WORLD SERIES

Houston 9 Atlanta 5 (Atlanta leads series 3 – 2)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• Braves at Astros, Game 6 — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• Braves at Astros, Game 7* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

NFL SCOREBOARD

Tennessee 34 Indianapolis 31 OT

NY Jets 34 Cincinnati 31

Carolina 19 Atlanta 13

Buffalo 26 Miami 11

San Francisco 33 Chicago 22

Pittsburgh 15 Cleveland 10

Philadelphia 44 Detroit 6

LA Rams 38 Houston 22

New England 27 LA Chargers 24

Seattle 31 Jacksonville 7

Denver 17 Washington 10

New Orleans 36 Tampa Bay 27

Dallas 20 Minnesota 16

WEEK 9

Thursday, November 04, 2021

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, November 07, 2021

Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 08, 2021

Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

NBA SCOREBOARD

Dallas 105 Sacramento 99

Utah 107 Milwaukee 95

Charlotte 125 Portland 113

Brooklyn 117 Detroit 91

LA Lakers 95 Houston 85

NHL SCOREBOARD

Carolina 2 Arizona 1

Anaheim 4 Montréal 2

Los Angeles 3 Buffalo 2

Columbus 4 New Jersey 3

NY Rangers 3 Seattle 1

MLS SCOREBOARD

Minnesota 2 Sporting Kansas City 1

Colorado 1 Houston 0

Orlando City 1 Nashville 1

Philadelphia 2 Cincinnati 0

AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

  1. Georgia (63)
  2. Cincinnati
  3. Alabama
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Michigan State
  6. Ohio State
  7. Oregon
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Michigan
  10. Wake Forest
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Auburn
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Baylor
  15. Ole Miss
  16. UTSA
  17. BYU
  18. Kentucky
  19. Iowa
  20. Houston
  21. Coastal Carolina
  22. Penn State
  23. SMU
  24. Louisiana-Lafayette
  25. Fresno State

Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh 117, North Carolina State 104, Wisconsin 91, Mississippi State 79, Arkansas 72, Minnesota 51, San Diego State 50, Appalachian State 23, Utah 11, Iowa State 9, Nevada 2

COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES POLL

  1. Georgia (64)
  2. Cincinnati
  3. Alabama
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Ohio State
  6. Michigan State
  7. Oregon
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Wake Forest
  10. Michigan
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Texas A&M
  13. Baylor
  14. Auburn
  15. Ole Miss
  16. Iowa
  17. Kentucky
  18. UTSA
  19. Houston
  20. BYU
  21. Coastal Carolina
  22. NC State
  23. Penn State
  24. SMU
  25. Pittsburgh

Others receiving votes

UL Lafayette 156; Fresno State 73; San Diego State 65; Arkansas 65; Minnesota 29; Wisconsin 26; Mississippi State 20; Utah 10; App State 10; Air Force 9; Liberty 4; Iowa State 4; Clemson 4; Arizona State 1

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Week 10

Tuesday, Nov. 2

Ball State at Akron | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Miami (Ohio) at Ohio | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Eastern Michigan at Toledo | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Wednesday, Nov. 3

Central Michigan at Western Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Northern Illinois at Kent State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Thursday, Nov. 4

Georgia State at Louisiana | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Nov. 5

Virginia Tech at Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Utah at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Nov. 6

Army at Air Force | 11:30 a.m. | CBS

Liberty at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Ohio State at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | FOX

Kansas State at Kansas | 12 p.m. | FS1

Wake Forest at North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ABC

Pitt at Duke | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

SMU at Memphis | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Louisiana Tech at UAB | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Illinois at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Missouri at Georgia | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN

Georgia Tech at Miami | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Appalachian State at Arkansas State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Idaho State at BYU | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

North Texas at Southern Miss | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Temple at East Carolina | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

UL Monroe at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Cal at Arizona | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Tulsa at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Navy at Notre Dame | 3:30 p.m. | NBC

Rice at Charlotte | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

South Alabama at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Rhode Island at UMass | 3:30 p.m. | FloSports

Penn State at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Oklahoma State at West Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Michigan State at Purdue | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Baylor at TCU | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Auburn at Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Wisconsin at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Colorado State at Wyoming | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Mississippi State at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Utah State at New Mexico State | 4 p.m. | FloSports

NC State at Florida State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Tulane at UCF | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Marshall at FAU | 6 p.m. | CBSSN Facebook

Tennessee at Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Oregon State at Colorado | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Old Dominion at Florida International | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Boise State at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

LSU at Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN or CBS

Iowa at Northwestern | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network

UNLV at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Oregon at Washington | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Texas at Iowa State | 7:30 p.m. | FS1

Florida at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Indiana at Michigan | 7:30 p.m. | FOX

Clemson at Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Houston at South Florida | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

USC at Arizona State | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN

San Jose State at Nevada | 10 p.m. | FS2

UTSA at UTEP | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

San Diego State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | FS1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

SECTIONAL 1

Merrillville (10-0) at Lafayette Jeff (7-3)

SECTIONAL 2

Chesterton (7-3) at Penn (5-5)

SECTIONAL 3

Warsaw (7-2) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (9-1)

SECTIONAL 4

Hamilton Southeastern (8-2) at Westfield (9-1)

SECTIONAL 5

Carmel (9-1) at Brownsburg (8-2)

SECTIONAL 6

Ben Davis (5-5) at Indianapolis Tech (6-4)

SECTIONAL 7

Lawrence North (6-3) at Lawrence Central (4-6)

SECTIONAL 8

Columbus North (6-3) at Center Grove (10-0)

SECTIONAL 9

Valparaiso (9-1) at Munster (3-7)

SECTIONAL 10

Michigan City (7-3) at Mishawaka (8-2)

SECTIONAL 11

Fort Wayne Snider (8-1) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (6-4)

SECTIONAL 12

Zionsville (6-5) at Kokomo (8-2)

SECTIONAL 13

Indianapolis Cathedral (10-1) at Decatur Central (9-1)

SECTIONAL 14

Whiteland (6-3) at New Palestine (7-3)

SECTIONAL 15

Bloomington North (7-3) at Bloomington South (7-2)

SECTIONAL 16

New Albany (7-3) at Seymour (4-5)

SECTIONAL 17

Hobart (8-3) at Lowell (8-3)

SECTIONAL 18

South Bend St. Joseph (4-7) at New Prairie (9-2)

SECTIONAL 19

Leo (11-0) at Northridge (7-4)

SECTIONAL 20

Fort Wayne Wayne (4-7) at Mississinewa (8-2)

SECTIONAL 21

Connersville (3-8) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (10-1)

SECTIONAL 22

Indianapolis Chatard (7-4) at Indianapolis Roncalli (11-0)

SECTIONAL 23

Martinsville (7-4) at East Central (9-2)

SECTIONAL 24

Evansville Memorial (9-2) at Northview (9-1)

SECTIONAL 25

Hanover Central (10-1) at Knox (5-6)

SECTIONAL 26

Jimtown (9-2) at Mishawaka Marian (8-3)

SECTIONAL 27

Norwell (10-1) at Peru (8-2)

SECTIONAL 28

Western Boone (7-4) at Brebeuf Jesuit (9-2)

SECTIONAL 29

Tri-West (9-2) at Danville (10-1)

SECTIONAL 30

Owen Valley (9-1) at Vincennes Lincoln (3-8)

SECTIONAL 31

Brownstown Central (11-0) at Lawrenceburg (10-1)

SECTIONAL 32

Heritage Hills (9-2) at Gibson Southern (10-1)

SECTIONAL 33

Andrean (8-3) at Whiting (5-6)

SECTIONAL 34

Pioneer (9-2) at LaVille (8-2)

SECTIONAL 35

Eastside (11-0) at Fort Wayne Luers (10-1)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Luers Field.

SECTIONAL 36

Eastbrook (10-0) at Tipton (10-1)

SECTIONAL 37

Lafayette Central Catholic (7-4) at Speedway (9-2)

SECTIONAL 38

Indianapolis Scecina (8-3) at Centerville (10-0)

SECTIONAL 39

Paoli (7-2) at Triton Central (7-4)

SECTIONAL 40

North Posey (9-2) at Evansville Mater Dei (9-2)

SECTIONAL 41

Culver (4-5) at North Judson (7-3)

SECTIONAL 42

Clinton Prairie (6-4) at Carroll (Flora) (8-3)

SECTIONAL 43

South Adams (9-2) at Union City (6-4)

SECTIONAL 44

Triton (4-6) at Adams Central (10-1)

SECTIONAL 45

Parke Heritage (9-2) at Riverton Parke (4-6)

SECTIONAL 46

Covenant Christian (7-4) at Indianapolis Lutheran (11-0)

SECTIONAL 47

North Decatur (6-4) at Tri (9-2)

SECTIONAL 48

North Central (Farmersburg) (5-5) at Springs Valley (9-1)

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL FINAL-MUNCIE

Class A State Championship | 11 am ET

Lafayette Central Catholic (26-9) vs. Trinity Lutheran (30-4)

Class 2A State Championship, 1:30 pm ET

Andrean (31-5) vs. Western Boone (27-8)

Class 3A State Championship, 4 pm ET

Bellmont (30-5) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (31-3)

Class 4A State Championship, 6:30 pm ET

McCutcheon (29-6) vs. Castle (32-2) 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL MONDAY

Christel House at Indy Tech

Evansville Harrison at Northeast Dubois

TOP NATIONAL NEWS

Astros force Game 6: ‘Got to keep fighting’

ATLANTA — They came in droves. Some in jerseys, some in pearls, some in coats, some in costumes. Those with a ticket to enter Truist Park stood at their seat in eager anticipation. Those without found some sliver of space in the claustrophobically crowded Battery complex, gazing at a giant screen in hope of a Hollywood ending.

But the tens of thousands of Braves fans who gathered at Game 5 on Sunday night to witness their team’s first coronation in 26 years were subjected instead to a resurrection. An Astros team that had been invisible on offense for much of this World Series overcame a first-inning grand slam from Adam Duvall and a go-ahead third-inning solo homer from Freddie Freeman by cranking out one heartbreaking hit after another in a 9-5 victory that sends this Fall Classic back to Houston for Tuesday’s Game 6, with the Braves up 3-2.

“These guys are together,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said of his squad. “They’ve been through many of these battles, so they don’t know how to quit, and they’re always looking for an edge or an opening. Fortunately, tonight, we took advantage of some.”

The Astros won this one the hard way. They didn’t get a sterling start from Framber Valdez. They didn’t hit a home run. They had to explore the lengths of their lineup and their bench, getting production not just from a star like Carlos Correa, who knocked in a pair, but from totally unexpected places — most notably the three RBIs from catcher Martín Maldonado.

But the Astros did what they had to do. They became the first road team to beat the Braves in this postseason, and they avoided elimination. They still have a chance to become just the seventh team in 47 tries — and the first since the 2016 Cubs — to win it all after falling behind 3-1 in a best-of-seven World Series.

Titans use late turnovers to pull off 34-31 OT win at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tennessee safety Kevin Byard promised to do everything he could to redeem himself after a late pass interference call in the end zone Sunday.

The veteran delivered on the third series of overtime.

Byard picked off Carson Wentz in Colts territory, setting up Randy Bullock for a 44-yard field goal and capping a frantic final 7 1/2 minutes with a critical 34-31 victory at Indianapolis.

“I was actually on the sideline preparing my speech if the game would have gone the other way,” he said. “We’re resilient. We’re going to keep swinging, and I was able to make a play at the end and I’m just happy we won the game.”

Byard thought he blew it when he was called for a 42-yard penalty that allowed the Colts to tie the score with 22 seconds left in regulation. Turns out, everyone forgot just a few minutes later when he came up with a game-turning interception that may prove to be the biggest play all season for the Titans (6-2).

Tennessee has won four straight overall, three straight in the series and now has a commanding lead over the Colts (3-5) in the AFC South courtesy of the third season sweep in this series in franchise history for Tennessee.

Those two plays typified a day when the teams combined for five turnovers, a plethora of hard hits and wild swings, two touchdowns in the final 86 seconds of regulation, and 20 penalties.

“They need to blow the whistle. It’s a player safety issue. Jeff (Simmons) is coached and has been taught to run to the football until the whistle, and there were far too many guys on that tackle not to blow the whistle sooner,” coach Mike Vrabel said, referring to one defensive penalty before turning his attention to a replay challenge. “I think it’s mind boggling I have to challenge a catch that A.J. Brown makes in the middle of the field. There’s seven officials and there’s a replay official and I have to pull the flag out and throw it at that point in time?”

But on the first play, quarterback Carson Wentz was flushed from the pocket and tried to flick the ball away left-handed from the end zone. Instead, rookie Elijah Molden snatched the fluttering ball out of midair and scored on a 2-yard interception return for a 31-24 lead – the first pick-six for Tennessee in 38 games.

“Terrible play, terrible play,” Wentz said. “I was about to go down and was thinking just throw it, don’t force it. That one I’m so mad at myself for, I’m beating myself up.”

Wentz shook it off quickly, though.

On the ensuing series, he found Michael Pittman Jr. for 38 yards on third down to get the ball across midfield. Then Byard was called for the penalty and Jonathan Taylor walked in for the tying 1-yard score.

Byard didn’t fret long.

When Wentz tried to throw a pass across his body on the third overtime series, Byard sprinted in front of Pittman, made the play on the ball and took it to the Colts 32. Four plays later, the game ended.

“I’ve been in a lot of wild games, but this is definitely a memorable one,” Byard said.

White steps in, leads Jets to wild 34-31 win over Bengals

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Mike White caught himself listening to the crowd for a moment during his first NFL start.

The shouts of New York Jets fans echoed throughout MetLife Stadium, and the quarterback realized they were celebrating him.

“At first, I kind of had to listen again,” White said with a smile after leading the Jets to a stunning 34-31 comeback victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. “Like, are they chanting my name?”

They sure were, and for good reason.

White threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns, caught a 2-point conversion pass on the go-ahead score and joined Cam Newton (2011) as the only players since at least 1950 to throw for 400 or more yards in their first career start.

“He’s a dog. He’s an animal. He’s a savage,” running back Ty Johnson said. “I told him before the game, ‘You’re a gunslinger, so let’s ride.'”

White, starting in place of injured rookie Zach Wilson, pulled off the improbable victory for the Jets (2-5) while going 37 of 45 – setting an NFL record for the most completions in a player’s first start.

“Going out and watching film at the beginning of the week and seeing what they do on defense, I knew there would be completions out there,” White said.

He overcame two early interceptions and also became the Jets’ first 400-yard passer since Vinny Testaverde threw for 481 on Christmas Eve 2000, a span of 327 games. And he even left for a few plays to be checked for a neck injury.

All that from a backup who was a fifth-round pick of Dallas in 2018 out of Western Kentucky and hadn’t thrown an NFL pass until last week. And with Wilson still out for at least next Thursday night’s game Indianapolis, White will get a chance for an encore.

“Mike is fantastic,” coach Robert Saleh said. “He’s poised, he showed it all throughout camp, all throughout OTAs, that he deserves to be one of those guys and obviously he showed it today.”

With the Bengals (5-3) leading 31-20 in the fourth quarter, the Jets got an acrobatic touchdown by Johnson, who took a short pass from White and tip-toed down the left sideline and reached over the goal line for a 19-yard score. It was initially ruled Johnson stepped out at the 2, but video review overturned the call and confirmed the touchdown.

White’s 2-point conversion pass to Keelan Cole was incomplete, and New York trailed 31-26 with 4:36 left.

Shaq Lawson then came up with the Jets’ first interception of the season, deflecting Joe Burrow’s pass and snagging it to give New York the ball at the Bengals 14.

Two plays later, White found a wide-open Tyler Kroft in the back of the end zone to give New York a one-point lead.

The Jets went for the 2-point conversion and turned to some trickery with the Jets’ twist on the Eagles’ “Philly Special.” Jamison Crowder tossed it to a wide-open White in the end zone to make it 34-31 with 3:45 left.

It all had the fans at a half-filled MetLife Stadium loudly chanting: “Mike! White!”

“He deserved that!” running back Michael Carter said. “You saw what he did out there today.”

The Jets forced the Bengals to punt on fourth-and-19 from the 40. Cincinnati never got the ball back.

“Got outcoached, got outplayed today,” Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said. “They’re a hungry team. We knew they were capable of this.”

On third-and-11, Johnson was stopped for no gain on a catch but Mike Hilton was called for unnecessary roughness. That gave New York the first down, and White took a knee in victory formation moments later.

“It’s a wakeup call, for sure,” Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “Any team can beat anybody on any given Sunday. We learned that today. It’s a valuable lesson that won’t be forgotten.”

Big Ben, Steelers survive kicking scare, bury Browns 15-10

CLEVELAND (AP) Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t mind that Myles Garrett included him in his cemetery of sacked quarterbacks.

Big Ben almost always feels at home in Cleveland.

Roethlisberger handed the Browns yet another painful loss as the Pittsburgh Steelers overcame losing kicker Chris Boswell for the entire second half with a concussion in a 15-10 win on Sunday.

Garrett recently decorated the front yard of his house with markers of the QBs he had dropped during his career. He also came to Sunday’s Halloween game in costume, dressed as the Grim Reaper intent on getting Roethlisberger again.

“He can keep the tombstone in his yard,” said Roethlisberger, who is 24-3-1 against the Browns as a starter and 12-2-1 in Cleveland. “I’ll take the win.”

Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to rookie Pat Freiermuth and rookie Najee Harris had an 8-yard TD run after halftime for the Steelers (4-3), who were handicapped by Boswell getting hurt on a trick play that blew up.

“That fake field goal, man, was a bad call,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “I appreciate the guys backing my play and fighting for the entire 60 minutes and making it a side note.”

At halftime, Tomlin told his team Boswell was done for the day and the Steelers wouldn’t be trying any more kicks, which explains why punter Pressley Harvin III didn’t even bother practicing on the sideline.

“When we lost Boz, I started to ask, `Am I going to do some pooch punting? Or would I have to hold because I’m the backup holder?'” Roethlisberger said.

