**THIS IS THE SPORTSPAGE**

NFL SCOREBOARD

BALTIMORE 34 MINNESOTA 31 OT

NEW ENGLAND 24 CAROLINA 6

CLEVELAND 41 CINCINNATI 16

DENVER 30 DALLAS 16

JACKSONVILLE 9 BUFFALO 6

MIAMI 17 HOUSTON 9

ATLANTA 27 NEW ORLEANS 25

NY GIANTS 23 LAS VEGAS 16

LA CHARGERS 27 PHILADELPHIA 24

KANSAS CITY 13 GREEN BAY 7

ARIZONA 31 SAN FRANCISCO 17

TENNESSEE 28 LA RAMS 16

SUNDAY’S BOXES: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/scoreboard.asp

WEEK 10 SCHEDULE

WEEK 10

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (THU) 8:20P (ET) 8:20P FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2021

ATLANTA FALCONS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN

NBA SCOREBOARD

BROOKLYN 116 TORONTO 103

CLEVELAND 126 NEW YORK 109

ORLANDO 107 UTAH 100

INDIANA 94 SACRAMENTO 91

WASHINGTON 101 MILWAUKEE 94

OKLAHOMA CITY 99 SAN ANTONIO 94

GOLDEN STATE 120 HOUSTON 107

LA CLIPPERS 120 CHARLOTTE 106

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

NHL SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 5 VEGAS 2

CHICAGO 2 NASHVILLE 1

MINNESOTA 5 NY ISLANDERS 2

ANAHEIM 4 ST. LOUIS 1

VANCOUVER 6 DALLAS 3

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

MLS SCOREBOARD

COLUMBUS 2 CHICAGO 0

INTER MIAMI 1 NEW ENGLAND 0

DC 3 TORONTO 1

ORLANDO CITY 2 MONTRÉAL 0

NEW YORK CITY 1 PHILADELPHIA 1

ATLANTA 2 CINCINNATI 1

NASHVILLE 1 NEW YORK 1

COLORADO 5 LOS ANGELES 2

REAL SALT LAKE 1 SPORTING KC 0

LOS ANGELES 3 MINNESOTA 3

SAN JOSE 1 DALLAS 1

VANCOUVER 1 SEATTLE 1

PORTLAND 3 AUSTIN 0

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mls/scoreboard_daily.asp

AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL-WEEK 11

  1. GEORGIA
  2. CINCINNATI
  3. ALABAMA
  4. OKLAHOMA
  5. OREGON
  6. OHIO STATE
  7. NOTRE DAME
  8. MICHIGAN STATE
  9. MICHIGAN
  10. OKLAHOMA STATE
  11. TEXAS A&M
  12. OLE MISS
  13. WAKE FOREST
  14. BYU
  15. UTSA
  16. AUBURN
  17. HOUSTON
  18. BAYLOR
  19. IOWA
  20. WISCONSIN
  21. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
  22. COASTAL CAROLINA
  23. PENN STATE
  24. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
  25. PITTSBURGH

Others receiving votes: Purdue 174, Arkansas 139, San Diego State 84, Utah 32, Iowa State 26, Kentucky 22, Appalachian State 20, SMU 4, Mississippi State 1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REGIONALS

CLASS 6A

PENN AT MERRILLVILLE

WESTFIELD AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)

BROWNSBURG AT BEN DAVIS

CENTER GROVE AT LAWRENCE NORTH

CLASS 5A

VALPARAISO AT MICHIGAN CITY

FW BISHOP DWENGER AT ZIONSVILLE

NEW PALESTINE VS. CATHEDRAL

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH AT NEW ALBANY

CLASS 4A

NEW PRAIRIE AT LOWELL

MISSISSINEWA AT NORTHRIDGE

RONCALLI AT MT. VERNON

EAST CENTRAL AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL

CLASS 3A

MISHAWAKA MARIAN AT HANOVER CENTRAL

BREBEUF JESUIT AT NORWELL

TRI-WEST AT OWEN VALLEY

LAWRENCEBURG AT GIBSON SOUTHERN

CLASS 2A

LAVILLE AT ANDREAN

EASTBROOK AT EASTSIDE 

SCECINA AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI AT TRITON CENTRAL

CLASS A

NORTH JUDSON AT CARROLL (FLORA)

ADAMS CENTRAL AT SOUTH ADAMS

LUTHERAN AT PARKE HERITAGE

TRI AT NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

WEEK 11

TUESDAY, NOV. 9

AKRON AT WESTERN MICHIGAN

BUFFALO AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 7 P.M. | ESPNU

OHIO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 8 P.M. | ESPN2

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10

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

BALL STATE AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

KENT STATE AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 8 P.M. | ESPNU

THURSDAY, NOV. 11

NORTH CAROLINA AT PITT | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, NOV. 12

CINCINNATI AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 6 P.M. | ESPN2

WYOMING AT BOISE STATE | 9 P.M. | FS1

SATURDAY, NOV. 13

NEW MEXICO STATE AT ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

OKLAHOMA AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FOX

WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1

NORTHWESTERN AT WISCONSIN | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MICHIGAN AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | ABC

RUTGERS AT INDIANA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

SAMFORD AT FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

UCONN AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

SYRACUSE AT LOUISVILLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3

UCF AT SMU | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

EAST CAROLINA AT MEMPHIS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

HOUSTON AT TEMPLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

BUCKNELL AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT RICE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

UTAH AT ARIZONA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

GEORGIA STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTH ALABAMA AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT TEXAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

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

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

USC AT CAL | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

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

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT OLD DOMINION | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

UAB AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

MIAMI AT FLORIDA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

SOUTHERN MISS AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

BOSTON COLLEGE AT GEORGIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

DUKE AT VIRGINIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

LOUISIANA AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

IOWA STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

MINNESOTA AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

MARYLAND AT MICHIGAN STATE | 4 P.M. | FOX

SOUTH CAROLINA AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

UTEP AT NORTH TEXAS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

TULSA AT TULANE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

HAWAI’I AT UNLV | 4 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS

ARKANSAS STATE AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

STANFORD AT OREGON STATE | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

TEXAS A&M AT OLE MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN

KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

ARIZONA STATE AT WASHINGTON | 7 P.M. | FS1

NEW MEXICO AT FRESNO STATE | 7 P.M. | STADIUM

AIR FORCE AT COLORADO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

NOTRE DAME AT VIRGINIA | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

KANSAS AT TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NC STATE AT WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

ARKANSAS AT LSU | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TCU AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 8 P.M. | FOX

COLORADO AT UCLA | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

NEVADA AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UTAH STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FOX

INDIANA SRN GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

  1. NOBLESVILLE
  2. NORTH CENTRAL
  3. FRANKLIN
  4. CROWN POINT
  5. PENN

3A

  1. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON
  2. SILVER CREEK
  3. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
  4. HAMILTON HEIGHTS
  5. GARRETT

2A

  1. LINTON STOCKTON
  2. TRITON CENTRAL
  3. FRANKTON
  4. TIPTON
  5. FOREST PARK

1A

  1. TRINITY LUTHERAN
  2. LANESVILLE
  3. JAC-CEN-DEL
  4. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN
  5. WALDRON

INDIANA GBB MONDAY

BLACKFORDATCOWAN7:30 PM
BOONVILLEATEVANSVILLE NORTH8:00 PM
CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUALATPROVIDENCE CRISTO REY6:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDEATINDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGEATINDIANAPOLIS SCECINA7:30 PM
NORTHEAST DUBOISATNORTH DAVIESS7:30 PM
PERRY MERIDIANATFRANKLIN7:30 PM

INDIANA GBB TUESDAY

ADAMS CENTRALATFORT WAYNE LUERS7:30 pm
ALEXANDRIAATDELTA7:30 pm
ARGOSATTRITON7:30 pm
ATTICAATFRONTIER7:30 pm
AUSTINATFLOYD CENTRAL7:30 pm
AVONATPIKE7:30 pm
BARR-REEVEATORLEANS7:30 pm
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCEATBLOOMINGTON NORTH7:30 pm
BEECH GROVEATCASCADE7:30 pm
BELLMONTATFORT WAYNE CONCORDIA7:30 pm
BETHANY CHRISTIANATJIMTOWN7:30 pm
BETHESDA CHRISTIANATNORTH MONTGOMERY7:30 pm
BLUE RIVERATCENTERVILLE7:00 pm
BORDENATCHRISTIAN ACADEMY6:00 pm
BOWMAN ACADEMYATSOUTH BEND CLAY7:00 pm
BROWNSBURGATPLAINFIELD7:30 pm
BROWNSTOWN CENTRALATNEW ALBANY7:30 pm
CANNELTONATSOUTH SPENCER7:00 pm
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)ATANGOLA7:30 pm
CENTRAL CHRISTIANATINDIANA DEAF6:00 pm
CHURUBUSCOATLEO7:30 pm
CLAY CITYATCLOVERDALE7:30 pm
CLINTON PRAIRIEATMCCUTCHEON7:30 pm
COLUMBIA CITYATWEST NOBLE7:30 pm
CORYDON CENTRALATPERRY CENTRAL8:00 pm
COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE)ATNORTH NEWTON8:00 pm
CRAWFORD COUNTYATSALEM7:30 pm
CRAWFORDSVILLEATNORTH PUTNAM7:30 pm
CROTHERSVILLEATCLARKSVILLE6:30 pm
CROWN POINTATHAMMOND NOLL8:00 pm
DALEVILLEATMONROE CENTRAL7:30 pm
DUGGER UNIONATNORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)7:30 pm
EAST CENTRALATFRANKLIN COUNTY7:30 pm
EAST NOBLEATFORT WAYNE DWENGER7:30 pm
EASTBROOKATEASTERN (GREENTOWN)7:30 pm
EASTSIDEATFORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK7:30 pm
EDGEWOODATBLOOMINGTON SOUTH7:30 pm
EDINBURGHATINDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN6:30 pm
ELKHARTATCONCORD7:45 pm
EVANSVILLE BOSSEATEVANSVILLE REITZ8:00 pm
EVANSVILLE HOMESCHOOLATEVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN7:00 pm
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURYATNEW HAVEN7:30 pm
FORT WAYNE NORTHATDEKALB6:00 pm
FORT WAYNE SOUTHATJAY COUNTY7:30 pm
FORT WAYNE WAYNEATBLACKFORD7:30 pm
FOUNTAIN CENTRALATCLINTON CENTRAL7:30 pm
FRANKFORTATELWOOD7:30 pm
FRANKLIN CENTRALATLAWRENCE CENTRAL7:30 pm
GIBSON SOUTHERNATCASTLE8:00 pm
GREENCASTLEATOWEN VALLEY7:30 pm
GREENSBURGATNORTH DECATUR7:30 pm
GREENWOOD CHRISTIANATDECATUR CENTRAL7:30 pm
HUNTINGTON NORTHATFORT WAYNE SNIDER7:30 pm
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRALATWARREN CENTRAL7:30 pm
INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOLATINDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS7:30 pm
INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTONATINDIANAPOLIS TECH6:00 pm
IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMYATPURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD6:00 pm
JOHN GLENNATMISHAWAKA7:30 pm
KANKAKEE VALLEYATVALPARAISO8:00 pm
LACROSSEATCULVER8:00 pm
LAKE STATIONATHAMMOND MORTON8:00 pm
LAKELANDATGOSHEN7:30 pm
LAKEWOOD PARKATFREMONT7:30 pm
LAVILLEATBREMEN7:30 pm
LAWRENCE NORTHATZIONSVILLE7:30 pm
LOGANSPORTATLAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC7:30 pm
LOOGOOTEEATEASTERN GREENE7:30 pm
MADISONATLAWRENCEBURG7:30 pm
MANCHESTERATLEWIS CASS7:30 pm
MILANATSOUTH RIPLEY7:30 pm
MISSISSINEWAATNORWELL7:45 pm
MOORESVILLEATBEN DAVIS7:30 pm
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)ATEVANSVILLE CENTRAL8:00 pm
MTIATINDIANA MATH & SCIENCE6:00 pm
MUNCIE BURRISATANDERSON PREP ACADEMY6:30 pm
MUNSTERATMICHIGAN CITY8:00 pm
NEW WASHINGTONATSCOTTSBURG7:30 pm
NORTH KNOXATNORTHEAST DUBOIS7:30 pm
NORTH VERMILLIONATSOUTHMONT7:30 pm
NORTHEASTERNATMUNCIE CENTRAL7:30 pm
PARKE HERITAGEATSOUTH PUTNAM7:30 pm
PENDLETON HEIGHTSATNEW CASTLE7:30 pm
PERUATCASTON7:30 pm
PIONEERATSOUTHWOOD7:30 pm
PLYMOUTHATMISHAWAKA MARIAN7:30 pm
PRINCETONATSOUTHRIDGE8:00 pm
PROVIDENCEATLANESVILLE7:30 pm
PROVIDENCE CRISTO REYATTRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN6:00 pm
RENSSELAER CENTRALATHANOVER CENTRAL8:00 pm
RIVER FORESTATWASHINGTON TWP.7:00 pm
ROCK CREEK ACADEMYATHENRYVILLE6:30 pm
ROSSVILLEATWESTERN BOONEppd.
SEEGERATSOUTH NEWTON7:30 pm
SHAKAMAKATWASHINGTON CATHOLIC7:30 pm
SHAWE MEMORIALATJAC-CEN-DEL7:30 pm
SHOALSATSPRINGS VALLEY6:00 pm
SOUTH BEND RILEYATGRANGER CHRISTIAN6:00 pm
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPHATPORTAGE8:00 pm
SOUTHERN WELLSATLIBERTY CHRISTIAN7:00 pm
SULLIVANATBLOOMFIELD7:30 pm
SWITZERLAND COUNTYATSOUTH DEARBORN7:30 pm
TERRE HAUTE SOUTHATWEST VIGO7:30 pm
TIPPECANOE VALLEYATCULVER ACADEMY7:45 pm
TIPTONATFAITH CHRISTIAN6:30 pm
TRIATMORRISTOWN7:30 pm
TRINITY GREENLAWNATOREGON-DAVIS7:00 pm
TRI-WESTATWESTFIELD7:30 pm
TWIN LAKESATCARROLL (FLORA)7:30 pm
WALDRONATSHELBYVILLE7:30 pm
WASHINGTONATSOUTH KNOX7:30 pm
WAWASEEATFAIRFIELD7:30 pm
WEST LAFAYETTEATNORTHWESTERN6:00 pm
WESTVIEWATPRAIRIE HEIGHTS7:30 pm
WESTVILLEATWINAMAC8:00 pm
WHEELERATNEW PRAIRIE8:00 pm
WHITE RIVER VALLEYATNORTHVIEW7:30 pm
WHITKOATCENTRAL NOBLE7:30 pm

AP PRE-SEASON MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL

  1. GONZAGA BULLDOGS
  2. UCLA BRUINS
  3. KANSAS JAYHAWKS
  4. VILLANOVA WILDCATS
  5. TEXAS LONGHORNS
  6. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
  7. PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
  8. BAYLOR BEARS
  9. DUKE BLUE DEVILS
  10. KENTUCKY WILDCATS
  11. ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
  12. MEMPHIS TIGERS
  13. OREGON DUCKS
  14. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
  15. HOUSTON COUGARS
  16. ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS
  17. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
  18. TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
  19. NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
  20. FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
  21. MARYLAND TERRAPINS
  22. AUBURN TIGERS
  23. ST. BONAVENTURE BONNIES
  24. UCONN HUSKIES
  25. VIRGINIA CAVALIERS

AP PRE-SEASON WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POLL

1. SOUTH CAROLINA (29)
2. STANFORD (1)
3. UCONN
4. BAYLOR
5. LOUISVILLE
6. MISSISSIPPI ST.
7. ARIZONA
8. NC STATE
9. UCLA
10. OREGON
11. KENTUCKY
12. MARYLAND
13. TEXAS A&M
14. ARKANSAS
15. IOWA ST.
16. INDIANA
17. NORTHWESTERN
18. OREGON ST.
19. DEPAUL
20. OHIO ST.
21. GONZAGA
22. NOTRE DAME
23. SYRACUSE
24. MISSOURI ST.
25. MICHIGAN

NASCAR:

NASCAR Cup Series Championship
Nov 7, 2021 | Phoenix Raceway – Avondale, Arizona | 312.0 mi 
PosDriverCar #MakeStartedLapsLedPoints / BonusOut ?
1Kyle Larson5Chevrolet131210740 / 0running
2Martin Truex Jr.19Toyota123127235 / 0running
3Denny Hamlin11Toyota6312034 / 0running
4Ryan Blaney12Ford43123342 / 9running
5Chase Elliott9Chevrolet23129432 / 0running
6Aric Almirola10Ford18312031 / 0running
7Kyle Busch18Toyota13312033 / 3running
8Kevin Harvick4Ford9312143 / 14running
9Christopher Bell20Toyota8312028 / 0running
10Brad Keselowski2Ford11312031 / 4running
11Joey Logano22Ford10312028 / 2running
12Matt DiBenedetto21Ford15312026 / 1running
13Cole Custer41Ford7312028 / 4running
14Ross Chastain42Chevrolet16312023 / 0running
15Austin Dillon3Chevrolet23312022 / 0running
16Kurt Busch1Chevrolet5312123 / 2running
17William Byron24Chevrolet3312026 / 6running
18Alex Bowman48Chevrolet14312019 / 0running
19Tyler Reddick8Chevrolet20312418 / 0running
20Ryan Preece37Chevrolet31312017 / 0running
21Daniel Suarez99Chevrolet17312016 / 0running
22Erik Jones43Chevrolet27312015 / 0running
23Ryan Newman6Ford19312014 / 0running
24Michael McDowell34Ford28312013 / 0running
25Chris Buescher17Ford26311012 / 0running
26Justin Haley77Chevrolet2931000 / 0running
27B.J. McLeod78Ford3230900 / 0running
28Cody Ware51Chevrolet3330600 / 0running
29Joey Gase53Chevrolet3430300 / 0running
30Josh Bilicki52Ford3730300 / 0running
31Garrett Smithley15Chevrolet3830100 / 0running
32Corey LaJoie7Chevrolet2428105 / 0running
33David Starr13Toyota3627300 / 0brakes
34Anthony Alfredo38Ford3024203 / 0accident
35Chase Briscoe14Ford2215302 / 0accident
36Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47Chevrolet2114001 / 0accident
37Quin Houff00Chevrolet3512201 / 0accident
38Timmy Hill66Toyota395700 / 0handling
39Bubba Wallace23Toyota25501 / 0accident
2021 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Stats
Scheduled Laps: 312
Total Laps: 312
Distance: 312.000 miles
Average Speed: 100.348
Pole Speed: 137.847
Cautions: 9 ( 51 Laps )
Margin of Victory: 0.398
Lead Changess: 18 among 7 Drivers
Time of Race: 3:06:33

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS AND HEADLINES

BROWNS CLOSE CHAOTIC WEEK BY DUMPING BURROW, BENGALS 41-16

CINCINNATI (AP) Baker Mayfield threw two touchdown passes, Nick Chubb ran for 137 yards and the Cleveland Browns, sparked by cornerback Denzel Ward’s early 99-yard interception return for a TD, capped a chaotic week by smashing Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals 41-16 on Sunday.

