INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SEMI-FINAL SCHEDULE

CLASS 6A

SECTIONAL 1

CROWN POINT (9-0) AT PORTAGE (2-7)

LAKE CENTRAL (4-5) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (7-2)

SECTIONAL 2

CARROLL (9-0) AT PENN (7-2)

ELKHART (7-2) AT WARSAW (7-2)

SECTIONAL 3

FISHERS (6-3) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-8)

HOMESTEAD (5-4) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (9-0)

SECTIONAL 4

WESTFIELD (6-3) AT CARMEL (6-3)

ZIONSVILLE (4-5) AT NOBLESVILLE (3-6)

SECTIONAL 5

BROWNSBURG (8-1) VS. BEN DAVIS (6-3)

AVON (1-8) VS. PIKE (1-8)

SECTIONAL 6

LAWRENCE NORTH (4-5) VS. CATHEDRAL (7-1)

NORTH CENTRAL (0-9) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (4-5)

SECTIONAL 7

TECH (1-8) AT PERRY MERIDIAN (3-6)

WARREN CENTRAL (4-5) AT SOUTHPORT (0-9)

SECTIONAL 8

CENTER GROVE (7-2) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (3-6)

COLUMBUS NORTH (4-5) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (1-7)

CLASS 5A

SECTIONAL 9

MUNSTER (3-6) AT MERRILLVILLE (7-2)

HAMMOND CENTRAL (7-2) AT HAMMOND MORTON (1-8)

SECTIONAL 10

VALPARAISO (6-3) AT LAPORTE (2-7)

CHESTERTON (4-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-7)

SECTIONAL 11

CONCORD (4-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-7)

SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-8) AT MISHAWAKA (8-1)

SECTIONAL 12

ANDERSON (3-6) AT FORT WAYNE NORTH (7-2)

FORT WAYNE SNIDER (8-1) AT FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER (6-3)

SECTIONAL 13

MCCUTCHEON (3-6) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (3-6)

PLAINFIELD (4-5) AT HARRISON (8-1)

SECTIONAL 14

FRANKLIN (7-2) AT TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (6-3)

TERRE HAUTE NORTH (2-7) AT WHITELAND (8-1)

SECTIONAL 15

SEYMOUR (6-3) AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH (5-4)

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (7-1) AT COLUMBUS EAST (4-5)

SECTIONAL 16

FLOYD CENTRAL (4-5) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (5-4)

CASTLE (5-4) AT NEW ALBANY (2-7)

CLASS 4A

SECTIONAL 17

LOWELL (7-3) VS. NEW PRAIRIE (9-1)

HOBART (7-3) VS. HIGHLAND (4-6)

SECTIONAL 18

LOGANSPORT (8-2) VS. NORTHRIDGE (6-4)

NORTHWOOD (10-0) VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (4-6)

SECTIONAL 19

EAST NOBLE (5-5) AT LEO (7-3)

DEKALB (4-6) VS. COLUMBIA CITY (9-1)

SECTIONAL 20

MISSISSINEWA (7-3) VS. HUNTINGTON NORTH (3-7)

KOKOMO (9-1) AT WESTERN (6-4)

SECTIONAL 21

BREBEUF JESUIT (6-3) VS. MOORESVILLE (8-2)

CRISPUS ATTUCKS (6-3) AT RONCALLI (9-1)

SECTIONAL 22

CONNERSVILLE (6-4) VS. NEW CASTLE (3-7)

NEW PALESTINE (10-0) VS. GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (7-3)

SECTIONAL 23

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (6-4) VS. MARTINSVILLE (7-3)

SILVER CREEK (5-5) VS. EAST CENTRAL (8-2)

SECTIONAL 24

JASPER (6-3) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (7-3)

BOONVILLE (7-3) VS. EVANSVILLE REITZ (10-0)

CLASS 3A

SECTIONAL 25

WEST LAFAYETTE (10-0) VS. CALUMET (9-1)

GRIFFITH (5-5) VS. HANOVER CENTRAL (10-0)

SECTIONAL 26

WEST NOBLE (8-2) VS. KNOX (7-3)

JIMTOWN (8-2) VS. JOHN GLENN (6-4)

SECTIONAL 27

NORWELL (9-1) VS. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (4-6)

YORKTOWN (7-3) VS. GARRETT (3-7)

SECTIONAL 28

BISHOP CHATARD (6-4) VS. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (8-2)

GUERIN CATHOLIC (6-4) VS. TIPPECANOE VALLEY (9-1)

SECTIONAL 29

WESTERN BOONE (9-1) VS. DANVILLE (4-6)

MONROVIA (3-7) VS. SPEEDWAY (6-4)

SECTIONAL 30

GIBSON SOUTHERN (10-0) VS. OWEN VALLEY (10-0)

WEST VIGO (4-6) VS. PIKE CENTRAL (2-8)

SECTIONAL 31

LAWRENCEBURG (9-1) VS. GREENSBURG (4-6)

INDIAN CREEK (7-3) AT BATESVILLE (5-5)

SECTIONAL 32

CORYDON CENTRAL (4-6) AT SOUTHRIDGE (9-1)

HERITAGE HILLS (6-4) VS. CHARLESTOWN (9-1)

CLASS 2A

SECTIONAL 33

ANDREAN (6-3) VS. LAVILLE (10-0)

BREMEN (6-4) VS. LAKE STATION (3-6)

SECTIONAL 34

LEWIS CASS (6-3) VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (7-3)

ROCHESTER (9-1) VS. BENTON CENTRAL (4-6)

SECTIONAL 35

FORT WAYNE LUERS (5-5) VS. CHURUBUSCO (8-2)

EASTSIDE (8-2) VS. MANCHESTER (2-8)

SECTIONAL 36

EASTBROOK (7-3) VS. ALEXANDRIA (6-4)

BLUFFTON (6-4) VS. TIPTON (5-5)

SECTIONAL 37

SOUTHMONT (7-3) AT LINTON-STOCKTON (10-0)

CASCADE (6-4) AT SULLIVAN (6-4)

SECTIONAL 38

SHENANDOAH (6-4) VS. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (6-3)

LAPEL (5-5) VS. EASTERN HANCOCK (5-5)

SECTIONAL 39

TRITON CENTRAL (8-2) VS. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (6-4)

SCECINA (9-1) VS. CLARKSVILLE (5-5)

SECTIONAL 40

NORTH POSEY (8-2) VS. PAOLI (7-3)

TELL CITY (3-7) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (7-3)

CLASS A

SECTIONAL 41

SOUTH CENTRAL-UNION MILLS (3-7) VS. CULVER (6-4)

TRITON (7-3) VS. NORTH JUDSON (9-1)

SECTIONAL 42

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (5-5) VS. NORTH VERMILLION (6-4)

PARK TUDOR (7-3) VS. FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (4-6)

SECTIONAL 43

TAYLOR (2-8) VS. WEST CENTRAL (8-2)

TRI-CENTRAL (4-6) VS. CARROLL-FLORA (9-1)

SECTIONAL 44

SOUTH ADAMS (8-2) VS. ADAMS CENTRAL (10-0)

MADISON-GRANT (8-2) AT NORTHFIELD (5-5)

SECTIONAL 45

MONROE CENTRAL (5-3) AT SHERIDAN (9-1)

TINDLEY (3-7) VS. HAGERSTOWN (6-4)

SECTIONAL 46

CAMBRIDGE CITY (0-9) VS. KNIGHTSTOWN (2-7)

MILAN (5-5) VS. NORTH DECATUR (10-0)

SECTIONAL 47

CLOVERDALE (1-8) VS. LUTHERAN (10-0)

RIVERTON PARKE (8-2) VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (7-3)

SECTIONAL 48

NORTH DAVIES (5-4) AT TECUMSEH (9-0)

PROVIDENCE (7-2) VS. WEST WASHINGTON (7-2)

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE

NORTH

1. PLYMOUTH 
CLASS 1A | FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (32-4) VS. SOUTHWOOD (31-3) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT 
CLASS 3A | NORTHWOOD (28-6) VS. BELLMONT (29-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT

2. FRANKFORT
CLASS 2A | ANDREAN (29-5) VS. WAPAHANI (30-5) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 4A | LAKE CENTRAL (29-9) VS. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (31-1) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT 

SOUTH

3. COLUMBUS EAST
CLASS 3A | WESTERN BOONE (26-6) VS. PROVIDENCE (29-6) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT 
CLASS 4A | YORKTOWN (33-2) VS. FLOYD CENTRAL (30-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT

4. JASPER
CLASS 1A | INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (18-17) VS. TECUMSEH (30-4) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT 
CLASS 2A | INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (30-5) VS. LINTON-STOCKTON (27-5) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT 

INDIANA SOCCER STATE FINALS

FRIDAY, OCT. 28

CLASS 1A BOYS | GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (11-7-3) VS. PARK TUDOR (18-2-1) | 6 PM ET / 5 PM CT

CLASS 2A GIRLS | EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (20-0-1) VS. LEO (18-4) | 8:15 PM ET / 7:15 PM CT

SATURDAY, OCT. 29

CLASS 2A BOYS | BREBEUF JESUIT (16-4-1) VS. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (17-1-2) | 11 AM ET / 10 AM CT

CLASS 3A BOYS | COLUMBUS NORTH (18-1-1) VS. NOBLESVILLE (14-3-3) | 1:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM CT

CLASS 3A GIRLS | CARMEL (18-2-2) VS. NOBLESVILLE (19-1) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT

CLASS 1A GIRLS | PARK TUDOR (20-1-1) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (12-8-2) | 6:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM CT

CROSS COUNTRY STATE FINALS

Site: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, IN  47803. Course Layout

Times: Girls at 12 pm ET followed by their awards ceremony; Boys at 2:30 pm ET followed by their awards ceremony.

Admission: All ticket sales will be digital only via GoFan ticketing. No cash. Please purchase tickets online in advance and present your purchase verification on your phone to gain admittance at the gate. $15 per person. Children age 5 or younger admitted free. Note: Wifi and cell service around the facility can be spotty and delay the process in having your ticket available to redeem. To assist with entering the facility faster, please have your ticket pulled up and ready as you are approaching the gate to enter. A purchased ticket can only be validated one time. If you choose to leave the facility, you will be required to purchase another ticket.

Feeder Semi-States: Brown County, Shelbyville, New Haven, New Prairie.

Streaming: Exclusively at IHSAAtv.org

AP TOP 25

1. GEORGIA (31), 7-0 LAST WEEK: 1

2. OHIO STATE (18), 7-0 LAST WEEK: 2

3. TENNESSEE (13) 7-0 LAST WEEK: 4

4. MICHIGAN 7-0 LAST WEEK: 3

5. CLEMSON (1) 8-0 LAST WEEK: 5

6. ALABAMA, 7-1 LAST WEEK: 6

7. TCU 7-0 LAST WEEK: 8

8. OREGON 6-1 LAST WEEK: 10

9. OKLAHOMA STATE 6-1 LAST WEEK: 11

10. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 6-1 LAST WEEK: 12

11. WAKE FOREST 6-1 LAST WEEK: 13

12. UCLA 6-1 LAST WEEK: 9

13. PENN STATE 6-1 LAST WEEK: 16

14. UTAH 5-2 LAST WEEK: 15

15. MISSISSIPPI 7-0 LAST WEEK: 7

16. SYRACUSE 6-1 LAST WEEK: 14

17. ILLINOIS 6-1 LAST WEEK: 18

18. LSU 6-2 LAST WEEK: NR

19. KENTUCKY 5-2 LAST WEEK: NR

20. CINCINNATI 5-1 LAST WEEK: 21

21. NORTH CAROLINA 6-1 LAST WEEK 22

22. KANSAS STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 17

23. TULANE 7-1 LAST WEEK: 25

24. NC STATE 5-2 LAST WEEK: 23

25. SOUTH CAROLINA 5-2 LAST WEEK: NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: TEXAS 38, LIBERTY 35, OREGON STATE 25, MISSISSIPPI STATE 10, MARYLAND 8, TROY 3, UTSA 1, ARKANSAS 1, WASHINGTON 1, FLORIDA STATE 1

USA TODAY COACHES POLL

1. GEORGIA (43), 7-0 LAST WEEK: 1

2. OHIO STATE (17), 7-0 LAST WEEK: 2

3. TENNESSEE (2) 7-0 LAST WEEK: 4

4. MICHIGAN (1) 7-0 LAST WEEK: 3

5. CLEMSON 8-0 LAST WEEK: 5

6. ALABAMA, 7-1 LAST WEEK: 6

7. TCU 7-0 LAST WEEK: 8

8. OREGON 6-1 LAST WEEK: 9

9. OKLAHOMA STATE 6-1 LAST WEEK: 11

10. WAKE FOREST 6-1 LAST WEEK: 13

11. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 6-1 LAST WEEK: 12

12. MISSISSIPPI 7-0 LAST WEEK: 7

13. PENN STATE 6-1 LAST WEEK: 16

14. UTAH 5-2 LAST WEEK: 15

15. UCLA 6-1 LAST WEEK: 10

16. SYRACUSE 6-1 LAST WEEK: 14

17. KENTUCKY 5-2 LAST WEEK: 18

18. ILLINOIS 6-1 LAST WEEK: 20

19. CINCINNATI 5-1 LAST WEEK: 21

20. LSU 6-2 LAST WEEK: NR

21. NORTH CAROLINA 6-1 LAST WEEK 22

22. KANSAS STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 17

23. NC STATE 5-2 LAST WEEK: 23

24. TULANE 7-1 LAST WEEK: 25

25. SOUTH CAROLINA 5-2 LAST WEEK: NR

SCHOOLS DROPPED OUT

NO. 21 TEXAS; NO. 24 MISSISSIPPI STATE.

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES

TEXAS 48; LIBERTY 42; MARYLAND 24; WASHINGTON 22; OREGON STATE 21; BAYLOR 6; TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 4; MISSISSIPPI STATE 4; TROY 3; ARKANSAS 3; COASTAL CAROLINA 2; CENTRAL FLORIDA 1; BOISE STATE 1.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9

THURSDAY, OCT. 27

VIRGINIA TECH AT NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

LOUISIANA AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

UTAH AT WASHINGTON STATE | 10 P.M. | FS1

FRIDAY, OCT. 28

YALE AT COLUMBIA | 6:30 P.M. | ESPNU

EAST CAROLINA AT BYU | 8 P.M. | ESPN2

LOUISIANA TECH AT FIU | 8 P.M. | CBSSN

SATURDAY, OCT. 29

OHIO STATE AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX

ARKANSAS AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

OKLAHOMA AT IOWA STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1

BOSTON COLLEGE AT UCONN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

GEORGIA TECH AT FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

TOLEDO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

MIAMI (OHIO) AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

MIAMI (FLA.) AT VIRGINIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3

CHARLOTTE AT RICE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3

RUTGERS AT MINNESOTA | 2:30 P.M.

OLD DOMINION AT GEORGIA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

FLORIDA VS. GEORGIA (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA) | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

OREGON AT CAL | 3:30 P.M.

WAKE FOREST AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

ILLINOIS AT NEBRASKA | 3:30 P.M.

NORTHWESTERN AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

NEW MEXICO STATE AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

TEMPLE AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M.

ROBERT MORRIS AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

NORTH TEXAS AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

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

SOUTH ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS STATE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

USC AT ARIZONA | 6 P.M.

KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN

COASTAL CAROLINA AT MARSHALL | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

UAB AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

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

OLE MISS AT TEXAS A&M | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

ARIZONA STATE AT COLORADO | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

BAYLOR AT TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

PITT AT NORTH CAROLINA | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | ESPN+

STANFORD AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

SAN DIEGO STATE AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M.

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

WYOMING AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

TCU AT WEST VIRGINIA

OKLAHOMA STATE AT KANSAS STATE

NOTRE DAME AT SYRACUSE

CINCINNATI AT UCF

SOUTH FLORIDA AT HOUSTON

SMU AT TULSA

NFL WEEK 7

BALTIMORE 23 CLEVELAND 20

CAROLINA 21 TAMPA BAY 3

CINCINNATI 35 ATLANTA 17

DALLAS 24 DETROIT 6

NY GIANTS 23 JACKSONVILLE 17

TENNESSEE 19 INDIANAPOLIS 10

WASHINGTON 23 GREEN BAY 21

NY JETS 16 DENVER 9

LAS VEGAS 38 HOUSTON 20

SEATTLE 37 LA CHARGERS 23

KANSAS CITY 44 SAN FRANCISCO 23

MIAMI 16 PITTSBURGH 10

MONDAY

CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

WEEK 8

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2022

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS VS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (WEMBLEY) 1:30P (BST) 9:30A ESPN+

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CHICAGO BEARS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TENNESSEE TITANS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 3:05P (CT) 4:05P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P FOX

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

NEW YORK GIANTS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT BUFFALO BILLS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2022

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

MLB PLAYOFFS

HOUSTON 6 NY YANKEES 5

PHILADELPHIA 4 SAN DIEGO 3

WORLD SERIES

FRIDAY, OCT. 28

GAME 1 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX

SATURDAY, OCT. 29

GAME 2 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX

MONDAY, OCT. 31

GAME 3, FOX

TUESDAY, NOV. 1

GAME 4, FOX

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2

GAME 5, FOX (IF NECESSARY)

FRIDAY, NOV. 4

GAME 6, FOX (IF NECESSARY, AT BETTER RECORD)

SATURDAY, NOV. 5

GAME 7, FOX (IF NECESSARY, AT BETTER RECORD)

NBA SCOREBOARD

MINNESOTA 116 OKLAHOMA CITY 106

PHOENIX 112 LA CLIPPERS 95

CHARLOTTE 126 ATLANTA 109

UTAH 122 NEW ORLEANS 121 OT

GOLDEN STATE 130 SACRAMENTO 125

PORTLAND 106 LA LAKERS 104

CLEVELAND 117 WASHINGTON 107

NHL SCOREBOARD

CHICAGO 5 SEATTLE 4

DETROIT 5 ANAHEIM 1

FLORIDA 3 NY ISLANDERS 2

COLUMBUS 5 NY RANGERS 1

SAN JOSE 3 PHILADELPHIA 0

MLS PLAYOFFS

NEW YORK CITY 3 MONTRÉAL 1

AUSTIN 2 DALLAS 1

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

ASTROS SWEEP YANKEES IN ALCS, ADVANCE TO WORLD SERIES AGAIN

NEW YORK (AP) Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman delivered big hits and the Houston Astros advanced to the World Series again, finishing a four-game sweep of New York in the AL Championship Series with a 6-5 victory Sunday night aided by another defensive gaffe from the Yankees.

Taking advantage of a costly error by second baseman Gleyber Torres to produce the go-ahead rally in the seventh inning, the Astros won their second consecutive pennant and fourth in six years.

Rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena hit a three-run homer off ailing Yankees starter Nestor Cortes to help the AL West champions overcome an early 3-0 deficit. Pena was picked as the ALCS MVP.

Houston opens the World Series at home Friday night against Bryce Harper and the wild-card Philadelphia Phillies, who beat San Diego to close out the best-of-seven NLCS in five games.

It was the first time both pennants were decided on the same day since 1992.

After losing to Atlanta in last year’s World Series, Houston improved to 7-0 in this postseason, earning the fifth pennant in franchise history and another chance at its second championship.

The team’s 2017 title was tainted by a cheating scandal.

With the playoffs expanded to 12 teams this year, the Phillies became the first third-place squad in baseball history to reach the World Series.

Philadelphia went 87-75 during the regular season – Bregman and the Astros finished 106-56 under manager Dusty Baker, seven games better than any other American League team.

