Argos at Trinity Greenlawn 7:30 pm
Detroit Western (Mich.) at Hammond Morton 9:00 pm
East Noble at Westview 7:30 pm
Evansville Central at Princeton 8:00 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Evansville Harrison 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Canterbury at Leo 7:30 pm
Garrett at Hamilton 7:30 pm
Hammond Central at East Chicago Central 8:00 pm
Heritage Christian at Indianapolis Tindley 7:30 pm
Illiana Christian at Whiting 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Chatard at Beech Grove 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tech at Indianapolis Herron 7:30 pm
Jasper at Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Phalen Academy 6:00 pm
Lakewood Park at Montpelier (Ohio) 7:30 pm
Linton-Stockton at Vincennes Rivet 7:30 pm
Lowell at LaPorte 8:00 pm
Martinsville at Bedford North Lawrence 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville) at Westfield 7:30 pm
New Haven at Fort Wayne Snider 7:30 pm
Northside HomeSchool at East Central 7:30 pm
NorthWood at Columbia City 7:30 pm
Peru at North Miami 7:45 pm
Pike at Noblesville 7:30 pm
Providence at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
South Vermillion at Terre Haute North 7:30 pm
St. Francis deSales (Ill.) vs. Bowman Academy 3:00 pm
Sullivan at North Knox 7:30 pm
West Vigo at Riverton Parke 7:30 pm
Western at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:30 pm

Hendricks County Tournament
Brownsburg at Avon 7:45 pm R1
Danville at Cascade 7:45 pm R1

Madison County Tournament
Anderson Prep at Frankton 7:30 pm R1
Liberty Christian at Alexandria 7:30 pm R1
Elwood at Lapel 7:30 pm R1
Anderson at Pendleton Heights 7:30 pm R1



  1. FISHERS (11-0)
  2. WESTFIELD (6-0)
  4. CATHEDRAL (8-0)
  5. NOBLESVILLE (8-1)
  6. BEN DAVIS (6-2)
  8. KOKOMO (10-3)
  9. LAKE CENTRAL (9-0)
  10. RICHMOND (12-0)



  1. DANVILLE (9-0)
  2. HERITAGE HILLS (10-1)
  3. DELTA (10-1)
  4. BREBEUF (7-2)
  6. PURDUE POLY (6-1)
  7. BELLMONT (10-2)
  8. TRI-WEST (9-1)
  9. SCOTTSBURG (8-3)
  10. INDIAN CREEK (10-1)



  1. WAPAHANI (10-0)
  2. TIPTON (10-0)
  3. PROVIDENCE (8-1)
  6. FW BLACKHAWK (8-3)
  7. FW LUERS (8-1)
  9. PARK TUDOR (6-2)
  10. NORTH JUDSON (8-1)



  2. BARR-REEVE (8-1)
  3. ORLEANS (6-2)
  4. INDY LUTHERAN (5-2)
  7. CLAY CITY (7-3)
  8. TRITON (7-1)
  9. LOOGOOTEE (8-4)
  10. TINDLEY (8-3)



Andrean at Hammond Noll 8:00 pm
Austin at South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
Bethesda Christian at Rossville 7:00 pm
Blackford at Delta 7:30 pm
Bloomington North at Eastern Greene 7:30 pm
Brown County at Bloomington South 7:30 pm
Central Noble at Bremen 7:30 pm
Concord at West Noble 7:30 pm
Cowan at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Eastside vs. DeKalb 7:30 pm
Evansville Christian at South Spencer 8:00 pm
Fairfield at Garrett 7:30 pm
Fishers at Pike 7:30 pm
Forest Park at Northeast Dubois 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at Jay County 7:30 pm
Frankfort at West Lafayette 7:30 pm
Frontier at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm
Greencastle at Clay City 7:30 pm
Henryville at Crothersville 6:00 pm
Homestead at North Central (Indianapolis) 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Indianapolis Washington 6:00 pm
Irvington Prep at Christel House 6:00 pm
John Glenn at NorthWood 7:45 pm
Kankakee Valley at Lake Central 8:00 pm
Leo at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Madison at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Gibson Southern 8:00 pm
North Posey at Wood Memorial 7:30 pm
Norwell at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:30 pm
Oak Hill at Lewis Cass 7:30 pm
Parke Heritage at West Vigo 7:30 pm
Penn at New Prairie 7:30 pm
Perry Central at Paoli 8:00 pm
Perry Meridian at Greenfield-Central 7:30 pm
River Forest at Tri-Township 8:00 pm
Riverton Parke at Southmont 7:30 pm
Rushville at Franklin County 7:30 pm
Salem at Borden 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at Seymour 7:30 pm
Sheridan at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
South Bend Washington vs. Chicago Butler (Ill.) 7:00 pm
Southern Wells at Daleville 7:00 pm
Tipton at Mississinewa 7:30 pm
University at Western 6:00 pm
Washington at Southridge 7:30 pm
Washington Twp. at Munster 8:00 pm
Westview at Heritage 7:30 pm
Yorktown at Muncie Central 7:30 pm

Hendricks County Tournament
Brownsburg at Avon 6:00 pm R1
Danville at Cascade 6:00 pm R1

Madison County Tournament
Anderson Prep at Frankton 6:00 pm R1
Elwood at Lapel 6:00 pm R1
Anderson at Pendleton Heights 6:00 pm R1

Ripley County Tournament
South Ripley vs. Milan 6:00 pm R1
Batesville at Jac-Cen-Del 7:30 pm R1



  3. COLUMBIA CITY (14-2)
  4. CENTER GROVE (16-1)
  6. FW SNIDER (14-2)
  7. LAWRENCE NORTH (13-3)
  9. HOMESTEAD (12-2)
  10. LAKE CENTRAL (13-3)



  3. WESTERN (13-1)
  4. NORWELL (12-4)
  5. BENTON CENTRAL (16-2)
  6. INDIAN CREEK (13-4)
  7. SCOTTSBURG (14-2)
  8. GREENSBURG (12-3)
  10. WASHINGTON (14-3)



  1. NORTH KNOX (16-1)
  2. SOUTH KNOX (14-1)
  3. EASTBROOK (13-1)
  5. LAPEL (11-3)
  6. CARROLL FLORA (14-2)
  7. ALEXANDRIA (13-3)
  9. TRITON CENTRAL (12-3)
  10. BLACKFORD (12-4)



  1. CASTON (15-0)
  3. LANESVILLE (15-1)
  5. BORDEN (13-2)
  6. ORLEANS (13-1)
  7. SPRINGS VALLEY (15-2)
  8. TRI-TOWNSHIP (14-0)
  9. TRI (14-2)
  10. CLINTON CENTRAL (16-1)



Monday, Jan. 1, 2024

ReliaQuest Bowl

No. 13 LSU vs. Wisconsin

Tampa, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN2

Citrus Bowl

No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 21 Tennessee

Orlando, Florida

1 p.m. | ABC

Fiesta Bowl

No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 23 Liberty

Glendale, Arizona

1 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl

No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama

Pasadena, California

5 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas

New Orleans, Louisiana

8:45 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Game

Houston, Texas

7:30 p.m. | ESPN



Baltimore 56 Miami 19

Houston 26 Tennessee 3

Buffalo 27 New England 21

LA Rams 26 NY Giants 25

San Francisco 27 Washington 10

Arizona 35 Philadelphia 31

New Orleans 23 Tampa Bay 13

Jacksonville 26 Carolina 0

Chicago 37 Atlanta 17

Indianapolis 23 Las Vegas 20

Pittsburgh 30 Seattle 23

Denver 16 LA Chargers 9

Kansas City 25 Cincinnati 17

Green Bay 33 Minnesota 10


#12 Oklahoma 72 Monmouth 56

#24 New Orleans 95 Bryant 78

Stanford 100 #4 Arizona 82


Purdue Ft. Wayne 91 Detroit 56

Cleveland State 86 IUPUI 77


#24 North Carolina 82 Clemson 76

#22 Florida State 73 Wake Forest 61

#16 Indiana 77 Illinois 71

#15 Connecticut 95 #18 Marquette 64

Syracuse 86 #13 Notre Dame 81

#14 Virginia Tech 91 Pittsburgh 41

#19 Louisville 77 Miami Florida 72

#3 North Carolina State 72 Virginia 61

#9 Stanford 98 Morgan State 38


Youngstown State 58 IUPUI 56

Southern Indiana 71 Lindenwood 68


Atlanta 130 Washington 126

Boston 134 San Antonio 101

New Orleans 129 LA Lakers 109

Oklahoma City 124 Brooklyn 108

Sacramento 123 Memphis 92

Phoenix 112 Orlando 107


Winnipeg 3 Minnesota 2

Boston 5 Detroit 3

Ottawa 5 Buffalo 1

Pittsburgh 3 NY Islanders 1

Tampa Bay 4 Montréal 3

Calgary 4 Philadelphia 3

Edmonton 7 Anaheim 2

Dallas 8 Chicago 1

Colorado 3 San Jose 1




Issues surrounding the contract of benched Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson have drawn the attention of the NFL Players Association.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that the NFLPA threatened litigation over the team’s request earlier this season that Wilson agree to adjust the injury guarantee portion of his contract or face benching. Per the report, the association sent the Broncos a letter in November that said the team’s intention violated the collective bargaining agreement and could force the NFLPA to initiate arbitration or a lawsuit.

The letter, signed by NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler, was dated Nov. 4 and addressed to the Broncos and the NFL’s management council.

“It has come to our attention that the Denver Broncos recently informed Mr. Wilson and his Certified Contract Advisor that if Mr. Wilson would not renegotiate his Player Contract to relinquish certain salary guarantees, the Broncos would remove him from the starting lineup,” the NFLPA wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The Post.

The letter continued: “If the Broncos follow-through on the Club’s threat, the Club will violate, among other things, the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Mr. Wilson’s Player Contract and New York law. And, we are particularly concerned that the Broncos still intend to commit these violations under the guise of ‘coaching decisions.’ ”

That coaching decision apparently was made this week, with coach Sean Payton announcing Jarrett Stidham would replace Wilson, 35, at quarterback for the Broncos (7-8) for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers (5-10).

The Post said it was not clear on Sunday whether the association plans to follow through with legal action or arbitration now that the change has been made.
Wilson will be paid $37 million in the offseason should he be injured.

Payton said last week that the shift to Stidham was related to trying to win games and not a contract issue on his part.

Wilson’s performance has been underwhelming since he was acquired in a trade that sent two first-round draft picks – and more — to the Seahawks before the 2022 season. A nine-time Pro Bowl selection and a Super Bowl winner with Seattle, Wilson is 11-19 as Denver starter.

Should he be released this offseason, Wilson would cost the Broncos $85 million against the salary cap.


Lamar Jackson passed for 321 yards and matched his career high of five touchdown passes and the Baltimore Ravens clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a 56-19 dismantling of the visiting Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Isaiah Likely had two touchdown receptions and Zay Flowers (106 receiving yards), Justice Hill, Patrick Ricard and Charlie Kolar each had one for the Ravens (13-3). Gus Edwards and Melvin Gordon III each rushed for a score for Baltimore, which has won six straight games and 10 of its past 11.

Roquan Smith and Geno Stone had interceptions for the Ravens, who have won eight games by 14 or more points this season. Miami star linebacker Bradley Chubb was carted off with a potentially serious knee injury with 3:05 remaining.

Tua Tagovailoa completed 22 of 38 passes for 237 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Miami (11-5) but sustained an injury to his left (throwing) shoulder. He was injured while sliding during a scramble with 7:55 left and missed the rest of the contest. De’Von Achane rushed 107 yards and caught a touchdown pass for the Dolphins.

49ers 27, Commanders 10

Brock Purdy threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns as San Francisco clinched the top seed in the NFC by beating Washington in Landover, Md.

Elijah Mitchell carried 17 times for 80 yards and a touchdown as the 49ers (12-4) locked down the top record in the conference after losses by Detroit on Saturday and Philadelphia on Sunday. Mitchell took over for Christian McCaffrey, who was sidelined with an ankle injury early in the third quarter after rushing 14 times for 64 yards.

Sam Howell completed 17 of 28 passes for 169 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for Washington (4-12), which dropped its seventh straight, its longest single-season losing streak since 1998.

Chiefs 25, Bengals 17

Harrison Butker booted six field goals while Isiah Pacheco and Rashee Rice each gained over 100 yards from scrimmage as Kansas City clinched the AFC West with a victory over visiting Cincinnati.

Patrick Mahomes finished 21-of-29 passing for 245 yards and a touchdown for the Chiefs (10-6), who clinched their eighth straight division title. Pacheco totaled 130 yards on 18 carries and had seven receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown, and Rice finished with five catches for 127 yards.

Jake Browning completed 19 of 33 passes for 197 yards. He threw for a TD and rushed for another for the Bengals (8-8), who were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss. Cincinnati led 17-7 in the second quarter before Kansas City scored the final 18 points.

Bills 27, Patriots 21

Quarterback Josh Allen rushed for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns and Buffalo held off a late rally by New England to earn a victory in Orchard Park, N.Y.

The Bills (10-6) will go into the final week of the regular season holding the AFC’s second wild-card berth but not yet assured of a postseason spot. Allen put Buffalo up 27-14 with 10:42 remaining in the third quarter when he snuck into the end zone with the help of a push from running back Latavius Murray.

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a 6-yard score early in the fourth to pull New England (4-12) within six, and the Patriots ended up getting the ball back with 6:41 left in the game. However, New England failed to get past its 11-yard line, and the Bills then ran out the clock.

Bears 37, Falcons 17

Justin Fields passed for 268 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 45 yards and a score to lift host Chicago over Atlanta.

The Bears (7-9) relied on a balanced attack that outgained Atlanta 432-307 to win for the fourth time in the past five games. Khalil Herbert led the ground game, rushing 18 times for 124 yards and a touchdown.

The Falcons (7-9) lost for the third time in four games as their dim NFC playoff hopes took a hit. Taylor Heinicke finished 10-for-29 passing for 163 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions before Desmond Ridder entered in relief late in the fourth quarter.

Texans 26, Titans 3

C.J. Stroud passed for 213 yards and a touchdown in his return from a two-game concussion absence and host Houston kept its postseason hopes alive by thumping Tennessee.

Stroud completed 24 of 32 pass attempts and tossed a 12-yard touchdown to Brevin Jordan in the second quarter to extend the Houston lead to 10-0. Eight seconds later, the Texans (9-7) produced their first defensive touchdown of the season when Sheldon Rankins returned a fumble by Titans quarterback Will Levis 13 yards for a score.

Levis suffered a right foot injury while being sacked by Jerry Hughes on the play. Levis labored walking to the sideline and was carted to the locker room. Ryan Tannehill replaced Levis and passed for 168 yards. The Texans recorded five sacks of Tannehill while limiting the Titans (5-11) to 187 yards of total offense.

Colts 23, Raiders 20

Gardner Minshew threw for 224 yards and a touchdown while Jonathan Taylor ran for 96 yards and another score as host Indianapolis kept its hopes for an AFC South title alive by beating Las Vegas.

Matt Gay added second-half field goals of 38, 33 and 45 yards as the Colts (9-7) remained in a three-way tie with Jacksonville and Houston in the division. They will have to beat the visiting Texans next week in their regular-season finale and hope the Jaguars lose at Tennessee to claim a division crown.

Aidan O’Connell hit on 30 of 47 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns for Las Vegas (7-9), which was eliminated from playoff consideration. Davante Adams caught 13 passes for 126 yards and two scores.

Jaguars 26, Panthers 0

Brandon McManus kicked four field goals and Jacksonville’s defense dominated as the hosts shut out Carolina.

The Jaguars (9-7) snapped a four-game losing streak and moved closer to repeating as AFC South champions. Sunday’s win came with backup quarterback C.J. Beathard at the controls for the Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence, who sustained a shoulder injury a week earlier, missed a game for the first time since he arrived in the NFL in 2021, ending a string of 49 straight games played.

Bryce Young had 112 yards and an interception on 19-of-32 passing for the Panthers (2-14).

Rams 26, Giants 25

Matthew Stafford passed for 317 yards and a touchdown and Kyren Williams rushed for three scores to help Los Angeles defeat New York in East Rutherford, N.J.

Stafford completed 24 of 34 passes with two interceptions, Williams rushed for 87 yards on 20 carries and Puka Nacua caught five passes for 118 yards for the Rams (9-7), who have won six of their past seven.

Tyrod Taylor passed for 319 yards and a touchdown and Darius Slayton caught four passes for 106 yards and a long touchdown for the Giants (5-11), who have lost three in a row. New York failed to convert a two-point conversion try to take the lead with 3:27 left, and Mason Crosby missed a 54-yard field goal with 30 seconds remaining.

Cardinals 35, Eagles 31

James Conner rushed for a 2-yard touchdown with 32 seconds to play and Arizona stunned host Philadelphia to leave the NFC playoff picture in disarray.

Needing a stop to halt their December slide, the Eagles saw their defense fall flat, allowing touchdowns on all four second-half possessions to permit 29 points as Philadelphia (11-5) dropped out of first place in the NFC East.

Kyler Murray was rarely pressured after a first-half interception and completed 25 of 31 passes for 232 yards and three TDs for Arizona (4-12). Conner had 26 carries for 128 yards. Jalen Hurts and the Eagles had only 275 total yards to Arizona’s 449.

Saints 23, Buccaneers 13

Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes, New Orleans forced four turnovers and the visiting Saints stayed in contention for a postseason berth with a win over Tampa Bay.

Baker Mayfield was 22-of-33 passing for 309 yards and two touchdowns but had two interceptions. Tampa Bay (8-8), which had won four in a row, missed an opportunity to clinch its third consecutive NFC South title, but can still do so with a victory at Carolina next weekend.

The Saints (8-8), who avenged a 26-9 home loss to the Buccaneers in Week 4, can win the South with a win over Atlanta and a Bucs loss to the Panthers in Week 18.