The Browns (5-4) came in desperate for a win after dropping three of four. Their situation turned dramatic on Wednesday when star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was exiled for poor behavior and the team decided to release him.

But like last year, when Mayfield played more freely after Beckham suffered a season-ending knee injury – at Cincinnati – Cleveland’s QB was on target and the Browns put together their most complete game this season to humble the Bengals (5-4), who hurt themselves with mistakes as they dropped their second straight.

Burrow threw two interceptions and was sacked five times – three by blitzing cornerback Troy Hill – and Bengals rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase dropped two passes, one in the end zone.

Leading 24-10 at halftime, the Browns put it away on Chubb’s 70-yard TD sprint in the third quarter, triggering a wild celebration along Cleveland’s sideline.

Chubb also scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter when the Browns built their big lead despite being outgained and their defense being on the field for nearly 23 minutes in the first half.

Mayfield, who has been playing for weeks with a stabilizing harness on his left shoulder, connected with Donovan Peoples-Jones on a 60-yard TD pass in the first half and an 18-yarder to David Njoku in the fourth.

Mayfield, who suffered a cut on his left knee in the second half, finished 14 of 21 for 218 yards and a 132.6 passer rating.

Burrow went 28 of 40 for 282 yards and the two picks, raising his season total to 22.

Ward’s stunning pick-6 in the first quarter was the first of three turnovers forced by Cleveland’s defense. The Browns got constant pressure on Burrow, who fell to 0-3 against them.

Sunday’s game provided the Browns an opportunity to move on from the Beckham brouhaha.

His relationship with the team came to a head Tuesday, when Beckham’s father shared a video on social media of Mayfield not throwing the ball to his wide-open son. The posting came hours before the trade deadline and was a final straw as the Browns had grown tired of Beckham’s selfish attitude and trade demands.

Ward’s interception – at that point, just the sixth takeaway by Cleveland’s defense this season – came after the Browns had sacked Burrow on third down, only to have it nullified by tackle Malik McDowell lining up offside.

Burrow then tried to hit Chase in the right corner, but Ward jumped the route and returned it the length of the field, setting the tone on a day the Browns could do little wrong.

Ward needed oxygen on the sideline and missed most of Cincinnati’s subsequent 75-yard scoring drive, which ended with Joe Mixon’s 11-yard score.

BRONCOS BEAT COWBOYS 30-16 AS 6-GAME DALLAS WIN STREAK ENDS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Teddy Bridgewater threw for a touchdown and had a sneak for another, and the Denver Broncos stymied the NFL’s No. 1 offense when it mattered in a 30-16 victory over Dallas on Sunday, ending the Cowboys’ six-game winning streak.

Dak Prescott returned after missing a game with a strained right calf but couldn’t get the Cowboys (6-2) moving until two meaningless late touchdowns that merely avoided what would have been their worst shutout loss at home since 1985.

The Broncos (5-4) sacked Prescott twice, both by rookie Jonathon Cooper for the first of his career, and generally made him uncomfortable in their first game since trading star pass rusher Von Miller – and with new team sacks leader Malik Reed (hip injury) inactive.

Denver also began without left tackle Garett Bowles (ankle) and lost right tackle Bobby Massie and right guard Graham Glasgow to ankle injuries. Glasgow was taken off on a cart with an air cast on his lower left leg on the final play of the first half.

Still, the Broncos got their offense moving with the running game. They handed Dallas its first double-digit deficit of the season at 13-0 on Bridgewater’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Tim Patrick, who beat NFL interceptions leader Trevon Diggs at the goal line.

The lead reached 30-0 in the Broncos’ seventh consecutive victory in the series, a streak that goes back to 1995. Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Malik Turner in the final five minutes.

Even when the Cowboys thought they did something going right, they didn’t. Dallas blocked a punt on the opening possession of the second half, but didn’t take over inside the Denver 20 because rookie Nahshon Wright touched the loose ball beyond the line of scrimmage and Denver recovered.

The Broncos got to start over at their 19 and drove to the third of four field goals from Brandon McManus, who bounced back from his first missed extra point of the season to nail a 53-yarder.

The Cowboys were 0 for 4 on fourth downs, including failures on their first two possessions. Receiver Amari Cooper had his first drop of the season to force one of those failed fourth downs and Dallas finished with a season-low 290 yards – about half with the game decided.

Prescott, the NFL leader in completion percentage at better than 73%, was 19 of 39 for 232 yards as his franchise-best, four-game run with at least three touchdown passes ended.

Bridgewater finished 19 of 28 for 249 yards with several big throws that helped the Broncos convert 8 of 15 third downs.

Javonte Williams had 17 carries for 111 yards, including a 20-yarder to kick-start Denver’s first scoring drive, which ended on Melvin Gordon’s 3-yard run. Gordon had 80 yards as the Broncos ran for 190 against the league’s sixth-best run defense.

JAGS GET BETTER JOSH ALLEN IN THIS MEETING, BEAT BILLS 9-6

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville had the better Josh Allen on this Sunday, with the standout linebacker intercepting a pass, making a sack and recovering a fumble in a 9-6 upset of the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo’s star quarterback with the same first and last names turned over the ball three times, including twice in the second half. He didn’t have a second-half turnover in any previous game this season.

The Bills (5-3) lost for the second time in seven games. The Jaguars (2-6) rebounded from a debacle at Seattle a week ago.

Buffalo’s Allen completed 31 of 47 passes for 264 yards, with the two interceptions and a fumble.

The first of two deciding moments came on a third-and-2 play at the Jaguars 37 with about 5 1-2 minutes remaining. Allen fumbled after getting pressured by Dawuane Smoot. The other Josh Allen recovered.

Buffalo got the ball back in the waning minutes and advanced to the Jaguars 39. But Smoot sacked Allen on third down. It was Jacksonville’s fourth sack of the day.

Allen got the first one. It was the first time a player sacked a quarterback with the same name since the NFL started counting sacks in 1982.

Allen and Allen had been looking forward to this meeting, although Buffalo’s Allen made it clear he didn’t want to get acquainted with Jacksonville’s Allen in the backfield. It nonetheless happened when Allen beat Dion Dawkins off the edge.

The players with the same first and last name had never meet before Sunday even though they were both selected with the seventh pick in consecutive NFL drafts. They have exchanged messages via social media.

TUCKER’S OVERTIME KICK GIVES RAVENS 34-31 WIN OVER VIKINGS

BALTIMORE (AP) Justin Tucker kicked a 36-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in overtime to give the Baltimore Ravens a 34-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

The AFC North-leading Ravens (6-2) rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit and survived an acrobatic interception by Minnesota’s Anthony Barr on the first possession of overtime. Barr tipped Lamar Jackson’s pass and caught it out of the air, giving the Vikings the ball at their own 38, but Minnesota went three-and-out, and Baltimore drove into Tucker’s range again.

This was a much easier kick than Tucker’s previous game-winning effort – a record-setting 66-yarder to beat Detroit earlier this season.

It was the third overtime game of the season for each team. They both had split their first two.

It was another agonizing loss for the Vikings (3-5), who have not dropped a game all season by more than seven points.

The Ravens took a 31-24 lead on Le’Veon Bell’s 1-yard run with 3:29 remaining in regulation. The Vikings tied it on a 1-yard scoring pass from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen with 1:03 to play.

Cousins had thrown a 12-yard pass to Justin Jefferson on fourth-and-9 from the Baltimore 16 to keep that drive going.

Jackson threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. He also ran for 120 yards on 21 carries. It was his 10th career 100-yard rushing game, tying Michael Vick’s regular-season record for quarterbacks.

Baltimore trailed 24-10 after Minnesota’s Kene Nwangwu ran the second-half kickoff back 98 yards for a touchdown, but the Ravens rallied thanks to three big fourth-down conversions.

Devonta Freeman ran for the necessary yardage on fourth-and-2 from the Baltimore 36, and then Jackson threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Ricard on fourth-and-goal to make it 24-17.

On the Ravens’ next possession, Jackson converted a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1 from his own 27. Baltimore later made a first down on third-and-15 when Marquise Brown gained 18 yards on a catch-and-run.

Jackson eventually threw a 5-yard TD pass to Devin Duvernay, a difficult catch that tied the game and capped an 18-play, 82-yard drive that took 10:17.

Penalties played a significant role in the first half. Minnesota’s D.J. Wonnum was called for a horse-collar tackle – a replay appeared to show he grabbed Jackson’s jersey in the middle of the back, not the collar – and that kept a Baltimore drive going when the Vikings thought they had come up with a stop on fourth down. The Ravens eventually kicked a field goal.

Justin Jefferson ran right past defensive backs Marlon Humphrey and Chuck Clark before hauling in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Cousins. On Minnesota’s next drive, Dalvin Cook’s 66-yard run helped set up a 1-yard TD run by Cousins that made it 14-3. The Ravens appeared to have stopped the Vikings on fourth-and-goal from the 2, but a pass interference call on Chris Board gave Minnesota a new set of downs.

Down 17-3 late in the half, Jackson threw a deep pass for rookie Rashod Bateman. Xavier Woods arrived a bit early, and that pass interference flag gave Baltimore a 42-yard gain to the Minnesota 5. Jackson flipped a touchdown pass to Freeman on the next play.

PATS SHUT DOWN DARNOLD, PANTHERS, CRUISE TO 24-6 VICTORY

CHARLOTTE. N.C. (AP) Bill Belichick has the blueprint for beating Sam Darnold, and it starts with disguising coverages.

His players just seem to do the rest.

New England’s defense intercepted Darnold on three consecutive possessions in the second half – including one that J.C. Jackson returned 88 yards for a touchdown – and the New England Patriots cruised past the Carolina Panthers 24-6 on Sunday for their fourth win in the past five games.

Belichick is 4-0 against Darnold, and the quarterback has thrown nine interceptions and one touchdown pass in those outings.

“We disguise,” said Jackson, who also intercepted Darnold in the end zone to prevent another scoring opportunity. “Our defense disguises pretty good. Every year he’s had a hard time.”

Darnold’s three previous losses came with the New York Jets.

“They play man coverage and try to create picks and create confusion up front,” Darnold said. “I think that’s the biggest thing they do and they do a really good job of it. But I think it comes down to my decision-making. We had guys in places that we wanted and just couldn’t get them the ball and I turned it over a few too many times.”

Added Belichick: “We were able to create some pressure. Our defense came to play today.”

Mac Jones overcame two early turnovers and threw for 139 yards and a touchdown, rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson had 106 yards from scrimmage before leaving the game with a head injury and Damien Harris and Hunter Henry scored touchdowns as the Patriots (5-4) improved to 4-0 on the road.

“Getting a win on the road is a hard thing to do and we’ve done a good job of that this year,” Jones said. “The defense was lights-out.”

As has been the case for most of the year, Darnold spent most of the game under heavy duress and it didn’t help the Panthers lost starting center Matt Paradis and left tackle Cameron Erving to injuries in the first half.

A person with knowledge of the situation said Paradis tore the ACL in his left knee on the second play of the game and will miss the remainder of the season. The person spoke to The Associated Press condition of anonymity because the Panthers have not announced the status of the injury.

Unlike two weeks ago, Panthers coach Matt Rhule decided against benching Darnold against the Patriots.

“I wanted to give him a chance to play his way out of it,” Rhule said. “It just seemed like the right thing to do.”

Even the return of Christian McCaffrey from a five-game absence couldn’t help Carolina’s offense. McCaffrey had 14 carries for 52 yards and caught four passes for 54 yards, but the Panthers have only scored one touchdown in the past three games.

McCaffrey said he came out of the game injury-free.

Carolina’s only points came courtesy of its defense, which forced two Jones turnovers in New England territory in the first half – one off Brian Burns’ sack-fumble and another when former Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore had an interception.

The Panthers trailed 14-6 at halftime after gaining just 65 yards in the first half.

The game changed for good in the third quarter when Darnold rolled out of the pocket on a second down play and overthrew tight end Ian Thomas. Jackson intercepted the ball and raced 88 yards down the middle of the field for his first NFL touchdown.

Jackson, who nearly didn’t play at all after suffering from strep throat earlier in the week, said he just made a good read on the ball while playing zone coverage.

“I had my eyes on the quarterback and the ball,” Jackson said. “That’s what I do.”

Things continued to unravel from there with Darnold picked off on his next two possessions as well, including another by Jackson in the end zone on a ball that was thrown up. After that interception, wide receiver Robby Anderson followed Darnold off the field, threw his helmet toward the bench and proceeded to give the quarterback an earful as he passed by him twice on the sideline.

TEAMS COMBINE FOR 9 TURNOVERS; DOLPHINS DEFEAT TEXANS 17-9

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) There was celebratory music coming from the Miami Dolphins locker room on Sunday afternoon, the first time that’s happened this season.

The game was ugly. For the Dolphins, the result wasn’t.

In the NFL’s most turnover-filled game in more than five seasons, the Dolphins got 244 yards passing and a touchdown throw from surprise starter Jacoby Brissett on the way to beating the Houston Texans 17-9 on Sunday.

“We definitely needed one,” Brissett said.

The game between two teams that entered with 1-7 records and both on seven-game losing streaks lived up – or down – to its billing. The Dolphins and Texans combined for nine turnovers. Miami had five, Houston four, and somehow the Dolphins (2-7) won anyway.

“It’s good to get a win,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. “Always good to get a win.”

And then he paused, nearly letting his almost-always-stoic face break into the slightest of smiles before conceding, yet again, “it’s good to get a win.”

It was Miami’s first win while committing at least five turnovers since Oct. 18, 1990. The Dolphins had been 0-21 in such games since. And it was the most turnovers in an NFL game since the New York Jets and Kansas City also combined for nine on Sept. 25, 2016.

Houston (1-8) has now dropped eight straight. The Texans became the 12th team in NFL history to start 1-0 and lose their next eight games – a fate that the Dolphins avoided by winning.

Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor returned after missing most of the season with a hamstring injury and was far from sharp. Taylor completed 24 of 43 passes for 240 yards, with three interceptions.

It added up to a miserable 42.8 rating, after he entered the game with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in 167 previous throws against the Dolphins.

“Usually when you get five turnovers from your defense, you expect to win,” Texans coach David Culley said. “But not when you have four from your offense.”

Brissett filled in again for Tua Tagovailoa, who missed the game with a finger injury on his throwing hand. Tagovailoa had been limited in practice during the week, though Flores said Friday he was optimistic that the second-year QB would be able to play.

“We just felt like we were better off going with Jacoby,” Flores said.

Ka’imi Fairbairn had three field goals for Houston.

Jaylen Waddle caught eight passes for 83 yards for Miami, which got a touchdown run from Myles Gaskin and a scoring catch from Mack Hollins.

Tagovailoa was active as Miami’s emergency quarterback, but wound up missing basically his fifth game of the season. Brissett has started four games and played all but two series of Miami’s Week 2 matchup against Buffalo when Tagovailoa left with fractured ribs.

Gaskin took a direct snap 6 yards for the game’s opening touchdown, putting Miami up 7-0 with 4:41 left in the opening quarter.

The Dolphins had managed a total of 10 points in 119 first-half minutes at home this season before a flurry at the end of the second quarter doubled that total – and sent them into the break with a 17-6 lead.

Jason Sanders’ 42-yard field goal with 1:12 remaining put the Dolphins up 10-6, and then Taylor gave Miami a short field with a careless interception. He was scrambling to his left, got near the Houston sideline and apparently thought he was tossing the ball away.

Instead, he wound up flipping the ball to Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker, who just happened to be on the same sideline. He got two tippy-toed feet down like a receiver as the ball came his way, and Miami was in business again at the Houston 26.

“Our job on offense is to protect the football,” Culley said. “Our job from our quarterback is to protect the football, and we didn’t do that today. When you do that, you get these results. … Our entire football team deserved better.”

Said Taylor: “It’s uncharacteristic of me, but it happened today.”

It took four plays for Brissett to cash in that gift, finding a sliding Hollins with a 5-yard scoring throw and Miami’s biggest halftime lead at home in just over a year – since a 28-10 edge at the break over the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 1, 2020.

And despite the miscue-fest continuing, the Dolphins found a way to, finally, let postgame music play.

“A ton. It means a ton, especially when we didn’t play our best football,” tight end Mike Gesicki said. “There’s still a lot to correct … but there’s finally something positive.”

RYAN PASSES FOR 343 YARDS, 2 TDS AS FALCONS TOP SAINTS 27-25

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Matt Ryan’s last and longest of several deep completions spared the Atlanta Falcons from another infamous collapse.

Ryan hit Cordarrelle Patterson for a 64-yard gain with a minute left to set up Younghoe Koo’s 29-yard field goal as time expired, and Atlanta defeated mistake-prone New Orleans on Sunday after allowing the Saints to wipe out an 18-point, fourth-quarter deficit.

“We just like to give our fans a heart attack, just keep them on their toes to make sure they’re paying attention,” Patterson joked. “We wanted to put them away early, but it’s the Saints; they’ve got a great team over there. They fought till the end. We did a better job. We got the win, that’s all that matters.”

