BOYS BASKETBALL MONDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Bethany Christian at Central Noble 7:30 pm
Bremen at South Bend Adams 7:30 pm
Calumet Christian at Calumet 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Irvington Prep 1:30 pm
Indianapolis Riverside at Victory College Prep 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Washington at Indiana Math & Science 6:00 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Believe Circle City 6:00 pm
Marquette Catholic at Hammond Morton 7:30 pm
North Putnam at Southmont 7:30 pm
North Vermillion at Chrisman (Ill.) 7:30 pm
Oregon-Davis at Winamac 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly North at Indianapolis Rooted 7:30 pm
Rushville at Madison 7:30 pm
South Bend Clay at Mishawaka 7:30 pm
South Newton at Demotte Christian 8:00 pm
Westville at South Bend Career 7:30 pm
Whiteland at Columbus North 7:30 pm
Whiting at Wheeler 8:00 pm

INDIANA SRN BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

4A

  1. LAWRENCE NORTH (17-0)
  2. WESTFIELD (14-1)
  3. FISHERS (16-1)
  4. WESTFIELD (12-1)
  5. GREENFIELD CENTRAL (16-0)
  6. CATHEDRAL (13-2)
  7. NOBLESVILLE (15-2)
  8. RICHMOND (18-1)
  9. KOKOMO (16-3)
  10. BEN DAVIS (11-4)

3A

  1. DANVILLE (15-1)
  2. HERITAGE HILLS (15-2)
  3. GUERIN CATHOLIC (14-6)
  4. BREBEUF (10-4)
  5. SCOTTSBURG (12-4)
  6. DELTA (13-5)
  7. FAIRFIELD (12-4)
  8. BELLMONT (13-3)
  9. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (10-5)
  10. PRINCETON (12-4)

2A

  1. TIPTON (16-1)
  2. WAPAHANI (13-2)
  3. FW LUERS (13-2)
  4. PROVIDENCE (12-3)
  5. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (16-4)
  6. SOUTHWESTERN HANOVER (16-2)
  7. PARK TUDOR (11-4)
  8. SULLIVAN (14-3)
  9. ADAMS CENTRAL (12-3)
  10. MANCHESTER (14-2)

1A

  1. EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN (15-1)
  2. BARR-REEVE (14-1)
  3. ORLEANS (13-2)
  4. CLAY CITY (14-3)
  5. LOOGOOTEE (10-5)
  6. TINDLEY (13-4)
  7. TRITON (9-4)
  8. LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (10-7)
  9. MORGAN TOWNSHIP (12-4)
  10. INDY LUTHERAN (9-5)

GIRLS BASKETBALL MONDAY SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
North White at Demotte Christian 7:00 pm
Park Tudor at Indianapolis Tech 6:00 pm
River Forest at Oregon-Davis 7:00 pm

GIRLS BASKETBALL TUESDAY SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
GEO Next Generation at MTI Knowledge 6:00 pm
Portage Christian at Lighthouse CPA 12:30 pm

SECTIONAL
CLASS 4A
Lake Central
Munster at Lake Central 8:00 pm
Valparaiso
Chesterton at Valparaiso 8:00 pm
South Bend Washington
LaPorte vs. South Bend Adams 7:30 pm
Northridge
Warsaw at Northridge 6:00 pm
Concord vs. Penn 7:30 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne)
East Noble at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Northrop vs. Fort Wayne Snider 7:30 pm
Columbia City
Fort Wayne Wayne at Columbia City 6:00 pm
Homestead vs. Fort Wayne South 7:30 pm
Kokomo
Harrison (West Lafayette) vs. Marion 6:00 pm
Logansport at Kokomo 7:30 pm
Hamilton Southeastern
Westfield at Hamilton Southeastern 6:00 pm
Carmel vs. Fishers 7:30 pm
Pendleton Heights
Anderson vs. Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral
North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Warren Central 7:00 pm
Pike
Perry Meridian at Pike 7:00 pm
Avon
Brownsburg at Avon 7:00 pm
Mooresville
Martinsville vs. Bloomington North 6:00 pm
Bloomington South vs. Center Grove 7:30 pm
Whiteland
East Central at Whiteland 6:00 pm
Shelbyville vs. Franklin 7:30 pm
Floyd Central
Seymour vs. Jennings County 7:00 pm
Evansville Harrison
Evansville North at Evansville Harrison 6:30 pm
Evansville Central vs. Jasper 8:00 pm


CLASS 3A
Highland
Calumet at Highland 8:00 pm
Rochester
John Glenn vs. Bremen 6:00 pm
Knox at Rochester 7:30 pm
New Prairie
South Bend Clay vs. Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
West Noble
Lakeland vs. Wawasee 7:00 pm
Garrett
Angola vs. Leo 7:00 pm
Twin Lakes
West Lafayette vs. Frankfort 7:30 pm
Maconaquah
Mississinewa at Maconaquah 7:00 pm
Yorktown
Jay County at Yorktown 7:00 pm
Cascade
Monrovia at Cascade 7:00 pm
Owen Valley
Edgewood vs. West Vigo 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Chatard
Brebeuf Jesuit at Indianapolis Chatard 6:00 pm
Heritage Christian vs. Indianapolis Herron 7:30 pm
Beech Grove
Indianapolis Ritter vs. Speedway 6:00 pm
Lawrenceburg
South Dearborn vs. Batesville 7:00 pm
Charlestown
Corydon Central at Charlestown 6:00 pm
Madison vs. North Harrison 7:30 pm
Southridge
Washington at Southridge 6:30 pm
Heritage Hills vs. Vincennes Lincoln 8:00 pm
Gibson Southern
Mount Vernon (Posey) vs. Evansville Bosse 7:00 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Gibson Southern 8:30 pm


CLASS 2A
Lake Station
North Newton at Lake Station 8:00 pm
North Judson
South Central (Union Mills) at North Judson 7:30 pm
Eastside
Churubusco vs. Westview 6:00 pm
Central Noble at Eastside 7:30 pm
North Miami
Wabash vs. Winamac 7:00 pm
South Adams
Manchester vs. Bluffton 6:00 pm
Adams Central at South Adams 7:30 pm
Delphi
Seeger vs. Lafayette Central Catholic 6:00 pm
Covington vs. Clinton Prairie 7:30 pm
Elwood
Eastbrook at Elwood 7:00 pm
Lapel
Winchester vs. Muncie Burris 7:00 pm
Northeastern
Union County vs. Hagerstown 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Scecina
Indianapolis Riverside at Indianapolis Scecina 7:00 pm
South Putnam
Greencastle vs. North Putnam 7:00 pm
North Decatur
Hauser vs. Switzerland County 7:00 pm
Providence
Southwestern (Hanover) vs. Brownstown Central 7:00 pm
North Knox
Mitchell vs. Paoli 6:00 pm
Linton-Stockton vs. North Daviess 7:30 pm
South Spencer
Forest Park at South Spencer 6:30 pm
Crawford County vs. North Posey 8:00 pm


CLASS 1A
Morgan Twp.
Tri-Township at Morgan Twp. 8:00 pm
Culver
Marquette Catholic at Culver 7:30 pm
Lakewood Park
Elkhart Christian at Lakewood Park 7:00 pm
South Newton
Frontier vs. Tri-County 6:30 pm
West Central vs. Caston 8:00 pm
Attica
Faith Christian vs. Fountain Central 6:00 pm
North Vermillion vs. Rossville 7:30 pm
Union City
Tri vs. Randolph Southern 6:00 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln vs. Blue River 7:30 pm
Bloomfield
White River Valley vs. North Central (Farmersburg) 7:00 pm
Eminence
Indianapolis Lutheran at Eminence 7:00 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville)
South Decatur vs. Edinburgh 7:00 pm
West Washington
Lanesville vs. Christian Academy 6:00 pm
South Central (Elizabeth) at West Washington 7:30 pm
New Washington
Medora vs. Trinity Lutheran 6:00 pm
Crothersville vs. Shawe Memorial 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve
Washington Catholic vs. Vincennes Rivet 7:00 pm
Wood Memorial
Tecumseh at Wood Memorial 7:30 pm

FINAL INDIANA SRN GIRLS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

4A

  1. LAWRENCE CENTRAL (23-1)
  2. COLUMBIS CITY (20-2)
  3. CENTER GROVE (22-1)
  4. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (19-3)
  5. FW SNIDER (19-2)
  6. LAWRENCE NORTH (16-4)
  7. JENNINGS COUNTY (21-3)
  8. HOMESTEAD (19-4)
  9. FRANKLIN (20-3)
  10. NORTHRIDGE (21-3)

3A

  1. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (20-2)
  2. RENSSELEAR CENTRAL (22-1)
  3. NORWELL (18-4)
  4. BENTON CENTRAL (22-3)
  5. GIBSON SOUTHERN (19-4)
  6. INDIAN CREEK (18-4)
  7. GREENSBURG (18-4)
  8. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (20-3)
  9. WASHINGTON (19-4)
  10. JAY COUNTY (20-2)

2A

  1. NORTH KNOX (23-1)
  2. SOUTH KNOX (22-1)
  3. EASTBROOK (20-1)
  4. EASTERN HANCOCK (21-1)
  5. LAPEL (19-4)
  6. CARROLL FLORA (20-3)
  7. ALEXANDRIA (18-4)
  8. EASTSIDE (21-3)
  9. PARKE HERITAGE (20-3)
  10. AUSTIN (17-6)

1A

  1. LANESVILLE (22-1)
  2. CLINTON CENTRAL (21-1)
  3. TRI-TOWNSHIP (21-1)
  4. ORLEANS (19-3)
  5. BORDEN (19-4)
  6. SPRINGS VALLEY (20-4)
  7. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (18-4)
  8. TRI (20-3)
  9. JAC-CEN-DEL (18-5)
  10. CASTON (18-3)

WRESTLING REGIONALS

1. Hobart | 9 am CT  
Feeder Sectionals: East Chicago Central, Portage.

2. Crown Point | 9 am CT  
Feeder Sectionals: Crown Point, LaPorte.

3. Penn | 9 am ET  
Feeder Sectionals: Mishawaka, Plymouth.

4. Logansport | 10 am ET  
Feeder Sectionals: Lafayette Jefferson, Twin Lakes.

5. Goshen | 9:30 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Elkhart, West Noble.

6. Carroll (Fort Wayne) | 9 am ET  
Feeder Sectionals: Carroll (Fort Wayne), New Haven.

7. Peru | 9 am ET  
Feeder Sectionals: Peru, Oak Hill.

8. Jay County | 8:30 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Delta, Jay County.

9. North Montgomery | 9 am ET  
Feeder Sectionals: Crawfordsville, Frankfort.

10. Pendleton Heights | 9 am ET  
Feeder Sectionals: Elwood, Indianapolis Arsenal Technical.

11. Perry Meridian | 9 am ET  
Feeder Sectionals: Shelbyville, Southport.

12. Richmond | 9 am ET  
Feeder Sectionals: South Dearborn, Shenandoah.

13. Mooresville | 9 am ET  
Feeder Sectionals: Avon, Mooresville.

14. Bloomington South | 10 am ET  
Feeder Sectionals: Bloomington North, Southridge.

15. Jeffersonville | 8 am ET  
Feeder Sectionals: Jeffersonville, Jennings County.

16. Castle | 9 am CT  
Feeder Sectionals: Castle, Evansville Central.

NFL: CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

AFC: KANSAS CITY 17 BALTIMORE 10

NFC: SAN FRANCISCO 34 DETROIT 31

SUPER BOWL LVIII 

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

AFC VS. NFC IN LAS VEGAS, 6:30 P.M. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#22 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 66 NORTH TEXAS 63

#1 UCONN 99 XAVIER 56

#2 PURDUE 68 RUTGERS 60

#25 NEW MEXICO 89 NEVADA 55

ELSEWHERE:

WRIGHT STATE 83 IUPUI 76

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#19 VIRGINIA TECH 75 #22 SYRACUSE 62

VIRGINIA 81 #20 NORTH CAROLINA 66

#14 INDIANA 100 NORTHWESTERN 59

#13 BAYLOR 72 OKLAHOMA STATE 60

#12 OHIO STATE 71 PURDUE 68

#18 LOUISVILLE 77 PITTSBURGH 58

#6 STANFORD 96 ARIZONA 64

#21 CREIGHTON 57 SETON HALL 49

#7 NC STATE 82 BOSTON COLLEGE 61

#3 COLORADO 61 OREGON 48

#25 OREGON STATE 91 #16 UTAH 66

WASHINGTON 62 #11 USC 59

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 91 VANDERBILT 74

WASHINGTON STATE 85 #2 UCLA 82

#23 FLORIDA STATE 78 GEORGIA TECH 67

NBA SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 120 OKLAHOMA CITY 104

INDIANA 116 MEMPHIS 110

ATLANTA 126 TORONTO 125

ORLANDO 113 PHOENIX 98

CHICAGO 104 PORTLAND 96

NHL SCOREBOARD

ST. LOUIS 4 LOS ANGELES 3 OT

SEATTLE 4 COLUMBUS 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

PATRICK MAHOMES, TRAVIS KELCE ARE HEADED BACK TO THE SUPER BOWL AFTER CHIEFS SHUT DOWN RAVENS 17-10

BALTIMORE (AP) — The first quarter was vintage Patrick Mahomes, picking apart the Baltimore defense with quick passes, with Travis Kelce on the other end of several of them.

