INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL MONDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Christian Academy at Medora 7:30 pm
Edon (Ohio) at Hamilton 7:30 pm
Evansville Central at South Spencer 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Chatard at Indianapolis Shortridge 7:30 pm
Indianapolis International at Indiana Deaf 5:30 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Indianapolis Rooted 7:30 pm
Lighthouse CPA at Calumet Christian 8:00 pm
Marquette Catholic at Elkhart Christian 7:30 pm
Phalen Academy at Purdue Poly North 7:00 pm
West Central at Faith Christian 7:30 pm
Delphi Classic
Taylor at Delphi 7:30 pm R1
Pioneer at Frankfort 7:30 pm R1
Rossville at North Montgomery 7:30 pm R1
North Newton at Winamac 8:00 pm R1

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL TUESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Avon at Southport 7:30 pm
Blackford at Delta 7:30 pm
Bloomfield at Northeast Dubois 7:30 pm
Bloomington North at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Boone Grove at Highland 8:00 pm
Cascade at North Putnam 7:30 pm
Christel House at Indianapolis Metropolitan 7:30 pm
Columbia City at Wawasee 7:45 pm
Columbus East at Greensburg 7:30 pm
Concord at Edwardsburg (Mich.) 7:00 pm
Crown Point at Hammond Central 8:00 pm
Decatur Central at Indianapolis Ritter 7:30 pm
East Chicago Central at Lighthouse CPA 8:00 pm
Eastbrook at Elwood 8:00 pm
Eastern (Pekin) at New Washington 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Eastside at Edon (Ohio) 6:00 pm
Evansville North at Evansville Mater Dei 8:00 pm
Franklin Central at Pike 7:30 pm
Gary 21st Century at Hanover Central 8:00 pm
GEO Next Generation at Union (Modoc) 6:00 pm
Goshen at East Noble 7:30 pm
Greenwood at Beech Grove 7:30 pm
Griffith at Calumet 8:00 pm
Homestead at Leo 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Lawrence North 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Washington at Phalen Academy 7:30 pm
Lake Central at Munster 8:00 pm
Lakeland at Westview 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Taylor (Ohio) 7:30 pm
Louisville Holy Cross (Ky.) at Providence 7:30 pm
Maconaquah at Whitko 7:45 pm
Madison-Grant at Yorktown 7:30 pm
Martinsville at Indian Creek 7:30 pm
Milan at East Central 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at South Adams 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville) at New Castle 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Heritage Hills 8:00 pm
New Prairie at Mishawaka 7:30 pm
Noblesville at Marion 7:30 pm
North Posey at Boonville 8:00 pm
Oak Hill at Western 7:30 pm
Oldenburg Academy at Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:30 pm
Orleans at Mitchell 7:30 pm
Shoals at Lighthouse Christian 7:30 pm
South Bend Clay at Trinity Greenlawn 7:30 pm
South Bend Riley at Plymouth 7:30 pm
Southwood at Southern Wells 7:30 pm
Terre Haute South at Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville (Ill.) 8:00 pm
Tri-West at Harrison (West Lafayette) 7:30 pm
Twin Lakes at Frontier 7:30 pm
Wapahani at Frankton 7:30 pm
Warsaw at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:30 pm
Whiteland at Seymour 7:30 pm
Woodlan at Fremont 7:30 pm


Delphi Classic
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 1 7:30 pm SF


McLean County (Ky.) Tournament
Evansville Day vs. Owensboro Apollo (Ky.) 3:30 pm Pool
Rock Creek Academy vs. Hancock County (Ky.) 5:00 pm Pool
Evansville Day vs. Whitesville Trinity (Ky.) 6:30 pm Pool
Rock Creek Academy at McLean County (Ky.) 8:00 pm Pool

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL “IBCA” POLL

DEC. 17

1. Lawrence North (5-0)

2. Fishers (7-0)

3. Westfield (5-0)

4. Indianapolis Cathedral (6-0)

5. Noblesville (4-1)

6. Kokomo (6-2)

7. Ben Davis (4-2)

8. Indianapolis Attucks (5-2)

9. Anderson (5-0)

10. Brownstown Central (6-1)

11. Brownsburg (5-3)

12. Greenfield-Central (7-0)

13. Guerin Catholic (6-2)

14. Fort Wayne North (6-0)

15. Lake Central (6-0)

16. Penn (5-1)

17. South Bend Riley (6-1)

18. Evansville Harrison (4-1)

19. Chesterton (3-2)

20. Plainfield (6-1)

INDIANA SRN BOYS BASKETBALL POWER POLLS

4A

  1. Fishers (7-0)
  2. Westfield (5-0)
  3. Lawrence North (5-0)
  4. Cathedral (6-0)
  5. Ben Davis (4-2)
  6. Noblesville (4-1)
  7. FW North (6-0)
  8. Kokomo (6-2)
  9. Anderson (5-0)
  10. Greenfield Central (7-0)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Brownsburg, Chesterton, Lake Central, Plainfield, Concord, SB Riley, Evansville Harrison, Richmond

3A

  1. Guerin Catholic (6-2)
  2. Danville (6-0)
  3. Silver Creek (6-2)
  4. Brebeuf (5-1)
  5. Heritage Hills (5-1)
  6. Delta (6-1)
  7. Northwood (3-1)
  8. Scottsburg (6-2)
  9. SB Washington (6-2)
  10. North Daviess (7-1)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Purdue Poly Englewood, Evansville Memorial, Heritage Christian, Peru, Indian Creek, Hammond Noll, Tri-West, Greensburg, SB St. Joseph

2A

  1. Wapahani (7-0)
  2. Brownstown Central (6-1)
  3. Southwestern (Hanover) (7-0)
  4. Tipton (6-0)
  5. FW Blackhawk (5-1)
  6. Manchester (6-1)
  7. Providence (5-1)
  8. Linton-Stockton (5-1)
  9. North Judson (5-1)
  10. Paoli (4-0)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Triton Central, FW Luers, Park Tudor, Westview

1A

  1. Greenwood Christian (6-1)
  2. Loogootee (7-1)
  3. Evansville Christian (6-1)
  4. Marquette Catholic (4-1)
  5. Clay City (5-2)
  6. Barr-Reeve (6-1)
  7. Triton (6-0)
  8. Indy Lutheran (2-2)
  9. Orleans (3-2)
  10. Christian Academy (6-0)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Shakamak, Fountain Central, Indy Tindley, Morgan Township,

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL MONDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Angola at Woodlan 7:30 pm
Blackford at Monroe Central 7:30 pm
Boone Grove at Illiana Christian 8:00 pm
Cascade at Purdue Poly Englewood 7:30 pm
Cascade at Owen Valley 7:30 pm
Christian Academy at Medora 6:00 pm
Columbia City at Fort Wayne Luers 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at Adams Central 7:30 pm
Gary West at Thornton Fractional South (Ill.) ppd.
Greenwood Christian at Phalen Academy 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at GEO Next Generation 6:00 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Indianapolis Rooted 6:00 pm
Muncie Central at Wapahani 7:30 pm
Northeast Dubois at Shoals 6:30 pm
Northwestern at Carroll (Flora) 7:30 pm
Providence Cristo Rey at Indianapolis Herron 6:00 pm
South Bend Career at Westville 6:00 pm
Terre Haute South at Covington 7:30 pm
Central Christian Tournament
Indianapolis HomeSchool at Central Christian 5:00 pm R1
Crosspointe Christian vs. Irvington Prep 6:30 pm R1


Delphi Tournament
Taylor at Delphi 6:00 pm R1
Pioneer at Frankfort 6:00 pm R1
Rossville at North Montgomery 6:00 pm R1
North Newton at Winamac 6:30 pm R1

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL TUESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Anderson Prep at Alexandria 6:30 pm
Argos at New Prairie 8:00 pm
Bismarck-Henning (Ill.) at Attica 8:00 pm
Bloomington South at Jeffersonville 7:30 pm
Bluffton at Churubusco 7:30 pm
Boone Grove at Bowman Academy 8:00 pm
Boonville at Evansville Christian 7:00 pm
Borden at Floyd Central 7:00 pm
Bremen at Triton 7:30 pm
Calumet at Gary West 7:00 pm
Clarksville at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
Clinton Central at Clinton Prairie 7:30 pm
Corydon Central at Charlestown 7:30 pm
Daleville at Delta 7:30 pm
Decatur Central at Indianapolis Ritter 6:00 pm
DeKalb at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7:30 pm
Dugger Union at Henryville 2:00 pm
Eastbrook at Elwood 6:00 pm
Elkhart at Goshen 7:30 pm
Evansville Bosse at Carmi (Ill.) 8:30 pm
Evansville Central at Mount Vernon (Posey) 8:00 pm
Evansville Harrison at Terre Haute South 6:30 pm
Evansville North at Evansville Mater Dei 6:30 pm
Fairfield at NorthWood 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Dwenger at Garrett 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne South at Heritage 7:00 pm
Greenfield-Central at Connersville 7:30 pm
Hamilton Heights at Lapel 7:30 pm
Hamilton Southeastern at Indianapolis Cathedral 7:30 pm
Harrison (Ohio) at South Dearborn 7:30 pm
Heritage Christian at Carmel 7:30 pm
Heritage Hills at Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm
Highland at Andrean 8:00 pm
Homestead at Angola 7:30 pm
Indian Creek at Greenwood 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Whiteland 7:30 pm
Jasper at Pike Central 7:30 pm
Jennings County at Columbus North 7:30 pm
Jimtown at South Central (Union Mills) 7:30 pm
John Glenn at LaVille 7:30 pm
Kankakee Valley at Chesterton 8:00 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at MTI Knowledge 6:00 pm
Knox at West Central 8:00 pm
Lakeland at Westview 6:00 pm
Lakewood Park at New Haven 7:30 pm
LaPorte at Kouts 8:00 pm
LaPorte LaLumiere at South Bend Washington 7:00 pm
Logansport at Peru 7:45 pm
Milan at Christian Academy 6:00 pm
Monrovia at Indiana Deaf 6:30 pm
Morgan Twp. at Wheeler 8:00 pm
New Palestine at Lawrence Central 7:30 pm
New Washington at Switzerland County 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Columbus East 7:30 pm
North Harrison at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
North Judson at Tri-Township 7:30 pm
North White at Faith Christian 7:30 pm
Northridge at Penn 7:45 pm
Providence at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
Rensselaer Central at Lowell 8:00 pm
Shawe Memorial at Crothersville 7:30 pm
Sheridan at Lebanon 7:00 pm
Shoals at Lighthouse Christian 6:00 pm
South Knox at North Posey 5:00 pm
South Spencer at Crawford County 8:00 pm
Southport at Indianapolis Tech 7:00 pm
Springs Valley at West Washington 7:30 pm
Terre Haute North at Plainfield 7:30 pm
Victory Christian at Lakeland Christian 6:30 pm
Wabash at Southwood 7:45 pm
Washington Twp. at Griffith 8:00 pm
West Noble at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Westfield at Franklin Central 7:30 pm


Central Christian Tournament
Loser Game 1 vs. Lose Game 2 4:00 pm
Winner Game 1 vs. Indianapolis Herron 5:30 pm SF
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 7:00 pm SF


Delphi Tournament
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 1 6:00 pm SF

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL “IBCA” POLL

  1. Lawrence Central (12-1)
  2. Hamilton Southeastern (11-1)
  3. Columbia City (11-1)
  4. Fort Wayne Snider (12-1)
  5. Center Grove (12-1)
  6. Jennings County (11-1)
  7. Lawrence North (9-3)
  8. Homestead (8-1)
  9. Bedford North Lawrence (12-1)
  10. Lake Central (11-1)
  11. Northridge (12-1)
  12. Franklin (12-2)
  13. Norwell (11-2)
  14. South Bend Washington (11-3)
  15. Zionsville (10-2)
  16. Fishers (9-4)
  17. Indian Creek (11-2)
  18. Rensselaer Central (14-0)
  19. Noblesville (7-5)
  20. Hamilton Heights (11-2)

INDIANA SRN GIRLS BASKETBALL POWER POLLS

4A

  1. Lawrence Central (12-1)
  2. Hamilton SE (11-1)
  3. FW Snider (12-1)
  4. Columbia City (11-1)
  5. Center Grove (12-1)
  6. Bedford North Lawrence (12-1)
  7. Lake Central (11-1)
  8. Jennings County (11-1)
  9. Lawrence North (9-3)
  10. Franklin (12-2)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Homestead, Northridge, SB Washington

3A

  1. Rensselaer Central (14-0)
  2. Norwell (11-2)
  3. Hamilton Heights (11-2)
  4. Indian Creek (11-2)
  5. Western (11-0)
  6. Greensburg (10-2)
  7. Scottsburg (12-1)
  8. Benton Central (10-2)
  9. Gibson Southern (9-3)
  10. Evansville Memorial (9-1)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Washington, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe Valley, Fairfield

2A

  1. North Knox (12-1)
  2. Eastern Hancock (12-0)
  3. South Knox (10-1)
  4. Eastbrook (10-1)
  5. Lapel (11-2)
  6. Carroll (Flora) (10-2)
  7. Crawford County (12-2)
  8. Eastside (11-1)
  9. Lewis Cass (10-1)
  10. Alexandria (9-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Blackford, FW Luers, Brownstown Central, Triton Central, Linton-Stockton, Austin, Bluffton