Ryan passed for 343 yards, connected twice with Olamide Zaccheaus for touchdowns, and the veteran quarterback also ran for a score on a bootleg as the Falcons (4-4) snapped the Saints’ three-game winning streak and prevented New Orleans (5-3) from moving into a tie with Tampa Bay (6-2) atop the NFC South.

“I felt good after that one,” Ryan said. “I was excited. We needed to make a play. We needed to win that game. I’m proud of the guys for getting the job done.”

Ryan’s second scoring pass gave the Falcons a 24-6 lead with 10:39 left in the fourth quarter. But the Saints rallied to briefly take the lead on Trevor Siemian’s 8-yard pass to Kenny Stills with 1:01 left.

New Orleans then missed a 2-point conversion try for the second time in the game, leaving the door open for the Falcons to win with a field goal.

“We got it going but it was too little, too late,” Siemian said. “You can’t spot a team that many scores. I knew there was a lot of time left and the game wasn’t over when we scored at the end. You were still holding your breath a little bit.”

MCKINNEY HAS 2 PICKS, GIANTS EDGE RAIDERS 23-16

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) After testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, safety Xavier McKinney spent most of the week not knowing whether he was he was going to play for the New York Giants against the Las Vegas Raiders.

McKinney is not vaccinated and positive test would have put him in the Aaron Rodgers category and sidelined him for a while. Thank goodness for false positives.

McKinney returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown early in the second half and picked off another errant throw by Derek Carr late as the added to the Raiders’ post-bye woes with a 23-16 victory over Las Vegas on Sunday.

“I just tried to stay locked-in,” said McKinney, who was able to attend team meetings virtually and was cleared to play on Friday. “Earlier in the week I didn’t know if I was going to play so I just stayed locked in and focused.”

McKinney refused to say why he will not get vaccinated.

Daniel Jones threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram and Graham Gano added three field goals – the last after McKinney’s second pick – for New York (3-6). Filling in for the injured Saquon Barkley, former Raider Devontae Booker ran for 99 yards before leaving late with a hip injury.

Carr threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow for the Raiders (5-3), who are an NFL-worst 3-16 after a week off over the last 19 years. The usually accurate quarterback also missed a wide-open Darren Waller for another score just before halftime as the Raiders settled for three short field goals by Daniel Carlson, who also missed a 25-yarder in the second half.

Carr drove Las Vegas to the Giants 13 in the final minutes. On second-and-10, he was strip-sacked by Quincy Roche and Leonard Williams recovered the loose ball to ice the game.

“I had a feeling they were going to step up,” Engram said. “The defense has been playing lights out the past three weeks.”

The loss was also the first for interim coach Rich Bisaccia, who last month replaced Jon Gruden, who resigned after it was revealed that he wrote homophobic and misogynistic emails between 2011 and 2018.

“We moved the heck out of the ball,” said Carr, who was 30 of 46 for 296 yards. “We had things that we wanted. We can’t turn the ball over. I can’t throw interceptions. The strip at the end, I didn’t see the guy. I was throwing the ball to the end zone. We can’t turn the ball over.”

The game was the first for Las Vegas since receiver Henry Ruggs III slammed his car into another vehicle early Tuesday morning, creating an inferno that killed a woman and her dog. The 22-year-old player was released by the team hours later.

Prosecutors say Ruggs was driving at 156 mph and had a blood-alcohol content twice Nevada’s legal limit. He faces felony charges that carry a potential decades-long prison sentence.

McKinney’s go-ahead score came on the third play of the second half with the Raiders facing a third-and-7 at their own 35. Renfrow ran an out pattern in front of the Las Vegas bench and McKinney undercut the route, caught the ball as the receiver fell and had a clear field to the end zone.

“I felt Renfrow go out and I was just all eyes on the quarterback all the time,” McKinney said. “I just trusted my instincts.”

The Raiders took a 13-10 halftime lead in a game in which each team scored a touchdown on its opening possession. Jones hit Engram to cap a seven-play, 75 yard drive to start the game and Carr and Renfrow combined from 2 yards out to cap a 73-yard Raiders march.

Carlson of Las Vegas sandwiched field goals of 25 and 32 yards around a 35-yarder by Gano for the other scoring. The 32-yard field goal came one play after Carr missed Waller alone at the back of the end zone.

NOTES: Las Vegas DE Yannick Ngakoue had two sacks, his third multiple effort in the past four games. … Waller returned from an ankle injury and had seven catches for 92 yards. Renfrow also had seven catches for 49. … Jones finished 15 of 20 for 110 yards. … New York finished with 245 total yards. … Josh Jacobs led the Raiders in rushing with 76 yards on 13 carries. …. Giants receiver Kenny Golladay played for the first time since hurting a knee on Oct. 10 and had two catches for 28 yards.

JUSTIN HERBERT HAS 3 TDS, CHARGERS BEAT EAGLES 27-24

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Justin Herbert threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Dustin Hopkins kicked a 29-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining, leading the Los Angeles Chargers to a 27-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Herbert threw for 356 yards, completing 32 of 38 passes. He got 1 yard on a sneak on fourth-and-1 from the Eagles 28 with 1:45 left, setting up Hopkins’ kick.

The Chargers (5-3) snapped a two-game losing streak. The Eagles (3-6) still haven’t won a home game in four tries under rookie coach Nick Sirianni.

The teams traded touchdowns on four straight drives in the second half before the final series.

Los Angeles went ahead 16-10 on Herbert’s 8-yard TD pass to Donald Parham Jr., but Hopkins missed the extra point. The Eagles quickly answered with Kenneth Gainwell running in from the 1 to take a 17-16 lead. Hurts completed 3 of 4 passes on that drive for 63 yards. He was 4 of 9 for 54 yards to that point.

Herbert then ran in from the 8 and connected with Jared Cook on the 2-point conversion to make it 24-17.

But Hurts drove Philadelphia back down the field and fired a 28-yard TD pass to DeVonta Smith to tie at 24-24 with 6:07 left.

Smith had five catches for 116 yards. It was the second 100-yard game for the rookie and 10th overall draft pick.

Facing the NFL’s worst run defense, the Eagles took advantage. They had 176 yards rushing, including 62 from Hurts.

Herbert tossed a 2-yard TD pass to Stephen Anderson to give the Chargers a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. Herbert drove the Chargers 98 yards on their first possession without scoring. His 1-yard pass to Keenan Allen on fourth down from the 2 turned it over on downs.

The Chargers again went on fourth-and-2 in the second quarter. Joshua Kelley was stopped after a 1-yard gain at the Eagles 26.

CONNER LEADS SHORT-HANDED CARDINALS PAST 49ERS 31-17

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) James Conner ran for two touchdowns and caught a 45-yard TD pass from backup quarterback Colt McCoy as the short-handed Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-17 on Sunday.

The Cardinals (8-1) were playing without quarterback Kyler Murray and receivers DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green but still had little trouble completing the season sweep against the 49ers (3-5).

Conner scored on TD runs on back-to-back drives in the first quarter to stake the Cardinals to a big lead they never relinquished. Conner’s long catch-and-run TD on Arizona’s first drive of the second half helped put the game out of reach.

Conner finished with 173 yards from scrimmage and now leads the NFL in TDs with 11, all scored in the past seven games.

San Francisco lost a pair of fumbles in the first half and struggled defensively even against McCoy, a career backup who had won two starts in the past 10 seasons. McCoy went 22 for 26 for 249 yards.

The Niners are now winless in four home games this season and are just 1-8 at Levi’s Stadium the past two seasons. San Francisco trails Arizona by four games in the NFC West and can afford few more slipups if the 49ers hope to make a wild-card push.

Jimmy Garoppolo played well, throwing for 326 yards and two touchdowns, but the Niners never got the running game established and were gashed on defense. Garoppolo threw a late interception to end any chance at a comeback.

DEFENSE CARRIES TITANS PAST RAMS 28-16 FOR 5TH STRAIGHT WIN

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Kevin Byard returned Matthew Stafford’s second consecutive interception 24 yards for a touchdown, and Tennessee’s defense carried the Titans to a 28-16 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in a showdown between conference co-leaders Sunday night.

Jeffery Simmons had three of Tennessee’s five sacks of Stafford during a stifling performance against the Rams’ prolific passing offense. Stafford crucially threw back-to-back interceptions that the Titans turned into 14 points in 11 seconds of the second quarter, sending them well on their way to their fifth consecutive victory.

“Those guys played fantastic,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of his defense. “It was fun to watch them play. … We really think that group is playing with a lot of confidence right now. They would be able to come in here and play the way they did and hold them to field goals, and we played great in red zone.”

Ryan Tannehill passed for 143 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score for the Titans (7-2), who managed just 194 offensive yards in their first game without injured NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry.

Adrian Peterson rushed for just 21 yards, but the veteran running back made a 6-yard TD run with 3:00 left in the first game of his 15th NFL season.

The Titans got a key stop on downs near midfield with 6:39 to play, and Tennessee’s defense nearly kept the Rams out of the end zone for just the fourth time in 73 games under Sean McVay – but Sony Michel caught a 3-yard TD pass with 24 seconds left.

The Titans’ defense dramatically changed the game in the second quarter. Stafford inexplicably flung a desperate pass into the heart of the defense to avoid taking a sack for a safety, and Long returned his interception to the Rams 2.

Geoff Swaim caught a touchdown pass on the next snap – and right after the kickoff, Stafford’s throw to Robert Woods on the sideline was returned by Byard for his first career pick-6.

Stafford passed for 294 yards and threw the 24th pick-6 of his career – most among active quarterbacks – during easily the worst game of his debut season with the Rams (7-2). Los Angeles’ four-game winning streak ended in just the fourth meeting in 15 years between two teams with their conferences’ top records.

After generating MVP talk for his outstanding eight-game start to the season, Stafford looked shaky and confused against Tennessee’s defense in the first half. He barely practiced during the week while managing a stiff back, and he played on after incurring an ankle injury during the game.

Los Angeles, the NFL’s least-penalized team, also got flagged 12 times for 115 yards – the most yards in McVay’s career.

“We have to play cleaner football,” McVay said. “I want to see what we learn from our response. The last time we had a setback, I liked how we responded. … A lot of things happened tonight that are uncharacteristic of us. I liked the way our guys competed to the end and showed their resilience.”

Aaron Donald was whistled for roughing the passer while Tannehill was throwing the ball away on third down with five minutes to play. The call extended a drive that ended in Peterson’s 6-yard run for his 119th career rushing TD and 125th total touchdowns, tying him with Walter Payton for 11th-most in NFL history.

“I felt like we knew what to expect,” Donald said. “They stuck with their game plan, with running and play-action. Just a different back in there.”

Both teams were missing big names for this showdown. Tennessee played its first game of the season without Henry after his foot injury, while Von Miller did not make his debut for the Rams after they acquired him from Denver early this week. Miller is still working back from an ankle injury.

Peterson had been out of the league before he signed with the Titans on Monday after they learned the extent of Henry’s injury. Tennessee promptly put him in the starting lineup.

Stafford got rolling to start in the second half, but Los Angeles had a touchdown taken off the board on its opening drive when officials ruled Tyler Higbee’s toe had gone out of bounds before his scoring catch on third down. The Rams kicked a field goal instead.

NFL NEWS: SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

With two games remaining in Week 9, there have been 34 games with a game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime this season, the most such games through Week 9 all-time.

With two games remaining this week, there have been 40 games – including three in Week 9 – that have been won by a team that trailed in the fourth quarter, tied with the 2011, 1999 and 1987 seasons for the third-most such games at this point of a season. Only 2012 (41 games) and 1989 (41) had more.

Baltimore overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Minnesota, 34-31, in overtime. There have been 13 overtime games this season, tied with the 2002 and 2003 seasons for the fourth-most overtime games at this point of a season all-time. Only 1995 (17 overtime games), 2015 (14) and 1983 (14) had more.

Four teams – DENVER, JACKSONVILLE, KANSAS CITY and the NEW YORK GIANTS – each entered Week 9 with a .500-or-below winning percentage and defeated a team that began today in first place in their division. It marks the first time since December 18, 2011 that four teams with a .500-or-below record entering Week 9 or later each defeated a division leader on the same day.

Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON passed for 266 yards and three touchdowns and registered 120 rushing yards in the Ravens’ 34-31 overtime victory over Minnesota.

Jackson is the first quarterback in NFL history to record multiple career games with at least three touchdown passes and 100 rushing yards. He also accomplished the feat in Week 16 of the 2019 season (three touchdown passes and 103 rushing yards).

Jackson recorded his 10th career game with at least with 100 rushing yards, tied with MICHAEL VICK (10 games) for the most such games by a quarterback in NFL history.

Jackson, who has 600 rushing yards this season, is the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 600 rushing yards in each of his first four seasons and he joins CAM NEWTON (four seasons) and MICHAEL VICK (four) as the only quarterbacks all-time with four career seasons with at least 600 rushing yards.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT completed 32 of 38 pass attempts (84.2 percent) for 356 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 123.2 rating and added a rushing touchdown, while wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN recorded 12 receptions for 104 yards in the team’s 27-24 win over Philadelphia.

At 23 years and 242 days old, Herbert’s 84.2 completion percentage is the second-highest single-game completion percentage (minimum 30 attempts) by a player age 23 or younger, trailing only DAK PRESCOTT (88.9 percent on December 18, 2016 at 23 years and 143 days old).

Herbert has 12 career games with at least 300 passing yards, the most such games by a quarterback in his first two seasons in NFL history.

Allen has nine career games with at least 12 receptions and 100 receiving yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (eight games) and WES WELKER (eight) for the most such games in league annals.

Cleveland cornerback DENZEL WARD (99-yard interception return), running back NICK CHUBB (70-yard run) and wide receiver DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES (60-yard catch) each recorded touchdowns and defensive end MYLES GARRETT registered 1.5 sacks in the Browns’ 41-16 win at Cincinnati.

Cleveland became the first team in 54 years and the fourth team all-time to record a touchdown pass, rushing touchdown and defensive touchdown each of at least 60 yards in a single game, joining Kansas City (October 30, 1966) and Washington in 1966 (November 27, 1966), and the San Diego Chargers in 1967 (October 15, 1967).

Garrett, appearing in his 60th career game, has 54.5 sacks, the third-most sacks by a player in his first 60 career games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (72.5) and DERRICK THOMAS (55) had more.

Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 343 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 135.8 rating in the Falcons’ 27-25 win at New Orleans.

Ryan has 73 career games with at least 300 passing yards, tied with PHILIP RIVERS (73) for the fourth-most such games all-time. Only DREW BREES (123), TOM BRADY (103) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (93) have more.

New England rookie quarterback MAC JONES recorded one touchdown pass with an 85.2 passer rating in the Patriots’ 24-6 win at Carolina.

Jones improved to 4-0 as a starting quarterback on the road this season and joins DAK PRESCOTT (2016) and BEN ROETHLISBERGER (2004) as the only rookie quarterbacks to win each of their first four road starts in league annals.

The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS defeated Buffalo, 9-6, as they held the league’s top scoring offense (32.7 points per game entering Week 9) out of the end zone.

It marked the fourth time since 1970 that a team has held an opponent that entered Week 9 or later averaging at least 32 points per game without a touchdown, joining CHICAGO (vs. Los Angles Rams in Week 14, 2018), PHILADELPHIA (at Dallas in Week 15, 2007) and CAROLINA (vs. St. Louis Rams in Week 14, 2000).

Other notable performances from Sunday include:

Appearing in his 24th career game, Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 69 receiving yards, including a 50-yard touchdown reception, against Baltimore.

Jefferson, who has 2,032 receiving yards, became the second-fastest player in the Super Bowl era to reach 2,000 career receiving yards, trailing only ODELL BECKHAM JR. (21 games).

New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA recorded four receptions with 104 scrimmage yards (54 receiving, 50 rushing) and one rushing touchdown on Sunday.

Kamara has 358 career receptions, tied with ROGER CRAIG (358) for the most receptions by a running back in his first five seasons all-time.

Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY totaled 106 scrimmage yards (54 receiving, 52 rushing) on Sunday.

McCaffrey has 20 career games with at least 50 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards, surpassing LE’VEON BELL (19 games) for the most such games by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.

On Sunday, there were three return touchdowns of at least 85 yards – Minnesota’s KENE NWANGWU (98-yard kickoff return), New England’s J.C. JACKSON (88-yard interception return) and Cleveland’s DENZEL WARD (99-yard interception return).

Week 9 marks the first time since Week 1 of the 2018 season to feature three return touchdowns of at least 85 yards.

AP TOP 25: CINCINNATI HOLDS ON TO NO. 2 AS TIDE CLOSES IN

(AP) — Cincinnati held on to the No. 2 ranking by just four points over No. 3 Alabama in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, and Oregon passed Ohio State to move up to No. 5.

Georgia is a unanimous No. 1 for the fifth straight week in the Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The teams closest to the Bulldogs are more tightly packed after another weekend of upsets and close calls.

The Bearcats received 1,440 points from the media panel after beating Tulsa 28-20, and the Crimson Tide had 1,336 following a 20-14 victory against LSU.

Cincinnati has been ranked No. 2, best in school history, for four straight weeks.

Oklahoma, which had an open date this past weekend, stayed at No. 4.

Oregon moved up two spots to No. 5 after beating Washington 26-16. The Ducks jumped Ohio State at No. 6, taking advantage of Michigan State’s first loss of the season.

The Buckeyes won 26-17 at Nebraska. The Ducks were as high as No. 3 in the country early in the season after beating Ohio State in Week 2, but had slipped behind the Buckeyes while taking a loss.

Notre Dame moved up a spot to No. 7, and the Spartans slipped three to No. 8 after losing at Purdue.

The Boilermakers remained unranked after their second upset of a team ranked in the top five at the time. Purdue was first among other teams receiving votes Sunday.

Michigan stayed at No. 9 and Oklahoma State moved up one to No. 10.

Wake Forest’s first appearance in the top 10 lasted a week. The Demon Deacons lost for the first time this season Saturday, falling at North Carolina.