Then the Kansas City defense — now elite after some shaky seasons in the past — took over.

Finally, when Mahomes needed one more completion to send the Chiefs back to the Super Bowl, he went deep to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, whose struggles this season were emblematic of the team’s maligned receiving group.

Complete for 32 yards. Ballgame.

“The Chiefs are still the Chiefs,” Kelce said emphatically.

After all the

After all the moments this season when they looked disjointed and vulnerable, the Chiefs are headed back to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five years.

Mahomes and Kelce were at their magnificent best in the first half, and Kansas City’s defense delivered another masterpiece against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, leading the Chiefs to a 17-10 victory in the AFC championship game Sunday.

Kelce caught 11 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, and now the big question at next month’s Super Bowl in Las Vegas is whether his girlfriend, Taylor Swift, will be able to make it there in the middle of her tour. The pop star was on hand again Sunday, and it was a milestone day for the 34-year-old Kelce, who surpassed Jerry Rice’s career record for postseason receptions.

Kansas City (14-6) will face San Francisco on Feb. 11, and a victory would make the Chiefs the first team to win it all in back-to-back seasons since the New England Patriots 19 years ago.

Swift’s presence has turned the Chiefs into even more of a glamour team than they already were, but it’s been more of a blue-collar performance on the field this season. Aside from Kelce, Mahomes’ playmakers haven’t been as threatening as in years past.

Only once this season has Kansas City scored more than 31 points, and a home loss on Christmas to the Las Vegas Raiders — on the same day Baltimore made a statement with a win at San Francisco — seemed to indicate that the Chiefs’ days atop the AFC were numbered.

Not so fast.

Playing on the road in the playoffs for the first time with Mahomes, the Chiefs beat Buffalo and Baltimore in back-to-back weeks to win the conference.

“I’ve never doubted, no,” coach Andy Reid said. “That’s not how we roll.”

The Chiefs led 17-7 at halftime, and Justin Tucker’s 43-yard field goal with 2:34 to play was the only scoring of the second half. Baltimore kicked deep after that, and on third-and-9, Mahomes connected with Valdes-Scantling, who held on and knew exactly what that catch meant.

“We’re going to the Super Bowl,” he said. “That was it. I knew we needed one first down to get us to the goal, and they trusted me to go get one.”

Mahomes went 30 of 39 for 241 yards and a touchdown.

Jackson could win his second MVP after leading Baltimore to the league’s best record and point differential during the regular season, but the Ravens allowed touchdowns on the first two Kansas City possessions and appeared a bit panicky at times after that.

Baltimore (14-5) made undisciplined mistakes all game, while Kansas City looked the part of the team making its sixth straight appearance in the conference title game.

With the Ravens down by 10 in the third quarter, rookie Zay Flowers caught a 54-yard pass to the Kansas City 10 — then was flagged for taunting after the play. Moments later, he fumbled near the goal line and the Ravens ended up with no points.

That was one of several frustrating moments for Baltimore fans, whose city was hosting an AFC championship game for the first time since January 1971, when the Colts beat the Oakland Raiders.

Jackson went 20 of 37 for 272 yards and a touchdown, but Baltimore never really exploited its perceived advantage on the ground. Jackson raced under one of his own tipped passes in the first half for a 13-yard reception, but he also turned the ball over twice, including a forced pass into heavy coverage that was picked off in the end zone with 6:45 left in the game.

Once it was clear defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo had the upper hand against the Baltimore offense, Mahomes was happy to manage the game and avoid doing anything too risky.

“Spags, it seems like when the games get bigger, when the challenges get higher, he performs even better,” Mahomes said.

Jackson fell to 2-4 as a starter in the postseason despite having been the top seed in the AFC twice. He made a few sensational individual plays, but the Ravens had trouble moving the ball otherwise.

“That guy was the main guy I was playing for, honestly,” Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen said. “So much stuff he gets that he doesn’t deserve. This was his opportunity to be able to write some of that stuff off and move on to the next thing. That’s why it hurts, because you want to see people like that, teammates that you love and care about, get what they’re supposed to get.”

Mahomes, meanwhile, completed his first 11 pass attempts, and although the Ravens largely shut Kansas City down after that, the damage was done on a rainy day in Baltimore.

There was some chippy behavior before the game, which included Ravens defensive back Arthur Maulet and a group of Kansas City players having to be separated.

Then the Chiefs forced a three-and-out on the game’s first drive and went 86 yards for the opening touchdown. Kelce caught a 13-yard pass from Mahomes over the middle on fourth-and-2. Then the star tight end beat All-Pro safety Kyle Hamilton for a 19-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

Jackson answered in his own spectacular way. He broke free for a 21-yard run when Baltimore went for it on fourth-and-1 from its 34. Then the star quarterback ducked out of a near-sack by Leo Chenal, retreated a bit farther back and threw a 30-yard scoring strike to Flowers, who celebrated with teammates by doing the “swag surf” dance that Swift and Chiefs fans did at a recent game.

Kansas City was unbothered. Mahomes drove his team 75 yards in 9:02 — with the help of an acrobatic diving catch by Kelce on one third-down toss — and Isiah Pacheco capped the 16-play march with a 2-yard touchdown run.

The Chiefs actually missed chances to extend their lead. A sack by Charles Omenihu forced a fumble by Jackson that gave Kansas City the ball at the Baltimore 33. But Kelce was marked just short on a third-down catch, and Pacheco was stopped on the ensuing fourth down at the 13.

After a couple of personal fouls on Baltimore helped Kansas City cross midfield late in the half, the Chiefs were flagged for back-to-back holding calls, the second of which wiped out a 33-yard screen pass to Rashee Rice that would have been a touchdown.

A 9-yard pass to Kelce put Kansas City in position for Harrison Butker’s 52-yard field goal that made it 17-7.

FAMILY AFFAIR

The Harbaugh brothers came up short in their attempt to sweep the college and pro championships after Jim Harbaugh coached Michigan to a national title. Jim, who then left the Wolverines to become coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, was at the game Sunday.

John Harbaugh said he was still proud of Baltimore’s season.

“I feel like it was a team that had a lot of challenges. I don’t think it was a team that was too highly touted coming into the season by the pundits and the prognosticators and all that, and I think they proved a lot of people wrong, all year,” he said. “The quarterback made a statement all year.”

INJURIES

Omenihu left with a knee injury, and star defensive tackle Chris Jones was shaken up in the fourth quarter for the Chiefs.

UP NEXT

Chiefs: The Chiefs have not played the 49ers this season. This will be a rematch of the Super Bowl four years ago, which Kansas City won 31-20.

Ravens: Baltimore knows it can win a lot of games with Jackson and his talented supporting cast, but getting past the Chiefs seems like an especially daunting task if they couldn’t do it this season.

BROCK PURDY, 49ERS RALLY FROM 17 POINTS DOWN, BEAT LIONS 34-31 TO ADVANCE TO SUPER BOWL

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers were on the brink, needing a spark to overcome a big deficit and avoid a third straight loss in the conference title game.

Brandon Aiyuk delivered with an improbable catch that helped save San Francisco’s season.

Purdy’s 51-yard pass that deflected off a defender’s facemask into Aiyuk’s hands helped the Niners rally from 17 points down at halftime to beat the Detroit Lions 34-31 on Sunday and reach the Super Bowl.

The 49ers (14-5) scored 17 points in an eight-minute span of the third quarter to tie the NFC championship game and then pulled away in the fourth quarter to earn a rematch against Kansas City after losing to the Chiefs in the Super Bowl four years ago.

“No one was rah-rah,” Purdy said. “No one was freaking out. It’s football. There’s a lot of experienced guys on this team, veteran guys who have been in crazy situations. We were just like, ‘We have to do our job.’”

San Francisco mounted the fourth comeback ever from 17 points down or more in a conference title game thanks to some big plays by Purdy and bad mistakes from the Lions (14-6), including two failed fourth downs in field-goal range. Detroit fell short of reaching the first Super Bowl in franchise history.

“We’re not going out like this,” coach Kyle Shanahan said of the mindset at halftime. “Guys didn’t want today to be the last day. We put ourselves in a hole. They played like it in the second half and we were able to get the ball to bounce the right way and we made up for what we did in the first half.”

After being questioned about whether he could lead a comeback, Purdy has now done it twice in as many weeks. He engineered a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter to beat Green Bay last week and then had an even bigger comeback against the Lions.

He finished with 267 yards passing and a touchdown, along with 48 yards rushing thanks to a pair of 21-yard scrambles. Now the last pick of the 2022 draft will be starting in the Super Bowl against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

“All he’s done since he’s been here is play at an elite level,” running back Christian McCaffrey said. “Everything starts with him. We’re lucky he’s our quarterback. He takes a lot of heat for absolutely no reason.”

McCaffrey had two TD runs and little-used backup Elijah Mitchell scored on a 3-yard run to make it 34-24 with 3:02 to play as the Niners got over the conference title game hump after losing the past two seasons.

“There’s been unfinished business for a while, man. Our team was set out for this for a long time,” Shanahan said. “It’s been a long year to get to this point, and we got it done today. It was hard at the beginning, but the character we have in our team, the type of guys we have, we can’t wait to get to Vegas, man.”

The Niners blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship game against the Los Angeles Rams two years ago and then were forced to play much of last year’s title game loss at Philadelphia without a functioning quarterback after Purdy injured his elbow on the opening drive and fourth-stringer Josh Johnson left with a concussion early in the third quarter.

But San Francisco managed to make the long journey back to this stage and now is in position to deliver the franchise its record-tying sixth Super Bowl title and first since the 1994 season.

A magical season for the Lions ended in heartbreak. Detroit remains the only team to play every season of the Super Bowl era without reaching the ultimate game. This looked like it could be the year to end that drought when Detroit won back-to-back playoff games after winning just one in the previous 56 seasons.

But the Lions couldn’t finish the job despite holding a 24-7 halftime lead.

“When you lose that way, it’s hard,” coach Dan Campbell said. “You feel like you get your heart ripped out. But I’m proud of that group and I’ll go anywhere with that group.”

San Francisco settled for a field goal on the opening drive of the second half before the game completely flipped in a four-minute span.

Campbell opted to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the San Francisco 28, but Josh Reynolds couldn’t hold onto a pass from Jared Goff, leading to a turnover on downs.

