INDIANA SRN BOYS BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

  1. BEN DAVIS
  2. BROWNSBURG
  3. PENN
  4. CENTER GROVE
  5. WESTFIELD

3A

  1. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
  2. NORTH DAVIESS
  3. NORTHWOOD
  4. NORWELL
  5. BEECH GROVE

2A

  1. LINTON STOCKTON
  2. CARROLL FLORA
  3. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK
  4. SOUTH SPENCER
  5. EASTERN HANCOCK

1A

  1. BLOOMFIELD
  2. FOUNTAIN CENTRAL
  3. ORLEANS
  4. LOOGOOTEE
  5. BETHESDA

INDIANA SRN GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

  1. ZIONSVILLE
  2. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON
  3. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  4. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE
  5. FISHERS

3A

  1. TWIN LAKES
  2. INDIAN CREEK
  3. NORWELL
  4. JAY COUNTY
  5. HAMILTON HEIGHTS

2A

  1. NORTH KNOX
  2. BLACKFORD
  3. CENTRAL NOBLE
  4. FOREST PARK
  5. LINTON STOCKTON

1A

  1. LANESVILLE
  2. TRI
  3. BLUE RIVER
  4. CASTON
  5. TRINITY LUTHERAN

BOYS BASKETBALL MONDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
WOODLANATWAYNE TRACE (OHIO)7:30 PM
PROVISO WEST (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
BOWMAN ACADEMYVS.ST. RITA (ILL.)12:00 PMR1
HAMMOND CENTRALVS.CHICAGO BOGAN (ILL.)1:30 PMR1
WABASH VALLEY TOURNAMENT
LINTON-STOCKTONVS.PARKE HERITAGE10:00 AMR1
MARSHALL (ILL.)VS.WEST VIGO11:30 AMR1
GREENCASTLEVS.NORTHVIEW1:00 PMR1
CASEY-WESTFIELD (ILL.)VS.SULLIVAN2:30 PMR1
EDGEWOODVS.TERRE HAUTE SOUTH4:00 PMR1
ROBINSON (ILL.)ATTERRE HAUTE NORTH5:30 PMR1
SHAKAMAKVS.CLOVERDALE7:00 PMR1
BLOOMFIELDVS.SOUTH VERMILLION8:30 PMR1

GIRLS BASKETBALL MONDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
BISMARCK-HENNING (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
BENTON CENTRALVS.TBATBA
NORTH VERMILLIONVS.TBATBA
CARL SANDBURG (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
HAMMOND CENTRALVS.TBATBA
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) TOURNAMENT
OBLONG-PALESTINE-HUTSONVILLE (ILL.)ATNORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)11:00 AMPOOL A
NORTH POSEYVS.ROBINSON (ILL.)12:30 PMPOOL B
OBLONG-PALESTINE-HUTSONVILLE (ILL.)VS.MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)2:00 PMPOOL A
ROBINSON (ILL.)VS.ORLEANS3:30 PMPOOL B
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)ATNORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)5:00 PMPOOL A
ORLEANSVS.NORTH POSEY6:30 PMPOOL B

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE

MONDAY, DEC. 26

BOWLING GREEN VS. NEW MEXICO STATE — QUICK LANE BOWL (DETROIT) | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 27

BUFFALO VS. GEORGIA SOUTHERN — CAMELLIA BOWL (MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

OKLAHOMA STATE VS. WISCONSIN — GUARANTEED RATE BOWL (PHOENIX) | 10:15 P.M. | ESPN

MEMPHIS VS. UTAH STATE — FIRST RESPONDER BOWL (DALLAS) | ESPN

COASTAL CAROLINA VS. EAST CAROLINA — BIRMINGHAM BOWL (BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA) | ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28

DUKE VS. UCF — MILITARY BOWL (ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN

ARKANSAS VS. KANSAS — LIBERTY BOWL (MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE) | 5:30 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 15 OREGON VS. NORTH CAROLINA — HOLIDAY BOWL (SAN DIEGO) | 8 P.M.

TEXAS TECH VS. OLE MISS — TEXAS BOWL (HOUSTON) | 9 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 29

MINNESOTA VS. SYRACUSE — PINSTRIPE BOWL (BRONX, NEW YORK) | 2 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 13 FLORIDA STATE VS. OKLAHOMA — CHEEZ-IT BOWL (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) | 5:30 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 12 WASHINGTON VS. NO. 20 TEXAS — ALAMO BOWL (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) | 9 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 30

NO. 23 NC STATE VS. MARYLAND — DUKE’S MAYO BOWL (CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 18 UCLA VS. PITT — SUN BOWL (EL PASO, TEXAS) | 2 P.M. | CBS

NO. 19 SOUTH CAROLINA VS. NO. 21 NOTRE DAME — GATOR BOWL (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

OHIO VS. WYOMING — ARIZONA BOWL (TUCSON, ARIZONA) | 4:30 P.M.| BARSTOOL

NO. 6 TENNESSEE VS. NO. 7 CLEMSON — ORANGE BOWL (MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA) | 8 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 31

IOWA VS. KENTUCKY — MUSIC CITY BOWL (NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE) | 12 P.M. | ABC

NO. 5 ALABAMA VS. NO. 9 KANSAS STATE — SUGAR BOWL (NEW ORLEANS) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 2 MICHIGAN VS. NO. 3 TCU (CFP SEMIFINAL) — FIESTA BOWL (GLENDALE, ARIZONA) | 4 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 1 GEORGIA VS. NO. 4 OHIO STATE (CFP SEMIFINAL) — PEACH BOWL (ATLANTA) | 8 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, JAN. 2

NO. 22 MISSISSIPPI STATE VS. ILLINOIS — RELIAQUEST BOWL (TAMPA, FLORIDA) | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

NO. 17 LSU VS. PURDUE — CITRUS BOWL (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) | 1 P.M. | ABC

NO. 10 USC VS. NO. 16 TULANE — COTTON BOWL (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 1 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 8 UTAH VS. NO. 11 PENN STATE — ROSE BOWL (PASADENA, CALIFORNIA) | 5 P.M. | ESPN

SUNDAY, JAN. 8

FCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (FRISCO, TEXAS) | 2 P.M. | ABC

MONDAY, JAN. 9

CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA) | ESPN

NFL WEEK 16

SUNDAY

GREEN BAY 26 MIAMI 20..BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=20221225015&home=15&vis=9&final=true

LA RAMS 51 DENVER 14.. BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=20221225014&home=14&vis=7&final=true

TAMPA BAY 19 ARIZONA 16 OT..BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=20221225022&home=22&vis=27&final=true

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2022
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

NBA

PHILADELPHIA 119 NEW YORK 112..BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2022122518&home=18&vis=20&final=true

DALLAS 124 LA LAKERS 115..BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2022122506&home=6&vis=13&final=true

BOSTON 139 MILWAUKEE 118..BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2022122502&home=2&vis=15&final=true

GOLDEN STATE 123 MEMPHIS 109..BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2022122509&home=9&vis=29&final=true

DENVER 128 PHOENIX 125 OT..BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2022122507&home=7&vis=21&final=true

NHL

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TOM BRADY, BUCCANEERS RALLY TO BEAT CARDINALS 19-16 IN OT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) There were times during the slog of a football game Sunday night when Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady looked frustrated. There were other times he looked angry. There were a few times he looked downright old.

But there were also six throws in overtime where Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady. And that’s all the Buccaneers needed.

Brady completed all six of his passes in overtime, helping the Bucs overcome a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and beat the Arizona Cardinals 19-16 to keep a one-game lead in the NFC South.

“If we keep it close in the fourth quarter, we know we’ve got a shot,” Brady said. “I think we’re all comfortable in those situations.”

Ryan Succop hit the decisive 40-yard field goal with 3:41 left in overtime, capping a nine-play, 66-yard drive. Brady wasn’t great for much of the night, but came up big on the decisive drive, completing all six of his passes for 69 yards in a vintage display of precision in clutch moments.

It was Brady’s 57th winning drive.

“That’s just who he is,” Fournette said. “He’s been doing it for years. Guys like myself, Mike (Evans), Julio (Jones), Chris (Godwin), Rachaad (White), everybody, we’re just playing a part in his greatness. Give him what he wants. He wants certain routes run certain ways.

“We’re just here to try and make his job easier.”

The Cardinals got the ball to start overtime but eventually had to punt. Tampa Bay got the big gain it needed when Brady found Russell Gage Jr. for a 23-yard gain.

From there, the Bucs squeezed out a few more yards before Succop made his fourth field goal of the evening.

Arizona (4-11) has lost five straight games, while Tampa Bay snapped a two-game skid. The Bucs (7-8) stayed a game ahead of the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. Tampa Bay has a crucial home game against Carolina next weekend.

The 45-year-old Brady made his 331st career start at quarterback, while the Cardinals were down to Trace McSorley in his first start. The former Penn State standout had been the team’s third-string quarterback for much of the season, but made his starting debut after injuries to Kyler Murray and Colt McCoy.

James Conner broke loose for a 22-yard touchdown run with 10:47 left in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinals a 16-6 advantage. But Brady and the Bucs responded with their first touchdown drive on the night, scoring when the quarterback hit Rachaad White on a 3-yard pass, cutting it to 16-13 with 8:03 left.

The Bucs caught a huge break on the ensuing drive when Cardinals rookie Keaontay Ingram fumbled a pitch from McSorley. Tampa Bay’s William Gholston jumped on the loose ball.

Tampa Bay capitalized nine plays later when Succop made a 42-yard field goal for his third field goal of the night, tying it at 16 and forcing overtime.

Brady was 32 of 48 for 281 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He’s thrown at least two interceptions in three straight games, which ties the longest streak of his career. Fournette ran for 72 yards and caught nine passes for 90 yards.

“It was a total effort today in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter,” Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles said. “Defense getting stops and the offense cashing in.”