1A

  1. Lanesville (13-0)
  2. Caston (12-0)
  3. Borden (10-1)
  4. Marquette Catholic (11-1)
  5. Springs Valley (11-1)
  6. Bethany Christian (10-1)
  7. Tri-Township (12-0)
  8. Morgan Township (10-2)
  9. Orleans (11-1)
  10. Jac-Cen-Del (10-2)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Clinton Central, Tri, FW Blackhawk

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

Monday, Dec. 18

Bahamas Bowl (Temporarily renamed the Famous Toastery Bowl)

Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion

Nassau, Bahamas (Temporarily relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina)

2:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Frisco Bowl

Marshall vs. UTSA

Frisco, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 21

Boca Raton Bowl

USF vs. Syracuse

Boca Raton, Florida

8 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 22

Gasparilla Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. UCF

Tampa, Florida

6:30 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl

Troy vs. Duke

Birmingham, Alabama

12 p.m. | ABC

Camellia Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois

Montgomery, Alabama

12 p.m. | ESPN

Armed Forces Bowl

Air Force vs. James Madison

Fort Worth, Texas

3:30 p.m. | ABC

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Georgia State vs. Utah State

Boise, Idaho

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

68 Ventures Bowl

Eastern Michigan vs. South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

7 p.m. | ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl

Northwestern vs. Utah

Las Vegas, Nevada

7:30 p.m. | ABC

Hawai’i Bowl

San Jose State vs. Coastal Carolina

Honolulu, Hawai’i

10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

Bowling Green vs. Minnesota

Detroit, Michigan

2 p.m. | ESPN

First Responder Bowl

Texas State vs. Rice

Dallas, Texas

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Kansas vs. UNLV

Phoenix, Arizona

9 p.m. | ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Military Bowl

Tulane vs. Virginia Tech

Annapolis, Maryland

2 p.m. | ESPN

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

North Carolina vs. West Virginia

Charlotte, North Carolina

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Holiday Bowl

No. 15 Louisville vs. Southern Cal

San Diego, California

8 p.m. ET | FOX

Texas Bowl

No. 20 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Houston, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 28

Fenway Bowl

No. 24 SMU vs. Boston College

Boston, Massachusetts

11 a.m. | ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers vs. Miami (Fla.)

The Bronx, New York

2:15 p.m. | ESPN

Pop-Tarts Bowl

No. 18 NC State vs. No. 25 Kansas State

Orlando, Florida

5:45 p.m. | ESPN

Alamo Bowl

No. 12 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Arizona

San Antonio, Texas

9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 29

Gator Bowl

No. 22 Clemson vs. Kentucky

Jacksonville, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

No. 16 Notre Dame vs. No. 19 Oregon State

El Paso, Texas

2 p.m. | CBS

Liberty Bowl

Memphis vs. Iowa State

Memphis, Tennessee

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Cotton Bowl

No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Missouri

Dallas, Texas

8 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 30

Peach Bowl

No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 11 Ole Miss

Atlanta, Georgia

12 p.m. | ESPN

Music City Bowl

Auburn vs. Maryland

Nashville, Tennessee

2 p.m. | ABC

Orange Bowl

No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 6 Georgia

Miami Gardens, Florida

4 p.m. | ESPN

Arizona Bowl

Wyoming vs. Toledo

Tucson, Arizona

4:30 p.m. | CW Network/Barstool

Monday, Jan. 1, 2024

ReliaQuest Bowl

No. 13 LSU vs. Wisconsin

Tampa, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN2

Citrus Bowl

No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 21 Tennessee

Orlando, Florida

1 p.m. | ABC

Fiesta Bowl

No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 23 Liberty

Glendale, Arizona

1 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl

No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama

Pasadena, California

5 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas

New Orleans, Louisiana

8:45 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Game

Houston, Texas

7:30 p.m. | ESPN

NFL WEEK 15-SUNDAY

Miami 30 NY Jets 0

Kansas City 27 New England 17

Houston 19 Tennessee 16 OT

Cleveland 20 Chicago 17

Carolina 9 Atlanta 7

New Orleans 24 NY Giants 6

Tampa Bay 34 Green Bay 20

Buffalo 31 Dallas 10

San Francisco 45  Arizona 29

LA Rams 28 Washington 20

Monday Night Football schedule, Dec. 18

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 6:15 P.M., ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPN DEPORTES (stream with free trial from FUBO)

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#16 Illinois 74 Colgate 57

#17 Colorado State 86 CSU-Pueblo 54

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 POLLS

#14 Notre Dame 76 Purdue 39

#7 LSU 81 Northwestern State 36

#22 Florida State 76 Drexel 56

#20 Creighton 89 Drake 78

#19 Marquette 99 Appalachian State 91

#21 Gonzaga 83 South Dakota State 58

#16 Virginia Tech 84 Rutgers 59

NBA SCOREBOARD

New Orleans 146 San Antonio 110

Boston 114 Orlando 97

Milwaukee 128 Houston 119

Phoenix 112 Washington 108

Golden State 118 Portland 114

NHL SCOREBOARD

Vancouver 4 Chicago 3

Washington 2 Carolina 1

Anaheim 5 New Jersey 1

Vegas 6 Ottawa 3

Colorado 6 San Jose 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

NFL ROUNDUP: JAMES COOK, BILLS ROLL OVER COWBOYS

James Cook rushed for a career-high 179 yards and totaled two touchdowns to propel the Buffalo Bills to a 31-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Cook reeled in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen early in the second quarter and rushed for a 24-yard score early in the fourth. The second-year running back also set career-high totals in carries (25) and scrimmage yards (221).

Allen, who threw for just 94 yards, passed for a touchdown and rushed for another for an NFL-record 10th game in a single season.

The Bills (8-6) posted their second straight win by limiting the Cowboys’ top-ranked scoring offense to just 195 total yards and 14 first downs. Dallas’ Dak Prescott threw for just 134 yards and an interception and CeeDee Lamb rushed for a 3-yard touchdown.

The Cowboys (10-4) clinched a postseason berth for the third straight season prior to the game. They punched their ticket after the Atlanta Falcons dropped a 9-7 decision to the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers fell 34-20 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier Sunday.

Texans 19, Titans 16 (OT)

Ka’imi Fairbairn made a 54-yard field goal as time expired in overtime to lift Houston past Tennessee in Nashville.

It was the fourth field goal of the game for Fairbairn. Houston quarterback C.J. Stroud remained in concussion protocol following his injury last week in a 30-6 loss to the New York Jets, and Case Keenum was named the starter over Davis Mills. Keenum completed 23 of 36 passes for 229 yards with a game-tying touchdown and an interception.

Devin Singletary rushed for 121 yards on 26 carries and Noah Brown caught eight passes for 82 yards and a game-tying touchdown with 3:03 left for the Texans (8-6). Will Levis completed 17 of 26 passes for 199 yards for the Titans (5-9), who had won two of their past three games.

Dolphins 30, Jets 0

Raheem Mostert rushed for two scores to set a franchise single-season record for total touchdowns and Miami dismantled New York at Miami Gardens, Fla.

Bradley Chubb had a field day and matched his career high of three sacks to go with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery as the AFC East-leading Dolphins (10-4) won for the fourth time in the past five games. Tua Tagovailoa completed 21 of 24 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown. Tyreek Hill (ankle) missed the contest as Jaylen Waddle stepped into the lead role and had eight receptions with a season-best 142 yards.

The Jets (5-9) lost for the sixth time in seven games with quarterback Zach Wilson departing late in the second quarter with a concussion. He completed 4 of 11 passes for 26 yards and was sacked four times.

Panthers 9, Falcons 7

Eddy Pineiro kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired and Carolina turned its lone lead of the game into a victory against Atlanta at rainy Charlotte, N.C.

The game-winning drive covered 90 yards on 17 plays, chewing up the final 7 minutes, 35 seconds while knocking the Falcons (6-8) out of a share of first place in the NFC South. Quarterback Bryce Young was 18 of 24 for 157 yards as Carolina (2-12) won for the first time under interim coach Chris Tabor.

Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder was 12 of 20 for 152 yards with a touchdown and a costly fourth-quarter interception. Atlanta had only 204 yards of total offense.

Browns 20, Bears 17

Joe Flacco overcame three interceptions to guide a fourth-quarter comeback and Dustin Hopkins made the go-ahead field goal from 34 yards out for host Cleveland to top Chicago.

Flacco finished the day 28-for-44 passing for 372 yards and two touchdowns for the Browns (9-5), who have won five of seven games. David Njoku caught 10 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown and Amari Cooper added four receptions for 109 yards and a score.

The Browns fought past a strong defensive effort by Chicago (5-9), which got 2.5 sacks from Montez Sweat and an interception return for a touchdown by Terrel Edmunds. The Bears were eliminated from playoff contention.

Buccaneers 34, Packers 20

Baker Mayfield completed 22 of 28 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns and Tampa Bay pulled away from host Green Bay.

Chris Godwin finished with 10 catches for 155 yards to lead the Buccaneers (7-7). Mike Evans, Rachaad White, Ko Kieft and David Moore had one touchdown catch apiece from Mayfield, who finished with season highs in passing yards and touchdowns.

Jordan Love completed 29 of 39 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns for the Packers (6-8). Tucker Kraft and Jayden Reed each hauled in a touchdown catch.

Saints 24, Giants 6

Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes and host New Orleans did not allow a touchdown en route to defeating New York.

Carr completed 23 of 28 passes for 218 yards and connected with 10 different receivers, including three different targets for scores. Alvin Kamara contributed 66 rushing yards and 44 receiving yards on five receptions for the Saints (7-7).

Giants rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito, who left the game briefly to be checked for a concussion before returning, completed 20 of 34 passes for 177 yards as New York (5-9) saw its three-game winning streak end.

Chiefs 27, Patriots 17

Patrick Mahomes threw for a pair of touchdowns and Kansas City rattled off 20 straight points to beat New England in Foxborough, Mass.

Mahomes completed 27 of 37 passes for 305 yards and was picked off twice as the Chiefs (9-5) snapped a modest two-game skid. Rashee Rice hauled in nine receptions for 91 yards and a score. Clyde Edwards-Helaire finished with 101 total yards of offense (37 rushing, 64 receiving) and a TD reception, while running back Jerick McKinnon caught a touchdown and threw for another.

Bailey Zappe threw for 180 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 23-for-31 passing for the Patriots (3-11), which have 11 losses in a season for the first time since 2000.

49ers 45, Cardinals 29

Brock Purdy threw four touchdown passes, two apiece to Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel, and San Francisco defeated Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.

Purdy completed 16 of 25 passes for 242 yards as the Niners (11-3), who have won six straight, remained atop the NFC standings and clinched the West title. McCaffrey added a 1-yard scoring run and finished with 187 total yards. He ran for 115 yards on 18 carries and made five catches for 72 yards.

James Conner ran for 86 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals (3-11), who were coming off a bye week. Kyler Murray went 26-of-39 passing for 211 yards and an 8-yard touchdown strike to Elijah Higgins in the final minute. Murray was picked off twice.

Rams 28, Commanders 20

Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns, Kyren Williams ran for one and Los Angeles held off Washington in Inglewood, Calif., to move into the last playoff spot in the NFC.

Stafford completed 25 of 33 passes for 258 yards while Williams rushed for 152 yards on 27 attempts for his fifth 100-yard game of the year. In improving to 7-7, Los Angeles handily outgained Washington 445-297.

Coming off a Week 14 bye, the Commanders (4-10) looked much like the team that has stumbled to 10 losses in its past 12 games. Washington couldn’t consistently move the ball most of the day, earning only seven first downs for three-plus quarters.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 15

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played during NFL Network’s Saturday Showdown tripleheader on Dec. 16 and during the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET windows on Sunday, Dec. 17, the 15th week of the 2023 season.

  • The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS clinched the NFC West division title for the second-consecutive season with a 45-29 win over Arizona in Week 15. It marks their first back-to-back division titles since 2011-12.

    Both the DALLAS COWBOYS and PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, who visit Seattle on Monday Night Football, clinched playoff berths for the third-consecutive season.

    The BALTIMORE RAVENS can clinch a playoff berth in Week 15 with a win on Sunday Night Football at Jacksonville while the DETROIT LIONS can secure a playoff berth should Philadelphia defeat Seattle on Monday.

    Four teams recorded the game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime in Week 15: CAROLINA (field goal with no time remaining in fourth quarter), CINCINNATI (field goal with 3:11 left in overtime), CLEVELAND (field goal with 34 seconds remaining in fourth quarter) and HOUSTON (field goal with no time remaining in overtime).

    Four teams overcame a deficit of 10-or-more points to win in Week 15: CINCINNATI (14), HOUSTON (13), INDIANAPOLIS (13) and CLEVELAND (10).

  • Miami quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 21 of 24 attempts (87.5 percent) for 224 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions for a 119.4 rating and running back RAHEEM MOSTERT rushed for two touchdowns in the Dolphins’ 30-0 win over the New York Jets.

    Tagovailoa has six career games with a completion percentage of 80-or-higher (minimum 20 attempts in each game), surpassing JOE BURROW (five games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (five) for the most such games by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history.

    Mostert has 18 rushing touchdowns this season, tied with LEGARRETTE BLOUNT (18 rushing touchdowns in 2016) for the third-most rushing touchdowns by an undrafted player in a season since 1967. Only PRIEST HOLMES (27 rushing touchdowns in 2003 and 21 in 2002) has more.