The Lions then seemed to have a potential interception when Purdy’s deep pass bit Kindle Vildor in the face mask, but the ball popped up and was caught for a spectacular 51-yard gain by Aiyuk.

“When I saw him catch that, I was like that’s insane,” Purdy said.

Purdy found Aiyuk three plays later for a 6-yard score.

“Before the game, a ladybug landed on my shoe. And you all know what that means,” Aiyuk said. “That’s all I can say. Other than that, I don’t know.”

Jahmyr Gibbs then fumbled on the next play from scrimmage, setting up a 1-yard run by McCaffrey to tie the game at 24.

It only got worse from there for the Lions with Reynolds dropping another pass on third down, leading to a punt that Detroit had a chance to down at the 1 but botched.

Purdy then drove the Niners to a 33-yard field goal by Jake Moody and their first lead of the game.

“Momentum certainly changed pretty quickly,” Goff said. “They scored, we didn’t convert the fourth down, they scored again, we turned the ball over. That little sequence right there makes it tough.”

Campbell bypassed a chance at a game-tying field goal on fourth-and-3 from the Niners 30 midway through the fourth quarter. Goff threw an incomplete pass and the Niners drove to the insurance touchdown.

Goff added a TD pass to Jameson Williams with 56 seconds to play, but the 49ers recovered the onside kick to seal the win. Goff finished 25 for 41 for 273 yards and a touchdown.

San Francisco’s heralded front seven had no answer in the first half for Detroit’s offensive line, which repeatedly opened up big holes, giving the backs several yards even before first contact.

The Lions ran for 148 yards in the first half, getting TD runs from Williams, David Montgomery and Gibbs.

Michael Badgley added a late field goal to give Detroit a 24-7 lead at the half, tied for the second-biggest scoring output for a road team in the first half of a conference title game since the NFL-AFL merger.

THE SUPER BOWL IS SET: MAHOMES AND THE CHIEFS WILL FACE PURDY AND THE 49ERS

Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs are heading to Las Vegas with a chance for a rare repeat while facing the San Francisco 49ers in a Super Bowl rematch from four years ago.

The Chiefs beat Lamar Jackson and the No. 1-seeded Baltimore Ravens 17-10 in the AFC championship game Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five years. A few hours later, Brock Purdy rallied the No. 1-seeded 49ers to a 34-31 victory over the Detroit Lions in the NFC title game.

The Chiefs (14-6) are aiming to become the first back-to-back champions since Tom Brady and the New England Patriots did it following the 2003-04 seasons.

Purdy — who was still two years away from being the last pick of the 2022 NFL draft the last time the teams played in the Super Bowl — will try to lead the 49ers (14-5) to a record-tying sixth title in their eighth appearance.

The teams meet at Allegiant Stadium on Feb. 12. The 49ers opened as 2 1/2-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Mahomes and the Chiefs overcame a 20-10 fourth-quarter deficit and beat the 49ers 31-20 to give coach Andy Reid his first Super Bowl victory on Feb. 2, 2020. Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers spoiled Kansas City’s repeat bid the following year.

The Chiefs will become just the third team to play in four Super Bowls over a five-year span. Only the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s and the Patriots in the 2000s and 2010s won three Super Bowls in a five-year span.

Mahomes rallied the Chiefs for a 38-35 comeback win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl last year. They beat Miami 26-7 in the wild-card round and defeated the Bills 27-24 in Buffalo last week in Mahomes’ first career playoff game on the road besides Super Bowls.

The 49ers were dominated by the Eagles in the NFC title game last year in a game that saw Purdy suffer a significant elbow injury that required surgery. He returned for the season opener and helped them earn a first-round bye. Purdy led a 24-21 comeback win over Green Bay last week and brought the Niners back from a 17-point deficit against the Lions.

Only New England and Pittsburgh have more Super Bowl wins the San Francisco, which last won it following the 1994 season.

Reid will lead a team in the Super Bowl for the fifth time, moving into a tie with Tom Landry for third most behind Bill Belichick’s nine and Don Shula’s six. Reid coached the Eagles when the Patriots beat them to repeat 19 years ago.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan returns to the Super Bowl after losing to Reid in his first crack at it. Shanahan was Atlanta’s offensive coordinator when the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead against Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl 51.

Mahomes, a two-time NFL and Super Bowl MVP, will start in his fourth Super Bowl, tied with Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Peyton Manning, Roger Staubach and Jim Kelly for third-most behind Brady’s 10 and John Elway’s five.

The biggest question is whether Taylor Swift will make it to Las Vegas to watch her boyfriend in the Super Bowl on Feb. 11. Swift, who celebrated with Kelce on the field after the victory over the Ravens, is scheduled to perform in Japan just 24 hours before kickoff.

BILLS REMOVE INTERIM TAG, PROMOTE JOE BRADY TO OC

The Buffalo Bills named Joe Brady as their offensive coordinator on Sunday.

Brady was in his second season as Buffalo’s quarterbacks coach before he was promoted to interim offensive coordinator in mid-November after Ken Dorsey was fired.

Dorsey was dismissed on Nov. 14, one day after the Bills lost 24-22 to the Denver Broncos to fall to 5-5 on the season.

Under Brady, the Bills won six of their last seven games of the season to capture the AFC East title for the fourth year in a row. They also defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card round before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round on Jan. 21.

Brady, 34, also served as the Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator for two seasons (2020-21). He was an offensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints for two seasons (2017-18) and spent the 2019 season as passing coordinator for LSU’s national championship team.

REPORTS: EAGLES EXPECTED TO TAB KELLEN MOORE AS OC

Kellen Moore reportedly will be working with an NFC East team once again.

The Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles are hiring Moore as their offensive coordinator, multiple media outlets reported Saturday night. Moore spent last season with the Los Angeles Chargers after working the previous five with the Dallas Cowboys, including four seasons as their offensive coordinator (2019-22).

The Chargers struggled last season en route to seeing head coach Brandon Staley fired on Dec. 15. Under the 34-year-old Moore, the team finished 18th in total offense (329.4 yards per game) and 21st in scoring offense (20.4 points per game) in 2023.

The Eagles confirmed offensive coordinator Brian Johnson and defensive coordinator Sean Desai were fired at a season-ending news conference. The reigning NFC champions ended the season on a 1-6 skid, capped by a 32-9 defeat at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC wild-card round game on Jan. 15.

Philadelphia started the season 10-1 and was in position to fight the San Francisco 49ers for the top seed in the conference. Until the wheels fell off.

Johnson came under fire as star quarterback Jalen Hurts’ performance dipped in the second half of the season. Hurts finished with a career-high 15 interceptions for the Eagles, who ranked seventh in the NFL in points per game (25.5) and 16th in passing offense (225.5).

The Eagles hired Vic Fangio as their defensive coordinator.

REPORT: SEAHAWKS PLAN TO INTERVIEW RAVENS DC MIKE MACDONALD

The Seattle Seahawks are willing to wait to interview Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald for their vacant head coaching position, according to multiple media reports, but they can’t do so until the Ravens lose.

Baltimore hosts the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, and a Ravens victory would make Macdonald unavailable until after the Super Bowl.

It’s a scenario that the Indianapolis Colts followed last season with Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, whom they hired as head coach after the Super Bowl.

Macdonald, 36, interviewed this winter with the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers and Washington Commanders. Only the Commanders and Seahawks still have head coaching vacancies.

The Seahawks have scheduled second interviews with New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka and defensive coordinators Ejiro Evero of the Panthers, Patrick Graham of the Las Vegas Raiders and Dan Quinn of the Dallas Cowboys, according to reports.

Others interviewed at least once, according to reports, are offensive coordinators Ben Johnson of the Detroit Lions, Bobby Slowick of the Houston Texans and Frank Smith of the Miami Dolphins.

Seattle fired Pete Carroll, the head coach since 2010, following a 9-8 season.

Macdonald oversees a Ravens defense that led the NFL in allowing only 16.5 points per game in the regular season. Baltimore had a first-round playoff bye, then defeated the Houston Texans 34-10 on Jan. 20 to reach the conference title game.

He rejoined the Ravens as defensive coordinator in 2022 after spending the 2021 season as the University of Michigan’s DC. Previously, Macdonald was with Baltimore starting in 2014, serving as a defensive coaching intern (2014), defensive assistant (2015-16), defensive backs coach (2017) and linebackers coach (2018-20).

REPORT: LIONS, QB JARED GOFF TO TALK CONTRACT EXTENSION

Quarterback Jared Goff has the Detroit Lions within one win of the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance.

With Goff and the Lions preparing to play in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the host San Francisco 49ers, NFL Network reported that Detroit is expected to engage in contract extension negotiations with the quarterback during the offseason.

Per the report, the projected deal would make Goff one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.

Goff has one year remaining on the four-year, $134 million contract extension he signed with the Los Angeles Rams in 2109 and is due to earn $26.9 million in 2024. He spent five seasons with the Rams after they made him top overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, then was traded to Detroit as part of a deal that involved fellow quarterback Matthew Stafford on March 18, 2021.

Goff, 29, recorded a career-best 67.3 completion percentage and threw for 4,575 yards with 30 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season. He is knocking on the door of making his second Super Bowl appearance, with his first coming with the Los Angeles Rams in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Feb. 3, 2019.

In a season that saw the formerly pitiful Lions finish 12-5 and win the NFC North and two subsequent postseason games, Goff has become a fan favorite in Detroit. Fans at other sporting events — including the NBA’s Pistons and NHL’s Red Wings — have taken to chanting his name.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: LOWLY PISTONS STUN WEST-LEADING THUNDER

The Detroit Pistons unleashed a dominating scoring run midway through the second half and the team with the NBA’s worst record earned a 120-104 home victory Sunday over the Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder.

Jalen Duren scored 22 points and with a career-high 21 rebounds and Jaden Ivey added 19 points as the Pistons used a decisive 20-6 scoring burst from the late third into the fourth quarter to win for the second time in three games. Eight Pistons scored nine points or more, while Duren added six assists to his double-double.

Behind Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 13 of his game-high 31 points in the third quarter, Oklahoma City cut a 14-point deficit to 87-84 with 4:21 remaining in the period.

Detroit answered with a 13-2 surge to close out the third, and the run carried over into the final quarter. The Pistons’ lead swelled to as many as 19 points thanks to balanced scoring and aggressive defense.

Pacers 116, Grizzlies 110

Bennedict Mathurin came off the bench to pour in a team-high 24 points as Indiana overcame the absence of All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton to beat visiting Memphis in Indianapolis.

Haliburton missed his fifth straight game due to a hamstring injury, but Mathurin had no problem stepping into the spotlight, making 9 of 14 shots from the floor while also grabbing seven rebounds. Pascal Siakam and Jalen Smith each added 19 points for the Pacers, with Smith also snatching 10 boards. Andrew Nembhard finished with 16 points and nine assists.

Jaren Jackson Jr. supplied a game-high 25 points for the Grizzlies, who were outshot 48.9 percent to 46.3 percent from the floor. Vince Williams Jr. chipped in 20 points and eight rebounds, while GG Jackson notched 18 points.

Hawks 126, Raptors 125

Saddiq Bey scored a season-high 26 points, including the game-winning dunk with one second remaining, as Atlanta ended a four-game losing streak by edging visiting Toronto.

The Raptors took a one-point lead with seven seconds left when Gradey Dick stole the ball and threw it to Scottie Barnes for a dunk. After calling timeout, the Hawks got the ball to Trae Young, who missed a floater, only to have Bey grab the offensive rebound and dunk it.

Bey also had 13 rebounds and was one of four Hawks with a double-double. Young had 30 points and 12 assists, Clint Capela had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Jalen Johnson had 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Raptors, who lost their fifth straight, were led by Barnes and Jordan Nwora, who both scored 24 points.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: JOHNELL DAVIS MAKES GAME-WINNER FOR NO. 22 FAU

Johnell Davis leaned in and stroked a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left as No. 22 Florida Atlantic beat North Texas 66-63 for its sixth straight win Sunday afternoon in Boca Raton, Fla.

