INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEMI-STATE

CLASS 6A

MERRILLVILLE (12-0) AT WESTFIELD (11-1)

BEN DAVIS (7-5) AT CENTER GROVE (12-0)

CLASS 5A

ZIONSVILLE (8-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (9-3)

NEW ALBANY (9-3) VS. CATHEDRAL (12-1), AT TECH

CLASS 4A

NORTHRIDGE (9-4) AT NEW PRAIRIE (11-2)

MT. VERNON (12-1) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (11-2)

CLASS 3A

BREBEUF JESUIT (11-2) AT MISHAWAKA MARIAN (10-3)

GIBSON SOUTHERN (12-1) AT TRI-WEST (11-2), SATURDAY

CLASS 2A

ANDREAN (10-3) AT EASTSIDE (13-0)

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (11-2) VS. SCECINA (10-3), AT BEECH GROVE

CLASS A

ADAMS CENTRAL (12-1) AT NORTH JUDSON (9-3)

TRI (11-2) AT LUTHERAN (13-0)

NFL SCOREBOARD

NEW ENGLAND 25 ATLANTA 0

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BUFFALO BILLS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

DETROIT LIONS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

HOUSTON TEXANS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS

DALLAS COWBOYS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2021

NEW YORK GIANTS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

LOUISVILLE 62 DUKE 22

FRIDAY, NOV. 19

SOUTHERN MISS AT LOUISIANA TECH | 8 P.M. | CBSSN

MEMPHIS AT HOUSTON | 9 P.M. | ESPN2

ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON STATE | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

AIR FORCE AT NEVADA | 9 P.M. | FS1

SAN DIEGO STATE AT UNLV | 11:30 P.M. | CBSSN

SATURDAY, NOV. 20

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

MICHIGAN STATE AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | ABC

IOWA STATE AT OKLAHOMA | 12 P.M. | FOX

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

WAKE FOREST AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ESPN

NEW MEXICO STATE AT KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

PURDUE AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

TENNESSEE STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | STADIUM

FLORIDA STATE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

WOFFORD AT NORTH CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN3

RUTGERS AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

UMASS AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

TEXAS AT WEST VIRGINIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

SOUTH FLORIDA AT TULANE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

KENT STATE AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

TEXAS STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

ILLINOIS AT IOWA | 2 P.M. | FS1

ARKANSAS STATE AT GEORGIA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3

GEORGIA TECH AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC

WASHINGTON AT COLORADO | 3 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

ARKANSAS AT ALABAMA | 3:30 P.M.| CBS

SMU AT CINCINNATI | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

MICHIGAN AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

NEBRASKA AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

VIRGINIA AT PITT | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

UAB AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

MARSHALL AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

OLD DOMINION AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

MINNESOTA AT INDIANA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

EAST CAROLINA AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

APPALACHIAN STATE AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

BYU AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

SYRACUSE AT NC STATE | 4 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

UCLA AT USC | 4 P.M. | FOX

FLORIDA AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

RICE AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

UCONN AT UCF | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISIANA AT LIBERTY | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

KANSAS AT TCU | 4 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

TEMPLE AT TULSA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

BAYLOR AT KANSAS STATE | 5:30 P.M. | FS1

AUBURN AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN

CAL AT STANFORD | 7 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

NORTH TEXAS AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL | 7 P.M. | ESPN3

OREGON AT UTAH | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

VANDERBILT AT OLE MISS | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

VIRGINIA TECH AT MIAMI | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

SOUTH ALABAMA AT TENNESSEE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

OKLAHOMA STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 8 P.M. | FOX

WYOMING AT UTAH STATE | 8 P.M. | CBSSN

UL MONROE AT LSU | 9 P.M. | ESPN2

NEW MEXICO AT BOISE STATE | 9 P.M. | FS1

ARIZONA STATE AT OREGON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

COLORADO STATE AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

#3 KANSAS 88 STONY BROOK 59

XAVIER 71 #19 OHIO STATE 65

#22 ST. BONAVENTURE 67 BOISE STATE 61

#24 FLORIDA 81 MILWAUKEE 45

CINCINNATI 79 PRESBYTERIAN 45

PENN STATE 74 ST. FRANCIS NEW YORK 59

IOWA 108 ALABAMA STATE 82

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 73 BALL STATE 60

INDIANA STATE 77 OLD DOMINION 36

DEPAUL 73 RUTGERS 70

NORTHWESTERN 82 FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 46

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

#3 MARYLAND 108 NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON 66

#14 IOWA STATE 98 DRAKE 76

#17 FLORIDA STATE 64 JACKSONVILLE 39

#20 UCLA 73 CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 46

#24 TEXAS A&M 82 STEPHEN F AUSTIN 75

NOTRE DAME 71 FORDHAM 56

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 69 ILLINOIS CHICAGO 63

NBA SCOREBOARD

GOLDEN STATE 104 CLEVELAND 89

MIAMI 112 WASHINGTON 97

MINNESOTA 115 SAN ANTONIO 90

MEMPHIS 120 LA CLIPPERS 108

PHILADELPHIA 103 DENVER 89

UTAH 119 TORONTO 103

NHL SCOREBOARD

CALGARY 5 BUFFALO 0

TORONTO 2 NY RANGERS 1

PITTSBURGH 6 MONTRÉAL 0

NASHVILLE AT OTTAWA POSTPONED

FLORIDA 4 NEW JERSEY 1

TAMPA BAY 4 PHILADELPHIA 3

ST. LOUIS 4 SAN JOSE 1

MINNESOTA 7 DALLAS 2

EDMONTON 2 WINNIPEG 1

COLUMBUS 5 ARIZONA 4

VEGAS 5 DETROIT 2

CAROLINA 2 ANAHEIM 1

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

ANGOLA30EASTSIDE22
BARR-REEVE45EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN25
BREBEUF JESUIT67INDIANAPOLIS HERRON25
CASTLE78TECUMSEH60
COLUMBIA CITY54FORT WAYNE NORTH15
COLUMBUS EAST55EAST CENTRAL46
COLUMBUS NORTH59NEW ALBANY47
COVENANT CHRISTIAN47SHERIDAN43
COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE)33BOONE GROVE31
COVINGTON42INDIANA DEAF27
CULVER38ELKHART CHRISTIAN33
EASTERN HANCOCK66COWAN31
FAIRFIELD60CHURUBUSCO15
FISHERS46WESTFIELD43
FOREST PARK62PERRY CENTRAL23
FRONTIER50FOUNTAIN CENTRAL33
GARY WEST56MARQUETTE CATHOLIC38
GOSHEN44WESTVIEW23
GUERIN CATHOLIC61INDIANAPOLIS RITTER30
HAMMOND MORTON56CALUMET16
HEBRON50WHITING21
INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE41INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE11
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY66CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL20
KOUTS37NORTH JUDSON35
LACROSSE48ILLIANA CHRISTIAN26
LAKEWOOD PARK63SOUTHERN WELLS45
LANESVILLE72CHRISTIAN ACADEMY9
LINTON-STOCKTON50NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)42OT
MISHAWAKA MARIAN72SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH64
MONROE CENTRAL47RANDOLPH SOUTHERN36
MORGAN TWP.53RIVER FOREST47
MORRISTOWN40BEECH GROVE20
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)51RUSHVILLE26
NORTH POSEY50EVANSVILLE BOSSE45
NORTH VERMILLION56WESTVILLE (ILL.)18
NORTH WHITE44WINAMAC27
NORTHEAST DUBOIS57ORLEANS36
PERU39ROCHESTER27
PLYMOUTH57TRITON35
SCOTTSBURG41FLOYD CENTRAL23
SHOALS43LOOGOOTEE37
SOUTH KNOX61WASHINGTON CATHOLIC7
SPEEDWAY66INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA12
TRI-COUNTY70SOUTH NEWTON20
VALPARAISO69GRIFFITH29
VINCENNES LINCOLN59TERRE HAUTE SOUTH19
VINCENNES RIVET57NORTH KNOX47
WARREN CENTRAL56BEN DAVIS54
WEST VIGO52CLAY CITY492OT
JOHNSON COUNTY TOURNAMENT
CENTER GROVE43GREENWOOD17
FRANKLIN80INDIAN CREEK32
PARIS (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
TERRE HAUTE NORTH69CHAMPAIGN CENTRAL (ILL.)59

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OHTANI VOTED AL MVP FOR 2-WAY SEASON, HARPER WINS NL HONOR

NEW YORK (AP) Shohei Ohtani’s two-way season was so incredible, MVP voters filled out the top of their ballots only one way.

Ohtani was a unanimous winner of the American League MVP award Thursday for a hitting and pitching display not seen since Babe Ruth, and Bryce Harper earned the National League honor for the second time.

Ohtani received all 30 first-place votes and 420 points in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

“American fans, the U.S.A. baseball, is more accepting and welcoming to the whole two-way idea compared to when I first started in Japan, so it made the transition a lot easier for me,” Ohtani said through translator Ippei Mizuhara. “I’m very thankful for that.”

Ohtani batted .257 with 46 homers, 100 RBIs and a .965 OPS as the Los Angeles Angels’ full-time designated hitter, and went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 pitching starts with 156 strikeouts and 44 walks in 130 1/3 innings. It was the first full season on the mound for the 27-year-old right-hander since Tommy John surgery in 2019.

He averaged 95.6 mph with his fastball, 28th in the major leagues among qualified pitchers, and had a 93.6 mph exit velocity at the plate, which ranked sixth among qualified batters, according to MLB Statcast.

“MVP is something I was shooting for,” Ohtani said. “I think every player is, as long as they’re playing baseball professionally.”

Ohtani won AL Rookie of the Year in 2018 after leaving the Pacific League’s Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters to sign with the Angels. This year he became the first two-way starter in the history of the All-Star Game, which began in 1933.

He called that the highlight of his season.

“It was my first one and I got to play with a lot of players that I’ve always watched on TV,” Ohtani said. “That was a great experience.”

Ruth had just two seasons in which he thrived at the plate while pitching regularly. He batted .300 with 11 homers and 61 RBIs in 1918 while going 13-7 with a 2.22 ERA for Boston, then hit .322 with 29 homers and 113 RBIs in 1919 while going 9-5 with a 2.97 ERA. Ruth was sold to the Yankees that December and made just five mound appearances in his final 16 seasons.

Ohtani became the second Japanese MVP winner after Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.

“I’ve dealt with a lot of doubters, especially from my days in Japan, but tried not to let that get to me, let the pressure get to me,” Ohtani said. “I just wanted to have fun and see what kinds of numbers I could put up and what type of performance I could put up.”

Harper received 17 of 30 first-place votes and 348 points from a separate panel. Washington outfielder Juan Soto was second with six firsts and 274 points, and San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was third with two firsts and 244 points.

Harper overcame getting hit on the left cheek with a 96.9 mph pitch from Genesis Cabrera of the St. Louis Cardinals on April 28, a ball that ricocheted off Harper’s left wrist. Tears came to his eyes when he learned he had won, and he talked about what he had overcome.

“I was, `Oh, I’m great. I’m fine.’ I’m pressing my face, `I’m good and I’m OK to get back,’ not knowing that maybe it was a little bit too soon for myself,” Harper said.

He hit .211 with three RBIs in May, then went on the injured list between May 22 and June 5.

“I had to take a break and understand that my wrist was still hurt, my face and my mental state probably wasn’t the greatest,” Harper said.

He finished with a .309 average and 35 homers for Philadelphia. The 29-year-old slugger led the majors with a .465 slugging percentage and 1.044 OPS, tied for the lead with 42 doubles and had 84 RBIs.

Harper was a unanimous MVP winner with Washington in 2015 and became the fifth player to win MVPs for different teams after Jimmie Foxx, Frank Robinson, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez.

“This one just felt a little bit different,” Harper said. “I think being a little bit older, a little bit more mature, being able to have the teammates I do, have the family now that I do with my kids.”

Harper earned a $500,000 bonus for winning MVP in his third season of a $330 million, 13-year contract.

He thanked his personal chef, Dan.

“Knowing I wasn’t going to have an empty stomach any night,” Harper said. “Having family dinner each night is big for us. So after a game, no matter if I’m 0 for 4 or 4 for 4, no matter if we lost or if we won, and everybody’s happy, everybody’s sad, I was getting home and we were going to have dinner together each night. And being able to sit down with your family and have dinner kind of puts things in perspective.”

Soto, a first-time All-Star at age 23, hit .313 with 29 homers and 95 RBIs. He led the majors with 145 walks and a .465 on-base percentage.

Tatis, 22, led the NL with 42 home runs, hitting .282 with 97 RBIs.

Toronto first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was second in the AL vote with 29 seconds and 269 points, and Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien was third with 232 points. Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez got the other second-place vote.

Guerrero, 22, tied for the major league lead with 48 homers, batting .311 with 111 RBIs. His father, Vladimir, won the 2004 AL MVP award with the Anaheim Angels.

Semien batted .265 with 42 homers and 102 RBIs. The 31-year-old is among the top free agents this offseason.

This marked the first time since the Chicago Cubs’ Andre Dawson and Toronto’s George Bell in 1987 that neither MVP’s team made the playoffs.

MANFRED: LOCKOUT PREFERRED TO IN-SEASON STRIKE IF NO DEAL

CHICAGO (AP) While insisting Major League Baseball is focused on reaching a labor deal, Commissioner Rob Manfred signaled Thursday that owners likely will lock out players if the current contract expires Dec. 1 without a new agreement.

Baseball had eight work stoppages from 1972-95, but there has been labor peace since a 7 1/2-month strike began in August 1994 and forced the cancellation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

“We’ve been down this path. We locked out in ’89-’90,” Manfred said. “I don’t think ’94 worked out too great for anybody. I think when you look at other sports, the pattern has become to control the timing of the labor dispute and try to minimize the prospect of actual disruption of the season. That’s what it’s about. It’s avoiding doing damage to the season.”

Talks have been going on since spring but have lacked the momentum toward an agreement that characterized negotiations that led to deals in 2006, `’11 and ’16.

Baseball had a 32-day spring training lockout in 1990 and while opening day was delayed a week, each team was scheduled for a full 162 games.

“Honestly, I can’t believe there’s a single fan in the world who doesn’t understand that an offseason lockout that moves the process forward is different than a labor dispute that costs games,” Manfred said.

While the luxury tax threshold was $210 million this year with a 20% rate for first-time offenders, management has proposed having a $180 million threshold with a 25% rate.

Teams also have proposed a $100 million payroll floor, which the union opposes because it is tied to tax penalties at the higher end.

Owners also have proposed replacing salary arbitration – for players with three years but less than six of major league service plus the top 17% by service time between two years and three – with pay determined by FanGraphs WAR The union considers that the type of salary scale it has rejected since 1989.

Players currently eligible for arbitration would have the option of being grandfathered under the existing arbitration system.

Players, concerned with service-time manipulation, have proposed dropping free agency eligibility from six seasons of service to five and arbitration eligibility to two seasons, where it stood before the 1985 strike settlement.

Owners instead proposed free-agent eligibility be changed to the age of 29.5 years.

Teams have rejected the union’s proposal for revenue-sharing changes, designed to benefit smaller markets and to incentive positive performance. The clubs have proposed a restriction that a team could not pick among the first five in the amateur draft in three consecutive years.

“We remain committed, No. 1 priority, to make an agreement prior to December 1,” said Manfred, who was the league’s chief negotiator before becoming commissioner in 2015. “We understand, I understand that time is becoming an issue. That’s a challenge. We’ve had challenges with respect to making labor agreements before, and we’ve got a pretty good track record of overcoming those challenges.”

Manfred was not surprised that several free agents have reached agreements since the World Series, even though CBA rules for next season are uncertain.

“We’re pretty good about following the law,” he said. “The law is you should continue to operate as normal even during the negotiating period in free agency. And that means clubs making individual decisions as to what’s best for them. So that’s what they’re doing.”

On other topics:

TAMPA BAY

The Rays were given permission in June 2019 to explore splitting their home games between Tampa Bay and Montreal after the expiration of their lease at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, which runs through the 2027 season. The Rays made a presentation this week to the executive council.

“The council didn’t come to a conclusion on that, but really almost exclusively because of the press of other business,” Manfred said. “It’s a complicated topic.”

OAKLAND

MLB gave the Athletics permission in May to explore relocation options if they are unable to secure a new waterfront ballpark in Oakland.

“They’ve continued to try to find a solution in Oakland. At the same time, they’re exploring Los Vegas as an alternative,” Manfred said. “They’ve worked really hard on both paths.”

RULE CHANGES

Seattle chairman John Stanton, consultant Theo Epstein and MLB executive vice president Morgan Sword reported on the competition committee experiments.

“The pitch timer experiment in the Cal League was one that the owners remain very interested in because of the success,” Manfred said. “And frankly, we’ve seen some of the same outcomes in the Arizona Fall League.”

TACKIER BALLS

MLB is moving toward a new rub for baseballs that will lead to tackier surfaces, which many pitchers have sought, especially the crackdown on unauthorized substances began June 21.

“We actually have a couple of options in terms of tackier balls,” Manfred said. “There’s going to be some testing done over the winter. I think there will be – we will be far enough along that there will actually be kind of live game, I’m hoping, testing in spring training and we could just be using a new ball next year. Maybe it’s going to be 2023 instead, but we’re continuing to work on that project and have made real progress. The trick is tackier, but not so tacky that it’s Spider Tack, right?”

BROADCAST

Diamond Sports Group, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group that acquired Fox’s regional sports network, hopes to start a streaming RSN service and has asked permission from MLB.

“We see what’s going on with respect to the RSNs as a problem that needs to be solved, but an opportunity that needs to be seized, as well,” Manfred said. “Clubs really supportive of aggressive action to make sure that we are reaching our fans in the most effective way possible.”

EPPLER GETS 4-YEAR DEAL TO BECOME METS GENERAL MANAGER

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets finally found a general manager, hiring Billy Eppler in a move announced Thursday night following their long and ridiculed search.

Eppler was fired as GM of the Los Angeles Angels a little more than a year ago after five unsuccessful seasons. But he landed the same position with the Mets after a recruiting process that became the butt of jokes while dragging on for more than six weeks since the 2021 season ended.

Eppler gets a four-year contract to become the 16th general manager in Mets history and their fifth head of baseball operations in 13 tumultuous months. He will be introduced by the team Friday via Zoom.

With an uncertain offseason already underway, his return to New York marks a major step toward restoring stability in the front-office structure under owner Steve Cohen and team president Sandy Alderson.

“I’m so thankful to Steve and Sandy for what I consider an opportunity of a lifetime,” Eppler said in a statement. “We have a lot of work to do and will systematically begin to work towards our goal of building a perennial winner.”

The 46-year-old Eppler was GM of the Angels from 2015-20, overseeing five straight losing seasons. The team went 332-376 (.469) under three managers, with a rotating cast of supporting players around Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.

Unable to provide enough pitching, an aggressive Eppler did land some big fish for Los Angeles with the help of owner Arte Moreno’s checkbook. He lured two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani to the Angels and signed free agent third baseman Anthony Rendon to a $245 million, seven-year contract. Trout got a $426.5 million, 12-year deal.

“Billy has the experience, character, and respect of the baseball community that will allow him to attract the players and front office talent to lead the Mets forward,” Cohen said. “He is a leader who has worked in two of baseball’s biggest markets and his talents and personality will move us closer to my goal of sustained success.”

Although the Angels didn’t win much under Eppler, he boosted a previously barren farm system with several prospects now making an impact on the big league level, including All-Star slugger Jared Walsh, Brandon Marsh, Jo Adell and Reid Detmers.

“One of the most honest people I’ve met in this industry. Great talent evaluator,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said of Eppler at the end of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. “I’m certain he’s going to land firmly on his feet.”

Two months ago, Eppler joined WME Sports as part of their baseball representation.

“Over the past two decades, Billy has been a scout and an assistant GM. He’s also more than familiar with the New York market. This uniquely qualifies him to lead our efforts going forward,” Alderson said. “He’s smart, he hustles and has a keen eye for identifying talent. He’s going to make us better. I am really pleased that we have someone of his caliber leading the Mets.”