Arizona’s McSorley was 24 of 45 for 217 yards and one interception.

“Our guys played hard, battled,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “I thought the defense played their hearts out and gave us a chance. Just wanted to finish offensively.”

Neither team made it to the end zone in a first half that ended in a 6-6 tie. Cardinals kicker Matt Prater booted field goals from 56 and 53 yards. His second one – just before halftime – bounced off the left upright but still trickled past the crossbar for three points.

Brady was on the offensive early, throwing a deep pass down the right sideline to Julio Jones on the game’s opening play. The pass was incomplete but Cardinals cornerback Antonio Hamilton was called for pass interference, resulting in a 30-yard gain.

But the 23-year veteran was off on several other deep balls. Brady was intercepted during a promising drive in the second quarter when the quarterback was hit on the arm as he tried to throw deep to Evans. The throw was well short and picked off by Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson Jr.

Wilson intercepted two of Brady’s passes.

INJURIES

Buccaneers: LT Josh Wells (knee) was carted off the field during the second quarter.

Cardinals: QB McCoy (concussion) and DE Zach Allen (hand) were among the team’s inactives. … DT Trysten Hill (knee) was carted off in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Buccaneers: Host Carolina next Sunday.

Cardinals: At Atlanta next Sunday.

TAGOVAILOA THROWS 3 PICKS, PACKERS DEFEAT DOLPHINS 26-20

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander knew the secondary needed to start playing better against the Miami Dolphins after defensive backs coach Jerry Gray surprisingly yelled at them at halftime.

“That woke us up for sure,” Alexander said. “He doesn’t really yell, but he was yelling at us then. And you see the results. He probably needed to yell at us at the beginning of the game.”

Gray’s motivational effort worked: The Packers intercepted Tua Tagovailoa three times in the fourth quarter to complete their comeback and defeat the Dolphins 26-20 to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Packers had a season-high four takeaways in the game – three interceptions, one fumble recovery. Alexander caught one of Green Bay’s three interceptions early in the fourth.

“That’s how it is. You get one pick, more are going to come,” said cornerback Rasul Douglas, who caught the game-sealing pick. “Keep catching those, and you keep getting them. I’m just glad we caught them.”

Aaron Rodgers threw for 238 yards and a touchdown and was intercepted once, helping the Packers (7-8) to their third straight win. The team is looking to make a playoff push after starting the season 4-8.

After losing four consecutive games, Miami (8-7) now needs two wins or a win at New England and the New York Jets to lose to Seattle in Week 17 to make the postseason.

“I did not foresee that happening,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said of the end result. “I felt strong going into halftime and where our guys were at. I didn’t foresee standing up here in this situation. I know the team feels the same way. It’s another gut check.”

After leading by as many as 10, the Dolphins trailed by six points with a chance to take the lead in the final two minutes, but Tagovailoa threw his third interception in three possessions to end Miami’s comeback bid. He threw a pick with about six minutes left that set up a Packers field goal.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby made the go-ahead field goal early in the fourth after back-to-back turnovers by both offenses.

Undrafted Miami rookie Kader Kohou intercepted a pass by Rodgers intended for Allen Lazard, but the Dolphins gave it right back when Alexander intercepted Tagovailoa on the very next play.

Miami’s defense held the Packers to six points off turnovers in the second half, and also held Green Bay to two TDs and three field goals in five trips to the red zone.

“It wasn’t pretty, certainly,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “I think a lot of times, when you kick a bunch of field goals, that’s usually just enough to get you beat.”

A.J. Dillon led the Packers with 36 yards rushing on 11 carries, and Lazard had 61 yards receiving on five catches.

Tyreek Hill had four catches for Miami to give him 113 for the season, setting a Dolphins’ single-season receptions record previously held by Jarvis Landry. Jaylen Waddle added five receptions for 143 yards.

But Miami spoiled those big receiving days with turnovers. Raheem Mostert fumbled in the first half, and Tagovailoa’s three interceptions were the most he has thrown all season.

“It’s tough,” Tagovailoa said. “You get an opportunity to play on Christmas Day against a really good team. I go out there and don’t put my best foot forward for our team.”

Miami committed to the run game early, rushing for 82 yards against Green Bay after a season-high 188 yards rushing against Buffalo in Week 15.

The Dolphins ran four times for 38 yards on their opening drive and took a 3-0 lead, and Green Bay countered with a field goal to tie it after Keisean Nixon’s 93-yard kickoff return set up the Packers at the 9-yard line.

Miami built a 20-13 halftime lead after an 84-yard TD by Waddle and 1-yard TD run by Jeff Wilson.

Dillon’s 1-yard touchdown run on Green Bay’s first possession of the third quarter tied the game.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis also had a 1-yard TD catch in the first quarter.

MORE TURNOVERS

Rodgers’ interception in the fourth quarter was his 11th pick of the season, his highest total since 11 during Green Bay’s Super Bowl-winning season in 2010. Rodgers threw a career-high 13 interceptions in 2008.

CHRISTMAS CHILL

The temperature at Hard Rock Stadium was 46 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius) at kickoff, which marked the second-coldest home game in Dolphins history. The coldest was played on Christmas Eve in 1989 against Kansas City in 40-degree weather. The Chiefs won that game 27-24.

HOLIDAY HISTORY

Tagovailoa’s 84-yard TD pass to Waddle was the longest offensive touchdown score on Christmas Day in NFL history, according to NFL Research. It was the fourth-longest TD in Dolphins history and the longest since Dan Marion’s 85-yard TD pass to Mark Duper in 1986 vs. the Houston Oilers. It was also the longest TD catch of Waddle’s career.

INJURIES

Packers: DE Dean Lowry injured his calf in the second quarter. . Keisean Nixon left with a groin injury and did not return. . WR Christian Watson left with a hip injury and did not return.

Dolphins: LB Bradley Chubb (hand) left in the first quarter and later returned with his right hand completely wrapped. … FB Alec Ingold injured his thumb.

UP NEXT

Packers: Host Minnesota on Jan. 1.

Dolphins: Visit New England on Jan. 1.

MAYFIELD, AKERS LEAD RAMS’ 51-14 BLOWOUT OF WILSON’S BRONCOS

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson got back together Sunday, near the end of their first season apart following a decade together. Wagner and his Los Angeles Rams were the only ones who enjoyed the holiday reunion.

Wagner first intercepted a pass by his longtime Seahawks teammate, setting up the Rams’ second touchdown drive in their 31-point first half. Wagner also sacked the Broncos quarterback right before halftime, settling a longstanding bet between these good friends.

“I told him that if we ever played against one another, I’d get him,” Wagner said with a grin. “It was cool to do that. It was cool to pick him off as well on Christmas. I appreciate the presents.”

Wagner’s holiday cheer was only part of a comprehensive thrashing delivered by the Super Bowl champions who haven’t given up on their lost season just yet.

Baker Mayfield threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Higbee, Cam Akers rushed for 118 yards and a career-high three TDs and the Rams routed the Denver Broncos 51-14 for their second victory since mid-October.

Mayfield went 24 of 28 for 230 yards in another standout performance for his second win in three starts with the Rams (5-10), who produced the best game of their dismal season on Christmas.

“That’s what you work toward,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “To see it come to life on a night like this, you’re really happy for them. They deserve that.”

Rookie Cobie Durant punctuated the festivities when he returned his second interception 85 yards for a touchdown, picking off Brett Rypien with 4:08 left to cap the Rams’ first 50-point performance under McVay since their famed 54-51 victory over Kansas City in 2018.

For at least one more week, Los Angeles avoided becoming the first defending champion to lose 11 games. Even with the NFL’s 32nd-ranked offense coming in, Los Angeles is now the second team to score 50 points this season, joining Dallas earlier this month.

“To play a complete game like this is really special,” Mayfield said. “Everything was there for us today.”

In his Los Angeles debut, Larrell Murchison made 2 1/2 of the Rams’ six sacks of Wilson, who passed for 214 yards with three interceptions for Denver (4-11). The beleaguered Wilson was not sharp in his return from a one-game absence with a concussion, throwing interceptions to end Denver’s first two drives.

“We haven’t really had an experience like that (where) we were trying to catch up like that so far here,” Wilson said. “Just became a snowball effect. . The bottom line is that I let us down. It can’t happen, and it’s been disappointing.”

The Rams improbably racked up 261 of their 388 yards before halftime and eventually scored on their first eight drives against Denver’s above-average defense, already matching their full-game season high in points with their 31-6 halftime lead.

Denver trailed 41-6 before Wilson hit Greg Dulcich for the Broncos’ only touchdown with 8:30 left in the latest frustration-building loss in a season full of them under rookie coach Nathaniel Hackett.

“I think that they’re upset for all the losing,” Hackett said. “We all are. Every one of us. It’s unacceptable. That’s not what we’re about. That’s not what we were going to do. We went in with the mindset that we were going to be able to win this game, but in the end, we weren’t ready.”

Akers continued his late-season surge by producing the Rams’ first 100-yard rushing game of the season, while Higbee led the passing attack with 94 yards on nine catches for an offense missing its top three wideouts due to injury.

Higbee became the Rams’ career franchise leader in scoring catches by a tight end with his TD catch in the first quarter for his 19th career score. Akers then scored two snaps after Wagner made a long return of his interception across the middle.

The Rams’ 17-point first quarter was their highest-scoring opening period since Week 6 of McVay’s first season in 2017. They subsequently scored touchdowns on four consecutive drives for the first time in McVay’s tenure.

Los Angeles led 31-3 at halftime, and Ramsey picked off Wilson’s long heave to the end zone on Denver’s opening drive of the second half. The Rams’ pressure on Wilson improbably was led by Murchison, who signed with Los Angeles 13 days ago after Tennessee cut him.