The Browns (4-4) had plenty of chances, but wide receiver Jarvis Landry had a costly fumble and then couldn’t handle two passes from Baker Mayfield in the final 6:04.

“I really just go back to two or three plays where myself having an opportunity to make plays and just didn’t,” Landry said. “I owe it to my teammates.”

The 38-year-old Roethlisberger finished 22 of 34 for 266 yards – 193 in the second half when the Steelers had no margin for error.

With no Boswell, who got hurt when he was drilled by Browns tackle Jordan Elliott after throwing an incomplete pass, Tomlin’s play-calling was influenced throughout the second half.

Roethlisberger’s 2-yard TD pass – on fourth down – to Freiermuth put the Steelers up 15-10 with 11:04 left. Freiermuth initially bobbled the throw, but secured it and got both feet down in the back of the end zone.

Without his kicker, Tomlin was forced to go for 2 for a second time, but Roethlisberger’s pass was incomplete.

The Browns were in position to potentially take the lead, but the sure-handed Landry was stripped by former Cleveland linebacker Joe Schobert and T.J. Watt recovered the ball with 6:04 left.

“I’ve seen Joe make plays like that for years, especially when he was playing for Cleveland,” said Watt, who also had 1 1/2 sacks. “I just fell on the ball.”

Mayfield, who returned to the lineup this week after missing one game with a left shoulder injury, got the ball back with 4:22 to go. The Browns got to the Steelers 26, but Rashard Higgins was called a false start and Landry, who dropped a pass earlier in the drive, couldn’t secure a high throw on fourth down with 1:53 left.

“It’s on all of us,” Mayfield said. “Everybody is going to point fingers at a few plays, but the fact is we just did not get into a rhythm today. We stubbed our toe a few times – penalties and just did not make the plays we needed to to win.”

Pittsburgh then sealed it when receiver Dionte Johnson took a short slant 50 yards and Roethlisberger was able to run out the clock.

Garoppolo leads way as 49ers beat Bears 33-22 to stop slide

CHICAGO (AP) Playing about 30 miles from where he grew up, Jimmy Garoppolo had no trouble making himself at home.

Garoppolo threw for 322 yards and ran for two touchdowns, and the San Francisco 49ers beat the short-handed Chicago Bears 33-22 Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.

Garoppolo led three touchdown drives in the second half and another possession that ended with a field goal. He scored from the 2 in the third quarter and ran it in from the 5 in the fourth, tossing the ball into the crowd after he lifted San Francisco to a 30-22 lead.

“My college roommates were sitting in that end zone, so hopefully one of them caught it,” said Garoppolo, who is from suburban Arlington Heights and played college ball at Eastern Illinois. “It was so much emotion. I’m not used to really running them in like that to begin with, so when it does happen, it was pretty cool.”

In his only other appearance at Soldier Field, Garoppolo led San Francisco to a win in 2017. The veteran delivered in a big way this time, with plenty of friends and family on hand, and might have quieted the calls for rookie Trey Lance.

“Coming back home, in front of his fans, his back was against the wall, just like everybody else in the building,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “For him to step up and play the way he did today was huge.”

Deebo Samuel had six catches for 171 yards. That gave him 819, breaking Hall of Famer Jerry Rice’s club record of 781 through the first seven games of a season set in 1986.

Elijah Mitchell carried 18 times for 137 yards and a touchdown, helping San Francisco (3-4) win for the first time since beating Detroit and Philadelphia on the road to start the season.

“We’ve had a lot of talks and meetings, everything just leading up to this game,” said Nick Bosa, who had two of San Francisco’s four sacks. “It’s all good, but it matters what you do out on the field.”

Defense shines, Panthers snap skid by beating Falcons 19-13

ATLANTA (AP) Chuba Hubbard’s first carry was about as bad as it gets.

A fumble recovered by the Atlanta Falcons.

The Carolina Panthers running back was feeling a lot better by the end of the game Sunday.

Zane Gonzalez kicked four field goals and Hubbard scored on a 6-yard run with 6 1/2 minutes remaining to seal Carolina’s 19-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons, snapping a four-game skid for the Panthers.

Hubbard wasn’t flustered after Deion Jones stripped the ball from him on the very first play from scrimmage, leading to a Falcons’ field goal.

“What’s next?” Hubbard said, describing his state of mind. “Whether it’s a high or a low, I’m moving on.”

He certainly moved on, along with a Carolina offense that ran the ball time and time again to make things easier on embattled quarterback Sam Darnold.

Carolina rushed for 203 yards, led by Hubbard with 82 yards on 24 bruising carries. Darnold chipped in with 66 yards on the ground – the second-best rushing performance of his career – before being knocked out of the game with a concussion.

“This is probably what we should’ve done last week,” coach Matt Rhule said.

Carolina’s defense totally stuffed Matt Ryan and the Falcons, who managed a measly 213 yards total offense.

Stephon Gilmore, in his first game with the Panthers, and Shaq Thompson, in his return from a foot injury, both had key interceptions.

Ryan had one of the worst games of his career, held to 146 yards passing with three sacks – plus a bloody hand after a Carolina defender stepped on it.

Atlanta (3-4) had won two straight games, only to squander a chance to climb above .500 for the first time since 2017.

“They came in here, they ran the ball, they shortened the game,” Falcons coach Arthur Smith said. “We didn’t do enough on offense.”

Darnold bounced back from a benching in a 25-3 loss to the New York Giants with a performance that was good enough to win for Carolina (4-4).

He threw for a mere 129 yards on 13 of 24 completions but made none of the glaring miscues that raised questions about his job security.

Unfortunately for Darnold, the last of his runs knocked him out of the game in the fourth quarter.

On an 8-yard bootleg deep in Atlanta territory, Darnold took a brutal shot from Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun that nearly knocked his helmet off, leaving P.J. Walker to finish the game.

Walker overcame an ill-advised pass into the end zone, which was ruled incompletion rather than an interception. Rhule was not pleased at all with the decision to flip the ball into a crowd of defenders.

“He yelled at me, and I yelled back,” Walker said with a smile.

All was forgiven when Hubbard burst up the middle for Carolina’s only TD.

To that point, Gonzales had provided the rest of the points on field goals of 29, 51, 57 and 23 yards. The 57-yarder was the longest of his career.

“I knew this was a game where every point mattered,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t want to be the reason we lost.”

Younghoe Koo had a chance to put Atlanta ahead in the fourth quarter, but his 45-yard field-goal attempt was wide right.

It was his first miss of any kind this season. Koo had been 11 of 11 on field goals, hitting from 46 yards for Atlanta’s first points after Hubbard’s fumble, and perfect on 14 extra points.

Cordarrelle Patterson scored Atlanta’s lone touchdown, turning a short pass into a 15-yard touchdown early in the second quarter.

Koo booted a 53 -yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining, but the Panthers recovered an onside kick to seal the victory.

Bills wake up in second half to beat Dolphins 26-11

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills coach Sean McDermott isn’t exactly certain what Josh Allen meant about finding his inner Zen to shrug off a shaky start.

Call it what you want, all that mattered was Allen finally finding his groove in time to pull out a 26-11 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

“Really, that’s the biggest takeaway from this game is you’re not always going to come out and score, score, score,” McDermott said. “So this game, like most games in the NFL, it comes down to the fourth quarter, and I thought that was good for us a team. Now we’ve got to build on it.”

It took a little over a half for Allen to shake off the rust from a bye week break before leading Buffalo to score 23 points over its final four possessions.

In doing so, the Bills (5-2) rebounded from a heartbreaking 34-31 loss to Tennessee on Oct. 18 by continuing their dominance over an AFC East rival. The Bills beat the Dolphins for a series-record seventh consecutive time, outscoring them by a combined 258-123 in this run.

Allen’s Zen comment was a reference to his relationship with golfer Phil Mickelson, who happens to be a long-time Bills fan and addressed the team on a Zoom call during training camp with the PGA Championship Trophy he won in May beside him.

“Lefty” was already on Allen’s mind when the quarterback arrived at the stadium on Halloween morning wearing a PGA visor, golf shirt, shorts and spikes.

“He talked about finding your Zen or your calm, and early on, I’ve known this for a long time, I don’t play well when I’m (unhappy) or frustrated,” Allen said. “I think maybe that was causing some issues early on. To that second half, just trying to find that inner peace where I can just go out there and relax.”

After going 10 of 19 for 80 yards through Buffalo’s first series of the second half, Allen closed 19 of 23 for 169 in blowing open a game that had been tied at 3.

The Bills went ahead 10-3 in the third quarter when Allen shrugged off Jaelan Phillips’ bid for a sack and found a wide-open Gabriel Davis for an 8-yard touchdown reception. He followed up capping a nine-play, 69-yard drive by hitting Stefon Diggs on a post route for a 19-yard TD.

The Dolphins cut the lead to 17-11 on Tua Tagovailoa’s 1-yard plunge and 2-point conversion pass to Mike Gesicki early in the fourth quarter.

Allen responded by marching the Bills on a 14-play drive, which ended with Tyler Bass hitting a 39-yard field goal. Jordan Poyer sealed the victory by intercepting a pass Tagovailoa sailed over the middle while facing third-and-26 from his 19 with 2:21 remaining.

The Bills quarterback then waved good-bye to the Dolphins after scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run with 1:07 left.

The Dolphins (1-7) have lost seven straight overall to match their longest skid since losing their first seven of the 2019 season.

It’s a freefall that has left open questions regarding the future of coach Brian Flores and the status of Tagovailoa.

In reiterating his support for the second-year quarterback, Flores deflected a question about his job security.

“I’m just worried about the players,” Flores said. “I’m worried about them getting better, helping them improve.”

Without going into detail, Flores revealed receiver Preston Williams did not travel with the team because of a disciplinary reason.

After losing three times on walk-off field goals this season, including their past two games, the Dolphins’ squandered a pair of scoring attempts in the first half.

Jason Sanders hit a 51-yard field goal with the wind behind him in the second quarter but missed a 36-yard attempt wide left into the wind in the first quarter.

Then came a dreadful close to Miami’s final drive of the first half. Facing third-and-5 at Buffalo’s 12, tight end Mike Gesicki was running across behind the line and had Austin Reiter’s snap bounce off his chest. Buffalo’s Micah Hyde recovered the ball.

Tagovailoa finished 21 of 39 for 205 yards and an interception amid speculation on the Dolphins interest in acquiring Deshaun Watson from Houston before the NFL’s trade deadline on Tuesday. Tagovailoa’s career record dropped to 7-7.

“Obviously, it can get a little disappointing,” Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins said. “But I refuse to be miserable. I’m not going to duck my head. I’m sure that’s what a lot of people want us to do. But I’m not going to do that.”

Eagles run for 4 TDs in 44-6 victory over winless Lions

DETROIT (AP) Boston Scott and Jordan Howard made the most of filling in for running back Miles Sanders and took advantage of Philadelphia dominating Detroit’s defensive line.

Scott and Howard each had two touchdowns on the ground, helping the Philadelphia Eagles run over the Detroit Lions in a 44-6 win Sunday.

“We were able to push some guys around up front,” coach Nick Sirianni said.

The Eagles (3-5) ended a two-game losing streak against a team that was very accommodating, enjoying their most lopsided win on the road since beating the St. Louis Cardinals by 42 points nearly 40 years ago.

The Lions (0-8) go into their bye week as the NFL’s only winless team.

“If this doesn’t get better, we’re going to be 0-17,” Detroit safety Tracy Walker said.

The break gives first-year coach Dan Campbell extra time to figure out how to avoid making history during the league’s first 17-game schedule after being a tight end on the first 0-16 team in Detroit 13 years ago.

“I can take a week and look at everything,” Campbell said.

When Campbell looks at film of the latest loss, he will see how inept his lines were on both sides of the ball.

With Sanders on injured reserve with an ankle injury from last week, Scott and Howard had 12 carries each and combined for 117 yards rushing combined. Scott had just seven carries this season before Sunday and Jordan made his season debut after being promoted from the practice squad. They became the first pair of Eagles to run for multiple touchdowns in the same game since 1980.

“Whenever that opportunity knocks, you got to step up,” Scott said. “Me and Jordan motivated each other during the time leading up to this moment.”

Scott broke a scoreless tie late in the first period with a 1-yard run and and Howard’s 4-yard run late in the second quarter put Philadelphia up 17-0. They each had a short touchdown run in the third quarter.

Just to make the setback sting a little more for the Lions and their fans, former Detroit cornerback Darius Slay scooped up D’Andre Swift’s fumble that was forced by Detroit native Avonte Maddox and returned it 33 yards make it 38-0 late in the third.

“It was a blessing,” Slay wrote in a text message after the game. “I appreciate how the fans shouted me out and showed major love.”

The offensively challenged Lions avoided a shutout midway through the fourth quarter when rookie Jermar Jefferson scored on an 8-yard run for his first NFL touchdown.

Alas, the Lions failed to convert the 2-point conversion as Jared Goff was hit, as he often was by the Eagles from every direction even when they rushed just four against five offensive linemen.

Goff was sacked a season-high five times and finished 23 of 34 for 222 yards. The sixth-year quarterback and many of his teammates made mistakes, including when he threw a ball away in the third quarter on fourth down instead of throwing toward a receiver with nothing to lose.

“Throwing the ball into the stands on fourth down is a bad decision, but I’m not sure what else he was supposed to do,” Campbell said.

The Eagles didn’t need to pass much to beat Detroit, so they didn’t as Jalen Hurts was 9 of 14 for 103 yards. He ran seven times for 71 of his team’s 236 yards rushing.

“We got pushed around bad,” Campbell acknowledged.

Stafford has 3 TD passes as Rams roll past Texans 38-22

HOUSTON (AP) Perhaps the most stressful part for Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay was wondering if maybe he took Matthew Stafford out a bit too soon in a rout of the Houston Texans.

Stafford threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters, and the Rams dominated the inept Texans in every way in a 38-22 win Sunday.

The Rams had a 38-0 lead when McVay pulled the veteran quarterback.

“Our coaches will tell you it’s a champagne problem to be in those spots,” McVay said. “But that’s usually when I am the biggest basket case because it’s how do you really manage it?”

It’s the fourth straight victory for the Rams (7-1) and the seventh loss in a row for the Texans (1-7), their longest skid since dropping the final 14 games of the 2013 season.

Stafford threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp with about 9 1/2 minutes left in the third, lifting Los Angeles to a 31-0 lead. That score was set up when Van Jefferson got free for a 68-yard reception two plays earlier.

Rookie Davis Mills was sacked by Aaron Donald on first down on Houston’s next possession and Mills fumbled on third down. He recovered the ball and got a pass off to David Johnson, but it was for a loss.

The Rams added another touchdown when Stafford pitched the ball to Robert Woods in the backfield and he dashed 16 yards to make it 38-0 late in the third.

Stafford, in his first year with the Rams after 12 seasons in Detroit, watched the rest of the game from the sideline, with John Wolford stepping in at quarterback.

“Happy to be where I am, trying to enjoy it, trying to embrace it and be as good as I can be for those guys and lead the way,” Stafford said.

Kupp caught seven balls for 115 yards and Darrell Henderson had 90 yards rushing and two TDs, one on the ground and one on a 3-yard reception in the first quarter. Woods also had two touchdowns, scoring on a 2-yard reception in the second quarter.

The Rams have won 43 straight games, including the playoffs, when leading at halftime, which is the second-longest streak in NFL history behind a 49-game streak by the Packers beginning in 1926.

Houston scored each of its points after Stafford left the game. Rex Burkhead had a 1-yard scoring run with about eight minutes left, and Mills threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks with five minutes to go.

Houston recovered an onside kick, and Mills threw a 9-yard touchdown reception to Brevin Jordan with about 2 1/2 minutes left. The 2-point conversion trimmed the Rams’ lead to 38-22.

“To be at a spot where you’re up 38-0 is really a tough thing to do in this league,” McVay said. “Obviously, we would have liked to be able to finish the game better than what we did.”

Mills fell to 0-6 as a starter since Tyrod Taylor was injured. He threw for 310 yards, but many of those yards came with the game long decided, and had an interception.

“I’m disappointed and frustrated, but I’m not discouraged with this football team simply because of what I saw at the end there … they’re not going to quit,” coach David Culley said.

The Rams got going when Henderson scored on their first possession. Matt Gay kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with about nine minutes left in the second quarter.

The Rams got the ball back only a few plays later when Ernest Jones stepped in front of a pass intended for Danny Amendola for his first career interception.

They cashed in on the mistake when Stafford connected with Woods on a 2-yard TD pass with about six minutes left in the first half.

A sack of Mills by Donald and Greg Gaines on third down forced another punt by Houston to give Los Angeles a chance to pad the lead before halftime.

Henderson collected his second score of the half when he ran untouched for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 24-0 less than a minute before halftime.

Houston had a shot to put points on the board before the break, but Ka?imi Fairbairn’s 45-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right.

Phillips pick-six propels Patriots past Chargers 27-24

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Adrian Phillips intercepted two passes, returning one for the go-ahead touchdown against his former team, Nick Folk kicked four field goals, and the New England Patriots rallied for a 27-24 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday.

It was the first multi-interception game for Phillips, who played six seasons for the Chargers (2014-19) before signing with the Patriots last year. With 10:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, he picked off a pass intended for Jared Cook, who was not on the same page as Justin Herbert, and returned it 26 yards to put the Patriots back in front. Rookie Mac Jones then connected with Jakobi Meyers on the 2-point conversion to give New England a seven-point advantage.

Folk, who has three games this season with four field goals, split the uprights from 30 yards with 2:21 remaining to put the Patriots up by double digits.

Joshua Palmer brought the Chargers within a field goal with 40 seconds remaining when he hauled in a 24-yard strike from Herbert for his first NFL touchdown. Former Chargers tight end Hunter Henry recovered the ensuing onside kick for the Patriots.

New England (4-4) started the season 1-3 but has won two straight and three of its last four. Los Angeles (4-3) has dropped two straight.

Damien Harris, looking for his third straight 100-yard rushing game, had 19 carries for 76 yards.