POLL POINTS

Seven more ranked teams lost this past weekend, upping the total to 68 on the season, including 42 to unranked teams.

The number of ranked teams to lose to unranked teams is the most through 10 weeks of a college football season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

IN

The three teams to move into the Top 25 this week have all been there before.

-No. 20 Wisconsin is back in the rankings after more than a month out. The Badgers have won five straight games since a 1-3 start.

-No. 21 North Carolina State returned to the Top 25 after its second straight victory. The Wolfpack had a three-week run in the rankings in October.

-No. 25 Pittsburgh moved back in after a loss knocked the Panthers out for a week.

OUT

-Kentucky lost for the third straight week to fall out of the rankings after a five-week run in the Top 25.

-SMU’s second straight loss cost the Mustangs their ranking after four weeks in the Top 25.

-Fresno State is out again, a week after it jumped back in at No. 25. The Bulldogs lost at home to Boise State.

CONFERENCE CALL

Big Ten – 6 (No. 6, 8, 9, 19, 20).

SEC – 5 (Nos. 1, 3, 11, 12, 16).

ACC – 3 (Nos. 13, 21, 25).

Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 4, 10, 18).

American – 2 (Nos. 2, 17).

Sun Belt – 2 ((Nos. 22, 24).

Conference USA – 1 (No. 15).

Pac-12 – 1 (No. 5).

Independent – 2 (Nos. 7, 14).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 4 Oklahoma at No. 18 Baylor. Eighth time the Sooners and Bears will be a matchup of ranked teams, all since 2011. Sooners are 4-3 in the first seven.

No. 9 Michigan at No. 23 Penn State. Fourth time in the last five years the Big Ten East foes will both be ranked when they play.

No. 11 Texas A&M at No. 12 Mississippi. Third meeting when both are ranked. Rebels have won the first two.

No. 21 North Carolina State at No. 13 Wake Forest. The Wolfpack and Deacs have played 113 games and just one in which both teams were ranked. N.C. State won it big in 1992.

AP SOURCE: FLORIDA FIRES VETERAN ASSISTANTS GRANTHAM, HEVESY

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) A person familiar with the decision says Florida fired defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive line coach John Hevesy on Sunday, parting with the two assistants one day after a 40-17 loss at South Carolina.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Gators (4-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) hadn’t made the moves public. Coach Dan Mullen is scheduled to address the staff changes Monday afternoon.

The Athletic first reported the firings.

Grantham and Hevesy were in the final year of their contracts at Florida. Grantham made $1.8 million annually, and Hevesy was getting $620,000.

Hevesy had been coaching alongside Mullen for the past two decades. They were together at Bowling Green (2001-02), Utah (2003-04), Florida (2005-08), Mississippi State (2009-17) and Florida (2008-21) again.

Grantham spent the last five seasons with Mullen, including the 2017 season at Mississippi State.

Offensive line and defensive struggles have been among the most glaring issues for the Gators, who have lost three in a row and eight of their last 10 against Power Five opponents.

The Gators ran for a season-low 82 yards against South Carolina. Their defense allowed a season-high 459 yards to the Gamecocks and its most points in the series.

Run defense has been a recurring problem for the Florida, which gave up 454 yards – including 321 on the ground – at LSU three weeks ago. The Gators were gouged repeatedly by the same counter play.

Many thought Mullen would move on from Grantham following the stunning loss to the Tigers, but he gave the veteran coordinator a chance to fix his defense. It backfired. The unit looked unmotivated to play, much less tackle, in Columbia, South Carolina.

Grantham’s job has seemingly been in jeopardy since Florida allowed 30.8 points a game last season. It was the program’s most in more than a hundred years, and the Gators were equally ineffective against the run and the pass. They were gashed for 144 points in three consecutive losses to end 2020.

Mullen responded by firing two defensive assistants. Florida had reason to believe the 2020 results were a fluke. The Gators pointed to the coronavirus pandemic forcing the cancelation of 15 spring practices, eliminating an entire offseason of work and wiping out months of bonding opportunities.

The results showed.

The Gators surrendered eight plays of 30 or more yards in a season-opening shootout at Mississippi and gave up 543 yards, including 205 on the ground, in a close loss at Texas A&M two weeks later. Throw in South Carolina, and Florida allowed 100 points through its first three games for the first time since 1917.

Florida’s much-maligned unit finished the season ranked 83rd among 127 teams.

Mullen fired secondary coaches Ron English and Torrian Gray two days after a 55-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. He replaced them with Auburn’s Wesley McGriff and South Florida’s Jules Montinar.

DURANT SCORES 31 POINTS, NETS BEAT RAPTORS FOR 5TH STRAIGHT

TORONTO (AP) Kevin Durant had 31 points, James Harden scored 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Brooklyn Nets won their fifth straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 116-103 on Sunday.

“Our defense was there when we needed it to be,” Durant said. “We got stops and made shots.”

Harden narrowly missed his second straight triple-double, finishing with 10 rebounds and eight assists.

“When he’s at that level, he makes us go,” Brooklyn’s Blake Griffin said about Harden. “We, as a team, can go to a different level.”

Harden missed his first seven shots from beyond the arc before connecting with 4:34 left to play the fourth, extending a seven-point Nets lead to double digits. He added two more from distance in the final quarter.

“James was special there in the fourth,” Durant said.

Griffin had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Patty Mills scored 13 points to help Steve Nash earn the victory in his first game in his home country as an NBA head coach.

“That means a lot,” Nash said. “This is a very special place for me. Not only Canada, but Toronto. I’ve spent so much of my time here, I have so many close friends, relationships, and memories in this city. For me, this is definitely a sweet win.”

Durant reached 20 points for the 10th straight game, extending both his career-best streak to begin a season and the Nets’ record for 20-point games at the start of a season.

“Like we said since Day 1, he’s been unbelievable this season at both ends of the floor, rebounding, scoring, facilitating” Nash said.

Durant was playing in Toronto for the first time since tearing his left Achilles tendon while playing for Golden State in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

“The last time I was here was one of my lowest moments as a basketball player,” Durant said. “It’s good to come back here playing and see the fans again.”

The 11-time All-Star shot 11 for 18, going 3 for 6 from 3-point range, and 6 for 6 at the free throw line. He had seven rebounds and seven assists.

Fred VanVleet scored 21 points, OG Anunoby had 16 and Gary Trent Jr. scored 15 points for the Raptors, who have lost two straight after winning the previous five.

Toronto (7 for 25) matched its season-low with seven made 3-pointers. The Raptors also had seven in their season-opening loss to Washington.

Raptors forward Pascal Siakam made his first start of the season after missing the first 10 games because of left shoulder surgery. Siakam scored 15 points in 25 minutes. He shot 5 for 12.

“My legs were heavy,” Siakam said. “I was out of breath after about three minutes.”

Toronto led 60-53 at halftime, but Brooklyn reclaimed the lead with a 9-0 run to begin the third that was capped by a 3-pointer from Griffin. Durant scored 13 points in the quarter and Griffin had seven as the Nets took an 88-77 lead to the fourth.

RICKY RUBIO HAS CAREER-HIGH 37 POINTS, CAVALIERS BEAT KNICKS

NEW YORK (AP) Ricky Rubio scored a career-high 37 to help the Cleveland Cavaliers outlast the New York Knicks 126-109 on Sunday night.

Cleveland has won four in a row to improve to 7-4. Evan Mobley added 26 points, Jarrett Allen had 18 and Darius Garland 16.

“In the games we’ve won, we’ve won the scrap” Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff said. “We win the competition. The dirty work. The gritty part of it. We don’t always have to be pretty and we’ve shown it. … What’s most important to us is creating that identity.”

Rubio’s previous career high was 34 with Utah against San Antonio in 2018.

“When the ball goes in it seems like you’re running the right plays,” Rubio said. “But it’s not about scoring. It’s about (taking) the right path, (going) the right (way) every time.”

New York has lost three of four to fall to 6-4. Julius Randle led the Knicks with 19, and Derek Rose, who started at point guard, had with 15. Evan Fournier also had 15.

“I feel like there are moments we can’t get stops,” said Randle, when asked if there was a common denominator in the recent stretch of losses. “It’s got to be better.”

Down 57-56 at halftime, Cleveland outscored the Knicks 33-18 in the third quarter to enter the fourth with an 89-75 advantage.

“We know where we can go,” Bickerstaff said. “There’s a depth to this team that we know we can get to. That’s all about the scrap. That’s how we turn it up.

New York only shot 9 of for 31 from 3-point range, while Cleveland was 19 of 35.

Cleveland announced late in the third quarter that guard Collin Sexton would miss the rest of the game because of a left knee injury. He had eight points and four assists in 12 1/2 minutes. Bickerstaff did not have an update on Sexton’s condition when he spoke with reporters after the game.

ANTHONY SCORES SEASON-BEST 33, MAGIC RALLIES PAST JAZZ

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Cole Anthony scored 10 of his season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter and keyed a game-closing 24-11 run that helped the Orlando Magic rally past the Utah Jazz 107-100 on Sunday night.

Trailing by as many as 13 points in the third quarter and down 89-81 with eight minutes remaining, Anthony heated up and got plenty of help from R.J. Hampton and Wendell Carter Jr. as the Magic ended a two-game losing streak. Orlando also snapped a five-game skid against the Jazz that dated back three seasons.

“The team just came and really fought tonight,” said Anthony, who topped his previous season-best of 32 points and scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half. “Just a big shoutout to the team because that was a good (win) against a really good team.”

Carter had a season-best 22 points and 15 rebounds. Hampton scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter. Hampton’s 3-pointer with 21 seconds to play put Orlando ahead 105-100 and all but sealed the victory.

“It was a broken-down play, the ball was fumbling around everywhere and they ended up getting it out to (Hampton),” Magic coach Jamahl Mosley said. “He stepped in confidently to take the shot. Having the willingness to take that shot, it was huge.”

Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points, and Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz, who lost for a second time in as many nights. Royce O’Neal chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds.

Trailing 28-15 after one quarter and by 15 points seconds into the second, Utah seemed to have gained control of the game with a 70-47 edge over the second and third quarters. However, Utah got outscored 32-15 in the final period and finished just 8 of 42 from 3-point range.

“If there’s a narrative out there that we’re taking bad shots, I wouldn’t agree with that,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “The catch-and-shoot shots, that’s what we’re missing. That’s where we’ve been at our best and you hope over time those things correct themselves.”

Anthony made 13 of 20 shots and 5 of 10 3-pointers for the Magic, who won at home for the first time in five games this season.

Utah was playing less than 24 hours after losing 118-115 in Miami. The Jazz had to expend plenty of energy in that game, rallying from 19 down in the final five minutes and losing only after Mitchell missed a potential tying 3-pointer.

Utah missed 18 of its first 20 3-point shots and fell in an early 15-point hole. It still rallied to grab a 52-50 halftimes lead.

Two nights after having nine fourth-quarter turnovers in a loss to San Antonio, the Magic thrived in the final period to get Mosley his first home win.

“We talked about that this is where the lessons are learned,” Mosley said. “The last game we had turnovers in the huddle and we didn’t give ourselves a chance. We talked in the huddle that we’ve been here before and it was about how we responded. I’m so proud of these guys for responding.”

BEAL SCORES 30 POINTS TO HELP WIZARDS BEAT BUCKS, 101-94

WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal scored 30 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-94 on Sunday night.

Beal had his second game of the season with at least 30 points. He averaged more than 30 in each of the past two seasons.

Known for much of his career as a scorer, Beal felt that defense was the key tonight as Washington held an opponent under 100 points for the second straight game and third time this season.

“We made it tough on them,” Beal said after the Wizards limited the Bucks to 39% shooting.

“I feel like I played a playoff game tonight,” Beal later added.

Kyle Kuzma added 15 points and 10 rebounds to help Washington snap an eight-game losing streak in the series with the Bucks. Montrezl Harrell also had 15 points, and Daniel Gafford added 11.

At 7-3 Washington is off to it’s best start since the 2014-15 season.

“I think we’ve been able to pull together relatively quickly with so many pieces,” first-year coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “It’s a lot to ask but for the most part our guys have been great with our effort and locked in with what we are trying to do.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 18 rebounds for the defending champion Bucks. They have lost five of six to drop to 4-6.

Grayson Allen scored 19 points, and Bobby Portis had 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Bucks dropped the first game on a five-game trip.

Corey Kispert’s made jumper with 2:54 left in the third gave Washington a 77-67 lead. It was Washington’s first double-digit lead since early in the first. Gafford had 10 points in the quarter.

Washington led 82-71 after the third. The Wizards shot 56% in the quarter and held the Bucks to just 33% to break open a back-and-forth game that saw seven ties and 18 lead changes.

Milwaukee led 52-49 at halftime despite falling in an immediate 12-0 hole to start the game. Washington had 11 turnovers in the first half and finished with 19.

MUSCALA SCORES 20, OKLAHOMA CITY RALLIES TO BEAT SPURS 99-94

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder seem to wake up when they get down by double digits.

Mike Muscala scored 20 points in 14 minutes, and the Thunder rallied from 16 points down to beat the San Antonio Spurs 99-94 on Sunday night.

The Thunder have trailed by at least 16 points in all three of their wins. They trailed the Los Angeles Lakers by 26 before getting their first win of the season in Oklahoma City, then trailed the Lakers by 19 points last Thursday before winning.

What impressed Thunder coach Mark Daigneault most about Sunday’s victory was how the Thunder handled the intensity level during their latest comeback.

“The stuff that really stood out to me is the physicality of the game and the competitiveness that we played with, especially in the second half,” he said. “The fact that we could recognize in real time in the game that we needed to amp it up and then did it on a pretty quick turn.”

Muscala made 5 of 6 field goals and 7 of 9 free throws in one of the most productive offensive games of his career. The 30-year-old averages 6.0 points per game for his career, which includes stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Los Angeles with the Lakers and Oklahoma City.

“Felt like I got into a little bit of a rhythm there, so that felt nice,” he said. “I’ve kind of been struggling shooting the ball a little bit. I thought in general guys were really unselfish tonight passing the ball and trusting the shot, and that was a big point of emphasis in practice.”

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Darius Bazley added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who were coming off a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

Keldon Johnson scored 22 points, Lonnie Walker IV added 15 points and Drew Eubanks chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs.

Eubanks said the Thunder are a talented young team that the Spurs overlooked.

“You play the Bucks, you play Brooklyn, you play L.A., you kind of get up for those games,” Eubanks said. “We’ve got to learn from that, not just settling and continue to do what we do to keep those leads.”

San Antonio had possession with 22.9 seconds left in regulation, trailing 97-94. Walker missed a deep 3-pointer off the backboard, Oklahoma City rebounded, and Muscala made two free throws with 3.6 seconds left to put the game out of reach.

Lu Dort’s 3-pointer for Oklahoma City at the halftime buzzer cut the Spurs’ lead to 55-45 at the break.

The Thunder continued the rally in the opening minutes of the second half. Rookie Jeremiah Robinson-Earl’s jumper put Oklahoma City up 66-65.

The Thunder led 79-69 at the end of the third quarter. They outscored the Spurs 34-14 in the period, led by nine points from Gilgeous-Alexander. Oklahoma City made 13 of 24 field goals in the third.

San Antonio took an 84-83 lead before Bazley hit a corner 3-pointer, then threw down a nasty one-handed put-back dunk with his elbow at rim level to give the Thunder an 88-84 lead. Oklahoma City led the rest of the way.

POOLE HAS 25 POINTS, NBA-LEADING WARRIORS BEAT ROCKETS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jordan Poole scored 15 of his 25 points in the first quarter and the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 120-107 on Sunday night.

Poole also had five assists and four rebounds, shooting 7 of 13 from the field and 9 for 9 from the free throw line.

“He had some openings and he attacked and just did a nice job recognizing driving lanes,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I thought Jordan played really well.”

Added Poole: “I was just playing my game, my normal game, attacking the rack the same. Apparently, we got a good whistle today.”

Stephen Curry added 20 points and three steals to help the NBA-leading Warriors improve to 8-1 with their fourth victory in a row. Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points, and Draymond Green had six points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

Jae’Sean Tate led Houston with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Daniel Theis had 14. The Rockets have lost eight straight and are tied with New Orleans at an NBA-worst 1-9.

“We’ve just got to stay together,” Theis said. “It’s a long season. We can’t start questioning things now and put our heads down. The season is too long.”

Leading just 83-80, Golden State used a 15-0 run to open an 18-point lead late in the third quarter. Houston never got back within single digits.

“Our third quarters just have to be better,” Tate said. “We know teams are going to go on runs. It’s part of the game. But we’ve just got to figure it out.”

The Warriors forced 22 turnovers, enjoying a 36-12 advantage in fast-break points. Golden State shot 52% percent from the field. Houston shot 46%.

GEORGE, JACKSON LEAD CLIPPERS PAST HORNETS, 120-106

LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul George scored 20 points, Reggie Jackson added 19 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Charlotte Hornets 120-106 on Sunday night for their fourth straight victory.

Luke Kennard had 18 points, and Terance Mann finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Down 13 in the first quarter and in a nine-point hole with less than seven minutes remaining, the Clippers had a 22-0 run to take a 115-102 lead.

LaMelo Ball, from nearby Chino Hills, had 21 points for the Hornets in their fourth straight loss. Ball played his first game in Los Angeles since a right wrist fracture against the Clippers last March forced him to miss 21 games.

Miles Bridges also had 21 points for the Hornets, and Terry Rozier added 17.

Charlotte got a 3-pointer from Rozier with 7:09 to play, then didn’t make another field goal until a layup by Bridges with 1:09 remaining.

NBA TO PLAYERS, COACHES, REFS: BOOSTER SHOTS ARE RECOMMENDED

MIAMI (AP) The NBA told its players, coaches and referees on Sunday that they should receive booster shots against the coronavirus, with particular urgency for those who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The league and the National Basketball Players Association – working jointly based on guidance from the NBA’s public health and infectious disease experts – said those who received Johnson & Johnson shots more than two months ago should get a booster. The booster recommendation also was made for those who received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine at least six months ago.

