NFL SCOREBOARD

BUFFALO 31 CAROLINA 14

DETROIT 30 ARIZONA 12

HOUSTON 30 JACKSONVILLE 16

MIAMI 31 NY JETS 24

DALLAS 21 NY GIANTS 6

PITTSBURGH 19 TENNESSEE 13

CINCINNATI 15 DENVER 10

SAN FRANCISCO 31 ATLANTA 13

GREEN BAY 31 BALTIMORE 30

NEW ORLEANS 9 TAMPA BAY 0

MONDAY, DEC. 20
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS, 5:00 PM (NFL NETWORK)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT CHICAGO BEARS, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

TUESDAY, DEC. 21
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, 7:00 PM (FOX)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS, 7:00 PM (FOX)

COLLEGE BOWL SCHEDULE

MONDAY, DEC. 20

MYRTLE BEACH BOWL

TULSA VS. OLD DOMINION

2:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 21

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL

KENT STATE VS. WYOMING

3:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRISCO BOWL

NO. 24 SAN DIEGO STATE VS. UTSA

7:30 P.M. | ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22

ARMED FORCES BOWL

MISSOURI VS. ARMY

8 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 23

FRISCO FOOTBALL CLASSIC

MIAMI (OHIO) VS. NORTH TEXAS

3:30 P.M. | ESPN

GASPARILLA BOWL

FLORIDA VS. UCF

7 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 24

HAWAI’I BOWL

MEMPHIS VS. HAWAI’I

8 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 25

CAMELLIA BOWL

BALL STATE VS. GEORGIA STATE

2:30 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, DEC. 27

QUICK LANE BOWL

WESTERN MICHIGAN VS. NEVADA

11 A.M. | ESPN

MILITARY BOWL

EAST CAROLINA VS. BOSTON COLLEGE

2:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 28

BIRMINGHAM BOWL

NO. 20 HOUSTON VS. AUBURN

12 P.M. | ESPN

FIRST RESPONDER BOWL

AIR FORCE VS. LOUISVILLE

3:15 P.M. | ESPN

LIBERTY BOWL

TEXAS TECH VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE

6:45 P.M. | ESPN

HOLIDAY BOWL

NO. 18 NC STATE VS. UCLA

8 P.M. | FOX

GUARANTEED RATE BOWL

MINNESOTA VS. WEST VIRGINIA

10:15 P.M. | ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29

FENWAY BOWL

VIRGINIA VS. SMU

11 A.M. | ESPN

PINSTRIPE BOWL

VIRGINIA TECH VS. MARYLAND

2:15 P.M. | ESPN

CHEEZ-IT BOWL

NO. 19 CLEMSON VS. IOWA STATE

5:45 P.M. | ESPN

ALAMO BOWL

NO. 14 OREGON VS. NO. 16 OKLAHOMA

9:15 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 30

DUKE’S MAYO BOWL

NORTH CAROLINA VS. SOUTH CAROLINA

11:30 A.M. | ESPN

MUSIC CITY BOWL

TENNESSEE VS. PURDUE

3 P.M. | ESPN

PEACH BOWL

NO. 10 MICHIGAN STATE VS. NO. 12 PITTSBURGH

7 P.M. | ESPN

LAS VEGAS BOWL

WISCONSIN VS. ARIZONA STATE

10:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 31

GATOR BOWL

NO. 17 WAKE FOREST VS. NO. 25 TEXAS A&M

11 A.M. | ESPN

SUN BOWL

WASHINGTON STATE VS. MIAMI (FL)

12 P.M. | CBS

ARIZONA BOWL

CENTRAL MICHIGAN VS. BOISE STATE

2 P.M. | BARSTOOL SPORTS

COTTON BOWL CLASSIC (COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL)

NO. 1 ALABAMA VS. NO. 4 CINCINNATI

3:30 P.M. | ESPN

ORANGE BOWL (COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL)

NO. 2 MICHIGAN VS. NO. 3 GEORGIA

7:30 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, JAN. 1

OUTBACK BOWL

NO. 21 ARKANSAS VS. PENN STATE

12 P.M. | ESPN2

CITRUS BOWL

NO. 15 IOWA VS. NO. 22 KENTUCKY

1 P.M. | ABC

FIESTA BOWL

NO. 5 NOTRE DAME VS. NO. 9 OKLAHOMA STATE

1 P.M. | ESPN

ROSE BOWL

NO. 6 OHIO STATE VS. NO. 11 UTAH

5 P.M. | ESPN

SUGAR BOWL

NO. 7 BAYLOR VS. NO. 8 OLE MISS

8:45 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, JAN. 4

TEXAS BOWL

KANSAS STATE VS. LSU

9 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, JAN. 10

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

8 P.M. | ESPN

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#11 IOWA STATE 77 SE. LOUISIANA 54

#17 TEXAS 60 STANFORD 53

ELSEWHERE

DETROIT 89 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 75

DUQUESNE 76 UC IRVINE 54

MASSACHUSETTS 77 FAIRFIELD 73, OT

UMASS LOWELL 70 SACRED HEART 62

ARKANSAS STATE 68 AIR FORCE 46

BOWLING GREEN 100 ROBERT MORRIS 74

HARVARD 62 HOLY CROSS 54

LONG ISLAND 90 ARMY 65

ILLINOIS CHICAGO 61 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 60

MONMOUTH 77 COLGATE 66

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE 84 WILLIAM WOODS 29

FLORIDA GULF COAST 67 MERCER 55

DRAKE 80 TENNESSEE MARTIN 54

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 84, COASTAL CAROLINA 80

SMU 90 NEW MEXICO 72

UC DAVIS 77 PACIFIC 67

OKLAHOMA 70 TEXAS ARLINGTON 50

MONTANA STATE 61 PORTLAND 59

CALIFORNIA 61 DARTMOUTH 55

ABILENE CHRISTIAN 112 HOWARD PAYNE 41

RICHMOND 67 OLD DOMINION 61

SANTA CLARA 79 MONTANA 64

LIPSCOMB 98 TENNESSEE WESTERN 64

TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 82 VIRGINIA 55

#13 MICHIGAN 74 #5 BAYLOR 68 OT

#6 LOUISVILLE 69 #7 UCONN 64

#10 INDIANA 67 WESTERN MICHIGAN 57

#17 GEORGIA 82 ST. FRANCIS PA 45

#19 KENTUCKY 67 USC UPSTATE 44

#21 NOTRE DAME 85 PITTSBURGH 59

#25 NORTH CAROLINA 76 BOSTON COLLEGE 73

#11 TEXAS 74 SAN DIEGO 58

#12 IOWA STATE 108 PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 39

#18 GEORGIA TECH 62 WAKE FOREST 45

ELSEWHERE

TENNESSEE STATE 60 STETSON 56

RICHMOND 81 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 63

TULSA 92 S. ALABAMA 62

SETON HALL 69 MARQUETTE 57

WILLIAM & MARY 55 NORFOLK STATE 50

ST. PETER’S 65 CANISIUS 55

VALPARAISO 65 MOREHEAD STATE 57

MAINE 65 DARTMOUTH 53

CREIGHTON 71 PROVIDENCE 56

NEBRASKA 89 DRAKE 68

RHODE ISLAND 54 BOSTON UNIVERSITY 44

DEPAUL 107 ST. JOHN’S 93

CHARLESTON 83 FLORIDA A&M 60

NORTHERN COLORADO 70 ABILENE 58

CINCINNATI 87 NORTH CAROLINA A&T 77 2OT

GEORGIA STATE 55 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 50

VIRGINIA TECH 92 FLORIDA STATE 75

MERCER 71 ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM 62

NIAGARA 73 MANHATTAN 70

EAST CAROLINA 79 NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON 50

PURDUE 82 MIAMI OHIO 76

STONY BROOK 69 WASHINGTON STATE 62

XAVIER 65 SE. MISSOURI 58

TROY 94 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 51

SOUTHERN MISS 70 ALABAMA A&M 55

NORTH DAKOTA STATE 82 JAMESTOWN 36

GEORGIA SOUTHERN 88 BETHUNE COOKMAN 59

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 66 ILLINOIS 51

PORTLAND STATE 73 SIMPSON 45

MASSACHUSETTS 68 VERMONT 63

CHARLOTTE 78 WINTHROP 42

COASTAL CAROLINA 85 RADFORD 64

HARVARD 75 NORTHEASTERN 43

TOLEDO 66 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE 57

ARKANSAS STATE 98 HENDRIX COLLEGE 48

UC DAVIS 69 GONZAGA 66

ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD 79 BRADLEY 71

MISSISSIPPI STATE 74 JACKSON STATE 66

NEVADA 71 EASTERN WASHINGTON 60

LOUISIANA 69 LOUISIANA TECH 57

NBA SCOREBOARD

NEW ORLEANS AT PHILADELPHIA POSTPONED

CLEVELAND ATLANTA POSTPONED

DENVER AT BROOKLYN POSTPONED

DETROIT 100 MIAMI 90

SACRAMENTO 121 SAN ANTONIO 114

CHICAGO 115 LA LAKERS 110

MINNESOTA 111 DALLAS 105

PHOENIX 137 CHARLOTTE 106

NHL SCOREBOARD

VEGAS 4 NY ISLANDERS 3

WINNIPEG 4 ST. LOUIS 2

BOSTON AT OTTAWA POSTPONED

NASHVILLE AT CAROLINA POSTPONED

TORONTO AT SEATTLE POSTPONED

ARIZONA AT VANCOUVER POSTPONED

PITTSBURGH 3 NEW JERSEY 2

LOS ANGELES 3 WASHINGTON 2

INDIANA SRN GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

CROWN POINT

FRANKLIN

FISHERS

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE

NORTH CENTRAL – INDIANAPOLIS

3A

SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON

SILVER CREEK

GARRETT

BENTON CENTRAL

MISHAWAKA MARIAN

2A

TRITON CENTRAL

WINCHESTER

SOUTH CENTRAL

FAIRFIELD

FOREST PARK

1A

WALDRON

JAC-CEN-DEL

VINCENNES RIVET

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

TRINITY LUTHERAN

INDIANA SRN BOYS BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

ZIONSVILLE

LAWRENCE NORTH

VALPARAISO

HOMESTEAD

FISHERS

3A

MISHAWAKA MARIAN

BREBEUF

LEO

CONNERSVILLE

CHATARD

2A

LINTON – STOCKTON

SOUTH SPENCER

PARK TUDOR

ANDREAN

CENTRAL NOBLE

1A

BARR REEVE

LOOGOOTEE

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN

BLOOMFIELD

BETHESDA

IBCA GIRLS BASKETBALL POLL

1. CROWN POINT (12-1)

2. FRANKLIN (14-0)

3. HOMESTEAD (10-1)

4. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (12-1)

5. NOBLESVILLE (11-2)

6. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (13-2)

7. LAKE CENTRAL (10-2)

8. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (12-3)

9. FISHERS (10-2)

10. WESTFIELD (11-2)

10. SILVER CREEK (13-1)

12. BENTON CENTRAL (12-0)

13. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (10-2)

14. COLUMBUS EAST (11-2)

15. VALPARAISO (11-1)

16. COLUMBIA CITY (12-0)

17. EAST CENTRAL (8-1)

18. FORT WAYNE SNIDER (10-2)

19. ZIONSVILLE (8-4)

19. PENN (9-4)

IBCA BOYS BASKETBALL POLL

1. ZIONSVILLE (7-0)

2. CARMEL (6-2)

3. FISHERS (6-1)

4. VALPARAISO (7-0)

5. LAWRENCE NORTH (5-1)

6. HOMESTEAD (6-2)

7. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (5-2)

8. BREBEUF JESUIT (5-1)

9. WESTFIELD (3-2)

10. CHESTERTON (5-0)

11. BLOOMINGTON NORTH (5-1)

12. INDIANAPOLIS TECH (5-2)

13. BEN DAVIS (5-2)

13. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (7-1)

15. LINTON-STOCKTON (7-0)

16. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (5-2)

17. PENN (7-0)

18. CONNERSVILLE (7-0)

19. CENTRAL NOBLE (6-0)

20. LEO (6-1)

TOP SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

Bills end 2-game skid with 31-14 win over spiraling Panthers

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Josh Allen says his sprained left foot felt fine – still, he was grateful for how his Buffalo teammates helped carry the load.

Devin Singletary sparked what had been a pedestrian running attack with a season-best 86 yards. A much-maligned and COVID-19-depleted offensive line delivered in both run blocking and pass protection.

And the Bills’ defense had four sacks and an interception in a 31-14 win over the offensively challenged Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

“We’re just trying to find ways to win games, and we did that today,” said Allen, who stayed mostly in the pocket in going 19 of 34 for 210 yards passing with three touchdowns and an interception a week after getting hurt in a 33-27 overtime loss at Tampa Bay.

“We’re going to need that going forward,” he added. “We all know who we have next week. It’s no secret.”

Allen and the Bills (8-6) are already looking forward to an AFC East showdown at division-leading New England (9-5). They meet for the second time in three weeks following the Patriots’ 14-10 win at Buffalo.

For the moment, the Bills can take some satisfaction in snapping a two-game skid. Still, inconsistent Buffalo has won just four of its past nine games.

“It wasn’t so much of proving the doubters wrong, because there’s always going to be doubters,” Singletary said. “It was just doing what we needed to do to go 1-0.”

Gabriel Davis, taking over the No. 3 spot from injured receiver Emmanuel Sanders, essentially sealed the win by scoring twice in the second half. Stefon Diggs also scored in a game the Bills never trailed.

The Panthers (5-9) dropped their fourth straight and lost for the ninth time in 11 games. In a what-else-can-go-wrong season, Carolina was dealt a blow a little over an hour before kickoff when kicker Zane Gonzalez had to be helped off the field after hurting his quadriceps.

The injury left Carolina minus a real kicker. The Panthers passed up a field-goal attempt and failed to convert fourth-and-9 from Buffalo’s 24 to end their second possession. Carolina went for 2 after both touchdowns and converted once. It also went just 1 for 5 on fourth downs.

“That’s not something we expected. If anything, I would’ve come into this game typically saying, `Hey, it’s windy weather, let’s kick short field goals to take points,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said. “We really thought our defense was going to play well.”

The defense was stout for the most part in limiting the Bills to 17 points in the first half, sacking Allen four times. Jeremy Chinn’s interception set up Cam Newton’s 4-yard TD run to cut Buffalo’s lead to 14-8.

Discipline, however, became a factor. Though Carolina was penalized just five times for 55 yards, personal fouls against defensive linemen Phil Hoskins (face mask), Brian Burns (roughing the passer) and Bravvion Roy (unnecessary roughness during a sideline scuffle) each extended Buffalo scoring drives.

“I don’t feel like it was super late … but dumb penalty,” Burns said after his 15-yard penalty helped set up Tyler Bass’s 26-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter. “It’s frustrating when a lot of things aren’t going your way and, you know, we are beating ourselves”

The Bills took control with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, when Allen, facing third-and-12, hit Davis for a 20-yard TD to put Buffalo ahead 24-8. Davis also scored on a 14-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers eventually cut the lead to 24-14 when Newton hit Ameer Abdullah for a 23-yard touchdown with 11:01 remaining.

Former Panthers defensive end Efe Obada ended Carolina’s last real chance for a comeback by sacking Newton for an 8-yard loss on fourth-and-10 from his own 46 with under six minutes left.

