****INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEMI-STATE MATCH-UPS****

CLASS 6A

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (12-0) AT CARROLL (12-0)

CENTER GROVE (10-2) AT CATHEDRAL (10-1)

CLASS 5A

VALPARAISO (9-3) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (11-1)

WHITELAND (11-1) AT CASTLE (8-4)

CLASS 4A

NEW PRAIRIE (12-1) AT KOKOMO (12-1)

RONCALLI (12-1) AT EAST CENTRAL (11-2)

CLASS 3A

BISHOP CHATARD (9-4) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (13-0)

MONROVIA (6-7) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (12-1)

CLASS 2A

FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (8-5) AT ANDREAN (8-3)

LINTON-STOCKTON (13-0) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (10-3)

CLASS A

ADAMS CENTRAL (13-0) AT NORTH JUDSON (12-1)

LUTHERAN (13-0) AT NORTH DECATUR (13-0)

****INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL WATCH LIST****

      LUKE ALMODOVAR, 6-3, NOBLESVILLE, 2023

      MARCUS ANKNEY, 6-3, CENTER GROVE, 2023

      ANTHONY BALL, 6-6, DECATUR CENTRAL, 2023

      K.C. BERRY, 6-1, DECATUR CENTRAL, 2024

      FLORY BIDUNGA, 6-10, KOKOMO, 2024

      JARED BONDS, 6-5, CARMEL, 2023

      XAVIER BOOKER, 6-11, CATHEDRAL, 2023 (MICHIGAN STATE)

      KOBI BOWLES, 6-1, LAWRENCE NORTH, 2024

      DEZMON BRISCOE, 6-7, INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS, 2025

      LYNA BROOKS, 6-4, FRANKLIN CENTRAL, 2024

      SABIEN CAIN, 6-4, UNIVERSITY, 2024

      AHMERE CARSON, 6-3, ANDERSON, 2023

      CAMRON CASKY, 6-3, PIKE, 2024

      KANON CATCHINGS, 6-6, BROWNSBURG, 2024

      JERMAINE COLEMAN, 6-7, PARK TUDOR, 2023

      MYLES COLVIN, 6-5, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN, 2023 (PURDUE)

      DAJOHN CRAIG, 6-0, LAWRENCE CENTRAL, 2023

       JAKE DAVIS, 6-6, CATHEDRAL, 2023

      MICAH DAVIS, 6-1, FRANKLIN COMMUNITY, 2024

      CALEB DEWEY, 6-3, EDINBURGH, 2023

      ELHADJ DIALLO, 6-3, BROWNSBURG, 2023

      ZANE DOUGHTY, 6-9, BEN DAVIS, 2023 (VALPO)

      GARWEY DUAL, 6-6, CARMEL, 2023

      AARON FINE, 6-3, NOBLESVILLE, 2024

      DHANI FLANNIGAN, 5-10, FRANKLIN CENTRAL, 2024

      SINCERE GERMANY, 6-4, CATHEDRAL, 2023

      JOSIAH GUSTIN, 6-7, PENDLETON HEIGHTS, 2024

      KALEB GLENN, 6-6, LALUMIERE, 2023 (LOUISVILLE)

      JALEN HARALSON, 6-7, FISHERS, 2025

      JOEY HART, 6-5, LINTON-STOCKTON, 2023

      BRYCE HOOVER, 6-0, FRANKLIN CENTRAL, 2023

      LOGAN IMES, 6-4, ZIONSVILLE, 2023 (PENN STATE)

      KAMARI JONES, 6-4, LAWRENCE CENTRAL, 2023

      LUKE KEGERREIS, 6-4, RONCALLI, 2023

      DAMIEN KING, 6-3, ANDERSON, 2025

      MASON LARKIN, 6-9, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL, 

      NICKENS LEMBA, 6-7, SOUTHPORT, 2023

      MASON LEWIS, 5-9, NORTH CENTRAL, 2024

      JORDAN LOMAX, 6-3, AVON, 2024

      LUKE MCBRIDE, 6-2, NORWELL, 2023

      TADEN METZGER, 6-3, FISHERS, 2024

      KEYON MILLER, 6-1, SOUTHPORT, 2023

      DYLAN MOLES, 6-3, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL, 2023

      BRAYLON MULLINS, 6-3, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL, 2025

      SAM ORME, 6-9, CARMEL, 2023

      JAXON PARDON, 6-3, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE), 2024

      JAYDEN PINKSTON, 6-4, INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY, 2023

      NICK RICHART, 6-9, ZIONSVILLE, 2023

      PRESTON ROBERTS, 6-5, NOBLESVILLE, 2023

      AZAVIER ROBINSON, 6-1, LAWRENCE NORTH, 2025

      RONALD RUTLAND III, 6-1, INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS, 2024

      SHERIDAN SHARPE, 6-3, BEN DAVIS, 2023

      IAN STEPHENS, 6-5, NEW PALESTINE, 2023

      REPHAIM, STEVENSON, 6-7, HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN, 2023

      MYLES STRINGER, 6-2, FISHERS, 2023

      JAYMEN TOWNSEND, 6-5, MARION, 2025

      BRADEN WALTERS, 6-5, LINTON-STOCKTON, 2024

      GAVIN WELCH, 6-6, NEW CASTLE, 2023

      SPENCER WHITE, 6-5, CARMEL, 2023

      AUSTIN WILLOUGHBY, 6-4, WHITELAND, 2023

      K.J. WINDHAM, 6-3, BEN DAVIS, 2024

      DEVON WOODS, 5-10, PIKE, 2023

      WESTON AIGNER, 6-3, CASTLE, 2023

      ISAAC ANDREWS, 6-2, WAPAHANI, 2024

      CHASE BARNES, 6-1, FORT WAYNE WAYNE, 2025

      TYLER BAILEY, 6-3, LALUMIERE, 2024

      JACK BENTER, 6-5, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL, 2024

      LANDON BIEGEL, 6-5, OAK HILL, 2023

      PEYTON BLEDSOE, 6-4, LOOGOOTEE, 2023 

      CADE BRENNER, 6-3, NORTHWOOD, 2023

      DARRION BROOKS, 6-4, NEW HAVEN, 2023

      MARKUS BURTON, 6-0, PENN, 2023 (NOTRE DAME)

      JOSTEN CARTER JR., 6-4, NEW ALBANY, 2023

      JACOB CHERRY, 6-10, EASTERN (PEKIN), 2023

      FLETCHER COLE, 6-0, PAOLI, 2025

      THOMAS COLLINS, 6-1, CULVER ACADEMY, 2023

      DREW COOK, 6-0, NORTHVIEW, 2023

      CAMDEN CRAIG, 6-4, SWITZERLAND COUNTY, 2025

      AUSTIN CRIPE, 6-3, WEST NOBLE, 2023

      HAYDEN DASE, 6-6, KANKAKEE VALLEY, 2023

      TUCKER DAY, 6-7, HOMESTEAD, 2024

      H.J. DILLARD III, 6-5, FORT WAYNE WAYNE, 2025

      MARIAL DIPER, 7-0, ROCK CREEK ACADEMY, 2023

      JOSIAH DUNHAM, 6-0, EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN, 2024

      COOPER FARRALL, 6-6, CULVER ACADEMY, 2023

      AIDAN FRANKS, 6-2, WAPAHANI, 2023

      JOSHUA FURST, 6-6, FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN, 2023

      JAXSON GOULD, 6-3, WARSAW, 2023

      BRYCEN HANNAH, 6-4, JOHN GLENN, 2023

      ANDREW HEDRICK, 6-0, COLUMBIA CITY, 2023

     CHRISTIAN HUMPHREY-REMBERT, 6-7, LALUMIERE, 2024

      ISAAC HIGGS, 6-3, EVANSVILLE REITZ, 2023

      COOPER HORN, 6-3, COLUMBUS NORTH, 2023

      CANNEN HOUSER, 6-4, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE), 2024

      TARAY HOWELL, 5-8, EVANSVILLE BOSSE, 2024

      MASON JONES, 6-7, VALPARAISO, 2023

      KYRON KAOPUIKI, 6-3, HOMESTEAD, 2023

      CHASE KONIECZNY, 6-4, SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH, 2025

      JEVON LEWIS JR., 5-9, FORT WAYNE WAYNE, 2024

      ZAIDE LOWERY, 6-4, LALUMIERE, 2023 (MARQUETTE)

      A.J. LUX, 6-5, CROWN POINT, 2023

      WILLIE MILLER, 6-3, LAKE STATION EDISON, 2023

      D.J. MOSS, GARY 21ST CENTURY, 2023

      JAYLEN MULLEN, 6-0, NORTH DAVIESS, 2023

      DOMINIQUE MURPHY, 6-4, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL, 2025

      TYLER MYERS, 5-11, EVANSVILLE DAY, 2023

      MARCUS NORTHERN, 6-2, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON, 2023

      IAN RAASCH, 6-5, NORTHWOOD, 2023

      JAQUALON ROBERTS, 6-7, BLOOMINGTON NORTH, 2023 (VANDERBILT)

      MATTHEW ROETTGER, 6-2, PERU, 2024

      GAGE SEFTON, 6-5, FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN, 2023

      JUSTIN SIMS, 6-6, CHESTERTON, 2024

      SHANE SIMS, 6-3, EVANSVILLE HARRISON, 2025

      TRENT SISLEY, 6-7, HERITAGE HILLS, 2025

      JACK SMILEY, 6-1, VALPARAISO, 2025

      JOE SMITH, 5-11, PENN, 2023

      DEAGLAN SULLIVAN, 6-2, MISHAWAKA MARIAN, 2023

      EZEKIAL TANOOS, 6-3, WEST VIGO, 2024

      BRANDON TRILLI, 6-5, MUNSTER, 2023

      AJANI WASHINGTON, 6-2, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA, 2024

      CALEB WASHINGTON, 6-6, FLOYD CENTRAL, 2023

      DYLAN WATSON, 6-9, CASTLE, 2023

      CAMDEN WEBSTER, 6-3, KANKAKEE VALLEY, 2024

      ASHTON WILLIAMSON, 6-4, GARY 21ST CENTURY, 2023

      GAVIN WISLEY, 6-8, BLOOMINGTON SOUTH, 2023

      JACKSON WORS, 6-4, DELTA, 2024

      ISAAC ZAY, 6-1, FORT WAYNE LUERS, 2024

****INDIANA SRN GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS****

4A

  1. FRANKLIN
  2. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE
  3. NOBLESVILLE
  4. SB WASHINGTON
  5. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

3A

  1. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
  2. HAMILTON HEIGHTS
  3. NORWELL
  4. TWIN LAKES
  5. INDIAN CREEK

2A

  1. UNIVERSITY
  2. WINCHESTER
  3. CARROLL FLORA
  4. FOREST PARK
  5. BLACKFORD

1A

  1. LANESVILLE
  2. TRI
  3. BLUE RIVER
  4. VINCENNES RIVET
  5. NE DUBOIS

****COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLLS****

AP TOP 25

1. GEORGIA (62), 10-0 LAST WEEK: 1

2. OHIO STATE (1), 10-0 LAST WEEK: 2

3. MICHIGAN 10-0 LAST WEEK: 3

4. TCU 10-0 LAST WEEK: 4

5. TENNESSEE 9-1 LAST WEEK: 5

6. LSU 8-2 LAST WEEK: 7

7. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 9-1 LAST WEEK: 8

8. ALABAMA, 8-2 LAST WEEK: 10

9. CLEMSON 8-1 LAST WEEK: 12

10. UTAH 8-2 LAST WEEK: 13

11. PENN STATE 8-2 LAST WEEK: 15

12. OREGON 8-2 LAST WEEK: 6

13. NORTH CAROLINA 9-1 LAST WEEK 15

14. MISSISSIPPI 8-2 LAST WEEK: 12

15. WASHINGTON 8-2 LAST WEEK: 24

16. UCLA 8-2 LAST WEEK: 10

17. UCF 8-2 LAST WEEK: 23

18. NOTRE DAME 7-3 LAST WEEK: 20

19. KANSAS STATE 7-3 LAST WEEK: 23

20. FLORIDA STATE 7-3 LAST WEEK: NR

21. TULANE 8-2 LAST WEEK: 16

22. CINCINNATI 8-2 LAST WEEK: NR

23. COASTAL CAROLINA 9-1 LAST WEEK: NR

24. OKLAHOMA STATE 7-3 LAST WEEK: NR

25. OREGON STATE 7-3 LAST WEEK: NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 77, TEXAS 65, UTSA 51, TROY 22, DUKE 16, LIBERTY 15, ILLINOIS 13, MINNESOTA 7, FLORIDA 6, BOISE STATE 5, SOUTH ALABAMA 1

USA TODAY COACHES POLL

1. GEORGIA (61), 10-0 LAST WEEK: 1

2. OHIO STATE (1), 10-0 LAST WEEK: 2

3. MICHIGAN (1) 10-0 LAST WEEK: 3

4. TCU 10-0 LAST WEEK: 4

5. TENNESSEE 9-1 LAST WEEK: 5

6. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 9-1 LAST WEEK: 7

7. LSU 8-2 LAST WEEK: 8

8. ALABAMA, 8-2 LAST WEEK: 11

9. CLEMSON 8-1 LAST WEEK: 12

10. UTAH 8-2 LAST WEEK: 13

11. NORTH CAROLINA 9-1 LAST WEEK 14

12. PENN STATE 8-2 LAST WEEK: 15

13. OREGON 8-2 LAST WEEK: 6

14. MISSISSIPPI 8-2 LAST WEEK: 9

15. WASHINGTON 8-2 LAST WEEK: 23

16. UCLA 8-2 LAST WEEK: 10

17. KANSAS STATE 7-3 LAST WEEK: 22

18. UCF 8-2 LAST WEEK: 21

19. NOTRE DAME 7-3 LAST WEEK: 25

20. FLORIDA STATE 7-3 LAST WEEK: NR

21. CINCINNATI 8-2 LAST WEEK: NR

22. TULANE 8-2 LAST WEEK: 17

23. COASTAL CAROLINA 9-1 LAST WEEK: NR

24. OKLAHOMA STATE 7-3 LAST WEEK: NR

25. NC STATE 7-3 LAST WEEK: 16

SCHOOLS DROPPED OUT

NO. 18 TEXAS; NO. 19 LIBERTY; NO. 20 ILLINOIS; NO. 24 KENTUCKY.

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES

TEXAS 76; OREGON STATE 62; ILLINOIS 48; TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 40; TROY 32; MINNESOTA 30; DUKE 24; LIBERTY 9; PITTSBURGH 8; KENTUCKY 8; FLORIDA 8; BOISE STATE 5; AIR FORCE 5; WAKE FOREST 3; SOUTH ALABAMA 2; TOLEDO 1.

****NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 11****

WEEK 12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE/TV SCHEDULES

TUESDAY, NOV. 15

BOWLING GREEN AT TOLEDO | 7 P.M. | ESPNU

OHIO AT BALL STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT KENT STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN2

MIAMI (OHIO) AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

WESTERN MICHIGAN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 9 P.M. | ESPNU

THURSDAY, NOV. 17

SE LOUISIANA AT NICHOLLS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

SMU AT TULANE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, NOV. 18

SOUTH FLORIDA AT TULSA | 9 P.M. | ESPN2

SAN DIEGO STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 9:45 P.M. | FS1

RANKINGS: CHECK OUT THE LATEST TOP 25 POLLS

SATURDAY, NOV. 19

NAVY AT UCF | 11 A.M. | ESPN2

ILLINOIS AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC

WISCONSIN AT NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

TCU AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FOX

NORTHWESTERN AT PURDUE | 12 P.M. | FS1

AUSTIN PEAY AT ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

LOUISIANA AT FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3

EAST TENNESSEE STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

UMASS AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

INDIANA AT MICHIGAN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

UCONN AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

VIRGINIA TECH AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

DUKE AT PITT | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

UTSA AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

WASHINGTON STATE AT ARIZONA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS

KANSAS STATE AT WEST VIRGINIA | 2 P.M. | BIG 12 NOW

NORTH ALABAMA AT MEMPHIS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA STATE AT JAMES MADISON | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

HOUSTON AT EAST CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

OREGON STATE AT ARIZONA STATE | 2:15 P.M. | ESPN2

BOSTON COLLEGE AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK

OLD DOMINION AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA AT KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

OHIO STATE AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

MIAMI (FLA.) AT CLEMSON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

PENN STATE AT RUTGERS | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

NC STATE AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

TEXAS AT KANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

COASTAL CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

AKRON AT BUFFALO | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UTAH TECH AT BYU | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

SOUTH ALABAMA AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3:30 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

UL MONROE AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISIANA TECH AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

IOWA AT MINNESOTA | 4 P.M. | FOX

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT AUBURN | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

CINCINNATI AT TEMPLE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

FIU AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

ARKANSAS STATE AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN3

GEORGIA TECH AT NORTH CAROLINA | 5:30 P.M. | ESPN2

STANFORD AT CAL | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS

MARSHALL AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

OLE MISS AT ARKANSAS | 6:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TENNESSEE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN

TEXAS TECH AT IOWA STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1

BOISE STATE AT WYOMING | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

OKLAHOMA STATE AT OKLAHOMA | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

NEW MEXICO STATE AT MISSOURI | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

USC AT UCLA | 8 P.M. | FOX

SYRACUSE AT WAKE FOREST | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

UAB AT LSU | 9 P.M. | ESPN2

COLORADO AT WASHINGTON | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS

COLORADO STATE AT AIR FORCE | 9 P.M. | FS2

SAN JOSE STATE AT UTAH STATE | 9:45 | FS1

UTAH AT OREGON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRESNO STATE AT NEVADA | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UNLV AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/cfb/wire.asp

****NFL WEEK 10 SCOREBOARD****

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13

INDIANAPOLIS 25 LAS VEGAS 20

TAMPA BAY 21 SEATTLE 16

MINNESOTA 33 BUFFALO 30 OT

DETROIT 31 CHICAGO 30

KANSAS CITY 27 JACKSONVILLE 17

MIAMI 39  CLEVELAND 17

NY GIANTS 24 HOUSTON 16

PITTSBURGH 20 NEW ORLEANS 10

TENNESSEE 17 DENVER 10

GREEN BAY 31 DALLAS 28 OT

ARIZONA 27 LA RAMS 17

SAN FRANCISCO 22 LA CHARGERS 16

NFL BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/scoreboard.asp

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14

WASHINGTON AT PHILADELPHIA ESPN 8:15

BYE WEEK: BALTIMORE, CINCINNATI, NEW ENGLAND, N.Y. JETS

NFL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/wire.asp

****TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****

COLORADO 78 #11 TENNESSEE 66

ELSEWHERE:

NOTRE DAME 88 YOUNGSTOWN STATE 81

VALPARAISO 81 WESTERN MICHIGAN 65

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221113

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/wire.asp

****TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****

#2 STANFORD 87 PORTLAND 47

#4 IOWA 92 DRAKE 86 OT

#7 LOUISVILLE 75 BELMONT 70

#10 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 86 MOUNT ST. MARY 38

#14 OHIO STATE 82 BOSTON COLLEGE 64

#16 LSU 107 WESTERN CAROLINA 34

#17 MARYLAND 83 FORDHAM 76

#19 ARIZONA 87 CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 47

ELSEWHERE:

IUPUI 67 BUTLER 61

PURDUE 90 MURRAY STATE 61

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 73 BELLARMINE 62

RUTGERS 87 NEW JERSEY TECH 71

ILLINOIS 90 ALCORN STATE 59

MICHIGAN STATE 97 WESTERN MICHIGAN 49

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221113

****NBA SCOREBOARD****

OKLAHOMA CITY 145 NEW YORK 135

MINNESOTA 129 CLEVELAND 124

WASHINGTON 102 MEMPHIS 92

PHILADELPHIA 105 UTAH 98

DENVER 126 CHICAGO 103

SACRAMENTO 122 GOLDEN STATE 115

LA LAKERS 116 BROOKLYN 103

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp

NBA WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/wire.asp

****NHL SCOREBOARD****

DALLAS 5 PHILADELPHIA 1

BOSTON 5 VANCOUVER 2

SAN JOSE 3 MINNESOTA 2

NY RANGERS 4 ARIZONA 1

TAMPA BAY 6 WASHINGTON 3

WINNIPEG 3 SEATTLE 2

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp

NHL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/wire.asp

****TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES****

(NFL)

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

  • CLOSE GAMES: With two games yet to be completed in Week 10, there have been 67 games decided by a touchdown (six points) or less, the most such games through the first 10 weeks all-time.