POSTGAME SCRAP

Any Christmas cheer evaporated during postgame handshakes when angry Broncos edge rusher Randy Gregory threw a helmet slap at Rams offensive lineman Oday Aboushi, who responded with a slap of his own. Tempers eventually cooled on a rough day for Gregory, who got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after LA’s third touchdown and later extended another Rams TD drive with a roughing-the-passer penalty.

“Talked with Randy, talked with all those guys, and we can’t show our frustration,” Hackett said. “We’ve got to take our frustrations out on the field the right way.”

INJURIES

Murchison left in the fourth quarter with a neck injury. … Dulcich was ruled out with a hamstring injury late in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Broncos: At Chiefs on Sunday.

Rams: “At” Chargers on Sunday.

EX-CLEMSON QB UIAGALELEI SAYS HE’S TRANSFERRING TO OREGON ST

(AP) — Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei is transferring from Clemson to Oregon State, he announced on social media.

Uiagalelei entered the transfer portal two weeks ago after an up-and-down two seasons as Clemson’s starter. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

“Next stop … Corvallis,” he tweeted Saturday, along with a picture showing himself in a Beavers uniform.

No. 17 Oregon State (10-3) used a two-quarterback system in its 30-3 victory over Florida in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17. Starter Ben Gulbranson was told beforehand that Tristan Gebbia would get at least two series. Gulbranson didn’t let the decision faze him, completing 12 of 19 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. He was named game MVP.

Uiagalelei, meanwhile, was benched after two series in Clemson’s 39-10 victory over North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship on Dec. 3, and coach Dabo Swinney announced that freshman Cade Klubnik would start for the 10th-ranked Tigers in the Orange Bowl against No. 6 Tennessee on Friday.

The Tigers (11-2) started 8-0, but Uiagalelei struggled in the Oct. 22 game against Syracuse and was pulled in the second half. Klubnik came off the bench to spark a 27-21 victory over then-ranked Syracuse.

Klubnik was called on again in relief two weeks later in a 35-14 loss at Notre Dame. Then, when Uiagalelei started with two three-and-out series against the Tar Heels with a league title at stake, Swinney put in Klubnik and never looked back.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Uiagalelei was one of the top recruits in the country out of St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, California. Over 35 games in three seasons for Clemson, he threw for 5,681 yards and 36 touchdowns with a 59.8% completion rate and 17 interceptions.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL BOWL RELEASE

• Big Ten champion Michigan was ranked No. 2 by the College Football Playoff selection committee and will face No. 3 TCU in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. ET at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The winner of that semifinal will advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship against either No. 1 Georgia or No. 4 Ohio State on Jan. 9 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

• Michigan becomes the seventh different team to make the College Football Playoff multiple times. The Wolverines will make their fourth New Year’s Six bowl appearance.

• No. 4 Ohio State will face No. 1 Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 31, 2022. Ohio State will appear in the Peach Bowl for the first time in program history and becomes the seventh Big Ten team to play in the game. This year’s game will mark the 10th visit to the Peach Bowl by a Big Ten squad overall.

• Ohio State is making its ninth New Year’s Six Bowl appearance, which is the most of any school. They are the only team to play in a New Year’s Six game in all nine years of this current format. The Buckeyes join Oklahoma as the only schools to make the playoff multiple times after not being ranked in the top four entering conference championship weekend.

• No. 11 Penn State earned a spot in the Rose Bowl and will play No. 8 Utah. The Rose Bowl will be played at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 2, 2023, at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. Penn State is making its 53rd overall bowl appearance, including its fifth trip to the Rose Bowl. This year’s game will mark the 73rd visit to the Rose Bowl by a Big Ten squad overall.

• Wisconsin gets the bowl season started on Tuesday, Dec. 27, when it takes on Oklahoma State in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl.  The Badgers will make their 21st straight bowl appearance, which is the longest active streak among Big Ten teams and the third-longest active streak in the nation.

• Three Big Ten standouts took home a combined five national honors this season. Iowa’s Jack Campbell claimed the Butkus Award (Nation’s Top Linebacker) and the William V. Campbell Trophy (Nation’s Premier Scholar-Athlete). Michigan’s Olusegun Oluwatimi took home the Outland Trophy (Nation’s Top Interior Lineman) and the Rimington Trophy (Nation’s Top Center), while Rutgers’ Adam Korsak earned the Ray Guy Award (Nation’s Top Punter).

• In addition, Michigan’s offensive line claimed the Joe Moore Award (Nation’s Best Offensive Line). The Wolverines captured the honor for the second straight season, making them the first ever unit to do so.

• Six Big Ten Conference schools rank among the top 15 in the nation in scoring defense among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams, including five in the top 10. Illinois leads the nation, allowing just 12.2 points per game, followed by Minnesota (4th – 13.3 ppg.), Michigan (5th – 13.4 ppg.), Iowa (6th – 14.4 ppg.), Penn State (9th – 18.0 ppg.) and Ohio State (13th – 19.2 ppg.).

• Three Big Ten programs are scoring better than 35 points per game this season and all three rank among the top 20 in the nation in scoring offense among FBS schools — No. 2 Ohio State (44.5 ppg.), No. 7 Michigan (40.1 ppg.) and No. 19 Penn State (35.8 ppg.).

• The Big Ten posted the fifth-highest single-season attendance total in conference history with 6,333,196 fans attending home games. Excluding 2020, this marks the ninth consecutive season and 10th time in 11 seasons that more than six million fans have attended Big Ten home football games.

• Michigan was crowned Big Ten Champion after its 44-22 win over Purdue in the Big Ten Championship Game presented by Discover on Dec. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was the Wolverines’ conference-leading 44th Big Ten title and their second in as many years.

• A total of 31 Big Ten standouts from 12 different schools have earned All-America status, including 15 that earned first-team distinction from at least one organization. In addition, eight Big Ten students were named consensus All-Americans, including four unanimous first-team honorees. Iowa’s Jack Campbell, Michigan’s Blake Corum, Northwestern’s Peter Skoronski and Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr., were unanimous first-team All-Americans, while Illinois’ Devon Witherspoon, Michigan’s Olusegun Oluwatimi, Michigan State’s Bryce Baringer and Ohio State’s Paris Johnson Jr. earned consensus All-America status. A list of Big Ten All-Americans can be found on Page 6.

• A trio of Big Ten students were named Academic All-Americans, giving the Big Ten 119 honorees in the past 18 seasons. This year’s Academic All-America second-team honorees from the Big Ten were Michigan’s Zak Zinter, Minnesota’s John Michael Schmitz and Ohio State’s Emeka Egbuka.

• A total of 614 football student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten honorees on December 9, including unblemished GPAs for eight honorees. The full list of fall Academic All-Big Ten honorees can be found at bigten.org.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022
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WisconsinOklahoma State10:15 P.M.Phoenix, Ariz. (Chase Field)TV: ESPN
Thursday, December 29, 2022
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MinnesotaSyracuse2:00 P.M.Bronx, N.Y. (Yankee Stadium)TV: ESPN Stats Audio Video
Friday, December 30, 2022
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MarylandNC State12:00 P.M.Charlotte, N.C. (Bank of America Stadium)TV: ESPN Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network Video
Saturday, December 31, 2022
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IowaKentucky12:00 P.M.Nashville, Tenn. (Nissan Stadium)TV: ABC
MichiganTCU4:00 P.M.Glendale, Ariz. (State Farm Stadium)TV: ESPN
Ohio StateGeorgia8:00 P.M.Atlanta, Ga. (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)TV: ESPN
Monday, January 2, 2023
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IllinoisMississippi State12:00 P.M.Tampa, Fla. (Raymond James Stadium)TV: ESPN2 Stats
PurdueLSU1:00 P.M.Orlando, Fla. (Camping World Stadium)TV: ABC Radio: WAZY (96.5)
Penn StateUtah5:00 P.M.Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl Stadium)TV: ESPN Radio: Penn State Sports Network

EMBIID, HARDEN HELP 76ERS BLOW BY KNICKS TO WIN 8TH STRAIGHT

NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers weren’t playing well, and worse than that, Joel Embiid thought he was playing soft.

He and James Harden have the Sixers on too good a roll to stay down too long.

“We just know how to play. We just know what to do,” Embiid said.

Embiid scored 35 points, Harden had 29 points and 13 assists and the 76ers blew by the New York Knicks in the final quarter, extending their winning streak to eight games with a 119-112 victory Sunday.

Georges Niang hit four 3-pointers in Philadelphia’s fourth-quarter surge and finished with 16 points, while De’Anthony Melton added 15 as the 76ers got off to a good start on a four-game road trip after sweeping a seven-game homestand.

“It was one of those games where you’ve just got to stick around,” Harden said. “Like, stick around, stick around and then fourth quarter you give yourself a chance.”

And the 76ers seized it.

After never leading through three, they outscored the Knicks 24-9 to open the fourth, turning a one-point deficit into a 116-102 lead.

Julius Randle scored 35 points and Jalen Brunson had 23 points and 11 assists for the Knicks, who have lost three straight following an eight-game winning streak.

“Again, we’re just not doing enough to win right now and that’s what we have to fix,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Coming off a career-best, 21-assist outing on Friday, Harden played the entire second half, helped by the 76ers turning to a zone defense, and scored 18 points.

Embiid scored 15 in the third quarter and Harden took over the game when Embiid went to the bench, with a four-point play and another 3-pointer that trimmed it to 96-95. He made another 3 in the opening minute of the fourth to tie it at 98, then found Niang for a 3 that gave the 76ers their first lead with 10:37 to play.

Niang hit consecutive 3s midway through the period before Embiid had two baskets and Harden made one and set up the other in an 8-0 flurry that put it away at 116-102.

Embiid, the NBA’s scoring leader, started slowly and the Knicks led 37-25 after one. They were still up eight when Embiid scored with 6.2 seconds remaining, and when Brunson lost the ball as New York tried to get a final shot, Shake Milton scooped it up and banked in a 50-footer at the buzzer that made it 63-60.