Jones, who had completed 70.4% of his passes in his first seven games, had one of his worst performances, completing 18 of 35 passes for 217 yards.

It was an equally bad game for Herbert, who was 18 of 35 for 223 yards with two touchdown and two interceptions.

Austin Ekeler had 124 scrimmage yards (64 rushing, 60 receiving).

The Chargers scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions to take a 14-7 lead. Los Angeles scored on its opening drive for the third time this season as Ekeler went 5 yards up the middle.

New England responded with its fourth TD on an opening possession when Harris scored on a 1-yard carry off left guard.

Los Angeles grabbed a 14-7 advantage early in the second quarter when Herbert connected with Keenan Allen for a 5-yard TD. New England would cut the margin to one at halftime on a pair of field goals by Folk.

Seahawks snap losing skid with 31-7 thumping of Jaguars

SEATTLE (AP) Geno Smith ran for one score and threw a pair of touchdown passes to DK Metcalf, and the Seattle Seahawks snapped their three-game losing skid by thumping the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-7 on Sunday.

In what may be his final start while Russell Wilson recovers from finger surgery, Smith was terrific picking apart the Jaguars defense for one of the best performances of his career. Smith completed his first 14 passes the longest streak to start a game in the NFL this season. He finished 20 of 24 for 195 yards, and his 83.3% completion percentage was a career best with at least 20 pass attempts.

While Tyler Lockett was Smith’s favorite target, Metcalf found the end zone. Metcalf made a terrific leaping grab over former teammate Shaquill Griffin in the second quarter to give Seattle (3-5) a 14-0 lead. Metcalf added a 5-yard TD reception early in the third quarter.

Lockett finished with 12 catches for 142 yards, the fourth time in his career with at least 12 receptions.

Jacksonville (1-6) avoided being shut out for only the fourth time in franchise history in the regular season on a short touchdown pass from Trevor Lawrence to Jamal Agnew with 1:49 remaining. Lawrence finished 32 of 53 for 238 yards, and his ninth interception this season came when he clearly expected Tavon Austin to run a different route.

It didn’t help that Jacksonville played most of the final three quarters without star running back James Robinson because of an ankle injury.

Robinson appeared to injure his ankle after catching a 17-yard screen pass in the final seconds of the first quarter. He was listed as questionable and seemed to be testing out the ankle on the sideline during the second quarter. He never returned.

Jacksonville snapped its 20-game losing streak two weeks ago beating Miami in London. The Jaguars have yet to put together consecutive wins since midway through the 2019 season.

It’s unclear when Wilson will return following his finger surgery. With a bye next week, there is a chance Seattle’s franchise quarterback could be ready Nov. 14 when the Seahawks travel to Green Bay.

If that’s the case, Smith’s time as the starter went out on a high.

Smith’s previous two starts were punctuated by late mistakes. Against Pittsburgh, it was a fumble in overtime that set up the Steelers’ winning score. Last Monday against New Orleans, it was a series of costly sacks.

But Smith was decisive with his decisions Sunday and made a point of getting Lockett involved early. Lockett had just four receptions in the previous two games combined. He had three catches in the first quarter and eight by halftime against Jacksonville’s pass defense that entered the week ranked 31st in the league.

Broncos block 2 field goals in 17-10 win over Washington

DENVER (AP) Justin Simmons and Denver’s defense held firm after a fumble gave Washington the ball back, and the Broncos blocked two field goals on their way to a 17-10 win Sunday that stopped a four-game slide.

Melvin Gordon III caught a touchdown pass and ran for the go-ahead score from 7 yards out with 4:27 remaining. He also fumbled with 21 seconds to go, giving Washington the ball at the Denver 24-yard line.

The defense forced Taylor Heinicke to throw the ball out of the back of the end zone on the last play of the game.

It looked as if the game was over when Simmons picked off a desperation Heinicke pass in the end zone with around 37 seconds left. It was Simmons’ second interception of the game.

But Gordon’s fumble gave Washington one more chance.

“They stepped it up and got it done,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said.

The last defensive stand prevented the first winless October for the Broncos (4-4) since 1967.

Dre’Mont Jones and Shelby Harris each blocked a field-goal attempt from Chris Blewitt. Jones got his hand on a 47-yard try in the fourth, and Harris batted down a 45-yarder from Blewitt in the second.

For large chunks of time, it was almost a game of who didn’t want to win – with plenty of missed opportunities, field goals and mistakes. Washington (2-6) failed to convert on a fourth down early in the game, had Bobby McCain drop an interception in his hands and allowed five sacks to a defense missing Von Miller.

Brandon McManus missed a 53-yard field goal for Denver with 10:57 remaining. He was 13 of 13 before pushing his attempt just right.

Gordon energized a sparse crowd on a 15-yard TD catch from Teddy Bridgewater just before halftime. There were an announced 11,755 no-shows on a cool day in the Mile High City. That despite tickets being available for as low as $25.

Washington tied it at 10 late in the third on Heinicke’s 20-yard touchdown throw to DeAndre Carter. It was Washington’s fourth straight loss.

The biggest cheer of the afternoon was for Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, who was inducted into the team’s Ring of Fame at halftime. Manning even removed his orange jacket and put on his No. 18 jersey one last time. He lofted a perfect 30-yard-ish strike to receiver Brandon Stokley in the end zone.

Miller was sidelined by an ankle injury. The team’s career sacks leader walked the sideline in a jacket.

Bridgewater was helped by the return of receiver Jerry Jeudy (ankle) and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam (hamstring). Jeudy had four catches for 39 yards, including a big grab on the go-ahead drive.

Saints overcome Winston injury, top Buccaneers 36-27

NEW ORLEANS (AP) P.J. Williams intercepted Tom Brady and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown with 1:24 left, helping New Orleans seal a dramatic but potentially costly 36-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday during which Saints quarterback Jameis Winston injured his left knee.

Winston was injured during a scramble early in the second quarter when he was pulled down from behind by former LSU star Devin White, who was flagged for a horse collar tackle.

“I think it’s significant,” coach Sean Payton said. “He felt something and is on crutches right now. … When he got up and then had to go back down, you were a little concerned.”

Backup Trevor Siemian took over for Winston and completed 16 of 29 throws for 159 yards and a touchdown without a turnover, leading the Saints on five scoring drives that produced two touchdowns and three field goals.

Brady passed for four TDs, but also turned the ball over three times on a pair of interceptions and a fumble, which the Saints converted into 16 points.

The Bucs nearly overcame their mistakes, wiping out a 16-point second-half deficit, taking a lead with 5:44 to go when receiver and former LSU track athlete Cyril Grayson was left uncovered behind the defense and scored a 50-yard touchdown.

New Orleans responded by driving for a field goal for a 29-27 lead with 1:41 left, leaving Brady, who is no stranger to late comebacks, that much time plus a timeout to win the game. Instead, the Saints’ defense came up big.

New Orleans’ defense came up with two turnovers in the second quarter after Winston was carted to the locker room, and the Saints’ offense converted those into nine points.

Brady fumbled on a double-pump caused by pressure from defensive end Cameron Jordan, and defensive tackle David Onyemata, newly activated after a six-game suspension, recovered near midfield.

The Saints got a field goal, but only after a roughing-the-passer call against William Gholston wiped out what would have been an interception by Antoine Winfield Jr. in the end zone.

Later, Brady was intercepted by C.J. Gardner Johnson, who had left his man to undercut a pass intended for Godwin. Gardner-Johnson returned the ball 26 yards to the Tampa Bay 35.

New Orleans converted that on a short pass from Siemian to fullback Alex Armah shortly before the end of the first half, giving the Saints a 16-7 lead after rookie kicker Brian Johnson missed the extra point.

New Orleans widened its lead to 23-7 on the opening possession of the second half, which began with Siemian hitting Kevin White for a 38-yard gain. Alvin Kamara finished it with a scoring run on a pitch play on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

But Brady responded by leading the Bucs to the end zone on their next two possessions on a 7-yard pass to running back Giovani Bernard and a 41-yard strike to Mike Evans. He beat Saints top cornerback Marshon Lattimore in single coverage and made it a 23-21 game before the third quarter ended.

With Dak down, Cooper Rush passes Cowboys past Vikings 20-16

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Cooper Rush’s first NFL start was a statement victory for the surging Dallas Cowboys with starting quarterback Dak Prescott stuck on the sideline.

With every opportunity to outlast the fill-in for the first-place team on the other side, Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings withered down the stretch.

Rush subbed for the injured Prescott and passed for 325 yards and two second-half touchdowns, the last a 5-yard throw to Amari Cooper with 51 seconds left in the Cowboys’ 20-16 victory over the Vikings on Sunday night.

“It was just as good as the dream,” Rush said.

Rush, the fifth-year backup handed the offense when Prescott was shelved in a game-time decision due to a strained right calf muscle, directed an eight-play, 75-yard drive he finished with a perfect toss to Cooper on a fade in the corner of the end zone.

“I was glad everybody got to see that, because that’s Cooper Rush,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He plays the quarterback position like a seasoned veteran.”

Cooper had eight catches for 122 yards, and CeeDee Lamb had six receptions for 112 yards for the Cowboys (6-1), whose only lead came in that final minute. Rush connected with Cedrick Wilson for a 73-yard score on the third play of the third quarter to tie the game at 10.

“Trust the matchups on the outside,” Cooper said he kept telling Rush. “These guys can’t guard us.”

Rush overcame two turnovers, both delivered by former Dallas safety Xavier Woods, to slice up the Minnesota secondary as Prescott watched approvingly from the sideline.

Kirk Cousins and the Vikings (3-4) were frequently in disarray on offense, after opening the game with 75-yard march for a touchdown pass to Adam Thielen. Greg Joseph kicked three field goals to keep them in front for most of the night, but the Vikings totaled only 278 yards against a defense that was allowing the second-highest yards-per-play average in the NFL entering the week.

Cousins finished 23 for 35 for 184 yards, too often settling for the short dump-off option rather than pushing the ball up the field to Thielen and fellow star Justin Jefferson. Dalvin Cook had 18 carries for 78 yards, but he never found a rhythm because of all the fits and starts.

The Vikings converted only one of 13 third downs and had eight of 12 possessions last only five plays or fewer. Woods had an interception in the second quarter and forced a fumble with his first career sack in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings didn’t score after either of those gifts.

“It was a combination of coverage and pressure,” Cousins said.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had a masterful game plan that was nearly undone by a lack of discipline by his group. The defense accounted for nine of the team’s 11 penalties, including three unnecessary roughness calls during the 69-yard drive by the Vikings to take the lead on Joseph’s 24-yard kick. Nearly half of those yards came from penalties.

“Every game we just hang around, hang around, hang around, let the team hang around, instead of just putting our foot on the gas and going,” Thielen said.

Dak down: Cowboys keep Prescott (calf) inactive vs. Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Dallas Cowboys have decided to hold quarterback Dak Prescott out of their game at Minnesota because of a strained right calf muscle and give Cooper Rush his first career start.

Prescott was placed on the inactive list on Sunday night after being listed as questionable to play the Vikings. He was hurt on Oct. 17 during his touchdown pass to beat New England in overtime. Two full weeks including the team’s bye to treat and rest the injury weren’t quite enough for clearance.

Prescott went through his normal pregame routine on the turf at U.S. Bank Stadium more than two hours before kickoff with Britt Brown, the team’s director of rehabilitation. He showed no obvious signs of limitation, but the message from the Cowboys all week was caution to keep the soft tissue issue from lingering.

After losing Prescott to a broken and dislocated right ankle in the fifth game of the 2020 season, the Cowboys are determined to avoid another long-term absence. Prescott became the first player in Cowboys history with four straight games with three or more touchdown passes against the Patriots.

Rush, 27, latched on with the Cowboys in 2017 as an undrafted project out of Central Michigan. He has appeared in six career regular season games in mop-up duty. He has attempted just three passes, all in his rookie year.

NFL: SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

With one game remaining in Week 8, there have been 25 games with a game-winning score in the final minute of regulation or in overtime this season, tied with 2002 and 2012 for the second-most such games through the first eight weeks all-time. Only 2015 (26) had more.

With two games left in Week 8, 10 of 13 games (76.9 percent) have been within one score in the fourth quarter while four games have been decided by three-or-fewer points.

Two teams overcame deficits of at least 10 points to win: Tennessee overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Indianapolis, 34-31, in overtime, while the New York Jets overcame an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Cincinnati, 34-31.

There have been 12 overtime games this season, tied with the 2002 and 2003 seasons for the third-most overtime games at this point of a season all-time. Only 1995 (14 overtime games) and 1983 (13) had more.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 305 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.7 rating while wide receiver COOPER KUPP recorded seven receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown in the Rams’ 38-22 win at Houston.

Stafford has 28 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (27 games) for the fifth-most such games by a quarterback in his first 13 seasons in NFL history.

Kupp, who has 63 receptions for 924 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, is the first player in the Super Bowl era with at least 900 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions in his team’s first eight games of a season.

Kupp is the third player all-time with at least seven receptions in seven of his team’s first eight games of a season, joining ADAM THIELEN (2018) and MICHAEL THOMAS (2019).

Making his 50th career start, Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN passed for 249 yards and two touchdowns and added 55 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the Bills’ 26-11 win over Miami.

Allen has 112 combined passing and rushing touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (112) and DESHAUN WATSON (112) for the third-most by a quarterback in his first 50 career starts in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (135) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (118) had more combined passing and rushing touchdowns in their first 50 career starts.

Allen has 28 career rushing touchdowns, tied with CAM NEWTON (28) for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in his first 50 career starts all-time.

Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 375 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions for a 112.0 rating on Sunday against New Orleans.

Brady has 38 career games with at least four touchdown passes and 98 games with at least three touchdown passes, both surpassing DREW BREES for the most such games in NFL history.

Brady, who has 2,650 passing yards and 25 touchdown passes this season, joins PATRICK MAHOMES (2018), Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (2013) and RUSSELL WILSON (2020) as the only players with at least 25 touchdown passes and 2,500 passing yards through their team’s first eight games of a season.

Brady has at least 25 touchdown passes in 16 career seasons, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (16) for the most such seasons in NFL history.

Making his first career start, New York Jets quarterback MIKE WHITE completed 37 of 45 pass attempts (82.2 percent) for 405 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 107.9 rating in the Jets’ 34-31 win over Cincinnati. His 37 completions are the most completions by a quarterback all-time in his first career start.

White joined CAM NEWTON (422 yards on September 11, 2011) as the only quarterbacks since 1950 to pass for at least 400 yards in their first career start.

Cincinnati rookie wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE recorded his seventh touchdown reception of the season on Sunday.

Chase is the fifth player in the Super Bowl era to record a touchdown catch in six of his first eight career games, joining CHARLIE BROWN (1982), MARQUES COLSTON (2006), WILLIE GREEN (1991) and DONTE’ STALLWORTH (2002).

Chase has 786 receiving yards this season, the second-most receiving yards by a player in his first eight career games all-time, trailing HARLON HILL (802).

San Francisco rookie running back ELIJAH MITCHELL rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown in the 49ers’ 33-22 win at Chicago. Rookie quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS rushed for a career-high 103 yards and had two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) while rookie running back KHALIL HERBERT had 72 rushing yards for the Bears.

With San Francisco and Chicago combining for 312 rushing yards from rookies on Sunday, it marked the second game since 1970 in which rookies from both teams combined for at least 300 rushing yards, joining Kansas City at the San Diego Chargers on October 27, 1974 (318 combined rushing yards from rookies).

Fields became the third rookie quarterback in NFL history to record a passing touchdown, rushing touchdown and at least 100 rushing yards in a single game, joining ROBERT GRIFFIN III (October 14, 2012) and MARCUS MARIOTA (December 6, 2015).

Appearing in his 40th career game, Seattle wide receiver DK METCALF recorded six receptions for 43 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 31-7 win over Jacksonville.

Metcalf has 25 career touchdown receptions and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (36 touchdown receptions) and ODELL BECKHAM JR. (34) as the only wide receivers since 1990 with at least 25 touchdown receptions in their first 40 career games.

Patterson and TCU agree to part ways, coach won’t finish ’21

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU and football coach Gary Patterson mutually agreed to immediately part ways Sunday before the completion of his 21st season.

The announcement came a day after the Horned Frogs (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) lost 31-12 at Kansas State, Patterson’s alma mater. It was their fifth loss in six games, and they are 21-22 overall since the start of 2018.

Patterson leaves TCU with a 181-79 record, including an undefeated 13-0 season in 2010 that was capped by a Rose Bowl victory. He was the second-longest tenured FBS coach, trailing only Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, who is in his 23rd season.

TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said he and school chancellor Victor Boschini met Sunday with the 61-year-old Patterson “and mutually agreed that the time has come for a new voice and leadership” in the football program.

While responding in a text message that it was “correct” that he had mutually agreed to depart, Patterson had no other response to the AP on Sunday night.

“We asked him to continue on as our head coach for the remainder of the season, and take on a different role in 2022, but he believed it was in the team’s and TCU’s best interests to begin the transition immediately,” Donati said. “We respect Coach Patterson’s perspective and will move forward in that direction.”

Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, who was the best man in Patterson’s wedding and on his staff in an off-field role as a special assistant in charge of the offense, will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The Frogs, who have four games left in the regular season, host 14th-ranked Baylor on Saturday.

Kill was Minnesota’s coach from 2011-15 before seizures caused by his epilepsy forced him to step down. He was offensive coordinator at Rutgers in 2017, but that was his last time in an on-field coaching role. He joined Patterson at TCU in February 2020, after a similar off-field role at Virginia Tech.

Patterson was the second Big 12 head coach let go within a week. Texas Tech fired third-year coach Matt Wells last Monday, also after a loss to Kansas State.

TCU’s only Big 12 win was 52-31 at Texas Tech on Oct. 9. A week after that, the Horned Frogs lost 52-31 to fourth-ranked Oklahoma

While Patterson is a defensive-minded coach, the Horned Frogs have had one of the Big 12’s worst defenses this season. They ranked eighth in the 10-team league in scoring defense (31.5 points per game), and are ninth in total defense, giving up 443.3 yards per game.

