Notre Dame DeLaSalette (Ill.) at Brownsburg 8:00 pm


Anderson Prep at Knightstown 7:30 pm
Andrean at Crown Point 8:00 pm
Attica at Fountain Central 7:30 pm
Austin at Charlestown 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve at Northeast Dubois 7:30 pm
Bedford North Lawrence at Loogootee 7:30 pm
Ben Davis at Covenant Christian 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian at Fairfield 7:30 pm
Blackford at Tipton 7:30 pm
Bluffton at Manchester 7:30 pm
Bowman Academy at Michigan City 8:00 pm
Calumet at Munster 8:00 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Hagerstown 7:30 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Maconaquah 7:30 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne) at Fort Wayne North 7:30 pm
Castle at Gibson Southern 8:00 pm
Caston at Argos 7:30 pm
Center Grove at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Centerville at New Castle 7:30 pm
Chicago Corliss (Ill.) at Gary 21st Century 7:00 pm
Churubusco at Lakewood Park 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Cloverdale at Monrovia 7:30 pm
Columbus East at Silver Creek 7:30 pm
Cowan at Union City 7:30 pm
Culver Academy at Victory Christian 7:00 pm
Eastern Greene at Owen Valley 7:30 pm
Edinburgh at Crothersville 7:30 pm
Elwood at Southern Wells 7:30 pm
Eminence at University 7:30 pm
Evansville Bosse at Evansville North 8:00 pm
Evansville Christian at Wood Memorial 8:00 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Jasper 8:00 pm
Evansville Memorial at Mount Vernon (Posey) 8:00 pm
Faith Christian at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at Fort Wayne Northrop 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at Fort Wayne South 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7:30 pm
Frankton at Wabash 7:30 pm
Fremont at Eastside 7:30 pm
Gary West at Hanover Central 8:00 pm
Greenwood at Franklin Central 7:30 pm
Hamilton at Smith Academy 6:00 pm
Hammond Morton at Griffith 8:00 pm
Hammond Science & Tech at River Forest 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Westfield 7:30 pm
Henryville at Christian Academy 7:30 pm
Heritage at Norwell 7:45 pm
Hobart at Valparaiso 8:00 pm
Homestead at Fort Wayne Wayne 7:30 pm
Illiana Christian at Wheeler 8:00 pm
Indiana Deaf at Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Chatard at Park Tudor 7:30 pm
Indianapolis International at Central Christian 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Riverside at Eastern Hancock 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge at Christel House 7:30 pm
Jimtown at Bremen 7:30 pm
John Glenn at South Bend St. Joseph 7:30 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Crosspointe Christian 7:30 pm
Knox at Pioneer 7:30 pm
Lake Central at East Chicago Central 8:00 pm
Lakeland at Goshen 7:30 pm
Lapel at Heritage Christian 7:30 pm
Leo at Angola 7:30 pm
Liberty Christian at Noblesville 7:30 pm
Lowell at Whiting 8:00 pm
Madison-Grant at Eastbrook 7:30 pm
Marion at Warsaw 7:30 pm
Marquette Catholic at Demotte Christian 7:30 pm
McCutcheon at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
Milan at North Decatur 7:30 pm
Mishawaka at Chesterton 7:00 pm
Mishawaka Marian at New Prairie 7:30 pm
Mooresville at Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at Calvary Christian 6:00 pm
Mount Carmel (Ill.) at North Posey 8:00 pm
Muncie Burris at Alexandria 7:00 pm
New Palestine at Guerin Catholic 7:30 pm
North Central (Farmersburg) at Sullivan 7:30 pm
North Daviess at Linton-Stockton 7:30 pm
North Miami at Tippecanoe Valley 7:30 pm
North White at North Newton 7:30 pm
Northfield at Lakeland Christian 7:00 pm
Orleans at North Harrison 7:30 pm
Paris (Ill.) at West Vigo 8:00 pm
Pendleton Heights at Muncie Central 7:30 pm
Penn at South Bend Adams 7:30 pm
Perry Central at Crawford County 8:00 pm
Perry Meridian at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:30 pm
Pike Central at Tecumseh 8:00 pm
Portage at Lake Station 8:00 pm
Prairie Heights at Fort Wayne Canterbury 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Thrival Indy Academy 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly North at Believe Circle City 7:30 pm
Robinson (Ill.) at Terre Haute North 8:00 pm
Rochester at Plymouth 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at South Decatur 7:30 pm
Seton Catholic at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Shawe Memorial at Columbus Christian 7:30 pm
South Bend Clay at South Bend Career 7:30 pm
South Spencer at Breckenridge County (Ky.) 8:00 pm
Southport at Indianapolis Roncalli 7:30 pm
Springs Valley at Paoli 7:30 pm
Traders Point Christian at Bethesda Christian 7:30 pm
Trinity Greenlawn at Triton 7:30 pm
Tri-Township at Morgan Twp. 8:00 pm
Twin Lakes at Kankakee Valley 8:00 pm
Union (Modoc) at Fortune Academy 6:00 pm
Union County at Northeastern 7:30 pm
Vincennes Rivet at Washington Catholic 6:30 pm
Washington at Princeton 8:00 pm
Wawasee at Elkhart Christian 7:30 pm
Wes-Del at Shenandoah 7:30 pm
West Noble at NorthWood 7:45 pm
West Washington at Borden 7:30 pm
White River Valley at Shakamak 7:30 pm
Winamac at Logansport 7:30 pm


Northern Regional Hosts

LaPorte |
Class 4A | South Bend Washington vs. Lake Central | 4 pm CT
Class 4A | Northridge vs. Valparaiso | 7 pm CT

Marion |
Class 4A | McCutcheon vs. Homestead | 1 pm ET
Class 4A | Noblesville vs. Fort Wayne Snider | 4 pm ET

Jimtown |
Class 3A | Hanover Central vs. Bremen | 4 pm ET
Class 3A | New Prairie vs. NorthWood | 7 pm ET

Bellmont |
Class 1A | Northfield vs. Clinton Central | 1 pm ET
Class 2A | Lewis Cass vs. Fremont | 4 pm ET

Winamac Community |
Class 2A | Andrean vs. LaVille | 4 pm ET
Class 1A | Marquette Catholic vs. Morgan Township | 7 pm ET

Lapel |
Class 3A | Hamilton Heights vs. Woodlan | 1 pm ET
Class 2A | Lapel vs. Eastbrook | 4 pm ET

Caston |
Class 3A | Benton Central vs. Norwell | 4 pm ET
Class 1A | Bethany Christian vs. Caston | 7 pm ET

Wes-Del |
Class 1A | Daleville vs. Union City | 1 pm ET
Class 2A | Lafayette Central Catholic vs. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers | 4 pm ET

Southern Regional Hosts

Decatur Central |
Class 4A | Mt. Vernon (Fortville) vs. Lawrence Central | 4 pm ET
Class 4A | Pike vs. Plainfield | 7 pm ET

Bedford North Lawrence |
Class 4A | Bedford North Lawrence vs. Center Grove | 1 pm ET
Class 4A | Franklin Community vs. Evansville North | 4 pm ET

Greencastle |
Class 3A | Indian Creek vs. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard | 4 pm ET
Class 1A | North Central (Farmersburg) vs. Bethesda Christian | 7 pm ET

Charlestown |
Class 2A | South Spencer vs. Brownstown Central | 1 pm ET
Class 3A | Greensburg vs. Scottsburg | 4 pm ET

Southmont |
Class 3A | Danville vs. Speedway | 4 pm ET
Class 2A | Eastern Hancock vs. Parke Heritage | 7 pm ET

Crawford County |
Class 3A | Washington vs. Gibson Southern | 1 pm ET
Class 1A | Barr-Reeve vs. Lanesville | 4 pm ET

Southwestern (Shelbyville) |
Class 2A | Sheridan vs. Northeastern | 4 pm ET
Class 1A | Jac-Cen-Del vs. Eminence | 7 pm ET

West Washington |
Class 1A | Trinity Lutheran vs. Wood Memorial | 1 pm ET
Class 2A | Linton-Stockton vs. North Decatur | 4 pm ET


  1. East Chicago Central (John C. Baratto Athletic Center) | 9 am CT
    Feeder Regionals: Crown Point, Hobart, Logansport, Penn.
  2. Fort Wayne South Side (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum) | 8:30 am ET
    Feeder Regionals: Carroll (Fort Wayne), Goshen, Jay County, Peru.
  3. New Castle (New Castle Fieldhouse) | 9 am ET
    Feeder Regionals: Frankfort, Pendleton Heights, Perry Meridian, Richmond.
  4. Evansville F. J. Reitz (Ford Center) | 9 am CT
    Feeder Regionals: Bloomington South, Castle, Jeffersonville, Mooresville.


Friday, Feb. 9, 2024
Gates open at 4:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm CT
6 pm ET / 5 pm CT | Swimming Preliminaries | Heat Sheets | Psych Sheets

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024
Gates open at 7:30 am ET / 6:30 am CT
9 am ET / 8 am CT | Diving Preliminaries, Semifinals
1 pm ET / 12 pm CT | Championship/Consolation Finals in all swimming events; Diving Finals



















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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 points and tied a career-high with 14 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder came back from a 23-point second-half deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 135-127 in double overtime Sunday in Oklahoma City.

Josh Giddey led Oklahoma City with 24 points while Luguentz Dort and Chet Holmgren added 22 each.

The win was the third consecutive and eighth in 10 games for the Thunder while Toronto lost for the seventh time in eight games.

RJ Barrett led the Raptors with 23 points while Scottie Barnes, Jakob Poeltl and Dennis Schroder added 19 each.

Suns 140, Wizards 112

Bradley Beal scored a season-high 43 points in his return to Washington and Phoenix cruised.

Beal, who spent his first 11 seasons in Washington before an offseason trade to Phoenix, scored 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting as the Suns raced to a 79-58 halftime lead. He finished 16 of 21 from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range in 31 minutes. Kevin Durant scored 18 for the Suns, who finished 4-3 on their road trip.

Deni Avdija matched a season high with 24 points for the Wizards, who fell to 2-3 under interim coach Brian Keefe. Eugene Omoruyi had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Daniel Gafford and Corey Kispert had 15 points each.

Celtics 131, Grizzlies 91

Jayson Tatum collected a game-high 34 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in 31 minutes and Boston led wire to wire en route to a victory over visiting Memphis.

Kristaps Porzingis added 26 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who played without starting forward Jaylen Brown (lower back soreness). Derrick White finished with 15 points.

Former Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who was traded to the Grizzlies in a three-team deal that brought Porzingis to the Celtics last June, didn’t play due to a finger injury but received a standing ovation during a video tribute.

Clippers 103, Heat 95

Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading Los Angeles to a win over host Miami.

James Harden also had a double-double — 21 points and a game-high 11 assists — as the Clippers survived a poor-shooting night by standout Paul George, who made just 3 of 13 shots, finishing with 15 points.

Miami was led by Bam Adebayo’s double-double — 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Jimmy Butler led Miami in scoring with 21 points.

Pacers 115, Hornets 99

Pascal Siakam racked up 25 points and Aaron Nesmith scored 22 as visiting Indiana beat cold-shooting Charlotte to end a three-game losing streak.

Hornets rookie Brandon Miller poured in a career-high 35 points, 17 coming in the third quarter. He reached 30 points for the first time with more than nine minutes to play.

Charlotte, which lost its seventh straight game, shot 39.8 percent from the field and went 8-for-29 from 3-point range. Siakam was close to a triple-double with nine assists and eight rebounds.

Magic 111, Pistons 99

Franz Wagner poured in 38 points and visiting Orlando defeated Detroit.

Wagner made 17 of 25 field goal attempts as Orlando won its third straight. Paolo Banchero had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while Moritz Wagner and Gary Harris scored 10 points apiece.

Jaden Ivey and Cade Cunningham scored 18 points apiece for the Pistons. Ausar Thompson had 17 points and seven rebounds, while Jalen Duren added 15 points.

Timberwolves 111, Rockets 90

Anthony Edwards scored 22 of his game-high 32 points in the third quarter to help Minnesota beat visiting Houston.

After missing 7 of 8 shots in the first half, Edwards caught fire in the third period. He began his tear with a driving layup at the 10:07 mark that doubled the Timberwolves’ halftime lead to 54-46 and followed with an assortment of shots showcasing his scoring talents.

Alperen Sengun posted a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) for Houston while rookie Cam Whitmore scored 14 off the bench.

Jazz 123, Bucks 108

Lauri Markkanen scored 21 points to help Utah snap a three-game skid and overcome a 19-point deficit in a victory over Milwaukee in Salt Lake City.

Keyonte George contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds, Collin Sexton added 19 points and John Collins had 15 points and 10 rebounds as seven Jazz players scored in double figures in the victory.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 33 points, dished out 13 assists and grabbed seven rebounds for the Bucks.

Nuggets 112, Trail Blazers 103

Nikola Jokic scored 29 points, Jamal Murray had 21 points and 10 assists and host Denver used a big surge in the fourth quarter to beat Portland.

Peyton Watson, Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr. scored 12 points each for the Nuggets, who used a 25-4 run to turn a nine-point deficit into a 100-88 advantage with 7:58 remaining in the game.