Steelers 30, Seahawks 23

Najee Harris rushed 27 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns as Pittsburgh continued its playoff push with a victory against host Seattle.

Mason Rudolph, starting for the injured Kenny Pickett, completed 18 of 24 passes for 274 yards for the Steelers (9-7). Geno Smith was 23-of-33 passing for 290 yards and one touchdown for the Seahawks (8-8), who had a two-game winning streak snapped and saw their postseason chances diminish.

The Seahawks reached the red zone before stalling, settling for Jason Myers’ 24-yard field goal with 2:01 remaining to make it a one-possession game. The Steelers recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.

Broncos 16, Chargers 9

Jarrett Stidham threw for 224 yards and a touchdown in his first start in nearly a year, but Denver was eliminated from the playoff hunt despite beating visiting Los Angeles.

Stidham took over starting duties from Russell Wilson this week after the Broncos (8-8) lost three of their previous four games, and he completed 20 of 32 passes without a turnover. Denver was eliminated when the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cincinnati Bengals.

Easton Stick completed 24 of 38 passes for 220 yards in his third straight start for the Chargers (5-11) since Justin Herbert went down with a broken right index finger against the Broncos on Dec. 10. Alex Erickson caught seven passes for 98 yards for Los Angeles, which has lost four in a row and seven of eight.

Packers 33, Vikings 10

Jordan Love passed for three touchdowns and rushed for one more and Green Bay cruised to a win over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Love completed 24 of 33 passes for 256 yards for Green Bay (8-8), which boosted its playoff hopes while reducing the Vikings’ chances to near zero. The Packers can clinch a playoff berth with a win against the Chicago Bears in Week 18. Jayden Reed had six catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns for Green Bay.

Nick Mullens completed 13 of 22 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota (7-9), which lost its third game in a row. Mullens entered the game in the second half as a replacement for starter Jaren Hall, who completed 5 of 10 passes for 67 yards and an interception.


A look at seven statistical highlights from games played on Thursday, Dec. 28, Saturday, Dec. 30 and during the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET windows on Sunday, Dec. 31, the 17th week of the 2023 season.

  • BALTIMORE, who defeated Miami, 56-19, secured its first AFC North division title since 2019 and clinched the No. 1 seed, the AFC’s only first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Ravens improved to 13-3, their second season in franchise history with 13 wins (2006).

    SAN FRANCISCO defeated Washington, 27-10, and in combination with losses by Detroit and Philadelphia in Week 17, clinched the No. 1 seed, the NFC’s lone first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

    The 49ers, with quarterback BROCK PURDY (4,280 passing yards), running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (2,023 scrimmage yards), wide receivers BRANDON AIYUK (1,317 scrimmage yards) and DEEBO SAMUEL (1,085 scrimmage yards) and tight end GEORGE KITTLE (1,022 scrimmage yards), are the fourth team in NFL history with a 4,000-yard passer and four players each with 1,000-or-more scrimmage yards in a season, joining the 2004 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 1995 ATLANTA FALCONS and 1990 HOUSTON OILERS.

    San Francisco – with McCaffrey, Aiyuk, Samuel and Kittle – is the first team in NFL history with a running back, two wide receivers and a tight end each with 1,000 scrimmage yards in the same season.

    KANSAS CITY defeated Cincinnati, 25-17, and clinched their eighth-consecutive AFC West division title, surpassing the LOS ANGELES RAMS (seven consecutive NFC West titles from 1973-79) for the second-longest streak of division titles in NFL history. Only the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11 consecutive AFC East titles from 2009-19) have a longer streak.

    The Chiefs secured a playoff berth for the ninth-consecutive season, tying the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (nine seasons from 2002-10) and DALLAS COWBOYS (nine from 1975-83) for the second-longest streak of playoff appearances in NFL history. Only the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11 seasons from 2009-19) have a longer streak.

    Kansas City has at least 10 wins in nine consecutive regular-seasons, tied with the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (nine seasons from 2002-10) for the third-longest streak of 10-win seasons all-time. Only the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (17 seasons from 2003-19), and SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (16 seasons from 1983-98) have longer streaks.

    CLEVELAND – which defeated the New York Jets, 37-20, on Thursday – clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2020.

    The LOS ANGELES RAMS defeated the New York Giants, 26-25, and clinched a playoff berth for the third time in the past four seasons.

    PITTSBURGH defeated Seattle, 30-23,  for its ninth win of the season and secured a 20th-consecutive season with a .500-or-better record, surpassing the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2001-19) for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Only the DALLAS COWBOYS (21 consecutive seasons from 1965-85) have a longer streak.

    The Steelers’ MIKE TOMLIN has led Pittsburgh to a .500-or-better record in each of his 17 seasons as the team’s head coach and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer GEORGE HALAS (16 consecutive seasons from 1933-42 and 1946-51) for the third-longest streak of consecutive .500-or-better seasons by a head coach in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer TOM LANDRY (21 consecutive seasons from 1965-85) and BILL BELICHICK (19 consecutive seasons from 2001-19) have a longer streak.

    ARIZONA, which entered Week 17 with a 3-12 record, overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to defeat Philadelphia (11-5), 35-31. It marked the first time that a team defeated an opponent that entered the week with at least eight more wins since Week 18 of the 2021 season [Detroit (2-13-1) defeated Green Bay (13-3)].

    Week 17 of the 2023 marked the first time in NFL history that there was an offensive touchdown, defensive touchdown, kickoff-return touchdown and punt-return touchdown each of at least 90 yards in the same week (Cowboys’ CEEDEE LAMB – 92-yard touchdown reception; Eagles’ SYDNEY BROWN – 99-yard interception-return touchdown; Patriots’ JALEN RAEGOR – 98-yard kickoff-return touchdown; Giants’ GUNNER OLSZEWSKI – 94-yard punt-return touchdown).

  • Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON completed 18 of 21 attempts (85.7 percent) for 321 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions for a 158.3 rating, the highest attainable mark, in the Ravens’ Week 17 win.

    Jackson has three career games with a 158.3 passer rating (minimum 15 attempts in each game), tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers PEYTON MANNING and KURT WARNER as well as TOM BRADY and BEN ROETHLISBERGER for the most such games in NFL history.

    Jackson is the second quarterback in NFL history with two career games of at least five touchdown passes and a 158.3 passer rating, joining BEN ROETHLISBERGER. Jackson also had five touchdown passes and a 158.3 rating in Week 1 of the 2019 season.

    Jackson has four career games with at least five touchdown passes, the third-most such games by a player in his first six seasons in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (six games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (five) have more.

  • San Francisco quarterback BROCK PURDY passed for 230 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 124.7 rating in the 49ers’ Week 17 win.

    Purdy has 4,280 passing yards this season, surpassing JEFF GARCIA (4,278 passing yards in 2000) for the most single-season passing yards by a quarterback in 49ers franchise history.

    Purdy has 10 games with a passer rating of 120-or-higher, surpassing RUSSELL WILSON (nine games) for the most such games by a player in his first two seasons in NFL history.

    Purdy has eight games with a passer rating of 120-or-higher this season and is the fifth player ever to record a passer rating of 120-or-higher in eight-or-more games in a season, joining AARON RODGERS (10 games in 2020), TOM BRADY (eight in 2007), PHILIP RIVERS (eight in 2008) and MATT RYAN (eight in 2016).

    San Francisco running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY, who has 2,023 scrimmage yards this season and had 2,392 scrimmage yards in 2019 with Carolina, is the third player in NFL history to record at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in a season for two franchises, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers ERIC DICKERSON (L.A. Rams and Indianapolis Colts) and MARSHALL FAULK (St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts). 

    Kittle, who has 1,020 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions this season, is the fourth tight end since 1990 with three seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions, joining TRAVIS KELCE (six seasons), Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (four) and ROB GRONKOWSKI (four). Kittle also reached the marks in 2018 and 2019.

  • Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN rushed for two touchdowns and wide receiver STEFON DIGGS had four receptions in the Bills’ 27-21 win over New England.

    Allen has 15 rushing touchdowns this season, tied with JALEN HURTS (15 rushing touchdowns in 2023) for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season in NFL history.

    Allen is the fifth quarterback in the Super Bowl era with a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games, joining JUSTIN FIELDS (six consecutive games in 2022), JOSHUA DOBBS (five in 2023), KYLER MURRAY (five in 2020) and CAM NEWTON (five games in 2021).

    Allen has 12 games with a rushing touchdown this season, the most such games by a quarterback in a season in NFL history.

    Diggs has 100 receptions this season and became the third player ever with at least 100 receptions in four-or-more consecutive seasons, joining ANTONIO BROWN (six consecutive seasons from 2013-18) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (four consecutive seasons from 1999-2002).

    Diggs has 803 receptions in 135 career games, surpassing ANDRE JOHNSON (137 games) and DEANDRE HOPKINS (137) as the fifth-fastest player to reach 800 career receptions in NFL history. Only ANTONIO BROWN (126 games), KEENAN ALLEN (127), JULIO JONES (127) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (131) reached the mark faster.

  • Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 245 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions for a 109.1 rating in the Chiefs’ Week 17 win.

    Mahomes has 4,177 passing yards this season and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING as the only players ever with at least 4,000 passing yards in six of their first seven seasons.

  • Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver PUKA NACUA had five receptions for 118 yards in the team’s Week 17 win.

    Nacua has 101 receptions this season, tied with ANQUAN BOLDIN (101 receptions in 2003) for the second-most receptions by a rookie in history. Only JAYLEN WADDLE (104 receptions in 2021) has more.

    Nacua has 1,445 receiving yards this season and surpassed JUSTIN JEFFERSON (1,400 receiving yards in 2020) for the third-most receiving yards by a rookie in NFL history. Only BILL GROMAN (1,473 receiving yards in 1960) and JA’MARR CHASE (1,455 in 2021) have more.

    Nacua is the fifth rookie in history with at least 100 receiving yards in seven games, joining BILL GROMAN (nine games in 1960), ODELL BECKHAM JR. (seven in 2014), HARLON HILL (seven in 1954) and JUSTIN JEFFERSON (seven in 2020).

  • Miami wide receiver TYREEK HILL had six catches for 76 yards in Week 17.

    Hill – who has a career-high and franchise-record 1,717 receiving yards this season and had 1,710 receiving yards last season – is the first player in NFL history to record at least 1,700 receiving yards in multiple seasons. 

    Hill – who has 112 receptions this season, 119 receptions in 2022 and 111 receptions in 2021 – is the third player ever to record at least 110 receptions in three consecutive seasons, joining ANTONIO BROWN (2013-15) and WES WELKER (2007-09).

    Hill, who has 710 receptions, 10,057 receiving yards and 75 touchdown receptions since entering the NFL in 2016, is the second player in NFL history with at least 700 receptions, 10,000 receiving yards and 75 touchdown receptions in his first eight seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON.

  • Additional notes from Week 17 include:

    • Cleveland quarterback JOE FLACCO passed for 309 yards and three touchdowns with one interception for a 121.2 rating in the Browns’ 37-20 win over the New York Jets on Thursday.

      Flacco became the first player in NFL history to record at least 250 passing yards and two touchdown passes in each of his first five games with a team.

      Flacco became the second player ever to record at least 300 passing yards in four of his first five games with a team, joining BRIAN HOYER (four of his first five games with Chicago in 2016).

    • Dallas wide receiver CEEDEE LAMB had 13 receptions for 227 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 20-19 win over Detroit on Saturday.

      Lamb has 122 receptions for 1,651 receiving yards this season, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (111 receptions and 1,603 receiving yards in 1995) for the Cowboys single-season franchise records in receptions and receiving yards.

      Lamb has four games with at least 10 receptions and 150 receiving yards this season (Weeks 8-10 and 17), tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers TIM BROWN (1997), CALVIN JOHNSON (2012) and JERRY RICE (1995) as well as ANTONIO BROWN (2017) and TYREEK HILL (2022) for the most such games in a season in NFL history.

      Lamb joined MICHAEL THOMAS (six games in 2019) as the only players with six games of 11-or-more receptions in a season in NFL history.

    • Detroit wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN had six receptions for 90 yards and one touchdown and rookie tight end SAM LAPORTA had seven receptions for 84 yards on Saturday.

      St. Brown has 308 career receptions and surpassed CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (303 receptions) for the third-most receptions by a player in his first three career seasons in NFL history. Only JUSTIN JEFFERSON (324 receptions) and MICHAEL THOMAS (321) have more.

      LaPorta has 81 receptions this season, tied with KEITH JACKSON (81 receptions in 1988) for the most receptions by a rookie tight end in NFL history.

      LaPorta has 860 receiving yards this season and surpassed CHARLIE YOUNG (854 receiving yards in 1973) for the fifth-most receiving yards by a rookie tight end in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE DITKA (1,076 receiving yards in 1961), KYLE PITTS (1,026 in 2021), JEREMY SHOCKEY (894 in 2002) and KEITH JACKSON (869 in 1988) have more.
    • Las Vegas wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS had 13 receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns in Week 17.

      Adams has eight career games with at least 10 receptions, 125 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions, surpassing ANTONIO BROWN (seven games) for the most such games in NFL history.

      Adams has 17 games with at least 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS (17 games) for the fifth-most such games in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (27 games), RANDY MOSS (26), MARVIN HARRISON (22) and DON HUTSON (18) have more.

    • Jacksonville linebacker JOSH ALLEN recorded three sacks in the Jaguars’ 26-0 win over Carolina.

      Allen – who had three sacks in Weeks 1, 4 and 17 and had 2.5 sacks in Week 12 – is the second player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, with at least 2.5 sacks in four games within a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LAWRENCE TAYLOR (four games in 1986).


The NFL today announced the Week 18 schedule for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6-7.

Week 18 will begin with a Saturday doubleheader on ESPN/ABC. The Pittsburgh Steelers at the Baltimore Ravens will be followed by the Houston Texans at the Indianapolis Colts.

The regular season will conclude with #Game272, as the Buffalo Bills will play at the Miami Dolphins on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

The final Week 18 schedule (all times ET):

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens 4:30p ESPN/ABC Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 8:15p ESPN/ABC
Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 1:00p FOX Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p CBS Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions 1:00p FOX New York Jets at New England Patriots 1:00p FOX Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints 1:00p CBS Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans 1:00p CBS Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals 4:25p FOX Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers 4:25p CBS Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders 4:25p FOX Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers 4:25p CBS Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants 4:25p CBS Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers 4:25p FOX Dallas Cowboys at Washington Commanders 4:25p FOX Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 8:20p NBC


A season ago, the Chicago Bears received the No. 1 overall draft pick and traded it to the Carolina Panthers. The swap included Carolina’s first-round pick in 2024 heading to Chicago.

On Sunday, the Bears secured the first overall pick once again as the Panthers clinched the worst record in the league with their latest loss.

The Panthers lost 26-0 to the Jacksonville Jaguars for their eighth loss in nine games and fell to 2-14.

With the Arizona Cardinals upsetting the Philadelphia Eagles 35-31 to improve to 4-12, Carolina is two games clear of every other team in the standings with one week left in the regular season.

Chicago (7-9) has won four of its last five games after routing the Atlanta Falcons 37-17 on Sunday. Wide receiver DJ Moore, acquired from the Panthers when the Bears traded out of the No. 1 slot, racked up nine catches for 159 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta. Moore has 92 receptions and has set career highs of 1,300 yards and eight receiving scores.

The Bears will have to decide whether to move on from second-year quarterback Justin Fields and select a different signal-caller with the top overall pick — like Southern California’s Caleb Williams or North Carolina’s Drake Maye — or stick with Fields and draft another position.

Chicago has held the first overall pick twice, not counting the 2023 selection it traded away. The Bears drafted halfbacks Tom Harmon in 1941 and Bob Fenimore in 1947.

Arizona is tied with the Washington Commanders and New England Patriots at 4-12. Based on tiebreakers, Washington would pick second if the season ended Sunday, followed by New England third and Arizona fourth.



Freshman Kanaan Carlyle scored a career-high 28 points and Spencer Jones added 21 as they led Stanford’s historic 3-point barrage in a stunning 100-82 wire-to-wire victory over No. 4 Arizona on Sunday in Stanford, Calif.

The Cardinal (6-6, 1-1 Pac-12) made 16 of 25 attempts (64 percent) from behind the arc, including Carlyle’s heave from near halfcourt with 2.6 seconds left to set the school record for most 3-pointers in a game.

Caleb Love scored 23 for Arizona (10-3, 1-1), but his aggressive second-half drives to the basket couldn’t offset Stanford’s long-range shooting. The Wildcats, meanwhile, made only 7 of 26 3-point attempts.

Carlyle, who made his season debut Dec. 17 and was playing in just his fourth game, hit 6 of 8 3-point shots, grabbed eight rebounds and connected on all eight attempts from the free-throw line. Jones was 5 of 6 from 3-point range and made 8 of 9 shots overall.

Oumar Ballo had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats, but his double-double streak ended at three games.

Andrej Stojakovic scored 16 for the Cardinal. Maxime Raynaud had 12 points, while Jared Bynum had 11 assists to go with nine points.

Stanford led 44-35 at halftime and expanded its lead by making its first five 3-point shots of the second half. The Cardinal took its biggest lead at 77-57 with 9:46 to go before Arizona responded with a 7-0 run, eventually getting within 80-69 with about seven minutes left.

That was as close as the Wildcats got, as back-to-back layups from Brandon Angel helped Stanford keep Arizona at bay.

The Cardinal shot 58.1 percent (36 of 62) from the field.

Stanford took charge from the opening tip, taking a 7-0 lead and keeping the advantage with its hot outside shooting, including a four-point play from Carlyle with 5:23 to go for a 29-21 lead.

The Cardinal made 7 of 12 3-pointers before halftime and took its biggest lead of the half at 43-28 after a James Keefe dunk at the 2:32 mark, but the Wildcats ended on a 7-1 run to go into the break down 44-35.