In a back-and-forth second half that saw neither side lead by more than four points over the final 17:09, Davis hit his sixth trey late in the possession after snaring his eighth rebound with 21 seconds to go. Davis finished with a game-high 28 points.

Vladislav Goldin managed 13 points and eight rebounds for the Owls (17-4, 7-1 American Athletic Conference), who improved to 8-1 at home and moved back into a tie atop the conference.

The Mean Green (12-7, 5-2) used their defense and 3-point shooting (8-of-20, 40 percent) to stay in the tight game but lost for the second time in the past nine outings. Robert Allen had 15 points and six rebounds, while CJ Noland and Jason Edwards had 14 points apiece. Reserve guard John Buggs III scored 12 points by making 4 of 5 shots from distance.

No. 1 UConn 99, Xavier 56

The Huskies scored the game’s first 10 points, ran out to a 38-7 lead and looked like the best team in the country during their rout of the visiting Musketeers in Hartford, Conn.

Tristen Newton made 9 of 14 field-goal attempts and led UConn (18-2, 8-1 Big East) with 22 points. Donovan Clingan added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies, who made a season-high 17 3-pointers. They also received 12 points apiece from Solomon Ball and Stephon Castle.

Dayvion McKnight led Xavier (10-10, 4-5) with 18 points. Quincy Olivari scored 14 and Desmond Claude finished with 11 as Xavier trailed by as many as 44 in the second half.

No. 2 Purdue 68, Rutgers 60

Zach Edey scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half and the Boilermakers staved off the host Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J.

Edey added 12 rebounds and four blocks and Braden Smith put up 19 points as Purdue (19-2, 8-2 Big Ten) won its fifth in a row and broke a three-game losing streak at Rutgers.

Purdue led by 14 early in the second half but watched the Scarlet Knights (10-9, 2-6) draw within 50-48 in the closing minutes. Aundre Hyatt scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the period. The Scarlet Knights shot 50 percent after intermission but just 37.5 percent for the game, while Purdue finished 48.9 percent from the floor.

UAB 97, No. 19 Memphis 88

Yaxel Lendeborg scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Blazers made it three straight losses for the Tigers with an American Athletic Conference win in Birmingham, Ala.

Lendeborg grabbed 10 offensive rebounds, making him just the third player in conference history to do so. He also dished out four assists as the Blazers (13-7, 5-2 AAC) beat a ranked Memphis team for just the second time in 16 attempts. Eric Gaines added 20 points, while Efrem Johnson and reserve Daniel Ortiz tallied 12 apiece.

David Jones scored a game-high 24 points for Memphis (15-5, 4-3) but also committed nine of the team’s 22 turnovers. Malcolm Dandridge added 19 and Jahvon Quinerly chipped in 12 points but connected on just 4 of 15 shots.

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WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: VIRGINIA UPSETS NO. 20 NORTH CAROLINA

Kymora Johnson scored 25 points to help the Virginia Cavaliers upset the 20th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels 81-66 on Sunday in Charlottesville, Va.

Sam Brunelle and Paris Clark each supplied 14 points and London Clarkson added 10 as Virginia (10-10, 2-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) notched its second victory against a Top 25 opponent within the past week. The Cavaliers upended then-No. 15 Florida State 91-87 in Tallahassee last Sunday.

Virginia, which entered Sunday shooting 28.1 percent from 3-point range, made 57.9 percent of its treys (11 of 19) despite playing without its top scorer Camryn Taylor (14.1 points per game), who sat out with a left knee injury.

Reniya Kelly scored a career-high 20 points for the Tar Heels (15-6, 7-2), who had their eight-game winning streak against the Cavaliers snapped. Alyssa Ustby had 13 points and eight rebounds and Deja Kelly finished with 10 points on 2-of-13 shooting from the floor for North Carolina, which was outscored 21-9 in the second and the fourth quarters.

No. 19 Virginia Tech 75, No. 22 Syracuse 62

Georgia Amoore netted 29 points to lead the Hokies past the Orange in Syracuse, N.Y.

Matilda Ekh added 14 points, Cayla King chipped in 13 and Olivia Summiel had five points and 12 rebounds for Virginia Tech (16-4, 7-2 ACC). Virginia Tech’s leading scorer Elizabeth Kitley (22.7 points per game) was held to a season-low six points but collected nine rebounds.

Dyaisha Fair and Georgia Woodley each scored 16 points to lead Syracuse (17-3, 7-2), which lost at home for the first time in 12 games this season. Fair’s career point total stands at 3,101 after she moved past Minnesota’s Rachel Banham for ninth place on the all-time NCAA Division I scoring list.

NHL NEWS

REPORTS: EX-NHL PLAYER ALEX FORMENTON TURNS HIMSELF IN TO POLICE

Former NHL player Alex Formenton turned himself in to police in London, Ontario, Canada, in connection with an investigation into an alleged sexual assault in 2018 that involved members of Canada’s World Junior hockey team, the Globe and Mail reported Sunday.

His attorney, Lindsay Board, confirmed to the Toronto Star in a statement that Formenton is among the players who have been charged in the case, though Board did not reveal the specific charges they will face.

“The London Police have charged several players, including Alex Formenton, in connection with an accusation made in 2018. Alex will vigorously defend his innocence and asks that people not rush to judgment without hearing all of the evidence,” Board told the Star.

Formenton, who spent parts of four seasons with the Ottawa Senators before becoming a free agent, took a leave of absence from his professional team in Switzerland this week to return to Canada.

Also in the past week, four current NHL players requested and were granted leaves from their teams. Similar to Formenton, those four players were members of the 2018 Canada World Junior team.

Five members of that team have been ordered to turn themselves in to authorities in London, Ontario, and the 24-year-old Formenton was believed to be the first to do so.

Authorities have not named the players under suspicion but Dillon Dube of the Calgary Flames, Carter Hart of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Michael McLeod and Cal Foote of the New Jersey Devils all went on leave within days of each other.

The London Police Service declined to comment but has scheduled a news conference on Feb. 5 to address the case.

TSN reported in May 2022 that a woman identified only by her initials in court documents settled a $3.55 million lawsuit she had filed against Hockey Canada and other defendants, including eight unnamed players.

The woman reported that the alleged assault took place in a London hotel room in June 2018 after a Hockey Canada Foundation fundraiser.

After news of the settlement, Canada’s Parliament convened committee hearings to learn more about the case and as details emerged, sponsors fled, and several board members and top executives of Hockey Canada were removed.

CANUCKS’ TYLER MYERS FINED $5K FOR ELBOWING JACKETS’ SEAN KURALY

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers has been fined $5,000 by the NHL on Sunday for elbowing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Sean Kuraly.

The amount of the fine is the maximum allowable under the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Myers, who is 6-foot-8, lowered the boom on Kuraly with 8:09 remaining in the third period of Vancouver’s 5-4 overtime victory versus visiting Columbus on Saturday. Myers was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing.

Myers, 33, has 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) and a plus-13 rating in 49 games this season.

He has recorded 360 points (91 goals, 269 assists) in 967 career games with the Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets and Canucks. He was selected by the Sabres with the 12th overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in 2009-10.

EBERLE’S 3 POINTS LIFT KRAKEN PAST BLUE JACKETS

SEATTLE — Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist for the Seattle Kraken, who held off the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 4-2 win at Climate Pledge Arena on Sunday.

Jared McCann had a goal and an assist, and Oliver Bjorkstrand had two assists for the Kraken (21-18-10), who bounced back after blowing a two-goal lead in a 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday. Joey Daccord made 30 saves.

“We were disappointed to lose the point the other night, but we came back and got the two points tonight that were critical,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “Anything less, we’d be walking out of this building tonight not feeling very good about ourselves.”

Yegor Chinakhov scored two goals in the third period for the Blue Jackets (15-24-10), who were coming off a 5-4 overtime loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday and are 2-5-2 in their past nine games. Daniil Tarasov made 22 saves.

“We didn’t have much to start the game but found a way to push ourselves,” Columbus coach Pascal Vincent said. “We established a no-quit attitude and just kept going. We got better as the game went on.”

Eberle gave the Kraken a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 12:40 of the first period. Bjorkstrand’s wrist shot from above the right circle hit off the stick of Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski but redirected in off Eberle at the right post.

“We broke in well. We had a couple good looks,” Eberle said. “And then, I mean, we’ll call it a good bounce, went off I think their guy and then off my stick.”

McCann pushed it to 2-0 at 16:04, taking a pass from Eberle on a 2-on-1 and scoring short side from the left hash marks over Tarasov’s right pad. It was his 20th goal of the season.

“[Goals] come and they go, right?” McCann said. “You’re going to be hot one minute, and the next, you’re not. I’m just trying to be as consistent as possible. … It’s not always about scoring goals.”

Eberle scored his second power-play goal of the period to make it 3-0 at 17:58. He picked up the rebound of McCann’s shot at the top of the crease and beat a lunging Tarasov with his backhand.

“The second one, once again, we found a way to get it back and created some movement,” Eberle said. “We’ve had a lot of shots from the sides and then burying it that way, so it’s nice to find different ways to put them in.”

Chinakhov got Columbus to within 3-1 at 7:12 of the third period. Damon Severson intercepted Vince Dunn’s stretch pass in the neutral zone, leading to a rush where he passed to Chinakov for a wrist shot from the top of the left circle.

“This guy can shoot the puck. He can skate, he’s a strong young man,” Vincent said. “We saw a glimpse of what he can do, and his growth has been consistent.”

Chinakhov then cut it to 3-2 at 15:58, beating Daccord blocker side from the high slot after he got to the loose puck off a face-off.

“Just great pass from [Severson] on the first goal, and I just hit the net,” Chinakhov said. “And second, just in the middle, just see the opening. Nothing more.”

However, Brandon Tanev scored an empty-net goal from his own blue line with 13 seconds remaining for the 4-2 final.

“We kind of let the game slip away a bit,” McCann said. “We got on our heels and kind of let them take control of the game, and we can’t do that.”

Blue Jackets rookie forward Adam Fantilli left the game with a lower-body injury in the second period following a hit on McCann along the boards. He hopped off the ice and down the tunnel while trying to avoid putting any pressure on his left leg.

“Questionable for the next game I believe (at the Blues on Tuesday),” Vincent said. “But I don’t have the full report yet.”

SCHENN SCORES IN OT, BLUES DEFEAT KINGS TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO 5

ST. LOUIS — Brayden Schenn scored 1:04 into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues their fifth straight win, 4-3 against the Los Angeles Kings at Enterprise Center on Sunday.

Schenn took a stretch pass from Pavel Buchnevich along the left boards, skated into the offensive zone and beat David Rittich with a wrist shot from the left circle that went in off the post.

“You just take off whenever you see a turnover in overtime,” Schenn said. “You just take off. Whether he gets you the puck or not, you just create space for him if he is going to carry it up. He’s got great vision and he found me.”

Jordan Kyrou had a goal and two assists, Buchnevich had a goal and an assist, and Scott Perunovich had two assists for the Blues (26-20-2), who have won three straight in overtime. Joel Hofer made 30 saves.

“We’re finding a way to win, which is great,” Kyrou said. “… It’s more of a mentality than anything. We’re playing really strong as a team. We always have each other’s backs out there. We’re playing together on the ice. That builds character, and we’ve shown a lot of resiliency these past couple games.”

Phillip Danault, Adrian Kempe and Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored for the Kings (22-15-10), who have lost 14 of 16 (2-8-6). Rittich made 28 saves.

“Everybody’s going to feel a little different about it,” Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. “I think we played a pretty solid game. We take those penalties out — we got roasted on a bad line change, that can be cleaned up — you take that out and cut the penalties back, I think we had a good chance of winning, but we didn’t do that.”