Deandre Ayton scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Anfernee Simons had 26 points and nine assists, Scoot Henderson finished with 14 points and Toumani Camara added 10 points for short-handed Portland, who played without Malcolm Brogdon (knee), Jerami Grant (back) and Shaedon Sharpe (abdominal).


Former NBA player Earl Cureton died unexpectedly on Sunday, according to the Detroit Pistons. He was 66.

No cause of death was revealed. The Detroit News reported that Cureton collapsed Sunday morning at his home in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Cureton also was a college star at Detroit Mercy. Though he never got to play for Dick Vitale, who coached at Detroit Mercy before leaving for a job with the Pistons, Vitale helped Cureton transfer to Detroit Mercy.

“I am heartbroken,” Vitale said in a text message to The Detroit News on Sunday. “He loved the Motor City and was so proud of working so hard to make it to the NBA.

“And Earl was always trying to inspire young people to chase their dreams.”

Cureton, known as “The Twirl”, played 12 seasons in the NBA and won championships with the 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers and 1993-94 Houston Rockets. He had career averages of 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 674 games.

Cureton played three seasons (1983-86) with the Pistons and spent the last 10 years as a community ambassador for the franchise.

“Earl was one of the most generous, positive and caring people I knew,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said. “He was a loving father, devoted to his family, and I was honored to be his friend. He was a champion as a player and an important ambassador in our community. We are heartbroken over his loss.”

Cureton played two seasons at Detroit Mercy. He averaged 20 points and 9.1 rebounds during the 1979-80 season. He is a member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame.



Lance Jones had 20 points and Zach Edey posted a double-double as second-ranked Purdue held off No. 6 Wisconsin 75-69 in a showdown for the Big Ten lead Sunday in Madison, Wis.

Edey had a game-high 13 rebounds. He scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half for Purdue (21-2, 10-2 Big Ten). Braden Smith added 19 points and Fletcher Loyer 12 for the Boilermakers, who led the entire second half to retain the top spot with their seventh straight win.

Tyler Wahl had a season-high 20 points for Wisconsin (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten), which lost its second straight. AJ Storr had 14 points and Max Klesmit added 10 for Wisconsin.

Chucky Hepburn pulled Wisconsin within 70-65 with a steal and layup with 28 seconds remaining. Purdue salted the game away at the foul line, along with Edey’s dunk with 14 seconds to go.

No. 11 Arizona 82, Stanford 71

Oumar Ballo had 18 points and 13 rebounds and the Wildcats turned up the defensive intensity after halftime to pull away from the Cardinal in Tucson, Ariz.

Caleb Love had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Wildcats (17-5, 8-3 Pac-12), who outscored the Cardinal 48-26 after halftime. Arizona held Stanford (11-10, 6-5) to 28.1-percent shooting (9 of 32) from the floor in the second half.

Junior center Maxime Raynaud scored a career-high 29 points for Stanford, which was without its leading scorer Kanaan Carlyle (upper-body injury), who is averaging 14.3 points per game. Raynaud, who entered the game having made 8 of 28 3-pointers, was 5 of 6 from beyond the arc.

No. 14 Illinois 87, Nebraska 84 (OT)

The Fighting Illini squandered a 10-point lead in the final 3:29 of regulation, but maintained a narrow edge for the final four minutes of overtime to claim a Big Ten victory over the Cornhuskers in Champaign, Ill.

Coleman Hawkins produced 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Marcus Domask scored 19 points as Illinois (17-5, 8-3 Big Ten) pulled into a second-place tie in the conference with Wisconsin — 1 1/2 games behind Purdue.

Keisei Tominaga scored a career-high 31 points to pace Nebraska (16-7, 6-6). Rienk Mast posted 22 points and Juwan Gary added 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for Nebraska.



Jacy Sheldon registered 25 points as No. 8 Ohio State earned a vital home win over No. 10 Indiana 74-69 on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

Cotie McMahon complemented Sheldon’s production with 20 points and seven rebounds for Ohio State before fouling out in the final minutes. Taylor Thierry and Rebeka Mikulasikova each chipped in 11 points for the Buckeyes (19-3, 10-1 Big Ten), who won their ninth straight game and scored their second Top 10 victory this season.

Sara Scalia led Indiana (18-3, 9-2) with 25 points while Mackenzie Holmes and Yarden Garzon added 14 apiece, but the Hoosiers’ turnover troubles doomed them in the second half.

Indiana led 37-32 at halftime but quickly unraveled in the third quarter against Ohio State’s tenacious defense. The Buckeyes overwhelmed the Hoosiers with their full-court press and forced 11 turnovers as Ohio State outscored Indiana 23-10 in the period to enter the final frame ahead 55-47.

No. 17 Virginia Tech 70, No. 24 North Carolina 61 (OT)

Georgia Amoore scored seven of her team-leading 21 points in overtime as the Hokies outlasted the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Amoore added a game-high 11 assists to notch her first double-double this season, while Elizabeth Kitley paired 15 points with 15 rebounds in her 14th double-double of the campaign for Virginia Tech (18-4, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Deja Kelly guided North Carolina (15-8, 7-4) with 26 points and Alyssa Ustby tacked on 10 points and 16 boards as the Tar Heels dropped their third straight game and fell to 11-2 at home this season.

No. 21 Syracuse 75, Boston College 63

Dyaisha Fair racked up 25 points in the second half and finished with 38 to propel the Orange past the Eagles in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Fair canned 13 of her 25 field-goal attempts, including 5 of 11 from 3-point range, and made all seven of her free throws as Syracuse (18-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) outscored Boston College 26-14 in the fourth quarter to snap its two-game losing streak.

Teya Sidberry produced a career-best 23 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Eagles (11-13, 3-8) in their sixth loss against a ranked opponent this season and 10th straight overall.



Former New York Jets tight end Richard Caster died on Friday. He was 75.

According to the Clarion Ledger in Mississippi, Caster died after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Caster played college

Caster played college football at Jackson State in Mississippi before the Jets selected him in the second round in 1970. He played eight of his 13 NFL campaigns with New York and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

Caster made the Pro Bowl in 1972, ’74 and ’75. He set career highs of 833 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in 1972. He had a career-high 47 receptions in 1975.

Caster caught 322 passes for 5,515 yards and 45 touchdowns in 161 games with the Jets (1970-77), Houston Oilers (1978-80), New Orleans Saints (1981) and Washington (1981-82).


After removing himself from the running to be the Las Vegas Raiders’ offensive coordinator over the weekend, Kliff Kingsbury will take the same post with the Washington Commanders, per an ESPN report Sunday.

Reports had surfaced Saturday that Kingsbury, 44, would join new head coach Dan Quinn in Washington after news broke that Kingsbury wouldn’t be part of the staff of Raiders head coach Antonio Pierce.

The Commanders likely will grab a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, and Southern California’s Caleb Williams could be that selection.

Kingsbury worked with Williams while spending the 2023 season with the Trojans as a senior offensive analyst. Kingsbury posted a 28-37-1 record before he was fired at the end of his fourth season in 2022 as the Arizona Cardinals’ head coach.

A former NFL quarterback, Kingsbury worked at the University of Houston and Texas A&M as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach before taking the head coaching job at Texas Tech, where he overlapped with Patrick Mahomes.

Kingsbury’s best season with the Cardinals came in 2021, when they ranked 11th in scoring offense but watched a 10-2 start end in an 11-6 regular-season record and a blowout loss in the wild-card round.

Kingsbury also interviewed with the Chicago Bears for their offensive coordinator post before Chicago hired former Seattle Seahawks OC Shane Waldron.



Wyndham Clark has been declared winner of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am after the PGA TOUR decided not to resume the tournament on Monday due to weather conditions.

“The storm affecting the Monterey Peninsula throughout the day Sunday is forecast to continue into the early hours of Monday with very strong winds,” the TOUR announced.

“Although conditions are forecast to improve through the morning Monday, after consultation with Monterey County emergency authorities, who have implemented a shelter-in-place order until early tomorrow morning for the greater Pebble Beach community, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of all constituents, there will be no play on Monday.”

The winds at Pebble Beach were strong enough to damage the TV towers and knock down course signage.

It’s Clark’s third victory in 10 months. He won the 2023 Wells Fargo Championship in May and the 2023 U.S. Open in June.


PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Joaquin Niemann outlasted Sergio Garcia well after sunset Sunday in the season-opening LIV Golf Mayakoba, making a 12-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the fourth hole of a playoff with the green lit by a large video screen.

Niemann won his first LIV Golf title two days after opening with a 12-under 59 — and a day after having two penalty strokes tacked onto his second-round score for taking incorrect relief on a drop from a cart path on the 13th hole.

That left the 25-year-old Chilean two shots ahead entering the final round. He closed with a 1-under 70, parring the final two holes to match Garcia at 12-under 201 at El Camaleon. Garcia parred the final three holes of regulation in a 66.

Niemann had putts to win on the par-4 18th in regulation and again on the first two extra trips down the hole, then survived on the third playoff hole when Garcia missed a 10-foot birdie try.

Niemann and Garcia decided to play one more hole in the fading light, and Garcia gave Niemann a big opening when he left his approach from the fairway well right in deep rough. The 44-year-old Spanish player’s flop shot raced by the right edge, and Niemann followed with the winner in the longest playoff in the Saudi-funded league’s three-year history.

Niemann won the Australian Open in December with an eagle in a playoff against Rikuya Hoshino.

Masters champion Jon Rahm, the biggest name to sign with LIV Golf league during the offseason, tied for third at 10 under in his tour debut.

Tied for the lead with two holes left, Rahm closed with two bogeys for a 70. He drove left into trouble on the 17th and found a fairway bunker off the tee on 18.

The Spanish star did lead Legion XIII to the team title, four strokes ahead of Bryson DeChambeau-led Crushers GC.

Dean Burmester also was 10 under after a 70. Defending champion Charles Howell III (68) tied for fifth at 8 under with Dustin Johnson (67) and Brooks Koepka (68).

The tour is headed to Las Vegas for an event that starts Thursday.



The 2026 World Cup final will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 19, 2026, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Sunday while revealing the full schedule for the 48-team tournament.

Mexico will host the opening match at the iconic 87,000-capacity Estadio Azteca on June 11. Canada will kick off its first men’s World Cup match on home soil in Toronto the next day, while the United States opens its campaign in Los Angeles.

The United States will play all three of its group stage matches on the West coast, with Canada splitting its games between Toronto and Vancouver and Mexico jumping between Mexico City and Guadalajara.

The U.S. has 78 games in all, while Canada and Mexico share 13 apiece.

Though Dallas missed out on the final, it will host a tournament-high nine matches, including four in the knockout round.

Here’s a full rundown of all 104 matches:

Group stage schedule for host nations

United States

  • June 13, 2026, in Los Angeles
  • June 19, 2026, in Seattle
  • June 25, 2026, in Los Angeles


  • June 12, 2026, in Toronto
  • June 18, 2026, in Vancouver
  • June 24, 2026, in Vancouver


  • June 11, 2026, in Mexico City
  • June 18, 2026, in Guadalajara
  • June 24, 2026, in Mexico City

Full tournament schedule

Group stage

Match 1June 11Mexico CityEstadio Azteca
Match 2June 11GuadalajaraEstadio Akron
Match 3June 12TorontoBMO Field
Match 4June 12Los AngelesSoFi Stadium
Match 5June 13BostonGillette Stadium
Match 6June 13VancouverBC Place
Match 7June 13East RutherfordMetLife Stadium
Match 8June 13San FranciscoLevi’s Stadium
Match 9June 14PhiladelphiaLincoln Financial Field
Match 10June 14HoustonNRG Stadium
Match 11June 14DallasAT&T Stadium
Match 12June 14MonterreyEstadio BBVA
Match 13June 15MiamiHard Rock Stadium
Match 14June 15AtlantaMercedes-Benz Stadium
Match 15June 15Los AngelesSoFi Stadium
Match 16June 15SeattleLumen Field
Match 17June 16East RutherfordMetLife Stadium
Match 18June 16BostonGillette Stadium
Match 19June 16Kansas CityArrowhead Stadium
Match 20June 16San FranciscoLevi’s Stadium
Match 21June 17TorontoBMO Field
Match 22June 17DallasAT&T Stadium
Match 23June 17HoustonNRG Stadium
Match 24June 17Mexico CityEstadio Azteca
Match 25June 18AtlantaMercedes-Benz Stadium
Match 26June 18Los AngelesSoFi Stadium
Match 27June 18VancouverBC Place
Match 28June 18GuadalajaraEstadio Akron
Match 29June 19PhiladelphiaLincoln Financial Field
Match 30June 19BostonGillette Stadium
Match 31June 19San FranciscoLevi’s Stadium
Match 32June 19SeattleLumen Field
Match 33June 20TorontoBMO Field
Match 34June 20Kansas CityArrowhead Stadium
Match 35June 20HoustonNRG Stadium
Match 36June 20MonterreyEstadio BBVA
Match 37June 21MiamiHard Rock Stadium
Match 38June 21AtlantaMercedes-Benz Stadium
Match 39June 21Los AngelesSoFi Stadium
Match 40June 21VancouverBC Place
Match 41June 22East RutherfordMetLife Stadium
Match 42June 22PhiladelphiaLincoln Financial Field
Match 43June 22DallasAT&T Stadium
Match 44June 22San FranciscoLevi’s Stadium
Match 45June 23BostonGillette Stadium
Match 46June 23TorontoBMO Field
Match 47June 23HoustonNRG Stadium
Match 48June 23GuadalajaraEstadio Akron
Match 49June 24MiamiHard Rock Stadium
Match 50June 24AtlantaMercedes-Benz Stadium
Match 51June 24VancouverBC Place
Match 52June 24SeattleLumen Field
Match 53June 24Mexico CityEstadio Azteca
Match 54June 24MonterreyEstadio BBVA
Match 55June 25BostonGillette Stadium
Match 56June 25East RutherfordMetLife Stadium
Match 57June 25DallasAT&T Stadium
Match 58June 25Kansas CityArrowhead Stadium
Match 59June 25Los AngelesSoFi Stadium
Match 60June 25San FranciscoLevi’s Stadium
Match 61June 26BostonGillette Stadium
Match 62June 26TorontoBMO Field
Match 63June 26SeattleLumen Field
Match 64June 26VancouverBC Place
Match 65June 26HoustonNRG Stadium
Match 66June 26GuadalajaraEstadio Akron
Match 67June 27East RutherfordMetLife Stadium
Match 68June 27PhiladelphiaLincoln Financial Field
Match 69June 27Kansas CityArrowhead Stadium
Match 70June 27DallasAT&T Stadium
Match 71June 27MiamiHard Rock Stadium
Match 72June 27AtlantaMercedes-Benz Stadium