“These are the greatest guys that I’ve ever been around!” Baker said during the postgame celebration on the field. “They come to play every day – all day.”

The 73-year-old Baker is headed to his third World Series in 25 seasons as a major league manager, still seeking his first championship as bench boss. He did win as a player with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“It’s a very exciting time for me and the organization,” Baker said before the game. “These guys have come to expect winning. Winning breeds winning.”

After racing to a 61-23 record in early July, AL East champion New York was no match for the Astros in October – again. Houston went 9-2 against the Yankees overall this year and has eliminated them from the playoffs four times in the past eight seasons, including in the ALCS in 2017 and 2019.

In fact, New York has lost in its last five trips to the AL Championship Series and hasn’t claimed a pennant since winning its 27th World Series championship in 2009.

No. 28 has proved most elusive.

“This is as bad as it gets,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Back in the leadoff spot, Harrison Bader had three hits and scored three times for New York. He connected off winning pitcher Hector Neris for his fifth home run of these playoffs, giving the Yankees a 5-4 lead in the sixth.

They couldn’t hold it when they absolutely had to.

Pena hit what should have been an inning-ending double-play ball to Torres in the seventh. But his flip to second base went wide of shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa as the crowd of 46,545 groaned, and the Astros had two on.

Alvarez singled home the tying run on the next delivery from losing pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga, and Bregman put Houston ahead with an RBI single off Clay Holmes.

It was the sixth error of this postseason for the Yankees, who also gave the Astros a pivotal gift in Game 3. Chas McCormick hit an early two-run homer off New York ace Gerrit Cole after Bader, a Gold Glove outfielder, dropped a two-out fly when he nearly collided with Aaron Judge in right-center.

Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly shut the door with perfect relief.

Pressly retired Judge on a comebacker for his third save of the series, sending the Astros rushing out of the dugout for ecstatic hugs and handshakes on the infield.

Moments later, a throng of orange-clad Houston fans chanted “sweep! sweep!” behind the team’s third base dugout in a mostly empty Yankee Stadium.

Handed an early 3-0 lead, Cortes walked No. 9 batter Martin Maldonado to start the third and fell behind 2-1 on slumping Jose Altuve.

Something wasn’t right. Boone and head athletic trainer Tim Lentych went to the mound for a quick check on Cortes, who initially remained in the game.

But he walked Altuve, marking the first time the All-Star lefty issued consecutive free passes this season. And eight pitches after the mound visit, Pena launched a 3-1 slider into the left-field seats to tie it.

That was it for an ailing Cortes, who exited with a left groin injury that he apparently reaggravated. He was sidelined from Aug. 22 through Sept. 7 with a strained left groin.

Alvarez doubled off Wandy Peralta and went to third when Peralta got nailed by Kyle Tucker’s line drive that went for an infield single with one out. Yuli Gurriel bounced an RBI single through an open right side to put Houston ahead 4-3, but Peralta prevented further damage.

Needing a win to extend their season, the Yankees got off to a fast start in the first inning following an 84-minute delay due to a threat of rain. Giancarlo Stanton laced an RBI single off starter Lance McCullers Jr., and Torres blooped a run-scoring single into center.

That ended New York’s scoreless streak at 14 innings. Houston had gone 19 innings without permitting an earned run.

Anthony Rizzo’s two-out RBI double made it 3-0 in the second, but Stanton struck out with runners at second and third. Rizzo also delivered a two-out RBI single that tied it 4-all in the fourth.

McCullers, who closed out the Yankees with 24 straight curveballs in Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS, lasted five innings. He gave up four runs – three earned – and eight hits.

HEALTH CHECK

Third base coach Gary Pettis is expected to rejoin the Astros when they return to Houston. He’s been out with an illness.

“He’s doing great. He’s doing a lot better,” Baker said.

First base coach Omar Lopez has been filling in for Pettis, with quality control coach Dan Firova coaching first.

UP NEXT

Astros: Justin Verlander is likely to start the World Series opener. The 39-year-old righty went 18-4 with a 1.75 ERA this season in a hugely successful comeback from Tommy John surgery, making him a favorite to win his third Cy Young Award. He was hit hard in the Division Series opener against Seattle, then struck out 11 in six innings of one-run ball to win Game 1 of the ALCS. He is 0-6 in seven World Series starts.

Yankees: Begin their 2023 spring training schedule Feb. 25 against Philadelphia and host San Francisco in the regular-season opener March 30.

HARPER’S HR POWERS PHILLIES PAST PADRES, INTO WORLD SERIES

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper broke up the Phillies postseason party on the mound and directed his team to where the true revelry was about to begin for the National League champs.

“C’mon, let’s go inside! Let’s go!” he ordered.

With that, Harper walked toward the dugout and raised his arms in jubilation to the soundtrack of Phillies fans screaming “MV3! MV3! ” The Phillies scrambled inside for the Broad Street Bubbly that awaited in the clubhouse.

Harper made the scene possible because he rose to the moment Philly demanded of him from the time he signed the richest free-agent deal in baseball history. Harper has made the monumental feat of hitting a baseball look so easy in the postseason and with the NL pennant at stake, he delivered with the defining moment of his four-year Philadelphia career.

Harper slugged his fifth homer of the postseason, a two-run blast in the eighth inning that turned Citizens Bank Park into a madhouse, and the $330 million slugger powered the Phillies past the San Diego Padres 4-3 on Sunday and into the World Series for the first the time since 2009.

One swing. One opposite-field shot. One game-winning home run that about seemed destined from the moment he came to the plate in the eighth inning with the Phillies and their fans beckoning Bryce to deliver in the clutch just one more time.

“I hit the ball, and I just looked at my dugout and kind of it’s for all of them,” Harper said. “It’s for this whole team. It’s for this whole organization.”

Rhys Hoskins also hit a two-run homer in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series to spark Philadelphia’s improbable run to the pennant and a shot at its first World Series championship since 2008.

Harper, Hoskins & Crew are coming for a most improbable World Series championship.

Houston held a 3-0 lead over the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Game 4 is Sunday night in New York. The World Series will begin Friday night at the home of the AL champion.

Harper was named NLCS MVP and he as parked the trophy on a dais, he made it clear the personal awards meant nothing to him without a ring.

“I don’t really care about this but MLB is making me do it,” Harper said.

Philadelphia trailed 3-2 when J.T. Realmuto began the eighth with a single off reliever Robert Suarez. Harper then lined a 2-2, 98 mph sinker the opposite way, into the left-field seats as another sellout crowd of 45,485 shook the stadium.

Harper hoped the homer set the stage for other highlights on deck in the next couple of weeks.

“We’ve got four more,” the two-time NL MVP told the fans during an on-field celebration, and they roared again.

The lefty-swinging Harper connected off a righty – the Padres had left-handed closer Josh Hader warming in the bullpen, but didn’t bring him in.

“It’s a thought at this point, but that wasn’t what we were thinking,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “We were trying to get to four-out position for Hader, and we had a lot of confidence in Suarez.”

The Phillies felt the same way about Harper.

“Pure chaos, right? I don’t think anybody was surprised,” Hoskins said. “This guy has a knack for coming up in the biggest moments. It’s just what he’s done his whole career, and we’ve seen it plenty of times.”

Remember, too: When Harper’s thumb was broken by a pitch from San Diego’s Blake Snell in late June, there were some concerns that he might not return this season.

Instead, the star who signed a 13-year contract to play in Philadelphia delivered – in this season, in this game.

Even after Harper’s homer put them ahead, it wasn’t an easy ending for the Phillies.

Reliever David Robertson was pulled after a pair of one-out walks in the ninth. Ranger Suarez made his first relief appearance of the season and retired Trent Grisham on a bunt and got Austin Nola – brother of Phils ace Aaron Nola – on a routine fly to finish it for a huge save.

The Phillie Phanatic swayed a National League champions flag as the postseason banger “Dancing On My Own” blared throughout the stadium. Alec Bohm and Nick Castellanos stripped off their shirts and danced in the clubhouse. Cigars were let. Cheap beer was sprayed. The alcohol puddles on the carpet went deeper than the ones caused by the rain in a sloppy, gusty Game 5.

Philly, get ready.

This sixth-seeded Phillies – yes, that is a thing this season – feel they’re just getting started.

Harper, who turned 30 last week, is batting 439 (18 for 41) with six doubles, five homers, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored over 11 postseason games. He has hit in 10 straight and has reached base in 11 straight.

And the feared designated hitter can keep those streaks alive when he plays in his first World Series.

“To a certain degree, it’s getting overlooked because of who he is and the star that he is,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “He’s a guy that’s a big star that’s delivered. Can’t say enough about that.”

Philadelphia finished third in the NL East at 87-75, a full 14 games behind the 101-win Braves this season, and were the last club in the majors to make the 12-team playoff field. After a 2-0 sweep of NL Central champion St. Louis in MLB’s newly created wild-card round, the Phillies needed only four games to knock out Atlanta, the defending World Series champs.

Now they’ll try to become the first team that finished in third place to win a World Series.

The Padres took a 3-2 lead in a sloppy seventh inning as rain pounded Citizens Bank Park and turned portions of the infield, notably around third base, into a mud pit.

But it was Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez’s slippery grip that almost cost the Phillies.

Starter Zack Wheeler was fantastic again and struck out eight over six innings. He was lifted with a 2-1 lead after Jake Cronenworth’s leadoff single in the seventh.

Dominguez couldn’t find his feel with the ball as the rain picked up, puddles formed near third base and the infield dirt turned to mush. He threw one wild pitch and Josh Bell lined a tying RBI double to right that made it 2-1.

Dominguz then threw two more wild pitches that allowed pinch-runner Jose Azocar to scamper home for the 3-2 lead. The righty reliever threw only three wild pitches in 51 innings all season — then uncorked three in the seventh.

Things got tense in Philly.

But they always had Harper in their back pocket like a lucky charm.

“Harper had a huge moment there,” Padres slugger Manny Machado said. “You just have to tip your hat.”

Hoskins, Harper, Wheeler have left a trail of indelible moment at Citizens Bank as they improved to 5-0 at home, where they will play World Series Games 3, 4 and 5.

Game 5 of the NLCS was no exception.

The Phillies caught a break in the third when NL home run champion Kyle Schwarber was called out on a two-out stolen-base attempt. The call was overturned on replay, and the Phillies had new life.

Hoskins, who came hitting a quite memorable .171, smashed one into the left field seats off starter Yu Darvish as the crowd went wild. He hopped down the line as he mouthed some words to his teammates in the dugout and twirled his bat — not unlike the steadily-spinning rally towels — as he gave them a 2-0 lead.

Wheeler gave up Soto’s solo homer in the inning that made it 2-1. Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove snapped a Polaroid picture of Soto in the dugout.

Try as they might, the Padres weren’t ready for their close up.

The Phillies were picture perfect. Second baseman Jean Segura cleared a path on the infield as the rest of the Phillies sat near the mound, took off on a running start and slid head first into the team photo.

Then it was time to party.

Harper demanded it.

THIS TIME RAVENS HOLD ON LATE, 23-20 AGAINST CLEVELAND

BALTIMORE (AP) Gus Edwards scored two touchdowns in his long-awaited return, staking Baltimore to a double-digit lead in the second half.

Those haven’t exactly been safe this season for the Ravens, but this time they managed to hold on.

Baltimore avoided another fourth-quarter collapse thanks to a couple huge Cleveland penalties that helped the Ravens hold off the Browns 23-20 on Sunday. Baltimore outrushed Nick Chubb and Cleveland 160-113 and remained in a tie with Cincinnati atop the AFC North.

“We kind of had the lead again. What’s going to happen?” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “Focus on what you’ve got to do within the play, not within the situation and the circumstances. Circumstances really doesn’t matter. What matters is the play call and doing your job.”

Baltimore (4-3) has blown a double-digit lead in the second half of each of its three losses this season. The Ravens led 23-13 after Justin Tucker’s 55-yard field goal with 11:24 remaining, but the Browns quickly responded with a 2-yard touchdown run by Kareem Hunt to make it a three-point game. Then a fumble by Baltimore’s Justice Hill gave Cleveland the ball at its own 16 with 3:12 to play.

The Browns reached the Baltimore 34 before an offensive pass interference call wiped out a touchdown pass to Amari Cooper, who appeared to hold off cornerback Marcus Peters with his arm. Cleveland still made it back into position to try a long field goal, but a false start before that snap forced Cade York to try it from 60.

His attempt was blocked by Malik Harrison with 1:59 remaining, and the Ravens were able to run out most of the remaining time.

“I almost had one when I was in high school, but this is my first one,” said Harrison, who said the kick hit him in the face.

The officials had a lengthy discussion before the false start call, which was obviously a huge swing since it pushed the field goal back when an offside flag would have moved it closer.

“The margin of error in this league is pretty slim,” Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett said. “You go out there and play pretty well and sometimes you still don’t get the results that you want, but that can’t change the way we come to work.”

Cleveland (2-5) has lost four in a row. Chubb had 91 yards on 16 carries.

Edwards hadn’t played in a game that counted since Baltimore’s playoff loss to Buffalo on Jan. 16, 2021. He missed all of last season and the first six games of this one following a major knee injury.

He rushed for 66 yards Sunday and scored on runs of 7 and 1. The latter came on a fourth-down play in the third quarter that made it 20-10.

“I’m even fortunate to be playing right now with the type of injury I had,” Edwards said. “It was ACL, hamstring, LCL.”

The Ravens trailed 10-3 after one – the first time all season they were behind after any quarter except the fourth. Their offense seemed to find a rhythm late in the second, when Lamar Jackson led a 10-play, 80-yard drive, and Edwards’ first TD put Baltimore up 13-10 at halftime.

Brissett lost a fumble in the third, giving the Ravens the ball at the Cleveland 25, and Edwards capped that short drive with another touchdown.

This was the first game all season Baltimore didn’t score first, and the first time the Ravens allowed any points on an opponent’s first possession. Cleveland marched 75 yards in 11 plays after the opening kickoff and took the lead on a 2-yard run by Chubb.

The teams traded field goals, and then Baltimore settled for another one that made it 10-6 even after a punt return had given the Ravens the ball at the Cleveland 21.

Neither team had a great deal of success passing – and the Browns lost tight end David Njoku to an ankle injury after he caught a team-high seven passes for 71 yards. Jackson was sacked three times and threw for only 120 yards. Brissett was 22 of 27 for 258 yards, but he was sacked five times and fumbled on one of them.

“You’ve got to take the ball away, you can’t give it away,” Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski said. “All the little things, playing clean football, all those things.”

INJURIES

Edwards’ return is another chapter in Baltimore’s ongoing injury saga in the backfield. He and J.K. Dobbins missed all of last season with knee injuries. Dobbins returned earlier this season but is now on injured reserve. Justice Hill returned from a hamstring injury Sunday and ran for 26 yards. … Browns TE Pharaoh Brown was evaluated for a concussion, and LB Jacob Phillips had a shoulder injury.

CHAMPIONS HONORED

The Ravens honored their most recent Super Bowl championship team on the 10th anniversary of that 2012 season. Plenty of players from that team were on hand and introduced before the game, including Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, who did his famous dance while taking the field.

Running back Ray Rice, whose career ended in 2014 after video surfaced of him striking his fiancee in the elevator of a hotel, was also on hand and received a big cheer from the crowd.

UP NEXT

Browns: Host the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 31 in a Monday night game.

Ravens: Visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.

BURROW, BENGALS STRIKE FAST, BLOW BY FALCONS 35-17

CINCINNATI (AP) Coach Zac Taylor had an inkling it might be a good day for the Cincinnati Bengals when Joe Burrow connected with Tyler Boyd on a deep ball for a touchdown early in the game.

The play unfolded exactly as it was planned, with Boyd streaking down the middle and Burrow hitting him in stride for a 60-yard score.

“That (play) was one we were locked in on early,” Taylor said after the Bengals struck quickly and ran away from the Atlanta Falcons 35-17 on Sunday.

Burrow passed for 345 yards in the first half alone as the Bengals scored on their first four possessions.

“We threw a lot of looks at him, and he just knows where to go with it,” Falcons coach Arthur Smith said.

The Cincinnati quarterback played his best game of the season – and the second-best of his career – finishing 34 of 42 for 481 yards and three touchdowns and adding a 1-yard run for a score. He became the first QB to have five games of 400 yards or more in his first three seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

“Any time you go down and score on the first drive on a big play like that, you think it could be one of those days,” Burrow said. “But it was really about the execution throughout the whole game.”

Cincinnati (4-3) moved above .500 for the first time this season and remained in a tie with Baltimore atop the AFC North.

“Well, I hope you all listened to me as I got up here at 0-2 and said just be patient,” Taylor said. “This season is very young. We know what type of team we have and the faith I have in these players and coaches. This season is still in its infancy stages. Today gave us a chance to separate a little bit.”

Cincinnati receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd both eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the first half. Boyd finished with a career-high 155 yards on eight catches. Chase also caught eight passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

Marcus Mariota completed just eight passes for the Falcons (3-4), whose strong running game was also stymied by Cincinnati. Mariota threw for 124 yards, and Atlanta generated only 214 yards of offense to the Bengals’ 537.

“They did a good job defensively to get us off the field and then sustain drives,” said Mariota, who attempted a season-low 13 passes. “They were throwing it around, but they were able to keep the ball and win time of possession. When you’re already behind 14, 21 points, they’re holding the ball and we’re going to have limited possessions.”

Cincinnati’s Tee Higgins had five receptions for 93 yards, including a 22-yard gain that set up Burrow’s TD plunge in the third quarter to cap the Bengals’ scoring.

“There’s no defense in the league that can stop what we got,” Higgins said.

After the initial Cincinnati touchdown and an Atlanta punt, a scrambling Burrow hit Joe Mixon on second-and-5 for 22 yards to extend a drive that Mixon finished off with a 1-yard TD plunge.

After another Atlanta punt, Burrow went to work again, completing seven passes in a row, the last a 32-yard scoring toss to Chase amid two defenders.

“I think that was definitely the best pass he’s ever thrown (to me),” Chase said. “Like that was a dime, bro – a dime.”

Down 21-0, the Falcons then pieced together a 10-minute drive capped by a 1-yard dive by Tyler Allgeier – his first NFL touchdown.

Chase caught his second TD pass late in the first half, stopping at the far sideline to make the catch and then running past cornerback Darren Hall.

A LITTLE MOMENTUM

Atlanta got some juice back when it scored 10 points in final 39 seconds of the first half. Mariota hit Damiere Byrd for a 75-yard TD. After a Cincinnati three-and out, Younghoe Koo booted a 43-yard field goal to make it 28-17 at the half.

“We had about the worst 30-second stretch we could have there in the second quarter,” Taylor said. “But our guys took a deep breath at halftime, our defense came out, responded like they always do, got a stop to start the half.”

FORGET THE RUN?

The rushing game has taken a back seat for the Bengals this season, and Sunday was no exception. Mixon had 17 carries for 58 yards. He also caught three passes for 33 yards.

INJURIES

Falcons: CB A.J. Terrell limped off in the first quarter and was declared out with a hamstring injury. … CB Mike Ford left with an ankle injury in the second half. … S Jaylinn Hawkins left in the second half and was evaluated for a head injury.

Bengals: RT La’el Collins went to the locker room in the second quarter with a left ankle injury but returned in the second half. … DE Trey Hendrickson left with a neck injury in the second half.

UP NEXT

Falcons: Host NFC South rival Carolina next Sunday.

Bengals: At AFC North rival Cleveland on Monday, Oct. 31.