    Ten of 12 games (83.3 percent) that have been completed in Week 10 have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter and there have been 114 games within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter this season, the most such games through the first 10 weeks in NFL history.

    COMEBACKS: Four teams overcame deficits of at least 10 points on Sunday: DETROIT (14-point deficit), GREEN BAY (14), MINNESOTA (17) and TENNESSEE (10). There have been 31 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win or tie, tied with 1987 (31 games) and 2020 (31) for the most such games through the first 10 weeks of a season all-time.

    Four teams came back to win after trailing in the fourth quarter on Sunday: DETROITGREEN BAYINDIANAPOLIS and MINNESOTA. There have been 46 games this season in which a team has come back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter, trailing only the 2016 season (47) for the most such games through the first 10 weeks in NFL history.
  • The TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS defeated Seattle, 21-16, at Allianz Arena in Munich in the first NFL regular-season game played in Germany as quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 258 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for a 111 rating.

    Brady is 4-0 in international games and became the first quarterback to start a game in three different countries outside of the United States. Each of his three previous international starts came with New England, with one start in Mexico City (Week 11, 2017) and two starts in London (Week 7, 2009 and Week 8, 2012).

    From Week 1 to Week 10, Brady recorded 399 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, the second-most consecutive pass attempts without an interception in NFL history, trailing only AARON RODGERS in 2018 (402).
  • Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 331 yards and four touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-17 win over Jacksonville.

    Mahomes has 16 career games with at least four touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (16) for the most such games by a player in his first six career seasons in NFL history.

    Mahomes has 25 touchdown passes this season and became the third player in NFL history with at least 25 touchdown passes in five of his first six career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers PEYTON MANNING (first six seasons) and DAN MARINO (five of first six).

    Mahomes has 176 touchdown passes in 72 career games and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (173) for the most touchdown passes by a player in his first 75 career games in NFL history.
  • Miami quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA passed for 285 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 135 rating in the Dolphins’ 39-17 win over Cleveland.

    Tagovailoa is the second player in NFL history with at least 275 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 135-or-higher in three consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (Weeks 3-5, 1999). Tagovailoa passed for 382 yards with three touchdowns and a 138.7 rating in Week 8 and recorded 302 passing yards with three touchdowns and a 135.7 rating in Week 9.
  • Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON recorded 10 receptions for a career-high 193 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings’ 33-30 overtime win at Buffalo.

    Jefferson recorded his 20th career game with at least 100 receiving yards and surpassed ODELL BECKHAM JR. (19 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (19) for the most such games by a player in his first three career seasons in NFL history.

    Jefferson has seven games with at least 150 receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers LANCE ALWORTH (six games) and RANDY MOSS (six) for the most games with at least 150 receiving yards by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.

    Jefferson, who has 4,076 receiving yards in 42 career games, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (42 games) and ODELL BECKHAM JR. (42) for the fewest games to reach 4,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.

    Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN totaled 414 yards (330 passing, 84 rushing) with a touchdown pass on Sunday.

    Allen, who had 308 passing yards and 109 rushing yards in Week 14 of the 2021 season, is the third player in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and 75 rushing yards in multiple games, joining MICHAEL VICK (three games) and RUSSELL WILSON (three).

    Allen has 3,209 combined passing and rushing yards this season and is the third quarterback with at least 3,200 combined passing and rushing yards in his team’s first nine games of a season in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (3,222 in 2013) and ANDREW LUCK (3,214 in 2014).
  • Chicago quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS totaled 314 yards (167 passing, 147 rushing) and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) as the Bears became the first team in NFL history to rush for at least 225 yards in five consecutive games.

    Chicago has 2,017 rushing yards this season and are the second team with at least 2,000 rushing yards in their first 10 games of a season since 1980, joining the 2019 BALTIMORE RAVENS (2,031).

    Fields is the fifth player in the Super Bowl era to record at least one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown in four consecutive games, joining KYLER MURRAY (five consecutive games in 2020), JIM HART (four in 1968), RYAN TANNEHILL (four from 2020-21) and MICHAEL VICK (four in 2010).

    Fields, who rushed for a 67-yard touchdown and recorded a 50-yard touchdown pass, is the fourth player in league annals to record a 50-yard touchdown pass and 50-yard rushing touchdown in the same game, joining LAMAR JACKSON (2022), CAM NEWTON (2012) and Pro Football Hall of Famer ACE PARKER (1938).

    Fields, who rushed for a quarterback regular-season single-game NFL record 178 yards in Week 9, is the first quarterback since TOBIN ROTE (Weeks 8-9, 1951) with at least 125 rushing yards in consecutive games. Fields’ 325 yards over his past two games are the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a two-game span in NFL history.
  • Denver quarterback RUSSELL WILSON passed for 286 yards and one touchdown on Sunday.

    Wilson has 299 career touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (298) for the second-most touchdown passes by a player in his first 11 career seasons. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (333 touchdown passes) has more. 

BRADY, BUCS BEAT SEAHAWKS 21-16 IN HISTORIC GERMANY GAME

MUNICH (AP) Tom Brady has had his share of memorable football games.

He says Sunday at a raucous Allianz Arena is right up there.

“That was one of the great football experiences that I’ve ever had,” the seven-time Super Bowl champion said. “It says a lot for 23 years in the league.”

Brady stayed undefeated abroad by throwing two touchdown passes to help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-16 in the first regular-season game played in Germany.

Brady connected with Julio Jones and Chris Godwin on scoring passes and Leonard Fournette ran one in as the Bucs (5-5) improved to .500 and snapped Seattle’s four-game winning streak.

German fans packed Allianz Arena for the historic game and the Bucs delivered with a balanced offensive performance on three long scoring drives. Rachaad White started and ran for 105 yards on 22 carries.

“It felt very electric from the time we took the field,” Brady said. “The end of the game with them singing `Sweet Caroline’ and `Country Roads’ – that was pretty epic.”

Brady completed 22 of 29 passes for 258 yards to add Germany to his list of international wins after victories in London (twice) and Mexico City with the New England Patriots.

Trailing 21-3 in the fourth quarter, Seattle’s Geno Smith threw touchdown passes to Tyler Lockett and Marquise Goodwin to make the score 21-16 with 3:58 to play.

Smith found Goodwin in the corner of the end zone for a 19-yard score on fourth-and-1 to complete a drive that started on the Bucs 45 after Brady threw his first interception since the season opener. Linebacker Cody Barton picked it off – ending Brady’s streak of consecutive passes without an interception at 399, three attempts short of Aaron Rodgers’ NFL record set in 2018.

Lockett caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Smith with 8:20 left, but the 2-point conversion try failed, leaving the score 21-9.

Smith was 23 of 33 for 275 yards and the two touchdowns for the Seahawks (6-4), who are still atop the NFC West.

“This feels like a real opportunity missed,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.

The Bucs entered the game with the league’s worst rushing attack. Fournette, who got his passport just in time to travel, had 57 yards on 14 carries as both he and White helped Tampa Bay go 10 of 15 on third down.

“They have not been running the ball very consistently, so coming into the game, we were hoping we could just keep it under wraps and be able to deploy for the throwing game,” Carroll said. “They finished running the ball in the fourth quarter, which kills me.”

Brady is the first quarterback to start a regular-season game in three countries outside the U.S.

Brady found Jones open on a short crossing route and the receiver ran it in for a 31-yard scoring play early in the second quarter. Jones put his left shoulder down and got past safety Josh Jones at the goal line.

Fournette then rumbled in from 1 yard to finish a 13-play, 86-yard drive. He scored two plays after a wide-open Scotty Miller caught a 22-yard pass and went down while bobbling the ball at the 5.

Godwin caught a 4-yard touchdown reception to make it 21-3 early in the fourth quarter. Godwin led the Bucs with 71 yards on six receptions. It was his first touchdown since his season-ending knee injury last year.

Down 14-3, Seattle drove to the Bucs 9 before Devin White’s strip-sack of Smith, whose fumble was recovered by Anthony Nelson at the 13.

The Seahawks had 57 net yards in the first half and drove to the Tampa 22 after the second-half kickoff before settling for a 55-yard field goal by Jason Myers to get on the board at 14-3.

YELLOW CARD

The Bucs drove to the Seattle 22 when Fournette took a direct snap, rolled right and threw across the field to Brady – but it was intercepted by cornerback Tariq Woolen, who had the slow-footed, 45-year-old quarterback well covered at the 6.

Brady was then flagged for tripping – which would be a yellow card if he played for Bayern Munich.

“Had he not slipped you would have seen his 42-inch vertical,” coach Todd Bowles joked.

Brady recognized that the defense wasn’t fooled.

“I tried to yell `Lenny no,’ but it was too late,” Brady said.

Several players slipped on the grass at Allianz.

Carroll thought the field limited his team’s run game. Rookie Kenneth Walker III had 10 carries for 17 yards.

“I wish the field was firmer,” Carroll said.

SACK ATTACK

White had two of Tampa Bay’s three sacks.

Just inside the two-minute warning of the first half, White burst through the line unblocked and brought down Smith for a 10-yard loss at the Seattle 10.

On Seattle’s first drive, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka beat rookie tackle Abraham Lucas around the edge and dropped Smith for a 17-yard loss on third down.

HEAVY HEART

Devin White’s father died shortly before the team left for Munich.

“He still got on the plane. To lose your dad right before you’re getting ready to go to Germany, and to come out and still play, it says a lot about the guy,” Bowles said.

White said it was “unreal” to get the bad news.

“At the end of the day, I knew I had a job to do,” White said. “I just put my head down and kept going forward.”

INJURIES

Fournette left in the fourth quarter with a hip injury. Bowles said the running back has a hip pointer and would be evaluated. Bucs CB Zyon McCollum was ruled out at halftime with a concussion.

GERMAN CONNECTIONS

Seahawks practice squad linebacker Aaron Donkor of Germany led the team out of the tunnel carrying the “12” flag. Donkor is not on the 53-man roster.

UP NEXT:

Seahawks: Bye before hosting the Las Vegas Raiders on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Buccaneers: Bye and then at Cleveland on Nov. 27.

VIKINGS GET CRITICAL ALLEN TURNOVERS, STUN BILLS 33-30 IN OT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Patrick Peterson intercepted Josh Allen with 1:12 left in overtime to finally end a sloppy, yet thrilling back-and-forth game between two of the NFL’s best teams, and the Minnesota Vikings completed their rally from a 17-point second-half deficit to beat the Buffalo Bills 33-30 on Sunday.

The Vikings took advantage of three turnovers by Allen in the fourth quarter and overtime, pulling ahead late in regulation when he mishandled a snap and fumbled in the end zone.

Greg Joseph put the Vikings ahead to stay by hitting a 33-yard field goal with 3:42 left in overtime. The game didn’t end until Allen, facing second and 10 at Minnesota’s 20, forced a pass over the middle intended for Gabe Davis, only to have Peterson intercept it a few yards into the end zone, his second pick of the day. Peterson ran out and slid to the turf.

Kirk Cousins threw for 357 yards, and Justin Jefferson had a monster game with 10 catches for 193 yards for the NFC North-leading Vikings (8-2). Minnesota rallied to win when trailing with 2 1/2 minutes or less remaining in regulation for the fifth time this season.

The Bills (6-3) dropped out of the AFC lead with their second straight loss, this one a thriller that featured several momentum-turning plays in the final minute of regulation alone.

The Bills, clinging to a a 27-23 lead, appeared to have won when they stopped Cousins for no gain on fourth-and-goal from the half-yard line with 49 seconds remaining.

On the very next play, Allen muffed the snap from center Mitch Morse, and Minnesota linebacker Erik Hendricks dived into the end zone to recover it for a touchdown.

Allen, who was questionable to play this week with an injured throwing elbow, engineered a five-play, 69-yard drive to set up Tyler Bass’ 29-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining.

But his mistakes were key to this defeat.

With the Bills ahead 27-17, Allen threw his first interception on fourth-and-goal at Minnesota’s 2 with 10:27 remaining. Rolling to his right, Allen inexplicably threw back across his body directly to Peterson, who returned the ball to Buffalo’s 34 and was tackled by Allen. The frustrated quarterback lay face down on the field for nearly a minute, and kicked both of his feet on the turf before finally getting up.

Though the Vikings scored on the ensuing drive, with C.J. Ham bulling up the middle on a 3-yard run, Joseph missed the extra point.

Then it was Jefferson’s time to rescue the Vikings. He made an incredible one-handed, 32-yard grab on fourth-and-18 on Minnesota’s final drive of regulation. Jefferson reached back to get one hand on the ball and rip it out of the grasp of Bills defender Cam Lewis.

Selected with the 2020 first-round pick the Vikings acquired in a trade that sent receiver Stefon Diggs to the Bills, Jefferson became the NFL’s first player to top 100 yards receiving 20 times in his first three seasons, breaking a tie with Odell Beckham Jr. and former Minnesota great Randy Moss.

Dalvin Cook sparked the comeback by scoring on an 81-yard run to cut Buffalo’s lead to 27-17 with 1:34 left in the third quarter. Cook finished with 119 yards rushing on 14 carries.

Devin Singletary rushed for two first-quarter TDs as the Bills appeared to take control by building a 24-10 halftime lead.

Failing to protect the ball has been a season-long issue for Allen. He has turnovers in eight of nine outings, with 10 interceptions – two more than he had all last season. He’s also lost three fumbles, matching his total last year.

Allen finished 29 of 43 for 330 yards passing and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Davis.

Allen didn’t make an appearance on the field until emerging from the tunnel for pregame warmups, about 45 minutes before kickoff. He and backup Case Keenum both took practice snaps.

INJURIES

Vikings: Akyayleb Evans, starting in place of Cameron Dantz, who was placed on IR, did not return after sustaining a concussion in the first half. … LT Christian Darrisaw was escorted up the tunnel to be evaluated for a concussion in the fourth quarter.

Bills: LB Tremaine Edmunds did not return after a groin injury in the first half. … WR Jake Kumerow hurt an ankle, ending his day.

UP NEXT

Vikings: Host Dallas next Sunday.

Bills: Host Cleveland next Sunday.

LIONS OVERCOME BIG EFFORT BY FIELDS, BEAT BEARS 31-30

CHICAGO (AP) Jamaal Williams scored on a 1-yard run in the closing minutes, Jared Goff threw for 236 yards and a touchdown, and the Detroit Lions overcame another spectacular effort by Chicago’s Justin Fields to beat the Bears 31-30 on Sunday.

The Lions (3-6) scored 21 points in the fourth quarter on the way to their second straight win after losing five in a row.

They wiped out a 14-point deficit with two quick TDs, tying it on a 20-yard interception return by Jeff Okudah.

Fields then went 67 yards untouched for a TD to put Chicago (3-7) back on top 30-24. Cairo Santos missed the extra point.

Goff led an eight-play, 91-yard drive in the closing minutes. Williams made it 31-30 when he scored with 2:21 remaining, and the Lions came away with back-to-back wins for the first time since October 2020 under former coach Matt Patricia. They also stopped a 13-game road winless streak.

Fields ran for 147 yards and two scores, after going for 178 the previous week against Miami – the highest rushing total by an NFL quarterback in a regular-season game since at least 1940. He became the only quarterback in the Super Bowl era with multiple rushing touchdowns of 60-plus yards in the same season.

Fields also threw for 167 yards and two scores, including a 50-yarder to Cole Kmet.

Goff completed 19 of 26 passes.

Amon-Ra St. Brown had 119 yards receiving. Brock Wright caught a touchdown, and the Lions won on the road for the first time since beating the Bears at Soldier Field in December 2020.

Chicago’s Khalil Herbert returned a kickoff 50 yards. He also ran for 57.

The Bears finished with 258 yards rushing, making them the first team in the Super Bowl era with at least 225 rushing yards in five straight games.

The Bears were sailing along with a 24-10 lead early in the fourth quarter when the Lions scored two quick touchdowns.

D’Andre Swift scored from the 9 to cap a four-play drive that was aided by three Bears penalties, including one that wiped out an interception by Jack Sanborn deep in Chicago territory.

The Lions then tied it at 24-all when Fields overthrew a covered Kmet, and Okudah returned the interception 20 yards for a score. Fields, who had a dazzling 61-yard touchdown run against Miami the previous week, then made up for it when he went untouched for a 67-yard score.

INJURIES

Lions: S DeShon Elliott (concussion protocol) left after he was hurt trying to tackle Fields as he crossed the goal line on his touchdown run at the end of the first half.

LB Julian Okwara (knee) and DL Josh Paschal (knee) were hurt in the first half.

UP NEXT

Lions: Visit New York Giants next Sunday.

Bears: Visit Atlanta next Sunday.

MAHOMES THROWS 4 TD PASSES AS CHIEFS BEAT JAGUARS 27-17

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs were rolling through the Jaguars defense when Jacksonville safety Andre Cisco delivered a helmet-to-helmet blow that left wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster motionless on the turf.

Rather than slow down the Chiefs, the questionable hit infuriated them.

Mahomes threw for 331 yards with touchdown passes to four different receivers, and the Kansas City offense piled up nearly 500 yards despite three turnovers in a 27-17 victory Sunday.

“My reaction, I was angry. I was kind of mad,” said Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney, who had one of the touchdown catches. “I don’t like no dirty plays. I felt like it kind of gave the team a boost, gave us something to really put us on our back. It gave us something to play for, you could say.”

Toney, who was acquired a couple of week ago from the Giants, had 33 yards rushing to go with four catches for 57 yards and his first NFL touchdown reception. Travis Kelce, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Noah Gray also had touchdown catches, and Isiah Pacheco ran for 82 yards as the Chiefs (7-2) beat the Jaguars (3-7) for the sixth straight time. Kansas City took over the best record in the AFC.

“They gave us all we could handle,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, “and it wound up being a good game at the end.”

Trevor Lawrence threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns, both to Christian Kirk, who finished with nine catches for 105 yards for the Jaguars. Zay Jones also had eight catches for 68 yards while Travis Etienne ran for 45 yards.

“It’s tough to win games in general when you don’t take advantage of opportunities, especially against a really good team,” Lawrence said. “Too many missed opportunities early. We still had our chances at the end, but we didn’t make the plays.”

The Jaguars became the first team in five years to recover an onside kick to open the game, but their offense squandered the opportunity – and several more. They punted five times and missed a field goal on their first six possessions.

The Chiefs had no such trouble reaching the end zone.

Mahomes, trying to become the third quarterback in NFL history with three straight 400-yard passing games, had 191 by halftime. That included the first NFL touchdown reception for Toney, the injury-prone former first-round draft pick who the Chiefs acquired in a trade with the Giants a couple of weeks ago.

“It just felt electric,” Toney said. “I was too close to the sideline when I caught it, and I was just excited. I was like, `Oh, I got to get in there, somehow, some way.’ But it was electric.”

Later in the half, Smith-Schuster was hit by Cisco while catching a pass over the middle, leaving his hands momentarily frozen in a scene reminiscent of the concussion sustained by Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa earlier this season.

Officials initially threw a flag for the helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver, but referee Brad Rogers said that the officials determined Cisco was leading with his shoulder and picked up the flag.

“He was in a defenseless posture,” Rogers said, “but they didn’t feel that there was any use-of-helmet foul on that.”

That explanation didn’t sit well with the Chiefs, who had to help Smith-Schuster walk off the field.

“That’s what I tried to explain to the officials there: Guys don’t get hit in the shoulder and lay around like that, right there,” Reid said. “Something around the head was involved. That’s why the rules are put in, to avoid that kind of thing.”

The Jaguars finally scored on Kirk’s catch with 11 seconds to go, then had a chance to add points when Chiefs tight end Jody Fortson inexplicably fumbled the kickoff return. But after a quick completion set up the 41-yard field goal try, Jaguars kicker Riley Patterson yanked his second attempt of the half wide left.

Jacksonville tried to get back into the game after halftime with a plodding drive that consumed nearly 10 minutes, but it fizzled out in the red zone and only resulted in a field goal to make it 20-10.

As so often happens, Kansas City answered with a 75-yard drive that ended in Kelce’s touchdown reception.

It was his eighth TD catch of the season and the 65th of Kelce’s career, moving him into second in Chiefs history. It also gave Mahomes his 16th game with at least four TD passes, the ninth most by a quarterback since at least 1950.

The Jaguars trimmed their deficit to 27-17 with 5 1/2 minutes to go, when Lawrence converted on fourth down with a pass to Jones, then hit Kirk almost entirely uncovered from 19 yards out for the touchdown.