    Mostert, who has 18 rushing touchdowns and two touchdown receptions in 2023, is the third undrafted player since 1967 to record at least 20 touchdowns in a season, joining AUSTIN EKELER (20 touchdowns in 2021) and PRIEST HOLMES (27 in 2003 and 24 in 2002).

  • San Francisco quarterback BROCK PURDY had four touchdown passes with no interceptions for a 135.3 rating and running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 187 scrimmage yards (115 rushing, 72 receiving) and three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) in the 49ers’ Week 15 win over Arizona.

    Purdy has six games this season with a passer rating of 130-or-higher, tied with AARON RODGERS (six games in 2011 and six games in 2020), TONY ROMO (six in 2014), RYAN TANNEHILL (six in 2019) and RUSSELL WILSON (six in 2019) for the most such games in a season in NFL history.

    Purdy has 13 career games with a passer rating of 110-or-higher, tied with JUSTIN HERBERT (13 games) for the second-most such games by a player in his first two seasons in NFL history. Only RUSSELL WILSON (14) has more.

    McCaffrey has 1,292 rushing yards and 509 receiving yards this season and is the fourth player in NFL history to record at least 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in four-or-more career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARSHALL FAULK (five seasons) and THURMAN THOMAS (four) as well as TIKI BARBER (four).

    McCaffrey has 80 scrimmage touchdowns in 89 career games and is the fifth running back with at least 80 scrimmage touchdowns in his first 90 career games in the Super Bowl era, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (104 scrimmage touchdowns) and EMMITT SMITH (97) as well as SHAUN ALEXANDER (91) and ADRIAN PETERSON (83).

    McCaffrey has totaled 6,018 rushing yards and 4,265 receiving yards since entering the NFL in 2017 and is the third player ever with at least 6,000 rushing yards and 4,000 receiving yards in his first seven seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK and ROGER CRAIG.

    McCaffrey is the second player in NFL history with 30 career games with at least 50 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (41 games).

  • Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN had two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in the Bills’ 31-10 win over Dallas.

    Allen has 10 games with both a touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown this season, surpassing KYLER MURRAY (nine games in 2020) for the most such games in a season in NFL history.

  • Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-17 win at New England.

    Mahomes, currently in his seventh season, has 45 career games with at least 300 passing yards, tied with MATT RYAN (45 games) for the most such games by a player in his first 10 career seasons in NFL history.

    Mahomes has 217 touchdown passes in 94 career games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (217 touchdown passes) for the most touchdown passes by a player in his first 100 career games in NFL history.

  • Tampa Bay quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 381 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a 158.3 rating, the highest attainable mark, in the Buccaneers’ 34-20 win at Green Bay.

    Mayfield is the third player with at least 375 passing yards, four touchdown passes and a 158.3 rating in a road game in NFL history, joining NICK FOLES (Nov. 3, 2013 at Oakland, with Philadelphia) and KEN O’BRIEN (Nov. 2, 1986 at Seattle, with the New York Jets).

  • New Orleans quarterback DEREK CARR completed 23 of 28 attempts (82.1 percent) for 218 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 134.8 rating in the Saints’ 24-6 win over the New York Giants.

    Carr has 3,098 passing yards this season and became the third player in NFL history with at least 3,000 passing yards in each of his first 10 career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING and RUSSELL WILSON.

    Carr has 3,503 career completions and joined MATT RYAN (3,630 completions) as the only players with at least 3,500 completions in their first 10 career seasons in NFL history.

  • Additional notes from Week 15 include:

    • Detroit rookie tight end SAM LAPORTA had five receptions for 56 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions’ 42-17 win over Denver on Saturday in Week 15.

      LaPorta became the fourth rookie tight end since 1980 to record three touchdown receptions in a game, joining ERIC GREEN (Oct. 14, 1990), ROB GRONKOWSKI (Nov. 14, 2010) and JOSEPH FAURIA (Oct. 13, 2013).

      LaPorta has nine touchdown receptions this season, tied with JUNIOR MILLER (nine touchdown receptions in 1980) for the third-most ever by a rookie tight end. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE DITKA (12 touchdown receptions in 1961) and ROB GRONKOWSKI (10 in 2010) have more.

      LaPorta has 71 receptions this season and is the third rookie tight end with at least 70 receptions in NFL history, joining KEITH JACKSON (81 receptions in 1988 with Philadelphia) and JEREMY SHOCKEY (74 receptions in 2002 with the New York Giants).

    • Cincinnati quarterback JAKE BROWNING passed for 324 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for a 97.7 rating in the Bengals’ overtime win on Saturday in Week 15.

      Browning is the fifth quarterback since 1950 with a passer rating of 95-or-higher in each of his first four career starts, joining GARDNER MINSHEW (2019), CHAD PENNINGTON (2002), BROCK PURDY (2022) and MARK RYPIEN (1988).

      Browning has a completion percentage of 76.0 (98 of 129) in his first four career starts, trailing only CHAD PENNINGTON (76.9 percent) for the highest completion percentage by a quarterback in his first four career starts since 1950.

    • Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT recorded two sacks in Week 15 and has 21 career games with at least two sacks, tied with his brother J.J. WATT for the fifth-most such games by a player in his first seven seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (30 games) and RICHARD DENT (23) as well SIMEON RICE (23) and JARED ALLEN (22) have more.​

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: CELTICS TACKLE MAGIC, IMPROVE TO 14-0 AT HOME

Jaylen Brown heated up late to polish off a 31-point performance as the Boston Celtics continued to inch toward history with a 114-97 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic on Sunday.

Boston has won its first 14 home games of the season, becoming just the second team in franchise history to accomplish the feat. The 1957-58 Celtics got off to the best start in front of a friendly crowd, going 18-0.

Brown scored 17 of his points in the fourth quarter and went 12-for-20 from the field for the game. Jayson Tatum added 23 points and eight rebounds for Boston, which also got 15 points and 10 boards from Kristaps Porzingis.

Paolo Banchero poured in a game-high 36 points to go along with 10 rebounds as Orlando fell to the Celtics for the second time in three days. Boston beat the Magic 128-111 on Friday.

Suns 112, Wizards 108

Phoenix rallied from a 16-point deficit and outscored visiting Washington 31-19 in the fourth quarter en route to a win.

Devin Booker shot 4 of 6 from the floor and scored 11 of his 27 points in the final period, helping to ignite Phoenix’s rally on the offensive end. The Suns defense held Washington to 7-of-27 shooting in the quarter as Phoenix flipped a nearly game-long deficit into a lead down the stretch. Kevin Durant finished with a game-high 28 points.

Daniel Gafford buoyed Washington with his career night, recording personal bests of 26 points and 17 rebounds.

Pelicans 146, Spurs 110

CJ McCollum scored 29 points while hitting six of his seven 3-point attempts as visiting New Orleans set a franchise record for 3-pointers and romped past San Antonio.

New Orleans made a franchise-record 22 3-pointers on 42 tries in its season-high fourth straight victory. Brandon Ingram added 26 points, with Jose Alvarado scoring 16 and Jonas Valanciunas racking up 15 points and 16 rebounds.

The Spurs struggled in falling for the 19th time in their past 20 outings after breaking their team-high 18-game losing streak with a win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. Victor Wembanyama paced San Antonio with 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.

Bucks 128, Rockets 119

Damian Lillard had 39 points and 11 assists as Milwaukee posted its fourth straight win, beating visiting Houston.

Giannis Antetokounmpo added 26 points and 17 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 20 points and Brook Lopez had 18 for Milwaukee, which shot 50 percent from the field and snapped the Rockets’ five-game winning streak.

Fred VanVleet led the Rockets with 22 points, while Alperen Sengun tallied 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Houston trailed by as many as 14 late in the third quarter before cutting the deficit to 118-113 when VanVleet scored with 3:26 remaining in the game, but it could never pull ahead.

Warriors 118, Trail Blazers 114

Klay Thompson scored 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting to lead Golden State to a victory over host Portland.

Andrew Wiggins added 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting off the bench as Golden State posted back-to-back wins for the first time since Nov. 1-3. Warriors star Stephen Curry scored just seven points and missed all eight of his 3-point attempts to see his NBA record of 268 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer come to an end.

Jerami Grant scored 30 points for Portland, which dropped its seventh straight game. Anfernee Simons added 24 points after going scoreless in the first half.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NO. 17 COLORADO STATE EASES PAST CSU-PUEBLO

Isaiah Stevens scored 18 points, Patrick Cartier, Nique Clifford and Taviontae Jackson added 13 apiece and No. 17 Colorado State rebounded from its only loss of the season to earn an 86-54 victory over visiting CSU-Pueblo on Sunday in Fort Collins, Colo.

Joel Scott scored 11 points as Colorado State (10-1) cruised to the victory eight days after a 64-61 home loss to Saint Mary’s. The Rams had a lead over the Gaels with 2:10 remaining last week before faltering down the stretch but remained in the Top 25 rankings.

Colorado State shot 50.9 percent from the field Sunday and won the battle of points in the paint 36-12 against the smaller ThunderWolves.

Armon Muldrew scored 16 points and Brevin Walter added 13 for Division II CSU-Pueblo (6-6), which had just one day or rest after a heartbreaking 101-99 defeat in overtime to South Dakota Mines on Friday.

The ThunderWolves recorded just six assists and had eight points off turnovers to 31 for the Rams. It was the only scheduled Division I opponent for CSU-Pueblo this season.

CSU-Pueblo enjoyed a strong start, leading 6-4 after the opening 3 1/2 minutes before Colorado State grabbed control with a 10-0 run for a 14-6 advantage and never looked back.

The Rams’ first double-digit lead came at 18-8 with 12:24 remaining in the first half and their first lead of at least 20 points came on a 3-pointer from Stevens with 4:22 left in the half for a 36-14 advantage.

Colorado State led 46-26 at halftime by shooting 54.8 percent from the field and making 9 of their 17 attempts from 3-point range (52.9 percent).

CSU-Pueblo made the first two field goals of the second half before a 10-2 run from Colorado State thwarted any momentum the ThunderWolves could build.

Colorado State has two more games remaining — one at home — before Mountain West Conference play begins Jan. 2 at against visiting New Mexico.

COLEMAN HAWKINS, NO. 16 ILLINOIS TAKE CARE OF COLGATE

Coleman Hawkins posted a season-high 16 points to lead a balanced attack as No. 16 Illinois never trailed in a 74-57 nonconference victory over Colgate Sunday in Champaign, Ill.

Quincy Guerrier and Marcus Domask notched 15 points apiece for the Illini (8-2) while All-America candidate Terrence Shannon Jr. scored all 14 of his points in the first half and racked up a career-high five blocks while limiting Colgate’s top scorer, Braeden Smith, to a season-low two points.

Jeff Woodward’s season-high 14 points served as the only double-figure entry for Colgate (6-5), which got as close as nine points after trailing by 22 with 13 minutes to go.

Illinois scored nine points before Colgate was able to get a shot on the rim. Shannon drilled a 3-pointer, Guerrier swished two free throws and threw down a dunk off a Ty Rodgers drive and Hawkins finished a pick-and-roll with a layup that gave Illinois a 9-0 lead and forced the Raiders to call a timeout barely two minutes into the game.

The Illini pushed their lead to 14-0 at the 16:37 mark – Hawkins hitting a 3 and Guerrier providing a putback – before Ryan Moffatt got Colgate on the board with a second-chance 3-pointer and a driving layup.

Illinois’ lead stood at 23-11 when Colgate ditched its man-to-man in favor of a 3-2 zone that bothered the Illini briefly. The Raiders got as close as 23-16 – highlighted by Parker Jones finding Sam Thomson in transition for a breakaway dunk – before Hawkins found Rodgers for a layup, Shannon drilled a 3 and Hawkins added another 3 to restore a 31-16 advantage.

Illinois carried a 44-27 lead into the break. Both teams struggled offensively at the outset of the second half as Illinois missed 12 of its first 13 shots and Colgate canned just one of its first 10 – but the Raiders got hot soon thereafter.

The Illini built a 58-37 lead on Guerrier’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with 8:50 to go, but Colgate responded with 11 points in a row – highlighted by a rare 3-pointer by 6-foot-11 center Keegan Records – to slash the margin to 58-48 with 5:42 remaining.

The Raiders pulled within single digits for the first time since the 8:45 mark of the first half when Jalen Cox turned a leaner into a 3-point play to make it 62-53 with 3:34 to go.

Illinois’ Domask, beset by foul trouble, answered with his first 3-pointer of the game and Colgate never got closer than 10 again.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 14 NOTRE DAME CRUSHES PURDUE

After a statue of former coach Muffet McGraw was unveiled outside Purcell Pavillon, Hannah Hidalgo scored 23 points to help No. 14 Notre Dame top visiting Purdue 76-39 on Sunday in South Bend, Ind.

Hidalgo, the star freshman for the Fighting Irish (8-1), flirted with a triple-double as she also notched eight assists and 10 rebounds. Maddy Westbeld added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the eighth straight win for the Irish, while Natalija Marshall chipped in 14 points.

Purdue (6-5) was led by eight points from Abbey Ellis.

Notre Dame never trailed and led by as many as 40 points as it shot 50.8 percent from the floor and outscored Purdue 44-14 in the paint.