Round of 32

Match 73June 28Los AngelesSoFi Stadium
Match 74June 29BostonGillette Stadium
Match 75June 29MonterreyEstadio BBVA
Match 76June 29HoustonNRG Stadium
Match 77June 30East RutherfordMetLife Stadium
Match 78June 30DallasAT&T Stadium
Match 79June 30Mexico CityEstadio Azteca
Match 80July 1AtlantaMercedes-Benz Stadium
Match 81July 1San FranciscoLevi’s Stadium
Match 82July 1SeattleLumen Field
Match 83July 2TorontoBMO Field
Match 84July 2Los AngelesSoFi Stadium
Match 85July 2VancouverBC Place
Match 86July 3MiamiHard Rock Stadium
Match 87July 3Kansas CityArrowhead Stadium
Match 88July 3DallasAT&T Stadium

Round of 16

Match 89July 4PhiladelphiaLincoln Financial Field
Match 90July 4HoustonNRG Stadium
Match 91July 5East RutherfordMetLife Stadium
Match 92July 5Mexico CityEstadio Azteca
Match 93July 6DallasAT&T Stadium
Match 94July 6SeattleLumen Field
Match 95July 7AtlantaMercedes-Benz Stadium
Match 96July 7VancouverBC Place


Match 97July 9BostonGillette Stadium
Match 98July 10Los AngelesSoFi Stadium
Match 99July 11MiamiHard Rock Stadium
Match 100July 11Kansas CityArrowhead Stadium


Match 101July 14DallasAT&T Stadium
Match 102July 15AtlantaMercedes-Benz Stadium

Bronze medal match

Match 103July 18MiamiHard Rock Stadium


Match 104July 19East RutherfordMetLife Stadium





The Indiana Pacers’ three-game losing streak was snapped Sunday night when they swatted away the Charlotte Hornets with a wire-to-wire 115-99 victory.

Indiana was led in the win by Pascal Siakam’s 25 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the floor. His near triple-double was rounded out with nine assists and eight rebounds.

Aaron Nesmith racked up 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including three made 3-pointers on five attempts, to go along with eight rebounds and four assists. Tyrese Haliburton totaled 17 points on the night, while Myles Turner contributed 16 points.

For the first time this season, Indiana held an opponent to less than 100 total points. Charlotte was just 39.8 percent (35-of-88) from the floor.

Indiana completed its first three field goal attempts after winning the tip and set themselves up to go on an eventual 9-0 scoring run. Aaron Nesmith, the second-best 3-point shooter in the league, drained a trey that put Indiana’s first points on the board.

A fadeaway jumper from Siakam and a goal tending call on Charlotte the possession after put Indiana ahead 7-0, just after a little over a minute into play. The Hornets failed to convert in their first five possessions of the matchup, but eventually earned their first point from a made free throw by Brandon Miller that made the score to 9-1.

“We had a good start to the game on both ends,” Head Coach Rick Carlisle said. “A 9-0 start is a great way to start on the road. They’re starting to get real synergy.”

The Hornets scored five uncontested points in the next minute, but Haliburton stopped that run with a jumper at 7:53 to send Indiana into a forced Charlotte timeout leading 11-5.

Despite only making four of 12 attempts from the floor during this five-and-a-half-minute stretch, Indiana propelled itself to a 13-point lead at the 2:14 mark when Jalen Smith closed off a 3-point play by draining his free throw. Charlotte followed the play with a completed dunk on the other end of the floor, but Bennedict Mathurin soon responded with a 3-point play of his own to give Indiana a 25-11 lead.

Indiana took a 15-point lead at the 1:03 minute mark, but two made free throws from Miles Bridges cut the Pacers’ lead to 13 points, giving them a 26-13 lead at the conclusion of the first frame.

Haliburton was the leading scorer for Indiana after the first half of play after scoring 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor. Siakam followed with 11 points, nine of which were racked up in the first quarter.

Indiana struggled with its own shooting percentage (46.5 percent) in the first half, but Charlotte had challenges of its own, only shooting 36.2 percent. The Hornets shot 5-of-25 in the first quarter, allowing the Blue and Gold to hold Charlotte to the fewest points allowed in a first quarter by any opponent this season.

The Pacers opened the second frame by completing their first two field goal attempts, thanks to a pair of layups from T.J. McConnell and Jalen Smith. Despite P.J. Washington’s two uncontested layups of his own that cut the Charlotte deficit to 11 points two minutes into the frame, a 3-pointer from Buddy Hield stretched Indiana out ahead again to a 14-point advantage.

A Charlotte 6-0 scoring run cut the Pacers’ lead to single digits, 33-25, for the first time since 3:52 in the first frame. Though Indiana struggled shooting in the opening five minutes of the second quarter, it maintained its quick offensive pace.

A no-look pass from Haliburton at the 3-point line found Myles Turner perfectly in the lane as he threw up a floater and was fouled on the way up. Turner made the adjoining free throw, putting Indiana ahead, 37-25, at the 6:49 mark. This 3-point play was part of a quick 5-0 scoring run that gave the Pacers a 15-point lead for the third time in the half.

A layup and free throw from Nesmith at 3:51 put a 6-2 Hornets scoring run to an abrupt stop to keep Charlotte from coming any closer to the lead than eight points. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Tyrese Haliburton extended the Indiana lead to 15 points yet again at 2:26.

Indiana only made one bucket in the remaining two minutes of the first half but still kept Charlotte 11 points away from the lead as the second frame ended with the Pacers ahead, 55-44.

Charlotte came out of the locker room with a vengeance, scoring 10 points in the first two and a half minutes. Within three and a half minutes of play, a 15-8 Hornets scoring run brought the Pacers’ lead to just four points at 8:33.

“”Our second unit had a great thing going in the second quarter, and then things went a little haywire,” Carlisle said. “We took some risks and had a couple of untimely turnovers… but we maintained the lead, got the job done.”

However, the Hornets’ spark would be diffused when Indiana put itself back ahead to a comfortable 10-point advantage with the help of six uncontested points. This eventual 15-2 scoring run over the next two minutes was capped off with a breakaway dunk from Haliburton that put the Pacers ahead 17 points, 78-61.

Indiana continued to steamroll ahead, extending its scoring run to 28-8. A Smith 3-pointer at 3:44 gave the Blue & Gold a dominating lead of 24 points.

The Hornets continued to hang in thanks to Miller’s 17 third quarter points. Charlotte responded to the Pacers’ breakaway stint with a 9-0 scoring run that allowed it to get within 15 points of the lead as the third quarter ended.

Two quick buckets from Charlotte cut a once 24-point Indiana lead to just 10 points roughly a minute and a half into the final frame. This eventual 21-9 run, started at the 2:05 minute mark in the third quarter, brought Charlotte within 10 points at the 7:08 minute mark in the fourth quarter.

 A Nesmith dunk at 5:36 capped off a short 7-0 scoring run that put the Pacers ahead once again by 17-points, 105-88. Indiana and Charlotte went bucket-for-bucket over the next roughly four minutes and the Pacers maintained a 111-95 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the matchup.

For Charlotte, Miller led all scorers with a career-high 35 points on 10-of-25 shooting from the floor and 10-of-12 shooting from the charity stripe. P.J. Washington followed behind with 22 points off the bench on 9-of-16 from the floor, and Bridges contributed 19 points.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana’s leading scorer, Pascal Siakam, recorded a near triple-double with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

The Pacers outscored Charlotte 60-52 in the paint.

Indiana pulled down a total of 49 rebounds and dished out 34 assists.

Indiana held the lead for the entirety of the game.

The Pacers’ reserves outscored Charlotte’s, 35-26.

Tyrese Haliburton and Aaron Nesmith each racked up 3-pointers a piece on five attempts.

You Can Quote Me On That

“It’s a group that’s starting to really feel each other, how to play with each other. Pascal is getting more immersed in what we’re doing, the play calls that we do call, how he fits into that kind of stuff… Pascal just always seems to float into his scoring opportunities.” – Carlisle on Siakam fitting into the team

“I thought we did a good job with everybody having a lot of attention to detail, shootaround was really good this morning, good attentiveness. I thought we approached this game the right way. We want to go into the All-Star Break on a high.” – Haliburton on morning adjustments

“These guys are starting to realize if they rebound, they’re going to stay on the floor. Pretty simple. These are actions and behaviors that we need. If guys aren’t going to rebound they’re not going to play.” – Carlisle on rebounding

“I just gotta find early opportunities to get him the ball in space. He’s tough for anybody to guard in space.” – Haliburton on Siakam

“Obviously we did a little bit better today. We’ve been struggling with it lately so we gotta all come together and just fight for boards and make better decisions on offense, which I thought we did well today.” – Siakam on rebounding

“We came in this morning and we were pretty firm about our transgressions in the Sacramento game and the New York game. Against New York, we didn’t rebound and against Sacramento we were throwing the ball all over the place. And tonight, we rebounded. Our ball security was good. There were stretches we weren’t making shots but we were still controlling the tempo of the game because we were defending and rebounding.” – Carlisle on the team’s defense

Stat of the Night

For the first time this season, the Indiana defense held its opponent to under 100 total points. The Hornets shot just 39.8 percent (35-of-88) from the floor. In addition, Indiana held Charlotte to 13 points in the first quarter, which is the lowest number of first quarter points Indiana has allowed an opponent this season.


Indiana now leads the season series with the Hornets, 2-1. The teams will meet again in Charlotte Feb. 12 for the last game between the two teams this season.

The Pacers now own a 74-53 all-time record over the Hornets, with Indiana currently on a two-game win streak in the series.

The Blue & Gold are now 12-13 on the road this season.


The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Alperen Sengun and the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 PM ET.




NEWFOUNDLAND- The Fuel finished their weekend in Newfoundland with their third and final match against the Growlers. Despite going into the third period with a 3-0 lead, the Fuel had to secure their 4-3 victory in a shootout.


Matt Brassard hit the game sheet first just 1:30 into the first frame with a delay of game call but the Growlers killed it off quickly.

The Fuel got on the board at 6:37 with a backhanded goal in front from Ryan Gagnier, assisted by Brett Bulmer and Zach Jordan who had a combined nine points on the weekend headed into this game.

Indy’s Victor Hadfield took the game’s next penalty with a cross checking call at 10:17 but the Fuel killed it off.

Neil Shea was called for holding at 14:49 but the Fuel could not capitalize on the power play, despite a great shot in front by Santino Centorame that was blocked by Newfoundland’s Dryden McKay in net.

At 17:17, the Fuel headed back to the penalty kill after a cross checking call on Matt Cairns. After killing it off, time expired on the period and the Fuel headed to the locker room up 1-0, with outshooting the Growlers 15-10.


Chase Carter took a hooking penalty at 2:28 of the second frame, resulting in a power play goal by Cam Hillis to put the Fuel up 2-0. Colin Bilek and Bryan Lemos both claimed assists on that goal.

At 6:08, Gagnier sat for tripping, giving Newfoundland their third power play of the game. Less than a minute later, Andrew Bellant took a high sticking call giving Newfoundland a long 5-on-3 opportunity that quickly turned into a 6-on-3 opportunity after Chris Cameron took a cross checking penalty.

Despite the advantage for the Growlers, the Fuel killed off all the penalties without giving up a goal.

Indy headed back to the power play after a slashing call on Tate Singleton at 11:45 and Gagnier took advantage with his second goal of the game to put the Fuel up 3-0. Bilek and Seamus Malone had assists on that goal.