Kempe gave teh Kings a 1-0 lead at 4:06 of the first period. Anze Kopitar found him in the left circle for a one-timer after Blues forward Jake Neighbours failed to clear the puck along the wall.

Nick Leddy tied it 1-1 at 12:51 with a slap shot from the high slot.

Anderson-Dolan scored his first goal of the season while short-handed to put Los Angeles back in front 2-1 at 5:39 of the second period. He put in a rebound at the top of the crease off a 3-on-2 rush.

Buchnevich tied it 2-2 just 55 seconds later on the same power play with a one-timer from the left circle.

“They score a short-handed goal and our power play comes back quick and is able to score,” St. Louis coach Drew Bannister said.

Kyrou gave the Blues a 3-2 lead at 12:07 when he scored with a wrist shot from the high slot off a touch pass by Perunovich.

Danault tied it 3-3 at 18:44, skating through the right circle and beating Hofer with a wrist shot from the slot after winning a puck off the wall.

“The PK did a good job (5-for-6), but way too many penalties, including myself,” Kings forward Trevor Moore said. “We played a pretty good game tonight, but it’s not enough. We can’t be making the mistakes like taking penalties. We need to close out some overtime games and come away with some wins.”

NOTES: Schenn has six points (four goals, two assists) during a five-game point streak. … Blues center Robert Thomas had an assist and has eight points (one goal, seven assists) during a five-game point streak. … Los Angeles forward Quinton Byfield missed his second straight game due to illness. … Perunovich sustained a lower-body injury 9:20 into the third period and did not return. Bannister had no update postgame.

TENNIS NEWS

SINNER RALLIES FROM 2 SETS DOWN TO BEAT MEDVEDEV IN AUSTRALIA AND CLINCH HIS FIRST GRAND SLAM TITLE

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Jannik Sinner lined up a forehand, drilled it down the line and dropped to the court on his back, giving himself some moments to process how he’d managed to come back from two sets down to win his first Grand Slam title.

The 22-year-old Sinner found a way to turn defense into attack in his first major final and take the Australian Open title from Daniil Medvedev 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday.

“I like to dance in the pressure storm,” he said of his seemingly serene approach to the most tense moments. “I like it, because that’s where most of the time I bring out my best tennis.”

It was his third straight win over a top 5 player after his quarterfinal victory over Andrey Rublev and his semifinal upset that ended No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic’s long domination of the tournament. Only Djokovic and Roger Federer have done that previously in a major played on hard courts.

So he’s in great company.

Sinner is the first Italian to win the Australian Open and the youngest winner in a men’s final here since Djokovic won his first Grand Slam title in 2008.

With Carlos Alcaraz winning Wimbledon last year and Sinner winning the season-opening major, a generation shift is arriving.

“I still have to process it, because … beating Novak in the semis and then today Daniil in the final, they are tough players to beat,” Sinner said. “It’s a great moment for me and my team. But in the other way, we also know that we have to improve if we want to have another chance to hold a big trophy again.”

Sinner’s success has lit a tennis fuse in Italy, where his run to the ATP Finals championship match and leading role in the Davis Cup title win in November captured the country’s attention. The night time final in Australia made for pre-lunch viewing in Italy.

For 2021 U.S. Open champion Medvedev, the loss was his fifth in six major finals. The third-seeded Medvedev set a record with his fourth five-set match of the tournament and time on court at a major in the Open era, his 24 hours and 17 minutes surpassing Carlos Alcaraz’s 23:40 at the 2022 U.S. Open.

He’s also the first in the Open era to lose two Grand Slam finals in five sets after taking a 2-0 lead.

Medvedev lost back-to-back Australian Open finals — to Djokovic in 2021 and to Rafael Nadal after holding a two-set lead the following year.

Sinner only dropped one set through six rounds — in a third-set tiebreaker against 10-time Australian Open champion Djokovic — until he lost two straight to Medvedev.

It wasn’t until a break in the sixth game of the fifth set that he really had a full grip on his first Grand Slam title.

In two of Medvedev’s five-set matches — a second-round win over Emil Ruusuvuori that finished at almost 4 in the morning, and a 4-hour, 18-minute semifinal win over No. 6 Alexander Zverev — he had to come back from two sets down. Nobody had done that on the way to an Australian Open final since Pete Sampras in 1995.

Against Sinner, he started like man who wanted to win points quickly.

Standing closer to the baseline to receive serve and going to the net more regularly than usual, he broke in the third game and took the first set in 36 minutes.

He had two more service breaks in the fourth and sixth games of the second set but was broken himself at 5-1 trying to serve it out. He was successful next try.

The third set went with serve until the 10th game, when Medvedev was a point from leveling at 5-5 until three forehand errors gave Sinner the set, and the momentum.

He won the fourth set, again with a service break in the 10th game, recovering immediately to win three points after mis-hitting a forehand so far out that it shocked the Rod Laver Arena crowd.

And so the tournament equaled a Grand Slam Open era record set at the 1983 U.S. Open with a 35th match going to five sets.

In the sixth game of the fifth set, Sinner had triple breakpoint against a fatiguing Medvedev. He missed with his first chance but converted with his next, a forehand winner, for a 4-2 lead. From there, he didn’t give Medvedev another chance.

Medvedev had faced either Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in all five of his previous major finals. He beat Djokovic to win the 2021 U.S. Open title but lost all the others.

The 27-year-old Russian has been saying through the tournament that he has more stamina than he used to, and is mentally stronger in the tough five-setters. He certainly showed incredible endurance but came up just short — again.

Medvedev won his first six career meetings with Sinner, but has now lost four in a row — including three finals.

“I want to congratulate Jannik … you showed it again why you deserve it,” Medvedev said. “Probably that’s not your last Grand Slam, but I hope I can try to get the next one if you play in the final.”

Medvedev also sent a message to his family and supporters.

“Unfortunately I couldn’t make it today, but I’m going to try to make it work next time for you,” he said. “It always hurts to lose in the final, but probably being in the final is better than losing before.”

BASEBALL NEWS

TIGERS GIVE A $28.6 MILLION, 6-YEAR DEAL TO 22-YEAR-OLD INFIELD PROSPECT COLT KEITH

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers made an unusual bet on a player with no major league experience, agreeing Sunday to a six-year contract with 22-year-old Colt Keith that guarantees the infield prospect $28,642,500.

His deal includes three team options that could make it worth $64 million over nine seasons, and the Tigers said there are escalators that increase the value to $82 million over nine years.

Keith is ranked the No. 22 big league prospect by MLB.com.

A left-handed-hitting third baseman and second baseman, Keith is from Zanesville, Ohio, and was a fifth-round pick in the 2020 amateur draft out of Biloxi High School in Mississippi.

He hit .325 with 14 homers and 50 RBIs in 59 games last year for Double-A Erie, then was promoted to Triple-A Toledo on June 26 and batted .287 with 13 homers and 51 RBIs in 67 games.

Keith gets a $2 million signing bonus and salaries of $2.5 million in 2024, $3.5 million in 2025, $4 million each in 2026 and ‘27 and $5 million apiece in 2028 and ’29. Detroit has a $10 million option for 2030 with a $2,642,500 buyout, a $13 million option for 2031 with a $1 million buyout and a $15 million option for 2032 with a $2 million buyout.

Atlanta agreed last month to an $82 million, eight-year contract with 19-year-old outfielder Jackson Chourio, the largest contract for a prospect with no major league service.

Detroit has had losing records in seven straight seasons. The Tigers have not won a World Series since 1984 and have not won an AL pennant since 2012.

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INDIANA PACERS

GAME REWIND: PACERS 116, GRIZZLIES 110

In a Sunday matinee featuring plenty of twists and turns, the Indiana Pacers outlasted the Memphis Grizzlies in the final seconds to extend their winning streak to three straight games.

The Pacers (27-20) turned a two-point halftime deficit into a double-digit third-quarter lead before holding off a late charge by the visitors for a 116-110 win over the Grizzlies (18-28) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Indiana snapped a five-game losing streak to Memphis with the win, and finished its four-game homestead 3-1.

Six players scored in double figures for the Pacers, led by 24 points by Bennedict Mathurin. Also for Indiana, Pascal Siakam logged 19 points, six rebounds, and six assists, and Jalen Smith posted 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Center Jaren Jackson Jr. topped the Grizzlies’ box score with 25 points, and Vince Williams Jr. scored 20.

Overall, the Pacers outshot the Grizzlies 48.9 to 46.3 percent and outscored the visitors 54-48 in the paint.

“Very tough game, obviously. Very physical,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “… As much as you try to prepare your group for how physical it’s going to be, words don’t do justice to it. We got knocked around in the first quarter some, did better in the second quarter, a little better in the third, and then in the fourth we were able to close it out.”

The Grizzlies came into the matchup extremely short-handed, missing eight players due to injuries. Indiana was also without a trio of key contributors, as Tyrese Haliburton (left hamstring strain management), Myles Turner (mid-back spasms) and T.J. McConnell (personal reasons) all didn’t suit up.

Indiana trailed by five points after the first quarter before using a 13-0 scoring spree midway through the second quarter to take the lead. The Grizzlies then responded with a big run of their own to lead 53-51 at intermission.

Mathurin got off to an outstanding start, accounting for 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting through 24 minutes of action, while Jackson Jr. and Williams Jr. each scored 12 points for the visitors.

Despite 12 first-quarter points by Mathurin, the Pacers shot 41 percent as a team and trailed 28-23 at the end of the frame.

The Grizzlies established a 14-6 lead five minutes into the game on 5-for-10 shooting, capped by a 3-pointer by Santi Aldama, and didn’t trail the rest of the period.

In the final 3:34 of the first quarter, Mathurin scored 10 straight points for the Blue & Gold on 4-for-4 shooting.

“The main thing for me was just to keep the game simple, just try to come out there and have an impact,” Mathurin said. “It was working. I wanted to get my teammates involved.”

Memphis stayed ahead until a 13-0 Indiana scoring spree, where Mathurin scored seven points, put the Pacers ahead 40-33 with 6:55 left in the half.

The Grizzlies responded with a 12-3 run, on five points by Williams Jr., and held the Pacers to eight points in the final 3:45 of the half to lead by two points at the break.

The Pacers scored 41 points in the third quarter, including 11 points from Smith, to take a 92-82 going into the final frame.

Out of halftime, the teams tied the score three times before a trio of Pacers 3-pointers – one each from Andrew Nembhard, Aaron Nesmith and Buddy Hield – gave the Pacers a 66-61 lead with 8:19 on the clock.

An 8-2 run, where Smith scored five points punctuated by a coast-to-coast dunk, extended the Pacers lead to 81-74, before a 9-1 run later extended the Pacers lead to 10.

In the final 19 seconds of the third frame, Mathurin threw down a posterizing dunk, and Obi Toppin converted an and-one off a steal to fire up the home crowd.

Memphis put together a 13-2 run from 10:22 to 6:04 – with John Konchar scoring a trio of layups – to make it a one-point game before an and-one conversion by Jackson Jr. tied the game at 107 with 3:27 remaining.

While the game stayed close late in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies never went ahead.

Smith hit a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession before Nesmith finished a sidewinding layup to give the Pacers a 112-108 advantage.

After GG Jackson sank two free throws to make it 112-109 with 49 seconds left, Smith flushed a dunk through contact to make it 114-110 with 35 ticks left.

Indiana got a stop on the ensuing possession before Nembhard drained free throws to make it 116-110 with 14.2 seconds left.

Memphis couldn’t make the comeback from there.

On Tuesday, the Pacers hit the road for their next game, taking on the Eastern Conference-first-place Celtics (35-11) at TD Garden.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers are 24-7 when six or more players score in double digits.

Indiana has a record of 8-2 when Bennedict Mathurin scores 20+ points.

The Grizzlies shot 23-for-31 from the free throw line while the Pacers made 15-of-16 from the charity stripe.