The league recommendations, which were obtained by The Associated Press, called for those who got Johnson & Johnson vaccines originally to seek a Pfizer or Moderna booster. Those who got Pfizer or Moderna may simply get whatever booster is available, the league said.

Data used to make the league’s determinations showed that antibody levels for Pfizer and Moderna recipients wane after six months, and after two months for Johnson & Johnson recipients.

Some teams already have been planning for players to receive booster shots when available. A small number of previously vaccinated NBA players have tested positive this season for COVID-19 and entered the league’s health and safety protocols.

Among those sidelined of late: Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris, who had symptoms, 76ers coach Doc Rivers said.

“He’s doing OK but not great, honestly. … It hit him for sure,” Rivers said last week. “A lot of guys have had this and they are mad, like `What the hell, I’m fine.’ Tobias is not in that category right now, I can tell you that.”

In some cases, those who are vaccinated but elect to not receive a booster would be subjected to game-day testing again starting Dec. 1, the NBA said. That Dec. 1 date varies depending on when the person was originally vaccinated and what type of vaccine they received.

About 97% of NBA players were believed to be vaccinated when the season started last month. In the U.S., nearly 60% of the population – more than 193 million people – are fully vaccinated. More than 21 million have received a booster dose, and those numbers are soaring each day.

DODGERS OFFER QOS TO SEAGER, TAYLOR BUT NOT KERSHAW

NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have extended qualifying offers to free agent All-Stars Corey Seager and Chris Taylor, but not Clayton Kershaw.

Seager and Taylor were among 14 players offered $18.4 million, one-year qualifying offer deals before the deadline Sunday night. If players reject those offers and sign with another club, their former team is entitled to draft pick compensation.

Kershaw has spent his entire 14-year career with Los Angeles, winning three Cy Young Awards and the 2020 World Series with the Dodgers. He was 10-8 with a 3.55 ERA in 22 regular season starts but missed the postseason due to a left forearm injury that is not expected to require surgery.

Atlanta slugger Freddie Freeman received a qualifying offer from the World Series-winning Braves, while the AL champion Houston Astros extended offers to shortstop Carlos Correa and right-hander Justin Verlander. The latter missed all of 2021 following Tommy John surgery, but the 38-year-old hopes to return next season.

The New York Mets announced Saturday that outfielder Michael Conforto and righty Noah Syndergaard were offered QOs. The Toronto Blue Jays were the only other team with multiple qualifying offers, made to left-hander Robbie Ray and infielder Marcus Semien.

Semien is a free agent for the second consecutive offseason but did not receive a qualifying offer from Oakland last year before signing an $18 million, one-year deal with Toronto. Players can only be extended qualifying offers once in their careers under the collective bargaining agreement, which is set to expire at the end of the month.

Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, Cincinnati outfielder Nick Castellanos, Colorado shortstop Trevor Story, Los Angeles Angels reliever Raisel Iglesias and San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt rounded out the list of players to receive qualifying offers.

Among the notable free agents who did not receive qualifying offers: Colorado right-hander Jon Gray, Chicago White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon and Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood.

Players have until Nov. 17 to decide if they’ll accept. Just 10 of 96 players to receive a qualifying offer have accepted since the system was introduced in 2012.

GOLDSCHMIDT, EDMAN, ARENADO, BADER, O’NEILL EARN GOLD GLOVES

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis became the first team with five Gold Glove winners when first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, second baseman Tommy Edman, third baseman Nolan Arenado, center fielder Harrison Bader and left fielder Tyler O’Neill earned the NL fielding honor Sunday.

Arenado won his ninth Gold Glove, his first since he was traded last winter by Colorardo. Goldschmidt won his fourth and first since 2017 with Arizona. O’Neill won his second in a row.

Chicago White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel won his fifth Gold Glove, and San Francisco shortstop Brandon Belt won his fourth.

Atlanta pitcher Max Fried, who got the win last week in the World Series finale, won his second in a row. Adam Duvall traded to the Braves in July from Miami, won in right.

Pittsburgh’s Jacob Stallings won at catcher,

Houston’s Yuli Gurriel won at first to go along with his AL batting title and Astros teammate Carlos Correa won at shortstop. Oakland’s Matt Chapman won at third and Sean Murphy at catcher, and Toronto’s Marcus Semien at second after signing the Blue Jays and moving from shortstop.

Kansas City center fieder Michael A. Taylor and left fielder Andrew Benintendi won their first Gold Gloves. Right fielder Joey Gallo, traded by Texas to the New York Yankees in July, won his second straight.

Voting is conducted by major league managers and up to six coaches from each team, and they cannot vote for players on their teams.

DJOKOVIC BEATS MEDVEDEV FOR RECORD 37TH MASTERS TITLE

PARIS (AP) The day after ensuring he finishes No. 1 for a record seventh year, Novak Djokovic beat No. 2 Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the Paris Masters final on Sunday for a record 37th Masters title.

Djokovic moved one clear of fellow 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal for Masters trophies, and nine ahead of Roger Federer, the other tennis great with 20 majors.

It also gave Djokovic a record-extending sixth Paris Masters title and put him 6-4 up overall against the No. 2-ranked Medvedev, who is pushing hard to dethrone him in world tennis.

The veteran Serb had lost to Medvedev in straight sets in the U.S. Open final two months ago and had not played a tournament since.

Medvedev looked strong early on but top-seeded Djokovic, who beat him in straight sets in this year’s Australian Open final, withstood punishing rallies against an opponent nine years younger.

Djokovic’s double break against a tiring Medvedev, the defending champion, gave him a 5-2 lead and the chance to serve for an 86th career title.

Second-seeded Medvedev swiped a ball into the crowd in frustration after a fan yelled just as he was serving at 30-40 down in that game, and he pointed to the crowd in frustration at the changeover.

Some rowdy fans have cheered serving errors and double-faults, or shouted just before serves throughout the week.

Chair umpire Aurelie Tourte finally had enough, after her earlier requests for calm and in previous days from other umpires.

“When you see players on the baseline who are just about to serve,” she said, “stop making noise for nothing.”

A poor service game from Djokovic gifted Medvedev a break back to 5-3.

But on his first match point, Djokovic won a thrilling long rally befitting a great final with a forehand winner deep into the left of the court. He hugged his rival warmly at the net.

“I suffered a lot, well done to you. I really wanted to win but you’re so strong,” Medvedev said on court in near-fluent French. “I hope we play many matches like this, and we win a few each.”

Djokovic seemed overawed by Medvedev’s language skills.

“What a magical level of French you have. My level is not like Daniil’s but I try,” Djokovic responded in French. “I also suffered a lot today and also in New York, but this is a great rivalry developing.”

Djokovic celebrated with his wife, his young son and daughter.

“Today was very special for me because my family is here,” Djokovic said “It’s the first time both of my children are together to watch one of my matches.”

The contest was intense from the outset.

Serving at 30-40 down in the sixth game, Medvedev saved a break point with a forehand winner before holding and then pressuring Djokovic at 0-40 down.

The 34-year-old Serb saved two break points but could only applaud as Medvedev’s sliced backhand drop shot gave him the break.

The 25-year-old Russian served out the set when Djokovic returned long.

Djokovic was in his record-extending seventh final here and found his range to break and then hold 4-1 in the second set.

Serving at 5-3, Djokovic saved three break points in a thrilling 12-minute game featuring tight rallies.

Djokovic hit an ace on his third set point to level a tense match that had the crowd on their feet after improbable retrieves or winners from both.

There was a downside, though.

Earlier, Tourte had already intervened to demand “a bit of respect for the players” after one fan shouted just as Djokovic was about to serve at 15-30 down in the third game.

She also told one fan to stop filming with a phone during play and twice asked for a door to be closed high in the stands as people were walking in and out of it.

“Why not go for a walk outside?” she asked.

Tournament director Guy Forget earlier said that fans sometimes went too far in their exuberance, cheering errors and double-faults from opponents who faced Frenchman Hugo Gaston. During his semifinal match on Saturday, Djokovic was annoyed when his double-fault drew loud cheers.

“There was a real desire to show one’s joy, one’s emotion at being here,” Forget said. “Sometimes, if I may say so, it was borderline toward the opponent.”

But Djokovic’s week was a special one, as he moved one ahead of childhood idol Pete Sampras for No. 1 year-end finishes.

In a stellar year in which he won three majors, Djokovic eclipsed Federer’s all-time mark of 310 weeks at No. 1 on March 8 and will finish 2021 having held the top ranking for 348 weeks.

He now turns his attention toward a record-equaling sixth ATP Finals title to tie with Federer.

The season-ending event starts on Nov. 14 in Turin.

WEST HAM ENDS LIVERPOOL’S 25-GAME UNBEATEN RUN WITH 3-2 WIN

LONDON (AP) Goalkeeper Alisson Becker helped West Ham score three goals, and Liverpool’s 25-game unbeaten run ended.

A 3-2 victory Sunday allowed West Ham to dislodge Liverpool from third place in the Premier League, extending an impressive start to the season for David Moyes’ side.

Alisson flapped in the air to allow Aaron Cresswell’s inswinging corner to go through his hands in the fourth minute. After Trent Alexander-Arnold equalized at the end of the first half, Jarrod Bowen ran at the Liverpool defense before slipping the ball to Pablo Fornals whose shot was helped into the net by Alisson’s weak touch. Another assist came from Bowen in the 74th when a corner was headed in by Kurt Zouma through Alisson’s raised hands.

Although Divock Origi pulled one back, scoring on the turn, Liverpool couldn’t find another goal to avoid a first loss in any competition since being knocked out of the Champions League last season by Real Madrid in April. It’s even further back – into February – since the 2020 champions lost in the Premier League.

West Ham is now only three points behind leader Chelsea after finishing sixth last season for a highest finish since being fifth in 1999.

LARSON WRAPS UP COMEBACK SEASON WITH 1ST NASCAR TITLE

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kyle Larson won.

No surprise, right? He was, after all, the overwhelming 2-1 betting favorite to win NASCAR’s season-ending championship race.

Suspended nearly all of last season for using a racial slur, Larson closed his comeback season in NASCAR with his first championship Sunday by with a title-winning victory at Phoenix Raceway.

Larson was in tears during his cooldown laps as he reflected on his rebuild from out-of-work NASCAR driver to Cup champion.

“Eighteen months ago, I didn’t even think I’d be in a Cup car again. Strapping in for the Daytona 500 didn’t even seem real, let alone winning the championship,” Larson said. “It’s definitely been a journey, a rollercoaster. I’m very thankful for my second chance and every opportunity I’ve been given in these last 18 months. Life’s a crazy thing. Just stay positive through it.”

Larson led seven times for a race-high 108 laps but was running fourth, last among the title contenders, as teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin controlled the championship late in a pair of Toyotas.

Then a caution reset everything.

Because he won the pole Saturday in qualifying, Larson had the first stall on pit road and the shortest sprint back onto the track of the four title contenders. He silently prayed for a flawless service call from his Hendrick Motorsports crew to get the No. 5 Chevrolet back on track ahead of his three title rivals.

Wow, did the No. 5 team deliver.

Larson’s crew performed its second-fastest stop of the season – a span that stretches 38 races – and Larson went from last among the final four to first.

“I knew the only way we were going to pull it off is if our pit crew got us off as a leader, and damn, they did. That was just crazy,” Larson said. “Those guys nailed the pit stop.”

Larson controlled the restart with 25 laps remaining, quickly cleared Truex, then held off several of Truex’s challenges. There was no stopping Larson, just as he’s been impossible to stop all season, and he drove to his 10th Cup victory of the year.

He beat Truex to the finish line by an easy .398 seconds.

“There were so many points in this race where I did not think we were going to win,” Larson said. “Without my pit crew on that last stop, we would not be standing right here. They are the true winners of this race. They are true champions.

“I’m just blessed to be a part of this group. Every single man or person, man and woman at Hendrick Motorsports, this win is for all of us, and every one of you. This is unbelievable. I’m speechless.”

Truex, the 2017 champion, finished second and was followed by Hamlin, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate. Hamlin is 0 for 5 in championship finales and was the only driver among the final four contenders who did not lead a lap Sunday.

Truex has finished second in the championship standings three times in the four seasons since his 2017 title.

“Ultimately, we needed to beat him off pit road. It’s unfortunate, but we win and lose as a team,” Truex said. “That’s three times we’ve been second, and that sucks. Second hurts, I’m not going to lie, especially with the car we had and the job the guys did.”

Hamlin, who raced Larson all season for the regular-season title that ultimately went to Larson, has firmly maintained that Larson should be the champion. But it didn’t soften the blow of another title defeat for the three-time Daytona 500 winner.

“Any time you can win 10 races in a year, you’re absolutely a deserving champion,” Hamlin said. “They did a great job on the last pit stop and got him out there, and he just set sail after that. Proud of my team … just a really good year. A really, really good year, and things just didn’t pan out.”

Chase Elliott, the reigning champion and NASCAR’s most popular driver, led 94 laps but finished fourth.

“I was really proud of our group. I thought we brought a really good car … just didn’t work out,” Elliott said. “But look, proud of our team, a lot to build on, and also congrats to Kyle … very, very deserving champions, and glad to see Kyle have success.

“When you’re a good driver and a good person and you surround yourself with good people, success is warranted. It’s good to see that.”

Larson seemed to have tears in his eyes on his cooldown lap as he celebrated a career-defining moment he wasn’t sure would happen last year. He was fired four races into the season and lost nearly every sponsor for his use of a racial slur while racing online, and Larson retreated to his sprint car roots to rebuild his life.

He volunteered for multiple different grassroots organizations as Larson went on a personal journey to learn more about himself, as well as social justice issues. It was Rick Hendrick who decided to give him another chance and he hired Larson once NASCAR lifted his suspension.

Larson watched last year’s championship race from the competition compound on the Hendrick Motorsports campus in North Carolina. A year later, he gave Hendrick its 14th Cup title.

“I never thought I was taking a risk. I know how good he is, I’m just fortunate we were able to get him, and man, what a wheelman he is,” Hendrick said. “Ten races won, 11 with the All-Star Race. It’s unbelievable.”

Larson won five of the 10 playoff races and tied Tony Stewart in 2011 for most wins in a single playoff season. He also broke Jeff Gordon’s 20-year record of most laps led in a single season. The 29-year-old from Elk Grove, California, joins Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson as champions from the Golden State.

It was the 280th victory for Hendrick Motorsports, which moved past Petty Enterprises in May with Larson behind the wheel as NASCAR’s winningest team. The team has won 14 championships in 27 years.

Cliff Daniels, who took over as crew chief for seven-time champion Johnson 22 races in the 2019 season, won his first championship. Daniels spent 58 races running the No. 48 team for Johnson and they closed their run together with a fifth-place finish in last year’s season finale as Johnson crossed the finish line behind the four title contenders.

Daniels and his crew welcomed in Larson the next week, won 10 points races and the $1 million All-Star race, and now the Cup title.

The win by Larson halted Toyotas bid to sweep championship weekend. Toyota drivers won the Truck and Xfinity Series titles to open the weekend, but Larson gave Chevrolet the biggest trophy of them all.

Chevrolet had already clinched the manufacturer’s titles in Cup and Xfinity before the weekend.

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INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL:

After a tough loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in the final minutes, the Pacers (4-7) turned things around against the Sacramento Kings (5-5) Sunday afternoon. This time, tough defense and timely shots down the stretch secured a hard-fought, 94-91 victory over the hosts, and snapped a five-game road losing streak.

Coming into the night, Sacramento was averaging the NBA’s ninth-best shooting percentage (46.4 percent). On Sunday, the Pacers’ defense limited the hosts to just 31 makes on 84 attempts (36.9 percent). The Kings were held to their lowest point total of the season.

“I think all together — not just down the stretch — we really followed the game plan,” Caris LeVert said postgame. “From one to 15, everybody did.”

After finishing the first half with six points, LeVert tallied 16 in the second half to lead all Pacers with 22.

T.J. McConnell also had a major impact, scoring 18. The crafty guard hit several tough buckets down the stretch. He also hauled in seven boards and dished out four assists. Both Domantas Sabonis (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Myles Turner (12 points, 15 boards) finished with double-doubles. Turner was a defensive force all night, setting the tone with five blocks.

It was a much more even start compared to the Pacers’ previous outing against Portland. The squad played tight defense and methodically picked apart the Kings on offense for an early lead. Chris Duarte and Sabonis combined for eight of the first ten Pacers points to lead 10-4 at the 7:45 mark.

“What happened on Friday got everyone’s attention,” Rick Carlisle said of the first quarter. “We had a much better start. A lot of guys really contributed in a big way, and it was really great to see.”

Over the next few minutes, Indiana continued to control the pace of play. The squad mounted a 10-2 run through the halfway point to take a 22-11 lead with 3:05 remaining. Turner and Duarte each tallied five points of the run, finding space beyond the arc for a trey each during the spree.

Indiana was ready to take a double-digit lead into the second after Justin Holiday’s three with 31.7 seconds remaining. However, Buddy Hield connected on a last-second desperation heave from 39 feet away to cut Indiana’s lead to 27-19 before the frame expired.

A quiet start for both sides to start the second kept Indiana in front. After rookie Davion Mitchell cut Indiana’s lead to five with a layup, Jeremy Lamb hit two free throws on the other end to extend it back to 31-24 at the 8:40 mark. Sunday was Lamb’s first action since spraining his ankle against the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 30.

As Indiana kept misfiring, the Kings finally broke through to take their first lead of the game. Trailing 31-27, De’Aaron Fox banked in a cutting layup, and Harrison Barnes followed with a step-back three to earn a one-point advantage.

But the Pacers kept on fighting. Trailing 34-33, the Blue & Gold recorded seven unanswered, including a tough 3-pointer by Duarte with a hand in his face, to regain a 40-34 lead with 3:48 remaining. Turner also assisted by hauling in several tough boards while fighting down low.

From there, Indiana maintained a slim lead until halftime. McConnell made two gritty layups down the stretch, and the defense avoided a lapse to take a 48-43 lead into the break.