Newton finished 13 of 39 for 156 yards and an interception, with 15 carries for a team-leading 71 yards. He extended his NFL record by scoring a TD rushing and TD passing for the 44th time of his career. Newton also extended his streak of scoring a TD rushing to five consecutive games, matching the NFL record for a quarterback set by Arizona’s Kyler Murray last year.

0 FOR 12

Newton has lost 12 consecutive starts for Carolina, a skid that began before he spent last season with New England. Newton re-signed with the Panthers last month and hasn’t led Carolina to victory since a 42-28 win against Tampa Bay on Nov. 4, 2018.

LINEUPS

Panthers: RG John Miller returned after missing two games with an ankle injury.

Bills: Were down two offensive line starters after RG Jon Feliciano was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list hours before kickoff. LT Dion Dawkins landed on the list Friday and was not cleared to play.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Close home schedule hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Bills: Close road schedule at the Patriots on Sunday.

Cardinals lose chance to clinch, fall 30-12 to lowly Lions

DETROIT (AP) Kyler Murray had nowhere to run and his passes often missed the mark.

Murray’s shaky performance helped the Detroit Lions stun the Arizona Cardinals 30-12 on Sunday.

The Cardinals (10-4) started the day tied for the NFL’s best record, undefeated on the road and a win away from ending a six-year postseason drought.

Meanwhile, the Lions (2-11-1) were at the bottom of the league standings before the first snap and somehow looked as if they were the team that had more at stake.

“They were hungrier than us,” Murray said. “They played harder than us.”

Arizona, coming off a loss on Monday night to the NFC West-rival Los Angeles Rams, missed its chance to get in the playoffs for the first time since 2015 with a win over a team it was favored to beat by nearly two touchdowns.

“We didn’t come prepared at all and it showed,” Murray said.

The Cardinals can still earn a postseason berth during Week 15, but they’ll need some other playoff contenders to lose or tie.

In any scenario, Murray will have to play better.

The third-year quarterback was 23 of 41 for 257 yards with a touchdown and an interception, adding up to a 72.9 passer rating. The third-year pro has had a slightly lower rating twice this season, and the Cardinals lost both games to the Rams and Green Bay.

Murray couldn’t get away from the scrappy Lions when he tried to run, finishing with 3 yards rushing on four carries, against a scheme set up by defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn.

“We played aggressively against him and we hit him, and I think you saw the result of that,” coach Dan Campbell said. “We needed to hit him and bottle him up, and AG put together a great game plan.”

By the time Murray threw a touchdown pass, there was 4:40 left in the game and Arizona trailed by 15 points.

Detroit kicked a field goal on the ensuing drive, essentially sealing the win, and coach Kliff Kingsbury took Murray out and put backup Colt McCoy in the game.

In one of the many surprises at Ford Field, Jared Goff was the best quarterback on the turf. Goff completed 21 of 26 passes for 216 yards with three touchdowns.

Detroit’s Craig Reynolds ran for a career-high 112 yards and rookie receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown had a touchdown and 90 yards receiving, setting a season high for the second straight week.

“You know the game we’ve talked about playing all season? This was that game,” Goff said. “This is what we knew we could do.”

The Cardinals took their own wide-body jet, complete with 28 lie-down seats, to the game and might’ve gotten too comfortable on the way to the Motor City.

“They had a better sense of urgency from the start,” Kingsbury lamented.

Detroit opened the game with a 15-play, 63-yard drive that took 8:50 off the clock and ended with a field goal.

The Cardinals, who gained 17 yards on their first three possessions, finally started moving the ball late in the second quarter only to have the drive end at the Lions 3 when Murray’s pass fell incomplete on fourth down.

Early in the third, Arizona settled for a field goal instead of going for it on fourth-and-3 at the Lions 11.

Detroit picked up a pair of first downs on the ensuing drive to get into Arizona territory before running back Godwin Igwebuike lost a fumble for the second straight week.

Two snaps later, cornerback Amani Oruwariye fully extended to pick off a pass Murray threw to the outside toward A.J. Green, who didn’t come back to the ball, and returned it 50 yards. On the next play, Goff threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jason Cabinda to put the Lions ahead 24-3 and Arizona never put up much of a fight to come back.

Since starting 7-0, the Cardinals have lost four of their past seven games.

“We can’t let this thing spiral,” tight end Zach Ertz said. “Momentum is real in the NFL, good and bad.”

INJURY REPORT

Cardinals: WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) went on injured reserve Saturday, and RB Chase Edmonds (ankle) was activated for the first time in more than a month. DE Jordan Phillips (knee) and WR Rondale Moore (ankle) were hurt against Detroit.

Lions: RB D’Andre Swift (shoulder) was inactive for a third straight game and G Jonah Jackson (back) was not cleared to play. LBs Alex Anzalone (shoulder) and LB Josh Woods (shoulder) were hurt during the game.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: host Indianapolis on Saturday.

Lions: play at Atlanta on Sunday.

Texans end 3-game skid with 30-16 victory at lowly Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Tremon Smith is planning to do something nice for his blockers. He doesn’t know what. He doesn’t know when. He just knows he needs 10 of whatever he decides to buy in the next few weeks.

Smith returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, ending the longest drought in the NFL, and the undermanned Houston Texans beat woeful Jacksonville 30-16 on Sunday to end a three-game skid and extend their dominance in the series.

Smith somehow escaped five defenders near the 30-yard line – Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins broke his right ankle trying to make the tackle – before coasting the rest of the way. It was Houston’s first kickoff return for a score since Oct. 4, 2009, and it helped Smith end haunting memories of getting tackled at the 3-yard line as a rookie with Kansas City in 2018.

“Everybody still brings it up,” he said. “I think it’s done for right now. I think they can leave it in the past.”

Texans rookie quarterback Davis Mills won for the first time in eight starts. He connected with Brandin Cooks twice for touchdowns, once early and again late. The second one was a 43-yarder that sealed yet another Houston victory against Jacksonville.

“That was the dagger,” Mills said.

The Texans (3-11) won their eighth straight against the Jaguars (2-12) and swept the AFC South series for the ninth time in the last 11 years. Houston won despite playing without seven starters, including five defenders.

The Jags, playing their first game since firing coach Urban Meyer, dropped their sixth consecutive game and 10th straight in AFC South play. Thanks to Detroit’s victory, the Jaguars now are in line to have the No. 1 draft pick for the second straight year.

“We just didn’t play a clean football game,” interim Jaguars coach Darrell Bevell said.

Especially on special teams, where mistakes and missed tackles led to 17 points. Smith’s return was the highlight.

“It was the perfect kick. It was just like we practiced it all week,” Smith said. “I definitely owe them all something. I haven’t came up with it yet. But I’m going to get them something nice for just setting that up for me. I couldn’t do it without my blockers.”

NO EXCUSES

The Jaguars refused to blame their latest lackluster performance on a tumultuous week that included firing Meyer early Thursday to end one of the worst coaching tenures in NFL history.

Jacksonville had three special teams breakdowns, five dropped passes and two chances in the fourth quarter in a one-score game.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence said. “All the guys are frustrated. We want to be more consistent. We want to win. … We all have to play better. That’s the thing: You’ve just got to look yourself in the mirror and figure out how to get better, and I think we’ll do that, but got to really do that this week.”

COOKS COOKS

Cooks continued his success against Jacksonville. He finished with seven receptions for 102 yards and two scores and improved to 6-0 against the Jags, getting wins with New Orleans, New England and Houston. He now has five 100-yard games in those six outings.

He has 34 catches for 701 yards and five touchdowns against Jacksonville.

FAN ARRESTED

A fan wearing a No. 16 Jaguars jersey and a blond wig ran into the end zone just before James Robinson scored from 1 yard early in the second quarter. The fan was jumping up and down – he was indeed wide open – when the real No. 16, quarterback Trevor Lawrence, snapped the ball and handed it to Robinson.

The fan was quickly met by security, taken into a tunnel and later arrested for trespassing.

KEY INJURIES

Jenkins was placed in an air cast and carted off the field in the first quarter. His season is likely done. . Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson (neck) left in the second half and was replaced by rookie Walker Little.

UP NEXT

Texans: host the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.

Jaguars: play at the New York Jets next Sunday. It’s a matchup of the top two picks in the 2021 NFL draft: Lawrence and Jets quarterback Zach Wilson.

Dolphins extend winning streak to 6, rally past Jets 31-24

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Duke Johnson grew up in the shadow of Hard Rock Stadium, went to high school a couple miles away and played his college football on the Miami Dolphins’ field.

He’d waited a long time for a day like Sunday.

Johnson rushed for 107 yards and had a career-best two touchdowns, DeVante Parker caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tua Tagovailoa with 3:37 left and the Dolphins extended their winning streak to six games by topping the New York Jets 31-24 on Sunday.

“It means a lot,” Johnson said. “Growing up in the area, just being able to play football and play well here, it meant a lot but it meant even more because we got the win. That helps.”

Johnson – basically the go-to back for Miami as a last resort because of virus-related issues throughout the week – helped the Dolphins (7-7) rally from an early 10-0 deficit. It was the first 100-yard game from a Miami rusher this season.

His output wasn’t the only surprise. Defensive lineman Christian Wilkins caught a touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter for Miami, juggling the ball before controlling it and then letting loose with a wild celebration. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive lineman leaped into the stands, then did “the worm” in the end zone as teammates danced around him.

“That was awesome,” said Tagovailoa, who ran over the Jets’ Michael Carter II on a second-half rumble on a day filled with surprising plays by Miami. “That was cool, cool to see him score.”

Brandin Echols had a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown midway through the fourth for the Jets (3-11). Zach Wilson and Braxton Berrios rushed for scores for New York; Wilson completed 13 of 23 passes for 170 yards for the Jets.

New York had a halftime lead for the first time all season, yet couldn’t finish things off.

“We could never get anything rolling in the second half when it comes to sustaining drives,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said.

Tagovailoa completed 16 of 27 passes for 196 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Miami.

The Dolphins became the second team in NFL history to get to 7-7 after starting a season 1-7. The other team on that list – the Jets, in 1974. The season was only 14 weeks back then, so that’s where the Jets’ turnaround ended and did so without a playoff berth.

Playoff talk is still a long way from real in Miami this season, but the Dolphins at least remain alive with games left to play against New Orleans, Tennessee and New England.

“It’s the game we thought it was going to be,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. “A 60-minute battle.”

Berrios – back in the stadium where he, like Johnson, played his college football for Miami – opened the scoring by pinballing his way into the end zone from 2 yards out. Tagovailoa was picked off on the next Miami drive, which the Jets turned into a field goal and a 10-0 lead.

Johnson scored from a yard out to get the Dolphins on the scoreboard, only to have it answered by Wilson doing the same to restore the Jets’ 10-point edge.

But Johnson tied it early in the third to cap an eight-play, 76-yard drive, and Wilkins gave Miami a 24-17 lead just 33 seconds into the fourth quarter. Tagovailoa’s pick-6 throw cost Miami the lead, but then his pass to Parker ended up as the eventual winner.

“The O-line did a great job today up front with creating those opportunities for Duke to find a hole and hit it and find ways to bounce the ball and have Duke be himself,” Tagovailoa said. “That’s how he was his entire career and I’m glad we were able to witness that today.”

Jets safety Elijah Riley was taken off the field on a backboard after injuring his neck during the third quarter. Riley’s head was stabilized before he was removed from the field on a cart. Thankfully, it all ended up being precautionary: Saleh said Riley would return to New York with the Jets on Sunday night.

“That was tough,” Jets cornerback Bryce Hall said of seeing Riley injured. “He’s a warrior.”

INJURIES

Jets: DL Quinnen Williams had a shoulder injury, announced in the third quarter.

Dolphins: S Jevon Holland, who spent some time during the week on the COVID-19 reserve list and then was activated in case he could play, was ruled out Sunday morning.

STADIUM TAKEOVER

The Dolphins play their next two games on the road and aren’t back home until the season finale Jan. 9 against New England. That gives workers plenty of time to pull off the enormous task of setting up for – and then tearing down from – the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31. It’s a College Football Playoff semifinal this year between No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia.

THE SERIES

Miami swept the Jets for the second consecutive season, the first time that has happened since 1996 and 1997. The Dolphins have won eight of the last nine meetings with the Jets; the last 8-1 run by Miami in the series was from 1982 through 1985, including a victory in the AFC championship game on Jan. 23, 1983.

UP NEXT

Jets: Host Jacksonville on Dec. 26.

Dolphins: Visit New Orleans on Dec. 27.

Cowboys inch close to playoff berth as D, Lawrence dominate

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) It’s been said defenses win championships, and nobody in the NFL might be playing better D right now than the Dallas Cowboys.

DeMarcus Lawrence forced a fumble and made two other big plays that led to 15 points and the Dallas defense forced four turnovers for the third straight game Sunday. The Cowboys inched closer to their first playoff berth since 2018 with a 21-6 win over the New York Giants.

“We’re the best defense,” a blunt Trevon Diggs said after picking up his league-high 10th interception of the season, one shy of the team record set by Everson Walls in 1981.

Lawrence said the defense is the best he has played on in his eight seasons.

“It’s amazing just to be on a team with a strong defense,” he said. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

This has been a strange season for the Cowboys (10-4), who also got a touchdown pass from Dak Prescott and a 13-yard TD run by Ezekiel Elliott in winning their third straight game, all on the road.

The offense, which also got three field goals from Greg Zuerlein, carried the team for the first six or seven games. The defense has shouldered the burden since.

Dallas would clinch a playoff berth later with a loss or tie by New Orleans. The Saints play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Sunday night game. The Cowboys lost a chance to clinch hours earlier when San Francisco beat Atlanta 31-13.

Graham Gano kicked field goals of 35 and 42 yards as the Giants (4-10) lost their third straight game with backup Mike Glennon starting for the injured Daniel Jones (neck).

This game was not as close as the score. The Cowboys never trailed and the Giants never looked threatening against a defense that also got interceptions from Jourdan Lewis and Malik Hooker.

Lewis’ pick came after Lawrence hit Glennon as he was throwing. It led to Elliott’s TD run on a draw. Prescott’s 1-yard TD pass to Dalton Schultz capped a short third-quarter drive that started after Lawrence and Neville Gallimore stuffed Glennon on a fourth-and-1 sneak from the New York 29.

Prescott finished 28 of 37 for 217 yards. Schultz caught all eight of his targets for 67 yards.

“It’s definitely frustrating, as I said, the defense is doing a great job giving us the ball, giving us the ball in plus territory, and we’ve got to find a way to to get it in the end zone,” Prescott said. ” Simple as that, and I’m sure we’ll do that.”

Sidelined by a broken foot most of the season, Lawrence set up 10 of the 15 first-half points. His hit on Saquon Barkley forced a fumble that Carlos Watkins recovered at the Giants 46 with :41 left in the half. Zuerlein, who missed the extra point after the Elliott touchdown, hit a 27-yard field goal, his third of the half. He also converted from 26 and 42 yards, but missed two extra points kicking into a crosswind.

“Amazing. I expect DeMarcus to do that every game,” Diggs said. “You know, he’s still very much the leader of the defense. He’s a veteran. He is still our guy. So I expect that from him all the time. He’s a great player.”

The three interceptions gave Dallas a league-high 23 picks.

The Giants’ major accomplishment was ending rookie Micah Parsons’ run of making a full sack in six straight games. New York also did not get blown out this time; it dropped a 44-20 decision in Dallas on Oct. 10.