Allen Flanigan had 20 points and nine rebounds and No. 24 Ole Miss matched the best start in school history with a 95-78 victory against Bryant in the final nonconference game for both teams Sunday in Oxford, Miss.

Matthew Murrell added 18 points, Jaemyn Brakeford had 16, Mousse Cisse had 10 and Jamarion Sharp finished with 10 rebounds and eight points for the Rebels (13-0). Ole Miss tied the record start of the 2007-08 team heading into their SEC opener against No. 6 Tennessee on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.

Sherif Gross-Bullocks scored 24, Rafael Pinzon had 21 and Earl Timberlake added 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (8-7), who begin America East Conference play at UMBC on Saturday.

Flanigan scored seven consecutive Rebels points as they extended their 11-point halftime lead to 52-34 early in the second half.

Bryant, which eclipsed 100 points in each of its last two games, crept within 13 points twice before Ole Miss opened a 16-point lead on three occasions.

Doug Edert and Gross-Bullock made consecutive 3-pointers as the Bulldogs trimmed the lead to 70-60 with 7:38 left.

Flanigan made two free throws and a jumper to push the lead to 14 and the Rebels maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

The Rebels scored the first four points of the game before the Bulldogs took their only lead at 7-6 on a jumper by Timberlake.

Jaylen Murray and Brakefield made consecutive 3-pointers during a 13-0 run that gave Ole Miss a 12-point lead.

Gross-Bullock ended the run by making a free throw, but Murray made a 3-pointer and another jumper to extend the lead to 33-17.

Bryant went on a 13-5 run to pull within eight points before the Rebels scored the final three points to take a 41-30 halftime lead.


Jalon Moore scored a career-high 21 points to lead No. 12 Oklahoma to a 72-56 win over Monmouth on Sunday in Norman, Oklahoma.

Monmouth led with about 13 minutes remaining before John Hugley IV’s layup ignited a 17-1 Sooners run to put the game away.

While Milos Uzan didn’t score during the stretch, his fingerprints were all over Oklahoma’s decisive run.

Uzan had five of his eight assists during the five-minute stretch as all seven Sooners’ baskets during the stretch were assisted. Uzan also added a steal during the stretch.

Moore scored 15 of his points in the second half, as Oklahoma (12-1) shot 56.7 percent from the floor after halftime, with Moore going 6 of 6 from the floor and hitting three 3-pointers.

Moore finished 8 of 10 from the field.

Moore’s previous career high was 19, set Nov. 20 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Otega Oweh added 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting while Javian McCollum had 11 points and eight assists.

The Sooners’ 21 assists were their second-highest total of the season.

Oklahoma finished nonconference play with back-to-back wins and their best nonconference record since also going 12-1 in 2018-19.

Monmouth (7-6) had its two-game winning streak snapped.

Jack Collins led the Hawks with 14 points while Nikita Konstantynovskyi added 11 points.

Xander Rice, Monmouth’s leading scorer coming into the game, was just 3 of 17 from the floor and 2 of 9 from beyond the arc for 10 points.

The Hawks shot 36.2 percent from the floor. Monmouth was just 3 for 17 from the floor to close out the game, and missed each of their last six shots inside the arc while the Sooners made six consecutive shots during their late run.

Monmouth led by as many as four early and took a three-point lead thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Abdi Bashir Jr. and then a layup from Konstantynovskyi.

Oklahoma went more than five minutes without a field goal before Moore’s dunk helped the Sooners turn the tide, then McCollum and Oweh hit 3-pointers in the final minute before halftime to send Oklahoma into the break up 32-28.



Dyaisha Fair scored 27 points and had six steals to help Syracuse open up Atlantic Coast Conference play with an 86-81 upset victory over visiting No. 13 Notre Dame on Sunday.

Fair made four 3-pointers and also had four rebounds and three assists in the eighth straight victory for the Orange (11-1, 1-0 ACC). Alyssa Latham, a freshman, added 21 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks for Syracuse, and Georgia Woolley chipped in 10 points.

Hannah Hidalgo did it all for the Fighting Irish (9-2, 0-1 ACC) with 32 points, seven steals, six assists and five rebounds. Maddy Westbeld contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Syracuse led by four points at halftime before Notre Dame surged back to take a four-point lead into the fourth quarter, but the Orange had one more run left in them and went ahead by nine points in the final frame. Syracuse scored 30 points off 24 Notre Dame turnovers and won the rebounding battle by 12.

No. 14 Virginia Tech 91, Pitt 41

Georgia Amoore scored 20 points as the Hokies raced away from the visiting Panthers in Blacksburg, Va.

Amoore was one of six players to score in double figures for Virginia Tech (10-2, 1-0 ACC) in its conference opener. Olivia Summiel had a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards off the bench. Matilda Ekh had 16 points, Carleigh Wenzel and Cayla King each scored 11 and Elizabeth Kitley had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Virginia Tech never trailed as it shot 51.5 percent from the floor and 48.3 percent from behind the arc. Liatu King led Pitt (6-8, 0-1 ACC) with 19 points and four rebounds.

No. 15 UConn 95, No. 18 Marquette 64

Paige Bueckers tallied 25 points and five assists as the Huskies handed the visiting Golden Eagles their first defeat of the season in Hartford, Conn.

Aaliyah Edwards added 19 points and 12 rebounds for UConn (10-3, 2-0 Big East), while KK Arnold scored 13 points and Ashlynn Shade chipped in 12 points.

For Marquette (12-1, 1-1 Big East), Jordan King had 16 points, Liza Karlen added 13 and Mackenzie Hare scored 12.

Marquette jumped out to a 10-point lead, but then UConn broke off a 21-6 run to end the first quarter and never looked back. UConn had a rebounding advantage of 15 and outscored Marquette 52-28 in the paint.

No. 16 Indiana 77, Illinois 71

Mackenzie Holmes scored 30 points as the host Hoosiers outlasted the Fighting Illini in Bloomington, Ind.

Holmes shot 10-of-14 from the floor and also had seven rebounds for Indiana (11-1, 2-0 Big Ten). Chloe Moore-McNeil added 19 points while Yarden Garzon tallied 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Makira Cook powered Illinois (6-6, 0-2 Big Ten) with 24 points, and Kendall Bostic chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds. Illinois trimmed its deficit to a single point with just 55 seconds to play, but a 3-pointer and two free throws by Garzon gave Indiana a six-point advantage with 20 seconds left.

No. 22 Florida State 73, Wake Forest 61

Ta’Niya Latson piled up 30 points to help the Seminoles beat the visiting Demon Deacons in Tallahassee, Fla.

Latson shot 10-of-20 from the floor and also had five rebounds for Florida State (11-3, 2-0 ACC). FSU also got a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds from Mikayla Timpson, and 12 points from O’Mariah Gordon. Florida State led by as many as 14 points and shot 21-of-25 from the charity stripe.

Malaya Cowles led Wake Forest (4-9, 0-1 ACC) with 15 points and four rebounds.

No. 24 North Carolina 82, Clemson 76

Lexi Donarski scored 23 points and Alyssa Ustby added 21 as the Tar Heels opened ACC play with a win over the visiting Tigers in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Ustby also had 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season, and Deja Kelly added 15 points and eight assists for UNC (9-4, 1-0 ACC). Clemson (8-6, 1-1 ACC) was paced by Amari Robinson’s 21 points and Dayshanette Harris’ 19 points.

UNC jumped out to a 17-5 lead to start the game, but Clemson cut the deficit to one point by halftime. In the third quarter, the Tar Heels pulled away again thanks to 12 points from Donarski on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. UNC made a season-high 11 3-pointers.



Kevin Durant recorded 31 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals to help the Phoenix Suns post a 112-107 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic on Sunday night.

Bradley Beal scored a season-best 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting as Phoenix won its third straight game. Devin Booker had 21 points and three steals for the Suns, who got to see their big three of Booker, Durant and Beal all play in the same game for just the fourth time this season.

Paolo Banchero registered 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Orlando, which lost the opener of a four-game road trip. Franz Wagner had 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Wendell Carter Jr. scored a season-high 17 points and Cole Anthony had 13 points for the Magic.

After Wagner hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 99 with 7:55 left in the game, Orlando scored just three points over the next 6:45.

Kings 123, Grizzlies 92

Domantas Sabonis snatched a game-high 21 rebounds as part of a triple-double, De’Aaron Fox got the better of Ja Morant in their point guard duel and Sacramento ran off from host Memphis.

Fox finished with 24 points, seven more than Morant in their first head-to-head of the season. Sabonis complemented his season-high rebound total with 13 points and a game-high 12 assists for his sixth triple-double of the campaign.

Jaren Jackson Jr. put up a team-high 18 points for the Grizzlies, while Desmond Bane and Luke Kennard matched Morant’s 17. Memphis lost its third in a row.

Hawks 130, Wizards 126

Trae Young racked up game highs of 40 points and 13 assists to help lead visiting Atlanta past Washington.

Dejounte Murray added 32 points for the Hawks, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Kyle Kuzma paced the Wizards with 38 points on 15-for-31 shooting from the field in Washington’s fourth loss in its past five games.

Facing a 12-point deficit at the half, Washington cut the Atlanta lead to just two on Jordan Poole’s floater with 4:52 remaining in the third quarter, but Murray scored 10 points in a two-minute span at the end of the period to push Atlanta’s lead to 100-87 after three quarters.

Pelicans 129, Lakers 109

Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram scored 26 points apiece to lead six double-figure scorers and host New Orleans defeated Los Angeles.

Ingram added eight assists, three steals and two blocked shots, and CJ McCollum collected 22 points and nine assists for the Pelicans.

LeBron James, completing a back-to-back the day after his 39th birthday, scored a game-high 34 points with eight assists while Anthony Davis added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost for the eighth time in 11 games since winning the NBA in-season tournament.

Celtics 134, Spurs 101

Jayson Tatum poured in 25 points and Jaylen Brown added 24 as Boston put away the game in the third quarter in pummeling host San Antonio.

The Celtics, the No. 1 team in the NBA, tied their season high with their sixth straight win, while San Antonio, at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, dropped its second consecutive contest. Boston led by 12 at halftime but outscored the Spurs 40-23 in the third quarter.

Devin Vassell led the Spurs with 22 points and Victor Wembanyama added 21. San Antonio played without Keldon Johnson (back spasms) and Zach Collins (sprained right ankle).

Thunder 124, Nets 108

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points to lead Oklahoma City past visiting Brooklyn.

Every Oklahoma City starter scored at least 17 points, including Josh Giddey, who finished with 20. The Thunder shot 54.2 percent from the floor, their fourth consecutive game shooting 50 percent or better.

The Thunder have won four consecutive games and seven of their past eight, while the Nets have dropped three straight and eight of 10. Mikal Bridges led Brooklyn with 22 points. Cam Thomas, the Nets’ leading scorer, came off the bench for the second consecutive game and finished with 20 points.



Warren Foegele had two goals and three assists and Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists as the visiting Edmonton Oilers cruised to their fifth straight victory, beating the Anaheim Ducks 7-2 on Sunday night.

It was the first five-point game of Foegele’s career. Ryan McLeod had a goal and an assist, Darnell Nurse had two assists and Evander Kane, Zach Hyman and Brett Kulak also scored for Edmonton, which improved to 7-0-2 in its past nine visits to Anaheim.

Calvin Pickard made 28 saves for the Oilers.

Max Jones and Frank Vatrano scored for Anaheim, which suffered its league-high 14th home loss in 20 games (6-14-0). John Gibson finished with 32 saves.

Edmonton, playing the second game of a back-to-back that began with a 3-2 shootout win at Los Angeles on Saturday night, jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 4:15 mark of the first period on McLeod’s wrist shot from the low slot.

Anaheim tied it, 1-1, at 9:10 of the period when Jones put in a rebound of a Ryan Strome shot. But the Oilers regained the lead at the 17:22 mark when Kane wrapped a shot around the right post and through Gibson’s pads for his 14th goal of the season.

Edmonton extended its lead to 5-1 with three second-period goals.

Draisaitl made it 3-1 when he one-timed a shot from below the right circle off a Nurse pass for his 17th goal of the campaign.

Foegele then redirected a Nurse pass from the right point into the left side of the net to extend the lead to 4-1, and he followed that up by snapping in a wrist shot from the right side of the net off a McLeod pass from the end boards.

The Ducks cut their deficit to 5-2 at the 4:49 mark of the third period on Vatrano’s 17th goal, but Hyman answered with his team-leading 21st goal four minutes later, firing a wrist shot from the edge of the right circle.

Kulak capped the scoring with 4:11 to go with his second goal of the season.


Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and an assist, Mikko Rantanen and Josh Manson also scored and the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Denver on Sunday night.

Nathan MacKinnon had two assists and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 10 shots for Colorado.

Tomas Hertl scored and Kaapo Kahkonen made 30 saves for San Jose, which has lost eight straight games, all in regulation.

MacKinnon had his 19-game point streak ended Friday night at St. Louis, but he extended his home point streak to 19 games with an assist on Rantanen’s goal. It is the longest home point streak to start a season in franchise history.

Colorado defenseman Samuel Girard was back in the lineup after missing 20 games while receiving care from the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program. He resumed practicing with the team last week and was activated Saturday.

The Avalanche got the game-winning goal on a delayed penalty. Jack Johnson had the puck in the slot and passed it to Nichushkin at the bottom of the right circle, and Nichushkin put it into the open net at 16:31 of the third. It was his 17th goal of the season.

The Sharks pulled Kahkonen for an extra skater, and Manson scored into an empty net at 18:53 for his fourth marker of the season.

The Avalanche broke through on their first power-play opportunity early in the game. Nichushkin fed MacKinnon at the bottom of the left circle, MacKinnon slid a pass through the slot to Rantanen at the other circle and Rantanen one-timed it by Kahkonen at 6:58 of the first.

It was his 19th goal of the season.

San Jose had just five shots on goal late into the second period but started to apply pressure and got a power play at 16:45. Just eight seconds later, Mikael Granlund passed to Hertl in the slot, and Hertl’s wrist shot beat Georgiev to tie things at 1-1.

The Sharks nearly took the lead late in the second when a turnover gave Granlund a wide-open shot from in close, but he was unable to convert.


Mason Marchment notched his second career hat trick and added an assist, and the Dallas Stars cruised to an 8-1 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.

Tyler Seguin had a goal and two assists for Dallas, which is 7-1-1 in its past nine games. Sam Steel had a goal and an assist, and Roope Hintz scored his fourth goal in two games. Scott Wedgewood made 23 saves.

Philipp Kurashev scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost four-of-five overall (1-3-1) and 11 straight on the road (0-10-1). Petr Mrazek stopped 25 of 31 shots before being lifted in the third period.

The Stars beat Chicago 5-4 in overtime in Dallas on Friday night.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead at 11:35 of the first period when Craig Smith deflected Steel’s long wrist shot from the right point past Mrazek.

Ryan Suter made it 2-0 at 17:16 when his wrist shot from the high slot on the rush deflected in off a Chicago defender.

Seguin made it 3-0 when he knocked a back-door pass from Marchment into a wide-open net at 19:11 for his 11th goal of the season.

Dallas outshot Chicago 17-6 in dominating the opening period and the three goals matched the Stars’ season high.

Chicago’s best early chance came when Connor Bedard’s shot deflected off Wedgewood’s blocker and then the crossbar.

Steel made it 4-0 at 3:43 of the second period. He worked a give-and-go with Jason Robertson at center ice and lifted a backhander over Mrazek from the right circle.

Marchment increased the lead to 5-0 with a power-play goal at 12:50, receiving a pass from Seguin and scoring from between the circles for his 11th of the season.

Kurashev got the Blackhawks on the board 39 seconds into third period when he completed a pretty passing sequence by scoring on a one-timer from the right circle off a cross-ice pass from Bedard on a power play.

Hintz made it 6-1 when he tipped in the rebound of Thomas Harley’s shot at 4:46.

Marchment scored his second goal of the game when he redirected Seguin’s shot home at 14:29 and then added a tip-in at 18:46 for the 8-1 final.


Dennis Gilbert broke a third-period tie with his first goal of the season and added an earlier assist while Blake Coleman collected one of each in his 500th NHL game as the host Calgary Flames defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Sunday.

Mikael Backlund and Nazem Kadri also tallied for the Flames, who completed a comeback win in the New Year’s Eve clash and snapped a two-game losing skid. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves to record the win.

Andrew Mangiapane collected three assists.

Rasmus Ristolainen, Bobby Brink and Egor Zamula replied for the Flyers, who have only one victory in their last five games (1-2-2). Goalie Samuel Ersson made 28 saves in a very strong goaltender battle.

With the score tied 1-1, Gilbert put the Flames ahead 7:29 into the third period. Off a rush, Jonathan Huberdeau fired a long cross-ice pass that Gilbert blasted to snap a 37-game drought.

Kadri made it 3-1 with 5:31 remaining when he raced down the wing and snapped a short-side shot past Ersson’s glove for his 10th of the season.

However, Brink made it a one-goal game again with 3:24 remaining in regulation when he pounced on a rebound for his seventh of the campaign.

Coleman made it 4-2 affair an empty-net goal, his 13th of the season, and it ended up the game-winning goal because Zamula converted a long slap shot with 82 seconds remaining for his team’s second tally with the goalie pulled for the extra attacker

Markstrom held the fort during a wild final minute in a game that was short on offense during the first two frames.

Ristolainen opened the scoring midway through the first period with his first of the season. He zipped to the net from his defensive position and converted a cross-ice feed from Ryan Poehling.

Backlund evened the scoring with 99 seconds remaining in the second period. Mangiapane spied Backlund alone in the slot and upon receiving the pass, the Calgary captain ripped a top-corner shot for his eighth of the season. The goal moved Backlund into ninth spot on the franchise’s all-time points list.



Cale Yarborough, a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, died Sunday morning. He was 84.

Yarborough had been battling a rare genetic disorder, according to his family.