Eppler graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1998 with a finance degree and worked in scouting and player development for the Colorado Rockies from 2000-04. After that he joined the New York Yankees and became a rising star in their front office. He was director of professional scouting from 2006-11 and an assistant GM under Brian Cashman from 2012-14.

Eppler will surely be busy right off the bat with the Mets, who have 11 players who became free agents and remain unsigned. The group includes infielder Javy Baez and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman. Right fielder Michael Conforto declined the team’s $18.4 million qualifying offer Wednesday, and pitcher Noah Syndergaard left the Mets on Tuesday for a $21 million, one-year contract with the Angels.

Syndergaard had also received the $18.4 million qualifying offer from New York.

With a GM finally in place to direct the search, the Mets now will turn their attention to picking a new manager after Luis Rojas was let go Oct. 4 following two losing seasons.

Rojas was hired across town Monday as the Yankees’ new third base coach.

Alderson, who turns 74 next week, has been running baseball operations since acting GM Zack Scott was placed on paid leave following his arrest in late August on charges of drunken driving. He was fired Nov. 1.

Scott was promoted to the role in January when Jared Porter was fired after fewer than 40 days on the job following revelations he sent sexually explicit text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 while working for the Chicago Cubs.

Porter and Scott were hired last offseason after Alderson and Cohen failed in their search for a president of baseball operations. The club hit a similar roadblock this offseason and pivoted to GM again.

Alderson said several candidates were unable to get permission from their current clubs to interview for the job, while others declined because they were too comfortable personally or professionally where they are.

He said he was a little surprised by how many candidates had turned down the Mets. Largely, though, he thought New York itself was keeping people away.

“I don’t want to give you a timeline,” Alderson said last week at the general managers’ meetings in California. “We’ve already blown through what most people would say is a reasonable timeline.”

Alderson, whose son, Bryn, is an assistant general manager with the Mets, did not rule out the possibility that a president of baseball operations could be hired above the GM in a future offseason.

“Assuming we only hire one person, there will be at least a year runway for that person to demonstrate their ability and their potential,” Alderson said. “I’ve said this to others in the past – that’s the opportunity. That’s all you can ask for. And demonstrated ability tends to get rewarded.

“If you’re looking to be comfortable, this is probably not the place, the Mets are probably not the place to come,” he added.

Alderson joked at the GM meetings that he’d interviewed so many candidates for the Mets job that “probably half the people are going to be here today.”

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel also found humor in the situation, tweeting that “after much thought, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration as GM of the (at)Mets.”

SWAGGERING PATS STIFLE FALCONS 25-0 FOR 5TH STRAIGHT VICTORY

ATLANTA (AP) Led by a defense that is downright nasty, the New England Patriots are suddenly playing with the swagger of their Tom Brady years.

Mac Jones threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Nelson Agholor for the game’s only offensive touchdown and Kyle Van Noy and the New England defense took care of the rest, blanking the Atlanta Falcons 25-0 on Thursday night for the Patriots’ fifth straight victory.

New England (7-4) has allowed just 13 points in its last three games.

“We’re catching our stride,” said linebacker Matthew Judon, who picked up another sack to push his total for the season to a career-best 10.5. “We’re playing with a lot of confidence.”

New England (7-4) wasn’t as dominating as four days earlier, when the Patriots blew out the Browns 45-7, but it was a thorough beatdown of a feeble Falcons team that hasn’t scored a touchdown in nearly nine quarters.

New England has its longest winning streak since an 8-0 start to the 2019 season, which turned out to be Brady’s final year with the Patriots.

“I feel like we’ve got one of the best defenses in the league,” said cornerback J.C. Jackson, who had one of the four picks by the Patriots.

Atlanta (4-6) was shut out for the first time since a 38-0 loss to Carolina on Dec. 13, 2015.

Matt Ryan was sacked four times and intercepted twice, enduing another miserable performance – this one in prime time – after posting the lowest passer rating of his career in a 43-3 rout by the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.

“It’s been a tough five days offensively,” Ryan said. “We haven’t thrown the ball well enough, we haven’t run the ball well enough.”

The Patriots drove 76 yards in seven plays for a touchdown early in the second quarter.

Damien Harris did most of the dirty work, running four times for 34 yards and grabbing a 9-yard pass, before Agholor got open over the middle against busted coverage, hauled in the throw from Jones and scooted to the end zone.

Jones completed 22 of 26 for 207 yards.

“It was a good team win,” the rookie quarterback said. “The defense stepped up and played really well.”

Van Noy had two sacks and capped his brilliant defensive performance with a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown off Falcons backup QB Josh Rosen.

Nick Folk booted field goals of 32, 44, 53 and 33 yards.

Atlanta’s only chance to make a game of it came after A.J. Terrell’s 35-yard interception return sparked a drive that reached the New England 16 in the final minute of the third quarter.

On fourth and 1, the Falcons handed the ball to Qadree Ollison, who had been promoted from the practice squad just before the game. He was swallowed up by the Patriots for no gain.

Atlanta simply had no offensive punch with hybrid star Cordarrelle Patterson unable to go because of an ankle injury.

The Patriots devoted much of their attention to rookie tight end Kyle Pitts, limiting the first-round pick to three catches for 29 yards.

Of course, any meeting between these two teams is sure to bring back memories of the greatest comeback – and collapse – in Super Bowl history. In 2017, the Falcons squandered a 28-3 lead late in the third quarter and lost to the Brady-led Patriots 34-28 in overtime.

The Falcons should’ve known they were in a for a long night when a lunar eclipse occurring after the game was set to last three hours – and 28 minutes.

Yep, another reminder of 3-28.

The Patriots social media team couldn’t resist a little poke, sending out a tweet before the game that said, “We weren’t going to mention it but … You can’t make this stuff up.”

BUCS WR BROWN ACCUSED OF OBTAINING FAKE VACCINATION CARD

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) A Los Angeles chef who told a newspaper that Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown obtained a fake COVID-19 vaccination card also said the player owes him $10,000.

The Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday that Steven Ruiz provided the newspaper with a screenshot of a July 2 text message exchange in which Brown’s girlfriend asked the former live-in chef if he could obtain Johnson & Johnson vaccination cards for the player.

When the personal chef replied he could try, the girlfriend responded “Ab said he would give you $500.”

Ruiz, who also claimed Brown owes him an uncollected debt of $10,000, told the newspaper he was unable to find a vaccination card for Brown.

The chef added that a few weeks later he observed two vaccine cards on a dining room table that the receiver told him were purchased for the player and his girlfriend.

The Buccaneers announced shortly before the start of the regular season that their entire roster and coaching staff were fully vaccinated.

The reigning Super Bowl champions released a one paragraph statement in response to the newspaper report.

“After an extensive educational process conducted throughout our organization this past offseason highlighting the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines, we received completed vaccination cards from all Tampa Bay Buccaneers players and submitted the required information to the NFL through the established process in accordance with league policy,” the statement read. “All vaccination cards were reviewed by Buccaneers personnel and no irregularities were observed.”

NFL vice president of communications Brian McCarthy said the league was aware of the report and had been in contact with the Bucs.

“We will review the matter,” McCarthy said.

Brown, who did not practice Thursday, has been sidelined the past month with an ankle injury. He also missed one game in September (a road loss to the Los Angeles Rams) after testing positive for COVID-19.

Tampa Bay is 5-0 in games Brown has played this season, 1-3 in those he’s missed.

Clubs are responsible for verifying personnel and player vaccination status, with individuals required to present their vaccination cards to team medical staff for verification.

No club has reported any issues during the verification process. In many instances, personnel, players and their family members were administered shots at club facilities.

Any attempt by team personnel or players to use a forged or fake card is subject to be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The topic was raised by the league on July 22 as part of a string of all-32 club video conference COVID-19 meetings conducted prior to training camp.

Teams were instructed to scrutinize cards when presented because the use of a fake card risks the health and safety of the entire club, is a federal criminal offense and would subject the individual to possible league discipline.

STEELERS’ RUDOLPH PREPS AS STARTER, ROETHLISBERGER WAITS

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mason Rudolph is practicing as if he’s going to start on Sunday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Los Angeles Chargers.

Of course, the longtime backup quarterback has no idea if all that preparation will lead to him being under center on the first play. That’s just the nature of things during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Rudolph ran with the starters on Thursday, Ben Roethlisberger continued to participate virtually while the team held out hope their 39-year-old star will be removed from the COVID-19 list in time to head west.

“I’ve talked to (Roethlisberger) every day,” Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada said. “Talked about the plan, talked about what we’re thinking. He’s also met with (quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan) every day and gone through the specifics of those things.”

Roethlisberger tested positive for COVID-19 last Saturday and went onto the COVID-19 list less than 24 hours before Pittsburgh’s game against Detroit. Rudolph started instead, playing unevenly during an ugly 16-16 tie against the winless Lions that halted the Steelers’ four-game winning streak.

While he passed for 242 yards and a touchdown and ran for another 36, he also threw an interception and missed badly on a handful of what looked like relatively routine plays, including short-hopping what would have been a 9-yard touchdown to Ray-Ray McCloud.

“I thought there were some throws I missed,” Rudolph said. “But I was proud of the way we battled back and put ourselves in a position there to win the game a couple times in their territory.”

The start came at an interesting juncture in Rudolph’s career. The team signed him to a one-year extension that carries through 2022, meaning he could be in the mix to take over full time if Roethlisberger decides to retire at the end of this season. Coach Mike Tomlin has repeatedly backed Rudolph, who is a respectable 5-4-1 as a starter, with most of those starts coming while he filled in for an injured Roethlisberger in 2019.

“I don’t think any of us were surprised by the things that he was able to do for us,” Tomlin said of Rudolph. “As a matter of fact, we expected it. I know he expected it. I think that was his 10th start for us now, and so it’s not something that’s troublesome or worrisome. We just expect that guy to play winning football for us.”

Unlike last week, when the Steelers had little time to prep for a quarterback switch, Pittsburgh will have a Rudolph-specific game plan in place if he’s the starter, though Tomlin stressed there isn’t much difference between the one reserved for Rudolph and the one reserved for Roethlisberger.

“It’s not like Mason Rudolph runs 4.4 (40-yard dash) and all of a sudden, we’re going to start doing some run-pass options and things of that nature,” Tomlin said. “It’s not as significant a discussion as one would imagine. There are probably more likes and dislikes or feel-related things relative to the in-helmet perspective of the position.”

A year ago, Roethlisberger spent four days in COVID-19 protocols ahead of a game against Cincinnati. He did not practice all week but hardly looked rusty, throwing for 333 yards and four touchdowns, so there’s little chance he won’t play if he’s cleared.

That’s fine by Rudolph, the teammate, even if it’s not with Rudolph, the competitor.

“I think anytime you can’t play, every week that I don’t play, I feel a little bit of disappointment, yes,” Rudolph said. “That’s the battle between self and team. We’re all going to feel that way inside, but at the end of the day, what matters is the team and going out and winning the game.”

NOTES: LB T.J. Watt (hip/knee), CB Joe Haden (foot) and LG Kevin Dotson (ankle) did not practice on Thursday. … WR Chase Claypool (toe) and DE Isaiahh Loudermilk (groin) were limited. … RG Trai Turner (ankle) was a full participant after sitting out Wednesday.

BROWNS’ MAYFIELD PRACTICES, EXPECTED TO PLAY AGAINST LIONS

BEREA, Ohio (AP) One day off was enough for Baker Mayfield.

The Browns’ battered quarterback returned to practice after taking a day to rest an assortment of injuries and appears set to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

“That’s what we are planning for,” said offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt.

Mayfield was kept off the field on Wednesday, when he said he’s never been as “beat up” in his career and seemed unsure of his status to face the Lions (0-8-1).

But the 25-year-old returned for Thursday’s workout and looked sharp while firing passes and throwing on the move despite knee and foot injuries during the portion open to reporters.

Mayfield added another line to his medical chart last week when he hurt his right knee in the third quarter of a 45-7 loss to the New England Patriots. Backup Case Keenum, who started one game earlier this season when Mayfield couldn’t play because of a torn labrum and fracture in his left, non-throwing shoulder, finished up.

Mayfield has thrown just nine touchdown passes in nine games, and Van Pelt said injuries have affected the QB’s performance.

“But he’s a guy that wants to be there for his teammates and play every week,” Van Pelt said. “It’s crappy that he’s as sore as he is in multiple areas, but it shows how much he loves his teammates and wants to play and be out there on Sundays.

“It’s definitely going to affect him, a lot of guys are affected with a lot of things at this point in the season. That’s just part of the deal of living in the NFL world.”

While Mayfield returned, the Browns (5-5) are hoping to get back star running back Nick Chubb on Friday. Chubb missed last week’s game after he and rookie running back/returner Demetric Felton tested positive for COVID-19.

Chubb and Felton are eligible to be activated after 10 days, providing they’re asymptomatic.

Backup running back John Kelly Jr., who tested positive a day before Chubb and Felton, was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday and practiced.

Van Pelt was optimistic that Chubb, who is third in the league with 721 yards rushing, will be available for Sunday’s game.

“Guys come off the COVID list and play all the time across the league,” he said. “So if he’s available, I’m sure we’ll be very smart with how we handle his carries, but he’s obviously a big part of what we do offensively.”

Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett was also back after missing one day because of a personal matter. Garrett leads the NFL with 13 sacks. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry (knee) and Malik Jackson (knee) returned as well.

Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) rode a stationary bike at the start of Thursday’s practice. He appeared to aggravate an injury that kept him out of two games while running a route on Wednesday.

NOTES: Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods said there’s no strain in his relationship with Garrett, who seemed to criticize his coach when he said no adjustments were made in last week’s blowout loss. “That stuff doesn’t really bother me,” said Woods, who has been a target of fan criticism. “I have a great relationship with Myles. He has the respect of all the players on defense. There’s nothing going on within the building or anything of that nature. I talked to him today so everything’s good, again it’s just frustrating losing the way we did.”

NFL WEEK 11 GAME CAPSULES

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-5) AT BUFFALO BILLS (6-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 37-32-1

STREAKS: Bills have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/21/18: Bills 5 at Colts 37

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/10/17: Bills 13, Colts 7

QB CARSON WENTZ has 0 INTs in 7 of past 8 starts. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.2 rating in 4 road starts this season. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (KIRK COUSINS) with 3 or fewer INTs (3) in 2021, min. 200 atts. Completed 17 of 24 passes (70.8 pct.) for 172 yards & TD for 104.9 rating in only career start vs. Buf. (10/27/19 w/ Phi.). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 126 scrimmage yards (116 rush., 10 rec.) & rush TD last week. Is 4th player ever with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 7 straight games & can join HOFer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (2006) as only players to do so in 8 straight within single season. Rushed for 78 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Leads NFL with 1,240 scrimmage yards & ties for lead with 937 rush yards. RB NYHEIM HINES rushed for 75 yards in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 5 catches for team-high 71 rec. yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 60+ rec. yards & 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Had 5 catches for 90 yards in 2020-WC meeting. WR T.Y. HILTON had 2 rec. TDs in his last reg. season game vs. Buf. (10/21/18). • LB DARIUS LEONARD is 1 of 2 in NFL (DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL) with 5+ tackles in 10 games this season. Has 21 tackles (10.5 per game) & FR in 2 career games vs. Buf., incl. postseason. Has FR in 3 of his past 4 on road. DT TAYLOR STALLWORTH aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB KENNY MOORE tied career high with 3 PD last week & has 6 PD in his past 3.

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 21 of 28 passes (75 pct.) for season high 366 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 125.6 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 6 of past 7. Passed for 324 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.6 rating & rushed for 54 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 11 TDs (9 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 101.6 rating in 4 home starts this season. • RB ZACK MOSS rushed for 4th TD of season last week. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for 2nd TD of season in Week 10. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC South. RB MATT BREIDA had season-high 50 scrimmage yards (28 rush, 22 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 3rd-career game with 2 TDs. Had 71 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 22 rec.) in only career game vs. Ind. (10/8/17 w/ SF). • WR STEFON DIGGS had 8 catches for season-high 162 yards & TD last week, his 9th game with Buf. with 100+ rec. yards, tied3rd most in NFL since 2020. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 6 catches for 128 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. WR GABRIEL DAVIS had 105 rec. yards in Week 10, 2nd-career 100- yard game. Had 4 catches for 85 yards in 2020 WC meeting. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 5 tackles & 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Had 7 tackles & PD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. CB TARON JOHNSON had 1st INT of season last week. S JORDAN POYER led team with season-high 10 tackles & had INT in Week 10. Has INT in 3 of past 4.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (3-6) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 9-7

STREAKS: Washington has won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/27/20: Panthers 20 at Washington 13

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/1/19: Washington 29 at Panthers 21

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE completed 26 of 32 attempts (careerhigh 81.3 pct.) for 256 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 110.4 rating last week, his 2nd-career start with 100+ rating. Made 1st career start w/ Car. (vs. Atl., 12/23/18). Aims for his 4th road start in row with 20+ completions. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON rushed for 64 yards & 2 TDs in Week 10, his 4th-career game with 2+ TDs. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 6th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 61 yards in last meeting. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 4 catches last week & aims for his 5th in row with 4+ receptions. Had 8 catches, 92 scrimmage yards (77 rec., 15 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. Since 2020, leads all RBs in receptions (117) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (956). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 6 receptions & 59 rec. yards last week. Has 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. Needs 1 catch for 3rd-consecutive 50-catch season. WR DEANDRE CARTER aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards & TD catch. • LB COLE HOLCOMB aims for his 15th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 11 tackles & sack in last meeting. S KAMREN CURL led team with 7 tackles & had 3rd PD of season last week. Had INT in last meeting. CB KENDALL FULLER has 7 PD in his past 6. Had PD & TFL in last meeting. DT JONATHAN ALLEN aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. DT DARON PAYNE had sack in last meeting. LB JAMIN DAVIS is 1 of 3 rookie LBs with 40+ tackles (40).

QB CAM NEWTON had TD pass & rush TD in Car. season debut last week. Has 71 career rush TDs & 43 games with both pass TD & rush TD, both most by QB in NFL history. Has 13 TDs (11 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 109.8 rating in 5 career starts vs. Was. Is Car. franchise leader in pass yards (29,049) & pass TDs (183). • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 10 catches & 161 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 66 rec.) in Week 10. Has 11 games with 10+ catches, most by RB all-time & 3rd-most by player in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his 5 games this season. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. Needs 9 catches to surpass ROGER CRAIG & ALVIN KAMARA (358) for most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. • WR DJ MOORE had 6 catches for 75 yards & rec. TD in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with 5+ catches. Has 5+ receptions in 6 of his past 7 at home. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Had 7 catches & rec. TD in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with TD catch. • LB HAASON REDDICK had 1.5 sacks & FF last week. Is 1 of 2 (T.J. WATT) with 5 games with 1.5+ sacks in 2021. Has 5.5 sacks in 5 home games this season. DE BRIAN BURNS aims for his 6th in row at home with TFL. Had sack in last meeting. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 6 tackles, 2 PD & sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with 8+ tackles. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. S JEREMY CHINN aims for his 3rd in row at home with 9+ tackles.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-3) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 4-2

STREAKS: Bears have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/15/17: Bears 27 at Ravens 24 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/13: Bears 23, Ravens 20 (OT)

QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 26 of 43 passes (60.5 pct.) for 238 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 178 rush yards (89 per game) in 2 career games vs. NFC North. Is 12-0 with 26 TDs (20 pass, 6 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 98 rating in 12 career starts vs. NFC. Leads QBs with 639 rush yards this season & is 1 of 5 players in NFL with 600+ rush yards in each of past 4 seasons. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 3 of past 4. Rushed for TD in his last game vs. Chi. (9/10/17 w/ Atl.). • WR MARQUISE BROWN aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 road games this season. Is 2nd WR in franchise history (TORREY SMITH) with 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. Rookie WR RASHOD BATEMAN had seasonhigh 6 catches for team-high 80 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. TE MARK ANDREWS had 6 catches for 63 yards & TD in Week 10. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 60+ rec. yards. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY led team with 7 tackles & 2 PD last week. Aims for 7th in row with PD & 3rd in row with 2+ PD. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack & FF last week. Has 4 sacks in 3 career games vs. Chi. LB PATRICK QUEEN had 5 tackles, sack & 1st FF of season in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row with TFL. Rookie LB ODAFE OWEH had season-high 2 TFL & sack last week. Has sack in 3 of 4 road games this season. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 4 sacks in 2021.

QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) passed for career-high 291 yards & TD vs. INT for 89.9 rating in Week 9. Has 40+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 starts. Has TD pass in 4 of his past 5 starts. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 80 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 17 rec.) in Week 9. Has 688 scrimmage yards (114.7 per game) & 6 rush TDs in his past 6 at home & aims for his 7th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC. Rookie RB KHALIL HERBERT aims for his 3rd in row at home with 70+ rush yards. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 4 catches & 68 rec. yards in Week 9. Had 7 catches for 57 yards & 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. Bal. (9/25/16 w/ Jax.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with rec. TD. WR DARNELL MOONEY had 2nd rec. TD of season & 1stcareer rush TD in Week 9. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ receptions. TE COLE KMET led team with 6 catches & had career-high 87 rec. yards in Week 9. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 4 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. Bal. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with 2+ TD catches. • LB KHALIL MACK has TFL in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Bal. Aims for his 6th in row at home with sack. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 12 tackles & had 14th-career sack in Week 9. Has 10+ tackles in 6 of his past 7. Needs 7 tackles for 4th-consecutive 100-tackle season. LB ROBERT QUINN had 89th-career sack in Week 9. Has 4 sacks & 6 TFL in 4 home games in 2021 & aims for his 5th in row at home with TFL.

DETROIT LIONS (0-8-1) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (5-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Lions lead all-time series, 16-4

STREAKS: Lions have won past 4

LAST GAME: 11/12/17: Browns 24 at Lions 38

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/13: Lions 31, Browns 17

QB JARED GOFF passed for 268 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 79.7 rating in his only career start at Cle. (9/22/19 w/ LAR). Has 60+ comp. pct. in 4 of his 5 road starts this season. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT rushed for career-high 130 yards in Week 10. Leads all RBs with 50 receptions, 1st Det. RB with 50+ catches in single season since THEO RIDDICK (2018). Ranks 2nd among RBs with career-high 420 rec. yards. Has 510 scrimmage yards (102 per game) in 5 road games this season & aims for his 4th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 4th in row on road with 50+ rush yards. Had 7 catches, 118 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 49 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his only career game vs. Cle (12/10/17 w/ GB). • TE T.J. HOCKENSON has 6+ catches in 3 of his past 4. Needs 2 receptions for his 2nd-consecutive 50-catch season. Leads NFC TEs in receptions (48) & ranks 2nd among NFC TEs in rec. yards (448). Rookie WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN had 4 catches for team-high 61 rec. yards in Week 10. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. WR KALIF RAYMOND had 4+ receptions in 3 of his past 4. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had 7 tackles, 2 PD & 1st-career FR in Week 10. LB TREY FLOWERS had 1st FR of season last week. LB ALEX ANZALONE led team with 9 tackles in Week 10 & has 7+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. LB JULIAN OKWARA had 1st-career INT last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4. LB CHARLES HARRIS has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4.

QB BAKER MAYFIELD has 95+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts at home. Has 9 TDs vs. INT for 98.8 rating in his past 7 starts vs. NFC. Is 1 of 4 AFC QBs with 4 or fewer (4) INTs this season, min. 200 attempts. QB CASE KEENUM completed 8 of 12 passes (66.7 pct.) for 81 yards last week. Passed for 282 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.8 rating in his last start vs. Det. (11/23/17 w/ Min.). • RB NICK CHUBB has 100+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 & rush TD in 2 of his past 3. Has 189 scrimmage yards (94.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. NFC North. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 721 rush yards this season. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT & DERRICK HENRY) with 6+ rush TDs in each of past 4 seasons. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON led team with 157 scrimmage yards (99 rush, 58 rec.) with 7 catches last week. Is only player in NFL with 150+ scrimmage yards in 2 games since Week 7. • WR JARVIS LANDRY had 7 catches for 53 yards in only career game vs. Det. (11/9/14 w/ Mia.). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches. WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES has 70+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 2nd TD catch of season last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack & PD in Week 10 & has sack in 6 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Has 6 sacks in his past 3 vs. NFC North. Leads NFL with 13 sacks, his 2nd-career season with 13+ sacks (13.5 in 2018). DT MALIK MCDOWELL had sack last week. LB ANTHONY WALKER aims for 6th in row with 8+ tackles. Had TFL in his last game vs. Det. (11/1/18 w/ Ind.).

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-5) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-7)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 3-2

STREAKS: 49ers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Jaguars 33 at 49ers 44

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/18/05: Jaguars 10, 49ers 9

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO completed 15 of 19 atts. (season-high 78.9 pct.) for 182 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 141.7 rating in Week 10, his 3rd-career start with 140+ rating. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 4th in row overall with 100+ rating. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 102.4 rating in last meeting. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) rushed for 91 yards last week. Is 1 of 2 NFC RBs (DALVIN COOK) with 4 games with 90+ rush yards in 2021. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 560 rush yards. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of his 1st 7 career games. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 5 catches, 133 scrimmage yards (97 rec., 36 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in Week 10, his 1st-career game with both rec. & rush TD. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 979 rec. yards, 2nd-most by 49ers WR (HOFer JERRY RICE – 1,006 in 1990) in team’s 1st 9 games of season in team history. Is 1 of 3 NFC WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS & COOPER KUPP) with 8+ games (8) with 5+ catches in 2021. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. TE GEORGE KITTLE had 2nd rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • DL NICK BOSA had 8th sack of season last week. Has 6 sacks & 9 TFL in 4 road games this season & aims for his 5th in row on road with sack. Ranks tied-1st in NFL with 13 TFL in 2021. LB FRED WARNER is 1 of 2 (DENZEL PERRYMAN) with 7+ tackles in 9 games this season. DB JIMMIE WARD had 2 INTs, incl. 2ndcareer INT-TD, last week.

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) aims for 3rd start in row with 0 INTs. Has 270+ pass yards & 90+ rating in 2 of his past 3 home starts. Ranks 2nd among rookies in completions (192), pass yards (1,983) & TD passes (8) this season. • RB JAMES ROBINSON had 84 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 27 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 5 of his past 6. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. RB CARLOS HYDE has 70+ scrimmge yards in 2 of past 3. Totaled 3,363 scrimmage yards & 24 TDs (21 rush, 3 rec.) in 4 seasons (2014-17) with SF. RB JAMAL AGNEW rushed for career-high 79 yards & had 1st-career rush TD in Week 10. • WR MARVIN JONES had 4 catches for 54 yards & TD in his last game vs. SF (9/16/18 w/ Det.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 50+ rec. yards. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE DAN ARNOLD led team with 5 catches for 67 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN has sack in 2 of past 3. Has 6 TFL in his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 7+ tackles & PD. DT MALCOM BROWN had 5 tackles & season-high 2 TFL in Week 10. Had TFL in his last game vs. SF (11/15/20 w/ NO). DT DAVON HAMILTON had 1st sack of season last week. S RAYSHAWN JENKINS led team with 6 tackles in Week 10. Has 6+ tackles in 3 of past 4. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN had PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with 6+ tackles.

GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-2) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (4-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 62-54-3

STREAKS: Packers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/1/20: Vikings 28, at Packers 22

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Packers 43, Vikings 34

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 292 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 364 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.5 rating in last road meeting. Has 53 TDs (50 pass, 3 rush) vs. 7 INTs for 108.5 rating in 24 career starts vs. Min. Is 13-1 in his past 14 starts vs. NFC North. Since 2020, has 28 TDs (26 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 131.7 rating in his past 8 vs. division. • RB AJ DILLON had season-high 128 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 62 rec.) & 2 rush TDs, his 2nd career game with 125+ scrimmage yards & 2 rush TDs (12/27/20 vs. Ten.). Aims for his 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 7 catches & 78 rec. yards last week. Has 525 rec. yards (105 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 5 road games this season. Has 37 catches (9.3 per game) & 395 rec. yards (98.8 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 at Min. Aims for his 3rd in row at Min. with 13+ receptions. Had 3 rec. TDs in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with 2+ rec. TDs. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL is 1 of 2 (DARIUS LEONARD) with 10 games with 5+ tackles in 2021. Needs 3 tackles for 5thconsecutive 90-tackle season. LB PRESTON SMITH had 3rd sack of season last week. LB RASHAN GARY had sack last week & has career-high 5.5 sacks in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. S ADRIAN AMOS tied his career-high with 3 PD & had his 9th-career INT in Week 10. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. CB KEVIN KING had 1st INT of season last week, his 7th-career INT.

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 294 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.5 rating in Week 10. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (DAK PRESCOTT & MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 6+ games (6) with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2021. Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 94.8 rating in 4 home starts this season. Has 1,913 pass yards (273.3 per game) & 15 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 107.5 rating in 7 career starts vs. GB. • RB DALVIN COOK had 118 scrimmage yards (94 rush, 24 rec.) & rush TD in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row with 115+ scrimmage yards. Had 226 scrimmage yards (163 rush, 63 rec.) & career high 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. GB with TD. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 9 catches for 143 yards in his 25th career game last week. Has 2,175 rec. yards & 10 games with 100+ rec. yards, both 2nd-most by player in 1st 25 games in SB era. Has 6+ catches in 6 of his past 7 at home. WR ADAM THIELEN had 110 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Ranks 4th in NFL with 36 rec. TDs since 2018. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with 8 tackles & had sack & INT in Week 10. Has sack in 3 of his past 4. Needs 8 tackles for 6th-consecutive 100-tackle season. Has 7+ tackles in 8 of his past 9 vs. GB & aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with 11+ tackles. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has sack in 4 of his past 5 at home vs. GB. Aims for his 5th in row at home in 2021 with sack. Rookie S CAMRYN BYNUM had 1st-career sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with PD.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-7) AT NEW YORK JETS (2-7)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Jets lead all-time series, 55-54-1

STREAKS: Dolphins have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 11/29/20: Dolphins 20 at Jets 3

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/29/20

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 8 of 13 passes (61.5 pct.) for 158 yards & 104 rating & rushed for TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 70+ comp. pct., 285+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts. QB JACOBY BRISSETT has 60+ comp. pct. in 4 of 5 starts this season. • RB MYLES GASKIN has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 126 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 35 rec.) in his last game vs. NYJ (10/18/20). • WR JAYLEN WADDLE (rookie) had 4 catches for 61 yards last week. Has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Aims for 6th in row with 4+ catches. Leads rookies with 60 catches, 3rd-most by Mia. rookie since 1970. WR ALBERT WILSON led team with season high 87 rec. yards in Week 10. WR ISAIAH FORD had season high 84 rec. yards last week. Had 6 catches for career-high 92 yards in only career game at NYJ (12/8/19). TE MIKE GESICKI had TD catch in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 TEs (MARK ANDREWS & TRAVIS KELCE) with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 5 tackles, FF & FR-TD last week. Is only player in NFL with FF & FR in 2 games this season. Had 3 PD & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with INT & 4th in row vs. NYJ with 2+ PD. Has PD in 7 of his past 8 on road. CB BYRON JONES led team with season-high 9 tackles in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3. CB JUSTIN COLEMAN aims for 3rd in row with INT. Rookie S JEVON HOLLAND had career-high 2 PD & 2nd-career sack last week.

 QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) has 507 pass yards (253.5 per game) in 2 home starts this season. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. division with 0 INTs. QB MIKE WHITE passed for 251 yards last week. Has 105+ rating in 2 of 3 starts this season. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had 82 scrimmage yards (43 rec., 39 rush) & rush TD last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row at home with rush TD. Ties for lead among rookies with 4 rush TDs & ranks 3rd with 673 scrimmage yards (367 rush, 306 rec.). Is 1 of 2 rookies (NAJEE HARRIS) with 300+ rush yards & 300+ rec. yards. RB TY JOHNSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches. RB TEVIN COLEMAN rushed for TD in only career game vs. Mia. (10/15/17 w/ Atl.). • WR COREY DAVIS had 5 catches for 93 yards last week. Aims for 6th in row with 4+ catches & 40+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 62 yards in only career game vs. Mia. (9/9/18 w/ Ten.). WR JAMISON CROWDER has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Has 7+ catches in 3 of past 4 at home. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD & 4th in row with 40+ rec. yards. • LB C.J. MOSLEY aims for his 8th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 63- yard INT-TD in his last game vs. Mia. (10/26/17 w/ Bal.). Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 at home. S JARROD WILSON had 1st-career sack last week. S SHARROD NEASMAN had 1st-career INT in Week 10. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-4) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 17-12

STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/13/20: Saints 21 at Eagles 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/20

QB TREVOR SIEMIAN passed for 298 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.8 rating in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs. QB TAYSOM HILL passed for 291 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102 rating & had 33 rush yards in last meeting. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 202 scrimmage yards (101 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games vs. Phi. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 90+ scrimmage yards & TD. Needs 1 reception to surpass ROGER CRAIG (358) for most catches by RB in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 115+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB MARK INGRAM had 108 scrimmage yards (61 rec., 47 rush) & 2nd rush TD of season last week & became NO all-time leader in rush yards (6,124). Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Phi. • WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Set career-highs in catches (10) & rec. yards (157) vs. Phi. (11/18/18). WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY had 5th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. WR DEONTE HARRIS led team with career-high 84 rec. yards in Week 10. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has sack in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with PD. LB DEMARIO DAVIS aims for his 9th in row with 5+ tackles. Has 9 TFL & 4 PD in 5 road games this season. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with PD. Has 65 PD since 2017, tied-2nd most in NFL. S MALCOLM JENKINS has 6+ tackles in 4 of 5 road games this season. Had 58 PD, 11 INT & 11 FFs in 96 games with Phi. (2014-19).

QB JALEN HURTS had 2 TDs vs. INT for 103.2 rating & 53 rush yards in Week 10. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rush yards & has 30+ rush yards in each of 1st 14 career starts. Has 7 TDs (4 pass, 3 rush) vs. INT in 4 home starts this season. Rushed for career-high 106 yards in last meeting, his 1st-career start. • RB MILES SANDERS had 115 rush yards & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. RB JORDAN HOWARD rushed for season-high 83 yards last week. Has 3 rush TDs in 3 games this season. Has 121 scrimmage yards (102 rush, 19 rec.) in his only career game vs. NO (10/29/17 w/ Chi.). RB BOSTON SCOTT had season-high 105 scrimmage yards (career-high 81 rush, 24 rec.) in Week 10, his 3rd-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR DEVONTA SMITH (rookie) had 66 rec. yards & 1st-career 2-TD game last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Is 1 of 2 rookies (JA’MARR CHASE) with 6 games with 60+ rec. yards. TE DALLAS GOEDERT needs 71 rec. yards for 3rd-consecutive season with 500+ rec. yards. • CB DARIUS SLAY had 83-yard FR-TD last week & is 1 of 4 (KEVIN BYARD, TREVON DIGGS & MIKE EDWARDS) with 2 defensive TDs in 2021. Leads NFL with 113 PD since 2013. DT FLETCHER COX has 4 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in 2 career home games vs. NO & aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. NO with sack. DT JAVON HARGRAVE had 2 sacks & FR in last meeting. DE DEREK BARNETT had 2nd sack of season last week. LB DAVION TAYLOR had 1st 2 career FFs last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles.

HOUSTON TEXANS (1-8) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (8-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 21-17

STREAKS: Titans have won past 3

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Titans 41 at Texans 38

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/18/20: Titans 42, Texans 36 (OT)

QB TYROD TAYLOR completed 24 of 43 passes (55.8 pct.) for 240 yards in Week 9. Has 0 INTs & 110+ rating in 2 of 3 starts this season. Completed 10 of 17 (58.8 pct.) for 109 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 97.4 rating & rushed for 76 yards & TD in only career start vs. Ten. (10/11/15 w/Buf.). Has 11 TDs (8 pass, 3 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating in 5 career starts vs. AFC South. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 120 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 36 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with rush TD. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY aims for his 4th in row on road vs. AFC South with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team with 6 catches for 56 yards in Week 9. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 166 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with 65+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 5+ catches. Is 1 of 2 WRs (ROBERT WOODS) with 550+ rec. yards in each of past 8 seasons. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had season-high 49 rec. yards in Week 9. • DL JONATHAN GREENARD aims for his 6th in row with TFL & 4th in row with PD. Has sack in 4 of past 5. Had career-high 9 tackles & TFL in last meeting. DL MALIEK COLLINS had 0.5 sacks, FR & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had 8 tackles in Week 9. Had 13 tackles, TFL & FF in last meeting. Has 7+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 vs. Ten. DB ERIC MURRAY had 8 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 9.

 QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4 pct.) for 213 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 105.9 rating & rushed for TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. & rush TD. Has 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Has 16 TDs (13 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 124.5 rating in his past 5 starts vs. Hou. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 105+ rating & 4th in row at home with rush TD. • RB D’ONTA FOREMAN had season-high 78 scrimmage yards (48 rec., 30 rush) last week. Drafted by Hou. in 3rd round of 2017 NFL Draft & scored 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 seasons with team. RB ADRIAN PETERSON aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 2+ rush TDs. RB JEREMY MCNICHOLS had 62 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 11 rec.) in last home meeting. • WR A.J. BROWN has 5+ catches in 4 of past 5. Had 10 catches for 151 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 27 catches for 447 yards (111.8 per game) & 5 TDs in 4 career games vs. Hou. Has 90+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR MARCUS JOHNSON set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (100) last week, his 3rd-career 100-yard game. TE GEOFF SWAIM has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • S KEVIN BYARDhad 6 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with INT. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 12 PD. LB HAROLD LANDRY had sack last week & has sack in 6 of past 7. Ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 10 sacks. DT JEFFERY SIMMONS aims for 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Had sack in last home meeting.

CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-4) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 19-11

STREAKS: Bengals have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/17/19: Bengals 10 at Raiders 17 (Oakland)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/19 (Oakland)

QB JOE BURROW completed 28 of 40 passes (70 pct.) for 282 yards in Week 9. Has 3 TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 2+ TD passes in 8 games in 2021, most in NFL. Has 5 career road games with 3+ TD passes, tied 3rd-most since 2020. • RB JOE MIXON had 110 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 46 rec.) & had season-high 2 rush TDs in Week 9, his 5th-career game with 2 rush TDs. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. Has 233 scrimmage yards (116.5 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Raiders. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Raiders with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC West. • WR JA’MARR CHASE (rookie) had 6 catches for 49 yards in Week 9, his 5th game with 5+ catches this season. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Has TD catch in 4 of 5 road games this season. Leads all rookies in rec. yards (835) & rec. TDs (7). WR TEE HIGGINS had 6 catches for team-high 78 yards in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ rec. yards. WR TYLER BOYD has 4+ catches in 4 of his past 5 on road. TE C.J. UZOMAH has TD catch in 2 of past 3 on road. Ranks tied-2nd among TEs with 5 rec. TDs. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON has sack in 5 straight games, 2ndlongest active streak in NFL. Had 2 TFL & sack in only career game vs. LV (9/21/20 w/ NO). Has 22 sacks since 2020, tied 3rdmost in NFL. LB LOGAN WILSON had 1st-career FF in Week 9. Is 1 of 3 AFC LBs with 6+ tackles in 9 games this season.

 QB DEREK CARR completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4 pct.) for 261 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 99.8 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 65+ comp. pct. & 250+ pass yards. Has 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Completed 25 of 29 passes (86.2 pct.) for 292 yards & 105.7 rating in last meeting. Has 3 TD passes & 110+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. • RB JOSH JACOBS tied career high with 5 catches last week. Rushed for 112 yards in last meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC North. RB KENYAN DRAKE has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 115 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 46 rush) & TD catch in his last game vs. Cin. (10/7/18 w/ Mia.). • TE DARREN WALLER has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Has 4+ catches in each of his 8 games this season, 2ndmost among TEs. Had 5 catches for 78 yards in last meeting. WR HUNTER RENFROW aims for 4th in row with 7+ catches & 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 5 catches for 66 yards in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. WR BRYAN EDWARDS led team with 88 rec. yards & had TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE has 2 sacks in 2 of past 3. Had TFL & INTTD in his last game vs. Cin. (10/20/19 w/ Jax.). DE MAXX CROSBY had career-high 4 sacks & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TFL. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 11 tackles last week & leads NFL with 102 tackles this season.