Cameron took another penalty at 16:54, this time for high sticking but the Growlers killed it off before time expired on the second frame.

The score remained 3-0 Fuel through two periods.


At 6:33, Santino Centorame took a delay of game penalty giving the Growlers a power play chance however Jonny Tychonick took a holding the stick minor at 7:48 to force some 4-on-4 before Brennan Kapcheck took another penalty at 9:02 for cross checking.

All penalties were killed off before Indy’s Kyle Maksimovich and DJ King both headed to the box for high sticking and cross checking respectively at 12:18.

Just twelve seconds into the 5-on-3, Isaac Johnson scored for Newfoundland to make it 3-1, which eliminated one of the Fuel penalties, however Malone took a slashing call at 14:07 to set it back to 5-on-3.

The Growlers scored again, this time Grant Cruikshank on the power play to make it 3-2.

After both teams went back to even strength, Newfoundland pulled their goaltender in favor of the extra skater and it worked as Tate Singleton scored to tie the game at 3-3 at 18:27.

Time expired on regulation with the score tied 3-3 and the shots tied 31-31 as the game headed to overtime.


Soon after the puck dropped on the overtime period, the Growlers were called for a delayed penalty on Singleton for holding.

After a lengthy possession time for the Fuel, the play was finally called dead and Singleton headed to the box to begin the two minute penalty.

Despite Indy putting the pressure on, Newfoundland killed off the penalty and with 2:31 left in overtime, they went back to even strength but time expired on the overtime period and it remained tied 3-3.

After a four round shootout, featuring goals by Newfoundland’s Grant Cruikshank, Indy’s Cam Hillis, and Seamus Malone, the Fuel took the 4-3 win.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on February 8, 2024 against the Atlanta Gladiators for Thirsty Thursday.




COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four players scored in double figures for No. 10 Indiana but it wasn’t enough as No. 8 Ohio State took the Top 10 Big Ten battle, 74-69, on Sunday afternoon at The Schottenstein Center.


Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes had Indiana’s first seven points as the Hoosiers (18-3, 9-2 B1G) held a 7-6 lead at the first media timeout. Scalia’s drive and an offensive put back by Moore-McNeil kept the lead with IU, 11-10, at the 2:09 mark. But the Buckeyes would close the quarter on an 8-0 run and take an 18-11 advantage.

It would be a 26-point second quarter for the Hoosiers, who managed the Ohio State (19-3, 10-1 B1G) run which extended to 10-0 into the early parts of the frame. Scalia’s transition layup broke the run as she scored the next seven points for Indiana including her first triple of the afternoon with 8:24 on the clock to cut the deficit to two. OSU was able to capitalize on a couple Hoosier turnover into a quick 5-0 run before Holmes and Garzon’s and-1 brought the game back within a single possession.

Sophomore guard Lexus Bargesser added her own and-1 tie the game at 27-all. It was one of two ties and six lead changes in the first half alone. IU’s defense would go on to hold the Buckeyes to no field goals in the final 4:09 of the second quarter as the Hoosiers would finish the half on a 7-0 run to take a 37-32 lead at the break.

Indiana held on to the lead through the six-minute mark of the third quarter, but it was practically all Ohio State from there. It started with a 9-0 run as Moore-McNeil stopped the bleeding with a pull-up elbow jumper at 3:17. IU was limited to just one more field goal in the third, a 3-pointer from Scalia with 1:08 remaining as it found the deficit at seven, 55-47. 

In the fourth, IU faced a 14-point deficit with 7:32 remaining but wouldn’t go away down the stretch as it got back-to-back triples from sophomore guard Yarden Garzon and three shots at the line from Scalia to make it a three-point game with just 15 seconds remaining.

OSU would finish the game at the line as the Hoosiers came up empty in their final possession.


Scalia notched a team-high 25 points, her 17th game in double figures this season and her eighth game with 20-points or more.

Garzon and Holmes each added 14 points and nine rebounds. The Hoosiers won the battle on the boards, 38-29.

Moore-McNeil was the other double figure scorer with 10 points and a team-high five assists. Holmes also added four assists on the afternoon.

Indiana’s 26 points in the second quarter were a season-high in any second quarter. 


Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“I’m disappointed with the outcome today. There were a few bright spots, it was a great crowd and they made a run at us early. I thought we bounced back and regained the lead and felt like we were in the driver seat when we got to halftime but knew that Ohio state tends to be a very, very good third quarter team. We tried to prepare our guys for that and the aggressiveness that was going to come with the press and the first four minutes got away from us and I thought we lost all momentum. They regained it and then we were kind of playing catch up there the remainder of the game. 21 points off of our turnovers that’s the game right there. You can dissect it any way you want but that’s the game, 21 points off of our turnovers.”


The Hoosiers are back at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Thursday when they host Michigan State at 7 p.m. ET.




BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– It took every point and every second of each match, but No. 28 Indiana had just enough gas in the tank to top No. 21 Michigan State, 23-18, on Sunday afternoon in Wilkinson Hall.

The Hoosiers dropped the first four matches and trailed, 18-0. From there, Indiana scored 23 unanswered points on six consecutive wins to stun Michigan State.

The victory marked Indiana’s third consecutive win and improved the team’s season record to 6-2 and 3-2 in Big Ten duals.

It was also Indiana’s first win over Michigan State since 2015 and the first win over Spartans in Bloomington since 2011.


• The dual began at 157 lbs. with Michigan State’s No. 21 Chase Saldate picking up a win by fall (4:12) over Zack Rotkvich to take an early 6-0 lead.

• Michigan State doubled their advantage to 12-0 after Indiana forfeited the bout at 165 lbs.

• Indiana dropped some close decisions at 174 and 184 lbs., as Michigan State’s DJ Shannon defeated No. 12 DJ Washington (174) by decision, 4-1, and No. 15 Layne Malczewski topped Roman Rogotzke (184) by decision, 5-2.

• Four matches in, and Michigan State held a commanding 18-0 lead.

• In a hard-fought bout, Indiana redshirt freshman Gabe Sollars (197) took the first step to start the come back. Sollars scored on two takedowns to build a healthy led and held on to defeat No. 29 Kael Wisler.

• Nick Willham (285) got Indiana its second win in a row, going to overtime to defeat Josh Terrill in the first period of tiebreakers, 3-2.

• Michael Spangler (125) built on Willham’s performance with a dominant first period. The sixth-year senior scored on a takedown and a four-point near fall to secure an early 7-0 lead. He would finish the match with a 10-8 win by decision over Tristan Lujan.

• With Spangler’s win, Indiana had split the deficit, 18-9.

• Cayden Rooks (133) dominated against Andy Hampton, scoring early and often en route to a 19-3 tech fall win (6:08).

• Only trailing 18-14, a path to a Hoosier win was alive. No. 24 Dan Fongaro faced a difficult test against No. 30 Jordan Hamdan (141). Hamdan lead 4-1 with ten seconds remaining in the bout. Fongaro quickly escaped and a second later Hamdan was called for his second stall, making it a 4-3 match. In the final seconds, Fongaro shot and took Hamdan down, but the call on the mat said the takedown was after time expired. After review, the call on the mat was reversed, and the takedown stood, giving Fongaro a 6-4 win.

• Now trailing just 18-17, No. 15 Graham Rooks (149) faced Clayton Jones in the final bout to determine the winner of the dual. Rooks got to his offense quickly, scoring on a couple takedowns before flipping Jones flat on his back for the pin (4:36) to seal the win.


• Indiana is 5-0 in home duals this season.

• This was Indiana’s second ranked win of the season.

• The win was the first over Michigan State in the Angel Escobedo era.

• Michigan State head coach Roger Chandler is an Indiana Wrestling alum. He was a three-time All-American for the Hoosiers and was a national runner-up at 142 lbs. in 1997.

• The 6-2 start to the season marks back-to-back years where the Hoosiers opened the dual schedule with a 6-2 record.

• Two Indiana wrestlers picked up ranked victories as Gabe Sollars (197) and No. 24 Dan Fongaro (141) beat No. 29 Kael Wisler and No. 30 Jordan Hamdan, respectively.

• Nick Willham (285) has won three matches in a row.

• Fongaro’s win improved his season record to 18-3.


• Indiana Wrestling will be back in action for a road dual at Ohio State next weekend on Sunday, Feb. 11 at noon in Columbus, Ohio.


157: No. 21 Chase Saldate (MSU) def. Zack Rotkvich (IU)             |Fall (4:12)|                 Score: MSU up 6-0

165: No. 9 Caleb Fish (MSU) wins by forfeit                                |Forfeit |                 Score: MSU up 12-0

174: DJ Shannon (MSU) def. No. 12 DJ Washington (IU)              |Dec. 4-1|               Score: MSU up 15-0

184: No. 15 Layne Malczewski (MSU) def. Roman Rogotzke (IU)  |Dec. 5-2 |              Score: MSU up 18-0

197:Gabe Sollars (IU) def. No. 29 Kael Wisler (MSU)                   |Dec. 8-5|              Score: MSU up 18-3

285:Nick Willham (IU) def. Josh Terrill (MSU)                             |TB-1, 4-3 |         Score: MSU up 18-6

125:Michael Spangler (IU) def. Tristan Lujan (MSU)                    |Dec. 10-8 |        Score: MSU up 18-9

133:Cayden Rooks (IU) def. Andy Hampton (MSU)               |TF, 19-3 (6:08)|         Score: MSU up 18-14

141: No. 24 Dan Fongaro (IU) def. No. 30 Jordan Hamdan (MSU)   |Dec. 6-4 |       Score: MSU up 18-17

149: No. 15 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Clayton Jones (MSU)            |Fall (4:36)|        Score: IU up 23-18





#2 Purdue 75, #6 Wisconsin 69 (Postgame Notes)

No. 2-ranked Purdue improved to 21-2 overall and 10-2 in the Big Ten standings with a 75-69 win over No. 6-ranked Wisconsin in Madison on Sunday.

Purdue is 21-2 for the second straight year (22-1 a year ago) and a win on Saturday against Indiana will match Purdue’s best 24-game start in school history (done three previous times).

The win was Purdue’s seventh straight win overall and fourth straight win on the road.

Purdue now has eight Big Ten games remaining, with five at home and three on the road. Purdue (10-2) leads the Big Ten standings by a game-and-a-half over Wisconsin (8-3).

The four straight road wins is tied for the fifth-longest road winning streak in America and is the longest among major-conference teams.

Purdue’s seven-game winning streak is now the ninth-longest streak in the country. Purdue has had three different win streaks this year of seven games.

Purdue now has the most wins of any team in the Kohl Center all-time with seven. Matt Painter is now 7-8 against Wisconsin in the Kohl Center.

Purdue won its first road game over a top-6 ranked opponent since March 5, 1994, a 95-94 win over No. 3-ranked Michigan. It was Purdue’s first road win over a top-10 ranked opponent since Feb. 17, 2010, a 60-57 win over No. 9-ranked Ohio State.

Purdue played its sixth game this season against an AP top-11 ranked team, now owning a 6-0 record with wins over Gonzaga, Tennessee, Marquette, Arizona, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Matt Painter improved to 10-4 all-time in top-10 showdowns (both teams ranked in the top 10). Purdue has won six of its last seven top-10 showdowns.

Purdue owns a 15-5 record against top-25 ranked teams since the start of the 2021-22 season – the best winning percentage of any team in America.

Purdue won its eighth game against top-10 teams in the last three years, the third-most wins nationally and the highest winning percentage of any team (.889).

Purdue’s seven straight wins over AP top-10 ranked teams (2022-23 à Gonzaga, Duke; 2023-24 à Tennessee, Marquette, Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin) ties the longest streak of wins over AP top-10 teams in Big Ten history (Ohio State – 2010-12; Michigan State – 2000; Ohio State 1960-61).

Purdue’s seven straight wins over AP Top-10 ranked teams is tied for the 11th longest streak in NCAA history.

Purdue’s five AP top-10 wins this year are tied for the most by a Big Ten team in the last 30 seasons.

Purdue is now 17-10 (.630) in Big Ten road games over the last three seasons.

Purdue now owns 15 quad-1 and quad-2 victories, including a nation’s-best eight quad-1 victories. No other team in America has more than 11 quad-1 and quad-2 victories combined.

The win was Purdue’s 50th victory since the start of last year, now owning a 50-8 overall record – the fourth team to reach 50 wins since the start of last year (Houston, Florida Atlantic, UConn).

Purdue has won 42 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent (47.4 percent to 41.5 percent).

Sixteen of Purdue’s 21 wins this year have come against KenPom top-100 ranked teams. Purdue has played the nation’s toughest schedule.

Zach Edey set a school-record with his 55th career double-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. He scored in double-figures in his 100th career game, the second-highest total in the country.

Zach Edey surpassed 200 career blocks in the victory and is now only the third player in NCAA history to have scored 2,000 points with 1,000 rebounds, 200 blocks and shoot at least 60.0 percent from the field (David Robinson, Patrick Ewing).

Edey moved into sixth place on the Big Ten’s all-time rebounds list (1,115), passing Ohio State great Herb Williams (1978-81).