Yarborough captured the Cup Series titles from 1976-78, making him the lone driver to win three straight NASCAR championships until Jimmie Johnson won five in a row from 2006-10. The two drivers are tied for sixth on the Cup Series’ all-time list with 83 victories.

Yarborough also was a four-time Daytona 500 winner (1968, 1977, 1983, 1984) and five-time Southern 500 champion (1968, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1982).

A South Carolina native who grew up on his family’s farm, he also played college football at Clemson but left the team to pursue a career in racing.

“Cale Yarborough was one of the toughest competitors NASCAR has ever seen,” NASCAR chairman and CEO Jim France said in a statement. “His combination of talent, grit and determination separated Cale from his peers, both on the track and in the record book. He was respected and admired by competitors and fans alike and was as comfortable behind the wheel of a tractor as he was behind the wheel of a stock car. On behalf of the France family and NASCAR, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cale Yarborough.”

Yarborough was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012.



Jan. 1 – Art McNally, 97, was the first on-field official inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022. He started as a field judge in the NFL in 1959 and was promoted to referee in 1960. After eight seasons, he became the league’s supervisor of officials, a position he held until 1991. As the league grew in stature, he’s widely credited with making sure officials’ training and professionalism grew in tandem. He’s also known as “The Father of Instant Replay.”

Jan. 9 – Virginia Kraft Payson, 92, was the only woman among the first group of writers hired by Sports Illustrated magazine when it launched in 1954, covering outdoor pursuits like hunting, fishing, and dog training. In the 1970s, she and her second husband became prominent thoroughbred horse breeders and owners in Kentucky.

Jan. 11 – Charles White, 64, was a star running back at USC, won a national championship in 1978, and the Heisman Trophy in 1979. He remains the Trojans’ career rushing yards leader. He played eight seasons in the NFL but only eclipsed 1,000 yards once, his All-Pro season with the Rams in 1987.

Jan. 12 – Gerrie Coetzee, 67, was a uniquely popular boxer with both whites and Blacks in apartheid South Africa. He was the first African boxer to win a world title when he knocked out Michael Dokes in the 10th round in 1983 to claim the WBA heavyweight belt. He lost the belt 15 months later in his first defense when Greg Page knocked him out at the end of a controversial eighth round that may have lasted more than three minutes.

Jan. 15 – Gino Odjick, 52, played 12 seasons in the NHL, primarily with Vancouver where he was beloved as an enforcer on teams coached by Pat Quinn and Rick Ley in the 1990s. Originally from Quebec, he worked with Indigenous communities in B.C. following his playing career.

Jan. 20 – Sal Bando, 78, played 16 seasons in the major leagues as a third baseman. Captain Sal was a member of the 1972-74 Oakland A’s who won three consecutive World Series. He was a four-time All-Star and finished second to teammate Vida Blue in MVP voting in 1971.

Jan. 26 – Billy Packer, 82, covered 34 straight Final Fours and was one of the definitive TV analysts during college basketball’s rise to prominence in the 1970s and ’80s. He worked with Dick Enberg and Al McGuire at NBC, calling the 1979 NCAA Tournament final that featured Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. In 1981, he moved to CBS where he teamed with Verne Lundquist and Jim Nantz until 2008.

Jan. 30- Bobby Hull, One of the greatest scorers in hockey history earned induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 following a 23-year career. He was a 10-time first-team All-Star for Chicago in his 16 seasons in the NHL and led the league in goals seven times. He finished in the top three in Hart Trophy voting seven times‚ winning in 1965 and 1966. He’s one of 20 players to have scored more than 600 NHL goals. He signed a million-dollar contract to leap to the WHA in 1972 and scored 303 more goals in seven seasons with Winnipeg.

Jan. 30 – Bobby Beathard, 86, worked in NFL front offices for 34 years, first as a scout and then as an executive. He was director of pro personnel for the Dolphins for six years, starting with their perfect season in 1972. He became the general manager in Washington in 1978, building two Super Bowl winners with coach Joe Gibbs. He later became the GM in San Diego, where he took the Chargers to their only Super Bowl appearance in 1994.


Feb. 13 – Conrad Dobler, 72, played 10 years in the NFL as one of the game’s most feared offensive linemen, combining with Dan Dierdorf to create a formidable right side of the line with the St. Louis Cardinals. He made three Pro Bowls during his six years with the Cardinals and was featured on the cover of a 1977 edition of Sports Illustrated as “Pro Football’s Dirtiest Player.” His 1988 autobiography was titled “They Call Me Dirty.”

Feb. 14 – John Veitch, 77, trained Alydar through one of the most riveting head-to-head battles in horse racing history. Alydar finished a narrow second to Affirmed in all three Triple Crown races in 1978. Veitch trained Proud Truth, who won the 1985 Breeders’ Cup Classic, and four horses who earned Eclipse Awards as year-end category champion.

Feb. 16- Tim McCarver, 81,  A player and broadcaster‚ he was a fixture in Major League Baseball across seven decades. He broke in with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1959 as a 17-year-old catcher and played 21 seasons in the majors. He won two World Series with the Cardinals in 1964 and 1967 and was the runner-up in MVP voting in ’67. He retired in 1980 and jumped immediately into the broadcast booth on Phillies games and as a backup analyst at NBC. In 1996‚ he joined Joe Buck as the lead analyst at FOX Sports‚ a role he held for 17 seasons. Between ABC‚ CBS‚ and FOX‚ he called 24 World Series.

Feb. 19 – Greg Foster, 64, was a standard-bearer in track and field for 18 years as one of the world’s best sprint hurdlers. He won gold in the 110-meter hurdles at the first three world championships in 1983, 1987, and 1991 and was the Olympic silver medalist in 1984. He was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1998.

Feb. 26 – Terry Holland, 80, is best known as the head basketball coach at Virginia from 1974-90, leading the Cavaliers to two Final Four appearances in the early 1980s, and an NIT championship. The 1981-83 teams won three straight ACC regular-season titles behind star recruit Ralph Sampson. Holland became Virginia’s athletic director in 1994 and held the same role at East Carolina from 2004-2013.


March 1 – Jerry Richardson, 86, was a rarity in the NFL: a former player who went on to become a team owner. Richardson played for two seasons, winning a championship with the 1959 Colts in his rookie year. He used the championship bonus money to fund his first business and eventually became a food-service industry mogul. He was awarded the expansion Carolina Panthers franchise in 1993, and sold the team in 2018.

March 9 – Otis Taylor, 80, was a wide receiver on the legendary Kansas City Chiefs teams at the dawn of the Super Bowl era. He helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl IV over Minnesota in the last title game before the AFL merged with the NFL. He was runner-up in 1971 NFL MVP voting and earned a first-team All-Pro selection once in each league.

March 10 – Jesús Alou, 80, was the youngest of the three Alou brothers who made it to the major leagues out of the Dominican Republic. He played 15 seasons, primarily with San Francisco and Houston. He earned two World Series rings late in his career with Oakland in 1973 and 1974, which were more than his more accomplished brothers had (Matty earned one with Oakland in 1972).

March 11- Bud Grant, 95, Best known as the winningest head coach in Minnesota Vikings history‚ he compiled 158 wins over 18 seasons and led them to all four of their Super Bowl appearances. Coming out of the University of Minnesota‚ he was drafted by the NBA and NFL and chose basketball to start. He was a reserve with the Minneapolis Lakers for three years before leaving to join the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1951. After two years‚ he jumped to Winnipeg of the CFL for the next four seasons. On the field‚ he was proficient on both sides of the ball as a pass-catcher and defensive end. Immediately upon retiring as a player‚ he was named head coach in Winnipeg and led the Blue Bombers to four Grey Cup victories in 10 seasons.

March 12 – Felton Spencer, 55, spent 12 years in the NBA playing for six teams between 1990 and 2002. After four years at the University of Louisville, he was the No. 6 pick in the 1990 draft by Minnesota. His most notable years were the three seasons he spent in Utah supporting Karl Malone and John Stockton, which included two NBA Western Conference finals appearances in 1993-94 and 1995-96.

March 13 – Glen Weir, 71, was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2009 after starring on the defensive line for Montreal for 13 seasons. He was a member of two Grey Cup winners (1974 and 1977), was a five-time East All-Star, and was All-CFL three times.

March 21, Willis Reed, 80, He authored one of the greatest moments in New York sporting history‚ walking onto the court for Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals despite a torn muscle in his leg. Although he only scored four points and had three rebounds in 27 minutes‚ his return electrified the crowd before the game and sparked the Knicks to their first championship. He repeated as NBA Finals MVP in 1973‚ the last time the Knicks were league champion. Injuries limited Reed to 10 seasons‚ but he was All-NBA seven times‚ was the 1970 league MVP‚ was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982‚ and appeared on the NBA’s 50th and 75th anniversary lists of its greatest players.

March 31 – John Brockington, 74, was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year in 1971 for Green Bay after being drafted ninth overall out of Ohio State. He was also first-team All-Pro, and helped the Packers to their first playoff appearance in the post-Vince Lombardi era the following season. Wear and tear from his physical running style took its toll after a third straight 1,000-yard season and his production dwindled over the final four years of his career.


April 4 – Craig Breedlove, 86, spent the 1960s chasing a single goal: the world land-speed record. With Utah’s stark Bonneville Salt Flats as his track and his backdrop, he became the first to crack the 400, 500, and 600-mph barriers in successive jet-powered cars (called the Spirit of America that he designed and built). As late as 2018, he was still designing a car to take on the current record of 763 mph.

April 19 – Dave Wilcox, 80, nicknamed “The Intimidator,” was a ferocious outside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers from 1964-74. He was a seven-time Pro Bowler and twice was named first-team All-Pro. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

April 23, Tori Bowie, 32, She grew up thinking she was a basketball player and was a late entrant into the world of track and field. Once she found her calling‚ she authored a brief but accomplished career competing in sprints and long jump. She was the NCAA long jump champion in 2011 for Southern Mississippi but concentrated on sprints following college. Bowie earned three medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro: gold in the 4×100-meter relay‚ silver in the 100 meters‚ and bronze in the 200. She also won three world championship medals: bronze in the 100 in 2015‚ and golds in the 100 and 4×100 relay in 2017.

April 27 – Dick Groat, 92, has the distinction of being an MVP baseball player who is also a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame. He twice earned All-American honors in both sports (playing shortstop and point guard) and was the NCAA basketball player of the year in 1952. Groat briefly tried to pursue the dual track with Pittsburgh and the NBA’s Fort Wayne Pistons before being drafted into the Army. Upon his return after two years, he concentrated on baseball. In 1960, he was named the National League MVP and led the Pirates to their first World Series title since 1925. He won another title with the Cardinals in 1964.

April 29 – Larry “Gator” Rivers, 73, starred for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1973-77 and again from 1979-86. He apprenticed under Marques Haynes and Curly Neal as a dribbling specialist and briefly coached the team at the end of his playing career. He opened a basketball academy in 1990 and was a county commissioner in Georgia for the final three years of his life.

April 29 – Mike Shannon, 83, a St. Louis native, was ingrained in the city’s baseball culture for almost 60 years. He competed in both baseball and football at the University of Missouri and might have gone on to be a famous quarterback if the sport had paid better. He played right field and third base for the Cardinals from 1962-70 and then broadcast their games from 1972-2021. He was a member of Cardinals teams that won the World Series in 1964 and 1967 and lost to Detroit in seven games in 1968. He won two Missouri Emmy Awards as broadcaster of the year and was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2014.


May 4 – Petr Klima, 58, scored 30 or more goals six times in his 13 seasons in the NHL. He’d already played four seasons in the Czech league when he broke into the NHL with Detroit in 1985 at the age of 21. He later won a Stanley Cup with Edmonton in 1990. He’s one of eight Czech players to score 300 or more goals in the NHL.

May 6, Vida Blue, 73, The hard-throwing pitcher starred for the Oakland A’s teams that won three consecutive World Series from 1972-74. He is one of a handful of pitchers to win the MVP and Cy Young Awards in the same season (1971). That year‚ he threw 312 innings with a 24-8 record‚ 1.89 ERA‚ and eight shutouts. He still holds A’s franchise records from the team’s tenure in Oakland for strikeouts‚ starts‚ innings pitched‚ and shutouts. In 1978‚ he was traded to San Francisco where he added three more All-Star appearances to the three he earned in Oakland.

May 7 – Larry Mahan, 79, was the first cowboy to win five consecutive all-around world championships in Rodeo Cowboy Association competition. He added a sixth title in 1973, three years after his streak. He also earned two bull-riding world titles. A documentary about him, “The Greatest American Cowboy,” won the Academy Award for documentary feature in 1974. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979.

May 8 – Joe Kapp, 85, starred in both the CFL and NFL in his 12-year professional football career. In college, he led Cal to Pacific Coast Conference titles in both football (1958) and basketball (1957 and ’58). He was a low-round NFL draft pick by Washington, who never offered him a contract. So he took the offer made by Calgary of the CFL. He made his name in the three-down league by leading the BC Lions to a Grey Cup title in their fourth year of existence. In 1967, he opted to sign with Minnesota of the NFL and led to them the franchise’s only title, the 1969 NFL Championship. He’s a member of both the college football and Canadian football halls of fame.

May 9 – Denny Crum, 86, was head basketball coach at the University of Louisville for 31 years, leading the Cardinals to the Final Four six times and to NCAA Tournament championships in 1980 and 1986. After playing at Pierce College and UCLA in the late 1950s, Crum became head coach at Pierce in 1964 but left to join John Wooden’s staff at UCLA in 1969. After three straight titles at UCLA, he was hired by Louisville. He earned three national coach of the year awards and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994 and the college basketball hall in 2006.

May 12 – Don Denkinger, 86, was an American League umpire for 30 years, serving as crew chief for the last 21. He worked the World Series in 1974, 1980, 1985, and 1991 (the last two as crew chief). He also was selected for two AL Division Series, six AL Championship Series, and three All-Star Games. He embraced his biggest blown call from Game 6 of the 1985 World Series by appearing at memorabilia shows and reunions in St. Louis and hung a painting of the game scene in his restaurant in Waterloo, Iowa.

May 14 – Doyle Brunson, 89, literally wrote the book on poker. His early ambitions as a miler and basketball player were derailed by injury, and he started playing in illegal poker games in Texas and around the south while working after college. He was there at the birth of the World Series of Poker in 1970, winning the Main Event in 1976 and 1977 along with eight other championship bracelets. In 1978, he self-published “Super/System,” which became the definitive early book on poker strategy. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988.

May 16 – Marlene (Bauer) Hagge, 89, was one of the 13 women (along with her sister Alice) who founded the LPGA Tour in 1950. She was a precocious junior golfer, making the cut at the 1947 U.S. Women’s Open at age 13, the youngest ever at the time. Just 16 when she turned pro, she won 26 LPGA Tour events, eight in 1956 alone. That was the same year of her only major victory, the 1956 Women’s PGA Championship, which she won in a playoff over fellow founder Patty Berg. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.

May 17 – “Superstar” Billy Graham, 79, made a name for himself performing in several wrestling promotions from 1970 through the present, including the early iteration of the WWE. He won three world heavyweight titles in various circuits, and is credited as a prototype for the tan, muscled look, and speaking style of many wrestlers like Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Hulk Hogan. WWE inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2004.

May 18- Jim Brown, 87, The Hall of Fame running back‚ actor‚ and civil rights activist only played nine seasons in the NFL but he was first-team All-Pro eight times and was selected as league MVP three times. His NFL record of 12‚312 rushing yards stood for almost 20 years until it was eclipsed by Walter Payton in 1984. In defiance of Cleveland owner Art Modell‚ Brown retired at age 30 to concentrate on his nascent – and potentially more lucrative – acting career. He compiled nearly 60 film and TV credits‚ including the classic 1967 military action-adventure “The Dirty Dozen.”

May 23 – Fusaichi Pegasus, 26, was the winner of the 2000 Kentucky Derby in a time that remains among the 10 fastest of the 128 runnings of the race at a mile and a quarter. He raced only three more times after the Derby. Despite finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, he fetched a record $70 million in his stud auction.


June 3 – Jim Hines, 76, was the first man to officially break 10 seconds in the 100 meters, running 9.95 seconds at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. That record stood for almost 15 years until Calvin Smith ran 9.93 in 1983. Hines and the U.S. men’s 4×100 relay also set the world record at the same games. Earlier that year, Hines was drafted by the Miami Dolphins but his career was short-lived. He appeared in 10 games in 1969 and one more for Kansas City in 1970.

June 4 – Roger Craig, 93, had a decent MLB pitching career for 12 seasons but became renowned later as a pitching coach and the father of the split-finger fastball. He didn’t invent the pitch but became its best teacher, imparting it to Jack Morris and the other members of the pitching staff that took the Detroit Tigers to the 1984 World Series title. After serving on Sparky Anderson’s staff in Detroit, he got a second chance to manage with San Francisco, piloting them for eight seasons including an appearance in the 1989 World Series.

June 10 – Jim Turner, 82, had a 16-year career in the NFL as a placekicker for the New York Jets and Denver Broncos. He kicked three second-half field goals in Super Bowl III, extending a halftime lead in the Jets’ monumental 16-7 upset of the Baltimore Colts. He was selected to the AFL’s all-time team before it merged with the NFL in 1970. He’s also enshrined in the Broncos’ Ring of Fame.

June 14 – Homer Jones, 82, an NFL wide receiver for seven seasons, is credited for inventing the spike as a touchdown celebration. After the NFL instituted a fine in 1965 for throwing the ball in the stands, which some players did to celebrate TDs, Jones decided instead to forcefully throw the ball to the ground. Jones was a two-time Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro in 1968 for the New York Giants.

June 16 – Bob Brown, 81, was a five-time first-team NFL All-Pro at right tackle for the Eagles and Rams during his 10-year career from 1964-73. He was the second overall pick in the 1964 NFL draft after being a unanimous All-American in his senior season at Nebraska. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004, the same year Nebraska retired his No. 64.