No. 22 Florida State 76, Drexel 56

Ta’Niya Latson scored 22 points to lead the Seminoles to a road win over the Dragons in Philadelphia.

O’Mariah Gordon added 14 points and seven assists for Florida State (8-3), while Mikayla Timpson had 10 points and six rebounds. Brooke Mullin powered Drexel (4-4) with 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

FSU outscored the Dragons 46-16 in the paint.

The game marked the first time Florida State and Drexel had played each other in any sport since 1992.

No. 7 LSU 81, Northwestern State 36

Angel Reese and Aneesah Morrow each had double-doubles as the host Tigers routed the visiting Demons in Baton Rouge, La.

Reese scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds, while Morrow had 16 points and 14 boards of her own in the 11th consecutive victory for LSU (11-1). Flau’Jae Johnson added 13 points while Mikaylah Williams had 14.

Sharna Ayres led Northwestern State (4-6) with 10 points and five rebounds.

LSU outscored the Demons 52-6 in the paint and won the rebounding battle 50-26. The Tigers tallied 21 steals and forced 31 turnovers.

Hailey Van Lith remained sidelined for LSU with an injury.

No. 19 Marquette 99, Appalachian State 91

Jordan King had 29 points as the Golden Eagles outlasted the visiting Mountaineers in Milwaukee, Wis.

King also had five rebounds and five assists while shooting 6-of-8 from 3-point land to lead undefeated Marquette (11-0). Liza Karlen added 24 points for the Golden Eagles, while Frannie Hottinger had 14 points and a season-high 21 rebounds.

Six players scored in double figures for App State (5-5), including Emily Carver and Faith Alston, who each had 19 points.

The Mountaineers used a 22-9 run in the first quarter to take a brief six-point lead, a stretch that included a trio of 3-pointers from Carver. The second frame belonged to Marquette, as it used a 21-6 run to take a 10-point lead. App trimmed the deficit to one point early in the fourth, but never tied the game.

Marquette won the rebounding battle by 13 and knocked down 20 free throws on its way to victory.

No. 20 Creighton 89, Drake 78

Emma Ronsiek scored a season-best 31 points as the BlueJays beat the host Bulldogs in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ronsiek made 13-of-19 shots to power Creighton (8-2). The BlueJays also got 22 points from Lauren Jensen and 19 points from Morgan Maly.

Katie Dinnebier led Drake (6-4) with 26 points and seven assists, while Anna Miller had 15 points and nine rebounds.

Drake led by three points early on, but Creighton responded with a 13-2 run, and then went on to lead by as many as 17 points.

The BlueJays made 14 shots from behind the arc and turned the ball over just five times.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: EX-DEVIL ADAM HENRIQUE POWERS DUCKS WITH HAT TRICK

Adam Henrique notched his first career hat trick, producing the milestone against his former team Sunday night as the visiting Anaheim Ducks earned a rare win by beating the New Jersey Devils 5-1 in Newark, N.J.

Henrique, who played one game for the Devils during the 2010-11 season then spent the next six-plus seasons with New Jersey, entered Sunday with 26 two-goal efforts in 858 NHL games.

Alex Killorn and Troy Terry also scored for the Ducks, who snapped a five-game skid and won for just the second time in 15 games (2-13-0). Goalie John Gibson earned the victory after making 18 saves in the first two periods before exiting due to illness. Lukas Dostal stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third.

Michael McLeod scored for the Devils, who lost for just the third time in 11 games (8-3-0) but fell to 1-5-1 in the second game of a back-to-back set. Goalie Akira Schmid recorded 22 saves.

Capitals 2, Hurricanes 1 (SO)

Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves to help visiting Washington rally for a shootout win against Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the lone goal in the shootout and Martin Fehervary scored in regulation for the Capitals, who won for the first time in three games.

Sebastian Aho scored and Pyotr Kochetkov made 20 saves for the Hurricanes, who lost in a tiebreaker for the second straight game.

Avalanche 6, Sharks 2

Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and two assists, Mikko Rantanen, Valeri Nichushkin, Ryan Johansen and Miles Wood also scored and Colorado beat San Jose Sharks in Denver.

Jonathan Drouin contributed two assists and Alexandar Georgiev turned away 27 shots for Colorado, which has won three of its past four games. MacKinnon has a 15-game point streak — matching a career high — and has at least one point in all 16 Avalanche home games this season.

Tomas Hertl had two goals, Mikael Granlund had two assists and Mackenzie Blackwood made 22 saves for San Jose.

Golden Knights 6, Senators 3

Jack Eichel and Ivan Barbashev each had a goal and an assist and Mark Stone chipped in with three assists as Vegas cruised to a victory over visiting Ottawa.

Chandler Stephenson, Jonathan Marchessault, Nicolas Roy and William Karlsson also scored for Vegas, which won its ninth in a row against Ottawa. Josh Norris had a goal and assist and Brady Tkachuk and Ridly Greig also scored for Ottawa, which extended its losing streak to a season-high four. Joonas Korpisalo finished with 25 saves.

Logan Thompson, who replaced starter Adin Hill after 6:25 of the first period, made 20 saves. Hill, making his first appearance since leaving a Nov. 30 win at Vancouver with a lower-body injury, left after stopping just two of three shots. Thompson finished despite grimacing and grabbing his right leg after making a save early in the third.

Canucks 4, Blackhawks 3

Second-period goals by Dakota Joshua, Brock Boeser and Ilya Mikheyev erased a deficit and sparked visiting Vancouver to a victory over Chicago.

Elias Pettersson also scored for Vancouver, which is on a 5-0-1 run, J.T. Miller and Tyler Myers collected two assists each and goaltender Thatcher Demko made 25 saves.

Nick Foligno scored twice and Cole Guttman added a goal for the Blackhawks, who are suffering through a four-game losing skid and have collected only two wins in 10 games. Rookie sensation Connor Bedard, who hails from Vancouver, collected two assists and goalie Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES/ NEWS

COLTS FOOTBALL

COLTS RB JONATHAN TAYLOR COULD RETURN WEEK 16

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor is close to being cleared to play after missing three games due to a thumb injury that required surgery.

Head coach Shane Steichen said Sunday that Taylor is progressing and has a chance to be in the lineup this weekend for a Christmas Eve game at Atlanta.

The Colts (8-6) won for the fifth time in six games, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-13 on Saturday, and played for the seventh time this season without Taylor.

“We’ll see how the week goes,” Steichen said. “He’s feeling good though.”

Taylor was injured during a Nov. 26 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and underwent surgery three days later.

After missing the first four games of the season due to a contract standoff and an ankle injury, Taylor has amassed 414 rushing yards and four touchdowns in seven games (five starts) this season. He also has 16 catches for 137 yards and one score.

Taylor has 5,194 yards from scrimmage and scored 41 touchdowns in 50 career games (46 starts). Taylor, 24, was the NFL rushing champion with 1,811 yards in his second season in the league.

Taylor’s return would be well-timed after backup running back Zack Moss exited Saturday’s win over Pittsburgh in the first half with an arm injury. Lead wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. also left following a vicious helmet-first hit that led to the ejection of Steelers safety Damontae Kazee.

Steichen said Sunday that Pittman is in the concussion protocol and is doing “good,” but wasn’t pleased after reviewing the hit again on film.

“It probably shouldn’t happen. He led with the crown of his helmet, and you never want to see that,” Steichen said.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 15 IU MEETS EVANSVILLE ON MONDAY NIGHT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 15 Indiana hosts its penultimate non-conference game when it welcomes Evansville on Monday night to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

ABOUT THE PURPLE ACES

Evansville returned to action after 10 days with a 70-68 win over Lindenwood at home on Saturday. They are led by sophomore guard Kynidi Mason Striverson’s 16.9 points and 4.3 assists per game. Freshman forward Maggie Hartwig adds 12.1 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds. The Purple Aces are averaging 72.6 points per game and shooting 37.2 percent from the floor.

SERIES HISTORY

Indiana leads 8-0

LAST MEETING

11/30/06, W, 83-80 (Bloomington, Ind.)

NOTES

As Indiana returns to complete non-conference action on Monday, it will look to extend its winning streak at home. The Hoosiers have won 15-straight non-con home games, dating back to the 2021-22 season with its last loss against NC State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in December 2021.

Senior guard Sydney Parrish continues to do a bit of everything for the Hoosiers in her second season with the program. The Fishers, Ind. native is currently averaging 9.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She’s the only player with multiple double-doubles and has recorded 10 rebounds in IU’s last three games.

Indiana ranks sixth in the nation in average attendance per game, with 8,543 fans in attendance in each game through the first four home games. They rank second in the Big Ten in overall attendance and are one of only eight programs in the country averaging crowds of 8,000 or more.

Three players average doble figures for the Hoosiers through nine games, with graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes leading the way with 19.0 points per game. Senior guard Sara Scalia adds 15.2 points per game while sophomore guard Yarden Garzon chips in 11.0 points.

UP NEXT

Non-conference play wraps up on Friday, December 22 against Bowling Green on Big Ten Network at 6 p.m. ET.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MARSHALL’S 6-BLOCK PERFORMANCE HELPS GIVE NOTRE DAME 76-39 WIN OVER PURDUE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Welcome to the block party. Nat Marshall is hosting.

On Sunday, No. 14 Notre Dame (8-1) drubbed in-state rival Purdue (6-5), 76-39. The Irish are the first team to hold Purdue to fewer than 40 points since Connecticut did so on Nov. 24, 2018.

Marshall, Hannah Hidalgo and Maddy Westbeld all shined in various stat categories. Marshall posted her fifth consecutive game in double-figures (14 points) and had a career high 6 blocks. She is the first Irish player with a 6-block game since Maya Dodson did so against Boston College on Jan. 30, 2022.

“I am so proud of her, oh my gosh,” Westbeld said of Marshall after the game with an ear-to-ear grin. “We have been through every up and down. We started here together, and now to see her flourish, finally be healthy, and play with the confidence that we knew that she was capable of playing with…the sky is the limit for her.”

It was just another day at the office for Hannah Hidalgo, who finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals. She is the first player since January 2022 in all of women’s college basketball to have a game with at least 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals. The 10 rebounds were a career-high for the rookie, and the 8 assists tied her best mark. Hidalgo now has 6 performances of at least 6 steals this year. As of Sunday afternoon, no other ACC player has posted more than one 6+ steal game.

For her part, Westbeld had 15 points and 12 rebounds, marking her fifth double-double of the year. She entered her senior season with 9 career double-doubles.

“We had an incredible performance all across the board,” Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey said. “Maddy is doing such a phenomenal job of leading us, from her voice to the way that she’s been dominating. She’s really doing a great job of having a presence but also being that dominant post that we need.”

As far as the game flow went, the Irish came out hot with an 11-0 run. Purdue followed it with a 7-0 run before both teams settled in.

Notre Dame was dominant in the paint in the first quarter; 14 of the 20 Irish points were in the lane. On the other side, Purdue struggled mightily in the paint in the first half. The Boilermakers went 4-14 on layups and turned the ball over 12 times. Notre Dame scored 12 points off of those turnovers.

The Boilermakers scored just 7 points in Q2, marking the fifth time this year Notre Dame has held an opponent to fewer than 10 points in a quarter. It was the first time they did it against a major conference foe. Notre Dame had Purdue nearly doubled up by halftime, 35-18. Hidalgo paced the game with 10 points, and Westbeld had 7 rebounds.

Purdue posted 7 points once again in the third frame, allowing Notre Dame to leave no doubt. The home team made 10 of 13 shots and outrebounded Purdue 11-7. By the time the clock struck zero, Notre Dame had its sixth win by more than 30 points this year.

“It was a sold out game, and the energy of the crowd was amazing,” Ivey said. “For the team to perform the way that they performed in such a dominant fashion for 40 minutes, it was icing on the cake for us to get this win today.”

Up next, Notre Dame hosts Western Michigan (4-4) for one last contest before Christmas. The Broncos will visit Thursday at 6 p.m.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

TURNOVERS COSTLY FOR TREES IN SUNDAY NIGHT SETBACK

ATHENS, Ohio – Kiley Bess led Indiana State with 18 points Sunday night, but the Sycamores’ fourth-quarter comeback fell one possession short in a 65-62 loss at Ohio.

Chelsea Cain added 13 for the Sycamores, while Chloe Williams scored a career-high 10 off the bench. Bella Finnegan had nine points, six rebounds and a game-high six assists, while Mya Glanton had seven points and a team-leading eight rebounds.

Indiana State jumped out to an early lead, but Ohio closed each of the first two quarters strong and took a slim one-point lead into the intermission. The home side pushed their lead to nine late in the third quarter as Indiana State had turnover woes and came up empty-handed from the charity stripe on multiple occasions, but the Trees battled back. Indiana State opened the fourth quarter on a 13-5 run to take the lead with less than five minutes remaining, but turnovers haunted the Sycamores late as Ohio protected home court.

First Half

Indiana State jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, as Finnegan opened the scoring with a jumper and Bess added a three-ball for the Blue and White. Layups from Glanton and Cain kept the Sycamores in front by six midway through the quarter, but the Sycamore offense stalled in the back half of the opening frame. Ohio went on a 10-0 run to go in front, with Glanton’s layup inside the final minute ending the Sycamore scoring drought. Indiana State entered the second quarter trailing 17-13.