TIP-INS

76ers: Coach Doc Rivers said PJ Tucker had some kind of pain or injury that was affecting his hand, but he wasn’t worried about it yet. … Rivers said the 76ers brought two busloads of families to the game.

Knicks: The Knicks fell to 23-32 in their league-high 55 Christmas appearance. … The Knicks played their final home game of 2022. They take a three-game road trip to Texas next week that begins with Brunson’s return to Dallas on Tuesday.

60-POINT PERFORMERS

Bernard King, who set the Christmas record with 60 points in 1984, was at the game. That stood as the Knicks’ single-game scoring record until a 62-point performance on Jan. 24, 2014, by Carmelo Anthony, the former All-Star who was seated next to him and got a huge ovation when shown on the overhead videoboard in the first quarter.

HARDEN AND HOUSTON

With the 76ers rolling, Harden didn’t want to think about his future. ESPN reported before the game that he is considering a return to Houston, where he played for 8 1/2 seasons, if he decides against a new deal with Philadelphia in the summer.

“I’m here, we’re playing very well and I don’t know where that report came from,” Harden said, “but I’m excited to be here and we’re playing well and we’re continuing to get better.”

UP NEXT

76ers: At Washington on Tuesday.

Knicks: At Dallas on Tuesday.

DONCIC, MAVS TOP LAKERS 124-115 TO CELEBRATE NOWITZKI STATUE

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks had trailed from the opening bucket when the crowd erupted at the sight of retired star Dirk Nowitzki on the video boards late in the first half.

Nowitzki’s old team joined the celebration soon enough on the day of his statue unveiling.

Doncic scored 32 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 of his 26 points in a huge third quarter for Dallas and the Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 124-115 on Sunday.

Christian Wood added 30 points and tied a career high with seven assists as the Mavericks finished off the Nowitzki celebration by winning just the second Christmas Day home game in club history.

Dallas took its first lead during a 51-point third quarter, the highest-scoring quarter on Christmas in NBA history and a league-best this season.

“I think we had to get the jitters out a little bit, some guys’ first time playing on Christmas,” Hardaway said. “Just being able to appreciate the opportunity.”

LeBron James scored 38 points, one shy of his season high, and the Lakers led by 12 early in the third before the Mavericks took over.

Wood started the surge with a 3-pointer, and Dallas was within one when Doncic had a chance to challenge James at the rim but passed to Hardaway for a corner 3 and the first Dallas lead at 65-63.

The Mavericks, who scored just 43 points in the first half and trailed by 11 at the break, didn’t slow down from there.

Doncic, who had six of his nine assists in the quarter, hit three free throws after a foul and a technical against Russell Westbrook, Hardaway scored inside and out and Wood converted a three-point play to break the 50-point mark.

Hardaway was 4 of 5 from deep in the third as Dallas went 9 of 13 as a team and shot 72% overall. Dallas outscored LA 51-21 in the third.

“We talked about before the game just being ready to initiate, sustain and finish with energy, effort and competitiveness,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “We left it in the locker room at halftime.”

Reggie Bullock scored 14 for Dallas on 4-of-7 shooting from long range, where Dallas went 18 of 44 (41%). Six different players had at least two 3s apiece.

CHRISTMAS DO-OVER

Dallas lost its other Christmas Day home game 11 years earlier when Nowitzki was the face of the franchise, and the Mavericks were coming off their only championship. Miami won 105-94 in an opener for the lockout-delayed 2011-12 season.

REPRIEVE FOR DONCIC

Doncic was called for his sixth foul on a charge against Austin Reaves with 3:50 left, but the call was reversed on replay. Reaves was assessed a blocking foul, and Doncic made both free throws. Doncic had nine rebounds.

TIP-INS

Lakers: James’ seven-game run of at least 30 points is the longest active streak in the NBA. … Westbrook scored 17 points, and Reaves had 16.

Mavericks: G Kemba Walker missed a second consecutive game for injury recovery on his left knee. Walker went unsigned the first six weeks of the season. The 32-year-old has a history of knee issues in recent years. … Dallas also was without G/F Dorian Finney-Smith (right abductor strain), G Josh Green (right elbow sprain) and G Frank Ntilikina (left knee soreness).

UP NEXT

Lakers: At Orlando on Tuesday. LA swept the two-game series last season.

Mavericks: Jalen Brunson returns to Dallas with the Knicks on Tuesday. Brunson was drafted in the second round the year Doncic went third overall (2018) and thrived as his sidekick before signing with New York in free agency. The Mavs won the first meeting in New York this month.

TATUM HAS 41, CELTICS PUSH BACK ON GIANNIS, BUCKS 139-118

BOSTON (AP) Jaylen Brown knocked down his shots in the fourth quarter. And then he knocked down Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Brown scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth, and Jayson Tatum scored 41 for Boston on Sunday to help the Celtics beat Milwaukee 139-118 in a matchup of the top two teams in the NBA.

Tatum scored 20 in the third quarter, when the Celtics turned a one-point lead into a 100-86 edge. Brown took over in the fourth, contributing on defense with a pick that sent Antetokounmpo to the floor before he bounced back up and shoved Brown in the back.

“I thought I was playing pretty physical defense, nothing dirty. It seemed like it was a clean play,” Brown said. “Maybe he was a little but frustrated. He got up and threw an elbow at me, for whatever reason.”

After some jawing back and forth, Antetokounmpo was given a technical foul and went to the bench. The teams played the last 3:41 without further incident.

“There’s a difference between trying to be a tough guy and letting your opponent know that I’m not backing down, I’m not afraid of any challenge or any matchup whatsoever,” Brown said. “In that moment I was just letting him know that.”

Antetokounmpo, who fell hard on his hand on Friday night but was cleared to start, scored 27 points with nine rebounds. Asked about his team’s ability to limit the damage done by Antetokounmpo, Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said, “Limiting’s crazy. He had 27.”

“He’s a great player,” he said, “and you’ve got to be disciplined against him.”

Jrue Holiday scored 23 for Milwaukee, which lost a third straight game for the first time this season. The Celtics have also struggled lately, losing five of six before winning back-to-back games.

Still, Boston (24-10) has the best record in the league, followed by Milwaukee (22-11).

“Obviously, we lost to them last year in the playoffs and we’ve had battles with them since I’ve gotten to Milwaukee,” said Bucks forward Pat Connaughton. “So they’re two teams that are very familiar with each other.”

“But it’s also December 25th. The NBA season is a long season, and we will be a much better basketball team by the end of this year than we are right now,” he said. “And I’m sure they will be, too.”

The Celtics led by 10 in the first quarter and 11 in the second, when Antetokounmpo fired back-to-back bricks from 3-point range and in the middle got dunked on by Jayson Tatum.

Their lead was down to one point, 62-61, before Bobby Portis fouled Brown on a desperation 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer. Brown missed all three free throws; he missed another in the third quarter before hitting the second and finished 2 for 6 from the line.

Boston pulled away in the third, opening up a double-digit lead that Milwaukee only briefly chipped into.

The teams met in the second round of last year’s Eastern Conference playoffs, and the Celtics won in seven games en route to the NBA Finals. It’s their first meeting since then. Last Christmas in Milwaukee, the Bucks beat Boston 117-113.

TIP-INS

Antetokounmpo hurt his hand after a foul against the Nets on Friday night. X-rays were negative. … Connaughton, a native of nearby Arlington, Massachusetts, made his first start of the season and scored 15. . The Celtics made five of their first six 3-point attempts. . Khris Middleton sat out his fifth straight game with a knee injury. He also missed the first 20 games of the season. . Sam Hauser banked in a long 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer off an inbounds pass with 1.7 seconds left. . Derrick White hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter. He had missed 15 straight over six games.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Visit Bulls on Wednesday night.

Celtics: Host Rockets on Tuesday night.

WITH CURRY OUT, POOLE SCORES 32 AND WARRIORS BEAT GRIZZLIES

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jordan Poole is far from a finished product, and the fourth-year guard showed both signs of brilliance and struggles controlling his emotions on the big Christmas Day basketball stage.

Poole scored 32 points – highlighted by emphatic one-handed slam off a pass from Draymond Green in the third – to outduel Ja Morant before being ejected early in the fourth, and the Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 123-109 on Sunday night in a rematch of the Western Conference semifinals won by Golden State.

“When we’re locked in and we’re playing for each other we’re a damn good team,” guard Donte DiVincenzo said. “The big thing for us is when we’re tested with adversity.”

Coach Steve Kerr wasn’t thrilled with the technicals, though he got one, too.

Morant scored 36 points while debuting his first Nike signature “Ja 1” shoe for the Grizzlies’ first Christmas Day game.

Klay Thompson added 24 points and nine rebounds, DiVincenzo had 19 points and Ty Jerome came up big off the bench in the third for 14 points as the Warriors played their 10th straight Christmas game.

Kerr credits Jerome for settling the team down when he’s on the floor, especially important after a tough 1-5 trip with the team trying to build something during an eight-game stay at Chase Center.

“We need wins, on the road, at home,” Jerome said. “Every game is huge for us right now.”

Facing a Grizzlies team that is healthy at last and using its regular lineup, tensions were high just like that playoff round seven months ago. Poole was tossed for the first time in his career with 9:20 left and Golden State had six technicals.

“He knows that he can’t get a second one. He’s still a young player,” Kerr said. “Jordan was fantastic tonight and we needed his offensive firepower.”

Poole hit back-to-back 3-pointers 22 seconds apart in the first as the Warriors played without injured reigning NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry for a fifth straight game because of a shoulder injury. Poole had 17 points in the opening quarter on 5-of-9 shooting with three 3s.

The Warriors used a 19-8 burst to begin the second quarter to lead 52-37. But Memphis roared back, getting to 59-54 on three free throws by Tyus Jones just before halftime following a technical on Poole.

Steven Adams grabbed 14 rebounds for Memphis, coming off a 125-100 victory at Phoenix on Friday night in its seventh wire-to-wire win this season. Desmond Bane played his second game back from a 17-game absence with a sprained right big toe.