June 19 – Clark Haggans, 46, arrived in Pittsburgh as a fifth-round draft pick in 2000 and didn’t become a starting outside linebacker until 2004. But from 2004-06, he formed fearsome defensive bookends with Joey Porter, a period that included the Steelers’ last Super Bowl victory. He left for Arizona in 2008 and played his final year with San Francisco.

June 24 – Dean Smith, 91, played football and ran track at the University of Texas, and won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympics as the leadoff runner for the U.S. men’s 4×100-meter relay. He made his living, though, as a Hollywood stuntman, doubling for John Wayne, James Garner, and Robert Redford (he even fell out of a second-story window doubling for Maureen O’Hara in the film “McLintock.”) He’s a member of the Stuntman Hall of Fame and the University of Texas Hall of Fame.

June 27 – Ryan Mallett, 35, had an eight-year NFL career, mostly as backup QB to Tom Brady in New England and Joe Flacco in Baltimore. He made six starts over two seasons for Houston and two for the Ravens following injuries to Flacco and Matt Schaub in 2015. He started a handful of games as a freshman at Michigan but transferred to Arkansas after a coaching change, where he was twice second-team All-SEC and finished seventh in Heisman voting in 2010.

June 30 – Darren Drozdov, 54, played football at Maryland and for three seasons in the NFL but was better known in professional wrestling as Droz. He appeared in six games in 1993 as a defensive tackle for the Broncos. In 1997, he made his pro wrestling debut in the ECW before moving to WWF in 1998 and quickly becoming a member of the Legion of Doom. A severe neck injury from a 1999 bout ended his career and put him in a wheelchair, but he remained with the company as a writer.


July 3 – Vince Tobin, 79, spent 30 years in football, primarily as a defensive coordinator in the NFL. He started at the University of Missouri in 1971 and worked his way through the CFL and USFL before landing with the Chicago Bears in 1986. He was named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 1996, spending five seasons in the role. In 1998, he led the franchise to its first playoff victory since 1947.

July 6 – Gene Gaines, 85, is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame after playing 16 seasons as a defensive back in the CFL following a standout career at UCLA. He was a CFL All-Star three times, and set a CFL record with a 128-yard kickoff return in a playoff game for Ottawa in 1964. He re-joined Montreal in 1970 as a player and defensive backs coach. In all, he played on four Grey Cup-winning teams: Ottawa (1968, ’69) and Montreal (1970, ’74).

July 7 – Nikki McCray-Penson, 51, won gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics as a member of the U.S. women’s basketball team. She was twice named the SEC’s player of the year at Tennessee. She played eight seasons in the WNBA from its inception in 1998 through 2006, and was a three-time All-Star with the Washington Mystics. She was also MVP of the short-lived American Basketball League in 1997. She was a longtime assistant on Dawn Staley’s coaching staff at South Carolina before taking on top roles at Old Dominion and Mississippi State.

July 16 – Funny Cide, 23, was the first New York-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby in 2003 and is among the small handful of horses to win the Derby and Preakness Stakes before falling short of the Triple Crown in the Belmont. He raced until he was seven and remained popular with fans in retirement. A statue of him was erected in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 2012.

July 25 – Johnny Lujack, 98, led Notre Dame to three national football championships and won the Heisman Trophy in 1947. His college days were interrupted in the middle while he served two years in the Navy during World War II. He lettered in four sports in 1947, was a unanimous All-American in football for the second time, and was named The Associated Press’ Athlete of the Year. He played four seasons in the NFL quarterbacking the Chicago Bears. He made two Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro in 1950.

July 25 – Rocky Wirtz, 70, was a third-generation owner and chairman of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, succeeding his father Bill in 2007. Stars like Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull who’d become estranged from the team during Bill’s tenure were welcomed back by Rocky. The franchise – which had only won three Stanley Cups since joining the NHL in 1926, its last in 1961 – had its greatest success on the ice during Rocky’s tenure, winning three championships in 2010, 2013, and 2015.


Aug. 6 – Gilles Gilbert, 74, was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in 1969 and made his debut in net the same season. But it wasn’t until 1973, after being traded to Boston, that he found his home in the league. He led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup final in 1974 and held the crease until Gerry Cheevers returned from the WHA. They split time for three seasons until Gilbert was traded to Detroit in 1980.

Aug. 7 – Zenon Andrusyshyn, 76, accidentally found his athletic calling as a kicker when his javelin career went sideways. He was born in postwar Germany but his family settled in Oakville, Ontario. A track scholarship took him to UCLA, but he injured his elbow training for the 1968 Olympics. He walked on to the Bruins’ football team and became a two-time All-American punter while also handling placekicking duties. He was cut by the Dallas Cowboys in his first season out of college but signed with Toronto of the CFL in 1971. He spent 12 of the next 16 years kicking and punting in Canada with brief sojourns to the NFL and USFL.

Aug. 14 – Rodion Amirov, 21, made his debut in the KHL at the age of 19 and was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round in 2020. He signed a three-year entry-level contract in 2021 and played two more seasons in the KHL but was never able to suit up for the Leafs or their AHL affiliate. In 2022, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Aug. 14 – Bob Baun, 86, won four Stanley Cups as a defenseman with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1962-64 and 1967. He only scored three goals in 92 playoff games but one stood out: In Game 6 of the 1964 Final, he returned to the ice with a broken ankle and scored the overtime winner against Detroit to force a Game 7, which Toronto won for its third straight Cup. He joined Oakland for a season in 1968 via the expansion draft but eventually finished his career back with the Leafs from 1970-72.

Aug. 17 – Rick Jeanneret, 81, was the voice of the Buffalo Sabres for 51 years, the longest tenure in NHL history. His signature calls like “La-la-la-la-Fontaine!” and “Top shelf, where mama hides the cookies!” helped him become known by fans outside Buffalo. In 2012, he received the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, ensuring his broadcasting legacy would live on.

Aug. 19 – Maxie Baughan, 85, made nine Pro Bowls and earned six All-Pro selections as an outside linebacker during his 12 seasons in the NFL with the Eagles and Rams (and one comeback season at age 36 with Washington). As a rookie, he was a starter on Philadelphia’s 1960 NFL Championship team. In college at Georgia Tech, he started at center and linebacker, was a consensus All-American in 1959, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

Aug. 22 – Alexandra Paul, 31, was a Canadian junior ice dance champion and three-time senior bronze medalist with partner and eventual husband Mitchell Islam. They were fixtures during the heyday of Canadian ice dancing, earning a silver medal at the 2010 world junior championships and competing at the 2014 Olympics along with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje.

Aug. 23 – Terry Funk, 79, was active in professional wrestling for 50 years in almost every promotion there was. He was a heavyweight champion in ECW, NWA, and USWA, and earned numerous tag-team titles with his brother Dory. Wrestling in 1998 as Chainsaw Charlie and teamed with Mick Foley’s Cactus Jack, they defeated the New Age Outlaws at Wrestlemania XIV for the WWE’s tag-team belt. Both Funks were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

Aug. 24 – Bray Wyatt, 36, was a third-generation professional wrestler who started in WWE’s development circuit and earned a call-up to the big league for good in 2012. He held a world championship belt three times: the WWE Championship in 2017, and later twice held the Universal Championship performing as The Fiend. He also claimed tag-team championships on Smackdown and Raw.

Aug. 27 – Pat Corrales, 82, spent nine years in the majors as a backup catcher to bigger names like Tim McCarver and Johnny Bench. At age 37, he was named manager of the Texas Rangers, his first of three stints as the bench boss. He had a season and a half leading the Phillies and parts of five seasons in Cleveland. He never managed again but coached for more than 20 more years, including 17 on Bobby Cox’s staff in Atlanta. He earned his only World Series ring with the Braves in 1995.

Aug. 31 – Gil Brandt, 91, was the Dallas Cowboys’ chief personnel man from their inception in 1960 through Jerry Jones’ purchase of the team in 1989. Brandt formed a powerful triumvirate with GM Tex Schramm and head coach Tom Landry as the Cowboys won five NFC championships and two Super Bowls. He is widely credited with modernizing scouting with his innovations spreading across the league.


Sept. 4 – Eddie Meador, 86, played with the Los Angeles Rams from 1959-70 as a cornerback and safety, earning two first-team All-Pro nods in his 30s. He still holds the franchise record for interceptions and is tied for fumbles recovered on defense. He was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1960s.

Sept. 11 – Point Given, 25, finished fifth in the 2001 Kentucky Derby but went on to win the Preakness and Belmont and two more million-dollar stakes that summer. He was inducted into the racing hall of fame in 2010.

Sept. 12 – Mike Williams, 36, played five seasons at wide receiver in the NFL, four of them with Tampa Bay. He finished second to Sam Bradford in voting for Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2010 after catching 65 balls for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Sept. 18 – Henry Boucha, 72, was a standout Indigenous hockey player from Minnesota who earned an Olympic silver medal and played six seasons in the NHL and WHA. He joined the U.S. national team in 1970, playing in the 1971 world championship and finishing second at the 1972 Olympics. He was drafted in the second round by Detroit of the NHL and first overall by Minnesota of the WHA in 1971. Choosing the NHL, he made his debut following the Olympics and scored in his first game. An injury to his eye from his first season with the Minnesota North Stars derailed his career in 1975. He played half a year in the WHA and tried coming back to the NHL but retired in November 1976.

Sept. 24 – Tim Foley, 75, was an 11-year cornerback who won two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins, including the undefeated 1972 team. Foley was a 1969 All-American at Purdue and was a third-round pick in head coach Don Shula’s first Dolphins draft class after coming over from Baltimore.

Sept. 26- Brook Robinson, 86, The Baltimore Orioles legend remains the gold standard for defensive excellence at third base. He broke into the majors as an 18-year-old in 1955‚ the second season after the franchise moved from St. Louis. By 1960‚ the Human Vacuum Cleaner began a run of 15 straight years as an All-Star and 16 straight as a Gold Glover. He was voted as the American League’s MVP in 1964 after hitting .317 with 28 homers and a league-leading 118 RBIs. He helped Baltimore to two World Series championships in 1966 and 1970‚ the year he was also the Series MVP.

Sept. 30 – Chris Snow, 42, was a sportswriter turned team executive who was an assistant GM with the NHL’s Calgary Flames since 2019. He started his career writing for his hometown Boston Globe and left the business in 2006 when the Minnesota Wild hired him as their director of hockey operations. He joined the Flames in 2011. In addition to his work and family, his last four years included his public battle with ALS.


Oct. 1 – Tim Wakefield, 57, was the last great knuckleball pitcher in Major League Baseball, pitching for 17 seasons with Pittsburgh and Boston. An eighth-round draft pick of the Pirates in 1988, he made his debut in the majors in 1992, finishing third in NL Rookie of the Year voting – without his signature pitch. He didn’t fare well the next two years and was released, but then began working with longtime knuckleball aces Phil and Joe Niekro, and signed with Boston. In his first year with the knuckleball, he finished third in AL Cy Young voting. He became a Red Sox rotation stalwart before retiring in 2011.

Oct. 1- George Reed, 83, The American fullback‚ who was born in Mississippi and raised in Seattle‚ is still one of a handful of players who define the Canadian Football League. The nine-time All-Star amassed 16‚116 rushing yards in 13 seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders‚ which stood as a league record from 1975 until 2003. Reed also holds the league record for rushing touchdowns (134)‚ rushing attempts (3‚243)‚ and 1‚000-yard seasons (11). He remains second in league history in yards from scrimmage (18‚888)‚ overall touchdowns (137)‚ rushing yards in a game (268)‚ and career 100-yard rushing games (66). Reed stayed in Saskatchewan in retirement‚ becoming a community leader who was awarded the Order of Canada in 1978. He was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1979‚ and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1984. The league’s Most Outstanding Player Award‚ which he won in 1965‚ was renamed for him this year.

Oct. 1 – Russ Francis, 70, was a three-time Pro Bowl tight end and two-time second-team All-Pro with New England in the 1970s and a member of San Francisco’s Super Bowl XIX-winning team in 1985. He missed the 1981 season in a pay dispute with the Patriots before signing with the 49ers in 1982. He had a brief pro wrestling career after he retired from football in 1989, appearing at WrestleMania 2 in a 20-man battle royale with wrestling pros and other NFL players.

Oct. 5- Dick Butkus, 80, He was among the most feared linebackers in NFL history but off the field was a philanthropist‚ actor‚ broadcaster‚ and pitchman. He was a Pro Bowler in his first eight seasons and first-team All-Pro five times. 

Oct. 10 – Brendan Malone, 81, only had 100 games in the NBA as a head coach but spent 31 years as a highly regarded assistant in college and the NBA. Notably, he was Chuck Daly’s assistant in Detroit when the Bad Boys Pistons won back-to-back NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. When Pistons’ great Isiah Thomas became general manager of the expansion Toronto Raptors, he hired Malone as the first head coach. That only lasted one year and Malone’s only other stint in the top job was the final 18 games of Cleveland’s season in 2005.

Oct. 11 – Walt Garrison, 79, was a fullback and leading pass-catcher for the Dallas Cowboys’ first Super Bowl team in 1971. He combined with Duane Thomas and Calvin Hill to power the Cowboys’ indomitable rushing attack; the trio ran for 195 yards in the 24-3 win over Miami in Super Bowl VI. Garrison competed in rodeos in the offseason and a knee injury sustained in a steer-wrestling competition forced him retire before the 1975 season after nine years with Dallas.

Oct. 14 – Andy Bean, 70, was a three-time runner-up in golf majors and won 11 times on the PGA TOUR in his career. He was a three-time All-American at Florida and teamed with Gary Koch, Woody Blackburn, and Phil Hancock to win the 1973 NCAA championship. As a pro, he was second to Tom Watson at the 1983 Open Championship and was twice runner-up at the PGA Championship in 1980 and 1989.

Oct. 21- Bobby Charlton, 86, He was a member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad and part of the United Trinity (along with George Best and Denis Law) who led Manchester United to the first European Cup championship by an English club in 1968.

Oct. 21 – Betsy Rawls, 95, was one of the early greats of the LPGA Tour, winning eight majors and 55 tournaments overall. She remains sixth in Tour history on both leaderboards. She and Mickey Wright are the only players to win four U.S. Women’s Open titles. She was one of the inaugural inductees into the Tour’s Hall of Fame in 1967 and was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame 20 years later.

Oct. 26 – Bingo Smith, 77, is one of seven players whose number is retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was drafted sixth overall in 1969 by the San Diego Rockets but joined Cleveland the next season via the expansion draft. He was part of the core that helped the Cavs rise in relevance until they made the playoffs for the first time in 1976 and won their first series in seven games over the Washington Bullets, who’d gone to the NBA Finals the previous year. He remains in the top 10 in several franchise categories, including sixth in points scored.

Oct. 28 – Adam Johnson, 29, was a member of the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s 2017 Frozen Four team that finished runner-up to Denver. He signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins out of a tryout camp and played 13 games in the NHL in 2019. After a couple more seasons in the AHL, he went overseas, playing in the German and British leagues. His on-ice death brought worldwide attention to the issue of neck guards and player safety.

Oct. 30 – Frank Howard, 87, stood 6-foot-7 and was nicknamed the “Washington Monument” during his mid-career seasons with baseball’s Senators. He broke in with the Dodgers in 1958 and was named NL Rookie of the Year in 1960. Following the 1964 season, L.A. shipped Howard to Washington as part of a package, and it was in the nation’s capital that he turned into a star. He made four consecutive All-Star Games from 1968-71, hit 40 or more home runs three times, and led the league twice.

Nov. 1- Bobby Knight, The General is one of four basketball coaches with 900 or more victories in modern-era Division I history‚ and he commanded attention with his cantankerous personality and fiery temper. He coached at Army from 1965-71 and at Texas Tech from 2001-08 but built his resume and legend during 29 seasons at Indiana. He won three NCAA titles with the Hoosiers in 1976‚ ’81‚ and ’87 and made two other Final Four appearances. He was national coach of the year four times and led the U.S. team to the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.

Nov. 2 – Walter Davis, 69, was a standout basketball player at North Carolina and with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. In his senior season at UNC, he led the Tar Heels to the 1977 Final Four, where they lost in the final to Marquette. He was the No. 5 pick in the draft by the Suns and went on to appear in six All-Star Games in 11 seasons. He remains the franchise leader in points and his No. 6 was retired in 1994. He rounded out his career with four seasons in Denver and Portland.

Nov. 11 – D.J. Hayden, 33, played nine seasons in the NFL at cornerback with Oakland, Detroit, Jacksonville, and Washington. His college career began at Navarro College where he helped the Bulldogs to the national junior college championship in 2010. He transferred to Houston for his final two years and was named all-conference in his senior season. The Raiders made him the 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Nov. 12 – Roman Cechmanek, 52, had a brief but notable career as a goaltender in the NHL with Philadelphia and Los Angeles. He didn’t arrive in the NHL until the age of 29 despite his accomplishments at home in Czechia with HC Vsetin and the national team. He was Dominik Hasek’s backup on the 1998 Olympic gold-medal team and led his country to the 2000 world championship title. He made the leap to the NHL for the 2000-01 season, where he quickly took over the No. 1 job in Philly, finishing second in Vezina Trophy voting and fourth in the Hart race. He and teammate Robert Esche shared the Jennings Trophy for fewest team goals against with Martin Brodeur in 2003. He was traded to the Kings before the season-long lockout in ’04 and decided to play in Europe after it ended.

Nov. 14 – Peter Seidler, 63, the grandson of legendary Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, carried on his family’s tradition in baseball as the managing partner of the San Diego Padres ownership group from 2012 until his death. He was beloved in San Diego for spending on players to make the Padres competitive with the Dodgers in the NL West. Seidler, who was a private equity fund executive, partnered with MLB to buy Rawlings, the league’s supplier of baseballs, in 2018.