Rather than try another onside kick, though, the Jaguars kicked deep and Kansas City ran out the clock.

“We talked about the missed opportunities,” Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said. “When you play great football teams, and the Chiefs are one of those teams, you’ve got to capitalize.”

INJURIES

Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman (abdominal) was inactive after scoring five TDs in his past three games. CB Chris Lammons was placed in the concussion protocol after taking a hit on punt coverage in the first half. RT Andrew Wylie left in the first half with a left elbow injury and did not return.

UP NEXT

The Jaguars are off next week before playing the Ravens on Nov. 27.

The Chiefs visit the Chargers next Sunday night.

TAGOVAILOA STAYS HOT, THROWS FOR 3 TDS, DOLPHINS ROUT BROWNS

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa maintained his scorching form since his return from a concussion, throwing three touchdown passes as the Miami Dolphins beat the Cleveland Browns 39-17 on Sunday for their fourth straight win.

In a game that was a blowout by the fourth quarter, Tagovailoa connected with three receivers for his third straight three-touchdown game.

Since returning in Week 7, Tagovailoa has 10 TD passes and no interceptions. He finished with 285 yards on 25-of-32 passing Sunday.

Jeff Wilson rushed for 119 yards on 17 carries as the Dolphins (7-3) finished with 491 yards of offense.

The Browns (3-6) scored a touchdown on their opening drive, thanks in part to a 48-yard kickoff return by rookie Jerome Ford, but Miami tied the game on its first possession en route to scoring 24 straight points. Cleveland never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

Cleveland’s Jacoby Brissett completed 22 of 35 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown against one of his former teams. Nick Chubb had 11 carries for 63 yards, including a 33-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Tight end Harrison Bryant caught the Browns’ other TD, a 1-yarder.

Wilson had a 33-yard run on the Dolphins’ 10-play, 84-yard opening drive, setting up Tagovailoa, who pump-faked and found fullback Alec Ingold for a 13-yard score.

Miami held the Browns to 10 points after Cleveland’s opening drive, sacked Brissett three times and logged its first turnover since Week 7, a fumble by Chubb before halftime.

The Dolphins held the Browns to 5 of 12 on third down and 297 yards of offense. Receiver Amari Cooper, coming off a 131-yard game in a win over Cincinnati, was held to three catches for 32 yards.

Jaylen Waddle had four receptions for 66 yards for Miami, and his fellow speedy receiver Tyreek Hill caught five passes for 44 yards, including a 2-yard TD catch in the third quarter that made it 30-10.

Tagovailoa’s other TD throw was a 14-yarder to Trent Sherfield with 32 seconds left before halftime, capping an efficient seven-play, 53-yard drive that took just 50 seconds.

INJURIES

Browns: S D’Anthony Bell left with a head injury.

Dolphins: DE Emmanuel Ogbah (elbow) left in the second quarter. … CB Keion Crossen left just before half time with a shoulder injury.

DOMINANT WILSON

A week after scoring a rushing touchdown in his Dolphins debut, Wilson had the best performance by a Miami running back this season.

He has 26 carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns since the Dolphins acquired him at the trade deadline from San Francisco.

Wilson’s fourth-down conversion in the first quarter led to Miami’s first touchdown Sunday. He also had runs of 18 and 11 yards on the drive. Wilson capped the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

FULL HOUSE

The Dolphins distributed 66,563 tickets for Sunday’s game, which was the most since Hard Rock Stadium was renovated in 2015.

Dolphins fans swirled white “Go Fins” towels above their heads and erupted in chants of “MVP” for Tagovailoa during several of Miami’s possessions.

UP NEXT:

Browns: At Buffalo next Sunday.

Dolphins: After a bye, will host Houston on Sunday, Nov., 27.

JONES, BARKLEY LEAD GIANTS PAST TEXANS 24-16 FOR 7-2 START

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Daniel Jones threw two touchdown passes, Saquon Barkley ran for 152 yards and a TD and the surprising New York Giants returned from their bye week and beat the Houston Texans 24-16 on Sunday.

Jones, who was 13 of 17 for 197 yards, hit tight end Lawrence Cager on a 9-yard TD pass and Darius Slayton on a 54-yard catch and run as the Giants (7-2) tallied on their opening possession of each half in building a 14-3 lead.

Barkley, who had a career-high 35 carries, scored from 2-yards out in the third quarter after the Texans (1-7-1) closed to 14-10.

The Giants defense preserved the win, forcing two red-zone turnovers in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Jaylon Smith recovered Dameon Pierce’s fumble at the 11-yard line and Dane Belton intercepted Davis Mills’ pass in the end zone, one play after Houston lost a TD pass to Brandin Cooks because of a holding call.

Mills (22 of 37 for 319 yards) threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Nico Collins and Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked field goals of 38, 34 and 46 yards for Houston, which has lost four straight.

The last field goal cut the lead to eight points with 7 seconds to play but Adoree Jackson recovered the onside kick to seal the win.

Pierce ran for 94 yards and had two catches for 28 yards for the Texans.

The 7-2 start is the best for the Giants since opening 8-1 in 2008. They are hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

NOTES:

Cager was elevated from the practice squad for the game and the TD catch was the first of his brief four-game career, three with the Jets. He also recovered an onside kick after Fairbairn’s second field goal. … Texans TE Jordan Akins had three catches for 72 yards. … Slayton finised with three catches for 95 yards.

INJURIES

No injuries were announced during the game.

UP NEXT:

Texans: Return home to play the Commanders on Sunday.

Giants: Host Lions on Sunday.

STEELERS RIDE DEFENSE TO 20-10 WIN OVER LISTLESS SAINTS

PITTSBURGH (AP) Kenny Pickett and George Pickens ran for 1-yard touchdowns and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled away from the listless New Orleans Saints 20-10 on Sunday.

Fueled by the return of star outside linebacker T.J. Watt, the Steelers (3-6) held the Saints to 186 yards to win for just the second time in eight games. Pittsburgh sacked Andy Dalton twice and forced a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions to thwart any hope of a late rally by the Saints (3-7).

Watt hadn’t played since tearing his left pectoral late in a Week 1 win over Cincinnati. Pittsburgh’s defense looked lost at times without the 2021 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He returned to practice two weeks ago and stressed all of his team’s preseason goals were still attainable even after the team’s worst start since 2013.

Plenty of work remains for the Steelers to emerge from their first-half funk. They put together a formula against the Saints that lacked fireworks but made up for it in efficiency.

Pittsburgh ran for a season-best 217 yards – including 99 by Najee Harris and 51 by Pickett – and didn’t turn it over for the third time this season. The Steelers are 3-0 in those games and 0-6 when they give it away at least once.

Pickett completed 18 of 30 passes for 199 yards without an interception. He also shook off a tweaked left ankle to convert a couple of late quarterback sneaks, including a 1-yard dive with 8:40 to play that gave the Steelers a 10-point lead.

The Saints, hoping to stay in the mix in the underwhelming NFC South, sputtered while dropping their second straight.

Andy Dalton connected on 17 of 27 for 174 yards with a touchdown and two late picks. The first, a deflection snared by recently activated Steelers safety Damontae Kazee, set up Pickett’s touchdown run. The second – which came one series after Dalton was stuffed on a botched fourth-down quarterback sneak – allowed the Steelers to seal it.

The Saints largely beat themselves. While the defense did sack Pickett six times, it also committed six penalties that gave the Steelers a first down, including a pass interference call against Paulson Adebo in the end zone that set up Pickett’s score. New Orleans was flagged 10 times for 74 yards in all, compared to just three penalties for the Steelers.

The miscues and a revived Pittsburgh running game allowed the Steelers to hold the ball for nearly 39 minutes and keep their rejuvenated defense fresh.

INJURIES

Saints: Lost LT Hayden Hurst to a concussion.

UP NEXT

Saints: Host the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday.

Steelers: Welcome Cincinnati next Sunday. Pittsburgh edged the Bengals in overtime in Week 1.

TANNEHILL RETURNS, THROWS 2 TD PASSES AS TITANS BEAT BRONCOS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine as the Tennessee Titans rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat the Denver Broncos 17-10 on Sunday.

The Titans (6-3) won for the sixth time in seven games. Tannehill returned after missing the last two games with a sprained right ankle, and he appeared rusty early as the Titans fell behind 10-0 in the second quarter and were trailing 208-53 in total yards shortly before halftime.

Denver came in rested off a bye, not that it helped as the Broncos (3-6) now have lost five of six.

The Broncos had plenty of chances but couldn’t score after halftime. Russell Wilson had a final chance to tie the game, but his pass on fourth-and-8 from the Titans 25 was tipped and picked off by Terrance Mitchell, who dropped a would-be pick earlier, with 11 seconds left.

Tannehill and the Titans got going late in the second quarter.

The quarterback accounted for 70 yards on a TD drive capped with a 9-yard TD pass to Westbrook-Ikhine to pull within 10-7. In the third quarter, Titans used a flea-flicker with Derrick Henry tossing the ball back to Tannehill, who found Westbrook-Ikhine wide open down the right sideline for a go-ahead 63-yard TD.

Westbrook-Ikhine, undrafted in 2020 out of Indiana, had a career-high 119 yards receiving. Tannehill finished with 255 yards passing.

The Titans played without five defensive starters, including lineman Jeffery Simmons, a 2021 Pro Bowler, safety Amani Hooker and outside linebacker Bud Dupree. Cornerback Kristian Fulton was scratched pregame with an injured hamstring. They lost three other defenders to injuries during the game.

Tennessee still sacked Wilson six times. The veteran QB, whose first season with Denver since being acquired in a trade from Seattle has been disastrous, went 21-of-42 for 286 yards, one touchdown and the late pick.

Denver scratched safety Justin Simmons because of the knee he hurt two weeks ago in the Broncos’ win over Jacksonville in London, and P.J. Locke made his first NFL start. Linebacker Baron Browning also was scratched.

Wilson got the Broncos across midfield for the first time midway through the second quarter when he found Jalen Virgil on the left sideline for a short pass the undrafted rookie from Appalachian State took 66 yards for the TD on his first NFL catch.

The Broncos added a 39-yard field goal by Brandon McManus.

INJURIES

Denver wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, who missed seven games last season with a high ankle sprain, was lost on the first offensive play after apparently tangling his feet with Titans defensive back Andrew Adams. Jeudy immediately grabbed at his left ankle, limped to the sideline and was carted to the locker room.

Broncos right tackle Billy Turner hurt a knee in the second quarter and did not return. Center Graham Glasgow, starting in place of the injured Lloyd Cushenberry III, hurt a shoulder late in the third. He was replaced by rookie Luke Wattenberg, who had played one snap previously.

Titans defensive back Lonnie Johnson hurt a hamstring on punt coverage and was carted to the locker room. Cornerback Elijah Molden, activated off injured reserve Saturday, hurt a groin, while cornerback Caleb Farley left with an injured back.

UP NEXT

Denver hosts the Las Vegas Raiders next Sunday.

The Titans visit Green Bay on Thursday night.

RODGERS RALLIES PACKERS PAST MCCARTHY’S COWBOYS 31-28 IN OT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers finally might have found a new big-play target.

And the Green Bay Packers still have a chance to rescue a season that seemed headed toward oblivion.

Rodgers threw three touchdown passes to rookie Christian Watson and led a 55-yard drive in overtime to set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning 28-yard field goal, and the Packers stopped a five-game skid with a 31-28 win over former coach Mike McCarthy and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

“We’ve seen what we can be, and we’ve seen it was only us getting in our own way,” said Watson, a second-round pick from North Dakota State. “All we had to do was believe.”

Green Bay (4-6) appeared well on its way to losing six straight games in the same season for the first time since 1988, trailing 28-14 in the fourth quarter before Rodgers led two long drives that ended with scoring passes to Watson.

Watson entered Sunday with 10 catches for 88 yards in an injury-riddled rookie season. He caught four passes for 107 yards against Dallas, including touchdowns of 58, 39 and 7 yards.

He became the first Packers rookie since Keith Woodside in 1988 to have multiple touchdown catches in a game. The TD catches were the first of his career, although he reached the end zone on a 15-yard rush against New England on Oct. 2.

Rodgers bounced back after throwing three interceptions to match a career high in a 15-9 loss at Detroit last week.

“Last week was definitely a low, rock-bottom-ish for sure,” said Rodgers, who went 14 of 20 for 224 yards. “Not in a depressive, isolationism way, but more disappointment. And I felt like that was the bottom and it was only up from there. I think a lot of the battles that we face are between I and I, between the person that can go out there and dominate and knows that they can and the little voice in your head that tries to knock you out of that confident perch around you.”

McCarthy coached the Packers to their most recent Super Bowl title after the 2010 season and posted a 125-77-2 record with Green Bay before getting fired in 2018. This was his first game against the Packers since he took over as Dallas’ coach in 2020.

“I’m very frustrated with the end of the game, obviously,” McCarthy said. “I think just the biggest thing for us is we need to just go out here and just learn from these games. I love these kind of games. That’s what I told these (guys), `You need these tight games to get to where you want to go.'”

Rodgers was McCarthy’s quarterback for most of his time with the Packers. Their relationship grew strained in McCarthy’s later seasons, but they exchanged compliments over the last week and shared hugs before and after Sunday’s game.

Rodgers said they also had an extended conversation earlier in the day.

“That was really, really meaningful I think for both of us,” Rodgers said.

The Cowboys (6-3) blew a 14-point lead heading into the fourth quarter for the first time in franchise history. They entered Sunday with a 195-0 record in such games, including playoffs.

McCarthy chose to go for it on fourth-and-3 from Green Bay’s 35 on the opening possession of overtime instead of trying a long field goal. Dak Prescott was pressured by Jarran Reed and threw a desperation pass to Tony Pollard that fell incomplete.

“I’m fine with the decision,” McCarthy said. “Obviously, I know we didn’t convert. Fourth-and-3, we just didn’t convert.”

The Packers had third-and-1 from their own 44 on the ensuing drive when Rodgers threw across the middle to Allen Lazard, who caught the ball just beyond midfield and raced to the 20 for a 36-yard gain. The Packers then set things up for Crosby’s game-winning kick.

Green Bay’s Aaron Jones rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Dallas’ CeeDee Lamb finished with 11 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Pollard ran for 115 yards and a score. Prescott went 27 of 46 for 265 yards, three TDs and two interceptions, both by Rudy Ford.

Watson’s 58-yard touchdown in the second quarter was the Packers’ longest completion of the season. He celebrated by doing a back flip in the end zone.

He delivered a couple of even bigger plays in the fourth quarter. Rodgers found Watson for a 39-yard score on fourth-and-7 with 13:23 left. They connected again on a game-tying 7-yard TD with 2:29 remaining.

Green Bay got the ball back at its own 33 with 1:38 left but gained only 9 yards on two carries by Jones and an incompletion before punting, a series that had Rodgers angry about the play-calling.

“I felt like I threw the ball just about exactly where I wanted it to tonight,” Rodgers said. “I wanted to go have a chance to win the game.”

Rodgers and the Packers were feeling a lot better by the time the game ended.

INJURIES

Cowboys CB Anthony Brown left with a concussion in the second quarter.

The Cowboys were missing running back Ezekiel Elliott (knee). … Green Bay’s defense was missing outside linebacker Rashan Gary (knee), linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (knee) and cornerback Eric Stokes (ankle/knee). The Packers placed Gary and Stokes on injured reserve after both players were hurt at Detroit.

UP NEXT

Cowboys: At Minnesota on Sunday.

Packers: Host Tennessee on Thursday night.

MCCOY LEADS CARDS PAST RAMS 27-17; COOPER KUPP INJURED

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Colt McCoy realizes every time he steps on an NFL field these days might be his last chance to play, so the Cardinals’ 36-year-old backup quarterback got some friends and relatives out to Los Angeles this weekend when he became pretty sure he would have to fill in for Kyler Murray.

McCoy then had a game to remember, while the Los Angeles Rams had another day to forget in a season that’s turning into a nightmare.

McCoy passed for 238 yards in his first start of the season, James Conner rushed for two touchdowns and Arizona hung on for a 27-17 victory Sunday over the Rams, who lost Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp to a possibly serious ankle injury.

Both teams played their backup quarterbacks with starters Matthew Stafford (concussion protocol) and Murray (hamstring) sidelined by injury. McCoy soundly outplayed Los Angeles’ John Wolford, notably throwing a TD pass to A.J. Green and hitting DeAndre Hopkins for 98 yards on 10 catches.

“As a backup, you just never know when your opportunity is going to strike,” McCoy said. “Quite honestly, I want K-1 (Murray) to be healthy. He’s a phenomenal player. But in this situation, with linemen out, our backs against the wall, in a division game on the road, I dug deep and was proud to go out there and play as hard as I can.”

In the 34th start of his 13-year career, McCoy went 26 of 37 while patiently running a disciplined offensive game plan for the Cardinals (4-6), who grinded out a much-needed victory for coach Kliff Kingsbury after losing four of their past five.

“It’s been a struggle, there’s no doubt, this season,” Kingsbury said. “We haven’t played up to our standards yet, or coached. … But against another team that was struggling and trying to find an identity, to come here ourselves and find a way to get it done is a good step in the right direction.”

Rondale Moore had nine catches for 94 yards, including a jaw-dropping grab on a long pass on fourth-and-3 in the fourth quarter to set up Arizona’s clinching TD run by Conner two plays later with 7:41 to play.

Wolford passed for 212 yards in an inconsistent performance for the defending champion Rams (3-6), who lost for the fifth time in six games. They also lost Kupp in the fourth quarter when he went down awkwardly while being hit by Marco Wilson after failing to catch a poorly thrown pass from Wolford.

“I just know it didn’t look good, it didn’t sound good,” coach Sean McVay said.

Kupp, the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year while winning the triple crown of receiving last season, made only three catches for minus-1 yard before incurring an injury that had him visibly unhappy as he limped to the locker room.

“I was upset with myself a little bit,” Wolford said. “It was kind of a weird play, but I hate to see him getting hurt. He works real hard, and it’s sad to see.”

Darrell Henderson rushed for a TD for the Rams, who are in last place in the NFC West just nine games after they won the Super Bowl. Los Angeles is three games under .500 for the first time in McVay’s career.

“We’ve got to continue to have some resolve about ourselves, and then have some better execution,” McVay said. “By no means am I saying that there’s no better positions that (the players) could be put in, but I do want to see us be able to capitalize and make some of those critical plays when they’re there to be had.”

With Stafford still in the concussion protocol after apparently getting hurt in last week’s loss at Tampa Bay, Wolford went 24 of 36 and threw his first career TD pass to Van Jefferson with 7 seconds to play. The Rams also used third-string QB Bryce Perkins on several plays, with both quarterbacks playing behind LA’s ninth different starting offensive line in nine games.

Arizona went ahead for good on Conner’s 4-yard TD run to cap a 13-play drive in the second quarter. Cards rookie Myjai Sanders then forced a fumble while sacking Wolford, and McCoy led another scoring drive capped by Green’s toe-tapping catch 24 seconds before halftime for the veteran’s first TD of an injury-affected season.

McCoy banged his left knee on the turf while getting sacked by Justin Hollins in the third quarter, and third-stringer Trace McSorley took two snaps before McCoy returned on the next drive.

INJURIES

Cards TD Zach Ertz injured his knee on their opening drive. The three-time Pro Bowl selection eventually went to the locker room on a cart. Kingsbury had no update postgame. … New Cards K Tristan Vizcaino made a 46-yard field goal with 3:44 to play. He replaced Matt Prater. … Budda Baker made a clinching 53-yard interception return in the closing minutes. He was expected to miss the game earlier this week with a sprained ankle, but suited up. … Both teams didn’t have their starting left tackles with Los Angeles’ Alaric Jackson and Arizona’s D.J. Humphries sidelined.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Face San Francisco in Mexico City on Monday, Nov. 21.

Rams: At New Orleans next Sunday.

MCCAFFREY’S TD, STOUT D LEAD 49ERS PAST CHARGERS 22-16

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) For all the talk of how dynamic San Francisco’s offense could look with Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel, it was the 49ers defense that once again led the way.

McCaffrey ran for the go-ahead touchdown with 7:54 to play, and the Niners pitched a second-half shutout to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 22-16 Sunday night in their first game back from a bye week.

“I was proud of our team today,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I want to play better. I want to blow people out. I want to score every time we go. … Those guys are tough to get in the end zone against and they did that to us today. But we still found a way to win.”