“Self-inflicted wounds,” said Glennon, who finished 13 of 24 for 99 yards and three interceptions before being relieved by Jake Fromm. “There were a couple of times we did move the ball well and then just ended up with field goals, and then a couple of kind of dumb decisions on my end forcing the ball that were not good decisions.”

BETS The Cowboys’offense and defense have a bet going that was negotiated by Lawrence and Prescott on Saturday.

“I’ll let everyone know the defense is kicking our (butt),” Prescott said. “But it’s the turnovers versus touchdowns and they obviously won this one. But we’ll make sure that they carry on carries over.”

When asked what the payoff is, Prescott said they’ll figure it out later.

INJURIES

Cowboys: Dallas did not announce any injuries. OT Tyron Smith missed the game with an ankle injury.

Giants: WR Sterling Shepard tore his Achilles tendon late in the game. Backup RB Gary Brightwell left early with a neck injury. Cornerbacks Adoree Jackson (quad) and Aaron Robinson, wide receivers John Ross and Kadarius Toney and linebackers Cam Brown and Oshane Ximines were put on the reserve-COVID-19 list this past week and did not play.

UP NEXT:

Cowboys: return home to play Washington next Sunday for the second time in three games.

Giants: travel down the New Jersey Turnpike to play the Eagles on Sunday.

Steelers slip past turnover-prone Titans 19-13

PITTSBURGH (AP) Joe Haden spent a month watching the Pittsburgh Steelers defense flail without him.

The veteran defensive back’s return provided a spark. And all his off-season lifting provided the difference.

Haden stuffed Tennessee wide receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine inches short of a first down at the Pittsburgh 10 in the final seconds, sealing a 19-13 victory that resuscitated – for the time being anyway – the Steelers’ playoff hopes.

Facing fourth-and-7 at the Pittsburgh 16, Ryan Tannehill found Westbrook-Ikhine at the 10. Haden, who missed four games with a sprained foot, closed immediately and shoved Westbrook-Ihkine backward. When the official measurement confirmed what Haden already knew – that the game was over – Pittsburgh’s defense celebrated a win that marked another abrupt momentum shift in their topsy-turvy season.

“He’s Joe Money,” Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt said. “He’s just a vet. He makes a lot of those really smart, veteran plays.”

Pittsburgh (7-6-1) needed every one of them on an afternoon in which the offense managed all of 168 yards.

It ultimately didn’t matter.

The defense forced four turnovers – three on consecutive Tennessee possessions in the second half – just 10 days after getting mauled in a loss to Minnesota. Chris Boswell drilled four field goals and Ben Roethlisberger’s first rushing touchdown in three years gave the Steelers their second win over a division leader in three weeks.

“When you’ve got teams like this and environments like this, every game is a playoff,” Roethlisberger said. “It had the feel of a playoff game, physically, emotionally.”

If not optically.

The Titans couldn’t hold onto the ball. The Steelers couldn’t move it. The result was three hours of push-pull in which Tennessee kept flirting with taking full command only to hand momentum right back to Pittsburgh with careless turnover after careless turnover.

“We have to hold the ball in much more regard,” Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said. “We obviously can’t do that and think you’re going to win.”

The Titans ran for 202 yards, including 108 by D’Onta Foreman, controlled possession for more than 39 minutes and converted eight of 18 third downs. Yet Tannehill struggled to find any rhythm in the passing game. He needed 23 completions to throw for 153 yards and was sacked four times, including 1 1/2 by T.J. Watt, whose 17 1/2 sacks on the season is a franchise record.

“I feel like if teams want to try and throw the ball, they also know the problems they are going to get from us,” Watt said.

Namely pressure from Watt, though he was hardly the only one making the splash plays that have been in short supply for Pittsburgh this season.

Watt, Haden and Minkah Fitzpatrick all recovered fumbles. Linebacker Joe Schobert hauled in a Tannehill pass deflected by backup outside linebacker Taco Charlton and returned it 23 yards to set up Boswell’s third field goal that gave Pittsburgh a 16-13 lead with 7:20 to go. Two plays later, Tannehill botched an exchange with the center and Watt fell on the loose ball to set up Boswell for a 48-yarder that pushed the Pittsburgh advantage to six.

The persistent miscues have become a discouraging trend of late for the Titans, who now have 13 turnovers in their last four games, a stretch in which they are just 1-3, with the lone win a turnover-free performance against woeful Jacksonville.

“It has to get cleaned up,” said Tannehill, who ran for his seventh touchdown of the season in the first half as the Titans built a 10-point lead. “Obviously, if you turn the ball over as many times as we did, you’re going to put yourself in a tough position.”

It’s a position the Steelers have been in most of the season. All seven of their victories this season have come by eight points or less. It’s rarely been pretty. Yet with Christmas looming, Pittsburgh somehow remains in the mix in the underwhelming AFC North.

“I think we still have a pulse in this thing,” Roethlisberger said. “So we’ll go from here.”

ROETHLISBERGER PASSES RIVERS

Roethlisberger finished 16 of 25 for 148 yards to move past 2004 NFL draft classmate Philip Rivers into fifth on the NFL’s all-time yards passing list. Perhaps more remarkable was the sight of Roethlisberger running back-to-back quarterback sneaks in the third quarter. The second gave him his first rushing touchdown since a win at Jacksonville in 2018.

Asked what he was thinking as he laid at the bottom of the pile, the 39-year-old Roethlisberger couldn’t help but crack a joke.

“I thought I broke the all-time Heinz rushing record, so I’m trying to take a moment for myself,” he said.

BUD’S HOMECOMING

Former Pittsburgh linebacker Bud Dupree picked up a sack in his return to Heinz Field when he took down Roethlisberger in the third quarter. It marked the emotional high point of an emotional day for Dupree, who played six seasons with the Steelers before signing with Tennessee in the offseason.

Dupree, activated off injured reserve Saturday after dealing with an abdominal issue that sidelined him in early November, chatted at length with Roethlisberger after the opening coin toss and later exchanged an embrace with Watt, his longtime running mate.

INJURIES

Titans: WR Julio Jones tweaked his hamstring late in the second quarter and didn’t return in the second half.

Steelers: TE Pat Freiermuth went into the concussion protocol in the third quarter after taking hits from Kristian Fulton and Zach Cunningham at the end of a 5-yard reception.

UP NEXT

Titans: Have a short week ahead. Tennessee hosts San Francisco on Thursday night.

Steelers: Travel to Kansas City to visit the surging Chiefs next Sunday.

49ers beat Falcons 31-13 for 5th win in 6 games

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 235 yards and a TD, San Francisco ran for three more scores and the 49ers won for the fifth time in six games, beating the Atlanta Falcons 31-13 on Sunday.

The Niners (8-6) scored touchdowns on four straight drives to make easy work of the Falcons (6-8) to remain in wild-card position as the sixth-place team in the NFC.

Atlanta got stopped at the goal line on its first possession of the game and lost a fumble on a strip sack by Nick Bosa on the opening drive of the second half.

That helped the Niners take control as they took advantage of the good field position to drive 38 yards to take a 24-10 lead on Jeff Wilson Jr.’s 5-yard run.

The Falcons settled for a field goal in the red zone on their next possession when pressure by Arden Key forced Matt Ryan into an incomplete pass on third-and-goal from the 4.

San Francisco responded with a 75-yard drive capped by Garoppolo’s 4-yard TD pass to Jauan Jennings.

Kyle Juszczyk and and Deebo Samuel scored on San Francisco’s other TD runs in the first half.

Ryan threw for 236 yards with a 20-yard TD to Russell Gage in the first half, but was under relentless pressure most of the game.

The Falcons struggled near the goal line, running 13 plays from the 10-yard line or closer without scoring a TD, tied for the second-most plays that close to the end zone without a touchdown since 1991.

SACK STREAK

Bosa’s sack was his 15th of the season and gave him sacks in six straight games, the longest for a 49ers player since Aldon Smith did it in seven straight games in 2012.

Bosa is 4 1/2 sacks shy of Smith’s franchise record 19 1/2 sacks that season.

RUNNING DEEBO

The 49ers took a 17-10 lead into the half after Samuel took a handoff and scored on a 10-yard run with 33 seconds left in the second quarter.

Samuel has run for a TD in his past five games, giving him seven on the season. His streak is the third longest for San Francisco since the merger, trailing only Raheem Mostert (six in 2019) and Derek Loville (six in 1995).

SLOPPY START

The Niners got off to a rough start when JaMycal Hasty fumbled the opening kick to give Atlanta the ball at the 12.

But the Falcons couldn’t capitalize after getting a first-and-goal at the 1 with Cordarrelle Patterson getting stopped on two carries and Ryan throwing a pair of incompletions.

After Atlanta scored a field goal on its second drive, Hasty fumbled another kickoff, losing it out of bounds at the 9.

KEY INJURIES

Falcons: WR Tajae Sharpe (foot) left in the second half and didn’t return.

49ers: S Talanoa Hufanga (knee) left in the first half and didn’t return. … Bosa left briefly with a head injury but was cleared to return.

UP NEXT

Falcons: Host Lions on Sunday.

49ers: Visit Tennessee on Thursday night.

Bridgewater injured in Bengals’ 15-10 victory over Broncos

DENVER (AP) Khalid Kareem snatched the ball from backup quarterback Drew Lock on second-and-goal and the Cincinnati Bengals seized a first-place tie with the Baltimore Ravens atop the AFC North with a 15-10 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Another football was waiting for Kareem in the visitor’s locker room after his fourth-quarter heroics with the Broncos (7-7) threatening to retake the lead.

“It’s game-ball worthy, no question about that,” coach Zac Taylor said after the Bengals (8-6) strengthened their grip on their playoff quest in the logjammed AFC race while sending the Broncos’ postseason hopes plummeting.

“A really big play by him to step up and take the ball away,” Taylor said. “Fumble, interception, whatever they’re going to call that, tremendous effort.”

Lock immediately realized he’d messed up.

“I should’ve handed that thing off to Javonte,” Lock said. “But also, if I run that thing into the end zone, make the defensive end miss, who knows what’s being said right now?”

After wresting the ball from Lock, Kareem tumbled to the ground, bounced up and rumbled down the Broncos’ sideline before left tackle Garett Bolles chased him down and hammered out the ball, then smothered the fumble at the Cincinnati 40-yard line.

It turned out Kareem, who left the game with a concussion while the play was being reviewed, was down at his 15-yard line, wiping away his giveback.

Lock and the Broncos would get two more chances but never really had a prayer, gaining just 18 yards on 10 plays.

Lock engineered Denver’s only touchdown drive when he went in following a scary collision with linebacker Joe Bachie that sent Bridgewater off on a cart and to a hospital for further evaluation of a head injury. Bachie suffered a knee injury on the play and didn’t return.

The Broncos said Bridgewater was moving his arms and legs and coach Vic Fangio said after the game that Bridgewater checked out OK but would be held overnight for observation.

Lock threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tim Patrick with 1:15 left in the third quarter, giving Denver a 10-9 lead, but Patrick was whistled for taunting after the score, which quickly came back to haunt the Broncos.

Brandon McManus had to kick off from his own 20 and Trent Taylor returned it to the Bengals 32. Two plays and 45 seconds after that, Tyler Boyd raced into the end zone with a 56-yard touchdown catch from Joe Burrow to make it 15-10 with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

“That stinks,” Broncos safety Simmons said. “Defensively, you’re playing fairly well. Offense goes down and scores. We take a 1-point lead. The last thing you can do … is give up a play like that.”

“We have great players that can make plays, whenever they’re there,” Burrow said. “We didn’t make as many plays as maybe we would have liked, but we got the job done.”

BOYD TO THE RESCUE

The Broncos bottled up star rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase and second-year wideout Tee Higgins. Chase was held to a single catch for 3 yards and Higgins had two receptions for 23 yards.

Boyd, however, burned the Broncos for 96 yards on five catches, including his long TD, a critical 19-yard reception that set up a field goal as the first half expired and a 15-yard reception on third-and-10 from his 22 that allowed the Bengals to chew up more clock and yards and forced Denver to burn its last two timeouts before getting the ball back with a minute left.

“We could have played better overall as a team,” Simmons said. “Defensively, the glaring thing for me was no takeaways. You can say what you want but we didn’t get any takeaways. It’s tough to win like that.”

And even tougher to lose like that.

TURNAROUND

The Bengals took a 6-3 lead into the locker room on a big turn of events in the final 9 seconds of the first half.

Brandon McManus was wide right on a 51-yard field-goal attempt and Cincinnati took over at its 41. A 19-yard pass over the middle to Boyd brought Evan McPherson trotting onto the field to kick a franchise-record 58-yarder as time expired.

That broke the old mark of 57 yards set by Randy Bullock on Dec. 22, 2019, at Miami.

INJURIES

The Bengals played without starting LB Logan Wilson (shoulder) and CB Chidobe Awuzie (COVID-19) and his backup, Vernon Hargreaves III (non-COVID illness).

The Broncos were without starters ILB Kenny Young (concussion) and DE Dre’Mont Jones (foot) and CB Ronald Darby came out for a concussion evaluation.

UP NEXT

Bengals: host the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 26, seeking their first sweep of their AFC North rivals since 2015.

Broncos: play at Las Vegas on Dec. 26.

49ers beat Falcons 31-13 for 5th win in 6 games

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The lackluster first two months of the season are a distant memory for the San Francisco 49ers. Heading down the stretch, the Niners have hit their stride and put themselves in prime position for a playoff spot.

Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 235 yards and a touchdown, San Francisco ran for three more scores and the 49ers won for the fifth time in six games, beating the Atlanta Falcons 31-13 on Sunday.

“Guys were locked in today,” Garoppolo said. “You felt it throughout the week, too. It was a big game, NFC opponent, playoff picture and everything like that. It’s December football. We knew what we were in for.”

The Niners (8-6) scored touchdowns on four straight drives to make easy work of the Falcons (6-8) to remain in wild-card position as the sixth-place team in the NFC.

They’ve turned the season around after stumbling to a 3-5 start by cutting down on turnovers, controlling the game on the ground and using a relentless pass rush on defense.

“I think we’re peaking at a good time,” fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. “We’re definitely not playing the best as we can. There’s a lot of things that didn’t exactly go our way, but we were able to battle back and not let it faze us early on. I feel like we’re playing good ball right now and stacking some weeks.”

Atlanta hasn’t been able to do the same and once again got outclassed by one of the contenders. The Falcons have been outscored by 23.8 points per game in losing all five matchups against teams that currently have winning records.

The Falcons got stopped at the goal line on their first possession of the game and lost a fumble on a strip sack by Nick Bosa on the opening drive of the second half. That fumble recovery by Fred Warner came two plays after Samson Ebukam opened the half with a sack.

“That was huge,” Bosa said. “Simpson made a big play on the play action and then I had a nice power rush. Fred and Sampson ran a good game over there to make him flush out of the pocket. I ran him down.”

That helped the Niners take control as they took advantage of the good field position to drive 38 yards to take a 24-10 lead on Jeff Wilson Jr.’s 5-yard run.

The Falcons settled for a field goal in the red zone on their next possession when pressure by Arden Key forced Matt Ryan into an incomplete pass on third-and-goal from the 4.

San Francisco responded with a 75-yard drive capped by Garoppolo’s 4-yard TD pass to Jauan Jennings.

