INDIANA FOOTBALL SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES NOVEMBER 4
LAFAYETTE JEFF (8-2) AT CROWN POINT (10-0)
WARSAW (8-2) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (10-0)
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (10-0) AT FISHERS (7-3)
NOBLESVILLE (4-6) AT WESTFIELD (7-3)
BROWNSBURG (9-1) AT AVON (2-8)
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (8-1) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (5-5)
PERRY MERIDIAN (4-6) AT WARREN CENTRAL (5-5)
CENTER GROVE (8-2) AT COLUMBUS NORTH (5-5)
MERRILLVILLE (8-2) AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (8-2)
VALPARAISO (7-3) AT CHESTERTON (5-5)
MISHAWAKA (9-1) AT CONCORD (5-5)
FORT WAYNE NORTH (8-2) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (9-1)
DECATUR CENTRAL (4-6) AT PLAINFIELD (5-5)
WHITELAND (9-1) AT FRANKLIN (8-2)
BLOOMINGTON NORTH (6-4) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (8-1)
EVANSVILLE NORTH (6-4) AT CASTLE (6-4)
NEW PRAIRIE (10-1) AT HOBART (8-3)
NORTHRIDGE (7-4) AT NORTHWOOD (11-0)
LEO (8-3) AT COLUMBIA CITY (10-1)
MISSISSINEWA (8-3) AT KOKOMO (10-1)
BREBEUF JESUIT (7-3) AT INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (10-1)
CONNERSVILLE (7-4) AT NEW PALESTINE (11-0)
MARTINSVILLE (8-3) AT EAST CENTRAL (9-2)
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (8-3) AT BOONVILLE (8-3)
WEST LAFAYETTE (11-0) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (11-0)
KNOX (8-3) AT JIMTOWN (9-2)
YORKTOWN (8-3) AT NORWELL (10-1)
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (7-4) AT GUERIN CATHOLIC (7-4)
DANVILLE (5-6) AT MONROVIA (4-7)
PIKE CENTRAL (3-8) AT OWEN VALLEY (11-0)
BATESVILLE (6-5) AT LAWRENCEBURG (10-1)
SOUTHRIDGE (10-1) AT HERITAGE HILLS (7-4)
ANDREAN (7-3) AT BREMEN (7-4)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (8-3) AT ROCHESTER (10-1)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (6-5) AT EASTSIDE (9-2)
EASTBROOK (8-3) AT BLUFFTON (7-4)
LINTON-STOCKTON (11-0) AT SULLIVAN (7-4)
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (7-3) AT LAPEL (6-5)
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (10-1) AT TRITON CENTRAL (9-2)
NORTH POSEY (9-2) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (8-3)
CULVER (7-4) AT NORTH JUDSON (10-1)
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (6-5) AT PARK TUDOR (8-3)
WEST CENTRAL (10-1) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (10-1)
ADAMS CENTRAL (11-0) AT NORTHFIELD (6-5)
SHERIDAN (10-1) AT HAGERSTOWN (7-4)
KNIGHTSTOWN (3-7) AT NORTH DECATUR (11-0)
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (11-0) AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN (8-3)
TECUMSEH (10-0) AT PROVIDENCE (8-2)
VOLLEYBALL STATE FINALS-SATURDAY
CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
11 AM ET | TECUMSEH (31-4) VS. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN (33-4)
CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
1:30 PM ET | LINTON-STOCKTON (28-5) VS. WAPAHANI (31-5)
CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
4:30 PM ET | PROVIDENCE (30-6) VS. BELLMONT (30-6)
CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
7 PM ET | YORKTOWN (34-2) VS. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (33-1)
INDIANA SRN PRE-SEASON GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS
- CROWN POINT
- SB WASHINGTON
- BENTON CENTRAL
- EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
- HAMILTON HEIGHTS
- TRINTON CENTRAL
- EASTERN HANCOCK
- LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC
- VINCENNES RIVET
INDIANA BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION WEEKLY POLLS.
1. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON, 364 (11), 27-3
2. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, 335 (2), 24-3
3. FISHERS, 307 (1), 20-5
4. NOBLESVILLE, 279 (4), 25-4
5. ZIONSVILLE, 213, 16-7
6. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN, 207 (1), 14-8
7. LAKE CENTRAL, 198, 24-4
8. HOMESTEAD, 193 (1), 23-2
9. FRANKLIN COMMUNITY, 189, 28-2
10. EAST CENTRAL, 178, 22-5
11. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS), 145, 21-7
12. FORT WAYNE SNIDER, 137, 20-4
13. WESTFIELD, 108, 18-5
14. COLUMBUS EAST, 98, 19-4
T-15. BEN DAVIS, 95, 15-10
T-15. CARMEL, 95, 15-8
17. MISHAWAKA MARIAN, 92, 20-6
18. FORT WAYNE NORTHROP, 81, 15-8
19. CROWN POINT, 74, 24-4
20. CENTER GROVE, 66, 13-10
OTHER SCHOOLS RECEIVING VOTES, LISTED ALPHABETICALLY (WITH RECORD*): BENTON CENTRAL (27-2), BROWNSBURG (14-11), CARROLL-FORT WAYNE (14-9), CASCADE (18-5), CASTLE (19-5), COLUMBIA CITY (20-3), CORYDON CENTRAL (21-3), EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (21-5), FAIRFIELD (24-4), FOREST PARK (26-3), GARRETT (27-2), GIBSON SOUTHERN (19-8), GREENSBURG (10-15), HAMILTON HEIGHTS (18-6), HARRISON-WEST LAFAYETTE (15-8), INDIAN CREEK (22-5), JAY COUNTY (20-4), JENNINGS COUNTY (17-7), KOUTS (20-7), LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (24-5), LANESVILLE (26-2), LAWRENCE CENTRAL (12-11), LAWRENCE NORTH (10-15), MOORESVILLE (19-9), NORTHRIDGE (19-6), NORTHWESTERN (19-5), NORWELL (19-5), PENN (19-7), SILVER CREEK (26-3), SOUTH CENTRAL-UNION MILLS (26-1), TWIN LAKES (19-6), VALPARAISO (19-5), WARREN CENTRAL (11-9), WARSAW (16-7), WASHINGTON (22-4), WINCHESTER (24-2).
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL OPENING DAY SCHEDULE
AP TOP 25
1. GEORGIA (30), 8-0 LAST WEEK: 1
2. OHIO STATE (15), 8-0 LAST WEEK: 2
3. TENNESSEE (18) 8-0 LAST WEEK: 3
4. MICHIGAN 7-0 LAST WEEK: 4
5. CLEMSON 8-0 LAST WEEK: 5
6. ALABAMA, 7-1 LAST WEEK: 6
7. TCU 8-0 LAST WEEK: 7
8. OREGON 7-1 LAST WEEK: 8
9. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 7-1 LAST WEEK: 10
10. UCLA 7-1 LAST WEEK: 12
11. MISSISSIPPI 8-1 LAST WEEK: 15
12. UTAH 5-2 LAST WEEK: 14
13. KANSAS STATE 6-2 LAST WEEK: 22
14. ILLINOIS 7-1 LAST WEEK: 17
15. LSU 6-2 LAST WEEK: 18
16. PENN STATE 6-2 LAST WEEK: 14
17. NORTH CAROLINA 7-1 LAST WEEK 21
18. OKLAHOMA STATE 6-2 LAST WEEK: 9
19. TULANE 7-1 LAST WEEK: 23
20. WAKE FOREST 6-2 LAST WEEK: 10
21. NC STATE 6-2 LAST WEEK: 24
22. SYRACUSE 6-1 LAST WEEK: 16
23. LIBERTY 7-1 LAST WEEK: NR
24. OREGON STATE 6-2 LAST WEEK: NR
25. UCF 6-2 LAST WEEK: NR
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: TEXAS 58, KENTUCKY 57, MARYLAND 36, CINCINNATI 32, NOTRE DAME 24, WASHINGTON 12, ARKANSAS 11, BAYLOR 9, COASTAL CAROLINA 8, FLORIDA STATE 8, TROY 7, MISSISSIPPI STATE 5, BOISE STATE 4, EAST CAROLINA 2, SOUTH CAROLINA 2, LOUISVILLE 1, UTSA 1
USA TODAY COACHES POLL
1. GEORGIA (45), 8-0 LAST WEEK: 1
2. OHIO STATE (13), 8-0 LAST WEEK: 2
3. TENNESSEE (5) 8-0 LAST WEEK: 3
4. MICHIGAN 7-0 LAST WEEK: 4
5. CLEMSON 8-0 LAST WEEK: 5
6. ALABAMA, 7-1 LAST WEEK: 6
7. TCU 8-0 LAST WEEK: 7
8. OREGON 7-1 LAST WEEK: 8
9. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 7-1 LAST WEEK: 11
10. MISSISSIPPI 8-1 LAST WEEK: 12
11. UCLA 7-1 LAST WEEK: 15
12. UTAH 5-2 LAST WEEK: 14
13. ILLINOIS 7-1 LAST WEEK: 18
14. KANSAS STATE 6-2 LAST WEEK: 22
15. NORTH CAROLINA 7-1 LAST WEEK 21
16. PENN STATE 6-2 LAST WEEK: 13
17. LSU 6-2 LAST WEEK: 20
18. OKLAHOMA STATE 6-2 LAST WEEK: 9
19. WAKE FOREST 6-2 LAST WEEK: 10
20. NC STATE 6-2 LAST WEEK: 23
21. TULANE 7-1 LAST WEEK: 24
22. SYRACUSE 6-1 LAST WEEK: 14
23. LIB 7-1 LAST WEEK: NR
24. KENTUCKY 5-3 LAST WEEK: 17
25. UCF 6-2 LAST WEEK: NR
SCHOOLS DROPPED OUT
NO. 19 CINCINNATI; NO. 25 SOUTH CAROLINA.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES
OREGON STATE 71; MARYLAND 64; TEXAS 55; WASHINGTON 52; CINCINNATI 39; COASTAL CAROLINA 25; BAYLOR 14; NOTRE DAME 11; BOISE STATE 11; LOUISVILLE 10; ARKANSAS 10; SOUTH CAROLINA 9; MISSISSIPPI STATE 8; TROY 6; TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 4.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 10
TUESDAY, NOV. 1
BALL STATE AT KENT STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
BUFFALO AT OHIO | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT BOWLING GREEN | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
THURSDAY, NOV. 3
UTEP AT RICE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
APPALACHIAN STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
UMASS AT UCONN | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
DUKE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
OREGON STATE AT WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN2
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
AIR FORCE VS. ARMY (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 11:30 A.M. | CBS
OHIO STATE AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | ABC
KENTUCKY AT MISSOURI | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NORTH CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TULANE AT TULSA | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
FLORIDA AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT CHARLOTTE | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
GEORGIA TECH AT VIRGINIA TECH | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
SOUTH FLORIDA AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MARSHALL AT OLD DOMINION | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
TENNESSEE AT GEORGIA | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
SYRACUSE AT PITT | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
WASHINGTON STATE AT STANFORD | 3:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
WEST VIRGINIA AT IOWA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+
NEW MEXICO AT UTAH STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
UTSA AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
LIBERTY AT ARKANSAS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTH ALABAMA AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
FIU AT NORTH TEXAS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
TROY AT LOUISIANA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS STATE AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN3
ALABAMA AT LSU | 7 P.M. | ESPN
UNLV AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
HOUSTON AT SMU | 7 P.M.
MICHIGAN AT RUTGERS | 7 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
CLEMSON AT NOTRE DAME | 7:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK
SOUTH CAROLINA AT VANDERBILT | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
AUBURN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
JAMES MADISON AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FLORIDA STATE AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
WAKE FOREST AT NC STATE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
CAL AT USC | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
HAWAI’I AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS2
COLORADO STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M.
TEXAS TECH AT TCU
OREGON AT COLORADO
OKLAHOMA STATE AT KANSAS
UCLA AT ARIZONA STATE
PENN STATE AT INDIANA
ARIZONA AT UTAH
MICHIGAN STATE AT ILLINOIS
NAVY AT CINCINNATI
TEXAS AT KANSAS STATE
BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA
MINNESOTA AT NEBRASKA
IOWA AT PURDUE
MARYLAND AT WISCONSIN
BYU AT BOISE STATE
UCF AT MEMPHIS
NFL WEEK 8
WASHINGTON 17 INDIANAPOLIS 16
DENVER 21 JACKSONVILLE 17
ATLANTA 37 CAROLINA 34 OT
DALLAS 49 CHICAGO 29
MIAMI 31 DETROIT 27
MINNESOTA 34 ARIZONA 26
NEW ORLEANS 24 LAS VEGAS 0
NEW ENGLAND 22 NY JETS 17
PHILADELPHIA 35 PITTSBURGH 13
TENNESSEE 17 HOUSTON 10
SAN FRANCISCO 31 LA RAMS 14
SEATTLE 27 NY GIANTS 13
BUFFALO 27 GREEN BAY 17
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2022
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
MONDAY, OCT. 31
GAME 3, HOU @ PHI, FOX
TUESDAY, NOV. 1
GAME 4, HOU @ PHI, FOX
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
GAME 5, HOU @ PHI, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
GAME 6, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
GAME 7, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
NEW ORLEANS 112 LA CLIPPERS 91
BOSTON 112 WASHINGTON 94
CLEVELAND 121 NEW YORK 108
DETROIT 128 GOLDEN STATE 114
SAN ANTONIO 107 MINNESOTA 98
DALLAS 114 ORLANDO 105
PHOENIX 124 HOUSTON 109
LA LAKERS 121 DENVER 110
NEW JERSEY 7 COLUMBUS 1
MINNESOTA 4 CHICAGO 3
NY RANGERS 3 ARIZONA 2
VEGAS 2 WINNIPEG 1
ANAHEIM 4 TORONTO 3
LAFC 3 AUSTIN 0
PHILADELPHIA 3 NEW YORK CITY 1
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 8
- The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES defeated Pittsburgh, 35-13, to improve to 7-0 this season, matching the best start in franchise history (7-0 in 2004). The Eagles have a league-low two giveaways this season and are the second team in the Super Bowl era with two-or-fewer giveaways through their first seven games of a season, joining the 2017 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (one giveaway).
Wide receiver A.J. BROWN had touchdown receptions of 39, 27 and 29 yards in the first half and became the first player since DREW BENNETT (December 5, 2004) with three touchdown receptions of 25-or-more yards in the first half of a game.
- The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated the New York Jets, 22-17, one of five games played on Sunday decided by six-or-fewer points. The victory marked the 325th career win, including the postseason, for head coach BILL BELICHICK, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer GEORGE HALAS (324 wins) for the second-most wins by a head coach all-time. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA (347 wins) has more.
CLOSE GAMES: With two games yet to be completed in Week 8, there have been 55 games decided by a touchdown (six points) or less and 71 games decided by one score (eight points), both the most such games through the first eight weeks all-time.
Ten of 13 games (76.9 percent) that have been completed in Week 8 have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter and there have been 94 games within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter this season, the most such games through the first eight weeks in NFL history.
- Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans’ 17-10 win at Houston.
Henry recorded his sixth career game with at least 200 rushing yards, tied with ADRIAN PETERSON (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. SIMPSON (six) for the most such games in NFL history.
Henry has six career games with at least 200 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, the most such games all-time. The next closest players – Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN, BARRY SANDERS and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON – each had three such career games
- San Francisco running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY registered eight receptions, 149 scrimmage yards (94 rushing, 55 receiving) and three total touchdowns (one passing, one rushing, one receiving) in the 49ers’ 31-14 win at the Los Angeles Rams while New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA recorded nine receptions, 158 scrimmage yards (96 receiving, 62 rushing) and three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) in the Saints’ 24-0 win over Las Vegas.
McCaffrey is the fourth player with a touchdown pass, rushing touchdown and touchdown reception in a single game since 1970, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers WALTER PAYTON (October 21, 1979) and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (October 16, 2005) as well as DAVID PATTEN (October 21, 2001).
Kamara and McCaffrey each have 10 career games with both a rushing and receiving touchdown and are the first players with 10 such games in their first six career seasons in NFL history.
Kamara and McCaffrey are the fifth and sixth players all-time with both a rushing and receiving touchdown in 10 career games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARSHALL FAULK (15 games), LENNY MOORE (12) and JIM BROWN (11) as well as BRIAN WESTBROOK (12).
Since both entered the NFL in 2017, Kamara has 406 receptions while McCaffrey has 400 receptions. On Sunday, they joined ROGER CRAIG (434 receptions) as the only running backs with at least 400 receptions in their first six seasons in NFL history.
- Miami wide receiver TYREEK HILL recorded 12 receptions for 188 yards in the Dolphins’ 31-27 win at Detroit.
Hill has 961 receiving yards this season and surpassed WES WELKER (960 receiving yards in 2011) for the third-most receiving yards by a player in his team’s first eight games of a season in the Super Bowl era. Only TORRY HOLT (978 receiving yards in 2003) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (962 in 2000) had more.
Hill recorded his ninth career game with at least 10 receptions and 150 receiving yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer TIM BROWN (nine) for the fifth-most such games in NFL history. Only ANTONIO BROWN (10 games), ANDRE JOHNSON (10), JULIO JONES (10) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (10) have more.
Hill has four games with at least 10 receptions and 150 receiving yards this season (Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8), tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers TIM BROWN (1997), CALVIN JOHNSON (2012) and JERRY RICE (1995) as well as ANTONIO BROWN (2017) for the most such games in a single season in NFL history.
Hill joins ROY GREEN (1984) as the only players ever with at least 150 receiving yards in four of his team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.
- Four players each recorded three scrimmage touchdowns on Sunday: Philadelphia’s A.J. BROWN (three touchdown receptions), Carolina’s D’ONTA FOREMAN (three rushing touchdowns), New Orleans’ ALVIN KAMARA (two touchdown receptions, one rushing touchdown) and Dallas’ TONY POLLARD (three rushing touchdowns).
It marks the fifth time since 2000 that at least four players recorded three-or-more scrimmage touchdowns in the same week, joining Week 1 of the 2004 season (six players), Week 3 of the 2015 season (five), Week 9 of the 2013 season (five) and Week 12 of the 2004 season (five).
- Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS completed 24 of 36 pass attempts (66.7 percent) and had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in the Vikings’ 34-26 win over Arizona.
Cousins has 3,000 completions in 132 career games and he tied DEREK CARR (132 games) as the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach 3,000 career completions. Only MATTHEW STAFFORD (125 games) and MATT RYAN (130) reached the mark in fewer games.
Arizona wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS had 12 receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown on Sunday.
Hopkins has 811 receptions in 138 career games, the fifth-fewest games in NFL history to reach 800 career receptions. Only ANTONIO BROWN (126 games), JULIO JONES (127), Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (131) and ANDRE JOHNSON (137) reached the mark faster.
- Other notable performance from Sunday include:
- Los Angeles Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP recorded eight receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown on Sunday.
Kupp has 64 receptions this season and surpassed KEENAN ALLEN (62 receptions in 2015) and MICHAEL THOMAS (62 in 2019) for the second-most receptions by a player in his team’s first seven games of a season in NFL history. Only ADAM THIELEN (67 receptions in 2018) had more.
- Denver running back LATAVIUS MURRAY recorded the game-winning rushing touchdown with 1:43 remaining in the Broncos’ 21-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London.
Murray, who also rushed for a touchdown with the New Orleans Saints at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London in Week 4, is the third player to appear in two games in London in the same season, joining GAREON CONLEY (2019) and ADRIAN PETERSON (2017), and the first player to rush for a touchdown for two different teams in London in the same season.