DALLAS COWBOYS (7-2) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (6-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 7-4

STREAKS: Cowboys have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/5/17: Chiefs 17 at Cowboys 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/13: Chiefs 17, Cowboys 16

QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 24 of 31 atts. (77.4 pct.) for 296 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.9 rating & had rush TD in Week 10. Became 3rd QB (DAUNTE CULPEPPER & CAM NEWTON) with 125+ TD passes (126) & 25+ rush TDs (25) in 1st 6 season alltime. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 106.8 rating in last meeting. Has 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 road starts. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 2 TDs last week, his 12th-career game with 2 rush TDs. Is only player with 8+ TDs in each of past 6 seasons. Rushed for 93 yards & TD in last meeting. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (9,172) & rush yards (7,047) & is 1 of 4 RBs with 50+ rush TDs (53). • WR AMARI COOPER had 51 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ receptions in 3 of his past 4 vs. KC. Has 29 receptions for 340 yards (85 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 4 road games this season. Is only player with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 7 seasons. WR CEEDEE LAMB had 6 catches for 94 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week, his 4th-career 2-TD game. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ rec. yards & 6th in row on road with 5+ catches. • CB TREVON DIGGS leads NFL with 8 INTs & became 3rd player since 1990 with 8 INTs in team’s 1st 9 games of season. Diggs (13 PD) & CB ANTHONY BROWN (11) are only pair of teammates with 10+ PD in 2021. LB MICAH PARSONS had sack & 1st-career FF last week & leads all rookies in sacks (6) & TFL (11). Has 6+ tackles in 3 of his 4 career road games.

 QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 35 of 50 atts. (70 pct.) for season-high 406 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTS for 127.6 rating last week, his 5th-career game with 5+ TD passes, most in NFL since 2018. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with 275+ pass yards. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 2,940 pass yards & 25 TD passes. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS had career-high 144 scrimmage yards (career-high 101 rec., 43 rush) with career-high 9 catches & rec. TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC East. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 8 catches for season-high 119 yards in Week 10. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of past 6. Had 7 catches for 73 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home. Leads TEs with 62 catches & 747 rec. yards in 2021 & can become 3rd TE ever with 750+ rec. yards in 8 straight seasons. WR TYREEK HILL had 7 catches for 83 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 12th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs, tied 2nd-most in NFL since 2016. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 9+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD. WR BYRON PRINGLE had TD catch in Week 10. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had PD & 1st FR of season last week. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of past 5. Had 8 tackles & TFL in his last game vs. Dal. (10/7/18 w/ Hou.). S DANIEL SORENSEN had 1st INT of season in Week 10. Had 6 tackles in last meeting. DT CHRIS JONES had 1st 2 PD of season last week. Had 2 PD in last meeting. Has TFL in 3 of past 4 at home. DT DERRICK NNADI had sack last week.

ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-2) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LUMEN FIELD // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 22-21-1

STREAKS: Cardinals have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/19/20: Cardinals 21 at Seahawks 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/19/20

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 269 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 102.2 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 2+ TD passes & 4th in row vs. Sea. with 95+ rating. Has 12 TDs (10 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 118 rating in 4 road starts this season. Has 120+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on road. • RB JAMES CONNER had NFL-leading 11th rush TD of season last week & aims for his 5th in row with rush TD. Is only RB with 4 games with 2+ TDs in 2021. Has 2+ TDs in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had rush TD in his only career game vs. Sea. (9/15/19 w/ Pit.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC West with rush TD in 2021. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS has 23 receptions for 378 yards (126 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. Sea. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 5+ receptions. Has 4 rec. TDs in 4 road games this season. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK led team with 7 receptions & 58 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his 5 road games this season. TE ZACH ERTZ had 12 receptions for 91 yards & rec. TD in his last game vs. Sea. (11/24/19 w/ Phi.). • LB CHANDLER JONES has 13.5 sacks in 9 career games vs. Sea. Had 4 sacks & 2 FFs in his last game at Sea. (12/22/19) & aims for his 6th in row at Sea. with sack. LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 6 sacks in his past 4 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ sacks. S BUDDA BAKER aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with TFL & 6th in row vs. Sea. with 5+ tackles. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Sea. with 6+ tackles.

QB RUSSELL WILSON has 29 TDs (28 pass, 1 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 116 rating in his past 10 home starts. Completed 23 of 28 atts. (82.1 pct.) for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.8 rating in last meeting. Has 10 TDs vs. INT for 103.5 rating in his past 5 at home vs. Az. Aims for his 6th in row at home vs. NFC West with 90+ rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON has 375 scrimmage yards (93.8 per game) & rush TD in 4 career games vs. Az. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 5 at home. Has 726 scrimmage yards (103.7 per game) in 7 career home games vs. NFC West. RB ALEX COLLINS aims for his 7th in row with 40+ scrimmage yards. • WR DK METCALF has 5 rec. TDs in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with rec. TD. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 7 at home. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Has 25 rec. TDs since 2019, 5th-most in NFL. WR TYLER LOCKETT has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 9 catches for 67 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with rec. TD. • LB BOBBY WAGNER ranks 2nd in NFL with 101 tackles, his 10thconsecutive 100-tackle season. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Az. with 9+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS had 11 tackles & 3rd-career INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB JORDYN BROOKS led team with 12 tackles last week & has 7+ tackles in 8 of his 9 games this season. S QUANDRE DIGGS has INT in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with PD. Is only player with 3+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-3-1) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 23-8

STREAKS: Steelers have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/13/19: Steelers 24 at Chargers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/19

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER aims for his 4th in row vs. Chargers with 280+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Has 95+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. AFC West. QB MASON RUDOLPH completed 30 of 50 att. (60 pct.) for 242 yards & rushed for 36 yards in 1st start of season last week. • RB NAJEE HARRIS had 133 scrimmage yards (105 rush, 28 rec.) last week, his 5th game with 100+ scrimmage yards this season, most among rookies. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 4 of past 5. Aims for 9th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 5 of past 6. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 223 scrimmage yards (111.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 games vs. AFC West this season. Leads rookies with 963 scrimmage yards (646 rush, 317 rec.). • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 7 catches for 83 yards last week. Aims for 8th in row with 50+ rec. yards & 5th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 on road. WR RAY-RAY MCCLOUD set career highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (63) in Week 10. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Leads rookie TEs with 4 rec. TDs. • LB T.J. WATT has sack in 7 of his 8 games this season & ranks 2nd in NFL with 12.5 sacks. Has 62 career sacks, 2nd-most by player in 1st 70 games since 1982. S TERRELL EDMUNDS had 2 TFL, PD & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with PD. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had season-high 2 sacks last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 on road.

QB JUSTIN HERBERT is making 25th career start & can become 4th QB ever with 7,000+ passing yards in 1st 25 starts (6,881 entering SNF). Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of past 4 at home. Has passed for 800 yards (266.7 per game) & has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating in 3 career starts in primetime. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 20th-career TD catch last week & joined CHUCK FOREMAN as only RBs ever with 20+ rec. TDs in 1st 5 seasons. Is 1 of 2 RBs (JONATHAN TAYLOR – 10 games) with 50+ scrimmage yards in 9 games in 2021. Has 115+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 3 of past 4 at home. Has 356 scrimmage yards (118.7 per game) in his past 3 in primetime. Rookie RB LARRY ROUNTREE rushed for 1st-career TD last week. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 8 catches for 98 yards in Week 10. Aims for 8th in row with 5+ catches & 4th in row with 75+ rec. yards. Has 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Pit. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 5 catches for 72 yards in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 50+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK had 7 catches for 116 yards in his last game vs. Pit. (12/9/18 w/ Oakland). • DE JOEY BOSA had sack & FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 in primetime & 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. Leads DL with 3 FFs this season. Rookie LB AMEN OGBONGBEMIGA had 1st-career sack in Week 10. S DERWIN JAMES had PD & tied for team lead with 12 tackles last week. Leads DBs with 79 tackles this season.

NEW YORK GIANTS (3-6) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-3)

MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 15-8

STREAKS: Giants have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/2/20: Buccaneers 25 at Giants 23

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/19: Giants 32, Buccaneers 31

QB DANIEL JONES completed 15 of 20 atts. (season-high 75 pct.) & had TD vs. 0 INTs for 104.2 rating in Week 9. Is 1 of 6 NFC QBs with 7+ games (7) with 90+ rating in 2021. Has 95+ rating in 3 of his 4 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row overall with 95+ rating. Passed for 336 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.7 rating & had 2 rush TDs in last road meeting, his 1st-career start & win. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 65+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 1,952 scrimmage yards (102.7 per game) in 19 career road games. Has 189 scrimmage yards (94.5 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games vs. TB. RB DEVONTAE BOOKER had 122 scrimmage yards (career-high 99 rush, 23 rec.) in Week 9, his 5th-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with 120+ scrimmage yards. • TE EVAN ENGRAM had 15th-career TD catch in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 6 catches for 113 yards & rec. TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at TB with 6+ receptions & 5th in row overall vs. TB with 60+ rec. yards. WR STERLING SHEPARD had 7 catches for 100 yards & TD catch in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had 2 INTs, incl. 1st-career INT-TD, in Week 9 & is 1 of 2 (J.C. JACKSON) with 2 games with 2 INTs in 2021. DB LOGAN RYAN aims for his 6th in row on road with 7+ tackles. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with sack.

QB TOM BRADY has 1,277 pass yards (319.3 per game) & 18 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 120.6 rating in 4 home starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ rating & 6th in row at home with 4+ TD passes. Needs 3 TD passes to tie HOFers BRETT FAVRE & PEYTON MANNING for 2nd-most seasons with 30+ TD passes (9) in NFL history. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 92 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 45 rec.) & season-high 8 receptions last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR MIKE EVANS had 40-yard rec. TD last week, his 70thcareer rec. TD. Needs 128 rec. yards to become 6th WR with 9,000+ rec. yards & 70+ rec. TDs in 1st 8 seasons all-time. Has 32 receptions for 582 yards (116.4 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in 5 career games vs. NYG. Had 190 rec. yards & 3 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NYG with rec. TD. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 7 catches & 57 rec. yards last week. Has rec. TD in 3 of 4 home games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with TD catch. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 14 tackles & FF last week. Is 1 of 4 (CHANDLER JONES, ROBERT QUINN & J.J. WATT) with 25+ FFs (25) since 2012. LB DEVIN WHITE became 1st player since PATRICK WILLIS (12/23/07) with 18+ tackles (career-high 18) & 2+ sacks (2) in single game. Aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 58.5 sacks, 90 TFL & 47 PD in 111 games with NYG (2010-17).

CURRY SCORES 20 OF 40 POINTS IN 4TH, WARRIORS BEAT CAVS

CLEVELAND (AP) Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three straight 3-pointers, and the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors overcame a 13-point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 on Thursday night.

Curry made 8 of 12 shots, including 4 of 7 3-pointers, in the final period to help Golden State outscore the Cavaliers 36-8. The Warriors ran off the first 17 points of the quarter to take an 85-81 advantage, holding Cleveland to 12 consecutive empty possessions.

“With Steph on the floor, you always have a chance,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s one of the greatest players in the history of the game and he is the greatest 3-point shooter of all-time. He’s fearless and always capable of catching fire like that.”

Playing with a bruised left hip, Curry finished 15 of 27 from the field, 9 of 16 beyond the arc and 1 of 1 from the foul line. The two-time MVP increased his NBA-best scoring average to 29.5 and had six assists and four rebounds.

Nemanja Bjelica added 14 points, Andrew Wiggins had 12 points and Draymond Green had four points and 14 assists for Golden State, which improved to 13-2. The Warriors have won nine straight over the Cavaliers and are 17-1 against them since January 2017.

Golden State held an opponent to eight points or less in the fourth quarter for the first time since Nov. 5, 2003, against Atlanta.

“It was amazing to watch our energy in the fourth, and I had the best vantage point in the house,” Curry said. “We’re pretty good at wearing teams down with our defense.”

Darius Garland scored a season-high 25 points as the injury-plagued Cavaliers dropped to 9-8. They took an 81-68 lead into the fourth after Dean Wade batted in a layup as time expired in the third.

Wade and Kevin Love had 17 points apiece, and Ed Davis added seven points and 14 rebounds.

“Stephen Curry is a hell of a basketball player,” Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “The shots he was making weren’t easy, but obviously, he’s got the skill-set to make them and Draymond knows how to get him open. They’re the best team in the league right now for a reason.”

Cleveland was without four starters in rookie forward Evan Mobley (right elbow sprain), guard Collin Sexton (left knee meniscal tear), center Jarrett Allen (illness) and forward Lauri Markkanen (conditioning). Forward Cedi Osman (back spasms) was a late scratch.

“I thought we did pretty well with the next-man up mentality,” Garland said. “Steph just got hot. That’s all it was.”

Juan Toscano-Anderson provided a lift off the bench for Golden State, finishing with seven points, five rebounds and a pair of assists in the fourth, which ended with the sellout crowd at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse chanting “M-V-P” at Curry.

“It’s like you get into a street fight and you’ve got Mike Tyson on your side,” Toscano-Anderson said. “He makes the game that much easier and so much fun. It’s a treat to play with that guy.”

MORANT HAS BIG 3RD QUARTER, GRIZZLIES BEAT CLIPPERS 120-108

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Ja Morant scored 17 of his 28-points in a third-quarter rally in the Memphis Grizzlies’ 120-108 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.

Dillon Brooks and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 18 points each, and Desmond Bane had 16. Brandon Clarke finished with 14 points, 10 of them in the fourth quarter.

Paul George led the Clippers with 23 points and six assists. Reggie Jackson had 18 points, hitting 4 of 8 3-point attempts. Luke Kennard added 15 points for Los Angeles, going 6 of 8 overall and 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

“We were just active on defense. When they had their runs, we slacked off,” Brooks said. “We just got steals. Ran down and made plays for each other. When we are making plays for each other, you see what the end result is. We’re all happy and getting ready for the next game.”

Memphis held the lead through most of the game, but Morant provided an offensive burst in the third quarter. The Grizzlies stretched the advantage to 20 when Clark converted four consecutive inside baskets early in the fourth.

“I feel like it is tougher for a defense to guard me,” said Morant who worked in the offseason on his 3-point shooting. “I can knock down the 3, knock down the midrange pull up, get to my floater or get all the way to the rack.”

Memphis shot 54% in the game and made 11 of 26 from outside the arc against a Clippers defense that is among the best in the league.

“We had a tough time just guarding the ball at the point of attack,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We just didn’t do a good job of controlling the basketball. They got deep in the paint.”

In the first half, Memphis would pull away only to have the Clippers fight their way back, coming close to erasing the Grizzlies’ advantage. That trend continued until the break, Memphis holding a 56-53 advantage.

The game stayed close through much of the third. George and Jackson began converting 3-point shots. But Morant took over the Memphis offense. The guard wiggled his way into the paint and added a 3-pointer. His 17 points went with four assists in the frame as Memphis connected on 13 of 18 shots for a 94-85 lead entering the fourth.

“We did a better job of taking care of the basketball,” Lue said. “We just didn’t do a good job of making quick decisions offensively. Not able to make the quick decisions right now so we’ve got to continue to keep getting better with that as well.”

MAXEY, 76ERS BEAT NUGGETS 103-89 TO SNAP 5-GAME SKID

DENVER (AP) Tyrese Maxey scored 22 points, Seth Curry added 20 and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 103-89 on Thursday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Playing without Joel Embiid and three other regulars, the 76ers held Nikola Jokic to three points in the second half in part thanks to the play of rookie big man Charles Bassey. He had 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks on a night when enraged Nuggets coach Michael Malone was ejected and had to be restrained by Jokic after charging onto the court as the Philadelphia took control in the third quarter.

“I knew coming into the game, missing Joel, that my time was going to come on this trip,” Bassey said. “It was just a matter of getting ready.”

Jokic had 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists before leaving the court for the locker room late in the fourth quarter. Malone joked that he was just checking on him.

“As far as I know there’s nothing wrong with Nikola,” Malone said.

Will Barton returned from a back injury to finish with 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Denver.

The Nuggets shot 36% from the field in their second straight defeat after a five-game winning streak.

“They came in and beat our (butt),” Malone said.

Embiid missed his sixth straight game after entering the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Embiid’s absence wiped out a center matchup of the top two vote getters for last season’s NBA MVP.

The award winner, Jokic, was matched up with veteran Andre Drummond and Bassey instead. And while Jokic dominated in the first half with 27 points, he got little help and the Sixers went at him defensively with Bassey and Drummond in the second half.

“He’s just so good, so just trying to wear him out as much as you could,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said.

Philadelphia, which also got 17 points from Tobias Harris, was also again without Matisse Thybulle (health and safety protocols) and Danny Green (left hamstring). And there’s been no resolution with Ben Simmons (personal reasons), who has asked to be traded.

Malone was nervous before the game because “everybody at home thinks we should win this game by 30 points.”

“If we look at no Ben Simmons, no Joel Embiid, no Matisse Thybulle, no Danny Green, they’ve lost five in a row, well, if we start thinking about that stuff that’s when you get your (butt) kicked,” Malone added.

Malone’s fears proved true, as the Sixers dominated Denver’s bench and built a 46-29 lead on Georges Niang’s 3-pointer midway through the second quarter.

Jokic returned and scored in a variety of ways to get Denver to 58-52 at the half. But Philadelphia held the Nuggets to 5-of-22 shooting in the third quarter in building a 20-point lead as Malone lost his cool after thinking Curry got away with an offensive foul.

Malone picked up consecutive technical fouls with 6:04 left and ran to center court to confront the officials. Jokic stepped in to cut off Malone, who was cheered as he headed through the tunnel to the locker room.

“I wasn’t trying to get tossed,” Malone said.” I just didn’t understand a lot of things that were going on on the floor.”

The ejection didn’t spark the Nuggets, as a leaky defense and poor shooting allowed the Sixers to win for the first time since Nov. 6 at Chicago.

“We changed some things offensively to help us out,” Curry said. “We put the ball in our guards’ hands a little bit more to make plays.”

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INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: IUVB ENDS THE 2021 HOME SLATE WITH NO. 24 ILLINOIS AND IOWA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (9-19, 3-13 Big Ten) continues the home stretch with No. 24 Illinois (17-10, 9-7 Big Ten) on Friday, November 19 at 7 p.m. followed by Iowa (5-21, 3-10 Big Ten) on Sunday, November 21 at 2 p.m. Sunday’s match will also serve as senior day for the Hoosiers.

Indiana vs. No. 24 Illinois

Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall

Friday, November 12 | 7:00 p.m.

Video (B1G+) | Live Stats | Match Notes | Tickets

Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Indiana vs. Iowa

Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall

Sunday, November 14 | 2:00 p.m.

Video (B1G+) | Live Stats | Match Notes

Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

The Opening Serve

• Sunday’s match will serve as Indiana’s Senior Day. Breana Edwards, Brooke Westbeld, and Kari Zumach will be celebrated for the contributions to the program. The match against Iowa will also be free to the public.

• The Hoosiers are coming off a two-match weekend against ranked opponents. Indiana traveled to No. 25 Illinois on Friday where they fell in straight sets. They then returned home on Sunday to host No. 11 Nebraska in which they were able to win the first set but stumbled to take the 3-1 loss.

• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth paves the way for the Hoosiers in the Big Ten, tallying 33 aces so far this season which is the seventh best in the conference.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame continues to lead the squad in digs with 103, which is the eighth most in the Big Ten. She is averaging 4.23 per set played.

All-Time Series

• The Hoosiers are 17-73-1 in the all-time series against Illinois. The two programs have previously met in the 2021 season on Friday, November 12. The Illini were able to capture the 3-0 (11-25, 18-24, 17-25) sweep of Indiana.

• Indiana holds a slight advantage over Iowa in the all-time series, 41-38. The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes have already met this season where Iowa took the match, 3-1 (18-25, 25-17, 20-25, 23-25).