Juszczyk and and Deebo Samuel scored on San Francisco’s other TD runs in the first half.

Ryan threw for 236 yards with a 20-yard TD to Russell Gage in the first half, but was under relentless pressure most of the game.

The Falcons struggled near the goal line, running 13 plays from the 10-yard line or closer without scoring a TD, tied for the second-most plays that close to the end zone without a touchdown since 1991. Atlanta was stopped on five plays from the 1.

“We’ve got to be better,” Ryan said. “In short-yardage situations, where you just need a yard, we’ve got to find a way to really convert those at a high level. Good football teams do that. And we weren’t good enough at that today.”

SACK STREAK

Bosa’s sack was his 15th of the season and gave him sacks in six straight games, the longest for a 49ers player since Aldon Smith did it in seven straight games in 2012.

Bosa is 4 1/2 sacks shy of Smith’s franchise record 19 1/2 sacks that season.

RUNNING DEEBO

The 49ers took a 17-10 lead into the half after Samuel took a handoff and scored on a 10-yard run with 33 seconds left in the second quarter.

Samuel has run for a TD in his past five games, giving him seven on the season. His streak is the third longest for San Francisco since the merger, trailing only Raheem Mostert (six in 2019) and Derek Loville (six in 1995).

SLOPPY START

The Niners got off to a rough start when JaMycal Hasty fumbled the opening kick to give Atlanta the ball at the 12.

But the Falcons couldn’t capitalize after getting a first-and-goal at the 1 with Cordarrelle Patterson getting stopped on two carries and Ryan throwing a pair of incompletions.

After Atlanta got a field goal on its second drive, Hasty fumbled another kickoff, losing it out of bounds at the 9.

KEY INJURIES

Falcons: WR Tajae Sharpe (foot) left in the second half and didn’t return.

49ers: S Talanoa Hufanga (knee) left in the first half and didn’t return. … Bosa left briefly with a head injury, but was cleared to return.

UP NEXT

Falcons: Host Lions on Sunday.

49ers: Visit Tennessee on Thursday night.

Packers clinch division after Ravens’ 2-point try fails

BALTIMORE (AP) Aaron Rodgers tied Brett Favre for a major franchise record, and the Green Bay Packers won the NFC North.

Both of those accomplishments felt a bit like formalities as the season wound down, but this latest victory for the Packers included plenty of drama.

Rodgers threw three touchdown passes – tying Favre on Green Bay’s career list – and the Packers became the first team this season to clinch a division title when they beat Baltimore 31-30 on Sunday. Green Bay nearly squandered a 14-point lead in the final quarter but held on when the Ravens missed a 2-point conversion in the final minute.

The Packers have won the NFC North three straight seasons.

“I think at moments like this, it’s important, as much as you win with class, you have to savor these a little bit. These are special,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s important to keep that perspective on how special accomplishing this is three years in a row.”

With Lamar Jackson out with a sprained ankle, Tyler Huntley nearly led Baltimore (8-6) all the way back from a 31-17 deficit. His 8-yard touchdown run with 42 seconds left pulled the Ravens within one, but Huntley’s 2-point conversion pass was incomplete.

“We were just trying to go get the win right there,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “I think our chances of winning right there were a little bit higher than in overtime, maybe, if you calculate it out.”

It was the third consecutive loss for Baltimore, which also fell to Pittsburgh two weekends ago on a missed 2-point conversion in the final seconds. The Ravens dropped into a first-place tie in the AFC North with Cincinnati. Cleveland could join that group atop the division with a win Monday night against Las Vegas.

Ravaged this season by injuries – especially in the secondary – Baltimore faced a difficult task trying to stop Rodgers and the Green Bay receivers. The Ravens mounted enough time-consuming drive of their own to keep the game close, but the Packers had the ball first after a 14-14 halftime tie and took advantage.

Baltimore appeared to have Green Bay (11-3) stopped on a third-down incompletion, but minimal contact by Kevon Seymour was enough for a pass interference flag. Rodgers found Aaron Jones for a 9-yard touchdown on the next play.

The Ravens drove into Green Bay territory before another devastating penalty. With Baltimore running the ball effectively and preparing to go on fourth-and-1 in the red zone, Ben Cleveland committed a false start. The Ravens settled for a field goal, and Green Bay drove 88 yards, taking an 11-point lead on an 11-yard pass from Rodgers to Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

That was Rodgers’ 442nd touchdown pass, pulling him even with Favre. He went 23 of 31 for 268 yards. Rodgers has thrown for 13 touchdowns without an interception over his last four games and didn’t appear the slightest bit limited by his toe injury.

Down 31-17, the Ravens began their comeback when Huntley ran for a 3-yard touchdown with 4:47 remaining. Then they got the ball back and scored again.

Huntley threw for 215 yards and two first-half touchdowns to Mark Andrews. The first, which gave Baltimore a 7-0 lead, was the first time in eight games the Ravens scored an opening-quarter TD.

“I feel the guys around me feeling more confident,” Huntley said. “I think they got a lot more confidence than I got in myself. It’s a good thing.”

A 9-yard pass to Andrews gave Baltimore a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, but Rodgers answered with a 3-yard scoring pass to Davante Adams.

Andrews had 10 catches for 136 yards and two TDs.

KEEPSAKE

Valdes-Scantling indicated he’d be holding onto the ball from Rodgers’ milestone touchdown pass.

“I was like, `Did that break the record, or did that tie the record?’ That’s what we were talking about when everyone was around me because that’s like a crazy accomplishment,” Valdes-Scantling said. “I definitely kept that football. That one is not going anywhere. You know if it was broken, I would’ve given it to him, but that one is mine.”

SNAPPED

The loss ended Baltimore’s streak of 13 straight wins over NFC teams. Only New England, with 17 in a row from 2005-09, has had a longer interconference winning streak since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

INJURIES

Baltimore CB Tavon Young left to be evaluated for a concussion, and the Ravens also lost T Tyre Phillips to a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Packers: host Cleveland on Saturday.

Ravens: at Cincinnati on Sunday.

Saints frustrate Brady again, beat SB champ Buccaneers 9-0

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Cameron Jordan and the New Orleans defense gave Tom Brady fits again, shutting down Tampa Bay’s high-powered offense Sunday night as the Saints put the Buccaneers’ division-title celebration plans on hold with a 9-0 victory over the reigning Super Bowl champions.

Despite playing without coach Sean Payton on the sideline, the Saints (7-7) beat the Bucs (10-4) for the seventh straight time during the regular season – fourth since Brady left New England for Tampa Bay in 2020.

The victory gave New Orleans a sweep of the season series between the NFC South rivals and boosted the Saints into playoff position with a hold on the conference’s final wild card. It also forced Tampa Bay to wait at least another week to clinch its first division crown since 2007.

The Bucs, who did win a playoff game at New Orleans last January en route to winning the Super Bowl, lead the division by three games with three weeks remaining in the regular season.

With defensive coordinator Dennis Allen standing in for Payton, who missed the game after testing positive for COVID-19, the Saints stymied the NFL’s No. 1 passing and scoring offense and ended Brady’s streak of 255 consecutive starts without being shut out.

Jordan had two sacks, surpassing 100 for his career, and forced a key fumble in the lowest-scoring game of the NFL season. It was the first time in his illustrious career that Brady lost to an opponent that didn’t manage a touchdown.

“Look, if we wanted to win, we had to put it on the D-line,” Jordan said. “We installed a four-man rush front and we got after him. We hit him early, we hit him often and we sort of rushed him a few more times than he normally has been. I mean, to get Tom Brady – he’s got one of the fastest releases in the game. So I’m just overly impressed with my D-line.”

Brady leads the NFL in completions, attempts, yards passing and TD passes, but was just 26 of 48 for 213 yards and one interception – the eighth he’s thrown in four regular-season games against the Saints, who didn’t have any turnovers Sunday night.

Taysom Hill, meanwhile, was 13 of 27 for 154 yards and no interceptions for New Orleans, which also got field goals of 39, 35 and 42 yards from Brett Maher.

The Saints have won the NFC South every year since 2017, and despite losing star quarterback Drew Brees to retirement and his successor, Jameis Winston, to a season-ending knee injury, they’re not relinquishing the crown without a fight.

Trevor Siemian came off the bench to replace Winston and lead New Orleans to a 36-27 victory in the first meeting between the fierce rivals on Oct. 31. Brady threw for 375 yards and two TDs in that one, but also lost a fumble and had one of his two interceptions returned for a touchdown in the loss.

This time, the Saints’ defense sacked Brady four times, forced a fumble by the 44-year-old quarterback that ruined Tampa Bay’s best scoring opportunity in the second half, and also intercepted the seven-time Super Bowl winner once.

“I think it’s just a testament to what our defense is able to do,” Jordan said. “The way we were able to attack the offense, I love it.”

INJURIES

Saints: Played without LT Terron Armstead and RT Ryan Ramszyk, both out with knee injuries.

Buccaneers: WRs Chris Godwin (knee) and Mike Evans (hamstring) left in the second quarter, Godwin after taking a hard hit from Saints CB P.J. Williams. Neither receiver returned to the game. … RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) departed in the third quarter. … S Jordan Whitehead returned to the lineup after missing two games, but S Antoine Winfield Jr. (foot), CB Jamel Dean (illness) and CB Richard Sherman (Achilles) were inactive.

UP NEXT

Saints: Host the Miami Dolphins next Monday night.

Buccaneers: Travel to Carolina for the first of two games the defending champs will play against the Panthers in the final three weeks of the regular season.

Bridgewater carted off field in 3rd quarter against Bengals

DENVER (AP) Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was strapped down on a body board and carted off the field in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

He was taken to a hospital as a precaution for further evaluation of a head injury.

With 5:34 left in the third quarter, Bridgewater scrambled to his right on second-and-5 from his 30-yard line and Bengals linebacker Joe Bachie came up and squatted as he was about to make the tackle.

They collided and Bridgewater went airborne, falling on his face just as he was hit again by defensive tackle B.J. Hill and Bridgewater lay motionless as Bachie rolled onto his back on his own several yards away as concerned players from both teams gathered on the field.

While Bachie was helped off with a leg injury and ruled out, the cart came out to take Bridgewater off the field. He was replaced by backup Drew Lock.

Later in the drive, Lock threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tim Patrick with 1:15 left in the third quarter, giving Denver a 10-9 lead.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

  • With five games remaining in Week 15, 28 teams remain in contention for Super Bowl LVI. The record for the most teams still in Super Bowl contention with three weeks left to play is 27, set in 1982, 1995 and 2004.

    With Indianapolis’ win over New England on Saturday, no AFC teams can clinch a playoff spot in Week 15. It marks the first time in 19 seasons (since 2002) that the AFC will enter Week 16 with no teams having clinched a playoff berth.

    The GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-3) clinched their third-consecutive NFC North division title with a 31-30 win over Baltimore in Week 15. With the win, head coach MATT LAFLEUR is the third coach since 1970 to win at least 11 games in each of his first three seasons as an NFL head coach, joining JIM HARBAUGH (San Francisco, 2011-13) and CHUCK PAGANO (Indianapolis, 2012-14).

    The ARIZONA CARDINALSDALLAS COWBOYSLOS ANGELES RAMS (vs. Seattle on Tuesday) and TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (vs. New Orleans on Sunday Night Football) can each clinch a playoff berth in Week 15. For playoff scenarios surrounding those teams, click here.

  • The DETROIT LIONS, who entered today with a record of 1-11-1, earned a 30-12 win over Arizona (10-3 entering Week 15). It marked the 10th game won by a team over an opponent with at least four more victories this season, tied for the fifth-most through Week 15 in league annals.

    It also marked the second consecutive season in which a team with one-or-fewer wins defeated a team with at least 10 wins [New York Jets (1-13) defeated Cleveland (10-4), 23-16, in Week 16, 2020].

  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 132.2 rating in the Packers’ Week 15 win.

    Rodgers has 30 touchdown passes this season and is the fifth quarterback all-time with at least eight seasons of 30-or-more touchdown passes, joining DREW BREES (10 seasons), TOM BRADY (nine), and Pro Football Hall of Famers BRETT FAVRE (nine) and PEYTON MANNING (nine).

    Baltimore tight end MARK ANDREWS recorded 10 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday.

    Andrews, who registered 11 receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown in Week 14, is the second tight end all-time with at least 10 catches, 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in consecutive games, joining TRAVIS KELCE (Week 11 and Week 13, 2018).

  • Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 148 yards and had a rushing touchdown while linebacker T.J. WATT registered 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in the Steelers’ 19-13 win over Tennessee.

    Roethlisberger has 63,562 career passing yards and surpassed PHILIP RIVERS (63,440) for the fifth-most passing yards in NFL history. 

    Watt has 67 sacks since entering the NFL in 2017 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (66) for the third-most sacks by a player in his first five NFL seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (81) and J.J. WATT (74.5) have more.

  • San Francisco tight end GEORGE KITTLE had six receptions for 93 yards in the 49ers’ 31-13 win over Atlanta.

    Kittle has 4,429 receiving yards since entering the NFL in 2017 and surpassed ROB GRONKOWSKI (4,379) for the third-most receiving yards by a tight end in his first five seasons in league history. Only JIMMY GRAHAM (4,752) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KELLEN WINSLOW SR. (4,513) have more.

  • Dallas cornerback TREVON DIGGS recorded his league-leading 10th interception of the season in the Cowboys’ 21-6 win at the New York Giants.

    Dallas forced four turnovers for the third consecutive game and is the first team since the 2007 DETROIT LIONS (Weeks 8-10) with at least four takeaways in three consecutive games within a season.

    With Diggs and rookie linebacker MICAH PARSONS, who has 12 sacks this season, Dallas is the sixth team to have both a player with at least 10 interceptions and a player with at least 10 sacks in a season since 1990, joining the 2007 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS, 2005 NEW YORK JETS, 2001 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, 2001 CLEVELAND BROWNS and 1990 CHICAGO BEARS.

  • Cincinnati rookie kicker EVAN MCPHERSON converted field goals of 26, 53 and 58 yards in the Bengals’ 15-10 win at Denver.

    McPherson has made nine field goals of at least 50 yards this season, the second-most all-time by a rookie kicker. Only BLAIR WALSH (10 50-yard field goals in 2012) has more.

  • Other notable performances from Sunday include:

    • Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON rushed for his fifth touchdown of the season on Sunday, his ninth-career season with at least five rushing touchdowns.

      Newton is the sixth player since 1990 with at least five rushing touchdowns in at least nine of his first 11 seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARSHALL FAULK (10 seasons), EMMITT SMITH (10), LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (10) and CURTIS MARTIN (nine), as well as RICKY WATTERS (nine).

      Newton is the first quarterback all-time with a rushing touchdown in each of his first five games of a season and is the second quarterback in the Super Bowl era with a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games, joining KYLER MURRAY (2020).

    • Jacksonville running back JAMES ROBINSON recorded his eighth rushing touchdown of the season in Week 15.

      Robinson, who had seven rushing touchdowns as an undrafted rookie in 2020, is the fourth undrafted player in the common-draft era with at least 15 rushing touchdowns in his first two seasons, joining ARIAN FOSTER (19 rushing touchdowns), KEVIN MACK (17) and PHILLIP LINDSAY (16).

    • Atlanta rookie tight end KYLE PITTS had four receptions for 77 yards in Week 15.