Nov. 15 – Ken Squier, 88, was the voice of NASCAR telecasts for 21 years, starting with the first live telecast of the Daytona 500 in 1979. He began as a pit reporter for CBS’s NASCAR coverage in 1971 and was the primary race caller for CBS until 1997 and for TBS until 1999. After he left the booth in 1999, he remained host of TBS’s prerace studio show for another year. He called a variety of sports, including working for CBS’s coverage of the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics.

Nov. 16 – Johnny Green, 89, was a 6-foot-5 rebounding savant who starred at Michigan State after a stint in the Marines and played 14 seasons in the NBA. He averaged 16.9 points and 16.4 rebounds a game in three seasons with the Spartans. The Knicks made him the No. 5 pick in the 1959 NBA draft, and he played there for six seasons, earning three All-Star selections. He later played with Baltimore, San Diego, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Kansas City. His No. 24 was retired by MSU in 1992.

Nov. 20 – Willie Hernández, 69, pitched for 13 seasons in the majors and won both the Cy Young and MVP awards in the American League in 1984. He broke in with the Chicago Cubs in 1977 and was traded to Philadelphia in 1983. During spring training in 1984, he was acquired by Detroit along with Dave Bergman in a deal that locked in the roster that would start the season 35-5 and win the World Series. Hernandez threw 80 games in relief that year, covering 140 innings. He was 9-3 with a 1.90 ERA and 32 saves.

Nov. 23 – Harald Hasselbach, 56, played professional football for 11 seasons, four in the CFL with Calgary and seven in the NFL with Denver. The defensive end won three league championships: the 1992 Grey Cup and Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII following the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

Nov. 25 – Terry Venables, 80, had a 15-year career as a player in the upper levels of English soccer and moved almost immediately into managing teams for the next 40 years. Venables made his initial first-division appearance with Chelsea in 1959. He later played with Tottenham starting in 1966, with Queen Park Rangers in 1969, and Crystal Palace in 1974. He retired from play in the middle of the 1974-75 season and immediately moved into a coaching role for third-division Palace in the back half of the campaign. He was elevated to manager in 1976. From there, he led a raft of teams including QPR, Barcelona, Spurs, as well as England’s and Australia’s national teams.


Dec. 9 – Frank Wycheck, 52, played tight end in the NFL for 11 seasons. After being drafted by Washington in 1993, he landed with the Houston Oilers in 1995 and became their primary starter for the rest of his career. He was selected to three straight Pro Bowls from 1998-2000. He is best remembered for initiating the Music City Miracle in the 2000 AFC wild-card game when he lateraled the ball to Kevin Dyson on a kickoff that was returned for a touchdown with three seconds left.

Dec. 14 – George McGinnis, 73, was a basketball star in Indiana in his younger days, winning a high school state championship in 1969, earning All-American status in his one year at the University of Indiana, then leaving early to sign with the ABA’s Indiana Pacers, where he led them to the league title in his first two seasons. After four years with the Pacers, he opted to move to the NBA. He averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds in three seasons with Philadelphia and teamed with Julius Erving to take the Sixers to the NBA Finals in 1977. His 11-year pro career wound down back in Indiana, now an NBA squad. The Pacers retired his No. 30 and he was selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

Dec. 17 – Eric Montross, 52, was a 7-foot center who was a three-year starter for Dean Smith at North Carolina and then played eight seasons in the NBA. Montross was the season’s leading scorer on a balanced Tar Heels squad that defeated Michigan’s Fab Five in the 1993 NCAA Final. He earned second-team All-American honors in his final two years and was selected ninth overall by Boston in the 1994 NBA Draft. After a successful rookie season, he never found his foothold in the pros and ended up being traded five times. He retired in 2003 because of a foot injury.

Dec. 19 – Ed Budde, 83, was the left guard for the legendary Kansas City Chiefs teams that won two AFL championships and defeated Minnesota in Super Bowl IV. He was a first-round draft pick in both leagues coming out of Michigan State in 1963. He earned five AFL All-Star nods and made two NFL Pro Bowl appearances after the 1970 merger. He was selected to the first team of the all-time All-AFL squad and was elevated to the Chiefs Ring of Honor in 1984.

Dec. 21 – Paula Murphy, 95, was the first woman licensed to race funny cars in the NHRA and set an assortment of straight-line speed and speed-distance records in her driving career. STP brought her to the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1963, where she set a women’s land-speed record of 161 mph. A year later, Goodyear sponsored her attempt, which she improved to 226 mph. She started in drag racing in 1964 in southern California, competing for more than a decade. She was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 1992. The Motorsports Hall of Fame enshrined her in 2017.

Dec. 27 – Herb Kohl, 88, was the owner of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks from 1985-2014. His family started in the grocery business and built it into a conglomerate of grocery and department stores. He was also a four-term U.S. senator for the state of Wisconsin. Kohl purchased the Bucks when the owners were looking to sell and it was feared out-of-town interests would purchase and move the team.




INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jonathan Taylor and Gardner Minshew spent all week talking about the need to take advantage of this week’s big opportunity.

On Sunday, they showed everyone how it’s done.

Taylor ran for a season-high 96 yards and one score, Minshew fooled the Las Vegas defense with a 58-yard TD pass on third-and-1, and the Indianapolis Colts used two late defensive penalties to put away the Raiders 23-20 — and on the precipice of their first playoff berth since 2020.

“Everybody knew what was at stake,” Taylor said. “I think having that mindset that no matter how the game was turning out, every single time we stepped on that field — offense, defense or special teams — you guys have to do your job at a high level, higher than you’ve ever done it before, because we’ve been in that situation before and we know what we have to do. We have to win.”

If they can replicate the formula once more, they might be the postseason’s most surprising entrant.

Indy (9-7) enters next week’s AFC South showdown against Houston with three straight home wins and tied atop the division with the Texans and Jacksonville.

A win, coupled with a Jaguars loss at Tennessee, would hand the Colts their first division crown since 2014.

And while Sunday’s game was short on style points, Taylor and Minshew certainly were effective and efficient.

Taylor had 21 carries and scored for the second straight week, looking more like the shifty, tough 2021 NFL rushing champ rather than the injury-limited runner of the past two seasons. Minshew finished 15 of 23 with 224 yards, no turnovers and two completions of 50 or more yards including the long scoring play to a wide-open Alec Pierce.

For the Raiders, their first loss in three weeks proved costly. They’re now eliminated from the AFC’s tight playoff chase after also fighting their way back into contention following a sluggish start.

“Guys are disappointed. Why wouldn’t you be? We had a great opportunity,” interim coach Antonio Pierce said. “There was no guarantee we were going to get into the playoffs. A lot of things would still have to go our way. But these guys are proud about being Raiders. I’m proud to be coaching them.”

Aidan O’Connell was 30 of 47 with 299 yards and two TDs, both to Davante Adams who had 13 receptions for 126 yards.

Still, it wasn’t quite enough to pull the upset they did in 2021 when they won at Indy in Week 17 and wound up making the playoffs while the Colts were eliminated the following week with another loss.

Pierce wasn’t around back then, but Taylor was and remembered it all too well. So on the sixth play of the game, Taylor delivered with a 5-yard TD run for a 7-0 lead.

Las Vegas answered with a 40-yard field goal and then Minshew connected Pierce, who broke free while running from the left side to the right to make it 14-3.

The Raiders closed to 14-10 after the Colts ran into punter A.J. Cole, extending a drive that eventually ended with O’Connell’s 4-yard TD pass to Adams midway through the third quarter.

But Indy added three second-half field goals from Matt Gay, the final one set up by two penalties against Jack Jones — a pass interference call on third down and an offside call that negated Gay’s kick that bounced off the right upright. Gay took advantage of his second chance to make it 23-13.

“I don’t know if they responded to what I said, but they responded,” Minshew said. “I thought the practices this week were there, how we stepped up out there with the energy and a lot of effort, man. And I think everyone’s fired up for what we have in front of us.”


Raiders: Adams topped the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season. He needs two receptions for the fifth 100-catch, 1,000-yard season of his career. … Zamir White had 20 carries for 71 yards. … Pierce became the third interim coach involved in this series since 2021.

Colts: Michael Pittman Jr. had five catches for 46 yards, giving him a career-high 104 receptions this season. … LB Zaire Franklin’s 10 tackles put him at 172, breaking the single-season franchise record (166) he set last season. … This road team had won the previous five games in this series.


Raiders: Neither left tackle Thayer Munford Jr. (right knee) nor T Cole Fotheringham (hamstring) returned after getting hurt in the third quarter. Las Vegas played without RB Josh Jacobs (quad) or rookie TE Michael Mayer (toe).

Colts: RT Braden Smith (knee) and Pittman (concussion protocol) returned to action Sunday. But RB Zack Moss (right forearm) and CB Kenny Moore II (back) were inactive and two-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly returned to the game after hurting his ankle in the first half.


Raiders: Host Denver in next weekend’s regular-season finale.

Colts: Play Houston next weekend in a game with playoff implications.



On New Year’s Day, you can also expect fireworks between the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Indiana (17-14) opens the 2024 portion of its schedule on Monday in Wisconsin when they take on the Eastern Conference second-place Bucks (24-8) at Fiserv Forum.

The Pacers have a 2-1 record against the Bucks this season, with the Blue & Gold winning the first two – including a thrilling In-Season Tournament Semifinal victory on Dec. 7 – before the Bucks claimed  game three on Dec. 13.

Now, the two highest-scoring teams in the NBA will play twice in three days: Monday in Milwaukee and Wednesday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The Pacers enter the contest boasting a three-game winning streak, while the Bucks have won back-to-back games.

Milwaukee has dominated at home this season, posting a 16-2 record on their court. The Bucks have won nine of their last 10 game, and had a December record of 11-2 overall.

Indiana has kept playing at a historic offensive pace — continuing to lead the league by scoring 126.1 points per game — but a much-improved defense has recently turned heads. Over their last five games, the Pacers have a defensive rating of 115.2, which is significantly better than when the team was the worst in the league just a few weeks ago and its current defensive rating of 120.6 for the season.

Another key component to the current Blue & Gold winning streak has been the mesmerizing play of Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton. Haliburton has played at a historic level over his last two games, compiling 43 points, 43 assists and just two turnovers total.

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In a 140-123 win over the New York Knicks on Saturday in Indianapolis, Haliburton dished out 23 assists to tie Jamaal Tinsely’s Pacers franchise record set in 2001 for most assists in a single game. Haliburton also became just the third player to achieve the feat of 20+ points and 20+ assists in back-to-back games, joining Hall-of-Famers Magic Johnson (1984) and John Stockton (1990).

Also against New York, Myles Turner scored 28 points, Aaron Nesmith made a career-best seven 3-pointers en route to 25 points, and Bennedict Mathurin dropped 20 points off the bench. The Pacers had a season-best 40 assists as a team against the Knicks.

Haliburton has put together a trio of strong performances against Milwaukee this season, averaging 26 points and 10.7 assists against the Bucks. Turner has also played well in the matchup, putting up 23.0 points and 8.3 rebounds on average.

Like the Pacers, the Bucks score at a break-neck pace, ranking second in the league in points per game at 125.

Two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has put up monster numbers against the Pacers this season, averaging 51.7 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists across three games. On Dec. 13, Antetokounmpo scored a franchise-record 64 points on 20 made field goals while going 24-for-32 from the free throw line.

Milwaukee enters the New Year’s Day clash coming off a 119-111 win at the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-14) on Friday. Antetokounmpo registered 34 points and 16 rebounds in the win and Lillard logged 31 points for the Bucks.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner

Bucks: G – Damian Lillard, G – Malik Beasley, F – Khris Middleton, F – Giannis Antetokounmpo, C – Brook Lopez

Injury Report

Pacers: Bruce Brown – TBA (right knee bone bruise)

Bucks: TBA

Last Meeting

Dec. 13, 2023: Getting revenge for a semifinals In-Season Tournament loss just a week prior, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a franchise-record 64 points en route to a 140-125 victory over the Pacers at Fiserv Forum.

The Bucks led by seven points going into the fourth quarter before dropping 39 points in the final frame to snap a two-game losing streak against the Blue & Gold.

Antetokounmpo shot 20-for-28 from the field and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Damian Lillard added 21 points, Bobby Portis logged 19, and Khris Middleton chipped in 11. Antetokounmpo’s 64 points were the most ever scored by a player against the Pacers.

Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner each scored 22 points for the Pacers, which shot 45 percent from the field to the Bucks’ 53.9 percent.

With the win, the Bucks extended their home winning streak to 11 straight games.

Key bench players Jalen Smith (knee bone bruise, heel contusion) and Andrew Nembhard (knee bone bruise) both missed the game due to injuries.


Tyrese Haliburton has 23 double-doubles this season, which is the most by a guard and is tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for the most double-doubles by any player in the Eastern Conference.

Milwaukee has won six straight games at home.

The Pacers haven’t beaten the Bucks in a season series since the 2017-18.

Since shaking up the starting lineup on Dec. 26, the Pacers are 3-0.

Pacers sharpshooter Buddy Hield is four 3-pointers away from making 1,800 for his career. He would be just the 25th player all-time to accomplish the feat.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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



KALAMAZOO – The Fuel ended the year 2023 with a tough loss on the road against the Kalamazoo Wings. The momentum was all Kalamazoo all night as they came out on top 7-0 in a blowout.


A tough bounce of the puck gave Kalamazoo an early 1-0 lead just 1:17 into the game. The puck took an errant bounce and popped off the skate of Defenseman Trevor Zins and made its way past an unsuspecting Cam Gray. The goal was awarded to Brad Morrison.

Outside of a crazy bounce of the puck, there was one holding penalty on Collin Saccoman of Kalamazoo at 17:26. The Fuel could not capitalize on the power play and the period ended 1-0 with the shot totals piling up 12-9 in favor of Kalamazoo.


The action started picking up in the second period as the Wings extended their lead by two goals. It took almost 18 minutes but Erik Bradford found the back of the net at 17:57 then Michael Joyaux followed it up 50 seconds later in a 5 on 3 situation. This put the Wings up 3-0 at the end of the period.

The usual Kalamazoo vs. Indy chippiness picked up in the second period with six total penalties, four by the Fuel, and two costly ones coming 36 seconds apart to set up Kalamazoo’s third goal opportunity.

The Wings once again outshot the Fuel 15-10 in the second period.


Kalamazoo kept their momentum from the second period rolling right into the third. Brad Morrison finds his second goal of the game just 36 seconds into the period followed right up by David Keefer scoring less than a minute later.

Keefer stayed hot because exactly six minutes later on the power play at 7:34, he scored his second of the night to give Kalamazoo a 6-0 lead. But the Wings weren’t done just yet.

Erik Bradford became the third Wings player to score two goals in this game as he found himself on a short-handed breakaway, beating Cam Gray between the legs to give Kalamazoo a 7-0 lead.

At 12:42 in the third period, Zach Driscoll came in relief of Cam Gray.

A couple of late penalties came in at 14:06, one for each team. Cam Hillis and Tanner Sorenson received game misconducts for an altercation, along with Ross MacDougall being called for a roughing minor.

Frustrations fully boiled over when Andrew Bellant and Brad Morrison started throwing fists with just 15 seconds left in the game.

When the tempers died down, the Wings ended the game with a 7-0 rout of the Fuel, outshooting Indy 36-31.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 for Wednesday Night Hockey.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes scored 30 points as No. 16 Indiana held on for a 77-71 win over Illinois on Sunday afternoon.


Holmes scored IU’s first six points while senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil attacked the rim to go up 8-6 at the five-minute mark in the first quarter. Moore-McNeil followed that bucket with a corner triple as sophomore guard Yarden Garzon found sophomore forward Lilly Meister open underneath the basket to go up, 13-6.

Indiana (11-1, 2-0 B1G) maintained its seven-point lead at the end of the first, 17-10, as Holmes scored eight of her 30 points in the opening 10 minutes. The Hoosier lead grew to as many as 12 in the second quarter, 31-19, as Meister’s post up resulted in a pair of points.

The Fighting Illini (6-6, 0-2 B1G) clawed back in the final 2:17 of action as it cut the IU lead to 37-31 on a three-pointer at the buzzer to head in to halftime. Pushing its lead to as many as 11 with 6:15 in the third quarter Indiana scored just two field goals in the rest of the frame as Illinois came within two, 49-47, at the end of three.

A Holmes bucket and senior guard Sydney Parrish 3-pointer pushed the lead to a two-score game early in the fourth quarter. However, Illinois would push back and tie the game all before the 7:45 mark as Moore-McNeil broke the tie on a wide-open baseline 3-pointer with 5:45 remaining.

Holmes would score 13 points in the fourth quarter alone, as she scored 11 points down the stretch including a reverse under the bucket layup with 1:06 remaining. Coming out of a timeout with 41.2 to play, Indiana’s baseline out of bounds play was successful finding sophomore guard Yarden Garzon on the right baseline as she put the game back to two-possessions, 71-67.


Holmes finished the day with 30 points on 10-for-14 shooting as she also went 10-for-12 at the line. It marked the fifth 30-point game of her career.

Three players have now scored 30 or more points in three-straight games – Garzon (30), Scalia (32) and Holmes (30).

Holmes tied Parrish with a team-high seven rebounds.

Moore-McNeil with a season-high 17 points by going 7-for-11 from the floor. She also added three assists and a steal.

Garzon also finished in double figures with 12 points and a had a team-high five assists.

Indiana shot 51.9 percent in the win, also combining for 17 assists on 27 made shots. 

A crowd of 11,600 fans were on hand to see the win, the largest this season and the fifth-highest single attended game in school history.