Patterson was TCU’s defensive coordinator for three seasons on Dennis Franchione’s staff. He was promoted to head coach when Franchione left to become Alabama’s coach at the end of the 2000 regular season.

The Frogs won or shared championships in Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference under Patterson before becoming a Power Five team with their move to the Big 12 in 2012. They shared the Big 12 title in 2014, when TCU and Baylor were co-champions and were the first teams left out of the initial four-team College Football Playoff.

“The story of Gary Patterson and the rise in the fortunes of the TCU football program over the last 20 years is clearly one of the most remarkable in the history of college football,” Donati said. “We are grateful to Gary and Kelsey Patterson and appreciate everything they have meant to TCU and the Fort Worth community. Under his leadership, TCU has become a nationally recognized brand name in football and in collegiate athletics.”

TCU had 11 seasons with at least 10 wins under Patterson, the last in 2017 when they were ninth in the final AP Top 25 poll after going 11-3 and beating Stanford in the Alamo Bowl. That was the end of a streak of six finishes inside the top 10 over a 10-season period, including No. 2 in 2010 and No. 3 in 2014.

Patterson was also the active wins leader among coaches at their current schools, ahead of Ferentz (174) and Alabama’s Nick Saban (171). Next on that list is Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy with 144 wins in his 17th season at that Big 12 school.

AP Top 25: Michigan St up to 5; Wake in top 10 for 1st time

(AP) — Michigan State moved up to No. 5 in The Associated Press college football poll and Wake Forest became a top-10 team on Sunday for the first time in school history.

Georgia is a unanimous No. 1 for the fourth straight week in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The rest of the top four was unchanged from last week, with Cincinnati at No. 2, Oklahoma at No. 3 and Alabama at No. 4.

Star running back Kenneth Walker and the Spartans jumped three spots by beating Michigan in the weekend’s biggest game. The last time Michigan State broke into the top five was 2015 when the Spartans made the College Football Playoff.

The first CFP selection committee rankings of the season will be released Tuesday night.

In the AP poll, Ohio State slipped a spot to No. 6 despite holding off Penn State and Oregon was No. 7.

No. 8 Notre Dame, Michigan and Wake Forest rounded out the top 10.

POLL POINTS

The Demon Deacons have their best ranking in program history, topping the No. 11 they reached in 1947. Wake Forest had been the only team in a Power Five conference that had never been ranked in the top 10.

The Demon Deacons reached another first on Saturday, improving to 8-0 with a victory against Duke.

IN

– No. 20 Houston is ranked for the first time under coach Dana Holgorsen after handing SMU its first loss of the season. The last time the Cougars were in the Top 25 was 2018.

Houston is the 45th different team to appear in the Top 25 this season.

– No. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette is back in the Top 25 after being in the preseason poll and falling out after losing its opening game.

– No. 25 Fresno State also returned to the rankings after handing San Diego State its first defeat in a crucial Mountain West game.

OUT

– Pittsburgh dropped from No. 17 to out after losing at home to Miami.

– Iowa State is out again after losing at West Virginia. The Cyclones jumped back into the rankings last week, but it turned out to be a brief stay.

– San Diego State fell out after a four-week run.

CONFERENCE CALL

Two Power Five leagues, the Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12, have just one ranked team while two from the Group of Five, the American Athletic Conference (three) and Sun Belt (two), have multiple teams ranked.

SEC – 6 (Nos. 1, 3, 12, 13, 15, 18).

Big Ten – 5 (Nos. 5, 6, 9, 19, 22).

Big 12 – 3 (Nos 4, 11, 14).

American – 3 (Nos. 2, 20, 23).

Sun Belt – 2 (Nos. 21, 24).

Mountain West – 1 (No. 25).

ACC – 1 (No. 10).

C-USA – 1 (No. 16).

Pac-12 – 1 (No. 7).

Independents – 2 (Nos. 8, 17).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 12 Auburn at No. 13 Texas A&M. Third time the Tigers and Aggies have met while both are ranked since A&M joined the SEC in 2011.

Draymond supports new rules: NBA more watchable without ‘bullshit’ calls

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is delighted with the NBA’s decision to limit fouls on “non-basketball moves.”

“Can I also say how satisfying it’s been to watch the game of basketball without all those bullshit calls?” Green told reporters Saturday after the Warriors’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell.

“Guys cheating the game and grabbing guys and getting the foul. I’ve been really enjoying watching basketball this year. I kind of had stopped watching the NBA a bit because it was just too flailing and flopping and guys cheating the game and getting free throws.”

The new officiating rules restrict an offensive player from abruptly veering off their path into a defender and a shooter from launching or leaning into an opposing player at an abnormal angle.

Green specifically cited James Harden as a player who benefited greatly from those calls. The Brooklyn Nets star and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young have been notably affected by the rule changes, as both players are averaging considerably fewer free-throw attempts per game than the previous campaign.

“James is one of the best at it,” Green said. “At driving and drawing fouls, drawing fouls from the three-point line, he’s one of the best at it. … And when you got a guy that shifty, and the moment you touch him they can hook and you’re called for a foul, it’s impossible to guard.

“You started to see a lot of guys master it, but they all learned from James for sure because he was the master before anybody else ever picked it up.”

Luka Doncic hits long 3, Mavericks holds off Kings 105-99

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic made a 36-foot 3-pointer to beat the shot clock and blunt a late Sacramento rally and finished with 23 points in the Dallas Mavericks’ 105-99 victory over the Kings on Sunday.

The Kings cut a 12-point deficit to 92-89 with 4:53 to play. With about two seconds left on the 24-second clock, Doncic hit the 3 from the rim of the center-court logo after dribbling the ball off a defender’s foot to move him back behind the midcourt line.

“I’m confident in all my 3s,” said Doncic, who missed his other six attempts from behind the line. “That shot goes in, but then all my normal shots can’t go in. I’ve got to work on those normal shots.”

“That was a big-time shot,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “I think we all know he has that type of range.”

“I’d take our odds with him shooting a 40-footer, and he made it,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “So, give him credit. It was actually a good defensive possession for us up to that point.”

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16 points to help the Mavericks rebound from a 31-point loss in Denver on Friday night. Dallas lost three meetings with Sacramento last season.

“They took care of business every single time they played us last year,” Hardaway said. “We just wanted to do a great job of putting out foot down.”

Richaun Holmes had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Sacramento, and Harrison Barnes added 15 points. The Kings lost for the first time in four road games this season.

Doncic shot 10 for 21 from the floor and had eight rebounds and 10 assists.

The Mavericks were 12 for 37 behind the arc, and the Kings 7 for 36.

Maxi Kleber made his first start of the season for Dallas in place of Kristaps Porzingis, who missed his third straight game with lower back tightness. But Kleber – who had seven points and five rebounds in seven minutes, strained his back late in the first quarter and didn’t return.

Mitchell helps Jazz win 107-95 as Bucks lose 3rd straight

MILWAUKEE (AP) Donovan Mitchell helped the Utah Jazz bounce back from their first loss of the season.

Mitchell scored 28 points and the Jazz beat the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks 107-95 on Sunday to hand the defending NBA champions their third straight loss.

Both teams were playing for the second straight night, as the Bucks fell 102-93 to San Antonio and the Jazz lost 107-99 at Chicago. Utah was undefeated before that trip to Chicago.

“We really executed when we needed to,” Mitchell said. “You look at tonight and you look at the way last night went, two polar opposite situations. I think there were times Chicago really amped up the pressure ad we weren’t ready for it. (The Bucks) did it again tonight and we were ready for it. They’re NBA champions. They’re not going to just go down 15 and call it a day.”

Mike Conley added 20 points, Jordan Clarkson had 15 and Bojan Bogdanovic added 14 for the Jazz.

Milwaukee has dropped three home games over the last five nights and has shot 27.5% (36 of 131) from 3-point range during that stretch. The Bucks opened the home stand with a 113-108 loss to Minnesota.

Khris Middleton missed Sunday’s game with an illness, causing one more obstacle for a Milwaukee team that already has been playing without usual starters Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez and Donte DiVincenzo due to injury. Reserve forward Rodney Hood left with a bruised right hand after playing just 11 minutes.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game that X-rays on Hood’s hand were inconclusive.

“We’ll get another X-ray, another look at it tomorrow and hope for the best,” Budenholzer said.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Utah made its first five 3-point attempts and never trailed all night. Whenever the Bucks tried to rally in the second half, Mitchell responded.

“He’s very calm in big moments,” said Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen, who used to play alongside Mitchell in Utah. “That’s just how he is. He’s always kind of got a next-play mentality. In Utah, when I was there, something they liked to talk about mentally a lot is your next-play speed. He’s very good at that. I think that really helps him down the stretch, too.

“It’s just another moment for him. A lot of times , he wants the ball. He wants to be in that moment. He’s very calm. He’s very relaxed. And he’s bee in a ton of those now, ever since his rookie year, he’s been making plays like that.”

When the Bucks got within five points with less than five minutes left in the third quarter, Mitchell scored Utah’s first seven points in a 12-2 run that gave the Jazz some breathing room. Before that stretch, Mitchell hadn’t scored since a 10-point first quarter.

After trailing by 17 in the final minute of the third period, Milwaukee got within five again midway through the fourth. Mitchell answered by scoring five points in a 9-1 spurt.

Allen made a 3-pointer to cut Utah’s lead to 99-95 with 1:39 left, but Mitchell made the game’s next two baskets to seal the victory.

“I think that’s really like my job, to kind of go out there and have that imprint, that moment” Mitchell said. “It could have easily went the other way real quick.”

The Bucks got 18 points from Allen, 15 from Bobby Portis, 11 from George Hill and 10 from Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

Ball, Oubre lead Hornets past Trail Blazers, 125-113

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets signed free agent Kelly Oubre Jr. this offseason to provide energy off the bench and allow starting forward Gordon Hayward to rest a little more so he can make it through an 82-game season.

Oubre is working out just as planned so far for the surging Hornets.

LaMelo Ball had 27 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Oubre sparked the Hornets by scoring 13 of his 26 points in the decisive fourth quarter in a 125-113 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

“He has been fantastic,” said James Borrego, who won his 100th game as head coach of the Hornets. “This why we brought him here. We believe in him. We believe there is a major role for him on this team and tonight was a great example.”

Miles Bridges added 19 points and a career-high nine assists, and P.J. Washington had 17 points and some big plays down the stretch to help Charlotte improve to 5-2.

The Hornets led 89-88 entering the fourth quarter when Oubre took over.

He provided 10 quick points, including two 3s and a dunk off an offensive rebound. He also helped the Hornets step up their overall defensive effort with a steal out near the top of the key as Charlotte limited the Blazers to 25 points in the fourth quarter.

Oubre had another 3 with 2 1/2 minutes to play to stifle one Blazers rally and push the lead back to double digits. Washington sealed the win with a turnaround jumper in the lane to beat the shot clock and a block at the other end.

“He is a difference maker out there,” Hornets guard Terry Rozier said about Oubre. “He and Miles Bridges do the same thing. He just turns it up out there.”

The Hornets had 36 assists.

“This is pretty much the most fun I have had in my career playing basketball,” Oubre said. “We all have the same goal in mind. We want each other to eat and succeed and as long, so as we have that mindset I think we will have more and more fun throughout the year.”

C.J. McCollum had 25 points for Portland, and Jusuf Nurkic had 13 points and 14 rebounds. The Blazers had won two in a row.

Charlotte finished 20 of 42 from 3-point range after entering the game as the league’s second-best 3-point shooting team at 40.2%.

“I thought we got caught up kind of playing their style,” said Blazers coach Chauncey Billups. “They kind of just get up and down and run and play like you’re at the park and it’s easy to get caught up like that because that’s fun. It’s fun to play that way. I thought we got caught up there.”

Harden ties Bird with 59 triple-doubles as Nets rout Detroit

NEW YORK (AP) James Harden had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists to power the Brooklyn Nets to a 117-91 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

Harden is Brooklyn’s all-time leader with 13 triple-doubles, and joined Larry Bird for second on the NBA’s all-time list with 59.

“James was great,” Nets head coach Steve Nash said.

And he had help as Kevin Durant scored 23 points before being ejected in the third quarter. Durant became the third player in the Nets’ NBA history to score at least 20 points in the team’s first seven games to start a season. LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 off the bench. De’Andre Bembry contributed 15, and Joe Harris finished with 12.

“We’ve shown some signs of being a really good team,” Harden said. “We’re nowhere near where we would like to be.”

Whereas Brooklyn improved to 4-3 with its second straight win, Detroit fell to 1-5 with the loss.

“We just didn’t play with any activity,” said Cory Joseph, who led the Pistons with 13 points.

He later said the Pistons “have to play harder.”

Josh Jackson chipped in with 12, and Jerami Grant had 11.

After Jackson knocked down a pull up jumper to tie the game at 32 in the second quarter, the Nets outscored the Pistons 32-17 over the final 10:40 to go into halftime with a 64-49 advantage.

The Nets did not let up in the second half, as they extended their lead to as much as 30. Brooklyn’s dominance was encapsulated by Bembry’s alley-oop jam off of a Harden feed with 4.5 seconds left in the third. The 13,507 in attendance at Barclays Center became unglued as Bembry hung on the rim and Harden bounced down the court in celebration.

It was not an entirely seamless night for the Nets, as Durant was ejected with 3:23 left in the third quarter after being assessed for a flagrant foul 2 against Kelly Olynyk. The Detroit center and Brooklyn forward became tangled as Olynyk set a screen, and Durant threw a forearm and then shoved Olynyk to the court following a whistle.

The incident was Durant’s second in as many games. He had received a technical in Brooklyn’s 105-98 win over the Pacers Friday night for throwing the ball into the stands after a foul was called.

“I tried to run through the screen,” Durant said. “That was the result of me trying to blow the screen up.”

Brooklyn finished the game having made 65.3% of its shots from the field (47-for-72), 52% from 3 (13-for-25), as well as out-rebounding Detroit 41-29 and enjoying an 30-21 advantage in assists. The Nets also outscored the Pistons in the paint, 42-30.

“We couldn’t get them out of their rhythm,” Joseph said.

Carmelo Anthony scores 23, leads Lakers past Rockets 95-85

LOS ANGELES (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points in a reserve role and Russell Westbrook added 20 points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 95-85 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.

Anthony Davis had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and LeBron James scored 15 points in the Lakers’ fourth win in five games after opening the season with two losses.

Eric Gordon scored 17 points and Christian Wood had 16 for the Rockets, who lost their fourth straight at the start of a five-game road trip.

Anthony had another dynamic game in his first season with Los Angeles, hitting five 3-pointers and tying his career high with four blocked shots. The 19-year NBA veteran, who has led the Lakers in scoring twice already this season, had at least four blocks and two steals in a game for the first time since Dec. 2, 2003.

James went 6 for 19 in his second game back from a sore right ankle, but he had eight assists and seven rebounds.

Houston guard Jalen Green, the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, finished with just seven points after getting in early foul trouble. The rebuilding Rockets trailed by 24 points in the first half and 28 in the fourth quarter before a late rally to trim the deficit.

Pesce’s late power-play goal keeps Hurricanes undefeated

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Defenseman Brett Pesce scored a power-play goal with 2:27 left in regulation Sunday to keep the Carolina Hurricanes undefeated with a 2-1 victory over the winless Arizona Coyotes.

The Hurricanes are the last standing unbeaten team in the NHL at 8-0-0, extending the best start to a season in franchise history. Carolina’s winning streak is also tied for the fourth-longest to begin a season in NHL history.

“We’re going to have to grind,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “It could have easily been a really frustrating game.”

Martin Necas scored the Hurricanes’ other goal and set up Pesce’s game-winner. Frederik Andersen stopped 22 shots for his seventh win.

“We’re oozing confidence. We believe that we can win every game we’re in,” Pesce said. “The biggest thing for us was just sticking to our game plan. I thought it was a gutsy win for us.”

Pesce’s first goal of the season allowed him to become the 14th different Carolina player with at least one goal.

Rookie Karel Vejmelka made 37 saves for the Coyotes, who are 0-8-1. Christian Fischer had the team’s lone goal.

“They deserve more,” Arizona coach Andre Tourigny said of his players. “They really earned the right to get a point at least.”

It was the first game in NHL history between an undefeated team having played seven or more games against a winless team with at least seven games, according to NHL Stats.

Necas scored five seconds after a faceoff on Carolina’s 26th shot of the game to pull even with 3:03 left in the second period.

“Of course you want to get on the board,” Necas said. “But at the end of the day, I haven’t scored my first seven games, but we were still winning.”

Fischer opened the scoring with a first-period goal for his second tally of the season.

“I saw an opening, take it to the net,” Fischer said. “We’re struggling to score right now. We know what we have to do. It’s on us. We just have to find a way.”

It was the third time in Carolina’s four-game homestand that the opponent scored first.

“The key was not giving up another one,” Brind’Amour said. “If they had got that second one, those are the games that you’re getting a bunch of chances and that would have been tough to come back from.”

While it’s Andersen’s first season with Carolina, Sunday was his 400th NHL game. He holds a 233-100-48 record.

Getzlaf breaks tie with Selanne for Ducks’ points record

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ryan Getzlaf broke a tie with Teemu Selanne for Anaheim’s career points record, assisting on Troy Terry’s third-period goal in the Ducks’ 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

Getzlaf set up Terry’s power-play goal midway through the third with a tip pass near center ice to help the Ducks end a six-game winless streak.

The 36-year-old Getzlaf has 989 points in 1,111 games, all with the Ducks, on 279 goals and 710 assists. Selanne had 457 goals and 531 assists in 966 games with Anaheim.

“I can’t tell you how much that means to me to be able to be in front of our fans, our ownership, my family, to be here in our building to accomplish that,” Getzlaf said. “That was a great thing for me.”

That he passed the franchise record of his former teammate and mentor made it mean that much more.