      Pitts has 847 receiving yards and is the fifth rookie tight end ever with at least 800 receiving yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE DITKA (1,076 receiving yards), JEREMY SHOCKEY (894), KEITH JACKSON (869) and CHARLE YOUNG (854).

NBA postpones 5 more games; Young, Vogel enter protocols

(AP) — The NBA on Sunday postponed a total of five games involving nine teams in response to rising coronavirus numbers, raising the number of contests that have been pushed back this season to seven.

Called off were three Sunday games: Cleveland at Atlanta, Denver at Brooklyn and New Orleans at Philadelphia. Also shelved were Orlando’s game at Toronto on Monday and Washington’s game at Brooklyn on Tuesday.

The postponements came on the same day that Atlanta announced star guard Trae Young entered the league’s health and safety protocols and the Los Angeles Lakers said coach Frank Vogel also was added to the list.

Leaguewide, through Sunday afternoon, there were at least 68 players who have either been ruled out to play – or in the case of the postponed games, would have been ruled out – because they are in the protocols. That number has soared in recent days, with the NBA just one of many sports leagues worldwide dealing with a rapidly worsening issue.

U.S. officials are expecting a wave of breakthrough infections among the vaccinated given the surge of holiday travelers and gatherings expected in the coming days. The NBA has said 97% of players are fully vaccinated and somewhere around 60% had received boosters as of last week. It was not clear how many of the current positive cases involve those who are ineligible for a booster shot or those who have chosen not to receive one.

Also not clear is how many of the NBA cases involve asymptomatic players. The NFL has revised its protocols so that only unvaccinated players and those experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested. The NHL has five teams shut down through Christmas because of outbreaks, and numerous college games at all levels have been canceled in recent days.

“It is what it is. Just trying to stay safe as possible and that’s all you can do,” Lakers guard Russell Westbrook said of the NBA’s rising numbers. Westbrook was briefly in the protocols late last week, before returning at least three negative coronavirus tests and being cleared to return to play without missing a game.

The league and the National Basketball Players Association have been discussing a plan in which teams in desperate need of players would be able to sign reinforcements to 10-day contracts but without those deals impacting salary cap and luxury tax figures. That deal has not yet been finalized, though talks are continuing.

The Cavaliers had five players enter the protocols on Sunday, the team said. All five – center Jarrett Allen, forwards Lamar Stevens and Dylan Windler and guards Denzel Valentine and RJ Nembhard – tested positive for COVID-19, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not release that specific detail.

They joined Isaac Okoro and Evan Mobley, who entered the protocols previously.

Vogel won’t be on the bench when his Lakers play Sunday at Chicago. David Fizdale will coach in Vogel’s place, the Lakers said. The Bulls are returning to the court after having two games postponed last week.

Chicago still doesn’t have all of its players back yet, either. Among those listed as out Sunday and still in protocols is Olympic gold medalist Zach LaVine.

Through Saturday’s games, those were the only games the NBA had pushed back during this outbreak. But on Sunday, the league added significantly to the list of postponements, with teams simply not having enough players to compete.

Brooklyn alone has 10 players, plus some staff, in the protocols.

“It’s just crazy,” Nets forward Blake Griffin said.

Brooklyn’s list of players in protocols includes Kevin Durant, James Harden and – even though he’s still not yet able to play – Kyrie Irving, who has sat out all season for not complying with New York City’s vaccine mandate. The team reversed course Friday and said Irving would be welcomed back “for games and practices in which he is eligible to participate,” knowing he’d still miss two games at the Knicks and trips to Toronto and Golden State.

The Nets had eight available players for Saturday night’s game against Orlando. The Magic had nine, including four players – Aleem Ford, Hassani Gravett, B.J. Johnson and Admiral Schofield – who were signed late last week to hardship contracts because of virus issues and injuries decimating Orlando’s roster.

Here’s how necessary they were: Magic coach Jamahl Mosley had all four on the court together in two separate stretches of Orlando’s win.

Tiger & son’s 11 straight birdies fall short of Daly duo

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods might not be ready for tour-level golf. He can still deliver quite a show.

In a remarkable return from a car crash 10 months ago that badly damaged his right leg, Woods and 12-year-old son Charlie set a tournament record with 11 straight birdies and pushed John Daly and his college son all the way to the finish Sunday in the PNC Championship.

Daly and John Daly II, a freshman at Arkansas, shot 57 in the scramble format and won by two shots. It might have been the widest Woods ever smiled after a runner-up finish.

“The fact that I’m able to have this opportunity this year – even a couple weeks ago we didn’t really know whether or not I would be doing this,” Woods said. “But here we are. And we had just best time ever.”

The birdie streak began on the seventh hole when Woods hit a half-wedge into a foot. Charlie holed a 10-footer on the next hole, stooping to pick up the marker before the ball was even in the cup, another moment where the confident son looked a lot like his father.

It was like that over the final two hours, Woods often hitting the key irons and Charlie making the putts. They briefly had the lead after a birdie on the 14th and the margin was thin the rest of the way until the very end.

Daly, playing two groups behind, birdied the 16th hole to regain the lead. He and his son stayed in front when Team Woods chipped too strong on the par-5 closing hole and each of them missed 8-foot birdie putts. They shot 57 with only four pars, two of them on par 5s.

“We thought we’d have to birdie every hole on the back nine, and it turned out to be that way,” Woods said. “But man, what a blast it was. We just had a blast all day.”

Daly and son two-putted for birdie on the 18th and set the record that mattered. They finished at 27-under par, breaking by one the mark set by Davis Love III and his son three years ago.

“Yesterday, it was all him. I putted so bad,” Daly said. “I finally hit some decent shots. He played unbelievable. I played a little better today. I made him happy.”

The most famous encounter between Woods and Daly was in 2005 at Harding Park in a World Golf Championship, which ended in a playoff when Daly three-putted from 15 feet.

Woods was charging again – Tiger and Charlie – except Team Daly didn’t flinch. Daly hit 7-iron into the wind to short range on the 16th for birdie, and he coaxed in a 4-foot par putt on the 17th to stay ahead.

The most popular offseason event that pairs major champions and a family member suddenly felt tense on a warm Florida afternoon, all because of Woods and everything that led to him playing again.

Woods suffered multiple injuries to his right leg on Feb. 23 when his SUV traveling about 85 mph crashed through a median and down a hill in the Los Angeles suburbs.

He said amputation was a possibility. It took three months for him to get on his feet with help of crutches. And he ended the year in a Sunday red shirt, holing birdie putts and delivering short irons that led to one birdie after another and a chase that felt like old times.

This wasn’t just about Woods. His son, playing this event for the second straight year, delivered the goods down the stretch, particularly a 5-iron to 4 feet on the par-3 17th that gave them a tie for the lead going to the 18th.

Team Daly held it steady behind them.

It was only one month ago when Woods first posted a three-second video showing him hitting a short iron with the message, “Making progress.” He was hitting balls at the back of the range at Albany in the Bahamas two weeks ago. He was able to ride a cart at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, which helped him get by in the 36-hole event on a flat course.

He kept insisting that playing at a high level against the best players in the world is still a long way and a lot of work ahead of him.

But there was no shortage of birdies, big shots and loads of hopes for a fairy tale ending.

“The competitive juices, they are never going to go away,” Woods said. “This is my environment. This is what I’ve done my entire life. I’m just so thankful to be able to have this opportunity to do it again.

“Earlier this year was not a very good start to the year and it didn’t look very good,” he said. “But the last few weeks, to push as hard as we have the last seven months … and to have this opportunity to be able to play with my son and to have these memories, it’s worth all the pain.”

NHL postpones 12 cross-border games

The NHL postponed a dozen games originally scheduled from Dec. 20-23 “due to the concern about cross-border travel and given the fluid nature of federal travel restrictions.”

All matchups featuring a Canada-based club versus an American team during that span will take place at a later date.

Here are the games that the league will reschedule:

DATEAWAYHOME
Dec. 20Montreal CanadiensNew York Islanders
Dec. 20Anaheim DucksEdmonton Oilers
Dec. 21St. Louis BluesOttawa Senators
Dec. 21Vancouver CanucksSan Jose Sharks
Dec. 22CanadiensNew York Rangers
Dec. 22Winnipeg JetsDallas Stars
Dec. 22OilersLos Angeles Kings
Dec. 23BluesToronto Maple Leafs
Dec. 23Carolina HurricanesSenators
Dec. 23CanadiensNew Jersey Devils
Dec. 23DucksCanucks
Dec. 23OilersSharks

The NHL also said Sunday that its regular-season schedule will continue aside from those postponements, and a decision on the league’s Olympic participation is expected “in the coming days.”

Shortly after the NHL revealed its cross-border decision Sunday, the league also confirmed the Detroit Red Wings are holding off on playing through at least Dec. 26. Detroit had two games scheduled in that span – a home date against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday and a road clash with the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

A rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in both countries has already forced five clubs to shut down temporarily and two more to halt play this weekend. On Friday, the NHL postponed all Calgary Flames, Avalanche, and Florida Panthers games until at least Dec. 27. On Saturday, the league added the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators to that list while putting the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks on pause through Sunday.

The NHL’s holiday break will run from Dec. 24-26.

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Second-Half Surge Sends No. 10/7 Indiana over Western Michigan 67-57

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Behind a strong third quarter showing, the No. 10/7 Indiana Women’s Basketball team defeated Western Michigan, 67-57, on Sunday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

KEY MOMENTS

Graduate guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary tallied a steal on Western Michigan’s opening possession and drove to the basket for the first basket of the afternoon.

Sophomore forward Kiandra Browne grabbed an offensive rebound and finished at the rim to extend the IU (9-2, 2-0 B1G) first-quarter lead to 8-4.

On a breakaway following a turnover, Cardaño-Hillary played a no-look pass to junior forward Mackenzie Holmes who finished the layup to extend IU’s lead, 23-17.

Deep into the second period, graduate guard Ali Patberg found a cutting senior forward Grace Berger who took the pass for an easy finish at the basket.

Berger hit a jumper in the closing seconds of the second quarter to give IU a 33-27 advantage at the break.

Holmes and Berger tallied back-to-back baskets in the third quarter to extend IU’s lead to 10 right after the halftime interval.

The Hoosiers opened the second half on a 7-0 run, prompting a Western Michigan (6-3) timeout at the 7:52 mark in the third quarter.

IU’s strong start to the third quarter turned into an eventual 14-0 run with Western Michigan recording its first points of the half at the 4:06 mark in the third period.

After a Western Michigan turnover, Berger went coast-to-coast, finishing a layup through contact. She followed that by hitting the ensuing and-one free throw.

Cardaño-Hillary hit a three from the wing early in the fourth quarter to extend IU’s lead back to 15.

Out of a Western Michigan timeout in the fourth quarter, IU found Holmes on an inbound pass. She took the pass, spun and finished through contact to give IU a 17-point lead.

NOTABLES

Mackenzie Holmes notched her second double-double of the season and 10th of her career with 17 points and 19 rebounds. The 19 rebounds are tied for 10th in a single game in program history and are the most since Alexis Gassion had 20 on 12/17/16.

Grace Berger scored in double figures for the 10 time in 11 games this season with 16 points. Berger moved into 23rd on the Hoosiers all-time scoring list and now has 1,155 points.

The Hoosiers outrebounded the Broncos 47-29 and had 18 offensive rebounds. The 18 offensive rebounds are the most for Indiana since they had 18 on 2/24/21 at Wisconsin.

Indiana outscored Western Michigan 38-22 in points in the paint. Over the last three games combined the Hoosiers have an 151-64 advantage in points in the paint over opponents.

Grace Berger (seven points) and Mackenzie Holmes (four points) scored the first 11 points of the second half for the Hoosiers.

Indiana scored the first 14 points of the third quarter and outscored Western Michigan 22-11 in the period. 

Grace Berger scored 10 of her 16 points in the third quarter.

Western Michigan game into the game averaging 72.9 points per game and the Hoosiers held the Broncos to 57 points.

Kiandra Browne tied her career-high in rebounds with 10 and added nine points in just under 15 minutes of play. Seven of her 10 boards were offensive rebounds.

For the sixth time this season the Hoosiers held an opponent below 60 points.

Ali Patberg contributed 13 points, six assists and four rebounds.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, it’s a win, let’s start with that. I thought we got off to a slow start. I thought we were pretty sluggish for I would say 35 minutes, most of the game. I thought we were really good coming out of halftime, ready to go defensively, made a 13-0 run, and then we kind of went back to being sluggish defensively. Glad that we won the game, but not as pleased as I wanted to be with us defensively this afternoon. We stayed right at the eleven turnover mark which is I suppose good for us. I wanted to be under eleven. I thought KB (Kiandra Browne) was the energy player of the game. I thought she came and gave us tremendous minutes, a tremendous amount of energy. So, if there was one bright spot, I would say that she was that. I thought Ali Patberg did a great job and Grace Berger of managing the game throughout. Mack had a double-double, which is great, but my issue today with my basketball team is that I thought we were very poor defensively this afternoon.”

UP NEXT

IU continues a three-game homestand on Tuesday, December 21st with a matchup against Wright State inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The tip is set for 7:00 p.m.

No. 3 Purdue Closes Out Pre-Holiday Schedule Monday at Mackey Arena

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

• [3] Purdue (10-1) vs. Incarnate Word (2-9)

• Monday, Dec. 20 | West Lafayette, Indiana

• BTN | 7 PM ET | Brandon Gaudin, Rapheal Davis

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• Purdue is 10-1 or better for the fourth time under head coach Matt Painter (11-0 in 2015-16; 11-0 in 2009-10; 10-1 in 2010-11).

• Purdue has won 11 games before Christmas just three previous times (12 in 2015-16; 11 in 2010-11; 11 in 2009-10). A win over Incarnate Word would give the Boilermakers 11 wins before Christmas for the fourth time in school history.

• Purdue has won 11 straight regular-season games against non-conference opponents. Wins over Incarnate Word and Nicholls (Dec. 29) would give Purdue an undefeated regular season against non-conference opponents for the first time since the 2009-10 season (12-0).

• Purdue has won 12 straight games against non-conference opposition at Mackey Arena. The overall winning streak is at 11 games.

• Purdue is 1-0 all-time against Incarnate Word (96-61 on Nov. 18, 2015). Purdue owns an 8-0 record all-time against current members of the Southland Conference and is 25-4 all-time on December 20.

• You won’t be able to accuse Purdue of looking forward to the Holiday break before this game. The Boilermakers are 14-2 under Matt Painter in the final games before Christmas, including last year’s win over Maryland on Christmas Day.

• Incarnate Word’s head coach is Dr. Carson Cunningham. Cunningham is a 2001 Purdue University graduate who appeared in 96 games with 75 career starts. In his three years at Purdue, he scored 886 career points with 318 career assists, including 141 helpers his senior year. He helped Purdue to two NCAA Tournaments, including the 1999 Sweet 16 and 2000 Elite 8.

• Purdue will likely be ranked No. 3 in the country when the newest AP Top 25 poll comes out (notes published before it comes out). It will mark the fifth straight week that Purdue has been ranked in the top 3 of the AP Top 25 poll, the second-longest streak in school history (6 – Feb. 8 to March 14, 1988). The five straight weeks ranked in the top 3 (if it happens) will be the longest-active streak in America.

• Purdue has outscored its opponents by 86 points at the free throw line (7.8 points per game). The 86-point margin is the third-highest total in the country (+98 – Weber State; +90 – Xavier).