Checking Out the Competition

• ILLINOIS: At the helm of the Illini is Chris Tamas who is in his fifth season at the helm for the Illinois Volleyball program. They are 24th in the nation, boasting a record of 17-10 overall and 9-7 in Big Ten play. They are coming off a weekend spilt that saw them defeat the Hoosiers, 3-0 before dropping their Sunday match to No. 10 Ohio State, 3-0. Junior middle blocker Kennedy Collins leads the Illini attack with 234 kills and a hitting percentage of .330. She also leads the team in blocks with 107. Senior defensive specialist Taylor Kuper has recorded a team-leading 462 digs and tallied 42 aces. Her 462 digs are fifth in the conference and her 42 aces are the fifth best in the Big Ten. Sophomore outside hitter Raina Terry leads the squad in aces with 46 which is good for second in the conference. Redshirt junior Diana Brown is their main setter and has put up 1,036 assists so far this season. Her assist total is No. 7 in the Big Ten. As a team, Illinois is hitting .217 and has allowed their opponent to hit just .198. The Illini lead the conference is aces with a total of 183 and are averaging 1.87 per set.

• IOWA: Dave Brown and William Tatge currently oversee the Iowa Volleyball program on a interim basis. The Hawkeyes have a record of 5-21 over and 3-13 in the Big Ten.  Iowa split their last weekend of action with a loss to No. 8 Minnesota 3-0 (22-25, 14-25, 17-25) in which they bounced back from to defeat Maryland, 3-1 (24-26, 25-19, 27-25, 25-22). Courtney Buzzerio leads the Hawkeye attack with a hitting percentage of .221 on 378 kills. Buzzerio is second in the Big Ten in kills and averaging 4.06 per set. She is also fifth in points with 378. Bailey Ortego is their main setter who has tallied 726 assists so far this season. Hannah Clayton leads the squad in blocks with 72. Amiya Jones has put down 27 aces which is the ninth best in the conference. As a squad, Iowa is allowing opponents to hit .279 while they are hitting .200. The Hawkeyes are third in opponent digs, allowing the foes to tally just 13.35 per set.

Last Time Out

• The Hoosiers hit on the road on Friday, November 12 where they faced off against Illinois. Indiana fell in the match, 3-0.  (11-25, 18-25, 17-25). Breana Edwards led the Hoosiers in attacking with nine kills and a hitting percentage .231. Savannah Kjolhede led the way on defense with four blocks.

• They then returned to Wilkinson Hall where they hosted No. 11 Nebraska this past Sunday. Despite securing the first set, the Hoosiers took a tumble and fell, 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 22-25, 16-25). Kaley Rammelsberg saw double-digit kills with 11 and hit .385. Savannah Kjolhede had a team-leading nine blocks on Sunday. Ashley Zulauf and Brooke Westbeld served up aces for Indiana.

News & Notes

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards leads the Indiana attack with 338 kills and has tallied 39 blocks. Edwards recorded the 1000th kill of her career on September 10 at Georgia Tech.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg has the best hitting percentage on the team at .344. She has slammed 192 kills and 71 block so far this season.

• Coming off the bench, graduate student setter Brooke Westbeld is the assists leader with 491. Westbeld has also put up 32 and 25 kills.

• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede is Indiana’s lead blocker with 86. On offense, Kjolhede has recorded 140 kills.

• As the Hoosiers starting libero, junior Paula Cerame leads the way in digs with 436.

Weekend Promo

• Student Appreciation night is set for the match on Friday against No. 24 Illinois. Head Coach Steve Aird will be giving out free t-shirts, signed volleyballs, and free chick-fil-a to the student section.

• Sunday’s match will serve as Indiana’s Senior Day. Breana Edwards, Brooke Westbeld, and Kari Zumach will be celebrated for the contributions to the program. The match against Iowa will also be free to the public.

Freshmen Coming in Hot

• Setter Camryn Haworth has had a strong first campaign with the Hoosiers as she is No. 6 in the conference in aces with 33 which is a squad high. She also does most of the setting for Indiana, recording 446 assists so far this season.

• Outside hitter Mady Saris has tallied 247 kills and 38 blocks. She also has recorded three double-double in her career.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: GALLOWAY INJURED

Guard Trey Galloway will be out several weeks after injuring his left wrist in Indiana’s win over St. John’s.

Galloway will have surgery Friday.

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES: MINNESOTA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – One final time at Memorial Stadium for the Indiana football program in 2021. It will be Senior Day for the Hoosiers as they host Minnesota in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on the Big Ten Network on Saturday (November 20).

MINNESOTA (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) at INDIANA (2-8, 0-7 Big Ten)

Memorial Stadium

Saturday, Nov. 20 | 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: Big Ten Network  |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Setting The Scene

• Indiana (2-8, 0-7 B1G East) welcomes Minnesota (6-4, 4-3 B1G West) for Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 20. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on BTN.

• The Golden Gophers hold a 39-26-3 edge in the all-time series, including a 38-31 victory in Minneapolis the last time the two teams met on Oct. 26, 2018.

• Saturday marks the first meeting between the two teams in Bloomington since Nov. 2, 2013.

• Former Hoosier running back Kenni Burns (2003-06) is Minnesota’s assistant head coach/running backs.

• Indiana has faced six ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 44-8.

• Linebacker Micah McFadden is second the Big Ten and shares seven nationally with 15 tackles for loss, and he has at least one TFL in 14 of the last 15 games.

• Peyton Hendershot is the Hoosiers tight ends receptions (130) and yardage (1,428) leader. His 14 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 15 from 2010-13.

The Coaches

• The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-30 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15)

• P.J. Fleck is 32-23 (.582) in his fifth season at Minnesota. Fleck served as Western Michigan head coach (2013-16) and carries an overall record of 62-45 (.579).

News & Notes

• The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains.

• Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains.

• The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).

• IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88).

• Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history.

• Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).

PURDUE FOOTBALL: GAME 11 PREP: VISIT TO WRIGLEY FIELD ON DECK FOR PURDUE FOOTBALL

WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue Football (6-4, 4-3) will head to “The Friendly Confines” on Saturday, Nov. 20, for a Big Ten Conference matchup against Northwestern (3-7, 1-6), with kickoff set for Noon ET/11 a.m. CT on the Big Ten Network. The Boilermakers won their last away trip to face the Wildcats, claiming a 24-22 victory in Evanston (Nov. 9, 2019).

Head coach Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers are looking for a possible fifth league win for the first time since 2018 and just the fifth time since the 2000 season.

The Boilermakers are also hunting for a possible fourth away game victory. To find the last Purdue team to win four road games, one must dig back in the record book to 1943, when Elmer Burnham’s band of Boilermakers went 9-0 on the season with a 5-0 away record.

With its sixth win of the season against Michigan State (Nov. 6), Purdue is bowl eligible for first time since 2018 and the third time of the Brohm era.

NUMBERS TO KNOW DOWN THE STRETCH

• The Boilermakers have made their presence known all across the college football landscape this season.

• The following numbers are the most important to remember:

      1: QB Aidan O’Connell is No. 1 in Big Ten in comp. pct. at 72.4.

      2: Purdue has two Top-5 wins for the first time since 1960.

      3: Bowl-eligible for third time under head coach Jeff Brohm.

      3: Three, again, #3 WR David Bell is a Biletnikoff semifinalist.

      4: O’Connell with 74.0+ pct. comp. in four-straight games.

      5: DE George Karlaftis, #5, is a Bednarik semifinalist.

      10: S Cam Allen, #10, tied for first in Big Ten for INTs (4).

      12: Past 5 games: 12 takeaways. Two total in first 5 games.

      40: Bell has 40 catches against Top-25 teams this season.

      624: Bell has 624 receiving yards in those games, as well.

      1,106: Bell is at 1,106 rec. yards in 2021, 6th in Purdue history.

GRIDIRON GAMES AT THE BALL PARK

• Purdue Football will makes its first appearance in school history at Wrigley Field, a venue that has existed for more than 100 years (1914), mainly as the home stadium of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs.

• This will be the 10th Boilermaker Football game in school history played within a baseball stadium, and first since the 1947 season.

      PURDUE FOOTBALL IN BASEBALL STADIUMS

      Oct. 29, 1932, vs. New York U. (Yankee Stadium), W 34-9

      Nov. 7, 1936, vs. #3 Fordham (Polo Grounds), L 0-15

      Nov. 6, 1937, vs. #5 Fordham (Polo Grounds), L 3-21

      Oct. 15, 1938, vs. Fordham (Polo Grounds), T 6-6

      Nov. 9, 1940, vs. #17 Fordham (Polo Grounds), L 7-13

      Nov. 1, 1941, vs. #3 Fordham (Polo Grounds), L 0-17

      Oct. 16, 1943, vs. Ohio State (Cleveland Municipal), W 30-7

      Nov. 18, 1944, vs. #3 Navy (Baltimore Municipal), L 0-32

      Oct. 18, 1947, vs. Boston U. (Fenway Park), W 62-7

• Additionally, Purdue met Northwestern at Soldier Field in Chicago during the 1931 season, winning that game 7-0 (Nov. 28, 1931).

• Wrigley Field was the home of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears up through 1970, who moved to Solider Field for the 1971 NFL season. Wrigley hosted Northwestern Football during the 2010 season for a game against Illinois, which the Wildcats lost to the Fighting Illini, 48-27 (Nov. 20, 2010).

AIR IT OUT, AIDAN

• The most accurate passer, currently, in the Big Ten Conference is Purdue signal caller, Aidan O’Connell. The fifth-year senior QB is completing 72.8 percent of his throws in league play (214-294) and 72.4 percent overall (234-323), both numbers standing atop the conference. His overall mark ranks fifth nationally.

• Over his last five games, O’Connell is completing more than 75.0 percent of his pass attempts (.753, 168-223). Since the 2000 season, O’Connell is the only Purdue quarterback to string together three consecutive games above the 74.0-percent mark, let alone the current five-game span.

• In games against Top 5 competition (at No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State, and at No. 4 Ohio State), O’Connell has thrown for 1,301 passing yards (433.7 avg.) and completed 110-of-146 pass attempts (.753). For those three games, O’Connell has a 9-0 TD-INT ratio.

PURDUE-NORTHWESTERN HISTORY

• Purdue leads the all-time series against Northwestern at 51-33-1, dating back to 1895. The Boilermaker-Wildcat series is Purdue’s sixth-oldest regular matchup. Earlier first meetings include: Illinois (1890), Michigan (1890), Indiana (1891), Wisconsin (1892) and Minnesota (1894).

• Between 1951 and 2003, Purdue built up a remarkable 33-7 record against the Wildcats. In recent years, Northwestern has struck back, as the Boilermakers are just 2-8 against NU in the last 10 matchups.

BILETNIKOFF SEMIFINALIST FOR DAVID

• Junior WR David Bell was named a semifinalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award on Monday, Nov. 15, an honor annually “received” by college football’s outstanding FBS receiver.

• Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. With the season the Bell is having (75 receptions, 1,106 yards, five touchdowns), he is certainly eligible.

PURDUE WSOCCER: PURDUE FACES NOTRE DAME IN NCAA SECOND ROUND ON FRIDAY

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 24-ranked Purdue soccer team will play No. 3-seeded Notre Dame in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship on Friday, November 19, at 4:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. CT at Razorback Field in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The match will be broadcast live on SEC Network+, available to SECN+ and ESPN+ subscribers. Live stats are available at NCAA.com. Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer. Additional information on the NCAA Tournament, including the digital program, is available at NCAA.com.

The Boilermakers are playing in their first NCAA Tournament since 2009 and seventh in program history, and they advanced to the second round for the fourth time and first since 2007 after a 1-0, double-overtime victory at home against Loyola on Saturday night.

Purdue enters the second round at 15-4-2, its second-best record and second-most wins in team history, behind only 2007. Ranked nationally at No. 24 in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, the Boilermakers have won four of their last five, with shutouts in all four victories. The squad went 8-2-0 in the Big Ten and notched a runner-up finish, both tied for their best-ever marks.

Eighteen players have earned at least a point, tied for the most in the Big Ten, and 16 have at least one assist, tied for second-most. Eleven Boilermakers have scored a goal, tied for fourth-most in the conference. Purdue boasts a 36-20 advantage in goal differential, including 24-10 in the second half and 3-0 in overtime.

The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten and No. 24 nationally with a .844 save percentage and also second in the league with 5.14 saves per game. They are third in the conference with 40 assists and 112 points and fourth with 36 goals.

Individually, senior forward Sarah Griffith leads the nation with 2.75 shots on goal per game, and she is No. 3 with 4.85 shots per game, No. 4 with 16 goals, No. 5 with six game-winning goals and No. 13 with 34 points. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova is 13th in the NCAA with 1,940:10 minutes and 22nd with 103 saves, while she is second in the league with a .837 save percentage.

Additionally, sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews and freshman forward Gracie Dunaway have a team-high-tying seven assists, which is fourth in the Big Ten. Mathews also is second on the team with five goals and 17 points.

The Fighting Irish enter the matchup with a 14-5-1 record following a 4-0 home win against SIUE to begin NCAA action on Sunday. UND is seeded No. 3 in the region in the NCAA Tournament bracket and receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll.

Friday’s NCAA Tournament contest between the Boilermakers and Fighting Irish is a rematch of a September 2, 2021, meeting in South Bend, Indiana. UND prevailed, 1-0, in what proved to be Purdue’s lone loss in an 11-match stretch to begin the regular season. The Old Gold and Black proceeded to win six in a row following the defeat to boast an 8-1-2 record through 11 games. The game also was the only time the Boilermakers were shut out this year.

Purdue is one of six Big Ten teams to make the tournament and one of five to reach the second round, along with Michigan, Rutgers, Penn State and Wisconsin. Additionally, non-conference opponent Saint Louis, along with Notre Dame, is in the postseason field and made the second round, while Milwaukee, who the Boilermakers faced in an exhibition contest, also earned an NCAA bid and advanced to round two.

THE BOILERMAKERS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

This is Purdue’s seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2009. The Boilermakers are 4-4-3 all-time in the tournament, 2-1-1 at a neutral site and 2-2-2 as a top-25 team. The Old Gold and Black advanced to the third round in 2003 and made the first round in 2005, 2006 and 2009. This is the team’s third second-round appearance, along with 2002 and 2007.

Purdue and Notre Dame have met once before in the NCAA Tournament, as UND won a 3-1 home contest in the second round in 2002, the Boilermakers’ second-ever NCAA contest.

West Lafayette, Indiana, has now hosted the tournament twice, in 2007 along with last weekend. The No. 8-ranked Boilermakers opened the 2007 event with a 4-0 victory over Oakland before a scoreless draw to Indiana in the second round. IU advanced on penalty kicks. In 2009, its last NCAA appearance before this season, No. 24 Purdue suffered a 2-0 loss to Central Michigan in South Bend, Indiana, in the opening game.

NATIONALLY-RANKED BOILERMAKERS

Purdue is No. 24 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Top 25. The Boilermakers have been ranked nationally for six consecutive weeks, and in the national polls for the first time since 2009. The Old Gold and Black also are No. 3 in the North Region ranking and No. 19 in the latest NCAA RPI. Purdue is No. 19 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings and No. 24 in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll.

RECORD WATCHING

In her career, Bova’s 0.91 goals-against average and 21 shutouts are both second-best all-time. She is tied for third with 29 wins and a .803 save percentage and is fourth with 220 saves, 5,370:14 minutes and 57 starts

In a single season, Bova owns the school record with 103 saves and she is No. 2 with 15 wins, tied for No. 3 with seven shutouts, No. 4 with a .837 save percentage and 1,940:10 minutes, No. 6 with 21 starts and No. 10 with a 0.93 goals-against average.

In 2021, Griffith has a school-record 16 goals, while her six game-winning goals is tied for the record and her 34 points are tied for No. 2. In her career, the 11 game-winning goals are tied for fourth-most all-time, her 26 goals are sixth and her 60 points are tied for sixth. Additionally, Griffith’s 97 shots and 55 shots on goal in 2021 are both team records, and her 216 career shots and 116 career shots on goal are fifth and fourth, respectively.

Griffith scored a goal in eight of 10 Big Ten games, had a point in all but one conference contest and notched a seven-game goal streak and an eight-game point streak, both school records. Meanwhile, senior midfielder Teagan Jones had a three-game assist streak, one game shy of tying the school record.

Mathews and Dunaway’s seven assists are tied for No. 9 overall in a single season, and Dunaway is No. 2 in the school record books for assists by a freshman. Griffith and Mathews also scored the sixth and seventh hat tricks in program history, with Mathews’ the 2nd ever on the road and third in a Big Ten game. Additionally, fifth-year defender Maya Lambert has played in 89 career game, tied for No. 2 all-time.

As a team, Purdue’s 40 assists, 112 points and 108 saves are all No. 3, and its 36 goals and 20 goals allowed are both tied for fourth-most.

LAST TIME OUT: OVERTIME THRILLER IN NCAA OPENER

Purdue advanced in the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 double overtime victory over Loyola Chicago on Saturday night at Folk Field in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In front of a lively crowd of 1,082, Griffith scored the game-winner in the 104th minute, her school-record 16th goal of the season and record-tying sixth game-winning goal in 2021.

The Boilermakers out-shot the Ramblers 22-13, as the home side took the last 10 shots in the contest, including all five in the two overtime periods. Purdue had a 14-6 advantage in shots on goal. The defense held Loyola without a shot after the 78th minute. Griffith registered a game-best six shots, all on target. Dunaway had five shots, two on goal, and senior forward Ally Mussallem had four shots, two on frame. Bova stopped all six shots she faced and Loyola’s goalkeeper had 13 saves.

A complete recap from the match, including box score, highlights and postgame reaction from coach Drew Roff, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

SERIES HISTORY VS. NOTRE DAME

Purdue is 1-2-0 all-time against Notre Dame, 0-1 in the NCAA Tournament and 1-1-0 as a ranked team. All three previous meetings came in South Bend, including the most recent earlier this season. The in-state foes met twice in 2002, both 3-1 contests. The No. 20-ranked Boilermakers won the first meeting on October 8, and No. 19 Notre Dame topped No. 14 Purdue in the NCAA Second Round on November 17.

On September 2, 2021, Purdue’s season-opening unbeaten streak was snapped with a 1-0 loss at Notre Dame thanks to a 59th-minute goal. Purdue had six shots, four on goal, while Notre Dame had 10 shots and five shots on goal. UND earned nine corner kicks to the Boilermakers’ one. Griffith registered a match-high four shots with two shots on goal and Bova made four saves. A complete recap of the match can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH

Notre Dame is 14-5-1 on the year after a 4-0 victory over SIUE in the first round of the tournament. The Fighting Irish went 7-3-0 in the ACC to finish fourth overall. UND is 0-3 against ranked teams, though all three defeats came in consecutive games to top-seven foes. That string snapped an eight-game win streak, and Notre Dame followed the losses with a win to conclude the regular season, an ACC Tournament loss and last Sunday’s NCAA victory. Friday is the team’s first neutral-site contest of the year.

The Fighting Irish are No. 20 nationally with 49 goals and No. 25 with 132 points. Sammi Fisher is No. 16 in the country with 13 goals.

UP NEXT: NCAA TOURNAMENT THIRD ROUND

The winner between Purdue and Notre Dame will advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament to face the winner between No. 7 ranked and second-seeded Arkansas and Virginia Tech. The matchup in Fayetteville will be on Sunday, November 21, at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. CT.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: NO. 6 PURDUE READY FOR NORTH CAROLINA CHALLENGE IN CONNECTICUT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The No. 6-ranked Boilermakers ramp up their competition this weekend in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off Classic held at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Boilermakers will face No. 18-ranked North Carolina on Saturday, then either No. 17-ranked Tennessee or No. 5-ranked Villanova in Sunday’s contest. Purdue will face back-to-back ranked opponents in non-conference play for the first time since Nov. 2017 (Arizona, Louisville).

The Boilermakers are 3-0 for the first time since the 2018-19 season, while North Carolina also enters with a 3-0 mark.

The contest will be televised on ESPNews with Jon Sciambi and Fran Fraschilla on the call. On the radio waves, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be courtside on the 22-station Purdue Radio Network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Live stats will be provided on PurdueStats.com and updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).

The Notes to Know

1) Purdue will face North Carolina for the first time in almost 22 years, the last meeting being Nov. 24, 1999, in the Maui Invitational. No. 4-ranked North Carolina won that game 90-75 and has won eight straight games in the series, spanning 44 years.