Green had been questionable with right foot soreness but tested it during a walk-through and was fine to go, contributing 13 rebounds and 13 assists.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Morant missed 8 of 10 3s, Bane was 0 for 7 as the Grizzlies went 9 of 39 from deep. … Memphis had won the last two against the Warriors, who have won eight of 10 overall in the rivalry. … The Grizzlies held the Suns to 43.7% from the floor Friday and Golden State shot 47.3%.

Warriors: All-Star Andrew Wiggins missed his 10th straight game and 12th overall with a strained muscle in his right thigh area. … Green was hit with a technical at the 3:08 mark of the first, his 10th of the season. … Curry will miss at least two more weeks for Golden State as he recovers from a partial dislocation of the left shoulder he suffered Dec. 14 in a game at Indiana. … Golden State played on Christmas Day as defending champion for the fifth time and is 4-1 in those games. The Warriors are 15-17 overall on Christmas and 8-5 at home.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night.

Warriors: Host Charlotte on Tuesday night.

JOKIC, NUGGETS OUTLAST SUNS 128-125 IN OT; BOOKER SIDELINED

DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic had another monster triple-double, Aaron Gordon threw down a pivotal dunk that stood up after a review in overtime and the Denver Nuggets rallied for a 128-125 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.

Jokic had 41 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists for his 83rd career triple-double. The two-time reigning NBA MVP had a 40-point, 27-rebound, 10-assist outing a week ago.

“Sick,” Gordon said of the statistics Jokic is posting these days. “Those are video game numbers.”

It was the fourth 40-point, 15-rebound, 15-assist game in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats & Info. He joined Oscar Robertson (1961, 1962) and James Harden (2016).

Phoenix star Devin Booker lasted only 4:20 in his return from a groin injury, scoring two points after getting 58 against New Orleans in his previous start.

Jamal Murray tied it in regulation for Denver on a dunk with 10.7 seconds left. But it was Gordon’s OT slam that helped propel the Nuggets to the victory. At first, he was called for an offensive foul, but a review determined that Landry Shamet was moving, awarding Gordon the basket and a free throw.

Best in-game dunk he’s ever had?

“Yeah,” Gordon said. “Because of the time and score.”

Jokic had a take on the dunk, too, because he was close to Gordon on the play.

“I was open,” Jokic cracked.

It certainly raised the noise level in the building.

“Loudest I’ve heard this place in a long time for a nonplayoff game,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

Phoenix had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds of OT, only to throw away a pass.

The Suns, who led by 12 in the third quarter, set up for a winning play in regulation but Mikal Bridges was called for an offensive foul after accidentally running into a Denver player. Bridges atoned by blocking Murray’s shot just before the buzzer.

The Nuggets improved to 2-6 in games held on Christmas. The other win was in 1994 against Seattle.

Shamet came off the bench to score 31 points – matching his career high – on a night the Suns lost Booker again to the groin injury. Booker was just returning to the court after missing the last three games because of groin soreness.

“I didn’t even see it,” Suns coach Monty Williams. “They came to me when I was walking the sidelines and they said, `Man, we’ve got to get Book.’ I looked up and he had that look on his face and I knew something had happened.”

Deandre Ayton added 22 points and 16 rebounds as Phoenix had six players in double figures. Chris Paul had 17 points and 16 assists, but missed five free throws.

The Suns have dropped eight of 11.

“We’ll be all right,” Shamet said. “The important thing is we’re doing the right things.”

Gordon finished with 28 points and Murray 26.

The Nuggets led by 15 points early in the game. Shamet scored 15 points in the second quarter to help Phoenix work its way back into the game.

Gordon wound up 11 of 18 from the field and Jokic 16 of 25. Both extended their streaks to 23 games of shooting .500 or better from the field, which broke the franchise record set by Nene in 2010-11.

TIP-INS

Suns: Phoenix guard Cameron Payne (sprained right foot) and forward Cam Johnson (torn meniscus) went through a stepped-up workout Christmas morning. Payne hasn’t played since Dec. 13 and Johnson since Nov. 4.

Nuggets: Forward Jeff Green fractured his hand against Portland on Friday. The team said he will be reevaluated in four weeks. … Forward Michael Porter Jr. had seven points on 3 of 11 shooting in his second game back from a heel injury.

UP NEXT

Suns: At Memphis on Tuesday night.

Nuggets: At Sacramento on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

KATHY WHITWORTH, WINNINGEST GOLFER IN HISTORY, DIES AT 83

(AP) — Kathy Whitworth set a benchmark in golf no one has ever touched, whether it was Sam Snead or Tiger Woods, Mickey Wright or Annika Sorenstam. Her 88 victories are the most by any player on a single professional tour.

Whitworth, whose LPGA Tour victories spanned nearly a quarter-century and who became the first woman to earn $1 million for her career on the LPGA, died on Christmas Eve, her longtime partner said. She was 83.

Bettye Odle did not disclose a cause of death, saying only that Whitworth died suddenly Saturday night while celebrating with family and friends.

“Kathy left this world the way she lived her life – loving, laugh and creating memories,” Odle said in a statement released by the LPGA Tour.

Whitworth won the first of her 88 titles in the Kelly Girls Opens in July 1962. She won six majors during her career and broke Mickey Wright’s record of 82 career wins when Whitworth captured the Lady Michelob in the summer of 1982.

Her final victory came in 1985 at the United Virginia Bank Classic.

“Winning never got old,” Whitworth once said.

All that was missing from her career was the U.S. Women’s Open, the biggest of the women’s majors. Upon being the first woman to surpass $1 million in career earnings in 1981, she said, “I would have swapped being the first to make a million for winning the Open, but it was a consolation which took some of the sting out of not winning.”

Sorenstam referred to her on Twitter as the LPGA’s all-time victory leader and a “total class act” who will be dearly missed.

“Thanks for setting the bar so high, Kathy,” she wrote.

Whitworth was the AP Female Athlete of the Year in 1965 and in 1967, when she easily beat out Wimbledon singles champion Billie Jean King. Whitworth was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1982.

She was the LPGA player of the year seven times in an eight-year span (1966 through 1973). She won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average seven times and she was the leading money winner in eight seasons.

But she was identified by one number – 88.

Snead was credited with a record 82 wins on the PGA Tour, a total Woods has since matched. Wright won 82 times on the LPGA Tour, while Sorenstam had 72 wins when she retired after the 2006 season at age 36.

“I think Mickey had the best swing, and was probably the greatest golfer,” Betsy Rawls once told Golf Digest. “But Kathy was the best player of the game that I have ever seen.”

Whitworth was born in Monahans, a small West Texas town, and learned to play golf in New Mexico. She started at age 15 in Jal, New Mexico, on the nine-hole course built for the El Paso Natural Gas employees.

She soon was a two-time winner of the New Mexico State Amateur. After briefly attending Odessa (Texas) College, she turned pro at age 19 and joined the LPGA Tour in December 1958.

“I was really fortunate in that I knew what I wanted to do,” Whitworth once told Golf Digest. “Golf just grabbed me by the throat. I can’t tell you how much I loved it. I used to think everyone knew what they wanted to do when they were 15 years old.”

Wright had the more aesthetically pleasing swing. Whitworth was all about grinding, and about winning.

Whitworth won eight times in 1963 and 1965, and she had 11 victories in 1968. In none of those years did she earn more than $50,000. All these years later, the LPGA Tour total prize fund for 2023 will top $100 million.

Whitworth continued to conduct junior clinics and stay active in the game.

“I don’t think about the legacy of 88 tournaments,” she once said. “I did it because I wanted to win, not to set a record or a goal that no one else could surpass. I’m not some great oddity. I was just fortunate to be so successful. What I did in being a better player does not make me a better person.

“When I’m asked how I would like to be remembered, I feel that if people remember me at all, it will be good enough.”

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (8-6) @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-9-1)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Chargers lead all-time series, 17-10

STREAKS Chargers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME 9/8/19: Colts 24 at Chargers 30 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/25/16: Colts 26, Chargers 22

CHARGERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 17-14 vs. Tennessee

COACH VS. OPP. Brandon Staley: 0-0

PTS. FOR 22.3

OFFENSE 357.9

PASSING Justin Herbert: 407-603-4,019-21-9-91.5

RUSHING Austin Ekeler: 165-692-4.2-9

RECEIVING Joshua Palmer: 66-714-10.8-3

PTS. AGAINST 24.3

DEFENSE 354.5

SACKS Khalil Mack: 7

INTs Bryce Callahan: 3

TAKE/GIVE +3 (18/15)

PUNTING (NET) JK Scott: 43.2 (41.6)

KICKING Cameron Dicker (R) (2022): 56 (14/14 PAT; 14/15 FG)

QB JUSTIN HERBERT has 300+ pass yards in 3 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Has 12 TDs vs. 3 INTs with 95 rating in 7 road starts this season. Has 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 2 of 3 career starts on MNF. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 4,019 pass yards in 2022 & is 1st player ever with 4,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. • RB AUSTIN EKELER aims for 6th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. Has TD in 4 of past 5. Had 154 scrimmage yards (96 rec., 58 rush) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with TD. Ties for NFL lead with 14 TDs (9 rush, 5 rec.) & can become 2nd Charger ever (HOFer LaDainian Tomlinson) with 15+ TDs in consecutive seasons. • RB JOSHUA KELLEY had 2nd rush TD of season last week. • WR KEENAN ALLEN aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in each of his 2 road games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 on MNF. • WR MIKE WILLIAMS can become 4th player in SB era with 100+ rec. yards in 6 straight road games. Aims for 3rd in row overall with 65+ rec. yards. • WR JOSHUA PALMER has 5+ catches in 4 of past 5. • LB KHALIL MACK had 5 tackles & PD in Week 15. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 on road. Is only player with 6+ sacks in each of past 8 seasons. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 on MNF. • LB DRUE TRANQUILL had 10 tackles, sack & 1st-career FF last week. Has 5+ tackles in all 14 games this season. Leads team with career-best 116 tackles in 2022. • LB KYLE VAN NOY aims for 3rd in row with sack. • S NASIR ADDERLEY had 2nd INT of season in Week 15. Has PD in 2 of past 3.

COLTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 39-36 at Minnesota

COACH VS. OPP. Jeff Saturday: 0-0

PTS. FOR 17.5

OFFENSE 319.6

PASSING Matt Ryan: 309-461-3,057-14-13-83.9

RUSHING Zack Moss (2022): 48-203-4.2-0

RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 86-815-9.5-2

PTS. AGAINST 24.1

DEFENSE 329.3

SACKS Yannick Ngakoue: 9.5

INTs Stephon Gilmore, Rodney Thomas: 2

TAKE/GIVE -12 (15/27)

PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 44.6 (40.5)

KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 97 (16/16 PAT; 27/32 FG)QB MATT RYAN passed for 182 yards & TD with 0 INTs last week. Has 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs with 99.7 rating in 5 home starts this season. Has 105+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. AFC West. Has 0 INTs in 5 of his past 6 on MNF. Has 3,057 pass yards in 2022 & is 8th QB in NFL history with 3,000+ pass yards in 13 straight seasons. • RB ZACK MOSS tied career high with 81 rush yards last week. • RB DEON JACKSON rushed for 55 yards & had 1st-career TD catch in Week 15. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with 10 catches for 60 yards last week, 3rd-career game with 10+ catches. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5 overall & each of past 4 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with TD catch. • WR ALEC PIERCE ranks 5th among rookies with 510 rec. yards. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack in Week 15. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 & 0.5+ sacks in 7 of his past 8. Needs 0.5 sacks for 3rd-career season with 10+ sacks. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 2 TFL, sack & PD last week. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Buckner & Ngakoue are 2 of 6 players with 6+ sacks in each of past 5 seasons. • LB ZAIRE FRANKLIN had 10 tackles & 2nd FF of season last week. Aims for 6th in row with 10+ tackles. Ranks 4th in NFL with career-high 140 tackles this season. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE led team with 12 tackles & had PD last week. Aims for 6th in row with 5+ tackles. Had TFL in last meeting. • CB STEPHON GILMORE had 7 tackles & season-high 3 PD last week, his 4th game this season with 2+ PD, tied 2nd-most in NFL. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles & 3rd in row with 2+ PD. Has 2 PD & INT in 2 of his past 3 in primetime. • S JULIAN BLACKMON had 17-yard INT-TD last week, 1st-career TD.

COLTS RULE OUT TE KYLEN GRANSON, CB KENNY MOORE II FOR WEEK 16 GAME VS. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

The Colts on Saturday ruled out cornerback Kenny Moore II (ankle) and tight end Kylen Granson (ankle) for their Week 16 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT PELICANS

The Pacers picked up two big road wins just before Christmas. They will hope to continue that success after the holiday, as Indiana (17-16) hits the road once again to take on Western Conference contender New Orleans (20-12).

The Blue & Gold are riding high thanks to a pair of stellar performances from star guard Tyrese Haliburton. First, the 22-year-old dropped 33 points and made six 3-pointers in a 117-112 win on Wednesday night in Boston. He followed that up with the best game of his career on Friday in Miami, scoring a career-high 43 points and knocking down a franchise record 10 threes — including the game-winner in the final seconds — to lead Indiana to a 111-108 victory.

With All-Star voting now underway, Haliburton is building an excellent case to earn an invitation to Utah in February. The third-year guard leads Indiana in scoring at 20.7 points per game, leads the NBA in assists at 10.5 per contest, and is knocking down 40.5 percent of his 3-point attempts.

The Pelicans will pose another formidable foe for Haliburton and the Pacers. New Orleans is off to its best start in years. After a seven-game win streak, the Pelicans were 18-8 on the season and alone in first place in the West. They dropped their next four contests, but bounced back with two wins before Christmas.

New Orleans enters the holiday just a half-game behind Memphis and Denver (both of whom play on Christmas Day) for first place in the West.

The Pelicans are led by former number one pick Zion Williamson. After missing all of last season due to injury, the 6-6, 284-pound forward has been dominant this year, averaging 25.2 points on 60.3 percent shooting, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. Williamson missed New Orleans’ last two games while in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, but is not listed on the injury report for Monday’s game against Indiana.

In addition to Williamson, the Pelicans have other capable scorers in veterans CJ McCollum and Jonas Valanciunas. 31-year-old guard McCollum is averaging 19.4 points and 6.1 assists on the year, while 30-year-old center Valanciunas is a nightly double-double threat at 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Buddy Hield, F – Bennedict Mathurin, F – Andrew Nembhard, C – Myles Turner

Pelicans: G – CJ McCollum, G – Herbert Jones, F – Trey Murphy III, F – Zion Williamson, C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury Report

Pacers: Aaron Nesmith – questionable (right ankle sprain), Jalen Smith – questionable (left ankle sprain), Kendall Brown – out (right tibia stress reaction), Daniel Theis – out (right knee surgery)

Pelicans: Larry Nance Jr. – questionable (sore right Achilles), Brandon Ingram – out (left great toe contusion), E.J. Liddell – out (right knee ACL recovery)

Last Meeting

Nov. 7, 2022: Myles Turner recorded his 1,000th career block in style in one of the best all-around performances of his career. The eighth-year center tallied 37 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks to lead a young Indiana team to a 129-122 victory over New Orleans at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

It was Turner’s most points ever in a regulation game. He also blocked Zion Williamson twice, the second swat making him just the fourth player ever to block 1,000 shots with the Pacers.

He went 11-for-18 from the field, 4-for-7 from 3-point range, and 11-for-11 from the free throw line in the win.

“It’s special, man,” Turner told Bally Sports Indiana’s Jeremiah Johnson after his memorable night. “This is what I do. I think I’m the best shot-blocker in the world and I’m going to stay with that confidence.”

Tyrese Haliburton finished with 20 points, four rebounds, and 13 assists in the win, matching his career high with six 3-pointers. Buddy Hield made five threes himself on his way to 20 points, five boards, three assists, two blocks, and two steals.

Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 29 points, going 12-for-23 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Williamson finished with 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting, seven boards, and six assists.

Noteworthy

With a win on Monday, the Pacers would sweep the season series with the Pelicans for the first time since 2018-19.

Pacers second-year forward Terry Taylor was named to the NBA G League All-Showcase team for his performance on assignment with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at the annual event in Las Vegas. Taylor averaged 37 points and 10.5 rebounds over two games, going 31-for-41 from the field. He scored 46 points on 20-of-24 shooting and hit a game-winning 3-pointer in a win Thursday’s over the Oklahoma City Blue.

Pacers guard Bennedict Mathurin and Pelicans guard Dyson Daniels, the sixth and eighth overall picks in the 2022 NBA Draft, both attended the NBA Global Academy.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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

Tickets

The Pacers will be back at Gainbridge Fieldhouse after Christmas to host Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 7:30 PM ET.