• Purdue is shooting 123 percentage points better than its opponent from the field, the sixth-highest difference in the country (Gonzaga, USC, Arizona, Indiana, Rhode Island).

• Purdue is one of four schools nationally to shoot better than 50.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3-point range and 75.0 percent from the free throw line (Colorado State, Purdue, Loyola, South Dakota State).

• Over its last 101 games at Mackey Arena, Purdue owns a 91-10 record.

• Purdue’s four top-40 KenPom wins, all coming in the non-conference, are the most in the country. The rest of the Big Ten has eight non-conference KenPom top-40 wins combined (2 – Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin; 1 – Michigan, Maryland).

• Trevion Williams and Zach Edey rank 4th and 5th nationally in offensive rebound percentage. The duo also ranks 2nd and 8th in the KenPom Player of the Year rankings.

• Purdue has won 26 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent.

• Purdue has won 16 straight games when making 10 or more 3-pointers in a game.

• Since the 2016-17 season, Purdue has had 32 games of shooting 50.0 percent or better from 3-point range, the fourth-highest total in the country (Loyola – 34; Saint Mary’s, South Dakota State – 33). The next closest Big Ten team is Wisconsin (22). In 26 of those games, Purdue made at least 10 trifectas

• Purdue’s big three of Jaden Ivey, Trevion Williams and Zach Edey are averaging 45.3 points, 21.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game, while shooting 60.1 percent from the field (190-of-316).

• Purdue’s center tandem of Trevion Williams and Zach Edey are averaging 29.5 points and 17.0 rebounds per 40 minutes. They are shooting a combined 125-of-191 (.654) from the field.

• Jaden Ivey made 25 3-pointers in 23 games played last year. So far in 11 games this year, he has made 24 3-pointers. Over his last 10 games, Ivey is 23-of-47 (.489) from 3-point range. He tied a Crossroads Classic with 6 made 3-pointers and his 6-of-6 effort were the most 3-pointers made in Purdue history without a miss (tied with Dakota Mathias).

• Sasha Stefanovic needs one 3-pointer to tie Ryne Smith for 14th on Purdue’s career 3-pointers made list with 169.

• Trevion Williams needs 11 rebounds to move into Purdue’s career top 10 for rebounds (10th – Todd Mitchell with 740).

Terry Goes For Triple-Double in Win Over Miami

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the third time in Purdue women’s basketball history, a Boilermaker recorded a triple-double. On Sunday, junior Jeanae Terry tallied 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, as the Boilermakers topped Miami 82-76 at Mackey Arena.

Terry joins Stephanie White (1999) and Danielle Campbell (2007) in the elite club.

The Boilermakers improved to 8-4 on the year, exceeding their win total from 2020-21.

Purdue shot 40.6% from the field and went 19-for-24 at the line on the afternoon. Five Boilermakers finished in double figures, led by Cassidy Hardin and Abbey Ellis with 15 points each. Madison Layden added 14 points, Rokia Doumbia chipped in with 10 points.

The Boilermakers tallied 23 assists on 28 made field goals and forced 18 Miami (4-5) turnovers.

Neither side created much separation in the first quarter with Purdue’s biggest lead at five points. In the second, a 7-0 Miami (4-5) run whittled the lead down to two points, before the Boilermakers rolled off 11 straight and took a 41-30 lead into the break.

The Boilermakers built their early advantage on just four first-half turnovers to Miami’s 11. While Purdue struggled to knock down open looks with a 34.2% shooting clip in the first half, the hosts got it done at the line going a perfect 13-of-13 on free throws in the first half.

Out of halftime, Purdue maintained a double-digit lead, before Miami pulled within two with 3:18 to play in the third off a 10-1 run. Back-to-back jumpers from Moore and Layden, followed by a Hardin triple, took the gap back out to nine.

Miami continued to fight and climbed all the way back to one point down early in the fourth, but Purdue put the game away with a 15-2 run, including a pair of triples from Hardin, one from Ellis and four points from Rickie Woltman.

Purdue grew its lead out to 12 points with 36 seconds left, including Terry’s triple-double sealing points, before Miami scored the final six points in the last 17 seconds of the game.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE

Terry joined an illustrious club by overcoming a rough 1-for-6 night from the field. The junior made up for it with a season-high nine free throws. Terry made an early impact racking up four points, five rebounds and four assists in the first quarter, giving her a good shot at achieving the mark after three close calls in recent weeks. The Detroit native was the only player in the game to post a double-digit plus-minus at 11.

Terry is the 13th player in the nation and fourth from the Big Ten this season to record a triple-double. The junior joins Stephanie White’s 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Indiana on Jan. 22, 1999, and Danielle Campbell’s 12 points, 11 rebounds and 11 blocks against Butler on Nov. 17, 2007.

Over her last six games, Terry has averaged 9.8 points and eight and seven assists.

QUOTES

Head coach Katie Gearlds …

She’s been really close a couple of times. We challenge her to get on the glass a little bit better. Without Shay when we go small, Jeanae has to help us rebound. She’s a willing passer, maybe more than she should be at times. She goes 1-for-6 and gets a triple-double. I wanted to reward her and chase that down the stretch. I’m happy it happened.

Junior Jeanae Terry …

I gave credit to my teammates for knocking down shots, putting me in the right positions and getting those free throws at the end to seal the deal. I’m very excited.  I make sure I’m an all-around player – assists, rebounding and scoring. I knew it was bound to happen. I knew if I stayed aggressive in every game that it was going to come.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Miami 7-2.

• The Boilermakers won the rebounding battle 42-38 but only converted 18 offensive rebounds into nine second-chance points.

• Purdue recorded a season-high 24 points on the break.

• Despite only playing 19:54 due to foul trouble, Rickie Woltman nearly posted her first double-double, going for eight points and nine rebounds.

• After going 2-for-14 in the first half from distance, Purdue was 5-of-10 from behind the arc in the second half.

• Rokia Doumbia finished in double figures for just the fourth time in her career.

• The Boilermakers recorded 20 or more assists for the third time this season.

UP NEXT

Purdue will close out the non-conference slate Tuesday afternoon against North Alabama. Tipoff on B1G+ is set for 11 a.m. for the annual Education Day.

WBB Closes Out Non-Conference Portion of Its Schedule At Home Against Bellarmine Monday

Game 10 | Ball State vs. Bellarmine

Dec. 20 | Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena  | 6:30 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN3 | Listen: Muncie Sports Station (102.9 FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats

Game Notes: Ball State (PDF) | Bellarmine (PDF)

Opening Tip:

This is the second-ever meeting between the Cardinals and the Knights.  Ball State and Bellarmine first faced off last year in Louisville, Ky. on Dec. 14, 2020 resulting in a 98-42 victory for the Cardinals.

Ball State is looking to extend its win streak to three against Bellarmine. The Cardinals are coming hot off victories against IUPUI (73-67) and Utah State (81-55).

The Cardinals made history in Worthen Arena against Utah State on Dec. 11 as Ball State broke the program’s 3-point record after knocking down 16 3-point baskets which were led by both junior Sydney Freeman and senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir, who each had four from behind the arc.

In 10 years, Brady Sallee owns a 34-21 (.611) record in the month of December with his best season being a 5-1 ledger in 2017-18.

The Cardinals are 2-0 under Brady Sallee on Dec. 20. Ball State defeated New Mexico 70-57 in 2019 on this date and Akron by a score of 67-60 on Dec. 20, 2020.

Save the dates for Ball State Basketball’s “Take a Kid to a Game” days at Worthen Arena. With one paid adult ticket purchased, two kids 13-and-under will receive a complimentary ticket. That offer is available for the following home men’s and women’s basketball games: Monday, Dec. 20 at 6:30, Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET and Saturday, Jan. 1 vs. Bowling Green at 6 p.m. ET.

In the Nation In 3’s:

The Cardinals currently rank 15th in the nation among its Division I peers in 3-point field goals per game (9.2). Ball State also ranks in the top-25 in 3-point field goal attempts coming in at 21 with 269 and 35th in the nation for total 3-pointers with 83.

Agustsdottir Nearing 1,000 Career Points:

Ball State senior crasher Thelma Dis Agustsdottir is nearing the 1,000 career point plateau. Agustsdottir currently has 973 points and needs 27 points to become the 30th member of the 1,000 point club and the ninth under head coach Brady Sallee.

Backs, Crashers & Keys:

This year, the Cardinals are forgoing “traditional” positions and using their own such as backs, crashers, and keys, to bring a sense of team unity. That system proved to be the lift Ball State needed, especially with so many new faces on the court. BSU started the season 2-0 for the first time since 2017.

Here We Go Again:

Here we go again, the Cardinals are off to a good start with one of head coach Brady Sallee’s favorite statistical categories on the box score. What is that you might ask? well it is points in the paint. Over the course of Sallee’s ten years at Ball State this category is one of his all time favorites. Ball State won the points in the paint over Milwaukee 40-38, Butler 30-18, Saint Joseph’s 38-26 , PFW 38-32 and IUPUI 44-28. 

Ball Control:

In the Cardinals last three contests Ball State has been able limit its turnovers against its opponents. Against Purdue Fort Wayne, the Cardinals only committed  12 turnovers and then mimicked that type of performance against Pitt with a season low nine miscues. Currently the Cardinals assist/turnover ratio is 1.19 which is good for a national ranking of 32.

Next Game:

After today’s contest, the Cardinals will enjoy some time off for the holiday break and will then return to the court on Jan. 29 for their Mid-American Conference opener at home against Western Michigan. The game is slated for a 6:30 p.m. ET tipoff. The Cardinals have hosted the Broncos in their MAC opener a total of four times with Ball State owning a 3-1 record over WMU in those meetings. The game against Western Michigan will mark the 88th time in program history the two schools have met with Ball State leading the series record, 48-39.

Scouting Bellarmine:

– Bellarmine is one of four schools that joined the Division I in 2020-21, a list that also includes Tarleton State, UC San Diego and Dixie State.

– Bellarmine had competed in Division II and was a founding member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, where women’s basketball had been a member since 1982-83.

– Bellarmine is now part of the ASUN Conference.

– Before entering D1, Bellarmine made 16 appearances in the NCAA II Tournament, starting with a 1986 campaign that concluded in the Elite Eight. That was the first of four Elite Eight showings for the Knights, who also advanced to the national quarterfi- nals in 1990, 1991 and 1994. The latter squad earned a berth in the Final Four. and was inducted into the Bellarmine Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. The Knights earned two NCAA II Tournament bids under current Coach Chancellor Dugan, making back-to-back appearances in “The Big Dance” in 2016 and 2017.

#21/18 IRISH POUNCE ON PANTHERS IN 85-59 VICTORY

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  — The No. 21/18 Notre Dame women’s basketball squad (10-2, 2-0) will enjoy a nice 2-0 start in ACC standings when the league schedule ramps up after the holiday season. On Sunday afternoon, the Fighting Irish cruised to a 85-59 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4, 0-2) inside Purcell Pavilion, achieving win No. 10 on the season. The Irish also improved to 6-0 at home as well. 

Olivia Miles lit up the stat sheet with 21 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and a career high six steals. She also just had one turnover in 31 minutes of play.

As a result, Miles notched her third double-double over the last five games and fifth overall on the year. In addition, Miles is the fourth Irish all-time to join the 20-point, 10-assist club, etching her name alongside Skylar Diggins-Smith, Jackie Young and Marina Mabrey. 

Fellow freshman Sonia Citron added 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Maddy Westbeld poured in 13 points to go with her seven boards. Then Sam Brunelle rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points.

“Really ecstatic with the way we started. We focused on bringing the energy today and we accomplished a lot of our team goals we set. Incredible contributions from so many people,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family head coach Niele Ivey said.

How It Happened

Notre Dame started the game on a 10-0 run over the first 3:28, as Miles, Westbeld, Dodson and Citron all scored. The Irish ended the quarter up 17-10, primarily thanks to a hot start from Citron who tallied eight points on 3-of-4 shooting.

The Irish got hot from beyond the arc in the second quarter, where they converted 5-of-10 from three. In fact, the home squad recorded a 13-2 scoring spree over a three-minute stretch in which Westbeld, Miles and Mabrey all hit from deep.

Ultimately, the Irish took a 42-24 lead into the locker room at the break. Both of Notre Dame’s freshmen, Miles and Citron, were in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. As a team, the Irish were 8-of-17 from three-point range.

The third quarter featured a 14-0 Irish run which spanned three minutes. In that run, Brunelle recorded a stretch in which she scored six straight. In fact, Brunelle scored 10 points in the quarter on 4-of-5 shooting, lifting the Irish to a 30-point advantage heading into the final period up 73-43.

Notre Dame closed out the game with the 85-59 win. Nat Marshall added five of her eight points in the fourth. The Irish finished with 11 made three-pointers and 17 steals – both season highs. Irish also registered 22 assists on 30 made field goals.

Up Next

Notre Dame will compete in its last non-conference matchup on Wednesday, Dec. 22, when the Irish travel to the Windy City to take on DePaul. That contest will air nationally on FS1 at 8:30 p.m. ET. 

IRISH AND BRONCOS MEET IN PURCELL MONDAY NIGHT

2021-22 FIGHTING IRISH – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (4-5) for just the second time in 34 days for a two-game home stand before Christmas. The Irish will face Western Michigan (4-5) on Monday at 8 p.m. ET (ACC Network) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. It is just the second time this year Notre Dame will have back-to-back home games.

Wednesday’s game marks the third time the Irish have attempted to play the Broncos over the last calendar year. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, two scheduled games between Notre Dame and Western Michigan were cancelled last season.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

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

Logged his second double-double at Notre Dame (and 11th of career) with 11 pts and 11 reb vs. Indiana on Saturday • 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year at Yale • did not participate in 2020-21, as the Ivy League cancelled all intercollegiate athletics • ranked by ESPN+ as the fourth-best transfer prospect in  2020-21 • boasts a .661 career field goal percentage – top for any returning NCAA Division I player this year – and led Ivy League in FG% all three seasons in which he competed.

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

Filled up the stat line against No. 10/12 Kentucky with seven points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal • started 16 of 25 games in his first year with the Irish last season • scored 21 points in the first half in the victory at Duke last year, eventually scoring career-best 28 points • shot .344 from 3FG range last season.

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

Needs five points vs. WMU to reach 1,000 points in a career, becoming the 66th Irish player to reach that scoring plateau • has scored in double figures in all nine games (a career-best streak) this season and leads the team with 14.3 ppg • averaging 14.3 ppg and 5.6 rpg this season • one of the best free throw shooters on the team, boasting a .829 career average from the stripe (20-22 this season).

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

Scored 13 points with three three-point field goals at Illinois • leads the Irish in rebounding at 7.8 per game • improved FG% 19 percent, 3FG% 11% and RPG by 3.1 last season • scored over 20 points four times last season and has five 20-point games in his career.

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

ACC Rookie of the Week (Dec. 13, 2021) • in first career start at home in Purcell Pavilion, hit the game-winning jumper with :12 seconds remaining to upset No. 10/12 Kentucky last weekend • second in the ACC in freshman scoring (13.1 ppg) and seventh among all major conference true freshmen in ppg • exploded for 24 points, 18 in the second half at Illinois in the first true road game of his career • logged his first career start at Boston College • has hit double figures in seven of his nine career games played • first Mike Brey freshman to score 20 points in a career debut (vs. CSUN) since Chris Thomas in 2001 • first South Bend, IN, public school MBB prospect to sign with Notre Dame since 1985.