“Listen, I’m not here to take Teemu’s spot; Teemu did more for Southern California hockey than anyone, I think,” Getzlaf said. “I am honored to be part of that and be that with him. There’s no taking over what he did, that’s for sure. Teemu was the face of everything, and Teemu has an ability to embrace that.”

Adam Henrique, Vinni Lettieri and Sam Carrick also had power-play goals for Anaheim, and John Gibson made 16 saves. The Ducks won for the first time since Oct. 18 at Calgary and for the first time at home since topping Winnipeg on opening night.

Mike Hoffman and Jake Evans scored for Montreal, and Sam Montembeault stopped 22 saves. Montreal lost for the second time in two nights in Southern California after falling 5-2 to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

“I think, in a way you always want to have that urgency to win and to make those plays,” Evans said. “A lot of us are gripping our sticks a little tightly. You want to win so badly and you don’t want to screw up and sometimes that can cost you.”

The Ducks opened the scoring at 3:39 of the first when Henrique took a pass from Sonny Milano from near the left corner and beat Montembeault under the right arm.

The Canadiens tied it 33 seconds later on their own power play, with Hoffman firing a shot from the top of the right circle over Gibson’s shoulder and off the underside of the crossbar.

The Ducks regained the lead with 7:13 left in the period on Lettieri’s first goal of the season. Anaheim had the man advantage after Cedric Paquette was given a major penalty for boarding Trevor Zegras.

The Canadiens tied it late in the second period. Evans won a scramble for the puck in front of the goal and pushed it under Gibson’s legs for his first of the season.

After Terry’s goal midway through the third period, Carrick added an empty-netter with 1:10 to play.

“I forgot that I even scored it. It was so cool for me,” Terry said. “As soon as it happened, just to jump into his arms like that, it was a special moment. Selfishly, it was probably one of the coolest moments of my hockey career and something that I’ll remember forever.”

While the Ducks had plenty to celebrate, the Canadiens are just trying to recalibrate.

“We have a big homestand coming up and all these games are so important during the regular season to put yourself in a good position to play for a playoff spot,” Montreal’s Nick Suzuki said. “We haven’t done a great job of being consistent every single night and that’s got to change. I feel like we have been talking about it a lot, but on the ice something has got to change and we have to get better.”

Iafallo caps Kings’ rally to beat Sabres 3-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Alex Iafallo scored with 6:19 to play and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Sunday.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, Carl Grundstrom scored and the Kings won consecutive games for the first time this season. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves.

“That shoe’s been on the other foot, where we’ve been ahead by a goal and we didn’t come out of it with a win. So to do it coming from behind and to get the win, I think it means a lot to our group right now,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said.

Rasmus Asplund and Victor Olofsson each scored for the Sabres, which lost to a Western Conference team for the first time in four games. Dustin Tokarski stopped 31 shots.

Buffalo allowed three straight goals after building a multigoal lead for the second straight game. They were able to salvage a 4-3 overtime win at Anaheim on Thursday after leading 3-0 in the second period.

“We’ve been successful at getting the leads but can’t find a way to hold them, and I think that’s a big learning step for us,” Sabres defenseman Jacob Bryson said. “If we want to win a lot of games in this league, that’s something we’re going to have to take into account.”

Iafallo buried Tobias Bjornfot’s clever pass to the edge of the crease to give the Kings the lead with about six minutes left, extending his point streak to three games (three goals, two assists).

“I think this guy’s a tremendous player. Tremendous player,” McLellan said of Iafallo, who is second on the team with four goals and eight points. “Everybody wants to keep taking something away from him, analytics, whatever. I don’t give a (darn) about any of that stuff.”

Buffalo led 2-0 at 7:39 of the second period when Olofsson scored on a wrist shot off a 2-on-1 rush.

Grundstrom responded with his second goal – off his own rebound – to pull within 2-1 at 8:39.

Grundstrom played because Kings forward Viktor Arvidsson was a late scratch after he and forward Gabe Vilardi were placed in COVID-19 protocol Sunday. Arvidsson participated in warmups before being pulled from the lineup.

“Today, losing a player after warmup was a bit of a jolt, but handled well by everybody,” McLellan said. “Reacted properly, and that’s why we have two extra guys taking warmup right now. It might seem odd, but you never know when you’re going to get that call.”

Kopitar scored six seconds into a power play to tie it at 2 at 4:50 of the third period. It was his 100th career power-play goal.

The Sabres’ first shorthanded goal of the season put them up 1-0 at 3:07 into the second period. Asplund intercepted Arthur Kaliyev’s weak pass to break the other way and score for the third time in two games.

While transition offense got Buffalo its lead, coach Don Granato said the lack of sustained possession and taking inopportune penalties allowed Los Angeles back into the game.

“It’s a little bit harder to control momentum in somebody else’s building so, yeah, you have to pay a lot more attention to details when you’re on the road in those situations,” he said. “Like every other team, we have to take all this information that’s at us and take it to heart and become better because of it.”

Voracek shootout goal lifts Blue Jackets over Devils, 4-3

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their first road victory of the season on Sunday night, while the Devils missed out on a later power-play opportunity to pick up two points instead of one.

Columbus’ Jakub Voracek scored the lone goal in a shootout and Joonas Korpisalo had 39 saves for his first win of the season as the Blue Jackets edged the New Jersey Devils 4-3.

Oliver Bjorkstrand, Patrik Laine and Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus.

“It was good that (our leaders) got us rolling and I thought they contributed,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen. “We really needed that, we needed our leaders step up and they did that for us.”

Andreas Johnsson, Dawson Mercer and Dougie Hamilton scored for the Devils, and Scott Wedgewood had 23 saves.

The Devils got out to a fast start, scoring 1:07 into the game. Jesper Bratt came around the back of the net and found Johnsson at the circle, whose wrister found the back of the net.

The Blue Jackets tied it on the first power play of the game when Bjorkstrand scored with eight minutes left in the first period after rookie Dawson Mercer was called for tripping against Zach Wereneski at 11:04.

Laine ripped a shot past Wedgwood on the rush with about five minutes left in the period after a great pass from Jakub Voracek for his second assist to give the Blue Jackets the 2-1 lead, which they held until midway through the second period.

New Jersey evened things up with Columbus right after killing the power play when Mercer scored at 11:23 of the second period to make 2-2. A quick goal by Hamilton gave the Devils the 3-2 about a minute later.

“Just switched sides behind the net and just kind of sneak down and get a shot on,” Hamilton said. “Nico (Hischier) made a good pass and just tried to shoot it as hard as I could.”

Jenner would even things up late in the game with an unassisted goal for the Blue Jackets with about five and a half minutes remaining.

“I was just coming off the bench,” the team captain recalled. “Kind of saw that play developing and saw the puck in the air and I tried to bat it down, thought it kind of went a little bit ahead of me there and then I tried just to get it on net as quick as I could maybe try to trick the goalie – and happy it went by him.”

The Blue Jackets were able to hold on late in the third period after a pair of penalties put them on a five-on-three. First, Vladislav Gavikov was called for cross-checking with about four minutes left before Scott Harrington was sent to the box for high sticking.

The Devils were 0-3 on the power play.

Wedgewood was in net for New Jersey after Jonathan Bernier picked up the win the previous night at Pittsburgh.

“We did some things well, but you want to be a top team in this league, you have to find ways to win back-to-back when you’re up 3-2 lead into the third,” P.K. Subban said. “And we’re still learning those things.”

It was the first game this season that went to shootouts for both teams.

Fox, Shesterkin lift Rangers past Kraken, 3-1

SEATTLE (AP) Adam Fox scored the go-ahead goal, Igor Shesterkin stopped 31 shots and the New York Rangers beat the expansion Seattle Kraken 3-1 on Sunday night.

The Rangers shook off a long, lethargic stretch to win their franchise-record fifth road game in October and improve to 6-2-1. It’s the most road wins New York has had in the first nine games of a season, and largely due to Shesterkin’s ability to turn away shots.

“It’s pretty repetitive when we talk about it,” Fox said. “We can sing his praises for days. I mean, he keeps us in every game and you never feel like you’re out. It’s a tie game and he keeps it that way.”

Chris Kreider and Barclay Goodrow also scored for the Rangers. Kreider grabbed a piece of Rangers history with his goal at 3:38 in the first period, tying Phil Esposito for 15th-most goals in franchise history with 184.

Jordan Eberle scored for the Kraken, and Philipp Grubauer made 14 saves. They dropped to 3-5-1.

Goodrow sent a pass across the ice off the boards to Kreider, who rocketed a slapshot at Philipp Grubauer from 34 feet out on the rush. It was Goodrow’s first assist of the season.

From there, Seattle picked up the intensity, but Shesterkin turned aside several opportunities as his team struggled. The Kraken outshot the Rangers 13-2 in the second period and won 15 of 18 faceoffs. It was so lopsided, that at one point Shesterkin was forced to turn aside three shots after losing his stick behind the goal.

He was so dominant it took a bit of a trick shot by Eberle to tie the game later in the period. Eberle took a wonky pass off the boards from Jaden Schwartz and caught Shesterkin off guard with a spinning back-hander with 6:14 left in the second.

That ended a stretch of more than 95 minutes without Shesterkin allowing a goal.

The Russian goalie, who speaks limited English, said the key to playing without a stick is to focus on the puck, much like he did the rest of the game.

“I faced some tough shots, but every time I (am able to) see the puck, it was easy for me,” Shesterkin said.

Fox scored the go-ahead goal from the slot with eight minutes left in the third period on a centering pass from Artemi Panarin. Goodrow added an empty-net goal, his third of the season, with about two minutes left.

New York killed four power plays in the win, and have killed 22 of the last 23 against the man advantage.

Seattle outshot New York 32-18 in the game. The loss snapped Seattle’s two-game win streak, but left the expansion team feeling as if it has made progress, going 2-2 during its first homestand.

“I think everybody’s heading in the right direction,” Grubauer said. “Obviously, the first couple of games I think everybody’s coming from different systems. . So we’ve actually played a lot of minutes together and you have a certain standards that we have to match every day or every game, then sometimes set the bar a little bit higher. Everything’s coming together.”

Jerry Remy, Boston Red Sox player and broadcaster, dies

BOSTON (AP) Jerry Remy, a Boston Red Sox second baseman who went on to become a local icon as a television broadcaster, has died of cancer. He was 68.

The Red Sox confirmed that Remy died on Saturday night. He had a long and public struggle with lung cancer, and drew thunderous applause at Fenway Park earlier this month when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a playoff game while using an oxygen tube.

Remy was a former smoker who had a yearslong battle with lung cancer, including surgery for the disease in November 2008. His struggle with the illness was well known to baseball fans. Support from Red Sox fans helped him as he underwent years of treatments for the disease, he told reporters in 2018.

“It’s amazing the impact that you have when you’ve been around 31 years. That you have on people,” he said. “Red Sox fans especially, who welcome you into their home for that long. It’s kind of a nice feeling. It’s kind of a nice feeling that they care.”

Remy had spent 10 seasons in the majors – the first three with the California Angels and the last seven with Boston – before retiring after the Red Sox released him on Dec. 10, 1985. Remy hit .275 with seven homers and 329 RBIs in 1,154 games.

But it was as a Red Sox announcer, a job he began in 1988, that he captured the hearts of fans. Combining sharp analysis and a sense of humor that sometimes led to long, on-air bouts of laughter involving him and former Boston play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo, Remy gained a legion of listeners.

Remy “left an indelible mark on this club and on an entire nation of Red Sox fans,” Red Sox principal owner John Henry said in a statement Sunday.

“He devoted his entire career to baseball and whether from his seat in the clubhouse or his perch above the field in the broadcast booth, he took generations of rising Red Sox stars and a multitude of fans along for the ride with him,” the statement said.

Known as “RemDawg” by generations of New Englanders, Remy was elected by fans as first president of “Red Sox Nation” late in the 2007 season. The club had decided to capitalize on the passions of followers who were known by that name by creating a formal fan club.

Born in Fall River, Mass., and raised in nearby Somerset, Remy returned to his local team after three seasons with the Angels in which he hit .258 while averaging 148 games a year. He was traded to the Red Sox on Dec. 8, 1977 for pitcher Don Aase and cash, became a free agent on Nov. 13, 1981 and re-signed with Boston on Dec. 8, 1981.

Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, who played with Remy in Boston, remembered his former teammate on Sunday as a “very, very hard worker” and a good friend.

“He made himself an outstanding player. He carried those same work habits over to the broadcast booth,” Yastrzemski said in a statement.

Bowman wins as tension builds ahead of NASCAR title race

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Alex Bowman was the only driver celebrating after NASCAR set its championship four – and he’s not even racing for the title.

Bowman picked up the victory Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in the final elimination race ahead of the winner-take-all season finale. Bowman wasn’t eligible to make the championship round and his overtime victory denied both Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski the final spot in the field.

The Cup will be decided next Sunday at sold-out Phoenix Raceway between favorite Kyle Larson and reigning champion Chase Elliott for Hendrick Motorsports, and Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. for Joe Gibbs Racing. It will pit a pair of Hendrick Chevrolets against two JGR Toyotas.

“I think the four most deserving teams are probably in the final four,” said Larson, the regular-season champion and title favorite. “I’m proud we were able to do it and look forward to battling everybody next week.”

Ford was locked out of the championship when Keselowski and Team Penske teammates Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano failed to advance.

Busch finished second to Bowman and Keselowski at last settled for third after a frantic push through the third stage. Truex’s car was damaged in several incidents and both Busch and Keselowski were trying to bump Truex out of the final transfer position.

It led to spirited racing up and down the grid, especially from Keselowski as he tried to bulldoze his way into the championship round for his final race driving for Roger Penske. He and Busch had hard contact after the checkered flag that caused Busch to spin on the cooldown lap, and Busch seethed after that he should beat up Keselowski.

His verbal threats were a milder approach than the one taken by JGR teammate Hamlin after Bowman spun Hamlin from the lead with six laps remaining to send the race into overtime.

Hamlin had led 103 laps with victory in sight when Bowman spun him. Hamlin after the race drove his car to the frontstretch and parked in front of Bowman to prevent Bowman from a proper celebration on Bowman’s fourth win of the season.

Bowman insisted the contact with Hamlin was accidental and wondered why Hamlin was so angry because Hamlin has done the same to him.

“He crashed me at Texas last year. Texted me and apologized. Said he’d give me a ride on his jet,” Bowman said. “We’re even, I guess, after that. He crashed the heck out of me there. He got loose underneath me, exactly same thing just on a bigger racetrack. My point is the shoe has been on the other foot, we’ve been on both sides of it.”

Hamlin, who already has five Martinsville grandfather clocks, still advanced into the championship on points. But his JGR crew had to radio Hamlin to back off as he confronted Bowman, who gave Hendrick Motorsports its 16th win in 35 races this season and fourth in a row.

“He’s just a hack, just an absolute hack who gets his ass kicked every week by his teammates,” said Hamlin, a Virginia native who audibly did not have any home-crowd support.

The well-filled grandstands erupted in cheers when Bowman spun Hamlin, and then loudly booed him when he was interviewed over the public address system. Asked after if he was surprised by the fan reaction, Hamlin blamed most popular driver Elliott and predicted the same reaction next week at Phoenix.

“It’s just Chase Elliott fans, man. They don’t think straightly,” Hamlin said. “They’re going to boo the (crap) out of me next week, I can tell you that.”

Elliott shrugged off Hamlin’s critique.

“I’m going to lose so much sleep tonight. I might not sleep at all, that’s how concerned I am,” he smiled. “My fans don’t care either, by the way.”

Hamlin will try for a fourth time to win his first Cup title. Both he and Larson, the heavy favorite and a nine-race winner this season, have never won a NASCAR championship. Elliott is the reigning champion and Truex, who had to nurse a wounded Toyota to a fourth-place finish Sunday to stop teammate Busch from bumping him out of the finale, has one previous title.

But the final four festivities were muted with Hamlin unhappy about the finish, Elliott disappointed he was 16th after leading a race-high 289 laps and sweeping the first two stages, and Larson unsatisfied when speeding penalties and silly mistakes snapped his three-race winning streak.

Truex, at least, seemed relieved.

“It’s never an easy situation to be kind of on your last run of the race, be in one minute and out the next,” he said. “You know there’s not a whole lot you can do other than drive.”

Busch and Keselowski, meanwhile, were also unhappy. Keselowski wanted a shot at winning a second title with Penske, and Busch was upset he did didn’t advance and with teammates Hamlin and Truex.

“Anytime you go into a season with Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing, this 18, M&M’s team, myself, you expect to be championship four, in contention, eligible,” Busch said. “Anything other than that is a failure. Guess (I) get an F.”

UP NEXT: The championship finale Sunday at Phoenix Raceway, where Elliott won the race last year to claim his first Cup championship. Truex won in March.

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COLTS FOOTBALL: COLTS LOSE IN OT TO TITANS

The Colts don’t have much time to chew on their 34-31 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, not with a primetime date against the New York Jets fast approaching at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday night.

But in the immediate aftermath of a gutting loss, the Colts took ownership of Sunday’s defeat, starting with head coach Frank Reich.

Reich specifically put Carson Wentz’s pick-six — which broke a 24-24 tie with about a minute and a half remaining in the fourth quarter — on him.

Reich called for a screen to tight end Mo Alie-Cox, expecting the Titans’ pass rush to over-commit to trying for a safety and allowing Wentz to drop the ball off to Alie-Cox. But Tennessee’s defensive line read the play, and Wentz wasn’t able to throw the ball into the ground for an incompletion. He flicked the ball in the air with his left hand to avoid a safety and cornerback Elijah Molden intercepted it for a touchdown.

“That was 100 percent my fault,” Reich said. “It was a bad call. It was a screen to Mo and they were sitting right on it. We hadn’t thrown that — didn’t think they would ever be thinking that at that point in the game. I’ve been around too long to know you don’t call a screen backed up in that situation.

“I told Carson right after that play, he came over to the sideline, I said that’s 100 percent my fault. That’s a terrible play call. Now just go make it right.”