- Detroit running back JAMAAL WILLIAMS rushed for two touchdowns on Sunday.
Williams, who also rushed for two touchdowns in Weeks 1, 3 and 4, is the fourth player since 2000 with at least two rushing touchdowns in four of his team’s first seven games of a season, joining JAMES CONNER (2018), TODD GURLEY (2018) and PRIEST HOLMES (2004).
- Los Angeles Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP recorded eight receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown on Sunday.
DIGGS, BILLS HAND RODGERS, PACKERS 4TH STRAIGHT LOSS, 27-17
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Stefon Diggs ran his mouth before running past Green Bay’s secondary as he led the Buffalo Bills to a 27-17 win Sunday night over the Packers, who are off to their worst start eight games into a season under Aaron Rodgers.
Diggs began by exchanging words before and after pregame warmups in the tunnel with Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander. He then burned Green Bay with six catches for 108 yards and a 26-yard touchdown.
The only time Diggs was stopped was late in the first half, when the NFL’s concussion spotter pulled him from the game after it appeared he might have sustained a head injury following a 53-yard catch. After being evaluated, Diggs emerged from the blue medical tent and could be seen mouthing to teammates that he bit his tongue.
Quarterback Josh Allen praised Diggs’ intensity, to a degree.
“That’s Stef. He shows up and shows that every single game. We’re lucky to have him. The type of leader that he is, the type of energy that he brings to our sideline is second to none,” Allen said. “Obviously, there’s times where we don’t need it. But again, I think it’s always a positive when you have to tell guys to calm down instead of to hype up.”
Otherwise, the AFC-leading Bills (6-1) never trailed in winning their fourth straight and matching their best start to a season since 1993.
Allen was far more unhappy with how he closed the game in throwing two interceptions in the fourth quarter in allowing the Packers to cut into Buffalo’s lead.
“I have a concern with making stupid decisions,” he said. “I know we won. I’m happy that we won … but a lot to learn from.”
Allen finished 13 of 25 for 218 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. He added 49 yards rushing, including a powerful 20-yard gain on third-and-14 to set up his 1-yard TD pass to Dawson Knox that opened the scoring.
Diggs’ TD early in the second quarter made it 14-0, and the Bills led 24-7 at the half. Isaiah McKenzie scored on a 7-yard sweep, and Diggs had a 53-yard catch that set up Tyler Bass’ 42-yard field goal as time expired.
Rodgers, the four-time MVP, was unable to will the Packers to victory after he called out teammates, cited too many mental errors and shared the blame following a 23-21 loss at Washington.
Rodgers’ message following this loss was more understated this time.
“I think the most important thing is to take a beat. After a frustration like this, the last thing you want is to respond in emotion,” he said. “So take a beat, let it sit. There’s not a whole lot to say after the game that is really going to spark the team, I don’t think.”
The three-time defending NFC North champion Packers dropped to 3-5. The four-game skid is the second-longest under Rodgers and the team’s worst since 2016. Green Bay hasn’t been 3-5 since 2006, Brett Favre’s second-to-last season.
Rodgers finished 19 of 30 for 203 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He was limited by an injury-depleted group of receivers. Green Bay was already missing veterans Allen Lazard (shoulder) and Randall Cobb (ankle), and then lost Christian Watson to a concussion in the first quarter.
Rookie Romeo Doubs had a 19-yard TD catch in the second quarter, and fellow rookie Samori Toure caught a 37-yard TD pass – the second catch of his career – with 6:32 remaining.
The lack of a downfield threat – especially after the Packers traded Davante Adams to Las Vegas this offseason – remains a concern for Rodgers.
“We’re going to have to push the ball down the field in order to win in this league,” said Rodgers, who completed just three passes beyond 20 yards.
The only thing Rodgers beat was the point spread. Green Bay came in as a 10 1/2-point underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the most in the quarterback’s 15 years as a starter.
Aaron Jones rushed for 143 yards as the Packers leaned on their running game.
Discipline continued being an issue for the Packers after they were penalized a season-high nine times against the Commanders. This time, they were flagged eight times for 58 yards, with linebacker Quay Walker ejected after he tumbled into the Bills’ sideline while making a tackle and then got up and shoved Buffalo’s practice squad tight end Zach Davidson in the second quarter.
The loss ended Rodgers’ streak of 13 straight wins in prime-time outings, which had been the longest in the NFL since 1970. … The Packers fell to 0-7 in road games against the Bills. … Diggs, who spent his first five NFL seasons with the Packers’ NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings, became the first player to score a touchdown in eight consecutive games against Green Bay. Randy Moss scored for the Vikings in seven straight meetings with the Packers.
Packers: Watson, who returned after missing two games with a knee injury, was ruled out after sustaining a concussion midway through the first quarter. … Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell did not return after hurting his knee in the first half. … LT David Bakhtiari returned after missing one game with a knee injury. WR Christian Watson was also active after being listed as questionable on Friday with a hamstring injury. … Starting LG Elgton Jenkins (knee) was out and replaced by rookie Zach Tom, who made his second career start after filling in for Bakhtiari last week.
Bills: Bills S Jordan Poyer was ruled out in the fourth quarter with an elbow injury. Buffalo returned mostly healthy following its bye week, with starting right tackle Spencer Brown (ankle) the only starter not able to play.
Packers: Close out three-game road stretch at Detroit next Sunday.
Bills: At the New York Jets next Sunday.
BRONCOS BEAT JAGUARS 21-17 IN LONDON TO SNAP LOSING STREAK
LONDON (AP) The Broncos offense has stalled all season so expectations were low when a punt left them on their 2-yard line, trailing the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.
Embattled quarterback Russell Wilson delivered a message in the huddle.
“I told the guys ‘hey listen we’re going to go 98 yards right here. Believe in it,” Wilson said. “Every season I’ve ever played, you’ve got to catch momentum. There’s a moment in time where it clicks.”
Melvin Gordon scored on that drive early in the second half, and Latavius Murray took it in from 2 yards late in the fourth quarter to help the Broncos snap a four-game losing streak by beating the Jaguars 21-17 on Sunday.
Wilson led two go-ahead scoring drives in the second half on his return from a hamstring injury. He finished 18 for 30 for 252 yards with a touchdown and interception.
Wilson looked rusty early, but connected on a 47-yard completion to KJ Hamler after the Broncos fell behind 17-14 on Travis Etienne’s 1-yard touchdown run with 3:54 to play. Wilson then scrambled for 10 yards on a third-and-5 to get to the Jacksonville 18.
The late score gave Murray a touchdown for two different teams this month in London. He ran for a score for New Orleans earlier in October at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Broncos (3-5) erased a 10-point deficit on Jerry Jeudy’s 6-yard touchdown reception in the first half and Gordon’s 1-yard run to complete the 98-yard scoring drive. On the long drive, Wilson connected three times with rookie tight end Greg Dulcich, including a 38-yard completion to the 1. Gordon then ran it in to give the Broncos a 14-10 lead.
Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett, who has come under criticism in his first year on the job, credited Wilson for shaking off the slow start.
“You learn a lot about a quarterback when they throw a pick,” Hackett said. “He got it out of the way early. He was able to rebound and come back.”
The announced attendance of 86,215 is the largest crowd in the history of NFL international games.
The Jaguars (2-6) lost their fifth consecutive game despite a career day from Etienne, who carried 24 times for 156 yards and a touchdown.
Etienne scored on a 1-yard plunge to give Jacksonville a 17-14 lead with 3:54 to play.
After Murray’s touchdown with 1:43 remaining, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw an interception to K’Waun Williams at the Jacksonville 35.
Lawrence had a costly red zone interception on a first-and-goal from the 1 in the first half. Lawrence was 18 for 31 for 133 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
“I’ve got to look in the mirror. I’ve got to play better,” Lawrence said.
Jags coach Doug Pederson said he didn’t regret calling the pass near the goal line.
“It’s a relatively safe play. If it’s not there, and Trevor knows this, just throw the ball (away), just sail the ball and you’ve got two to three more downs to do whatever you want to do there.”
Wilson missed last week’s game because of a strained hamstring and threw an interception on his second pass.
The Broncos didn’t get their first first down until almost midway through the second quarter.
The Jags had opened the scoring when Lawrence found Evan Engram for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
The Jags had another costly red zone turnover for the second consecutive week. Last week, Etienne fumbled into the end zone in the 23-17 loss to the New York Giants. It was Lawrence’s turn this week. Broncos safety Justin Simmons reached up and snatched the ball out of the air at the goal line with Jacksonville leading 7-0.
“I saw him rolling out. I’m hoping maybe there’s a chance I can bat the ball,” Simmons said, doing even better by pulling the ball down for a crucial turnover.
The Broncos amassed 10 penalties for 71 yards in the first half, handing the Jags extra opportunities on offense. Simmons was whistled for taunting after a tackle on JaMycal Hasty but later in the drive he intercepted Lawrence for a touchback. The Broncos finished with 12 penalties for 81 yards.
“We’ve got to get that out of the game. We can’t do that,” Hackett said.
Jaguars return specialist Jamal Agnew was inactive for a second week in a row because of a knee injury. Jags safety Rayshawn Jenkins stayed down after tackling Jeudy in second quarter. Broncos center Lloyd Cushenberry III (hip) went down on Denver’s final drive of first half and was ruled out. Graham Glasgow replaced him.
Broncos: Bye week and then at Tennessee on Nov. 13.
Jaguars: Host the Las Vegas Raiders next Sunday. They’re at Kansas City the following week before their bye.
KOO’S OT FG GIVES FALCONS IMPROBABLE 37-34 WIN OVER PANTHERS
ATLANTA (AP) D.J. Moore hauled in a last-minute touchdown pass but ripped off his helmet, Carolina’s Eddy Pineiro missed a pair of potential winning kicks, and the Atlanta Falcons escaped with a victory that was as improbable as their spot in the standings.
Younghoe Koo booted a 41-yard field goal in overtime after a silly penalty by Moore opened the door for the Falcons to pull off a 37-34 victory Sunday that maintained their hold on the NFC South lead.
“Our guys don’t blink,” said Marcus Mariota, who got a chance on his 29th birthday to make up for an interception that could’ve – should’ve, really – sent his team to a loss.
It will surely be the favorite gift he gets this year.
The teams combined for three touchdowns in the final 3:06 of regulation. But it looked like the Panthers would prevail in stunning fashion when Moore hauled in a 62-yard scoring heave from P.J. Walker with 12 seconds remaining, tying the game at 34 with only an extra point needed to win it.
But Moore yanked off his helmet during a raucous celebration in the end zone, resulting in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
“I’ve got to understand that there’s still time on the clock,” Moore said. “It was a natural reaction, but you’ve still got to know you can’t do that.”
Moore’s blunder pushed back the PAT to a 48-yard attempt, and Pineiro pulled it left of the upright.
Carolina had another chance to win in OT after C.J. Henderson returned an interception 54 yards to the Falcons 20. But Pineiro botched another kick, yanking a wobbler left again from 32 yards out – shorter than a regular extra point.
“I just missed the kick,” Pineiro said. “I’ve got to make the kick. It hurts. You know, I love this team and I know they’ve got my back and I know it’s not going to define me as a kicker. Everybody misses kicks. Unfortunately mine was today.”
Pineiro and the Panthers wouldn’t get a third shot.
Mariota, who threw three touchdown passes, ripped off a 30-yard run for the Falcons (4-4) that set up Koo’s game-winner with 1:55 left in the extra period.
“He’s a resilient guy,” Falcons coach Arthur Smith said when asked about Mariota’s big run. “That’s why we believe in Marcus. There’s not many guys who can make that play.”
Koo was carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates. Moore – who finished with six catches for 152 yards – sat alone on the bench, staring in disbelief at a celebration that surely would’ve belonged to the Panthers (2-6) if he had merely kept his headgear buckled up.
“What would’ve happened if I didn’t take my helmet off?” Moore pondered to himself.
The Panthers had a chance to create a four-team logjam in the NFC South. Instead, the Falcons have the lead all to themselves with a .500 record.
Mariota was 20 of 28 for 253 yards with a pair of interceptions, his first coming on the second play of the game.
But he was awfully good between those picks, completing 12 straight passes at one point.
In the end, Mariota used his legs to burst from the pocket, veer toward the sideline and finish off the big run that would finally end the game.
The Panthers wasted a three-touchdown performance by D’Onta Foreman, a career best from a guy who filled in brilliantly for injured running back Chuba Hubbard.
Foreman, who had 118 yards on 26 carries, scored the last of his touchdowns on a 12-yard run with 3:06 to go, pushing the Panthers to a 31-28 lead.
Mariota and the Falcons needed less than a minute to go back in front. Damiere Byrd hauled in a pass around the 32, looped across the field and found a lane for a 47-yard TD with 2:14 on the clock.
The Panthers went out on downs, and the Falcons padded the lead on Koo’s 36-yard field goal with 34 seconds remaining.
Enough time, it turned out, for the Panthers to score a touchdown. Moore ran right by Dean Marlowe, taking a more prominent role in the Falcons’ injury-depleted secondary, and hauled in Walker’s impressive heave for what appeared to be the winning score.
Walker got his third straight start for the Panthers, with former starter Baker Mayfield as his backup. He probably did enough to hang on to the job for another week.
Walker was 19 of 36 for a career-best 317 yards, with an interception under pressure that Lorenzo Carter returned for an Atlanta touchdown and that long scoring pass to Moore.
Panthers: S Juston Burris went out with a concussion. … CB Donte Jackson sustained an ankle injury late in the game.
Falcons: Already short-handed in the secondary, Atlanta got a scare when cornerback Cornell Armstrong wobbled off the field midway through the third quarter. But he missed only a couple of plays before returning.
Panthers: Hit the road again next Sunday to face the Cincinnati Bengals.
Falcons: Host the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.
COWBOYS’ PRESCOTT, PARSONS RUMBLE TO 49-29 WIN OVER BEARS
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott kept his legs churning to turn a quarterback sneak into a 25-yard gain.
Maybe young standout Dallas linebacker Micah Parsons was taking a cue from his leader.
Parsons got up and rumbled to the end zone on a fumble return for his first NFL touchdown after Chicago quarterback Justin Fields failed to touch him down, and the Cowboys beat the Bears 49-29 on Sunday.
“I kind of popped up ready to celebrate with the team and I thought I was down,” the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year said. “And everyone’s like, `Go, go, go,’ and I went, went, went.”
Prescott threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, and Tony Pollard had 131 yards rushing and a career-best three touchdowns with Ezekiel Elliott sidelined by a right knee injury.
Fields rallied the Bears (3-5) within five after trailing 28-7, but they had already given the momentum back when the second-year pro leapt into the wrong kind of Chicago lore.
David Montgomery fumbled in the open field after a catch in the third quarter, and Parsons fell on the loose ball. Instead of touching Parsons down, Fields jumped over him.
Parsons got up, took off when he heard that “go” signal, stumbled toward the goal line and rolled over in the end zone on the 36-yard return.
Officials didn’t even stop the game for a review.
“You’re always gonna have ups and downs in the game,” Fields said while acknowledging he should have simply touched Parsons. “You’ve just got to keep fighting.”
The Cowboys (6-2) scored touchdowns on their first four possessions for the first time since 2014, two years before Prescott and Elliott arrived as dynamic rookies leading the team to the top seed in the NFC.
Prescott opened the scoring with a 7-yard run on a nifty play design by offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Prescott’s two TD passes, including one to CeeDee Lamb, came on either side of Pollard’s first score.
“Obviously we’ve got to do a better job getting off the field,” said first-year Bears coach Matt Eberflus, who was on the Dallas defensive staff for seven seasons before spending the past four as defensive coordinator in Indianapolis. “We didn’t do a very good job really all day on run defense.”
Fields threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score. His 10-yard toss to Cole Kmet got Chicago back within 13 after his gaffe on Parsons put Dallas up 42-23.
Pollard answered with a 54-yard touchdown on his final carry to get the lead back to 20 and keep the Bears from rallying despite their fourth 200-yard rushing game of the season (240).
“The last one was tough,” said Pollard who tied his career high in yards and carries (14) while averaging 9.4 yards per carry. “I was winded. But I got in there.”
Khalil Herbert, who had what appeared to be a third-quarter fumble overturned on review to help Chicago to stay close, finished with 99 yards and a TD. Fields added 60 and Montgomery 53.
Prescott was 21 of 27 for 250 yards with an interception in his second game back after missing five with a fractured right thumb.
The 25-yard sneak, which led to the third Dallas TD, boosted Prescott to 34 yards with just the second rushing score since the start of 2021 for the franchise leader in rushing touchdowns for a QB (26).
Dallas was 30th in the NFL in third down conversions before getting the first six on the four TD drives to start the game. The Cowboys finished 9 of 11 on third down and had by far their best yardage total (442).
After leaning on defense to stay afloat during Prescott’s absence, Dallas had its most points in a game this season with 6:48 left in the second quarter.
“It’s a huge step … especially going into the bye week,” Prescott said. “That confidence heading into the bye week that we can win any way that we need to.”
FIELDS SOLID AGAIN
The Chicago QB was 17 of 23 without an interception (one was negated by a roughing-the-passer penalty) for a career-best 120 passer rating. Both of the 100-plus ratings of his career have come in the past four games.
MAYBE NEXT TIME, ROOKIE
Malik Davis appeared to have an 11-yard touchdown catch in the undrafted rookie running back’s NFL debut for the Cowboys. It was overturned on review, and Prescott’s second TD pass was a 1-yarder to tight end Jake Ferguson instead. Ferguson and Dalton Schultz followed with quite the roping celebration.
Dallas LB Anthony Barr injured his left hamstring pursuing Fields on a first-half run, and rookie fifth-round pick Damone Clark replaced him. Clark was making his NFL debut seven months after spinal fusion surgery.
Bears: Miami at home next Sunday.
Cowboys: Open week before trip to Green Bay on Nov. 13.
TAGOVAILOA AIDS DOLPHINS’ TURNAROUND IN 31-27 WIN OVER LIONS
DETROIT (AP) Tua Tagovailoa dropped back, set his feet and went through three options before finding a wide-open teammate.
Tagovailoa’s cool and calm progression led to his third touchdown pass – a go-ahead, 11-yarder to Mike Gesicki late in the third quarter that capped the Miami Dolphins’ rally from a double-digit, second-half deficit for a 31-27 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
“That was the first time we’ve ever hit that route on that concept and you rarely ever see it,” Miami coach Mike McDaniel said. “It was No. 4 in the progression.”
Tagovailoa usually doesn’t need to get to his third or fourth read because he has a pair of options on pass plays that are tough to stop.
Tyreek Hill had 12 receptions for 188 yards and Jaylen Waddle had eight catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Hill and Waddle have 1,688 yards receiving combined, setting a Super Bowl era record for two teammates through the first eight games of a season.
Does the duo feel unstoppable?
“Always,” Hill said.
Hill had more than 160 yards receiving for the fourth game, one short of the NFL record set by Roy Green with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1984.
The Dolphins (5-3) have won two straight since Tagovailoa returned from a concussion. The third-year quarterback was 29 of 36 for 382 yards with three touchdowns,
The Lions (1-6) have lost five in a row, collapsing in a season that started with higher expectations at least in part due to the their appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in the preseason.
“We couldn’t stop their receivers,” said second-year coach Dan Campbell, a former Dolphins interim coach. “We didn’t hit them at the line, and that was part of the game plan. We didn’t want to turn it into a track meet, and it was a track meet.”