2) Purdue has scored 90 or more points in its first three games of the season for the first time in school history. It has also scored at least 50 points in the first half of all three games and shot over 50.0 percent from the field in the three games.

3) Purdue has had 14 runs of 7-0 or longer already this season, including 10 runs of 10-0 or longer. Opponents have one run of 10 points.

4) Purdue ranks No. 2 nationally in offensive efficiency and No. 18 in defensive efficiency being one of eight teams nationally to rank in the top 20 of both categories (Purdue, Michigan, Houston, Kansas, Duke, Baylor, Gonzaga, UCLA).

5) Purdue is looking for its first tournament title since winning the Cancun Challenge in Nov. 2016, placing second in its last three events.

6) Zach Edey ranks third in the early KenPom Player of the Year standings behind Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell and Iowa’s Keegan Murray. Per 40 minutes this season, Edey is averaging 38.4 points and 21.2 rebounds.

7) Trevion Williams became the 16th player in school history with 1,000 career points and 650 career rebounds, surpassing both milestones against Wright State.

8) Matt Painter (358) needs six wins to tie Branch McCracken for seventh on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list (364). Since 1980, just two Purdue coaches have won 870 games (Gene Keady – 512; Matt Painter – 358).

PURDUE WRESTLING: NO. 20 WRESTLING HOSTS BOILERMAKER DUALS SUNDAY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The 20th-ranked Purdue wrestling team has its home opener Sunday, hosting the 2021 Boilermaker Duals at Holloway Gymnasium with action scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. ET. The Boilermakers welcome Bellarmine, Brown, Duke and Northern Illinois to town, and will face the latter three teams in dual competition, with all three duals airing on B1G+.

PURDUE LINEUP & RANKINGS

Purdue held its national ranking on No. 20 in the NWCA Coaches Poll this week, and seven of the 10 Boilermaker starters have earned recognition in at least one of the national polls. Gerrit Nijenhuis made the biggest jump this week, elevating to No. 13 in the country at 174 pounds via FloWrestling. Devin Schroder, Kendall Coleman and Thomas Penola all continue to hold their top-15 spots nationally, while Parker Filius edged his way into the top-15 at 141 pounds, also via FloWrestling.

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue picked up another dual victory last weekend, venturing to Cleveland State University for a 39-7 victory over the Vikings. CSU forfeited a pair of weights and the Boilermakers picked up bonus points in five of their six match victories. Michael Woulfe picked his third straight fall at heavyweight, while Devin Schroder and Thomas Penola each put technical falls on the board. Parker Filius and Gerrit Nijenhuis each scored major decisions and Brennan Doyle earned his first collegiate win in his first varsity start for the Boilermakers.

PURDUE NOTES

• Head coach Tony Ersland is in his eighth season at Purdue and is 63-50 in dual competition with the Boilermakers.

• Ersland wrestled for the University of Iowa from 1992-97, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament at 177, and competing on the highest scoring team at the NCAA Championships in history (170).

• Purdue’s season-opening win at Drexel marks eight straight seasons that the Boilermakers have won their first dual of the year under Ersland.

• The Boilermakers won their last two duals of 2021, earning a 21-12 win at Michigan State and posting a 38-3 win over Indiana, and carry a five-dual win streak into the weekend.

• Devin Schroder and Max Lyon capitalized on the NCAA’s COVID extension waiver, returning for an extra year of eligibility in 2021-22.

• Schroder ranks second in program history in back points, collecting 444 to date, and is tied for 17th all-time at Purdue with a .721 win percentage (80-31).

• 41 of Schroder’s 80 career wins have come with bonus points (.513), including 22 technical falls, while 33 of his career victories are shutouts (.413).

• Matt Ramos won the 2018 Cadet Freestyle World Championship for the U.S., capturing the 51 kg title in Zagreb, Croatia.

• Ramos’s two wins to open the season were his first official folkstyle matches since his senior year of high school at Lockport HS (Illinois) in 2019, winning by technical fall and fall in the two bouts.

• The Boilermakers first three weights are a combined 9-0 through three duals, accounting for two falls, two technical falls and a major decision.

• Thomas Penola is off to a 3-0 start at 197 pounds, posting a 22-7 technical fall Sunday at Cleveland State over defending MAC runner-up Ben Smith.

• Michael Woulfe is wrestling his first collegiate season since 2016 after serving in the United States Navy for the last five years and has picked up right where he left off, earning career falls No. 25, 26 and 27 after posting 17 falls in his final year at Navy.

• Freshman Tristan Ruhlman won the Freshman/Sophomore division at the Michigan State Open, scoring a pair of falls on his way to the title.

• The Boilermakers are a perfect 4-0 in overtime matches this season.

OPPONENT NOTES

• Brown returns to dual competition for the first time since the 2019-20 season after the Ivy League opted out of the 2020-21 season.

• Purdue is 4-1 all-time against the Bears, last facing Brown in 2006 at the Lone Star Duals (W 20-16), and winning four straight in the series. Brown last topped the Boilermakers in 1993, earning a 25-12 win at Cornell University.

• Bellarmine elevated its athletics to NCAA Division I in 2020, and enters its first season as a DI wrestling program. Purdue will not face the Knights on Sunday.

• Sunday marks the fourth all-time meeting with Duke and Purdue, with the Boilermakers holding a 2-1 edge in the series.

• Duke won the last meeting in the series, upsetting the No. 23 Boilermakers in 2016 with a 28-18 win in West Lafayette.

• Duke head coach Glen Lanham and assistant coach Tom Erikson are both former Boilermaker assistants, as Lanham spent three seasons in West Lafayette, while Erikson called Purdue home for 13 years.

• Northern Illinois returns to the Boilermaker Duals, and will face Purdue for the 32nd time in series history. Purdue leads the Huskies 22-8-1 all-time, including eight straight wins over the last 14 seasons.

• Northern Illinois last topped Purdue in 2004, posting a 29-9 upset over the No. 20 Boilermakers in LaGrange, Illinois.

DUALS SCHEDULE (all times approximate, will roll into next round as previous ends)

9 AM: Northern Illinois vs. Brown / Duke vs. Bellarmine

11 AM: Purdue vs. Brown (B1G+) / Duke vs. Northern Illinois

1 PM: Purdue vs. Duke (B1G+) / Bellarmine vs. Northern Illinois

3 PM: Purdue vs. Northern Illinois (B1G+) / Bellarmine vs. Brown

OPPONENTS PROBABLES

Bellarmine

125: Jack Parker (Fr.) – 1-4

or Brandon Lucas (Sr.) – 0-0

133: Max Dansereau (Jr.) – 1-4

141: Logan Hoskins (So.) – 0-5

149: MItch Collica (Jr.) – 1-3

or Chase Yost (So.) – 0-1

157: Cole Nance (Fr.) – 3-2

or Alex Rivera (Jr.) – 0-1

165: Devan Hendricks (Jr.) – 2-2

174: Eric Beck (Sr.) – 3-2

184: Sam Woolf (Sr.) – 0-0

or Sam Schroeder (So.) – 1-4

197/285: Bryant Wilkinson (Fr.) – 0-4

or Charlie Cadell (Sr.) – 0-5

Brown

125: Hunter Adrian (Fr.) – 3-2

or Reese Fry (Jr.) – 2-2

133: Timmy Levine (Fr.) – 0-2

or Nicky Cabanillas (Jr.) – 0-0

141: Justin Bierdumpfel (So.) – 3-2

or Sam McMonagle (Fr.) – 1-2

149: Ricky Cabanillas (Jr.) – 2-2

or Blake Saito (Fr.) – 3-2

157: Jack Bokina (Jr.) – 3-2

or Mason Spears (Fr.) – 3-2

165: Keegan Rothrock (Fr.) – 1-2

174: AJ Pedro (Sr.) – 0-0

or Harrison Trahan (Fr.) – 1-2

184: Drew Clearie (Fr.) – 2-2

197: Cade Wilson (Sr.) – 4-2

or Tony Pray (Fr.) – 1-2

285: Lear Quinton (So.) – 3-1

Duke

125: Logan Agin (So.) – 4-2

133: Drake Doolittle (R-So.) – 0-4

141: Patrick Rowland (R-So.) – 3-4

149: No. 13 Josh Finesilver (R-Sr.) – 6-1

157: Wade Unger (Jr.) – 4-4

165: Bryson Neace (Jr.) – 1-4

or Brandon LaRue (R-So.) – 4-3

174: No. 7 Matt Finesilver (R-Sr.) – 7-0

or Conor Becker (So.) – 1-2

184: Vincent Baker (Jr.) – 4-3

197: Kaden Russell (R-Sr.) – 4-3

285: Jonah Niesenbaum (Jr.) – 6-2

Northern Illinois

125: Bryce West (R-Sr.) – 2-2

133: Mikey Kaminski (So.) – 1-2

141: Jaivon Jones (Jr.) – 2-3

or Nathan Young (So.) – 1-2

149: Anthony Cheloni (Sr.) – 3-3

157: Anthony Gibson (R-Jr.) – 4-2

or Alec Rees (Jr.) – 0-2

165: No. 18 Izzak Olejnik (R-Jr.) – 4-1

174: No. 28 Mason Kauffman (R-Sr.) – 3-2

184: No. 8 Brit Wilson (R-Sr.) – 4-0

197: Tristin Guaman (Sr.) – 1-3

285: Terrese Aaron (R-Jr.) – 0-3

Rankings listed InterMat

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: BUTLER VB SWEEPS UCONN IN FINAL ROAD MATCH OF THE SEASON

STORRS, CONN. – The Butler volleyball team swept UConn (26-24, 25-19, 25-19) Thursday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion in its final road match of the 2021 season. The Bulldogs (15-15, 9-8 BIG EAST) got payback on the Huskies (20-9, 12-5), who won in three sets at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Halloween.

Set 1: Butler 26-24

The Bulldogs started with a 5-3 lead following a kill by Mariah Grunze and two from Megan Sheridan. UConn rallied back to lead 10-8, but a 3-0 Butler run including an ace from Grunze put the Bulldogs back in front. The score was tight throughout the remainder of the set before Brittany Robinson fought off a set point for the Huskies with a kill to tie it at 24-24. Grunze and Amina Shackelford subsequently put down kills to clinch the set for Butler. Sheridan (four kills) and Jaymeson Kinley (six digs) led the Bulldog offense and defense, respectively, in the opening frame.

Set 2: Butler 25-19

A 6-0 run midway through the set consisting of kills by Melody Davidson and Sheridan and two aces from Marissa McKelvey put the Bulldogs ahead 14-7. The Huskies would get no closer than four the rest of the way, as Butler limited them to no more than three points in a row for the entire set. Davidson led the Bulldogs with five kills in the second period.

Set 3: Butler 25-19

Davidson and Grunze kills followed by an ace from Grunze helped Butler get out to an early 5-0 lead. The Huskies would steadily cut the deficit until they tied the score at 14, and after other ties 17-17 and 18-18, the Bulldogs used a 7-1 run to clinch the set and the match. Grunze and Sheridan had two kills each during the set-clinching stretch to put the match away. Grunze paced the Butler offense with four kills in the final frame.

Stat of the Match

Five Bulldogs had at least five digs each during the match: Kinley (19), Grunze (seven), McKelvey (seven), Madison Friebel (five) and Jillian Ziemba (five).

Inside the Box Score

– Davidson paced the Bulldogs with 13.5 points on nine kills, five block assists and two block solos.

– Sheridan tallied 11 kills, two digs and a block.

– Kinley contributed 19 digs, five assists and an ace, and is now two digs away from tying the single-season program record for digs (574).

– McKelvey stuffed the stat sheet with 18 assists, seven digs, three aces and two kills.

– Grunze totaled nine kills, seven digs, two aces, an assist and a block.

Up Next

The Bulldogs return home to Hinkle Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., hosting Xavier in the final match of the season.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: NZE INJURED

Butler forward Bryce Nze will miss some time for the Bulldogs after the school revealed he has a partial tear in his left shoulder (labrum).

He was injured in Wednesday’s loss to Michigan State and will be evaluated with no determination on whether he will play at the Maui Invite next week. Nze is averaging 6.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

BALL STATE MBB: CARDINALS FALL TO PANTHERS IN DAY ONE OF JERSEY MIKE’S CLASSIC

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Ball State men’s basketball team returned to action for day one of the Jersey Mike’s Classic against FIU on Thursday. Basheer Jihad recorded a career-high 14 points, in the Cardinals’ 73-60 loss.

Ball State scored the game’s first four points on layups by Payton Sparks and Tyler Cochran. After the Panthers went on a 6-0 run, Cochran knocked down a turnaround jumper to tie the game at 6-6 with 16:13 left in the opening half.

The two sides traded buckets for five minutes and the game was tied at 19-19, with 11:14 left in the half. Sparks made a layup to give Ball State a 21-19 lead with just nine and a half minutes left in the first stanza.

FIU went on a 5-0 run and took a 24-21 lead with 7:37 left in the half. Demarius Jacobs made a big 3-pointer to tie the game at 24-24.

After the Panthers went up by two, 27-25 with 5:21 left in the half, Luke Bumbalough knocked down a 3-pointer to give BSU a slight 28-27 lead. On the following possession, Miryne Thomas made a great hustle play to close out on an FIU player taking a 3-pointer and blocked the shot.

FIU ended the half on a 7-0 run and took a 34-28 lead into the half.

Sparks opened the second half with a layup and drew the foul. He converted the and-1 opportunity and closed the gap to three. Thomas started to catch fire and scored Ball State’s next 10 points. The Cardinals held a slim 41-40 advantage with just over 15 minutes left in regulation. Bumbalough added a layup to put Ball State up 43-40.

FIU responded with a 7-0 run and took a 47-43 lead. Jihad drained a 3-pointer to pull within one, 47-46, with 13 minutes left.

After the Panthers went up by five, Jalen Windham hit on back-to-back 3-pointers to give BSU a 53-52 lead. Jihad converted on jumper to extend the Cardinal lead to 55-52.

FIU went on a 13-0 run and took a 67-57 lead with just over two minutes left in the game. The deficit was too much for the Cardinals to overcome in the remaining minutes as the Panthers won, 73-60.

Jihad recorded a career-high 14 points behind a 5-for-6 night from the field. He was 2-for-2 from 3-point range and added five rebounds. Thomas finished the game with 10 points, tied for a game-high two blocks, and added three assists. Bumbalough ended with a team-high six rebounds and added eight points. Jacobs, Bumbalough, and Cochran all produced four assists.

Travis Brewer notched a game-high 25 points. Denver Jones chipped in with 14 points for the Panthers. Clevon Brown brought down a game-high nine rebounds.

The Cardinals return to the McArthur Center on Friday for a game against Weber State. Tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford

“It was a really hard-fought game. I thought 35 minutes into the game it was really anyone’s game. I thought we played really well for 35 minutes. They hit three 3s in-a-row and I thought we collapsed. Credit to them, they played a good game. I thought we did a lot of good things, but not enough to get over the finish line.”

From the Student-Athlete – Freshman Forward #11 Basheer Jihad

“I feel like everyone’s made me feel comfortable. They give me the ball in the spots I know can shoot and make plays from. I feel like they do a good job of making me feel comfortable out there. I feel like we came prepared for the press, but we made some mistakes.”

NOTRE DAME WBB: (RV) IRISH KEEP ROLLING WITH 71-56 WIN OVER FORDHAM

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  — The (RV) Notre Dame women’s basketball team kept its early season momentum rolling on Thursday with a 71-56 victory over Fordham inside Purcell Pavilion. The Fighting Irish (4-0) built a lead as large as 21 and once again closed the door down the stretch, holding the Rams (2-1) to just two points over the final three minutes.

Dara Mabrey led the Irish with a season high 20 points, in which 15 came in the first quarter. Maddy Westbeld stepped up in the second half, where she scored 11 of her 18 points, to go along with her seven rebounds.

Freshman Sonia Citron, who had been close in previous games with earning a double-double, finally achieved her first tonight. The New York native recorded 12 points and a season best 10 rebounds.

Furthermore, Maya Dodson reeled in a career high 11 boards to go with her five points. Meanwhile, Anaya Peoples supplied a season high eight points, along with her five rebounds.

How It Happened

Mabrey played like a woman possessed in the first quarter. The New Jersey native couldn’t miss, going 6-for-6 in the period (including two from deep) to total 15 of the team’s 23 points. Defensively, the Irish held the Rams to just one field goal over the final 5:50 to take a 23-9 lead after one.

In the second, a Citron and-one kicked off an Irish 8-0 run, which nearly spanned two minutes. A Maddy Westbeld layup at 4:09 extended the Irish lead to 41-20; however, that marked Notre Dame’s last basket of the half, as Fordham produced a mini-rally to cut it to 42-28 at the break.

It was a low scoring third with each side putting up 12 points. The quarter was highlighted by a 6-0 run in which Abby Prohaska and Citron converted back-to-back fast-break layups, followed by yet another Westbeld jumper in the paint, building a lead of 20.

Yet, Fordham ended the third quarter on a 6-0 run, which later extended into an 13-0 scoring spree in the fourth which cut the deficit to single digits. Up just 54-47 with under eight minutes remaining, Westbeld answered the call with five straight points.

Citron, like Westbeld, also connected on a pivotal three with 4:19 left, which put the Irish up 64-48. Fordham’s Kaitlyn Downey dropped back-to-back treys within a 30-second span to put a little pressure back on the Irish, up just 10 with three minutes remaining.

However, the Irish defense put its foot down while Dodson, Mabrey, Miles and Westbeld got it done on the free-throw line, ultimately securing the 71-56 victory.

Up Next

The Irish finish off the homestand with Bryant University on Sunday, Nov. 21. It’ll be a special tip time of 5 p.m. due to Notre Dame volleyball at home earlier in the day.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL: IRISH OFF TO LAS VEGAS FOR MAUI INVITATIONAL

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team is off to Las Vegas, Nevada to defend its 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational title at the Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The continuing COVID-19 pandemic forced the move of the Maui Invitational off the island for the second consecutive season. Notre Dame will face St. Mary’s (CA) in its first contest, followed by a matchup with either Chaminade or Oregon.   

• Notre Dame has claimed the title of the past four in-season tournament in which it has competed – 2016 Legends Classic, 2017 Maui Invitational, 2018 Gotham Classic and 2019 Men Against Breast Cancer Invitational. The Irish are 15-1 in those events.

• The Irish are 6-3 all-time in the Maui Invitational with two championship game appearances (2008, 2017) and an event title (2017).

• Notre Dame begins a five-game road trip in Las Vegas, the three games in the event, a flight to Illinois for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on November 29 and the ACC road opener at Boston College (Dec. 3).

• The next home game for the Irish will be against Kentucky (Dec. 11) when LaPhonso Ellis will be inducted into the Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor.

• Notre Dame had three players – Paul Atkinson Jr., Nate Laszewski and Dane Goodwin – earn double-doubles in the same game for the first time since 2012 vs. High Point. It also marked the first time three Irish players reached double-digit rebounds in a game since 2010.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

#20 | PAUL ATKINSON JR. | Graduate Student | 6-9 | 230 | West Palm Beach, FL

Leads the Irish with 17.5 ppg, recorded double-double in victory over High Point with 19 pts, 11 reb • 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year at Yale • did not participate in 2020-21, as the Ivy League cancelled all intercollegiate athletics • ranked by ESPN+ as the fourth-best transfer prospect in  2020-21 • boasts a .661 career field goal percentage – top for any returning NCAA Division I player this year – and led Ivy League in FG% all three seasons in which he competed.

#3 PRENTISS HUBB | Senior | 6-3 | 176 | Upper Marlboro, MD

A team-high 11 assists through the first two games of the season • preseason All-ACC Second Team • leads all returning ACC players in career assists (451) • led the Irish in  scoring (14.6) and three-point field goals made (65) last season • one of five major conference players to reach 100 assists in league play last season.

#5 CORMAC RYAN | Senior | 6-5 | 195 | New York, NY

Has established himself as the team’s defensive stopper • started 16 of 25 games in his first year with the Irish last season • scored 21 points in the first half in the victory at Duke last year, eventually scoring career-best 28 points • shot .344 from 3FG range last season.