The Niners (5-4) returned from the midseason break as healthy as they’ve been all season on offense and with hopes of making a second-half run. Their performance against the short-handed Chargers (5-4) was a slog at times but proved to be just enough to come out on top.

San Francisco fell behind by 10 points in the second quarter before rallying. Jimmy Garoppolo scored on a 1-yard sneak in the second quarter and then made the biggest play when he hit Brandon Aiyuk on a 24-yard pass on third-and-10 from the Chargers 26 midway through the fourth quarter.

McCaffrey ran it in on the next play and has now accounted for four touchdowns in three games since arriving from Carolina in a midseason trade.

Garoppolo went 19 for 28 for 240 yards while San Francisco relied heavily on the ground game, rushing 41 times for 157 yards, and defense.

“There’s different ways to win this league,” Garoppolo said. “We definitely made it hard on ourselves, that’s for sure. But a lot of resilient guys, a lot of mature guys. … It wasn’t pretty early on and they were doing some things that gave us trouble, but we stuck with it.”

Justin Herbert went 21 for 35 for 196 yards with a touchdown pass for the Chargers, who were playing without both starting tackles and receivers.

After scoring a touchdown on their opening possession, the Chargers managed just three field goals – two on drives that started in Niners territory – the rest of the way against a stout San Francisco defense.

“They did a good job against the run in the second half,” coach Brandon Staley said. “We couldn’t get anything going in the run game, and in the passing game it was tight. The rush was coming, and there wasn’t a lot of air in the second and third level to take advantage of.”

The Chargers failed on two late chances, They took over at their 1 with 2:03 to play but turned it over on downs when Herbert’s pass on fourth-and-3 from his own 8 went off Joshua Palmer’s hands for an incompletion.

After holding San Francisco to a field goal, Herbert got another chance with 53 seconds to go but was intercepted by Talanoa Hufanga on the first play to seal the game.

“It didn’t go our way today,” Herbert said. “Unfortunately we fell short.”

San Francisco held the opposition scoreless in the second half for the second straight game after allowing 44 points to Kansas City in Week 8.

“We know that we’re we’re one of the best defenses in the league,” linebacker Fred Warner said. “We’ve shown that throughout the season. One bad game doesn’t define you.”

FAST START

The Chargers flipped the script from their recent games, when they became the first team since 1988 to trail by at least 10 points following the first quarter in four straight outings. Herbert completed all four passes on the opening drive, capped by a 32-yard TD strike to DeAndre Carter.

Los Angeles then held the Niners to a field goal after a drive inside the 10 and led 7-3 after one.

EJECTED

Niners linebacker Dre Greenlaw was ejected late in the second quarter when he delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit on Herbert. Herbert was forced to leave the game to be checked for a concussion.

“It blew my mind,” Shanahan said of the ejection.

Chase Daniel came in for the final three plays of the half. The Chargers’ drive stalled and they settled for a field goal that made it 16-10. Herbert was cleared and returned at the start of the second half.

INJURIES

Chargers: DL Otito Ogbonnia (knee) and TE Gerald Everett (groin) left in the first half and didn’t return. … DL Christian Covington (pectoral) left in the fourth quarter.

49ers: WR Danny Gray rolled his ankle in warmups and didn’t play.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Host Kansas City next Sunday night.

49ers: Play Arizona in Mexico City on Monday, Nov. 21.

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AP TOP 25: NO. 1 UGA LEADS UNCHANGED TOP 5; DUCKS, UCLA SLIP

(AP) — No. 1 Georgia led an unchanged top five in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, while the rest of the Top 25 was shuffled after eight ranked teams lost – including two big upsets in the Pac-12.

For the second straight week, the Bulldogs received all but one of the 63 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. No. 2 Ohio State received the other first-place vote.

No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 TCU and No. 5 Tennessee held their spots after victories Saturday, with only the Horned Frogs facing a real challenge.

Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and Tennessee won by a combined 203-60 against conference opponents.

Home losses by Oregon (to Washington) and UCLA (to Arizona) shook up the rest of the top 10. No. 6 LSU and No. 7 Southern California each moved up a spot.

The last time two top-10 Pac-12 teams lost at home during the same weekend was Oct. 2-4, 2014, when No. 2 Oregon fell 31-24 to Arizona 31-24 and No. 8 UCLA was defeated 30-28 by Utah.

Alabama jumped two spots to No. 8 after it fell to a season-low No. 10 last week. Clemson moved up four spots to re-enter the top- 0 at No. 8 and Utah climbed to No .10.

POLL POINTS

Georgia is closing in on a school record.

The Bulldogs are No. 1 for the ninth time this season, matching the total from last season, when they won the national title for the first time in 41 years.

Georgia has been at No. 1 a total of 33 times in school history, one behind Michigan for 12th most in the history of the AP poll.

The Bulldogs are at Kentucky next week and close the season against Georgia Tech. Barring a major upset, they’ll go into the Southeastern Conference championship against LSU with 11 weeks as the country’s top-ranked team.

IN

Of the four teams that moved into the rankings this week, Coastal Carolina is the only one making its season debut. The 23rd-ranked Chanticleers have now reached the Top 25 in each of the last three seasons.

– No. 22 Cincinnati is back in. The Bearcats give the American Athletic Conference a season-high three ranked teams along with No. 17 Central Florida and No. 21 Tulane.

– No. 24 Oklahoma State returned after snapping a two-game losing streak by beating Iowa State.

– No. 25 Oregon State is also back. The Beavers broke a nine-year poll drought two weeks ago, immediately lost a close game at Washington and dropped out, and then moved back in Sunday after beating California.

OUT

Texas’ season in the rankings: Unranked for the first two polls, moved in for two weeks in September, out for two weeks, in for two weeks, back for a week and now gone again.

– Illinois tumbled out after a second straight home loss.

– North Carolina State is unranked for the first time this season after the Wolfpack was upset at home by Boston College.

– Liberty’s time in the Top 25 lasted a mere week. The Flames followed up a victory at Arkansas to move into the rankings by losing at UConn to fall out.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Ducks and Bruins getting toppled crushed the Pac-12’s hopes of putting a team in the College Football Playoff. One consolation prize: The conference now has more ranked teams than it has since Sept. 15, 2019.

Pac-12 – 6 (Nos. 7, 10, 12, 15, 16, 25).

SEC – 5 (Nos. 1, 5, 6, 8, 14).

ACC – 3 (Nos. 9, 13, 20).

American – 3 (Nos. 17, 21, 22).

Big Ten – 3 (Nos. 2, 3, 11).

Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 4, 19, 24).

Sun Belt – 1 (No. 23).

Independent – 1 (No. 18).

RANKED vs. RANKED

The Pac-12’s big games lost some luster, but they’re still at the top of the marquee.

No. 7 USC at No. 16 UCLA.

No. 10 Utah at No. 12 Oregon.

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SIMPSON LEADS COLORADO TO 78-66 UPSET OF NO. 11 TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) KJ Simpson had 23 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs for the sophomore, to lead Colorado to an 78-66 upset victory over No. 11 Tennessee on Sunday.

Tristan de Silva added 14 points for the Buffaloes, who shot 43.5% from the field, compared with the Volunteers’ 25.4%.

“Today was about Colorado, and (Simpson) was terrific,” Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle said. “KJ I thought really took the game in his own hands down the stretch there and really controlled the tempo. The 23 points, he’ll have other nights like that for sure, but the 10 rebounds were fantastic.”

Josiah-Jordan James and Tyreke Key led Tennessee with 15 points apiece.

“We definitely didn’t come into this game with the right mindset,” James said. “This is a good lesson for us. It’s a long basketball season. Of course I’m disappointed and upset that we lost, but I’m also excited just to see how this team responds.”

The Vols (1-1) could not overcome a poor shooting performance to rally in the second half after giving up the lead for good with 18:12 to play. The Buffaloes (2-1) led by as many as 14 down the stretch as part of a dominant second half in which they outscored Tennessee 46-32.

“They deserved to win,” Vols coach Rick Barnes said. “They, I thought, controlled the game pretty much from start to finish.”

Simpson had 15 second-half points.

“We just wanted to focus on coming out the second half with even more energy than we did in the first,” he said. “We just wanted to really dial in and focus on coming out even better than we did in the first.”

Tennessee held a 34-32 lead at halftime after shooting just 23.1% from the field. Colorado trailed by as many as eight points before halftime.

Key paced the Vols in the first half with 12 points, with all but three points coming from the free-throw line.

Colorado’s bench outscored Tennessee’s 52-34.

The victory was the Buffaloes’ first over the Vols after dropping the previous four matchups between the schools.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Tennessee likely will drop dramatically when the next poll is released, as the 10 teams ahead of it all have wins in their first two games.

BIG PICTURE

Colorado: After a disappointing loss Friday to Grambling State, the Buffaloes held the Vols to 66 points after surrendering an average of 74.5 points per game while splitting their first two of the season.

Tennessee: The Vols need to find their shooting touch from the field as the season progresses. They shot 40% in their season-opening win over Tennessee Tech but struggled against Colorado.

UP NEXT

Colorado: Faces UMass on Thursday at the Myrtle Beach Invitational.

Tennessee: Hosts Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday before heading to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis the following week.

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CZINANO, CLARK HELP NO. 4 IOWA DEFEAT DRAKE 92-86 IN OT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Monika Czinano scored 36 points and Caitlin Clark added 28 to help No. 4 Iowa beat Drake 92-86 in overtime on Sunday.

Czinano and Clark scored all but two of the Hawkeyes’ points in the extra period as Iowa outscored the Bulldogs 10-4.

The Hawkeyes have won 10 of the last 11 games in this in-state rivalry, but this one was a challenge.

“I think we found ways to win,” Clark said. “I don’t think we played our best – I think I can say that. But that’s what we’ve been talking about all year – finding ways to win when our offense isn’t going the way you want it to.”

“I think this will be good for us, good down the stretch,” Czinano said.

Iowa shot just 41.8% for the game, but came up with crucial shots in the fourth quarter and overtime.

“Great teams make detail plays down the stretch,” Drake coach Allison Pohlman said. “If we make a couple of more shots, get a few more rebounds or steals, maybe it’s a different game.”

“Coming in here and winning on the road, I’m extremely happy with that,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said.

The Hawkeyes (3-0) won their first two games of the season by a combined 96 points, but the Bulldogs (1-1) never let them get into an offensive rhythm. The final margin was Iowa’s largest lead of the game.

“There’s so much we can take away that could have made this a more comfortable win,” Clark said. “I think it shows the veterans we have on this team, we showed we could be super-steady when things didn’t go our way.”

The Bulldogs never let the Hawkeyes get away. A layup by Drake’s Katie Dinnebier with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the game at 82. The Hawkeyes had a chance to win the game, but Gabbie Marshall’s shot missed with one second left.

Iowa grabbed momentum right away in overtime. Clark had a layup 12 seconds in to put the Hawkeyes up, 84-82, then Marshall got a steal on the inbounds pass. Czinano scored on a layup 20 seconds later.

“The biggest play was Gabbie’s steal,” Clark said. “We had four points in the first three possessions, and then we were able to kind of settle into our defense. We really bought in, we made them take tough shots.”

Czinano, who led the nation in field-goal percentage the last two seasons, was 14 of 21 from the field and added 11 rebounds. She drew 11 fouls .

“My teammates were hitting me in the best spots possible,” Czinano said. “They just had a beeline to me on every possession.”

Clark, a unanimous preseason Associated Press All-American, struggled with her shooting, finishing 9 of 28 from the field.

Drake led by as much as nine points in the first half, the first time the Hawkeyes have trailed this season. Clark and Czinano combined to score 27 consecutive first-half points, but the Bulldogs led 45-41 at halftime.

All five Drake starters scored in double figures. Dinnebier led Drake with 24 points. Grace Berg had 18 points. Maggie Bair had 13 points. Sarah Beth Gueldner had 12. Megan Meyer had 11.

McKenna Warnock added 11 for Iowa.

BRINK’S BENCH

Both coaching staffs wore t-shirts that had “Brink’s Bench” on them, in honor of former Drake player Lisa Brinkmeyer, who has cancer.

Brinkmeyer played for current Iowa coach Lisa Bluder from 1993-97 when Bluder coached the Bulldogs. Brinkmeyer led Drake to two Missouri Valley Conference titles and two NCAA tournament appearances.

Brinkmeyer attended Sunday’s game and was recognized between the first and second quarters.

“She is a trailblazer for Drake University and Drake women’s basketball,” Pohlman said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Clark said after Thursday’s win over Evansville that she was looking forward to more difficult games that were ahead on the schedule. The in-state rival Bulldogs provided that challenge, taking advantage of the holes that showed up in Iowa’s defense.

UP NEXT

Iowa: At Kansas State on Thursday.

Drake: At No. 22 Nebraska on Saturday.

NO. 14 BUCKEYES HOUND BOSTON COLLEGE, ROLL TO 82-64 VICTORY

BOSTON (AP) Rebeka Mikulasikova and Jacy Sheldon had double-doubles and No. 14 Ohio State capped an impressive opening week with an 82-64 victory over Boston College on Sunday.

Mikulasikova had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes (2-0), who defeated No. 5 Tennessee 87-75 earlier in the week. Sheldon had the unusual double-double of 14 points and a school-record tying 11 steals. She had eight steals against Tennessee.

Ohio State trailed 22-21 with about six minutes left in the second quarter but finished the period with a 21-3 run that provided most of its 18-point margin by game’s end. The Buckeyes led 42-25 at the half.

Ohio State’s defensive pressure resulted in 20 steals among Boston College’s 32 turnovers, but the Buckeyes gave much of that back with 23 turnovers of their own, five by Sheldon.

Taylor Mikesell contributed 16 points and Taylor Thierry had 10 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Buckeyes. Madison Green had eight points and tied her career high with nine assists off the bench. Mikulasikova shot 9-for-13 overall, made 3 of 4 3-pointers, and had three assists.

Maria Gakdeng had 13 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots for Boston College (1-2). Andrea Daley had 11 points and seven rebounds, JoJo Lacey scored 11 points and T’Yana Todd added 10 points. Taina Mair had 10 assists but committed eight turnovers. Daley had seven turnovers.

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GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER, GIDDEY POWER THUNDER PAST KNICKS

NEW YORK (AP) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 37 points, Josh Giddey had a triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder shot a season-high 62.5% from the field in a 145-135 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Giddey had 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who picked up their fifth straight victory at Madison Square Garden. Giddey joined Wilt Chamberlain (1968) as the only other player in NBA history to record triple-doubles during their first two games at MSG.

“Any time your name is within the company of (Chamberlain), one of the all-time greats, is special,” Giddey said. “But basketball is a team game, so if those things contribute to winning and helping my guys around me be better, then it makes it worth it.”

Lu Dort also had 24 points for Oklahoma City and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl added 17.

“We took the right shots; we made the right passes,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “No one was pounding it. We just kind of moved it and let the ball find the right guy. Guys were all ready to attack. It was a good offense.”

Six Knicks scored in double figures, led by Cam Reddish, who had a season-high 26 points. Julius Randle had 25 and Immanuel Quickley chipped in 24.

RJ Barrett, the Knicks’ second-leading scorer, got into foul trouble and was held to a season-low four points on 2-of-10 shooting in 19 minutes. He did not play in the final 21-plus minutes.

“We just got behind by so much that we were just looking for life,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said of his decision to leave Barrett on the bench. “The group that was in there gave us a little bit of a spark, so that’s where we went with it.”

The Thunder surpassed their season average for points (113.4) by scoring 122 points through three quarters. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21 in the third, and the Thunder used a 17-2 run to turn a three-point game into a rout.

“(Gilgeous-)Alexander, he’s a tough matchup. So is Giddey,” Thibodeau said. “You’re not guarding those guys individually, you’re guarding those guys with your team, so that’s where we fell short.”

The teams set a torrid pace from the outset, with New York putting up 48 first-quarter points, a season high for a single quarter. New York, which led by as many as 13, shot 64.5% from the field in the first quarter and went 4 of 7 from 3-point range, with 12 assists on its 20 field goals.

Oklahoma City set a season high by scoring 43 points in the second quarter, then duplicated it in the third. The Thunder made 74% of their shots in the second and turned a 12-point deficit into a six-point halftime lead. The Thunder, who outscored the Knicks by 18 in the second quarter, scored a season-high 79 first-half points and closed the frame with a 24-12 run.

“We obviously didn’t start the way we wanted,” Daigneault said. “I thought we did a great job of course-correcting in the second quarter and just settled back into our stuff and got control of the game going into the half.”

In the Thunder’s last visit to MSG, Giddey finished with 28 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a 127-123 overtime victory on Feb. 14.

“We only come (to MSG) once (per season), so we’ve got to make the most of it,” Giddey said.

TIP-INS

The Knicks were without center Mitchell Robinson for the fifth consecutive game because of a knee injury. Isaiah Hartenstein started in his place for the third straight game and had 14 points and seven rebounds.

Gilgeous-Alexander, who played his college basketball at Kentucky, was kept off the scoreboard for the first 8 minutes, 11 seconds but improved to 5-0 combined at MSG in his college and professional career. . The Thunder have scored 130-plus points in three straight games (2-1).

UP NEXT

Oklahoma City: At Boston on Monday.

New York: At Utah on Tuesday.

GARLAND’S CAREER-HIGH 51 NOT ENOUGH, CAVS LOSE TO WOLVES

CLEVELAND (AP) All-Star point guard Darius Garland was watching the scoreboard, but not his individual statistics on Sunday night. He received a pleasant surprise.

Garland poured in a career-high 51 points – 27 of them in the fourth quarter – and made a career-best 10 3-pointers as the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 129-124 to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Cleveland had trailed 99-75 late in the third.

“I didn’t even know I had 50 until I went to the bench,” Garland said. “No one told me and I wasn’t paying attention to anything, except trying to win the game.

“That’s the great thing about this group of guys. No one cares about individual numbers. It’s all about the team.”

Garland’s point total was briefly the highest in the NBA this season, surpassing the 49 by Memphis’ Ja Morant against Houston on Oct. 21. Roughly one hour later, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid scored 59 in a 105-98 win over the Utah Jazz.

The Cavaliers’ franchise record of 57 points is shared by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Garland fell four points shy of tying the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse mark held by Irving and James Harden.

“Incredible performance, master class by Darius, and we’re hoping for many more of those out of him,” Cleveland forward Kevin Love said. “That was just beautiful. He got to his spots, kept us right there and gave us a chance at the end, and that’s all you can ask.”

Garland became the fourth Cavaliers player to score 50, joining James (nine times), Irving (twice) and Walt Wesley (once). His 10 3-pointers doubled his previous single-game high and were one short of Irving’s team record.

Cleveland, which lost its fourth in a row, played without injured All-Stars Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen. Mitchell was sidelined with a sprained right ankle, while Allen sat out with a sore left ankle.

D’Angelo Russell had season highs of 30 points and 12 assists and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points to help the Timberwolves overcome Garland’s onslaught.

“Garland is a phenomenal young player and he got super hot,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said. “When guys like him get hot, there is no shutting them down, so you’ve got to really, really work. But I’m not here to be super picky with our guys after a win.”

Garland made two free throws with 8.3 seconds left to pull Cleveland within 126-124, but Russell made it 127-124 from the foul line. Kevin Love threw away the subsequent inbounds pass and Taurean Prince made two free throws to lock up the win.

Russell made 11 of 13 shots, including 4 of 5 3-pointers, and Towns grabbed 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Prince had 19 points off the bench and Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

ROCKY RUSSELL

Timberwolves G D’Angelo Russell shot .377 from the field over the first 13 games and is averaging less than 15.0 points for the first time since his rookie season of 2015-2016.

Coach Chris Finch said Russell’s lack of production is a concern, but is not considering moving him out of the starting lineup.

“We’re not going anywhere without D-Lo playing at a much better level for us, but he had kind of a slow start last season, too,” Finch said. “I see his shooting struggles more related to hesitancy, not anything related to his role.”

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: C Naz Reid (illness) missed his second straight game. F Josh Minott and G Wendell Moore Jr. are on G League assignments with Iowa. . Two-way F Luka Garza traveled with the Timberwolves.

Cavaliers: F Dean Wade (right knee soreness) missed his second game in a row. F Dylan Windler (right ankle sprain) and G Ricky Rubio (left knee surgery) have not played this season.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Visit Orlando on Wednesday.

Cavaliers: Visit Milwaukee on Wednesday.