Aaron Nesmith recorded a career-high six assists.

Indiana’s bench outscored Memphis’ reserves 54-43.

The Pacers made 13 3-pointers and the Grizzlies made 11.

Indiana had 13 turnovers while Memphis gave up 10.

You Can Quote Me On That

“I thought (Bennedict) Mathurin was tremendous. In the first half when we couldn’t get anything going, he was making the right play every time. The right drive, the right pull-up, the right read. He gave us a lot of life in the first and second quarters. Tremendous growth by him this year with those things.” – Pacers head coach Bennedict Carlisle on Mathurin

“He made key plays down the stretch again. His numbers don’t look super gaudy. 16 and nine, those are good numbers. But he scored in traffic one time, he made the pass to Stix for a dunk one time, and he was tough defensively the whole game.” – Carlisle on Andrew Nembhard

“The last play of the game for them was one of the reasons we traded for Pascal. Put him on a playmaking big like Jackson. They ran a keeper, he smelled it out, was able to stay in front, force a difficult shot, then rebound, and then the game was basically over…He plays an all-around game that really compliments our roster.” – Carlisle on Siakam

“Stix played great, he really did. As the game went along, he adjusted better and better to (Jaren) Jackson and his tendencies. He hit enormous shots in the game. I mean, the three he hit in front of our bench in the fourth quarter was a monster shot for us.” – Carlisle on Jalen Smith

“Knowing what the defense gives me. They were giving me drives early and I was applying pressure, going to the rim.” – Mathurin on his mindset on Sunday

“Mainly it was transition. Applying pressure at the rim, I feel like it opened up a lot of things — drives, kick-outs, stuff like that.” – Mathurin on the Pacers’ success in the paint

Stat of the Night

Indiana’s Jalen Smith scored a season-high 19 points while recording 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of  2023-2024. The Pacers are 4-0 when Smith has a double-double.

Noteworthy

Pacers All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton missed a fifth straight game due to left hamstring strain management. Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said Haliburton will be considered day-to-day next week after being evaluated over the weekend.

Pacers second-year guard Andrew Nembhard eclipsed 1,000 career points on Sunday. He came into the game with 998 and scored 16 against the Grizzlies.

Newest Pacer Pascal Siakam reached 9,000 career points on Sunday. He needed 16 points to hit the mark and had 19.

The Pacers are 8-2 when wearing their CITY EDITION jerseys this season.

The Grizzlies’ roster features four players who played high school or college basketball in Indiana: Jackson (La Lumiere/Park Tudor), Desmond Bane (Seton Catholic School), John Konchar (Purdue Fort Wayne), and Jake LaRavia (Lawrence Central).

Up Next

The Pacers travel to Boston to take on Jayson Tatum and the East-leading Celtics on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 PM ET.

FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL FALL TO WINGS IN KALAMAZOO

KALAMAZOO – The Fuel went to The Glove to finish off the long weekend of games. The Wings came out on top in this one 4-1, despite being heavily outshot.

1ST PERIOD

After an intense game with the Iowa Heartlanders last night, the speed and intensity to start this game looked pedestrian from both sides. No goals were found despite a combined 25 shots on goal between the two teams.

The only penalties came late in the period, first by David Keefer of Kalamazoo with a tripping minor at 16:56 then an interference on Indy’s Santino Centorame at 19:42 that would leak over into the second period.

2ND PERIOD

The Fuel kept pouring on the shots in the second period, outshooting Kalamazoo almost 4-to-1. It took until halfway through the period for the first one to find the back of the net when Matus Spodniak scored at 10:01 with a shot from the blue line.

Despite being outshot heavily in this period, Kalamazoo was able to put a goal on the board on their third power play opportunity of the game coming from a Zach Jordan cross-checking minor at 18:00. That was the second Fuel penalty of the period, the first coming from Matthew Cairns on a slash at 4:08.

Derek Daschke was the goal scorer for Kalamazoo at 18:13, just 13 seconds into the power play. That would be the sixth power-play goal allowed by the Fuel in their last two games.

3RD PERIOD

The Wings entered the game 2-4-1 when tied after two periods but they would not let that record slip further.

The Wings were outshot once again in this period 11-5 but they made the best of all of their opportunities. They scored on 60% of their shots in the period, including an empty netter to seal the game.

The goals came from Collin Adams at 7:58, Erik Bradford at 8:06, and Luke Morgan at 17:20. Kalamazoo ended with only 23 shots on goal compared to Indy’s 43.

In the third period, the Fuel had an opportunity with a hooking minor by Kalamazoo at 11:09 but nothing could find the back of the net. Kalamazoo’s Hunter Vorva faced a barrage of 43 shots, saving 42 of them.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SIX PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES TO LEAD NO. 16 IU TO WIN OVER NORTHWESTERN

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes led the way with a 27-point, 11 rebound double-double as No. 16 Indiana routed Northwestern, 100-59, on Sunday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

KEY MOMENTS

The Hoosiers (17-2, 8-1 B1G) took the early lead against the Wildcats, with Holmes putting up 10 of the teams’ 27 points in the opening quarter. Indiana’s defense held the Wildcats to just eight points in the first quarter on 20 percent shooting to take a 27-8 lead.

In the second, senior guard Sara Scalia knocked down two of her three 3-pointers on the afternoon as IU’s lead grew to as many as 32 with 1:50 left before the half. Holmes notched 16 points in the first half and Scalia added 11 to pace Indiana’s 48.5 percent field goal percentage.

Senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil got the second half started scoring two quick buckets in the first minute and outscored the Wildcats (7-13, 2-7 B1G), 25-6, in the third quarter.  The Hoosiers went a combined 12-for-18 from the floor in the frame and held a 75-30 lead.

All available players for Indiana saw action this afternoon, as sophomore forward Lilly Meister added double figures off the bench with 11 points and freshman guard Lenée Beaumont set a new season-high 11 points as well.

NOTABLE

Holmes led the team with 27 points, making it her twelfth game this season scoring 20-points or more. She also recorded her fifth double-double of the season (18th of her career) pulling down eleven rebounds.

Indiana had six players put up double figures – Holmes (27), Garzon (15), Meister (13), Scalia (11), Beaumont (11), and Moore McNeil (10).

Beaumont and freshman guard Julianna LaMendola both recorded career highs with 11 points and seven points respectively. Meister and sophomore guard Henna Sandvik also recorded career-highs in scoring with 13 points and six points, respectively.

Bargesser led the team in assists with four for Indiana and also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds. She also made her second career start on the afternoon.

The Hoosiers put up 100 points, marking the third game this season that the team has scored 100 or more points and shot 53.6 percent from the floor.

This was the largest win over Northwestern in the all-time series (+41) and the fourth-straight win over the Wildcats. 

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“You always wonder a little bit after a five day break, how your team is going to come out and my challenge to them was that we needed to come out with a lot of energy. We needed to get out of gates fast and I thought from the tip – we didn’t get – but the first defensive stand that we had when Chloe (Moore-McNeil) went down there and dug that thing out and from there, I thought that you could tell that we were focused. We were dialed into the game plan and then things just started happening offensively for us, sharing the ball, Mack was really good today, but I thought Yarden (Garzon) became very aggressive which was great to see. I thought Lilly (Meister) coming off the bench and giving us good minutes, posted hard. Our rebounding was where it needed to be and free shooting was exactly where it needs to be because I do believe in our kids and their great shooters.  It was a good afternoon to be able to play a lot of kids. We knew going into it we weren’t going to be able to play Sara (Scalia) and Chloe (Moore-McNeil) 40 minutes in spite of what the score was going to read, but it was great to be able to get the starters out in the fourth with the lead that we had because we have a big week coming up, going over to Maryland and then certainly going to Ohio State. It was a great win for us, great crowd. Always grateful for them. On a day where we could do it on our Pink Day and anytime we can bring light to any cancer, or anything like that, it’s always a special day and you get to see those survivors. Those guys are the real winners of all of this and so I’m glad it happened on a day where we can celebrate those that we’ve lost, those that have survived, those that are battling and that we had the performance that we did, so that was really good.”

UP NEXT

A two-game road streak begins on Wednesday at Maryland. The game is set for 7 p.m. ET on Peacock.

INDIANA WOMEN’S TENNIS

YALE BESTS HOOSIERS, 6-1

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s tennis fell 6-1 to the Yale Bulldogs on Sunday morning at the IU Tennis Center.

The Hoosiers put up a strong fight in doubles splitting the first two matches, but the Bulldogs would win the No. 1 doubles match 7-5.

Freshman Elisabeth Dunac picked up a win in the No. 5 singles. She won in 7-5, 6-2, in straight sets to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Redshirt junior Lara Schneider split the first two sets in the No. 1 singles but fell 10-7 in a competitive tiebreaker. Freshman Magdalena Swierczynska fought hard in No. 4 singles after dropping the first set. She came back to win 6-0 to tie it up. won 6-2 in the third set.

The Hoosiers are now 4-1 on the season.

INDIANA 1, YALE 6

SINGLES

1. Shyla Aggarwal (YU) def. Lara Schneider (IU), 6-2, 4-6, 10-7

2. Orly Ogilvy (YU) def. Nicole Teodosescu (IU), 6-3, 6-4

3. Erin Ha (YU) def. Lene Mari Hovda (IU), 6-3, 6-4

4. Rebecca Lynn (YU) def. Magdalena Swierczynska (IU), 6-4, 0-6, 6-2

5. Elisabeth Dunac (IU) def. Sophia Zaslow (YU), 7-5, 6-2

6. Ann Wright Guerry (YU) def. Sarah L’allier (IU), 6-1, 6-4

DOUBLES

1. Shyla Aggarwal/Ha def. Lara Schneider/Lene Mari Hovda (IU), 7-5

2.  Orly Ogilvy/Mirabelle Brettkelly (YU) def. Nicole Teodosescu/Sarah L’allier (IU), 6-2

3. Li Hsin Lin/Elisabeth Dunac (IU) def. Jamie Kim/Ann Wright Guerry (YU), 6-2

ORDER OF FINISH

Singles: 2, 3, 6, 1, 5, 4

Doubles: 2, 3, 1

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will head to Morgantown, Va., for a match against West Virginia on Friday, Feb 28., at 10:30 a.m. ET. 

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ZACH EDEY JOINS 2000 POINT, 1000 REBOUND BIG 10 CLUB AS NO. 2 PURDUE HOLDS OFF RUTGERS

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Reigning College Basketball Player of the Year Zach Edey of Purdue wasn’t overly excited about either scoring his 2,000th career point or becoming sixth player Big Ten Conference history to have 2,000 points and grab 1,000 boards.

The senior called it cool and just another accomplishment.

Beating Rutgers on the road on Sunday? That gave the big Canadian center a much better feeling after his 26-point, 12-rebound effort led the No. 2 Boilermakers to a tough 68-60 win over the Scarlet Knights.

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a matchup I was looking forward to,” Edey said after Purdue (19-2, 8-2) ended a three-game losing streak at Jersey Mike’s Arena, making it the last conference road venue where he had not won. “It was definitely a game that I wanted to win a lot.”

It was only Purdue’s third win over Rutgers (10-9, 2-6) in the last eight meetings, and this one didn’t come easy despite the Boilermakers taking a 14-point lead early in the second half.

“It’s a tough challenge, they have been good for the Big Ten,” Boilermaker coach Matt Painter said. “They have been better than us. Its that simple, we might be better in winning games, but in head to head matchups they are better than us.”

The Scarlet Knights rallied and twice got to within two points of the lead. The second time guard Braden Smith hit a clutch floater to highlight a 19-point performance and give Purdue its fifth straight win.

Aundre Hyatt had 15 points and Cliff Omoruyi 13 for Scarlet Knights, who made it a game by shooting 50% in the second half. Freshman Gavin Griffiths came off the bench and hit a jumper with 5:19 to play to cut the Purdue lead to 55-53.