OFF THE BENCH

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

Preseason All-ACC Second Team • led the team with 15 points against Boston College, coming off the bench for the first time since the victory at Miami last season • leads all active ACC players in career assists (468) • led the Irish in  scoring (14.6) and three-point field goals made (65) last season • one of five major conference players to reach 100 assists in league play last season.

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

Hit double figures for the first time this season in the victory over No. 10/12 Kentucky with 12 points, two three-point field goals, two rebounds and two assists • planned to sit out 2020-21 season after transferring from Santa Clara until all underclassmen transfers were given immediate eligibility in December of 2020 • appeared in 21 games making 14 starts, shooting .429 from three-point range • hit the game-winning 3FG at the buzzer vs. WF in 2021 ACC tournament.

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

Has worked his way into Notre Dame’s eight-man rotation • earned earliest minutes of his career in the first half at Illinois, eventually scored four points in career-high seven minutes • made Irish debut vs. Chaminade and scored his first career field goal • missed CSUN game as a precaution due to minor lower leg injury, then the High Point game with the flu • missed 2020-21 while recovering from ankle surgery.

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

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

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS

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Notre Dame has won four straight games in Purcell Pavilion dating back to last season. In those four victories are wins over No. 11/11 Florida State last March and a 66-62 win over No. 10/12 Kentucky on December 11.

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Senior Dane Goodwin needs five points to become the 66th Notre Dame player – and 25th student-athlete recruiting by Mike Brey – to reach 1,000 points in their Irish career.

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Notre Dame will confer an NCAA Division I men’s basketball-best seven degrees in the spring of 2022 – undergraduate degrees to R. Carmody, D. Goodwin, P. Hubb, N. Laszewski, C. Ryan and T. Wertz, along with a graduate degree to P. Atkinson Jr.

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Should freshman Blake Wesley reach double digit scoring against WMU, he would join Chris Thomas and Luke Harangody as the only Brey era true freshman to scoring in double digits in eight of their fist 10 career games.

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Career-best streak of double-digit scoring games for Dane Goodwin – all nine games this season – who leads the Irish at 14.3 ppg.

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Points-per-game average for Blake Wesley, which is the second-best average in the ACC and seventh-best among major conference true freshman (see page 4 for more details).

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Blake Wesley has scored 20-or-more points twice off the bench this season. In the Mike Brey era, a bench player has only scored 20-or-more points 16 times and only two other players have done it twice – Chris Quinn (2003, 2004) and David Graves (2001, 2002).

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Senior Trey Wertz is second on the team with 24 assists and has recorded at least one assist in eight of nine games this season.

Wertz, who has scored 225 points in 30 games at Notre Dame is closing in on 1,000 career points with 972 entering the WMU game.

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Notre Dame and Western Michigan will be meeting for the 29th time on Monday evening and the first time since 2016.

The series dates back to 1916 and before the 2016 meeting, the two program had not met for close to 25 years (March of 1992 through December of 2016).

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Monday evening will mark 34 days with just one home game for the Irish who will host two home games this week before the Christmas holiday.

This week’s back-to-back home games is just the second time this season Notre Dame will play two consecutive games in Purcell Pavilion.

Sycamores wrap up non-conference play at Purdue Fort Wayne

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State closes the non-conference portion of its schedule Monday night as the Sycamores travel to Purdue Fort Wayne for a 7 p.m. tip. The game will air on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Last Time Out

Caitlin Anderson scored a career-high 16 points off the bench and Tonysha Curry posted her first career double-double to lead Indiana State past UIC in the Sycamores’ final home non-conference game of the season, 76-50, inside the Hulman Center.

Curry finished with career highs of 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Sycamores, while Mya Glanton also finished in double-figures with 10. Indiana State led by as many as 35 points in the game and made its presence felt inside, scoring 50 of its 76 points in the paint.

ISU went on a 15-2 run midway through the first quarter and never looked back. The Sycamores limited UIC to 10 points or fewer in each of the first three quarters on the defensive end, while shooting more than 50 percent from the field on the offensive side.

A Closer Look at Purdue Fort Wayne

Purdue Fort Wayne enters Monday’s contest at 4-6 overall and 3-1 in Horizon Leauge play. The Mastodons have lost each of their last three, including a 78-41 setback in their last contest at #22/23 Notre Dame.

Riley Ott led the way for the Mastodons against Notre Dame with 21 points and was one of two Purdue Fort Wayne players to finish in double-figures. Aubrey Stupp had 10, while Amellia Bromenschenkel had a team-high nine rebounds.

Sylare Starks leads Purdue Fort Wayne with 14.7 points per game and is one of three Mastodons averaging double-figures for the season. Riley Ott adds 10.8 points per game, while Ryin Ott averages 10.3 points per game. Shayla Sellers leads the team in rebounds at 5.5 boards per game.

Series History Against Purdue Fort Wayne

Indiana State and Purdue Fort Wayne have previously met three times, with the Sycamores winning all three. ISU has won those three contests by an average of 47 points, including a 104-61 win in the last meeting between the teams during the 2003-04 season.

Five different Sycamores scored in double-figures the last time Indiana State and Purdue Fort Wayne met, back on Dec. 23, 2003 in Fort Wayne. Lisa Verhoff had a game-high 20 to lead ISU, while the Sycamores forced 33 turnovers on the defensive end.

Double Trouble

Indiana State has posted three double-doubles this season, including two in the month of December.

Adrian Folks had a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds in the Sycamores’ second game of the season at Saint Louis. Mya Glanton recorded ISU’s second double-double of the season against Western Michigan, posting career highs of 22 points and 16 rebounds against the Broncos.

Tonysha Curry had a career-best 15 points and 12 rebounds in the last game against UIC for her first double-double in an Indiana State uniform.

Thievery

Indiana State’s defense continues to remain among the nation’s best as the Sycamores enter Tuesday’s contest sitting in the top 25 in three different team defensive categories. The Sycamores are 23rd overall in steals (117) and 24th in both steals per game (11.7) and turnovers forced (22.20). Indiana State leads the Missouri Valley in all three categories.

Indiana State made their mark early in the season with a 21-steal contest against Stephens (Mo.) to open the year. Since then, ISU has recorded at least 10 steals in six of the last seven contests, including 13 in back-to-back games against Georgia Southern and Chicago State. Overall, it’s been a team effort by Indiana State with four players posting double-digit steals on the year and 10 players overall recording multiple steals.

In addition to getting their hands on the ball, ISU has been constantly harassing the opposition and has posted six games with at least 20 forced turnovers on defense. The Sycamores forced a season-high 36 turnovers against Stephens (Mo.) and carried on with 26 forced turnovers against Saint Louis, 21 against Georgia Southern, 21 against Chicago State and 24 in back-to-back games against Western Michigan and (RV/RV Nebraska).

Defense to Offense

Indiana State has forced at least 15 turnovers in each of the first 10 games this season. The Sycamores have often converted those turnovers into points on the other end, as ISU has at least 25 points off turnovers in four of the last five games.

No Fly Zone

Indiana State’s win over Georgia Southern marked the second time in the 2021-22 season that Indiana State held an opponent scoreless from behind the arc. The Sycamores limited the Eagles to a 0-for-14 performance behind the three-point line to shut down Georgia Southern in the 71-67 win.

ISU previously limited Stephens (Mo.) to a 0-for-12 mark behind the arc to open the year and have held opponents under .300 from the three-point line on six separate occasions this year. ISU has limited opponents to just a .261 three-point percentage on the year, a mark that ranks second in the Missouri Valley Conference and inside the top 75 in Division I.

Indiana State limited UIC to a 1-for-14 mark (.077) from behind the arc in its last game, a 76-50 Sycamore win. ISU is limiting opponents to a .096 clip from deep in its four wins this season.

Banner Year

The 2021-22 season has already seen multiple Indiana State players set career highs in the scoring column. Overall, five different returning Sycamores have set new career bests in scoring this season, with a pair of newcomers also posting double-digit efforts this season.

Del’Janae Williams had a career-high 26 in Indiana State’s road win over Georgia Southern in one of her two 20-point games this season, while Adrian Folks had a career-best 24 in a double-double at Saint Louis. Mya Glanton set career-high marks of 22 points and 16 rebounds in ISU’s last home game against Western Michigan.

Marie Hunter (19 vs. Jacksonville State) and Natalia Lalic (13 at Georgia Southern) have also set their career highs in scoring this season. In addition, Tonysha Curry (15 vs. UIC), Anna McKendree (13 vs. Stephens (Mo.)) and Arianna Smith (11 at Western Kentucky) have hit double-figures in scoring during their first seasons in the Blue and White.

Michigan Wolverines Next Up for Men’s Hoops

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The ‘Dons will make their second ever trip to Ann Arbor on Tuesday (Dec. 21) when the Mastodons face Michigan.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (5-5) at Michigan Wolverines (7-4)

When: Tuesday, December 21 | 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Ann Arbor, Mich. | Crisler Arena

Listen: 1380 The Fan

Live Stats: Link

Watch: BTN

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | Michigan

Series History: Michigan leads 1-0. Only meeting a 91-62 Michigan win Dec. 4, 2001. It was the Mastodons’ seventh ever game in NCAA Division I.

NOTE:

// Masks are required at all times for spectators at Crisler Arena.

KNOW YOUR FOE:

// Leading scorer: Hunter Dickinson (15.6 ppg)

// Head coach: Juwan Howard

// The ‘Dons and Wolverines each have a common opponent this season, both clubs fell to Minnesota.

// Other than Minnesota, the Wolverines have also dropped games to Seton Hall, Arizona and North Carolina.

// Hunter Dickinson recorded his fourth straight double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) in the Wolverines’ 87-50 win over Southern Utah on Saturday.

// Michigan shot 56.3 percent from the floor in the win over Southern Utah.

DONS AND ENDS:

// The Mastodons have two single-digit turnover games this season. The ‘Dons turned it over only nine times in an overtime loss to Western Michigan and only eight times at home against Wright State.

// The Mastodons are forcing a league-best 16.10 turnovers per game, 57th best in the nation.

// The ‘Dons have only lost the turnover battle in two games this season, at Minnesota and vs. SEMO.

// Jalon Pipkins recorded a career-high 24 points and 10 field goals in the victory over SEMO last week.

// Jalon Pipkins has four games of 19 or more points this season.

FROM THE LINE:

// The ‘Dons are 21st in the nation and tops in the Horizon League in free throw shooting (78.2 percent).

// Over the last five games the Mastodons are 81-of-92 (88.0 percent) from the free throw line.

    at Florida Gulf Coast (17-of-21)

    vs. Wright State (16-of-16)

    vs. Northern Kentucky (14-of-16

    at SIUE (19-of-20)

    vs. SEMO (15-of-19)

// The Mastodons shot 16-of-16 from the free throw line on Dec. 2 against Wright State. It stands as the most free throws the Mastodons have made in a Division I contest while connecting on 100 percent of their attempts. It is the fourth time they’ve done it while making at least 10 in a game. The last time they made all 10 or more attempts was Feb. 26, 2011 at UMKC (14-of-14).

BILLUPS BUCKETS:

// Deonte Billups is shooting a team-best 44.2 percent (23-of-52) from three on the season. He is second in the Horizon League in made 3-pointers.

// He has improved his 3-point shooting each season. As a freshman he shot 32.4 and last season he shot 38.5 percent.

// Looking like the leader for Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year, Deonte Billups leads the league in scoring among players without a start this season thanks to his 9.7 points per game.

// Deonte Billups has scored in double-digits in three of the last four games.

‘DONS WENT TO JARRED:

// Jarred Godfrey owns 1,287 career points, 9th most in program history. Up next is eighth place Kason Harrell (1,349 points, 2015-19).

// Jarred Godfrey is fourth in the league in steals per game (1.90) and fifth in assists per game (4.4).

// Jarred Godfrey is averaging 17.7 points per game, fourth-best in the league, but it also would be his best average for a season. He averaged 15.6 as a sophomore and 16.2 last season.

// Jarred Godfrey scored 35 points against Western Michigan (Nov. 27) on 13-of-18 shooting. His 13 field goals tied a career high

// Jarred Godfrey has scored in double-digits in every game this season.

THE K IS SILENT, HIS GAME IS NOT:

// Ra Kpedi is having the best season of his career, averaging 11.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

// Ra Kpedi is 13th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (3.50).

// Ra Kpedi picked up his first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds at Florida Gulf Coast.

MEET DAMIAN CHONG QUI :

// Damian Chong Qui joined the Mastodons this season. He helped Mount St. Mary’s to an NCAA Tournament berth last season. He averaged 15.1 points per game for The Mount last year on his way to All-NEC First Team honors.

// Damian Chong Qui is the second Mastodon to join the ‘Dons after playing at Mt. Saint Mary’s. Bobby Planutis spent his freshman season of 2017-18 at The Mount.

// Damian Chong Qui has 31 assists on only 15 turnovers on the season. This includes a six assist and zero turnover game against Southeastern Louisiana.

// Damian Chong Qui scored 14 points against Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 28) and went over 1,000 career points. He scored 950 points at Mount St. Mary’s before transferring to Purdue Fort Wayne this season.

Mastodons Play Final Non-League Game on Monday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will play its final non-league game of 2021-22 on Monday (Dec. 20), when the visiting Indiana State Sycamores come to the Gates Sports Center.

Game Day Information

Who: Indiana State Sycamores

When: Monday, December 20 | 7 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Indiana State | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Indiana State is 4-6 this year, coming off a 76-50 win over Horizon League member UIC. The Sycamores also have wins over Stephens College, Georgia Southern and Chicago State. ISU has losses to Saint Louis, Eastern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Western Michigan and Nebraska. The Sycamores are led by Adrian Folks and Del’Janae Williams, who are both averaging over 10 points per game.

The Series

Indiana State has a 3-0 edge over the Mastodons in the all-time series, but the two schools have not played since 2003. The two teams first met in 1983.

A Win Would…

• Be the Mastodons’ second win in non-league play, first against a Division I non-league foe

• Be the Mastodons’ first win over Indiana State in program history

• Be the Mastodons’ 12th all-time win against current Missouri Valley Conference members

• Tie the most wins against Division I competition in a season since 2015-16

Shooters Shoot

The Mastodons have the second-best 3-point shooting percentage in the League at 35.1 percent. This is 56th in the country. The 35.1 percent rate would rank just outside the top 10 in program history. Last season, the ‘Dons were last in the league in both 3-point and overall shooting percentage categories.

In a League of Their Own

Purdue Fort Wayne has three of the top 15 scorers in the Horizon League: Sylare Starks (14.7 ppg), Riley Ott (10.8 ppg) and Ryin Ott (10.3 ppg). Purdue Fort Wayne is the only team in the League to have three scorers in the top 15.

Pretty Good From the Line

Purdue Fort Wayne is third in the Horizon League and 36th in the country in free throw percentage. The ‘Dons are making 76.5 percent from the line, which ranks in the top five in program history for a season mark. Purdue Fort Wayne has four players shooting over 80 percent from the line, led by Aubrey Stupp, who is averaging 90.0 percent.

Sharp-Shooting ‘Dons

Purdue Fort Wayne has five Mastodons shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range with at least seven attempts: Valerie Clark, Ryin Ott, Sylare Starks, Riley Ott and Shayla Sellers. Last year, the Mastodons had no one shoot over 31 percent.