Detroit scored on all five of its posssessons in the first half to lead 27-17 after scoring a total of six points in its previous two games.
Miami opened the second half with a touchdown drive, scoring when fullback Alec Ingold took a snap that fooled the defense and scored on a 1-yard sneak.
The Dolphins took their first lead late in the third on Tagovailoa’s pass to Gesicki, who was wide open in the end zone, to score on a fifth straight possession.
Detroit’s Jared Goff was 27 of 37 for 321 yards with a touchdown. Goff would have had a second scoring pass at the end of the first half, but Josh Reynolds dropped a pass in the end zone and the Lions settled for a field goal. The four-point difference ended up being critical.
“Turns out that that was significant,” said Campbell, adding a lot of penalties proved to be pivotal as well.
Goff also had a chance to convert a fourth-and-1 from the Miami 35 on his last drive, but he threw deep for Reynolds and missed an opportunity.
“I wish I would’ve thrown a better ball,” Goff said. “If I left it outside, maybe we had a chance.”
D’Andre Swift was healthy enough to play after a three-game absence and had a 7-yard touchdown reception that gave Detroit a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Jamaal Williams had two touchdowns for the Lions, who had a 21-7 lead after he scored for a second time early in the second quarter.
“In the second half, we stalled out with penalties and drops,” Campbell said.
Each team drew a lot of penalties on both sides of the ball. Miami was flagged four times in the first half, three times for being offside, and Detroit declined other penalties.
The Dolphins finished with seven penalties and the Lions were flagged six times.
The Lions announced at halftime that Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders will be honored at Ford Field with a statue that will be unveiled before the 2023 season.
Dolphins: LG Liam Eichenberg had a game-ending knee injury in the second half.
Lions: TE Brock Wright left the game with a concussion and CB A.J. Parker (hip) was injured during the game.
Dolphins: Play at Chicago.
Lions: Host Green Bay.
VIKINGS HANG ON FOR 5TH STRAIGHT WIN, TOP CARDINALS 34-26
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The winning touch that so often escaped the Minnesota Vikings last season is back in their hands.
The Arizona Cardinals can sure vouch for it.
Za’Darius Smith had three sacks to help a fired-up defense hang on against Kyler Murray, and the Vikings beat the Cardinals 34-26 on Sunday for their fifth consecutive victory.
Dalvin Cook rushed for a season-high 111 yards and a touchdown, Kirk Cousins passed for two scores and ran for another, and the Vikings (6-1) remained unbeaten at home in coach Kevin O’Connell’s rookie year.
“I thought we were a really good football team last year. We just couldn’t find the inches in too many games. Why we found them now, I don’t know,” Cousins said.
Murray passed for 326 yards and a season-high three touchdowns, including a one-handed grab for a score by DeAndre Hopkins with 47 seconds left in the second quarter, but he threw two second-half interceptions that proved costly for the Cardinals (3-5).
In an action-packed matchup in Arizona last year, Murray had three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 34-33 win. The Vikings lost eight games by eight points or fewer last season. All five of their wins in the streak have been within that margin.
“It feels good. I just hate that people still are not talking about us, but it’s OK,” Smith said. “We’ll continue to be the underdogs.”
Hopkins had 12 catches for 159 yards in his second game back from a suspension, Rondale Moore had seven receptions for 92 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Murray’s speed kept an active Vikings defense honest all game.
The Cardinals went ahead 17-14 on Murray’s touchdown pass to Zach Ertz early in the third quarter, but the lead lasted only 3:26.
The Vikings drove the other way for a touchdown run by Alexander Mattison. Then they went 31 yards in four plays for a touchdown after the Murray’s dangerous heave under pressure from his own end zone was picked off by Harrison Smith.
Patrick Peterson, who jawed at his former team all game, was so excited he turned toward the Cardinals sideline and started dancing while Smith was still on his return.
“It’s built in us. We’re just waiting on that moment to where we can go take the ball away,” said Peterson, who had three passes defensed.
Cousins connected with K.J. Osborn on third-and-2 from the 5 for a 34-26 lead that Greg Joseph failed to pad when his extra point hit the upright. That touchdown was set up by a fumbled punt return by Greg Dortch at his 25.
“We just crushed ourselves, just did too many things that we can’t do,” Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt said. “Against a good football team, they’re going to beat you.”
The Cardinals crossed midfield on each of their last three possessions over the last half of the fourth quarter while trailing by one score – and never got closer than the 37.
Murray’s throw for Ertz was way behind and picked off by Camryn Bynum. Then former Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks dragged down Eno Benjamin just short of the marker on fourth-and-4 to turn the ball over with 2:39 left.
Finally, with the Cardinals out of timeouts on their last drive, Murray was sacked by Za’Darius Smith at the 44 with 10 seconds remaining, and Harrison Phillips brought him down for a big loss on the last play to end the game.
“We’re right there. It’s not like we’re getting blown out,” Hopkins said. “This is one of the best teams in the NFL, and we had a chance to win today.”
Said Cousins: “You’ve just got to keep earning your way. The difference between 6-1 and 1-6 is pretty thin.”
Joseph has missed five consecutive field goals at U.S. Bank Stadium. His 56-yard attempt on the final snap of the first half was so low it hit Cardinals nose tackle Leki Fotu in the facemask.
Jared Allen donned a cowboy hat and rode a black horse onto the field at halftime for his induction ceremony for the club’s Ring of Honor. Fans received a fake mullet attached to a headband in tribute to Allen, a three-time All-Pro defensive end in six seasons with the Vikings from 2008-13. Both Smith and Watt paid homage to Allen’s calf-roping celebration with their own sacks.
Cardinals: Five starters were inactive with injuries: LG Max Garcia (shoulder), LT D.J. Humphries (back), OLB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), RB James Conner (ribs) and C Rodney Hudson (knee).
Vikings: DE Dalvin Tomlinson (calf) left in the third quarter. … Smith (knee) came out twice for treatment on an aggravated injury but returned both times.
Cardinals: Host Seattle next Sunday, their first of three straight games against NFC West foes.
Vikings: Visit Washington next Sunday, the first trip there for Cousins to face his former team since coming to Minnesota in 2018.
SAINTS RIDE KAMARA’S 3 TDS, DEFENSE TO 24-0 WIN OVER RAIDERS
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints running back Alvin Kamara has his teammates’ attention as he explores the bounds of his leadership in his first season wearing a captain’s “C” on his jersey.
The sixth-year running back demanded better from everyone in a speech to the team following a mistake-filled Oct. 20 loss at Arizona and followed that up by saying publicly last week that New Orleans intended to “whoop” the Raiders for Saints coach Dennis Allen.
Kamara backed it up by scoring his first three touchdowns of the season, and New Orleans’ defense was dominant in a 24-0 victory over Las Vegas on Sunday.
“I stick to what I said,” Kamara said. “We was going to go out there and beat their (butt), and we did that.”
Kamara converted short receptions into touchdowns of 36 and 16 yards. He also rushed for a 3-yard score.
“We came in wanting to kind of just impose our will,” Kamara said. “I was talking about getting back to playing our style of football. Obviously, it looks like it’s me, but it’s a team thing. So, it’s refreshing to kind of get that.”
Andy Dalton justified the Saints’ decision to start him for a fifth straight game despite season-opening starter Jameis Winston having recovered enough from back and ankle injuries to be a full participant in practice this week.
Dalton was 22 of 30 for 229 yards and two TDs. His top receiver was Kamara, who had nine receptions for 96 yards to go with his 62 yards rushing.
“He did some pretty slick things to get open,” Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said of Kamara. “Clearly we didn’t do a good enough job with him or with tackling when he had the ball in space.”
Kamara has been having a productive season and had surpassed 100 yards from scrimmage in New Orleans’ previous three games. Oddly, that hadn’t translated into a single touchdown until he faced the Raiders, the franchise that gave Allen his first head coaching job in 2012 and fired him four games into his third season.
Allen grinned when asked if he had been aware of Kamara’s pledge to beat Las Vegas earlier in the week – the kind of comment that could enflame an opponent.
“I feel much better about it now,” Allen said.
The Raiders (2-5) didn’t have the ball across midfield until two minutes remained in the game.
“That’s pretty rare,” Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “To kind of limit those guys and fluster them for pretty much 55 minutes of the game, hats off to our coaches for the scheme.”
Derek Carr was 15 of 26 for 101 yards with one interception and was sacked three times before being replaced by Jarrett Stidham late in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders also were hurt by a failed fake punt in the second quarter, one play after Davante Adams’ end around on third-and-1 was stuffed by defensive end Marcus Davenport. That was compounded by a chop block penalty giving the Saints starting field possession on the Las Vegas 27. The Saints (3-5) converted that opportunity into a field goal that made it 10-0.
“Obviously that wasn’t good enough in any way, shape or form,” said McDaniels, who offered an apology to Raiders fans. “That’s my responsibility. So, we have to do much better in every phase of the game to compete with a team like that.”
The Saints defense had four sacks in all, two by second-year defensive end Payton Turner, who was playing for the first time in four weeks after recovering from a chest injury. Tackle David Onyemata had another, while end Cameron Jordan and tackle Kentavius Street shared one.
“We’re capable of playing the type of football that we played today and we hadn’t done that up to this point,” said Allen, who also oversees the defense. “It’s really just about our guys maximizing their potential and I thought they answered the bell today.”
The Saints came in with an NFL-worst turnover differential of minus-10 but did not turn the ball over this week. Mathieu intercepted Carr on a pass tipped by linebacker Pete Werner for the Saints’ second interception all season. Mathieu has both.
“By far, this was the most complete game that we’ve played,” said Dalton, who threw three interceptions – two returned for touchdowns – at Arizona. “It shows what we can do when we play the right way.”
Raiders: Played without tight end Darren Waller, who had been listed as questionable as he tried to return from an Oct. 10 hamstring injury. Adams, who had been questionable with an illness, played but had just one catch for 3 yards.
Saints: Running back Mark Ingram was treated for a knee injury in the first half and did not return.
Raiders: At Jacksonville on Nov. 6.
Saints: Host Baltimore in a Monday night game on Nov. 7.
BELICHICK PASSES HALAS, PATRIOTS BEAT JETS 22-17
Bill Belichick will appreciate reaching another coaching milestone some other time. Just getting a win was all that mattered Sunday.
Belichick passed George Halas for second place on the NFL’s career victories list and the last-place New England Patriots continued their mastery of the surprising New York Jets by beating them for the 13th straight time, 22-17.
“I’ll have a thought on that when it’s over,” Belichick said of earning his 325th victory. “Add ’em up in the end. It’s good to come down here and win. Happy for our team. I appreciate all the great players that have won those games.”
Devin McCourty had two of the Patriots’ three interceptions of Zach Wilson. Nick Folk kicked five field goals against his former team, and Belichick’s bunch slowed the Jets, who had won four in a row.
Belichick missed a chance to break a tie with Halas on Monday night, when New England (4-4) lost at home to Chicago 33-14. But now he trails only Don Shula (347). The victory was also Belichick’s 100th in the regular season against AFC East opponents as coach of the Patriots.
“Everyone’s happy for him,” Folk said. “The league’s been around something like 103 years. So for that to happen, it’s a big win.”
Mac Jones, who was benched against the Bears for rookie Bailey Zappe, finished 24 of 35 for 194 yards with a touchdown to Jakobi Meyers and an interception. Rhamondre Stevenson had 71 yards on 16 carries and caught seven passes for 72 yards.
“We hung in there,” Belichick said. “Proud of the way the team stepped up on a short week here and came in and got the win.”
The Jets (5-3), who snapped a 12-game skid against AFC East opponents by beating Miami three weeks ago, couldn’t change their fortunes against the Patriots – even while debuting their stealth black alternate helmets.
“Offensively, we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” coach Robert Saleh said. “Just not allowing ourselves to continue drives and stack together consecutive good plays.”
After a promising start, Wilson made too many mistakes in the first 300-yard passing game of his career – he was 20 of 41 for 355 yards and two TDs to Tyler Conklin – and New England took advantage.
“I had some boneheaded plays,” Wilson acknowledged, saying his second and third interceptions were “bad plays.”
Many in the MetLife Stadium crowd that was raucous at kickoff with the Jets off to their best start since 2010 were booing by the third quarter – and filing to the exits long before the game was over.
“It was pretty calm for MetLife,” said Folk, who played seven seasons with the Jets.
New York made it closer on Wilson’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Conklin with 1:51 left, but New England recovered the onside kick and Jones took three kneeldowns to run out the clock.
“We needed it,” McCourty said. “It’s tough – you go out there at home and you get booed and you don’t really show up in any phase of the game. It was ugly for us. Chicago whupped us. We had to fast forward.”
Trailing 10-6 coming out of halftime, the Patriots marched down the field. On fourth-and-1 from the 5, Belichick went for it – and Jones found Meyers for a go-ahead touchdown.
“Very important as far as momentum and helping the defense,” Meyers said. “They pretty much played great all day. We just had to give them a little something – a little spark.”
After Greg Zuerlein was wide left on a potential tying 45-yarder early in the third, Folk made kicks of 49, 45 and 52 yards to make it 22-10 early in the fourth.
With the Patriots trailing by seven and facing fourth-and-1 from the Jets 21 coming out of the 2-minute warning before halftime, Belichick opted to go for it. Jones’ throw to Meyers fell incomplete and New York took over on downs.
But Wilson was intercepted for the first time in four games when his pass floated into the hands of Ja’Whuan Bentley, giving the Patriots the ball at the Jets 40.
It appeared Jones gave it right back to the Jets when Michael Carter II intercepted him and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown – but it was wiped out by a roughing-the-passer call on John Franklin-Myers.
“JFM has to be better,” said Saleh, who added the officials explained the penalty was because the defensive end “hit him too hard.”
The Patriots ended up getting points on the drive and cutting the deficit to 10-6 on Folk’s 42-yarder as time expired in the half.
Running back James Robinson, acquired from Jacksonville during the week to help replace injured rookie Breece Hall, made his Jets debut. He finished with 17 yards on five carries.
The Jets inducted former left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson into their Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony.
Ferguson was a first-round pick in 2006 who made three Pro Bowls and never missed a practice or game during his 10-year NFL career.
Patriots WR DeVante Parker left in the first quarter with a knee injury.
Patriots: Return home next Sunday to face the Indianapolis Colts.
Jets: Home again to take on another AFC East rival in the first-place Buffalo Bills next Sunday.
HURTS, BROWN POWER UNBEATEN EAGLES PAST STEELERS 35-13
PHILADELPHIA (AP) A.J. Brown hauled in his third touchdown catch – of the first half – and the Eagles’ star receiver peered through his tinted visor at two Steelers defenders knocked to the turf because of a slapstick collision on a futile attempt at breaking up the pass.
Brown then pointed at each fallen Steeler and mocked them as the Philly crowd roared – and he was hit with a taunting penalty.
Well worth the 15 yards for a little fun.
“I just said, `One, two, it’s not enough,'” Brown said with a laugh.
Three TDs were pretty good for Brown. So was taking the Eagles to seven, as in 7-0 and the lone undefeated team in the NFL.
Hurts threw three touchdown passes to Brown in the first half and finished with 285 yards and four TDs overall as Philadelphia raced past Pittsburgh 35-13 on Sunday.
Brown had six receptions for 156 yards and helped the Eagles win their first seven games for only the second time in franchise history and first since 2004, when Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens led them to the Super Bowl. In that season, the Eagles were denied an 8-0 start with a loss to the Steelers.
Pittsburgh (2-6) offered no resistance this time once Hurts and Brown turned the Linc into their own pitch-and-catch playground.
“I know I can’t let him down,” Brown said. “We’re just having fun and playing for one another. I’m pretty sure he knows that I’ve got his back and I know he’s got mine, too. I think that’s exactly what this is.”
Rookie Kenny Pickett showed more short-term growing pains for the Steelers and was 25 of 38 for 191 yards and an interception. Wide receiver Chase Claypool threw a 1-yard pass to fullback Derek Watt on a trick play in the first quarter for Pittsburgh’s only touchdown.
“We need more explosive plays,” Pickett said.
The World Series banner went up across the street outside Citizens Bank Park – the Phillies and Houston Astros are 1-1 headed into Game 3 Monday in Philly – and it’s suddenly the point in the NFL season where it’s time to stamp the Eagles as Super Bowl favorites.
These are intoxicating times for Philly sports fans and Brown became the latest star to deliver them a few more memorable October moments.
Make it three in the first half.
Brown might still be scoring and taunting in Tennessee had the Titans not felt in the spring his asking price for an extension was too high. Once Titans decided they didn’t want to pay Brown, he was traded during the draft. The Eagles gave him a $100 million, four-year contract with $57 million guaranteed upon completing the trade.
No buyer’s remorse yet.
Brown became the first receiver since Tennessee’s Drew Bennett in 2004 with three receiving touchdowns of 25-plus yards in the first half. Hurts hit Brown from 39 yards, 27 and 29 yards for a 21-10 halftime lead.
Brown made an over-the-shoulder grab in the end zone for the third score as Pittsburgh defenders Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ahkello Witherspoon collided with each other. Brown then might have made Owens proud with the type of celebration once seen out of the retired receiver.
Their first TD might have been the most impressive. Brown went up to catch the 39-yard heave and won a battle for the ball with Fitzpatrick, who pounded the turf in frustration.
Hurts caught Brown in stride for the second touchdown as the speedy receiver outran cornerback Arthur Maulet.
Brown had his best game in his short Eagles tenure, topping the 155 yards he had in the season opener against Detroit. He had only two touchdowns entering the game.
One knock on the Eagles this season was their second-half slowdowns. They had scored only four second-half touchdowns and were shut out after halftime against Minnesota and Washington.
Hurts waved off those concerns when threw a 39-yard TD pass to Zach Pascal in the third for a 28-10 lead.
“They were making those plays and we did not,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “We have to own it.”
The only player with more than four TD passes of 25-plus yards or more in a single game since 1980 was Hall of Famer Dan Marino, who had five in Week 1 of 1994 against the Patriots.
“Those are the types of guys that reach his ceiling,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said of Hurts. “I don’t know if we know what his ceiling is going to be.”
Hurts almost matched Marino in the fourth quarter, but Brown was tripped up at the 11 on a 43-yard pass. No worries. Miles Sanders rushed for the touchdown and a 35-13 lead on the next play.
With a short week ahead, Eagles starters got a rest and center Jason Kelce playfully wore a Batman mask on the sideline in a nod to the superhero nicknames assigned to their wide receivers. Brown is “Swole Batman.”
“We were out there doing celebrations and everything,” Brown said. “It’s fun. There’s nothing like it.”
SAY A PRAYER
Among the Eagles inactives: Book, Jobe and Sermon. Make that QB Ian Book, RB Trey Sermon and CB Josh Jobe.
Nick Sciba kicked field goals of 38 and 29 yards for the Steelers in place of injured Chris Boswell (groin).
Eagles DT Jordan Davis suffered an ankle injury.
The Steelers have a bye before hosting New Orleans on Nov. 13.
The Eagles play at Houston on Thursday night for what could be the start of a crowded Philly sports week in Texas. Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) of the World Series are set for Friday and Saturday in Houston.
HENRY RUNS FOR 219 YARDS, 2 TDS AS TITANS DOWN TEXANS 17-10
HOUSTON (AP) Derrick Henry dominated the Houston Texans again, running for 219 yards and two touchdowns to carry the Tennessee Titans to a 17-10 win on Sunday.