WIZARDS EARN 4TH STRAIGHT VICTORY, 102-92 OVER GRIZZLIES

WASHINGTON (AP) Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points and Deni Avdija added 21 to lead the Washington Wizards to their fourth straight victory, 102-92 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night.

The Wizards swept a weekend back-to-back against Utah and Memphis, two of the Western Conference’s top teams in the early going this season. Washington did that without Bradley Beal, who is still getting back into playing shape after going through health and safety protocols.

Memphis was missing key players as well, with Ja Morant out because of left ankle soreness and Desmond Bane unavailable because of right toe soreness.

“That was a point of emphasis for us, that even though they have a couple guys out, this is one of those games you have to be careful,” Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “They’re going to play free and easy, they’re going to play physical. They’re going to play hard – guys who get more opportunities.”

Dillon Brooks scored 19 points for the Grizzlies. Steven Adams contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.

“I’m proud of the way the guys fought,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “Wizards always had an answer for everything we had tonight.”

Kyle Kuzma had nine points and 11 rebounds for Washington, which went on an 11-2 run near the end of the third quarter to extend what had been a one-point lead. The Wizards led 85-78 in the fourth when Will Barton dunked to push the advantage to nine. That was the start of an 11-4 spurt.

The Wizards and Grizzlies split two games a week apart. Memphis won 103-97 at home the previous Sunday with Bane and Morant combining for 51 points. That was Washington’s last game before the beginning of this winning streak.

FROM DEEP

Washington went 19 of 40 from 3-point range, with Porzingis making a team-high six. Jordan Goodwin went 3 of 4 from beyond the arc and finished with 10 points.

Memphis was just 9 of 28 from long range.

Porzingis made five of his 3s during a 19-point first half.

“I think he likes the way we play. It kind of fits his style of game,” Unseld said. “When we space the floor correctly, and when we do move the ball, who wouldn’t want to play that way?”

BIG NIGHT

Avdija equaled his career high in scoring.

“Just confidence,” teammate Monte Morris said. “When you’ve got confidence, and you’ve got, already, hoop game on you, it’s just going to take your talent and your level to another level, and I think these last few games, he’s stepping up now in shots. He’s not second guessing it. He’s shooting his shot, and he’s also defending.”

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Memphis was also without Jaren Jackson Jr. (right foot), Ziaire Williams (right knee) and Danny Green (left knee). … Tyus Jones scored 17 points and Santi Aldama added 15.

Wizards: Delon Wright (right hamstring) and Taj Gibson (cervical soreness) were not available. … Corey Kispert scored 12 points and Monte Morris had 10.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: At New Orleans on Tuesday night.

Wizards: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

EMBIID SCORES CAREER-HIGH 59, LEADS 76ERS PAST JAZZ 105-98

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Tyrese Maxey jumped on Joel Embiid’s back and pounded the big man’s chest in celebration of the greatest game in the 76ers center’s career. The frivolity was fitting because Embiid carried the Sixers in the fourth quarter – all while each bucket etched his name alongside the greats in NBA history.

Embiid scored a career-high 59 points and added 11 rebounds, eight assists and seven blocked shots in a historically dominant performance, powering Philadelphia to a 105-98 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.

“My teammates knew who had the hot hand and they just had to feed me,” Embiid said.

Embiid has clearly rounded back into form over the last week after recovering from an illness. The reigning NBA scoring champion dropped 42 points a night earlier in a win against Atlanta.

Embiid scored 26 of Philadelphia’s 27 points in the fourth quarter and he became the first player in NBA history with 50 points, 10 boards, five rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a game since blocks became an official stat in 1973-74.

“I’ve never seen a more dominating performance when you combine defense and offense,” coach Doc Rivers said.

There have been few like it in Philly, even for a franchise littered with basketball Hall of Famers. Embiid scored the fifth-most points in franchise history. Wilt Chamberlain, naturally, holds the top three spots with 68 in 1967, 65 in 1966 and 62 in 1966. Allen Iverson scored 60 in 2005.

“Those are two legends that played here that I respect a lot and to be in that company means a lot,” Embiid said. “I still got a long ways to go.”

With the Sixers up 101-98 and 1:19 left, Embiid blocked Collin Sexton’s driving layup and then came right down and hit a little jumper that sealed the victory.

Embiid shook off nagging injuries to post his breakthrough game of his seventh season on the second night of a home back-to-back. He made 19 of 28 shots from the floor, 20 of 24 free throws and kept the Sixers from folding against the upstart Jazz. Embiid even tossed in a steal and his plus-minus was a whopping plus-25 in 37 minutes.

His 101 points this weekend made him only the third player since 1988 to score 100-plus points on a back-to-back. He combined for 21 rebounds and 14 assists. And he’s done it all with James Harden still out with an injured foot.

Embiid was aware he was on the brink of hitting 60 points – he tossed up a turnaround 3-pointer in the final minute that wasn’t close (he missed 4 of 5 3s overall).

“I could have easily dribbled the ball and pulled up,” Embiid said, laughing.

The number that stood out the most to Embiid: 0. The turnover-prone center had none in the second half after committing five in the first half.

Maxey chipped in 18 points for the Sixers but they had only 10 points from their other three starters. Embiid scored 13 points in the first quarter, 11 in the second and nine more in the third.

Maxey smiled as he repeatedly said, “Joel Embiid is very good at basketball” to questions about the center’s effort. Because really, what other superlatives were left?

“I think you can tell he’s hitting his groove,” Maxey said.

Embiid sank two free throws with 4:56 left in the fourth for a 96-94 lead and he matched his career high with 50 points. Embiid had twice before scored 50 points. The 7-footer hit two more free throws at the 4:17 mark for a 98-96 lead.

He had Sixers fans chanting “MVP! MVP! in appreciate and one yelled “He’s gonna get 60!”

So close.

The Jazz gave him every opportunity with a string of fouls down the stretch and Embiid kept knocking ’em down from the line. He missed just his fourth free throw attempt late in the game that made it 101-98.

Malik Beasley scored 18 points. Sexton and Lauri Markkanen each scored 15 points for the Jazz, who lost a night earlier at Washington. The Jazz are 5-0 at home.

“It’s OK to be proud of how you’ve played to this point,” coach Will Hardy said. “We try to have our guys embrace that. It’s on us as a staff to continue to teach and remind them that there’s still a lot we can get better at.”

TIP-INS

Utah: Went 4-3 on a stretch of six of seven games on the road. … Missed 8 of 13 free throws in the first half.

76ers: Embiid scored 24 points in the first half, the 30th time since the start of last season he has scored 20-plus points in a half. … Matisse Thybulle had five steals.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Host the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

76ers: Have the next four days off until another back-to-back home set against Milwaukee on Friday and Minnesota on Saturday.

PORTER’S 31 POINTS LEAD NUGGETS PAST BULLS 126-103

CHICAGO (AP) Michael Porter Jr. scored a season-high 31 points and Nikola Jokic had 14 assists as the Denver Nuggets cruised past the Chicago Bulls 126-103 Sunday night.

Porter made 11 of 16 shots, including six from 3-point range, as the Nuggets won for the fifth time in their last six games.

“I let him roll pretty much that third quarter because he had it going,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “I didn’t want to be the guy that put his fire out.”

Zach LaVine scored 21 points to lead the Bulls, who have lost four of five.

The Nuggets, who entered the game leading the NBA in field goal shooting (49.7%) and 3-point percentage (41.9%), made 48 of 80 shots (60%) from the field and 13 of 27 (48.1%) behind the arc.

Jamal Murray scored 23 points for Denver. Jokic tied his season high in assists despite playing only 27 minutes and sitting the entire fourth quarter.

“Fourteen assists in less than 28 minutes is a joke,” Malone said. “Only two turnovers. That’s a 7-to-1 ratio. And that’s what really makes him, not just a good player, but a great player.”

The Bulls showed the effects of a three-day layoff as they committed six turnovers and trailed by as many as 15 points in the first quarter. Leading scorer DeMar DeRozan didn’t take a shot until midway through the second quarter and finished with 16 points.

“We should have been a fresh basketball team,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said.

Porter made four of five shots and scored 12 points in the first quarter. He committed his third foul with 5 1/2 minutes left in the second period, but his teammates maintained a double-digit lead for most of the remainder of the half.

Andre Drummond became the 52nd center in NBA history and eighth Bulls center to reach the 10,000-point mark.

The Bulls’ fortunes were summed up during a sequence in the third quarter in which guard Goran Dragic missed a shot on which he thought he was fouled and was assessed a technical foul moments later.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sank the free throw, and Porter hit a pair of 3-pointers to increase the lead to 86-66 with 3:18 left in the third period.

“That, I thought, was a key moment,” Donovan said. “That created the separation for us.”

TERRY’S TIME

Dalen Terry, the Bulls’ first pick in the 2022 draft, didn’t frown on a weekend assignment to play for Windy City of the G League. “It was a great experience,” said Terry, who averaged 16 points and 32 minutes in two games. “I just wanted to play. It felt good to go against somebody besides the imagination in my head.” Donovan was extremely pleased with Terry, who played only three minutes with the Bulls prior to this weekend. “He had an attitude of `how I can improve and get better?'” Donovan said. “These are moments he can do that.” Terry played the final 5:34 of this game and scored five points and had two assists.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: G Bones Hyland (health and safety protocols) and G Ish Smith (right calf) didn’t play.

Bulls: G Coby White (left quad bruise) missed his seventh consecutive game, and Donovan said White still doesn’t have his full range of motion in his leg that has impacted his conditioning. This marks the latest setback for White, who underwent shoulder surgery last summer before testing positive for COVID-19 shortly after he was cleared to play. “You feel bad for him because he worked hard and had a good summer, and that contusion that’s obviously been really hard to get the swelling out,” Donovan said.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Vs. New York Knicks Wednesday night.

Bulls: At New Orleans Wednesday night.

SABONIS’ 26 POINTS, 22 REBOUNDS LEAD KINGS OVER WARRIORS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Domantas Sabonis set season highs with 26 points with 22 rebounds, leading the Sacramento Kings over the Golden State Warriors 122-115 on Sunday night.

De’Aaron Fox scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings. They have have won six of their last eight after starting 0-4.

“It felt good,” Sabonis said. “Finally we finished the game and finished the quarter.”

Sabonis also had eight assists.

“Domas was a monster,” Kings coach Mike Brown said. “He was a monster in the paint. He was a monster on the glass. You need games like that from your stars in order to get over the hump from time to time.”

Keegan Murray had 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers. Kevin Huerter made four 3s and scored 17 points and Malik Monk added 12 points off the bench for the Kings.

“We’re all bought in,” Murray said. “We know we can compete with any team in the league.”

Stephen Curry scored 27 points for the Warriors. He had 47 points on Monday in a 116-113 win against Sacramento.

Golden State remained winless on the road this season.

“It’s disappointing to be 0-7,” Curry said.

Andrew Wiggins had 26 points and Klay Thompson had 17 points with seven rebounds. Draymond Green added 11 assists, seven rebounds and six points.

“I thought they just outplayed us,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Give them credit. Sabonis dominated the game … Murray made some big shots and Fox got hot.”

This was the first night of a back-to-back for the Warriors. Kerr said earlier in the season that Thompson and Green are not playing on consecutive days because of past injuries.

Sacramento trailed by 15 late in the first quarter. The Warriors went on a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter and took a 111-109 lead with 5:11 left before the Kings scored 13 of the final 17 points.

Golden State won the first two matchups at home. The next and final game between these teams is on April 7 in Sacramento.

TIP-INS

Warriors: G Donte DiVincenzo returned to Sacramento to face the Kings and had five points and five rebounds. He was traded to the Kings from the Milwaukee Bucks at last season’s trade deadline and played 25 games with the team. DiVincenzo was limited to 16 minutes on Friday in his first game back from a left hamstring injury.

Kings: Sacramento debuted their city edition uniforms. . Sacramento came into Monday shooting 77.7% from the free throw line. They shot 12 of 19 on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Host San Antonio on Monday.

Kings: Host Brooklyn on Tuesday.

DAVIS SCORES SEASON-HIGH 37, LAKERS BEAT NETS TO SNAP SKID

LOS ANGELES (AP) Anthony Davis knew he had to have a big game to help the Los Angeles Lakers snap a five-game losing streak.

After getting motivation from an unlikely source, he put together his best game of the season.

“I was watching the Green Bay Packers game (against the Dallas Cowboys) and Aaron Rodgers threw a slant to Allen Lazard for 40 yards. He was flexing and that got me motivated,” said Davis, who had a season-high 37 points and 18 rebounds in the Lakers 116-103 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Sunday night.

“I knew I had to dominate to get this win. With LeBron (James) out, a lot of guys lean on me to get the job done.”

Davis grabbed 10 offensive rebounds, which tied a career-high in a regular-season game, as the Lakers led throughout. Davis was averaging only 8.6 points in the second half, but had 21 against the Nets, including 15 in the third quarter.

“I was trying to get to the paint and score inside knowing they had limited shot blockers,” Davis said. “If we put it on the rim then I had a guard on me and a chance to get an offensive rebound.”

Davis was not only active inside on the boards, but in his shot selection as well. All but two of his 25 attempts were in the paint.

“That’s been the plan and figuring out how to get him more touches and in rhythm. Everything was aggressive,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said.

Lonnie Walker IV added 25 points for Los Angeles, which was missing James for the second straight game due to an left adductor strain.

Kevin Durant led the Nets with 31 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Cam Thomas came off the bench to score 15 points and Edmond Sumner added 13.

“We played in spurts tonight. It was a perfect storm for them. They made shots and got to the rim,” Durant said.

The Lakers led by 16 with less than four minutes remaining in the third, but the Nets rallied to close to 91-87 on a two free throws by Durant with 8:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Lakers then blew it open with a 15-2 run, including seven points by Walker and four from Davis.

Los Angeles’ largest lead was 18 with four minutes remaining.

Kyrie Irving missed his sixth straight game as part of a team suspension for refusing to say he had no antisemitic beliefs,

Los Angeles had a 55-46 lead at halftime. The Lakers extended their advantage to 77-61 with 3:56 remaining in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Walker before the Nets scored 11 straight points and closed the quarter on a 16-3 run.

“I knew we expended a lot of juice from the Clipper game (a 110-95 win on Saturday). The guys gave what they had,” said Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn after the Nets fell to 1-3 during the second game of back-to-backs.

TIP-INS

Nets: Nic Claxton suffered a left eye contusion during the third quarter and did not return. … Markieff Morris made a crosscourt shot at the end of the first half, but it happened after the buzzer. … Ben Simmons was declared out one hour before tipoff due to left knee soreness. … Seth Curry (left ankle) sat out after playing 26 minutes on Saturday in a win over the Clippers.

Lakers: Austin Reaves had 15 points while Russell Westbrook had 14 points and 12 assists. … Walker scored 11 of the Lakers’ first 20 points.

UP NEXT

Nets: At the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

Lakers: Host the Detroit Pistons Friday.

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PAVELSKI, OETTINGER LEAD STARS OVER FLYERS 5-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joe Pavelski scored a goal and added two assists and Jake Oettinger recorded 37 saves to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

Matej Blumel, Esa Lindell, Luke Glendening and Jason Robertson all scored for Dallas, which snapped a two-game losing streak in the first game of a three-game Eastern Conference road swing.

“For whatever reason the last couple of games, it felt like we hadn’t had the energy when we had gone out on the ice,” Pavelski said. “We battled and it was a good response from the group to go out there, stop the bleeding and do the little things well.”

Travis Konecny recorded his sixth goal of the season for Philadelphia, which lost its third game in a row and fifth in its last seven contests. Felix Sandstrom had 26 saves for the Flyers.

“I don’t look at the score, but I have to coach the team on what’s going on,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said. “You can call it lopsided, but I don’t look at it that way. We have some things we have to improve – special teams is one of them – but I like our energy and our effort.”

Despite playing his entire 17-year career in the Western Conference with San Jose and Dallas, Pavelski has thrived against Philadelphia – 23 points (15 goals, eight assists) in just 22 career games.

After assisting on Blumel’s first career goal early in the first, Pavelski added a power-play tally midway through the third when he tipped a point shot from Miro Heiskanen just under Sandstrom’s pad to make it 3-1.

It was Pavelski’s eighth goal of the season and 429th in his career – tying Bill Guerin for eighth-most among US-born players in NHL history.

“You are just trying to get sticks on it,” Pavelski said. “There are times when you just have to get a little lucky, too.”

Pavelski would later poke a pass to Robertson midway through the third that the veteran would slide past Sandstrom for the game’s final scoring play. Lindell had two assists to go along with his first-period goal.

Oettinger entered play Sunday with an NHL-best 1.91 goals against average.

He had missed four games due to a lower-body injury earlier this month, struggled in his return to action Friday in a 5-4 loss at home to San Jose and was tested by Philadelphia’s offense in spurts.

But Oettinger didn’t yield any deep rebounds or second chances, only the goal from Konecny, who completed a brilliant tic-tac-toe passing clinic from Owen Tippett and Kevin Hayes to the stick side. Oettinger was also instrumental in keeping the Flyers’ power play to 0 for 6 on the afternoon.

“He was dialed in,” Stars coach Peter DeBour said. “He was there before the puck was there. And you can tell when he was in the zone like that.”

Glendening scored a short-handed goal just 57 seconds into the third period that deflated the building and ended Philadelphia’s shot at a comeback.

“I thought we were right there going into the third,” Tortorella said. “That fourth one – the shorthanded goal – that’s hard to recover from.”

INJURY UPDATE

Flyers: Forward Wade Allison missed Sunday’s game after suffering an apparent lower body injury in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Ottawa. Allison has three goals and an assists in 14 games for the Flyers.

UP NEXT

Stars: Continue three-game trip at Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Flyers: Begin a three-game trip in Columbus on Tuesday.

BRUINS IMPROVE TO TEAM-RECORD 9-0 AT HOME, BEAT CANUCKS

BOSTON (AP) Patrice Bergeron scored his third goal in two days and the Boston Bruins set a team record with their ninth straight home win to start the season, beating the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Sunday night.

The Bruins bettered the team’s 8-0 start at the old Boston Garden in 1983-84.

“I think everyone’s contributing and playing for the team. I think that’s the biggest thing right now,” Bergeron said.

Brad Marchand got his fifth goal in just eight games this season, Connor Clifton and Pavel Zacha also scored and Tomas Nosek added an empty-net goal with 1:58 remaining.

The Bruins have won four in a row and 11 of 12 to improve to 14-2-0.

Bergeron had two goals in a 3-1 win at Buffalo on Saturday when the Bruins needed a pair of goals in the third to hold off the struggling Sabres.

“We talked about that. We wanted to have a better start, a better effort. I thought tonight was much better,” Bergeron said.

Hampus Lindholm had three assists and David Pastrnak had a pair of assists, setting up Bergeron and Marchand for one-timers as the Bruins top line led the way.

J.T. Miller scored his second goal in as many games and Sheldon Dries also scored for Vancouver, which lost its third straight. Thatcher Demko stopped 27 shots for Vancouver, which fell to 1-3 on a five-game road trip.

In addition to his assists, Pastrnak drew a pair of tripping penalties from the Canucks. Late in the first period, he wound up for a slap shot, then slipped the puck to Bergeron in the slot for a tip-in that put Boston up 2-1. Bergeron scored twice Saturday night in a 3-1 win at Buffalo.

Both teams went 2 for 6 on the power play. Vancouver coach Bruce Boudreau said the Canucks gave the Bruins too many chances, including two delay of game penalties on botched clearing attempts and another for playing with a broken stick.

“It makes it an awful difficult time,” Boudreau said. “It seems every time you take a dumb penalty or a needless penalty, those are the ones that are scored on.”

After a give-and-go by Lindholm and Zacha put the Bruins up 3-1, Pastrnak set up Marchand with a crossing pass late in the second for Marchand’s fifth goal since returning from offseason hip surgery.

The Bruins were up 4-1 until Dries scored with a shot from the side of the net made it in 4:34 into the third. Only two seconds remained on a high-sticking penalty to Boston’s Jakub Zboril when the Canucks picked up their second power-play goal of the game. Entering Sunday, the Bruins had killed 12 straight penalties over the previous three games.

Boston’s streak came to an end 9:05 into the first when Miller beat goaltender Linus Ullmark on a breakaway. The Canucks were up a skater as Tomas Nosek served an instigator penalty after a fight with Kyle Burroughs, who had just leveled Pastrnak with a hard hit.

“Every night he brings it. It was so fun to see him go out there and stand up for Pasta and then also get the goal,” Lindholm said.