Indiana head coach Teri Moren

 “What a great crowd, 11,000, and I tell them all the time, hopefully they’re listening, they get us to the to the finish line with their energy that they give us. They know when to cheer they know when we need in the most, and we’re so grateful, once again, that they spent some of their New Year’s Eve day with us and they’re so important to the success that we’ve had. Grace Berger being here was certainly a special moment for us, we hadn’t seen Grace for some time, so just being able to present her with her ring. The applause that she got was no doubt well deserved, but just special for her to be back. She and Keyanna Warthen were we’re here today and anytime your alums come back it’s a special thing because they’ve helped build this program. It was great to have them here, I thought spectators got to watch to a great Big Ten game this afternoon against two very competitive teams, player for player. (Makira) Cooks was cooking today. Mack(enzie Holmes) was special for us and I’m going to tell you, we need Chloe Moore-McNeil to continue to put pressure on the defense the way she did today and those shots for Sara (Scalia) are going to fall, the shots for Syd(ney Parrish) are going to fall. Yarden (Garzon) impacts the game in a lot of different ways but you know when we can have Chloe be as aggressive as she was today that will only help our basketball team. I’m really proud of you what she was able to do today for us. Statistically, I’m never happy with 16 turnovers and we got out rebounded, but you have to find other way you know to win games. You might have game goals and you fall short, but you find other ways to win games. Just sidenote with Sara and Syd that struggled today and the conversation is there’s so many ways that you can still impact the game when your shots not falling. Whether that’s rebounding, playing the stingy defense that we need, assist, setting great screens, your body language; all that matters when you’re struggling. I thought that Syd especially showed great enthusiasm and energy for her team. She might not be shooting a great but she right now, but she is a great shooter and I continue to say that and then we know Sara what she’s capable of, but Sara is going to get everybody’s best. She’s too good of a shooter to not and we’re going to have to figure out other ways that we can get her loose, but overall you know we’re happy that we got out of here with a win today to sort of restart the Big Ten season.”


The homestand wraps up on Thursday when Michigan visits Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. ET on BTN.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Irish hockey team rounded out 2023 with the weekend sweep over visiting Augustana Sunday night to improve to 10-8-2 on the season. Three underclassmen scored in the contest, including sophomore Michel Mastrodomenico who net his first collegiate goal and Cole Knuble who capped off his four-goal weekend with the overtime game-winner.

The Irish nearly scored just 48 seconds into the game off a shot on the doorstep from Patrick Moynihan but the Augustana netminder Zack Rose kept it out and play continued in a 0-0 stalemate.

The Vikings took advantage of a loose puck out front early in the contest, jumping out to the 1-0 lead at 3:29 of the opening period, corralling the rebound twice before burying a shot by Ryan Bischel as the Irish faced their first deficit of the series.

The two teams traded a pair of penalties following the Vikings goal but neither team could capitalize on the man-advantage despite numerous shorthanded chances for the Irish penalty killers halfway through the opening period.

Michael Mastrodomenico scored his first collegiate goal at 14:19 of the first period to knot things up. The Kirkland, Quebec, native buried Hunter Strand’s rebound, beating the netminder glove side for the 1-1 tally.

The Irish and Vikings skated to the end of the opening period still tied 1-1 with both teams looking to break the stalemate in the second.

Notre Dame’s defensemen continued the scoring just under seven minutes into the middle frame when a shot from Paul Fischer at the top of the slot hit twine for the 2-1 Irish lead.

The Irish were able to kill off two ensuing penalties shortly after the go ahead tally and looked to be taking the lead into the second break but Augustana tied it back up late in the frame to force the 2-2 tie through two periods of play.

The Vikings carried that late goal momentum into the third period, nearly scoring again early in the frame but a stick play by Fischer on the goal line kept the puck out of the Irish net and the score tied.

Notre Dame and Augustana continued to battle through the remainder of regulation and overtime loomed large over both benches.

A hit along the right halfwall left an Irish skater shaken up in the waning seconds of the third period and the horn sounded on regulation before the next whistle blew. The Irish challenged the hit along the boards at the end of regulation for a potential major and found themselves on the powerplay for the entirety of overtime as the major was awarded and the Augustana player ejected.

It took the Irish just 22 seconds of four-on-three play to net the overtime game winner as Cole Knuble hit twine for his fourth goal of the series.

With the win, the Irish open the second half of the year with a weekend sweep and now sit 10-8-2 at the conclusion of non-conference play.


Hunter Strand raced into the offensive zone with the puck on his stick, ripping a shot on net which bounced off the Augustana netminder and right to Michael Mastrodomenico to the left of the crease. The sophomore lifted a shot over the glove of Rose in the Vikings’ net for his first collegiate goal. Maddox Fleming was also credited with an assist on the play.

The Irish jumped out to a 2-1 lead partway through the second period when Paul Fischer’s shot from the top of the slot hit twine for his second of the season. Grant Silianoff and Trevor Janicke both earned assists on the second period tally.

Cole Knuble continued his scoring streak with the game-winning goal just 22 seconds into the overtime session to cap off his four-goal weekend and complete the weekend sweep for the Irish. Ryan Siedem and Strand each picked up assists on the final goal of the night.


Cole Knuble’s game-winning tally in overtime is his second game winner in as many games, having scored the go ahead goal in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Augustana.

Six Irish icers highlighted the box score in Sunday’s contest, including Hunter Strand who picked up two assists to round out a four-point weekend for the junior.

Notre Dame outshot Augustana 40-24 in game two of the series, led by Trevor Janicke with five on net.

The Irish defensemen also jumped in front of six shots in the contest while Augustana blocked 24 additional shots by the Irish attackers.

Ryan Bischel finished with 22 saves between the pipes while Zach Plucinski picked up four blocks in the contest for a team high.


The Irish open up the new year with another home series as they return to Big Ten Conference play next week against Wisconsin, January 5-6. Fans are encouraged to stick around following Saturday night’s contest for a post game skate with the team.



INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team went blow for blow with one of the Horizon League’s top teams on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 31) but ultimately fell short in an 86-77 loss inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Vincent Brady II and Bryce Monroe led four Jaguars in double-digits with 16 points apiece and John Egbuta chimed in with 14 points off the bench.

Jayson Woodrich paced Cleveland State with 23 points, including four threes, and Tristan Enaruna closed with 18 points.

“I thought we fought hard today,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “We really fought and that’s a really good team. Your margin for error is really small against a good team like that and it came down to some close misses down the stretch.

“I thought Jlynn’s three was going in and if you tie it up there, maybe things are different. I’m proud of my guys and liked the way they responded.”

IUPUI (5-10, 1-3 HL) led 73-71 with 4:05 to play after Jlynn Counter slashed through the CSU defense for a bucket, but the Vikings immediately tied the score on an Enaruna dunk. After an IUPUI turnover, the Jaguars forced a CSU miss, but Enaruna grabbed the offensive board and was fouled while making the putback.

IUPUI crept back within one when DJ Jackson scored on a runner and the Jaguars got a defensive stand when Qwanzi Samuels was fouled grabbing the defensive board. However, Samuels missed the frontend of a 1-and-1 and CSU (10-5, 3-1 HL) retaliated with a Tevin Smith layup.

Brady cut the lead back to one with a short bank shot before Enaruna responded with a tough jumper. Counter missed a potential game tying three with 40 seconds left and the Vikings made all six of their free throw attempts down the stretch to close with a nine-point win.

IUPUI had recovered from a 12-point second half deficit, later taking the lead in the closing minutes.

Cleveland State shot an efficient 53.3 percent from the floor and committing just five turnovers. IUPUI shot 48.4 percent overall turned it over 10 times, leading to CSU earning an 18-7 margin in points off turnovers.

Monroe piloted the IUPUI offense with a season-high six assists with just one turnover. Jackson closed with 10 points and Abdou Samb added six points. IUPUI won the glass 36-29 with Samuels and Kidtrell Blocker grabbing a team-high six apiece.

Counter, who missed Friday’s game due to illness, was limited to just six points, three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes off the bench.

Cleveland State scored the game’s first six points, prompting a quick timeout before Monroe got the Jags off and running with a three. IUPUI finally pulled even at 13 all for the first of five ties on the day.

The Jaguars will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 4 when IUPUI takes on Robert Morris at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+.



YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Graduate student Tahlia Walton tallied a season-high tying 18 points – a team high – but IUPUI (2-11, 0-4) couldn’t hold off Youngstown State (5-9, 1-3), falling in the final minutes of Sunday’s game, 58-56.

The Penguins held the Jags scoreless for three minutes in the fourth quarter to take the lead. Jaela Johnson gave the Jags some hope with a three to tie the game at 56 with just 25 seconds left. A foul sent Youngstown State’s Shay-Lee Kirby to the free throw line where she sunk both shots to secure the lead for the Penguins with one second left. IUPUI couldn’t get a shot off, falling 58-56.

The Penguins had two players reach double-digit scoring, led by Emily Saunders with 19. She was followed by Dena Jarrells with 12 points. On the other side, Walton was the only Jag to reach double digits, but all but one player who saw the floor tallied a point (nine players).

IUPUI kicked off the game, outscoring the Penguins 16-12 in the first quarter. The difference was made at the three-point line with the Jags shooting 40 percent (2-for-5) from the arc while Youngstown State went 0-for-5 in the first quarter. IUPUI also saw the free throw line more, making 6-for-9.

Youngstown State cut the deficit in the second quarter to 31-28, outscoring the Jags by one at 16-15. Although the Jags were more efficient shooting 31.6 percent from the field, free throws proved the difference with the Penguins making 6-for-8 while the Jags totaled just two in the second.

Both teams were even in the third quarter, each scoring 12 points for the Jags to keep the lead at 43-40. Defense held both teams scoreless in the last 1:43 of play in the third quarter.

With the Jags holding a 49-48 lead, Horizon League First-Team Preseason Team honoree Jazmyn Turner fouled out early in the fourth quarter for IUPUI. The Jaguars ran into an offensive drought in the next three minutes with the Penguins taking the lead. Fouls proved costly for the Jags as Youngstown State totaled 10 free throws in the final quarter.

Walton lead the offense with 18 points while Faith Stinson totaled 12 rebounds for IUPUI. Abby Wolterman and Jazmyn Turner each added eight points while Stinson collected seven points.

IUPUI falls to 2-11 on the season and 0-4 in Horizon League play. They return to the Jungle in the new year on January 4 when they host Detroit Mercy.



FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Eric Mulder recorded his first career double-double with a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons to a 91-56 victory over Detroit Mercy on Sunday (Dec. 31) at the Gates Sports Center.

The Mastodons improve to 13-2 (4-0 Horizon League) and are the only undefeated team in league play in the Horizon League. The Mastodons’ 13 overall wins are three more than the next closest squad in the league.

Mulder had 11 of his points in the second half as the ‘Dons outscored the Titans 57-27 in the final 20 minutes. Corey Hadnot II recorded 10 points in the second half as he scored a career-high 15 points. Hadnot also added three steals, three assists and three blocks.

Chris Morgan and Deangelo Elisee each recorded their first NCAA field goal in the game.

Rasheed Bello finished with 14 points to go over the 1,000 career point mark with his time at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne combined. He now has 1,009 points with 218 as a Mastodon this season.

Jalen Jackson finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

The ‘Dons totaled 52 points in the paint, 26 points off turnovers and 25 fast break points. The paint and fast break point totals are season highs against a Division I program.

Purdue Fort Wayne shot 22-of-35 in the second half.

The Titans were led by Edoardo Del Cadia’s 16 points. Detroit Mercy falls to 0-15 (0-4 Horizon League).

The ‘Dons are in action again on Saturday (Jan. 6) when Wright State comes to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for an afternoon tilt.



FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball will play a New Year’s Day game at Green Bay on Monday at 2 p.m. ET. The Mastodons and Green Bay will both take their unbeaten Horizon League records into 2024 and look to make it more.

Game Day Information
Who: Green Bay Phoenix
When: Monday, January 1 | 2 PM ET
Where: Green Bay, Wis. | Kress Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Green Bay | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Green Bay is 9-3 and 2-0 to start the Horizon League after knocking off Cleveland State 85-72 on December 30. The Phoenix are receiving votes in the AP Top 25 Poll and are No. 6 in the Mid-Major Top 25. Their season so far is highlighted by a pair of top-25 wins over No. 22 Creighton and No. 23 Washington State. Maddy Schreiber is leading the balanced Green Bay attack with 12.5 points per game.

The Series

Green Bay has won all nine games in the series dating back to 1984. In the last two matchups, the Phoenix have only won by a combined 10 points. This included a 69-65 thriller in last season’s Horizon League Championship semifinal matchup in Indianapolis.

Clutch ‘Dons

Over the last seven games, the Mastodons are 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) from the floor in the final 10 seconds of quarters. If extrapolated to a season-long, that mark would lead the nation by nearly 10 percent. For the season, the ‘Dons are 14-of-29 (48.3 percent) in end-of-quarter situations, which would still rank in the top 20 nationally for a season.

They’re Free, May As Well Make Them

Purdue Fort Wayne has made 10 or more free throws in each of its last 12 games. This is the longest streak of games with double-digit free throw makes since the 2006-07 season, when the Mastodons had a stretch of 15 such games.

Just Give Us 10 Minutes…

Purdue Fort Wayne is out-scoring its opponents in final three quarters and overtime periods this season by 131 points.


Amellia Bromenschenkel ranks in the top-10 in the Horizon League in points (13.9 – seventh), rebounds (6.8 – seventh), field goal percentage (48.2 – third), blocks (0.8 – eighth) and minutes (31.8 – sixth) per game.

Purdue Fort Dub

Purdue Fort Wayne’s 9-4 start is the best through 13 games in the Division I era of the program. With a win, 10-4 would be the best start through 14 games in the DI era. With a loss, the 9-5 start would tie the best start since the 2010-11 season. The Mastodons were 9-5, then moved to 13-5 before their next loss in that season. In the all-time history, the Mastodons’ most wins with four losses came in 1995-96 when they started 23-4. They finished 23-5 in that best season in program history.

She’s A Plus!

The Mastodons are +107 when Shayla Sellers is on the court this season, the best of all players. On a per game basis, Jazzlyn Linbo has the best +/- average at +12.25 per game.

Seeking the Horizon

The Mastodons are seeking their first 4-0 start to league play since the 2009-10 season when they started 5-0 in Summit League play. The Mastodons have never been 4-0 in the Horizon League.

In The Polls

Purdue Fort Wayne is receiving votes in the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll. They are receiving seven points in the poll for a de facto position of 38th. When they received seven points in the poll on December 6, it was the first time the ‘Dons received votes since the 2011-12 season.

Turn, Turn, Turn It Over

Purdue Fort Wayne has forced four teams into 23 or more turnovers this season, including a season-high 31 against Great Lakes Christian. The 31 turnovers forced against the Crusaders is the most since the ‘Dons forced Manchester into 34.

Magic Numbers 70 and 80

Under head coach Maria Marchesano, the Mastodons are 20-5 when they score 70 points or more and 10-1 when they hit 80.

Post Up Syd!

Sydney Graber is shooting 61.7 percent from the floor this season. If she had enough attempts, this mark would be the 16th-best in the nation.


Purdue Fort Wayne hit 14 or more 3-pointers three times this season (Western Kentucky, Oakland and Aquinas). This is the first time in program history the Mastodons have hit 14 or more three times in one season.

We Love Threes…

Purdue Fort Wayne has been dangerous from 3-point land this season. The Mastodons are top-50 in the nation with a 36.8 3-point percentage and top-20 with 9.2 3-point makes per contest. Audra Emmerson is in the top-160 nationally and fourth in the league with 27 3-pointers made and a 34.2 percentage.

… and It’s Been a While Since We Haven’t…

The Mastodons love making threes so much, they haven’t had a game without a 3-pointer made since January 1, 2021, a streak of 92 games. This includes every game in the Maria Marchesano era.

…But You Don’t Get Any

In addition to controlling their own 3-point line, the Mastodons are stingy on the defensive side as well. The ‘Dons are in the top-50 nationally and the league-leader in 3-point defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 26.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Chasing 1,000

Amellia Bromenschenkel is looking to become the next 1,000 point scorer in Mastodon history. She has 808 in her career. With her average of 13.9 points per game this season, she is on pace to reach 1,000 career points in 14 games.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne picked up its first-ever win at Milwaukee on December 30 in a 65-55 victory. Amellia Bromenschenkel had a line of 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Mastodons to the road win.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will welcome Robert Morris to the Gates Sports Center on Thursday (Jan. 4) for a Horizon League game at 7 p.m.



ST. CHARLES, Mo. – University of Southern Indiana sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) scored a career-high 27 points and led the Screaming Eagles to a 73-62 victory over Lindenwood University Sunday afternoon at Hyland Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. The Eagles rise to 4-11 overall and start OVC play 1-1, while the Lions are 6-8 overall, 0-1 OVC.

The victory marked the 50


th USI career win for Eagles’ Head Coach Stan Gouard. Gouard is 50-41 at USI and 277-158 for his coaching career.

USI was the fast out of the gate, posting a 15-5 lead before seven minutes were gone in the game. The Eagles, who were four-of-seven from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and five-of-six from the stripe in the opening run, was led by junior forward Nick Hittle (Indianapolis, Indiana), who had six of the 15 points during the opening run.

The Lions would battle back, responding with a 12-1 run, and took a 17-16 lead with 8:14 before halftime. The squads would trade buckets and leads from that point before USI grabbed a 31-30 lead at the intermission on a runner in the lane by junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) with eight seconds on the clock.

The second half would belong to USI and Smith, who scored 18 of his 27 points in the final 20 minutes.

After the lead changed hands 12 times in the first 13 minutes of the final half, the Eagles took control with a 7-1 run to lead 60-55 with 6:48 to play. Junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) gave the Eagles the lead for good with a pair of free throws, while Smith scored the final five points of the run to put USI up five.

Through all of the lead changes in the second half, Smith kept the Eagles moving forward with 11 of the first 24 USI points. Sophomore forward Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana) also contributed to keeping USI in the contest with an additional six points.