It was Henry’s fourth straight 200-yard game against the Texans, making him the first player in NFL history to have at least 150 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in four consecutive games against the same opponent. The 28-year-old has six 200-yard games in his career, tying O.J. Simpson and Adrian Peterson for the most in NFL history.
With rookie quarterback Malik Willis making his first start for the injured Ryan Tannehill, the AFC South-leading Titans (5-2) went to Henry early and often. He ripped off a season-long 41-yard run on his second carry of the game and never looked back against Houston’s NFL-worst run defense.
Henry had a season-high 32 carries and touchdown runs of 29 yards and 1 yard to help the Titans build a 14-3 lead.
The Titans were up by 14 when Davis Mills connected with rookie Dameon Pierce on a 3-yard touchdown pass that cut the lead to 17-10 with less than 30 seconds left in the game. But Tennessee recovered the onside kick to seal it.
Henry’s big day gives him 75 career touchdowns (72 rushing and three receiving), passing Eddie George for most TDs in franchise history.
Henry has run for 892 yards and nine touchdowns combined in his last four games against Houston. He missed both games against the Texans last year with a broken foot, making Sunday his first game against them since the finale of the 2020 season, when he ran for a career-best 250 yards to surpass 2,000 for the year.
The last-place Texans (1-5-1) weren’t just terrible on defense Sunday. They also couldn’t get anything going on offense and didn’t crack 100 yards until late in the fourth quarter. They finished with 161 yards and were 2 of 14 on third down.
Mills was 17 of 29 for 152 yards with an interception and a touchdown, struggling more than usual with top receiver Nico Collins out with an injury.
Willis, who was the 86th pick in the draft, threw for 55 yards with an interception as Tannehill sat out for the first time since the seventh game of the 2019 season.
Henry put the Titans up 7-3 when he shed two defenders and stiff-armed another as he tumbled into the end zone on a 29-yard run with about four minutes left in the second quarter.
He pushed the lead to 14-3 when waltzed in on fourth-and-goal from the 1 midway through the third. Dontrell Hilliard had runs of 21 and 30 yards to set up that touchdown.
The Titans finished with 314 yards rushing as Hilliard added 83.
Steven Nelson intercepted Willis and returned it 34 yards to the Tennessee 11 early in the second quarter. But the Texans lost 13 yards on the ensuring drive and settled for a 43-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
Randy Bullock, who was 4 for 4 on field goals last week to win AFC special teams player of the week, missed a 48-yard attempt on Tennessee’s first drive.
Mills was intercepted by Kristian Fulton on Houston’s opening drive, but the Titans couldn’t take advantage of the error and had to punt.
Robert Woods fumbled a punt return in the first quarter, and the Texans recovered. It was the third fumble on a punt return for the Titans this season but the first by Woods.
The Texans couldn’t cash in on that mistake, either.
Tannehill missed the game with a sprained ankle and an illness. … Titans S Amani Hooker injured his shoulder in the first quarter and didn’t return. … Houston DB Grayland Arnold injured a quadriceps in the second half and didn’t return. … OL Justin McCray left in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.
Titans: Visit Kansas City next Sunday night.
Texans: Host undefeated Philadelphia on Thursday night.
MCCAFFREY THROWS, CATCHES, RUSHES FOR TDS, NINERS ROUT RAMS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Christian McCaffrey became the 11th player in NFL history with a rushing touchdown, a passing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in one game, and the San Francisco 49ers extended their regular-season mastery over the Rams to four full years with a 31-14 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday.
McCaffrey threw a 34-yard TD pass to Brandon Aiyuk in the first half, caught a TD pass from Jimmy Garoppolo in the third quarter and then put the Niners (4-4) in control with a TD run early in the fourth.
Garoppolo passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns as San Francisco scored 24 unanswered points to finish its eighth consecutive regular-season victory over its NFC West rivals.
McCaffrey finished with 94 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving. LaDainian Tomlinson was the last player with rushing, passing and receiving TDs in the same game, doing it for San Diego back in 2005.
The 49ers outbid the Rams (3-4) last week in a trade for McCaffrey’s services, and the versatile running back showed Los Angeles exactly what it missed. The Rams actually were burned by McCaffrey for the second straight game, since he piled up 158 total yards for the Panthers during the Rams’ win over Carolina in LA’s final game before its bye.
After trailing 14-10 at halftime despite McCaffrey’s 34-yard TD pass, the 49ers reclaimed the lead late in the third quarter with an 88-yard drive capped by McCaffrey’s artful TD catch down the sideline. McCaffrey then made a 24-yard run followed by a 1-yard score with 12:07 to play, and George Kittle made a late TD catch to seal the Niners’ latest humiliation of the Rams despite the injury absence of star Deebo Samuel.
Los Angeles narrowly beat San Francisco in the NFC championship game at SoFi Stadium exactly nine months ago, but the Niners have won every other meeting since 2018.
Matthew Stafford passed for 187 yards and scored his first rushing touchdown since 2016 for the defending Super Bowl champion Rams (3-4), who are under .500 for the third time – all occurring this season – in coach Sean McVay’s career. Los Angeles managed 43 net yards in the second half while getting shut out after halftime for the third time already this season.
McVay has lost nine of his 13 matchups with Kyle Shanahan, his former co-worker in Washington, since they got their current jobs one month apart in 2017. Shanahan got nearly 21% of his 43 career regular-season victories when coaching against McVay.
Cooper Kupp had eight catches for 79 yards and a touchdown, but the Rams All-Pro left the field gingerly after an awkward tackle with 1:02 to play.
The Rams scored first when Stafford’s 1-yard run capped a 17-play, 88-yard drive consuming 9:21.
The Niners tied it a few minutes later on McCaffrey’s TD pass off a fake screen. Samuel threw a TD pass against the Rams last season.
Four key starters were inactive for the Niners: Samuel, DT Arik Armstead, FB Kyle Juszczyk and LB Dre Greenlaw.
Rams TE Tyler Higbee injured his neck while making a catch in the first quarter, but returned in the second. He made an egregious drop in the fourth quarter. … WR Van Jefferson was not targeted in his season debut after having knee surgery early in training camp.
49ers: Bye week.
Rams: At Buccaneers on Sunday.
SEAHAWKS TOPPLE GIANTS 27-13 TO STAY ATOP NFC WEST
SEATTLE (AP) Tyler Lockett caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith with 9:18 left, and the Seattle Seahawks won their third straight, 27-13 over the New York Giants on Sunday.
The only matchup of teams with winning records in the NFL this week was a slugfest until the fourth quarter, when Lockett made up for two big mistakes earlier in the game and Seattle rookie running back Kenneth Walker III finally broke free, helping the surprising Seahawks (5-3) stay atop the NFC West.
New York (6-2) saw its four-game win streak snapped entering its bye week and lost ground to undefeated Philadelphia in the NFC East – largely because the Seahawks corralled Saquon Barkley, who was held to a season-low 53 yards on 20 carries and had three catches for 9 yards.
Lockett hauled in a short pass at the 3-yard line in the first half, but Adoree’ Jackson forced and recovered a fumble, leading to a 1-yard TD run from Barkley. Late in the third quarter, Lockett was free behind the Giants secondary but dropped what would have been a 33-yard touchdown.
Given another chance on Seattle’s next drive, Lockett came through. First he made a solid 12-yard catch. Then he made a stutter-and-go move on Jackson and flashed open down the sideline. Smith’s throw was on target for the touchdown and a 20-13 Seattle lead.
Seattle added insurance with 5:22 left thanks to Walker. New York’s Richie James fumbled his second punt return of the game, giving Seattle the ball at the Giants 32. Two plays later, Walker reversed his field, broke tackles and scooted 16 yards for the clinching touchdown.
Walker finished with 51 yards on 18 carries. Smith was 23 of 34 for 212 yards and two touchdowns, including a 3-yard TD pass to DK Metcalf in the second quarter. Smith was 5 for 5 for 75 yards on the drive capped by Lockett’s scoring catch. Both Lockett (hamstring/oblique) and Metcalf (knee) were questionable entering the game.
Barkley entered the week leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage and was second in yards rushing. His previous season low on the ground was 70 yards against Green Bay. But he struggled against a Seahawks defense that gave up 235 yards rushing to New Orleans less than a month ago.
The lack of a run game put pressure on Daniel Jones, who avoided big mistakes but didn’t make any big plays through the air. Jones was 17 of 31 for 176 yards and was sacked five times.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll tied Bud Grant for 18th on the all-time victory list with 168, including playoffs.
Carroll was also penalized for sideline interference late in the fourth quarter when he collided with an official. Referee Jerome Boger inadvertently announced the penalty as being against the “Seattle Mariners.”
New York lost defensive lineman Nick Williams in the first quarter to a biceps injury and James was ruled out with a concussion after he hit the back of his head on the turf after his second fumble. Seattle played nearly the entire game without pass rusher Darrell Taylor due to a hip injury, and versatile safety Ryan Neal limped off in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury.
Giants: After a bye, New York hosts Houston on Nov. 13.
Seahawks: At Arizona next Sunday.
MICHIGAN STATE PRESIDENT: POST-GAME MELEE ‘UNACCEPTABLE’
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan State President Samuel Stanley publicly apologized Sunday for a “violent” skirmish in which Spartans football players appeared to attack Michigan players in a stadium tunnel after losing to the rival Wolverines.
“I’m extremely saddened by this incident and the unacceptable behavior depicted by members of our football program,” Stanley said in a statement. adding that those involved would be held responsible by coach Mel Tucker. “On behalf of Michigan State University, my heartfelt apology to the University of Michigan and the student athletes who were injured.
“There is no provocation that could justify the behavior we are seeing on the videos. Rivalries can be intense but should never be violent.”
The scuffle broke out in the Michigan Stadium tunnel after fourth-ranked Wolverines beat the Spartans 29-7 Saturday night. Social media posts showed at least three Michigan State players pushing, punching and kicking Michigan’s Ja’Den McBurrows in and near a hallway that doesn’t lead to either locker room.
McBurrows and defensive back Gemon Green went up the tunnel, walking alongside the Spartans, after the game while much of Michigan’s team was waving them off the field after beating their in-state rivals for the first time in three years.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Saturday night that one of the players, who he did not identify, might have a broken nose. A social media post on Sunday showed a Wolverine, who appears to be Green, getting roughed up by Spartans.
“Two of our players were assaulted,” Harbaugh said. “I saw on the one video. 10 on one. It was pretty bad. It needs to be investigated.”
Tucker said in a tweet Sunday that his program will cooperate with law enforcement and the Big Ten in any investigation.
“As Spartans, our program has a responsibility to uphold the highest level of sportsmanship. While emotions were very high at the conclusion of our rivalry game at Michigan Stadium, there is no excuse for behavior that puts our team or our opponents at risk,” Tucker said. “In complete cooperation with law enforcement, the Big Ten Conference and MSU and UM leadership, we will evaluate the events in Ann Arbor and take swift and appropriate action.”
University of Michigan Deputy Police Chief Melissa Overton said an investigation is underway in partnership with Michigan State police, and Michigan’s athletic department and football program.
“The investigation takes some time,” Overton said Sunday.
Stanley said the university will be cooperating with all related investigations by law enforcement and the Big Ten.
The Big Ten said in a statement: “The conference is currently gathering information, will thoroughly review the facts, and will take appropriate action.”
It was the second straight game at Michigan that included an altercation in the long, narrow tunnel that goes from the locker rooms to the field.
Earlier this month, Penn State coach James Franklin said a policy change was needed to provide a more orderly use of the tunnel.
Some heated words were exchanged, and Michigan players said Penn State players threw peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at them as the teams headed to the locker room at halftime of a close game the Wolverines ultimately won in a 41-17 rout on Oct. 15.
Harbaugh said Franklin acted as a “ringleader” and claimed the Nittany Lions stopped in the tunnel to prevent his team from accessing its locker room.
AP TOP 25: TENNESSEE, OHIO ST TIED AT 2, UGA NEXT FOR VOLS
(AP) — Tennessee moved into a tie with Ohio State for No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday to set up a 1 vs. 2 matchup next week with top-ranked Georgia.
Georgia-Tennessee will be the 25th regular-season game matching the top two teams in the AP poll, and the third straight involving Southeastern Conference teams. Neither the Bulldogs nor the Volunteers have ever played in a 1-2 game in the regular season.
Georgia remained No. 1 for the fourth straight week, receiving 30 first-place votes and 1,528 points in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank.
The Volunteers moved up a spot, receiving 18 first-place votes and 1,500 points to match Ohio State. The Buckeyes received 15 first-place votes. The last time there was a tie at No. 2 in the AP poll was Nov. 14, 2004, between Auburn and Oklahoma behind No. 1 Southern California.
On Saturday, Tennessee routed Kentucky 44-6 and Ohio State won 44-31 at Penn State.
Tennessee has not been ranked this high since it was No. 2 in 2001, a season the Vols finished fourth.
No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Clemson, No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 TCU and No. 8 Oregon held their spots in the rankings. USC moved up a spot to ninth and No. 10 UCLA gave the Pac-12 three teams in the top-10 for the first time since November 2016.
The last time both Los Angeles schools were in the top 10 was September 2015.
The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season will be released Tuesday night.
The last two 1-2 regular-season games both involved Alabama and LSU.
The Tigers were No. 1 in 2019 when they beat the second-ranked Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on the way to an SEC and national championship.
In 2011, the top-ranked Tigers won at No. 2 Alabama in overtime and the two SEC West rivals played again in the BCS national championship game. The Tide won the rematch and finished No. 1.
Including postseason games, this will be the 53rd game matching AP’s No. 1 and No. 2 since the poll began in 1936.
Three teams are making there season debuts on the Top 25 this week.
– No. 23 Liberty is ranked for the first time since 2020, when the Flames were ranked for eight weeks and peaked at No. 17 in the final poll of the season.
– No. 24 Oregon State becomes the latest Power Five school to snap a long absence from the rankings. The Beavers had not been ranked since they were No. 25 in the 2013 preseason poll. They had not been ranked in the regular season since 2012 when they finished 20th.
Earlier this year Kansas broke a 13-year rankings drought, which had been the longest in Power Five. Then Illinois broke the next longest dry spell, moving into the rankings for the first time since 2011.
Rutgers currently holds the longest AP Top 25 drought among Power Five teams, dating back to 2012. Vanderbilt is next. The Commodores have not been ranked since the 2013 season.
– No. 25 UCF is ranked for the first time since Sept. 27, 2020.
SEC East rivals Kentucky and South Carolina both dropped out of the poll after absorbing their third losses of the season. The Gamecocks are out after just one week ranked. The Wildcats are unranked for the first time this season.
Cincinnati also dropped out of the rankings after losing to UCF.
SEC – 5 (Nos. 1, 2, 6, 11, 15).
ACC – 5 (Nos. 5, 17, 20, 21, 22).
Pac-12 – 5 (Nos. 8, 9, 10, 12, 24).
Big Ten – 4 (Nos. 2, 4, 14, 16).
Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 7, 13, 18).
American – 2 (Nos. 19, 25).
Independent – 1 (No. 23).
RANKED vs. RANKED
Big weekend in the SEC as both division leads will be up for grabs.
No. 6 Alabama at No. 15 LSU. First ranked matchup for the Crimson Tide and Tigers since that 2019 1 vs. 2 game.
No. 20 Wake Forest at No. 21 North Carolina State. For the second straight year, the Demon Deacons and Wolfpack will meet as ranked opponents.
AP SOURCE: ROYALS HIRE RAYS’ QUATRARO AS NEW MANAGER
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have hired Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro as their new manager, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club had yet to announce the move.
Quatraro replaces Mike Matheny, who was fired as part of a wide-spread shakeup within the organization after finishing with a 65-97 record for their sixth straight losing season. Quatraro was chosen by Royals general manager J.J. Picollo, who took over as head of the club’s baseball operations after the firing of longtime front-office executive Dayton Moore.
Picollo, along with Royals owner John Sherman, had said they wanted a forward-thinking manager who was more data-driven than those of the past. They got exactly that in the 48-year-old Quatraro, who had been the bench coach in Tampa Bay since 2018 and had also been a hitting coordinator and third base coach. He previously worked on manager Terry Francona’s staff in Cleveland.
He had been a hot commodity in recent seasons, interviewing with the Mets and A’s last season for their manager jobs.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW: PAC-12
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
7. Arizona State
9. Washington State
12. Oregon State
ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA
Tyger Campbell, UCLA
Will Richardson, Oregon
Drew Peterson, USC
Azuolas Tubelis, Arizona
ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
Pelle Larsson, Arizona
Spencer Jones, Stanford
Tristan da Silva, Colorado
Mouhamed Gueye, Washington State
Branden Carlson, Utah
Realistically speaking, Year 1 of the Tommy Lloyd Era couldn’t have gone any better. Arizona had parted ways with Sean Miller, and the Wildcats weren’t expected to be much more than a fringe NCAA Tournament team. Instead, Lloyd led Arizona to a 33-4 overall record and swept the Pac-12 regular-season and conference tourney titles after an 18-2 mark in league play. Bennedict Mathurin developed into a high-lottery pick, Dalen Terry parlayed his versatility into a first-round draft slot, and Christian Koloko was drafted in the second round after an exceptional year on the defensive end. Coming into the Big Dance, Arizona was considered a legitimate Final Four and national title contender. Instead, the Wildcats wound up losing to Houston in the Sweet 16. Now, without those three NBA talents, Lloyd enters Year 2 in a similar situation to last season. He’s got talent, but the expectations are tinged by doubt, with some wondering whether Arizona can remain a Top 25 program.
It’s easy to forget that, just a few years ago, Bobby Hurley was set to lead Arizona State to its third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, which would have been a first for the program since the early 1960s. Then COVID hit, the tourney was canceled in 2020 and the last two seasons have been rough in Tempe. The Sun Devils have posted back-to-back losing records and amassed just 25 total victories in that span. Still, Hurley feels optimistic after retooling the roster in the offseason. He’s counting on a healthy Marcus Bagley, which we haven’t seen in a couple years, and Frankie Collins, a key transfer who didn’t play much last year as a freshman at Michigan. Hurley brought in four transfers that he hopes will also play significant factors. In fact, all have a legitimate chance to start this season for ASU. Hurley knows he has some pressure to produce this season, but he’s become more a product of his own expectations. Face it: there’s just not a ton of history with Arizona State basketball. Since 1995, the Sun Devils have gone to the NCAA Tournament just five times — and two of those came after Hurley arrived. Can he get back again this season? That’ll depend on whether Collins is a front-line point guard and whether Bagley is back at 100 percent.
It’s Year 4 of the Mark Fox Era in Berkeley, and calling this a pivotal season for the former Georgia and Nevada head coach is an understatement. He was hired after a pair of miserable eight-win seasons from Wyking Jones, and while Fox has won 35 games over his three years at Cal, it’s time to take the next step. For all its recent woes, remember this: Cal does have some history. The Bears went to the NCAA Tourney 13 times from 1993 to 2016. Cal lost its top three scorers from a year ago. Leading scorer Jordan Shepherd (14.6 ppg) graduated and its most productive player, Andre Kelly, transferred to UCSB. Kelly averaged 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds but suffered a season-ending ankle injury in late January — and the Bears wound up beating Oregon and Stanford without him. Fox also lost Grant Anticevich, and Jalen Celestine could miss the entire season after tearing his ACL in the spring. Still, it’s not as though any of those guys were irreplaceable. Fox needs his holdovers, most of whom were role players a year ago, and his newcomers — a blend of transfers and freshmen — to step up quickly and make an immediate impact. If not, it could be a long season at Haas Pavilion.