COWBOYS LEAN ON DEFENSE IN PRESCOTT’S RETURN, TOP LIONS 24-6

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott made sure to remember what he watched during the five games the star quarterback missed with a fractured right thumb.

The Dallas defense has things under control.

Ezekiel Elliott ran for two 1-yard touchdowns, Prescott threw for a score in his return and the Cowboys forced five turnovers in a 24-6 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Dallas (5-2) recovered Jamaal Williams’ fumble inside its 1 with a four-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

Jared Goff was responsible for four other Detroit turnovers with two interceptions and two fumbles, while Prescott didn’t give the ball away.

Kind of like the formula Cooper Rush followed in winning the first four games without Prescott before three interceptions helped end the streak a week ago, when defending NFC East champs lost at undefeated division leader Philadelphia.

“It was important for me to see that and to recognize that and know coming back, don’t try to do too much,” Prescott said. “I’m just trying to play my role and make sure that I put this team in the best chance to win.”

The Lions (1-5) got a solid showing for three quarters from the NFL’s worst defense, but coach Dan Campbell fell to 0-11-1 on the road with the Lions in something of a homecoming for the Texas native.

Campbell’s frustration in a fourth consecutive loss showed when he threw his headset after Williams lost the ball in a pile and Anthony Barr recovered for Dallas with the Cowboys up 10-6.

Campbell said he threw the headset because he was trying to get a challenge of the previous play, when tight end Brock Wright was ruled down at the 1 on a 17-yard catch.

“I’m frustrated because we’re losing, just like I was last year,” said Campbell, whose record as Detroit’s coach dropped to 4-18-1. “But I’m not down, I’m not losing confidence. I’m not going to go hide in a corner.”

Goff’s first three turnovers led to Dallas touchdowns, starting with Trevon Diggs’ third interception of the season on a diving play inside the Dallas 20 with the Lions leading 6-3.

Elliott jump-started the ensuing 82-yard drive by hurdling DeShon Elliott on an 18-yard run. Tony Pollard ran for 28 yards two plays later, and the Cowboys took their first lead on Elliott’s 1-yard plunge.

Dallas didn’t have to go nearly as far after the next two turnovers from Goff.

Elliott’s second TD came after Goff was intercepted by Jourdan Lewis at the Dallas 46.

Goff then lost the ball on one of the first two sacks of rookie Sam Williams’ career, giving the Cowboys possession at the Detroit 24. Prescott threw a 2-yard scoring pass to rookie Peyton Hendershot.

“Everywhere I’ve been I broke the record, JUCO, high school, Ole Miss, now I’m trying to do it here,” Williams said. “Trying to leave my name on something positive.”

The first multi-TD game of the season for Elliott came after he took a hard shot to his right knee in the first half. Elliott had 57 yards on 15 carries, and Pollard rushed 12 times for 83 yards.

“He’s relentless,” Prescott said of Elliott. “When I saw the play, I thought it was a little ugly. He said he’d be good and wasn’t too long before he was jumping a guy.”

With shorter fields late, Prescott settled into a groove, finishing 19 of 25 for 207 yards.

“Starting with the command of the huddle and the whole operation, I thought he was really on point there,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “They’re big things that don’t show up in the stat column. I thought he had a winning performance today.”

Goff was 21 of 26 for 228 yards. Williams was effective with 79 yards on 15 carries, but had the critical mistake that kept the Lions from taking a fourth-quarter lead.

DALLAS HISTORY

Diggs has 17 career interceptions, tied for most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2020. Those picks have come in his first 35 games, giving him the second-most for a player in the Super Bowl era behind former Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls. Diggs tied Walls’ club record of 11 picks last season.

PUNTER GETS PAID

Detroit’s Jack Fox averaged 48 yards on three punts a day after the announcement of a three-year contract extension. The deal has the highest average annual value for punters at $3.8 million, according to Spotrac.

INJURIES

Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown was ruled out by the concussion protocol after leaving the game following his only catch in the first quarter. … RB De’Andre Swift missed his third consecutive game with ankle and shoulder injuries after the Lions were hopeful he could return. … Cowboys T G Matt Farniok was ruled out in the second half with a hamstring injury.

UP NEXT

Lions: Host Miami next Sunday.

Cowboys: Host Chicago next Sunday in the second of four consecutive matchups with NFC North teams.

GIANTS STOP JAGUARS AT 1-YARD LINE FOR 23-17 WIN, GET TO 6-1

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The New York Giants’ latest nail-biter came down to the final play – and the final few inches before the goal line.

The Giants defended like wily veterans, no surprise given the way their season has gone. They’ve grown accustomed to playing – and winning – close games.

Safeties Julian Love and Xavier McKinney stopped Jacksonville receiver Christian Kirk at the 1-yard line with no time on the clock, preserving a 23-17 victory over the Jaguars in which Saquon Barkley and quarterback Daniel Jones each ran for more than 100 yards. The Giants (6-1) matched their best start since 2008 and handed the Jaguars (2-5) a 19th consecutive loss in cross-division games.

“I’m never really happy,” Giants coach Brian Daboll said. “It’s always on to the next week. I’m glad we won. But like I say every week: There’s certain things to clean up. This week is no exception.”

New York became the first team in NFL history to start 6-1 or better and have each of its first seven games decided by one possession. The Giants’ six victories have been by a combined 27 points, with none of those won by more than eight.

The latest one was arguably their most improbable considering they lost two starting offensive linemen, including right tackle Evan Neal, and rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger to injuries in the first half.

Bellinger was taken to a hospital with a bloody eye injury. He appeared to take an inadvertent fist to the face, and maybe a finger to the eye, from Jaguars rookie linebacker Devin Lloyd in the second quarter. But Bellinger was back in the locker room for the postgame celebration.

“I would say his eye looks terrible right now,” Daboll said. “He looks like he took a pretty good hook shot. It’s pretty swollen.”

Left guard Ben Bredeson (right knee) and Neal (left knee) had previously left the field on carts and were ruled out. Playing with backups did little to deter the Giants, who ran 17 times for 130 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter alone.

Jones finished with a career-high 107 yards on the ground. He had 35 yards rushing on a go-ahead drive and capped it with a 1-yard plunge with 5:31 remaining after consecutive penalties by Jacksonville moved the ball inches from the goal line.

Barkley finished with 110 yards on 24 carries, giving the Giants two 100-yard rushers for the first time since Brandon Jacobs (116) and Ahmad Bradshaw (103) accomplished the feat against Minnesota in 2010.

“I found a way to get on fire a little bit closer to ending of the game,” said Barkley, who had 18 yards at halftime. “I’ve got to do a better job of starting off faster.”

Barkley had the most impressive run of New York’s go-ahead drive, making Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins look silly with a jump cut that led to an 18-yard gain. Graham Gano’s third field goal made it 23-17, but the Jaguars had a final shot. Following a roughing-the-passer penalty, Trevor Lawrence found Kirk at the 1. Cornerback Fabian Moreau slowed Kirk up long enough for Love and McKinney to clean it up.

Jacksonville lost its fourth in a row – a troubling trend for a team that looked to be turning a corner last month. The young Jaguars continued to be their own worst enemy, committing 13 penalties for 81 yards.

“We’ve got to figure this (crap) out right now,” linebacker Josh Allen said. “It’s going to take everybody in this locker room to figure this out. It’s going to take coaches included. It’s important for us. It’s important to this team. It’s still a long season. We’ve got to get hot.”

JAGUARS’ ISSUES

In addition to the penalties, running back Travis Etienne fumbled at the 2-yard line to turn a near-touchdown into a touchback. Linebacker Foye Oluokun was flagged for roughing the passer in the third quarter, a penalty that negated an interception. And coach Doug Pederson opted against challenging a questionable spot near the goal line, and the Jaguars were stuffed on the next two plays for a crucial turnover on downs.

OTHER INJURIES

Giants safety Adoree’ Jackson was evaluated for a concussion in the fourth quarter. … Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson missed one series in the first half with a right shoulder injury. Right guard Brandon Scherff left the field in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.

UP NEXT

Giants play at Seattle next Sunday.

Jaguars play a “home game” against Denver in London next Sunday.

AARON RODGERS, PACKERS LOSE TO COMMANDERS, DROP 3RD IN A ROW

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Aaron Rodgers finished the game face down on the turf after sailing a lateral out of bounds on a frantic, failed final play.

This is not exactly what the four-time NFL MVP envisioned when he returned for another season in Green Bay.

Rodgers and the offense sputtered, penalties piled up at the most inopportune moments and the Packers lost their third game in a row, 23-21 to the Washington Commanders on Sunday for their longest skid since 2018.

Nursing a sore thumb and out of sync with receivers, Rodgers was 23 of 35 for 194 yards and the Packers went 0 of 6 on third down. Green Bay (3-4) had just 232 total yards of offense to Washington’s 364 and lost Allen Lazard to a shoulder injury, making him the team’s third wide receiver to go down during the first losing streak under coach Matt LaFleur.

“We just got to play better – all of us,” said Rodgers, who taped his throwing hand at halftime after jamming the thumb on a couple of snaps. “There’s probably a number of plays in every phase that we could’ve done better. The margin of error is so tight, a couple calls don’t necessarily go our way and we don’t execute at all on offense in certain situations. …

“It’s not winning football.”

Rodgers is right: The problems were not limited to offense. Amari Rodgers continued his struggles returning punts by muffing one that set Washington up in the red zone, and cornerback Eric Stokes was flagged for a costly illegal contact penalty that wiped out a fumble return touchdown and later for unsportsmanlike.

The negatives outweighed the few positives: a 63-yard pick-6 of Taylor Heinicke by De’Vondre Campbell and two touchdown passes from Rodgers to Aaron Jones – the second of which completed a 75-yard drive aided by Washington penalties that pulled the Packers within two with 3:26 left in the fourth quarter and gave them one final chance to end the skid before falling short.

Playing behind a remade offensive line without All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari, Rodgers struggled to find a rhythm, missing wide-open receivers at times and others putting the ball in their hands for ill-timed drops. The Packers rushed for just 38 yards.

“We didn’t run the ball particularly well, didn’t catch it particularly well and I didn’t really move a whole lot to extend plays until that last drive,” Rodgers said.

The Packers had no third-down conversions for the first time since 1999 – 370 games ago with Brett Favre at quarterback and before Rodgers graduated high school. It added up to the Packers “losing to teams that we feel like we’re better than,” Jones said, and the losses rarely go like this for a team used to winning.

“Our guys are extremely disappointed,” LaFleur said. “I don’t think anybody thought we’d be in this spot that we’re in right now.”

With no blitzing necessary and a basic defensive scheme, Washington’s front four also played a role in frazzling Rodgers and making him look more like a rookie than a 38-year-old four-time NFL MVP. Only a series of penalties on the Commanders (3-4) made the game close in the final minutes.

Heinicke, making his first start of the season in place of injured Carson Wentz, threw for two touchdowns and was 20 of 33 for 200 yards after starting 1 of 7 for 14 yards with the interception. One of those TD throws was a perfect pass to Terry McLaurin.

“He plays like it’s his last game every single time,” McLaurin said of Heinicke. “That energy just spreads throughout this team. You just want to be able to make that play to elevate him.”

Heinicke also found McLaurin for a 12-yard completion on third-and-9 just before the two-minute warning, sparking “Terry! Terry!” chants from the Commanders fans outnumbered by Packers supporters and helping seal the team’s second consecutive ugly victory.

“You can win pretty; you can win ugly,” Commanders coach Ron Rivera said. “If you’re going to win ugly, who cares?”

HAIL TO THE WHO?

Washington picked this as its annual “homecoming game,” welcoming back dozens of former players who paraded around the stadium then met with fans before the game. Among those attending: Pro Football Hall of Fame member Art Monk and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Mark Rypien.

Embattled team owner Daniel Snyder was not present, but his wife, Tanya, spoke at a pregame rally that included a video of highlights from the 90 years since the franchise’s founding in 1932. Oddly, during her speech to the crowd, she made reference to “seven decades of fantastic football.”

She closed her remarks by making reference to the club’s old nickname, which was abandoned in July 2020, saying, “Hail to the Redskins. And let’s beat Green Bay.”

INJURIES

Packers: LB Rashad Gary was evaluated for a concussion in the second half. … Bakhtiari (knee) was inactive after being added to the injury report Saturday. … Green Bay as also without wide receiver Randall Cobb and reserve interior lineman Jake Hanson, who went on injured reserve.

Commanders: Rookie TE Cole Turner was concussed attempting to make a catch late in the second quarter and quickly ruled out. … Rookie WR Jahan Dotson missed a third consecutive game with a hamstring injury.

UP NEXT

Packers: Visit the Buffalo Bills next Sunday night.

Commanders: Visit the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday.

HALL HURT AFTER 62-YARD TD IN JETS’ 16-9 WIN OVER BRONCOS

DENVER (AP) The New York Jets didn’t feel much like celebrating their 16-9 escape of the punchless Denver Broncos on Sunday.

The Jets lost Breece Hall to a left knee injury in the second quarter and coach Robert Saleh said the initial diagnosis is an ACL tear that would end the running back’s rookie sensational season.

“We’ll see tomorrow,” Saleh said. “I’m going to stay as optimistic as I can, but yeah, he’s a heck of a football player.”

The Jets (5-2) lost Hall when he was tackled near their sideline by Patrick Surtain II and Jonas Griffith after a short run in the second quarter. He was helped off the field and carted to the locker room.

Hall finished with 72 yards on four carries, including the Jets’ only touchdown, a 62-yard masterpiece in which he hit a top speed of 21.87 mph according to NextGen Stats, the fastest by a ballcarrier this season.

The second-rounder from Iowa State had quickly established himself as a key playmaker for the Jets and was coming off a season-high 116 yards rushing at Green Bay. He leads the Jets with 463 yards and four touchdowns on 80 attempts.

Rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner helped secure the surprising Jets’ fourth straight victory by breaking up Brett Rypien’s fourth-down pass into the end zone to Courtland Sutton with just under 2 minutes remaining. Rypien’s final heave in the closing moments fell woefully short of KJ Hamler’s grasp at the goal line.

Denver starting quarterback Russell Wilson sat this one out with a pulled hamstring, missing a game for just the fourth time in his 11-year career. But the Broncos (2-5), who are last in the league in scoring, fared no better under Rypien, who was making his second career start.

The Jets are off to their best start since 2010, have their first four-game winning streak since 2015 and already surpassed their win total from last year when they went 4-13. New York also improved to 4-0 on the road.

The Broncos lost their fourth straight despite another outstanding defensive performance. The Broncos had more first downs and yards and fewer penalties and punts than the Jets but came away with another gut-wrenching loss.

“I’m sick of being up here saying the same thing over and over again,” Broncos rookie coach Nathaniel Hackett said. “The opportunities are there. At some point, we’ve got to take them. There’s no excuses. We’ve been in every single game and we’ve got to win these games.”

Zach Wilson was held without a touchdown for the second straight week, but he did enough to lead the Jets to the win despite his pedestrian stats: 16 for 26 for 121 yards.

“We knew it was going to be a grind,” the Jets QB said, and Saleh concurred.

“First off, this defense is ridiculous,” Saleh said. “They’ve got a really good defense. Credit to them. Obviously, Zach wants some things that he could have back, but he did a great job. He didn’t turn the ball over. He got the ball to where he needed to and we were still able to generate a couple of scoring drives in the second half.”

Rypien’s only other start was also against the Jets, a 37-28 win at MetLife Stadium in 2020, but he went 24 for 46 for 225 yards and no touchdowns and threw a crucial second-half interception in this one.

Rypien’s throw to tight end Greg Dulcich in triple coverage was easily picked off by safety Lamarcus Joyner, whose 27-yard return to the Denver 37 set up Greg Zuerlein’s 33-yard field goal that gave the Jets a 13-9 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Zuerlein’s 45-yarder as the first half expired sent the Jets into halftime with a 10-9 lead.

That field goal was into a stiff wind at the south end zone, the same direction that Brandon McManus missed an extra point following Latavius Murray’s 2-yard TD run.

McManus also missed a 56-yarder with the wind before making a 44-yarder to put Denver ahead 9-7.

“When you only end up with nine points, you kind of sit here like, `No idea,'” Rypien said of Denver’s continued offensive struggles.

The Jets struggled just as much but have learned how to close in Saleh’s second season.

“It was grimy, for sure,” Jets running back Michael Carter said. “We’ve just got to keep getting better. We’ve got a little bit of dog in us.”

SUPER CELEBRATION

The Broncos honored the Super Bowl 32 champions on the 25th anniversary of their title season with a halftime ceremony capping their reunion weekend.

“Until I die, I’m going to have people come up to me and say, ‘Thank you for winning that Super Bowl (and for what) it did to me or my family,” Super Bowl 32 MVP Terrell Davis said. “That’s the coolest part about it now. It’s 25 years later, but people still remember it like it was yesterday.”

INJURIES

Jets: G Alijah Vera-Tucker (elbow), WR Corey Davis (knee) and DL John Franklin-Myers (undisclosed) were hurt, in addition to Hall.

Broncos: The snakebit Broncos lost RB Mike Boone (ankle), OLB Barron Browning (hip) and RT Cam Flemming (thigh).

UP NEXT

Jets: Host New England on Sunday.

Broncos: Fly out Monday to London, where they’ll play Jacksonville on Sunday.

JOSH JACOBS RUSHES FOR 3 TDS, RAIDERS BEAT TEXANS 38-20

LAS VEGAS (AP) The way Josh Jacobs is running, the Las Vegas Raiders’ offensive line is going to have a nice Christmas.

Jacobs rushed for 143 yards and three second-half touchdowns, and the Raiders ran away from the Houston Texans 38-20 on Sunday.

“I think it’s more of a credit to the offensive line,” said Jacobs, who topped 100 yards for the third straight game. “I come back to them all the time because I feel like it’s the first time in a long time where I’ve had four to five yards without being touched by anybody. They’re making it pretty easy on me, and I’m gonna make sure I take care of them for sure.”

In a battle of one-win teams coming off byes, the Raiders (2-4) dominated the Texans (1-4-1) after halftime, outscoring them 28-10 behind 227 yards of offense, including 98 from Jacobs on the ground.

“We expected the game to come down to the fourth quarter,” Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said. “It’s all them – the players win the game. They settled down, they got into the flow of the game, they understood how Houston was playing us and they made the plays.”

Las Vegas, which erased a three-point, fourth-quarter deficit, scored on four straight possessions before safety Duron Harmon sealed the win by intercepting Davis Mills and returning it 73 yards for a touchdown.

“There’s always going to be a point in the game where you can put somebody away, or you can give them life,” Harmon said. “That’s what we were talking about, let’s put them away.”

Derek Carr completed 21 of 27 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown. Davante Adams had eight receptions for 95 yards.

The Raiders finished with a season-high 400 yards of offense.

Jacobs, who is playing for a contract after not having his fifth-year option picked up before the season, has rushed for 441 yards in his last three games. He became the first Raider to rush for more than 100 yards in three straight games since Napoleon Kaufman in 1997. Jacobs is the sixth player in the past six seasons with three 100-plus-yard rushing games in a row.

It was his second career game with three rushing TDs. The first was a 34-30 win at Carolina on Sept. 13, 2020.

“The biggest thing for me is I want to get in the playoffs,” Jacobs said. “I want to go on a run and actually … experience that. I think we have a special group of guys that when we’re all clicking offensively and defensively, we’re a scary team.”

Mills completed 28 of 40 attempts for 302 yards and two touchdowns, along with his pick-6 to Harmon. Dameon Pierce led the Texans’ rushing attack with 92 yards on 20 carries.