Wentz and the Colts’ offense did make it right, with a 38-yard strike to Michael Pittman Jr. and a heave to Ashton Dulin that drew pass interference in the end zone leading to a one-yard Jonathan Taylor touchdown that tied the game at 31. A DeForest Buckner sack of Ryan Tannehill sent the AFC South clash into overtime, and the Colts won the toss, giving them a chance to win the game with a touchdown.

But after trading three-and-outs with the Titans, Wentz threw toward Michael Pittman Jr. but was picked off by safety Kevin Byard, who returned the interception 14 yards to the Colts’ 32-yard line. A few plays later, Randy Bullock hit a 44-yard field goal that dealt the Colts a 34-31 loss.

“Probably tried to do too much,” Wentz said. “Tried to force one there to Pitt. He had a step on the underneath coverage but Byard came out of the sky and made a heck of a play.”

Those two interceptions ended a Colts franchise record-setting streak of 212 pass attempts without an interception for Wentz. But while Reich and Wentz took responsibility for each of those plays, running back Jonathan Taylor pointed his thumb, too.

“It’s on all of us, it’s not just on Carson,” Taylor said. “Everyone has to be in their spots, the timing has to be correct, pass pro has to be on 100. There’s a lot of things that go into it and it doesn’t all fall on Carson’s shoulders.”

The Colts’ defense held Derrick Henry to just 68 yards on 28 carries (2.4 yards per carry); his longest carry went for nine yards. But while that was an undoubtedly impressive afternoon slowing down the best running back on the planet, the Colts did allow A.J. Brown to have 155 yards on 10 catches with a 57-yard touchdown.

“They found a way to get him the ball in different ways,” cornerback Kenny Moore II said, “in the slot, on the outside, moving him around offense, going in motion, so they did a pretty good job of doing that and the offense won over the defense.”

While the sting of Sunday’s loss will linger through the evening, the Colts will have to quickly move on starting Monday with the Jets flying to Indianapolis in just a few days. The last time the Colts suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss, they did so on Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens and had to quickly flush that one, too (which led to a 28-point dismantling of the Houston Texans six days later). That same approach will be necessary for this team heading into hosting the Jets in primetime on Thursday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“It’s a long season, we know where we’re at,” Wentz said. “Fortunately a loss like this, we got a quick turnaround. Thursday Night Football, it’s always tough on our bodies but sometimes it’s good for your mindset to just move past this one.

“… Thankful we got a quick one here. Quick turnaround, it’s at home too which is nice. Just no time — I’ll watch the tape early on, move on, wake up in the morning and it’s on to the next.”

INDIANA WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Hoosiers Drop Saturday Contest To Northwestern, 3-1

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball wrapped up its home stand on Saturday night where they fell to Northwestern, 3-1, (13-25, 25-23, 25-10, 25-19).

KEY MOMENTS

• Savannah Kjolhede saw the opening kill for the Hoosiers in the first set.

• Needing a timeout down 9-5, Breana Edwards, Morgan Geddes, and Kjolhede all recorded kills to spark the Indiana offense. Despite seeing some offensive production, the Hoosiers dropped the opening frame, 25-13.

• Out to a 11-10 advantage, Camryn Haworth served up an ace to go up by two. An attack error by the Wildcats forced them to call timeout with the Hoosiers ahead, 14-11.

• An ace by Northwestern put them within one as the Hoosiers called a timeout to break the momentum. After exchanging points the rest of the set, Indiana got the set two victory, 25-23.

• The Hoosiers let the Wildcats get out to 12-2 lead before Kjolhede slammed a kill. It was Northwestern for most of the set as Indiana lost the third set, 25-10.

• At the beginning of the fourth set, Edwards picked up a kill to bring the Hoosiers within four.

• Indiana forced Northwestern to commit an attacking to pull within one and make the score 18-17.

• Although the Hoosiers saw an offensive spark late with kills from Kaley Rammelsberg and Edwards, they couldn’t get there footing an stumbled in the fourth set, 25-19.

NOTABLES

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards led the Hoosiers in kills with 13.

• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede had a solid night, tallying eight kills and two solo blocks.

• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth had a team-leading 27 assists and 13 digs.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will hit the road for two matches on Friday, November 5 and Sunday, November 7. Indiana will take on Iowa first at 7 p.m. ET on Friday followed by Northwestern at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Indiana Suffers Defeat at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Indiana men’s soccer (12-4-1, 5-2-0 B1G) couldn’t overcome two Maryland (12-3-1, 5-2-1 B1G) goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half, and fell, 2-0, to the home side Sunday (Oct. 31) afternoon at Ludwig Field.

With the result, and Penn State’s win against Wisconsin, Indiana takes the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers will host the No. 6 seed next Sunday, November 7, on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

“Obviously, it’s difficult losing a title opportunity,” IU men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley said. “Credit to Maryland today, I thought they came out and played hard, and they have some gifted players and made plays. When we look back at some of the chances we created, we had plenty of good ones to find a goal or two. And yet I thought the overall performance, as a group and some individuals, could be at a higher tick. So, we’ll regroup, get ready for next week’s quarterfinal and put this one behind us.”

KEY MOMENTS

• The Hoosiers had the first clear-cut chance five minutes in as Ben Yeagley intercepted a pass to start the counter. The ball eventually came to the edge of the box for the feet of Samuel Sarver, who led Tommy Mihalic inside the 18. Mihalic had space to shoot, but a Maryland defender just got a boot to his attempt.

• Victor Bezerra played a brilliant through ball to Sarver, sprinting away from his mark into a one-on-one with Terrapin keeper Niklas Neumann. UM’s man did well to save, and Mihalic’s effort from the deflection sailed high.

• Roman Celentano and the IU defense did well to keep Maryland off the board in the first half. In the 35th minute, Celentano made a diving save to his left to just get a glove on a shot by Ben Bender.

• IU nearly took a lead right before the half through another one-on-one opportunity with UM’s Neumann. Maouloune Goumballe played in front to Herbert Endeley who dribbled around the keeper but had his effort saved by a recovering defender.

• Four minutes into the second period, Maryland opened the scoring as Ryan Blumberg’s header tucked into the near post from a corner.

• Spencer Glass was called for a handball inside the box in the 54th minute. Celentano dove left and saved Ben Bender’s penalty effort off his leg.

• Two minutes later, Maryland made it two, scoring both goals within two minutes. Indiana couldn’t clear in their own 18, and the ball fell within the box to Bender, who slid it past a recovering Celentano.

• IU had a few chances to get a late goal, the best coming in the 63rd minute off a Ben Yeagley volley that Neumann had to save.

NOTABLES

• After a 2-2-0 start, IU rallied to put up a 3-1-0 record in its final four conference matches.

• The Hoosiers dropped all three points in a Big Ten road match this season, falling to 3-1-0 in such contests.

• Indiana’s shutout streak came to end at seven straight matches. It stands as the second-longest single-season clean sheet streak in program history. Until the 49th minute goal, IU had not conceded in 725 consecutive minutes of play.

• Roman Celentano was forced to make a career-high nine saves from 17 total shots, with one of those saves coming from a penalty kick.

UP NEXT

Indiana begins its Big Ten Tournament journey next Sunday (Nov. 7) as the No. 3 seed in the bracket. IU will host the No. 6 seed, still to be determined, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

INDIANA FIELD HOCKEY: Indiana Beaten by No. 6 Northwestern in Regular Season Finale

EVANSTON, Ill. – The Indiana Field Hockey team dropped a Sunday-afternoon contest to No. 6 Northwestern 6-0 to close out the regular season.

With the setback, IU moves to 10-9 (2-6) on the campaign while Northwestern goes to 14-4 (5-3).

KEY MOMENTS

• Northwestern’s Maddie Zimmer opened the scoring after firing a back-handed shot into the far corner of the net.

• Freshman midfielder Kira Curland had the first look on net in the second period but her attempt from the edge of the circle was blocked away.

• The Wildcats added three more goals in the second period to take a 4-0 lead into the break.

• Freshman midfielder Maggie Carter played a ball across the frame of net in the third period, but no one was there to meet the ball.

• Curland got another great look at net but Northwestern’s goalie made a fantastic diving save to keep IU off the board.

• Redshirt sophomore defender Sydney Keld had a chance on a penalty corner in the fourth period, but her shot was blocked.

• Northwestern grabbed two more in the second half to close out the match.

NOTABLES

• Curland had 2 shots including a shot on goal in the third period.

• Freshman goalie Arabella Loveridge made 4 saves on the afternoon after facing 19 shots.

• Kesler made her 50th consecutive start on Sunday.

UP NEXT

• IU opens Big Ten Tournament play next Thursday as the No. 7 seed. The Hoosiers will take on the host, Rutgers, at 2:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 4th.

INDIANA WOMEN’S TENNIS: Hoosiers Complete Alabama Classic

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – The Indiana women’s tennis team wrapped up competition at the two-day Alabama Classic this weekend.

Competing for the Hoosiers in the event were Alexandra Staiculescu, Rose Hu, Sayda Hernandez and Mila Mejic.

Staiculescu won two singles matches and also teamed up with Mila Mejic to win a doubles match. All four of the Hoosiers won at least one singles match for the tournament.

Up next Laura Masic and Lara Schneider will compete Nov. 4-7 in San Diego, Calif., at the ITA National Fall Championships.

Doubles

Mellynchuk/Silva (UAB) def. Sayda Hernandez/Rose Hu (IU) 6-3

Clark/Som (VT) def. Sayda Hernandez/Rose Hu (IU) 6-4

Alexandra Staiculescu/Mila Mejic (IU) def. Clark/White (UAB) 6-3

Sedlackova/Parkhomenko (UA) def. Alexandra Staiculescu/Mila Mejic (IU) 6-0

Tutunaru/Fujioka (USA) def. Alexandra Staiculescu/Mila Mejic (IU) 6-3

Singles

Mila Mejic (IU) def. Lily Walther (Tulane) 6-4, 6-3

Rose Hu (IU) def. Vanessa Mellynchuk (UAB) 6-4, 2-6, 11-9

Annalisa Smith (UAB) def. Sayda Hernandez (IU) 6-4, 6-1

Alexandra Staiculescu (IU) def. Elysia Pool (OM) 2-6, 6-4, 10-5

Sayda Hernandez (IU) def. Sophie Mitchell (VT) 6-2, 7-5

Alexandra Mikhailuk (MSU) def. Rose Hu (IU) 7-6 (1), 6-0

Alexandra Staiculescu (IU) def. Annie Clark (VT) 6-0, 6-1

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: VB Spooks No. 3 Wisconsin in 3-1 Takedown

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – On a Halloween afternoon, the No. 12 Purdue Boilermakers (16-5, 8-4 B1G) stunned No. 3 Wisconsin (18-2, 10-2 B1G), 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 28-26) in Holloway Gymnasium.

The Boilermakers served up its second victory over a top-3 opponent this season on Belin Court, having defeated then-No. 3 Ohio State in the Big Ten opener (9/24). The win also marked the first win over Wisconsin since 2017, which also came at home (W, 3-0 on 11/11/17).

Purdue hosted a block party, out-defending the Badgers at the net, 16-7. Moreover, Purdue made the opponent block work in its favor, limiting Wisconsin to just one block through the first two sets.

Raven Colvin secured a career-setting performance, ending the day with 11 total stuffs. Among them were 10 block assists, which not only are a career-best, but the third-most by a Boilermaker in a four-set match in Purdue history (most: 12 by Taylor Trammell (3/19/21).

Setter Hayley Bush had a day of her own, posting her 10th double-double of the season and the sixth match with a .500+ attack efficiency. Bush went errorless with five kills on nine attempts (.556 %) to go alongside her double-double of 49 assists and 14 digs.

Meanwhile, Jena Otec led the back row with 22 digs, marking the fourth time in the last six matches the graduate student has posted as many.

With a season-high 65 swings, Newton led the team with 17 kills, adding an ace, one solo and three assisted stuffs along the way.

Grace Cleveland put down 15 kills, marking the third-most since the start of Big Ten play. The Normal, Illinois native added seven block assists, also good for the third-most this season (best: 9 at Ohio State, 10/15 and vs. Illinois, 10/1).

Emma Ellis was a difference-maker off the bench, notching eight kills for the second straight match, including the set one and match winner, the latter of which came out of system. Ellis added three block assists to round out the day.

With only two home matches remaining, Purdue will be on the road for the next four. On Friday, Purdue will play at Maryland at 7 p.m. ET followed by at Rutgers on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Both matches will be streamed on B1G+.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Moves On in BIG EAST Tournament After Overtime Defeat of UConn

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team won its quarterfinal match in the BIG EAST Tournament in dramatic fashion, a 1-0 overtime win over visiting UConn. Neither the No. 3 Bulldogs (15-3-1) nor the No. 6 Huskies (9-8-1) could find the back of the net through two regulation periods or one overtime period. In the second overtime, Abigail Isger broke the deadlock with an unassisted golden goal, sending Butler to Cincinnati for a semifinal match with No. 2 Georgetown on Thursday, November 4.

Key Moment

107′ | Kadie Soderstrom sends a high cross to a gap in the UConn defensive line. Abigail Isger collects the ball in front of one defender, puts a move on a second, and sends a left-footed shot past the Huskies keeper and into the right side of goal. The golden goal gives the Bulldogs a 1-0 victory.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Abigail Isger

ASSISTS: (none)

Bulldog Bits

Abigail Isger’s goal was her eighth of the season and her fifth game-winning goal. Prior to the match, with four game-winning goals, she was 22nd nationally and finished the conference season tied for the BIG EAST lead.

Emma Martin improved to 15-2-1, and was credited with her ninth shutout. She made five saves in the match. Prior to the match, her eight shutouts ranked 16th nationally and third in the BIG EAST. With nine shutouts, she has moved into a tie for sixth on Butler’s all-time list.

Butler outshot UConn 17-12 overall and 7-3 in the overtime periods. The Bulldogs put six total shots on frame while the Huskies had five.

UConn produced seven corner kicks compared to three for Butler.

Up Next

No. 3 Butler travels to Cincinnati, Ohio, and will face No. 2 Georgetown in a semifinal match in the BIG EAST Tournament on Thursday, November 4, at 7:30 pm.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Falls to UConn in Three Sets

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team’s four-match winning streak was snapped by UConn (25-19, 32-30, 25-22) Sunday afternoon in Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs (13-12, 7-5 BIG EAST) fell to the Huskies (17-7, 9-3) in the first-ever matchup between the two programs.

Set 1: UConn 25-19

A 4-0 Butler run including an ace by Madison Friebel and a kill from Mariah Grunze put the Bulldogs ahead 7-5 early. They would extend the lead to as much as three at 13-10, but a 12-2 UConn run gave the Huskies a 22-15 lead, and they would clinch the set on a kill from Kennadie Jake-Turner. Grunze led Butler with five kills in the opening frame.

Set 2: UConn 32-30

Butler followed a 3-0 UConn run with a 3-0 streak punctuated by a Brittany Robinson kill to tie the set at 8-8. A later 9-4 run put the Bulldogs up 18-15 before the Huskies came back to tie it at 19, 20 and 23-all. Butler fended off UConn’s set point at 24-23 with an Amina Shackelford kill and had a set point of its own after Melody Davidson subsequently put down a kill to give the Bulldogs a 25-24 advantage. Butler would have three more set point opportunities after a kill by Grunze and two by Elana Brueggemann, but the Huskies fought all of them off and eventually clinched the set on another kill from Jake-Turner. Robinson (five kills) and Grunze (four) led the Bulldog offense in the second frame.

Set 3: UConn 25-22

A Friebel kill and Robinson ace helped form a 3-0 Butler run to give the Bulldogs an early 9-7 lead. The Huskies responded with an 8-1 run to regain the advantage at 15-10. Grunze and Davidson kills later helped the Bulldogs cut the deficit to 20-18 before they were able to cut it to one at 22-21 and at 23-22 after a kill by Brueggemann. UConn clinched the set with a kill by Allie Garland. Davidson led the Bulldogs with five kills in the final frame.

Stat of the Match

Butler out-blocked UConn 9-3.

Inside the Box Score

– Grunze tallied 10 kills, three digs and two block assists.

– Jaymeson Kinley contributed 17 digs and seven assists.

– Davidson put down seven kills and six blocks.

– Robinson stuffed the stat sheet with five kills, three blocks, two aces and one dig.

– Brueggemann (seven) and Shackelford (six) had at least a half-dozen kills each.

Up Next

The Bulldogs hit the road for matches at Providence on Nov. 5 and Creighton on Nov. 7.

NOTRE DAME WBASKETBALL: IRISH HOST EMPORIA STATE IN EXHIBITION BOUT

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  – The University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team will get back out in front of a live crowd for the first time in two years when the Irish host Emporia State in an exhibition bout on Monday, Nov. 1. Tip time inside Purcell Pavilion is set for 7 p.m. ET.

The lone exhibition game will be the final tune-up for the Fighting Irish before officially kicking off the season at home on Nov. 9 in a revenge matchup against the Ohio Bobcats.

To purchase tickets, visit UND.com/BuyTickets or call 1-833-ND-IRISH (M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) for more information.

Please note, fans will be required to wear a mask inside Purcell Pavilion, with the only exception being when eating or drinking. All concession stands will be cashless. Notre Dame’s clear bag policy and magnetometer use will also be in effect.

PRESEASON ACCOLADES

After earning First Team All-ACC honors a season ago and the Coaches nod for Rookie of the Year, Maddy Westbeld was named Preseason All-ACC for the 2021-22 season.

The youth movement was on full display with Westbeld the sophomore and Notre Dame’s two freshmen (Olivia Miles and Sonia Citron) making the ACC Newcomer Watch List.

When it came to the Naismith position awards, junior Sam Brunelle made the Katrina McClain Watch List for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes the best power forwards in the country.

ALUMNI SUCCESS – WNBA AND OLYMPICS

The Irish dominated the WNBA and Olympic scene this past summer. First, there was Arike Ogunbowale winning the WNBA All-Star game MVP award after scoring 26 points in a win over the USA Olympic team. Next, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Brianna Turner both reached the WNBA Finals with the Phoenix Mercury.