Lance Jones scored 20 points with six rebounds and three assists. Jones is now averaging 15.6 points in Big Ten Conference play, while shooting 38.2 percent from 3-point range (34-of-89).

In his last two games, Jones is averaging 23.0 points and shooting 8-of-14 (.571) from 3-point range.

Braden Smith tallied 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Smith is the only player in America averaging at least 12.0 points, 7.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game (12.4 PPG, 7.3 APG, 5.4 RPG). His 167 assists are already the 11th most in a season in school history.

MADISON, Wis. — Purdue’s inside-outside combination of Zach Edey and Braden Smith is a tough matchup for the Boilermakers’ opponents.

Even the strongest ones.

Smith scored 19 points and Edey joined another exclusive club as the second-ranked Boilermakers beat No. 6 Wisconsin 75-69 on Sunday for their seventh consecutive victory. Purdue is 6-0 this season against teams that were ranked 11th or higher at the time of the game.

“We have an elite point guard and we have an elite center,” coach Matt Painter said. “So when you go into a team, you’ve got to be able to game-plan for Zach Edey. It’s obvious, right? But then, you’ve also got to game-plan for Braden Smith and his ability to pass, because they both make other people better.”

Lance Jones scored 20 points for Purdue (21-2, 10-2), which took the lead for good midway through the first half and extended its Big Ten lead to 1½ games.

Wisconsin (16-6, 8-3) lost its second straight as it prepares for a two-game trip to Michigan and Rutgers.

Edey had 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. The 7-foot-4 center has 201 career blocks, joining Patrick Ewing and David Robinson as the only players in NCAA history to combine 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks while shooting at least 60% from the field.

“Those are elite, elite basketball players, Hall of Famers,” Edey said. “Being mentioned in the same air as them is great, obviously. I kind of want to keep working. I’m not satisfied with just, ‘Oh, I can tell my grandkids I did this.’ I want to keep going. I want to keep becoming a better basketball player every year.”

Edey has scored at least 10 points in an NCAA-leading 74 straight games. Edey broke Rick Mount’s 54-year-old school record for consecutive double-figure scoring games on Wednesday by going for 30 points in a 105-96 overtime victory over Northwestern.

Tyler Wahl led Wisconsin with a season-high 20 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.

This marked the sixth consecutive Purdue-Wisconsin game to be decided by six points or fewer. The teams meet again March 10 at Purdue.

Purdue took the lead for good midway through the first half and extended the margin to 10 with about 14 1/2 minutes remaining.

Wahl converted an offensive rebound off his own missed 3-point attempt to cut Purdue’s lead to 59-57 with 4:46 left. Edey then missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity for the second time in the second half, but Mason Gillis got the offensive rebound to set up Jones’ driving layup with 4:15 remaining.

Wisconsin trailed 66-61 when Chucky Hepburn got a midcourt steal with 1½ minutes left, but the Badgers couldn’t convert the turnover into points. Jones then made a driving layup attempt with 59 seconds left to give Purdue all the breathing room it would need.

“They’re really complete,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. “They’ve got a lot of pieces. We have a lot of pieces. But the difference maker obviously is Zach. You can’t replicate or simulate that.”


Purdue: The Boilermakers won this one by outrebounding Wisconsin 42-29 and outscoring the Badgers 21-14 in second-chance points. Edey had six of Purdue’s 14 offensive rebounds. “He’s the best that I’ve been around at tapping the ball back,” Painter said. “You always think it’s over-the-back, and then you go back and watch and he’s just 7 inches taller than the guy. His effort is amazing, for someone who is carrying around that kind of cargo.”

Wisconsin: The Badgers hurt themselves by shooting 3 of 19 from 3-point range. Although AJ Storr scored 14 points, he shot 4 of 15 overall and 0 of 4 from beyond the arc.


Purdue figures to stay at No. 2. The Badgers may have trouble remaining in the top 10.




WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Wrestling’s late push for a comeback came up short on Sunday afternoon, as they fell in a competitive affair with Wisconsin 24-15 in Holloway Gymnasium.

The dual came down to the last match, but the Boilermakers (5-8, 0-5 B1G) could not come away with the win in their fifth conference contest of the season. Head coach Tony Ersland’s team picked up four wins on the day, but the essential fifth to secure the dual victory just eluded them at multiple weights.

197-pounder Ben Vanadia gave the Boilers life late when he secured a first period pin (1:44) of Lucas Condon. The redshirt-sophomore Vanadia shot in a single, transitioned to a double, and secured the takedown to get on the board first. From bottom, Condon tried to roll through for a reversal, but Vanadia caught him in the act and put him to his back for the fall.

Heavyweight Tristan Ruhlman then had the opportunity to win it for Purdue. He came ever so close to a pin himself late in the first period but could only get four nearfall points out of the exchange before eventually losing to Gannon Rosenfeld.

To start the dual, No. 1 Matt Ramos once again showed he is the class of the 125 pounders this season by picking up yet another ranked win with a 5-1 decision over No. 2 Eric Barnett. The reigning All-American put the Badger on his back for four nearfall in the second and that was enough to see him to victory. He is now 3-0 against top-2 opposition this season.

A pair of Boilers stepped into the lineup and earned their first career Big Ten dual wins. At 141 Christian White won a 4-3 decision over Zan Fugitt and at 157 Ike Ruble won a hectic 14-12 decision over Cody Goebel. A takedown off a single-leg early in the first for White gave him control of the match that he would not surrender. Ruble used three takedowns and five escapes to stay ahead of Goebel. Both matches put Purdue back in the lead in the team score.


The Boilermakers have a home-and-away weekend coming up, with a dual at Northwestern on Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET before returning to Holloway on Sunday for a matchup with No. 10 Minnesota at noon. Both events will be streamed on B1G+.

Purdue 15, Wisconsin 24

125: Matt Ramos (PUR) over Eric Barnett (WIS) – Dec 4-1 | PUR 3-0

133: Nicolar Rivera (WIS) over Dustin Norris (PUR) – SV-1 10-7 | 3-3

141: Christian White (PUR) over Zan Fugitt (WIS) – Dec 4-3 | PUR 6-3

149: Joseph Zargo (WIS) over Marcos Polanco (PUR) – Dec 11-5 | 6-6

157: Isaac Ruble (PUR) over Cody Goebel (WIS) – Dec 14-12 | PUR 9-6

165: Dean Hamiti (WIS) over Stoney Buell (PUR) – Fall 1:06 | WIS 12-9

174: Max Maylor (WIS) over Brody Baumann (PUR) – SV-1 19-16 | WIS 15-9

184: Shane Liegel (WIS) over James Rowley (PUR) – Dec 5-2 | WIS 18-9

197: Ben Vanadia (PUR) over Lucas Condon (WIS) – Fall 1:44 | WIS 18-15

285: Gannon Rosenfeld (WIS) over Tristan Ruhlman (PUR) – Fall 4:10 | WIS 24-15




SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey has preached consistency, consistency, consistency to her team all season. She’s finally starting to see it game after game.

The No. 14 Irish (17-4, 7-3) defeated Pittsburgh (7-16, 1-9) on Sunday, 78-53, thanks to a balanced, clean performance. Notre Dame set the defensive tone from the jump, and the Irish never let up on that end of the floor.

“I think we’re getting there,” Ivey said after the game. “As a coach, you’re never really satisfied and don’t want to get satisfied, but we are definitely trending in the right direction. The focus is amazing. The practices are purposeful. They’re all recovering well. I love the energy of our team.”

Ivey specifically shouted out Maddy Westbeld’s leadership as a critical piece of that energy. Westbeld — who entered the game as one of just four ACC players averaging at least 13 points and 8 rebounds per game — dropped 15 and 14 on Sunday afternoon for her eighth double-double of the year. She had nine double-doubles over her first three seasons at Notre Dame.

“I’m in a really good spot as far as my shape,” Westbeld said postgame. “I’ve seen my activity level increase, and I’ve been able to compete for 40 minutes. I’ve locked in on my recovery and doing the little things off the court.”

Three other Irish posted double-figure points against the Panthers: Hannah Hidalgo (22), Sonia Citron (15) and Anna DeWolfe (10). Hidalgo continues to stuff the stat sheet in all categories, adding 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals against Pitt. Citron and DeWolfe combined for five 3-pointers, and Notre Dame totaled 10 treys on the afternoon. Their average entering Sunday was 5.7 per contest.

Defensively, Notre Dame was locked in for 40 minutes. Pittsburgh did not score more than 16 points in any quarter, and the Irish allowed them to hit just a pair of shots in Q3 (2-18 from the floor) to close the door on the visitors. The Panthers shot 28.8 percent on the afternoon, including a 3-23 clip from deep. Westbeld had 3 blocks, while Citron had 2. Pittsburgh star Liatu King was held to 18 points, under her season average of 19.2.

Up next, Notre Dame plays three consecutive teams that are either ranked or receiving votes: No. 16 Louisville, RV Florida State and No. 5 NC State. The tough stretch starts in Louisville on Thursday night with a 6 p.m. tip on ESPN.




INDIANAPOLIS – #22 Creighton earned a 75-65 win against Butler on Sunday afternoon to record their 18th win of the season. The Bulldogs led the Bluejays 37-33 at the half but would surrender the lead in the third quarter after being outscored 26-13. The Bulldogs are now 9-13 overall.

The Bluejays missed their first two shots of the game but would hit their next four to open up a 10-4 lead at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldog bench got the offense rolling in this one and a 7-0 run for Butler would make it a one-point game after the first quarter 17-16.

Sydney Jaynes scored the first four points of the contest for the Bulldogs and Kendall Wingler was responsible for the team’s first made 3-pointer. The late BU scoring run was sparked by freshman Karsyn Norman and her five first quarter points.

Butler came out strong in the second quarter to score the first four points of the frame to take a 20-17 lead. They outscored Creighton 21-16 to hold a 37-33 lead at the break. Jaynes led BU with 10 points and Norman added eight. The Bluejays had two players combine for 24 of their team’s 33 points. Lauren Jensen and Emma Ronsiek were in the box score with 12 apiece.

The third quarter was the difference maker as Creighton used an 8-0 run to take a 41-39 lead. That scoring spree would move to 18-2 giving the Bluejays a 10-point cushion at 51-41. Creighton’s 10 point lead would be shaved down to seven points with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter but the Bulldogs would not get any closer taking us to the final score of 75-65.

Inside the Box Score

– Butler had five players scored in double figures

– Sydney Jaynes led BU with 15 points and two blocked shots

– Butler’s bench scored 30 of the team’s 65 points

– Each team shot 46 percent from the field

– BU shot 53 percent from 3-point range (7-13)

– Karsyn Norman, Caroline Strande and Rachel Kent all had 10 points

– Riley Makalusky had 11 points, three assists and three rebounds

– Kent led BU with six rebounds

– Strande added three steals and three rebounds

– Emma Ronsiek scored a game-high 26 points and added nine rebounds

– Lauren Jensen posted 19 points and five assists

– CU had 18 assists on 27 made field goals

Up Next

Butler will only play one game next week when they host the St. John’s Red Storm on Friday night at 7 PM.




MILWAUKEE – The IUPUI basketball team was unable to muster enough offense on the road on Sunday (Feb. 4) as the Jaguars fell to host Milwaukee, 87-67. IUPUI was held under 37 percent from the floor and 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) from three-point range while the host Panthers shot 49 percent overall, including 62 percent after halftime.

Senior Bryce Monroe led three Jaguars in double-digits with 18 points and four assists and Abdou Samb added 12, all in the second half. Qwanzi Samuels closed with 10 points in the loss. Faizon Fields had 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting and 12 rebounds off the Milwaukee (12-11, 7-5 HL) bench.

After a nip-and-tuck first half, Milwaukee seized control early in the second half with a 13-2 run that turned a 40-36 Panther advantage into a 15-point lead. Fields and Kentrell Pullian combined on the first 10 points of the rally before Erik Pratt punctuated it with an open three. The Jaguars chipped within nine with 12:20 to play when Monroe split a pair of free throws, but Milwaukee scored the game’s next four points and never relinquished its double-digit lead from there.

Milwaukee outrebounded IUPUI 43-35 and outscored the Jaguars 50-40 in the paint with a dizzying array of dunks and finishes in close. After shooting just 37.1 percent from the floor in the first half, the Panthers made 62 percent of their attempts after the break, including 5-of-7 three-point attempts.

IUPUI did much of its damage at the free throw line, hitting 21-of-29 (72.4 percent) attempts and outscoring the Panthers 21-11 at the foul line.

However, long dry spells were the Jaguars’ undoing as they made just 22-of-60 shot attempts.

Samb hit 5-of-8 shots and also collected a pair of blocked shots. Both Kidtrell Blocker and John Egbuta added eight points each and Vincent Brady II closed with seven as the Jags played a second straight game without top scorer Jlynn Counter.

Pratt had 16 points, including three threes, for the victors and BJ Freeman had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists. Langston Wilson finished with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in just 13 minutes.

IUPUI will return home to host Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday (Feb. 10) at noon inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Jaguars will honor its senior class prior to the start of the game as part of Senior Day. In addition, as part of Teacher Appreciation Day, students and teachers can receive a FREE ticket at the box office on game day to support the Jaguars.




TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Mya Glanton led all players with 17 points Sunday afternoon, but visiting Illinois State survived a gritty effort from Indiana State in a 64-59 setback for the Sycamores inside Hulman Center.

Chelsea Cain added 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Sycamores, who also got 11 points from Kiley Bess and eight from Ella Sawyer. Sawyer dished out four assists for the Trees without a turnover.

Indiana State jumped out to an early 9-2 lead thanks to six quick points from Glanton, but Illinois State responded to lead 13-11 after a quarter. The Redbirds led by as many as eight and took a 33-27 lead into halftime, but early third-quarter baskets from Bella Finnegan and Cain got the Sycamores within a point. Five straight points from Sawyer kept it a one-possession game into the fourth quarter. The Sycamores took a lead early in the final frame following a basket from Glanton and pair of free throws from Bess, but a 7-0 run for the Redbirds followed and Illinois State never trailed from there. Indiana State was within two possessions for the majority of the quarter thanks in part to a late scoring surge from Cain, but the Sycamores’ comeback fell just short.

First Half

Glanton quickly went to work with three baskets in the first four minutes of the game, as Indiana State built a 9-2 lead early on. An 8-0 run from the visitors saw Illinois State go in front, but Keslyn Secrist hit a floater inside the last two minutes to give the Sycamores an 11-10 lead. Three free throws for the Redbirds inside the final minute gave Illinois State a 13-11 lead heading into the second.

A 3-pointer from Cain gave the Sycamores a 14-13 advantage less than a minute into the second quarter, but Illinois State responded with an 11-2 run to go in front 24-16 midway through the period. Sawyer knocked down a 3-pointer and Indiana State added layups from Bess and Glanton to cut it to a one-possession game late in the second. Jumpers from Cain and Glanton added on to the Sycamore total, but Illinois State took a 33-27 lead into the intermission.

Second Half

Layups from Bess and Finnegan helped start an early Sycamore run in the third quarter, and Cain added a layup to cut Indiana State’s deficit to 37-35 midway through. Illinois State responded with a 6-0 run, but Sawyer reignited the Sycamores with a 3-point play to make it 43-38. Sawyer added another layup late in the quarter, as Indiana State got within 43-40 heading into the fourth.

Indiana State took a 44-43 lead early in the fourth following a basket from Glanton and a pair of free throws from Bess, but the visitors had a response of their own. Illinois State countered with a 7-0 run to take back the lead and never trailed from that point on. A 3-pointer from Finnegan got the Sycamores within 53-47, but the Redbirds tacked on to their lead from the charity stripe. Despite seven points in the last two minutes of the game from Cain, Illinois State squeaked out a 64-59 win over the Sycamores.

News and Notes

Indiana State retired the No. 20 of Barbara Graves (1979-83) in a halftime ceremony Sunday. Graves ranks among the top five in program history in points (1,498), rebounds (898) and steals (315).

Indiana State went 9-for-10 from the free throw line Sunday. The Sycamores have missed just one free throw over the course of the last two games.

All four quarters in Sunday’s game were decided by four points or fewer.

Turnovers and free throws proved costly for Indiana State, as Illinois State finished with 20 points off turnovers and went 25-for-27 from the charity stripe.

Indiana State was plus-3 (29-26) in rebound margin, while holding Illinois State to its fewest rebounds in a game this season.

Indiana State’s defense kept the Sycamores in the game throughout the afternoon, as Illinois State finished 13 points below its season average of 77.7 points per game.

Up Next

Indiana State heads on the road for its next two games, starting with an in-state battle Friday night at Valparaiso at 7 p.m.




FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team picked a up a big Horizon League win on Sunday (Feb. 4), topping Youngstown State 82-78 in the Gates Sports Center.

Jalen Jackson led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Anthony Roberts pitched in 16 on 7-of-11 shooting and Rasheed Bello added 11.

YSU took a 37-34 lead into the halftime break.

The Mastodons had a 19-5 run over seven minutes in the second half that ballooned the lead to 14. Six different ‘Dons scored in the run. Jackson started the run with a triple, then Roberts had a breakaway dunk. Shortly after, Maximus Nelson drilled a 3-pointer. Eric Mulder and Johnathan DeJurnett got buckets inside later on, then Destin Whitaker joined in with a triple.

YSU responded with a 10-2 run heading into the under-8 media timeout, cutting the Mastodon lead down to six. The Mastodons silenced the run when Jackson scored on a driving layup followed by a Roberts steal and breakaway layup. After a Quinton Morton-Robertson steal, Jackson had a nifty spin move to get his defender jumping for an easy floater in close.

With under a minute to play, the ‘Dons led 75-71. Jackson drilled a triple from the weak-side corner to put the game out of YSU’s reach. YSU had fouls to give before the double-bonus, but Morton-Robertson and Roberts hit the front end of the one-and-ones to keep the Penguins at bay.

As a team, the Mastodons shot 50.7 percent from the floor (29-of-57) and 38.1 percent from 3-point range (8-of-21). They held YSU to 23-of-61 (37.7 percent) from the floor and 8-of-27 (29.6 percent from 3-point range.

Homecoming festivities saw the 2024 Hall of Fame class honored during half time. The 2023 men’s golf team that won the Horizon League title received their rings on Sunday and were honored at a media timeout.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 15-8, 6-6 Horizon League. Youngstown State falls to 17-7, 9-4. The Mastodons are back in action on Wednesday (Feb. 7) at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum when they welcome Cleveland State.




Valparaiso (6-17, 2-10 MVC)

at Indiana State (20-3, 11-1 MVC)

Game No. 24 – Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m. CT

Hulman Center (9,000) – Terre Haute, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will look to knock off the Missouri Valley Conference’s top team on Wednesday night in Terre Haute as the Beacons clash with first-place Indiana State for a midweek matchup. The Sycamores were ranked No. 22 nationally in the CBS Sports Top 25 that was released on Sunday and are unblemished at home this season. This will mark the first matchup of the season between these two instate foes as the squads lock horns twice in a five-game span.

Last Time Out: Valpo experienced heartbreak on Saturday at the Athletics-Recreation Center as a missed free throw by the Beacons in the closing seconds allowed visiting Evansville to stave off the hosts 63-62 in spite of freshman Cooper Schwieger’s career-high 22 points to lead all scorers. Isaiah Stafford (15) and Jaxon Edwards (10) tallied double figures for the Brown & Gold in a game that featured 11 ties and 11 lead changes.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Brian Jennings (play-by-play) and Matt Renn (analyst)

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR,, TuneIn Radio App – Brandon Vickrey (play-by-play) and Todd Ickow (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

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

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (6-17) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Series Notes: Valpo is 37-57 in an all-time series that dates all the way back to 1936-37. Indiana State won both matchups last season, but Valpo had won three straight prior to that. A year ago, the Trees prevailed 68-50 on Jan. 1 at the ARC and 84-62 on Feb. 8 in Terre Haute. Valpo is 15-31 all-time when visiting the Sycamores and is 6-7 against them overall since joining The Valley. This will be the 95th matchup between the two teams.

Scouting the Sycamores

Under the direction of third-year head coach Josh Schertz, who was the runner-up for the MVC Coach of the Year Award last season after leading the Sycamores to their first postseason appearance since 2014 and first postseason win since 2001 when they beat USC Upstate in the first round of the CBI.

Picked to finished fourth in the MVC preseason poll, but are well-positioned to finish in the top spot thanks to a two-game lead plus the tiebreakers over Drake and Bradley, who are tied for second in the league.

Led in scoring by Isaiah Swope at 18.0 points per game. Robbie Avila (16.2 ppg) is also among the five Sycamores averaging in double figures and is second on the squad in rebounding at 7.5 per game.

Coming off a nationally-televised 75-67 home win over Drake on Saturday in a battle between the league’s top two teams in front of a sold out Hulman Center crowd of 8,332.




A dramatic fourth quarter full of twists and turns Sunday in Chicago between the Valpo women’s basketball team and UIC was bound to come right down to the wire, and it took all the way until the final buzzer to determine the victor, as Beacon senior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) got open for a buzzer-beating layup to deliver the 71-70 victory to Valpo.

While the winning basket was a two-point field goal, the Beacons used a season-best effort from behind the 3-point line to be in position to earn the win — six of which came in the fourth quarter. Nevaeh Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) matched the program’s freshman record for 3-pointers in a game, knocking down six triples, while Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) hit four 3-pointers on as many attempts.

How It Happened

After trailing by as many as nine points in the third quarter, Valpo was within two entering the fourth period before UIC extended its lead back to six points with the clock inside of seven minutes.

A big 3-pointer from freshman Layla Gold (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) halved the deficit, and after the teams traded baskets, Brown connected from deep with 4:52 to play to tie the game at 58-58.

Out of the fourth quarter media timeout, the Beacons’ defense got consecutive stops while the offense knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers — the first from Brown and the second by Jackson — to force a UIC timeout with Valpo leading 64-58 and 3:09 remaining.

UIC got a key 3-pointer in its first possession after the stoppage to stay within striking distance. With the lead one point and less than 90 seconds to play, Earnest converted a reverse layup to push the lead briefly back to three points, but the Flames got an inside basket with one minute to go to cut Valpo’s lead to 66-65.

Following a Beacon miss, UIC’s Sara Zabrecky hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds to go to put UIC on top, 68-66.

A miss for Valpo forced the Beacons into fouling with the shot clock off, and it took three fouls to put the Flames in the bonus. At the line, UIC split a pair of free throws with 14 seconds to play to make it a 3-point game.

Out of a timeout and advancement, Earnest drove and found Jackson in the left corner, where the freshman calmly drilled her sixth 3-pointer of the game to tie things at 69-69 with five seconds remaining.

UIC took its final timeout to advance the ball into the frontcourt, where the Beacons were called for a foul on the inbounds with 4.1 seconds to go. Again, the Flames split their pair of free throws — hitting the first to regain the lead, and then missing the second, forcing precious seconds to tick off the clock before Saniya Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) secured the rebound and Valpo called its final timeout to advance the ball.

After review, Valpo was left with an inbounds 30 feet from the basket trailing by one with 1.5 seconds to play. Nevaeh Jackson triggered the inbounds and hit Earnest on the near side, 15 feet from the basket. Jackson’s pass eluded Earnest’s defender’s lunging stab at a steal, and with the back side cleared out, Earnest turned, took one dribble and had an uncontested layup at the rim for the buzzer-beater.

Valpo trailed by seven points nearing the midway point of the first quarter, but erased the deficit and then some in the span of five possessions, as Nevaeh Jackson hit a pair of 3-pointers around a Brown triple. UIC eventually led 18-16 at the end of the opening period.

The Beacons briefly tied the score early in the second quarter, but were unable to gain an outright lead. Valpo was within three with three minutes to play in the half before UIC closed the half with five straight points to lead 32-24 at intermission.

Earnest had seven points and Saniya Jackson six points as part of a 23-point third quarter which helped the Beacons close to within 49-47 with 10 minutes to play.

Inside the Game

Earnest’s buzzer-beater for the win was Valpo’s first since Meredith Hamlet connected on a layup at the buzzer for a win at Chicago State Nov. 16, 2016.

The basket capped a 20-point night for the senior, who hit the 20-point mark for the sixth time this season. Earnest also paced Valpo with seven rebounds and a career-high tying six assists as well.

Per, there have been only three single-game performances by MVC players this year with at least 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the same game — Earnest is responsible for two of those, also hitting those marks in the win over Bradley.

All six of Earnest’s assists came on 3-pointers, meaning she had a direct hand in 38 of the Beacons’ 71 points.

Valpo went 14-for-29 from 3-point range on Sunday, setting season highs for both 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage (.483). The 14 triples are tied for ninth-most in a single game in program history.

Nevaeh Jackson was responsible for nearly half of the long-range connections, as the rookie went 6-for-9 from behind the 3-point line — coming up one point shy of her career best with 18 points.

Jackson matched Valpo’s record for 3-pointers in a game by a freshman with her six triples, last accomplished by Meredith Hamlet at Oakland Feb. 11, 2016.

Brown finished with 12 points, knocking down all four of her 3-point attempts. She is the second Beacon this season to go 4-for-4 in a game from 3-point range, joining Ella Van Weelden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Marion), who did so in the win over Bradley.

Led by Earnest’s six assists, Valpo dished out 14 assists as a team in Sunday’s win — 13 of which came on 3-pointers.

The Beacons set a season low by committing just 12 turnovers. After averaging 20.4 turnovers/game through the season’s first 14 games, Valpo has averaged just 14.6 turnovers/game over the last five contests.

Sunday’s win came over a UIC team which entered the game with a 12-8 record on the year and with a winning record in Valley play.

It was the program’s first road win at UIC since a March 5, 2016 victory. Sunday’s game greatly resembled a mirror image of last year’s matchup at UIC, when the Flames trailed by three points inside the final 20 seconds before rallying to win on a last-second shot in regulation.

Next Up

Valpo (4-15, 3-7 MVC) opens the second half of Valley play on Friday, as the athletic department kicks off its All Sports Reunion weekend. The Beacons face off against Indiana State Friday evening at 6 p.m.