“Offensively we saw signs of what we can be,” said Texans coach Lovie Smith, whose team gained a season-high 404 yards. “Defensively we just didn’t play well enough, kind of simple as that. I thought first half-wise we were in pretty good shape, but second half we didn’t do what we needed to.”

KICKIN’ IT

Las Vegas’ Daniel Carlson has made 39 straight field goals since Week 8 of last season, the longest active streak in the NFL and the fifth-longest streak in history. Carlson is 5 for 5 on field goals of 50 or more yards this season and 18 for 21 (85.7%) on such kicks since entering the league in 2018, the best in the NFL during that span for kickers with a minimum of 20 attempts.

SACK JONES

Chandler Jones had his first half-sack as a Raider when he combined with Clelin Ferrell to bring down Mills to end the first half. Jones has 108 sacks since entering the league in 2012, the third most in that span. He passed Pat Swilling (107 1/2) for the 26th most in NFL history.

700 CLUB

Adams surpassed 700 career receptions. His 707 catches rank fourth in the NFL since he entered the league in 2014.

INJURIES

Texans: DT Maliek Collins suffered a chest injury in the first quarter and did not return. … WR Nico Collins left in the third quarter with a groin injury and did not return. … G Kenyon Green left in the fourth quarter.

Raiders: Carr was replaced by Jarrett Stidham for one play in the first quarter. … T Jermaine Eluemunor left with an ankle injury in the first quarter but later returned. … S Matthias Farley left with a back injury in the third quarter, returned, and left again late in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Texans: Host Tennessee next Sunday.

Raiders: Visit New Orleans next Sunday.

WALKER, GOODWIN LEAD SEAHAWKS TO 37-23 WIN OVER CHARGERS

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Expected by many to end up in the NFC West basement, the Seattle Seahawks instead are leading the division after seven weeks.

Seattle vaulted into the division lead with its most impressive victory over the season. Rookie Kenneth Walker III rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns as the Seahawks beat the Los Angeles Chargers 37-23 on Sunday.

NFC West rival San Francisco lost 44-23 at home to Kansas City to fall to 3-4, and the Los Angeles Rams (3-3) had a bye, leaving the Seahawks with a half-game lead – which coach Pete Carroll didn’t even realize until he was informed by a reporter.

“Nobody told me that before we started the meetings in there (the locker room). I would have been going nuts about that. That’s fun, too. That’s good,” Carroll said. “Seven weeks in and look where we are. Who would have thunk it?”

Marquise Goodwin caught a pair of scores for the Seahawks (4-3), who have won three of four. Geno Smith completed 20 of 27 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns, his fifth multi-TD game of the season. Jason Myers added three field goals.

“I really liked us today, You could feel us in all three phases. We were humming,” Carroll said. “It was good to see the offense be able to go down the field and put points on the board and the defense slowing them down.”

Seattle led 17-0 late in the first quarter, its largest lead after 15 minutes since a win over New Orleans in Week 13 of 2013. It was the Seahawks’ largest road lead at the end of the first since 2000.

It was the third straight week the Chargers (4-3) fell behind by double digits in the first quarter. They rallied against Cleveland and Denver, but were unable to pull it off this time and had a three-game winning streak snapped. LA now trails the Chiefs by one game in the AFC West.

In three first-quarter drives, the Chargers were stopped on fourth down, Justin Herbert threw an interception to Ryan Neal, and Herbert was sacked and his fumble was recovered by Darrell Taylor. Seattle converted all three mistakes into points.

“We were able to fight our way back and get back into the game, but there’s a lot of energy that goes with that. Then, we just didn’t play a clean enough second half in any phase to create any momentum and to get the lead back,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley said. “Just didn’t play well enough today in any phase.”

Herbert was 33 of 51 for 293 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, marking the second time in his career he has thrown at least 50 passes in consecutive games. Austin Ekeler had 127 scrimmage yards (96 receiving, 31 rushing) and a pair of touchdowns, giving him eight over the last three games.

Mike Williams added seven receptions for 86 yards and a TD.

Walker took over as Seattle’s starting running back after Rashaad Penny suffered a season-ending ankle injury two weeks ago. His 265 yards in wins over the Cardinals and Chargers are the most in franchise history in a player’s first two starts.

Walker’s 12-yard TD in the first quarter extended the lead to 14-0. He broke the game open with a 74-yard sprint down the right sideline in the fourth quarter to make it 37-16. According to Next Gen Stats, Walker reached a top speed of 22.09 mph, the fastest by a ball carrier this season.

“It’s a great feeling because this is rare. It doesn’t really happen much in football. So like when you get the opportunity, you got to make the best of it,” Walker said of his run, which was the seventh-longest in franchise history.

It was the first multi-TD game for Goodwin since 2018, when he was with the 49ers. Goodwin, in his first season with the Seahawks, had six catches for 79 yards coming into the game but saw increased time after DK Metcalf was carted off with a knee injury in the first quarter and Tyler Lockett was limited with a strained hamstring.

Goodwin gave Seattle a 7-0 lead on a 20-yard reception. The Seahawks went ahead 24-14 with 1:40 remaining in the first half when Goodwin outjumped JC Jackson for a 23-yard score.

“We have guys all around that given the opportunity, can step up and make plays. I myself received an opportunity and now I’m given a chance to go out there and thrive. We have guys all over the team who have not gotten an opportunity yet, but when they do get their opportunities, they step up and make plays,” Smith said. “Marquise is a great player and has been a great player in this league for a long time. He made two great catches. We just have to continue to build on that.”

Los Angeles got within 17-14 with touchdowns on consecutive drives. Ekeler had a 7-yard run and Williams caught a 13-yard pass from Herbert to pull the Chargers within a field goal with 9:43 remaining in the second quarter.

SAFETY DANCE

The Chargers got their first safety since the end of the 2020 season when Sebastian Joseph-Day and Troy Reeder brought Walker down in the end zone early in the fourth to bring them within 27-16.

INJURIES

Seahawks: LB Nick Bellore and OG Phil Haynes suffered concussions during the second half. … DT Poona Ford had a foot injury in the first quarter and did not return.

Chargers: Jackson suffered a knee injury on Goodwin’s second touchdown. He was fitted with an air cast and carted off. … LB Chris Rumpf II sustained a hip/knee injury during the fourth quarter. … Williams went off with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Seahawks: Host the New York Giants next Sunday.

Chargers: Have their bye next week, then travel to play Atlanta on Nov. 6.

PATRICK MAHOMES’ 3 TDS LEAD CHIEFS PAST 49ERS 44-23

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Falling into an early hole was just what the Kansas City Chiefs needed to get going.

Patrick Mahomes threw for 423 yards and three touchdowns to rally Kansas City back from another double-digit deficit in the Chiefs’ 44-23 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

“I think we like playing when we’re down,” defensive lineman Chris Jones said. “I guess we like challenging ourselves at this point. No one got rattled. We came together as a team.”

Mahomes got off to a rough start in this Super Bowl rematch with his early interception putting Kansas City (5-2) in a 10-0 hole but that once again proved to be no problem as he led the Chiefs to touchdowns on six of the next seven drives.

Mecole Hardman scored on two TD runs and an 8-yard catch, Justin Watson caught a 4-yard TD and JuJu Smith-Schuster finished it off with a 45 yard catch and run. Clyde Edwards-Helaire also scored on a 16-yard run as the Chiefs had their most productive offensive game of the season.

“To go out against defense like this and show that we can still be explosive and have those big plays, I think that will bode well for us as the season goes on and people don’t know where it’s going to come from,” Mahomes said.

The comeback improved Kansas City to 13-9 with Mahomes when falling behind by at least 10 points with the most memorable coming in a Super Bowl win over the 49ers (3-4) following the 2019 season.

The Niners dropped back-to-back games despite getting a boost from the addition this week of running back Christian McCaffrey, who had 62 yards on 10 scrimmage touches in his San Francisco debut.

But San Francisco settled for three field goals and came up empty on another chance when Jimmy Garoppolo threw an interception at the goal line before Kansas City ran away with it in the second half.

“We definitely had our chances,” defensive end Nick Bosa said. “It’s a great team and and we gave them too many easy ones.”

The Chiefs took control with back-to-back touchdown drives to start the second half. They started the opening drive of the third quarter at the San Francisco 33 following a 48-yard kick return by Isiah Pacheco and a personal foul on Jauan Jennings. Edwards-Helaire scored three players later to make it 21-13.

Kansas City made it 28-13 when Mahomes found Watson for the TD one play after Jerick McKinnon gained 34 yards on a third-and-20 screen pass.

“Once the defense gets a stop and once you’re on one, it’s like you’re playing Madden,” Smith-Schuster said. “They have the X-factor on the quarterback. They had one on Pat today. He was on fire.”

Mahomes then answered a TD pass from Garoppolo to George Kittle by hitting Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a 57-yard pass on third-and-11 to set up Hardman’s second TD run.

Mahomes found Smith-Schuster on another third down play for the final TD.

“Our defense prides itself on eliminating explosive plays,” 49ers linebacker Fred Warner said. “That’s just what the game felt like. Just explosive plays, one after another just keeping drives going and then them finding a way to get in the end zone.”

MISSED CHANCES

Both teams blew some scoring chances in the final two minutes of the first half. Jaylon Moore was called for a false start for San Francisco on a field goal attempt, leading the Niners to punt.

But Skyy Moore muffed the punt and San Francisco recovered at the 12-yard line, only to give the ball right back when Garoppolo was intercepted by rookie Joshua Williams.

The Chiefs drove inside the 10 but had a touchdown negated by a chop block and then Harrison Butker missed a 39-yard field goal try. Kansas City led 14-13 at the break.

REUNION WEEK

The Niners honored their alumni at the game, welcoming back the 2012 NFC championship team and presenting Bryant Young with his Hall of Fame ring. Coach Jim Harbaugh came back for the 10th anniversary of his team that went to the Super Bowl. It was his first time back with the 49ers since his the “mutual” parting following the 2014 season.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was not among the players who returned.

INJURIES

49ers LB Dre Greenlaw left the game with a right calf injury.

UP NEXT

Chiefs: Host Tennessee on Nov. 6.

49ers: Visit the Rams on Sunday.

TUA, DOLPHINS SURVIVE SCORELESS 2ND HALF TO BEAT STEELERS

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa got the Dolphins off to a fast start in his return from a concussion, and Miami held on throughout a scoreless second half to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-10 on Sunday night.

The Dolphins (4-3) snapped a three-game skid that began on Sept. 29, when Tagovailoa was concussed in a loss at Cincinnati. He also took a hard hit four days earlier in a win over Buffalo that led to changes in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Miami coach Mike McDaniel opted not to have Jason Sanders kick his fourth field goal of the game midway through the third quarter for a two-score lead. Chase Edmonds was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-3 from the Pittsburgh 13.

The decision loomed large as Miami punted on its next five possessions. But the Dolphins intercepted rookie Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett twice in the closing minutes to seal it.

On third-and-16 from the Miami 30, Jevon Holland jumped in front of Pickett’s pass intended for Diontae Johnson and returned it 33 yards.

The Dolphins punted again and Pickett drove the Steelers to the Miami 25 with 25 seconds left. Cornerback Noah Igbinoghene intercepted Pickett’s second-down pass at the goal line and tapped his feet in bounds to end Pittsburgh’s hopes.

The Steelers (2-5) fell short a week after they held off Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home.

Tagovailoa finished 21 of 35 for 261 yards and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Raheem Mostert on the Dolphins’ opening drive. Miami added field goals by Sanders on its next two possessions to lead 13-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Pickett, who was cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol Friday, was 32 for 44 for 257 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Pittsburgh got within 13-10 when Pickett hit George Pickens for a 7-yard touchdown to conclude a 13-play, 86-yard drive.

Tagovailoa then drove the Dolphins 56 yards in 1:48 to set up Sanders’ third field goal, a 47-yarder that made it 16-10 just before halftime.

Miami continued to move the ball effectively on its first possession of the third quarter before McDaniel’s decision to go for it on fourth down backfired.

After that, the Steelers’ defense clamped down. Miami managed just two offensive first downs the rest of the game.

INJURIES

Dolphins: Safety Brandon Jones was helped off the field in the third quarter after injuring his knee. He did not return. Miami’s secondary could barely afford more injuries, with CBs Nik Needham (Achilles), Keion Crossen (knee) and Kader Kohou (oblique) out.

UP NEXT

Steelers: At Philadelphia next Sunday.

Dolphins: At Detroit next Sunday.

LILLARD, GRANT LEAD BLAZERS’ LATE RALLY PAST LAKERS, 106-104

LOS ANGELES (AP) Damian Lillard scored 41 points, Jerami Grant made a driving layup with three seconds left, and the unbeaten Portland Trail Blazers kept the Los Angeles Lakers winless under new coach Darvin Ham with a 106-104 victory Sunday.

Portland trailed 102-95 with 1:56 to play, but ended the game on an 11-2 run and won it when LeBron James missed a 17-footer at the buzzer.

Lillard carried the Blazers for long stretches, scoring 12 points in the final 5:06 before Grant finished it. After missing the final 47 games last season with injuries, Lillard has scored 41 points in Portland’s second and third games of the new season. He also continued his longtime domination of the Lakers, improving his career average of 28 points per game.

“Obviously, Dame is back and he’s pretty much putting the league on notice,” Portland coach Chauncey Billups said.

Patrick Beverley, James and Russell Westbrook all missed shots for LA down the stretch. After Anfernee Simons hit a leaning layup over Anthony Davis with 36 seconds left to trim Portland’s deficit to 102-101, Westbrook curiously shot and missed a 15-footer with 27 seconds to play and about 16 seconds left on the shot clock, capping his 4-for-15 day from the field.

Lillard then drilled his sixth 3-pointer, but James drove straight through the paint for an uncontested tying dunk with 7.7 seconds to go.

Grant, who finished with 16 points, drove and scored the tiebreaking bucket. James had a decent look at the basket on the final play, but couldn’t connect.

“We all trusted the next guy to do their job,” Lillard said. “We were able to get stops, not turn the ball over and hit our shots.”

James had 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, while Davis finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Lakers (0-3).

“We were getting some of the same shots (down the stretch) we were getting (earlier),” James said. “Just didn’t make them. (Westbrook) got some good looks and wasn’t able to knock them down. Defensively, we couldn’t get multiple stops in a row. And Dame was Dame down the stretch.”

Lonnie Walker scored 15 points and Westbrook had 10 for Los Angeles. Westbrook said he took his remarkably early jumper in the final minute as a 2-for-1 to make sure the Lakers would get the final possession.

Westbrook sat out for 11 straight clock minutes until returning down the stretch, and the Blazers repeatedly guarded him with 7-foot Jusuf Nurkic, who was instructed to lay off the 2017 NBA MVP in a probable bid to force Westbrook to beat them. Westbrook missed both of his fourth-quarter shots.

The Clippers also defended Westbrook with a center on Thursday night, hurting the Lakers’ offensive spacing.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Simons went 5 for 17 from the field. … Former Lakers F Josh Hart had 16 rebounds.

Lakers: Troy Brown Jr. scored four points in 22 minutes in his debut with Los Angeles, which signed the Las Vegas native in July.

ANOTHER 20

James scored at least 20 points for the 1,134th time in his 20-year career, tying Karl Malone for the most 20-point games in NBA history. James has scored at least 10 points in 1,099 consecutive games since January 2007, and he remains on track to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the top scorer in league history this winter.

NO 3, BUT D

The Lakers missed 17 of their first 18 3-point attempts, continuing their anomalously poor start to the season from distance. Los Angeles finished 6 for 33 on 3-pointers against Portland, falling to 25 for 118 (21.2%) this season.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Host Nuggets on Monday.

Lakers: At Nuggets on Wednesday.

OUBRE, RICHARDS POWER HORNETS TO 126-109 WIN OVER HAWKS

ATLANTA (AP) Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 24 points, Nick Richards added a career-high 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a reserve role, and the Charlotte Hornets coasted to a 126-109 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.

The Hornets won decisively despite being without three projected leading scorers. LaMelo Ball has missed the first three games this season with a left ankle sprain. Terry Rozier couldn’t play after spraining his right ankle in the home-opening loss to New Orleans on Friday, and Miles Bridges has been sidelined since early July with three felony domestic violence charges.

“You can always win a game in this league if you have the right approach, the right attitude, you play the right way and then sometimes things go your way, also,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.

Those absences had no effect on the Hornets as they went up by 15 early in the third on Gordon Hayward’s straightaway 3-pointer, and the Hawks never recovered. A 3 by Oubre pushed the lead to 18 points, and Richards fast-break layup put Charlotte up 98-78 in the closing minutes of the period.

“We believe that we have talent across the board on this roster,” Oubre said. “Any guy can be thrown in any situation and perform, but it’s early. We know we have to continue to hold down the fort until our guys get back so they can have a smooth transition when they get back on the court.”

Dennis Smith Jr., who started in Rozier’s spot, scored 18 points as the Hornets improved to 2-1 on the young season.

Trae Young finished with 28 points and Dejounte Murray had 19 for Atlanta (2-1.) John Collins and Clint Capela each had 10 rebounds.

With the lead at 102-82, Young’s frustration showed as he drew a technical foul after arguing his blocked shot should’ve been goaltending. The Hawks trailed by 20 entering the fourth and never came close to single digits of the lead the rest of the way.

“I think at the end of that first quarter they got in a rhythm and a groove and then they just got hot,” Young said. “We started out the game pretty good. I think it was 22-9 (in Atlanta’s favor) to start the game and it was really good, but they just got hot and we couldn’t stop them.”

Young, last season’s leader in total points and total assists, had three fouls and sat out during a large portion of the second quarter as the Hornets outscored Atlanta 37-25 in the period.

Murray’s four-point play ended an 11-0 run for the game’s first double-digit lead at 15-5 midway through the first. The lead swelled to 13 before the Hornets went on a 22-6 run to go up 33-30 on Smith’s fast-break layup early in the second.

Charlotte took its first double-digit lead on Oubre’s jumper at the 1:24 mark of the second and led 59-55 at halftime.

“We didn’t play defense,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “There was no energy. There was no urgency from us on the defensive end of the floor. I didn’t think there was much energy by us on the offensive end of the floor.”

Collins, who averaged 23.5 points in the first two games, was 0 for 4 from the field and had just four points in the first half. He finished with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

It was the teams’ first meeting since Atlanta routed Charlotte 132-103 in a play-in game last April.

“Tonight was just extra special because this is where our season ended last year,” Oubre said. “It was a bigger challenge for us to come here and stay locked in and focused on the game plan. Super proud of Coach and super proud of the guys for being ready.”

TIP-INS

Hornets: F Cody Martin (left quadriceps soreness) was out. … James Bouknight, the 11th overall draft pick of 2021, was a combined 0 for 10 from the field in the first two games. He came off the bench to hit a two 3s as Charlotte was making a run early in the second and had a team-high 10 points in the first half.

Hawks: G Bogdan Bogdanovic missed his third straight game as he recovers from a right knee injury. There is no timetable for his return. … Atlanta’s bench was outscored 30-9 in the first half and 52-28 in the game.

UP NEXT

Hornets: At New York on Wednesday.

Hawks: At Detroit on Wednesday.

MARKKANEN, JAZZ THWART PELICANS’ COMEBACK BID, 122-121 IN OT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Kelly Olynyk doesn’t want to get too giddy about how the Utah Jazz’s offseason makeover is starting to look.

It sure is promising, though.