Similar to the first quarter, Indiana State got off to a good start thanks to baskets from Finnegan and Savannah White. Consecutive buckets from Bess and Williams saw Indiana State pull ahead 22-19, and Williams added another basket down low moments later. Indiana State used an 8-0 run to go ahead 30-24, capitalizing on free throws and a layup from Cain, but Ohio rallied back with a 6-0 run of its own to even the score late. A buzzer-beating basket saw the Bobcats take a 32-31 lead over the Sycamores at the half.

Second Half

Free throws from Bess opened the Sycamores’ account in the third quarter, and Finnegan knocked down a jumper to put the Trees back in front 35-34 less than a minute in. Ohio retook the lead moments later, but a fastbreak layup from Glanton evened the score at 39. The home side went on an 8-0 run until Bess ended a two-minute Sycamore scoring drought with a jumper, and the Bobcats extended their lead out to nine with two minutes to go in the third. A late layup from Williams cut into Ohio’s lead, but Indiana State faced a 52-46 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.

Indiana State’s offense came to life early in the fourth, as baskets from Bess and Williams sandwiched around a pair of Williams free throws tied the score at 52-all. Baskets in the paint from Bess and Finnegan kept the Sycamores within reach, and Cain knocked down a three-ball from the corner to give Indiana State a 59-57 lead inside five minutes. Indiana State’s offense went cold late, though, as the Sycamores went more than four minutes without a point and allowed Ohio to retake the lead. Bess knocked down a late 3-pointer, but it was too little, too late in a 65-62 loss for the Blue and White.

News and Notes

Turnovers proved costly for Indiana State, as the Sycamores committed a season-high 27 miscues Sunday.

Bella Finnegan’s six rebounds marked a season best, while her six assists were a career-best tally.

Chloe Williams’ 10 points and four field goals were both career-high marks, which she accomplished in just 16 minutes of action.

Indiana State has been a strong free throw shooting team this season, but the Sycamores were just 15-for-27 (55.6 percent) from the line Sunday night.

Offensive rebounding continues to be a positive for the Trees, who pulled down 15 offensive boards Sunday. The Sycamores converted those into 10 second chance points.

Indiana State capitalized on 18 Ohio miscues to the tune of 25 points off turnovers.

Indiana State dropped to 4-5 overall, 2-2 on the road, 3-2 when wearing blue and 1-2 all-time against Ohio.

Up Next

Indiana State closes the non-conference portion of its schedule Wednesday at Purdue, with tipoff set for 11 a.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WESTERN MICHIGAN STEALS NON-LEAGUE GAME FROM ‘DONS

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Amellia Bromenschenkel scored 21 points, but Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball fell to Western Michigan 78-76 in the final moments of Sunday’s (Dec. 17) game.

The ‘Dons led 76-74 with 40 seconds remaining, but Western Michigan got a layup and a pair of free throws to secure the win. The Mastodons had a pair of looks for the game-winner in the final

Bromenschenkel scored 15 of her 21 points in the first half, which helped Purdue Fort Wayne open up a 17-point lead just before halftime. She finished the game 7-for-13 from the floor in 38 minutes.

The Mastodons were at their best for the first 20 minutes, scoring 45 points in the opening half. They shot 60.0 percent (9-of-15) from the floor before the break.

Central Michigan transfer Sydney Graber had her best game as a Mastodon against her former rivals, recording nine points and a career-high nine rebounds in a career-high 28 minutes.

Kaitlyn Zarycki and Maggie Stutelberg led Western Michigan with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Shayla Sellers (16), Ryin Ott (11) and Audra Emmerson joined Bromenschenkel in double-figures. The ‘Dons made 10 3-pointers.

The Mastodons fall to 7-4 while Western Michigan improves to 5-4. The Mastodons will be back in action on Thursday (Dec. 21) when they welcome Aquinas to the Gates Sports Center for their 11 a.m. Fitness Day game. Over 600 students from Fort Wayne Community Schools will be in attendance.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

USI BATTLES BIG 12 CINCINNATI TO FINAL BUZZER

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball welcomed the first-ever Power-Five conference opponent to visit Screaming Eagles Arena on Sunday, as the Screaming Eagles took the University of Cincinnati down to the final buzzer in a narrow 58-56 loss.

Cincinnati, who joined the Big 12 Conference earlier this year, made the return trip to USI after the high-major foe hosted the Screaming Eagles in Cincinnati, Ohio last season. Whereas last year’s meeting was more lopsided on the scoreline toward Cincinnati, Sunday’s matchup went differently as Southern Indiana illustrated its growth by taking the Bearcats down to the wire.

On Sunday, Cincinnati jumped out to a fast start, claiming an early 9-0 lead. USI got on the scoreboard three minutes into the contest on a mid-range jumper from junior guard

Vanessa Shafford

Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana). After the midway point of the opening quarter, Southern Indiana’s defense stepped up to slow down the Bearcats. Graduate guard Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana) forced a 10-second violation with backcourt defensive pressure. The Bearcats went on to lead 19-8 after one.

Southern Indiana began the second quarter with a steal and a layup by senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) to cut the deficit down to nine. At the 6:15 mark of the second, freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) cut past the Bearcats’ defense for a wide-open transition layup, keeping USI within nine, 23-14. As the period carried on, the Screaming Eagles’ defense kept Cincinnati within reach before senior guard Lexie Green (Indianapolis, Indiana) provided an offensive boost off the bench. Green scored five straight points and brought USI within seven, 27-20, with less than three minutes remaining until halftime. Cincinnati ended the first half on a 7-2 run to take a 34-22 halftime advantage.

After an initial basket by Cincinnati to start the second half, Southern Indiana went on an 11-0 run that lasted over five minutes. The Screaming Eagles’ offensive spurt was sparked by the outside shooting of Shafford, who swished in three triples. USI’s defense also did its part by contesting shots and clearing the glass during the stretch. The big run pulled Southern Indiana within one possession, 36-33, with under four minutes left in the third quarter. The Eagles continued to match the Bearcats late in the third, as Gannon tallied three big layups under the basket for USI. The Screaming Eagles made it a one-point game, 44-43, heading to the fourth period.

The contest continued as a one-possession game into the middle of the fourth quarter. At the 6:05 mark, redshirt senior guard Addy Blackwell (Bloomington, Indiana) drained a straightaway three-pointer to knot the game up at 50. Saunders then stole the ball from Cincinnati in the next possession and laid the ball up and in to put the Eagles in front, 52-50, with just over five minutes remaining. Cincinnati regained the lead and led by as many as five with over two minutes left on the clock, but USI did not go quietly. With one minute left, Webb cashed in her first three of the season and third of her career to get the Eagles back within two, 58-56. In the final 15 seconds, Gannon stole the ball on a sideline inbounds play by the Bearcats to give Southern Indiana a final look, but the last-second shot bounced off the rim to end the game.

On the afternoon, Shafford led USI with 15 points and eight rebounds, recording 10 or more points for the seventh consecutive outing. Gannon finished with a new career high of 13 points on six makes from the field with five rebounds and three steals. Southern Indiana shot 35 percent (21-60) as a team, hit six three-pointers, and went 8-of-10 at the foul line. The Eagles had 26 bench points, 12 steals, and a season-low 10 turnovers.

For Cincinnati, senior forward Jillian Hayes was the only Bearcat in double figures with 16 points, and she finished with 16 rebounds toward a double-double. Cincinnati was held to 32.2 percent (19-59) from the floor with only three makes from long range. The Bearcats were 70.8 percent (17-24) at the charity stripe, won the rebounding battle 52-34, and were forced into 14 turnovers.

The narrow loss moved Southern Indiana to 4-5 on the year, while Cincinnati improved to 7-3 after their fifth consecutive victory.

Next, USI will conclude the homestand and out-of-conference slate Friday at 1 p.m. against Brescia University (KY) from Screaming Eagles Arena.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO TO HOST SAMFORD IN FINAL GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Samford (9-2, 0-0 Southern)

at Valparaiso (4-7, 0-2 MVC)

Game No. 12 – Tuesday, Dec. 19, 1 p.m. CT

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

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will host Samford in a pre-holiday matinee on Tuesday at 1 p.m. as part of the team’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Game. This will mark the team’s final game before the Christmas holiday as Valpo will have nine days without a game before closing out the nonconference slate on Dec. 29 at Elon.

Last Time Out: Both teams overcame double-figure deficits, but it was visiting Chicago State that enjoyed the game’s final run in a 63-62 win over the Beacons on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo outscored Chicago State 62-43 in the middle 32 minutes of the game, but the Cougars started and finished the game on 10-0 runs. After missing the previous two games due to an illness, Jahari Williamson went 4-of-6 from 3-point territory and poured in a team-high 20 points.

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

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

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

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

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (4-7) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Series Notes: This marks the fifth all-time matchup between Valpo and Samford with the two teams splitting the first four. Valpo has prevailed in both previous matchups that have occurred at the ARC – 87-79 in double overtime on Dec. 14, 2002 and 88-67 on Nov. 21, 2017. Last season’s pre-Thanksgiving game in Birmingham, Ala. resulted in a 79-49 win for Samford.

Scouting the Bulldogs

Enter the ARC owners of nine consecutive victories, including a 99-93 win over Missouri Valley Conference member Belmont on Saturday.

Have not lost since Nov. 10 at VCU (75-65). Only other loss was the Nov. 6 season opener at then No. 2 Purdue (98-45).

Picked to finish fourth of 10 in the Southern Conference Coaches poll and picked tied for second of 10 in the media poll.

Went 21-11 last season and 15-3 in the SoCon.

Rank fifth in the country in scoring offense at 91.5 points per game.

Jahari’s Jumpers

Jahari Williamson returned to the rotation on Dec. 16 vs. Chicago State after missing the previous two games due to an illness. He made a significant impact, tallying 20 points and going 4-of-6 from 3-point territory.

Williamson’s scoring output against Chicago State represented a career high. He surpassed his previous best of 16 established in the Nov. 6 season opener vs. Trinity Christian and his previous high against a Division-I opponent of 13, which came on Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois.

Before the 20-point outpouring, Williamson had been held to six points or fewer in six of his previous seven games.

His four made 3s matched a season high set in the aforementioned season opener against the Trolls.

Williamson became the third different Valpo player to score 20 points or more in a game this season, joining Isaiah Stafford (five times) and Ola Ajiboye (once).

This was the highest single-game scoring output by a Valpo true freshman since Sheldon Edwards had 20 on Dec. 9, 2020 vs. SIUE.

Taking the Takeaway Battle

Valpo leads the Missouri Valley Conference in turnovers forced per game at 14.55. The Beacons are third in the league in turnover margin at +3.1 per game.

Valpo has won the turnover battle in eight of the team’s 11 games this season including each of its four victories. The Beacons have lost the turnover battle just twice as they tied it against Central Michigan.

Valpo has won or tied the turnover battle in each of the last four games.

Steady Starters

Valpo has featured the same starting lineup for all 11 games this season – Jerome Palm, Cooper Schwieger, Jaxon Edwards, Darius DeAveiro and Isaiah Stafford.

This marks the first time Valpo has utilized the same starting five for each of the first 11 games of a season since 2012-13, when the eventual Horizon League champions started Ryan Broekhoff, Kevin Van Wijk, Ben Boggs, Erik Buggs and Will Bogan.

In 2012-13, the 12th game featured Valpo’s first starting lineup change of the year as LaVonte Dority and Matt Kenney replaced Will Bogan and Erik Buggs for the Dec. 20 game vs. IUPUI.

If Valpo uses the same starting five on Tuesday vs. Samford, it would mark the first time since 2007-08 that Valpo had the same starting lineup for each of the first 12 games of the season. That season’s quintet was comprised of Shawn Huff, Samuel Haanpaa, Urule Igbavboa, Brandon McPherson and Jake Diebler.

Notes Wrapping Up Dec. 16: Chicago State 63, Valpo 62

Ola Ajiboye was 3-of-3 shooting and tallied seven points in 15 minutes of action. He boasted a plus-minus of +9.

Chicago State had 22 free-throw attempts (17 made) to Valpo’s 11 (eight made).

Valpo’s bench outscored Chicago State’s bench 33-5, thanks in large part to 20 points from Jahari Williamson.

Chicago State picked up its first-ever win at the ARC in 17 chances, but it should be noted that this is not the Chicago State team of yesteryear, when Valpo dominated the matchup in the Mid-Continent Conference. The Cougars, who beat Valpo 87-74 last season, snapped a 38-game losing streak to Top-25 teams by knocking off No. 25 Northwestern in Evanston on Dec. 13.

This was Valpo’s first game decided by the slimmest of margins since Feb. 26 of last season, a 77-76 defeat at Murray State.

If you take out the first four minutes and the last four minutes of the game, Valpo outscored Chicago State 62-43, but the Cougars started and finished on 10-0 runs.

Do-It-All Darius

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

The Valpo junior dished out his 50th assist of the season on Dec. 9 at Virginia Tech, already securing his third straight season with 50 or more assists.

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

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

The junior entered this season with seven career made 3s over 54 games and has surpassed that with eight made 3s in the first 11 contests this year.

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

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

Edwards Back in Double Figures

Jaxon Edwards returned to double figures on Dec. 9 at Virginia Tech with 13 points, his first double-figure performance since scoring 19 on Nov. 14 vs. Green Bay.