After Smith hit his big shot, Omoruyi made one of two free throws, Fletcher Loyer the made three free throws after being fouled on a long-range shot, Smith hit a layup and Edey had a dunk to put the game out of reach.

“Not many people have a 7-4 guy that catches everything and makes free throws and does what he does,” Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell, whose team outrebounded Purdue 36-32, including 15-6 on the offensive boards. “I thought Cliff battled him pretty good.”

Rutgers had no field goals in the final 2:02 and only two in the final 5:19 in losing at home for the second time in 11 games this season.

“Basketball is a game of runs,” said Purdue guard Lance Jones, who had season-highs of 10 rebounds and eight assists in offsetting a 1 of 10 shooting night. “They were bound to make one or two (runs) at home in front of a nice crowd, so it was bound to happen. But we stuck together and weatered the storm.”

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: It struggled in the second half at Rutgers but that has been the norm. The Boilermakers are 4-2 on the road, so six of its final 10 conference games will be at home, where it is undefeated in league play this season.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights at 2-5 since the start of the year and the problem continues to be putting together a 40-minute game. If they don’t start doing it soon, they are going to miss the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season.

UP NEXT

Purdue: Hosts Northwestern on Wednesday.

Rutgers: Hosts Penn State on Wednesday.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

LAST SECOND EFFORT COMES UP SHORT VS. #12 OHIO STATE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team gave No. 12 Ohio State everything it could handle on Sunday afternoon at Mackey Arena, but Abbey Ellis’ last-second 3-point shot from midcourt fell short in a 71-68 loss.

The Boilermakers (9-11, 2-7) rallied from nine points down early in the fourth to pull within one possession twice in the final minute of action. Ohio State (17-3, 8-1) missed two free throws with six seconds left to set up Ellis’ game-tying effort. The Boilermakers outscored the Buckeyes 22-18 in the fourth.

Ellis paced Purdue with 14 points with a season-high four 3-pointers. Purdue shot 42.6% from the field with seven 3-pointers and went 15-of-19 at the line. Fellow senior Jeanae Terry gave another solid all-around effort with eight points, eight rebounds and five assists.

The freshman tandem of Mary Ashley Stevenson and Rashunda Jones gave the Boilermakers a spark all afternoon. Jones tallied 13 points with three rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes of action off the bench. It was her eighth game with double figures off the bench, second most in the Big Ten.

Stevenson shook off early foul trouble to nearly record a double-double, going for 12 points and seven rebounds in just 17 minutes of work.

Freshmen McKenna Layden and Sophie Swanson each connected on a 3-pointer, while Mila Reynolds notched five points, two blocks and one rebound in 14 minutes.

The 2023-24 Purdue women’s basketball season is presented by Purdue Global, Purdue University’s online educational solution for working adults.

BUTLER MEN’S TENNIS

BUTLERUMTENNIS FALLS 6-1 TO CLEVELAND STATE

The Butler men’s tennis team rounds out their three-match weekend with a 6-1 loss to Cleveland State on Sunday.

Rahulniket Konakanchi and Patrick Joss remain undefeated on the season in doubles play. The pair defeated Nicholas Jamison and Kade Mindry, 6-1. Konakanchi and Joss are now 6-0 in doubles play in the spring season. 

In addition, Nicolas Arts and Alvaro Huete Vadillo clinch their third doubles win of the weekend over JuandeDios Abboud and Carl Gedlitschka. Arts and Huete Vadillo defeat Abboud and Gedlitschka in an hard fought 7-6 (3) tiebreaker match. 

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday, February 3rd, where they will travel to Richmond, Ky. to take on Eastern Kentucky.

RESULTS 

Singles

Mikael Erler (CSU) def. Alvaro Huete Vadillo (BUT), 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6)

Lincoln Battle (CSU) def. Nicolas Arts (BUT), 6-4, 6-1

Kade Mindry (CSU) def. Borja Miralles (BUT), 6-4, 6-3

Devin Boyer (CSU) def. Rahulniket Konakanchi (BUT), 6-3, 7-5

Carl Gedlitschka (CSU) def. Arnesh Singh (BUT), 6-0, 6-1

Nicholas Jamison (CSU) def. Aidan William (BUT), 7-6 (4), 7-5

Doubles

Nicolas Arts/Alvaro Huete Vadillo (BUT) def. JuandeDios/Abboud (CSU), 7-6 (3)

Rahulniket Konakanchi/Patrick Joss (BUT) def. Nicholas Jamison/Kade Mindry (CSU), 6-1

Lincoln Battle/Devin Boyer (CSU) def. Borja Miralles/Arnesh Singh (BUT), 7-6 (7)

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

SECOND HALF RALLY FALLS SHORT IN 83-76 LOSS TO WRIGHT STATE

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team nearly fully erased an 18-point deficit before falling short late to Wright State inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum, 83-76. Junior Kidtrell Blocker tallied a career-high 18 points off the Jaguars’ bench and Jlynn Counter scored 19 points in the loss. Sophomore Vincent Brady II contributed 12 points and three steals.

Trey Calvin led all scorers with 27 points and five assists and Brandon Noel had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Wright State (12-10, 7-4 HL) entered play as the nation’s top shooting team at nearly 54 percent per game, closed Sunday’s contest at 49 percent overall and 8-of-16 (50 percent) from deep.

IUPUI (6-17, 2-10 HL) was held to just over 40 percent shooting and 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from beyond the arc. However, the Jaguars committed just six turnovers and cut an 18-point second half deficit all the way back to two with under five minutes to play. However, Wright State never relinquished the lead before escaping with the seven-point win.

“We fought,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “I liked how hard we fought to get back into the game. We didn’t turn it over, which gave us a chance to win. Even though we didn’t necessarily shoot it well, we gave ourselves a chance against a really good team.”

After having trailed by as many as 17 in the opening half, the Jaguars were down 59-41 with 14:24 to play after Calvin stroked back-to-back threes. IUPUI immediately responded with a 12-0 run to make it 59-53 with 9:51 remaining, capped by a Counter corner three.

Later, IUPUI closed within two with 4:52 to play when a Counter steal led to a Brady dunk. WSU retaliated with a Calvin three-point play as his short, contested jumper hung on the rim for an eternity before dropping through. Each time IUPUI made it a one-possession game, the Raiders responded with an answer.

Wright State finished with 20 assists on 26 buckets as Alex Huibregtse had nine points, nine assists and four rebounds for the Raiders. IUPUI relied heavily on attacking the rim as Counter finished with three of the team’s six assists. Qwanzi Samuels had seven points and a team-high eight rebounds as IUPUI outscored the Raiders in the paint, 44-30. Bryce Monroe added eight points and Abdou Samb finished with seven points and five rebounds.

The Jaguars will begin a two-game trek through Wisconsin next week, beginning at Green Bay on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

FLAMES DEFEAT SYCAMORES BEHIND THIRD-QUARTER OUTBURST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State led for nearly all of the first half Sunday afternoon, but a third-quarter scoring surge from visiting UIC propelled the Flames past the Sycamores, 76-48, inside Hulman Center.

Keslyn Secrist led the Sycamores with a career-high 14 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 mark from the charity stripe. Mya Glanton corralled a game-leading eight rebounds to go along with six points, while Chelsea Cain and Kiley Bess added seven points apiece.

Indiana State led by a point after the opening quarter and extended its advantage to 30-19 late in the second following an 8-0 run, but UIC took full control of the game from there. The Flames ended the second quarter on a 7-0 run and outscored the Sycamores 30-6 in the third to take a 20-point lead. A Bella Finnegan jumper to start the fourth was followed by a 7-0 Flames run, effectively putting the game out of reach.

First Half

Glanton opened the scoring for the Sycamores with a jumper and a pair of free throws from Secrist gave Indiana State an early 4-2 lead. Consecutive baskets from Cain kept the Sycamores in front midway through the quarter. Glanton and Bess added layups inside the last two minutes, as the Trees took a 12-11 lead into the second.

A pair of 3-pointers from Ella Sawyer got things started for the Sycamores in the second quarter, and Glanton tacked on a layup to make it 20-15 in favor of the Trees two minutes into the period. UIC got within three midway through, but a three-ball from Cain kickstarted an 8-0 run for the Blue and White. Bess added another trey and Finnegan made it 30-19 with a jumper. Indiana State hit a cold spell late in the half, as UIC closed on a 7-0 run to get within 30-26 at the intermission.

Second Half

Things started to unravel for the Sycamores in the third quarter, as Indiana State went scoreless for nearly six minutes to start the frame. UIC rattled off a 14-0 run to open the half before Secrist connected on a pair of free throws and a layup to get the Sycamores within six at 40-34. Indiana State only had one other basket in the quarter, a layup from Finnegan, as UIC ended the period with a 16-2 run to take a commanding 56-36 lead into the fourth.

Finnegan opened the fourth quarter with a jumper, but a 7-0 run for the visitors followed, pushing UIC’s lead to 63-38. Secrist scored Indiana State’s next six points with four free throws and a layup in transition, but Indiana State never got closer than 21 for the remainder of the game following a pair of free throws from Savannah White and another layup from Secrist. Indiana State’s offensive struggles continued, as the Sycamores went scoreless for the last three minutes in a 76-48 setback.

News and Notes

Keslyn Secrist’s 14-point outing was her second double-digit scoring game of the season and her first since the non-conference finale against Purdue.

Mya Glanton led all players with four offensive rebounds, while Indiana State finished with 13 offensive rebounds for the game.

Six different players had six or more points for Indiana State (Keslyn Secrist 14, Kiley Bess 7, Chelsea Cain 7, Bella Finnegan 6, Mya Glanton 6, Ella Sawyer 6).

Indiana State was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line, marking the first time the Sycamores went perfect from the charity stripe since Jan. 27, 2019 against Northern Iowa (5-for-5).

Up Next

Indiana State closes its three-game homestand Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. against Illinois State.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO SEEKS TO STOP DRAKE’S PERFECT HOME RECORD ON WEDNESDAY

Valparaiso (6-15, 2-8 MVC)

at Drake (7-14, 8-2 MVC)

Game No. 22 – Wednesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. CT

Knapp Center (6,525) – Des Moines, Iowa

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will look to knock off one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s top teams on Wednesday night in Des Moines, Iowa as the Beacons pay a visit to Drake, the defending league champion and preseason favorite to defend that crown. The Beacons will look to bring a brief two-game skid to a halt, but Valpo won two out of three prior to back-to-back setbacks. This game will feature two of the league’s top three freshmen in terms of conference-only scoring average as Cooper Schwieger leads all MVC rookies at 12.2 points per game and Drake’s Kevin Overton ranks third at 9.4.

Last Time Out: Valpo was even or ahead for the majority of the first half, but went into the break trailing 40-37 in Saturday’s home date with Missouri State at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Bears outscored the Beacons 41-33 after the intermission to notch an 81-70 victory despite a combined 39 points from Darius DeAveiro and Jahari Williamson. Valpo played without the services of leading scorer Isaiah Stafford for family reasons and started four freshmen for the first time in 40 years. A 12-0 run by Missouri State in the second half was crucial in the game’s outcome.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Larry Morgan (play-by-play) and Adam Emmenecker (analyst)

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

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

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

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

Nov. 29 – Drake 83, Valpo 65: Valpo took the lead on MVC preseason favorite and defending conference champion Drake with 16:29 left in the first half and held that advantage all the way until the final 2:07 of the half with the cushion peaking at nine. The Beacons also led early in the second half before a 10-0 run by the Bulldogs served as a turning point in an 83-65 win for the guests in the league lidlifter. The game was closer than the final score would indicate as Valpo led for 17:25 compared to 18:03 with Drake in front. Isaiah Stafford scored a team-high 20 points while Darius DeAveiro matched what at the time was a personal best with 11 and Cooper Schwieger contributed 13.