Lauri Markkanen capped a 31-point performance with clutch free throws late in overtime, Olynyk hit a go-ahead, driving scoop with 3 seconds to go, and the overhauled Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 122-121 on Sunday night to remain unbeaten through three games under new coach Will Hardy.

“Top to bottom, guys are playing hard, playing the right way, playing together, unselfish,” Olynyk said. “It’s been really fun to play the first three games.

“We’re getting better and learning more about each others’ games,” he added. “It’s been showing and it’s exciting.”

Utah had to regroup after losing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter and trailing 110-107 when CJ McCollum hit a 3-pointer in the final minute of regulation. But Jordan Clarkson hit a tying 3 and Utah had the benefit of not having to play against Brandon Ingram or Zion Williamson in overtime.

Ingram left the Pelicans’ home opener in the second quarter with concussion symptoms after a collision with teammate Naji Marshall. Williamson scored 25 points in his first regular-season game in New Orleans since May 4, 2021. But the star power forward also hit the floor hard on his lower back when Clarkson blocked his transition dunk attempt from behind in the fourth quarter.

“A really great play by J.C.,” Markkanen said of the block, which looked clean on video replays. “We have guys making that extra effort every game.”

Williamson, who checked out shortly after the play, never left the bench area to seek treatment. But also never re-entered the game. The Pelicans said afterward that he had a posterior hip contusion.

Utah led 102-85 on Clarkson’s layup early in the fourth quarter, after which coach Willie Green called timeout.

New Orleans then responded with a 25-5 run in which McCollum and Trey Murphy each scored nine and Larry Nance Jr. dunked twice.

“You definitely look at the things we did well and try to bottle those things up, but as I told our group, we can’t wait to get hit first,” Green said. “We watched the film on Utah against Denver, we watched it against Minnesota. This is how they play. They’re tough, they play fast, they offensive rebound the ball and they want to get a lot of 3s up.”

McCollum, who finished with 28 points, also scored six points in overtime, but his off-balance, 27-foot attempt from the right wing at the end of overtime bounced off the rim.

Olynyk, who finished with 20 points, said the Jazz set up his game-winning basket by running players across the court.

“Everybody fanned out, I thought I had a lane and took it and made a tough finger roll,” Olynyk said.

Markkanen was 9 of 17 shooting, made two 3s and all 11 of his free throws. Clarkson finished with 18 points.

“Our team’s got heart,” Hardy said. “The fourth quarter got hard – could not make a shot.

“Our guys just stuck with it,” Hardy added. “This group is fun.”

Murphy scored 16 points for New Orleans. Ingram had 10 points in 11 minutes before checking out for good. Nance also scored 10.

SETTING THE TONE

The Pelicans hadn’t trailed during either of their first two games at Brooklyn and Charlotte, but Utah dictated the pace of play in the first half.

“Their speed and their offensive rebounding hurt us,” Green said.

Utah led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter when Jarred Vanderbilt’s free throws made it 63-52 shortly before halftime, capping a 10-4 run that also included Vanderbilt’s 3 and finger roll.

Herb Jones’ free throw made it a 10-point game at the half.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Vanderbilt finished with 15 points. … Markkanen’s point total was his highest through the first three games. … Utah shot 13 of 38 (34.2%) from 3-point range. … Scored 21 points off 17 Pelicans turnovers.

Pelicans: Jaxson Hayes saw his first action this season after coming back from a left elbow injury. He played just three minutes and missed his only shot. … New Orleans had 43 bench points.

UP NEXT

Jazz: At Houston on Monday night.

Pelicans: Host Dallas on Tuesday night.

MITCHELL SCORES 37 IN HOME DEBUT, CAVS BEAT WIZARDS IN OT

CLEVELAND (AP) Donovan Mitchell opened his postgame news conference with an apology.

He made his Cleveland home debut harder than needed.

“I made us stay 35 or 45 minutes longer than we should have,” Mitchell said. “That was insane. But we got the win.”

Mitchell scored 37 points and atoned for two turnovers in the final minute of regulation with two big plays in overtime, leading the Cavaliers to a 117-107 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night.

Mitchell had a three-point play and steal in the final 1:43 of OT as the Cavs thrilled a sellout crowd that got its first look at the three-time All-Star since he came over from Utah in a blockbuster offseason trade.

Mitchell, who played 45 minutes, has eclipsed 30 points in all three games with Cleveland.

Cedi Osman also had a three-point play in the extra session and finished with 16 points for Cleveland, which blew a seven-point lead in the last 47 seconds of regulation when Mitchell got sloppy with the ball.

Jarrett Allen had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavs.

Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Kristaps Porzingis 18 for the Wizards, who stayed close in the fourth and forced overtime when Mitchell melted down.

Cleveland was up 103-96 when Mitchell missed a short floater in the lane and had two costly turnovers.

On the first, Mitchell tried to dribble between his legs and got picked by Beal, who was then fouled going for a layup. Before Beal made both free throws, Mitchell slammed his hand on the padded scorer’s table in frustration.

Seconds later, Will Barton poked the ball away from Mitchell and went in for a dunk to tie it.

“I’m more poised than that,” Mitchell said. “That shouldn’t happen. We should have been home an hour ago. That’s where my head is at. We’ll take the win, but I promise you for the next day and a half all I’m going to be thinking about is finding ways to execute late game and being the best for my team.

“And I wasn’t. I’m better than that and I will be better than that. It’s better to learn these in a win than a loss.”

Cleveland had one last chance in regulation, but Mitchell’s 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left was long.

Mitchell then showed why Cleveland traded for him early in OT, powering to the basket and scoring over Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma while getting fouled. His three-point play made it 108-106, and on Washington’s next possession, his steal led to Osman’s bucket.

After fighting back, the Wizards fell apart in the extra five minutes.

“Four turnovers and four points in OT, it’s really tough to win that way,” Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “There were quite a few good moments, but turnovers were big and so were offensive rebounds.”

TRICK SHOT

Cavaliers center Robin Lopez had the game’s most improbable bucket.

While falling backward in the lane, the frizzy-haired, fun-loving Lopez flipped the ball blindly over his head and in before landing on his backside.

“That was awesome,” Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “Certain people do certain things and only certain things happen to certain people.”

GARLAND UPDATE

The Cavaliers were again without All-Star guard Darius Garland, who missed his second straight game with a left eye laceration sustained in the season opener at Toronto.

The 22-year-old wore dark sunglasses while watching from the bench. He still has swelling that needs to go down before he’s cleared to play.

Garland was accidentally poked in the eye by Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr., who was going for a steal.

TIP-INS

Wizards: G Corey Kispert (sprained left ankle) is traveling with the team and took part in shootaround. Kispert got hurt during the team’s recent trip to Japan. He’s expected to miss at least the season’s first month.

Cavaliers: With Garland out, Mitchell moved to the point and Isaac Okoro started. But Okoro was pulled early for Osman, who made an immediate impact by scoring 10 in the first quarter. … Bickerstaff was whistled for a technical foul just four minutes in. … Guardians manager Terry Francona sat courtside and got a huge ovation when he was shown on the scoreboard during a timeout.

UP NEXT

Wizards: Host Detroit on Tuesday.

Cavaliers: Host Orlando on Wednesday.

EDWARDS SCORES 30 AS TIMBERWOLVES ROLL PAST THUNDER 116-106

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves took a positive step in getting comfortable with new center Rudy Gobert.

Anthony Edwards scored 30 points, and the Timberwolves beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-106 on Sunday night. Gobert had 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns – the team’s other 7-footer – added 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Minnesota is adjusting to the presence of Gobert, an All-Star center acquired in a trade with Utah this summer.

“The first unit, it’s still a work in progress, but it’s better,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said. “I thought it was really good tonight. It’s just kind of — as we go through like, these different units and guys playing with Rudy, it’s all a learning curve for us right now.”

Gobert and Towns helped Minnesota outrebound Oklahoma City 54-42.

Edwards made 13 of 19 field goals and had 11 rebounds. He also scored 30 points in his previous game on Friday against Utah.

Lu Dort scored 20 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl added 15 for Oklahoma City, which dropped its home opener and fell to 0-3 for the season. The Thunder made just 9 of 41 3-pointers.

Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sat out with a left hip contusion. He had averaged 30 points in his first two games. Guard Josh Giddey left the game with a sprained ankle and did not play in the fourth quarter.

The Timberwolves beat the Thunder 115-108 on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points that night.

In the quick rematch, Edwards scored 18 points in the first half to help Minnesota lead 53-44 at the break. The Timberwolves outrebounded the Thunder 30-15 in the first half.

Oklahoma City trimmed its deficit to 75-70 in the third quarter when Jaden McDaniels was called for a flagrant foul after a review. Oklahoma City’s Mike Muscala made two free throws, then he made a long 2-pointer to cut the Thunder deficit to a point.

“Something we preach to each other is, it’s a 48-minute game,” Robinson-Earl said. “Regardless of what’s going on, we’re still going to play our way and on our terms.”

Minnesota closed the quarter on a 7-0 run to take an 82-74 edge into the fourth. The Timberwolves opened the final period on a 24-10 surge to take control for good.

“When you smell blood there, you’ve got to keep going, and credit them (the Timberwolves), they bounced back and went and got the game,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said.

Naz Reid, a reserve, scored all of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Minnesota pull away.

“I was going to try to bring Kat (Towns) and Rudy back at the same time and then try to finish the game there in the middle of the fourth,” Finch said. “And Nas was great, so we didn’t have to do that.”

POINT BLANK

Minnesota made 36 of 54 2-pointers but just 10 of 34 3-pointers. Finch chose to see the positive in the imbalance.

“I think there’s more 3s to be found in our offense too,” he said. “So I’m encouraged by the growth that I see that we can make.”

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: F Kyle Anderson missed the game with back spasms. … Made their first six shots, all from inside the 3-point line. … Shot 65.2% in the first quarter to take a 31-18 lead.

Thunder: G Jalen Williams sat out with a right orbital bone fracture. … Made 5 of 23 3-pointers in the first half. … Second-year G Tre Mann got the start and scored 10 points on 5-for-12 shooting. … F Eugene Omoruyi, a two-way player, scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

Thunder: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

CURRY SCORES 33 FOR THIRD 30-POINT GAME, WARRIORS BEAT KINGS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Golden State Warriors are playing dominant basketball for stretches, then struggling to defend during others.

Stephen Curry scored 28 of his 33 points during an 89-point first half, and the defending champions beat former top assistant Mike Brown and his Sacramento Kings 130-125 on Sunday night.

Curry, who recorded his third straight 30-point performance to start the season, scored 21 points in the second quarter with five 3-pointers and shot 11 for 22 overall, including 7 of 12 on 3s. The reigning NBA Finals MVP helped Golden State to its third-most points in any half in franchise history and second-most in a first half. The Warriors’ 50 points in the second quarter were a franchise record and matched the third-most points in any period.

“It was fun, 89 points in the first half, that’s crazy,” Jordan Poole said.

Curry has three straight 30-point games to start a season for the second time in his career, also done in 2018-19.

Sacramento cut a 26-point deficit down to four on Chimezie Metu’s dunk with 1:04 left before Golden State held on.

“We played at times brilliantly and we couldn’t sustain it,” coach Steve Kerr said. “It was closer than it should have been, but I give Sacramento a lot of credit. Mike’s doing a great job with those guys. They’re fighting, they’re competing. They’ve had three close losses now to start the year. … We let our guard down and they took advantage of it.”

Andrew Wiggins added 24 points with a driving slam to beat the final buzzer and Poole also scored 24 as the Warriors shot 51.7%. Klay Thompson was held to eight points on 3-for-10 shooting.

De’Aaron Fox scored 26 after two 30-point games and Domantas Sabonis contributed 19 points and 14 rebounds, but didn’t play in the fourth for winless Sacramento (0-3) in the second night of a back-to-back. The Kings, who lost 111-109 at home to the Clippers on Saturday night, attempted 100 shots Sunday and their three defeats have been decided by 14 total points.

“We can’t give up 50 points in the second quarter, or no quarters,” guard Malik Monk said. “It’s hard to win an NBA game like that.”

Brown, in his first year as Kings coach, received his championship ring from Kerr in a pregame ceremony on the court along with Sacramento assistant Leandro Barbosa, who also was part of the Warriors’ fourth title in eight years.

BROWN’S RETURN

Brown came down the hallway from the visiting locker room and snuck up on Kerr, then they chuckled and hugged.

The 52-year-old Brown filled in for Kerr for three playoff games last spring when Golden State’s coach had COVID-19. Brown also went 11-0 guiding the Warriors through postseason games during the team’s 2017 title run while Kerr was out dealing with debilitating symptoms stemming from complications of back surgery. Kerr returned for Game 2 of the NBA Finals that year.

“Mike is brilliant. He’s just got so much energy, so much love for the game, love for his job, for his work,” Kerr said. “He brings his enthusiasm every single day and that’s what we enjoyed so much over the last five, six years, however long he was here, and he and I were really a perfect pair. He sort of covered up for my weaknesses and complemented me really well. I just loved being around him. Thrilled for him. It’s a great opportunity.”

TIP-INS

Kings: A night after making just 15 of 26 free throws, the Kings went 20 for 25 from the line. … Sacramento started 1 for 8 on 3s and wound up 11 for 43. … Sacramento committed 46 fouls its first two games, then 29 more Sunday.

Warriors: G Donte DiVincenzo injured a hamstring and won’t travel to Phoenix. He will be re-evaluated later in the week. … The Warriors have seven 50-point quarters. The franchise record for a half is 92 points on Oct. 29, 2018, at Chicago …. F Andre Iguodala missed his third straight game to start the season as the Warriors stay cautious with his nagging left hip.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host Memphis on Thursday.

Warriors: Visit the Suns on Tuesday.

SUNS BEAT CLIPS 112-95, PAUL 3RD NBA PLAYER WITH 11K ASSISTS

LOS ANGELES (AP) Devin Booker scored 35 points, Chris Paul became the third player in NBA history to reach 11,000 assists, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-95 on Sunday night.

The Suns didn’t waste any time getting started on the blowout. They raced to an 11-0 lead from the opening tip and led by 20 points at halftime and again in the third.

Marcus Morris scored 22 points, John Wall added 17 points and Paul George had 16 points in the Clippers’ home opener after winning their first two games on the road. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench in his second game of the season.

Paul assisted on the Suns’ first basket of the game, a 3-pointer by Booker. Paul followed with an alley-oop pass to Deandre Ayton, who dunked, to give him 11,000 assists.

Paul joined John Stockton and Jason Kidd as the only players in NBA history with that many assists. Paul also became the first player in the league with 20,000 points and 11,000 assists.

Stockton had 15,806 assists and Kidd, now coach of the Dallas Mavericks, had 12,091.

Fittingly, Paul reached the mark against the Clippers, with whom he played for six seasons and is the franchise’s career assists leader.

Paul finished with seven points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

Last season, the Clippers overcame deficits of at least 24 points four times.

Not this time.

The Clippers got no closer than 10 points on a 3-pointer by George late in the third. Booker and Cameron Payne scored to send the Suns into the fourth leading 86-72.

The Clippers were called for offensive fouls on Luke Kennard and Ivica Zubac after getting within 12 early in the final quarter.

Cam Johnson, former Clipper Landry Shamet and Booker hit consecutive 3-pointers that stretched the Suns’ lead to 99-81, sending the crowd to the exits.

TIP-INS

Suns: Shamet (left hip strain) and Johnson (right hip contusion) both returned.

Clippers: Reggie Jackson remains limited by a groin injury. He was scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting. … George and Leonard walked to center court to address the fans before the game, with George doing all the talking. He said the team’s slogan is Why Not Us. “Let’s go get it this year,” George said.

UP NEXT

Suns: Host defending NBA champion Golden State on Tuesday to open a six-game homestand.

Clippers: Play at Oklahoma City on Tuesday and Thursday in a two-game trip.

BLACKHAWKS RALLY LATE FOR 3RD STRAIGHT WIN, 5-4 OVER KRAKEN

CHICAGO (AP) Jason Dickinson and Tyler Johnson scored 13 seconds apart late in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Seattle Kraken 5-4 on Sunday for their third straight win.

Max Domi and Jujhar Khaira also scored for Chicago (3-2-0), which trailed 2-0 midway through the first period and 4-3 going into the third. The Blackhawks also erased a two-goal deficit in their previous two wins.

Late comebacks aren’t exactly first-year coach Luke Richardson’s favored approach for his rebuilding team, but he’ll gladly take this one.

“I thought as the game went along we played better, and when it really counted at the end we played hard,” Richardson said. “We’ve really become a group in there and it’s nice to see.

“But I just mentioned to them after the game that we dodged a bullet for sure.”

Johnson tied it at 4 with his second goal of the game with 7:03 left. He beat Martin Jones from the slot after taking a feed from Jonathan Toews behind the net.

Dickinson then scored from the right circle with 6:50 remaining after Seattle defenseman Adam Larsson couldn’t control the puck cleanly.

The Blackhawks have been better than expected as Richardson has them playing a style with aggressive forechecking and penalty killing.

“We’re already having some fun, being able to come together as a team even though it’s been a short time and a lot of new faces,” said Johnson, whose goals were his first this season. “I feel we’re a pretty together team already and we’ve just got to keep on building.”

Jared McCann had a goal and an assist for the Kraken for the second straight game. Vince Dunn, Andre Burakovsky and Matty Beniers also scored.

“We have to stay on the gas,” McCann said. “That’s an easy way to put it. We let off, and they’ve got players who can make plays.”

Seattle coach Dave Hakstol pointed to the breakdowns deep in his team’s zone that led to Chicago’s two late goals.

“A couple of critical mistakes and that’s all it takes in this one,” Hakstol said. “It was that type of game.”

Khaira’s short-handed goal with 2:56 left in the first sparked Chicago’s comeback. It was the Blackhawks’ fourth short-handed goal already this season, but Khaira’s first of any type since Jan. 8, 2022.

Johnson then tied it at 2 with his first of the season with 42 seconds to go in the first, firing in a rebound of Seth Jones’ shot from the top of the slot.

Jones and Patrick Kane each had two assists for Chicago.

Both teams were without their No. 1 goalies. Alex Stalock made 30 saves for the Blackhawks, and Jones blocked 22 shots for the Kraken (2-3-2).

The Blackhawks placed goaltender Petr Mrazek on injured reserve with a groin strain after he got hurt during the home opener on Friday. Richardson said Mrazek was scheduled to be re-evaluated later Sunday, and the injury might keep him out “for at least a week.”

McCann opened the scoring at 5:46, converting Morgan Geekie’s drop pass in the slot after getting open.

Burakovksy connected at 7:31. Jordan Eberle knocked the puck away from Seth Jones on the left boards, then fed Burakovsky in front.

Domi converted a rebound from the doorstep to put Chicago ahead 3-2 just 32 seconds into the second. But Beniers replied 19 seconds later after Stalock got caught out of position.

Dunn put Seattle back in front midway through the second. Trailing on the play, Dunn steamed down the slot alone, took McCann’s feed and ripped a shot past Stalock.

WELCOME BACK,EDDIE

Former Blackhawks forward and broadcaster Eddie Olczyk returned to the United Center for the first time as a member of the Kraken’s broadcast team. Olczyk, a Chicago-area native, became a fan favorite during 16 seasons in the Blackhawks’ booth before moving to Seattle over the summer.

NOTES

C Yanni Gourde missed the game and returned to Seattle for personal reasons. Geekie took his place in the lineup. … Richardson said Mrazek’s groin strain was similar to the one that limited him to 20 games with Toronto last season and “it could have worse.” The team expects a clearer picture on Monday.