Edwards started the season with three straight double-figure outputs before six straight single-figure showings.

He has scored seven points or more in five straight games after a stretch of three straight where he scored five points or fewer including two where he played and did not score.

Edwards has grabbed five or more rebounds in each of his last three games and five of his last six.

Edwards squeezed nine boards and a season-high six offensive caroms on Dec. 16 vs. Chicago State.

Sepp’s Breakout Showing

Valpo freshman Kaspar Sepp burst onto the scene, averaging 8.0 points and 8.5 rebounds over two road games against Central Michigan and Virginia Tech the week of Dec. 11.

He became just the third different Valpo player with a double-figure rebounding effort this season when he hauled in 12 boards in 22 minutes of action at Central Michigan.

Sepp entered the week with eight total points this season and none against Division-I opponents. He had six total rebounds this season before notching 17 over two games last week.

Sepp scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting on Wednesday at Central Michigan before following with his first double-figure scoring effort with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in a game at Virginia Tech.

Before the big week, Sepp had not scored in any of the team’s previous seven games, three where he played and did not score and four where he did not play (coach’s decision).

Sepp had his third straight game with five or more rebounds and also went 2-of-2 shooting for four points on Dec. 16 vs. Chicago State.

Stafford’s Steady Scoring

Isaiah Stafford had scored 14 points or more in five straight games before being held to eight on Dec. 16 vs. Chicago State, just his second single-figure output in 11 contests this season.

The junior college transfer has led the team in scoring (outright or tied) in eight of the 11 games this season.

Stafford, who ranks fifth in the MVC in scoring at 17.6 points per game, had a season-high two blocks in the Dec. 9 game at Virginia Tech to go along with four steals, matching a personal best that was set in the Nov. 6 opener vs. Trinity Christian.

In the Dec. 9 game at Virginia Tech, Stafford became the first Valpo player with 14+ points, four or more steals and multiple blocks in a game since Ryan Broekhoff on Feb. 10, 2011 vs. Detroit Mercy.

Stafford has scored 17 points or more in four of his last six and 20+ points in three of his last five. He has five games with 20+ points this season.

The Rookie Report

Cooper Schwieger is averaging 10.5 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game this season.

Schwieger had scored 12 points or more in five consecutive games and in six of his eight games this season before Dec. 6 at Central Michigan, when he was tagged with foul trouble and had a season-low four points in a season-low 19 minutes, his first game this season with fewer than eight points. He was then held to two points on Dec. 9 at Virginia Tech and seven on Dec. 16 vs. Chicago State.

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

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

The Overland Park, Kan. native ranks second in the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring average among freshmen at 10.5 points per game. He is one of two rookies averaging double figures, joining Drake’s Kevin Overton (13.9 ppg).

Schwieger ranks second among MVC freshmen with 1.0 blocks per game and is second among MVC rookies with 4.6 rebounds per game, behind Evansville’s Joshua Hughes (4.7).

Notes Wrapping Up Dec. 9: Virginia Tech 71, Valpo 50

This game aired nationally on The CW, Valpo’s first ever game on the network. Valpo hoops has aired on the following national TV networks: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN News, ESPN Classic, CBS, CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 1, Big Ten Network, PAC-12 Network, TNT and SEC Network. This was Valpo’s 72nd nationally televised game since 2010 and 118th TV game overall (regional and national) since 2010.

The 3-point arc was one of the major differences in the game as Valpo went just 3-of-24 (12.5 percent) while Virginia Tech was 10-of-27 (37 percent), outscoring the Beacons by 21 on 3-point shots in a game the Hokies won by 21.

Virginia Tech outrebounded Valpo 41-22 including a 13-5 edge on the offensive glass. Virginia Tech squeezed 11 offensive rebounds in the second half against just one for Valpo.

The Beacons swiped nine steals and held a 15-14 edge in the turnover battle.

Virginia Tech entered the game ranked 69th in the NET, making it a Quad 1 game for the Beacons.

Valpo played without point guard Jahari Williamson (illness), who was sidelined for a second straight contest.

Welcome to The Valley

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

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

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

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

Bench Boost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 “I” Stands for Isaiah

As Paul Oren of “The Victory Bell” put it, the “I” on the center of the court in Champaign stood for Isaiah – as in Valpo’s Isaiah Stafford – rather than Illinois on Nov. 17 as the Beacons clashed with the No. 23 Fighting Illini.

Stafford scored 30 points on 11-of-23 shooting, 3-of-8 from 3 and 5-of-7 at the free-throw line. He finished one point shy of a career high that was set on Feb. 26, 2022 while playing for Southern Indiana vs. Lindenwood.

Stafford’s performance against the Illini coupled with his 18 points on Nov. 14 vs. Green Bay helped him earn MVC Newcomer of the Week honors on Nov. 20.

The 30 points at Illinois marked the most points scored by a Beacon since Ben Krikke tallied 34 at UIC on Feb. 19 of last season.

Stafford joined Krikke (3x), Javon Freeman-Liberty (twice), Bakari Evelyn, Alec Peters (10x) and Lavone Dority (twice) as the only Valpo players in the last decade with a 30-point performance.

Stafford had the most points scored by a non-power conference opponent against Illinois since Ohio’s Jason Preston in 2020.

The bulk of Stafford’s damage came before the break as he had 23 first-half points. This marked the highest scoring half by a Beacon since Javon Freeman-Liberty had 23 on March 7, 2020 vs. Missouri State in the MVC semifinals. However, that included points scored in overtime so Freeman-Liberty’s total came in 25 minutes rather than 20.

The last time a Valpo player scored more than 23 in a half was Alec Peters on Dec. 22, 2016, but that included double overtime.

Stafford had Valpo’s biggest first half and biggest half that did not include OT by a Valpo player since Peters scored 23 in the opening half on Dec. 17, 2016 vs. Indiana State.

Hats Off for Half 1

Valpo led for the entirety of a brilliant first half and held a 45-38 advantage at No. 23 Illinois at the break after owning a cushion as big as 10.

The program was hoping to record its fifth all-time victory against a nationally-ranked opponent and its first true road win against an AP Top-25 foe. The Brown & Gold fell to 0-44 all-time on the road against nationally-ranked opponents, with three of the program’s four ranked wins coming at home and one on a neutral floor.

Each of the last two road games against Top-25 teams and three of the last six have seen Valpo own the halftime lead. In addition to the Nov. 17 game at No. 23 Illinois, Valpo led No. 22 Loyola 29-26 at the break on Feb. 17, 2021 and held a 35-33 edge at No. 25 Oregon midway through the Nov. 22, 2015 matchup.

Valpo was also seeking its first power-conference win since 2016 vs. Alabama and was hoping to snap a 15-game skid against Big Ten Conference competition that dates back to Dec. 28, 2004 vs. Penn State.

The Game’s Biggest Stage

Valpo head coach Roger Powell Jr. owns the unique distinction of having played and coached in the national championship game.

Just 12 coaches in the last 25 years have coached in the national title game after previously playing in the national title game, and two others have coached in the national championship game after being a rostered player but not seeing action in the national title game as a student-athlete.

In the last quarter of a century, only two coaches have coached in the national title game after previously playing in the national title game at a different school – Roger Powell Jr. and Kenny Payne.

UINDY WRESTLING

BLUBAUGH WINS 197 CROWN, FOUR HOUNDS PLACE AT MIDWEST CLASSIC

INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in his career, Derek Blubaugh is a champion at the Midwest Classic. The No. 3-ranked University of Indianapolis wrestling team, armed with six wrestlers heading into day two of the 44th Annual Midwest Classic turned that into four top-eight placers in Blubaugh, Jackson Hoover, third at 149, Trey Sizemore, fourth at 174, and Blake Mulkey who ended his tournament at sixth at 141.

As a team, the Greyhounds landed in sixth place with 95 total team points. Lander, UW-Parkside and Central Oklahoma made up the top-three teams at this year’s tournament.

HOW IT HAPPENED

For the eventual champion and No. 2-ranked Blubaugh, he started his day out against No. 8 Dakoda Rodgers of Pitt-Johnstown. Despite only a 2-1 victory, the match was heavily in Blubaugh’s favor, imposing his will throughout, eventually capturing his spot in the finals via the riding-time point.

For his championship bout, Blubaugh faced off against No. 11 Tereus Henry of Fort Hays State, who fell to last year’s Midwest Champion Dalton Abney of UCO in the finals. Blubaugh matched a second period escape by Henry with one of his own in the third to force OT. That is where an ankle bite reattack iced the match and secured the 197 crown for Blubaugh.

For 149, Hoover had a long road ahead of him after falling in the quarterfinals on day one. In his first consolation match, Hoover used a first period takedown to put him up three, which carried him to a 4-1 decision. He would advance into the consolation semis after receiving a medical forfeit. That is where he found his fastest fall of the tournament, pinning Ryan Moore of Thomas More in just 49 seconds. In his third-place match, Hoover captured the victory with takedowns in the first and third periods.

Sizemore, much like Hoover, had ground to cover after a close loss in the quarters. He made quick work, taking out Colorado Mesa’s Augustus Dalton 9-6 and later upsetting No. 5-ranked Matt Ortiz of McKendree in OT. He kept the OT victories coming with a crazy one over Wyatt Reisz of Colorado School of Mines. His match for third place ended at the hands of Cole Hernandez, the No. 3-ranked 174 pounder.

In his first Midwest Classic, Mulkey looked to recover in the 141 bracket after his nailbiter in day one loss to No. 3 Dylan Lucas of UCO. He started by pinning Caleb Chaves of Gannon and a 4-1 decision over Grayston DiBlasi of Colorado School of Mines to follow. However, another close call ended his run towards third place via a 1-0 decision loss to No. 5 Cayden Henschel of UW-Parkside. In that match Mulkey would suffer an injury, conceding to sixth.

No. 11 Owen Zablocki and No. 12 Aidan Petersen both fought into day two competition, losing in their first consolations matches. Petersen matched up with No. 10-ranked Wyatt Linberg of UMary, putting up a solid fight, but falling by decision. For Zablocki, it was a close battle with Brady Schuh of UW-Parkside, where a takedown in overtime ended the match in favor of the No. 8-ranked Schuh.

HOUND BYTES

Blubaugh on his title…

“Feel great obviously, this is probably the toughest tournament we go to in the regular season, and it happens to be at home. Feels good to take home a trophy in front of all my friends and family and with the team before we go home for Christmas.”

Mulkey on his experience in his first Midwest Classic…

“I wasn’t too sure about the tournament, all the boys on the team were telling me how it’s a tough tournament, but this is my last year to wrestle, I’m not scared of a tough tournament, I actually embrace it. It’s the beginning of the end for me, I just tried to have a good mindset, I knew it was going to be tough. I was glad to be apart of it.”

Sizemore on his thoughts after Midwest…

“It’s a tough tournament, my body is really hurting right now, I wrestled a lot of matches, a lot of tough guys and it was fun. I got some good wins and put myself on the map.”

UP NEXT

The Hounds have a brief break for the Holidays until they return to action once again on another big stage: the NWCA National Duels in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That is set to take place on Jan. 5-6 and start at 2 p.m.

DAY 1

Blubaugh started his day out hot, grabbing a major decision over Brayden Dillow of Central Missouri. The redshirt junior kept his hot streak going with a pair of falls, both versus GLVC opponents. First was over Maxim Ryner of Quincy in 2:16, the second was over Cameron Lopez of Upper Iowa in 2:08. Finally, to cap off his perfect day one, Blubaugh outlasted Grand Valley’s Wyatt Miller, winning via riding time for a 2-1 decision.

At 141, Mulkey started his day with a bye, taking full advantage of the extra rest, starting with an 8-4 decision and then a pin in his first two matches at the Midwest Classic. Matched up with No. 3 Dylan Lucas of Central Oklahoma, Mulkey would fall victim to an overtime takedown, ending his run on the winner’s side of the bracket.

Hoover, much like Mulkey, also received a bye to start his day at 149. It would be Junior Downing of No. 1-ranked Lander as the first test for Hoover, one he passed majorly, winning 17-4. He followed that up with another foe from a top-five squad, downing Dylan Brown of No. 4 Central Oklahoma 7-0. But it would be the No. 7-ranked Jacob Ealy of Pitt-Johnstown to end his run, winning 13-1 over Hoover.

Zablocki, coming in as the No. 11-ranked 165-pound wrestler, picked up a fall over Montevallo’s Derek Hussey in the second round, leading him to a familiar opponent in the third round. Lined up against Cole Ritter of Maryville, Zablocki simply dominated, grabbing a major victory 20-11. Zablocki kept his fight going into the night in the quarterfinals but fell just a takedown short of Nicholas Coreno of Gannon, sending him to the consolation bracket.

Sizemore, a DI-transfer from Illinois, looked to make a splash at the Midwest Classic and he did that, picking up a pin and two majors within his first three matches at the annual tournament. However, a controversial call in the quarterfinals ended his run at the 174-title.

At the 184-pound class, Petersen, spotting a new No. 12 rankings, started his day with a major over Drury’s Jeremiah Halter in the second round. Another decision (9-5) lifted Petersen to the quarterfinals, where some early aggression by the No. 3-ranked Matt Weinberg of Kutztown resulted in a pin over Petersen.