The Lions would cut the USI advantage to one, 60-59, with 5:06 left, but that would be close as they would be the rest of the contest. The Eagles, who are 7-0 all-time against Lindenwood, sealed the 73-62 win with a 13-3 surge in the final five minutes, led by six points from Hernandez.

Overall for the game, Smith would posts his career-high and game-high 27 points on nine-of-16 from the field, four-of-seven from beyond the arc, and five-of-eight from the stripe. He also tied for a game-high with nine rebounds, missing his seventh double-double of the season by one.

Hernandez followed Smith in the scoring and rebound columns with 16 points and eight rebounds. The junior guard was four-of-10 from the field and eight-of-12 from the line.

Powell rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points off the bench. The sophomore was a blistering five-of-six from the field.

As a team, USI dominated the glass with a 43-25 advantage in rebounds and held the Lions to 36 percent from the field (18-50).  The Eagles offensively shot 45.1 percent from the field in the game (23-51), 51.7 percent in the second half (15-29).

Next Up For USI:

USI opens the 2024 calendar year with a pair of OVC home games at Screaming Eagles Arena next week. The Eagles will be hosting Tennessee State University Thursday for Fan Appreciation Night and Tennessee Tech University Saturday for Faculty Appreciation Night.

Both games are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. The USI Women’s Basketball will lead off the doubleheaders at 5 p.m. each night.

TSU is 8-7 to start the year and 1-1 after the first weekend of OVC play. The Tigers, who 2-4 in the last six games, opened OVC play at home with a 91-75 loss to the University of Tennessee at Martin before bouncing back to defeat the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 90-82.

USI and TSU split its OVC games last year with both winning on the others home court. The Tigers took the first meeting, 80-76, at Screaming Eagles Arena, while the Eagles won in Nashville, 93-81. 

The Golden Eagles of TTU are 5-10 in 2023-24 and 0-2 in the OVC. TTU, which is also 2-4 in the last six games, start conference action with an 81-75 loss to Little Rock and an 81-73 loss to UT Martin at home last week.

TTU took both meetings with USI last year, winning in Cookeville, Tennessee, 84-69, and at Screaming Eagles Arena, 82-79.



ST. CHARLES, Mo. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball notched a gritty 71-68 road victory at Lindenwood University Sunday afternoon, completing a sweep on the opening weekend of the Ohio Valley Conference season.

Southern Indiana moved to 2-0 in conference play and 7-5 this season, while Lindenwood went to 0-1 in the OVC and 2-9 overall. It is USI’s first 2-0 start in league action since the 2021-22 season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. On Sunday, the Screaming Eagles joined the University of Tennessee at Martin as the only teams to start 2-0 in the OVC.

Following the opening tip, the Eagles’ offense started efficiently from outside and inside. USI’s first two buckets came on three-pointers from junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) and graduate guard Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana). Just over three minutes into the contest, senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) gave Southern Indiana an 11-6 lead after completing a three-point play with a basket and the foul. Near the three-minute mark of the first, Lindenwood knotted the game up at 15 after a third consecutive make from beyond the arc. Southern Indiana went on to take a 22-17 lead after the opening frame, as the Screaming Eagles’ pressuring defense created 14 points off nine turnovers by the Lions in the first 10 minutes.

The back-and-forth battle continued in the second quarter, as a three-point shot helped the Lions close the five-point gap and later tie the game at 22. Minutes later, sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) connected on her second triple of the game to slow the Lions’ momentum and put the Eagles back in front, 27-24. USI generated a five-point lead again later in the period, but Lindenwood responded, refusing to let USI create any significant separation on the scoreboard. The two squads exchanged baskets in the remaining first-half minutes with Southern Indiana taking a one-point lead, 34-33, into halftime.

Now in their second season in the OVC, the two former GLVC foes continued to go at it out of the intermission. The game remained a one-possession contest for most of the third quarter, and the Lions grabbed their first lead before the midway point of the third. Past halfway in the quarter, Raley crossed into double figures with a layup to give USI a 43-40 advantage. With 2:20 on the clock in the period, Shafford reached a dozen points in the game on a layup that put the Eagles up by four, 48-44. However, Lindenwood kept Southern Indiana within reach, as USI maintained a four-point lead, 53-49, entering the fourth quarter.

At the beginning of the fourth stanza, Raley took control for the Screaming Eagles. The senior scored seven consecutive points for Southern Indiana, surpassing the 20-point plateau for the second time in the last three games. Raley gave USI its largest lead of the game of seven points, 60-53, at the 7:33 mark. USI led by seven on multiple occasions in the fourth, but the Lions clawed back inside the final two minutes. Lindenwood made it a one-point game, 69-68, on a three-pointer with under a minute left. After Shafford hit two clutch free throws with 10 seconds remaining, the Lions missed two final chances to end the game.

Southern Indiana shot an efficient 54 percent (27-50) from the floor, hitting five triples and 12 free throws. Four Screaming Eagles registered double figures scoring. Raley led all scorers with 21 points, one off her season high, with five boards. Shafford tallied 17 points and a team-best eight rebounds. For Shafford, Sunday was her 10th straight game to score 10-plus points this season, matching her best such streak from 2022-23. Senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) posted 12 points, and Saunders recorded a season-high 10 points and five assists.

Lindenwood was 25-53 (47.2 percent) shooting with eight threes and 10 makes at the charity stripe. The Lions had two players score double digits. In a competitive, evenly-matched ballgame, Lindenwood tied Southern Indiana on the glass with 28 rebounds.

The Screaming Eagles return home this week for their OVC home opener against Tennessee State University Thursday at 5 p.m. from Screaming Eagles Arena. USI will also host Tennessee Tech University Saturday at 5 p.m. Tickets for the TSU and TTU games are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the USI Ticket Office online. For more information, call the USI Ticket Office at 812-465-1189.
























HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS:                                                                                                                                                                            









January 1, 1902 – Tournament Park, Pasadena, California – The first bowl game was played. According to an article, it started as the centerpiece of the “Tournament of Roses,” a yearly festival by the Valley Hunt Club that began in 1890. Before the advent of the football game, the parade staged events like tugs-of-war, polo matches, and even greased-pig catching. The game’s name was changed to the Rose Bowl Game starting with the 1923 Rose Bowl when it moved to the newly constructed Rose Bowl Stadium. In the contest, the Michigan Wolverines blew out the Stanford Cardinal 49-0. Wolverine standout and future Hall of Fame inductee Willie Heston rushed for 170 yards in the contest, setting a record that lasted for 57 years. Michigan only had 12 points scored against it all season long, including this game!

January 1, 1919 – 5th Rose Bowl Great Lakes, US Navy beats Mare Island, USMC, 17-0 per the website. The game’s Most Valuable Player was a US Naval player named George Halas. 

January 1, 1926 – Pasadena, California – The first game was officially called the Rose Bowl when it entered its new stadium venue of the same name. Remember that the Rose Bowl was the only Bowl game back in this era, and it was a big deal for Alabama to get the invite; in fact they were the first southern to play in the Rose Bowl. The University of Washington was a powerhouse as they were led by their star halfback, George Wildcat Wilson. In the game, it was Wilson’s dominant performance for much of the first half of the “Grand Daddy of them All” had opponent Alabama on their heels and down by a couple of scores. The Crimson Tide got a break late in the second quarter when George Wilson left the game due to injury. The Tide rolled, led by Johnny Mack Brown, with 20 unanswered points and were driving down the field to score again when the banged-up Wildcat Wilson re-entered the contest and was significant in shutting down the ‘Bama drive at the Husky 12-yard line. Wilson then guided the Washington offense down the field and capped off the drive with Wilson throwing a 20-yard scoring strike to John Cole. It was not enough as the Tide held on to win the game 20-19. The stat line of the game showed that with Wilson on the field, the Washington Huskies gained 317 yards and put up 19 points. When he was out, they mustered a mere 17 yards and were shut out, while the Crimson Tide scored all 20 of their points in that 22-minute absence of Wilson from the contest. It put Alabama football on the map as a major power in the college football landscape. The game was good as upstart Alabama defeated the favorites, Washington, 20-19. This game is often referred to as the Game that Changed the South. Many gridiron history experts recognize it as the most crucial game in southern football history.

January 1, 1935 – 1st Sugar Bowl: Tulane beats Temple, 20-14

January 1, 1935 – 1st Orange Bowl: Bucknell beats Miami (FL), 26-0

January 1, 1937 – La Tropicale Stadium, Havana, Cuba –  Auburn University plays in its first post-season bowl appearance. The Bacardi Bowl in 1937 saw the Tigers lock up with the good Villanova team as the game ended in a 7-7 stalemate. The Bacardi Bowl took place on seven different occasions throughout history. The games were also referred to as the Rhumba Bowl and were the climaxing event of Cuba’s annual National Sports Festival. The first five Rhumba Bowls pitted one of the US teams of the south against a Cuban university squad. This 1937 edition was the only game in the bowl series with two American teams playing each other. The last occurred on December 7, 1946, as Mississippi Southern University played the University of Havana.

January 1, 1942 – Durham, North Carolina – The Rose Bowl was played on the East Coast once. Oregon State College surprised everyone as they won the Pacific Coast Conference champion­ship. The Golden Rankings website details how the Beavers won their final five games to earn their first-ever trip to the Rose Bowl. As was the custom at the time, the PCC champion picked its opponent for the game in Pasadena. The Golden Gophers of Minnesota was the logical choice as they were tops in all the polls, but they were prohibited from playing in a bowl game by the predecessor of the Big 10, the Western Conference rules at the time. So Oregon State chose the next best team, Duke, who was second in most rank­ings. Many Duke fans booked their travel plans as they got a sweet deal of round-trip train fare, accommodations in California, tickets to the big game, and a free stop at the Grand Canyon for under $182. Sign me up! However, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 launched the U.S. into World War II. Not even a week later, fearing Japanese attacks on the West Coast, the military leaders shut down all major sporting events, including the Rose Bowl. That was when the teams and the Rose Bowl committee got their heads together and decided the game must go on, and they switched the venue to Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina. This contest was the only Rose Bowl Game ever played outside Pasadena (until 2020). It was a pretty good game too, but we will let Golden Rankings fill you in on that part. The Final score was Oregon State in an upset 20-16 over the Blue Devils.

January 1, 1952 – Pasadena, California – This edition of the Rose Bowl Game was the first nationally televised college football game. In the Game Illinois destroyed Stanford by the score of 40-7.

January 1, 1962 – Pasadena, California – There was another first for the “Grand Daddy of them All”  it was the first nationally televised college football game broadcast in color. Minnesota outlasted UCLA 21-3 in the milestone broadcast. Wow can you imagine that until this day some pigskin fan on the East Coast may have never seen the Bruin blue before!

January 1, 1963 – Pasadena, California – For the first time in history a game to determine the top team in the nation was scheduled based on the AP and UPI poll, as the top ranked teams would do battle. What a billing! The top ranked Trojans of Southern Cal and #2 Wisconsin Badgers were going to mix it up on the Rose Bowl turf for the top spot. According to the American Football Database it was USC who would end up the victors in a high scoring affair, 42 to 37 over the Badgers. Wisconsin came on strong at the end with 23 unanswered fourth quarter points to make it a nail biter at the end.

January 1, 2005 – Tempe, Arizona – At the Fiesta Bowl Utah became the first non-BCS Conference team to appear in and also win a Bowl Championship Series Bowl game by blowing out Big East champion Pittsburgh 35–7. According to the performance of Utah’s Quarterback Alex Smith propelled him to becoming the #1 overall draft pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. The Utes would eventually become a member of the Pac-12 Conference in 2011.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for January 1

January 1, 1890 – Wellesley, Massachusetts  –  Vince “Pat” Pazzetti who played quarterback for both Wesleyan and Lehigh University was born. According to his bio on the NFF website Pat played at Wesleyan University as a standout during the football seasons of 1908 and 1909, before transferring to Lehigh for junior and senior campaigns in 1911 and 1912. After the 1912season Pazzetti earned All-America accolades in the same backfield with the legendary Jim Thorpe. The National Football Foundation selected Vince Pazzetti to enter into the College football Hall of Fame in 1961.

January 1, 1901 – Allegheny, Pennsylvania –  The great Wabash College and Yale University standout tackle, Century Milstead entered into this life. The website states that generally lineman are the unsung heroes of football most of the time going unnoticed in games. That is not the description they give for our man Century though. As a member of the Wabash Little Giants Milstead helped the team upset much larger teams like Purdue, Georgetown and Butler in convincing fashion. He transferred to Yale in 1922 but had to sit out a season to solidify his eligibility and he was worth the wait. In 1923, Milstead played a key role in a perfect Eli campaign which brought him All-America recognition. After graduation, he coached at Yale, played pro ball for the New York Giants, became a sales executive, served as president of the Touchdown Club of New York as well as on the Lambert Trophy board Century Milstead found his way into the College football Hall of Fame in 1977.

January 1,  1925 – Britton, Oklahoma – The Fullback from William and Mary, Jack Cloud was born.  Jack set the scoring record of 102 points in one season at William and Mary in 1947 according to the NFF. The New York Sun named him All-America in 1947, and the Newspaper Enterprise Association picked him in 1948 for the honor. Grantland Rice wrote, “Jack Cloud may be the closest thing to Jim Thorpe. The National Football Foundation selected Jack Cloud to enter into their College football Hall of Fame in 1990.

January 1, 1927 – Dallas, Texas – Doak Walker the highly decorated Southern Methodist University halfback was born. The NFF site says that Doak was a 3-time All-America halfback for SMU. He won the Maxwell Award in 1947, won the Heisman in 1948, and was named Player of the Year by Collier’s Magazine in 1949. Doak Walker found the doors to be open wide to welcome him into the College football Hall of Fame in 1959. Doak after college joined the Detroit Lions and spent 6 productive seasons with the franchise. In fact according to the site, he did almost everything for the Lions as he passed, ran returned punts and kicks but he also performed the punting and place kicks for the team as well. Walker was selected as All-NFL in 5 of his six seasons played in the League. Doak Walker was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

January 1, 1932 – Knoxville, Tennessee  – Standout Mississippi Quarterback Jackie Parker was born. The NFF states the value of Parker to his team in one game at Rival Auburn. There Quarterback Jackie Parker single-handedly wrenched Auburn. State ran up 49 points in those first three periods, with Parker having a hand in 42 of them on touchdown runs of six, 11 and 34 yards and passes of 11, nine and 27 yards, and he kicked all six extra points. With victory well in hand, Parker watched the final quarter from the sidelines. What a stat line for playing only 75% of the game. During his two seasons at MSU, Parker was All-Conference and All-American. Following his collegiate career. Jackie Parker found his way into the College football Hall of Fame in 1976. After school was over Parker played 14 seasons in the Canadian Football League and was the CFL’s Most Valuable Player three times and an All-Pro nine times. Retiring as an active player, Parker became the general manager of the CFL’s BC Lions. 

January 1, 1940 – Cheyenne, Wyoming – Mike McKeever the fine guard from USC came into this world. The website states that Mike earned All-America honors and he was also chosen to the academic All-America team. Mike and his brother Marlin were the first twins to earn All-America status. McKeever suffered a head injury in his senior year at USC and it ended his collegiate football career. Prior to the injury he was high on the NFL draft list but the head wound prevented him from showing what he could do at the pro level. He was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1987. 

January 1, 1962 – Marlin, Texas – Pierce Holt the Angelo State defensive end was born. Pierce started all four seasons at Angelo and was a Two-time All-America selection. When it came to scholastic honors, he was a Two-time Academic All-Conference among other awards. Pierce was inducted into the College football Hall of Fame in 1997 by the National Football Foundation voters.. 

January 1, 1967 – Miami, Florida – The outstanding linebacker from the University of Alabama, Derrick Thomas arrived into the world. The Football Foundation website  reveals how Thomas was one of the greatest linebackers in Tide history. Derrick Thomas concluded his career as the NCAA FBS leader in career sacks with 52 en route to winning unanimous All-America honors in 1988. Derrick Thomas was welcomed into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014. At the 1989 NFL Draft Derrick became the fourth overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs. He had a productive 11 year career with the franchise where he registered 126.5 career sacks, twenty of them coming in one season. He made the All-NFL team three times and played in nine Pro Bowls. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Derrick Thomas in 2009.


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We have seen some great events happen on New Years Day in Sports History. Generally known as a day where NCAA College Football Bowl Games take center stage.

January 1, 1902 – 1st Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Michigan beats Stanford, 49-0; MVP: Neil Snow, Michigan, FB

January 1, 1919 – 5th Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Great Lakes, US Navy beats Mare Island, USMC, 17-0; MVP: George Halas, US Navy

January 1, 1943 – Chicago Black Hawks field first trio of brothers to play together in an NHL game; Max Bentley (Number 5), Doug Bentley (Number 7), and Reggie Bentley appeared in the lineups for the Hawks in a 6-5 win over the New York Rangers at Chicago Stadium. Max would become a Hockey Hall of Fame member as he was on three Stanley Cup Championship teams and won the Hart Memorial Trophy for the 1945-46 season. Doug is also in the Hall of Fame. He played mostly left wing and was part of the famed “Pony Express” line of the Hawks alongside his brother Max. Doug finished in the Top 4 for the Hart Trophy three times during his 13 year career. His best season was in 1943-44 when he scored 38 goals in 50 games. Reg’s only recorded season was that 1942-43 season.

January 1, 1961 – 1st AFL Championship, Jeppesen Stadium, Houston; Houston Oilers beat Los Angeles Chargers, 24-16; Hall of Fame QB Number 16, George Blanda 3 TD passes, 3 conversions and a field goal

January 1, 1967 – AFL Championship, War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo: Kansas City Chiefs beat Buffalo Bills, 31-7; Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Number 16, Len Dawson threw 2 touchdowns, RB Number 21, Mike Garrett ran for 2 scores

January 1, 1974 – Ernie DiGregorio, Number 15, of the Buffalo Braves franchise dished out 25 assists in the Braves’ 120-119 win over Portland, establishing an NBA single-game record for assists by a rookie


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