The fight didn’t last long and tensions continued to build. A.J. Greer laid out Vancouver’s Vasily Podkolzin with a hit at center ice, then both started swinging. Greer landed several clean shots to Podkolzin’s face, which was bleeding as he was led back to the bench to the cheers of Bruins fans. Podkolzin did not return.

Bergeron said Nosek inspired his teammates when he went right after Burroughs following the hit on Pastrnak. He was rewarded near the end when he fired a shot from just in front Ullmark into the net at the other end of the ice.

“You could see on the bench. Everyone was super happy for him. It’s well deserved,” Bergeron said.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Visit the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night in the last of five straight games on the road.

Bruins: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

SHARKS RALLY FROM TWO DOWN IN THIRD, BEAT WILD 3-2 IN SO

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Alexander Barabanov scored in the fifth round of the shootout and San Jose rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 Sunday, giving the Sharks consecutive wins for the first time this season.

Steven Lorentz and Nico Sturm scored in regulation and James Reimer made 28 saves for San Jose, which was coming off a 5-4 win at Dallas on Friday night.

“We addressed it before the game that we won a game the other night, but we can’t win a game and then drop three or four in a row again,” Sturm said.

Tied at 1 after four shooters apiece, Barabanov’s wrist shot from low in the left circle beat Filip Gustavsson between the pads. Nick Bonino also scored in the shootout; the first San Jose has won in four attempts this season.

Kirill Kaprizov scored in the shootout for Minnesota, which got regulation goals from Freddy Gaudreau and Connor Dewar. Gustavsson finished with 35 saves.

“We got what we asked for tonight,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “I don’t know any other way to describe it. It was a dumb loss. We played so east, west, so cute. Not straight forward. All of the cliches. We didn’t deserve to win that hockey game tonight.”

With the Sharks down by two in the latter half of the third period, Lorentz and Sturm scored just under two minutes apart to tie it.

Lorentz poked home his second attempt at a rebound Gustavsson couldn’t control with 6:04 left. Then a harmless-looking shot from the right circle by Sturm banked in off Gustavsson’s arm with 4:11 remaining. Sturm played 111 games from 2019-22 for the Wild.

Minnesota had not allowed a goal in 140:33 prior to the two tallies, including a 1-0 win Friday in Seattle.

“We could have easily got really down and packed it in after we went down 2-0 and we didn’t. We kept coming,” Sharks coach David Quinn said. “I know they probably don’t love the second goal, but we don’t love their second goal either. . We really competed and that was a nutsy win.”

With Minnesota up by a goal early in the third period, Dewar scored short-handed on a play that began in a most unlikely way. On a San Jose power play, Erik Karlsson tripped and fell while skating backwards parallel to the blue line. Mason Shaw got the puck and led a two-man breakaway into the Sharks end and passed to Dewar, who beat Reimer stick side for his first goal of the year and first in 29 games.

A sneaky Gaudreau put Minnesota on the board less than seven minutes in. Getting behind the defense low in the left circle, Gaudreau took a pass from Kaprizov, got Reimer on his stomach by cutting across the crease and lifted a shot into the unguarded net.

STREAK SNAPPED

San Jose’s Timo Meier did not score for the first time in six games but came close. Not only did he hit the post in overtime, his first-period breakaway was turned aside on a right pad save by Gustavsson.

INJURIES

San Jose D Radim Simek played one first-period shift and did not return after a hit to the head from Shaw. Quinn said more should be known Monday.

Evason said RW Brandon Duhaime, who’s missed five games with an upper-body injury, has been skating “quite a few days” and might return Tuesday in Nashville. But LW Jordan Greenway will not travel to Tennessee. He has missed three straight and eight of nine with upper-body injuries.

UP NEXT

Sharks: conclude a four-game trip at Vegas Tuesday.

Wild: at Nashville Tuesday before seven straight games at home.

GOODROW, FOX LEAD RANGERS TO 4-1 WIN OVER COYOTES

NEW YORK (AP) Barclay Goodrow and Adam Fox scored late in the second period as the New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 on Sunday night.

Chris Kreider and Ryan Carpenter also scored and Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves for the Rangers who snapped a three-game home losing streak. The Rangers are 13-1-2 in their last 16 games against the Coyotes, dating back to March 2014.

“We played a good team game, blocked a lot of shots,” said Shesterkin, who improved to 8-2-2. “It meant a lot for me.”

Clayton Keller scored for Arizona, which has lost consecutive games after winning the first three on their season-high 14-game road trip. Connor Ingram had 23 saves.

“We came with a lot of urgency, we played well,” Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny said. “But we lost momentum on our power play.?

Goodrow broke a scoreless tie when he intercepted a misplayed puck in front of Ingram and deposited his fourth goal of the season with just under five minutes remaining in the middle period.

Fox made it 2-0 just 1:18 later with his fifth goal after the Coyotes had more chances than the Rangers for much of the first two periods. Artemi Panarin had his team-leading 17th assist on the play, giving him 22 points on the season.

“We started off a little slow, got it going and created chances,” Fox said. “We got rewarded for it … We were able to hold them off, got some big saves.”

Kreider extended the lead with a power-play goal at 4:39 of the third for his seventh of the season. Mika Zibanejad and Fox had assists, stretching Fox’s point streak to six games and giving Zibanejad a point in eight of his last nine.

Keller spoiled Shesterkin’s shutout bid with his sixth of the season on the power play at 8:33 of the third, extending his point streak to five games and giving him a team-leading 17 points.

Carpenter made it 4-1 at 11:43 with his first goal since joining the Rangers in the offseason.

Arizona failed to capitalize on two power-play chances in the first period when they outshot the Rangers 17-4 overall.

“Our goalie kept it scoreless, which was important,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “I thought we gave them too many turnovers and they were first on pucks. Those two PKs were big for us and we got going. We just found a way.”

Both teams were coming off losses the previous night – the Rangers lost 2-1 at Nashville and the Coyotes were beaten 4-2 at New Jersey.

Ingram was sharp in the first half of the game, stopping Ryan Lindgren on a 2-on-1 short-handed break 12 minutes into the first on the Rangers’ initial shot on goal after Arizona recorded 10 against Shesterkin. Ingram also denied Zibanejad’s one-timer on a Rangers power-play with just under two minutes left in the first.

STATS

The Rangers are 7-0-1 when scoring first this season and improved to 11-0-2 against Arizona at home dating back to 2008-09.

LONG TRIP/ARENA DRAMA

Arizona’s road trip is tied for the longest in league history and is occurring while annex construction of Mullett Arena at Arizona State University is completed. The Coyotes relocated to the 5,000-seat college-campus arena while seeking approval for a permanent home in Tempe, Arizona, where the Coyotes have been negotiating to build on a tract of land just west of downtown. Arizona was playing on an annual lease at Gila River Arena until the city of Glendale said it would not renew the lease. The Tempe city council voted unanimously last Thursday to send a proposed arena and entertainment district to referendum in May.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: At Vegas on Thursday night.

Rangers: At Seattle on Thursday night to start a four-game West Coast trip.

WINNIPEG JETS DEFEAT SEATTLE KRAKEN 3-2 IN OVERTIME

SEATTLE (AP) Mark Scheifele scored 54 seconds into overtime on Sunday night, capping a dramatic comeback as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Seattle Kraken, 3-2.

Scheifele’s goal was his second of the night. He also scored in the second period.

Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler forced overtime with 3.9 seconds left, knocking in a loose puck from the top of the crease while the Jets had a 6-on-4 advantage with goalie David Rittich on the bench and Seattle’s Carson Soucy sent to the penalty box for roughing with 25.2 seconds remaining. It was Wheeler’s fourth goal of the season and the 300th goal of his career.

“It was nice to get a good bounce and get a reward,” Wheeler said. “The team played well, so it would have been a shame to leave here without anything. That’s the key is to not lose confidence on the power play and special teams.”

Rittich had 16 saves.

Jordan Eberle and Brandon Tanev scored for the Kraken. Goalie Martin Jones, making his 400th NHL start, made 28 saves.

Josh Morrissey set up the overtime winner. Skating down the left side, he passed toward the center, and Scheifele, from the low slot, beat Jones to the lower right side for his 10th of the season.

“I was pretty exhausted,” Scheifele said. “I don’t know if I had my legs for most of the night, but what a fantastic pass. It was an amazing pass, and I was lucky to be there.”

Jets coach Rick Bowness said “that’s not quite how we drew it up, but we’ll certainly take it.”

Tanev scored near the midpoint of the third period, his third goal in the last four games, to give Seattle a 2-1 lead. He now has four for the year. Eberle scored in the first period on a power play, his fourth.

Scheifele’s goal also was on the power play midway through the second to tie it at 1-1.

The penalty on Soucy, who punched Pierre-Luc Dubois from behind, was the Kraken’s third of the third period and eighth of the night.

“We put ourselves in position to win the game, and three minor penalties (in the third) is probably the thing that stands out,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “When you do that in the third period, down to the last 30 seconds, that’s a tough way to close out a hockey game. Eight penalties is too many.”

NOTES: Both teams had long penalty-killing streaks come to an end. Winnipeg had killed 14 in a row prior to Eberle’s goal. Seattle had killed off 18 straight before Scheifele’s goal. . The second-year Kraken played in alternate jerseys for the first time in franchise history. Dubbed “Reverse Retro,” it has ice blue as the primary background rather than the usual dark blue for home.. . Eberle’s 5-on-3 goal was the first for the Kraken this season and the first allowed by Winnipeg. . Eberle also put one in with 7:03 left in the third, but it was disallowed because of a high stick. . Seattle goalie Jones is now one of 13 active goaltenders with 400 NHL starts. . The Kraken are still winless in four all-time games against Winnipeg.

UP NEXT

Jets: Host Anaheim on Thursday night.

Kraken: Host New York Rangers on Monday night.

****(TOP INDIANA RELEASES)****

COLTS FOOTBALL

MATT RYAN, INTERIM COACH SATURDAY RALLY COLTS PAST RAIDERS

LAS VEGAS (AP) Jeff Saturday joked that the Indianapolis Colts will start calling zone-read plays for 37-year-old quarterback Matt Ryan.

Ryan has never been known for his swift feet, but his career-best, 39-yard scramble to convert a third-and-3 in the fourth quarter led to his winning touchdown pass two plays later.

He completed a 35-yard pass to Parris Campbell with 5:07 left Sunday to give the Colts a 25-20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders and Saturday – an ESPN analyst just a week ago – his first victory as the interim coach.

It capped an unusual week when the Colts fired coach Frank Reich and replaced him with Saturday, whose only prior coaching experience was at a Georgia high school. Saturday then handed play-calling to Parks Frazier, who had never been in that position. Finally, Saturday sat Sam Ehlinger, who started the past two games, and put Ryan back in the starting lineup.

“Jeff, he’s the thing that drives this thing,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “That’s the reason in bringing him in. I knew he had those abilities to come in and be a great leader and take over right away, because of all the help he had around him, because he knew to delegate. He, obviously, is thrilled with the victory, but in this league you’re on your next battle.”

Ryan had been battling a shoulder injury and wasn’t sure if he was ready to return. But Saturday said Ryan put together such a strong practice session Friday that it made the decision easy.

Then Ryan, who completed 21 of 28 passes for 222 yards, justified that decision in leading the Colts (4-5-1) to the victory.

Ryan also benefited from a strong running game led by Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for 147 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown. It was Taylor’s first 100-yard game since the season opener against the Houston Texans, when he rushed for 161 yards.

The Raiders, however, led 20-19 when the Colts faced a third-and-3 in the fourth quarter. Ryan dropped back to pass, but the Raiders covered his options to the left where the Indianapolis receivers ran their routes. He then saw the right side wide open, and Ryan took off for Las Vegas’ 36-yard line.

“We were at a point in the game where we needed to make plays,” Ryan said. “We didn’t need to press or anything like that, but when you get your chance, you’ve got to make it.”

Two plays later, Ryan found Campbell for the winning TD.

The Raiders then drove to Indianapolis’ 16, but two defensive plays turned away Las Vegas. On third down, linebacker Bobby Okereke broke up a pass in the end zone that was in the hands of tight end Foster Moreau. Then cornerback Stephon Gilmore knocked away a pass for Davante Adams that secured the victory for the Colts and set off a celebration on their sideline.

“In truth, I felt very at peace,” Saturday said. “I felt like we had a very good plan in place. I felt like all the men who I had talked about empowering and giving them the ability to do what they could do exceptionally well, they all stepped up.

“It’s an incredible day. It’s one win but, heck, they’re hard to get in this NFL.”

Two weeks ago, Saturday in his analyst role tweeted that the “Raiders look horrible” during their 24-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints, and those words clearly didn’t come back to bite him.

Adams was instrumental in helping the Raiders repeatedly rally in the second half, in which the lead changed four times. He caught six passes for 102 yards and a touchdown in the final 30 minutes, giving him nine receptions for 126 yards for the game.

Derek Carr completed 24 of 38 passes for 248 yards and two TDs.

The Raiders lost their third game in a row, and were booed off the field, with all three defeats coming to teams with losing records. This latest loss figures to increase scrutiny on first-year coach Josh McDaniels, who took over a team that made the playoffs last season, but is 2-7 .

“I know where I stand,” said Carr, who became emotional as he spoke. “I love the silver and black. I’m going to give it everything I can every time I go out there, and I can’t speak for everybody, for every man what’s going on in their head. But I can tell you what’s going on in my head, and I’m going to give it all that I can every single time.”

SEYMOUR HONORED BY RAIDERS

Pro Football Hall of Fame Richard Seymour’s Hall of Fame plaque was unveiled at Allegiant Stadium before the game, his official induction into the Raiders’ hall. Seymour, a three-time All-Pro defensive lineman, played for the Oakland Raiders from 2009-12 and starred for the New England Patriots from 2001-08. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.

KEY INJURIES

Raiders linebacker Denzel Perryman, who was limited in practice with rib and hip injuries, was placed on the inactive list before the game. Colts defensive end Kwity Paye suffered an ankle injury.

UP NEXT

Colts: Host Philadelphia next Sunday.

Raiders: Play at Denver next Sunday.

IU FALLS TO RUTGERS IN BIG TEN FINAL

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Indiana men’s soccer was denied its 16th Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday (Nov. 13).

The Hoosiers (10-4-6, 3-1-4 B1G) fell to No. 2-seed Rutgers (10-4-6, 4-2-2 B1G), 3-1, in the tournament final on Yurcak Field, as the Scarlet Knights claimed their program’s first Big Ten Tournament title.

Following the result, Indiana ranks No. 19 in the NCAA RPI as they seek a 36th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance as well as its 47th berth overall in 50 seasons. Should the Hoosiers receive a national seed, it will extend the longest active streak to nine seasons.

KEY MOMENTS

• 4′ – An errant pass led to a transition goal for the Scarlet Knights as sophomore midfielder Matthew Acosta gave Rutgers the early lead.

• 11′ – Senior Nyk Sessock sent a great cross from the right wing that found Sarver free at the back post. Sarver put his head on it but pushed it just wide.

• 28′ – Rutgers had a couple of chances to double their lead in the 33rd minute, including a header that was pushed into the crossbar by IU junior goalkeeper JT Harms.

• 33′ – Redshirt senior Wittenbrink cut in from the left wing and curled a shot from distance that caught the post and deflected out.

• 38′ – Sophomore midfielder leveled in the closing minutes of the first half, heading home a corner kick that the wind carried to the back post from the boot of Wittenbrink.

• 54′ – As the teams switched sides at the half, Indiana fell victim to the windy conditions. Nine minutes into the second period, Rutgers took the lead directly from a corner as junior Ola Maeland scored an Olimpico with the aid of the wind.

• 62′ – IU had two shots blocked or saved off the line in quick succession as they searched for an equalizer.

• 82′ – The Hoosiers kept pushing for late leveler, and in the 82nd minute a cross fell in the box to Wittenbrink, who dribbled and blasted a shot that had to be headed off the line by a defender.

• 84′ – Rutgers essentially shut the door with its third goal as freshman forward Ian Abbey scored in transition.

NOTABLES

• Indiana appeared in its sixth consecutive Big Ten Tournament final.

• IU fell to 11-3-4 against the Scarlet Knights all-time.

• Wittenbrink and Sessock were both named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.

• McDonald scored his first goal of the season and second of his career.

• Assisting the goal, Wittenbrink has tallied a goal contribution in each of his last five starts with two goals and three assists in that span. He now has eight goals, eight assists and 24 points on the season.

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT AWARDS

Offensive Player of the Tournament: MD Myers, Rutgers

Defensive Player of the Tournament: Hugo Le Guennec, Rutgers

Big Ten All-Tournament Team

Ryan Wittenbrink, Indiana

Nyk Sessock, Indiana

Malcolm Johnston, Maryland

Owen Finnerty, Michigan State

Jason Gajadahr, Northwestern

Xavier Green, Ohio State

Jalen Watson, Penn State

Ciaran Dalton, Rutgers

Jackson Temple, Rutgers

Chris Tiao, Rutgers

Aron Saevarsson, Wisconsin

UP NEXT

Indiana will learn its place in the 2022 NCAA Tournament field on Monday (Nov. 14) during the NCAA Selection Show. The announcement is set for 1 p.m. ET and will be streamed on NCAA.com.

INDIANA DEFEATED AT NO. 9 MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.  –  The Indiana Volleyball team (13-15, 6-10) fell Sunday afternoon 0-3 (22-25, 9-25, 15-25) to No. 9 Minnesota in Maturi Pavilion.

This matched marked the final in a stretch of five-straight matches against top-16 teams with four of those games coming away from home.

Candela Alonso-Corcelles, Mady Saris, Kaley Rammelsberg and Savannah Kjolhede all provided five kills while Paula Cerame led the way defensively with 13 digs.

The Hoosiers will return home on Friday evening for a match with Northwestern before heading to Columbus on Sunday for the final road game of the season.

SET 1 (Minnesota 25, Indiana 22)

• After going down 0-5 to open the set, the Hoosiers rallied to rattle off four-straight points behind a kill from Mady Saris.

• With Camryn Haworth on the endline, IU brought the match all the way back to 17-all with two aces from Haworth and kills by Candela Alonso-Corcelles and Kaley Rammelsberg.

• Mady Saris buried an absolute rocket of a kill to close the gap to 19-21 in the opening frame.

• The Gophers would respond to take the first set 25-22.

SET 2 (Minnesota 25, Indiana 9)

• Morgan Geddes tallied a kill early in the frame to bring IU within 5-7 in the second set.

• Candela Alonso-Corcelles buried a ball in the back corner to break the Minnesota run and close the gap to 7-16.

• Minnesota won the second set comfortably at 25-9.

SET 3 (Minnesota 25, Indiana 15)

• Kenzie Daffinee got hot from the service line and buried back-to-back aces to close the gap to 7-10 in the third set.

• Grae Gosnell hammered home a serve to continue a 5-2 run for the Hoosiers.

• The Gophers would close out the match in three with a 25-15 win.

NOTABLES

• Paula Cerame had 13 digs, the 12th-straight match she’s been in double digits.

• Camryn Haworth and Kenzie Daffinee each had two aces, the 12th and 6th times respectively the duo has had at least two aces in a match this year.

TOP 25 BATTLE SET FOR MONDAY NIGHT WHEN NO. 11 IU VISITS NO. 5/4 TENNESSEE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The first top 25 matchup is set for the No. 11 Hoosiers when it takes on No. 5/4 Tennessee on Monday night in Knoxville. The game will air live on ESPN2.

ABOUT THE LADY VOLS

Tennessee split a pair of games during the opening week, in a loss at No. 14/15 Ohio State on Tuesday while picking up a victory over UMass at home on Thursday. Senior forward Rickea Jackson is averaging 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds through those two games while three others also average double figures including All-Americans seniors Jordan Horston (12.5 ppg.) and Tamari Key (10.5 ppg.).

SERIES HISTORY

Tennessee leads 2-0

LAST MEETING

12/17/20 – L, 58-66 (Bloomington, Ind.)

NOTES

Indiana is off to a 2-0 start after opening week, recording a pair of wins over Vermont and UMass Lowell at home. Senior forward Mackenzie Holmes led the way with 16.5 points over the pair of games, while adding 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

IU and Tennessee met during the pandemic season in 2020 in a game scheduled midway through the non-conference schedule due to COVID-19 cancellations. The Lady Vols traveled to Bloomington on Dec. 17, 2020. The Hoosiers fell 66-58 in the matchup, its first in the series with the SEC foe since its only other meeting in 1987 – a 91-59 win for then No. 1 Tennessee in Cincinnati, Ohio in the Communiplex Classic.

