana at Wisconsin

10:30 p.m.

FS1 — UNLV at Colorado St.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

8 p.m.

PAC-12N — UCLA at Colorado

10 p.m.

PAC-12N — Oregon at Stanford

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

6 p.m.

SECN — Florida at Auburn

7:30 p.m.

SECN — Arkansas at Alabama

9 p.m.

SECN — Kentucky at LSU

COLLEGE HOCKEY (MEN’S)

9 p.m.

CBSSN — Miami (Ohio) at Colorado College

COLLEGE WRESTLING

6 p.m.

BTN — Penn St. at Michigan

8 p.m.

BTN — Purdue at Iowa

FIELD HOCKEY (WOMEN’S)

9 a.m.

CBSSN — Olympic Qualifier: U.S. vs. Germany, Gold-Medal Match, Ranchi, India

GOLF

1 p.m.

GOLF — LPGA Tour: The Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament Of Champions, Second Round, Lake Nona Golf Course, Orlando, Fla.

2 p.m.

ESPN2 — Latin America Amateur Championship: Second Round, Santa María Golf Club, Panama City

4 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The American Express, Second Round, Pete Dye Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif.

7 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour Champions: The Mitsubishi Electric Championship, Second Round, Hualalai GC, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

2 a.m. (Saturday)

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Hero Dubai Desert Classic, Third Round, The Majlis Course, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

9 p.m.

NFLN — The Polynesian Bowl: Team Mauka vs. Team Makai, Honolulu

HORSE RACING

2:30 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

NBA BASKETBALL

7:40 p.m.

ESPN — Denver at Boston

10:05 p.m.

ESPN — Brooklyn at LA Lakers

SOCCER (MEN’S)

10 p.m.

FS2 — Liga MX: Cruz Azul at Juárez

TENNIS

3 a.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, Third Round, Melbourne, Australia

11 a.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, Third Round, Melbourne, Australia (Taped)

9 p.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, Third Round, Melbourne, Australia

3 a.m. (Saturday) ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, Third Round, Melbourne, Australia