Ogunbowale earned Second Team All-WNBA honors while Diggins-Smith and Jewell Loyd earned First Team distinction. Speaking of Diggins-Smith and Loyd, the Irish duo earned the gold medal with Team USA in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And speaking of the Olympics, Jackie Young earned gold with the USA 3×3 team. Thus, the Irish now boast 5 Olympians and 4 gold medalists in program history.

CITRON EARNS GOLD AS WELL

Freshman Sonia Citron got some international experience before the preseason began, earning gold with the U19 Team USA squad at the 2021 FIBA World Cup. Citron averaged USA second bests of 14.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg overall in Hungary. As a result, she was named to the World Cup All-Star Five Team.

ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, MADDY WESTBELD

The ACC Head Coaches voted Maddy Westbeld as their Rookie of the Year winner. Westbeld entered an elite Notre Dame club, becoming just the sixth player in program history to win a conference’s Rookie of the Year award. She also is the second to do so in the ACC, joining Briana Turner who accomplished the feat in 2015.

Westbeld’s awards haul didn’t stop there. Notre Dame’s leading scorer and rebounder also collected First Team All-ACC honors as voted upon by the Blue-Ribbon media panel and a Second-Team nod from the Head Coaches Panel. Westbeld also naturally landed on the ACC All-Freshman list.

THE MOST COMPLETE FRESHMAN IN THE ACC

One could make the argument that Maddy deserved the Blue-Ribbon media nod for Rookie of the Year as well.  She was not only the most complete freshman in the ACC this past season, but also one of the most complete in the entire country. Here are the stats to back it up:

• ACC Freshmen-only stat rankings: 1st in Scoring, 2nd in Rebounding, 2nd in Steals, 4th in Assists & 4th in Blocks. She was the only freshman in the league to rank in the top-four in all above-mentioned categories.

• Maddy was the only freshman in the country who averaged at least 15 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists & 1.4 steals. Overall, she was just 1-of-8 Division-I players.

• Ranked 4th in the country among freshmen in the Points+Rebounds+Assists/Game category with 25.5 – topped ACC freshmen.

• Her 15.2 ppg led all ACC rookies and ranked 10th overall in the league. Nationally, her scoring average ranked 11th among all Division I freshmen.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT – OLIVIA MILES

Notre Dame received a major midseason pick-me-up in star point guard Olivia Miles, who became the program’s first ever early enrollee. Miles arrived on campus on Jan. 18 and partook in a week of quarantine. Once she was cleared, she started practicing with the team on Jan. 27. She had three practices under her belt heading into Syracuse, where she made an immediate impact.

Miles brought a new look and swagger to the Irish offense. The freshman ended the season on a five-game double-digit scoring streak, totaling 52 points (10.4 ppg) in that span. Her 9.3 ppg on her short season ranked as the 4th best on the squad, while her 3.5 apg took the top mark.

More impressive was the fact that the 18-year old was thrown into the fire — four out of her six games were against top-5 seeds in the ACC tournament.

Miles made up one-half of Coach Ivey’s top-five nationally ranked recruiting class that also featured guard Sonia Citron. Miles was ranked the No. 8 prospect overall by ESPN and the No. 2 point guard.

WHERE MADDY RANKED AMONG ND FRESHMEN

We talked about where Maddy ranked among the top freshmen in the country, but what about Notre Dame all-time?

Westbeld’s 15.2 ppg scoring average ranked in the top-three all-time behind Shari Matvey (17.6 in 1979-80) and Beth Morgan (17.9 in 1993-94). Furthermore, her 7.9 rpg tied Brianna Turner for fourth.

APPROACHING MILESTONE: 700

When it comes to the Mabrey family, that’s a whole lot of buckets. Queens of the three, some might say. Marina graduated in 2019 as the program’s all-time career made three-pointer leader, draining a total of 274. Michaela converted a career total of 228, while Dara now boasts 195. All-in-all, the Mabreys have totaled a whopping 697 splash-downs.

TURN THE THREE AROUND

At the end of the 2019-20 season, the Irish ranked dead last in the ACC in three-point shooting percentage (.271). Fast forward to now and the Irish recorded quite the renaissance from beyond the arc, primarily thanks to the quartet of Mabrey, Brunelle, Westbeld and Walker. In fact, the Irish converted 35.5 percent from three, which not only ranked as the 4th best in the ACC, but also 41st in the country.

Dara Mabrey led the ACC in three-point shooting percentage for a portion of the season, but ultimately finished 5th with her 38.5 percent. That number also ranked 61st in the nation. Westbeld ultimately led the team in three-point shooting percentage with her 38.8 percent, while Brunelle clocked in at 38.3 percent.

HERE COME THE IRISH — MAYA DODSON

On Feb. 2, Coach Ivey tweeted, best day of 2021 by far. Shortly after the program announced the addition of Stanford transfer Maya Dodson, who will be eligible to play for the 2021-22 season.

The 6-3 forward from Alpharetta, Georgia, had previously opted out of her senior season at Stanford. In just three years with the Cardinal, Dodson already worked herself into the program’s all-time top-10 in career blocks (78) and career field goal percentage (.497).

INDIANA STATE WSOCCER: Indiana State Falls to Evansville in Penalty Kicks

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer fell to Evansville in penalty kicks in an MVC Quarterfinal match on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

Evansville advances to play Valparaiso on Friday in an MVC Semifinal match.

Indiana State finishes the season with a 6-7-4 (4-2-2) record while Evansville’s record moves to 6-4-7 (2-3-3) on the year.

Regulation

The first half saw a possession battle around midfield until the 15th minute of the match where both offenses began to put the pressure on. The Sycamores were able to put a ball in the box which was deflected by an Aces defender right to Anna Holcombe who fired a shot past Evansville goalie Michaela Till for her first goal of the season.

The Sycamores controlled possession throughout the rest of the first half to take a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Indiana State outshot the Aces 4-3 in the first half with four different Sycamores attempting a shot. Emily Ormson paced Evansville with two attempts.

Evansville got off to a hot start in the second half when Rachel Rosborough connected on a Jayme-Lee Hunter pass to score her first goal of the season. Her goal tied the match just two minutes into the half.

Indiana State put up 17 shots in the second half but were kept off the board by Michaela Till.

The Sycamores were able to control possession throughout the period to limit Evansville to three shots.

With less than two minutes to play in regulation, Mackenzie Kent drew a foul in the box, awarding Indiana State with a penalty kick.

CeCe Wahlberg’s attempt was saved by Michaela Till to keep the match tied at one and force overtime.

Overtime

Early in the first overtime, Audrey Stephens had a potential game-winner blocked by Till who had come out of the box to make the stop.

Evansville put two shots on goal in the first overtime, both of which were saved by Maddie Alexander.

Both teams put shots on goal in the second overtime but were kept off the board which sent the match into penalty kicks.

Indiana State finished with 26 shots, putting 10 on goal. Evansville recorded nine shots with six on goal. Maddie Alexander made five saves on the afternoon while Michaela Till finished with nine.

CeCe Wahlberg led the Sycamores with six shots while Emily Ormson attempted three to lead the Purple Aces.

Penalties

The first round of penalty kicks were successful for both teams with Maddie Alexander and Abby Phelps making their attempts.

Emily Ormson put the Purple Aces up 2-1 in PK’s with her attempt. Michaela Till saved Isabella Hunter’s attempt to keep Evansville up 2-1.

Emilie Hill was successful on her attempt to keep the Purple Aces perfect on their kicks. Audrey Stephens stepped up and made her attempt to keep Indiana State alive in the match.

Blair Morgan scored next for Evansville to keep the pressure on the Sycamores. Mackenzie Kent would score her attempt to make it 4-3.

Only needing one more successful try to win the match, Jayme-Lee Hunter scored to win on PK’s 5-3, and send Evansville into the MVC semi-finals.

Stats and Notes

Anna Holcombe’s goal in the first half was the first MVC Tournament goal for Indiana State since 2013.

Indiana State held a commanding 9-3 edge in corner kicks and the defense held the opponent to single-digit shot attempts for the fourth time this season.

Sunday marked the first Indiana State match to go into penalty kicks since the 2012 season.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WSOCCER: Women’s Soccer Season Comes to an End With OT Loss

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The 2021 Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer season came to an end with a 1-0 overtime loss against Northern Kentucky in the Horizon League Championship quarterfinals on Sunday, Oct. 31.

The sixth-seeded ‘Dons held their ground against the third-seeded Norse, holding a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks in the contest.

Each team took four shots in the first half. Purdue Fort Wayne’s most dangerous chance in the first came in the 38th minute off a corner kick. A header by Lizzie Haub was knocked away by a Norse defender just inches from going in the goal.

The two teams combined for 22 shots in the second half. Goalkeeper Samantha Castaneda had five saves in the second. The Mastodons’ best opportunity to get on the board was in the 81st minute when Kailyn Wade and Morgan Reitano combined for three consecutive shots in the box including one that was on goal but was saved by NKU’s Mimi Stines.

The Norse would win the game in the 97th with a goal from Megan Sullivan. The assists were credited to Lily Menssen and Taylor Abbott. Sullivan chipped a shot above the head of Castaneda.

The Norse finished the game with a 19-13 shots advantage and a 7-4 shots on goal advantage. Reitano and Haub led the ‘Dons with three shots each. All three of Haub’s shots were on goal.

With the loss, the Mastodons finish the season with a 5-8-6 overall record. Northern Kentucky (10-7-2) will face Oakland on Thursday, Nov. 4 in the Horizon League semifinals in Milwaukee, Wis.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S GOLF: Tyler Green Leads Mastodons on Halloween

CHARLESTON, S.C. – On a spooky day in South Carolina, Tyler Green led the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team with an opening day of 75-77-152 in the Daniel Island Intercollegiate.

Green’s 75 on the first time through the Daniel Island Club came by way of a 1-under on the front nine. He turned in a pair of birdies on holes three and eight. In his second round, he birdied the fifth, highlighting his 77. He is in a tie for 65th.

Hunter Mefford shot 77-81-158 to take second on the team. He got birdies to fall on six, eight and 17 in his first round. In the afternoon, he birdied six again and got a putt to fall on 18 for another birdie.

Kasey Lilly carded 81-78-159 in his two rounds, turning in three birdies on the day. He got a birdie on hole one both times he played through the 428-yard par-4. He also birdied hole three, which played from 618 yards, the longest of the day.

Brett Seward turned in an 87-76-163. He was the only Mastodon to eagle a hole on Sunday, which came on the 538-yard par-5 sixth in the second round. It was one of just three eagles in the field. He also carded birdies on six and 18 in round one, and eight and 17 in round two.

Luke Miller shot 87-78-165. He got one birdie in the morning, the sixth hole, then improved in round two with three birdies. Those came on one, six and 10.

As a team, the Mastodons shot 320-309-629. They are in 20th in the 20-team field with 18 to play. Seton Hall is leading the pack at 12-under (564). Virginia’s Pietro Bovari is leading the individual footrace at 7-under.

The final round of the Daniel Island Intercollegiate will begin on Monday morning.

EVANSVILLE WSOCCER: Aces upset Sycamores to earn spot in MVC Championship Semifinals

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Turning-in a complete performance, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team overcame an early deficit, forcing penalty kicks before finishing with a 5-3 advantage over Indiana State to advance in the MVC Championship on Sunday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind.

In goal, redshirt senior Michaela Till was stellar again, making nine saves and allowing one goal in the draw. On the attack for Evansville, sophomore Rachel Rosborough picked the best time to score her first career goal, finding the back of the net to equalize the match.

After going back-and-forth for the first minutes of the match, Indiana State jumped in front first. In the 15th minute, the Sycamores’ Anna Holcombe recorded a shot from the top of the box that skipped across the turf and deflected off the post and in to give ISU a 1-0 lead, an advantage it would hold at the half.

Despite trailing at the break, Evansville wasted little time equalizing the match in the second half. In the 47th minute, fifth-year senior Jayme-Lee Hunter slipped a ball to Rosborough, who went to the far post, past a diving Sycamore keeper to tie the match at one. Over the rest of the second half, Evansville was tasked with holding-off a surging Sycamore attack. In all, Indiana State recorded 17 shots in the second 45-minute period, but the Aces were up to it. The best chance of the half for ISU came in the final minutes of regulation. With less than two minutes remaining, a ball was deflected into the 18-yard box that Till chased after, once the ball hit, it spun back towards the Indiana State forward, forcing Till to make a tough play, subsequently colliding with the Sycamores forward in the process, earning ISU a penalty. On the penalty, Indiana State’s CeCe Wahlberg went to Till’s right, but the Avon, Ind. native was not fooled, picking correctly and punching the attempt away to preserve the tie and force overtime.

Another 20 minutes was not enough as the Aces allowed just one shot on-goal, coming in the second OT, that Till saved, sending the match into PKs.

In the first round of penalties, Evansville’s Abby Phelps converted and the Sycamores’ Maddie Alexander answered. In the second round, Emily Ormson converted and then Till showed up when it counted most again. As Isabella Hunter attempted her try, Till again made a save on a PK, giving Evansville the advantage. Down the stretch, Evansville was true again and again. Following conversions by Emilie Hill and Morgan Blair, the pressure fell on the shoulders of Jayme-Lee Hunter. The New Zealand native approached the ball and perfectly placed it into the top left corner, ending the match and sending the Aces to the MVC Championship semifinals.

Evansville will continue its postseason journey on Friday in Chicago, Ill. as the Aces face the No. 2 seed Valparaiso in the semifinals at Loyola Soccer Park at 3 PM.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: #1 Men’s Soccer Falls in Regular Season Finale to Maryville

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the first time this season, the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team tasted defeat in a match. The Hounds fell 3-2 on the road against No. 10 Maryville, ending the longest winning streak in school history at 12-straight matches. UIndy finishes the regular season with a 12-1-2 overall record and will prepare for postseason play. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Everything was looking bright for the No. 1-ranked Greyhounds, who received a goal in just the sixth minute of action off the foot of Alejandro Steinwascher, his team-leading 11th of the season. However, the Saints produced the equalizer in the 36th minute as play shifted towards the half.

Both teams returned to the pitch out of the locker room and battled each other tough before Maryville collected the lead with a goal in the 61st minute. Not to be denied, UIndy tied the match back up with a shot into the back of the net by Makel Rasheed that was assisted by Jakob David. However, the Saints dropped in the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute to walk off its home field with a victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy tallied 17 total shots while Maryville has just nine.

-In total, each team produced four corner kicks and two yellow cards.

-Steinwascher notched a team-leading four total shots while Rasheed and Michael Tselios each had three.

UP NEXT

UIndy will now await its GLVC tournament seeding and opponent which will determine the date and time of the next match.

VALPO FOOTBALL: Niesner Adds Another PFL Honor

For the second time this season and fourth time in his Valparaiso University football career, punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) is the Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week.

Niesner sustained his punting prowess during this week’s game at San Diego, averaging 48.7 yards over seven attempts. He bookended his day with boots that traveled over 60 yards, booming one 63 yards to the San Diego 3-yard line in the first quarter before later unleashing a 62-yard punt in the fourth.

Two of the longest punts of his accomplished Beacon career came on Saturday with the 63 yarder matching a season long set in the Oct. 9 game against St. Thomas and also tying for his second-longest punt in a Valpo uniform.

Niesner’s season average is up to 43.3 yards per punt, a mark that leads the PFL and ranks 13th nationally. Last season, he tied the program and league record at 43.6 yards per punt.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S SOCCER: Greyhounds Split Final Regular Season Match

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Uma Yadav scored her first goal as a Greyhound on Sunday afternoon as the Greyhounds tied Maryville 1-1 to wrap up their regular season. The Hounds will begin the GLVC Tournament on November 7.

Yadav led the Greyhounds with three shots and two on goal in the double overtime match. She was followed by Elena Espinosa who posted two shots landing both on goal. Maddy Barkow assisted the lone goal, earning her second assist of the season.

Makaiah Haberkorn made her first appearance in goal for the Hounds, playing 110 minutes and making five saves.

The Saints were led by Lexi Gentry who posted five shots, four on goal, and scored the solo Maryville goal.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-The Hounds outshot the Saints 14 to 12 with eight shots on goal.

-UIndy had four corners while Maryville had eight.

-There was 17 fouls committed by the Greyhounds, and 12 for the Saints.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will await their GLVC Tournament seeding and the location and time of the next match.

EARLHAM FIELD HOCKEY: Field hockey falls to OWU in overtime

DELAWARE, Ohio — The Earlham College field hockey team ended its 2021 regular season with a loss to Ohio Wesleyan University 2-1 in overtime.

The Quakers finish the regular season 15-3 (6-2 NCAC) while the Bishops finish 8-5 (5-3 NCAC).

OWU scored the first goal of the contest in the 38th minute when the Bishops got a penalty corner attempt.

Meredith McGraw equalized the score for Earlham in the 57th minute with a penalty stroke goal.

With the score tied at the end of 60 minutes, the teams headed to overtime competition.

The Bishops scored a game-winner in the ninth minute of overtime on a penalty corner to take the lead over Earlham.

The Quakers were out-shot 17-4 and trailed in penalty corners 19-2.

Meg Murphy collected three saves in goal.

Earlham concludes its season in second place in the NCAC standings and will host Denison on Tuesday for the first round of the NCAC tournament.

BETHEL MSOCCER: PILOTS REPEAT AS CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPION WITH OT WIN OVER SAU

MISHAWAKA – (RV) Bethel Men’s Soccer battled back from a 1-0 second half deficit to force overtime and Luan Bressy found the back of the net with 45 seconds remaining in the extra session to give the Pilots a 2-1 victory over Spring Arbor on Saturday night. The Pilots repeated as Crossroads League champions with the win and finish the regular season at 13-4-1 overall and 7-1-1 in the Crossroads League.

MATCH VITALS

Score: Bethel def. Spring Arbor 2-1 ot

Records: Bethel (13-4-1, 7-1-1) | Spring Arbor (6-9-2, 3-5-1)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – RV | Spring Arbor – NR

Location: TCU School Field | South Bend, Ind.