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NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-BUFFALO BILLS1230.8000.04202636 – 1 – 06 – 2 – 08 – 2 – 03 – 2 – 06 W
XY-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS1230.8000.04383326 – 1 – 06 – 2 – 07 – 3 – 04 – 0 – 03 W
X-CINCINNATI BENGALS1140.7330.03913065 – 1 – 06 – 3 – 07 – 3 – 02 – 3 – 07 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS780.4670.03533314 – 3 – 03 – 5 – 06 – 4 – 02 – 2 – 03 W
X-BALTIMORE RAVENS1050.6670.03212725 – 2 – 05 – 3 – 06 – 4 – 03 – 1 – 01 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS860.5710.03123404 – 3 – 04 – 3 – 06 – 4 – 02 – 3 – 02 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS870.5330.03653705 – 2 – 03 – 5 – 06 – 4 – 02 – 2 – 04 L
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS780.4671.53182913 – 4 – 04 – 4 – 05 – 5 – 02 – 2 – 02 L
NEW YORK JETS780.4671.52842823 – 5 – 04 – 3 – 05 – 6 – 02 – 3 – 04 L
TENNESSEE TITANS780.4671.52693123 – 4 – 04 – 4 – 05 – 6 – 03 – 2 – 05 L
PITTSBURGH STEELERS780.4671.52643193 – 4 – 04 – 4 – 03 – 7 – 01 – 3 – 02 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS690.4002.53483504 – 2 – 02 – 7 – 05 – 6 – 03 – 2 – 01 L
CLEVELAND BROWNS690.4002.53233434 – 4 – 02 – 5 – 04 – 7 – 03 – 2 – 01 L
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS491.3213.52453372 – 4 – 02 – 5 – 14 – 5 – 11 – 3 – 14 L
DENVER BRONCOS4110.2674.52323043 – 4 – 01 – 7 – 02 – 8 – 00 – 4 – 01 L
HOUSTON TEXANS2121.1676.02543580 – 6 – 12 – 6 – 02 – 7 – 12 – 1 – 11 W
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
X-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES1320.8670.04453086 – 1 – 07 – 1 – 08 – 2 – 03 – 2 – 01 L
XY-MINNESOTA VIKINGS1230.8000.03783738 – 1 – 04 – 2 – 07 – 3 – 03 – 1 – 02 W
XY-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS1140.7330.03752307 – 1 – 04 – 3 – 09 – 2 – 05 – 0 – 08 W
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS780.4670.02663044 – 4 – 03 – 4 – 07 – 3 – 03 – 1 – 01 W
X-DALLAS COWBOYS1140.7330.04343038 – 1 – 03 – 3 – 08 – 3 – 04 – 1 – 01 W
NEW YORK GIANTS861.5670.03113394 – 3 – 14 – 3 – 04 – 6 – 11 – 3 – 11 L
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS771.5000.02853133 – 4 – 04 – 3 – 14 – 6 – 11 – 3 – 12 L
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS780.4671.53653793 – 4 – 04 – 4 – 05 – 6 – 03 – 2 – 03 L
DETROIT LIONS780.4671.53924014 – 4 – 03 – 4 – 05 – 5 – 03 – 1 – 01 L
GREEN BAY PACKERS780.4671.53133344 – 3 – 03 – 5 – 05 – 5 – 02 – 2 – 03 W
CAROLINA PANTHERS690.4002.53133375 – 4 – 01 – 5 – 05 – 5 – 03 – 1 – 01 W
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS690.4002.53033254 – 4 – 02 – 5 – 04 – 6 – 02 – 3 – 02 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS5100.3333.52813344 – 5 – 01 – 5 – 03 – 8 – 01 – 4 – 01 W
ATLANTA FALCONS5100.3333.53153504 – 3 – 01 – 7 – 04 – 6 – 01 – 4 – 04 L
ARIZONA CARDINALS4110.2674.53083911 – 8 – 03 – 3 – 03 – 7 – 01 – 4 – 05 L
CHICAGO BEARS3120.2005.53033932 – 6 – 01 – 6 – 01 – 9 – 00 – 4 – 08 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BOSTON2410.70613-511-54-015-85-52 W
MILWAUKEE2211.6671.514-38-84-211-75-53 L
CLEVELAND2212.6472.016-36-95-215-67-31 L
BROOKLYN2112.6362.512-59-75-216-69-18 W
PHILADELPHIA2012.6253.014-56-74-314-88-28 W
NEW YORK1816.5296.08-1010-61-412-97-33 L
ATLANTA1716.5156.511-66-104-313-124-61 W
INDIANA1716.5156.59-78-91-212-85-52 W
MIAMI1617.4857.59-86-95-18-115-52 L
10 TORONTO1518.4558.510-65-122-711-133-72 W
11 CHICAGO1418.4389.07-77-112-112-95-53 W
12 WASHINGTON1321.38211.08-75-143-37-132-81 W
13 ORLANDO1321.38211.09-94-122-47-168-22 W
14 CHARLOTTE924.27314.54-115-133-64-172-81 W
15 DETROIT827.22916.54-124-150-53-172-85 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DENVER2111.65612-39-87-217-77-34 W
NEW ORLEANS2012.6251.013-47-86-114-86-42 W
MEMPHIS2012.6251.013-27-103-29-97-31 L
PHOENIX1915.5593.014-55-107-016-103-73 L
LA CLIPPERS1915.5593.011-78-83-411-116-41 L
SACRAMENTO1714.5483.59-68-84-46-65-51 L
UTAH1916.5433.512-57-113-415-95-52 W
DALLAS1816.5294.013-55-112-213-65-53 W
PORTLAND1716.5154.57-610-104-513-115-53 L
10 MINNESOTA1617.4855.59-87-94-49-125-52 L
11 GOLDEN STATE1618.4716.013-23-164-310-83-71 W
12 OKLAHOMA CITY1419.4247.59-85-113-68-124-61 L
13 LA LAKERS1320.3948.58-85-120-77-133-74 L
14 SAN ANTONIO1022.31311.05-115-102-44-184-62 L
15 HOUSTON923.28112.06-103-131-55-173-75 L

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
BOSTON BRUINS33274256251307418-0-29-4-07-1-2
CAROLINA HURRICANES34226650201069010-3-112-3-59-0-1
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS34217648211118213-2-38-5-37-2-1
NEW JERSEY DEVILS342210246221158710-8-112-2-13-6-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS33199543181149510-3-39-6-28-1-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING322011141201159712-4-18-7-07-3-0
NEW YORK RANGERS35191154318116968-6-411-5-18-2-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS3619134421911110211-5-18-8-39-1-0
NEW YORK ISLANDERS351914240191129810-6-09-8-24-4-2
10 DETROIT RED WINGS32141173513981058-6-36-5-43-5-2
11 BUFFALO SABRES321614234151271097-8-29-6-07-2-1
12 FLORIDA PANTHERS351516434141141208-5-37-11-13-7-0
13 MONTREAL CANADIENS34151633311951187-9-08-7-33-5-2
14 OTTAWA SENATORS331416331141001068-8-16-8-25-3-2
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS35111772911901197-9-14-8-63-5-2
16 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS33102122210891358-11-12-10-12-8-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS3624111492112210010-9-014-2-16-4-0
DALLAS STARS35209646201259910-4-310-5-36-3-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS3719126441612112810-5-29-7-46-2-2
WINNIPEG JETS342112143211118812-5-09-7-15-5-0
SEATTLE KRAKEN321810440181131049-6-29-4-24-5-1
COLORADO AVALANCHE3219112401696849-5-210-6-06-3-1
MINNESOTA WILD331912240161069511-6-18-6-17-3-0
CALGARY FLAMES3516127391511010910-6-26-6-54-2-4
EDMONTON OILERS351815238181261229-9-19-6-14-4-2
10 ST. LOUIS BLUES341616234141051246-7-110-9-15-3-2
11 NASHVILLE PREDATORS3214135331282988-5-36-8-23-4-3
12 VANCOUVER CANUCKS331515333131141296-9-19-6-26-4-0
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS351118628101081294-10-57-8-13-5-2
14 ARIZONA COYOTES32111652710871175-3-26-13-34-5-1
15 ANAHEIM DUCKS359224227831465-8-14-14-33-6-1
16 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS328204208751225-12-23-8-22-8-0

FOOTBALL HISTORY

December 26, 1927 – Pawhuska, Oklahoma -The All-Native American team called the Hominy Indians defeated the NFL’s New York Giants who had won the title of world champions just three weeks earlier. The website, ILoveAncestry.com has a brilliant article on the game from which we share some of the highlights. The Hominy squad was made of 100% Native American and they traveled around the country as an independent professional team. The group had never been defeated or even tied and they ended up with a 26 game winning streak! The team was owned and funded by two brothers who lived on the Osage reservation named Ira and Otto Hamilton. The players were all Native Americans who had been gathered from places all over the nation. Hominy had the greatest exposure they could ask for when they got the chance to play the NFL Champs. They took perfect advantage of that opportunity , extending their win streak as they outlasted the G-men 13-6.

According to the Luckyshow.com, the Giants would lose two more exhibition games in Florida in early January 1926 after this contest in Oklahoma. Rumors say they played in California too as Ernie Nevers promised to coach them on the West Coast should they play.

December 26, 1943 – Wrigley Field, Chicago – The National Football League Championship Game is played as the Washington Redskins faced the Chicago Bears. The Bears were guided by Hall of Fame Quarterback Sid Luckman who had possibly the best season ever by an NFL QB. Luckman on the season according to the Bleacher Report story on the game, went 110 of 202 passing for 2194 yards and 28 TDs with a total of 12 passes picked off. That makes his passer rating for the season an astounding 107.5! The Bears were 8-1-1 coming into the game and didn’t have their owner/coach George Halas for about half the year as he had left to serve in the Navy during the war. The Redskins had a great signal caller too in Sammy Baugh. These two teams had recently squared off in championship play. The Bears crushed Washington in 1940, 73-0 but in 1942 it was the Redskins who held the title as they defeated Chicago 21-7. We will leave the details of the game for you to read in the Bleacher Report article but we do have the final score, the Bears won 41-21 to capture the franchise’s 6th NFL title.

December 26, 1954 – Cleveland Municipal Stadium – Lou Groza successfully kicks 8 extra points for a new title game record in the National Football League Championship. According to the American Football Database website, it was the third straight year that the Detroit Lions were matched up against the Cleveland Browns in the season finale to determine the best team in the NFL. The Lions featured their star players Bobby Layne and Doak Walker who helped lead the team to the Western Division crown with a 9-2-1 record. On the other sideline Otto Graham and legendary Coach Paul Brown guided the Browns to become kings of the East Division sporting a 9-3 record. Doak Walker got the Lions roaring first with a 36 yard field goal but it would be the only lead Detroit would see all day as the Browns rattled off three unanswered touchdowns and cruised the rest of the game. The Cleveland Browns dismantled the Detroit Lions, 56-10 to claim yet another NFL Title!

December 26, 1955 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The Browns must have enjoyed playing the National Football League Championship game the day after Christmas. They defended their TItle by traveling to meet the LA Rams. Cleveland got up early in the game on a first half field goal and a pick six and never looked back. Otto Graham tossed two TD pases and ran the ball in for two more as the Cleveland Browns beat the Los Angeles Rams, 38-14 per the Pro-Football-Reference website. The Browns won their 3rd NFL Championship of the 1950s.

December 26, 1960 – Philadelphia’s Franklin Field – The 1960 National Football League Championship had Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers faced with the challenge of the high flying Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers had just done the unthinkable and won the Western Division by fending off the two time defending juggernaut Baltimore Colts who dropped their last four contests to sink back in the pack of mediocre teams per a New York Times account. The Eagles on the other hand stayed one game ahead of the Browns to capture the East. One of the key plays in the game happened in the first quarter. The Packers were deep in Eagles territory after they received the ball on an interception. Charlie Bednarik stuffed fullback Jim Taylor on fourth down at the Eagles’ 5-yard line to keep the Pack from adding digits to the scoreboard on that drive. Veteran Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, who played in multiple Champions games with the Rams threw for 202 yards and scored to help overcome the one interception he threw early as the Eagles outlasted Green Bay 17-13. Remarkably this was the lone playoff loss for Packers coach Vince Lombardi in his entire 10 year career as an NFL headman. Lombardi must have learned some lessons at the end of his second season in Green Bay at this game. Of Course over the next seven seasons the Lombardi-led Packers would win three NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowls.