Colorado started slow out of the gates a year ago after losing program legend McKinley Wright IV, second-leading scorer Jeriah Horne and three other starters. The Buffaloes needed overtime to beat Montana State in the season-opener, lost to Southern Illinois and then nearly dropped the next two games to Duquesne and Brown in the Virgin Islands. But once the players got a chance to build chemistry, the Buffs looked like an NCAA Tourney team towards the end of the season. Colorado won seven of its final eight to close out the regular season. “It just took time with everything we lost,” Boyle said. Now, the key is making sure that doesn’t happen again. Leading scorer Jabari Walker left early for the NBA. Walker didn’t just lead the Buffs in scoring; he also led the team in rebounding — and just about everything else. Veteran big man Evan Battey and double-digit scorer Keeshawn Barthelemy are also gone, and Elijah Parquet transferred to UNLV after starting 17 games a year ago. Despite those losses, it won’t be a complete rebuild. Boyle will focus this year’s team around versatile 6-9 junior Tristan da Silva and talented sophomore point guard K.J. Simpson.
Last season was the first time since Dana Altman arrived in Eugene that he failed to reach the 21-win mark. Considered one of the best in the business, he’s led the Ducks to the NCAA Tournament in seven of the previous eight seasons. It wasn’t a lack of talent that held Oregon back last season. “We should have won 25 games,” Altman said. “The chemistry wasn’t good. It was the first time in my 12 years here that the chemistry wasn’t good, and we didn’t achieve what I thought we should.” Jacob Young graduated, and three other guys from the rotation’s top eight transferred out of the program. De’Vion Harmon went to Texas Tech, Eric Williams left for San Diego and big man Franck Kepnang bounced over to conference foe Washington. Thankfully for Altman, some of those departures could wind up being addition by subtraction.
Sandwiched in between the Gary Payton golden era, which spanned from 1986 to 1990, and then Gary Payton II’s two-year takeover in 2015 and 2016, Oregon State basketball was simply an afterthought. It went through a 25-year NCAA Tournament drought that spanned five different coaches, all of whom failed to accomplish what Wayne Tinkle has already done twice during his eight years in Corvallis. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, Tinkle has endured the full range of emotions. The apex is obvious. An unforgettable run to the Elite 8 in 2021, falling six points shy of the program’s first Final Four since 1963. Then, the fallout came. In some ways, it was deja vu of the same cycle the program went through from 2016 to 2018. Coming off a banner year in 2016, when the Beavers finally made it back to the Big Dance, Tinkle initiated a full reboot the following two seasons. Underclassmen were allotted immediate playing time, as Tinkle nurtured his young core into seasoned veterans, slowly but surely. “In our great years, we’ve always had that blend of talent and character,” said the coach. But getting with a new group there takes time. Remember, this isn’t Arizona or UCLA. This is Oregon State. Expecting at-large NCAA Tournament bids on an annual basis is wishful thinking. Tinkle understands that launching rebuilds in the wake of decorated seasons is simply the cost of doing business. That’s where Oregon State sits today. The glory from that special 2021 run still permeates through the program, but the path back up the mountain looks daunting. Patience is a rare commodity in today’s college basketball landscape, but the waiting game should bear fruit for the Beavers — just as it did two seasons ago.
While most coaches are overly concerned about roster attrition and having to hit the transfer portal to reload its roster, that’s not something that Jerod Haase and Stanford have typically had to deal with in the offseason. It’s Stanford, after all. Students rarely leave the school — at least, until they earn their degree. Haase did lose two players to the portal this past offseason, though, as Jaden Delaire left for San Diego and Noah Taitz bolted to Loyola Marymount. Still, the Cardinal bring back nine of 13 scholarship players from last season, when they went 16-16 overall and 8-12 in the Pac-12. Haase and his staff were also able to replace Delaire with another transfer who averaged in double-figures and shot 42 percent from 3: former Davidson wing Michael Jones. That was a portal victory for the Cardinal. Over his six seasons in Palo Alto, Haase has gotten close but hasn’t been able to get Stanford over the hump and into the NCAA Tournament. However, with just about everyone back in the fold, no shortage of perimeter shooting and one of his most experienced teams ever, this just might be the year when the Cardinal go dancing again.
After making an improbable run from the First Four to the Final Four two years ago and getting its entire core back, Mick Cronin’s UCLA team entered last season with lofty expectations. Ranked second in the preseason, the hope was to get back to the Final Four. UCLA finished with 27 wins, and a 15-5 Pac-12 mark. But the Bruins didn’t win the Pac-12 regular-season or tournament titles and eventually lost to North Carolina in the Sweet 16. And that was considered a disappointment. That shows just how far Cronin has taken this program in only three years at the helm. He took over a UCLA program that had been 20-16 in league play during Steve Alford’s final two seasons — and has quickly made the Bruins nationally relevant again. This year should be no different despite losing two fixtures from the Final Four team in last year’s leading scorer Johnny Juzang and Jules Bernard, who combined for more than 28 points per game. The Bruins bring back two veteran starters and all-league players, add a trio of top-50 freshmen and return a few more key pieces to round it all out. That should be enough to keep it rolling in Westwood.
When Andy Enfield was hired in 2013 after taking Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16, it seemed like an odd fit as Enfield lacked clear West Coast ties. After toiling through a couple of rough seasons to begin his tenure with the Trojans though, Enfield has guided USC to the NCAA Tournament four times in the past seven years. Six of those teams won at least 21 games. USC finished 26-8 last season and 14-6 in the Pac-12 despite losing lottery pick Evan Mobley. Now, Enfield must figure out a way to win without Mobley’s brother, Isaiah, who led the team in both scoring and rebounding. USC will be young up front with the loss of Isaiah Mobley and fellow starter Chevez Goodwin, but the Trojans brought in a pair of highly touted freshmen instead of hitting the transfer portal. In fact, Enfield didn’t bring in a single transfer this year. On the contrary, he brings back seven guys from last year’s team and adds four freshmen — three of whom were top-50 recruits. Enfield has a chance to do something extremely rare: taking USC to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. The only other time it was accomplished was from 2007-09, when Tim Floyd had guys like Nick Young, O.J. Mayo and DeMar DeRozan.
Larry Krystkowiak had it rolling in 2015 and 2016. The Utes had NBA players in Kyle Kuzma, Delon Wright and Jakob Poeltl, and they followed up a Sweet 16 appearance with another NCAA Tournament bid. But the last six years have been barren when it comes to the Big Dance. Craig Smith didn’t inherit much when he took over prior to last season, and the Utes proceeded to finish 11-20 and 4-16 in Pac-12 play. That was probably what most prognosticators expected from Year 1 under Smith. Still, the almost-always upbeat head coach, who came to Salt Lake City after a successful three-year stint at nearby Utah State, brings back his two top players from a year ago. He also added three high-major transfers and brought in a trio of fairly anonymous freshmen. It’s obviously far too early to judge Smith. That won’t be possible for another couple of years, and let’s face it: The glory years of Rick Majerus in the 1990s are a distant memory. Even those few years when Krystkowiak enjoyed success seem like they happened quite a while ago. What Utah fans want is a team that can compete in the Pac-12 and vie for postseason appearances year in and year out. Smith is optimistic he can, in time, do exactly that.
When Washington hired Mike Hopkins five years ago, it was a move almost universally applauded throughout the industry. Hopkins was the coach-in-waiting at Syracuse, but he couldn’t wait any longer for Jim Boeheim to call it quits. For a guy with strong West Coast roots, U-Dub was the ideal landing spot. In his second season at the helm, the Huskies finished first in the Pac-12, won 27 games and went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hopkins added two elite recruits in Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels the following season, but Washington underachieved to the tune of a 15-17 overall record and a 5-13 finish in the Pac-12. The 2020-21 campaign was even worse, as the Huskies fell to 5-21 overall with just four league wins. Hopkins may have felt his coaching seat heating up, but he cooled things down and turned the team back in the right direction. Washington finished with 17 wins and an 11-9 league mark last year. Hopkins lost his only two double-figure scorers from last season, but this team has a chance to take another step forward with the addition of four transfers.
Kyle Smith and Washington State were a trendy under-the-radar selection a year ago, with many prognosticators choosing the Cougars to end their 14-season NCAA Tournament drought. The last time Washington State went dancing, Tony Bennett was still the head coach. Since then, Ken Bone and Ernie Kent each had five seasons at the helm but failed to get to the promised land. Now, Smith enters his fourth season without a tourney bid. Smith has made strides, though. He has gone from six to seven to 11 conference victories in his three years with Wazzu. The big question now is whether the former San Francisco and Columbia head man has enough talent in the backcourt to snap the streak this year. Washington State lost its top four scorers: Michael Flowers to graduation; Tyrell Roberts and Noah Williams to transfers; and Efe Abogidi to the G-League Ignite. But there’s still optimism that there’s enough in place to make a run to the NCAA Tournament.
ZION BACK WITH DOUBLE-DOUBLE, PELICANS ROUT CLIPPERS 112-91
LOS ANGELES (AP) Zion Williamson had 21 points and 12 rebounds in his return, and the New Orleans Pelicans pulled away in the second half to rout the Los Angeles Clippers 112-91 on Sunday.
CJ McCollum added 22 points for the Pelicans, who’ve won four of their first six games. Williamson was out the last two games with a right hip and lower back contusion, one of three starters to have missed the last two games.
“Still a little sore, man,” Williamson said. “I’ve taken a lot of falls, but I ain’t never had a fall like that one. But it was fine enough for me to play. Unless I’m truly injured, I’m going to be playing the game of basketball. That’s just how I am.”
Williamson had seven assists, one off his career high.
“We got some special shooters on this team,” Williamson said. “I’m able to find them and they knock the shots down.”
Pelicans coach Willie Green was glad to have Williamson back on the floor.
“When he touches the ball, he makes the right play, whether it’s to score for himself, finding his teammates or kicking it out, setting screens, continuing to move,” Green said. “He was fantastic.”
Norman Powell had 18 points off the bench for the Clippers. Paul George added 14 points and Marcus Morris had 12. With Kawhi Leonard again sidelined, the Clippers dropped their fourth in a row.
“We just got to do some things better,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We’re not a very good basketball team now and we got to change that.”
Naji Marshall stole Amir Coffey’s bad pass and streaked down court to score in the game’s closing minutes, waving goodbye to the Clippers fans who hadn’t already bailed out.
“His confidence is growing,” Green said. “He’s getting more minutes because of circumstances. He spearheaded our defense with his ability to guard multiple guys, starting with Paul George.”
Williamson and McCollum combined to score 10 straight to open the third, giving New Orleans a 62-54 lead.
“We felt we were in a good position to come out and make a run in the third quarter, simply by just more effort, making sure we’re sound defensively on our coverages, contesting shots and then trying to play a bit faster,” Green said.
Reggie Jackson scored seven in a row to draw the Clippers within one before the Pelicans got going again. Larry Nance Jr. hit a 3-pointer and Williamson followed with a dunk. Williamson closed the period by completing a three-point play that sent the Pelicans into the fourth leading 78-67.
The Pelicans have been a force in the paint through their first six games, ranking second in the league with 56 points. They had that many against the Clippers.
The Pelicans were 15 of 36 from 3-point range, hitting five in the fourth. The Clippers were just 11 of 39 from long distance.
Trailing by 11 points, the Pelicans outscored the Clippers 17-9 to close the second and pull into a 52-all tie at halftime.
Pelicans: Starters Herb Jones (right knee hyperextension) and Brandon Ingram (concussion protocols) each missed their third straight game.
Clippers: Leonard missed his fourth game with knee stiffness and he won’t play Monday either.
A fan chattered during Pelicans free throws that all Williamson does is dunk.
“They can say what they want, but I’m glad we got the dub,” he said, smiling.
Pelicans: After two days off, visit the Lakers on Wednesday.
Clippers: Host the Houston Rockets on Monday in the second game of a back-to-back.
BROWN SCORES 24, BEAL STRUGGLES AS CELTICS ROLL 112-94
BOSTON (AP) Jaylen Brown scored 24 points and the Boston Celtics took advantage of cold shooting by Bradley Beal, routing the Washington Wizards 112-94 on Sunday night.
Jayson Tatum had 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points off the bench to help Boston avoid its third straight loss.
The Celtics connected on 21 3-pointers and had a season-high 29 assists on 36 field goals.
But they were more proud of their defense on a night Washington shot just 38.8% from the field.
“The sole focus is we want to have hot starts like that – offensively and defensively,” Celtics guard Marcus Smart said. “Sustaining it is our problem. We wanted to come out tonight and make a big emphasis on that end. Once we get that lead because of our defense…not to let it slow down and take our foot off the gas pedal.”
Boston interim coach Joe Mazzulla said he was also comfortable with the shot selection on a night his team hoisted 47 3-point attempts.
“I love 3-pointers, I like math,” Mazzulla said. “I think it’s a huge strength of our team. The thing we have to learn on the offensive end…is making sure we’re getting the best, accurate shot every time down and regardless if it goes in or not, it’s a good shot. We did a good job of when shots were not falling of competing defensively.”
Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points for the Wizards, who have lost three of their last four.
Beal missed his first 11 shots and was scoreless until the third quarter before finishing with 12 points and eight assists. He was 4 of 16 from the field. Beal and Porzingis were the only Wizards starters to reach double figures
“It’s one of those nights where you have three of your five starters really struggle offensively. That’s difficult to overcome,” Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said.
With Beal struggling, Boston led by as many as 24 points in the opening 24 minutes. Washington’s starting lineup managed to connect on just 11 of its 32 field goal attempts in the half.
Beal’s first points came from the free throw line with 2:29 left in the third quarter. He didn’t score from the from the field until dropping in a step-back, 17-footer a few possessions later.
It also didn’t help that Sunday was Washington’s second game without one of its peskiest defenders in backup point guard Delon Wright, who could be sidelined up to two months with a hamstring issue.
Wizards: The last time Beal was held scoreless in the first half of a game was 2018 against the Golden State Warriors. . Trailed 51-27 in the second quarter before closing the half on a 20-7 run. . Have faced first- quarter deficits of at least 15 points in back-to-back games.
Celtics: Grant Williams had 10 points, four rebounds and a block in his first game back from serving a one-game suspension for directing inappropriate language at and bumping into a referee. . Led 34-15 at end of first quarter. . Jumped out to 21-8 lead, with Tatum and Brown taking the team’s first 12 shots and combining for 27 points in the period.
Wizards: Host Philadelphia on Monday.
Celtics: At Cleveland on Wednesday.
MITCHELL, LOVE RALLY CAVALIERS PAST KNICKS, 121-108
CLEVELAND (AP) Donovan Mitchell had 38 points and a career-high 12 assists, Kevin Love scored 16 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the New York Knicks 121-108 on Sunday night.
Mitchell and Love combined for 28 points in the final period as Cleveland outscored New York 37-15. Love made five 3-pointers and Mitchell scored 12 points – both also had four-point plays – in rallying the Cavaliers from a nine-point deficit.
Cleveland made 23 3-pointers in a franchise-record 50 attempts. Mitchell and Love each went 8 for 13 beyond the arc, while Dean Wade was 6 for 8 and scored a career-high 22 points.
“This team never loses its fight,” Love said. “Sometimes, you have to win ugly and we did that tonight. Donovan was finding guys out there, I was finding guys out there, Dean made big shots, and we just got rolling. It’s amazing playing with these guys.”
Evan Mobley added 16 points for the Cavaliers, who won have won five straight since dropping their season opener in Toronto. Love also absorbed a pair of charges, one of them from Julius Randle in the fourth.
Jalen Brunson had 12 points and three assists in the third, giving the Knicks their largest lead at 93-84 going into the fourth. Brunson and Evan Fournier finished with 16 points apiece, while Randle and RJ Barrett each had 15 for New York.
“Games like this reveal exactly where we are and exactly what we have to do to win,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Cleveland is playing great basketball. That team is playing great basketball.”
The Cavaliers also received six points and a game-high 13 rebounds from All-Star center Jarrett Allen and eight assists from Caris LeVert. Mitchell and LeVert each had 41 points Friday night in a 132-123 overtime win in Boston.
Three-time All-Star Mitchell scored 15 points on five 3-pointers in the first quarter, helping the Cavaliers take a 10-point lead over his hometown team.
Mitchell believed he would be traded to the Knicks over the summer, only to have Cleveland swoop in with a better offer on Sept. 1. Utah received Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, rookie Ochai Agbaji, three first-round draft choices and two pick swaps in return.
“Donovan was not going to let us lose this game,” Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “At both ends, he did the job. He is a complete basketball player. This dude is elite. I don’t know what he can’t do on the floor.”
All-Star point guard Darius Garland missed his fifth consecutive game for Cleveland with a left eye laceration. Garland has not played since being poked in the eye by Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. on Oct. 19.
Knicks: New York has lost four straight at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and is 47-64 in Cleveland. . G Quentin Grimes (left foot soreness), the No. 25 overall pick in 2021, has been inactive for all six games. Grimes averaged 6.0 points in 46 games as a rookie.
Cavaliers: Garland resumed on-court activities Wednesday, but no timetable is in place for his return to action. Bickerstaff said Garland “wants to play, there is no doubt about it,” and will wear protective goggles indefinitely.
Knicks: Host Atlanta on Wednesday night.
Cavaliers: Host Boston on Wednesday night.
BEY, CUNNINGHAM LEAD PISTONS PAST DEFENDING CHAMP WARRIORS
DETROIT (AP) Saddiq Bey scored 28 points, Cade Cunningham was an assist short of a triple-double and the Detroit Pistons beat the defending champion Golden State Warriors 128-114 on Sunday night to end a five-game losing streak.
“I’m overjoyed for our guys after the work they put in tonight,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “That’s what happens with a young, rebuilding team. Tthere are going to be nights like this where people are going to say, `Whoa, where did that come from?’ That’s exciting.”
Cunningham had 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to help the Pistons won for the first time since their opening game. Isaiah Stewart added 24 points and 13 rebounds as Detroit’s starters scored 111 points.
“I think tonight we showed what Pistons basketball is going to be,” Stewart said. “We played defense the way we needed to play it every night, and on offense we were sharing the ball and making sure everyone got shots.”
Steph Curry had 32 points and Jordan Poole added 30 for Golden State, coming off a 120-113 overtime loss in Charlotte on Saturday. The Warriors played without Klay Thompson (rest).
“We can’t stop fouling, and something needs to click with our guys,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after his team put Detroit on the line 38 times. “We have to be near the bottom of the league in defensive efficiency and that puts us in some bad spots offensively.”
Golden State led by 10 early in the second quarter, but the Pistons responded with a 29-9 run to take a 10-point lead of their own. Stewart had 15 points and seven rebounds in the first half, including a rare 3-pointer to put Detroit up 63-55 at halftime.
Curry was 3-8 on 3-pointers in a 15-point half, but the rest of the Warriors went 1-13 from behind the arc. Golden State had a 22-12 edge on points in the paint, but Detroit’s jump shooting gave them a decided edge.
“I think our offense is killing our defense, whether it is floor balance or whether the ball doesn’t move and guys are stagnant,” Draymond Green said. “The two ends aren’t connecting, and in order to be a great team, those two ends have to connect.”
The Pistons kept rolling in the third quarter, starting with an 11-2 run to go up by 17, 74-57.
Poole, though, scored 12 points in 52 seconds – a three-point play and three 3-pointers – to cut it to 79-72.