Nathan Smith, a true freshman, was ever so close to advancing to day two of competition. After dropping his first match of the day at 125, Smith battled through five rounds of consolation matches, picking up two tech falls along the way. But to end his run was Jaden Verhagen of UMary who pinned Smith in 3:15.

Battling at 157, Nathan Conley started his day out with a bye, before suffering a defeat in the second round. He bounced back with a tech fall in the consolation round two, but a 9-6 decision the next round ended his run at the yearly tournament.

Noah Cantu, wrestling at 133, picked up an early win in the first round. But a tightly fought match in the second round caused an injury to Cantu, ending his tournament.

Jay Thompson, filling in for No. 1-ranked Cale Gray, battled but bowed out after two matches of action.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

MARIAN UPENDS NO. 15 ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE WITH 91-81 UPSET WIN

Chandler, Ariz. – The Marian men’s basketball team continued their impressive 39-game non-conference winning streak Sunday afternoon in Arizona, as the Knights landed a wire-to-wire 91-81 upset win over No. 15 Rocky Mountain College. The win for Marian gives them a mark of 9-2 overall on the season.

Marian came out red-hot to start Sunday’s game, opening the afternoon on a one-sided 17-2 run in the game’s first five minutes. Gus Etchison, Brody Whitaker, and Josh Bryan were the catalysts in the sprint, with consecutive three-point makes ending the run. While the offense started strong, Marian’s defense was even stronger as they limited the Battlin’ Bears to a 1-for-12 start from the field.

The Knights continued to knock down shots and add to their lead, growing to a 20-point advantage with 7:13 remaining in the game after Dylan Moles buried an open three. Rocky Mountain would chip away from Marian’s 35-15 lead after Moles trifecta, but Marian kept a lead of five possessions as the first half closed. Josh Bryan got late in the half from three and drained three shots from downtown, as his nine points helped the Knights lead by as many as 25 before going to the halftime break leading 54-35.

In the second half Marian started in control, as Etchison and Whitaker helped Marian reclaim their 20-point advantage in the first four minutes of play, but the Battlin’ Bears turned the comeback hats on, whittling the lead away. Rocky Mountain used a 12-2 run midway through the second half to drop what was a 17-point 63-46 deficit to a seven-point contest. The Bears would continue to chip away at Marian’s lead, knocking down a pair of three’s to make it a two-point game with 11:28 remaining.

Gus Etchison had the answer for Marian and helped the Knights get back in a rhythm as he scored four unanswered points to push the lead to six. Rocky Mountain would climb back within two points as their offense started up again, but an answer from Nolan Foster held Marian in check with a four-point lead. Foster’s bucket sparked a 9-0 run that lasted over two minutes of game time, vaulting the Knights back in front by double digits as they led 79-68 with 5:53 remaining.

The run kept Marian in the lead for good, as they withstood one final surge from the Bears to hold a lead, and would lead by as many as 12 in the final seconds following a dunk from Foster as the Knights closed strong with a 91-81 victory.

Whitaker and Etchison continued their dominant stretch of offensive basketball, as both players scored 25 points in the win. Etchison led Marian with five assists, and Whitaker grabbed eight rebounds. Bryan finished the game with 18 points as he led the bench in scoring, and Foster picked up his first double-double of the season with a 10-point, 11-rebound performance.

Marian will take a break for the Christmas holiday, and will return to action on December 30, as they close the 2023 calendar year at home against Rio Grande.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

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

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

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

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

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

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

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

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBA STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCEW-LPCTGBPFPAHOMEAWAYCONFDIVL10STRK
1Timberwolves19-5.792113.6105.811-18-413-34-08-2W2
2Thunder16-8.6673.0120.4113.68-48-410-73-26-4W1
3Mavericks16-9.6403.5119.9117.17-59-411-75-26-4W1
4Nuggets17-10.6303.5114.7110.810-27-812-82-26-4L1
5Kings15-9.6254.0117.1116.69-36-613-94-47-3W2
6Clippers15-10.6004.5115.6110.011-34-713-84-28-2W7
7Pelicans16-11.5934.5116.0113.89-47-711-94-27-3W4
8Lakers15-11.5775.0114.0113.510-25-912-84-26-4L1
9Rockets13-10.5655.5109.9106.111-12-912-85-26-4L1
10Suns14-12.5386.0115.3114.07-87-410-83-44-6W1
11Warriors12-14.4628.0115.9115.76-66-810-123-65-5W2
12Jazz9-17.34611.0111.7120.07-52-128-143-54-6L1
13Grizzlies6-18.25013.0106.0112.31-115-75-152-63-7L4
14Trail Blazers6-19.24013.5107.6114.62-94-102-151-42-8L7
15Spurs4-21.16015.5110.6122.22-122-94-151-51-9L1
EASTERN CONFERENCEW-LPCTGBPFPAHOMEAWAYCONFDIVL10STRK
1Celtics20-5.800117.6108.514-06-519-49-18-2W5
2Bucks19-7.7311.5124.4119.214-25-516-75-38-2W4
376ers18-7.7202.0122.9111.010-38-414-54-28-2W6
4Magic16-9.6404.0113.2109.911-25-711-63-16-4L2
5Heat15-11.5775.5113.0112.07-58-612-105-05-5W1
6Knicks14-11.5606.0114.5111.87-37-811-62-35-5L1
7Pacers13-11.5426.5127.4126.07-56-611-96-25-5L3
8Cavaliers14-12.5386.5111.1111.27-67-610-72-26-4W1
9Nets13-12.5207.0116.4114.78-55-711-81-36-4L2
10Hawks10-15.40010.0122.4122.73-77-87-133-22-8L1
11Raptors10-15.40010.0112.5114.87-73-86-140-73-7L1
12Bulls10-17.37011.0109.9113.67-73-107-113-35-5L1
13Hornets7-17.29212.5111.5121.04-103-77-133-52-8L4
14Wizards4-21.16016.0116.4126.22-82-133-181-72-8L1
15Pistons2-24.07718.5108.3120.41-121-122-161-70-10L23

NFL STANDINGS

AFC NORTHW-L-TPCTPFPAHOMEAWAYCONFDIVSTRK
1RavensX11-3.7863842255-26-17-33-2W4
2Browns9-5.6433092897-12-46-33-2W2
3Bengals8-6.5713073115-33-33-60-4W3
4Steelers7-7.5002232804-43-35-53-1L3
AFC WESTW-L-TPCTPFPAHOMEAWAYCONFDIVSTRK
1Chiefs9-5.6433192454-35-27-23-1W1
2Broncos7-7.5003043514-33-44-52-2L1
3Raiders6-8.4292652805-31-54-52-2W1
4Chargers5-9.3573033452-53-43-61-3L2
NFC NORTHW-L-TPCTPFPAHOMEAWAYCONFDIVSTRK
1Lions10-4.7143823315-25-26-32-2W1
2Vikings7-7.5002902692-45-36-32-1L1
3Packers6-8.4293003014-32-54-52-2L2
4Bears5-9.3572873293-32-64-52-3L1
NFC WESTW-L-TPCTPFPAHOMEAWAYCONFDIVSTRK
149ersY11-3.7864252345-16-29-15-0W6
2Rams7-7.5003273104-33-45-44-1W1
3Seahawks6-7.4622803184-22-55-51-4L4
4Cardinals3-11.2142593762-51-62-70-5L1

NHL STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCEW-L-OTLPTSGPROWSOWSOLGFGAGDL10STRK
1Golden Knights21-6-54732174111381327-1-2W1
2Canucks21-9-24432210112079417-2-1W1
3Avalanche19-10-24031181111396174-4-2W1
4Kings17-6-4382716129767306-3-1W1
5Jets18-9-2382918019776216-4-0W2
6Stars17-8-43829152110392115-3-2L1
7Predators18-13-036311710999457-3-0W4
8Coyotes15-13-232301320938676-4-0W2
9Blues15-14-1313014118899-114-6-0W2
10Flames12-14-52931120493109-164-4-2W1
11Wild12-12-428289328691-57-3-0W3
12Kraken10-14-8283291487105-182-5-3L1
13Oilers13-14-127281210979708-2-0L2
14Ducks11-19-02230101080102-222-8-0W1
15Sharks9-19-3213190366124-585-4-1L2
16Blackhawks9-20-1193090170109-392-7-1L4

FOOTBALL HISTORY

December 18, 1932 – Chicago, Illinois – The NFL decided that a final game to determine a Champ would be played in a special Chicago at Wrigley field on December 18, 1932. The Title was supposed to be given to the team with the best record as it had been for over a decade in the young NFL. The season though ended with the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans in a virtual tie for the top record in the League. It is believed that George Halas challenged the Spartans to play a game to settle the tie, they wanted no part of any type of Co-Champion bolonga. Thus we in essence had the first NFL Championship! This first postseason game in NFL history had some huge twists and turns to make it quite a remarkable story, even besides the fact that a game was going to be played to determine an NFL Champion. The first odd occurrence was that Spartans star Earl “Dutch” Clark was unable to play in the game because he had to work. While that may sound crazy to us today but the fact was that professional players of that era did not make enough to make a living all year long. Most had to take off season jobs to make ends meet, even the super stars like Dutch Clark, who worked as the Head Basketball Coach at  Colorado College and his hoops team had a game on that December 18 and Dutch couldn’t get off work to make the football game in Chicago. The second crazy thing that happened was that due to a freak late-fall blizzard in Chicago, the game had to be moved inside the Chicago Stadium because Wrigley was covered with deep snow and frozen with dangerous sub-zero temperatures. The playing field had to be modified to play inside, so the game was played on a field only 80 yards long, and some 30 yards narrower than the normal width the teams played on all season. The last item that took place surrounding the game happened on the contest’s only touchdown. Bronko Nagurski threw a scoring jump pass to Red Grange but the Spartans argued that Nagurski did not meet the requirement of legal forward passes in those days of being 5 yards or more behind the line. The play stood and the Bears ended up winning the NFL title by the score of 9-0. The Spartans franchise would become the Lions in 1933 when they moved from Portsmouth, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan after a Detroit radio businessman George A. Richards purchased the rights to the team for $8000. This was a hefty sum at the time but Portsmouth had after all just recently played for a somewhat impromptu first NFL Championship game against the Chicago Bears, shorthanded of their star player. The Motor City was a risky place to put the team at this point as three previous franchises had failed there but Richards knew the city needed a winner and took the chance. It was well worth his risk as the newly named Lions team won the NFL Title in 1935 and later in the 1952, 1953  and 1957 seasons. Richards took another chance with his football franchise in 1934 when he scheduled a game on Thanksgiving Day. Though it failed when other cities (save Dallas a few decades later) the Turkey Day game in the Motor City was a huge success. Unfortunately in 1940 Mr. Richards had to sell the franchise due to a declining health issue and a fine from the NFL for draft tampering but his $8000 initial investment turned into a $225,000 sale of the Lions to retail magnet Fred Mandel. The Lions eventually were purchased by the descendants of Henry Ford and are owned by the family to this day.

December 18, 1949 – LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA -The LA Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles met for the National Football League Championship Title. Weather conditions were dreadful as driving rain caused the grass field to become quite a quagmire. A 1988 Pro Football Researchers Association article on the game in the Coffin Corner Volume 10 shares the story. Over an inch of rain fell in the LA area and many wanted the game postponed until Christmas Day. NFL Commissioner Bert Bell was having nothing to do with any sort of postponement and ordered the game to go on as scheduled. The Eagles with their solid defense were a 7 point betting odds favorite in the contest. What they did was double that win margin as their stifling defense shut the Rams down in a 14-0 victory. The Eagles offense put one touchdown on the board but the rest was all defense as the Rams were held to a record 21 total rushing yards, and special teams blocked a punt in the second half for the other Philly score.

December 18, 1959 – Former Washington Redskins Quarterback ,Sammy Baugh was named as the first coach of AFL’s New York Titans. Baugh was a collegiate head coach from 1955 through 1959 at Hardin-Simmons University after his playing days were over. He spent two seasons as the Titans head man achieving a record of 14-14. He later went on to coach at the University of Tulsa and even became the Houston Oilers fourth ever coach in 1964 per the missyablue.com website.

December 18, 1988 – Seattle Seahawks win their 1st ever division title per the Washington Post. The division AFC West title came down to a pivotal game with the LA Raiders. Yes I did just say AFC West and the LA Raiders. Seattle was in the AFC West Division from their inception in the 1970’s until realignment in 2002 when they then were moved into the NFC West. Also the Raiders franchise spent some time calling Los Angeles home in between stints in Oakland and before they moved to Las Vegas in 2020. Now that that is cleared up the Seahawks won the AFC West with a 9-7 record and they dashed the Raiders hopes who came into the game at 7-8. It was a close on though as the final score was Seahawks 43, Raiders 37. QB Dave Krieg threw four TDs and wideout Steve Largent extended his catching a pass streak to 167 games in the victory. The Seahawks would end up losing to the Cincinnati Bengals 21-13 in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

7 – 9 – 12 – 3 – 77 – 6 – 8 – 42 – 10 – 1

December 18, 1956 – Ballon d’Or: Blackpool & England winger Number 7, Stanley Matthews won the inaugural award for best football player in Europe; beats Real Madrid pair Number 9, Alfredo Di Stéfano and Number 7, Raymond Kopa

December 18, 1932 – The NFL decided that a final game to determine a Champ would be played in a special Chicago at Wrigley field on December 18, 1932. The NFL Title was supposed to be given to the team with the best record. This had been the case for over a decade in the young NFL. The 1932 season ended with the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans in a virtual tie for the top record in the League.