#23 DANE GOODWIN | Senior | 6-4 | 202 | Upper Arlington, OH

Averaging 15.0 ppg this season and shooting 7-14 from 3FG while averaging 7.5 rebounds per game • has seen action in 92 career games, making 31 starts • posted career highs of 11.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg in 2020-21 • one of the best free throw shooters on the team, boasting a .821 career average from the stripe.

#14 NATE LASZEWSKI | Senior | 6-10 | 235 | Jupiter, FL

Has pulled down 24 rebounds (including career-high 16 vs. High Point) in first two games of the year and is the early ACC leader in rebounding (12.0 per game) • improved FG% 19 percent, 3FG% 11% and RPG by 3.1 last season • scored over 20 points four times last season and has five 20-point games in his career.

OFF THE BENCH

#2 TREY WERTZ | Senior | 6-5 | 192 | Charlotte, NC

Provides instant offense off the bench, grabbed four rebounds with five points vs. CSUN • planned to sit out 2020-21 season after transferring from Santa Clara until all underclassmen transfers were given immediate eligibility in December of 2020 • appeared in 21 games making 14 starts, shooting .429 from three-point range • hit the game-winning 3FG at the buzzer vs. WF in 2021 ACC tournament.

#0 BLAKE WESLEY | Freshman | 6-5 | 185 | South Bend, IN

First Mike Brey freshman to score 20 points in a career debut (vs. CSUN) since Chris Thomas in 2001 • first South Bend, IN, public school MBB prospect to sign with Notre Dame since 1985 • consensus four-star prospect • athletic backcourt player expected to be an immediate key contributor.

#1 J.R. KONIECZNY | Freshman | 6-6 | 195 | South Bend, IN

(pronounced Ko-NEZZ-knee) Saw action in first career game vs. CSUN • all-time leading scorer in St. Joseph County history (1,996) • joins classmate Blake Wesley as the first Northern Indiana Conference players to sign with Notre Dame since 2012 (D. Jackson, A. Torres).

#22 ELIJAH TAYLOR | Sophomore | 6-8 | 242 | Philadelphia, PA

Missed CSUN game as a precaution due to minor lower leg injury, then the High Point game with the flu • missed 2020-21 while recovering from ankle surgery • athletic front court player will provide depth on the Irish front line.

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS

1Since 2000-01 (first year of the Mike Brey era), Notre Dame has led the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (1.44).
6Victories for the Irish in nine games from their three previous Maui Invitational appearances. Notre Dame advanced to the championship game in 2008 and won the title in 2017.
7Notre Dame will confer an NCAA Division I men’s basketball-best seven degrees in the spring of 2022 – undergraduate degrees to R. Carmody, D. Goodwin, P. Hubb, N. Laszewski, C. Ryan and T. Wertz, along with a graduate degree to P. Atkinson Jr.
15Notre Dame has won 15 of its last 16 in-season tournament games and claimed four consecutive event titles – the 2016 Legends Classic, the 2017 Maui Invitational, the 2018 Gotham Classic and the 2019 Men Against Breast Cancer Invitational.
21Points scored in his Notre Dame debut by freshman Blake Wesley. He becomes just the second freshman of the Brey era to post 20 or more points in his debut (Chris Thomas had 24 vs. New Hampshire in 2001). See Page 4 for more details.
32Game streak of double-digit scoring performances for Paul Atkinson Jr. entering the Maui Invitational. Atkinson hit double figures in all 30 games he played at Yale in 2019-20. The last time he did not score double figure points was against LSU (he had nine points) in the first round of NCAA tournament.
66Or .661 to be precise – graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr.’s career field goal percentage – which leads all returning NCAA Division I players this year. The 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year graduate transferred to Notre Dame during the offseason. Atkinson is 13-19 (.684) so far this season.
257Games won by Notre Dame with Mike Brey and Associate Head Coach Anthony Solomon on the coaching staff. Solomon returns for his third stint with the Irish this season and with him on the sidelines, Mike Brey has won .676 percent of the games he has coached at Notre Dame.
450Wins at Notre Dame for Mike Brey, the most in school history and the ninth-most for any NCAA coach at his current school.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MBB: PURDUE FORT WAYNE MBB TRAVELS TO MINNESOTA FOR FRIDAY NIGHT HOOPS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodons take a trip to Minnesota to play the Big Ten Golden Gophers.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (2-0) at Minnesota (3-0)

When: Friday, November 19 | 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Minneapolis, Minn. | Williams Arena

Listen: 1380 The Fan (stream only)

Live Stats: Link

Watch: B1G+

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | Minnesota

Series History: First meeting

KNOW YOUR FOE:

• Minnesota is 3-0 on the season with wins over Kansas City, Western Kentucky and Princeton. The Princeton win came in double overtime.

• The Golden Gophers have used the same starting five in all three games. Only two other players have averaged more than four minutes per game.

• Jamison Battle (20.7) and Payton Willis (20.3) lead the team in scoring.

• The Golden Gophers were picked to finish 14th in the preseason poll.

• Minnesota graduate Ben Johnson is in his first season as head coach of the Golden Gophers.

THROUGH TWO GAMES:

• The ‘Dons are 2-0 for the first time since 2014-15. The Mastodons have never started 3-0 since joining Division I in 2001-02. The last time the ‘Dons started 3-0 was 1999-00 with wins over Indiana Tech, Trine and St. Joseph’s.

• Ra Kpedi entered the season with one game of double-digit points in 62 career games (16 points on Nov. 14, 2018 against Lydon State while at Vermont). He now has double-digit points in both games this season.

• Ra Kpedi has made all eight of his free throw attempts on the season. He is the only Mastodon shooting perfect from the line this season. He entered the season shooting 57.9 percent from the line in his career.

• Jarred Godfrey has 11 assists to only three turnovers in 59 minutes.

• Deonte Billups (7) and Jarred Godfrey (6) share the team lead in steals.

• Seven different Mastodons have made a 3-pointer.

• Jalon Pipkins is shooting 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the floor including 6-of-7 from three.

• The Mastodons are the only undefeated team in the Horizon League.

ON GAME TWO VS. AUSTIN PEAY:

• Ra Kpedi finished with a career-high 17 points.

• 10 Mastodons saw the court and eight played double-digit minutes.

• Deonte Billups had a career-high four steals.

• The Mastodons held a 17-of-21 to 2-of-5 edge at the free throw line.

• The contest featured nine ties and eight lead changes.

• All 12 of Austin Peay’s points in the paint came in the second half.

ON GAME ONE VS. EARLHAM:

• All 11 Mastodons that played scored a point.

• Six Mastodons finished in double-digits.

• Jarvis Walker set career highs in points (11) and rebounds (5).

• The ‘Dons shot 63.8 percent from the floor, tied for sixth best in a single game in program history.

• The ‘Dons shot 52.0 percent (13-of-25) from three.

• Purdue Fort Wayne finished with 44 bench points, most since recording 47 against Siena Heights on Dec. 20, 2018.

• Six Mastodons recorded two or more assists. The ‘Dons had 20 assists as a team.

• RJ Ogom played his first collegiate game after using a redshirt season at College of Charleston last season. He scored seven points with a pair of slam dunks.

• Freshman JoJo Peterson also played his first collegiate game, recording a point and three assists in 19 minutes.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WBB: SHAYLA SELLERS’ CAREER NIGHT LEADS MASTODONS TO 1-0 HORIZON LEAGUE START

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Behind a career day from Shayla Sellers, Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball beat UIC 69-63 on Thursday night (Nov. 18) in the Gates Sports Center.


Sellers had career-highs in both points and rebounds, of which she had 23 and 11, respectively, for her first-career double-double. Sellers scored 20 of her points and grabbed eight of her rebounds in the second half. She was 7-of-11 from the floor, 5-of-6 from 3 and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

Ryin Ott, the Horizon League Freshman of the Week, followed up her honor with a double-double of her own to the tune of 14 points and 10 boards. Her sister, Riley scored 13 points and recorded four steals and three assists.

The Mastodons and Flames were all square through the first quarter. After UIC led 16-12, Riley Ott converted an old-fashioned 3-point play, then Amellia Bromenschenkel dropped in a layup to give the ‘Dons a lead. UIC hit a free throw to even it up.

UIC only led for 20 seconds in the second quarter. The ‘Dons led for 7:53. Shayla Sellers scored her first points of the game at the 8-minute mark, a 3-pointer from the corner. After Sylare Starks hit a runner in the paint to go up three, UIC closed the half on a 5-0 run.

After the halftime break, the ‘Dons went on a 6-0 run, with four points from Riley Ott and two from Aubrey Stupp. Later on, the ‘Dons had their best stretch of the night, a 7-0 Sellers run. The junior had a 3-pointer sandwiched between two layups on three-straight possessions. UIC hit a 3-pointer to stem the tide, but Ryin Ott knocked in 3-point play like her sister did in the first quarter.

Purdue Fort Wayne never trailed in the fourth quarter, leading for all but 13 seconds. The lead grew to as many as 12 (62-50) after Sellers buried a 3-pointer, but the Flames cut it all the way to two (65-63). Sellers and Stupp were a combined 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 17 seconds.

The Mastodons out-rebounded UIC 22-11 in the second half and 13-4 in the final quarter. In the last 10 minutes of play, the Mastodons shot 10-of-12 from the charity stripe.

This is Purdue Fort Wayne’s first 1-0 start to league play since 2013-14 and first 2-0 start since 2019-20. UIC falls to 0-2, 0-1 Horizon League. The Mastodons’ next scheduled game is a 2 p.m. game against IUPUI on Saturday, November 20.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: KATIE CROWE NAMED TO ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE SECOND TEAM

INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced its volleyball All-League awards on Thursday, November 18, and Purdue Fort Wayne graduate student Katie Crowe was selected for the second team.

Crowe, a Leo, Indiana native, was seventh in the Horizon League with 3.40 kills per set in her final season as a Mastodon. Her 408 total kills for the season ranked second among league players. She also ranked in the top 20 in the league in digs with 303.

The spring 2021 All-America Honorable Mention is just the second player in the Division I era of the Mastodon women’s volleyball program to earn All-League distinctions three times in her career.

Crowe has exhausted her eligibility. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human services in the spring of 2021 and will finish her master’s degree in organizational leadership in the spring of 2023.

INDIANA STATE MBB: SYCAMORES ROLL PAST OLD DOMINION IN MYRTLE BEACH INVITATIONAL OPENER; WILL PLAY OKLAHOMA FRIDAY

CONWAY, S.C. – Indiana State put on a defensive clinic in the opening round of the 2021 Myrtle Beach Invitational, defeating Old Dominion 77-36 at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina.

Four Sycamores scored in double digits as Indiana State made its national television debut. Cameron Henry tallied his second consecutive double-double with a 17 point and 13 rebound performance while Zach Hobbs tallied 15 points off the bench. A Chesterfield, Virginia native, Henry picked up his double-double in the first half and scoring 11 and snagging 11 rebounds.

Both Cooper Neese and Micah Thomas added 14 points apiece, accounting for seven of Indiana State’s 12 makes from behind the arch.

More impressive than the ISU offense was the defensive pressure for 40 minutes of action, allowing just 36 points to ODU and only four points in the paint. ISU held the Monarchs to just 21.6 percent (11-of-51) from the field and just three made baskets from distance.

“We came out and played with good force, the guys were terrific,” head coach Josh Schertz said. “We talked before the game and I have great respect for ODU. Obviously, it wasn’t their best and we know that. They were going to challenge our toughness and be physical. Our guys showed who they are and I’m really proud of this group. It was certainly less than optimal (with illness). This team has had to deal with a lot. It’s only November 18 but it feels like a full year with all the injuries, suspensions and now the COVID situation. I like the fiber of this team, the competitive spirit and we talked about controlling the things we can.”

Julian Larry chipped in six assists, five rebounds and two points, but the guard was most impressive on the defensive end, shutting down ODU’s Jaylin Hunter to just 2-for-11 shooting.

It was all Indiana State from the start, but the tide truly turned when Larry corralled a loose ball and was able to go the length of the court for a dunk to extend the ISU lead to 10 points at 17-7 with 12 minutes remaining in the first half.

Overall, ISU won the rebounding battle 39-37 led by Henry with 13. Dearon Tucker finished with six rebounds, Larry with five, Hobbs with four and Kailex Stephens added three for the Sycamores. Team rebounding was key as 10 Sycamores recorded a rebound in the game.

“When you’ve got guys like (forwards) Kailex Stephens and Dearon Tucker holding off the big men, it’s easy for me to fly in and just grab a board,” Henry noted. “Just being sound with team defense and being together.”

ISU held ODU without a field goal for a six-minute stretch in the first half until the Monarchs scored at the buzzer to go into the locker room. ISU cranked up the defense once again in the second half, holding OSU without a make from the field over an eight-minute stretch.

The Sycamores will have a quick turnaround as the team plays Oklahoma Friday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: FB PREVIEW | SYCAMORES CLOSE OUT 2021 SEASON AT ILLINOIS STATE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State hits the road for the final game of the 2021 regular season as the Sycamores make the trek to Normal, Ill. and Hancock Stadium to take on Illinois State on Saturday, November 20. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Redbirds is set for 1 p.m. with the game slated to be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Weekly Notes

Final Road Trip

Indiana State is back on the road this weekend looking for their second win away from Terre Haute this season as the Sycamores make the trip to Normal, Ill. The Sycamores picked up their lone win away from the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium back on September 18 in handing Eastern Kentucky the 23-21 loss. Since then, Indiana State has lost three road games falling to South Dakota, Missouri State, and North Dakota State. The Sycamores will also be looking for their first conference road win of the season in one of the toughest FCS conferences in the nation with at least four teams expected to make it to the FCS postseason this year.

Sending Out the Senior Class

Indiana State heads to the field for the final time in the 2021 season this weekend and 28 Sycamores will be wearing the Blue & White for the last time in their collegiate careers in the matchup against the Redbirds. The Sycamores recognized the senior class this past weekend for Indiana State’s Senior Day with 24 players receiving recognition in a pregame ceremony at Memorial Stadium.

Tough Conference Competition

The Missouri Valley Football Conference traditionally has dominated the FCS landscape and this season is no exception. The MVFC featured five teams in the top-16 in both major polls this week, while six different teams overall were listed in either the top-25 or receiving votes heading into the final week of the regular season.

Series Matchup

Illinois State leads the all-time matchup between the two teams dating back to the inaugural contest in 1936 which ended in a 0-0 tie. The Sycamores won three of the first five contests in the matchup, but trail the overall series, 31-38-2. More recently, the Redbirds have held the advantage winning 12 of the last 15, but two teams have split the last four matchups in the series.

First Three

1936 – vs. Illinois State, T, 0-0

1937 – at Illinois State, L, 21-0

1940 – vs. Illinois State, W, 6-0

Last Three

September 30, 2017 – at Illinois State, L, 24-13

November 10, 2018 – vs. Illinois State, W, 28-23

October 26, 2019 – at Illinois State, L, 24-7

On This Date

Indiana State has played in five games on November 20 in program history. The Sycamores are 1-4 all-time against their opponents on the date with four of the five games coming on the road – last in 2010 as the Sycamores fell at Southern Illinois, 49-21. The Sycamores and Redbirds have never faced off against each other on November 20.

On This Date

1976 – at VMI – L, 26-14

1977 – at Louisville – L, 27-16

1993 – vs. Western Illinois – W, 16-6

1999 – at Missouri State – L, 31-14

2010 – at Southern Illinois – L, 49-21

Scouting the Opponent

Illinois State was selected seventh overall in the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s preseason poll as announced by the conference office and voted on by the league’s head coaches, media, and sports information directors. The Redbirds received 196 total points in the poll following a spring season where the team went 1-3 overall with a win over Western Illinois before canceling the remainder of the year.

Illinois State had one player named to the preseason All-Conference squad with fullback Tim McCloyn the lone Redbird to be honored on the squad. The senior was named to the squad and continues to play a role on the Illinois State offense in a major blocking role, while his lone carry of the 2021 season came against Western Michigan.

Two of Illinois State’s wins this season have come in an upset fashion with the Redbirds topping South Dakota (20-14) and Northern Iowa (17-10) over the last month. Other wins for Illinois State include victories over Butler (49-7) and Eastern Illinois (31-24) in nonconference play.

The Redbirds have posted a balanced offense on the season with Illinois State posting 131.7 rushing yards and 116.9 passing yards per contest. Illinois State has posted five games with at least 150 rushing yards and four games with 100 passing yards, including a 318 yard passing game against Missouri State earlier this year.

Cole Mueller has been Illinois State’s primary ball-carrier on the year with a team-high 169 carries for 878 yards and six touchdowns on the year. The redshirt freshman has four 100-yard games and has eclipsed 25 carries in each of the last four contests. Highlighting his season includes a 27-carry, 159-yard, 3-touchdown game against Western Illinois.

Austin Nagel, Bryson Deming, and Jabari Khepera all lead the Redbirds passing attack with the trio the lone Illinois State players to record double-digit receptions on the year. Nagel leads the way with 16 catches for 333 yards and two touchdowns, while Deming and Khepera have also found the end zone twice on the season.

Defensively, Shanon Reid is the team leader with 75 tackles on the season. Zeke Vandenburgh is the team leader with 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks, while Clayton Isbell leads the team with three interceptions.

EVANSVILLE WVOLLEYBALL: ACES LOOKS TO CLINCH MVC CHAMPIONSHIP SPOT IN FINAL WEEKEND

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The regular season comes to a close this weekend for the University of Evansville volleyball team who travels to Southern Illinois and Missouri State.  On Friday, the Purple Aces face the Salukis at 6 p.m. in Carbondale before making the trek to Springfield, Mo. for a 5 p.m. match on Saturday.

Last Time Out

– In a match for the ages, Evansville and Northern Iowa dueled in a 5-set contest on Saturday at Meeks Family Fieldhouse

– Trailing 24-19 in the fourth set, UE rallied to take a 35-33 win to force a decisive 5th set

– In the final frame, the teams once again dueled to the final point with the Panthers clinching the match with a 19-17 decision

– Alondra Vazquez had her best performance of the season, recording 31 kills and five total blocks

– Giulia Cardona had 17 kills while adding a team-high 16 digs while Melanie Feliciano contributed 16 kills and 13 digs

– Taya Haffner put forth her top assist tally of the fall, accounting for 60 helpers

Back on Track

– Entering the final home weekend of the season, Alondra Vazquez was averaging 3.53 kills per set in MVC contests, which was third on the team

– In the matches versus Drake and UNI, Vazquez found the momentum she had earlier in the fall and finished with an average of 5.50 kills per set in the two contests

– After recording 24 kills in the win over the Bulldogs, Vazquez put forth her top total of the season versus the Panthers, registering 31 kills

– She remains on top of the MVC list with 4.19 kills/set while pacing the league in points (4.86/set)…defensively, Vazquez leads her squad with 2.81 digs per frame, 13th in the Valley…she has had 9 or more kills in all but two matches in the fall

Still Going Strong

– Over the last 33 sets of work, freshman Giulia Cardona has recorded a total of 21 service aces, an average of 0.64 per set

– Her season average has risen to 0.49 per set, which leads the MVC and is 16th in the nation

– She is currently on an offensive streak that has seen her record at least 12 kills in each of the last 14 matches while raising her season average to 3.89 per set

– Aside from leading the Valley in aces, she is second in points per set (4.53) and third with her kill average (3.89/set)

New Career High

– For the first time in her UE career, Taya Haffner recorded consecutive matches with 50 or more assists as she registered 51 in the home win over Drake before setting a new career high with 60 against UNI

– Her assist numbers continue to add up as she continues to pace the league with 10.67 per set while sitting 29th nationally

– The home win over SIU saw her set career marks in a pair of categories – kills (4) and block assists (4) – her top season tally in both

– Haffner reached 50 helpers twice before the final home weekend with 50 coming at Drake and 56 in the home contest versus Loyola

– On the defensive side, Haffner ranks 5th on the team with an average of 2.26 digs per set

HCAC ANNOUNCES 2021 FOOTBALL ALL CONFERENCE AWARDS

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) announced the Football All-Conference and marquee awards winners on Thursday.
 
After sweeping the conference slate, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned three of the major award winners.
 