Finding points on their first four possessions of the third, Indiana recorded eight unanswered — five from LeVert — in the first 1:53 to earn a 56-43 lead.

From there, the Pacers held a double-digit lead through the midway mark of the third. Turner continued to be a heavy defensive presence, collecting rebounds and blocks. With 7:42 to play, he added a corner three to stretch Indiana’s lead to 65-52.

McConnell’s acrobatic and-one finish with 4:31 left placed all five Pacers starters in double figures as Indiana climbed to a 69-54 lead. However, Sacramento kept up the pressure after responding with eight straight to cut the gap to seven.

Still, Indiana held firm, using LeVert to push the lead to double digits once more. The guard added four more in his 11-point third quarter, including a wide-open jumper after a vicious pump fake, to give Indiana a 73-62 lead with 2:22 to play.

However, Indiana was held to just one more point in the frame. Sacramento trimmed the lead to 74-67 before time expired.

Indiana started the fourth with three consecutive turnovers, allowing Sacramento to trim the once-comfortable lead to 74-72 with 10:38 remaining. Three straight from Alex Len finally pushed the Kings ahead by one. A single LeVert free throw at the 9:00 mark was the Blue & Gold’s first points of the period.

Trailing 78-75, Indiana responded with six straight, including a tough fadeaway by LeVert, to take an 81-78 lead with 6:50 to play.

Despite a timeout, Indiana continued the run. McConnell knocked in a baseline jumper over the outstretched hands of several big men. Sabonis then followed with a pair of free throws to snag an 85-78 lead with 5:38 left. What followed next was a series of timely Pacers buckets.

Leading 85-82 with 3:36 remaining, McConnell once again nailed a clutch baseline jumper to push Indiana’s lead to five. Turner then responded to two Holmes free throws with a crisp 10-footer.

Another layup from McConnell pushed Indiana’s lead to 93-88 with 1:33 to play. However, Tyrese Haliburton drilled a trey five seconds later to trim the deficit to two.

The Pacers had a chance to add to the lead twice but came up empty. With 22.5 seconds remaining, the Pacers called a timeout to set up on defense.

Fox’s attempt went long with 16.1 seconds left. Torrey Craig snagged the rebound and found Holiday. Two Kings swarmed him as he looked for a timeout. But, the referees determined a jump ball was called before Indiana signaled for one. Sacramento scrapped for the jump ball and called a timeout with 5.8 seconds to go.

Sacramento tried a quick inbounds play to Haliburton for a three. However, his attempt fell short and McConnell snagged the rebound. He connected on 1-of-2 free throws on the other end while Sacramento could not respond in time.

Inside the Numbers

All five Pacers starters finished in double figures. Chris Duarte had a bounce-back night, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and a steal.

Indiana outscored its opponent in the third quarter for the second consecutive game (26-24).

Turner finished with a team-high +22 rating for Indiana. Both Duarte and LeVert finished +19.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We all learned that every possession matters. From the first six minutes of the game — I think we lost it in Portland. And then the first six minutes of the game tonight — I think we won it tonight.” –LeVert on what the team took into tonight from the Portland loss

“When (McConnell is) putting his head down and being aggressive — teams probably game plan for him to set other guys up. I think T.J. is at his best when he’s doing both, looking for his and looking for others. He was able to really contribute tonight.” – Turner on McConnell’s impact tonight

“It definitely helps to get a win on the road against a team like this. It’s a confidence booster for sure. But we know there are some games that we’ve dropped on the road that (this) shouldn’t be our first win on the road. But we’ll take it and we have to move on.” –McConnell on the confidence this game could provide moving forward

Stat of the Night

Making up for its 21 turnovers, Indiana earned a +21 rebounding advantage after hauling in 54 boards. The Kings’ 33 rebounds are a season-low for a Pacers opponent.

Noteworthy

Both Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis hit personal milestones during the win. This was Turner’s 400th career NBA game, while Sabonis passed 5,000 points for his NBA career.

Before Sunday, the Kings had won their two previous home games by a combined total of 43 points

Indiana now has its first two-day rest of the season before finishing out the road trip with a tough back-to-back against the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

Up Next

The Pacers return to action on Wednesday night in Denver, when they take on reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets at 7:00 PM ET.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: SARVER STRIKE AND SHUTOUT SEND IU TO B1G SEMIFINALS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Samuel Sarver’s 27th minute strike was enough to give Indiana men’s soccer (13-4-1, 5-3-0 B1G) a 1-0 victory over Rutgers (9-6-2, 3-4-1 B1G) in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament Sunday (Nov. 7) afternoon on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

With the win, No. 3 seed Indiana advances to and will host the semifinal round against No. 7 seed Northwestern on Wednesday (Nov. 10). Kickoff time will either be set for noon or 2 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

KEY MOMENTS

• A poor tap-in attempt by Rutgers allowed IU goalkeeper Roman Celentano to start a counter, throwing the ball out to the right flank. Samuel Sarver broke forward with pace, passed across the top of the box to Tommy Mihalic, who found Spencer Glass with space coming down the left wing. Glass took first time with pace, but his attempt was saved by RU keeper Oren Asher. After a clearance, Glass played a cross that sailed over Sarver at the back post. Sarver was taken down in the scramble, but the play resulted in a goal kick.

• Three minutes later, Sarver opened the scoring. Daniel Munie took the ball near midfield and played a long ground pass to Endeley up the pitch. Endeley dribbled through space then released a through ball to Sarver, who made a clever vertical run off his marker. With just the keeper to beat, the freshman struck it low with pace, off the far post and in.

• Rutgers searched for an equalizer, but the Hoosier defense was solid in allowing just four shots, one on target, in the final 45 minutes of play. The Scarlet Knights attempted two shots in the last 10 minutes, but neither were quality chances.

NOTABLES

• Indiana earned its sixth straight victory at Bill Armstrong Stadium, improving its home record to 9-3-0 on the season.

• The Hoosiers have won 10 consecutive matches, including ties broken by penalty kicks, in the Big Ten Tournament going back to 2018. IU has reached the semifinal round in every tournament since 2013.

• IU collected its 11th clean sheet of the season and No. 8 in its last nine matches. After opening Big Ten Conference play with a 2-1 defeat to Rutgers, the Hoosiers have conceded just five goals in 12 matches.

• Sarver scored his seventh goal of the season to take over the team lead. The All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection has scored three goals in his last three matches.

• Playing the final ball to Sarver’s goal, Endeley collected his third assist in as many matches.

UP NEXT

No. 3 seed Indiana continues its Big Ten Tournament run in the semifinal round, hosting No. 7 seed Northwestern Wednesday afternoon at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

INDY ELEVEN HOCKEY: NAILERS WHEEL THEMSELVES TO A 5-2 WIN OVER INDY

INDIANAPOLIS – In the first of five straight road contests, the Indy Fuel visited the Wheeling Nailers on Sunday afternoon. The Fuel would take a 2-0 lead into the locker room after the first period, but five straight Wheeling goals would hand the Nailers a 5-2 win on Sunday.

The Fuel took an early lead in the 1st period with CJ Eick scoring a shorthanded goal just 3:21 into the game and Mike Lee followed with a power play goal two minutes later. Of the five total power plays in the 1st period, three were in favor of the Fuel. Wheeling out shot Indy 13-6 but were unable to get the puck past Indy goaltender Mitch Gillam.

Tempers continued to flare between the teams, gathering six combined penalties during the 2nd, including Indy’s Colton Heffley and Wheeling’s Shaw Boomhower both being given 5-minute majors for fighting 0:27 seconds into the period. With 11:30 left in the 2nd, Tyler Drevitch cut Indy’s lead in half. Wheeling would tie the game when Patrick Watling scored with just 0.2 seconds left in the period.

Nailer Alex Stevens took advantage of a deflection to give the Nailers a 3-2 lead two minutes into the 3rd. Despite three power plays for the Fuel and out shooting Wheeling 12-8, they were unable to execute. Mitch Gillam made some great saves throughout the period stopping six of Wheeling’s eight shots, but his efforts were overcome by Patrick Walting who scored both a power play goal and an empty netter to notch a hat trick and solidify Wheeling’s first home win of the 2021-22 season.

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PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: #8 PURDUE DISPATCHES RUTGERS, 3-1

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The No. 8 Purdue Boilermakers (18-5, 10-4 B1G) extended their winning streak to four straight matches with the team’s 3-1 victory at Rutgers (8-17, 0-14 B1G), 20-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-20.

The win marked the 10th victory of the Big Ten season and extends the series lead over the Scarlet Knights, 16-0.

As a team, Purdue hit .267 efficiency on the day, and out-blocked Rutgers 12-9, an effort that was led by Jael Johnson, who posted a career-best nine block assists.

Grace Cleveland led the team with a .405 attack % with 17 kills and just two errors on 37 swings for her seventh match hitting above .400 this season. The senior rounded out the day with four block assists and a service ace.

Joining Cleveland with 17 kills was Caitlyn Newton, who hit .204 % and came just one dig shy of a double-double with nine digs.

Emma Ellis notched her fourth consecutive match with eight kills (8-4-20) and added one solo stuff and three block assists in the match. Her performance helped to

The Boilermakers will be back in action next weekend as they battle a pair of top-11 opponents on the road in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Purdue will face No. 4 Wisconsin on Friday at 8 p.m. ET and No. 11 Minnesota at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Both matches will air on Big Ten Network.

PURDUE WBB: PURDUE 3-POINT BARRAGE LEADS TO EXHIBITION WIN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With head coach Katie Gearlds on the sideline for the first time at Mackey Arena, the Purdue women’s basketball team cruised to an 89-64 exhibition win over Findlay on Sunday afternoon. The Boilermakers connected on 12 3-pointers in the win.

Madison Layden paced Purdue with 22 points, while Cassidy Hardin added 18 points on six triples. Illinois transfer Jeanae Terry tallied a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

The Boilermakers will officially open the Katie Gearlds era on Wednesday at Western Kentucky on 7:30 p.m. (ET).

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: FALLS IN FOUR SETS TO TOP 25 CREIGHTON

OMAHA, NEB. – The Butler volleyball team competed with and took a set at No. 24 Creighton, but fell to the Bluejays in four (25-22, 25-12, 22-25, 25-17). The Bulldogs (14-13, 8-6 BIG EAST) are now tied for fourth in the conference standings, while the Bluejays (24-3, 12-2) are tied with Marquette at the top of the BIG EAST.

Set 1: Creighton 25-22

After trailing 4-0 early, the Bulldogs went on a 3-0 run including a Mariah Grunze kill and an ace from Marissa McKelvey. Butler would later use a 4-0 run thanks to a kill from Melody Davidson and block from her and Amina Shackelford for a 10-8 lead. The Bulldogs would grow that lead to as much as three following a McKelvey kill, but the Bluejays rallied back to take the lead at 14-13. Butler would tie the score at 14, 16 and 17 and get within two at 23-21 and 24-22, but Creighton would clinch the set on a kill by Norah Sis. Grunze, Brittany Robinson and Megan Sheridan led the Bulldogs offense in the opening frame with three kills each.

Set 2: Creighton 25-12

The Bluejays used early 4-0 and 5-0 runs to take a 13-6 lead. A later 9-1 run extended their advantage to 22-8, and they would cruise from there to take the set. Grunze led Butler with three kills in the second frame.

Set 3: Butler 25-22

Three consecutive points on McKelvey’s serve including an ace from her put Butler up 3-0 to begin the set. Creighton rallied back to eventually tie it at 11-11, and the two sides would stay within two points of each other until the last point of the set. The Bulldogs responded to a 4-0 Creighton streak with one of their own consisting of Shackelford, Robinson and Grunze kills to regain the lead at 22-20. Davidson and Grunze would put down back-to-back kills to clinch the set for Butler. Grunze, Robinson, Shackelford and Sheridan all contributed three kills for the Bulldogs in the third frame.

Set 4: Creighton 25-17

Butler rallied back from an early 5-1 Creighton lead with a 6-1 run including two Sheridan kills to take a 7-6 advantage. The Bluejays would later use an 8-1 run to regain the lead and create separation at 15-9, but the Bulldogs quickly responded with a 5-1 stretch (two Shackelford kills) to get within two at 16-14. Creighton subsequently responded with a 4-0 run to go up 20-14 and cruised from there to clinch the set and match. Destiny Cherry, Grunze, Shackelford and Sheridan all contributed two kills each for Butler in the final frame.

Stat of the Match

Creighton outhit Butler .183 to .085.

Inside the Box Score

– Grunze posted a double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs.

– Jaymeson Kinley contributed 30 digs and four assists.

– McKelvey stuffed the stat sheet with 20 assists, eight digs, two aces and a kill.

– Robinson had 11 points on nine kills, one block solo and two block assists while adding four digs and an assist.

Up Next

The Bulldogs return home for matches at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday morning against DePaul and Sunday afternoon vs. Marquette.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: SODERSTROM AND ISGER SELECTED TO BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Two Bulldogs from the women’s soccer team, Katie Soderstrom and Abigail Isger, were selected to the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team for their performances in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.

Butler earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament and faced No. 6 seed UConn, in Indianapolis, in the quarterfinal round. The Bulldogs won in double-overtime and advanced to the semifinal round in Cincinnati where they faced No. 2 seed Georgetown. The Hoyas defeated Butler, 2-0, to advance to the championship match, which it ultimately won.

Soderstrom had two shots against UConn, with one on goal. Though not officially credited with an assist, she sent the arching pass to Isger which ultimately led to the game-winning goal. In the match with Georgetown, the midfielder scored Butler’s only goal, in the 82nd minute, bringing the Bulldogs back to within one and providing a chance to equalize.

Isger, after collecting the pass from Soderstrom in the second overtime period against UConn, eluded two defenders and then drove a left-footed shot past the Huskies keeper to the far post and into the back of the net. The golden goal sent the Bulldogs to the semifinal round against Georgetown. In the latter match, the forward produced one of Butler’s seven shots.

2021 BIG EAST Championship Individual Awards

Most Outstanding Offensive Player

Sydney Cummings, Georgetown

Most Outstanding Defensive Player

Julia Leas, Georgetown

All-Tournament Team

Abby Isger, Butler

Katie Soderstrom, Buter

Molly McLaughlin, Xavier

Sonia Vargas, Xavier

Michelle Money, St. John’s

Katherine Turner, St. John’s

Shannon Aviza, St. John’s

Julia Leas, Georgetown

Sydney Cummings, Georgetown

Maya Fernandez-Powell, Georgetown

Kelly Ann Livingstone, Georgetown

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH FALL TO WOLFPACK IN FIVE

ALEIGH, N.C.  —  Sydney Bent collected 16 kills and 18 digs, but Notre Dame fell to NC State in five sets (27-25, 21-25, 25-23, 17-25, 15-13) on Sunday afternoon inside Neal Reynolds Coliseum.

Bent totaled 16 kills on 30 swings with just two errors for a mark of .467. Charley Niego also notched a double-double with 13 kills and 18 digs while Aubrey Hamilton added 10 kills and Sammi Lockwood added nine kills. Zoe Nunez dished out 51 assists in the five sets.

Hattie Monson matched Bent and Niego for a team-high 18 digs and Lindsey Miller led all players with seven blocks. Lockwood added six blocks while Nunez notched five.

Nancy Kane paced the Irish with a trio of service aces.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

Notre Dame erased a 5-3 deficit with a 5-0 run, including a pair of blocks by Miller, to go up 8-5. The Wolfpack got within one at 14-13 before Miller notched a kill and another block to give the Irish a 16-13 advantage and force an NC State timeout.

A block by Hamilton put the Irish at set point at 24-22, but the Wolfpack rallied to even the frame at 24-all. A Niego kill gave the Irish a 26-26 lead before an NC State attack error clinched a 27-25 Notre Dame victory in the first set.

Second Set

The Wolfpack broke a 6-6 tie with three straight points before a pair of kills by Bent helped the Irish even the set again at 12-12.

The hosts broke a 15-all tie with four straight points before the Irish used two kills by Niego and an ace by Monson to get back within two at 21-19 and force a Wolfpack timeout. However, NC State held onto the lead after the break and took the second set, 25-21.

Third Set

Two straight kills by Hamilton put the Irish up 4-3, but NC State earned the next five points to go up 8-4.

NC State stayed in front from there until an Irish 4-0 run, including two kills by Niego and a block by Lockwood, finally evened the set again at 20-20. With the Wolfpack holding a 23-21 lead, kills by Hamilton and Bent evened the frame again before a block by Miller and NC State attack error clinched a 25-23 triumph for Notre Dame.

The Irish closed the set on an 11-4 run after trailing 19-14.

Fourth Set

NC State went on a 10-1 run to earn a 12-3 lead and force a pair of early Notre Dame timeouts in the fourth set. The hosts stayed in control from there and forced a fifth set with a 25-17 victory.

Fifth Set

NC State earned a 4-1 lead to open the decisive frame before kills by Lockwood got the Irish within one one two occasions (6-7, 7-8). The Wolfpack earned a 14-10 advantage, but the Irish wouldn’t go away quietly, as two aces by Kane got Notre Dame back within one at 14-13. However, the Wolfpack earned the next point to clinch the set, 15-13.

UP NEXT

The Irish and Wolfpack meet again this Friday (Nov. 12) at 7 p.m. ET inside Purcell Pavilion.

Admission is free for all home Notre Dame volleyball matches and the tilt will be streamed via ACC Network Extra.

EVANSVILLE WSOCCER: IMPRESSIVE SEASON COMES TO AN END FOR ACES IN MVC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

CHICAGO, Ill. – A magical run through the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament came to an end for the University of Evansville women’s soccer team with a 4-0 loss to Loyola Chicago in the championship match on Sunday afternoon in Chicago, Ill.

In goal, Michaela Till solidified her spot at the top of the career record book, reaching 100 saves on the season and 380 career saves, putting her 22 clear of the next Ace in program history. Till also becomes just the fifth Ace to record 100 saves in a season.