December 26, 1965 – Balboa Stadium in San Diego – The 1965 AFL Championship game was held billing the hometown San Diego Chargers facing the Buffalo Bills for the League Title. In the contest it was the Bills who blanked the Chargers 23-0 in what the Onthisday.com website refers to as a repeat previous year’s win over San Diego.

December 26, 1975 – Onthisday.com also tells of the 5th Fiesta Bowl game that was played. In the game the #7 Arizona State University team knocked off a tough #6 Nebraska Cornhuskers, 17-14.

December 26, 1976 – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – AFC Championship game took place and for the third year in a row Oakland and Pittsburgh vied for the Lamar Hunt Trophy. The ProFootballHOF.com website tells us how the Steelers had won the title game in the previous two years and went on to hoist the Lombardi and were eyeing a three-peat but the Silver and Black had other things in mind. The Raiders took full advantage of the Pittsburgh rushing tandem of Rocky Bleier and Franco Harris being sidelined with injuries as they held the Steelers offense to a mere 72 yards on the ground that day. The Raiders offense on the other hand were run heavy with 157 yards rushing to give the Oakland Raiders a 24-7 over the Steelers.

December 26, 1976 – Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota – The NFC Championship game took place. The Minnesota Vikings hosted the LA Rams to see who would represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Pro-Football-Reference.com tells us that the Norsemen jumped out to an early 17-0 lead in the first half. The Rams attempted a comeback powering in 13 points of their own in response in the 3rd stanza, but Sammy Johnson of the men in Purple pounded in a 13 yard score in the fourth to seal the Minnesota 24-13 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

December 26, 1980 – What a college matchup in the Fiesta Bowl! Neighboring states collided before they were both members of the Big 10 Conference as #10 Penn State met #11 Ohio State. The Nittany Lions took home the victory as they knocked off the Buckeyes, 31-19.

December 26, 1991 – Chuck Noll retires as NFL coach after 23 years at the helm of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Noll’s tenure tied former New York Giants coach Steve Owen as the third-longest stint with one team in NFL history. Former Green Bay coach Curly Lambeau and former Dallas coach Tom Landry each coached 29 seasons.The Washington Post shares that Noll started as the Steelers head man in 1969 where he and the team suffered through a 1-13 first season. All he did from there was turn the team into a powerhouse that registered 209 victories for its coach in his career and won 4 Super Bowl Titles in a span of six seasons.

December 26, 1992 – New York Jets announcer Marty Glickman retires at the age of 74 per the OnthisDay.com website.

December 26, 2000 – According to the GeorgiaEncyclopedia.org, Mark Richt was named as the twenty-fifth head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. The apex of Richt’s Georgia career was in the 2002 season where the Bulldogs finished with a 13-1record and won the school’s first SEC championship and then defeated Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. Richt led the Bulldogs for fifteen seasons, registering an awesome 145-51 record, two SEC championship berths, and nine bowl wins.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS FOR DECEMBER 26

December 26, 1905 – Hoopeston, Illinois – Navy Halfback Tom Hamilton was born. The National Football Foundation voters placed Tom Hamilton into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965.

December 26, 1924 – Claremont, California – Army’s prolific halfback Glenn Davis celebrated his birth. The College Football Hall of Fame swung its doors open wide in 1961 to welcome the legend of Glenn Davis into its memories.

December 26, 1960 – Appleton, Wisconsin – Lawrence Running Back Scott Reppert came into this world. The NFF recognized Scott Reppert as a member of one of the Collegiate greats as a new induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

December 26, 1966 – Dallas, Texas – The great defensive back of the Oklahoma Sooners, Rickey Dixon was born. Rickey Dixon was honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

BASEBALL HISTORY

1906       National League umpire Hank O’Day suggests using white rubber strips to mark the batter’s box to prevent hitters from rubbing out chalk lines. The former right-handed hurler and future Hall of Famer will interrupt his 30-year umpiring career to pilot the Reds in 1912 and the Cubs in 1914, becoming the only person ever to play, manage, and umpire for a full season in the major leagues.

1919       Although not official until January, the Yankees buy Babe Ruth from the Red Sox, who won the World Series with their carousing star in 1915, 1916, and 1918, for $125,000 and guarantee a $300,000 loan with Fenway Park as collateral. The sale of the 25-year-old southpaw and soon-to-be slugger will be the start of the ‘Curse of the Bambino,’ a spell of bad luck that will last for 86 years, ending in 2004 when Boston wins its next Fall Classic.

1934       Commissioner Judge Landis denies the Dodgers’ claim to Johnny Vander Meer’s services, stating Brooklyn was guilty of waiting until the team could determine how good the southpaw was before lodging a protest. Brooklyn had assigned the left-handed free agent had signed to the independently-owned Daytona Ducks, the team that traded him to the Scranton Miners, the Braves’ Class A in the New York-Penn League.

1950       With a large portion going to the players’ pension fund, outgoing Commissioner Happy Chandler announces the Gillette Razor Company has purchased the television rights to the All-Star Game for six years for six million dollars.

1964       The Seattle Angels select 45-year-old Bob Lemon as the club’s manager for the upcoming season. After capturing the circuit’s championship, the future big-league skipper, named The Sporting News Manager of the Year in 1966, will manage the team for two seasons before piloting the Royals, White Sox, and Yankees in the American League.

1990       The Fort Myers Sun Sox franchise of the Senior Professional Association League folds due to its owners’ financial disagreement. The monetary dispute will lead to the collapse of the circuit in the middle of its second season.

2001       The Angels sign Seattle free agent Aaron Sele (15-5, 3.60) to a three-year, $24 million contract. The 31-year-old right-hander has compiled a 107-68 career record pitching for the Red Sox, Rangers, and Mariners during his major league nine-year tenure.

2007       With the acquisition of Mark Prior, the Padres add another pitcher to the staff who will start next season coming off shoulder surgery, joining southpaw Randy Wolf. The 27-year-old former Cub right-hander signs a one-year, $1 million deal, which can be worth more with performance bonuses.

2008       Randy Johnson (11-10, 3.91), a five-time Cy Young Award recipient, signs a one-year, $8 million deal with the Giants. The 45-year-old southpaw, five victories shy of 300, joins a staff that includes Tim Lincecum (2008) and Barry Zito (2002), who have also won the prestigious pitching prize.

SPORTS IN NUMBERS

3 – 76 – 7 – 9 – 10 – 6 – 5 – 27 – 66 – 25 – 8

December 26, 1917 – The first NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron

December 26, 1919 – The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox reached an agreement to move future Baseball Hall of Fame pitching slugger Babe Ruth to New York. Ruth would eventually don the Number 3 in Yankee pinstripes.

December 26, 1925 – NY Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates set an NHL record by recording a combined 141 shots on goal in Americans’ 3-1 win, Roy Worters made incredible 70 saves for Pittsburgh and Jake Forbes has 67 for NY

December 26, 1954 – National Football League Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Cleveland Browns thrash Detroit Lions, 56-10; Browns’ placekicker, “The Toe,” Number 76, Lou Groza made 8 extra points, a new title game record

December 26, 1967 – Ballon d’Or: Ferencváros forward Number 9, Flórián Albert won the award for best European soccer player ahead of Manchester United midfielder Number 10, Bobby Charlton and Celtic winger Number 7, Jimmy Johnstone

December 26, 1968 – Boston Bruins Number 6, Ted Green set an NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors and 2 game misconducts in a game against NY Rangers in NY’s Madison Square Garden

December 26, 1972 – Ballon d’Or: Bayern Munich defender Number 5, Franz Beckenbauer won the award for best European football player ahead of tied fellow German duo of Number 9, Gerd Müller and Number 10, Günter Netzer

December 26, 1986 – Hartford Whalers center, Number 27, Doug Jarvis set an NHL record of 916 consecutive games as the Whalers tie 1-1 after OT against his old club Montreal Canadiens

December 26, 1989 – Ballon d’Or: Milan’s second straight 1-2-3; Dutch striker Number 9, Marco van Basten won his 2nd best football player in Europe title ahead of Number 6, Franco Baresi and Number 5, Frank Rijkaard

December 26, 1991 – Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Number 7, Joe Mullen scored 4 goals for the second straight NHL game as the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Toronto Maple Leafs, 12-1; Number 66, Mario Lemieux added 2 goals along with 5 assists and Number 25, Kevin Stevens had 2 goals & 4 assists

December 26, 2006 – At 40 years, 268 days, Number 8, Teddy Sheringham scores for West Ham United in a 2-1 loss to Portsmouth at Upton Park, London; becomes oldest goalscorer in EPL history

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QUICK LANE BOWL: NEW MEXICO ST. VS. BOWLING GREEN2:30PMESPN
NBA REGULAR SEASON GAMESTIME ETTV
BROOKLYN AT CLEVELAND7:00PMNBATV
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BALLY SPORTS
LA CLIPPERS AT DETROIT7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MINNESOTA AT MIAMI7:30PMBALLY SPORTS
INDIANA AT NEW ORLEANS8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
UTAH AT SAN ANTONIO8:00PMATTSN-RM
BALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT CHICAGO8:00PMATTSN-SW
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CHARLOTTE AT PORTLAND10:00PMNBATV
ROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
NFL REGULAR SEASON GAMESTIME ETTV
LA CHARGERS AT INDIANAPOLIS8:15PMESPN
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BRENTFORD VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR7:30AMUSA
FIRST DIVISION A: CLUB BRUGGE VS OH LEUVEN7:30AMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LEICESTER CITY VS NEWCASTLE UNITED10:00AMUSA
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: SOUTHAMPTON VS BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION10:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: EVERTON VS WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS10:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: CRYSTAL PALACE VS FULHAM10:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: ASTON VILLA VS LIVERPOOL12:30PMUSA
FIRST DIVISION A: SPORTING CHARLEROI VS ANDERLECHT2:45PMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: ARSENAL VS WEST HAM UNITED3:00PMUSA
COPA POR MEXICO: TOLUCA VS NECAXA10:00PMTUDN