UP NEXT

Kraken: Host Buffalo on Tuesday to start a three-game homestand.

Blackhawks: Host Florida on Tuesday.

KUBALIK HAS GOAL, 2 ASSISTS AS RED WINGS BEAT DUCKS 5-1

DETROIT (AP) Dominik Kubalik had a goal and two assists as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-1 on Sunday.

Dylan Larkin, David Perron, Joe Veleno and Elmer Soderblom also scored to help Detroit improve to 3-0-2. Ville Husso had 32 saves to improve to 4-0-0 in his career against Anaheim.

“I thought we had a good start,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said. “Ville (was) really good in the second when they had a little push. Tonight is the night we call this in the profession an assistant coach win because of special teams. They were dynamite. Huge credit to what we’re trying to do in special teams. We had a good night tonight.”

The Red Wings have points in each of their first five games for the first time since 2011-12, when they started 5-0-0.

Trevor Zegras scored for Anaheim and John Gibson finished with 36 saves.

“You can’t win in this game with just your goalie and three players playing well,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “You’ve got to have all 18 skaters and your (goalie) going every night if you are consistently going to be on the right side of the score.”

The Ducks are 0-4-1 since a season-opening 5-4 overtime win at home against Seattle on Oct. 12. They’ve been outscored 23-9 during their skid.

“The last two or three games, if we’re a little better on special teams, we’re right in the game,” Ducks center Ryan Strome said. “That’s how you win games in the NHL and we’re not doing it on either side of the puck.”

Larkin snapped a rebound past Gibson for a power-play goal at 2:02 of the first. It was his 150th career goal.

Zegras tied it at 5:31 as he poked a loose puck past Husso.

Perron scored on a power play from the left circle with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the first with his team-leading fourth of the season.

“He’s been excellent,” Lalonde said. “The shot, but some of these elite-type players, you know them from afar. Obviously every year he’s been penciled in for a certain amount of goals. He’s done this his whole career. His poise and ability to get us out of trouble on the power play is something I didn’t anticipate.”

Veleno redirected the puck past Gibson for his first of the season at 4:07 of the second to make it 3-1.

Kubalik’s shot from the right circle beat Gibson at 4:14 of the third with the Red Wings’ third power-play goal of the game. Soderblom capped the scoring with 5:36 remaining.

“I’m feeling good,” said Kubalik, who had his third straight multipoint game. “I think the power play’s clicking so I think that’s huge. We didn’t do anything spectacular. I just moved the puck around and whoever gets the best position to shoot it, just take the shot. It’s working so we’re happy for that.”

PENALTY-KILLING

The Red Wings are 17 for 17 on the penalty kill this season.

MILESTONES

Red Wings D Filip Hronek played in his 250th career game. … Oskar Sundqvist’s assist on Kubalik’s goal marked the 100th point of his career. … Ducks broadcaster Dan Wood called his 1,000th NHL game.

UP NEXT

Ducks: Host Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.

Red Wings: Host New Jersey on Tuesday night.

LOMBERG SCORES IN 3RD TO HELP PANTHERS BEAT ISLANDERS 3-2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Ryan Lomberg scored early in the third period and the Florida Panthers held on to beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Sunday.

Anton Lundell and Eetu Luostarinen also scored for the Panthers, and Spencer Knight finished with 23 saves. Florida beat New York for the second time this season after a 3-1 win in the season opener on Oct. 13.

Anders Lee scored two power-play goals for the Islanders, who lost their third straight. Semyon Varlamov had 29 saves.

Florida opened a 2-0 lead within the first 9 1/2 minutes with unassisted goals from Lundell and Luostarinen.

Lundell got the Panthers on the scoreboard when he beat Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech to the puck near the backboards, turned and scored on a sharp-angled shot that trickled past Varlamov just 39 seconds into the game. Luostarinen made it 2-0 at 9:13.

“Those are tough games against the Islanders,” Florida coach Paul Maurice said. “They were a tired team and a veteran team so you knew you had to jump on them early and hope something broke loose. We did a pretty good job with that. After the first period, you knew it would be a different looking game, a grinding game.”

Lee got the Islanders within one at 4:27 of the second when he swept in the rebound of a shot by Mathew Barzal that Knight stopped but the puck got behind him.

Lomberg’s slap shot from the left circle at 2:56 of the third restored Florida’s two-goal lead.

“I was joking with someone that `hey, someone had to do it’,” Lomberg said. “One of us was going to score there and it was huge for us. It was one of those things where we knew if we kept playing the right way, good things were coming. I am glad I could be that guy tonight.”

On a two-man advantage midway through the third, Lee again cleaned up a loose puck behind Knight to pull the Islanders within a goal at 9:07.

“We have urgency every day,” said Islanders coach Lane Lambert, whose team has started out 2-4-0. “There is no concern that the right pieces are here. It’s just a question of generating chemistry and if things are not going the way we want, we’ll have to move some guys around. They understand that.”

BACK-TO-BACK

The Islanders played the most back-to-back games of any team in the NHL last season with 17. Sunday was their first such contest of the new season and they went 0-2 after a 5-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

POWER OUTAGE

The Islanders have not allowed a power-play goal through their first six games of the season, going 22 for 22 on the penalty kill. On Sunday, the Panthers went 0 for 4 with the man advantage. The Islanders’ had the fourth-best penalty kill by percentage (84.2) last season. The Florida power play is currently ranked near the bottom of the league, now 2 for 27 through its first six games.

UP NEXT

Islanders: Host the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Panthers: At Chicago on Tuesday night.

TARASOV GETS 1ST NHL WIN, BLUE JACKETS BEAT RANGERS 5-1

NEW YORK (AP) Defensemen Zach Werenski and Andrew Peeke scored, and Daniil Tarasov made 30 saves for his first NHL win as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York Rangers 5-1 on Sunday.

Yegor Chinakhov, Eric Robinson and Kent Johnson also scored for the Blue Jackets who won for the first time in three road games. Liam Foudy and Jack Roslovic each had two assists.

“It was amazing, very special for me,” a beaming Tarasov said. “The guys helped me a lot … I just did my job.”

Artemi Panarin scored to give him a point in each of the Rangers’ six games this season and Jaroslav Halak had 16 saves to fall to 0-2-0. New York lost its second straight at home after an overtime loss to San Jose on Thursday night.

“Not good enough, obviously,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “We were slow. I thought we were a step behind all night … This was far from Halak’s fault.”

Werenski opened the scoring with 2:06 left in the first period. Halak seemed to have stopped Werenski’s shot but the puck skittered past the veteran goalie.

Peeke made it 2-0 at 1:42 of the second when his shot from the right faceoff circle eluded Halak for this first of the campaign.

Chinakhov’s goal came at the 9-minute mark of the second for his first of the season to give Columbus a three-goal lead. Foudy, making his season debut, got his second assist of the night.

Panarin got his fourth of the season on a 5-on-3 power play with 1:16 left in the middle period to get the Rangers on the scoreboard.

Robinson added his first with 5:47 left in the third before Johnson capped the scoring 44 seconds later.

“We managed the game well in the third,? Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “As a group, we calmed ourselves.”

Tarasov, a 23-year-old Russian was a third-round draft pick in 2017 by the Blue Jackets, made nine saves in the first period, 15 in the second and six in the third.

The 6-foot-5 goalie, who made a nifty glove save on Rangers defenseman Zac Jones at 6:40 of the second, was mobbed by his teammates at the final buzzer.

“Daniil was great for us,” Larsen added. “He was very calm and he made tough saves look easy.”

Tarasov has been backing up starter Elvis Merzlikins while Joonas Korpisalo recovers from hip surgery.

Halak, the 37-year-old netminder from Slovakia who joined the Rangers last summer to back up starter Igor Shesterkin, credited his opponent in the Blue Jackets’ crease.

“I just got outplayed by their goalie. That wasn’t my best game,” Halak said. “It’s tough coming from behind. That’s what happened in the third. They got a few chances and they scored on them.”

INJURY

Rangers forward Filip Chytil did not return after a collision with Columbus forward Cole Sillinger early in the contest. Gallant said after the game that Chytil absorbed an accidental shoulder to the head and was “day-to-day.”

MILESTONE

Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren played in his 200th career NHL game.

UP NEXT:

Rangers: Host defending champion Colorado on Tuesday night.

Blue Jackets: Host Arizona on Tuesday night.

REIMER GETS 26TH CAREER SHUTOUT AS SHARKS BEAT FLYERS 3-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eric Karlsson and Steven Lorentz scored in the second period, James Reimer stopped 31 shots for his 26th career shutout, and the San Jose Sharks beat Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on Sunday night.

‘”‘I think we wanted to flush the Xs and Os down the toilet and just do our jobs to a man,” Reimer said. “It was about working hard and playing our butt off. And that’s what the boys did in and protected me.”

Nico Sturm added an empty-netter with just under 4 minutes remaining as the Sharks won for the second time in three games. San Jose snapped a season-opening five-game skid with an overtime win at the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

“When you are in the situation we are in and you are 1-6, you need something to build on,” Sharks head coach David Quinn said after winning twice on their four-game trip. “Obviously, this is a tough trip. But it was a great way for us to finish this trip at .500, get back home and get back into our normal routine.”

Felix Sandstron had 22 saves for Philadelphia, which looked flat in the second of a back-to-back after a 3-1 win at Nashville on Saturday night. The lackluster play could have been a reason why new Philadelphia head coach John Tortorella held two of his veteran forwards- Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny without any ice time for the entire third period.

“I’m going to keep that in the room,” Tortorella said when asked about the cut in ice time.

Shortly after a goal by Philadelphia’s Joel Farabee was reversed by video replay after it was ruled that Scott Laughton was offsides on a 2-on-1 break, Karlsson gave the Sharks the lead with a one-timer following a pass from Tomas Hertl at the top of the circle that whistled past Sandstrom’s right pad at 9:34 of the second.

Lorentz made it 2-0 with 1:31 left in the period when he deflected a shoulder-high point shot from Jaycob Megna that snuck over Sandstrom’s glove after the goaltender committed a turnover on an outlet pass to Tony DeAngelo.

“It was a bad play from me,” Sandstrom said. “I should be able to put a better pass, so (DeAngelo) can handle it right away.”

The rest of the night belong to Reimer, who made two critical saves on a Philadelphia power play in the third period to hold the Sharks’ two-goal lead.

“You just play one game at a time and one puck at a time,” Reimer said. “I approach every game and every practice the same way by working hard and being honest.”

LINDBLOM RETURNS TO PHILLY

San Jose LW Oskar Lindblom returned to Philadelphia for the first time in an opposing uniform. Lindblom was bought out of his contract during the offseason after playing parts of five seasons with the Flyers. In 2019, Lindblom was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and was treated at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center. “I had a great time here,” Lindblom said before the game. “I loved it.” The organization played a tribute video to Lindblom during the first period, drawing an ovation and stick taps from both teams.

INJURY

Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk did not return to the game after blocking a shot from Sharks forward Kevin Labanc with his hand.

EMPTY SEATS

There were several empty seats at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday night. Part of the reason for that was the massive celebrations that were taking place in the streets around Philadelphia’s sports complex following the Phillies’ 4-3 series-clinching win over the San Diego Padres in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Host Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

Flyers: Host Florida on Thursday night.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

TITANS SWEEP COLTS FOR 2ND STRAIGHT SEASON WITH 19-10 WIN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Andrew Adams r eturned an interception 76 yards for the first pick-6 of his career, and the Tennessee Titans never trailed in beating the Indianapolis Colts 19-10 Sunday for their second straight sweep of their AFC South rivals.

The reigning two-time division champion Titans (4-2) won their fourth straight overall, and they’ve now beaten the Colts five straight and six of the past seven. This was just their fourth sweep of the Colts since becoming division rivals in 2002.

Randy Bullock made four field goals, the last two providing Tennessee’s first points this season in the fourth quarter. Bullock’s 48-yarder provided the final margin with 4:47 remaining.

The Titans forced three turnovers, the last on Michael Pittman Jr.’s fumble with 3:22 left. Jeffery Simmons also had one of three sacks for Tennessee.

Derrick Henry helped seal the win with his third straight 100-yard rushing game, finishing with a season-high 128 yards on 30 carries.

The Colts (3-3-1) came in having won three of four to nip at Tennessee’s heels in the division and wound up snapping a two-game winning streak. Worse, they’ve trailed by at least 10 in each of their first five divisional games.

Indianapolis managed to salvage a tie in the opener and rallied to beat Jacksonville last week.

This was Tennessee’s reunion weekend featuring about 130 former Oilers and Titans, including Warren Moon and Dan Pastorini along with Chris Johnson and Delanie Walker. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also was on hand.

Indianapolis was driving when Adams jumped a Matt Ryan pass for Parris Campbell and ran up the right sideline for the TD that gave the Titans a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter. It was the longest interception return for Tennessee since Zach Brown had a 79-yarder on Dec. 30, 2012, against the Jaguars.

David Long Jr. picked off Ryan’s pass on the next possession as the Titans led 13-0 at halftime.

INJURIES

Tannehill gave the Titans a scare when he went down after completing a short pass on the opening play of the fourth quarter. He stayed on the field, then limped off and went into the medical tent. He missed only one play, returning with an injured right ankle for the next series.

Simmons hurt an ankle in the fourth quarter. Center Ben Jones went down late in the first quarter when the Titans had to settle for a field goal. He returned on the next series. Titans defensive back Joshua Kalu went down on a kickoff return in the second quarter.

Colts linebacker Grant Stuard was knocked from the game with a pectoral injury.

TIMELY PICK-UPS

Adams is among the 20 different defensive starters used by Tennessee this season. The Titans signed Adams off Pittsburgh’s practice squad along with cornerback Terrance Mitchell off New England’s practice squad Sept. 21. Adams came in with seven career interceptions. Mitchell forced the third and final Colts’ turnover.

UP NEXT

Colts host Washington on Sunday.

The Titans visit Houston on Sunday.

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Indiana women’s soccer freshman forward Ava Akeel scores the gamewinner in a 1-0 victory against the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday afternoon at U-M Soccer Stadium to close out the season for the Hoosiers.

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana dominated the first half of the match earning six chances on goal and holding Michigan to just one in the 30th minute.

• Akeel netted her third career goal in the 25th minute of the game. The Hoosiers earned a corner kick where Teammate Natasha Kim would get the first touch. It was blocked by the UM defense, before Akeel sent it past the goalkeeper. 

• Defensively, the Hoosiers controlled majority of the game. However, the Wolverines would find a couple of opportunities in the 85th and 89th minutes as they looked for the equalizer, but experienced, graduate goalkeeper Bethany Kopel would come up with the saves.

NOTABLES

• Indiana is now 7-17-5 all-time against Michigan.

• IU outshot the Wolverines 15-11, with nine players getting a shot off in the match.

• Indiana led 8-3 in corner kicks

• Akeel scored her third career goal and her first against a Big Ten opponent.

• Kopel left her mark on the women’s soccer program as the career shutouts leader as she earned her 25

th career shutout. She grabbed four saves in today’s match, totaling 307 career saves which is the second most in program history.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: Ava Akeel (25′)

ASSISTS: None.

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF

WILMINGTON, N.C. – For the second-consecutive tournament, junior Drew Salyers carried the Indiana men’s golf team to the finish line. The Howard, Ohio, native claimed victory as the Hoosiers finished ninth in the team standings at The Williams Cup at the Eagle Point Golf Club.

Tournament host and No. 8 North Carolina went wire-to-wire to win the event after shooting and 867 (+3). UNC Wilmington (879; +15) and NC State (895; +31) finished second and third, respectively.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

The Williams Cup • Wilmington, N.C.

Eagle Point Golf Club

Par 72 • 7364 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 9th/10 – 913 (304-299-310; +49)

Top Indiana Player: Drew Salyers – 212 (72-70-70; -4)

CHIP-INS

• Junior Drew Salyers claimed his third-career collegiate victory with a dominant third round of 70 (-2) that consisted of seven birdie conversion.

• The three-time Big Ten Men’s Golfer of the Week has earned individual medalist honors in consecutive tournaments after winning the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational with a scorecard of 199 (65-65-69; -17).

• Salyers has played seven-straight round at or under par dating back to the third round of the Purdue Fall Invitational.

• Fifth-year senior Mitch Davis played four birdies in his final round of 77 (+5). He concluded the tournament at 230 (78-75-77; +14) and a tie for 28th.

• Graduate transfer Thomas Hursey finished 32nd with a final tally of 232 (76-76-80; +16).

• Senior Eric Berggren tied for 49th place with a scorecard reading 240 (79-78-83; +24), while senior Noah Gillard finished 53rd at 243 (78-81-84; +27).

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

1. Drew Salyers – 212 (72-70-70; -4)

t-28. Mitch Davis – 230 (78-75-77; +14)

32. Thomas Hursey – 232 (76-76-80; +16)

t-49. Eric Berggren – 240 (79-78-83; +24)

53. Noah Gillard – 243 (78-81-84; +27)

UP NEXT

Indiana will take the remainder of the fall off before heading to Hammock Beach, Fla. for the Big Ten Match Play Championship on Feb. 4. The Hoosiers will enter the event as back-to-back champions.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team concluded its 2022 season with a 3-1 loss to Maryland on Sunday at Folk Field.

On a sun-splashed afternoon, freshman forward Kayla Budish scored her fourth goal of the season, a game-tying goal in the 25th minute. The Boilermakers trailed 1-0 in the sixth minute, before Budish found the equalizer. However, the Terrapins regained the lead in the 30th minute and extended their advantage in the 66th.

Sunday’s defeat came as Purdue returned home from a three-game roadtrip. In the final game at Folk Field in 2022, it marked the last time Purdue’s seniors donned the Old Gold and Black kits.

The Boilermakers out-shot the Terrapins, 13-10, though UMD held a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal. Purdue (3-11-3, 0-7-3 Big Ten) registered four corner kicks and Maryland (4-8-5, 3-7-0 Big Ten) earned five. The home side had nine fouls to the visitor’s five.

Budish, sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway and sophomore midfielder Abigail Roy each had a game-high-tying two shots, while Budish and Roy were two of four Boilermakers with a shot on target. Senior goalkeeper Emma Tompkins played the final 45 minutes and made two saves.

Maryland took a 1-0 lead at 5:54, as Ava Morales scored from Catherin DeRosa on the first shot of the game.

The next opportunity for either team didn’t come until the 24th minute, when sophomore forward Megan Hutchinson sent a chance high. Less than a minute later, at 24:34, Budish scored to even the game.

Near midfield, junior midfielder Emily Mathews sent a long through ball to a sprinting Budish. In a race to the ball between Budish and the Terp goalkeeper, Budish was just fast enough and chipped it over the diving keeper from just inside the 18-yard box. The ball bounced into the back of the net as Budish fell to the ground.

The fourth goal of the season for Budish tied the game at 1-1. Mathews earned her seventh assist of the season, tying her career-high set a year ago. It was the 16th assist of her career. Budish finishes the year second on the team with four goals and 10 points, while Mathews paces the team with seven assists and finishes third with nine points.

Senior defender Chloe Woodbeck had a chance saved in the 27th minute, before Maryland regained the lead at 29:24. Morales scored her second of the day, an unassisted goal.

Purdue had the final three shots in the half, including a strike by Mathews on a free kick that ricocheted of the crossbar. From 19 yards out, her chance just missed the top of the net. Freshman defender Sabrina Blount also earned a header off a corner kick that was saved.