Junior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil returns to her home state on Monday night. The Sharon, Tenn. native will play her first collegiate game in the state she grew up in, which is five hours from Knoxville. The Hoosiers also have a former Lady Vol on their staff in director of player development Briana Schomaeker, who played for them from 2008-12.

Returning to the lineup this season are a pair of All-Americans in graduate student guard Grace Berger and Holmes. The pair was named to the 10-member preseason All-Big Ten team.

The Hoosiers were also selected to finish second amongst the Big Ten media and third by the league’s coaches in the annual preseason polls.

Seven new players were added to the roster in the offseason in four freshmen and three transfers. Highlighting the freshmen group is Garzon while the trio of transfers has a wealth of experience including the 2020 Indiana Miss Basketball Sydney Parrish, who arrives after two years at Oregon.

Three players earned spots on the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame starting five preseason watch lists in October. Sara Scalia is up for the Ann Meyers Drysdale award (nation’s top shooting guard), Grace Berger is a three-time preseason honoree for the Cheryl Miller Award (nation’s top small forward) and Mackenzie Holmes repeats on the Lisa Leslie Award (nation’s top center). Fan voting is now live at hoophallawards.com.

UP NEXT

IU returns to Bloomington to host Bowling Green on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. ET.

BOILERS RUN BY RACERS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue scored 20 or more points in all four quarters Sunday afternoon to roll to a 90-61 win over Murray State at Mackey Arena. Purdue moved 2-0 for the second straight year under head coach Katie Gearlds.

Purdue shot a blistering 50.7% from the field and went 9-for-21 (42.9%) from behind the arc. Purdue is now 15-3 under Gearlds when shooting 40% or better and recorded its 21st game with seven or more 3-pointers in 34 games (14-7).

Transfer duo Lasha Petree and Caitlyn Harper combined for 40 points. Petree paced all scorers with 23 points with three triples, while Harper added 17 for the second straight game. Junior Madison Layden knocked down a trio of 3-pointers to finish with 15 points.

After making history as the first Boilermaker to notch a non-point double-double in the season opener against Marshall, Jeanae Terry did it again Sunday. The senior tallied 10 rebounds and 10 assists falling one point shy of her third career triple-double.

 The Boilermakers made the extra pass with 25 assists on 35 made field goals. Layden added six of her own, and Harper, Cassidy Hardin, Jayla Smith and freshman Addison Potts chipped in two. The 25 helpers were the most in the Katie Gearlds era.

While the Boilermakers moved the ball, they did so without committing turnovers. Purdue committed just seven giveaways in the win. Defensively, the Boilermakers scored 17 points on 12 Murray State (1-1) turnovers.

Reigning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, Katelyn Young came in after scoring 23 points in the Murray State’s senior opener and following 20.1 points per game last year. Purdue held her to just seven points.

The Boilermakers jumped out to a 20-13 lead after the first quarter, aided by an 11-2 run late in the period. Purdue scored 18 of the first 21 points in the second and carried a 13-point advantage into the break.

Purdue continued to build on the lead behind a 51.3% shooting clip in the second half, growing it to as many as 32 in the second half. The Boilermakers hit on 6-of-10 triples, as Layden and Petree evenly split four.

MORE HISTORY

Terry became the first player in Purdue history to achieve a non-point double-double twice in a season and a career. She is just the fifth player in the nation since 2009 to achieve that mark multiple times in a season. Terry was just one point shy of her third career triple-double. No other Boilermaker has more than one.

TRANSFER TROUBLEMAKERS

Lasha Petree dropped a 20-piece for the 30th time in her career. She was 9-of-15 from the field and hauled down four rebounds. Harper has scored 17 points in both games this season. The Heartland, Wisc., native was 8-of-14 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks, as well as a plus-minus of 40. The duo is averaging 35 points over the first two games of the season.

QUOTE

Head coach Katie Gearlds starting fast in quarters…

We challenged them to reset it every quarter. To start 0-0 and win five-minute gaps. Don’t look at the 40-minute game, focus on the first five minutes of each quarter. We wanted to make sure we won all of those. We did a really good job against Marshall in the first quarter, so every quarter today was a reminder that it was 0-0 and we needed the same kind of punch and same kind of intensity. We scored 20 points in each quarter. If we’re going to score 80 points, I like Purdue winning a bunch of basketball games.

NOTES

• Purdue is now 2-0 all-time against Murray State with an average margin of victory of 37.5 points.

• Freshmen Addison Potts, Lilly Stoddard and Kate Rudini all made their Purdue debuts.

• Purdue has scored 20 or more points in both first quarters this season. 

• The Boilermakers held Murray State to eight or fewer points in the first four minutes of each quarter Sunday.

• Purdue finished with a plus-12 margin on the glass, 39-27.

• The Boilermakers were 11-of-12 at the free throw line.

• Purdue finished with an assist-to-turnover ratio above 2-to-1 for the third time under Gearlds. 

• Purdue is now 14-1 when scoring 70 or more points under Gearlds and 16-5 when holding opponents under that mark.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will welcome SIUE to Mackey Arena on Thursday night for a 7 p.m. game on B1G+.

BUTLERVB SWEEPS GEORGETOWN IN WASHINGTON D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Butler volleyball team improved their overall record to 14-14 with a 3-0 win at Georgetown on Sunday afternoon (25-16, 25-21, 25-16). The Bulldogs hit .248 as a team and had three players with 13 kills.

Cora Taylor notched a double-double and kept the attack balanced on Sunday at Georgetown. The freshman ended the day with 33 assists and 12 digs. Mariah Grunze, Amina Shackelford and Megan Sheridan all had 13 kills.

Jaymeson Kinley led BU with 20 digs and Marisa Guisti was credited with six blocks.

Butler led Georgetown 5-1 in the first set and would cruise to a 25-16 win. Shackelford came out aggressive and delivered six kills in the opener.

Set two was more of the same with Butler doubling Georgetown up at 8-4. The Hoyas climbed back into the action at 21-20, but BU would end the set on a 4-1 run to go up 2-0 at the break. Sheridan and Grunze each had six kills in the second set.

Any chance of a comeback would be eliminated in the opening stages of the third set. Butler would slam Georgetown early to open up an 11-1 lead. The ‘Dawgs led 20-9 down the stretch and would exit the gym with a 25-16 win.

The Bulldogs will return to action on Friday, Nov. 18. The contest vs. Providence features an early start at 12 PM.

IUPUI HANDS @BUTLERUWBB FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON

INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI outscored Butler 29-19 in the fourth quarter to earn a 67-61 victory over Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon. The Jags outscored the Bulldogs 18-6 over the final four minutes of the contest to notch their first win of the season. Butler is now 1-1 on the year with a road test at Ball State coming up next.

Anna Mortag led Butler with 13 points against IUPUI. She was one of four players to reach double figures in the second game of the season. Caroline Strande came off the bench to score 12 points and Kelsy Taylor was in the box score with 11.

IUPUI saw four of their five starters score in double figures. Jazymn Turner led all players with a game-high 17 points and added eight rebounds. Ali Berg hit four 3-pointers at Butler to score 15 points and Natalie Anderson added three 3-pointers to score 13 for IUPUI.

Butler trailed IUPUI by one after the first quarter (15-14) but the Bulldogs would open the second frame on a 6-1 scoring run to move in front. BU led 20-16 at the second quarter media timeout and would walk into the locker room ahead 24-23 at the half.

Butler shot 43 percent from the field over the opening 20 minutes, but 14 first half turnovers would limit BU to just five made field goals in each quarter. The Bulldog defense was locked in during the second quarter and limited the Jags to just one made field goal during that 10-minute stretch. The shot was a banked in three with less than a minute to play.

IUPUI used a 6-0 scoring run early in the third quarter to regain a two-point lead. The Bulldogs called a timeout and responded with four-straight of their own. After the media timeout, Trinity White drove to the rim for two making the score 33-29.

Caroline Strande hit a corner 3-pointer in front of the BU bench and Anna Mortag followed with another shot from distance at the top of the key to give BU a 42-38 edge after three full quarters.

Action picked up in the fourth with the two teams pulling even at 49-49. Anderson hit a triple to knot the score, but the Bulldogs would respond with a bucket from Taylor just before the final media timeout.

Butler had a plan coming out of the stoppage and it worked on back-to-back trips as Rachel McLimore drove through the Jag defense for four quick points. McLimore gave BU a six-point lead at 55-49, but IUPUI would go on a 12-0 scoring run to give the Jags a six-point cushion with less than a minute to play.

Anna Mortag ended the IUPUI scoring spree with a three-pointer and got Butler back within one possession. The nail in the coffin came late in the game with IUPUI going with a pick and roll on their final possession. Perkins drove left and delivered a nice bounce pass to the right block where Turner scored. Perkins would secure the win by making four free throws down the stretch.

Butler led for nearly 28 minutes on Sunday, but 27 turnovers would result in BU taking 48 shots compared to 67 for the Jags. IUPUI scored 22 points off BU miscues and the visitors shot twice as many free throws as Butler.

Butler’s next game will be played at Worthen Arena against Ball State. The Cardinals will host the Bulldogs Thursday night at 6:30 PM.

BUTLERMBB HEADS TO PENN STATE FOR MONDAY NIGHT GAVITT GAMES MATCH-UP

Butler and Penn State will play for the first time in 30 years as the teams meet Monday night in Pennsylvania in a match-up that is part of the annual Gavitt Games, pairing teams from the BIG EAST and Big Ten. 

Butler (1-0) at Penn State (2-0)
Monday, Nov. 14; 8:30PM
Bryce Jordan Center; University Park, Pa.

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• Butler is 2-2 in the Gavitt Games, with home wins over Minnesota (2019) and Northwestern (2016). The Bulldogs lost at Maryland in 2017 and to Michigan State at Hinkle Fieldhouse in 2021.
• Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry served on Brad Stevens’ staff at Butler for four seasons. During Shrewsberry’s time at Butler as an assistant coach (2008-09 through 2010-11), the Bulldogs had an 87-21 record and appeared in back-to-back national championship games. Shrewsberry served as the program’s director of operations during the 2007-08 season. Mike Green, Penn State’s Director of Player Development, earned 2007-08 Horizon League Player of the Year honors while starring for Butler.
• Monday’s game will be Project 44 Night at Penn State. Launched in 2016, Project 44 was created in honor of the late Andrew Smith. Wearing the No. 44, Andrew was a beloved, standout member of Butler two NCAA Final Four basketball teams. On January 12, 2016, at the age of 25, Andrew passed away following a two-year battle with cancer. Committed to carrying out Andrew’s selfless work, Project 44’s goal is to save lives by encouraging individuals to join the bone marrow registry in hopes of being a match for someone looking for a donor. 

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THE SERIES: Butler Leads, 2-1
Streak: Penn State, W1
At PSU: Penn State Leads, 1-0
First Meeting: Butler, 63-50; 12/27/75 
Last Meeting: PSU, 67-64; 2/12/92

• Butler and Penn State first met in the 1975 Pillsbury Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. (a Butler win). Butler and Penn State played a home-and-home series during the 1991-92 season with each team winning on their home court.

• Butler opened the regular season with an 89-53 win over New Orleans, thanks in large part to a 54-24 edge in points in the paint and forcing UNO into 30 turnovers. 
• In his Butler debut, 
Manny Bates posted a career-high 25 points and the third double-double of his career with 11 boards. He made 12 of his 15 attempts from the field. 
• Bates is the first Bulldog to score at least 20 points in his Butler debut since Rotnei Clarke (21 vs. Elon in 2012). 
• Butler’s 36-point victory was the largest by the Bulldogs since defeating Western Illinois, 107-46, at Hinkle Fieldhouse Dec. 21, 2017.
• Thad Matta returns to his alma mater as the head coach at Butler; he also led the Bulldogs as head coach during the 2000-01 season. 
• Matta is a combined 70-26 in the first season at each of his previous head coaching stops (Butler in 2000-01, Xavier in 2001-02 and Ohio State in 2004-05), winning at least 20 games in each of those seasons.
• Butler went on a foreign tour to Italy and Greece August 2-12, playing four games abroad.
• The Bulldogs were without 
Myles WilmothJalen Thomas, and Ali Ali against New Orleans due to various injuries. After missing both exhibitions, John-Michael Mulloy was available against New Orleans but did not play. 
• BIG EAST coaches have voted Butler eighth in the conference’s preseason poll, while Butler junior 
Chuck Harris was named Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season.
• Butler’s schedule includes 20 BIG EAST conference games as the league plays a true home-and-home round robin schedule. Butler will open the Battle 4 Atlantis with Tennessee, ranked No. 11 in both the preseason AP and coaches polls. The field also includes No. 5 Kansas, No. 24/25 Dayton, and USC, which is receiving votes in both polls. Butler will host Kansas State at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, and will travel to Penn State (Gavitt Games) and California during the non-conference portion of the schedule.
• 
Chuck Harris led Butler in scoring as both a freshman (2020-21) and a sophomore (2021-22). He looks to become the first Bulldog to lead the team in scoring in three consecutive seasons since Kellen Dunham (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16).
• Butler adds four transfers for the 2022-23 season; three were members of 2022 NCAA Tournament teams (
Eric Hunter Jr at Purdue, Ali Ali at Akron and Jalen Thomas at Georgia State). 
• 
Jalen Thomas will miss the beginning of the 2022-23 season while being treated for a pulmonary embolism.

KATE BRUCE EARNS FIRST WIN WITH JAGS AT BUTLER, 67-61

INDIANAPOLIS – Head coach Kate Bruce and the IUPUI Jaguars earn their first win of the 2022 season at Butler, 67-61. Destiny Perkins showed her clutch gene with a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to put the Jags up by six then went on to extend the Jags lead with four free throws in the final minute of the game.

Butler (1-1) quickly took a 5-0 lead to open the first quarter, but the Jaguars responded with a three from Ali Berg and jumper from Turner to tie it up at five. That set the tone for most of the game as both teams went shot for shot. The Jags were on top after the first quarter, 15-14 but Butler answered in the second quarter taking a one-point lead into the half, 24-23.

IUPUI fell behind by four in the third quarter, 42-38 but the Jags came out fighting in the fourth quarter and finished out the final four minutes on a 17-6 run to seal their first victory of the season 67-61.

The Jags shot 34.2 percent from the floor (23-for-67) and 32.1 percent from behind the arc (9-for-28). IUPUI defense forced 27 Bulldog turnovers while the Jags committed just seven. 

Jazmyn Turner led the Jags with 17 points and eight rebounds while Perkins came up big in the fourth quarter a totaled 13 points with five assists. Ali Berg made some big 3’s, going 4-for-6 behind the arc with a total of 15 points while Natalie Andersen also added 13 points. Rachel Kent totaled seven assists and four rebounds.

The Jaguars travel to Carbondale to face Southern Illinois on Wednesday, Nov. 16 for a 7:00 PM tipoff on ESPN+.

IRISH CLOSE OUT PENGUINS LATE IN 88-81 VICTORY

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – After the opening week of play of the 2022-23 season, the (RV) Notre Dame men’s basketball team (2-0) is certainly battle-tested in late-game situations. On Sunday inside Purcell Pavilion, the Fighting Irish made their final six shots from the field to close out Youngstown State (2-1), 88-81.

The Irish used a balanced attack with five players finishing in double figures, led by Dane Goodwin’s 20-point performance. Nate Laszewski recorded his second straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman JJ Starling impressed with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting. In fact, Starling delivered back-to-back clutch three-pointers in the final two minutes of the game.

For the second time of Trey Wertz’s Irish career, he earned back-to-back games with double-digit points (last achieved – Feb. 27-March 3, 2021 – BC and NC State). Then rounding out the double-digit scorers was Cormac Ryan with 13 points – with 10 coming in the second half.

 Also important to note – freshman Ven-Allen Lubin almost made it six in double figures with nine points on 4-for-4 shooting.

As a team, the Irish shot 60 percent (33-of-55) from the floor.

How It Happened

Notre Dame came out red hot from the floor, connecting on 14 of its first 19 shots aka 74 percent, to garner a 32-25 advantage. A big reason was their big, Nate Laszewski, who was already in double figures by the 9:35 mark.

Despite the hot start, Youngstown State did its best to keep up, not letting the Notre Dame lead go larger than nine points. Ultimately, the Irish went into the half up 43-36 behind a 17-of-27 shooting effort.

In addition, it was a pretty balanced attack with four players with at least eight points at the midway point – Laszewski 12 points, Starling nine points, Wertz nine points and Goodwin with eight. Furthermore, half of Notre Dame’s points came in the paint, scoring 22 down low.

The Penguins scored the first five of the second half to make it a one-possession game, but Goodwin answered for the Irish, rattling off eight consecutive points behind a pair of three-point plays. Next, freshman Ven-Allen Lubin delivered back-to-back baskets, forcing a YSU timeout, as the Irish found themselves up 55-45 with 14:46 remaining.

Lubin later connected on his first career three-pointer at 11:32 to keep the Penguins at bay at 60-51. A few minutes later at 8:42, Lubin flashed his athleticism down on the defensive end with a monster block after running down a YSU player.

Next, after a short two-minute scoring drought allowed the Penguins to cut the deficit to one point, it was Ryan’s turn to step up, delivering on an and-one for three points. 

Fast forward a bit and the Penguins pulled within one point again at 70-69, but the Irish remained calm and responded with a 6-0 run (Wertz, Goodwin and Starling).

A pivotal moment occurred at 2:01, when Wertz drove down the middle and found Starling in the corner for a huge three that gave the Irish a 79-73 lead with 1:54 left. Later at 1:18, Starling delivered from deep again, making it 82-75 with 1:17 remaining.

In the final minute, the Irish broke the full-court pressure, killed the clock and then Wertz polished it off with a driving layup. It also marked Notre Dame’s sixth consecutive made shot to ice the game. 

Up Next

Notre Dame continues its home-stretch to start the season with two games in three days starting on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The Irish will host Southern Indiana at 8 p.m. ET, airing live on ACC Network. Then on Friday, Nov. 18, the Irish will welcome Lipscomb for a 7 p.m. tip inside Purcell on ACCNX.

BROMENSCHENKEL CONTINUES TO SHINE AS MASTODONS BEAT BELLARMINE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Amellia Bromenschenkel scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 73-62 win over Bellarmine on Sunday (Nov. 13).

The junior guard did most of her damage in the first three quarters, as she had 23 points before the final frame.

Bromenschenkel got most of the attention on the offensive end, but Purdue Fort Wayne’s defense was locking down Bellarmine. The Mastodons forced 30 turnovers, which was the most in a game against a Division I opponent since forcing Centenary into 35 TOs on February 6, 2010. The ‘Dons scored 33 points off Bellarmine turnovers.

After the Mastodons fell behind 25-15 in the second quarter, they came storming back, rattling off 13 unanswered points to take the lead. They only trailed once from that point, at 33-32 in the third quarter. The Mastodons used Bromenschenkel to blitz the Knights as she went 4-for-5 from the floor and 2-for-2 from 3-point range for 10 points in the third quarter alone.

Ten seconds into the fourth, Bellarmine tied it at 49, but the ‘Dons scored nine-straight with a pair of 3-pointers from Audra Emmerson, a free throw from Bromenschenkel and a bucket from Shayla Sellers. After an old-fashioned 3-point play for Bellarmine, Ryin Ott quieted the Knight bench with a triple of her own. The Mastodons put the Knights away for good when Bellarmine was assessed a technical foul, Ott converted the free throws, then Sellers hit a jumper on the next possession to go up 15.

Ott had a season-high 14 points to pair with Bromenschenkel’s 26. Sellers added 10. Ott also led the team with five rebounds. The Mastodons shot 44 percent from beyond the arc (11-of-25), including 4-for-8 in each of the third and fourth quarters.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 2-1 while Bellarmine falls to 0-2. The Mastodons are at home again on Thursday (Nov. 17) when they host Chicago State. The Cougars have two games between now and then.

ACES BATTLE, BUT FALL IN MVC CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL, 1-0

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In a season filled with impressive efforts, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team turned-in another, ultimately falling to top-seed and host Missouri State, 1-0, in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship final on Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Mo.