Warriors: Poole and Curry outscored their teammates 62-52 in the first three quarters. Their fellow starters – Draymond Green, Kevan Looney and Andrew Wiggins – combined for 19 points on 7-of-24 shooting.
Pistons: Detroit had more points in the first three quarters (100) than they averaged in four losses (96.3) to the Warriors over the last two seasons. … Rookie C Jalen Duran left in the fourth quarter with a left leg injury. Casey said he would know more on Monday morning.
Warriors: At Miami on Tuesday night.
Pistons: At Milwaukee on Monday and Wednesday nights.
JOHNSON, MCDERMOTT LEAD SPURS TO SECOND VICTORY OVER WOLVES
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Keldon Johnson scored 25 points, Doug McDermott added 23 and the San Antonio Spurs beat Minnesota 107-98 on Sunday night, their second victory over the Timberwolves during a tumultuous week.
The Spurs were without starters Jeremy Sochan and Devin Vassell and key reserve Josh Richardson. As significant as the injuries and illness were, a darker cloud hung over the team following Joshua Primo’s dismissal from the team Friday for allegedly exposing himself to several women.
A roster with an average age of 23-years-old has overcome the turmoil so far.
“Just being a family, that’s pretty much all I can say,” Johnson said. “We have each other’s back.”
Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 26 points and Anthony Edwards had 18. Rudy Gobert was held to nine points and 12 rebounds.
The Spurs improved to 5-2 in which many speculated they would vie for the league’s worst record with such a young roster.
“I didn’t know they were that fearless,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “Maybe when you don’t know what the hell you’re doing, sometimes you just go do it. You just go play.”
The Spurs did so from the start.
San Antonio was 16 for 40 on 3-pointers, one shy of their season high for 3-pointers. McDermott 7 for 14 from behind the arc and Johnson made half of his 10 attempts. McDermott matched a career high for 3-pointers he set last season with the Spurs.
“When you have a great culture, it just carries onto the floor,” McDermott said. “As a 30-year-old whose been on six or seven teams, I haven’t had this much fun playing basketball. It’s just been a joy to be a part of.”
The Spurs held the Timberwolves to 23 points in the opening quarter, a season-low for an opponent as well as the lowest output for the Timberwolves.
“They shoot the 3-ball well, they shoot free throws well, they finish at the basket well,” Towns said. “That’s a recipe for success.”
After trailing by 19 points in the third quarter, Minnesota opened the fourth on a 14-2 run in cutting San Antonio’s lead to 87-84 but McDermott and Johnson both hit key 3-pointers late to preserve the victory.
The Timberwolves were outrebounded 52-45, including 14 offensive rebounds for the Spurs.
“We just didn’t play,” a visibly frustrated Towns said. “We didn’t compete enough.”
Timberwolves: Former Spurs G Bryn Forbes and F Kyle Anderson were honored during a timeout in the first quarter with a video highlighting their time in San Antonio. . Towns was not happy with Taurean Prince following a foul by Edwards on Zach Collins’ layup midway through the second quarter. Towns approached Prince, continually motioning to an area on the court. Prince threw his hands down and walked away in apparent frustration with Towns.
Spurs: Vassell sat out with a sore left knee and Richardson missed the game with a lower back tightness. Sochan and Roby missed with flu-like symptoms. Roby was ruled out and hour before tipoff. . G Romeo Langford made his 12th career start in his second season with the Spurs and fourth overall. The 6-foot-5 Langford blocked a floater by the 7-foot-1 Gobert in the final seconds of the first quarter. . Rookie guard Blake Wesley exited the game in the first half with a left knee injury after landing awkwardly after being fouled on a drive. Wesley went to the locker room shortly after making a pair of free throws. Popovich said an X-ray was negative and that he hopes Wesley simply bumped knees with an opponent.
The Spurs waived Primo an hour before Friday’s game, cutting ties with the 19-year-old guard after he allegedly exposed himself to several women, including a contractor for the team.
Popovich would not elaborate on when and where the incidents took place, when the Spurs became aware of Primo’s actions or why he wasn’t suspended immediately if the allegations were credible.
“I think under the circumstances, I think it’s inappropriate for me to say anything beyond what we already put out for our statement,” Popovich said.
Timberwolves: At Phoenix on Tuesday.
Spurs: Play the third of a four-game homestand Wednesday against Miami.
MAVS BOUNCE BACK, END BANCHERO’S 20-POINT RUN TO BEAT MAGIC
DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic scored 30 of his season-high 44 points in the first half, and the Dallas Mavericks rebounded from a collapse a night earlier by beating the Orlando Magic 114-105 on Sunday night.
Rookie Paolo Banchero was held to 18 points for the Magic, the first time this season the No. 1 pick in the draft has failed to reach 20. His six-game streak was tied for the third-longest to begin a career.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added a season-best 21 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who lost to Oklahoma City in overtime on Saturday after blowing a 16-point lead in the final four minutes of regulation. Doncic pointed the blame at himself afterward but was sharp Sunday.
“It’s a bounce-back game. It’s early on in the season, but we just have to make sure we’re ready, Mavericks guard Josh Green said. “There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be 6-0. For us, this is a learning curve, and I’m just happy we bounced back.”
Doncic has scored 30 or more points in each of the first six games. the first player to do that since Michael Jordan in 1986. It’s his second 40-point game in the past three games. He finished 17 of 26 from the field and had five assists and three rebounds.
“You could tell he was going to be ready to go,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “He came out and set the tone.”
Banchero shot 6 for 20 from the field, going 1 of 6 on 3-pointers. Bol Bol added 16 points.
“We fouled a lot down the stretch, but at the same time, we stuck to the game plan, which was to make Luka grind for all of his buckets,” said Wendell Carter Jr., who had 15 points and nine rebounds. “We gave ourselves a chance down the stretch, but I felt like we just had some mental lapses, especially on the defensive end, and sometimes on the offensive end we were a little too stagnant.”
The Mavericks took a 10-point lead with just over 10 minutes remaining on Hardaway’s 3-pointer as part of a 25-8 run, but the Magic closed the deficit to four with 55 seconds remaining on Banchero’s jumper. Dallas answered with Dorien Finney-Smith’s 3 from the right corner on an assist from Hardaway, who scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to make sure there wouldn’t be another collaspe.
“We knew we were on the second night of a back-to-back, so our legs were running in quicksand a little as per usual for any team in this league,” Hardaway said. “We knew if we could get to the second half and have it within arm’s length, we’d be able to get our legs under us and try to push the pace.”
The Mavericks had a season-high 10 steals, including three by Spencer Dinwiddie.
Magic: Bol Bol also had 11 rebounds for his first-career double-double. He added three blocks. . Mo Bamba recorded his 1,000th career defensive rebound in the first quarter. . Six Magic players scored in double figures.
Mavericks: Christian Wood was back in the starting lineup after getting a rest day on the front end of a back-to-back. . The Mavericks took a lead into the fourth quarter for the fifth time in six games.
Magic: At Thunder on Tuesday.
Mavericks: Host Utah on Wednesday.
DEVIN BOOKER SCORES 30 POINTS, SUNS BEAT ROCKETS 124-109
PHOENIX (AP) Devin Booker scored 30 points on his 26th birthday in another stellar scoring performance, leading the Phoenix Suns over the Houston Rockets 124-109 on Sunday night.
The two-time All-Star – who’s already in his eighth NBA season after being drafted in 2015 at 19 years old – is entering what many would consider the prime years of his career.
Booker said he doesn’t think in those terms.
“I just try to continuously get better and continuously improve,” Booker said. “The thing about basketball – you can never perfect it. But I’m going to try everything in my power to do it.”
Booker might not feel like he’s in his prime, but the numbers say he’s among the league’s elite. He’s averaging more than 29 points through six games and shooting 52% from the field.
He was 14 of 24 from the field on Sunday, scoring from all over the court. Suns coach Monty Williams said he doesn’t know if Booker’s reached his peak or not, but he’s certainly enjoyed watching him grow.
“Guys like Book, because they do it so consistently, you kind of take it for granted,” Williams said. “It’s hard to say – he’s only 26. There’s certainly levels for guys to get better.”
The Rockets, who dropped to 1-6, never led in the game but also never fell too far behind. They threatened to push ahead a few times, even briefly tying it at 86 when Usman Garuba hit a corner 3-pointer.
Landry Shamet rattled home a 3-pointer to give the Suns a 90-86 advantage going into the fourth. The Suns (5-1) stayed in control from there, with Johnson and Mikal Bridges each hitting 3-pointers to push the advantage to 117-102.
The Rockets had some self-inflicted problems, including two technicals early in the fourth quarter that helped swing the momentum back toward the Suns. Kevin Porter Jr. and Garrison Mathews were both called for technicals after an altercation with Suns guard Damion Lee.
“Some of our late-game execution can get a little better,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said. “The possession where we fouled on the inbound then we got two technicals, it was like a three-point possession just for nothing. Our poise in those moments especially in the fourth quarter is important as well.
Booker did the bulk of the scoring while fellow All-Star Chris Paul added a season-high 15 assists. The Suns have beaten the Rockets nine straight times dating to 2019 and they won their 54th straight game when holding an opponent under 110 points.
Kevin Porter Jr. led the Rockets with 26 points. Alperen Sengun added 16 points and nine rebounds.
Booker scored 21 points in the first half on 10-of-16 shooting, pushing the Suns to a 65-56 advantage. Jock Landale scored all of his 16 points before the break.
Rockets: F Bruno Fernando (left knee soreness), G Eric Gordon (right groin) and G TyTy Washington (left knee sprain) did not play. … Had a 49-36 rebounding advantage.
Suns: C Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) missed his first game of the season. Williams said the fifth-year player will be out at least a week and then be reevaluated. … Had 30th straight sellout, dating to last season. … YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul was at the game on Sunday, one night after beating Anderson Silva in a boxing match.
Rockets: At Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.
Suns: Host Minnesota on Tuesday night.
JAMES, DAVIS HELP LAKERS WIN FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON
LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James scored 26 points and Anthony Davis added 23 to help the Los Angeles Lakers to their first win of the season with a 121-110 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.
Russell Westbrook had 18 points for the Lakers (1-5), who had lost their first five games of the season under first-year head coach Darvin Ham. Los Angeles was the last winless team in the NBA.
Westbrook drove the lane and scored on a layup to extend the Lakers lead to 117-106 in the final minutes as the Lakers closed out the win.
Nikola Jockic scored 23 points and Jamal Murray added 21 for the Nuggets (4-3), who had four of their last five and two straight games before Sunday’s loss.
Austin Reaves made a 3-pointer from the top of the arc and Lonnie Walker IV drove the baseline for a dunk to give the Lakers a 113-100 advantage. That 13-point lead was their largest of the season.
The Lakers made 13 3-pointers after struggling with long-range shooting this season in their previous five games. The Nuggets made 15 3-pointers.
Davis was aggressive early after missing one game with lower back tightness and was questionable Sunday but played. He tweaked his back in the game against Denver on Wednesday when the Nuggets beat the Lakers 110-99 in Denver.
The Lakers led 55-51 at halftime. They trailed by as many as 10 points in the first quarter but overcame that deficit by halftime.
UP IN THE RAFTERS
Hall of Famer George Mikan had his jersey retired. His family was there to celebrate the honor and watch No. 99 be unveiled. He’s the 11th player to have his jersey retired, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, Jamaal Wilkes and James Worthy. Worthy was there Sunday and spoke about Mikan.
Nuggets: G Bones Hyland missed the game with a left hip strain . G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (sprained ankle) returned Sunday and had nine points . C DeAndre Jordan ran out of bounds on one play, leaned over a fan to stop his momentum and ate some of his popcorn.
Lakers: C Anthony Davis (lower back tightness) and F LeBron James (foot soreness) both played and were in the starting lineup . Pau Gasol, who won two championships with the Lakers, attended the Mikan Jersey unveiling and game on Sunday. His jersey will be retired by the Lakers in March
Nuggets: Have three days off before Thursday’s game at Oklahoma City.
Lakers: Hosts the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
DEVILS OVERWHELM BLUE JACKETS 7-1, VANECEK WINS 3RD STRAIGHT
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Fabian Zetterland scored late in the first period, Nico Hischier and defenseman Ryan Graves scored 33 seconds apart early in the second and Vitek Vanecek made 20 saves as the surging New Jersey Devils routed the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-1 on Sunday.
Defensemen John Marino and Jonas Siegenthaler, Jesper Bratt and Miles Wood also scored for New Jersey. Vanecek won his third straight.
The Devils bombarded the Blue Jackets with 53 shots and won for the sixth time in seven games after losing twice to start the season. Columbus lost its third in a row.
“This win shows character,” said Hischier, the Devils 23-year-old captain. “We beat a great team (Colorado Avalanche on Friday) and then put it behind us … We came out to play today. It was an all-around fun game, every line played well.”
Zetterlund opened the scoring with about seven minutes left in the first with a rocket past Columbus goalie Elvis Merzlikins for his first of the season. Hischier drew the assist.
The Devils dominated the first, outshooting the visitors 20-5. Hischier made it 2-0 at 3:22 of the second with an unassisted goal to give him four goals and five assists in eight games this season.
Defenseman Ryan Graves netted his first of the season at 3:55, with assists from Jack Hughes and Bratt.
It extended Bratt’s season-opening points streak to nine games. And Hughes, who scored the lone goal in Friday’s 1-0 home win over the Avalanche, now has three goals and five assists.
“We’re locked into really playing our game and just playing it shift after shift and that’s the team game,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “You get in on the forecheck and you trust your forecheck and back your D up when they’re involved.”
Forward Yegor Chinakhov scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets at 6:39 of the second. It was his second goal of the season.
Marino put the home team ahead 4-1 with an unassisted goal – his first of the season and first with New Jersey – with about 20 seconds left in the second. In the third period, Siegenthaler made it 5-1, Bratt increased the lead to 6-1 and Wood completed the scoring.
“We have to be better,” Blue Jackets captain Boone Jenner said. “Our battle level has to be better.”
Columbus is 3-7-0 to start the season, last in the Metropolitan Division.
“This one is on me,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “We’ve got to get back to the root of this team. This one is solely on me. I have to get them better prepared.”
The crowd at Prudential Center booed Columbus’ Johnny Gaudreau, a New Jersey native who spurned the Devils as a free agent last summer, every time he touched the puck.
HONORING A LEGEND
Before the game, the Devils honored former defenseman Ken Daneyko for his four decades with the franchise as a three-time Stanley Cup winner and longtime broadcaster. Daneyko dropped the ceremonial puck.
The Devils haven’t allowed more than 25 shots in a game this season.
Devils: Visit Vancouver on Tuesday to start a three-game trip through western Canada.
Blue Jackets: In Finland to play the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 4 in first of two games there as part of the NHL Global Series.
FREDERIK GAUDREAU LIFT WILD PAST BLACKHAWKS, 4-3 IN SHOOTOUT
CHICAGO (AP) Frederik Gaudreau scored on a backhander in the third round of a shootout to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.
Kirill Kaprizov scored for the Wild in the second round. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the shootout to help give Minnesota coach Dean Evason his 100th NHL victory.
“I got lucky on Toews,” said Fleury, who played for Chicago last season. “We see so many breakaways in practice. I knew he loves 5-hole; he sells it so well, but I got a piece of it. And Kaner, it’s hard to stay patient.”
Matt Boldy scored twice in regulation for Minnesota and rookie Mason Shaw had his first NHL goal. Fleury made 23 saves.
“It nice to get them right after their goals,” Boldy said. “The first one is a great play by Hartsie (Ryan Hartman) and the second is almost into an empty net. They make it easy.”
“We have to be the one to dictate what goes on in the game,” Chicago coach Luke Richardson said. “And at the end of games.”
Jake McCabe, Andreas Athanasiou and Toews scored for Chicago in regulation.
Minnesota had the only shots in overtime, with Chicago goalie Alex Stalock stopping Joel Eriksson Ek with a brilliant toe save on the doorstop. Stalock stopped 32 shots.
“We gave ourself a chance to do good things and didn’t do enough bad things to let the game slip away,” Evason said. “A hundred wins, it’s great. But just happy to get the two points.”
Hartman was injured in a scuffle with Jarred Tinordi in the second period, and didn’t play the final 34 minutes. He went off favoring his right shoulder. The Wild called it an upper-body injury.
SETH JONES SIDELINED
The hard shot Chicago defenseman Seth Jones blocked Saturday night will cost him three to four weeks. X-rays Sunday confirmed a broken right thumb on the shot by Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner in a 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
Wild: Host Montreal on Tuesday night.
Blackhawks: Host New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
ZIBANEJAD SCORES IN 3RD TO LIFT RANGERS PAST COYOTES, 3-2
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) One of Arizona’s biggest concerns against New York was the Rangers’ dangerous power play, led Mika Zibanejad.
The Coyotes managed to kill off an early penalty, but were hit with another at a crucial junction. The puck ended up on Zibanajed’s stick and he made them pay.
Zibanejad broke a tie with the goal in the third period, Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists and the Rangers kept the Coyotes winless at Mullett Arena with a 3-2 victory Sunday night.
“We have to be honest, we’re scared to death of their power play,” Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny said. “They have elite players and we got away with it in the first.”
The Coyotes couldn’t capitalize on a raucous crowd in the opener at the 5,000-seat Arizona State University arena Friday night, losing 3-2 to Winnipeg in overtime.
New York pressured Arizona early despite playing the night before and went up on Alexis Lafreniere’s second-period goal. The Coyotes responded quickly on goals by Lawson Crouse and Nick Bjugstad, but the Rangers ramped up the pressure again.
Panarin scored late in the second period and New York went on a power play in the third when Dylan Guenther was called for hooking in Arizona’s offensive zone.
Panarin got the winning play started by sending a puck to the crease, Chris Kreider redirected it behind him and Zibanejad flipped in his sixth goal of the season over Connor Ingram with seven minutes left. Igor Shesterkin stopped 18 shots for the Rangers.
“It was a great play by (Kreider) and it was up to me to hit the net,” Zibanejad said. “It went in this time around.”
The Rangers had the early jump in the second game of a back to back, spending long stretches with the puck in Arizona’s end.
Ingram saw the puck and moved well in his first start at The Mullett, turning away a flurry of shots on a power play midway through. He also splayed out to stop Vincent Trocheck on a breakaway shortly after that. He finished with 36 saves.
New York kept up the pressure early in the first period and scored when Lafreniere slipped in behind Ingram for a one-timer on a pass from Panarin in the right circle.
Lawson tied it on a power play a few minutes later, beating Shesterkin glove side on a feed from Guenther.
BJugstad put Arizona up 2-1 on a flip shot past Shesterkin after New York defenseman Ryan Lindgren whiffed trying to clear a rebound.
Panarin tied it late in the second period, flipping a sharp-angle shot between Ingram’s left shoulder and the post.
Arizona killed off a penalty in the first period, but gave the Rangers another power play at the wrong time – and the puck ended up on Zibanejad’s stick.
“I thought we played good, but it came down to a penalty kill and they have such a good power play,” Bjugstad said.
Panarin turned 31 on Sunday, but the Rangers felt like they were the ones receiving gifts from the talented left wing – particularly Lafreniere.
Panarin had a defender draped all over him in the right circle and traffic in front of him, but somehow found his teammate charging to the crease from the back side.
“It’s more of a gift from him to me,” Lafreniere said. “He played great again. When you play with him, you’ve just got to try to get your stick down and good things happen.”
NOTES: New York F Vitali Kravtsov did not play after slamming hard into the boards against Dallas on Saturday. … Coyotes F Nick Schmaltz missed his seventh straight game with an upper-body injury.