INDIANAPOLIS – A day removed from dominating at the Greyhound Duals, the UIndy wrestling team had a platoon of Greyhounds take on the yearly Greyhound Open tournament. Teams from all over the Midwest at Division I and II came to the tournament, with the Hounds ending up with seven placers, those including Phoenix Rodgers’ third place at 197, Owen Butler fifth place at 184 and Nathan Conley’s sixth place at 157.


For Rodgers at 197, he started his day with a late fall against Wabash’s Hadyn Ball. That momentum carried him all the way to the semis, where he dropped a match to DI Illinois’ Joseph Braunagel by major. He bounced back with a 8-5 match to secure his third place spot.

Butler had a long day on his route to the podium, falling in his first match in extra time. That must have angered Butler, as he rattled off back-to-back-to-back tech falls all 15-0 to get into the fourth round of the consolation bracket. A medical forfeit and a major of KWC’s Drayden McKerrow launched Butler in the fifth-place match where he shut out Keenan Wyatt of formerly-DII Bellarmine, 6-0.

Conley kept his weekend busy at 157 after wrestling in the duals the day before. He rolled through the first two rounds before a quarterfinals loss sent him to the lower bracket. Back-to-back wins there, the second coming over Jake Reicin of Illinois earned him a chance at fifth, where an early fall ended Conley’s day in sixth.

Other finishes of note include Brayden Lowery seventh place at 141. Lowery snagged two falls on the day, with his only losses coming to SIUE’s Danny Martinez and Indiana’s Henry Porter. Luke Robards at 157 snagged eighth after wrestling six matches on the day. Also in eighth was Shane Bates and Logan Farnell at 174, with the pair fighting to the seventh-place match and deferring to share the eighth-place title.


The No. 9-ranked Greyhounds have one more dual on the docket on Feb. 10 at McKendree in Lebanon, Ill. Action is set to start at 7 p.m.




INDIANAPOLIS – In back-to-back days of competition, the No. 12-ranked University of Indianapolis women’s tennis team made it back-to-back sweeps, as they took down the Ferris state Bulldogs by a score of 7-0, just as they did against GVSU.


The Bulldogs were able to pull off the upset at No. 1 doubles, but outside of that match, the Hounds pulled out the stops, winning 7-5 at No. 2 and 6-4 at No. 3 to earn their doubles point. That fire kept them going as No. 45 Diane Flament secured a nailbiter of a second set to earn the first singles point and to put the Hounds up 2-0.

After the win at No. 1, the dominos continued to fall with No. 7 Tyffaine Pais, No. 25 Ana Hollweg and No. 19 Benedette Sensi all capturing straight-set victories.

To wrap up the match, Valentine Colin made her singles debut in team play, fighting nerves to come back down a set to win her first team match as a Greyhound.


The Hounds home tour continues as they welcome in Washburn on Feb. 9 and then Wayne State the following Sunday on Feb. 11. Both matches are set to be played at the UIndy Tennis Center.




INDIANAPOLIS – In a rematch of last year’s NCAA DII Midwest Regional Championship, the No. 7-ranked University of Indianapolis Greyhounds defeated the No. 18 Ferris State Bulldogs by a mark of 6-1. The Hounds swept doubles, and only faltered in No. 3 singles on the way to the decisive in-region victory.


Just as they did the day before, the Hounds were impressive to start doubles action. Tom Zeuch and Matthieu Derache at No. 1 continue to find flow and chemistry as they battled a tough pair from the Bulldogs, half of which being Bejamin Lortie who captured the Midwest Doubles crown in the fall. Despite the fall results, Zeuch and Derache snagged the 7-5 win.

The second half of the fall regional champs in Jan Koupill played No. 2 against Louis Picaud and Erwan Momo Andre, and did not fare better, losing 6-3. Rounding out doubles, Pedro Franca and David Simeonov were quality with a 6-4 win.

Singles saw victories for the Hounds at every court minus No. 3-singles. The strength of the Bulldogs was shown on the top of the lineup as No. 44 Lortie forced No. 2 Zeuch to three sets, with Zeuch pulling out the shutout in the decider. Much like court one, Simeonov at No. 2 singles faced a 7-6 first set loss but rebounded with a 7-5 and 6-4 set wins to earn the victory.

From there it was cake, as No. 24 Derache found his footing after a rough match the day prior, winning 6-2, 6-2. EWA and Mauricio Grijalva, picking up his first Greyhound win, ended the match with a pair of straight-set dubs to earn the Hounds their second straight dub.


The Hounds home tour continues as they welcome in Washburn on Feb. 9 and then Wayne State the following Sunday on Feb. 11. Both matches are set to be played at the UIndy Tennis Center.




MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The No. 9 UIndy men’s lacrosse team led wire-to-wire on Sunday en route to a 13-6 victory at Montevallo, picking up its second straight win to open the 2024 season.

Senior Owain Braddock netted a career-high four goals in the win, while KC Carlson made six saves between the pipes.

The Greyhounds have now won all six meetings with the Falcons in their history, dating back to 2018.


UIndy rattled off the first seven goals of the afternoon before Montevallo struck late in the second quarter. Six different Greyhounds scored in the opening stretch, including Nathan Lam, who tallied the game’s first goal just over two minutes after the first whistle.

Braddock was the culprit who netted multiple goals, as he did in the second half.

Beau Howard joined in on the fun during the third quarter, scoring his first goal of the season after recording seven as a rookie last season. Additionally, first-year transfer Sam Puzevic tallied two scores for the second straight game to begin his UIndy career.

Montevallo coughed up possession a whopping 31 times, with the Greyhounds being credited for 14 caused turnovers. Freshman Jason Davide led all players with three CTOs, while four others recorded two.


– Caleb Parker secured another eight faceoff wins on Sunday, finishing with six ground balls and one goal. His final win at the x cemented the senior’s position at the top of the program’s all-time list in the category.

– Back for his second game since missing the entirety of the 2023 season, Jack Sullivan scooped up four more ground balls in the win and added a pair of caused turnovers.

– Newcomer Justin Williams recorded three points, adding one goal to a pair of helpers.

– UIndy went 24-for-27 on the clear attempt, while causing four turnovers in 20 chances on the ride.


The Greyhounds have one more road contest before their home opener, visiting defending national champion and top-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne next Sunday, Feb. 11, in Hickory, N.C.

The programs split their previous two meetings back in 2022, with UIndy earning a season-opening victory over the Bears on the road.
























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Football History Headlines

February 5, 1969 – Vince Lombardi became a part owner, a Vice President, General Manager, head coach, given lifetime supply of Twizzlers and whatever else it would take to get him to leave Green Bay, to join the Washington Redskins franchise. The Slice The Life website shares a great article on the subject. Lombardi who was the legendary head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1959-67 turned that franchise from the doormat of the League into a perennial Champion for most of a decade! After what is now referred to as Super Bowl II, Lombardi seemed to have hit a wall where the coaching juices had burned up, he was spent so he spent the 1968 season as the Packers general manager but found not being in charge of the sideline made him anxious.  The word on the street was that Vince Lombardi was looking to return to coaching and the immediate suitors for his service included the Philadelphia Eagles and Boston Patriots but the Redskins President Edward Bennett Williams pushed all of his chips to the center of the table and offered Lombardi a part ownership of the team. There was a lot happening in D.C. at that time, Nixon just entered the White House, Ted Williams was hired as manager of the Washington Senators MLB club and across the NFL Chuck Noll was hired by the Steelers while Oakland put John Madden on the payroll and now Lombardi with the Redskins! Vince Lombardi was able to serve one season of his contract with the team, but improved them to a 7-5-2 record but unfortunately was diagnosed with an aggressive form of colon cancer in early 1970 and died on September 3, 1970 at 57. We will never know what the great coach could have done with the franchise from there but he did lay a foundation where the Redskins appeared in Super Bowl VII in 1973 and gave the undefeated Dolphins a run for their money and moved on to bigger and better things in the 1980’s.

February 5, 1995 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu- The AFC stars knocked around the NFC squad, 41-13 in the 1994 season’s NFL Pro Bowl game. The Most Valuable Player of this contest was none other than Marshall Faulk who at the time played for the Indianapolis Colts as a running back.

February 5, 2006 – Ford Field, Detroit – The big story line going into Super Bowl XL was that the Motor City’s favorite son (Sorry Arnie Chapman it’s not you), The Bus, Jerome Bettis may retire after the game. Bettis was the starting fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was coerced out of retirement a year earlier by Rookie Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who promised him a championship if he returned. The Steelers would face a tall challenge from the Seattle Seahawks led by veteran coach Mike Holmgren per a Bleacher Report article. The game is forever remembered unfortunately for what many call phantom officiating as Seattle had a couple of close calls not go their way including a goal line play where Roethlisberger ran a QB sneak and conclusive evidence to overturn a TD called on the field was not apparent. Then  later an apparent touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Darrell Jackson was negated by an offensive pass interference foul against Jackson. The Seahawks settled for a field goal. With the Steelers leading 14-10 early in the fourth quarter, a Hasselbeck completion to Jerramy Stevens at the 1-yard line was negated by a holding penalty on offensive lineman Sean Locklear. Ford Field was populated with 80% Steelers fans based on comments by broadcaster Al Michaels and this added to the sour taste that Seattle fans had of the game. The Steelers did make some big plays though including a Willie Parker 75 yard TD run and a gadget play where on an apparent end around, wide out Antwaan Randle El stopped and launched a 43 yard TD strike to fellow receiver Hines Ward. The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10 with the game’s MVP going to  Hines Ward. 

February 5, 2011 – The legendary filmmaker, Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, was elected for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor. Ed’s NFL films creation is an interesting story according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website. Apparently in 1962 Ed created a company named Blair Productions, after his daughter. In order to get the exclusive right to the 1962 NFL Championship game filming, Ed doubled the next closest bid of $1500. Commissioner Pete Rozelle accepted the offer and Blair Productions was in business rolling tape at the New York Giants vs Green Bay Packer Title game! Two years later after experiencing success, the company was renamed NFL Films. Sabol used multiple cameras to capture aspects of the game that the average television viewer did not get a chance to see such as the sidelines. When he mixed that with the legendary voice of narrator John Facenda, wow what an experience fans could have in their living rooms!

February 5, 2012 – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis – We reflected yesterday that at Super Bowl XLII the Giants rained on the Patriots perfect season The two teams met again 4 years and a day later in Super Bowl XLVI. But there was a familiar vibe to the game. The Giants defense again pressured Tom Brady and kept the Juggernaut New England offense off kilter most of the evening. Another similarity was that Eli Manning led the G-men on another near game ending drive. The Washington Post reports that the Giants, who were trailing by two points, drove 88 yards to the winning touchdown on a six-yard run by tailback Ahmad Bradshaw with 57 seconds left. New York Giants once again defeated the New England Patriots in the big game, this time by the score of 21-17. Eli Manning was selected as the game’s Most Valuable Player. 

February 5, 2017 – NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas – Super Bowl LI was one of the greatest comebacks in modern football history. The Atlanta Falcons looked unstoppable as they shredded the New England Patriots for most of the beginning of the game. The halftime score was 21-3 and in the third quarter it got even worse for the Patriots as Atlanta went up 28-3 after Quarterback Matt Ryan found Tevin Coleman on a six yard TD pass in the middle of the third. That when everything changed though. The Patriots then reeled off 25 unanswered points in a little over a quarter to tie the game with 57 seconds left with James White’s on yard TD run and a subsequent 2 point conversion to send the game into the Super Bowl’s first overtime in history per  In the extra session the Patriots drove 75 yards in 8 plays and White ran in another short touchdown to lift the New England Patriots over the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28. It sounds like a broken record but the MVP was once again Tom Brady of New England.

HOF Birthdays

February 5, 1915 – Fairfield, Alabama – The awesome center from Auburn University Tigers, Walter Gilbert was born. The National Football Foundation selected Walter Gilbert for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956.

February 5, 1942 – Cincinnati, Ohio – The Dallas Cowboys and Naval Academy’s legendary Quarterback Roger Staubach celebrated his day of birth. 

February 5, 1943 – Flint , Michigan – Craig Morton the quarterback from California was born.  In 1964 Craig was named as an All-America selection  by the Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association, Sporting News, and Time Magazine though his team finished with a 7-7 record. The National Football Foundation selected Craig Morton for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992. After he left Cal he  played 18 years in the NFL, playing with the Cowboys, Giants and Broncos.

Amazingly enough these two quarterbacks that share the same birthday, were the starting signal callers on the two Super Bowl teams of SB XII, Staubach with the Cowboys and Morton with the Denver Broncos. The Cowboys triumphed 27-10 on January 15, 1978.

February 5, 1947 – Jacksonville. Florida – The top notch wide receiver from Florida State Ron Sellers celebrated his arrival into the world. According to his bio on the website Sellers in three seasons at Florida State caught 212 passes for 3,598 yards. His career yardage was a national record in 1968 and lasted 19 years. Ron Sellers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. Ron spent five seasons in the NFL with the Patriots, Cowboys and Dolphins.