Series Notes: Drake holds a slight 11-8 lead in an all-time series that began in 1944-45. The Bulldogs have won five straight head-to-head matchups and seven of the last eight. Drake has won nine of the 13 collisions that have occurred since Valpo joined The Valley. Valpo has dropped its last four visits to Des Moines with the lone road win for the Brown & Gold in this series occurring on Feb. 24, 2018. 

Scouting the Bulldogs

Own a perfect home record of 11-0 this season and hold a 16-game home winning streak, the fifth longest in the nation.

Hold a combined 25-1 record at the Knapp Center over the last two seasons and have won 28 of their last 29 home games overall with the only home loss in that stretch coming in overtime.

Preseason favorite to win the Missouri Valley Conference, collecting 24 first-place votes and 558 points to outdo UNI (19 first-place votes / 524 points) for the top spot.

Led by MVC Preseason Player of the Year Tucker DeVries, the son of head coach Darian DeVries. He is averaging 20.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Lost to Miami 63-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season after blitzing Bradly 77-51 in the MVC title game to take the conference tournament crown.

Have won five of their last six with the lone loss a double overtime upset win for host Missouri State on Jan. 24 by an 83-80 score.

Will visit Indiana State on Saturday for a nationally-televised showdown between the league’s top two teams.

Valpo vs. Valley Favorites

Valpo will attempt to snap a six-game losing streak against teams picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference on Wednesday.

The Beacons are 2-11 against the MVC preseason favorite in regular-season matchups since joining the league.

The most recent win over a league favorite occurred on Feb. 13, 2021 at UNI.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

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

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

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

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

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

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

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

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

January 29, 1963

January 29, 1963 – The First Inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced. The list is a phenomenal class of legends according to the History and Headlines website. The first class of the enshrined held eleven superstar players of the professional gridiron past such as Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, Sammy Baugh, Dutch Clark, Don Hutson, Mel Hein, Johnny McNally, Ernie Nevers, Bronko Nagurski, Cal Hubbard and Pete Henry.  Also inducted on this day were  a handful of owners and coaches which included Curly Lambeau, George Marshall, Tim Mara, Bert Bell and Joe Carr. Then another special man that both got in as a player, a coach and as an owner in George Halas. The article goes on to say that in 1963 three were but two rooms to show off the museum’s wares where as in 2017 there were five buildings bulging with pigskin nostalgia!

January 29, 1964 – NBC purchased the TV rights of AFL for five seasons (1965-69) for $36 million. According to a Newsday.com article the money raised in this deal helped the AFL fund recruiting players away from the NFL and fueled the rivalry which eventually helped with the AFL-NFL merger just a few short years later. The two sides had to wait until the 1965 season to start as ABC had one year remaining on its AFL contract to televise the 1964 season.

January 29, 1974 – The 1974 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys took Ed Too Tall Jones from Tennessee State as the first pick in the draft. Players that have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame per the PFR are Lynn Swan, Jack Lambert, John Stalworth and Mike Webster who were Pittsburgh’s picks at 21, 46, 82 and 125 respectively. Dave Casper whom Oakland chose at 45. Yes you heard it correctly there are 5 hall of Famers from this draft class and four of them were picked by the Steelers. Is it any wonder why they had so much success in the mid to late 1970’s?

January 29, 1979  – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The NFC outlasted the AFC squad in the NFL Pro Bowl 13-7.  Vikings receiver Ahmad Rashād

Was awarded the Most Valuable Player honor for the game.

January 29, 1984 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – At the NFL Pro Bowl for the 1983 season it was once again the NFC who triumphed over their AFC counterparts in a big way 45-3. The MVP of this game was Quarterback Joe Theismann of the Washington Redskins.

January 29, 1989 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – It seems that NFC squad just could not lose in NFL Pro Bowls played on this day. Once again the NFC defeated the AFC in a big way, with a score of 34-3 The MVP was Randall Cunningham the Philadelphia Eagles mobile quarterback.

January 29, 1995 – Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida – Super Bowl XXIX had the  San Francisco 49ers beat up on the San Diego Chargers, 49-26; The game’s MVP was Niners quarterback Steve Young who threw for 325 yards and 6 touchdowns in the game and had a whopping QB rating of 134.8 per the Pro Football Reference. Jerry Rice scored on three of those passes in the game.

January 29, 2002 – The San Diego Chargers hired Marty Schottenheimer as their head coach. Schottenheimer was the 13th head coach in the franchise’s history.

January 29, 2012 – NFL Pro Bowl was played once again at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu. This time the AFC outscored the NFC squad, 59-41. The game’s MVP was wide receiver Brandon Marshall who played for the Miami Dolphins during the season.

January 29, 2017 – Orlando, Florida – Another NFL Pro Bowl and the AFC knocked off the NFC, 20-13. Dual MVPs of the game were KC’s tight end Travis Kelce and Lorenzo Alexander the fine linebacker of the Buffalo Bills.

January 29 Hall Of Fame Birthdays

January 29, 1896 – Jackson, Mississippi – The quarterback of Mississippi College Edwin Hale was born. Friends called him Goat and according to the NFF the story why he was called that is entertaining. Hale got his nickname while still playing for Central High School in Jackson, Mississippi. In one game he battered through the line, and scored a touchdown, but ran past the end zone until his head hit a wooden building, loosening several planks. In 1921 Hale scored 23 touchdowns and drop-kicked 23 extra points. The National Football Foundation inducted Edwin Hale into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1963

January 29, 1927 – Donora, Pennsylvania – Arnold Galiffa, the one-time quarterback of the Army team celebrated his birth. Arnold was the Army QB from 1946 through 1949 and during that time the Cadets suffered only two losses. The National Football Foundation selected Arnold Galiffa and all of his college Gridiron accolades for entry into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. After his service was over Arnold played pro football with the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers according to the NFF.

January 29, 1964 – Allentown, Pennsylvania – Andre Reed the burner receiver from Kutztown University was born. Andre spent 16 seasons in the NFL after Buffalo picked him in the fourth round in 1985. Red caught 951 balls for 13,198 yards and was a member of the Bills teams that made it to 4 straight Super Bowls. He was a favorite target of Jim Kelly and for his career he caught 88 TDs. Reed played in 7 Pro Bowls and had a tremendous knack of getting massive amounts of yardage after his catches. Andre Reed was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

January 29, 1968 –   – The great defensive back from Southern University, Aeneas Williams was born. Aeneas played in the NFL for 14 seasons after being the Arizona Cardinals . The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Aeneas Williams in 2014.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

3 – 7 – 77 – 10 – 11 – 22

January 29, 1936 – The first players selected to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson. Cobb, Mathewson, Johnson & Wagner during their playing careers most likely never wore a uniform number due to the fact Numbers were not required by teams in MLB officially until the 1929 season. Matthewson’s last year was 1916, Wagner finished up in 1917, Johnson in 1927 & Cobb completed his last year playing in 1928. Ruth as we know famously donned the Number 3 on his back. 

January 29, 1963 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces it’s first class of  George Halas, Jim Thorpe and Red Grange. Halas wore the Number 7 when he played, Thorpe sported the Numeral 3 & Red Grange famously ran down the field with a Number 77 on his uni.

January 29, 1967 – Cooperstown, New York’s Baseball Hall of Fame elected Lloyd Waner, who spent most of his career wearing the Number 10 on the Pittsburgh Pirates rosterand Branch Rickey to their museum of legends.

  • Waner was the lefthanded batting centerfielder who not only played with the Pirates but spent time in the organizations of the Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and Brooklyn Dodgers as well.
  • Branch Rickey was most famously known after his playing days as being a very innovative executive in Major League Baseball. He is most well-known for helping baseball break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to a Brooklyn Dodgers contract as well as establishing the modern framework for the baseball farm system. Mr. Rickey never had a uniform number that is recorded.
  • January 29, 1984 – At the NBA All-Star game, Number 11 of the Detroit Pistons, Guard Isiah Thomas was voted as the game’s Most Valuable Player in an East victory 154-145 over their West counterparts. Larry Nance Sr., Number 22 of the Phoenix Suns was the inaugural Slam-Dunk Competition winner as part of the All-Star festivities.

TV SPORTS MONDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
New York at Charlotte7:00pmMSG
Bally Sports
LA Clippers at Cleveland7:00pmBally Sports
Phoenix at Miami7:30pmNBATV
AFSN
Bally Sports
Utah at Brooklyn7:30pmYES
KJZZ
New Orleans at Boston7:30pmNBCS-BOS
Bally Sports
LA Lakers at Houston8:00pmSpectrum
SCHN
Sacramento at Memphis8:00pmNBCS-CA
Bally Sports
Minnesota at Oklahoma City8:00pmBally Sports
Washington at San Antonio8:00pmMNMT
Bally Sports
Orlando at Dallas8:30pmBally Sports
Milwaukee at Denver9:00pmALT
Bally Sports
Philadelphia at Portland10:00pmNBATV
NBCS-PHI
ROOT Sports
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Nashville at Ottawa7:00pmNHLN
Bally Sports
Sportsnet
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
UAPB at Grambling State6:30pmHBCU Plus
Duke at Virginia Tech7:00pmESPN
Boston University at Holy Cross7:00pmCBSSN
Howard at Coppin State7:30pmESPN+
Morgan State at Norfolk State7:30pmHBCU Plus
North Carolina Central at Delaware State7:30pmYouTube
South Carolina State at Maryland Eastern Shore8:00pmESPN+
A&M-Corpus Christi at A&M-Commerce8:00pmESPN+
New Orleans at Lamar8:00pmESPN+
Northwestern State at McNeese8:00pmESPN+
Southeastern Louisiana at Houston Christian8:00pmESPN+
Jackson State at Florida A&M8:00pmESPN+
Mississippi Valley State at Southern8:30pmESPN+
Alabama State at Texas Southern8:30pmYouTube
Alabama A&M at Prairie View A&M9:00pmYouTube
Houston at Texas9:00pmESPN
Alcorn State at Bethune-Cookman9:00pmESPN2
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
FA Cup: Blackburn Rovers vs Wrexham2:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Salernitana vs Roma2:45pmParamount+
La Liga: Getafe vs Granada3:00pmESPN+
Men’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying: Brazil vs Ecuador3:00pmFS2
Men’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying: Colombia vs Venezuela6:00pmFS2
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Boston U vs Holy Cross4:00pmCBSSN
Howard vs Coppin State5:30pmESPN+
Georgia vs Auburn7:00pmSECN
LSU vs Mississippi State7:00pmESPN2

What to Watch: Monday, 1/29/23

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Duke at Virginia Tech7:00pmESPN

The Duke Blue Devils leads all time series 34-10 versus Virginia Tech Hokies. Last time both teams met was in 2023 which Virginia Tech won 78-75 at home versus Duke. Since 2018 the Hokies and the Blue Devils series is tied 5-5.

NBATIME ETTV
Minnesota at Oklahoma City8:00pmBally Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder leads all time series 93-48 versus Minnesota Timberwolves. Last season the Timberwolves lead regular season series 3-1 versus the Thunder. Oklahoma City is 49-18 all time at home versus Minnesota. The Thunder are 2-1 versus the Timberwolves in the 2023-24 regular season.

Milwaukee at Denver9:00pmALT
Bally Sports

The Denver Nuggets leads all time series 68-42 versus Milwaukee Bucks. Last season the Bucks and Nuggets regular season series was tied 1-1. Denver is 41-11 all time at home versus Milwaukee. This is the first matchup between both teams of the 2023-24 regular season.

NHLTIME ETTV
Nashville at Ottawa7:00pmNHLN
Bally Sports
Sportsnet

The Nashville Predators leads all time series 18-14-1 versus Ottawa Senators. Last season the Predators and Senators regular season series was tied 1-1. Ottawa is 9-8 all time at home versus Nashville. This is the first matchup between both teams of the 2023-24 regular season.