Rumor is that George Halas challenged the Spartans to play a game to settle the tie. They wanted no part of any type of Co-Champion bologna. Thus we had the first NFL Championship! This first postseason game in NFL history had some massive twists and turns to make it a remarkable story, even though a game was going to be played to determine an NFL Champion. The first odd occurrence was that Spartans star Earl Dutch Clark, Number 12 could not play in the game because he had to work. Clark, who worked as the Head Basketball Coach at Colorado College, and his hoops team had a game on that December 18, and Dutch couldn’t get off work to make the football game in Chicago. The second crazy thing that happened was that due to a freak late-fall blizzard in Chicago, the game had to be moved inside the Chicago Stadium because Wrigley was covered with deep snow and frozen with dangerous sub-zero temperatures. The playing field had to be modified to play inside, so the game was played on a field only 80 yards long and some 30 yards narrower than the normal width the teams played on all season. The last item surrounding the game happened on the contest’s only touchdown. Bears Number 3, Bronko Nagurski threw a scoring jump pass to Number 77, Red Grange, but the Spartans argued that Nagurski did not meet the requirement of legal forward passes in those days of being 5 yards or more behind the line. The play stood, and the Bears won the NFL title by 9-0. The Spartans franchise would become the Lions in 1933 when they moved from Portsmouth, Ohio, to Detroit.

December 18, 1962 – Ballon d’Or: Dukler Prague midfielder Number 6, Josef Masopust won the award for best European football player; beats Benfica striker Eusébio, Number 8 and FC Köln defender Number 6, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger

December 18, 1977 – NBA Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey Number 42, Nate Thurmond

December 18, 2001 – Ballon d’Or: Liverpool forward Number 10, Michael Owen was named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid striker Number 7,  Raúl and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Number 1, Oliver Kahn

TV MONDAY

NFL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Philadelphia at Seattle8:15pmESPN
NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Houston at Cleveland7:00pmSCHN
Bally Sports
LA Clippers at Indiana7:00pmBally Sports
Chicago at Philadelphia7:00pmNBCS-CHI
NBCS-PHI
Detroit at Atlanta7:30pmBally Sports
Minnesota at Miami7:30pmBally Sports
Charlotte at Toronto7:30pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Memphis at Oklahoma City8:00pmNBATV
Bally Sports
Dallas at Denver9:00pmNBATV
ALT
Bally Sports
Brooklyn at Utah9:00pmYES
KJZZ
Washington at Sacramento10:00pmMNMT
NBCS-CA
New York at LA Lakers10:30pmMSG
Spectrum
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Anaheim at Detroit7:00pmBally Sports
Minnesota at Pittsburgh7:00pmBally Sports
ATTSN-PIT
Montreal at Winnipeg7:30pmSportsnet
Seattle at Dallas8:00pmBally Sports
Root Sports
Florida at Calgary9:30pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Famous Toastery Bowl: WKU vs. Old Dominion2:30pmESPN
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
PSU Greater Allegheny at Drexel11:00amFloSports
ULM at Jacksonville11:30amESPN+
Texas Lutheran at A&M-Corpus Christi12:00pmESPN+
Arlington Baptist at A&M-Commerce12:00pmESPN+
North American at Prairie View A&M4:00pm
Coastal Carolina at Charleston6:00pmFloHoops
South Carolina State at UNC Asheville6:00pmESPN+
Westminster at Youngstown State6:30pmESPN+
Oakland at Michigan State7:00pmBTN
Delaware State at Wake Forest7:00pmACCN
Houghton at Le Moyne7:00pmNEC Front Row
Defiance at Ohio7:00pmESPN+
Quinnipiac at Holy Cross7:00pmESPN+
Bluefield State at Marshall7:00pmESPN+
Thomas at Dartmouth7:00pmESPN+
Maine at UCF7:00pmESPN+
Maryland Eastern Shore at Marist7:00pmESPN+
Morgan State at Campbell7:00pmFloSports
Murray State at Little Rock7:30pmESPN+
LeTourneau at Texas State8:00pmESPN+
Central Christian at SIUE8:00pmESPN+
Southern Miss at Lamar8:00pmESPN+
UT Martin at Evansville8:00pmESPN+
Eureka at Western Illinois8:00pmESPN+
Jacksonville State at Tarleton8:00pmESPN+
Ecclesia at UAPB8:00pmYouTube
UTRGV at Chicago State8:00pmYouTube
Calumet at Northern Illinois8:30pmESPN+
UC San Diego at Sacramento State9:00pmESPN+
Adams State at Denver9:00pmSummit
Portland State at Fresno State10:00pmMWN
Eastern Washington at Cal Poly10:00pmESPN+
Stanislaus State at Pacific10:00pmESPN+
Detroit Mercy at Loyola Marymount10:00pmESPN+
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
UEFA Champions League Draw6:00amParamount+
UEFA Europa League Draw7:00amParamount+
Serie A: Atalanta vs Salernitana2:45pmParamount+
La Liga: Girona vs Deportivo Alavés3:00pmESPN+
Famous Toastery Bowl: WKU vs. Old Dominion2:30pmESPN
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Wright State vs West Virginia10:00amESPN+
UNC Greensboro vs South Carolina Upstate11:00amESPN+
Canisius vs Marist11:00amESPN+
Tarleton vs New Orleans12:00pmESPN+
Texas State vs FIU12:00pmESPN+
SIU Edwardsville vs Loyola Chicago12:00pmESPN+
Texas State vs Florida International12:00pmESPN+
Schreiner vs Houston Christian2:00pmESPN+
Murray State vs Western Carolina2:00pmESPN+
Florida Atlantic vs UCF2:00pmESPN+
NC Central vs UNC Asheville2:00pmESPN+
FAU vs UCF2:00pmESPN+
Northern Arizona vs Pepperdine2:00pmESPN+
Champion Christian vs Texas A&M-Commerce2:30pmESPN+
San Jose State vs Cal State Northridge3:00pmESPN+
Eastern Illinois vs Northern Illinois6:00pmESPN+
Charlotte vs Charleston Southern6:00pmESPN+
Cal Baptist vs Louisiana Tech6:00pmESPN+
California Baptist vs Louisiana Tech6:00pmESPN+
George Mason vs East Carolina6:00pmESPN+
UCLA vs Ohio State6:30pmFS1
CSU East Bay vs Saint Mary’s6:30pmESPN+
Detroit Mercy vs Bellarmine6:30pmESPN+
Norfolk State vs High Point7:00pmESPN+
Manhattan vs Fairfield7:00pmESPN+
UNC Wilmington vs Davidson7:00pmESPN+
Butler vs UConn7:00pmSNY
Colgate vs Central Connecticut7:00pmNEC Front Row
Mississippi vs South Alabama7:00pmESPN+
Fairmont State vs Robert Morris7:00pmESPN+
Northern Kentucky vs Tennessee Tech7:00pmESPN+
Niagara vs Saint Peter’s7:00pmESPN+
Evansville vs Indiana7:00pmB1G+
Quinnipiac vs Rider7:00pmESPN+
Cornell vs Syracuse7:00pm
Siena vs Mount St. Mary’s7:00pmESPN+
Oral Roberts vs Kansas State7:30pmESPN+
Abilene Christian vs Western Kentucky7:30pmESPN+
Abilene Christian vs WKU7:30pmESPN+
Kansas Christian vs Kansas City8:00pmSummit
Mississippi Valley State vs Texas A&M8:00pmSECN+
Sam Houston vs SMU8:00pmESPN+
Cal State Fullerton vs USC10:00pmPAC12

TV TUESDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Memphis at New Orleans7:30pmTNT
San Antonio at Milwaukee8:00pmBally Sports
Boston at Golden State10:00pmTNT
Phoenix at Portland10:00pmRoot Sports
AFSN
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Minnesota at Boston7:00pmBally Sports
NESN
Columbus at Buffalo7:00pmBally Sports
MSG-BUF
NY Rangers at Toronto7:00pmMSG
Sportsnet
St. Louis at Tampa Bay7:00pmBally Sports
Philadelphia at New Jersey7:00pmNBCS-PHI
MSGSN
Vegas at Carolina7:00pmBally Sports
Scripps
Edmonton at NY Islanders7:30pmESPN+
Hulu
Vancouver at Nashville8:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Colorado at Chicago8:30pmALT
NBCS-CHI
Ottawa at Arizona9:00pmSportsnet
Scripps
Los Angeles at San Jose10:30pmESPN+
Hulu
COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Scooter’s Coffee Frisco Bowl: UTSA vs. Marshall9:00pmESPN
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Toccoa Falls at Georgia State11:00amESPN+
Hampton at Bowling Green11:00amESPN+
Samford at Valparaiso2:00pmESPN+
Crown at St. Thomas2:00pmSummit
Wiley at Southern3:00pmESPN+
The Citadel at Notre Dame6:00pmACCN
FGCU vs. Georgia Southern6:00pmESPN+
Niagara at Binghamton6:00pmESPN+
Georgetown at Butler6:30pmFS1
Morehead State at Indiana6:30pmBTN
Florida vs. Michigan7:00pmESPN
Virginia at Memphis7:00pmESPN2
Western Carolina at Vanderbilt7:00pmSECN
Northeastern at Central Connecticut7:00pmNEC Front Row
Troy at Ole Miss7:00pmESPN+
Winthrop at South Carolina7:00pmESPN+
Miami (OH) at Wright State7:00pmESPN+
Stetson at FIU7:00pmESPN+
Tennessee State at Indiana State7:00pmESPN+
Merrimack at Cincinnati7:00pmESPN+
USC at Alabama State7:00pmESPN+
Coppin State at James Madison7:00pmESPN+
Cornell at Siena7:00pmESPN+
Queens at Mercer7:00pmESPN+
Sacred Heart at UAlbany7:00pmESPN+
Bridgewater at George Mason7:00pmESPN+
Brescia at Kennesaw State7:00pmESPN+
UNCG at High Point7:00pmESPN+
Presbyterian at Furman7:00pmESPN+
Gardner-Webb at Chattanooga7:00pmESPN+
Davenport at Central Michigan7:00pmESPN+
Southern  at Northwestern State7:30pmESPN+
NM State at Stephen F. Austin7:30pmESPN+
North Florida at Florida State8:00pmACCN
Alcorn State at Drake8:00pmESPN+
Lindenwood at Missouri State8:00pmESPN+
Mississippi Valley State at Tulsa8:00pmESPN+
St. Francis (IL) at Southern Indiana8:00pmESPN+
Houston Christian at SMU8:00pmESPN+
Charleston Southern at Loyola Chicago8:00pmESPN+
North Dakota State at Southern Illinois8:00pmESPN+
John Brown at Oral Roberts8:00pmSummit
Marquette at Providence8:30pmFS1
Nicholls at Maryland8:30pmBTN
Southern Utah at Montana State9:00pmESPN+
Montana at UC Davis9:00pmESPN+
CSUN at UCLA10:00pmPAC12N
Saint Katherine at San Diego State10:00pmESPN+
CSU Dominguez Hills at Long Beach State10:00pmESPN+
WKU at California Baptist10:00pmESPN+
Middle Tennessee at Saint Mary’s10:00pmESPN+
South Dakota at CSU Bakersfield10:00pmESPN+
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
Bundesliga: Werder Bremen vs RB Leipzig12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Valencia1:00pmESPN+
Bundesliga: Hoffenheim vs Darmstadt 982:30pmESPN+
Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund vs Mainz 052:30pmESPN+
League Cup: Everton vs Fulham2:45pmPeacock
League Cup: Port Vale vs Middlesbrough2:45pmPeacock
League Cup: Chelsea vs Newcastle United3:00pmPeacock
Coppa Italia: Napoli vs Frosinone3:00pmParamount+
La Liga: Atlético Madrid vs Getafe3:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Granada vs Sevilla3:30pmESPN+
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
North Carolina A&T vs Stetson11:00 AMESPN+
LSU Shreveport (LA) vs Louisiana12:00pmESPN+
Alabama A&M vs FIU12:00pmESPN+
Our Lady of the Lake vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi12:00pmESPN+
Mount Olive vs Elon1:00pmFloSports
Air Force vs Clemson1:00pmACCNX
LaGrange vs Georgia State1:30pmESPN+
Morgan State vs UCF2:00pmESPN+
North Alabama vs Samford2:00pmESPN+
UTSA vs Seattle U3:00pmESPN+
Saint Martin’s vs Idaho3:30pmESPN+
Oregon vs Utah Tech4:00pmESPN+
Goucher vs Navy6:30pmESPN+
Wofford vs Tennessee6:30pmSECN+
San Francisco vs Long Beach State7:00pmESPN+
South Carolina vs Bowling Green7:00pmESPN+
South Carolina State vs Charleston7:00pmFloSports
Saint Louis vs Illinois State7:30pmESPN+
UT Arlington vs Jacksonville State7:30pmESPN+
Eastern Kentucky vs Southeast Missouri State7:30pmESPN+
Wisconsin-Parkside vs Green Bay8:00pmESPN+
Colorado Christian vs Denver8:00pmSummit
Santa Clara vs UC Riverside9:00pmESPN+
Oklahoma vs North Carolina9:30pmESPN2