Evansville’s defense shined in the early going, holding off an explosive Rambler attack. The Aces withstood chances from Loyola and responded on the counter, generating a good chance off the foot of fifth-year senior Jayme-Lee Hunter in the 13th minute, forcing a save from LUC keeper Maddie Hausmann. For the first 28 minutes of the match, Evansville held the Ramblers scoreless, the longest scoreless streak to open the match that an opponent recorded against Loyola in the MVC Tournament. In the 29th minute, Loyola struck first as Jenna Ross curled one in from the top of the box. Three minutes later, Loyola scored again as the Ramblers held a 2-0 lead at the break.

As had been true all season, the Aces were not ready to relent, continuing to press and look to create a chance in the second half. In the 52nd minute, senior Alex Eyler attempted to bring UE back within one, but had her attempt blocked. Much like Eyler, senior Emily Ormson attempted to push Evansville closer in the 71st minute, but Ormson also had her shot blocked. In the end, Loyola would score twice in the second half to capture the 4-0 win and the MVC Tournament title.

Evansville closes the book on the 2021 campaign after recording a remarkable campaign. The Aces 28 points on the season are the most since UE amassed an 11-6-3 record in 2014. Evansville’s offense was regenerated, scoring 22 times, the most by the Aces since 2014, as well. Twice this season, Evansville reached a No. 5 ranking in the Midwest Region according to United Soccer Coaches, sitting ahead of Loyola and traditional powers Baylor and Kansas. Finally, the Aces opened the season with their best start in program history, running off a string of seven unbeaten matches to start the year.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S GOLF: MEN’S GOLF TRAVELS TO ALABAMA FOR FINAL FALL EVENT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In its final event of the fall, the University of Evansville men’s golf team travels to the Alabama A&M Golf Classic on Monday and Tuesday.

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove will be the host for the tournament.  The first and second rounds will be played on Monday with the final 18 holes set for Tuesday.  Further information on par and teams participating are not available at this time.

UE’s last action came at the Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate where Carson Parking posted the low round of the final day to improve his spot in the final standings at RidgePointe Country Club.

Parker was the second-highest finisher for the Purple Aces, tying for 64th place with a 3-round tally of 234.  He improved in each round of the tournament, going from an 84 to a 77 before a 73 in the final 18.  His score was tied for UE’s second spot with Michael Ikejiani. He also had his low round of the event in the final 18, carding a 76.

Henry Kiel was the Aces top finisher.  After posting a 73 to complete the opening day action, Kiel carded a 74 in the final round to tie for 44th.

Isaac Rohleder and Dallas Koth rounded out the UE performers as each completed the contest with a 242.  Rohleder shot an 80 in the final round while Koth posted an 86.  Evansville came home 16th in the final standings.  The Aces finished seven strokes in front of Eastern Illinois while their march for a top 15 came up short, finishing nine behind Central Arkansas.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL: BASKETBALL SEASON TO TIP OFF ON TUESDAY

Toledo (0-0, 0-0 MAC)
at Valparaiso (0-0, 0-0 MVC) 

Game No. 1 – Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m.
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The 2021-2022 Valparaiso University men’s basketball season tips off on Tuesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. After a pair of exhibition games, the results start counting on Tuesday as Mid-American Conference foe Toledo pays the Beacons a visit for a compelling home opener. Five transfers and five freshmen have joined the fold to team up with a strong group of returning players and form a new-look Valpo group that will compete in its first regular-season contest on Tuesday. Free Valpo socks will be given away to students who attend the game.

Last Time Out: Valpo played a pair of strong NCAA Division-II opponents during the exhibition slate. The Beacons dropped the exhibition opener 87-78 to Ashland on Saturday, Oct. 30 before falling 70-67 to Flagler on Thursday, Nov. 4. Flagler was ranked second nationally in the Division-II Preseason Poll. Valpo held a seven-point lead with 5:18 remaining, but the Saints converted a last-second old-fashioned 3-point play to snap a 67-all tie and prevail 70-67. Sophomore Sheldon Edwards scored 25.5 points per game over the two exhibitions, leading the team in scoring in both contests. Senior Thomas Kithier averaged 13 points and 13 rebounds over the two games, posting consecutive double-doubles. Freshman Preston Ruedinger was the team leader in plus-minus in both exhibitions.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)

Valpo Radio – Valpo Sports Network (WVUR 95.1 FM, TuneIn Radio App) – Garrett Willis (play-by-play) and Zach Collins (analyst) 

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

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

Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (83-78) enters his ninth season overall at Valparaiso University and sixth as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2021-2022. The 2020-2021 season saw Valpo improve its Arch Madness seeding for the fourth straight year as the program continued to make positive strides in each season as a Missouri Valley Conference member. The team earned a first-round bye in the State Farm MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the prestigious league. Valpo upset previously-undefeated Drake, the nation’s No. 25 team, 74-57 on Feb. 7, 2021 at the ARC, the fourth win over an AP Top 25 team in program history and second under Lottich. The Bulldogs were one of three undefeated teams in the nation prior to that setback, joining Gonzaga and Baylor. Just two years removed from finishing in last place and being knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a first-year Valley member, Lottich’s team did more than hold its own in 2019-2020, ascending into a tie for sixth in the league standings before finishing as the conference tournament runner-up. Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to reach the title game after playing in the opening round. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.

Opening Up

  • Valpo has won eight of its last nine season openers with the lone setback in that stretch coming last season with a 77-71 loss at Vanderbilt on Nov. 27.
  • Valpo has won the home opener for 16 consecutive seasons with 14 of those victories coming by double figures.
  • The last time Valpo started the home slate with a loss was Nov. 27, 2004, an 85-71 defeat to Charlotte.
  • One of the two home openers decided by fewer than 10 points since 2004 was the Nov. 5, 2019 matchup with Toledo that saw Valpo edge the Rockets 79-77.

Series Notes

  • Toledo owns a 7-6 advantage in an all-time series that dates all the way back to 1946-47.
  • The Rockets picked up a 71-57 victory in the most recent matchup, which occurred on Dec. 19 of last season in Ohio.
  • The last time Valpo lifted the lid on a home slate in front of spectators, Toledo was also the opponent – Nov. 5, 2019. The Beacons prevailed 79-77 in that one on a game-winning shot in the final five seconds.
  • Valpo is a perfect 4-0 all-time in home games against Toledo.

Inside the Rockets

  • Coming off a 21-9 season and 15-4 Mid-American Conference mark.
  • Reached the NIT last season by virtue of winning the MAC regular-season championship.
  • Under the direction of Tod Kowalczyk, who was the MAC Coach of the Year in 2020-21. He previously battled Valpo during his stint leading Green Bay, which spanned from 2002-2010 prior to his arrival on Toledo’s campus.
  • Sophomore Ryan Rollins was named to the Lou Henson Award Preseason Watch List for an honor presented annually to the nation’s top mid-major player. Rollins was the MAC Freshman of the Year last season.
  • Picked third of 12 in the MAC preseason poll with Rollins earning Preseason First-Team All-MAC status.

Forward Trajectory

  • Valpo has improved its conference tournament seeding in each of its four Missouri Valley Conference seasons.
  • The team entered Arch Madness as a No. 10 seed in 2017-18, a No. 9 seed in 2018-19, a No. 7 in 2019-20 and a No. 6 in 2020-21.
  • With Year 4 in The Valley now in the books, Valpo has surpassed Loyola’s conference win total over its first four seasons in the league. Valpo garnered its 29th MVC victory in the 2020-21 regular-season finale vs. Indiana State.
  • The Ramblers went 27-45 over their first four seasons before going 57-16 over the following four seasons.
  • Valpo has improved its conference finish in each season during the four-year transitional period after elevating to the prestigious and competitive conference.

More on 2020-21

  • The 2020-21 season was highlighted by an upset victory over previously-undefeated Drake, the nation’s No. 25 team, 74-57 on Feb. 7, 2021 at the Athletics-Recreation Center, the fourth win over an AP Top 25 team in program history and second under Lottich. The Bulldogs were one of three undefeated teams in the nation prior to that setback, joining Gonzaga and Baylor.
  • Valpo came close to two other victories over ranked foes, falling 80-77 vs. No. 25 Drake on Feb. 6 and 54-52 at No. 22 Loyola on Feb. 17.
  • Valpo closed the regular season with a stretch of 16 Missouri Valley Conference games in a 39-day span. By comparison, Valpo had played three games over the previous 31 days before beginning the stretch of seemingly nonstop competition. Six of Valpo’s first eight MVC games were postponed due to COVID-19, causing the backlog of makeup games during the busy stretch.

2021-22 Preseason Picks

  • Ben Krikke was named to the Preseason All-MVC Second Team.
  • Valpo was picked seventh in the 10-team league based on a preseason survey of the conference’s head coaches, media members and sports information directors.
  • Drake was tabbed the preseason favorite to win the league, while UNI’s AJ Green earned Preseason Player of the Year accolades.

Sustained Home Success

  • The Athletics-Recreation Center has provided a distinct homecourt advantage over the years as Valpo has not finished with a losing mark at the ARC since 1991-92.
  • Thanks to a victory in the 2020-21 home finale vs. Indiana State, the program finished with a record of .500 or better at home for the 29th consecutive season.
  • Valpo enjoyed double-figure home win totals in nine of 10 seasons prior to the unusual, pandemic-altered 2020-21 season. Due to health and safety regulations, fans were unable to pack the ARC as they have in years past.
  • The ARC is back open to spectators without any capacity restrictions during the 2021-22 season, restoring the home court advantage Valpo has come to expect over the years.

Home-Heavy Schedule

  • The historic home success is good news for Valpo this season, as the team will play 17 home games.
  • The nonconference slate will be comprised of eight home dates, two road games and three neutral-site contests.
  • Valpo most recently played 17 home games during the 2016-17 season. This will mark the team’s busiest home calendar since joining the Missouri Valley Conference.

Big Ten U

  • Prior to this season, Valpo had just a pair of Big Ten transfers join the program over the last two decades (Bakari Evelyn and Bobby Capobiano).
  • This year, the program has been bolstered by four additions from the Big Ten Conference. Trevor Anderson, Joe Hedstrom and Kobe King have all come in from Wisconsin, while Thomas Kithier joins the fold after beginning his career with three seasons at Michigan State.
  • Four of the five transfers that have come in join the team from the Big Ten, while a fifth impact transfer began his career with four seasons at Division-II Winona State. Kevion Taylor was a three-time all-conference performer and was his conference’s preseason player of the year in 2020-21.
  • King started all 19 games he played at Wisconsin in 2019-20, Anderson appeared in 60 of Wisconsin’s 62 games over the last two seasons and Kithier appeared in 86 games and made 19 starts for Tom Izzo’s team over his three seasons in East Lansing.

Who’s Back

  • Although the team features five freshmen and the five aforementioned transfers, five scholarship players do return from last season.
  • The squad brings back 47.9 percent of its scoring and 42.4 percent of its rebounding.
  • Four of the team’s top six scorers are back.
  • A pair of MVC postseason award winners remain in the fold for the Beacons as Sheldon Edwards was a member of the 2020-21 MVC All-Freshman Team, while Ben Krikke earned All-MVC Third Team, MVC Most-Improved Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, the lone player in the league to receive all three honors.
  • Seven letter winners are back from last year’s team, while nine have departed. Three starters return and three left. (Note: Starters based on top five players in number of games started. Six players were considered starters due to a tie for fifth).

Staff Sidebars

  • Associate head coach Luke Gore is in his 20th year on staff and has served under four different head coaches. The Valpo veteran has helped the team to eight postseason berths in the last 11 years and was on staff for the three winningest seasons in program history. He serves as the team’s defensive coordinator in addition to leading Valpo’s scheduling and scouting efforts.
  • Assistant coach Matt Bowen returned to Valpo’s staff in 2018-19 after previously spending four seasons with the Brown & Gold from 2002-2006. He was the head coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth from 2012-2018. Bowen coordinates the team’s offense.
  • Assistant coach Rob Holloway is back for his fourth season after spending the previous two years on staff at Eastern Illinois, his alma mater. He serves as the “special teams” coordinator, which includes presses, press breaks and out-of-bounds plays.
  • Director of Basketball Operations Peter Funk is in his first season in that role after spending the previous two years as a graduate assistant and the three years prior to that as a student manager.
  • Bob Brooks is in his 18th year as Valpo Director of Strength & Conditioning at Valpo and returned to oversight of men’s basketball strength & conditioning in 2020-21. He has worked with Valpo teams since 1994.
  • Athletic trainer Ken DeAngelis is in his third season full-time at Valpo after previously earning his master’s degree from the University in 2012 while spending two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer.

Tradition of Excellence

  • Valpo has 14 NCAA Tournament appearances and four NIT berths in the program’s proud history, with the team’s postseason success highlighted by a Sweet Sixteen run in 1998.
  • The program has produced nine All-Americans, won 18 regular season conference championships and 10 conference tournament crowns.
  • Valpo also boasts eight NBA players, 10 conference players of the year and 20 20-win seasons.
  • Nine of the team’s NCAA appearances have come since 1996.
  • Valpo has qualified for the postseason eight times in the last 11 years, including 2019-20 where Valpo accepted a postseason berth but the tournament was not played due to COVID-19.
  • Valpo has developed a myriad of professional basketball players over the last quarter century, most notably a pair of NBA players in the last four years. Ryan Broekhoff (class of 2013) signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2018 after spending five seasons playing internationally in Russia and Turkey. Alec Peters (class of 2017) was the 54th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Peters appeared in 20 games for the Suns in 2017-18, highlighted by a 36-point performance in the season finale against Dallas – a new single-game high by a Valpo alum in the NBA. He has gone on to a successful career overseas with CSKA Moscow (2018-2019), Anadolu Efes (2019-2020) and Kirolbet Baskonia (2020-present).
  • Valpo has produced over 50 professional players in the last 25 years.

INDIANAPOLIS WSOCCER: GREYHOUNDS FALL IN GLVC QUARTERFINALS

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team fell in the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship tournament quarterfinal today, 1-0 to the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles.

Both teams came to win and played as such throughout the entirety of the match, the Hounds and Eagles were very evenly matched with UIndy having earned the No. 4 seed while the USI had to No. 5 seed.

Offensively the Greyhounds were led by Taylor Peck who posted two shots, both of which were on goal. Sophia Saucerman manned the goal for the entirety of the match.

The Eagles were led by Jill DiTusa who posted three shots and scored the lone goal of the match.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy posted 11 shots, while the Eagles had nine.

-USI earned five corner kick opportunities, while the Hounds had four.

-There was a total of 13 fouls on the Hounds, and 12 on USI.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will await the NCAA Midwest Regional selection to await their post season fate.

VALPO WSOCCER: METZGER, DUGAN EARN ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS

A pair of players represented Valpo on the Missouri Valley Conference women’s soccer All-Tournament Team when the tournament concluded on Sunday, as senior Morgen Metzger (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) and junior Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) picked up honors for their performance in Friday’s semifinal match.

Metzger bookends her career with conference honors, as she was a member of the MVC All-Freshman Team as a rookie in 2018.

“Morgen played at both the 6 and the 10 for us in the match,” Valpo head coach John Marovich said. “She produced combinations in central building positions as the 6, as well as finding switches when playing as the 10. Morgen had some solid attempts at goal, including one in the final minute of regulation which required the Evansville goalkeeper to make a great save to keep the game tied.”

Dugan adds to her plethora of accolades with this All-Tournament Team honor. A Second Team All-MVC honoree this year, Dugan was previously a First Team All-MVC and Third Team All-Region selection last season and an MVC All-Freshman Team recipient as a rookie in 2019.

“Kiley did a great job of finding the space between lines, as well as finding seams to get in behind,” Marovich said. “Her activity was very helpful in our build-up and movement in the attacking third.”

VALPO FOOTBALL: WASHINGTON, BARTHOLOMEW EARN PFL PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION

Following a record-filled 65-55 victory over Presbyterian on Saturday, the Valparaiso University football team received no shortage of recognition on Sunday.

Running back Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]) was named the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week by both the league office and College Sports Madness. In addition, kicker Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) was tabbed the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week.

Washington also received national recognition for his performance on Saturday by earning a “Helmet Sticker” on ESPN’s College Football Final. That came after his career-high 234 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in the victory over the Blue Hose. He became the PFL’s first 200-yard rusher since 2019 and turned in Valpo’s highest single-game rushing output since Jake Hutson’s 248 on Nov. 2, 2012 at Campbell.

Washington finished with the fifth-highest single-game rushing total in Division-I FCS this season and accrued 282 all-purpose yards. His efforts helped Valpo shatter the team program record for single-game rushing TDs with eight. He now ranks second on Valpo’s single-season rushing TD list with 11 and has cracked the program’s top five for single-season rushing yards with 844.

Bartholomew made eight PATs to break a single-game program record of seven that was set in 1984 and matched six times since. He is 24-for-24 on PATs this season and 37-for-37 in his career. The program record for consecutive PATs without a miss is 49 by Kevin Mackey from 1983-1985. Bartholomew is also six away from cracking the single-season top five.

The Beacons (3-6, 3-3 PFL) will be back in action on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT / noon ET at Butler for the annual Hoosier Helmet rivalry game.

EARLHAM VOLLEYBALL: QUAKERS FALL IN HCAC CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

RICHMOND — The magical 2021 season for the Earlham College volleyball team has come to an end. The Quakers suffered a 3-1 loss to Transylvania University in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship game.

Maria Young led the offense with 11 kills and a .214 hitting percentage. Giselle Mora also reached double-digit kills.

Erin Wagner dished up 40 assists and nine digs in the match.

Freshman Akiko Tajima collected 16 digs and scored one service ace. Olivia Kyrk tallied five total blocks  and contributed seven kills to the offense.

Wagner and Kyrk were named to the all-tournament team at the conclusion of the match.

The first set was closely contested throughout its duration. The largest lead of the set came when the Pioneers had a 3-0 run with the score tied at 21. Both teams attacked above .310 and had 13+ kills in the set.

Earlham had found its footing in the second set and began the frame with a 6-1 run which had three kills and an ace. An 8-3 run for the Quakers through the middle of the set gave them an 18-10 lead and plenty of momentum heading forward. A 5-1 line for Earlham put an end to the set and equalized the match.