“I can’t say enough about the guys this season and how much they fought and battled for each other and I think that showed today in the final,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “We were banged up and then with Alex (Vidizzoni) going down early, but the guys responded and Landon (Amick) played great and that’s kind of how it’s been all season. The next guy up has come in and done their job. Unfortunate that we couldn’t get what we’ve been working all season for, but credit to Missouri State. They’re a good team and we kept ourselves in it and gave ourselves some chances late. I wish them all the best in the NCAA Tournament and we look forward to getting started on the 2023 season. Special thanks to those three seniors that stuck around and saw us through some of the bad times and helped us get to better times and hopefully better times are ahead. Thank you to Raph, Evan, and Brian for all they’ve given to the program.”

On the attack, Evansville recorded 11 shots on the afternoon to the Bears’ 19. The 11 shots for UE marked just the fifth time this season that Missouri State has allowed 10-or-more shots with the Aces representing two of those. Junior forward Kai Phillip led Evansville on the day with three shots, while sophomore Jose Vivas and freshmen Nacho Diaz and Nalu Wagner each had two shots. In goal, graduate keeper Alex Vidizzoni got the start, but saw his match cut short due to an injury sustained in the eighth minute. Coming on to replace Vidizzoni was redshirt freshman Landon Amick, who turned-in a strong performance in relief. Amick stopped six Missouri State shots, including a save of a penalty, making just his third career collegiate appearance.

Just 6:43 into the match, Evansville was tasked with making a substitution, doing so early in the first half for the the second-straight match after Jon Varela was subbed-off early on Thursday against Belmont. This time, it was Alex Vidizzoni who was forced off after an injury while pursuing a Missouri State shot. Entering was Landon Amick between the posts who performed valiantly. Offensively, Evansville generated its first chance in the eighth minute as Diaz headed a ball just over the crossbar. Amick was tested for the first time in the 14th minute as a shot from MVC Player of the Year Jesus Barea released a shot on goal that Amick saved. Later in the half, Missouri State earned a penalty as an Ace and Bear collided in the box. Kian Yari stepped to the spot for MSU and sent his attempt towards the left side. Amick read the run up and dove to his right, making the save and keeping the match scoreless. Another opportunity for Evansville was created inside the opening half’s final minutes as Oliver Hald sent a free kick into the box that Ethan Garvey headed back across the 18. Diaz made a diving attempt at the ball and headed it just wide of the post as the match went to the half tied at zero.

Continuing to apply pressure, Evansville’s first chance came in the 56th minute as Jose Vivas played the ball forward for Nkosi Graham, who dribbled passed a Bear defender and sent a diagonal shot towards the far post that MSU keeper Harry Townsend just happened to get a finger on and tip away. The breakthrough for the Bears came in the 60th minute as a ball quickly crossed into the box found the streaking James Jennings, who clipped it past Amick, giving Missouri State the lead. As the Bears sat back defensively to preserve the result, Evansville’s chances were limited over the final half hour, but Kai Phillip had a shot miss high as the second ticked away and the Bears captured the 1-0 win.

Evansville closes the 2022 season with an 8-5-6 overall record, marking its fewest losses in a season since 1996.

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NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins730.7000.02522414-1-03-2-05-2-02-1-04 W
New York Jets630.6670.51961762-3-04-0-05-3-02-1-01 W
Buffalo Bills630.6670.52501513-1-03-2-04-2-00-2-02 L
New England Patriots540.5561.52031662-2-03-2-04-2-01-1-02 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs720.7780.02702064-1-03-1-04-2-02-0-03 W
Los Angeles Chargers540.5562.02002282-2-03-2-04-2-02-1-01 L
Denver Broncos360.3334.01311492-2-01-4-02-5-00-2-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders270.2225.02032262-2-00-5-02-5-01-2-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens630.6670.02351962-2-04-1-04-2-02-0-03 W
Cincinnati Bengals540.5561.02281853-1-02-3-02-3-00-3-01 W
Cleveland Browns360.3333.02172382-3-01-3-02-5-02-1-01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers360.3333.01402072-2-01-4-01-5-01-1-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans630.6670.01661683-1-03-2-05-2-03-0-01 W
Indianapolis Colts451.4502.01572032-2-02-3-14-4-11-3-11 W
Jacksonville Jaguars370.3003.52162052-3-01-4-03-4-01-2-01 L
Houston Texans171.1674.51492070-3-11-4-01-4-11-1-14 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles8001.0000.02251354-0-04-0-05-0-02-0-08 W
New York Giants720.7781.51871734-1-03-1-03-2-00-1-01 W
Dallas Cowboys630.6672.52111644-1-02-2-05-3-02-1-01 L
Washington Commanders450.4444.51591922-3-02-2-02-4-00-2-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks640.6000.02572413-1-03-3-04-4-02-1-01 L
San Francisco 49ers540.5560.51981633-1-02-3-04-2-03-0-02 W
Arizona Cardinals460.4002.02302581-4-03-2-03-5-01-3-01 W
Los Angeles Rams360.3332.51482002-4-01-2-03-5-01-3-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings810.8890.02261914-0-04-1-06-1-03-0-07 W
Green Bay Packers460.4004.51852163-2-01-4-03-4-01-2-01 W
Detroit Lions360.3335.02192642-3-01-3-03-4-02-1-02 W
Chicago Bears370.3005.52172472-3-01-4-01-6-00-3-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers550.5000.01831803-3-02-2-05-2-02-1-02 W
Atlanta Falcons460.4001.02322503-2-01-4-03-4-01-3-02 L
Carolina Panthers370.3002.02042433-3-00-4-03-5-03-1-01 W
New Orleans Saints370.3002.02222472-4-01-3-02-4-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee102.8337-03-22-06-18-21 L
Boston103.7690.55-15-22-08-37-36 W
Atlanta85.6152.55-23-31-16-46-41 L
Cleveland85.6152.54-14-42-07-16-44 L
Washington86.5713.05-33-31-05-55-54 W
Philadelphia77.5004.04-43-31-35-66-42 W
Indiana66.5004.04-32-31-15-46-41 W
Toronto77.5004.05-12-61-25-55-52 L
New York67.4624.54-32-41-25-54-61 L
10 Miami67.4624.55-41-32-03-45-52 W
11 Chicago68.4295.04-42-41-16-54-62 L
12 Brooklyn68.4295.03-43-42-05-35-51 L
13 Orlando49.3086.54-30-61-11-54-62 W
14 Charlotte311.2148.01-52-61-41-71-98 L
15 Detroit311.2148.03-40-70-41-112-83 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Portland94.6923-26-21-07-36-41 L
Denver94.6924-05-43-27-37-31 W
Phoenix84.6670.56-12-32-08-27-31 L
Utah105.6675-05-52-19-36-42 L
Memphis95.6430.55-14-42-15-36-41 L
Dallas75.5831.56-11-41-13-36-41 W
New Orleans76.5382.03-24-42-04-45-51 W
LA Clippers76.5382.03-44-23-16-55-51 L
Sacramento66.5002.53-33-32-32-56-43 W
10 Oklahoma City67.4623.04-32-40-43-46-42 W
11 San Antonio67.4623.03-53-20-12-54-61 W
12 Minnesota68.4293.54-52-32-15-64-61 W
13 Golden State58.3854.05-10-73-23-43-71 L
14 LA Lakers310.2316.03-50-50-42-93-71 W
15 Houston211.1547.01-21-90-21-82-82 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins161420281365359-0-05-2-09-1-0
New Jersey Devils151230241255387-2-05-1-09-1-0
New York Islanders161060201053416-3-04-3-08-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes1595119747434-2-05-3-16-4-0
Toronto Maple Leafs1685319845446-2-12-3-24-3-3
Tampa Bay Lightning1586117849494-2-14-4-06-3-1
New York Rangers1786319852484-3-34-3-05-4-1
Florida Panthers1586117748464-1-14-5-05-5-0
Detroit Red Wings1575317744505-2-22-3-14-5-1
10 Montreal Canadiens1586117747485-3-03-3-15-4-1
11 Philadelphia Flyers1576216737434-3-13-3-13-5-2
12 Washington Capitals1778216749535-3-12-5-13-5-2
13 Pittsburgh Penguins1566315654523-1-13-5-22-6-2
14 Buffalo Sabres1578014755524-5-03-3-03-7-0
15 Ottawa Senators1458111549494-4-01-4-13-6-1
16 Columbus Blue Jackets144919438613-5-01-4-13-6-1
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights161330261359375-2-08-1-09-1-0
Winnipeg Jets1494119943335-1-04-3-17-2-1
Los Angeles Kings17106121956576-3-04-3-17-2-1
Dallas Stars1595119956384-2-05-3-15-5-0
Seattle Kraken1685319852453-4-25-1-16-3-1
Colorado Avalanche1384117749354-1-14-3-06-3-1
Edmonton Oilers1697018959584-5-05-2-06-4-0
Minnesota Wild1576216642452-4-15-2-16-3-1
Chicago Blackhawks1465315638434-2-12-3-24-3-3
10 Calgary Flames1466214641455-4-11-2-13-5-2
11 Arizona Coyotes1568113640541-2-15-6-05-4-1
12 Nashville Predators1568113540513-3-13-5-04-6-0
13 San Jose Sharks1759313447601-5-34-4-04-3-3
14 Vancouver Canucks1649311453662-3-12-6-24-5-1
15 St. Louis Blues1358010531482-4-03-4-02-8-0
16 Anaheim Ducks1541019242682-4-02-6-13-7-0

TV MONDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Maine at Boston College6:00pmACCN
Princeton at UMBC6:00pmESPN+
Mount St. Vincent at LIU6:00pmNEC
Campbellsville-Harrodsburg at Bellarmine6:00pmESPN+
Delaware State at Villanova6:30pmFS2
Florida Atlantic at Florida7:00pmSECN
DePaul at Minnesota7:00pmBTN
South Carolina State at Duquesne7:00pmCBSSN
Cornell at Saint Francis U7:00pmNEC
Neumann at Wagner7:00pmNEC
Troy at Florida State7:00pmESPN+
Miami (OH) at Georgia7:00pmESPN+
Bridgewater at Radford7:00pmESPN+
Lafayette at Saint Joseph’s7:00pmESPN+
North Carolina Central at Liberty7:00pmESPN+
Portland at Kent State7:00pmESPN+
Maryland Eastern Shore at Charlotte7:00pmESPN+
Virginia Wesleyan at Old Dominion7:00pmESPN+
Tennessee Tech at Marshall7:00pmESPN+
Stetson at South Florida7:00pmESPN+
Manchester at Purdue Fort Wayne7:00pmESPN+
Western Illinois at UCF7:00pmESPN+
Johnson & Wales at Boston University7:00pmESPN+
Brewton-Parker at Kennesaw State7:00pmESPN+
Blue Mountain at North Alabama7:00pmESPN+
Maine-Fort Kent at Bryant7:00pmESPN+
Union at UAlbany7:00pmESPN+
Richmond at Charleston7:00pmFLOHOOPS
George Washington at Hofstra7:00pmFLOHOOPS
Florida National at Bethune-Cookman7:00pm
Central Baptist at ULM7:30pmESPN+
Letourneau at Sam Houston7:30pmESPN+
St. Francis (IL) at UTRGV7:30pmESPN+
UNI at Virginia8:00pmACCN
Idaho State at Utah8:00pmPAC12
Wofford at Drake8:00pmESPN+
Belmont at Lipscomb8:00pmESPN+
Lyon at Arkansas State8:00pmESPN+
Trinity (TX) at A&M-Corpus Christi8:00pmESPN+
Loyola (New Orleans) at Southern Miss8:00pmESPN+
Milligan at Austin Peay8:00pmESPN+
Hutson-Tillotson at Lamar8:00pmESPN+
Champion Christian at Houston Christian8:00pmESPN+
Purdue-Northwest at Northern Illinois8:00pmESPN+
Northern Colorado at Baylor8:00pmESPN+
Northwestern State at TCU8:00pmESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Texas Tech8:00pmESPN+
Oral Roberts at Houston8:00pmESPN+
Jacksonville State at UIC8:00pmESPN+
Little Rock at Central Arkansas8:00pmESPN+
Monmouth at Illinois8:00pmBTN+
IUPUI at Chicago State8:00pmFLOHOOPS
St. Mary’ (TX) at UTSA8:00pmCUSAtv
Calvary Bible at Kansas City8:00pm
Butler at Penn State8:30pmFS1
Holy Cross at Creighton9:00pmCBSSN
Sacramento State at Denver9:00pmALT2
Weber State at Colorado State9:00pmMWN
Santa Clara at Utah State9:00pmMWN
A&M-Commerce at Air Force9:00pmMWN
Alabama A&M at Tennessee State9:00pmESPN+
Bethesda at Southern Utah9:00pmESPN+
Norfolk State at UCLA10:00pmPAC12
Utah Tech at Washington10:00pmPAC12
Yale at Hawai’i11:59pmESPN+
NBATIME ETTV
Charlotte at orlando7:00pmBally Sports
Toronto at Detroit7:00pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Oklahoma City at Boston7:30pmNBATV
Bally Sports
NBCS-BOS
Phoenix at Miami7:30pmBally Sports
Atlanta at Milwaukee8:00pmBally Sports
San Antonio at Golden State10:00pmBally Sports
NBCS-BAY
NFLTIME ETTV
Washington at Philadelphia8:15pmESPN
NHLTIME ETTV
NY Islanders at Ottawa5:30pmMSGSN
Sportsnet
Los Angeles at Calgary8:30pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Carolina at Chicago8:30pmBally Sports
NBCS-CHI
St. Louis at Colorado9:00pmBally Sports
ALT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Primeira Liga: Santa Clara vs Estoril3:15pmGOLTV

What to Watch: Monday, 11-14-22

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Atlanta at Milwaukee8:00pmBally Sports

The Atlanta Hawks(8-5) are fourth in the Eastern Conference and are 3-3 on the road this season. The Milwaukee Bucks(10-2) is first in the Eastern Conference and are 7-0 at home this season. Since 2021 the series is tied 4-4.

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Washington at Philadelphia8:15pmESPN

Philadelphia Eagles(8-0) is first place in the NFC East and Washington Commanders(4-5) are last place in the NFC East. In the last five games the Eagles are 3-2 versus the Commanders.

FOOTBALL HISTORY

The 1926 Pro Football Landscape and Season

The 1926 for professional football was really quite interesting. With College Football at its height, the now seven year old National Football League was starting to find some footing on the gridiron landscape.

The NFL had blossomed to grow to 22 franchise teams, a figure that would not be even close to that in professional football until 1961. New franchises had been awarded by League officials including the Brooklyn Lions, the Hartford Blues, the Los Angeles Buccaneers, and the Louisville Colonels. They also reconnected with a former team, the Racine Tornadoes, as that group re-entered the fold. There were some losses to the roster of NFL teams from the previous season though as the Cleveland Bulldogs decided to sit out the season. Meanwhile the Rochester Jeffersons suspended operations for the final time as they eventually folded in early 1928. There were a few name changes too for the year as the Akron Pros reemerged as the Akron Indians, the Duluth Kelleys as the Duluth Eskimos and the Buffalo Bison as the Buffalo Rangers.

An old standby franchise, the Rock Island Independents jumped ship to join the upstart American Football League. Ah yes the original AFL, the group that was the first major competitor to the NFL. (Check out this post Red Grange and the 1st AFL with Chris Willis ) This AFL conjured up by Red Grange and one of his innovative promoters, CC Pyle, along with General Charles X. Zimmerman was purposely conceived to compete with the NFL. The year prior Grange had given the NFL a jump start into profits and relevance when Pyle had talked Chicago Bears owner, and employer of the Wheaton Iceman in 1925, to go on an exhibition barnstorming tour. Pyle had negotiated and tried to get himself and the Galloping Ghost, their own NFL franchise in New York City playing in Yankee Stadium but with Tim Mara leading NFL acceptance to competing with his Giants Football Club, Pyle had to go to plan B. C.C. Pyle (some still say it stood for “Cash” and “Carry”), saw what they thought of as a lucrative opportunity for he and his client Red, so they embarked on creation of a new professional league, since Halas did not want to pay the asking price for Grange to stay as a Bear. Another reason the new AFL contigent hinged their bet on was the controversial ending of the National Football League’s 1925 season where the Pottsville Maroons, at first declared League champions by many were stripped of their title by NFL Commissioner Joe Carr after violating his mandate on playing home games out of a team’s assigned area.

Besides the Rock Island eleven Pyle created a central team to house its star player Grange on, The New York Yankees football club. They were joined by the already established Philadelphia Quakers franchise. The Boston Bulldogs, Brooklyn Horsemen, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Panthers, Los Angeles Wildcats, and Newark Bears joined the fray to form the charter members of what was being dubbed as the “Grange League.”

The Quakers and the Yankees were the best two clubs in the AFL and were by far the top attendance draws as well. The rest of the teams struggled to compete on the field and financially right out of the gate. This upstart league was not devoid of talent though as besides Red Grange there was Harry Stuhldreher (Brooklyn), George Wildcat Wilson (LA), Joey Sternaman (Chicago), Al Kreuz (Philadelphia), Eddie Tryon (New York), George Tully (Philadelphia), Bull Behman (Philadelphia), and Century Milstead (Philadelphia) among other as players.

The NFL was now not only having to compete with baseball and college football but this new threat as well. They developed a strategy based on covering as much area as they could in counter measures. The Buccaneers, Eskimos, Colonels and Buffalo Rangers were “showcase teams,” the first efforts for the league to reach beyond the northeast and mid-west and counter the move by Pyle to the far West with the Wildcats addition. Well the expirament with showcasing, didn’t fly very well in public attendance. LA, Loisville, and Duluth barely had a home game to speak of as they were basically road warriors. Three of the four teams only lasted a single season as the Buccaneers and Colonels both folded while the Rangers reverted to their previous team mascot, the Bison, and only the Eskimos returned for 1927 and that was mainly due to thir famous star and gate draw, running back Ernie Nevers.

The AFL completed their season with the Philadelphia Quakers emerging as the top team, finishing with a American Football League best, 8-2 record. Oddly enough in the NFL, another team from the Philly area, the Frankford Yellow Jackets were named the NFL champions after finishing the season with the best record. Check out the Jackets story here Yellow Jackets

Pyle knew that his AFL was in deep trouble as most of the franchises would not make it to another season. There was one last hope… maybe if shown as worthy advesaries of the NFL competition his league could survive or possibly merge with the older pro league.

The Quakers though successful on the field were desperate for revenue and had challenged their local NFL rivals, the Frankford Yellow Jackets. Frankford as the NFL’s champions, had they played the AFL title holding Quakers, would have been an early version of the Super Bowl. Frankford never answered the challenge, but the Quakers did get to play an NFL squad at season’s end. The New York Giants, who had finished seventh in the 1926 season in the NFL standings with an 8-4-1 record accepted the challenge. On December 12, 1926, the Quakers played an exhibition game in a heavy snowstorm against the football Giants in front of 5000 weather beaten fans, and got creamed 31-0.

That loss was the death knell and spelled the end for the Quakers. With most of the teams in bad financial condition like Chicago and the traveling Wildcats, the Quakers were folded after this crushing NFL domination, along with the league at the end of the year, the league folded. However, the Yankees were taken into the NFL out of respect for Grange, and at the begging of C.C. Pyle and lasted for another two years before going under.

It had started as a year of uncertainty and excitement for professional football and the landscape of the paid level of the sport had changed drastically over the course of a couple of months. Yes 1926 was interesting and somewhat pivotal as the NFL proved it could overcome the challenge of an upstart rival league.

SPORTS NUMBERS

42 – 44 – 9 – 22 – 72 – 48 – 19

November 14, 1943 – Chicago Bears future Hall of Fame Quarterback Number 42, Sid Luckman had an amazing game when he tossed 7 touchdowns passes vs New York Football Giants in a 56-7 Bears victory.

November 14, 1957 – Milwaukee Braves Number 44, Hank Aaron won National League MVP

November 14, 1964 – Detroit Red Wings Number 9, Gordie Howe sets NHL record 627th career goal

November 14, 1973 – Orioles Number 22, Jim Palmer was named American League Cy Young winner

November 14, 1976 – Cleveland Browns’ Number 72, Jerry Sherk set a franchise record with 4 sacks in a game

November 14, 1989 – Padres reliever Number 48, Mark Davis won the NL Cy Young Award

November 14, 1996 – Texas Ranger Number 19, Juan Gonzalez wins AL MVPNovember 14, 2018 – New York Mets pitcher Number 48, Jacob deGrom won the National League Cy Young Award with his 10 wins, which was the fewest ever by a Cy Young winner in a non-strike-shortened season. The award was given on the merits of deGrom’s MLB-leading 1.70 ERA and 29 consecutive start streak which was longest in MLB history