The Boilermakers had six shots to the Terrapins’ three in the first half, with a 3-2 edge in shots on goal. The home side earned three corners and held UMD to two.

The second half began with pressure early for Purdue, as Roy had a great opportunity in the second minute that was saved. Maryland had the next two shots, including one that was saved by Tompkins, who entered the match to start the half.

UMD earned a corner kick in the 61st minute and had a great look on net, but a Boilermaker defender cleared the ball off the line. UMD then added to its lead with a goal at 65:06 by Alyssa Poarch.

Tompkins made a great save in the 77th minute, as she leaped to tip the ball out on a shot from 25 yards out. Dunaway and fifth year midfielder Sydney Duarte both had chances blocked two minutes later, and sophomore forward Victoria Kevdzija had an opportunity go wide in the 82nd minute.

Budish had the game’s final shot, which was off target with just under a minute left.

Shots in the second half were even at 7-7, and Maryland had a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal. The Terrapins also registered a 3-1 edge in corners in the final 45 minutes.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team held a two-goal lead into the 65th minute over conference-leading No. 16 Georgetown but conceded goals in the 65th and 90th minutes of a 2-2 draw. The Bulldogs (7-7-3, 4-3-2 BIG EAST) were looking to clinch a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament but will have to wait until results are in on the final day of conference action. The Hoyas (12-1-5, 8-0-2 BIG EAST) have locked up the No. 1 seed for postseason play.

With one game remaining for most teams, Butler sits in a tie for fourth with Creighton. St. John’s is only one point ahead, in third. UConn and Marquette are currently tied for the sixth position, three points back. The Bulldogs control their own destiny: with a tie or win against the Bluejays, they would qualify for postseason play, regardless of other results.

Key Moments

17′ | Katie Soderstrom finds Abigail Isger about 35 yards from the goal on the left side. Isger turns and hits a diagonal chip toward Talia Sommer in the middle, just over the defensive line. To avoid the charging keeper, Sommer chips the ball again, over the keeper and into the goal for a 1-0 lead.

29′ | Aliya Diagne beats her defender on the left side and plays forward to Isger. Isger puts a move on her defender and strikes a hard shot from the left side of the penalty area. The 25-yard shot eludes the diving Georgetown keeper and curls just inside the far post. Butler’s lead grows to 2-0.

—HALFTIME—

65′ | Off a Georgetown corner kick, a deflected ball pops out to the Hoyas’ Eliza Turner. She hits at shot from 30 yards that splits several players on both teams and goes into the left side of the net, cutting Butler’s lead in half, at 2-1.

90′ | Georgetown crosses into the penalty area and the ball is deflected by a Butler defender. The Hoyas’ Julia Leas drops to Emma Davis, and she equalizes the match, 2-2, from eight yards.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Talia Sommer, Abigail Isger

ASSISTS: Katie Soderstrom, Abigail Isger, Aliya Diagne

Bulldog Bits

Talia Sommer’s goal was the fourth of the season and for her career.

Abigail Isger’s goal was her seventh of the season and the 16th of her career. Her assist was her fourth of the season and the 14th of her career.

Katie Soderstrom’s assist was her sixth of the season and the 30th of her career.

Aliya Diagne’s assist was her second of the season and the fourth of her career.

Butler is now 1-1-1 against ranked teams this season.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW

THE SCOOP

Mike Brey and the Irish were rolling. They went to back-to-back Elite Eights in 2015 and 2016, then finished second in the ACC and won 26 games in 2017. But after that came four consecutive seasons of shocking mediocrity in South Bend — during that stretch, Notre Dame failed to post a winning record in ACC play, causing some concern that the end was near for Brey. Thankfully, the Irish responded a year ago with a 15-5 ACC mark, which tied for second in the league and culminated in an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Notre Dame earned an 11-seed and knocked off 6-seed Alabama in the First Round before losing to Texas Tech with a Sweet 16 berth on the line. “I needed a good year last year,” Brey admitted. Brey got it, and he can thank South Bend native Blake Wesley. Wesley came out of nowhere to lead Notre Dame in scoring (14.4 points per game) in 2022, becoming a one-and-done first-round NBA Draft pick in the process. Fellow starters Paul Atkinson Jr. and Prentiss Hubb have also departed, but Brey is celebrating the return of his own version of the Big 3: grad students Dane Goodwin, Nate Laszewski and Cormac Ryan. “I wasn’t sure that any of them would be back when the season ended,” Brey said. “But it was huge that all three of them returned.” While the Irish did lose a young star guard in Wesley, they will welcome in another topflight talent in highly regarded frosh in JJ Starling.

When Notre Dame and Brey have had success, it has largely been predicated on experience. That’s why this season appears as though it could be another one that ends with an NCAA Tournament appearance. Goodwin, Ryan and Laszewski are all fifth-year players, and six of the 12 scholarship players on the roster are currently enrolled in grad school. “We’re old,” Brey said. “Really, really old.” Goodwin has transitioned over the years from a high school four-man to a versatile guard who was second on the team in scoring and shot a scorching 46 percent from 3. Ryan came on strong late in the season, and it coincided with him processing the game better on the offensive end. Laszewski opted to return to school and brings size and elite shooting back to South Bend, and this past offseason Brey has pleaded with Laszewski to hunt his shot and “to not play safe.” Notre Dame shot 38 percent from the 3 as a team last season and could be even better collectively this year. The trio of Goodwin, Ryan and Laszewski combined to make 184-of-418 shots (44 percent) from long range in 2022. Veteran guard Trey Wertz, who has scored more than 1,000 points over a four-year career that began at Santa Clara, is also back after averaging 4.0 points per game off the bench while hitting 39 percent of his triples. Brey still wanted to get older in the offseason and added Niagara’s leading scorer Marcus Hammond (18.1 ppg), a quick guard from Queens. After four seasons in the MAAC — most recently under former Duke point guard Greg Paulus — the 6-3 flamethrower decided to transfer to the high-major ranks, where he’ll showcase impressive shooting off the bounce. “He’s always had to make plays and now he’s learning that these guys pass it so well and they’ll find him instead of him having to make every play,” Brey said of Hammond. Then, there’s the aforementioned Starling, a consensus top-25 recruit and New York native who played high school ball at La Lumiere School in Indiana. In addition to him, another top-100 player in 6-foot-8 power forward Ven-Allen Lubin joins the fold. Starling comes in with lofty expectations and Brey also anticipates Lubin having an immediate impact. Lubin is a physical forward who defends, rebounds and blocks shots — he doesn’t need to score to be effective. “JJ is the whole package, and Lubin is going to help us right away,” Brey said. “We knew he (Starling) could shoot it, but he’s a much better passer than I thought and he is really good off the dribble. He’s so easy to play with, and doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective.”

POTENTIAL POTHOLES

Brey and the Irish aren’t overly deep, and they also need to make sure they don’t get dominated on the glass on a consistent basis. Notre Dame goes seven strong with Goodwin, Ryan, Laszewski, Star[1]ling, Lubin, Hammond and Wertz. Additionally, Brey is confident that 6-9, 240-pound junior big man Matt Zona will be a serviceable and effective backup who does all the dirty work and has no issue throwing his body around. “We’ve always played seven or eight guys and those guys play heavy minutes,” Brey said. After that, it’s a bunch of players who have been in the program and haven’t been able to get on the court much. Brey is hopeful that 6-6 sophomore wing J.R. Konieczny, who averaged 1.6 points and played just seven games last season, can see an expanded role this season. Or maybe athletic junior wing Tony Sanders Jr., who scored a total of six points last season and appeared in just six games, can also make strides and become a part of the rotation. Freshman big man Dom Campbell has a bright future, but it’ll be surprising to see the Maine native on the court much this season. The same can be said for oft-hurt senior guard Robby Carmody — who has dealt with three major injuries and only played 16 games in his four years on campus. Brey isn’t nearly as concerned with his depth as he is with going up against rugged, strong, athletic frontlines. Notre Dame doesn’t have a big-time re[1]bounder this season as it has deployed in the past with John Mooney, Luke Harangody and Bonzie Colson. “We need Lubin, Nate and Zona to hold their own against some of those frontlines,” Brey said. “Rebounding is my biggest concern.”

KEY DEPARTURES

BLAKE WESLEY (14.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg)

PAUL ATKINSON (12.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 apg)

PRENTISS HUBB (8.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg , 4.0 apg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

JJ STARLING (freshman, La Lumiere)

MARCUS HAMMOND (transfer, Niagara)

VEN-ALLEN LUBIN (freshman, Orlando Christian Prep)

DOM CAMPBELL (freshman, Phillips Exeter Academy)

THE X-FACTOR

Wesley was the X-factor a year ago when he led the Irish in scoring as a freshman and also helped lead Notre Dame to its first NCAA Tournament berth in five years. Starling is a completely different player than Wesley, but he’ll need to be as impactful for Brey to make back-to-back Big Dances. Starling is a much better perimeter shooter than Wesley, but Wesley was able to make tough shots, get to the basket and also score in transition. “Blake had the ball in his hands and made plays,” Brey said. “We don’t go anywhere without Blake last season. But Blake needed the ball in his hands more than JJ.” Goodwin, Laszewski and Ryan are all quality college players. Hammond should come in and give Brey another scorer, but it’ll be Starling who has the highest upside and will determine this team’s ceiling.

THE OUTLOOK

There’s no reason this shouldn’t be a tournament team again with a trio of experienced starters and the addition of a couple of talented freshmen. The loss of Wesley was unexpected and will hurt, but Starling should slip right in and make an immediate impact. The 63-year-old Brey is reinvigorated. This is a guy who had a stretch from 2010-2017 where he went to the tourney seven of eight years. He’s had some terrific offensive teams, and feels that this one can score at a high level. “We can shoot it, we can pass it and can really move the ball,” Brey said. “We’ll be good positional defense. It’s just getting that first miss.” And now the holdovers have gotten a taste of winning, and that NCAA Tournament experience should help the Irish to get back to the dance. At least, that’s the expectation again around South Bend.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team was back at the friendly confines of the Briner Sports Complex for the final time in the regular season as Buffalo made the trip to Muncie. Emily Roper and Delaney Caldwell led the Cardinal attack as each scored a goal as BSU and UB battled to a 2-2 draw. 

With the draw, Ball State moves to 6-4-7 overall and 5-1-4 in MAC play, while Buffalo moves to 12-1-4 overall and 6-0-4 in conference action. The Cardinals became just the second team all season and the first team in the MAC to score two goals against the stout Bull defense. BSU secured a spot into the MAC Tournament.

“It feels redundant to say, but another tough game today,” said Head Coach Josh Rife. “Looking at our schedule down the stretch, it’s been a hard grind. The team continues to be resilient and finish games well. I think there are a lot of positives through this season, and I hope we go into the last game against Central with a high level of confidence and belief. There is still a lot to play for in the last match, so we need to show up prepared to battle and hopefully position ourselves well for the conference tournament.”

Buffalo started the match strong and was able to get two corner kicks in the first nine minutes of the match. The Ball State back line was up for the challenge and prevented any shots.

The Cardinals first scoring chance came in the 17th minute off a corner kick. Lexy Smith took the corner kick and sent a beautiful ball into the box. Smith’s corner went right towards the back post, where Roper was able to use her height advantage to head the ball into the back of the net. BSU took a 1-0 lead.

The Bulls recorded their first shot on goal in the 19th minute, but Bethany Moser was there to make the save.

Andrea Judasz tied the match in the 38th minute with a header off a cross from Jasmine Guerber to send the match to the break tied 1-1.

The Bulls gained their first lead of the match just four minutes into the second half as Guerber took a Leah Wengender pass and found the back of the net.

The Cardinals were unfazed and continued to battle and try to find the equalizer. In the 73rd minute, BSU saw its first two opportunities to tie the match. The first was on a shot by Caldwell that was saved by a Buffalo defender that recorded a team save. Seconds later, Maya Millis ripped a shot on goal, but the Bulls’ keeper was able to make the save.

In the 78th minute, Abby Elgert sent a well-placed cross into the box in front of the Buffalo goal. Caldwell was on the receiving end of the cross and was able to chip it over the keeper’s head and into the back of the net for the equalizer.

The Cardinals finished the match with all six of their shots being on target. Moser collected seven saves in the match and moved her season total to 66.

Ball State ends the regular season with a road trip to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, for a contest with Central Michigan. First touch is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER

VALPARAISO, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer dropped their season finale on Sunday afternoon as the Sycamores fell 4-1 to Valparaiso at Brown Field.

Both teams had great looks to score throughout the first 35 minutes but were kept off the board until Valparaiso’s Molly O’Rear found the back of the net in the 36th minute to break the 0-0 tie and give the Beacons the lead going into the locker room.

Indiana State and Valparaiso had three shots on goal in the first half as the Beacons outshot the Sycamores 14-5 in total. CeCe Wahlberg fired a shot just after entering as a substitution which gave her 89 shots on goal for her career which is tied for most all-time in ISU history.

The Beacons got off to a fast start in the second half as Addy Joiner extended the Valpo lead to 2-0 with a goal in the 47th minute. She was assisted by Kiley Dugan.

Just over 10 minutes later, Valparaiso tacked on another goal as Andrea Garcia scored on a feed from Lindsey Dusatko to put the Beacons up 3-0.

After a few shots on goal from the Sycamores by Carlie Jensen and Mackenzie Kent, Valpo earned a corner where Chase Ray fired a shot in the box but was blocked by the ISU defense. The deflection bounced to Andrea Garcia who scored her second goal of the afternoon to put the Beacons up 4-0 after 70 minutes of action.

Chloe Tesny drew a foul in the final minute of a match to set up a Sycamore penalty kick which was taken by Anna Holcombe who scored to make it 4-1 and end the shutout bid by the Beacons. It was Holcombe’s first goal of the year.

The Sycamores attempted six shots in the second half to finish with 11 while Valpo took 10 for a total of 24 for the match.

Tara Hoffman finished with five saves with Beacons goalie Nikki Coryell making five stops as well on the afternoon.

Valparaiso earns the MVC regular season title with the victory and the Beacons will be the #1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Indiana State’s season ends with the loss as the Sycamores finished ninth in the final conference standings.

Indiana State finishes their season with a 2-6-2 conference record and a 2-11-3 record overall.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER

EVANSVILLE – On a day that the Aces celebrated their five seniors, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team put on one of its most thorough performances of the season, earning a 3-0 win over Drake in MVC action at Arad McCutchan Stadium on Sunday in Evansville.

Sophomore Nacho Diaz returned to his scoring way, recording a pair of goals against the Bulldogs to bring his season total to an MVC-best nine goals. Diaz was involved in all three goals on the day, earning an assist on the first goal of the day which junior Kai Phillip turned-in for his fifth goal of the year. In goal, Alex Vidizzoni faced five shots, including one on goal, making one save to capture his fifth shutout of the year.

Evansville wasted little time jumping on the scoreboard as Diaz fired a shot in the seventh minute that deflected off a defender and fell to Phillip, who clipped it into the back of the net for the opener. Just over five minutes later, the Aces found their second of the opening half as junior Tobias Bak whipped in a cross that Diaz finished to make it a 2-0 lead for Evansville inside the first quarter hour of the match. Evansville’s defense excelled in the first 45 minutes, allowing just three shots from the Bulldogs with none coming on goal.

The Aces came out of the second half with the same energy they did to open the match, winning possession and staying on the attack. Earning a free kick from 30 yards out, junior Oliver Hald placed it perfectly, finding Diaz inside the six, who snuck in front his defender and headed it in near post to make it a three-goal lead. As the final minutes ticked away, Evansville nearly made it four goals on the day, but freshman Tancredi Fadda’s goal was waved off due to offside.

Evansville faces a quick turnaround, next facing Indiana in non-conference action on Tuesday night at 6 PM at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer fell to Lindenwood University on Sunday, 2-0. The Screaming Eagles fall to 1-11-2, 1-4-0 Summit League, while the Lions improve to 3-8-1, 2-3-0 Summit League.

Both teams played incredibly well defensively in the first half to go into the locker rooms scoreless. Lindenwood out shot USI 12-6 in the first half, but it was a slim 3-2 advantage for the Lions in shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) kept the Eagles knotted up by making three saves after facing the 12 Lindenwood shots.

Things got tough for USI coming out for the second half. In the 49th minute, freshman Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana) was sent off after receiving his second yellow card on the afternoon, putting the Eagles down to just 10 men. With the advantage the Lions were able to take the lead at the 55:23 mark off a goal from Caleb Soots. Lindenwood would double the lead just a minute and 15 seconds later when Anis Smajlovic put a ball into the back of the net. While both teams stayed aggressive, the Lions were able to hold off the USI attack and keep their two-goal lead to the end even with Dino Mahmmutovic being given a straight red card after a challenge on Damian McGregor-Wickham (Toronto, Canada).

Lindenwood would finish the match outshooting USI 18-9 and having a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Eagles had nine different players finish with a shot while McGregor-Wickham, Ryan Nevins (St. Peters, Missouri), Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri), and Mical Hardtman (Hamilton Parrish, Bermuda) finished with a shot on goal each. Meissner finished the match with four saves on 18 shots faced.

UP NEXT FOR USI

The Eagles return home for the first of their final two home matches on Wednesday, October 26, when they play host to Western Illinois University at Strassweg Field with kickoff set for 7pm.

The Leathernecks come into the match with a 2-6-6, 2-1-2 Summit League, record after defeating St. Thomas University on Saturday, 1-0. Western Illinois is led by Muazu Sagir and Kyle Owen who each have three goals apiece while Sagir also leads the team in assists with four. Alex Flowers has started every game for the Leathernecks this season, allowing 18 goals and making 56 saves on 182 shots faced.

The match between USI and Western Illinois can also be seen on ESPN+.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer clinched a berth into the 2022 Ohio Valley Conference Soccer Championship Tournament Sunday following a 2-0 home win in the regular season finale against Eastern Illinois University.

The Screaming Eagles’ seniors led the way for USI toward the 2-0 victory, as well as some timely plays by the defensive unit. USI made history Sunday, getting into the OVC Tournament field in their first season as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and first year as an NCAA Division I program.

The Screaming Eagles started the match with a high level of energy in the attacking half. USI applied tight pressure on Eastern Illinois’ defense through the attacking front of the lineup. The early pressure resulted in three shots for the Screaming Eagles within the first 15 minutes.

Midway into the first half, the Panthers started to find their footing in the attacking half and gain some control of the possession. Both teams had to deal with strong wind gusts throughout the afternoon. The wind gusts affected most of the passes played into the air.

The Screaming Eagles found the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute. Coming off a long throw-in in the attacking third, graduate student defender Elizabeth Lippert (Lexington, Kentucky) tapped the ball back toward the top of the box, and senior defender Madison Crawford (O’Fallon, Missouri) struck the ball with a one-time touch into the lower right corner of the goal. For Crawford, it was her first goal of the season and the second of her career.

USI’s 1-0 advantage carried into halftime, where Southern Indiana outshot Eastern Illinois 6-1 at the break. USI had three shots on goal in the first half to go along with three corner kicks.

The offensive momentum continued for USI early in the second half. Senior midfielder Jill DiTusa (St. Charles, Illinois) swung the ball in from the wide right and scored USI’s second goal of the match in the 49th minute. The goal was DiTusa’s second of the season and the 16th of her career. With 16 career goals, DiTusa moved into a tie for 11th all-time in USI history. Additionally, the two points from the goal moved DiTusa into sole possession of 13th all-time in the USI record books for career points with 37 points.