‘Dons Against the Fighting Irish

The Mastodons held Notre Dame without a field goal for the first 5:28 of their contest against the Top 25 Fighting Irish on December 12. This was the longest scoring drought that Fighting Irish started a game with since at least the 2018 season (given available records), when Notre Dame won the national championship.

Luck of the Irish

Riley Ott scored a season-high 21 points at No. 22 Notre Dame in the Mastodons’ only game against a Power 5 institution this season. Her 21 points were just one shy of a career-high. Ott went 3-of-7 from the 3-point line.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne dropped a non-league game to No. 22/23 Notre Dame 78-41. Riley Ott had a season-high 21 points against the Fighting Irish.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will resume Horizon League play on Thursday, December 30, when they visit Youngstown State. After battling with the Penguins, the ‘Dons will ring in the New Year at Robert Morris on January 1.

Valpo Returns From Exam Break With Win at Morehead State

The Valpo women’s basketball team got off to a strong start Sunday in its return to action at Morehead State and closed strong as well, shooting above 70% from the field in both the first and the fourth quarter in a 65-57 victory over the host Eagles. Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) led three Beacons in double figures with 17 points.

How It Happened

Morehead State scored the game’s first basket on its initial possession, but Valpo quickly came back with eight straight points to force a timeout by the Eagles less than three minutes in. Triples by Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) and Cara VanKempen (Coopersville, Mich./Coopersville) sandwiched a driving layup by Weinman for the quick start.

Valpo maintained the lead for the reminder of the opening period, eventually pushing the advantage to 20-12 at the end of the quarter as Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) found Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) for a backdoor layup in the closing seconds.

White connected on another 3-pointer early in the second quarter to push Valpo’s lead into double digits for the first time. The Beacons went scoreless for nearly five minutes, however, allowing the Eagles to score seven straight to close to within 23-19.

Morehead State got to within three with 2:40 to play in the first half, but Valpo scored four of the half’s final five points — including a Frederick layup — to take a 32-26 lead into intermission.

Neither team could gain control in the third quarter. Valpo’s lead never exceeded the six-point margin from halftime, but the Beacons also did not allow the Eagles to close to closer than two points in the period. Valpo entered the fourth quarter with a 42-38 lead.

Morehead State’s lone opportunity to tie or take the lead in the final 10 minutes came on its second possession after cutting its deficit to two, but Valpo forced a miss and Frederick came down and converted a layup to push the advantage back to four points.

The Eagles twice moved back within two points in the next couple minutes, but both times, Valpo converted a 3-point play to make it a five-point game — first one from White, followed by one from Weinman.

A 9-2 spurt just past the midway point of the final quarter proved to be the decisive run to secure Valpo’s win. Weinman started the run with a pair of free throws, and after an MSU miss, Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]) got all the way to the rim and scored to make it a seven-point lead.

MSU scored on its next possession, but Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) knocked down a big 3-pointer in response. Earnest then came up with a steal on the defensive end and the Beacons took advantage with a layup by Weinman to push the lead to 59-49. The Eagles got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Inside the Game

Valpo shot 50% from the field Sunday, its second-best effort of the season, thanks to great efforts in the opening and closing periods. The Beacons went 7-of-10 (70%) from the floor in the first quarter and 8-of-11 (72.7%) in the fourth quarter.

Valpo also enjoyed a significant advantage from the foul line, going 17-of-20 (85%) from the stripe as compared to Morehead State’s 1-of-6 effort from the free throw line.

Weinman led Valpo on Sunday with 17 points, her seventh double-digit scoring effort of the season. She went 6-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line and added four rebounds and three assists. 11 of her points came in the second half.

Frederick was close behind Weinman with 15 points and matched her with four rebounds as well.

White needed just four field goal attempts to finish with 11 points, connecting on a pair of 3-pointers. She also grabbed four rebounds.

Earnest added nine points off the bench.

Ilysse Pitts (Aurora, Ill./Montini Catholic) made her season debut Sunday, registering a rebound and a steal in four minutes of action. It was just the second appearance for Pitts since the end of the 2019-20 season.

Next Up

Valpo (1-9) closes non-conference action back at home at the ARC with a Tuesday afternoon matinee against Detroit Mercy. Tipoff is slated for noon, and all the action can be seen live on ESPN3.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: IU EAST 95, KEISER 88

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Red Wolves came out of halftime hotter than a Florida afternoon to claim another victory on their trek to the Sunshine State.

The Indiana University East women’s basketball team concluded its stay at the West Palm Beach Invitational with a 95-88 victory Dec. 19 against tournament host Keiser University.

IU East (12-3) is off to the best 15-game start in program history after two wins in two days against two teams picked to finish in the top five in The Sun Conference. The Red Wolves beat St. Thomas University on Dec. 18.

Keiser is 11-5.

The Red Wolves enjoyed an 86-degree day in West Palm Beach. Game time rolled around in the early evening, and IU East came out of halftime scorching hot.

Kennedy Griffin’s four-point play started off a burst of 10 IU East points in 50 seconds early in the third quarter. Those 10 points sparked an 18-4 run that took less than four minutes and resulted in a 61-39 lead for the Red Wolves.

IU East kept the lead in double digits until the final minute of the game.

Griffin finished with a career-high 28 points to conclude the Florida trip with 54 total points. Caitlin McEldowney stretched the Seahawk defense with a season-high 14 points. Addie Brown needed just seven field goal attempts to score 18 points. Bethany Mackin contributed eight points and distributed a season-best eight assists.

IU East returns to the court Dec. 30 with a River States Conference road game at WVU Tech.

Second-Half Free Throws Send Wabash To Eight-Point Win At MSJ

Wabash shot 60 percent from the field and connected on 15-of-17 free throw attempts in the second half of Sunday’s basketball game at Mount St. Joseph University to come away with a 96-88 victory in a non-conference game.

Senior guard Tyler Watson scored 16 points and became the 29th player in program history to score 1,000 or more career points, joining teammate Jake Davidson on the all-time list. Davidson led all scorers with 34 points and currently ranks fifth in all-time scoring at Wabash with 1,869 career points.

Wabash (7-3) outscored the host Lions (4-5) by 10 points, 57-47, in the final period. Sunday’s game saw 16 ties and 16 lead changes. The Little Giants trailed 41-39 at halftime but tied the score with an opening basket by Davidson in the first eight seconds of the second period. Wabash built an eventual seven-point lead at 60-53 with 13:48 left to play on a Davidson three-point basket. Mount St. Joseph got as close as four points with a three-point basket from Evan Wiehe before Ahmoni Jones responded with four of his 16 points to push the Little Giants’ advantage to eight points at 64-56.

The Lions used a 7-0 run over the span of 2:21 to draw within a point at 64-63 midway through the final half. Watson ended the streak with a jump shot in the lane for his 1,000th point to push the lead to three points. The two teams traded baskets before Willard Cluxton’s three-pointer with 8:51 remaining evened the score at 70-70.

Kellen Schreiber scored two of his 16 points with a layup to put Wabash back in front by two. But a three-pointer by David Luers put MSJ in front by one point, 73-72. The teams traded one-point leads on free throws from Jesse Hall and Jones with a pair of baskets by Dayne Gardner to maintain the home team’s one-point advantage.

The Little Giants regained a four-point lead with 5:05 left to play but once again the Lions remained close. Mount rode a 7-2 scoring run over the next two minutes to regain the lead at 84-83. The Lions moved in front by three at 86-83 until Jones hit two more free throws and Davidson knocked down another three-point basket to put Wabash back in front 88-86. Watson got a steal at the defensive end of the floor and scored in transition on a driving layup to push the lead back to four points.

Watson added one final basket ahead of two more free throws from Jones, who hit 8-of-9 attempts at the line in the game. MSJ scored one final basket in the final 10 seconds before Davidson hit the final free throws of the game to lock up the eight-point win.

Wabash finished the game 21-of-23 from the free throw line to outscore Mount St. Joseph at the stripe. The Lions shot 13-of-18 on free throw ties in the game.

Four Little Giant players scored in double figures. Davidson led the way with 34 points while Watson, Jones, and Schreiber each scored 16 points. Watson handed out six assists. Davidson finished with four assists. Davidson, Watson, Jones, and Hall each grabbed five rebounds in the contest.

Thomas Brady led the Lions with 27 points. Gardner added 0 points. Luers picked up 15 points and Wiehe scored 11.

Wabash completes the non-conference portion of its 2021-22 schedule on Tuesday at home against Anderson University. Tipoff at Chadwick Court is slated for 7 p.m.

NFL STANDINGS DIVISION | CONFERENCE
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS950.6430.03672273-4-06-1-07-2-03-1-01 L
BUFFALO BILLS860.5711.03942434-3-04-3-05-5-03-1-01 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS770.5002.02853125-3-02-4-05-5-03-2-06 W
NEW YORK JETS3110.2146.02504282-5-01-6-03-7-00-5-03 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS1040.7140.03852966-2-04-2-05-4-04-1-07 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS860.5712.03793704-4-04-2-05-4-02-2-01 L
DENVER BRONCOS770.5003.02852434-4-03-3-03-6-01-2-01 L
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS670.4623.52833603-4-03-3-04-4-01-3-02 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
CINCINNATI BENGALS860.5710.03693033-4-05-2-06-3-03-1-01 W
BALTIMORE RAVENS860.5710.03343155-2-03-4-05-5-01-3-03 L
CLEVELAND BROWNS760.5380.52782895-2-02-4-04-5-02-2-01 W
PITTSBURGH STEELERS761.5360.52913355-2-12-4-05-4-02-2-01 W
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS950.6430.03373095-2-04-3-06-4-04-1-01 L
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS860.5711.03983004-4-04-2-07-3-03-2-02 W
HOUSTON TEXANS3110.2146.02073721-6-02-5-03-7-03-2-01 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS2120.1437.01963702-6-00-6-02-7-00-5-06 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
DALLAS COWBOYS1040.7140.04012934-2-06-2-08-1-04-0-03 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM670.4623.52663243-4-03-3-05-3-01-1-01 L
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES670.4623.53372911-4-05-3-04-4-00-2-01 W
NEW YORK GIANTS4100.2866.02383313-4-01-6-03-6-01-3-03 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS1040.7140.03782843-3-07-1-06-4-04-1-02 L
LOS ANGELES RAMS940.6920.53662934-2-05-2-06-3-02-2-02 W
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS860.5712.03603143-4-05-2-06-5-01-4-02 W
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS580.3854.52722622-4-03-4-02-6-02-2-02 W
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-GREEN BAY PACKERS1130.7860.03593026-0-05-3-08-2-03-1-03 W
MINNESOTA VIKINGS670.4624.53443334-2-02-5-04-4-02-1-01 W
CHICAGO BEARS490.3086.52313322-4-02-5-02-6-02-2-02 L
DETROIT LIONS2111.1798.52433662-5-00-6-12-7-01-4-01 W
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS1040.7140.04103066-1-04-3-06-4-02-2-01 L
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS770.5003.03132852-4-05-3-05-5-02-2-02 W
ATLANTA FALCONS680.4294.02583841-5-05-3-03-7-02-3-01 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS590.3575.02713132-5-03-4-03-6-02-1-04 L

NBA DIVISION STANDINGS DIVISION STANDINGS | CONFERENCE STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN219.70010-611-36-017-67-31 L
BOSTON1515.5006.08-57-104-310-85-51 W
PHILADELPHIA1515.5006.06-79-80-69-95-53 L
TORONTO1415.4836.57-97-64-410-95-51 W
NEW YORK1317.4338.05-108-73-48-142-81 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO1810.6439-49-62-210-76-41 W
CLEVELAND1912.6130.59-710-53-112-68-26 W
MILWAUKEE1913.5941.010-59-86-114-95-52 L
INDIANA1318.4196.510-73-112-48-134-61 W
DETROIT524.17213.53-122-121-64-141-91 W
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI1813.5818-410-94-112-75-51 L
WASHINGTON1615.5162.08-48-113-410-93-71 W
CHARLOTTE1616.5002.58-48-125-210-83-72 L
ATLANTA1415.4833.08-76-84-28-84-61 L
ORLANDO625.19412.02-104-150-73-182-81 W
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH209.69010-610-35-011-38-22 L
DENVER1514.5175.08-57-92-38-86-41 W
MINNESOTA1515.5005.59-96-62-211-95-54 W
PORTLAND1318.4198.011-72-111-37-143-72 W
OKLAHOMA CITY919.32110.55-104-90-27-123-71 W
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX245.82814-210-33-315-58-23 W
GOLDEN STATE246.8000.514-210-45-112-36-41 L
LA CLIPPERS1614.5338.512-74-72-411-125-52 L
LA LAKERS1615.5169.010-76-81-48-106-42 L
SACRAMENTO1318.41912.07-96-94-39-125-51 W
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MEMPHIS1912.61311-78-53-215-78-21 L
DALLAS1415.4834.07-77-87-211-84-62 L
SAN ANTONIO1118.3797.06-95-91-36-135-51 L
HOUSTON1020.3338.57-73-131-34-136-41 W
NEW ORLEANS1021.3239.05-95-122-47-135-52 W

NHL CONFERENCE STANDINGS DIVISION | CONFERENCE | WILDCARD
EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES292171432195629-3-012-4-16-4-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING2919644217947710-3-29-3-27-2-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS3118674316108819-3-49-3-35-3-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS3020824220987612-4-18-4-17-2-1
NEW YORK RANGERS301974421886778-3-211-4-26-3-1
FLORIDA PANTHERS29187440171048714-3-04-4-44-5-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS301785391691768-5-29-3-37-2-1
DETROIT RED WINGS311513333148810411-3-24-10-16-4-0
BOSTON BRUINS2614102301371697-5-17-5-14-4-2
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS2814131291291959-3-15-10-02-7-1
11 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS2912125291277956-6-26-6-34-5-1
12 NEW JERSEY DEVILS3010155259821057-7-33-8-21-8-1
13 BUFFALO SABRES3010155258821046-8-24-7-32-5-3
14 NEW YORK ISLANDERS26812622857772-5-36-7-33-3-4
15 OTTAWA SENATORS289172208791015-9-04-8-25-4-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS317213176671095-10-12-11-22-7-1
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
MINNESOTA WILD29198240161088510-2-19-6-17-2-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS312011040171119410-6-010-5-08-2-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS32179640151038910-4-37-5-36-1-3
NASHVILLE PREDATORS3019101391889799-5-010-5-18-2-0
ST. LOUIS BLUES31179539151068511-3-26-6-36-2-2
CALGARY FLAMES281576361387624-3-411-4-25-4-1
COLORADO AVALANCHE27178236161159110-2-17-6-17-2-1
EDMONTON OILERS291811036161019010-6-08-5-04-6-0
WINNIPEG JETS30141153313908710-6-14-5-45-4-1
10 LOS ANGELES KINGS3014115331380798-6-26-5-35-3-2
11 SAN JOSE SHARKS3015141311578857-7-18-7-05-5-0
12 DALLAS STARS28141223013758110-3-14-9-15-5-0
13 VANCOUVER CANUCKS3114152301181908-7-16-8-18-2-0
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS301115426872976-6-25-9-24-4-2
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN30101732310841086-9-14-8-24-4-2
16 ARIZONA COYOTES296212146561092-10-14-11-12-8-0