Rangers: Hosts Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
Coyotes: Hosts Florida on Tuesday night.
JACK EICHEL SCORES IN OT, GOLDEN KNIGHTS BEAT JETS 2-1
LAS VEGAS (AP) Jack Eichel scored with seven seconds left in overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday night to improve to 8-2-0.
With the victory, the Golden Knights are tied with Boston for an NHL-high 16 points as they head out for their first extended road trip of the season.
The Jets, who were 2-0 in overtime this season, had their season-best, three-game winning streak brought to a halt thanks to Eichel’s nifty skating as time dwindled in the extra session.
“I wanted to get to my backhand side, it’s a little more dynamic that way,” Eichel said. “Obviously, I circled the net there on my forehand to start. I wanted to take it to the net, I could hear the bench saying there wasn’t a whole lot of time left, and I knew they had some tired bodies on the ice, I just wanted to try and challenge them.”
Eichel circled the offensive zone for eight seconds before changing directions on Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele at the blue line, then skated down the left wing, darted through the crease and beat goalie Connor Hellebuyck’s left pad.
Winnipeg had won five of its past six meetings with the Golden Knights.
Mark Stone tied it for Vegas in the third period, and Adin Hill made 24 saves.
While Vegas starter Logan Thompson (1.69) and Hill (1.72) rank fourth and sixth, respectively, with their goals-against averages, they’ve combined to help Vegas rank No. 1 in the NHL with its 1.70 GAA.
“Logan’s played six and Aidan’s four and I’ll be upfront, that was our plan. And we were going to stick to it unless something really went haywire,” Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We were not going to deviate just because maybe one of the guys had a poor outing. And that didn’t work out, they’ve had solid outings.”
Adam Lowry scored Winnipeg’s lone goal in regulation. Hellebuyck stopped 46 shots.
After saving the first nine shots he saw over the first two periods, Hill let the 10th get past him when Lowry punched home a rebound at the doorstep to put Winnipeg in front 13 seconds into the third period.
It was only the third time in 10 games the Golden Knights allowed the opposition to score first, while it marked the seventh time in eight games the Jets was the first to score in their games.
Hellebuyck, who has the second-most shutouts since entering the league in 2015 with 29, lost his bid for No. 30 when Stone tied it seven minutes later. Eichel assisted on the goal, and he now has four multi-point games this season.
“Our goaltender had to stand on his head for most of the evening,” Winnipeg associate coach Scott Arniel said. “We’ll take the points, get out of here. We got some lessons to learn, continue to have to get out of some habits that we keep throwing at ourselves. Just, the way we get started in games isn’t good enough in this league.”
NOTES: Vegas’ Alec Martinez and Reilly Smith are both four games away from skating in their 700th career game. … With the first-period penalty for interference, Winnipeg’s Brenden Dillon reached surpassed 700 penalty minutes for his NHL career.
Winnipeg: Hosts Montreal on Thursday night.
Vegas: Opens a five-game trip at Washington on Tuesday night.
DUCKS BEAT MAPLE LEAFS 4-3 IN OT TO END 7-GAME SLIDE
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Trevor Zegras scored his second goal of the game at 2:15 of overtime and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Sunday night to end a seven-game losing streak.
Zegras scored the first of two Ducks goals in the third period as Anaheim rallied from a 3-1 deficit. Jabob Silfverberg and Dmitry Kulikov also scored goals for Anaheim, which had not won since its opener against Seattle.
“We’re starting to learn as a team to just stick with it and don’t get frustrated when things don’t go our way,” Kulikov said. “We’ll turn it around eventually.”
John Gibson made 32 saves for the Ducks, including a point-blank shot from Mitchell Marner seconds before Zegras’ winner.
“It was really important that we understood the guy next to you isn’t going to pull us out of this; the coach isn’t going to pull us out of this,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said, revealing that the team met Saturday to address its struggles. “Each person in that room had to have a level of resolve that we’re going to go out there and do our jobs to the best of our ability.”
Auston Matthews, Denis Malgin and Calle Jarnkrok scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four in a row. Erik Kallgren made 35 saves for Toronto.
Kerfoot failed on a penalty shot in the third, with the puck going over Gibson’s shoulder and above the cross bar.
“I’m just going focus on what I can do here,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said, addressing a question about his job security. “I got a job to do with the group. Our group has responded in the past. I thought we were responding well here today.”
NOTES: The Maple Leafs finished a Western Conference swing 1-3-1. … The Ducks went 0 of 2 on the power play and are now 0 of 23 on the man advantage over the last eight games.
Maple Leafs: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Ducks: At San Jose on Tuesday night.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
HEINICKE LEADS LATE RALLY AS WASHINGTON BEATS COLTS 17-16
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Taylor Heinicke scored on a 1-yard plunge with 22 seconds left Sunday, capping an 89-yard drive in the final 2 1/2 minutes and sending the Washington Commanders to a 17-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Indy native Terry McLaurin set up the decisive score by wrestling the ball away from cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, for a 33-yard catch one play before Heinicke scored.
Washington (4-4) has won three straight.
Indy (3-4-1) managed only one TD in Sam Ehlinger’s first career start. He took over at quarterback this week when coach Frank Reich announced longtime veteran Matt Ryan had been benched.
The Commanders carried a 7-3 lead into the second half. But Chase McLaughlin’s third field goal of the day, a 20-yarder, gave Indy a 9-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Heinicke was picked off on the ensuing possession and the Colts needed two plays to convert the turnover into a 6-yard touchdown run by Nyheim Hines. Reich sent McLaughlin out for the extra point instead of going for 2.
Heinicke eventually made the Colts pay for that decision, converting a fourth-and-1 from his 20-yard line by buying enough time to hook up with Curtis Samuel for a 12-yard gain. He hooked up with McLaurin four plays later and eventually scored.
Heinicke was 23 of 31 for 279 yards, one TD and one interception.
Ehlinger finished 17 of 23 for 201 yards, and he also had six carries for 15 yards. He was sacked twice.
McLaurin made sure his homecoming was special, catching six passes for 113 yards and just missing out on the winning score.
The Indy native grew up attending Colts games in the upper deck with his father, and he won three high school state titles and two Big Ten titles on this field. So, naturally, McLaurin fulfilled nearly six dozen ticket requests in his pro debut at Lucas Oil Stadium.
RINGING IT IN
Former Colts left tackle Tarik Glenn was inducted into Indy’s Ring of Honor at halftime, the 18th member of the club. Glenn started 154 games for Indy, primarily at left tackle, from 1997-2006 and was part of the Colts’ Super Bowl-winning team.
Hall of Famers Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Edgerrin James and Bill Polian attended the festivities, and former Colts center Jeff Saturday donned Glenn’s No. 78 jersey before the game.
“I’m so grateful for this opportunity and I couldn’t do it without a village,” Glenn said. “I am so grateful to have played all my 10 years in Indianapolis.”
Commanders: Host Minnesota and former quarterback Kirk Cousins next Sunday.
Colts: Renew their rivalry on a road trip to New England next Sunday.
GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT NETS
The Pacers (3-4) will close out a five-game road trip on Halloween night in Brooklyn, when they take on the Nets (1-5) for the second time in three nights. Indiana prevailed 125-116 on Saturday in the first half of two-game set at Barclays Center.
Even while holding out veterans Myles Turner and T.J. McConnell as well as third-year forward Aaron Nesmith as a precaution on the second night of a back-to-back, the Blue & Gold lit up the nets in Brooklyn. The Pacers went 23-for-46 from 3-point range in the win, two more threes than they had ever made in any previous game in franchise history.
Bennedict Mathurin continued his stellar start to his rookie season, pouring in a new career-high 32 points off the bench while going 6-for-9 from 3-point range and 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Mathurin’s 21 points per game ranks second among all rookies, trailing only Orlando’s Paolo Banchero, the number-one pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. He is shooting a blistering 43.2 percent from 3-point range and averaging nearly six free throw attempts per game.
The Nets, meanwhile, continue to get big numbers from Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but little production from anywhere else on the roster. Durant (32 points per game) and Irving (30.5) are two of 11 NBA players currently averaging 30 or more points per game, but nonetheless, Brooklyn has dropped five of six games to open the season.
That trend continued in Saturday’s loss, where Durant and Irving combined for 61 points but no one else totaled more than 11 for the Nets.
Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Chris Duarte, F – Buddy Hield, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner
Nets: G – Kyrie Irving, G – Ben Simmons, F – Kevin Durant, F – Royce O’Neale, C – Nic Claxton
Pacers: T.J. McConnell – questionable (sore right knee) Aaron Nesmith – questionable (sore right foot), Daniel Theis – out (sore right knee)
Nets: T.J. Warren – out (left foot injury recovery)
Oct. 29, 2022: The Pacers set a franchise record with 23 3-pointers en route to a 125-116 win in Brooklyn.
Bennedict Mathurin scored a team-high 32 points off the bench, a rookie franchise record for points by a reserve, going 6-for-9 from 3-point range and 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
“I watched (Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving) growing up, and I felt like tonight was an opportunity for me to show out,” Mathurin said after the win. “And I think I did pretty well.”
Tyrese Haliburton added 26 points while going 6-for-9 from distance and also tallied eight assists, six rebounds, and three steals.
Buddy Hield flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists while going 5-for-11 from 3-point range. Isaiah Jackson filled up the stat sheet with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.
Irving led all scorers with 35 points in the loss, going 13-for-21 from the field and 5-for-11 from 3-point range. Durant added 26 points, five rebounds, and five blocks.
With his next win, Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle will pass Jack Ramsay for 14th place on the all-time wins list.
Pacers center Myles Turner is seven blocks away from reaching 1,000 for his career.
The Nets’ roster features two former Pacers in Edmond Sumner (2017-21) and T.J. Warren (2019-22). Sumner was active but did not see the floor on Saturday, while Warren still has not played since Dec. 29, 2020 while dealing with issues with his left foot.
After a five-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 PM ET.
IU TIES TERPS, WILL HOST BIG TEN TOURNAMENT HOME MATCH
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Just when it seemed everything would fall Indiana’s way across the Big Ten men’s soccer regular season championship landscape, the last domino didn’t drop.
With the aid of an Ohio State 3-2 loss at Wisconsin, IU (8-3-6, 3-1-3 B1G) needed to win against Maryland (9-2-5, 4-0-4 B1G) to tie the Terrapins in points and share the Big Ten regular season title. After a goal from redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink in 25th minute, the Hoosiers held the Terps scoreless for 86 minutes.
But an 87th minute goal from UM junior forward Stefan Copetti spoiled the Hoosier hopes, and the Terrapins went home with the lone share of the championship. The match ended in a 1-1 draw on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
With the late goal, IU fell from the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament to the No. 4, still good enough to host in the opening round. IU will welcome No. 5-seeded Penn State in the Big Ten quarterfinal on Friday in Bloomington with time to be announced by the conference office. The Hoosiers handled the Nittany Lions in another home match during the regular season with a 4-2 victory on October 14.
• 8′ – Junior defender Joey Maher put the Terps on their toes early with a headed attempt from a corner. At an awkward angle, Maher got his head around it and pushed it towards the near post with power. UM senior goalkeeper Niklas Neumann was planted in the right spot, however, and got his hands to it.
• 25′ – Sophomore forward Samuel Sarver earned a free kick in a dangerous position. From about 25 yards out, Wittenbrink curled it into the top corner and gave IU the 1-0 advantage from an outstanding finish.
• 48′ – Before the eventual goal, Maryland’s best chance to equalize came just into the second half. Inside the box, Copetti got in front of his marker and took a first touch attempt across his body on a grounded cross. IU junior goalkeeper JT Harms had a quick reaction, though, and made a fantastic diving save to push the effort wide.
• 54′ – Senior forward Herbert Endeley had a chance to make it two for IU with space just outside the 18-yard box, but he pushed his attempt wide.
• 87′ – Redshirt sophomore Joshua Bolma’s inswinger from about 30 yards out found the head of Copetti at the back post, and the shot fizzled in to tie the match.
• Indiana is 6-1-3 at Bill Armstrong Stadium this season.
• Wittenbrink retook the team lead in scoring with his seventh goal of the season, his first from a free kick (not including penalties). The redshirt senior also leads the Hoosiers in points with 20.
• Sunday’s result was the eighth draw in 19 matches between IU and Maryland. The Hoosiers still hold the all-time advantage with a 6-5-8 record against the Terps.
Indiana will open Big Ten Tournament play hosting Penn State at Armstrong Stadium on Friday, November 4.
INDIANA FALLS TO NO. 12 PURDUE IN FOUR SETS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Despite winning the opening set, the Indiana Volleyball team (13-11, 6-6) couldn’t overcome Purdue’s offensive attack on Sunday afternoon in Holloway Gymnasium
The Hoosiers fell in four sets (25-18, 15-25, 10-25, 13-25), snapping a four-game winning streak in the conference.
Camryn Haworth provided 33 assists in the defeat while Paula Cerame dug 14 balls and had four service aces.
IU has now completed 24 matches in the regular season with the final 25% (eight matches) left to play as the calendar flips to November.
Trips to Nebraska (Wednesday) and Wisconsin (Sunday) await the Hoosiers this week before returning home to Wilkinson Hall on Friday, Nov. 11th against Penn State.
SET 1 (Indiana 25, Purdue 18)
• IU got off to a quick start with a kill from Kaley Rammelsberg extending the lead out to 6-3 in the opening set.
• The Hoosiers went on an 8-0 run in the middle of the set that featured three aces from Paula Cerame to break open the lead at 15-5.
• Candela Alonso-Corcelles had a kill to break a brief, three-point run for the Boilers and give IU a 21-14 lead.
• IU closed out the set on a kill from Savannah Kjolhede to take the opening game 25-18.
SET 2 (Purdue 25, Indiana 15)
• The Hoosiers used a kill from Kaley Rammelsberg to break into the Purdue lead and draw within six at 7-13.
• Camryn Haworth and Savannah Kjolhede combined on a block to stop the Boilers at the net to close the lead to 10-17.
• Morgan Geddes had a late service ace but Purdue would close out the set 25-15.
SET 3 (Purdue 25, Indiana 10)
• Block assists from Mady Saris and Kaley Rammelsberg helped stop a 6-0 run for Purdue early in the frame.
• Morgan Geddes had a kill to get to 10-24 but Purdue would close out the set 25-10.
SET 4 (Purdue 25, Indiana 13)
• Savannah Kjolhede took a ball right down the middle on the set from Camryn Haworth to bring the lead to just 6-11.
• Kenzie Daffinee had an outstanding back row service ace to catch Purdue off guard.
• Purdue would close out the match with a 25-13 win in the fourth set.
• Emily Fitzner made her 100th career appearance.
• Paula Cerame had 14 digs and matched a career’s best of four service aces.
• Camryn Haworth had 33 assists.
BOILERS RETAIN MONON SPIKE FOR 15TH STRAIGHT YEAR
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A light’s-out final three sets by the No. 12 Purdue Boilermakers propelled the squad to a 3-1 victory versus Indiana (18-25, 25-15, 25-10, 25-13) to keep the Monon Spike in West Lafayette. With the win, Purdue has retained the rivalry trophy for 15 consecutive years.
With the result, Purdue moves to 16-6, 7-5 in conference action while snapping Indiana’s four-match win streak (13-11, 6-6 Big Ten).
In one of Purdue’s strongest performances of the season, the team out-blocked Indiana 17.5-4 and led in efficiency .347 attack % vs. .057%. Purdue’s 17.5 blocks were a season-high, while the offensive effort marked the most efficient Boilermaker offense in eight matches (last: .388 vs. Rutgers, 10/2).
After falling in the first set, 18-25, Purdue stormed back to win the match in a dominant fashion, posting a .505 attack % over the final three sets.
Four Boilermakers hit over .350, including three above .430 in the match. Leading the way was Raven Colvin’s 15 kills and two errors on 22 swings for a .455 attack %. In addition to leading the team in efficiency, the sophomore posted eight total blocks (1-7) to lead the team, a mark coming on the heels of setting a season-high nine at Northwestern just two days ago.
Eva Hudson’s 15 kills (15-2-30) led to a .433 attack %. The freshman complimented the night with five digs and a trio of blocks (1-2). Meanwhile, Maddy Chinn secured a career-best seven blocks (1-6). Offensively, the senior recorded just one error with eight kills on 16 swings (.438 attack%). Emma Ellis rounded out the offensive attack with a .357 clip (7-2-14).
Setter Megan Renner produced a Big Ten career-high 41 assists in the match, backed by a career-high two service aces, five blocks (one shy of her career-best) and four digs.
Leading the back row was libero Maddie Schermerhorn, who closed the day with 18 digs.
Purdue will remain on the road for the next two matches. First, the Boilermakers will take on Michigan State on Friday, November 4 at 6 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network before making the short trip over to Ann Arbor, where they will face #RV Michigan at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday. The afternoon match will be streamed on B1G+.
Overall Record vs. Indiana in the Monon Spike match: 36-12
It is just the second time in at least the last six seasons Purdue has posted 17.5 blocks or more in a match (last: 19 at Ohio State, 10/15/21)
Purdue recorded just four errors over the final three sets of play
Most efficient set: Purdue hit .619% in the third set
Purdue held Indiana to 10 points in set three, marking the most decisive set victory in a Monon Spike match during the current rally scoring era format of 25 points
The last time Purdue has limited Indiana to 10 points in a set was 1999 (Purdue won the third set, 15-10)
Hudson’s .433 attack % marks the fifth time this season the freshman has hit above .400 and the second time during Big Ten play (last: .469 vs. Rutgers, 10/2)
Colvin’s .455 attack % is the seventh time this season the sophomore as converted so efficiently
The 15 kills by Colvin are a Big Ten season-high and second-most kills in a match this season (most: 18 vs. Utah, 9/2)
BUTLERVB DROPS DEPAUL IN FIVE SETS
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team claimed their 12th win of the season with a 3-2 victory over DePaul on Sunday afternoon (21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 15-13). BU will stay ahead of the Blue Demons in the BIG EAST standings with a 6-6 conference record.
STAT OF THE MATCH: Destiny Cherry came up with a career-high 17 kills! She posted a .438 attack percentage with just three errors on 32 swings.
SET 1: DePaul 25-21
Jill Pressly led DePaul to victory by recording eight of the team’s 16 kills. She hit .438 and added six digs in the opener. Butler scored three-straight points near the end of the action to get back within three, but Maggie Jones would go to Pressly once again for the 25th point.
SET 2: Butler 25-20
Butler used a 4-0 scoring run to tie the score at 15-15. Cherry had two kills during that stretch which led to a DePaul timeout. The Bulldogs used a 3-0 run later in the action to grab a 22-18 advantage. Moments later Amina Schackelford would get BU to set point and an ace from Rylie Tam would even the match 1-1.
SET 3: DePaul 25-23
BU went out in front 18-13 with a Rylie Tam ace, but the Blue Demons came storming back to tie the action at 19-19. Pressly was aggressive in the third with five kills on 17 attempts. She got DePaul to set point and DePaul would go up 2-1 after a kill from Aly Kindelberger.
SET 4: Butler 25-16
The Bulldogs dominated the fourth set. A 9-0 scoring spree moved the home team in front 19-8 and they never looked back on their way to a 25-16 win. Cherry led the way with four kills and Grunze added three.