Senior Noah Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned the title of 2021 HCAC Offensive Player of the Year. Thomas led the league in yards (955-yards), touchdowns (10), and yards per game average (95.5 ypg). He racked up 54 catches over the course of 2021, with his longest a 58-yard haul-in against Defiance College.
 
Fellow Fightin’ Engineer Michael Stevens (Orland Park, Ill.) was named the 2021 HCAC Defensive Player of the Year. The senior was atop the league leaderboards in several categories, including second in forced fumbles (three) fourth in solo tackles (49), fifth in total tackles (77), 10th in assisted tackles (28), and 11th in sacks (1). Stevens also picked up an interception he returned for 32-yards and had a career-high 11 tackles against Manchester University.
 
Joining his teammates for the 2021 awards is Jailen Hobbs (Bunnlevel, N.C.), named the 2021 HCAC Special Teams Player of the Year. The sophomore was a standout returner for the Fightin’ Engineers, with 15 kickoff returns in 2021 for an impressive 394-yards. His average per return was an impressive 26.3-yards and he had a long return of 65-yards. Hobbs also racked up an notable tally on punt returns, with 12 returns for 95-yards, for an average of 7.9-yards.
 
The HCAC recognizes an athlete in their first year of athletic competition who stands out above the rest as the Newcomer of the Year. The coaches selected Garrett Cora (Lizton, Ind.) as the 2021 HCAC Newcomer of the Year. The running back put up impressive numbers in his first year in a Grizzlies uniform, posting 700-yards on the ground. Cora was second in the league in yards per game with 70.0 and was fourth in the conference with his seven touchdowns. His 4.4-yards per carry is good enough for seventh in the league standings, and he tallied and impressive 160 carries over the course of 2021.
 
Rose-Hulman head coach Jeff Sokol was voted as the 2021 HCAC Coach of the Year, following a perfect 7-0 record in HCAC play, claiming the 2021 HCAC Football Regular Season title and a berth in the 2021 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs. He also led the Fightin’ Engineers to an 8-2 mark overall on the year.
 
Offensive Player of the Year – Noah Thomas, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Defensive Player of the Year – Michael Stevens, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Special Teams Player of the Year – Jailen Hobbs, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Newcomer of the Year – Garrett Cora, Franklin College
Coach of the Year – Jeff Sokol, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
 
The HCAC also honors an All-Conference First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention team. The members of those teams are selected by a vote of league coaches and are listed below.
 
For more information on HCAC football, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page. 
 
All-Conference First Team

NamePOSInstitution
Noah AbleDBMount St. Joseph
Winston AmankwahDBRose-Hulman
Kiefer AskewDBHanover
Dylan BoswellPFranklin
Kyzer BowenLBRose-Hulman
Caleb BrewsterLBHanover
Austin BrockWRMount St. Joseph
Rashard BrownDBRose-Hulman
Shawn CoaneRBHanover
Thomas ColtrainLBDefiance
Dante DardenDLFranklin
Andrew DionQBRose-Hulman
Jacob DollOLHanover
Jonathan FinnLBMount St. Joseph
Jared FrankWRHanover
Jarrett GibsonWR/RFranklin College
Alex GresockTERose-Hulman
Devonte HardimanDLHanover
Jailen HobbsRRose-Hulman
Andrew KiblerKManchester
Stephan KosakowskiDBBluffton
Hunter LacerOLBluffton
Danny MabeOLMount St. Joseph
Cameron McClureOLHanover
Tyce MillerDBRose-Hulman
Joey NewtonWRMount St. Joseph
Jireh OjataDLFranklin
Justin PiersonOLRose-Hulman
Dana ShouldersDLBluffton
Tyler SmithDLRose-Hulman
Michael StevensLBRose-Hulman
Aidan SturgeonOLRose-Hulman
Noah ThomasWRRose-Hulman
Kyle TreberLBHanover
Shane WelshansRBRose-Hulman

 
All-Conference Second Team

NamePOSInstitution
Christopher ArmaniOLFranklin
Walt BallingerRBHanover
Carter BrownKFranklin
Garrett CoraRBFranklin
Devon DonawerthDBMount St. Joseph
Sam FeolaLBAnderson
Markus FinleyOLBluffton
Julius FisherLBMount St. Joseph
Dean FoundosTEAnderson
Carmelo GurleyRManchester
Noah HammondDLMount St. Joseph
Evan HoseaOLFranklin
Daniel HueryWRRose-Hulman
Andrew KiblerPManchester
Brody LukerDBHanover
Jalen MasdenLBManchester
Dylan McKinneyWRFranklin
Eric Moultrie Jr.OLDefiance
Jason PiggLBFranklin
Richard Pope IVDLDefiance
Austin PriceRMount St. Joseph
Jayleem SantosDLHanover
Evan StambaughDBFranklin
Tanner SwindleDLFranklin
Zac TallentWRAnderson
Josh TaylorQBMount St. Joseph
Bo ThomasDLRose-Hulman
Adam Tice-SaliuWRRose-Hulman
Rigo VillaDLDefiance
Jaquan WalkerDBManchester
Andrew WeeksOLMount St. Joseph
Kody WilkersonLBFranklin
Nick WindersDBFranklin
Anthony WrightLBMount St. Joseph

 
All-Conference Honorable Mention Team

NamePOSInstitution
Jak BaumgartnerPBluffton
Aaron BlackDBFranklin
Maurice BrewerDLDefiance
Marvin CollinsDLManchester
Jawan ConeyDLAnderson
Pete CrossLBRose-Hulman
Brophy DecklanDLMount St. Joseph
Zane DineWRBluffton
Hunter EadsWRHanover
Kyle FarfsingKMount St. Joseph
Tyshaun FreemanRBDefiance
Harrington GreerWRManchester
Tyson HarleyQBAnderson
Cody HornerDBHanover
Keith Holmes Jr.DLBluffton
Chandler KinhaltWRMount St. Joseph
JR MathewsDLManchester
Collin McCaffreyLBAnderson
Caden McClainLBAnderson
Mariano MckenzieRBMount St. Joseph
Devontay MooreLBManchester
Ryan MurrayPMount St. Joseph
Jonathan OligerKRose-Hulman
Blake RineQBBluffton
Eric RoudebushPHanover
Willis Sands Jr.LBManchester
Louden SaulbeamLBBluffton
Amin ShaheedWRDefiance
Kainan StonerRBBluffton
Andrew TolerPRose-Hulman
Jabari WebbDLManchester
BJ WilliamsDLHanover

MARIAN WSOCCER: OLEKSAK’S GOAL LIFTS KNIGHTS OVER UNOH AND INTO OPENING ROUND FINAL

INDIANAPOLIS – One goal was all the Marian women’s soccer team needed to reach their 16th win of the season, as Erin Oleksak notched the game-winning goal in the 74th minute to give the Knights a 1-0 victory over Northwestern Ohio in the NAIA Opening Round. Marian’s win advances them into the Opening Round Final, as the team now has a 16-4-1 overall record.

Clean offensive looks were tough to come across through the night’s opening 20 minutes, as the two sides combined for seven shots with only one look coming on goal. Marian dominated the possession in the first 10 minutes, taking three shots with Drew Mason’s first look of the day coming on goal. The Knights continued to hold possession in the Racer end of the field with Maya Decker finding a shot attempt, but UNOH would counter in the 20th minute with a strong run as Agnes Stefansdottir played a shot near frame.

The Racers would get another shot in addition to a corner after Stefansdottir’s boot, but failed to come away with a clean look. Marian retailiated in the 28th minute looking to score the first goal with Erin Oleksak and Allie Schlom on the attack. Schlom’s boot was on target, but the kick ended in the arms of Martina Galloni of UNOH. Marian defended one final run in the final five minutes, with Noelle Rolfsen making a save in the 42nd minute to deny Lillian Ankerman on a fast break run. The game entered half scoreless, with the Knights leading in shot attempts 9-5.

The Knights attacked twice in the first seven minutes of the second half with Jacelyn Smith and Oleksak both putting in shots on goal, but the strikers were denied each time. The offense continued to pressure the goal with the team rattling off two corners and two shots in a four minute run, and nearly came away with a goal in the 66th minute as Oleksak blasted one through a cluttered box, but Galloni was able to smother the shot.

In the 74th minute, the Knights finally broke through, as Schlom penetrated the defense from the right side of the pitch. Schlom crossed a pass into the box trying to connect with Ryli John on the back post, but a defender was able to head the ball off it’s line. The deflection landed in front of Oleksak, and the junior quickly struck the ball, slicing the shot into the back of the net for the game-winning goal. Marian looked to add to their 1-0 lead several times in the final 15 minutes, controlling possession as they drained the clock to close the victory.

Marian held an 18-6 lead on shots for the match, with the defense allowing just one look in the second half. Oleksak took nine of the team’s shots, scoring the game’s only goal. Oleksak’s goal was her 22nd of the season, giving the junior a new career single-season high. Smith and Delaney Taylor each took two shots, and in net Rolfsen recorded the shutout making one save in the win.

Marian’s win advances them to Saturday night’s final match, where Marian will meet Lindsey Wilson College at 7 p.m. The meeting will be the first in program history between both schools.

DEPAUW FOOTBALL: FOOTBALL OPENS NCAA PLAYOFFS AT DEPAUW ON SATURDAY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team will open the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs at DePauw University on Saturday Nov. 20 at 12 pm in Greencastle.

Rose-Hulman enters the NCAA Division III Playoffs on a 7-game winning streak after completing the regular season with an 8-2 record.  The Fightin’ Engineers earned the 13th football conference championship in school history, earned their first outright HCAC championship since joining the league, and completed the HCAC regular season with a perfect 7-0 mark.

DePauw finished with an 8-2 record after winning the North Coast Athletic Conference championship.  The Tigers average 36.6 points per game, led by Chase Andries who has passed for 2,510 yards and 21 touchdowns this season.  Defensively, Dylan Hyatt leads DePauw with six interceptions.

The Rose-Hulman offense is led by two significant career school record holders and a preseason All-American running back.  Andrew Dion holds Rose-Hulman career school records with 9,481 passing yards and 91 passing touchdowns.  Noah Thomas holds every major career receiving school record with 247 career receptions for 3,535 yards and 36 receiving touchdowns.  Shane Welshans was a Lindy’s Magazine preseason All-American and has rushed for 1,543 career yards and 21 touchdowns.

This season, Dion is 198-of-314 for 2,902 yards and 29 touchdown passes.  Thomas leads the team with 54 receptions for 955 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Welshans paces the ground attack with 678 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

The offense has also been helped by three wide receivers with significant statistics.  Daniel Huery has hauled in 46 receptions for 713 yards and seven touchdowns.  Adam Tice-Saliu has 39 receptions for 560 yards and three scores.  Jailen Hobbs has added 36 receptions for 457 yards and five scores.  Hobbs is also a primary kick returner with 394 kickoff return yards and 210 punt return yards with a touchdown this season.  Alex Gresock has added two receiving touchdowns and one rushing score this season.

Rose-Hulman youthful offensive line has been a key to the team’s conference showing of more than 50 points in four games.  The starting unit of Aidan Sturgeon, Justin Pierson, Kenneth Gipson, Ryan Easterday and Chris Schletz features three sophomores and two freshmen for a unit that has helped the offense average 43.1 points per game.

Defensively, Michael Stevens was chosen a preseason All-American by Lindy’s Magazine and Football America, and has a team-high 77 tackles.  Stevens has also contributed 10 tackles-for-loss, five pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two blocked kicks, one sack and one fumble recovery this season.

Kyzer Bowen leads the team in tackles-for-loss (13) and is second on the team with 56 total tackles.  Deven Cobb has a team-high 3.5 sacks, and has received significant help on the defensive line from Tyler Smith (39 tackles, 3 sacks, 8 PBU), Pete Cross (41 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 1 fumble recovery), Bo Thomas (22 tackles, 9 TFLs, 2 sacks) and Jonathan Anstett (18 tackles, 5 TFLs, 1 sack).

The secondary is led by Tyce Miller with a team-high six interceptions.  Winston Amankwah has added three interceptions and scored two defensive touchdowns this season.  Riley Roberts added 31 tackles and 6.5 TFLs, and Chaikou Sow has contributed 41 tackles, two interceptions and five pass breakups.  Cameron Dorsey has added 14 tackles, eight pass breakups and two interceptions as a defensive unit starter.

The NCAA Division III Playoffs consist of 32 teams with one round each Saturday until Dec. 11.  The NCAA Division III National Championship Game will take place in Canton, Ohio, on Friday Dec. 17.

HANOVER MEN’S SOCCER: PREVIEW: MEN’S SOCCER SET TO COMPETE AS PART OF NCAA TOURNAMENT SWEET 16

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time in program history after defeating Lynchburg 2-1 in the opening round followed by nationally ranked Emory 1-0 in the second round.

UNDER WILKERSON: Under the guidance of head coach Matt Wilkerson, the Panthers have posted a 109-57-20 overall record, including a 64-17-9 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference mark. With Wilkerson at the helm, Hanover has also appeared in the NCAA Division III National Tournament on three separate occasions including the 2016, 2019, and 2021 season.

IN THE POST SEASON: The Panthers claimed the HCAC automatic bid after defeating Defiance in the Tournament Championship in penalty kicks. After a 0-0 double overtime battle, the Panthers and Yellow Jackets went to pk’s that saw Hanover on the wrong end of a 3-1 deficit. However, sophomore Luciano Salemi (Indianapolis, Ind.) stepped up big for the Panthers as he made a key save that helped propel HC to the sudden death penalty kick victory.

THE MATCH-UP WITH MESSIAH: Messiah enters the weekend at 18-1-2 overall after defeating Mount Aloysius College 2-0 in the opening round before taking down Kenyon 2-1 to advance to the Sweet 16. They finished the regular season ranked no. 8 nationally and will kick-off against the Panthers on Saturday at 3:30 PM.

NCAA TOURNAMENT SITE: The Panthers will hit the road for Lexington, Va. as no. 1 ranked Washington & Lee plays host to the round of 16 as well as the quarterfinals contests. The Generals open the weekend on Saturday at 1:00 PM taking on no. 24 ranked Christopher Newport University.

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BUFFALO BILLS630.6670.02801353-1-03-2-05-3-03-0-01 W
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS740.6360.03001772-4-05-0-05-1-02-1-05 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS370.3003.51772522-3-01-4-03-5-01-2-02 W
NEW YORK JETS270.2224.01612962-2-00-5-02-5-00-3-02 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS640.6000.02622413-2-03-2-02-4-01-1-03 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS540.5560.52192282-3-03-1-03-2-02-0-01 L
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS540.5560.52102303-2-02-2-04-2-01-2-02 L
DENVER BRONCOS550.5001.02001832-3-03-2-02-4-00-1-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS630.6670.02312174-1-02-2-04-3-00-1-01 L
PITTSBURGH STEELERS531.6110.51771853-2-12-1-03-2-01-1-01 T
CINCINNATI BENGALS540.5561.02362032-2-03-2-03-2-02-1-02 L
CLEVELAND BROWNS550.5001.52312413-2-02-3-03-4-01-1-01 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS820.8000.02782324-1-04-1-05-1-03-0-06 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS550.5003.02682303-3-02-2-04-3-02-2-02 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS270.2225.51492322-3-00-4-02-5-00-3-01 L
HOUSTON TEXANS180.1116.51282581-3-00-5-01-5-01-1-08 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
DALLAS COWBOYS720.7780.02841954-1-03-1-05-1-02-0-01 W
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES460.4003.52572310-4-04-2-03-3-00-1-01 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM360.3334.01852462-3-01-3-03-2-01-0-01 W
NEW YORK GIANTS360.3334.01792162-3-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS820.8000.02871893-2-05-0-04-2-03-0-01 L
LOS ANGELES RAMS730.7001.02712273-2-04-1-05-2-01-2-02 L
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS450.4443.52162121-4-03-1-04-4-01-3-01 W
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS360.3334.51811861-3-02-3-01-4-01-1-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS820.8000.02161804-0-04-2-06-1-02-0-01 W
MINNESOTA VIKINGS450.4443.52212112-2-02-3-03-2-01-0-01 W
CHICAGO BEARS360.3334.51502242-2-01-4-01-4-01-1-04 L
DETROIT LIONS081.0567.01502600-4-00-4-10-6-00-3-01 T
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS630.6670.02792124-0-02-3-04-3-01-1-02 L
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS540.5561.02221782-2-03-2-04-3-01-2-02 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS550.5001.52051932-3-03-2-03-4-02-0-01 W
ATLANTA FALCONS460.4002.51782881-4-03-2-02-5-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN115.6885-36-22-09-48-21 W
PHILADELPHIA97.5632.04-45-30-45-65-51 W
NEW YORK87.5332.53-55-23-17-74-61 L
BOSTON78.4673.52-35-51-26-75-51 L
TORONTO79.4384.02-65-33-27-64-63 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO105.6675-25-32-05-36-41 L
CLEVELAND98.5292.04-45-41-06-46-43 L
MILWAUKEE78.4673.02-45-42-05-54-61 W
INDIANA610.3754.54-22-80-23-85-52 L
DETROIT410.2865.52-52-51-43-94-61 W
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI115.6886-15-43-05-26-44 W
WASHINGTON105.6670.56-14-42-38-56-42 L
CHARLOTTE97.5632.05-24-52-16-35-54 W
ATLANTA79.4384.06-11-82-15-44-63 W
ORLANDO411.2676.51-63-50-42-93-71 W
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH105.6676-24-32-05-06-42 W
DENVER96.6001.07-22-42-16-46-42 L
PORTLAND88.5002.57-11-70-15-55-52 W
OKLAHOMA CITY68.4293.54-42-40-16-56-41 W
MINNESOTA69.4004.04-62-30-15-83-72 W
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE132.8678-15-13-08-19-12 W
PHOENIX113.7861.56-25-12-19-310-010 W
LA CLIPPERS96.6004.07-32-30-17-48-21 L
LA LAKERS88.5005.57-51-30-25-65-52 L
SACRAMENTO69.4007.02-44-51-24-83-71 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DALLAS95.6436-13-45-07-26-41 L
MEMPHIS87.5331.56-32-41-17-45-52 W
SAN ANTONIO411.2675.52-42-70-31-93-74 L
NEW ORLEANS214.1258.01-61-81-12-71-92 L
HOUSTON114.0678.51-50-90-21-120-1013 L

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS171223271266439-0-03-2-35-2-3
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS181251251248439-2-13-3-09-1-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING1593321847434-2-25-1-17-1-2
DETROIT RED WINGS1989218853655-2-23-7-04-6-0
BOSTON BRUINS1385016741376-1-02-4-06-4-0
BUFFALO SABRES1677216645495-3-12-4-13-6-1
MONTREAL CANADIENS19413210438673-6-11-7-12-6-2
OTTAWA SENATORS1541019436523-7-01-3-12-7-1
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES151320261351286-1-07-1-08-2-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS171025251058395-1-35-1-26-2-2
NEW YORK RANGERS17104323946474-1-16-3-26-2-2
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS1584319841394-2-24-2-15-3-2
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS1495018748446-3-03-2-06-4-0
NEW JERSEY DEVILS1575317643465-3-12-2-24-3-3
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS1666416549514-4-22-2-23-5-2
NEW YORK ISLANDERS1356212529395-6-24-4-2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
MINNESOTA WILD161150221056495-2-06-3-06-4-0
WINNIPEG JETS1693422852427-1-12-2-36-1-3
ST. LOUIS BLUES1695220855434-3-15-2-14-4-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS1696119844424-3-05-3-17-2-1
COLORADO AVALANCHE1375115647414-2-13-3-06-3-1
DALLAS STARS1567214539503-2-13-5-13-5-2
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS1659212437534-4-11-5-15-4-1
ARIZONA COYOTES1721326230671-4-11-9-12-7-1
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
EDMONTON OILERS161240241063487-1-05-3-07-3-0
CALGARY FLAMES1793523954342-1-37-2-24-2-4
ANAHEIM DUCKS181053231061487-3-13-2-28-1-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS17107020954526-4-04-3-07-3-0
LOS ANGELES KINGS1686218742395-3-03-3-27-2-1
SAN JOSE SHARKS1687117844463-2-15-5-04-5-1
VANCOUVER CANUCKS17510212443592-5-13-5-12-7-1
SEATTLE KRAKEN1641119444593-5-01-6-13-7-0