SCORING SUMMARY

48′ | Jack Voight (SAU)

62′ | Salifyaji Mugala (BU) assisted by Miguel Martin

100′ | Luan Bressy (BU) assisted by Andres Gonzalez Maza

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The match was highly contested, featuring 8 yellow cards and 23 total fouls called.

The Pilots wrap up their 16th Crossroads League regular season title in program history and go back-to-back for the eighth time in program history.

The Pilots have allowed one or fewer goals in 12 of their last 13 matches and are 11-1-1 in that stretch.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots will host home field advantage throughout the Crossroads League Tournament Championship, beginning with a Quarterfinal match against the same Spring Arbor Cougars on Saturday at 7:00 pm at Morey Field.

PURDUE NORTHWEST WSOCCER: Women’s Soccer falls to Northern Michigan, 3-0

Score: Northern Michigan 3, Purdue Northwest 0

Location:  Pepsi Field at Dowling Park (Hammond, Ind.)

Records: PNW 1-14-1 (0-12-0 GLIAC) / NMU 9-7-1 (7-5-1 GLIAC)

The short story: After a scoreless opening half, the Purdue Northwest women’s soccer team surrendered three goals in the second period in Sunday’s 3-0 setback to Northern Michigan.

PNW had several chances in the second half of their own, including shots on target by Kiana Chandler (Lowell, Ind.) and Reannah Soto (Merrillville, Ind.). In total, the Pride had six shots on frame and the Wildcats logged seven.

Goalkeeper Ashley Lovins (Huntley, Ill.) recorded four saves for the Pride while making her ninth start.

PNW honored five seniors prior to the match including, Chandler, Soto, Sydney Hanson (Alma, Mich.), Haneen Abdulla (Crown Point, Ind.) and Amanda Logan (Tinley Park, Ill.). All five have played four years together in a Pride uniform.

UP NEXT

PNW will play its home finale on Friday against Michigan Tech. Kickoff at Dowling Park is set for 2:30 p.m. CT.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1942       The Dodgers replace team president Larry MacPhail, who accepted a commission in the U.S. Army in September, with Branch Rickey, formerly the Cardinals vice-president before resigning three days ago. Brookyn’s new boss will guide the team to two pennants during his eight-year reign in the

1951       Future Hall of Famer Roy Campanella (.325, 33, 108) wins the first of his three National League MVP Awards. The Dodger backstop will also receive the prestigious honor in 1953 and 1955.

1966       In the final time when there is only one selection from both leagues, Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax becomes the first three-time recipient of the Cy Young Award. The 30 year-old left-hander, recipient of the prestigious pitching prize in 1963 and 1965, posted a 27-9 (.750) record, along with an ERA of 1.73, for the National League champs.

1968       Denny McLain is the BBWAA’s unanimous choice for the American League Cy Young Award after the right-hander posts a 31-6 (.838) record for the World Champion Tigers. The 24-year-old Chicago native, who will cop the prestigious pitching prize again next season, will also be named this year’s Junior Circuit’s Most Valuable Player.

1972       Paul Owens replaces himself when he introduces Danny Ozark as Philadelphia’s new manager. After firing Frank Lucchesi, Owens, the team’s general manager, took over the managerial reins in July to get a closer look of the last-place Phillies, a team finishing with a 59-97 record.

1978       After dominating the American League, Yankee lefty Ron Guidry (25-3, 1.74) wins the league’s Cy Young Award unanimously. ‘Gator’ receives all 28 first-place votes, with Mike Caldwell and Jim Palmer being the runners-up for the prestigious pitching award.

1979       Edward Bennett Williams buys the Orioles for a reported $12.3 million from Jerold Hoffberger. The successful trial attorney will own the club until 1988, and under his ownership, the team will sign a new long-term lease with the city of Baltimore that will pay for the innovative Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a ballpark he will not live to see.

1982       Doug Rader becomes the twelfth manager in the Rangers’ twelve-year history, replacing Darrell Johnson, the term’s former third base coach who took over for the dismissed Don Zimmer on an interim basis at the end of July. The 38 year-old skipper, who managed the Padres’ Triple-A club for the past three years, will compile a 155-200 (.437) record during his two-plus season with Texas.

1982       The National League owners block the re-election of Bowie Kuhn, thus ending his fourteen-year reign as baseball’s boss. Next year, the commissioner’s supporters will make a failed last-ditch effort to retain him, but he will be allowed to stay in his position to the end of the 1984 regular season before being replaced by Peter Ueberroth.

2000       The Phillies hire Larry Bowa to manage the team, replacing the recently released Terry Francona. The former Phillies’ shortstop, who had piloted the Padres in 1987-88, will compile a 337-308 (.522) record during his four seasons in the Philadelphia dugout.

2000       Succeeding Davey Johnson, Jim Tracy, the team’s bench coach, is hired as the Dodgers manager. L.A.’s new skipper will compile a 427-383 (.527) record during his five-year stint with the club, including a National League West Division flag in 2004.

2001       The first major league game ever started in November is a memorable one when the Yankees, for the second consecutive night, make a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and go on to a World Series victory in extra innings. Scott Brosius, who hits a game-tying two-out two-run homer to knot the game at 2-2, and Alfonso Soriano, who singles in Chuck Knoblauch in the 12th, gives the Yankees a 3-2 victory and 3-2 lead in the Fall Classic over the Diamondbacks.

2001       The Astros name Jimy Williams, 58, as the franchise’s thirteenth skipper. The 35-year veteran, who also managed the Blue Jays and Red Sox, replaces Larry Dierker, who despite reaching the postseason four times in five seasons was unable to win a playoff series.

2004       Wally Backman signs a two-year contract to manage the Diamondbacks, baseball’s worst team last season, replacing interim skipper Al Pedrique. The 45 year-old former major league infielder posted an 86-54 record with the Lancaster JetHawks, Arizona’s Class A team in California League.

2005       The unveiling of A bronze sculpture capturing the friendship of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson takes place at Brooklyn’s KeySpan Park, home of the Mets’ Single-A team. The William Behrends sculpture captures the moment when the Dodger captain showed support by putting his arm around his black teammate’s shoulder, hushing an unruly crowd hurling racial slurs at his teammate at Crosley Field in 1947.

2006       In a move designed to prepare the team’s next manager, the Yankees promote hitting instructor Don Mattingly to bench coach to assist Joe Torre for next season. The Bronx Bombers’ former All-Star first baseman replaces Lee Mazzilli, who will not be brought back by New York.

2006       The Seibu Lions officially agree to release Daisuke Matsuzaka, allowing the 26 year-old pitching sensation to play in the United States. The Japanese League plans to charge an American major league club $30 million just for rights to negotiate with the former 2006 World Baseball Classic and 2004 Olympic teams standout.

2006       Guillermo Mota is suspended for fifty games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The 33 year-old Mets reliever becomes the third player penalized under the stricter guidelines implemented this season, joining teammate Yusaku Iriki and Diamondback right-hander Jason Grimsley.

2007       The Dodgers hire Brooklyn-born Joe Torre as their 26th manager in franchise history, the eighth since the club moved to the West Coast from their new manager’s hometown. The former Yankee manager was replaced in New York this week by Joe Girardi, initially pursued by Los Angeles to replace the team’s skipper, Grady Little.

2007       In an interview aired on MSNBC, Barry Bonds said he is prepared to boycott his induction, when elected, into the Hall of Fame if the museum accepts the ball he hit for his record-breaking 756th career home run marked with a permanent asterisk. Fashion designer Marc Ecko, who bought the historic sphere for $752,467, releases an internet poll results from www.vote756.com, where nearly half the fans (47%) voted in favor of sending it to Cooperstown after branding the ball.

2007       In response to Hank Steinbrenner’s sarcastic remark about Alex Rodriguez entering the Hall of Fame as a member of the Mud Hens rather than as a Yankee, the Toledo Triple-A team frivolously offers the free agent a contract. The minor league deal includes a bonus for hitting 75 home runs next season and leading the Tigers’ affiliate to ten consecutive International League titles.

2007       After retiring 24 of 24 Ham Fighters batters in eight innings, Daisuke Yamai of the Dragons is replaced by the closer Hitoki Iwase, who gets the side out in order to record a save in the 1-0 victory against Nippon. The combined perfect game in Game 5 of the seven-game series brings Chunichi its first title in 53 years.

2008       The Red Sox and Lee County (FL) sign an agreement for Boston’s spring training home to stay in the Fort Myers area for the next three decades. The 30-year deal keeps the team playing in the City of Palms Park until the completion of the new complex before the 2012 season.

2010       Edgar Renteria, who drove in the Marlins’ winning run against Cleveland during Game 7 of the 1997 Fall Classic, joins Yankees legends Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra as only the fourth player in baseball history to collect two World Series-winning hits. The Series MVP’s three-run homer off Cliff Lee in the seventh inning leads to San Francisco’s 3-1 victory over the Rangers, bringing a World Championship to the Giants for the first time since 1954.

2014       The Blue Jays trade long-time fan favorite Adam Lind to the Brewers in exchange for right-handed starter Marco Estrada, who will become a mainstay in the Toronto rotation. The team’s former DH will play one season with the Brew Crew before being traded to Seattle for three minor leaguers.

2015       In Game 5, the Royals beat the Mets in 12 innings, 7-2, winning the World Series for the first time in 30 years. Kansas City, trailing the Citi Field contest entering the top of the ninth, tie the game with two runs off starter Matt Harvey, who insisted on trying to complete the game despite having thrown over 100 pitches.

2019       The Mets tap their one-time player Carlos Beltrán to replace recently-fired manager Mickey Callaway, who compiled a 163-161 (.503) record during his two years at the helm. The 42-year-old former slugger, with no managerial experience, inks a three-year deal with a club option for 2023.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY

1906 WORLD SERIES

Chicago White Sox (4) vs Chicago Cubs (2)

The 1906 World Series was the first to feature two teams from the same city, “the windy city” that is. Chicago was split in two as the American League’s (South Side) White Sox prepared to battle the National League (West Side) Cubs.

The Sox, despite having a meager offense, managed to win the Series opener 2-1. In fact they would play true to form in the first four games of the Series collecting only six runs and eleven hits. The Cubs rebounded with a 7-1 victory in Game 2 that featured the one hit pitching of Ed Reulbach and the timely hitting of Harry Steinfeldt and Joe Tinker. Third baseman Steinfeldt, a .327 hitter after his off-season acquisition from Cincinnati, went three-for-three and Tinker had two hits and scored three runs.

In Game 3, White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh allowed one single off of Solly Hofman and a double to Frank Schulte in the first inning He then went on to hold the Cubs hitless for the rest of the way. The South Side’s franchise emerged as 3-0 winners, with Walsh striking out twelve batters and George Rohe tagging Jack Pfiester for a bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning. Mordecai Brown drew the Cubs even the next day, denying the White Sox a hit for the first 5 2/3 innings on the way to a two-hit, 1-0 victory. The trend would not last as the White Sox bats came alive in Games 5 and 6. Nicknamed the “Hitless Wonders” by the local press, they came out swinging and drove Reulbach from the mound in the third inning. Continuing their momentum, they added four runs in the fourth and held on for an 8-6 victory. Frank Isbell paced the Sox’s twelve hit attack with a Series-record four doubles and George Davis knocked in three runs as well.

The Cubs were stunned by their cross-town rival’s renewed zeal and were unable to stop them in Game 6 despite their best efforts. The “born-again” bats from the South Side defeated Mordecai Brown (the Cubs’ Game 4 winner) and cruised to a stunning Series-deciding 8-3 victory that was fueled by fourteen hits.

The Sox had pulled off an upset of gigantic proportions despite hitting only .198 in the Series. Their top threesome, Patsy Dougherty, Billy Sullivan and Fielder Jones, the team’s playing manager, combined for only four hits in sixty-two at-bats. Nevertheless they had out-hit the Cubs, who batted only .196. Their top hitter, center fielder Solly Hofman, had appeared in only sixty-four games during the regular season, yet he played every inning of the Series and batted .304.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills520.7140.02291093-1-02-1-04-2-02-0-01 W
New England Patriots440.5001.52061641-4-03-0-04-1-02-1-02 W
New York Jets250.2863.01142062-1-00-4-02-3-00-2-01 W
Miami Dolphins170.1254.51382330-3-01-4-01-5-01-2-07 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders520.7140.01801663-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers430.5711.01721772-2-02-1-03-2-02-0-02 L
Denver Broncos440.5001.51571372-2-02-2-02-4-00-1-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs340.4292.01882031-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens520.7140.01871643-1-02-1-04-2-00-1-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals530.6250.52201622-1-03-2-03-1-02-0-01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers430.5711.01321422-2-02-1-03-2-01-1-03 W
Cleveland Browns440.5001.51831803-2-01-2-02-3-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans620.7500.02271953-1-03-1-05-1-03-0-04 W
Indianapolis Colts350.3753.02001831-3-02-2-02-3-01-2-01 L
Jacksonville Jaguars160.1434.51232031-3-00-3-01-4-00-2-01 L
Houston Texans170.1255.01192411-3-00-4-01-4-01-1-07 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys610.8570.02251623-0-03-1-04-1-02-0-06 W
Philadelphia Eagles350.3753.52031910-3-03-2-03-3-00-1-01 W
New York Giants250.2864.01391801-3-01-2-02-4-00-2-01 W
Washington Football Team260.2504.51562271-3-01-3-02-2-01-0-04 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals710.8750.02461383-1-04-0-03-1-02-0-01 L
Los Angeles Rams710.8750.02451683-1-04-0-05-1-01-1-04 W
San Francisco 49ers340.4293.51681710-3-03-1-03-3-00-2-01 W
Seattle Seahawks350.3754.01811691-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers710.8750.01921673-0-04-1-05-1-02-0-07 W
Minnesota Vikings340.4293.51631572-2-01-2-03-2-01-0-01 L
Chicago Bears350.3754.01231952-2-01-3-01-4-01-1-03 L
Detroit Lions080.0007.01342440-4-00-4-00-6-00-3-08 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers620.7500.02601834-0-02-2-04-2-01-1-01 L
New Orleans Saints520.7140.51761282-1-03-1-04-2-01-1-03 W
Carolina Panthers440.5002.01651592-2-02-2-02-4-02-0-01 W
Atlanta Falcons340.4292.51481951-3-02-1-01-4-00-2-01 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
New York51.8332-13-02-04-15-13 W
Philadelphia42.6671.02-12-10-22-24-22 W
Toronto43.5711.52-32-01-04-24-33 W
Brooklyn43.5711.53-21-11-04-34-32 W
Boston24.3333.00-22-20-21-42-42 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago51.8333-12-02-03-15-11 W
Milwaukee34.4292.51-32-11-02-13-43 L
Cleveland34.4292.51-12-31-13-42 L
Detroit15.1674.01-10-40-21-51-51 L
Indiana16.1434.51-20-40-11-61-64 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami51.8333-02-12-04-15-14 W
Washington51.8333-02-11-05-15-13 W
Charlotte52.7140.52-13-11-14-25-21 W
Atlanta33.5002.02-01-30-11-33-32 L
Orlando16.1434.50-21-40-21-51-64 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah51.8332-03-12-04-05-11 W
Denver42.6671.02-12-11-14-14-22 W
Minnesota32.6001.52-21-00-12-23-21 L
Portland33.5002.03-10-23-23-31 L
Oklahoma City15.1674.01-20-30-11-41-51 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State51.8332-13-03-05-15-11 W
LA Lakers43.5711.53-21-10-23-34-32 W
Sacramento33.5002.00-23-11-13-33-31 L
Phoenix23.4002.51-21-11-11-32-31 W
LA Clippers14.2003.51-20-20-11-31-42 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas42.6673-01-22-03-14-21 W
Memphis33.5001.01-12-22-23-31 L
San Antonio24.3332.01-21-20-10-32-41 W
Houston15.1673.01-20-30-11-41-54 L
New Orleans16.1433.50-41-21-21-63 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers980117836185-0-03-0-18-0-1
Carolina Hurricanes880016833125-0-03-0-08-0-0
New York Rangers962113622191-1-15-1-06-2-1
Washington Capitals850313530193-0-32-0-05-0-3
Buffalo Sabres852111425174-1-01-1-15-2-1
Detroit Red Wings943210429312-1-22-2-04-3-2
Columbus Blue Jackets853010423224-1-01-2-05-3-0
Philadelphia Flyers74219425212-1-12-1-04-2-1
Toronto Maple Leafs94419421293-1-11-3-04-4-1
10 New Jersey Devils74219421213-2-11-0-04-2-1
11 Tampa Bay Lightning84319426281-2-13-1-04-3-1
12 New York Islanders73228317183-2-23-2-2
13 Boston Bruins74308318203-0-01-3-04-3-0
14 Pittsburgh Penguins83328326252-3-11-0-13-3-2
15 Ottawa Senators73406319202-3-01-1-03-4-0
16 Montreal Canadiens102804219341-3-01-5-02-8-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Calgary Flames861113629151-0-15-1-06-1-1
St. Louis Blues761012629153-1-03-0-06-1-0
Edmonton Oilers761012529193-1-03-0-06-1-0
San Jose Sharks853010522192-1-03-2-05-3-0
Winnipeg Jets842210428262-0-02-2-24-2-2
Minnesota Wild853010522262-1-03-2-05-3-0
Anaheim Ducks103439331352-2-11-2-23-4-3
Nashville Predators84408323223-3-01-1-04-4-0
Colorado Avalanche84408324272-2-02-2-04-4-0
10 Vegas Golden Knights84408321262-3-02-1-04-4-0
11 Los Angeles Kings93517324273-2-00-3-13-5-1
12 Seattle Kraken93517323282-2-01-3-13-5-1
13 Vancouver Canucks93517222250-3-03-2-13-5-1
14 Dallas Stars83417215221-1-12-3-03-4-1
15 Chicago Blackhawks90722017370-3-10-4-10-7-2
16 Arizona Coyotes90811013390-3-00-5-10-8-1