SET 5: Butler 15-13
BU raced out to a 4-1 lead in the final set, but DePaul would close the gap to just one at 4-3. Butler never trailed, but the Blue Demons pulled within one at 14-13. The Bulldogs called a timeout and would call off the comeback with a 15-13 victory. Shackelford stood tall in the fifth with a team-best four kills. Cherry was equally as impressive with three including the match-winner.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Maddie Renn was terrific vs. DePaul with a season-high 19 digs
– Jaymeson Kinley led BU with 21 digs
– Cora Taylor had a double-double on Sunday with 53 assists and 14 digs
– Mariah Grunze helped the offense with 16 kills
– Amina Shackelford was in the box score with 15 kills
– Rylie Tam provided BU with two service aces
– The Bulldogs hit .200 as a team
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs will head into the month of November with four-straight road matches. Their next opponent will be St. John’s on Friday, Nov. 4. First serve is slated for 7 PM
BUTLERUWSOCCER AND CREIGHTON TIE AFTER OVERTIME; BLUEJAYS ADVANCE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team and Creighton were level, 1-1, after regulation and overtime periods, forcing a shootout to determine which would advance to the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Tournament. After a scoreless first half, the No. 5-seed Bluejays opened the scoring and led through the 82nd minute. The No. 4-seed Bulldogs tied the match at one with less than eight minutes to play in regulation, forcing overtime.
After 20 minutes of scoreless play in extra time, the teams organized for a shootout. The first five players on each team connected, ending the preliminary round at five points apiece. In the second round, each team missed the target. In the deciding third round, Creighton converted and Butler missed, sending the Bluejays on to face No. 1-seed (No. 15) Georgetown on Nov. 3 in Maryland.
72′ | Off a Creighton corner kick, Azumi Manriki heads in a service from Juelle Love and gives the Bluejays a 1-0 lead.
83′ | Talia Sommer sends a ball into the box from the right side that was collected and passed on by Alexei Whittaker. Abigail Isger is open at the six, and she one-times the ball into the net to level the score, 1-1.
Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Abigail Isger
ASSISTS: Talia Sommer, Alexei Whittaker
Abigail Isger’s goal was her eighth of the season and the 17th of her career.
Talia Sommer’s assist was the fourth of her career.
Alexei Whittaker’s assist was her fourth of the season and the fifth of her career.
Emma Martin (1-0-4) made five saves in the match. She has tallied 23 this season and has 85 for her career.
JAGUARS UPSET OAKLAND ON THE ROAD; WILL FACE MILWAUKEE IN SEMIS
ROCHESTER, Mich. – The IUPUI women’s soccer team upset No. 3 seeded Oakland in the quarterfinals round of the Horizon League Tournament on Sunday (Oct. 30) by a 2-0 score, earning a matchup with top-seeded Milwaukee on the road on Thursday (Nov. 3). The Jaguars rode a nearly flawless blueprint, getting an early goal and using a bend but don’t break defense to notch a school record 11th shutout of the season. The Jaguars would tack on some insurance early in the second half to collect their first road win at Oakland since the 2008 season.
Junior Emma Antoine made the most of her first start of the season with a goal and an assist and freshman Sarah Henson collected the game-winner in the 12th minute. IUPUI (9-3-6) was outshot by a wide 19-4 margin, but generated enough offense in the counter to secure the win. The two goals came against a defense that had yielded just nine scores in 18 games and had yielded more than one goal in a game just one time prior this season.
“We had a game plan that was kind of a high risk, high reward type game plan to not let them build out of the back and I thought we did a good job of stifling some things they wanted to do,” head coach Chris Johnson said. “(Karabo Dhlamini), their defensive mid had really kind of dominated some games this year, so we moved Sam back into her space and Sam kind of shut her down.
“I thought the kids did an unbelievable job of just buying into the plan and making sure that we were all on the same page.”
As both IUPUI and Oakland have struggled to score during the regular season, head coach Chris Johnson rolled the dice and opted for a better attacking group with Antoine getting her first start of the year and Henson returning to the starting group for the first time since Oct. 1. The move paid immediate dividends as the two connected on the game’s first goal. Antoine played Maya Lacognato forward and the Jaguars’ top striker drew a myriad of attention. She laid the ball off to Henson to cap a lengthy run and the freshman attacker pinged a shot off the inside of the left post and into the net for her second tally of the season.
IUPUI maintained a 1-0 lead at halftime, despite being outshot 7-2 in the opening stanza.
The Jaguars tacked on some insurance in the 51st minute when Sam Slimak got free on the right side and delivered a cross, just over the head of OU goalkeeper Noemi Stadelmann. The ball eluded Stadelmann and fell to Antoine on the doorstep, allowing the speedy IUPUI striker to tally her sixth score of the year.
From there, IUPUI was content to keep numbers behind the ball and weather a storm of Oakland attempts. Maya Turner and Kailyn Smith helped keep things clean in front of Kudlo, while Johnson also shuffled bodies across the back line with Makenna Collins, Abbie Schad, Alex Stocker and Abbey Renner also playing key minutes.
Oakland outshot the Jags 12-2 after halftime and had a handful of key chances go by the boards. Most notably, OU’s Alexa Sabbagh had a shot hit off the post and roll across the endline before Collins cleared the ball away in the 81st minute. Moments early, OU’s Jayna Fraser got free inside the IUPUI box, but misfired high of target.
Kudlo was impressive, finishing with eight saves for her sixth shutout of the season.
“I’m beyond proud of this team. The energy was there from the start and kept rising throughout the entire game,” Lacognato said. “Everyone who stepped on the field had a huge impact. We played for each other and followed the gameplan, which was very important.
“Oakland is a very good team, so lots of credit to them, but we really wanted to make a statement and that’s what we did.”
IUPUI will return to action on Thursday (Nov. 3) at top-seeded Milwaukee in the semifinals round of the tournament. That contest will be broadcast on ESPN+.
IRISH FALL TO DUKE BLUE DEVILS
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish fell to the Duke Blue Devils in Purcell Pavilion on Sunday, Oct. 30 in five sets (25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 16-25, 8-15).
The Irish were led by Lucy Trump with 18 kills, followed by Paris Thompson who tallied 10 kills. Lauren Tarnoff also recorded nine kills and a .300 hitting percentage, while fellow middle Charity McDowell tallied five blocks for the Irish. Phyona Schrader finished with 40 assists, 16 digs, and eight kills.
It was an even 5-5 to start, but the Irish were able to pull away to take a 15-11 lead. The Blue Devils closed the gap to one at 15-14, but the Irish would extend their lead again to 18-14. Notre Dame closed out the set one win with a 4-0 run sparked by a Schrader kill, which also included kills from Tarnoff and Maddy Waumans as well.
Similar to set one, set two was back and forth between the Irish and Blue Devils and was tied at 11-11. Kills from Tarnoff and Trump helped give the Irish the four point lead at 15-11 and the Irish maintained the four point advantage as it became a 19-15 set. Kills from Trump, McDowell, and Thompson made it a 22-16 set, but back-to-back aces from Trump made it set point for Notre Dame (24-16). One final kill from Paris Thompson gave the Irish their second set win at 25-17).
Notre Dame was in the fight to start set three as the Irish led at 9-8. However, that would be Notre Dame’s last lead of the set as the Blue Devil offense started to heat up and post an 18-13 lead over the Irish. Duke went on to take set three 25-18.
It was another close start in set four and after being tied at 10-10, the Irish were able to claim a 13-11 lead. Duke responded with a 7-0 run to take the lead 18-13 and closed out the set to make it an even 25-25 heading into set five.
The Blue Devils claimed an early 7-2 lead in the fifth set and while the Irish closed the gap to three at 7-4, Notre Dame would fall to Duke 15-8 in the final set.
Notre Dame is back at home as they host North Carolina on Friday, Nov. 4 and North Carolina State on Sunday, Nov. 6.
USI RALLIES TO TIE FOR 1ST AT KWC INVITATIONAL
OWENSBORO, Ky. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Golf rallied from nine strokes down to tie for first at the Kentucky Wesleyan College Invitational Saturday and Sunday at The Pearl Golf Club in Owensboro, Kentucky.
The Screaming Eagles shot a red-hot six-under 282 during the first round, but trailed by nine-strokes to a red-hot McKendree University, which posted a blistering with a 15-under 273. McKendree would cool off in day two with a four-over 292 as USI made up the ground with a five-under 283 to tie for first.
USI’s 36-hole 565 (282-283) set a program record, breaking the mark set by the 2006-07 squad that posted a 568 (285-283) at the GolfExchangeKY.com Classic.
Senior Zach Williams (Mt. Vernon, Illinois), freshman Carter Goebel (Breese, Illinois), and sophomore Jason Bannister (Laguna Niguel, California) led the second-round charge. Williams and Goebel rallied in the final 18 holes with a pair of three-under 69s, while Bannister matched his first-round score with a second-straight two-under 70.
Individually for the tournament, Bannister was USI’s top finisher and tied for second with a four-under 140 (70-70). Williams was not far behind, tying for seventh with a two-under 142 (73-69). Goebel rose from 26th after the first round to a tie for 13th with an even par 144 (75-69).
Junior Bryce Kirchner (North Vernon, Indiana) also tied for 13th with a 144 (69-75). Kirchner’s 69 was USI’s top round on day one and was tied for tied for fifth.
USI’s five was rounded out by junior Jace Day (Bloomington, Indiana), who tied for 20th with a three-over 147 (70-77).
The Eagles continue 2022-23 during the spring championship portion of the season. The spring schedule will be announced during the coming months.
YILMAZ SINKS LATE GOAL TO LIFT HOUNDS PAST ROCKHURST IN QUARTERFINALS
INDIANAPOLIS – Ibo Yilmaz scored a goal with just minutes remaining on a rainy day at Key Stadium in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Championship Tournament quarterfinals to help lift the No. 3-seeded University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team past No. 6-seeded Rockhurst University by a final of 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. This marks the third-straight season the Hounds will appear in the conference semifinals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Rockhurst climbed out in front in the 25th minute on a perfectly executed cross into the box that met the foot of the lone Hawk in the area. However, UIndy added the equalizer just before the half in the 42nd minute on a pass from Caleb Mundell to Mason Stearn who then sent a cross into the box that met the head of Yilmaz. In the first half, the Hounds had 12 shots while the Hawks had just three.
In the second half, the match was steering towards overtime until Yilmaz stepped up big in the 89th minute and lifted UIndy into the semifinals. On a misplay by the Rockhurst goalkeeper, Yilmaz gained possession on the loose ball with the keeper away from the net and landed a shot into the back of the net.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-Yilmaz recorded four total points with his two goals in the match. He now has a team-high nine goals on the season.
-UIndy managed 23 total shots while Rockhurst had just six.
-The Hounds had eight corners while the Hawks managed four.
-Goalkeeper Joey Schrand managed two saves in the victory.
The Greyhounds will now battle No. 2-seeded Lewis University in the conference semifinals on Friday, Nov. 4. A game time for the match is still yet to be determined.
GREYHOUNDS FALL IN GLVC QUARTERFINAL TO NO. 19 MCKENDREE
LEBANON, Ill. – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team fell in the first round of the GLVC tournament to No. 19 ranked and second-seeded McKendree Bearcats by a score of 2-1. The loss ends the Greyhounds season with an overall 5-7-5 record, and a 4-5-4 record in conference play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Bearcats jumped out early on the offensive, putting on the pressure that McKendree has been known for all season, forcing two big opportunities before the 10th minute. The Greyhounds held on however, fighting back McKendree off of a clutch save by MaKenna Nickens at the 12th minute.
The Greyhounds went on to control the pace in the first half from that point, forcing a penalty kick at the 31st minute, with Kiki Sauceda having the opportunity to put the Greyhounds in the lead. And giving the Hounds a lead, she did, burying her opportunity in the top left of the net making it a 1-0 game. That lead held going into the second.
The Bearcats came out of the locker room on Leemon field with a new fire, attacking fast and evening the score at 1-1 at the 49th minute. Nickens continued to command the defense, getting another save at the 55th minute. The Bearcats however, continued to pepper the Greyhound keeper with shots, with another one at the 66th minute finding the back of the net to give the Bearcats their first lead of the contest.
That final goal turned out to be the decider, ending the contest at a 2-1 win in favor of th4 No. 2 seed, sending them to a semifinal match with the Maryville Saints, who beat the Drury Panthers earlier Sunday afternoon.
Head Coach Holly Cox on the season ending game…
“Tough way to end season. I thought we had a good first half, but second half we were a little more inconsistent. We needed to play a full 90 minute game in order to beat a tough McKendree team. Just want to thank the seniors for all their hard work, they will be a tough group to replace. We have a young group returning, so spring preparation is going to be extremely important if we want to go further next season.”
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|11 Nashville Predators||9||3||5||1||7||3||22||29||2-3-1||1-2-0||3-5-1|
|12 St. Louis Blues||7||3||4||0||6||3||18||25||1-2-0||2-2-0||3-4-0|
|13 Vancouver Canucks||9||2||5||2||6||2||28||35||1-2-0||1-3-2||2-5-2|
|14 San Jose Sharks||11||3||8||0||6||3||24||34||1-5-0||2-3-0||3-7-0|
|15 Arizona Coyotes||8||2||5||1||5||2||23||35||0-1-1||2-4-0||2-5-1|
|16 Anaheim Ducks||9||2||6||1||5||2||20||39||2-1-0||0-5-1||2-6-1|
October 31, 1988 – Indianapolis, Indiana – The 1st Nationally televised NFL game in Indianapolis took place. ABC’s Monday Night Football with their broadcast team of Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf and Al Michaels placed the Colts and their guests the Denver Broncos in living rooms across the country. The Colts franchise had moved from Baltimore in March of 1984. The Colts defeated the Denver Broncos that historic evening 55-23.
Hall of Fame Birthdays for October 31
Hogan is a Hero
October 31, 1872 – Glenbane, County Tipperary, Ireland – James Hogan a tackle from Yale University who played football there from 1901 to 1904. Hogan was always known to have a smile on his face even while playing with his hard hitting style during contests as well as his school spirit caused his classmates to nickname him “Yale”. Hogan lettered all four years and was All-America three times as well as the Eli captain in 1904. Yale’s record in his four years 43-3-2 per the NFF website. The National Football Foundation voted James Hogan to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.
Daly Football News
October 31, 1880 – Roxbury, Massachusetts – Charlie Daly who played quarterback for both Harvard and Army during his collegiate career was born. The footballfoundation.org website tells us that he played five years and was a first team All-America four times. He played for Harvard in 1898-1900 and for Army 1901-1902. He was a first team All-America all three of his years at Harvard and at Army in 1901. In his final season, Walter Camp named him as a third team All-America. In the three years Daly was at Harvard, the team had a record of 31-1-1. Army, in his two playing years, went 11-2-3. Daly against Navy during the 1901season had a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown, a field goal, and an extra point – all of Army’s points in an 11-5 victory. Charlie Daly entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.
More Hall of Fame Birthdays for October 31
October 31, 1897 – Mansfield, Ohio – Wilbur better known as Pete Henry, was a 3 year All-American tackle from Washington and Jefferson College. He was perhaps the largest lineman of his era as he stood 5-foot-11-inches tall and weighed in at a solid 245 pounds. Pete signed to play with the Canton Bulldogs coincidently on the same day that the NFL’s precursor the American Professional Football Association formed in Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile Showroom in Canton. The good natured Henry off the field was replaced by a focused beast on the gridiron. Pete’s most notable season had to be in 1923 with the Bulldogs according to the National Football Foundation’s website. Henry booted a 94 yard punt, blocked a punt, scored a touchdown and kicked nine field goals via drop kick , oh and by the way the Canton Bulldogs won their second consecutive NFL Championship that year due in part to his great play. In the NFL for a total of 8 seasons not only with Canton but was a member of the Pottsville Maroons and the New York Giants too. Pete Henry was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Pete in 1963’s class of inductees.
October 31, 1900 – Keytesville, Missouri – Cal Hubbard was born on that day and he was a tackle for Centenary and Geneva Colleges. The NFF informs us that Cal Hubbard played end and tackle for Centenary 1922-24 and then moved with his coach Bo McMillin to play one season at Geneva College 1926. Later as a pro Hubbard was a big tackle, standing 6-4 in height and weighing 250 pounds, for the New York Giants, Green Bay and Pittsburgh franchises. The College Football Hall of Fame added Cal to their lineup in 1962. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Cal Hubbard one year later in 1963 for back to back Hall of Fame Enshrinements! Believe it or not 13 years after that in 1976 Cal Hubbard was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as an umpire.
October 31, 1962 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Was the birth of Bill Fralic a tackle from the University of Pittsburgh. Bill Fralic played his way to First Team All-America status in three consecutive seasons from 1982 to 84, and the selections were of the unanimous variety in 1983 & 1984 per the NFF. In fact he was so good that he became the first offensive lineman in history to be in the top 10 of balloting for the Heisman Award in two different seasons. Bill Fralic’s No. 79 jersey was retired by the Pitt Panthers at halftime of his final home game in 1984, a 21-10 win over Tulane. Bill Fralic was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
October 31, 1989 – Kosse , Texas – The big Defensive tackle from Texas Kenneth Sims was born. The National Football Foundation inducted Kenneth Simms into their College Football hall of Fame in 2021.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS:
33 – 11 – 41 – 36 – 41 – 47 – 35
October 31, 1943 – Washington Redskin Quarterback, Number 33, “Slingin’ ” Sammy Baugh passed for 6 touchdowns agains the Brooklyn Dodgers in a 48-10 route.
October 31, 1950 – The Big Cat, Earl Lloyd became the first African-American to play a game in the NBA, scoring 6 points on debut for the Washington Capitols. Mr Lloyd would wear the Number 11, with the Syracuse Nationals.
October 31, 1967 – San Francisco Giants Mike McCormick, wearing Number 41 won the National League Cy Young Award
October 31, 1972 – Gaylord Perry of the Cleveland Indians, who wore Number 36 won the American League Cy Young award
October 31, 1973 – Tom Seaver, Number 41 of the New York Mets won the National League Cy Young Award
October 31, 2014 – Greg Maddux (Number 31), Tom Glavine (Number 47 ), Frank Thomas (Number 35), Bobby Cox (Atlanta Braves Manager), Tony La Russa (Manager) and Joe Torre (Manager) were inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
|MLB PLAYOFFS||Time ET||TV|
|ALCS Game 5: Houston at NY Yankees||4:00pm||TBS|
|NLCS Game 6: Philadelphia at San Diego||8:00pm||FS1|
|Indiana at Philadelphia||7:00pm||NBCS-PHI|
|Toronto at Miami||7:30pm||Sportsnet|
|Orlando at New York||7:30pm||NBATV|
|Boston at Chicago||8:00pm||NBCS-BOS|
|Utah at Houston||8:00pm||ATTSN-RM|
|Brooklyn at Memphis||8:00pm||YES|
|San Antonio at Minnesota||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Denver at Portland||10:00pm||NBATV|
|Chicago at New England||8:15pm||ESPN|
|Dallas at Ottawa||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Washington at New Jersey||7:00pm||MSGSN|
|Pittsburgh at Edmonton||8:00pm||NHLN|
|St. Louis at Winnipeg||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Toronto at Vegas||10:00pm||ATTSN-RM|
|Carolina at Vancouver||10:30pm||Bally Sports|
|Serie A: Cremonese vs Sampdoria||12:30pm||Paramount+|
|Serie A: Sassuolo vs Hellas Verona||2:45pm||Paramount+|
|EPL: West Ham United vs AFC Bournemouth||3:00pm||USA|
|La Liga: Celta de Vigo vs Getafe||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|Brasileirão: Fortaleza vs Atlético Mineiro||7:00pm||Paramount+|