The Quakers got another hot start in set three with a 4-1 run. With Earham leading 10-4, the Pioneers scored a kill and put tournament MVP Grace Ward up to serve.

The Pioneers scored seven straight points, including one ace from Ward. Three more points after an Earlham rebound saw a 10-1 run in total for Transylvania. The Pioneers hit at a .25 percentage and held Earlham to .163 as Transy took set three.

For the fourth set, Earlham changed liberos and gave Akiko the backline honors. The Pioneers were still hot from the end of set three and began with an 8-3 run in the frame. The Quakers recovered with a 4-0 run, but Transy followed with a 6-1 run with Ward serving again. The Pioneers led 15-9 and carried their lead through the set. The Quakers had seven attack errors and were hitting at a .073 clip in the last set.

Earlham concludes its 2021 season with a record of 20-6 and will have to wait and see if they are selected for the NCAA tournament. The selection show will take place on Monday at 12:30 pm.

OAKLAND CITY WBB: COMES UP SHORT AGAINST CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY

Oakland City, IN – In the 2021-22 Oakland City University women’s basketball home opener, the Oaks faced the Phoenix of Cumberland University. After a total of 11 ties and nine lead changes, the Mighty Oaks came out on the short end of a 71-69 final score, falling to 0-2 on the season.

The Oaks built their biggest lead early, pulling ahead by seven points three minutes into the first quarter, while Cumberland held their largest lead, of four points, with 3:35 left in the game.

Davinique Campbell led the way for OCU in her first game in the Johnson Center, scoring 14 points to go with a game high 16 rebounds. Emily Hope also tallied 14 counters, matched by Marissa Austin off the bench. Tabby Klem added six points while grabbing 10 boards.

Jana Claire Swafford scored a game high 18 points to lead the Phoenix, followed by 16 points and 11 rebounds from Alaina Rongos. Breon Oldham came off the bench to tally 10 points and six rebounds.

As a team, the Oaks made 20-66 (30.3%) of their shot attempts, including 6-20 (30.0%) from three points range. The Phoenix connected on 22-66 (33.3%) from the field, going 6-17 (35.3%) from beyond the arc. OCU made 23-32 (71.9%) from the foul line, compared to 21-38 (55.3%) for the visiting Cumberland University.

Oakland City held a slim 53-52 rebounding edge, despite trailing 21-20 on the offensive boards. The Oaks handed out 13 assists, compared to nine for Cumberland, while both teams turned the ball over 21 times.

The Oaks will be back in action against the Bearcats of Brescia University on Tuesday, November 9, tipping off at 5:30 pm.

IU SOUTHEAST VOLLEYBALL: GRENADIERS SWEEP BRESCIA TO CONCLUDE 2021 REGULAR SEASON, WILL FACE POINT PARK IN RSC TOURNAMENT FRIDAY

OWENSBORO, Ky. – The IU Southeast volleyball team extended its winning streak to four-straight matches with a 25-22, 25-22, 25-18 sweep of Brescia to conclude the regular season on Saturday.

Emilee Organ led the Grenadiers with 15 kills. Maggie Purichia added seven and Macy Graves and Jennie Malone each had five.

Cate Murphy led the Grenadiers with 20 assists and Hannah Brown added 15.

Lexie Fisher had 18 digs to lead the Grenadiers and Averee Yoder chipped in with 12.

The Grenadiers recorded a .257 attack percentage for the match

IU Southeast will be the West Division No. 3 seed and will face East No. 1 Point Park Friday at 7 p.m. in the RSC Volleyball Championship quarterfinals at IU Kokomo.

IU KOKOMO VOLLEYBALL: VOLLEYBALL SET TO HOST RIVER STATES CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT

KOKOMO, Ind. — The 2021 River States Conference Championship bracket and qualifiers are set with the completion of the regular season on Saturday. The eight-team championship will be held Nov. 12-13 at the Student Activities & Events Center with the quarterfinals on Friday and the semifinals and finals on Saturday.

IU Kokomo (25-8, 16-1 RSC) won the right to host the championship as the RSC West Division champion. The Cougars are also the RSC Regular Season Champions and have already secured an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship.

The top four teams from each of the RSC East and West Divisions qualified. The bracket pits teams from opposite divisions in the quarterfinal round.

No. 1 overall seed IU Kokomo begins the championship on Nov. 12 at 9:00 a.m. versus University of Rio Grande (Ohio) (12-14, 10-8 RSC), the No. 4 seed from the RSC East.

Indiana University East (19-11, 14-4 RSC) is the other No. 1 seed as the RSC East champion. The Red Wolves play the second quarterfinal of the day at 12:00 p.m. versus No. 4 Oakland City (Ind.) University (11-15, 7-10 RSC) from the RSC West.

Midway (Ky.) University (22-3, 14-3 RSC) claimed the No. 2 seed from the RSC West and will take on No. 3 seed WVU Tech (15-17, 11-7 RSC) from the RSC East on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

Point Park (Pa.) University (17-10, 12-6 RSC) is the No. 2 seed from the RSC East and plays Indiana University Southeast (17-11, 12-5 RSC), the No. 3 seed from the RSC West, on Friday at 7:00 p.m., the last match of the day.

The semifinals are Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for IU Kokomo’s side of the bracket and 12:30 p.m. for IU East’s half. The finals are 7:00 p.m. Should IU Kokomo go on to win the RSC Championship, the tournament runner-up will receive the conference’s other automatic bid to nationals.

All games of the RSC Volleyball Championship will be streamed at the RSC Game Central presented by Stretch Internet. Subscriptions will be $7.95 per single match, $19.99 for the entire championship (7 matches) or $49.99 for all-access of all sports throughout the year.

2021 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

BRACKET   Nov. 12-13 at Indiana University Kokomo (All Times Eastern)

Friday, Nov. 12 — Quarterfinals

Match #1 – W1 IU Kokomo vs. E4 Rio Grande, 9 AM

Match #2 – E1  IU East vs. W4 Oakland City, 12 PM

Match #3 – W2 Midway vs. E3 WVU Tech, 4 PM

Match #4 – E2 Point Park vs. W3 IU Southeast, 7 PM

Saturday, Nov. 13 — Semifinals

Match #5 — Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 4, 10 AM

Match #6 — Winner Match 2 vs. Winner Match 3, 12:30 pm

Saturday, Nov. 13 — Finals

Match #7 — Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 6, 7 PM

PURDUE NORTHWEST WBB: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EXCITED FOR GROUP OF SIX NEWCOMERS

HAMMOND, Ind. – As the season opener approaches later this week, the Purdue University Northwest women’s basketball program will feature six newcomers on the court.

Head Coach/Senior Woman Administrator Courtney Locke and the women’s basketball staff are excited for the incoming class which features three transfers and three freshmen: Abbie McDowell (Tecumseh, Mich.), Payton Courier (Delavan, Wis.), Reagan Courier (Delavan, Wis.), Taylor Austin (Portage, Ind.), Laila Rogers (Hammond, Ind.), and Kylie Schmidt (Francis Creek, Wis.).

“We are excited about our 2021 class for many reasons,” Locke said. “We recruited locally and brought in three freshmen that will add depth to key positions on our team. We signed three transfers that possess specific skills and intangible attributes to take us to another level. They are a great mix with our core returners as we continue to build this program.”

Read Coach Locke’s comments on each player below:

Payton Courier — Senior – 5’11 Guard – Delavan Wis. – Big Foot HS/Western Illinois

“Payton brings a lot of experience coming from the DI level. Coming in as an upperclassman, she has a maturity about her and knows how to get things done. I’m excited to see her grow and contribute on and off the court’

Abbie McDowell — Junior – 5’9 Guard – Tecumseh, Mich. – Tecumseh/Detroit Mercy

“Abbie is intensity and energy at all times. Her leadership and competitiveness have helped us immediately and I can’t wait to witness all that she will accomplish at PNW.”

Reagan Courier — Sophomore – 5’9 Guard – Delavan, Wis. – Big Foot HS/Drury

“Reagan is quiet by nature but definitely has an alter ego on the court which is fun to watch. Playing on a team that was in the DII national championship game has given her the ability to make a smooth transition. It’s a huge bonus to have this experience with her sister, Payton.”

Taylor Austin — Freshman – 5’4 Guard – Portage, Ind. – Lake Station HS

“I was so excited when Taylor chose PNW, a point guard from the Region who has some grit to her. She knows who and what she represents and that means a lot for our program.”

Laila Rogers — Freshman – 5’10 Forward – Hammond, Ind. – Lake Station HS

“Laila is a Hammond product. I said the day I was hired that I wanted to own our backyard and adding Laila to our roster is a huge part of what we are trying to build. Laila has the ability to make an impact immediately on both ends of the floor with her ability to score and defend.”

Kylie Schmidt — Freshman – 5’10 Forward – Francis Creek, Wis. – Mishicot HS

“Kylie comes from a tradition of winning and that was important to us in recruiting her. She knows how to win and wants to win. We love her versatility and excited to see her grow this season.”

SEASON TICKET INFO

Both PNW basketball programs will tip off the season on the road when they travel to GLIAC/GLVC crossover events on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13.

The men’s team will play its home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 16, against East-West University at the H.D. Kesling Gymnasium on PNW’s Westville campus.

Both PNW squads host the opener at the Hammond Campus Fitness & Recreation Center when they compete against non-conference opponents in a doubleheader on Thursday, Nov. 18. The women’s team will host Roosevelt at 5 p.m. and the men will host Indiana Northwest at 7 p.m. CST.

Fans can view the full schedule for each team and purchase season tickets at the official online home of the Pride at PNWathletics.com.

PURDUE NORTHWEST WSOCCER: PRIDE WOMEN’S SOCCER OUTLASTED BY HOST CARDINALS

Score:  Saginaw Valley State 2, Purdue Northwest 0

Location:  Pepsi Field at Dowling Park (Hammond, Ind.)

Records: PNW 1-16-1 (0-14-0 GLIAC) / SVSU 12-4-2 (9-4-1 GLIAC)

The short story: Purdue Northwest women’s soccer fell 2-0 at Saginaw Valley State in the season finale for the Pride Sunday afternoon.

After limiting SVSU to a goal in the previous meeting, PNW matched up well against Cardinals again and held the hosts scoreless until SVSU’s Sarah Frederick broke the 0-0 tie in the 62nd minute.

SVSU would tack on an insurance goal in the 83rd minute.

A tale of two halves saw PNW out-shoot SVSU 2-1 in shots on goal during the first half, but the second period turned in the Cardinals’ favor. SVSU would post a 9-0 advantage in shots on target.

Haneen Abdulla and Baylee Byford each recorded a shot on frame for the Pride.

Goalkeeper Bridget Grady logged seven saves in her sixth start.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills530.6250.02351183-1-02-2-04-3-02-0-01 L
New England Patriots540.5560.52301701-4-04-0-04-1-02-1-03 W
New York Jets260.2503.01442512-1-00-5-02-4-00-2-01 L
Miami Dolphins270.2223.51552421-3-01-4-02-5-01-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers530.6250.01992012-2-03-1-03-2-02-0-01 W
Las Vegas Raiders530.6250.01961893-1-02-2-04-1-01-1-01 L
Kansas City Chiefs540.5560.52212273-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-02 W
Denver Broncos540.5560.51871532-2-03-2-02-4-00-1-02 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens620.7500.02211954-1-02-1-04-2-00-1-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers430.5711.51321422-2-02-1-03-2-01-1-03 W
Cleveland Browns540.5561.52241963-2-02-2-03-3-01-1-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals540.5561.52362032-2-03-2-03-2-02-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans720.7780.02552113-1-04-1-05-1-03-0-05 W
Indianapolis Colts450.4443.02452132-3-02-2-03-3-01-2-01 W
Jacksonville Jaguars260.2504.51322092-3-00-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
Houston Texans180.1116.01282581-3-00-5-01-5-01-1-08 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys620.7500.02411923-1-03-1-04-1-02-0-01 L
Philadelphia Eagles360.3333.52272180-4-03-2-03-3-00-1-01 L
New York Giants360.3333.51792162-3-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
Washington Football Team260.2504.01562271-3-01-3-02-2-01-0-04 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals810.8890.02771553-1-05-0-04-1-03-0-01 W
Los Angeles Rams720.7781.02611963-2-04-0-05-1-01-1-01 L
Seattle Seahawks350.3754.51811691-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-01 W
San Francisco 49ers350.3754.51852020-4-03-1-03-4-00-3-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers720.7780.01991803-0-04-2-05-1-02-0-01 L
Minnesota Vikings350.3753.51941912-2-01-3-03-2-01-0-02 L
Chicago Bears350.3753.51231952-2-01-3-01-4-01-1-03 L
Detroit Lions080.0006.51342440-4-00-4-00-6-00-3-08 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers620.7500.02601834-0-02-2-04-2-01-1-01 L
New Orleans Saints530.6251.02011552-2-03-1-04-3-01-2-01 L
Atlanta Falcons440.5002.01752201-3-03-1-02-4-01-2-01 W
Carolina Panthers450.4442.51711832-3-02-2-02-4-02-0-01 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia82.8004-14-10-25-28-26 W
Brooklyn73.7001.04-23-12-07-37-35 W
New York64.6002.02-34-12-15-46-41 L
Toronto65.5452.52-54-02-16-46-42 L
Boston46.4004.00-34-30-23-54-61 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago63.6673-23-12-04-36-32 L
Cleveland74.6362-15-34-17-34 W
Milwaukee46.4002.51-43-22-03-34-62 L
Indiana47.3643.03-21-50-12-64-61 W
Detroit18.1115.01-40-40-31-81-84 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami72.7784-13-12-04-27-21 W
Washington73.7000.55-12-21-16-37-32 W
Charlotte56.4553.02-23-41-14-34-64 L
Atlanta46.4003.53-11-51-12-44-63 L
Orlando38.2735.01-42-40-21-63-71 W
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah73.7003-04-32-05-07-32 L
Denver54.5561.53-12-31-15-35-41 W
Portland55.5002.05-10-44-25-52 W
Minnesota35.3753.02-51-00-12-43-54 L
Oklahoma City36.3333.52-21-40-13-53-62 W
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State81.8895-13-03-07-18-14 W
Phoenix53.6252.54-21-11-13-35-34 W
LA Clippers54.5563.03-22-20-14-35-44 W
Sacramento55.5003.52-33-21-14-45-51 L
LA Lakers55.5003.54-31-20-24-55-52 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas63.6674-12-23-04-16-32 W
Memphis54.5561.03-12-34-25-41 L
San Antonio37.3003.51-32-40-20-53-71 L
New Orleans19.1005.50-41-51-51-96 L
Houston19.1005.51-20-70-11-81-98 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers111001211046247-0-03-0-19-0-1
Carolina Hurricanes1091018939205-0-04-1-09-1-0
Toronto Maple Leafs1274115732326-1-11-3-06-3-1
New York Rangers1263315629341-1-15-2-26-2-2
Philadelphia Flyers1062214632253-1-13-1-16-2-2
Tampa Bay Lightning1163214635352-2-14-1-16-2-2
Washington Capitals1152414537293-1-32-1-14-2-4
Detroit Red Wings1365214639443-1-23-4-04-5-1
Columbus Blue Jackets1073014632285-1-02-2-07-3-0
10 New York Islanders1053212527255-3-25-3-2
11 Buffalo Sabres1154212433314-1-11-3-14-4-2
12 New Jersey Devils1053212426303-2-12-1-15-3-2
13 Pittsburgh Penguins1043311433323-3-21-0-14-3-3
14 Boston Bruins954010425264-0-01-4-05-4-0
15 Ottawa Senators113717328402-5-01-2-12-7-1
16 Montreal Canadiens1331006326452-5-01-5-03-7-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Edmonton Oilers1091018845286-1-03-0-09-1-0
Minnesota Wild1183016737364-1-04-2-07-3-0
Calgary Flames1171317740222-0-35-1-07-0-3
St. Louis Blues1072115737253-1-04-1-17-2-1
Anaheim Ducks1364315642375-2-11-2-24-3-3
Winnipeg Jets1163214537324-1-02-2-26-2-2
San Jose Sharks1164113632303-2-13-2-05-4-1
Nashville Predators1265113532333-3-03-2-16-3-1
Vegas Golden Knights1266012533382-3-04-3-05-5-0
10 Los Angeles Kings1155111430315-2-00-3-14-5-1
11 Vancouver Canucks1256111433332-4-03-2-14-6-0
12 Dallas Stars1145210325351-1-13-4-13-5-2
13 Seattle Kraken124719434403-2-01-5-13-6-1
14 Colorado Avalanche104519330362-2-12-3-04-5-1
15 Chicago Blackhawks132926228482-4-10-5-12-7-1
16 Arizona Coyotes1211013119491-3-00-7-11-9-0

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England34227565412412-3-210-4-373
x – Philadelphia341412848351311-3-33-9-554
x – Nashville SC34121845533228-9-04-9-454
x – New York City FC341491156362010-4-34-5-851
Atlanta3413129453789-5-34-7-651
Orlando City SC3413129504828-7-25-5-751
New York3413912393368-6-35-3-948
D.C.34145155654211-1-53-4-1047
Columbus34138134645110-3-43-5-947
CF Montreal34121012464429-4-43-6-846
Inter Miami CF34125173653-177-2-85-3-941
Chicago3497183654-187-5-52-2-1334
Toronto FC34610183966-274-7-62-3-1228
FC Cincinnati3448223774-371-5-113-3-1120
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
x – Colorado34171075135169-7-18-3-661
x – Seattle3417985333208-5-49-4-460
x – Sporting KC34177105840189-5-38-2-758
x – Portland34174135652411-2-46-2-955
Minnesota341310114244-210-3-43-7-749
Vancouver34121394545010-3-42-10-549
Real Salt Lake3414614555419-4-45-2-1048
Los Angeles34139125054-48-5-45-4-848
Los Angeles FC3412913535128-6-34-3-1045
San Jose341011134654-85-5-75-6-641
FC Dallas34712154756-95-7-52-5-1033
Austin3494213556-217-2-82-2-1331
Houston34612163654-186-6-50-6-1130