February 5, 1950 – Montgomery, Alabama – Wide Receiver Terry Beasley of Auburn was born. Beasley was on the Heisman ballot, finishing 8th after catching 55 passes for 12 touchdowns in 1971 and the man that won the award was his Quarterback Patrick Sullivan. The National Football Foundation selected Terry Beasley for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986. 

February 5, 1951 – Fresno, California – The great Southern Cal tight end, Charles Young arrived into this life. Charles was a unanimous First Team All-America in 1972 as he was part of the Trojan’s National Championship team that season per the NFF.  Charles Young was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. After school, Young earned NFL Rookie of the Year honors with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1973 and went on to play for 13 seasons in the NFL with four teams. He earned All-Pro honors four times and won a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers in 1983.


1930      The Reds select Leo Durocher (.246, 0, 32) off waivers. The 24-year-old shortstop, an unpopular player in the Yankees clubhouse, falls out of favor in New York after a salary dispute with Ed Barrow, the club’s general manager.

1931      Hack Wilson, who set National League records last season when he drove in 191 runs and hit 56 home runs, a mark since surpassed in 1998 by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, signs for $35,000. The 31-year-old Cub outfielder’s 1930 RBI total remains one of the game’s most enduring records.

1934      A day before Babe Ruth’s 39th birthday, future all-time home run leader Hammerin’ Hank Aaron is born in Mobile, Alabama. The slugger, who will finish his career hitting 755 home runs playing for the Braves and Brewers, will surpass the ‘Bambino’s’ record of 714 home runs in 1974 after receiving much hate mail from people who did not want to see a black man break baseball’s hallowed mark.

1951      California governor Earl Warren denies rumors that he will be baseball’s next commissioner. The US Senate will confirm Thomas Dewey’s 1948 Republican running mate as the 14th Chief Justice in 1954.

1977      The Cubs deal southpaw Darold Knowles to the Rangers for a player to be named later and cash. The left-hander will post a 5-2 record for Texas, and outfielder Gene Clines, who made part of the trade ten days later, will help his new club, batting a respectable .293 while playing 101 games for Chicago.

1983      The Royals trade minor league prospect Cecil Fielder to the Blue Jays for 32-year-old outfielder Leon Roberts, who will retire after having two mediocre campaigns with Kansas City. ‘Big Daddy’ will enjoy several MVP-caliber seasons during his 13-year tenure in the major leagues, having his best seasons playing for the Tigers.

1999      Major League Baseball will start recognizing the best hitter in each league with the Hank Aaron Award. The all-time home run king learns about the honor on his 65th birthday at an event that includes President Bill Clinton, Ernie Banks, and Reggie Jackson.

2002      The Latin American Baseball Hall of Fame Museum inducts Luis Arroyo, best remembered for his 1961 season with the Yankees (15-5, 29 saves). The Puerto Rican reliever, who made the National League All-Star squad as a rookie with the Cardinals in 1955, had an eight-year career mark of 40-32, saving 36 games with a 3.93 ERA.

2002      Major League Baseball announces the withdrawal of its plan for contraction this upcoming season, but the sport is still determined to eliminate two teams in 2003. Attempts to contract the Twins and Expos this season did not happen due to a series of legal decisions and fierce opposition from the Players Association.

2002      Troy Percival’s seven-year tenure with Anaheim, the longest on the current roster, will increase when the All-Star reliever signs a two-year contract extension to stay with the club. The 32-year-old right-hander, the Angels’ all-time leader with 210 career saves, converted 39 of 42 save opportunities last season.

2002      The Astros file a motion in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, asking the court to determine whether the 30-year naming agreement with Enron signed in 1999 should continue. The team wants to avoid calling its stadium Enron Field due to the financial burden many Houston-area residents face due to the bankrupt energy company’s business practices.

2008      Alex Rios (.297, 24, 85) and the Blue Jays agree on a $4,835,000, one-year deal, including a $3.5 million signing bonus with a base salary of $1,335,000. The 26-year-old All-Star outfielder will become eligible for free agency at the end of the 2010 season.

2008      Freddie Sanchez signs a $11 million, two-year contract to continue to play second base for the Pirates. The 2006 National League batting champ could add another $8 million in 2010 if the Bucs exercise their option to retain his services.

2008      Scott Podsednik (.243, 2, 11) agrees to a $750,000 minor league contract with the Rockies, appearing in 93 games in a part-time role for the third-place club. The speedy 31-year-old outfielder, best known for his role in the 2005 White Sox World Championship, has been slowed down by injuries during the past two seasons.

2008      Dave Bush (12-10, 5.12), vying to stay in the starting rotation, signs a $2.55 million, one-year deal to pitch for the Brewers. The durable 28-year-old right-hander, who made at least 31 starts each of the previous two seasons, will make an additional $50,000 as part of the arbitration agreement if he pitches 210 innings.

2009      In an arrangement similar to last year, Odalis Perez and the Nationals agree to a non-guaranteed minor league deal, which will reward the southpaw with an $850,000 major league contract if he makes the club this season during spring training. A year ago, the left-hander made 30 starts for Washington, posting a 7-12 record with a 4.34 ERA for the last-place team.

2009      Joseph Reaves, Dodgers’ director of international relations, announces that the May 16th regular-season game between Mexico City Diablos Rojos and the Monterrey Sultanes will occur at Dodger Stadium. The contest between the two most storied franchises south of the border marks the first time a Mexican League game has happened in the City of Angels.

2010      The Twins and Dodger former infielder Orlando Hudson (.283, 9, 62) agree to a $5 million, one-year contract. The 32-year-old free-agent second baseman, known as O-Dog, is expected to bat second in the Minnesota lineup, hitting between leadoff man Denard Span and AL MVP Joe Mauer.

2010      The ball Alex Rodriguez hit for his 500th home run is sold at an auction for $103,579 to an anonymous bidder. The historic horsehide, which cleared the left field wall at Yankee Stadium on August 4, 2007, was recovered by 6-foot-4-inch Walter Kowalczyk, a Rutgers University student who used his 250-pound frame to protect his prized possession from the scrum of souvenir seekers.

2014      The Dodgers agree to a minor league contract with free-agent Justin Turner, who was non-tendered by the Mets after hitting .265 in 301 games with the team over four seasons. Since his arrival, the All-Star third baseman’s steady fielding and consistent hitting prove to be a significant asset in LA’s string of titles.


Off the field…

Automobile pioneer Henry Ford organized the Ford Motor Company. By cutting the costs of production and by adapting the conveyor belt and assembly line to automobile production, Ford was soon able to outdistance all his competitors to become the largest car manufacturer in the world. In 1908 he designed the infamous “Model T” and nearly seventeen million cars were produced worldwide before the model was discontinued in 1928. Later a new design called the “Model A” was created to meet growing competition.

In the American League…

On May 6th, the Chicago White Sox committed twelve errors, and the Detroit Tigers answered back with six of their own. The combined “18-E debacle” set a modern Major League record for the most errors (by two teams) in a single game.

Buck Freeman of the Boston Americans (Red Sox), completed a cycle on June 21, 1903, the first in franchise history. Just over a month later, Pat Dougherty, also with Boston, hit for the cycle as well. The Boston Americans became the second American League team with two cycles in the same season, joining the Philadelphia Athletics (1901).

At a post-season American League meeting, Ban Johnson was unanimously re-elected president and given a raise of $10,000. The American League owners also voted to allow base-running coaches at first and third at all times and to institute the “foul strike” rule in which a foul would be counted as a strike unless there are already two on the batter.

In the National League…

Fred Clarke hit for the cycle on May 7, 1903. Two years earlier, on July 23, 1901, Clarke had completed his first career cycle making him the first twentieth century player to hit for the cycle twice, and the first Pirate to ever complete two cycles in Pittsburgh.

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Tommy Corcoran set a Major League record after totaling fourteen assists in a 4-2 regulation win over the St. Louis Cardinals, on August 7, 1903. Lave Cross, of the Philadelphia Athletics, had originally racked up fifteen assists during a twelve-inning game in 1897.

The National League-leading Pittsburgh Pirates set an uncharacteristic National League mark for inept fielding after making six errors in the first inning of a 13-7 New York Giants victory on August 20th.

Around the League…

In Cincinnati, peace talks between both rival leagues continued as the Nationals proposed a consolidated twelve team league, which the Americans promptly rejected. Eventually an agreement was reached to coexist peacefully with the American League promising to stay out of Pittsburgh.

Baseball rules committee chairman Tom Loftus announced that the pitcher’s box would not be more than fifteen inches higher than the baselines or home plate.

The inaugural World Series of 1903 was a resounding success and represented the first step in healing the bruised egos of both the veteran National and fledgling American Leagues. Pittsburgh and Boston went head-to-head for eight games proving that great baseball between the two leagues was possible and that a merger would benefit the growth of the sport. Unfortunately, some owners still disagreed with the concept and in 1904 it was prematurely cancelled.


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February 5, 1942

February 5, 1942 – The Boston Braves obtained the services of lefthanded hitting outfielder Tommy Holmes from the Yankees farm system, Holmes wore the uniform Number 1 for the Braves that season. In return, the pinstriped New York American League team garnered the rights to Number 34 Buddy Hassett and Gene Moore, who wore the Number 24 in 1942 but not for the Yankees but for the Washington Senators.

Moore had his best season hitting in 1936 with the Boston Bees. On May 1st, that season while facing the Pittsburgh Pirate’s Waite Hoyt, Moore made Forbes Field history.  He had become the first left-handed batter to launch a home run over that stadium’s distant left-field wall It was such a long shot that it also was the first to clear the famous 24-foot-high scoreboard. Barely a year later, he would become the first and only player to perform this feat twice.

February 5, 1960 – Boston Celtics Cener Bill Russell , Number  , became the first player in NBA history to haul down 50 or more rebounds in a single game when he grabbed 51 off of the boards at both ends of the court

February 5, 1969 – Vince Lombardi, becomes part-owner, vice-president, general manager, and head coach of NFL Washington Redskins.

February 5, 1972 – Bob Douglas became the first African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame. According to the website Douglas was:

““The Father of Black Professional Basketball,” as he owned and coached the New York Renaissance from 1922 until 1949. Though racial discrimination was severe and unrelenting, Douglas kept his team focused. The Rens barnstormed from Boston to Kansas City and played any team – black or white – that would schedule them, including the Original Celtics and the Harlem Globetrotters.They often traveled as far as 200 miles for a game, were barred from many hotels and restaurants, often slept on the bus, ate cold meals, and frequently played twice on Sundays before returning to their home base. Despite these obstacles, the Rens became a dominant team, winning over 2,500games. Douglas’s astute eye for basketball talent led him to such greats as Charles “Tarzan” Cooper and “Wee” Willie Smith. Through Douglas’s leadership, the Rens were virtually unbeatable, winning 88 straight games in 1932-33. ”

February 5, 1980 – Joe Louis Arena, Detroit – At the 32nd edition of the NHL All-Star Game, the Wales Conference doubled up the Campbell Conference, 6-3. The game’s MVP was Philadelphia Flyers, RW Reggie Leach, who wore the Number 27 that season for the Flyers.

February 5, 1989 – Future Hall of Fame player Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Number 33 became 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points in his career. The great center did it by scoring 18 points against the New Jersey Nets in a 134-116 victory.

February 5, 1991 – The Los Angeles Kings, Number 18, Dave Taylor becomes 29th NHL skater to score 1000 points for his career. The righthanded Right Winger of the Kings end up with a grand total of 1069 points before his career was over in the NHL.

February 5, 1991 – Radio Shock-Jock Howard Stern kissed New York Football Giant Leonard Marshall’s backside over bet. Stern lost the wager claiming the Giants would lose the Super Bowl thus he had to pucker up on Number 70’s rear end. The Giants of course defeated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV for the gam in question on the famous “Wide Right” ending with a missed field goal by Scot Norwood. JUst a few weeks prior to the Big game though Leaonard had perhaps the best game of his career in the League. He registered two sacks, four tackles and two forced fumbles in the NFC Championship Game where the Giants had to play the two-time defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers. In the final stanza of the game, Marshall famously hit then 49ers quarterback Joe Montana so hard that he suffered a bruised sternum, bruised stomach, cracked ribs, and a broken hand. Montana was forced to leave the game and would not play another regular season game for almost two years! That game  in December 1992 ended up being the last game for Number 16, Montana with the 49ers.

February 5, 1995 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, – At the NFL Pro Bowl,  the AFC beat the NFC, 41-13. The MVP of the game was Marshall Faulk who then played for the Indianapolis Colts, RB, who wore Number 28.

February 5, 2006 – Ford Field, Detroit – The Pittsburgh Steelers outlasted the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10 in Super Bowl XL. the game MVP was Pittsburgh’s Number 86,  Wideout Hines Ward, who caught some key passes none larger than the 43 TD strike from fellow receiver Antwan Randle El on a gadget play.

February 5, 2012 – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis – Super Bowl XLVI’s Most Valuable Player was New York Giants QB, Number 10 Eli Manning. The New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 21-17.

February 5, 2017 – NRG Stadium, Houston – Super Bowl LI saw the New England Patriots comeback and steal one in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28. The late game heroics of QB Number 12 Tom Brady of New England, earned him the MVP award of the game.