The Panthers kept fighting in the match, as Eastern Illinois had two good chances on the same possession with 16 minutes remaining in the contest. Eastern Illinois made a run from the left side of the box and crossed it toward the near post, where USI’s graduate student defender Mia Rose Daly (Haiku, Hawaii) cleared the ball from the post. Shortly after, the Panthers continued their aggression in the attacking half with a chance in the box. Just as it seemed that the ball was going to cross the goal line, sophomore defender Maggie Duggan (Defiance, Missouri) kicked the ball away from the goal line and kept USI’s 2-0 lead intact.

The Screaming Eagles and the defense held strong the rest of the way for the 2-0 win, halting any pushback from the Eastern Illinois attack in the late minutes.

In the match, USI outshot EIU 8-5 and 5-3 in shots on goal. Eastern Illinois had four corner kicks and USI had three.

Crawford and DiTusa tallied the two goals for USI, as DiTusa led USI on the day with two shots. Lippert had an assist with the goal by Crawford. In goal, senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) made three saves.

With the win, USI secured a berth into the Ohio Valley Conference Soccer Championship Tournament, starting with an opening-round matchup Friday at 4 p.m. The Screaming Eagles will take on familiar foe Lindenwood University from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, who will host the 8-seed versus 5-seed on Friday and take on the winner next Sunday. Lindenwood finished fifth in the OVC standings and tied USI 1-1 in their regular season meeting in mid-October.

Matches in the opening weekend of the OVC Championship Tournament will air live on ESPN+.

VALPO FOOTBALL

A pair of Valparaiso University football players were recognized by the Pioneer Football League on Sunday as the league released its weekly awards following the team’s road 40-35 win at Morehead State on Saturday.

Aaron Dawson (Westbury, N.Y. / W.T. Clarke / Milford Prep [Central Connecticut]) was named the PFL Offensive Player of the Week, while Brian Bartholomew was tabbed PFL Special Teams Player of the Week.

Dawson’s honor came after rushing for 241 yards, the highest single-game rushing effort by a Valpo player since 2012 and just 12 yards shy of the program’s single-game record. He had touchdown runs of 45 and 28 yards, the latter of which came with 5:37 remaining and proved to be the game-winning score.

Dawson delivered the seventh-highest single-game rushing output in the FCS nation this season and highest by a PFL player. This was Dawson’s third straight game with 150 or more rushing yards. He now owns three of the top four single-game rushing outputs by a PFL player in 2022. For the season, Dawson is up to 824 rushing yards. He is on the verge of cracking the top five in program history with four games remaining as Brandon Hall is fifth with 855 in 2014. Jeff Horton rushed for 1,358 yards in 2005 to set the program record.

Bartholomew was 4-for-4 on PATs and 2-for-2 on field goals, accounting for 10 points in the eventual five-point victory. He drilled field goals from 26 and 48 yards and saw two of his eight kickoffs go for touchbacks. The senior’s perfect performance was a redemption effort after he missed a field-goal try and two PATs in the previous week’s one-point loss to Butler. This marks the second time this season and third time in his career that Bartholomew has won the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week Award.

Valpo (4-3, 3-1 PFL) will look to keep the success coming with a visit to Dayton this coming Saturday.

U OF I MEN’S SOCCER

ROLLA, Mo. – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team fell victim to an upset loss on Sunday afternoon at Missouri S&T. The Miners, who entered the match with just four total wins on the season, broke the Greyhounds seven-game winning streak and won by a final of 3-2 on their home field. This marks the first time since 2012 that UIndy has lost to Missouri S&T in men’s soccer.

The Hounds now sit at 9-3-3 overall on the season with a 6-3-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).

HOW IT HAPPENED

UIndy found itself behind in just the 13th minute of play after Missouri S&T netted the first goal of the game. The Hounds would add the equalizer a short time later in the 17th minute on a goal by Michael Tselios off a short penalty kick pass from Jakob David. However, S&T entered the locker room up after scoring once again in the 37th minute on a penalty kick.

Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, the Miners would take a two goal advantage in the 76th minute on another goal, and this proved to be the difference maker. Despite a penalty kick goal by Ibo Yilmaz in the 77th minute, the Miners held on to claim the upset win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy finished with 13 total shots while Missouri S&T had just seven.

-The Hounds managed nine corner kicks while the Miners had just one.

-S&T recorded 18 fouls while the Hounds had just nine.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will now wait to see who they will play in the GLVC tournament.

U OF I WOMEN’S SOCCER

ROLLA Mo. – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team lost their final game of the regular season, a 1 p.m. match against the Miners of Missouri S&T. The loss moves the Greyhounds final regular season record to 5-6-5 with a 4-4-4 record in GLVC action.

INS AND OUTS

The first half of play was a defensive battle with UIndy limiting the Miners to just one shot in the first 45 to the Greyhounds three. Mady Meiring, Ella DeSmet and Emma Lopp were the trio of Hounds to record shots in first.

The second was much more exciting from an offensive perspective, with Maria Herrero and Sarah Wegener combining for two rapid fire shots at the 49th minute, Wegener’s being saved by the Miner’s goalkeeper. The Hounds took four more shots after that, but it was the Miners who on their second shot of the entire game netted the first goal at the 65th minute, which ended up as the decider.

The Hounds ended the game by taking four more shots, three of which on net, none finding the back of the net.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– UIndy struggled with fouls, recording 10 in the first half and four in the second.

– The Hounds offense had their opportunities, taking 14 shots, seven of which were on target.

– Meiring led the Hounds in shots with three.

UP NEXT

With the regular season at its close, the Greyhounds await to see where they will head for the GLVC tournament quarterfinal match-up.

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NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills510.8330.0176812-0-03-1-04-1-00-1-03 W
New York Jets520.7140.51591371-2-04-0-04-2-01-0-04 W
Miami Dolphins430.5711.51471653-1-01-2-04-2-02-1-01 W
New England Patriots330.5002.01411131-1-02-2-02-2-00-1-02 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs520.7140.02231722-1-03-1-02-2-02-0-01 W
Los Angeles Chargers430.5711.01641892-2-02-1-04-2-02-1-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders240.3332.51631502-1-00-3-02-3-01-2-01 W
Denver Broncos250.2863.01001152-2-00-3-01-4-00-2-04 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens430.5710.01811612-2-02-1-04-2-02-0-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals430.5710.01731322-1-02-2-02-2-00-2-02 W
Cleveland Browns250.2862.01681861-3-01-2-01-4-01-1-04 L
Pittsburgh Steelers250.2862.01071621-2-01-3-01-5-01-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans420.6670.01151282-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-04 W
Indianapolis Colts331.5001.01131402-1-01-2-13-3-11-3-11 L
Jacksonville Jaguars250.2862.51551371-2-01-3-02-2-01-2-04 L
Houston Texans141.2502.51061370-1-11-3-01-3-11-0-11 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles6001.0000.01611053-0-03-0-05-0-02-0-06 W
New York Giants610.8570.51501303-1-03-0-03-1-00-1-04 W
Dallas Cowboys520.7141.51341043-1-02-1-04-2-02-1-01 W
Washington Commanders340.4293.51251562-2-01-2-02-3-00-2-02 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks430.5710.01831862-1-02-2-02-3-01-1-02 W
Los Angeles Rams330.5000.51041262-2-01-1-03-2-01-1-01 W
San Francisco 49ers340.4291.01451332-1-01-3-03-2-02-0-02 L
Arizona Cardinals340.4291.01561761-3-02-1-02-3-00-2-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings510.8330.01391183-0-02-1-04-1-03-0-04 W
Green Bay Packers340.4292.51281462-2-01-2-02-3-01-1-03 L
Chicago Bears240.3333.0931182-1-00-3-01-4-00-2-03 L
Detroit Lions150.1674.01461941-2-00-3-01-4-00-1-04 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers340.4290.01241241-2-02-2-03-2-02-1-02 L
Atlanta Falcons340.4290.01631712-1-01-3-02-3-00-2-01 L
Carolina Panthers250.2861.01241492-3-00-2-02-4-02-0-01 W
New Orleans Saints250.2861.01752001-3-01-2-02-4-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston301.0001-02-01-03-03-03 W
Brooklyn11.5001.51-11-01-01-11 W
New York11.5001.51-00-11-01-11 W
Toronto12.3332.01-00-20-11-21-22 L
Philadelphia03.0003.00-20-10-10-20-33 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee201.0001-01-01-02-02 W
Cleveland21.6670.51-01-11-02-12-12 W
Indiana12.3331.51-21-01-11-21 W
Chicago12.3331.50-11-10-11-21-22 L
Detroit12.3331.51-00-20-11-21-22 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Charlotte21.6670-12-01-01-02-11 W
Washington21.6671-01-12-12-11 L
Atlanta21.6672-11-11-12-11 L
Miami12.3331.01-21-21-21 W
Orlando03.0002.00-10-20-10-30-33 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah301.0001-02-02-03-03-03 W
Portland301.0001-02-03-03-03 W
Denver21.6671.01-01-11-12-12-12 W
Minnesota21.6671.01-11-02-12-12-11 W
Oklahoma City03.0003.00-10-20-30-30-33 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix21.6671-01-11-02-12-11 W
Golden State21.6672-12-02-12-11 W
LA Clippers21.6670-12-02-12-12-11 L
Sacramento03.0002.00-20-10-20-30-33 L
LA Lakers03.0002.00-20-10-20-30-33 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
San Antonio21.6670-12-02-12 W
Memphis21.6671-01-11-11-12-11 L
New Orleans21.6670-12-00-12-11 L
Dallas11.5000.51-00-11-01-11-11 W
Houston03.0002.00-10-20-10-10-33 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins651010427194-0-01-1-05-1-0
Florida Panthers64119419172-0-12-1-04-1-1
Buffalo Sabres54108422111-1-03-0-04-1-0
Detroit Red Wings53028320122-0-11-0-13-0-2
Toronto Maple Leafs64208418153-1-01-1-04-2-0
Ottawa Senators53206321163-0-00-2-03-2-0
Tampa Bay Lightning63306318191-1-02-2-03-3-0
Montreal Canadiens63306316183-1-00-2-03-3-0
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Pittsburgh Penguins54019426113-0-01-0-14-0-1
Philadelphia Flyers64208417142-1-02-1-04-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes53117317121-0-02-1-13-1-1
New York Rangers63217320202-1-11-1-03-2-1
New Jersey Devils53206314142-1-01-1-03-2-0
Washington Capitals63306319213-1-00-2-03-3-0
Columbus Blue Jackets73406322272-2-01-2-03-4-0
New York Islanders62404219182-2-00-2-02-4-0
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Dallas Stars5401942082-0-02-0-14-0-1
Colorado Avalanche63217322191-1-12-1-03-2-1
St. Louis Blues3300631151-0-02-0-03-0-0
Chicago Blackhawks53206316152-0-01-2-03-2-0
Nashville Predators72415216241-2-11-2-02-4-1
Winnipeg Jets52304212171-1-01-2-02-3-0
Minnesota Wild51313119271-3-00-0-11-3-1
Arizona Coyotes51402113261-4-01-4-0
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Calgary Flames54108418163-1-01-0-04-1-0
Vegas Golden Knights64208419132-1-02-1-04-2-0
Seattle Kraken72326221270-2-12-1-12-3-2
Los Angeles Kings73406224310-2-03-2-03-4-0
Edmonton Oilers52304216172-3-02-3-0
San Jose Sharks82604215230-3-02-3-02-6-0
Anaheim Ducks61413114281-0-00-4-11-4-1
Vancouver Canucks60422016270-1-00-3-20-4-2

FOOTBALL HISTORY/BIRTHDAY’S

The Demon Deacons Comeback Upset

October 24, 1970 -Wake Forest edged preseason ACC favorite North Carolina 14-13 at Groves Stadium to improve to 4-3 on the season. Wake trailed 13-0 entering the fourth quarter before Larry Russell scored on a quarterback sneak to cut the deficit to 13-7. The Deacons won the game by marching 94 yards in the closing minutes as Larry Hopkins scored on a 3-yard run with just 12 seconds left to tie the game. Tracy Lounsbury added the extra point for the win.

The Gamecocks Blindside the Tarheels

October 24, 1981 – Chapel Hill, NC – In this “Battle of the Carolinas” edition the number 3 in the nation, 6-0 North Carolina Tarheels hosted the unranked South Carolina Gamecocks whose record stood at 4-3 on the season. The Gamecocks were a year removed from Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers playing for them and were a team in flux that had lost its identity when their great runner had moved on from the team. The Tarheels on the other hand were riding high with a stingy defense that thus far into the season was giving up a mere 14 points per game. The Gamecocks jumped out early as they took the opening kick off and in three minutes drove the ball into the end zone for an yearly 7-0 lead. They then collected multiple turnovers from their hosts and extended their lead even further but the North Carolina squad fought back just before half with a backup quarterback to keep it a one score game at 14-7. The second half was all Gamecocks as the University of South Carolina upset the 3rd ranked University of North Carolina by the final score of 31-13.

Music Man Saves Stampeders

October 24, 1991 – Music industry Executive Larry Ryckman purchases CFL’s Calgary Stampeders. The Stampeders franchise was struggling financially and Ryckman’s guidance was just what the Doctor ordered. The new owner made a string of positive decisions that turned the finances of the team around including the signing of Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Doug Flutie, Jeff Garcia and Even Dwayne “ The Rock” Johnson as players on the team. He also started a great marketing campaign that won fans over and set the team into winning ways as they participated in 5 Grey Cup games and even one the coveted cup in 1992.

Irish Defeat Eagles

October 24, 2009 – South Bend, Indiana – 19th annual College Football Holy War saw Notre Dame defeating Boston College 20-16. Surprisingly it was Notre Dame’s first win in the series in nine seasons!

Tom Terrific

October 24, 2021 – Tom Brady throws his record 600th touchdown pass as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teams throttles the Chicago Bears in the Sombrero 38-3! Brady had four TD tosses in the first half alone notching his 601st and 602nd as well in his 20th season in the League.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for October 24

Happy Birthday Mr. Tittle

October 24, 1926 – Marshall, Texas – Quarterback great, Yelbertron Abraham Tittle was born. Y. A. Tittle played collegiately at Louisiana State University. He joined the Colts in the AAFC and was that league’s Rookie of the Year in 1950. When the Colts disbanded before the start of the 1951 season, Tittle joined the San Francisco 49ers and enjoyed 10 seasons of individual success with the team but had never got close to a championship. In 1961 he was traded to the New York Giants and Y.A. platooned at the QB position with veteran Charley Conerly. By 1963 he had taken over the Giants QB position outright and earned NFL Most Valuable Player honors. Because of his wisdom on the field and receeding hairline, some called Tittle, “the Bald Eagle.” Y.A. led the Giants to the divisional titles in 1961, 1962, and 1963 but though they failed to win the overall NFL crown, these were considered great years to remember by Giants fans. Tittle enjoyed 17 seasons in his NFL career according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website bio on the player. He was All-NFL 4 times, played in 7 Pro-Bowls and tossed over 28,000 yards and 212 touchdowns in his illustrious career. Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Y A Tittle in 1971.

J.D. Roberts anniversary of birth

October 24, 1932 – J.D. Roberts the stellar guard from the University of Oklahoma was born. He was one of the most decorated players of his era. According to the NFF website in 1953 he made seven All-America teams and was the first to sweep all the awards given a lineman – the Outland Trophy and Lineman of the Year with Associated Press, United Press, Fox Movietone News, and Williamson Syndicate. The National Football Foundation selected J.D. Roberts, to join their exclusive club at the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

Johnny Lattner of ND

October 24, 1932 – Chicago, Illinois – Notre Dame’s famed halfback, Johnny Lattner came into this world. Per the footballfoundation.org bio on him as sophomore halfback, Lattner led the team in minutes played. In 1953, Lattner carried the ball 24 times for a 4.1 rushing average, caught 2 passes for 42 yards and intercepted a pass in a 28-21 victory against Oklahoma. He also punted nine times that afternoon, compiling a 38-yard average. He saved the Irish from defeat in 1951 against Iowa. It was fourth-and-ten on Notre Dame’s 22-yard line with the Irish down 20-13, but instead of punting, Lattner threw his first college pass, a 23-yard completion for an Irish first down. Then with 45 ticks of the clock remaining, Lattner ran 55 yards to the goal line, scoring the touchdown that helped Notre Dame to a 20-20 tie. Lattner won the Maxwell Award & Heisman Trophy in 1953 and was a two-time All- America selection. Selectors voted Johnny Lattner into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

Jay Novacek, a QB’s best friend

October 24, 1962 – Martin, South Dakota – Wyoming tight end Jay Novacek was born. Per the NFF. Jay Novacek with the Wyoming Cowboys was consensus First Team All-America selection as the tight end caught 83 receptions for 1,536 yards and 10 touchdowns in his three-year collegiate career. The National Football Foundation selected Jay Novacek to proceed straight to the dwelling of legends, the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. The St. Louis Cardinals picked Jay in the 6th round of the 1985 NFL Draft and played for the franchise in both St. Louis and Phoenix for five seasons before joining the Dallas Cowboys. He helped the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl wins in four years and made it to five Pro Bowl appearances in his eleven year career.

SPORTS IN NUMBERS:

5 – 3 – 32 – 18 – 22 – 10 -12

October 24, 1857 – The Sheffield FC franchise is recognized by FIFA as oldest existing club still playing football (soccer) in the world. The club was founded originaly in Yorkshire, England on this date but now it is based in Dronfield, Derbyshire

October 24, 1885 – A game called the “World Championship” Baseball Series, was played at the Cincinnati Base Ball Grounds. In the contest the St. Louis Browns beat Chicago White Stockings, 13–4 in Game 7 however it goes down in history as disputed series as it was tied at 3-3-1.

October 24, 1939 – Joe DiMaggio, Number 5 of the Yankees won the American League’s MVP as Number 3, Jimmie Foxx of the Red Sox was the runner-up in the voting

October 24, 1963 – Sandy Koufax, Number 32 pitcher of the LA Dodgers, was the unanimous winner of the season’s Cy Young Award

October 24, 1986 – MLB Los Angeles Dodgers’ infielder Number 18, Bill Russell at 38 years young announced his retirement

October 24, 1988 – New York Islander’s & NHL high scorer, Mike Bossy, Number 22 retired

October 24, 1992 – At the World Series the Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta Braves, 4-3 in Game 6 at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium to win their first-ever title; MVP: Toronto catcher Number 10, Pat Borders

October 24, 2021 – Number 12, Tom Brady became first quarterback in NFL history to record 600 touchdown passes when he hits Mike Evans in 1st quarter of the Buccaneers 38-3 rout of the Chicago Bears in Tampa Bay

TV MONDAY

MLB PLAYOFFSTime ETTV
ALCS Game 5: Houston at NY Yankees4:00pmTBS
NBATIME ETTV
Indiana at Philadelphia7:00pmNBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
Toronto at Miami7:30pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Orlando at New York7:30pmNBATV
MSG
Bally Sports
Boston at Chicago8:00pmNBCS-BOS
NBCS-CHI
Utah at Houston8:00pmATTSN-RM
ATTSN-SW
Brooklyn at Memphis8:00pmYES
Bally Sports
San Antonio at Minnesota8:00pmBally Sports
Denver at Portland10:00pmNBATV
Altitude
Root Sports
NFLTIME ETTV
Chicago at New England8:15pmESPN
NHLTIME ETTV
Dallas at Ottawa7:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Washington at New Jersey7:00pmMSGSN
NBCS-WSH
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ATTSN-PIT
Sportsnet
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Sportsnet
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Sportsnet
Carolina at Vancouver10:30pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
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